$825 Billion Spending Plan Raises Questions


Date: Jan. 26, 2009
Location: Washington, DC

$825 Billion Spending Plan Raises Questions

Congressman Jim Gerlach (PA-6th District) issued the following statement as Congress prepares to start debate this week on an $825 billion spending proposal aimed at sparking the economy and creating jobs:

“There is no doubt that Congress has a role to play in helping revitalize our stagnant economy and ensure that businesses can grow and create jobs,” Congressman Gerlach said. “However, we have a responsibility to families, business owners and future generations to make prudent choices in how we spend taxpayer dollars so that we can positively impact the economy rather than simply engaging in reckless spending.”

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently reported that less than half of the $825 billion plan would be spent during the next two years – long after most economists predict the current recession will end.

Other details also raise concerns about wasteful spending, including $21 million for sod on the National Mall and $600 million for new cars for the federal government.