Campaign 2010

Sep 09, 2010

Representative Dan Lungren Praises Recovery Act Money, Again

Once again, Representative Dan Lungren proves why he is an established member of the Hypocrisy Hall of Fame.

Despite voting against the economic recovery act, claiming it “didn’t work” and calling it a “terrible tragedy,” Lungren is now more than happy to take credit for the projects he’s railed against.  Yesterday, Lungren took credit for a $30 million grant to Clean Energy Systems, ironically saying “it is important for Congress to support innovative companies.”

This comes just weeks after Lungren praised another Recovery Act-funded grant to a local broadband network because it “could result in as many as 30 new jobs” and will provide “better service for an underserved area.”

“Even though Dan Lungren repeatedly criticized the recovery package as a failure, he hypocritically praises the money and jobs it creates in his district,” said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “Hard working California families deserve a Representative who will stand up and fight for them, not Dan Lungren who hypocritically takes credit for projects he voted against.”

Background:

  • Rancho Cordova-based Clean Energy Systems received a $30 million grant from the Department of Energy to develop zero emission power plants using a variety of fuel sources. The grant was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [Clean Energy Systems, Inc. Press Release, 9/08/10]
  • On the grant, Lungren said, “We receive a lot of grant requests in our office. It is satisfying to see an area company succeed while simultaneously fulfilling the national goals of clean energy.” [The Pine Tree, 9/08/10]  
  • Representative Dan Lungren voted no on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [H.R. 1, Vote #46, 1/28/09 and Vote #70, 2/13/09]
  • In an interview with the Folsom Telegraph, Congressman Dan Lungren said, “Obviously, (the stimulus package) didn’t work,” and went on to say of the stimulus, “It was a terrible tragedy in the midst of an economic downturn. We poured kerosene on the fire. I’ve held my tongue on this, but we’ve got to get our priorities in order.” [Folsom Telegraph, 12/2/09]