Alexander Says Economic Growth Plan Compromise Right for America

Posted on February 8, 2008

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today delivered the following Senate floor remarks on an agreement to ensure that seniors and disabled veterans receive tax rebates under the economic growth package while also preventing those illegally in the United States from obtaining rebates. Alexander is a cosponsor of the final bipartisan compromise that cleared the way for the bill to pass by a vote of 81 to 16. - “The American people would like for us to focus our attention on big problems that affect our country – whether it’s helping each American have health insurance, whether it’s keeping our jobs from going overseas, whether it’s the $3 price of gasoline – and work together to find a way to solve them.” - “What they don’t like is playpen politics where we bring out the charts and hire the campaign strategists and degenerate into kindergarten-like behavior or a political campaigning.” - “The president and the House of Representatives deserve great credit for agreeing quickly on a timely, targeted proposal to help our economy be stimulated and move along. They made it temporary so that it wasn’t any more of an infringement on the budget. We have improved on it in a couple of important ways involving seniors and disabled veterans.” - “By the end of this week, we will have sent a bill to the House, and hopefully to the president, a piece of legislation that will help taxpayers keep more of their own money, help small businesses keep more of their own money, and in doing that help create jobs and create additional spending that will stimulate our economy.” ###