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Sen. Grams reiterates call for tax cut in GOP radio address

January 23, 1999
Web posted at: 2:31 p.m. EDT (1431 GMT)

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, January 23) -- Sen. Rod Grams (R-Minnesota) on Saturday continued Republican criticism of President Bill Clinton's failure to include tax relief as part of his State of the Union address.

"They tax it when you earn it, tax it again when you save it, tax it again when you spend it, tax it again when you invest it, and tax it again when you die. No wonder Americans feel overtaxed," Grams said in the weekly Republican radio address.

Tax cuts

Grams said part of a budget surplus he estimated would reach $80 billion this year -- $4.5 trillion over the next 15 years -- should be returned to taxpayers.

"But with a four-and-a-half trillion (dollar) surplus, how come the average taxpayer won't get even a penny of it back under the president's plan?" asked Grams.

"Instead of tax relief, the president on Tuesday proposed 77 new ways for Washington to spend your tax dollars," Grams said. "If you have a job, drive a car, use a computer, go to school, get sick, shop, drive, bank and sightsee, the president has a new program he wants you to support."

That adds up, said Grams, to $300 billion in new federal spending, "the largest spending increase proposed by any president in our nation's history, all financed by you, the taxpayers."

The senator reiterated the GOP call for an across-the-board tax cut, which he said is pro-economic growth.

"When tax rates go down, workers keep each additional dollar they earn. That's a pretty strong incentive to work harder, be more productive and create more economic growth," said Grams.

"On behalf of you, the taxpayers, Republicans look forward to making the 10 percent, across-the-board tax cut the centerpiece of a better, friendlier tax code," he said.


State of the Union
STATE OF THE UNION

Sen. Grams reiterates call for tax cut in GOP radio address (1-23-99)

Stuart Rothenberg: The state of Bill Clinton's State of the Union (1-20-99)

Clinton rallies support for agenda outside Washington (1-20-99)

Clinton ignores impeachment, calls for Social Security reform (1-19-99)

In response, GOP promises to stick to 'practical matters' (1-19-99)

Poll: Most viewers liked the speech (1-19-99)

President will call for using bulk of surplus to shore up Social Security (1-19-99)

Clinton will not address impeachment in State of the Union (1-13-99)

Clinton plans to give State of the Union speech as scheduled (1-11-99)


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GOP response: Transcript and prepared text

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