Pelosi: Stimulus Key to Smaller Deficit
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday called the nearly $790 billion stimulus bill an essential part of reducing the deficit, suggesting the components of the bill would pay for themselves in time.
I think the stimulus spending is an essential part of reducing the deficit, because it will stimulate the economy, said Pelosi, who spoke to reporters in the East Room following remarks by President Barack Obama at the White House fiscal responsibility summit.
Investments in education bring more money to the Treasury than any investment or tax credit or anything you can name, Pelosi said. If you dont make those investments, your deficits will be greater.
Pelosis arguments were reminiscent of those made by former President George W. Bush, who argued that tax cuts would eventually pay for themselves by stimulating economic growth and increasing receipts.
Pelosi praised Obamas remarks at the event, in which he focused on honest budgeting that avoids traditional gimmicks for making the deficit look smaller than it is. Wasnt that music to your ears, she said of Obamas determination to face the realities of the budget.
Pelosi said she sent letters to committee chairs last week ordering them to subject every dollar under the jurisdiction of their committee to scrutiny to ensure there is no waste, fraud and abuse and that were getting the bang for the buck for the American people that that dollar was intended to do.
Asked about an article in the New York Times that said Democratic leaders had pressed Obama to wait to overhaul Social Security, Pelosi appeared unfamiliar with the piece saying she had just returned from Afghanistan but she said, The solvency of Social Security is very, very important to us.