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Todd Akin Voted to End Head Start the Same Year he Voted to Increase His Salary

Sen. Claire McCaskill's campaign has launched what they are calling "35 Days, 35 Ways" counting down to election day and highlighting what Claire's challenger, Rep. Todd Akin, has said and done that shows that he is too extreme for Missouri. You can rest assured that each and every one of the examples is outrageous on its own, and even worse when seen in the grand scheme of things of Todd Akin believing that which is too far out on the fringe for the Show Me State.

Today is Day 32 of "35 Days, 35 Ways" and Sen. McCaskill is showcasing the fact that Akin was one of only 36 members who opposed the Head Start Funding Bill which passed 381-36. However, that's not the worst of it. Akin's vote on November 14, 2007 came after he had voted earlier that year to give himself a raise. On June 27, 2007, Rep. Akin essentially voted in favor of giving Congress a 2.5% pay raise.

McCaskill campaign spokesman, Erik Dorey had this to say:

This vote is a perfect example of Akin's flawed approach to taxpayer dollars, where he would rather shut off the lights on every government program instead of working across the aisle to improve it. Whether it's funding for Head Start or the school lunch program, Todd Akin has repeatedly shown that he believes it's ok to use taxpayer dollars for his own pay raises, but America's kids are simply on their own. Head Start has proven itself as an important and effective program for early childhood education. Missourians would probably agree it's a better use of taxpayer dollars than Rep. Akin's pay raise.

Couldn't have said it better myself.



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