Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Kerry News

Kerry to Address Climate Change at The Brookings Institution Today

John Kerry will address The Brookings Institution conference on Climate Change Policy in Washington, D.C. today at 1:00 p.m.

While America is currently absent from the global environmental debate, Senator Kerry will provide an honest assessment of where we are today and where we need to go to address climate change and restore American leadership. He will not only challenge Washington's failure to take action at the national level, but he will lay out steps to reengage in the international debate and highlight the need to take this issue outside of Washington, D.C. gridlock.

Brookings Briefing - Climate Change Policy: Next Steps

Statement from John Kerry on Bush’s Budget for 2006
Monday, February 7, 2005

"Only in Washington would anyone call this budget fiscally responsible. Every American family has to live within their means. Their government should, too. Yet with this budget, the Bush administration has succeeded in reaching new lows of fiscal irresponsibility while slashing and eliminating investments that help America's communities. This budget takes cops off the street, hurts veterans, and punishes school children while saddling future generations with record budget deficits and mountains of debt.

"There's nothing fiscally responsible here. It's textbook Washington bait-and-switch budgeting that puts special interests ahead of families. The administration is sweeping under the carpet the huge costs of some of their most reckless policies, and is doing next to nothing to rein in out-of-control spending in Washington. It will cost $1.6 trillion to make the President's tax cuts permanent, but there's not a penny in the budget to pay for them. It will cost $1.9 trillion to privatize Social Security accounts, but there's not a penny in the budget to pay for that ideological blunder. Americans are spending $5 billion a month in Iraq, but there is not a penny in the budget to fund the war. The numbers simply don't add up, and the American people deserve better."


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