New York Senators: Give Us Rejected Stimulus Money

Posted February 23, 2009 at 2:35pm

With a handful of Republican governors vowing to refuse funds from the recently passed stimulus package, New York’s Senators on Monday asked the Obama administration to redirect the rejected money to their state. In a letter to President Barack Obama, Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand note that “a number of governors across the country have recently discussed their plans to refuse funding” from the multibillion-dollar bill, and ask that “instead of just allowing this money to lapse back to the general fund, [we] ask that you consider sending the funds to help New York’s struggling economy.” Since passage of the package earlier this month, a number of GOP governors, including South Carolina’s Mark Sanford, Texas’ Rick Perry, Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, Mississippi’s Haley Barbour and Alaska’s Sarah Palin, have said they would turn away at least a portion of the funding directed to their states. Schumer and Gillibrand say that “if any governor — Democrat or Republican — leaves stimulus money on the table, then we respectfully request that funds be distributed to New York.”