COBLE VOTES AGAINST STIMULUS PACKAGE
Even though it was endorsed by a Republican president, along with Democratic and GOP leadership in the House, U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) today voted against a $150 billion economic stimulus package calling it "deficit spending at its worst." Congressman Coble stated that he voted against the legislation because it was "applying a Band-Aid to a problem that requires major surgery."
Rep. Coble said he also voted against the measure because he didn't like the process in which it was adopted. "It was brought up under suspension of the rules," Rep. Coble noted, "which meant that there were no hearings on the bill, and we couldn't amend it on the House floor. I know that everyone wants to assist our slowing economy as soon as possible, but adding this much to our deficit is the wrong approach in my opinion."
The stimulus plan passed the House by a vote of 385 to 35 with 1 present. The Senate is looking at different proposals for its own economic recovery plan, so the legislation still has additional hurdles to cross. Rep. Coble was the only member of the North Carolina congressional delegation to vote against the bill.
"When I first ran for this office," Rep. Coble stated, "I said I wanted to apply a sharp pencil to age-old ways of deficit spending in Washington. Well, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Some time ago, the catch phrase was, It's the economy, stupid.' It is still about the economy, but I think there is a smarter way to stimulate growth than by piling on additional debt. That is why I voted no today."