Good for Senator Jerry Moran. President Obama was quick to support this legislation, and establishment Republicans were quick to compromise. It extends President Bush’s 2001 tax cuts for merely two years. It also extends unemployment benefits for a year, but it provides no way of paying for those benefits, so it adds to the national debt.
The Eldorado Times quotes Moran:
“This legislation fails to address our nation’s most serious problem. Our country’s national debt, caused by decades of overspending and expansion of the federal government, is the greatest threat to our nation’s economy and our citizens’ well-being,” Moran said.
Tiahrt and Jenkins said extension of Bush tax cuts would provide short-term help for businesses and spur hiring of new workers, as well as buy time for Congress to reform the tax code.
Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., and Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts, both Kansas Republicans, voted for the bill.
The House approved the legislation 277-148, with 112 Democrats and 36 Republicans voting no. The Senate passed the bill 81-19.
Connect with Benjamin Hodge at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, The Kansas Progress, and LibertyLinked. Hodge is President of the State and Local Reform Group of Kansas. He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10, and was founder of the Overland Park Republican Party in 2011. His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, the NRA, Kansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).