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Frelinghuysen Opposes Massive Economic Stimulus Package

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Location: Washington, DC

Frelinghuysen Opposes Massive Economic Stimulus Package

Rep. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) today opposed H.R. 1, the $825 billion economic stimulus package, which passed the House by a vote of 244-188.

"Americans are asking for our help and we must respond by passing an economic stimulus package that is effective, efficient, and timely," said Frelinghuysen. "To the contrary, this bill is ineffective, inefficient, and not an intelligent way to use the taxpayers dollars."

Jump starting our economy is "job one" and we should be working to create jobs through immediate investment in ‘shovel ready' infrastructure projects: roads, bridges, and tunnels. Yet, only $30 billion—or three percent—of this massive spending measure is directed to such projects."

"This legislation is also jam-packed with extra domestic spending that will do nothing for job creation or to prevent layoffs."

• $79 billion for a state stabilization fund to bail out some states that have done little or nothing to control their own spending or debt;
• $6.2 billion for weatherization programs- 31 times the $200 million appropriated last year;
• $400 million for global warming research;
• $335 million for sexually transmitted disease education and prevention programs;
• $200 million for new cars for government workers;

"In fact, this bill creates 32 entirely new government programs and adds 600,000 government jobs."

"The American people should worry about this bill. When Congress approved the controversial economic rescue plan last fall, we were promised proper management and accountability of taxpayer money. Unfortunately, we got neither. Passage of this package will continue this wasteful pattern."

"Moving forward, we hope the President and the Senate listen to our requests for more job creating tax cuts and far greater accountability."

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