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House Session - July 19, 2011

The House convened for Morning Hour, when members were permitted to speak on a variety of topics.

Speakers:
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  • 10:01:25 AM

    MS. FUDGE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 10:03:14 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 10:03:17 AM

    MR. BUTTERFIELD

    ME THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. MR. SPEAKER, ACROSS THE…

    ME THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. MR. SPEAKER, ACROSS THE COUNTRY, REPUBLICAN-LED LEGISLATURES ARE PASSING LAWS THAT WILL SUPPRESS MINORITY AND ELDERLY VOTERS IN THE COMING ELECTION UNDER THE GUISE OF ELIMINATING VOTER FRAUD, REPUBLICANS HAVE A SOLUTION TO A PROBLEM THAT SIMPLY DOES NOT EXIST. IN MY HOME STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA WHERE THE REPUBLICAN LEGISLATURE IS ATTEMPTING TO REQUIRE VOTER I.D. AT THE POLLS, THERE WERE ONLY 44 CASES OF VOTER FRAUD IN THE 2008 AND 2010 ELECTIONS COMBINED. 44 CASES OUT OF OVER SEVEN MILLION BALLOTS CAST. IS THIS A SERIOUS VOTER PROBLEM? NO. UNFORTUNATELY IT IS A CYNICAL AND MALICIOUS REPUBLICAN ATTEMPT TO SUPPRESS MINORITY AND ELDERLY VOTERS WHO TURN OUT IN HISTORICAL NUMBERS FOR THE 2008 ELECTIONS. ALMOST ONE-FOURTH OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN AGE VOTING CITIZENS AND ONE-FOURTH SENIORS DO NOT HAVE A GOVERNMENT-ISSUED I.D. THIS IS A POLL TAX. WE MUST INFORM OUR CONSTITUENTS THAT THEIR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT IN A DEMOCRACY IS BEING INFRINGED AND FIGHT BACK AGAINST THIS VOTER SUPPRESSION EPIDEMIC. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:04:26 AM

    MS. FUDGE

    THANK YOU. I YIELD NOW TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE CONGRESSLADY FROM FLORIDA,…

    THANK YOU. I YIELD NOW TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE CONGRESSLADY FROM FLORIDA, CORRINE BROWN.

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  • 10:04:37 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 10:04:40 AM

    MS. BROWN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND TO…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE ARE WITNESSING EFFORTS TO SUPPRESS MINORITY VOTING RIGHTS. HOW HAS THIS BEEN DOING? BY DETERRING MINORITY VOTERS FROM REGISTERING TO VOTE AND SOME GOING TO THE POLL. AN ORGANIZED EFFORT TO TURN BACK THE CLOCK BACK TO THE PERIOD PRIOR TO 1965 VOTING RIGHTS ACT. I AM FROM FLORIDA. IN MY STATE OUR GOVERNOR, RICK SCOTT, IS DOING EVERYTHING HE CAN TO FOLLOW IN THE STEPS OF WHAT IS OCCURRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY, TO STAMP OUT THE GAINS WE WORKED SO HARD FOR AND WORKED MANY, MANY YEARS TO ACHIEVE. GOVERNOR SCOTT SIGNED THE ELECTION BILL WHICH TAKES AWAY MANY OF THE FLORIDA VOTERS' BASIC RIGHTS. IT INCLUDES NUMEROUS HIDEOUS ITEMS, MUCH LIKE THAT IN THE BILLS' PAST AND OTHER STATE LEGISLATIONS AROUND THE NATION TO KEEP AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS FROM GOING TO THE POLLS OR REFRAIN FROM PARTICIPATING IN EARLY VOTING IN THE UPCOMING 2012 ELECTION. THE NEW LAWS PASSED IN FLORIDA WOULD MAKE VOTING MORE DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECENTLY CHANGED RESIDENCE AS WELL AS SHORTER EARLY VOTING TIME FROM 14 DAYS TO SIX DAYS. IT WILL PROVIDE 100 FEET -- IT GOES ON AND ON AND ON. IN ADDITION, IT IMPOSES A $50 FINE ON ELECTION SUPERVISORS WHO ARE LATE IN FILING ROUTINE REPORTS TO THE STATE. YOU KNOW, AFTER WHAT HAPPENED IN FLORIDA IN THE 2000 COUP D'ETAT, IT'S AMAZING TO ME THAT FLORIDA WOULD PASS SUCH HIDEOUS LAWS. I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WEIGH IN AND THAT THE PEOPLE IN FLORIDA ARE NOT DISENFRANCHISED.

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  • 10:06:40 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:06:53 AM

    MR. LANCE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS OUR NATION'S DEBT NOW APPROACHES ITS CURRENT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS OUR NATION'S DEBT NOW APPROACHES ITS CURRENT $14.29 TRILLION LIMIT, MANY AMERICANS RIGHTFULLY ASK HOW DID THIS HAPPEN. IN THE PAST DECADE ALONE CONGRESS HAS AUTHORIZED AN INCREASE IN THE DEBT 10 TIMES. WHEN REPUBLICANS HAVE CONTROLLED THE WHITE HOUSE AND CONGRESS IT WAS REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED FOR IT. WHEN DEMOCRATS HAVE CONTROLLED THE WHITE HOUSE AND CONGRESS, IT WAS DEMOCRATS WHO VOTED FOR IT. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS ONLY MANAGED TO BALANCE ITS BUDGET FIVE TIMES IN THE LAST 50 YEARS. MOST RECENTLY WITH PRESIDENT CLINTON, A DEMOCRAT, AND A REPUBLICAN CONTROL IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. WASHINGTON NOW BORROWS APPROXIMATELY 40% OF EVERY DOLLAR IT SPENDS. FOREIGN INVESTORS HOLD HALF OF OUR NATION'S $14 TRILLION DEBT. NOT ONLY FROM CHINA BUT FROM GREAT BRITAIN, SAUDI ARABIA AND OTHER PLACES AS WELL. ADMIRAL MULLEN, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF HAVE CALLED THE NATIONAL CAN HE TELL THE SINGLE BIGGEST THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MODERN HISTORY LAST YEAR'S CONGRESS PASSED NO BUDGET, NO FUNDAMENTAL BLUEPRINT FOR FEDERAL SPENDING AND NO FINAL DECISION ON SPENDING LEVELS THROUGH THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS FOR THE ENTIRE FISCAL YEAR. WE'VE BEEN OPERATING UNDER A SERIES OF CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS WHICH HAS LED TO UNCERTAINTY AS TO FEDERAL LEVELS OF SPENDING AND AS TO TAX RATES WHICH IN TURN HAS LED TO A LACK OF HIRING IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR WITH AN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF 9.2% WHICH IN TURN HAS LED TO LESS REVENUES IN FEDERAL COFFERS, A VICIOUS CYCLE THAT CANNOT CONTINUE. ANY AGREEMENT TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S REQUEST TO INCREASE OUR BORROWING LIMIT SHOULD INCLUDE A REAL PLAN TO BRING OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER AND REDUCE THE NATION'S UNSUSTAINABLY HIGH LEVELS OF FEDERAL SPENDING, OF DEBT AND DEFICITS. THIS SHOULD INCLUDE SUBSTANTIAL REDUCTIONS IN CURRENT SPENDING, AT LEAST $100 BILLION, IN FISCAL YEAR 2012. LIMITING FEDERAL EXPENDITURES TO A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE OF GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT, THE HISTORIC NORM HAS BEEN 20% OVER THE LAST GENERATION. TRAGICALLY WE ARE NOW AT 24%. AND SAFEGUARDS THAT WILL RESTRICT FUTURE SPENDING SUCH AS A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT WHICH IS CONTAINED IN 49 OF OUR 50 STATES. ALSO, WE MUST PUT PARTISANSHIP ASIDE AND INCLUDE REFORMS TO SAVE SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. IF WE DO NOTHING, FOR EXAMPLE, REGARDING MEDICARE IN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET, IN THE WINTER, DID NOTHING. THE PROGRAM WILL BEGIN TO GO BANKRUPT IN 2024, 13 YEARS FROM NOW. THAT IS SIMPLY UNSUSTAINABLE AND UNACCEPTABLE. WHEN I WAS A BOY AND A YOUNG MAN THE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE CONFRONTING THE NATION WAS THE THREAT OF THE SOVIET UNION AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNISM. THE FOCUS OF EVIL IN THE MODERN WORLD, AS PRESIDENT REAGAN SAID. THE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE CONFRONTING THE NATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY IS FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. WILL OUR CHILDREN LIVE IN A DIMINISHED AMERICA? WILL THE PROMISE OF A AMERICA THAT EACH GENERATION WILL DO BETTER THAN THE GENERATION BEFORE CONTINUE TO EXIST? WILL WE CONTINUE TO LEAD THE WORLD OR WILL THE LEADERSHIP PASS TO CHINA OR INDIA OR TO SOME OTHER PLACE? THIS IS THE GREAT ISSUE CONFRONTING THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, AND IT'S THE GREAT ISSUE CONFRONTING US HERE IN CONGRESS AS WELL. LET'S GET OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:10:41 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. QUIGLEY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:10:50 AM

    MR. QUIGLEY

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT ONCE WROTE A LETTER…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT ONCE WROTE A LETTER TO THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER URGING HIM TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING. THE PRESIDENT WROTE, "THE CONSEQUENCES OF A SERIOUS PROSPECT OF DEFAULT FOR THE UNITED STATES IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PREDICT AND AWESOME TO CONTEMPLATE. DENEGATION OF THE FULL CREDIT OF THE UNITED STATES WOULD HAVE SUBSTANTIAL IMPACT ON THE DOMESTIC FINANCIAL MARKETS AND ON THE VALUE OF THE DOLLAR IN EXCHANGE MARKETS." THAT PRESIDENT'S NAME WAS RONALD REAGAN AND THE YEAR WAS 1983. HE CLOSES UNDER THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HOWARD BAKER SAYING, THE RISKS, THE COSTS, THE INCALCULABLE DAMAGE LEADS ME TO ONE CONCLUSION, THE CONGRESS MUST PASS THIS LEGISLATION BEFORE CONGRESS ADJOURNS. WATCHING THE HOUSE FLOOR 28 YEARS LATER, HE COULD BE FORGIVEN FOR BEING SURPRISED REAGAN WOULD EVER SAY SUCH A THING. THAT'S BECAUSE THE REAGAN WHO GETS REFERENCED ON THE FLOOR HERE IS A MYTH WHILE THE REAGAN WHO WROTE TO HOWARD A BIGGER URGING PRAGMATISM WAS A MAN. THE REAL RONALD REAGAN ONCE SAID, ALL OF US HAVE GROWN UP ACCEPTING WITH LITTLE QUESTION CERTAIN IMAGES AS ACCURATE PORTRAITS OF LIVING FIGURES, SOME LIVING, SOME DEAD. SELDOM IF EVER DO WE ASK IF THE IMAGES IS TRUE AS THE ORIGINAL. IN THE YEAR OF HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY, THE GREAT COMMUNICATOR MIGHT BE AMAZED AT HOW FAR HIS OWN IMAGE HAS SHIFTED FROM THE ORIGINAL. HE'D SEE HIS MOST DEDICATED FOLLOWERS USING HIS NAME AS JUSTIFICATION FOR SAYING NO TO HONG OUR DEBTS. HE'D SEE HIS LEGACY USE TO PLAYING CHICKEN WITH THE WORLD'S GREATEST ECONOMIC ENGINE. BUT AS REAGAN OFTEN QUOTED JOHN ADAMS, FACTS ARE STUBBORN THINGS. THE FACTS ARE THESE -- PRESIDENT REAGAN RAISED THE DEBT CEILING 18 TIMES. HE RECOGNIZED THE DANGER OF ECONOMIC BRINKMANSHIP. PRESIDENT REAGAN TOOK RESPONSIBILITY IN THE DEEP TAX CUTS OF 1981 DIDN'T PRODUCE THE PROMISED REVENUE. HE WORKED WITH BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO FIND A MORE SUSTAINABLE BALANCE. HE WORKED WITH TIP O'NEILL TO SHORE UP SOCIAL SECURITY. HE WORKED WITH MY PREDECESSOR, DAN, TO REFORM THE TAX CODE AND ELIMINATE TAX LOOPHOLES. ALL OF THESE L.A.X.S WILL BE CONDEMNED AS TAX INCREASES AS THE PURISTS WHO FOLLOW THE IMAGE INSTEAD OF THE MAN. IMAGE WORSHIPED IS A BIPARTISAN DISEASE. BUT WE ALL DO OURSELVES AND OUR NATION A DISSERVICE BY DISTORTING PASSED IMAGES TO JUSTIFY PRESENT POLICY. AS ANOTHER PRESIDENT, JOHN F. KENNEDY, ONCE PUT IT, THE GREATEST ENEMY OF THE TRUTH IS VERY OFTEN NOT THE LIE, DELIBERATE, CONTRIVED AND DISHONEST. BUT THE MYTH, PERSISTENT, PERSUASIVE AND UNREALISTIC. TO SAY I DISAGREE WITH PRESIDENT REAGAN ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT BUT THE MORE I GET TO KNOW THE MYTH THE MORE I GET TO LIKE THE MAN. PRESIDENT REAGANS WAS NOT A PICTURE ON THE WALL. HE WAS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR TWO TERMS IN OFFICE AND DID HIS BEST TO FULFILL HIS SWORN OBLIGATIONS. WE IN CONGRESS WOULD DO WELL TO FOLLOW HIS LEAD AND FOCUS ON WHAT WE CAN DO DURING OUR SHORT TERM IN OFFICE. LET'S TRULY FOLLOW PRESIDENT REAGAN'S EXAMPLE AND GOVERN FOR THE FUTURE, NOT A PAST THAT NEVER EXISTED. INSTEAD OF TALKING TO PORTRAITS, LET'S TALK TO EACH OTHER. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:14:26 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. JONES, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:14:33 AM

    MR. JONES

    SPEAKER, I AM ONCE AGAIN ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE WITH A PICTURE OF…

    SPEAKER, I AM ONCE AGAIN ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE WITH A PICTURE OF CHILDREN WHO HAVE LOST A LOVED ONE IN AFGHANISTAN. ETHAN AND STEPHANIE, BOWING HERE AT ARLINGTON CEMETERY, LOST THEIR FATHER ON MAY 12 OF THIS YEAR. THE SERGEANT, WHO WAS STATIONED AT CAMP LEJEUNE MARINE BASE, AND ANOTHER WAS SENT WITH THE MISSION TO TRAIN AFGHAN CITIZENS TO BECOME POLICE. THE MEN HAD JUST SAT DOWN TO DINNER WHEN A ROGUE TRAINEE OPENED FIRE KILLING BOTH MEN. IN AN EMAIL TO HIS WIFE THE DAY BEFORE HE DIED, THE SERGEANT SAID, AND I QUOTE, I DON'T TRUST THEM. I DON'T TRUST THEM FOR ANYTHING, NOT ANYTHING AT ALL. THIS BRINGS ME TO A QUOTE FROM A.C. SNOW'S RECENT COLUMN TILED "TIME TO BRING THEM HOME: LET THEM LIVE." MR. SNOW IS A WELL-KNOWN CORRESPONDENT IN NORTH CAROLINA. AND I QUOTE, IT SEEMS WE NEVER RUN OUT OF WARS. IT IS AS IF ONE SMALL COUNTRY AFTER ANOTHER SENDS OUT A GRAVE'S INVITATION READING, WE'RE HAVING A WAR, PLEASE COME. AND UNCLE SAM BORROWS MILLIONS TO OFFER FREEDOM OUR NATION BUILDING. MR. SPEAKER, I GO BACK TO THE TWO LITTLE GIRLS IN THIS PICTURE. HOW MANY MORE CHILDREN WILL BE AT THE GRAVE SITE OF A LOVED ONE? HOW MANY MORE HAVE TO KNOWN THE PAIN OF WAR? I FURTHER QUOTE FROM A.C. SNOW'S ARTICLE AND HE QUOTED IN HIS WRITING LES MISERABLES. AND I QUOTE. HE'S ONLY A BOY. YOU CAN TAKE, YOU CAN GIVE, LET HIM BE, LET HIM LIVE, BRING HIM HOME, BRING HIM HOME. IT'S WAY PAST TIME PLAYING POLITICS WITH THE YOUTH. BRING HEM HOME. LET THEM LIVE. NOT JUST 30,000 BUT ALL OF THEM. I DEPRE WITH MR. SNOW AND MANY OTHERS ACROSS THIS NATION WHO ARE CALLING FOR OUR TROOPS TO COME HOME. BIN LADEN IS DEAD AND THERE ARE FEWER THAN 30 AL QAEDA REMAINING IN AFGHANISTAN, ACCORDING TO INTELLIGENCE REPORTS. . WE HAVE DONE OUR JOB. WE HAVE WON. IT IS TIME TO BRING THEM HOME. THE REASON I COT COME TO THE FLOOR IS BECAUSE OF A STATEMENT THE FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE SAID. I QUOTE MR. GATES, THAT IS WHY WE BELIEVE THAT BEGINNING IN FISCAL YEAR 2015 THE UNITED STATES CAN WITH MINIMAL RISK REDUCE AN ARMY ACTIVE DUTY IN STRENGTH BY 27,000 AND MARINE CORPS BY SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 15,000 TO 20,000. THESE PROJECTIONS ASSUME THE NUMBER OF TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN WOULD BE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED BY THE END OF 2014 IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRESENT STRATEGY. I SHARE THIS BECAUSE I BELIEVE WE ARE STILL IN A BLACK HOLE EVEN WITH THE PRESIDENT WITHDRAWING 10,000 TROOPS THIS YEAR. LET'S NOT WAIT UNTIL 2014 OR 2015. LET'S NOT BRING ANY MORE PAIN TO OUR MILITARY FAMILIES. OUR JOB IS DONE. LET'S BRING THEM HOME. MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE CLOSING ONE MORE TIME THE FACES OF THESE LITTLE GIRLS IS THE FACE OF PAIN OF A DADDY THEY WILL NEVER GROW UP TO KNOW. IT IS TIME TO BRING THEM HOME, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS TIME TO BRING THEM HOME. ON BEHALF OF ALL THE CHILDREN ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WHO LOST LOVED ONES, MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES. MAY GOD BLESS OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. AND MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS AMERICA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:18:21 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE CHAIR…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. RANGEL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:18:27 AM

    MR. RANGEL

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:18:31 AM

    MR. RANGEL

    THANK YOU. MY COLLEAGUES, AS WE GO HOME TO OUR DISTRICTS, I'M CERTAIN THAT…

    THANK YOU. MY COLLEAGUES, AS WE GO HOME TO OUR DISTRICTS, I'M CERTAIN THAT NO CONSTITUENT HAS SAID THEY WAKE UP IN THE MORNING WONDERING ABOUT WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO WITH THE DEBT CEILING. IN MY DISTRICT MOST WONDER HOW THEY ARE GOING TO GET A JOB. HOW ARE THEY GOING TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILIES? SO MANY OF AMERICANS HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. THEY DIDN'T COMMIT ANY WRONGDOING. THEY LOST THEIR SAVINGS, MANY ARE HOMELESS. THEY LOST THEIR SELF-ESTEEM. THEY HAVE LOST THEIR HEALTH BENEFITS. AND THEY ARE LOOKING TOWARDS THIS CONGRESS TO KIND OF PUT AMERICA ON THE RIGHT TRACK. RESTORE THE MIDDLE CLASS THAT MADE US SUCH A GREAT AND SUCCESSFUL NATION. INSTEAD OF TALKING ABOUT JOBS, WE FIND OURSELVES PUTTING THE PRESIDENT IN HOSTAGE BY SAYING, UNLIKE OTHER PRESIDENTS, WE ARE NOT GOING TO INCREASE THE DEBT CEILING. WELL, THIS IS A TECHNICAL WAY OF SAYING THAT WE OWE $14.3 TRILLION. TO PEOPLE THAT WE BORROWED FROM FOR UNNECESSARY WARS, FOR TAX CUTS THAT SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN THERE, AND A VARIETY OF THINGS THAT UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES ARE JUST NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR. INSTEAD OF TALKING ABOUT JOBS, THEY WILL TELL YOU WE HAVE TO CUT SPENDING. AND SO THE PEOPLE THAT LOST THEIR JOBS, THEY LOSE THEIR MEDICAID. THOSE WHO ARE POOR ENOUGH TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR IT. THE OLDER PEOPLE THAT SOON WILL BE OR ARE ENTITLED TO MEDICARE AND THE HOSPITALS AND THE DOCTORS AND THE NURSES, AND OF COURSE SOCIAL SECURITY THAT SO MANY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS COME TO DEPEND ON. CUTTING THESE BENEFITS ARE NOT JUST CUTTING BENEFITS FOR THE VULNERABLE, BUT WE ARE CUTTING JOBS. YOU CAN'T CUT BENEFITS WITHOUT CUTTING HOSPITAL WORKERS, WITHOUT CUTTING OFF NURSES AND DOCTORS AND THOSE THAT PROVIDE THE SERVICES FOR THE VULNERABLE. IS THIS THE ONLY WAY WE CAN GO? OF COURSE NOT. PASTORS AND RABBIS AND IMANS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY ASK WHY ARE YOU PICKING JUST ON THE VULNERABLE? WHY ARE YOU PICKING ON THE SICK, POOR, AND AGED? IS THERE ANOTHER WAY WE CAN SOLVE THIS PROBLEM? YOU BET YOUR LIFE THERE IS. BECAUSE JUST AS IN BIBLICAL DAYS WE HAVE AMONG US THOSE THAT GOD HAS BLESSED WITH RICHES THAT OUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS NEVER THOUGHT COULD BE ACCUMULATED. ARE WE ASKING THEM TO PAY JUST A LITTLE BIT TO EASE THE PAIN FOR THOSE THAT ARE VULNERABLE? I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT OUR PASTORS AND RABBIS HAVE SPOKEN OUT. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON'T HAVE PASTORS, WHO DON'T HAVE RABBIS, WHO DON'T HAVE TIME TO LISTEN TO OUR OBLIGATION MORALLY, TO THE PEOPLE THAT CAN'T SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES, THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO LOBBYISTS, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PUT INTO THE RECORD WHAT 4,000 PASTORS HAVE SAID IS NOT JUST A LEGAL AND POLITICAL OBLIGATION, BUT MORE IMPORTANT, OUR MORAL OBLIGATION. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THIS GOES INTO THE RECORD SO THAT AS WE COME BACK AND TRY TO DECIDE WHAT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY, SOME PEOPLE HAVE COME TO THIS CONGRESS WITH A COMMITMENT NOT TO RAISE TAXES NO MATTER WHAT. WHETHER WE ARE THE REVENUES ARE COMING FROM UNSEEN TAX OFFENSES, WHETHER THE TAX CODE COULD BE IMPROVED. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO REMEMBER KAMIKAZE PILOTS, THESE WERE PEOPLE WHO WERE PREPARED TO LOSE THEIR OWN LIVES IN FIGHTING OUR FORCES DURING WORLD WAR II EVEN IF IT MEANT THEY WERE DESTROYING SOMEBODY. THERE ARE PEOPLE HERE THAT ARE PREPARED TO DESTROY THE FISCAL REPUTATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SO THAT THEY CAN GO BACK HOME AND SAID THEY FULFILLED THEIR COMMITMENT ABOUT NOT RAISING REVENUES AND ABOUT SLASHING AND CUTTING THOSE PEOPLE THAT MADE THIS GREAT COUNTRY THE GREAT COUNTRY THAT IT IS. SO I SEE ON TELEVISION NO ONE TALKING ABOUT THE POOR, BUT THANK GOD WE DO HAVE MINISTERS, PRIESTS, RABBIS, IMANS, AND ALL THE RELIGIONS AND PEOPLE THAT HAVE COME TOGETHER, MOST OF WHOM FROM FOREIGN LANDS TO SAY, THIS LAND IS MY LAND. AND THIS COUNTRY A POOR PERSON CAN MAKE IT AND WE NEVER, NEVER, NEVER WILL FORGET WHERE WE HAVE COME FROM. SOME PEOPLE HAVE MANAGED TO GET OUT OF POVERTY. OTHERS HAVE ENJOYED THE MIDDLE CLASS. LET'S HOPE THAT OUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS WILL BE ABLE TO DO THE RIGHT THING.

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  • 10:23:47 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN'S INSERTION WILL BE…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN'S INSERTION WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE RECORD WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. LONG, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:23:58 AM

    MR. LONG

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OUR DEBT CEILING IS CURRENTLY $14.3 TRILLION. MORE THAN…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OUR DEBT CEILING IS CURRENTLY $14.3 TRILLION. MORE THAN $45,000 FOR EVERY AMERICAN MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD. BY THE END OF THE YEAR OUR DEBT WILL BE LARGER THAN THE SIZE OF OUR ENTIRE ECONOMY. A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF THAT OWED TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES. ODDLY ENOUGH EVEN THOUGH WE ARE DRIVING FASTER AND FASTER TOWARDS THE CLIFF, INSTEAD OF SLOWING DOWN PRESIDENT OBAMA'S HITTING THE GAS. AFTER PRESIDENT BUSH'S SECOND TERM THE NATIONAL DEBT WAS $10 TRILLION. THIS WAS ACUED OVER 43 PRESIDENTS. IN JUST 2 1/2 YEARS, PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS MANAGED TO INCREASE OUR FEDERAL DEFICIT BY OVER $4.3 TRILLION. 40% SINCE HE WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE JANUARY 20 OF 2009. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN. IN TWO YEARS OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BORROWED NEARLY 40% OF THE DEBT IT TOOK 200 YEARS TO ACCUMULATE. THERE IS NO WORD IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE FOR THIS KIND OF RECKLESSNESS. AT THE TURN OF THE 20TH CENTURY, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONSUMED ABOUT 6% TO 8% OF GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT. BACK THEN AMERICA BECAME THE GREATEST INDUSTRIAL POWER AND THE WEALTHIEST ECONOMY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENT JUST BETWEEN 6% OR 8% OF G.D.P. TODAY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENDS NO LESS THAN 25% OF G.D.P. AND ON TOP OF THAT THE REST OF THE GOVERNMENT, STATE, AND LOCAL SPENDS EVEN MORE. TOTAL AROUND 40% OF G.D.P. IS CONSUMED BY GOVERNMENT AT ALL LEVELS. WE HAVE GOT -- WHAT HAVE WE GOTTEN FOR THIS UNPRECEDENTED LEVEL OF FEDERAL SPENDING? OUR INFRASTRUCTURE IS CRUMBLING, OUR ECONOMY IS WEAK, AND JOBS ARE NOT BEING CREATED. IF GOVERNMENT SPENDING STIMULATED ANYTHING, THEN BUSINESS SHOULD BE BOOMING. IT TURNS OUT THE ONLY THING STIMULATING GOING ON IS THE DEBT. AND DESPITE ALL THAT, DESPITE COMMON SENSE, THE PRESIDENT IS ASKING FOR EVEN MORE CREDIT. THE PRESIDENT WANTS US TO TRUST THE GOVERNMENT WILL LIVE WITHIN ITS MEANS THIS TIME. GIVE A BLANK CHECK TO THE GOVERNMENT MAKES AS MUCH SENSE AS INVESTING WITH BERNIE MADOFF. DEMOCRATIC LEADERS THINK THEY CAN CONTINUE TO SPEND AS MUCH MONEY AS THEY WANT WHENEVER THEY WANT TO. THEY ARE UPSET THAT REPUBLICANS ARE MAKING A BIG DEAL ABOUT THE DEBT CEILING INCREASE BECAUSE THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO SPEND TAXPAYER DOLLARS WITHOUT EVER HAVING TO CHECK OR BALANCE TO ASK IF THAT SPENDING IS NECESSARY. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. IT'S TIME TO END THIS IRRESPONSIBLE SPENDING. FAMILIES IN SOUTHWEST MISSOURI CANNOT SPEND 42% MORE THAN THEY TAKE IN AND NEITHER SHOULD THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. I CAME TO WASHINGTON TO STOP SPENDING AND ABUSE OF GOVERNMENT. THAT'S WHY I'LL FIGHT THIS DEBT CEILING INCREASE WITHOUT A SERIOUS PLAN TO REDUCE OUR DEBT. AND THE PEOPLE OF SOUTHWEST MISSOURI AGREE WITH ME. I HAVE HUNDREDS OF PHONE CALLS AND EMAILS AND MESSAGES IN MY OFFICE ABOUT THE DEBT CEILING. IT IS SOMETHING THE PEOPLE OF THE 7TH DISTRICT FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT AND I WANT TO SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS WITH YOU. 51% OF THE CALLS AND LETTERS TO MY OFFICE SAY DON'T RAISE THE DEBT CEILING UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. 26% SAY RAISE IT WITH SUBSTANTIAL CUTS. 10% ARE OK TO RAISE IT WHATEVER. AND 10% SAY YOU CAN RAISE IT BUT DO NOT INCREASE TAXES. THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN. THERE IS AN OLD SAYING THAT IF YOU OWE THE BANK $1,000 THAT'S YOUR PROBLEM. BUT IF YOU OWE THE BANK $1 MILLION. THAT'S THE BANK'S PROBLEM. WORD OF POINT FOR THE FINANCIAL COMMUNITY, OUR BANK IS STARTING TO FEAR THAT OUR PROBLEM IS BECOMING THEIR PROBLEM. TWO MAJOR RATING AGENCIES, MOODIES AND STANDARDS AND POORS, HAVE PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED THEY ARE GOING TO REASSESS AMERICA'S TRIPLE-A CREDIT RATING. THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN. THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY'S SPOKEN. WHEN WILL THE PRESIDENT AND DEMOCRATS LISTEN? EVERY DOLLAR WE SPEND ON POLITICAL PREFERENCES IS ONE MORE DOLLAR AMERICAN FAMILIES CANNOT SPEND ON THEIR CHILDREN. ONE MORE DOLLAR THAT SMALL BUSINESS CANNOT SPEND HIRING AN EMPLOYEE. ONE MORE DOLLAR THAT A WORKER CAN'T SAVE FOR HIS RETIREMENT. THIS TIME IT'S SERIOUS. CUT CAP AND BALANCE IS THE FIRST STEP BUT BY NO MEANS THE LAST. WE HAVE TO MAKE IMMEDIATE CUTS TO SHOW THE FINANCIAL COMMUNITY WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT BEING GOOD ON OUR PROMISE TO REPAY OUR DEBTS AND THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO GET SERIOUS. HE REFUSED TO PUT HIS PLAN IN WRITING, BUT VOWS TO VETO OUR CAP AND BALANCES BALANCE. SPEECH AND FRAMEWORK IS NOT A PLAN. THE FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU -- THE FIRST THING TO DO WHEN YOU DIG YOURSELF IN A HOLE IS TO STOP DIGGING. WE NEED COMMONSENSE REFORMS TO MAKE SURE THIS WON'T HAPPEN AGAIN. WE NEED SPENDING CAPS, A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT, SPENDING CUTS WILL BALANCE OUR BUDGET. BUT MOST OF ALL WE NEED SOMETHING THAT'S NOT VERY COMMON. COMMON SENSE. I'D LIKE TO CLOSE WITH ONE OF THE HUNDREDS OF LETTERS FROM ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS. DEAR CONGRESSMAN LONG, DO NOT BUDGE. WE PUT YOU IN OFFICE TO STOP THESE BIG SPENDERS. GO AHEAD AND CALL HIS BLUFF. I AM IN TORNADO RAVAGED --

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. BROWN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:29:18 AM

    MS. BROWN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO EXTEND MY REMARKS AND YIELD TO BOBBY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO EXTEND MY REMARKS AND YIELD TO BOBBY SCOTT FROM VIRGINIA.

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  • 10:29:30 AM

    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION OF AN UNFORTUNATE TREND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION OF AN UNFORTUNATE TREND THAT SEEMS TO BE CREEPING UP ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. LAWS REQUIRING VOTERS TO SHOW SOME FORM OF PHOTO I.D. BEFORE VOTING. CURRENTLY 29 STATES HAVE LAWS ON THE BOOKS REQUIRING ALL VOTERS TO SHOW SOME FORM OF IDENTIFICATION BEFORE VOTING, AND MANY OF THESE REQUIRE A PHOTO I.D. MY HOME STATE OF VIRGINIA REQUIRES VOTER IDENTIFICATION OR A SIGNATURE ON AN AFFIRMATION OF IDENTITY FORM, WHICH IS A MUCH BETTER PROCESS. THIS YEAR MANY OTHER STATE LEGISLATURES ARE CONSIDERING MEASURES THAT WOULD REQUIRE VOTERS TO HAVE AN ACTUAL IDENTIFICATION. VOTER I.D. MAY SEEM LIKE A GOOD WAY TO KEEP VOTER FRAUD AT A MINIMUM, THIS TYPE OF REQUIREMENT HAS SERIOUS UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. . MR. SPEAKER, REQUIRING A PHOTO I.D. WILL MAKE IT A LITTLE MORE DIFFICULT FOR VOTERS TO EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE. WE SHOULD PARTICULARLY BE CONCERNED IF PROVISIONS LIKE THESE HAVE A DISPER ATE IMPACT ON MY -- DESPERATE IMPACT ON MY CITIZENS. AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE THREE TIMES MORE THAN OTHERS TO LACK A GOVERNMENT-ISSUED I.D. THERE WILL BE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES WHERE NUNS WERE DENIED THE RIGHT TO VOTE BECAUSE THEY COULDN'T PRODUCE A VOTER I.D. -- PHOTO I.D. EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE PERSONALLY KNOWN TO THE ELECTION OFFICIALS. NOW, IT'S OBVIOUS THAT VOTER I.D. LAWS WILL NOT PREVENT PEOPLE FROM VOTING, BUT IT CREATES ANOTHER LITTLE BARRIER THAT WILL MEAN THAT A FEW POTENTIAL VOTERS WILL NOT GET THEIR PAPERWORK IN ON TIME AND WILL MISS THE VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINES. THESE FEW VOTERS COULD MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN AN ELECTION. MR. SPEAKER, THESE VOTER I.D. LAWS ARE NOT A SOLUTION IN SEARCH FOR A PROBLEM. THERE IS NO CREDIBLE EVIDENCE THAT IN-PERSON VOTER FRAUD IS A PERSISTENT PROBLEM AND VOTERS WHO WILL BE DENIED THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE UNDER THESE PROCESSES WILL CERTAINLY OUTNUMBER ANY FRAUDULENT VOTES THAT ARE PREVENTED. VOTING IS NOT AN ARBITRARY INCONSEQUENTIAL ACT. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE MAKE SURE THAT EVERY ELIGIBLE VOTER HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE FREE FROM ANY UNNECESSARY BARRIERS. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 10:31:51 AM

    MS. BROWN

    THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS FROM GEORGIA, MR. CIVIL…

    THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS FROM GEORGIA, MR. CIVIL RIGHTS.

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    MR. LEWIS

    MR. SPEAKER, VOTER RIGHTS ACT MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR ALL OF OUR CITIZENS TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, VOTER RIGHTS ACT MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR ALL OF OUR CITIZENS TO BECOME PARTICIPANTS IN THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. MR. SPEAKER, VOTING RIGHTS ARE UNDER ATTACK IN AMERICA. THERE'S A DELIBERATE AND SYSTEMATIC ATTEMPT TO PREVENT MILLIONS OF ELDERLY VOTERS, YOUNG VOTERS, STUDENTS, MINORITY AND LOW-INCOME VOTERS FOR EXERCISING THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO ENGAGE IN A DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. VOTER I.D. LAWS ARE BECOMING ALL TOO COMMON. BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE, VOTER I.D. LAWS ARE A POLL TAX. PEOPLE WILL STRUGGLE TO PAY FOR BASIC NECESSITIES CANNOT AFFORD A VOTER I.D. THE RIGHT TO VOTE IS PRECIOUS AND ALMOST SACRED AND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BLESSINGS OF OUR DEMOCRACY. TODAY WE MUST BE STRONG IN PROTECTING THAT BLESSING. WE SHOULD BE MAKING IT EASY, SIMPLE AND CONVENIENT FOR PEOPLE TO VOTE. BEFORE THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965, PEOPLE STOOD IN THE LINE. SOMETIMES PEOPLE WERE ASKED TO COUNT THE NUMBER OF JELLYBEANS IN A JAR. PEOPLE WERE ASKED TO PASS A SO-CALLED LITERACY TEST. LAWYERS, DOCTORS, TEACHERS, COLLEGE PROFESSORS FLUNKED THE SO-CALLED LITERACY TEST. BEFORE THE PASSING OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965, 45 YEARS AGO, MANY WERE JAILED, BEATEN AND SOME WERE EVEN KILLED FOR TRYING TO REGISTER AND VOTE. WE MUST NOT STEP BACKWARD TOWARD ANOTHER DARK PERIOD IN OUR HISTORY. THE VOTE IS THE MOST POWERFUL, NONVIOLENT TOOL WE HAVE IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY. WE MUST FIGHT BACK. WE MUST SPEAK UP AND SPEAK OUT. WE MUST NEVER, EVER GO BACK. WE WILL NOT STAND BY WHILE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE DENIED THEIR RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN A DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MS. BROWN

    I YIELD BACK MY TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,…

    I YIELD BACK MY TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HERGER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:34:40 AM

    MR. HERGER

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT. THE NATIONAL…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT. THE NATIONAL DEBT HAS SHATTERED CONFIDENCE IN OUR ECONOMY, HAS COST JOBS AND IS PREVENTING OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY. WORKING FAMILIES ACROSS OUR NATION ARE LIVING WITHIN THEIR MEANS DURING TOUGH TIMES. IF THE REST OF AMERICA GETS IT, WHY DOESN'T WASHINGTON? I RECENTLY DID A MAIN STREET-STYLE WALK AND TALK IN MY DISTRICT WHERE I MET WITH A NUMBER OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND THEIR EMPLOYEES. THEY SHARED THEIR CONCERN ABOUT OUR OUT-OF-CONTROL DEBT AND FRUSTRATION WITH WASHINGTON FOR ENACTING POLICIES THAT HOLD DOWN JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH RATHER THAN FOSTERING AN ENVIRONMENT THAT WILL ENABLE THEM TO THRIVE. BUT THE COMMENT I HEARD MOST OFTEN WAS, WHAT IS WASHINGTON THINKING? I TOLD THEM I REALLY DON'T UNDERSTAND IT EITHER. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS SPENT HIS ADMINISTRATION ENACTING POLICIES THAT HAVE ADDED MORE DEBT TO OUR NATION THAN THE PREVIOUS 43 PRESIDENTS COMBINED. THE TRAGIC REALITY IS THAT THE PRESIDENT'S BIG SPENDING POLICIES ONLY MADE THINGS WORSE. UNEMPLOYMENT IS AT 9.2%, AND THAT DOESN'T COUNT THE MILLIONS WHO HAVE GIVEN UP. THE PRESIDENT HAD A CYCLE OF UNEMPLOYMENT THAT -- IT HAS PLACED US WHERE WE'RE AT TODAY. NOW WITH THE NATIONAL DEBT AT CRISIS LEVELS, HE IS STANDING IN THE WAY OF COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS OFFERING ONLY LECTURES, NOT LEADERSHIP. HE'S ASKED CONGRESS TO CONSENT, TO CONTINUE BUSINESS AS USUAL. AS A MATTER OF CONSCIENCE, THIS CONGRESS CANNOT SUPPORT ALLOWING PRESIDENT OBAMA TO CONTINUE TO STEER AMERICA'S DEBT PAST THE POINT OF NO RETURN. MR. SPEAKER, WE WILL BE JUDGED HARSHLY AND RIGHTFULLY SO BY FUTURE GENERATIONS IF WE FAIL TO ACT. THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ENDS RAMPENT GOVERNMENT SPENDING. IT REDUCES SPENDING BY $100 BILLION. CUTS $6 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS, AND DEMANDS A STRONG BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT IS WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT AND WHAT WASHINGTON DESPERATE KNEE -- DEBT PRESLEY NEEDS -- DESPERATELY NEEDS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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  • 10:37:55 AM

    MR. COURTNEY

    MR. SPEAKER. IN MARCH OF 2009 THE U.S.S. HARTFORD, A 17-YEAR-OLD LOS…

    MR. SPEAKER. IN MARCH OF 2009 THE U.S.S. HARTFORD, A 17-YEAR-OLD LOS ANGELES CLASS SUBMARINE WAS STEAMING INTO PORT IN THE STRAITS OF HORMUZZ. VISIBILITY WAS LOW -- HURMUZ. VISIBILITY WAS LOW. OUT OF THE BLUE THEY WERE STRUCK BY THE U.S.S. SAN ANTONIO, AN LPD AMPHIBIOUS SHIP, WHICH COLLIDED WITH THE HARTFORD. THE HARTFORD ROLLED 35 DEGREES, THROWING SAILORS, ANYTHING THAT WASN'T TIED DOWN FLYING IN THE AIR. THE GOOD NEWS THE COLLISION DID NO HAVE A BREACH IN THE SUBMARINE. THERE WAS NO LEAK IN THE PRESSURE HULL. IT WAS BADLY TORN 20 TO 25 DEGREES. THE SHIP LIMPED HOME IN GROTON, CONNECTICUT, WHICH WAS A TOUGH VOYAGE GOING ACROSS THE ATLANTIC, AGAIN, RIDING AT THE SURFACE, WHICH PEOPLE WHO KNOWS SUBMARINERS, IS THE WORST PLACE TO RIDE A SUBMAN, BUT IT MADE IT BACK TO PORT. THE CHALLENGE WAS FOR THE SHIP YARD OF HOW TO REPAIR A SHIP THAT WAS 17 YEARS OLD, THAT WAS BUILT WITH TOTALLY DIFFERENT TECHNOLOGY, HAND-DRAWN PRINTS, A WORK FORCE THAT HAD LARGELY RETIRED AND PARTS THAT REALLY WEREN'T IN EXISTENCE ANYMORE. BUT THE FOLKS AT ELECTRIC BOAT, 450 STRONG, CAME TOGETHER AS A TEAM AND CALLING BACK SOME OF THEIR RETIREES, WERE ABLE OVER A PERIOD OF 18 MONTH TO PERFORM THE MOST ULTIMATE BODY SHOP REPAIR JOB OF A LOS ANGELES CLASS SUBMARINE, AND I'M HAPPY TO REPORT TO THIS HOUSE THAT THE U.S.S. HARTFORD IS NOW BACK UNDER WAY PERFORMING ITS MISSIONS AND WILL EXTEND THE LIFE OF AGAIN A SUBMARINE THAT THIS COUNTRY INVESTED CLOSELY TO $1 BILLION 20 YEARS AGO WHEN IT WAS FIRST CONSTRUCTED. AGAIN, THE REPLACEMENT COST IF THIS WERE NOT DONE WOULD HAVE BEEN CLOSE TO $2 BILLION WITH THE FOLKS WERE ABLE TO DO WAS AT A COST OF ABOUT 5% OF THAT. THEY GOT THE HARTFORD BACK OPERATING. AGAIN, A GREAT SAVINGS TO THE U.S. TAXPAYER. I WANT TO SHARE THIS STORY BECAUSE IT DEMONSTRATES WHEN YOU INVEST IN PEOPLE, NUCLEAR WELDERS, AS TODAY ADMIRAL KEVIN MCCOY TESTIFIED LAST YEAR, HAVE A VALUE TO THE U.S. WORK FORCE ALMOST AS GREAT AS A SURGEON. WHEN YOU INVEST IN PEOPLE, WHEN YOU HAVE THOSE SKILLS AND YOU HAVE THE KIND OF TEAMWORK YOU SEE AT E.B., THIS COUNTRY CAN SUCCEED IN WAYS THAT NO OTHER COUNTRY CAN TOUCH US. THE COMPLEXITY OF A NUCLEAR SUBMARINE MATCHES ANYTHING THAT A SPACE SHUTTLE ENTAILS IN TERMS OF THE CHALLENGES TO SUPPORT HUMAN LIFE IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT HUMAN LIFE CANNOT EXIST AND THE CAPABILITY OF ONE OF THESE VESSELS, AGAIN, DEFIES HUMAN IMAGINATION. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WORK FORCE AT ELECTRIC BOAT TO SHOW THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CAN CAPABLE OF TAKING ON ANY CHALLENGE WHEN IT HAS THE RIGHT COMBINATION OF INVESTMENT, SKILL AND TALENT, SOMETHING WHICH AS WE LOOK AT OUR CHALLENGES AS WE FACE AS A NATION TODAY IS SOMETHING WE CAN BOTH TAKE INSPIRATION FROM BUT ALSO LEARN VALUABLE LESSONS ABOUT WHERE THE RIGHT PRIORITIES OF THIS GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE. INVESTING IN EDUCATION, WORK FORCE SKILLS IS THE BEST INVESTMENT TO GROW THIS ECONOMY AND SOLVE AMERICA'S PROBLEM. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD AN ARTICLE WRITTEN BY JENNIFER MCDERMOTT WHICH DOCUMENTS THIS STORY OF TECHNOLOGICAL SUCCESS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:41:27 AM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. PAUL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:41:34 AM

    MR. PAUL

    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND…

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

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    MR. PAUL

    THE CONGRESS IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE DEBT. THE PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT…

    THE CONGRESS IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE DEBT. THE PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE DEBT. THE MARKETS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE DEBT. THE WORLD IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE DEBT AND WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE TODAY BECAUSE WE LIVE WITH A WORLD FIAT DOLLAR STANDARD AND SO THE WHOLE WORLD IS ENGULFED IN THIS VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND, THOUGH, THAT IF THE DEBT IS THE PROBLEM, AND I AGREE THAT DEBT IS THE PROBLEM, THAT FOR US TO COME HERE AND RAISE THE DEBT BY $2.4 TRILLION IS THE SOLUTION. THAT JUST BAFFLES ME. I THINK IT'S A DISTRACTION BECAUSE WHEN A COUNTRY GETS INDEBTED TO THE DEGREE WE ARE INDEBTED, THE COUNTRY ALWAYS DEFAULTS. THIS IS HISTORIC, ESPECIALLY IF THE COUNTRY IS A SIGNIFICANT COUNTRY. ON OCCASION A SMALL COUNTRY WILL QUIT SENDING THE CHECKS AND THEY'LL GO BANKRUPT. WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO THAT BUT WE WILL DEFAULT BECAUSE THE DEBT IS UNSUSTAINABLE. THIS YEAR IT IS SAID THAT WE HAVE A DEBT INCREASE OF $1.6 TRILLION, BUT THAT'S NOT TRUE. IF YOU COUNT WHAT WE BORROW FROM THE PENSION FUNDS, THE SOCIAL SECURITY, HIGHWAY FUNDS, IT'S $2 TRILLION. BUT IF YOU INCLUDE THE INCREASE IN THE ENTITLEMENT OBLIGATION, IT'S $5 TRILLION. SO THIS IS A HUGE, HUGE PROBLEM. BUT HOW -- BUT THE ARGUMENT HERE IS, HOW DO YOU DEFAULT? AND IT IS SAID THAT IF WE DON'T RAISE THE DEBT LIMIT WE WILL DEFAULT AND NOT SEND OUT THE CHECKS. I DON'T BELIEVE THAT FOR A MINUTE. IF YOU REALLY WANTED TO LIVE WITHIN THE TECHNICALITIES, THERE IS A SIMPLE THING YOU CAN DO. THERE WAS A $1.6 TRILLION. WELL, THAT'S NOT A REAL DEBT. THEY BOUGHT THOSE TREASURY BILLS WITH MONEY OUT OF THIN AIR. WE COULD JUST WRITE THAT OFF, PAY THE INTEREST, TIE IT OVER, CUT BACK AND LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS AND THAT WOULD BE A SOLUTION. BUT TO INCREASE THE NATIONAL DEBT WILL ONLY ENCOURAGE ANOTHER TYPE OF DEFAULT AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH. WE'RE ENGAGED IN THE MOST DIFFICULT AND VERY BAD WAY OF DEFAULTING AND THAT IS THROUGH THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CURRENCY. TODAY WE HAVE AN INFLATION RATE OF 9%, AND THAT IS DEFAULTING, SO IF A GOVERNMENT CAN DEFAULT AND PRINT MONEY, IF THEY CAN GET A 50% INFLATION RATE OVER A PERIOD OF TIME, THEY CUT THAT DEBT IN HALF. THAT IS THE GOAL, THAT IS WHAT'S HAPPENING AND THAT IS VERY, VERY SERIOUS. JUST IN THESE LAST THREE YEARS IN DEALING WITH THIS CRISIS THE DOLLAR HAS BEEN DEVALUED 50% AGAINST GOLD AND GOLD, OF COURSE, IS THE BEST MEASUREMENT OF THE VALUE OF A CURRENCY. IT'S BEEN THAT WAY FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS AND IT CANNOT BE DENIED BECAUSE IT'S ECONOMIC LAW. SO WE ARE DEFAULTING. WHEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GO OUT AND BUY GOODS AND SERVICES LIKE THEY ARE NOW, THEY'RE RECOGNIZING IT COSTS A LOT OF MONEY. SO RIGHT NOW WE ARE IN THE EARLY STAGES OF RAMPANT INFLATION WHICH MEANS WE WILL BE HIT WITH HIGHER PRICES AND HIGHER INTEREST RATES. THAT'S GOING TO BE A TAX. SO I SEE THE ONLY SOLUTION AND THAT IS TO CUT SPENDING. NOW, THE REASON WE DON'T CUT SPENDING IS ONE SIDE LOVES ENTITLEMENTS AND THE OTHER SIDE LOVES WAR. EVEN THIS ATTEMPT, $100 BILLION OF CUTS WHEN WE HAVE THIS HUGE, HUGE DEFICIT, BUT THERE'S NO MENTION OF CUTTING MILITARY SPENDING. I DON'T WANT TO CUT DEFENSE SPENDING. THIS MILITARY SPENDING DOESN'T DEFEND US. IT MAKES THINGS WORSE. OUR PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY DOESN'T COME ONLY FROM THE CONGRESS. IT COMES FROM THE PEOPLE. . THE PEOPLE HAVE A STRONG APPETITE FOR BIG GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS. THEY THINK GOVERNMENT CAN TAKE CARE OF US FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE AND WE CAN BE THE POLICEMEN OF THE WORLD. SOMEDAY, WE AS A COUNTRY, PEOPLE, AND CONGRESS WILL HAVE TO SAY, WHAT SHOULD THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT BE? THE FOUNDERS HAD A PRETTY STRONG SUGGESTION, THEY WROTE A CONSTITUTION. THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE VERY LIMITED. THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE PROTRECTING OUR TIBBERS AND PROVIDE -- PROTECTING OUR LIBERTIES AND PROVIDING A SOUND DEFENSE. WE DIDN'T DO THAT. WE EMBARKED ON A COURSE THAT WAS DESTINED TO END BADLY AND THIS IS WHERE WE ARE TODAY. IF WE DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS, THIS DEFAULT WILL NOT BE BECAUSE WE DON'T SEND OUT THE CHECKS, WE WILL SEND OUT THE CHECKS. IT WILL BE DEFAULTED ON BECAUSE PEOPLE WILL GET THEIR MONEY BACK OR THEY WILL GET THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY SECURITY CHECKS AND IT WON'T BUY ANYTHING. THAT IS -- SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS AND IT WON'T BUY ANYTHING. THAT IS MUCH WORSE THAN FACING THE FACT WE WILL NOT RAISE THE DEBT LIMIT AND WORK OUR WAY OUT OF THIS. THAT IS DEVASTATING ECONOMICALLY AND DEVASTATING POLITICALLY BECAUSE WE JUST SAW A TASTE OF WHAT HAPPENS, HOW THE ANGER IS BUILT WHEN YOU SEE OTHER COUNTRIES IN EUROPE NOW DEFAULTING AND CAN'T PAY THEIR BILLS. SO THIS IS MORE SIGNIFICANT THAN EVER BECAUSE WE --

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LEE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:46:58 AM

    MS. LEE

    SPEAKER. THE RIGHT TO VOTE IS A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT WHICH IS AT THE HEART OF…

    SPEAKER. THE RIGHT TO VOTE IS A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT WHICH IS AT THE HEART OF THIS NATION, THIS RIGHT IS UNDER ATTACK. I CAME TO THIS FLOOR AFTER THE STOLEN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN FLORIDA AND OHIO TO PROTEST THE RESULTS OF THESE TWO ELECTION THAT IS WERE FILLED WITH VOTER SUPPRESSION. NOW YEARS LATER, 34 STATES, ONCE AGAIN, IN OUR MAP OF SHAME, REQUIRE VOTERS TO PRESENT I.D. TO VOTE IN FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL ELECTIONS AND IN 15 OF THOSE STATES VOTERS MUST PRESENT A PHOTO I.D. SOME STATES REQUIRING THE I.D. BE GOVERNMENT ISSUED, MIND YOU, TO CAST A BALLOT. HOWEVER FOR ANY NUMBER OF REASONS, 21 MILLION AMERICANS DO NOT HAVE A GOVERNMENT ISSUED I.D. REQUIRED BY THESE VOTERS I.D. LAWS, AND THUS THE MUMENT RIGHT TO AMERICAN CITIZENS IS TAKEN AWAY. MOST STATE LEGISLATURES HAVE ENACTED OR HAVE PROPOSED LEGISLATION ECHOING SIMILAR DETRIMENTAL VOTING CHANGES. MANY OF THESE BILLS HAVE ONLY ONE TRUE PURPOSE, AND THAT IS THE DISENFRANCHISEMENT OF SPECIFIC POPULATIONS OF ELIGIBLE VOTERS. IN CALIFORNIA, UNFORTUNATELY, THERE IS A VOTER I.D. BILL PENDING TO SUPPRESS VOTER PARTICIPATION. IT WOULD COST, MIND YOU, $26, $26 JUST TO GET THE REQUIRED DOCUMENT TO QUALIFY FOR A GOVERNMENT I.D. THIS CERTAINLY LOOKS LIKE A POLL TAX TO ME. WHICH ALL OF US FROM THE SOUTH KNOW AND REMEMBER AS A WAY TO KEEP AFRICAN-AMERICANS FROM VOTING. THESE VOTER I.D. LAWS HAVE A PARTISAN AGENDA, SEEKING TO DENY SPECIFIC POPULATIONS OF PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO NOT TO VOTE WHICH IS REALLY VERY SHAMEFUL. BEFORE THEY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ELECT THEIR REPRESENTATIVES IN GOVERNMENT. WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS. SO I HAVE TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN MARCIA FUDGE, THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, AND ALL OUR COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR VOICES TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS FOR ALL CITIZENS ACROSS THIS NATION. I URGE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO BE VIGILANT AND AGGRESSIVE IN PROTECTING THE CIVIL RIGHTS AND VOTING RIGHTS OF AMERICANS. WE GO AROUND THE WORLD PREACHING DEMOCRACY. AND THE IMPORTANCE OF VOTING. YET WE ARE GOING IN THE OPPOSITION DIRECTION IN OUR OWN COUNTRY. NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, REPRESENTATIVE COHEN. MR.

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    MR. COLON

    LEE -- MR. COHEN LON THANK YOU, MS. LEE. WE PREVIOUSLY HEARD FROM OTHER…

    LEE -- MR. COHEN LON THANK YOU, MS. LEE. WE PREVIOUSLY HEARD FROM OTHER PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY THE DISTINGUISHED CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, HAD A WAS A CIVIL RIGHTS HERO IN THE 1960'S AND RISKED HIS LIFE FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE. WE ARE EXPERIENCING THE DAY AFTER INTERNATIONAL NELSON MANDELA DAY, IT WAS HIS 91ST BIRTHDAY. NEXT MONTH WE'LL DEDICATE MEMORIAL TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING ON THE MALL. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT MARTIN LUTHER KING AND NELSON MANDELA AND JOHN LEWIS, YOU GOT TO THINK ABOUT VOTING RIGHTS AND HOW FAR THE NATION AND THE WORLD HAVE COME IN THE LAST 45 YEARS. AND HOW LONG IT TOOK TO GET THERE. AND TO THINK THAT THERE ARE IMPEDIMENTS BEING PLACED IN THE WAY OF PEOPLE TO VOTE, WHETHER INTENTIONAL OR NOT, I BELIEVE THOSE IMPEDIMENTS ARE BEING PLACED THERE INTENTIONALLY TO DISSUADE AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND DEMOCRAT LEADING GROUPS TO VOTE IN THE ELKS. TO STOP PRESIDENT OBAMA FROM BEING RE-ELECTED AND THE PUBLIC TO PICK DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVES TO SWITCH THE PRIORITIES OF THIS HOUSE TO THOSE THAT WOULD BE MORE REFLECTIVE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS AND PEOPLE YEARNING FOR OPPORTUNITIES. WHETHER THEY ARE INTENTIONAL OR NOT, IF THEY HAVE AN EFFECT THAT IS HARMFUL TO VOTING RIGHTS, JUST LIKE OTHER LAWS, IF THEY HAVE AN EFFECT IN PRACTICE, THEY ARE JUST AS HARMFUL AND JUST AS WRONG AS IF THEY WERE INTENDED TO. AND THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT THESE TYPE OF IMPEDIMENTS TO REQUIRE PEOPLE TO GET VOTER I.D.'S, WHERE 25% OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN THIS COUNTRY DON'T HAVE THAT TYPE OF I.D., 8% OF CAUCASIANS ARE IN THE SAME LIMITATION OF NOT HAVING THAT TYPE EVER I.D., IT'S OBVIOUS THAT AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND STUDENTS AND OTHERS ARE THE ONES THAT ARE DESIGNED TO BE TARGETED BY THESE LAWS. IN MY STATE OF TENNESSEE THAT PASSED SUCH A LAW, TO GET A PHOTO I.D. ISN'T EASY. I WENT MYSELF TO GET A DRIVER'S LICENSE WITH A PHOTO I.D. IT TOOK 1:20 CONSTANTLY STANDING IN LINE. NO PLACE TO SIT. IT WAS NOT EASY. PEOPLE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DO IT. IT WILL BE AN IMPEDIMENT TO THEM AND LIMIT THEIR OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE. IT'S WRONG. I'D LIKE TO YIELD MY TIME BACK TO MS. LEE AND THANK YOU HER AND CONGRESSMAN FUDGE FOR BRINGING THIS TO AMERICA'S ATTENTION.

