Friday, February 20, 2009

LoBiondo and the Stimulus revisited

Blogger bytheshore73 observes a curious problem with Frank LoBiondo's objections to the stimulus: By voting against the stimulus, he voted against the federal grants to firefighters than he loves to take credit for:

So the basic timeline is: Lobiondo votes against stimulus, Lobiondo announces federal grants, Lobiondo votes against stimulus. There's only one problem with this: every grant he announced in between attacking President Obama's plan to create jobs was provided by a program that benefited significantly from the stimulus.

Those fire grants? From the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, which received $210 million in additional funds from the stimulus. Airport Construction? From the Airport Improvement Program, which received a $1.1 billion boost in the stimulus. And the SAFER fire funding? Well, the federal stimulus bill included a provision to waive the requirement that grant recipients must provide local matching funds, greatly expanding the reach and benefit of the SAFER program.