Senate Passes Bipartisan Economic Stimulus that Helps Seniors and Veterans
Prevents illegal immigrants from receiving rebate checks.
United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today commented on the Senate's overwhelming 81-16 passage of the bipartisan compromise version of the Economic Stimulus Package. It is now headed to the House for another vote.
"I am very encouraged that the Senate overcame the partisanship that was threatening quick passage of the nation's Economic Stimulus Package. We are on track to direct sorely needed cash to American taxpayers and to encourage businesses to expand and invest in the United States.
"This compromise package corrects three of the major failings in the House's version. It ensures more than half a million Louisiana seniors will get rebate checks this year. It also includes checks for 250,000 of our nation's disabled veterans who until now were left out. It also closes the door to illegal immigrants receiving government checks, which the House had failed to do.
"However, I am disappointed that the Senate did not include protection for Road Home grant recipients in the stimulus package. I am working with my colleagues to find a solution that ensures Louisianians rebuilding their homes are not unfairly penalized by the IRS come tax time."