Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Congress Passes Another Spending Bill: Fails to Prioritize Job Creation, Infrastructure Investment

Jan 29, 2009
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC-Today Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) made the following statement regarding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“We need to pass a bill that will stimulate the economy, not the federal bureaucracy.  This bill does little to help families and to incentivize small businesses, which are the real job creators.  It also lacks an adequate amount of funding for infrastructure projects, which can be put into effect immediately and would bring millions of jobs to our communities.

“Congress was recently embarrassed by the TARP bailout bill.  This spending bill is just more of the same.  It fails to prioritize job creation and provides little, if any accountability and oversight. 

“We cannot lose sight of our nation’s needs.  Our economy is suffering and Americans are paying the price.  They need jobs and want infrastructure investment, and Congress needs to pass a responsible bill that addresses these priorities.

“At this time I cannot support a bill with little accountability and oversight that does not stimulate our economy, create enough jobs, or invest in our nation’s infrastructure,” said Diaz-Balart.