Hello PolitiFact??? Gov. Scott now claiming credit for federal budget deal

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In a statement e-mailed to reporters late Monday afternoon, Gov. Rick Scott took partial credit for helping lawmakers in Washington, D.C. avoid a shutdown of the federal government last week, reports Abel Harding in his must-read-everyday-even-if-he-gets-started-late-because-he-was-painting-all-weekend. “This weekend as Washington, D.C., insiders struggled to find billions to prevent a government shutdown,” the press release read. “They found $1.5 billion worth of taxpayer money exactly where Governor Rick Scott left it: in the boondoggle high speed rail proposal.” Scott’s office was responding to a story on HuffingtonPost.com (Story: http://huff.to/e74cKN) that said the continuing resolution would contain a $1.5 billion reduction in money spent on high speed rail. “? am proud to have brought this waste to the attention of those in Washington,?Scott said in the e-mail statement. ?hese funds should either be returned to taxpayers as tax cuts or applied to reducing the burden that our national debt is passing to future generations.?Of course, there there are a few issues with Scott’s statement: a) If we’ll recall, he told the federal government he wanted the billions – just for projects at Florida’s ports, not high speed rail, and b) the money being cut is not part of the dollars Scott rejected earlier this year, according to news reports.

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