By Elise Viebeck - 09/18/10 10:00 AM EDT
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) demanded a "full up-or-down vote" from House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on several GOP fiscal proposals in this
week's Republican address.
He specifically noted House Republicans' goals of cutting non-security spending to Bush-era levels and stopping any impending tax hikes, calling it House Minority Leader John Boehner's (R-Ohio) "two-point jobs plan."
With an up-or-down vote, he said, "the will of the people and their elected representatives can be heard. Anything less fails our economy and provides further evidence that Democrats are more committed to preserving their power than helping our economy."
Walden briefly described his experience as a small-business owner, and said that he had worked for himself for 22 years.
know it’s this entrepreneurial spirit, unfortunately, that is lost on
the powers-that-be in Washington," he said, calling March's healthcare
overhaul and the stimulus bill "2,000-page monstrosities."
“The American people didn’t stand for this power grab then, and they won’t stand for it now – especially with their jobs, their families, and their futures at stake," he said.