After Two Denials, Rep. Paul Ryan Admits Asking for Obama Stimulus Funds

| by Michael Allen

Rep. Paul Ryan denied twice that he requested funds from President Obama's stimulus package of 2009. Now, the Republican vice presidential candidate has finally admitted that he did seek millions in funds.

After two strong denials, Rep. Ryan claims that he forgot that his office had sent letters, which bear his signature, to the U.S. Energy Secretary asking for stimulus money for two Wisconsin companies, reports the Daily Mail.

The Boston Globe reports that in 2010 Rep. Ryan told Boston's WBZ Radio that he "did not ask for stimulus money."

Rep. Ryan told WCPO-TV yesterday: "No, I never asked for stimulus."

After the interview, Rep. Paul Ryan released a statement: "After having these letters called to my attention I checked into them, and they were treated as constituent service requests in the same way matters involving Social Security or Veterans Affairs are handled."

"This is why I didn't recall the letters earlier. But they should have been handled differently, and I take responsibility for that. Regardless, it's clear that the Obama stimulus did nothing to stimulate the economy, and now the President is asking to do it all over again."

Rep. Ryan's request letters, which were unearthed by the Associated Press and the Boston Globe, brought in over $20 million of stimulus funds, the same program that he called "a "wasteful spending spree."