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Oberstar: Infrastructure Investment Creates Jobs
Washington DC - The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure returned from the October recess today to hold a hearing on the potential of infrastructure investment to create jobs and help the nation move to economic recovery.
Click the link below to read the statement of Congressman Jim Oberstar, submitted for the record, of today’s hearing:


September-October 2008
Loan to Bring High-Speed Internet to Central Minnesota
Friday, October 24, 2008
Washington DC – A federally-backed loan will help improve phone and Internet service in Central Minnesota.  Today, Congressman Jim Oberstar announced that the U.S. Rural Development Administration (USRDA) has approved a loan of $22.2 million to the West Central Telephone Association.

Help With Heating Bills Is On the Way
Friday, October 17, 2008
Washington DC – Help is on the way for people who will need assistance with their heating bills this winter.  Today, President Bush released $5.1 billion in energy assistance that was set aside by Congress to help seniors and working families keep the heat on this winter.

Oberstar: Tough Fine Sends Strong Pipeline Safety Message
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Washington DC – Congressman Jim Oberstar says a proposed $2.4 million fine will send a strong message to pipeline companies about safety.  The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration today recommended the fine after a 10 month investigation into a November 28, 2007, explosion at an Enbridge Energy pipeline in Clearwater, Minnesota that claimed the lives of two workers.

Oberstar Bill Gives Surplus Armory Building to Koochiching County
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Washington DC – Koochiching County will own the old National Guard armory building in International Falls.  This week the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Congressman Jim Oberstar’s bill to transfer the property to county control.  The President is expected to sign the bill in the next two weeks.

Home Town Values
Through forums and regional tours, I continue to gain insights from my constituents on public policy issues and have introduced and supported legislation that reflect the core values of Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District.