Our nation is in trouble. Unemployment rates are climbing, people are watching their savings disappear and all of us are worried about what comes next. That's why Idaho families, workers, businesses and local governments should get what they have asked for from the U.S. Congress: smart investments to create new jobs and put people back to work. I do not believe that the largest spending bill in U.S. history is the most effective way to do that. That's why I voted against the American Recovery and Investment Act, otherwise known as the stimulus bill. What began with a tight focus on job creation and infrastructure improvements ballooned into a 'something for everything' spending proposal. And it will saddle our nation with economic burdens which could be just as onerous as the one we are wearing now/U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick. More here (pdf).