Conrad Burns on Budget & Economy
Former Republican Senator (MT, 1989-2007)
JONES: Thatís easy for me. Eliminate unconstitutional departments and agencies.
BURNS: Thereís only one way to control the deficit--grow the economy and control spending. We have brought down spending on the discretionary spending - the part we have some control over. The non-discretionary part is troubling. Weíre continuing with the tax cuts which have energized the economy--thatís the way you take care of the deficit. We didnít ask for 9/11, or Katrina, or the war on terror. We always grew through it. You grow the economy and control spending and thatís the way you take care of the deficit.
TESTER: When it comes to funding for Montana, we took the third biggest cut in FY05, in that discretionary funding. Out of 13 subcommittee chairs, Sen. Burns is ranked 10th in getting dollars to this state for critical projects. Itís time that we spend the money wiser, that we prioritize better, and start looking out for middle class folks.
BURNS: His record is very clear on that, and my record is very clear also. I donít vote for tax increases.
TESTER: Sen. Burns talks about how he doesnít raise taxes. Heís spending more money than the economy is growing--thatís putting a tax burden on our children. If you think thatís a way to do business, it certainly wouldnít have worked on our farm. You are a borrow-and-spender, thatís unequivocal.
BURNS: You said to some students, ďI want to lower your tuition.ď Since youíve been in the senate, tuition has gone of 48%. I have no control over that--you do, with the board of regents. Youíve got your hand on the throttle.
TESTER: You want to talk about a throttle--your hand on the throttle has doubled the national debt in 5 years. On our kids! If my folks had done that on our farm, theyíd have lost the farm. Youíre running this country into bankruptcy. Chinaís buying our debt, because he canít balance our checkbook.
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Newly elected in 2008 & seated in 2009:
Newly appointed in 2009;
special election in 2010:
Announced retirement as of 2010:
Up for 6-year term in 2010:
(13 Democrats; 15 Republicans)
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