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Lugar Voted To Keep Billions In Obama’s Stimulus Bill

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Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “Senator Lugar claims he’s a fiscal conservative, but he’s voted time and time again for more spending and debt.”


Washington, DC – Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) likes to say that he voted against Obama’s failed “stimulus” bill to boost his conservative bona-fides, but today the Club for Growth PAC pointed out that Senator Lugar voted against an amendment offered by Republican Senator David Vitter (R-LA) to Obama’s failed “stimulus” bill that would have cut $52 billion from the bill by eliminating waste and giveaways to big labor.


During the debate on Obama’s failed “stimulus”, Senator Lugar even voted against an amendment offered by fellow Republican Senator John Thune (R-SD) “to ensure that the $1 trillion spending bill is not used to expand the scope of the Federal Government by adding new spending programs.”


In his vote against cutting spending from the stimulus, Lugar was joined by only six other Republicans. In his vote against ensuring the stimulus didn’t add new government programs, he was joined by only four other Republicans, putting him yet again to the left of most of the Republican Party on fiscal responsibility. In February, Lugar was one of just 13 Republicans to vote against a permanent ban on wasteful spending earmarks.


“Senator Lugar claims he’s a fiscal conservative, but he’s voted time and time again for more spending and debt,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Senator Lugar voted to keep billions of spending in Obama’s stimulus and voted against an amendment to prohibit new spending programs. Combined with his support for bailouts, wasteful spending, and Obama’s supreme court justices, it’s no wonder Senator Lugar is known as ‘Obama’s favorite Senator’.”

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