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House Session - April 14, 2011
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  • 10:00:41 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    MONK MONK -- PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE…

    MONK MONK -- PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES WITH EACH PARTY LIMITED TO ONE HOUR AND EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND THE MINORITY WHIP LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES BUT IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 10:50 A.M. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. WILSON.

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  • 10:01:09 AM

    MR. WILSON

    I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1473, A CONTINUING RESOLUTION WHICH…

    I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1473, A CONTINUING RESOLUTION WHICH WILL FUND OUR GOVERNMENT AND MOST IMPORTANTLY OUR TROOPS' FAMILIES FOR THE REST OF THE FISCAL YEAR AND WILL HELP GENERATE A BETTER ENVIRONMENT FOR JOB CREATION. WITH THIS -- WHILE THIS AGREEMENT IS FAR FROM PERFECT, MORE CUTS GOING FORWARD ARE ABSOLUTELY NEEDED. DISAGREEMENT IS A VICTORY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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  • 10:01:40 AM

    MR. OLSON

    IN CUTS, H.R. 1473 REPRESENTS THE LARGEST SPENDING CUT SINCE WORLD WAR II.…

    IN CUTS, H.R. 1473 REPRESENTS THE LARGEST SPENDING CUT SINCE WORLD WAR II. DOMESTIC SPENDING WILL ACTUALLY FALL BY 4% THIS YEAR WITH THE PASSAGE OF THIS C.R. WE ACCOMPLISH THIS HISTORIC CUTS JUST MONTHS AFTER PRESIDENT OBAMA ASKED CONGRESS FOR A SPENDING FREEZE. THAT WOULD HAVE MEANT ZERO, NADA, NILL CUTS IN SPENDING THIS YEAR. IN FACT, OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL SPEND $78.5 BILLION LESS THAN WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA PROPOSED THIS YEAR WITH THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 1473. THESE HISTORIC CUTS COULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE STRONG AND CONSTANT SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, TO END THE OUT-OF-CONTROL SPENDING IN WASHINGTON. THEIR VOICES WERE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR ON NOVEMBER 2. HOUSE REPUBLICANS WILL TRANSLATE THE PEOPLE'S CALL TO REIN IN SPENDING IN NONDEFENSE SPENDING IN HISTORY. WASHINGTON IS NO LONGER TALKING ABOUT INSUFFICIENT CUTS IN SPENDING. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HOW MUCH WE SHOULD CUT SPENDING. THIS IS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S VICTORY, AND THEY DESERVE THE SUPPORT TO CHANGE OUR DEBATE. THIS BILL IS ALSO A VICTORY FOR MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS AND FOR THE GOOD PEOPLE OF THE 22ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WHOM I REPRESENT HERE IN WASHINGTON. IMPORTANTLY, H.R. 1473 REPEALS THE DOGGETT AMENDMENT, A HEAVY-HANDED REGULATION THAT WAS FORCING TEXAS AND ONLY TEXAS TO VIOLATE ITS OWN CONSTITUTION AND SPEND EDUCATION FUNDS AS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DICTATED WHILE GIVING EVERY OTHER STATE IN THE NATION THE FLEXIBILITY TO SPEND THEIR FUNDS AS THEY SEE FIT. THE DOGGETT AMENDMENT, WHICH WAS INSERTED IN LAST YEAR'S GOVERNMENT SPENDING BILL -- BAILOUT BILL, SINGLED OUT TEXAS BY ATTACHING UNCONSTITUTION RESTRAINTS TO $830 MILLION IN FUNDING. NO OTHER STATE FACED SUCH TREATMENT. TEACHERS ACROSS TEXAS HAVE FACED THE THREAT OF LOSING THEIR JOBS WITH THIS EXPECTED SHORTFALL IN EDUCATION MONEY, BUT PASSAGE OF THIS BILL WILL RIGHT THIS EGREGIOUS WRONG FOR THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS. TAXES IS MEASURED IN A MEANS THAT WE WILL HAVE SUCCEEDED IN REDUCING SPENDING TO PREBAILOUT STIMULUS LEVELS. NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET WILL RESULT IN HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SAVINGS OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DECADES. WE WILL SET THE STAGE FOR THE REAL CHALLENGE THAT COMES NEXT, CUTTING TRILLIONS OF SPENDING THROUGH THE NEW REPUBLICAN BUDGET. BUT TODAY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS WASHINGTON WILL BEGIN TO TIGHTEN ITS BELT JUST AS FAMILIES ACROSS AMERICA DO EVERY DAY. THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF IMPORTANT FIRST STEP FORWARD IN CHANGING THE CULTURE OF SPENDING AMERICA IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS AGAIN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR H.R. 1473. I THANK THE SPEAKER AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:05:22 AM

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. ALTMIRE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:05:32 AM

    MR. ALTMIRE

    MADAM SPEAKER, FOUR YEARS AGO I BEGAN TO EXPRESS MY CONCERNS ABOUT THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, FOUR YEARS AGO I BEGAN TO EXPRESS MY CONCERNS ABOUT THE COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROGRAM THAT C.M.S. PROPOSED FOR DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT. THE GOAL OF THE PROGRAM WAS TO SAVE MONEY AND TO CUT WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE FROM THE MEDICARE PROGRAM BUT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN FRAUGHT WITH PROBLEMS. THIS ISSUE IS OF PARTICULAR IMPORTANCE TO ME BECAUSE THE PITTSBURGH REGION, WHICH I REPRESENT, WAS ONE OF THE FIRST NINE REGIONS CHOSEN BY C.M.S. TO IMPLEMENT THE COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROCESS. IT BECAME CLEAR THAT C.M.S. DID NOT FORESEE THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES THAT COULD RESULT INCLUDING THE POSSIBILITY THAT PATIENTS COULD LOSE THE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP THEY'VE DEVELOPED WITH THEIR LOCAL PROVIDER. IN TURN COMPROMISING THEIR QUALITY OF CARE. OR THE POSSIBILITY THAT SMALL SUPPLIERS, WHICH MAKE UP WELL OVER 90% OF THE NATION'S MEDICAL EQUIPMENT PROVIDERS, WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO COMPETE IN THE NEW MARKET. I ALSO REALIZED THAT WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WOULD BE DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTED BY COMPETITIVE BIDDING BECAUSE OF OUR LARGE MEDICARE POPULATION AND THE GROWING MEDICAL DWOICE INDUSTRY THAT IS A -- DEVICE INDUSTRY THAT IS A KEY TO OUR REGION'S ECONOMY. AFTER A POOR START TO THE COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROGRAM IN 2008, CONGRESS INTERVENED AND PASSED LEGISLATION THAT I HELPED INTRODUCE TO DIRECT C.M.S. TO DELAY THE PROGRAM FOR 18 MONTHS. CRITICAL FLAWS IN THE INITIAL BIDDING PROCESS PRODUCED FEWER COMPETITORS, FEWER HOME CARE SERVICES AND A SUBSTANTIAL DECREASE IN THE QUALITY OF CARE OFFERED TO SENIORS AND INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES. CONGRESS ALSO INSTRUCTED C.M.S. TO REDESIGN THE PROGRAM TO AVOID THESE PROBLEMS WHEN IT CONDUCTED THE REBID. LAST FALL, C.M.S. LAUNCHED THE REBID AND THIS PAST JANUARY THE PROGRAM WENT INTO EFFECT IN THE NINE REGIONS IN THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA. IN THE FIRST FEW MONTHS OF IMPLEMENTATION, THE WORST FEARS EXPRESSED BY PATIENTS, PROVIDERS AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HAVE BEEN REAL ITHESED. IT'S CLEAR THAT DESPITE THE DELAY, NO SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE PROGRAM OR THE PROCESS. PROVIDERS WHO HAVE SERVED BENEFICIARIES FOR YEARS ARE CLOSING THEIR DOORS AND PATIENTS HAVE BEEN LEFT CONFUSED AN UNSURE WHERE TO TURN FOR THEIR CARE. WHILE C.M.S. WILL HOPE THAT THEY WILL HAVE QUALITY MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND SERVICES AND IMPROVE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PAYMENTS, THE RESULTS SUGGEST OTHERWISE. SO TWO WEEKS AGO C.M.S. ANNOUNCED THAT IT WOULD DELAY THE SECOND ROUND THE COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROGRAM FOR SIX MONTHS UNTIL THE SUMMER OF 2013. ADDITIONALLY, THE CHIEF MEDICARE EXPERT AT THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE RECENTLY SAID THE C.M.S. COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROCESS IS SEAR OUSLEY -- SERIOUSLY FLAWED. THE ROUND TWO DELAY DOES NOTHING TO HELP THE BENEFICIARIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN NEGATIVELY IMPACTED BY ROUND ONE. THE PROGRAM CONTINUES TO BE A BAD DEAL FOR SENIORS AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS. THAT'S WHY I JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA, GLENN THOMPSON, TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO REPEAL THE D.M.E. COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROGRAM. OUR BILL WOULD FULLY REPEAL THE PROGRAM IN A BUDGET-NEUTRAL MANNER, NOT ADDING ONE PENNY TO THE FEDERAL DEFICIT. TO DATE WE HAVE 75 BIPARTISAN CO-SPONSORS AND OVER 30 ADVOCACY GROUPS THAT HAVE ENDORSED OUR LEGISLATION. I CANNOT SUPPORT THE D.M.E. COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROGRAM WHEN IT HAS BECOME EVIDENT THAT THE PROGRAM WILL UNRAVEL THE D.M.E.'S SMALL BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND COMPROMISE QUALITY OF CARE FOR SENIORS AND OTHERS WHO RELY ON DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT DEVICES. I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH CONGRESSMAN THOMPSON TO ADVANCE THIS LEGISLATION AND I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN THIS EFFORT TO REPEAL D.M.E. COMPETITIVE BIDDING.

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  • 10:09:35 AM

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    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MRS. BIGGERT, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MRS. BIGGERT, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:09:43 AM

    MRS. BIGGERT

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THIS APRIL AS…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THIS APRIL AS FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH. EACH YEAR MY GOOD FRIEND AND FELLOW CHAIR OF THE HOUSE FINANCIAL ON ECONOMIC LITERACY CAUCUS, MR. HINOJOSA, AND I WORK TO BRING FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH TO CAPITOL HILL. IN THAT EFFORT WE ARE JOINED BY OUR LONGTIME SENATE ALLIES, SENATOR AKAKA AND SENATOR ENZI. IT IS A WAY TO HOE CASE THE LATEST TREND IN FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC LITERACY. THIS YEAR, HOWEVER, THE HOUSE IS TAKING AN UNDERSTANDABLE BREAK FROM DEBATING COMMENATORY RESOLUTIONS IN ORDER TO FOCUS ON PRESSING ITEMS LIKE THE BUDGET. NONETHELESS, I WANT TO TAKE OPPORTUNITY TODAY TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO TAKE PART IN FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH. IT IS A TIME WHEN FINANCIAL ORGANIZATIONS, GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND OTHERS WORK TOGETHER TO PROTECT CONSUMERS AND PREPARE OUR CHILDREN TO PROSPER IN TODAY'S SOPHISTICATED MARKETPLACE. FOR EXAMPLE, FROM APRIL 17 THROUGH 23, AMERICA'S CREDIT UNIONS WILL HOLD NATIONAL CREDIT UNION YOUTH WEEK WHICH FOCUSES ON TEACHING YOUNG AMERICANS ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF SETTING GOALS AND TEACHING THEM TO REACH THEM. IN A PARALLEL EFFORT, THE AMERICAN BANKERS ASSOCIATION EDUCATION FOUNDATION HELD -- TEACH CHILDREN TO SAVE DAY ON APRIL 12. IT'S AN ANNUAL EVENT DURING WHICH AMERICA'S BANKING PROFESSIONALS HAVE VOLUNTEERED TO TEACH MONEY SKILLS TO FOUR MILLION YOUNG PEOPLE. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS IS A TREND WE OUGHT TO APPLAUD, ONE THAT I KEN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PARTICIPATE IN IN JOINING THE FINANCIAL LITERACY CAUCUS. MEMBERS AND THEIR STAFFS CAN ALSO JOIN US THIS FRIDAY IN THE CANNON CAUCUS ROOM FROM NOON TO 3:00 FOR A FINANCIAL LITERACY FAIR FEATURING INFORMATION FROM 55 OF THE NATION'S LEADING FINANCIAL LITERACY ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING THE JUMP-START COALITION, JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT AND THE COUNCIL FOR ECONOMIC EDUCATION. MADAM SPEAKER, TOO MANY AMERICANS CONTINUE TO ENTER THE WORK FORCE UNPREPARED TO BUY A HOME, SAVE FOR RETIREMENT. OUR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ARE NOW SCORING LOWER ON FINANCIAL LITERACY THAN THEY HAVE DURING ANY YEARS SINCE 2000. AND YET ACCORDING TO A 2009 SURVEY FROM THE COUNCIL FOR ECONOMIC EDUCATION, ONLY 34 STATES REQUIRE SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO INCLUDE PERSONAL FINANCIAL IN THEIR EDUCATION STANDARDS FOR STUDENTS K-12. THESE ARE TROUBLING NUMBERS, AND THAT IS WHY WE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO GIVE AMERICANS THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO PREPARE AGAINST ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY, RECOGNIZE DECEPTIVE PRACTICES AND BUILD CREDIT AND MAKE DOZENS OF OTHER DAY-TO-DAY FINANCIAL DECISIONS. THESE ARE SKILLS THAT EVERYONE MUST LEARN TO PROSPER IN TODAY'S COMPLEX MARKETPLACE AND THAT'S WHAT FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH IS ALL ABOUT. SO I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE INTERESTED TO LEARNING MORE TO JOIN US THIS FRIDAY FROM NOON TO 3:00 IN THE CANNON CAUCUS ROOM FOR OUR FINANCIAL LITERACY DAY FAIR. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:12:58 AM

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. GUTIERREZ, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:13:05 AM

    MR. GUTIERREZ

    SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TALK ONCE AGAIN ABOUT PUERTO RICO, BUT THIS TIME…

    SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TALK ONCE AGAIN ABOUT PUERTO RICO, BUT THIS TIME IT'S A LITTLE DIFFERENT. I RISE TO NOTE THAT THE GOVERNOR LUIS FORTUNO OF PUERTO RICO SAID SOMETHING THAT I CAN AGREE ABOUT, SPEAKING ABOUT A PROPOSED GAS PIPELINE, THE GOVERNOR OF PUERTO RICO SAID WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO DEPEND ON FOSSIL FUELS. HE WENT ON TO SAY TYING US DOWN TO NATURAL GAS FOR 30 YEARS WOULD BE A GRAVE MISTAKE. HE WAS REFERRING TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NATURAL GAS PIPELINE ON AN ISLAND WHERE BEAUTIFUL BEACHES, MOUNTAINS AND RAIN FORESTS ARE BOTH IRREPLACEABLE NATURAL RESOURCES AND PART OF THE ECONOMIC ENGINE THAT HELPS TOURISM. MR. FORTUNO SPOKE THOSE WORDS TWO YEARS AGO. NOW HE CHANGED HIS MIND. NOW HE ENTHUSIASTICALLY SUPPORTS GAS PIPELINES BUT A MUCH BIGGER, MORE ENVIRONMENTAL LOEDIS RUPTIVE AND MORE EXPENSIVE PIPELINE. AND HOW DO CONSTRUCTION OF THIS GIGANTIC SUPERSIZED PIPELINE IS BEING HANDLED IS WHY I MUST SPEAK ABOUT. THE RULING PARTY WOULD RATHER PEOPLE NOT NOTICE THAT MR. FORTUNO AND GOVERNOR FORTUNO HAVE OPPOSITE POSITIONS ON THE SAME GAS PIPELINE. AND SO THEY ARE WORKING HARD TO MOVE THIS PROJECT FORWARD UNDER THE COVER OF NIGHT. EVERY DAY THE RULING PARTY ANSWERS THIS QUESTION. IF YOU WANT TO UNDERTAKE AN ENVIRONMENTAL LOEDIS AST RUSS AND UNPOPULAR PROJECT HOW WOULD YOU GO ABOUT DOING IT? HERE'S THE RULING PARTY'S ANSWER. YOU CIRCUMVENT THE DUTIES, AVOID ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDIES, AVOID THE PERMITTING AND LNG PROCEDURES AND TAKE EVERY STEP POSSIBLE TO ELIMINATE PUBLIC HEARINGS AND PUBLIC SCRUTINY. HOW DO YOU PROCEED WITHOUT THESE NECESSARY SAFEGUARDS AND INFORMATION? WELL, IF YOU'RE THE GOVERNMENT OF PUERTO RICO AND WANT TO BUILD PIPELINES THROUGH FORESTS AND LAKES AND RIVERS AND ACROSS CRITICAL GROUNDWATER SYSTEMS IN PUERTO RICO YOU WOULD AMEND THE LAW DESIGNED TO DEAL WITH NATURAL RESOURCES SO YOU CAN BYPASS THE NORMAL PERMITS AND PUBLIC PROCESS. WHAT THE RULING PARTY DOES IS DECLARE AN ENERGY EMERGENCY ON THE ISLAND. THIS GOVERNMENT'S ENERGY EMERGENCY ALLOWS THE PIPELINE TO PROCEED DESPITE WARNINGS FROM THE SIERRA CLUB, THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. . DESPITE REST DEPARTMENTS' CONCERNS IT WOULD BE CONSTRUCTED BY SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES, DESPITE THAT IT'S NEAR AN EARTHQUAKE FAULT AND THERE HAVE BEEN 2,500 SEISMIC EVENTS IN THE LAST THREE YEARS ON THE ISLAND AND ONE JUST FELT ALL OVER THE ISLAND TWO DAYS AGO, THE SELF-DESCRIBED ENERGY EMERGENCY ALSO HELPS HIDE THE FACT THAT YOU GIVE IT A $10 MILLION CONTRACT TO A PAL OF THE GOVERNOR WHOSE NO EXPERIENCE AT CONSTRUCTING GAS PIPELINES. HE DOES, HOWEVER, HAVE EXPERIENCE SKIING WITH THE GOVERNOR. MAYBE THAT'S WHY YOU RUN A SLICK TAXPAYER FUNDED P.R. CAMPAIGN THAT RENAMES THE GREEN WAY, SO INSTEAD OF SPEAKING TO HUGE FINANCIAL HUMAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS, THIS ORR WELLIAN AD CAMPAIGN -- ORWELLIAN AD CAMPAIGN CALLS A GAS PIPELINE OVER THE MOUNTAIN AND THROUGH THE WOODS AND RIVERS A GREENWAY. LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE I THINK IT WOULD BE BETTER TO BE NAMED TO SCREEN AWAY. A MAGICAL CLEANSER THAT YOU APPLY TO YOUR FORESTS AND RIVERS AND LAKES AND IT MAKES THEM GO AWAY ALONG WITH THE MILLIONS OF GREEN TAX DOLLARS. HERE'S AN EVEN MORE HONEST NAME FOR THIS PROJECT, THE WRONG WAY. BECAUSE IT'S WRONG TO SPEND THE PEOPLE'S MONEY ON A PROJECT THEY DON'T WANT, HAVEN'T BEEN APPROPRIATELY STUDIED, AND AS THE NEWSPAPER HAS SHOWN IN A SERIES OF REPORTS, CANDIDATE FORTUNO WAS RIGHT, GOVERNOR FORTUNO IS WRONG. IT'S TIME TO SHINE SOME LIGHT ON THIS MATTER. I HAVE ASKED A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST TO EVERY AND ALL FEDERAL AGENCIES THAT HAVE ACRESSED THE PIPELINE IN PUERTO RICO. I WILL RELEASE THE RESULTS SO THE PEOPLE KNOW WHO THEY ARE GOVERNMENT IS MEETING WITH, WHAT DOCUMENTS EXIST, AND WHAT STUDIES HAVE BEEN DONE TO SHOW THE NEED. FURTHERMORE, I HAVE URGED THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO DENY PERMIT REQUEST FOR PIPELINE UNTIL EXPERTS TESTIFY, PERMITS ARE APPLIED FOR, COMMUNITY MEETINGS ARE HELD, AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDIES ARE DONE. MAYBE THE GOVERNMENT CAN MAKE THE CASE FOR THIS PROJECT IN THE LIGHT OF DAY. BUT THEY SHOULDN'T BE ASKING FOR A VERDICT WITHOUT PRESENTING THE FACTS TO THE PEOPLE FIRST. IT'S TIME THEY STOP DOING THINGS THE VIA VARE DAY WAY AND START DOING THINGS THE RIGHT WAY. [SPEAKING IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE BRACKBRACK

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  • 10:18:13 AM

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    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. CHU, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:18:20 AM

    MS. CHU

    HIS MANY YEARS SERVING STUDENTS IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. RAMON…

    HIS MANY YEARS SERVING STUDENTS IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. RAMON RECENTLY ANNOUNCED HE WAS RETIRING AS SUPERINTENDENT OF THE LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT. DURING HIS DISTINGUISHED 55-YEAR CAREER IN EDUCATION, HE HAS SERVED AS SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS IN LOS ANGELES, SAN FRANCISCO, SAN JOSE, PASADENA, AND NEW YORK CITY. I HAVE THE GREAT PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH RAMON LAST YEAR WHEN THE LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT PASSED A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE IMMEDIATE PASSAGE OF THE DREAM ACT. BUT RAMON WAS NOT ONLY A SUPERINTENDENT AND ADVOCATE, HE WAS A TEACHER IN MY DISTRICT AND SENIOR ADVISOR TO THE U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION UNDER PRESIDENT CLINTON. A LIFELONG EDUCATOR, RAMON HAS TAUGHT AT EVERY LEVEL IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM, ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE, AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS. AND HAS SHAPED EDUCATION POLICY AS A CONSULTANT TO EVERY ENTITY FROM STANFORD UNIVERSITY TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. RAMON CAME TO THE LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT AT A TIME OF GREAT CHALLENGE, YET HE WAS ABLE TO IMPROVE SCHOOL SAFETY, INCREASE ATTENDANCE, AND REDUCE THE DROPOUT RATE. RAMON HAS HAD AN EXTRAORDINARY RECORD OF SERVICE AND HE CHANGED THE LIVES OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN. AND ALTHOUGH HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED, WE MUST ALL CONTINUE THE MISSION HE STRIVED FOR DURING HIS 55-YEAR CAREER AND THAT IS TO ENSURE THAT EVERY CHILD RECEIVES A QUALITY EDUCATION.

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  • 10:19:56 AM

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DEUTCH, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:20:02 AM

    MR. DEUTCH

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. TOMORROW MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WILL BRING A…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. TOMORROW MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WILL BRING A 2012 BUDGET TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. A BUDGET THAT ROLLS BACK GENERATIONS OF PROGRESS AND QUITE SIMPLY ENDS MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. 50 YEARS AGO BEFORE MEDICARE AND MEDICAID WERE SIGNED INTO LAW, AMERICANS PREPARING TO RETIRE FACED TREMENDOUS UNCERTAINTY. PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE WAS SIMPLY OUT OF REACH. SAVINGS PUT AWAY DURING YEARS OF EMPLOYMENT COULD BARELY COVER THOSE BILLS IF THEY COULD COVER THEM AT ALL. SENIORS WERE FORCED TO RELY ON THEIR OWN CHILDREN, MANY OF WHOM WHO WERE STRUGGLING TO RAISE FAMILIES. TO PAY FOR MEDICAL CARE. WHEN THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF FAMILY AND RELATIVES WAS NOT AN OPTION, ELDERLY AMERICANS FOUND THEMSELVES WITH A CHOICE OF A LIFE WITHOUT THE CARE OF DOCTORS OR LIFE OF DESTITUTION. THIS WAS THE STATUS QUO BEFORE MEDICARE AND MEDICAID WERE SIGNED INTO LAW AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOUND IT UNACCEPTABLE. WE BELIEVED THEN AS WE BELIEVE NOW THAT WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT SENIORS, CHILDREN, AND THE PERMANENTLY DISABLED, THE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY, HAVE ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTH CARE. IT WAS THIS SENSE OF SHARED RESPONSIBILITY THAT CONGRESS CODIFIED IN 1965 THROUGH THE CREATION OF MEDICARE AND MEDICAID, AS PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON SAID AS HE SIGNED THIS HISTORIC LEGISLATION, NO LONGER WILL OLDER AMERICANS BE DENIED A HEALING MIRACLE OF MODERN MEDICINE. NO LONGER WILL ILLNESS CRUSH AND DESTROY THE SAVINGS THAT THEY HAVE SO CAREFULLY PUT AWAY OVER A LIFETIME SO THAT THEY MIGHT ENJOY DIGNITY IN THEIR LATER YEARS. TODAY 45 MILLION SENIORS DEPEND ON MEDICARE'S GUARANTEED QUALITY BENEFITS. NOW THIS YEAR AS IN EVERY YEAR WE FIND OURSELVES IN THE MIDDLE OF A BUDGET DEBATE. AT TIMES BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS CAN BE ACCUSED OF HYPERBOLE. HOWEVER IT IS NO EXAGGERATION TO SAY THAT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET HEADED TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TOMORROW ABANDONS AMERICA'S SENIORS AND DOES AWAY WITH THE CONCEPT OF GUARANTEED MEDICARE BENEFITS. IT IS NO OVERSTATEMENT TO SAY THAT IT HANDS MEDICARE OVER TO THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY AND IT IS NO LIE TO SAY THAT THIS PLAN ENDS MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. THIS BUDGET IS NO PATH TO PROSPERITY, FOR SENIORS IT IS A PATH TO THE POORHOUSE. YOU CAN CALL IT PREMIUM SUPPORT, YOU CAN CALL IT A VOUCHER, YOU CAN CALL IT A COUPON, YOU CAN CALL IT THE GOLDEN TICKET IF YOU'D LIKE, BUT CHANGING THE NAME WON'T CHANGE THE FACT THAT THIS REPUBLICAN PLAN WILL FORCE AMERICA'S SENIORS TO HAND OVER MOST OF THEIR INCOME TO AMERICA'S INSURERS. MAYBE INSTEAD OF PREMIUM SUPPORT THIS PLAN SHOULD BE CALLED INSURANCE COMPANY PROFIT ASSISTANCE. BY THE TIME THE REPUBLICAN PLAN BEGINS DISTRIBUTING COUPONS TO SENIORS IN 2022, MOST RETIREES WILL BE UNABLE TO AFFORD HEALTH CARE. AFTER ALL, THESE COUPONS WILL BE WORTH ONLY 32% OF THE INSURANCE BILL. ACCORDING TO THE NONPARTISAN ANALYSTS AT THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, IN LESS THAN TWO DECADES A PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN AS GOOD AS MEDICARE WILL COST ABOUT $30,000. UNFORTUNATELY THE REPUBLICAN VOUCHER THAT WILL BE SET OUT UNDER THIS BUDGET PLAN WILL ONLY BE WORTH $9,700. THIS MEANS THERE WILL BE AN INSURANCE BILL WORTH ABOUT 21,000 SITTING IN THE MAILBOXES OF AMERICA'S SENIORS. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PLAN IS NO WORK OF GENIUS. IT JUST SHIFTS THE BURDEN OF RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SENIORS AND CALLS IT A DAY. THROUGH MEDICARE AMERICANS MADE A MORAL COMMITMENT AS A PEOPLE TO ENSURE THAT SENIORS ARE NOT BANKRUPTED BY A HIP REPLACEMENT OR DIABETES MEDICATION. LIKEWISE WITH MEDICAID WE MADE A MORAL COMMITMENT TO ENSURE THAT ELDERLY NURSING HOME PATIENTS, IMPOVERISHED CHILDREN, THE PERMANENTLY DISABLED, AND NEEDIEST IN OUR SOCIETY CAN AFFORD BASIC CARE. IN FACT, 2/3 OF ALL MEDICAID SPENDING GOES TO CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. THE COSTS OF LONG-TERM CARE LIKE IN REHABILITATION CENTERS AND NURSING HOMES IS PROHIBITIVE. . MEDICAID SERVES AS A LIFELINE FOR THESE INDIVIDUALS AND IT IS NOT AN EXPENSIVE PROGRAM. COMPARED TO PRIVATE SECTOR HEALTH CARE COST, MEDICAID IS CHEAP, GROWING HALF AS FAST. THE G.O.P. PLAN CUTS MEDICAID WHEN PHYSICIANS AND HOSPITALS CAN BARELY AFFORD TO TREAT THESE PATIENTS BECAUSE OF SUCH LOW REIMBURSEMENT RATES. IT'S NO MYSTERY WHY MEDICAID IS BEGINNING TO STRAIN STATE AND FEDERAL BUDGETS. WITH SO MANY AMERICANS OUT OF WORK ENROLLMENT IN MEDICAID HAS SKYROCKETED AS MORE AND MORE FAMILIES COME TO RELY UPON THIS SAFETY NET. I SAID IT BEFORE AND I'LL SAY IT AGAIN, MEDICAID IS NOT TOO EXPENSIVE. PEOPLE ARE TOO POOR. THAT'S WHY WE SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON CREATING NEW JOBS. 100 DAYS INTO THIS NEW REPUBLICAN CONGRESS AND NOT A SINGLE JOBS BILL. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS PLAN IS NOT A PRICE THAT I'M WILLING TO PAY. WE CAN DO BETTER. WE WILL DO BETTER. AMERICA'S SENIORS ARE WATCHING. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:25:29 AM

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. KISSELL, FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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  • 10:25:36 AM

    MR. KISSELL

    YOU, MADAM CHAIR. FROM THE TIME THAT I FIRST CAME TO CONGRESS I HAVE…

    YOU, MADAM CHAIR. FROM THE TIME THAT I FIRST CAME TO CONGRESS I HAVE CONTINUED TO BE A STRONG SUPPORTER OF OUR SEENORS' ISSUES. TODAY -- SENIORS' ISSUES. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF ANOTHER ISSUE THAT OUR SENIORS ARE FACING TODAY, THE ISSUE OF THE FUTURE OF MEDICARE. WE MUST STAND BY THOSE WHO STOOD BY US. AS THEY ENTER INTO THEIR SENIOR YEARS. AND WE MUST BE STRONG IN MAKING SURE THAT MEDICARE STAYS AS A SOLID MEDICAL SAFETY NET FOR OUR SENIORS. MADAM SPEAKER, WE HAVE HEARD A LOT ABOUT THE GREATEST GENERATION. THAT GENERATION THAT FAULT WORLD WAR II AND WORKED IN THE INDUSTRIES AND RAISED FAMILIES AND CAME BACK AND DID SO MUCH TO MAKE AMERICA THE GREAT NATION AS WE KNOW TODAY. BUT, MADAM SPEAKER, AMERICA IS A GREAT NATION, HAS BEEN FOR MANY YEARS, AND WILL BE FOR MANY YEARS TO COME AND THERE'S NOT JUST ONE GREATEST GENERATION. THERE IS A CONTINUE YUME -- CONTINUUM OF GREAT GENERATIONS. I GREW UP IN A VERY SMALL TOWN IN NORTH CAROLINA. AND MY HEROES WERE THOSE PEOPLE, MANY OF WHICH FOUGHT IN WORLD WAR II, FOR THOSE TEACHERS AND THOSE STORE KEEPERS AND THOSE PEOPLE IN A SMALL TOWN THAT RAISED MANY OF MY FRIENDS AND MYSELF AND LOOKED AFTER US WHETHER IN THE SCHOOL OR CHURCHES OR WHERE IT MIGHT BE. AS THESE PEOPLE THAT TOOK CARE OF US BECOME SENIORS AND THEY CONTINUE THIS THROUGHOUT THE NATION FOR GENERATIONS TO COME, WE MUST TAKE CARE OF THOSE THAT TOOK CARE OF US. I WAS A HISTORY TEACHER, HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY TEACHER FOR THE SEVEN YEARS BEFORE COMING TO CONGRESS. AND I ALWAYS TOLD MY STUDENTS THAT YOU'RE NOT STUDYING HISTORY BY LOOKING AT PAGES IN A BOOK OR LOOKING AT OLD PICTURES OR PAINTINGS OR WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE. YOU ARE STUDYING ABOUT PEOPLE TO HAVE A STORY. AND WE CAN NEVER FORGET THAT THESE ARE PEOPLE, JUST AS WE TALK TODAY ABOUT OUR SENIORS AND MEDICARE, WE CANNOT FORGET THAT THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO TOOK CARE OF US. THEY CANNOT BECOME JUST POLITICAL BARGAINING CHIPS AND POLITICAL THEORIES. THEY ARE REAL PEOPLE. THEY HAVE REAL STORIES. AND I WANT TO TALK BRIEFLY ABOUT TWO PEOPLE THAT ARE ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO ME, MY MOM AND DAD. MY DAD GREW UP IN THAT SAME SMALL TOWN I DID IN NORTH CAROLINA. WENT AND FOUGHT IN WORLD WAR II. WON A BRONZE STAR. CAME BACK, WORKED IN THE POST OFFICE, AND WAS HAPPY JUST TO BE A PART OF HELPING IN THOSE WAYS THAT I TALKED ABOUT BEFORE. MY MOM GREW UP IN CARROLL COUNTY IN HUNTINGTON, TENNESSEE, CAME TO NORTH CAROLINA AS A TEACHER AND TAUGHT MANY GENERATIONS AND SHE'S 96 YEARS OLD. HER BIRTHDAY BEING LAST MARCH, THE 18TH. THESE ARE THE HEROES, THESE ARE THE STORIES THAT WE KNOW THAT ALL OF US HAVE WHETHER OUR PARENTS OR GRANDPARENTS, GREAT GRANDPARENTS, AUNTS AND UNCLES, WHATEVER THEY MAY BE, WE CANNOT FORGET ABOUT THEM AS INDIVIDUALS. WE CANNOT FORGET ABOUT THEIR STORIES. AND WE CANNOT LET THEM BECOME JUST POLITICAL BARGAINING CHIPS. THE QUESTION THAT WE MUST ASK, MADAM SPEAKER, IS WHY DID WE NEED MEDICARE IN THE FIRST PLACE? WHAT IN OUR SYSTEM DIDN'T WORK, THAT DIDN'T CARE OF OUR SENIORS, THAT REQUIRED MEDICARE TO COME INTO BEING? AND WE KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT, AND WE MUST CONTINUE TO HAVE THAT GUARANTEE OF A STRONG SUPPORT STRUCTURE WHEN OUR MEDICAL NEEDS FOR OUR SENIORS MUST BE MET THIS WAY, WE MUST STAND BY OUR SENIORS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. MATSUI

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO VOICE MY STRONG…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO VOICE MY STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PLAN AND ITS EFFECT ON AMERICA'S SENIORS. I BELIEVE WE MUST ADDRESS THE NATIONAL DEFICIT BUT I BELIEVE WE CAN DO IT IN A RESPONSIBLE MANNER THAT DOES NOT HINDER OUR FRAGILE ECONOMY AND DOES NOT RISK IMPORTANT PROGRAMS. . I SUPPORT THE DEMOCRATIC PROPOSAL TO REDUCE OUR NATION'S DEFICIT AND WITHOUT HURTING AMERICA'S SENIORS AND SACRIFICING THEIR HEALTH AND FINANCIAL SECURITY. MADAM SPEAKER, THE REPUBLICAN PLAN IS IRRESPONSIBLE. IT WOULD HURT AMERICA'S SENIORS WHILE GIVING ENORMOUS TAX BREAKS TO THE TOP 2% OF THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS. IT DOES NOTHING TO CREATE JOBS BUT GIVE BILLIONS IN CORPORATE LOOPHOLES AND SUBSIDIES TO BIG OIL. MOST NOTABLY, THE REPUBLICAN PLAN WILL LITERALLY END MEDICARE. AND WHILE THIS MAY BE A NEW PLAN, THESE ARE NOT NEW IDEAS. THE REPUBLICANS' 2012 BUDGET ATTEMPTS TO DO TO MEDICARE WHAT PRESIDENT BUSH WANTED TO DO TO SOCIAL SECURITY IN 2005, PRIVATIZE IT AND SEVERELY CUT BENEFITS. MADAM SPEAKER, CAN YOU IMAGINE IF WE HAD PRIVATIZED SOCIAL SECURITY IN 2005? THE WAY THE REPUBLICANS WANTED TO DO JUST BEFORE THE BIGGEST FINANCIAL COLLAPSE SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION. IS THAT WHAT WE REALLY WANT TO DO WITH MEDICARE? WE CANNOT AFFORD TO HAVE WALL STREET CONTROL THE FAITH OF OUR SENIORS. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN WOULD CONVERT MEDICARE INTO A VOUCHER PROGRAM THAT FORCES SENIORS TO BUY COSTLY PRIVATE INSURANCE PLANS. IT ASKS SENIORS, HALF OF WHOM HAVE LESS THAN $19,000 A YEAR IN TOTAL INCOME, TO PAY MORE AND GET LESS. IF THIS PLAN WERE PUT IN PLACE, THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE HAS ESTIMATED THAT THE AVERAGE SENIOR WOULD END UP PAYING NEARLY THREE TIMES MORE OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES. MEANWHILE, THE HEALTH CARE LAW ENACTED LAST YEAR IS ALREADY HELPING TO CLOSE THE GAP IN PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE KNOWN AS THE DOUGHNUT HOLE AND HAS ANNUAL EXAMS AND PREVENTIVE SERVICES. BUT THE REPEAL OF THE HEALTH CARE LAW WOULD ELIMINATE THESE BENEFITS. MADAM SPEAKER, THESE BENEFITS FOR MEDICARE PATIENTS ARE MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF MY CONSTITUENTS. I RECENTLY HEARD FROM A 71-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WHO SACRAMENTO WHO REQUIRES SEVERAL EXPENSIVE DRUGS TO MAINTAIN HER HEALTH. IN OCTOBER OF 2010 SHE WAS WORRIED ABOUT HER ABILITY TO PAY FOR HER MEDICATION BECAUSE SHE FELL INTO THE COVERAGE GAP. BUT SHE WAS RELIEVED TO LEARN THAT SHE WILL GET $250 IN 2010 AND THAT 50% OF HER COSTS WOULD BE REIMBURSED THIS YEAR AND EVEN MORE REIMBURSED IN THE FUTURE. BUT NOW REPUBLICANS WANT TO PULL THE RUG FROM OUT UNDER OUR SENIORS AND THEIR FAMILIES. WHAT'S ASTONISHING TO ME THAT IN ADDITION TO PRIVATIZATION OF MEDICARE, THE REPUBLICAN PLAN ALSO GOES AFTER MEDICAID. INSTEAD OF MAKING REAL REFORM TO THE PROGRAM, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET CALLS FROM CONVERTING MEDICAID INTO A BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM. BUT THAT WAS SHARPLY REDUCE FUNDING FOR SENIORS AND LOW-INCOME AMERICANS ON MEDICAID SO THAT IT WOULD NOT KEEP UP WITH HEALTH CARE COSTS. MEDICAID HELPS KEEP OUR SENIORS IN THEIR HOMES AND HELPS THEM AFFORD NURSING HOMES IF THEY NEED THEM. BUT THE REPUBLICAN PLAN RELEASE SENIORS ON THEIR OWN AND IGNORES THE PROMISE THAT A COUNTRY HAS MADE FROM ONE GENERATION TO ANOTHER. MADAM SPEAKER, THE FEDERAL BUDGET SHOULD REFLECT OUR AMERICAN VALUES THAT HAVE BEEN PASSED DOWN FOR GENERATIONS, WHERE SENIORS EARN THE BENEFITS THAT THEY PAID INTO AND HAVE BEEN PROMISED AND ARE ABLE TO ENJOY THEIR RETIREMENT AFTER WORKING HARD IN THEIR CAREERS. THAT IS WHY I WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR PROTECTING THE DIGNITY OF AMERICA'S SENIORS AND PROTECT THEM AGAINST THE DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PROPOSAL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:34:18 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. RANGEL, FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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  • 10:34:23 AM

    MR. RANGEL

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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  • 10:34:29 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF.

  • 10:34:32 AM

    MR. RANGEL

    LEGISLATIVE MORNING, EXPRESSIONS OF BELIEF, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THAT…

    LEGISLATIVE MORNING, EXPRESSIONS OF BELIEF, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THAT FOR A DECADE SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE SAID WE CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. WELL, I THINK THAT IS OVER. THAT THE REPUBLICANS IN THEIR LINED PROJECTED BUDGET HAVE MADE IT ABUNDANTLY CLEAR THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE. WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE A TREMENDOUS DEFICIT, THAT THE INTEREST IS JUST BLOCKING OUT PROGRAMS THAT WE HAVE TO SUPPORT. WHILE IT'S ABUNDANTLY CLEAR THAT THERE IS AN EMERGENCY THAT WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT, THE REPUBLICANS' METHOD OF DOING THIS THROUGH THE RYAN BUDGET IS TO LOOK FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE, THE POOR THAT ARE SICK, THE OLDER PEOPLE THAT ARE SICK, OUR YOUNG PEOPLE THAT ARE TRYING TO GET AN EDUCATION. IT SEEMS TO ME IF WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE ALTERNATIVE AND INVESTING FOR THE FUTURE OF THE GREAT COUNTRY OF OURS, TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT EDUCATION IS A PART OF WHAT WE'RE DOING, INVESTING IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE SO AS WE PAY OFF THE DEBT WE ARE STILL INVESTING FOR THE FUTURE, THIS IS WHAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S ALL ABOUT. AND, MADAM SPEAKER, I TRULY BELIEVE THIS IS WHAT AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I THANK YOU FOR THIS TIME.

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  • 10:36:07 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL 11:00 A.M.

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  • 10:36:20 AM

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    FOR LEGISLATIVE WORK AT 11:00 EASTERN. MEMBERS WILL START

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IN --

  • 11:01:12 AM

    THE CHAIR

    IN TIMES LIKE THESE, WE NEED THE ALMIGHTY GOOD SHEPARD WITH US. LEAVE US…

    IN TIMES LIKE THESE, WE NEED THE ALMIGHTY GOOD SHEPARD WITH US. LEAVE US THROUGH VALLEYS AND SHADOWS ON A STRAIGHT PATH. WE NEED THE GOD OF A BREAK THROUGH TO GIVE US THE ABILITY TO SEE TRANSFORMING POSSIBILITIES. GUIDE US, LORD, THROUGH THE CHALLENGES OF OUR MODERN LIVES WHERE SOMETIMES HOPE IS JUXTAPOSE WITH DESPAIR. GRANT THAT THIS AGUST BODY WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE TOWARDS THE COMMON GOOD, MINDFUL OF THE INHERENT DIGNITY THAT YOU, GOD, HAVE PLACED WITHIN US. GRANT THAT OUR HARDS WILL RESIGNED, BLESSED THAT WE AMONG NATIONS. BLESSED ARE WE WHO DWELL IN THE PLACE AND CLAIM THE POTENTIAL FOR MORE LOVE, PEACE AND INCLUSION FOR ALL PEOPLE TO PARTAKE OF THE FRUITS OF THIS MAGNIFICENT LAND. SHEPARD US, LORD, THE PROMISE OF YOUR GOODNESS AND COMPASSIONS SUSTAINS OUR WORK AND SUSTAINS OUR OFFERING OF THANKSGIVING THIS HOUR AND EVER MORE. AMEN.

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  • 11:02:25 AM

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

  • 11:02:41 AM

    MR. POE

    CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL…

    CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.

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  • 11:02:45 AM

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 11:02:59 AM

    MR. POE

    SPEAKER, I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT…

    SPEAKER, I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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  • 11:03:04 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL.

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  • 11:03:16 AM

    MR. WOODALL

    I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE…

    I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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  • 11:03:30 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLAY, IS RECOGNIZED…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLAY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 11:03:37 AM

    MR. CLAY

    MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, ONE OF MY…

    MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, ONE OF MY OUTSTANDING CONSTITUENTS, FATHER ARTHUR CABOT. FATHER ART, AS HE'S KNOWN IN ST. LOUIS, IS A LEADER IN RELIGIOUS OUTREACH AND EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS WITHIN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY. HIS ST. CHARLES LUONGA CENTER LOCATED IN NORTH ST. LOUIS CITY, OFFERS BIBLE STUDY, PASTORAL CARE AND CONDUCT AN OUTSTANDING YOUTH MINISTRY. HIS SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP THROUGH HIS CENTER AND AS AN EDUCATOR IS REACHING THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE, CHANGING LIVES AND HELPING TO RECLAIM NEIGHBORHOODS THAT HAVE SEEN FAR TOO MUCH VIOLENCE, INTOLERANCE AND PAIN. FAR ART IS BRINGING THE CHUTCH'S -- FATHER ART IS BRINGING THE CHURCH'S MESSAGE TO THOSE IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO NEED IT MOST. I AM VERY HONORED TO SALUTE HIM TODAY AS OUR SPECIAL GUEST. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:04:51 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH…

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 11:05:01 AM

    MR. POE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 11:05:04 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 11:05:07 AM

    MR. POE

    SPEAKER, THE VICTIMS OF CRIME ACT, OR VOCA, AS IT'S CALLED, IS WONDERFUL…

    SPEAKER, THE VICTIMS OF CRIME ACT, OR VOCA, AS IT'S CALLED, IS WONDERFUL IDEA THAT HAS CONVICTED CRIMINALS TO PAY INTO A FUND THAT IS USED BY VICTIMS. IT IS FOR THEM TO PAY FOR THE SYSTEM THEY CREATED. THEY PAY RENT ON THE COURTHOUSE, SO TO SPEAK, TO PAY INTO A FUND THAT GOES TO THE VICTIMS. THIS VOCA FUND IS ABOUT $6 BILLION. THIS IS NOT TAXPAYER MONEY. IT'S MONEY THAT BELONGS TO VICTIMS, BUT FEDERAL BUREAUCRATS SEEM TO WANT TO ROB THIS FUND AND PAY FOR OTHER FEDERAL PROGRAMS. WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS MONEY TO BE TAKEN FROM VICTIMS OF VIOLENT CRIME. THIS MONEY SHOULD BE PLACED IN THE LOCK BOX SO IT IS ONLY USED BY VICTIMS OF CRIME AND CRIME SERVICES. OUR NATION MUST CONSTANTLY BE SENSITIVE TO THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN ROBBED, ASSAULTED AND HARMED BY CRIMINALS. WE AS A NATION ARE JUDGED BY NOT THE WAY WE TREAT THE RICH, POWERFUL AND FAMOUS BUT BY THE WAY WE TREAT THE INNOCENT, THE CHILDREN, THE ELDERLY AND VICTIMS OF CRIME. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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  • 11:06:09 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE?

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    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 11:07:34 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS RISE?

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  • 11:07:42 AM

    MR. JENKINS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 11:07:44 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 11:07:47 AM

    MS. JENKINS

    THE HONOR AND PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING FORT RILEY, FORT LEAVENWORTH, THE…

    THE HONOR AND PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING FORT RILEY, FORT LEAVENWORTH, THE 190TH COYOTES OUT OF FORBES FIELD AND NEARLY 12,000 NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE MEMBERS. WITH THIS STRONG MILITARY PRESENCE COMES A LARGE NUMBER OF MILITARY FAMILIES AND CHILDREN. I RISE IN RECOGNITION APRIL AS THE MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO APPLAUD THE STRENGTH, SACRIFICE, HEROISM AND CONTINUED RESILIENCE SHOWN BY THE CHILDREN OF OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN. KANSAS' PROUD TO HAVE MORE THAN 33,000 CHILDREN WITH AT LEAST ONE PARENT SERVING IN THE MILITARY, AND THIS MONTH WE RECOGNIZE THAT WHEN PARENTS SERVE IN THE MILITARY THEIR CHILDREN ALSO SERVE. I WILL CONTINUE TO DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO SUPPORT NOT ONLY OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM BUT THEIR CHILDREN WHO SACRIFICE EQUALLY FOR OUR COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:08:51 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT RISE?

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  • 11:08:58 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IN 1965 WHEN MEDICARE WAS PASSED, ONLY 50%…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IN 1965 WHEN MEDICARE WAS PASSED, ONLY 50% OF AMERICA'S SENIORS COULD SUPPORT OR BUY HEALTH INSURANCE.

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  • 11:09:06 AM

    MR. COURTNEY

    THAT WAS NOT AN ACCIDENT. IT WAS BECAUSE THE HIGH RISK OF PEOPLE OVER AGE…

    THAT WAS NOT AN ACCIDENT. IT WAS BECAUSE THE HIGH RISK OF PEOPLE OVER AGE 65 MADE THAT MARKET BASICALLY UNINSURABLE. I'M FROM CONNECTICUT. WE KNOW A LITTLE BIT ABOUT INSURANCE IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT, AND LOOKING AT THE RYAN REPUBLICAN MEDICARE PLAN WHICH WOULD GIVE SENIORS VOUCHERS TO GO OUT AND BUY INSURANCE, ALL WE'RE DOING IS REPEATING HISTORY WHICH IS WHERE THIS COUNTRY WAS IN 1965. WE MUST PROTECT A GUARANTEED BENEFIT FOR SENIORS. WE LEARNED THAT LESSON THROUGHOUT THE EARLY 1900'S THROUGH 1965. THE RYAN PLAN TAKES US BACK TO A TIME WHEN SENIORS WILL BE PAYING MASSIVE OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS. C.B.O. ESTIMATES IT WILL TRIPLE OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS FOR SENIORS. IT IS THE WRONG WAY TO GO. PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PLAN THAT HE LAID OUT YESTERDAY, WHICH IS A THOUGHTFUL, INTELLIGENT APPROACH TO LOWER HEALTH CARE COSTS BUT PROTECTS A GUARANTEED BENEFIT FOR SENIORS, IS WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS AND WHAT OUR SENIOR CITIZENS NEED. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:10:02 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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  • 11:10:09 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 11:10:11 AM

    MR. WOODALL

    MR. SPEAKER, TOMORROW'S TAX DAY. I'M SURE THERE ARE SOME FOLKS OUT THERE…

    MR. SPEAKER, TOMORROW'S TAX DAY. I'M SURE THERE ARE SOME FOLKS OUT THERE THAT HAVEN'T QUITE FILLED OUT ALL THEIR FORMS YET, HAVEN'T QUITE FINISHED UP THAT PAPERWORK YET BUT IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY. THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES TO CHANGE THE TAX CODE IN THIS COUNTRY AND ONE OF THOSE ALTERNATIVES IS THE FAIR TAX, H.R. 25, AS INTRODUCED IN THIS HOUSE. THE FAIR TAX, H.R. 25, IS THE ONLY BILL IN CONGRESS TO ELIMINATE THE INCENTIVE THAT AMERICAN COMPANIES HAVE TO MOVE AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS. THE FAIR TAX IS THE ONLY BILL IN CONGRESS TO CHANGE THE TAX CODE SO THAT THOSE JOBS THAT HAVE MOVED OVERSEAS, THOSE DOLLARS THAT HAVE GONE OVERSEAS, HAVE AN INCENTIVE TO RETURN. THE FAIR TAX IS THE ONLY TAX BILL IN CONGRESS THAT ABOLISHES THE PAYROLL TAX, THAT 15.3% FICA TAX THAT IS THE HIGHEST TAX THAT 80% OF WORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES PAY. THE FAIR TAX, H.R. 25, IS A DIFFERENT WAY AND A BETTER WAY AND WE CAN MAKE APRIL 15 JUST ANOTHER SPRING DAY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:11:10 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 11:11:18 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 11:11:21 AM

    MR. INSLEE

    TO TERMINATE MEDICARE WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE. WE WILL NOT ALLOW THEM TO…

    TO TERMINATE MEDICARE WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE. WE WILL NOT ALLOW THEM TO TURN A GUARANTEED FOR SENIORS INTO A VOUCHER PROGRAM FOR THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY. WE WILL NOT ALLOW THEM TO TURN MEDICARE INTO MEDIGONE. WE WILL NOT ALLOW THEM TO GIVE US 6,000 REASONS TO VOTE AGAINST THEIR HAIR BRAINED SCHEME BECAUSE THEY WANT TO PUT $6,000 MORE COSTS ON OUR SENIOR CITIZENS. THIS IS A NORMAL OBLIGATION. IT SHOULD NOT BE SHREDDED. WE SHOULD REDUCE MEDICAL INFLATION, NOT PUT THIS BURDEN ON SENIOR CITIZENS. PRESERVE MEDICARE AND REJECT THE REPUBLICAN SCHEME.

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  • 11:12:08 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI RISE?

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    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

  • 11:12:17 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE WHITE HOUSE HAS PRESENTED ITS EQUAL BUDGET…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE WHITE HOUSE HAS PRESENTED ITS EQUAL BUDGET PLAN FOR AMERICA BUT THIS EQUAL LOOKS STRANGELY LIKE THE PREQUEL. HEAVY ON NEW TAXES FOR AMERICA'S SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND JOB CREATORS. AS A C.P.A. WHO OPERATED MY OWN PRACTICE, I HAVE FILED THOUSANDS OF TAX RETURNS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL BUSINESSES. I HAVE NOT ONLY MET PAYROLL MYSELF BUT I HAVE EXAMINED THE BOTTOM LINE OF BUSINESSES WHO ARE TRYING TO KEEP THEIR DOORS OPEN. THIS PLAN BY THE WHITE HOUSE WILL ULTIMATELY CRIPPLE JOB GROWTH AND RECOVERY IN AMERICA. CHAIRMAN PAUL RYAN HAS PRESENTED A PLAN WITH A VISION FOR JOB GROWTH. IT SUPPORTS MANY OF THE CONCEPTS AS A C.P.A. I HAVE LONG ADVOCATED FOR, SUCH AS SIMPLIFYING THE TAX CODE AND REDUCING TAX LEVELS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND FAMILIES. AS A C.P.A., I KNOW THE RYAN PLAN PRESENTS A PATH TO PROSPERITY FOR AMERICA AND I WILL SUPPORT IT TOMORROW. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:13:13 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

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  • 11:13:18 AM

    MR. SIRES

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 11:13:20 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 11:13:23 AM

    MR. SIRES

    AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH AND TO EXPRESS MY SUPPORT FOR ONGOING EFFORTS…

    AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH AND TO EXPRESS MY SUPPORT FOR ONGOING EFFORTS ACROSS THE NATION THAT ARE DEVOTED TO IMPROVING THE TREATMENT OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM AND THEIR FAMILIES. TODAY, ONE IN 110 CHILDREN ARE AFFECTED BY AUTISM. MY HOME STATE OF NEW JERSEY HAS THE HIGHEST RATE OF AUTISM IN THE COUNTRY. WITH THE HELP OF THREE SUPPORT CENTERS, THE LIVES OF INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES AFFECTED BY AUTISM ARE IMPROVED EVERY DAY. I AM PROUD THAT SUCH A FACILITY EXISTS IN MY DISTRICT. THE CENTER FOR AUTISM AT THE NORTH WARD CENTER PROVIDES THE HIGHEST QUALITY OF CARE FOR PEOPLE AND FAMILIES. IT OFFERS SEAMLESS AND COMPREHENSIVE RANGE FOR THE LIFE SPAN OF INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM. TREATING THE WHOLE PERSON AND THE WHOLE FAMILY, FOCUSING ON STRENGTH-BASED INTERVENTION. THE CENTERS REPRESENTS A ONE-STOP APPROACH TO RELIEVE THE BURDEN ON ALREADY STRESSED FAMILIES DEALING WITH AUTISM. THE CENTER FOR AUTISM IN NEWARK IS ONLY ONE EXAMPLE OF CONCENTRATED CARE THAT CAN BETTER THE LIVES OF INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES AFFECTED BY AUTISM AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:14:35 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 11:14:43 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 11:14:50 AM

    >>

    DAY MARKS AN HISTORIC MOMENT IN OUR COUNTRY. THE RISE IN FEDERAL SPENDING…

    DAY MARKS AN HISTORIC MOMENT IN OUR COUNTRY. THE RISE IN FEDERAL SPENDING THAT HAS DEFINEDED LAST THREE YEARS HAS ENDED. THE BILL THAT WE WILL PASS TODAY IN THE HOUSE CONTAINS THE LARGEST CUTS IN OUR BUDGET SINCE THE END OF WORLD WAR II. THIS BILL IS BY NO MEANS PERFECT AND I, LIKE MANY AMERICANS, WANT MORE CUTS AND I BELIEVE WE WILL GET THEM. THESE CUTS ARE JUST THE START. . THE WORDS OF WINSTON CHURCHILL STATED, THIS IS NOT THE END, THIS IS NOT EVEN THE BEGINNING OF THE END BUT IT IS PERHAPS THE END OF THE BEGINNING. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS TIME TO MOVE BEYOND LAST YEAR'S BUSINESS AND START DOING THE WORK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENT US HERE TO DO. TOMORROW WE WILL TAKE UP LEGISLATION THAT WILL SAVE US NOT BILLIONS BUT TRILLIONS. AND AS THIS HOUSE CONSIDERS ADDRESSING THE DEBT CEILING, THE SENATE AND PRESIDENT NEED TO KNOW THESE CUTS DO NOT REPRESENT THE END. THEY REPRESENT A RESOLVE TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 11:16:03 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 11:16:11 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 11:16:14 AM

    MRS. CAPPS

    IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO GUT MEDICAID. IT IS NOT ONLY FINDING WAYS TO…

    IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO GUT MEDICAID. IT IS NOT ONLY FINDING WAYS TO IMPROVE MEDICAID, IT'S ABOUT LIMITING BENEFITS TO THE MOST TEES ACHING AWAY ACCESS TO WELL CHILD VISITS. THE MEDICAID PROGRAM ISN'T JUST NUMBERS ON A BALANCE SHEET. IT'S THE ONLY ACCESS TO CARE FOR MILLIONS OF LOW-INCOME SENIORS, POOR CHILDREN, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. AND UNDER THE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL THERE WILL BE LESS ACCESS AND LESS CARE. ESPECIALLY IN TIMES OF ECONOMIC STRESS. LIKE WHAT WE ARE GOING THROUGH TODAY. MEDICAID ROLLS SWELL AS PEOPLE LOSE JOBS AND FAMILIES LOSE INCOME. UNDER THE REPUBLICAN BLOCK GRANT SCHEME, TOUGH TIMES WILL MEAN EVEN TOUGHER TIMES FOR THE NEWLY UNEMPLOYED, THE FRAIL, THE YOUNG. AS A NURSE I BELIEVE A KEY MORAL MEASURE OF OUR SOCIETY IS HOW WE TREAT THE LEAST AMONG US. THIS IRRESPONSIBLE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL JUST DOESN'T MSH SURE UP. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:17:07 AM

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    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RISE?

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  • 11:17:11 AM

    MR. COHEN

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 11:17:14 AM

    MR. COHEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO COMMEND OUR PRESIDENT FOR TAKING A…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO COMMEND OUR PRESIDENT FOR TAKING A MATURE AND COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO THE PROBLEMS WE FACE. WHEN A PERSON HAS A NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT, THEY BOTH REDUCE THEIR CALORIC CONTENT AND INCREASE THE EXERCISE. IT'S THE SAME THING WITH THE DEFICIT WE HAVE. YOU HAVE TO HAVE CUTS OR REFORMS BUT YOU ALSO HAVE TO HAVE MORE REVENUE. THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL YESTERDAY ABOUT FINALLY GETTING AROUND TO TAXING THE MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES AND HAVING THEM CONTRIBUTE TO THE NEEDS TO REDUCE OUR DEFICIT ARE SO IMPORTANT WHILE AT THE SAME TIME REFORMING MEDICARE NOT ELIMINATING MEDICARE. THAT'S WHAT'S SCARY. ELIMINATING MEDICARE FOR SENIORS, THREATENING SOCIAL SECURITY, AND NOT PROVIDING AN INNOVATION PROGRAM TO CREATE JOBS. JOBS IS THE ISSUE AND WE NEED TO CREATE JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY AND WE HAVEN'T SEEN IT COMING FORTH. I PRAISE THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS MATURE APPROACH TO THE SITUATION AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO FALL IN LINE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:18:11 AM

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 11:18:27 AM

    MS. BROWN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY NAME IS CONGRESSWOMAN CORRINE BROWN AND I'M…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY NAME IS CONGRESSWOMAN CORRINE BROWN AND I'M FROM THE GREAT STATE OF FLORIDA. THE HOME OF CLAWED PEPPER. HE WAS THE -- CLAUDE PEPPER. HE WAS THE CHAMPION FOR SENIOR CITIZENS AND THE ELDERLY. AND HE WOULD BE SO APPALLED BY THE BILLION THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE BRINGING TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TOMORROW. GUTTING AND PRIVATIZING MEDICAID AND MEDICARE IN ORDER TO PAY OR GIVE TAX CUTS TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. THAT'S SHOCKING. THAT'S SHOCKING TO ME. BUT REPUBLICANS ARE DOING IT AFTER ONE HEARING. WHICH IS UNACCEPTABLE. YOU TALK ABOUT OPEN GOVERNMENT, WHY IS IT THAT WE HAVE NOT HAD HEARINGS WHERE WE BRING IN OUR STAKEHOLDERS AND TALK ABOUT HOW THIS WOULD AFFECT SENIOR CITIZENS. HOW CAN YOU DARE TO PROPOSE THAT PEOPLE WHO MAY NOT EVEN MAKE $6,000 A YEAR HAVE TO PAY ADDITIONAL $6,000 A YEAR FOR HEALTH CARE INSURANCE. YOU KNOW, IT'S SO SAD THAT IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE ONLY THE BIG DOGS EAT.

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  • 11:19:38 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

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  • 11:19:43 AM

    MR. PALLONE

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, MR. SPEAKER.

  • 11:19:47 AM

    MR. PALLONE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW IT'S SORT OF IRONIC THAT TODAY WE ARE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW IT'S SORT OF IRONIC THAT TODAY WE ARE GOING TO BRING UP A BUDGET, REPUBLICAN BUDGET, THAT WOULD END MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT, BUT AT THE SAME TIME SEEK TO REPEAL THE HEALTH CARE REFORM LEGISLATION, OR AT LEAST DEFUND IT. I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES KEEP TALKING ABOUT REPEALING OR DEFUNDING HEALTH CARE REFORM BUT YET EITHER HAVE NOTHING TO REPLACE IT WITH OR IN THIS CASE TRYING TO GUT OR ELIMINATE OR END AS WE KNOW IT THE EXISTING HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS THAT WE HAVE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS AND THE DISABLED IN THE CASE OF MEDICARE AND IN THE CASE OF MEDICAID FOR LOW-INCOME PEOPLE. THEY WOULD TELL SENIORS IN THEIR BUDGET THAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO GO OUT AND BUY THEIR OWN HEALTH INSURANCE AND SOMEHOW THEY ARE GOING TO GIVE THEM HELP, THEY CALL IT PREMIUM SUPPORT, FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. BUT THEY ARE NOW GOING TO HAVE TO PAY OUT OF POCKET TO BUY THEIR INSURANCE, MORE AND MORE, SO WE HAVE TO PAY OUT OF POCKET FOR THE PREMIUM, THEY HAVE TO PAY OUT OF POCKET FOR DEDUCTIBLE, THEY HAVE TO PAY OUT OF POCKET FOR THE CO-PAY. WHERE DOES IT END?

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  • 11:20:56 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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  • 11:21:14 AM

    MR. CLARKE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE AMERICAN DREAM, THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE AMERICAN DREAM, THE AMERICAN DREAM. THAT'S WHAT MOTIVATED THE ASIAN AMERICAN HOTEL OWNERS TO COME TO THIS COUNTRY. MANY OF THESE HOTEL OWNERS CAME HERE UNDER CIRCUMSTANCES SIMILAR TO THAT OF MY DAD. THEY CAME HERE TO LIVE THE AMERICAN DREAM BUT NOT JUST FOR US, BUT BY PROVIDING OVER A HALF A MILLION JOBS TO AMERICANS THROUGHOUT THIS GREAT COUNTRY, THE ASIAN AMERICAN HOTEL OWNERS ASSOCIATION HELPED TO PROVIDE THE AMERICAN DREAM TO ALL OF US. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:21:58 AM

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    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA RISE?

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  • 11:22:05 AM

    MR. SCOTT

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP…

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 223 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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  • 11:22:14 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

  • 11:22:17 AM

    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 31, HOUSE RESOLUTION 223, RESOLVED THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER THE…

    NUMBER 31, HOUSE RESOLUTION 223, RESOLVED THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER THE ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION, HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 34. ESTABLISHING THE BUDGET FOR THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012 AND SETTING FORTH APPROPRIATE BUDGETARY LEVELS FOR FISCAL YEARS 2013 THROUGH 2021. THE FIRST READING OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL NOT EXCEED FOUR HOURS WITH THREE HOURS CONFINED TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE BUDGET. AND ONE HOUR ON THE SUBJECT OF ECONOMIC GOALS AND POLICIES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY REPRESENTATIVE BRADY OF TEXAS AND REPRESENTATIVE HINCHEY OF NEW YORK. OR THEIR RESPECTIVE DESIGNEES. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL CONCURRENT RESOLUTION FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE PRINTED IN PART A OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART B OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES. EACH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN PART B OF THE REPORT ARE WAIVED EXCEPT THAT THE ADOPTION OF AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL CONSTITUTE THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF AMENDMENTS TO THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE MADE IN ORDER AS ORIGINAL TEXT. AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION FOR AMENDMENT AND A FINAL PERIOD OF GENERAL DEBATE, WHICH SHALL NOT EXCEED 20 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AN -- AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON BUDGET, THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENT AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. ANY MEMBER MAY DEMAND A SEPARATE VOTE IN THE HOUSE OR ANY AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE TO THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OR TO THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE MADE IN ORDER AS ORIGINAL TEXT. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL ADOPTION WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT AMENDMENTS OFFERED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE BUDGET PURSUANT TO SECTION 305-A-5 OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT OF 1974 TO ACHEEVE MATHEMATICAL CONSISTENCY. THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO NAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION -- DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION TO ITS ADOPTION.

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  • 11:25:41 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. SCOTT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

  • 11:25:45 AM

    MR. SCOTT

    MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30…

    MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. SLAUGHTER, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 11:25:56 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

  • 11:26:01 AM

    MR. SCOTT

    OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY.…

    OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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  • 11:26:14 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 11:26:16 AM

    MR. SCOTT

    SIR. HOUSE RESOLUTION 223 PROVIDES FOR A STRUCTURED RULE FOR CONSIDERATION…

    SIR. HOUSE RESOLUTION 223 PROVIDES FOR A STRUCTURED RULE FOR CONSIDERATION OF HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 34. THIS RULE MAKES IN ORDER EVERY COMPLETE SUBSTITUTE SUBMITTED TO THE RULES COMMITTEE. CONTINUING A BIPARTISAN TRADITION, WE ARE MAKING IN ORDER FOUR DEMOCRATIC SUBSTITUTES AND ONE REPUBLICAN SUBSTITUTE PROVIDING FOUR HOURS OF GENERAL DEBATE WITH AMPLE DEBATE ON EACH SUBSTITUTE. THIS WILL ALLOW THE HOUSE TO WORK ITS WILL AND ADOPT A BLUEPRINT FOR THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL, THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION IS OUR BUDGET, 2012. OUR 2012 BUDGET IS A BLUEPRINT FOR A STRONG AND SECURE FUTURE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. EACH OF US IS HERE TODAY, EACH OF US IS HERE TODAY BECAUSE OF THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE US MAKING AMAZING SACRIFICES FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. KEEPING ALIVE THE AMERICAN DREAM. IN THE LAST CENTURY ALONE, OUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS HAVE WON TWO WORLD WARS, OVERCOME THE GREAT DEPRESSION, DEFEATED COMMUNISM, CREATED THE MOST PROSPEROUS AND VIBRANT SOCIETY IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND. TODAY IT IS OUR TURN. IT IS OUR TURN TO TAKE A BOLD AND NECESSARY STEP TO ENSURE THAT WE PASS ON TO OUR CHILDREN THIS GREAT BLESSING CALLED AMERICA AND EVEN A STRONGER AMERICA THAT THE ONE WE RECEIVED FROM OUR PARENTS. PAUL RYAN CALLS THIS PLAN, THE PATH TO PROSPERITY. I CALL IT LEADERSHIP. IT'S WHAT OUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN THIRSTING FOR. IT CONFRONTS OUR PROBLEMS HEAD-ON AND IT PROPOSES REASONABLE AND RESPONSIBLE SOLUTIONS TO GET US BACK ON TRACK. OUR PLAN CREATES JOBS, REAL JOBS. ONE MILLION NEW JOBS IN AMERICA IN THE FIRST YEAR ALONE. IT STIMULATES OUR ECONOMY, INCREASING OUR G.D.P. BY $1.5 TRILLION IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS. AND IT PROTECTS AND STRENGTHENS SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. LET ME SAY THAT ONE MORE TIME BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO DEMAGOGUE THE ISSUE. OUR PLAN STRENGTHENS AND PROTECTS SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF AMERICANS. AND IT ALSO REDUCES JOB-KILLING GOVERNMENT SPENDING BY $6.2 TRILLION IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS. YESTERDAY OUR PRESIDENT, HE GOT ONBOARD. TWO MONTHS AGO, HE GAVE US HIS 2012 BUDGET AND NOW WE HAVE 2012 , 2.0, THE SECOND TIME AROUND. BUT THE PLAN HASN'T CHANGED MUCH, SIR. THE PLAN IS BASICALLY THE SAME. SO LET'S COMPARE OUR PLAN IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PLAN OVER THE NEXT 12 YEARS. PRESIDENT OBAMA WOULD ADD $4 TRILLION TO OUR DEBT, LEAVING US AT THE END OF THE NEXT DECADE WITH $26 TRILLION IN DEBT, ACCORDING TO THE C.B.O. EVEN OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE AGREE. THEY HAVE PRESENTED A PLAN THAT BREAKS FROM THEIR OWN PRESIDENT'S, CUTTING AN ADDITIONAL $1.2 TRILLION OFF THE DEFICIT. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET CUTS $6.2 TRILLION BRINGING SPENDING TO UNDER 20% OF OUR ECONOMY. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN PROPOSES SPECIFIC AND RESPONSIBLE SOLUTIONS TO STRENGTHEN MEDICARE, SOCIAL SECURITY, AND MEDICAID. THE PRESIDENT TALKS VERY VAGUELY ABOUT A PLAN TO CUT WASTE AND STREAMLINE MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. PROPOSING YET ANOTHER UN-ELECTED COMMISSION TO SOLVE ALL OF OUR PROBLEMS. WE DON'T WE DON'T NEED MORE UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS IN WASHINGTON, SIR. THE PRESIDENT TRIES TO TAX -- TO TAX OUR WAY OUT OF DEBT PLACING THE BURDEN ON THOSE EARNING MORE THAN $100,000. BUT THE PROBLEM, SIR, IS A SIMPLE ONE. THAT IF WE WERE TO TAX THESE INDIVIDUALS 100% OF THEIR INCOME WE STILL COULD NOT COVER OUR DEFICIT THIS YEAR ALONE. AS A MATTER OF FACT, TO TAX OUR WAY OUT OF DEBT WE WOULD NEED TO INCREASE TAXES ACROSS THE BOARD ON EVERY MAN, ON EVERY WOMAN AND EVERY BUSINESS BY 60%. YOU SIMPLY CANNOT TAX YOUR WAY OUT OF THIS DEBT. IMAGINE THE EFFECTS THIS WOULD HAVE ON OUR ECONOMY. THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET CUTS $400 BILLION OUT OF OUR MILITARY IN A TIME THAT HE'S LED US INTO LIBYA, IN THE TIME WE HAVE TWO CONFLICTS GOING ON, IT CUTS $400 BILLION AWAY FROM THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM, DYING FOR LIBERTY. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE RULE. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE UNDERLYING BILL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:31:56 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 11:32:02 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MORNING, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. SCOTT, FOR YIELDING ME THE…

    MORNING, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. SCOTT, FOR YIELDING ME THE 30 MINUTES, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 11:32:08 AM

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  • 11:32:12 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL RECOGNIZE AN URGENT NEED TO CUT THE NATION'S DEFICIT.…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL RECOGNIZE AN URGENT NEED TO CUT THE NATION'S DEFICIT. WE NEED TO HAVE SERIOUS DISCUSSIONS AND MAKE TOUGH DISCUSSIONS OF HOW WE PREVENT A FISCAL CRISIS IN OUR COUNTRY, AND CERTAINLY WE ARE BEGINNING THOSE DISCUSSIONS. BUT SADLY TODAY, AND I MUST EMPHASIZE THIS, SADLY THIS BILL WILL END MEDICARE AND COST SHIFT THE SENIORS $6,000 MORE A YEAR. AND WHY ARE THEY DOING THAT? THEY GET TO PAY FOR MORE TAX BREAKS FOR BIG OIL AND MILLIONAIRES WHO ARE UNTOUCHED IN THIS COUNTRY. THAT REALLY IS STRANGE DEFICIT REDUCTION TO ME. I THINK FRANKLY -- I WOULD START BY ENDING THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. THAT WAR IS COSTING US $8 BILLION A MONTH, AND WE ARE PAYING TO REBUILD A ROCK IN AFGHANISTAN WHILE OUR OWN INFRASTRUCTURE CRUMBLES AND WHILE WE FEEL WE CANNOT AFFORD TO SPEND ANY OF OUR MONEY ON THOSE OF US WHO LIVE HERE AND PAY THE COST. JUST YESTERDAY, THE PRESIDENT PRESENTED ANOTHER WAY TO SOLVE OUR FISCAL CRISIS AS HE LAID OUT A BUDGET THAT WILL RESPONSIBLY REDUCE THE SPENDING AND SIMPLIFY THE TAX CODE, WHICH IS SO IMPORTANT, SO THAT AS THE PRESIDENT SAID, AND THIS IS CRITICAL TO UNDERSTAND, THE PRESIDENT SAID THE TAXES YOU PAY ARE NOT GOING TO BE DETERMINED BY THE ACCOUNTANT YOU CAN AFFORD. THIS IS GOOD NEWS FOR ALL AMERICANS. THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET PUTS US ON THE RIGHT TRACK TO ENDING THE DEFICIT CRISIS WHILE INVESTING IN THE LONG-TERM SUCCESS OF OUR ECONOMY AND OUR COUNTRY. UNFORTUNATELY THE THOUGHT IS FAR TOO PREVALENT IN THIS HOUSE THAT WE NEED NOT INVEST IN OURSELVES AND WE CAN JUST SHUT DOWN PROGRAMS AND EVERYBODY WILL BE HAPPY. BUT DESPITE THE RESPONSIBLE VISION THE PRESIDENT PRESENTED YESTERDAY, WE STAND HERE TODAY DEBATING A RECKLESS REPUBLICAN BUDGET THAT WILL DESTROY PROGRAMS LIKE MEDICARE WHILE EXTENDING THE TAX CUTS TO THE CORPORATIONS AND AMERICA'S RICH. THE BUDGET STARTS WITH MEDICARE, ELIMINATING A PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES SECURE AND AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE IN OLD AGE AND IT IS ELIMINATED. PEOPLE WHO ARE ON MEDICARE NOW WILL BE GRANDFATHERED IN. IN THE FUTURE, WHAT THEY WILL GET WILL BE A VOUCHER WITH A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF FEDERAL MONEY THAT GOES WITH IT. THEY ARE THEN REQUIRED TO GO AND DO THE BEST THEY CAN IN THE PRIVATE MARKET TO MEET THEIR HEALTH CARE NEEDS. AS WE WATCH THE COST IN THE PRIVATE MARKET CLIMB, WE WOULD HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES, WILL THIS GOVERNMENT HELP OUT, AS MEDICARE WOULD, BY RISING THE -- RAISING THE MONEY THAT THE GOVERNMENT PUTS IN TO REPLACE IT? NO, IT WOULDN'T, SO UNDER THIS PLAN SENIORS IN THE YEAR 2021, AND I HOPE THERE ARE A LOT OF THEM IN THIS HOUSE THAT WILL FOLLOW ME ON THIS, WILL PAY $6,000 MORE FOR THE PRIVATE INSURANCE THAN THEY WOULD HAVE UNDER MEDICARE. NOW, IF YOUR INSURANCE COSTS MORE THAN THAT, YOU BETTER FIND A WAY TO PAY YOUR CREDITORS BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO BE ON YOUR OWN. TODAY'S BUDGET BILL ALSO THREATENS THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL SECURITY. IT INCLUDES A TRIGGER MECHANISM THAT WOULD ALLOW SOCIAL SECURITY CUTS TO BE RUSHED THROUGH THE CONGRESS AT A FUTURE DATE. THIS TRIGGER IS AN ABUSE OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS AND PUTS SOCIAL SECURITY ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK FOR FUTURE CUTS. FURTHERMORE, IN AN ACT THAT DEFINES -- DEFIES ALL LOGIC, THIS BILL CRIPPLES THE WATCHDOG THAT WE CREATED JUST LAST YEAR TO POLICE THE BIG BANKS WHO CREATED THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD WE WANT TO DO THAT? IN ADDITION TO MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY, IT CUTS 70% OF OUR INVESTMENTS IN CLEAN ENERGY, CUTS 25% OF OUR EDUCATION FUNDING, CUTS OUT 30% OF OUR TRANSPORTATION FUNDING, INCLUDING SIGNIFICANTLY LESS MONEY FOR HIGH SPEED RAIL NETWORK DESIGNED TO FREE US FROM FOREIGN OIL. BUT BY STOPPING INVESTMENTS IN KEY COMPETITIVE AREAS, OUR NATION IS ABANDONING JOBS AND FUTURE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES THAT COME WITH THAT CLEAN ENERGY WITH A NEW TRANSPORTATION NETWORK AND THE INVALUABLE WORK OF EDUCATING OUR WORK. THIS IS THE BURDEN 90% OF AMERICANS ARE ASKED TO SHARE. MEANWHILE, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WOULD MAKE PERMANENT THE BUSH-ERA TAX CUTS THAT FURTHER CUTS TAXES FOR CORPORATIONS AND AMERICA'S RICHEST INDIVIDUALS, INCLUDING THE OIL COMPANIES. DO THEY NEED A FEDERAL SUBSIDY? I THINK NOT. HAD THE BUSH TAX CUTS BEEN ALLOWED TO EXPIRE IN DECEMBER, WE WOULD ALMOST BE ABLE TO CUT OUR DEFICIT IN HALF WITHIN A FEW MONTHS FROM NOW. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY APPARENTLY BELIEVES THAT THE ONES WHO HAVE THE MOST SHOULD SACRIFICE THE LEAST. SOME WILL CLAIM TAX CUTS CREATE JOBS. WE HEAR THAT A LOT AROUND HERE. BUT ANALYSIS BY RESPECTED EXPERTS, SUCH AS PULITZER PRIZE WINNER AND FORMER "NEW YORK TIMES" EXPERT, DAVID K. JOHNSON, HAS SHOWN THAT TAX CUTS DO NOTHING TO SPUR THE ECONOMY AND CREATE JOBS. THEY SIMPLY PAD THE WALLETS OF THE WEALTHIEST AMONG US IN TIMES OF A NATIONAL NEED. AS WE SHAPE A BUDGET FOR 2012, WE MUST CRAFT LEGISLATION THAT TRULY SHARES THE ENTIRELY NATION'S SACRIFICE, NOT A BUDGET THAT ENDS MEDICARE WHILE HANDING MORE TAX GIVEAWAYS TO THOSE WHO NEED IT THE LEAST AND IN MANY CASES ARE ASKED NOT TO BE GIVEN IT. ACCORDINGLY, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE RULE, THE UNDERLYING RESOLUTION, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

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  • 11:38:29 AM

    MR. SCOTT

    MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO ADDRESS A FEW MONTHS THAT CONGRESSWOMAN SLAUGHTER…

    MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO ADDRESS A FEW MONTHS THAT CONGRESSWOMAN SLAUGHTER BROUGHT UP. I HAVE SCOURED THE BUDGET LOOKING FOR THIS NOTION OF A VOUCHER SYSTEM FOR MEDICARE. I SCOURED THE BUDGET AND SIMPLY CANNOT FIND ANYTHING THAT IS IN FACT A VOUCHER SYSTEM. I HAVE SEEN THINGS ABOUT SUPPORT. LET ME TALK ABOUT MEDICARE FOR JUST A SECOND. $800 BILLION THE PRESIDENT HAS SUGGESTED MUST COME OUT OF MEDICARE IN ORDER TO PAY FOR NATIONAL HEALTH CARE. SO WE ARE GOING TO TAKE BENEFITS FROM OUR SENIOR CITIZENS IN AN ATTEMPT TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE BENEFITS FOR 19 AND 20-YEAR-OLDS. IN FACT, THAT $800 BILLION IS ONE WAY TO ACTUALLY INCREASE THE COST TO EVERY SENIOR CITIZEN IN OUR COUNTRY. INCREASING TAXES BY $2 TRILLION IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS IS A WONDERFUL WAY TO MAKE OUR ECONOMY STUMBLE, AND THAT'S WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS SUGGESTED. AND FINALLY, YOU CANNOT INCREASE TAXES ON THE VERY JOB CREATORS THEMSELVES AND THEN ASK THEM TO CONTINUE TO CREATE JOBS. MR. SPEAKER I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. KINGSTON.

