Apr 29, 2009
Updated Hypocrisy Alert: Leonard Lance Once Again Takes Credit for Recovery Package Resources He Vot
Updated Hypocrisy Alert: Leonard Lance Once Again Takes Credit for Recovery Package Resources He Voted Against
At least his hypocrisy is consistent. For the third time since toeing the "Party of No" line against the President's economic recovery package, Representative Leonard Lance is once again touting the package's local benefits in his district in spite of his "no" vote against the plan.
Yesterday the New Jersey Republican shamelessly tried to take credit for securing $13 million in federal funds for the Green Brook Flood Control project in his district. In a press release, he even claimed that he has "been a strong advocate for the community of Bound Brook since coming to Congress in January," ignoring the fact that the money for the project wouldn't exist at all if Lance and his fellow Republicans had their way.
After voting against the plan back in February, Lance toured the project site and praised it as a "classic example of a ‘shovel-ready' project" worthy of funding from the recovery package; he later sent a letter lobbying the President to release funds for the project.
"Let's be clear - if Lance and his fellow members of the ‘Party of No' had their way, there wouldn't be any funding for this project. Leonard Lance is shamelessly touting funding for the Green Brook Flood Control project that exists in spite of his efforts, not as a result of them," said Shripal Shah, Northeast Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "If Lance really wants to be a strong advocate for his district, he should start voting that way."
Leonard Lance toed the ‘Party of No' line and voted against the President's economic recovery package. [H.R. 1, #70, 2/13/09]
Lance touted the Green Brook Flood Control Project in his district as a "classic example of a ‘shovel-ready' project" while touring the site. [Courier News, 2/17/09]
Lance sent a letter to President Obama lobbying his administration to release funding for the project in his district. [Star-Ledger, 4/12/09]
Lance issued a press release shamelessly trying to take credit for the $13 million in recovery package funding that will go towards the project. [Star-Ledger, 4/29/09]