Economy & Budget

Tax increases won't create jobs (Rep. Pete Olson)

Recently, my colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that will undoubtedly further harm our already weakened economy by discouraging investment in businesses and real estate. With national unemployment at 9.5 percent and no sign of relief in sight for the real-estate market, now is no time to be discouraging this type of investment and the jobs that it creates.


Tax hikes are the wrong solution to the $13 trillion debt (Sen. Mitch McConnell)

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor on Tuesday:

It’s now official. Top Democrats on Capitol Hill are starting to signal their intention to raise taxes on the middle class.

The House Majority Leader in a speech today warns that in order to do anything about the debt crisis Republicans have been speaking about on the Senate floor in recent weeks, President Obama will have no choice but to break his campaign pledge of no new taxes for millions of American families.


Easy way vs. correct way on budget (Rep. Steny Hoyer)

Hoyer delivered remarks Tuesday morning on the imperative for solving the nation’s fiscal crisis, the need for bipartisan cooperation on this issue, and how to balance economic recovery with long-term deficit reduction, at a Third Way event at Union Station. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

“This month, a Gallup poll asked Americans to name the greatest threats facing our country. Two answers tied for the top choice. One was terrorism. The other was debt.


Fix what needs fixing, invest in what works (Rep. Henry Cuellar)

As lawmakers, our decisions rely on the information we have. Better information yields better results.

To reduce waste in the federal government, we need to shine a light on how the government performs. That’s why I applaud the House passage of a bill I authored, H.R. 2142, the Government Efficiency, Effectiveness and Performance Improvement Act.


Financial regulatory reform: Diversity matters

As House and Senate conferees put the finishing touches on financial regulatory reform, they — and the White House, which will have to implement whatever passes — need to ensure that both new and old regulatory structures reflect all of America’s diverse communities, in both their activities and their personnel. The good news is that the legislation as it now stands takes major steps in that direction.


Give Americans what they deserve: fairness in the financial system (Rep. Marcia Fudge)

As we rebuild America, we must ensure that Wall Street won't gamble again with our futures. I support the Restoring American Financial Stability Act because it includes commonsense reforms to hold Wall Street and the big banks accountable. This bill will end bailouts by ensuring taxpayers are never again on the hook for Wall Street's risky decisions and will rein in big banks and their big bonuses. It protects families' retirement funds, college savings, homes and businesses financial futures from unnecessary risk by lenders. It also safeguards the American people from territory lending abuses which resulted in millions of foreclosures over the past few years.

The American people deserve and want these reforms. Let's give Americans what they deserve--fairness in the financial system. 


Interchange ammendment enables government price fixing for debit cards

Today, debit cards are one of America’s favorite ways to pay. Even in the economic slowdown, more consumers are pulling out plastic and, literally, leaving cash and checks behind. And there’s a compelling reason for this shift.   Debit cards are fast, convenient, secure, and provide timely access to available funds and the ability to track spending virtually real time.  And most banks offer debit cards to their customers with checking accounts at low or no additional cost.


Liberal CBPP attack against Thune Tax Extender Amendment is patently false

The liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) has launched an attack against Senator Thune’s GOP tax extender alternative amendment that is plainly untrue.

According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Senator Thune’s GOP tax extender amendment cuts taxes by $26 billion, cuts spending by over $100 billion, and reduces the deficit by $68 billion.

Senator Thune’s amendment is a step in the right direction toward reducing spending, reducing taxes and reducing the deficit. This approach is a stark contrast to the Democrats’ tax extender bill, which increases spending $126 billion, includes over $70 billion in new taxes, and increases the deficit $79 billion over the next 10 years.


Fair wages, retirement security really are the “high road”

Good heavens.  In The Hill yesterday, the so-called ‘Workforce Fairness Institute’ seemed to need a lot of words to play the same old broken record the anti-worker lobby has been playing for years: "Big Labor bosses… forced unionization… punishing small business… Big Labor bosses…."
Round and round it goes, no matter the issue, over and over again.  This time it is "high road contracts." Next issue we'll hear the same song.