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Matter of Opinion

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The U.S. Senate today passed the  Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 to keep government operating.  Once the measure was sent on to President Obama, individual senators were free to get about their business ... of sending out statements.  The two examples listed below came from Jim Risch, R-Idaho, and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

Unfortunately, I mislaid the original documents and can’t tell you which statement came from which senator. Can anyone help me out?


“The legislation carefully balances the need to make critical investments in our nation's future while ensuring strict accountability measures to ensure American tax dollars are spent wisely and cutting and eliminating programs that haven't performed the way they should.” 


“This bill increases spending by 8 percent at a time when our small businesses and families are struggling to make ends meet. It is simply irresponsible to be growing government at a time like this.  It only goes to show that when families lose income, they reduce their spending.  When the Federal government loses revenue, Congress spends more.”


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