Feb 07 2008 -
Senator cosponsors amendment that provides assistance to veterans and seniors, ensures illegal immigrants aren’t awarded
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roger Wicker today praised an economic stimulus package approved by the Senate that will provide tax rebates for millions of Americans and tax incentives for small businesses aimed at spurring job creation.
Prior to approving the package, the Senate approved an amendment cosponsored by Senator Wicker that expands eligibility to ensure that disabled veterans and their widows as well as low-income seniors receive rebate checks. As initially drafted, the legislation omitted these groups, meaning they wouldn’t have been eligible for rebate checks. The amendment also ensures that illegal immigrants do not receive rebate checks.
“This bipartisan measure means that thousands of working families, disabled veterans and low-income seniors in
Under the package, individuals would receive a $600 rebate check – $1,200 for couples – with an additional $300 for each child. Eligibility would phase out for individuals with adjusted gross incomes of $75,000 and for couples making $150,000. The package also includes tax incentives aimed at increasing business investment in order to spur job creation.
Wicker also reiterated his support for extending provisions in the GO Zone Act of 2005 in order to aid reconstruction efforts in areas of the