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October 16, 2009 10:28 am ET

Once Again, Sen. Gregg Shows Complete Reversal On Reconciliation

On October 16, 2009, Sen. Judd Gregg once again feigned disdain at the possibility of using the budget reconciliation process to help Americans gain access to quality health care.  Yet, as Media Matters Action Network has previously noted, Sen. Gregg was the Senate's leading proponent of the maneuver just a few short years ago

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October 02, 2009 4:07 pm ET

Rep. Jenkins Has A "Real World Background" Mishandling Of Taxpayer Dollars

On October 2, 2009, Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) wrote a blog post on in which she claimed "my primary responsibility in Congress is to ensure our government is efficient with your money." She must have forgotten that as state treasurer of Kansas she misallocated $15 million in taxpayer money AND played hookie as a trustee of a public retirement fund as it lost over $1 billion for Kansas workers.

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August 26, 2009 3:45 pm ET

Sen. Gregg Changes His Tune On Reconciliation

On August 26, 2009, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) claimed Democrats "will basically shoot themselves in the foot" if they use budget reconciliation to pass health care.  However in 2005, Sen. Gregg was an ardent defender of Republican efforts to use budget reconciliation.

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August 12, 2009 12:25 pm ET

Rep. Buchanan Takes Credit For Sarasota Transit Grant He Voted Against

On August 11, 2009, Rep. Vern Buchanan issued a press release claiming credit for securing a $1 million grant for transit projects in Sarasota, Florida.  The funding, however, was included in the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which Buchanan voted against.

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July 30, 2009 5:36 pm ET

Rep. Jenkins Forgets Her Sloppy Handling Of Taxpayer Dollars

On July 30, 2009, Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) introduced a bill aimed at increasing Congress' accountability regarding the handling of taxpayer dollars.  She must have forgotten that as state treasurer of Kansas she misallocated $15 million in taxpayer money AND played hookie as a trustee of a public retirement fund as it lost over $1 billion for Kansas workers.

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June 09, 2009 12:50 pm ET

Rep. Boehner's Townhall Op-Ed Is Full Of Falsehoods

On June 9, 2009, House Minority Leader John Boehner wrote an op-ed on Townhall into which he, remarkably, crammed nearly every debunked Republican talking point.

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May 28, 2009 1:36 pm ET

Rep. Hastings Omits The GOP's Fiscal Failures In Order To Blame President Obama For Budget Deficit

On May 28, 2009, Rep. Doc Hastings released the text of a speech he gave in his district the day before. In it, he claimed Republicans drove down the budget deficit and "President Obama has thrown that record out the window" - and justifies this wholly untrue claim by pretending Republicans were model stewards of the federal budget.

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May 22, 2009 3:31 pm ET

Is Gov. Sanford Allergic To All Pork - Or Just Some Pork?

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is suing his Attorney General for presenting legislation that would force him to accept Federal stimulus monies.  South Carolina's Republican Members of Congress have reportedly asked for more than $20 million in pork barrel spending.  Will Gov. Sanford reject those funds as well?

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May 18, 2009 6:11 pm ET

Rep. Culberson: Staggeringly Inconsistent On Spending

Texas Rep. John Culberson is a typical, insincere politician.  His "Let Texans Run Texas" blog featured two posts BACK TO BACK in which he decried exorbitant federal spending in one, and bragged about requesting $267 million for a pet project in the next.

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May 15, 2009 4:06 pm ET

FLASHBACK: Newt Gingrich Loved That Pork

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich's organization, American Solutions for Winning the Future,  has put forth an economic recovery plan.  They suggest "eliminating Congressional earmarks and wasteful pork-barrel spending." Yet as Speaker of the House, Gingrich openly used well-placed pet projects to boost the GOP's electoral prospects.

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May 12, 2009 6:30 pm ET vs. Reality: 3 Million More Jobs

On May 12, 2009, (the RNC) posted a research document claiming their plan would create three million more jobs than the Democratic proposal.  What the RNC failed to mention was the fuzzy math used to substantiate such a claim

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May 04, 2009 6:13 pm ET

Rep. Cantor Still Citing Failed Budget

On May 4, 2009, Rep. Eric Cantor sent out a press release claiming, "the Democrat [sic] Majority in Washington remains disconnected from the realities families and small businesses are facing."  He then touted the failed GOP alternative budget proposal, which, in a demonstration of how "connected" the GOP is with reality, called for a complete freeze on almost all domestic spending, made deep cuts in education and Medicare, and resulted in a roughly $500 billion annual deficit - about the same as the Democratic plan.

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April 29, 2009 6:52 pm ET

Rep. Harper's Blog Leaves Townhall A Mess

On April 29, 2009, Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) wrote a blog post on  In his post, he used flawed logic and stale talking points to criticize President Obama over increased spending and a growing federal government.  After reading this, it seems Rep. Harper's staff should follow him around with a broom to sweep up all of these broken arguments.

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April 29, 2009 4:27 pm ET

Rep. Pence: Out Of Touch With The American People

While debating the fiscal year 2010 budget resolution on April 29, 2009, Rep. Mike Pence exclaimed, "it borrows too much, spends too much, and taxes too much and the American people know it," despite recent polling data to the contrary.  Additionally, Rep. Pence conveniently failed to mention his enthusiastic support for a doubling of the federal budget since he took office in 2001.

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April 27, 2009 3:20 pm ET

Rep. Paul Ryan Needs $10.5 Million To Pay His Pork Bill

On April 27, 2009, the GOP Leader Blog posted a piece on President Obama's budget.  The post promotes the budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan that allegedly asks for all non-defense spending be frozen.  That's all well and good until you examine Rep. Ryan's history of non-defense earmark requests.

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April 27, 2009 11:12 am ET

Rep. Shuster: Hypocrite On Spending

On April 27, 2009, Rep. Bill Shuster wrote an op-ed criticizing Democrats over wasteful spending and increased debt.  However, a quick glance at Rep. Shuster's record reveals his penchant for pork.

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April 20, 2009 4:25 pm ET

FACT CHECK: Sen. Inhofe's TARP Rant

On April 20th, 2009, Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe took to the Senate floor to address criticisms of his recent critiques of the Obama Administration.   Shortly into his rant, Sen. Inhofe made a seemingly outrageous claim that Tim Geithner authored the Troubled Asset Relief Program in September 2008 - despite the fact that the plan was proposed more than four months before Geithner became Treasury Secretary.

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April 20, 2009 2:38 pm ET

Rep. Boehner: Hypocrite on Spending

On April 20, 2009, House Minority Leader John Boehner released a statement claiming Americans have "had enough of Washington piling more debt on our children and grandchildren." What he failed to mention, though, is the Republican Party's abysmal record on cutting government spending and reducing debt.  In the twelve years (1995-2007) Republicans had control of Congress, both government spending and the national debt nearly doubled.  With a record like that, Republican leaders have lost the right to criticize others on the importance of fiscal restraint.

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April 15, 2009 2:24 pm ET

Rep. Cantor Can't Tell The Difference

House Republican Whip Eric Cantor issued a press release that attempted to tie America's current fiscal problems and tax burdens to President Obama.  Evidently, Cantor can't access the various independent analyses of the President's tax proposals.

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April 14, 2009 6:22 pm ET

Is Americans For Tax Reform Calling Tea Party Participants "Extremists"?

Is Americans For Tax Reform Calling Tea Party Participants "Extremists"?

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