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House Session 2011-02-15 (15:07:03-16:08:24)


JUDGMENT, THEY ENDANGER OUR LONG-TERM ECONOMIC SECURITY AND FAIL TO CREATE JOBS. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLELADY
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TIME. YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE IN THE HOUSE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TIME ON THIS AND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS AND SO MANY ISSUES. AFTER YEARS OF RUNAWAY FEDERAL SPENDING BY BOTH PARTIES, LAST YEAR, HOUSE REPUBLICANS TOOK THE PLEDGE. WE SAID TO THE AMERICAN — MR. — I SAID, THE FIRST THING WE’LL DO IS REDUCE THE SPENDING TO PREBAILOUT, PRESPENDING LEVELS, SAVING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AT LEAST $100 BILLION. TODAY, SIMPLY PUT, THIS NEW MAJORITY WILL KEEP OUR WORD WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IN WASHINGTON, D.C., THAT’S SAYING A LOT. NOW, WE’LL CONSIDER H.R. 1, WHICH WILL SAVE AT LEAST $100 BILLION IN THIS FISCAL YEAR. IT IS IN FACT THE SINGLE LARGEST RESCISSION PACKAGE IN THE HISTORY OF THIS CONGRESS WITH A $14 TRILLION NATIONAL DEBT AND $1.5 TRILLION DEFICIT THIS YEAR, CUTTING $100 BILLION WILL NOT SOLVE OUR FISCAL CRISIS, BUT IT’S A GOOD START. AND IT’S A PROMISE KEPT. HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., THAT’S REALLY SAYING SOMETHING. NOW, TO SAVE OUR NATION FROM AN AVENUE LANCHE OF DEBT FACE — FROM AN AVALANCHE OF DEBT
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FACING FUTURE GENERATIONS, WE MUST DO A COUPLE OF BASIC THINGS. FIRST, WE’VE GOT TO STOP WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING, PILING A
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CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. MOUNTAIN OF DEBT ON OUR WE’VE GOT TO TURN AROUND AND BEGIN TO HEAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION. WE HAVE TO FACE OUR PRESENT FISCAL CRISIS SQUARELY AND WITH COURAGE. TODAY, THIS NEW REPUBLICAN MAJORITY WILL DO JUST THAT. WE’LL BEGIN THE PROCESS OF TURNING OUR SHIP OF STATE BACK TOWARD THAT HORIZON OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND FISCAL SOLVENCY AND SUSTAINABILITY FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES, JOIN US IN THIS IMPORTANT FIRST STEP. JOIN US IN THIS IMPORTANT PROMISE KEPT. WORK WITH US AND WE WILL WORK WITH YOU. TO PUT OUR NATION ON A PATHWAY TOWARD FISCAL SOLVENCY AND ULTIMATELY LAY A FOUNDATION FOR REAL ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED DEMOCRATIC WHIP, MR. HOYER OF MARYLAND, WHO HAS BEEN A LONGTIME MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND A GOOD FRIEND. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS TO THE MINORITY WHIP. I SAY TO MY FRIEND, MR. PENCE, WE DID THAT. IN 1993, WE LOOKED THE FISCAL POSTURE OF OUR COUNTRY IN THE EYE. WE HAD SUSTAINED $1 HADN’T 4 TRILLION OF DEFICIT SPENDING URN MR. REAGAN AND $1.1 TRILLION OF DEFICIT SPENDING UNDER MR. BUSH. WE PUT LEGISLATION ON THIS FLOOR AND SAID, WE NEED TO MEET OUR FISCAL RESPOPSABILITIES. NOT — RESPONSIBILITIES. NOT A SINGLE MEMBER, UNFORTUNATELY, OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY VOTED FOR THAT LEGISLATION. BUT OVER THE NEXT EIGHT YEARS, WE HAD A NET SURPLUS IN THIS COUNTRY. THE ONLY TIME IN THE LIFETIME OF ANYBODY IN THIS BODY THAT THAT’S HAPPENED. WE DID IT WORKING TOGETHER. UNFORTUNATELY, THE LAST ADMINISTRATION RAN UP $3.8 TRILLION OF DEFICITS. AND WE INHERITED A — AN ECONOMY THAT WAS IN SUBSTANTIAL FREE FALL. THE PRESIDENT SAID THAT, MR. BERNANKE SAID THAT, MR. PAULSON SAID THAT. SO WE ADOPTED LEGISLATION THAT TRIED TO STABILIZE THAT ECONOMY AND THE GOOD NEWS IS, WE HAVE. WE HAVEN’T GOTTEN TO WHERE WE WANT TO BE. WE WANT TO CREATE MORE JOBS. AS THE PRESIDENT SAYS, WE WANT TO INVEST IN GROWING OUR ECONOMY AND BRINGING JOBS BAG. — BACK. THERE WILL BE SOME VERY TOUGH DECISIONS WE’LL HAVE TO MAKE MOVING FORWARD, AND FRANKLY AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE KNOWS AND AS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE KNOWS, YOU WILL NOT GET THERE FOCUSED SIMPLY ON 14% OF THE BUDGET. IT WILL NOT HAPPEN, MY FRIENDS. YOU MIGHT WANT TO DELUDE YOURSELF OR DELUDE OUR CONSTITUENTS AND SAY THAT YOU CAN SIMPLY CUT ALL 14% OF NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. AND YOU’LL STILL HAVE AN OPERATING DEFICIT THIS YEAR IF WE CUT OUT EVERY NICKEL. OF — EVERY NICKEL OF DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. THAT DISCRETIONARY SPENDING EDUCATES OUR CHILDREN. IT PROMOTES OUR HEALTH. IT PROMOTES OUR COMMERCE. IT PROMOTES BUILDING THE ECONOMY. THAT’S WHAT THIS ISSUE IS ABOUT. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE. I RISE TO SAY TO ALL OF US, ALL 435 OF US, IT WILL TAKE COURAGE, COOPERATION, AND COMMON SENSE TO ADDRESS THE DEFICIT SITUATION THAT CONFRONTS US AND IT IS A CRISIS, IT MUST BE MET. WE DO NOT HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE. BECAUSE IF WE DO NOT ADDRESS THIS, ALL OF YOU HAVE HEARD ABOUT MY THREE CHILDREN, MY THREE GRANDCHILDREN AND MY ONE GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER. ALL OF THEM WILL HOLD ME AND ALL OF YOU RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LEGACY OF FISCAL
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IRRESPONSIBILITY WHICH WE WILL LEAVE THEM. WE NOW HAVE BIPARTISAN RESPONSIBILITY. YOU’RE IN CHARGE OF THIS HOUSE. THE DEMOCRATS ARE IN CHARGE OF THE SENATE. AND WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO IS A DEMOCRAT. IT IS A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY FOR US ALL TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND YES, PART OF THE BLAME, BECAUSE THE DECISIONS WE WILL HAVE TO MAKE WILL BE TOUGH. THEY WILL BE AGONIZING AND THEY WILL BE WRENCHING. AND PEOPLE WILL SAY, WE’RE NOT SURE YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE IT. IF WE DO IT TOGETHER, WE CAN DO IT. AND WE OWE IT TO OUR COUNTRY, OUR FELLOW CITIZENS AND OUR CHILDREN TO DO SO. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A NEW MEMBER OF CONGRESS, A NEW MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, A GENTLEMAN FROM A WONDERFUL PLACE IN ARKANSAS CALLS ROGERS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. WOMACK. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS. I’M GLAD THE GENTLEMAN A FEW MINUTES AGO
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AMERICA AND THE COUNTY — TALKED ABOUT THE MAYORS OF COUNTY JUDGES OF AMERICA. JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO, I WAS ONE OF THOSE MAYORS. 12 YEARS AGO, WHEN I SOUGHT THAT OFFICE, I INHERITED A CITY THAT WAS IN TERRIBLE DEFICIT SPENDING, THAT HAD UNREASONABLE GOVERNMENT INTRUSION INTO THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THAT WAS AFFECTING THE ECONOMIC WELL BEING OF THAT CITY. I AM PLEASED TO SAY THAT BECAUSE WE TOOK THE POSITION OF PUTTING OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER, AND BECAUSE WE CHANGED THE WAY GOVERNMENT APPROACHES ITS INVOLVEMENT IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, AND BECAUSE WE LIMITED THE DEPENDENCY OF OUR CITY ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THAT WE CREATED A CITY OF EXCELLENCE, THAT WE SIGNIFICANTLY ENHANCED THE QUALITY OF LIFE. WE DID A BILLION DOLLARS’ ORTH WOLF — WORTH OF INVESTMENTS, CREATED THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN ROGERS, ARKANSAS, AND THAT’S THE EXAMPLE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR TODAY. I REALIZE THAT THESE ARE DIFFICULT TIMES. THEY ARE TIMES THAT ARE GOING TO REQUIRE GREAT COURAGE, A SENSE OF DUTY, AND SHARED SACRIFICE IN ORDER TO PUT AMERICA ON THE RIGHT PATH. I BELIEVE IN THIS AMERICA AND THAT’S THE WAY FORWARD.
