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Feb 19, 2009

Hypocrisy Alert Day 2: More House Republicans Take Credit for the Bill They Railed Against



Hypocrisy Alert Day 2: More House Republicans Take Credit for the Economic Recovery Bill They Railed Against


Three more House Republicans joined the House Republicans Hypocrisy Hall of Fame for celebrating the benefits of President Obama's economic recovery bill in their districts, even though they voted against it in Washington.  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele was onto something when he said, "You have absolutely no reason - none - to trust our word or our actions at this point."


"It's no surprise that House Republicans are betting on failure, while President Obama and Democrats are investing in success.  But for House Republicans to unanimously vote against the economic recovery bill in Washington and then take credit for it at home is the height of hypocrisy," said Jennifer Crider, Communications Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Times are tough and folks are looking for action on the economy, not a bunch of Republican hot air.  No wonder Americans overwhelmingly support President Obama and Democrats' efforts to turn the economy around."



House Republicans Hypocrisy Hall of Fame


House Republicans Voted Against the Economic Recovery Bill in DC, Praise It at Home


  • Representative Pete Hoekstra (MI-02) - "If you know of someone thinking of buying first home, now may be the time. Stimulus incentive is very generous! Up to 8k! Check it out." [Representative Pete Hoekstra's Twitter page; 2/18/09]


  • Representative Leonard Lance (NJ-07) - "Officials are hoping more federal money will soon be flowing to the Green Brook Flood Control Project. Under the terms of the stimulus plan signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama, infrastructure projects that are "shovel-ready" could be the first to be funded with economic recovery money. That's the hope of Rep. Leonard Lance, R-Clinton Township...' This is a classic example of a ‘shovel-ready' project,' Lance said after the tour." [; 2/17/09]


  • Representative Greg Walden (OR-02) - "I figure my job is to try and do whatever I can to clear the hurdles and get the projects going and the people back to work using these funds." [Mail Tribune; 2/19/09]


  • Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-09) - "Luetkemeyer said the project is considered ‘shovel ready' and that's what the economy needs. President Darrell Krueger and Luetkemeyer discussed the educational benefits of the economic stimulus package." [KTVO-TV, 2/16/09]


  • Representative Don Young (AK-AL) - "Alaskan Congressman Don Young won a victory for the Alaska Native contracting program and other Alaska small business owners last night in H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act." [Congressman Don Young's Press Release; 2/13/09]


  • Representative Ken Calvert (CA-44) - "All of us in the Inland Empire will do what we can to direct as much money as we can." [The Press Enterprise; 2/13/09]


  • Representative John Mica (FL-07) - "I applaud President Obama's recognition that high-speed rail should be part of America's future." [Congressman John Mica Press Release; 2/13/09]




In the past three weeks, House Republicans unanimously voted no on the very economic recovery investments that they are boasting about. [H.R.1, #46, 1/28/09], [H.R. 1, #70, 2/13/09]


While on the FOX News program, Glenn Beck, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said, "...I'm not going to soft pedal this with you. I'm not going to try to blow smoke either. The reality of it is, you are absolutely right. You have absolutely no reason, none, to trust our word or our actions at this point. So, yeah, it's going to be an uphill climb."  [FOX News, 2/13/09]


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