The official website of the House Republican Caucus — GOP.gov — features a slew of anti-stimulus criticisms. But as ThinkProgress noted last week, buried amidst these rants is a press release from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) taking credit for $35 million in stimulus money. The release is still currently featured on GOP.gov:
While many Republicans have hypocritically touted stimulus projects back home that they voted against in Washington, D.C., McMorris Rodgers was denied that opportunity by state officials. The Spokane Spokesman-Review reports that McMorris Rodgers was “noticeably absent” from a ceremony last week heralding the announcement for the North Spokane Corridor. The paper explains that the local congresswoman “was not invited to the party” by Gov. Christine Gregoire (D-WA):
Asked why McMorris Rodgers was absent from Thursday’s event, Gregoire replied, “We never thought to ask her since she voted no.”
“I’m getting frustrated with people saying, ‘no, no, no,’ and then asking for money. Being divisive and saying no doesn’t get our country moving again” [Sen. Patty Murray] said after the ceremony.
On her website, McMorris Rodgers blasts the “flawed” stimulus as a “failed” effort to “spur job creation.” “What we need is jobs,” she writes. Gov. Chris Gregoire’s administration has trumpeted the fact that more than 100 jobs that will be created by the stimulus-funded North Spokane Corridor project.