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Mother Lode Congressman Criticizes Economic Stimulus Plan

Washington, DC — Congressman Dan Lungren is a sharp critic of the $819 billion economic stimulus package that passed through the House of Representatives Wednesday.

“There was more money put in this package to replant grass on the National Mall in Washington, DC than there was tax relief for small business,” says Lungren. “That is just crazy.”

Lungren also has concerns about spending $600 million to buy new cars for government workers, $50 million towards the National Endowment for the Arts and $3 billion for Prevention and Wellness Programs.

The Senate is advancing its own version of an economic bill, with President Obama calling on leaders to reach a compromise that he can sign by Presidents Day.

“President Obama warned us yesterday saying that he is going to present a budget in just a month that is going to have cuts that both Democrats and Republicans will not like,” adds Lungren. “He said it would not make sense to start a bunch of new programs with new spending that he will have to turn around and cut.”

Lungren says he hopes a compromise can be reached and that the final bill has more of an emphasis on supporting businesses that employ less than 500 people.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com