Opportunity with House Republican Conference
The United States Capital
December 19, 2001
9:40 A.M. EST
I am proud to report that members of both political parties and both bodies
of Congress have come to an agreement as to how to stimulate our economy and
how to take care of people in need, people who have lost their job.
I'm proud of the members around this table for making the conscious decision
to work together to answer some serious needs that face our country. A lot of
people have lost their jobs and don't have health care, and the people around
this table said, I want to do something about it, and they proposed a very constructive,
A lot of people around this table understand that in the long-term we've got
to make sure our economy grows. And so we've provided stimulus to the economy,
most of which affects middle-class America. The income tax rate reduction affects
those making $27,000 to $65,000 a year -- hard-working Americans who could use
help, coming into the holiday season.
I can't thank the Chairman, the Speaker, the leaders around this table for recognizing
that there's something more important than politics, and that's to do our jobs,
to recognize we have a serious problem and address it and solve the problem.
This bill can pass both bodies. This bill will pass the House; it's got enough
votes to pass the Senate. And therefore, I look forward to working with both
bodies in any way I can to convince those who are reluctant to get a bill done
that this makes sense for America, so we can leave for Christmas knowing full-well
that we've done the people's business.
Again, congratulations to you all. I want to thank you for your work, thank
you for your care for America. Thank you all.