McConnell: ‘We Need To Fix Housing First'

Press Release

By:  Mitch McConnell
Date: Feb. 2, 2009
Location: Washington, DC

McConnell: ‘We Need To Fix Housing First'

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Monday regarding the Democrats' trillion-dollar spending bill:

"We all agree that something must be done to jumpstart the economy, and this week we'll have the opportunity to debate ideas to dramatically improve the bill passed by the House.

"We agree with President Obama that we should trim things out that don't put people back to work.

"The standard he set for this bill is fairly simple: Incorporate good Republican ideas, and trim the fat that won't put people to work right now.

"Republicans believe that a stimulus bill must first fix the main problem in the economy which is housing. We need to fix housing first.

"Republicans believe we must put money back into the pockets of taxpayers.

"Republicans believe we must eliminate wasteful spending.

"The American people have real questions about the merits of spending tens of millions sprucing up government buildings in Washington or removing fish barriers rather than growing the economy and creating jobs."