DNC Statement On ‘Party Of No ’ Leader Boehner’s False Claims And Unabashed Hypocrisy On Economic Recovery Projects


Washington, D.C. – Appearing on Fox News Sunday this past weekend, Republican Minority Leader John Boehner erroneously claimed that not a single road contract resulting from economic recovery funding had been let in his state of Ohio. In fact, as the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported this morning, more than 52 road and bridge infrastructure projects are already approved, amounting to more than $84 million in new spending.Please see below for a statement from DNC National Press Secretary Hari Sevugan on Boehner’s false claims and unabashed hypocrisy:


“Given that he championed and continues to advocate the very same economic policies that got us into this mess to begin with, perhaps John Boehner just doesn't know whatcreating new jobs looks like.Or perhaps he waswillfully misleading the public about the effect of the President's economic recovery package to score political points,” said DNC National Press Secretary Hari Sevugan.“Either way,considering that the Republican 'alternative' included ZERO funding for construction projects, it's the height of hypocrisy for Boehner to criticize the status of these projects at all. I’d say it’s time for John Boehner to decide who he really represents – the people of Ohio or the 'Party of NO' – but he’s already made that clear through hisfalse and irresponsible claims.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Boehner "Was Wrong" When He Said That There "Hasn't Been A Contract Let" In Ohio By The Economic Recovery. "When U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner told a newscaster Sunday that not a single stimulus-funded road contract in his home state of Ohio had been let, he was wrong. The Ohio Department of Transportation has OK'd 52 stimulus-funded road and bridge projects at a cost of nearly $84 million. Boehner told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace that in 'Ohio, the infrastructure dollars that were sent there months ago,' as part of the economic recovery package, 'there hasn't been a contract let, to my knowledge.'" [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 7/7/09, http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1246955468164200.xml&coll=2]


FLASHBACK: Boehner Admitted That Economic Recovery Funds For Construction Projects Would "Create Much-Needed Jobs." "Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following after federal officials ordered Ohio transportation officials to kill a $57 million slush-fund to study projects and put the money into shovel-ready projects: 'The stated intent of the so-called stimulus package was to create jobs, and certainly a $57 million slush-fund studying projects did nothing to achieve that goal. With Ohio’s unemployment rate the highest it’s been in 25 years, I’m pleased that federal officials stepped in to order Ohio to use all of its construction dollars for shovel-ready projects that will create much-needed jobs .'" [Rep. Boehner release, 6/15/09, http://boehner.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=132281]

FLASHBACK II: House Republicans' Economic Recovery Package Offered A Host Of Tax-Cutting Measures Instead Of Spending. "Far from rolling over, House Republican leaders are trying to win concessions from President Obama over the massive economic stimulus package and have proffered a bill of their own to put on the negotiating table.The counter-package, which is separate from a substitute amendment already proposed by House Republicans, would shift focus entirely from spending to tax relief. ... Their bill, called the Economic Recovery and Middle-Class Tax Relief Act of 2009, promises a host of tax-cutting measures. It includes a 5 percent 'across the board' income tax cut; an increase in the child tax credit from $1,000 to $5,000; a freeze on capital gains and dividends tax rates at 15 percent; and a number of other measures targeted toward businesses.... House Minority Leader John Boehner dismissed the Democratic proposal as a partisan grab bag driven by 'old liberal spending priorities.'" [Fox News, 1/28/09, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/01/28/house-republicans-push-counter-proposal-stimulus/]


FLASHBACK III: House Republican Economic Recovery Package Was Comprised Almost Entirely Of Tax Cuts. "The party's leader, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, said the measure "won't create many jobs, but it will create plenty of programs and projects through slow-moving government spending." A GOP alternative, comprised almost entirely of tax cuts, was defeated, 266-170." [AP, 1/28/09, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/28/house-gop-stimulus-plan-h_n_161564.html]