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Congressman Brady to speak during Lincoln Breakfast
San Jacinto News- Times - February 2009
COLDSPRING – U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) will be the guest speaker during the fi rst Abraham Lincoln Breakfast hosted by the San Jacinto County Republican Party. A pro-family, pro-small business conservative, Brady’s belief in free enterprise guides him as the Senior House Republican on the Joint Economic Committee. A Deputy Whip for the GOP Leadership team, Brady serves on the House Ways & Means Committee, considered by many to be the most powerful committee in Congress, with jurisdiction over two-thirds of the federal budget including taxes, Social Security, Medicare, international trade and welfare. A strong advocate for children, Brady recently voted against “an unwise State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) expansion that doesn’t put the neediest Americans fi rst.” Declaring, “Drop the gimmicks and put kids fi rst,” Brady said, “I supported the Children’s Health Insurance Program when it was created as a sensible way to cover kids not eligible for Medicaid, but too poor to afford private insurance. However, this bill irresponsibly expands CHIP to allow states to cover kids from higher income families without requiring them to cover poor kids fi rst. Furthermore, it used fuzzy math and budget gimmicks to make it appear that it is paid for when in reality it is not. I support expanding CHIP, but we need to do it responsibly and in a way that will make sure we put poor kids fi rst.” Concerning the controversial $787 billion stimulus bill, Brady said, “We all want the President to succeed in getting the economy moving, but this pork-laden bill is a hand-out to special interest groups that does little to create jobs - and may well harm our economy before its done,” said Brady, the senior House Republican on the Joint Economic Committee. “It’s too slow, too expensive and will lead to a massive tax increase on middle-class families and small businesses. The president wanted a bi-partisan bill that focused on jobs. Congressional Democrats gave him a partisan bill chock full of frivolous spending.” Brady served on the GOP working group that proposed an alternative that economists say would create twice as many jobs – 6.2 million – at half the cost. Brady recently introduced legislation to allow college students – or their parents – to include the costs of books, supplies, room and board and child care expenses in the Hope S c h o l a r s h i p Tax Credit. Brady’s District 8 representation includes San Jacinto, Montgomery, Walker, Polk, Tyler, Jasper, Newton, Hardin and Orange counties and portions of Trinity and Liberty counties. Lincoln’s Breakfast is scheduled Saturday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. at Elaine’s Restaurant. Tickets are $20 for a seat and $30 for a seat at the table with Brady. Tickets may be purchased at Elaine’s Restaurant. Seating is limited to 64 seats at $20 and 16 seats to sit at the table with the Congressman. A portion of the proceeds will benefi t Back Pack Buddies, a local charity benefi ting the needy children in San Jacinto County. Remaining proceeds will go to benefi t the Republican Party of San Jacinto County. For more information please call 936-653-3992. The public is invited to attend.