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Allen West pledges to cut federal spending, hails federal dollars for Fort Lauderale airport

Ah the contradictions: Broward Republican Rep. Allen West Tuesday was one of 54 GOP'ers to vote against a temporary spending bill that Republican critics said didn't cut deep enough.

"The American people recognize that we must no longer take these small calculated measures," West said of the bill which cuts $6 billion from this year's budget -- and keeps the government running for another three weeks, or until Democrats and Republicans can reach a compromise.

But on Wednesday, Rep. Allen West touted the award of a $21 million dollar federal grant to Fort Lauderdale –Hollywood International Airport to be used for the construction of a "much needed, second commercial runway."

West in a press release said the runway project will generate at least 11,000 jobs and be complete in the fall of 2014 with an estimated budget of $791 million. 

"This runway is long awaited and much anticipated,” West said. "At this crucial time for our economy, it is imperative that we encourage this kind of development, which will bring thousands of jobs with it and boost tourism – South Florida’s number one economic engine."