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Questioning the Leadership Across the Aisle

Location: Washington, DC

QUESTIONING THE LEADERSHIP ACROSS THE AISLE -- (House of Representatives - April 14, 2005)

(Mrs. BLACKBURN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)

Mrs. BLACKBURN. Mr. Speaker, yesterday the minority leader of this body slammed the good work we did in repealing the death tax. She called it "reverse Robin Hood."

Well, Mr. Speaker, in my opinion, the minority leader owes an apology to all those families that will get to keep the family farm and to all of those small businesses that will survive a second generation because of this tax relief, and she owes an apology to the 42 Democrats who voted with the Republican majority for this very important tax relief.

One has to question the choice of leadership across the aisle. The liberal leadership has opposed repealing the death tax, which is a triple tax on America's working families. They have opposed an energy bill for years now, and they have not supported strengthening our immigration laws. Now they are fighting tooth and nail to prevent Social Security reform.

Mr. Speaker, my constituents are asking what, if anything, do they stand for? In my opinion, they stand for more tax and more spend, everything costs more. I want the American people to know the Republican majority in this House is going to fight to be certain they do not get their way.

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