Republican U.S. Senator Bob Bennett, who voted with all other Republicans against the new health care reform bill, also voted against President Barack Obama’s first jobs bill. Under the measure, companies who hired jobless people would get a temporary payroll tax break. Bennett told KVNU he voted against the bill because it wasn’t paid for. “We have a lot of stimulus money that we previously voted (on) that is simply sitting there not being spent,” Bennett says. “If this is a good idea, it is going to cost some federal money, let’s take the stimulus money and use it to pay for this good idea. “But the administration says no, we’re going to continue to spend the stimulus money for other things but we want to add additional spending for this thing.” Bennett is facing seven challengers from within his own Republican party who claim the three-term incumbent is not conservative enough.
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