Kansas Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Todd Tiahrt on Tuesday offered an amendment to rescind unobligated money in the stimulus bill.
The move, during a House Appropriations Committee hearing, was defeated on a party-line vote.
Tiahrt, a Republican from Wichita, called the stimulus package a miserable failure.
The Tiahrt amendment could save taxpayers from borrowing an estimated $600 billion.
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Tiahrt said he was determined to continue leading the fight to put an end to out-of-control borrowing and spending that has plagued Washington.
"The Obama administration, aided by congressional Democrats, has an insatiable appetite for borrowing and spending taxpayer dollars for failed government programs that do nothing to help our economy or struggling workers find jobs," said Tiahrt.
"Disguised as economic recovery, the so-called stimulus plan has miserably failed the American people. Quite simply, it has not worked. Consider that 1.5 million Americans have lost their jobs since the Obama stimulus bill became law, and then ask yourself why we should borrow money to fund programs that fail to perform."
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