THE STIMULUS PACKAGE -- (House of Representatives - February 09, 2009)
Mrs. McMORRIS RODGERS. Madam Speaker, right now, the United States Senate is still debating an $827 billion stimulus package. It is $7 billion more than what passed the House last week. Not only is it more expensive; it actually does little to create jobs and to grow the economy.
It spends $300 million on new cars for the Federal Government, and we just learned today that some of this money will be used for golf carts--that's right--for fancy golf carts. Unbelievable. $900 million will be used for public interest groups.
Our top priority in Congress needs to be turning our economy around and helping hardworking, middle class families. However, this legislation is showering money on the Federal Government so that government workers will be driving the newest cars, will be working in new or in recently renovated buildings and will still be receiving high wages and generous health and pension benefits while our small business owners and middle class families are struggling to make ends meet.
House Republicans have offered commonsense alternatives to stimulate and to grow the real economy. We would stabilize those home values and give much needed tax relief.