In a phone interview Tuesday from his Washington office, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., threw his conditional support behind President Obama's troop increase in Afghanistan while scolding House Democrats for proposing a "war surtax" to pay for the escalation.
"The Democrats passed a $780 billion stimulus package back in the spring that's done absolutely nothing to stimulate the economy of this country, and yet now they're saying the federal government shouldn't do one thing that the Constitution specifically says the federal government should do, which is to protect the people of the United States," Chambliss said.
The proposal, introduced by Rep. David R. Obey, D-Wis., would place a 1 percent net income tax increase for taxpayers paying more than $11,300 in federal taxes in one year.
The surtax would not be applied until 2011 and would allow the president to delay enactment one year if he deems the economy to be too weak to handle the tax.
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