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    MR. KINGSTON

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. IMAGINE BACK HOME IN YOUR FAMILY…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. IMAGINE BACK HOME IN YOUR FAMILY BUDGET IF FOR EVERY DOLLAR YOU SPENT 40 CENTS WAS BORROWED. SURELY YOU WOULD BRING YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY IN ON THE KITCHEN TABLE AND SAY, OK, CAN WE CUT OUT? WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO BORROW 40 CENTS FOR EVERY DOLLAR WE SPEND. YOU WOULD MAKE CHANGES IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD BUDGET. BUT FOR SOME REASON MANY IN WASHINGTON, D.C., WANT TO STICK THEIR HEAD IN THE SAND AND SAY, NO, WE REALLY DON'T HAVE TO DO THIS. AND YET RIGHT NOW THE NATIONAL DEBT IS 90% OF THE G.D.P. WE BORROW BILLIONS OF DOLLARS A YEAR FROM CHINA WHICH IS NOT EXACTLY A GREAT IDEA IN TERMS OF NATIONAL SECURITY. I SIT ON THE DEFENSE SUBCOMMITTEE OF APPROPRIATIONS. WE WATCH CHINA YEAR IN, YEAR OUT, BUILDING UP THEIR ARMY AND YET WE GO TO THEM OVER AND OVER AGAIN FOR MORE MONEY. AND YET WHILE WE DO THAT THOSE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., DON'T WANT TO DO ANYTHING. WE HEARD YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT MULLIGAN BUDGET. AS YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS RESPONSIBLE TO SUBMIT HIS BUDGET TO CONGRESS EACH YEAR, WHICH THE PRESIDENT DID IN FEBRUARY, TOTALLY IGNORING HIS OWN DEFICIT COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS. THE SIMPSON-BOWLES LANGUAGE WAS NOT IN THERE. THE PRESIDENT SAID, WELL, GIVE ME ONE MORE CHANCE. I AM GOING TO INTRODUCE ANOTHER BUDGET WHICH HAS A LOT OF PHONY NUMBERS IN THERE AND CUT A LOT OF FALSE PROMISES AND ASKS FOR MEASURE STUDIES AND COMMISSION. CAN THAT BUDGET GOING TO BE ON THE FLOOR TODAY, I WILL ASK MY FRIEND, ARE WE GOING TO BE ABLE TO OFFER IT? LET ME YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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    BE OFFERING A DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE TODAY.

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    MR. KINGSTON

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD FOR FIVE SECONDS?

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    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD FOR FIVE SECONDS?

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    MR. KINGSTON

    TO MY FRIEND, BUT HERE'S WHAT I WANT TO SAY, WE KEEP HEARING OVER AND OVER…

    TO MY FRIEND, BUT HERE'S WHAT I WANT TO SAY, WE KEEP HEARING OVER AND OVER AGAIN ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S WONDERFUL MULLIGAN BUDGET THAT HE OFFERED YESTERDAY, BUT I DON'T BELIEVE IT'S GOING TO BE OFFERED ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. NOW, LET ME YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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  • 11:42:18 AM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU WILL HAVE A DEMOCRATIC BUDGET THAT WILL PRESENT A VERY CLEAR CHOICE TO…

    YOU WILL HAVE A DEMOCRATIC BUDGET THAT WILL PRESENT A VERY CLEAR CHOICE TO THE MEMBERS. IT WILL PRESENT A STEADY PREDICTABLE CUT. THAT'S THE CENTER OF THE DEBATE. SO EVERYONE WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON THE BUDGET.

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    MR. KINGSTON

    ASK SPECIFICALLY, THE MULLIGAN BUDGET THAT THE PRESIDENT OFFERED…

    ASK SPECIFICALLY, THE MULLIGAN BUDGET THAT THE PRESIDENT OFFERED YESTERDAY, WILL IT BE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE TODAY?

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  • 11:42:42 AM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    PRESIDENT DID NOT OFFER WHAT WE CALL A BUDGET. HE OFFERED WHAT WAS AN…

    PRESIDENT DID NOT OFFER WHAT WE CALL A BUDGET. HE OFFERED WHAT WAS AN OUTLINE, AN APPROACH THAT HE WANTS PEOPLE TO LOOK AT ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. THAT'S WHAT THE PRESIDENT PROSEWSED -- PROPOSED YESTERDAY.

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    MR. KINGSTON

    I THANK MY FRIEND FOR SAYING THIS. I THINK IT'S AN IMPORTANT FOR THE…

    I THANK MY FRIEND FOR SAYING THIS. I THINK IT'S AN IMPORTANT FOR THE DEMOCRATS TO OFFER AN ALTERNATIVE BUDGET AND I'M GLAD THAT YOU WILL BE AND THERE WILL BE FIVE SUCH BUDGETS. IF YOUR BUDGETS DON'T PASS WE CAN PICK AND CHOOSE OF THOSE AND HOPEFULLY THERE WILL BE SOME OF OURS THAT YOU'LL SUPPORT AS WELL. THE PRESIDENT, WHO YESTERDAY TRIED TO RECLAIM SOME TERRITORY BECAUSE HE DID NOT TAKE ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF HIS OWN DEFICIT REDUCTION COMMISSION, HE'S NOT OFFERING A BUDGET YESTERDAY. WHAT HE DID WAS GIVE A SPEECH. NOW, THE PRESIDENT IS KIND OF BECOMING THE SPECTATOR IN CHIEF OR THE SPEAKER IN CHIEF. HE'S THE GUY WHO OFFERS A BUDGET AND THEN YESTERDAY DECIDES TO GIVE A SPEECH. WELL, THE TIME HAS COME AND GONE FOR SPEECHES. WHAT OUR BUDGET DOES IS TAKES ON SOME SERIOUS CHANGES IN OUR SPENDING HABITS. IT DOES TACKLE THE DIFFICULT CHOICES THAT WE HAVE ON MEDICAID AND MEDICARE. IT DOES NOT CREATE A VOUCHER SYSTEM. IT'S A SUPPLEMENTAL SYSTEM WHICH WILL GIVE SENIORS MORE CHOICES AND IT DOESN'T AFFECT ANYBODY 55 YEARS OR OLDER WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT. BUT WE WILL HEAR FROM THE LIBERALS IN THIS COMMUNITY, THE CAGE RATTLING OF SENIOR CITIZENS OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND THAT'S WHY WE CAN'T MAKE PROGRESS IN THIS TOWN BECAUSE WE ALWAYS REDUCE POLICY TO POLITICS. THE TIME TO PUT POLICY FIRST IS NOW. WE GOT TO TONE DOWN OUR RHETORIC AND SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, HERE IS A PLAN TO SAVE AND PROTUCT AND PRESERVE MEDICAID AND MEDICARE, NOT FOR THE NEXT ELECTION, NOT FOR POLITICIANS, BUT FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE SENIORS, THE BABY BOOMERS WHO ARE UNDER 55 YEARS OLD WILL HAVE A MEDICARE AND MEDICAID PLAN THAT THEY CAN COUNT ON BECAUSE IT WILL BE THERE. IF WE DON'T CHANGE IT WILL NOT BE THERE FOR THEM. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LATER IN THIS DEBATE, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LATER IN THIS DEBATE, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO MAKE IN ORDER MR. TONKO'S AMENDMENT TO PROTECT MEDICARE, TRICARE AND VETERANS' HEALTH CARE FROM PRIVATIZATION OR ARBITRARY SPENDING CAPS AND I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. VAN HOLLEN.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MR. I'M GLAD MY COLLEAGUE RAISED THE ISSUE OF THE…

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MR. I'M GLAD MY COLLEAGUE RAISED THE ISSUE OF THE BIPARTISAN FISCAL COMMISSION BECAUSE THEY TOOK A LOOK AT THE BUDGET REPUBLICAN PLAN AND SAID IT WAS NOT BALANCED AND NOT COMPREHENSIVE AND NOT A WAY TO ACHIEVE A DEFICIT REDUCTION IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY. THAT WAS THE VERDICT OF THE BIPARTISAN COMMISSION. WHY DID THEY SAY IT WAS UNBALANCED? BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PROVIDES BIG TAX BREAKS FOR SPECIAL INTERESTS. YOU DON'T GET RID OF THE SUBSIDIES TO THE BIG OIL COMPANIES. YOU WANT TO GIVE AN ADDITIONAL TAX BREAK TO THE VERY WEALTHY, INCLUDING MILLIONAIRES. WHAT DO YOU DO? FOR THE TRADEOFF? YOU CUT FUNDING FOR EDUCATION AND KIDS AND YOU DO END THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE. WE'LL HAVE TIME TO TALK ABOUT OTHER PARTS OF THE BILL LATER ON BUT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT NOW BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO BE THE SUBJECT OF THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. WHAT THIS BUDGET DOES IS SAY TO SENIORS, YOU NO LONGER MAY STAY IN THE MEDICARE PROGRAM TODAY. YOU HAVE TO GO INTO THE PRIVATE INSURANCE MARKET. AND THE WAY IT SAVES MONEY IS IT SAYS, AS THOSE COSTS IN THE PRIVATE INSURANCE MARKET CONTINUE TO GO UP, YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET PREMIUM SUPPORT THAT WILL KEEP UP WITH IT. YOU ARE GOING TO GET SOMETHING THAT'S OF RELATIVELY FIXED VALUE COMPARED TO THE RAPIDLY RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS. WHICH IS WHY, AS THE PRESIDENT SAID YESTERDAY, IN THE YEAR 2022, SENIORS WOULD PAY MORE UNDER THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PLAN BY -- OVER $6,300 THAN THEY DO UNDER CURRENT MEDICARE. AND THAT CONTINUES TO RISE AND RISE AND RISE. I WANT TO PUT AN END TO THIS OTHER TALKING POINT WE KEEP HEARING THAT SOMEHOW THEY ARE OFFERING SENIORS WHAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE. IT'S NOT TRUE. WHAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE IS SOMETHING CALLED THE FAIR SHARE FORMULA UNDER THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES HEALTH BEEN FIT PLAN. SO AS PREMIUMS -- BENEFIT PLAN. SO AS PREMIUMS GO UP, THE RISK TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND OTHER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IS FIXED A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE. NOT TRUE UNDER THE REPUBLICAN MEDICARE PLAN. THE WAY IT SAVES MONEY IN THE OUT YEARS IS IN FACT TO MAKE SURE THAT SHARE BETWEEN MEDICARE AND THE SENIOR IS NOT FIXED. THAT THE SENIOR HAS TO PICK UP MORE OF THE CLAUS. THAT IS A FACT AND THAT IS HOW THEY MAKE MONEY IN THE OUT YEARS BY PUTTING ON THE BACKS OF SENIORS, EVEN WHILE THEY SAY THEY ARE GOING TO BRING DOWN THE TOP TAX RATE BY 30% FOR THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. THAT'S THE KIND OF CHOICES WE ARE FACING HERE. NOW, MR. TONKO FROM NEW YORK HAD AN AMENDMENT BEFORE THE RULES COMMITTEE ON EXACTLY THIS ISSUE OF ENDING MEDICARE AND THE GUARANTEE THAT IT PROVIDES IN SAYING YOU GOT TO GO TO THE PRIVATE SYSTEM. IF I COULD HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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  • 11:48:24 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    HIS AMENDMENT MAKES THE POINT THAT IF YOU THINK THIS IS A GOOD IDEA IF THE…

    HIS AMENDMENT MAKES THE POINT THAT IF YOU THINK THIS IS A GOOD IDEA IF THE REPUBLICANS THINK THIS IS SUCH A GOOD IDEA, WHY DON'T YOU APPLY IT TO VETERANS? WHY DON'T YOU APPLY IT TO ACTIVE SERVICE PERSONNEL? IF THIS IS SUCH A GREAT THING, WHY DON'T YOU TURN THEM INTO VOUCHER PREMIUM SUPPORT, WHATEVER YOU WANT? A KIND OF PLAN WHERE THEY HAVE TO EAT THE COSTS, RISING COSTS OF HEALTH CARE. SO PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY, IF YOU VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO VOTE TO SAY LET'S NOT TURN MEDICARE INTO A VOUCHER PREMIUM, LET'S NOT END THE GUARANTEE, AND LET'S NOT DO THAT FOR OUR MILITARY PERSONNEL OR OUR VETERANS, EITHER.

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    MR. SCOTT

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET'S JUST CLARIFY. THE ONLY SPECIFIC SAVINGS, ONLY…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET'S JUST CLARIFY. THE ONLY SPECIFIC SAVINGS, ONLY SPECIFIED SAVINGS IN THIS BUDGET ARE FROM RAISING TAXES AND CUTTING THE MILITARY. RAISING TAXES AND CUTTING THE MILITARY. IF WE REALLY WANTED TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY, AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE MEDICARE LAST LONGER, WE COULD SIMPLY REPEAL OBAMACARE, REPEAL NATIONAL HEALTH CARE AND PUT THE $800 BILLION BACK IN, BACK IN TO MEDICARE.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE SAYS, YES, WE SHOULD ASK THE HIGHEST INCOMERS,…

    THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE SAYS, YES, WE SHOULD ASK THE HIGHEST INCOMERS, THE FOLKS AT THE TOP 2% TO SIMPLY PAY THE SAME RATE THAT THEY PAID DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION WHEN THE ECONOMY WAS ROARING AND WE CREATED 20 MILLION JOBS. THAT'S WHAT THE CHOICES ARE BEFORE US. THAT'S EXACTLY THE POINT YOU ARE MAKING. YOU WANT TO END THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE FOR SENIORS, AT THE SAME TIME YOU WANT TO GIVE TAX BREAKS TO FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP. THAT'S YOUR CHOICE. WE CAN MAKE IT. WE DON'T THINK THAT'S THE CHOICE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT.

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  • 11:50:21 AM

    MR. SCOTT

    TAX THOSE OVER $100,000 A YEAR 100% AND WE STILL SIMPLY COULD NOT CLOSE…

    TAX THOSE OVER $100,000 A YEAR 100% AND WE STILL SIMPLY COULD NOT CLOSE THE DEFICIT FOR THIS YEAR. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THIS GOVERNMENT GETTING SMALLER AND THE PRESIDENT'S ORIGINAL BUDGET SPENT $47 TRILLION IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS. $8.7 TRILLION INCREASE IN SPENDING. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A $2 TRILLION INCREASE IN SPENDING IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS. IN TAXES. WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT REDUCING THE SIZE AND SCOPE OF THIS GOVERNMENT. WE MUST GET OURSELVES ON COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TRAJECTORY. WE MUST BEND IT BACK TOWARDS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, BACK TOWARDS THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND ELIMINATE THE DISCONSECUTIVE FOR GROWTH IN OUR ECONOMY CALLED TAXATION. SO TO THE EXTENT THAT WE CAN FLATTEN THE TAX, SPREAD THE RISK, WE FIND OURSELVES IN A MORE PROSPEROUS SOCIETY WITH A STRONGER ECONOMY LED BY THOSE FOLKS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, ENTREPRENEURS HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THOSE DOLLARS, REINVEST IT IN SUCH A WAY TO CREATE MORE JOBS. IT IS A SIMPLE FORMULA. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. MULVANEY.

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    MR. MULVANEY

    THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. IT'S BEEN ROUGHLY 100…

    THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. IT'S BEEN ROUGHLY 100 DAYS SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE. I'M ONE OF THE NEW FOLKS IN CONGRESS. I BEGAN WITH MY VERY FIRST PRESENTATION SEVERAL MONTHS AGO CONGREAT LAG MY OPPONENTS ACROSS THE AISLE FOR SAYING ALL THE RIGHT THINGS ABOUT WHERE WE WERE GOING TO GO THIS YEAR. ABOUT HOW CONCERNED THEY WERE ABOUT CUTTING SPENDING AND BALANCING THE BUDGET AND I WAS ACTUALLY EXCITED AT THAT TIME TO HEAR FOLKS ACROSS THE AISLE USING A LOT OF THE SAME LANGUAGE THAT WE WERE USING. APPARENTLY BY NOW I GUESS I HAVE TO EXPOSE MYSELF FOR BEING SOMEWHAT NAIVE. HERE WE ARE AGAIN TODAY HEARING THE EXACT SAME LANGUAGE THAT THE OTHER SIDE IS DEATHLY SERIOUS ABOUT CUTTING SPENDING. THE OTHER SIDE IS DEATHLY SERIOUS ABOUT BALANCING THE BUDGET. I HAVE COME TO REALIZE AS I THINK THE WORLD HAS THE WORDS SIMPLY DON'T MATCH UP TO THE LANGUAGE. TO A CERTAIN EXTENT I SHOULD BE HAPPY WE ARE HERE HAVING THIS DEBATE. WE ARE HERE TODAY DISCUSSING THE 2012 BUDGET FOR THE FIRST TIME. THIS WOULD BE THE FIRST TIME IN TWO YEARS THIS DEBATE HAS TAKEN PLACE ON THIS FLOOR SINCE THERE WAS NO BUDGET LAST YEAR OFFERED BY MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE WAY. I CAN SIMPLY ASK THEM IF YOU ARE SERIOUS TODAY ABOUT BALANCING THE BUDGET, SERIOUS TODAY ABOUT GETTING SPENDING UNDER CONTROL, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS? WHERE WERE YOU LAST YEAR WHEN THIS DEBATE WAS NOT EVEN ALLOWED TO TAKE PLACE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES? LET AS YOU PUT THAT BEHIND US NOW. LET'S MOVE ON TO THE 2012, BECAUSE WHAT ARE WE SEEING? WE ARE SEEING SOME WONDERFUL LANGUAGE OUT OF OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE. WE SAW THE PRESIDENT IN THE STATE OF THE UNION SAY A LOT OF THE THINGS THAT FOLKS LIKE ME WANTED TO HEAR. THEN WE SAW A BUDGET THAT DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. NOTHING. A BUDGET THAT WAS DECRIED BY "THE WASHINGTON POST" AS ACTUALLY BEING VOID OF IDEAS AND FAILING TO LEAD. SO WHAT DID OUR SIDE DO? WE LED. IN OUR BUDGET WE ACTUALLY INTRODUCED SPECIFIC PROPOSALS ON HOW TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. DID YOU LIKE THEM? NO. DID I LIKE ALL OF THEM? NO. ARE WE GOING TO LIKE ALL OF THE PROPOSALS? NO CHANCE. BUT AT LEAST WE OFFERED IDEAS, SPECIFIC IDEAS. YESTERDAY WE HEARD THE PRESIDENT WAS GOING TO DO THE SAME THING. THAT HE WAS GOING TO MEET US. HE WASN'T GOING TO ATTACK US. HE WAS ACTUALLY GOING TO PUT SPECIFIC IDEAS ON THE TABLE AND INVITED MY COLLEAGUES TO SIT IN THE FRONT ROW WHILE HE CALLED THEM UN-AMERICAN AND AGAIN REFUSED TO GIVE ANY SPECIFICS. MR. SPEAKER, YOU WILL NOT SEE THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET OFFERED TODAY OR TOMORROW AS AN AMENDMENT. YOU WILL NOT SEE THE BUDGET THE PRESIDENT DISCUSSED YESTERDAY OFFERED AS AN AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT SIMPLY DOES NOT MEET THE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS OF BEING A BUDGET AMENDMENT. IT DOESN'T EVEN COME CLOSE. WHAT THE PRESIDENT TALKED ABOUT LAST NIGHT WAS MORE EMPTY IDEAS AND POLITICAL RHETORIC. THE SPEECH WAS INTRODUCED BY HIS CAMPAIGN MANAGER NOT BY HIS DIRECTOR OF OFFICE AND MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET. NOT BUT THE SECRETARY OF TRESHRY. IT WAS A POLITICAL SMEACH. I'M -- TRESH IT WAS A POLITICAL SPEECH. I WOULD LOVE TO TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMIC REALITIES THAT FACE OUR NATION. IT IS SO DIFFICULT TO DO WHEN THE OTHER SIDE LED BY THE PRESIDENT SIMPLY WANTS TO ENGAGE IN POLITICS. HERE AGAIN TODAY WE HAVE SEEN IT. WELL, YOU HAVE SEEN TALKING POINTS. SOMEHOW OUR PROPOSAL IS GOING TO RAISE -- REQUIRE SENIORS TO PAY $6,000 OUT OF POCKET. WE HAVE LOOKED FOR THE LAST 12 HOURS TO FIND THAT, MR. SPEAKER, AND WE CAN'T FIND IT. WHAT WE DID FIND, HOWEVER, IS THE C.B.O. REPORT THAT SAYS THAT THE PAYMENT UNDER OUR PROPOSED SYSTEM FOR 65-YEAR-OLDS IN 2020, 10 YEARS ON, WOULD BE THE EXACT SAME AS IT WOULD BE UNDER MEDICARE, THAT THE SPENDING PER CAPITA ON SENIORS UNDER OUR PROPOSAL 10 YEARS ON WOULD BE THE SAME IT IS UNDER THE CURRENT LAW. I'LL NOT SURE WHERE THE $6,300 IS COMING FROM. I'M GUESSING IS FROM A POLITICAL OFFICE NOT SOME THINK TANK. YOU HEARD MY ESTEEMED COLLEAGUE WHO I HAVE ENJOYED WORKING WITH ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE FROM MARYLAND TALK ABOUT THE FISCAL -- GIVE ME A FEW MINUTES, MR. VAN HOLLEN. I WILL GIVE YOU THE OPPORTUNITY. TO TALK ABOUT -- YOU MENTIONED THE FISCAL COMMISSION. I THINK LOST IN A LOT OF THE DISCUSSION YESTERDAY ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH WAS THE COMMENTS THAT ONE OF THE CO-CHAIRS OF THAT COMMITTEE MADE AS HE WALKED OUT OF THE ROOM AFTER THE PRESIDENT GAVE HIS SPEECH AND THEY SAID, MR. SIMPSON, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE COURSE OF ACTION SHOULD BE FROM HERE ON OUT? HIS ANSWER WAS PRAY. PRAY. IS THAT WHAT WE HAVE COME TO? IS THAT WHAT WE HAVE COME AS A NATION THE BEST CHANCE TO BALANCE OUR BUDGET IS PRAYER? I'M A BIG BELIEVER IN PRAYER, DON'T GET ME WRONG. WE NEED TO BE MET ON THE REAL ISSUES. WE CANNOT HAVE THE OTHER SIDE CONTINUING TO MEET OUR SPECIFIC PROPOSALS WITH RHETORIC. TO THE EXTENT THAT WE WILL SEE SPECIFIC PROPOSALS, I THINK WE SAW A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO IT DURING THE AMENDMENT PROCESS IN THE COMMITTEE, EVERY SINGLE DEMOCRAT AMENDMENT -- THAT'S NOT FAIR. THERE WERE THREE OR FOUR, INCLUDING ONE OR TWO I VOTED FOR. WE DID HAVE A COUPLE OF BIPARTISAN AMENDMENTS PASSED, BUT THE LARGE MAJORITY OF THE DEMOCRAT PROPOSALS TO AMENDMENTS TO THIS BUDGET DURING THE BUDGET PROCESS WERE FAIRLY SIMPLY DESCRIBED AS INCREASE TAXES AND INCREASE SPENDING. IT WAS A SERIES OF INCREASE TAXES AND INCREASE SPENDING. MY FEAR, MR. CHAIRMAN, IS THAT -- MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT'S WHAT WE ARE GOING TO SEE FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS AND IT'S A TREMENDOUS LOSS HERE WE ARE ABLE TO DISCUSS THE BUDGET FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TWO YEARS. THE DEBATE WILL BE PURELY POLITICAL.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    HOW MUCH?

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THE RANKING MEMBER. IF MY COLLEAGUE WOULD REMEMBER, ONE OF THE FIRST…

    THE RANKING MEMBER. IF MY COLLEAGUE WOULD REMEMBER, ONE OF THE FIRST AMENDMENTS WAS OFFERED TO SAY LET'S BE SERIOUS ABOUT THE DEFICIT. LET'S HAVE SHARED SACRIFICE. LET'S ASK THOSE FOLKS PAYING OVER $1 MILLION TO GO BACK TO THE SAME TAX RATES THAT THEY WERE DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. AND PUT SOME OF THAT MONEY TO DEFICIT REDUCTION. WE OFFERED OTHER AMENDMENTS BY SAYING LET'S LET THE BIG OIL COMPANIES DO A LITTLE LESS WITH THE TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES AND FOCUS THAT ON HIGHER PRIORITIES. THE GENTLEMAN ASKED WHERE THE FIGURE OF A SENIOR WOULD HAVE TO PAY MORE THAN $6,000, MORE IN THE YEAR 2022 UNDER THE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL, THAT IS FROM THE C.B.O. LETTER TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE WHERE THEY DID THEIR ANALYSIS TO THE LONG-TERM IMPACT. IT WAS NOT A REPUBLICAN OUTFIT. IT WAS NOT A DEMOCRATIC OUTFIT. IN FACT, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE HAS MADE IT CLEAR THAT HE HAS USED THE C.B.O. BASELINE FOR THE PURPOSE OF HIS OWN BUDGET. THIS IS OUT OF A C.B.O. REPORT. I THINK WE NEED TO TAKE IT SERIOUSLY BECAUSE WE CAN ALL HAVE OUR OWN ARGUMENTS AND OPINIONS, BUT THERE ARE CERTAIN FACTS THAT WE CAN'T RUN AWAY FROM. THAT'S ONE OF THEM.

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    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, CHAIRMAN DREIER.

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  • 11:58:25 AM

    MR. DREIER

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

  • 11:58:30 AM

    MR. DREIER

    MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME BEGIN BY EXPRESSING MY APPRECIATION NOT ONLY THE…

    MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME BEGIN BY EXPRESSING MY APPRECIATION NOT ONLY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CHARLESTON FOR HIS SUPERB MANAGEMENT OF THE RULE, BUT ALSO SALUTE MY FRIEND FROM LAWRENCEVILLE, GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL, WHO SERVES ON THE RULES COMMITTEE, COMMITTEE ON THE BUDGET. WE ACTUALLY HAVE CLEARLY CHANGED THE ENTIRE TRAJECTORY WITH THE BUDGET WE ARE GOING TO CONSIDER WITH THIS RULE, AND I SHOULD SAY THAT -- AS I LISTEN TO THE EXCHANGE THAT TOOK PLACE BETWEEN MESSRS. VAN HOLLEN AND KINGSTON EARLIER, WE HAVE CHANGED THE DEBATE. IN THE LAST SESSION OF CONGRESS, THE LAST SESSION OF CONGRESS, MR. SPEAKER, THERE WAS NOT A BUDGET CONSIDERED. WE DIDN'T GO THROUGH THIS. YET WE ARE GOING TO HAVE EVERY SINGLE SUBSTITUTE FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS, CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, MR. COOPER, THE DEMOCRATIC SUBSTITUTE ALL CONSIDERED AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A FREE FLOWING DEBATE TODAY AND TOMORROW ON THAT. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME JUST SAY THAT YESTERDAY I STOOD HERE AT 1:30 JUST AS THE PRESIDENT WAS GETTING READY TO DELIVER HIS SPEECH AND I INDICATED SOME REAL HOPE AND OPTIMISM BY VIRTUE OF THE FACT THAT EARLY INDICATIONS WERE THE PRESIDENT WOULD BE TALKING ABOUT THE NEED FOR ENTITLEMENT REFORM. I HAD HAVE TO SAY I WAS MORE THAN DISAPPOINTED IN THE FACT THAT THE SPEECH WAS A LITTLE MORE POLITICAL THAN I THOUGHT IT COULD HAVE BEEN, AND IT WAS AT BEST A VERY FIRST STEP, BUT A LITTLE TOO MODEST FOR MY TASTE. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WE WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO TAKE ON, TO TAKE ON THE BURDEN AND THE COST OF MEDICARE, ESPECIALLY, AND SOCIAL SECURITY AS WELL. WHY? SO THAT WE CAN SAVE NOT ABOLISH MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN COMPELLED THROUGHOUT THEIR ENTIRE LIFETIMES TO PAY THE FICA TAX. THEY IN FACT SHOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE WHAT IS MUCH NEEDED HEALTH CARE AND RETIREMENT BENEFITS. AND THE COURSE WE ARE ON RIGHT NOW, THE COURSE WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW, MR. SPEAKER, HAS CREATED A SCENARIO WHEREBY THEY WILL BE LOST. THAT'S WHY WE ARE WORKING TO SAVE IT. IT CAN ONLY BE DONE, I BELIEVE, MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DO IT IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MAINE, MS. PINGREE.

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    MS. PINGREE

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM…

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, FORMER CHAIR OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, WHO I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING UNDER. FOR ALLOWING ME THIS TIME. I'M HERE TODAY TO SPEAK AGAINST THE RULE AND AGAINST THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET. YOU KNOW, LAST YEAR WAS A GOOD YEAR FOR C.E.O.'S IN AMERICA'S BIGGEST COMPANIES. THE AVERAGE C.E.O. GOT A 12% RAISE AND MADE ABOUT $10 MILLION. AND NOW THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO GIVE THAT SAME C.E.O. A 30% TAX CUT. THAT'S RIGHT. WHILE THE AVERAGE AMERICAN FAMILY IS STRUGGLING WITH GAS PRICES THAT WENT UP 93 CENTS IN THE LAST YEAR, WHILE WORKING AMERICANS TRIED TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO AFFORD HEALTH CARE OR HOW TO SPEND -- SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO COLLEGE, THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN BUSY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO CUT TAXES FOR C.E.O.'S BY 1/3. OF COURSE YOU CAN'T CUT TAXES THAT'S DRAMATICALLY FOR THE RICHEST AMERICANS WITHOUT CUTTING SPENDING SOMEWHERE ELSE. SOMEONE HAS TO PAY FOR THE TAX CUTS. AND IN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET THE PEOPLE WHO PAY THE PRICE ARE SENIORS AND THE MIDDLE CLASS. UNDER THEIR BUDGET SENIORS WILL PAY WHEN MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT IS ENDED AND REPLACED WITH A VOUCHER SYSTEM THAT WILL BE A WINDFALL FOR INSURANCE COMPANIES BUT WILL DOUBLE HEALTH CARE COSTS FOR SENIORS. AND THE MIDDLE CLASS WILL PAY WHEN DEDUCTIONS FOR HOME MORTGAGE OR HEALTH INSURANCE ARE REPEALED TO PAY FOR THOSE C.E.O. TAX CUTS. MADAM SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS SIMPLY HAVE THE WRONG PRIORITIES, PUTTING THE BURDEN OF THE BUDGET ON SENIORS AND THE MIDDLE CLASS WHILE GIVING BIG TAX BREAKS TO THE WEALTHY AND HANDING OUT HANDOUTS TO INSURANCE COMPANYLESS. I DON'T SHARE THOSE VALUES. THIS IS -- COMPANIES. I DON'T SHARE THOSE VALUES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, A…

    PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, MR. MCGOVERN.

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  • 12:03:02 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    YOU. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE RYAN BUDGET BEFORE…

    YOU. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE RYAN BUDGET BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY. I'M PLEASED THAT THE RULES COMMITTEE HAS MADE THE SUBMITTED SUBSTITUTE BUDGET IN ORDER SO WE CAN HAVE A FULL DEBATE ON OUR NATION'S PRIORITIES OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS AND IN MY VIEW THE RYAN BUDGET REPRESENTS EXACTLY THE WRONG PRIORITIES. IT WOULD ELIMINATE, ELIMINATE MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT, FORCING SENIORS TO PAY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS MORE EVERY YEAR FOR THEIR HEALTH CARE. IT WOULD BRING BACK THE DOUGHNUT HOLE, ALLOWING INSURANCE COMPANIES TO ONCE AGAIN DISCRIMINATE BAITED ON PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND KICK YOUNG PEOPLE OFF THEIR PARENTS' INSURANCE PLANS. IT WOULD SLASH NEEDED INVESTMENTS IN EDUCATION, INFRASTRUCTURE, MEDICAL RESEARCH, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND HUNGER PROGRAMS. AND IT WOULD STILL RESULT IN DEFICITS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE. AND AT THE SAME TIME THE RYAN BUDGET WOULD GIVE A MASSIVE TAX CUT TO THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS. THE TOP RATE UNDER THE RYAN BUDGET WOULD BE THE LOWEST SINCE 1931 WHICH IS APPROPRIATE, MADAM SPEAKER, BECAUSE THIS IS A BUDGET THAT ONLY HERBERT HOOVER COULD LOVE. APPARENTLY THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP OF THIS HOUSE WOULD LIKE TO REVERSE THE LAST 80 YEARS OF SOCIAL PROGRESS IN THIS COUNTRY. IN SHORT, I BELIEVE THIS BUDGET WOULD REPRESENT THE LARGEST REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THE POOR TO THE WEALTHY IN AMERICAN HISTORY. NOW, SOME CALL THIS APPROACH TRICKLEDOWN ECONOMICS ON STEROIDS. BUT IT'S WORSE THAN TRICKLEDOWN, MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S GUSHER-UP. OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS WORKING FAMILIES HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING, STRUGGLING TO FIND A JOB, STRUGGLING TO PAY THEIR MORTGAGES, TO PAY THEIR UTILITY BILLS AND THEIR HEALTH CARE BILLS. STRUGGLING TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE AND PUT THEIR KIDS THROUGH COLLEGE. TO THEM THE REPUBLICANS WOULD SAY, TOUGH LUCK. AT THE SAME TIME THE VERY WEALTHIEST AMERICANS AND CORPORATIONS HAVE ENJOYED RECORD PROFITS AND TO THEM THE REPUBLICANS WOULD SAY, YOU NEED MORE HELP. AS PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID SO ELOQUENTLY YESTERDAY, THAT'S NOT THE AMERICA THAT I GREW UP IN. THAT'S NOT THE AMERICA I WANT FOR MY CHILDREN AND FOR MY GRANDCHILDREN. WE CAN AND WE MUST DO BETTER. THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE OFFERED BY MR. VAN HOLLEN IS A SENSIBLE, PRACTICAL AND MOST IMPORTANTLY FAIR WAY TO ADDRESS OUR LONG-TERM FISCAL CHALLENGES WHILE AT THE SAME TIME INVESTING IN OUR FUTURE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THAT ALTERNATIVE AND TO REJECT THE RYAN BUDGET. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, A…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, AND MY NEW YORK COLLEAGUE, MR. TONKO.

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  • 12:05:35 PM

    MR. TONKO

    THANK YOU AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.…

    THANK YOU AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THE LAST WEEK I HAVE TWICE OFFERED AN AMENDMENT TO PROTECT HEALTH CARE FOR SENIORS, VETERANS AND ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY AND MILITARY FAMILIES. AND TO MY GREAST GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS TWICE BLOCKED THIS EFFORT, FIRST IN COMMITTEE WHERE THEY VOTED ON A PARTYLINE VOTE TO END MEDICARE AND YESTERDAY WHEN THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP REFUSED TO ALLOW THIS AMENDMENT TO BE HEARD, DEBATED AND VOTED ON. I'VE TWICE A SKED MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO HONOR THE CONSTITUTION. THEY MUST ALLOW THE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO HAVE AN HONEST UP OR DOWN VOTE ON WHETHER OR NOT WE SUPPORT PRIVATIZING MEDICARE, A TREND THAT COULD EASILY LEAD TO SIMILAR PRIVATIZED PLANS FOR THE COVERAGE PROVIDED TO OUR TROOPS AND VETERANS. IF THEY BELIEVE SENIORS WILL RECEIVE QUALITY CARE AT A MORE AFFORDABLE PRICE TO THE TAXPAYER, WHAT'S TO STOP THEM FROM GOING AFTER TRICARE AND THE V.A.? MY AMENDMENT WILL PROTECT HEALTH CARE PROVIDED TO SENIORS AND THE DISABLED FROM BEING PRIVATIZED OR BEING SUBJECT TO ARBITRARY SPENDING CAPS. IT WOULD EXTEND THE SAME PROTECTION TO HEALTH COVERAGE FOR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY AND THEIR FAMILIES AS WELL AS VETERANS. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD PROTECT MEDICARE, TRICARE AND V.A. HEALTH CARE FROM BEING ELIMINATED AND REPLACED WITH VOUCHER OR PREMIUM SUPPORT PROGRAMS. THE ROAD TO RUIN BUDGET ENDS MEDICARE. THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT 46 MILLION SENIORS AND DISABLED INDIVIDUALS RELY ON FOR THEIR HEALTH CARE. RATHER THAN GUARANTEE BENEFIT, SENIORS AND THE DISABLED WILL BE LEFT WITH A VOUCHER OR SO-CALLED PREMIUM SUPPORT THAT BY DESIGN CANNOT AND WILL NOT KEEP UP WITH RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS. THE PRIVATE MARKET VIEWS SENIORS AS A RISKY AND EXPENSIVE INVESTMENT, SO, TOO, THE DISABLED, SO, TOO, MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS WHO HAVE UNIQUE HEALTH NEEDS EARNED THROUGH THEIR SACRIFICE IN SERVICE TO AMERICA. THE QUESTION BEFORE US TODAY IS NOT WHETHER TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT BUT HOW. WE HAVE BALANCED THE BUDGET BEFORE WITHOUT ENDING MEDICARE, WE CAN DO IT AGAIN WITHOUT THE PAINFUL CONSEQUENCES THAT THE REPUBLICAN PLAN WOULD INITIATE WHEN OUR SENIORS WOULD PAY 68 CENTS OF EVERY $1 OF INSURANCE REQUIRED AS OPPOSED TO CONGRESS PAYING 28 CENTS ON EVERY $1. 46 MILLION PEOPLE RELY ON MEDICARE TODAY. EVEN MORE WILL DEPEND UPON IT IN THE FUTURE. THOSE MANY MILLION DESERVE A VOTE.

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  • 12:07:59 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DOLD.

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  • 12:08:06 PM

    MR. DOLD

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING AND, MADAM SPEAKER, I THINK IT'S TIME…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING AND, MADAM SPEAKER, I THINK IT'S TIME THAT WE ROLL UP OUR SLEEVES AND GET TO WORK. I'M DELIGHTED THAT WE'RE HAVING THIS DEBATE. WE HEAR A LOT ABOUT JOB CREATORS AND BUSINESS OWNERS. WELL, I AM A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER AND I KNOW WHAT THIS CRUTCH -- THIS CRUSHING FEDERAL DEBT DOES TO SMALL BUSINESSES ALL ACROSS OUR NATION AND TO JOB CREATORS AS WELL. IT REDUCES CERTAINTY AND STABILITY, IT SCARES AWAY PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTMENT THAT LEADS TO GROWTH FOR OUR ECONOMY AND IT CRUSHES THE HOPES OF JOB CREATION. SMALL BUSINESSES NEED TO BE ABLE TO FORECAST WHAT THEIR EXPENSES WILL BE IN THE LONG-TERM. SMALL BUSINESSES ARE RELUCTANT TO TAKE RISKS WHEN THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THEIR COSTS WILL BE IN THE FUTURE. AND IF YOU LISTEN TO WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID FROM HIS SPEECH JUST YESTERDAY, HE MADE IT CLEAR THAT HIS VISION OF THE FUTURE INCLUDES TAKING MONEY OUT OF THE POCKETS OF SMALL BUSINESSES AND JOB CREATORS BY INCREASING TAXES ON THESE VERY SMALL BUSINESSES. THIS IS THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN FOR ADDRESSING THE DEFICIT. INCREASING TAXES ON SMALL BUSINESSES WILL HAVE A DEVASTATING AFFECT ON JOB CREATION IN THIS COUNTRY. 2/3 OF ALL NET NEW JOBS IN OUR NATION ARE CREATED BY SMALL BILLS. AND 75% OF THOSE SMALL BUSINESSES FILE THEIR RETURNS AS AN INDEPENDENT RETURN ON THEIR INDIVIDUAL TAX FORMS. RATHER THAN INTRODUCE THE SPECTOR OF UNCERTAINTY AND INCREASE TAXES ON OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY, WE MUST INSTEAD MAKE THE CHOICE TO BE RELENTLESS IN OUR EFFORT TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES AND ACTUALLY ENCOURAGE ECONOMIC GROWTH. LAST WEEK PAUL RYAN, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE, PUT FORWARD A BUDGET THAT CUTS $6.2 TRILLION OVER THE DECADE. PREVENTING THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSED TAX INCREASES FROM GOING INTO EFFECT AND PUTS THE NATION ON A FISCALLY SUSTAINABLE PATH TO GIVE JOB CREATORS AND ENTREPRENEURS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY THE CONFIDENCE TO GROW THEIR BUSINESS, TO INVEST AND TO CREATE JOBS. FEDERAL DEFICITS, MADAM SPEAKER, HAVE BALLOONED OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS AND THIS BUDGET BLUEPRINT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012 STARTS TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE. AND TAKES THE SERIOUS STEPS TO PUT OURSELVES ON A PATH TO PAYING OFF THAT DEBT AND REDUCING OUR DEFICITS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN, CONTROLS THE TIME.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. ANDREWS.

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  • 12:10:27 PM

    MR. ANDREWS

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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  • 12:10:33 PM

    MR. ANDREWS

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO CHANGE AMERICA, TO STOP BORROWING SO MUCH MONEY AND JEOPARDIZING THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY. WE AGREE ON THAT. BUT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S NOT THE WAY TO DO THAT TO END MEDICARE. AND HERE'S WHAT ENDING MEDICARE MEANS TO THE SENIORS AND DISABLED PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. TODAY IF A PERSON ON MEDICARE HAS A MEDICAL PROBLEM, THEY CHOOSE THEIR DOCTOR. THE DOCTOR AND THE PATIENT DECIDE WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN NENS NEXT AND MED CARE -- WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN NEXT AND MEDICARE PAYS THE LION SHARE OF THE BILL. THIS IS A SYSTEM THAT WORKS FOR AMERICA'S SENIORS AND WORKS FOR AMERICA'S DISABLED. HOW DO THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO CHANGE MEDICARE? AND END MEDICARE? THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. YOU WON'T CHOOSE YOUR DOCTOR, THE INSURANCE COMPANY WILL. IF YOUR DOCTOR DECIDES THAT A CERTAIN TEST OR PROCEDURE OR SURGERY'S NECESSARY, HE OR SHE WILL HAVE TO ASK THE INSURANCE COMPANIES PERMISSION TO GET THAT TEST DONE. AND THE BILL WON'T BE PAID BY MEDICARE, THE BILL WILL BE PAID BY THE INSURANCE COMPANY WHEN THEY FEEL LIKE IT, IF THEY FEEL LIKE IT, TO THE AMOUNT THAT IT SHOULD. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE HAS LOOKED AT THIS ISSUE AT THE REQUEST OF CHAIRMAN RYAN. AND CONCLUDED THAT BY THE END OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS PLAN, SENIORS WILL PAY AN EXTRA $6,000 A YEAR OUT OF POCKET FOR HEALTH CARE EXPENSES. $6,000 A YEAR, $500 A MONTH, $125 A WEEK BEYOND WHAT THEY'RE PAYING RIGHT NOW FOR HEALTH CARE. WE WILL STAND FOR MEDICARE, WE WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS BUDGET, WE WILL DEFEAT IT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. DOGGETT.

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  • 12:12:49 PM

    MR. DOGGETT

    THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET DOES OFFER A PATH TO PROSPERITY. UNFORTUNATELY IT'S…

    THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET DOES OFFER A PATH TO PROSPERITY. UNFORTUNATELY IT'S CHINA'S PROSPERITY. FOR AMERICA THEY OFFER A FAST-TRACKED MEDIOCRITY, A DISSENT INTO ECONOMIC INSECURITY. IT'S THE WRONG PATH TO GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS. IT'S NOT THAT THE LEVEL OF OUR DEBT OR THE SIZE OF OUR TAX RATES IS UNIMPORTANT, IT'S THAT WHEN YOU HAVE SUCH A NARROW FOCUS THAT YOU TALK ABOUT LITTLE ELSE YOU FORGET AMERICA'S OTHER COMPETITIVE STRENGTHS. OUR WORK FORCE, THE NEED TO INVEST, TO ENSURE THE STRONGEST AND BEST EDUCATED WORK FORCE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. OUR INFRASTRUCTURE THAT ALLOWS AMERICAN BUSINESSES TO PROSPER ACROSS OUR CROIX -- AS I CROSS OUR COUNTRY AND IT'S ALSO ABOUT PRESERVING A BROAD MIDDLE CLASS SO THAT MORE AMERICANS SHARE IN THE BOUNTY OF THIS COUNTRY INSTEAD OF GOING TO SOME THIRD WORLD EXTREME WHERE ALL THE WEALTH IS CONCENTRATED TO THOSE AT THE TOP OF THE LADDER. TODAY WE HAVE TO CHOOSE. INSTEAD OF ELIMINATING $4 BILLION FROM EARLY EDUCATION AND STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SO THAT STUDENTS CAN ACHIEVE ALL OF THEIR GOD-GIVEN POTENTIAL, WHY NOT ASK GENERAL ELECTRIC TO AT LEAST PAY THE LEVEL OF TAXES THAT THE MAIL CLERKS THAT WORK FOR IT PAY? GET $4 BILLION THERE. INSTEAD OF ELIMINATING $3 BILLION FOR OUR CRUMBLING ROADS AND BRUDGES, WHY NOT ASK THOSE GIANT CORPORATIONS THAT CURRENTLY GET A $3 BILLION ANNUAL DEDUCTION WHEN THEY BORROW MONEY TO BUILD A FACTORY OVERSEAS WITHOUT RECOGNIZING ANY OF THE INCOME FROM THAT FACTORY TO BEGIN TO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE? AND INSTEAD OF ACCEPTING THIS REPUBLICAN NONSENSE THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE MORE TAX BREAKS FOR THE VERY WEALTHY IN OUR COUNTRY, WHY NOT USE THE SAME MONEY TO ENSURE A LITTLE DIGNITY FOR OUR SENIORS IN NURSING HOMES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE NEED TO STOP EXPORTING JOBS AND MANUFACTURING AND EXPORTING OUR TAX REVENUES OVERSEAS AND BEGIN DEVELOPING A MORE COMPETITIVE WORK FORCE RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA. DO YOU HAVE ANOTHER 10 SECONDS?

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN 10 SECONDS.

  • 12:15:02 PM

    MR. DOGGETT

    I WILL YIELD MY TIME BUT I WILL NEVER YIELD TO THOSE REPUBLICANS WHO DON'T…

    I WILL YIELD MY TIME BUT I WILL NEVER YIELD TO THOSE REPUBLICANS WHO DON'T DEMAND ANY SACRIFICE FROM WALL STREET AND ALL THOSE BIG BONUS RECIPIENTS AND DEMAND THE REST OF US TO PAY FOR BALANCING THEIR BUDGET. OPPOSE THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET.

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  • 12:15:22 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. LANKFORD.

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  • 12:15:27 PM

    MR. LANKFORD

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. LANKFORD

    I SIT AND LISTEN TO THE CONVERSATION AND DEBATE AND IT'S AS IF WE ARE…

    I SIT AND LISTEN TO THE CONVERSATION AND DEBATE AND IT'S AS IF WE ARE READING TWO ENTIRELY DIFFERENT DOCUMENTS. I FEEL LIKE REPUBLICANS ARE BEING PORTRAYED THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE A HORN GROW OUT OF THEIR HEADS AN IMMEDIATELY RUSH INTO HOMES AND JERK OUT THE POOR AND THOSE IN SOCIAL SECURITY AND THE NEEDY. IF YOU READ THROUGH THE DOCUMENT, WE ARE DEALING WITH TWO CENTRAL ISSUES. THE FIRST OF THOSE ISSUES IS, $14 TRILLION IN DEBT. WE CAN IGNORE THAT FACT, OR WE CAN BEGIN TO TAKE ON AND MAKE SERIOUS DECISIONS AND HAVE SERIOUS ADULT CONVERSATIONS. $14 TRILLION IN DEBT. THE SECOND ISSUE THAT WE TAKE ON IS THIS ONE SIMPLE PRINCIPLE. DO WE HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM OR TAX PROBLEM IN AMERICA? IN OTHER WORDS, DO WE NEED TO TAX A LOT MORE OR DO WE NEED TO SPEND LESS? I THINK IF YOU LOOK AT THE RATE OF HOW WE HAVE BEEN SPENDING IN AMERICA VERSUS HOW WE ARE TAXING IN AMERICA, WOULD YOU SAY WE HAVE A SPENDING ISSUE. IN OUR CURRENT TIME THERE ARE STATEMENTS BEING MADE ABOUT REPUBLICANS WANT TO PROTECT THE CORPORATIONS, REPUBLICANS WANT TO GIVE THESE BENEFITS TO THE WEALTHY. HERE'S WHAT WE WANT TO DO WITH THE TAX RATE. LEAVE IT WHERE IT IS NOW. THAT'S NOT A 30% CUT. WHERE IT IS RIGHT NOW, THAT'S THE RATE WE NEED TO KEEP. I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW YORK. MADAM SPEAKER, I…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW YORK. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE ON BEHALF OF THE SENIORS IN MY COMMUNITY. BEFORE WE ENACTED MEDICARE IN 1965, ALMOST HALF OF ALL SENIORS IN OUR COUNTRY HAD NO HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE. THAT'S WHY THE CREATION OF MEDICARE WAS SO IMPORTANT. AND NOW EVERY ONE OF AMERICA'S SENIORS HAS ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. BUT TODAY THEIR CARE IS AT RISK AND UNDER ASSAULT. THE AMERICA WE ENJOY AS THE RESULT OF THE LIFETIMES OF HARD WORK BY OUR SENIORS AND AS THEY ENTER THEIR WELL DESERVED RETIREMENTS, THERE ARE THOSE WHO WOULD CALLOUSLY RIP AWAY THE COMMITMENT THIS NATION MADE TO THEM. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012 IS A PATH TO THE PAST. AND WILL RETURN US TO THE DARK DAYS WHEN SENIORS AGONIZED OVER ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET ENDS THE GUARANTEED COVERAGE OF MEDICARE AND REPLACES IT WITH A GROSSLY INADEQUATE VOUCHER SYSTEM. SUBJECTING SENIORS ONCE GET -- SUBJUCATING SENIORS ONCE AGAIN TO FINDING HEALTH CARE COSTS BY THEMSELVES. THE NONPARTISAN QUO CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SAID SEEN QUORS WOULD PAY THREE TIMES MORE FOR COVERAGE UNDER THE REPUBLICAN PLAN. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET OPENS, REOPENS THE DOUGHNUT HOLE IN MEDICARE PART D, FORCING SENIORS ONCE AGAIN TO PAY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUG AND MEDICATION. I WAS PROUD TO FIX THAT INEQUITY AND ELIMINATE THE DOUGHNUT HOLE LAST YEAR, BUT THE PATH TO THE PAST BRINGS IT BACK, ROARING BACK, COSTING SENIORS THOUSANDS MORE. THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET ISN'T JUST A COST SHIFTING TRICK TO TRANSFER FINANCIAL BURDEN ON TO SENIORS. THOUGH IT IS THAT. THE REPUBLICANS WOULD ALSO REPEAL THE IMPORTANT REFORMS PROHIBITING INSURANCE -- INSURERS FROM DENYING COVERAGE FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. THAT PUTS EVERY SINGLE SENIOR WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AT RISK, EVEN THOSE WHO CAN AFFORD THE INCREASED COSTS OF PRIVATIZED CARE THEY WOULD FIND THEMSELVES IN WITH THE REPUBLICAN PLAN. THE PATH TO THE PAST NEEDS TO BE REJECTED, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ONE OF OUR NEW MEMBERS,…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ONE OF OUR NEW MEMBERS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE.

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  • 12:19:15 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    YOU. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS…

    YOU. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE AND AGAINST THIS BUDGET. THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET NO LONGER HONORS OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR SENIORS AND DOESN'T REDUCE OUR DEFICIT. THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE C.B.O. SAID THE REPUBLICAN PLAN WILL -- CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SAID THE REPUBLICAN PLAN WILL ADD ITH 8 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT DECADE BECAUSE THE PROPOSED CUTS IN SPENDING ARE OUTPACED BY GINE GANTTIC TAX CUTS FOR THE RICHEST AMERICANS. YOU ALSO CAN'T SAY YOU CARE ABOUT SENIORS AND THEN FIGHT TO ENACT POLICIES THAT HURT SENIORS. UNDER THEIR PLAN THEY'LL SLASH SUPPORT FOR SENIORS IN NURSING HOMES WHILE GIVING AWAY TAX BREAKS TO COMPANIES THAT SHIP OUR JOBS OVERSEAS. WHAT ELSE, AMERICA'S SENIORS WILL LITERALLY BE PAYING MORE FOR THEIR HEALTH CARE AND GETTING LESS IN ORDER TO FINANCE ADDITIONAL TAX BREAKS TO THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS. ALSO REFLECTED IN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET. A BUDGET IS MORE THAN JUST ABOUT DOLLARS AND CENTS. IT'S A STATEMENT OF OUR VALUES AND OUR PRIORITIES AS A NATION. THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET DOES NOT REFLECT THE VALUES OF OUR GREAT NATION. MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WOULD RATHER CUT BENEFITS TO SENIORS THAN CUT SUBSIDIES TO BIG OIL COMPANIES AND BIG ORPGSES THAT SHIP OUR JOBS OVERSEAS. -- ORGANIZATIONS THAT SHIP OUR JOBS OVERSEAS. THESE ARE THE CHOICES MADE IN THIS BUDGET. IT ENDS MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. IT SLASHES FUNDING FOR NURSING HOMES. IT PRESERVES TAX CUTS FOR THE RICHEST AMERICANS AND MAKES THEM EVEN MORE GENEROUS. AND IT INCREASES OUR DEBT. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO HONOR OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR SENIORS. AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, IF WE CAN'T PROTECT OUR GREATEST GENERATION AND KEEP OUR PROMISE TO THEM, WHAT IS NEXT? I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SCOTT

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL.

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    MR. WOODALL

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE RULES COMMITTEE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE RULES COMMITTEE FOR YIELDING. WE'VE GOT A GOOD FRESHMAN CLASS UP THERE IN THE RULES COMMITTEE AND WHAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN DREIER IS BRING OPEN PROCESSES TO THE FLOOR. CAN YOU IMAGINE? CAN YOU IMAGINE WE GOT A MULTITUDE OF BUDGETS DOWN HERE ON THE FLOOR. IF YOU WANT TO LOOK AT THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS BUDGET, YOU CAN VOTE FOR THAT. IF YOU WANT TO VOTE FOR THE REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE BUDGET, CAN YOU VOTE FOR THAT. IF YOU WANT TO VOTE FOR MR. VAN HOLLEN'S BUDGET, CAN YOU VOTE FOR THAT TODAY. YOU HAVE YOUR CHOICES TODAY ABOUT WHAT YOUR PRIORITIES ARE AND ABOUT WHAT YOUR VISION FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE IS. AND WHEN WE HAVE THAT CONVERSATION, WE HAVE HAD IT IN THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, I'M PROUD TO BE ABLE TO SERVE ON THE RULES COMMITTEE AND BUDGET COMMITTEE, WE HAVE HAD THAT ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE AN HONEST BACK AND FORTH. SO IT PAINS ME TO COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY AND HEAR WHAT CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS NONSENSE. NONSENSE. HAVE YOU HEARD ANYBODY ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY SAY THAT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WOULD CHANGE THINGS FOR SENIORS? HAVE YOU HEARD THAT TODAY? I BELIEVE YOU HAVE BECAUSE I HAVE HEARD IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET CHANGES NOTHING. NOTHING FOR SENIORS. IT SAYS, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A SENIOR. IF YOU ARE AGE 55 OR OLDER, WE CHANGE NOTHING IN MEDICARE FOR YOU. NOTHING. AND YET MY COLLEAGUES ON THE LEFT ARE SCARING TODAY'S SENIORS, SCARING THE FOLKS WHO HAVE THE FEWEST NUMBER OF CHOICES IN OUR SOCIETY, SCARING THEM INTO BELIEVING THAT FOLKS ARE COMING FOR THEM. NOT TRUE. OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE LEFT WOULD SAY $6,000 IS WHAT WE ARE GOING TO CHARGE ADDITIONAL SENIORS. TWO THINGS, NUMBER ONE AGAIN WE ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING FOR SENIORS. YOU HAVE TO BE 55 OR YOUNGER, MY AGE, TO EVEN BEGIN TO HAVE A PROGRAM CHANGED. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THAT $6,000 FIGURE COMES FROM A C.B.O. REPORT LOOKING AT THINGS 12 YEARS DOWN THE ROAD. WHICH IS TWO YEARS AFTER THE MEDICARE PROGRAM HAS GONE BANKRUPT ENTIRELY. HEAR THAT. HEAR THAT MISINFORMATION. $6,000 PER BENEFICIARY, A NUMBER THAT COMES FROM A REPORT LOOKING AT THE PROGRAM TWO YEARS AFTER OUR TRUSTEES TELL US IT'S GOING TO GO BANKRUPT ENTIRELY. FOLKS, THIS IS ABOUT CHOICES. THIS IS ABOUT YOUR VISION FOR AMERICA. YOU HAVE TO PUT FORWARD YOUR PLAN. I APPLAUD MR. VAN HOLLEN FOR PUTTING THE PLAN FORWARD. HE COULD HAVE SAID, NO, I DON'T HAVE ANY IDEA. THAT'S WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE HAS CHOSEN TO DO. MR. VAN HOLLEN DID BETTER. THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS DID BETTER. THE REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE DID BETTER. LOOK AT THESE BUDGETS. LOOK AT THIS OPEN PROCESS. MAKE THE CHOICE FOR YOU ABOUT WHAT YOU BELIEVE A BETTER AMERICA WOULD LOOK LIKE. AND I WILL TELL YOU, "WALL STREET JOURNAL" TALKED ABOUT THE PATH TO PROSPERITY, CALLED IT THE MOST SERIOUS ATTEMPT AT REFORMING GOVERNMENT IN A GENERATION. IT ABSOLUTELY IS. I APPLAUD CHAIRMAN RYAN FOR GETTING THAT DONE. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM SOUTH CAROLINA FOR THE TIME. I APPRECIATE THE RULES COMMITTEE GIVING US THIS OPEN PROCESS WE HAVE TODAY. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I'M PLEASED, MADAM SPEAKER, TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    I'M PLEASED, MADAM SPEAKER, TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN.

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  • 12:24:09 PM

    MR. GREEN

    MADAM SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. MY…

    MADAM SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. MY GOSH, MUST HAVE BEEN A TALL FELLOW HERE. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK. THE GENTLEMAN BEFORE ME IS CORRECT, WE HAVE LOTS OF OPTIONS TODAY. THAT'S GREAT. WE HAVE THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, WE HAVE A DEMOCRATIC BUDGET, WE HAVE A BLACK CAUCUS BUDGET, WE HAVE A PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS BUDGET, WE HAVE LOTS OF OPTIONS. I'M GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET. THE BUDGET PROPOSAL WE ARE DEBATING TODAY IS RECKLESS AND MISGUIDED. IT SLASHES TAXES FOR THE WEALTHY AND PAYS FOR THEM BY GUTTING MEDICARE. LET ME EXPLAIN THAT. IT CUTS OVER $30 BILLION IN THE FIRST 10 YEARS AND BY FORCING SENIORS INTO PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS AFTER 2022. THEY ARE RIGHT. IF YOU ARE 54 YEARS OLD NOW, AND YOU HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, AND YOU HAVE HIGH DIABETIC OR PREDIABETIC, YOU WON'T GET MEDICARE, YOU'LL GET A VOUCHER. INSURANCE COMPANIES DON'T WANT TO COVER THOSE WHO ARE DIABETIC OR PREDIABETIC OR HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. IT GRADUALLY EXCLUDES SENIORS AND EVENTUALLY RAISING THE AGE TO 67 FOR MEDICARE. C.B.O. SAYS IN 2022 THE REPUBLICANS WILL MORE THAN DOUBLE THE COST PAID BY MEDICARE ENROLLEES. WE ARE THROWING SENIORS OUT OF MEDICARE AND INTO UNCERTAINTY IN THE PRIVATE INSURANCE MARKET WHILE PROVIDING TAX BREAKS TO THE WEALTHY. IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. I ALSO REPRESENT THE PORT OF HOUSTON, THE 10TH BUSIEST PORT IN THE WORLD. THE PORT'S FACING DREDGING CRISIS. ENSURING DREDGING MEANS JOBS. BUT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET CONTAINS DEEP CUTS IN PROGRAMS LIKE THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS DREDGING CANNOT BE FUNDED PRIVATELY. IT HAS TO COME FROM THE CORPS AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN OUR PORT OF HOUSTON BUT ALSO ACROSS THE COUNTRY UNDER THIS PLAN WILL BE PUT AT RISK. THERE'S ONE HIGH POINT IN THE BUDGET AND I COMMEND CHAIRMAN RYAN FOR INCLUDING LANGUAGE TO PUT NASA ON TRACK WITH THE AUTHORIZATION BILL CONGRESS PASSED LAST YEAR. PROVIDING IMMEDIATE TRANSITION FOR OUR NEXT GENERATION TO HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT ONCE THE SHUTTLE MISSIONS ARE CONCLUDED. DESPITE THAT, I'M UNABLE TO SUPPORT THE PLAN THAT ALLOWS MASSIVE CUTS FOR THE WEALTHIEST CONTINUES AND PAYS FOR THEM BY ENDING MEDICARE WHILE NEGLIGENTING OUR PORTS. MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. SCOTT

    I HAVE ONE MORE SPEAKER.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I HAVE ONE MORE SPEAKER.

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MADAM SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MARKEY.

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  • 12:26:47 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. REPUBLICANS SAY THEIR BUDGET IS A PATH TO…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. REPUBLICANS SAY THEIR BUDGET IS A PATH TO PROSPERITY. BUT IT'S REALLY A PATH TO MORE PROSPERITY FOR THE ALREADY PROSPEROUS. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PICKS HIGH ROLLING OIL EXECUTIVES OVER LOW-INCOME FAMILIES. IT FAVORS C.E.O.'S OVER SENIOR CITIZENS. IT HELPS THE WEALTHY OVER THE WORKING CLASS. HOW DO REPUBLICANS PAY FOR THIS GIGANTIC GOODY BAG FOR THE RICH? WELL, THEY EVISCERATE MEDICARE, TURNING IT INTO AN UNDERFUNDED VOUCHER PROGRAM. MEDICARE BECOMES MEDI CARE-LESS. END THE HELP SENIORS -- MEDICARE-LESS. END THE HELP FOR SENIORS. G.O.P. STANDS FOR GRAND MASS OUT OF PRESCRIPTIONS. THIS BUDGETS IS THE SAME TIRED TUNE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN TROTTING OUT FOR DECADES. IT'S PLAY IT AGAIN, UNCLE SAM. IN THE 1980'S RONALD REAGAN TRIED TO SLASH THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET PROGRAMS. IN 2005 PRESIDENT BUSH TRIED TO PRIVATIZE SOCIAL SECURITY. AND TODAY THE SAME REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO SHRED THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET THEY HAVE OPPOSED SINCE IT WAS CREATED. IT'S NOT JUST DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN. IT'S DEJA VU-DOO ECONOMICS ALL OVER AGAIN. VOTE DOWN THIS MISGUIDED BUDGET SO WE CAN PROTECT MEDICARE, MEDICAID, AND SOCIAL SECURITY NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE. DO NOT LET MEDICARE BECOME MEDICARE-LESS. WE DON'T WANT THESE PEOPLE WHO ALWAYS OPPOSE MEDICARE, ALWAYS OPPOSE SOCIAL SECURITY, OPPOSE MEDICAID AS WE PUT IT ON THE BOOKS TO NOW COME BACK AND SAY, WE ARE VERY COURAGEOUS. WE WANT TO END THOSE PROGRAMS AS WE KNOW IT, BUT BY THE WAY WHERE THEIR COURAGE HAS TO BE SHOWN THEY SHOW NONE. THEY WILL NOT TAX THE RICH.

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    MR. MARKEY

    THEY ONLY WANT TO HARM THE POOR.

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    RESERVE.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    WE DO NOT.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO, DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN…

    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO, DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN PUT EVERY HOUSE MEMBER, KNOW WHERE THEY STAND ON HEALTH CARE AND DO THEY WANT TO END MEDICARE OR NOT. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE RULE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

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  • 12:30:36 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    MADAM SPEAKER. FINALLY, THE DEMOCRATS, THEY DO GET IT. WHAT THEY GET IS…

    MADAM SPEAKER. FINALLY, THE DEMOCRATS, THEY DO GET IT. WHAT THEY GET IS THAT THEY DO NOT FIND A WAY TO SCARE OUR SENIORS, THEY HAVE NO CHANCE. WHEN YOU COVER THE EXPENSES OF RUNNING THIS GOVERNMENT, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT WHAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE PROPOSED, WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA PROPOSED IN HIS ORIGINAL BUDGET WAS AN INCREASE OF $8.7 TRILLION OF NEW SPENDING, $47 TRILLION OF NEW SPENDING IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS, THE DEMOCRATS HAVE FINALLY FOUND A WAY TO COVER THEIR TRACKS AND IT IS ON THE BACKS OF OUR SENIOR CITIZENS. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE 2012 BUDGET PLAN THAT WE HAVE PROPOSED SIMPLY HAS NO IMPACT, NOT ONLY ON OUR SENIOR CITIZENS RECEIVING BENEFITS TODAY BUT THOSE OVER THE AGE OF 55. NOT ONLY ARE THEY WILLING TO SCARE OUR SENIORS BASED ON NOTHING, THEY WANT TO GO TO TWO YEARS AFTER MEDICARE IS BANKRUPT AND START HAVING A CONVERSATION ABOUT WITH NUMBERS WHEN MEDICARE WOULD NOT EXIST UNDER THEIR PLAN. WHAT WE DO TO UNDER OUR PLAN IS A SIMPLE THING. WE SIMPLY STRENGTHEN AND PRESERVE SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. WE UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS TIME TO ROLL UP OUR SLEEVES AND GET SERIOUS -- SLEEVES AND GET SERIOUS ABOUT PRESERVING THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. OUR BUDGET DOES THAT BY CUTTING $6.2 TRILLION OUT OF THE DEFICIT IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS. BY CREATING MORE THAN A MILLION JOBS IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS. BUT WE GO FURTHER. WE SIMPLY SAY THAT YOU DO NOT CREATE MORE DISINCENTIVES OR HIGHER TAXES IN ORDER TO RECRUIT -- TO IMPROVE OUR ECONOMY. LET US DO EXACTLY WHAT THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE GREATEST GENERATION, HAS DONE FOR US, PASS ON TO US THE AMERICAN DREAM IN ITS ENTIRETY. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO THE NEXT GENERATION TO TAKE THE TOUGH ROAD TODAY, TO MAKE THE AMERICAN DREAM STRONGER TOMORROW . I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    SPEAKER, ON THAT I ASK THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTE BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 223 IF ORDERED AND APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL IF ARE 106 WITH TWO ANSWERING PRESENT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR SEATS. MEMBERS WILL CLEAR THE WELL. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SCOTT

    I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AND ASK FOR ITS…

    I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 43, RESOLVED THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS ON…

    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 43, RESOLVED THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS ON THE LEGISLATIVE DAY OF FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011, OR SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2011, ON A MOTION OFFERED PURSUANT TO THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION BY ITS MAJORITY LEADER OR HIS DESIGNEE, IT STAND ADJOURNED UNTIL 2:00 P.M. ON MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011, OR UNTIL THE TIME OF ANY REASSEMBLY PURSUANT TO SECTION 2 OF THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION, WHICH EVER OCCURS FIRST, AND THAT WHEN THE SENATE RECESSES OR ADJOURNS ON ANY DAY FROM THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011, THROUGH APRIL 29, 2011, ON A MOTION OFFERED PURSUANT TO THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION BY ITS MAJORITY LEADER OR HIS DESIGNEE IT STAND RECESSED OR ADJOURNED UNTIL NOON ON MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011, OR SUCH OTHER TIME ON THAT DAY AS MAY BE SPECIFIED IN A MOTION TO RECESS OR ADJOURN OR UNTIL THE TIME OF ANY REASSEMBLY PURSUANT TO SECTION 2 OF THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION, WHICH EVER OCCURS FIRST. SECTION 2, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE AND THE MAJORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE OR THEIR RESPECTED DE-DESIGNEES ACTING JOINTLY AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE HOUSE AND THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE SHALL NOTIFY THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE RESPECTIVELY TO REASSEMBLE AT SUCH PLACE AND TIME AS THEY MAY DESIGNATE IN THEIR OPINION IF THE PUBLIC INTEREST SHALL WARRANT IT.

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    THE QUESTION IS ON THE CURRENT RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.

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    YEAS AND NAYS ON THAT.

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    IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 218, I CALL UP THE BILL H.R. 1473,…

    SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 218, I CALL UP THE BILL H.R. 1473, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES OF THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2011, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 01:16:00 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 1473, A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND…

    H.R. 1473, A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES OF THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2011, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 218, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 218, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. ROGERS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. DICKS, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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  • 01:16:40 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 1473 AND THAT I MAY INCLUDE TABULAR MATERIAL ON THE SAME.

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  • 01:16:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. ROGERS

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. ROGERS

    I'M PLEASE TO BRING TO THE FLOOR TODAY H.R. 1473, THE FULL YEAR SPENDING…

    I'M PLEASE TO BRING TO THE FLOOR TODAY H.R. 1473, THE FULL YEAR SPENDING AGREEMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011. THIS FINAL C.R. MAKES NEARLY $40 BILLION OF REAL SPENDING CUTS COMPARED TO FISCAL 2010 LEVELS WHILE FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT CRITICAL SERVICES AND PROGRAMS AND SUPPORTING OUR NATION'S TROOPS FOR THE REST OF THIS FISCAL YEAR. AFTER WEEKS OF HARD-FOUGHT NEGOTIATIONS, ALL SIDES WERE ABLE TO COME TOGETHER IN THIS FINAL AGREEMENT TO FIND COMMON GROUND AND TAKE STEPS TO HELP BALANCE OUR BUDGET. THIS LEGISLATION IS A BOLD MOVE FOR CONGRESS, ONE THAT POINTS US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION ON FEDERAL SPENDING. NEVER BEFORE HAS ANY CONGRESS MADE DRAMATIC CUT SUCH AS THESE THAT ARE IN THIS FINAL BILL. THE NEAR $40 BILLION REDUCTION IN NONDEFENSE SPENDING IS TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS LARGER THAN ANY OTHER CUT IN HISTORY AND AS A RESULT OF THIS NEW REPUBLICAN MAJORITY'S COMMITMENT TO BRING ABOUT REAL CHANGE IN THE WAY WASHINGTON SPENDS THE PEOPLE'S MONEY. MY COMMITTEE WENT LINE BY LINE THROUGH AGENCY BUDGETS TO EXECUTE THE AGREEMENT REACHED BY OUR SPEAKER CRAFTING DEEP BUT RESPONSIBLE REDUCTIONS IN VIRTUALLY ALL AREAS OF GOVERNMENT. OUR BILL TARGETS WASTEFUL AND DUPLICATIVE SPENDING, MAKES STRIDES TO REIN IN OUT-OF-CONTROL FEDERAL BUREAUCRACIES AND WILL HELP BRING OUR NATION ONE STEP CLOSER TO ELIMINATING OUR JOB-CRUSHING LEVEL OF DEBT. THIS LED TO THE FOLLOWING CUTS FROM THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST -- AGRICULTURE ACCOUNTS WERE REDUCED BY 14%, COMMERCE, JUSTICE AND SCIENCE REDUCED BY 12%. ENERGY AND WATER REDUCED BY 12%. FINANCIAL SERVICES GENERAL GOVERNMENT 13%. INTERIOR AND ENVIRONMENT BY 9%. LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND EDUCATION, 8%. LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, 11% CUT. STATE AND FOREIGN OPERATIONS, 15% CUT. AND TRANSPORTATION AND H.U.D., 19% CUT. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS FUNDED AT $513 BILLION, WHICH IS A $5 BILLION INCREASE OVER FISCAL 2010 TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY RESOURCES FOR OUR TROOPS AND THE SUCCESS OF OUR NATION'S MILITARY ACTIONS. IN THIS BILL, MADAM SPEAKER, WE DEFUNDED OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CZARS. WE SAID NIET. ENDING UNSUCCESSFUL EDUCATION PROGRAMS, ADVANCED EFFORTS TO REPEAL OBAMACARE AND REDUCED CONGRESS' OWN BUDGET. WE'VE ALSO PUT INTO PLACE MANDATORY AUDITS FOR THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU, BANNED TAXPAYER FUNDING OF ABORTION IN WASHINGTON, D.C., AND CONTINUED THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM. IN ADDITION, WITH THIS LEGISLATION WE HAVE ENDED THE STIMULUS SPENDING SPREE AND HAVE TAKEN THE NEXT STEP TO CUTTING TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN THE YEARS TO COME. WE STOOD BY OUR COMMITMENT TO ELIMINATE EARMARKS, TERMINATED UNNECESSARY AND INEFFECTIVE PROGRAMS AND MADE REAL SPENDING CUTS THAT WILL HELP RIGHT OUR FISCAL SHIP. AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO HOLD THE GOVERNMENT TO A STANDARD OF RESPONSIBLE, SUSTAINABLE SPENDING IN THE FUTURE. OUR GOAL IS AND HAS BEEN TO KEEP PRECIOUS TAXPAYER DOLLARS WHERE THEY ARE NEEDED MOST, IN THE HANDS OF OUR SMALL BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS SO THEY CAN CREATE JOBS AND GROW OUR ECONOMY. I HOPE, MADAM SPEAKER, THAT MY COLLEAGUES WILL TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT THIS HISTORIC BILL AND FINALLY CLOSE THE BOOK ON THE FISCAL YEAR 2011 BUDGET. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SAYING IN THEIR CAREER HERE IN THIS BODY, I CAME HERE TO CUT SPENDING AND TO BRING DOWN THE SIZE OF THE GOVERNMENT, I SAY TO THEM, HERE'S YOUR CHANCE. IF YOU BELIEVE IN CUTTING SPENDING YOU CAN VOTE FOR $40 BILLION OF IT TODAY, THE LARGEST ANY MEMBER OF CONGRESS HAS EVER BEEN ABLE TO VOTE FOR. THIS IS HISTORIC. A HISTORIC REDUCTION IN FEDERAL SPENDING AFTER A TWO-YEAR SPENDING SPREE THAT INCREASED DISCRETIONARY SPENDING BY 82%. THIS BILL WILL REVERSE THAT RISE AND WILL START US BACK DOWN TOWARD RESPONSIBLE SPENDING IN THE GOVERNMENT. NOW, MADAM SPEAKER, BEFORE I CLOSE, I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT AND THANK THESE HARDWORKING INDIVIDUALS WHO'VE BEEN TOILING BEHIND THE SCENES NOW ON THIS BILL FOR THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS. LITTLE FANFARE. THEY GET NO CREDIT IN PUBLIC THAT MADE THIS LEGISLATION POSSIBLE. OUR LEGISLATIVE COUNSELS DESERVE OUR APPRECIATION, AND I WANT TO SAY THANKS TO TOM CASSIDY, RYAN GREENLAW AND THEIR GROUP OF APPROPRIATIONS COORDINATORS. I'D LIKE ALSO TO THANK JANET AYERS AND THE STAFF AT THE C.B.O. AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE FLOOR STAFF, THE PARLIAMENTARIANS, CAPITOL POLICE AND ALL THOSE SUPPORT STAFF WHO PUT IN THE EXTRA HOURS TO KEEP THIS INSTITUTION RUNNING. AND FINALLY, I WANT TO OFFER A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE'S FIND STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THIS AISLE. THOSE IN OUR FULL COMMITTEE, THE SUBCOMMITTEE CLERKS, THE SUBCOMMITTEE STAFFS IN BOTH MAJORITY AND MINORITY. THEY'VE BEEN GIVEN IMPOSSIBLE TASK AFTER IMPOSSIBLE TASK, FACING UNTENABLE DEADLINES, GONE FOR DAYS AND WEEKS, WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK AND YET HAVE MIRACULOUSLY PRODUCED ALL WE HAVE ASKED OF THEM AND MORE. AND I WANT TO ESPECIALLY SAY A REAL THANKS TO THE CLERK OF THE COMMITTEE, BILL ENGLAND, THE DEPUTY CLERK, WILL SMITH, AND ALL OF THE OTHER STAFF THAT'S WORKED ON THE MAJORITY SIDE AND MR. DICKS AND HIS WONDERFUL STAFF HAVE BEEN JUST MAG IN AN MUSS OF THEIR SUPPORT -- MAG IN AN MUSS OF THEIR SUPPORT. DICKSDICKS I WANT TO --

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    MR. DICKS

    WANT TO SAY THANKS TO BILL AND DAVID. THEY HAVE ALL DONE A PHENOMENAL JOB…

    WANT TO SAY THANKS TO BILL AND DAVID. THEY HAVE ALL DONE A PHENOMENAL JOB UNDER VERY DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES. WE APPLAUD ALL OF THEM. I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN MENTIONING THIS.

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    MR. ROGERS

    WELL, THEY'VE HARDLY SLEPT IN THREE MONTHS AND THEY WORKED AROUND THE…

    WELL, THEY'VE HARDLY SLEPT IN THREE MONTHS AND THEY WORKED AROUND THE CLOCK, ON WEEKEND, AT 4:00 IN THE MORNING YOU'D FIND THEM STILL THERE. IT'S AN AMAZING PERFORMANCE THEY CONTRIBUTED TO THIS GREAT BODY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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    MR. DICKS

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. MORAN, THE RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF…

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. MORAN, THE RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. MORAN

    15 SECONDS.

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    MR. MORAN

    H.R. 1 WAS SET AT SUCH A LOW BAR, THIS WAS LOOKED AT. WE CAN PROVIDE…

    H.R. 1 WAS SET AT SUCH A LOW BAR, THIS WAS LOOKED AT. WE CAN PROVIDE AGENCIES WITH SOME CERTAINTY AND STABILITY SO THEY CAN GO ABOUT CONDUCTING THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS. MEMBERS WILL HAVE TO DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES IF ELEMENTS DISAPPOINT THEM OUTWEIGH THE GOOD.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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    MR. ROGERS

    SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, THE…

    SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, THE GENTLEMAN WHO TOILED LONG AND HARD TO BRING US THE LARGEST SPENDING CUT IN THE HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY, SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER.

