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Lamar Alexander on Government Reform

Republican Sr Senator (TN); previously candidate for President


The Era of the 1,000-Page Bill Is Over

Senator Lamar Alexander made the following remarks on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday: "It's time for Congress to admit that we don't do comprehensive well. It's time for us to admit that the era of the 1,000-page bill is over."

"I think it's obvious that we in Congress have been biting off more than we can chew on immigration, health care, and other issues. We've been producing 1,000-page bills which most members of Congress haven't even read, in which voters have no confidence, and out of which will come unintended consequences and results that are bad for our country. It inevitably adds to the national debt, at a time when we're adding $9 trillion to the debt in just ten years and everyone is worried about how we're going to pay that back. And at a time, fairly or unfairly, where the American people are seeing a new administration propose, it seems like, a new Washington takeover every other day--the banks, insurance companies, student loans, and now health care."

Source: The Chattanoogan on 2014 Tennessee Senate race , Sep 15, 2009

Two-year budget to reduce pork barrel spending

The Texas legislature meets for 90 days every two years. The California legislature meets all-year long. Guess which state spends less and has no state income tax? It’s Texas, and the federal government should take a lesson from Texans and adopt a budget every two years.