PA GOP Chairman Expresses Disappointment with Stimulus Package Vote

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Contact: Michael Barley
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HARRISBURG – Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason, Jr. released the following statement today regarding the U.S. Senate’s passage of the President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan:

"The economic stimulus plan that passed today in the U.S. Senate was a spending bill masquerading as a stimulus package. It was filled with pork barrel projects that will waste billions in taxpayer dollars on massive expansions of government programs, including $4.1 billion dollars for the Association for Community Organization for Reform Now (ACORN), a group that filed numerous fraudulent voter registration forms last year. I am concerned our children and grandchildren will be stuck paying off this awful piece of legislation for many years to come. I am disappointed that both of Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators voted in favor of this bill."

Below, we have highlighted just a handful of the hundreds of unnecessary spending initiatives included in the "stimulus" bill:

$2 billion earmark to re-start FutureGen, a near-zero emissions coal power plant in Illinois that the Department of Energy defunded last year because it said the project was inefficient

$1.1 billion to create a Comparative Effectiveness Council, so that the Federal government can decide on whether medical treatments are worth the money

$650 million for digital TV coupons

$600 million for new cars for the Federal government

$448 million for constructing the Department of Homeland Security headquarters

$400 million for the Centers for Disease Control to screen and prevent STD’s

$248 million for furniture at the new Homeland Security headquarters

$246 million in tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film

$88 million for the Coast Guard to design a new polar icebreaker (arctic ship)

$44 million to repair the U.S. Department of Agriculture headquarters