Rogers comments on Democratic stimulus plan

Washington, D.C., -- Congressman Mike Rogers made the following remarks in response to the House passage of H.R. 1, the Democratic Stimulus Plan.

"These have been a tough times for everyone across East Alabama. I understand the urgency to act, but this nearly $800 billion bill doesn't sufficiently address the short-term need to create jobs, cut taxes to keep more money in the pockets of hard working American families, or flood our economy with targeted investments.

"Congress should have come up with a bill that helps create and preserve more jobs immediately. The Democratic majority's bill has a number of features which may help Alabama like road and highway infrastructure spending, but it wasn't enough. Instead this bill was full of tremendous amounts of new government spending, which in some cases will permanently expand the size and scope of the Federal government," Rogers said.

Rogers pointed out the bill included a number of projects which would do little to create jobs in the short term. These included $2 billion for the controversial group ACORN; $1 billion for the 2010 Census; $650 million for digital television convertor box coupons; and $300 million for "green" golf carts.

"While these programs may deserve debate, they do not belong in a short-term stimulus bill. They will do little or nothing to create jobs," Rogers added.

Rogers said he opposed the bill which passed the House 246 to 183 with one voting present.  He said he voted in favor of an alternative bill which had larger tax cuts for working families and small businesses and additional help for folks that have lost their jobs.