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I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON. I YIELD A MINUTE TO MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. FARR, RANKING MEMBER ON AGRICULTURE. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS EXACTLY 1 1/3
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CALIFORNIA. MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER AND RANKING CHAIR. I RISE WITH SERIOUS CONCERNS. I HAVE BEEN THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND LEADING AG STATE IN THE NATION, CALIFORNIA, AND WE ARE A STATE THAT IS DIVERSIFIED AND WE DO IT WITHOUT SUBSIDIES AND DO IT BY PARTNERSHIPS. IT IS A PRIVATE-PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP AND THERE ISN’T A MAJOR ROLE TO MAKE SUCCESS WITHOUT THAT PARTNERSHIP. WE CARE ABOUT FEEDING PEOPLE,
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ALL PEOPLE, WHETHER RICH OR POOR. ONE THING THEY ALL HAVE IN COMMON IS THEY WANT THE FOOD TO BE SAFE, THEY WANT THE DRINK TO BE SAFE, THEY WANT THE DRUGS THAT THEY BUY IN THE STORES TO BE SAFE. AND THE PROBLEM WITH THIS C.R., WHICH IS VERY INTERESTINGLY TALKED ABOUT ON THEIR SIDE IN THE GENERIC OF THE NECESSARY OF CUTTING THE DEFICIT, WHICH WE AGREE ON, BUT TO TAKE A MEAT AXE APPROACH CUTS THE SAFETY NET FOR FOOD AND DRUGS. FOR EXAMPLE, THE FOOD AND SAFETY INSPECTION SERVICE WOULD HAVE TO CLOSE — WOULD HAVE TO CUT DOWN ON THEIR INSPECTORS WHO HAPPEN TO BE IN EVERY ONE OF THE 6,300 PROCESSING FACILITIES. THEY WOULD HAVE TO CLOSE THESE FACILITIES FOR MONTHS ON TIME, THEREFORE PUTTING A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT OF WORK, LESS JOBS
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AND CERTAINLY NO FOOD AND SAFETY. IT GOES ON AND ON AND ON. WE NEED TO ARGUE THESE DETAILS, NOT JUST THE GENERIC. THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, MR. CRENSHAW. THE CHAIR YIELDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, TWO MINUTES. THANK YOU FOR THE WORK YOU HAVE DONE HELPING TO PUT THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION TOGETHER. THIS IS A GIANT STEP FORWARD IN STOPPING THE CULTURE OF SPENDING THAT HAS GONE ON IN THIS TOWN FOR A LONG TIME AND BEGINS A CULTURE OF SAVINGS. AND THE SUBCOMMITTEE WHICH I HAVE BEEN ASKED TO CHAIR THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, ONLY DEALS WITH MAYBE ONE HALF OF 1% OF ALL THE MONEY THAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT, BUT WE DIDN’T THINK THAT WE OUGHT TO BE IMMUNE TO ALL THE PAIN THAT GOES ON AS WELL. IN FACT, I THINK WHEN TIMES ARE TOUGH, LEADERS OUGHT TO LEAD. AND SO WE CAN HELP SAVE TAXPAYERS’ DOLLARS BY SPENDING LESS MONEY ON OURSELVES AND THAT’S WHAT WE DO IN THIS BILL. WE CUT THE ACCOUNTS OF THE LEADERSHIP OFFICES. WE CUT THE ACCOUNTS OF ALL THE MEMBERS’ OFFICES. WE CUT THE ACCOUNTS OF THE COMMITTEE STAFF AND THEIR OFFICES. IN FACT, THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, WHICH MR. ROGERS CHAIRS, THEY WILL REDUCE THEIR SPENDING BY 9%. SO CERTAINLY CONGRESS IS TAKING THE BUDGET AXE TO ITS OWN SPENDING AND LEADING BY EXAMPLE. AND I THINK THAT’S IMPORTANT. SO AS WE MOVE FORWARD, MR. CHAIRMAN, I THINK THAT WE CAN DO A WHOLE LOT MORE WITH A WHOLE LOT LESS AROUND THIS PLACE. WE WANT TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO AND WE ARE TAKING A GIANT STEP FORWARD. I YIELD BACK MY TIME THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY HAS THE REMAINING FOUR MINUTES AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAS TWO MINUTES AND 3/4. I YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. BISHOP, 1 1/2 MINUTES. HE HAS BECOME THE NEW RANKING MEMBER ON MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND V.A. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON YIELDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA 1 1/2 MINUTES. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. WHILE THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND V.A. PORTION OF THIS BILL IS NOT CUT AS MUCH AS SOME OTHER PARTS OF THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION, THE CUMULATIVE EFFECT OF THIS C.R. IS REALLY TO HURT OUR VETERANS. $74.2 BILLION, 2.4 BILLION BELOW THE FISCAL YEAR 2010, $1.8 BILLION BELOW THE PRESIDENT’S REQUEST. LET’S END THE THEY AT TRICKS AND GET TO WORK. THIS CONTINUES THE HEATED RHETORIC. IF THIS BILL IS SIGNED INTO LAW WILL HURT OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND HURT OUR VETERANS. ACCORDING TO THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, 15% OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN WAR VETERANS ARE UNEMPLOYED, FAR HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL JOBLESS RATE. IF WE FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THESE CUTS, WE WILL SEE THAT RATE GO HIGHER AS THE OPERATIONS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN WIND DOWN AND OUR TROOPS COME HOME. AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA POINTED OUT, CUTTING AID THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS USE TO HIRE POLICE OFFICERS. MANY OF OUR LOCAL POLICE OFFICERS ARE VETERANS AND THEY ARE HIRED WITH THE COMMUNITY WITH POLICING GRANTS. THIS WILL BE ELIMINATED. IF WE CUT MONEY FOR FIREFIGHTERS, THIS CUT WILL HAVE THE SAME EFFECT AS CUTTING MONEY FROM THE COPS. OUR VETERANS HAVE NO WHERE TO GO TO CONTINUE TO SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES. WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS BILL. WE MUST BE SERIOUS BECAUSE WE HAVE SERIOUS ISSUES. VETERANS HAVE PAID THE PRICE FOR FREEDOM BUT FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. IT HAS BEEN PAID FOR WITH THE LIVES AND LIMBS OF COUNTLESS MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED THIS COUNTRY IN UNIFORM. WE OWE THEM BETTER THAN THIS.
