U.S. Congressman Dan Boren has secured $2,506,000 for several university programs across Oklahoma.  The funding was part of the Omnibus Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2009 which passed the House Wednesday by a vote of 245 to 178.

The $2,113,000 in funding consists of several separate university programs and projects:

$285,000 - Oklahoma Mobile Clinic and Medical Response System at the OSU Center for Health Sciences to bring diagnostic and medical services to geographic regions in Oklahoma where even telemedicine is not yet viable.  The clinics are outfitted with satellite capacity, and will serve as learning laboratories for medical students.

$333,000 - Oklahoma Electronic Health Information, Telemedicine and Distance Learning Network at the OSU Center for Health Sciences which will expand and enhance telemedicine, distance learning, and electronic medical records network in rural and underserved communities.

$274,000 - Animal Waste in Semiarid Agro-ecosystems located at OSU to develop sustainable, environmentally safe, and ecologically healthy animal waste management practices.

 $839,000 - Biomass-based Energy Research Center at OSU for refining and commercialization of a process utilizing plant biomass to produce liquid fuel.

$382,000 - Food Safety Programs at OSU to conduct research and testing to develop rapid and efficient methods for detecting and controlling food-borne pathogens from the point of origin to consumption.

“I'm proud to bring this funding to university programs across Oklahoma,” Boren said.  “By developing and enhancing the programs our universities offer, we are building a stronger future for our entire state by providing greater opportunities for education, research, and health services. 

“This is one the most significant ways we can achieve the innovation and success that truly sets our great nation apart from the rest of the world,” Boren said.

Boren has also secured $143,000 for Rural Enterprises, Inc.'s Entrepreneurship Training Program, which operates in conjunction with REI's business incubators in 32 communities across Oklahoma. 

The funds will also be used in conjunction with REI's New Product and Process Fair which will annually showcase client products and services.  The program is delivered through REI's 4 Business Resource Centers located in Oklahoma City, Seminole, Wilburton, and Tulsa.

The funding for the programs comes from the Omnibus Appropriations Act.

“I am pleased to announce this funding for the development and success Oklahoma's rural small businesses,” Boren said. 

“We must continue to provide our business sector tools that allow for growth and innovation in rural communities.  These programs provide stability and diversity to Oklahoma's economy,” Boren said.

Boren, Co-Chair of the Second Amendment Task Force (SATF) in the U.S. House of Representatives, also released the following statement regarding Attorney General Eric Holder's recent comments on the possibility of the Obama Administration seeking to reinstate a ban on sales of assault weapons.

“The Second Amendment Task Force is adamantly opposed to reinstating the ban on the sale of assault weapons as it clearly would demonstrate a violation of United States citizens' right to keep and bear arms,” Boren said.  “The Constitution absolutely does not outline any provision to restrict ownership of a gun belonging to a specific category. I will diligently work with my colleagues on the Second Amendment Task Force to defeat any form of legislation in Congress that poses a threat to the Second Amendment.”