State of Indiana Archives: on Budget & Economy


Richard Lugar: Pass the remarkable House budget plan & extend Bush tax cuts

Asked what could be done to cut the $15 trillion federal debt, Lugar, 80, urged the passage of the "remarkable" House budget plan and the extension of Bush-era tax cuts. Mourdock, 60, called for the elimination of the Energy, Education, Commerce and Housing and Urban Development departments.
Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on 2012 Indiana Senate debate Apr 12, 2012

Brad Ellsworth: Stimulus legislation prevented going into a depression

Coats has criticized Ellsworth for voting in favor of the health care overhaul and stimulus programs. Ellsworth believes the stimulus legislation prevented a worse situation. "We made drastic improvements to save us from going into a depression," Ellsworth said.

Coats said voters are unhappy with federal government, and he accuses Ellsworth of being lockstep with his party leaders. "Clearly, a lot of Hoosiers are not happy with what's come out of Washington these last two years. 90% of what's come out has been supported by my opponent," Coats said. "There's a lot of enthusiasm for change in Washington."

Ellsworth said Coats' claim that he has voted in line with Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 90% of the time is misleading He said those votes could include anything from naming a post office to honoring a sports team. "I have one of the most independent voting records in Congress, and I had a more conservative voting record than four Republicans," Ellsworth said.

Source: News & Tribune coverage of 2010 Indiana Senate debate Oct 24, 2010

Brad Ellsworth: Voted for bailout, health care law and stimulus bill

Ellsworth attacked Coats for the years he spent lobbying in Washington saying the former senator took stands on issues--including the bank bailout and stimulus funding--based on who paid his law firm the most money. "That's not right for Hoosiers," Ellsworth said. "We need people who stand up for us, for Hoosiers and base their decisions on what they hear only from the people back home."

Coats battled back, saying that it was his law firm--not him personally--who represented clients on those issues. He pointed instead at Ellsworth, saying that the Democrat's votes for the bailout, health care law and stimulus bill put the country in almost insurmountable debt. "I can understand that someone who went to Washington talking like a conservative here at home--but followed the agenda of Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama nearly 90% of the time--would not want to come home and talk about that," Coats said.

Source: Louisville Courier-Transcript on 2010 Indiana Senate debate Oct 22, 2010

Daniel Coats: Commitment to no new spending unless offset & paid for

Coats said the nation is facing serious problems with the economy as it enters the third year of the recession. "We have not seen light at the end of the tunnel," said Coats. "We have a long way to go."

President Barack Obama's "summer of recovery" has been anything but, Coats said. Coats lambasted Democrats for spending at a pace that's unsustainable and piling up debt the nation cannot pay back. "There has to be a commitment to no new spending without it being offset and paid for," said Coats. "No more swiping the credit card and pumping and using debt to finance new spending."

This election, Coats said, needs to be relative to restoring the economy for future generations.

Source: Evansville Courier Press on 2010 Indiana Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

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