Blunt, Carnahan both criticize Obama spending plan

Thursday, September 9, 2010 | 6:06 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — President Barack Obama's plan to boost the economy with $50 billion of infrastructure spending is getting bipartisan criticism from Missouri's leading Senate candidates.

Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said Thursday the proposal "doesn't seem like a practical way to solve" high unemployment and a lagging economy.

Republican Congressman Roy Blunt called it "purely political." He said Obama could take $50 billion out of the $814 billion stimulus plan passed last year rather than asking for new spending authority.

Blunt and Carnahan both expressed support for two other parts of Obama's latest plan — an extension of a research tax credit and accelerated tax write-offs for businesses that expand plants or buy equipment.


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