Anyone surprised at this?
Ya shouldn’t be…
In the age of Donald Trump (And Putin)….
Lying is deemed ok to stretching the truth…..
Vote AGAINST something, then go out and campaign to keep your job because you ‘got’ things you didn’t?
The spending bill President Joe Biden is expected to sign today marks the return of earmarks, i.e. funding for local community projects. Lawmakers love to talk about this stuff. And some will do so even if they voted against the legislation.
A few examples of this (check the roll call vote here):
- Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.): She lists eight projects that she “secured” while noting: “While I could not support this portion of the bill, I am pleased that the bill includes several Community Funding Projects I advocated for to benefit our local communities.”
- Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.): The Louisiana conservative lists four projects that will get funding “specifically requested and secured” by the congressman. “Despite my objections to the bill in its totality, we worked closely with the House Appropriations Committee to secure funding for several important Louisiana projects,” he said.
- Rep. Chris Jacobs (R-N.Y.): He lists seven community projects while noting he opposed the overall legislation due to “partisan policies that erode the Second Amendment and grow domestic spending.”
- Rep. Dan Meuser (R-Pa.): He touts $14 million going to eight projects for his district in a press release. “Passage of this bill is the culmination of more than a year of working with stakeholders in our communities to identify and secure federal support for their critical needs,” he said.
Again, all of these members opposed the funding bill, and it’s not just them doing this. But claiming credit for provisions in a bill they ultimately opposed isn’t exactly leveling with voters…..