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    GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN, CONGRESSWOMAN GWEN MOORE.

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    SECONDS. MR. SPEAKER, MAY I --

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    THE TIME ALLOCATED. THIS SHOULD BE UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE.

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    THE BALANCE OF MY TIME -- I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MRS. HARTZLER

    MR. SPEAKER. ONLY IN WASHINGTON CAN YOU HEAR PEOPLE SAY THAT IT'S…

    MR. SPEAKER. ONLY IN WASHINGTON CAN YOU HEAR PEOPLE SAY THAT IT'S IRRESPONSIBLE TO BALANCE A BUDGET. I ACTUALLY HEARD DEMOCRATIC LEADERS ON TV THIS WEEKEND COMPLAINING THAT IT WOULD REQUIRE A SUPERMAJORITY VOTE TO RAISE TAXES ON AMERICAN PEOPLE BUT ONLY A MAJORITY TO CUT SPENDING. MAYBE SOME PEOPLE HAVE BEEN IN WASHINGTON TOO LONG TO REALIZE IT, BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO TIE WASHINGTON'S HANDS AND MAKE IT EASIER TO CUT SPENDING THAN RAISE TAXES. THEY WANT TO CAP THE GROWTH OF GOVERNMENT. THEY WANT TO REQUIRE A BALANCED BUDGET. FOR DECADES WE HAVE HEARD EXCUSES FOR WHY WASHINGTON'S SPECIAL AND SHOULDN'T BE FORCED TO BALANCE ITS BUDGET. IT'S TIME TO TELL THOSE PEOPLE THAT THEIR SCARE TACTICS ARE OVER. THIS IS A NEW DAY. IN AMERICA THE PEOPLE ARE SOLVE ERS AND TODAY THE PEOPLE DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY. THEY DEMAND A RESPONSIBLE CONSTRAINED GOVERNMENT. THEY DEMAND A BALANCED BUDGET. CLEARLY WASHINGTON IS NEVER GOING TO CHOOSE TO BALANCE ITS BUDGET SO THE PEOPLE DEMAND THAT WE FORCE IT TO. 49 OUT OF 50 STATES HAVE SOME FORM OF A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. IF 98% OF THE STATES KNOW THIS IS A WISE PLAN, WHY ARE WASHINGTON POLITICIANS FIGHTING TOOTH AND NAIL AGAINST IT? THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE. POWER. THEY WILL TRY TO SCARE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ANY WAY THEY CAN TO AVOID LOSING POWER OVER THIS MASSIVE, BLOATED BUREAUCRACY. THEY WILL SAY THAT THEY MUST HAVE THIS POWER OR ELSE THEY CAN'T KEEP TAKING CARE OF PEOPLE. THEY WILL TRY TO SCARE SENIORS INTO CONTINUING THEIR UNRESTRAINED POWER TO BORROW. THEY SAY THEY WILL MANAGE THEIR BORROWING POWER WISELY. THEY WILL RESTRAIN THEMSELVES. TALK IS CHEAP. AND I HAVE HEARD THE SAME LINE FOR DECADES. WHAT MATTERS ARE RESULTS. HOW HAVE WASHINGTON POLITICIANS MANAGED THEIR BORROWING POWER? ONE NUMBER WILL TELL YOU, $134.3 -- $$14.3 TRILLION. THE AMOUNT OF OUR BUDGET TODAY. THE BALANCED BUGGED AMOUNT IS ESSENTIAL BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT HAS SHOWN TIME AND AGAIN UNTIL WE RESTRAIN THEIR HANDS THE PROBLEM WILL CONTINUE. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ONLY MADE OUR SPENDING PROBLEM WORSE BY ADDING $3.7 TRILLION TO THE NATIONAL DEBT IN JUST TWO YEARS. THE PRESIDENT HAS SPENT MORE MONEY IN LESS TIME THAN ANY OTHER LEADER IN AMERICAN HISTORY. LAST WEEK PRESIDENT OBAMA TOLD REPUBLICANS, DON'T CALL MY BLUFF. I, FOR ONE, THINK THIS GAME HAS GONE ON LONG ENOUGH. THE POWER NEEDS TO BE RESTRAINED. ALL POWER TENDS TO CORRUPT, ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY. TODAY WE FIGHT BACK AGAINST THIS CORRUPTION OF ABSOLUTE POWER. TODAY WE STAND WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. TODAY WE VOTE TO RETURN THE POWER TO THE PEOPLE. WE INVITE PRESIDENT OBAMA TO GET ONBOARD. OPPOSE THIS RUN AWAY SPENDING AND PASS A BALANCED BUDGET. FIVE YEARS AGO HE AGREED. ON MARCH 16, 2006, THEN SENATOR BARACK OBAMA STOOD IN THE WELL OF SENATE AND SAID, THE FACT THAT WE ARE HERE TODAY TO DEBATE RAISING AMERICA'S DEBT LIMIT IS A SIGN OF LEADERSHIP FAILURE. HE SPOKE OF THE QUOTE, COMMONSENSE BUDGETING PRINCIPLE OF BALANCING SPENCE -- EXPENSES. FIVE YEARS DOWN THE ROAD, UNFORTUNATELY, PRESIDENT OBAMA IS SINGING A DIFFERENT TUNE. HE HAS DEMANDED MORE BORROWING AUTHORITY WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED. HE STARTED TELLING US THAT WE MUST RAISE THE DEBT CEILING AND CALLED OUR COMMON SENSE BUDGETING REFORMS GIMMICKS AND RADICAL. HERE'S WHAT I'M HEARING FROM PEOPLE IN MISSOURI, MY DISTRICT. THAT'S WHAT COMMON SENSE IS. RAISING THE DEBT CEILING IS LIKE HANDING FIVE MORE CREDIT CARDS TO SOMEONE WHO HAS ALREADY MAXED OUT 50 EAR CREDIT CARDS AND SITTING BACK AND SAYING YOU FIX THE PROBLEM. HOW DUMB WOULD THAT BE? HERE'S FROM MICHAEL, DON'T GIVE IN. AS A VETERAN RECEIVING A PENSION I CONTINUE TO STAND BEHIND YOU AND THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP IN EXPECTING MEANINGFUL SPENDING CUTS BEFORE RAISING THE DEBT CEILING WITHOUT RAISING TAXES. TAXPAYERS DON'T LIKE WHAT'S GOING ON AND WE AREN'T GOING TO SIT BY AND WATCH ANY MORE. HERE'S FROM MARGARET, A MINIMUM OF 4D BILLION OVER 10 YEARS IS A DROP IN THE BUCKET. WE ALSO NEED A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT SO OUR LEADERS CAN'T SEEM TO STOP SPENDING AND DO THE RIGHT THING. DO THE RIGHT THING NOW. JUDY, FROM, THE VERY IDEA OF INCREASING THE DEBT LIMIT TO GET US OUT OF TROUBLE IS ABSURD. YOU CANNOT BORROW YOUR WAY OUT OF TROUBLE. DEAL WITH IT. CUT THE PORK. MARK, WE HAVE ALWAYS HAD TO LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS AND IT'S TIME FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO DO THE SAME. WE CAN'T HAVE EVERYTHING WE WANT. THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BE REDUCED. I DO NOT THINK MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN SHOULD PAY FOR A LACK OF RESPONSIBILITY. LARRY, THIS IS A TURNING POINT IN HISTORY. I AGREE. LET'S DO THE RIGHT THING. TODAY, LET'S PASS CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO OPPOSE THE EPIDEMIC ACROSS…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO OPPOSE THE EPIDEMIC ACROSS AMERICA DEALING WITH VOTER SUPPRESSION AND REQUIRING VOTER I.D. DO YOU REALIZE THAT ALMOST EVERY ELECTION IN MY OWN STATE OF TEXAS THERE HAS BEEN DISCRIMINATION, INTIMIDATION TO VOTERS? WHEREAS WE USED TO BE ABLE TO USE A BIRTH CERTIFICATE, UTILITY BILL, GOVERNMENT CHECK, PAYCHECK, AND OTHER DOCUMENTS, NOW WE CANNOT BECAUSE SOMEONE SUGGESTS THAT SOMEONE WILL STEAL SOMEONE'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE TO IMPERSONATE A VOTER. I DON'T THINK THAT'S RIGHT. WHAT WE NEED NOW IS TO ELIMINATE THE POLL TAX OF THE 21ST CENTURY. BARBARA JORDAN RECOGNIZED THAT VOTING IS A RIGHT NOT A PRIVILEGE. AND SHE STOOD IN THE GAP TO ENSURE TEXAS WAS COVERED BY THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT. SHE WOULD NOT BE HERE TODAY IF WE HAD THE VOTER INTIMIDATION THAT WE ARE SEEING GOING ACROSS AMERICA. ELIMINATE THE VOTER I.D. REQUIREMENT. PUT IN THE STANDARD REQUIREMENT OF IDENTIFICATION THAT PEOPLE HAVE HAD AND STOP SENIORS AND OTHERS FROM VOTING. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO MR. RYAN OF OHIO. MAY I ASK HOW MUCH TIME, PLEASE?

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    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE FUDGE FOR…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE FUDGE FOR HER LEADERSHIP.

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    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I ALSO THANK REPRESENTATIVE FUDGE OF THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I ALSO THANK REPRESENTATIVE FUDGE OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS. THIS ISSUE OF VOTER IDENTIFICATION AND VOTER SUPPRESSION GOES TO THE HEART OF OUR CONSTITUTION IN THIS COUNTRY. 11% OF ADULTS WOULD NOT HAVE A QUALIFIED IDENTIFICATION TO BE ABLE TO GO AND VOTE, 25% OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS WOULD NOT HAVE A QUALIFIED I.D. TO BE ABLE TO VOTE. AND I HAVE ONE QUEM, WHERE'S THE TEA PARTY ON THIS ISSUE -- QUESTION, WHERE'S THE TEA PARTY ON THIS ISSUE? WITH ALL THE PLACARDS ABOUT FREEDOM AND LIBERTY AND WE ARE LOSING OUR COUNTRY, BUT WE HAVE AN ISSUE THAT IS FUNDAMENTAL TO WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN AMERICAN, THE RIGHT TO VOTE. TO THE QUESTION I HAVE IS, WHERE'S THE TEA PARTY ON THE VOTER SUPPRESSION ISSUE? I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. CARSON.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN JACKSON LEE. YOU KNOW,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN JACKSON LEE. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, VOTING IS A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT OF EVERY AMERICAN. YET, HERE WE ARE DECADES AFTER THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WATCHING AS STATES ACROSS THIS GREAT NATION PASS LAWS THAT THREATEN THE ABILITY OF CITIZENS TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR GOVERNMENT. THIS TREND IS TROUBLING AND ONE WE MUST CLOSELY MONITOR. MY STATE, THE GREAT HOOSIER STATE OF INDIANA, WAS AMONG THE FIRST TO IMPOSE A STRICT LAW REQUIRING VOTERS TO PRESENT GOVERNMENT ISSUED IDENTIFICATION DESPITE HAVING NO EVIDENCE OF ACTUAL VOTER FRAUD. AS OTHER STATES FOLLOW SUIT, RERISK BROADENING THE THREAT TO RIGHTS OF THE POOR, THE ELDERLY, THE YOUNG AND MINORITY VOTERS. I DO NOT BELIEVE RIGHT TO VOTE SHOULD-G ON ONE'S ABILITY TO -- SHOULD HINGE ON ONE'S ABILITY TO HAVE VOTER IDENTIFICATION. WE SHOULD NOT HAVE LAWS THAT BLOCK THE RIGHTS OF VULNERABLE GROUPS OR DISCRIMINATE. TO DO SO WOULD BE TO FORFEIT THE FUNDAMENTAL QUALITY OF THIS RIGHT AND THE PURPOSE BEHIND IT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MR. JOHNSON OF GEORGIA.

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    MR. CHAIRMAN, NOTHING IS MORE FUNDAMENTAL IN OUR DEMOCRACY THAN THE RIGHT…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, NOTHING IS MORE FUNDAMENTAL IN OUR DEMOCRACY THAN THE RIGHT TO VOTE. BY STOKING THE FIRES OF FEAR AND ANGER, AIDED AND ABETTED BY THE SUPREME COURT WITH THEIR CITIZENS UNITED DECISION, OPENING THE DOOR FOR UNLIMITED SPENDING BY CORPORATIONS, THEY ARE NOW BLOCKED AN AN OLD STRATEGY, VOTER SUPPRESSION. ONE OF THE TACTICS IN MAKING TO MORE DIFFICULT FOR CITIZENS TO VOTE IS IMPOSING AN UNNECESSARY REQUIREMENT THAT VOTERS SHOW A STATE-ISSUED I.D. TO VOTE. THIS IS A BLATANT ATTEMPT TO KEEP CERTAIN POPULATIONS FROM VOTING, THUS ENSURING THAT REPUBLICANS MAPE TAINT CONTROL OF CONGRESS. VOTER SUPPRESSION IS NOT -- MAINTAIN CONTROL OF CONGRESS. VOTER SUPPRESSION IS NOT RIGHT, IT'S UNFAIR AND UN-AMERICAN AND THAT'S REAL, Y'ALL.

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    LET ME THANK CONGRESSWOMAN FUDGE AND MAKE A COMMITMENT TO THE AMERICAN…

    LET ME THANK CONGRESSWOMAN FUDGE AND MAKE A COMMITMENT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT YOU WILL BE ASSURED THAT THESE MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, TRICAUCUS, WILL PREVENT ELECTIONS FROM BEING STOLEN AND YOUR FUNDAMENTAL BIRTHRIGHT OF VOTING FROM BEING STOLEN. THAT IS JUSTICE AND WE WILL BE FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MRS. SCHMIDT

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO HONOR SOMETHING REALLY WONDERFUL…

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO HONOR SOMETHING REALLY WONDERFUL IN MY DISTRICT, THE 125TH BIRTHDAY OF AMERICA'S SIXTH OLDEST AMUSEMENT MARK, CONEY ISLAND IN CINCINNATI, OHIO. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT BEGAN AS A 20-ACRE APPLE ORCHARD ON THEBACKS BANKS OF THE OHIO RIVER IN 1867 WAS QUICKLY TRANSFORMED INTO A PRIVATE PICNIC RETREAT, COMPLETE WITH A BOWLING ALLEY, A DANCE HALL AND A MULE-POWERED MERRY-GO-ROUND. IT BECAME KNOWN AS OHIO GROVE, THE CONEY ISLAND OF THE WEST. AFTER BEING SOLD TO THE OHIO GROVE CORPORATION. MODELING ITSELF OF CONEY ISLAND OF NEW YORK CITY, THEY QUICKLY DROPPED THE NAME OF OHIO GROVE AND JUST CALLED IT CONEY ISLAND AND BEGAN TO ADD MORE RIDES AND MORE ATTRACTIONS. IN 1911, THE FIRST ROLLER COASTER WAS ADDED. IN 1913 THE DIP N DOTS WAS ADD. IT WAS NOT UNTIL 1924 THAT THE SIGNATURE ATTRACTION OF CONEY ISLAND WAS REALIZED WHEN GEORGE SCHOTT, ONE OF CINCINNATI'S GREATEST PHILANTHROPIST, PURCHASED CONEY ISLAND. IN 1925, THEY ADDED SUNLIGHT POOL, THE WORLD'S LARGEST RECIRCULATING SWIMMING POOL. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, LET ME GIVE YOU THE DIMENSIONS OF THIS POOL BECAUSE IT'S BIGGER THAN A FOOTBALL FIELD. A FOOTBALL FIELD IS 300 FEET BY 160. THIS IS 200 FEET BY 401 FEET. IN ADDITION TO BEING ONE OF THE LARGEST RECIRCULATING POOL, IT CONTINUES TO BE THE LARGEST FLAT SURFACE POOL IN NORTHERN AMERICA AND WAS THE PRECURSOR TO OTHER POOLS IN THE UNITED STATES. IT WENT THROUGH A LOT OF TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OVER THE NEXT PART OF THE CENTURY. BUT IT KEPT ADDING NEW ATTRACTIONS AND NEW RIDES, INCLUDING ONES THAT I ENJOYED AS A CHILD, LIKE THE WILD CAT AND THE SHOOTING STAR. IN 1971, A DECISION WAS MADE TO TAKE THE AMUSEMENT PORTION OF IT AND MOVE IT TO ANOTHER PORTION IN MY DISTRICT IN KINGS ISLAND WHICH MADE PEOPLE THINK WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO SUNLIGHT POOL BUT VISIONARIES REALIZED THEY HAD AN ATTRACTION, THEY HAD A WATER PARK AND THEY CONTINUED TO ADD DIMENSIONS TO THE SUNLIGHT POOL TO MAKE IT AN ATTRACTION. IN 1986 RIVER BEND WAS REALIZED BY PUTTING IN TWO SEPARATE THEATERS -- OUTDOOR THEATERS TO ALLOW CONCERTS TO OCCUR. TODAY, CONEY ISLAND CONTINUES TO THRIVE WITH THE SMALL AMUSEMENT FOR CHILDREN, THE SUNLIGHT POOL AND A THRIVING RIVER BEND. I'D LIKE TO SAY ON A PERSONAL NOTE, I REMEMBER MY MOTHER TELLING ME STORIES WHEN HER MOTHER TOOK HER. MY MOTHER TOOK ME. I TOOK MY DAUGHTER. AND OVER THE FOURTH OF JULY BREAK I WAS ABLE TO TAKE MY TWO GRAND SONS TO CONEY ISLAND TO SWIM IN THE POOL. I'M SO EXCITED THAT THIS BEAUTIFUL ATTRACTION CONTINUES TO EXIST FOR 125 YEARS. I WANT TO CELEBRATE THE TENACITY OF THE FOLKS ALONG THE WAY THAT HAVE CONTINUED TO INVEST IN THIS GREAT ASSET IN MY DISTRICT. I WANT TO WISH THEM A GREAT HAPPY BIRTHDAY. AND I HOPE THAT CONEY ISLAND CONTINUES FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER 125. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CONEY ISLAND.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CLARKE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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

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    MR. CLARKE

    I WANTED TO ADDRESS THE DEBT HAD A IS KILLING JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY AND…

    I WANTED TO ADDRESS THE DEBT HAD A IS KILLING JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY AND IT'S ROBBING AMERICANS OF THEIR FINANCIAL SECURITY. AND I ALSO WILL PROPOSE HOW WE GET OUT OF THAT DEBT TO CREATE JOBS AND RESTORE FINANCIAL SECURITY TO ALL AMERICANS. NOW, THE FEDERAL DEBT IS IMPORTANT. WE GOT TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN THIS WEEK AND THE NEXT WEEK TO AVOID A GOVERNMENT DEFAULT BECAUSE IF THE GOVERNMENT DEFAULTS ON ITS OBLIGATIONS AT THE VERY LEAST THAT'S GOING TO CAUSE ALL OF THESE INTEREST RATES TO RISE ON THE MARN PEOPLE HOLDING DEBT AND THAT COULD DRIVE PEOPLE FURTHER INTO FINANCIAL DISTRESS AND INTO FORECLOSURE AND INTO BANKRUPTCY. BUT THE DEBT THAT IS CRUSHING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS THE MORTGAGES, THE STUDENT LOANS, THE CREDIT CARDS THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO BEAR. NOW, I'M FROM DETROIT AND JOBS ARE IMPORTANT. IN FACT, I REPRESENT ONE OF THE REGIONS IN THE COUNTRY THAT HAS THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE. AS EQUALLY IMPORTANT AS JOBS ARE TO THE ECONOMY WE'VE GOT TO GET AMERICANS OUT OF DEBT. I KNOW FOLKS THAT ARE WORKING RIGHT NOW. THEY HAVE JOBS. THEY'RE EARNING INCOME BUT THEY HAVE NO MONEY BECAUSE THEIR INCOME'S GOING TO PAY OFF BILLS. IT'S GOING TO CREDITORS. THEY CAN'T PROVIDE FOR THEMSELVES. THEY CAN'T PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES. THEY CAN'T PROVIDE SECURITY FOR THE FUTURE BECAUSE THEY'RE IN DEBT. AND THIS AMERICAN PERSONAL DEBT IS ALSO COSTING THE U.S. ECONOMY JOBS. BECAUSE WHEN PEOPLE DON'T HAVE MONEY TO SAVE, DON'T HAVE MONEY TO INVEST, THEY CAN'T REALLY SPEND IT ON BUSINESSES WHO COULD HIRE MORE PEOPLE AND CREATE MORE JOBS. MY POINT IS THIS, AND YOU KNOW, I'M SPEAKING TO A FEW OF THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THAT ARE HERE RIGHT NOW, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, I'M SPEAKING TO YOU, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, BECAUSE MAYBE YOU COULD HELP ME DRIVE THIS CONGRESS TO ADDRESS THE REAL DEBT THAT'S THREATENING THIS DEMOCRACY AND OUR ECONOMY. THIS COUNTRY'S ECONOMY WILL NOT REBOUND STRONGLY. WE WILL NOT EASILY GET OUT OF THIS RECESSION AS LONG AS AMERICANS ARE UNDERWATER ON THEIR MORTGAGES, DEFAULTING ON STUDENT LOANS, MAXING OUT ON THEIR CREDIT CARDS. IF WE WANT TO CREATE JOBS, JOBS THAT WILL TRULY BE SUSTAINABLE AND HELP PROVIDE FAMILIES WITH REAL FINANCIAL SECURITY, THIS CONGRESS WAS REALIZED THAT WHEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE IN DEBT SO IS THIS COUNTRY. SO HERE'S WHAT I'M URGING TODAY. I'M GOING TO HAVE A RESOLUTION THAT I'M GOING TO PUT FORTH THAT AS WE WORK TO PREVENT A GOVERNMENT DEFAULT ON ITS OBLIGATIONS THAT WE ALSO HAVE TO WORK TO MAKE SURE THAT AMERICANS DON'T DEFAULT ON THEIR DEBT. SO I AM ASKING IN A STRONGEST POSSIBLE WAY AS I CAN FOR THIS CONGRESS ON CERTAIN LOAN OBLIGATIONS TO IMMEDIATELY WORK TO CUT MORTGAGES DOWN TO THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME. TO SECURE STUDENT LOANS. BECAUSE THE ONLY WAY, THE MOST POWERFUL WAY THAT WE CAN RESTORE OUR ECONOMY, STRENGTH TO GREAT JOBS THAT ARE SUSTAINABLE IS TO HELP AMERICANS GET OUT OF DEBT. NOW, CONGRESS HAS AN OBLIGATION TO DO SO BECAUSE WE CHANGED THE RULES OVER THE PAST DECADE OR SO THAT PUT AMERICANS IN ALL THIS DEBT. BUT JUST AS CONGRESS HAS AN OBLIGATION TO ACT, I GOT TO TALK TO YOU, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. YOU GOT TO ACT TOO. YOU GOT TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. YOU WANT THIS GOVERNMENT TO GET OUT OF DEBT, THEN YOU GET OUT OF DEBT PERSONALLY. STOP THE SPENDING. STOP THE BORROWING. STOP OVERCONSUMPTION, BUYING THINGS YOU DON'T NEED WITH MONEY YOU DON'T HAVE. THAT'S ROBBING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY OF A FUTURE. IT'S ROBBING THIS COUNTRY OUT OF JOBS. SO I'M GOING TO ASK EVERY AMERICAN RIGHT NOW, GET OUT YOUR CREDIT CARDS, CUT THEM UP, FREE YOURSELF, FREE YOURSELVES. DON'T COUNT ON THIS CONGRESS TO HELP YOU. THIS CONGRESS ALREADY VOTED TO END MEDICARE. THEY'RE FLIRTING WITH DISASTER ON THIS DEBT RIGHT NOW.

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    I'M ASKING AMERICANS, TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR --

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    MR. CLARKE

    LET'S HOLD THIS CONGRESS ACCOUNTABLE FOR YOUR DEBT.

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    MS. FOXX

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY THE HOUSE IS GOING TO DEBATE A BILL…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY THE HOUSE IS GOING TO DEBATE A BILL THAT HOLDS THE POTENTIAL TO MOVE US AWAY FROM A DEBT CRISIS AND TOWARD PROSPERITY. AND I WANT TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE COMMENTS THAT WERE MADE BY OUR COLLEAGUE, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI, MS. HARTZLER, A COUPLE SPEAKERS AGO WHEN SHE TALKED ABOUT HOW OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SAY IT'S IRRESPONSIBLE TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION IN ORDER TO REQUIRE THE BALANCE THE BUDGET. YESTERDAY IN THE RULES COMMITTEE WE HEARD FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND WHO TALKED ABOUT HOW WE'RE TWISTING THE CONSTITUTION TO PUT IN A LIMIT ON HOW WE COULD CUT TAXES, RAISE TAXES INTO THE CONSTITUTION BY BUTTING A 2/3 VOTE AND RESTRICTIONS INTO THE CONSTITUTION. WE'RE DAMAGING THE CONSTITUTION. MR. SPEAKER, NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. THE CONGRESSES IN THE PAST HAVE PROVEN THAT THEY DON'T HAVE THE RESTRAINT THAT'S NECESSARY TO KEEP OUR SPENDING UNDER CONTROL. WE NEED A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT IN ORDER TO DO THAT. THEY DID ADMIT YESTERDAY THAT WE ARE PAYING THE CREDIT CARD FROM THE PAST. AND I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA, THE AVERAGE ANNUAL DEFICITS THAT WERE IN EXISTENCE UNDER PRESIDENT BUSH BECAME MONTHLY DEFICITS UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA. 2 1/2 YEARS AGO -- SINCE 2 1/2 YEARS AGO THE NATIONAL DEBT HAS INCREASED BY $3.7 TRILLION. THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO CUT SPENDING, MR. SPEAKER. WE NEED TO CUT OUR SPENDING. WE NEED TO CAP OUR SPENDING AT NO MORE THAN 20% OF THE G.D.P. THAT'S WHAT IT WAS TRADITIONALLY. IT IS NOW EASED UP TO 23%. WE HAVE TO TAKE IT BACK DOWN. . MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO WANT TO POINT OUT AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM MISSOURI SAID, THAT WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS SENATOR OBAMA, HE SPOKE ON THE SENATE FLOOR AND SAID, AND VOTED AGAINST RAISING THE DEBT LIMIT, SAYING THAT IT WAS A FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP. HE DOESN'T ADMIT THAT NOW THAT IT'S A FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP. HE DOESN'T EVEN ADMIT THAT HE'S PART OF THE PROBLEM. AND PART OF THE PROBLEM IS THAT HE HAS NO PLAN. WHEN HE ASKED YESTERDAY IN RULES, WHERE'S THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN? WE WERE TOLD IT WAS IN HIS SPEECH AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY. WELL, EVEN HIS OWN STAFF PEOPLE, EVEN HIS OWN APPOINTEES SAY THEY CAN'T SCORE A SPEECH. REPUBLICANS HAVE A PLAN AND OUR PLAN IS TO CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE. WE NEED A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT, MR. SPEAKER, IN ORDER TO FORCE THE CONGRESS, PAST CONGRESSES COULDN'T DONE IT, WE ARE WILLING TO DO THAT. THERE IS NO LEADERSHIP ON PART OF THE DEMOCRATS. THE BUDGET THE PRESIDENT PRESENTED IN FEBRUARY WAS VOTED DOWN 97-0 IN THE SENATE. EVEN HIS OWN PARTY WILL NOT SUPPORT HIM. AND WHAT ABOUT ALL THESE CORPORATE LOOPHOLES THAT THE PRESIDENT AND OUR COLLEAGUES KEEP TALKING ABOUT? THE PRESIDENT TALKS ABOUT THESE CORPORATE JETS. BUT HE DOESN'T ADMIT THE FACT THAT THE LOOPHOLES HE'S TALKING ABOUT, WHICH HE CALLS SUBSIDIES, THAT LOOPHOLE WAS IN THE STIMULUS THAT HE FORCED THROUGH THIS CONGRESS THAT NO REPUBLICAN VOTED FOR. SO THE CORPORATE LOOPHOLE FOR THE JETS IS ONE THE PRESIDENT PUT INTO PLACE. AND NOW HE'S CONDEMNING IT. MR. PRESIDENT -- MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED OUR PRESIDENT AND OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO FESS UP TO THE FACT THAT THEY'VE CREATED THIS PROBLEM. THEY HAVE NO PLAN TO SOLVE IT. AND ALL THEY WANT TO DO IS THROW BARBS AT THE REPUBLICANS WHO ARE SHOWING THE COURAGE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS SERIOUS DEBT CRISIS THAT WE FACE IN THIS COUNTRY. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MISS WALTERS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. WATERS

    MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. IN 2011 WE SEE VOTER SUPPRESSION IS REAL AND REELING…

    MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. IN 2011 WE SEE VOTER SUPPRESSION IS REAL AND REELING ITS UGLY HEAD IN TOO MANY REPUBLICAN-LED LEGISLATURES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. WITH ONLY 15 MONTHS LEFT BEFORE THE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, REPUBLICANS ARE REWRITING VOTING LAWS TO REQUIRE PHOTO IDENTIFICATION AT THE POLLS, REDUCE THE NUMBER OF DAYS OF EARLY VOTING, AND TO ENHANCE VOTING RESTRICTIONS AGAINST EX-FELONS AND OUT-OF-STATE STUDENTS. SINCE JANUARY VOTER I.D. LAWS HAVE PASSED IN FLORIDA, WISCONSIN, SOUTH CAROLINA, ALABAMA, TEXAS, KANSAS, AND TENNESSEE. GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER OF WISCONSIN AND GOVERNOR RICK PERRY OF TEXAS BOTH SIGNED LAWS THIS YEAR THAT WOULD REQUIRE EACH VOTER TO SHOW AN OFFICIAL VALID PHOTO I.D. TO CAST A BALLOT. DESPITE THE FACT THAT STUDIES SHOW UP TO 11% OF ELIGIBLE VOTERS NATIONWIDE DON'T HAVE GOVERNMENT ISSUED I.D.'S IN FLORIDA. GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT SIGNED A BILL TO TIGHTEN RESTRICTIONS ON THIRD PARTY VOTER ORGANIZATIONS AND SHORTEN THE NUMBER OF EARLY VOTING DAYS. GOVERNOR SCOTT ALSO HELPED TO PASS A BAN ON FELON VOTING RIGHTS, FORCING NONVIOLENT OFFENDERS TO WAIT FIVE YEARS AFTER COMPLETING THEIR SENTENCES TO APPLY TO HAVE HER RIGHTS RESTORED. IN FLORIDA, THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE ALSO PASSED NEW LAWS THAT MAKES IT TOUGHER FOR GET OUT OF VOTE GROUPS TO REGISTER NEW VOTERS AND REDUCES THE NUMBER OF EARLY VOTING DAYS FROM 14-8. MAKE NO MISTAKE, WE HAVE BEEN DOWN THIS ROAD BEFORE WITH JIM CROWE LAWS. THESE SMOKE AND MIRROR POLICIES, AND LITERACY TESTS BY ANOTHER NAME. COMMUNITIES MUST BE ALERT AND AWARE OF THESE LAWS. WE WILL NOT ALLOW THE SACRIFICES AND DEATH OF OUR FOREFATHERS AND CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS TO HAVE BEEN IN VAIN. WE ARE PREPARED FOR THIS FIGHT AND FIGHT WE WILL. THE NEW VOTER I.D. LAWS AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO DISDISENFRANCHISE MILLIONS OF ELIGIBLE VOTERS, MINORITIES, POOR PEOPLE, SENIORS AND STUDENTS AMONG THOSE IMPACTED THE MOST. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT MUST GET INVOLVED. THEY MUST MAKE SURE THAT THESE LAWS THAT WE HAVE FOUGHT SO HARD FOR VOTING RIGHTS ARE NOT UNDERMINED. I YIELD THE BALANCE OF THE TIME TO MS. MOORE.

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    MS. MOORE

    SPEAKER, WHEN I BECAME A MEMBER OF CONGRESS I SWORE AN OATH TO SUPPORT AND…

    SPEAKER, WHEN I BECAME A MEMBER OF CONGRESS I SWORE AN OATH TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND I RISE TODAY TO AFFIRM THAT COMMITMENT BY SPEAKING OUT AGAINST STATE EFFORTS TO UNDERMINE THE BASIC RIGHT TO VOTE. A RIGHT THAT HAS BEEN AFFIRMED BY NO LESS THAN THREE AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION, THE VOTE ACT, YEARS AND YEARS, OVER 150 YEARS OF LITIGATION, BLOOD, SWEAT, TEARS, AND LIES. NO RIGHT UNDER THE CONSTITUTION HAS BEEN MORE DEFENDED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. YET IN WISCONSIN, THE WISCONSIN JUST PASSED A VERY RESTRICTIVE VOTER I.D. PHOTO I.D. CARD IN ORDER TO VOTE. I CAN REMEMBER WHEN THEN REPRESENTATIVE WALKER AND I, THE GOVERNOR OF WISCONSIN, DEBATED THIS ISSUE. AND HE, LIKE SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE SAID, WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL? WHAT'S WRONG WITH HAVING A PHOTO I.D.? YOU NEED A PHOTO I.D. TO GO TO BLOCKBUSTERS AND GET A VIDEO. TO DRIVE, YOU NEED A PHOTO I.D. TO GET MEDICINE. GETTING A VIDEO FROM BLOCKBUSTERS IS NOT A RIGHT. THE RIGHT TO VOTE IS A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT BADGE OF DEMOCRACY IN THIS COUNTRY. WE NEED A VERY HIGH BAR BEFORE WE MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT TO EXERCISE OUR RIGHTS AS U.S. CITIZENS. AND WHAT'S THE BAR WISCONSIN USES TO JUSTIFY ITS LAW? THE WISCONSIN ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE FOUND IN THE TWO-YEAR ELECTION FRAUD TASK FORCE INVESTIGATION THAT THERE WERE 20 INSTANCES OF POSSIBLE VOTER FRAUD OUT OF THREE MILLION VOTES CAST. THAT'S 7/1,000 OF 1%. AND A PHOTO I.D. WOULD NOT HAVE PREVENTED ANY OF THOSE. PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE SINGLED OUT FOR DISENFRANCHISEMENT WHEN YOU CONSIDER IN WIGS WHICH IS THAT 59% OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN, 49% OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN, 59% OF LATINAS DON'T HAVE THIS KIND OF I.D. AND WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE 18 TO 24-YEAR-OLD GROUP, 78% OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN MALES DON'T HAVE THIS I.D. AND 66% OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN DON'T HAVE THE I.D. WONDER WHO THEY ARE TRYING TO DISENFRANCHISE? WE I AM PLOR THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO INTERVENE AND PREVENT THESE EXTREMELY BURDENSOME EFFORTS. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. FITZPATRICK

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE ACT…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE ACT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HERE TO SUPPORT THE BILL WHEN IT COMES TO THE FLOOR LATER TODAY. THIS LEGISLATION NOT ONLY PROVIDES A WORKABLE FRAMEWORK TO AVERT AN ECONOMICALLY DANGEROUS DEFAULT ON OUR OBLIGATIONS, BUT IT ALSO SETS THE STAGE FOR REAL STRUCTURAL CHANGES TO THE WAY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENDS OUR TAX DOLLARS, SOMETHING THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS YET TO PROPOSE. LATELY THERE HAVE BEEN STORIES AND SPECULATION ABOUT THE MAJOR CREDIT RATING AGENCIES SUCH AS MOODIES AND STANDARDS AND POOR, THREATENING TO DOWNGRADE AMERICA'S CREDITWORTHINESS SHOULD WE FAIL TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING. THESE RATINGS ARE MORE THAN LETTERS ON PAPER. THEY AFFECT AMERICANS IN ALL WALKS OF LIFE AND REAL WAYS. A DOWNGRADE OF OUR NATION'S CREDIT RATING WOULD MAKE MORTGAGES MORE EXPENSIVE, MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT TO GET A LOAN FOR A CAR, AND COULD MAKE STUDENT LOANS UNAFFORDABLE. WHILE DEFAULT WOULD LIKELY ENSURE A DOWNGRADE, A DEBT CEILING INCREASE IS NO LONGER A LOAN SUFFICIENT TO ENSURE OUR TRIPLE-A CREDIT RATING. MOODY'S HAS WARNED THE OUTLOOK TO OUR BOND RATING WOULD REMAIN NEGATIVE SHOULD ANY PLAN GOING FORWARD NOT INCLUDE LONG-TERM DEFICIT REDUCTION. IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO SIMPLY RAISE THE LIMIT ON THE CREDIT CARD AND CONTINUE MAKING THE MINIMUM MONTHLY PAYMENTS. WE MUST BEGIN TO PAY DOWN OUR DEBT. ONE NEED LOOK NO FURTHER THAN GREECE AND PORTUGAL AS EXAMPLES OF GOVERNMENTS WHICH HAVE FAILED TO ADDRESS THEIR DEBT CRISES AT A TIME TO AVOID BRUTAL AUSTERITY MEASURES WHICH HAVE ENDED UP WITH CIVIL DISORDER IN THOSE COUNTRIES. GREECE AND PORTUGAL THOUGHT THEY COULD AVOID MAKING TOUGH DECISIONS CLEARLY LAID OUT BEFORE THEM. THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD MAKE IT THROUGH JUST ONE QUARTER OR JUST PAST ONE MORE LEGISLATIVE SESSION. OR MAYBE THEY COULD BUY THEMSELVES ENOUGH TIME TO LET THE NEXT GUYS HANDLE IT. WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO OPERATE UNDER THE SAME KEY DELUSIONS. -- SAME DELUSIONS. THE CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE ACT SETS US ON A PATH TO FISCAL SOLVENCY BY MAKING REAL SPENDING CUTS NOW PLACING STATUTORY LIMITS ON SPENDING AND SENDING A BALANCED BUDGET TO THE STATES, A MEASURE SO MANY OF US HAVE CONSISTENTLY SUPPORTED. THESE DECISIONS, MR. CHAIRMAN, WILL NOT BE EASY. NO CHANGE EVER IS. AS THESE DEBATES HAVE GONE ON FOR THE PAST CIVIL MONTHS, I HAVE BEEN REMINDED OF THOMAS PAYNE WHEN HE WROTE, THAT IF THERE MUST BE TROUBLE, LET IT BE IN MY DAY, THAT MY CHILDREN MAY HAVE PEACE. WE NEED TO DECIDE WITH OUR LEGACY TO OUR CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN WILL BE. A MOUNTAIN OF DEBT OR SOUND GOVERNMENT THAT LIVES WITHIN ITS MEANS. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CARTER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. CARTER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SIX MONTHS AGO A SMALL BUSINESS MAN WAS CALLED…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SIX MONTHS AGO A SMALL BUSINESS MAN WAS CALLED INTO A FINANCIAL LENDING INSTITUTION AND ASKED TO COME IN AND TALK TO THE OFFICER IN CHARGE. HE WENT IN TO THAT OFFICE AND THE OFFICER IN CHARGE TOLD HIM, HE SAID, YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE BEEN A CUSTOMER OF THIS ORGANIZATION FOR QUITE A FEW YEARS. AND YOU HAVE -- WE HAVE CONSTANTLY BEEN GIVING YOU A LINE OF CREDIT EVERY SUMMER TO CONTINUE YOUR OPERATION FOR THE NEXT YEAR. THIS YEAR WE ARE -- OUR EXAMINERS HAVE NOTED FOR US AND WE ALSO THROW OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS WE HAVE EXAMINED YOUR OPERATION AND YOUR BORROWING PATTERNS THAT YOU DO. AND HERE'S WHAT WE DISCOVERED. WE DISCOVERED THAT WHERE YOU HAD A GOING FACILITY AND DOING WELL AND EMPLOYING PEOPLE AND THINGS WERE GOING WELL, WE STARTED TO SEE A TREND IN YOUR BUSINESS TO WHERE YOU WERE INCREASING YOUR DEBT MORE AND MORE AND MORE. NOT ONLY WERE YOU SPENDING OUR LINE OF CREDIT THAT THIS BANK LENDED YOU TO CONTINUE YOUR OPERATIONS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, BUT OUTSIDE OF THAT LINE OF CREDIT YOU WERE BORROWING -- YOU WERE ACCUMULATING MANY, MANY CREDIT CARDS. AND NOW AT THIS POINT IN TIME, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT, IT'S NOT ONLY -- USING OUR LINE OF CREDIT THAT WE GIVE YOU, BUT YOU ARE ALSO HAVE MAXED OUT EVERY CREDIT CARD YOU'VE GOT AND QUITE HONESTLY WE ARE AMAZED AT THE NUMBER OF CREDIT CARDS YOU ACTUALLY HAVE. WE DIDN'T REALLY KNOW ANYBODY COULD HAVE THAT MANY CREDIT CARDS. SO WE ARE JUST GOING TO WARN YOU. IF YOU DON'T CHANGE THE DIRECTION OF THE WAY YOU ARE OPERATING YOUR BUSINESS, WE VERY CLEARLY BELIEVE YOUR BUSINESS IS GOING TO GO BANKRUPT. BUT EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY TO THIS INSTITUTION, THIS LENDING INSTITUTION, WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE FACT THAT OUR INSTITUTION IS GOING TO BE PLACED IN A VERY TENUOUS POSITION ON ANY LOANS THAT WE MAKE TO YOU, AND THEREFORE WE ARE SERIOUSLY POSITIONING RIGHT NOW IS THAT WHEN YOU COME TO US, NEXT AUGUST, WE ARE NOT GOING TO LOAN YOU THE MONEY FOR YOUR LINE OF CREDIT. YESTERDAY THIS SAME BUSINESS MAN WALKED INTO THAT SAME LENDING INSTITUTION AND SAID, MY ACCOUNTANT AND I HAVE DONE THE SAME ANALYSIS YOU HAVE DONE ON THE SITUATION OF OUR OPERATION. WE HAVE LOOKED AT IT AND WE ACTUALLY AGREE THAT WE HAVE GONE IN THE WRONG DIRECTION NOW FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. AND WE HAVE SPENT MORE THAN WE MADE FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. AND WE QUITE FRANKLY GOT AWAY FROM DOING THE NEEDS OF OUR COMPANY TO DOING THE WANTS OF OUR COMPANY. AND THEREFORE WE ARE SERIOUSLY IN DEBT. WE WANT TO -- I START BY SAYING I RECOGNIZE THAT AND WHEN YOU GAVE US OUR WAKE-UP CALL, WE SAT DOWN AND ANALYZED WHAT WE COULD DO TO SHOW YOU WE ARE CHANGING THE DIRECTION OF OUR BUSINESS. AND THEREFORE WE PROPOSE TO YOU, FIRST, WE PROPOSE TO YOU THAT THIS YEAR, HERE ARE THE REDUCTIONS WE ARE GOING TO MAKE ON OUR CREDIT CARDS, AND HERE ARE THE PLACES WHERE WE ARE GOING TO CUT BACK ON THE WAY WE SPEND. . THAT'S FOR THIS YEAR. WE HAVE DETERMINED THAT WE'RE WAY OVER WHAT WE REALLY NEED TO FUNCTION AS A PROSPEROUS BUSINESS, AND SO WE'RE GOING TO OFFER TO YOU THAT OUR BUSINESS PLAN OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS IS TO PUT A CEILING ON EVERY DEPARTMENT AND EVERY PART OF OUR BUSINESS OPERATION SO THAT WE WILL NEVER RISE ABOVE THAT CEILING. AND THEREFORE, WE WILL CONTINUALLY BE REDUCING THE LEVEL OF OUR SPENDING OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. AND THEN FINALLY WE ARE MAKING A PLEDGE OF EVERYTHING NOT INCURVERED IN OUR BUSINESS TO YOU THAT WE WILL BALANCE OUR BUDGET, WE WILL PREPARE A BUDGET AND BALANCE THAT BUDGET EVERY YEAR. ANY TIME THAT DOESN'T, IMMEDIATELY YOU WILL CALL EVERY NOTE WE HAVE. NOW, THIS IS IMPERATIVE. IT'S ALSO A REALITY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TODAY WHERE EVERYBODY BUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THAT'S WHY TODAY THE REPUBLICANS ARE OFFERING THAT SAME PLAN OF CAP, CUT AND BALANCE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SCHILLING, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. SCHILLING

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SCHILLING

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TARIK ACTION AND…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TARIK ACTION AND PROMOTE CERTAINTY IN BOTH OUR ECONOMY AND THE MARKETS BY PASSING H.R. 2560, THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT OF 2012. MOODY'S AND STANDARD & POOR'S HAVE WARNED THE UNITED STATES THAT OUR A.A.A. RATING IS AT RISK IF PRESIDENT OBAMA DOES NOT RAISE THE DEBT CEILING BY AUGUST 2. BY CUTTING, CABLE, WE CAN RESPOND WITH -- CUT, CAP AND BALANCE, WE CAN RESPOND WITH GETTING OUR SPENDING UNDER CONTROL AND PUT AMERICA BACK TO WORK. MR. SPEAKER, 6 1/2 MONTHS AGO I LEFT LIFE AS A SMALL BUSINESSMAN AND HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REPRESENT THE CONSTITUENTS OF THE 17TH DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS. I COME TO THE FLOOR THIS MORNING WITH SOME OBSERVATIONS OF WHERE WE MET PROGRESS AND WHERE WE MET FRUSTRATION. THIS CONGRESS REPEALED THE ONEROUS 1099 TAX WHICH PREVENTS OUR JOB CREATORS OF BEING BOGGED DOWN IN A NIGHTMARE OF PAPERWORK. THIS CONGRESS CLEANED UP THE MESS LEFT BY LAST YEAR'S CONGRESS BY CUTTING BILLIONS IN SPENDING. THIS HOUSE HAS CUT ITS OWN OFFICE BUDGET BY 5% SAVING TAXPAYERS $32 MILLION AND LATER THIS WEEK WE'LL CUT OUR OFFICE BUDGET BY ANOTHER 6.4%. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FULFILLED ITS RESPONSIBILITY BY PASSING A BUDGET. THIS BUDGET CUTS TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SPENDING BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY IT PUTS FORTH A PLAN TO SAVE MEDICARE INTEAD OF LETTING IT GO -- INSTEAD OF LETTING IT GO INSOLVENT. AS A NEW MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE THERE'S BEEN FRUSTRATION WITH THE PROCESS. OUR NATIONAL DEBT IS $14.3 TRILLION. EACH CHILD BORN TODAY, INCLUDING MY NEW GRANDDAUGHTER, RAGAN, ALREADY OWES $46,000 AS THEIR SHARE OF THE NATIONAL DEBT, YET, THERE ARE SOME MEMBERS OF THIS BODY, 97 TO BE EXACT, WHO WANTED TO GIVE PRESIDENT OBAMA THE AUTHORITY TO RAISE THE DEBT LIMIT BY $2.4 TRILLION WITH NO QUESTIONS ASKED. CONGRESS HAS RAISED THE DEBT CEILING 51 TIMES SINCE 1978 AND LOOK WHERE WE ARE TODAY. HOW CAN WE SEE THESE NEXT TWO WEEKS AS ANYTHING BUT AN OPPORTUNITY TO PUT OUR GREAT COUNTRY ON A BETTER FISCAL PATH. I D NOT COME HERE TO GET MY NAME ON A WALL PLAQUE. I CAME HERE SO WHILE MY NEWLY BORN GRANDDAUGHTER, RAGAN, ASKED ME, GRANDPA, WHAT DID YOU DO TO FIX THIS COUNTRY, I WILL BE ABLE TO TELL HER THAT I CHANGED THIS TOWN FROM BLOATED SPENDING TO SPENDING CUTS. I'LL BE ABLE TO TELL HER THAT TODAY WE TOOK A VOTE ON LEGISLATION THAT DOES THREE VERY IMPORTANT THINGS. IT CUTS SPENDING, IT PROMOTES SPENDING CAPS TO 19.9% OF THE G.D.P. BY 2021 AND IT MAKES THE RAISING OF THE DEBT CEILING CONTRINGENT ON A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. WE ARE ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY FROM THE DEBTLINE SET BY MR. GEITHNER, BUT WE'VE SEEN NO PLAN FROM THIS ADMINISTRATION OR THE DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE. LET ME REPEAT. WE HAVE SEEN NO PLAN FROM THE ADMINISTRATION OR THE DEMOCRATS IN THIS HOUSE. WE ALL KNOW IT'S EASIER TO CRITICIZE THAN TO OFFER A PLAN OF YOUR OWN. NOW, BEFORE THIS PLAN TO CUT OUR SPENDING AND BALANCE OUR BUDGET IS DEMAGOGUED, LET ME TELL YOU EXACTLY HOW THIS THING WORKS. THIS PLAN MAKES NO CHANGES TO SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. THIS PLAN MAKES NO CHANGES TO THE VETERANS' SPENDING. THIS PLAN WILL CUT SPENDING BY $111 BILLION IN FISCAL YEAR 2012. WE MUST USE THIS DEBATE AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRING REAL CHANGE TO WASHINGTON AND START BAGE DOWN OUR DEBT. IF YOU -- START PAYING DOWN OUR DEBT. IF YOU BELIEVE STARTING A WAY FORWARD FOR A BALANCED BUDGET ARE COMMONSENSE IDEAS, VOTE FOR THIS LEGISLATION. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA, MR. HECK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. HECK

    I'M HERE TO SHARE A SHORT LETTER I RECEIVED FROM ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS…

    I'M HERE TO SHARE A SHORT LETTER I RECEIVED FROM ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS WHO USED TO OWN A SMALL BUSINESS. HIS NAME IS STEVE AND HIS LETTER ELOQUENTLY ADDRESSES THE ISSUE WE'RE DISCUSSING TODAY. STEVE WROTE, AND I QUOTE, I KNOW IT IS A VERY CONTENTIOUS TIME IN WASHINGTON. THE 2008 ELECTION LED ME TO SELL MY BUSINESS BECAUSE I SAW AN ASSAULT ON THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNER. MY PEERS CONTINUE TO ASK ME HOW I ANTICIPATED OUR CURRENT SITUATION. FIRST, IT WAS THE MANDATED HEALTH INSURANCE. THEN, MORE GOVERNMENT REGULATION AND REGULATORS. AND NOW IT IS THE ASSAULT ON MY EARNINGS THAT I WORKED HARD FOR OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS. THE PRESIDENT AND HIS PROGRESSIVE FRIENDS WILL NOT BE SATISFIED UNTIL THEY KILL WHAT REWARD FOR RISK INCENTIVE IS LEFT. EQUAL WEALTH FOR EVERYONE IS NOT GUARANTEED IN OUR CONSTITUTION. THE REWARD FOR RISK IS WHAT MADE THIS COUNTRY WHAT IT IS TODAY. I ASK THAT YOU HOLD THE LINE EVEN IF IT MEANS LOSING THE NEXT ELECTION, END QUOTE. I CAME TO CONGRESS TO GET NEVADA'S ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK. AND THE ONLY WAY TO DO THAT IS BY LISTENING TO OUR JOB CREATORS, LISTENING TO THEIR CONCERNS AND THEN ADDRESSING THOSE VERY CONCERNS. WHEN I TALK WITH NEVADA SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS THEY FEEL THE SAME WAY STEVE DOES. THEY SAY THE REASON THEY'RE NOT CREATING JOBS IS BECAUSE OF TOO MANY HARMFUL REGULATIONS, TOO MANY TAXES AND TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT SPENDING. WE ARE IN A FISCAL CRISIS AND IT IS KILLING OUR JOB CREATORS' VERY ABILITY TO CREATE JOBS. IN ALL OF MY CONVERSATIONS WITH NEVADA BUSINESS OWNERS THE ONE THING, THE ONE THING I'VE NEVER HEARD THEM SAY IS, YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD HELP ME CREATE MORE JOBS, A TAX INCREASE. I URGE NEVADANS AND MY COLLEAGUES NOT TO LISTEN TO THE PRESIDENT'S FALSE CHOICE, THE IDEA THAT WE CAN FIX GOVERNMENT'S FISCAL PROBLEMS BY MERELY CLOSING LOOPHOLES AND REIGNING IN SUBSIDIES. NOW, LET ME BE CLEAR. I -- LOOPHOLES AND REIGNING IN SUBSIDIES. NOW, LET ME BE CLEAR. THAT WON'T BY ITSELF SOLVE THE PROBLEM. BECAUSE EVEN IF WE CLOSED THE LOOPHOLES AND REIN IN THE SUBSIDIES, THE GOVERNMENT WILL STILL HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM AND IT WILL ONLY BE A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE ANOTHER TAX INCREASE IS PROPOSED. PASS ALL OF THE TALKING POINTS AND HYPERBOLE, THE PRESIDENT'S REAL CHOICE IS ABOUT THE TAX BURDEN FAMILIES AND NEVADANS FACE. WILL THAT BURDEN BE LOWER OR HIGHER? I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE SURE IT'S LOWER. OUR JOB CRATORS -- CREATORS, LIKE STEVE, REALIZE THIS. WHY DON'T CONGRESS, 49 OF 50 STATES, BALANCE THEIR BUDGETS? WHY DON'T CONGRESS, NEVADA FAMILIES LIVE WITHIN THEIR MEANS? WHY DOESN'T CONGRESS? JUST BECAUSE THERE ARE CHECKS IN THE CHECKBOOK DOESN'T MEAN THERE'S MONEY IN THE CHECKING ACCOUNT. THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE PROPOSAL IS A THOUGHTFUL SOLUTION TO SOLVING THE GOVERNMENT'S SPENDING PROBLEM THAT PROTECTS THE PROMISE OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE FOR SENIORS AND VETERANS' BENEFITS TO OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE FOUGHT TO PROTECT OUR FREEDOMS. IT WILL CUT $5.8 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT DECADE AND GIVE OUR JOB CREATORS CONFIDENCE THAT WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT GETTING OUR ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE BILL AND SHOW THAT WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT BALANCING WASHINGTON'S CHECKBOOK. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. TIPTON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS AMERICANS, WE FACE A CHALLENGE. THE QUESTION…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS AMERICANS, WE FACE A CHALLENGE. THE QUESTION YET TO BE ANSWERED IS, WILL WE RISE TO BE ABLE TO MEET THAT CHALLENGE? WE CAN OFTEN HEAR IN THE DEBATE ON THIS FLOOR SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS AT EVERY SUPER BOWL AT HALFTIME. IT'S CALLED KICK, PASS AND PUNT. WE CAN KICK EACH OTHER AROUND. WE CAN PASS ON THIS PROBLEM AND ADDRESS IT TODAY. AND WE CAN PUNT TO THE NEXT GENERATION. BUT I THINK FAR MORE IS EXPECTED OF US. THE PEOPLE WHO ELECTED US, THE PEOPLE WHO SENT US TO THIS OFFICE ARE SEEKING SOLUTIONS AND LEADERSHIP. TO BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH THE TRUE COMMALS THAT WE ALL FACE AT HOME. LAST NIGHT AROUND DINNER TABLES ACROSS OUR COUNTRY MOMS AND DADS FROM GOING OVER THE FAMILY BUDGET LOOKING AT HOW MUCH IT COST TO FILL UP THAT GAS TANK, HOW THEY'RE GOING TO MEET THAT FAMILY BUDGET TO BE ABLE TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE, TO BE ABLE TO KEEP A ROOF OVER THEIR HEAD. THEY'RE SPENDING WITHIN THEIR MEANS. 49 OF OUR 50 STATES HAVE ONE FORM OR ANOTHER OF A BALANCED BUDGET REQUIREMENT. MEANING THAT AS STATES THEY HAVE TO BE ABLE TO LIVE WITHIN THEIR MEANS. SURPRISINGLY ONLY HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL, DO WE THINK THAT THERE IS THIS INEXHAUSTIBLE RESOURCE CALLED THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS' HIP POCKET TO BE ABLE TO DRAW FROM SO THAT GOVERNMENT CAN GROW. THE CONSTANT ARGUMENT, MY FRIENDS, IS GOVERNMENT NEEDS IT MORE THAN THE PEOPLE AT HOME. I DON'T THINK SO. COME AND WALK MY DISTRICT. LOOK IN THE EYES OF THE PEOPLE RIGHT NOW THAT ARE STRUGGLING TO BE ABLE TO KEEP THAT ROOF OVER THE TOP OF THEIR HEAD. WE HAVE THAT ECONOMIC CHALLENGE. WE FACE A DEBT IN THIS COUNTRY OF $14.4 TRILLION. NOW, I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU. I'M A SMALL BUSINESS MAN. IT'S HARD TO GET YOUR ARMS GOING AROUND, JUST WHAT IS $1 MILLION LET ALONE $1 TRILLION? IF YOU ARE A BASKETBALL FAN, YOU MAY HAVE PAID ATTENTION TO THIS LAST SEASON. HAD LEBRON JAMES, ARGUABLY ONE OF THE BEST BASKETBALL PLAYERS IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY BEING PAID $40 MILLION, $40 MILLION A YEAR TO BE ABLE TO PLAY BASKETBALL. WELL, IF HE WANTS TO EARN JUST $1 TRILLION, WE HAVE TO WISH HIM VERY GOOD HEALTH. HE'LL HAVE TO PLAY BASKETBALL FOR 25,000 YEARS TO EARN JUST $1 TRILLION. WE'VE STACKED UP OVER $14.4 TRILLION. THE PRESIDENT HAS ASKED FOR A BLANK CHECK TO INCREASE THE DEBT OF THIS COUNTRY AN ADDITIONAL $2 TRILLION-PLUS. IT'S THE TIME NOW FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY IN WASHINGTON. IT IS. WE HAVE TO RISE TO BE ABLE TO MEET THAT CHALLENGE. CUT, CAP AND BALANCE. IS THAT UNREASONABLE? WE CAN DEMONIZE IT. WE CAN SAY THAT WASHINGTON IS ABOVE THE RULES OF EVERY AMERICAN AND THE RULES THEY HAVE TO BE ABLE TO LIVE WITH OR WE CAN LOOK TO THE PEOPLE WHO WE SENT TO WASHINGTON TO STAND UP FOR US, TO LIVE UNDER THE SAME CONSTRAINTS THAT WE DO IN OUR INDIVIDUAL LIVES. IF WE'VE SPENT MORE THAN WE'VE TAKEN IN, WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO FIND WAYS TO CUT BACK. WE THEN ALSO HAVE TO HAVE THAT ALTERNATIVE TO BE ABLE TO RESTRAIN THAT SPENDING. AND THEN TO BE ABLE TO BALANCE THE BUDGET. UNFORTUNATELY, YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT SAID THAT IT WAS GOING TO BE DEAD ON ARRIVAL. I HOPE THAT OUR AMERICAN CITIZENRY WILL RISE TO THIS CHALLENGE. I'VE GREAT HOPE THAT THIS CHAMBER WILL PASS CUT, CAP AND BALANCE, BUT WE NEED TO LET THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES KNOW THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE. OUR FUTURE TRULY DEPENDS ON IT. THIS IS OUR TIME. THIS IS OUR CHALLENGE. THIS IS TRULY OUR OPPORTUNITY. LET'S PUT ASIDE WHAT IS OFTEN REFERRED TO JUST AS POLITICS AS USUAL. THIS IS NOT A DEMOCRAT ISSUE. THIS IS NOT A REPUBLICAN ISSUE. THIS IS AN AMERICAN ISSUE. I HOPE THAT OUR MEMBERS WILL JOIN WITH ME IN SEEKING REAL SOLUTIONS TO REAL PROBLEMS, TO DEAL WITH IT SO THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN LOOK TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER

    LET US PRAY. DEAR GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. WE…

    LET US PRAY. DEAR GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. WE ASK YOUR SPECIAL BLESSING UPON THE MEMBERS OF THIS PEOPLE'S HOUSE, THEY FACE DIFFICULT DECISIONS AND DIFFICULT TIMES, WITH MANY FORCES AND INTERESTS DEMANDING THEIR ATTENTION. GIVE THEM GENEROSITY TO ENTER INTO THEIR WORK. MAY THEY SERVE YOU IN THE WORK THEY DO AS YOU DESERVE. GIVE OF THEMSELVES AND NOT COUNT THE COST, FIGHT FOR WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR NATION AND NOT COUNT THE WOUNDS, TOIL UNTIL THEIR WORK IS DONE AND NOT SEEK TO REST, AND LABOR WITHOUT SEEKING ANY REWARD OTHER THAN KNOWING THEY ARE DOING YOUR WILL AND SERVING THE PEOPLE OF THIS GREAT NATION. BLESS THEM, O GOD, AND BE WITH THEM AND WITH US ALL THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY TO COME. MAY ALL THAT IS DONE BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY, AMEN.

