"Ohio Department of Transportation ‘Disappointed’ In Boehner’s Cluelessness About Stimulus Funds"
This past Sunday on Fox News, House Minority Leader John Boehner issued this stinging, but false, criticism of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:
BOEHNER: This was supposed to be about jobs, jobs, and jobs. And the fact is it turned into nothing more than spending, spending, and more spending on a lot of big government bureaucracy. In Ohio, the infrastructure dollars that were sent there months ago — there hasn’t been a contract let, to my knowledge. And the fact is is that I don’t believe it will create jobs.
Media Matters fact-checked Boehner’s statement, noting that the Ohio Department of Transportation had been using stimulus funds “for work on 52 projects.” On June 15, the ODOT issued a statement noting that the stimulus funds were helping to create jobs. “As contracts are awarded, construction companies begin to mobilize workers for these jobs,” the statement read.
Today, ODOT issued a new statement distancing itself from Boehner. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports:
ODOT spokesman Scott Varner called Boehner’s statement “disappointing.”
Varner noted that ODOT had just OK’d six more stimulus road projects, which will cost about $43 million.
Boehner’s office was forced to backpedal in the face of new criticism from ODOT. After initially claiming that not a single contract had resulted from the stimulus funds, Boehner issued a revised statement, complaining that “the entire process has been absurdly slow moving just as Republicans warned.”
Just last month, Boehner was touting the fact that stimulus was creating “much-needed jobs” for his state. Boehner just can’t keep his talking points straight in his feverish rush to issue political attacks against Obama.