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"No" Votes for Jobs

February 17, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Before signing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law on Tuesday, the Obama administration released an assortment of fact sheets on the its estimated impacts in several areas. One of those fact sheets outlines the bill’s impact on employment by congressional district.

CongressDaily ($) notes that, according to that document, seven of the ten districts projected to gain the most jobs under the bill are represented by Republicans in the House. The Representatives for those districts are:

Rep. Jason Chaffetz [R, UT-3]
Rep. Rob Bishop [R, UT-1]
Rep. Dean Heller [R, NV-2]
Rep. Michael McCaul [R, TX-10]
Rep. Jeff Flake [R, AZ-6]
Rep. Trent Franks [R, AZ-2]
Rep. John Linder [R, GA-7]

…all of whom nonetheless voted against the bill.

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dk1028 02/18/2009 1:21pm

Yea Don, we should all be proud Americans knowing that not one of our elected officials, Republican or Democrat, read the bill prior to our legislative bodies passing it, and thus forwarding on to our President to sign it into law. It would be like you buying a house or a car and not reading the contract before taking ownership. Of course that has happened all over the U.S and part of the reason such a bill needed to be introduced in the first place. Great partisanship on your part. Get those jabs in whenever you can.

Dem02020 02/18/2009 8:49am

Too bad President Obama does not choose to exercise the Power of the Presidential Pen, known as “The Line Item Veto”, where he could have (should have) lined through some of the spending in those Republican Representative’s Districts…

Just to get a reaction out of them, out of those Reps from Utah and Arizona and Georgia and Texas and Nevada…

You know, the House would immediately uphold any such changes made by the President, and by the very same vote that they passed the Bill in the first place: but the Senate, would they still uphold the Bill, if it were sent back to them, with President Obama’s line item veto through some of it’s spending?

The U.S. Senators from Utah and Arizona and Georgia and Texas weren’t on board anyway, so they have no support to withdraw anyway: and as for Nevada, I think Sen. Reid might uphold President Obama’s line item veto.

Anyway, it’s too bad President Obama doesn’t choose to exercise the Presidential Power of the Pen that way.

He should.

Anonymous 02/18/2009 8:37am

Which proves their integrity in sticking to their guns. True conservatives want less federal government money, not more. I’m in Jason Chaffetz’s district, and we don’t want this money. We don’t want these supposed jobs. We want to invest in our community ourselves.

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