Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Correction: Latta votes no on billion-dollar stimulus

Note - I've deleted my prior post on this issue because I had the vote tally wrong. My thanks to piggyhastheconch for pointing out the mistake and providing the final vote tally link.

Kudos to Representative Bob Latta who voted no on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill. He joined the other Republicans and 11 Democrats in saying no to a huge boondoggle. (One Republican did not vote - see note below.) Final vote totals are here. Rep. Marcy Kaptur voted yes.

I'm proud of the Republicans for sticking together in opposing the huge spending that really won't do much to 'stimulate' the economy - but I'm not surprised by the Democrats whose solution to any problem seems to be to throw money at it, even when it's money they don't have.

Also, I'm concerned about the Democrats who voted no and whether or not they will suffer any consequences of parting with their party on the issue - not in their districts, but in the internal structure of the House. They are: Bobby Bright (AL-2), Parker Griffith (AL-5), Allen Boyd (FL-2), Walter Minnick (ID-1), Brad Ellsworth (IN-8), Frank Kratovil (MD-1), Collin Peterson (MN-7), Gene Taylor (MS-4), Heath Shuler (NC-11), Paul Kanjorski (PA-11) and Jim Cooper (TN-5).

Now it's on to the Senate where, originally, such hasty decisions were supposed to be more carefully deliberated.

We'll see.

NOTE: Americans for Limited Government: "ALG News has confirmed from top Capitol Hill sources that the one Republican who was not present, Ginny Brown Waite (FL-5), had to leave early due to a family emergency. For the record, she would have voted against to the $819 billion debt stimulus."


HaskinsJohn said...

You did a great job filling in for Brian, as usual. I used his web site form to send Congressman Latta a note of thanks for this vote and will be calling Senators Brown and Voinovich today to encourage the same. It was really nice to hear him on WSPD talking about his NO vote.

Maggie said...

Thanks - for the compliment and for expressing your preferences to your elected officials.

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