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    MR. BOEHNER

    LET ME THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, MR. ROGERS, AND…

    LET ME THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, MR. ROGERS, AND HIS STAFF AND ALL THE STAFF FOR THE SACRIFICES AND HARD WORK THAT THEY PUT FORWARD OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS IN ORDER TO GET US TO THIS POINT. YOU KNOW, FOR YEARS NOW, OUR ECONOMY'S BEEN STALLED AND STUMBLING. IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS ARE NOT BEING CREATED. SOMETHING'S CLOGGING THE ENGINE OF OUR ECONOMY. THAT SOMETHING IS UNCERTAINTY. UNCERTAINTY BEING CAUSED BY THE ACTIONS THAT ARE BEING TAKEN IN THIS TOWN. AND ONE OF THE PRIME CAUSES OF UNCERTAINTY IS SPENDING. OUR FAILURE TO DO -- DEAL WITH A SPENDING BINGE HAS BEEN CHIPPING AWAY WITH THE ECONOMIC CONFIDENCE THAT THE AMERICANS WANT TO HAVE IN THEIR COUNTRY. AND WASHINGTON'S SPENDING ADDICTION IS A BIPARTISAN PROBLEM. IT DIDN'T START UNDER THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION BUT THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION CLEARLY MADE IT WORSE. THIS PROBLEM IS NOT GOING TO BE FIXED OVERNIGHT AND THIS BILL DOES NOT FIX IT. THE BUDGET PROPOSED BY CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. RYAN, THE PATH TO PROSPERITY, DOES DEAL WITH THE LONG-TERM PROBLEM. WHAT THIS BILL DOES, IT STOPS THE BLEEDING. IT ALSO STARTS US MOVING BACK IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. DOES IT CUT ENOUGH? NO. DO I WISH IT CUT MORE? ABSOLUTELY. DO WE NEED TO CUT MORE? ABSOLUTELY. BUT THERE ARE SOME WHO CLAIM THAT THE SPENDING CUTS IN THIS BILL AREN'T REAL. THAT THEY'RE GIMMICKS. WELL, I JUST THINK IT'S TOTAL NONSENSE. A CUT IS A CUT AND THIS BILL WILL CUT AN ESTIMATED $315 BILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. THE LARGEST NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY CUT IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY. YOU WANT DISCRETIONARY CUTS? THIS BILL HAS BILLIONS OF THEM. YOU WANT MANDATORY CUTS? THEY'RE IN HERE TOO. CLEARING OUT SOME OF THE UNDERBRUSH IN THE FEDERAL BUDGET WHILE WE GET READY TO DEBATE THE PATH TO PROSPERITY. EVERY DIME IN THIS BILL THAT IS CUT IS A DIME THAT WASHINGTON WILL SPEND IF WE LEAVE IT ON THE TABLE AND IF YOU VOTE NO ON THIS BILL YOU'RE VOTING TO DO EXACTLY THAT. LEAVING THIS MONEY ON THE TABLE TO BE SPENT BY UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS. THERE ARE SOME WHO SAY THAT THE SPENDING CUTS IN THIS BILL AREN'T REAL. THAT THEY'RE ALREADY SCHEDULED. WELL, LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT WAS ALREADY SCHEDULED. THIS CHART IS BASED ON A CHART PRODUCED LAST WEEK BY AN ECONOMIST AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY, JOHN TAYLOR. WHAT IT SHOWS IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT THE PRESIDENT WANTED TO SPEND THIS YEAR AND WHAT WE WILL ACTUALLY SPEND THIS YEAR WHEN THIS BILL PASSES. THE DIFFERENCE, $78.5 BILLION LESS THAN WHAT THE PRESIDENT REQUESTED. NOWER THERE ARE SOME WHO WANT TO SAY THAT THIS BILL IS JUST MORE OF THE SAME. WELL, IF YOU BELIEVE THAT IT'S MORE OF THE SAME, THIS CHART WILL SHOW YOU THE DIRECTION OF FEDERAL SPENDING OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. ON THAT 1/3 OF THE BUDGET THAT WE CALL DISCRETIONARY SPENDING THAT WE FIGHT OVER ALL YEAR. IT COULDN'T BE MORE STARK. IT'S LIKE DRIVING DOWN THE HIGHWAY AND THROWING YOUR CAR INTO REVERSE AND INSTEAD OF SPENDING MORE AND MORE AND MORE, GUESS WHAT? WE'RE ACTUALLY GOING TO SPEND LESS IN THE DISCRETIONARY BUDGET THIS YEAR. NOW THERE ARE SOME PRESS ARTICLES WHO HAVE PICKED UP ON SOME SPIN FROM OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE SUGGESTING THAT THE BILL WILL RESULT IN SMALLER SAVINGS THAN ADVERTISED BETWEEN NOW AND SEPTEMBER. AND IT'S JUST NOT THE CASE. IT COMES DOWN TO THE FACT THAT THERE'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BUDGET AUTHORITY AND BUDGET OUTLAYS. A BUDGET AUTHORITY IS HOW MUCH AN AGENCY IS ALLOWED TO SPEND ON A GIVEN PROGRAM, IT'S THE LICENSE TO SPEND TAXPAYER DOLLARS. OUTLAYS SHOW HOW MUCH AN AGENCY WILL SPEND OVER TIME BASED ON CURRENT AND PRIOR BUDGET AUTHORITY. AND THESE ARE THE RESULTS OF HOW QUICKLY TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE SPENT. THE FINAL AGREEMENT CUTS NEARLY $40 BILLION IN BUDGET AUTHORITY, TAKING AWAY THE LICENSE TO SPEND THE MONEY WHICH WILL RESULT IN DEFICIT SAVINGS OF AN ESTIMATED $315 BILLION OVER THE NEXT DECADE. AND WHEN WE PASS THIS BILL, WASHINGTON WILL SPEND $315 BILLION LESS THAN IT'S CURRENTLY ON TRACK TO SPEND OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. AND IT IS JUST THAT SIMPLE. THE PATH TO PROSPERITY IS THE PLAN THAT WILL TAKE US WHERE WE TRULY NEED TO GO. THIS BILL DOESN'T DO THAT. BUT THIS BILL STARTS US MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. IT ELIMINATES ONE PROGRAM FROM THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW, CUTS ANOTHER PROGRAM IN HIS HEALTH CARE LAW IN HALF. IT ELIMINATES FUNDING FOR SOME OF THE ADMINISTRATION'S CZARS, BUREAUCRATS THAT WERE CHARGED WITH IMPLEMENTING THE BAILOUTS AND TAKEOVERS, AND GUARANTEES THAT THEY WON'T BE COMING BACK. IT BANS TAXPAYER FUNDING OF ABORTION IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, ENSURING THAT TAXPAYER FUNDS WON'T BE USED TO FUND THE DESTRUCTION OF HUMAN LIFE. IT SAVES THE D.C. OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, GIVING THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN HERE IN THIS CITY A CHANCE AT A DECENT EDUCATION. IS IT PERFECT? NO. I'D BE THE FIRST ONE TO ADMIT THAT IT'S FLAWED. WELL WITH, WELCOME TO DIVIDED GOVERNMENT -- WELL, WELCOME TO DIVIDED GOVERNMENT. I CAN TELL THAT YOU THE NEGOTIATIONS THAT WENT ON OVER THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE WEEKS, THEY WEREN'T EASY. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'VE GOT ANOTHER BODY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS CAPITOL THAT DOESN'T WANT TO CUT SPENDING AND CLEARLY AN ADMINISTRATION THAT DOESN'T WANT TO CUT SPENDING. BUT I'LL TELL YOU THAT THIS IS THE BEST WE COULD GET OUT OF DIVIDED GOVERNMENT. THE GENTLEMAN REFERRED TO IT EARLIER AS A COMPROMISE. WELL, I'D SAY IT WAS A HARD FIGHT TO GET TO KIND OF SPENDING CUTS THAT WE GOT, THESE ARE REAL SPENDING CUTS. I THINK THIS BILL SETS UP THE STAGE FOR US TO BEGIN MAKING THE FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES THAT NEED TO BE MADE TO PUT OUR NATION BACK ON A PATH TO PROSPERITY. AND I WOULD URGE ALL OF YOU TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR WILL REMIND ALL PERSONS IN THE GALLERY THAT THEY ARE HERE AS…

    THE CHAIR WILL REMIND ALL PERSONS IN THE GALLERY THAT THEY ARE HERE AS GUESTS OF THE HOUSE AND THAT ANY MANIFESTATION OF APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL OF PROCEED SGS IN VIOLATION OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE -- PROCEEDINGS IS IN VIOLATION OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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  • 01:36:19 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, BUILDS DELAURO,…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, BUILDS DELAURO, RANKING MEMBER -- MS. DELAURO.

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    MS. DELAURO

    SPEAKER, GOVERNING IS ABOUT CHOICES. EVERYONE IN THIS BODY AGREES THAT WE…

    SPEAKER, GOVERNING IS ABOUT CHOICES. EVERYONE IN THIS BODY AGREES THAT WE NEED TO GET OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER, BRING DOWN THE DEFICIT AND CUT PROGRAMS THAT DO NOT WORK. THE QUESTION BEFORE US IS, HOW WE CHOOSE TO GET THERE. UNFORTUNATELY AT ALMOST EVERY TURN IN THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION THE MAJORITY HAS CHOSEN TO KEEP SPECIAL INTERESTS GIVEAWAYS TO BIG CORPORATE LOBBYISTS WHILE MAKING MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING FAMILIES BEAR THE BRUNT OF THE SPENDING CONSULTS. INSTEAD OF ENDING $40 BILLION IN OIL COMPANY SUBSIDIES THAT THIS COUNTRY GIVES OUT EVERY YEAR, THEY'RE GIVING THEM OUT RIGHT NOW, THIS RESOLUTION CUTS $1.6 BILLION FROM OUR ATTEMPTS TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT, PREVENT CLIMATE CHANGE AND IT SLASHES EDUCATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING, BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH AND FOOD SAFETY. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE SAID A MOMENT AGO THAT WE ARE GOING TO CUT THIS DEFICIT BY $40 BILLION, BY CUTTING THOSE PROGRAMS. WE COULD HAVE MADE UP THAT DIFFERENCE WITH THE $40 BILLION IN THE SUBSIDIES THAT WE GIVE TO THE OIL COMPANIES TODAY. INSTEAD OF ENDING BILLIONS IN SUBSIDIES TO BIG AGRA BUSINESS IT CUTS FUNDING FOR FOOD SAFETY INSPECTIONS, WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE UNDER TITLE 10 AND VIRTUALLY ELIMINATES THE NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE. INSTEAD OF ENDING BILLIONS IN TAX LOOPHOLES FOR CORPORATIONS WHO SHIP OUR JOBS OVERSEAS IT SLASHES FUNDING FOR VITAL JOB TRAINING SERVICES BY $1 BILLION. IT ENDS EDUCATION PROGRAMS THAT OUR CHILDREN RELY ON LIKE EVEN START AND TEACH FOR AMERICA. IT ENDS LITERACY PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN IN THE UNITED STATES AND AT THE SAME TIME WE ARE PROVIDING DOLLARS IN AFGHANISTAN TO TRAIN THEIR YOUNGSTERS IN LITERACY BY CUTTING IT OUT IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. INSTEAD OF ENDING THE BILLIONS IN TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS IT CUTS -- GUTS COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS BY $600 MILLION. IT CUTS FUNDING FOR WOMEN WITH INFANT AND CHILDREN BY $500 MILLION, IT SHORTCHANGES PUBLIC SAFETY, IT CUTS BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH AND CUTS THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL BY 11%. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT BETTER FROM US, THEY WANT OUR BUDGET TO REFLECT COMMON SENSE, MAINSTREAM PRIORITIES THAT ARE GOOD FOR OUR COUNTRY, GOOD FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. INSTEAD THIS RESOLUTION OFFERS THE STATUS QUO ON SPECIAL INTEREST WASTE AND THAT HURTS PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT THING. THIS BUDGET WILL HURT OUR ECONOMY, COST US JOBS, PUT THE HEALTH AND THE SAFETY OF MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING FAMILIES AT RISK. IT MAY BE AN IMPROVEMENT ON THE TEA PARTY BUDGET THAT THIS HOUSE PASSED SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, BUT THAT WAS NOT THE STANDARD WE SHOULD APPLY HERE. THIS RESOLUTION STILL GIVES OIL COMPANIES, SPECIAL INTERESTS, A PASS, WHILE HURTING AMERICAN FAMILIES. THESE ARE NOT THE RIGHT CHOICES FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS MISGUIDED RESOLUTION. THAT WOULD BE THE RIGHT THING TO DO. WE CAN AND MUST DO BETTER.

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    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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    MR. ROGERS

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DEFENSE SUBCOMMITTEE OF…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DEFENSE SUBCOMMITTEE OF APPROPRIATIONS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. YOUNG.

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    MR. YOUNG

    TODAY I WILL LIMIT MY COMMENTS TO THE DIVISION A OF THIS BILL WHICH IS…

    TODAY I WILL LIMIT MY COMMENTS TO THE DIVISION A OF THIS BILL WHICH IS BASICALLY THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011. THIS IS A BILL THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN PASSED LAST YEAR BUT FOR SOME STRANGE REASON IT DIDN'T GET PASSED. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE DEFENSE COMMITTEE THIS YEAR, I'M HAPPY THAT IT'S GOING TO BECOME UNDER MY WATCH. BUT IT WOULDN'T BE FAIR IF I DIDN'T POINT OUT THAT THE BILL BASICALLY IS A REMNANT THAT WAS CRAFTED TOGETHER WITH CHAIRMAN DICKS LAST YEAR. AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN PASSED. WE HAVE BEEN FUNCTIONING, OUR DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, AND OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE, ON A CONTINUING RESOLUTION SINCE LAST YEAR. THAT IS NOT GOOD. THE C.R. IS NOT GOOD PERIOD. BUT A C.R. FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE COULD BECOME EXTREMELY SERIOUS. WE WERE GETTING VERY CLOSE TO THE POINT OF AFFECTING READINESS, OF AFFECTING OUR TROOPS, OF AFFECTING OUR FAMILY. AND SO PASSING THIS LAW, THIS BILL TODAY, IS CERTAIN THAT WE WILL DO THAT IS RIGHT AND HOPEFULLY IT WILL GO THROUGH THE PROCESS AND GO TO THE PRESIDENT, EVERYBODY WILL KEEP THEIR DEAL AND SIGN OFF ON THE BILL. I COMPLIMENT SPEAKER BOEHNER, HIS LEADERSHIP TEAM, I COMPLIMENT CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND HIS TEAM, BECAUSE WE LOOKED AT THIS BILL VERY CLOSELY AND THEY ASKED ME IF THE SUBCOMMITTEE COULD REDUCE SOME OF THE DEFENSE SPENDING IN THIS BILL. THE ANSWER WAS YES. WE WERE DILIGENT, WE SPENT DAYS AND HOURS, WEEKS MAKING SURE THAT WE FOUND SOURCES OF MONEY THAT WE COULD ELIMINATE WITHOUT HAVING A NEGATIVE EFFECT. AND I WILL SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES, I WOULD NEVER SUPPORT AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL OR ANY OTHER BILL THAT WILL AFFECT OUR READINESS OR THAT WILL AFFECT OUR TROOPS. JUST WON'T DO IT. I CAN'T DO IT TO THE DEFENSE OF OUR NATION AND OUR SOLDIERS WHO PROVIDE THAT DEFENSE IS TOO IMPORTANT. BUT WHEN CHAIRMAN ROGERS ASKED IF WE COULD GO TO THIS NUMBER, WE WERE VERY CAREFUL. THERE IS A REDUCTION IN THE DEFENSE BILL IN THIS BILL. FOR THOSE OF WHO YOU ARE CONCERNED THAT IT MIGHT HAVE HAD AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON OUR NATION'S DEFENSE, IT WILL NOT. WE DON'T WANT TO MAKE VERY MANY MORE CUTS IN THE DEFENSE BILL BECAUSE TODAY WE ALL KNOW WHAT THE REQUIREMENT IS. THERE'S DISCUSSION AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND WITH THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WHO ALMOST SEEM TO DISAGREE NOW THAT THERE SHOULD BE MORE CUTS, MO DRACONIAN CUTS. YOU CAN'T DO THAT. YOU CAN'T JUST PICK OUT A NUMBER FOR DEFENSE OUT OF THE AIR. YOU CAN'T ROLL THE DICE. YOU CAN'T SPIN THE WHEEL. YOU'VE GOT TO MAKE YOUR FUNDING AND YOUR INVESTMENT IN NATIONAL DEFENSE BASED ON WHAT IS THE THREAT TO THIS COUNTRY.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:43:17 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO CONGRESSMAN MIKE WALZ, DISTINGUISHED LEADER HERE…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO CONGRESSMAN MIKE WALZ, DISTINGUISHED LEADER HERE IN THE HOUSE, FROM ARKANSAS.

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  • 01:43:24 PM

    MR. ROSS

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, AND, YOU KNOW, I'VE HEARD SEVERAL REASONS --…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, AND, YOU KNOW, I'VE HEARD SEVERAL REASONS -- REFERENCES THIS AFTERNOON TO THIS TWO-YEAR SPENDING SPREE. AND I WOULD TAKE ISSUE THANK WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER -- ISSUE WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER. IT TOOK GEORGE WASHINGTON THROUGH JIMMY CARTER TO PUT THIS COUNTRY $3 TRILLION IN DEBT. WE'VE ADDED THE OTHER $13 TRILLION NOT IN THE LAST TWO YEARS BUT WE HAVE ADDED IT SINCE 1981. SO I THINK IF WE'RE GOING TO BE HONEST WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WE'VE GOT TO SAY, WE'VE BEEN ON A 30-YEAR SPENDING SPREE WITH THE EXCEPTION OF FOUR YEARS DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION WHERE WE HAD BACK TO BACK BALANCED BUDGETS. BUT I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION FUNDING TO OUR CHILDREN AND OUR NATION'S FUTURE SUCCESS AND PROSPERITY. WHILE I COMMEND ALL SIDES FOR COMING TOGETHER TO MAKE SPENDING CUTS, I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THESE ARE IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS IN EDUCATION THAT MUST BE PROTECTED , PRIORITIZED AND MAINTAINED. PROVEN PROGRAMS LIKE TITLE 1, IDEA, TRIO AND EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY SHOULD BE MAINTAINED AND PRIORITIZED BECAUSE THEY PROVIDE ESSENTIAL SERVICES TO THE STUDENTS WITH THE GREATEST NEEDS THROUGHOUT OUR NATION. I'M CONCERNED THAT WE ARE MOVING AWAY FROM BASIC EDUCATION AID TO ALL STATES AND INCREASINGLY RELYING ON COMPETITIVE GRANTS WHICH OFTEN DISADVANTAGE RURAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND RURAL STUDENTS IN MANY STATES LIKE MY HOME STATE OF ARKANSAS. ULTIMATELY I BELIEVE THAT HOW WE CHOOSE TO INVEST OUR NATION'S RESOURCES, REFLECT -- RESOURCES REFLECT OUR PRIORITIES AS A PEOPLE AND AS A NATION AND IF WE TRULY WANT TO GROW OUR ECONOMY AND CREATE JOBS IN AN EVER-INCREASING GLOBAL ECONOMY, OUR PRIORITY MUST BE ON OUR NATION'S EDUCATION SYSTEM AND ENSURING THAT ALL STUDENTS RECEIVE A WORLD CLASS EDUCATION. AS WE CONTINUE WORKING TOGETHER TO REDUCE OUR DEBT AND REDUCE SPENDING, I HOPE THAT WE CAN PUT AN EMPHASIS ON THE EDUCATIONAL NEEDS OF OUR CHILDREN AND CONTINUE TO INVEST IN THEIR FUTURES. OUR CHILDREN DID NOT GET US IN THIS FISCAL MESS. LET'S NOT PUNISH THEM, RATHER LET'S MAKE THE DIFFICULT CHOICES AND THE TOUGH DECISIONS THAT THE PEOPLE SENT US HERE TO MAKE, TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN PUT THIS NATION ON A PATH TOWARD A BALANCED BUDGET. AND WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:45:53 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, FRANK WOLF, WHO IS CHAIR OF THE COMMERCE,…

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, FRANK WOLF, WHO IS CHAIR OF THE COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE, APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE.

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  • 01:46:04 PM

    MR. WOLF

    JOHN BOEHNER HAS DONE AN INCREDIBLE JOB AND ALSO MR. ROGERS AND THE…

    JOHN BOEHNER HAS DONE AN INCREDIBLE JOB AND ALSO MR. ROGERS AND THE APPROPRIATIONS STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THEIR GOD WORK. THIS HAS REALLY NOT BEEN DONE BEFORE. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE BILL, PROVIDES THE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND OTHER AGENCIES. THE BILL BEFORE THE HOUSE IS A LONG OVERDUE CONCLUSION TO THE FISCAL YEAR 2011 APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS WHICH PREVIOUS CONGRESSES HAVE FAILED TO REALLY ADDRESS. THE NEW CONGRESS HAS CRAFTED A PACKAGE OF THOUGHTFUL AND NECESSARY REDUCTIONS TO DISCRETIONARY SPENDING WHICH WILL PUT THE COUNTRY BACK ON A PATH OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. THE BILL INCLUDES A TOTAL OF $53.4 BILLION ON THE JURISDICTION OF COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE. REDUCTION OF $11 BILLION OR 17% FROM FISCAL YEAR 2010 AND REDUCTION OF $7 BILLION OR 12% FROM THE PRESIDENT'S IMP. AT THE SAME TIME THE BILL -- PRESIDENT'S REQUEST. AT THE SAME TIME THE BILL HAS THE F.B.I. NATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAMS AND THE BASIC SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH SUPPORTIVE OF THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION AND NIST AND OTHERS. ALSO, THE BILL INCLUDES A FUNDING LANGUAGE NEEDED TO ALLOW NASA TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE NEW SPACE EXPLORATION PROGRAM THAT WE'LL OUTLINE IN THE RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL. THIS TAKES CARE OF NASA AND THERE IS LANGUAGE PROHIBITING NASA AND THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE WHITE HOUSE FROM PARTICIPATING IN BILATERAL COOPERATION WITH CHINA. THE CHINESE REGIME IS ENGAGED IN AGGRESSIVE ESPIONAGE PROGRAM TO STEAL FROM COMPANIES. ALMOST ALL OF THE AGENCIES BUT ALSO THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT AND CONGRESS INCLUDED IS BEING HACKED. IT'S EASY TO CONDEMN AND COMPLAIN BUT THIS IS A GOOD BILL AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT IT.

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  • 01:48:27 PM

    MR. DICKS

    GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, CONGRESSWOMAN KAPTUR, WHO IS THE SENIOR MEMBER OF…

    GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, CONGRESSWOMAN KAPTUR, WHO IS THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND THE SENIOR WOMAN OF THE HOUSE.

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  • 01:48:40 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, HERE IS THE SILLY…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, HERE IS THE SILLY APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. IT ENDS ON A DAY WHEN UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS ARE GOING UP, NOT DOWN, WHEN GAS PRICES ARE RISING, AND WHEN FOOD PRICES ARE DRAMATICALLY ON THE RISE. I SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES THAT IT IS MATH MATCALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO BALANCE A $1.5 TRILLION DEFICIT BY ONLY CUTTING FROM THE 12% OF TOTAL FEDERAL DISCRETIONARY SPENDING AND WITH NO TAX BREAKS SPENDING ON THE TABLE. FOR THE LARGEST ACCOUNT, DEFENSE AND HOMELAND SECURITY, THEY'RE NOT EVEN INCLUDED IN THE REDUCTION. YET, JOB CREATING ACCOUNTS LIKE TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING ARE CUT BY 18%, 1/5. HOW DOES THIS MAKE SENSE WHEN 40% OF AMERICAN BUILDING TRADE WORKERS ARE OUT OF WORK AND HOUSING IS IN THE DOLL DRUM. AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS FOR THE UNEMPLOYED, SENIORS AND CHILDREN ARE CUT BY 13% WHEN WALL STREET IS WALKING AWAY WITH BILLIONS. IF WE ARE GOING TO BE SERIOUS IN THIS CONGRESS ABOUT BALANCING THE FEDERAL DEFICIT, THEN WE NEED TO PUT EVERYTHING ON THE TABLE, ALL PROGRAMS, ALL REVENUE ACCOUNTS, ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS, MANDATORY PROGRAMS, FARM SUBSIDIES, OUTDATED DIRECT FEDERAL SUBSIDIES TO THE WEST. WE MUST ADDRESS TAX EXPENDITURE, SPENDING AND NONPAYMENT OF TAX BY THE MOST WELL-ENDOWED CORPORATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS IN THIS COUNTRY. CORPORATE PROFITS ARE AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH YET THEY'RE NOT HIRING. SHAREHOLDERS BENEFITS BUT NOT THE WORKERS. MR. RORGES AND MR. DICKS HAVE TRIED TO DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO GET TO THIS POINT. THEY ARE TO BE HIGHLY COMMENDED BY HAVING AN OPEN PRO HE SESS AND WORKING WITH THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. IT'S TIME THAT THE OTHER CHAIRMEN LOOK AT TAX SPENDING UNDER THEIR JURISDICTION AND MAKE NECESSARY CUTS TO BRING OUR ACCOUNT INTO BALANCE. I'VE BEEN PART OF THE CONGRESS THAT HAVE BALANCED BUDGETS YEAR AFTER YEAR BUT BACK IN THE 1990'S WHAT WE DID IS FOCUSED ON JOB AND JOB CREATION AND USED BUDGETS TO AID THE CREATION OF JOB AND REVENUE THEY GENERATE.

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  • 01:50:50 PM

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    MS. KAPTUR

    COULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD 30 SECONDS?

  • 01:50:54 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I DON'T HAVE THE TIME. 15 SECONDS.

  • 01:50:57 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    ALL RIGHT. I THANK YOU. FOR THE SAKE OF THIS INSTITUTION AND OUR REPUBLIC,…

    ALL RIGHT. I THANK YOU. FOR THE SAKE OF THIS INSTITUTION AND OUR REPUBLIC, I HOPE A FINAL VOTE ON THIS C.R. CAN END THE SLOW, SAD AND SILLY PROCESS WE'VE ENDURED. I WON'T BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THE BILL BECAUSE IT REALLY IS A BILL THAT WILL COST JOBS, NOT CREATE JOBS, BUT AT LEAST WILL END THE BUDGET WHIPLASH WE'VE BEEN THROUGH AND SUBJECTED THE COUNTRY TO IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS. I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:51:24 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES, MADAM SPEAKER, TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES, MADAM SPEAKER, TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND WATER SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN.

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  • 01:51:37 PM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    MADAM SPEAKER, I SHARE THE DESIRE TO HAVE ADDITIONAL SPENDING CUTS TO THIS…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I SHARE THE DESIRE TO HAVE ADDITIONAL SPENDING CUTS TO THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION. EVEN THOUGH THIS MEASURE CUTS MORE FEDERAL SPENDING THAN ANY OTHER BILL IN THE HISTORY OF OUR NATION, I RECOGNIZE THAT THE PRESIDENT AND THE SENATE WILL NOT SUPPORT ADDITIONAL REDUCTIONS. THIS IS UNFORTUNATE BECAUSE LIKE MANY OF US IN THIS HOUSE RECOGNIZE THAT OUR NATION IS COMPILED A PUBLIC DEBT OF $14 TRILLION AND AN ANNUAL BUDGET DEFICIT -- OUR ANNUAL BUDGET DEFICIT WILL TOTAL $1.5 TRILLION INTO THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, AN UNSUSTAINABLE AMOUNT. SIMPLY PUT, WE ARE BROKE AND THIS BILL IS BUT A FIRST STEP TOWARDS PUTTING US ON A MUCH MORE SOUND FISCAL STAFF. THE 2012 FISCAL YEAR PACKAGE LIES AHEAD AND WE NEED TO TAKE ADDITIONAL STEPS TO CUT SPENDING AND DO IT IN A RATIONAL WAY TO PROMOTE JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH. THE ENERGY TOTALS $31.75 BILLION, A 10% CUT FROM THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST. OUR APPROACH WAS SIMPLE. EVERY PROGRAM IN OUR JURISDICTION WAS SCRUTINIZED FOR SAVINGS WHILE PROTECTING NATIONAL SECURITY AND PROVIDING APPROPRIATE SUPPORT FOR JOB GROWTH AND A BALANCED ENERGY SUPPLY. OVERALL FUNDING FOR THE NATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, $696 MILLION, A 7% INCREASE FROM FISCAL YEAR 2010. THE ONLY SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THIS SECTION. THIS FUNDING WILL ASSURE THAT OUR NUCLEAR WEAPONS REMAIN RELIABLE AND OUR PROGRAMS TO STOP THE SPREAD OF FISSILE MATERIELS OVERSEAS STAYS STRONG. THERE'S NO IMPORTANT MANDATE FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. FUNDING FOR THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS IS $4.9 BILLION, BELOW THE REQUEST. PROGRAM DOLLARS WAS CONCENTRATED IN THE OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE ACCOUNTS TO ENSURE THAT THE CORPS HAS SUFFICIENT FUNDING FOR ITS KEY MISSIONS. MADAM SPEAKER, THESE CUTS ARE ONLY THE BEGINNING. WE NEED TO DO MORE AND I SUPPORT THE MEASURE AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:53:50 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISH GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR.…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISH GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. FATTAH, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF ENERGY AND SCIENCE.

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  • 01:54:03 PM

    MR. FATTAH

    LET ME THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, AND THANK…

    LET ME THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, AND THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH CHAIRMAN WOLF ON THE COMMERCE, SCIENCE, JUSTICE ACTIVITIES CONTAINED IN THIS C.R., AND I THINK THAT NOTWITHSTANDING THE VERY CHALLENGING FISCAL CIRCUMSTANCES THAT CHAIRMAN WOLF HAS WORKED TOWARDS A SET OF PRIORITIES THAT WILL HELP MOVE OUR COUNTRY FORWARD. I WANT TO POINT OUT OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY WITHIN THAT SECTION OF THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT, THE MFERINGS EXTENSION PARTNERSHIPS WHICH -- MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIPS WHICH WILL SEE A RISE AND THERE ARE MAJOR INCREASES FOR THE F.B.I. AND ITS IMPORTANT ROLE RELATED TO NATIONAL SECURITY. THERE'S A LOT OF DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE CUTS HERE. WE PASSED AN OMNIBUS ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE ON DECEMBER 10 WHEN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WAS IN THE MAJORITY. WE CUT SOME $45 BILLION FROM THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST IN APPROPRIATE WAYS THAT WE FELT WERE NECESSARY. THE NEW MAJORITY HAS REDUCED SOME ACCOUNTS, SOME WE WOULD AGREE WITH, SOME WE WOULD DISAGREE WITH. WHAT'S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT IS TO FOCUS ON THE FACT THAT EVEN THOUGH THE C.R. MAKES CUTS ACTUALLY AUTHORIZES APPROPRIATIONS OVER $1 TRILLION. THESE ARE NEEDED APPROPRIATIONS THAT IS IMPORTANT FOR OUR COUNTRY. THINGS RELATED TO NASA AND OUR INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, RELATIVE TO NOAA AND ITS SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS AND TSUNAMI PROTECTIONS, FOCUS ON THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT AND NIST AND A WHOLE RANGE OF AGENCIES, IT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE GET OUT OF THE TEMPORARY C.R. BUSINESS. WE CAN'T RUN THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH ON A WEEK-BY-WEEK BASIS, AND THIS HAD BRING A FINAL CONCLUSION TO THIS, AND I WANT TO SAY FINALLY AS WE APPROACH F.Y. 2012, EVEN THOUGH THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT CUTTING, I WOULD HASTEN TO ADD THAT WE ARE NOT SHADOW BOXING AS A NATION. WE ARE IN AN INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL COMPETITION WITH COUNTRIES THAT ARE INVESTING A GREAT DEAL OF MONEY IN RESEARCH AND INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY, AND WE CANNOT SELL FUTURE GENERATIONS OF OUR COUNTRY SHORT BY BEING UNWILLING TO MAKE DECISIONS TO APPROPRIATE MONEY WHERE WE NEED TO APPROPRIATE IT, TO EDUCATE FUTURE GENERATIONS, TO INVEST IN TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION AND RESEARCH SO THAT WE CAN BOTH PROVIDE FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOR OUR NATIONAL PROSPERITY. I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON FOR GRANTING ME THIS TIME. AND I THANK CHAIRMAN WOLF FOR WORKING WITH ME IN A BIPARTISAN BASIS. THANK YOU.

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  • 01:57:06 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. ADERHOLT.

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  • 01:57:18 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, AS MANY HAVE SAID HERE TODAY,…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, AS MANY HAVE SAID HERE TODAY, OUR GOVERNMENT HAS A SPENDING PROBLEM AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE -- WE ARE FINDING A SOLUTION. THIS BILL IS A STEP IN FINDING THAT SOLUTION. THE BILL WE ARE VOTING ON THIS AFTERNOON IS TRULY HISTORIC. IT CONTAINS DISCRETIONARY SPENDING CUTS THAT ARE NEARLY FIVE TIMES LARGER THAN ANY CUT IN HISTORY. THE HOMELAND SECURITY TITLE OF THIS C.R. STRIKES THE RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN FUNDING PARTY PROGRAMS THAT ARE ESSENTIAL TO OUR NATION'S SECURITY AND AT THE SAME TIME KEEPING OUR DISCRETIONARY SPENDING IN CHECK. IN FACT, THIS BILL MARKS THE FIRST TIME THAT THE ANNUAL DISCRETIONARY BUDGET FOR HOMELAND SECURITY HAS BEEN REDUCED FROM THE PREVIOUS FISCAL YEAR. THIS C.R. PROVIDES THE TOTAL OF $41.75 BILLION IN DISCRETIONARY FUNDING FOR THE HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THIS FUNDING LEVEL IS $784 MILLION BELOW THE F.Y. 2010 AND $189 BILLION BELOW THE PRESIDENT'S F.Y. 2011 REQUEST. IN CONTRAST TO PREVIOUS ANNUAL SPENDING BILLS, THIS C.R. PROVIDES FUNDING FOR ANNUAL COSTS OF DISASTERS FROM WITHIN THE EXISTING BUDGET. SO RATHER THAN US RELYING ON EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTS TO FUND THE DISASTER RELIEF -- SUPPLEMENTALS TO FUND THE DISASTER RELIEF, THIS IS SOMETHING THE PRESIDENT FAILED TO ADDRESS IN THE F.Y. 2011 BUDGET REQUEST. SUPPORTING THE COST OF SECURITY DEMANDS TRUTH IN BUDGETING AND THIS CONGRESS IS DELIVERING WHERE THE PRESIDENT AND O.M.B. HAS FAILED. HAVING SAID THAT, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS NOT IMMUNE FROM FISCAL DISCIPLINE. AND UNDERPERFORMING PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY CUT IN THIS AREA. BY IMPLEMENTING THESE CUTS, WE ARE NOT CHOOSING BETWEEN HOMELAND SECURITY AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. BOTH ARE SERIOUS AND NATIONAL SECURITY ITEMS MUST BE DEALT WITH IMMEDIATELY. THAT IS PRECISELY WHY THIS C.R. ALSO INCLUDES SUFFICIENT FUNDING TO SUSTAIN THE CRUCIAL --

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  • 01:59:30 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    CAN I HAVE 30 SECONDS? 30 SECONDS?

  • 01:59:36 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    PRECISELY WHERE THIS C.R. HAS SUFFICIENT FUNDING TO SUSTAIN CRITICAL…

    PRECISELY WHERE THIS C.R. HAS SUFFICIENT FUNDING TO SUSTAIN CRITICAL OPERATIONS AT THE FRONT LINE AGENCIES SUCH AS C.B.P., COAST GUARD, I.C.E., SECRET SERVICE, T.S.A. AND THE DEPARTMENT'S INTELLIGENCE OFFICE. MADAM SPEAKER, HOMELAND SECURITY IS FAR TOO IMPORTANT TO BE SUBJECT TO BUDGET GIMMICKS AND INADEQUATE JUSTIFICATIONS. THE HOMELAND SECURITY TITLE OF THIS C.R. RESPONSIBLY FUNDS PROGRAMS VITAL TO OUR NATION'S SECURITY AND WILL HELP GET OUR FEDERAL BUDGET ON TRACK. I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING THE TIME AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:00:16 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. FARR, WHO'S THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT.

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  • 02:00:26 PM

    MR. FARR

    MADAM SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND THANK YOU, MR. DICKS, FOR YIELDING.…

    MADAM SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND THANK YOU, MR. DICKS, FOR YIELDING. . I RISE IN APPRECIATION FOR THE HARD WORK THAT'S GONE ON IN OUR APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEES. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, THIS SATURDAY WILL MARK TWO MONTHS FROM THE DAY THAT THIS HOUSE PASSED H.R. 1. WHICH IS A REALLY DRACONIAN BILL THAT PUT ALL KINDS OF RIDERS AND ELIMINATED ALL KINDS OF FAMILY PLANNING MONEY FOR THINGS LIKE PLANNED PARENTHOOD. IT SORT OF NEW THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING AND VALUE OF NOTHING. I WOULD LIKE TO COMPLIMENT THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP FOR COMING AROUND. IT'S A MUCH BETTER IMPROVEMENT THAN H.R. 1. IT ALSO SHOWS THEY ARE NOT WHETTED TO H.R. 1. THE MESSAGE GOES OUT THAT THEY MAKES ADJUSTMENTS. THEY RESTORED NEARLY ALL THE $1.9 MILLION. 9% HIGHER THAN H.R. 1 IN OVERALL SPENDING. THE W.I.C. PROGRAM, THE PROGRAM THAT FEEDS LOW-INCOME WOMEN, EXPECTING CHILDREN OR HAVE CHILDREN, IS FUNDED AT A LEVEL SUFFICIENT TO SUPPORT WHAT WE THINK WILL BE THE PARTICIPATION LEVELS THIS YEAR WHEN A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE UNEMPLOYED AND IN POVERTY. THE FOOD SAFETY ACTIVITIES AT THE USDA ARE INCREASED BY MORE THAN 8% OVER H.R. 1. THEY BROKE THE H.R. 1 HOLD AND HAVE COME UP AND I COMPLIMENT THEM FOR THAT. THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION WAS INCREASED BY NEARLY 17%. 17% IN AN EARLA WHEN WE ARE WORRIED ABOUT FOOD SAFETY AND THE ISSUES OF FOOD SAFETY. THE MCGOVERN-DOLE PROGRAM WHICH IS FOOD AID TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES PROVIDES OUR AMERICAN FOOD TO REALLY NEEDY COUNTRIES IS NEARLY TWICE WHAT IT WAS IN H.R. 1. THE RURAL AND WATER WASTE PROGRAMS ARE 30% HIGHER THAN H.R. 1. BUT AGRICULTURE TITLE REALLY FALLS SHORT IN THE -- FROM THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST OF 2000, PARTICULARLY IN THE EMERGENCY FOOD FOR PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD WHO ARE IN DESPERATE NEED. WE TAKE SURPLUS AMERICAN FOOD AND GIVE IT TO COUNTRIES THAT ARE REALLY STARVING. WHILE WE ARE TRYING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF PEOPLE, WE NEED TO HAVE THIS PROGRAM NOT DECREASED BUT INCREASED WHEN THE WORLD'S IN A LOT OF HURT. LASTLY I'D JUST LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT WHAT REALLY BOTHERS ME IS THAT WE ARE PUTTING $5 BILLION MORE IN THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT AT THE SAME TIME CUTTING $25 MILLION FROM THE PEACE CORPS. THE PEACE CORPS IS ONLY $400 MILLION. IT'S A SMALL WEAPONS SYSTEM FOR THE MILITARY, THE ENTIRE THING. WE HAVE 7,000 PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS IN 77 COUNTRIES, 10 MORE COUNTRIES WANT US. 14,000 AMERICANS WANT TO BE IN THE PEACE CORPS, AND WE ARE CUTTING IT? YOU CAN'T WIN THE WAR WITHOUT WINNING THE HEARTS AND MINDS. THE WAR CORPS OF $5 BILLION ISN'T GOING TO DO AS MUCH AS THE PEACE CORPS. THANK YOU.

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  • 02:03:25 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRWOMAN OF THE FINANCIAL…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRWOMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI, MRS. EMERSON.

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    MRS. EMERSON

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    MRS. EMERSON

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. DICKS

    MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. BISHOP, THE…

    MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. BISHOP, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS.

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    MR. BISHOP

    MADAM SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON FOR YIELDING.…

    MADAM SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, TODAY MARKS THE END OF THE F.Y. 2011 PROCESS. A PROCESS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN COMPLETED A LONG, LONG TIME AGO. FAILING TO STOP A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, WOULD HAVE DESTROYED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S CONFIDENCE IN THE ABILITY OF CONGRESS TO GOVERN. THANKFULLY WITH ONLY MINUTES TO SPARE LAST WEEK THE HOUSE, SENATE, AND WHITE HOUSE CAME TOGETHER TO AVOID A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, STRIKING A COMPROMISE TO KEEP OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RUNNING FOR THE REMAINDER OF F.Y. 2011. THIS BILL IS BY NO MEANS PERFECT. I'M PARTICULARLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE IMPACT OF FUNDING REDUCTIONS TO SEVERAL AREAS, INCLUDING $35 BILLION CUTS IN PELL GRANTS FOR OUR STUDENTS. $700 MILLION IN CUTS WHILE LOCAL AND STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL, THE PEOPLE WHO KEEP US SAFE, I'M ALSO VERY CONCERNED ABOUT RURAL, AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITIES, CUTS IN $433 MILLION TO THE FOREIGN SERVICE AGENCY FOR DIRECT AND INDIRECT LOANS. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS A FAR CRY FROM THE DRACONIAN MEAT CLEAVER APPROACH OF H.R. 1 AND I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL THINK ABOUT WHAT WE JUST WENT THROUGH AND USE THIS FINAL RESOLUTION AS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW WE SHOULD APPROACH F.Y. 2012. OUR COUNTRY CANNOT AFFORD TO REPEAT THE IRRESPONSIBLE PROCESS GOING FORWARD THAT WE RESOLVE HERE TODAY. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ON BOTH SIDES OF CAPITOL HILL MUST WORK IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO PRODUCE A RESPONSIBLE BUDGET THAT WILL HELP GROW OUR ECONOMY AND RESPONSIBLY REDUCE OUR DEFICIT. THIS SPENDING PACKAGE BECOMES LAW, CONGRESS WILL HAVE MADE THE LARGEST CUTS TO DISCRETIONARY SPENDING IN THE HISTORY OF THIS BODY, CUTTING NEARLY $40 BILLION FROM THE F.Y. 2010 BUDGET. THE C.R. PROVIDES 73.1 BILLION FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS, WHICH IS $3.4 BILLION BELOW THE F.Y. 2010 ENACTED LEVELS. CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNTS ARE CONFORMED TO THE F.Y. 2011 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT, WHICH INCLUDED REDUCTIONS IN THE BUDGET REQUEST FOR F.Y. 2011. SAVINGS WERE FOUND BY TAKING REDUCTIONS IN UNOBLIGATED APPROPRIATIONS FROM YEARS PAST, AS WELL AS CAP TURING SAVINGS FROM PROJECTS THAT HAVE BEEN COMING IN UNDER BUDGET. THE C.R. ALSO INCLUDES A REDUCTION OF $160 MILLION BELOW BOTH THE REQUEST AND THE F.Y. 2010 LEVEL FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. TO REFLECT CANCELLATION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AS WELL AS I.T. PROGRAM POLICIES RESULTING FROM PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT REVIEWS. THE C.R. ALSO REMOVES FUNDING FOR THE CIVILIAN PAY RACE THAT WAS INCLUDED IN THE F.Y. 2011 ADVANCES OF THE V.A. FOLLOWING THE PRESIDENT'S DECISION TO FREEZE PAY. IN ADDITION, THE BILL RESCINDS $75 MILLION FROM PRIOR YEAR UNOBLIGATED CONSTRUCTION BALANCES. IT ALSO RESCINDS $12 MILLION FROM THE VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION FOR INITIATIVE TO PLACE A PRINTER ON EVERY DESK. SOME OF THESE ARE COMMONSENSE REFORMS THAT SAVE TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND HELP PUT US ON A PATH TO FISCAL SUSTAINABILITY. MANY OF THESE REDUCTIONS IN MILCON-V.A. WILL TAKEN IN THE FULL YEAR C.R. PASSED IN THE LAST CONGRESS.

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    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ROGERS

    I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE MILITARY,…

    I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE MILITARY, CONSTRUCTION, AND V.A. SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR ON APPROPRIATIONS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CULBERSON.

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    MR. CULBERSON

    THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS PORTIONS OF THIS BILL…

    THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS PORTIONS OF THIS BILL VIVIDLY ILLUSTRATES THE IMPORTANCE OF PASSING OUR APPROPRIATIONS BILL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. OUR WAR FIGHTERS IN THE FIELD CANNOT AFFORD TO HAVE ANY AIR BUBBLES IN THE LOGISTICAL PIPELINE THAT SUPPORTS THEIR OPERATIONS. THEIR FAMILIES, THEIR LOVED ONES CANNOT AFFORD TO HAVE THE BARRACKS, LIVING QUARTERS IN WHICH THEY ARE HOUSED TO BE DELAYED ANY LONGER. THE MARINE CORPS URGENTLY NEEDS BACHELOR ENLISTED QUARTERS TO GET DONE. MARINES HAVE HAD SEVERAL BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF PROJECTS ALREADY DELAYED. AS A FISCAL CONSERVATIVE I WANT TO SEE MORE CUTS. I'M COMMITTED AS OUR CHAIRMAN IS, AS OUR SPEAKER IS TO BALANCING THE BUDGET AS FAST AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE. THIS IS SIMPLY THE FIRST STEP IN A LONG WAR TO GET US BACK ON TO A BALANCED BUDGET. TO RESTRAIN FEDERAL SPENDING. WE DRAMATICALLY REDUCED WITH THE CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP AND THE SPEAKER'S LEADERSHIP THE NATIONAL CREDIT CARD LIMIT BY $38 BILLION. THE LARGEST CUT, NONWARTIME CUT IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES AFTER THE DRAWDOWN AFTER WORLD WAR II. WE HAVE ACTUALLY SEEN REDUCTIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME, MADAM SPEAKER, IN THIS BILL. I ASK ASKED THE STAFFERS WHEN I CAME IN, BRAND NEW TO THIS JOB, TO FIND SAVINGS THAT WOULD NOT IMPACT THE QUALITY OF HEALTH CARE FOR OUR VETERANS OUR REDUCE THE QUALITY OF THE HOUSING PROVIDED TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. WE HAVE DONE THAT WITH CON STRUCKS, SAVINGS. WE HAVE DONE IT BY TAKING MONEY THAT WAS NOT YET USED FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY. WE HAVE DONE IT BY REDUCING MONEY THAT WAS TAKEN AWAY, MONEY ALREADY THERE AND UNSPENT, BOTH AT THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNTS. BUT ABOVE ALL, WE PRESERVED THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR OUR VETERANS AND THE QUALITY OF OUR HEALTH CARE WHILE SAVING MONEY. IT'S AN IMPORTANT BILL.

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    MR. DICKS

    TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LEE, A…

    TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LEE, A VALUED MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE.

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    MS. LEE

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON FOR…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON FOR YIELDING AND ALSO FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION. BUDGETS ARE MORAL DOCUMENTS THAT REFLECT WHO WE ARE AS A NATION. THEY ARE NOT JUST ABOUT DOLLARS AND SCENTS. THESE CUTS WON'T CREATE JOBS, FOSTER ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY, OR PROVIDE PATHWAYS OUT OF POVERTY. INSTEAD IT ELIMINATES BILLIONS IN INVESTMENTS IN OUR WORK FORCE, OUR TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE, OUR SMALL BUSINESSES, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY IN OUR PEOPLE. IT'S A BOLD ASSAULT ON MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO RELY ON OUR SAFETY NET. THESE BUDGET CUTS AND WARPED PRIORITIES SHOULD BE A MORAL OUTRAGE TO EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY. THAT'S WHY 36,000 PEOPLE AND APPROXIMATELY 30 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE JOINED THE FAITH COMMUNITY IN A 24-HOUR FAST TO HIGHLIGHT THE ENORMOUS IMPACT THE DEVASTATING IMPACT OF THESE BUDGET CUTS. THIS BILL IS NOTHING MORE THAN A TEA PARTY CHECKLIST OF TARGETING PROGRAMS THAT HELP THE MOST VULNERABLE. $504 MILLION FROM THE W.I.C. PROGRAM. $300 MILLION FROM COPS. $125 MILLION FROM DISLOCATED WORKER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS. $49 MILLION FROM MENTORING CHILDREN OF INMATES. $17 MILLION FOR TITLE 10 FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAMS. AND $25 MILLION FOR VETERANS' AFFAIRS SUPPORTIVE HOUSING VOUCHERS. INSTEAD OF TARGETING LOW-INCOME AND MIDDLE-INCOME INDIVIDUALS AND THE RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PARTICULARLY AND ESPECIALLY LOW-INCOME WOMEN, AND WOMEN OF COLOR, WE SHOULD BE SERIOUS ABOUT GETTING OUR BLOATED MILITARY BUDGET TOGETHER AND REDUCE AND END THESE THREE WARS IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, AND LIBYA. WE COULD SAVE BILLIONS, MIND YOU, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS BY ENDING THESE WARS. MADAM SPEAKER, WE SHOULD REJECT THESE CUTS WHICH HURT OUR MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONS AND THE RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. IT'S SHAMEFUL, A MORAL DISGRACE, AND I URGE A NO VOTE ON IT.

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    OF THE TIME REMAINING ON BOTH SIDES?

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    MR. ROGERS

    I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH…

    I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. CRENSHAW.

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    MR. CRENSHAW

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, LET ME JUST REMIND MY…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, LET ME JUST REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT WHEN WE VOTE YES ON THIS RESOLUTION, WE WILL BE ABLE TO SAY THAT WE HAVE LED BY EXAMPLE. WE WERE TOLD THAT WE SHOULD TAKE THE BUDGET CUTTING KNIFE AND LOOK AT EVERY AGENCY AND MAKE THEM DO MORE WITH LESS. TO BE MORE EFFICIENT. AND WE THOUGHT WE SHOULD LEAD BY EXAMPLE. THE BEST WAY TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE IS TO TAKE THAT BUDGET CUTTING KNIFE AND TURN IT ON OURSELF. AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE DID. OVER ONE HALF OF THE CUTS THAT WERE MADE TO THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH SUBCOMMITTEE, WHICH I CHAIR, WERE MADE TO THIS HOUSE ITSELF. WE CUT THE OFFICE ACCOUNT OF EVERY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE BY 5%. WE CUT THE BUDGET OF ALL THE LEADERSHIP OFFICES BY 5%. WE CUT THE BUDGET OF ALL THE COMMITTEES BY 5% EXCEPT THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE WHICH WE CUT BY 9%. . SO WE HAVE LED BY EXAMPLE. NOW, SOME PEOPLE WILL SAY WE CUT TOO MUCH. SOME PEOPLE WILL SAY WE HAVEN'T CUT TOO MUCH. PEOPLE AREN'T GOING TO REMEMBER THE NUMBERS BUT WHAT WE WILL LONG REMEMBER IS THIS IS THE DAY THAT WE CHANGED THE DIRECTION OF THIS COUNTRY. THIS IS A DAY THAT WE TURNED THE SHIP OF STATE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THEY'LL REMEMBER THIS IS THE DAY THAT WE STOPPED THIS CULTURAL SPENDING AND STARTED A CULTURAL OF SAVINGS. THEY'LL REMEMBER THE DAY WE STOPPED SPENDING OUR FUTURE AND WE STARTED SAVING OUR FUTURE. THERE'S A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE, BUT LET'S CLEAN UP THIS MESS, LET'S MOVE AHEAD AND LET'S GET OURSELVES ON THE PATH TO PERMANENT PROSPERITY. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MYSELF 2 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MR. DICKS

    WEEK IN CONGRESS AND WE ARE VOTING ON THIS APPROPRIATION IT'S BILL, H.R.…

    WEEK IN CONGRESS AND WE ARE VOTING ON THIS APPROPRIATION IT'S BILL, H.R. 1473. I'M PLEASED AT THE 11TH HOUR LAST WEEK WE WERE ABLE TO REACH AN AGREEMENT, AN AGREEMENT THAT MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR MILITARY WIVES AROUND THE COUNTRY WOULD BE SURE TO GET THEIR PAYCHECK. THIS HAD TO BE DONE. WE KEPT OUR PARKS OPEN. WE SUPPORTED OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AROUND THE WORLD, AND AT THE SAME TIME I THINK WE MINIMIZED THE DAMAGE OF H.R. 1 IN THIS BILL. THE BILL THAT IS NOW BEFORE US CONTAINS CURRENT LEVELS OF HEAD START INCLUDING THE INCREASE SPOTS FOR NEWBORNS TO 2-YEAR-OLDS. IT HELPS PROTECT THE PELL GRANT PROGRAM. IT IS THE GOOD BILL ON DEFENSE. MY GOOD FRIEND, BILL YOUNG, HAS DONE AN AMAZING JOB AND I APPRECIATE SO MUCH MR. ROGERS TAKING ON BILL FROM LAST YEAR AND PUTTING IT INTO THIS BILL. THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM IS RESTORED. W.I.C. IS RESTORED. HEAD START IS RESTORED. YES, THERE'S SOME THINGS I DON'T LIKE. NO HIGH SPEED RAIL MONEY. SOME OTHER INVESTMENT ACCOUNTS. LITERACY PROGRAMS, SOME OF THEM WERE TAKEN AWAY. SOME OF THE CUTS IN HOMELAND SECURITY WERE NOT THE BEST. BUT AS WITH ANY COMPROMISE SOME MEMBERS WILL SEE A GLASS HALF FULL AND SOME WILL SEE A GLASS HALF EMPTY. MEMBERS WILL HAVE TO CONSIDER ALL THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THIS COMPROMISE AND VOTE THEIR CONSCIENCE. WE NEED TO MOVE ON TO THE F.Y. 2012 APPROPRIATIONS BILL. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS BILL MUST PASS TODAY. LET'S GET IT DONE SO WE CAN FIGHT AGAINST THE RYAN REPUBLICAN BUDGET. THANK YOU.

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    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A NEW MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A NEW MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. DENT.

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    MR. DENT

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION, H.R.…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION, H.R. 1473, THE FISCAL YEAR 2011 SPENDING AGREEMENT. IT'S NOT A GOOD -- IT'S NOT A PERFECT BILL. CUTTING FEDERAL SPENDING SEEMED IMPOSSIBLE BUT TODAY WE'RE CUTTING NONDEFENSE SPENDING BY NEARLY $45 BILLION OR 7.7% FROM THE FISCAL YEAR 2010 LEVEL. NOW, MADAM SPEAKER, WE HAVE IN FACT TURNED THE PROVERBIAL SHIP AROUND, THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER AROUND WHEN IT COMES TO FEDERAL SPENDING. WE'RE NOT DEBATING HOW MUCH WE'RE GOING TO INCREASE SPENDING. WE'RE DEBATING, HOWEVER, WE'RE GOING TO CUT SPENDING AND HOW MUCH WE'RE GOING TO CUT SPENDING. THAT REALLY REPRESENTS AN ENORMOUS SHIFT IN THE CULTURE OF THIS PLACE. YOU KNOW, FROM THE TRANSPORTATION ACCOUNTS WE CUT $2.9 BILLION FROM THE HIGH SPEED RAIL INITIATIVE. FROM H.U.D. THE BILL WILL FORCE PUBLIC HOUSING AGENCIES TO OPERATE MORE EFFICIENTLY, RAINES IN SPENDING FOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS WITH A HISTORY OF INCONSISTENT RESULTS. SO WE HAVE A LOT HERE TO CELEBRATE TODAY. YOU KNOW, IN NOVEMBER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE VOTED FOR CHANGE AND THE CULTURE OF THAT CHANGE IS OCCURRING. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A NEW MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A NEW MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. AUSTRIA.

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    MR. AUSTRIA

    MADAM SPEAKER. AND I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROGERS FOR HIS HARD WORK AND…

    MADAM SPEAKER. AND I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROGERS FOR HIS HARD WORK AND HIS LEADERSHIP TO FINALLY GET US HERE, TO FINALLY GET A PACKAGE BEFORE US THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE LAST YEAR THAT OFFICIALLY ENDS THE STIMULUS SPENDING BINGE, THAT FUNDS OUR TROOPS, THAT REPRESENTS THE LARGEST NONDEFENSE CUT IN AMERICAN HISTORY WITH NEARLY $40 BILLION IN REAL CUTS. CERTAINLY MANY OF US WOULD HAVE LIKED TO SEEN MORE CUTS INCLUDED IN THIS FINAL PACKAGE. AS THE SPEAKER MENTIONED EARLIER, UNFORTUNATELY REPUBLICANS ONLY CONTROL HALF OF ONE THIRD OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. UNTIL THE SENATE DEMOCRATS AND THE ADMINISTRATION, PRESIDENT, DECIDE TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT STOPPING THE BORROWING AND CUTTING SPENDING WE'RE NEVER GOING TO ACHIEVE THE SPENDING CUTS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE DEMANDED. SO WHAT DOES THIS C.R. MEAN FOR US TODAY? FOR STARTER, IT MEANS APPROXIMATELY $40 BILLION OF LESS BORROWING. THIS PACKAGE SETS THE STAGE FOR TRILLIONS MORE IN SPENDING CUTS THAT WE WILL VOTE ON LATER THIS WEEK. IT REDUCES OUR OWN BUDGET HERE IN CONGRESS BY $100 MILLION. IT DEFUNDS FOUR OF THE ADMINISTRATION'S CZARS. IT FULLY FUNDS OUR MEN AND WOMEN SERVING IN OUR COUNTRY, SOME IN HARM'S WAY. IT REDUCES THE BACKLOG AND FULLY FUNDS OUR COMMITMENT TO ISRAEL, ONE OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT ALLIES, WHILE CUTTING NEARLY $78.5 BILLION FROM THE PRESIDENT'S 2011 BUDGET. MADAM SPEAKER, IS IT A PERFECT SPENDING CUT PACKAGE? NO. BUT IT IS A REAL $40 BILLION START TOWARD THE 2012 BUDGET BILL WILL -- THAT WILL BEGIN DIGGING OURSELF OUT OF THE BUDGET DEFICIT AND PUTTING OUR NATION ON A PATH TOWARD PROSPERITY ONCE AGAIN. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO A NEW MEMBER OF THIS BODY, THE GENTLEMAN…

    I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO A NEW MEMBER OF THIS BODY, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. LANDRY.

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    MR. LANDRY

    MADAM SPEAKER, I AM A TEA PARTYIER. I HAVE A TEA PARTY POSTER IN MY…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I AM A TEA PARTYIER. I HAVE A TEA PARTY POSTER IN MY OFFICE. MY CONSTITUENTS GAVE ME A CHAINSAW TO USE TO CUT THE GOVERNMENT STRENGTH. I AM EXTREMELY PRO-LIFE. THIS BILL WILL PROHIBIT FUNDS -- FUNDING ABORTIONS IN D.C. IT DEFUNDS PLANNED PARENTHOOD. THE FACT THAT THE LAST CONGRESS DID NOT PASS A BUDGET LEFT UTS IN A MESS. SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO WRING THE MOP OUT TWICE TO CLEAN UP THE MESS. THIS BILL WILL CUT MONEY, MONEY THAT WILL HAVE SURELY BEEN SPENT HAD WE NOT TAKEN CONTROL OF THIS BODY. DO I THINK THE CUTS ARE BIG ENOUGH? NO. BUT AS MY MOTHER WARNED ME OF BEING PENNY-WISE AND POUND FOOLISH. IF WE DON'T PASS THIS C.R. OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WILL NOT BE PAID. I AM UPSET THAT THE PRESIDENT AND THE DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE -- I SERVED IN THE NATIONAL GUARD FOR IS 1 YEARS. I UNDERSTAND THE SACRIFICE OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN AND FAMILIES MAKE TO PRESERVE OUR FREEDOM. THE ARMY RANGE CREED STATES, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THEY SHALL NEVER FAIL THEIR COMRADES, THEY WILL NEVER LEAVE A FALLEN COMRADE AND EMBARRASS THEIR COUNTRY. I WILL NOT FAIL THEM, I WILL NOT LEAVE THEM AND I WILL NOT EMBARRASS THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO ARE POLITICAL PAWNS IN THIS GAME. WE SHOULD NOT LET THIS HAPPEN AGAIN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION, GET THE BALL ROLLING, HANG IN THERE, WRING OUT THE MOP THIS TIME AND TOGETHER WE CONTINUE TO MAKE HISTORY AND CLEAN UP ALL THE MESS.

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    YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED DEMOCRATIC WHIP, MR. HOYER FROM…

    YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED DEMOCRATIC WHIP, MR. HOYER FROM MARYLAND, WHO HAS BEEN A REAL LEADER IN OUR HOUSE.

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    MR. HOYER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON FOR YIELDING. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THIS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON FOR YIELDING. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION WILL PROVIDE FOR THE FUNDING OF OUR GOVERNMENT FROM NOW UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30 OF THIS YEAR. WHILE I DO NOT WANT TO ENGAGE IN A DEBATE LOOKING AT THE PAST, BUT WE ARE HERE BECAUSE WE DID NOT FUND THE GOVERNMENT IN THE LAST CONGRESS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30. AND FRANKLY THERE'S NOT MUCH USE IN POINTING AT ONE ANOTHER AS WE'VE BEEN DOING. THERE WAS AN OMNIBUS THAT WAS ON THE FLOOR AT THE URGING OF THE LEADER IN THE SENATE, AND IT WAS NOT ABLE TO GET THE 60 VOTES NECESSARY BECAUSE THOSE OF YOU ON THE MINORITY SIDE OF THE SENATE DID NOT GIVE VOTES TO DO THAT. NOTWITHSTANDING THAT, THE ISSUE TODAY IS NOT WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY BUT WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TODAY. AND WE HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE. WE HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE IN A DIVIDED HOUSE, IN A DIVIDED CONGRESS AND DIVIDED GOVERNMENT . THE SPEAKER TALKED ABOUT DIVIDED GOVERNMENT. AND THAT CHOICE IS WHETHER WE WILL COME TOGETHER, WORK TOGETHER, TRY TO MAKE THE BEST POSSIBLE AGREEMENT THAT WE COULD MAKE AND THEN MOVE TOGETHER. I THINK THE AMERICAN PUBLIC EXPECT US TO DO THAT. DURING THE COURSE OF THE DEBATE SOME DAYS AGO I REFERENCED WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE WHO COMES FROM KENTUCKY, ANOTHER FAMOUS KENTUCKYIAN, HENRY CLAY. HENRY CLAY CAME TO THIS CONGRESS AND WAS ELECTED SPEAKER ON THE FIRST DAY OF HIS SERVICE IN THIS CONGRESS. INTERESTING ENOUGH, HE WAS SPEAKER DURING THE EIGHTH CONGRESS, DURING THE 10TH CONGRESS AND DURING THE 13TH CONGRESS. HE SERVED FOR SOME 10 YEARS AS SPEAKER. HE SERVED, ALSO, IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND, IN FACT, WAS DEEMED TO BE ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE. HE IS UNIQUE IN HISTORY. AND HE SAID THIS, AND I WILL REPEAT IT. IF YOU CANNOT COMPROMISE YOU CANNOT GOVERN. AND WHAT HE MEANT BY THAT, OF COURSE, WAS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN 435 DISTRICTS AND 50 STATES -- NOT 50 STATES, OF COURSE, WHEN HE WAS SPEAKER, -- GO TO THE POLLS AND ELECT PEOPLE TO COME TO WASHINGTON TO REPRESENT THEM. AND NOT SURPRISINGLY IN A DEMOCRACY THEY HAVE DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW. THEY HAVE DIFFERENT PER EXPECTIVES. THEY HAVE DIFFERENT -- PERSPECTIVES. THEY HAVE DIFFERENT PRIORITIES. THEY COME FROM DIFFERENT GEOLOGICAL CONCERNS. THEIR DISTRICTS HAVE DIFFERENT INTERESTS. AND SO IT SHOULD NOT SHOCK ANY OF US THAT THERE IS NOT AGREEMENT IN 100% OF THE CASES OR SOMETIMES 70% OR SOMETIMES 6 0% AND PERHAPS NOT EVEN 50%. BUT THERE DOES COME A TIME WHEN THE AMERICAN PUBLIC EXPECT US TO BE ABLE TO ACT. GRIDLOCK IS NOT WHAT THEY VOTED FOR. MADAM SPEAKER, I WILL VOTE FOR THIS RESOLUTION. I DO NOT VOTE FOR THIS RESOLUTION ANY MORE THAN ANYBODY ELSE ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR WILL VOTE FOR OR AGAINST THIS RESOLUTION BECAUSE THEY LIKE EVERYTHING THAT'S IN IT OR DISLIKE EVERYTHING THAT'S IN IT. IF I WERE WRITING THIS RESOLUTION THE PRIORITIES WOULD BE DIFFERENT. I HEARD MY FRIEND, ROSA DELAURO, WHO IS NOW THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE LABOR AND HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE. VERY FRANKLY, IF I WERE ON THE COMMITTEE, I'M THE SECOND RANKING MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, I WOULD BE THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE AND I WOULD SHARE HER VIEWS. I DO SHARE HER VIEWS. I THINK THE PRIORITIES THAT WE HAVE AGREED TO IN THIS RESOLUTION ARE NOT MY PRIORITIES, BUT WE HAVE REACHED AGREEMENT. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, ELECTED BY ALL THE PEOPLE, THE MAJORITY LEADER OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THIS HOUSE WORKED FOR LITERALLY WEEKS TO TRY TO COME TOGETHER TO FORGE AN AGREEMENT SO THAT WE COULD FUND GOVERNMENT FOR THE BALANCE OF THIS YEAR. IT'S NOT USEFUL TO BLAME ANYBODY AS TO WHY WE'RE SO LATE ON THIS, BUT IT IS USEFUL TO SAY THAT WE ARE ABOUT TO EMBARK AFTER WE PASS THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION A CRITICAL DEBATE ON THE DIFFERENCES WE DO HAVE IN THE PRIORITIES OF THIS COUNTRY. VERY SUBSTANTIVE, DEEPLY HELD BELIEFS ON THE DIFFERENCES THAT EXIST BETWEEN OUR TWO PARTIES. AND THE BUDGETS THAT WILL BE OFFERED AFTER WE PASS THIS RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET FOR THE 2012 YEAR --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. HOYER

    TO BE THE SUBSTANCE OF OUR DEBATE. I WOULD HOPE AT THIS PERIOD OF TIME,…

    TO BE THE SUBSTANCE OF OUR DEBATE. I WOULD HOPE AT THIS PERIOD OF TIME, MADAM SPEAKER, THAT WE PASS THIS RESOLUTION, KEEP OUR GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONING AND COME TOGETHER TO DEBATE THE REAL PRIORITIES OF THIS COUNTRY IN THE NEXT BILL. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:29:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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    MR. ROGERS

    MAY I INQUIRE OF THE TIME REMAINING, MADAM SPEAKER?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY HAS 2 1/2 MINUTES, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY HAS 2 1/2 MINUTES, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAS 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. ROGERS

    HAVE ONE ADDITIONAL SPEAKER IF THE GENTLEMAN WANTS TO YIELD TIME. MR.

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    MR. DICKS

    HAVE 30 SECONDS. I JUST --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY HAS --

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    MR. DICKS

    HAS THE RIGHT TO CLOSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HE HAS AN ADDITIONAL SPEAKER.

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    MR. DOUKS

    WILL CLOSE. I HAVE TO FINISH NOW. I JUST WANT TO SAY I THANK THE CHAIRMAN…

    WILL CLOSE. I HAVE TO FINISH NOW. I JUST WANT TO SAY I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND I LOOK FORWARD TO F.Y. 2012 GETTING ON TO THE -- OUR APPROPRIATIONS BILLS AND OUR COMMITMENT TO THE HOUSE THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE OPEN RULES. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SUBCOMMITTEE MARKUPS. FULL COMMITTEE MARKUPS AND GIVE PEOPLE A CHANCE TO BE INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS AS THEY HAVE NOT BEEN IN THE PAST. I YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN.

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    MR. ROGERS

    IN THAT COMMITMENT. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE PLANNING TO DO. I JUST WANT THIS…

    IN THAT COMMITMENT. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE PLANNING TO DO. I JUST WANT THIS BILL OVER WITH.

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    MR. DICKS

    YOU. LET'S GET IT OVER. THANK YOU. YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ROGERS

    I YIELD THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE INTERIOR…

    I YIELD THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE INTERIOR SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, MR. SIMPSON.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED FOR 2 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MR. SIMPSON

    LET ME THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HARD WORK YOU HAVE DONE ON THIS…

    LET ME THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HARD WORK YOU HAVE DONE ON THIS APPROPRIATIONS BILL. I KNOW IT'S BEEN TOUGH. MR. SPEAKER, THE BUDGET YEAR, BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011 IS SIX MONTHS AND TWO WEEKS OVERDUE. IT'S TIME TO FINISH THIS BUDGET. THROUGH THIS LEGISLATION CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE ACHIEVED WHAT SOME THOUGHT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE. WE HAVE SUCCEEDED IN CUTTING $40 BILLION. THAT'S $40 BILLION FROM CURRENT SPENDING LEVELS. NO OTHER SINGLE BILL IN HISTORY HAS CUT MORE SPENDING. THINK ABOUT THAT FOR JUST A MINUTE. WHILE THE $40 BILLION REDUCTION IN SPENDING, IT IS $40 BILLION CONTRARY TO SOME OF THE REPORTS THAT HAVE BEEN OUT THERE THAT THAT IT IS $300 SOME-ODD MILLION. THIS IS $40 BILLION IN REAL REDUCTIONS IN SPENDING. WHILE THIS IS $40 BILLION, IT IS JUST A STEP, BUT IT IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. WE SHOULD ALSO THINK ABOUT HOW THE NATURE OF THIS NATIONAL CONVERSATION HAS -- ON SPENDING HAS CHANGED. FOR SEVERAL YEARS WE DEBATED IN CONGRESS HOW MUCH WE WERE GOING TO INCREASE SPENDING EACH YEAR. OUR DEBATE TODAY CENTERS NOT ON WHETHER WE SHOULD CUT SPENDING, BUT HOW MUCH SPENDING SHOULD BE CUT. THAT IS A SEA CHANGE IN THE DEBATE BOTH IN CONGRESS AND IN THE NATION AND IT'S A CHANGE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THE INTERIOR SUBCOMMITTEE WHICH I'M PRIVILEGED TO CHAIR HAS CUT SPENDING BY 8.1% BELOW THE F.Y. 2010 ENACTED LEVEL. VIRTUALLY EVERY AGENCY WITHIN THE BUDGET HAS BEEN CUT. THE C.R. CUTS E.P.A. FUNDING BY $1.6 BILLION OR 16% BELOW THE F.Y. 2010 ENACTED LEVEL. FUNDING LEVELS FOR LAND ACQUISITION PROGRAMS ARE REDUCED BY $149 MILLION. AND ON AND ON. EVEN WITH THESE DEEP CUTS, FUNDING LEVELS FOR OPERATIONAL ACCOUNTS ARE SUSTAINED TO PREVENT EMPLOYEE FURLOUGHS AND CLOSURE OF NATIONAL PARKS, FURLOUGH, SMITHSONIAN MUSEUMS, AND OTHER SITES. LET ME JUST SAY FOR A MINUTE ABOUT THE ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATION. ALTHOUGH NO FUNDS WERE INCLUDED IN THE ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATION TO CONTINUE AND PROCEED TO BUILD YUCCA MOUNTAIN, I DON'T WANT ANYONE TO MISINTERPRET THIS VOTE. CONGRESS HAS VOTED AND SPOKE MANY TIMES ON THE ISSUE OF YUCCA MOUNTAIN. DO NOT MISINTERPRET THIS VOTE THAT THIS IS A VOTE AGAINST YUCCA MOUNTAIN. WHAT WE ARE SAYING IS TO THE N.R.C. IS PROCEED WITH YUCCA MOUNTAIN AND N.R.C., DO YOUR JOB. WHICH THEY HAVE FAILED TO DO. AS I CLOSE MY REMARKS, I WANT TO ECHO WHAT BOTH CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND RANKING MEMBER DICKS SAID ABOUT THE STAFF. UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN ON THIS COMMITTEE OR ON ANY OF THE COMMITTEES, THE PUBLIC GENERALLY DOESN'T KNOW THE HARD WORK THAT GOES ON BEHIND THE SCENES TO MAKE THIS ALL POSSIBLE. I WANT TO THANK THE STAFF OF BOTH THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND REALLY THE STAFF OF THE HOUSE, THE STAFF THAT SITS UP HERE ON THE DAIS, THEY DO A TREMENDOUS JOB FOR US FOR WHICH THIS CONGRESS WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO OPERATE AS EFFECTIVELY AS WE DO. SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT'S NOT TOO EFFECTIVELY. WE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO DO OUR JOB. MOST PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN WE WENT HOME LAST FRIDAY AFTER EXTENDING THE GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR A WEEK, WE WENT HOME. THEY WERE HERE ALL DAY SATURDAY UNTIL WELL INTO SUNDAY MORNING AND THEN ALL DAY SUNDAY UNTIL WELL INTO MONDAY MORNING IN ORDER TO GET THE JOB DONE SO WE COULD DO THIS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. SO I WANT YOU TO VOTE FOR THIS BUDGET. I URGE AN AYE VOTE SO WE CAN GET ON WITH DEBATING WHAT THE MINORITY WHIP MENTIONED, THE IMPORTANT PRIORITIES FOR THE F.Y. 2012 BUDGET IN THE RYAN REPUBLICAN BUDGET. WE APPRECIATE THAT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RULE 218 THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE, THOSE OPPOSED WILL VOTE NO. THIRD READING.

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    THE CLERK

    A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND THE OTHER…

    A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND THE OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES OF THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2011, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 10 OF RULE 20,…

    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 10 OF RULE 20, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON H.R. 1473 WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 43. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 260, NATES ARE 167. THE BILL IS PASSED AND…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 260, NATES ARE 167. THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 43. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR ADJOURNMENT OR RECESS TWO OF THE HOUSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:07:30 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    ANNOUNCE THAT I WAS DETAINED, I GOT HERE RIGHT AT THE CLOSE OF THE VOTE, I…

    ANNOUNCE THAT I WAS DETAINED, I GOT HERE RIGHT AT THE CLOSE OF THE VOTE, I MISSED VOTING NO BECAUSE I BELIEVED THE VOTE DID NOT LIVE UP TO OUR PROMISE. WANTED THAT IN THE RECORD. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN'S STATEMENT WILL APPEAR IN THE RECORD.…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN'S STATEMENT WILL APPEAR IN THE RECORD. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 218, I CALL UP HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 35…

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 218, I CALL UP HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 35 DIRECTING THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO MAKE A CORRECTION IN THE ENROLLMENT OF H.R. 1473 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO MAKE A CORRECTION IN THE ENROLLMENT OF…

    OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO MAKE A CORRECTION IN THE ENROLLMENT OF H.R. 1473.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 218, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR.…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 218, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. ALEXANDER, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. DELAURO, WILL EACH CONTROL 10 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA. ALEXIS BLEDEL MR. SPEAKER, I ASK --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL -- MR. ALEXANDER: THE GENTLEMAN WILL --

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    MR. ALEXANDER

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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    MR. ALEXANDER

    ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS…

    ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IN H.C.RESOLUTION 35.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. ALEXANDER

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF THREE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND.…

    THE GENTLEMAN RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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  • 03:09:41 PM

    MR. ALEXANDER

    SPEAKER, HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 35, IF ADOPTED, WILL ADD PROVISIONS…

    SPEAKER, HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 35, IF ADOPTED, WILL ADD PROVISIONS TO THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION, H.R. 1437, TO PROHIBIT ANY FUNDS IN THIS ACT OR ANY PREVIOUS ACT FROM BEING USED TO IMPLEMENT THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE ACT. MOST IMPORTANTLY THE RESOLUTION WILL GUARANTEE THAT OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE WILL TAKE AN UP OR DOWN VOTE ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. I THINK WE CAN AGREE THIS IS A VOTE THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HAS CALLED FOR AND A VOTE THAT WE OWE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. MR. CHAIRMAN, TODAY THE HOUSE APPROVED A HISTORIC SPENDING AGREEMENT THAT CUTS NEARLY $40 BILLION IN FEDERAL SPENDING, WHEN SIGNED INTO LAW CONGRESS WILL HAVE ACHIEVED THE FIRST STEP IN ADDRESSING OUR NATION'S BLEEDING DEBT. OUR ECONOMY STILL SUFFERS FROM MILLIONS OF INDIVIDUALS REMAINING UNEMPLOYED. AT A TIME LIKE TODAY WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS RUNNING RECORD DEFICITS, COUPLED WITH SIGNIFICANT UNSUSTAINABLE LIABILITIES LIKE MEDICARE AND MEDICAID, WE SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD THIS $2.6 TRILLION ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM. IT ONLY SEEMS FAIR THAT A VOTE ON THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN BOTH MANDATORY AND DISCRETIONARY MONEY REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT THE HEALTH REFORM LAW IS PART OF THE DISCUSSION. I, ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE, HAVE LONG ARGUED FOR REPEAL IN THIS LAW. SEVERAL MEMBERS HAVE ALSO MAINTAINED THAT FOR THIS STRATEGY TO BE SUCCESSFUL IT MUST INCLUDE EFFORTS TO DEFUND THE ENFORCEMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A LAW THROUGH THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS, WITH THE INCLUSION OF THIS LANGUAGE IN THE C.R. WE WILL MOVE ONE STEP CLOSER TO REACHING THAT GOAL. UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP THE HOUSE HAS ALREADY BEGUN TO TACKLE THE HEALTH CARE LAW FROM PREVIOUS FRUNDS IN JANUARY THIS YEAR THE CHAMBER APPROVED A FULL REPEAL OF THE HEALTH CARE LAW. ADDITIONALLY DURING THE HISTORIC OPEN DEBATE ON A PREVIOUS CONTINUING RESOLUTION, H.R. 1, THIS CHAMBER DEBATED AND APPROVED VARIOUS PROVISIONS THAT WOULD PROHIBIT OR SLOW THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE HEALTH CARE LAW BY RESTRICTING ANNUAL APPROPRIATIONS FROM GOING TOWARD IMPLEMENTATION. IN FACT, JUST YESTERDAY WE PASSED A MEASURE THAT WOULD REPEAL JUST ONE SECTION OF THE HEALTH CARE LAW THAT INCLUDED $17.5 BILLION IN MANDATORY AUTOMATIC APPROPRIATIONS. THIS RESOLUTION WILL GO FORWARD BY ELIMINATING ALL THE FUNDS, BOTH MANDATORY AND DISCRETIONARY, WHICH IS CLEAR THAT WE PRESENTLY CANNOT AFFORD. IT WILL ALSO ALLOW TIME FOR US TO OFFER A NEW SOLUTION TO OUR NATION'S HEALTH CARE CHALLENGES, THAT WILL NOT HAVE LONG-TERM NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES FOR JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH. PUTTING ALL ARGUMENTS ON THE MERITS OF THE HEALTH CARE LAW ASIDE THIS RESOLUTION SIMPLY ENSURES ACCOUNTABILITY IS RESTORED OVER HOW HARD-EARNED TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE BEING SPENT. THE HEALTH CARE LAW TURNED HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DISCRETIONARY SPENDING INTO MANDATORY SPENDING. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:13:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    MR. ALEXANDER

    YES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT.

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  • 03:13:16 PM

    MS. DELAURO

    I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MS. DELAURO

    MR. SPEAKER, INSTEAD OF WORKING TO CREATE JOBS, REDULES THE DEFICIT AND DO…

    MR. SPEAKER, INSTEAD OF WORKING TO CREATE JOBS, REDULES THE DEFICIT AND DO THE BUSINESS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THIS MAJORITY HAS BEEN CONSUMED FOR MONTHS NOW WITH TRYING TO REPEAL HEALTH CARE REFORM. LIKE THE ATTEMPTED REPEAL WE SAW THE FIRST WEEK OF THIS CONGRESS, LIKE THE TEA PARTY BUDGET PASSED IN FEBRUARY AND LIKE THE MANY ATTEMPTS WE HAVE SEEN TO DECIMATE HEALTH CARE REFORM, THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ONCE AGAIN TRIES TO TAKE AWAY THE CONSUMER PROTECTION OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND PUT INSURANCE COMPANIES BACK IN CHARGE. IT IS A FURTHER DEMONSTRATION OF THE MAJORITY'S SPECIAL INTEREST PRIORITIES AND THEIR HYPOCRISY ON JOB CREATION AND DEFICIT REDUCTION. PASSING THIS RESOLUTION WILL DESTROY JOBS IN THE HEALTH PROFESSION, IT WILL SLOW JOB GROWTH BY $2 -- 250,000 TO 400,000 JOBS A YEAR, IT WILL INCREASE MEDICAL SPENDING AND ADD NEARLY $2,000 TO THE AVERAGE FAMILY INSURANCE PREMIUM. AND ACCORDING TO THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, IT WILL ADD $230 BILLION TO THE DEFICIT WITHIN 10 YEARS AND $1 TRILLION MORE WITHIN 20. LET ME REPEAT THAT. THIS AMENDMENT ADDS BILLIONS AND ULTIMATELY TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE DEFICIT, STARTING WITH $5.5 BILLION THIS YEAR. THIS IS NOT WHAT WE PROMISED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEY WANT US TO CUT THE DEFICIT, TO GET RID OF SPECIAL INTEREST WASTE LIKE OIL COMPANY SUBSIDIES AND BREAKS FOR CORPORATE LOBBYISTS. INSTEAD THE MAJORITY WANTS TO LET INSURANCE COMPANIES DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, EVEN CHILDREN WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS ONCE AGAIN. THEY WANT TO SEE WOMEN DENIED COVERAGE BECAUSE THEY SURVIVED BREAST CANCER, WERE THE VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OR HAD A C-SECTION. THEY WANT TO SEE FOUR MILLION SMALL BUSINESSES LOSE $40 BILLION IN TAX CREDITS AND SENIORS HEALTH CARE AND DRUG COSTS CONTINUE TO RISE AT STAGGERING RATES. WE'RE HERE TO SERVE THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, NOT THE WHIMS OF THE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES. THIS RESOLUTION WILL COST MONEY AND COST LIVES AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST IT, BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. DICKS

    I WANT TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE GENTLELADY'S REMARKS AND I RISE IN…

    I WANT TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE GENTLELADY'S REMARKS AND I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

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  • 03:15:38 PM

    MS. DELAURO

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I RESERVE MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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    MR. ALEXANDER

    THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. REHBERG

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE TO REPEAL…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE TO REPEAL OBAMACARE, DEFUNDING, SO I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION. IT'S IMPOSSIBLE IN THE SHORT TIME I HAVE TO DESCRIBE THE MANY REASONS TO JUSTIFY DEFUNDING, REPEALING AND REPLACING OBAMACARE. TODAY, I WANT TO MENTION ONE, THE ADVERSE EFFECTS ON THOSE ON MEDICARE. IN MONTANA THIS IS A HUGE ISSUE BECAUSE OUR POPULATION IS QUITE A BIT OLDER THAN OTHER STATES. FOLKS HAVE PAID INTO MEDICARE ALL THEIR LIVES AND THEY RIGHTFULLY EXPECT THE BENEFITS TO BE THERE FOR THEM. BUT MEDICARE'S GOING BROKE AND WILL BE BANKRUPT IN 11 YEARS. SUPPORTERS OF THE NEW HEALTH CARE LAWS SAY THEY STRENGTHEN MEDICARE, CLOSING THE DOUGHNUT HOLE ON PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. LET'S EXAMINE THAT A LITTLE MORE CAREFULLY. THE COST TO THE GOVERNMENT TO FIX THE DOUGHNUT HOLE IS ABOUT $27 BILLION BETWEEN NOW AND 2019. BUT OBAMACARE CUTS MEDICARE BENEFITS AND REIMBURSEMENTS BY MORE THAN $500 BILLION. THESE CUTS AREN'T BEING USED TO SAVE MEDICARE. THEY'RE BEING USED TO PAY FOR THE COST OF NEW ENTITLEMENTS IN OBAMACARE, FOR SENIORS IN MONTANA AND THE REST OF AMERICA, THIS IS NOT A GOOD TRADE. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL. MOST PEOPLE AREN'T EVEN AWARE THAT OBAMACARE INCLUDES A $210 BILLION TAX INCREASE ON MEDICARE. AGAIN, THAT MONEY ISN'T GOING TO BE USED TO SAVE MEDICARE. THIS TAX WILL GO TO PAY FOR THE COST OF NEW ENTITLEMENTS. OBAMACARE CUTS MEDICARE BENEFITS, INCREASES MEDICARE TAXES AND DOESN'T DO ANYTHING TO PROTECT MEDICARE THE AND THE NEW MEDICARE CUTS IN TAXES, ALONG WITH THE HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN NEW TAXES, PENALTIES AND FEES WON'T TAKE EFFECT UNTIL AFTER THE 2012 ELECTION. THAT'S NOT A COINCIDENCE. THIS IS A CLASSIC BAIT AND SWITCH. WE GET ALL THE SMALL BENEFITS UPFRONT AND GET HIT WITH A PILE OF BURDENS AFTER THE 2012 ELECTIONS. JUST ONE OF THE MANY REASONS TO DEFUND OBAMACARE NOW. THAT'S THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS REPLACING IT WITH REAL REFORM TO REIN IN HEALTH CARE COSTS AND IMPROVE -- WITH REAL REFORM, TO REIN IN HEALTH CARE COSTS AND IMPROVE IT.

