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Illinois House members vote party line on emergency jobs bill; issue already in Kirk-Giannoulias Senate contest

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WASHINGTON--The Illinois delegation divided on party lines Tuesday in the vote for a $26 billion emergency jobs bill to benefit teachers and others from lay-offs. The measure passed on a 247-161 roll call and will become part of the November campaigns in contested Illinois House contests. It already is a factor in the Illinois Senate contest, where Rep. Mark Kirk, the GOP nominee faces Democrat Alexi Giannoulias. The Democratic Senatorial campaign and Giannoulias is already slamming Kirk for voting no.


Democrats - Bean, Y; Costello, Y; Davis, Y; Foster, Y; Gutierrez, Y; Halvorson, Y; Hare, Y; Jackson, Y; Lipinski, Y; Quigley, Y; Rush, Y; Schakowsky, Y.

Republicans - Biggert, N; Johnson, N; Kirk, N; Manzullo, N; Roskam, X; Schock, N; Shimkus, N.

below, Kirk statement.....

Kirk in a statement said, "Illinois is suffering the consequences of our state's failed leadership. These failures put the federal government in a difficult situation. When I returned to Washington for this special session, I read Leader Reid's bill and found it spent more, taxed more and borrowed more than any of the past bills I supported. I did not support the Reid bill because it added $16 billion in new Medicaid spending and levied another $9 billion in new, permanent tax increases.

"According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the bill adds over $12 billion to our deficit. As a fiscal conservative, I could not support this bill and will work to cut spending, taxing and borrowing in this and future Congresses."

below, from the DSCC...


Kirk Says Jobs Bill Would Increase Deficit - But Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office Says Otherwise

MARK KIRK CLAIM- "the bill adds more than $12 billion to the deficit" LINK

FACT - according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the bill reduces the deficit by $1.4 billion over ten years LINK

"First Congressman Kirk lied about being a teacher, then he lies about supporting them, and now he lies about the bill adding to the deficit," said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Communications Director Eric Schultz. "How can Illinois voters trust anything that comes out of Congressman Kirk's mouth?"

In a crucial vote this afternoon, two-faced Republican Congressman Mark Kirk voted against a bipartisan, deficit-reducing bill that will save over 5,000 Illinois teaching jobs, and prevent layoffs of police officers and firefighters. The bill provides funding to keep nearly 140,000 teachers employed next year, including over 5,000 in Illinois alone. The bill also provides critical FMAP funding that governors have been counting on, to ensure that we don't have to lay off cops and firefighters across the country. The legislation will reduce the deficit by $1.4 billion over ten years and is completely offset by, among other provisions, closing foreign tax credit loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas.

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