While Georgians may be excited about the tax stimulus plan that could soon pad pocketbooks, legislative leaders aren't too keen on the idea.
The Republican congressmen from Georgia were seven of the 35 House members to oppose the $150 billion plan, saying politicians should focus on long-term economic growth measures instead of spending "borrowed money."
"The solution to this problem will not be realized by throwing money into an economy that is insecure," said U.S. Rep. John Linder, R-Duluth. "It is our responsibility to provide consumers with economic policies that are permanent. To truly achieve the goal of stabilizing our economy, the House could have adopted a bill that makes the Bush tax cuts and the business depreciation schedule permanent. Instead, they give Americans a temporary fix to a critical problem."
Also opposed to the plan was Rep. Paul Broun, whose 10th District includes part of Braselton.
"Frankly, I don't think that sending out a rebate check is going to do enough to stimulate the economy," Broun said. "We've got to shift our focus towards creating jobs. A real stimulus plan has to be geared towards small businesses as they serve as the economic engine of our country.
"The Economic Growth Act of 2008, which I am a co-sponsor of, incorporates principles that have historically proven to stimulate the economy and it is a better legislative solution to address the threat of a slowing economy than the proposal that passed the House today."
Other members of G7, the name given to the Republicans from Georgia are U.S. Reps. Nathan Deal, Phil Gingrey, Jack Kingston, Tom Price and Lynn Westmoreland.
The Senate is expected to take up the package in February.
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