Investigation shows Iowa congressman lining up for pork projects
DES MOINES – Congressman Steve King rails against government spending in public, but that hasn’t stopped him from seeking out pork projects in Washington. An investigation by Newsweek shows that Tea Party Republicans, including King, whose supporters advocate for smaller government and less spending, can’t resist asking for millions in government spending.
“Steve King’s hypocrisy on government spending confirms what many Iowans already know: he talks a big game, but can’t follow through with results,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky. “Steve King pushed our nation towards default under the guise of fiscal responsibility, but continues to demand millions in pork projects. He paints himself as someone fighting for solutions, but he’s really part of the problem.”
Tea Party Republicans like Steve King were cited as a major reason for the loss of the nation’s triple-A bond rating in August. Standard & Poor’s cited skepticism about the seriousness of a default among some lawmakers as a key factor in their decision. King was one of the more outspoken members of Congress, repeatedly saying that a default would not occur, in order to avoid negotiating with Democrats.
“Iowans deserve someone who will bring change to Washington and get results,” added Dvorsky.