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    THE SPEAKER

    MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING…

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

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    MR. POE

    THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.

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    THE SPEAKER

    THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR,…

    THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOURNAL IS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    MR. POE

    FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER

    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 ARE POSTPONED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TODAY WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLYBURN.

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    MR. CLYBURN

    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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    THE SPEAKER

    CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A FOLLOWING COMMUNICATION.

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    THE CLERK

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, I HAVE RECEIVED…

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, I HAVE RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING CORRESPONDENCE REGARDING THE ELECTION OF JANICE HAHN TO FILL THE VACANCY OF THE 36TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT FOR THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. THE CORRESPONDENT WAS NOT A CANDIDATE FOR OFFICE AND AFFIRMS THAT HE IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO CONTEST THE ELECTION UNDER THE LAW. AS SUCH, I FORWARD THE CORRESPONDENCE TO THE HOUSE FOR ITS DISPOSAL. WITH BEST WISHES, I AM, SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS, CLERK.

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    THE SPEAKER

    REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    WE'RE URGING THE PRESIDENT TO DO SOMETHING BIG, HE SAYS HE WANTS TO DO…

    WE'RE URGING THE PRESIDENT TO DO SOMETHING BIG, HE SAYS HE WANTS TO DO SOMETHING BIG ABOUT OUR DEBT PROBLEM, THIS IS THE SOLUTION. WE URGE HIM TO WORK WITH US AND NOT DEMAND NEW TAXES. AND ONCE HE'LL DO THAT WE CAN TURN TO SOME MEANINGFUL THINGS THAT WILL HELP IMPROVE THE JOB SITUATION WHICH BY THE WAY IS AT 9.% UNEMPLOYMENT AND GOING THE WRONG DIRECTION. WE CAN DO SOME THINGS LIKE GETTING THE REGULATORS OFF OUR COMMUNITY BANKS SO SMALL BUSINESSES CAN HAVE ACCESS TO CAPITAL. SHRINKING THE SIZE OF E.P.A. AND OSHA AND NLRB WHO ARE BLOATED IN THEIR INFRASTRUCTURE AND JUST STIFLING JOBS IN AMERICA. WE HAVE A LOT OF THINGS WE CAN DO BUT FIRST WE HAVE TO GET OUR SPENDING UNDER CONTROL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR CUT, CAP AND BALANCE.

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    MR. ROGERS

    TO VOTE FOR CUT, CAP AND BALANCE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, MR. SPEAKER. REVISE AND EXTEND MY…

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE DRASTIC CUTS OF SOCIAL SECURITY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE DRASTIC CUTS OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE AND OTHER CRUCIAL FEDERAL PROGRAMS THAT THE PASSAGE OF THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE WOULD FORCE UP ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT TAKES OUR NATION CLOSER TO DEFAULT BY HOLDING IT HOSTAGE WHILE CONGRESS PASSES A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO LIMIT THE TOTAL SPENDING SO TO 18% OF OUR GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT. THE LAST TIME FEDERAL SPENDING WAS BELOW 18% OF THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT WAS 1966.

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    MR. GREEN

    THE MEDIAN AGE WAS EIGHT YEARS YOUNGER AND THE AVERAGE COST OF HEALTH CARE…

    THE MEDIAN AGE WAS EIGHT YEARS YOUNGER AND THE AVERAGE COST OF HEALTH CARE WAS 1/5 OF WHAT IT IS TODAY. EVEN UNDER PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN, FEDERAL SPENDING WAS OVER 22% OF GROSS NATIONAL PRODUCT. THROUGHOUT THIS -- THOUGH THIS LEGISLATION MAY CLAIM TO EXEMPT MANY FEDERAL PROGRAMS IN SPENDING LIMITATION THERE ARE -- IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO REVERT SPENDING TO THE 1960'S LEVELS WITHOUT SHORTCUTS IN EVERY PROGRAM. EVEN THE F.Y. 2012 BUDGET THAT THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY PASSED IN APRIL WOULD DISMANTLE MEDICARE AS YOU KNOW IT, ALLOW FOR FEDERAL SPENDING TO BE ABOVE 20% OF THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES TO VOTE TO SUPPORT AMERICA'S RETIREES, VETERANS AND CHILDREN AND OPPOSE THIS DANGEROUS LEGISLATION.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. POE

    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. POE

    THE A.T.F.'S OPERATION FAST AND FURIOUS, PURCHASERS BOUGHT AND SOLD GUNS…

    THE A.T.F.'S OPERATION FAST AND FURIOUS, PURCHASERS BOUGHT AND SOLD GUNS TO MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS WHILE THE A.T.F. WATCHED. IT IS HARD TO UNDERSTAND WHY THE A.T.F. IS COMPLICIT IN THE DRUG SMUGGLING BUSINESS. MAYBE THE GOVERNMENT HOPED IT WOULD LEAD TO MORE GUN CONTROL. BUT UNFORTUNATELY IT LED TO MURDER. BORDER PATROL AGENT BRIAN TERRY AND I.C.E. AGENT ZAPATA WERE KILLED BY GUNS THAT WERE TRAFFICKED INTO MEXICO UNDER THIS OPERATION. RATHER THAN INVESTIGATE THIS ILL-CONCEIVED AND DANGEROUS OPERATION THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS DOING WHAT IT DOES BEST. CREATING GUN CONTROL REGULATIONS TO SOLVE A PROBLEM IT CREATED. THE PRESIDENT'S NEW DISCRIMINATORY EXECUTIVE ORDER REQUIRES BORDER STATES TO REPORT PURCHASES OF TWO OR MORE RIFLES TO THE A.T.F. THE VERY AGENCY THAT PURPOSELY AND IN-- PURPOSELY LET 2,000 GUNS GO TO MEXICO, 1,400 OF WHICH ARE STILL MISSING. THIS ADMINISTRATION IGNORES THE OBVIOUS. IT'S NOT THE GUN, IT'S THE SHOOTER. AND IN THIS CASE IT'S THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S RECKLESSNESS AND SUPEDITY THAT LED TO AT LEAST -- STUPIDITY THAT LED TO AT LEAST TWO MURDERS. IT'S TIME TO CONTROL THE A.T.F., NOT GUNS. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. CICILLINE

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AND RECOGNIZE THE RICH HISTORY OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AND RECOGNIZE THE RICH HISTORY OF COLOMBIA AS WE MARK COLOMBIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY ON JULY 20. WE HONOR THE PEOPLE OF COLOMBIA AND THOSE INDIVIDUALS OF PROUD COLOMBIAN DESCENT WHO ARE CELEBRATING MORE THAN 200 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE. COLOMBIAN HAVE BEEN IMMIGRATES TO RHODE ISLAND FOR THE PAST 50 YEARS AND I'D LIKE TO THANK THEM FOR THE CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR STATE. THE PEOPLE WERE LED IN THE FIRST RAISING OF THEIR FLAG, SIGNIFYING THEIR SOVEREIGNTY AND THE BIRTH OF ONE OF THE MOST CULTURALLY RICH NATIONS IN ALL OF LATIN AMERICA. TODAY WE CELEBRATE A GREAT COUNTRY, ITS PEOPLE, THEIR TRADITIONS AND THE MARK THEY HAVE MADE ON CITIES LIKE CENTRAL FALLS AND PROVIDENCE AND OTHERS, ADDING TO THE VIBRANCY OF THESE COMMUNITIES. FOR THAT ALONE I AM PROUD TO HONOR YOUR HERITAGE AND THE DIFFERENCE YOU HAVE MADE AND AS I PAY TRIBUTE TO THE PEOPLE OF THE GREAT NATION OF CLOMYARKS I ALSO WANT TO AGAIN EXTEND MY THOUGHT AND SYMPATHIES TO COLOMBIANS EVERYWHERE FOR THE SUFFERING THAT CONTINUES TO OCCUR BECAUSE OF THE FLOODS IN YOUR COUNTRY. MAY YOU CONTINUE TO BE INSPIRED TO SUPPORT THE PEOPLE OF COLOMBIA THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME AS WE CELEBRATE COLOMBIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY AND HONOR THE ENORMOUS CONTRIBUTIONS OF COLOMBIAN AMERICANS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. WILSON

    TODAY WE'LL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE FOR A SOLUTION ON THE IMPENDING…

    TODAY WE'LL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE FOR A SOLUTION ON THE IMPENDING DEBT CEILING ISSUE IN WASHINGTON. THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT OF 2011 WILL CUT $111 BILLION OF SPENDING NEXT YEAR. IT WILL CAP THE TOTAL FEDERAL SPENDING FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS AND FINALLY IT WILL REQUIRE THE PASSAGE OF A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT BEFORE RAISING THE NATIONAL DEBT LIMIT. THIS YEAR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL SPEND TWICE THE AMOUNT IT SPENT JUST 10 YEARS AGO. THE GOVERNMENT HAS A SPENDING PROBLEM. IT IS NOT LACK OF REVENUE. AND IT MUST BE ADDRESSED TO PROTECT SENIOR CITIZENS. WHERE ARE THE LIBERALS' PLANS? IT'S BEEN OVER 800 DAYS SINCE THE LIBERALS PASSED A BUDGET IN THE SENATE. THE PRESIDENT'S FAILED PLAN DOES NOT CUT SPENDING. INSTEAD IT JUST RAISES TAXES IN A RECESSION, KILLING JOBS. I HOPE BOTH PARTIES CAN COME TOGETHER TO ENACT THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT WHICH I AM GRATEFUL TO HAVE CO-SPONSORED, TO BENEFIT THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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    LAST YEAR THE REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES RAN THEIR CAMPAIGN ON THE SLOGAN,…

    LAST YEAR THE REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES RAN THEIR CAMPAIGN ON THE SLOGAN, WHERE ARE THE JOBS? IT'S BEEN 28 WEEKS SINCE REPUBLICANS TOOK CONTROL OF THE HOUSE AND THE QUESTION STILL REMAINS, WHERE ARE THE JOBS? WE ALL KNOW THAT THE BUSH TAX FOR THE WEALTHY FAILED TO CREATE NEW JOBS, THEY FOOLED THE OLYMPIC ONCE, IT AIN'T GOING TO HAPPEN AGAIN.

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    MR. BACA

    WORKING TO CREATE JOBS, REPUBLICANS ARE HOLDING OUR COUNTRY HOSTAGE,…

    WORKING TO CREATE JOBS, REPUBLICANS ARE HOLDING OUR COUNTRY HOSTAGE, TAKING THE DEBT LIMIT TALKS TO A BRICK, UNDER REPUBLICAN BUDGET PROPOSALS, SENIORS WILL LOSE GUARANTEED MEDICAL BENEFITS, HAVE THEIR OUT OF POCKET D MEDICAL EXPENSES DOUBLED AND THE REPUBLICAN PLAN WILL REOPEN MEDICARE, THE DOUGHNUT HOLE AREA, COSTING FOUR MILLION SENIORS AN ADDITIONAL $.2 BILLION. IT'S WRONG TO MAKE OUR SENIORS SUFFER. TO GIVE A TAX BREAK TO THE ULTRARICH AND CORPORATIONS THAT SHIFT JOBS OVERSEAS. NO NEW TAX, NO NEW JOBS, NO TAXES, NO JOBS, NO TAXES, NO JOBS. LET'S PUT TOGETHER A PLAN THAT LOWERS OUR DEFICIT WITHOUT DOING THAT ON THE BACKS OF OUR SENIORS AND THE MIDDLE CLASS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    INVEST IN A COMPANY IF THERE WAS A 40% CHANCE THAT WOULD YOU LOSE ALL OF…

    INVEST IN A COMPANY IF THERE WAS A 40% CHANCE THAT WOULD YOU LOSE ALL OF YOUR MONEY? THAT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE MUCH OF AN INVESTMENT. MOST PEOPLE WOULD CALL THAT GAMBLING. BUT THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS ABOUT TO DO IN SETTING UP THE NEW OBAMACARE HEALTH CARE COOPS. THE DEPARTMENT OF H.H.S. WILL LOAN MORE THAN $4 BILLION IN THE COMING YEARS AS AN ATTEMPT TO SET UP AT LEAST ONE COOP IN EACH STATE.

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    MR. PITTS

    THAT 40% OF THE LOANS GIVEN OUT TO PLAN THE COULD HE OPENS WILL GO INTO…

    THAT 40% OF THE LOANS GIVEN OUT TO PLAN THE COULD HE OPENS WILL GO INTO DE-- COOPS WILL GO INTO DEFAULT. 35% OF THE LOANS TO KEEP THE COOPS SOLVENT ARE ALSO PROJECTED TO GO INTO DEFAULT. THIS COULD ADD UP TO BILLIONS OF DOLLARS LOST. WE RAISE TAXES BY MORE THAN $1 TRILLION SO WE COULD BURN IT AWAY ON PROJECTS WITH AN EXTREMELY HIGH RATELE FAILURE. WHEN WE TAKE MONEY AWAY FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND THEN BUSH IT AWAY ON GOVERNMENT -- BURN IT AWAY ON GOVERNMENT PROJECTS, THE RESULT IS GOING TO BE LOST JOBS AND A STRUGGLING ECONOMY. WE NEED JOBS, NOT MORE FAILED GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A VERY SAD TIME FOR ME AND I HOPE FOR OTHERS.…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A VERY SAD TIME FOR ME AND I HOPE FOR OTHERS. UNEMPLOYMENT IS AT 9.2%.

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    MR. CLEAVER

    FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS IT'S AT 16.2%. IF YOU USE THE LABOR DEPARTMENT'S U-6…

    FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS IT'S AT 16.2%. IF YOU USE THE LABOR DEPARTMENT'S U-6 STANDARDS IT'S ALMOST 30%. AND ALL WE WANT TO DO HERE IS ARGUE. ARGUE. THESE ARE REAL HUMAN BEINGS WHO ARE OUT HERE STRUGGLING. I SAW A LAIDY THE OTHER DAY WORKING -- LADY THE OTHER DAY WORKING AT A HOTEL, CLEANING UP WITH A COLLEGE DEGREE FROM HOWARD UNIVERSITY. SHE CAN'T GET A JOB. AND SO WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO IN CONGRESS? WELL, CONGRESS LIKES TO BASH THE JOBLESS NEED CASH. WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO TO GET THINGS GOING? WE NEED TO STOP BEING SO MEAN. MEAN. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE DOWN HERE. A BUMBLE BEE CANNOT STING AND MAKE HONEY AT THE SAME TIME. AND WHAT WE HAVE DECIDED TO BE IN CONGRESS ARE A BIG GROUP OF 435 STINGERS.

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    CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY…

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

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    MR. LANDRY

    YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, I'M NEW TO WASHINGTON SO SOMETIMES I DON'T…

    YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, I'M NEW TO WASHINGTON SO SOMETIMES I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THIS TOWN MAKES EVERYTHING SO HARD. FOR DECADES NOW THIS TOWN HAS SQUANDERED THE WEALTH OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES AND, YES, IT IS THE PEOPLE'S MONEY, NOT WASHINGTON'S. OUR SPEND SOMETHING 24% OF OUR ECONOMY. OUR REVENUE IS 15%. 24% IS BIGGER -- IS LARGER THAN 15%. WHAT WE SPEND IS MORE THAN WE TAKE IN. WE HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM HERE. . MR. PRESIDENT STOP THE CLASS WARFARE AND END THE THREATS TO OUR SENIORS. YOU KNOW THEY ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE AN IT IS THEY WHO HAVE CARRIED THE BURDEN OF THIS RECKLESS SPENDING FOR DECADES. SINCE YOU REFUSE TO LEAD WITH A PLAN, WE HAVE. I'M SORRY YOU DON'T LIKE OUR PLAN. BUT YOU DON'T HAVE A PLAN OR HAVE NOT PUT A PLAN FORWARD. WE MUST GET AMERICA'S FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. TO DO SO WILL REQUIRE FISCAL DISCIPLINE AND SACRIFICES. WE MUST SEPARATE OUR WANTS FROM OUR NEEDS. THIS BILL FORCES US TO DO THIS. IT IS THE RESPONSIBLE THING TO DO. IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO GUARANTEE THAT THE FUTURE -- IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO GUARANTEE THE FUTURE SOLVENCY OF THE UNITED STATES AND PROTECTION OF OUR CITIZENS FROM OUT-OF-CONTROL GOVERNMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    SPEAKER, WHILE WE WERE PREOCCUPIED WITH THE WEIGHTY ISSUES OF THE DAY, WE…

    SPEAKER, WHILE WE WERE PREOCCUPIED WITH THE WEIGHTY ISSUES OF THE DAY, WE ALSO NEED TO TAKE A MOMENT TO ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT IS ALSO GOOD. TODAY ED ALIKE TO RECOGNIZE AN EXCEPTIONALLY STRONG AND INSPIRING GROUP OF WOMEN, UNITED STATES WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM.

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    MS. HOCHUL

    THEY OVERCAME ODDS AND MADE FIVE ROUNDS OF PLAY. WHAT IS MOST EXCITING TO…

    THEY OVERCAME ODDS AND MADE FIVE ROUNDS OF PLAY. WHAT IS MOST EXCITING TO ME IS THAT TWO OF OUR STRONGEST PLAYERS HAIL FROM WESTERN NEW YORK, ABBY WAMBACH, AND ALEX MORGAN WHO CURRENTLY PLAY FOR THE WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH. THEY DESERVE OUR RECOGNITION. THANKS TO ABBY AND ALEX AND THE ENTIRE TEAM AND MAKING ALL WESTERN NEW YORKERS AND AMERICA PROUD. I'D LIKE TO NOTE THEY WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM. ON BEHALF OF AMERICA. I THINK THERE'S SOME LESSONS THAT WE SHOULD TAKE FROM THESE INSPIRING WOMEN. I WOULD BE VERY PROUD TO WELCOME THEM TO OUR CAPITAL AND GIVE THEM A TOUR OF THIS DISTINGUISHED BODY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    WORD YESTERDAY THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS THREATENED TO VETO THE BILL. WE WILL…

    WORD YESTERDAY THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS THREATENED TO VETO THE BILL. WE WILL CONSIDER LATER TODAY, H.R. 2560, THE CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE ACT. AS A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, I CAN'T DISAGREE MORE. WE HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM NOT A REVENUE PROBLEM. FOR THE PRESIDENT TO THREATEN TO VETO A SEARO PROPOSAL THAT WILL PUT OUR COUNTRY BACK ON THE PATH TO FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY DEMONSTRATES HIS STUBBORN INSISTENCE ON CONTINUING RECKLESS SPENDING AND DEBT.

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    MR. WALBERG

    PRESIDENT WANTS TO CONTINUE IN THIS REGARD, THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE, THEN…

    PRESIDENT WANTS TO CONTINUE IN THIS REGARD, THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE, THEN HE WILL VETO THIS BILL DESPITE NEVER PRESENTING A PLAN OF HIS OWN. THE PRESIDENT WILL DO WHAT HE CHOOSES TO DO, BUT I WILL DO WHAT THE PEOPLE AND OUR NATION'S FUTURE DEMAND. UNLESS WE WANT TO FACE EVEN LONGER TERM ECONOMIC DIFFICULTIES, THE PRESIDENT SHOULD RECONSIDER HIS POSITION AND SUPPORT THIS PLAN THAT CUTS SPENDING AND ENCOURAGES JOB GROWTH. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. YARMUTH

    REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. YARMUTH

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE HEARD OF RALLIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY OVER…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE HEARD OF RALLIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY OVER THE LAST COUPLE YEARS, WE WANT TO TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK. TODAY WHEN WE ARE VOTING ON THE SO-CALLED CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE ACT WE NOW KNOW WHERE THEY WANT TO TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK TO. 1966. THAT WAS WHEN THE SPENDING LEVELS WOULD BE REQUIRED IF WE PASS CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE. THERE ARE A LOT OF COOL THINGS ABOUT 1966. GAS WAS 25 CENTS A GALLON. AVERAGE CAR COST ABOUT $3,400. A NEW CAR, HOME, WAS $20,000. AND EGGS WERE 55 CENTS A DOZEN. IT WOULD BE NICE IF WE COULD PAY THOSE PRICES AGAIN. IT WOULD BE NICE IF OUR SENIORS WHO ARE CARED FOR BY DOCTORS AN HOSPITALS COULD RELY ON THAT KIND OF 1966 PRICING. UNFORTUNATELY THEY CAN'T. SO WHAT CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE WOULD REALLY MEAN IS SLASH, SHRED, AND PUNISH. SLASH THE BUDGET, SHRED THE SAFETY NET, AND PUNISH THE AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO CAN LEAST AFFORD IT ALL WHILE PROTECTING THE WEALTHIEST, MOST SUCCESSFUL, AND THE SPECIALLY TREATED PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. MILLIONAIRES, BILLIONAIRES, OIL COMPANIES, AND GIANT CORPORATIONS. I URGE ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THE RECKLESS REPUBLICAN AGENDA KNOWN AS CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE. I YIELD BACK.

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    TO RESIDENTS OF THE 23RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF TEXAS THAT I HAVE THE…

    TO RESIDENTS OF THE 23RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF TEXAS THAT I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO REPRESENT, THE TOP CONCERN ABOUT WHICH I HEAR IS THE NEED TO CREATE JOBS.

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    MR. CANSECO

    YEARS PRESIDENT OBAMA AND WASHINGTON LIBERALS ATTEMPTED TO SPEND AND…

    YEARS PRESIDENT OBAMA AND WASHINGTON LIBERALS ATTEMPTED TO SPEND AND BORROW OUR WAY TO A BETTER ECONOMY. IT SIMPLY DIDN'T WORK. TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS LATER, ALL WE HAVE IS A NATIONAL DEBT THAT EVERY AMERICAN HOUSEHOLD HAS OF OVER $120,000 OF ITS SHARE. AND 29 STRAIGHT MONTHS OF UNEMPLOYMENT AT 8% OR HIGHER. THE LONGEST STREAK SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION. THERE IS ANOTHER WAY TO CREATE JOBS, PASS THE PENDING FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS WITH COLOMBIA, PANAMA, AND SOUTH KOREA. ACCORDING TO THE BUSINESS ROUND TABLE, THESE THREE AGREEMENTS ALONE WILL CREATE MORE THAN 250,000 JOBS. AT A TIME WHEN OVER 14 MILLION AMERICANS ARE UNEMPLOYED, IT'S TIME TO PUT THE POLITICS ASIDE AND PASS THESE THREE JOB CREATING AGREEMENTS.

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    MR. FLORES

    TO PASS THE COLOMBIA, PANAMA, AND SOUTH KOREA FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS. I…

    TO PASS THE COLOMBIA, PANAMA, AND SOUTH KOREA FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE IS NOT A JOBS BILL, IT'S A…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE IS NOT A JOBS BILL, IT'S A JOB-KILLING BILL. IT'S A NEW WAY OF TRYING TO RAMROD THE RYAN BUDGET PROPOSAL DOWN OUR THROATS. IT'S THE RYAN BUDGET WITH LIPSTICK. AND IT'S REALLY JUST SLASH AND BURN POLITICS WITH A NEW FACE. TODAY THE REPUBLICANS WILL VOTE UNANIMOUSLY FOR THIS DRACONIAN SLASH AND BURN RYAN BUDGET PLAN THAT THEY NOW CALL CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE. FOR THE THIRD TIME THE REPUBLICANS WILL VOTE UNANIMOUSLY TO CUT MEDICARE AND CHANGE SOCIAL SECURITY TO A VOUCHER PROGRAM THAT PUTS OUR SENIORS AT THE MERCY OF THE FOR-PROFIT INSURANCE COMPANIES. AND THAT'S REAL. WE NEED JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH. NOT CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE. WHICH IS, AGAIN, JUST SLASH AND BURN POLITICS. RYAN BUDGET PROPOSAL WITH LIPSTICK. THAT'S THE REAL DEAL. THAT'S REALER THAN REAL DEAL HOLYFIELD.

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    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OUR NATION IS FACING A DEBT CRISIS THAT THREATENS OUR…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OUR NATION IS FACING A DEBT CRISIS THAT THREATENS OUR ECONOMY, NATIONAL SECURITY, AND OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE. THIS ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES TO BORROW AND SPEND MONEY WE DON'T HAVE. THEY JUST DON'T GET IT. OUR DEBT CRISIS IS NOT BECAUSE OF TAXING TOO LITTLE, BUT A RESULT OF WASHINGTON SPENDING TOO MUCH. IN PUSHING THE BILL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BOTH NOW AND FUTURE GENERATIONS. OUR CHILDREN WILL OWE APPROXIMATELY 45,000 TO OUR CREDITORS. AND THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE. I KNOW FOLKS BACK HOME IN OHIO AND ACROSS THIS NATION ARE TIGHTENING THEIR OWN BELTS AND MUST LIVE WITHIN THEIR MEANS. IT IS TIME THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES THE SAME WITH THE AMERICANS' HARD-EARNED TAX DOLLARS. THE SOLUTION BEGIN WAS CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE BILL. CUT SPENDING NOW, LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS BY CAPPING FUTURE SPENDING, AND MOVE TOWARDS A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. MR. PRESIDENT, WE HAVE A DEBT CRISIS AND IT'S TIME FOR A PLAN NOW. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. BROWN

    TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    MS. BROWN

    WEEK IN THE DEBATE ON DISASTER RELIEF FUND, A REPUBLICAN CALLED THE…

    WEEK IN THE DEBATE ON DISASTER RELIEF FUND, A REPUBLICAN CALLED THE STIMULUS BILL A DISASTER. I WONDER IF THE VICTIMS OF DISASTER SUCH AS THE B.P. SPILL OR HURRICANE KATRINA WOULD AGREE. LET'S COMPARE? KATRINA DESTROYED ABOUT 400,000 JOBS AND CAUSED $100 BILLION IN DAMAGE. THE STIMULUS BILL GAVE $237 BILLION IN STREAKS TO 95% OF THE AMERICAN WORKERS. ACCORDING TO THE C.B.O., THE STIMULUS BILL SAVED OR CREATED, 3.3 MILLION JOBS THIS YEAR ALONE. DOES THAT SOUND LIKE A DISASTER, MR. SPEAKER? WE ARE STILL CARRYING LOSSES FROM THE B.P. OIL SPILL, BUT WE KNOW COMPANIES LIKE B.P. GET $4 BILLION IN TAX SUBSIDY EVERY YEAR. THAT'S WHAT I CALL A DISASTER. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE STIMULUS BILL SAVED OVER 400,000 JOBS. OVER 6,000 OF THOSE EDUCATIONAL JOBS IN LOUISIANA AND 48,000 IN FLORIDA. DOES THAT SOUND LIKE A DISASTER TO YOU? TODAY I PLACE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD THE LATEST BREAKDOWN OF THE EDUCATION AND JOBS SAVED BY THE STIMULUS.

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    MR. MCKINLEY

    MR. CHAIRMAN. THE SIZE OF OUR DEBT INHABITS THE CREATION OF JOBS. JOBS…

    MR. CHAIRMAN. THE SIZE OF OUR DEBT INHABITS THE CREATION OF JOBS. JOBS NEEDED IN WEST VIRGINIA AND ACROSS AMERICA. BUT THERE IS A PLAN TO CORRECT THIS. THE CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE ACT WHICH I'M CO-SPONSORING LAYS OUT A CLEAR AND RESPONSIBLE VISION FOR SOLVING OUR DEBT LIMIT CRISIS. PRESIDENT OBAMA MUST REALIZE THAT HIS REQUEST TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING WITHOUT FUNDAMENTAL SPENDING REFORMS IS A NONSTARTER. I WON'T DENY THAT THE PRESIDENT INHERITED A BAD ECONOMIC SITUATION. BUT HE MADE IT WORSE. HIS FAILED STIMULUS PROGRAM, THE JOB KILLING COSTS OF OBAMACARE, AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ADDED TO OUR COUNTRY'S SPENDING THROUGH EXPANDED PROGRAMS HAVE ALL CONTRIBUTED TO THE TRILLION DOLLARS OF DEBT -- NEW DEBT WE ARE FACED WITH TODAY. IT'S TIME TO GET SERIOUS AND SOLVE THE PROBLEM. WE HAVE A PLAN. LET'S PASS CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE TODAY. THANK YOU.

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    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU HAVE HEARD THE SO-CALLED EXPERTS PREDICT THE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU HAVE HEARD THE SO-CALLED EXPERTS PREDICT THE ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF DEFAULT OF THE DEBT.

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    MS. MOORE

    YOUR QUESTION IS, WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH ME? GWEN, CAN YOU TELL ME…

    YOUR QUESTION IS, WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH ME? GWEN, CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT THIS MEANS IN PLAIN ENGLISH? THE FEDERAL RESERVE ANALYSIS THE DEFAULT WOULD CAUSE DON'T INCREASES IN TREASURY YIELDS. EVERY POINT INCREASE MEANS THE LOSS OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS. YOUR JOB. THE ECONOMISTS, SAID A 1% CHANGE IN G.D.P. GROWTH CORRELATES WITH .4% TOTAL EMPLOYMENT CHANGE. TRANSLATION, EVERY PERCENTAGE LOSS OF G.D.P. MEANS 640,000 LOST JOBS. YOUR JOBS. DEFAULT PERMANENTLY RAISES THE INTEREST RATES SAYS J.P. MORGAN, AND THEY ESTIMATE THAT INTEREST RATES COULD RISE 75 TO 100 BASIS POINTS. TRANSLATION? MORTGAGES RISE $1,000. CREDIT CARD INTEREST RISE BY $250. AND THE DECLINE OF THE VALUE OF THE DOLLAR. TRANSLATION? $182 EXTRA ON YOUR UTILITIES. $318 A YEAR ON FOOD. $100 A YEAR MORE ON GAS. DO YOU GET IT?

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    SPEAKER. I JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH A CONSTITUENT OF MINE, TOM ABBOTT,…

    SPEAKER. I JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH A CONSTITUENT OF MINE, TOM ABBOTT, SMALL BUSINESS BUSINESS MAN. CARES ABOUT HIS FAMILY, HIS BUSINESS, PEOPLE HE WORKS WITH.

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    MR. TIPTON

    HE ASKED A SIMPLE QUESTION. I HAVE TO LIVE WITHIN MY BUDGET. WHY DOESN'T…

    HE ASKED A SIMPLE QUESTION. I HAVE TO LIVE WITHIN MY BUDGET. WHY DOESN'T WASHINGTON? THE PLAN THAT WE HAVE PUT FORWARD WOULD TAKE OVER A 10-YEAR PERIOD, CAPPING THE SPENDING AT 18%. AS AMERICANS, I THINK WE NEED TO ASK THE QUESTION, HAVE WE HAD AN 18% INCREASE IN OUR FAMILY BUDGETS YEAR OVER YEAR? I THINK THE ANSWER IS NO. I'D LIKE TO QUOTE FOR YOU SOME OF THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN TO DEAL WITH THE ECONOMIC CHALLENGES THAT WE FACE. THERE IS NOT ONE. THE SILENCE IS DEAFENING. MY FRIENDS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT MORE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER. WASHINGTON DOES NOT HAVE AN INCOME PROBLEM, IT HAS A SPENDING PROBLEM. AND THE TIME FOR US TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS NOW.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. HANABUSA

    MR. SPEAKER. JULY IS MONTH TO CELEBRATE BIRTHDAYS. THE INDEPENDENCE OF…

    MR. SPEAKER. JULY IS MONTH TO CELEBRATE BIRTHDAYS. THE INDEPENDENCE OF THIS NATION AND THE 46TH BIRTHDAY OF MEDICARE. MEDICARE IS THE BEST HEALTH CARE PROGRAM EVER. AND THE MOST SUCCESSFUL ANTI-POVERTY PROGRAM. SO THE QUESTION THAT WE SHOULD ALL BE ASKING OURSELVES IS, WHY, THEN, DO THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO DO AWAY WITH MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT? AND THE ANSWER PROBABLY IS, BECAUSE WE HAVE FORGOTTEN WHAT MEDICARE WAS MEANT TO DO. . PRIOR TO 196544% OF OUR SENIORS -- 1965 44% OF OUR SENIORS HAD NO HEALTH CARE. NOW 40 MILLION ARE ENROLLED. BEFORE 1965 40% OF THOSE 65 AND OLDER WERE AT OR BELOW THE POVERTY LEVEL. NOW ONLY 10% FALL IN THAT CATEGORY. LIFE EXPECTANCY WAS 70.2 YEARS. NOW IT IS 78.2 YEARS OF AGE. SO WE SHOULD ASK OURSELVES, WHY, WHY DO WE WANT TO TOUCH MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT? MEDICARE HAS DONE WHAT WE NEED IT TO DO. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MEDICARE, AND THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MR. HENSARLING

    MR. SPEAKER, EVERY DAY IN MY DISTRICT IN TEXAS I HEAR FROM SMALL BUSINESS…

    MR. SPEAKER, EVERY DAY IN MY DISTRICT IN TEXAS I HEAR FROM SMALL BUSINESS PEOPLE WHO TELL ME, I'M AFRAID TO HIRE NEW WORKERS BECAUSE I THINK THIS NATIONAL DEBT WILL END UP BANKRUPTING MY BUSINESS, NOT TO MENTION MY COUNTRY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SAYING TO WASHINGTON, QUIT SPENDING MONEY WE DON'T HAVE. AND SO TODAY HOUSE REPUBLICANS WILL BRING TO THE FLOOR THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE PLAN, CUT FEDERAL SPENDING AT LEAST BACK TO ITS 2008 LEVELS. WHO'S GOING AROUND SAYING GOVERNMENT WASN'T BIG ENOUGH BEFORE BARACK OBAMA CAME HERE? CAP IT. LET'S MAKE SURE THAT OUR GOVERNMENT DOESN'T GROW BEYOND OUR ABILITY TO PAY FOR IT. AND THEN BALANCE. SMALL BUSINESSES, FAMILIES, STATES, EVERYONE HAS TO BALANCE THEIR BUDGET EXCEPT FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT? IS THERE ANY MYSTERY WHY WE HAVE $14 TRILLION OF DEBT? THERE IS NO OTHER CREDIBLE PLAN ON THE TABLE THAT AVOIDS DEFAULT AND SOLVES THE PROBLEM. THE SENATE, 800 DAYS, NO BUDGET. THE PRESIDENT, HE GIVES US A SPEECH, NOT A PLAN. AND THE ONLY THING HE'S PUT ON THE TABLE IS MORE JOB-KILLING TAX INCREASES ON SMALL BUSINESSES. MR. SPEAKER, THAT DOESN'T WORK. IT'S TIME FOR CUT, CAP AND BALANCE.

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    MS. CLARKE

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR A MINUTE.

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    MR. CLARKE

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M ASKING THIS CONGRESS TO CUT THE TRUE TAX THAT'S REALLY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M ASKING THIS CONGRESS TO CUT THE TRUE TAX THAT'S REALLY CRUSHING AMERICANS, THAT'S PREVENTING REAL JOB GROWTH AND ROBBING OUR PEOPLE OF FINANCIAL SECURITY. I'M ASKING THIS CONGRESS ON CERTAIN LOANS TO CUT MORTGAGES DOWN TO HOME VALUES. FOR CERTAIN STUDENT LOAN BORROWERS, LET'S FORGIVE THOSE STUDENT LOANS. THIS CONGRESS IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BEING IN THE DEBT THAT THEY'RE IN. WE DEREGULATED MANY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS THAT RECKLESSLY PUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN DEBT. THE ONE POWERFUL WAY TO RESTORE OUR ECONOMY, TO CREATE JOBS IS TO MAKE SURE THAT AMERICANS PERSONALLY ARE DEBT FREE. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT I WISH TO INFORM THE…

    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT I WISH TO INFORM THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT ON JUNE 30, 2011, MARINE CORPORAL KYLE SNYDER OF PHOENIX, NEW YORK, WAS KILLED BY AN IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE WHILE SERVING IN HELMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN. CORPORAL SNYDER WAS BORN IN SYRACUSE AND LIVED IN NEW YORK FOR MOST OF HIS LIFE. HE WAS A GRADUATE OF BAKER HIGH SCHOOL AND ATTENDED A COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR A YEAR BEFORE ENLISTING IN THE MARINE CORPS IN 2008. CORPORAL SNYDER IS SURVIVED BY HIS PARENTS, RICHARD AND LORI SNYDER, A BROTHER, KEVIN, AND A FIANCE, TERESA LYNN DODGE OF WEST COLUMBIA, TEXAS. CORPORAL SNYDER WAS A PROUD AND VALIANT MARINE. BUT HE WAS ALSO A SON, A BROTHER, A GRANDSON, FIANCE, FRIEND AND COMRADE. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED AND NO WORDS WILL DIMINISH THE GRIEF OF THOSE WHO KNEW AND LOVED HIM. IN HIS DEATH HE HAS EARNED THE THE -- THE THANKS OF A GRATEFUL NATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    NO WAY. GAP. THEIR POLICIES ARE GOING TO FURTHER WIDEN THE INCOME GAP…

    NO WAY. GAP. THEIR POLICIES ARE GOING TO FURTHER WIDEN THE INCOME GAP BETWEEN MIDDLE CLASS AMERICA AND THE RICHEST AMERICANS BY PERPETUATING A POLICY THAT HAS ALLOWED THAT TO EXIST FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS. AND HANDCUFF. YOU WOULD BE SPEAKING GERMAN, JAPANESE OR RUSSIAN IF THIS BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT WAS IN EFFECT DURING WORLD WAR II AND DURING THE COLD WAR. BECAUSE DURING WORLD WAR II WE HAD DEBT IN THIS COUNTRY THAT WAS 120% OF OUR G.D.P. AND IN THE DAWN OF THE COLD WAR IT WAS 100% OF OUR G.D.P. THAT'S WHY THIS BILL DOESN'T MAKE SENSE FOR AMERICA AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT IT.

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    MR. BRALEY

    MAKE SENSE FOR AMERICA AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT IT.

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    MR. BILIRAKIS

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY THE HOUSE WILL VOTE TO ENACT A CUT, CAP AND BALANCE…

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY THE HOUSE WILL VOTE TO ENACT A CUT, CAP AND BALANCE PLAN TO PUT AN END TO THE SPENDING DRIVEN DEBT THAT HAS CRIPPLED OUR ECONOMY. THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT GETTING OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. WHILE SOME IN WASHINGTON WOULD LIKE TO SIMPLY FIX THE FRONT YARD, FIX UP THE FRONT YARD, TODAY'S PROPOSAL WILL GIVE OUR FISCAL HOUSE A NEW FOUNDATION AND FUNDAMENTALLY REFORM THE WAY OUR GOVERNMENT SPENDS MONEY. THIS PLAN INCORPORATES REAL SPENDING CUTS TODAY, PLACES LIMITS ON FEDERAL SPENDING FOR COMING YEARS AND ADVANCES A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO ADDRESS OUR DEBT CRISIS AND KICK START OUR ECONOMY. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT WE HAVE TO REDUCE OUR SPENDING AND START LIVING WITHIN OUR MEANS. THIS IS NOT JUST A PROBLEM FOR THE FUTURE, IT IS HURTING JOB CREATION TODAY. WE MUST FOCUS ON ESTABLISHING AN ENVIRONMENT THAT WILL HELP CREATE JOBS. THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE PLAN DOES JUST THAT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER.

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    MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFOR OTHER PURPOSES THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE HAS PASSED -- INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE HAS PASSED H.CON.RES. 25, IN WHICH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE HOUSE IS REQUESTED.

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

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    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES TODAY TO…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES TODAY TO ADDRESS H.R. 2560, THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT.

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    MR. PAYNE

    ARE BRINGING TO THE FLOOR H.R. 2560 WHICH IS ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO ENACT THE…

    ARE BRINGING TO THE FLOOR H.R. 2560 WHICH IS ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO ENACT THE POLICIES AND BETTERMENT OF THEIR BUDGET RESOLUTION. HOWEVER THERE ACT IS MORE EXTREME BECAUSE IT MANDATES THAT THE HOUSE AND SENATE APPROVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT IMPOSING THEIR POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY. WHILE HOUSE DEMOCRATS HAVE PUSHED FOR A BALANCED APPROACH TO MINIMIZE THE DEFICIT, REPUBLICAN MEMBERS HAVE PUSHED FORWARD WITH PLANS TO END MEDICARE IN ORDER TO PRESERVE TAX BREAKS FOR SPECIAL INTERESTS, BIG OIL AND CORPORATIONS, TO TRANSPORT JOBS ABROAD. THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS OF NEGOTIATIONS, HOUSE DEMOCRATS HAVE FOCUSED ON PROTECTING MEDICARE, STRENGTHENING THE MIDDLE CLASS AND CREATING JOBS. AMERICA'S MIDDLE CLASS AND SENIORS WILL SUFFER THE MOST AS THE G.O.P. CONTINUES TO STAND IN THE WAY OF A REASONABLE BALANCED DEFICIT REDUCTION AGREEMENT. THE NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS DOWN TO 9.1%, HOWEVER 8.8 MILLION JOBS WERE LOST AND SO I ASK THAT WE REJECT THIS BILL COMING UP. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    IT, COUNTIES DO IT, CITIES DO IT, NOW IT'S TIME FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT…

    IT, COUNTIES DO IT, CITIES DO IT, NOW IT'S TIME FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DO IT AND TO PASS A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. IT IS ABOUT PASSING A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT AND GETTING THIS NATION BACK ON TRACK TO MEET OUR OBLIGATIONS, OUR SPENDING OBLIGATIONS, BUT ALSO TO MATCH IT WITH WHAT WE BRING IN AND COLLECT IN TAXES AND REVENUES. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S TIME FOR A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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    MR. POLIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT'S BEING TALKED ABOUT TODAY IN TERMS OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT'S BEING TALKED ABOUT TODAY IN TERMS OF INSERTING LANGUAGE INTO OUR UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION THAT CONSTRAINS FISCAL POLICY IS NOTHING MORE OR NOTHING LESS THAN A PERVERSION OF OUR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC. IT WOULD TAKE A MAJOR POWER AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY AND REPLACE IT WITH AN ARBITRARY PERCENTAGE, 18%, 19.7%, WHATEVER THAT PERCENTAGE IS THAT THEY PROPOSED TO PUT INTO THE CONSTITUTION AS A PERCENTAGE OF G.D.P. TO SPEND ON GOVERNMENT TAKES A BASIC POWER AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE, TO ELECT REPRESENTATIVES TO HAVE THOSE DISCUSSIONS. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HERE FOR. SHOULD IT BE 18%, 22%, 19%, 15%, LET'S DEBATE THAT, LET THE HOUSE AND LET THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WORK THEIR WILL. TO PUT THAT INTO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION IN AN ARBITRARY FIGURE WITHOUT A SINGLE HEARING, WITHOUT A SINGLE DISCUSSION BESIDES ONE HOUR OF DEBATE HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE IS A PERVERSION OF THE VERY CONSTITUTION WE BEGAN THIS SESSION BY READING INTO THE RECORD OF THE HOUSE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER. OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS WE'VE HEARD A LOT OF SPEECHES ABOUT…

    MR. SPEAKER. OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS WE'VE HEARD A LOT OF SPEECHES ABOUT FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. TODAY HERE ON THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FLOOR WE'RE GOING TO GIVE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THE OPPORTUNITY TO PUT THEIR MONEY WHERE THEIR MOUTH IS. THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE PLAN OPPOSES REAL CUTS TO SPENDING TODAY.

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    MR. SCALISE

    ON FUTURE GROWTH AND IT SAYS THAT WE'RE GOING TO PUT AN AMENDMENT IN THE…

    ON FUTURE GROWTH AND IT SAYS THAT WE'RE GOING TO PUT AN AMENDMENT IN THE CONSTITUTION THAT REQUIRES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DO WHAT STATES AND FAMILIES DO AND THAT'S ACTUALLY BALANCE THE BUDGET. AND YET YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT COMES OUT AND SAYS HE WOULD VETO THIS PLAN. WELL, OF COURSE THIS IS A PRESIDENT WHO SAID BLAMES OTHER PEOPLE FOR THE PROBLEMS IN WASHINGTON, WHO MAKES YOU THINK THAT IT'S THE CORPORATE JET OWNERS WHO ARE GOING TO BALANCE THE BUDGET. THIS IS A REAL PROPOSAL THAT ACTUALLY GETS US BACK TO BALANCED BUDGET AND THE PRESIDENT I THINK HAS SHOWN THAT HE'S NOT SERIOUS ABOUT ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM OF OUT-OF-CONTROL SPENDING. IT'S NOT THAT WE'RE TAXED TOO LITTLE IN THIS COUNTRY, IT'S THAT WASHINGTON SPENDS TOO MUCH. AND CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACTUALLY ADDRESSES THE PROBLEM AND PUTS FISCAL SANITY BACK IN WASHINGTON WHERE IT'S DESPERATELY NEEDED. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 355 AND ASK FOR…

    OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 355 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 53. HOUSE RESOLUTION 355, RESOLVED THAT UPON THE…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 53. HOUSE RESOLUTION 355, RESOLVED THAT UPON THE ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 2560, TO CUT, CAP AND BALANCE THE FEDERAL BUDGET. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, FOUR HOURS OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE BUDGET AND, TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

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    MR. SPEAKER, AND FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY, I WOULD YIELD THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, AND FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY, I WOULD YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MR. MCGOVERN, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. WOODALL

    ALSO, MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME IS…

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. WOODALL

    MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 355 PROVIDES A CLOSED RULE FOR CONSIDERATION…

    MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 355 PROVIDES A CLOSED RULE FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2560, THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT OF 2011. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR FOUR HOURS OF GENERAL DEBATE ON THE UNDERLYING BILL AND GRANTS THE MINORITY PARTY A MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE AT A MOMENT IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY WHEN I TURN ON THE TELEVISION, WHEN I READ THE NEWSPAPERS, I GET A LOT OF ADVICE, FOLKS SAY, ACT, ACT TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING, ACT TO CUT SPENDING, ACT TO BALANCE THE BUDGET. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE ARE HERE TO DO ALL OF THOSE THINGS. ALL OF THOSE THINGS. CUT, CAP, BALANCE. AND WITH IT, INCREASE THE DEBT CEILING IN ORDER TO ALLOW THIS COUNTRY TO CONTINUE ITS GOOD LINE OF CREDIT, BUT, MR. SPEAKER, THAT LINE OF CREDIT'S NOT SOMETHING WE CAN TAKE FOR GRANTED. IT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WE CAN TAKE FOR GRANTED. TOO OFTEN I HEAR FOLKS COME FORWARD AND SAY, JUST RAISE THE DEBT CEILING. AS YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE HAD THAT VOTE. WE BROUGHT A CLEAN DEBT LIMIT VOTE TO THE FLOOR AND I WOULD SAY FOR THE SAKE OF ALL THE YOUNG PEOPLE WE'RE BLESSED TO HAVE HERE IN THE GALLERY WITH US TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, WE VOTED NO. WE DEFEATED THAT CLEAN DEBT CEILING TO SAY NO, WE CANNOT SIMPLY EXTEND AMERICA'S LINE OF CREDIT, WITH HE MUST TAKE ACTION TO BEND THAT CURVE OF DEBT. . THAT WAS THIS HOUSES ACTING. LAST WEEK AMERICA'S CREDIT RATING AGENCIES JOINED IN THAT DEBATE. I READ TO YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FROM MOODY'S LAST WEEK. WHILE THE DEBT CEILING HAS BEEN RAISED NUMEROUS TIMES IN THE PAST, AND THE ISSUE SOMETIMES HAS BEEN CONTENTIOUS, BOND INTEREST AND PRINCIPAL PAYMENTS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN PAID ON TIME. IF THE DEBT LIMIT IS RAISED AGAIN AND DEFAULT IS AVOIDED, TRIPLE-A RATING WOULD LIKELY BE CONFIRMED. THAT'S WHAT WE HEAR ALL TOO OFTEN, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT WE DON'T HEAR IS THE SECOND SENTENCE. HOWEVER, THE OUTLOOK ASSIGNED AT THAT TIME WOULD VERY LIKELY BE CHANGED TO NEGATIVE UNLESS A SUBSTANTIAL AND CREDIBLE AGREEMENT IS ACHIEVED ON A BUDGET THAT INCLUDES LONG-TERM DEFICIT REDUCTION. TO RETAIN A STABLE OUTLOOK, SUCH AN AGREEMENT SHOULD INCLUDE A DEFICIT TRAJECTORY THAT LEADS TO STABILIZATION AND IN DECLINE IN THE RATIOS OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DEBT TO G.D.P. MR. SPEAKER, THAT MAY BE A LOT OF BOND ANALYST SPEAK, BUT WHAT THAT MEANS IN SIMPLE TERMS IS, IF WE DO NOTHING, AS A NATION, OUR CREDIT RATING WILL BE DOWNGRADED. AND IF WE SIMPLY RAISE THE DEBT LIMIT AND DO NOTHING TO GET A HAM ON OUR DEBT -- HANDLE ON OUR DEBT, OUR CREDIT RATING WILL ALSO BE DOWNGRADED. THAT'S MOODY'S, MR. SPEAKER. S&P WRITES THE SAME THING LAST WEEK. WE VIEW AN INABILITY TO TIMELY AGREE AND CREDIBLY IMPLEMENT MEDIAN TERM FISCAL CONSOLIDATION POLICY AS INCONSISTENT WITH A TRIPLE-A SOVEREIGN RATING. GIVEN THE EXPECTED GOVERNMENT DEBT TRAJECTORY NOTED ABOVE. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TODAY. JUST CUTTING DOESN'T GET IT DONE. WE'VE GOT SOME DEBT LIMIT ISSUES THAT WE'VE GOT TO DEAL WITH. JUST CAPPING DOESN'T GET IT DONE. WE STILL GOT SOME DEBT LIMIT ISSUES WE GOT TO DEAL WITH. JUST BALANCING DOESN'T GET IT DONE, WE STILL GOT DEBT LIMIT ISSUES WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, JUST RAISING THE DEBT LIMIT DOESN'T GET IT DONE, EITHER. IT REQUIRES CUTTING. IT REQUIRES CAPPING. IT REQUIRES BALANCING. AND IT REQUIRES RAISING THE DEBT LIMIT. WE HAVE BROUGHT THAT RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, WHILE SO MANY OTHER FOLKS IN THIS TOWN ARE CONTENT TO TALK, TO PONTIFICATE, TO SHARE THEIR WISDOM WITH ABSOLUTELY ANY TELEVISION CAMERA WHO WILL LISTEN, THIS HOUSE MOVES FORWARD LEGISLATION THAT DESCRIBES LINE BY LINE BY LINE IN PAINFUL DETAIL WHAT WE WILL DO TO RESTORE AMERICA'S FISCAL HOUSE. I'M PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION. I'M PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE THAT HAS REPORTED THIS RULE TO THE FLOOR TODAY. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RULE, MR. SPEAKER. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MY FRIEND, MR. WOODALL, FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. I YIELD MYSELF FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS CLOSED RULE AND EVEN STRONGER OPPOSITION TO THE…

    STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS CLOSED RULE AND EVEN STRONGER OPPOSITION TO THE UNDERLYING BILL. THIS IS A CLOSED RULE. MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL, WAS ON THE FLOOR LAST WEEK TELLING US HOW EXCITED HE WAS AS WE DEBATED A MODIFIED OPEN RULE FOR A FLOOD INSURANCE BILL. MY FRIEND TALKED ABOUT HOW YOU PROUD HE WAS OF THE OPEN PROCESS THAT ALLOWED MEMBERS TO OFFER GERMANE AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL. BUT HERE WE ARE TODAY CONSIDERING LEGISLATION THAT WOULD FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORM THE UNITED STATES ECONOMY, GUT MANY OF THE PROGRAMS LIKE SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE THAT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS RELY UPON. AND MAKE RADICAL CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUTION. AND THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY OF THE RULES COMMITTEE HAS BROUGHT IT TO THE FLOOR UNDER A CLOSED RULE. NO HEARINGS. NO WITNESSES. NO MARKUPS. NO NOTHING. THIS BILL WAS COBBLED TOGETHER LAST FRIDAY NIGHT AND RUSHED TO THE FLOOR JUST A FEW DAYS LATER. I WONDER IF MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA IS JUST AS EXCITED ABOUT THIS PROCESS BECAUSE I'M SURE NOT. LAST NIGHT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, I OFFERED MY FRIEND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PUT THEIR VOTES WHERE THEIR RHETORIC IS AND SUPPORT AN OPEN RULE. THEY CHOSE TO VOTE NO. EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN MEMBER ON THE RULES COMMITTEE VOTED NO. AS FOR THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, MR. SPEAKER, I CAN'T QUITE FIGURE OUT IF THIS IS A MEANINGLESS EXERCISE IN POLITICAL THEATER OR ACTUAL EXPRESSION OF REPUBLICAN VALUES. FRANKLY I CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHICH IS WORSE. IF IT'S THEATER, IT WOULD GET LOUSY REVIEWS. BOTH THE WHITE HOUSE AND SENATE HAVE MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT THEY HAVE NO INTEREST IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL. IT'S NOT GOING ANYWHERE. MAYBE IT'S JUST A ROTTEN PIECE OF RED MEAT THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IS THROWING TO OUR RIGHT-WING BASE IN ANTICIPATION OF AN ACTUAL AGREEMENT TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING AND CUT THE DEFICIT. IF SO, IT'S A COMPLETE WASTE OF THIS BODY'S TIME. BUT AS THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP MEANS WHAT THEY SAID, THAT THEY WOULD LIKE THIS BILL TO BECOME THE LAW OF THE LAND, IT'S A FRIGHTENING PROSPECT. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD RESULT IN STAGGERING CUTS TO PROGRAMS LIKE SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, PELL GRANTS, MEDICAL RESEARCH, AND INFRASTRUCTURE. ALL WHILE PROTECTING TAX CUTS FOR THE VERY WEALTHIEST AMERICANS AND CORPORATIONS. THE BILL WOULD REQUIRE US TO CUT FEDERAL SPENDING AS A PERCENTAGE OF G.D.P. TO A LEVEL NOT SEEN SINCE 1965. AND WE HAD A VERY INTERESTING DISCUSSION IN THE RULES COMMITTEE LAST NIGHT ABOUT THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT DATE. ONE OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES NOTED THAT 1965 WAS THE TIME WHEN WE ENACTED SOME OF OUR, QUOTE, SO-CALLED ANTI-POVERTY PROGRAMS, END QUOTE. AND SHE'S EXACTLY RIGHT, MR. SPEAKER. APPARENTLY THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP WOULD LIKE TO TAKE AMERICA BACK TO A TIME BEFORE MEDICARE. BEFORE MEDICAID, BEFORE FOOD STAMPS, AND SCHOOL LUNCHES. BEFORE MEALS ON WHEELS AND HEAD START AND PELL GRANTS. IF THAT'S THEIR VISION FOR AMERICA, MR. SPEAKER, THEY SHOULD HAVE THE GUTS TO STAND ON THE FLOOR AND SAY SO. BUT IT'S NOT MY VISION. IT'S NOT THE VISION OF THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT IN MASSACHUSETTS. IT'S NOT THE VISION OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE THAT IN THE RICHEST SOCIETY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO MAKE SURE THAT THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US DON'T FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS. AT THE SAME TIME, THIS BILL WOULD GO OUT OF ITS WAY TO ENSHRINE IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES TO PROTECT TAX CUTS AND LOOPHOLES FOR THE RICHEST 1% OF AMERICANS. UNDER THIS BILL, CONGRESS WOULD NEED A MERE MAJORITY TO SLASH MEDICARE, BUT WOULD NEED A SUPERMAJORITY TO CLOSE A LOOPHOLE THAT GIVES PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT TO OWNERS OF CORPORATE JETS. TALK ABOUT PICKING WINNERS AND LOSERS, MR. SPEAKER. IN THE ONGOING BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS, THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP OF THIS HOUSE HAVE SAID THAT THEY WILL ABSOLUTELY NOT CONSIDER RAISING ANY REVENUES TO ADDRESS THE DEFICIT AND THE DEBT. BUT, LISTEN TO THIS, ACCORDING TO NEWS REPORTS THEY ARE WILLING TO FORCE SENIORS RECEIVING MEDICARE HOME HEALTH CARE TO FORK OVER NEW CO-PAYS. SO WITH AN ELDERLY WOMAN IN WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, WITH DIABETES HAS TO PAY MORE FOR A VISSUTTING NURSE, THE REPUBLICANS SAY, SO BE IT. BUT HETCH FORBID THAT OIL COMPANIES MAKING BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN PROFITS HAVE TO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE. MAYBE THEY'LL CALL THOSE NEW CO-PAYS USER FEES SO GROVER NORQUIST AND THE CLUB FOR GROWTH WILL GIVE THEM A PASS. BUT TELL THE WOMAN IN WORCESTER, WHO WILL BE FORCED TO GO INTO A NURSING HOME, HER TAXES WILL GO UP. THIS IS AN AWFUL BILL BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR UNDER AN AWFUL PROCESS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO REJECT THIS CYNICAL EFFORT AND GET BACK TO WORK AND MEANINGFULLY ADDRESS THE BUDGET ISSUES FACING THIS NATION. TIME IS RUNNING OUT. WE NEED TO GET TO WORK TO SERIOUSLY RESOLVE THIS CRISIS. REJECT THIS BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    ABOUT TIME RUNNING OUT AND MOVING TOO QUICKLY. WITH THAT I YIELD TO THE…

    ABOUT TIME RUNNING OUT AND MOVING TOO QUICKLY. WITH THAT I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. NEW GENT.

