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Dems Launch Petition on Stimulus

Anita Kumar

The Democratic Party of Virginia launched this morning a Website calling on Republicans to accept $125 million in federal stimulus money for additional unemployment benefits for jobless Virginians.

The General Assembly narrowly rejected the money last week despite pressure from a visibly angry Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

The Republican-controlled House of Delegates, a fiscally conservative body that has long opposed fundamental changes to laws that extend such benefits, killed the proposal after members argued it would translate into higher taxes for businesses once the supply of stimulus money was exhausted.

The Website specifically targets House Republicans and GOP gubernatorial nominee Robert F. McDonnell, who is not in the legislature and did not vote on the bill but has said he opposed accepting the money.

"House Republicans have chosen to play political games rather than deliver results for Virginians who are suffering through this tough economy,'' said Jared Leopold, a spokesman for the Democratic party. "Bob McDonnell and the Virginia House Republicans have made it clear that they would rather see federal stimulus money go to other states than to Virginians who have lost their jobs."

By Anita Kumar  |  April 13, 2009; 12:10 PM ET
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