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    MS. DELAURO

    I WILL ASSUME THAT HE WILL VOTE AGAINST THE RYAN BUDGET. WITH THAT I YIELD…

    I WILL ASSUME THAT HE WILL VOTE AGAINST THE RYAN BUDGET. WITH THAT I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK,

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    MRS. LOWEY

    STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE RESOLUTION. THE HOUSE SHOULD BE DEBATING…

    STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE RESOLUTION. THE HOUSE SHOULD BE DEBATING LEGISLATION TO INCREASE JOBS. PREGNANT WOMEN AND CANCER SURVIVORS WOULD LOSE COVERAGE WHEN THEY MOST NEED IT. YOUNG ADULTS WOULD LOSE COVERAGE ON THEIR PARENT'S PLAN. SENIORS WOULD PAY HIGHER DRUG COSTS. FAMILIES WILL NOT RECEIVE TAX CREDITS. AND TO SPEND 85% OF PREMIUMS AND BENEFITS. VOTE AGAINST THIS RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT VITAL CONSUMER PROTECTIONS IN HEALTH REFORM, DECREASE THE DEFICIT, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ALEXANDER

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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    MR. KING

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA WHO HAS DRILLED INTO THIS DEEPLY AND…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA WHO HAS DRILLED INTO THIS DEEPLY AND IT'S A BIG REASON WHY WE'RE ABLE TO BE HERE TODAY. I APPRECIATE HIS REPRESENTATION OF SENIORS IN MONTANA AND I MAY WELL HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING THE MOST SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN ALL OF AMERICA. I'VE WATCHED WHAT'S HAPPENED, NOT BY MEDICARE BUT WITH OBAMACARE ENTIRELY. AN WHEN I HEAR THE COMMENTS OF THE WHIMS OF THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY, THAT MAY WELL HAVE BEEN WHAT HELPED WRITE THIS BILL IN THE FIRST PLACE, IS LARGE INSURANCE COMPANIES, BUT WE HAD 1,300 OF THEM WHEN WE STARTED THIS PROCESS OVER A YEAR AGO. WE HAVE A FEWER TODAY. WE HAVE 100,000 HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY VARIETIES. WE HAVE FEWER TODAY. WE'RE LOOKING AT A $2.6 TRILLION IN OUTLAYS OVER OBAMACARE FOR THE FIRST FULL DECADE OF ITS IMPLEMENTATION. AND WE'VE SEEN TWO FEDERAL COURTS RULE OBAMACARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL. WE'VE UNCOVERED, I THINK IT WAS INTENTIONALLY HARD TO FIND NUMBERS THAT WERE HIDDEN IN THE AUTOMATIC APPROPRIATIONS OF OBAMACARE TO THE TUNE OF $105.5 BILLION TO BE LAID OUT. WE'RE SITTING RIGHT NOW ON TOP OF $23.6 BILLION THAT ARE BEING USED INTENSIVELY TO IMPLEMENT OBAMACARE ALL THE WHILE WHILE WE EXPECT AND THE PRESIDENT WILL EXPECT IT TO BE RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL BY THE SUPREME COURT. THIS SENT 85 FRESHMEN REPUBLICANS IN NOVEMBER. THIS VOTED TO CUT OFF EVERYTHING THAT COULD BE RULED IN ORDER ON THE FLOOR IN H.R. 1 THAT WILL BE USED TO IMPLEMENT OR ENFORCE OBAMACARE. THIS IS THE LANGUAGE THAT CUTS OFF THE AUTOMATIC SPENDING TO OBAMACARE. IT PUTS A FREEZE ON IT SO THE COURTS CAN DECIDE, SO THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE CAN BE REFLECTIVE, NOT JUST ON THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, BUT EVENTUALLY IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND ALSO LET'S BRING A PRESIDENT THAT WILL SIGN THIS REPEAL. THIS UNCONSTITUTIONAL TAKINGS OF AMERICAN LIBERTY THAT'S KNOWN OF OBAMACARE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. DELAURO

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. CAPPS.

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    MRS. CAPPS

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE MISGUIDED RESOLUTION. IT'S ANOTHER ATTEMPT BY THE REPUBLICANS TO TAKE AWAY IMPORTANT CONSUMER PROTECTIONS, RETURN TO A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT'S CLEARLY BROKEN. I STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT IS HARMFUL TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND TO OUR ECONOMY. THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS AND CERTAINLY THOSE IN MY DISTRICT ARE OPPOSED TO THIS DEFUNDING STUNT. SENIORS DO NOT WANT TO GO BACK TO A LIFE OF WORRY, ABOUT HOW THEY WILL MAKE IT THROUGH THE DOUGHNUT HOLE. PARENTS DO NOT WANT TO GO BACK TO WORRYING THAT THEIR CHILD WILL BE UNINSURED THIS SUMMER BECAUSE SHE GRADUATES. AND SMALL BUSINESSES DO NOT WANT TO CAN SELL THEIR EMPLOYEE'S HEALTH CARE COVERAGE BECAUSE THEY WOULD LOSE THE TAX CREDITS TO PAY FOR IT. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS LAW, AND ATTEMPTS BY MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO REPEAL IT HAVE FAILED. INSTEAD OF DEBATING THE PAST, WE NEED TO FOCUS ON THE FUTURE. LET'S WORK ON CREATING JOBS AND STRENGTHENING OUR ECONOMY. VOTE NO ON THIS FOOLISH RESOLUTION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ALEXANDER

    SPEAKER, I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. DELAURO

    MR. SPEAKER, COULD YOU TELL ME HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT?

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT HAS 6 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA HAS 2 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MS. DELAURO

    IF I COULD ASK THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, DO YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL…

    IF I COULD ASK THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, DO YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS?

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    MS. DELAURO

    YOU TO CLOSE. OK. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,…

    YOU TO CLOSE. OK. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. WAXMAN.

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    MR. WAXMAN

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS RESOLUTION WOULD DEFUND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS RESOLUTION WOULD DEFUND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER WAY REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO REPEAL THAT LAW. THE VERY FIRST WEEK OF THIS CONGRESS THEY VOTED TO REPEAL THE HEALTH CARE LAW. THEY SAID THEY WANT TO REPEAL IT AND REPLACE IT. WE STILL HAVE NOT SEEN WHAT THEY PROPOSE. THEY ARE NOT PROPOSING REFORMS TO HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS. INEFFECT WHAT THEY WOULD DO IS INCREASE THE NUMBER OF UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY BY 50 MILLION PEOPLE. THIS IS A PARTICULARLY REPREHENSIBLE WAY TO HELP REFORM. STOP IMPLEMENTATION. AMERICANS ARE ALREADY BENEFITING FROM THE LAW. SENIORS ARE GETTING DISCOUNTS ON THEIR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. ADULT CHILDREN WILL BE ABLE TO STAY ON THEIR PARENT'S INSURANCE UNTIL AGE 26. THEY WOULD REVERSE THE PROHIBITION AGAINST PRE-EXISTING CONDITION DENIALS FOR CHILDREN AND THEY WOULD STOP ALLOWING CONSUMERS ACCESS TO PREVENTIVE CARE WITH NO COST SHARING. THEY PULL THE RUG OUT UNDER CURRENT STATE EFFORTS TO HAVE VIBRANT COMPETITIVE MARKETPLACES WHICH IS THE CENTERPIECE FOR COMPETITION IN INSURANCE PLANS TO GET THE CONSUMERS CHOICE. BUT WHAT IS MOST DISTRESSING IS THE DANGERS IT POSES TO MEDICARE, MEDICAID AND THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, OUR HEALTH CARE SAFETY NET. ACCORDING TO A LETTER FROM SECRETARY SEBELIUS, THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT MODIFIES -- AND I'M QUOTING -- THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT MODIFIES AND IMPROVES ALMOST EVERY MEDICARE PAYMENT SYSTEM. IF THIS RESOLUTION WERE ENACTED, THE CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO USE ANY FUNDS TO ADMINISTER PAYMENTS BASED ON ANY RATE CALCULATED ON THE BASIS OF PROVISIONS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WHICH IS TO SAVE VIRTUALLY ALL RATES. MEDICARE AND MEDICAID COULD GRIND TO A HALT. THE SECRETARY GOES ON TO SAY, THIS RESOLUTION WOULD ADVERSELY AFFECT HEALTH CARE IN RURAL AREAS. C.M.S. WOULD NO LONGER BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE BONUS PAYMENTS TO PRIMARY CARE AND GENERAL SURGERY PHYSICIANS FOR ELIGIBLE SERVICES. I ASK FOR ANOTHER 30 SECONDS.

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    MS. DELAURO

    THE GENTLEMAN.

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    MR. WAXMAN

    AFFORDABLE CARE ACT ALSO GIVES C.M.S. NEW TOOLS TO FIGHT FRAUD AND HELPS…

    AFFORDABLE CARE ACT ALSO GIVES C.M.S. NEW TOOLS TO FIGHT FRAUD AND HELPS US MOVE FROM A PAY-AND-CHASE SYSTEM TO A COMPREHENSIVE FOCUSED STRATEGY. THIS RESOLUTION WOULD IMPEDE C.M.S.'S PROVEN AND SUCCESSFUL EFFORTS TO REDUCE WASTE AND FRAUD IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, RESULTS IN INCREASED ERRONEOUS PAYMENTS. THIS IS A HARMFUL RESOLUTION TO THE INTEREST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE IT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. DELAURO

    YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE.

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    MR. PALLONE

    THANK YOU. ALL I HEAR FROM THE OTHER SIDE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, IS…

    THANK YOU. ALL I HEAR FROM THE OTHER SIDE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, IS TRYING TO REHASH THE CAMPAIGN, TALKING ABOUT WHO GOT ELECTED IN NOVEMBER, SAYING THAT THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BE DEFEATED SO WE HAVE A NEW PRESIDENT. WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO CREATE JOBS? IT'S 100 DAYS OF THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY AND I DON'T SEE A SINGLE JOB CREATION BILL. NOW, THE DEMOCRATS WITH OUR HEALTH CARE REFORM, WE'RE TRYING TO EXPAND OPTIONS, GIVE PEOPLE LOW-COST INSURANCE, END DISCRIMINATION, LOOK FOR NEW WAYS OF TRAINING DOCTORS SO WE HAVE MORE DOCTORS TO COVER PEOPLE. WE'RE TRYING TO GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OPTIONS AND CHOICES AND ELIMINATE ALL THE PROBLEMS THEY HAD WITH THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. AND THE REPUBLICANS SAY, NO, GET RID OF IT, DEFUND IT. HOW MANY TIMES ARE WE GOING TO VOTE ON THE SAME THING? AND THEN LATER TODAY YOU ARE GOING TO COME BACK AND TRY TO DESTROY MEDICARE AND SAY THAT THE ELDERLY SHOULD NOT HAVE HEALTH CARE OPTIONS AND SHOULD HAVE TO GO OUT AND BUY THEIR INSURANCE AND MAYBE GET A LITTLE HELP FROM THE GOVERNMENT. WHAT IF THEY HAVE TO GO TO A NURSING HOME, YOU ARE GOING TO BLOCK MEDICAID AND SAY THE NURSING HOME MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE TO THEM OR THE QUALITY OF THE NURSING HOME CARE WOULD BE REALLY TERRIBLE. AGAIN, AS IT MAY HAVE BEEN YEARS AGO. SO I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE UP TO. LOOK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. LOOK TO CREATE JOBS FOR THEM. LOOK TO CREATE HEALTH CARE OPTIONS. DON'T DESTROY. DON'T DESTROY.

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    MS. DELAURO

    YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT,

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  • 03:28:00 PM

    MR. COURTNEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AMONG THE MANY PROGRAMS WHICH OTHERS HAVE TALKED…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AMONG THE MANY PROGRAMS WHICH OTHERS HAVE TALKED ABOUT THAT WOULD BE BLOWN UP WITH THIS MEASURE, THE EARLY RETIREE REINSURANCE PROGRAM WHICH IS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL ASPECTS OF THE HEALTH CARE LAW, WILL BE BLOWN UP. OVER 5,000 EMPLOYERS ALL ACROSS AMERICA, OVER HALF THE FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES, LIKE COCA-COLA, GENERAL ELECTRIC, HAVE ALL SIGNED UP WITH THIS PROGRAM WHICH USES THE SAME PRINCIPLES AS FLOOD INSURANCE IS STRENGTHENING EARLY RETIREE BENEFITS WHICH HAVE BEEN COLLAPSING OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS. THESE ARE THE COMPANIES THAT WILL GO OUT AND HIRE PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY YOUNG PEOPLE BECAUSE EARLY RETIREMENT ALLOWS THEIR WORK FORCE TO ACTUALLY HAVE ITS NATURAL CHANGE SO THAT YOUNG PEOPLE CAN FIND JOBS. THE ECONOMY CREATED 200,000 JOBS LAST MONTH. IT'S BECAUSE OF PROGRAMS LIKE THE EARLY RETIREE REINSURANCE PROGRAM WHICH THE HEALTH CARE LAW CREATED, WE SHOULD NOT END THAT PROGRAM BY PASSING THIS RESOLUTION. THESE EMPLOYERS HAVE SIGNED UP IN GOOD FAITH AND THAT GOOD FAITH DU SERVES OUR COMMITMENT TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON THE PROGRAM THAT THIS COUNTRY OFFERED THEM. THAT'S A STRATEGY, THAT'S A WINNING STRATEGY TO CREATE JOBS FOR THIS COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. DELAURO

    YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MARYLAND, MS. EDWARDS.

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  • 03:29:26 PM

    MS. EDWARDS

    I FEEL LIKE I'M IN THE MOVIE "GROUNDHOG DAY." I CAN'T BELIEVE WE'RE…

    I FEEL LIKE I'M IN THE MOVIE "GROUNDHOG DAY." I CAN'T BELIEVE WE'RE STANDING HERE TODAY WHEN WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT CREATING JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY FOR THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED INSTEAD OF TAKING AWAY THEIR HEALTH CARE, INSTEAD OF TAKING AWAY THEIR ABILITY OF A YOUNG PERSON UP TO AGE 26 TO STAY ON THEIR PARTICIPANT'S HEALTH CARE PLAN. WE ARE -- PARENT'S HEALTH CARE PLAN. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE ABILITY OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE CHILDREN, WHO HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, TO BE DENIED COVERAGE ONCE AGAIN INSTEAD OF CREATING JOBS. INSTEAD OF CREATING JOBS, MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE HERE TELLING SENIORS THAT WE WANT THEM TO REACH INTO THEIR POCKETS AND INTO THEIR RETIREMENT TO PAY FOR OUTRAGEOUS PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE. WE'RE STANDING HERE INSTEAD OF CREATING JOBS TELLING SMALL BUSINESSES THAT YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET A TAX CREDIT TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE INSURANCE FOR -- FOR YOUR BUSINESS. I MEAN, THIS IS RIDICULOUS. AND, MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE TO TELL YOU, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MUST BE WONDERING WHAT IT IS THAT THIS REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS DOING WHEN THEY WANT TO RIP OFF SENIORS, RIP OFF CHILDREN AND STOP HEALTH CARE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND WITH THAT I YIELD.

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    MS. DELAURO

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. SCHAKOWSKY.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    FINALLY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA MADE REAL THE POSSIBILITY OF LIFE,…

    FINALLY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA MADE REAL THE POSSIBILITY OF LIFE, LIBERTY AND PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, ALL OF WHICH ARE LITERALLY IMPOSSIBLE UNLESS HEALTH CARE IS A RIGHT FOR ALL IN OUR GREAT COUNTRY. THIS RESOLUTION GOES IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION, A VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS RESOLUTION TELLS AMERICANS AND SMALL BUSINESSES THAT THEY WILL BE LEFT TO DO BATTLE WITH INSURANCE COMPANIES ON THEIR OWN, INSURANCE COMPANIES THAT WILL ONCE AGAIN REFUSE COVERAGE, DENY CLAIMS AND SUBJECT THEM TO DOUBLE-DIGIT PREMIUM INCREASES. AND UNDER THEIR BUDGET PLAN, THEY NOW WANT TO END MEDICARE AND LEAVE SENIORS AND DISABLED PEOPLE TO THE MERCIES OF PRIVATE INSURERS. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT RESERVE?

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  • 03:31:36 PM

    MS. DELAURO

    I RESERVE. HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT?

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    15 SECONDS REMAINING.

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    MS. DELAURO

    I THINK THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA HAS THE RIGHT TO CLOSE? IN THAT 15…

    I THINK THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA HAS THE RIGHT TO CLOSE? IN THAT 15 SECONDS LET ME SAY, THEY WILL DEFUND HEALTH CARE, THEY WILL END MEDICARE, THEY WILL KICK SENIORS OUT OF NURSING HOMES, SEND HEALTH CARE BACK TO THE INSURANCE COMPANIES, IT SHOWS YOU WHERE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS MEASURE.

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    MR. ALEXANDER

    MR. SPEAKER, A KEY COMPONENT OF THIS SPENDING AGREEMENT IS A GUARANTEED UP…

    MR. SPEAKER, A KEY COMPONENT OF THIS SPENDING AGREEMENT IS A GUARANTEED UP OR DOWN VOTE IN THE SENATE ON A PROVISION THAT WOULD PROHIBIT ANY FUNDS IN THIS ACT OR ANY PREVIOUS ACT FROM BEING USED TO CARRY OUT THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. LET'S RETURN TO CONGRESS, LET'S REVIEW THIS FUNDING ANNUALLY AND EXERCISE FULL OVERSIGHT. HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 35 DOES JUST THAT. AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE BEING CALLED ON TO REIN IN GOVERNMENT SPENDING, THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER DESERVES THIS VOTE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS ENROLLED RESOLUTION, TO DELIVER ON THEIR PROMISE TODAY AND CALL ON THE SENATE TO DO THE SAME. MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE 218, THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS CONSIDERED READ AND THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE ADOPTION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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    FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    SPEAKER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 218, I CALL UP HOUSE CONCURRENT…

    SPEAKER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 218, I CALL UP HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 36, DIRECTING THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO MAKE A CORRECTION IN THE ENROLLMENT OF H.R. 1473 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 36, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE CLERK…

    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 36, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO MAKE A CORRECTION IN THE ENROLLMENT OF H.R. 1473.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. NUNNELEE, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. NUNNELEE, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. DELAURO, WILL EACH CONTROL 10 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI.

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    MR. NUNNELEE

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 36.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. NUNNELEE

    SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. NUNNELEE

    THIS RESOLUTION WOULD DENY FUNDING TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD. IT'S MORALLY…

    THIS RESOLUTION WOULD DENY FUNDING TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD. IT'S MORALLY WRONG TO HAVE TAXPAYER DOLLARS FROM MY CONSTITUENTS IN MISSISSIPPI OR FROM ANY OTHER STATE GO TOWARDS ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROVIDE ABORTIONS. SINCE 1977 PLANNED PARENTHOOD HAS ASSISTED IN ABORTING THE LIVES OF OVER FIVE MILLION CHILDREN. THIS RESOLUTION BEFORE THE HOUSE IS SIMPLE AND STRAIGHT FORWARD. NOT ONLY THOSE WHO WILL FRAME THE RESOLUTION AS A DEBATE OVER DENYING HEALTH CARE BENEFITS FOR WOMEN. THIS ISN'T THE CASE. IN FACT, IN THIS RESOLUTION NOT ONE DIME OF WOMEN'S HEALTH OR FAMILY HEALTH PLANNING FUNDING IS REDUCED. IT SIMPLY SAYS THOSE DOLLARS CANNOT GO TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD. THIS IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT HAS PROTECTED THOSE WHO PREY ON OUR CHILDREN AND HAS PROTECTED THOSE WHO RAPE OUR GRANDDAUGHTERS. PLANNED PARENT HOOTH -- PARENTHOOD HOLDS SELF ABOVE THE LAW BY IGNORING MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS, BY SKIRTING PARENTAL CONSENT, BY AIDING AND ABETTING CHILD TRAFFICKING. THEY PUT QUICK AND SECRET ABORTIONS AHEAD OF THE WELFARE OF VICTIMIZED YOUNG GIRLS AND IT HAS TO STOP. NOW, THOSE WHO OPPOSE THIS RESOLUTION ARE ENABLING THEM. I REFUSE TO REACH INTO THE POCKETS OF OUR TAXPAYERS TO FUND THIS SORT OF ACTIVITY. I'VE ALWAYS VIEWED THESE YOUNG WOMEN AS MUCH OF A VICTIM AS THE UNBORN CHILD AND WANT TO GO AFTER THOSE CORRUPT AND IMMORAL BUSINESSES THAT EXPLOIT THEM. WE DID A PRETTY GOOD JOB OF RUNNING THEM OUT OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI. IN FACT, IN NOVEMBER MISSISSIPPI WILL HAVE ON ITS BALLOT A BALLOT INITIATIVE THAT DEFINES PERSONHOOD AND OVER 106,000 MISSISSIPPIANS PUT THE SIGNATURES ON THE INITIATIVE TO GET THIS ON THE BALLOT. AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS A POLITICAL ORGANIZATION AND IS FUNDING THE OPPOSITION TO THIS BALLOT. BOTTOM LINE, WE NEED TO DENY FUNDING TO THOSE AGENCIES THAT SUPPORT ABORTIONS AND THIS RESOLUTION WILL DO THAT.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT.

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    MS. DELAURO

    I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS CONCURRENT…

    I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BUDGET AND EVERYTHING TO DO WITH IDEOLOGY. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO TURN BACK THE CLOCK ON WOMEN'S HEALTH AND BASIC RIGHTS. THE MAJORITY WANTS TO IMPOSE A TRADITIONAL VIEW OF A WOMAN'S ROLE AND TAKE US BACK TO A DAY WHEN FAMILY PLANNING WAS NOT AVAILABLE. WITH THIS RESOLUTION THE MAJORITY AIMS TO EXCLUDE ONE SPECIFIC HEALTH CARE PROVIDER, PLANNED PARENTHOOD, FROM ALL FEDERAL RESOURCES. THIS WILL NEEDLESSLY PUT LIVES IN DANGER. PLANNED PARENTHOOD CARRIES OUT MILLIONS OF LIFE-SAVING, PREVENTIVE AND PRIMARY CARE SERVICES EVERY YEAR. THEY DELIVER IMMUNIZATIONS, ROUTINE EXAMS, NEARLY ONE MILLION SCREENINGS FOR CERVICAL CANCER, 830,000 BREAST EXAMS AND NEARLY FOUR MILLION TESTS AND TREATMENTS FOR SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS LIKE H.I.V. EVERY SINGLE YEAR. IF THIS RESOLUTION PASSES ALL OF THESE SERVICES WOULD BE LOST. 75% OF THEIR MORE THAN THREE MILLION PATIENTS LIVE AT OR BELOW 150% OF THE POVERTY LEVEL. MAKE LESS THAN $33,000 FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR. ONE OF EVERY FIVE WOMEN IN AMERICA HAS GONE TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD FOR ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. 60% OF THESE WOMEN CONSIDERED PLANNED PARENTHOOD THEIR MAIN SOURCE OF CARE. AND IN FACT EVEN THE NUMBER OF MEN PLANNED PARENTHOOD SERVES HAS DOUBLED OVER THE PAST DECADE. ALL OF THESE WOMEN AND MEN WOULD LOSE ACCESS TO THESE SERVICES IF THIS SHOULD PASS. THIS RESOLUTION GUTS A PRIMARY SOURCE OF CARE FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICAN FAMILIES. WE ALL KNOW THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FEDERAL FUNDING OF ABORTION. FEDERAL FUNDS ARE ALREADY BANNED FROM GOING TOWARDS ABORTION SERVICES UNDER THE HYDE AMENDMENT. WE SHOULD NOT BE PLAYING POLITICAL GAMES WITH WOMEN'S LIVES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS DANGEROUS RESOLUTION AND TO STAND FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH AND ABOVE ALL TO TRUST WOMEN TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I YIELD --

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    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE GENTLELADY'S POSITION ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE GENTLELADY'S POSITION ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND URGE A NO VOTE.

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    A MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM --

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    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE, THE PRINCIPLE SPONSOR OF THE BILL, MRS. BLACK.

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    MRS. BLACK

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS A NURSE FOR OVER 40 YEARS I'VE SPENT MY ENTIRE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS A NURSE FOR OVER 40 YEARS I'VE SPENT MY ENTIRE CAREER PROTECTING LIFE. AND THOSE WHO NEED THE GREATEST PROTECTION ARE THOSE WHO HAVE THE LEAST VOICE. THAT IS CHILDREN BORN AND UNBORN. NOW AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS I WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE UNBORN THROUGH THIS LEGISLATION AS WE HAVE HERE TODAY. AND TODAY I AM HERE AS A SPONSOR OF THIS RESOLUTION TO ENSURE THAT NO FEDERAL FUNDS ARE USED FOR EITHER THE PROMOTION OR THE PERFORMANCE OF ABORTIONS. NOW, THERE ARE PEOPLE AROUND WHO WILL WANT TO LEAD YOU TO BELIEVE THAT THIS BILL IS ABOUT REPUBLICANS WANTING TO DENY WOMEN ACCESS TO PREVENTIVE CARE. BUT THEY ARE USING SCARE TACTICS AND THEIR LIES ARE DISTRACTING YOU FROM THE REAL FACTS. AS A MATTER OF FACT, TITLE 10 FUNDS WHICH FUND THESE TYPES OF PREVENTIVE CARE FOR WOMEN WITH WILL CONTINUE TO FUND THOSE ORGANIZATIONS AND AGENCIES THAT PROVIDE PREVENTIVE CARE, BUT DO NOT PROVIDE EITHER THE PROMOTION OR ABORTION SERVICES. WHAT MY COLLEAGUES AND I ARE HERE TODAY IS STANDING UP AND SAYING WE DO NOT WANT TO SUPPORT FEDERAL FUNDING OF ANY ORGANIZATION, ANY ORGANIZATION, THAT PROMOTES OR PERFORMS ABORTIONS. NOW, THERE IS AN URGENT NEED TO STOP TAXPAYER DOLLARS FROM FUNDING ABORTIONS AND THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE HAS ALREADY MADE CLEAR OUR COMMITMENT TO ENDING THE FUNDING FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD WHICH IS BY THE WAY AMERICA'S LARGEST ABORTION PROVIDER. NOW THE SENATE HAS DUBBED THIS LEGISLATION AND THIS IMPORTANT DISCUSSION FOR THIS LEGISLATION FOR TOO LONG AND IT'S TIME THAT THE SENATORS DEBATE THIS IN THE OPEN AS WE HAVE HERE IN THE HOUSE IN H.R. 1 AND TAKE A VOTE TO END TAXPAYER FUNDING OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT.

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    MS. DELAURO

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER.

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    MS. PELOSI

    MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING AND FOR HER FORCEFUL…

    MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING AND FOR HER FORCEFUL LEADERSHIP IN PROMOTING WOMEN'S HEALTH. MR. SPEAKER, MY COLLEAGUES, WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL A LONG TIME AGO I PARTICIPATED IN A DEBATE CONTEST. ONE OF THE CONTESTANTS THERE, FRIEND OF MINE, DREW FROM THE BOWEL A SLIP THAT SAID -- BOWL A SLIP THAT SAID, DO WOMEN THINK? DO WOMEN THINK? NOW THANKS LONG TIME AGO BUT EVEN THEN WE THOUGHT THAT WAS A STARTLING QUESTION. DO WOMEN THINK? THE YOUNG LADY WHO DREW IT, SHE WAS REALLY A GIRL IN HIGH SCHOOL, SHE SPOKE WITH GREAT GRACE AND STRENGTH ABOUT WOMEN AND WON THE DEBATE WHICH WE HOPE TO DO TODAY. I THOUGHT -- I HADN'T THOUGHT OF THAT DEBATE FOR A LONG TIME BUT IT CAME RUSHING DOWN ON ME AS I HEARD OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES PUT FORTH THEIR CUTS ON WOMEN'S HEALTH, ESPECIALLY ELIMINATING FUNDING FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD. THE ARGUE MINGTS -- THE ARGUMENTS WHICH THE REPUBLICANS HAVE PUT FORTH SOUND LIKE THE SAME QUESTIONS OF THE DECADE AGO, DO WOMEN THINK? IT'S AN ASSAULT ON THE JUDGMENT OF WOMEN. IT BESPEAKS A LACK OF RESPECT FOR WOMEN TO DETERMINE THE SIZE AND THE TIMING OF THEIR FAMILY. IT'S CLEAR THAT REPUBLICANS DO NOT SUPPORT FAMILY PLANNING, IT'S HARD TO UNDERSTAND, BUT IT'S CLEAR THAT THEY DON'T. AND HAVE USED DEBATE ON THIS BILL TO SPREAD MISINFORMATION ABOUT THE CRITICAL WORK WITH THAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD DOES ON BEHALF OF AMERICA'S WOMEN EVERY DAY. SO LET US BE CLEAR, PLANNED PARENTHOOD HEALTH CENTERS CURRENTLY PROVIDE PREVENTIVE SERVICES TO MILLIONS OF WOMEN IN NEED OF HEALTH CARE, INCLUDING THE PROVISION OF CONTRACEPTION, CANCER SCREENING, BREAST EXAMS AND H.I.V. TESTING. FURTHER, THIS DEBATE IS NOT ABOUT ABORTION, THAT IS BECAUSE FEDERAL FUNDS FOG -- FUNDING FOR ABORTION IS ALREADY PROHIBITED. THAT IS THE LAW OF THE LAND. THIS DEBATE IS ABOUT WOMEN'S HEALTH. EVERY YEAR PLANNED PARENTHOOD HELPS -- HEALTH CENTERS PROVIDE THIS FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH, CONTRACEPTION TO NEARLY 2 1/2 MILLION PATIENTS, NEARLY ONE MILLION PAP TESTS IDENTIFYING ABOUT 93,000 WOMEN AT RISK FOR DEVELOPING CERVICAL CANCER, 830 BREAST EXAMS, HELPING ALERT PATIENTS TO POSSIBLE CANCERS. AND THAT IS WHY CUTTING OFF FEDERAL FUNDING FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD WOULD HAVE A DEVASTATING IMPACT ON WOMEN'S HEALTH ACROSS THE COUNTRY. INDEED, MORE THAN 90% OF THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDED BY PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS PREVENTIVE CARE. FORMAT JORT OF THE WOMEN WHO USE PLAN FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE WOMEN WHO USE -- FOR THE MAJORITY OF WOMEN WHO USE PLANNED PARENTHOOD, THIS IS THE PRIMARY SOURCE. TODAY'S LEGISLATION WHICH HAS NO CHANCE OF PASSING THE SENATE AND BECOMING LAW, THANK GOD, IS JUST PART OF THE REPUBLICAN AGENDA THAT IS THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE AND RADICAL ASSAULT ON WOMEN'S HEALTH AND REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM IN OUR LIFETIME. AND THAT'S SAYING SOMETHING. FURTHER, I POINT OUT, THAT TODAY ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE THIS IS THE 100TH DAY OF THE REPUBLICANS HAVING THE MAJORITY. HERE WE ARE AGAIN DEBATING LEGISLATION THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, CREATING JOBS. INDEED, AFTER 100 DAYS, THE REPUBLICANS HAVE NOT CREATED ONE JOB AND HAVE NOT OFFERED A JOBS AGENDA AND ARE INSTEAD ON THE MARCH AGAINST WOMEN'S HEALTH AND TO END COMMEER IN ORDER TO GIVE TAX BREAKS TO BILL OIL AND MILLIONAIRES. SOME REPUBLICANS SAY THAT WE'RE HERE BECAUSE WE DID NOT PASS A BILL LAST YEAR. SHOCKING TO HEAR EVEN SOME MEMBERS OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE WHO SHOULD KNOW BETTER ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE SAY THAT. BUT INDEED WE DID. IT WAS HELD UP BY REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE. WE PASSED IT IN THE HOUSE WITHOUT ONE REPUBLICAN VOTE. THE OMNIBUS BILL. BUT IT WAS HELD UP BY THE REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE. AND IN THAT BILL WE CUT $41 BILLION FROM THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. SO TODAY WHEN I HEAR OUR COLLEAGUES SAY WE ARE CUTTING $78 BILLION, $38 BILLION TODAY, $37.5 BILLION TODAY, THE OTHER $41 BILLION, WHICH IS THE LARGER AMOUNT, THE LARGEST AMOUNT, WAS CUT BY THE DEMOCRATS WITHOUT ONE REPUBLICAN VOTE AT THE END OF LAST YEAR. TODAY IN THIS LATEST PARTISAN MANEUVER, REPUBLICANS ARE PERPETRATING AN ATTACK ON THE HEALTH OF WOMEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THEIR EFFORTS. WE MUST ALL STAND STRONG AGAINST THAT AGENDA AGAINST WOMEN'S HEALTH. WE MUST ALL CONTINUE TO WORK TO CREATE A HEALTHIER AMERICA, AND THAT IS WHY I URGE YES TO RESPECT THEIR DECISION ON THE SIZE AND TIMING OF THEIR FAMILIES AND NO ON THIS VOTE WHICH IS AN ATTACK ON WOMEN'S HEALTH. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MRS. ROBY.

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    MRS. ROBY

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MRS. ROBY

    AN HONOR TO STAND AS ONE OF THE CO-SPONSORS OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 36. I…

    AN HONOR TO STAND AS ONE OF THE CO-SPONSORS OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 36. I TALKED ABOUT MY STANCE ON ABORTION AND THE NEED TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND I'M PART TO BE THE LEAD ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I AM UNAPOLOGETICALLY PRO-LIFE AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO WHAT IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE UNBORN. EVERY TWO MINUTES A LIFE IS LOST BECAUSE OF AN ABORTION. THAT ADDS UP TO 3,300 LIVES A DAY OR 1.2 MILLION A YEAR. I BELIEVE I HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO FIGHT FOR THE UNBORN AND TO PREVENT TAXPAYER MONEY FROM FUNDING ABORTIONS. THEREFORE, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE PIECE OF LEGISLATION IN FRONT OF US TODAY. IT WOULD PREVENT FEDERAL FUNDS TO GO TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD, AN ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES MORE ABORTIONS THAN ANY OTHER ORGANIZATION IN THE UNITED STATES. ABOUT ONE OF EVERY FOUR U.S. ABORTIONS IS PERFORMED AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD LOCATIONS OR ONE OF THEIR AFFILIATES. DATA SHOWS THAT SINCE 1970, PLANNED PARENTHOOD PERFORMED AT LEAST 5.3 MILLION ABORTIONS AND THAT INCLUDES OVER 332,000 ABORTIONS IN 2009 ALONE. PLANNED PARENTHOOD HAS MADE CENTRALITY OF ABORTION TO ITS MISSION, MANDATING THAT EVERY AFFILIATE HAVE AT LEAST ONE CLINIC PERFORMING ABORTIONS WITHIN THE NEXT TWO YEARS. MY COLLEAGUES OPPOSED TO THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION CLAIM THAT THE MONEY IS NOT USED FOR ABORTIONS. I DISAGREE. MONEY IS FUNGIBLE. BY TAKING AWAY FEDERAL FUNDS FROM PLANNED PARENTHOOD, THEY HAVE TO SPEND MORE OF THEIR PRIVATE MONEY ON BASIC SERVICES AND OVERHEAD COSTS RATHER THAN DIVERTING THOSE SERVICES TOWARDS ABORTIONS. FROM 2000 TO 2009, PLANNED PARENTHOOD SAW AN 80% INCREASE IN TAXPAYER FUNDING THAT RESULTED IN A 69% INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF ABORTIONS AND A 61% INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF ABORPGS REFERRALS. I VOTE YES FOR DEFUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD MOTHER FISCAL YEAR 2011. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. DELAURO

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MRS. LOWEY.

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    MRS. LOWEY

    BLOCK FUNDING FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD HAS NOW EVOLVED INTO PROCEDURAL GAMES…

    BLOCK FUNDING FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD HAS NOW EVOLVED INTO PROCEDURAL GAMES INSTEAD OF A RENEWED FOCUS ON CREATING JOBS. FEDERAL LAW PROHIBITS FEDERAL DOLLARS FOR ABORTION, AND FAMILY PLANNING SAVES TAXPAYERS NEARLY $4 FOR EVERY $1 SPENT. IF REPUBLICANS WERE SERIOUS ABOUT DEFICIT REDUCTION, THEY WOULD INCREASE THESE INVESTMENTS INSTEAD OF DEMONIZING THOSE WHO PROVIDE AFFORDABLE ACCESS TO PAP TESTS, BREAST EXAMS, GYNECOLOGICAL EXAMINES, SMOKING CESSATION SERVICES, AND OTHER SERVICES THAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD PROVIDES. VOTE NO ON THIS ASSAULT ON WOMEN'S HEALTH.

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    MR. NUNNELEE

    TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA.

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    SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MY REMARKS.

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    MR. PENCE

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I THINK THAT ENDING AN UNBORN LIFE IS MORALLY.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I THINK THAT ENDING AN UNBORN LIFE IS MORALLY. WRONG. I THINK IT'S MORALLY WRONG TO TAKE THE TAXPAYERS OF PRO-LIFE AMERICANS TO SUBSIDIZE THE LARGEST ABORTION PROVIDER IN AMERICA. TODAY, CONGRESS WILL VOTE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT. PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS THE LARGEST ABORTION PROVIDER IN AMERICA. AS THIS CHART SHOWS IN 2009, PLANNED PARENTHOOD MADE 977 ADOPTION REFERRALS, HAD 7,021 PRENATAL COUNSELING SESSIONS AND PREVENT -- AND PERFORMED 332,278 ABORTIONS. PLANNED PARENTHOOD RECEIVED $1 MILLION A DAY AND PERFORMED ABOUT 1,000 ABORTIONS A DAY. H.CON.RES 36 WILL ONLY PUT AN END TO TAXPAYER SUBSIDY OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD DESPITE THE HYPER BOLIC RHETORIC OF THE LEFT. THIS WILL NOT CUT ONE PENNY FROM TITLE 10 WOMEN'S HEALTH SERVICES. IT MERELY DEFUNDS THE LARGEST ABORTION PROVIDER IN THE LAND. I WANT TO THANK SPEAKER BOEHNER. I WANT TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND WITH ALL OF US, TO STAND FOR LIFE. LET'S END PUBLIC FUNDING OF THE LARGEST ABORTION PROVIDER IN AMERICA ONCE AND FOR ALL.

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    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM COLORADO, MS. DEGETTE.

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    MS. DEGETTE

    MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES THIS REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES THIS REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IS GOING TO MAKE THE HOUSE TAKE THE SAME VOTE AGAIN AND AGAIN TO DENY WOMEN THE BASIC HEALTH CARE THEY NEED. BUT REFEELING -- REPEATING THESE VOTES SHOWS THE EXTREME AGENDA THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DIDN'T ASK FOR. CONTINUING TO DEBATE DEFUNDING HEALTH CARE CLINICS LIKE PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS GETTING MORE OFFENSIVE EVERY DAY. AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WON'T STAND FOR THIS EXTREME AGENDA. NOT ONE FEDERAL DOLLAR GOES TO FUND ABORTIONS. NOT BY PLANNED PARENTHOOD, NOT BY ANYBODY. THE LAST SPEAKER WAS JUST PLAIN WRONG WHEN HE SAID THIS RESOLUTION WOULD NOT REDUCE MONEY FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH. IT WOULD CUT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM WOMEN'S HEALTH. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT A YOUNG WOMAN FROM MY DISTRICT IN DENVER, COLORADO. SHE HASN'T EVER HAD HEALTH INSURANCE BUT SHE TOOK RESPONSIBILITY FOR HER OWN HEALTH CARE AND SHE HAD HER FIRST ANNUAL EXAM AND PAP SMEAR AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD WHEN SHE WAS 18 YEARS OLD. NOW, SHE'S PREGNANT AND SHE DEPENDS ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD FOR HER PRENATAL CARE SO SHE AND HER BABY CAN BE HEALTHY. AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS HER ONLY HEALTH CARE PROVIDER THAT SHE'S EVER HAD. VOTE NO ON THIS EXTREME RESOLUTION.

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    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH.

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    MR. SMITH

    VERY MUCH FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS SLICK TV ADS AND P.R. BLITZ,…

    VERY MUCH FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS SLICK TV ADS AND P.R. BLITZ, THE MULTIBILLION DOLLAR A YEAR GIANT PLANNED PARENTHOOD APPEARS TO BE HIDING SOMETHING. COULD IT BE THAT THEY'RE HIDING THE FACT THAT JUST ONE ORGANIZATION, PLANNED PARENTHOOD, PERFORMS OVER 25% OF ALL ABORTIONS IN AMERICA? NO OTHER CHAIN OF ABORTION MILLS EVEN COMES CLOSE OR IS IT THE FACT THAT 97% OF ALL THE SO-CALLED SERVICES RENDERED TO A WOMAN WITH CHILD ENDS IN AN ABORTION OR THE FACT THAT SINCE 1977 PLANNED PARENTHOOD HAS DELIBERATELY CAUSED THE BRUTAL DEATH OF WELL OVER 5.4 MILLION BABIES, A STAGGERING LOSS OF CHILD LIFE? AND IN 2009 ALONE, 332,278 BABIES WERE KILLED IN PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLINICS. THERE IS NO ORGANIZATION IN AMERICA, MR. SPEAKER, PERHAPS EVEN ON EARTH, THAT STABS, DISMEMBERS, DECAPITATES OR CHEMICALLY POISONS MORE UNBORN CHILDREN TO DEATH THAN PLANNED PARENTHOOD. AND THAT'S A REALITY OF WHAT ABORTION DOES TO A CHILD. FOR THE INNOCENT AND PERHAPS INCONVENIENT CHILD IN THE WOMB A PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLINIC IS A HOUSE OF HORRORS, A PLACE WHERE ABORTION IS BRUTALLY DESTROYED CHILDREN AND DECEIVED AND HURT THEIR MOTHERS.

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    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. RYAN.

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    MR. RYAN

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS ABOUT PREVENTION. THIS IS…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS ABOUT PREVENTION. THIS IS ABOUT WOMEN'S HEALTH, AND THIS IS ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT WE REDUCE THE NEED FOR ABORTION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND HOW WE GOT SO ILLLOGICAL TO THINK THAT IF WE COULD GIVE BIRTH CONTROL THAT WOULD SOMEHOW INCREASE ABORTION RATES IN THE UNITED STATES IS BEYOND ME. AND WE SEE OUR FRIENDS TIME AND TIME AGAIN TALK ABOUT RESPECTING LIFE, AND I SEE MANY INSTANCES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT ENDS ONCE THE BABY IS ACTUALLY BORN. RESPECTING LIFE MEANS EARLY CHILDHOOD HEALTH CARE. IT MEANS AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR FAMILIES. THOSE ARE LIFE ISSUES. EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, HEAD START, PELL GRANTS, THOSE ARE ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT CITIZENS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CAN HAVE LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. IN THIS BILL, IF WE PASS AND DEFUND THIS ORGANIZATION, WE WILL HAVE MORE PROBLEMS ON OUR HANDS, MORE BREAST CANCER, MORE CERVICAL CANCER, AND IT'S GOING TO BE MORE EXPENSIVE AND ALL THE FOLKS ON THE OTHER SIDE THAT WANT TO RUN GOVERNMENT LIKE A BUSINESS AND MAKE GOOD INVESTMENTS, YOU CAN'T MAKE BETTER INVESTMENTS THAN PREVENTATIVE HEALTH CARE LIKE THIS ORGANIZATION PROVIDES AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME -- RESERVE THE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME -- RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    WRONG WORD.

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT.

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    MS. LEE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICAN WAR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICAN WAR ON WOMEN AND THIS IS WHAT THIS IS. THEY HAVE ALREADY BANNED THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FROM USING ITS OWN MONEY FOR ABORTIONS. SHAMEFUL. NOW THEY WANT TO GO AFTER AMERICA'S MOST TRUSTED PROVIDER OF HEALTH CARE SERVICES FOR WOMEN. SHAMEFUL. IN MANY UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES, PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS THE PRINCIPAL SOURCE OF BASIC PRIMARY HEALTH SERVICES FOR POOR AND LOW-INCOME WOMEN. LAST YEAR MILLIONS OF WOMEN RECEIVED BREAST AND CERVICAL CANCER SCREENINGS, TESTING, TREATMENT FOR SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS, H.I.V. AND AIDS AND FAMILY PLANNING AND CONTRACEPTIVE THROUGH PLANNED PARENTHOOD. PLANNED PARENTHOOD SAVES LIVES. THIS IS NOT ABOUT ABORTIONS. ONLY 3% OF THE SERVICES THEY PROVIDE INVOLVE ABORTIONS AND THE LAW ALREADY PROHIBITS FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ABORTION. THOUGH, THIS LAW SHOULD BE REPEALED. THIS DOES NOT REDUCE THE DEFICIT NOR CREATE JOBS. FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAMS ACTUALLY SAVE TAXPAYERS $4 FOR EVERY $1 WE INVEST IN THEM. THIS IS REALLY ABOUT PANDERING TO THE EXTREME RIGHT WING THAT WANT TO TAKE US BACK TO THE DAYS OF BACK ALLEY ABORTIONS. THEY WANT TO DENY FAMILY PLANNING AND BASIC HEALTH CARE SERVICES FOR WOMEN. THIS IS A WAR ON WOMEN. TYPE THE TIME OF THE THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI.

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  • 03:58:53 PM

    MR. NUNNELEE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. ADERHOLT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION. WHILE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION. WHILE I RESPECT MY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE AGAINST THIS RESOLUTION, LET ME SAY THAT I BELIEVE FEDERAL FUNDS SHOULD BE CUT OFF FROM PLANNED PARENTHOOD. AS PREVIOUSLY STATED ON THE FLOOR BY MY COLLEAGUES, THE RESOLUTION DOES NOT REDUCE FUNDING FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH SERVICES. IT SIMPLY ENSURES THAT FUNDS ARE DIRECTED TO OTHER ORGANIZATIONS. NOT A DIME OF WOMEN'S HEALTH OR FAMILY PLANNING FUNDING IS REDUCED BY THIS RESOLUTION. WE SIMPLY WANT TO ENSURE THAT FEDERAL FUNDS ARE BEING USED IN A WAY THAT PROTECTS THE WILL OF OUR CONSTITUENTS, NOT TO HELP SUBSIDIZE PLANNED PARENTHOOD. PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS THE LARGEST ABORTION PROVIDER IN THE NATION, PROVIDING OVER 300,000 ABORTIONS FOR 2009. OVER THE YEARS PLANNED PARENTHOOD HAS INCREASED THEIR ABORTION IN NUMBERS EVERY YEAR WHILE ADOPTION AND PARENTAL CARE REMAINS WAY TOO LOW. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT.

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    MS. DELAURO

    IF I MIGHT INQUIRE, MR. SPEAKER, HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT ON BOTH SIDES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY HAS THREE MINUTES. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI HAS…

    THE GENTLELADY HAS THREE MINUTES. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI HAS ONE MINUTE LEFT. THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT.

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  • 04:00:21 PM

    MS. DELAURO

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. ROYBAL-ALLARD

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION. PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS A SAFETY NET THAT HELPS AMERICANS STAY HEALTHY BY PROVIDING PRIMARY CARE SERVICES SUCH AS BREAST CANCER SCREENINGS, IMMUNIZATIONS AND ANNUAL EXAMS. WOMEN ALSO RECEIVE PREVENTATIVE CARE THAT HELPS LOWER CANCER DEATHS, HEART ATTACKS AND CASES OF UNDIAGNOSED AND UNTREATED S.T.D.'S. AS THE LARGEST PROVIDER OF FAMILY PLANNING, IT HELPS WOMEN AND MEN BECOME PARENTS WHEN IT MAKES THE MOST SENSE FOR THEM. THE ATTACKS ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD ARE UNDERHANDED TACTICS USING INACCURATE STATEMENTS AND STATISTICS. A PERFECT EXAMPLE IS THE RECENT CLAIM THAT ABORTIONS MAKE UP 90% OF THEIR SERVICES. THIS GROSS MISSTATEMENT HAS BEEN REFUTED BY HARD NUMBERS WHICH SHOW THESE SERVICES WERE LESS THAN 3% OF THE CARE PROVIDED IN 2009. AT THE EXPENSE OF CRITICAL HEALTH CARE FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, THESE ATTACKS ARE ANOTHER IRRESPONSIBLE DIVERSION FROM THE FACT THAT REPUBLICANS HAVE FAILED TO TAKE ONE ACTION TO CREATE JOBS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS RESOLUTION.

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  • 04:01:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI.

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    MR. NUNNELEE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE LADY FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE LADY FROM OHIO, MRS. SCHMIDT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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    MRS. SCHMIDT

    MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, TIMES ARE TOUGH, INCLUDING IN CONGRESS. WE HAVE TO…

    MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, TIMES ARE TOUGH, INCLUDING IN CONGRESS. WE HAVE TO FIND WISE WAYS TO SPEND OUR TAXPAYER DOLLARS. FOR EVERY 33 PREGNANT WOMEN THAT WALK INTO A PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLINIC, 32 RECEIVE AN ABORTION. PLANNED PARENTHOOD DOES OVER 1,000 ABORTIONS A DAY AND THEY RECEIVE $1 MILLION A DAY FROM TAXPAYERS. THE TIME HAS COME TO STOP FUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD. WE HAVE BETTER WAYS TO SPEND OUR TAXPAYER DOLLARS. LET'S PUT IT BACK TO THE TREASURY AND REDUCE THE DEFICIT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:02:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT.

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    MS. DELAURO

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. CAPPS.

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    MRS. CAPPS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS MEAN-SPIRITED…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS MEAN-SPIRITED RESOLUTION. YET ANOTHER ATTEMPT BY THE REPUBLICANS TO PLAY POLITICS WITH WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE. PART OF THEIR BROADER PRIORITY TO REOPEN THE CULTURE WARS. BUT THE LIES THAT HAVE BEEN TOSSED AROUND IN THIS DEBATE ARE AN INSULT TO THE THREE MILLION AMERICANS WHO USE PLANNED PARENTHOOD SERVICES THIS YEAR. MERELY 2/3 OF THOSE WHO VISIT PLANNED PARENTHOOD CONSIDER IT TO BE THEIR MAIN SOURCE OF HEALTH CARE. THEIR MAIN STAY. THEIR LIFE LINE. IN MY OWN DISTRICT PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF SANTA BARBARA SERVED OVER 31,000 PATIENTS A YEAR. I MUST ASK THE SUPPORTERS OF THIS MEAN-SPIRITED RESOLUTION, WHERE SHOULD THESE 31,000 PEOPLE GO? THEY HAVE NO ANSWER. JUST INACCURATE TALKING POINTS AND A DEMONIZING WE KNOW BEST ATTITUDE. INSTEAD OF TAKING AWAY WOMEN'S ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, LET'S TURN TO WORKING ON WHAT THEY REALLY NEED, A STRONGER ECONOMY AND MEANINGFUL JOB OPPORTUNITIES. SO PLEASE JOIN ME IN VOTING NO ON THIS MEAN-SPIRITED RESOLUTION. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT.

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    MS. DELAURO

    INQUIRY ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF TIME LEFT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. DELAURO

    THE GENTLEMAN. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WERE PREPARED TO SHUT DOWN THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WERE PREPARED TO SHUT DOWN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OVER WOMEN'S HEALTH. IF YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT. TURN THIS COUNTRY INTO CHAOS BECAUSE OF WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES. TODAY THEY CONTINUE TO TREAT WOMEN AS SECOND CLASS CITIZENS, THEY WOULD TREAT WOMEN WITH A LACK OF RESPECT, DENIGRATE THEM AND UNDERVALUE WOMEN IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY. THAT IS WHAT THIS DEBATE IS ALL ABOUT. THEY WOULD DENY WOMEN BASIC HEALTH CARE AND BECAUSE WE IN THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAVE HEALTH CARE, THEY DON'T CARE MUCH ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THOSE WHOSE PRIMARY CARE IS AT THIS FACILITY. FOR CANCER SCREENINGS, I'M A SURVIVOR OF OVARIAN CANCER, I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO BE SCREENED, TO BE DIAGNOSED AND TO BE TOLD I HAVE A SERIOUS ILLNESS AND THAT I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET WELL. TRUST THE WOMEN OF THIS NATION. TRUST THEM. VOTE AGAINST THIS MISGUIDED RESOLUTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI.

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    MR. NUNNELEE

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE HOUSE HAS BEFORE TODAY AN IMPORTANT QUESTION BUT…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE HOUSE HAS BEFORE TODAY AN IMPORTANT QUESTION BUT WITH IT'S NOT A NEW QUESTION. IT'S A QUESTION OF OLD. THIS DAY I PUT BEFORE YOU THE CHOICE OF LIFE OR DEATH. TODAY WE CHOOSE LIFE. THANK YOU.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED.…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 218 THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS CONSIDERED READ AND THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE CURRENT RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 04:05:48 PM

    MR. NUNNELEE

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ASKS FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. ALL…

    ASKS FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON QUESTIONS PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER, HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 35 AND HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 36. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. THE REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE ADOPTION OF THE HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 35 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

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  • 04:06:53 PM

    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 35, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE CLERK…

    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 35, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO MAKE A CORRECTION IN THE ENROLLMENT OF H.R. 1473.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION. MEMBERS WILL…

    THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.CON.RES. 4.

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  • 04:55:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE REIS -- HOUSE RULE 218,…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE REIS -- HOUSE RULE 218, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 34, THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. TERRY, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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  • 04:56:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN, MR. RYAN, FROM WISCONSIN.

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    MR. RYAN

    FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. RYAN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. RYAN

    WITH THAT I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EVERYONE IN THIS CHAMBER LOVES AMERICA AND EVERYBODY IN…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EVERYONE IN THIS CHAMBER LOVES AMERICA AND EVERYBODY IN THIS CHAMBER WANTS TO PRESERVE THE DYNAMISM OF THIS COUNTRY AND AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM. WE ALSO ALL AGREE THAT WE HAVE TO REDUCE OUR DEFICITS IN A STUDY AND PREDICTABLE WAY. THE QUESTION IS HOW WE DO THAT AND WE HAVE VERY DIFFERENT VIEWS OF HOW WE SHOULD DO THAT. LATER THIS EVENING AND TOMORROW WE WILL DEBATE A DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE BUDGET WHICH WILL STRENGTHEN OUR ECONOMY, PROMOTE JOB GROWTH AND DECREASE THE DEFICIT IN A STEADY, PREDICTABLE AND RESPONSIBLE WAY. BUT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS THE WRONG CHOICE FOR AMERICA. I URGE EVERY AMERICAN TO READ THIS BUDGET BECAUSE IF YOU DO NO AMOUNT OF SPIN CAN HIDE THE FACT THAT THIS IS A WRONG TURN FOR AMERICA. IT'S A YELLOW BRICK ROAD FOR THE ALREADY PROSPEROUS BUT IT'S A DEAD END FOR THE REST. JUST TODAY WE HAD AN ANALYSIS COME OUT FROM THE FORMER ECONOMIC ADVISOR TO JOHN MCCAIN WHEN HE WAS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, MARK ZANDI, THE CHIEF ECONOMIST AT MOODY'S AN LYTICS WHO SAID THE REPUBLICAN PLAN WILL COST AMERICA 1.7 MILLION JOBS BY THE YEAR 2014 WITH 900,000 JOBS LOST NEXT YEAR. AND THAT REPUBLICAN BUDGET VIOLATES THE WARNING FROM THE BIPARTISAN COMMISSION THAT WE NEED TO DO THE CUTS AND THE DEFICIT REDUCTION IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY. THE CO-CHAIRS OF THE PRESIDENT'S FISCAL COMMISSION STATED THAT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, AND I QUOTE, FALL SHORT OF THE BALANCED COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH THAT WE NEED FOR A RESPONSIBLE PLAN. THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. IT IS NOT BALANCED, IT'S A TOTALLY ONE-SIDED APPROACH TO DEFICIT REDUCTION, BECAUSE WHEN YOU SWEEP AWAY ALL THE SOOTHING, SWEET-SOUNDING TALK OF REFORM AT ITS CORE, THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS NOT BOLD. IN FACT, IT'S THE SAME OLD FORMULA OF INCREASING TAX BREAKS TO THE VERY WEALTHY IN THIS COUNTRY AND TO THE SPECIAL INTERESTS LIKE BIG OIL AT THE EXPENSE OF THE GOOD OF THE REST OF THE COUNTRY EXCEPT THIS TIME IT'S THE SAME OLD PLAN ON STEROIDS. WE ALL KNOW THAT TO GOVERN IS TO CHOOSE, AND THE CHOICES MADE IN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET ARE WRONG FOR AMERICA. IT IS NOT BOLD TO GIVE TAX GIVEAWAYS TO THE OIL COMPANY AND EXECUTIVE BOARD ROOMS WHILE SLASHING INVESTMENTS IN OUR KIDS' CLASSROOMS, IN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND IN CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THIS COUNTRY. IT IS NOT COURAGEOUS TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL TAX BREAKS FOR MILLIONAIRES WHILE ENDING THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE FOR SENIORS AND STICKING SENIORS WITH THE COST OF THE RISING HEALTH CARE. IT IS NOT VISIONARY TO REWARD CORPORATIONS THAT SHIP AMERICAN JOBS INSTEAD OF PRODUCTS OVERSEAS WHILE WE TERMINATE HEALTH CARE FOR TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS HERE AT HOME. AND IT IS NOT BRAVE TO GIVE GOVERNORS A BLANK CHECK OF FEDERAL TAXPAYER MONEY AND A LICENSE TO CUT SUPPORT FOR SENIORS IN NURSING HOMES, INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES AND LOW-INCOME KIDS ON MEDICAID. AND IT'S NOT FAIR TO GIVE YET ANOTHER TAX BREAK TO THE VERY WEALTHY AND ASK MIDDLE-INCOME AMERICANS TO PAY FOR IT. YET, IF YOU READ THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, KNOWS ARE THE CHOICES THEY MAKE. -- THOSE ARE THE CHOICES THEY MAKE. WE ASK, WHERE IS THE SHARED SACRIFICE? WE HAVE AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN PUTTING THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE AS WE SPEAK IN IRAQ, IN AFGHANISTAN WHILE OTHERS HIDE THEIR INCOME IN THE CAYMAN ISLANDS AND SWITZERLAND AND REFUSE TO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE TO SUPPORT OUR NATION. THAT IS NOT RIGHT. THE PATTERN IS CLEAR. FIRST, YOU CUT TAXES FOR SPECIAL INTERESTS AND THE VERY WEALTHY. AND THEN MATHEMATICALLY WHAT HAPPENS? THE DEFICITS GO UP. YOU HAVE TO HANDLE THIS NOT BY GOING BACK AND ASKING THE FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP TO DO MORE BUT BY CUTTING INVESTMENTS FOR WORKING FAMILIES AND VIOLATING OUR COMMITMENTS TO SENIORS AND OTHERS. LET ME TURN TO THE REPUBLICAN PLAN FOR MEDICARE. BECAUSE WHAT THE REPUBLICAN PLAN DOES, IT ENDS THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE. IT FORCES SENIORS TO GO INTO THE PRIVATE INSURANCE MARKET AND HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE RISING COSTS OF HEALTH CARE THAT THEY FACE THERE. AND THE SENIORS HAVE TO EAT THAT COST. AND SINCE THE CHAIRMAN RAISED THIS SPECIFICALLY IN HIS OPENING STATEMENT, I WOULD LIKE TO JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THIS CHART BASED ON THE NUMBERS FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE AND THE PRESIDENT, I -- HE DID MENTION THIS IN HIS SPEECH YESTERDAY. AND WHAT THIS SHOWS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO MEDICARE UNDER THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET VERSUS CURRENT MEDICARE AND HOW MUCH OF THE INCREASE COSTS WILL NOW BE SHIFTED TO SENIORS INSTEAD OF MEDICARE. AND AS YOU CAN SEE, COMPARED TO CURRENT MEDICARE, SENIOR CITIZENS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PAY MORE THAN $6,000 ON TOP OF WHAT THEY WOULD HAVE HAD TO PAY IN THE YEAR 2022. AND THE PROBLEM GETS WORSE AND WORSE OVER TIME SO THAT BY THE TIME YOU'RE OUT IN THE YEAR 2030 YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT IN THE RANGE OF $11,000 MORE PAID BY SENIORS. NOW, LET ME SAY THIS, ONE OF THE TALKING POINTS WE HEARD FROM OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE IS, DON'T WORRY, DON'T WORRY, SENIORS. WE'RE JUST GIVING YOU THE SAME HEALTH CARE DEAL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE. THAT'S NOT TRUE. WHAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE IS WHAT'S CALLED A FAIR SHARE DEAL AGREEMENT JUST AS OTHER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES DO AND AS MANY EMPLOYEES AROUND THE COUNTRY DO WHERE THE RISK OF RISING PREMIUMS IS SHARED. SO FOR EVERY DOLLAR INCREASE IN PREMIUMS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PUTS IN ABOUT 72 CENTS, THEREABOUTS, AND THE MEMBER OF CONGRESS OR FEDERAL EMPLOYEE PUTS IN THE REST. BUT THE POINT IS NO MATTER HOW FAST THE COSTS GO UP YOU SHARE THAT RISK EQUALLY. THAT'S NOT WHAT HAPPENS IN THE REPUBLICAN PLAN. THERE'S MUCH MORE TO TALK ABOUT, BUT LET ME JUST SAY WE WELCOME THIS DEBATE. BUT FUNDAMENTALLY THIS IS A DEBATE ABOUT CHOICES FOR OUR COUNTRY AND AS THE BIPARTISAN FISCAL COMMISSION SAID, THE CHOICE MADE IN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS NOT BALANCED AND IT'S NOT COMPREHENSIVE. WE AGREE AND WE SHOULD REJECT THIS BUDGET.

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  • 05:11:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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    MR. RYAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS SIMPLY TO SAY, IF HE READ THAT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS SIMPLY TO SAY, IF HE READ THAT C.B.O. LETTER A LITTLE LETTER IT WOULD SAY THAT MEDICARE IS ON SUCH AN UNSUSTAINABLE PATH THAT IT CANNOT SUSTAIN ITSELF WHERE IT IS. WE ARE MAKING COMPARISONS TO FUTURES THAT ARE NOT GOING TO EXIST. THE GREATEST THREAT TO MEDICARE IS THE STATUS QUO. THE PRESIDENT YESTERDAY SAID HE WANTS THIS UNELECTED BOARD OF BUREAUCRATS TO CUT $1 TRILLION OUT OF MEDICARE. WE DON'T WANT TO SEE THAT HAPPEN. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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  • 05:11:55 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I JUST RISE TODAY TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN RYAN AND…

    THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I JUST RISE TODAY TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN RYAN AND THIS EFFORT TO CRAFT A SUSTAINABLE AND RESPONSIBLE BUDGET PROPOSAL. THIS BUDGET REPRESENTS A VALIANT EFFORT TO EFFECT REAL CHANGE IN THE WAY WASHINGTON SPENDS REAL TAXPAYER DOLLARS. THIS COUPLES TANGIBLE CUTS WITH THE ENTITLEMENT REFORM NECESSARY TO GET OUR BUDGETS BACK INTO BALANCE STARTING NOW AND CONTINUING INTO THE LONG TERM. THIS REPUBLICAN MAJORITY UNDERSTANDS THAT WE MUST END THE SKYROCKETING BUDGETS OF THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, AND THIS BUDGET REITERATES OUR COMMITMENT TO SMART BUT LIMITED GOVERNMENT SPENDING. THE RESOLUTION INCLUDES AN ANNUAL DISCRETIONARY SPENDING LEVEL OF $1.019 TRILLION FOR NEXT YEAR, BRINGING US BACK TO THE FISCAL YEAR 2006 FUNDING LEVELS FOR NONSECURITY PROGRAMS. THAT'S A REDUCTION OF AN ADDITIONAL $31 BILLION FROM THE LEVEL THAT WE JUST PASSED IN THE C.R. BASED ON THE EXPERIENCE WE'VE JUST HAD IN BRINGING THE 2011 BUDGET TO A CLOSE, THIS WILL PRESENT SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES TO THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND THE BODY IN THE WEEKS AND MONTHS AHEAD. IT WILL NOT BE AN EASY TASK, BUT I KNOW THAT WITH THE SUPPORT OF HOUSE MEMBERS WE WILL RISE TO THAT CHALLENGE. IN ADDITION, WHILE I COMMEND THE BUDGET RESOLUTION FOR MAKING SUCH SIGNIFICANT STRIDES TO REIN IN SPENDING AND ADDRESS LONG-TERM BUDGET CHALLENGES, I DO HAVE SOME CONCERNS OVER VARIOUS BUDGET PROCESS CHANGES THAT MAY HAVE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. FOR EXAMPLE, THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE MAY BE FACED WITH CHALLENGES RELATED TO OUR EMERGENCY AUTHORITY AFTER MAY 31, THE BEGINNING OF THE HURRICANE SEASON, DUE TO LIMITATIONS ON THE COMMITTEE'S ABILITY TO RESPOND TO NATURAL DISASTERS AND OTHER EMERGENCIES. ALONG THESE SAME LINES, THERE MAY BE CHALLENGES RELATED TO THE COMMITTEE'S FLEXIBILITY TO PROVIDE FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDING BEYOND EXPECTED NEEDS FOR THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR AND OUR MILITARY EFFORTS OVERSEAS. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH CHAIRMAN RYAN AND THE LEADERSHIP TO ADDRESS THESE AS WELL AS OTHER PROCESS CONCERNS AS WE GO FORWARD. THESE MATTERS ASIDE, I APPLAUD THIS BUDGET PROPOSAL. IT WILL PUT US BACK ON A PATH OF SUSTAINABLE SPENDING, ALLOW FOR JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH AND HELP US MAKE THE RIGHT FISCAL DECISIONS FOR OUR NATION'S FUTURE. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR THE TIME AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:14:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE MENTIONED THE IPAB…

    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE MENTIONED THE IPAB AND IT IS TRUE THAT THE PRESIDENT INDICATED YESTERDAY THAT IS A MECHANISM FOR TRYING TO REDUCE THE RISE IN MEDICARE COSTS. THE CHAIRMAN SAID THEY REPEAL THE IPAB WHICH WE BELIEVE WILL RESULT IN HIGHER MEDICARE COSTS WHICH MEANS SENIORS WILL HAVE TO ABSORB AN EVEN GREATER INCREASE. WITH THAT I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THE MINORITY WHIP.

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  • 05:15:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. HOYER

    I THINK AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS DEBATE WE HAVE TO PUT IT IN CONTEXT. I…

    I THINK AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS DEBATE WE HAVE TO PUT IT IN CONTEXT. I KNOW I MUST BORE MY FRIENDS ON THE MINORITY SIDE OR THE MAJORITY SIDE OF THE AISLE, BUT DURING MY 30 YEARS IN THIS BODY, THERE HAVE BEEN ESSENTIALLY THREE ECONOMIC PROGRAMS ADOPTED. . ONE WAS REFERRED TO AS REAGANNOMICS AND THE SECOND WAS IN 1993 AND THE THIRD WAS IN 2001 AND 2003 WHEN WE ADOPTED WHAT WAS THE BUSH ECONOMIC PROGRAM. DURING THE FIRST ECONOMIC PROGRAM, WE RAN UP $2.4 TRILLION OF DEFICITS. DURING THE SECOND, THE CLINTON ECONOMIC PROGRAM, WHICH LASTED FOR EIGHT YEARS, WE HAD $62.9 BILLION OF SURPLUS OVER 96 MONTHS. $2.4 TRILLION DURING THE 12 YEARS OF THE REAGAN-BUSH ADMINISTRATIONS. $62.9 BILLION SURPLUS DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. AND THEN ANOTHER $2.8 BILLION OF -- TRILLION, EXCUSE ME, OF DEFICITS DURING THE BUSH ECONOMIC PROGRAM. SO THE REASON I RAISE THAT AS WE BEGIN, BECAUSE I WANT TOLL TELL MY FRIENDS AND I KNOW -- I WANT TO TELL MY FRIENDS AND WE WILL TELL OUR CONSTITUENTS THAT THE MESS EAMING WE HEAR TODAY FROM MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. RYAN, FOR WHOM I HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF RESPECT, WE HAVE A DISAGREEMENT. BUT I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT HE SPEAKS WITH A FORKED TONGUE, IF YOU WILL. HE SPEAKS WHAT HE BELIEVES. HE FIRST OF ALL SAYS, CORRECTLY, THAT WE HAVE A DEFICIT PROBLEM THAT MUST BE DEALT WITH BY US ALL, THOSE OF US WHO SERVE HERE AND WITH THOSE WHOM WE REPRESENT. WE MUST, WITH COURAGE, WITH HONESTY, AND YES, WITH DISCIPLINE, ADDRESS THIS DEFICIT. AND IN ORDER TO DO SO, WE MUST ADDRESS ALL ITEMS OF EXPENDITURES AND REVENUES, REVENUES, OF COURSE, ARE USED TO PAY FOR THINGS THAT WE BUY. WHY DID WE RUN UP DEFICITS IN THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION WHEN ONE PERSON COULD HAVE STOPPED IT IN ITS TRACKS OR THE GEORGE BUSH I ADMINISTRATION WHEN THEY COULD HAVE STOPPED SPENDING IN ITS TRACKS? BECAUSE WE BOUGHT MORE THAN WE PAID FOR, $2.4 TRILLION. DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION, WHAT HAPPENED? WELL, WE HAD DIVIDED GOVERNMENT, CONSTRAINED SPENDING AND WE CONSTRAINED CUTTING REVENUES SO WE WERE ABLE TO PAY FOR WHAT WE BOUGHT. DURING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, THE SECOND BUSH ADMINISTRATION, WE SPENT SOME $2.4 TRILLION MORE -- WE BOUGHT THAT -- MORE THAN WE PAID FOR. EVERY AMERICAN KNOWS IF YOU DO THAT, YOU ARE GOING TO RUN DEFICITS. THAT'S HOW WE GOT TO $4.8 TRILLION OF DEFICIT. AS THE GENTLEMAN WILL ARGUE THAT IF WE ONLY ADOPT THIS PROGRAM, WE'LL BRING DOWN DEFICITS AND WILL GROW EMPLOYMENT. WELL, THAT'S THE ARGUMENT YOU USED IN 2001 AND 2003. YOU DIDN'T DO EITHER. IN FACT, EMPLOYMENT DISAPPEARED. THE WORST EMPLOYMENT RECORD OF ANY ADMINISTRATION SINCE HERBERT HOOVER, SO THAT THE ARGUMENTS YOU MADE IN 2001 AND 2003 THAT THIS WOULD MAGNIFY EMPLOYMENT DID NOT PROVE TO BE THE CASE. AND YOU ALSO MADE THE ARGUMENT WHEN YOU INHERITED A $5.6 TRILLION SURPLUS, ACCORDING TO GEORGE BUSH HIMSELF, YOU SAID THAT WE COULD CUT REVENUES, INCREASE SPENDING AND MY GOLLY, HAVE GROWING EMPLOYMENT AND A SURPLUS. WE HAD NEITHER. WE HAD LOST EMPLOYMENT, THE WORST ECONOMY OF ANY ADMINISTRATION SINCE HERBERT HOOVER, A ALMOST DEPRESSION THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS LIKE RESPONSE CAUSED BY PRESIDENT BUSH IN HIS LAST YEAR AND AN EXPLODING DEFICIT. NOW WE WILL DEBATE BETWEEN TWO PERSPECTIVES. WE WILL HAVE A NUMBER ON OUR SIDE AND WILL HAVE A NUMBER ON YOUR SIDE, AT LEAST TWO ON YOUR SIDE, BUT BASICALLY, WE ADOPT THE PREMISE ON OUR SIDE, FIRST OF ALL, YOU HAVE TO PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE. YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE APPLY THE RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY AMERICAN IS IN A PLACE WHERE WE WANT THEM TO BE AND THE RICHEST COUNTRY ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. WE WANT TO GROW THE ECONOMY AND BRING THE DEFICIT DOWN. ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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  • 05:20:29 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    A MINUTE.

  • 05:20:31 PM

    MR. HOYER

    MY FRIEND FROM WISCONSIN, THE PREMISE ON YOUR SIDE HAS BEEN CONSISTENTLY…

    MY FRIEND FROM WISCONSIN, THE PREMISE ON YOUR SIDE HAS BEEN CONSISTENTLY FOR THE 30 YEARS I HAVE BEEN HERE, IF YOU SIMPLY REDUCE REVENUES, SOMEHOW THE ECONOMY WILL RECOVER. WHEN WE ADOPTED THE CLINTON PROGRAM IN 1993, NOT A SINGLE REPUBLICAN VOTED FOR IT. UNANIMOUS IN YOUR CONVICTION THAT IT WOULD HAVE AN ADVERSE EFFECT, BECAUSE WE RAISED REVENUES ON THE UPPER 1%. IN FACT, OF COURSE, WHAT HAPPENED IS EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU ARGUED IN 1993. AND SO IN THAT CONTEXT AS WE HAVE THIS BUDGET DEBATE, I HOPE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC UNDERSTANDS THAT IF YOU REPEAT THE SAME MISTAKES OF THE PAST, YOU WILL BE CONDEMNED TO LIVE IN THE SAME PROBLEMS THAT WERE CREATED THEN BY THOSE MISTAKES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO LISTEN TO THIS DEBATE VERY CAREFULLY. LISTEN TO THE DEBATE OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE ACTIONS THAT ARE PROPOSED ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. AND REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THAT RHETORIC WAS CARRIED TO FRUITION. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:21:45 PM

    MR. RYAN

    I WOULD SIMPLY SAY WE CHOOSE TO REDUCE SPENDING AND WE DON'T REVENUE. AND…

    I WOULD SIMPLY SAY WE CHOOSE TO REDUCE SPENDING AND WE DON'T REVENUE. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM BUDGET COMMITTEE AND APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CALVERT.

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  • 05:21:59 PM

    MR. CALVERT

    STRONG SUPPORT OF CHAIRMAN RYAN'S FISCAL YEAR 2012 BUDGET. FOR THE FIRST…

    STRONG SUPPORT OF CHAIRMAN RYAN'S FISCAL YEAR 2012 BUDGET. FOR THE FIRST TIME, THIS BUDGET TACKLES OUR FISCAL REALITY. LET'S START WHERE WE ALL AGREE. WE ARE IN DIRE FINANCIAL TROUBLE, BUT IF WE MAKE ADJUSTMENTS NOW, WE WILL SET OUR COUNTRY ON A LONG-TERM PATH OF FISCAL SOLVENCY. PRESIDENT OBAMA AND MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE LAMENT THE FACT THAT TAX INCREASES -- LACK OF TAX INCREASES IN OUR BUDGET. FIRST LET'S REMEMBER WE HAVE A DEEPLY PROGRESSIVE TAX STRUCTURE. TOP 5% PAY 60% OF FEDERAL INCOME TAXES COLLECTED, YET OUR PRESIDENT AND MY FRIENDS ON THE LEFT WANT TO TAX THEM EVEN MORE. THERE SEEMS TO BE A STRANGULATION UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL CONSENT, SKYROCKETING ENERGY PRICES AND DOUBLING OF GAS PRICES AND NOW AN ATTEMPT TO INCREASE TAXES. HOW CAN BUSINESSES SURVIVE? WE AREN'T TALKING ABOUT FISCAL COLVENSY BUT THE DEATH OF THE AMERICAN ENTREPRENEUR IF WE GO DOWN THE PATH OUTLINED BY THE PRESIDENT. THANKFULLY THERE IS A BETTER WAY, ONLY WAY, REPUBLICAN BUDGET RECOGNIZES THAT WE MUST END THE DRIVE TO SEIZE WEALTH AND REDISTRIBUTE IT. THIS IS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE CLASS WARFARE TACTIC OF THE LEFT THAT PITS ONE AMERICAN AGAINST THE OTHER. MAKE NO MISTAKE, THE BUDGET INCLUDES TAX REFORMS TO SIMPLIFY OUR TAX CODE, AND PROVIDE CERTAINTY. THE RYAN BUDGET REFLECTS OUR MOST BASIC AMERICAN PRINCIPLES. IT PROVIDES FOR STRONG, DEFENSE OF OUR NATION, ENSURE A SAFETY NET AND MAKE SURE OUR COUNTRY REMAINS SOLVENT AND GETS BIG GOVERNMENT OUT OF THE AMERICAN ENTERPRISE SYSTEM. THE BUDGET DEMANDS THAT WE AS LEADERS STEP UP AND MAKE A CHOICE BETWEEN WHAT'S POPULAR AND WHAT'S RIGHT. I CHOOSE RIGHT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:24:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

  • 05:24:11 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    DO ASK THE BIG OIL COMPANIES TO GIVE UP THEIR TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES, AND YES,…

    DO ASK THE BIG OIL COMPANIES TO GIVE UP THEIR TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES, AND YES, WE DO ASK THE VERY TOP 2% INCOME EARNERS IN OUR COUNTRY TO GO BACK TO THE SAME TAX RATE THEY WERE PAYING DURING THE CLINTON YEARS WHEN THE ECONOMY WAS ROARING AND 20 MILLION JOBS WERE CREATED INSTEAD OF THE DRAMATIC JOB LOSS WE SAW BETWEEN 2000 AND 2008. 2008. WITH THAT I YIELD TO MR. DOGGETT.

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  • 05:24:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 05:24:45 PM

    MR. DOGGETT

    JUST NOT MY CUP OF TEA. WHEN THE REPUBLICANS USE THE TERM MODERNIZE OR…

    JUST NOT MY CUP OF TEA. WHEN THE REPUBLICANS USE THE TERM MODERNIZE OR REFORM, WHAT THEY REALLY HAVE IN MIND IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD, LESS, LESS RETIREMENT SECURITY, LESS HEALTH SECURITY, LESS ECONOMIC SECURITY. THIS BUDGET DOES NOT SHARE THE SACRIFICE. IT FOCUSES THE PAIN ON THE YOUNG, ON THE VERY OLD, ON THOSE WHO ARE TRYING TO CLIMB UP THE ECONOMIC LADEROR JUST BARELY PREVENT THEMSELVES FROM SLIPPING BACKWARD. FAIR AND BALANCED, THAT IS THE MOST INACCURATE MEDIA LOGO BUT A SPOT-ON DESCRIPTION OF THE BUDGETARY PATH WE OUGHT TO BE ON. OUR BUDGET SHOULD BE BALANCED, BUT NOT UNFAIRLY ON THE BACKS OF THOSE LEAST ABLE TO BEAR IT. IT'S TROUBLING ENOUGH THAT THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET DEMANDS EVEN MORE TAX CUTS FOR THOSE AT THE TOP AND OUR LARGEST CORPORATIONS, BUT WHAT'S TRULY OUTRAGEOUS IS THAT THEY SEEK BALANCE BY CUTTING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO GET ALL THE EDUCATION THEY'RE WILLING TO WORK FOR. AND HOW CAN OUR ECONOMY BE SECOND TO NONE WHEN REPUBLICANS AGAIN AND AGAIN TURN TO EDUCATION TO CUT FIRST? NOR CAN YOU FIX THIS BUDGET OR MAKE UP REVENUE LOST BY SQUEEZING SO MUCH OUT OF THOSE ON FIXED INCOMES. WE NEED TO BE CREATING JOBS WITH JOB TRAINING AND EDUCATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT. THE SIZE OF OUR DEFICIT, THE LEVEL OF OUR TAXES, THOSE ARE IMPORTANT, BUT THEY ARE NOT THE SOLE THROUGH WHICH THE STRENGTH OF AMERICA SHOULD BE VIEWED. WE WANT AN AMERICA WHERE THE YOUNG HAVE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY, WHERE THE NOT SO YOUNG HAVE THE DIGNITY OF THEIR OLD AGE. AND A BIGGER MIDDLE CLASS SHARES IN THE SUCCESS OF OUR COUNTRY. TO SECURE OUR LONG-TERM FUTURE, EVERY AMERICAN CAN GIVE A LITTLE, BUT THIS UNFAIR PROPOSAL ASKS LITTLE FROM THOSE WITH MUCH AND SO MUCH FROM THOSE WHO HAVE SO LITTLE.

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  • 05:26:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

  • 05:27:02 PM

    MR. RYAN

    SPENDING, LESS GOVERNMENT, MORE JOBS, MORE PROSPERITY AND WITH THAT, I…

    SPENDING, LESS GOVERNMENT, MORE JOBS, MORE PROSPERITY AND WITH THAT, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM THE APPROPRIATIONS AND BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. COLE FROM OKLAHOMA.

