Senators, Paulsen to attend groundbreaking for highway project

Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken will join Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., and Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez Thursday morning to break ground on the TH 610 Recovery Act Project in Minneapolis. The project, which was funded through this year’s stimulus bill, “will build three miles of new roadway to continue SH 610 from Highway 169 to County Road 81 in Hennepin County,” according to the Department of Transportation.

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  1. Submitted by Joel Jensen on 09/03/2009 - 01:37 pm.

    1. July 24, 2009: Congressman Paulsen takes credit for the Hwy 610 funding on his official web page saying “Funding for critical transportation infrastructure projects secured by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) passed the U.S. House of Representative today.”

    2. Just the day before, July 23, 2009: Congressman Paulsen had voted against the passage of the bill in which that appropriation was contained. H.R. 3288: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010

    3. Congressman Paulsen will attend the groundbreaking for TH 610 project along with other dignitaries. (Accompanied no doubt by another stirring press release.)

    4. The early start (moved up by 5 years) of Recovery Project TH 610 is made possible by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009(aka “federal stimulus bill”).

    5. Which Congressman Paulsen voted against.

    6. Without this $27 Million in Federal Stimulus funding, this $48 Million project (and its estimated 200+ jobs) would not start until 2014.

    7. Back in June Congressman Paulsen was saying

    “The purpose of the stimulus bill was to inject some job creation into the economy, and we have not seen that,” said Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., who joined a unanimous GOP bloc in voting against the stimulus legislation.”

    I guess he was for it before he was against it.

    Voting against something then claiming you “secured” it.

    Heckuva job there, Congressman Paulsen.

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