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    MR. NUGENT

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK MY FELL RULES COMMITTEE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK MY FELL RULES COMMITTEE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE, H.RES. 355 AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, H.R. 2560. MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S NO WAY TO GET AROUND IT. WASHINGTON HAS A SPENDING ADDICTION. THE UNCHECKED OUT-OF-CONTROL SPENDING HAS GONE ON FOR DECADES. REGARDLESS OF WHAT PARTY CONTROLLED THE WHITE HOUSE OR CONGRESS, WASHINGTON SPENT, SPENT, AND SPENT SOME MORE. AND ALTHOUGH THROUGHOUT THIS CAMPAIGN PRESIDENT OBAMA PROMISED A NET SPENDING CUT, THAT HASN'T HAPPENED. IN FACT, HE'S KEPT ON SPENDING AND ADDING TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO OUR DEBT AND THAT'S WHY WE ARE IN THE SITUATION WE ARE TODAY. DEBATING RAISING OUR DEBT CEILING ONCE AGAIN. MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T WANT TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING. INSTEAD I WANT OUR NATION TO GET REAL WITH THE SPENDING AND MAKE SOME CHANGES. H.R. 2560 ISN'T THE EASY CHOICE, BUT IT'S THE RIGHT CHOICE. AND THAT'S WHY I'M CO-SPONSOR OF THIS CRITICAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION. H.R. 2560 RAISES THE DEBT CEILING, SOMETHING I'M WILLING TO SAY MOST OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES AND I DECIDEDLY DO NOT WANT TO DO. IN RETURN, THOUGH, H.R. 2560 IMPLEMENTS SPENDING CUTS FOR THIS YEAR AND CAPS FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS. BUT WE ALL KNOW STATUTORY BUDGET CUTS FROM THE PAST CONGRESSES DON'T MEAN AN AWFUL LOT. WHICH IS WHY H.R. 2560 ALSO CALLS FOR CONGRESS TO SEND AND PASS A -- TO THE STATES A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. SUCH AN AMENDMENT WOULD REALLY HOLD WASHINGTON'S FEET TO THE FIRE. IT WOULD MEAN THE U.S. CONSTITUTION PROHIBITS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FROM SPENDING MORE THAN IT COLLECTS. NOW THAT, MR. SPEAKER--MAY I HAVE --

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    MR. WOODALL

    AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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    THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IS A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES…

    THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IS A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, THAT'S REAL ACTION. THE REAL CHANGE IN THE ACCOUNTABILITY IN GOVERNMENT THAT AMERICA NEEDS AND DESERVES. MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. THE PRESIDENT HAS YET TO SEND TO THIS BODY ANYTHING IN WRITING. ALL WE RECEIVED IS A SPEECH AND RHETORIC. WE NEED TO MOVE THIS COUNTRY FORWARD. WE NEED A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. WE NEED TO PASS H.R. 2560.

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    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, A MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, MR. POLIS.

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    MR. POLIS

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL BEFORE US. MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. BUT WHAT THE MAJORITY HAS BROUGHT BEFORE THE HOUSE IS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. THIS IS A POLITICAL EXERCISE DESIGNED TO SOOTHE THE FEELINGS OF THE MOST RADICAL CONSERVATIVE ELEMENTS IN THE HOUSE AND DEBASES OUR CONSTITUTION AND DEMOCRACY IN THE PROCESS. CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE IS IS PRELIMINARY -- IS SIMPLY AN ATTEMPT TO DISTORT THE NATURE OF OUR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, REDUCING THE ABILITY OF CONGRESS TO REPRESENT THE WILL OF THE VOTERS OF THIS COUNTRY AND RENDERING ELECTIONS AND THE PUBLIC WILL MEANINGLESS. IF WE ARE GOING TO ENACT A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT, IT SHOULD BE MODELED AFTER THE TYPE OF APPROACH THAT MOST STATES HAVE. STATES HAVE TO BALANCE THEIR BUDGET. FAMILIES HAVE TO BALANCE THEIR BUDGET. WHY SHOULDN'T THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS? LIKE MANY PEOPLE ON MY SIDE OF THE AISLE, I COULD SUPPORT LANGUAGE THAT WOULD REQUIRE AND ENSHRINE THE TOTAL OUTLAYS DO NOT EXCEED TOTAL RECEIPTS. THAT'S WHAT IT MEANS TO BALANCE A BUDGET. AS FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES ACROSS AMERICA KNOW. INSTEAD, THE PROPOSAL BEFORE THE HOUSE IS A RECIPE FOR TYING THE NATION'S BUDGET POLICY IN KNOTS AND HANDING POWER OVER THE BUDGET PROCESS TO A MINORITY OF THE HOUSE MEMBERS OR UN-ELECTED FEDERAL JUDGES. IT WOULD MAKE THE ENTIRE CONGRESS CEASE TO FUNCTION AS A REPRESENTATIVE BODY. BY LOCKING THEM INTO CERTAIN PERCENTAGES, ARBITRARY PERCENTAGES THAT WERE SET WITHOUT A SINGLE HEARING OR ANY PROCESS IN OUR UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AS THE PUBLIC EXPENDITURE SHARE OF G.N.P. IF YOU REQUIRE A SUPERMAJORITY FOR THE SMALLEST INCREASE IN REVENUE, YOU ENSURE THAT ALL THE MAJOR PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT CONGRESS HAS PASSED WOULD NEVER HAVE PASSED. IF THIS AMENDMENT WERE IN PLACE IN 1965, CONGRESS NEVER WOULD HAVE PASSED MEDICARE. IN 1993 WE WOULDN'T HAVE PASSED MR. CLINTON'S -- PRESIDENT CLINTON'S DEFICIT REDUCTION. FURTHERMORE, THE SPENDING CAPS THE BILL SETS ARE ARBITRARY. THEY ARE PULLED OUT OF THIN AIR. THEY BEAR NO RELATIONS TO OUR NATIONAL NEED NOW OUR OR IN THE NIGH TURE. A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT MUST TREAT OUTLAYS AND REVENUES EQUALLY, NOT BIASED ONE OR THE OTHER IN THE CONSTITUTION ITSELF, OUR FUNDAMENTAL GOVERNING DOCUMENT. THE MAJORITY IS NOT ONLY LEARNING THE REALITIES OF BASIC MATH, THEY ARE TURNING THEIR BACKS ON THE PLEDGES OF OPEN PROCESS. THIS BILL WAS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR RAPIDLY THROUGH RULES COMMITTEE YESTERDAY WITHOUT A MARKUP, WITHOUT HEARINGS, WITHOUT WITHIN TESTIMONY, AND ALLOWING AMENDMENTS FROM REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS. A BILL OF THIS MAGNITUDE WITH SUCH FAR-REACHING CONSEQUENCES FOR OUR DEMOCRACY ITSELF SHOULD BE TREATED MORE SERIOUSLY THAN THIS. THE CONCEPT OF ENSHRINING A PARTICULAR PERCENTAGE OF PUBLIC EXPENDITURES AS A PERCENTAGE OF G.N.P. IS CONTRARY TO THE CONCEPT OF A DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC WHICH CONGRESS IS ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY TO GOVERN THIS COUNTRY. FOR THESE REASONS AND OTHERS, I STRONGLY URGE A NO VOTE ON THE RULE AND THE BILL. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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    MR. WOODALL

    AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A GENTLEMAN WHO HELD A…

    AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A GENTLEMAN WHO HELD A VERY PERSUASIVE SPECIAL ORDERS ON THIS TOPIC LAST NIGHT, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. FRANKS.

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    MR. FRANKS

    I CERTAINLY THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, ALL FINANCIAL BUDGETS WILL…

    I CERTAINLY THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, ALL FINANCIAL BUDGETS WILL EVENTUALLY BALANCE. NO INDIVIDUAL, NO FAMILY, NO BUSINESS AND NO GOVERNMENT CAN INDEFINITELY CONTINUE TO SPEND MORE MONEY THAN THEY TAKE IN WITHOUT SOMEONE HAVING TO MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE. MR. SPEAKER, THAT INCLUDES THE FEDERAL BUDGET OF THE UNITED STATES. NEATH PLR OBAMA NOR CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS CAN REPEAL THE LAWS OF MATHEMATICS. THE FEDERAL BUDGET OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT WILL EVENTUALLY BALANCE. THE QUESTION IS WHETHER THE WHITE HOUSE AND THOSE OF US IN THIS BODY WILL BALANCE THIS BUDGET OURSELVES BY WISE POLICY OR NATIONAL BANKRUPTCY AND FINANCIAL RUIN WILL DO IT FOR US. ON THE DAY BARACK OBAMA WALKED INTO THE WHITE HOUSE HIS BREATHTAKINGLY ARROGANT POLICIES HAVE ABSOLUTELY IGNORED ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL REALITY. IT TOOK AMERICA THE FIRST 216 YEARS OF ITS EXISTENCE TO ACCUMULATE THE DEBT THAT BARACK OBAMA HAS ACCUMULATED IN THE SHORT 2 1/2-YEAR SPAN OF HIS PRESIDENCY. HE RAMMED A NEARLY $1 TRILLION GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE DOWN THE THROATS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND HE SPENT ANOTHER NEARLY $1 TRILLION ON A FAILED GOVERNMENT-BASED BOONDOGGLE FOR ECONOMIC STIMULUS. DURING THE SHORT TIME IN OFFICE, HE HAS INCREASED OUR FEDERAL DEBT BY NEARLY $4 TRILLION IN NEW DEBT. AND NOW HE SAYS WE WILL HAVE -- NOW HE SAYS WE WILL HAVE $1 TRILLION-PLUS DEFICITS FOR YEARS TO COME. THEN WHEN SPEAK OF THE EFFORT TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT, THE PRESIDENT HAS THE HUBRIS TO TELL CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS TO TAKE A BALANCED APPROACH AND TO EAT OUR PEAS. AND TO THAT I WOULD JUST SAY TO THE PRESIDENT, PLEASE PULL UP A CHAIR, SIR, WE ARE READY TO EAT OUR PEAS AND WE NEED HELP. THIS CUT, CAP AND BALANCE BILL IS ACTUALLY A SOLUTION TO AMERICA'S PROBLEM. IT DOES NOT CUT SOCIAL SECURITY, IT DOES NOT CUT MEDICARE, IT DOES NOT CUT COMPENSATION TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM BY ONE DIME. BUT THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT IT PROPOSES DOES GIVE US AN HONEST CHANCE OF REFORMING AND SAVING THIS PROGRAM AND OUR COUNTRY FROM BANKRUPTCY IN THE FUTURE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT THE DEMOCRAT CONGRESS OF LAST YEAR THAT GAVE A STANDING OVATION TO A $2 TRILLION INCREASE IN OUR DEBT LIMIT. THIS IS THE CONGRESS THAT WAS SENT HERE BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO TURN THINGS AROUND. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE AWAKE, MR. SPEAKER, AND THEY ARE WATCHING US AD AND THEY ARE TIRED OF DEMOCRATS TELLING THEM -- US AND THEY ARE TIRED OF DEMOCRATS TELLING THEM THAT TWO PLUS TWO EQUALS 13 AND THEY'RE NOT WILLING TO GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THIS CHANCE BY HELPING REPUBLICANS PASS A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT IN THIS CONGRESS, THE RESULTING CONSEQUENCES WILL BE THEIRS ALONE AND I BELIEVE THE PEOPLE WILL HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE. BY PASSING THIS CUT, CAP AND BALANCE BILL ALONG WITH THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT WE CAN RESTORE CONFIDENCE IN THE AMERICAN ECONOMY, IN MARKETS HERE AND ACROSS THE WORLD. WE CAN SEE MORE REVENUE COME INTO THESE COFFERS THAN HAS EVER HAPPENED IN THE HISTORY OF THIS NATION AND WE CAN SET THIS COUNTRY ONTO THE ROAD OF THE BRIGHTEST DAYS IT HAS EVER SEEN. IT IS TRULY AN OPPORTUNITY BEYOND OUR DREAMS AND THIS IS THE TIME TO DO IT. AND BY THE GRACE OF GOD, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE INTEND TO DO. THANK YOU.

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    SPEAKER, LET'S BE CLEAR. UNDER THE REPUBLICAN PLAN THEY WILL CUT SOCIAL…

    SPEAKER, LET'S BE CLEAR. UNDER THE REPUBLICAN PLAN THEY WILL CUT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE BY $6,000 PER SENIOR CITIZEN. TALK ABOUT A TAX INCREASE. AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN VERY MUCH AND I'M JUST OVERWHELMED WITH THE WORDS…

    THE GENTLEMAN VERY MUCH AND I'M JUST OVERWHELMED WITH THE WORDS BREATHTAKINGLY IGNORANT POLICIES. I'M LITERALLY SHOCKED AND LET ME TELL YOU WHY. WHEN YOU WANT TO UNDERSTAND MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS, WHY WE'RE IN THE POSITION WE'RE IN, WHAT ABOUT THE 37.5% OF THE DEBT BEING THE BUSH-ERA TAX CUTS? TAX CUTS ON WHICH THIS BILL AND ANY OF YOUR NEGOTIATIONS DON'T IN ANY WAY SUGGEST REVENUE. WHICH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE UNDERSTAND. ARROGANT POLICIES BY THE PRESIDENT? THE RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT WAS ONLY 5.2%, CREATING THREE MILLION JOBS. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN. THREE MILLION JOBS. THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN CAME ABOUT WITH THE IRAQ WAR AND OTHERS. SO TODAY, MY FRIENDS COME ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE WITH THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE. AS MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, LET ME SUGGEST TO YOU THAT THE AMENDMENTS THAT WERE PUT IN THE BILL HAVE DESTROYED ANY SENSE OF BALANCE TO THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. BUT -- CAN I --

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    I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL ONE MINUTE.

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    ARE THE LOSERS, THESE ARE THE LOSERS OF THIS BILL. DON'T ALLOW THESE…

    ARE THE LOSERS, THESE ARE THE LOSERS OF THIS BILL. DON'T ALLOW THESE PEOPLE TO LOSE IN THE AMERICAN

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    MR. WOODALL

    THERE'S ONLY ONE BILL IN THIS CONGRESS THAT ABOLISHES EVERY SINGLE…

    THERE'S ONLY ONE BILL IN THIS CONGRESS THAT ABOLISHES EVERY SINGLE CORPORATE LOOPHOLE IN THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES TAX CODE. THAT'S H.R. 25, THE FAIR TAX ACT. I WOULD WELCOME THE GENTLELADY ON THAT BILL BECAUSE I TOO SHARE A DESIRE TO SEE THOSE LOOL LOOPHOLES ELIMINATED -- THOSE LOOPHOLES ELIMINATED. IF I HAD THE TIME I WOULD. I MUST NOW YIELD TO A CO-SPONSOR OF THE FAIR TAX, A GENTLEMAN WHO HAS CO-SPONSORED LEGISLATION IN THIS HOUSE. MR. GINGREY.

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    MR. WOODALL

    I'M SORRY, MR. SPEAKER, TWO MINUTES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. GINGREY

    BUT IT HAS TO BE THE LAND OF THE STRONG BEFORE IT CAN BECOME THE LAND OF…

    BUT IT HAS TO BE THE LAND OF THE STRONG BEFORE IT CAN BECOME THE LAND OF THE FREE AND I YIELD BACK.

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    SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 10 SECONDS.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    WANT TO SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, THE REASON WHY THE PRESIDENT…

    WANT TO SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, THE REASON WHY THE PRESIDENT ISSUED A VETO THREAT IS BECAUSE HE DOESN'T WANT YOU TO DESTROY SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. TWO OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SOCIAL PROGRAMS IN THIS COUNTRY THAT BENEFIT MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF SENIOR CITIZENS. I DON'T HAVE THE TIME. AT THIS TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. MATSUI.

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    MS. MATSUI

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE AND THE EXTREME IDEOLOGICAL BILL BEFORE US TODAY. THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT OR AS IT SHOULD BE MORE APPROPRIATELY CALLED, THE CUT, CAP AND END MEDICARE ACT, IS ONE OF THE MOST RADICAL BILLS TO COME BEFORE THIS BODY. BUT PERHAPS I SHOULD NOT BE SURPRISED. I'VE ALREADY SEEN THE MAJORITY OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE VOTE TO END MEDICARE, SLASH MEDICAID AND NOW THEY WANT TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS TOO. INSTEAD OF LISTENING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP CONTINUES TO ADVOCATE FOR THE ELIMINATION OF MEDICARE, ALL WHILE CONTINUING TO PROTECT TAX LOOPHOLES AND SUBSIDIES FOR BIG OIL AND WALL STREET EXECUTIVES. THIS BILL'S ACTUALLY MORE EXTREME THAN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PASSED IN APRIL CALLING FOR DEEPER CUTS AND MORE HARDSHIPS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AND OLDER AMERICANS. IN FACT, THIS BILL DOES NOTHING TO CREATE JOBS, NOR INVEST IN THE ROADS, BRIDGES, CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY AND JOB TRAINING THAT WOULD REALLY GET OUR ECONOMY MOVING. IN SHORT, H.R. 2560 WILL STIFLE GROWTH, HURT MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND UNDERCUT AMERICA'S SENIORS. IN MY DISTRICT THERE ARE OVER 93,000 SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFICIARIES AND OVER 85,000 MEDICARE ENROLLEES. ON BEHALF OF MY CONSTITUENTS AND FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS I STAND IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL AND THE RULE. I KNOW THAT THERE ARE THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO WANT TO SUPPORT A REASONABLE PLAN TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT. THIS IS NOT THE PLAN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO REJECT THIS DANGEROUS PROPOSAL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    MR. WOODALL

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND,…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND, MR. PENCE.

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    MR. PENCE

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE AS A CO-SPONSOR AND URGE STRONG SUPPORT OF MY COLLEAGUES FOR THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT, H.R. 2560. YOU KNOW, I REALLY BELIEVE IF YOU OWE DEBTS, PAY DEBTS. WE MUST FIND A WAY TO HONOR THE FULL FAITH AND CREDIT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BUT EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT WE MUST FIND A WAY TO RESTORE THE FAITH AND CONFIDENCE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE WORLD COMMUNITY AND FISCAL -- IN THE FISCAL INTEGRITY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THAT IS OUR CHALLENGE. AFTER YEARS OF RUNAWAY FEDERAL SPENDING BY BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES, AFTER FAILED ECONOMIC POLICIES BY THIS ADMINISTRATION WE FIND OURSELVES AT A PLACE OF UNPRECEDENTED FISCAL CRISIS. MORE THAN A $14 TRILLION NATIONAL DEBT, $1.65 TRILLION DEFICIT. WE NOW BORROW MORE THAN 40 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR THAT WE SPEND HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT APPLIES COMMONSENSE PRINCIPLES AND FISCAL DISCIPLINE TO THE CHALLENGES OF SPENDING RESTRAINT TODAY BUT IT ALSO INTRODUCES A NEW ELEMENT AND THAT IS A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION. YES, WE CUT SPENDING BY $111 BILLION NEXT YEAR, ABOUT $5.8 TRILLION OVER 10, YES, WE CAP FEDERAL SPENDING TO BACK UNDER 20% OF G.D.P. BUT I THINK THE TIME HAS COME TO MAKE ANY INCREASE IN THE DEBT CEILING CONTINGENT ON SENDING A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE STATES AND HERE'S WHY. WASHINGTON, D.C., IS NOT ONLY BROKE, IT'S BROKEN. LET ME SAY AGAIN. AFTER MORE THAN A DECADE HERE, SEEING MY PARTY IN POWER IN CONGRESS AND IN THE WHITE HOUSE, SEEING ANOTHER PARTY IN POWER IN CONGRESS AND THE WHITE HOUSE, I AM CONVINCED THAT WASHINGTON, D.C., IS NOT ONLY BROKE, IT'S BROKEN. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW IN THEIR HEART OF HEARTS THERE'S SOMETHING MISSING IN THE EQUATION. AND IT'S THE GUARDRAILS IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IT IS THE GUARDRAILS THAT SAY IT MUST BE THE OBJECTIVE OF THE CONGRESS AND OF THIS AND OF FUTURE ADMINISTRATIONS TO LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS. 31 STATES HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET REQUIREMENT IN THEIR CONSTITUTION, INDIANA HAS A PROHIBITION ON INCURRING DEBT. 49 STATES REQUIRE BALANCED BUDGETS. THE TIME HAS COME TO CUT, THE TIME HAS COME TO CAP SPENDING. THE TIME HAS COME TO MAKE ANY INCREASE IN THE DEBT CEILING CONTINGENT ON SENDING A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION, TO THE STATES FOR RATIFICATION AND THIS WE MUST DO.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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    MR. JACKSON

    THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA A QUESTION WITH MY 30 SECONDS IF…

    THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA A QUESTION WITH MY 30 SECONDS IF HE WOULD BE WILLING.

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    MR. JACKSON

    AS I UNDERSTAND IT, UNDER YOUR BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT, IN THE EVENT…

    AS I UNDERSTAND IT, UNDER YOUR BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT, IN THE EVENT THAT CONGRESS IS UNABLE TO ACHIEVE A BALANCED BUDGET, A LAWSUIT COULD BE FILED FORCING THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY INTO THE BUDGET PROCESS. IN EFFECT, YOUR BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT WOULD REVERSE THE CONSTITUTIONAL RELATIONSHIP BY LEGALIZING THE LEGISLATURE AND POLITICIZING THE JUDICIARY, IS THAT YOUR EXPECTATION THAT A FEDERAL JUDGE COULD ULTIMATELY HAVE THE FINAL SAY OVER BUDGET MATTERS IN THE HOUSE?

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN 10 SECONDS.

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    MR. PENCE

    MY EXPECTATION THAT WOULD NOT YIELD CONSTITUTIONALITY EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH…

    MY EXPECTATION THAT WOULD NOT YIELD CONSTITUTIONALITY EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH THE JUDICIARY. THROUGHOUT HISTORY IT HAS MOSTLY SETTLED THERE.

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    MR. JACKSON

    RECLAIMING MY TIME.

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    MR. JACKSON

    THE SOLE INTERPRET OF THE CONSTITUTION IS THROUGH THE FEDERAL COURTS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    MR. WOODALL

    MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE…

    MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CULBERSON.

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    MR. CULBERSON

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. CULBERSON

    IS HONORING A PLEDGE WE MADE TO AMERICA AND THE LARGEST LANDSLIDE ELECTION…

    IS HONORING A PLEDGE WE MADE TO AMERICA AND THE LARGEST LANDSLIDE ELECTION WHEN THE AMERICA PEOPLE ELECTED A NEW MAJORITY TO GOVERN THE HOUSE, TO TAKE AMERICA DOWN THE PATH TO A BALANCED BUDGET, TO RESTORE PROSPERITY, TO RESTORE JOBS THAT HAD BEEN LOST UNDER THIS PRESIDENT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SPOKE DECISIVELY LAST NOVEMBER AND ASKED THIS NEW CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE TO CUT SPENDING, TO CAP SPENDING, TO ENACT A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION, TO SHRINK THE SIZE OF THE GOVERNMENT, TO GET THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF OUR LIVES, OUT OF OUR POCKETS, AND PUT US ON A PATH TO PROSPERITY. THIS LEGISLATION DOES. I'M PROUD TO BE A CO-AUTHOR OF THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE, THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION WHICH HAS WORKED SO WELL IN TEXAS. TEXAS IS A BEACON TO OTHER STATES. WE HAVE DEMONSTRATED IN TEXAS WHEN YOU LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS, WHEN YOU CUT TAXES, WHEN YOU LIMIT LITIGATION AND REGULATION, WHEN YOU GET THE GOVERNMENT OFF OUR BACKS THAT AMERICAN INGENUITY, AMERICAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP WILL THRIVE AND THE ECONOMY WILL GROW. PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MOVING TO TEXAS. WE IN THIS NEW CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE ARE DOING TODAY WHAT WE PROMISED AMERICA WE WOULD DO LAST NOVEMBER. WE ARE CUTTING. WE'RE ENACTING, WE'RE REAFFIRMING THE RYAN BUDGET WHICH DOES NOT AFFECT ANYONE OVER THE AGE OF 55 THAT'S UN AFFECTED BY THE RYAN BUDGET. IF WE DO NOTHING, IF YOU ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 55, YOU WILL BE AFFECTED. MEDICARE IS ON THE PATH TO BANKRUPTCY AS IS SOCIAL SECURITY. WE ARE WORKING TO PUT AMERICA BACK ON A PATH TO PROSPERITY, TO GROW JOBS, TO GET THE GOVERNMENT BACK WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF THE CONSTITUTION WITH A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. I'M VERY PROUD TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, TO BE HERE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. HONOR THE PROMISE WE MADE TO AMERICA.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    CHAIRMAN, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, A MEMBER OF…

    CHAIRMAN, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. HONDA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. HONDHOND THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE --

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    MR. HONDA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THIS CUT, CAP AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THIS CUT, CAP AND BALANCE PROPOSAL. FROM THE DEFICIT COMMISSION TO THE BIDEN COMMISSION TO DIRECT TALKS TO THE PRESIDENT, THE REPUBLICAN PLACE POLITICS ABOVE RESPONSIBLY SOLVING THE COUNTRY'S BUDGET PROBLEM. THIS IS THE FIRST BUDGET REDUCTION PLAN IN THE PAST QUARTER OF A CENTURY THAT PROTECTS PROGRAMS FROM THE MOST VULNERABLE. THE DUCK, DODGE AND DISMANTLE ACT WILL HURT MEDICARE, MEDICAID, UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, CHILD NUTRITION, THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION PROGRAM, WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN, PLANNED PARENTHOOD, SUPPLEMENTAL INCOME FOR THE ELDERLY, PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS AND PAY FOR FIREFIGHTERS AND COPS. ALSO, THAT THE REPUBLICAN PROTECT TAX BREAKS AND TAX SUBSIDIES FOR THE WEALTHY AND POWERFUL BY ERECTING A CONSTITUTIONIAL BARRIER TO ANY MEASURE THAT WOULD RAISE ANY REVENUE. THIS BILL IS AS EXTREME AS IT IS UNPRECEDENTED. IT IS NOT A SERIOUS RESPONSIBLE GOOD FAITH NEGOTIATION ON THE REPUBLICANS. I ASK THE REPUBLICANS TO STOP THE GAMES, QUIT THE POSTURING AND DO THE RESPONSIBLE THING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I ASK COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS BILL.

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    MR. WOODALL

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, DR. BOUSTANY.

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TIME TO ME. OUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TIME TO ME. OUR COUNTRY IS AT A PIVOTAL POINT IN ITS HISTORY. ECONOMISTS WILL CALL THIS AN INFELIX POINT. FOR THOSE THAT IS NOT AN ECONOMIST IT'S A CRITICAL TIME. IT'S A PIVOTAL POINT. WE HAVE TO DECIDE, ARE WE GOING TO COMPETE IN THE 21ST CENTURY AND SEE THIS COUNTRY PROSPER AND LEAD IN THE 21ST CENTURY OR WE -- WILL WE SINK IN A SEA OF READ INK? I THINK WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH A BOLD PLAN. WE HAVEN'T SEEN ANYTHING FROM THE PRESIDENT. HE HASN'T PUT ANYTHING ON THE TABLE. WE ARE COMING FORWARD WITH A PLAN THAT'S CREDIBLE. IT LAYS OUT A PATH, A CREDIBLE PATH THAT GETS US BACK TO FISCAL SANITY. $46,000 FOR EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IS WHAT THE DEBT STANDS AT TODAY. THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE UNFUNDED LIABILITIES GOING TO THE FUTURE WHICH TAKES US WELL NORTH OF THAT FIGURE. WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO. IT'S TIME FOR THIS CONGRESS TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT ITS RESPONSIBILITY, ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO BRING FISCAL SANITY AND FISCAL BALANCE BACK. WE HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM. THERE'S CLEARLY A SPENDING PROBLEM. BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE TWO FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEMS FACING THE COUNTRY IT'S OUR UNSUSTAINABLE DEBT BUT IT'S ALSO THE LACK OF ECONOMIC GROWTH TO CREATE PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS. NOW, IF YOU TAKE THE PATH OUR FRIENDS WANTS TO TAKE THEY ARE GOING TO RAISE TAXES ACROSS THE BOARD AND WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO SEE IS WORSENING ECONOMIC -- WORSENING ECONOMIC SITUATION. WE'RE NOT GOING TO SEE THE KIND OF JOB GROWTH. WE COULD WALK OURSELF BACK IN A RECESSION. OUR BILL HAS A STRATEGY AND MOVES FORWARD WITH A TRADE POLICY. YOU'LL SEE A COMPETITIVE AMERICA. YOU'LL SEE JOB GROWTH IN THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE TO GET SPENDING UNDER CONTROL. TODAY IS THE DAY WE CAN CAST THAT VOTE. TODAY IS THE DAY WE CAN RESTORE AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS. WE'RE GOING TO RESTORE AMERICAN CREDIBILITY. AND WE'RE GOING TO RESTORE AMERICAN CONFIDENCE. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, WE CAN'T COMPETE WITHOUT INVESTMENT AND…

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, WE CAN'T COMPETE WITHOUT INVESTMENT AND INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND EDUCATION. AND THE BILL THAT MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS HAVE BROUGHT BEFORE US TODAY ON THE FLOOR WOULD DEVASTATE THIS ECONOMY. IT WOULD ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATE THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. AT THIS POINT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. SERRANO.

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    MR. SERRANO

    I ASK NEAKS TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. SERRANO

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK AGAINST THIS RULE AND THIS…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK AGAINST THIS RULE AND THIS BILL. THIS WILL NOT SAVE OUR NATION'S PROBLEM BUT INSTEAD DEVASTATE OUR ECONOMY IN THE MOST VULNERABLE -- AND THE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY. OUR NATION HAS RUN INTO FISCAL PROBLEMS FOR THREE RUNS NONE ADDRESSED BY THIS BILL. BUSH TAX CUTS, FOREIGN WARS AND A RECESSION. WHEN A FISCAL SITUATION OF THE GOVERNMENT WAS BETTER I WARNED THAT THE SPENDING AND TAX CUTS AND FOREIGN WARS WOULD CAUSE PROBLEMS BETWEEN REPUBLICANS WHICH WILL BALANCE ON THE BACKS OF SOCIAL PROGRAMS. WHEN TIMES WERE GOOD, REPUBLICANS SAID THAT TAX CUTS PAY FOR THEMSELVES AND FAMOUSLY DEFICITS DON'T MATTER. THEY WERE WRONG AND WORKING FAMILIES ARE SUFFERING. NOW WE GET THE EXPLANATION THAT BY CUTTING GOVERNMENT JOBS AND SPENDING IT WILL CREATE JOBS AND REVIVE THE ECONOMY. HOWEVER, IT IS CLEAR THAT WHAT WE REALLY NEED ARE GOOD, STABLE JOBS AND STIMULUS IN ORDER FOR THE ECONOMY TO GROW AGAIN. MY CONSTITUENTS NEVER GOT THE BENEFIT OF THE BUSH BUBBLE. THEY WORKED THE JOBS THAT WERE AVAILABLE AND PAID THEIR TAXES. NOW THE JOBS HAVE EVAPORATED AND THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET THEY PAID INTO IS UNDER SEVERE THREAT. I WILL VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL ON BEHALF OF MY CONSTITUENTS AND THE PEOPLE LIKE THEM ACROSS THIS NATION. I WILL BE CASTING A VOTE FOR FAIRNESS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH AGAINST THE BUSH POLICIES THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE SEEKING TO EXTEND AND FOR A BETTER FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN. OUR NATION BECAME GREAT BY MAKING VEFMENTS IN OUR PEOPLE AND INFRASTRUCTURE -- INVESTMENTS IN OUR PEOPLE AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND BY CREATING A STABLE MIDDLE CAST AND A ROBUST SOCIAL SAFETY NET. IT BECAME GREAT FOR REPUBLICANS PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE OF THE TAXES. TODAY WE WATCH AS THE REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO TURN THEIR BACKS ON THAT HISTORY AND CONTINUE THEIR PUSH TOWARDS A ME FIRST ECONOMIC SYSTEM. I DON'T WANT NO PART OF THAT BLEAK FUTURE.

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    MR. WOODALL

    I YIELD MYSELF 15 SECONDS TO SAY THAT COMPETING VISION OF TRILLIONS MORE…

    I YIELD MYSELF 15 SECONDS TO SAY THAT COMPETING VISION OF TRILLIONS MORE IN STIMULUS AND MORE IN GOVERNMENT JOBS AND MORE IN GOVERNMENT SPENDING IS ONE IDEA HOW TO REVIVE THIS ECONOMY. IT'S JUST NOT ONE THAT I SHARE. I'D LIKE TO YIELD AT THIS TIME TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA WHO I DON'T BELIEVE SHARES THAT OPINION, THE GENTLEMAN, MR. BROOKS.

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    MR. BROOKS

    MR. SPEAKER. BACK HOME IN MY DISTRICT, ONE OF THE THINGS I'M UNDERSTANDING…

    MR. SPEAKER. BACK HOME IN MY DISTRICT, ONE OF THE THINGS I'M UNDERSTANDING IN COMMUNICATING WITH PEOPLE IS THE DIFFICULTY IN THEIR DIFFERENCE OF UNDERSTANDING IN MILLIONS IN DEBT, BLTS IN DEBT AND TRILLIONS IN DEBT. I HEARD AN ANALOGY THE OTHER DAY THAT WILL HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BETTER UNDERSTAND THE FINANCIAL SITUATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IMAGINE THAT YOU'RE A PAMLY AND YOU HAVEN'T BEEN KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR FINANCES FOR A WHILE. FINALLY YOU DECIDE TO SIT DOWN AT YOUR KITCHEN TABLE, THE TWO SPOUSES GET TOGETHER AND THEY ACCUMULATE THEIR INCOME, THEY ACCUMULATE THEIR EXPENSES, THEY ACCUMULATE THEIR DEBT. AND AS THEY GO THROUGH THEIR INCOME THEY DISCOVER THEY HAVE ABOUT $50,000 THAT THEY CAN SPEND, THAT'S THEIR INCOME, FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR. AND THEN THEY LOOK AT THEIR EXPENSES AND PUT ALL THE BILLS TOGETHER AND HOW THEY SPENT OVER THE PAST YEAR AND DISCOVER THAT LAST YEAR THEY SPENT $80,000. MANY OF THEM SPENT $30,000 MORE THAN THEIR INCOME. AND THEN FINALLY THEY PICK UP THEIR VISA CARD BILL AND THAT VISA CARD BILL IS $320,000. THOSE ARE THE EXACT SAME RATIOS THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WITH THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND THE DEBT THAT WE FACE. WE GOT A BUDGET THAT IS AROUND $3.5 TRILLION. WE HAVE AN INCOME THAT'S A LITTLE OVER $2 TRILLION. AND WE HAVE A DEFICIT THAT'S $14.3 TRILLION. ALL OF THAT IS UNSUSTAINABLE. IT'S A FBLE HOUSE OF CARDS AND WE HAVE TO TAKE A TOUGH BUT REASONABLE COURSE AND THAT'S WHY CUT, CAP AND BALANCE IS ALL ABOUT. CUT, CAP AND BALANCE. THAT IS THE WAY TO RESTORE FINANCIAL SECURITY FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THAT IS THE WAY TO CREATE JOBS.

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  • 01:27:35 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. BROOKS

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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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 MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. DELAURO.

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    MS. DELAURO

    OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE AND THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY. IF WE DO NOT…

    OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE AND THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY. IF WE DO NOT ACT IN TWO WEEKS, THE UNITED STATES WILL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY DEFAULT ON ITS DEBT. WITH THE ECONOMY IN THE VULNERABLE POSITION RIGHT NOW, WE SHOULD BE WORKING TO CREATE JOBS INSTEAD OF ACTING RESPONSIBLY AND IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS DECIDED TO MAKE THIS A FORM OF HOSTAGE TAKING TO PRESS THEIR AGENDA. CONGRESS HAS ALWAYS PAID FOR ITS PAST FINANCIAL COMMITMENT. WITH REPUBLICAN MAJORITIES AGREEING ON RAISING THE DEBT CEILING SEVEN TIMES DURING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS A LONG-TERM CHALLENGE POSED BY BUDGET DEFICITS AND PRESIDENT OBAMA AND DEMOCRATS SUPPORTED A BALANCED APPROACH TO ADDRESSING THAT CHALLENGE. YES, THE IDEOLOGICAL AND EXTREME BILL BEFORE US TODAY DOES NOT ADDRESS THE NUMBER ONE CONCERN OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, JOBS, BUT RATHER SEEKS TO IMPLEMENT AN AGENDA THAT WILL IN FACT DESTROY JOBS AND THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET, END MEDICARE AND REDUCES THE SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS OUR SENIORS HAVE EARNED AND DESERVED. RATHER THAN MAKING INVESTMENTS TO CREATE JOBS, ECONOMIC GROWTH, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS PROPOSING CUTS WHICH WILL LEAD TO A LOSS OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS, EVEN AS WE ARE MIRED IN UNACCEPTABLY HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT. WITH THIS BILL, THE REPUBLICANS CHOOSE TO PUT IN PLACE A SPENDING CAP THAT WILL CEMENT IN LAW THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET THAT CHOOSES TO END MEDICARE, PLACES THE BURDEN OF DEFICIT REDUCTION ON THE BACKS OF MIDDLE CLASS AND THE MOST VULNERABLE. AND FINALLY, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS CHOOSING TO HOLD AN I SHALL CREASE IN THE DEBT CEILING HOSTAGE TO AN APPROVAL OF AN AMENDMENT THAT WILL MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO RAISE REVENUE. WHAT DO I MEAN? IT WILL MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO END THE SUBSIDIES TO BIG OIL, MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO CLOSE THE LOOPHOLES THAT ALLOW CORPORATIONS TO SHIP THEIR JOBS OVERSEAS OR ABUSE TAX HAVEN THAT ALLOWS THEM TO PAY ALMOST NOTHING IN FEDERAL TAXES. TO ACHIEVE DEFICIT REDUCTION, THEY WILL END MEDICARE, IMPLEMENT DEEP CUTS TO SOCIAL SECURITY AND OTHER PROGRAMS THAT IS CRITICAL TO THE MIDDLE CLASS. INSTEAD, WHAT THEY NEED TO DO IS TO GO AFTER THE 12 LARGEST CORPORATIONS IN THIS NATION THAT CITIZENS FOR TAX JUSTICE HAD SAID THAT THOSE CORPORATIONS PAY A NEGATIVE 1.5% TAX ON $171 BILLION IN PROFITS AND ABOUT $64 BILLION IN TAX SUBSIDIES. YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING TO BALANCE THE BUDGET AND MAKE DEAL WITH DEFICIT REDUCTION, GO AFTER THOSE CORPORATIONS THAT ARE PAYING ZERO IN TAXES. INSTEAD OF GOING AFTER MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS OR SENIORS WHO RELY ON MEDICARE AND WHO RELY ON SOCIAL SECURITY, MR. SPEAKER, THIS REPUBLICAN AGENDA UNDERMINES AMERICA AS A COUNTRY WHERE MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICAN FAMILIES HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A DECENT RETIREMENT. OPPOSE THIS OUTRAGEOUS PIECE OF LEGISLATION.

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    I DON'T HAVE THE TIME.

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    SURE YOU DO. THIS WOULDN'T BE TAKING UP YOUR TIME.

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    MR. WOODALL

    THE ANSWER IS NO. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD, HOWEVER, MR.…

    THE ANSWER IS NO. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD, HOWEVER, MR. SPEAKER, TO A COLLEAGUE WHO IS A GREAT LEADER ON THIS ISSUE, THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE, MRS. BLACKBURN.

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED FOR HOW LONG?

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    TWO MINUTES.

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    MRS. BLACKBURN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS IS QUITE AN INTERESTING DEBATE THAT WE'RE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS IS QUITE AN INTERESTING DEBATE THAT WE'RE HAVING AND I THINK IT IS A HISTORIC DAY. IT IS A TIME WHEN WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE OUT-OF-CONTROL, RECKLESS WASHINGTON SPENDING. IT'S LONG OVERDUE. AND I HAD AN EMAIL FROM A CONSTITUENT A FEW MINUTES AGO, THEY'RE WATCHING THE DEBATE. AND I WOULD OFFER TO MY COLLEAGUES, I THINK LOTS OF AMERICANS ARE WATCHING THIS DEBATE. THEY'RE WAITING TO SEE IF WE HAVE THE COURAGE, IF WE HAVE THE POLITICAL WILL TO ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING ABOUT SPENDING MONEY WE DON'T HAVE FOR PROGRAMS OUR CONSTITUENTS DON'T WANT. AMAZINGLY MY CONSTITUENT COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WOULD ACTUALLY COME TO THIS FLOOR AND SAY THAT THEY OPPOSED CUTTING WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENDS. BECAUSE WE'RE BORROWING 40 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR THAT IS SPENT. THEY WERE AMAZED THAT PEOPLE WOULD OPPOSE PLACING A CAP OVER WHAT THAT GOVERNMENT CAN SPEND AND THEY WERE QUITE AMAZED THAT THEY WOULD ACTUALLY STAND AND OPPOSE A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. SOMETHING THAT IS LONG OVERDUE FOR OUR COUNTRY. YOU KNOW, THIS PROBLEM HAS BEEN YEARS, DECADES IN THE MAKING. I THINK WE ALL AGREE WITH THAT. BUT I ALSO THINK THERE'S ONE THING THAT WE WILL ALL AGREE WITH, THE PAST THREE YEARS HAS SEEN SUCH A RAPID RATE OF ACCELERATED SPENDING THAT IT HAS ADDED $3.4 TRILLION, THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS ADDED $3.4 TRILLION TO OUR DEBT. UNPRECEDENTED. AND INDEED INCLUDED IN THAT WAS THE PASSAGE OF THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE BILL, OBAMACARE, WHICH SENT ANOTHER $1.2 TRILLION, AND BY THE WAY TO MY COLLEAGUES, YOU ALL MADE THE CHOICE IN THE DECISION IN THAT BILL TO CUT $575 BILLION OUT OF MEDICARE. I JUST REMIND YOU OF THAT. THE TIME HAS COME FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. IT IS TIME TO PASS CUT, CAP AND BALANCE. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE RULE AND TO SUPPORT THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    SPEAKER, BEFORE I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, I JUST WOULD…

    SPEAKER, BEFORE I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, I JUST WOULD LIKE TO RESPOND TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE WHEN SHE TALKS ABOUT THE NEED FOR POLITICAL WILL. WHAT WE NEED IS THE POLITICAL WILL TO STAND UP TO BIG OIL AND TO END SUBSIDIES THAT AMOUNT TO CORPORATE WELFARE. THE BILL THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE BRINGING TO THE FLOOR TODAY LET'S THEM OFF THE -- LETS THEM OFF THE HOOK AND GOES AFTER THE POOR AND THE MOST VULNERABLE AND OUR SENIOR CITIZENS. THAT'S WHY THIS BILL IS SO OUTRAGEOUS, BECAUSE IT'S SO UNFAIR. AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS,

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    MR. MARKEY

    YOU. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS. AMERICANS TODAY ARE GETTING AN…

    YOU. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS. AMERICANS TODAY ARE GETTING AN UPCLOSE VIEW OF REPUBLICANS' MISGUIDED PLANS, MISPLACED PRIORITIES AND MASSIVE ASSAULT ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. IT'S NOT, AS THEY CALL IT, CAP, CUT AND BALANCE, IT'S REALLY A CASH COW FOR BILLIONAIRES. THE REPUBLICANS ARE PUSHING GRANDMA AND MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES OVERBOARD WHILE PROTECTING THE SUPERRICH AND THE POWERFUL -- SUPER RICH AND THE POWERFUL. WILL REPUBLICANS PROTECT GRANDMA'S MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS? NO. GRANDMA IS BEING PUSHED OVERBOARD. WHAT ABOUT PROGRAMS THAT HELP LOW INCOME CHILDREN VISIT THEIR DOCTOR? NO. THEY ARE GETTING PUSHED OVERBOARD. WHAT ABOUT PROGRAMS THAT ENSURE THAT VETERANS' BENEFITS ARE PAID ON TIME? NO. THAT -- VETERANS ARE BEING PUSHED OVERBOARD. BUT THE MASSIVE BUSH TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY, THE TAX SUBSIDIES FOR BIG OIL, THEY'RE TOO PRECIOUS TO REPUBLICANS -- THEY'RE TOO PRECIOUS, THE REPUBLICANS SAY. THEY HAVE TO BE KEPT ONBOARD SO BILLIONAIRES WILL NOT SEE THEIR UNDESERVED TAX BREAKS TAKEN AWAY. THE OIL INDUSTRY WILL NOT SEE THEIR UNJUSTIFIED TAX SUBSIDIES AS CONSUMERS ARE TIPPED UPSIDE DOWN AT GAS STATIONS TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM. NO. THOSE SUBSIDIES, THEY HAVE TO BE KEPT ONBOARD. AND, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THAT'S NOT FAIR. THAT'S NOT BALANCED. GRANDMA, KIDS, VETERANS, THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO CONTRIBUTE TO BALANCING THE BUDGET BUT BILLIONAIRES AND BIG OIL ARE EXEMPTED BY THE REPUBLICANS. THIS IS THE FACE OF THEIR PARTY. BIG OIL AND BILLIONAIRES. THAT'S WHO THEY ARE PROTECTING. THEY HAVE DEFICIT ATTENTION DISORDER. IF THERE WAS SUCH A THING AS A NOBEL PRIZE IN ECONOMICS AND -- THEY WOULD BE THE FIRST WINNERS OF IT.

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    MR. WOODALL

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. KINGSTON.

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    MR. KINGSTON

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. AFTER A THREE-YEAR SPENDING SPREE IN WHICH THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. AFTER A THREE-YEAR SPENDING SPREE IN WHICH THE PRESIDENT DROVE UP THE NATIONAL DEBT BY 56%, THE PRESIDENT HAS THE NERVE TO TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THEY HAVE TO EAT THEIR PEAS. THIS FROM A PRESIDENT WHO HAS HAD THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON A SUPER SIZE ME DIET SINCE THE DAY HE WAS SWORN IN. MARIA ANTOINETTE WOULD BE PROUD OF SUCH ARROGANCE. ONE MUST ASK, WHERE HAS THE PRESIDENT BEEN? HE OWNS THIS ECONOMY, IT'S HIS POLICIES THAT HAVE LEFT 15 MILLION AMERICANS WITHOUT WORK, IT'S HIS POLICIES THAT HAVE STIFLED BUSINESS GROWTH AND INVESTMENT, IT'S HIS POLICIES THAT HAVE GIVEN US MORE DEFICIT SPENDING THAN ANY OTHER ADMINISTRATION IN HISTORY. THE PRESIDENT TALKS ABOUT ENTITLEMENT REFORM BUT OFFERS NO PLAN, NO LEGISLATION. THE PRESIDENT TALKS ABOUT HIS BUDGET FAIRNESS AND YET THIS VERY BUDGET WAS REJECTED BY THE HARRY REID SENATE DEMOCRATS BY A VOTE OF 97-0. THE PRESIDENT DENOUNCES THE BUSH TAX CUTS. YET PERSONALLY EXTENDED THEM A FEW MONTHS AGO. IN 2006 THE PRESIDENT VOTED AGAINST INCREASES IN THE DEBT CEILING, CITING A LACK OF LEADERSHIP. NOW HE OFFERS NONE. BUT TODAY THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS WILL LEAD WITH A PLAN. THAT PLAN IS CUT, CAP AND BALANCE. AND ON THE BACK WE HAVE THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN. THIS IS IT. SPEECHES. THAT'S WHAT WE GET AFTER THREE YEARS AND THE LARGEST DEFICIT IN HISTORY FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. SPEECHES AND ADMONISHMENTS.

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  • 01:39:00 PM

    MR. JACKSON

    I'LL BE GLAD.

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    MR. JACKSON

    YOU. IS IT THE GENTLEMAN'S OPINION THAT UNDER THE REPUBLICAN CUT, CAP AND…

    YOU. IS IT THE GENTLEMAN'S OPINION THAT UNDER THE REPUBLICAN CUT, CAP AND BALANCE --

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  • 01:39:09 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    RECLAIM MY TIME, YOU GOT TO GO FAST, I'M WILLING TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION…

    RECLAIM MY TIME, YOU GOT TO GO FAST, I'M WILLING TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION BUT --

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  • 01:39:13 PM

    MR. JACKSON

    IS THE GENTLEMAN WILLING TO TURN THE BALANCING ACT OF THIS PROGRAM OVER TO…

    IS THE GENTLEMAN WILLING TO TURN THE BALANCING ACT OF THIS PROGRAM OVER TO THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY?

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  • 01:39:19 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    HAS BACKED UP AGAINST THE WALL. IF WE DON'T --

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    MR. JACKSON

    IS THE GENTLEMAN PREPARED TO TURN THE BALANCING ASPECT OVER TO THE FEDERAL…

    IS THE GENTLEMAN PREPARED TO TURN THE BALANCING ASPECT OVER TO THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY?

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. KINGSTON

    TO HAVE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT SO THAT CONGRESS' HANDS WILL BE TIED…

    TO HAVE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT SO THAT CONGRESS' HANDS WILL BE TIED FROM INCREASING THE DEFICIT.

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  • 01:39:38 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    I YIELD BACK TO MY FRIEND.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MARYLAND, MS.…

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MARYLAND, MS. EDWARDS.

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    MS. EDWARDS

    MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. FOR…

    MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. FOR MONTHS OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE HAVE KNOWN OF THE FEED TO AVOID A DEFAULT CRISIS AND MEET OUR NATION'S OBLIGATIONS BUT INSTEAD TODAY THEY MOVE WITH LIGHTNING SPEED TO THE FLOOR, A SHAM BILL THAT'S NOTHING MORE THAN A WAY TO SCORE POLITICAL POINTS AT A TIME THAT WE NEED, THE MARKETS NEED AND THE WORLD NEED SERIOUSNESS. IT'S TIME TO MEET OUR OBLIGATIONS FOR SENIORS, RETIREES AND VETERANS. FOR SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE AND TO CREATE JOBS AND GROW THIS ECONOMY. THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE KNOW THAT THE BILL THAT'S ON THE FLOOR TODAY WOULD DO NOTHING LIKE THAT. THE UNDERLYING BILL WOULD IN FACT REAP CATASTROPHIC CONSEQUENCE FOR OUR NATION'S ECONOMY AND OUR NATION'S MOST VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES AND THAT'S THE TRUTH. WHAT KIND OF MAJORITY WANTS TO THROW OUR ECONOMY INTO ANOTHER TAILSPIN BY HAVING US DEFAULT ON OUR OBLIGATIONS? I'M GOING TO TELL YOU. IT'S THE IRRESPONSIBLE KIND. THEY'VE BEEN UNRELENTING IN THEIR QUEST TO ELIMINATE MEDICARE AND CUT SOCIAL SECURITY AND THIS BILL IS NO DIFFERENT. THE AMERICAN PUBLIC NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT'S AT STAKE HERE. IT'S THE DEFAULT ON OUR NATION'S OBLIGATIONS THAT WILL THROW OUT OF WHACK SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE BENEFITS, VETERANS BENEFITS, EVERYTHING THAT WE KNOW IN THIS ECONOMY BECAUSE OF THE FOOLISHNESS THAT'S GOING ON HERE IN THIS CHAMBER. AND WITH THAT I WOULD ASK US TO YIELD AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO PLEASE BE RESPONSIBLE, PROTECT OUR SPEW FUR -- FUTURE, PROTECT OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE, INVEST IN OUR ROADS AND OUR BRIDGES AND OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, CREATE JOBS BUT PLEASE STOP THIS FOOLISHNESS. AND WITH THAT I WOULD YIELD AND I WOULD ASK FOR A NO VOTE ON THE BILL AND A NO ON THE UNDERLYING RULE.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 01:41:46 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. JACKSON.

