Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick released the following statement in response to reports that the federal website Recovery.gov reported money being spent in non-existent Idaho Congressional Districts:
"I am very disappointed by the lack of proper transparency on one of the largest spending bills in American history. I voted against the stimulus bill for a host of reasons. I was concerned that it was too large, it was not strategic, it did not create enough jobs, it was not designed to work quickly and it cost far too much per job created. Unfortunately, those concerns have been proven correct. Now, with issues over transparency raising new questions about the bill, combined with other troubling stories about bureaucratic red tape, it is clear that Congress must re-examine our approach to jump-starting our economy and find a more effective, cost-efficient way to help businesses create jobs."