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Schock Saves Taxpayers Tens of Millions in Wasteful Spending

House Passes Provision to Stop Construction of Stimulus Signs

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Washington, Feb 19, 2011 | comments

Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) claimed victory today in his yearlong effort to stop the funding of Stimulus signs, which the Obama Administration has used as a way to advertise Stimulus related projects.

“Reports have stated these signs can cost taxpayers up to $10,000 and my home state of Illinois has spent over $650,000 on these signs,” said Schock.  “That’s roughly $20 million spent nationwide, without creating one single job.  Despite being sold as an infrastructure improvement package, less than 8 percent of these funds went to infrastructure projects, and to add insult to injury, $20 million of that is going to signs. This is outrageous. We don’t need to spend taxpayer money on propaganda.”

Schock’s provision, which was included in the funding resolution that passed the House, states that no Federal agency administering funds provided by division A of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–5) may provide funding or reimbursement to any entity awarded funds from such Act for the cost associated with physical signage or other advertisement indicating that a project is funded by such Act.

The continuing resolution passed the House by a vote of 235-189.

“We need to stop this runaway spending in Washington and start cutting,” Schock continued. “Taxpayers have repeatedly said ‘enough is enough’ to this type of wasteful spending. It’s time Washington listens to the public and stops future generations from having to shoulder mountains of debt.”

Schock’s effort has received support from all over the country. Last year, Schock’s legislation to cut funding for Stimulus signs was featured on YouCut, a public outreach effort designed by House Republicans to highlight proposals aimed at reducing government spending. In turn, participants could vote for the one proposal that they would most like to see addressed by Congress. Last July, Schock’s bill was selected as a winning YouCut proposal.

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