Recession Reality: Sen. George Voinovich and Rep. John Boehner’s Ohio

Of the GOP members opposing the recovery package, Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) and Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) seem among the most willing to ignore the economic toll being inflicted on their constituents. In pressuring his caucus to unanimously oppose the plan, Boehner claimed the package would not create jobs. Voinovich feigned interest in compromising on the legislation, only to drop out of negotiations halfway through. Yesterday, he voted against the package. Meanwhile, economic conditions in Ohio continue to deteriorate:

As local news reports explain, automakers and other businesses are downsizing and relocating to save costs, while cities across the state are cutting their budgets and laying off employees. Ohio’s other Senator, Sherrod Brown (D), who voted in favor of the bill, explained how the plan will help Ohio residents: “It’s going to help with Medicaid, it’s going to help…with extension of unemployment benefits, and it will help with weatherization to put more people to work. And it will create jobs.”