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  • 05:27:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 05:27:18 PM

    MR. COLE

    TOLD IT WAS GOING TO LEAD TO POVERTY AND STARVATION AND IT WAS THE MOST…

    TOLD IT WAS GOING TO LEAD TO POVERTY AND STARVATION AND IT WAS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL POVERTY-REDUCTION PROGRAM IN MODERN AMERICAN HISTORY AND WHEN WE PUSHED THROUGH MEDICARE PART D, WE WERE TOLD DRUG PRICES WOULD GO UP AND IT WAS AN UNSUSTAINABLE PROGRAM. IT CAME IN 40% UNDER COSTS FOR BOTH THE INDIVIDUAL AND FOR THE GOVERNMENT, SOMETHING NO OTHER HEALTH CARE PROGRAM HAS DONE. THE REASON WHY THOSE TWO PROGRAMS WERE SUCCESSFUL WERE FLEXIBILITY FOR STATES, CHOICE AND COMPETITION FOR INDIVIDUALS. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THE RYAN BUDGET, THE ONLY PROPOSAL THAT EITHER PARTY HAS OFFERED AND IT IS A CONTRAST TO WHAT WE HEARD YESTERDAY, WHICH WAS LONG ON RHETORIC AND PARTISANSHIP BY THE PRESIDENT AND VERY SHORT ON SPECIFICS AND SOLUTIONS. IN MEDICARE, MY FRIENDS WON'T TELL YOU THAT NOBODY ON MEDICARE IS GOING TO HAVE ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE PROGRAMS THAT THEY ALREADY ENJOY, THAT THERE IS NO REDUCTION FOR SENIORS IN THE NEAR TERM AND THAT WE ACTUALLY MAKE THE CHANGES THAT ARE NECESSARY TO PROTECT AND SAVE THE PROGRAM FOR THE LONG-TERM. IF WE STAY ON THE COURSE THAT THEY CURRENTLY ADVOCATE THERE WILL BE NO MEDICARE FOR PEOPLE IN THEIR 20, 30 AND 40'S. SAME THING FOR MEDICAID. MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE FORGET THAT WE AREN'T THE LABORATORIES FOR INNOVATIONS, BUT THE STATES ARE. WE WILL GIVE THEM MORE OPPORTUNITY FOR CHANGE AND INNOVATION AND WILL END UP WITH A BETTER PROGRAM THAT PROTECTS MORE PEOPLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BUDGET. WE KNOW WE ARE ON AN UNSUSTAINABLE PATH. SADLY, MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAVE NOT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:29:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

  • 05:29:11 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    MR. SPEAKER. THE MEDICAID PROGRAM IS WHERE THE COSTS OF HEALTH CARE HAVE…

    MR. SPEAKER. THE MEDICAID PROGRAM IS WHERE THE COSTS OF HEALTH CARE HAVE GROWN MUCH MORE SLOWLY COMPARED TO THE GROWTH IN HEALTH CARE COSTS ELSEWHERE, CUTTING $1.4 TRILLION OUT OF AN ALREADY STRETCHED PROGRAM IS NOT A RECIPE FOR HELPING MORE PEOPLE. IT WILL DEFINITELY HURT THOSE WHO DEPEND ON MEDICAID. YOU ARE GIVING GOVERNORS A BLANK CHECK WITH NO ACCOUNTABILITY. WITH THAT, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. YARMUTH.

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  • 05:29:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 05:29:49 PM

    MR. YARMUTH

    WE KNOW THAT BUDGETS ARE ABOUT VALUES. THEY ARE ABOUT CHOICES. AND WE KNOW…

    WE KNOW THAT BUDGETS ARE ABOUT VALUES. THEY ARE ABOUT CHOICES. AND WE KNOW THAT THIS RECKLESS REPUBLICAN BUDGET MAKES A VERY DISASTROUS CHOICE. IT CHOOSES TO SACRIFICE THE SAFETY NET OF MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IN FAVOR OF MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. EVERY TIME WE MENTION THAT, THE OTHER SIDE SAYS, CLASS WARFARE, THE DEMOCRATS ARE ENGAGED IN CLASS WARFARE. THAT WAR IS OVER. THE WEALTHY CLASS HAS WON AND DECLARED VICTORY. THAT'S WHY THE 1% OF INCOME EARNERS, TOP 1% NOW HAS AS MUCH WEALTH IN THIS COUNTRY AS THE BOTTOM 90%. SO WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO TO GET OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER, THE IDEA THAT WE WOULD ASK THAT 1% THAT HAS ACCUMULATED GREATEST WEALTH, THE GREATEST DISPARITY OF WEALTH IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY, TO PAY MORE, REPUBLICANS SAY NO, THAT IS CLASS WARFARE. INSTEAD, THEY WOULD RATHER CUT SECURITY FOR SENIORS, FOR OUR STUDENTS, FOR OUR STRUGGLING FAMILIES BECAUSE MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES, LEFT TO THEIR OWN DEVICES WILL MAKE EVERYBODY'S BOAT RISE. WE HAVE BEEN DOWN THAT ROAD BEFORE, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE SEEN WHAT HAS RESULTED WHEN THAT CHOICE IS MADE. THIS BUDGET, WHEN WE ASKED FOR MILLIONAIRES, PEOPLE MAKING $1 MILLION OR MORE TO PAY A LITTLE BIT MORE AND PAY THAT 39.6%, THE HIGHEST RATE UNDER THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION, REPUBLICANS SAID NO. WE CAN'T EVEN ASK PEOPLE MAKING $1 MILLION OR MORE TO PAY EXTRA TO HELP BALANCE THIS BUDGET. THIS IS NOT ON BALANCE AND UNFAIR AND ENDS MEDICARE AND WHILE THE BUDGET CHAIRMAN SAYS, AND I KNOW HE BELIEVES THIS, THAT HE IS TRYING TO PRESERVE MEDICARE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION, HE DOES NOTHING -- THE REPUBLICANS DO NOTHING IN THIS BUDGET TO MAKE SURE THE PEOPLE WHO IS NOW ON MEDICARE OR SOMEONE WHO IS 56, 57, GOING TO HAVE THAT PROGRAM 30 YEARS FROM NOW. NOT ONE REFORM MEASURE AND I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 05:32:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

  • 05:32:08 PM

    MR. RYAN

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. PRICE, FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 05:32:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 05:32:17 PM

    MR. PRICE

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO COMMEND YOU AND ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO COMMEND YOU AND ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES THAT'S WORKED ON THIS BUDGET. IF IT'S A BOLD VISION FOR OUR COUNTRY AND IT'S INSPIRING TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS REFORM. AS WE HEARD MANY TIMES OVER THE PAST SEVERAL COUPLE OF WEEKS TO GOVERN IS TO CHOOSE, AND LAST YEAR AS THE NATION WELL KNOWS THE CHOICE OF OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE WAS TO DO NO BUDGET AT ALL. THE DEMOCRATS FAILED IN THEIR MOST BASIC RESPONSIBILITY. NOW, CONTINUING IN THIS LINE OF INACTION, THE PRESIDENT GAVE A SPEECH YESTERDAY WITH MUCH PRECEDING HYPE BUT, AGAIN, THE DEFINING ASPECT OF HIS SPEECH WAS NO PLAN. OUR PRESIDENT DECIDED TO TAKE THE TWO BIGGEST DRIVERS OF OUR NATIONAL DEBT, MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY, AND TAKE THEM OFF THE TABLE. HIS SOLUTION TO ADDRESSING HEALTH CARE COSTS IS FURTHER EMPOWERING THE INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD TO RATION HEALTH CARE INSTEAD OF DEALING WITH STRUCTURAL REFORMS. WHAT THIS ALL MEANS IS THAT WE HAVE A STARK CHOICE, A CHOICE OF TWO FUTURES. ONE FUTURE IS THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN, THE ONE IN RED HERE, MR. CHAIRMAN, THE ONE BY THE PLAN BY THE HOUSE DEMOCRATS THAT'S A PATH TO NATIONAL BANKRUPTCY. THE OTHER CHOICE IS A PATH TO PROSPERITY, THE GREEN, THAT GETS US ON A PATH TO A BALANCED BUDGET. IT'S TIME TO ADDRESS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN AN HONEST AND A FACTUAL MANNER. LET'S FACE IT, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF WASHINGTON'S GIMMICKS AND EMPTY PROMISES AND THE PATH TO PROSPERITY IS A BOLD VISION FOR THE FUTURE WHICH RELIES ON FACTS, NOT DISHONESTY. AS A PHYSICIAN, I CAN TELL YOU THAT OBAMACARE IS A THREAT TO THE AFFORDABILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY AND QUALITY OF HEALTH CARE, ALL THE PRINCIPLES THAT WE HOLD DEAR IN AMERICAN MEDICINE. THE FACT ARE THAT OBAMACARE IS A VIOLATION OF THESE PRINCIPLES AND IT TAKES AWAY CHOICES FROM PATIENTS AND DOCTORS WHILE SADDLING WORKERS AND JOB CREATORS AND TAXPAYERS WITH TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN COSTS. SO WE COMPLETELY REPEAL AND DEFUND OBAMACARE. FURTHER, WE WILL SAVE AND PRESERVE MEDICARE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS BY PROVIDING COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS SO THAT FOLKS HAVE ESSENTIALLY THE SAME KIND OF HEALTH CARE CHOICES THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE, AND IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT PEOPLE RECOGNIZE THAT NO CHANGES, I REPEAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, NO CHANGES ARE MADE THAT WOULD AFFECT THOSE IN OR NEAR RETIREMENT. NOW, MANY FOLKS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WOULD RATHER BURY THEIR HEADS IN THE SAND AND IGNORE THE REFORMS THAT NEED TO BE MADE TO MEDICARE. THE PRESIDENT HAS EVEN DECIDED TO TAKE IT OFF THE TABLE BUT THE FACTS ARE THE CURRENT MEDICARE SPENDING IS GROWING AT A RATE TWICE THAN THE NATION'S ECONOMY, 10,000 BABY BOOMERS ARE REACHING RETIREMENT AGE EVERY SINGLE DAY, AND AS A PHYSICIAN, WHEN I TALK TO MEDICARE PATIENTS IN MY DISTRICT BACK HOME THEY TELL ME THAT THEY CAN'T EVEN FIND A DOCTOR WHO'S TAKING NEW MEDICARE PATIENTS. THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN AND UNSUSTAINABLE. THE STATUS QUO IS UNACCEPTABLE. BY COMPLETELY REPEALING AND DEFUNDING OBAMACARE AND BY SAVING MEDICARE WE ADVANCE THIS NATION IN A POSITIVE DIRECTION, A PATH TO PROSPERITY.

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  • 05:35:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

  • 05:35:34 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR, THEY TOOK SOME OF THE SAVINGS THAT WE GAINED THROUGH MEDICARE REFORM LAST YEAR, WE GAINED THOSE SAVINGS BY ENDING THE OVERPAYMENTS TO SOME OF THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE INSURANCE COMPANIES THAT WERE BEING OVERPAID COMPARED TO OTHERS, THEY DEMAGOGUED IT WHEN WE DID IT BUT THEY KEPT THAT IN THEIR BUDGET BUT THEY GOT RID OF OUR INITIATIVE TO CLOSE THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG DOUGHNUT HOLE FOR SENIORS. SO IF YOU PASS THAT BUDGET, THE MOMENT IT PASSES, THERE GOES THE BIG DOUGHNUT HOLE ALL OPENED UP AGAIN BECAUSE THEY TOOK THE MONEY BUT DIDN'T KEEP OUR EFFORT TO CLOSE THE DOUGHNUT HOLE. WITH THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HONDA.

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  • 05:36:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

  • 05:36:21 PM

    MR. HONDA

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

  • 05:36:25 PM

    MR. HONDA

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS MONSTER OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS MONSTER OF ACCOUNTING THAT THE REPUBLICANS CALL A BUDGET. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET ENDORSED BY EVERY MEMBER OF THE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE FROM JOHN BOEHNER DOWN TO THE RANK AND FILE HAS TWO GOALS. ONE, END MEDICARE. AND, TWO, PROVIDE HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF TAX CUTS TO THE RICH. A LOT WILL BE SAID BY MY COLLEAGUES, SO I WANT TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE DANGEROUS CUTS THAT MAY NOT MAKE IT TO THE FRONT PAGE OF "USA TODAY" BUT WILL STILL HURT EVERY WORKING FAMILY AND THEIR CHILDREN. NOW, IF YOU LOOK AT THE CHART YOU'LL SEE THAT IN THE RED REPUBLICANS PROVIDE THE RICH WITH $8 BILLION IN TAX CUTS OVER 10 YEARS. HOW WILL THEY PAY THIS SPENDING? ON THE BACKS OF WORKING FAMILIES AND CHILDREN. AND WE WILL SHOW YOU CHARTS THAT ARE VERY EXPLICIT WITH DETAILS, YOU'LL SEE OTHER CHARTS THAT MAY NOT BE VERY EXPLICIT BUT RIGHT HERE WE SHOW YOU CUTS TO VITAL SERVICES TO OUR PEOPLE. THE COLUMN ON THE RIGHT SHOWS THE CUTS TO EVERY AMERICAN IN THIS COUNTRY THAT NEED DAY-TO-DAY SERVICES. THINGS LIKE ROADS, ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AND ABOVE ALL GREAT SCHOOLS FOR OUR CHILDREN. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS NOTHING SHORT OF A DISASTER FOR OUR CHILDREN. I'M A CLASSROOM TEACHER AND I SHOULD KNOW. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET CUTS OVER A QUARTER OF FUNDING FOR EDUCATION. THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET MEANS HUGE CUTS FOR HEAD START. THIS IS THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PAYING FOR TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH ON THE BACKS OF ONE MILLION POOR CHILDREN. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET MEANS HUGE CUTS FOR K-12 EDUCATION. THIS IS HOW THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PAYS FOR TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH, ON THE BACKS OF 20 MILLION ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY STUDENTS. NOW, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET MEANS HUGE CUTS TO THE PELL GRANT. THIS IS HOW THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PAYS FOR TAXES ON THE BACKS OF NINE MILLION COLLEGE STUDENTS. IN SHORT, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET REQUIRES HEAVY SACRIFICES FOR EVERYONE EXCEPT THE RICHEST AMERICANS AND THE RICHEST CORPORATIONS. JUST LIKE THE BILLIONAIRE C.E.O. WHO CUTS 1,000 JOBS AND GIVES HIMSELF A BONUS.

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  • 05:38:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 05:38:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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    MR. RYAN

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. STUTZMAN.

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  • 05:38:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 05:38:59 PM

    MR. STUTZMAN

    MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.…

    MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE ONE DAY AWAY FROM TAX DAY AND I BELIEVE THAT THE BUDGET IS -- THIS IS AN APPROPRIATE TIME TO BE TALKING ABOUT THE BUDGET FOR OUR COUNTRY. MANY FOLKS BACK IN INDIANA AND ACROSS THIS COUNTRY ARE TALKING ABOUT HOW THEY'RE GOING TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF THEIR BUDGET. I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A JOBS BILL. THERE IS A LOT OF TALK ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR ABOUT WHAT WE ARE DOING ABOUT AMERICAN JOBS. I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS THE JOBS BILL OF THIS CONGRESS. WE HEAR A LOT FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT THIS IS -- WE'RE GOING TO REVISE AND REFORM MEDICARE AS WHICH KNOW -- WE KNOW IT. WELL, FOLKS, WE'RE FACING $14.2 TRILLION OF DEBT RIGHT NOW. WE'RE FACING A $1.6 TRILLION DEFICIT IN THE CURRENT BUDGET. JUST AS MANY FAMILIES IN INDIANA AND ACROSS THIS COUNTRY DO WHAT THEIR FAMILY BUDGET WHEN THE BOTTOM LINE HITS RED THEY START TO MAKE CHANGES. AND WE HAVE TO START CONTROLLING SPENDING. I WOULD ENCOURAGE EVERY AMERICAN TO READ THIS BUDGET. THIS BUDGET BRAVELY SAVES $6.2 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT DECADE. IT ALSO SIMPLE FIES THE TAX CODE AND LOWER -- SIMPLIFIES THE TAX CODE AND LOWERS THE RATES FOR INDIVIDUALS. THIS BILL DOES NOT ONLY STOP GROWING THE GOVERNMENT, IT CREATES JOBS. FURTHER, WE ELIMINATE HUNDREDS OF DUPLICATIVE PROGRAMS, BAN EARMARKS AND CUT WELFARE. IN ADDITION TO THE TRILLIONS IN SAVINGS, THIS BILL WILL KEEP THE SACRED TRUST OF OUR SENIORS AND PRESENTS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE REAL LEADERSHIP IN THE ABSENCE OF ANY FROM OUR EXECUTIVE BRANCH. IF YOU LOOK AT THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET, HIS BUDGET PROPOSES $9.1 TRILLION OF NEW DEBT OVER THE NEXT DECADE. LET'S TALK ABOUT JOB CREATION. AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER FROM INDIANA, I DON'T NEED GOVERNMENT TO TAKE MORE MONEY AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN INDIANA WHO ARE WORKING HARD. LET THEM KEEP THAT MONEY SO THEY CAN APPLY IT TO THEIR BUSINESSES, GROW JOBS, GROW THE ECONOMY. THERE'S NO REASON FOR MORE OF OUR DOLLARS TO COME TO WASHINGTON, D.C., AND BE REDISTORY BUTTED -- REDISTORY BUTTED THROUGH OUR -- RE DISTORY BUTTED THROUGH OUR GOVERNMENT.

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  • 05:41:22 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    HOLLEN: WE THINK WE NEED A BALANCED APPROACH TO DEAL WITH THE REVENUE…

    HOLLEN: WE THINK WE NEED A BALANCED APPROACH TO DEAL WITH THE REVENUE SIDE. BECAUSE YOURS DOESN'T DEAL WITH THAT PIECE AT ALL, THAT'S WHY THE FISCAL COMMISSION THOUGHT IT LACKED A COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTION THAT WE NEED. WITH THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM PENNSYLVANIA,

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  • 05:41:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MS. SCHWARTZ

    YOU. FOR DECADES MEDICARE HAS BEEN A LIFELINE FOR OLDER AMERICANS,…

    YOU. FOR DECADES MEDICARE HAS BEEN A LIFELINE FOR OLDER AMERICANS, PROVIDING QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE FOR ALL SENIORS IN THIS COUNTRY. THE CREATION OF THE MEDICARE PROGRAM IN 1965 ADDRESSED THE FUNDAMENTAL CHALLENGE OF ENSURING AGING SENIORS ACCESS TO EVENTUAL HEALTH CARE. BEFORE MEDICARE, ALMOST HALF OF ALL SENIORS THOSE OVER 65 HAD NO INSURANCE AT ALL. SENIORS ARE JUST NOT GOOD RISK FOR PRIVATE INSURERS AND THEY STILL AREN'T. MEDICARE IS A PROMISE TO AMERICAN SENIORS THAT WE WOULD NOT ABANDON THEM EVEN AS THEY AGE, EVEN AS THEY NEED MEDICAL CARE, UNTIL NOW. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WILL END MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT, OFFERING A LIMITED VOUCHER AND EXPECTING SENIORS TO FIND INSURANCE NO MATTER HOW SICK THEY ARE OR HOW EXPENSIVE IT IS. EVERY DAY 48 MILLION ELDERLY AND DISABLED AMERICANS COUNT ON MEDICARE FOR THEIR LIFE-SAVING MEDICATIONS, DOCTOR VISITS AND HOSPITAL CARE. SENIORS KNOW THAT CHANGING MEDICARE TO A VOUCHER PROGRAM MEANS THEY WILL NO LONGER HAVE ACCESS TO A GUARANTEED SET OF HEALTH BENEFITS. SENIORS KNOW THAT PRIVATIZING MEDICARE MEANS LIMITS ON BENEFITS, OBSTACLES TO CARE, UNCERTAIN REIMBURSEMENTS, CO-PAYMENTS FOR PRIMARY CARE AND SPECIAL CARE, EXCLUSIONS FOR CERTAIN SERVICES, DISCRIMINATION BASED ON INCOME, ILLNESS OR AGE, AND UNCERTAINTY IF SERIOUS ILLNESS OR NEED FOR LONG-TERM CARE OCCURS. SENIORS KNOW THAT PRIVATIZING AND VOUCHERIZING MEDICARE WILL MEAN THEY WILL PAY MORE IN PREMIUMS OR DO WITHOUT. AND IT DOESN'T END THERE. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET ALSO THREATENS MEDICAID FOR NEARLY SIX MILLION DISABLED AND FRAIL ELDERLY WHO DEPEND ON NURSING HOME AND HOME HEALTH SERVICES. AMERICAN SENIORS ARE NOT LOOKING FOR HANDOUTS. THEY'RE LOOKING FOR THE SECURITY THAT THEY HAVE EARNED AND WE HAVE PROMISED. BUDGETS ARE ABOUT CHOICES, AND IN THIS VERY SAME BUDGET, THE REPUBLICANS END MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT, THEY PROTECT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TAX SUBSIDIES TO THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY, THEY PROTECT BILLIONS IN TAX BREAKS TO THE WEALTHIEST 2% OF AMERICANS. BUDGETS ARE ABOUT PRIORITIES AND OUR VALUES. YES, WE SHOULD GET SERIOUS ABOUT OUR DEFICIT, BUT LET'S GET OUR PRIORITIES RIGHT AND NOT THREATEN OUR OBLIGATION TO OUR SENIORS, OUR CHILDREN OR OUR FUTURE.

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  • 05:43:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. BACHUS

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. IMAGINE THAT YOU'RE ON THE BANK OF A RIVER -- BANK…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. IMAGINE THAT YOU'RE ON THE BANK OF A RIVER -- BANK OF A RIVER, IT'S DEEP IN WINTER, IT'S A PEACEFUL SCENE. YOU LOOK OUT ON THE RIVER AND IT'S FROZEN. THERE'S A DEEP CURRENT OF COLD WATER UNDER THE ICE, BUT THEN YOU SEE A SMALL CHILD AND THEY'RE WALKING OUT ONTO THE ICE. THEY DON'T FALL AND THEY WALK FURTHER OUT. YOU BEGIN TO WARN THE CHILD, BUT HE WALKS FURTHER OUT. AS WE KNOW, THE ICE GETS THINNER THE FURTHER OUT WE GO, AND WE'RE ON THAT ICE TODAY AS A COUNTRY. . AND EVERY DAY WE TAKE ONE STEP OUT AND TRAGICALLY, THE YOUNG CHILD FALLS THROUGH THE ICE AND IS SWEPT AWAY. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HERE TO TALK ABOUT. WE'RE HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE REPEATED WARNINGS WE'VE RECEIVED. CHAIRMAN BERNANKE TOLD US JUST LAST WEEK, UNLESS WE ACT IMMEDIATELY IN A LONG-TERM WAY, WE WILL NOT HAVE ECONOMIC GROWTH, NOR WILL WE HAVE FINANCIAL STABILITY. JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, ADMIRAL MULLEN TOLD US OUR GREATEST THREAT TO OUR ECONOMY AND TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS OUR DEBT. THE I.M.F. YESTERDAY, THIS IS UNTHINKABLE, THEY SAID OF ALL THE ADVANCED COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD, OUR DEBT WAS GROWING THE FASTEST. AND IT WAS UNSUSTAINABLE. AND IT WOULD LEAD TO INSTABILITY, BOTH HERE AND ACROSS THE WORLD. NOW, IMAGINE THOSE PICTURES OF COUNTRIES WHERE THE CHILDREN ARE IN ECONOMIC DISTRESS, WHERE THERE IS NO STABILITY. THOSE COULD BE OUR CHILDREN, THOSE COULD BE OUR GRANDCHILDREN. SO WITH THE WARNING TODAY IS A VOTE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. WE'VE HEARD THE WARNING. WE'RE NOT CHILDREN. LET'S SAVE OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN FROM THAT FALL THROUGH THE ICE.

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  • 05:46:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    MR. SPEAKER. AND WE SHARE THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN AND VIEW AND AS I SAID,…

    MR. SPEAKER. AND WE SHARE THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN AND VIEW AND AS I SAID, THE QUESTION IS NOT WHETHER WE REDUCE THE DEFICITS, BUT HOW WE DO IT AND THE CHOICES WE MAKE IN THE PROCESS. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. BLUMENAUER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 05:47:21 PM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    YOU. THE CHAIR OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE IS A MAN -- A FRIEND OF MINE, A MAN…

    YOU. THE CHAIR OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE IS A MAN -- A FRIEND OF MINE, A MAN OF SUNNY DISPOSITION BUT HAS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE THE MOST PROFOUNDLY NEGATIVE VIEW OF AMERICA'S FUTURE THAN I HAVE HEARD IN MY 15 YEARS OF CONGRESS. THEY CANNOT REFORM MEDICARE SO THEY DISMANTLE IT FOR 230 MILLION AMERICANS WHO WILL BE SHIFTED TO HIGHER COSTS AND GIVEN A VOUCHER TO INSURANCE COMPANIES. IT WILL, IN FACT, ACCORDING TO INDEPENDENT ANALYSTS, INCREASE OVERALL HEALTH CARE COSTS FOR ALL AMERICA WHILE IT REDUCES SOME OF THE BURDEN FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IT DOESN'T DEAL WITH THE REFORM OF THE MILITARY. IT TURNS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR TAX REFORM TO MORE TAX BENEFITS FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT THE LEAST. THEIR AMERICA AND THEIR BUDGET CANNOT ATORD TO IMPROVE OUR -- AFFORD TO IMPROVE OUR INFRASTRUCTURE AND HAS A MASSIVE CUT. IT WILL SHORTCHANGE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS AND MAKE COLLEGE EDUCATION MORE EXPENSIVE FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE YOU WILL HEAR WILL PROVIDE PROGRESS WITH SOME HARD DECISIONS BUT BY HAVING SHARED SACRIFICE AND NOT GIVING UP ON HEALTH REFORM, BUT MOVING FORWARD WITH IT, TO PROVIDE INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT, EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY AND WE WELCOME PEOPLE LOOKING AT INDEPENDENT APPRAISALS OF THE TWO VISIONS OF AMERICA, ONE WHICH BASICALLY GIVES UP, FORCES THE COSTS ON MIDDLE INCOME, ELDERLY, POOR AND CHILDREN, THE ALTERNATIVE IS TO INVEST IN OUR FUTURE IN A RESPONSIBLE FASHION, MAKING SOME HARD CHOICES TO BE SURE, BUT WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO REFORM AREAS LIKE THE MILITARY, LIKE HEALTH CARE, LIKE THE TAX SYSTEM, THINGS THAT AMERICA HAS DONE IN THE PAST. WE THINK AMERICA CAN DO IN THE FUTURE.

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  • 05:49:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

  • 05:49:31 PM

    MR. RYAN

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA,

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    MR. SHUSTER

    THE PRESIDENT HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO PUT FORTH A SERIOUS BUDGET PROPOSAL,…

    THE PRESIDENT HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO PUT FORTH A SERIOUS BUDGET PROPOSAL, BUT INSTEAD, AGAIN, HE CALLED FOR HIGHER TAXES AND TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SPENDING WE JUST CAN'T AFFORD. THE PRESIDENT OFFERED NOTHING BUT LIP SERVICE TO SERIOUS SPENDING CUTS AND REAL REFORM. WE CAN'T TAX OUR WAY TO PROSPERITY NOR SUSTAIN THE UNCERTAIN FUTURE. WASHINGTON HAS A SPENDING PROBLEM, NOT A REVENUE PROBLEM. THIS IS A TIME THAT DEMANDS LEADERSHIP AND THE PRESIDENT ANSWERED WITH A PLAN TO NOWHERE. THE HOUSE IS DEBATING A SERIOUS BUDGET THAT WILL ADDRESS OUR DANGEROUS DEBT AND DEFICIT WHILE STRENGTHENING MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. THE PRESIDENT MISSED ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE IN THIS DEBATE IN A MEANINGFUL WAY. INSTEAD, HE CHOSE TO DELIVER A CAMPAIGN SPEECH FILLED WITH CLASS WARFARE AND SCARE TACTICS HOPING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WOULDN'T KNOW ANY BETTER. HE WAS WRONG. MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I CAME TO CONGRESS, I WAS IN BUSINESS. TWO THINGS I LEARNED IN BUSINESS, ONE, IF YOU SPEND MORE THAN YOU TAKE IN, YOU ARE HEADED TOWARDS FINANCIAL RUIN. AND SECOND, IF THE GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO TAKE AWAY MORE AND MORE FROM SMALL BUSINESSES, THEY WON'T CREATE JOBS BUT ELIMINATE JOBS. THIS BUDGET DEALS WITH THOSE TWO FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE DEMANDING REAL CHANGE AND AN HONEST BUDGET AND THAT IS WHAT CHAIRMAN RYAN HAS PRODUCED. THIS WEEK THE HOUSE IS GOING TO DELIVER FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS BY PUTTING OUR PATH ON FISCAL PROSPERITY. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:51:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA,…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA, MS. MCCOLUM.

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    HAVE SAID ON THE FLOOR, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET IMPOSES NEW CUTS ON TODAY'S…

    HAVE SAID ON THE FLOOR, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET IMPOSES NEW CUTS ON TODAY'S SENIORS. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN REPEALS THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WHICH STRENGTHENS MEDICARE AND REDUCES COSTS. FOR SENIORS TODAY, THE REPUBLICAN PLAN BRINGS BACK THE DOUGHNUT HOLE, FORCING SENIORS TO PAY MORE FOR THEIR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. IT REPEALS SENIORS' FREE ANNUAL CHECKUPS AND GETS RID OF REFORMS TO BETTER MANAGE CHRONIC CONDITIONS. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN ELIMINATES MEDICARE ALL TOGETHER AND HANDS SENIORS A VOUCHER AND KICKS THEM INTO THE BLACK HOLE OF HEALTH INSURANCE. ALL AMERICANS -- PAY ATTENTION, IF YOU ARE 54 AND YOUNGER, YOU HAVE BEEN PUT ON NOTICE, START SAVING NOW. IN ADDITION TO SAVING FOR YOUR RETIREMENT, YOU NEED TO SAVE FOR THE NEW UPE EXPENSES. THE -- OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES. SENIORS WILL BE FORCED TO PAY AN ADDITIONAL $6,000 A YEAR ON HEALTH CARE, $12,000 FOR A COUPLE AND THAT'S THE BEST SCENARIO. THIS PLAN IN FRONT OF US TONIGHT BEGINS TO DOUBLE OUT OF POCKET SPENDING FOR SENIORS AND ONLY GOING TO INCREASE FROM THERE AND WHEN YOU DIG DEEPER, YOU REALIZE MORE THAN HALF THE MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES AT LEAST HAVE FIVE OR MORE CHRONIC CONDITIONS. WHAT AWFUL CHOICES WILL SENIORS BE FORCED TO MAKE WHEN THEIR HEALTH CARE COSTS WILL BE GREATER THAN THEIR VOUCHER. WILL THEY BE ABLE TO AFFORD DEEBTS -- DIABETES CARE? THE ONLY SENIORS WHO WILL BENEFIT ARE THE SENIOR INSURANCE EXECUTIVES. VOTE NO ON THE REPUBLICAN PLAN. VOTE NO IN ORDER TO PROTECT AND SAVE MEDICARE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:53:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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    MR. RYAN

    MYSELF ONE MINUTE TO SAY THAT THE GENTLELADY HAD TAKEN THE TIME TO READ…

    MYSELF ONE MINUTE TO SAY THAT THE GENTLELADY HAD TAKEN THE TIME TO READ THE C. BMPLE O. REPORT, IT'S NOT A VOUCHER PROGRAM. VOUCHER PROGRAM, IT GOES TO THE PERSON AND THEN THE MARKET. IT IS A PREMIUM SUPPORT PROGRAM. WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? JUST LIKE THE PLAN THAT YOU AND I AND ALL HAVE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES HAVE, THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT, 45% BELOW COSTS AND SAVES MEDICARE AND APPLIES TO PEOPLE 54 AND DOWN BELOW AND GUESS WHAT HAPPENS? MEDICARE GOES BANKRUPT IF IT IS ON STATUS QUO. WE WANT A SYSTEM THAT IS SUSTAINABLE AND SOLVENT AND THAT PEOPLE CAN RELY UPON, GUARANTEED COVERAGE OPTIONS JUST LIKE WE HAVE IN CONGRESS. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE PROPOSING, MORE TO THE POINT, WHAT WE ARE OPPOSING IS DELEGATING TO 15 PEOPLE THE ABILITY AND THE POWER TO RATION OVER $1 TRILLION OF MEDICARE OVER CURRENT SENIORS. WE REPEAL THAT, THE PRESIDENT PROPOSES THAT, THAT'S THE BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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  • 05:54:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    BUDGET PLAN.

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    MR. GARDNER

    CONGRESS HAS BEEN ARGUING OVER A CONTINUING RESOLUTION BECAUSE THE…

    CONGRESS HAS BEEN ARGUING OVER A CONTINUING RESOLUTION BECAUSE THE PREVIOUS CONGRESS FAILED TO PUT IN PLACE THE SPENDING BILL FOR THIS YEAR. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES THAT THEY DID LAST CONGRESS. WE ARE FACING A RECORD $1.6 TRILLION DEFICIT, $14 TRILLION DEBT AND WE NEED A PLAN TO GET SPENDING UNDER CONTROL, A PLAN, NOT A CAMPAIGN SPEECH, AND NOT PARTISAN BICKERING. WE HAVE TAKEN POSITIVE STEPS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. HOWEVER, WE MUST MOVE FROM SAVING BILLIONS TO SAVING TRILLION AND THIS BUDGET WILL LET US DO JUST THAT. WE MUST FULFILL OUR PROMISES TO CONSTITUENTS AND PAST POLICIES THAT WILL SPUR JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH TO STRENGTHEN MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. THE PROPOSED BUDGET WOULD CREATE NEARLY ONE MILLION PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS AND BRING THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DOWN TO 4% BY 2015, ACCORDING TO THE STUDIES. IT WILL SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH BY INCREASING G.D.P. BY $1.5 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS AND CREATES A LESS BURDENSOME TAX CODE AND INCENTIVIZING JOB GROWTH AND INVESTMENT. WE WILL GET OUT OF DEBT ONLY WHEN WE FOCUS ON PRO-GROWTH POLICIES AND BUDGET-TIGHTENING PLANS. THIS PLAN WILL ENSURE THAT MEDICARE AND MEDICAID ARE AVAILABLE TO OUR CHILDREN, THE SAFETY NET WE HAVE PROMISED. WITHOUT REFORMS THOSE PROGRAMS ARE UNSUSTAINABLE AND WILL CEASE. THE BUDGET WE WILL VOTE ON TOMORROW WILL BE A SHIFT BACK TO FISCAL SANITY. THE BUDGET PROPOSAL SAVES $6.2 TRILLION COMPARED TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PLAN. IF A PERSON SPENT $1 MILLION A DAY EVERY DAY SINCE THE -- SINCE YEAR 1 A.D., THEY STILL WOULD NOT HAVE SPENT $1 TRILLION BY TODAY. WE WILL SAVE SIX TIMES THAT AMOUNT IN 10 YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, I WAS TAUGHT A VALUABLE LESSON, IF YOU WEREN'T RESPONSIBLE WITH YOUR ALLOWANCE YOU WOULDN'T GET ANY MORE.

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  • 05:56:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    TO THE POINT THAT WAS RAISED AGAIN TO WHAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE IN…

    TO THE POINT THAT WAS RAISED AGAIN TO WHAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE IN TERMS OF THE HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN. WE HAVE WHAT'S CALLED A PREMIUM SUPPORT PLAN. THE IDEA BEHIND A PREMIUM SUPPORT PLAN IS THAT THE EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE SHARE THE PREMIUM AND THE EMPLOYER IN THIS CASE, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, PAYS A CERTAIN PERCENT. I HAVE RIGHT HERE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES HEALTH PLAN HANDBOOK AND SAID THE GOVERNMENT'S SHARE PAID IS SET BY LAW. MEMBERS HAVE PROTECTED THEMSELVES BY LAW. THE GOVERNMENT CONTRIBUTION EQUALS THE LESSER OF 72% OR 75% OF THE TOTAL PREMIUM FOR THE PARTICULAR PLAN. IN OTHER WORDS, THE MEMBER OF CONGRESS, THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEE HAS 72 CENTS FOR EVERY PREMIUM DOLLAR PAID FOR. WHENEVER PREMIUMS GO UP, 72% OF THE COST OF THAT PREMIUM IS PICKED UP BY THE GOVERNMENT. WHAT THE REPUBLICAN PLAN DOES IS GIVE SENIORS A RAW DEAL. IT DOES NOT GIVE SENIORS THE DEAL THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS GIVE TO THEMSELVES AND THAT SHOULD BE PUT TO REST RIGHT NOW, JUST LOOK AT THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA,

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  • 05:58:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 05:58:22 PM

    MS. CASTOR

    THE VOTE ON THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT VOTES THAT…

    THE VOTE ON THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT VOTES THAT I WILL CAST AND MY COLLEAGUES WILL CAST AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. THE VOTE WILL TELL A STORY OF TWO DISTINCT VISIONS FOR AMERICA, HOW WE REDUCE OUR DEBT, OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE AND WHAT WE VALUE AS AMERICANS. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN TO DESTROY MEDICARE, REPLACE IT WITH A VOUCHER SYSTEM AND SADDLE OUR OLDER NEIGHBORS AND HARD-WORKING FAMILIES WITH NEARLY THE ENTIRE BURDEN OF REDUCING THE FEDERAL DEFICIT BETRAYS OUR AMERICAN VALUES. MEDICARE HAS ALLOWED OUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS AND OLDER NEIGHBORS TO LIVE IN DIGNITY IN THEIR RETIREMENT YEARS. MEDICARE HAS KEPT FAMILIES OUT OF POVERTY FOR DECADES. IT HAS WORKED WELL. AND WITH THE BABY BOOMERS COMING, WE NEED TO BE MINDFUL OF NECESSARY REFORMS, BUT THE REPUBLICANS SHOULD NOT USE THESE DIFFICULT ECONOMIC TIMES AS A REASON TO DESTROY MEDICARE. AFTER ALL, THE REPUBLICAN PLAN WILL NOT SAVE ANY MONEY, IT SIMPLY SHIFTS THE COSTS TO OLDER AMERICANS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE RELEASED AN ANALYSIS THAT SAYS IN 2022, WITH AN INCREASE OF $7,000 PER YEAR, REPUBLICANS WOULD DOUBLE THE COST PER PERSON. AND NOT $1 OF THAT INCREASE IN BENEFICIARY COSTS GOES TO REDUCING THE DEFICIT. IT ALL GOES TO COVER THE HIGHER COSTS OF HIGHER PLANS THAT THE REPUBLICANS WOULD FORCE YOU TO JOIN. THE PRESIDENT SAID YESTERDAY THIS DEBATE OVER BUDGETS AND DEFICITS IS MORE -- IS ABOUT MORE THAN JUST NUMBERS ON A PAGE. IT'S ABOUT THE KIND OF FUTURE THAT WE WANT. IT'S ABOUT THE KIND OF COUNTRY WE BELIEVE IN. AND I AGREE. THAT EACH ONE OF US DESERVES SOME BASIC MEASURE OF SECURITY AND DIGNITY. HE SAID THAT WE RECOGNIZE NO MATTER HOW RESPONSIBLY WE LIVE OUR LIVES, HARD TIMES OR BAD LUCK OR CRIPPLING ILLNESS OR LAYOFF MAY STRIKE ANY ONE OF US. THERE BUT FOR THE GAYS OF GOD GO I. UNDER THIS REPUBLICAN PLAN IN FLORIDA, LIFE WILL BE DIFFERENT. WE NEED TO REJECT THIS REPUBLICAN PLAN ON THIS MOST IMPORTANT VOTE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SAVE MEDICARE AND KEEP DIGNITY FOR OLDER AMERICANS.

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  • 06:00:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN. .

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    MR. RYAN

    I WISH I COULD HAVE THAT CHART, SAVE MEDICARE. LET'S LOOK AT CURRENT LAW…

    I WISH I COULD HAVE THAT CHART, SAVE MEDICARE. LET'S LOOK AT CURRENT LAW PASSED HERE NOT LONG AGO, THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW. WE'VE ALL DONE TOWN HALL MEETINGS WHERE PEOPLE SAY, WHY DO YOU KEEP RAIDING THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND? WE AGREE, THAT WAS WRONG. GUESS WHAT, THE CURRENT HEALTH CARE LAW RAIDS MEDICARE. THE CURRENT PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW TAKES $682 BILLION OUT OF MEDICARE TO SPEND ON THE OBAMACARE ENTITLEMENT. WE'RE ENDING THE RAID OF MEDICARE. WE'RE MAKING SURE THOSE SAVINGS GO TO MAKING MEDICARE SOLVENT. IT ONLY GOES TO 2021. MORE TO THE POINT, MR. CHAIRMAN, WE BELIEVE THAT SENIORS SHOULD BE IN CHARGE. WE BELIEVE THAT THE BEST WAY TO MAKE MEDICARE BETTER IS TO GIVE SENIORS MORE CHOICES. GIVE THEM THE ABILITY TO MAKE CHOICES AND VO PROVIDERS COMPETE AGAINST EACH OTHER FOR THEIR BUSINESS. HERE'S THE DIFFERENCE. THE PRESIDENT WANTS 15 PEOPLE TO MAKE THE CHOICES IN MEDICARE. WE SAY, LET 40 MILLION SENIORS HAVE CHOICE, HAVE POWER, AND HAVE THOSE PROVIDERS COMPETE AGAINST EACH OTHER FOR THEIR BUSINESS SO THEY'RE IN CHARGE OF THEIR MEDICARE. THE PRESIDENT, THE LAW TODAY, HAVE HIM APPOINT 15 PEOPLE TO RATION MEDICARE AND CONGRESS CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. THEIR DECISIONS GO RIGHT INTO LAW. THAT'S THE FUTURE OF MEDICARE UNDER THE CURRENT LAW. PRESIDENT SAID, LET'S THROW ANOTHER TRILLION ON TOP. SO HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS. WHEN THE PRESIDENT'S COMING UP WITH A NEED FOR MORE SAVINGS, WHAT DOES HE DO? HE CALLS UP HIS MEDICARE RATIONING BOARD AND SAYS, GO FIND ANOTHER $480 BILLION. THAT IS NOT THE FUTURE WE WANT FOR MEDICARE. THERE'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US. WE DON'T WANT TO HAVE GOVERNMENT RATION HEALTH CARE. WE WANT PEOPLE TO BE IN CHARGE OF THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD --

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  • 06:03:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN SUSPEND BRIEFLY. THE COMMITTEE WILL RISE INFORMALLY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 06:03:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO…

    MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THE SENATE HAS FAILED TO AGREE TO H.CON.RES. 35 AND H.CON.RES. 36. CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS DIRECTING THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO MAKE A CORRECTION IN ENROLLMENT OF H.R. 1473.

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  • 06:03:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE COMMITTEE WILL RESUME ITS SITTING.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:04:08 PM

    MR. RYAN

    AT THIS TIME, I'D LOO LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    AT THIS TIME, I'D LOO LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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  • 06:04:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

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    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. HISTORY WALKS WITH US AS WE DEBATE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. HISTORY WALKS WITH US AS WE DEBATE THIS BUDGET. HISTORY OFFERS US NOT A SINGLE EXAMPLE OF A NATION THAT'S EVER SPENT AND BORROWED AND TAXED ITS WAY TO PROSPERITY, NOT ONE. BUT IT OFFERS US MANY, MANY EXAMPLES OF NATIONS THAT HAVE SPENT AND BORROWED AND TAXED THEIR WAY TO ECONOMIC RUIN AND BANKRUPTCY. HISTORY IS SCREAMING THIS WARNING AT US THAT NATIONS THAT BANKRUPT THEMSELVES AREN'T AROUND VERY LONG BECAUSE BEFORE YOU CAN PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE AND PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE, YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO PAY FOR IT. AND THE ABILITY OF OUR NATION TO DO SO IS NOW IN GRAVE DANGER. YESTERDAY, THE PRESIDENT ATTACKED THIS BUDGET BECAUSE HE SAYS IT LOWERS TAXES ON THE RICH WHILE RAISING MEDICARE COSTS FOR SENIORS. IN FACT, THIS BUDGET ENDS MANY OF THE LOOPHOLES THAT HAVE ALLOWED SOME OF THE WEALTHY TO PAY LESS THAN THEIR FAIR SHARE OF TAXES WHILE IT LOWERS THE OVERALL RATE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE PAID MORE. AND SINCE 8 % OF SMALL BUSINESS INCOME IS AFFECTED, ECONOMISTS TELL US THAT THE TAX RELIEF PROVIDED BY THIS PLAN WILL PRODUCE A MILLION NEW JOBS NEXT YEAR. I SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THAT'S THE HEALTHY WAY TO PR DEUCE NEW REVENUE. THE PRESIDENT OF -- THE PRESIDENT APPARENTLY BELIEVES THAT BY TAKE MANAGER MONEY FROM SMALL BUSINESSES, SOMEHOW THEY'LL CREATE MORE JOBS. THAT'S THE ECONOMIC FOLLY THAT MISGUIDES THIS ADMINISTRATION. AS MY FRIENDS TO MY LEFT KNOW, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID WILL COLLAPSE WITH IF WE CONTINUE BUSINESS AS USUAL THIS BUDGET SAVES THOSE SYSTEMS BY PUTTING THEM ON A SOUND FINANCIAL FOUNDATION. IT REVERSES THE TREND OF DOCTORS REFUSING TO TREAT MEDICARE PATIENTS AND ASSURES FUTURE SENIORS A WIDER CHOICE OF PHYSICIANS AND PLANS THAN IS AVAILABLE TODAY. THIS BUDGET BRINGS FEDERAL SPENDING BACK UNDER CONTROL AND IT PLACES OUR NATION ON A PATH SO THAT WHEN MY CHILDREN RETIRE, THEIR RETIREMENT SYSTEMS WILL BE SAFE AND SECURE AND THEIR NATION WILL BE DEBT-FREE AND PROSPEROUS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:06:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THELE TISSUE

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:06:27 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I REMIND THE GENTLEMAN THAT WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS THAT THE TOP 2% INCOME…

    I REMIND THE GENTLEMAN THAT WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS THAT THE TOP 2% INCOME EARNERS SHOULD GO BACK TO THE RATES THEY WERE PAYING IN THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION, A PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THE ECONOMY WAS ROARING AND 20 MILLION JOBS WERE CREATED. WHEN WE MOVED TO THE CURRENT RATERS IN FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP, WE SAW AT THE END OF EIGHT YEARS, 2000 TO 2008, A LOSS OF OVER 625,000 PRIVATE JOBS. LET ME JUST SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THIS MEDICARE ISSUE. BECAUSE WHAT THE REPUBLICAN PLAN DOES WILL RESULT IN RATIONING BY INCOME, LET ME BE CLEAR, SENIOR, YOU WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO CHOOSE TO STAY IN THE MEDICARE PROGRAM. YOU'VE GOT TO GO INTO THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE MARKET. YOU'RE GOING TO BE GIVEN A VOUCHER OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT THAT DOESN'T KEEP PACE WITH RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS. THAT MEANS THAT THE PLAN YOU MAY BE ABLE TO AFFORD MAY NOT COVER THE VERY BENEFITS YOU NEED AND YOUR DOCTOR CERTAINLY MAY NOT BE ON THAT PLAN. SO YOU'LL LOSE YOUR CHOICE OF DOCTOR, YOU CAN'T HAPPEN TO AFFORD THE PLAN THAT THEY'RE ON. OR YOU LOSE YOUR BENEFITS. THIS REPUBLICAN PLAN IS RATIONING BY THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY. WITH THAT, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO,

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  • 06:07:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 06:07:53 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    THANK YOU. I THANK CONGRESSMAN VAN HOLLEN FOR YIELDING. THE BEST WAY TO…

    THANK YOU. I THANK CONGRESSMAN VAN HOLLEN FOR YIELDING. THE BEST WAY TO BALANCE ANY BUDGET FOR OUR COUNTRY IS TO GET EVERYONE BACK TO WORK WHO WANTS TO WORK. THE PRESIDENT'S BIPARTISAN FISCAL COMMISSION ALSO SHOWS ANY RESPONSIBLE EFFORT REQUIRES A BALANCED APPROACH THAT ADDRESSES BOTH SPENDING AND REVENUES. BY CONTRAST, THIS BUDGET FROM THE REPUBLICANS FAIL THE SIMPLE TEST OF ADDRESSING BOTH PROGRAMS, PROGRAM SPENDING AS WELL AS TAX BREAK SPENDING AND IT FAILS IT BADLY. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET INCREASES TAX BREAKS FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES WHILE ENDING THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE FOR SENIORS DOUBLING THEIR OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS FOR THEIR INSURANCE PREMIUMS. AT THE SAME TIME, REPUBLICANS ARE DOLING OUT A TRILLION DOLLARS OF TAX BREAKS OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS TO THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY, TO MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS AND TO THOSE ON WALL STREET WHO PAY AS LITTLE AS 11% OF TAXES. MEANWHILE, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WILL END MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT AND IT WILL THROW AMERICAN SENIORS AT THE MERCY OF INSURANCE COMPANIES. SENIORS LOVE MEDICARE AND THEIR FAMILIES LOVE MEDICARE. SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE ARE COMPACTS OF TRUST BETWEEN YEN RATIONS AND I WOULD NOT WANT THE NEXT GENERATION TO HAVE LESS THAN OUR GENERATION HAS HAD. I DISAGREE WITH THE RYAN PROPOSAL BECAUSE IT DIVIDES YEN RATIONS. THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE REDUCES THE DEFICIT WHILE PRESERVING THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET. THE PLAN OF HOUSE DEMOCRATS WOULD CUT THE DEFICIT BY AN ADDITIONAL $137B9 TRILLION MORE THAN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET AND ACHIEVES PRIMARY BALANCE AS EARLY AS FISCAL YEAR 2018 AND PUT OURS ECONOMY ON A FULL PATH TO RECOVERY. THE RYAN BUDGET FAILS TO SAY THE REASONS FOR THE DEFICITS WE FACE. $1.4 TRILLION IN THE COST OF THE AFGHAN AND IRAQI WARS AND THE BILLIONS AND BILLIONS SPENT ON WALL STREET, BAILING THEM OUT AND ALL THE COST OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING FORECLOSURE THAT'S GONE WIT. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET GIVES UP ON JOBS AND WORKING AMERICANS AND CATERS MAINLY TO THE UPPER 1% AND FRANKLY IT GIVES UP ON AMERICA'S FUTURE. THE RYAN BUDGET IS THE ROAD MAP TO RUIN. IT WON'T CREATE JOBS. IN FACT, IT WILL CAUSE MORE JOB LOSS. IT'S A DEAD END BUDGET FOR AMERICA AND I CAN MY COLLEAGUE IT IS OPPOSE IT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 06:10:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRE THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

  • 06:10:21 PM

    MR. RYAN

    I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS TO SAY, IT'S WELL KNOWN, OUR BUDGET DOESN'T…

    I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS TO SAY, IT'S WELL KNOWN, OUR BUDGET DOESN'T TOUCH MEDICARE, CHANGE IT, FOR PEOPLE IN OR NEAR RETIREMENT, 55 YEARS OLD OR ABOVE. UNDER THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN, THE 15-PERSON BOARD SAYS YOUR DOCTOR CAN'T GIVE YOU THE CARE HE WANTS TO, OR YOUR HOSPITAL CAN'T DO IT, THEN THEY CAN'T. THAT'S THE GOVERNMENT DOING THIS UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS TO CURRENT SENIORS AND WE OPPOSE THAT. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM THE DISTINGUISHED STATE OF WISCONSIN, MR. RIDDLE.

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  • 06:10:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 06:11:02 PM

    MR. RIBBLE

    OF THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE AND FORMER SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, I RISE IN…

    OF THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE AND FORMER SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE 2012 BUDGET RESOLUTION. I'D LIKE TO BEGIN TODAY WITH A QUOTE FROM A FAMOUS AMERICAN, QUOTE, AT WHAT POINT CAN WE HAVE A SERIOUS CONVERSATION ABOUT MEDICARE AND ITS LONG-TERM LIABILITY, OR A SERIOUS CONVERSATION ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY OR SERIOUS CONVERSATION ABOUT BUDGET AND DEBT WHERE WE AREN'T SIMPLY TRYING TO POSITION OURSELVES POLITICALLY? THAT'S WHAT I'M COMMITTED TO DOING. END QUOTE. MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT WAS PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA JUST LAST YEAR. AS WE DEBATE THIS BUDGET, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO HEED THE WORDS OF OUR PRESIDENT. LET'S STOP THE DEMAGOGUING AND THE POLITICAL JOCKEYING AND ACTUALLY WORK TOWARD A SOLUTION TOGETHER. OUR CHILDREN, MY GRANDCHILDREN, DESERVE NO LESS. EVEN MOST DEMOCRATS AGREE THAT OUR CURRENT SPENDING IS ON AN UNSUSTAINABLE TRAJECTORY SO WHONT YOU AGREE THAT FINGER POINTING AND MAKING FALSE CLAIMS TO SCARE SENIORS WHILE MAKE NOTHING SOLUTIONS OF YOUR OWN IS COUNTERPRODUCT SNIVE WE CUT SPENDING BY $6.2 TRILLION AND SHRINK THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT TO HISTORICALLY NORMAL LEVELS. WE START TO GET OUR DEFICITS UNDER CONTROL. AND PUT OUR BUDGET ON A PATH TO PROSPERITY. I KNOW WHAT HIGH TACKS MEAN TO JOB TRAINERS IN OUR COUNTRY, THAT'S WHY OUR BUDGET CALL FARCE FLATTER, FAIRER TAX THAT CLOSES LOOPHOLES AND INCREASES THE INCENTIVES OF CORPORATIONS TO KEEP JOBS RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA. I KNOW WHAT SMALL BUSINESSES LOOK FOR WHEN THEY LOOK TO SPEND AND INVEST. THEY LOOK FOR CERTAINTY. AND THIS BUDGET MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE PUTS OUR COUNTRY BACK ON A CERTAIN PATH OF SUSTAINABILITY. JOB CREATORS AND BUSINESS LOANERS WILL STAND UP AND CHEER WHEN THEY SEE REAL IDEAS LIKE THIS PUT FORTH. MORE IDEAS OF MERIT IN THIS BUDGET AND WE WANT A VIGOROUS DEBATE BUT I HOPE IT WILL BE A DEBATE ON POLICY DIFFERENCES NOT POLITICAL MANEUVERING. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 06:13:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM M.D. IS RECOGNIZED.…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM M.D. IS RECOGNIZED. MR. VAN

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  • 06:13:14 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I POINT OUT AGAIN, THE CHOICE IS WHETHER…

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I POINT OUT AGAIN, THE CHOICE IS WHETHER WE WANT TO ASK FOR SHARED SACRIFICE. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THE REASON THE BIPARTISAN FISCAL COMMISSION SAID THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET ISN'T BALANCED WAS, AMONG OTHER THINGS, BECAUSE IT ASKS FOR NOTHING FROM THE FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP WHO GOT THE BIG TAX CUTS. WITH THAT, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ.

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  • 06:13:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MS. WASSERMAN

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    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    SCHULTZ: I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PLAN, WHICH IS NOT…

    SCHULTZ: I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PLAN, WHICH IS NOT A PATHWAY TO PROSPERITY BUT A TRUE PATHWAY TO POVERTY FOR OUR NATION. THE REPUBLICANS' EXPLICIT CHOICE TO PROTECT MILLIONAIRES AND SPECIAL INTERESTS AT THE EXPENSE OF JOB CREATION IS DANGEROUS AND FORE SAKES OUR FUTURE. I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE RECKLESS AND SHAMEFUL CUTS TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH FOR CURES TO CANCER, STROKE, DIABETES AND OTHER ILLNESSES THAT FALL UNDER ITS JURISDICTION. THAT'S WHY I INTRODUCED AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD STOP THESE CUTS YET EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES VOTED AGAINST IT. FOR JUST HALF A PERCENT, HALF A PERCENT OF THE COST OF EXTENDING TAX CUTS FOR MILLIONAIRES AND PLNARIES, WE COULD COMPLETELY REJECT THE DEVASTATING CUTS TO MEDICAL RESEARCH FOR NEXT YEAR. CUTS OF THIS NAGNY TUDE -- MAGNITUDE WILL SLOW THE PROCESS AND CUT WORK THAT MAY SAVE LIVES. THE CUTS PREVENT US FROM WINNING THE FUTURE. IT KILLS JOBS. N.I.H. GRANTS SUPPORT MORE THAN 350,000 HIGHLY SKILLED JOBS IN ALL 50 STATES PLUS AN ADDITIONAL 800,000 SUPPORTING JOBS CREATED IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR THIS MEANS THAT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET BUT -- BUDGET PUTS OVER ONE MILLION AMERICAN JOBS AT RISK FROM PHARMACEUTICAL JOBS TO MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURERS TO TECHNICIANS WORKING IN MEDICAL LABS. AT THE SAME TIME THE REPUBLICAN PATH TO POVERTY IGNORES THE N.I.H.'S ROLE AND THE BALLOONING COSTS THAT COMPOUND OUR DEBT. WE MUST MAKE SMART INVESTMENTS IN OUR NATION'S MEDICAL AND FISCAL HEALTH AND WE MUST MAKE THE INVESTMENTS NOW TO STEM THE TIDE OF FUTURE DISEASE RATES. CANCER INCIDENTS IS EXPECTED TO DOUBLE IN 2020, PARTICULARLY AMONG THE AGING BABY BOOMER POPULATION. AS ONE OF 11 MILLION CANCER SURVIVORS I'M LIVING PROOF OF THE VITAL GAINS MADE BY RESERMING AT N.I.H. WE CAN'T STOP NOW. DON'T TURN YOUR BACK ON THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO ARE HOLDING OUT HOPE THAT TREATMENTS AND CURES ARE COMING SOON. OPPOSE THIS REPUBLICAN PATH TO POVERTY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:15:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

  • 06:15:58 PM

    MR. RYAN

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. CHAFFETZ A MEMBER OF…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. CHAFFETZ A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE. .

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  • 06:16:09 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    ABOUT JOBS, ABOUT OUR ECONOMY AND ABOUT THE PEOPLES' MONEY. CONGRESS TALKS…

    ABOUT JOBS, ABOUT OUR ECONOMY AND ABOUT THE PEOPLES' MONEY. CONGRESS TALKS ABOUT ITS MONEY AND THE WAY IT WANTS TO SPEND THE PEOPLE'S MONEY. NO, IT'S THE PEOPLE'S MONEY AND NOT CONGRESS' TO GO AND ALLOCATE AND HAND IT TO SOMEBODY ELSE. WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE EACH AND EVERY TIME A DECISION IS MADE ABOUT WHERE AND HOW TO SPEND MONEY IS THEY ARE PULLING MONEY OUT OF PEOPLE'S POCKETS AND HANDING IT TO SOMEONE ELSE. 25 CENTS, 25 CENTS OUT OF EVERY DOLLAR SPENT IN THIS COUNTRY IS SPENT BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. FUNDAMENTALLY, THAT'S WRONG. WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE TRAJECTORY AND HAVE SYSTEMIC CHANGES AND THAT'S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS BUDGET, BECAUSE NOT ONLY DOES IT PUT US ON A PATH TO BALANCE THE BUDGET, BUT PAY OFF THE DEBT. I RAN FOR CONGRESS BECAUSE I WAS SICK AND TIRED OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING. I WANTED TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION, NOT PART OF THE PROBLEM. WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT OUR NATIONAL DEBT, JUST 48 MONTHS AGO WAS $8.67 TRILLION AND WITH THE DEMOCRATS IN CONTROL OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE, IT ROSE TO OVER $14 TRILLION, A RISE OF 60%. WE CAN'T CONTINUE TO DO THAT. WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS BUDGET IS THAT IT IS AN ADULT CONVERSATION THAT SAYS WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO CHANGE TRAJECTORY, EVERYTHING FROM ENTITLEMENT REFORM TO DISCRETIONARY SPENDING, IT CUTS $6.2 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT DECADE COMPARED TO THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET AND ELIMINATES HUNDREDS OF DUPLICATIVE PROGRAM. WE CAN NO LONGER CONTINUE TO BORROW, TAX AND SPEND OUR WAY. WE HAVE TO REDUCE SPENDING. WE HAVE TO PRODUCE A RESPONSIBLE FEDERAL BUDGET. THAT'S WHAT THIS BUDGET DOES. THAT'S WHY I'M IN SUPPORT OF IT. AND I URGE THE PASSAGE OF THIS BUDGET AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:18:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

  • 06:18:15 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    WOULD REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT HOST HARDWORKING AMERICAN WORKERS PAID…

    WOULD REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT HOST HARDWORKING AMERICAN WORKERS PAID THEIR PAYROLL TAXES INCLUDING MEDICARE CONTRIBUTIONS AND SHOULD HAVE THE BENEFIT OF THE BARGAIN AND KEEP THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. TONKO.

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  • 06:18:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 06:18:35 PM

    MR. TONKO

    DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING AND AS INDICATED IN THE CHART THE…

    DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING AND AS INDICATED IN THE CHART THE REPUBLICAN ROAD TO RUIN BUDGET WILL GIVE MONEY TO THE MOST PROFITABLE CORPORATIONS IN THE WORLD. 46 MILLION AMERICANS RELY ON MEDICARE. ON THE ROAD TO RUIN, SENIORS AND DISABLED WILL LOSE GUARANTEED HEALTH BENEFITS AND BE LEFT WITH A VOUCHER. BY DESIGN THE VOUCHER CANNOT AND WILL NOT KEEP UP WITH RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS. THE PRIVATE MARKET VIEWS SENIORS AND THE DISABLED AS A RISKY INVESTMENT. THAT'S WHY MEDICARE WAS CREATED IN THE FIRST PLACE. AS A RESULT WHEN THE ROAD TO RUIN HEALTH PLAN TAKES EFFECT AND AS THIS CHART AGAIN TO MY RIGHT REVEALS, SENIORS WILL SEE THEIR HEALTH COSTS DOUBLE. BY CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATES THEY WHICH PAY MORE FOR THE SAME COVERAGE MEDICARE PROVIDES TODAY. FACING DRAMATICALLY HIGHER HEALTH COSTS WITH LESS HELP, OUR SENIORS WILL BE FORCED INTO LIFE AND DEATH DECISIONS, DO I BUY GROCERIES OR BUY PRESCRIPTIONS, DO I PAY RENT OR DO I PAY MEDICAL BILLS? NEVER FEAR, MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SAY, YOU WILL GET THE SAME CARE AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, I KNOW THAT CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH PLANS COST ABOUT $9,000 THIS YEAR. SENIORS WILL BE GETTING A RATION OF $8,000. 10 YEARS FROM NOW FOR HEALTH CARE THAT WILL COST OVER $20,000. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, I MUST SAY THE REPUBLICAN TALKING POINT THAT SENIORS WILL GET THE SAME COVERAGE AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS IS NOT JUST REPUBLICAN RHETORIC, IT IS A LIE. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ESTIMATES THAT SENIORS WILL PAY 68% OF THEIR HEALTH COSTS UNDER THE REPUBLICAN PLAN. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ONLY PAY 28% OF THEIR PREMIUM. SENIORS WILL PAY MORE THAN DOUBLE THE SHARE THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS PAY AND MORE THAN DOUBLE THE AMOUNT THEY PAY TODAY UNDER MEDICARE. WE HAVE BALANCED THE BUDGET BEFORE WITHOUT ENDING MEDICARE. WE CAN DO IT AGAIN. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE ROAD TO RUIN PLAN THAT WOULD END MEDICARE. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:20:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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  • 06:20:59 PM

    MR. RYAN

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. MULVANEY.

  • 06:21:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 06:21:07 PM

    MR. MULVANEY

    WE WILL BE HEARING A LOT OF THINGS FROM OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE…

    WE WILL BE HEARING A LOT OF THINGS FROM OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CUTTING SPENDING AND JOBS. THEY HAVE TAKEN THE POSITION FROM THE VERY BEGINNING IF WE CUT SPENDING WE ARE GOING TO LOSE GOVERNMENT JOBS. WE HEARD ABOUT THE ZANDI REPORT THAT SUGGESTS IF WE CUT $60 BILLION AS WE DID A FEW WEEKS AGO THAT WOULD COST US 500,000 JOBS. I HAVE SEEN A SIMILAR REPORT SUGGESTING THAT THAT SAME $60 BILLION CUT WOULD SHAVE 2 PERCENTAGE POINTS OFF OF G.D.P. MR. CHAIRMAN, THOSE NUMBERS SORT OF EXPOSE THE ABSURDITY OF THE DEMOCRAT ARGUMENT. IF YOU TAKE THE SAME NUMBERS AND APPLY IT TO THE $800 BILLION STIMULUS PROGRAM, THAT SHOULD HAVE CREATED OR WOULD HAVE CREATED 6.5 MILLION JOBS AND ADDED 26% TO THE G.D.P. IT'S JUST WRONG. IT'S MISLEADING AND FOR THE FIRST TIME MAYBE IN THIS GENERATION, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO ACCEPT THE FACT THAT GOVERNMENT SPENDING DOES NOT CREATE JOBS. WE HAVE SEEN IT. IT WAS AN EXPENSIVE LESSON FOR US TO LEARN AS A NATION. IF GOVERNMENT SPENDING CREATED JOBS, I WOULDN'T HAVE 15% UNEMPLOYMENT IN MY DISTRICT. PEOPLE BACK HOME ARE STARTING TO ACCEPT, STARTING TO LEARN AND AGREE THAT WHAT CREATES JOBS IN THIS NATION IS PRIVATE INVESTMENT. IT'S PRIVATE BESTES INVESTING IN THEIR BUSINESS AND PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS PUTTING PEOPLE TO WORK. WE HAVE TO GO BACK TO ANOTHER 20 YEARS HERE AND I HAVE ANOTHER ONE THAT GOES BACK TO 40 YEARS AND WORLD WAR II THAT SHOWS THE ONLY THING THAT CREATES JOBS IN THIS NATION IS PRIVATE INVESTMENT. YOU AREN'T GOING TO FIND A GRAPH MORE DIRECTLY CORRELATED. WHEN PRIVATE INVESTMENT GOES DOWN, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE GOES UP. THAT IS WHAT WE ARE FACING AS A NATION AND UNTIL WE RECOGNIZE THE FACT THAT GOVERNMENT SPENDING DOES NOT CREATE JOBS, WE WILL CONTINUE TO MUDDLE THROUGH TOO MANY FOLKS OUT OF WORK. THIS ALLOWS PRIVATE INDUSTRY TO INVEST IN THIS COUNTRY AND PUTTING PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:23:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

  • 06:23:16 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    OF COURSE THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS THE ENGINE OF OPPORTUNITY AND THE ECONOMY…

    OF COURSE THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS THE ENGINE OF OPPORTUNITY AND THE ECONOMY IN THIS COUNTRY, BUT WE ALSO KNOW THERE ARE SOME INVESTMENTS THAT NO INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATION TAKES ON BY THEMSELVES. FOR EXAMPLE, THE HIGHWAY SYSTEM AND SOME OF THE BIG INFRASTRUCTURE, YOU HAVE 20% UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY RIGHT NOW. IF YOU'RE TELLING ME THAT A GREATER INVESTMENT IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, ROADS AND BRIDGES DOESN'T HELP GENERATE JOB CREATION, YOU SHOULD TELL THAT TO THE FOLKS WHO ARE LOOKING FOR A JOB RIGHT NOW. I WOULD ALSO POINT OUT THAT THE SAME FOLKS AT THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION WHO SAID THAT THE REPUBLICAN PLAN THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TONIGHT WAS GOING TO INCREASE JOBS ARE THE SAME PEOPLE WHO BACK AT THE BEGINNING OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION PREDICTED THAT THOSE TAX CUTS WERE GOING TO GENERATE ALL SORTS OF JOBS IN THE COUNTRY. HERE'S WHAT THEY PREDICTED IN BLUE, CUT TAXES FOR FOLKS AT THE TOP, JOBS WILL GO UP AND UP. HERE'S THE REALITY. HERE'S THE REALITY IN RED. WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. I WOULD BE CAREFUL ABOUT HOW A BUDGET IS GOING TO PRODUCE JOBS. WE HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE BUDGET THAT HAS THE RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN CUTS AND SHARED SACRIFICE AND WILL GENERATE JOBS. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. BASS.

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  • 06:24:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 06:24:44 PM

    MS. BASS

    IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET THAT ENDS MEDICARE. THE…

    IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET THAT ENDS MEDICARE. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET ENDS THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE IN 11 SHORT YEARS. IN 11 YEARS, RELIABLE CARE FOR OUR SENIORS WILL BE REPLACED WITH THE RISKY VOUCHER SCHEME. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN SUPPOSEDLY GENEROUSLY GIVES SENIOR CITIZENS A GIFT, $8,000 A YEAR VOUCHER. SENIORS MUST IDENTIFY AN INSURANCE CARRIER THAT WILL TAKE IT. THIS IS CALLED CHOICE. SINCE THE REPUBLICANS ALSO WANT TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THERE IS NOTHING TO PROTECT SENIORS FROM BEING EXCLUDED FROM COVERAGE IF THEY HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. THIS IS CALLED CHOICE. DON'T KNOW TOO MANY PEOPLE 55 YEARS AND OLDER WHO DON'T HAVE SOME HEALTH-RELATED PROBLEM. THERE IS NOTHING TO PROTECT SENIORS FROM INSURANCE COMPANIES CANCELLING THEIR COVERAGE IF AN ILLNESS BECOMES TOO EXPENSIVE. THERE IS NOTHING THAT WILL PROTECT TAXPAYERS FROM INCURRING MASSIVE COSTS WHEN UNINSURED SENIORS SHOW UP IN EMERGENCY ROOMS AROUND THE COUNTRY WITH UNTREATED DIABETES LEADING TO KIDNEY FAILURE AND HEART DISEASE AND HYPERTENSION LEADING TO STROKES. THIS ISN'T MUCH OF A CHOICE. WE ARE FOOLING OURSELVES IF WE THINK SENIORS WILL BE ABLE TO WRITE A CHECK AND PAY THE DIFFERENCE. A MORE LIKELY SCENARIO IS SENIORS WILL NOT HAVE MEDICAL COVERAGE. I OFTEN SAY YOU CAN JUDGE A SOCIETY ABOUT HOW IT TREATS ITS ELDERLY AND CHILDREN, AND THE REPUBLICAN PLAN KICKS OUR SENIORS TO THE CURB WHILE THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS WILL CONTINUE TO GET WEALTH YEAR. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET AND PROTECT THE MEDICARE BENEFIT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:26:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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  • 06:26:34 PM

    MR. RYAN

    TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. FLAKE.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 06:26:41 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    ARE SERIOUS TIMES WE ARE IN RIGHT NOW WITH REGARD TO DEBT AND DEFICIT AND…

    ARE SERIOUS TIMES WE ARE IN RIGHT NOW WITH REGARD TO DEBT AND DEFICIT AND SERIOUS TIMES CALL FOR A SERIOUS BUDGET AND THIS IS A SERIOUS BUDGET. THIS IS ONE THAT CAN ACTUALLY LEAD US OUT OF THE PROBLEMS WE'RE IN. THAT'S WHAT WE NEED. FOR THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO ARE SAYING THAT THEY WANT TO PRESERVE MEDICARE BY STICKING TO THE STATUS QUO, AS I THINK IT WAS GEORGE WILL WHO SAID ON SUNDAY, YOUR PROBLEM ISN'T MR. RYAN, IT IS MR. ARITHMETIC. IT DOESN'T WORK. YOU CAN'T DO IT. FOR ALL OF THIS TALK ABOUT PRESERVING MEDICARE AS IT CURRENTLY IS MEANS THAT YOU ARE CON SIGNING IT TO HISTORY. IT WON'T SURVIVE. YOU HAVE TO CHANGE IT. YOU HAVE TO CHANGE IT IN WAYS THAT MAKE IT SUSTAINABLE AND SOLVENT FOR THE LONG-TERM FUTURE. WHAT WE ARE HEARING NOW IS WE NEED MORE INVESTMENT AND WE HAVE TO MAINTAIN CURRENT SPENDING LEVELS TO HAVE MORE INVESTMENT. I WOULD REFER YOU TO THE STIMULUS THAT WE JUST PASSED A YEAR OR SO AGO. WHAT GOOD HAS THAT DONE. SURE, IT'S A LOT MORE INVESTMENT OR SPENDING OR WHATEVER YOU CALL IT, GOVERNMENT TO GOVERNMENT OR THE GOVERNMENT SPENDING, BUT IT'S NOT ENABLING THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO CREATE JOBS. THE JOB OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE TO SET A CONDUCIVE TAX AND REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT SO THE PRIVATE SECTOR CAN PRODUCE JOBS. THAT'S WHAT THIS BUDGET DOES. THAT'S WHY I SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:28:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 06:28:15 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES GENTLEMAN.

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    THE CHAIR

    RECOGNIZES GENTLEMAN.

  • 06:28:27 PM

    MR. PASCRELL

    WE HAVE TWO CITIES HERE. WE ARE LOOKING AT A CITY VERY OPTIMISTICICALLY…

    WE HAVE TWO CITIES HERE. WE ARE LOOKING AT A CITY VERY OPTIMISTICICALLY AND WE HAVE TO GO BACK TO YOUR FIGURES. WE HAVE HAD EXACTLY SIX QUARTERS OF GROWTH IN THIS ADMINISTRATION. YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE LAST TWO QUARTERS OF THE LAST ADMINISTRATION'S GROWTH WAS? WASN'T VERY GOOD, WAS IT, MR. RYAN? THE POINT OF THE MATTER IS IS THAT YOU HAVE TWO DIFFERENT VISIONS OF AMERICA'S FUTURE, TWO DIFFERENT CITIES ON THAT HILL. YOU CONTINUE TO USE THE PAYROLL TAX, WHICH PAYS FOR MEDICARE A AND YOU CONTINUE TO SAY YOU'RE GOING TO AND ALL THOSE UNDER 55 YEARS OF AGE ARE GOING TO GO TO A NEW PLAN, YET YOU CONTINUE THE PAYROLL TAX. THIS IS SOMEWHAT LIKE -- THIS IS EXACTLY LIKE, NOT SOMEWHAT LIKE, WHAT YOU DID WITH THE DOUGHNUT HOLE. YOU ALLOWED SENIORS AND FORCED SENIORS TO PAY PREMIUMS AND THEY GOT NO BENEFITS. YOU KNOW IT, I KNOW IT AND THE TRUTH IS WHAT IT IS.

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  • 06:29:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS REMINDED TO ADDRESS HIS REMARKS TO THE CHAIR.

  • 06:29:48 PM

    MR. PASCRELL

    MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS MISGUIDED BUDGET IS A DOUBLING DOWN ON THE SAME FAILED…

    MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS MISGUIDED BUDGET IS A DOUBLING DOWN ON THE SAME FAILED POLICIES THAT WE KNOW DON'T WORK AND BROUGHT US TO THE BRINK. WITH OUR RANKING MEMBER DID NOT POINT OUT IS THAT THERE WAS A LOSS OF 653,000 JOBS IN THOSE EIGHT YEARS. WHERE THERE WAS IN THE PREVIOUS EIGHT YEARS, A GAIN OF 20.8 MILLION JOBS. YOU WANT TO GO BACK AND USE THE SAME POLICIES? YOU TRIED IT IN PRIVATIZATION. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THIS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO BRING BACK AND GO BACK TO THE SAME OLD PLAYBLOOK. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE REJECTED PRIVATIZATION OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND THEY REJECT THIS. EVERY POLL, EVEN YOUR POLLS SHOW THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO DO AWAY WITH MEDICARE AS IT IS.

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  • 06:30:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN IS REMIND TODD ADDRESS HIS…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN IS REMIND TODD ADDRESS HIS REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT TO OTHER MEMBERS OF THE BODY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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  • 06:30:58 PM

    MR. RYAN

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. .

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    MR. FLORES

    I KNOW THAT AMERICA CAN AND WILL BECOME PROSPEROUS AGAIN AND MILLIONS OF…

    I KNOW THAT AMERICA CAN AND WILL BECOME PROSPEROUS AGAIN AND MILLIONS OF NEW PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS WILL BE CREATED IF WE GO BACK TO OUR FREE MARKET PRINCIPLES. WE MUST END WASTEFUL GOVERNMENT SPENDING. WE ARE FACED WITH TWO VERY DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS WE CAN LEAD OUR COUNTRY. IT IS CLEAR WE CANNOT CONTINUE ON THE MISGUIDED AND IRRESPONSIBLE PATH ENDORSED BY THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE OF BIG GOVERNMENT, SPENDING, AND UNACCEPTABLY HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT. THEY'VE HAD THEIR CHANCE TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT AND IT HAS NOT WORKED. OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE HAD CONTROL OF CONGRESS THEY LOST SEVEN MILLION JOBS AND COST OUR -- RAISED OUR FEDERAL DEBT BY OVER $5 TRILLION. NOW IT'S OUR TURN AND WE WILL DO BETTER. THAT'S WHY THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET PLAN COMES AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME BECAUSE WE CAN CAN -- WE CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO ACCEPT WHAT HAS BECOME STATUS QUO, RATHER THAN LOCKING IN RECKLESS SPENDING SPREES THAT HAVE COST OUR GOVERNMENT, OUR BUDGET PLAN CUT $6.2 TRILLION IN WASTEFUL WASHINGTON SPENDING OVER THE NEXT DECADE. THE DEMOCRATS' PLAN WILL RAISE THE DEFICIT BY OVER $9 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. WE WILL PUT THE PLAN ON A PATH TO BALANCE. THE PRESIDENT'S OWN FISCAL COMMISSION SAID THAT WE NEED TO LOWER TAX RATES AND BROADEN THE TAX BASE IN ORDER TO STABILIZE OUR NATION'S FINANCES AND GROW OUR ECONOMY. THE DEMOCRAT'S PLAN IGNORES THESE RECOMMENDATIONS AND WILL IMPOSE JOB-CRUSHING TAX INCREASES ON OUR COMMISM FEARLY ONE MILLION NEW PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS WILL BE CREATED UNDER OUR PLAN TO LOWER TAXES AND EXPAND THE TAX BASE AND OUR TOTAL EMPLOYMENT WILL GROW BY AN AVERAGE OF 1.2 MILLION JOBS A YEAR OVER THE NEXT DECADE. WE HAVE A CLEAR CHOICE, MR. CHAIRMAN. WE CAN TAKE OPAW MA'S ODYSSEY TO AMERICAN OBLIVION. OR WE CAN ADOPT A PLAN THAT RESTORES AMERICA'S PROMISE AN PROSPERITY AND SECURITY FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:33:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HAS EXPIRE THE COMMITTEE WILL RISE INFORMALLY TO RECEIVE A MESSAGE.

  • 06:33:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 06:33:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO…

    MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE HAS PASSED WITHOUT AMENDMENT H.R. 1473, AN ACT MAKING PROPINGS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND THE OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES OF THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2011, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 06:33:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE COMMITTEE WILL RESUME ITS SITTING.

  • 06:34:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

  • 06:34:07 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    HOLLEN: I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN, MR. MILLER.

  • 06:34:15 PM

    MR. MILLER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 06:34:20 PM

    MR. MILLER

    HOW THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS COURAGEOUS AND BOLD. BUT THIS IS NOT…

    HOW THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS COURAGEOUS AND BOLD. BUT THIS IS NOT CRAMINGS OR BOLD. IT'S NOT COURAGEOUS TO THROW HEAD START KIDS OUT OF THEIR CLASSROOM AND CONTINUE SUBSIDIES TO OIL COMPANIES WITH THEIR RECORD PROFITS. IT'S NOT BOLD TO CUT PELL GRANTS AND RETAIN INCENTIVE FOR COMPANIES TO SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS. IT'S NOT BOLD TO MAKE FUTURE GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS MORE DEPENDENT, NOT LESS, ON DANGEROUS DICTATORS AND FOSSIL FUELS. IT'S NEITHER BOLD NOR COURAGEOUS TO END MEDICARE FOR SENIORS SHIFTING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF COSTS ONTO THE BACKS OF THE ELDERLY TO PAY FOR TAX CUTS FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. FOR 45 YEARS, SENIORS HAVE RELIED ON MEDICARE TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE IN THEIR RETIREMENT YEARS. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WITHIN THAT GUARANTEE. SENIORS WOULD NO LONGER BE GUARANTEED COVERAGE FOR BASIC HEALTH ITEMS LIKE DIABETES AND CANCER SCREENING. WHAT INSURANCE COMPANY IS GOING TO WRITE AN INDIVIDUAL POLICY FOR A 70-YEAR-OLD THAT'S REMOTELY AFFORDABLE? BECAUSE OF THIS, MORE SENIORS WILL GO INTO DEBT AND THEY'LL BE FORCED TO SELL THEIR HOMES AND RELY ON THEIR CHILDREN TO PAY FOR THEIR MEDICAL COSTS. THAT'S NOT A DIGNIFIED RETIREMENT, THAT'S NOT GOOD FOR AMERICA. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT MEDICARE IS SUSTAINABLE FOR SENIORS AND TAXPAYERS, BUT ONE THING IS CERTAIN, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET DOES NOT SAVE MEDICARE, IT ENDS IT. THIS IS NOT BOLD OR CRAINLS. IT MIGHT BE EASY FOR THE REPUBLICANS TO MAKE CUTS ON THE BACKS OF THOSE WHO CAN'T AFFORD HIGH PRICED LOBBYISTS BUT IT'S NOT EASY FOR SENIORS ON WHOSE BACKS THE BURDEN IS BEING PLACED. THE DEMOCRAT PLAN ASKS ALL AMERICANS TO SHARE IN THE DEFICIT AND DEBT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE DOWN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET TO END MEDICARE AND VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC BUDGET THAT'S FAIR AND BALANCED.

