[Washington, D.C.]— After continued talk of the Obama Administration’s successes of saving or creating millions of jobs across the country and in Utah, Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) today decided to check out how Utah fared from the Economic Recovery Act on Recovery.gov, a website hosted by Vice President Joe Biden and the Executive Branch tracking how stimulus dollars impacted states.
“This is great news!” Congressman Bishop announced after visiting the site. “Who needs to count Mormon missionaries in the census when according to the Executive Branch, Utah already has a 4th seat in Congress! Even better, that 4th seat was able to secure $1.1 million dollars from the Economic Recovery Act. Unfortunately, that million dollars wasn’t able to create any jobs in the 4th district.”
According to figures listed on Recovery.gov, $1,124,614 in federal funding from the stimulus act has been spent this year in Utah’s Fourth Congressional District – a district which doesn’t exist. The website also claims that the 00 Congressional District in Utah has turned $539,834 dollars it received in federal funding into 26 jobs. “If one counts the 00 district, we’ve actually got 5 seats in Congress,” Bishop added.
On February 24, 2009, President Obama announced to a joint session of Congress that: “Here in Washington, we’ve all seen how quickly good intentions can turn into broken promises and wasteful spending. And with a plan of this scale comes enormous responsibility to get it right. That is why I have asked Vice President Biden to lead a tough, unprecedented oversight effort - because nobody messes with Joe. And we have created a new website called Recovery.gov so that every American can find out how and where their money is being spent.”
“Looks like a few dozen new congressional districts, unaccountable spending and unsubstantiated ‘new job growth’ snuck by the Vice President,” Bishop concluded. “This website is a red-flag reminder of the failed policies being introduced and hastily ushered through Washington at the expense of hard working tax payers.”