SATURDAY UPDATE: The Durango Herald’s Skye Witley:
A newsletter distributed by U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert’s office this week touts “nine Boebert wins for Colorado,” but all nine items were included in a bill that the representative voted against earlier this month.
Boebert celebrated investments worth about $2.3 billion and measures such as preventing the use of federal money to pay for abortions, but several of the identified sums are distributed to localities on an annual basis or benefit national programs and initiatives…
The $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill containing the “nine Boebert wins” was signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 15. Boebert voted against it six days earlier. The spokesperson said that the omnibus bill, which wraps budget measures together with policy changes, contained “more bad than good” for Republicans, so Boebert voted against it. [Pols emphasis]
See that last part? It’s the only part that matters.
This is a level of dishonesty so audacious you would scarcely believe it’s possible until someone is dumb enough to try it–which then of course they do. John Kerry helped talk himself out of the presidency in 2004 when he infamously claimed “I actually did vote for [Iraq war funds] before I voted against” them, and here we have Lauren Boebert practically repeating John Kerry verbatim.
If that doesn’t make even her most deep-fried supporters flinch, it’s hard to imagine what can.
Here’s freshman GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert’s latest official letterhead email to constituents this week, celebrating “nine Boebert wins for Colorado signed into law.”
But if you’ve even casually followed Rep. Lauren Boebert’s voting record in Congress, and we’ve pointed out before, on multiple occasions, and the Colorado Sun reports again today in the Unaffiliated newsletter, there’s a basic problem with identifying any of these budgetary line-items for Western Colorado in the recent omnibus spending bill as “Boebert wins for Colorado.”
Boebert voted against the omnibus appropriations bill that included all of those measures. [Pols emphasis]
Boebert’s newsletter linked to a letter to her from ranking Rep. Kay Granger of Texas, the ranking Republican on the U.S. House Appropriation Committee, that contained a list of Boebert’s budget priorities…
Boebert’s list of nine items of budget priorities benefit her constituents, but some of them are national spending initiatives that are simply broad based, like the $1.8 billion allocation for community health centers in rural counties.
It’s becoming an increasingly common practice for Republicans to take credit with their constituents for funding priorities they opposed at every step of the process, and in Boebert’s case it’s about as brazen a lie as could possibly be told. First, Boebert refused to take part in the process of even requesting funding for specific projects. Then she voted against the legislation that contains those local funding priorities. Now she wants credit for the things she voted against on the ridiculous premise that since they’re still in the bill, Republican negotiators on the Appropriations Committee (Boebert is not) must have fought for them some way.
The Sun reports that Colorado’s other two Republican members of Congress have not joined Boebert this time in taking credit for legislation opposed at every step and then voted against. The knock on Boebert has always been that she was more interested in personal fame and fortune than representing her constituents. Rather than serving as a defense, Boebert is calling more attention to her failures by lying so brazenly that a five-year-old can understand the problem.
All we can say is, Boebert must be awfully confident that none of these real-world issues will matter.