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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