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Congressional leaders received a letter from the president asking for almost $50 billion for distribution to state and local governments, saying that increased spending is “urgent and unavoidable,” the Post reported. The money would protect the jobs of teachers, police and firefighters.
Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), called the letter full of "contradictions."
"He's calling on Congress to pass a [jobless] bill that will add about $80 billion to the deficit, but then calls for fiscal discipline; he says these measures need to be targeted and temporary, but then calls for extending programs passed in the stimulus more than a year ago," Stewart said in an e-mail.
"While some people say you have to spend and some people say you have to cut, the president wants to talk about both cuts and investing," [Rahm] Emanuel said.
“Democrats are showing either that they just don’t get it on this issue of the debt, or that they just don’t care,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said in a reaction to the letter. “You can understand the American people’s skepticism when they’re told that simply adding more government is the solution to government’s previous failures.”
"I think there is spending fatigue," House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said recently. "It's tough in both houses to get votes."
Originally posted by TheFinalTruth14
Someone please tell me if it's just me, but is this just ridiculous? It is my understanding that we haven't spent the over $700 billion from the previous stimulus.
Hey America, worry about the oil spill