NRSC - Will Paul Hodes Support Second "Stimulus" After First Spending Bill Failed To Create NH Jobs?

WASHINGTON – As his fellow Democrat colleagues denounce President Barack Obama’s proposal to enact another costly taxpayer-funded $50 billion “stimulus” bill after the first $787 billion debacle failed, U.S. Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) has not told his constituents whether he supports this new spending measure.

Several reports have noted the Democrats’ divisions on the new spending proposals:

Meanwhile, Hodes’ fellow Democrat Senate hopefuls U.S. Representatives Joe Sestak (D-PA) and Brad Ellsworth (D-IN) readily admitted that the bill was a political ploy and a “gimmick” less than 60 days from the midterm elections.

“Granite State voters deserve to know: Will Paul Hodes finally stand up to his party’s out-of-control spending agenda and reject this second ‘stimulus?’ Or will Hodes continue to put his partisan interests in Washington ahead of his constituents at home and rubberstamp yet another costly taxpayer-funded spending bill after the first one failed to create much-needed jobs?” asked National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Marchand. “Paul Hodes’ colleagues have already admitted this bill is a poll-driven ‘gimmick,’ so when will he stand up and finally say enough is enough?”

Despite Hodes’ promise that the first stimulus would “reduce soaring unemployment,” the nation’s jobless rate has risen to 9.6 percent. Meanwhile, Hodes’ bill managed to pay for a number of wasteful non-job related projects, including:

  • $144,541 to see how monkeys react under the influence of cocaine;
  • $2 million to study exotic ants;
  • Almost half-a-million to provide quitting smokers with a smartphone;
  • $554,000 to replace windows at a closed visitor center;
  • $760,000 for a computerized choreography program;
  • $357,710 to restore an abandoned furnace;
  • Over $13 million for repairs at the remote Dry Tortugas National Park in Key West, Florida;
  • $700,000 to study why monkeys respond negatively to inequity and unfairness;
  • Nearly $300,000 to provide information on interplanetary weather. (Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. and John McCain, “Summertime Blues: 100 Stimulus Projects That Give Taxpayers The Blues,” August 2010)

Background Information:

Hodes Voted For The $787 Billion “Stimulus” Bill. (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)

In October 2009, Hodes Claimed That Voting For The Stimulus “Was The Right Thing To Do.” “Democratic Rep. Paul Hodes, who backed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act early this year, acknowledged, ‘There is more work to be done.’ But, he said, ‘I thought then it was the right thing to do,’ and he still does.” (John DiStaso, “Stimulus Sentiment Follows Party Lines,” The [Manchester, NH] Union Leader, 10/25/09)


  • Hodes Continued To Claim The Stimulus Was Working, Despite A Report Claiming Only 116 New Hampshire Jobs Came From Infrastructure Spending In The Stimulus. “[A]ccording to Fitch’s report, only 116 full-time jobs were created as a result of highway infrastructure investment in New Hampshire as of Sept. 30, compared to 2,041 in education and 745 in government services. Still, Hodes said, the stimulus is working. ‘It delivered the biggest middle-class tax cut in history,’ he said in an interview. ‘It has saved the jobs of teachers and firefighters and cops, and created jobs, and the program isn’t done.’” (John DiStaso, “Stimulus Sentiment Follows Party Lines,” The [Manchester, NH] Union Leader, 10/25/09)

As Late As December 2009, Hodes Claimed He Was “Comfortable” With His Vote On The “Stimulus” Bill. “Hodes said he ‘remains comfortable’ with his vote on the earlier bill. ‘The first American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was obviously a much broader and larger act that gave the middle class the largest tax cuts in history, made sure that firefighters, teachers and cops stayed on beat and had considerable stabilization and recovery provisions for infrastructure,’ Hodes said.” (Shira Schoenberg, “Jobs Bill Splits House Delegation,” The Concord [NH] Monitor, 12/18/09)

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