Congressional Delegation Touts Stimulus Package

By Beacon Staff

HELENA (AP) – Montana’s congressional delegation all voiced support for the stimulus package aimed at jump-starting the economy.

U.S. Sen. Max Baucus was a key figure in working out the compromise package, and called it a victory.

“We’re going to give the nation’s economy a shot in the arm,” Baucus said in a release. “And we did it by working together to do what’s right for Montana and America. I’m very pleased and proud of this effort.”

The package, approved Thursday, calls for rebates of up to $600 for individuals, and more for families. Compromises include giving rebates to low-income people while excluding higher-income families. President Bush indicated he would sign the measure.

Baucus encouraged people to spend their rebate check to help spur the economy.

Rep. Denny Rehberg said he was particularly pleased with provisions that extend the rebates to senior citizens and veterans, as well as steps that ensure benefits aren’t extended to illegal aliens.

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester said, “It’s a solid compromise to keep our country’s economy and Montana’s small businesses on their feet.”

“And it means cash for Americans who need it most,” he said.