The California Republican Party e-mailed out a news release about an hour ago calling attention to this:
From CRP chairman Ron Nehring (whose name was omitted from the news release, apparently inadvertently):
“It looks like Dianne Feinstein has picked up on something Republicans in Washington have been saying for weeks – that Obama’s spending plan doesn’t do enough to create jobs. Speaking plainly on the Senate floor today, Sen. Feinstein (D-CA), indicated to her Democratic colleagues in the Senate that she ‘reserve[s] the right…to vote against’ the wasteful stimulus legislation because it doesn’t do enough to ‘put those jobs out there.’
“Here in California, where families have been hit especially hard by the housing and economic crises, we need real solutions from the Congress that create jobs and target the root problems of the economic crisis. Instead, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and the rest of the liberal congressional leadership have given us a $1 TRILLION spending package loaded with earmarks, pork-barrel spending, and interest group payouts.
“It’s time for Democrats in Washington to truly partner with Republicans and craft a responsible stimulus plan.”
Unfortunately, the facts don’t bear out his claim. Here’s a fuller clip of Feinstein’s remarks:
Clearly, she’s uncomfortable with the bill because she feels it contains too many tax cuts — for which Republicans have been pushing — compared to actual government spending. For the CRP to imply that Feinstein’s concerns in any way dovetail with the GOP’s is disingenuous, if not flat-out dishonest.
UPDATE @ 5:28 P.M. FRIDAY: Feinstein apparently resisted the urge to tell the state GOP where to stick it. Her statement:
“I stand with President Obama and Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle in working toward a sensible solution that will move our economy forward and create jobs for the American people. The Economic Recovery bill has changed significantly since this morning, and we have worked together on a bipartisan basis to reduce the package by $110 billion. It will be further vetted in a conference committee next week, and I intend to support it.
“I would like to recognize Senators Susan Collins, Arlen Specter, Ben Nelson and Joe Lieberman, who have worked tirelessly to negotiate a compromise that will receive the required 60 votes.”