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Schock to the President's Argument

Just yesterday, President Obama went to the Caterpillar plant in East Peoria, Illinois and the urged Caterpillar employees to lobby their congressman, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill to support the stimulus package.

Singling Schock out in front of his constituents, the President asked the 27-year-old legislator to stand up.

“Aaron’s still trying to make up his mind about our recover package,” Obama said to the employees in the crowd. “And so we know that all of you are going to talk to him after our event, because he's a very talented young man. I've got great confidence in him to do the right thing for the people of Peoria.”

Today Rep. Schock said on the House floor that "I found it very interesting that after the president finished his speech and I stayed around, not one employee at that facility approached me and asked me to vote for this bill."

In fact, said Schock, “I have received over 1,400 phone calls, e-mails and letters from employees alone asking me to oppose this legislation."

Why!? Because, Schock said, "They know that this bill is not stimulus. They know that this bill will not do anything to create long-term, sustained economic growth. This bill is too big to get it wrong.”

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The congressman said that the bill is concerning because it is very light on infrastructure spending.

Schock quoted Obama’s favorite hometown President, Abraham Lincoln, “I’m reminded of his quote, ‘what kills a skunk is the publicity it brings itself’ – perhaps that is the haste by which this bill is being brought forward. I urge a 'No' vote.”

Asked by ABC News about Schock's comments and the lack of constituents apparently lobbying him, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs at today's briefing said "if the congressman goes back and evaluates the plan, lobbying or not, I think he'll see that it saves or creates millions of jobs, puts people back to work,...would put money directly into employees at Caterpillar's pockets, as well as people throughout his district."

Gibbs added, "I think, if the congressman goes and looks at the bill through an economic lens, not just one -- not just through a political one, I think he'll see benefits not just for his district and his state, but for the entire country."

Schock is a first term Congressman, just recently replacing Republican Congressman Ray LaHood who left his seat to become the President’s Transportation Secretary. LaHood had replaced former House Minority Leader Bob Michel, R-Ill., for whom he had served as chief of staff.

The president yesterday described both LaHood and Michel as "Republicans I love." No word on his feelings towards Schock.

-- Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller

UPDATE: Responding to Gibbs, Dave Natonski, Communications Director for Congressman Schock tells ABC News that "Congressman Schock was looking through an economic lens when he voted against the stimulus package, as it doesn’t take an economic expert to realize this so-called stimulus package was nothing more than wasteful, pork-barreled spending that would stimulate the government, not the economy."

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Added: Feb-14-2009 Occurred On: Feb-13-2009
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  • This "stimulus" bill will cost $800 Billion. It would cost the same amount to get rid of the federal income tax for the rest of the year. - and that translates into money in everyones pockets.

    - Can the government spend your money more wisely than you?

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  • I woke this morning and the flowers were starting to stick out of the ground, all because the Stimulus bill passed.
    Last month Consumer Spending went up 1% but this bill will cause inflation to go up and if the economy turns around it will be because of CHANGES in the free market not because Obama signs almost another trillion in debt.

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  • Until you guys get out into the street and threaten them with revolution, this trillion-at-a-time spending will continue.

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  • Socialism lasts until other people's money runs out.

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    • LOL!... So true.

      The only distribution of wealth more unfair than ancient feudalism is communism. In communism, all the wealth is concentrated in the hands of the few hundred people (and their families) who control the central government. Communism is feudalism with a much more sophisticated PR apparatus.

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  • The shameful part of this...beyond the money...is that Republican House and Senate members get to bluster and posture...calling it "porkulous, wasteful, outrageous, earmarks, special interest or budget busting"...KNOWING all along, that THEIR constituants WILL get money through the States...and that NOT ONE REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR will pass on the money...they get to act and look tough...vote as a "solid block"...knowing that they're going to get and spend the money...Now THAT.. More..

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    • The stimulus would lose big time on a popular vote. This is a partisan, government expansion act, not an economic stimulus...and everyone not hypnotized by The One can see that.

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    • But the reality remains...and if I'm factually incorrect, please cite your sources and refute my assertions...the Republicans DID vote lock step against the Bill (except those three pesky RINO's)...and ALL of the States that voted against Obama WILL get MONEY from the Bill. And so far not ONE State with a Republican Governor or a State that voted against Obama is REFUSING to take the money? Go figure...I gues the REAL price of "lower taxes" (policemen, firemen, city services) is beginn More..

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  • BIG BACKLASH in 2010. Word.

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    • Bet not! Republicans are suggesting that "no matter what we do the economy will recover"...unfortunately...WHEN it (the economy...for whatever reason, recovers and THEY (the Republicans) have voted against things the Dems said "speeded things along and reduced the suffering"...and things are better...I believe that there will be even greater gains for the Dems...

      Rush, Hannity, O'Reilly and Levin were totally wrong about (and misled and lied about...in fact Rush complained a More..

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    • We will just have to wait and see.

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    • I've got a "pink slip" I'd be willing to put against yours...I've been talking on LL about this very "reversal" for years...and all of your Conservative and Republican buddies have been trying to "beat me down"...I think the last two election cycles reflect the reality of the situation that Republicans are in....their base...older, white middle class people...are shrinking and the base of the Dems is growing exponentially....even the new Obama lite....Leader of the More..

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    • I think you're completely wrong.

      Economies have cycles. If you let the market work, economies recover on their own, people who made bad choices lose money and learn lessons.

      This phony stimulus is such an obvious political pork bill, it's going to bite the Dems unless they can pull some other rabbit out of a hat.

      But, notice that a whole lot of the money in this bill is slated to be spent in the election year of 2010. That's no coincidence. And, with ACORN getting around 2 billion, the Dems More..

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    • So my FACTUAL statement is WRONG...ALL Republicans (less the three TRAITORS and AMERICA haters) voted AGAINST the Bill.....correct??!!

      So FACTUALLY, HOW MANY STATES ARE REFUSING the FUNDING? Simple question there guy...don't talk politics, don't preach, don't spin a response...TELL ME...HOW MANY REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS are REFUSING THE MONEY???? What????!!!! NONE!!! Stunning!You mean that all that bluster and show of unity resulted in EXACTLY what would have been the outcome ANYWAY!!


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  • Smoke and mirrors that's all Obamaturd is. End discussion

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  • Obama will & has damaged America beyond repair, all in less than a single month. Obama has lied to everyone who voted for him.

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  • Bombast indeed Sir..I noticed that you did NOT refute or dispute that statement. The deficit was DOUBLED, Sir, under a Republican Administration...DOUBLED...deny that factually. YOU, personally may have been " highly critical of the Bush admin for their spending spree" but your ILK and Conservative Brothern...seem to have forgotten that and been blinded by the fact, Sir, the AMERICA and AMERICANS have spoken to YOU and YOUR kind...SIR...and THEY REJECT YOU AND YOUR IDEALS AND THOUGHTS. More..

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