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.
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: