Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sharpened his criticism of the federal government in an interview televised this morning, taking aim at California's congressional representatives for what he said was a failure to advocate for enough funding from Washington.
Schwarzenegger said in his State of the State address Wednesday and in unveiling his budget proposal Friday that the state would press Washington for what he says is its fair share of the taxes Californians pay to the federal government. He said California receives less back on every dollar it sends than other states.
"We also will inspire and push extra hard the California congressional delegation, the bipartisan delegation, because they're not . representing us really well in this case," Schwarzenegger said on "Meet the Press" in an interview taped Saturday that aired on NBC today. "If you think about that, the Senate just voted for a healthcare bill that is saying basically that California should pay for Nebraska, so that Nebraska never has to pay any extra money."
The state's federal lawmakers had reacted negatively to Schwarzenegger's statements last week even before his more pointed criticism of them.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren of San Jose, head of the California Democratic delegation in Congress, said Friday that the delegation would do "what we can to support California." But she said Schwarzenegger "sounds like he's trying to avoid responsibility. He's the governor. We're not. There has been a financial storm brewing in California for years. They haven't dealt with it."