Republican Whips Wants Your Input

January 30, 2009 – Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02) today announced the launch of, a new website outlining the House Republican Economic Recovery Plan. The website details the smarter, simpler stimulus plan proposed by House Republicans that will create twice the jobs at half the price of the economic package that Democrats forced through the House despite bipartisan opposition.

Franks stated, “American families and job creating small businesses are facing unprecedented challenges, which is why House Republicans have proposed an Economic Recovery Plan that will actually create jobs for the people of the Arizona’s Second Congressional District. We believe that the focus of any stimulus package must be on helping working families and small businesses. I hope my constituents will visit this website and learn more about the House Republican Economic Recovery Plan.”

House Republicans are committed to an open and transparent exchange of ideas to find the best solutions to get the U.S. economy back on track. The House Republican Economic Recovery Plan contains the constructive, common-sense ideas that should be included in any stimulus legislation.

“The House Republican plan is smart, simple, and stimulative at have the price of the Democratic Majority’s proposal. It is laser focused on helping working families and small businesses while protecting, preserving and creating jobs. Our goal is to get America back on track without saddling future generations with trillions in debt or higher taxes. Let me say it again – the House Republican plan has no waste, just jobs,” said House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, leader of the House Republican Stimulus Working Group that crafted the recovery plan.

The House Republican Economic Recovery Plan

Immediate Tax Relief for Working Families: Rather than a refundable credit based on payroll taxes, House Republicans propose reducing the lowest individual tax rates from 15% to 10% and from 10% to 5%. As a result every taxpaying-family in America will see an immediate increase in their income with an average benefit of $500 in tax relief from the drop in the 10% bracket and $1,200 for the drop in the 15% bracket. A married couple filing jointly could save up to $3,200 a year in taxes.

Real Help for America’s Small Businesses: Small businesses (those employing less than 500 individuals) employ about half of all Americans, yet they can be subject to tax rates that siphon away one-third or more of their income. House Republicans propose to allow small business to take a tax deduction equal to 20% of their income. This will immediately free up funds for small businesses to retain and hire new employees.

No Tax Increases to Pay for Spending: The stimulus proposal pending in Congress includes record levels of government spending that will substantially increase the current deficit. House Republicans are concerned that this level of spending will result in new tax increases on American working families. House Republicans are insisting that any stimulus package include a provision precluding any tax increases now or in the future to pay for this new spending. House Republicans believe that any stimulus spending should be paid for by reducing other government spending, not raising taxes.

Assistance for the Unemployed: Incredibly, the Federal Government actually imposes income taxes on an individual receiving unemployment benefits. House Republicans propose to make unemployment benefits tax free so that those individuals between jobs can focus on providing for their families. The plan would also extend unemployment benefits for a full year.

Stabilizing Home Values: The real-estate market is paralyzed as potential buyers wait on the sidelines waiting for prices to fall even further. This is becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. In order to encourage responsible buyers to enter the market and stabilize prices, House Republicans propose a home-buyers credit of $7,500 for those buyers who can make a minimum down-payment of 5%.


Congressman Franks is serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, and is a member of the Committee on Armed Services, Strategic Forces Subcommittee, Military Readiness Subcommittee, Committee on the Judiciary, Constitution Subcommittee, and is Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law.


  1. So where was this plan and Rep Franks when Republicans were in control? They got us in this mess and now they claim to have the answers on how to fix their mistakes? Really?

  2. Thank goodness Republicans seem to have learned from mistakes.

    Now, if only Democrats were educable, too.

  3. “Incredibly, the Federal Government actually imposes income taxes on an individual receiving unemployment benefits.”

    Um, there were no taxes on unemployment compensation benefits in the 1970s (I know; I collected them) until Ronald Reagan decided this was unfair and made it part of his package of tax “reform” that passed Congress in the 1980s. It was proposed, I believe, his advisor Ed Meese, who later became attorney general.

    (Full disclosure: I once lent Ed Meese a thousand dollars:

  4. Veritas Vincit says

    Here’s my input to the Republican Whip:

    Demand a refund on the last “bail out” and do not do that again.

    Take the “bail out” funds and actually use it to keep people in their homes while they find new employment.

    Here’s the thing Mr Whip… someone who faces forclosure lets say owes 150 grand on their house. The payments for 12 months total less than 10 grand… but after six months the bank forcloses and sells the property at auction for 35 grand netting a loss of 150K-35K= $115,000… THEN (and heree’s the real crime), the bank uses the “bail out funds” to refinance someone else on the property for $50K … BUT WON’T DO IT FOR THE POOR FAMILY THEY JUST KICKED OUT!

    On the other hand… they simply could forbear 12 months of payments (a loss of 10K) and refinance the property after a year to the family who already lives there at 75K (plus the 10K in forbearence) for a total new loan of 85K that the original family can now afford!

    Doesn’t take a rocket scientist does it Mr Republican Whip… (I don’t expect Pelosi and her ilk to understand, they’re just too stupid for that simple math)…

  5. Veritas Vincit says

    PS: everyone reading this blog above should phone their Congressional representative and demand they consider that idea (above).

  6. Congressman Bartlett in the nortn Baltimore county newspaper asked for input concerning the stimulus. He said it won’t work and will saddle our children with debt. How does he know it won’t work? It was Republicans who took the country from surplus to extreme debt and created the crisis we are in. I have no confidence in Republican policies. I say more of the same failed policies is what won’t work. It’s totally disingenuous to talk about children when no thought was given them during the last eight years. Americans voted for change and that’s what we want.

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