As Congress continues to stew over stimulus plan compromise, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, is again criticizing the proposal.
The U.S. Senate voted 61-37 earlier this month to pass the $838 billion stimulus, a move Luetkemeyer said in a statement was "a mistake."
“I am acutely aware that many families are hurting out there. I also understand that many families are worried about keeping their jobs or are dealing with the reality that they may have just lost a job. I know this because each day I hear families telling me about the struggles they face," Luetkemeyer said in the statement. “This Senate bill is not the right approach to help real people get back to work or help them make ends meet. This is nothing more than a partisan political package that promotes big government and sticks our families with the bill. I am hopeful that House and Senate negotiators will realize the folly of this bill and consider ideas that will get our nation back on track that include real plans for creating jobs, stimulating small businesses and cutting people’s taxes.”
Luetkemeyer recorded this Youtube video last week expressing his opposition to the package. In the past few weeks, the first-term lawmaker has been promoting a Republican plan that includes tax cuts, tax deductions for small business owners and bolstered unemployement assistance.
The Hotline is reporting that the left-leaning Americans United for Change and the labor union AFSCME are running radio ads asking a number of lawmakers - including Luetkemeyer - to change course. Given his previous statements on the plan, it's unlikely that this ad blitz will make Luetkemeyer change course.