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Emerson Again Touts Benefits of Stimulus

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Editor's note: The White House Office of the Press Secretary has issued a correction, addressing a press release issued on June 4. The correction said that the previous advisory incorrectly stated that Holcim directly received ARRA (stimulus) funds. The following submitted story also incorrectly states the Holcim plant was funded by the Recovery Act.

Today, Representative Jo Ann Emerson attended a grand opening of the Holcim Cement Plant in St. Genevieve, which was funded by the Recovery Act that Emerson opposed in Congress.

According to a Department of Transportation press release, "Secretary Ray LaHood, along with Reps. Russ Carnahan and Jo Ann Emerson, will attend the ribbon cutting at Holcim's newest Recovery Act-funded cement plant in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri."

The plant, funded by the Recovery Act that Emerson voted against, created 2500 jobs during its construction and 250 jobs for the operation of the plant. Emerson has been full-throated in her opposition to the Recovery Act:

"I opposed the stimulus for two reasons: the spending was irresponsibly high, and I saw no way this money could be spent accountably by the federal government." said Emerson in a March 10 press release.

Later on Twitter, Emerson tweeted: "Great grand opening event at Holcim today." She went on to mention the benefits of the factory, but not how it was funded.

Said Sowers Campaign Manager Jonathan Feifs, "Apparently, Jo Ann has an extremely short memory. Three months after reiterating her opposition to the Recovery Act, she is out touting the results of the very same piece of legislation. The people of Southeastern Missouri are smarter than this: this is hypocrisy and Washington politics at its worst."

Sowers, an 11-year Army Special Forces veteran, is running for Congress against incumbent Jo Ann Emerson, a former insurance lobbyist from Washington, DC. Tommy Sowers is the Democratic candidate for Missouri's 8th Congressional district and does not face opposition in the primary. During the first quarter of 2010, Sowers outraised Emerson by over $70,000, with 99% of his contributions coming from individuals. Emerson will face a Republican primary challenger, cattle rancher Bob Parker, in August.


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It's shameful that she is going outside of her district to tout something she voted against.

-- Posted by Remington on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 5:18 PM

Why don't all of you Big Government Party politicians just stop using our money to fund private business?

Only a member of the Big Government Party would refer to the theft, borrowing, and printing of money to give to their handlers "results". The rest of us call it corporate welfare.

Maybe we can discuss corporate welfare over a friendly campfire next week in Willow Springs Maj. Sowers.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 5:19 PM

Well, she did so well with pushing NAFTA, CAFTA, and blowing manufacturing, shoes, textiles, etc. jobs out of her congressional district. She needed to head over to visit with Russ Carnahan cause the plant sure is not in her district. Amazing. Coming up on 14 years in Congress. Time to fix it. But great to hear that some jobs are showing up in spite of those failures of leadership.

-- Posted by 2manyInsiders on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 5:21 PM

Well howdy semoguy. How ya been? Here's one information resource with the White House Press Release today http://bit.ly/b6Vidx

Department of Transportation

Secretary Ray LaHood, along with Reps. Russ Carnahan and Jo Ann Emerson, will attend the ribbon cutting at Holcim's newest Recovery Act-funded cement plant in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. The plant supported 2,500 jobs during construction, and now supports 250 full-time permanent positions.

11:00am CDT

Holcim Ste. Genevieve Plant

2942 US Hwy 61

Bloomsdale, MO

Good to hear that some work came in to offset the Blue Cross layoffs and the shutdown of child care programs at Three Rivers Community College.

Mike Glodo

-- Posted by 2manyInsiders on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 6:24 PM

Hey Vandeven, I join you in opposing foreign corporate welfare. Everyone knows that shipping funds to large companies like Holcim Cement (which is headquartered in Switzerland BTW) does not create a sound, long term future for anyone here. Indeed, I read that plants were closed in Clarksville, MO and Michigan while Holcim issued layoff notices for its plants in Iowa and Mississippi, as the St. Genevieve plant was under construction. Foreign 3-Card Monty if you will.

On the other hand, investing in local, small businesses can create jobs across the 8th Congressional District.

Jo Ann Emerson had a perfect opportunity to step up for the hard working people of the 8th District when the so-called Cash for Caulkers bill came up in the House at the beginning of May. It would have funded local construction jobs throughout the 8th District, not a cement plant outside it. She chose to vote no. Oh well.

I look at it this way. If we are going to fund jobs in MO-8 why don't we do it by funding jobs that are done out of pick-up trucks that will help the people here save energy and money, not cement mixers in the distance, heading north. Jo Ann has got her priorities completely backwards.

-- Posted by DCisnot4me on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 6:57 PM

Barack Obama is taking credit for the demand for concrete in America. I think that is the stimulus connection the libs want us to understand here.

Listen folks, the world changes, life goes on, the American economy grows and evolves. It's called specialization of trade and labor. I know 2manyinsiders won't be happy until we make shoes here again, but perhaps we should open our minds to other industries and opportunities, because Holcim has shown us there ARE other opportunities.

One last point: the reason a Swiss company is coming to Missouri to manufacture concrete ought to be obvious to anyone with half a brain for policy -- the EU's cap-and-trade regime has made operations like this one completely untenable in Europe. We would be fools to adopt a similar scheme for the U.S. economy. This is insourcing at its finest, and we should be proud to land these jobs, for once, in America.

-- Posted by Dear Reader on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 9:45 PM

Semoguy 85,

I have to agree with you. Big projects like this take a long time from permitting to finish. This project started before Obama and would have ocurred without the Obama stimulus. This plant placement was chosen because of ample lime availability and the Missippi river and railroads converging. Affordable and dependable labor also helped.

This is a cheap shot by the Sowers campaign.

Larry Bill, Independent Conservative Candidate for Congress, 8th District, Missouri

-- Posted by nolimitsonthought on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 11:52 PM

I have known Jo Ann for years and I feel she does us a good job. I like the job my congresswoman is doing and will continue to support her and vote for her in the November election. I don't know who Tommy Sowers is never heard of him but a lot of what I have read it appears his campaign runs somewhat not quite organized. When you make a statement you better be ready to back the statement up with actual facts and not put a "spin" on it. I'm an independent and split my ticket in about every election.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sat, Jun 5, 2010, at 12:59 PM


I do not support corporate welfare - foreign or domestic.

If the voters of this CD are going to cast their ballots in favor of the candidate that will support the most domestic corporate welfare, then you can expect another Emerson landslide victory. Her career voting record is full of "yes" votes for domestic corporate welfare legislation.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sat, Jun 5, 2010, at 2:26 PM

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