During his first campaign, he said that the 2009 stimulus had “failed Americans.”
Shortly after becoming a Congressman in 2011, he endorsed “elimination of any unobligated ‘stimulus’ funding.” And in a September 2012 statement, Scott said, “It is clear that the current path is unsustainable – stimulus spending doesn’t work and will not work.”
But, while he publicly attacked the stimulus, he wrote a May 2012 letter to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood requesting almost $22 million in stimulus funding for renovation of railroad tracks in North and South Carolina:
It is my understanding that you will soon be making decisions on the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER IV) grant program. I am writing in support of a joint application submitted by Horry County, South Carolina, Carolina Southern Railroad (CSR) and Columbus County, North Carolina. The funding provided through this grant will be used to rehabilitate 89 miles of railroad tracks used by CSR that are in dire need of repair and/or replacement. Currently, these tracks are shut down because they do not meet the new Federal Railroad Authority bridge requirement.
Read the letter:
The TIGER IV grants were funded by the 2012 continuing resolution, but are effectively an extension a program created by the 2009 stimulus.
On his campaign website, Scott wrote, “The biggest challenge facing our nation today is the culture of spending that has taken over Washington, D.C. I have fought hard to change the conversation from ‘how much can we spend’ to ‘how much can we save’, and we have succeeded in beginning to change that mindset. However, there is still a lot of work left to be done.” “The time for pet projects and special favors,” he added, “is over.”