Shuler Breaks From Party On Stimulus Vote

North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler is the only House lawmaker from the state who is breaking from party ranks as Congress votes on an economic recovery package.

Shuler was one of only 11 Democrats to vote against the $819
billion stimulus bill Wednesday night. Every Republican in the chamber voted against the measure, with the GOP complaining that it funneled too much money to government programs instead of directly to taxpayers.

Shuler said in a statement that he felt the stimulus contained too much spending in areas that would not offer an immediate economic jolt.

The measure passed the House 244-188 and heads to the Senate,
with Democrats hoping to put it before President Barack Obama by
the middle of February.


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  • by Larry Location: Hayesville on Jan 31, 2009 at 06:43 PM
    Hang in there Heath! A touchdown for you on this play.
  • by Dixon Location: Washington on Jan 29, 2009 at 03:15 PM
    Yep! I'm happy to see at least one Democrat has a brain!
  • by MaryE Location: Snow Hill on Jan 29, 2009 at 09:08 AM
    The plan is a joke - more pork - more election buyout payback - we need tax cuts and more tax cuts, we need to cut illegal aliens off at the knees and send them back where they came from - Go GOP - stand strong and united and welcome any DEM that would like to start working on a solution not a big fat pork filled bad aid
  • by Dem. for Rep. Location: Winterville on Jan 29, 2009 at 08:08 AM
    Obama Snake Oil, I, unlike most bed wetting liberal Dem, consider myself a conservative Dem but my wife tells me there is no such thing. I’m glad there is at least one in this state like Rep. Shuler. Not to mention the 10 others in congress who decided to vote NO with the GOP on this Pork package. I’m glad there are others willing to prove her wrong!! LOL
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 29, 2009 at 05:43 AM
    I wish we had more like Shuler. He represents the best of the democratic party and not what the current admin is directing itself. Its good to see someone with intelligence in the house. Doing something? Well, cut taxes on working people like history tells us. You cannot spend your way out of this problem with pork giving, the hogs just get bigger, not smarter.
  • by Dem. for Rep. Location: Winterville on Jan 29, 2009 at 05:15 AM
    Thank you Rep. Shuler for realizing how much pork is tied into this thing!! It's amazing what happens when a little common sense is used! Like I said yesterday, this country has never come out of a recession or the Great Depression by throwing money at it. We have always overcome these by tax cuts or war. The Rep. drew up a plan yesterday called Middle Class Tax Cut 2009. It allowed for a 5% tax cut across the board for the middle class, as well as a $5,000 tax credit per child instead of $1,000 as it is now, among other things. I would prefer these TAX CUTS compared to 819 BILLION in spending the Dems have proposed. 200 million of it earmarked for reseeding the mall after the grass was trampled after the inauguration and the 40 million earmarked for ACORN. Great idea Leland, let this country continue down the path of distruction and debt to other countries....great plan!!
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jan 28, 2009 at 11:14 PM
    Heath Shuler is a guy with a lot of common sense from a fairly conservative district. I believe he voted his own conviction but he also knew the voters of his district took him at his word when he claimed to be moderate to conservative democrat. He is one of a number of young democrats who has tried to pull the party back to the right to keep it from becoming known completely as the party of the fruits and nuts. I commend you Rep Shuler for keeping your word in a party not known for doing so. I also commend you for having the good sense to know better than support this wasteful, democrat boondoggle of otherwise unpassable pet projects.
  • by Leland Location: Swannanoa on Jan 28, 2009 at 09:19 PM
    Shuler, this vote does nothing! like you as my congresman. We are going to have to do something...to save the damage made from the last eight years! What is your solution??? Nothing just let our country continue down this path?
  • by Steve Location: Kinston on Jan 28, 2009 at 07:20 PM
    I admire Rep. Shuler for his stand. I can only add that I hope that he will not vote for ANY stimulus plan. We cannot afford it.
  • by NAY-HOORAY Location: ENC on Jan 28, 2009 at 06:28 PM
    THANK YOU FOR THINKING FOR YOURSELF AND NOT DRINKING THAT TAINTED KOOLAID!
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