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THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, BRAND NEW MEMBER OF THIS BODY, MR. DUFFY. GENTLEMAN YEEDS ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN. PERMISSION TO REVISE AND EXTEND NO OBJECTION. I APPRECIATE YOU YIELDING TIME TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE TODAY REGARD TO UNSPENT OR UNOBLIGATED STIMULUS MONEY. TWO YEARS AGO, THIS CONGRESS VOTED TO SPEND NEARLY $1 TRILLION OF STIMULUS MONEY AND SAID WE COULD BORROW AND SPEND OUR WAY TO PROSPERITY. TWO YEARS LATER, WE ARE AWARE THAT BORROWING AND SPENDING DOESN’T LEAD TO ECONOMIC PROSPERITY AND SUSTAINABLE JOBS. PEOPLE WHO INVEST IN THEIR BUSINESSES AND IDEAS AND FROM THERE, THEY EXPAND AND GROW. THAT’S HOW WE CREATE JOBS. NOW WE ARE STUCK WITH A $14 TRILLION DEBT. THIS YEAR, WE ARE GOING TO BORROW $1.5 TRILLION. MORE BORROWING, MORE SPENDING IS GOING TO LEAD JOB-CRUSHING TAXES AND PASSING THIS DEBT ON TO OUR NEXT GENERATION. IT’S UNACCEPTABLE. I’M ENCOURAGED WE ARE WORKING ON SENDING UNOBLIGATED MONEY BACK TO THE FED TO PAY DOWN OUR DEBT. I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. WHICH GENTLEMAN SEEKS TO BE RECOGNIZED? THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY HAS THREE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAS 11/4. I YIELD 1 1/4 TO THE NEW MEMBER TFT COMMERCE, SCIENCE JUSTICE SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. FA TOW OF PENNSYLVANIA. WHICH WOULD BE THE GENTLEMAN’S REMAINING TIME. THAT’S IT. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA. I THANK HIM FOR HIS EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP. THE ECONOMIC POLICY SAYS THE G.O.P. PLAN WILL COST OUR COUNTRY 100,000 JOBS. THE PARTS OF THE C.R. THAT RELATES TO JUSTICE, COMMERCE AND SCIENCE, INTERNATIONAL TRADE EXPORTS, PRESIDENT HAS A MAJOR INITIATIVE TO CREATE AMERICAN JOBS THROUGH EXPORTING AND WANT TO CUT IT BY $93 BILLION. CUT $1.3 BILLION OUT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. IF YOU NEED A COP AND CALL 9-1-1 AND THERE MAY NOT BE ONE AVAILABLE BECAUSE IT’S ONE SCHEDULED TO BE CUT. IN LEGAL SERVICES, SOME 80,000 CASES REDUCED FOR SENIORS WHO WILL BE FIGHTING MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE THAT WOULD BE FRAUDULENT IN THEIR CASE OR DOMESTIC ABUSE VIOLENCE THROUGH CUTS IN LEGAL SERVICES AND 150 MILLION CUT TO THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION. MY COLLEAGUES HAVE A TOUGH JOB AND THEY ARE IN THE MAJORITY AND HAVE TO MAKE RATIONAL DECISIONS. IF SPENDING IS BAD, WE WOULD ELIMINATE ALL SPENDING. SOME SPENDING IS NECESSARY. WE SHOULD BE CUTTING WASTE AND NOT LAW ENFORCEMENT AND LEGAL ASSISTANCE AND SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS AND SHOULDN’T BE CUTTING EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES FOR AMERICAN WORKERS AND SHOULDN’T BE RISKING 800,000 JOBS IN OUR COUNTRY, NOT TODAY, NOT ON ANY DAY.
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THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. TWO MINUTES TO THE ENERGY AND WATER SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. FLEELINGFLEELING MR. SPEAKER, SOME SUGGESTED SOME TIME AGO WE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL 2012 OR 2013 TO MAKE THESE DECISIONS. WE NEED TO MAKE THESE TOUGH DECISIONS NOW TO CUT SPENDING AND CREATE A CLIMATE WHERE THE PRIVATE SECTOR HIRE WORKERS. ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT SECTIONS TOTALS $29.9 BILLION AN
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11% REDUCTION FROM FISCAL YEAR 2010. THIS LEVEL TRULY REPRESENTS SHOULD BE THE TOP PRIORITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, BUREAU OF RECKCLAMATION AND OTHER ACCOUNTS FUNDED OUR COMMITTEE’S PURVIEW. SOME OF THE ACTS WE ARE TAKING IN H.R. 1, OUR PRODUCT IS ONE OF CAREFUL, THOUGHTFUL, LINE BY LINE ANALYSIS. WE HAVE LOOKED ON PROGRAMS MUST-HAVES. AND WE HAVE ENSURED THAT THE CORE NATIONAL SECURITY MANDATES OF THE DEPARTMENT IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED. FRANKLY, OTHER COUNTRIES NUCLEAR STOCKPILE PROGRAMS AREN’T TAKING A TIMEOUT WHILE WE WRESTLE WITH THE OUR BUDGET CHALLENGES. THE STOCKPILE IS THE FOREMOST RESPONSIBILITY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. WEAPONS ACTIVITIES AND NAVAL REACTORS RECEIVE THE ONLY INCREASES. WE DO HAVE OR MAKE MAJOR
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ENERGY, MAJOR CUTS. REDUCTIONS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF WE ELIMINATE ALL EARMARKS, CLOSE TO $500 MILLION JUST IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND CUT OUT PROGRAMS LIKE WEATHERIZATION WITH BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF UNSPENT STUSS MONEY. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
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RECEIVED CLOSE TO $39 BILLION IN STIMULUS MONEY. AND WE HAVE CUT BACK ON PROGRAMS LIKE BIOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH THAT ARE NOT CORE TO THE DEPARTMENT’S
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FOCUS. HISTORICAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND WE DO ALL OF THIS SO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY CAN FOCUS ON WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO SUPPORT THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN DEVELOPING THE NEXT ROUND OF ENERGY-RELATED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND THE JOBS ASSOCIATED WITH IT. WE NEED TO DO IT AND I SUPPORT THE C.R. AND WE OUGHT TO MOVE ON.
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THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. MR. CHAIRMAN, I’M PREPARED TO YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE OTHER SIDE — THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. KEN KEN I YIELD BACK. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED TORE AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE, NO AMENDMENT SHALL BE CONSIDERED IN ORDER UNTIL THOSE RECEIVED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD DESIGNATED FOR THAT PURPOSE DATED AT LEAST ONE DAY BEFORE THE DAY OF CONSIDERATION OF THE AMENDMENT, BUT NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 15, 2011 AND PRO FORMA AMENDMENTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE. EACH AMENDMENT SO RECEIVED MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER WHO SUBMITTED IT FOR PRINTING OR A DESIGNEE AND SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ IF PRINTED. THE CLERK WILL READ. SECTION ONE, TABLE OF CONTENTS, SECTION TWO, REFERENCES, ANY REFERENCE TO THIS ACT IN DIVISION A SHALL BE REFERRING TO THAT PROVISION OF THAT DISKS.