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    MR. JACKSON

    THANK YOU. I'M GOING TO TRY TO SPEAK AS QUICKLY AS I POSSIBLY CAN. UNDER…

    THANK YOU. I'M GOING TO TRY TO SPEAK AS QUICKLY AS I POSSIBLY CAN. UNDER THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT, THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY FOR INTERPRETING THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES IS THE FEDERAL COURT SYSTEM, A FEDERAL JUDGE. AND I WANTED TO ASK THE CHAIRMAN IF HE'D JOIN ME IN AN ANSWER TO THE QUESTION, WHAT WOULD QUALIFY A FEDERAL JUDGE TO CUT A FEDERAL PROGRAM? WHAT WOULD QUALIFY THEM? WOULD WE TAKE INTO A PROCESS IN THE SENATE ASKING THEM WHAT PROGRAMS THEY SUPPORT? ARE WE POLITICIZING THE JUDICIARY?

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    MR. WOODALL

    AMENDMENT IN THE CONSTITUTION THAT RELIES ON THE --

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    MR. JACKSON

    THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES MAKING A JUDGMENT ABOUT PROGRAMS AND…

    THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES MAKING A JUDGMENT ABOUT PROGRAMS AND THEN ANSWERING TO THE PEOPLE IN AN ELECTIVE POLITICAL PROCESS, WE ARE SHIFTING THE RESPONSIBILITY TO A FEDERAL JUDGE TO MAKE A CUT IN A PROGRAM. IS THAT CORRECT?

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    MR. WOODALL

    THAT IS NOT CORRECT. THE RESPONSIBILITY LIE HERE'S, AS MY COLLEAGUE KNOWS.…

    THAT IS NOT CORRECT. THE RESPONSIBILITY LIE HERE'S, AS MY COLLEAGUE KNOWS. BUT AS IS TRUE WITH EVERY WORD IN THE CONSTITUTION --

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    MR. JACKSON

    TIME. THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR INTERPRETING THE CONSTITUTION IS A FEDERAL…

    TIME. THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR INTERPRETING THE CONSTITUTION IS A FEDERAL JUDGE. UNDER A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT, A FEDERAL JUDGE WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CUTTING THESE PROOM PROGRAMS IS THAT CORRECT?

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    MR. WOODALL

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD, I HAVE THE SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION RIGHT…

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD, I HAVE THE SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION RIGHT HERE TO ANSWER THAT VERY QUESTION.

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    MR. WOODALL

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    SPEAKER, I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS ON THIS SIDE. SO I WILL -- THE GENTLEMAN…

    SPEAKER, I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS ON THIS SIDE. SO I WILL -- THE GENTLEMAN HAS ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS I'LL LET HIM --

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    MR. WOODALL

    I DO HAVE THE RESOLUTION SPONSOR HERE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU ALL…

    I DO HAVE THE RESOLUTION SPONSOR HERE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU ALL MIGHT HAVE.

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  • 01:43:21 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA VOICED FOR HOW LONG?

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA VOICED FOR HOW LONG?

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    ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    A MINUTE. I WILL ASK THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL LIKE I DID LAST NIGHT IN THE…

    A MINUTE. I WILL ASK THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL LIKE I DID LAST NIGHT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, DO YOU GENUINELY BELIEVE THAT THIS PARTICULAR MEASURE IS GOING TO BECOME THE LAW?

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    IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD, I GENUINELY HOPE THIS DOES BECOME THE LAW.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    RECLAIMING MY TIME. I HEARD THE WORD THAT YOU HOPE. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT I…

    RECLAIMING MY TIME. I HEARD THE WORD THAT YOU HOPE. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT I TOLD YOU LAST NIGHT. I BET YOU CASH MONEY THAT IT AIN'T GOING TO BECOME THE LAW.

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  • 01:44:04 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS HIS TIME. I DON'T TAKE CASH BETS BUT YOU ALSO TALKED…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS HIS TIME. I DON'T TAKE CASH BETS BUT YOU ALSO TALKED ABOUT BOUNCING. THE ONLY THING THAT'S GOING TO BOUNCE IS THE GOVERNMENT'S CHECKS.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    SORRY. I THOUGHT HE YIELDED TO ME.

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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 GEORGIA.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I'M THE FINAL SPEAKER.

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    MR. WOODALL

    I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINING TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I STAND IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS CLOSED RULE…

    MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I STAND IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS CLOSED RULE AND TO THE UNDERLYING BILL. IT'S TIME FOR A GROWNUP MOMENT, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S TIME FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT, TO COME TOGETHER TO ADDRESS THE LOOMING CRISIS OVER THE DEBT LIMIT. WE ARE EXACTLY TWO WEEKS, TWO WEEKS AWAY FROM THE POSSIBILITY OF THE UNITED STATES DEFAULTING ON ITS OBLIGATIONS OF NOT PAYING ITS BILLS. THIS IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE OUTCOME. I KNOW THAT THERE ARE SOME ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, IN FACT I TALKED TO ONE JUST THIS MORNING WHO WILL NOT VOTE NOR FIGURE THAT RAISES THE DEBT CEILING. THAT'S UNFORTUNATE. DEFAULT WOULD RESULT IN COLLAPSING MARKETS AND SKYROCKETING INTEREST RATES. IT WOULD DEAL A DEVASTATING BLOW TO THE FULL FAITH AND CREDIT OF THE UNITED STATES, IT WOULD THROW EVEN MORE AMERICANS OUT OF WORK. THE BILL BEFORE US DOES NOTHING, NOTHING TO PREVENT THAT OUTCOME. SLASHING MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY WHILE PROTECTING TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY IS NOT A RESPONSIBLE SHUTION. I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE MADE IT CLEAR IN POLL AFTER POLL AFTER POLL. THEY HAVE SAID TO MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF THE MEDICARE AND OFF OF SOCIAL SECURITY. WHAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE TRYING TO DO WITH LEGISLATION IS LOWER THE STANDARD OF LIVING FOR OUR SENIOR CITIZENS. THEY DESERVE A HELL OF A LOT BETTER. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT SENIOR CITIZENS DESERVE BETTER FROM THIS CONGRESS. THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PAY TO BALANCE THIS BUDGET BECAUSE IT'S NOT -- THEY DID NOT CAUSE THIS ECONOMIC CRISIS. AND IT'S JUST SIMPLY UNFAIR TO PROTECT ALL THIS CORPORATE WELFARE, ALL THESE TAX LOOPHOLES TO PROTECT CORPORATIONS WITH JETS AND PROTECT CORPORATIONS THAT HAVE TO PAY TAXES AND THEY CAN INCORPORATE OVERSEAS IN BERMUDA OR THE CAYMAN ISLANDS. I MEAN, IT'S JUST WRONG. IT IS WRONG TO CONTINUE THESE SUBSIDIES TO BIG OIL THAT HAVE BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. WHY AREN'T THEY PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE? MR. SPEAKER, IT'S JUST WRONG TO RADCALLY ALTER THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA -- RADICALLY ALTER THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE NEED TO FOCUS ON JOBS PLUS INFRASTRUCTURE PLUS EDUCATION EQUALS JOBS. WE HAVE TO INVEST AS WELL AS CUT. THIS BILL WILL SLASH THE INVESTMENTS WE NEED TO PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK AND TO GROW OUR ECONOMY. IT CUTS PELL GRANTS. IT WILL CUT EDUCATION AT EVERY LEVEL. IT WILL CUT MONEY FOR ROADS AND BRIDGES. IT WILL CUT MONEY THAT WILL HELP THIS ECONOMY GROW THAT CAN HELP PUT MORE PEOPLE BACK TO WORK SO WE CAN START REDUCING THE DEBT IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY. MR. SPEAKER, AT THE END OF THIS DEBATE, I WILL ASK THE HOUSE TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. I WILL AFTER AN AMENDMENT THAT WILL ENSURE THAT THIS -- I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT WILL ENSURE THAT THIS BILL DOES NOT IMPEDE JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH. SO A VOTE IN FAVOR IS TO HURT OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY. GIVEN THE FACT YOU HAVE GIVEN US A CLOSED RULE I DON'T THINK IT'S HARD TO ASK TO PUT LANGUAGE IN HERE THAT WILL PROTECT JOBS AND THE AMERICAN WORKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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  • 01:48:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 01:48:03 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, REJECT THIS…

    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, REJECT THIS CLOSED RULE THAT IS UNFAIR AND REJECT THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:48:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 01:48:19 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 01:48:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:48:25 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    MR. SPEAKER, IT WAS 224 YEARS AGO THAT THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION WAS…

    MR. SPEAKER, IT WAS 224 YEARS AGO THAT THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION WAS WRAPPING UP, THAT SUMMER IN 1787. BEN FRANKLIN WALKED OUT OF THE FRONT DOOR AND A WOMAN ASKED HIM, WHAT DID YOU CREATE? AND HE FAMOUSLY RESPONDED, A REPUBLIC, IF YOU CAN KEEP IT. THAT'S WHAT THE DEBATE IS ABOUT HERE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, OUR REPUBLIC AND CAN WE KEEP IT. MR. SPEAKER, THE LAST TIME WE DEBATED A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT WAS BACK IN 1995, 16 YEARS AGO, AND AT THAT TIME NOW -MINORITY LEADER STENY HOYER SAID THIS, THIS COUNTRY CONFRONTS A CRITICAL THREAT BASED ON THE CONTINUATION OF LARGE ANNUAL DEFICITS. I'M ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED THAT THE LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES OF REFUSING TO COME TO GRIPS WITH THE NECESSITY TO BALANCE OUR BUDGET WILL BE CATASTROPHIC. AND THOSE WHO WILL PAY THE HIGHEST PRICE FOR OUR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY SHOULD WE FAIL WILL BE THOSE LEAST ABLE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND THE CHILDREN OF TODAY AND THE GENERATIONS OF TOMORROW. MR. SPEAKER, THIS DEBATE IS ABOUT THOSE WHO ARE LEAST ABLE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES, AND THIS IS ABOUT THE VISION WE HAVE CHOSEN FOR OURSELVES AS AMERICANS. 223 YEARS AGO, MR. SPEAKER, IN A LETTER WRITTEN IN NOVEMBER, THOMAS JEFFERSON SAID THIS. I WISH IT WERE POSSIBLE TO OBTAIN A SINGLE AMENDMENT TO OUR CONSTITUTION. I WOULD BE WILLING TO DEPEND ON THAT ALONE FOR THE REDUCTION OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF OUR GOVERNMENT TO THE GENUINE PRINCIPLES OF ITS CONSTITUTION. I MEAN AN ADDITIONAL ARTICLE TAKING FROM GOVERNMENT THE POWER OF BORROWING. OUR FOUNDING FATHERS 223 YEARS AGO. FOLKS TALK ABOUT A BILL BEING BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE THE FOUNDING OF OUR NATION. SINCE THE FOUNDING OF OUR NATION, AND WE HAD THIS DISCUSSION IN 1995 AND 1994. EVERY CONGRESS FOR THE 10 YEARS BETWEEN 1985 AND 1995 WE DISCUSSED A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT, MR. SPEAKER. APPARENTLY THERE WAS NO NEED TO DISCUSS IT LONGER. LOOK WHERE WE ARE. I WAS DOWN IN CHINATOWN, MR. SPEAKER. OUR UNITED STATES DEBT AUCTIONS IN CHINATOWN. WE SOLD IT AT 0.00005% INTEREST. BUT HEAR THIS. I CLOSE AS I HOPE, MR. SPEAKER. FROM OUR FRIENDS AT S&P, WE VIEW AN INABILITY TO TIMELY AGREE AND CREDITABLY IMPLEMENT MEDIUM-TERM FISCAL POLICY AND INCONSISTENT WITH THE A.A.A. SOVEREIGN RATING. MR. SPEAKER, THIS ISN'T ABOUT RAISING THE DEBT LIMIT. THIS IS ABOUT PRESERVING THE REPUBLIC. GO AHEAD AND RAISE THE DEBT LIMIT. MOODY'S SAYS THAT'S NOT ENOUGH. GO AHEAD AND RAISE THE DEBT LIMIT. S&P SAYS THAT WILL NOT GET YOU ANYWHERE. INCONSISTENT WITH A A.A.A. RATING IS THE BORROWING AND SPENDING THAT THIS CONGRESS HAS BROUGHT TO THE HOUSE. NOW, WE TALK ABOUT RUSHING A BILL TO THE HOUSE FLOOR, MR. SPEAKER. I SAY THIS AND SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES SAID IT AND I ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THEIR COMMENTS. THIS REFLECTS THE PRIORITIES OF THIS HOUSE. WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON TODAY IS EXACTLY WHAT WE WERE WORKING ON WHEN WE WORKED ON H.R. 1 IN FEBRUARY, ONE OF THE MOST OPEN AND BRILLIANT MOMENTS IN THIS HOUSE'S HISTORY IN TERMS OF DEBATE WHERE THE PARTIES WERE SETTING -- PRIORITIES, THE SAME PRIORITIES WHEN WE HAD THE SAME BUDGET DEBATE EARLIER, WHERE WE SAID, WHAT CAN WE AGREE ON AS A HOUSE? YOU KNOW WHAT WE AGREED ON, MR. SPEAKER? WE AGREED ON THE PRIORITIES THAT ARE SET FORTH IN CUT, CAP AND BALANCE. NOW, THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT WHO'S WILLING TO COMPROMISE. MR. SPEAKER, I CAN'T FIND A SINGLE COLLEAGUE ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT'S ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT RAISING THE DEBT LIMIT. THERE IS NOT ONE. BUT FOLKS ARE WILLING TO DO IT SO WE CAN PRESERVE THE DEBT FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WHICH WE CAN DO WITH CUT, CAP AND BALANCE. MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S ALL THIS TALK IN WASHINGTON ABOUT DEFAULT ON THE NATIONAL DEBT. THAT'S A SERIOUS CONVERSATION, A SERIOUS CONVERSATION. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT DEFAULTING ON THE PROMISES OF OUR FOUNDERS. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT DEFAULTING ON OUR REPUBLIC, MR. SPEAKER. ONE WISH THOMAS JEFFERSON HAD, ONE WISH, IF IT WERE POSSIBLE TO OBTAIN A SINGLE AMENDMENT TO OUR CONSTITUTION IT WOULD BE AN ADDITIONAL ARTICLE TAKING FROM GOVERNMENT THE POWER OF BORROWING. I UNDERSTAND, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THERE'S A LOT OF RELUCTANCE TO DO THAT. THERE'S LOTS OF GREAT THINGS THAT FOLKS HAVE PRIORITIES THAT THEY WANT TO SPEND ON. THESE ARE NOT ABOUT THE SPENDING PRIORITIES. H.R. 1 WAS ABOUT THOSE PRIORITIES. OUR BUDGET DISCUSSION WAS ABOUT OUR PRIORITIES. TODAY, IT'S ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR REPUBLIC. YOU NEED READ NO FURTHER, MR. SPEAKER, THAN THE CREDIT RATING AGENCIES TELLING US THAT AUGUST 2 IS NOT THE DATE WE HAVE TO FEAR. TODAY IS THE DAY WE HAVE TO FEAR BECAUSE IF WE FAIL TO PASS THIS BILL, OUR REPUBLIC STANDS IN PERIL. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT FOR THIS RULE. I'M GRATEFUL TO THE BUDGET COMMITTEE FOR BRINGING FORWARD THIS RESOLUTION, AND I ASK FOR A UNANIMOUS VOTE OF SUPPORT AS THIS RESOLUTION COMES TO THE FLOOR. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I -- PARDON ME LR I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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  • 01:54:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE…

    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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  • 01:54:18 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, ANDREW. -- THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES ON ANY VOTE ON ADOPTION. THIS IS A PIFMENT VOTE. -- THIS IS A 15--MINUTE VOTE. -- 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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  • 02:18:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235. THE NAYS ARE 175. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235. THE NAYS ARE 175. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED.

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  • 02:18:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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  • 02:19:39 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, I HAVE THE HONOR…

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, I HAVE THE HONOR TO TRANSMIT HEREWITH A FACSIMILE COPY OF A LETTER RECEIVED FROM MR. JACOB CORBIN OF THE ELECTIONS DIVISION OF THE CALIFORNIA SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE INDICATING THAT ACCORDING TO THE UNOFFICIAL RETURNS OF THE SPECIAL ELECTION HELD JULY 12, 2011, THE HONORABLE JANICE HAHN WAS ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE TO CONGRESS FOR THE 36TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, STATE OF CALIFORNIA. WITH BEST WISHES I AM. SIGNED SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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  • 02:20:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WE WILL NOT PROCEED UNTIL THE HOUSE IS IN…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WE WILL NOT PROCEED UNTIL THE HOUSE IS IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE HONORABLE JANICE HAHN, BE PERMITTED TO TAKE THE OATH OF OFFICE TODAY, HER CERTIFICATE OF ELECTION HAS NOT ARRIVED BUT THERE IS NO CONTEST AND NO QUESTION'S BEEN RAISED WITH REGARD TO HER ELECTION.

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  • 02:20:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. WILL REPRESENTATIVE-ELECT HAHN AND THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. WILL REPRESENTATIVE-ELECT HAHN AND THE MEMBERS OF THE CALIFORNIA DELEGATION PRESENT THEMSELVES IN THE WILL OF THE HOUSE? -- WELL OF THE HOUSE? AND WILL ALL MEMBERS RISE AND IF THE REPRESENTATIVE-ELECT -- THE REPRESENTATIVE-ELECT CAN RAISE HER RIGHT HAND? DO YOU SOLEMNLY SWEAR OR AFFIRM THAT YOU WILL SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC, THAT YOU WILL BEAR TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE TO THE SAME, THAT YOU TAKE THIS OBLIGATION FREELY WITHOUT ANY MENTAL RESERVATION OR PURPOSE OF EVASION, THAT YOU FAITHFULLY DISCHARGE THE DUTIES ON WHICH YOU ARE ABOUT TO ENTER SO HELP YOU GOD?

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  • 02:21:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    CONGRATULATIONS. YOU ARE NOW A MEMBER OF THE 112TH CONGRESS.

  • 02:22:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:22:40 PM

    MR. STARK

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE RESIDENTS OF CALIFORNIA'S 36TH DISTRICT CHOSE JANICE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE RESIDENTS OF CALIFORNIA'S 36TH DISTRICT CHOSE JANICE HAHN LAST WEEK IN THE SPECIAL ELECTION. AND YOU ARE ESTEEMED COLLEAGUE TO SUCCEED OUR ESTEEMED COLLEAGUE, JANE HARMAN. JANE WILL BE MISSED BUT WE WELCOME JANICE TO CONGRESS WHERE SHE WILL UNDOUBTEDLY SERVE AS A POWERFUL CHAMPION FOR HER CONSTITUENTS. SHE BEGINS HER CAREER WITH A STRONG RECORD OF FIGHTING FOR JOBS, ENVIRONMENT AND WORKING FAMILIES AS A CITY OF LOS ANGELES COUNCIL WOMAN. SHE LED SUCCESSFUL INITIATIVE TO IMPROVE HER COMMUNITY, CREATED JOBS BY STANDING WITH UNIONS AND ADVOCATING FOR DEVELOPMENT TO PROMOTE TOURISM. SHE LEARNED -- SHE WORKED -- SHE LEARNED TO CLEAN THE AIR -- SHE WORKED TO CLEAN THE AIR IN L.A. BY ADDRESSING THE PORTS POLLUTION AND THE STRONG DIESEL TRUCK EMISSION STANDARDS. SHE STOOD WITH WORKING FAMILIES THROUGH HER SUPPORT OF LIVING WAGES AND HEALTH CARE. SHE CARRIES ON THE LEGACY OF HER FATHER, KENNY HAHN, A FORMER LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUPERVISOR AND PASSIONATE CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCATE. AS UNITED STATES CONGRESSMAN, JANICE WILL SURELY ADD MORE VICTORIES TO HER ALREADY LONG LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS. SHE'S JOINED TODAY BY HER SON, DANNY, DAUGHTER, KATY, SON-IN-LAW JOHN, AND THREE GRANDCHILDREN, BROOKLYN, MCKENNA. PLEASE JOINING ME AND ALL THE CALIFORNIA DELEGATION IN WELCOMING JANICE.

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  • 02:24:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    IF THE GENTLELADY COULD SUSPEND MOMENTARILY AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE…

    IF THE GENTLELADY COULD SUSPEND MOMENTARILY AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DREIER, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:24:59 PM

    MR. DREIER

    I AM GOING TO ASK MY COLLEAGUE CALIFORNIA, MR. STARK, TO YIELD TO ME.…

    I AM GOING TO ASK MY COLLEAGUE CALIFORNIA, MR. STARK, TO YIELD TO ME. WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD TO ME?

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  • 02:25:06 PM

    MR. STARK

    I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD.

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    MR. DREIER

    I'D JOIN WITH MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ACROSS CALIFORNIA AND ACROSS THE…

    I'D JOIN WITH MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ACROSS CALIFORNIA AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN EXTENDING HARTY CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR COLLEAGUE, FILLING THE GREAT SHOES -- THEY ARE NOT HUGE SHOES, OF COURSE, BUT SUCCEEDING OUR GOOD FRIEND, JANE HARMAN, AND I HAVE TO SAY, MR. SPEAKER, THAT JANICE HAHN COMES FROM A FAMILY THAT HAS HAD A GREAT, GREAT, LONG TENURE IN PUBLIC SERVICE. HER FATHER, KENNETH HAHN, SERVED AS A SUPERVISOR IN THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES. A HUGE JOB. THEY REPRESENT ABOUT THREE TIMES AS MANY PEOPLE AS WE, MR. SPEAKER. HER BROTHER, OF COURSE, JUDGE JUDD, HAS SERVED AS THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES. I HAVE TO SAY THAT OUR NEW COLLEAGUE HAS COME HERE AT CERTAINLY AN EXTRAORDINARY CRUCIAL TIME IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY AND WILL FACE MANY CHALLENGES AHEAD. I HAVE TO SAY THAT OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO TO A NEW COLLEAGUE. NOT EVERYONE KNOWS THAT LITERALLY ON THE EVE OF THE ELECTION HER MOTHER, RAMONA, PASSED AWAY SUDDENLY. I KNOW THAT SHE, AS ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE HAHN FAMILY WILL BE EXTRAORDINARILY PROUD OF THIS MOMENT AND WE EXTEND HARTY CONGRATULATIONS. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING.

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  • 02:26:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:26:37 PM

    MS. HAHN

    THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. SPEAKER, LEADER PELOSI, AND HONORED…

    THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. SPEAKER, LEADER PELOSI, AND HONORED MEMBERS. IT IS WONDERFUL TO BE HERE TODAY REPRESENTING THE 36TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN CALIFORNIA. I'M HONORED AND THANKFUL FOR THIS INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I'M HUMBLED TO BE THE FIRST LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCILMEMBER ELECTED TO CONGRESS SINCE ED ROYBAL-ALLARD ALMOST 50 YEARS AGO. -- ED ROYBAL ALMOST 50 YEARS AGO. MY FATHER, KENNY, REPRESENTED LOS ANGELES FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS. MY BROTHER IS NOW SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE. MY DAD TAUGHT US SERVING OTHERS IS A CALLING. IT REQUIRES HONESTY, HARD WORK AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE COURAGE TO DO THE RIGHT THING. IN 1961 A YOUNG AND CONTROVERSIAL CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER NAMED MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CAME TO LOS ANGELES FOR HIS VERY FIRST VISIT. AND NOT A SINGLE ELECTED OFFICIAL WANTED TO GREET OR WELCOME HIM. EXCEPT FOR ONE, MY FATHER. AND THAT'S WHERE I GOT MY POLITICAL COURAGE. AND WE KNOW THAT AMERICANS ARE COUNTING ON US NOW MORE THAN EVER TO SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS AND WORKING TOGETHER WITH COURAGE AND IN GOOD FAITH I BELIEVE WE CAN AND WE WILL. THIS PAST WEEK I EXPERIENCED A WONDERFUL VICTORY BUT ALSO A PROFOUND LOSS. MY DEAR, SWEET MOTHER PASSED AWAY UNEXPECTEDLY THE DAY BEFORE THE ELECTION. SHE WAS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND OUR FAMILY, AND THIS IS THE FIRST ACCOMPLISHMENT I'VE EVER HAD AND NOT BEEN ABLE TO SHARE WITH HER. SHE WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THIS DAY, AND I KNOW BOTH SHE AND MY FATHER ARE LOOKING DOWN TODAY SMILING. AND FOR THAT I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO MADE THIS POSSIBLE. THANK YOU TO MY CHILDREN, KATIE, DANNY, MARK. MY SON-IN-LAW, JOHN. MY FIVE BEAUTIFUL GRANDCHILDREN, THREE OF WHOM ARE HERE TODAY, MCKENNA, BROOKLYN AND JOSIAH. AND THANK YOU TO LEADER PELOSI, DEMOCRATIC WHIP HOYER, AND THE CALIFORNIA DELEGATION. I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, JANE HARMAN, FOR HER YEARS OF SERVICE TO THIS CONGRESS AND TO THIS NATION AND TO THE PEOPLE OF THE 36TH DISTRICT. AND I TOLD HER TO LEAVE THE INITIALS ON THE DOOR WHEN SHE STEPPED DOWN. AND THANKS TO MY CAMPAIGN STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS AND THE VOTERS. I'LL WORK EVERY DAY WITH EVERY BIT OF STRENGTH I HAVE TO SERVE YOU. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU, GETTING TO KNOW EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU AND GOD BLESS OUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY.

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  • 02:30:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    MR. SPEAKER.

  • 02:30:41 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    A RECORDED VOTE ON THE CLOSED RULE.

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    THE SPEAKER

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A…

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-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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  • 02:38:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 236. THE NAYS ARE 177. THE RESOLUTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 236. THE NAYS ARE 177. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO RISE?

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    A PRIVILEGED REPORT FOR PRINTING UNDER THE RULE.

  • 02:39:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 2584, A BILL TO -- MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE…

    TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 2584, A BILL TO -- MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR, ENVIRONMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2012, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 02:39:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REFERRED TO THE UNION CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1…

    REFERRED TO THE UNION CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 21, POINTS OF ORDER ARE RESERVED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WILL ALL MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE CONVERSATIONS TO THE BACK OF THE CHAMBER OR TO THE CLOORM. -- CLOAKROOM. WILL MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. OUTSIDE THE CHAMBER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:41:19 PM

    MR. RYAN

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS…

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 2650.

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  • 02:41:31 PM

    MR. RYAN

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MR. CHESAPEAKE BAY FETS, A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET…

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MR. CHESAPEAKE BAY FETS, A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, CONTROL 30 MINUTES. MR. GARRETT THE VICE CHAIR OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE CONTROL 30 MINUTES, AND MR. JORDAN CONTROL 30 MINUTES OF DEBATE.

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  • 02:41:46 PM

    MR. RYAN

    MADAM SPEAKER, WITH RESPECT TO THE REMAINING TIME I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF…

    MADAM SPEAKER, WITH RESPECT TO THE REMAINING TIME I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND TURN IT OVER TO MR. CHAFFETZ.

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  • 02:41:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH SEEK TO CALL UP THE BILL?…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH SEEK TO CALL UP THE BILL? MR.

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  • 02:42:06 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, I CALL UP H.R. 2560.

  • 02:42:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    A BILL TO CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE THE FEDERAL BUDGET.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 02:42:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN SUSPEND. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN SUSPEND. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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  • 02:42:49 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND FOR A MOMENT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. WILL…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND FOR A MOMENT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. WILL ALL MEMBERS WHO WISH TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS PLEASE TAKE THEM FROM THE FLOOR. AND WILL MEMBERS AND OTHERS IN THE BACK OF THE CHAMBER PLEASE MOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN MAY BEGIN AGAIN.

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  • 02:44:04 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    TIME.

  • 02:46:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 02:46:41 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS NO TIME FOR THIS BODY TO BE PLAYING DANGEROUS GAMES…

    MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS NO TIME FOR THIS BODY TO BE PLAYING DANGEROUS GAMES WITH THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND WITH THE AMERICAN JOBS. AND YET THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT'S GOING ON ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE TODAY. OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE TAKING THE POSITION THAT UNLESS AND UNTIL WE ACCEPT THEIR RADICAL BUDGET PLAN THEY WILL PREVENT THE UNITED STATES FROM PAYING ITS BILLS. AND WHAT DOES THEIR BUDGET PLAN DO? YEP, IT IS THE SAME OLD PLAN TO END THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE, TO SLASH MEDICAID, TO CUT EDUCATION WHILE PROTECTING SPECIAL INTEREST TAX BREAKS LIKE SUBSIDIES FOR BIG OIL COMPANIES. AND HERE'S WHAT THEY'RE SAYING, UNLESS WE DO THAT, UNLESS WE TAKE THAT, THEY'RE GOING TO PREVENT THE UNITED STATES FROM PAYING ITS BILLS. REMEMBER THESE ARE BILLS THAT ARE COMING TO ON ACTIONS THAT THIS CONGRESS HAS ALREADY TAKEN. THESE ARE THE BILLS TO PAY FOR TWO WARS, THESE ARE BILLS TO PAY FOR THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN THAT WAS NEVER PAID FOR, AND ONE OF THE PRIMARY REASONS WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH REVENUE COMING IN TO PAY THOSE BILLS IS BECAUSE OF THE TAX CUTS IN 2001 AND 2003 THAT DISPROPORTIONATELY BENEFITED THE VERY WEALTHY. IT'S INTERESTING TO HEAR SOME OF OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WHO'VE BEEN HERE FOR THAT ENTIRE PERIOD OF TIME AND VOTED ON ALL THOSE THINGS SAYING IT'S A SACRIFICE FOR THEM TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY, FOR PAYING THE BILLS FOR THE THINGS THEY VOTED FOR. IMAGINE IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TOOK THAT POSITION. AND WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE UNITED STATES FAILING TO PAY ITS BILLS? THE SAME THING THAT WOULD HAPPEN TO AN AMERICAN FAMILY THAT DECIDED NOT TO PAY ITS BILLS. WHETHER IT'S THE MORTGAGE, CAR PAYMENT, WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE, IT WOULD UNDERMINE THE CREDIT WORTHINESS OF THAT AMERICAN FAMILY AND TAKING THAT ACTION WOULD UNDERMINE THE CREDIT WORTHINESS OF THE UNITED STATES. THAT WILL LEAD TO RISES IN INTEREST RATES AND A SINKING ECONOMY. IT WOULD HURT EVERY AMERICAN FAMILY AND IT WOULD INCREASE, NOT DECREASE, THE DEFICIT OF THE UNITED STATES. THAT IS THE RESULT OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE THREATENING IN THIS BILL IF THEIR DEMANDS ARE NOT MET. SO LET'S DIG A LITTLE DEEPER INTO THOSE DEMANDS. AS I SAY, WHAT THEY WANT TO DO IS IMPOSE THE SAME BUDGET PLAN THAT THEY VOTED ON EARLIER IN THIS HOUSE AND WE DEBATED. IT DOES END THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE, IT DOES SLASH MEDICAID AND EDUCATION AND IT DOES PROTECT CORPORATE TAX LOOPHOLES. ONLY THIS TIME IT'S WORSE BECAUSE THEY WANT TO TAKE THAT BUDGET PLAN AND IMPLANT IT IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. NOW, NOBODY IN THIS BODY SHOULD BE FOOLED FOR ONE MOMENT. THIS IS NOT AN ORDINARY BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION. WE CAN HAVE THAT DEBATE AND THERE ARE LEGITIMATE ARGUMENTS. THIS SAYS SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT AND VERY SINISTER. IT MANIPULATES THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES IN A WAY TO GRAPH THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PLAN INTO THE CONSTITUTION. HOW DOES IT DO IT? THERE ARE TWO DEVICES AND THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS THEM WELL. THE FIRST IS IT SAYS YOU CAN CUT MEDICARE, YOU CAN CUT SOCIAL SECURITY, YOU CAN CUT EDUCATION WITH THE MAJORITY VOTE, BUT IF YOU WANT TO CUT A SUBSIDY FOR A BIG OIL COMPANY FOR THE PURPOSES OF REDUCING THE DEFICIT, IF YOU WANT TO CUT CORPORATE JET LOOPHOLES FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCING THE DEFICIT, THAT'S NOT A MAJORITY VOTE. THAT'S A SUPERMAJORITY, 2/3 VOTE, SO IT BIAS THE CONSTITUTION ITSELF IN A MANNER THAT PREFERS CUTS TO MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES WHO HAVE A MEDIAN INCOME OF UNDER $225,000 BEFORE ASKING THE VERY WEALTHIEST IN OUR COUNTRY TO RETURN TO THE SAME TAX RATES THAT WERE IN PLACE DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. SECONDLY, IT SAYS WE HAVE TO PASS A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT IN THE NEXT TWO DAYS THAT INCLUDES AN OVERALL CAP ON SPENDING. IF YOU LOOK AT THE BILL THAT CAME OUT OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, WHAT THAT WOULD IMPOSE IS AN 18% CAP. MAYBE 18%, MAYBE 19% IN THE END, WE DON'T KNOW, BUT IT HAS TO HAVE A CAP. AND THE ONE THAT'S COME OUT SO FAR HAS AN 18% CAP. NOW, LET'S PUT THAT NUMBER INTO CONTEXT. NOT SINCE 1966 JUST AFTER WE ENACTED MEDICARE TO PROTECT OUR SENIOR CITIZENS FROM HEALTH CRISES, NOT SINCE THAT TIME HAS THE UNITED STATES MET THAT LEVEL OF EXPENDITURES. WE'VE BEEN OVER THAT LEVEL OF EXPENDITURES. SO BY PUTTING THAT CAP ON COMBINED WITH THE PROVISION TO MAKE IT EASIER TO CUT MEDICARE THAN IT IS TO CUT CORPORATE TAX SUBSIDIES, THEY ARE WRITING INTO THE CONSTITUTION ITSELF THIS BIAS. THEY'RE STACKING THE CONSTITUTIONAL -- PUTTING IT INTO OUR FOUNDING DOCUMENT. NOW, I HEARD THE GENTLEMAN SAY AND WE HEARD IT MANY TIMES AND I HOPE WE WILL NOT HEAR IT ON THE FLOOR TODAY, 49 OF THE 50 STATES HAVE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENTS. THAT'S TRUE, BUT THEY DON'T HAVE THIS KIND OF BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. THEY DON'T HAVE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENTS WITH THESE PERNICIOUS FEATURES WITH SOME EXCEPTIONS. 1 STATES HAVE A SUPERMAJORITY REQUIREMENT WRITTEN IN THEIR CONSTITUTION FOR A GOOD NUMBER OF THOSE, THE HESS THAN 2/3, WHICH IS WHAT -- IT'S LESS THAN 2/3, WHICH IS WHAT THIS WOULD REQUIRE. 16 STATES WRITE IN THEIR CONSTITUTION SPENDING CAPS. AND ONLY 14 COMBINE THE TWO. IT'S AN ARGUMENT WHICH IGNORES THE REALITY THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS NOT JUST ANY OLD STATE. IT IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IT NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO EMERGENCIES AND WARS AND THE LIKE. SO LET ME CLOSE WITH THIS, MADAM SPEAKER. WE DO NEED TO, NUMBER ONE, MAKE SURE WE PAY OUR BILLS AND, NUMBER TWO, WE NEED TO GET OUR DEFICITS UNDER CONTROL IN A WAY THAT HELP OUR ECONOMY, NOT HURT IT. AND THAT'S WHY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES PUT FORWARD A PROPOSAL THAT IS MODELED ON THE FRAMEWORK THAT WAS PUT FORWARD BY THE BOWLES COMMISSION. IT DOESN'T HAVE EVERY DETAIL IN IT, BUT IT ADOPTS THE FRAMEWORK THAT SAYS, LET'S CUT THE DEFICIT BY APPROXIMATELY $4 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. LET'S DO IT IN A BALANCED WAY. IN FACT, IT'S TILTED TOWARD SPENDING CUTS. $3 OF SPENDING CUTS FOR EVERY DOLLAR 1 IN REVENUE. HE WANTS TO MAKE SURE WE GET THE REVENUE. CLOSING SOME OF THESE CORPORATE TAX LOOPHOLES. ASKING THE TOP 2% TO PAY THE TAXES LIKE IN THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION, A TIME WHEN WE CREATED 20 MILLION JOBS. SO LET'S TAKE A BALANCED APPROACH TO THIS. LET'S NOT TAKE THE POSITION THAT IF OUR DEMANDS ARE NOT MET, IF WE CANNOT MANIPULATE THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES TO ENGRAPHED OUR BUDGET PLAN INTO THAT FOUNDING DOCUMENT, THEN WE'RE GOING TO LET THE UNITED STATES FAIL TO PAY ITS BILLS AND SUFFER THE TERRIBLE ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES. IT'S NOT SO MUCH MEMBERS IN THIS BODY THAT WILL BE SUFFERING, IT'S THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. LET'S NOT DO THAT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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  • 02:54:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

  • 02:54:40 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I WOULD ASK THE GENTLEMAN IF HE COULD GIVE US A COPY OF THAT PLAN RIGHT…

    I WOULD ASK THE GENTLEMAN IF HE COULD GIVE US A COPY OF THAT PLAN RIGHT NOW DURING THIS DEBATE WE WOULD CERTAINLY APPRECIATE IT. THE SECOND THING IS WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS A BALANCED BUDGET. THAT'S CERTAINLY WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. NOW WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ONE MINUTE THE LEADER, OUR LEADER, MR. CANTOR FROM VIRGINIA.

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  • 02:54:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:54:59 PM

    MR. CANTON

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH. MADAM SPEAKER, IT IS…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH. MADAM SPEAKER, IT IS TIME --

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  • 02:55:06 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH. MADAM SPEAKER,…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH. MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S TIME THAT WE BE CLEAR WITH THE AMERICAN TEAM -- AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT'S NO CHOICE BUT TO CUT SPENDING AND LIVING WITHIN OUR MEANS. CONTRARY TO WHAT THE GENTLEMAN ON THE OTHER SIDE CONTINUES TO SAY, NO ONE, NO ONE WANTS TO BRING DEFAULT ONTO OUR COUNTRY. AND WITH MILLIONS OF AMERICANS OUT OF WORK, WE'VE GOT TO FOCUS ON GETTING THE ECONOMY GROWING AGAIN. WE, AS REPUBLICANS, AS THE NEW MAJORITY IN THIS HOUSE, AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND KNOWS, HAVE PUT A PLAN ON THE TABLE THAT ENSURES WASHINGTON DOES NOT CONTINUE TO SPEND MONEY IT DOESN'T HAVE. HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE A PLAN TO CUT, CAP AND BALANCE OUR WAY TO PROSPERITY. THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION PROVIDES A STRAIGHTFORWARD PLAN TO CURB OUR MASSIVE DEBT AND HELP OUR SPENDING. THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US WOULD REQUIRE, ONE, A BALANCED BUDGET COMPONENT, TWO, A SUPERMAJORITY REQUIREMENT TO RAISE TAXES ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND, THREE, A LIMIT ON SPENDING AS A PERCENTAGE OF G.D.P. MADAM SPEAKER, TODAY THE HOUSE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THE PEOPLE THAT SENT US HERE THAT WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT TURNING THE PAGE ON THE FAILED FISCAL POLICIES THAT THIS TOWN HAS BEEN ABOUT OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DECADES AND BEGIN TO GET THE FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. HOUSE REPUBLICANS WERE VOTED INTO OFFICE TO CHANGE THE CULTURE IN WASHINGTON AND WE WILL NOT SUPPORT THE OTHER SIDE'S REQUEST OR THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST TO INCREASE THE DEBT LIMIT WITHOUT MEANINGFUL REFORMS TO THE SYSTEM. 49 STATES, INCLUDING MY HOME STATE OF VIRGINIA, ALREADY HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET REQUIREMENT, AND IT'S TIME THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REFLECT THE SAME POLICY TO GET OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. CUT, CAP AND BALANCE MAKES SURE THAT WE BEGIN TO TREAT TAXPAYER DOLLARS MORE RESPONSIBLY JUST LIKE FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES DO WITH THEIR OWN BUDGETS. WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD. MADAM SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT CONTINUES TO SAY, AS THE GENTLEMAN ON THE OTHER SIDE TRIES TO IMPLY AS WELL, THAT THEY WANT TO DO BIG THINGS. WE DO AS WELL. AS EVIDENCED BY OUR BUDGET THAT WE PUT ON THE TABLE. BUT WE IMPLORED THE OTHER SIDE TO GET SERIOUS. LET'S DO BIG THINGS. LET'S GET OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. BUT LET'S DO SO WITHOUT IMPOSING HIGHER TAXES ON THE SMALL BUSINESS PEOPLE THAT WE SO DESPERATELY NEED TO START HIRING AGAIN. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND LOVES TO TALK ABOUT THOSE CORPORATE LOOPHOLES. HE LOVES TO TALK ABOUT CORPORATE JET OWNERS AND THE KIND OF PREFERENCES THAT EXIST IN THE CODE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND KNOWS ALL TOO WELL. HE AND I WERE IN DISCUSSIONS FOR ALMOST SEVEN WEEKS WHEN I SAID AGAIN AND AGAIN THAT WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO ENGAGE IN A DISCUSSION OF TAX REFORM TO GET RID OF THOSE LOOPHOLES. THE GENTLEMAN ALSO KNOWS THAT THOSE LOOPHOLES AND THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THOSE LOOPHOLES PALE IN COMPARISON TO THE PROBLEM. SO I KNOW IT MAKES FOR GOOD POLITICS TO GO THROW THE SHINY BALL OUT THERE, MADAM SPEAKER --

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  • 02:58:47 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 02:58:49 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    I WILL NOT YIELD. TO THROW THE SHINY BALL OUT THERE THAT SOMEHOW THE…

    I WILL NOT YIELD. TO THROW THE SHINY BALL OUT THERE THAT SOMEHOW THE REPUBLICANS WILL SUSTAIN THESE PREFERENCES WHEN ALL ALONG IN OUR BUDGET AND IN OUR PLAN WE HAVE SAID WE'RE FOR TAX REFORM. WE HAVE SAID WE'RE FOR BRINGING DOWN RATES ON EVERYBODY. AND THAT'S IT, MADAM SPEAKER. LET'S GET SERIOUS AND STOP PLAYING POLITICS. IT'S NOT ABOUT THAT. THERE IS NO DISAGREEMENT THAT ANY OF US WANT TO SUPPORT THOSE LOOPHOLES, BUT WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON, MADAM SPEAKER, IN ALL OF THE DEBT DISCUSSION, IN ALL OF THE NEGOTIATION IS THE FACT THAT THE MINORITY AND ITS PARTY AND THE PRESIDENT CONTINUE TO INSIST THAT WE RAISE TAXES ON THE SMALL BUSINESS PEOPLE THAT WE NEED SO DESPERATELY TO BEGIN CREATING JOBS AND HIRING PEOPLE AGAIN. AND WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:59:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 02:59:54 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WISH THE GENTLEMAN HAD YIELDED BECAUSE I THINK…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WISH THE GENTLEMAN HAD YIELDED BECAUSE I THINK IT WOULD BECOME VERY CLEAR THAT THE REPUBLICAN POSITION IS THEY WON'T CLOSE A TAX LOOPHOLE THAT GENERATES ONE PENNY FOR DEFICIT REDUCTION, NOT ONE PENNY, SO YOU CAN'T CLOSE A CORPORATE JET LOOPHOLE IF IT'S GOING TO DEFICIT REDUCTION. YOU CAN'T SAY TO THE OIL AND GAS COMPANIES, WE'RE GOING TO END YOUR SUBSIDY IF IT'S GOING TO GO FOR OIL -- IF IT'S GOING TO GO FOR DEFICIT REDUCTION. WE ALL KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF WASHINGTON LOBBYISTS THAT MANIPULATE THE TAX CODE AROUND HERE. GETTING A TAX BREAK, A TAXPAYER GIVEAWAY TO THE TAX CODE IS JUST LIKE GETTING SOMETHING THROUGH STRENGTH, AND YET OUR REPUBLICAN -- SPENDING, AND YET OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES REFUSE TO ALLOW ANY CUT IN A LOOPHOLE TO GO TO DEFICIT REDUCTION. NOT ONE PENNY. AGAIN, WE HEARD IT FROM THE MAJORITY LEADER, WE'RE GOING TO HEAR IT I GUESS ALL DAY, 49 OUT OF 50 STATES HAVE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENTS. THIS IS NOT THE KIND OF BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT THE STATES HAVE. THIS WRITES INTO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, AGAIN, A PREFERENCE FOR CUTTING MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY, THAT REQUIRES A MAJORITY VOTE, BUT IN ORDER TO CLOSE ONE OF THOSE CORPORATE TAX LOOPHOLES FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCING THE DEFICIT, YOU NEED A 2/3 VOTE. YOU'RE GOING TO ABED INTO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES THOSE POLICY PREFERENCES. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THIS DOES. SO, LET'S NOT HEAR ABOUT THE 49 STATES, THEY DON'T ALL HAVE THESE SPENDING CAPS AND THEY DON'T ALL HAVE THAT PREFERENCE PROTECTING SPECIAL INTEREST TAX BREAKS FROM USE FOR DEFICIT REDUCTION. WITH THAT I YIELD TO OUR DISTINGUISHED LEADER OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, MR. LARSON.

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  • 03:01:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HOW MUCH TIME DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT?…

    HOW MUCH TIME DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT? THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, HOW MUCH TIME IS YIELDED?

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  • 03:01:50 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I APOLOGIZE, THREE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 03:01:55 PM

    MR. LARSON

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I TERRORIZE ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE REMARKS OF…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I TERRORIZE ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE REMARKS OF THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. VAN HOLLAND. LET ME SAY THAT IN HIS OPENING COMMENTS I THINK HE'S LAID IT OUT PRETTY WELL. CUT, CAP AND BALANCE, ONE HAS TO RESIST ON OUR SIDE THE NOTION THAT THIS IS CUT, CAP AND GET RID OF MEDICARE. THE PUBLIC HAS HAD IT WITH THIS THEATER OF THE ABSURD THAT'S GOING ON. THEY WANT CONGRESS TO COME TOGETHER AS OUR PRESIDENT HAS SUGGESTED AND DO THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT WE CAN, CREATE JOBS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IN MY HOMETOWN PEOPLE ASK ME, WHAT'S GOING ON, SEEMS LIKE A LIGHT BEER COMMERCIAL WHERE THERE'S THIS ENDLESS QUIBBLING BACK AND FORTH WITH PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO CARE DEEPLY ABOUT THEIR COUNTRY BUT SEEM TO DO LITTLE ABOUT PUTTING THE NATION BACK TO WORK. WE FACE A CRISIS WITH THE DEBT CEILING, A DEBT CEILING THAT'S 17 TIMES UNDER RONALD REAGAN WAS LIFTED WITHOUT ANY BILL BEING HELD HOSTAGE AND CLEARLY NOT PROGRAMS LIKE MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY. THIS IS A TIME FOR US TO COME TOGETHER AND REASON IN A RATIONAL PROCESS. THERE ARE NO IMMEDIATE TAX IMPOSITIONS PLACED BY THE PRESIDENT. ALL OF YOU HAVE BEEN IN THE NEGOTIATIONS UNDERSTAND AND KNOW THAT. IN FACT, THIS CONGRESS WHEN WE WERE IN THE MAJORITY PASSED THE LARGEST TAX CUT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. THE LARGEST TAX CUT. I CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT THE PEOPLE IN MY HOMETOWN HAVE IT RIGHT. THAT THE ISSUE IS ABOUT JOBS, WE CANNOT TAKE THIS NATION UP TO THE PRECIPICE, UP TO THE CLIFF AGAIN AND RISK ENDANGERMENT OF DEFAULT. A AS RONALD REAGAN SAID, THIS -- AS RONALD REAGAN SAID, THIS WOULD BE A CATASTROPHE FOR THIS COUNTRY, TO ALLOW THIS TO TAKE PLACE. WE NEED TO STAY AT THE TABLE AND CONTINUE TO NEGOTIATE AROUND THE IDEA OF JOBS. TAKING A LOOK AT THOSE THINGS STRATEGICALLY THAT CAN BE CUT, THAT CREATE JOBS. AND THOSE REVENUES THAT CAN BE ENHANCED TO CREATE JOBS. TO PUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO SEE, THE CONGRESS THAT CAN COME TOGETHER, I STAND BY OUR PRESIDENT, BY THIS GREAT CHAIRMAN AND MAKING SURE THAT WE DON'T GO THROUGH THIS THEATER OF THE ABSURD. YOU KNOW THAT THIS IS NOT A TRUE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. YOU KNOW THAT IN YOUR HEART. YOU HAVE TALENT AND GOOD PEOPLE ON YOUR SIDE, AS DO WE. LET'S BE ABOUT PUTTING AMERICA BACK TO WORK AND CREATE JOBS. LET'S NOT TALK ABOUT DEFAULTING ON THE NATION OR DEFAULTING ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. LET'S TALK ABOUT PUTTING THEM BACK TO WORK. THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO DO IN THIS NATION.

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  • 03:05:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 03:05:25 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    FOR TWO YEARS UNDER BARACK OBAMA THE DEMOCRATS HAD THE HOUSE, THE SENATE…

    FOR TWO YEARS UNDER BARACK OBAMA THE DEMOCRATS HAD THE HOUSE, THE SENATE AND THE PRESIDENCY, YOU DIDN'T DO A THING TO TOUCH THOSE SO-CALLED LOOPHOLES. TO TRY TO FEIGN HOW EXASPERATED YOU ARE AT THIS POINT IS SOMEWHAT DISENGINE WHITE HOUSE FOR SOMEONE WHO SAT HERE -- DISINGENUOUS FOR SOMEONE WHO SAT HERE FOR TWO YEARS. WHAT WE'RE FIGHTING FOR IS MORE TAXPAYERS, NOT MORE TAXES. THE PRESIDENT SAID HE WAS GOING TO VETO IT THIS BILL, IT PROVIDED A WHOLE LOT OF CLARITY TO A GUY LIKE ME. IF WE CAN'T FIND COMMON GROUND ON BALANCING THE BUDGET, HOW DARE WE OFFER THAT WE WANT TO BALANCE THE BUDGET? THAT'S ALL WE ASK FOR IN THIS COUNTRY IS PUT US ON A TRAJECTORY TO BALANCE THE BUDGET. WITH THAT I'LL YIELD TWO MINUTES --

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  • 03:06:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE CHAIR WILL REMIND MEMBERS THAT ALL REMARKS…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE CHAIR WILL REMIND MEMBERS THAT ALL REMARKS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE CHAIR. THANK YOU. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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  • 03:06:17 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA WHO IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

    I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA WHO IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE POLICY COMMITTEE, MR. PRICE OF GEORGIA.

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  • 03:06:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR HOW MUCH TIME?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 03:06:31 PM

    MR. PRICE

    MY FRIEND TALKS ABOUT THE THEATER OF THE ABSURD. I'LL TELL YOU WHAT'S…

    MY FRIEND TALKS ABOUT THE THEATER OF THE ABSURD. I'LL TELL YOU WHAT'S ABSURD. IT'S SAYING THAT THEY HAVE A PLAN WHEN THEY HAVE NO PLAN AT ALL. THAT'S WHAT'S ABSURD. THEN WE ARE HERE TODAY DEALING WITH THIS CHALLENGE OUGHT NOT BE A SURPRISE TO ANYBODY. DECADE AFTER DECADE, CONGRESS AFTER CONGRESS, PRESIDENT AFTER PRESIDENT THEY HAVE BORROWED TOO MUCH, SPENT TOO MUCH AND TAXED TOO MUCH. WHICH IS WHY OUR NEW MAJORITY, NOW JUST OVER SIX MONTHS IN OFFICE, HAS PUT FORWARD POSITIVE, SUBSTANTIVE PROPOSALS TO CHANGE THE WAY THAT WASHINGTON DOES BUSINESS. IT'S EXACTLY WHAT AMERICA IS DEMANDING. OUR CHALLENGES ARE HUGE. BUT SOLUTIONS BASED UPON PRINCIPLE IS EXACTLY WHAT IS NEEDED. AND HENCE THIS CURRENT BILL, WITH SHORT-TERM, MIDTERM AND LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS. IN THE SHORT-TERM RESPONSIBLE, APPROPRIATE SPENDING REDUCTIONS. IN THE MIDTERM, LIMIT AND CONTROL FEDERAL SPENDING AS A PERCENT OF GROWS DOMESTIC PRODUCT. AND IN THE LONG-TERM, -- GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT. AND IN THE LONG-TERM, STOP THE MADNESS. FORCE WASHINGTON TO DO WHAT EVERY SINGLE FAMILY IN THIS COUNTRY DOES AND EVERY SINGLE BUSINESS IN THIS COUNTRY DOES AND THAT IS TO BALANCE OUR BUDGET. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ISSUED A VETO THREAT SAYING ESSENTIALLY THAT BALANCING THE BUDGET IS AN UNREALISTIC POLICY GOAL. THIS IS AN ADMINISTRATION THAT SAYS IT WANTS TO DO BIG THINGS. MR. PRESIDENT, IS GETTING OUR DEBT AND DEFICIT UNDER CONTROL TOO MUCH TO ASK? IS THAT TOO BIG, MR. PRESIDENT? WHAT IS UNREALISTIC IS TO ASSUME THAT WE CAN SPEND AT THE LEVELS THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA AND CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS HAVE DONE OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, AMASS TRILLION-DOLLAR ANNUAL DEFICITS AND STILL HAVE A VIBRANT ECONOMY. NOW THAT'S UNREALISTIC. PUTTING AMERICA'S FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER IS NOT ONLY REALISTIC AND ACHIEVABLE, IT'S IMPERATIVE. IT'S IMPERATIVE IN ORDER TO GET OUR ECONOMY MOVING AGAIN AND CREATING JOBS. THIS BILL IS A POSITIVE SOLUTION, A COMMONSENSE SOLUTION, AN HONEST SOLUTION AND A BOLD SOLUTION. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND BEGIN TO TRAVEL ON A PATH TO PROSPERITY. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:08:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 03:08:42 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO MAKE A COUPLE POINTS IN…

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO MAKE A COUPLE POINTS IN RESPONSE TO STATEMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN RAISED. NOT ONLY WOULD THIS WRITE IN THE CONSTITUTION A 2/3 REQUIREMENT FOR GETTING RID OF SPECIAL INTEREST TAX BREAKS FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEFICIT REDUCTION, IT WOULD MAKE IT EASIER TO CREATE NEW SPECIAL INTEREST TAX LOOPHOLES THAN TO ELIMINATE THEM. IF A WASHINGTON LOBBYIST IS PUSHING FOR A BIG SPECIAL BREAK, YOU CAN DO THAT WITH A MAJORITY VOTE UNDER THIS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. BUT IF YOU WANT TO ELIMINATE ONE OF THOSE SPECIAL INTEREST TAX LOOPHOLES, WHOOPS, YOU NEED 2/3 VOTE. NOP NOW, LET'S BE VERY CLEAR ON WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID. YES, WEIGH WANT TO CLOSE THOSE CORPORATE LOOPHOLES. HE'S ALSO BEEN VERY CLEAR THAT BEGINNING IN 2013 WE SHOULD GO BACK TO ASKING THE VERY TOP INCOME EARNERS TO PAY THE SAME RATES THEY WERE PAYING DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION WHICH IS, AS I SAID, WAS A TIME WHEN THE ECONOMY WAS BOOMING. EVERY TIME WE MENTION THAT FACT WE HEAR OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TALK ABOUT SMALL BUSINESS AND HOW THEY'RE GOING TO PROTECT SMALL BUSINESS. WHEN YOU HEAR THAT LANGUAGE, YOU REALLY KNOW THAT THEY'RE USING THAT AS COVER TO PROTECT SOME OF THESE BIG SPECIAL INTERESTS. WHY DO I SAY THAT? WE AGREE THAT SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THE ENGINE OF THIS ECONOMY, BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE JOINT TAX COMMITTEE REPORT, JULY 12, 2010, NONPARTISAN, THEY SAY THAT 3% OF ALL BUSINESSES WOULD BE EVEN IMPACTED. ONLY 3%. LESS THAN 3% OF ALL BUSINESSES WOULD BE IMPACTED BY THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL, THOSE THAT FILES A S CORPORATIONS AND THEN IT GOES ON TO PROVIDE A WARNING HERE. SPECIFICALLY SAYING, BEWARE BECAUSE THESE ENTITIES MIGHT NOT BE SMALL. IN FACT THEY SAY IN 2005, OVER 12,000 S CORPORATIONS AND 6,000 PARTNERSHIPS HAD RECEIPTS OF MORE THAN $50 MILLION. AMONG THOSE ARE K.K.R., PRICE WARNER HOUSE, NOW, THESE ARE ALL GOOD BUSINESSES, BUT I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES WHETHER THEY ARE SMALL BUSINESSES AND LET'S NOT USE THE RHETORIC OF SMALL BUSINESSES TO PROTECT PREFERENCES FOR THE BIG GUYS. WE ALL NEED TO SHARE RESPONSIBILITY FOR GETTING THIS DEFICIT UNDER CONTROL. WE NEED A BALANCED APPROACH TO DOING THAT AND WITH THAT I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MS. SCHWARTZ.

