Lawmaker: GOP stimulus stance 'vindicated' by poor economy

Republicans' votes against the $787 billion stimulus earlier this year have been "vindicated" by the persistently sluggish economic activity, one House Republican argued Wednesday.

"I think that those who had voted against the bill have been vindicated by this," Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said during an appearance on the conservative news radio show "Dateline Washington."

Every single Republican in the House of Representatives voted against the stimulus package, while three centrist Republicans crossed party lines to pass the package in the Senate.

Echoing calls from fellow House Republicans, Goodlatte said that the Congress should redirect unspent stimulus funds toward tax breaks -- or nothing at all.

"We should do that, by the way, not with new funds but by reappropriating the funds that were put into the stimulus package, or we should simply stop spending them altogether," he said.