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I RISE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE — CHAIRMAN ROGERS DESERVES CREDIT HAVING BEEN ABLE TO PUT TOGETHER THIS H.R. 1 THAT SAVES $100 BILLION OVER MANY EXPECTED WHAT WE WOULD SPEND THIS YEAR. THE LARGEST PART OF THIS BILL IS THE DEFENSE PART. THE DEFENSE PART OF THIS BILL IS NOT A C.R. AND NOT A CONTINUING RESOLUTION. IT IS AN ACTUAL, HONEST TO GOD APPROPRIATIONS BILL. ONE THAT UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN DICKS DURING LAST YEAR, WE PUT TOGETHER, THE SUBCOMMITTEE WORKED HARD, MANY HEARINGS, A REALLY GOOD BILL. WE WORKED WITH OUR SENATE COUNTERPARTS AND WE HAD AGREEMENT ON THIS BILL. WE HAD AGREEMENT ON THIS BILL FROM THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT AND WE WERE JUST REALLY DISAPPOINTED THAT HERE WE ARE FIVE MONTHS INTO THE FISCAL YEAR AND WE ARE JUST NOW GETTING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. IT’S NO FAULT OF CHAIRMAN DICKS, HE WORKED HARD. AND I KNOW THE PRESSURES HE TRIED TO APPLY AND I TRIED TO APPLY TO GET PERMISSION TO PUT THIS BILL ON THE FLOOR. BUT ANY WAY, HERE IT IS. AND WE HAVE IT TODAY. AND IT’S A GOOD DEFENSE BILL. IT’S $516 BILLION. IT’S A LOT OF MONEY. OUR DEFENSE WAR FIGHTERS, THEY NEED TRAINING, THEY NEED SALARIES, THEY NEED PAY, THEY NEED MEDICAL CARE, THEY NEED WEAPONS, THEY NEED EQUIPMENT, THEY NEED TECHNOLOGY AND THIS BILL FOR THE MOST PART PROVIDES
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. THAT. IT’S $14.8 BILLION LESS THAN WHAT WAS REQUESTED FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR. THAT $14.8 BILLION DIDN’T COME ABOUT EASILY. WE SAVED THAT BY GOING LINE BY LINE, THE BEST WE COULD IN THE TIME WE HAD, TO FIND PROGRAM CHANGES, TO FIND BUDGET CHANGES, TO TRY TO SLASH SOME SLUSH FUNDS THAT WE DIDN’T THINK WERE NECESSARY, A LOT OF OTHER WAYS WE SAVED $14.8 BILLION. WE’VE GOT A GOOD BILL HERE AND I’M HOPEFUL THAT THE HOUSE WILL SUPPORT THIS TODAY. ONE THING THAT IS DIFFERENT FROM THE BILL THAT WE THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO HAVE ON THE FLOOR IS 1,300 EARMARKS. AREN’T THERE ANYMORE. WE TOOK OUT THE EARMARKS, NEARLY $3 BILLION WORTH OF EARMARKS, SO WE HAVE A CLEAN DEFENSE BILL HERE FOR YOU TODAY. I KNOW THAT MANY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE MORE, AND THERE ARE MORE THINGS WE COULD DO, MORE — WE COULD REACH OUT INTO THE FUTURE. BUT THE WORLD WE LIVE IN TODAY SHOWS A GROWING DEFICIT THAT IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE ALL ARE WILLING TO CONTRIBUTE TO SOLVING. IT IS CRUCIAL TO THE FUTURE OF THIS NATION THAT WE SOLVE THIS DEFICIT PROBLEM. BECAUSE IF WE DON’T, I HATE TO THINK WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN TO OUR ECONOMY, WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN TO OUR CURRENCY, WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN TO OUR STANDING IN THE ECONOMY OF THE WORLD. I WOULD ASK THE MEMBERS IF THIS BILL CAME ON THE FLOOR DURING JACK MURTHA’S CHAIRMANSHIP, WE WOULD HAVE PROBABLY PASSED THIS BILL IN ABOUT 10 MINUTES. AND THAT’S THE WAY HE DID BUSINESS WHEN HE WAS IN THE MAJORITY. WE DIDN’T QUITE DO THAT. WE HAVE AN OPEN RULE. WE HAVE AN OPEN RULE THAT ANYBODY CAN OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT’SIER MAIN TO THE BILL — THAT’S GERMANE TO THE BILL. IF IT MAKES IT BETTER, FINE, WE’LL AGREE TO IT. IF IT DOESN’T MAKE IT BETTER, WE WON’T AGREE TO IT. SOME WILL BE SUBJECT TO A POINT OF ORDER AND WE’LL RAISE THOSE POINTS OF ORDER, BUT THE MEMBER WHO OFFERS THE AMENDMENT WILL BE ALLOWED TO DISCUSS IT BEFORE
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A COURTESY TO THEM. WE RAISE THE POINT OF ORDER AS ANYWAY, AGAIN, I WANT TO
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CONGRATULATE MR. DICKS FOR THE WORK THAT HE DID DURING THE TIME HE WAS CHAIRMAN AND AS HE SAID IN THE GENERAL DEBATE, HE AND I HAVE WORKED TOGETHER FOR OVER 30 YEARS ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTELLIGENCE AFFAIRS OF OUR NATION. HE IS A VERY HONORABLE, VERY HARD WORKING, VERY MUCH DETERMINED TO DO A GOOD JOB FOR OUR NATION AND HE SHARES THE SAME FEELINGS THAT I HAVE HERE THAT WHILE WE MAY HAVE TO MAKE REDUCTIONS AND HAVE TO COME UP WITH SAVINGS, WE WILL NOT APPROVE ANYTHING THAT HAS AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON THE WAR FIGHTERS. WE WILL NOT DO ANYTHING THAT HAS AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON READINESS OF OUR NATION AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY EFFORT. IT IS A COMMITMENT I’VE MADE MANY YEARS AGO AND THAT MR. DICKS MADE MANY YEARS AGO AND WHEN WE MADE THESE CUT WE DID NOT AFFECT THE WAR FIGHTER, WE DIDN’T CUT HIS PAY, ONE OF THE LARGEST PORTIONS OF OUR DEFENSE BILL IS MILITARY PERSONNEL. THE COST OF SALARIES. WE DID NOT CUT THAT. DIDN’T GET INTO THAT AT ALL. MR. CHAIRMAN, I SEE THAT MY TIME IS EXPIRING AND I YIELD BACK, IF I HAVE ANY TIME LEFT. THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CLERK WILL CONTINUE TO READ. PAGE TWO, LINE 9, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2011, THE FOLLOWING SUMS ARE APPROPRIATED FOR 2011, FOR MILITARY FUNCTIONS ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, NAMELY, TITLE 1, MILITARY PERSONNEL,
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$41,042,653,000. MILITARY PERSONNEL ARMY, MILITARY PERSONNEL, NAVY, $49,512, 25,000. MILITARY PERSONNEL, MARINE CORPS, MILITARY PERSONNEL AIR FORCE, $27,105,755,000.
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$4,333,165,000. RESERVE PERSONNEL, ARMY.
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$1,940,191,000. RESERVE PERSONNEL, NAVY, RESERVE PERSONNEL, MARINE
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$612,191,000. CORPS.
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$1,650,79 ,000. RESERVE PERSONNEL, AIR FORCE. NATIONAL GUARD PERSONNEL.
