WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah) and Senator Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) today offered an amendment to prohibit physical signage promoting the stimulus bill or American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which has been costing taxpayers millions of dollars.



“The administration is wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on a PR campaign,” said Bennett. “This signage is an irresponsible use of taxpayer money and does not serve the best interest of Americans. Rather than passing responsible legislation that is both temporary and targeted, the Democrats rushed a bill through Congress that throws money at projects, such as signage, that are simply unnecessary and provide few benefits to our economy.”



The Axe the Stimulus Plaques Act would prohibit the use of stimulus funds to pay for signage promoting the administration’s spending of taxpayer dollars on ARRA projects. At the request of the administration, federal agencies administering stimulus dollars have recommended that projects include physical signage with the ARRA emblem and the declaration, “Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.” News reports have indicated that the costs of signage could run the American taxpayer thousands of dollars per project. The signs cost $1700 per sign in Georgia, $2000 per sign in Pennsylvania and $3000 per project in New Jersey. New York alone is spending nearly one million dollars on signage to promote the stimulus projects.



Bennett added that this amendment will not interfere with any safety signage required for construction projects. ARRA projects are already publicized online and the administration has announced that it will spend another $18 million to upgrade the web site.



The amendment was offered as part of the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Authorization Bill that is currently being considered on the Senate floor.