Politics & Government

Schwarzenegger uses Feinstein quotes in latest push for U.S. aid

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sent another letter to California's congressional delegation Wednesday asking for help in securing $6.9 billion, this time including past quotes from U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein that the governor implies were contradictory to her criticisms of him last week.

In his budget plan and his State of the State address, Schwarzenegger attacked the federal health care overhaul and blamed Washington for not paying California its fair share in reimbursements and for overburdening the state with Medicaid regulations. Feinstein said in return, "California's budget crisis was created in Sacramento, not Washington."

Schwarzenegger wrote Wednesday, "There is no rational way to absolve Washington of any responsibility for state budget deficits until Congress acts to remove the barriers that prevent states from reducing spending as needed to live within our means. There is no rational way to say that California's budget deficit is not at least in part Washington's problem until Congress fixes flawed reimbursement formulas that cost California taxpayers billions of dollars each year."

The Republican governor's letter was a direct response to comments from Feinstein and Sen. Barbara Boxer, who challenged the governor's assertion that California gets only 78 cents for every dollar its taxpayers send to the federal government. Boxer said California received $1.45 for every dollar in 2009, including stimulus funds, based on her own study.

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