Lautenberg, Menendez Announce More Than $10.8 Million For NJ Health & Education Programs Passed By Congress

Lautenberg, Menendez Announce More Than $10.8 Million For NJ Health & Education Programs Passed By Congress

Funds in FY2008 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Bill; Now Faces President's Likely Veto

Washington - Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced they had secured nearly $11 million for New Jersey health and education programs in the FY2008 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill, which passed the Senate and House of Representatives this week. The bill now goes to the President's desk. He has threatened to veto this bill.

"Whether it's responding to health emergencies, educating our children or increasing access to cutting-edge medical treatments, these funds play a critical part in ensuring the health and well being of New Jerseyans," said Lautenberg who, as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee helped craft the legislation and ushered it through the Senate and in Conference with the House. "This money supports vital services for residents across the state. I urge the President to sign this bill."

"The President has asked for $200 billion for the Iraq War this year with one hand, while with the other he is planning to veto this investment in better education and health services for residents here in New Jersey," said Menendez. "For our state, this legislation means millions in education programs to prepare our youth to succeed and cutting-edge technology to improve our health care centers. I urge the President to re-evaluate his misplaced priorities and sign the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education bill into law."

More than thirty organizations in New Jersey would be awarded grants under this appropriations bill. Funds would be used for a variety of purposes including construction, expansion and upgrades of medical centers, purchasing state-of-the art medical equipment, and implementation of new education programs.

In total, these organizations would receive $10,820,000 in federal funds under this bill. The organizations to be awarded these grants are:

· $85,000 for ASPIRA, Inc of New Jersey;

· $500,000 for Atlantic Health System;

· $250,00 for Brookdale Community College's Asbury Park Enrichment and Student Success Center;

· $340,000 for Camden County's Mobile Health Van;

· $500,000 for Children's Specialized Hospital's Pediatric Center of Excellence in New Brunswick;

· $200,000 for Christian Health Care of New Jersey;

· $635,000 for East Orange General Hospital;

· $175,000 for Englewood Hospital;

· $635,000 for Essex County's Mental Health Initiative;

· $380,000 for Generations, Inc.;

· $175,000 for Holy Name Hospital;

· $300,000 for Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey;

· $300,000 for Jewish Federation of Greater Monmouth County;

· $190,000 for Jewish Renaissance Medical Center;

· $380,000 for Kennedy Health Center;

· $750,000 for Lourdes Health System;

· $250,000 for Morris Museum;

· $290,000 for Newark Beth Israel Medical Center;

· $150,000 for Newton Memorial Hospital;

· $275,000 for Palisades Medical Center;

· $640,000 for Rutgers University School of Law in Camden;

· $250,000 for St. Francis Medical Center;

· $320,000 for St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center;

· $150,000 for St. Michael's Medical Center;

· $525,000 for Seton Hall University's Science and Technology center;

· $190,000 for Shiloh Economic and Entrepreneurial Lifelong Development Corp;

· $500,000 for Somerset Medical Center;

· $150,000 for Trinitas Health Foundation;

· $255,000 for Union County's Academy of Allied Health Sciences;

· $170,000 for UJA Federation of Northern NJ in River Edge;

· $500,000 for UJC MetroWest;

· $200,000 for Virtua Health; and

· $210,000 for William Paterson University's Center for the Study of Critical Languages.

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