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  • 06:36:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE CHAIR…

    TIME HAS EXPIRE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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  • 06:36:30 PM

    MR. RYAN

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE SENIOR MEMBER FROM INDIANA, MR. PENCE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 06:36:37 PM

    MR. PENCE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND SKI UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND SKI UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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  • 06:36:44 PM

    MR. PENCE

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS COUNTRY IS IN A LOT OF TROUBLE. WE'RE FACING…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS COUNTRY IS IN A LOT OF TROUBLE. WE'RE FACING A FISCAL CRISIS OF UNPRECEDENTED PROPORTIONS. THEY SAY THE FIRST STEP TOWARD ENDING AN ADDICTION IS RECOGNIZING YOU'RE AN ADDICT. I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU, AFTER SPENDING 10 YEARS HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., AFTER WITNESSING RUNAWAY FEDERAL SPEND BIG BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES, ONE THING IS CLEAR. WASHINGTON, D.C. IS ADDICTED TO SPENDING. IT'S HIGH TIME FOR CONGRESS TO OWN UP TO ITS SPENDING ADDICTION AND INSTITUTE LONG-TERM, SUSTAINABLE BUDGET AND SPENDING REFORMS THAT WILL PERMANENTLY LIMIT THE SIZE AND SCOPE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. HAPPILY, THE BUDGET RESOLUTION TODAY OFFERED BY THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN PAUL RYAN OF THE COMMITTEE PUT OURS NATION BACK ON A PATHWAY TOWARD FISCAL SOLVENCY AND PROSPERITY. THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET REPRESENTS A BOLD STEP TOWARD FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND LIMITED GOVERNMENT. CUTS $6.2 TRILLION IN SPENDING OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. REINS IN GOVERNMENT SPENDING BELOW 20%. INCLUDES TAX REFORMS TO INCREASE COMPETITIVENESS FOR AMERICAN COMPANIES AND ENSURES THAT MEDICARE WILL BE SOLVENT FOR FUTURE RETIREES. IT EVEN ENDS THE ONE SIZE FITS ALL APPROACH TO MEDICAID, GIVING STATES MORE FLEXABILITY. IT STANDS IN STARK CONTRAST TO THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET WHICH INCLUDES A $1.6 TRILLION TAX INCREASE ON FAMILIES, SMALL BUSINESSES AND FAMILY FARMS AND ADDS $3 TRILLION TO THE NATIONAL DEBT THIS BUDGET FORCES CONGRESS TO LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS AND WE MUST SUCCEED IN THIS CAUSE. BECAUSE IF WE FAIL, THE AMERICAN DREAM WILL FAIL. WE WILL BURDEN OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN WITH A MOUNTAIN RANGE OF DEBT, ROBBING OPPORTUNITIES AND PROSPERITY AND LEAVING, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY, THE NEXT AMERICAN GENERATION WORSE OFF THAN THE GENERATION THAT WENT BEFORE. THIS WE MUST NOT DO. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OFFER STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE RYAN BUDGET RESOLUTION. LET'S PUT OUR NATION ON A PATHWAY TOWARD FISCAL SOLVENCY AND PROSPERITY.

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  • 06:39:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES. THE CHAIR…

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM M.D.

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  • 06:39:08 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    MR. SPEAKER. WE D DO NEED TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT IN A PREDICTABLE,…

    MR. SPEAKER. WE D DO NEED TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT IN A PREDICTABLE, RESPONSIBLE WAY. THAT WILL REQUIRE SPENDING CUTS AND SHARED SACRIFICE. THE REASON THAT THE FISCAL COMMISSION SAID THAT THE REPUBLICAN PLAN WAS UNBALANCED IS THEY TRY AND DO IT ALL ONE WAY. HISTORY HAS SHOWN THAT DOESN'T WORK. I YIELD TWO AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. RYAN.

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  • 06:39:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 06:39:34 PM

    MR. RYAN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. WE'VE HEARD THIS AFTERNOON OUR DEBT IS…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. WE'VE HEARD THIS AFTERNOON OUR DEBT IS UNSUSTAINABLE. IT'S A WARNING. IT'S A FISCAL CRISIS OF UNPRECEDENTED PROPORTIONS. BUT HEAVEN FORBID TO TRY TO SOLVE THOSE GREAT PROBLEMS THAT OUR COUNTRY HAS RIGHT NOW, THE PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE, WE ASK THE WEALTHIEST IN THE COUNTRY TO JUST PAY A FEW MORE THOUSAND DOLLARS. THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SEEN TREMENDOUS GAIN, YOU KNOW, CRY ME A RIVER AND HERE WE HAVE DAVID STOCKMAN, FORMER HEAD OF THE O.M.B. UNDER RONALD REAGAN TALKING ABOUT THE BUDGET BEING PRESENTED BY THE REPUBLICANS, IT'S SIMPLY UNREALISTIC TO SAY THAT RAISING REVENUE ISN'T PART OF THE SOLUTION, IT'S A MEASURE OF HOW FAR OFF THE DEEP END REPUBLICANS HAVE GONE WITH THIS RELIGIOUS CATCISM ABOUT TAXES. -- -- CATECHISM ABOUT TAXES. WE ARE ASKING FOR SHARED SACRIFICES. YOU'RE GETTING INTO MEDICARE, MEDICAID, PELL GRANTS BUT THE WEALTHIEST WALK AWAY WOULD SACRIFICING ONE THING. THREE WARS WE'RE IN, AND WE CAN'T ASK THE WEALTHIEST TO PAY A FEW BUCKS? THIS ENDS MEDICARE. THESE PEOPLE 55 AND UNDER, WHOSE WAGES HAVE BEEN STAGNANT FOR 30 YEARS, NOW WHEN THEY GET INTO THE MEDICARE PROGRAM, THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE A VOUCHER OR PREMIUM SUPPORT THAT INCREASES BY 2.2%, INDEXED TO C.P.I., OR 2.5%, AND THE G.D.P. AND HEALTH CARE WILL GROW BETWEEN 4% AND 5%, SO EVERY SINGLE YEAR THAT THIS PERSON THAT'S 55 IS IN MEDICARE, THEY'LL LOSE 2% TO 3% GROUND IN BEING ABLE TO PAY FOR THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE. WE NEED TO GO BACK AND REMEMBER WHY MEDICARE STARTED IN THE FIRST PLACE. IT IS NOT A GOOD BUSINESS PROPOSITION TO PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE TO OLDER PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. YOU CAN'T MAKE MONEY OFF IT. SO WE'RE GOING TO GIVE THESE FOLKS A VOUCHER THAT DOESN'T KEEP UP WITH HEALTH CARE INFLATION AND SEND THEM INTO THE PRIVATE IS MARKET? AND SOMEHOW THINK WE'RE DOING THEM A FAVOR? NO SHARED SACRIFICE. AGAIN, WE'RE PUTTING THE BURDEN ON THE MIDDLE CLASS PERSON WHO HAS PAID INTO MEDICARE, DEPENDS ON MEDICARE, HAS BEEN GETTING WAGES THAT HAVE BEEN STAGNANT, PROBABLY DOESN'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE BETWEEN 55 AND 65, SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT DRIVING UP MEDICARE COSTS, NOW WE HAVE SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE, INTO A MARKET THAT THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO AFFORD IT WHEN THEY DO TURN 65 THIS BUDGET IS WRONG, WE NEED BALANCE, WE NEED SHARED SACRIFICE, AND WE NEED INVESTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS BUDGET COMES UP SHORT. DAVID STOCKMAN SAYS THE SAME THING.

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  • 06:42:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

  • 06:42:32 PM

    MR. RYAN

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE TO SIMPLY SAY, THERE'S A…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE TO SIMPLY SAY, THERE'S A NEW DEFINITION AND I WANT TO EXPLAIN IT. HERE'S WHAT A TAX CUT NOW MEANS. IF YOU'RE NOT IN FAVOR OF THE FORTHCOMING TAX INCREASES, YOU'RE CUTTING TAXES. THAT'S THE NEW MATH AROUND HERE. WHAT WE DON'T DO IS WE DON'T SIGN UP FOR ALL THESE NEW TAX INCREASES THAT ARE BEING PROPOSED BY THE PRESIDENT IN HIS BUDGET, THAT ARE COMING IN THE FUTURE, AND SO BY NOT SUPPORTING NEW TAXES, ALL OF A SUDDEN WE'RE FOR TAX CUTS. I WILL NOT YIELD. WHAT WE ARE SAYING IS KEEP REVENUES WHERE THEY ARE AND FIX THE TAX CODE, CLEAR OUT THE LOOPHOLES AND THE DUCKSES SO WE LOWER THE RATES TO CREATE JOBS. AND ECONOMIC DEPROTHE. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. LANKFORD, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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  • 06:43:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. LANK SPORD FEATHER THANK…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. LANK SPORD FEATHER THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN --

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  • 06:43:36 PM

    MR. LANKFORD

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE ON THE SAME SUBJECT. DO…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE ON THE SAME SUBJECT. DO WE HAVE A DEBT AND DEFICIT PROBLEM IN AMERICA OR A SPENDING PROBLEM IN AMERICA? WORDS LIKE BALANCED APPROACH, INVESTMENT IN AMERICA'S FUTURE AND THE OF THE-QUOTED SHARED SACRIFICE CONFUSE THE ISSUE. IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT REDUCING THE DEFICIT. IT IS ABOUT REDUCING SPENDING SO WE CAN PAY OFF THE DEBTS WE HAVE. THIS WOULD BE LIKE A MAN WHO RAN UP A HUGE CREDIT CARD BILL AND WENT TO HIS BOSS AND SAID, I NEED A RAISE. THE BOSS WOULD SAY, YOU DON'T NEED A RAISE YOU NEED TO GET ON A BUDGET. THE CURRENT PROPOSAL FROM THE PRESIDENT SUGGESTS THAT TAX REQUIREMENT CLOSER TO 22% OF G.D.P. TO CLOSE THE DEFICIT GAP, ALL INCOME TAXES WILL HAVE TO DOUBLE OR CORPORATE TAXES WILL HAVE TO INCREASE FIVE-FOLD, A TAX INCREASE ON THE WEALTHY MAY MAKE SOME PEOPLE FEEL BETTER THAT THEY'RE STICKING IT TO THE MAN BUT HISTORICALLY TAX INCREASES ONLY LEAD TO MORE GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND ULTIMATELY IT WILL NOT SOLVE THE DEBT CRISIS. WASHINGTON LIKES HANDING OUT OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY FOR NOBLE CAUSES. HERE'S A NOVEL IDEA. HOW ABOUT DEALING WITH OUR EXISTENTIAL PROBLEM, WE SPEND TOO MUCH. IN 2009, 140,000 NEW FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WERE HIRED. DURING THE PREVIOUS 10 YEAR, THERE WAS NO CHANGE IN EMPLOYMENT IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THE NUMBER OF FEDERAL CONTRACTORS INCREASED 25% SINCE 2006. IN FOUR YEAR, DISCRETIONARY SPENDING HAS INCREASED 25%. IN THAT SAME FOUR YEAR, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SPENDING HAS INCREASED BY 50%. NONE OF THAT INCLUDES THE SPECIAL TARP OR STIMULUS FUNDING, WHICH WOULD MAKE THE COST TO TAXPAYERS EVEN HIGHER. WE CANNOT SPEND OUR WAY TO PROSPERITY. WE HAVE TO GET BACK TO GETTING A HANDLE ON OUR DEBT AN DEFICIT AND OUR BASIC SPENDING. THE REASON THE HOUSE BUDGET HAS GAINED SO MUCH TRACTION IS IT DOES WHAT AMERICANS KNOW IN THEIR GUT MUST BE DONE. IT CUTS SPENDING. FINALLY, SOMEONE IS SAYING WHAT MANY HAVE FELT, WE CANNOT SOLVE THE BUDGET PROBLEMS QUICKLY WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT SPENDING CHANGES. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 06:45:54 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    IS SIMPLE MATH. WHEN YOU WENT FROM THE CLINTON RATES FOR THE FOLKS AT THE…

    IS SIMPLE MATH. WHEN YOU WENT FROM THE CLINTON RATES FOR THE FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP AND YOU DROPPED THE TAX RATE, WE ENDED UP LOSING A LOT OF JOBS BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMY, YOU ALSO LOSE REVENUE. AND WHEN YOU DO THAT, YOU SHIFT THE BURDEN ON TO OTHER PEOPLE, WHETHER YOU DO IT BY CUTTING MEDICAID, WHETHER YOU DO IT BY TERMINATING THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE OR BY CUTTING EDUCATION. THAT'S JUST MATH. I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN, MR. RYAN, FOR THE PURPOSES HE WANTS TO ASK A QUESTION.

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  • 06:46:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

  • 06:46:32 PM

    MR. RYAN

    A QUESTION, WHEREIN THIS BUDGET IS THE SACRIFICE THAT IS BEING MADE BY THE…

    A QUESTION, WHEREIN THIS BUDGET IS THE SACRIFICE THAT IS BEING MADE BY THE TOP 1% OF THE PEOPLE? AND I WOULD BE HAPPY -- THE WEALTHIEST 1%.

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  • 06:46:43 PM

    MR. RYAN

    FIRST OF ALL, WE SHOULD GO TO CORPORATE WELFARE. LET'S STOP SUBSIDIZING…

    FIRST OF ALL, WE SHOULD GO TO CORPORATE WELFARE. LET'S STOP SUBSIDIZING WEALTHY INDIVIDUALS AND CORPORATIONS.

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  • 06:46:53 PM

    MR. RYAN

    THE CORPORATE INCOME TAX. WHAT SACRIFICE IS BEING MADE?

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    MR. RYAN

    THE FISCAL COMMISSION WE BELIEVE IT IS BETTER FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH TO…

    THE FISCAL COMMISSION WE BELIEVE IT IS BETTER FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH TO BROADEN THE TAX BASE AND LOWER THE TAX RATE. IF I CAN CONTINUE ON THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME.

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  • 06:47:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

  • 06:47:15 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    MR. SPEAKER, LET ME SAY, THERE ARE TWO PARTS TO THE TAX CODE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELD HIMSELF -- YIELD ADDITIONAL TIME?

  • 06:47:29 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    MYSELF TIME. THERE ARE TWO PARTS OF THE TAX CODE, CORPORATE TAX CODE AND…

    MYSELF TIME. THERE ARE TWO PARTS OF THE TAX CODE, CORPORATE TAX CODE AND NEED TO CLEAN UP THE CORPORATE TAX CODE AND WE AGREE WITH THE FISCAL COMMISSION. WE DON'T THINK YOU NEED A STUDY TO DECIDE TO GET RID OF THE TAX BREAKS THAT REWARD CORPORATIONS FOR SHIPPING AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS. YOU DON'T NEED TO STUDY THE QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER WE GET RID OF BIG TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES TO THE OIL COMPANIES. YES, WE SHOULD LOOK AT THE CORPORATE TAX CODE, BUT IN THE OTHER PART OF THE TAX CODE, THE INDIVIDUAL TAX CODE, WHAT THE REPUBLICAN PLAN DOES IS ACTUALLY GIVE THE FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP ANOTHER 30% BREAK. WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT GOING BACK TO THE CLINTON RATES, THE REPUBLICAN PLAN GIVES YOU ANOTHER 30-CENT BREAK. THEY SAY WE ARE GOING TO DO THIS IN A REVENUE-NEUTRAL WAY. THE RESULT IS MIDDLE-INCOME TAXPAYERS ARE GOING TO PAY MORE TO GIVE FOLKS AT THE TOP ANOTHER BIG BREAK. WITH THAT I YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO SOMEONE WHO KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THIS SUBJECT, RANKING MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, MR. LEVIN.

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  • 06:48:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 2 1/2…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 2 1/2 MINUTES.

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  • 06:48:46 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    TO TEAR UP WHAT AMERICA HAS DONE IN THE PAST IN ORDER TO BUILD FOR THE…

    TO TEAR UP WHAT AMERICA HAS DONE IN THE PAST IN ORDER TO BUILD FOR THE FUTURE. WE SHOULD NOT CONFRONT PRESENT AND FUTURE PROBLEMS INCLUDING THE NATION'S DEFICIT AS WE MUST BY REPEALING AMERICA'S PAST. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET TRIES TO TEAR UP AND REPEAL 75 YEARS OF AMERICAN EXPERIENCE AND THE SUPREME EXAMPLE IS MEDICARE. IT TEARS IT UP. IT REPEALS IT. AND CONTRARY TO WHAT WE HAVE HEARD TODAY, THEY WOULD NOT SAVE MEDICARE, BUT END IT. THEY WOULD NOT CHANGE IT, BUT THEY WOULD END IT. OUR NATION WOULD BE A DIFFERENT NATION WITHOUT IT. MILLIONS TODAY WOULD BE LESS HEALTHY WITHOUT MEDICARE. ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS WROTE TO ME RECENTLY TO SAY, MEDICARE SAVED HER LIFE AND HER LIFE SAVINGS WHEN SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER AND THERE ARE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LIKE HER IN THIS COUNTRY. AND WHAT THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO DO IS TO GIVE SENIORS A VOUCHER FOR HEALTH CARE AND -- AN UNDERFUNDED VOUCHER FOR 10 YEARS. IT WOULD DOUBLE HEALTH CARE COSTS FOR SENIORS. A VOUCHER THAT IN 20 YEARS WOULD PAY ONLY A THIRD OF SENIOR HEALTH CARE COSTS. THERE'S NO PLACE TO HIDE FOR ANYONE WHO VOTES FOR THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET. AND WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE SAVINGS? TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY. THE AVERAGE INCOME OF THE BOTTOM 90% OF THE FAMILIES IN AMERICA HAS FALLEN IN THE LAST DECADE. THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE FOR THE WEALTHY. THE TOP 1% HAVE SEEN THEIR INCOMES CLIMB BY MORE THAN A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS. IF WHAT WE HAVE BUILT IN OUR NATION NEEDS TO BE ADJUSTED, FIX IT, DON'T DESTROY IT. WE MUST ADDRESS THE DEFICIT WITHOUT DEEPENING DEFICITS AND AVAILABILITY FOR OUR SENIOR CITIZENS OF JOBS, HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION. THE CHOICE TODAY COULD NOT BE MORE DECISIVE. A VOTE AGAINST THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS A VOTE FOR BASIC AMERICAN VALUES. VOTE NO. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:51:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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  • 06:51:17 PM

    MR. RYAN

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:51:26 PM

    MR. BLACK

    A PROUD MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE SUPPORTING OUR BUDGET THAT WAS…

    A PROUD MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE SUPPORTING OUR BUDGET THAT WAS INTRODUCED ON TIME AND TAKES REAL STEPS TO GET THE COUNTRY'S FINANCES BACK ON TRACK, FOCUSING ON REAL ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOB CREATION. LATELY, WE HAVE HEARD A LOT OF SCARE TACTICS ABOUT THIS BUDGET AND FIRST IT CAME FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AND YESTERDAY WE HEARD THOSE SAME REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT. BUT MY CONSTITUENTS DON'T WANT TO HEAR THE SAME OLD PARTISAN ATTACKS AND RHETORIC. THEY WANT WASHINGTON TO TELL THEM THE TRUTH. THE TRUTH IS THIS ABOUT OUR BUDGET. NUMBER ONE, IT'S A JOBS BUDGET. IN THE FIRST YEAR THIS BUDGET CREATES ONE MILLION NEW JOBS. NUMBER TWO, IT CUTS 6 -- $6.2 TRILLION IN GOVERNMENT SPENDING. NUMBER THREE, IT ELIMINATES DUPLICATIVE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS. NUMBER FOUR, PRESERVES MEDICARE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. NUMBER FIVE, PUTS CAPS ON SPENDING FOR THE COMING YEAR AND THE NEXT DECADE. AND NEXT, IT TAKES US ON A PATH TO PAY DOWN OUR DEBT. THE REPUBLICANS ARE GETTING THIS COUNTRY BACK ON TRACK AND I'M PROUD TO BE HERE TODAY AS PART OF THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY THAT WILL LEAD WHERE THE PRESIDENT HAS FAILED AND RESTORE AMERICA'S FUTURE, GROWTH AND PROSPERITY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:52:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 06:53:02 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    RANKING MEMBER OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, MS. VELAZQUEZ.

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    MS. VELAZQUEZ

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    MS. VELAZQUEZ

    STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS ILL-CONCEIVED MEAN-SPIRITED BUDGET. MR.…

    STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS ILL-CONCEIVED MEAN-SPIRITED BUDGET. MR. CHAIRMAN, ALL OF US RECOGNIZE THE NEED TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT, BUT IT MUST BE DONE RESPONSIBLY. THIS BUDGET FAILS THAT TEST. CUTTING SERVICES THAT WE NEED IN FAVOR OF TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHY. FOR NEW YORKERS THIS CUT WILL BE PARTICULARLY UNFAIR. $10 BILLION WILL BE TAKEN FROM LOW-INCOME HOUSING PROGRAMS, RENTAL ASSISTANCE WILL BE REDUCED MAKING IT HARDER FOR NEW YORKERS TO FIND AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS. THIS AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE FACING THE FIRST -- THE WORST HOUSING CRISIS EVER. HOUSING IS JUST ONE AREA WHERE THIS BUDGET FAILS OUR COUNTRY. WITH MEDICAID SPENDING REDUCED BY $735 BILLION, MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WILL FIND IT HARDER TO AFFORD HEALTH CARE. INSTEAD OF TACKLING RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS, THIS BUDGET ENDS MEDICARE AS WE FOE IT. MEDICARE IS A PROMISE TO AMERICA'S SENIORS. WHETHER WE HONOR THAT PROMISE DEFINES US AS A NATION. JUST AS SENIORS WILL FACE TOUGH TIMES, THIS BUDGET WILL ADDRESS ITS HARDSHIP ON YOUNG PEOPLE, HEAD START, CHILD CARE AND NUTRITIONAL ASSISTANCE FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES WILL BE CUT. 26,000 COLLEGE STUDENTS FROM NEW YORK'S 12TH DISTRICT WILL SEE TUITION ASSISTANCE REDUCED. BEYOND SLASHING SOCIAL SERVICES, THIS BUDGET UNDERMINES OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY. SMALL BUSINESS LENDING WILL DROP BY $3 BILLION, DEPRIVING 5,000 FIRMS OF CAPITAL THEY NEED TO CREATE JOBS. IF THIS IS THE WAY WE ARE GOING TO CREATE JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY, 12,000 ENTREPRENEURS AND 9,000 VETERANS, THOSE COMING BACK FROM AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ WILL LOSE BUSINESS COUNSELING SERVICES TO HELP THEM LAUNCH OR EXPAND THEIR BUSINESSES. MR. SPEAKER, MR. CHAIRMAN, WE NEED A SERIOUS THOUGHTFUL DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW TO CUT SPENDING. VOTE NO AGAINST THIS BILL.

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  • 06:55:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE…

    GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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  • 06:55:39 PM

    MR. RYAN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 06:55:48 PM

    MR. NUNES

    THE EFFORTS OF DEMOCRAT LEADERS TO TRACK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ON A…

    THE EFFORTS OF DEMOCRAT LEADERS TO TRACK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ON A HIGH-SPEED TRAIN TRIP. THIS IS A TRIP, ONE-WAY TICKET TO BANKRUPTCY. HOWEVER, IF YOU SUPPORT THE RYAN BUDGET, YOU WILL HELP THIS GOVERNMENT RECOVER FROM A DEBILITATING AND LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESS THAT PUT EVERYONE IN FAVOR OF A LEFT-WING AGENDA. WE HAVE TWO CHOICES. WE CAN LOOK FORWARD AND PAVE THE PATH TO ECONOMIC PROSPERITY OR WE CAN BECOME THE WORLD'S MOST HEAVILY TAXED NATION IN A DANGEROUS ZONE OF BANKRUPTCY. MR. CHAIRMAN, THROUGHOUT MODERN HISTORY, SOCIALISTS HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR THE LAST EXIT TO UTOPIA, OF BIG GOVERNMENT COLLECTIVISM. UNFORTUNATELY FOR THE SOCIALIST UTOPIAN IN THIS TOWN THAT SUPPORT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SPENDING PLAN, THIS LAST EXIT TO UTOPIA WILL REMAIN A MYSTERY, A RELIC OF 1960'S RADICALS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:56:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

  • 06:57:02 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    REPUBLICANS ORIGINALLY SOUGHT THE CREATION OF MEDICARE ON THE GROUNDS OF…

    REPUBLICANS ORIGINALLY SOUGHT THE CREATION OF MEDICARE ON THE GROUNDS OF SOCIALISM. APPARENTLY THEY HAVEN'T CHANGED THEIR MINDS ABOUT THAT AS THEY TRY TO TERMINATE IT AND PUT SENIORS INTO THE PRIVATE INSURANCE MARKET. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE -- I'M SORRY, TO THE GENTLELADY FROM WISCONSIN, MS. MOORE.

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  • 06:57:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MS.

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    MS. MOORE

    COSTS ARE A CRISIS IN EVERY AMERICAN FAMILY. ONE SURGERY, ONE HEART…

    COSTS ARE A CRISIS IN EVERY AMERICAN FAMILY. ONE SURGERY, ONE HEART ATTACK, ONE CANCER DIAGNOSIS CAN PUT A FAMILY IN FINANCIAL RUIN. THIS IS A CRISIS FOR BUSINESS BOTH SMALL AND LARGE. GENERAL MOTORS PAYS MORE FOR HEALTH CARE THAN FOR STEEL. THAT IS WHY THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT IS NEEDED TO BEND THE HEALTH CARE COSTS DOWNWARD FOR ALL AMERICAN CONSUMERS. AMERICANS, INCLUDING THOSE WHO ARE CONSUMERS OF MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD THE INSURANCE AND DRUG COMPANIES' RUNAWAY PROFITS. THESE COMPANIES ARE REAPING RECORDBREAKING PROFITS. IN 2009 WHILE DEBATING THE BILL, THE NATION'S LARGEST COMPANIES SAW A COMBINED PROFIT OF $12.5 BILLION AND THAT IS FOR FIVE COMPANIES SM THE EXECUTIVES DID WELL, TOO. THE TOP EXECUTIVES PULLED IN ALMOST $200 MILLION IN COMPENSATION. AND AT THE SAME TIME, THERE WERE DOUBLE-DIGIT PREMIUM INCREASES. SO NO MATTER WHERE YOU GET YOUR HEALTH CARE, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, EMPLOYER'S POLICY, YOU CAN'T AFFORD THAT RATE INCREASE YEAR AFTER YEAR AND THEY ARE GOING UP FASTER THAN ANY PART OF THE FAMILY'S BUDGET. THESE COSTS ARE CROWDING OUT HOUSING AND OTHER BASIC NEEDS. IN 2009, THE TOP 10 PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES MADE OVER $60 BILLION IN PROFITS AND THE PROFIT MARGIN IN THIS INDUSTRY IS OUT OF CONTROL. IN 2007, PROFITS RANGED AS HIGH AS 36%. THE HEALTH CARE REFORM LAW ALSO CURBED SOME OF THESE OUTRAGEOUS PROFITS TO THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES. YES, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID ARE LARGE PORTIONS OF OUR FEDERAL BUDGET, BUT WE CAN ONLY REIN IN THEIR COSTS IF WE IMPLEMENT THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT. SOMETHING THAT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET REFUSES TO DO. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:59:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

  • 06:59:55 PM

    MR. RYAN

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. YOUNG.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 07:00:06 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    THE GOVERNOR, WE HAVE SEEN A GOVERNMENT THAT SPENDS LESS AND TAXES…

    THE GOVERNOR, WE HAVE SEEN A GOVERNMENT THAT SPENDS LESS AND TAXES MODESTLY AND WE HAVE SEEN THAT THAT LEADS TO JOB GROWTH. INDIANA DURING THESE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES IS A NATIONAL LEADER IN PRIVATE SECTOR JOB GROWTH. THE BUDGET COMMITTEE CRAFTED A BUDGET FOR A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT LIKE INDIANA, SPENDS LESS, AND KEEPS A LID ON TAXES. AND THE RESULT IS A PLAN THAT WILL HELP CREATE 2.5 MILLION PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS. RECENT ECONOMIC HISTORY ISN'T GOOD TO THE BIG SPENDERS. BORROWING AND SPENDING TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT WE DON'T HAVE DOESN'T CREATE JOBS AND THEY WON'T BE CREATED IF WE GO ALONG WITH THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN AND THE PLAN OF SORTS FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO INCREASE TAXES. IT'S NO GREAT SECRET THAT THE JOB CREATORS IN THIS COUNTRY AREN'T HIRING BECAUSE UNCHECKED SPENDING OF COURSE LEADS TO FEARS, IT LEADS TO FEARS THAT WE ARE GOING TO RAISE TAXES IN THE FUTURE AND LEADS TO FUTURE INFLATION AND FEARS THAT INTEREST RATES ARE GOING TO GO UP. BY CALLING FOR A MEASURE OF SPENDING DISCIPLINE AS WE DO, WE REPLACE THAT FEAR WITH HOPE, HOPE THAT WE CAN RESTORE CONDITIONS WHERE PRIVATE SECTOR JOB CREATORS CAN GO OUT AND PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK. THAT'S WHAT THE PEOPLE OF SOUTHERN INDIANA WANT. I MENTIONED INDIANA A MINUTE AGO AND THE SUCCESS WE HAVE HAD IN CREATING PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS. WE DIDN'T DO IT ALL THROUGH OUR POLICIES WITH RESPECT TO SPENDING. INSTEAD, WE ALSO LOOKED AT TAX POLICY. WE UNDERSTOOD THAT IT JUST DIDN'T MAKE SENSE TO JACK UP TAXES DURING A DOWN ECONOMY. INSTEAD, WE KEPT THEM STEADY AND MADE OUR TAX CRODE MORE EFFICIENT JUST AS SOME OF OUR NEIGHBORING STATES WERE DOING THE OPPOSITE. MANY BUSINESSES CHOSE TO MOVE BACK TO INDIANA OR MOVE TO INDIANA THE FIRST TIME. WE SEE THE REVERSE TREND NATIONALLY. MANY BUSINESSES ARE LEAVING THIS COUNTRY OR NOT GETTING OFF THE GROUND BECAUSE OF OUR JOB-DESTROYING TAX CODE AND OUR PUNITIVE TAX RATES. WE IMPROVE UPON THOSE POLICIES AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO HELP US CREATE JOBS BY VOTING YES ON THIS HOUSE REPUBLICAN BUDGET. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:02:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND. .

  • 07:02:27 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I YIELD TO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GONZALEZ.

  • 07:02:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 07:02:35 PM

    MR. GONZALEZ

    OF THE PLUPS' BUDGET PROPOSAL IS THE THOUGHT, AND I QUOTE DIRECTLY, THE…

    OF THE PLUPS' BUDGET PROPOSAL IS THE THOUGHT, AND I QUOTE DIRECTLY, THE NUMB OF MAKERS DIMINISHES AND THE NUMBER OF TAKERS GROWS. AS A RESULT OUR GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMY AND COUNTRY WILL COLLAPSE. FORGET ABOUT THE IMPOVERISHED VIEW THAT THIS OFFERS US A VISION OF AMERICA THAT CAN'T BE BOTHERED OR IS UNABLE TO CARE FOR ANYONE WHO NEEDS HELP SYSTEM OF LET'S HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT WHO TRULY WOULD BE THE TAKER AND WHO TRULY WOULD BE THE MAKER. PEOPLE WHO MANIPULATE AN UNFAIR TAX SYSTEM AT THE EXPENSE OF MILLIONS OF OTHERS, MAKERS. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL. CORPORATIONS THAT DON'T INVEST IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY, PAYING A LOWER TAX RATE ON THEIR PROFITS THAN THEIR EMPLOYEES WOULD PAY ON A $40,000 SALARY. THOSE ARE MAKERS UNDER THE REPUBLICAN PLAN. WALL STREET FIRMS THAT RUINED OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM THEN ASKED WORKING FAMILIES TO BAIL THEM OUT WHILE THEY PAID BILLIONS IN BONUSES, THOSE ARE ALSO MAKERS UNDER THE REPUBLICAN PLAN. YES, THAT'S WHO THE REPUBLICANS HAVE IDENTIFIED AS THE MAKERS. IT REWARDS THEM HANDSOMELY IN THEIR PROPOSAL. THEIR BUDGET WOULD PERPETUATE A TAXATION AND EMPLOYMENT SYSTEM THAT RESULTED IN SAG NANT WAGES FOR WORKERS AND ALLOWS 5% OF THE WEALTHIEST AMONG US TO ENJOY 66% OF ALL THE WEALTH WHILE 80% OF AMERICANS SHARE ONLY LESS THAN 13%. NOW WHO WOULD BE THE TAKERS UNDER THIS REPUBLICAN PLAN? 9.4 MILLION STUDENTS WORKING TOWARD A COLLEGE DEGREE SO THEY CAN GET A GOOD JOB AND CONTRIBUTE TO THIS ECONOMY. THEIR PELL GRANTS WOULD BE SLASHED. 218,000 LOW INCOME KIDS AND FAMILIES REMOVED FROM HEAD START, DEPRIVING THEM OF A DECENT EDUCATION. AGAIN, TAKERS UNDER THE REPUBLICAN PLAN. 2,400 SCHOOLS THAT SERVE ONE MILLION LOW INCOME STUDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT WOULD HAVE TO SHUT THEIR DOORS. TAKERS UNDER THE REPUBLICAN PLAN. COUNTLESS SENIORS WHO WOULD NO LONGER BE ABLE TO REMAIN IN NURSING HOMES BECAUSE OF CUTS IN MEDICAID FUNDING. THOSE ARE THE TAKERS. YOU DECIDE, AMERICA. WHO ARE THE TAKERS AND WHO ARE THE MAKERS? THIS IS NOT A PATHWAY TO PROSPERITY, IT'S A DEAD END. THANK YOU.

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  • 07:04:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HAS EXPIRE THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

  • 07:05:03 PM

    MR. RYAN

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. ROKITA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 07:05:10 PM

    MR. ROKITA

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FOR -- WHERE THE PRESIDENT HAS FAILED TO LEAD AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FOR -- WHERE THE PRESIDENT HAS FAILED TO LEAD AND BE HONEST WITH US, WE'VE HAD THE COURAGE TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT AMERICA'S DEBT CRISIS. WE PROPOSE HONEST SOLUTIONS REQUIRED TO FIX IT. AS A NEW MEMBER OF CONGRESS, I HAVE ALREADY LEARNED THAT THE RULES IN WASHINGTON ARE STACKED IN FAVOR OF PEOPLE WHO WANT TO SPEND MORE MONEY. IN CONTRAST, IN INDIANA WE HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET, WE HAVE A TRIPLE-A BOND RATING AND WE HAVE NOT RAISED TAXES BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT TACKS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM IS, MR. CHAIRMAN, OUR COLLEAGUES WHO CONTINUE TO PUSH FOR GOVERNMENT SPENDING KNOWING THAT OUR DEBT IS OVER $14 TRILLION AND GROWING. THEY HAVEN'T OFFERED ONE ALTERNATIVE EXPECT TO CONFISCATE MORE OF THE PEOPLE'S MONEY. THEY HAVE TRIED TO SCARE A LOT OF PEOPLE. BUT THIS TIME, MR. CHAIRMAN, I DON'T THINK THE PEOPLE ARE BUYING IT. AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THIS CHART, OUR RELIANCE ON FOREIGN COUNTRIES TO SUPPLY OUR RECKLESS SPENDING IS GROWING DRAMATICALLY OTHER THE PAST DECADES TO WHERE NEARLY HALF OF THE DEBT WE OWE AS A COUNTRY, WE OWE TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES, CHINA BEING THE BEST. IN FACT, MR. CHAIRMAN, CHINA CAN BUY THREE JOINT STRIKE FIGHTERS EVERY WEEK FOR THE MONEY WE PAY THEM, THE INTEREST FOR THE MONEY THEY OWED US. AND STILL HAVE $50 MILLION LEFT OVER. EVENTUALLY THEY AND OTHER COUNTRIES WILL STOP LOW EN-- LOANING US MONEY OR MAKE US PAY MORE TO BORROW. AS TREASURY RATES INCREASE, RATES ON MORTGAGES, COLLEGE LOANS AND CAR LOANS WILL FOLLOW. WE ARE NO LONGER KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD, WE'RE KICKING IT OVER THE CLIFF. IN 1970, THESE KINDS OF ENTITLEMENTS CONSUMED 30% OF OUR BUDGET, TODAY THEY'RE NEARLY OF% AND CONTINUE TO GROW. IN JUST A FEW DECADES, WHEN OUR KIDS ARE RAISING THEIR CHILDREN, LITERALLY EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR THE COUNTRY TAKES IN WILL GO TO PAYING THESE PROGRAMS. THIS BUDGET SEEKS TO SAVE THESE PROGRAMS SO THEY'RE AROUND FOR MY KIDS AND YOUR GRANDCHILDREN. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:07:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE MEMBERS WILL REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES WITH THE…

    THE MEMBERS WILL REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES WITH THE PRESIDENT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM M.D.

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  • 07:07:30 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    MR. SPEAKER. ONE OTHER THING THAT CHINA IS DOING IS THEY'RE INVESTING AN…

    MR. SPEAKER. ONE OTHER THING THAT CHINA IS DOING IS THEY'RE INVESTING AN AWFUL LOT OF THEIR RESOURCES IN CLEAN ENERGY LIKE SOLAR POWER, LIKE WIND POWER, AND THE UNITED STATES SHOULD BE WINNING THAT BATTLE AND NOT OUR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS, AND SOMEONE WHO KNOWS A WHOLE LOT ABOUT THAT IS THE NEXT SPEAKER, THE RANKING MEMBER ON NATURAL RESOURCES, MR. MARKEY OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 07:07:53 PM

    MR. MARQUEE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. YOU KNOW THE REPUBLICANS ARE ALLOWING NOSTALGIA FOR…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. YOU KNOW THE REPUBLICANS ARE ALLOWING NOSTALGIA FOR A TIME BEFORE MEDICARE AND MEDICAID WERE EVER ON THE BOOKS TO REPLACE THE IDEALISM THAT WE NEED TO HAVE IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH THE REAL CHALLENGES OF THE FUTURE. BUT FOR THE POOR, THE SICK, THE ELDERLY, THE DISABLED, THE -- THE PAST IS JUST A MEMORY AND THE FUTURE IS THEIR HARD REALITY. THAT'S WHAT THIS BUDGET WILL BE FOR THOSE PEOPLE. A HARD REALCY. -- REALITY. IT TAKES NO COURAGE FOR THE REPUBLICANS TO STAND HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AND TO CALL FOR AN EVIS RATION OF THE MEDICARE BUDGET OR THE MEDICAID BUDGET AND ALL THE OTHER PROGRAMS FOR THE POOR, THE SICK, THE ELDERLY, THE DISABLED IN OUR COUNTRY THAT THEY OPPOSED EVER HAVING ON THE BOOKS IN THE FIRST PLACE. IF YOU KICKED THIS BUDGET IN THE HEART YOU'D BREAK YOUR TOE. G.O.P. USED TO STAND FOR GRAND OLD PARTY, NOW IT STANDS FOR GET OLD PEOPLE. THAT'S WHAT THIS BUDGET IS, IT IS A A TARGETING OF THE POOR, THE SICK, AND THE ELDERLY IN OUR COUNTRY. DO THEY ASK FOR SACRIFICE FROM THE DEFENSE STPWHUMENT DO THEY ASK FOR THE DEFENSE BUDGET TO GO DOWN? NO, IT KEEPS GOING UP YEAR AFTER YEAR. DO THEY ASK FOR SACRIFICE FROM THE WEALTHY? NO, THEY SAY TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHY, YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR, WHO DO THEY TARGET? THEY TARGET GRANDMA. THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE THE ABILITY, THE COURAGE TO STAND UP AND SAY TO THE OIL COMPANIES WHO AT $100 A BARREL ARE MAKING $100 BILLION IN PROFITS A YEAR, THAT WE'RE GOING TO TAKE AWAY YOUR TAX BREAKS. NO. TAX BREAKS FOR OIL COMPANIES SAY TO TISSUE STAY ON THE BOOKS. WHAT DO THEY DO? THEY SAY TO THE CLEAN AIR INDUSTRY, WE'RE CUTTING YOUR TAXS -- YOUR TAX BREAKS BY 70% BUT LEAVING THE TAX BREAKS ON THE BOOKS FOR THE WEALTHY, WE'RE CUTTING THE TAX BREAKS FOR WIND, SOLAR AND THOSE NEW TECHNOLOGIES.

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  • 07:10:10 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. MARKEY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. IT'S A FORMULA FOR THE PAST, IT'S A FORMULA FOR THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. IT'S A FORMULA FOR THE PAST, IT'S A FORMULA FOR THE NOSTALGIC AMONG THE REPUBLICANS WHO WISH TO GO BACK TO A TIME BEFORE MEDICARE, MEDICAID, WIND AND SOLAR AND NEW ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES TAKING US INTO THE FUTURE. BUT LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, 50% OF THE PEOPLE IN NURSING HOMES IN OUR COUNTRY HAVE ALZHEIMER'S AND THEY ARE ON MEDICAID. THAT'S HOW WE PAY FOR THE BILLS. YOU SLASH THE BUDGET FOR THOSE PEOPLE IN NURSING HOMES WITH ALZHEIMER'S. THAT'S 50%. THAT'S GRANDMA. AND YOU DON'T TOUCH THE WEALTHY. YOU DON'T TOUCH THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT THIS BUDGET IS SO CRUEL IF YOU KICKED IT IN THE HEART, YOU'D BREAK YOUR TOE.

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  • 07:10:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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  • 07:11:03 PM

    MR. RYAN

    I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE TO RESPOPPED TO THE WARM COMMENTS OF MY FRIEND…

    I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE TO RESPOPPED TO THE WARM COMMENTS OF MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS, THE EVEN-HANDED COMMENTS. YOU KNOW WHAT'S REALLY CRUEL, MR. CHAIRMAN? IF WE GIVE OUR CHILDREN A LOWER LIVING STANDARD. YOU KNOW WHAT'S REALLY CRUEL? IF WE GIVE OUR CHILDREN A DEBT-RIDDEN NATION. IF WE GIVE OUR CHILDREN A DEBT THAT THEY CAN'T AFFORD. YOU KNOW WHAT'S REALLY CRUEL? IF WE DON'T SAVE MEDICARE. IF WE DON'T KEEP THE PROMISES TO OUR CURRENT SENIORS LIKE WE DO IN THIS BUDGET SO THAT ALL THESE PROGRAMS THEY'VE ORGANIZED THEIR LIVES AROUND WHICH ARE GOING BANKRUPT ARE PRESERVED. MEDICARE GOES BANKRUPT IN NINE YEARS. WE'RE PRESERVING IT FOR CURRENT SENIORS. AND WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, MR. GUN TA. -- MR. GUINTA.

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  • 07:11:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:12:00 PM

    MR. GUINTA

    I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE PATH TO PROSPERITY. THIS BUDGET IS…

    I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE PATH TO PROSPERITY. THIS BUDGET IS TRULY A JOB CREATOR. THE PATH TO PROSPERITY PROVIDES A FRAMEWORK FOR CREATING NEARLY ONE MILLION JOBS, NEW PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS, NEXT YEAR ALONE. HOW DOES IT DO THIS? IT DOESN'T INVOLVE ADVANCED ECONOMIC THEORY, JUST BASIC MATH. WHEN YOU LOWER TAXES YOU PUT MORE MONEY INTO PEOPLE'S HANDS. THEY SPEND IT AND IT CIRCULATES, MAKING BUSINESSES PROSPER AND ALLOWING THEM TO HIRE NEW EMPLOYEES. IT'S JUST THAT SIMPLE. WHEN I THINK OF THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT THE PATH TO PROSPERITY WILL CREATE, I THINK OF COUNTLESS SMALL BUSINESSES AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS PLAN IN MY STATE. SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THE BACK BONE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE'S ECONOMY, MUCH LIKE THEY ARE ACROSS OUR GREAT NATION. I THINK IF PEOPLE -- I THINK OF PEOPLE LIKE CRAIG LEONARD WHO OWNS BONN CEY CRAFTSMEN IN LONDONDERRY, NEW HAMPSHIRE. HE REMODELS BATHROOMS AND KITCHENS. WITH THE UNCERTAINTY, EVERYONE IS KEEPING THEIR WALLETS CLOSED HE RECENTLY HAD TO LAY OFF THREE EMPLOYEES AND PAIRLY HAS ENOUGH WORK TO KEEP HIMSELF BUSY. WITHOUT THE CONFIDENCE THAT CAN COME FROM PASSING THE PATH TO PROSPERITY, THERE'S NO TELLING WHEN HIS BUSINESS WILL RETURN TO PROSPERITY ITSELF. AND WHEN HE CAN DARE TO HIRE AGAIN. I THINK ABOUT PEOPLE LIKE CHARLIE AND LAURA MORGAN WHO OWN A STORAGE COMPANY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. THEY'VE LOST TENANTS IN THAT DOWN ECONOMY, CHARGING -- CAUSING THEM TO REDUCE THE RENTS THEY CHARGE. THIS IS KEEPING THEM FROM HIRING ADDITIONAL EMPLOYEES AND CREATING DEPRETTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR FELLOW GRANITE STATERS. THE PATH TO PROSPERITY PROVIDES CONFIDENCE BY CHARTING A RESPONSIBLE COURSE SO THAT CREDITORS CAN LOAN WITH CONFIDENCE AND PEOPLE CAN BORROW MONEY KNOWING THAT THEY'LL BE ABLE TO REPAY IT. THE EXAMPLE OF HARD-PRESSED SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS I CITED ARE LOCATED JUST IN NEW HAMPSHIRE BUT ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:14:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES.…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 07:14:14 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CLARK.

  • 07:14:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 07:14:20 PM

    MR. CLARKE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANTED TO TALK ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE THAT I…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANTED TO TALK ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE THAT I REPRESENT IN MICHIGAN, MANY OF THEM LOST THEIR JOBS AND WHEN THEY BECOME SENIORS, THEY'RE LIKELY TO HAVE TO SURVIVE ON A FIXED INCOME AND IF THEY GET MEDICARE ON A VOUCHER THAT WON'T FULLY COVER THE COSTS OF THEIR HEALTH SERVICES, THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO PAY FOR THAT OUT OF POCKET. YOU KNOW WHAT, FOLKS ON A FIXED INCOME, THEY DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY FOR THESE SERVICES OUT OF POCKET. THEY'LL LIKELY END UP BANKRUPT. THE OTHER ISSUE IS THIS. A LOT OF FOLKS THAT I REPRESENT, THEY'VE GOT MULTIPLE HEALTH CONDITIONS. HEART DISEASE. DIABETES, ARTHRITIS. THEY ALL GO TO DIFFERENT DOCTORS AND VERY FEW OF THEM ACTUALLY TALK TO EACH OTHER, THE PROVIDERS, THAT IS. NOR DO THEY COORDINATE WITH HOSPITALS AND OTHER LONG-TERM HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS. ALL OF THESE SERVICES, THE MEDICARE PROVIDERS, THESE SERVICES WILL BE COORDINATED UNDER OUR NEW AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THAT'S WHY WE NEED THOSE PROVISIONS IN PLACE TO BETTER COORDINATE HEALTH CARE SO I URGE YOU RIGHT NOW, LET'S TABLE PUTTING MEDICARE ON THE VOUCHER, LET'S KEEP OUR AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THAT'S THE BEST WAY FOR SENIORS ON A FIXED INCOME TO GET THE BEST HEALTH CARE POSSIBLE. THANK YOU.

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  • 07:15:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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  • 07:15:45 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE FOR YIELDING TO ME. I WAS…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE FOR YIELDING TO ME. I WAS LISTENING TO MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AND THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, OUR FRIEND FROM MARYLAND, TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT, ACCORDING TO HIS POSTER, THAT THE BUSH TAX CUTS IN THE YEARS 2000 AND 2006 COST THE LOSS OF AN UNTOLD NUMBER OF JOBS. MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE MY OWN STATISTICS WHICH BASICALLY SHOW THAT DURING THAT PERIOD OF TIME WE HAD AN INCREASE REVENUE, DESPITE THOSE TAX CUTS, AN INCREASE REVENUE OF SOMETHING LIKE $700 BILLION. NOW, I DON'T KNOW, I'LL CHECK MY FACTS WITH HIS FACTS LATER ON, MR. CHAIRMAN, BUT HOW IN THE WORLD COULD YOU PRODUCE $700 BILLION OF ADDITIONAL REVENUE WHEN YOU LOSE JOBS? IT'S NOT POSSIBLE. AND THE FACT IS THAT THOSE TAX CUTS CREATED A BROADER BASE, ALBEIT AT A LOWER RATE, TANNED GENERATED MORE REVENUE AND THAT'S EXACTLY -- AND IT GENERATED MORE REVENUE AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE IS TALKING ABOUT IN HIS PATH TO PROSPERITY. ANOTHER ONE OF OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE -- SIDE OF THE AISLE STOOD UP AND SAID THAT, ACCORDING TO THIS BUDGET PLAN, AT LEAST WE HAVE ONE, THE DEMOCRATS COULDN'T PRODUCE ONE LAST YEAR BECAUSE OF THEIR FEAR OF THE POLITICAL CONSEQUENCES. BUT SHE SAID THAT UNDER THIS BUDGET PLAN THAT MEDICARE, AS WE KNOW IT, BY THE YEAR 2022 WOULD DISAPPEAR. WELL, HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? WHEN BY THAT TIME THERE WILL PROBABLY BE 75 MILLION PEOPLE ON MEDICARE, ON MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT, BEFORE WE WILL GO TO THIS PREMIUM SUPPORT PLAN THAT CHAIRMAN RYAN HAS PROPOSED. AND AS OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE KEEP SAYING, WELL, YOU KNOW, YOU KEEP GIVING BREAKS TO THE RICH. YOU TAX BREAKS TO THE RICH. WELL, ACCORDING TO THIS PLAN, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE TOP 2% OF INCOME WILL ONLY GET 30% OF THE PREMIUM SUPPORT OF AN AVERAGE OF $8,000 A YEAR. THE PEOPLE IN THE TOP 8% WOULD GET 50%. SO YOU KEEP, YOU KEEP WANTING TO BEAT ON THE PRODUCERS IN SOCIETY THAT CREATE THE JOBS.

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  • 07:17:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 07:17:58 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    SUPPORT THIS PLAN. IT'S A GREAT BUDGET AND I YIELD BACK.

  • 07:18:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES.…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 07:18:07 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD REMIND MY FRIEND, MR. GINGREY, THAT WHEN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD REMIND MY FRIEND, MR. GINGREY, THAT WHEN MR. BUSH BECAME PRESIDENT HE INHERITED A $5.6 TRILLION SURPLUS. BY THE END OF THE EIGHT YEARS IT WAS GONE. NOW WITH RESPECT TO TAX RATES AND JOBS, WHAT THIS CHART SHOWS IS WHEN THE HIGHEST INCOME EARNERS OF THE COUNTRY ARE PAYING THE TOP RATE DURING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, YOU ACTUALLY HAD DRN WERE PLAYING -- PAYING THE LOWER RATE, THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION AT THE HIGHER RATE, 20 MILLION JOBS WERE CREATED. THE POINT IS NOT THAT HIGHER TAX RATES INCREASE JOBS. THE POINT IS THAT SMALL DIFFERENCES IN THE TOP TAX RATES ARE NOT THE MAIN DRIVERS OF OUR ECONOMY. THEY ARE NOT THE MAIN ENGINES OF JOB GROWTH. THE FIGURES TELL THE STORY. TRYING TO TELL ANOTHER STORY IS JUST ANTI-HISTORICAL. THE REALITY IS, THE REALITY IS THAT THE NUMBERS SHOW THAT DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION WE HAD VERY STRONG GROWTH, -- THE BUSH YEARS WE ENDED UP LOSING OVER 600,000 JOBS. SO LET'S AT LEAST GET OUR HISTORY STRAIGHT AND WITH THAT I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. CAPPS.

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  • 07:19:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

  • 07:19:27 PM

    MRS. CAPPS

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING AND, MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO…

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING AND, MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICANS' MISGUIDED BUDGET AND ATTACK ON MEDICARE. THE ISSUE OF S NOT WHETHER WE REDUCE THE DEFICIT BUT HOW WE DO IT. SIMPLY PUT, THE REPUBLICAN PLAN USES OUR DEFICIT AS AN EXCUSE TO END MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. MEDICARE IS THE CORNERSTONE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. A PROMISE THAT HEALTH CARE WILL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR OUR SENIORS AND OUR PERMANENTLY DISABLED CITIZENS. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET TAKES AWAY THAT GUARANTEE AND WHAT DOES IT GIVE OUR FUTURE SENIORS IN RETURN? NO GUARANTEE OF COVERAGE, A REAL CHANCE OF BEING DENIED INSURANCE DUE TO PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND AROUND $6,000 A YEAR IN ADDITIONAL OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS AS WELL AS THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THE INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL BE WELL TAKEN CARE OF WHILE THEY ARE STRUGGLING TO GET BY ON THEIR FIXED INCOME. AND NOT ONE ASPECT OF THE PLAN WILL DO ANYTHING TO REDUCE THE COST OF CARE, IT JUST PASSES THE BUCK. THIS IS NOT A PLAN FOR OUR FUTURE, IT'S A RECIPE FOR DISASTER FOR OUR SENIORS. 45 YEARS AGO WHEN SENIORS WERE THE MOST UNINSURED GROUP IN OUR COUNTRY WE MADE A PROMISE THAT HEALTH CARE FOR SENIORS WOULD BE GUARANTEED. THE REPUBLICAN VOUCHER PROPOSAL BREAKS THAT PROMISE. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PROPOSAL. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:20:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES.…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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  • 07:20:52 PM

    MR. RYAN

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I'LL YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES. I HAVE HEARD A LOT OF DEBATE…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I'LL YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES. I HAVE HEARD A LOT OF DEBATE TODAY ABOUT HOW WE'RE SLASHING TAXES, SLASHING REVENUES FOR THE RICH AND FOR EVERYBODY ELSE AND BAD OIL COMPANIES AND THINGS LIKE THAT. LET ME JUST SHOW YOU A LITTLE CHART. UNDER OUR BUDGET REVENUES RISE. REVENUES GO UP OVER $12 TRILLION . SO REV KNEWS STILL INCREASE, EVEN -- SO REVENUES STILL INCREASE. NOW, THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN SAYS HE WANTS TO RAISE THEM ANOTHER $1.5 TRILLION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND'S PLAN WANTS TO RAISE THEM ANOTHER $1.7 TRILLION. BUT WHAT'S -- LET'S NOT KID OURSELVES. REVENUES, EVEN UNDER OUR PLAN, CONTINUE TO INCREASE. NOW, WE DON'T HAVE A REVENUE PROBLEM. WE HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM. THE GREEN LINE IS THE REVENUE LINE. THE RED LINE IS THE SPENDING LINE. REVENUES ARE STABLE, INCREASING, SPENDING IS ON A TEAR, MR. CHAIRMAN. SPENDING IS GROWING AT A UNSUSTAINABLE RATE. WE CAN'T KEEP SPENDING MONEY WE DON'T HAVE. IF WE KEEP DOING THIS WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A DEBT CRISIS. PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GET HURT. INTEREST RATES WILL GO UP, WE WILL HAVE TO CUT ACROSS THE BOARD AT THE TIME IT HAPPENS. WE WANT TO AVOID THAT. I YIELD MYSELF ONE MORE MINUTE TO SAY, MR. CHAIRMAN, LET'S TALK ABOUT THE BUSH TAX CUTS OR WHAT HAPPENED. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE TAX BURDEN. IN 2001 THE TOP 1% OF EARNERS PAID 34% OF THE TAX BURDEN. NOW THEY PAY 38%. HIGHER TAX BURDEN. TOP 5% IN 2001 PAID 53% OF THE TAXES. TODAY THE TOP 5% PAY 59% OF THE TAXES. SO ON AND SO FORTH. WE DON'T HAVE A REVENUE PROBLEM, A TAX PROBLEM, WE HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM. BUT HERE'S THE REAL PROBLEM. IF WE DON'T GET OUR SITUATION UNDER CONTROL WE REALLY GO IN THE HOLE. IN 2009 THE GENERAL ACCOUNTABLE OFFICE WAS TELLING US OUR FISCAL GAP, THE UNFUNDED PROMISES WE'RE MAKING TO CURRENT AMERICANS, WAS 62 -- $62.9 TRILLION. THAT MEANS, TO YIELD MYSELF ONE MORE MINUTE TO EXPLAIN, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT MEANS WE WOULD HAVE HAVE HAD TO TAKE THAT MONEY, SET IT ASIDE JUST SO GOVERNMENT COULD KEEP THE PROMISES IT'S NOW MAKING TO EVERYBODY IN AMERICA. IN 2009 WE OWED MORE THAN WE'RE WORTH IN TOTAL HOUSEHOLDS IN AMERICA. LAST YEAR, 2010, THAT FISCAL GAP GREW TO $76.4 TRILLION. NOW? $99.4 TRILLION. WE ARE DIGGING A HOLE MORE THAN $10 TRILLION A YEAR BY KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD. EVERY YEAR WE FAIL TO FIX THIS PROBLEM WE ARE SUBMITTING OUR CHILDREN TO A WORSE FUTURE, A DIMINISHED COUNTRY. SO THE SOONER WE GET OUR ACT TOGETHER, THE SOONER WE FIX THIS PROBLEM, THE BETTER OFF WE'RE GOING TO BE. IF WE KEEP IGNORING THIS, IF WE KEEP SPENDING IN THE PATH WE'RE ON THIS FISCAL GAP, THE PILE OF EMPTY PROMISES THAT POLITICIANS FROM BOTH PARTIES HAVE BEEN MAKING TO AMERICANS, GETS THAT MUCH HIGHER. WE HAVE ABOUT $100 TRILLION OF EMPTY PROMISES WASHINGTON IS MAKING TO AMERICANS. IT IS TIME WE TELL PEOPLE THE TRUTH, IT IS TIME WE GET GOVERNMENT TO LIVE WITHIN ITS MEANS AND IT IS TIME WE GET WASHINGTON TO HONOR ITS PROMISES , FIX THESE PROGRAMS, GET SPENDING UNDER CONTROL AND GIVE OUR CHILDREN A DEBT-FREE NATION.

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  • 07:25:00 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 07:25:06 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE GENTLEMAN IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. WE NEED TO COME UP…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE GENTLEMAN IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. WE NEED TO COME UP WITH A PLAN THAT PUTS THE COUNTRY ON A PREDICTABLE, STEADY COURSE OF DEFICIT REDUCTION. AND WE NEED TO DO IT IN A BALANCED WAY. THE CHART THE CHAIRMAN SHOWED ABOUT REVENUES PRESUMED THAT WE WOULDN'T HAVE CERTAIN CHANGES IN THE REVENUE. FOR EXAMPLE, THAT WE WOULDN'T SAY TO THE WEALTHIEST, WE WANT YOU TO PAY THE SAME RATES YOU WERE PAYING DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION WHEN THE ECONOMY WAS ROARING AND JOBS WERE BEING CREATED. THERE'S A REASON THE BIPARTISAN FISCAL COMMISSION CALLED THE REPUBLICAN PLAN UNBALANCED. AND THIS IS WHAT IT IS. UNDER THE COMMISSION PLAN THEY HAVE A BALANCE OF SPENDING CUTS AND REVENUE INCREASES. FOR EXAMPLE, THEY SAY, THE FOLKS AT THE TOP, THEY SHOULD BE PAYING A LITTLE MORE. IN FACT, $2.5 TRILLION MORE IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS THAN THE REPUBLICAN PLAN. AND BECAUSE THEY DON'T DO WHAT THIS COMMISSION RECOMMENDED THEY HAVE TO CUT INTO MEDICAID WHICH WILL HURT -- IT WILL HURT SENIORS IN NURSING HOMES, DISABLED INDIVIDUALS, POOR KIDS, EVERYONE WHO DEPENDS ON THAT ALREADY STRETCHED PROGRAM. THEY HAVE TO TERMINATE MEDICARE. SO THOSE ARE CHOICES THAT WE ARE MAKING. THEY HAVE MADE A ONE-SIDED, LOP-SIDED CHOICE. AND WITH THAT I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA,

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  • 07:26:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF.

  • 07:26:39 PM

    MR. ELLISON

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE ARE IN A DEBATE OF GENERATIONAL…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE ARE IN A DEBATE OF GENERATIONAL PROPORPGSES. THE PROMISES THAT WERE MADE -- PROPORTIONS. THE PROMISES THAT WERE MADE IN THE 1960'S AND BEFORE THAT AND AFTER THAT ABOUT EXPANDING OUR COUNTRY, MAKING IT A GREATER COUNTRY ARE NOW BEING ABDICATED. WE'RE SEEING A BUDGET OFFERED BY A BUDGET CHAIRMAN THAT SAYS TO OUR SENIORS WHO HAVE CUT A PATH FOR ALL OF US YOUNGER PEOPLE THAT, YOU KNOW WHAT? WE CAN'T BE THERE FOR YOU ANYMORE. WE'RE SEEING A BUDGET WHERE WE SAY TO OUR STUDENTS WHO ARE THE INTELLECTUAL DRIVERS OF OUR ECONOMY, WE CANNOT BE THERE FOR YOU ANYMORE. AS A MATTER OF FACT, 2/3 OF THIS BUDGET, 2/3 OF THIS BUDGET, 2/3 OF THE CUTS ARE FROM LOW INCOME PROGRAMS THAT SERVE PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING IT, HARDWORKING AMERICANS TRYING TO MAKE IT EVERY SINGLE DAY BUT THAT'S WHERE THE CUTS COME FROM. THE QUESTION ON THE TABLE IS WHAT'S THE PROPER ROLE OF GOVERNMENT? WE BELIEVE THE PROPER ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO LOOK AFTER OUR SENIORS. THEY BELIEVE GRANDMA HAS TO FIGURE OUT WHAT SHE'S GOING TO DO. WE BELIEVE THAT YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY AND THING LIKE THE PELL GRANT ARE GOING TO HELP THEM AND HELP US. THEY BELIEVE IF YOU'RE SMART ENOUGH TO GO TO COLLEGE, YOU SHOULD PAY FOR IT BY YOURSELF OR MAYBE GET A HIGH-COST LOAN TO DO THAT. WE HAVE A DIFFERENT VISION OF AMERICA. AS A MATTER OF FACT, WE HAVE A VISION THAT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE WELL TO DO AND THE CORMINGSES WHO HAVE DONE SO WELL SHOULD -- CORPORATIONS WHO HAVE DONE SO WELL SHOULD HELP OUT MORE. WE BELIEVE IN EQUITY AND A SHARED BURDEN.

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  • 07:28:18 PM

    MR. ELLISON

    A SHARED BURDEN. IN FACT, THE BIG FIVE OIL COMPANIES HAVE RECEIVED PROFITS…

    A SHARED BURDEN. IN FACT, THE BIG FIVE OIL COMPANIES HAVE RECEIVED PROFITS THAT ARE ENORMOUS WHEN YOU LOOK AT THESE ON THIS CHART. THE GENTLEMAN KEEPS TALKING ABOUT TAX REFORM. I'D LOVE TO KNOW WHAT CORPORATE LOOPHOLES ARE YOU GOING TO CLOSE? ARE YOU GOING TO CLOSE THESE BIG OIL SUBSIDIES OR NOT? AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:28:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES.…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE CHAIR ROZZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN. -- RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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  • 07:28:47 PM

    MR. RYAN

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE…

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. KINGSTON.

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  • 07:28:55 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I WANT TO BE THE FIRST TO SAY WE DO…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I WANT TO BE THE FIRST TO SAY WE DO WANT TO CLOSE THE TAX LOOPHOLES FOR BIG OIL. FOR THE FOUR YEARS THAT THE DEMOCRATS WERE IN CHARGE, WE'RE NOT SURE WHY THEY DID NOT TAKE IT ON. WE ARE READY TOO TAKE IT ON. -- TO TAKE IT ON. THINK ABOUT THIS, MR. SPEAKER, FOR EVERY $1 WE SPEND, 40 CENTS IS BORROWED. IF THAT HAD HAPPENED OR WAS HAPPENING IN YOUR FAMILY, YOU WOULD BRING EVERYBODY TO THE KITCHEN TABLE AND YOU WOULD SAY, LOOK, WE'VE GOT TO MAKE SOME CHANGES HERE. WE WANT CONTINUE TO SPEND MONEY THE WAY WE'RE -- WE CAN'T CONTINUE TO SPEND THE MONEY THE WAY WE'RE DOING IT. TODAY THE NATIONAL DEBT IS 90% OF THE G.D.P. SPEND SOMETHING APPROACHING 24% -- SPENDING IS APPROACHING 24% OF THE G.D.P. WE CAN'T GET TO A BALANCED BUDGET WITH A SPENDING GAP THAT HIGH ABOVE REVENUES AND YET THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING. THAT'S WHY THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, THE RYAN BUDGET, NOT JUST REDUCES SPENDING BY $4 TRILLION, BUT CHANGES THE TRAJECTORY OF SPENDING. BECAUSE UNLESS WE CHANGE THE PATTERN AND WE MAKE SOME CHOICES FOR THE NEXT GENERATION, THE IMPORTANT PROGRAMS LIKE SOCIAL SECURITY, LIKE MEDICAID, LIKE MEDICARE WILL NOT BE THERE. TOO OFTEN WE HEAR FROM THE LIBERALS IN WASHINGTON THE SCARE TACTICS, REPUBLICANS HATE SENIORS, THEY HATE CLEAN ACRES THEY HATE EDUCATION AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SEEING HERE TONIGHT. IN FACT, YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT TRIED TO CLAIM A MULLIGAN ON HIS BUDGET. HE ACTUALLY INTRODUCED A BUDGET IN FEBRUARY AND DID NOT BRING IN ONE RECOMMENDATION OF HIS OWN DEFICIT REDUCTION COMMISSION. EVEN THOUGH I'VE SEEN A CHART ON THE FLOOR TONIGHT ABOUT IT, IT SOUNDS GREAT, BUT IT'S NOT IN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET BECAUSE IT WASN'T PRESENTED. WE THINK IT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA TO USE SOME OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE DEFICIT REDUCTION COMMISSION AND THAT'S WHAT THE RYAN BUDGET DOES. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY IT DOESN'T DO ANYTHING TO THE IMPORTANT ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS FOR ANYBODY OVER THE AGE OF 55. MEDICARE WILL BE THERE FOR THEM AS IT IS TODAY. BUT FOR YOUNGER PEOPLE, IT IS NOT GOING THROB BECAUSE IT'S GOING BROKE. THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO MAKE CHANGES AND GIVING THEM A SUBSIDY TO HAVE THEM HAVE MORE CHOICES OF MEDICARE IS JUST ONE PART OF THE PROGRAM. THAT'S ONE ASPECT OF THE RYAN BUDGET THAT'S WELL WORTH SUPPORTING.

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  • 07:31:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

  • 07:31:15 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WAS PLEASED TO HEAR MY FRIEND IS INTERESTED IN…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WAS PLEASED TO HEAR MY FRIEND IS INTERESTED IN GETTING RID OF THE SUBSIDIES FOR BIG OIL. WE CAN DO IT TONIGHT OR TOMORROW. ALL YOU'VE GOT TO DO IS VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE. AND BY THE WAY, YOU CAN AT THE SAME TIME GET RID OF TAX BREAKS THAT REWARD COMPANIES FOR SHIPPING AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS, WE DON'T HAVE TO STUDY ABOUT IT, DON'T HAVE TO SEND IT TO THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, WE CAN INSTRUCT THEM TOMORROW, TONIGHT, AND WE'LL GET IT DONE IF YOU VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE. WITH THAT, I YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL. CHOIL THE JEP IS --

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  • 07:31:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE AND A HALF MINUTES.

  • 07:31:54 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    AS RONALD REAGAN USED TO SAY, THERE YOU GO AGAIN. MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS…

    AS RONALD REAGAN USED TO SAY, THERE YOU GO AGAIN. MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS WANT TO REPEAL THE 20TH CENTURY. THEY WANT TO USE THE BUDGET DEFICIT TO KILL AND DESTROY EVERY PROGRAM THEY'VE HATED ALL THESE YEARS, INCLUDING MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. THIS BUDGET WOULD ROLL BACK 50 YEARS OF PROGRESS ON MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND REPEAL THESE PROGRAMS WHICH ARE TWO OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SOCIAL PROGRAMS OF THIS CENTURY. THIS BUDGET SHIFTS THE BURDEN FROM THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS AND PUTS THE BURDEN ON THE POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS. I UNDERSTAND THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WANT TO PROTECT THEIR RICH FRIENDS BUT ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE ON THE AISLE, WE CARE ABOUT WORKING PEOPLE, THE MIDDLE CLASS, POOR PEOPLE, SEEN CRORS AND CHILDREN. THE REPUBLICANS LAST YEAR PROMISED TO FOCUS ON TWO THINGS IF THEY GOT THE MAJORITY, JOBS AND SPENING. ALL WE'VE SEEN IS ATTACKS ON MIDDLE CLASS AND LOWER INCOME PEOPLE. THEIR IDEA OF CUTTING SPENDING IS TO KILL MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. INSTEAD OF PASSING THIS BUDGET WE'D BE MORE LIKELY TO CRY ATE JOBS BY WAVING THE MAGIC WAND AND SAYING ABRACADABRA. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT US TO COME TOGETHER AND COMPROMISE BUT ALL THE LEGISLATION WE'RE SEEING FROM THE OTHER SIDE IS EXTREME. WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER. WE DO HAVE A -- WE DO HAVE DIFFICULTY. WE DON'T WANT OUR CHILDREN TO HAVE A DIMINISHED STANDARD OF LIVING BUT THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO DO IT, TO TRY TO BALANCE THE BUDGET ON THE BACKS OF POOR PEOPLE, ON SENIORS, ON CHILDREN. WE NEED TO HAVE A FAIR AND BALANCED BUDGET. I URGE A NO VOTE.

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  • 07:33:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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  • 07:33:29 PM

    MR. RYAN

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD GO MINUTES TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE…

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD GO MINUTES TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE RULES AND BUDGET COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FWEA, MR. WOOD YAWL.

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  • 07:33:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

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    MR. WOOD YAWL

    YAWL: WE SEE A LOT OF SHRILL THINGS HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. I WANT TO…

    YAWL: WE SEE A LOT OF SHRILL THINGS HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. I WANT TO HAVE A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT VOICE. I WANT TO TELL YOU HOW PROUD I AM TO BE HERE. HOW PROUD I AM TO BE HERE. AS THE GENTLEMAN WHO PREVIOUSLY SPOKE SAID ACCURATELY, I RAN ON TWO THINGS. I RAN ON CUTTING SPENDING AND CREATING JOBS. TONIGHT BECAUSE OF THE HARD WORK OF THE CHAIRMAN ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, I GET A VOTE TOMORROW TO DO JUST THAT. JUST THAT I'VE BEEN HERE 00 DAYS AND I GET A VOTE TO CHANGE THE DIRECTION OF THIS COUNTRY FROM DRIVING IT OFF THE EDGE OF THE CLIFF, TO RESTORING THE FREEDOM AND ECONOMIC SUCCESS THAT WE'RE KNOWN FOR THE WORLD AROUND. 100 DAYS AND I GET TO MAKE THAT CHOICE. I'M THRILLED IN THE SPIRIT OF OPENNESS THAT WE HAVE SOME ALTERNATIVES. IF YOU WANT TO RAISE TAXES, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE BUDGETS THAT GET TO DO THAT. BUT IF YOU WANT TO CLOSE $2.9 TRILLION IN TAX EXPENDITURES IN LOOPHOLES IN LOBBYIST-FUNDED GIVEAWAYS, YOU'VE GOT ONE BUDGET TO CHOOSE FROM. THE RYAN BUDGET. WE GO AFTER THOSE ITEMS THAT FOR WHATEVER REASON FOLKS HADN'T GONE AFTER IN YEARS PAST. WE DO THOSE THINGS THAT FOR WHATEVER REASON PEOPLE COULDN'T FIND THE COURAGE TO DO IN YEARS PAST. VOLT AFTER VOTE AFTER VOTE, I PRESUME PEOPLE HAD TO VOTE ON THINGS THEY DIDN'T LIKE TO VOTE ON. THEY DIDN'T WANT TO RUN UP SPENDING. THEY DIDN'T WANT TO INCREASE THE DEBT LIMIT. THEY DIDN'T WANT TO DO THOSE THING BUS HAD TO DO IT. TONIGHT, I'M HERE TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING I WANT TO DO. I CANNOT WAIT TO COME TO THIS FLOOR TOMORROW AND CAST A VOTE FOR MY CHILDREN, FOR AMERICA'S GRANDCHILDREN, FOR THE FUTURE OF THIS LAND AND THAT'S A VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE RYAN BUDGET. I'M DEPRATE TO FEEL MY COLLEAGUES FOR GIVING ME THAT OPPORTUNITY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:35:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 07:35:30 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WELCOME OUR FRIEND MR. WOOD YAWL AND I'LL SAY…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WELCOME OUR FRIEND MR. WOOD YAWL AND I'LL SAY WE AGREE ON ONE THING. THIS BUDGET DOES POSE A FUNDAMENTAL CHOICE, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HERE TO DEBATE ABOUT. WE BELIEVE IT'S WRONG TO BE PROVIDING ANOTHER ROUND OF BIG TAX BREAKS TO THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS WHEN YOU'RE ENDING THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE, WHEN YOU'RE CUTTING INVESTMENTS IN KIDS' EDUCATION, THOSE ARE CHOICES THAT WE SHOULDN'T BE MAKING. AND WE ARE GOING TO PRESENT AND HAVE PRESENTED A DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE THAT WE BY PROVIDES A BALANCED APPROACH. WITH THAT, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. RANGEL.

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  • 07:36:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 07:36:13 PM

    MR. RANGEL

    YOU PICK ME AT THIS TIME, I WANT TO JOIN THE PREVIOUS SPEAK FOR THE SAYING…

    YOU PICK ME AT THIS TIME, I WANT TO JOIN THE PREVIOUS SPEAK FOR THE SAYING THAT THE ATMOSPHERE AND THE ATTITUDE HERE IS JUST TOO SHRILL. WE SHOULD REALLY IF WE'RE DEALING WITH THE LIVES AND FUTURES OF THE GENERATIONS TO FOLLOW, IT SHOULD BE IN A DIFFERENT WAY. WE SHOULD NOT JUST BE FIGHTING WITH EACH OTHER. AND SO I'M MAKING AN APPEAL TO MINISTERS AND PRIESTS ANDRA BUYS AND IMAMS TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT AS WE GO INTO THIS HOLY HOLIDAY, WHETHER OR NOT THE SCREAMING IS GOING TO HELP OR WHETHER OR NOT WE'RE GOING TO FIND OURSELVES WITH THE LESSER AMONG US. I DON'T KNOW THE WHOLE STORY BUT IT RUNS SOMETHING LIKE, I WAS HUNGRY AND YOU DIDN'T GIVE ME ANYTHING TO EAT, I WAS THIRSTY, YOU DIDN'T GIVE ME ANYTHING TO DRINK, I WAS SICK YOU DIDN'T VISIT. IT SOUNDS LIKE THE ANSWER THAT GOING TO BE GIVEN, I TOLD THE STATE TO TAKE CARE OF YOU, I'M SORRY THEY DIDN'T. OR, I'M THE GUY WHO GAVE YOU A VOUCHER. OR, I PULLED MYSELF UP BY MY OWN BOOT STRAPS, WHY CAN'T YOU DO IT WITHOUT A SCHOLARSHIP? I THINK NOT. THIS GREAT NATION WAS BUILT TO BELIEVE IN GOD WE TRUST AND IT SEEMS TO ME WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE LIVES OF OUR MOTHERS AND GRANDMOTHERS AND THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN THAT ALL THE THINGS WE HOPE -- HOPED AND DREAMED ABOUT IS NOT GOING TO BE SHATTERED BY A POLITICAL BUDGET PUT TOGETHER BY THE MAJORITY. IT'S GOING TO BE, IF IT'S NOT STOPPED HERE, IT'S GOING TO BE STOPPED IN THE SENATE OR STOPPED IN THE WHITE HOUSE BUT I HOPE THOSE THAT ARE LISTENING, THAT ARE INVOLVED IN PROVIDING SPIRITUAL CARE, THAT RECOGNIZE HOW IMPORTANT HEALTH CARE IS FOR OUR SICK AND OUR POOR, WHY DON'T YOU JUST WRITE YOUR CONGRESSPERSON AND SHARE WITH US WHETHER OR NOT YOU THINK THAT WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO PROTECT THE WEALTHY AMONG US, RATHER THAN THE LESSER OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS. WE'LL BE GOING HOME FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS DURING THESE EASTER HOLIDAYS AND I DO HOPE THAT ALL OF US TRY TO FIND OUT WHICH SIDE ARE WE ON? THE RICH, OR THE LESSER OF THESE. THANK YOU.

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  • 07:38:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

  • 07:38:27 PM

    MR. RYAN

    YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, MR. PEARCE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MISSISSIPPI.

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    MR. PEARCE

    MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE CHAIRMAN RYAN BRINGING THIS ISSUE TO THE FLOOR.…

    MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE CHAIRMAN RYAN BRINGING THIS ISSUE TO THE FLOOR. BASICALLY, THE ENTIRE DISCUSSION THAT WE'RE HAVING IN WASHINGTON RIGHT NOW CENTERS AROUND TWO FIGURES. WE SPEND $3.5 TRILLION, AND WE BRING IN $2.2 TRILLION IN REVENUES TO THE GOVERNMENT FROM TAXES. NOW, IT'S THE BRINGING TOGETHER OF THOSE NUMBERS THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE OF OPINION HERE IN WASHINGTON. I LISTENED TO THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH YESTERDAY, I READ THE TECH OF HIS SPEECH, DID NOT GET A CHANCE TO LISTEN, AND HE SAYS THAT WE CAN CLOSE THAT GAP BY TAXING THE MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. IT SOUNDS SO GOOD. IT COMES OFF SO EASY. BUT I WILL TELL YOU IT'S A PROCESS THAT MANY NATIONS HAVE FOLLOWED BEFORE. TAX THE MILLIONAIRES. I DON'T KNOW WHAT BILL SWEATT IN ARTEESHA IS WORTH PURK HE SAYS TO CREATE A NEW JOB COSTS HIM $400,000, TO CREATE A NEW JOB. OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE SAID WE NEED TO BE TAXES THAT MONEY AWAY FROM HIM. NANCY PELOSI SAID WE NEED TO TAX THE PROFITS OF THE CORPORATION AND SPEND THEM. WHAT YOU DO IS TAKE AWAY MR. SWEATT'S $400,000 AND HE DOESN'T GET A NEW BULLDOZER AND WE DON'T GET A NEW JOB. WE HAVE THIS $1.3 TRILLION IN DEFICIT ON THOSE TOP LINE FIGURES, THEN THAT GO INTO OUR DEBT PAYROLL -- BARREL, $15 TRILLION IS WHAT WE HAVE OVER THE LIFE OF OUR COUNTRY FROM GEORGE WASHINGTON UNTIL TODAY. APPROXIMATELY $15 TRILLION AND WE'RE BRINGING IN $2.2 TRILLION. IF WE BEGIN TO GIVE THE TAX INCREASES THAT THE PRESIDENT SAYS, WE'RE ACTUALLY GOING TO SQUEEZE DOWN THE $2.2 BILLION BECAUSE COMPANIES WILL NOT BE HIRING PEOPLE. FOR INSTANCE, OFF THE SHORE OF LOUISIANA, WE'RE CHOKING OFF THOSE JOBS. SO EVERY JOB OFF LOUISIANA THAT THE GOVERNMENT KILLS TAKES ONE PERSON FROM PAYING TAXES AND PUTS THEM UP HERE RECEIVING WELFARE, UNEMPLOYMENT, AND FOOT STAMPS. ECONOMIC GROWTH IS THE ONLY THING THAT CAN CURE THIS NATION'S ECONOMIC PROBLEMS. THE RYAN BUDGET DOES THAT. THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET DOES NOT DO IT. LET'S SUPPORT THE RYAN BUDGET. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:40:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES.…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 07:40:53 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I HAVE TO SHOW US THIS CHART AGAIN. I NEED TO REMIND…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I HAVE TO SHOW US THIS CHART AGAIN. I NEED TO REMIND THE BODY THAT DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION, WHEN WE HAD THE FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP PAYING A LITTLE BIT HIGHER RATE, 20 MILLION JOBS WERE CREATED. WHEN THAT RATE WAS DROPPED FROM THE -- FOR THE HIGH INCOME EARNERS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE BUSH ADMANAGER, NOT ONLY DID IT CONTRIBUTE TO DEFICITS GOING UP BUT AT THE END OF THAT PERIOD, OVER 653,000 JOBS WERE LOST. NOW THE POINT ISN'T, AGAIN, THAT BY CHANGING THE TAX RATE, THAT WAS THE DRIVER, THE POINT IS THAT SMALL DIFFERENCES IN TAX RATES ARE NOT THE MAIN ENGINES OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND WE NEED TO MAKE CHOICES HERE, AGAIN, THEY CHOOSE TO PROVIDE TAX BREAKS TO FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP AND THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE, FOR SOMEBODY WHO HAS BEEN A CHAMPION OF MEDICARE, MEDICAID, AND A WHOLE NUMBER OF OTHER ISSUES IMPORTANT TO SENIORS AND AMERICANS, MS. SCHAKOWSKY OF ILLINOIS, TWO MINUTES.

