NOW THAT IT’S PASSED, REPUBLICANS LIKE THE SPENDING…. As you may have heard, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) rushed back to Capitol Hill last night, giving the economic stimulus bill its 60th vote, and sending the package to the White House. The final vote on the $787 billion measure broke down exactly as expected.
What’s more, it was legislation the minority party wanted nothing to do with. Three Senate Republicans broke ranks, while zero House Republicans backed the plan. That, in and of itself, isn’t especially surprising — there were philosophical differences, coupled with strategic considerations, alongside a desire to embarrass the president.
What is at least a little surprising, though, is seeing some of the same Republicans who rejected the package issue press releases touting the spending measures in their districts.
Rep. John Mica was gushing after the House of Representatives voted Friday to pass the big stimulus plan.
“I applaud President Obama’s recognition that high-speed rail should be part of America’s future,” the Florida Republican beamed in a press release.
Yet Mica had just joined every other GOP House member in voting against the $787.2 billion economic recovery plan…. Mica wasn’t alone in touting what he saw as the bill’s virtues.
To be fair, it’s hard to say just how common this was yesterday; the McClatchy article only points to a couple of examples of the GOP hypocrisy.
But it’s nevertheless amusing. In Mica’s press release about the stimulus package, for example, he not only applauded the spending for his district, he neglected to mention altogether that he opposed the bill. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), who also issued a press release claiming “victory” for an Alaskan contracting program in the bill, also failed to mention that he voted against the measure that he’s so excited about.
If GOP lawmakers want to vote against the package, fine. But bragging about a bill they opposed is just ridiculous.