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30 July 2008

Chambliss Votes Against Jobs, Energy, Families, and Disaster Relief Act

For the second time in two days, Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss voted against legislation that would keep Georgians' taxes low and invest in renewable energy development that would help ease the pain motorists are feeling at the gas pump.

"With one vote, he said no to tax relief for teachers, no to a tax deduction for college tuition, and no to promoting renewable energy research, among many other things. Most disturbingly, he said no to a package of measures that would provide real relief to families here in Georgia who need a little help after eight years of the Bush-Chambliss economic agenda," Matheny said.

Earlier today, Sen. Chambliss (R - Georgia) voted against a motion to proceed to the consideration of S.3335, the Jobs, Energy, Families, and Disaster Relief Act of 2008 [Source: United States Senate, Vote Number 192, July 30, 2008].

Sixty votes were needed for the Senate to take up the bill.

The Jobs, Energy, Families, and Disaster Relief Act would prevent billions of dollars in tax increases by extending existing provisions such as the tuition tax deduction, deductions for teachers who spend their own money on classroom supplies, and the research and development tax credit.

It includes a number of provisions to help break America’s dependence on oil, like tax breaks for renewable energy development and improved energy efficiency, and demonstration projects for clean coal technology.

The bill would help residents and small business owners in 26 states struck by natural disasters in 2008, including Georgia, and would save approximately 380,000 jobs and $14 billion in funding for state road and bridge projects by fixing the highway trust fund. Legislation to end insurance discrimination against mental illnesses, the product of six years of House and Senate work, and a one-year fix to the Alternative Minimum Tax were also rolled into the package that Chambliss helped kill today [Source: Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, "Twice In Two Days Chambliss Votes For Higher Taxes", July 30, 2008].

Democratic Party of Georgia spokesman Martin Matheny said Chambliss' vote against S.3335 showed the Georgia Republican at his "most obstructionist."

"With one vote, he said no to tax relief for teachers, no to a tax deduction for college tuition, and no to promoting renewable energy research, among many other things. Most disturbingly, he said no to a package of measures that would provide real relief to families here in Georgia who need a little help after eight years of the Bush-Chambliss economic agenda," Matheny said.