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Apr 27, 2009

Hypocrisy Alert: Representative Boustany to Louisiana Legislature: Do As I Say, Not As I Do on Trans

 

 

Boustany Calls for Commitment to Louisiana Transportation Projects after Voting to Block Transportation Improvements

 

In a remarkable show of hypocrisy, Representative Charles Boustany (LA-07) called on the Louisiana State Legislature to build on the "progress" he claims to have made on transportation issues, when in reality, he voted against funding for transportation projects for his district.

 

"Representative Boustany's ‘do as I say, not as I do' attitude towards Louisiana's transportation needs is hypocritical," said Jessica Santillo, Southern Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  "Representative Boustany should heed his own advice by making transportation a top priority, instead of voting against federal funding for road improvements in his district."

 

Today, a Louisiana state legislative committee approved an additional $133 million in federal economic recovery funds for transportation projects, including $24 million for transportation improvements in Louisiana's 7th Congressional District.  Representative Boustany voted against the federal economic recovery package which allocated these transportation funds.

 

Background

 

  • Representative Boustany authored an opinion editorial on Sunday calling on the Louisiana State Legislature to make transportation a top priority:

 

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    • Excerpt: The Seventh District of Louisiana has great transportation needs, and we must work together to develop a comprehensive strategy to meet our region's growing transportation demands... Since December, I have met with Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary William Ankner and local leaders to develop a realistic set of goals. Now, as the Louisiana Legislature is set to meet, our region's state delegation must build on this progress. [Commentary: Transportation must become a true priority, The Daily Advertiser, 4/26/09]

 

  • Today, the Louisiana Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget approved an additional $133 million in economic recovery funds for state transportation projects. [Lawmakers OK $133 million in stimulus spending, New Orleans Times-Picayune, 4/27/2009]

 

 

  • Representative Charles Boustany voted against the economic recovery package. [Roll Call Vote, 2/13/2009]

 

 

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