House Republicans Dishonestly Attack State Aid Bill

August 10, 2010 4:10 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

Today, the House held a special session to vote on a state aid bill intended to save more than 300,000 jobs, primarily for teachers and first responders.  The $26.1 billion package is fully paid for, and will actually reduce the deficit by $1.3 billion.  Nonetheless, conservative lawmakers have portrayed the bill as "more borrowing" and a "bailout" for "special interests."

During the debate on the House floor, Republican members continued their disingenuous attacks on the legislation.      

  • Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX): "I'm sorry that we have to be here today to spend money that the taxpayers don't have and Congress can't afford for an economic stimulus program that doesn't work."
  • Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA): "The Democrat majority is so addicted to spending that they've called Congress back just to vote on another multi-billion dollar bailout."
  • Rep. John Kline (R-MN): "Spending another $10 billion we do not have will not improve public education or protect the very best teachers."

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House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) also told reporters that the country can't afford the bill. "We are broke. We do not have the money to bail out the states," he said. "It's time for them to get their arms around their own problems."

The bill passed by a vote of 247-161