Rep. Geoff Davis Takes Credit For Stimulus While Baselessly Claming It "Failed"

December 21, 2009 11:19 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

On the very same day he was taking credit for stimulus funds for his district, Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY) put out a statement in which he claimed that the stimulus had "failed."

The president's economic stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, famously received zero Republican votes in the House of Representatives.

However, soon after the bill was enacted, conservative lawmakers cheerfully began touting the projects it funded in their districts.  During the course of the year, a slew of Republicans have been caught taking credit for the benefits of legislation they stridently opposed. 

The latest member of the GOP caucus to engage in this hypocrisy is Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY), who last week issued a press release trumpeting a stimulus-funded grant for a school district in his state.  "I am pleased that our office was able to assist them in obtaining these funds," Davis stated.  From the release:

Congressman Geoff Davis is pleased to announce that the Carroll County School District has been awarded $1,044,140 in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) Early Head Start Expansion Program. [...]

Congressman Davis stated, "In these difficult economic times, it is critical to ensure that vulnerable populations in Kentucky have access to important support services like those provided by the Early Head Start program.  This important grant will allow Carroll County School District to expand their ability to provide needed assistance to local low-income families and children.  I am very proud of the work that the Carroll County School District is doing to strengthen their community, and I am pleased that our office was able to assist them in obtaining these funds."

The stimulus has created or saved up to 1.6 million jobs, according to the Congressional Budget Office.  It is also responsible for keeping "more than 6 million Americans out of poverty in 2009." Despite this evidence, Republicans continue to launch political attacks against the bill.  In fact, on the very same day he was taking credit for stimulus funds, Davis put out a separate statement in which he claimed that the stimulus had "failed."

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