Vern Ehlers Votes Against Economic Stimulus Package

Vern Ehlers Voted Against the Economic Stimulus Package

On Wednesday, Grand Rapids area Representative Vern Ehlers–along with the entire Republican delegation in the House of Representatives–voted against the economic stimulus plan prepared by Democrats and President Barack Obama.

In a statement explaining his vote, Ehlers largely rehashed Republican talking points on the bill:

“The main reason I decided to vote against this bill is the incredibly high cost it poses to Americans who are already financially strained. The spending in this bill costs each American household around $6,700, which will be added to our national debt.”

“Only around three percent of the $825 billion bill would go toward job-creating, “shovel-ready” road and highway construction spending. Supporters of this bill claim it will produce three to four million jobs, which means it will cost $200,000 for each job it creates.”

These numbers have been criticized by liberal groups who charge that they are inaccurate. This has been particularly true of the $200,000 per job figure, which groups such as Media Matters say ignores other benefits from the stimulus package in the areas of education, health, and public safety.

Media Matters has also prepared a list of “myths and falsehoods surrounding the economic recovery plan” that looks at several of the misleading statements being made about the bill by Republicans like Representative Ehlers.

Last year, Ehlers voted for a costly economic stimulus package proposed by the Bush administration.

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Author: mediamouse

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