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Pete Sessions on Why He Voted Against Stimulus Bill, Then Asked for Stimulus Funds

A Friend of Unfair Park forwarded along this Center for Public Integrity round-up of Republicans and conservative Democrats who railed against the the $787-billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ... then asked for stimulus dough anyhow. For our purposes, the piece begins with none other than Rep. Pete Sessions, who, per docs uncovered by the center, wrote Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood a please-please-please-let-me-get-what-I-want in September 2009 in which he asked for $81 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant funding for Carrollton's light-rail project. The project didn't get any money -- but Dallas's streetcar start-up did.

When asked what the what, Sessions told the center via a written statement:

"The Democrats' stimulus bill is an abject failure that has cost taxpayers $1 trillion while over 3 million additional Americans lost their jobs. I voted against this borrow-and-spend policy last year, and I would again today if given the chance. ... What I have not done is allow my strong, principled objection to the bill to prevent me from asking federal agencies for their full consideration of critical infrastructure and competitive grant projects for North Texas when asked to do so by my constituents."

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Robert Wilonsky
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