Alexander Votes Against Adding $34 Billion to Debt

Says Senate Democrats Rejected Republican Alternative to Pay for Unemployment Benefits Without Adding to Debt

Posted on June 30, 2010

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement following his vote against the latest Democratic unemployment insurance package that would have added $34 billion to the debt:

“Here we go again: Senate Democrats seem either incapable of or unwilling to make tough spending choices, this time on a bill they offered that would extend unemployment benefits by adding $34 billion to the already-alarming $13-trillion debt that our grandchildren will inherit. Senate Republicans have offered several times – and will continue to offer – proposals to extend unemployment benefits without adding to the debt, but these proposals have been rejected repeatedly by the Democratic majority.”

Alexander voted tonight against invoking cloture on the Reid substitute amendment, which would have increased the debt by $34 billion to extend unemployment insurance benefits.  The motion failed by a vote of 58 to 38 (60 votes were required). Last week, Alexander voted for the Thune amendment that would have extended expiring unemployment provisions through November, extended various expired tax provisions through the end of 2010 and reduced the debt by $68 billion; the Thune amendment was rejected by the Senate majority, by a vote of 41 to 57. Click here to read more.