"Sen. Conrad: ‘I’d have a very hard time voting’ for recovery package as it stands."
Earlier today, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) said he is “undecided” on whether to support President Obama’s recovery plan. Another “undecided” Democratic senator is Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND). “I’d have a very hard time voting for what came over from the House,” he said today on Fox News, echoing conservative talking points:
CONRAD: [T]here are other areas of the package that are really very questionable in terms of whether they’d stimulate the economy. Some of the programs that are given money only have ten percent spend-out in the next two years. … There’s very little done in this package to help housing. Very little done to help the financial sector.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who is helping lead the GOP opposition to the stimulus plan, embraced Conrad in a subsequent interview. “I do agree with much of what Sen. Conrad said,” he said. Watch it:
As ThinkProgress noted, the recovery package is not intended to fix the troubled housing sector (which should be done with TARP funds), but instead is focused on energy, science and technology, health care, education, infrastructure, and targeted tax cuts for struggling families.