A day after Paul Ryan admitted to asking for stimulus funds, saying his office “mishandled” the matter, the Post’s Jerry Markon and David Fallis have a deep dive into Ryan’s record of asking for federal money.
The Republican vice presidential candidate has often used the powers of his office over his 13 years in Congress to seek federal funds for his Wisconsin district, sometimes from existing pools of money and other times in ways that would increase federal spending. His success has meant funding for projects ranging from a runway extension at a local airport to an environmental study of the Kenosha Harbor.
There’s nothing unusual in Ryan’s record, but it complicates the budget-cutting, anti-spending image Romney’s campaign is trying to project. The Boston Globe notes that one of the programs Ryan praised in 2009 he now wants to eliminate.