PLATTSBURGH - The Upstate New York Tea Party is steaming mad about the spending habits of newly elected Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh.
During a press conference in Plattsburgh Feb. 12, UNYTEA chairman Mark L. Barie said Owens has voted for a series of bills, which, if enacted, would add more than $1 trillion to the nation's deficit.
"Since he first took office, Mr. Owens has yet to meet a big spending bill he didn't like," said Barie.
Barie opened his comments with a quotation from President Abraham Lincoln who said, "You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn." Barie went on to say Owens is either unwilling or unable to follow President Lincoln's advice.
UNYTEA selected only a handful of his roll call votes and discovered after only 98 days in office, Owens had voted to spend more than $1 trillion.
"That translates to almost $8 million for every minute of every hour of every day, since Mr. Owens took the oath of office on Nov. 6th," said Barie, whose remarks were made during the event which unveiled UNYTEA's new Web site.
The Web site, www.unytea.com, now includes a large black button called "Bill's bill." After clicking on it, an on-line viewer will see an up-to-date tally of the cost to taxpayers for the legislation, which Owens supported.
UNYTEA also distributed written materials which cited Congressional Budget Office estimates for just six pieces of legislation, all of which Owens supported. The bills included, among other things, the Affordable Health Care Act, at a cost of $894 billion.
Barie, a long-time friend and business ally of Owens, made no effort to disguise his disappointment. He pointed out Owens first supported a series of budget-busting bills and then used a parliamentary procedure to vote against a motion to raise the nation's debt ceiling.