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    MS. SCHWARTZ

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS OF THE RANKING MEMBER AND…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS OF THE RANKING MEMBER AND THIS DISCUSSION. LET ME BE VERY CLEAR. LET ME START BY SAYING THAT REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO PLAY POLITICS RATHER THAN DO ITS BEST FOR THIS COUNTRY. PARTICULARLY TO DO WHAT IS RESPONSIBLE AT A CRITICAL TIME FOR OUR NATION. THEY ARE ONCE AGAIN HOLDING AMERICAN FAMILIES AND AMERICAN BUSINESSES HOSTAGE BY THREATENING TO ALLOW THE UNITED STATES TO DEFAULT ON OUR DEBT. TO NOT MEET OUR RESPONSIBILITIES UNTIL THEIR EXTREME IDEOLOGICAL DEMANDS ARE MET. THEIR PLAN IS NOT A BALANCED APPROACH TO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY. IT ENDS MEDICARE GUARANTEED FOR OUR SENIORS, SHALL I REPEAT THAT? IT ENDS THE MEDICARE GUARANTEED FOR OUR SENIORS AND IT SLASHES EDUCATION AND OPPORTUNITY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF AMERICANS. IT INHIBITS OUR ABILITY TO FALTER -- FOSTER AN ENVIRONMENT FOR PRIVATE SECTOR ECONOMIC GROWTH BY CUTTING ANY CHANCE OF INVESTMENT IN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY, IN ROADS, BRIDGES AND HIGHWAYS, AND ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION TO THE VERY, VERY KINDS OF ACTIONS WE NEED TO TAKE TO ESTABLISH AN ATMOSPHERE OF A PRIVATE SECTOR GROWTH IN THIS NATION, WHETHER LARGE OR SMALL BUSINESS. AND THE REPUBLICAN PLAN IS DISASTROUS AT A VERY FRAGILE TIME IN OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY. IT WILL DEVASTATE AMERICA'S FUTURE ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS YET TO PRODUCE LEGISLATION THAT PUTS AMERICAN ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK AND AMERICANS BACK TO WORK. THIS LEGISLATION GUARANTEES THAT WE WON'T MEET OUR OBLIGATIONS AS A NATION TO OUR SENIORS OR TO OUR CHILDREN AND IT WILL DRAMATICALLY REDUCE OUR ABILITY TO COMPETE IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY. MAKE NO MISTAKE, THE REPUBLICAN PLAN ALWAYS HAS BEEN TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE, TO CAP ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND TO BALANCE THE BUDGET ON THE BACKS OF MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. CUT, CAP AND BALANCE IS BAD FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES, BAT FOR AMERICAN BUSINESSES -- BAD FOR AMERICAN BUSINESSES AND BAD FOR OUR NATION'S ECONOMY NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE AND WE SHOULD NOT LET IT PASS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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  • 03:13:29 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    MADAM SPEAKER, THE ONLY THING CUT, CAP AND BALANCE IS BAD FOR IS FOR…

    MADAM SPEAKER, THE ONLY THING CUT, CAP AND BALANCE IS BAD FOR IS FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO ACTUALLY REIN IN SPENDING. THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO LIVE WITHIN A BALANCED BUDGET. I WOULD ALSO HIGHLIGHT FOR THE RECORD RULE 21, SECTION 5-B. YOU KNOW, I'VE HEARD A LOT OF RHETORIC IN THE NEWS AND OTHER PLACES HOW THERE'S GOING TO BE THIS HIGHER STANDARD. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE PASSAGE OF A TAX RATE INCREASE UNDER THIS SECTION, A BILL OR JOINT RESOLUTION, AMENDMENT OR CONFERENCE REPORT CARRYING A FEDERAL INCOME TAX RATE INCREASE MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED AS PASSED OR AGREED TO UNLESS AS SO DETERMINED BY A VOTE OF NO LESS THAN 3/5 OF THE MEMBERS VOTING. SO WE HAD THAT HIGHER STANDARD IN RAISING TAXES, THAT IS NOTHING NEW. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE FOR TWO MINUTES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, A FRESHMAN MEMBER, MR. RIBBLE.

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    MR. RIBBLE

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2560,…

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2560, THE CUT CUTLER -- CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT OF 2011 TO. PUT OUR NATION BACK ON THE -- 2011. TO PUT OUR NATION BACK ON THE PATH TO PROSPERITY, WE MUST PASS BUDGETS THAT SPEND THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT COMES IN. JUST LAST WEEKEND S&P 500 ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WERE REVIEWING AMERICA'S TRIPLE-A BOND RATING. AN AGREEMENT COULDN'T BE MET, OUR COUNTRY WILL FACE THE RISK OF HAVING ITS BOND RATING DOWNGRADED. THIS WILL NOT ONLY RESULT IN HIGHER BORROWING RATES FOR BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS, BUT ALSO STIFLE NEW JOB CREATION AND CAPITAL INVESTMENT. WE SIMPLY CANNOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN. A FEW DAYS AGO PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID WE NEED TO EAT OUR PEAS. WELL, I COULDN'T AGREE MORE. OUR BLOATED AND OBESE FEDERAL BUDGET NEEDS A HEALTHY AND BALANCED DIET. ONE THAT TRIMS THE FAT OF OVERSPENDING AND GROWS THE MUSCLE OF OUR NATION'S ECONOMY AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT H.R. 2560 DOES, IT PROVIDES A BALANCED APPROACH TO OUR NATION'S FISCAL PROBLEMS. AND THERE'S NOTHING MORE BALANCED THAN A BALANCED BUDGET. THERE'S NOTHING MORE AMERICAN THAN PERMITTING THE STATES AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO HAVE A VOICE IN THE DIRECTION THIS NATION WILL TAKE. THERE'S NOTHING MORE PRUDENT THAN STEPPING FORWARD AND LEADING TODAY SO THAT OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WILL HAVE A BETTER FUTURE TOMORROW. THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY IS ON THE LINE AND IF THIS CONGRESS WANTS TO HAVE A MORE PROSPEROUS FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WE MUST CHANGE OUR SPENDING HABITS. WE NEED TO STOP PLACING THIS GOVERNMENT'S OUT-OF-CONTROL SPENDING HABITS ONTO THE BACKS OF FUTURE GENERATIONS. THIS BILL DOES EXACTLY THAT, AND I AM PROUD TO SUPPORT IT. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL MENTIONED SOME HOUSE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL MENTIONED SOME HOUSE RULES. I THINK HE'S WELL AWARE YOU CAN ALWAYS WAIVE HOUSE RULES BY MAJORITY VOTE. THANK GOODNESS YOU CANNOT JUST WAIVE THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. OUR FOUNDERS MADE IT DIFFICULT TO GET BAD IDEAS INTO THE CONSTITUTION. I WANT TO MAKE CLEAR, THIS IS NOT YOUR GARDEN VARIETY BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. THIS IS MANIPULATION OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES ITSELF IN A WAY THAT MAKES IT EASIER TO CUT MEDICARE, EASIER TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY THAN IT IS TO REDUCE CORPORATE LOOL HOLES. IT'S RIGHT IN THERE -- CORPORATE LOOPHOLES. IT'S RIGHT THERE. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MS. MCCOLLUM FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MS. MCCOLLUM

    THE BILL ON THE FLOOR IS A POLITICAL STUNT, A GIMMICK. THIS BILL DOES…

    THE BILL ON THE FLOOR IS A POLITICAL STUNT, A GIMMICK. THIS BILL DOES REFLECT THE REPUBLICAN GUISE. THIS REPUBLICAN BILL PROTECTS THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS. THIS REPUBLICAN BILL PLOMETTES SENIORS AND THE MIDDLE CLASS. NO SURPRISE THIS BILL GOES TO THE TEA PARTY EXTREMISTS. THIS BILL WILL END THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE. THIS BILL WILL KILL JOBS. AND THANK GOODNESS THIS BILL WILL NEVER PASS THE UNITED STATES SENATE. THIS BILL WILL NEVER BECOME LAW. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS WASTING PRECIOUS TIME. AS THE CLOCK TICKS AND TICKS CLOSER TO DEFAULT. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS CHOOSING THE AMERICAN PUBLIC TO COME TO A BRINK OF DEFAULT FOR EVERYTHING THAT HAS TO DO WITH POLITICS. THE DANGEROUS BRAND OF ARMAGEDDON ECONOMICS. IT'S TIME TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING AMERICA'S BILLS WITHOUT TEA PARTY GIMMICKS AND GAMES. THIS CONGRESS NEEDS TO TAKE A SERIOUS STAND AND GET BUSY CREATING JOBS AND PUTTING PEOPLE BACK TO WORK AND GETTING THIS ECONOMY GROWING. LET'S END THE DEBATE ON THIS RADICAL LEGISLATION RIGHT NOW. LET'S GET TO THE REAL WORK OF CUTTING DEFICITS, CREATING JOBS AND GROWING THE ECONOMY. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I'D NOW LIKE TO RECOGNIZE TWO MINUTES, THE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I'D NOW LIKE TO RECOGNIZE TWO MINUTES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. FLORES.

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    MR. FLORES

    AGO, PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID, WE DON'T NEED A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO DO…

    AGO, PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID, WE DON'T NEED A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO DO OUR JOBS. BUT THE PRESIDENT CLEARLY DOES. LET'S GO THROUGH THE FACTS WHICH THE OTHER SIDE HAS CONVENIENTLY FORGOTTEN. IN THE 30 MONTHS THAT HE'S BEEN PRESIDENT, THE SHORT 30 MONTHS, HE'S ADDED ALMOST $4 TRILLION TO OUR NATIONAL DEBT. THAT'S $133 BILLION A MONTH, $3.1 MILLION PER MINUTE, $51,000 PER SECOND. WE HAVE SEEN THE DESTRUCTION OF MEDICARE THROUGH THE ENACTMENT OF OBAMACARE MAKING MEDICARE INOL VENT BY MORE THAN $-- INSOLVENT BY MORE THAN $60 TRILLION. YOU CAN RIGHT OVER HERE AND SEE MEDICARE DESTRUCTION. WE HAVE ALMOST 40 MILLION AMERICANS ON FOOD STAMP, THE MOST EVER. WE'VE SPENT $1 TRILLION ON A STIMULUS PLAN, BUT WE STILL HAVE ONE OUT OF EVERY SIX WORKING AGE AMERICANS EITHER UNEMPLOYED OR UNDEREMPLOYED. THIS IS WHAT MR. OBAMA CALLS WINNING THE FUTURE. THAT'S WHAT HE THREATENED IN HIS VETO OF CUT, CAP AND BALANCE. HE WANTS TO WIN THE FUTURE. WELL, MR. OBAMA, YOU ARE NOT WINNING THE FUTURE. YOU ARE NOT WINNING ANYTHING. THE OBAMA PLAN FOR OUR COUNTRY IS TAX, SPEND AND REGULATE. NOT WINNING THE FUTURE. MORE TAXES MEANS FEWER JOBS, MORE SPENDING AND MORE DEBT, FEWER JOBS AND LESS ECONOMIC GROWTH. MORE REGULATION. FEWER JOBS, LESS ECONOMIC GROWTH. AND WITH THE OBAMA PLAN THERE'S MORE. YOU GET TO HAVE GAS LEAP PRICES THAT ARE DOUBLE WHAT -- GASOLINE PRICES THAT ARE DOUBLE WHAT THEY WERE WHEN HE WAS INAUGURATED. THERE IS A REAL PLAN TO CORRECT THIS. CUT, CAP AND BALANCE TAKES AWAY THE BLANK CHECK THAT THIS CONGRESS HAS EXERCISED FOR DECADES AND THAT THIS PRESIDENT CLEARLY SEEMS TO ENJOY. IT'S TIME WE STOP THE BLANK CHECK SPENDING NOW AND TAKE THE NECESSARY STEPS TO FORCE CONGRESS TO ENACT RESPONSIBILITY AND LIVE WITHIN ITS MEANS JUST LIKE MY CONSTITUENTS IN TEXAS DO ALREADY. IT'S TIME FOR CUT, CAP AND BALANCE. MR. OBAMA, WHEN I WAS SWORN IN, MY CONSTITUENTS GAVE ME A --

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    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS ARE --…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS ARE -- MEMBERS -- THE CHAIR WOULD LIKE TO GENTLY REMIND MEMBERS TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT TO OTHERS IN THE SECOND PERSON. THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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  • 03:21:31 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    THE CHAIR

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  • 03:21:41 PM

    MR. FLORES

    MY CONSTITUENTS GAVE ME A STAMP THAT SAYS, NONSUFFICIENT FUNDS, DENIED BY…

    MY CONSTITUENTS GAVE ME A STAMP THAT SAYS, NONSUFFICIENT FUNDS, DENIED BY TAXPAYERS. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. WHEN WE WERE ALL SWORN IN WE WERE ALSO SWORN TO…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. WHEN WE WERE ALL SWORN IN WE WERE ALSO SWORN TO PROTECT THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, NOT MANIPULATE THE UNITED STATES TO PROTECT SPECIAL INTEREST TAX BREAKS FOR OIL AND GAS COMPANIES OR OTHER SPECIAL INTERESTS BY IMPLANTING INTO THAT DOCUMENT A REQUIREMENT THAT 2/3 OF THIS BODY AND THE SENATE HAVE TO VOTE TO GET RID OF THEM FOR PURPOSES OF DEFICIT REDUCTION. I ALSO THINK THAT WHILE WE'RE ALL ENTITLED TO OUR OWN OPINIONS, WE ARE NOT ENTITLED TO OUR OWN FACTS. IF YOU LOOK AT THE MEDICARE TRUSTEES REPORT IT WILL INDICATE THAT THE HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL EXTENDED THE LIFE OF THE TRUST FUND AND WE ALSO DID IT BY GETTING RID OF THE OVERPAYMENTS TO SOME OF THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS THAT WERE BEING PAID AT 114% OF WHAT OTHER PLANS WERE BEING PAID FOR. TAXPAYERS WERE OVERSUBSIDIZING THOSE PLANS AS WERE MEDICARE RECIPIENTS. WITH THAT I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A TERRIFIC MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. TONKO.

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  • 03:23:06 PM

    MR. TONKO

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE.…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE. THERE'S NOT A SINGLE PERSON IN THIS CHAMBER WHO DOESN'T WANT TO BALANCE THE BUDGET, BUT THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY IS NOT ABOUT THAT. IT IS ABOUT ENSHRINING A PARTICULARLY RADICAL INTERPRETATION OF THE REPUBLICAN AGENDA IN THE FOUNDATIONAL DOCUMENT, A PRECIOUS DOCUMENT, OUR CONSTITUTION THAT GUIDES OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT. IF SUCCESSFUL, IT WOULD PUT IN PLACE A CAP ON FEDERAL SPENDING AT 18% OF G.D.P., TURNING BACK THE CLOCK BY MORE THAN HALF A CRNTRY TO THE GLORY DAYS OF 1966. THOUGH IT MAKES FOR A GREAT PRESS RELEASE, WHY DIDN'T ANYONE ELSE THINK OF THIS SOLUTION? EVEN PRESIDENT REAGAN NEVER ONCE REQUESTED A FEDERAL BUDGET THAT SPENT NEARLY THIS LOW. WELL, TO BEGIN WITH, OUR POPULATION IS MUCH LARGER AND MUCH OLDER ON AVERAGE THAN IT WAS IN 1966. SOME SEE THAT AS A PROBLEM. SENIORS ARE EXPENSIVE, THEY SAY. I SUPPOSE THAT'S ONE WAY OF LOOKING AT IT, AND IF ALL YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT IS HOW MUCH GRANDMA'S NURSING HOME CARE COSTS, THEN THIS IS THE BILL FOR YOU. BUT SINCE 1966, GRANDMA IS LIVING ON AVERAGE NEARLY 10 YEARS LONGER. THERE IS NO PRICE YOU CAN PLACE ON THAT, AND THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT IT'S BECAUSE SHE'S GETTING A GUARANTEED LEVEL OF HEALTH CARE. THIS BILL, ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN LEADERS, ENSHRINES THE REPUBLICAN PLAN TO END MEDICARE IN THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. RIGHT THERE AFTER THE FREEDOM OF RELIGION, THE FREEDOM OF THOUGHT, THE FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY WE CAN HAVE THE FREEDOM FROM HEALTH CARE AFTER AGE 65. THERE'S NOTHING MORE THAN A POLITICAL -- THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN A POLITICAL GIMMICK, A STUNT THAT WILL CHANGE THE RULES OF OUR DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM SO OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CAN MAKE IT EASIER TO END MEDICARE AND MORE DIFFICULT TO CUT TAX GIVEAWAYS TO BILLIONAIRES, TO MILLIONAIRES, AND TO THEIR FRIENDS, BIG OIL. LET'S STOP THIS NONSENSE AND GET BACK TO WORK. LET'S STOP THE NONSENSE THAT'S PLAYING GAMES WITH AMERICA'S WORKING FAMILIES. THEY PROMOTE THIS AS A WAY TO FISCAL SANITY BUT RATHER IT'S A LACK OF INVESTMENT INSANITY. IT'S AN ASSAULT ON OUR CHILDREN, OUR FAMILIES, OUR VETERANS, OUR SENIORS. LET'S PUT AMERICA BACK TO WORK. LET'S INVEST IN THOSE OPPORTUNITIES AND REDUCE THE DEFICIT AS WE MOVE FORWARD. ENOUGH WITH THE FOOLISH GIMMICKS. I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I LOVE THAT, FOOLISH GIMMICKS. I'D NOW LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN…

    I LOVE THAT, FOOLISH GIMMICKS. I'D NOW LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, TWO MINUTES, MR. GOODLATTE.

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  • 03:25:50 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS AND

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  • 03:25:55 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE LEGISLATION. I COMMEND THE…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE LEGISLATION. I COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH AND ALL THE OTHERS WHO BROUGHT THIS FORWARD AND HERE'S WHY. RIGHT HERE, WE HAD A VOTE HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE A FEW WEEKS AGO ABOUT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES' REQUEST, JUST GIVE ME A CLEAN DEBT LIMIT INCREASE. EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN AND NEARLY, NEARLY A MAJORITY OF THE DEMOCRATS VOTED TO DO THE OPPOSITE, TO NOT GIVE HIM A CAN HE TELL LIMIT -- GIVE HIM A DEBT LIMIT INCREASE. THIS SHOWS US WHY WE ARE HERE TODAY WITH CUT, CAP AND BALANCE LEGISLATION. THIS IS THE TRACK THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE US ON RIGHT NOW. THIS IS THE TRACK THAT WE'LL BE ON IF THE PRESIDENT HAD GOTTEN HIS WISH FOR A DEBT LIMIT INCREASE WITHOUT ANY SPENDING CUTS, WITHOUT ANY CAPS ON FUTURE SPENDING AND WITHOUT WHAT 80% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT WHICH IS A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION. THIS GREEN LINE IS WHAT WE'RE VOTING ON TODAY. THIS IS WHAT THE HOUSE BUDGET, ALREADY ADOPTED BY THIS INSTITUTION AND THAT WE'RE OPERATING UNDER RIGHT NOW WITH OUR APPROPRIATIONS BILL, THIS IS WHAT WOULD PUT US ON A TARGET TO. NOT ONLY BALANCE THE BUDGET BUT ALSO TO PAY OFF THE $14 TRILLION NATIONAL DEBT THAT WE ARE FACED WITH RIGHT NOW. OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN ARE FACED WITH. THE FUTURE OF OUR ECONOMY IS FACED WITH RIGHT NOW. SO IF THIS IS THE CHOICE THAT WE HAVE HERE TODAY, TAKE CARE OF THE DEBT LIMIT. DON'T DEFAULT. DON'T DEFAULT ON OUR OBLIGATIONS. NO ONE HERE WANTS TO DO THAT. BUT ALSO CUT SPENDING, CAP SPENDING AND PASS A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. IN 1995, WE CAME WITHIN ONE VOTE IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE AFTER THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CAST 300 BIPARTISAN VOTES FOR A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. AND NOW WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LAY THE GROUNDWORK, TO DO IT AGAIN BUT THIS TIME TO SUCCEED. AND WE HAVE MUCH, MUCH GREATER REASON TO DO THAT BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT WE ARE FACED WITH THIS MOUNTAIN OF READY INK THAT WE CAN TURN INTO A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR AMERICA. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. WE'VE BEEN MAKING THE POINT THAT THIS IS NOT…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. WE'VE BEEN MAKING THE POINT THAT THIS IS NOT YOUR GARDEN VARIETY CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. THIS --

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  • 03:28:38 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    MR. GOODLATTE WAS ASKED AT THE HEARING ON HIS PROPOSAL FOR A…

    MR. GOODLATTE WAS ASKED AT THE HEARING ON HIS PROPOSAL FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT WHICH WAS VOTED OUT OF THE COMMITTEE TO IDENTIFY ONE BUDGET THAT WOULD MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THEIR VERSION, THIS VERSION OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. AND IT WAS POINTED OUT THAT EVEN THE DRACONIAN --

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  • 03:29:01 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I WILL NOT YIELD ON MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN POINTED OUT THAT NOT EVEN THE…

    I WILL NOT YIELD ON MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN POINTED OUT THAT NOT EVEN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET THAT PASSED THE HOUSE THAT ENDS THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE AND IS DRAW COPIAN, NOT ONLY -- DRACONIAN, IS NOT GOOD. LIKE THE REPUBLICAN PLAN ON STEROIDS. IN FACT, A LOT OF MEMBERS ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE DECIDED THAT WAS WAY OVERBOARD. THAT WOULD REQUIRE SLASHES IN THINGS LIKE MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY EVEN MORE THAN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET THAT PASSED THE HOUSE. SO THAT IS THE ONE BUDGET THAT WAS IDENTIFIED AS MEETING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THAT CONSTITUTIONAL EALT. THIS IS NOT A SIMPLE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. THEY KNOW THAT'S A POPULAR IDEA SO THEY'RE DRESSING UP THEIR PARTICULAR VERSION OF IT IN THAT LANGUAGE. TALK ABOUT 49 OUT OF 50 STATES HAVE THIS. AGAIN, TWO DEVICES. ONE SUPERMAJORITY, 2/3 VOTE REQUIRED TO CUT CORPORATE TAX LOOPHOLES WHEN ONLY A SIMPLE MAJORITY IS REQUIRED TO CUT MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY. WE DON'T THINK THINGS LIKE THAT BELONG IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. AND WITH THAT I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MS. BASS.

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    MS. BASS

    THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE OF…

    THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE OF WHICH I AM VERY PROUD TO BE A MEMBER. I RISE IN STRONG OP SISITION TO H.R. 25 -- STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 2560. TO ME IT FEELS LIKE GROUNDHOG'S DAY AGAIN HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. DUCK, DODGE AND DISMANTLE IS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR TODAY FOR A VOTE. I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT I'VE SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE. THE STORYLINE REWARDS THE ULTRAWEALTHY WHILE PUNISHING WORKING FAMILIES. I SERVED AS SPEAKER OF THE CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY WHILE MY STATE STAGGERED FROM BUDGET CRISIS TO BUDGET CRISIS. WE CUT SPENDING DRASTICALLY FROM $110 BILLION TO $83 BILLION BUT EVERY YEAR CALIFORNIA IS SUBJECT TO NATIONAL RIDICULE. WHY DOES CALIFORNIA HAVE THIS PROBLEM? WELL, MADAM SPEAKER, WE HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET REQUIREMENT IN CALIFORNIA, WE REQUIRE 2/3 VOTE TO RAISE REVENUE, WE CAN PASS TAX LOOPHOLES AND BREAKS ON A SIMPLE MAJORITY VOTE. SO HOW IS THAT WORKING FOR US IN CALIFORNIA? WELL, I'D LIKE TO INVITE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO COME TO CALIFORNIA. EVERY YEAR THE STATE IS HELD HOSTAGE, EVERY YEAR MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ATTEMPT TO HAVE A CAP THAT IS PASSED SIMILAR TO THE CAP THAT IS PROPOSED IN THIS LEGISLATION. AND EVERY YEAR THE STATE REACHES THE BRINK OF A SHUTDOWN. SO WHY ON EARTH WOULD WE WANT TO IMPORT THE DYSFUNCTION FROM CALIFORNIA TO THE NATION? WE SHOULD BE DEALING WITH THE DEBT CEILING FREE AND CLEAR. WE SHOULD NOT FORCE A DEFAULT IN ORDER TO BRING ABOUT LEGISLATION THAT IS NOT RELATED TO THE DEBT CEILING. OUR GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT PICK WINNERS AND LOSERS WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF WE DON'T RAISE THE DEBT CEILING. WHETHER VETERANS SHOULD BE PAID, IF I.R.S. REFUNDS CAN BE HONORED, IF PELL GRANTS WILL BE AVAILABLE AND IF FOOD STAMPS CAN BE DISTRIBUTED. AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE DEBT LIMIT IS NOT RAISED. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS BILL AND I YIELD THE REST OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I BELIEVE THE GENTLEMAN SAID HE WOULD ANSWER A QUESTION IF WE DID IT ON…

    I BELIEVE THE GENTLEMAN SAID HE WOULD ANSWER A QUESTION IF WE DID IT ON OUR TIME. WOULD YOU SUPPORT ANY BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT? IS THERE ANY BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT THAT YOU WOULD SUPPORT?

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    IT'S A SIMPLE YES OR NO.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    IT'S A SIMPLE YES OR NO.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    LET ME JUST SAY THIS. I WOULD NOT WANT TO PREVENT THE UNITED STATES FROM…

    LET ME JUST SAY THIS. I WOULD NOT WANT TO PREVENT THE UNITED STATES FROM BEING ABLE TO RESPOND IN CASES OF WAR, IN NATIONAL EMERGENCY SO, LOOK --

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    RECLAIMING MY TIME. RECLAIMING THE TIME.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I'M HAPPY TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN ON THAT BUT THAT'S DEPIFF THAN WHAT…

    I'M HAPPY TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN ON THAT BUT THAT'S DEPIFF THAN WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WOULD NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WOULD NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TENNESSEE, DINE BLACK, WHO IS HERE AS A FRESHMAN IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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    MRS. BLACK

    MADAM SPEAKER. LAST WEEK PRESIDENT OBAMA GOT UP ON HIS PULPIT AND TOLD THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER. LAST WEEK PRESIDENT OBAMA GOT UP ON HIS PULPIT AND TOLD THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS IT WAS TIME TO EAT OUR PEAS. AS A PART OF THE DEBT DEAL. AND THE PRESIDENT SAID THAT, TO US, YET HE HAS NOT COME FORWARD WITH A DETAILED WRITTEN PLAN OF HIS OWN. ALL WE HEAR FROM THE WHITE HOUSE IS ABOUT JOB-KILLING TAX INCREASES AND A MYSTICAL DOLLAR AMOUNT OF CUTS BUT NO ACTUAL CONCRETE FIGURES ON HOW TO ACHIEVE IT. THE PRESIDENT HAS YET TO PUT HIS PLAN ON THE TABLE, EVEN THOUGH THE CONGRESS HAS BEEN ASKING FOR A SCOREBLE PLAN FROM HIM FOR MONTHS. IN FACT, HE DID NOT EVEN RESPOND TO A REQUEST FROM MYSELF AND 76 OF OUR FRESHMEN MEMBERS WHO WROTE TO HIM AND ASKED HIM OVER A MONTH AGO, ASKING HIM TO COME TO THE -- TO THE TABLE AND PUT PEN TO PAPER. AND YET EVEN IN THE ABSENCE OF A PLAN FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, THE PRESIDENT IS NOW THREATENING TO VOTEE A CUT, CAP AND BALANCE BEFORE IT WAS EVEN BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR -- VETO A CUT, CAP AND BALANCE BEFORE IT WAS EVEN BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR FOR DEBATE. THIS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME THE PRESIDENT HAS REJECTED A GOOD PLAN PUT TOGETHER BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. NOT ONLY DID THE HOUSE PROVIDE A PLAN AND THE PATH TO PROSPERITY, OUR REPUBLICAN HOUSE BUDGET, BUT HERE WE ARE TODAY ABOUT TO VOTE ON CUT, CAP AND BALANCE WHICH REPRESENTS A SOLUTION TO THE CURRENT DEBT CEILING DEBATE. FOR SOMEONE WHO CLAIMS HE WANTS TO SOLVE THIS ISSUE, HE HAS REJECTED EVERY GOOD PROPOSAL THAT HAS COME HIS WAY. MR. PRESIDENT, IT IS TIME TO EAT YOUR PEAS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR CUT, CAP AND BALANCE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR WILL ONCE AGAIN REMIND MEMBERS, VERY GENTLY, TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT TO OTHERS IN THE SECOND PERSON. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WOULD JUST REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT…

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WOULD JUST REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS PUT ON THE TABLE A BALANCED APPROACH TO REDUCING THE DEFICIT , IT WOULD CUT ABOUT $1 TRILLION -- $4 TRILLION FROM THE DEFICIT OVER THE NEXT 10 TO 12 YEARS, IT'S A BALANCED APPROACH AGAIN BASED ON THE OVERALL FRAMEWORK OF THE BIPARTISAN SIMPSON-BOWLES COMMISSION, IT CALLS FOR $3 IN SPENDING CUTS FOR $1 IN REVENUE THAT WOULD BE RAISED AFTER 2013 BY CLOSING SPECIAL INTEREST TAX LOOPHOLES AND ASKING THE FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP TO GO BACK TO THE SAME RATES THAT WERE IN PLACE DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. THAT'S WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID, IT'S HARD TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WHEN THE OTHER PARTY IN NEGOTIATIONS TAKES A POSITION THAT THEY WILL NOT ALLOW ONE CENT FROM CLOSING A CORPORATE TAX LOOPHOLE TO GO FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEFICIT REDUCTION. AND NOW WE SEE THEM TRYING TO ENSHRINE WITHIN THE CONSTITUTION A LIMITATION ON OUR ABILITY TO GET RID OF THOSE SPECIAL INTEREST TAX LOOPHOLES, THEY WOULD NOW REQUIRE A 2/3 VOTE, THAT IS A WASHINGTON LOBBYIST'S DREAM IN THE CONSTITUTION. WITH THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, MS. VELAZQUEZ.

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    MS. VELAZQUEZ

    THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER, FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, AS WE DEBATE HOW…

    THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER, FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, AS WE DEBATE HOW TO AVERT THE DEFAULT CRISIS, WE SHOULD ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT GOT US INTO THE CURRENT MESS. THE REAL REASON THAT THE UNITED STATES FACES DEBT DILEMMA DATES BACK TO A SERIES OF IRRESPONSIBLE TAX CUTS. $2.5 TRILLION IN TAX GIVEAWAYS THAT WERE UNPAID FOR AND WENT DISPROPORTION ATLY TO THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS -- DISPROPORTIONATELY TO THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS PUT US ON THIS UNSUSTAINABLE PATH. WE WERE TOLD TAX CUTS WILL PROVIDE AN ECONOMIC BOOST. SO WHAT DO WE GET FOR THIS ENORMOUS ADDITION TO THE DEFICIT? WAS OUR ECONOMY STRENGTHENED? WERE NEW JOBS CREATED? THE ANSWER IS A RESOUNDING NO. IN FACT, THE MEDIUM INCOME FOR WORKING FAMILIES FELL BY 2.4% DURING THE FIRST 10 YEARS THESE TAX CUTS WERE IN PLACE. WHILE FOOD, HOUSING AND OTHER NECESSITIES BECAME MORE EXPENSIVE. RECREATION PLUMMETED TO 33 NEW JOBS A MONTH, THE LOWEST LEVELS SINCE PRESIDENT HOOVER. THE RECORD IS CLEAR. GIVING TAX BREAKS TO THE WEALTHIEST WITHOUT PAYING FOR IT BALLOONED OUT DEFICIT BUT DIDN'T CREATE JOBS. NOW THE PROPOSAL BEFORE US WILL NOT JUST CONTINUE THIS MISGUIDED POLICY OF SLASH AND BURNS BUT MAKE IT WORSE. IT WON'T CREATE JOBS FOR AMERICANS BUT WILL SLASH SERVICES WORKING FAMILIES RELY ON. MAKE NO MISTAKE, AMERICA. THIS PLAN BEGINS THE DISMANTLING OF MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY. MEANWHILE SUBSIDIES FOR BIG OIL COMPANIES AND TAX BREAKS FOR BILLIONAIRES WILL BE LOCKED IN. ONCE AND FOR ALL, AT A TIME WHEN OUR ECONOMY IS STRUGGLING THIS BILL WILL COST HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN JOBS. IF YOU LIKE 9% UNEMPLOYMENT YOU WILL LOVE THIS BILL. VOTE FOR IT, VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL, STOP PLAYING PURE POLITICS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE --

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    WE HAVE 9%-PLUS UNEMPLOYMENT, MADAM SPEAKER. WE'VE BEEN NORTH OF THAT FOR…

    WE HAVE 9%-PLUS UNEMPLOYMENT, MADAM SPEAKER. WE'VE BEEN NORTH OF THAT FOR A LONG TIME AND WE'RE NOW ALSO STRADDLED WITH MORE THAN $14 TRILLION IN DEBT. I'D NOW LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA WHO IS ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. LANKFORD, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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  • 03:39:18 PM

    MR. LANKFORD

    MADAM SPEAKER. WE HAVE TWO DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT VIEWS AND IT'S NOT JUST…

    MADAM SPEAKER. WE HAVE TWO DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT VIEWS AND IT'S NOT JUST REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT VIEWS. ONE GROUP CEASE THE IMPENDING CRISIS AS -- SEES THE IMPENDING CRISIS ON WHETHER WE'RE GOING TO VOTE TO INCREASE THE DEBT CREEL AND ALL THE CRISIS IS BASED AROUND AUGUST 2. THE OTHER GROUP SEES THE CRISIS AS THE DEBT ITSELF. HOW YOU SEE THE CRISIS WILL AFFECT YOUR VIEW OF HOW YOU CHOOSE TO SOLVE IT. IF THE PROBLEM IS THE UNCERTAINTY AROUND JUST THIS VOTE, THEN WE DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET PAST AUGUST 2 AND THE PROBLEM IS SOLVED. IF THE PROBLEM IS THE DEBT WHEN WE RAISE THE CEILING WE WILL FACE A DEBT APREACHING -- APPROACHING $14 TRILLION WITH NO STRATEGY TO PAY OFF THAT DEBT AND OUR DISASTER IS NOT AVERTED, IT HAS BEEN ACCELERATED. ONE THING WE KNOW, JUST RAISING THE DEBT LIMIT DOES NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM. WE'VE DONE THAT MANY TIMES IN THE PAST. THE ECONOMY THAT WE HAVE NOW IS A RESULT OF THE ACTIONS THAT WE'VE TAKEN IN THE PAST TO CONTINUALLY RAISE THE DEBT CEILING OVER AND OVER AGAIN WITH NO PLAN TO GET OUT OF IT. WHAT IF WE RAISE THE DEBT CEILING AND DEPREE TO THE PRESIDENT'S ORAL PLAN? THE BEST WE UNDERSTAND, TIMOTHY GEITHNER MADE THE STATEMENT IN JUNE THAT THE PLAN IS $2 TRILLION IN CUTS OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS, $1 TRILLION IN TAX INCREASES AND $1 TRILLION IN INTEREST SAVINGS, WHATEVER THAT MEANS. IF WE ACCOMPLISH THAT PLAN AND DO THAT AND JUST RAISE THE DEBT CEILING, WE WILL THEN HAVE A DEBT IN 10 YEARS OF $24 TRILLION , WITH STILL NO PLAN TO PAY IT OFF. THAT DOES NOT SOLVE THE DEBT CRISIS, THAT ACCELERATES OUR DEBT CRISIS. I'VE HEARD ALL DAY WHAT A DISASTER IT WOULD BE TO BALANCE OUR BUDGET. ONLY IN THIS ROOM IS IT A DISASTER TO BALANCE THE BUDGET. I DON'T THINK AMERICANS UNDERSTAND WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, I DON'T THINK THEY UNDERSTAND HOW OUT OF TOUCH WE'VE REALLY BECOME THAT WE WOULD ARGUE ABOUT BALANCING THE BUDGET. S&P 500 AND MOODIES HAVE BOTH THREATENED TO DOWNGRADE OUR DEBT BECAUSE WE HAVE NO CREDIBLE PLAN TO EVER PAY THIS OFF. CUT, CAP AND BALANCE GIVES US A CREDIBLE FRAMEWORK THAT YEAR AFTER YEAR WE WILL WORK TO BE ABLE TO RESOLVE THIS DEBT, PAY IT DOWN AND GET BACK IN BALANCE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. NOBODY IS SAYING THAT WE SHOULDN'T…

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. NOBODY IS SAYING THAT WE SHOULDN'T BALANCE OUR BUDGET. WE SHOULD BALANCE OUR BUDGET. IN FACT, THE LAST TIME IT WAS IN BALANCE WAS DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION WHEN THEY TOOK A BALANCED APPROACH TO REDUCING THE DEFICIT. INCLUDING HAVING IN PLACE SUFFICIENT REVENUES FROM THE FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP TO HELP COVER OUR BILLS. AND WHAT HAPPENED IN 2001, 2003, IS THAT WE HAD BACK TO BACK TAX CUTS THAT DISPROPORTIONATELY BENEFITED THE VERY WEALTHY WHICH ARE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTOR TO WHY THERE'S NOW A MISMATCH BETWEEN THE BILLS WE HAVE TO PAY AND THE REVENUE COMING IN WHICH IS WHY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS SAID, LET'S REDUCE THE DEFICIT, LET'S DO IT IN A BALANCED WAY, LET'S DO $3 IN CUTS TO $1 IN REVENUE AND I GO BACK TO THE FACT THAT THEY WANT TO INSERT IN THE CONSTITUTION, THE REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE WANT TO INCERTIFICATE IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES -- INSERT IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES A PROVISION THAT WOULD REQUIRE A 2/3 VOTE TO GET RID OF A SPECIAL INTEREST TAX LOOPHOLE FOR THE PURPOSE OF DESIT REDUCTION -- DEFICIT REDUCTION. THAT KIND OF MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO HAVE A BALANCED PLAN AND WITH THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. FARR FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. FARR

    MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. VAN HOLLEN, FOR YIELDING. LAST…

    MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. VAN HOLLEN, FOR YIELDING. LAST NIGHT I WAS IN A TOWN HALL MEETING IN CALIFORNIA. IT WAS VERY CLEAR, BIPARTISAN WHOLE GROUP OF PEOPLE AND WHAT THEY TOLD US TRULY WAS, STOP PLAYING GAMES. THEY KNOW THAT THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, SINCE 1940, HAS VOTED OVER 90 TIMES, 0 TIMES TO RAISE THE DEBT AND NEVER ONCE WITH A GAME, NEVER ONCE WITH PRECONDITIONS, YOU HAVE TO DO THIS AND DO THAT. YOU GUYS ARE RUINING THIS COUNTRY'S FISCAL FUTURE. BY LIGHTING A FIRE TO OUR FISCAL SANITY AND TO OUR REPUTATION. YOU WANT TO TAKE DOWN OUR CONSTITUTION BY REQUIRING A 2/3 VOTE. LOOK, YOU WANT -- YOU SHOULD LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP. CALIFORNIA DID THIS BY INITIATIVE IN 1990. THAT STATE HAS ADDED 2/3 LOCKED, IMPOSSIBLE -- IT'S DROPPED FROM THE SIX WEALTHIEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD. YOU WANT TO FOLLOW THAT LEAD BY AMENDING THE U.S. CONSTITUTION AND LOCKING IN ALL THESE TAX LAWS? YOU'RE JUST FREEZING IN EVERY SINGLE IMPROPRIETY THAT'S IN THE TAX CODE. THESE PEOPLE IN MY TOWN HALL MEETING SAID STOP PLAYING GAMES, THEY SAID IT BECAUSE THEY DON'T THINK YOU OUGHT TO PUT CONDITIONALITY ON IT. VOTE FOR A CLEAN DEBT LIMIT. I DID. NOT ONE OF YOU DID IT. NOT ONE REPUBLICAN VOTED FOR THAT. SHAME ON YOU. SHAME ON YOU ON PLAYING FIRE WITH THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, SHAME ON YOU ON CUT, CAP AND BALANCE -- CUT, CAP AND RUIN THE UNITED STATES. VOTE NO.

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    THE CHAIR WILL ONCE AGAIN REMIND MEMBERS TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT TO OTHERS IN THE SECOND PERSON. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I CAN HEAR THE CHANT ON OTHER SIDE, SOME 90 TIMES, THE DEBT CEILING HAS…

    I CAN HEAR THE CHANT ON OTHER SIDE, SOME 90 TIMES, THE DEBT CEILING HAS BEEN RAISED. THAT'S THE PROBLEM. BUT I CAN HEAR THE CHANT ON THE OTHER SIDE, ONE MORE TIME, ONE MORE TIME, ONE MORE TIME. THAT'S WHY WE'RE IN THIS MESS. CONGRESSES IN THE PAST HAVE NOT STEPPED UP TO THE CALL, THEY HAVE NOT SAID ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. AND NOW AS OUR DEBT CEILING STARTS TO REACH, WE'RE GOING TO GET CLOSE TO 100% OF OUR GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I'D NOW LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. YOUNG, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. YOUNG

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I AM ON RECORD LAST NIGHT SPEAKING TO THE CUT,…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I AM ON RECORD LAST NIGHT SPEAKING TO THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT OF 2011, WHAT THE MANY MERITS ARE OF THIS LEGISLATION. I THINK IT'S A FINE BILL AND I COMMEND ITS CONSIDERATION TO THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. BUT I HAVE TO SAY THAT DEBATE SURROUNDING CUT, CAP AND BALANCE HAS A CERTAIN "ALICE IN WONDERLAND" CHARACTER IN IT. IT MADE ME OPEN UP THE OLD STORYBOOK MINUTES AGO AND RECALL A FAVORITE PASSAGE. RECALL ALICE ASKS, WOULD YOU TELL ME WHICH WAY I OUGHT TO GO FROM HERE TO WHICH THE CAT RESPONDS, THAT DEPENDS A GOOD DEAL ON WHERE YOU WANT TO GET. ALICE REPLIES, I REALLY DON'T CARE WHERE. AND THEN, OF COURSE, THE CAT SAYS, THEN IT DOESN'T MUCH MATTER WHICH WAY YOU GO. YOU GET THE SENSE MY GOOD FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DON'T REALLY CARE WHERE WE GO FROM HERE. THEY CERTAINLY DON'T CARE ENOUGH TO PUT A SPECIFIC PLAN FORWARD THEMSELVES. UNEMPLOYMENT REMAINS AT 9.2%. INVESTMENT IN HIRING REMAINS SLUGGISH. ALL AROUND THIS COUNTRY, PARTICULARLY IN PLACES LIKE MY SOUTHERN INDIANA DISTRICT. UNCERTAINTY RAINES ABOUT FUTURE INTEREST RATES, FUTURE INFLATION RATES ALL BECAUSE WASHINGTON CONTINUES TO SPEND WAY TOO MUCH MONEY, OFTEN ON THINGS WE DON'T NEED BUT ALSO ON PUBLIC PROGRAMS. WE NEED TO FIGURE IT OUT AS A COUNTRY. OUR NATIONAL DEBT IS OVER $14 TRILLION. IT'S TIME WE COME FORWARD WITH SPECIFIC PLANS. YET, THE OTHER SIDE STILL HAS NO PLAN. SEEMINGLY NO NEW IDEAS TO OFFER TO THIS DEBATE. NO SOLUTIONS. ONLY POLL-TESTED RHETORIC. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE MORE THAN THIS DURING THIS CRITICAL TIME. OUR MARKETS ARE CERTAINLY ASKING FOR MORE THAN THIS. STANDARD & POOR'S ON JULY 14 SAID, QUOTE, WE MAY LOWER THE LONG-TERM RATING ON THE U.S. IF WE CONCLUDE THAT CONGRESS AND THE ADMINISTRATION HAVE NOT ACHIEVED A CREDIBLE SOLUTION TO THE RISING U.S. GOVERNMENT DEBT BURDEN AND ARE NOT LIKELY TO ACHIEVE ONE IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. WE NEED A PLAN. HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN PUTTING FORWARD A PLAN. WE PUT FORWARD A PLAN THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN APPROVED, TO CLOSE TAX LOOPHOLES, IN ORDER TO MAKE THE TAX CODE FLATTER, FAIRER AND SIMPLER. I ASK FOR ANOTHER MINUTE OF THE TIME.

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  • 03:47:41 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS.

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    MR. YOUNG

    WE NEED MORE PLAN FROM THE PRESIDENT. LET'S REJECT THIS "ALICE IN…

    WE NEED MORE PLAN FROM THE PRESIDENT. LET'S REJECT THIS "ALICE IN WONDERLAND" SORT OF LEADERSHIP. DON'T BRING ME PROBLEMS, I SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES, BRING ME A SOLUTION. ONE CONCLUSION IS THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT, AND I COMMEND IT FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION. THANK YOU.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THE ONE SURE FIRE AWAY THAT WE ARE GOING…

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THE ONE SURE FIRE AWAY THAT WE ARE GOING TO SEND INTEREST RATES UP IN THIS COUNTRY AND ADD TO THE COST OF LIVING TO EVERY AMERICAN IS IF THE UNITED STATES DOESN'T PAY ITS BILLS. BILLS FOR OBLIGATIONS THAT WE'VE ALREADY TAKEN ON WHICH IS WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. SOME PEOPLE HAVE, AGAIN, THINK IT'S A SACRIFICE TO PAY BILLS FOR ACTIONS AND DECISIONS THAT THEY'VE ALREADY SUPPORTED AND VOTED FOR. I'D ALSO POINT OUT THAT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET THAT PASSED THE HOUSE AND THAT WOULD BE PUT INTO THIS BILL WOULD REQUIRE US TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING BY $8 TRILLION BETWEEN NOW AND 2022. SO LET'S NOT PLAY THIS GAME WITH RESPECT TO PAYING OUR NATION'S BILLS. WE HAVE TO DO TWO THINGS. WE HAVE TO PAY OUR NATION'S BILLS. EVERY FAMILY HAS TO PAY ITS BILLS. AND WE HAVE TO COME UP WITH A DEFICIT REDUCTION PLAN. THE REALITY IS THE PRESIDENT HAS PUT A PLAN ON THE TABLE. THE REALITY IS OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES DON'T HAPPEN TO LIKE IT BECAUSE, AS I SAID, FOR EVERY $3 IN SPENDING CUTS IT WOULD ASK US TO HAVE $1 IN REVENUE FROM CLOSING THESE SPECIAL INTEREST TAX LOOPHOLES AND, AGAIN, THEY WANT TO -- THEY WANT TO MANIPULATE THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES TO PROTECT THOSE LOOPHOLES, TO MAKE IT HARD TO GET RID OF THEM. WITH THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. ANDREWS.

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  • 03:49:34 PM

    MR. ANDREWS

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. ANDREWS

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, THE COUNTRY HAS A JOBS CRISIS. WE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, THE COUNTRY HAS A JOBS CRISIS. WE HAVE THE SAME NUMBER OF PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS WE DID IN 2001 AND 14% MORE PEOPLE LOOKING FOR WORK. ONE OF THE WAYS TO SOLVE THAT JOB CRISIS, NOT THE ONLY WAY, IS TO TRY TO KEEP INTEREST RATES STABLE AND LOW SO ENTREPRENEURS CAN INVEST. TODAY REPRESENTS A TERRIBLE WASTED OPPORTUNITY. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS CAPITOL THIS VERY MORNING, THREE DEMOCRATIC SENATORS AND THREE REPUBLICAN SENATORS SAID THEY WERE READY TO EMBRACE A PLAN THAT BEGINS BY CUTTING SPENDING $3 OUT OF EVERY $4. IT CUT SOCIAL PROGRAMS, WOULD GET US OUT OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, IT WOULD TAKE A SERIOUS LOOK OUT OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE AND IN MANY CASES CONTRIBUTING TO THIS DEFICIT. AND IT WOULD SAY THAT THOSE WHO BENEFIT FROM ETHANOL SUBSIDIES AND OIL COMPANY TAX BREAKS, THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WOULD HAVE TO PAY A LITTLE BIT MORE TO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE. SOMETHING LIKE THAT IS WHAT SHOULD BE ON THE FLOOR HERE THIS AFTERNOON BECAUSE IT CAN PASS, THE PRESIDENT CAN SIGN IT AND IT CAN SOLVE THE FISCAL PROBLEMS OF THIS COUNTRY OR TAKE US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. BUT WE DON'T HAVE SOMETHING LIKE THAT. INSTEAD WE HAVE A PLAN THAT SAYS THE FOLLOWING AND PUTS IT IN THE CONSTITUTION, THE GUY WHO RUNS AN ETHANOL COMPANY WHO GETS MASSIVE PUBLIC SUBSIDIES CAN MAKE PROFITS IS COMPLETELY LEFT ALONE. HE DOESN'T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING. BUT FOR THE WOMAN WHO CLEANS HIS OFFICE AT NIGHT IS GOING TO HAVE TO PAY MORE TO GO TO COLLEGE, MORE FOR HEALTH CARE FOR HERSELF, HER CHILDREN AND HER PARENTS AND MORE FOR JUST ABOUT ANYTHING SHE WANTS IN HER LIFE. THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH THAT PICTURE. SACRIFICE THAT IS BROADLY SHARED IS NEEDED IN THIS COUNTRY BUT A BLIND ADHERENCE TO A SPECIAL CHANCE OF AMERICANS WHO ARE SO POWERFUL AND SO ENTITLED THEY PAY NOTHING IS THE WRONG WAY TO GO. AND THE LAST THING IN THE WORLD WE OUGHT TO DO IS PUT THAT IN THE UNITED STATES. VOTE NO ON THIS TRAVESTY.

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  • 03:52:00 PM

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    WE'D LOVE TO SEE THE DEMOCRATS' PLAN. YOU CAN SLIDE IT ACROSS THE TABLE. I…

    WE'D LOVE TO SEE THE DEMOCRATS' PLAN. YOU CAN SLIDE IT ACROSS THE TABLE. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. HUELSKAMP.

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  • 03:52:22 PM

    MR. HUELSKAMP

    THIS DOESN'T COME TOO OFTEN. THERE CANNOT BE A BETTER OR MORE URGENT TIME…

    THIS DOESN'T COME TOO OFTEN. THERE CANNOT BE A BETTER OR MORE URGENT TIME FOR THIS HOUSE AND THE SENATE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO PASS A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO BALANCE A BUDGET. IN THE MATTER OF ONLY TWO YEARS, NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING HAS INCREASED 84%, ANNUAL DEFICITS HAVE EXCEEDED $1 TRILLION FOR THREE STRAIGHT YEARS. AND OUR DEBT HAS GROWN BY NEARLY $4 TRILLION SINCE PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK OFFICE. LET US THINK ABOUT CUT, CAP AND BALANCE IN A LARGER CONTEXT. LET'S THINK ABOUT WHO IS REALLY IMPACTED BY THE OUT-OF-CONTROL SPENDING THIS LEGISLATION SEEKS TO END. IN MY HOME COUNTY OF MEADE COUNTY, KANSAS, POPULATION 4,575, THERE WAS ONE BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT THIS WEEK. THE CHILD RECEIVED AN I.O.U. FOR NEARLY $46,000 TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND THAT'S BEFORE THIS PRESIDENT ADDS MORE TO THE COUNTRY'S DEBT BURDEN. ANY REQUEST TO INCREASE THE COUNTRY'S DEBT MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A CLEAR PLAN THAT WILL REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT A CHILD BORN IN MEADE COUNTY, KANSAS, OSE TO THE POLITICIANS IN -- OWES TO THE POLITICIANS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. LET'S CUT SPENDING NOW, CAP SPENDING IN THE FUTURE AND PASS A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT AND MAKE HISTORY FOR ALL AMERICA'S CHILDREN. IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AS PART OF THE PLAN THE PRESIDENT'S PUT ON THE TABLE…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AS PART OF THE PLAN THE PRESIDENT'S PUT ON THE TABLE THAT WOULD REDUCE THE DEFICIT BY $4 TRILLION OVER ABOUT 10, 12 YEARS, HE HAS ABOUT $1 TRILLION IN CUTS IN DISCRETIONARY SPENDING, HE DOES ASK THE PENTAGON, WHICH IS ONE AGENCY, THE ONE AGENCY THAT HAS NEVER PASSED A G.A.O. AUDIT, TO HELP CONTRIBUTE TOWARD RESOLVING THAT DEFICIT PROBLEM. AND HE ALSO DOES IT WITHOUT MAKING DEEP CUTS IN CRITICAL INVESTMENTS FOR OUR COUNTRY. LIKE EDUCATION, LIKE INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE. WE'RE GOING TO SEE IN A COUPLE WEEKS A BILL THAT MAY COME OUT OF THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE THAT DRAMATICALLY SLASH -- I'M HAPPY TO YIELD ON YOUR TIME -- THAT SLASHES INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS. AT A TIME WE HAVE 20% UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. SO, YES, WE HAVE TO MAKE THESE CUTS. THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN MAKES THE CUTS. BUT LET'S NOT TAKE A HATCHETTE TO EDUCATION INVESTMENTS. -- HATCHET TO EDUCATION INVESTMENTS. LET'S NOT ENSHRINE IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THES A PREFERENCE FOR CUTTING MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY -- OF THE UNITED STATES A PREFERENCE FOR CUTTING MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY. THAT'S WHAT THIS PROVISION WILL DO. WITH THAT I'M GOING TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, MR. BECERRA.