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$7,511,296,000. ARMY. NATIONAL GUARD PERSONNEL, AIR
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$3,060,09 ,000. FORCE. TITLE 2. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE,
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$33,306,169,000. ARMY. OPERATIONS, NAVY, OPERATION AND
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$5,539,740,000. MAINTENANCE, MARINE CORPS, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, AIR FORCE, $36,062,989,000. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, DEFENSE-WIDE, INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS, $30,210, 810,000. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE? I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT, DESIGNATED AS AMENDMENT 370. THE CLERK WILL READ THE AMENDMENT. AMENDMENT NUMBER 370 OFFERED BY MR. FLAKE OF ARIZONA. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. I JUST WANT TO SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE PROCESS HERE. IT IS REFRESHING TO SO MANY OF US TO COME TO THE HOUSE WITH AN OPEN RULE. THERE ARE SO MEMBERS WHO HAVE BEEN PART OF THIS BODY FOR FOUR YEARS NOW AND HAVE NOT BEEN ALLOWED THE OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER ONE AMENDMENT ON THE FLOOR. AND BECAUSE OF THE ABSENCE OF OPEN RULES. SO WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS OFFERED HERE, THIS IS JUST A GREAT PROCESS. I ALSO WANT TO COMMEND THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE FOR THE HARD WORK IT TOOK TO GET THE LEVEL OF SAVINGS THAT WE ARE IN THE LEGISLATION. WHAT A POSITIVE STEP AS WAS MENTIONED TO CUT OUT THE EARMARKS. THERE ARE NO EARMARKS IN THIS BILL. THAT IS A WONDERFUL THING. WE CAN TALK MORE ABOUT THE SUBSTANCE AN LESS ABOUT PET PROJECTS ON THE SIDE. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REDUCE BY $18.57 BILLION THE OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE DEFENSE-WIDE ACCOUNT, IT WOULD SEND THE MONEY TO THE SPENDING ACCOUNT. WE’RE TOLD WHEN WE OFFER AMENDMENTS ON THE FLOOR IT’S NOT GOING TO SAVE MONEY. THIS ONE DOES. THE MONEY SAVED HERE WILL GO TO THE SPEND REGULAR DUCK ACCOUNT. LAST AUGUST, SECRETARY GATES ORDERED A REVIEW OF ALL BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS THAT PROVIDED STUDIES TO THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, WITH AN EYE TOWARD ELIMINATING UNNECESSARY ENTITIES AND CUING FUNDING FOR THE STUDIES THEY PRODUCE BY 25%. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FUNDS 65 BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS AT A COST OF $75 MILLION. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ACHIEVE APPROXIMATE SAVINGS, AS SECRETARY GATES SOUGHT FOR F.Y.-2011, THAT WOULD EQUAL $18.75 MILLION, 25% OF THE $75 MILLION OVER TIME. I CERTAINLY DON’T HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH THE VARIOUS PANELS FROM WHICH THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT SEEKS COUNSEL. BUT I’M SURE THERE IS SOME WASTE THERE. THAT’S WHY SECRETARY GATES HAS TARGETED 25% REDUCTION. I REALIZE THAT THE AMOUNT OF SAVINGS IN THIS AMENDMENT IS RELATIVELY SMALL COMPARED TO THE OVERALL DEFENSE BUDGET BUT I THINK THE POINT HAS TO BE MADE HERE THAT THE DEFENSE BUDGET IS NOT SACROSANCT. WE CAN’T SAY, IF IT’S DEFENSE, IT’S ALL GOOD. THERE’S NO WASTE HERE. WE CAN’T CUT ANY SYSTEM OF IT’S IMPORTANT TO LOOK FOR WAYS THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY SAVE. IN FISCAL YEAR 2010, MORE THAN $1 TRILLION WAS SPENT ON DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE RECEIVED MORE THAN $508 BILLION. CERTAINLY IN A FEDERAL AGENCY THAT REQUIRES THE LARGEST BUDGET, THIS IS A FEDERAL AGENCY THAT HAS THE LARGEST BUDGET, THERE IS GOING TO BE SOME WASTE AND INEFFICIENCIES. THIS IS A GREAT PLACE TO START. S THAT PROPOSAL FROM THE DEFENSE SECRETARY HIMSELF, ONE THAT WASN’T INDUDED IN THE UNDERLYING BILL, AND ONE THAT WILL BE ADDRESSED IN THE F.Y.-2012 BUDGET ACCORDING TO DOCUMENTS RELEASED YESTERDAY. IN FACT, ACCORDING TO THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, IT INTENDS TO ACHIEVE A SAVINGS OF MORE THAN $1 BILLION IN FISCAL YEAR 2012 BY ERIM NATE — ELIMINATING INTERNALLY PRODUCE RED PORTS AND ELIMINATING FUNDING FOR THE STUDIES
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I APPLAUD THE DEPARTMENT’S PRODUCED HERE. WILLINGNESS TO TALK ABOUT CUTS IN ITS OWN BUDGET AND I URGE MY
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COLLEAGUES TO ADOPT THE SAME WILLINGNESS HERE. IF THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT IS WILLING TO FIND SAVINGS, WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT HERE AS WELL. WE NEED TO REDUCE THIS ACCOUNT WHICH FUNDS THE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS AND THE STUDIES THEY PRODUCE BY $18.75 MILLION. AGAIN, PASSING THIS AMENDMENT WILL REDUCE FUNDING THAT WILL NOT IMPACT THE WAR FIGHTER, IT WON’T IMPACT THE WAR IN
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AFGHANISTAN OR THE WAR STILL GOING ON IN IRAQ. THIS WOULD SIMPLY SIGNAL THAT THIS BODY IS WILLING TO CUT WHERE WE CAN CUT WITHOUT AFFECTING THE NECESSARY PROTECTIONS THAT WE HAVE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN MAY NOT RESERVE THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK? THERE’S NO
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MAY I INQUIRE — RESERVATION. THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE? I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN’S AMENDMENT. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. MAINLY WHAT I’M OPPOSED TO IS WE’RE NOT SURE WHAT COMMISSIONS THIS WOULD APPLY TO. I THINK THE SUBCOMMITTEE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO INVESTIGATE WHETHER OR NOT A BOARD IS NECESSARY OR IS DOING SOME POSITIVE FUNCTION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. WE’D LIKE TO HAVE TIME TO LOOK INTO THAT. WE AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN THAT WE SHOULD FIND ALL THE SAVINGS, ALL THE WASTE WE CAN AND WE DID. WE REDUCED THE REQUEST FOR THIS YEAR BY $14.8 BILLION. ING WE DID A PRETTY GOOD JOB. THOPE GENTLEMAN’S COMMENT ABOUT THE PROCESS, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING AS CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE FOR SIX YEARS. I NEVER BROUGHT A CLOSED RULE. I NEVER BROUGHT AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL TO THE FLOOR UNDER A CLOSED RULE. THAT WAS SIX YEARS WE — THAT ANY GERMANE AMENDMENT COULD BE OFFERED. WOULD THE GENTLEMAN
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— YIELD? WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? I YIELD. THIS AMENDMENT CUTS $18.75 MILLION DEFENSE-WIDE TO REDUCE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS. WELL, I THINK THINGS LIKE THE DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD ARE VERY IMPORTANT. WE HAVE A NUMBER OF COMMISSIONS THAT ARE LOOKING INTO ACQUISITION REFORM. THAT ARE TRYING TO HELP US SAVE MONEY, HELP US GET OUR ACQUISITION STRAIGHTENED OUT. SO I AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN. I THINK WE SHOULD STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND I YELL BACK. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS AND LIKE I SAID, THE SUBCOMMITTEE WOULD LIKE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW THIS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON’T MAKE A MISTAKE AND CUT SOMETHING THAT IS IMPORTANT. I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. I RISE TO STRIKE THE RECK SITH NUMBER OF WORDS. — TO STRIKE THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS. ONE MOMENT. THE CHAIR OBSERVED FIRST AND WILL ACKNOWLEDGE THE LADY FROM CALIFORNIA. