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Roskam Votes Against Massive Trillion Dollar "Stimulus" Spending Bill


Location: Washington, DC


Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) today voted against a massive trillion dollar spending bill, H.R. 1, the so-called "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009" calling it an insult to American small businesses, entrepreneurs and the self-employed. Roskam released the following statement:

"Congressional Democrats have crafted a piece of legislation that doesn't come close to living up to the Obama standard - a standard that sets aside the petty grievances, false promises and the recriminations that have handicapped our ability to solve our nation's problems.

"The great need to revitalize our economy comes second to this Congress' insatiable appetite for pork-barrel spending, leaving little to nothing for small businesses that are the backbone of the American economy.

"The bill before Congress today allocated only $41 million in small business tax cuts, or 0.41% of the $1 trillion package - an incredible insult to the hard-working businesses responsible for creating 7 out of 10 new jobs across in America.

"President Obama recently said ‘for as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies.'

"I completely agree. Let's give the American people more of their hard-earned money to invest and spend as they see fit.

"We cannot simply spend our way out of this recession.

"It is my sincere hope to work with the President and the Democratic Majority to craft a truly bipartisan stimulus package that revitalizes our nation's economy."

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