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|Durbin: Much to Learn from Reagan
|(IRN)-In honor of President Ronald Reagan's centennial birthday, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is asking Republicans and Democrats to work together.
Durbin says Republicans and Democrats were able to work together under Republican President Reagan, and believes that spirit can be resurrected again.
Durbin credits Reagan for sustaining Social Security and much-needed tax reforms. "In 1983, in one of the most important accomplishments of his presidency, Ronald Reagan brought together Democrats and Republicans to head off a funding crisis in Social Security," Durbin said. "That bipartisan agreement helped add years of solvency to one of the most successful programs this government has ever created. In 1986, he signed America's last major tax reform act to simplify the income tax code, broaden the tax base and eliminate loopholes that allowed some to avoid their obligations while unfairly increasing the tax burden on others."
Durbin says that today the nation faces a greater challenge of protecting Social Security for future generations and believes the tax code must again be simplified, all in hopes of reducing the deficit and investing in a stronger economic future.
"In this centennial year of his birth, it would be a fitting tribute to President Reagan if Democrats and Republicans could work together to solve our challenges in the same spirit of patriotic pragmatism that President Reagan and other brought to protecting Social Security a generation ago," Durbin said.
Feb. 6 marks Reagan's 100th birthday. He is the only U.S. president born in Illinois.
(Source: Illinois Radio Network)
|02 05 11 by Newsroom
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