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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 -- (House of Representatives - January 27, 2009)


Mr. ROSKAM. I thank the gentleman for yielding.

So much material and so little time. You know, we heard the President in his speech talking about putting aside petty recriminations, and he characterized that as, actually, childish arguments. And I think that some of the tone that I have heard tonight, we can rise above.

You know, I find it ironic that the gentleman from California referred favorably, maybe for the first time in his career, the first time in my hearing, favorably quoting and referring to Republican economists as ``persuasive.'' I had never heard that from him before, Mr. Chairman.

But I would like to quote from our President. In his State of the Union Message, he said something that I think actually brings us all together, it's really poignant, and I think it's beautiful. In fact, it says it has been risk takers, the doers, the makers of things who have carried us up the long rugged path towards prosperity and freedom. The market's power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched.

Here we are, on the verge of the majority spending $825 billion in a spending plan, the likes of which we have not seen before, with only $40 million in tax relief for small business. When the President came in, he seemed surprised at those numbers, by comparison, $40 million to the risk takers that we all say are the economic engine that are going to move us into the future.

We can do better, and I think it's incumbent upon us to take up that challenge.


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