Monday, September 17, 2012

Ron Barber votes in favor of controversial stimulus program


House Passes "No More Solyndras Act," Stands Up Against Wasteful Spending

Tucson - Ron Barber voted today against HR 6213, "No More Solyndras Act." The "No More Solyndras Act"would phase out federal loan guarantees like those that went to the bankrupt solar power company, Solyndra LLC, and left taxpayers a bill for more than $500 million.

"With his vote today, Ron Barber once again sided with big government programs, bailouts, boondoggles, and against Arizona taxpayers," said Bruce Harvie, Martha McSally's campaign manager. "From its start, the federal loan guarantee program has been a prime example of wasteful government spending and crony-capitalism. This is exactly what is wrong with Washington."

In 2009, Solyndra, a solar energy company, was given $528 million through the federal loan guarantee program as part of the $821 billion stimulus program. Nearly a year to the day later, Solyndra filed for bankruptcy.

"Looking back I am sure there are many in Congress who regret voting for the $821 billion stimulus program - but Congressman Barber's vote today in favor of keeping the failed policies of the stimulus in place is simply irresponsible," said Martha McSally. "Although Congressman Barber voted in favor of the stimulus today, I am happy that a strong, bi-partisan majority of the House supported eliminating this failed program."

"We have had 8%+ unemployment for 43 straight months - more must be done to unleash the power of the free market and empower small businesses to grow and hire. More big government programs and bailouts are not the answer - in Congress I will always stand up for small businesses and against big government programs that waste our tax dollars."

Solyndra was the first in a long line of companies given taxpayer dollars by the federal loan guarantee program to go bankrupt including A123 Systems, Abound Solar, and Beacon Power, among others.

Martha McSally is the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, and first to command a fighter squadron in combat in United States history. In 2001-2002, Martha McSally earned national recognition for successfully challenging and overturning a military policy requiring all U.S. servicewomen to wear Muslim clothing when off base in Saudi Arabia.

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