New York Republican Rep. John McHugh, the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, has turned down Barack Obama's invite to Monday's fiscal responsibility summit, his office tells my colleague Alex Isenstadt.
The New York congressman emerged as a tough critic of the economic stimulus package passed by Congress last week.
“I am hard-pressed to understand how tens of billions of dollars, that our government doesn’t presently have but will have to borrow from our children and grandchildren to increase programs with little or no job creating potential, will do any real good in addressing the current crisis,” McHugh said last week after the House vote.
McHugh spokeswoman Stephanie Nigro would only say that the congressman was bypassing the summit because he had other obligations in his district.
“It’s a matter of scheduling,” said Nigro.
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