While Republicans have been denouncing and voting against most of the budget measures offered by the Obama administration to deal with the economic downturn, many have been adding earmarks to the bills -- and claiming credit for the earmarks in their districts, even if they opposed the bills. GateHouse News Service explores this issue by noting that two Republican lawmakers -- Rep. Aaron Schock and Rep. John Shimkus -- visited Lincoln Land Community College on Friday to claim credit for a $350,000 earmark for green technology programs at the college. Both lawmakers, once getting the earmark added, voted against the bill, saying it was too expensive.
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