GOP Weekly Radio Address: 100 Days of Spending, Taxing & Borrowing
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) delivered the Weekly Republican Address on the outrageous spending, tax increases and irresponsibly borrowing that marked President Obama’s first 100 days. She also noted the Republican solutions to curb spending, create jobs, and control the debt that don’t seem to get much play from the media.
Jenkins also proudly reported that no GOP Representatives have voted for the democrat’s disastrous spending bills:
Rep. Lynn Jenkins smacks Obama and Democrats on their disastrous first 100 days.
All Headline News reported:
Issuing its weekly address just days after President Barack Obama marked his 100th day, the GOP warned that fiscal plans passed by the administration in its first quarter in office will add more to the nation’s debt than those of past presidents in the last two centuries.
“The pace that Democrats in Congress and the White House are spending your tax dollars is simply staggering,” Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) said, delivering the address. “I know a thing or two about handling taxpayer dollars. I was the state treasurer in Kansas for six years before I came to Congress, and before that I practiced public accounting as a certified public accountant for nearly two decades. So trust me when I say Washington’s books are a mess.”
“In the last few weeks, we’ve heard about plenty of ‘stimulus’ waste. Taxpayer dollars earmarked for a homeless program in a town with no homeless problem. Millions to extend an ‘Artwalk’ in New York… His bill was supposed to be about jobs, but it’s gone off the rails in practically no time at all,” she added.
Obama had signed the stimulus, or the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), into law in February amid Republican criticisms about the cost of the legislation and the “permanent expansion” of some government programs.
Only three Republican senators and not a single GOP congressman had voted to pass the bill, even after a bipartisan effort to trim down the legislation and to include Republican amendments.
Vice President Joe Biden has been tasked to coordinate with governors and to oversee the implementation of the stimulus, which the administration has posted on a website, recovery.gov, as part of its commitment transparency.
The White House had also appointed Earl Devaney as head of its Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board, but Devaney told Congress in testimony in March that he had yet to have a real office and that he felt that he had “arrived at the train station and the train had already left.”
Earlier this week, Congress passed the President’s $3.5 trillion budget proposal for 2010 with no Republican votes. Democrats say the massive legislation cuts the deficit by two-thirds by 2014, and includes investments in renewable energy, education and healthcare reform that the nation “cannot do without.”
But the GOP has said the measure would increase taxes for small businesses already burdened with the recession. They also say a cap-and-trade system that will require companies to buy carbon emissions permits from the federal government will cost every American household $3,100 a year.
House Republicans were hoping to pass an alternative budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the ranking minority member in the House Budget Committee, but the measure was defeated, with 38 Republicans voting against it. In the Senate, an alternative from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) also failed to gain the support of centrist GOP and was rejected by a vote of 38-60.
“I think the Democrats’ first 100 days running Washington can be summed up in three words: spending, taxing, and borrowing,” Jenkins, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, said in the address. “The plans they’ve passed in the first 100 days will add more to our nation’s public debt than all previous presidents combined in 200 plus years.”
“Republicans are fighting for middle-class families and small businesses every day here in Washington. And we are ready to work in a bipartisan way on real solutions to create jobs, rebuild your savings, and get our economy moving again. Let’s hope the Democrats in charge are as well,” she added.