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    Hoogendyk Slams Upton Slush Fund Vote

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri May 11, 2012 at 08:48:31 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, CD6, Fred Upton, Jack Hoogendyk, Slush Fund, Wasteful Spending, Amendment, EDA, Economic Development, Picking Winners, Rino Loser (all tags)

    Congressional candidate Jack Hoogendyk has called Congressman Fred Upton out for supporting a huge stimulus program at the federal level. On May 9, Congress voted on amendments to H.R. 5326, an appropriation bill for the Justice and Commerce Departments. Amendments were offered to make cuts to the total appropriation of nearly $53 billion.

    As written by Daniel Horowitz from the Madison Project, "The most important amendment that has been proposed so far is Mike Pompeo's amendment #37 to abolish the Economic Development Administration (EDA). The EDA is a failed Great Society program that serves as a stimulus/pork slush fund for special interest communities under the guise of assistance to economically distressed areas of the country. It's nothing more than a fund for corporate welfare and a way of picking winners and losers in the market. It has been as successful in creating jobs as Obama's stimulus." This amendment would have saved $3 billion in wasteful "stimulus" spending over ten years.

    Unfortunately, the amendment failed.

    All Democrats and 104 Republicans voted against the amendment. Included in that number was Congressman Fred Upton, who has lately been telling his constituents back home that he is opposed to stimulus spending and bloated budgets. "Voting against this amendment is hypocrisy on his part. I can only assume he thought nobody would find out," stated Hoogendyk.

    "The Pompeo amendment is just one example of how Congress and Fred Upton can make meaningful cuts, one at a time, to reduce the size of the federal budget which is in serious need of reduction," he continued. Upton voted wrong on several other amendments that would have saved a total of over $8 billion in the coming year.

    "It's in the amendment process that government can be reduced," said Hoogendyk. "Now is the time for courage and action."

    Roll Call notes below the Fold ~

    • Pompeo Amendment to abolish the Economic Development Administration [roll call #207]
    • Broun amendment that would cut 3% from salaries and expenses accounts covered in the bill and direct $874.6 million to the bill's spending reduction account. [Roll call #203]
    • Grimm amendment that would increase funding for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Program by $126 million. This is another federal intrusion into law enforcement that has not shown successful results. [roll call #214] Passed
    • Flake amendment that would cut $1.2 billion from the National Science Foundation. [roll call #217]
    • Scott, R-Ga., amendment to abolish Legal Services Corp.[roll call #219]
    • Broun amendment that would cut 12.2% from the entire bill. [roll call #222]
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