Sen. John McCain is firing back at President Barack Obama after Republicans were mocked by the president last week for their resistance to the huge spending in the stimulus package.
“What do you think a stimulus is? That’s the whole point,’’ Obama said in a fiery speech to House Democrats Thursday night. “No, seriously, that’s the point.”
Now McCain is explaining what the “whole point” is.
“The whole point, Mr. President, is to enact tax cuts and spending measures that truly stimulate the economy,” McCain said during a Senate speech Friday. “There are billions and tens of billions of dollars in this bill which will have no effect within three, four, five or more years, or ever. Or ever.”
Two months after his defeat in the presidential elections, McCain has slowly emerged as a leading opponent of the Senate Democratic plan, which is currently priced at $827 billion. He’s been particularly vocal about Obama’s attempts at bipartisanship.
"This agreement is not bipartisan," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told CBS' "Face the Nation,’’ referring to the Senate agreement on the stimulus reached with the help of three Republican senators this weekend.
"I've been in bipartisan agreements, many. This is three Republican senators. Every Republican congressman voted against it in the House, plus Democrats. And all but three Republicans stayed together on this. That's not bipartisanship. That's just picking off a couple of senators," McCain said.
McCain has targeted an array of programs that he said were not needed in an emergency economic recovery package.
“$50 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts — all of us are for the arts,” McCain said. “Tell me how that creates any significant number of jobs? After-school snack program is probably a good idea. Do we really want to spend $726 million on it?”
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