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  • 07:41:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. SCHAKOWSKY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. SCHAKOWSKY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MS.

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  • 07:41:57 PM

    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO CLAIM…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO CLAIM THE MANTLE OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY TODAY. IT'S JUST RIDICULOUS. THEY ARE THE PARTY RESPONSIBLE FOR A DECADE OF FISCAL RECKLESSNESS WITH TWO UNPAID-FOR WARS, TWO UNPAID-FOR TAX CUTS, AND A BLIND EYE TO WALL STREET LEADING TO A DISASTROUS RECESSION. AS THE PRESIDENT SAID YESTERDAY, QUOTE, THERE'S NOTHING SERIOUS ABOUT A PLAN THAT CLAIMS TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT BY SPENDING $1 TRILLION ON TAX CUTS FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. THIS CHART ILLUSTRATES THAT FROM 1979 TO 2005, THE BOTTOM 20% OF HOUSEHOLDS SAW THEIR INCOMES INCREASE BY A GRAND TOTAL OF $200. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE TOP .1% HERE IN THE RED SAW INCOME GROWTH OF NEARLY $6 MILLION EACH YEAR. THERE'S NOTHING COURAGEOUS ABOUT A PLAN THAT WOULD PROTECT THE WEALTHY AND BIG OIL AND BIG CORPORATIONS THAT SHIPPED JOBS OVERSEAS AT THE EXPENSE OF THE ELDERLY AND THEIR MEDICARE AND THEIR MEDICAID AND THE DISABLED AND CHILDREN. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET RESOLUTION DOES NOT REFLECT THE VALUES OF AMERICANS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT IT SOUNDLY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:43:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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  • 07:43:24 PM

    MR. RYAN

    I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE. UNSHARED PROSPERITY. SPENDING MONEY ON TAX…

    I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE. UNSHARED PROSPERITY. SPENDING MONEY ON TAX CUTS. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE PRESUMPTION BEHIND THAT IS THAT ALL THE MONEY OUT THERE MADE IN AMERICA IS THE GOVERNMENT'S. AND THEN THE GOVERNMENT DECIDES WHO THEY SPEND IT BACK TO. WE DO HAVE DIFFERENT PHILOSOPHIES. THE MONEY THAT PEOPLE MAKE IS THEIR MONEY. AND THEN THE QUESTION IS, HOW MUCH OF IT DOES THE GOVERNMENT TAKE. THE MONEY MADE IN AMERICA BY INDIVIDUALS, BY BUSINESSES, IS THEIR MONEY. IT'S NOT THE GOVERNMENT'S MONEY. SO WE DON'T SPEND MONEY ON TAX CUTS. BY THE WAY, MR. CHAIRMAN, WE'RE NOT EVEN CUTTING TAXES IN THIS BILL. WE'RE JUST NOT RAISING THEM SYSTEM OF THE NEW DEFINITION OF CUTTING TAXES APPARENTLY IS IF YOU'RE AGAINST RAISING TAXES, YOU'RE CUTTING THEM. I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START WITH THIS BUT I'M GOING TO START BY YIELDING TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. HEELS CAMP.

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  • 07:44:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 07:44:40 PM

    MR. HUELSKAMP

    WE HAVE A CHOICE HERE IN WASHINGTON, WE CAN HAVE THE SAME OLD STATUS QUO…

    WE HAVE A CHOICE HERE IN WASHINGTON, WE CAN HAVE THE SAME OLD STATUS QUO WITH MORE SPENDING, MORE TAXES AND MORE GOVERNMENT CONTROL, OR THE REAL AMERICAN WAY, MAKING GOOD ON PROMISES MADE LAST YEAR BY CUTTING SPENING. THE CHOICE IS OUR THE OPPORTUNITY IS NOW. THE PATH TO PROSPERITY OFFERS A LONG OVERDUE FIX TO MEDICAID. THERE ARE MANY PROBLEMS WITH THE PROGRAM AND THE COSTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL. HEMORRHAGING THE BUDGETS OF STATE AFTER STATE AND OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. CLEARLY THE ANSWER IS NOT MORE MONEY. INSTEAD, THE SOLUTION IS SPENDING MORE -- SPENDING MONEY MORE WISELY AND MORE EFFICIENTLY. GOVERNORS FROM ALL ACROSS AMERICA HAVE EXPRESSED THE DESIRE FOR MORE FLEXIBILITY WITH MEDICAID AND THIS BUDGET OFFERS EXACTLY THAT. IN CONVERTING FEDERAL SPENDING ON MEDICAID TO BLOCK GRANTS, FOLKS CLOSEST TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, GOVERNOR, LEGISLATORS AND LOCAL OFFICIALS, NOT SOME BUREAUCRAT SITTING IN WASHINGTON WILL MAKE DECISIONS BEST FOR THEIR CITIZENS AND DESIGN PROGRAMS THAT WORK BEST FOR THEIR STATE AND THEIR PEOPLE. THEY WILL HAVE THE FREEDOM TO ADAPT MEDICAID TO THEIR OWN STATE'S UNIQUE NEEDS AND PRIORITIES. ALSO, BECAUSE THIS BUDGET DEFUNDS OBAMACARE, WE ARE PREVENTING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FROM IMPOSING ANOTHER MANDATE ON THE STATES. OBAMACARE FORCES STATES TO EXPAND MEDICARE ELIGIBILITY AND LEAVES IT UP TO THEM HOW THEY WILL PAY FOR IT. WE PUT A STOP TO THIS INTRUSION THROUGH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND MAKE MEDICAID BETTER FOR THOSE WHO TRULY NEED IT. THIS PATH TO PROSPERITY WILL INCREASE THE MEDICAID BUDGET AND PROVIDE MUCH-NEEDED REGULATORY REFORM FOR THE 50 STATES OF THIS GREAT UNION. ONLY THOSE COMMITTED TO THE STATUS QUO, INCLUDING MANY OF THE COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE, CAN MAKE THE RIDICULOUS CLAIM THAT SOMEHOW SPENDING MORE TAXPAYER MONEY AND PUSHING MORE WASHINGTON RED TAPE IS SOMEHOW A SOLUTION. BY LIFTING THE HEAVY HAND OF WASHINGTON FROM MEDICAID WE MAKE THIS PROGRAM MORE EFFECTIVE AND MORE EFFICIENT FOR THE STATES TO MANAGE THESE PROGRAMS AND PROVIDE COMPASSIONATE CARE FOR THE AMERICANS WHO TRULY DESERVE ASSISTANCE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:46:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES.…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 07:46:53 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. HARDWORK WITHING AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PAYING…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. HARDWORK WITHING AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PAYING THEIR MEDICARE PAYROLL TAXES DAY IN, DAY OUT, MONTH IN, MONTH OUT. THE CHOICE WE HAVE HERE IS WHETHER WE'RE GOING TO MAKE GOOD ON THAT MEDICARE GUARANTEE OR WHETHER WE'RE GOING TO SAY TO THE FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP, WE JUST CAN'T TAKE YOU BACK TO THE TAX RATES THAT WERE IN PLACE DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. WHY WOULD WE SAY THAT TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN PUTTING THEIR PAYROLL TAXES IN THE MEDICARE? WHY WOULD WE SAY WE'RE GOING TO END THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE? WITH THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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  • 07:47:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 07:47:48 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN WHO JUST DOESN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO AND SEEMS TO…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN WHO JUST DOESN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO AND SEEMS TO BE CONFUSED ON HIS SIDE OF THE AISLE AS TO WHAT HIS BUDGET IS ALL ABOUT, I WILL SAY THAT I AM GETTING UNCONFUSED BECAUSE HIS BUDGET IS A DESTRUCTION OF THE FABRIC AND THE WAY OF LIFE OF ALL AMERICANS. YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET DOES? IT CUTS FOOD ASSISTANCE FOR STRUGGLING FAMILIES. IT TAKES AWAY AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE FOR WORKING FAMILIES AND IT DISMANTLES THE HEALTH CARE SAFETY NET. BUT ALSO IT DEALS WITH EDUCATION OF OUR CHILDREN AND AS THE CO-CHAIR AND FOUNDER OF THE CONGRESSIONAL CHILDREN'S CAUCUS, LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT HAPPEN WHEN IS WE DON'T EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN. WE CAN SEE THE NUMBERS OF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED, WHO HAVE NOT HAD A HIGH SCHOOL DEGREE. OUR FRIENDS ON THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET ARE GOING TO CUT EDUCATION AND THEY'RE GOING TO WIND UP WITH INCREASING UNEMPLOYMENT BECAUSE YOU CAN SEE THAT LESS OF OUR AMERICANS ARE BEING ABLE TO GO TO COLONEL AND THEREFORE WITHOUT COLLEGE, WITHOUT A HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION, WE JUST UNDERMINE A GROWING CHILD OPPORTUNITY. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT ELSE WE DO. WE GO FROM CHILDREN TO THEIR GRANDPARENTS. AND I REMEMBER STANDING ON THIS FLOOR OF THE HOUSE, TRYING TO PREVENT THE DOUGHNUT HOLE FROM COMING ABOUT, BUT REPUBLICANS AGAIN ESTABLISHED A DOUGHNUT HOLE THAT MILLIONS OF SENIORS HAVE FALLEN THROUGH. IN FACT, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET CAUSES SENIORS TO PAY SOME $12,000 ON THEIR MEDICARE. LISTEN TO ME CLEARLY, SENIORS. YOU WILL BE PAYING AN EXTRA $12,000 WITH THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PLAN. AND OF COURSE WE WILL OPEN UP THE DOUGHNUT HOLE AGAIN. THE VERY DOUGHNUT HOLE THAT HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF BY THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE DEMOCRATIC BUDGET BALANCES THE BUDGET AND OF COURSE IT RECOGNIZES THE VALUE OF A SHARED SACRIFICE. I JUST VISITED TEXAS SOLDIERS, NATIONAL GUARD, THEY UNDERSTAND ABOUT SHARED SACRIFICE. THEY SUPPORT EACH OTHER. BUT THIS IS A SUICIDAL BUDGET, IT HAS NO SHARED SACRIFICE AND ALL OF THE CUTS COME FROM THE MOST VULNERABLE, THE REPUBLICAN PLAN IS ALL ABOUT TURNING BACK THE CLOCK

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  • 07:50:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 07:50:15 PM

    MR. RYAN

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD, EXCUSE ME, TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD, EXCUSE ME, TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, A GENTLEMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. LANKFORD.

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  • 07:50:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:50:27 PM

    MR. LANKFORD

    IT'S JUST A LITTLE SURREAL TO WALK IN THE CHAMBER AND BE ABLE TO HEAR THAT…

    IT'S JUST A LITTLE SURREAL TO WALK IN THE CHAMBER AND BE ABLE TO HEAR THAT SOMEHOW REPUBLICANS ARE INTERESTED IN THROWING OLD PEOPLE OFF THE BRIDGE AND SOMEHOW OLD PEOPLE, THAT WE'RE FOCUSED ON ALL THESE THINGS, THAT WE HATE THOSE IN POVERTY AND WE HATE OUR OWN PARENTS AND ALL THESE OTHER THINGS AND IN REALITY, AS A NEWCOMER WALKING INTO THIS BODY, I WALK INTO A CHAMBER SAYING, WE CAME TO GET THINGS DONE. AND THE DRIVING FACTOR THAT I WALKED IN THIS CHAMBER WITH WAS THE REALITY THAT WE HAVE $14 TRILLION IN DEBT. THAT'S HARD TO BE ABLE TO WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND, $14 TRILLION IN DEBT. THE WAY I TRY TO WRAP MY HEAD AROUND IT IS WITH AN ELLED HE WILL STRAILT -- ILLUSTRATION FOR ME. I REMEMBER BEING 9 YEARS OLD AND WATCHING THE VOYAGER SPACECRAFT TAKE OFF AND THINKING IT WOULD BE FOREVER FOR IT TO GET UP TO JUPITER. IT WOULD TAKE 10 YEARS TO GET OUT THERE. BUT I REMEMBER WHEN THOSE PICTURES ARE DONE AND HOW SIGNIFICANT THEY WERE. JUST IMAGINE THIS, IN 19 7 WHEN THE VOYAGER -- IN 1977 WHEN IT TOOK OFF, IF IT STARTED DROPPING A DOLLAR A MILE, HOW LONG WOULD IT TAKE IT TO DROP $14 TRILLION? REMEMBER, THE VOYAGER SPACECRAFT HAS BEEN OUT THERE 34 YEARS, STILL OPERATING, IT HAS LEFT THE SOLAR SYSTEM NOW. IT IS PAST POLLUTEOW, HEADED OUT TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM. IF IT DROPPED A DOLLAR A MILE SINCE THE TIME IT TOOK OFF IT WILL DROP $14 TRILLION 41,801 YEARS FROM NOW. A SPACECRAFT THAT'S ALREADY FLOWN OUT OF OUR SOLAR SYSTEM WILL HAVE TO CONTINUE FLYING AT THE SAME SPEED ANOTHER 41,801 YEARS FROM NOW. IT IS SURREAL FOR US TO STAND HERE AND TO BE ABLE TO NOT TAKE SERIOUSLY THE AMOUNT OF SPENDING THAT WE DO AND HOW OUT OF CONTROL WE REALLY ARE. THIS IS NOT JUST A TAX PROBLEM, THIS IS A LONG-TERM ISSUE THAT'S NOT REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT, WE BOTH SPEND TOO MUCH MONEY, IT IS TIME FOR TO US PULL OUR OWN BUDGET BACK AND TO TAKE THIS SERIOUS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:52:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES. THE CHAIR ROZZ RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND. -- RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 07:52:36 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I TOO REMEMBER THE VOYAGER SPACECRAFT AND ALSO THE…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I TOO REMEMBER THE VOYAGER SPACECRAFT AND ALSO THE APOLLO PROGRAM AND MOON LAUNCH. GREAT EXAMPLES OF THINGS THAT INDIVIDUALS AND CORPORATIONS CAN'T DO BY THEMSELVES. THINGS THAT WE HAVE TO DO BY COMING TOGETHER AS A PEOPLE BEHIND A PURPOSE. AND THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, IF YOU LOOK AT THE LONG-TERM FORECAST PROVIDED BY C.B.O., ESSENTIALLY SAYS, WHEN YOU PROJECT OUT HERE, GIVEN THE ASSUMPTIONS THEY WERE GIVEN, YOU WILL LIMIT -- YOU ELIMINATE ALL OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EXCEPT DEFENSE AND EVEN DEFENSE IS AT A SMALLER SHARE OF G.D.P. WHEN YOU GET OUT THERE THAN IT IS TODAY. THAT'S THE KIND OF RESULT THAT A YOU GET --

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  • 07:53:22 PM

    MR. RYAN

  • 07:53:50 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    HOLLEN: RECLAIMING MY TIME. LOOK, THE ISSUE HERE IS WHAT IS THE…

    HOLLEN: RECLAIMING MY TIME. LOOK, THE ISSUE HERE IS WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE ROLE AND SIZE OF GOVERNMENT? THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT WE HAVE TO TAKE WHAT WE THINK SHOULD BE A BALANCED APPROACH. THAT INVOLVES BOTH CUTS AND AS THE FISCAL COMMISSION, THE BIPARTISAN FISCAL COMMISSION SAYS, YOU GOT TO DEAL WITH THE REVENUE PIECE IF YOU'RE GOING TO DEAL WITH THIS PROBLEM IN A REALISTIC WAY. WITH THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. SCOTT.

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  • 07:54:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:54:21 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. VAN HOLLEN. I APPRECIATE IT. LET ME COMMEND YOU…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. VAN HOLLEN. I APPRECIATE IT. LET ME COMMEND YOU FOR THE EXCELLENT LEADERSHIP THAT YOU ARE PROVIDING. IN THIS FIGHT. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE CONGRESS, THIS IS AMERICA. THIS IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. AND WE ARE GREAT BECAUSE WE HAVE CERTAIN VALUES, PARAMOUNT AMONG THOSE VALUES IS THE SENSE OF FAIRNESS. NOW LET ME TELL YOU WHAT THE FLAW IS IN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET. THE FLAW IN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS IT IS NOT FAIR. WHATEVER POLLS WE READ, WHEREVER WE LOOK, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO SEE IT. HOW CAN YOU JUSTIFY CUTTING SENIORS, CUTTING YOUNG PEOPLE, CUTTING THE LOW INCOME, CUTTING THE MIDDLE CLASS WHILE AT THE SAME TIME GIVING OVER $1 TRILLION TO BILLIONAIRES AND MILLIONAIRES IN THIS COUNTRY? THAT IS THE DISCONNECT, MR. SPEAKER. I DON'T CARE WHICH SIDE YOU'RE ON OR WHERE YOU ARE IN THIS COUNTRY, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE, YES, MUST, MUST BRING DOWN OUR DEFICIT AND CUT THIS DEBT. IT HAS BECOME A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE. FOR EIGHT YEARS SINCE I'VE BEEN IN CONGRESS I HAVE BEEN ARGUING FOR THAT, STANDING UP FOR PAYING DOWN OUR DEBT. DURING THE YEARS OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, WHICH LET'S TELL THE TRUTH, WAS A PRIMARY CAUSE OF US BEING IN THE POSITION THAT WE'RE IN NOW, TO HAVE THREE WARS GOING AT THE SAME TIME. SO, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IN CONCLUSION I'M JUST SAYING THAT THE POINT WE HAVE TO MAKE IS, IT'S NOT FAIR --

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  • 07:56:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 07:56:38 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    THIS BUDGET ON THE BACKS OF THE POOR, THE ELDERLY AND THE YOUNG WHILE AT…

    THIS BUDGET ON THE BACKS OF THE POOR, THE ELDERLY AND THE YOUNG WHILE AT THE SAME TIME GIVING BILLIONAIRES OVER $1 TRILLION.

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  • 07:56:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE CHAIR…

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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  • 07:56:52 PM

    MR. RYAN

    CHAIRMAN, I'LL GIVE MYSELF A MINUTE TO SIMPLY SAY AGAIN, JUST CLEAR IT FOR…

    CHAIRMAN, I'LL GIVE MYSELF A MINUTE TO SIMPLY SAY AGAIN, JUST CLEAR IT FOR THE RECORD, IF YOU'RE A PERSON WHO IS 55 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER THERE'S NO CHANGE IN MEDICARE FOR YOU. THE MEDICARE YOU'RE ON OR THAT YOU'RE ORGANIZING YOUR LIFE AND GETTING READY TO PREPARE FOR WHEN YOU RETIRE WILL BE THERE AS IT IS FOREVER FOR YOUR LIFE UNDER OUR PROPOSAL. CONTRARY TO THE STATUS QUO, MEDICARE GOES BANKRUPT IN NINE YEARS. STATUS QUO, THE PRESIDENT HAS A NEW BOARD CALLED THE INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD, 15 PEOPLE HE APPOINTS, THEY RATION MEDICARE, THEY PUT PRICE CONTROLS ON MEDICARE, THEY DECIDE WHAT MEDICARE CAN DO OR WHAT IT CAN'T DO, CONGRESS IS OUT OF THE LOOP, UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS BY THE PRESIDENT, HIS PEOPLE, THEY DO IT AND THE PRESIDENT JUST YESTERDAY SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT? GO CUT MORE GO GET MORE SAVINGS -- MORE, GO GET MORE SAVINGS. THAT'S THE STATUS QUO. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX.

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  • 07:58:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM WISCONSIN FOR THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM WISCONSIN FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP HE HAS BEEN BRINGING TO THIS HOUSE ON THIS ISSUE OF THE BUDGET. I WANT TO SAY I AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA, WE ARE THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. WE ALSO HAVE THE SMARTEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD AND THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BUY THIS DEMAGOGUERY ANYMORE. THE PRESIDENT AND DEMOCRATIC POLITICAL STRATEGISTS ARE ENGAGED IN DEMOCRAT GOL GOINGRY OF THE WORST SORT -- DEMAGOGUERY OF THE WORST SORT. YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT ACCUSED OF US OF WANTING TO LEAVE SICK KIDS TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES. WE HEARD THIS BEFORE. SENATOR FRANK LAWSUITENBERG VOICED HIS CONCERN THAT THE BILL WOULD TRANSFORM AMERICA INTO A THIRD WORLD NATION LEAVING, QUOTE, CHILDREN HUNGRY AND HOMELESS, BEGGING FOR MONEY, BEGGING FOR FOOD AND EVEN AT 8 AND 9 YEARS OLD ENGAGING IN PROSTITUTION. SENATOR MOSELEY BROWN TRUMPED HIM BY WONDERING ALLOWED WHETHER THE WELFARE REFORM BILL WOULD PROMPT THE WIDESPREAD AUCTIONS OF ABANDONED CHILDREN INTO SLAVERY. JILL NATION OF THE NATION DID ONE BETTER BY PREDICTING THAT WORKING AND MIDDLE CLASS COMMUNITIES ALL OVER AMERICA WILL BECOME SCARY VIOLENT WASTELANDS. REPRESENTATIVE JIM MCDERMOTT MADE A MORE PRO SAYIC PREDICTION THAT WITHIN TWO YEARS OF ENACTMENT, THE BILL WOULD PUT 1.5 MILLION TO 2.5 MILLION CHILDREN INTO POVERTY. EVEN DANIEL PATRICK MOIN HAN WARNED THAT THE WALL WOULD HAVE, QUOTE, CHILDREN SLEEPING ON GRATES. WHAT HAPPENED? CHILD POVERTY RATES FELL BY 1% PER YEAR IN THE FIVE YEARS FOLLOWING THE PASSAGE OF THE 1996 PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND WORK OPPORTUNITY ACT AND THEY REMAIN BELOW 1995 LEVELS EVEN THOUGH THE NATION IS STILL EMERGING FROM A SEVERE RECESSION. TRANSFORMING WELFARE BY AMONG OTHER THINGS BLOCK GRANTING THE PROGRAM AND GIVING STATES MORE CONTROL OVER ITS IMPLEMENTATION CUT KATE CASE LOADS IN HALF AGAINST THE BACK DROP OF FALLING POVERTY RATES. IN ALMOST EVERY PARTICULAR THE CRITICS WERE WRONG. . . GOVERNMENT CAN PLAY A POSITIVE ROLE IN THIS AREA WITH POLICIES AIMED AT HELPING THOSE WHO ARE DOWN ON THEIR LUCK GET BACK ON THEIR FEET.

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  • 08:00:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS AN ADDITIONAL 30…

    GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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  • 08:00:33 PM

    MS. FOXX

    SOCIAL SAFETY NET AND HELP KEEP RECOVER FROM POVERTY AND LEAD…

    SOCIAL SAFETY NET AND HELP KEEP RECOVER FROM POVERTY AND LEAD SELF-SUFFICIENT LIVES. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:00:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

  • 08:00:48 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    REPUBLICAN BUDGET AND SEE WHETHER OR NOT IT REFLECTS THEIR VALUES AND THE…

    REPUBLICAN BUDGET AND SEE WHETHER OR NOT IT REFLECTS THEIR VALUES AND THE CHOICES THAT THEY WOULD MAKE. AND WE BELIEVE WHEN THEY DO THAT, THEY'LL REACH THE SAME CONCLUSION THAT THE BIPARTISAN FISCAL COMMISSION DID, WHICH IS THAT IT IS SIMPLY UNBALANCED. IT IS SIMPLY UNFAIR. IT PUTS ALL THE BURDEN ON THE SACRIFICE ON WORKING MEN AND WOMEN. AND IT DOES PROVIDE THOSE FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP ONCE AGAIN, WE HAVE SEEN IT BEFORE, WITH A BIG TAX BREAK. AND WHEN IT COMES TO MEDICARE, IT'S A FACT, SENIORS ARE NO LONGER GOING TO BE ABLE TO CHOOSE TO STAY IN MEDICARE AND FORCED INTO THE PRIVATE INSURANCE MARKET WITH EVER INCREASING COSTS AND EVER DECLINING SUPPORT. THAT IS RATIONING CARE. THAT'S WHAT INSURANCE COMPANIES DO IF YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO BUY THE BENEFITS THAT THEY ARE OFFERING, YOU DON'T GET THEM. IF YOUR DOCTOR IS NOT ON THAT PLAN, TOUGH LUCK. AND SO THOSE ARE THE CHOICES THAT WE'RE MAKING THIS EVENING AND I HOPE AS WE GO FORWARD, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL LOOK VERY CLOSELY AT THIS PROPOSAL. AND I'M CONFIDENT THEY WILL REACH THE SAME CONCLUSION THAT THE BIPARTISAN FISCAL COMMISSION DID, WHICH IS IT'S JUST NOT BALANCED AND DOESN'T REFLECT AMERICAN VALUES AND PRIORITIES. WITH THAT --

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  • 08:02:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 08:02:21 PM

    MR. RYAN

    TWO MINUTES, MADAM CHAIR. LET'S LOOK AT WHAT OUR DRIVERS OF THE DEBT ARE.…

    TWO MINUTES, MADAM CHAIR. LET'S LOOK AT WHAT OUR DRIVERS OF THE DEBT ARE. SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICAID, MEDICARE. THE HEALTH CARE ENTITLEMENTS ARE THE BIGGEST DRIVERS. THE BLACK LINE HERE SHOWS OUR REVENUES. THESE THREE PROGRAMS ALONE, ALONE TAKE UP ALL FEDERAL REVENUES. YOU THROW INTEREST ON TOP, WHICH YOU HAVE TO PAY INTEREST, BY 2035, THEY CONSUME EVERY SINGLE PENNY OF EVERY FEDERAL TAX EVERYBODY PAYS. NOW, WHY ARE WE PROPOSING WHAT WE'RE PROPOSING ON MEDICARE? BECAUSE WE HAVE EXPERIENCE THAT THIS KIND OF THING WORKS. GIVING PEOPLE MORE CHOICES, GIVING PEOPLE -- HAVING MORE COMPETITION WORKS, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. THAT'S A PROGRAM, VERY SUCCESSFUL, VERY POPULAR. WHEN THAT PROGRAM WAS PASSED, IT WAS PROJECTED TO COST $634 BILLION OVER THE BUDGET WINDOW AND ENDED UP COSTING $733 BILLION. IT CAME IN 41% BE LOCAL BUDGET. PREMIUMS ARE LOWER THAN WERE ANTICIPATED. NAME ME ONE OTHER GOVERNMENT PROGRAM THAT ACTUALLY CAME IN 41% BELOW COST PROJECTIONS? THERE ISN'T ONE. WHY DID THIS ONE DO THAT? CHOICE, COMPETITION, THE SENIOR IS IN CHARGE. WE ARE NOT INTERESTED, MADAM CHAIR, OF GIVING CONTROL OVER MEDICARE TO 15 UNELECTED PEOPLE TO DECIDE WHERE, WHEN, HOW AND WHEN AND UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCE THEY GET THEIR MEDICARE. WE PROTECT MEDICARE FOR CURRENT SENIORS. WE DENY THE 15 PEOPLE ON THE BOARD THE ABILITY TO RATION THEIR CARE. AND WE WANT 40 MILLION SENIORS TO HAVE THE CHOICES. WE WANT THEM TO BE IN CONTROL OF THEIR MEDICARE BECAUSE WHAT WE'VE LEARNED, GIVING MYSELF 0 ADDITIONAL SECONDS TO MAKE MY -- 30 ADDITIONAL SECONDS TO MAKE MY POINT. GIVING THEM MORE CONTROL, THE SENIOR, THE BENEFICIARY, THE PATIENT, NOT THE GOVERNMENT, COMPETITION WORKS. WE HAVE TRIED SO MANY DIFFERENT PLANS AT RATIONING CARE, THEY DON'T WORK. ONE PERSON DOES WORK TO REDUCE PRICES. THE CONSUMER, THAT IS WHY WE ARE SAVING MEDICARE.

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  • 08:04:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 08:05:06 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    MADAM CHAIRMAN. I HAVE TO SAY TO SAY THIS PLAN SAVES MEDICARE IS IN MY…

    MADAM CHAIRMAN. I HAVE TO SAY TO SAY THIS PLAN SAVES MEDICARE IS IN MY VIEW, OR WELLIAN AND REMINDS ME OF THE PHRASE MANY YEARS AGO, THAT YOU HAVE TO DESTROY THE VILLAGE IN ORDER TO SAVE IT. I HAVE TO SAY THAT IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE, YOU ARE SAYING TO SENIORS, YOU HAVE TO GO IN THE PRIVATE INSURANCE MARKET. THE CHAIRMAN MENTIONED A COUPLE OF OTHER EXAMPLES OF THE PRIVATE MARKET, BUT IN THIS CASE, WE HAVE ALREADY EXPERIMENTED THROUGH MEDICARE ADVANTAGE WITH THAT KIND OF PRIVATE PLAN WITHIN MEDICARE, AND YOU KNOW WHAT WE DISCOVERED? THAT YOU HAVE TO SUBSIDIZE THEM AT 114% OF THE FEE-FOR-SERVICE PROGRAM. IT COST US MORE FOR MEDICARE ADVANTAGE. IN FACT, ONE OF THE REFORMS WE MADE AS PART OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WAS TO SAY WE AREN'T GOING TO ASK THE TAXPAYERS AND TO SUBSIDIZE THOSE PRIVATE PLANS THAT ARE RUNNING OVER COSTS. YOU KNOW WHAT? IN THIS BUDGET, OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES KEPT THAT REFORM. IF IT WAS SO GREAT TO HAVE THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN, HOW COME THEY TOOK PART OF THE SAVINGS FROM THAT PLAN? THEY DID NOT. SO IT IS A BIG MISTAKE TO SAY TO SENIORS, WE ARE GOING TO THROW YOU INTO THE PRIVATE INSURANCE MARKET WITH AN EVER DECLINING -- THE REASON IT ISN'T A PREMIUM, IT DOESN'T SUPPORT THE PREMIUM. WHAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE IS A PREMIUM SUPPORT SYSTEM THROUGH A FAIR SHARE FORMULA. THIS IS NOT A FAIR SHARE FOR SENIORS. AND I RESERVE.

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  • 08:06:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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  • 08:06:52 PM

    MR. RYAN

    PUT $10 BILLION BACK INTO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE TO MAKE SURE THE PROGRAM…

    PUT $10 BILLION BACK INTO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE TO MAKE SURE THE PROGRAM STAYS ALIVE. BUT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, TWO MINUTES.

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  • 08:07:09 PM

    MR. HUELSKAMP

    A LITTLE CONFUSED HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE LISTENING TO THIS DEBATE…

    A LITTLE CONFUSED HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE LISTENING TO THIS DEBATE ABOUT THE BUDGET AND I'M A LITTLE CONFUSED ABOUT WHICH PARTY WAS IN CHARGE OF THIS CHAMBER FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS AS WE RAN UP TRILLIONS AND TRILLIONS AND TRILLIONS OF DEFICITS. IF THE CONCERN WASN'T ABOUT DEFICITS, THE CONCERN WAS ABOUT SPENDING AND HOW MUCH MORE COULD WE DO AND HOW MUCH MORE CAN WE THROW INTO THE ECONOMY. AND WE LOOK AT THE RESULTS TODAY, UNEMPLOYMENT LEVELS THAT WE HAVEN'T SEEN FOR A LONG TIME, MADAM CHAIRMAN. AS WE DEBATE AND DISCUSS THIS BUDGET, WE MIGHT BE A LITTLE RUSTY. IT'S BEEN A COUPLE OF YEARS SINCE WE ALLOWED A BUDGET ON THE FLOOR. AND I WELCOME THAT DEBATE. I AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUES, PLEASE READ THE BILL. PLEASE DO. AND HERE'S WHAT YOU WILL FIND. A PATH TO PROSPERITY, WE BELIEVE, RUNS NOT THROUGH WASHINGTON, NOT THROUGH THIS FLOOR, CERTAINLY NOT THROUGH THE OTHER CHAMBER, BUT THE PATH TO PROSPERITY IN THIS COUNTRY RUNS THROUGH THE HARD WORK OF ENTREPRENEURS, A FLATTER, FAIRER TAX SYSTEM, CLOSES TAX LOOPHOLES, WORK RATHER THAN WELFARE. THE RESULT OF THIS, MADAM CHAIRMAN, WE EXPECT ONE MILLION NEW JOBS POTENTIALLY MIGHT BE CREATED IF WE GET WASHINGTON OUT OF THE WAY AS WE SEE IN THE PATH TO PROSPERITY. WE BELIEVE THIS PLAN, THIS PLAN BELIEVES IN ONE THING IN THE POWER OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, NOT WASHINGTON ELITES. THIS PLAN, THIS BUDGET IS ABOUT LIBERTY AND FREEDOM, MADAM CHAIRMAN. I HOPE AND PRAY THAT 2011 WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR NOT WHAT WE DO HERE BUT FOR WHETHER OR NOT THE END RESULT OF OUR ACTIONS WILL HELP US RESTORE THE AMERICAN DREAM IN OUR COUNTRY. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:09:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 08:09:13 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE FORMER INSURANCE COMMISSIONER OF THE STATE OF…

    I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE FORMER INSURANCE COMMISSIONER OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA.

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  • 08:09:20 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    MADAM CHAIR. FOR EIGHT YEARS, I WAS THE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER IN…

    MADAM CHAIR. FOR EIGHT YEARS, I WAS THE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER IN CALIFORNIA AND EIGHT YEARS I BATTLED THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY. WHAT WE HEARD ON THE FLOOR, 2011 WILL BE REMEMBERED, WHAT IT WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR IS THE DEATH OF MEDICARE, THE DEMISE, THE DEATH OF MEDICARE, THE MOST SUCCESSFUL INSURANCE PROGRAM, THE MOST SUCCESSFUL HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM IN THIS NATION. IT WORKS. IT IS EFFICIENT. IT IS EFFECTIVE. IT IS A NATIONWIDE STANDARD POLICY AVAILABLE TO EVERY AMERICAN 65 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER AND SOME OF THOSE WHO ARE YOUNGER. I HEARD THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL SAY COMPETITION WOULD MAKE IT BETTER. IN FACT, IT DOES NOT. IN FACT, IT DOES NOT. THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY IS INEFFICIENT, INEFFECTIVE, DISCRIMINATORY AND CLEARLY, CLEARLY HARMS CUSTOMERS . THERE IS A PROFIT MOTIVE THAT HAS TO BE PAID FOR. THERE ARE COMPENSATIONS FOR THE SALE AND COMPENSATIONS FOR THOSE WHO SELL THE INSURANCE. ALL OF THAT ADDS UP. IT IS ALSO EXTREMELY INEFFICIENT IN THAT THERE ARE MULTIPLE POLICIES, MULTIPLE PEOPLE THAT HAVE TO BE PAID. THE INSURANCE COMPANIES HAVE TO BE PAID DIFFERENT DEDUCTIONS, DIFFERENT CO-PAYS AND WHEN YOU ADD TO IT, MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE DONE EVERYTHING THEY HAVE POSSIBLY CAN OVER THE LAST TWO MINUTES --

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  • 08:11:00 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    15 SECONDS.

  • 08:11:03 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    TO REPEAL AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. YOU ARE THROWING SENIOR CITIZENS TO THE…

    TO REPEAL AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. YOU ARE THROWING SENIOR CITIZENS TO THE SHARKS, THE HEALTH INSURANCE SHARKS. I URGE US NOT TO DO THAT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:11:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

  • 08:11:24 PM

    MR. RYAN

    30 SECONDS. WE HAVE NEW DATA FROM THE CENTER FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID…

    30 SECONDS. WE HAVE NEW DATA FROM THE CENTER FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES ON NATIONAL HEALTH CARE EXPENDITURES. MEDICARE COSTS GREW BY 7.9%.

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  • 08:11:42 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 08:11:45 PM

    MR. RYAN

    NOT YIELD. AND COMPETITION DOES WORK.

  • 08:11:49 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 08:11:52 PM

    MR. RYAN

    DO NOT. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN FOR TWO…

    DO NOT. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN FOR TWO MINUTES.

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  • 08:12:01 PM

    MR. DUFFY

    MAN IN THIS HOUSE, IT HAS BEEN A UNIQUE TO SEE ONE OF THE AGE-OLD TACTICS…

    MAN IN THIS HOUSE, IT HAS BEEN A UNIQUE TO SEE ONE OF THE AGE-OLD TACTICS TO TAKE PLACE, SCARING SENIORS, BUT NOT TO MOVE THE BALL DOWN THE FIELD BUT FOR POLITICAL POINTS. THE GENTLEMAN WAS TELLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT IT'S NOT BROKEN AND GOING TO CONTINUE TO WORK. THESE ARE C.B.O. CHARTS. IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THEM, IT'S BROKEN AND WE CAN'T AFFORD IT. WE HAVE TO REFORM THIS PROGRAM TO SAVE IT. AND TO DENY THAT IS TRYING TO SCARE SENIORS FOR YOUR OWN POLITICAL GAIN.

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  • 08:12:37 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 08:12:39 PM

    MR. DUFFY

    NO, I WON'T. WE HAVE TO BE HONEST WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND SAY YOU…

    NO, I WON'T. WE HAVE TO BE HONEST WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND SAY YOU KNOW WHAT? THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT IF WE REFORM IT, WE CAN SAVE IT FOR OUR CURRENT RETIREES. BUT NOT ONLY THAT, THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO RETIRE, 55 AND OLDER, WE CAN SAVE THE PROGRAM FOR THEM AS WELL AND MODIFY THE PROGRAM FOR THOSE OF US IN LATER GENERATIONS BUT LET NOT SCARE OUR SENIORS TONIGHT AND TELL THEM THAT THIS PLAN IS GOING TO TAKE AWARE THEIR CARE BECAUSE IT'S NOT. THIS PLAN AND IT'S PROPOSAL IS THAT THOSE WHO ARE 55 AND OLDER ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO GET THE SAME PLAN THAT EXISTS TODAY. THE REFORMS ARE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS AND WITH THOSE REFORMS, WE ARE GUARANTEEING THAT CURRENT RIRYEES GET THE BENEFITS WE -- RETIREES GET THE BENEFITS WE PROMISED THEM. YOU SHOULD JOIN US AND WORK TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE AND MAKE SURE OUR GRAND MOTHERS AND GRANDFATHERS GET THE BENEFITS WE PROMISED THEM. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:13:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 08:13:52 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    TO HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT.

  • 08:14:14 PM

    MR. RYAN

    TO CATCH UP?

  • 08:14:20 PM

    MR. RYAN

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODAL.

  • 08:14:28 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK AFTER MY FRESHMAN COLLEAGUE FROM WISCONSIN. I WAS…

    THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK AFTER MY FRESHMAN COLLEAGUE FROM WISCONSIN. I WAS DOWN IN MY OFFICE AND I ASKED WHAT ARE YOU HEARING ABOUT? ARE YOU HEARING ABOUT THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION? HE SAID NO. I SAID WHAT ARE YOU HEARING ABOUT? HE SAID I'M HEARING FROM SENIORS WHO ARE SCARED AND HEARING FROM FOLKS ON MEDICARE WHO ARE SCARED. NOW WHO DOES THAT SURPRISE? IT DOESN'T SURPRISE ME AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE GOAL WAS WHEN WE WENT DOWN THIS SCARE TACTIC PATH. AND I WILL SAY TO THE RANKING MEMBER, I KNOW YOU KNOW BETTER. YOU HAVE A PERSUASIVE CASE TO MAKE FOR WHY YOUR VISION IS BETTER THAN OUR VISION, BUT YOU ARE SCARING PEOPLE. YOU ARE SCARING PEOPLE --

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  • 08:15:13 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD.

  • 08:15:18 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    OF AGE OR OLDER --

  • 08:15:24 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    YIELD. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED, BE ASHAMED. I RECLAIM MY TIME.

  • 08:15:29 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE ANSWER YOU ARE GOING TO HEAR.

  • 08:15:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA CONTROLS THE TIME.

  • 08:15:39 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    WE HAVE HONEST DEBATES HERE AND WE HAVE HONEST DISAGREEMENTS HERE. BUT…

    WE HAVE HONEST DEBATES HERE AND WE HAVE HONEST DISAGREEMENTS HERE. BUT FOLKS ARE SCARED BECAUSE YOU ARE SCARING THEM. AND YOU KNOW GOOD AND WELL -- I WANT TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH MR. DID YOU HAVE IF I'S COMMENTS THAT WE CAN GET TOGETHER TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM OR JUST SCARE PEOPLE. I WILL YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN IF ANYONE 55 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER WILL HAVE THEIR BENEFITS.

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  • 08:16:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE MEMBERS WILL SUSPEND. .

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    >>

    ORDER. POINT OF ORDER.

  • 08:16:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ARE ROY REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR COMMENTS -- ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS…

    ARE ROY REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR COMMENTS -- ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR.

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  • 08:16:43 PM

    MR. RYAN

    I WILL. JUST, I THINK I STILL HAVE EXTRA TIME. SO I'LL YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES…

    I WILL. JUST, I THINK I STILL HAVE EXTRA TIME. SO I'LL YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. MULVANEY.

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  • 08:16:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

  • 08:16:56 PM

    MR. MULVANEY

    THANK YOU. I WANT TO SPEAK BRIEFLY TO A TOPIC THAT WAS RAISED EARLIER…

    THANK YOU. I WANT TO SPEAK BRIEFLY TO A TOPIC THAT WAS RAISED EARLIER TONIGHT BY MY COLLEAGUE, MR. ELLISON, FROM MINNESOTA. AND IT'S A COMMENT THAT, A MESSAGE THAT HAS BEEN REPEATED SEVERAL TIMES TONIGHT AND WAS IN FACT REPEATED SEVERAL TIMES DURING THE COMMITTEE PROCESS, WHICH DEALT WITH THE SUBSIDIES THAT WE GIVE TO BIG OIL. TO OIL AND GAS. I WILL TELL MY FOLKS, ESPECIALLY MY COLLEAGUE FROM MARYLAND, MR. VAN HOLLEN, THAT I SHARE THE FRUSTRATIONS THAT YOU HAVE WITH THOSE TYPES OF SUBSIDIES. I ALSO SHARE THE FRUSTRATIONS I HAVE WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF MY CONVERSATION THAT ALTERNATIVE ENERGIES RECEIVE SEVEN TIMES AS MANY SUBSIDIES IN THE TAX CODE AS OIL AND GAS. IN FACT, IF YOU TAKE THE SUBSIDIES -- THE EXCISE TAX CREDIT FOR ETHANOL, THAT NUMBER RISES TO 10 TIMES. SO I DO SHARE YOUR FRUSTRATIONS WITH THE AMOUNT OF TAX CREDITS THAT THE CODE CURRENTLY GIVES TO OIL AND GAS BUT I'M 10 TIMES AS FRUSTRATED, MADAM CHAIRWOMAN, WITH THE SUBSIDIES THAT WE GIVE TO ALTERNATIVE ENERGIES. I WOULD INVITE, MADAM CHAIRWOMAN, MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO HAVE THAT SAME FRUSTRATION TO JOIN US AND VOTE FOR THE BUDGET. IT'S THE BEST CHANCE THEY'RE GOING TO GET THIS YEAR TO GET RID OF THESE SUBSIDIES AS PART OF THIS PROCESS OF CLOSING THE LOOPHOLES, LOWERING THE TAX RATES AND BROADENING THE BASE. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:18:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 08:18:33 PM

    MR. RYAN

    CLOSE UP IF YOU WANT TO GO AHEAD.

  • 08:18:50 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU. WE'VE HAD A SPIRITED DEBATE THIS EVENING ABOUT FUNDAMENTAL CHOICES…

    YOU. WE'VE HAD A SPIRITED DEBATE THIS EVENING ABOUT FUNDAMENTAL CHOICES THAT WE NEED TO MAKE AS A COUNTRY. WE ALL AGREE THAT WE HAVE TO REDUCE OUR DEFICITS IN A PREDICTABLE, STEADY WAY. THE QUESTION IS, HOW DO YOU DO IT? AND WE BELIEVE, AS DID THE CO-CHAIRS OF THE BIPARTISAN FISCAL COMMISSION, THAT THE REPUBLICAN PLAN IS UNBALANCED. AND IT'S UNBALANCED BECAUSE IT ASKS VERY LITTLE ON THE FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP AND REDUCES DRAMATICALLY OUR INVESTMENTS IN OUR KIDS' EDUCATION AND IT DOES END THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE, SENIORS WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO STAY IN THE MEDICARE PROGRAM, THEY WILL BE FORCED INTO THE INSURANCE PROGRAM AND IT IMMEDIATELY, IT IMMEDIATELY DOES END THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT. SOMETHING WE WORKED HARD TO CLOSE, THE DOUGHNUT HOLE. IT ENDS THE EFFORT THAT WAS PUT IN PLACE UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TO END THE DOUGHNUT HOLE. SO I WOULD SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA WHO SPEAK EARLIER, THOSE SENIORS WHO ARE CALLING HIS OFFICE, THEY WILL LOSE THAT BENEFIT IN CLOSING THE DOUGHNUT HOLE RIGHT AWAY IF THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET PASSES AND FOR OTHER SENIORS AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN PAYING IN THE MEDICARE SYSTEM THROUGH THEIR PAYROLL TAXES, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE BENEFIT OF THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE. AND THROWING THEM INTO THE PRIVATE INSURANCE MARKET AND GIVING THEM A DEAL THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DO NOT GIVE OURSELVES IS WRONG. IT IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG. WE HAVE A FAIR SHARE DEAL AND WE'RE ASKING SENIORS TO TAKE A RAW DEAL. WE HAVE A TRUE PEOPLE ARE UPSUPPORT SYSTEM FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. WHERE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHARES THE RISK OF INCREASING COSTS. UNDER THE REPUBLICAN PLAN THEY'RE ASKING SENIORS TO DO WHAT THEY DON'T WANT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO DO, TAKE ALL THE RISK OF THE RISING COSTS. THOSE ARE NOT CHOICES THAT REFLECT AMERICAN VALUES AND PRIORITIES. WE SHOULD NOT BE GIVING TAX BREAKS TO THE FOLKS AT THE TOP AND ENDING THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE. THANK YOU.

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  • 08:21:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 08:21:17 PM

    MR. RYAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BRADY, AND…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BRADY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. HINCHEY, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES ON THE SUBJECT OF ECONOMIC GOALS AND POLICIES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 08:26:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

  • 08:27:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 08:27:21 PM

    MR. BRADY

    SPEAKER, ON BEHALF OF THE COMMITTEE, I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY…

    SPEAKER, ON BEHALF OF THE COMMITTEE, I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME AND WILL GIVE MY REMARKS IN THE WELL.

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  • 08:27:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 08:27:41 PM

    MR. BRADY

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. THIS COUNTRY IS A STAR FOR TWO TELLERS. PEOPLE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. THIS COUNTRY IS A STAR FOR TWO TELLERS. PEOPLE IN CONGRESS WILL TELL THEM WHAT THE PROBLEMS THIS COUNTRY FACES, GIVE THEM OPTIONS AND HELP THEM MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE. PEOPLE WHO ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO LEAD AND BOLD ENOUGH TO LEAD AT A TIME WHERE OUR COUNTRY NEEDS LEADERSHIP. WHEN IT COMES TO THE BUDGET WHEN IT COMES TO THE ECONOMY WHERE THE PRESIDENT HAS FAILED, HOUSE REPUBLICANS WILL LEAD. THE PAUL RYAN BUDGET HELPS SPUR JOB CREATION IN AMERICA TODAY, STOP SPENDING MONEY THE GOVERNMENT DOESN'T HAVE, IT LIFTS THE CRUSHING BURDEN OF DEBT AND THIS PLAN PUTS THE BUDGET ON THE PATH TO BALANCE AND PAYING DOWN THE DEBT OVER THE LONG-TERM AND IT PUTS THE ECONOMY ON THE PATH TO PROSPERITY. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMY. IT IS THE NUMBER ONE CONCERN OF MOST PEOPLE AND THE DEBT AND DEFICIT HAVE A LOT TO DO WITH IT. WE ARE UNDERGOING ONE OF THE WORST RECOVERIES WE'VE SEEN IN A LONG TIME. IT IS TWO TO THREE TIMES SLOWER THAN THE REAGAN RECOVERY AND THERE IS REASON FOR THAT. WE WERE TOLD THAT -- BY THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS -- IF WE JUST SPENT MONEY, SPEND THE STIMULUS, SPEND INCREASED DEFICITS, THAT THE ECONOMY WOULD RECOVER AND THEY WERE WRONG. AFTER SPENDING HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON THE STIMULUS WE HAVE TWO MILLION FEWER JOBS IN AMERICA TODAY THAN WHEN THE STIMULUS BEGAN. WE HAVE FEWER JOBS TODAY THAN WHEN ALL THAT SPENDING TOOK OFF. WE WERE TOLD IF CONGRESS PASSED ALL THIS STIMULUS THAT OUR UNEMPLOYMENT RATE TODAY WOULD BE 6.8%. IT'S 8.8%. AND ONLY THAT LOW BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE GIVEN UP SIMPLY LOOKING FOR WORK ANYMORE. THEY'VE LOST HOPE. AND THEN FINALLY FOR THOSE WHO SAY WE JUST SPEND MORE TO CREATE THIS ECONOMY, THEY WERE OFF THEIR PREDICTIONS BY SEVEN MILLION AMERICAN JOBS. IT'S TIME TO STOP LISTENING TO THE ECONOMISTS WHO GOT IT WRONG AND START LISTENING TO ECONOMISTS WHO GOT IT RIGHT. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT SPENDING HAS DONE TO OUR ECONOMY IN AMERICA. HERE'S THE CHART. IT LOOKS BACK ON THE LAST 40 YEARS IN AMERICA AND IT TRACKS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENDING AGAINST JOB CREATION ALONG MAIN STREET. NOT GOVERNMENT JOBS, BUT JOBS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE BUSINESSES THAT OUR ECONOMY DEPENDS UPON. THE BLUE LINE IS GOVERNMENT SPENDING. THE RED LINE ARE JOBS ALONG MAIN STREET. AS YOU CAN TELL, LOOK AT BLUE LINE, LOOK AT HOW DIFFERENT JOB CREATION IS. IN FACT, OVER EACH OF THESE FOUR DECADES NOT ONLY IS THERE NO CORRELATION BETWEEN FEDERAL SPENDING AND JOBS ALONG MAIN STREET, IT'S A NEGATIVE CORRELATION IN EACH OF THE FOUR YEARS. AS GOVERNMENT SPENDING GOES UP, JOBS ALONG MAIN STREET GO DOWN. . LOOK AT THIS NEXT CHART. WE ALSO WENT BACK FOUR DECADES IN AMERICA AND ASKED ABOUT PRIVATE BUSINESS INVESTMENT AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN COMPANIES LARGE AND SMALL BUY NEW EQUIPMENT, NEW SOFTWARE, NEW BUILDINGS. HERE'S THE CHART. BLUE IS THE PRIVATE FIXED DEVELOPMENT FROM BUSINESS, THE RED IS JOB CREATION ALONG MAIN STREET AND YOU CAN TELL IT'S A VERY CLOSE CORRELATION. THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE IN AMERICA FOR PRIVATE INVESTMENT IN THE ECONOMY. NO SUBSTITUTE, NO REBATES, NO STIMULUS, NOT SHOVEL-READY PROJECTS, NOTHING IS A SUBSTITUTE FOR CREATING JOBS BY GETTING BUSINESSES TO INVEST BACK IN THEIR WORK FORCE, WORKPLACE AND THE ECONOMY. RECENTLY, WE HAD -- I HAD THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE LOOK AT THE LAST 40 YEARS. ECONOMIC STUDIES OF OUR COMPETITORS AROUND THE WORLD, COUNTRIES THAT GOT THEMSELVES IN DEBT TROUBLE AND HOW THEY WORKED THEIR WAY OUT OF IT AND YOU WOULD BE INTERESTED IN THE RESULTS OF THIS STUDY. WHAT IT SHOWS IS THAT THREE KEY POINTS TO IT. ONE IS THAT THE COUNTRIES THAT WERE MOST SUCCESSFUL IN GETTING THEIR DEBT DOWN AND GETTING HOLD OF THEIR FINANCIAL PATH, THEY DIDN'T DO IT BY RAISING TAXES. THAT DIDN'T SUCCEED. THEY DID IT BY REDUCING SPENDING. THEY GOT HOLD OF THEIR DEBT. 21 TIMES IN 10 DIFFERENT OF OUR GLOBAL COMPETITORS, COUNTRIES GOT A HANDLE ON THEIR DEBT BY REDUCING SPENDING. AND THE SECOND THING TO GO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS SPENDING, COUNTRIES THAT GOT HOLD OF THEIR DEBT ALSO GREW THE ECONOMY AS WELL. ECONOMISTS AGREE THAT GET THEIR FINANCIAL HOUSE IN ORDER GROW THEIR ECONOMY IN THE LONG-TERM. WITHOUT COMPETITORS, IF YOU GET A HANDLE ON YOUR SPENDING THE RIGHT WAY, YOU GROW IN THE SHORT-TERM AS WELL. HERE IS CANADA, NEIGHBORING CANADA GOT THEMSELVES IN FINANCIAL TROUBLE. THEIR ECONOMY IS GROWING LESS THAN 1% A YEAR. THEY LOWERED THEIR DEBT AS A NATION ABOUT 12 PERCENTAGE POINTS, AND THEIR ECONOMY TOOK OFF. AND FOR ALMOST 14 YEARS, 16 YEARS, THE AVERAGE ECONOMIC GROWTH OF ALMOST 3.5%. SWEDEN, ANOTHER DEVELOPED COUNTRY WITH A DEVELOPED ECONOMY LIKE OURS, THEY HAD AN ECONOMY THAT WAS SHRINKING AND CONTRACTING. THEY GOT A HOLD OF THEIR FINANCIAL HOUSE AND PUT THAT ORDER AND THEIR ECONOMY TOOK OFF GROWING 3.5% A YEAR ON AVERAGE FOR ALMOST A DECADE. NEW ZEALAND DID THE SAME THING. AND YOU MAY ASK, WE AREN'T THOSE COUNTRIES, BUT 26 TIMES IN NINE OF OUR COMPETITORS, COUNTRIES THAT LOWERED THEIR DEBT BY REDUCING THEIR SPENDING AND GREW THEIR ECONOMY STRONGLY, NOT JUST LONG-TERM BUT IN THE SHORT-TERM. THEY DIDN'T GROW IT A LITTLE. THOSE COUNTRIES ROCKETED TO THE TOP QUARTER OF ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THE WORLD. COUNTRIES THAT REDUCE THEIR SPENDING DO IT THE RIGHT WAY, GROW THEIR ECONOMY. HERE IS ANOTHER THIRD TELLING POINT ABOUT THIS IS THAT NOT ALL SPENDING CUTS ARE THE SAME WHEN IT COMES TIME TO GROW THE ECONOMY. NOT ALL SPENDING CUTS ARE THE SAME. WHAT THE ECONOMISTS SHOWED THE COUNTRIES THAT GREW THEIR ECONOMIES MOST SUCCESSFULLY TOOK CUTS THAT WERE LARGE AND CREDIBLE AND DIFFICULT TO REVERSE. THEY TOOK CUTS IN SAVINGS AND CUTS IN SAVINGS THAT GREW THE ECONOMY MAKES SENSE. THEY SLUMPING THEIR FEDERAL WORK FORCE AND ELIMINATED OBSOLETE PROGRAMS AS A BUSINESS WOULD, PROGRAMS THAT WASTE MONEY. THEY REDUCED SUBSIDIES TO CORPORATIONS AND INTERFERING IN THE FREE MARKETPLACE AND TACKLED THEIR ENTITLEMENT REFORMS AND WHAT IS INTERESTING THAT EVEN IF THE REFORMS THEY MADE IN THEIR ENTITLEMENTS DIDN'T AFFECT THEIR BENEFICIARIES AND PHASED IN THOSE REFORMS OVER TIME, IT SENT THE RIGHT SIGNAL TO THE MARKETPLACE AND WHAT HAPPENED IN EACH OF THESE COUNTRIES IS THAT BUSINESSES NO LONGER FACING HIGHER TAXES BECAUSE OF ALL THAT SPENDING BEGAN TO BE COMFORTABLE TO RE-INVEST INTO THEIR WORK FORCE AND COUNTRY AND ECONOMY. HOUSEHOLDS, LIKE OURS, NO LONGER FACING HIGHER TAXES TO PAY FOR ALL THE SPENDING SPREES FELT MORE COMFORTABLE BUYING CARS AND HOUSES. AS WE KNOW WHEN BUSINESSES INVEST, JOBS ON MAIN STREET GROW. IT'S CLEAR TIME AND TIME AND TIME AGAIN, LIKE BUSINESSES, COUNTRIES THAT CAN A -- GET A HOLD OF THEIR DEBT PUT THEMSELVES ON A FINANCIAL PATH GROW. THE BUDGET RESOLUTION PRESENTED TONIGHT BY CHAIRMAN RYAN MEETS THE TEST THAT SPENDING REDUCTIONS MUST BE LARGE, CREDIBLE AND DIFFICULT TO REVERSE ONCE MADE TO BOOST OUR ECONOMY. THE RYAN BUDGET TACKLES THE ENTITLEMENT, TAX CORPORATE WELFARE BY PHASING GOVERNMENT HANDSOUTS AND SUBSIDIES FOR GREEN ENERGY AND REDUCES AGRICULTURE SUBSIDIES BY $30 BILLION OVER THE NEXT DECADE. IT ROLLS BACK NONSECURITY DISCRETIONARY SPENDING AND FREEZES IT FOR FIVE YEARS AND ADOPTS A NUMBER OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE PRESIDENT'S OWN FISCAL COMMISSION TO ELIMINATE WASTE AND ACHIEVE REAL SAVINGS. IT ELIMINATES AGENCIES AS WASTEFUL AND THAT SAVES OVER $100 BILLION AND REDUCES THE FEDERAL WORK FORCE BY 10% IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS BY ATTRITION, SIMPLY BY HIRING ONLY ONE FEDERAL EMPLOYEE FOR EVERY THREE EMPLOYEES WHO LEAVE OR RETIRE AND THAT SAVES ALMOST $400 BILLION. THE RYAN BUDGET ENVISIONS A LOWER INCOME TAX RATE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND COMPANIES TO 25% AND MAKES US COMPETITIVE AGAIN IN THIS WORLD. THE RYAN BUDGET IS A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE PLAN THAT ACCELERATES ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOB CREATION. IT IS A GAME CHANGER FOR THIS NATION AND TELLS THE TRUTH ABOUT OUR CHALLENGES AND ADDRESSES IT WITH IDEAS AND PROVEN SOLUTIONS THAT MOVE US FORWARD. WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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  • 08:38:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 08:38:11 PM

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    CLEAR FOR US TO UNDERSTAND AND REMEMBER HOW THE ECONOMY HERE GREW AND…

    CLEAR FOR US TO UNDERSTAND AND REMEMBER HOW THE ECONOMY HERE GREW AND BECAME MUCH MORE POSITIVE AND PROGRESSIVE DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION, DURING THOSE EIGHT YEARS.

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  • 08:38:26 PM

    MR. HINCHEY

    THAT CLINTON INHERITED WHEN HE WENT INTO OFFICE WAS DRAMATICALLY REDUCED…

    THAT CLINTON INHERITED WHEN HE WENT INTO OFFICE WAS DRAMATICALLY REDUCED AND BROUGHT BACK A SURPLUS WHEN HE LEFT OFFICE. AND WHEN HE LEFT OFFICE, THE NATIONAL DEBT WAS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF ABOUT A LITTLE OVER $5 TRILLION. BY THE TIME THE NEXT PRESIDENT, GEORGE W. BUSH LEFT, THE DEFICIT WAS ABOUT $10.7 TRILLION. SO IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US NOT TO HAVE THE SAME KIND OF EXPERIENCE NOW THAT WE ARE TRYING TO GET PUSHED TO US BY THE OPPOSITION HERE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. THE MOST CRITICAL CHALLENGE THAT WE FACE AS A COUNTRY OF COURSE IS THE NEED TO CREATE NEW JOBS. IF CONGRESS HOPES TO GET THE ECONOMY MOVING AT THE RIGHT PACE, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE THIS CHALLENGE FOR JOB CREATION VERY SERIOUSLY. THE QUESTION IS, WHAT SHOULD WE DO AND WHAT SHOULD WE NOT DO TO REFORM GOVERNMENT SO WE CAN BETTER COMPETE IN THE WORLD ECONOMY AND YIELD STRONG, SUSTAINABLE, LONG-TERM GROWTH AND PROSPERITY. AFTER 100 DAYS, REPUBLICANS HAVE FAILED TO PUT FORWARD A SINGLE PLAN TO CREATE JOBS. INSTEAD, THEY HAVE LAID OUT A BUDGET PLAN THAT SHOWS US EXACTLY WHAT NOT TO DO. WE MUST REMEMBER HOW WE GOT INTO THIS BUDGET MESS IN THE FIRST PLACE. WHILE MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE WOULD LIKE TO PRETEND THAT OUR ECONOMIC WOES BEGAN THE VERY SECOND THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK HIS HAND OFF THE BIBLE AND WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE, WE KNOW THAT THAT'S NOT THE TRUTH AT ALL. IN FACT, IT WAS QUITE THE OPPOSITE, THE THINGS THAT HE DID AS PRESIDENT WERE POSITIVE FOR THE ECONOMY AND WE'RE SEEING THAT TODAY. WE'RE SEEING THE ECONOMY GROWING. WE'RE SEEING UNEMPLOYMENT DECLINING. WE'RE SEEING EMPLOYMENT GOING UP, ALL OF THAT HAS A POSITIVE EFFECT OF THE ACTIONS OF THIS PRESIDENT. MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE PUSHING THIS BUDGET ARE THE SAME PEOPLE WHO CARRIED PRESIDENT BUSH'S BUDGET THROUGH CONGRESS AND IN DOING SO, NEARLY DOUBLED OUR NATIONAL DEBT, AS I SAID FROM $5.7 TRILLION TO $10.7 TRILLION OVER THE BUSH PRESIDENCY. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THEY AREN'T ABLE TO DO THAT AGAIN. THEY DID SO BY RECKLESSLY LOWERING TAXES ON THE WEALTHY WITH THE PROMISE THAT DOING SO WOULD CREATE JOBS AND STRENGTHEN OUR ECONOMY. WELL, WE KNOW THAT NEITHER OF THOSE HAPPENED. IN FACT, JUST THE OPPOSITE OCCURRED. THEY DID SO BY PASSING A PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN, THAT IS A MAJOR GIVEAWAY TO THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY WITHOUT FINDING A WAY TO PAY FOR IT AND THEY DID SO BY TAKING US INTO IRAQ UNDER FALSE PRETENSES AND COMMITTING US TO WHAT WILL ULTIMATELY BE SEVERAL TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS. NOW WE ARE SEEING ECONOMIC INEQUALITY AT RECORD LEVELS. THE WEALTHIEST 10% OF THE POPULATION HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA RECEIVES NEARLY HALF OF ALL INCOME IN OUR COUNTRY. AND THE RICHEST 1% HAS SEEN ITS SHARE OF THE NATIONAL INCOME INCREASE BY NEARLY 10% AND THEY ARE NOW AT ABOUT 35% OF ALL INCOME. ALL OF THAT INCREASING FOR THE RICHEST AND DECLINING FOR WORKING PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. THIS TREND HAS CONSEQUENCES AND IT IS NO COINCIDENCE THAT WE SAW INQUALITY AT THIS LEVEL WAS DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION IN THE 1930'S. BUT INSTEAD OF WORKING TO CORRECT THIS PROBLEM THIS IS A HUGE WEALTH TRANSFER PROGRAM FROM WORKING-CLASS AMERICANS TO THE RICH. OVERALL, 2/3 OF THE CUTS THE REPUBLICANS PROPOSE TAKE DEAD AIM AT WORKING-CLASS AMERICANS TO LOWER THEIR ECONOMY AND LOWER THEIR ECONOMIC CONDITIONS. THE REPUBLICANS' BUDGET PLAN ELIMINATES MEDICARE, FORCING SENIORS TO BUY INSURANCE IN THE PRIVATE MARKETPLACE, USING A COUPON THAT BARELY COVERS A FRACTION OF THE COST OF CARE. IT CUTS FOOD STAMPS, PELL GRANTS AND LOW-INCOME HOUSING AND AT THE SAME TIME OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE HERE, THEIR PLAN WOULD GIVE AWAY $2.9 TRILLION IN TAX CUTS TO THE HUGEST, BIGGEST CORPORATIONS AND TO THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS. THIS IS THE EXACT WRONG APPROACH AND IT WILL SEVERELY DAMAGE OUR ECONOMY, HURT THE MIDDLE CLASS AND I AM POFFER ISSUE SENIOR CITIZENS. LET'S LOOK AT HOW THIS PLAN HURTS SENIORS. THEIR BUDGET ELIMINATES MEDICARE. IT ELIMINATES MEDICARE AND CREATES A NEW VOUCHER PROGRAM THAT WOULD SADDLE SENIORS WITH A LARGE PORTION OF THEIR HEALTH CARE COSTS. THEY WOULD THEN BE MORE RESPONSIBLE FOR IT. AND THE WHOLE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WOULD DECLINE. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET ALSO MAKES PRESCRIPTION DRUGS MORE EXPENSIVE FOR SENIORS. THE HEALTH CARE LAW WE PASSED LAST YEAR IS GRADUALLY ELIMINATING THE GAPS IN PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN UNDOES THIS ESSENTIAL REFORM, FORCING SENIORS TO PAY OUT OF POCKET. REPUBLICAN BUDGET ALSO THREATENS TO MAKE NURSING HOME CARE UNAFFORDABLE BY CUTTING $771 BILLION FROM MEDICAID, OVER A 10-YEAR PERIOD. MEDICAID CURRENTLY COVERS NEARLY HALF OF ALL LONG-TERM CARE COSTS AND WE KNOW WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THEIR PLAN WAS TO BE SUCCESSFUL. ALL OF THAT WOULD BE ESSENTIALLY ELIMINATED. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET ALSO CUTS $10 BILLION FROM SOCIAL SECURITY'S ADMINISTRATIVE BUDGET WHICH WOULD IMPACT SERVICE TO SENIORS. . WHAT THIS PLAN DOES TO AMERICA'S SENIORS IS ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE. BUT THE WORST PART OF IT IS THAT WHILE THEY CUT MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND THEY CUT PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE AND THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, THEY ALSO CUT TAXES ON THE VERY WEALTHY, REDUCING SUBSTANTIALLY THE AMOUNT OF TAXES THAT THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY PAY. WHILE AT THE SAME TIME RAISING TAXES ON EVERYONE ELSE. NOW, 10 YEARS AGO THE CONSERVATIVE HERITAGE FOUNDATION PROJECTED THAT IN 2011 1.6 MILLION MORE AMERICANS WOULD BE WORKING AS A RESULT OF THE BUSH TAX CUTS. THEY WERE WRONG. THEY WERE WRONG THEN AND THEY ARE WRONG NOW. WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED THEN. JUST THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT THEY PREDICTED. THE REPUBLICAN DEBATE ISN'T ABOUT GOOD POLICY OR THE FACTS. IT'S ABOUT A DAGMATIC APPROACH TO GOVERNING AND DOING WHAT'S BEST FOR THE VERY RICH, DOING WHAT'S BEST FOR THE VERY RICH, REGARDLESS OF HOW IT AFFECTS EVERYONE ELSE. WHO ARE THE MAIN PROMOTERS OF THE ECONOMY. WORKING CLASS PEOPLE, MIDDLE INCOME PEOPLE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO DRIVE THE ECONOMIC GROWTH HERE IN AMERICA. IF THEY ARE FORCED TO DECLINE THEIR ECONOMIC CONDITIONS THEN THE WHOLE ECONOMY OF THIS COUNTRY DECLINES. ALL OF THAT IS NEEDED TO BE UNDERSTOOD. AND THE ACTIONS THAT THEY ARE PROPOSING MUST BE AVOIDED. EVEN PRESIDENT RANGE'S BUDGET DIRECTOR -- REAGAN'S BUDGET DIRECTOR RECENTLY SAID THAT HE FINDS IT, AND I QUOTE WHAT HE SAID, HE FINDS IT UNCONSCIONABLE THAT THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP FACED WITH A $1.5 TRILLION DEFICIT COULD POSSIBLY BELIEVE THAT GOOD PUBLIC POLICY IS TO MAINTAIN TAX CUTS FOR THE TOP 2% OF THE POPULATION. WE KNOW THAT THAT ISN'T THE CASE. WE KNOW THAT IS GOING TO BE JUST THE OPPOSITE. WE KNOW THAT TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHIEST MAKING THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY EVEN WEALTHIER AND DRIVING DOWN THE ECONOMY OF THE WORKING PEOPLE IS GOING TO HAVE A DEADLY EFFECT ON THE ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. TAX RATES ARE NOW LOWER THAN THEY WERE, EVEN UNDER PRESIDENT REAGAN. AND YET THE REPUBLICANS ARE ACTUALLY PROPOSING TO CUT TAXES AGAIN FOR THE VERY RICH. LOWER THE CORPORATE RATE AND KEEP SPECIAL TAX EARMARKS FOR BIG OIL, TAX EARMARKS FOR BIG OIL, WHICH IS NOW GROWING TO BE ONE OF THE HIGHEST GROWING ECONOMIC ASPECT OF THIS COUNTRY THAT WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH. TAX EARMARKS FOR BIG OIL AND FOR THE BIGGEST COMPANIES. AND THE BIGGEST COMPANIES PARTICULARLY THAT EXPORT AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS. CONTINUING TO GIVE TAX CUTS TO THOSE ECONOMIC COMPANIES THAT TAKE JOBS OUT OF THE UNITED STATES AND EXPORTS THEM TO OTHER COUNTRIES. WHAT A BIG MISTAKE THAT IS. IN THE CONTEXT OF RESCINDING THIS ECONOMY. OVERALL THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PLAN FOR 2012 WILL NOT BALANCE THE BUDGET AND WHILE IT DOES NOT BALANCE THE BUDGET, IT ELIMINATES MEDICARE BY REPLACING IT WITH A PRIVATE VOUCHER PROGRAM THAT WILL MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR SENIORS TO GET HEALTH CARE. IT ALSO PROVIDES HUGE NEW TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHY WHILE CUTTING KEY INVESTMENTS IN OUR ECONOMY. ALL OF THESE PROPOSALS THAT WE ARE FACING HERE ARE CLEARLY DEADLY. IF THEY WERE TO BE SUCCESSFUL, THE ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES THAT IS NOW JUST GETTING BETTER IN THIS ECONOMY AS A RESULT OF THE ACTIONS BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WOULD BE REVERSED AND IT WOULD BE REVERSED DRAMATICALLY AND WE WOULD SEE A DOWNSLIDE IN THE ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES HERE IN OUR COUNTRY. WE NEED TO OPPOSE THIS EFFECTIVELY AND WE NEED TO HAVE A POLICY THAT IS GOING TO FOCUS ITS ATTENTION ON WORKING CLASS PEOPLE, ON THE NEEDS TO CREATE MORE JOBS AND TO CREATE MORE JOBS MORE EFFECTIVELY.

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  • 08:49:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 08:50:01 PM

    MR. BRADY

    I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS. I WOULD REMIND THE LISTENERS THAT IT WAS…

    I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS. I WOULD REMIND THE LISTENERS THAT IT WAS DEMOCRATS WHO FOUGHT THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM FOR OUR SENIORS. LAST YEAR SLASHED $100 TRILLION FROM OUR SENIORS' PROGRAMS WHICH WILL HURT OUR LOCAL HOSPITALS, OUR NURSING HOMES, OUR HOSPICE PROGRAMS. THEY'RE GOING TO DRIVE SEVEN MILLION AMERICAN SENIORS OUT OF THEIR MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN AND YET THEY FAILED TO LEAD, TO PRESERVE MEDICARE FOR EVERY GENERATION ONCE AND FOR ALL. THEY FAILED, WE'RE GOING TO LEAD IT. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO NEW MEMBER OF THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE AND ONE OF THE LEADERS -- NOT AT THIS TIME. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO ONE OF OUR NEW LEADERS ON THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA,

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  • 08:50:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 08:50:53 PM

    MR. MULVANEY

    YOU, MADAM CHAIR. YOU KNOW, WHEN I TRAVELED MY DISTRICT, I'VE TRIED TO…

    YOU, MADAM CHAIR. YOU KNOW, WHEN I TRAVELED MY DISTRICT, I'VE TRIED TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO EXPLAIN TO PEOPLE AND TO MYSELF HOW TO MAKE SENSE OUT OF THESE TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND I DO IT THIS WAY. I PUT IT IN NUMBERS THAT I CAN UNDERSTAND. I TELL FOLKS TO ASSUME YOU HAVE FAMILY WHO BRINGS HOME $46,000 A YEAR. AND YOU SIT DOWN AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR TO DO YOUR BUDGET AND WHEN YOU ADD UP ALL OF THE THINGS THAT YOU SPEND MONEY ON, YOU'RE SPENDING $78,000. AND THEN I ASK THEM, WHEN YOU'RE DOING THAT, YOU'RE MAKING $46,000, YOU'RE SPENDING $78,000, I WANT TO YOU REALIZE THE VISA BILL IN THE DRAWER IS $281,000. AND THAT'S WHERE WE ARE AS A NATION. AND I TELL THEM, AS WE TRY AND FIGURE OUT A WAY TO SAVE MONEY, I REMIND THEM THAT THE FAST THING WE DID IN THIS CONGRESS WAS CUT $35 MILLION FROM OUR OWN BUDGETS TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE. WE CUT OUR OWN BUDGETS IN THIS HOUSE BY $35 MILLION. IN THAT WORLD WHERE YOU'RE SPENDING $46,000 AND YOU'RE SPENDING $78,000, UCKS KEYS ME, YOU'RE MAKING $46,000 AND SPENDING $78,000, THAT $35 MILLION REPRESENTS $70 CENTS. THAT'S HOW BIG THE NUMBERS ARE. AND I THINK FOLKS BACK HOME HAVE STARTED TO GRASP IT. I CERTAINLY HAVE STARTED TO GRASP IT. BUT I DO GIVE GOOD QUESTIONS WHEN I GIVE THAT PRESENTATION. SOME FOLKS WILL ASK ME, THEY SAY, IF I WAS IN THAT POSITION, NOT ONLY WOULD I TRY TO CUT EXPENDITURES BUT I'D GET ANOTHER JOB. I SAID, THAT'S A REALLY GOOD POINT AND THAT'S WHAT MOST FAMILIES WOULD DO. WITH GOVERNMENT IT'S DIFFERENT. WITH GOVERNMENT THE ONLY CHANCE THEY HAVE TO GET THAT ADDITIONAL JOB, TO GET MORE MONEY TO COME IN IS TO RAISE TAXES. AND WHEN I TELL THEM, WHEN THEY ASK AND SAY, WHY DON'T WE RAISE TAXES? I SAY, IT SIMPLY DOESN'T WORK. IT SIMPLY DOES NOT WORK. IT HAS NEVER WORKED. THIS GRAPH SHOWS THE TOP MARGINAL TAX RATES GOING BACK TO THE 1950'S, FOR THOSE OF WHO YOU WERE AROUND OR STUDIED THE AREA, THE TOP MARGINAL RATES IN THE 1950'S WERE ABOVE 90%. THE TOP MARGINAL INCOME TAX IN THE 1950'S WAS ABOVE 90%. AND THE GOVERNMENT WAS STILL ONLY ABLE TO TAKE FROM THE ECONOMY ABOUT 20% OF THE ECONOMY. 18.5% IS THE AVERAGE OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST 50 YEARS. SO EVEN WHEN TAX RATES WERE AS HIGH AS 90%, THE GOVERNMENT TOOK ONLY ABOUT 18%, 19% OF THE ECONOMY OUT IN TAXES. THAT NUMBER HAS STAYED BIZARRELY STABLE OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST 50 YEARS. WE'VE LOWERED MARGINAL TAX RATES, WE'VE RAISED MARGINAL TAX RATES YET THE GOVERNMENT ONLY TAKES OUT 18%, 19%, AT THE MOST, 20%. RAISING TAXES DOES NOT BRING IN MORE MONEY TO THE GOVERNMENT OVER THE LONG HAUL. IT MAY FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, IT MAY FOR A YEAR OR TWO, BUT THE RULE DOESN'T WORK ON A STATIC MODEL. THE WORLD WORKS ON A DYNAMIC MODEL. WHEN YOU RAISE TAXES THE ECONOMY GROWS SLOWER AND EVENTUALLY WE GET BACK TO THIS 18.5%, 19% AVERAGE. BY THE WAY, I MADE THIS PRESENTATION IN A DEBATE TO A FORMER MEMBER OF THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION AND THE MODERATOR AFTER I HAD MENTIONED THAT WE'VE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO GET MORE THAN 18%, 19% OF THE ECONOMY TURNED TO THE MEMBER OF THED A STRACE AND SAID, IS THAT TRUE? AND THE MEMBER OF THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION SAID, HE'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, WEEK NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIGURE OUT WAY TO DO IT IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, EVEN WITH HIGH TOP MARGINAL TAX RATES BUT THEY DO IT IN EUROPE. THEY DO IT IN EUROPE AND IN EUROPE THE GOVERNMENTS CAN GET 30%, 40%, EVEN 50% OF THE ECONOMY AWAY FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR, AWAY FROM PEOPLE AND PUT IT IN THE POCKETS OF THE GOVERNMENT.

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  • 08:54:16 PM

    MR. BRADY

    GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    MR. MULVANEY

    I PUT IT TO YOU, THAT'S WHAT THIS DEBATE IS REALLY ABOUT. THAT'S WHEN WHAT…

    I PUT IT TO YOU, THAT'S WHAT THIS DEBATE IS REALLY ABOUT. THAT'S WHEN WHAT THIS DEBATE IS REALLY ABOUT. ARE WE GOING TO MAINTAIN THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OR ARE WE TRYING TO MOVE TOWARDS A EUROPEAN SYSTEM? AND I TELL YOU THAT THAT'S REALLY WHAT THIS FIGHT IS ALL ABOUT. AND THE BUDGET THAT WE'RE HERE DEFENDING TONIGHT AS MEMBERS OF THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE IS A BUDGET THAT DEFENDS THE AMERICAN SYSTEM. THAT DEFENDS A SYSTEM THAT SAYS, THE GOVERNMENT REALLY SHOULD ONLY TAKE 18% OR 19% AWAY FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THAT THAT'S ENOUGH. THAT WE DON'T WANT TO BE EUROPE. WHERE PEOPLE PAY ADDITIONAL, MUCH HIGHER RATES OF TAXATION. THE GOVERNMENT TAKES 30%, 40% OR 50% AND WHAT THE OPPOSITION IS OFFERING A EUROPEAN-STYLE MODEL. SO I SIMPLY ASK MY FRIENDS ON BOTH SIDES TO CONSIDER WHAT KIND OF COUNTRY WE WANT TO BE. DO WE WANT TO CONTINUE ON AS THE AMERICA THAT WE'VE KNOWN FOR YEARS OR DO WE WANT TO BECOME EUROPE AND I SUGGEST, MADAM CHAIR, THAT THE FORMER IS THE BETTER COURSE OF ACTION. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

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    MR. HINCHEY

    MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES OF OUR TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES OF OUR TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI.

