Campaign 2010

Dec 01, 2009

Hypocrisy Watch: Will Representative Eric Cantor Call for Canceling Recovery Funding in His District

In recent weeks, House Republican Whip Eric Cantor has come under fire once again for railing against the Economic Recovery package only to celebrate its economic benefits in his Congressional District.  In advance of Cantor's speech this Wednesday at the Heritage Foundation, where he is expected to continue bashing the Recovery plan, Cantor should answer whether he favors canceling the Recovery funding in his Congressional District.  On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office released an estimate that the Recovery package had resulted in as many as 1.6 million jobs for the U. S. economy.

 

“It's bad enough Representative Cantor wants to go back to the Bush Administration policies responsible for the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, but now he's been caught again taking credit for the jobs in his District that would not even exist if he had his way,” said Jesse Ferguson, Southern Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Representative Cantor needs to let his constituents know the truth - does he favor canceling funding from the Recovery package in his Congressional District that created jobs or does he plan to continue taking credit for the funding he fought against?”

 

BACKGROUND

 

 

  • In a report released by the Congressional Budget Office, “The nonpartisan CBO said in a legally mandated report that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) had resulted in between 600,000 and 1.6 million jobs for the U.S. economy that wouldn't have existed in the absence of the stimulus.”  [The Hill, 12/01/09] The stimulus is expected to make significant investments in the Richmond area with over $38 million planned for Chesterfield County, over $50 million in Henrico County and over $56 million in the city of Richmond. [Virginia Stimulus Website, 12/01/09]

 

  • HYPOCRISY: At Rep. Cantor’s recent job fair in Culpeper, half the organizations offering jobs were receiving stimulus funds.  “For months, Democrats have dubbed U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia a hypocrite for strongly opposing the federal stimulus package only to promote aspects of it later. Here's the latest example: Nearly half of the 30 organizations participating in a job fair Cantor is holding Monday in Culpeper were recipients of the stimulus.” [The Washington Post, 11/18/09; Washington Monthly, 11/24/09]

 

  • HYPOCRISY: “House Minority Whip Eric Cantor still thinks the stimulus was a huge waste of time and money — but he's fiercely defending his push for stimulus cash to fund a high-speed rail link between Richmond and Washington, D.C. Cantor, speaking on a conference call to criticize the Obama administration's handling of the package, bristled when I asked him about criticism that requesting the cash was hypocritical — considering the fact that he led a GOP whipping effort that resulted in a unanimous Republican vote against the stimulus. [Politico, 7/6/09; Culpeper Star-Exponent, 6/24/09]

 

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