Friday, July 16, 2010

Boozman's ARRA error

Posted By on Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Sen. Blanche Lincoln pounced on her Republican opponent Rep. John Boozman's demand for more stimulus money for water projects in a presentation he gave yesterday (see jump). She notes he voted against the stimulus package that invested $150 million in state water projects, included $55 million for the Ozark Mountain Regional Public Water Authority, which Boozman has said was important.

In making a case for more money for water projects, Boozman's statement said other funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act went to frivolous projects. Find ARRA spending in Arkansas here.

He Said What?
Congressman John Boozman Wants it Both Ways on Stimulus Funding

After months of bashing the Recovery Act as wasteful and ineffective spending, Congressman John Boozman has changed his tune and is now demanding MORE money for investments in water projects in Arkansas.

In a statement submitted for the House Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee hearing Thursday, Congressman Boozman said "not enough [stimulus] money has been devoted to job-creating infrastructure projects. Today's hearing will highlight the positive ripple effects in the economy provided by investments in clean water infrastructure projects."

Sen. Blanche Lincoln supported the Recovery Act and has fought for at least $150 million in funding to provide clean drinking water for Arkansans. Congressman Boozman voted against the Recovery Act, yet now is calling for more investment in water infrastructure projects. So which is it Congressman?

Recovery Act at Work in Arkansas:

As of May 31, 2010, the Economic Recovery Act had awarded at least $150 million to water projects across the state of Arkansas, all of which Sen. Lincoln had a role in securing. Projects include:

$55.7 million for the Ozark Mountain Regional Public Water Authority to provide clean drinking water for 22,000 Arkansans.

Despite voting against the Recovery Act, Boozman praised the funding: "This funding is an important investment in rural development and will help improve the quality of life in north central Arkansas." [Lincoln Press Release, 2/26/2009]

$7.5 million for Franklin-Sebastian Water Authority to help secure water for more than 29,000 Arkansans in Sebastian and Franklin Counties. These funds prevented "astronomical" rate increases for water users. [City Wire, 4/6/2010]

$37 million for the Bayou Meto Basin irrigation project to allow work to begin on pump stations to move water from the Arkansas river to farms in a 1,350-square-mile-area. [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 6/8/2010]

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