GOP Lawmakers Hail Hated Stimulus

Republicans crow about projects they like in bill they loathed
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2009 3:17 AM CST
House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, right, and Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., prepare to meet with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 13, 2009.   (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)
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(Newser) – Republican lawmakers aren't letting the fact they opposed the stimulus bill stop them from bragging now that it's passed, McClatchy Newspapers reports. A press release from Alaska Rep. Don Young boasted that he had won a victory for the state's small business owners in the bill's final version, but the lawmaker later blasted the bill as a "vehicle for pet projects."

Florida Rep. John Mica applauded “President Obama's recognition that high-speed rail should be part of America's future," in a press release, omitting the fact that he voted against it. A GOP spokesman said Mica saw the rail project as a "silver lining" in the stimulus, and argued that it was perfectly reasonable to support some parts of "a trillion-dollar" bill while being against the whole.