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RISE? I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF AMENDMENT 370 TO CUT FROM THE MAY WANT NANCE AND OPERATIONS AT THE PENTAGON. ANY DISCUSSION ABOUT GETTING OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER MUST BEGIN WITH A REAL DISCUSSION ABOUT REDUCING THE BLOATED SIZE OF THE PENTAGON BUDGET AND ENDING THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. IF WE ARE REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT REDUCING THE DEFICIT, WE SHOULD BE CUTTING DEFENSE TO THE 2008 LEVELS, RATHER THAN CUTTING DOMESTIC DISCRETIONARY SPENDING TO 2008 LEVELS. I MEAN, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A $750 BILLION BUDGET. BUT THE REPUBLICAN CONTINUING RESOLUTION FAILS TO CUT THE PENTAGON BUDGET AND IT REALLY INCREASES IT BY MORE THAN $8 BILLION THIS YEAR. THIS WILL PUT FAMILIES AND TEACHERS AND COPS AND CHILDREN OUT ON THE STREET. THESE CUTS WILL NOT COME CLOSE TO ENDING THE DEFICIT AND WILL ONLY HURT OUR ECONOMY. IT WON’T CREATE ANY JOBS. AND GIVEN THE FACT THAT OUR ECONOMY IS ON THE VERGE OF RECOVERY, WE SHOULD BE DOING EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO CREATE JOBS. A NEARLY $700 MILLION CUT TO FOOD FOR WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN DURING THE HEIGHT OF A RECESSION IS REALLY HEARTLESS AND IT’S COLD. THIS CUT WILL NOT BALANCE THE BUDGET AND IT WILL CERTAINLY NOT MAGICALLY REDUCE THE NUMBER
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ACROSS THE COUNTRY. OF HUNGRY CHILDREN AND FAMILIES REPUBLICANS WANT TO CUT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN EDUCATION PROGRAMS THAT IMPACT STUDENTS AT EVERY LEVEL FROM PRESCHOOL TO GRADUATE SCHOOL. STARTING WITH $1.1 BILLION IN TERMS OF A CUT, MIND YOU, FOR HEAD START. THAT’S GOING TO HURT MILLIONS OF NEEDY PRESCHOOLERS AND GUTTING THE FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY GRANTS BY $757 MILLION WILL REALLY END THE DREESMS NEEDY COLLEGE STUDENTS TO BE FIRST IN THEIR FAMILIES TO EARN A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY
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. DEGREE. REPUBLICANS WILLING TO RISK THE FUTURE OF NEEDY STUDENTS. REPUBLICAN CUTS TO CRITICAL PROGRAMS, LIKE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS ARE A PRIME EXAMPLE OF WHAT IS REALLY WRONG WITH THIS
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BUDGET. ONE-SIDED APPROACH TO THE SMART INVESTMENTS AND PROVEN ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE ESPECIALLY THROUGH LOSS COST PROGRAMS LIKE THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS ARE THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO REDUCE THE LONG-TERM COSTS OF HEALTH CARE IN OUR COUNTRY AND TO REDUCE THE DEFICITS. REPUBLICAN ATTEMPTS TO CUT SUPPORT FOR MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH, FAMILY PLANNING, $317 MILLION AND STATE FUNDS FOR ACCESS GRANTS, THIS WORSENS THE HEALTH OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AND INCREASES THE RATES OF CHRONIC DISEASES AND DOES NOTHING TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT. AS A MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, LET ME TELL YOU WE SEE THESE BUDGETS COME TO US EACH AND EVERY DAY AND KNOW WHAT THE CUTS WILL DO TO THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE. WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A HOUSING CRISIS AND STRUGGLING TO CORRECT THIS. WE ARE SEEING UNPRECEDENTED DEMAND FOR HOUSING ASSISTANCE AND STANDSTILL OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING. REPUBLICANS BELIEVE THIS WOULD BE A GOOD TIME TO MAKE MASSIVE CUTS TO RENTAL ASSISTANCE TO KEEP COUNTLESS FAMILIES FROM SUFFERING FROM HOMELESSNESS AND WANT TO CUT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FUNDS, PUBLIC HOUSING CAPITAL FUNDS WHICH INVESTS FEDERAL DOLLARS IN CREATING NEW, AFFORDABLE HOUSING. THESE CUTS WILL DO NOTHING TO CREATE JOBS OR JUMP START THE ECONOMY. THEY HAVE THE WRONG PRESCRIPTION WHAT AILS OUR COUNTRY AND NEED TO GO BACK TO THE AMENDMENT. THE FLAKE AMENDMENT WILL CUT OVER $18 MILLION FROM DEFENSE, WHICH IS AN EXCELLENT BEGINNING, BUT ONLY A BEGINNING. IN CLOSING, LET ME REMIND OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT WILL BUDGETS REALLY MORAL DOCUMENTS. THEY REFLECT OUR VALUES IN WHO WE ARE AS AMERICANS. PROPOSING THESE DEEP AND PAINFUL CUTS REFLECT AN UNFORTUNATE REALITY THAT WE ARE PUTTING BOMBS AND MISSILES AND WASTEFUL PENTAGON SPENDING FIRST RATHER THAN CREATING JOBS FOR PEOPLE WHO DESERVE TO LIVE THE AMERICAN DREAM. THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS RISE? I RISE TO STRIKE THE NUMBER OF WORDS. I YIELD MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.
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I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I WON’T TAKE THE FULL-TIME. I WAS ASKED WHICH BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS ARE THERE, WHICH WOULD CUT SOME 65 BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS. THE BIGGEST THREE ARE THE DEFENSE POLICY BOARD AND DEFENSE BUSINESS BOARD. LET ME SAY AGAIN WHAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES IS MOVE FORWARD WHAT THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE HAS ALREADY IDENTIFIED AS SAVINGS THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO ACHIEVE. HE HAS SAID THEY WANT TO CUT 25% OF THE BUDGET FOR THESE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS. AND THE SECRETARY PUT THIS REPORT OUT THAT AUGUST OF LAST YEAR, SO IT SEEMS THAT HE INTENDED THIS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2011 CYCLE. WE ARE DOING WHAT THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE HAS ASKED US TO DO OR
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THROUGH. WHAT HE IS GOING TO CARRY IF WE CAN’T DO THIS ON DEFENSE OR ON OTHER WASTEFUL SPENDING, WHERE CAN WE DO IT? THIS IS A GREAT PLACE TO START AND WE SHOULD GET THIS DONE NOW, BECAUSE IT’S GOING TO BE TACKLED LATER ON, WHY NOT DO IT IN THE BUDGET IF WE ARE TRYING TO REALIZE THE SAVINGS AND LET’S TAKE THESE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS THAT THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE SAID WE SHUT CUT BY 25% AND GIVE HIM WHAT HE ASKS FOR AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS. AND WHAT I ADDRESSES IS IMPORTANT AND AS A FORMER SOLDIER AND NOTHING MORE I CARE ABOUT THAT WE TAKE CARE OF OUR SOLDIERS, AIRMEN AND MARINES AND WE SHOULD DO ELIMINATE THIS FROM THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL. I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?
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MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. I AM OPPOSED TO THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION AND REPUBLICANS NO JOBS AGENDA. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT RECOVERY THAT SUPPORTS JOBS. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE CONTROLLED THE HOUSE FOR 41 DAYS AND
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BROUGHT UP ZERO BILLS TO CREATE JOBS. THESE CUTS MEAN ONE MILLION JOB CUTS, NO JOBS FOR NURSES, TEACHERS, POLICE, FIREFIGHTERS
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BUSINESSES. MANUFACTURING AND SMALL EVEN WORST THAN WHAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE DOING TO AMERICAN WORKERS IS WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO AMERICA’S CHILDREN. THIS BILL WILL CUT FUNDING FOR EDUCATION PROGRAMS BY OVER $10 BILLION OR 16%, THE LARGEST EDUCATION CUT IN HISTORY. THE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, IDEA, STATE GRANTS WILL BE SLASHED BY $557 MILLION, SHIFTING TO STATES AND LOCAL DISTRICTS THE COSTS OF EDUCATING 324,000 STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES, THEREFORE INCREASING LOCAL TAX BURDENS AND KILLING OVER 7,000 EDUCATION JOBS. PELL GRANTS, PELL GRANTS WILL BE CUT BY $5.6 BILLION AND MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR LOW AND MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES TO PAY FOR COLLEGE. THEY WOULD REDUCE AID FOR 1.5 MILLION STUDENTS. HEAD START WILL BE CUT BY OVER $1 BILLION LEADING TO THE ELIMINATION OF ENROLLMENT SLOTS OF 127,000 CHILDREN AND LOSS OF 14,000 JOBS. NO ONE WHO VOTES FOR THIS BILL COULD EVER HAVE THE AUDACITY TO SAY THEY CARE FOR OUR CHILDREN. REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING THEY ARE WEARING THEIR HEART ON THEIR SLEEVE DAY AFTER VALENTINE’S BUT DON’T CARE ABOUT CHILDREN, MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES OR FOLLOW THE RULES OF THE ROAD. THEY WANT TO MAKE YOU PAY FOR BIG OIL BILLION DOLLAR SUBSIDIES, MAKE YOU PAY FOR HIGHER DRUG PRICES, MAKE YOU PAY TAXES TO START A SMALL BUSINESS, MAKE YOU PAY FOR C.E.O. SALARIES, MAKE YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN GO IT ALONE. SO, MR. CHAIRMAN, I JUST WANT
