We received the following press release from the White House:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of Media Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 2010
Cabinet Secretaries, Senior Officials Hold Events Across the Country to Highlight Administration’s Commitment to Job Creation, Economic Growth
….Friday, June 4th….
….Department of Transportation
Secretary Ray LaHood, along with Reps. Russ Carnahan and Jo Ann Emerson, will attend the ribbon cutting at Holcim’s newest Recovery Act-funded cement plant in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. The plant supported 2,500 jobs during construction, and now supports 250 full-time permanent positions.
Holcim Ste. Genevieve Plant
Wait a minute. Representative Jo Ann Emerson (r) was scheduled to attend the celebration of the fruits of the Recovery Act? Didn’t Jo Ann Emerson vote against the Recovery Act? Yep:
FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 46
(Democrats in roman; Republicans in italic; Independents underlined)
H R 1 YEA-AND-NAY 28-Jan-2009 6:11 PM
QUESTION: On Passage
BILL TITLE: Making supplemental appropriations for fiscal year ending 2009
—- NAYS 188 —
We don’t know if she actually attended. If she did, that’s chutzpah for you.
What Jo Ann Emerson (r) has posted about the Recovery Act on her campaign blog:
WASHINGTON Perry County’s representative in Congress, Jo Ann Emerson (MO-08) voted against the stimulus bill passed by Congress in early 2009, and she says that bill which contained more than $800 billion in new federal spending continues to disappoint Missourians. According to the Eighth District’s member of Congress, only $86 million of the state’s $974 million in requests from two key transportation grant programs have been fulfilled.
“Hurry up and wait is not a good strategy for stimulating our economy. I opposed the stimulus for two reasons: the spending was irresponsibly high, and I saw no way this money could be spent accountably by the federal government. The administration has proven both of these criticisms to be correct,” Emerson said. “We have a real need to spur growth in our rural economy, and we need strong transportation infrastructure not only to create jobs, but also to keep them,” Emerson stated.
Cement plants. Don’t they have something to do with road construction? Just asking.
Representative Emerson (r) was there:
Jo Ann Emerson Great grand opening event at Holcim today. More than a billion dollar investment, 2000 construction jobs and 250 permanent jobs. Holcim chose SE Missouri over the entire country for this plant. Thanks to the wonderful workforce we have that made this possible!
Correction, June 11, 2010: The White House added the following to their press release on their web site:
CORRECTION: An error in this advisory sent on Friday stated incorrectly that Holcim directly received ARRA funds.
The plant didn’t directly receive stimulus funds. Still, all those stimulus infrastructure projects need to be built out of some kind of material, right?