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Lincoln visits with Salem's senior citizens

Thursday, August 28, 2003

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln spoke to citizens at the

Salem Senior Citizens' Center in Salem Aug. 13 about

issues concerning voters.

The senator said the last tax bill passed was not

balanced; it only helped a small percentage of people

but not the workers who could put money back into the

economy, she said.

"Our economic situation is difficult right now," she said.

Lincoln worked hard on the child tax credit and will

continue to work on economic problems, she added.

The loss of jobs to overseas companies has been a

continuing problem, the senator said. She said creating

jobs is critical.

She said inexpensive labor in other countries is hard to

compete with. She said trade agreements require fair

trade and the United States maintains higher

standards for wages and working conditions than other


Other countries can find less expensive labor, but the

United States cannot lower its labor standards. She

said one possible solution is to get other countries to

improve their labor standards.

She said most industries indicate they would like to

remain in the United States but can't compete globally

because of lower prices in other countries.

The national debt is frightening, she said. She said she

is concerned the debt will cause instability in long term

interest rates.

Lincoln said residents are interested in playing a role in


Another concern the senator voiced is the military being

stretched too thin. The military is the world's most

technologically advanced and is located in 34 countries

across the world, she added.

Lincoln said the government has stretched the military

too far without supporting their families. She said the

government needs to help provide needs of families

when soldiers are not with them.

She said she has been busy trying to put together an

energy policy and has been looking for alternative

energy sources.

Other topics she touched on included prescription

drugs and health care. The senator encourages

patients to question hospitals and medical facilities

about healthcare costs.

Another controversial act is the medical privacy act

HIPPA. She said because of the legal interpretations of

the act it has put healthcare providers into a situation

where information cannot be released.

The senator said her job is to visit cities to discuss

issues and bring the information back to Washington.

"We hear a lot of griping about government, but it is still

the greatest country on our earth," she said.

In 2001, her third year as a U.S. senator, Lincoln

became the third woman and fifth Arkansas senator to

serve on the Senate Finance Committee.

Lincoln's subcommittee assignments for the finance

committee include the subcommittees on health care,

international trade and taxation and IRS oversight.

Lincoln also serves on the Senate Agriculture

Committee, the Special Committee on Aging and the

Select Committee on Ethics.

She is the daughter of a seventh-generation farm family

from Helena. She made history in 1998 when she

became the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S.

Senate. She is the second woman from Arkansas to

win a U.S. Senate seat. The first was Hattie Caraway in


Concluding her second year in the senate she helped

in passing eight bills into law during the 106th


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