Unfortunately, our elected Federal representation (Webb, Warner, Perriello) do not appear capable of thinking for themselves (i.e. beyond their Party affiliation). So, we must do their thinking for them.

Please contact Jim Webb and Mark Warner to let them know you do not support the Democrats’ vote-buying scheme also known as the “Stimulus” plan. Urge them to cast a “no” vote.

Mark Warner (202) 224-2023
Jim Webb (202) 224-4024

Listener, “Susan,” received the following response from Mark Warner’s office:

Thank you for contacting me with your views on the economic stimulus package.+ In order to best represent you as your United States Senator, it is vital that I hear your view on this and other important matters.

We have received numerous responses from across the Commonwealth from those both in favor of the stimulus and those opposed.+ I understand concerns about the expense of the bill and about certain provisions included in the package.+ Although no effort on this scale will be perfect, President Obama and the relevant Congressional committees have been in close consultation with our state and local officials and a wide range of economic experts who have indicated that this agreement represents a prudent and effective path to economic recovery.+ To do nothing could lead to catastrophic consequences for small businesses and working families across the country.

The committees drafting the legislation have provided for unprecedented oversight, accountability and transparency to ensure that taxpayers’ money is handled carefully and used in the most efficient and effective manner possible.+ You should know that a Recovery Act and Transparency Board will oversee the disbursement of the funds and a website provided by the White House, www.recovery.gov, will post detailed information about recovery spending.

Again, thank you for your input.+ As we move forward in the 111th Congress, please continue to be in touch with your opinions and concerns.

Sincerely,
MARK R. WARNER
United States Senator

Please consider posting back here with the responses you receive from either of the Senator’s offices.

P.S. Although your 5th District Representative, Tom Perriello, already has proudly cast his vote in favor, you might want to express your displeasure over his blathering support of the pork-laden bill.

Tom Perriello (202) 225-4711

2 COMMENTS

  1. Although Tom Perriello was not serving at the time of its passage last Fall, he said he fully supported the previous $700B welfare package. Four months later, he characterizes the previous disbursement program using these words from his website:

    Where before we saw blank-check bailouts, we now see unprecedented transparency and accountability. Where before we saw handouts to Wall Street, we now see investments back in Main Street. Where before we saw the federal government trying to control everything, this time we see an unprecedented partnership with state and local officials to get this economy turned around.”

    What is the nature of this “unprecedented partnership with state and local officials?” He answers that himself on his website:

    “Perriello and his staff have met with all 5th District county administrators and city managers, as well as many mayors and members of Boards of Supervisors, to get their ‘wish lists’ of projects to be funded.”

    Sen. Webb voted for and heartily endorsed the first welfare check of $700B. I’m sure he adores this one now. Sen. Warner couldn’t vote for the previous $700B welfare package, but he also heartily endorsed it. Coming from the telecommunications industry, where he has lots of friends still invested, I doubt if he’s willing to vote against that $6B for rural broadband.
    If anyone wishes to contact a Senator or Representative electronically, I have found this site very convenient:

  2. Also of interest:
    Perriello is impressed with tne new package’s proposed contribution to improving the water and sewer infrastructure in Virginia. “Transportation and Infrastructure: Virginia is expected to receive nearly $1 billion for infrastructure investment. ($745 million for highways and bridges; $118 million for water and sewer).” How signifcant is this $118M earmarked for water and sewer? Considering that our local RWSA is planning to spend at least $200M in just expanding the Ragged Mountain Reservoir, either the federal government is grossly underspending or our locality is grossly overspending.

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