Did you notice Mark Kirk’s flip-flop on jobs bill?


Steve Benen DOES A NUMBER on U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk’s quick reversal of opinion on legislation aimed at easing the fiscal crises in the various states.

An excerpt:

The Congressional Budget Office found that the state-aid jobs bill would reduce the deficit — that’s not a typo; reduce the deficit — by $1.4 billion over the next decade. Voting against it because of deficit concerns doesn’t make any sense.

And on Monday, Kirk seemed to understand this. The bill didn’t change, and those teachers’ jobs still needed saving. Citing deficit concerns doesn’t make any sense when voting on a bill that, as Kirk noted the day before, doesn’t increase the deficit.



  1. Perhaps Kirk heard the comments prior to the vote (but after Monday) by various liberal Democrats who vowed to restore the $12 billion in cuts to the food stamp program and also cuts to the Dep’t of Energy loan guarantee program. Thus, the spending cuts in this bill could be nothing more than a shell game. I doubt Democrats will stand for seeing food stamp payments drop by $60 per month for a family of four.

  2. Neftali

    Perhaps Kirk is listening to Al Gore and read this DailyKos entry:

    As Reuters reported today, China is unveiling a $739 billion “new energy plan” which includes wind, solar and biomass as well as smart grid and distributed energy.

    At the same time, Politico’s Morning Energy reported, the House of Representatives is returning this week to pass a bill that will slash $1.5 billion in renewable energy loan guarantees to help fund FMAP, a bill that will avert teacher layoffs and pay for Medicaid. Although this is an important measure, this $1.5 billion dollar cut is on top of the $2 billion dollars taken out of the renewables fund to pay for an extension to the Cash for Clunkers program. Taken together this is more than one-half of the $6 billion dollars allocated to the Energy Department for the Renewables/Transmission Loan Guarantee Program under the Recovery Act.

    These rescissions put into jeopardy the green jobs that the administration have touted as part of our clean energy future and put us further behind the rest of the world.


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