Alexander: Federal Budget Should Help – Not Hurt – the Family Budget

“We hear a lot of talk about change. A real change would be to stop more taxes. Stop excessive spending. Stop more debt. And focus more attention on the family budget.”

Posted on March 10, 2008

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, today delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor during debate on the budget: “I want to talk more about the family budget, because what we do with the federal budget makes a big difference to the family budget. We know this week in homes in Tennessee, Iowa, and across America people are talking about their family budgets. They’re worried about whether there will be enough money at the end of the month to pay the taxes that will be due in April and about whether there will be enough money to pay gasoline costs that are $3.50 a gallon or higher in some parts of the country.” “So the question is whether we will adopt the Democratic budget which, according to evidence presented by the Republican leaders of the Budget and Finance Committees, would raise taxes, raise spending, raise debt, and wreck the federal budget or whether we will adopt the Republican pro-growth plan … which keeps taxes low, which lowers energy costs, which helps make it possible for every American family to have health insurance without the government choosing the doctor …” “We hear a lot of talk about change. A real change would be to stop more taxes. Stop excessive spending. Stop more debt. And focus more attention on the family budget. Have a federal budget that emphasizes lower taxes, lower energy costs, lower health insurance costs, stimulating home buying, more for science, and more for better schools. That’s really the way to create better jobs.” ###