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Hoogendyk Slams Upton Slush Fund Vote
By JGillman, Section News
Congressional candidate Jack Hoogendyk has called Congressman Fred Upton out for supporting a huge stimulus program at the federal level. On May 9, Congress voted on amendments to H.R. 5326, an appropriation bill for the Justice and Commerce Departments. Amendments were offered to make cuts to the total appropriation of nearly $53 billion.
As written by Daniel Horowitz from the Madison Project, "The most important amendment that has been proposed so far is Mike Pompeo's amendment #37 to abolish the Economic Development Administration (EDA). The EDA is a failed Great Society program that serves as a stimulus/pork slush fund for special interest communities under the guise of assistance to economically distressed areas of the country. It's nothing more than a fund for corporate welfare and a way of picking winners and losers in the market. It has been as successful in creating jobs as Obama's stimulus." This amendment would have saved $3 billion in wasteful "stimulus" spending over ten years.
Unfortunately, the amendment failed.
All Democrats and 104 Republicans voted against the amendment. Included in that number was Congressman Fred Upton, who has lately been telling his constituents back home that he is opposed to stimulus spending and bloated budgets. "Voting against this amendment is hypocrisy on his part. I can only assume he thought nobody would find out," stated Hoogendyk.
"The Pompeo amendment is just one example of how Congress and Fred Upton can make meaningful cuts, one at a time, to reduce the size of the federal budget which is in serious need of reduction," he continued. Upton voted wrong on several other amendments that would have saved a total of over $8 billion in the coming year.
"It's in the amendment process that government can be reduced," said Hoogendyk. "Now is the time for courage and action."
Roll Call notes below the Fold ~
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