Mar 17, 2009
Representative Lungren: Iím committed to my constituents. Well, kinda.
Representative Dan Lungren sought millions in earmarks for projects in his district. And then in a move smacking of hypocrisy, Lungren voted against the legislation to fund those projects.
Then, showing what may be his true colors, Lungren made it clear he's not really a fan of any of the projects for which he sought funding in the first place. He told the Amador Ledger-Dispatch, "I would not apologize for any of those (earmarks), but I would give them up if the president had vetoed the bill."
"Representative Lungren could be fighting for his constituents. Instead, he's choosing to play the same old political games with funding for projects in his district - for it, then against it, then indifferent," said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "The question for Lungren is this: how can you take credit for projects benefiting your constituents, then not care if those projects get funding?"
- According to the Taxpayers' for Common Sense database, Representative Lungren sought nearly $5 million in earmarks, including funds for wastewater treatment upgrades in Galt and upgrades to a portion of Route 88 in Amador County.
- Lungren voted against the Omnibus Appropriations Act when it was considered in the House. [Roll Call Vote, 2/25/09]
- In a story in the March 17, 2009, edition of the Amador Ledger-Dispatch, Lungren said, "I would not apologize for any of those (earmarks), but I would give them up if the president had vetoed the bill."
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