PUTTING THE COUNTRY BACK ON TRACK -- (House of Representatives - March 04, 2009)
(Mr. SCALISE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)
Mr. SCALISE. Mr. Speaker, as we start to debate the budget that was submitted last week, I think a lot of Americans all across the country and a lot of people here in this Chamber have some very serious concerns about the direction that this administration seems to be taking us in. This rampant spending and tax increases are dangerous to our country and our economy at a time when we are having trouble and difficulty all across the land.
The last thing we need is a $1.4 trillion tax increase, over $600 billion of which would fall on the backs of every small business owner in this country, and over $600 billion in the form of a carbon tax, a tax on energy, that every consumer in this country would pay in higher utility rates.
This is surely not the time to be raising taxes to the tune of over $1.4 trillion on the backs of small businesses and families across this country. We need to go in a better direction. We will be proposing that, and hopefully the administration will work with us to put us on a better path to get our country back on track.