Congressman Aderholt Votes to Protect 70,000 Alabama Jobs
July 27, 2007
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) announced that he opposed the Farm Bill voted on today in the U.S. House of Representatives because it features a stealth tax possibly affecting 70,000 jobs in the state of Alabama:
“The leadership of the House of Representatives has taken a liberal path while saying that they would run the most open and honest House in history. Now, we see the truth of that statement with what has traditionally been a bi-partisan agriculture bill. Instead of working with Republicans, the House’s liberal leadership added a $4 billion tax increase on the American people behind closed doors at the last minute and without discussion, debate or any committee hearings.
This stealth tax increase is targeted at U.S. subsidiary manufacturers, companies that would include Huhtamaki Food Service, Honda, Mercedes, Hyundai, and ThyssenKrupp Steel to name only a few. By voting for this bill, I would have been telling them and other manufacturers that we don’t appreciate their business or the jobs that they provide. In Alabama alone, that means 70,000 jobs.
Certainly, I believe in Alabama’s farmers. There were provisions in the bill that I support and believe would be good for our state, but, in good conscience I can’t support this attack on companies that provide good, high paying jobs to so many Alabamians.”