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BILL. TO, IN CLOSING, I OPPOSE THIS REPUBLICANS WANT YOU TO KEEP PAYING FOR THEIR WAR AND TAX CUTS FOR THE ULTRARICH WHILE THEY CUT JOBS, SERVICES AND SCHOOLS. THIS IS NOT FISCAL DISCIPLINE BUT FISCAL INSANITY. I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION? I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT THAT MR. FLAKE HAS PROPOSED AND OPPOSITION TO THE UNDERLYING C.R. THIS WHOLE DISCUSSION ABOUT DEALING WITH THE DEFICITS IS PREFACED ON THE IDEA THAT THE CONSEQUENCE OF THIS BUDGET REDUCTION THAT IS BEING RECOMMENDED BY THE REPUBLICANS, THE CONSEQUENCE OF THAT IS GOING TO BE JOBS. WELL, IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT’S BEING PROPOSED, THE OTHER SIDE HAS NEARLY TWO MONTHS AND HAS
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BROUGHT ZERO BILLS TO CREATE JOBS. AND THESE CUTS AMOUNT TO ONE MILLION JOBS THAT WILL BE LOST. THOSE JOBS — THERE WILL BE NO JOBS FOR NURSES. 51 MILLION WILL BE CUT FROM NATIONAL PARK SERVICES, THAT’S A LOSS OF JOBS. $256 MILLION WILL BE CUT FROM STATE AND FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. THOSE ARE LAW ENFORCEMENT, LOCAL POLICE THAT WILL BE CUT. $889 MILLION CUT FROM RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAMS, THOSE ARE JOBS CREATING SOLAR PANELS, RETROFITTING HOMES SO THEY WILL BE ENERGY EFFICIENT. CUT FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES FOR HEALTH, LOSS OF JOBS AND RESEARCH AND PROVIDING DIRECT PUBLIC HEALTH TO THE AMERICAN CITIZENS, $1.3 MILLION CUT FROM COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. THAT IS NO JOBS AND INCREASED COSTS IN THE EMERGENCY ROOMS WHERE PEOPLE WHO CANNOT FIND HEALTH CARE WILL BE CROWDING INTO THOSE ROOMS IN VERY ACUTE SICKNESS BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO WHERE ELSE TO GO. CUTS IN RURAL DEVELOPMENT, LOSS OF JOBS. $1.6 BILLION CUT FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, LOSS OF JOBS. $96 MILLION FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, LOSS OF JOBS. ONE OF THE REALITIES IS THAT WE MUST INVEST. AND WHAT HAS BEEN SAID OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT THE POINT OF DEALING WITH THIS DEFICIT THAT WE HAVE IN THIS COUNTRY HAS TO BE A PRACTICING MATIC, MEASURED PROCESS AND HAS TAKEN US 10 YEARS TO GET US INTO THE HOLE WE ARE IN AND WE NEED TO PLAN TO GET OUT OF THAT WITH THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME, IF NOT MORE. AND WE ALSO NEED TO TALK ABOUT REVENUE GENERATION. WE AREN’T GOING TO CUT OUR WAY OUT OF THIS DEFICIT. AND YOU AREN’T GOING TO CUT YOUR WAY OUT OF THIS DEFICIT IF YOU ARE ONLY CONCENTRATING ON 14% OR 15% OF THE FEDERAL BUDGET. I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT DEALS WITH DEFENSE. AND WE MUST CREATE REVENUES AND MUST QUIT GIVING HUGE SUBSIDIES TO BIG OIL AND BIG GAS AND ASK MINING COMPANIES TO BEGIN TO PAY ROYALTIES FOR THE EXTRACTION ON PUBLIC LANDS. WE MUST CLOSE CORPORATE LOOPHOLES THAT EXIST THAT CREATED THE FINANCIAL COLLAPSE OF HOUSING IN THIS COUNTRY. AND WE MUST, WE MUST ASK WALL STREET TO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE TO A TRANSACTION FEE THAT WILL GENERATE BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS COUNTRY. IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH THIS DEFICIT, THERE MUST BE A CORRESPONDING GENERATION OF REVENUE SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO INVEST IN THE THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THEIR FAMILIES, THEIR LIVES, THEIR EDUCATION, THEIR HEALTH CARE, THEIR FUTURE. THAT’S AN INVESTMENT. AND WITH ADDITIONAL REVENUE, WE’LL BE ABLE TO BEGIN TO CUT THE DEFICIT. THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION IS NOT AN EFFORT TO DEAL WITH THE DEFICIT. IT IS A CALCULATION TO DEAL WITH PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS THAT HAVE HELPED THE MIDDLE CLASS SUCCEED, POOR PEOPLE SURVIVE, THE DISABLE ENDURE AND HAS MADE THIS COUNTRY STRONGER WITH THE SUPPORT FOR EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION. AND I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.
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DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?
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I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. I RY TO SUPPORT MR. FLAKE’S AMENDMENTS, THIS IS A GREAT START BUT I DO OPPOSE THE UNDERLYING REPUBLICANS’ CONTINUING RESOLUTION. THIS RESOLUTION THREATENS JOBS, AMERICAN INNOVATION AND INVESTMENTS THAT WILL REBUILD AMERICA. AS A MEMBER OF THE SCIENCE, SPACE TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE, THIS WILL LEAD OUR NATION FORWARD. WE KNOW THAT BASIC RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CREATE JOBS AND WILL HELP AMERICA TO WIN THE FUTURE. REPUBLICANS HAVE THIS THING BACKWARDS. THEY HAVE PROPOSED CUTTING $2.5 BILLION TO FUND THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH. THIS $2.5 BILLION CUT TO N.I.H. FUNDING WILL BE DEVASTATING TO THE BIOMEDICAL INDUSTRY THAT SERVES AS THE BACKBONE OF CLEVELAND AND SO MANY OTHER COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE INNOVATIVE WAYS THAT SCIENTISTS ARE PURSUING SOLUTIONS TO HUMAN SUFFERING WITH NEUROIMAGING, GENOMICS AND TREATMENTS, WILL IMPROVE LIFE FOR ALL OF US AND CUT DOWN ON THE CROSS OF THESE ILLNESSES LOSS PRODUCTIVITY IN THE WORKPLACE AND NEW AVENUES FOR INVESTIGATIONS THAT WILL CREATE
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INDUSTRIES. NEW JOBS, NEW VENTURES AND NEW WE MUST CONTINUE TO MAKE INVESTMENTS IN AMERICA. OUR FUTURE IS IN INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT. AND THESE CUTS ARE NOT SOMETHING WE CAN AFFORD. THE LOSS OF FUNDING ALSO MEANS THE LOSS OF JOBS. WHERE ARE THE JOBS? ACCORDING TO A NEW ANALYSIS BY THE NONPARTISAN ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE, THE REPUBLICAN C.R. WILL COST MORE THAN 800,000 PRIVATE AND PUBLIC JOBS. REPUBLICANS HAVE CONTROL OF THE HOUSE FOR 41 DAYS, NEARLY TWO MONTHS, AND BROUGHT UP ZERO BILLS TO CREATE JOBS. REPUBLICANS WANT TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. FOR REPUBLICANS SAY THEY ARE CUTTING COSTS, THEY MEAN CUTTING SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND
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MEDICAID UNTIL THEY DON’T EXIST. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT LEADERSHIP THAT WILL CREATE JOBS AND JUMP START OUR NATION’S ECONOMY. THIS CARELESS RESOLUTION CUTS JOBS AND DAMAGES THE ECONOMY. I AGAIN DO SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION — THE AMENDMENT BY MR. FLAKE, BUT THE REPUBLICAN C.R. IS BAD FOR THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND BAD FOR AMERICANS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE REPUBLICANS’ C.R. AND HELP PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK. I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY RISE? I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MR. FLAKE’S AMENDMENT. I SEE IT AS A SMALL BEGINNING, A VERY SMALL BEGINNING TO CUTTING WASTEFUL PENTAGON SPENDING, BUT, MR. CHAIR, THIS ENTIRE CONTINUING RESOLUTION IS BAD FOR THE ECONOMY AND BAD FOR THIS COUNTRY. IT’S ALL A PART OF A REPUBLICAN NO JOBS FOR AMERICA AGENDA. THE MAJORITY HAS NO INTEREST IN DOING ANYTHING AND MANY AMERICANS ARE OUT OF WORK AND HAVE CONTROLLED THE HOUSE FOR JUST ABOUT SIX WEEKS AND THEY HAVE NOT BROUGHT UP A SINGLE
