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McCaskill Called Out Colleague Seeking Stimulus Pork

February 10th, 2009 by mopns · No Comments

Whew!! We’re getting dizzy! One day Claire’s a populist advocating that we can’t afford to wait on passing this boondoggle “stimulus” bill, the next day she’s a deficit hawk concerned with pork. It’s amazing the Missouri media doesn’t call her out on this!

by Michael O’Brien

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said that she had to call out another unnamed Democratic colleague who approached her about carving out $1 billion in pork-barrell projects for each lawmaker involved in negotiating the stimulus package.

“At one point in these negotiations, one Democratic member came to me and said, ‘Hey, since we’re the ones putting this deal together, each of us are going to each carve out a billion dollars for things we want,'” McCaskill said during an appearance on the KCMO Morning Show with Chris Stigall on a Missouri radio affiliate.

“I said, ‘You guys are ridiculous. You should not be doing that. That is not the way this is supposed to work,'” McCaskill added.

McCaskill appeared on the show to defend the stimulus, arguing President Obama has done more to encourage bipartisanship than any of his predecessors. Read more…

Related:

Letter on MotherJones.com

“I have sent Kit Bond the republican senator from my state 3 letters and I have yet to hear from him. That is within the last 2 weeks. I have called him 3 times in the last 2 weeks. Still nothing, and I am not the only one. There are several other progressive blogs here in MO, that have been trying to contact him and we get nothing from him.”

Way to go Kit!

DC Examiner: “Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., said his staffers have had “all kinds of harsh things said to them,” by angry constituents calling to complain about the stimulus proposal.”

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