(CNN) - While members of Congress are embroiled in an intense debate over whether or not to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, the president who ushered in the original passage of the legislation has a suggestion to expedite the process– lose the name.
"Well I wish they'd have called it something other than the 'Bush' tax cuts," Bush said during an interview on conservative radio host Scott Hennen' s radio show on Monday."And therefore there'd probably be less angst amongst some to pass it."
Bush added that he thought that lowering taxes is a key to growing the economy.
"But I do believe it's very important to send a signal to our entrepreneurs and our families that the government trusts them to spend their own money." Bush said. "And I happen to believe lower taxes is what stimulates economic growth and what we need now in the country is economic growth."
Lawmakers are expected to pass an extension of the tax cuts, which would expire at the end of the year, at the urging of the Obama administration. The move would occur against opposition from some Democratic lawmakers who have criticized a deal with Republicans which would include a two-year extension of lower Bush-era tax rates for everyone, including millionaires. Democrats support the stance Obama has championed for years: extending the current lower tax rates only for those earning up to $200,000 a year, or families earning $250,000, while letting rates for higher incomes return to 1990s levels.