Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Hypocrisy Continues: How Many Recovery Act Dollars Have Florida Republicans Requested From The Federal Government?

From FDP:

Republicans have had a hard time explaining themselves in the last few weeks after it was found that more than 120 of them have been complete hypocrites on the Recovery Act. They vote against it and rail against it in Washington, then go back to their districts and attend ribbon cuttings for projects funded by the Recovery Act or they write federal agencies requesting Recovery dollars for projects in their districts, saying the projects will "create jobs."

We know that many Florida Republicans have been found to be hypocrites - Reps. Brown-Waite, Stearns, Mica, Young, Putnam, Posey, Rooney, Ros-Lehtinen, and the Diaz-Balart brothers. Some of them have had their letters to federal agencies released as a result of inquiries by news organizations. But what about the rest of the Republican delegation?

We call on Reps. Miller, Crenshaw, Bilirakis, Buchanan, and Mack to release all the letters, emails or other correspondence they have sent to federal agencies requesting Recovery Act funding, or letters of endorsement for projects they have provided to other groups or branches of government.

"It's time to clear the air on this -- economists from all walks of life and the CBO have said the Recovery Act worked to save or create more than 2 million jobs and kept our economy from falling into depression. And it was passed with only three Republican votes," said Florida Democratic Party spokesman Eric Jotkoff. "It's now time for Republicans to show their hand - are they attending ribbon cuttings for projects and requesting funding from the bill they voted against and continue to decry? Or are they playing politics with their constituents' economic security and turning down job creating projects that would stimulate their local economy?"

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