WPR News
8:21 am
Wed January 28, 2009

Lummis votes against stimulus bill

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming voted against the $819 billion stimulus bill backed by President Barack Obama, calling it a "bridge to bankruptcy."

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed the measure 244-188 Wednesday, with Republicans unanimous in opposition.

Lummis says the economy needs help but believes "huge amounts of government spending have never been an effective tool for economic recovery." She supports an alternative proposal to cut income taxes, lower the capital gains tax, repeal the alternative minimum tax and cut government spending.

The White House-backed bill includes an estimated $544 billion in federal spending and $275 billion in tax cuts for individuals and businesses. The bill now heads to the Senate.

The current version includes at least $394 million for Wyoming projects including roads and bridges, mass transit, waste water treatment, education and state budget aid.

Lummis says the economy needs help but believes "huge amounts of government spending have never been an effective tool for economic recovery." She supports an alternative proposal to cut income taxes, lower the capital gains tax, repeal the alternative minimum tax and cut government spending.

The White House-backed bill includes an estimated $544 billion in federal spending and $275 billion in tax cuts for individuals and businesses. The bill now heads to the Senate. The current version includes at least $394 million for Wyoming projects including roads and bridges, mass transit, waste water treatment, education and state budget aid.