Thursday, April 23, 2009

Boehner: GAO Report Confirms Republican Concerns About Stimulus Waste

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office report on the implementation of the Democrats’ trillion-dollar “stimulus” spending bill, which noted that many states do not currently have the ability to ensure “stimulus” money is being spent responsibly:

“This report confirms some of taxpayers’ worst fears about the flawed ‘stimulus’ spending bill that was rushed through the Democratic Congress. It indicates that many states do not have the ability to ensure ‘stimulus’ dollars are spent responsibly, and much of the ‘stimulus’ money is likely to be spent in a manner that has nothing to do with creating jobs. As a result of the flawed ‘stimulus,’ Washington has seized hundreds of billions of dollars from our children and grandchildren under the flawed premise that we can spend our way back to prosperity, and this report provides further confirmation that the money is in danger of being squandered in a massive act of generational theft. At a time when middle-class families and small businesses are looking for real solutions to help create jobs and rebuild their savings, don’t the American people deserve better?

“In recent weeks, we have learned that taxpayer dollars are being used to fund a skateboard park in Rhode Island, bike racks in Washington, DC, and highway studies instead of construction projects in Ohio – all in the name of economic ‘stimulus.’ Today’s report is a warning that we may have only seen the tip of the iceberg so far when it comes to the waste and abuse of taxpayer funds resulting from the so-called ‘stimulus.’ Republicans had a better solution to get our economy moving again – a proposal that would have created twice as many jobs at half the cost of the Democrats’ flawed plan. While I am disappointed the Democrats opposed our plan, I am hopeful they will finally decide to work with Republicans and craft better solutions to the problems facing the American people.”

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