Mar 27, 2009
Hypocrisy Alert: Representative Whitfield Voted Against Funding for Kentucky Community Health Center
Whitfield Tried to Block $10 Million in Funding for KY Community Health Centers
Representative Ed Whitfield (KY-01) sang his own praises yesterday after he was named a "Community Health Center Superhero." However, Representative Whitfield voted not once, but twice to block more than $10 million from going to community health centers in Kentucky.
"Representative Whitfield tried to block more than $10 million from going to community health centers across Kentucky, just when they need it the most," said Jessica Santillo, Southern Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "That doesn't make Representative Whitfield a champion, it makes him a hypocrite."
Kentucky received more than $10 million in the economic recovery package to meet demand at existing health centers and build new ones across the state. More than $1.7 million in funding is going to community health centers and groups in Kentucky's 1st Congressional District.
- Yesterday, Representative Ed Whitfield sent out a press release calling himself "a tireless champion for community health centers both in Kentucky and throughout the country." [News Release, March 26, 2007]
- Representative Whitfield voted against the economic recovery package twice. [Roll Call Vote, 2/13/2009] [Roll Call Vote, 1/28/09]
- The economic recovery package included funding for community health centers across Kentucky. [Increased Demand for Services Community Health Center Grants in Kentucky; Health Centers: New Access Point Grant Awards]
- Community Health Center Grants awarded to Kentucky through the economic recovery package included:
- $160,457 for the Cumberland Family Medical Center in Burkesville, KY.
- $181,725 for Community Health Centers of Western Kentucky in Greenville, KY.
- $1.3 million for Trover Health System for Regional Healthcare Affiliates based in Madisonville, KY to create new health care centers.
- $100,000 for Trover Health System for Regional Healthcare Affiliates to deal with increased demand.
- Kentucky received a total of $10,098,912 for community health centers in the economic recovery package.