Local Republicans rally at the old county courthouse, to ask President Obama to veto economic stim

MIKE SACCONE/The Daily Sentinel
MORE THAN 60 local Republicans, including Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis, holding microphone, gathered on the steps of the old county courthouse, demanding that President Obama veto the federal stimulus package Congress approved Friday.

Local Republicans rallied on the steps of the old county courthouse Saturday morning, in an admittedly futile gesture, to ask that President Barack Obama veto his own economic stimulus package.

Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland said whatever little amount the bill will help the Western Slope, it pales in comparison to the debt future generations will have to bear.

“I’m offended that anyone in Congress would say we as Americans are fine, (that) we don’t have no problems with the pork,” she told a crowd of more than 60 local Republicans.

The Senate gave its final approval to the stimulus package, H.R. 1, in a vote late Friday night, clearing the way for Obama to sign the legislation into law as early as Monday.

Rowland’s comments at the courthouse followed remarks she made to the Mesa County Republican Party’s central committee that the rally might be seen as pointless.

The perceived futility of the event, however, did not stop local conservatives from decrying the bill’s provisions.

Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, lambasted the proposal for including
various provisions he said were not linked to helping the nation’s economy recover.

Penry singled out billions of dollars inside the bill to help state governments bridge their budget shortfalls.

“What is the difference between the state of Colorado and General Motors and Citibank when we’re asking for a bailout?” Penry said.

Colorado’s congressional delegation voted down party lines in the House and Senate on the bill.
Congressman John Salazar, D-Colo., praised the bill shortly after it cleared the U.S. House of Representatives, saying its detractors have resorted to “petty partisan bickering” at a time when America needs leadership.

“You need honest debate for good legislation, but for the millions of Americans living with the impact of this recession, there is no time for political posturing or pandering,” Salazar said.

“There is only time for action and representation. That’s what the nation deserves, and that’s what Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District demands.”

Obama is expected to sign the bill into law sometime this week.


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