Republican Collins Defends Her Decision To Support Stimulus Bill (Video)

Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) was interviewed on FOX News today.
She defended her decision to support, as a Republican, the largest pork-bloated spending bill in US history:

Senator Collins says people will immediately see more money in their paychecks due to the Spendulus Bill because of the reduced taxes. (Does anyone know if that is an accurate statement?)

Collins also said if the bill came back from conference and is once again bloated with wasteful spending she will vote against it.
We’ll see.
Here is a breakdown of the Collins/Nelson Stimulus Bill changes.

FOX News reported that Collins and Specter are facing backlash for siding once again with liberal democrats:

Until Friday, President Obama’s plea for bipartisanship support of his costly plan for stimulating the economy mostly had fallen on deaf GOP ears, but that changed when three Republican moderates pledged their support.

In doing so, Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, and Pennsylvania’s Sen. Arlen Specter risked drawing the wrath of their fellow Republicans and of some constituents

The trio’s support is expected to give Democrats the 60 votes needed in the Senate to advance to a final vote on the $827 billion stimulus bill next week — and ultimately push the controversial mix of massive spending and tax cuts over the finish line.

Collins said she broke ranks with her party because of the progress congressional negotiators had made on the bill.

“Well, I know that some of my Republican colleagues are unhappy with the position that I’ve taken,” Collins told FOX News on Saturday. “I hope they will look at the fact that we were able to cut $110 billion of unnecessary spending from this bill. I think that’s a good accomplishment. I also think that it’s important that we do pass a stimulus bill to help turn the economy around.”

Snowe has kept a low profile since the deal was struck, while Specter said Friday night that the agreement wasn’t perfect but it was necessary.

Not everyone agrees.

Obviously.
Here again are the phone numbers for the turncoat Republicans:

Collins (202) 224-2523
Snowe (202) 224-5344
Specter (202) 224-4254

The Congressional Budget Office says the Obama Stimulus will hurt the economy.

More… Glenn Reynolds has the latest reviews on the Obama Stimulus Bill:

MICHAEL GREENSPAN ON THE STIMULUS: “This monstrosity of a bill, and the assumptions underlying it (e.g., ‘Politicians are wiser than non-politicians,’ ‘Citizens don’t own what they earn,’ etc.), are making me consider joining the Republican Party.”

Plus, from Harvard economist Robert Barro, interviewed in The Atlantic: “This is probably the worst bill that has been put forward since the 1930s.”

Related… Mark Steyn has this on the miracle worker and his bloated pork bill:

Jesus took a handful of loaves and two fish and fed 5,000 people. Barack wants to take a trillion pieces of pork and feed it to a handful of Democratic Party interest groups.

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