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BILL THAT WOULD CREATE A SINGLE JOB. THEY HAVE BROUGHT UP A BILL THAT WOULD CONTINUE TO SHRED OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES. THEY BROUGHT UP A BILL THAT WILL INFUSE OUR CAMPAIGNS WITH EVEN
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MONEY. MORE CORRUPTING SPECIAL INTEREST THEY HAVE BROUGHT UP A BILL THAT WOULD TAKE AWAY GUARANTEED AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE, BUT NOTHING TO ADDRESS PERSISTENT JOBLESSNESS, NOTHING AT ALL TO FIX THE DEVASTATING RECESSION THAT THEY AUSED IN THE FIRST PLACE. THEIR MINDLESS CUTS DON’T DO ANYTHING TO STRENGTHEN AMERICA. THEY’RE NOT CUTTING SPENDING, THEY’RE CUTTING JOBS. . IT MEANS CUTTING JOBS FOR THE VERY PEOPLE WHO FORM THE BACKBONE OF THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA. THE HOUSE ITSELF SAID THIS MORNING THAT SOME JOBS ARE LOST
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AS A RESULT OF THEIR CUTS, SO BE IT. HE MIGHT AS WELL HAVE ADDED, LET THEM EAT CAKE. THE BEST WAY TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT IS TO PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK, MR. SPEAKER — MR. CHAIRMAN. BUT THE REPUBLICANS’ NO JOB PLAN IS ALL ABOUT CUTTING THE VERY SPENDING THAT SUSTAINS MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. WHEN THEY SAY THEY WANT TO CUT
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COSTS, WHAT THEY REALLY MEAN IS THEY WANT TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID, RIGHT OUT OF EXISTENCE. AND ON TOP OF CUTTING THEIR HARD-EARNED BENEFITS, THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO MAKE THE MIDDLE CLASS PAY. PAY FOR BIG OIL SUBSIDIES, PAY FOR HIGHER DRUG PRICES, PAY FOR ASTRONOMICAL C.E.O. SALARIES, FOR HIGHER TAXES TO START A SMALL BUSINESS. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE SAID YESTERDAY, AND I QUOTE HIM, SHE SAID, WHAT WE’RE DOING HERE IS WE’RE HAVING A GREAT DEBATE IN CONGRESS ABOUT HOW MUCH SPENDING WE SHOULD CUT. I MEAN, HOW COOL IS THAT? WELL, I’D LIKE TO TELL HIM, IT’S NOT COOL AT ALL, MR. CHAIRMAN. NOT WHEN YOU’RE ASKING STRUGGLING FAMILIES TO SHOULDER THE SACRIFICE. GIVING A SWEETHEART DEAL TO CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS AND ASKING THE MIDDLE CLASS TO PAY FOR IT, NOT COOL AT ALL. THE REPUBLICAN CONTINUING RESOLUTION AND NO JOBS AGENDA IS BAD FOR AMERICA, TOTALLY UNCOOL. I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS RISE? I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. THE GENTLEMAN IS — THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. THANK YOU. MADAM CHAIR, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE FLAKE AMENDMENT AND I STRONGLY OPPOSE THE UNDERLYING REPUBLICAN NO JOBS CONTINUING RESOLUTION. YOU KNOW, IF PEOPLE OUT THERE HAVE THE GNAWING FEELING THAT THE RICH ARE GETTING RICHER AND THAT THE POOR ARE GETTING POORER AND THEY’RE STUCK IN THE MIDDLE AND STUCK GETTING THE BILL, THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THEY’RE RIGHT. THIS BILL IS JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE REPUBLICANS’ TRUE AGENDA WHICH IS HELPING OUT BIG BUSINESS AND THE RICH WHILE STICKING IT TO THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THOSE WHO ASPIRE TO IT. THE CUTS THAT THEY’RE PROPOSING WOULD ACTUALLY CAUSE A DEVASTATING WAVE OF UNEMPLOYMENT AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL, PARTICULARLY IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR. THE ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE HAS ESTIMATED THAT PASSAGE WOULD
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COST US NEARLY $1 MILLION — ONE MILLION JOBS. WHO ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? YOU KNOW, IT’S COOL THESE DAYS TO GO AFTER PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS. BUT WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT ARE THE TEACHERS. I WAS ONE ONCE A LONG TIME AGO. THE TEACHERS WHO TEACH OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. THE VERY POLICE WHO KEEP OUR STREETS SAFE AND PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE. AND THE FIREFIGHTERS WHO ANSWER THE CALL FOR OUR 911 EMERGENCY CALL. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT WORKERS WHO ARE THE BACKBONE OF OUR COMMUNITIES. OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS AND PRESIDENT OBAMA WERE SUCCESSFULLY ABLE TO STAVE OFF A SECOND GREAT DEPRESSION. BUT WE’RE STILL IN THE EARLY STAGES OF RECOVERY, UNEMPLOYMENT IS STILL TOO HIGH AT 9% AND AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE STILL SUFFERING. BUT THE PROPOSED CUTS WOULD COST US ONE MILLION MORE JOBS, BE DEVASTATING TO OUR RECOVERY AND HURT AMERICANS TRYING TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILIES AND MAKE ENDS MEET. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE
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HOW ABOUT THE NATIONAL THINGS THEY WANT TO CUT. INSTITUTES OF HEALTH? WOULD BE CUT, $1.6 BILLION. THIS IS FUNDING THAT GOES TO VITAL MEDICAL RESEARCH, INCLUDING CURES AND IMPROVED TREATMENTS FOR DEVASTATING DISEASES. HIGH SPEED RAIL DEVELOPMENT WHICH WOULD PROVIDE DESPERATELY NEEDED JOBS, BUT BEYOND THAT REINVIGORATE A KEYSTONE OF THE AMERICAN INFRASTRUCTURE. IT FACES $2.5 BILLION IN CUTS. AND IN ADDITION TO THE IMPORTANT JOBS PROGRAM, WHAT REALLY HURTS IS REPUBLICANS WANT TO PUT
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ASSISTANCE TO POOR FAMILIES ON THE CUTTING BOARD. THEY WANT TO CUT $1 BILLION FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, THE ONLY ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR MANY POOR FAMILIES. AND HOW ABOUT $747 MILLION FOR THE WOMEN, INFANT AND CHILDREN, THE W.I.C., PROGRAM, THAT’S FOOD ASSISTANCE FOR LOW INCOME PREGNANT WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN. THE 300,000 BENEFICIARIES IN MY STATE OF ILLINOIS RECEIVE A GRAND AVERAGE BENEFIT OF $44.62 A MONTH. THAT’S IT. PER PERSON. PER MONTH. AND THAT MINIMAL SUBSIDY WOULD BE CUT. HOUSE REPUBLICAN PROPOSALS TO SLASH FEDERAL SPENDING PROGRAMS ARE IRRESPONSIBLE, INDISCRIMINANT, ELIMINATING
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CUTTING ASSISTANCE FOR LOW PROGRAMS THAT CREATE JOBS AND INCOME AND MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. THERE IS ANOTHER WAY TO DEAL WITH THE DEFICIT AND TO BALANCE OUR BUDGET. WE NEED TO ENACT A DEMOCRATIC INITIATIVE TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA. WE SHOULD BE MAKING THINGS HERE, WE SHOULD REVIVE OUR MANUFACTURING SECTOR, RATHER THAN PROVIDING TAX BREAKS THAT ENCOURAGE COMPANIES TO GO OFFIA — OFFSHORE. I OFFERED A PLAN LAST YEAR AS PART OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S 18-MEMBER NATIONAL COMMISSION ON FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND REFORM TO MAKE INVESTMENTS TO GET US OUT OF THE ECONOMIC DOLDRUMS, BOOST JOB CREATION, REDUCE THE DEFICIT AND NOT ON THE BACKS OF LOW INCOME AND MIDDLE INCOME AMERICANS. WE CAN DO IT. WE NEED TO STOP THE REPUBLICAN EFFORTS AND PROTECT JOB-CREATING PROGRAMS THAT BENEFIT THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THE SAFETY NET PROGRAMS THAT HELP THE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY BECAUSE THAT’S WHO WE ARE AS AMERICANS. THE REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO MAKE THE INVESTMENTS NECESSARY TO GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO GIVE UP TAX CUTS FOR MILLIONAIRES. THEIR POLICIES AND — AND BILLIONS. THEIR POLICIES ARE PRESCRIPTION FOR DISASTER, ONE THAT PUTS FAMILY, COMMUNITIES AND OUR NATION AT RISK. I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE? MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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