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    MR. BECERRA

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. ONCE AGAIN, THE PUBLIC IS WAY AHEAD OF…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. ONCE AGAIN, THE PUBLIC IS WAY AHEAD OF THE POLITICIANS. BY NEARLY 3-1, AMERICANS REJECT THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET SCHEME. IN FACT, NEARLY 70% OF AMERICANS DISAPPROVE OF HOW REPUBLICANS ARE HANDLING THIS DEFICIT AND DEFAULT CRISIS. EVEN 51% OF AMERICANS WHO ARE REGISTERED REPUBLICANS DISAPPROVE OF HOW HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE HANDLING THESE NEGOTIATIONS. AND BY WIDE MARGINS, AMERICANS HAVE SENT A VERY CLEAR SIGNAL TO US IN CONGRESS HERE. DO NOT CUT MEDICARE. DO NOT CUT MEDICARE. I WILL REPEAT AGAIN, TO PAY FOR DEFICITES THAT WERE CAUSED BY THINGS LIKE THE BUSH TAX CUTS TO THE WEALTHY AND TWO UNPAID FOR WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. TODAY, AMERICANS ARE LIVING THROUGH TIGHT BUDGETS. AS THEY SIT AT THE KITCHEN TABLE, THEY DON'T HAVE THE LUXURY OF WALKING AWAY FROM THE TOUGH CHOICES AS SOME IN CONGRESS HAVE DONE. THEY KNOW THAT THEY MUST BALANCE TODAY THE NEEDS THAT THEY HAVE WITH THE INVESTMENTS OF TOMORROW. THAT'S WHY AMERICANS WOULD SEE STRAIGHT THROUGH THIS CUT AND PAY BUDGET SCHEME. UNDER THIS BUDGET SCHEME IF AN AMERICAN FAMILY WANTED TO BUY A HOUSE, GUESS WHAT, YOU BETTER HAVE CASH TO PAY FOR IT BECAUSE YOU CANNOT BORROW IF YOU HAVE TO LIVE UNDER THIS BUDGET SCHEME. NO MORTGAGES. IF YOU WANT TO SEND YOUR CHILD TO COLLEGE, YOU BETTER HAVE EVERY SINGLE CENT YOU NEED TO SEND YOUR CHILD TO COLLEGE TODAY TO PAY FOR THE FULL COST OF THAT TUITION. NO STUDENT LOANS BECAUSE YOU COULD NOT BORROW. SO MUCH FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. 200 DAYS INTO THIS CONGRESS AND NOT ONE BILL YET FROM THIS HOUSE ENACTED TO PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK, AND THIS PROPOSAL WOULD ELIMINATE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS ALMOST IMMEDIATELY. HOW ARE WE GOING TO GET PAST THE NEXT 14 DAYS IF TODAY ON THIS FLOOR WE'RE DEBATING A BILL THAT WE KNOW WILL NOT PASS IN THE SENATE, THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID HE WOULD VETO AND IN 14 SHORT DAYS IT'S NOT AN ISSUE OF PAYING OUR BILLS. IT'S A MATTER OF WATCHING THE INTEREST RATE ON PEOPLE'S MORTGAGES SKYROCKET. IT'S A MATTER OF WATCHING THE VALUE OF THE DOLLAR PLUMMET. IT'S A MATTER OF WATCHING PEOPLE'S RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS IN THEIR 401-K'S OR I.R.A.'S DROP SIMPLY BECAUSE PEOPLE HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DECIDED TO PLAY POLITICS. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. AND THAT'S WHY ONCE AGAIN THE PUBLIC IS WAY AHEAD OF THE POLITICSES. LET'S GET TO WORK. LET'S STOP LEADING THE NEGOTIATING -- LEAVING THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. LET'S GET THIS DONE. THE PRESIDENT IS WILLING TO ABOUT WITH A BALANCED APPROACH. THIS GETS US NOWHERE. WE NEED TO GO SOMEWHERE BECAUSE AMERICA STILL HAS A LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    IT'S ALWAYS COMPELLING, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THEY HAVE TO USE A POLL TO…

    IT'S ALWAYS COMPELLING, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THEY HAVE TO USE A POLL TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO PUBLIC POLICYMAKING AND TO SUGGEST THERE WOULD BE NO MORE MORTGAGES IS A FANTASY. IT'S AMAZING WHAT GETS MADE UP IN THIS DISCUSSION INSTEAD OF A SERIOUS DISCUSSION ABOUT BALANCING OUR BOOKS. NOW LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. MULVANEY, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. MULVANEY

    MR. SPEAKER. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LONG FOR A DISCUSSION OF IDEAS,…

    MR. SPEAKER. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LONG FOR A DISCUSSION OF IDEAS, AN HONEST AND OPEN DISCUSSION OF REAL IDEAS IN THIS CHAMBER AS OPPOSED TO TALKING POINTS. CLEARLY WE ARE NOT GETTING THAT HERE THIS EVENING. WHAT WE HEARD SO FAR IS THIS BILL WILL DISMANTLE MEDICAID -- EXCUSE ME -- MEDICARE. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE TO READ THE BILL. PAGE 4 SAYS WE DON'T CUT MEDICARE WITH THIS BILL. FOR THE PRESIDENT TO SAY THE SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS WILL NOT GO OUT ON AUGUST 3, THAT'S JUST FALSE. THE PRESIDENT HAS EVERY LEGAL AUTHORITY AND THE MONEY AVAILABLE TO HIM TO SEND THOSE CHECKS OUT IF HE WANTS TO. THOSE CHECKS WILL GO OUT ON AUGUST 3. WE HEARD THE COUNTRY WILL DEFAULT ON OUR DEBT IF WE DON'T RAISE THE DEBT CEILING. NOT TRUE. NOT TRUE. THE AUTHORITY IS THERE. THE MONEY IS THERE. WE HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY THE INTEREST ON OUR DEBT. WE WILL NOT DEFAULT. WE HEARD THE PRESIDENT SAY HE WILL CUT $4 TRILLION FROM SPENDING. HE ADMITS THAT THE SPENDING CUTS FROM $2 BILLION. THE PRESIDENT ADMITS ONLY $2 BILLION IS THIS YEAR. WHAT WE HEARD FROM OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE, MR. SPEAKER, IS DUCK, DODGE AND DISMANTLE WHICH I THINK IS SOMEWHAT IRONIC IT WAS "THE WASHINGTON POST" WHO ACTUALLY ACCUSED THE PRESIDENT IN THOSE EXACT SAME WORDS OF DUCKING HIS OBLIGATIONS WITH THIS 2012 BUDGET. TALK ABOUT DODGING RESPONSIBILITIES. IT'S NOW 811 DAYS SINCE OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE CONTROLLED BY THE DEMOCRATS HAVE INTRODUCED ANY -- BALANCED ANY BUDGET WHATSOEVER. IF WE TALK ABOUT DISMANTLING, REPLACING MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT, WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED, THE MEDICARE WE HAVE KNOWN IT FOR DECADES IS GONE AND IS REPLACED, DISMANTLED AND REPLACED WITH AN INDEPENDENT ADVISORY BOARD. MR. SPEAKER, I LOOK FORWARD TO REAL DEBATES ON REAL ISSUES. I LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING CONVERSATIONS IN THIS CHAMBER THAT IS SIMILAR TO THE CONVERSATIONS THAT TAKE PLACE IN EVERY HOUSEHOLD, EVERY BUSINESS, EVERY COUNTY, TOWN, CITY, STATE IN THIS COUNTRY OF WHAT OUR PRIORITIES ARE AND HOW TO SPEND MONEY RESPONSIBLY. WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION IN IN CHAMBER UNTIL WE PASS CUT, CAP AND BALANCE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:00:56 PM

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

  • 04:03:25 PM

    MR. RYAN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK OUR RANKING MEMBER FOR…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK OUR RANKING MEMBER FOR CARRYING THE FLAG HERE ON OUR SIDE AND COMBATING SOME OF THE MISINFORMATION THAT'S COMING OUT FROM THE OTHER SIDE AND I KNOW THE OTHER SIDE CERTAINLY FEELS THE SAME WAY. BUT IT'S NOT THE PRESIDENT SAYING ALL THESE THINGS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN IF WE DO NOT ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, IT'S EVERY ECONOMIST ON THE PLANET EXCEPT FOR A FEW THAT MAY GET PAID BY SOMEBODY WHO WANTS THEM TO COME UP WITH ANOTHER SOLUTION OR ANOTHER ANSWER. SO TO PIN THIS ALL ON THE PRESIDENT, TO SAY THAT HE'S SOMEHOW HYPING THIS I THINK IS NOT EXACTLY TRUE. AND I THINK WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SAYING -- SEEING AND WHAT WE'RE SEEING NOW IS THAT AS WE COME TO THE END, AS WE GET CLOSE TO A SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM, THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS SAYS, WAIT WE GOT A SOLUTION, LET'S CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION. THAT IS NOT A SINCERE EFFORT TO TRY TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM. WE HAVE HAD PEOPLE NEGOTIATING THIS DAY IN AND DAY OUT AND TO COME IN WITHIN DAYS OF US, YOU KNOW, DESTABILIZING THE MARKETS AND SAY OUR SOLUTION IS TO CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES I THINK IS INADEQUATE. AND I HEARD SEVERAL MEMBERS GET UP AND TALK ABOUT THIS DEBT AND THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS AND EVERYTHING ELSE. COMPLETELY IGNORING THE FACT THAT OUR ECONOMY COLLAPSED JUST TWO YEARS AGO. JUST TWO YEARS AGO THE ECONOMY COMPLETELY COLLAPSED AND COLLAPSED IN PART BECAUSE OF THE RECKLESSNESS AND THE DEREGULATION OF WALL STREET, TAKING THE COPS OFF THE BEAT AND LETTING ALL OF THIS FINANCIAL MACHINATIONS CONTINUE TO HAPPEN WITHOUT ANY REGULATION AT ALL. SO TO PUT UP A PLACARD THAT SAYS WE NEED TO REDUCE REGULATIONS ON WALL STREET IS A RECIPE TO IMPLEMENT THE SAME POLICIES THAT GOT US IN TROUBLE IN THE FIRST PLACE. AND LASTLY I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY I KNOW THIS IS CALLED A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT BUT THE ONE THING THAT IS NOT INCLUDED IS BALANCE. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE LAST 30 YEARS AND YOU LOOK AT THE ACCUMULATION OF WEALTH THAT WENT FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS, WAGES BEING STAGNANT OVER 30 YEARS AND THE FACT THAT IN THE LATE 1970'S THE TOP 1% OF PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY, TOP 1% OF IS THE WEALTHIEST HAD 9% OF REAL INCOME IN THE LATE 1970'S, THE TOP 1% NOW HAS 25% OF REAL INCOME IN THE COUNTRY, THE AVERAGE C.E.O. IN THE LATE 1960'S MADE $48 FOR EVERY $1 THE WORKER MADE. TODAY IT'S $ 80 AND TO TRY TO PUT -- IT'S $280 AND TO TRY TO PUT INTO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AN ADDITIONAL HURDLE TO TRY TO ASK THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BENEFITED SO GREATLY FOR BEING BORN IN AMERICA AND FOR GENERATING WEALTH IN AMERICA AND HAVING A COURT SYSTEM AND A MILITARY AND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM AVAILABLE TO THEM TO MAKE IT HARDER TO ASK THEM TO CONTRIBUTE TO SOLVE SOME OF THESE PROBLEMS I THINK IS A REAL PROBLEM BECAUSE AT THE SAME TIME YOU'RE MAKING IT EASIER WITH YOUR G.D.P. NUMBER OF 18% TO CUT MEDICARE AND TO CUT THOSE PROGRAMS THAT ARE INVESTMENTS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, THAT KEEP THIS GREAT SYSTEM GOING.

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  • 04:06:44 PM

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    MR. SPEAKER, ALL WE ASK FOR IS BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. ALL WE ASK FOR…

    MR. SPEAKER, ALL WE ASK FOR IS BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. ALL WE ASK FOR IS FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE WITHIN THEIR MEANS. IF YOU LISTEN TO THE DEMOCRATS AND WHAT THEY SUGGEST, JUST GO AHEAD AND SPEND MORE, GO AHEAD AND KEEP RACKING IT UP ON THE CREDIT CARD, THERE ARE NO CONSEQUENCES. THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES. I WILL NOT. I'M GOING TO NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. STUTZMAN.

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  • 04:07:06 PM

    MR. STUTZMAN

    MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH FOR YIELDING. WASHINGTON…

    MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH FOR YIELDING. WASHINGTON IS BROKE, MR. SPEAKER, AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW IT. AND THEY KNOW HOW TO GET OUT OF A MESS THAT WE'RE IN. I'D LIKE TO REFERENCE BACK TO AUGUST OF 2009. THE PRESIDENT VISITED MY DISTRICT IN NORTHERN INDIANA, WAS VISITING THE COUNTY OF ELKHEART, THE CITY OF ELK HEART, INDIANA, AND DURING THAT PRESS CONFERENCE HE UNLEASHED SOME VERY INTERESTING STATEMENTS AND A BRAVE CONSTITUENT OF MINE, SCOTT FERGUSON, EXPRESSED HIS DISAPPOINTMENT WITH TAXES AND ASKED THE PRESIDENT TO EXPLAIN HOW RAISING THE TAXES ON ANYONE DURING A DEEP RECESSION IS GOING TO HELP WITH THE ECONOMY. OBAMA RESPONDED, PRESIDENT OBAMA RESPONDED, NORMALLY YOU DON'T RAISE TAXES IN A RECESSION WHICH IS WHY WE HAVEN'T. AND WHY WE INSTEAD CUT TAXES. SO I GUESS WHAT I WOULD SAY TO SCOTT IS, HIS ECONOMICS ARE RIGHT. AND, MR. PRESIDENT, I WOULD AGREE WITH THAT. TODAY WE'RE HEARING FROM THE DEMOCRATS THAT WE'RE PAYING FOR THE BUSH TAX CUTS. WELL, I WAS ELECTED LAST NOVEMBER BUT WAS HERE FOR TWO MONTHS WHEN WE VOTED TO EXTEND THOSE BUSH TAX CUTS WHICH NOW I WOULD REFER TO THEM AS THE OBAMA-BUSH TAX CUTS. SO I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE REMEMBER WHO WE SHOULD BE REALLY POINTING THE FINGER AT, THAT WE SHOULD BE POINTING IT AT WASHINGTON, THERE'S PLENTY OF PLAME TO GO AROUND. -- BLAME TO GO AROUND. WE HAVE A BROKEN BUSINESS. IT IS TIME FOR NEW LEADERSHIP TO COME IN AND EVALUATE THE SITUATION AND WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE PROPOSING TODAY IS THAT WE'RE GOING TO GIVE OURSELVES SOME BREATHING ROOM WITH A DEBT CEILING INCREASE. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY WE ARE GOING TO SHOW THE BANKER THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO CONTINUE TO BORROW AND SPEND BUT WE ARE GOING TO CHANGE OUR SPENDING HABITS AND THE WAY THAT WE OPERATE. IF WE WANT TO KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD AND SAY, WE DON'T REALLY -- WE'RE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT CHANGING THE WAY THAT WE'VE OPERATED, THAT'S WHAT THE DEMOCRAT PROPOSAL IS. JUST RAISE THE DEBT CEILING WITHOUT ANY REFORMS TO OUR CURRENT BUDGET PROCESS. SO I BELIEVE THAT THIS NEW LEADERSHIP THAT WE ARE SEEING RIGHT HERE IN THIS HOUSE IS SAYING, WE'VE GOT TO STOP KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD, REFORM SPENDING, REFORM WASHINGTON. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:09:27 PM

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID TWO THINGS.…

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID TWO THINGS. NUMBER ONE, AMERICA PAYS ITS BILLS FOR THE OBLIGATIONS THAT IT'S INCURRED. NUMBER TWO, HE PUT A PLAN ON THE TABLE TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT BY $4 TRILLION, AGAIN, 3 $-- $3 IN SPENDING CUTS FOR $1 OF REVENUE. I WOULD POINT OUT TO THE GENTLEMAN, THE PRESIDENT WAS VERY EXPLICIT. HE SAID THAT THE REVENUE COMPONENT WOULD BEGIN IN JANUARY, 2013, AND IN THE MEANTIME HE'S ACTUALLY PROPOSED EXTENDING THE PAYROLL TAX FOR ANOTHER YEAR DURING THE YEAR 2012 SO THAT CONSUMERS WOULD HAVE MORE MONEY, GENERATE MORE DEMAND IN THE ECONOMY WHICH IS VERY FRAGILE RIGHT NOW. BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE, OUR LONG-TERM CHALLENGE IS GETTING THE ECONOMY GOING AGAIN AND REDUCING OUR DEFICIT AND THE ECONOMY NEEDS THAT TO HAPPEN AND IT SHOULD HAPPEN IN A BALANCED WAY. WITH THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, MR. NEAL.

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  • 04:10:28 PM

    MR. NEAL

    GENTLEMAN. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE RUSE ACT. THIS…

    GENTLEMAN. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE RUSE ACT. THIS IS AN IDEOLOGICALLY EXTREME PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL END MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT AND IT PRESERVES TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS. I GUESS SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE WHEN THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT BALANCING THE BUDGET, THEY'VE NEVER HEARD OF AMERICA PAYING ITS BILLS DURING WORLD WARS. WE PAID OUR BILLS THROUGH THE CIVIL WAR. WE PAID OUR BILLS THROUGH THE MARSHALL PLAN. WHEN AMERICA WAS EXTENDED AS NEVER BEFORE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT A FUNCTIONAL GOVERNMENT. THEY WANT A RESPONSIBLE PATH FORWARD AND THIS IS NOT THE PATH THAT THEY'RE SUGGESTING. A BALANCED BUDGET CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT WOULD STRAIGHTJACKET THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES. I WONDER HOW OUR TEA PARTY FRIENDS FEEL ABOUT A REPUBLICAN PARTY DISTURBING THE CONSTITUTION TO PAY FOR GEORGE BUSH'S TAX CUTS AND RECALL THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, 31,000 WOUNDED IN IRAQ, THAT BILL IS DUE AND WE NEED TO PAY IT. WHETHER YOU ARE FOR IRAQ OR AGAINST IT, THEY SERVED US HONORABLY AND THAT'S WHAT THIS DEBATE IS ABOUT. THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN, WE HAVE TO PAY THAT BILL WHETHER WE WERE FOR IT OR AGAINST IT. $2.3 TRILLION WORTH OF TAX CUTS WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY INVADING TWO COUNTRIES. A PRESCRIPTION D MEDICARE BENEFIT THAT WAS NEVER PAID FOR. FRIENDS EVERYWHERE AND I HOPE EVERY SPEAK THAT ARE COMES TO THE MICROPHONE, INCLUDING THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, ANSWERS THE FOLLOWING QUESTION -- WAS THE MONEY BORROWED ALONG THE WAY IN A SERIES OF SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGETS TO MASSACRE AID THE SIZE OF THE EXPENDITURES -- MASQUERADE THE SIZE OF THE EXPENDITURES THEY WERE REQUESTING? THE PEOPLE WHO SET THE FIRE ARE NOW THE ONES CALLING THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. WE'RE IN DEBT BECAUSE OF THE POSITIONS THAT THEY OFFERED WHEN BILL CLINTON LEFT. WHEN CLINTON WALKED OUT THE DOOR THERE WAS ADS 5.7 TRILLION SURPLUS -- ADS 5.7 TRILLION SURPLUS -- $5.7 TRILLION SURPLUS. WE'RE HERE TODAY BECAUSE OF THE POLICIES THEY EMBRACED.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, MR. GUINTA, FOR…

    I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, MR. GUINTA, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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  • 04:12:53 PM

    MR. GUINTA

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I AGREE WITH MUCH OF WHAT THE GENTLEMAN SAID,…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I AGREE WITH MUCH OF WHAT THE GENTLEMAN SAID, ESPECIALLY THAT WE NEED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR OWN ACTIONS. . NOBODY SHOULD BE TAKING THE POSITION WE WON'T PAY THE BILLS OF THE UNITED STATES AMERICA UNLESS WE GET A PLAN THAT IS 100% OUR WAY. AMERICAN FAMILIES CAPTAIN SAY TO ONE MORTGAGE COMPANY, YOU KNOW WHAT? I DON'T LIKE THE WAY YOU ARE HANDLING THIS. I'M NOT GOING TO PAY YOU OR WHATEVER. WE NEED TO TAKE THAT SAME APPROACH. DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE IN THE PAST. WE ARE OBLIGATED TO PAY THE BILLS FOR THOSE DECISIONS. LET'S NOT TRY AND DUCK THOSE RESPONSIBILITIES FOR OUR OWN ACTIONS. WITH THAT, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, MR. LEVIN.

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  • 04:16:04 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    THE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO REPEAL THE SECOND HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY.…

    THE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO REPEAL THE SECOND HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY. WE SPENT DECADES TRYING TO KNIT A TRULY AMERICAN FABRIC AROUND A STRENGTHENED MIDDLE CLASS. IT HOLDS AT ITS CORE, RETIREMENT SECURITY, HEALTH CARE THROUGH MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS TO ALL THROUGH PROGRAMS SUCH ASPELL GRANTS. FOR REPUBLICANS, THE PURPOSE OF THIS MEASURE IS TO APPEAL TO THEIR BASE. BUT IN SO DOING, THEY ARE DEBASING WHAT WE HAVE BUILT OVER THE LAST HALF CENTURY. AND IT COULD NOT COME AT A WORST TIME FOR THIS COUNTRY. REPUBLICANS SAY THEY ARE DEDICATED TO THE MARKETS, BUT THEY ARE ESSENTIALLY NOW SAYING FINANCIAL MARKETS BE DAMNED. AS ONE ANALYST SAID YESTERDAY, QUOTE, THE CLOSER WE GET TO THE AUGUST DEADLINE, THE MORE ANXIOUS INVESTORS BECOME, END OF QUOTE. ONE ANONYMOUS INVESTOR SAID, QUOTE, I'M EMBARRASSED TO BE A REPUBLICAN. THESE GUYS DON'T UNDERSTAND CAPITAL MARKETS. THIS ISN'T ABOUT WHO WINS AN ELECTION. THIS IS ABOUT WHETHER PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO FINANCE A HOME. IT WAS 46 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH THAT PRESIDENT JOHNSON SIGNED MEDICARE INTO LAW. YET THIS MEASURE DOUBLES DOWN ON THE RYAN BUDGET PROPOSAL THAT ITSELF WOULD END MEDICARE. RETIREES WOULD SEE AT THE VERY LEAST, A 10% CUT IN THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY PLANS. NURSING HOME CARE, WHICH MAKES UP HALF OF MEDICAID EXPENDITURES WOULD BE SLASHED. AND THAT IS NOT ALONE. THE DEVASTATING CUTS TO ENDLESS PROGRAMS, SUCH AS GRANTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION THAT HAVE BEEN VITAL IN CREATING OPPORTUNITY AND BUILDING A STRONG AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS. MORE THAN 14 MILLION AMERICANS TODAY REMAIN JOBLESS. INSTEAD OF USING THEIR NEW HOUSE MAJORITY TO PURSUE A JOBS AGENDA, IT HAS COME TO THIS. SEVEN MONTHS AFTER THEY ASSUMED THE MAJORITY, INSTEAD OF PROMOTING GROWTH, ENCOURAGING JOB CREATION AND REINFORCING THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY, REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN BRINGING ABOUT UNCERTAINTY. WE MUST, INDEED, CONFRONT THE DEFICIT, BUT NOT AS THE REPUBLICANS NOW PROPOSE. TEARING APART, TEARING APART WHAT HAS HELPED CREATE THE FABRIC OF THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:18:59 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT SUBMITTED A BUDGET, A BUDGET THAT NEVER…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT SUBMITTED A BUDGET, A BUDGET THAT NEVER BALANCES, BUT DOUBLES AND TRIPLES THE DEBT. IT WENT TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND 97 TO NOTHING, NOT ONE DEMOCRAT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THAT. HAS THE PRESIDENT SUBMITTED ANY AMENDMENT TO THAT? NO, HE HAS NOT. THE REALITY IS THIS PRESIDENT HAS NO PLAN. WE CAN SOLVE THE UNDERLYING PROBLEM AND TAKE CARE OF PAYING OUR BILLS ON AUGUST 2. I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. MCCLINTOCK FOR TWO MINUTES.

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  • 04:19:35 PM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    STANDS AS A DEFINING MOMENT IN THIS CRISIS. EVERY RATING AGENCY HAS WARNED…

    STANDS AS A DEFINING MOMENT IN THIS CRISIS. EVERY RATING AGENCY HAS WARNED THAT AN INCREASE IN THE DEBT LIMIT WITHOUT A CREDIBLE PLAN TO BALANCE THE BUDGET, WILL DO GREAT DAMAGE TO OUR NATION'S CREDIT, AND WORSE, FISCAL EXPERTS WARNED THAT WITHOUT SUCH A PLAN, WE RISK A DEBT CRISIS WITHIN THE NEXT TWO YEARS. THIS MEASURE GIVES THE PRESIDENT EVERYTHING HE HAS ASKED FOR, $2.4 TRILLION DEBT INCREASE TO PAY FOR THE BILLS THAT HE AND THE CONGRESS HAVE RECKLESSLY RACKED UP BUT IT CALLS FOR A CONSTITUTIONALLY ENFORCEABLE WORKOUT PLAN TO PLACE OUR NATION BACK ON THE COURSE TO FISCAL SOLVENCY, THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT THAT HAS BEEN PROPOSED IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER SINCE THE BIRTH OF OUR CONSTITUTION AND 49 OTHER STATES HAVE ADOPTED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND REMINDS US THAT ONLY A FEW OF THOSE 49 STATES HAVE BOTH A BALANCED BUDGET REQUIREMENT AND 2/3 VOTE FOR TAX INCREASES. MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA HAPPENS TO BE ONE OF THEM. CALIFORNIA'S DEFICITS, AS BAD AS THEYR HAVE BEEN ROUGHLY HALF THE SIZE OF THOSE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS RUN UP IN THE SAME PERIOD. THESE BUDGET PROTECTIONS WORK. MAYBE NOT PERFECTLY, BUT THEY DO WORK. AND I MIGHT ADD THAT WHEN CALIFORNIA ALSO HAD A REAL SPENDING LIMIT, AS THIS MEASURE CALLS FOR, CALIFORNIA ENJOID BALANCED BUDGETS, PRUDENT RESERVES, NO TAX INCREASES AND STEADY ECONOMIC GROWTH.

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  • 04:21:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT, MR. WELCH.

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    MR. WELCH

    IMMEDIATE CHALLENGES, THE FIRST IS WILL WE PAY OUR BILLS. THAT'S THE WHOLE…

    IMMEDIATE CHALLENGES, THE FIRST IS WILL WE PAY OUR BILLS. THAT'S THE WHOLE ISSUE OF RAISING THE DEFICIT -- THE DEBT LIMIT. AMERICA PAYS ITS BILLS. IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THAT. IF WE OWE VETERANS WHO SERVE THIS COUNTRY, THEIR BENEFITS, THEY ARE GOING TO GET PAID. IF WE WENT TO A WAR AND DIDN'T PAY FOR IT, WE HAVE TO PAY THAT BILL WHEN IT BECOMES DUE. THAT IS THE QUESTION. IT IS NOT RIGHT AND BY THE WAY, REPUBLICAN RONALD REAGAN WAS THE ONE WHO WAS FAMILIAR WITH TAX AND BUDGET FIGHTS WHO SAID HE WOULD NEVER MAKE AMERICA'S FULL FAITH AND CREDIT HOSTAGE TO A POINT OF VIEW AND DID THE RIGHT THING TO PAY THOSE BILLS. THE SECOND ISSUE THAT WE FACE, AND I ACKNOWLEDGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR FOCUS ON THIS IS THE LONG-TERM FISCAL PLAN. THE BILL THAT WE HAVE BROUGHT BEFORE THE FLOOR RAISES THE QUESTION, IS IT AN EFFECTIVE TOOL OR IS THE BETTER APPROACH A BALANCED APPROACH TO REVENUES AND SPENDING. THE STATE OF VERMONT DOES NOT HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT, YET IN VERMONT WE PAY OUR BILLS AND BALANCE OUR BUDGET. WE DO IT NUMBER ONE BY WORKING TOGETHER. AND ONE OF THE POINTS THAT THE RATING AGENCIES HAVE MADE IS THE APPREHENSION HERE IS NOT SO MUCH OUR ABILITY TO PAY OUR BILLS BUT OUR ABILITY TO WORK TOGETHER. WORKING TOGETHER REQUIRES THAT WE HAVE A BALANCE OF CUTS. LOOK AT THAT BUDGET, WHERE CAN WE SAVE MONEY? BUT IT REQUIRES THAT WE HAVE A BALANCE OF REVENUES, BECAUSE PART OF THE GOAL HERE OF A CONFIDENT COUNTRY IS TO GROW OUR ECONOMY. THAT REQUIRES INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE, IN EDUCATION, IN NEW INDUSTRIES. AND IF WE ARE GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL, THIS CANNOT BE JUST CUTS. IT HAS TO BE BALANCED WITH INVESTMENTS THAT WILL GROW THIS ECONOMY, GROW JOBS, BRING THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DOWN. I SEE THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA INCLUDED IN HIS APPROACH CUTTING THE PENTAGON. THAT HAS TO BE ON THE TABLE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:23:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    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 NEW JERSEY, MR. GARRETT.

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  • 04:23:45 PM

    MR. GARRETT

    FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. .

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    MR. WESTMORELAND

    IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2560, BECAUSE WHEN I LOOK BACK IN THE FEW YEARS --

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    MR. WEST

    ABOUT 14.5 TRILLION IN DEBT. FROM 2009, $1.29 TRILLION AND ESTIMATED $1.65…

    ABOUT 14.5 TRILLION IN DEBT. FROM 2009, $1.29 TRILLION AND ESTIMATED $1.65 TRILLION IN DEFICITS. 800 PLUS DAYS THE SENATE DEMOCRATS HAVE NOT PASSED A DEFICIT. $1 TRILLION OF WASTEFUL SPENDING. WE STILL HAVE UNEMPLOYMENT AT 9.2%. 16.2% IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY AND 13% OF MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS ARE COMING BACK FROM COMBAT ZONES ARE UNEMPLOYED. OUR GOVERNMENT SPENDING TO G.D.P. RATIO IS 24.4%. 47% OF OUR DEBT IS OWNED BY FOREIGN NATIONS. 27% WITH CHINA. WE ARE GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. I STAND IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2560 BECAUSE THIS IS INSANITY AND WE CANNOT TO DO THE SAME THING AND EXPECT DIFFERENT RESULTS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:25:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND. JANUARY JANUARY I REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THE LAST TIME WE WERE RUNNING A BUDGET SURPLUS WAS DURING THE YEARS OF THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. DURING THAT PERIOD OF TIME, OUR SPENDING WAS AT A LEVEL THAT WAS HIGHER THAN WOULD BE LIMITED BY THE LIMITATION IN HERE AND WE WERE PAYING OUR OBLIGATIONS. AND WHAT THIS WOULD DO IS CREATE AN ANTI-DEMOCRATIC PROVISION IN THE CONSTITUTION THAT SAYS YOU CAN'T BALANCE YOUR BUDGET AT 19% OF G.D.P., EVEN IF THAT'S THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. EVEN IF IT'S HOW WE DID IT BACK DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY, MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ.

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  • 04:26:04 PM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 2560, WHICH…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 2560, WHICH ATTEMPTS TO MANIPULATE THE CONSTITUTION IN ORDER TO IMPOSE A RYAN BUDGET PLAN ON STEROIDS. THIS IS YET ANOTHER THINLY VALED ATTEMPT BY OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE TO MEDICARE WHILE REFUSING TO CONSIDER TAX BREAKS FOR MILLIONAIRES. IT IS CRUCIAL THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS PLAN WOULD REQUIRE EVEN DEEPER CUTS THAN UNDER THE RYAN REPUBLICAN PLAN WE SAW IN APRIL. THIS MEANS DEEPER CUTS IN EDUCATION, CLEAN ENERGY AND INCREASED COSTS FOR OUR SENIORS. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS VOWED TO VETO THIS BILL, WHICH ENDS THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA WHO REPRESENTS THOUSANDS OF MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES AS DO I, IS SUPPORTIVE OF THIS PLAN THAT WOULD INCREASE COSTS FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES, UNBELIEVABLE FROM A MEMBER FROM SOUTH FLORIDA. IT SLASHES MEDICAID AND CRITICAL INVESTMENTS ESSENTIAL TO WINNING THE FUTURE IN FAVOR OF PROTECTING TAX BREAKS FOR BILL OIL, MILLIONAIRES AND COMPANIES WHO SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS. THE ONLY WAY TO ACHIEVE A REAL SOLUTION IS THROUGH SHARED SACRIFICE. WE CAN'T ASK OUR SENIORS, WORKING AMERICANS AND STUDENTS TO BEAR THE BURDEN OF OUR DEFICITS WHEN WE ARE ASKING NOTHING OF CORPORATIONS, SPECIAL INTERESTS AND THE WEALTHIEST FEW. INCREDIBLY, OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE WON'T EVEN PUT THAT ON THE TABLE. THE NONPARTISAN C.B.O., CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE HAS SAID THAT THE NUMBER ONE POLICY DECISION THAT BROUGHT US TO THE NEED TO PREVENT THE NATION FROM DEFAULTING ON OUR DEBT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, WERE THE BUSH TAX CUTS IN 2001 AND 2003 THAT DISPROPORTIONATELY BENEFITED THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS. WE ARE HERE REWARDING THE MOST PRIVILEGED AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR WORKING FAMILIES AND OUR SENIORS, THE BEDROCK OF OUR SOCIETY. CAP CUT AND BALANCE MIGHT MAKE A GREAT SOUNDBITE BUT WOULD HAVE A DEVASTATING IMPACT ON OUR ECONOMY IT IS MORE LIKE DUCK, DODGE AND DISMANTLE. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WE MOVE BEYOND POLITICS AS USUAL TAKE ACTION TO REDUCE OUR FATION'S DEFICIT AND GET OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. ON BEHALF OF THE MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES IN MY HOME STRICT AND MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME AND PASS A PLAN THAT ENGAGES US ALL IN SHARED SACRIFICE TO SOLVE OUR NATION'S DEBT CRISIS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:28:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. GARRETT

    ACTUAL PLAN TO ADDRESS OUR FISCAL CRISIS. CAP, CUT AND BALANCE. WITH OUR…

    ACTUAL PLAN TO ADDRESS OUR FISCAL CRISIS. CAP, CUT AND BALANCE. WITH OUR PLAN TOPPING $14 TRILLION WE HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE TO SEND IMMEDIATE SIGNALS TO THE MARKETPLACE AND THE WORLD THAT WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT DEBT REFORM AND WE NEED TO PUT SKIN IN THE GAME IN THE FORM OF IMMEDIATE SPENDING CAPS TODAY, SPENDING TOMORROW AND THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO KEEP US FROM SPENDING TOO MUCH IN THE FUTURE. I FIND IT INTERESTING THAT THE PROPONENTS OF A DEBT LIMIT INCREASE POINT TO THE FINANCIAL MELTDOWN TYPE SCENARIOS OF FAILING TO RAISE THE DEBT LIMIT BY AUGUST 2. WE HERE INTEREST RATES WOULD SKYROCKET WHICH WOULD REQUIRE BORROW BORROWING AND DISASTROUS CONSEQUENCES FOR THE FEDERAL BUDGET. YOU KNOW WHAT THE OTHER SIDE FAILS TO MENTION? WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF WE DON'T GET SPENDING UNDER CONTROL. THE CHALLENGE IS CLEAR. WHAT ARE THE SOLUTIONS TO IT? HOUSE REPUBLICANS TODAY ARE DEMONSTRATING THAT WE ARE COMMITTED TO CONFRONTING OUR COUNTRY'S ADDICTION TO SPENDING AND DEBT WITH BOLD AND DECISIVE ACTION AND WITH A PLAN IN PLACE. CUT, CAP AND BALANCE PLAN IS NOT ONLY THE RIGHT PRESCRIPTION TO ADDRESS OUR FISCAL CRISIS, BUT THE ONLY PLAN ON THE TABLE THAT MAKES STRUCTURAL CHANGES TO RIGHT OUR FISCAL SHIP AND THE ONLY PLAN IN PLACE. NOBODY WANTS TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING, BUT IF IT'S GOING TO BE RAISED, WE SHOULD USE IT AS WHAT? AN OPPORTUNITY TO IMPLEMENT COMPREHENSIVE REFORM MEASURES TO MAKE SURE WE ARE NEVER IN THIS SITUATION AGAIN BECAUSE IF WE DO NOTHING, PUT OFF THE TOUGH DECISIONS FOR ANOTHER DAY, THE ONLY ONE TO BLAME IS OURSELVES. THIS IS OUR MOMENT. THIS IS OUR TIME TO ACT. AND I THANK THE SPEAKER. WITH THIS, I YIELD NOW TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA.

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  • 04:30:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA. .

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    >>

    BECAUSE OVERWHELMINGLY THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WOULD SAY TO US EXACTLY…

    BECAUSE OVERWHELMINGLY THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WOULD SAY TO US EXACTLY WHAT THEY SAY AROUND THE KITCHEN TABLE AND THAT IS WE HAVE TO LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS. THE SECOND POINT, MR. SPEAKER, AND THEN I'LL YIELD BACK, THIS IS THE FIST TIME THAT I CAN TELL -- FIRST TIME THAT I CAN TELL IN THE HISTORY OF THIS REPUBLIC THAT THIS KIND OF DEBT HAS BEEN RACKED UP WITH NO INTENTION AND NO PLAN TO PAY IT BACK. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME. AND QUITE FRANKLY I DON'T KNOW OF ANYTHING MORE PIGGISH OR UN-AMERICAN THAN RACKING UP A BIG TO BE PASSED ON TO OUR BEST ASSET, OUR FUTURE, OUR KIDS, JUST SO THAT WE CAN HAVE MORE ON OUR PLEAT NOW. JUDGMENT -- PLATE NOW. JUST SO WE CAN HAVE MORE LARGESS, SO WE CAN BE MORE SELFISH IN THE HERE AND NOW AND KICK THAT CAN DOWN THE ROAD TO LET OUR KIDS PAY FOR IT. SINCE WHEN HAS THAT BECOME PART OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM? SINCE WHEN HAS THAT ATTITUDE BECOME PART OF THIS COUNTRY? I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:32:02 PM

    MR. ROKITA

    I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I KNOW THAT THE GENTLEMAN IS NEW TO THE…

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I KNOW THAT THE GENTLEMAN IS NEW TO THE BODY BUT THERE WERE LOTS OF DECISIONS MADE OVER THE PAST YEARS FOR WHICH THE BILLS ARE COMING DUE NOW. FOR EXAMPLE, IN 2005 WHEN OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HEADED UP THE HOUSE WE PASSED A PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADD-ON TO MEDICARE WHICH WAS NOT FUNDED, NOT ONE PENNY. IT WAS ALL PUT ON THE CREDIT CARD. TWO WARS THAT WERE PUT ON THE CREDIT CARD AND AGAIN TAX CUTS IN 2001, 2003 THAT DISPROPORTIONATELY BENEFITED THE VERY WEALTHY THAT CREATE THIS GAP. SO I AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN, IT IS TIME TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR ACTIONS AND IT'S INTERESTING TO HEAR SOME FOLKS SAY THAT IT'S A SACRIFICE FOR US TO HAVE TO PAY BILLS FOR DECISIONS THAT WERE MADE IN THE PAST. NOW, YES, WE NEED TO GET THE DEFICIT UNDER CONTROL AND AGAIN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS PUT ON THE TABLE A BALANCED APPROACH OVER 10 YEARS, $3 IN SPENDING CUTS TO $1 IN REVENUE AND AGAIN OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE WALKED AWAY FROM THE TABLE BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO RAISE ONE PENNY OF REVENUE FROM CLOSING CORPORATE TAX LOOPHOLES. JUST TO BE CLEAR, THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN WOULD EXTEND MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS BEYOND 2013. THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN WOULD SAY, LET'S EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX CUT FOR 2012. BUT HE SAYS, LET'S GET SERIOUS ABOUT OUR DEFICIT AND LET'S DO IT IN A BALANCED WAY WITH SHARED RESPONSIBILITY. AND WITH THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, A MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE WHO KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF SHARED RESPONSIBILITY, MR. LEWIS.

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  • 04:34:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    MR. LEWIS

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF WASHINGTON PETTY GAMES. PEOPLE'S…

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF WASHINGTON PETTY GAMES. PEOPLE'S LIVES, THEIR HOMES, THEIR RETIREMENT, THEIR HEALTH CARE ARE HANGING IN THE BALANCE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE GOOD, STRONG, RESILIENT PEOPLE. THEY'RE WILLING TO SACRIFICE TO GET OUR COUNTRY BACK ON TRACK BUT THEY WILL NOT BE PLAYED AS FOOLS. MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS KNOW THEY ARE NOT GETTING A FAIR SHAKE. THIS BILL PROTECTS TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS WHILE THE MIDDLE CLASS PAY MORE THAN THEIR FAIR SHARE AND WATCH THEIR RETIREMENT SAVINGS DISAPPEAR. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THAT THERE IS A DELIBERATE, SYSTEMIC ATTEMPT TO DESTROY MEDICARE, TO DAMAGE MEDICAID AND THREATEN SOCIAL SECURITY. THIS IS DUCKING, DODGING AND DESTROYING. IF IT LOOKS LIKE A DUCK, WALKS LIKE A DUCK AND QUACKS LIKE A DUCK IT MUST BE A DUCK. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT ONE THING, THEY WANT JOBS, GOOD JOBS , JOBS THAT PAY THE BILLS, GIVE PEOPLE BACK THEIR DIGNITY AND GIVE PEOPLE BACK ON TRACK -- GET PEOPLE BACK ON TRACK WITH THE AMERICAN DREAM. OUR NATION DESERVES NOTHING LESS. BUT THIS BILL WOULD DESTROY THOSE HOPES AND THOSE DREAMS, IT WOULD PLUNGE OUR ECONOMY BACK INTO A DEEPER RECESSION. IT WOULD MEAN MORE LOST JOBS, MORE LOST HOMES AND SENIORS LIVING IN POVERTY WITHOUT HEALTH CARE AND BASIC NECESSITY. IT WOULD MEAN CHILDREN GOING HUNGRY AND IT KEEPS SMART, YOUNG PEOPLE FROM GOING OFF TO COLLEGE. THIS BILL WILL SELL THE VERY SOUL OF OUR NATION. WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS, WE ARE MORE COMPASSIONATE THAN THIS. WE KNOW BETTER, IT IS EASY TO DESTROY -- EASIER TO DESTROY THAN IT IS TO BUILD. ANOTHER GENERATION OF LEADERS GAVE MORE WITH -- DID MORE WITH LESS AND BUILT PEOPLE UP. WE CANNOT TURN BACK, VOTE NO ON THIS BILL, LET'S GO BACK TO THE TABLE AND WORK OUT A COMPROMISE THAT PREVENTS DEFAULT, PRESERVES OUR MORAL OBLIGATION TO OUR SENIORS, PUTS AMERICA BACK ON THE ROAD TO GREATNESS AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:37:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. GARRETT

    I YIELD NOW ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY WHO IS CONCERNED NOT ONLY ABOUT…

    I YIELD NOW ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY WHO IS CONCERNED NOT ONLY ABOUT THE SOUL OF THE NATION TODAY BUT THE SOUL OF THE NATION FOR OUR PROSPERITY AS WELL.

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  • 04:37:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MRS. MILLER

    AFTER YEARS OF GROWING GOVERNMENT AND INCREASING SPENDING BEYOND ALL…

    AFTER YEARS OF GROWING GOVERNMENT AND INCREASING SPENDING BEYOND ALL REASON, IT IS NOW LONG PAST TIME TO BRING FISCAL SANITY TO WASHINGTON AND TO PUT AMERICA ON A PATH TO PROSPERITY. AND TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, OUR NATIONAL DEBT HAS INCREASED AND IT'S EXCEEDED NOW $14 TRILLION AND OUR DEBT HAS INCREASED BY ALMOST $4 TRILLION WHICH IS MORE THAN $120 BILLION A MONTH IN NEW DEBT JUST SINCE PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS BEEN IN OFFICE. $120 BILLION EACH AND EVERY MONTH WITH THIS NEW PRESIDENT. GOVERNMENT HAS GROWN SO LARGE THAT IT NOW SPENDS NEARLY 25% OF OUR ANNUAL ECONOMIC OUTPUT. A LEVEL NOT SEEN SINCE WORLD WAR II. THAT'S CROWDED OUT OF COURSE PRIVATE SECTOR GROWTH AND NEW JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES THAT AMERICANS NEED AND ARE DEMANDING. THIS PLAN PUTS FORWARD REAL CUTS TO SPENDING, NO SMOKE, NO MIRRORS. IT ENFORCES DISCIPLINE WITH REAL CAPS ON SPENDING AND A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. AND IT GIVES THE PRESIDENT THE INCREASE IN THE DEBT CEILING THAT HE IS SEEKING IF THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT IS SENT TO THE STATES. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS COMMONSENSE REFORM. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:38:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. BEFORE RECOGNIZING THE…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. BEFORE RECOGNIZING THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THE CHAIR WOULD JUST ADVISE THAT SOMEHOW THE TIME GOT OUT OF WHACK. FOR TIME MANAGEMENT PURPOSES, THE MAJORITY HAS ONE HOUR AND 24 MINUTES AND THE MINORITY HAS 59 MINUTES. FOR BUDGETING PURPOSES. THE CHAIR WOULD RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 04:39:17 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES GO…

    WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES GO NEXT, IF THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

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  • 04:39:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. GARRETT

    WILL YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. COBLE.

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    MR. COBLE

    MR. SPEAKER, MANY MEMBERS IN RECENT SESSIONS OF CONGRESS HAVE NOT BEEN…

    MR. SPEAKER, MANY MEMBERS IN RECENT SESSIONS OF CONGRESS HAVE NOT BEEN KNOWN AS PRACTITIONERS FOR FISCAL DISCIPLINE. BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT PHILOSOPHY HAS WELL SEARCHED THOUSANDS OF GOVERNMENTALENT -- SERVED THOUSANDS OF GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES AND THOUSANDS OF HOUSEHOLDS. NOW IS THE TIME FOR THE CONGRESS TO EMBRACE A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT WHICH WILL SET US UPON A COURSE WHERE FISCAL DISCIPLINE IS NOT MERELY AN OPTION BUT A NECESSITY. ONLY THEN, MR. SPEAKER, WILL THE CONGRESS BALANCE ITS OWN BUDGET. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS WORTHWHILE AND COMMONSENSE PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT ENACTED ALTHOUGH THAT PROBABLY WILL NOT BE THE CONCLUSION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:40:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. GARRETT

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    NEW JERSEY FOR THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE TWO REASONS WHY THIS IS…

    NEW JERSEY FOR THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE TWO REASONS WHY THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT VOTE OF MY 2 1/2 YEARS IN CONGRESS. THEIR NAMES ARE CATE AND GRANT OLSON. THEY ARE MY CHILDREN.

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  • 04:41:04 PM

    MR. OLSON

    IS 14 AND GRANT IS 11. AND MY WIFE, NANCEY, AND I UPROOTED THEM FROM THE…

    IS 14 AND GRANT IS 11. AND MY WIFE, NANCEY, AND I UPROOTED THEM FROM THE ONLY HOME THEY KNEW TO MOVE BACK TO MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS TO RUN FOR CONGRESS BECAUSE WE WERE WORRIED THAT THE EVER-INCREASING FEDERAL DEBT WAS THE GREATEST THREAT TO THEIR FUTURE. TODAY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY CHILDREN'S YOUNG LIVES THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS PASSING GAME-CHANGING LEGISLATION THAT PUTS OUR NATION ON A PATH TO FISCAL SANITY AND ENSURES THAT MY CATE, MIGRANT, YOUR CATE AND YOUR GRANT HAVE BETTER LIVES THAN WE DID. I URGE, URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO MAKE A DOWN PAYMENT ON THE FUTURE OF AMERICA AND VOTE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2560. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:41:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD JUST ASK MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES…

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD JUST ASK MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO CONSIDER WHY THEY WANT TO WRITE A PROVISION INTO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES THAT WOULD MAKE IT HARDER TO SHUT DOWN A SPECIAL INTEREST TAX LOOPHOLE FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCING THE DEFICIT FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND NOW I WOULD YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO OUR VERY DISTINGUISHED DEMOCRATIC WHIP AND MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE STATE OF MARYLAND, MR. HOYER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. HOYER

    I THANK MY FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. VAN…

    I THANK MY FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. VAN HOLLEN, FOR YIELDING. THE AMERICAN PUBLIC ARE RIGHTFULLY VERY DISTRESSED WITH THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. THEY'RE DISTRESSED THAT A TIME OF GREAT CHALLENGE AND GREAT RISK THANK, THAT WE FIDDLE WHILE THE DEBT THREATENS -- RISK, THAT WE FIDDLE WHILE THE DEBT THREATENS TO BURN US, TO PLACE OUR COUNTRY IN THE POSITION OF BEING ADJUDGED UNCREDIT WORTHY. THAT IS NOT WORTHY OF THIS CONGRESS OR ANY ONE OF US THAT SERVES IN THIS CONGRESS. WE HAVE 14 DAYS ACCORDING TO THE SECRETARY OF TREASURY UNTIL SUCH TIME AS AMERICA WILL BE UNABLE TO PAY ITS OBLIGATIONS. WHETHER TO FOREIGNERS OR TO PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. THAT IS NOT A SITUATION THAT WILL BE LOOKED AT POSITIVELY BY THE FINANCIAL SECTOR OR BY ANY ONE OF OUR CONSTITUENTS WHOSE ABILITY TO SAVE, TO HAVE A 401-K THAT IS STABLE, TO PURCHASE AN AUTOMOBILE OR A REFRIGERATOR OR SEND THEIR KID TO COLLEGE WILL BE PUT AT RISK BECAUSE OF INCREASED INTEREST RATES, NOT ONE OF US WILL BE HELD HARMLESS IF THIS CONGRESS FAILS TO DO ITS DUTY. NOW, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE HAVE HAD A NUMBER OF EFFORTS TO GET US TO WHERE WE NEEDED TO BE, TO GET BACK TO FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. I'M I AMUSED WHEN OUR -- I'M AMUSED WHEN I HEAR OUR NEW MEMBERS TALK ABOUT THE FISCAL IRRESPONSIBILITY BECAUSE I'VE SERVED HERE LONG ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT THE TWO PRESIDENTS UNDER WHO THE DEBT WAS RAISED MOST WERE RONALD REAGAN, 186% INCREASE FROM THE $985 BILLION TOTAL DEBT WHEN RONALD REAGAN TOOK OFFICE TO OVER $2.8 TRILLION, AND GEORGE BUSH THE SECOND WHO INCREASED THE NATIONAL DEBT 86%. DID HE DO IT ALONE? OF COURSE NOT. DID WE ALL DO IT? REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS? YES. NOW, DEMOCRATS BELIEVE THAT THE DEBT WAS RAISED BECAUSE WE BOUGHT THINGS ON THE REPUBLICAN WATCH THAT WERE NOT PAID FOR. THAT'S INDISPUTABLE. YOU CANNOT ARGUE THAT. THOSE ARE THE FACTS. THE FACT IS DID WE DO THE SAME IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION? WE DID. WHY? BECAUSE WE HAD TO RESPOND TO THE DEEPEST RECESSION WE HAVE SEEN, WE DIDN'T CREATE ENOUGH JOBS, IN FACT WE LOST JOBS. SO WE BRING A BILL TO THE FLOOR SOME WEEKS AGO TO ADDRESS THE CREDIT WORTHINESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. . AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE SAID WE OFFER THIS TO FAIL. NOT TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM, TO FAIL. WE BRING A BILL ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 14 DAYS BEFORE THE DEBT LIMIT IS REACHED AND AMERICA MIGHT DEFAULT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, THIS BILL WAS WRITTEN SOMETIME LATE FRIDAY OR PERHAPS SATURDAY. HOW MANY OF YOU SAID, HAVE YOU READ THE BILL? HOW MANY HOURS HAVE YOU TAKEN TO CONSIDER THIS BILL? I HAVE READ THE BILL, TOO, PAUL. I GUARANTEE THERE IS NOT AN AMERICAN WHO IS NOT ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE WHO READS THIS BILL KNOWS WHAT IMPACT IT HAS AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE IS SHAKING HIS HEAD AND AGREEING WITH ME. YOU HAVEN'T HAD ONE SECOND OF HEARING ON THIS, THERE WAS NO MARKUP ON THIS BILL AND IT HAS SIGNIFICANT CONSEQUENCES. LET ME TELL YOU, MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, I STAND IN THIS WELL WHO VOTED FOR THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT IN 1995 -- COULD I HAVE ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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  • 04:46:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    MR. HOYER

    GET TO FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND BALANCED THE BUDGET FOUR YEARS IN A ROW…

    GET TO FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND BALANCED THE BUDGET FOUR YEARS IN A ROW AND PRESIDENT BUSH INHERITED $5.6 TRILLION SURPLUS, NOT DEBT, DEFICIT AND JOBS HAVING BEEN CREATED BEFORE HE TOOK OFFICE. EIGHT YEARS LATER, WE INCREASE THE DEBT BY $5 TRILLION. NOW I'M NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS BILL, WHICH HAS NO CHANCE OF PASSAGE AND WE NEED TO STOP FIDDLING AND NEED TO DO OUR WORK AND MAKE SURE THAT AMERICA CAN PAY ITS DEBT, BECAUSE IF IT CAN'T, EVERY ONE OF OUR CONSTITUENTS WILL LOSE AND OUR COUNTRY WILL LOSE. OUR OATH OF OFFICE WAS TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT. DEFEAT THIS ILL-ADVISED, ILL-TIMED, UNCONSIDERED PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND LET US MOVE TO FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY IN A WAY THAT WILL BRING US ALL TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN WAY AS BIDEN TRIED TO DO AND AS FRANKLY, MR. BOEHNER AND THE PRESIDENT TRIED TO DO. LET'S GET TO THAT OBJECTIVE. THE COUNTRY DESERVES IT.

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  • 04:48:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT TO…

    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT TO OTHERS IN THE FIRST OR SECOND PERSON. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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  • 04:48:26 PM

    MR. GARRETT

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, WHO RECOGNIZED THAT IF THE BALANCED…

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, WHO RECOGNIZED THAT IF THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT WAS APPROPRIATE BACK IN 1995 WITH DEBT REACHING $14 TRILLION HOW MUCH MORE SO IS IT RELEVANT TO PASS TODAY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. GRAVES

    AT THE MOMENT OF CHOOSING AND WE JUST HEARD FROM THE FORMER LEADER OF THE…

    AT THE MOMENT OF CHOOSING AND WE JUST HEARD FROM THE FORMER LEADER OF THE FORMER MAJORITY PARTY THAT WE NEED TO OPPOSE THIS. BUT YOU KNOW, TO THOSE IN THE GALLERY HERE TODAY, TO THOSE WATCHING ON CAMERA, JUST IN A FEW HOURS, YOU WILL GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE BEHIND ME ON THIS BOARD EVERY NAME OF EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS IN HOW THEY VOTE. THEY WILL MAKE A CHOICE. THEY WILL TAKE THEIR VOTING CARD OF WHICH YOU HAVE ENTRUSTED US WITH AND MAKE A DECISION, THIS NATION SHOULD BALANCE ITS BUDGET OR NOT. THIS ISN'T SO MUCH OF CUT, CAP, BALANCE, BUT ABOUT PROSPERITY OR CONTINUED HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT. THAT WOULD BE GREEN FOR PROSPERITY, RED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT. THIS IS ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY AND CONSTRAINTS, GREEN, OR WASHINGTON RUN WILD. AGAIN THAT'S CORRECT WOULD BE THE RED BUTTON, AND THE STATUS QUO. THIS IS ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY OF OUR FUTURE OR CONTINUED UNCERTAINTY AS WE HAVE SEEN THUS FAR, OR BETTER YET, THIS IS ABOUT STANDING ON OUR OWN, THE GREEN BUTTON, INDEPENDENT OF THIS GREAT NATION OR CONTINUED AND INCREASING BONDAGE OF FOREIGN NATIONS IN OUR INDEBTEDNESS, AGAIN, THE RED BUTTON. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, THIS IS YOUR TIME OF CHOOSING. WE HAVE HEARD SO MANY NAMES TODAY, FORMER PRESIDENTS, MEMBERS OF OTHER CONGRESSES, BUT GUESS WHAT? THIS IS YOUR TIME, THIS IS YOUR CHOICE, THIS IS YOUR VOTING CARD, WHAT WILL YOU CHOOSE? A PROSPEROUS FUTURE FOR THIS NATION OR A CONTINUATION OF THE STATUS QUO? I URGE MY MEMBERS, LET'S CHOOSE A GREAT, PROSPEROUS FUTURE FOR THIS NATION. AMERICA DESERVES IT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 04:50:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND INAPPROPRIATE TO ADDRESS PEOPLE IN THE GALLERY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 04:50:57 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    IS A TIME FOR CHOOSING. WE HAVE TO REDUCE OUR DEFICIT. WE HAVE TO GET THE…

    IS A TIME FOR CHOOSING. WE HAVE TO REDUCE OUR DEFICIT. WE HAVE TO GET THE BUDGET INTO BALANCE. THE QUESTION IS, HOW WE DO THIS. AND WE BELIEVE THAT IT IS A CORRUPTION OF THE CONSTITUTION TO WRITE INTO THE CONSTITUTION ITSELF A PROVISION THAT SAYS A MAJORITY VOTE CAN CUT MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY, BUT YOU NEED A 2/3 UNDEMOCRATIC VOTE TO CLOSE THE CORPORATE TAX LOOPHOLE FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCING THE DEFICIT. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LEE.

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  • 04:51:35 PM

    MS. LEE

    GENTLEMAN FOR HIS YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO WHAT HAS BEEN…

    GENTLEMAN FOR HIS YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO WHAT HAS BEEN APPROPRIATELY LABELED AS THE DUCK, DODGE AND DISMANTLE. REPUBLICANS ARE REQUIRING US TO AMEND OUR CONSTITUTION BEFORE WE CONSIDER ACTUALLY AVOID DEFAULT. AMERICA FAILS TO PAY ITS BILLS ON TIME. THE REPUBLICANS DODGE FACING THE REAL CHALLENGE FUNDING TWO WARS AND OTHER REPUBLICAN INTERESTS. AND THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO DISMANTLE OUR NATION'S ECONOMIC SECURITY FOR SENIORS, THE DISABLED AND THE POOR BY CUTTING MEDICARE, MEDICAID AND SOCIAL SECURITY. MAKING HEARTLESS CUTS ON THE BACKS OF THE MOST VULNERABLE WILL NOT BALANCE THE BUDGET AND IT'S MORALLY WRONG. NOW WITH ONLY 14 DAYS LEFT, REPUBLICANS ARE PUSHING FORWARD LEGISLATION THAT WILL GUARANTEE A DEFAULT AND WILL KILL HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS. THIS DUCK, DODGE AND DISMANTLE BILL WILL KILL JOBS AND SET OUR NATION BACK RATHER THAN MOVE IT FORWARD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS BILL THAT THIS BILL WOULD BE WRITTEN IN STONE, MIND YOUU IN OUR CONSTITUTION AND TURN THE AMERICAN DREAM INTO A NIGHTMARE.

