Guthrie Statement on Final Passage of Economic Stimulus Package
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on final passage of the economic stimulus package. After the vote, Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement:
"Unfortunately, the final economic stimulus package that came before the House today did not truly address the economic crisis facing our nation. This was a purely partisan bill crafted in a backroom deal that included a record amount of wasteful spending and no immediate ways to stimulate the economy. My vote was not a "no" to an economic stimulus, but a vote that there is a better solution.
"I had hoped that the final product would be a bipartisan solution that would truly address the difficult recession we face. Regretfully, I could not support this legislation because it will not create jobs, nor will it stimulate the economy. Instead, it will place the largest burden in our nation's history on our children and grandchildren's generations. The cost of this legislation is staggering, with much of it spent on pet projects that will not help Kentucky's hurting families.
"As a former small businessman, I know that allowing taxpayers to keep more of their hard-earned money is the best way to stimulate our economy. That is why I supported the alternative plan that would provide a direct boost to our economy through immediate tax relief for working families and small businesses."