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In Virginia, a GOP Stimulus Critic Calls for Stimulus Funds

Add Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) to the growing list of conservative state officials who are preaching fiscal restraint while also vying for federal stimulus

Jul 31, 2020
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Add Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) to the growing listof conservative state officials who are preaching fiscal restraint while also vying for federal stimulus dollars to address state budget problems. The Washington Post reportsthat McDonnell — who just last week toldthe American Action Forum that the economic downturn presents government leaders with the opportunity to scale back bloated bureaucracies — is also applying for $350 million in stimulus grants.
“I thought the stimulus package ought to have been done differently but, as long as it was there, that Virginia ought to have its share,” he said.
That’s not all. McDonnell was also among the 43 state governors advocating last month for additional federal funds for state Medicaid programs.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, had a few choice words for lawmakers who would blast the stimulus bill as irresponsible, then turn around and lobby for its fruits.
“It’s hypocrisy. There’s nothing else to call it,” she told the Post. “You can’t have it both ways. If you are against something, be against it.”
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