Wednesday, February 11, 2009

House Republicans Bring Transparency to Stimulus

It's only Wednesday and this week has proven to be a busy one in Washington.  The economic stimulus is the focus of Congress' attention this week and with good reason.

With all the talk by Speaker Pelosi and her Democrat colleagues in the House about this Congress being the most "open and honest" in history, it took House Republicans to put those words into action yesterday afternoon to bring some transparency to the bloated and unfocused stimulus plan making its way through the House.

House Republicans offered a "Motion to Instruct Conferees" on the stimulus that asks that the House conferees not approve of the final conference agreement on the stimulus until the text of the legislation has been available in an electronic, searchable, and downloadable form for at least 48 hours prior to voting on the final agreement.

The Republican motion was put up to a vote.  The conclusion?  403 to 0.

Before Congress votes on a trillion dollar spending bill, the American taxpayer should be able to see what their hard earned dollars are being used for.  

But again, my colleagues and I aren't going to stop with this this motion.  We have an alternative to the trillion dollar spending spree the majority is promoting.  The Republican alternative will create 2.6 million jobs, more than twice the number created in the Democrats' bill at half the cost.  I encourage you to learn more about the Republican alternative.  My colleagues and I are on your side and we won't stop working to promote solutions that help our economy and hard working American families reach and achieve the American Dream.

Posted by: Bill


  1. Thank you for opening the comments section of your blog. I am a resident of your district.

    My husband and I support your stand in opposition of this economic stimulus plan. It is far too big, far too vague and loaded with far too many projects. We are doing a great disservice to our children and their children by saddling them with this debt.

    Our country and economy will be strong not because of the government, but because of the citizens that work hard and many small business owners that provide the jobs. At this time my husband and I are experiencing some of the pain of the recession. He has been laid off from his job at Creative Pultrusions for about a month now. We are hopeful that their business will pick up and he will be back to work soon.

    We do not however support spending over a trillion dollars on "porkie" projects. We support immediate tax cuts for working families and businesses. We do not support big government running everything. We want to see accountability from the banks and businesses that have been bailed out.

    We also support you in keeping this process honest. How can this plan be voted on and approved if it when it is so huge and so many things are hidden in it? Where is the transparency in that?

    I apologize for being so lengthy in my comment, but I have been following this closely and had many things to say.

    I encourage you Mr. Shuster, and the hardworking people of your district support you. Keep up the good work.

    Melissa Holbrook

  2. Thanks for your support Melissa and welcome to the blog.