Schumer to GOP: Stimulus Is All or Nothing

Governors can't cherry-pick favorite parts, senator argues
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2009 1:46 PM CST
Schumer to GOP: Stimulus Is All or Nothing
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, arrives for the cloture vote on the Stimulus Bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 9, 2009. The cloture vote passed 61-36.   (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)

(Newser) – Chuck Schumer thinks governors ought to have one choice when it comes to the stimulus: Take it or leave it. The New York senator is fed up with Republicans like Bobby Jindal and Mark Sanford, who want to grab some federal cash while refusing the rest on ideological grounds. “These governors should be given the choice as to whether to accept the funds,” says Schumer. “But it should not be multiple choice.”

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In a letter to the Office of Management and Budget, Schumer argues that letting Jindal and Co. cherry-pick their favorite parts of the law would give them line-item veto power even the president doesn’t have. He’s asking the office to issue implementation guidance that clearly makes stimulus acceptance an our-way-or-the-highway proposition. (Read more Charles Schumer stories.)

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