John Boehner is not a tea partier. Never has been. He’s an old fashioned, transactional pol, and he knows why Congress is there: to bring money home to their districts.
But his request for cash for a company in his district sure looks tone deaf when his party is waging jihad against spending…
With the solar energy company Solyndra going belly up, some Republicans have started to question the Energy Department’s entire loan program. Not House Speaker John Boehner (R), who on Friday called for the Obama administration to send some of that federal cash back to a company in his Ohio district.
Boehner’s office wants the Energy Department to approve USEC, Inc.’s application for a loan to construct a uranium enrichment plant for the American Centrifuge Project. They say that USEC’s proposal is solid and would “bring thousands of good-paying, long-term jobs,” which they said stood “in stark contrast to the ‘stimulus’-centric Solyndra saga.”
“Hundreds of Southern Ohio workers stand to lose their jobs if the Obama Administration reneges on the president’s promise to support an energy project in the small town of Piketon, OH,” Boehner aide Michael Ricci wrote in a blog post.
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