Alexander Votes Against Adding Quarter Trillion Dollars to National Debt

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following remarks today on the floor of the Senate:

• “Yesterday was the first vote on health care reform, and I think the American people got a very strong first impression from that vote. The leader sought to add a quarter trillion dollars to the national debt on the first health care vote. And the Senate said, ‘No, we’re not going to do that.’ All Republicans, all 40 of us, and 13 Democrats said no yesterday on the first vote on health care reform. We’re not going to start by adding a quarter of a trillion dollars to the national debt. We just finished a year in which we added $1.4 trillion to the debt, three times as much as the year before, and as much as we added to the entire national debt in the first 200 years