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Rep. Jo Ann Emerson Votes Against Stimulus, Attends Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For Stimulus-Funded Project (Updated)

By Faiz Shakir  

"Rep. Jo Ann Emerson Votes Against Stimulus, Attends Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For Stimulus-Funded Project (Updated)"

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Jo_Ann_EmersonCORRECTION: In a correction posted on the White House website, the White House press office writes that it “stated incorrectly that Holcim directly received ARRA funds.”

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) joined Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood yesterday a “ribbon cutting” ceremony for a “green cement plant” in St. Genevieve, Missouri. The plant resulted in more than 2,500 jobs during its construction and currently employs 250 jobs for its operation.Emerson tweeted that it was a “great grand opening event,” but she didn’t acknowledge how the plant was funded.

Michael Bersin at the liberal Missouri blog Show Me Progress points out that Emerson voted against the stimulus back in January 2009. Not only did Emerson register a nay vote, but she also continued to bash the Recovery Act as recently as March:

I opposed the stimulus for two reasons: the spending was irresponsibly high, and I saw no way this money could be spent accountably by the federal government.

In a March 26, 2010 press release, Emerson declares, “Stimulus Has Grown Government, Not Economy.” Speaking on the House floor in December, Emerson lamented that the stimulus had done nothing to create jobs, specifically citing the experience “in my congressional district.”

Earlier this year, President Obama told the House Republican Caucus that “a lot of you have gone to appear at ribbon cuttings for the same projects that you voted against.” Indeed, Emerson was appearing with Obama’s own Transportation Secretary at an administration event that the White House press office advertised in a press release. (See the release here.)

ThinkProgress has been keeping a close eye on stimulus hypocrites. Check out our full report.

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