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  • 08:55:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. WE'VE HEARD A LOT OF DISCUSSION HERE THIS EVENING…

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. WE'VE HEARD A LOT OF DISCUSSION HERE THIS EVENING ABOUT WHAT ECONOMIC POLICY WORKS WHERE, WHERE DO THE DEFICITS COME FROM. LET'S JUST FIGURE IT OUT. BEGINNING WITH THIS MAN OVER HERE, I THINK WE'D ALL RECOGNIZE HIM, THAT WOULD BE RONALD REAGAN. AFTER EVERY YEAR, AT THE END OF THE YEAR THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, NONPARTISAN, MAKES A PROJECTION OF WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS. AT THE END OF RONALD REAGAN'S PERIOD, THEY DID THEIR PROJECTION AND THEY SAID, A $1.4 TRILLION DEFICIT IN THE YEARS AHEAD. FOLLOWED BY GEORGE BUSH THE SENIOR AT THE END OF HIS FOUR YEARS THEY DID ANOTHER ESTIMATE. WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS? LET'S SEE, THAT SAYS $3.3 TRILLION DEFICIT. HOW ABOUT THAT? WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT SOME ECONOMIC POLICY HERE A MINUTE AGO. WELL, LET'S TALK ABOUT THE CLINTON PERIOD. AT THE END OF THE CLINTON PERIOD, EIGHT YEARS, ANOTHER PROJECTION WAS MADE BY THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS? A $5.6 TRILLION SURPLUS, ENOUGH TO PAY OFF ALL OF THE AMERICAN DEBT. HOW DID IT HAPPEN? HOW DID IT HAPPEN? IT HAPPENED THIS WAY. EARLY IN HIS ADMINISTRATION THEY SET ABOUT TO DEAL WITH THE DEFICIT. THERE WAS A TAX INCREASE, IT COST MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES THE HOUSE. BUT THEY DID IT. THEY PUT IT IN PLACE. AND THEY ALSO PUT IN PLACE PAY-GO AND THE BALANCE BUDGET AMENDMENT. WHAT HAPPENED WAS THAT IN THOSE EIGHT YEARS WAS THE LARGEST JOB GROWTH IN AMERICA'S HISTORY EXCEPT IN THE 1950-1960 PERIOD. IT WAS AN ENORMOUS JOB GROWTH, MORE THAN 20 MILLION JOBS WERE CREATED AND EXTRAORDINARY REVENUE GROWTH. SO MUCH FOR THE ARGUMENT WE JUST HEARD. IN FACT, A COMBINATION OF HOLDING TITLE ON THE BUDGET -- TIGHT ON THE BUDGET TOGETHER WITH A TAX INCREASE WORKED. NOW, I WAS PART OF THAT ADMINISTRATION AND WE WERE TOLD TO REINVENT GOVERNMENT, WE DID, AT THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR WE REDUCED THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES FROM 90 TO 75,000 AND WE MAINTAINED AND INCREASED THE EFFICIENCY AND THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THAT DEPARTMENT. IT CAN AND IT WAS DONE. HOWEVER, LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT GEORGE W. BUSH. MOST RECENT BUSH PRESIDENCY AT THE END OF HIS PRESIDENCY, CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET DID THEIR ESTIMATE AND THEY CAME UP WITH AN $11.5 TRILLION DEFICIT IN THE YEARS AHEAD. HOW DID IT HAPPEN? IT HAPPENED THIS WAY. HE CUT TAXES YEAR ONE. 2001. CUT TAXES. YEAR TWO, 2002, CUT TAXES. TWO WARS UNPAID FOR, BORROWED MONEY FROM CHINA AND THEN BACKED AWAY FROM ALL REGULATION OF WALL STREET AND THE GREAT CRASH. THE RESULT IN THE $11.5 TRILLION DEFICIT. THE DAY BARACK OBAMA CAME INTO OFFICE HE WAS HANDED AN $11 -- A $1.3 TRILLION BILL DUE. THAT'S WHAT THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT GAVE TO THIS NATION AND TO THIS CONGRESS. SO WE'VE SET ABOUT SOLVING IT. I WANT TO MOVE TO ANOTHER ISSUE HERE WHICH HAPPENS TO BE THIS DEBATE ABOUT MEDICARE. YOU'RE NOT GOING TO SOLVE THE MEDICARE PROBLEM WHICH IS ONE OF EVER-INCREASING COST IN THE UNDERLYING HEALTH SECTOR OF AMERICA. WHEN I FIRST BECAME -- GOT INTO THIS IN 1991 AS INSURANCE COMMISSIONER, 9% OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY WAS IN MEDICAL SERVICES. THIS YEAR IT'S APPROACHING 18%. YOU CANNOT SOLVE THIS PROBLEM BY THROWING SENIOR CITIZENS OFF MEDICARE. IT DOES NOT SOLVE IT. DO NOT THROW THE SENIORS TO THE WOLVES. THE WOLVES ARE THE INSURANCE COMPANIES, I KNOW, I WAS THE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER FOR EIGHT YEARS AND I THOUGHT THOSE -- FOUGHT THOSE CHARACTERS EVERY YEAR I WAS IN OFFICE. I KNOW WHAT THEY WILL DO TO SENIORS. THEY WILL RIP THEM OFF, THEY WILL DENY BENEFITS, THEY WILL DENY COVERAGE AND THEY WILL NOT CONTROL COST. IN CALIFORNIA THIS YEAR THE INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE RAISING COSTS BY 20% TO 40%. MEDICARE WENT UP 6%. MEDICARE IS EFFICIENT. MEDICARE IS EFFICIENT. IT IS A NATIONWIDE POLICY. YOU CAN GET IT ANYWHERE IN THIS NATION. THERE IS NO ADMINISTRATIVE COST THAT EVEN COMES CLOSE TO WHAT THE INSURANCE COMPANIES' ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS ARE. PERHAPS 30% OF THE PREMIUM. PROFIT, SALES EXPENSES, ALL OF THOSE THINGS ADDED UP AND THAT INCLUDES THE CHAOS AT THE DELIVERY, THE MEDICAL DELIVERY. WE NEED TO CHANGE THAT. YOU WANT TO DEAL WITH SOMETHING MORE? TAKE A LOOK AT THIS. THIS IS MEDICAID. IN MEDICAID THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET INTENDS TO CUT MEDICAID BY 3/4 OF $1 TRILLION IN THE NEXT DECADE. WHO GETS MEDICAID? SENIOR CITIZENS, THE DISABLED. THIS IS IMMEDIATE. CAN I HAVE ANOTHER 30 SECONDS?

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    MEDICAID? THE AGED, THE BLIND, AND THE DISABLED GETS MEDICAID. THE…

    MEDICAID? THE AGED, THE BLIND, AND THE DISABLED GETS MEDICAID. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET CUTS MEDICAID THREE QUARTERS OF A TRILLION DOLLARS. SENIORS WILL BE, NOT 10 YEARS FROM NOW, BUT IMMEDIATELY AS THE BUDGET REDUCTIONS TAKE PLACE, WILL BE THROWN OUT OF NURSING HOMES. I JUST FINISHED A CONVERSATION NOT MORE THAN TWO HOURS AGO WITH THE OWNER OF NURSING HOMES IN CALIFORNIA, HE SAYS, DON'T LET THEM DO IT. WE'RE JUST HANGING ON. ANY FURTHER REDUCTIONS, ANY REDUCTIONS IN THE REPUBLICAN BILL, WILL FORCE US TO SEND OUT OF OUR NURSING HOMES THISED ME -- THE PEOPLE COVERED BY MEDICAID. WHO ARE THESE CHILDREN IN THE CHILDREN IN POVERTY. THE CHILDREN IN POVERTY GET MEDICAL SERVICES FROM MEDICAID. MEDICAL IN CALIFORNIA. 20% ARE THOSE THE PEOPLE YOU WANT TO THROW OUT IN THE STREET IN YOU WILL DO IT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 09:02:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BRADY

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD IN

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    MR. BRADY

    TIME. I WANT TO YIELD PHI MINUTES TO THE MEMBER OF THE ECONOMIC COMMITTEE…

    TIME. I WANT TO YIELD PHI MINUTES TO THE MEMBER OF THE ECONOMIC COMMITTEE WHO UNDERSTANDS THAT THE GOVERNMENT DOESN'T CREATE JOBS, THE PRIVATE SECTOR CREATES JOBS, MR. DUFFY OF WISCONSIN.

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    THE CHAIR

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  • 09:03:03 PM

    MR. DUFFY

    IN REFERENCE TO ONE OF THE CHARTS WE SAW FROM THE GENTLEMAN IN CALIFORNIA.…

    IN REFERENCE TO ONE OF THE CHARTS WE SAW FROM THE GENTLEMAN IN CALIFORNIA. I FOUND IT INTERESTING THAT HE LAID OUT MANY DIFFERENT DEBTS AND DEFICITS FROM PRIOR PRESIDENTS BUT THE ONE HE FAILED TO PRESENT TO THE HOUSE WAS THE ONE FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA. ON THE DAY THE PRESIDENT TOOK OFFICE, WE WERE PROJECTED OVER THE COURSE OF 10 YEARS TO BORROW $1.8 TRILLION. FROM THE C.B.O. AND TODAY WE ARE PROJECTED TO BORROW $9.4 TRILLION. WE HAVE INHERITED NOW A FISCAL MESS. LET'S REVIEW WHERE WE'RE AT. THIS COUNTRY OWES $14 TRILLION THIS YEAR WE ARE GOING TO BORROW $1.6 TRILLION. LAST YEAR, WE BORROWED OVER $1 TRILLION. THE YEAR BEFORE THAT, WE BORROWED OVER $1 TRILLION. LET'S LOOK OUT 10 YEARS. FOR THE NEXT 0 YEARS ON AVERAGE WE'LL BORROW $1 TRILLION EVERY SINGLE YEAR. THIS IS UNSUSTAINABLE. WE CANNOT CONTINUE ON THIS COURSE. LISTEN, I WASN'T A BIG FAN OF PRESIDENT BUSH'S SPENDING BUT HIS BIGGEST YEAR OF DEFICIT SPENDING WAS $460 BILLION. THAT PALES IN COMPARISON TO THE $1.6 TRILLION WE'RE GOING TO BORROW TODAY. I KNOW WE'VE ALL SEEN THESE CHARTS SO OFTEN BUT THIS IS OUR DEBT CHART THE C.B.O. WE HAVE A SEA OF RED A SEA OF DEBT, WE ARE GOING TO LEAVE TO THE NEXT GENERATION. THIS IS UNCONSCIONABLE. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS? THIS MEANS HIGHER INTEREST RATES. THIS MEANS TAX -- MASSIVE TAX INCREASES. THIS MEANS A LOWER STANDARD OF LIVING FOR OUR NEXT YEN RATION. I PRESENT TO THIS HOUSE IF YOU WERE TO ASK YOUR GRANDMA AND GRANDPA WHAT THEY THOUGHT ABOUT LEAVING THIS ALL TO OUR NEXT GENERATION, THEY WOULD BE OUTRAGED. THEY WOULD BE FURIOUS THAT THIS IS THEIR LEGACY THAT THIS IS WHAT THEIR GRANDCHILDREN ARE GOING TO INHERIT. WE NEED TO FIX THE PROBLEM. SO LET'S TALK ABOUT THE BUDGET PROPOSAL THAT'S BEEN MADE. CONGRESSMAN PAUL RYAN AND THE BUDGET COMMITTEE PROPOSED REDUCING SPENDING BY $6.2 TRILLION OVER THE COURSE OF 10 YEARS. YES, THEY ALSO TALK ABOUT TAX REFORM. A FAIRER, FLATTER TAX CODE. YOU KNOW WHAT? WE HAVE TO REALIZE, THIS ISN'T 1980. WE ARE IN A GLOBAL MARKETPLACE. WE COMPETE AGAINST CHINA AND INDIA AND MEXICO AN VIETNAM. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? THIS ISN'T JUST AGAINST KANSAS AND KENTUCKY. WE HAVE TO ENGAGE, WE HAVE TO HAVE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE OUR BUSINESSES CAN COMPETE, SUCCEED, AND WIN, AND WHEN THEY DO, WHO BENEFITS? THE PEOPLE THAT BENEFIT ARE OUR FAMILIES BECAUSE THEY HAVE JOBS. THEY HAVE OPPORTUNITIES. BUT IF WE BUILD WALLS AROUND THIS COUNTRY WITH MORE MANDATES AND REGULATION AND MORE TAXES, WE'LL SEE MORE BUSINESSES GO OVERSEAS AND LESS JOBS FOR OUR FAMILIES AND AS WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT TONIGHT, WE'LL HAVE LESS REVENUE IN THE FEDERAL RESERVE. I'VE HEARD A LOT THIS EVENING, MADAM CHAIRWOMAN, ABOUT MEDICARE, AND A LOT OF DEMAGOGUERY ACROSS THE AISLE ABOUT WHAT IT'S GOING TO DO. LET'S BE CLEAR WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. LET'S BE HONEST WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IF WE DON'T REFORM MEDICARE THE C.B.O. SAYS IT'S GOING BROKE IN NINE YEARS. WE HAVE TO FIX IT. WE HAVE TO FIX IT TO MAKE SURE WE CAN PRESERVE IT FOR OUR CURRENT SENIORS. LET'S NOT SIT HERE AND SCARE PEOPLE AND TELL OUR SENIORS WE'RE TAKING AWAY THEIR MEDICARE. WE ARE NOT. WE ARE WORKING ON SOLUTIONS THAT ARE GOING TO PRESERVE IT. SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT REFORM, TO BE CLEAR, WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT REFORM FOR OUR CURRENT SENIORS OR EVEN THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO RETIRE. THE REFORMS WE ARE TALKING ABOUT ARE FROM OUR YEN RATION. WHAT'S BEAUTIFUL ABOUT THIS IS IF WE REFORM SOCIAL SECURITY, WE CAN GUARANTEE THE BENEFITS FOR OUR CURRENT SENIOR BUS THEN YOU ALLOW ME TO PLAN FOR THE BENEFITS I'M GOING TO HAVE WHEN I RETIRE. IF WE DO IT, WE CAN SUCCEED IN THIS REFORM. YOU KNOW, WE'VE HEARD A LOT ABOUT TAXES AS WELL. AND SO, WE ALL KNOW HERE THAT THE TOP TAX RATE, 35%, AND A FAMILY OF -- THAT MAKES $350,000 A YEAR FALLS INTO THAT TAX CATEGORY. SO I WOULD, MADAM CHAIRWOMAN, SUGGEST TO MY FRIENDS ON THE LEFT, WHY DON'T WE DO THIS. BUMP THAT TAX RATE UP, NOT TO 35%, MAYBE 50%, NO LET'S GO 100%, LET'S TAKE EVERY DOLLAR OF A FAMILY THAT MAKES $350,000 A YEAR OR MORE, LET'S TAKE EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR FROM THEM. IF WE DO THAT, WE STILL CAN'T BALANCE THE BUDGET. LET'S GO TO THE NEXT LEVEL. LET'S GO TO THE NEXT HIGHEST RUNG OF INCOME EARNERS. THOSE THAT MAKE $200,000 OR MORE AS A FAMILY. MOM MAKES $100,000 OR DADS MAKES $100,000, WE WOULD ALL AGREE THEY'RE WEALTHY. LET'S TAKE 100% OF EVERY DOLLAR THEY MAKE AS WELL.

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    MR. DUFFY

    AND YOU STILL CAN'T BALANCE THE BUDGET. YOU CANNOT TAX YOUR WAY OUT OF…

    AND YOU STILL CAN'T BALANCE THE BUDGET. YOU CANNOT TAX YOUR WAY OUT OF THIS. YOU HAVE TO REDUCE THE SPENDING. IF YOU REDUCE SPENDING AND REFORM THE TAX CODE, WE CAN BRING PROSPERITY PACK TO THE COUNTRY BUT TO SIT HERE IN THE HOUSE AND SAY YOU CAN TAX -- WE CAN TAX OUR WAY OUT, THE TRUTH IS, YOU CAN TAX EVERY PENNY OF PROPERTY OF THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS AND NOT BALANCE THE BUDGET. I THINK WE HAVE TO TAKE A SERIOUS LOOK AT REPRESENTATIVE RYAN'S BUDGET, I'M WILLING TO LOOK AT OTHER COMMON SENSE PROPOSALS, BUT PROPOSALS TO JUST TAX AND NOT REFORM IS NOT A REAL SOLUTION. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:09:00 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS 2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS 2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS NINE MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 09:09:21 PM

    MR. HINCHEY

    I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND,

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINS.

  • 09:09:29 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MY COLLEAGUE, I THANK YOU, MA TAM CHAIRWOMAN. MR. BRADY…

    THANK YOU, MY COLLEAGUE, I THANK YOU, MA TAM CHAIRWOMAN. MR. BRADY MENTIONED WE MADE SOME REFORMS IN MEDICARE LAST YEAR. YES, WE DID. WE GOT RID OF OVERPAYMENTS TO THE PRIVATE PLAN, THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS. WHY DID WE DO THAT? BECAUSE THEY WERE COSTING THE TAXPAYER 114% OF THE FEE FOR SERVICE, WHICH IS WHY THIS NOTION, FRANKLY, THAT BY SAYING TO SENIORS, YOU CAN'T STAY IN MEDICARE, YOU'VE GOT TO GO IN THE PRIVATE INSURANCE MARKET, HAS BEEN DISPROVEN BY OUR MOST RECENT EXPERIENCE. WE SAID WE'RE NOT GOING TO OVERPAY THEM AND WE USE SOME OF THOSE SAVINGS TO CLOSE THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG DOUGHNUT HOLE THAT SENIORS FALL. IN WE USED SOME OF THOSE SAVINGS. NOW IT'S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, EVEN THOUGH THERE'S A LOT OF DEMAGOGUERY ABOUT THAT YOU KEPT THOSE SAVINGS BUT WHAT YOU DIDN'T DO IS CONTINUE TO CLOSE THE DOUGHNUT HOLE. IMMEDIATELY UPON PASSAGE OF THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET THAT DOE NET -- DOUGHNUT HOLE WILL STOP CLOSING FOR SENIORS. NOW I WANT TO PICK UP ON A POINT MR. GARAMENDI MADE ABOUT MEDICAID. BECAUSE AS THIS CHART INDICATES, THE GREAT MAJORITY OF FUNDS FOR MEDICAID GO TO SENIORS AND INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES. AND THIS, MA MAKE -- AND THIS, MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS HAPPENS IMMEDIATELY, NOT 10 YEARS FROM NOW, EIGHT YEARS FROM NOW, THIS HAPPENS RIGHT AWAY. MEDICAID IS A PROGRAM WHERE ACTUALLY THE COSTS OF CARE HAVE GROWN MUCH SLOWER THAN THE REST OF THE HEALTH CARE MARKET INCLUDING THE PRIVATE MARKET. AND YET IT IS A PROGRAM THAT IS STRETCHED VERY THIN. YOU TAKE $700 BILLION PLUS OUT OF THAT SYSTEM, YOU ARE GOING TO BE PUTTING PEOPLE AT SERIOUS RISK. ALREADY OVERSTRETCHED PROGRAMS. WHAT CHOICE DID YOU MAKE? THIS IS WHAT CHOICE YOU MADE WITH RESPECT TO MEDICAID. YOU CUT ABOUT $771 BILLION. GUESS WHAT? YOU RETURNED TO THE TAX RATES THAT WERE IN EFFECT ON THE TOP 2% INCOME EARNERS DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. OVER 10 YEARS, $800 BILLION. THOSE ARE THE CHOICES YOU'RE MAKING. PUT ALL THESE INDIVIDUALS AT RISK, SENIORS IN NURSING HOMES, ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES, POOR KIDS, SO YOU CAN PROVIDE THAT TAX BREAK. NOW I'VE HEARD IT SAID ON THE FLOOR THAT OH, BOY, WE DO THAT, WE GO BACK TO THE CLINTON ERA TAX RATES THAT'S GOING TO HURT THE ECONOMY. THAT'S GOING TO HURT JOBS. LOOK AT THIS. LOOK AT THIS. HERE'S THE CLINTON ERA TAX RATE. 20 MILLION JOBS CREATED IN THAT PERIOD OF TIME. HERE'S THE CURRENT TAX RATE. END OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, 653,000 JOBS LOST. THE HISTORY TELLS THE STORY. THE REASON IS BECAUSE THERE ARE LOTS OF FACTORS THAT GO INTO DECISIONS BY BUSINESSES TO INVEST. WHILE OBVIOUSLY TAX RATES ARE PART OF IT, THEY ARE NOT THE MAJOR DRIVER IN THE ECONOMY. NOW, I'VE HEARD IT SAID THAT THIS IS GOING TO HURT SMALL BUSINESSES. NOW, I HOPE ONE THING WE CAN AGREE ON IS THAT SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THE ENGINE OF OUR ECONOMY. THEY'RE WHAT MAKE THIS ECONOMY GO. AND SO WE ALWAYS HEAR FROM OUR CLEAGS, YOU GO BACK TO THE CLINTON ERA RATES FOR THE TOP, YOU'LL HURT SMALL BUSINESSES. WELL, I HOPE EVERYBODY WILL LOOK AT THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION. AND WHAT THEY SAY IS THAT THERE ARE ONLY 3% OF SMALL BUSINESSES WHO FALL INTO THAT HIGHER INCOME CATEGORY. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TAXABLE INCOME. ONLY 3% OF SMALL BUSINESSES FALL INTO THOSE RATES. WE HEAR FROM OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, OH, IT'S TRUE IT'S ONLY 3% BUT IT'S 50%, WELL HERE, 50% OF THE INCOME COMES FROM THOSE 3%. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS? WELL, LOOK AT THE SAME JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION REPORT. MANY SUCH BUSINESSES ARE HARDLY SMALL. SMALL IN QUOTATIONS. IN 2005, OVER 12,000 S CORPORATIONS AND OVER 6,000 PARTNERSHIPS GROSSED MORE THAN $50 MILLION. THERE'S YOUR MOM AND POP STORE. THERE'S YOUR MOM AND POP STORE WORKING HARD AS A SMALL BUSINESS. TRYING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. THOSE ARE WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE CALLING SMALL BUSINESSES. NOW, I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU SOME EXAMPLES OF THOSE SMALL BUSINESSES. AND THERE ARE LOTS OF THEM BUT JUST TO GIVE PEOPLE AN IDEA OF THE REPUBLICAN DEFINITION OF SMALL BUSINESSES. MAJOR WALL STREET INVESTMENT HOUSE K.K.R. ONE OF THE BIG FOUR ACCOUNTING FIRM, PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS. THESE ARE S CORPORATIONS. FORTUNE 100 PINELINE COMPANY ENTERPRISE G.P. HOLDINGS. IF I COULD HAVE 30 SECONDS, PLEASE?

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    MR. HINCHEY

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN ONE MINUTE.

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  • 09:15:10 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH WHAT THESE FIRMS ARE DOING BUT DON'T THEY WILL…

    THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH WHAT THESE FIRMS ARE DOING BUT DON'T THEY WILL THE -- TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THESE ARE SMALL BUSINESSES. OVER $50 MILLION A YEAR. THEY CAN HELP DO THEIR SHARE TO GET OUR DEFICIT UNDER CONTROL. GO BACK TO THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION RATES. LET'S HAVE A BALANCED APPROACH. YES, WE NEED TO DO CUTS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT AS THE BIPARTISAN FISCAL COMMISSION SAID, YOU'VE GOT TO DO REVENUES TOO AND IF YOU DON'T, HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS. . AND WHERE DID IT GO? WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS SWORN IN, THE DAY HE PUT HIS HAND ON THE BIBLE, HE FACED A DEFICIT IN THAT YEAR OF OVER $1.3 TRILLION AND 10-YEAR DEFICIT OF OVER $H $8 TRILLION. LET'S BE SERIOUS ABOUT GETTING OUR DEFICITS UNDER CONTROL AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    JARKSE THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXT AS --…

    JARKSE THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXT AS -- TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:16:20 PM

    MR. BRADY

    WHAT ABOUT GOVERNMENT? YP CAN'T GOVERNMENT SACRIFICE, WASTEFUL PROGRAMS,…

    WHAT ABOUT GOVERNMENT? YP CAN'T GOVERNMENT SACRIFICE, WASTEFUL PROGRAMS, THE MONEY THEY SPENT ON STIMULUS PROGRAMS AND BAIL OUT ANYONE WHO NEEDS IT. MAYBE IT IS TIME FOR SHARED SACRIFICE AND START WITH A BIG, FAT, BLOATED GOVERNMENT. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO A PHYSICIAN WHO HAS HAD -- WHO HAS DELIVERED MORE THAN 3,000 BABIES IN HIS LIFE, IS A VALUED MEMBER OF THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE AND EXPERT ON HEALTH CARE AND MANY OF OUR HEALTH CARE ENTITLEMENTS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

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  • 09:17:00 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. BURGESS

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE RECOGNITION AND IT IS AN IMPORTANT DEBATE WE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE RECOGNITION AND IT IS AN IMPORTANT DEBATE WE ARE HAVING TONIGHT AND MADAM SPEAKER, MAD CHAIRWOMAN AND I HOPE PEOPLE ARE WATCHING, BECAUSE THIS SET THE TONE, -- MADAM CHAIRWOMAN AND I HOPE PEOPLE ARE WATCHING. AND THIS SHOULD NOT BE PARTISAN, ALTHOUGH WE HAVE HEARD PARTISAN REFERENCES AND I MAY EVEN MAKE ONE OR TWO MYSELF. RIGHT NOW, INTERGENERATIONAL EXPECTATIONS ARE DOWN. AND IN THAT, IN THAT MURKY ENVIRONMENT, WE NOW HAVE PAUL RYAN COME FORWARD AND BRINGING US A FACT-BASED BUDGET THAT PROVIDES A PATHWAY FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE. EVERYONE KNOWS THE RISING COSTS OF HEALTH CARE IS A SERIOUS THREAT, NOT ONLY TO OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BUT TO OUR PROSPERITY IN GENERAL. UNFORTUNATELY, THE PRESIDENT LAST YEAR AND THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY LAST YEAR THAT WAS PRESENT IN CONGRESS LAST YEAR MADE THE PROBLEM WORSE. HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH. INSTEAD OF REFORMING MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND USING THE SAVINGS FOR DEFICIT REDUCTION, THE DEMOCRATS SPENT EVERY SINGLE PENNY OF SAVINGS AND THEN A LOT MORE ON A NEW ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM. INCREDIBLY, THEY ACCELERATED THE CRISIS AND MEDICARE AND MEDICAID ARE MORE IN PERIL THAN BEFORE THIS ALL STARTED IN 2009. THEY FOUND A FIRE AND PUT IT OUT WITH GASOLINE AND IT IS A SURPRISE THAT IT IS WORST. IN CONTRAST, THE RYAN BUDGET, SAVES MEDICARE AND MEDICAID FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS AND USES PROGRAMS TO MAKE IT SUSTAINABLE. ACCORDING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, THE DEMOCRATIC PLAN WOULD INCREASE SPENDING BY ALMOST $1.5 TRILLION BY EXPANDING MEDICAID AND CREATING NEW SUBSIDIES TO BUY HEALTH INSURANCE. THE COW CALLED AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WOULD INCREASE COVERAGE FOR THE UNINSURED, BUT THAT IS GOING TO CREATE GREATER DEMANDS FOR HEALTH CARE, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, WE PUT IN CONSTRAINTS, WE LIMIT PHYSICIAN TRAINING AND RESTRICT THE VERY SUPPLY OF HEALTH CARE AND CONSEQUENTLY, MUCH OF THE INCREASED DEMAND WILL DELIVER US HIGHER PRICES, NOT MORE SERVICES. CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE AND THE CHIEF ACKTURE -- ACTUARY WHO SCORED THE LEGISLATION ADMIT THEY DID NOT DEMUDE THE EFFECTS FOR INCREASED SERVICES. IN FACT, THE CHIEF ACTUARY, HIS REPORT WASN'T RELEASED UNTIL AFTER YOU PASSED THE BILL A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO AND SIGNED IT INTO LAW. THAT'S THE INITIAL BUDGET ESTIMATES UNDERSTATES THE TRUE COST OF THE AMOUNT OF SPENDING THAT WAS CONTAINED WITHIN THIS HEALTH CARE LAW. THE AVAILABLE BUDGET ESTIMATES IGNORE THE IMPACT OF HIGHER TAXES ON ECONOMIC GROWTH. ALMOST 4% SURTAX ON INTEREST, DIVIDENDS AND CAPITAL GAINS FOR THOSE EARNING OVER $250,000 WILL REDUCE BUSINESS INVESTMENT AND EMPLOYMENT. THUS, THE NEW TAX WILL REDUCE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND GENERATE LESS REVENUE THAN EXPECTED. THIS PROBLEM CANNOT BE FIXED BY RAISING TAXES ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND THIRDLY, THE BUDGET ESTIMATES THAT A 929% ACROSS THE BOARD PAYMENT TO PHYSICIANS AND CONTINUING REDUCTIONS IN OTHER PROVIDER PAYMENTS, BUT BOTH THE C.B.O. AND ACTUARY HAVE CALLED THE REDUCTIONS INACCURATE. HE SAID IF YOU BELIEVE THIS, I HAVE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU BUT WE KNOW THE REALITY DOES NOT MATCH THE EXPECTATIONS AND THE INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD AND I HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF SYMPATHY WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF THE AISLE WHEN YOU PASSED THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT THE FIRST TIME, YOU DID NOT INCLUDE THE INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD BECAUSE YOU SAW THROUGH THAT AND SAW THAT AS A TRICK, A TRAP AND YET WHEN YOU GOT THE BILL FROM THE SENATE THAT YOU FELT YOU HAD TO PASS, IT CONTAINED THE INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD. WHAT IS THE INDEPENDENT ADVISORY BOARD DO? IT GETS 15 PEOPLE, GOODNESS WHO THEY ARE OR WHO SELECTS THEM AND THEY ARE GOING TO DELIVER TO CONGRESS A MENU OF CONGRESS? WE GET TO VOTE UP OR DOWN? WE PARTICIPATE IN THAT, BUT IF WE VOTE THEM DOWN, WE HAVE TO COME FORWARD WITH AN IDENTICAL DOLLAR FIGURE ON CUTS AND IF WE ARE UNABLE TO DO THAT AND WHEN HAS THAT HAPPENED, IF WE ARE UNABLE TO DO THAT, THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES THE FOLLOWING APRIL 15, THAT IS TOMORROW, GETS TO IMPLEMENT THOSE CUTS ANY WAY.

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  • 09:22:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HAS AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    MR. BURGESS

    HAPPENED YESTERDAY? THE PRESIDENT IN TALKING ABOUT HIS VISION FOR THE…

    HAPPENED YESTERDAY? THE PRESIDENT IN TALKING ABOUT HIS VISION FOR THE BUDGET, BY THE WAY HIS SECOND VISION FOR THE BUDGET THIS YEAR, DOUBLED DOWN ON THE INDEPENDENT ADVISORY BOARD AND SAID WE ARE GOING TO DO EVEN MORE. THE FORMER HEAD OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH TALKED ABOUT THE DAY MEDICINE WILL BECOME PERSONALIZED AND MORE PREVENTATIVE AND REQUIRING MORE PARTICIPATION BY PATIENTS. WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT FOLLOWING CONGRESSMAN RYAN'S VISION THAT WE PERSONALIZE MEDICARE TO MATCH THAT PERSONALIZED MEDICINE THAT OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WILL ENJOY IN THE FUTURE. INSTEAD, WE WILL END UP WITH MORE OF THE SAME WITH A CENTRAL PLANNER, MOVING THE DATA POINTS AROUND ON A SPREADSHEET. WHY NOT PUT THE POWER BACK INTO THE HANDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT'S WHAT THE RYAN'S BUDGET DOES AND WE OUGHT TO BE SUPPORTIVE AND GRATEFUL FOR ITS PRESENCE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:23:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:23:23 PM

    MR. HINCHEY

    TIME IS LEFT ON BOTH SIDES?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS SIX MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS SIX MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 2 1/2 MINUTES.

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  • 09:23:39 PM

    MR. HINCHEY

    THREE MINUTES TO CONGRESSMAN FROM VERMONT,

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    MR. WELCH

    THE GENTLEMAN. MADAM SPEAKER, ONE OF THE GREAT COMPANIES IN THIS NATION…

    THE GENTLEMAN. MADAM SPEAKER, ONE OF THE GREAT COMPANIES IN THIS NATION AND A BIG COMPANY IN VERMONT IS INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES. THIS YEAR, THEY ARE ABOUT TO CELEBRATE THEIR 100TH ANNIVERSARY. I WAS SPEAKING TO SOME FOLKS FROM THAT COMPANY IN MY OFFICE AND THEY TOLD ME THE STORY OF WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM IN 1992. THE WORLD WAS TURNING UPSIDE DOWN. COMPANIES THAT WANTED TO SURVIVE HAD TO MAKE DECISIONS AND HAD 400,000 EMPLOYEES AND THERE WAS SOME QUESTION AS TO WHETHER THEY WERE GOING TO MAKE PAYROLL. THEY HAD TO MAKE CHANGES AND DID TWO THINGS. THEY LOOKED AT EVERY SINGLE ELEMENT OF THEIR OPERATION. THEY LOOKED AT EVERY SINGLE LINE ITEM IN THEIR SPENDING AND EVERY SINGLE PLACE THEY COULD MAKE A CUT, TOUGH AS IT WAS, THEY DID. THEY MADE CUTS. BUT THEY ALSO SAID, WHERE DO WE HAVE TO BE IN 10 YEARS AND WHAT DO WE HAVE TO DO TO GET THERE? AND AS NERVE WRACKING AS IT WAS, THEY MADE DECISIONS TO INVEST MONEY IN ACQUISITIONS IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TO MEET A PLAN THAT REQUIRED INVESTMENT, THAT REQUIRED SPENDING AT A TIME WHEN THEY WERE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING THEY COULD TO SAVE EVERY SINGLE NICK WILL. I.B.M. IS STRONGER THAN EVER AND GOING TO CELEBRATE ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY. WE HAVE TO CUT. THERE IS NOT AN ARGUMENT HERE AND I LISTENED TO PAUL RYAN WHEN HE SAID WE HAVE TO LEAVE THIS COUNTRY BETTER OFF FOR OUR KIDS AND GRANDIDS CAN. HE IS RIGHT AND COMPANIES THAT LOOK AT A BALANCE SHEET, WE HAVE TO SAVE MONEY. AND THE CRITICISM OF MANY GOVERNMENTAL PROGRAMS IS RIGHT. WHEREVER WE CAN FIND THAT WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE, LET'S GET RID OF IT. THAT SERVES NOBODY. BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, WE HAVE TO MAKE INVESTMENTS. THERE ARE PLACES WE HAVE TO SPEND MONEY AND WE HAVE SEEN THAT IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY. SO JUDGMENTS HAVE TO BE MADE. AND MY QUESTION ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS BASICALLY THE PREMISE IN THE BUDGET. IT'S NOT THE GOAL. MR. RYAN STATED THAT, WELL, HE SPEAKS FOR ME WHEN HE SAYS ABOUT THAT OBLIGATION TO LEAVE OUR KIDS BETTER OFF, BUT THERE ARE TWO PREMISES IN THE BUDGET, TAXES WILL LEAD TO GROWTH. SOMETIMES THAT'S TRUE, BUT NOT ALWAYS. WE HAVE TO HAVE REVENUES TO PAY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND PAY FOR THINGS LIKE DEPLOYMENT, NATIONAL INSTITUTES FOR HEALTH AND WE NEED REVENUES TO DO THINGS AND MAKE INVESTMENTS. IN THE SECOND PREMISE IS THAT LESS SPENDING IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN MORE INVESTMENT. THOSE, AS I SEE IT, ARE THE TWO PREMISES THAT ARE IN THE RYAN BUDGET. AND THOSE ARE DEBATABLE. NOW, THE OTHER ASPECT OF THE BUDGET THAT IN MY VIEW, MADAM CHAIR, IS LACKING IS WHAT'S OFF THE TABLE. IT'S NOT WHAT'S ON THE TABLE. I DON'T AGREE WITH THE MEDICARE PROPOSAL IN THE RYAN BUDGET BUT FAIR TO PUT MEDICARE ON THE TABLE. WHAT IS -- 30 SECONDS -- WHAT IS A PROBLEM IS THAT THE PENTAGON IS OFF THE TABLE, THE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN ARE OFF THE TABLE AND WHATEVER OUR POSITIONS ARE ON THESE MATTERS INCLUDING THE MILITARY, WE HAVE TO PAY OUR WAY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:27:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:27:23 PM

    MR. BRADY

    AT THIS TIME, I RESERVE.

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    THE CHAIR

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    MR. HINCHEY

    PROVIDE TWO MINUTES TO MR. GARAMENDI, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    SPELL DIRECTLY TO THE SENIOR CITIZENS OF AMERICA AND TO THOSE WHO WANT TO…

    SPELL DIRECTLY TO THE SENIOR CITIZENS OF AMERICA AND TO THOSE WHO WANT TO BECOME SENIOR CITIZENS. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET DESTROYS, TERMINATES MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT TODAY. UNDER THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, IN 10 YEARS, MEDICARE WILL NO LONGER EXIST AS IT IS TODAY, A GUARANTEED BENEFIT AVAILABLE TO EVERY AMERICAN WHO TURNS 65. IT WILL BE OVER. YOU WILL BE GIVEN A VOUCHER, A VOUCHER THAT IS INSUFFICIENT TO PAY FOR YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE AND NO GUARANTEE WHAT THAT HEALTH INSURANCE WILL BE. LET ME SPEAK TO THOSE WHO ARE MEDICARE TODAY. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS REMOVES THREE-QUARTERS OF $1 TRILLION, 771 BILLION FROM MEDICAID. MEDICAID PROVIDES SERVICES TO THE AGED, BLIND AND DISABLED, THOSE IN NURSING HOMES, STAND THE RISK OF BEING THROWN OUT OF THE NURSING HOMES. I WANT TO SPEAK TO THOSE WHO WANT TO BECOME 65 AND WANT TO LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO GET INTO MEDICARE. WHEN -- IF YOU ARE 55 YEARS OF AGE AND YOUNGER, YOU WILL NOT HAVE MEDICARE IF THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET BECOMES LAW. IT IS OVER. IT IS TERMINATED. IT IS GONE. INSTEAD, YOU WILL BE GIVEN A VOUCHER TO GO TALK TO THE INSURANCE COMPANIES. AND WHAT WILL YOU TALK ABOUT? YOU WILL TALK ABOUT PAYING, PAYING, PAYING. THEY SAY THAT THERE IS NO TAX SHIFT IN THIS. IN FACT, THERE IS A $6,000 TAX EQUIVALENT TO EVERY PERSON 55 AND YOUNGER. YOU ARE GOING TO WIND UP PAYING AN ADDITIONAL $6,000.

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  • 09:29:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BRADY

    30 SECONDS. I REMIND MY LISTENERS THAT IT WAS OUR DEMOCRATS WHO FOUGHT THE…

    30 SECONDS. I REMIND MY LISTENERS THAT IT WAS OUR DEMOCRATS WHO FOUGHT THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM THAT HAS BEEN SO CRITICAL FOR SENIORS TO BUY THEIR MEDICINE. THEY SLASHED HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS FROM MEDICARE TO PAY FOR THE NEW OBAMACARE PLAN. AND THEY DID NOTHING TO PRESERVE MEDICAID FOR OUR SENIORS. THE EXAGGERATIONS TODAY THAT ARE FLYING THROUGH THIS CHAMBER ARE SHAMEFUL. WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE INTENT ON DOING IS PRESERVING MEDICARE.

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  • 09:30:24 PM

    MR. BRADY

    MYSELF AN ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS. DEMOCRATS HAVE FAILED TO LEAD ON THESE…

    MYSELF AN ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS. DEMOCRATS HAVE FAILED TO LEAD ON THESE IMPORTANT ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS. THEY HAD THEIR CHANCE. THEY FAILED. REPUBLICANS WILL LEAD AND WE WILL PRESERVE THOSE PROGRAMS.

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  • 09:30:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. . THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:30:51 PM

    MR. HINCHEY

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS ONE HALF MINUTE REMAINING.

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    THE CHAIR

    ONE HALF MINUTE?

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    MR. HINCHEY

    THE CIRCUMSTANCE WE ARE DEALING WITH IS CONTINUING THE PROGRESS WE'VE…

    THE CIRCUMSTANCE WE ARE DEALING WITH IS CONTINUING THE PROGRESS WE'VE MADE. WE HAVE PROVIDED HEALTH CARE FOR PEOPLE THROUGH MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. THE OPPOSITION HERE IN THIS DISTRICT WANTS TO ELIMINATE THAT. THEY WANT TO CUT BACK ON MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT AN MORE EXPENSE I. WE HAVE EXPANDED THE OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO GET JOBS. THEY WANT TO ELIMINATE THAT. WE HAVE TRIED TO MAKE THIS WHOLE SYSTEM MORE EQUITABLE, MORE FAIR AND MORE GENUINE. THEY ARE TRYING TO PROVIDE MORE FUNDING FOR THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE AND LESS FOR THE WORKING PEOPLE AND LESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WORKING PEOPLE. FOR ALL OF THOSE REASONS, WE OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION AND HOPE THAT MOST OF THE POPULATION OF THIS DISTRICT WILL OPPOSE IT AS WELL.

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  • 09:31:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED…

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE AND THREE QUARTERS MINUTES.

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  • 09:31:57 PM

    MR. BRADY

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. HOW MANY AMERICANS REALLY THINK…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. HOW MANY AMERICANS REALLY THINK THIS COUNTRY IS HEADING THE RIGHT DIRECTION? HOW MANY AMERICANS, MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS, BELIEVE THAT THESE DEBTS, THE TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICITS, CAN GO ON AND ON AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE? HOW MANY AMERICANS BELIEVE THAT ALTHOUGH THEY HAVE A BETTER LIFE AND OPPORTUNITY THAN THEIR PARENTS, HOW MANY OF THEM QUESTION WHETHER THEIR CHILDREN WILL HAVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES IN AMERICA TODAY? WE CAN'T CONTINUE TO GO DOWN THIS PATH. THAT'S WHAT THE RYAN REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS ALL ABOUT. A NEW DIRECTION FOR AMERICA WHERE WE NO LONGER HIDE OUR HEADS IN THE SAND AND IGNORE THE PROBLEMS FACING AMERICA. WITH -- WHAT PAUL RHINE AND THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET DOES IS TELL THE TRUTH TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT HOW SERIOUS A PROBLEM WE FACE AS A NATION. IT OFFERS REAL, COMMON SENSE SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS THEM, GIVES THEM IDEAS THAT WORK, SOLUTIONS THAT WORK. IT CREATES ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOB CREATION BY FOSTERING THE RIGHT BUSINESS CLIMATE FOR GROWTH IN AMERICA. IT TACKLES OUR SPENDING, DANGEROUS SPENDING DEFICITS BY REDUCING THOSE OVER TIME, IMPLYING AND IMPOSING DISCIPLINE ON OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SO THEY HAVE TO LIVE WITHIN THE SAME MEANS OUR FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE TO DO. IT PROVIDES REAL SECURITY FOR OUR SENIORS AN MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND SOCIAL SECURITY, AN MORE IMPORTANTLY OFFERS HOPE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO DON'T THINK THOSE PROGRAMS WILL EVER BE AROUND AGAIN. PAUL RYAN'S REPUBLICAN BUDGET OFFERS THEM HOPE THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TODAY AND IT REPEAL THIS IS TERRIBLE OPAW MACARE AND GIVES AMERICA HOPE AGAIN. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS BUDGET AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:33:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED.…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 112-62 IS CONSIDERED AS AN ORIGINAL CONCURRENT RESOLUTION FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT AND IS CONSIDERED READ. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART B OF THE REPORT. EACH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT, EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT. AFTER CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION, THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION FOR AMENDMENT, THERE SHALL BE A FINAL PERIOD OF GENERAL DEBATE WHICH SHALL NOT EXCEED 20 MINUTES, EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE BUDGET. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 112-62. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:35:14 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    I HAVE AN EMMITT AT THE DESK IN ORDER UNDER THE RULE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 1 IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-62,…

    NUMBER 1 IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-62, OFFERED BY MR. CLEAVER OF

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  • 09:35:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 223, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR.…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 223, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLEAVER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL 15 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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  • 09:35:40 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS HAS OFFERED AN…

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS HAS OFFERED AN ALTERNATIVE RESOLUTION TO THE BUDGET PROPOSAL EVERY YEAR SINCE 1981. THIS YEAR MARKS THE 40THTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS AND WE HAVE OVER THOSE YEARS SERVE AS THE CONSCIENCE OF THIS BODY. I STAND IN FRONT OF YOU TODAY TO SAY THAT THIS IS PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL OF THE ALTERNATIVE BUDGETS OFFERED BY THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS AND THE REASON IS THAT, MADAM CHAIR, WE BELIEVE THAT SOMEONE MUST STAND UP FOR THE VULNERABLE POPULATION AND THE VULNERABLE POPULATION IS NOT WHAT WE GENERALLY LIKE TO THINK, IT'S NOT THE STEREOTYPICAL VIEW OF A PERSON WHO DOESN'T WORK AND IS SHIFTLESS AND IS A PARASITE. THE VULNERABLE POPULATION TODAY CONSISTS OF FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS, MUNICIPAL WORKERS, STATE WORKERS, FACTORY WORKERS, WHO HAVE BEEN LAID OFF THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN BECAUSE OF THIS WEAK ECONOMY. AND THOSE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING, TRYING TO MAKE IT. AND SOMEBODY MUST STAND UP FOR THEM. THEY'RE BLACK, WHITE, BROWN, THEY'RE ELDERLY, SOME OF THEM ARE AT AN AGE WHERE IT WILL BE DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO GET ANOTHER JOB. SO SOMEBODY MUST STAND UP FOR THEM AND WE HAVE DECIDED THAT IT WILL BE US. NOW, LET ME JUST SAY THAT THESE ARE SOME WEIRD TIMES. WE DO HAVE A BUDGET DEFICIT AND WE WOULD NOT AT ALL SUGGEST THAT WE DON'T NEED TO DEAL WITH THE BUDGET DEFICIT. WHAT WE NEED TO DO, HOWEVER, IS DEAL WITH IT IN A WAY THAT WILL PROTECT THE VULNERABLE POPULATIONS. MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE A LEFT NINA IS ARTIFICIAL. IT IS A PROSTHETIC, THE RESULT OF A FOOTBALL INJURY. AND ONCE I RECOVERED AND LEFT THE HOSPITAL, AFTER THE SURGERY, MY BRAIN AUTOMATICALLY FORCED THE REST OF MY BODY TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE SICK SIDE OF MY BODY SO I AUTOMATICALLY, EVEN THOUGH I TRIED NOT TO, DID EVERYTHING I COULD DO TO PROTECT MY LEFT KNEE. I EVEN PUT MOST OF MY WEIGHT THOIN RIGHT KNEE. AND WHAT I AM SAYING IS THAT OUR BODIES PROVIDE US WITH A MESSAGE THAT WHEN SOME PART OF OUR BODY IS VULNERABLE, IS WEAK, THE OTHER PART, THE STRONG PART, NEEDS TO DO EVERYTHING IT CAN TO PROTECT THE WEAK PART. THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS IS SAYING THAT OUR ALTERNATIVE BUDGET DOES EXACTLY THAT. WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE FACT THAT THE GAPS IN AFTER-TAX INCOME BETWEEN THE RICHEST 1% OF AMERICANS AND THE MIDDLE AND POOREST FIFTH OF OUR COUNTRY, MORE THAN DOUBLED BETWEEN 1979 AND 2009, SO WE CAN SEE THAT THE RICH ARE GETTING RICHER, THE POOR ARE GETTING POORER. WHEN I HEAR PEOPLE SAY WE MUST HAVE SHARED SACRIFICE, I DISAGREE. THE POOREST PEOPLE DON'T NEED TO SACRIFICE. I'M NOT SURE YOU CAN FIND A SINGLE POOR PERSON WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE OF THE LAST TWO YEARS. MARK ZANDI, AN ECONOMIST WITH UNIMPEACHABLE REPUBLICAN CREDENTIALS SAID THAT 1.7 MILLION PEOPLE WILL LOSE THEIR JOBS IN THE FIRST TWO YEARS IF THIS BUDGET IS ENACTED. AND SO, MADAM SPEAKER, WE INTEND TO PRESENT OUR BUDGET NOW TO DEMONSTRATE HOW THIS BODY CAN PROTECT ITS WEAK SIDE AND STILL MAINTAIN THE BEST OF THIS REPUBLIC FOR THE PROTECTION OF ITS PEOPLE. I NOW, MADAM SPEAKER, RESERVE TWO MINUTES FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:39:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 15 MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I'M GLAD WE'RE GOING THROUGH THIS PROCESS THIS YEAR. I THINK THIS IS A…

    I'M GLAD WE'RE GOING THROUGH THIS PROCESS THIS YEAR. I THINK THIS IS A HEALTHY PART OF WHAT WE DO. IT SEPARATES US FROM A LOT OF OTHER COUNTRIES. I'M GLAD WE'RE DOING THIS. THIS IS MY SECOND TERM IN CONGRESS. LAST YEAR, WE LAST CONGRESS, WE DIDN'T DOE GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS. I THINK THIS IS HEALTHY. I THINK WE ALL CARE DEEPLY AND ARE PATRIOTIC ABOUT THIS COUNTRY. BUT I HAPPEN TO HAVE A VISION THAT SAYS THAT THE PROPER ROLE OF FOVET IS SOMEWHAT LIMITED. AND THAT WE -- THERE IS A PROPER ROLE FOR GOVERNMENT AND THAT WE NEED TO ADHERE TO THAT PROPER ROLE. IT'S FUNNY, SOMETIMES I HEAR OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, AND I HEAR THAT WE'RE GOING TO SACRIFICE THIS AND CUT THAT. LET'S UNDERSTAND, WE'RE STILL GOING TO SPEND $3.5 TRILLION, WITH A CAPITAL T. THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY. PEOPLE OFTEN ASK ME, THEY SAY, HOW MUCH IS $1 TRILLION. IT'S A HARD NUMBER TO GET YOUR ARMS AROUND. BUT IF YOU WERE TO SPEND $1 MILLION A DAY, EVERY DAY, IT WOULD TAKE YOU ALMOST 3,000 YEARS TO GET TO $1 TRILLION. TO $1 TRILLION. WE'RE $14 TRILLION IN DEBT, WE'RE PAYING MORE THAN $600 MILLION A DAY IN INTEREST ON THAT IT'S ON ITS WAY TO $1 BILLION. JUST THE INTEREST ON THAT DEBT. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE FACT THAT WE GOT TO PAY THAT DEBT. WE'VE GOT TO CUT UP THE GOVERNMENT CREDIT CARDS. WE HAVE SPENT FAR TOO MUCH MONEY. WHAT I LIKE ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE PROPOSED IN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS THAT WE START TO REIN IN THE OUT OF CONTROL SPENDING, YET WE STILL FULFILL A LOT OF OBLIGATIONS WE HAVE TO THIS COUNTRY, PARTICULARLY FOR SENIORS AND OTHERS. WE WILL STILL SPEND AN EXORBITANT AMOUNT OF MONEY BUT OVER THE COURSE OF TIME, WE'LL BE ON THE PROPER TRAJECTORY TO LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS. I THINK THAT'S ONE OF THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE COUNTRY IS THE IDEA OF PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. THE IDEA THAT WE HAVE TO LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS. THAT WE ARE SELF-SUFFICIENT. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE FACT THAT IN CONGRESSES PREVIOUS, GENERATIONS PREVIOUS, THEY HAVE RACKED UP THIS DEBT. WE CAN BLAME EACH OTHER FOR THAT BUT THE REALITY MOVING FORWARD IS WE HAVE TO PUT OURSELVES ON A TRAJECTORY TO BALANCE THE BUDGET AND PAY OFF THE DEBT. AND THAT, I THINK, IS ONE OF THE GREAT MORAL RESPONSIBILITIES THAT WE HAVE IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. THE ADULT CONVERSATION THAT WE HAVE. THERE ARE A LOT OF THESE IN THIS COUNTRY. BUT WE'RE BROKE, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. WE'RE BROKE. AND WE HAVE GOT TO REIN IN THE SPENDING. AND WE HAVE GOT TO MAKE THE UNITED STATES AS COMPETITIVE AS WE CAN POSSIBLY BE. BECAUSE WHEN WE'RE COMPETITIVE ON THE WORLD STAGE, THIS IS STILL, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS STILL THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET, BUT IF WE'RE GOING TO BE THE MILITARY AND ECONOMIC SUPERPOWER, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS AND TO BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:43:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CLEAVER

    MYSELF 10 SECONDS TO JUST SAY, WHEN PROGRESS IS MADE, SOMEONE IS ALWAYS…

    MYSELF 10 SECONDS TO JUST SAY, WHEN PROGRESS IS MADE, SOMEONE IS ALWAYS LEFT BEHIND. AND MY CONCERN IS THAT IT'S ALWAYS THE VULNERABLE. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. BOBBY SCOTT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. SCOTT

    MADAM CHAIR. THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS HAS A LONG HISTORY OF…

    MADAM CHAIR. THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS HAS A LONG HISTORY OF SUBMITTING FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE BUDGET ALTERNATIVES REGARDLESS OF WHO MAY BE SITTING IN THE WHITE HOUSE OR WHICH PARTY HOLDS THE MAJORITY IN CONGRESS THIS YEAR'S BUDGET ALTERNATIVE CONTINUE THIS IS TRADITION BY PUTTING FORTH A PLAN THAT REDUCE OURS DEFICIT OVER THE NEXT TO DECADE WHILE INCREASING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES AND PROMOTING JOB CREATION IN EVERY CORNER OF OUR SOCIETY. UNLIKE THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, THE C.B.C. BUDGET BRINGS THE DEFICIT TO $1 -- TO 137B9% OF G.D.P. IN 2015, BETTER THAN SO-CALLED PRIMARY BALANCE, THE GOAL OF THE PRESIDENT'S FISCAL COMMISSION, AND ACHIEVES PRIMARY BALANCE EVEN EARLIER THAN THE COMMISSION ITSELF. I COMMEND THE REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE FOR PROPOSING A BUDGET THAT REDUCES LONG-TERM DEBT, HE ONLY ACHIEFS THIS BY SHIFTING MEDICAL COSTS AND LOW -- TO LOWER INCOME AMERICANS AND SENIORS. THE C.B.C. BUDGET IS MUCH MORE RESPONSIBLE. OUR BUDGET MAKES TOUGH CHOICES BUT UNLIKE THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, IT DOESN'T JEOPARDIZE SOCIAL SECURITY, UNDERMINE MEDICAID BY TURNING IT INTO A BLOCK GRANT, OR SHIFT MEDICARE COSTS TO SENIORS BY CREATING A VOUCHER PROGRAM THAT DOESN'T KEEP PACE WITH MEDICAL INFLATION. OUR BUDGET REFLECTS THESE VITAL -- PROTECTS THESE VITAL PROGRAMS AND COMPARED TO THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET HAS $1.3 TRILLION MORE IN DEFICIT REDUCTION OVER THE NEXT DECADE. THE C.B.C. BUDGET PROPOSES RESPONSIBLE REVENUE INCREASES BY CLOSING CORPORATE LOOPHOLES AND PREMPSES, DETERING AAGRESSIVE STOCK SPECULATION WHICH HELPS CONTRIBUTE TO THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS AND ENSURING THAT THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS WHO BENEFITED MOST FROM THE TAX CUTS AND BAILOUTS OF THE LAST DECADE PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE. NOW WITH THE ADDITIONAL REVENUES AND ASSUMING SOME OF THE CUTS PROPOSED IN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET, THE C.B.C. BUDGET USES 80% OF THE ADDITIONAL REVENUE FOR DEFICIT REDUCTION AND THEN INVESTS THE REST TO PROTECT FROM MAKING THE CUTS IN OUR SAFETY NET PROGRAM LIKE W.I.C. OR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, AVOIDING CUTS IN INVESTMENTS IN OUR FUTURE LIKE HEAD START, PELL GRANTS, HIGH SPEED RAIL, AND NASA, PROTECTS CUTS, REDUCES CUTS IN CRITICAL FUNCTIONS LIKE CLEAN WATER, F.B.I. AGENTS AND FOOD INSPECTION, AND HAS MORE FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE, HOMELAND SECURITY, AND OUR VETERANS. . OUR BUDGET FUNDS UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE 99ERS. IT INVESTS IN OUR FUTURE AND MAPETS ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND NATIONAL SECURITY AND DOES ALL OF THIS AND HAS MORE DEFICIT REDUCTION THAN THE UNDERLYING REPUBLICAN BUDGET. SO WE HAVE A CHOICE. WE CAN HAVE LOWER DEFICITS AND A BETTER FUTURE OR TAX CUTS FOR MILLIONAIRES AND OIL COMPANIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO MAKE THE CHOICE AND SUPPORT THE CLEAVER AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:46:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:46:40 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE FRESHMAN THE GENTLEMAN FROM OAK -- OKLAHOMA,…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE FRESHMAN THE GENTLEMAN FROM OAK -- OKLAHOMA, MR. LANCHING FORD.

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  • 09:46:52 PM

    MR. LANKFORD

    HOUSE BUDGET WE ARE PROPOSING IS A BUDGET THAT WILL TAKE DISCRETIONARY…

    HOUSE BUDGET WE ARE PROPOSING IS A BUDGET THAT WILL TAKE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING AND DEAL WITH OUR SPENDING ISSUE. WE HAVE INCREASED OUR DISCRETIONARY SPENDING 25 PERCENT AND TRYING TO MOVE IT BACK TO WHERE WE WERE A FEW YEARS AGO AND ALLOW IT TO GROW. WE ARE FOCUSING ON FREEZING THE FEDERAL WORK FORCE. AND TAKING THAT ISSUE ON AS THE PRESIDENT AND THE DEBT COMMISSION SAID HOW DO WE NEED TO HANDLE OUR FEDERAL WORK FORCE AND HAS INCREASED BY 140,000 AND WALKS THROUGH THE PROCESS OF WHAT DO WE DO TO OUR SOCIAL SAFETY NET TO MAKE SURE IT IS STILL THERE IN THE YEARS TO COME. WE BELIEVE THERE NEEDS TO BE A SOCIAL SAFETY NET BUT AS OUR CHAIRMAN SAID THAT SHOULD BE A SAFETY NET AND NOT A HAMMOCK AND ALLOW PEOPLE TO FIND A SAFE HAVEN UNTIL THEY ARE ABLE TO GET BACK ON THEIR FEET. THAT IS A GOOD THING AND WE NEED TO FIND WAYS TO PROTECT THAT IN THE DAYS TO COME. PART OF THE STRUGGLE IS FINDING WAYS THAT PEOPLE AREN'T TRAPPED. WE WOULD LIKE TO REFORM. WITH TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES AND HAS BECOME A GREAT SUCCESS ON HELPING FAMILIES TO TRANSITION INTO WORK, THE BEST WAY WE CAN TAKE CARE OF FAMILIES IN POVERTY IS NOT A PROGRAM FROM THE GOVERNMENT, IS A GREAT JOB AND GREAT SELF-ESTEEM AND BE PART OF OUR GROWING ECONOMY. THE NATION IS BROKE. AND WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS FOCUS ON REDUCING SPENDING AND DEALING WITH HOW WE HANDLE WHAT WE DO AS A NATION AND WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH. AS FAR AS MEDICARE, WE HAVE BEEN CLEAR THROUGH THIS PROCESS WE ARE DEALING WITH THOSE THAT ARE 54 YEARS AND YOUNGER. THOSE FACING POVERTY, THOSE INDIVIDUALS WOULD HAVE FULL COVERAGE AND AS THEY ARE WEALTHY, WE WOULD MEANS TEST THAT. WEALTH YEAR SENIOR CITIZENS WOULD COVER THEIR OWN MEDICARE BUT THOSE IN POVERTY OR NEAR THE POVERTY RANGE THEY WOULD BE SUPPLEMENTED AND MAKE SURE WE TAKE CARE OF THEM AND DON'T WEAR ABOUT NOT BEING ON MEDICARE. AND WE HAVE ONE MORE MAJOR THING WE HAVE DISCUSSED, WE ALL WANT TAXES TO BE MORE SIMPLE. TOMORROW IS APRIL 15, ALL OF OUR FAVORITE DAY IN AMERICA DEALING WITH THE TAXES AND THE PROCESS. AND IT'S NOT A MATTER OF BEING A GREAT CITIZEN BUT GOING THROUGH THE TAX FORMS. WE NEED TO SIMPLIFY THIS PROCESS AND MAKE IT MORE FLAT, MORE LEVEL, MORE FAIR FOR PEOPLE ACROSS THE BOARD. WE AREN'T TALKING ABOUT RAISING TAXES $6 TRILLION. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT KEEPING TAX RATES WHERE THEY ARE AND HONOR PEOPLE, FAMILIES AND HONOR OUR RATES.

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  • 09:49:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. JEASM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:50:06 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    RE REMAINS?

  • 09:50:15 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. MOORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. YOUNG.

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    MR. YOUNG

    MAB MUCH DISCUSSION ABOUT SHARED SACRIFICE. LET'S DISAGGREGATE THAT FOR A…

    MAB MUCH DISCUSSION ABOUT SHARED SACRIFICE. LET'S DISAGGREGATE THAT FOR A MOMENT. WE ARE CON TEMPERATURE PLAILTING THAT RIGHT NOW IF WE FAIL TO ACT AND FAIL TO ADDRESS OUR NATION'S DEBT CRISIS. SHARED SACRIFICE FOR THE UNEMPLOYED AND UNDEREMPLOYED, THAT IS WHAT WE ARE CONTEMPLATING IF OUR NATION'S SOLUTION IS TO INCREASE TAXES. DECREASE IN JOB CREATION IN THIS COUNTRY AND SEE US GOING IN THE OTHER DIRECTION IN TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT IN THIS COUNTRY IF WE IMPLEMENT AS IS PROPOSED IN THIS SUBSTITUTE, A TAX INCREASE OF ALMOST $6 TRILLION AS COMPARED TO THE BUDGET THAT WE ARE EMBRACING ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE. WE ARE IMPOSING ALL MANNER OF UNNECESSARY SACRIFICE UNDER THIS SUBSTITUTE ON AMERICANS THAT ARE CURRENTLY WORKING, MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS AND CONTEMPLATES A TAX INCREASE ON CAPITAL GAINS AT ORDINARY INCOME RATES. WE ARE THINKING OF TAXING PENSION AND MUTUAL FUNDS AT A RATE AS HIGH AS 49% AND WOULD ADVERSELY IMPACT OUR SENIORS AND NOT THE RESPONSIBLE THING TO DO. WE ARE CONTEMPLATING IN THIS PROPOSAL ALLOWING ALL TAX PROVISIONS OF THE 2001 AND 2003 DEALS TO EXPIRE FOR ALL TAXPAYERS, IN OTHER WORDS, THIS IS A TAX INCREASE, PROPOSED TAX INCREASE ON MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS. I DON'T THINK THAT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO RIGHT NOW. WE CANNOT TAX OUR WAY OUT OF THIS SPENDING PROBLEM. WASHINGTON, ONCE AGAIN, DOES NOT HAVE A TAX PROBLEM. WE AREN'T IN THIS MESS BECAUSE WE AREN'T TAXING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ENOUGH BUT BECAUSE WE ARE SPENDING FAR TOO MUCH. THIS WILL BECOME A FAMILIAR CHART FOR AMERICANS AROUND THE COUNTRY BUT LET'S LOOK AT THIS, THIS IS THE SKI SLOPE FOR FUTURE SPENDING PROJECTIONS IF WE DO NOTHING. THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE PROPOSING WE CONTINUE ALONG THIS COURSE OR TRY AND REMEDY THIS SITUATION THROUGH JOB-CONSTRAINING TAX INCREASES. THAT'S NOT THE WAY TO GO. ONE STATISTIC THAT WAS CITED EARLIER TONIGHT, IF WE WERE TO TAX EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT MAKES $250,000 OR MORE, TWO INCOME EARNERS AT THE $125,000 LEVEL AT 100% OF THEIR INCOME, WE STILL COULD NOT IMPROVE OUR FINANCIAL SITUATION ENOUGH TO RESTORE JOB CREATION AND PUT OURSELVES BACK ON THE PATH OF PROSPERITY. WE NEED TO EMBRACE THIS RYAN BUDGET. THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:55:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI…

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:55:37 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AL GREEN.

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    MR. GREEN

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE CONFRONTING A DILEMMA. AND THE DILEMMA IS SIMPLY…

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE CONFRONTING A DILEMMA. AND THE DILEMMA IS SIMPLY THIS, TO PRIVATIZE OR NOT TO PRIVATIZE. WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, THAT'S THE DILEMMA THAT WE FACE BASED UPON WHAT THE OPPOSING PARTY PROPOSES. THE SIMPLE SOLUTION TO EDUCATION IS TO SIMPLY PRIVATIZE AND GIVE THEM VOUCHERS. THE SIMPLE SOLUTION TO SOCIAL SECURITY IS TO PRIVATIZE AND PLACE IT IN THE STOCK MARKET. THE SIMPLE SOLUTION TO HEALTH CARE IS TO PRIVATIZE AND GIVE THEM VOUCHERS. FOR EVERY COMPLICATED PROBLEM, THERE IS A SIMPLE SOLUTION THAT'S USUALLY WRONG. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:56:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:56:44 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    MADAM CHAIR, I WOULD JUST SAY WE DON'T OFFER A PROPOSAL TO PRIVATIZE…

    MADAM CHAIR, I WOULD JUST SAY WE DON'T OFFER A PROPOSAL TO PRIVATIZE SOCIAL SECURITY. WE DO NOT DO THE THINGS THAT WERE JUST SAID ON THIS FLOOR. IT -- NEVERTHELESS, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE JEASM INDIANA FROM INDIANA MR. ROKITA.

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  • 09:57:13 PM

    MR. ROKITA

    TONIGHT TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE SIZE, THE SCOPE AND THE AMOUNT OF…

    TONIGHT TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE SIZE, THE SCOPE AND THE AMOUNT OF EMPLOYEES THAT THIS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS. EARLIER TONIGHT I TALKED ABOUT THE STATE FROM WHICH I COME FROM, INDIANA, A.A.A. BOND RATING, NOT RAISING TAXES ON ANYBODY AND A BUDGET THAT YEAR AFTER YEAR HAS BEEN IN THE BLACK. AS SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIANA THE LAST EIGHT YEARS, I OPERATED A BUREAUCRACY. I KNOW A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THEM. AND WHAT WE HAVE IN INDIANA, AT LEAST IN THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE WAS A PRETTY DARN GOOD ONE. WE HAD NO MORE EMPLOYEES IN THE INDIANA SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE THAN WE DID IN THE EARLY 1980'S. WE WERE RUNNING ON AN 1987 BUDGET UNADJUSTED FOR INFLATION AND I CAN TELL BY THE REACTION BY SOME OF THE MEMBERS HERE IN THE HOUSE TONIGHT IS ONE OF SCOFFING. IT CAN BE DONE. THE STATES KNOW HOW TO DO IT. LET'S LOOK TO THEM. IN CONTRAST, INDIANA, WHAT DO WE SEE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, 155,000 MORE BUREAUCRATS THAN JUST A FEW YEARS AGO. AN 80-PLUS PERCENT INCREASE IN THE SIZE AND SCOPE OF THIS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, MADAM CHAIRMAN, AND THAT'S JUST THE PERSONNEL. WE CAN HAVE CUTS IN EACH OF THESE DEPARTMENTS. EVERY BUREAUCRAT THAT WE DON'T HIRE AFTER ONE RETIRES, WILL CAUSE A 10% DECREASE IN THE FEDERAL WORK FORCE OVER JUST A FEW YEARS. THAT'S RESPONSIBLE GOVERNING, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT A $14 TRILLION DEBT, $1 TRILLION YEAR AFTER YEAR DIFTS. AND AS THE PREVIOUS REPUBLICAN SPEAKER POINTED OUT, IT'S JUST GETTING WORSE. THE RED MENACE IS UPON US AND THE RED INK PRODUCED IN THIS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PRODUCED RIGHT HERE IN THE WELL OF THIS HOUSE TO BEGIN WITH. THE RYAN PROPOSAL THAT CAME OUT OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE ADDRESSES THIS IN A RESPONSIBLE MANNER. THE SMALLER WE MAKE THIS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THE MORE THE PRIVATE SECTOR GOES. IT IS CORREELINGSAL, IT'S DEFICIENTAL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THIS RYAN PROPOSAL. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:00:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:00:21 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK,

  • 10:00:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. CLARKE

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS BUDGET…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS BUDGET PROPOSAL, WHICH I BELIEVE TO BE A MORE RESPONSIBLE WAY FORWARD IN STARK CONTRAST TO THE BUDGET PROPOSED BY REPRESENTATIVE RYAN, THE C.B.C. BUDGET PROPOSAL RECOGNIZES THAT NOT ONLY CAN WE NOT SLASH OUR WAY TO PROSPERITY ON THE BACKS OF THE MOST VULNERABLE, IT CREATES JOBS, INVESTS IN OUR FUTURE BY SUPPORTING PROGRAMS THAT MAKE EDUCATION FROM THE CRADLE TO COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE AND PROTECTS THE MOST VULNERABLE AMERICANS. MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S TIME WE HAVE AN HONEST CONVERSATION WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT WHERE WE ARE. THE GREATEST WEALTH TRANSFER FROM THE POOR AND THE MIDDLE CLASS TO THE RICH AND THE WEALTHY IN OUR LIFETIME. HOW WE GOT HERE. BUSH TAX CUTS. SUBPRIME SCAMMING AND FINANCIAL SECTOR GREED. AND HOW WE GET TO SOLVENCY, BY SUPPORTING THE C.B.C. BUDGET ALTERNATIVE. WE ARE THE CONSCIENCE OF THE CONGRESS.

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  • 10:01:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 10:01:54 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    TO INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME EACH SIDE HAS AND HOW MANY SPEAKERS MIGHT…

    TO INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME EACH SIDE HAS AND HOW MANY SPEAKERS MIGHT BE LEFT. WE HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS EXCEPT MYSELF.

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  • 10:02:06 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    BE HAPPY TO TAKE THE REST OF HIS TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH HAS THREE MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH HAS THREE MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI HAS FOUR AND A HALF MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 10:02:20 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I WOULD LIKE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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    MR. CLEAVER

    ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS A CERTIFIED…

    ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS A CERTIFIED PHYSICIAN, DR. DONNA CHRISTENSEN.

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  • 10:02:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:02:39 PM

    MRS. CHRISTENSEN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS' BUDGET WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE AND RESPONSIVE TO THE NEEDS OF ALL AMERICANS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN UNDERSERVED AND IGNORED IN THESE HARD ECONOMIC TIMES. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WOULD SEND SENIORS AND THOSE WITH DISABILITIES OUT INTO THE PRIVATE INSURANCE MARKET WITH VOUCHERS THAT WILL NOT COVER THEM AND REOPEN THE DOUGHNUT HOLE. THE C.B.C. BUDGET ENDS THE DOUGHNUT HOLE. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE CUT MEDICAID, DENYING HEALTH CARE TO THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST, CONTINUING THE SPIRAL OF EXCESS DISABILITIES AND PREMATURE DEATHS. WE FULLY FUND MEDICAID, ENSURING HEALTH CARE AND THE CHANCE FOR WELLNESS WHICH MANY WOULD NOT HAVE WITHOUT THEM. WE ROBUSTLY FUND H.I.V., AIDS, W.I.C. AND OTHER PROGRAMS AND BRING BETTER HELP TO MINORITY THE POOR, THOSE IN RURAL AREAS AND THE TERRITORIES. UNLIKE THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WORK ECREATE MILLIONS OF JOBS, BRING DOWN COSTS AND FURTHER REDUCE THE DEFICIT. VOTE FOR THE C.B.C.'S BUDGET AND REJECT THE REPUBLICAN PLAN.

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  • 10:03:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM -- THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS…

    FROM -- THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:03:58 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    WE HAVE NO FURTHER PEEKERS. BUT I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE SYSTEM OF I…

    WE HAVE NO FURTHER PEEKERS. BUT I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE SYSTEM OF I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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  • 10:04:06 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE…

    ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN ELIJAH CUMMINGS.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS BUDGET. AS A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND FORMER CHAIRMAN OF A SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE COAST GUARD AND MARITIME TRANSPORTATION, I KNOW THAT BUDGET CUTS DO NOT BUILD BRIDGES. THEY ALSO DO NOT REPAIR ROADS AND THEY DO NOT EXPAND OUR TRANSIT SYSTEMS. UNLIKE THE MAJORITY'S PROPOSED BUDGET, WHICH THREATENS TO BRING OUR TRANSPORTATION NETWORKS TO A STANDSTILL, THE C.B.C. ALTERNATIVE BUDGET INVESTS $20 BILLION ABOVE THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET IN HIGHWAYS, TRANSIT, HIGH SPEED RAIL AND BRIDGES. SUCH AN INVESTIGATION. IN OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE WILL MOVE OUR RECOVERING ECONOMY FORWARD WHILE CREATING AT LEAST ONE MILLION JOBS. SUCH INVESTMENTS WILL ALSO ENSURE THE MOBILITY OF OUR CONSTITUENTS SO THEY CAN KEEP MOVING FORWARD TOSME C.B.C. ALTERNATIVE BUDGET MAKES THE INVESTMENTS IN ECONOMIC GROWTH OUR NATION'S NEEDS AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS BUDGET AND WITH THAT, MADAM CHAIR, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH CONS TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN…

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH CONS TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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  • 10:05:29 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD NOW ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR.…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD NOW ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DANNY DAVIS.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. DAVIS

    MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG ON SILLINGS TO THE RYAN PLAN AND IN FAVOR…

    MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG ON SILLINGS TO THE RYAN PLAN AND IN FAVOR OF THE C.B.C. BUDGET. THE C.B.C. BUDGET INVESTS HEAVILY IN THE EDUCATION OF OUR YOUNGEST CITIZENS FROM PRESCHOOL TO GRADUATE SCHOOL. THIS INVESTMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT ALL CHILDREN RECEIVE THE WORLD CLASS EDUCATION THEY SO GREATLY NEED AND RIGHTLY RESERVE. THIS INVESTMENT IS NECESSARY TO BUILD THE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION SYSTEM WE NEED TO IMPROVE SCHOOL READINESS AND REDUCE ACHIEVEMENT GAPS AMONG STUDENTS FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS. THIS INVESTMENT IS NECESSARY TO TEACH CRITICAL MATH AND SCIENCE SKILLS, TO IMPROVE GRADUATION RATES AND TO PROVIDE FOR CRUCIAL COLLEGE PREPARATION PROGRAMS SUCH AS TRIO AND GEAR UP, ALL OF WHICH ARE ESSENTIAL FOR SUCCESS IN OUR TECHNOLOGICAL WORLD. MADAM SPEAKER, EDUCATION IS A CIVIL RIGHTS EISSUE AND UNLESS WE EDUCATE ALL OUR CHILDREN THIS COUNTRY WILL NEVER BE WHAT IT OUGHT TO BE. I SUPPORT THE C.B.C. BUDGET AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:06:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TAME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT I HAVE THREE ADDITIONAL MINUTES, I'LL YIELD AN…

    IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT I HAVE THREE ADDITIONAL MINUTES, I'LL YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE, I KNOW YOU'VE GOT ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS, I YIELD YOU ONE MINUTE OF OUR TIME.

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  • 10:07:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM

  • 10:07:09 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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    THE CHAIR

    NOW HAS TWO AND A HALF MINUTES. MR.

  • 10:07:14 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. SHEILA JACKSON LEE.

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    THE CHAIR

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LEE: I THANK THE CHAIR. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH FOR YIELDING TO…

    LEE: I THANK THE CHAIR. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH FOR YIELDING TO THE C.B.C. THE C.B.C. BUDGET SAVES $235 BILLION IN INTEREST OVER 10 YEARS, WHICH THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET DOES NOT. I AM GLAD TO STAND HERE AND TALK ABOUT PORTS AND PUBLIC TRANSIT BUT I'M EVEN MORE GLAD TO TALK ABOUT THE $5 BILLION THAT GOES INTO GENERAL SCIENCES, SPACE, AND TECHNOLOGY AND THE $5 BILLION FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. THE REASON WHY I WANT TO SAY THAT IS, FOR ALL THE TAX CUTS TO THE WEALTHY, $800 BILLION, THE C.B.C. BUDGET UNDERSTANDS THAT THEY CAN INVEST IN HEALTH, INCOME SECURITY, EDUCATION, AND TRANSPORTATION. IN ADDITION, MAY I SAY TO YOU THAT THIS IS THE FACE OF WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO FIGHT FOR, A HARDWORKING NURSE AND A BEAUTIFUL CHILD. THIS IS WHAT AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT. AND I WOULD JUST SAY TO MY GOOD FRIEND THAT C.B.C. BUDGET DOES NOT ENGAGE IN SLASH ONO, MA'AMICS. -- IN SLASHONOMICS. WE CREATE JOBS IN COMMUNITY BLOCK GRANTS, TO SPACE, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY AND ALL THE BILL THE REPUBLICANS WILL DO TO AMERICA IS SLASH JOBS. SLASHONOMICS.

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  • 10:08:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH CONTINUES TO…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:08:49 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    IN CLOSING, I AM NOT ACCUSING ANYBODY OF BEING MEAN-SPIRITED OR WANTING TO…

    IN CLOSING, I AM NOT ACCUSING ANYBODY OF BEING MEAN-SPIRITED OR WANTING TO HURT PEOPLE. I AM ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED THAT THOSE WHO SUPPORT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET ARE GOOD AND DECENT AMERICANS AND TWHEANT BEST THING FOR THIS COUNTRY. I WILL NEVER STAND ON THIS FLOOR AND DO THAT. WHAT I AM SAYING IS THAT I BELIEVE, AND OUR CAUCUS BELIEVES THAT THEIR PROGRAM, THEIR BUDGET IS ONE THAT DOES DAMAGE TO THE VULNERABLE POPULATION OF THIS COUNTRY. AND WE BELIEVE THAT SOMEBODY MUST STAND UP AND SPEAK FOR THOSE WHO ARE HURTING AND CANNOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. A BUDGET IS A MORAL DOCUMENT. IT IS A PHOTOGRAPH OF WHAT WE BELIEVE. IT IS A LOOK INTO THE SOMEBODYNESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND WHEN WE LOOK AT THIS BUDGET THAT THIS CONGRESS WILL ULTIMATELY APPROVE, SOME BUDGET, IT IS WHO WE ARE, IT IS THE BIOGRAPHY OF WHO WE ARE. AND I AM ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED THAT THE WRONG BUDGET AND I THINK THE BUDGET THAT IS BEFORE US IS THE WRONG BUDGET, COULD CREATE A GASH ON THE SOUL OF AMERICA. AND LEAVE A SCAR FOR A LONG, LONG TIME. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS IS A TIME THAT WE MUST BE CAREFUL BECAUSE IF WE ARE NOT, GREAT DAMAGE WILL BE DONE TO THE PEOPLE WHO CAN AFFORD THE DAMAGE THE LEAST. I'M TALKING ABOUT CHILDREN, I'M TALKING ABOUT THE ELDERLY AND I'M TALKING ABOUT AMERICANS WHO LIVE NEXT DOOR TO US, PEOPLE WHO SIT ON THE PEW WITH US IN CHURCH. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO BE HURT BY THIS BUDGET. I THINK THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, WHEN THEY COME TO UNDERSTAND THIS BUDGET, WILL COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT WE'RE RIGHT AND WITH THAT, MADAM CHAIR --

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  • 10:10:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.

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    MR. CLEAVER

    YOU, MADAM CHAIR.

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    THE CHAIR

    FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON THE FACE OF THE…

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET. WE HAVE OVERCOME CHALLENGE AFTER CHALLENGE FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS. WHAT MAKES AMERICA GREAT IS THAT ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT, THAT CAN-DO ATTITUDE. THAT IDEA WAS INSPIRED IN THE CONSTITUTION. I BELIEVE THAT THE CONSTITUTION IS AN INSPIRED, SACRED DOCUMENT. BUT IF OUR -- IF WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN OUR BEING AS THE WORLD'S ECONOMIC AND MILITARY SUPERPOWER, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO CHANGE THE TRAJECTORY ON WHICH WE'RE DOING BUSINESS. TAXING, SPENDING, BORROWING MONEY THAT IS NOT THE PATHWAY TO PROSPERITY. THE AMERICAN DREAM IS BUILT UPON THE IDEAL THAT PEOPLE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES. THERE IS A PROPER ROLE OF GOVERNMENT. WHAT WE TRULY NEED IN THIS COUNTRY IS FISCAL DISCIPLINE, LIMITED GOVERNMENT, ACCOUNTABILITY, AND A STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE. AND THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET THAT HAS BEEN PUT FORWARD PUTS US ON THAT TRAJECTORY TO RETAIN AND REGAIN THAT FISCAL SANITY WE SO DESPERATELY NEED IN THIS COUNTRY. NOT ONLY DOES OUR BUDGET BALANCE OVER THE COURSE OF TIME, BUT IT ACTUALLY PAYS OFF THE DEBT. AND THAT, I THINK, AND I BELIEVE, IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING. AND WHAT THIS BUDGET THAT IS PUT FORTH BY THE BUDGET COMMITTEE HERE ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE TRULY DOES. WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO LEAD THIS COUNTRY -- LEAVE THIS COUNTRY BETTER THAN HOW WE FOUND IT. IF WE'RE GOING TO TRULY DRIVE JOBS AND THE ECONOMY FORWARD, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE NEED TO EMPOWER THE INDIVIDUAL. WE NEED TO EMPOWER THE ENTREPRENEUR SO THEY CAN BE THE VERY BEST WE CAN IN A VERY COMPETITIVE GLOBAL CLIMATE SYSTEM OF, MADAM CHAIR, I URGE THE PASSAGE OF THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS ALTERNATIVE THAT'S BEEN PUT FORTH IN THIS LAST HALF-HOUR. I'VE ENJOYED THE DEBATE, IT'S WHAT MAKE THIS IS COUNTRY GREAT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME

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  • 10:12:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE…

    YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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  • 10:12:59 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS?

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    THE CHAIR

    CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CHAIR IS ADVISED THAT AMENDMENT NUMBER TWO -- AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 112-62 WILL NOT BE OFFERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RISE?

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  • 10:13:40 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS ON THE MOTION TO RIDES. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE…

    IS ON THE MOTION TO RIDES. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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  • 10:14:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MADAM CHAIR.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAVING HAD…

    THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.CON.RES. 34, DIRECTS ME TO TO REPORT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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  • 10:14:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

    THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.CON.RES. 34 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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  • 10:15:00 PM

    THE CLERK

    LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. REICHERT OF WASHINGTON FOR TODAY AND…

    LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. REICHERT OF WASHINGTON FOR TODAY AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK.

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  • 10:15:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA RISE?

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  • 10:15:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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