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Democrats slam Roe as hypocrite for handing out stimulus funds he voted against

Hank Hayes • Jan 11, 2012 at 5:21 AM

The Tennessee Republican Party is backing U.S. Rep. Phil Roe’s so-called “trash and cash” actions involving the $800 billion-plus federal stimulus package passed early in President Barack Obama’s administration.

Roe, R-Tenn., is one of more than 120 House Republicans who voted against the 2009 economic recovery package and then sought stimulus funds, according to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

Last week, Roe presented Takoma Regional Hospital officials in Greeneville with a $1.3 million stimulus check as partial reimbursement for the hospital’s investment in electronic health records.

Afterward, the Tennessee Democratic Party fired off an e-mail to news media outlets calling the check award a “hypocritical handout.”

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