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Blue Dog Democrat Questions Need for Stimulus Plan

Posted By Rob Bluey On January 16, 2008 @ 5:43 pm In Ongoing Priorities,Scribe | Comments Disabled

Rep. Baron Hill, a Blue Dog Democrat from Indiana, voiced concern today about the rush for Congress to pass an economic stimulus plan. During the question-and-answer portion of this morning’s hearing before the Joint Economic Committee, Hill noted that Democrats violated PAYGO [1] rules when they passed a one-year freeze for the Alternative Minimum Tax [2]. Hill said he feared the same would be true with the stimulus.

Hill complained about how much a stimulus package might add to the budget deficit and suggested a short-term fix might not be best for the country. Seizing on the opportunity, Heritage’s Bill Beach, a witness at the hearing [3], responded: “Amen.” Watch the exchange below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLh62AK9wqI[/youtube]


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[1] Democrats violated PAYGO: http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/sen.-reid-abandons-pay-go-rule-on-amt-2007-11-16.html

[2] Alternative Minimum Tax: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Taxes/amt.cfm

[3] a witness at the hearing: http://www.foundry.org/2008/01/16/what-should-congress-do-to-avoid-a-recession/

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