Cantor To Host Job Fair With Employers Stimulated By Over $50 Million In Recovery Act Funds

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"Cantor To Host Job Fair With Employers Stimulated By Over $50 Million In Recovery Act Funds"

Eric CantorHouse Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) has been one of the Recovery Act’s most vocal critics. After whipping his caucus into uniformly opposing the stimulus, Cantor has been the lead spokesman decrying the program as a failure. Ignoring evidence that that the stimulus is helping to turn around the economy, Cantor repeatedly says that it is “failing” to “create jobs.”

As ThinkProgress reported last year, despite his withering attacks on the stimulus, Cantor hosted two job fairs filled with employers hiring directly because of stimulus grants and programs. Tomorrow, Cantor intends to again host a job fair stimulated by jobs made possible through the Recovery Act:

– Cantor job fair employer AT&T has received two contracts totaling $837,550 from the Recovery Act.

— Cantor job fair employer Bryant & Stratton College received contracts totaling $209,571 from the Recovery Act.

— Cantor job fair employer Chesterfield County received grants totaling $406,773 from the Recovery Act.

— Cantor job fair employer CSX Transportation received grants totaling over $5.7 million from the Recovery Act.

— Cantor job fair employer Goodwill Industries International has received grants of over $6.4 million from the Recovery Act.

— Cantor job fair employer Northrop Grumman Corporation has received grants of over $2.6 million from the Recovery Act.

— Cantor job fair employer University of Richmond has received grants totaling $750,964 from the Recovery Act.

— Cantor job fair employer Nationwide Insurance has received grants totaling $25,617 from the Recovery Act.

— Cantor job fair employer United Way of Greater Richmond has received a $61,125 grant from the Recovery Act.

According to a ThinkProgress review of contracts from the Recovery.gov website, employers at the Cantor job fair tomorrow have received approximately $52,716,129 from the stimulus.

While Cantor has tried to score political points slamming the stimulus as an utter failure, he has relied on it as a crutch to bring both private and public sector jobs to his district. Cantor’s GOP colleagues — who helped him try to kill the stimulus — have similarly gone back to their district to claim credit for stimulus programs. A ThinkProgress report released on the one year anniversary of the stimulus highlights over half the GOP caucus, 114 lawmakers, who voted to kill the stimulus then took credit for its success.

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