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January 28, 2009

Lucas joins vote against stimulus bill


“Instead of adding $6,700 to each American household’s share of the debt, which will be passed on to our children and grandchildren, Speaker Pelosi could have used this money to give each American man, woman and child $2,700 or give each American living in poverty $22,000,” Lucas said. “There are portions of this bill that I support, such as infrastructure spending. But the spirit of a stimulus packaged is to pump money into the economy as quickly as possible, not to grant the wish list of every Democrat donor and special interest group.”

Lucas said the package should have been smaller and contain a mixture of tax relief and targeted spending. One example of the bill’s shortcomings is the $30 billion targeted for roads and bridges, Lucas said. More money should be spent in those types of areas, he said, where work can start quickly.

Lucas questioned whether the bill will do enough good in the time frame to turn the economy around on the East and West coasts.

“Somebody has to re-member the taxpayers and our children, too,” Lucas said.

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