NRSC - Federal Deficit Skyrockets After Hodes Supported Record Government Spending

WASHINGTON – As U.S Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) returns home for the August recess, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported today that the federal deficit in July 2009 increased by an additional $181 billion, leaving the country $1.3 trillion in debt.

 

Today’s non-partisan CBO report comes after Representative Hodes and his Democrat colleagues spent the last seven months voting for the massive $787 billion “stimulus” bill, the pork-laden omnibus bill, and President Obama’s budget proposal, which totaled over $4.6 trillion in government spending.

 

As The Hill noted today, “The latest deficit projections come as Democrats in Congress and the White House are pushing for healthcare reform criticized by Republicans as too costly.”

 

“As our country faces a massive $1.3 trillion debt and Paul Hodes is campaigning for the U.S. Senate, he certainly has a lot of explaining to do as to why he deserves any kind of promotion while he’s at home this month,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson.

 

“Families and small businesses in New Hampshire are suffering while Hodes and his Democrat colleagues are racking up a growing national deficit using hard-earned taxpayer dollars. And now the Democrats want Americans to trust them to implement a government takeover of our health care system?” Wilkerson continued.

 

At the time of passage, Hodes said the $787 billion “stimulus” package would “reduce soaring unemployment.” Yet unemployment in New Hampshire reached 6.8 percent in June – up from 5.7 percent when the Democrats’ “stimulus” was passed in February 2009.

 

Background Information

 

Paul Hodes Voted In Favor Of The $787 Billion “Stimulus” Bill, Which Became Law. (H.R. 1, CQ Vote # 70: Adopted 246-183: R 0-176; D 246-7, 2/13/09, Hodes Voted Yea)

 

Hodes Said The “Stimulus” Would “Reduce Soaring Unemployment.” (Travis Andersen, “Hodes Says Stimulus Will Help,” The Nashua [NH] Telegraph, 1/27/09)

 

The Obama Administration Claimed The “Stimulus” Bill Would “Jumpstart Growth And Transform Our Economy.” (“American Recovery And Reinvestment Act: State-By-State Jobs Impact,” The White House, 2/13/09)

 

Tens Of Thousands Of New Hampshire Workers Are On Unemployment Months After Hodes Praised And Voted For The “Stimulus” Bill:

 

Unemployment In New Hampshire Was 5.7% When Hodes Voted For The So-Called “Stimulus” Bill In February. (United States Department Of Labor Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 7/9/09; H.R. 1, CQ Vote # 70: Adopted 246-183: R 0-176; D 246-7, 2/13/09, Hodes Voted Yea)

 

By May, New Hampshire’s Unemployment Rate Had Jumped To 6.5% And Over 48,000 Granite State Workers Were Unemployed. (United States Department Of Labor Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 7/11/09)

 

Reports Show New Hampshire’s Unemployment Reached 6.8% In June, Months After Hodes Voted For The “Stimulus” Bill He Claimed Would Reduce Unemployment. (United States Department Of Labor Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 7/17/09; H.R. 1, CQ Vote # 70: Adopted 246-183: R 0-176; D 246-7, 2/13/09, Hodes Voted Yea; Andersen, “Hodes Says Stimulus Will Help,” The Nashua [NH] Telegraph, 1/27/09)

 

Paul Hodes Voted In Favor Of The $410 Billion FY09 Omnibus Appropriation Bill. (H.R. 1105, CQ Vote #86: Passed 245-178: R 16-158; D 229-20, 4/25/09, Hodes Voted Yea)

 

“The Bill Includes An 8.5 Percent Across-The-Board Increase Over Last Year And Billions Of Dollars Worth Of Pet Projects.” (Trish Turner, “Senate Poised to Pass $410 Billion Spending Bill Tuesday,” Fox News, 3/9/09)

 

Taxpayers For Common Sense Identified More Than 8,500 Earmarks In The Omnibus Worth $7.7 Billion. “Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS) has been going through the omnibus to pull together a total number of earmarks and dollar amount. TCS found 8,570 disclosed earmarks worth $7.7 billion.” (Taxpayers For Common Sense Website, www.taxpayer.net, Accessed 3/9/09)

 

Hodes Voted In Favor Of The Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Resolution. (H. Con. Res. 85, CQ Vote #192: Adopted 233-196: R 0-176; D 233-20, 4/2/09, Hodes Voted Yea)

 

This Budget Outline Provides For $3.5 Trillion In Spending. “Congress passed a $3.5 trillion budget outline for 2010, handing President Barack Obama a victory on the 100th day of his presidency and helping set the stage for a significant shift in national priorities.” (Naftali Bendavid and Greg Hitt, “Congress Clears $3.5 Trillion Budget,” Wall Street Journal, 4/30/09)

 

Obama’s Agenda “Would Force The Nation To Borrow Nearly $9.3 Trillion Over The Next 10 Years to fund the president’s priorities in health care, education and other areas, according to an analysis released Friday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.” (Lori Montgomery, “Obama To Pursue Budget Goals On Hill,” The Washington Post, 3/24/09)