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Hi, it's Ginny Brown-Waite. Just want to say this Web site stinks



U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite said today that she called a hotline for, the Web site that tracks stimulus spending, and lodged a complaint against the site itself.

"I’m startled by the amount of misinformation on the website and how much money is being wasted at the taxpayer’s expense," she said in her second news release on the subject in as many days. Republicans have jabbed at reports that nonexistent congressional districts have been listed on the site as putting stimulus money toward jobs.

The Obama administration, facing sliding public support for the stimulus, says no money has been misappropriated and that recipients merely inserted the wrong district. But the White House isn't helping things. Brown-Waite, R-Brooksville, cited Vice President Joe Biden's appearance on The Daily Show:

STEWART: ... Because I know there’s this You’re supposed to follow it. And people got on it and they made up districts. There’s one district that says “We made 30,000 jobs” and it’s like, “You don’t exist.” “Oh, right.”  How do you keep track?  Can you keep track?

BIDEN: You can’t keep track.  

Says Brown-Waite, “The American taxpayers expect you to keep track, Mr. Biden.”


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:06pm]


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