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  • 04:52:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

  • 04:52:55 PM

    MR. GARRETT

    TO REMIND THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT WITH REGARD TO THE RADICAL PLAN…

    TO REMIND THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT WITH REGARD TO THE RADICAL PLAN THAT WE TALK ABOUT HERE WITH REGARD TO CHANGING OUR AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION, IT WAS THOMAS JEFFERSON WHO SAID IN A LETTER TO JOHN TAYLOR, I WISH IT WERE POSSIBLE TO OBTAIN A SINGLE AMENDMENT TO OUR CONSTITUTION. I WOULD BE WILLING TO DEPEND ON THAT ALONE THAT OUR GOVERNMENT WOULD RETURN TO THE GENUINE PRINCIPLES OF THE CONSTITUTION AND HE WAS SPEAKING OF WHAT WE ARE DOING TODAY THAT THOMAS JEFFERSON WISHED WE HAD DONE OVER 200 YEARS AGO, A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON.

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  • 04:53:46 PM

    MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

    IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. THE RISING NATIONAL DEBT WAS A SIGN OF…

    IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. THE RISING NATIONAL DEBT WAS A SIGN OF LEADERSHIP'S FAILURE. TODAY PRESIDENT OBAMA IS ASKING CONGRESS TO RAISE THE NATIONAL DEBT $2.4 TRILLION, LARGELY TO FUND MANY OF THE PROGRAMS THAT HE HAD PASSED IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. AND TO PUT THAT INTO PERSPECTIVE THAT AMOUNTS TO $20,000 FOR EVERY AMERICAN FAMILY. CONGRESS IS BEING ASKED TO ADD $20,000 IN DEBT BURDEN TO EVERY AMERICAN FAMILY AND WE OWE IT TO THEM TO MAKE SURE WE ARE CUTTING UP THE CREDIT CARDS AND NOT GOING TO CONTINUE TO SPEND BEYOND OUR MEANS. HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE COMMITTED TO GETTING OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE COMMITTED TO PROTECTING OUR EXCELLENT CREDIT RATING. IT IS THE NATIONAL DEBT THAT THREATENS OUR CREDIT RATING. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, CUT, CAP AND BALANCE IS A CREDIBLE PLAN TO ADDRESS THIS SITUATION AND WILL CUT SPENDING IMMEDIATELY AND ENACT SPENDING CAPS AND REQUIRE THE PASSAGE OF A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. 49 OUT OF 50 STATES BALANCE THEIR BUDGET. THE PRESIDENT'S SPEND, BORROW, BAILOUT POLICIES HAVE CLEERLED FAILED AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. LET'S HELP AMERICA'S ECONOMY TODAY AND LET'S KEEP THE AMERICAN DREAM ALIVE FOR MANY YEARS TO COME. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BECOME.

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  • 04:55:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD HAZARD A GUESS THAT THOMAS JEFFERSON WOULD…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD HAZARD A GUESS THAT THOMAS JEFFERSON WOULD NOT WANT TO WRITE INTO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES ANTI-DEMOCRATIC PROVISIONS THAT SAID, YOU NEED 2/3 IN ORDER TO CLOSE SPECIAL INTEREST TAX LOOPHOLES FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEFICIT REDUCTION OR TO SAY WE ARE GOING TO DECIDE NOW FOR ALL TIME THAT WE HAVE TO BALANCE OUR BUDGET AT 18% AT G.D.P. RATHER THAN AT THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. HOW IS THE TIME CURRENTLY ALLOCATED?

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  • 04:55:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    1/2 MINUTES WITH AN ADDITIONAL HOUR. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, 51…

    1/2 MINUTES WITH AN ADDITIONAL HOUR. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, 51 1/2 MINUTES.

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  • 04:56:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. GARRETT.

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    MR. GARRETT

    MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    MR. KLINE

    IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2560, CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT. THE SEVERITY OF…

    IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2560, CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT. THE SEVERITY OF OUR NATION'S FISCAL CRISIS CANNOT BE OVERSTATED. MORE THAN 14 MILLION AMERICANS ARE LOOKING FOR WORK. MEANWHILE FEDERAL SPENDING CONTINUES AT AN UNPRECEDENTED PACE WITH AN AVERAGE OF $4 BILLION ADDED TO OUR COUNTRY'S DEBT EVERY DAY. WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND INVESTMENT. INSTEAD, LEADERS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE PUSHING RECKLESS POLICIES, MORE RED TAPE AND TAXES TO PAY FOR THEIR IRRESPONSIBLE SPENDING SPREE LEAVING JOB CREATORS FROZEN BY UNCERTAINTY AND FEAR AND RISK OUR FUTURE PROSPERITY. AT A RECENT ROUND TABLE, A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER TOLD ME, QUOTE, THE GOVERNMENT IS OUT OF CONTROL, IT'S TOO BIG AND I DON'T LIKE IT, CLOSED QUOTE. WELL, I DON'T LIKE IT EITHER AND IT'S COSTING OUR COUNTRY JOBS. IT'S TIME FOR WASHINGTON TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT. WE NEED TO MAKE THE TOUGH CHOICES NECESSARY TO GET OUR NATION'S FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. NO ONE SAID IT WOULD BE EASY, BUT IT IS CERTAINLY NECESSARY. THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US WILL END UNSUSTAINABLE SPENDING AND PUT THIS NATION BACK ON A FISCAL PATH. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:57:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    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 CONTINUE TO RESERVE?

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  • 04:57:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. GARRETT

    REGARDING WHAT SORT OF AMENDMENT THAT THOMAS JEFFERSON MAY HAVE BEEN…

    REGARDING WHAT SORT OF AMENDMENT THAT THOMAS JEFFERSON MAY HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR TODAY WHETHER WE WOULD BE LOOKING FOR IN WHAT WE CALL A SUPER MAJORITY OR WHAT HAVE YOU, JEFFERSON WOULD BE GOING EVEN FURTHER THAN WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE TODAY AND SAY THAT CONGRESS SHOULD NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO BORROW AT ALL. THE AMENDMENT WE ARE PUTTING FORWARD WOULD GIVE US GREATER FLEXIBILITY IN TIME OF EMERGENCY, IN TIME OF WAR, THAT CONGRESS CAN TAKE IT UPON THEMSELVES TO BORROW. JEFFERSON UNDERSTOOD THAT CONGRESS, JUST LIKE THE BUSINESSES AND FAMILIES AT THE TIME NEEDED TO LIVE WITHIN THEIR MEANS AND HE SAW IT AS I AM MORAL TO TAKE A RESPONSIBILITY OF THIS GENERATION AND PLACE IT ON FUTURE GENERATIONS. WITH THAT, I WILL YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

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  • 04:58:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM ARKANSAS.

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    MR. WOMACK

    I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF REPRESENTING ARKANSAS' THIRD DISTRICT AND I CAN…

    I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF REPRESENTING ARKANSAS' THIRD DISTRICT AND I CAN STILL HEAR THE VOICES OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO SENT ME HERE. THEY SAID, STEVE, YOU HAVE TO GO TO WASHINGTON AND YOU HAVE TO CUT SPENDING. YOU HAVE TO EMPOWER THE PRIVATE SECTOR. YOU HAVE TO REDUCE THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT. YOU HAVE TO GET TO WASHINGTON AND HELP PUT US BACK TO WORK. THOSE SAME CONVERSATIONS AT HOME AT THE KITCHEN TABLE, PEOPLE DISCUSSING THEIR PERSONAL BUDGETS, SAYING TO ME THAT I HAVE TO LIVE WITHIN MY MEANS, WHY DOESN'T WASHINGTON? MR. SPEAKER, TO EACH OF THESE COMMENTS, I SAY WE HAVE AN ANSWER. IT'S A TRIFECTA, IF YOU WILL CALLED CUT, CAP AND BALANCE. I REALIZE I HAVE BEEN HERE A SHORT TIME BUT I KNOW FULL WELL HOW WASHINGTON WORKS AND I KNOW THAT THIS CONCEPT IS FOREIGN TO THE MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN HERE DOWN THROUGH THE YEARS. IF YOU LOOK AROUND AND TAKE AN OBJECTIVE VIEW, YOU KNOW THE ONLY WAY TO BRING LEGITIMATE CONTROL TO THE IRRESPONSIBLE FISCAL BEHAVIOR OF WASHINGTON, D.C., THE ONLY WAY TO RESTORE THE INTEGRITY OF THIS CHAMBER, TO RESTORE THE CONFIDENCE IN THE PEOPLE WE SERVE IS TO MAKE IT CONSTITUTIONAL, A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. NO GIMMICKS, MR. SPEAKER, NO HOLLOWED PROMISES, SIMPLE LANGUAGE THAT SIMPLE AMERICANS CAN WRAP THEIR HEADS AROUND, A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT FOR THIS COUNTRY TO BALANCE ITS BOOKS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:00:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    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.

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  • 05:00:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. .

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    MR. GARRETT

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, FROM -- THERE HE IS. FROM GEORGIA FOR ONE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, FROM -- THERE HE IS. FROM GEORGIA FOR ONE MINUTE, PLEASE.

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  • 05:00:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED --

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    MR. KINGSTON

    CAN I HAVE 30 SECONDS FOR THE LONG STAY? CAN I GET A MINUTE AND A HALF?

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    MR. GARRETT

    WE WILL YIELD MAIN AND A HALF.

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    MR. KINGSTON

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. I APPRECIATE MY FRIEND FROM NEW…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. I APPRECIATE MY FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY. DURING THIS EIGHT YEARS AS PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT BUSH INCREASED THE NATIONAL DEBT $3 TRILLION. WE SPENT TOO MUCH MONEY. BUT NOT TO BE OUTDONE IN A THREE-YEAR PERIOD OF TIME PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS INCREASED THE NATIONAL DEBT $5 TRILLION, A 56% INCREASE. AND THEN HE TURNS AROUND AND LECTURES MIDDLE CLASS AMERICAN FAMILIES STRUGGLEING -- FAMILIES, STRUGGLING FAMILIES TO EAT THEIR PEAS. HE OFFERS NOTHING BUT A PHONY BUDGET THAT EVEN FAILED IN THE DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED SENATE 97-0. HARRY REID VOTED AGAINST HIS BUDGET. THE PRESIDENT OWNS THIS ECONOMY. NOT CHENEY, NOT GEORGE BUSH, IT'S THE PRESIDENT. HE OWNS THE SKYROCKETING DEBT, HE OWNS THE 15 MILLION UNEMPLOYED, HE OWNS THE FAILED STIMULUS PLAN. PRESIDENT OBAMA OWNS THE EXTENDED BUSH TAX CUTS BECAUSE IT WAS HIM WHO EXTENDED THEM TWO YEARS. AND NOW IN OUR TIME OF GREAT FISCAL CRISIS, WHEN AMERICA NEEDS LEADERSHIP, HE'S ABSENT. THE REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE ARE OFFERING A PLAN AND I UNDERSTAND THE DEMOCRATS DON'T LIKE IT, THAT'S GOOD BECAUSE SOMETIMES THE TWO PARTIES HAVE TO BATTLE IT OUT AND YOU GET A BETTER PRODUCT FROM IT. BUT YOU CAN'T DO IT WHEN THE DEMOCRATS AREN'T OFFERING A PLAN. WE WILL PASS THIS PLAN TODAY AND I HOPE HARRY REID AND THE DEMOCRATS WILL PASS THE PLAN AND WE CAN GET TOGETHER AND I HOPE THE PRESIDENT DECIDES TO OFFER A PLAN AND MAYBE WE CAN LOOK AT HIS AND MAYBE OUT OF THE THREE POSSIBILITIES WE CAN DO WHAT'S BEST FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, BUT WE CAN'T DO IT UNLESS THE PRESIDENT DECIDES TO ENGAGE AND TAKE ON THE ROLE OF LEADER AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    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.

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  • 05:02:52 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ONCE AGAIN THE PRESIDENT HAD A PLAN TO REDUCE THE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ONCE AGAIN THE PRESIDENT HAD A PLAN TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT BY ABOUT $4 TRILLION OVER 10 YEARS, $3 IN CUTS, $1 IN REVENUE, OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WALKED AWAY FROM THE TABLE BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T WANT TO ASK $1 OF DEFICIT REDUCTION FROM CLOSING SPECIAL INTEREST TAX LOOPHOLES. WITH THAT I YIELD THREE MINUTES AND 15 SECONDS TO THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, MR. NADLER.

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  • 05:03:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. NADLER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF OUR COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF OUR COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WOULD NOT BE HERE TODAY IF PRESIDENT JEFFERSON HAD NOT BORROWED TO FINANCE THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE PURCHASE. -- PURCHASE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL PROMISES ALL THE FUN OF A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT WITHOUT ACTUALLY AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION. IT SIMPLY SAYS THAT THE UNITED STATES SHOULD DEFAULT ON OUR DEBTS AND DESTROY OUR ECONOMY IF WE DON'T AMEND THE CONSTITUTION. IF WE DEFAULT ON OUR DEBTS WE WILL DO MORE DAMAGE TO OUR ECONOMY THAN LARGE DEFICITS, TAX INCREASES AND DA CONIAN CUTS COMBINE -- DRACONIAN CUTS COMBINED. RIGHT NOW WE ENJOY LOW INTEREST RASE RATES BECAUSE WE'RE THE MOST STABLE, RELIABLE COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. EVEN THOUGH WE ARE CERTAINLY WEALTHY ENOUGH TO PAY OUR DEBTS, NOTHING ELSE WILL MATTER. INTEREST RATES WILL CLIMB, HOMEOWNERS AND BUSINESSES WILL BE PUSHED OUT OF THE CREDIT MARKETS, THE STOCK MARKET WILL CRASH. NEVER BEFORE IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY HAS ANYONE BEEN IRRESPONSIBLE ENOUGH TO PLAY CHICKEN WITH OUR FULL FAITH AND CREDIT. NEVER. WE KNOW HOW TO BALANCE THE BUDGET BECAUSE WE'VE DONE IT BEFORE. IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT PAST WE MANAGED WORKING WITH PRESIDENT CLINTON NOT ONLY TO BALANCE THE BUDGET BUT TO RUN SURPLUSES AN BEGIN PAYING DOWN THE DEBT. UNFORTUNATELY PRESIDENT BUSH AND THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS MANAGED TO TURN RECORD SURPLUSES INTO RECORD DEFICITS IN RECORD TIME. RATHER THAN ADMIT TO SERIOUS REPUBLICAN ECONOMIC MISMANAGEMENT AND FINDING RESPONSIBLE SOLUTIONS, WE GET THIS DUSTED-OFF THING FROM THE PAST. THE ONE THAT ABOLISHES MEDICARE AND TURNS MEDICAID INTO A BLOCK GRANT. I ASK THE SPONSOR OF THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, HOW HE THOUGHT THIS COULD BE DONE? HE ANSWERED THAT THE REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE BUDGET, WHICH IS EVEN MORE RADICAL THAN THE RYAN BUDGET, WOULD BE IN BALANCE IN JUST NINE YEARS. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE VOTING FOR TODAY. AN ACCELERATED VERSION OF THE REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE BUDGET. ANYONE VOTING FOR THIS SHOULD BE PREPARED TO GO HOME AND EXPLAIN THAT VOTE INCLUDING REPUBLICAN MEMBERS WHO VOTED AGAINST THE STUDY COMMITTEE BUDGET. ECONOMISTS HAVE LONG KNOWN THAT IN GOOD TIMES YOU SHOULD BALANCE THE BUDGET AND PAY DOWN THE DEBT BUT THAT IN TIMES OF RECESSION WHEN TAX REVENUES PLUMMET AND THE ECONOMY CONTRASTS YOU HAVE TO SPEND MONEY IN UNEMPLOYMENT AND TO PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. YOU MUST RUN A DEFICIT TO GET THE ECONOMY GOING AGAIN. THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT WOULD FORCE US TO DO THE EXACT OPPOSITE AND TURN EVERY RECESSION INTO A DEPRESSION. AND THIS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT, THERE'S A WHOLE LOT MORE THAN A REQUIRED BALANCED BUDGET. MANY OF ITS PROVISIONS CEMENT INTO THE CONSTITUTION THE POLICY PREFERENCES OF THE CURRENT MAJORITY AND BIND OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TO THOSE PREFERENCES. THE 2/3 REQUIREMENT FOR EXAMPLE TO INCREASE REVENUES WOULD HAVE THE EFFECT OF ALLOWING SPECIAL INTEREST TAX LOOPHOLES TO BE SLIPPED INTO LAW WITH A MAJORITY VOTE BUT WOULD REQUIRE A SOUP MAR JORT TO REVEAL THEM -- A SUPER MAJORITY TO REPEAL THEM. THE AMENDMENT WOULD ALSO REQUIRE A 2/3 VOTE FOR ANY BUDGET THAT EXCEEDS 18% OF G.D.P. THE C.B.O. TELLS US THAT OUTLAYS OF AVERAGE OF CLOSE TO 21% OF G.D.P. OVER THE PAST 20 YEARS. IT DID NOT DROP BELOW 18% SINCE 1966. THAT IS SINCE THE ENACTMENT OF MEDICARE. REGARDLESS OF WHAT OTHER PARTS OF THIS BILL MAY SAY, THERE IS NO WAY TO MEET THESE RESTRICTIONS WITHOUT DESTROYING MEDICARE, MEDICAID, SOCIAL SECURITY, VETERANS PROGRAMS AND MILITARY PREPAREDNESS. CAN I HAVE ANOTHER 15 SECONDS?

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    TO THE GENTLEMAN 10 SECONDS.

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    MR. NADLER

    YOU. NO AMOUNT OF RHETORIC WILL CHANGE IT. THE REAL PROBLEMS THAT TAX…

    YOU. NO AMOUNT OF RHETORIC WILL CHANGE IT. THE REAL PROBLEMS THAT TAX REVENUES HAVE DECLINED FROM 20.5% OF G.D.P. IN 2000 TO 14% OF G.D.P. BECAUSE WE NO LONGER TAX THE MILLIONAIRES, THE BILLIONAIRES AND THE LARGE CORPORATIONS THE WAY WE USED TO. LET'S START DOING THAT AND WE CAN HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET WITHOUT WRITING ANY CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS WHICH PROMISE BALANCED BUDGETS WITHOUT SHOWING HOW THEY DO PROTECT THE MILLIONAIRES FROM PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. GARRETT

    WE'RE ALSO REMINDED THAT JEFFERSON SAID THAT THE PRINCIPLE OF SPENDING…

    WE'RE ALSO REMINDED THAT JEFFERSON SAID THAT THE PRINCIPLE OF SPENDING MONEY TODAY THAT WE DON'T HAVE BE PAID FOR BY POSTERITY IS BUT SWINDLING FUTURE GENERATIONS. SOMETHING THIS REPUBLICAN PARTY DOES NOT WISH TO DO. WITH THAT I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. JOHNSON.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2560, THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT.…

    I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2560, THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT. LAST NOVEMBER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENT A CLEAR AND RESOUNDING MESSAGE -- CUT OFF THE NATION'S CREDIT CARD AND STOP SPENDING MONEY WE DON'T HAVE. TODAY WE'RE DOING THAT. THIS ACT MAKES IMMEDIATE SPENDING CUTS AND FORCES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DO WHAT AMERICANS ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY ARE DOING, LIVING WITHIN THEIR MEANS. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO BEGINS TO CAP FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENDING AT LEVELS THAT ARE HISTORICALLY SUSTAINABLE TO ENSURE VIBRANT ECONOMIC GROWTH. FINALLY THIS MEASURE FORCES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DO WHAT TO MOST AMERICANS IS SIMPLY PLAIN, COMMON SENSE. SPEND ONLY THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT YOU HAVE. A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT IS LONG OVERDUE. REPUBLICANS HAVE HEARD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S CALL TO ACTION TO REDUCE SPENDING AND THAT IS WHY I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. GARRETT

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT…

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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    FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT…

    FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT BECAUSE AMERICAN FAMILIES DESERVE TO HAVE A GOVERNMENT THAT LIVES WITHIN ITS MEANS JUST LIKE THEY DO. OUR NATIONAL DEBT HAS GROWN IN EXCESS OF $14 TRILLION, THAT'S MORE THAN $46,000 FOR EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN THIS COUNTRY. AND WE CONTINUE TO BORROW ROUGHLY 40 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR WE SPEND. THIS IS A PATH TO FINANCIAL RUIN, WE WILL LEAVE THE NEXT GENERATION WITH A LESS PROSPEROUS AMERICA THAN THE ONE WE INHERITED.

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  • 05:09:26 PM

    MR. ROE

    OUR BUDGET WOULD HAVE A DEVASTATING AFFECT ON OUR ECONOMY. IT'S HARD TO…

    OUR BUDGET WOULD HAVE A DEVASTATING AFFECT ON OUR ECONOMY. IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE. THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT KEEPS THE PROMISE TO CUT SPENDING WHILE ALSO GRANTING THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST FOR A DEBT LIMIT INCREASE. BY CUTTING SPENDING $111 BILLION THE FIRST YEAR ALONE, CAPPING FUTURE SPENDING AND LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT, THIS PACKAGE WILL SAVE $5.8 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. THIS BILL IS NOTHING MORE THAN GOOD, OLD-FASHIONED COMMON SENSE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK THE BAFFLE HIS TIME. WITHOUT…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK THE BAFFLE HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. MORAN, WILL CONTROL THE TIME ON THE MINORITY. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. MORAN

    WE WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. GARRETT

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. SCALISE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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    MR. SCALISE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF CUT, CAP AND BALANCE AND IF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF CUT, CAP AND BALANCE AND IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT AMERICAN FAMILIES HAVE BEEN TELLING US FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS, DURING THESE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES WHAT THEY'VE BEEN DOING IS THEY'VE BEEN CUTTING BACK, THEY'VE BEEN TIGHTINGEN -- TIGHTENING THEIR BELTS AND THEY SIT AROUND THE KITCHEN TABLE AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO BALANCE THEIR BUDGET AND LIVE WITHIN THEIR MEANS AND YET TODAY ON THE OTHER SIDE ALL YOU'VE SEEN IS A PARADE OF MEMBERS COMING CRITICIZING THE CONCEPT OF A BALANCED BUDGET. ACTUALLY CALLING IT EXTREME, RADICAL. IMAGINE THAT. ONLY A BIG SPENDING WASHINGTON LIBERAL COULD THINK IT WOULD BE RADICAL TO REQUIRE WASHINGTON TO START LIVING WITHIN ITS MEANS LIKE FAMILIES HAVE BEEN DOING FOR YEARS. AND SO FRANKLY AMERICAN FAMILIES WOULD SAY IT'S ABOUT TIME, WELCOME TO THE PARTY. AND INSTEAD SOME PEOPLE THINK YOU CAN JUST LIVE IN THIS FANTASY LAND WHERE YOU CAN KEEP TAX, TAXING, SPENDING, BORROWING MONEY FROM CHINA AND ACT LIKE THE DAY OF WRECKENING NEVER IS NEVER GOING TO COME AND KICK THE -- WRENGING IS NEVER GOING TO COME AND KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD. IT'S TIME TO SAY ENOUGH IS NEW. WE'RE GOING TO DEAL WITH OUR PROBLEMS NOD. WE'RE GOING TO SET PRIORITIES TODAY AND DO THE TOUGH THINGS PEOPLE SENT US TO DO AND THAT MEANS CUTTING, CAPPING AND BALANCING THE FEDERAL BUDGET. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS BACK AND IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:11:36 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, THE CHOICE IS NOT WHETHER WE PUT IN PLACE A PLAN TO…

    MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, THE CHOICE IS NOT WHETHER WE PUT IN PLACE A PLAN TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT AND BALANCE THE BUDGET. THE ISSUE IS HOW WE DO THAT. THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE HERE. WITH THAT I WOULD RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. GARRETT

    FROM OHIO FOR ONE MINUTE IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO,

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    MR. GIBBS

    MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF CUT, CAP AND BALANCE.…

    MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF CUT, CAP AND BALANCE. OUT-OF-CONTROL SPENDING IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS DRIVEN OUR COUNTRY TO THE BRICK OF -- BRINK OF FINANCIAL MELTDOWN. OUR NATION'S DEBT CRISIS WAS EASILY PREDICTABLE. IN RECENT YEARS AMERICA HAS WATCHED AS THE SIDE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS BALLOONED AND DEFICIT SPENDING REACHED DANGEROUS LEVELS. AND YET WARNINGS FROM CONGRESS, CONGRESS STUCK WITH BUSINESS AS USUAL, MORE SPENDING, MORE REGULATIONS AND BIGGER GOVERNMENT. IT'S TIME TO PUT AN END TO BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY. OUR COUNTRY NEEDS IT, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DEMAND IT AND THE FUTURE OF OUR GRANDCHILDREN DEPEND ON IT. THIS LEGISLATION PUTS US ON A PATH OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, BRINGS CERTAINTY AND WILL RESTORE PRIVATE SECTOR CONFIDENCE. THE NAYSAYERS SAY WE CAN'T DO THIS, THEY ARGUE FOR TAX INCREASES ON OUR JOB CREATORS. THIS WILL UNLEASH THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND RESULT IN MORE REVENUES TO ENSURE STRENGTH AND SOCIAL SECURITY -- STRENGTH IN SOCIAL SECURITY AND OTHER PROGRAMS. JUST RAISING THE DEBT CEILING WITHOUT SPENDING CUT REFORMS, ACCORDING TO MOODY'S AND STANDARD&POORS WILL LEAD TO A DOWN GRADE OF U.S. PAPER AND A DOWNYIELD SPIRAL, HIGHER INTEREST RATES, HIGHER TAXES AND LESS OPPORTUNITIES. I URGE THE SUPPORT OF THIS AND CUT SPENDING NOW INSTEAD OF SIX TO 10 YEARS FROM NOW.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. GARRETT

    WITH THAT I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA WHO THE WHITE…

    WITH THAT I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA WHO THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS THAT LEADERSHIP IS NOT SIMPLY PROPOSING A BILL TO VOTE UP OR DOWN, WE RECOGNIZE THAT THE WHITE HOUSE IS NOT GIVING US ANY PLAN OF LEADERSHIP SO FAR IN THIS ISSUE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    BEFORE THAT THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT OWES CLOSE TO $14.3 TRILLION.…

    BEFORE THAT THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT OWES CLOSE TO $14.3 TRILLION. IT'S ESTIMATED BY THE C.B.O. REVEALS THAT BY THE YEAR 2021 THE GOVERNMENT WILL SPEND 100% OF EVERY DOLLAR IN REVENUE ON ENTITLEMENTS, SIMPLY RAISING THE DEBT LIMIT TO $16.3 TRILLION WITHOUT COMPARABLE SPENDING REDUCTION IS IRRESPONSIBLE AT BEST AND CATASTROPHIC FOR OUR NATION AND WORSE.

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  • 05:14:13 PM

    MR. STEARNS

    NATION'S DEBT ONTO THE BACKS OF OUR COUNTRY'S CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN…

    NATION'S DEBT ONTO THE BACKS OF OUR COUNTRY'S CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN IS IRRESPONSIBLE. COMPARABLE REDUCTIONS WOULD BE IN THE AMOUNT OF $2 TRILLION. BUT AS THAT DOES NOT EVEN COVER THE INTEREST ON THE DEBT, A $4 TRILLION SPENDING REDUCTION WOULD BE APPROPRIATE. AND THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE WORKING ON. TODAY WE MUST ASK OURSELVES, IS THIS BLESSED COUNTRY OF OURS DISCIPLINED ENOUGH TO SOLVE THE DEBT PROBLEM THROUGH AUSTERITY AND PRODUCTIVITY? I THINK WE CAN. I BELIEVE WE CAN. BUT ONLY IF WE BREAK FROM THE TRADITION OF SPENDING AND RAISING OUR DEBT LIMIT. INSTEAD WE MUST PASS H.R. 2560. THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    HOLLEN: MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. GARRETT

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA.

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    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE'VE BEEN DOWN THIS ROAD BEFORE. OUR COUNTRY FACES…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE'VE BEEN DOWN THIS ROAD BEFORE. OUR COUNTRY FACES UNPRECEDENTED DEBT. BERGBURG THE HOUSE HAS WORKED TO CUT SPENDING AND REDUCE THE --

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  • 05:15:13 PM

    MR. BERG

    HOUSE HAS WORKED TO CUT SPEND AND REDUCE THE DEFICIT BUT THE OBAMA…

    HOUSE HAS WORKED TO CUT SPEND AND REDUCE THE DEFICIT BUT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WOULD RATHER RAISE TAXES AND MISLEAD AMERICANS WITH SCARE TACTICS RATHER THAN SUPPORT THESE COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS. . WE CANNOT DO THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND EXPECT A DIFFERENT RESULT. AMERICANS HAVE TIGHTENED THEIR BELTS AND HAVE MADE THE TOUGH CHOICES. IT'S TIME FOR WASHINGTON TO DO THE SAME. OUR FINANCIAL SITUATION IS A MESS. IT'S GOING TO BE A LONG ROAD TO GET OUR COUNTRY BACK ON TRACK. BUT IT'S CLEAR WE CAN BEGIN RIGHT HERE. WE NEED TO CUT THE SPENDING. WE NEED TO CAP THE GROWTH IN GOVERNMENT AND WE NEED TO BALANCE THE BUDGET. I YIELD BACK.

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

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  • 05:16:05 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT THIS PROVISION…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT THIS PROVISION THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT, THE CONSTITUTIONAL PROPOSAL THAT CAME OUT OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WOULD PROHIBIT THE CONGRESS FROM BALANCING THE BUDGET AT 13% OF G.D.P. EXPENDITURES. IT WOULD SAY YOU CANNOT NOT MAKE THAT CHOICE. IT WOULD SAY YOU HAVE TO REACH A 2/3 HURDLE TO REDUCE THE SPECIAL INTEREST TAX BREAKS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEFICIT REDUCTION. WE KEEP HEARING ABOUT THIS BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT WITHOUT ANY MENTION FROM OUR COLLEAGUES THAT THEY PUT THESE TWO DEVICES INTO THE CONSTITUTION THAT WOULD LIMIT OUR ABILITY TO BALANCE THE BUDGET IN A BALANCED WAY. AND WITH THAT, I RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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  • 05:16:55 PM

    MR. GARRETT

    HAVE THE PROBLEM OF THIS CONGRESS THE LAST TWO YEARS TRYING TO BALANCE THE…

    HAVE THE PROBLEM OF THIS CONGRESS THE LAST TWO YEARS TRYING TO BALANCE THE BUDGET, STIMULUS SPENDING, OBAMACARE AND THE BUDGET DEFICIT SHOULD WE LOOK TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE? THAT'S NOT THE CASE. AND THAT'S THE REASON WHY THE NEED TO TRY AND CONSTRAIN OUR SPENDING, LEGISLATIVE CAPS TOMORROW AND GOING FORWARD IN THE FUTURE WITH A CONSTITUTIONAL BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MRS. MYRICK

    THE POSSIBLE DEFAULT OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PRESENTS A NEAR TERM…

    THE POSSIBLE DEFAULT OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PRESENTS A NEAR TERM PROBLEM THAT COULD HAVE DISASTROUS EFFECTS ON THE SHORT-TERM, ON OUR ECONOMY. BUT THE BIGGER PROBLEM IS LONG-TERM, BECAUSE WASHINGTON HAS BEEN SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY FOR TOO DARN LONG. BORROWING 40 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR WE SPEND, MOST OF IT FROM CHINA. THIS BILL CUTS SPENDING, CAP AND THEN BALANCE THE BUDGET IS SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE AND WE CAN'T KEEP KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD. YOU HAVE HEARD IT BEFORE, BUT IT'S TRUE. THE RESPONSIBILITY IS ON US TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR TOMORROW FOR OUR FAMILIES AND EVERYBODY ELSE. WE BALANCED THE BUDGET ALMOST SOME YEARS AGO. IT'S NOT IMPOSSIBLE. IT CAN BE DONE IF WE HAVE THE COURAGE TO DO IT. 49 OUT OF 50 STATES DO IT. SO WE NEED TO REMEMBER THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS GOVERNMENT MONEY. IT'S THE TAXPAYERS' MONEY AND IT'S OUR JOB TO BE RESPONSIBLE STEWARDS AND WE NEED TO STEP UP AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND PASS THIS BILL.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    MR. SPEAKER. THAT'S RIGHT, DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION WHEN THEY…

    MR. SPEAKER. THAT'S RIGHT, DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION WHEN THEY TOOK A BALANCED APPROACH, WE DID RUN SURPLUSES AND I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE AS WELL FOR THE GREAT WORK THAT HE HAS BEEN DOING. AS I LISTEN TO MY FRIENDS DISCUSS THIS QUESTION OF BEING RESPONSIBLE, I WANT TO AT LEAST ANNOUNCE BREAKING NEWS THAT OUR FRIENDS IN THE OTHER BODY HAVE COME UP WITH A SEMI-SOLUTION ON REVENUE AND ON THE QUESTION OF HOW WE WOULD CUT. THEY ARE SEEKING TO BE RESPONSIBLE. AND TODAY IN THIS BODY, WE ARE NOT. I HEARD A TUTORIAL ABOUT THE GREEN LIGHT AND RED LIGHT, WHICH AS YOU ARE A MEMBER, GREEN IS YES, AND NO COMES UP RED. WHAT THE RED WILL MEAN IS TO STOP THE INSANITY, TO STOP THE LOSS OF OUR MORAL COMPASS, THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PAY OUR BILLS. WHAT THE RED LIGHT WILL MEAN IS THAT WE, IN FACT, WOULD BE NOT PAYING THE BILLS OF OUR FAMILY. WE WOULDN'T BE PAYING SOCIAL SECURITY. INTEREST RATES WILL SPIKE. THE U.S. DOLLARS WOULD DECLINE AND OUR CREDIT WOULD LITERALLY GO OUT THE DOOR. THAT'S WHAT BEING WITHOUT RESPONSIBILITY IS WHAT WE ARE PLANNING TO DO. THEN, IF I COULD HAVE THE OTHER ONE, PLEASE. THEN WE WILL LOSE THE ABILITY TO PAY OUR MEDICARE. AND SO DON'T BE FOOLED BY THE GREEN LIGHT TUTORIAL. WE FRANKLY ARE GOING TO LOSE OUR WAY. WE'LL CLOSE HOSPITALS AND WON'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE FOR OUR SENIORS AND THESE ARE THE VERY PERSONS THAT MY COLLEAGUES OVER HERE BELIEVE THEY ARE HELPING. BUT THE MAIN POINT I WANT TO EMPHASIZE VERY QUICKLY IS THAT THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES ALREADY SAYS THAT THE VALIDITY OF THE PUBLIC DEBT OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE 14 AMENDMENT SECTION 4, SHALL NOT BE QUESTIONED. LET ME TELL YOU TODAY THAT A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT WILL DESTROY THE UNITED STATES AND WILL NOT ALLOW US TO PAY FOR THOSE IN NEED. TAP DANCE, LOSERS' CLUB,. THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL IS. TAP DANCE, LOSERS' CLUB AND BUST THE BENEFITS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO HEED THE GAVEL AND CONCEDE THE TIME YIELDED BY THE…

    MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO HEED THE GAVEL AND CONCEDE THE TIME YIELDED BY THE MANAGERS OF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. GARRETT

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    YEARS, I HAVE SPENT MY LIFE AS A HUSBAND, SMALL BUSINESS OWNER AND…

    YEARS, I HAVE SPENT MY LIFE AS A HUSBAND, SMALL BUSINESS OWNER AND LEGISLATOR. COMMON SENSE IS NOT SO COMMON HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AS A HUSBAND, IT WOULD BE IRRESPONSIBLE TO BUY A NEW CAR OR BOAT IF MY FAMILY COULDN'T MAKE FOOD PAYMENTS OR MORTGAGE PAYMENTS. I DIDN'T RAISE REVENUES ON MY CUSTOMERS, I CUT BACK MY EXPENSES. AS A LEGISLATOR, WE CAN OPERATE A STATE AND YOU DON'T SEE FLORIDIANS RUNNING ON THE STREET. YOU SEE FLORIDA LIVING WITHIN ITS MEANS. THOSE OPPOSED TO THIS PLAN ARE FRIGHTEND AND THEY KNOW ANY CUTS AGREED TO AND A BALANCED BUDGET AND KNOW IT BRINGS SPENDING REDUCTIONS AND FORCE GOVERNMENT IN THE FUTURE TO GET AN AGREEMENT OF THE WHOLE FAMILY. A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT IS COMMON SENSE SM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE WATCHING AND THEIR PATIENCE IS WEARING THIN. I YIELD BACK.

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    ONE MINUTE, PLEASE.

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    SPEAKER. WITH A RECORD DEBT LEVEL OF $14.2 TRILLION AND UNEMPLOYMENT AT…

    SPEAKER. WITH A RECORD DEBT LEVEL OF $14.2 TRILLION AND UNEMPLOYMENT AT 9.2% AND SPENDING OUT OF CONTROL, AMERICANS ARE SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS, A PLAN THAT WILL GIVE THEM HOPE, A LIFELINE. THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT IS THAT LIFELINE. IT IS A SIMPLE PLAN WITH GUARANTEED RESULTS. RAISING THE DEBT CEILING WITHOUT SERIOUS SPENDING REFORMS WOULD BE NOTHING BUT A GREEN LIGHT FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR HIS FAILED SPENDING PROBLEMS AND MORE TAX HIKES AND MORE CRUSHING DEBT. THE PRESIDENT'S POLICY HAS US BORROWING 40 CENTS ON EVERY DOLLAR. THIS WILL JEOPARDIZE OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURES. AND WE MUST TAKE ACTION TO SOLVE OUR DEBT PROBLEMS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. BY MAKING IMMEDIATE CUTS AND BRINGING FEDERAL SPENDING IN LINE WITH HISTORIC AVERAGES, WE CAN PROMOTE JOB GROWTH, SUSTAIN OUR NATION'S ECONOMIC VIABILITY AND ENSURE THAT OUR NATION IS SECURE. LET'S THROW AMERICANS A LIFELINE AND VOTE YES ON THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    IT DOES NOT THROW AMERICANS A LIFELINE TO WRITE INTO THE UNITED STATES…

    IT DOES NOT THROW AMERICANS A LIFELINE TO WRITE INTO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION A PREFERENCE FOR CUTTING MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY, OR OVER SUBSIDIES FOR OIL COMPANIES. WITH THAT, I RESERVE.

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    MR. GARRETT

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR A MINUTE AND WE'LL SEE HOW HE CONTAINS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR A MINUTE AND WE'LL SEE HOW HE CONTAINS HIMSELF WITHIN THAT TIME.

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  • 05:25:40 PM

    MR. BARTON

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. BARTON

    IN 1995. I HAVE ONE OF THE MOST CONSERVATIVE VOTING RECORDS IN THE HOUSE…

    IN 1995. I HAVE ONE OF THE MOST CONSERVATIVE VOTING RECORDS IN THE HOUSE OVER THE LAST 25 YEARS. COMMON SENSE TELLS YOU THAT OUR BUDGET PROBLEM TODAY IS A SPENDING PROBLEM, NOT A REVENUE PROBLEM. AND AS THE FIRST LAW OF DITCH DIGGING SAYS, WHEN YOU ARE DIGGING A HOLE, YOU HAVE TO STOP DIGGING DEEPER. PRESIDENT OBAMA'S BUDGET DOES NOT HAVE A BUDGET DEFICIT OF LESS THAN HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS OVER A 10-YEAR PERIOD. CUT, CAP AND BALANCE MAY HAVE SOME TECHNICAL ISSUES WITH IT, BUT THE BASIC PREMISE IS SOUND. WE NEED TO SPEND LESS MONEY SHORT-TERM THIS YEAR, WE NEED TO SPEND LESS MONEY IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS AND WE NEED A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT THAT LOCKS INTO PLACE THAT OVER TIME WE HAVE TO BALANCE OUR BUDGET EVERY YEAR UNLESS THERE IS SOME ACT OF WAR OR NATIONAL EMERGENCY GOING ON, 2/3 VOTE TO OVERRIDE. VOTE FOR THIS BILL LATER THIS EVENING.

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    MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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    REMAINING THREE 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. DUNCAN

    MY COLLEAGUES HAVE NEVER SIGNED THE FRONT OF A PAY CHECK. AS A SMALL TOWN…

    MY COLLEAGUES HAVE NEVER SIGNED THE FRONT OF A PAY CHECK. AS A SMALL TOWN BANKER, I PRACTICED CHARACTER, CAPACITY, CAPITAL, COLLATERAL AND CASH FLOW. IF OUR COUNTRY WAS HELD TO THESE SAME STANDARDS, PRESIDENT OBAMA WOULD NEVER GET THE LOAN HE IS ASKING FOR. I STRUGGLED ON THIS VOTE BECAUSE OF THE $14 TRILLION OF DEBT THAT OUR NATION FACES. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS YET TO COME UP WITH A PLAN THAT CHANGES OUR SPENDING TRAJECTORY. IT'S NOT JUST ANY PLAN, BUT REVOLUTIONARY REFORM THE WAY CONGRESS SPENDS MONEY. WE AREN'T $14 TRILLION BECAUSE WE TAX AMERICANS TOO LITTLE, BUT CONGRESS HAS SPENT TOO MUCH. REFORMS LIKE A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT COUPLED WITH SPENDING CAPS -- MR.

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    MR. GARRETT

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO RECLAIM THE TIME FOR MR. JORDAN FOR THE NEXT…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO RECLAIM THE TIME FOR MR. JORDAN FOR THE NEXT HALF HOUR. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN --

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    ON A SECOND. ARE YOU SEEKING UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CONTROL MR. JORDAN'S TIME? AND DOES MR. JORDAN KNOW THAT?

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    MR. GARRETT

    THAT UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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    MR. JORDAN

    FRIEND FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. DUNCAN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO FOR THAT. REFORMS LIKE A BALANCED BUDGET…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO FOR THAT. REFORMS LIKE A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT COUPLED WITH SPENDING CUTS THAT CAN PREVENT OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN FROM INHERITTING MOUNTAINS OF DEBT. PASSING OFF THE PROBLEM TO THEM MAY BE THE EASY WAY BUT NOT THE AMERICAN WAY OR THE CHRISTIAN WAY. AS PRESIDENT REAGAN SAID YOU AND I AS INDIVIDUALS CAN BY BORROWING, LIVE BEYOND OUR MEANS, BUT ONLY FOR A LIMITED PERIOD OF TIME. WHY SHOULD WE THINK THAT COLLECTIVELY AS A NATION WE ARE NOT BOUND BY THAT SAME LIMITATION. WE MUST ACT TODAY IN ORDER TO PRESERVE TOMORROW. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:29:40 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I WOULD POINT OUT THAT WHEN RONALD REAGAN WAS PRESIDENT HE RAISED THE DEBT…

    I WOULD POINT OUT THAT WHEN RONALD REAGAN WAS PRESIDENT HE RAISED THE DEBT CEILING 17 TIMES AND SPECIFICALLY WROTE TO THE CONGRESS SAYING THAT FAILURE TO PAY OUR BILLS WOULD JEOPARDIZE THE CREDIT WORTHYNESS OF THE UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT REAGAN DIDN'T WANT TO MAKE THAT MISTAKE. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FATTAH.

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    MR. FATTAH

    NOT WHAT WE KNOW, IT'S WHAT WE KNOW THAT JUST ISN'T SO. FIRST AND…

    NOT WHAT WE KNOW, IT'S WHAT WE KNOW THAT JUST ISN'T SO. FIRST AND FOREMOST, WHEN WE LOOK AT THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND WE LOOK AT ARTICLE 1 WHEN WE DEAL WITH THE LEGISLATURE, AMONG THE POWERS GRANTED TO THE LEGISLATURE, THE FIRST ONE IS TO BORROW ON CREDIT ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES. FOUNDING FATHERS HAD NO NOTION WE WOULD BE BORROWING AND WOULDN'T HAVE THIS AS THE FIRST ENUMERATED POWER OF THE LEGISLATURE. LET'S DEAL WITH THIS MISINFORMATION THAT HAS BEEN ON THE FLOOR. MOST FAMILIES HAVE TO BALANCE THEIR BUDGETS? NO. THEY HAVE MORTGAGES. THEY DON'T WAIT UNTIL THEY ARE HOMELESS AND GO TO THE BANK. THEY BORROW SO THEY CAN HAVE A HOME. THEY DON'T WAIT UNTIL THEY NEED A CAR, THEY BORROW THE MONEY TO HAVE THE CAR. MOST BUSINESSES BALANCE THEIR BUDGETS. THE MANUFACTURERS AREN'T WAITING FOR THEIR MACHINES TO FALL APART TO RECAPITALIZE THEIR BUSINESSES. WE NEED TO STOP DEALING IN FALSEHOODS AND KNOW THAT OUR COUNTRY, GREATEST SUPERPOWER HAS TO ACT IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY AND I ENCOURAGE A NO VOTE. . .

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  • 05:31:42 PM

    MR. LANDRY

    I RISE IN FAVOR OF H.R. 2560. WE NEED TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT, SEE, THE…

    I RISE IN FAVOR OF H.R. 2560. WE NEED TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT, SEE, THE PRESIDENT SAID WE DON'T NEED A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO MAKE GOVERNMENT DO ITS JOB. I DON'T SEE WHY HE CARES. HE NORMALLY IGNORES THE CONSTITUTION MOST OF THE TIME. HE SAYS HE WILL VETO THIS BILL IF IT COMES TO HIS DESK. WELL, HE CAN GO AHEAD AND VETO IT BUT IF HE DOES IT IS HE WHO IS CHOOSING OUR SENIORS OVER EVERYONE ELSE. IT IS HE WHO IS CHOOSING NOT TO MOVE AMERICA FORWARD. LET'S LOOK AT THE RECORD. HOUSE REPUBLICANS RELUCTANTLY PASSED THE C.R. WHICH WAS DILUTED BY HIM AND THE SENATE. WE PASSED A BUDGET, SOMETHING THE SENATE HASN'T DONE IN 811 DAYS AND SOMETHING THE LAST CONGRESS DIDN'T DO IN THE LAST YEAR OF THE LAST CONGRESS. I'M SORRY IF THEY DON'T LIKE OUR PLAN. BUT THE PRESIDENT HASN'T EVEN PUT UP A PLAN. HE GIVES US NO CHOICE. SO, NO, MR. PRESIDENT, WE DON'T NEED A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT BUT YOU DO. THEREFORE I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO RISE AND SUPPORT CUT, CAP AND BALANCE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR HAS A PLETHORA OF ADVISORS. FIRST OF ALL, MEMBERS ARE REMINDED…

    THE CHAIR HAS A PLETHORA OF ADVISORS. FIRST OF ALL, MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT TO -- OTHERS IN THE SECOND -- AND NOT TO OTHERS IN THE SECOND PERSON, ALSO, DISPARAGING REMARKS DIRECTED AT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ARE INAPPROPRIATE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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    MRS. CAPITO

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE BROKE. EVERYONE FROM THE SMALL BUSINESS…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE BROKE. EVERYONE FROM THE SMALL BUSINESS PERSON TO S&P 500 IS LOOKING TO WASHINGTON TO SOLVE THIS MESS. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO DEMONSTRATE THAT WE CAN RESPONSIBLY RAISE THE DEBT CEILING BY CHANGING THE WAY WASHINGTON TREATS THE TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS. THE REASON WE'RE IN OVER OUR HEADS IS NOT BECAUSE WE'RE TAXED TOO LITTLE, IT'S BECAUSE WE SPEND TOO MUCH. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, CUT, CAP AND BALANCE, IS A TANGIBLE IDEA THAT DEMONSTRATES WE HAVE TO PAY OUR BILLS WHILE MAKING SURE OUR FUTURE CREDIT CARD STATEMENTS ARE NOT BUDGET-BUSTING. IF WE WANT TO PROTECT OUR SENIORS AND GRANDCHILDREN, ENCOURAGE SMALL BUSINESS AND CREATE JOBS AND SAFEGUARD THE AMERICAN DREAM, WE NEED TO GET OUR ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK. THAT STARTS WITH LIVING WITHIN OUR MEANS. IT'S ABOUT TIME.

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    SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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    MR. JORDAN

    CAN I INQUIRE, I DON'T KNOW -- ARE WE PRETTY CLOSE IN TIME SO IT'S FINE…

    CAN I INQUIRE, I DON'T KNOW -- ARE WE PRETTY CLOSE IN TIME SO IT'S FINE FOR US TO KEEP GOING?

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    IT'S FINE FOR TO YOU KEEP GOING -- TO KEEP GOING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO HAS 28 3/4 MINUTES AND AFTER THAT WE HAVE MR. RYAN WITH 30 MINUTES AND THE MINORITY HAS 43 1/4.

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  • 05:34:31 PM

    MR. JORDAN

    OK. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. HULTGREN.

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    MR. HULTGREN

    MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THAT WASHINGTON HAS A MASSIVE…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THAT WASHINGTON HAS A MASSIVE SPENDING AND DEBT PROBLEM THAT THREATENS NOT ONLY OUR NATION'S CREDIT RATING BUT OUR FISCAL FUTURE. AS A FATHER OF FOUR, I UNDERSTAND THE THREAT OUR NATION'S FISCAL CRISIS POSES TO THEM AND TO OTHERS IN THEIR GENERATION. A CHILD BORN TODAY INHERITS MORE THAN $45,000 OF DEBT, AN ASTOUNDING AND TERRIFYING STATISTIC. IT'S CLEAR CONGRESS NEEDS TO CUT SPENDING TO ENSURE THAT AMERICA REMAINS STRONG AND PROSPEROUS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. WE MUST FIGHT BOTH THE THREAT OF DOWNGRADE AND THE THREAT OF DEFAULT. THIS COMMONSENSE BILL PROVIDES A GUIDE TO DOING JUST THAT, WITHOUT RAISING TAXES ON JOB CREATORS. WE MUST FORCE THIS GOVERNMENT TO LIVE WITHIN ITS MEANS, PRESERVE OUR NATION'S STEARLING CREDIT RATING AND FIGHT FOR A BRIGHTING FUTURE FOR OUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE BILL AND SEND IT TO THE SENATE WITH THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE SUPPORT. I YIELD BACK.

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

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  • 05:35:49 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    MR. SPEAKER, I STILL FAIL TO SEE HOW IT HELPS OUR KIDS AND HELPS OUR…

    MR. SPEAKER, I STILL FAIL TO SEE HOW IT HELPS OUR KIDS AND HELPS OUR SENIORS TO WRITE INTO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES A BIAS IN FAVOR OF CUTTING MEDICARE AND CUTTING SOCIAL SECURITY AND CUTTING EDUCATION BEFORE CUTTING SPECIAL INTEREST TAX BREAKS, THEY WOULD REQUIRE ONLY A MAJORITY TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE BUT 2/3 TO GET RID OF SPECIAL INTEREST TAX BREAKS FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCING THE DEFICIT. THAT'S WHY THIS IS A QUESTION OF PRIORITIES AND A QUESTION OF BALANCE, HOW DO WE REDUCE THE DEFICIT, HOW DO WE GET IT INTO BALANCE? WITH THAT I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MRS. MALONEY.

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  • 05:36:28 PM

    MRS. MALONEY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND FOR POINTING OUT THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND FOR POINTING OUT THE PRIORITIES AND THE FOCUS AND THE INJUSTICE AND UNFAIRNESS OF THE REPUBLICANS' PROPOSAL. AS -- AT A TIME WHEN CONGRESS SHOULD BE LASER-FOCUSED ON FINDING NEW WAYS TO GROW OUR ECONOMY AND CREATE AMERICAN JOBS WE FIND OURSELVES ONCE AGAIN BAUGED DOWN IN PRODUCING THE REPUBLICAN VERSION -- BOGGED DOWN IN PRODUCING THE REPUBLICAN VERSION OF WAITING FOR THE DOUGH. WE KNOW THAT THIS BILL WILL NEVER BECOME LAW, THAT IT'S GOING NOWHERE IN THE SENATE. THEIR SLASH AND BURN CUTS HAVE NOT CREATED A SINGLE JOB FOR HARDWORKING MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND IN FACT MOST ECONOMISTS SAY THAT CUTTING TOO DEEPLY, TOO STRONGLY WOULD HINDER ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND COULD RETURN US TO A RECESSION. FOR THE AVERAGE AMERICAN FAMILY THE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL WOULD MEAN A CUT IN THEIR FUTURE PROSPECTS, A CAP ON THEIR DREAMS FOR TOMORROW AND BALANCING THE BUDGET ON THE BACKS OF AMERICA'S SENIORS WHILE THEY REFUSE TO EVEN LOOK AT CUTTING A SPECIAL INTEREST TAX BREAK OR SUBSIDY. THEY CONTINUE TO SUBSIDIZE COMPANIES THAT SEND OUR JOBS OVERSEAS AND SUBSIDIZE RECORD BREAKING PROFITS THAT OUR OIL COMPANIES HAVE BUT THEY'RE SUBSIDIZING SOME OF THEM TO THE TUNE OF 40%. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BROUGHT US TO THE BRINK OF A NATIONAL DEFAULT IN AN EFFORT TO FORCE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO ACCEPT THEIR IDEOLOGICAL AGENDA. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. JORDAN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. BEFORE YIELDING 15 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. BEFORE YIELDING 15 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, LET ME JUST SAY THIS. THERE'S NO CHANCE THIS WILL PASS THE SENATE, HOW DO WE KNOW? WE DON'T KNOW UNTIL WE SEND IT OVER THERE. MAYBE HARRY REID WILL HAVE THE COURAGE TO BRING IT UP ON THE FLOOR. WE DON'T KNOW. YOU KNOW WHAT? EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT WHEN THEY GET READY TO PLAY THE GAME, THERE'S ALWAYS ONE TEAM THAT'S FAVORED. MAYBE HEAVILY FAVORED. BUT THEY STILL KICK THE BALL OFF, THEY STILL PLAY THE GAME AND SOMETIMES THE UNDERDOG WINS. IN FACT, ANYTHING OF REAL MAGNITUDE THAT'S EVER HAPPENED, THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM WAS IT CAN'T HAPPEN. SO HOW DO WE KNOW? I'M SICK OF THIS ARGUMENT, IT CAN'T HAPPEN IN THE SENATE. WE DON'T KNOW THAT. IF THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM ALWAYS WON OUT THERE WOULDN'T BE A UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE HISTORIC MOMENTS AND TO SAY THIS THING CAN'T PASS THE SENATE IS JUST PLAIN WRONG. JUST PLAIN WRONG. I YIELD NOW 15 SECONDS TO -- I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD.

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    THAT WE LATER PASS A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    IN FACT, BETWEEN NOW AND AUGUST 2 WE HAVE TO PASS A CONSTITUTIONAL…

    IN FACT, BETWEEN NOW AND AUGUST 2 WE HAVE TO PASS A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT WHICH OF COURSE REQUIRES 2/3 IN THE HOUSE, WE'LL FIND OUT BY LATER THIS EVENING WHETHER OR NOT THIS BILL WILL EVEN GET 2/3 IN THE HOUSE.

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    MR. JORDAN

    GOING TO GET 218, WE'LL SEND IT TO THE SENATE. AT SOME POINT MAYBE WE'LL…

    GOING TO GET 218, WE'LL SEND IT TO THE SENATE. AT SOME POINT MAYBE WE'LL GET 2/3. THAT'S OUR WHOLE GOAL.

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  • 05:39:38 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    SAYS YOU CANNOT -- YOU CAN'T CONTINUE TO PAY THE BILLS UNLESS BETWEEN NOW…

    SAYS YOU CANNOT -- YOU CAN'T CONTINUE TO PAY THE BILLS UNLESS BETWEEN NOW AND AUGUST 2 OR WHENEVER --

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    WITH THE PROVISIONS YOU HAVE IN HERE. SO IT WILL BE A TEST TODAY WHERE YOU…

    WITH THE PROVISIONS YOU HAVE IN HERE. SO IT WILL BE A TEST TODAY WHERE YOU -- WHETHER YOU CAN GET THE 2/3 TO CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION IN THE WAYS YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.

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    IS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SUGGESTING IF THERE'S SOME CHANGES MADE TO…

    IS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SUGGESTING IF THERE'S SOME CHANGES MADE TO THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT IN OUR LEGISLATION THAT THERE WOULD BE 50 VOTES IN THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT IT ON YOUR SIDE?

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  • 05:40:11 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I'VE ALREADY INDICATED THAT THERE'S A CONVERSATION TO BE HAD WITH RESPECT…

    I'VE ALREADY INDICATED THAT THERE'S A CONVERSATION TO BE HAD WITH RESPECT TO WHAT'S A REASONABLE APPROACH BUT THAT IS ABSOLUTELY NOT WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH IN THIS PARTICULAR BILL. THE FACT IS YOU'VE GOT --

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    MR. JORDAN

    RECLAIMING MY TIME. WHAT YOU'RE SAY SOMETHING YOU THINK THE BALANCED…

    RECLAIMING MY TIME. WHAT YOU'RE SAY SOMETHING YOU THINK THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT IS A GOOD IDEA AND SOMETHING WE NEED.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    WE BELIEVE, AS THE PRESIDENT SAID, THE BEST WAY FOR TO US BALANCE THE…

    WE BELIEVE, AS THE PRESIDENT SAID, THE BEST WAY FOR TO US BALANCE THE BUDGET IS TO GET TOGETHER AND HAMMER OUT A DEAL SOONER RATHER THAN LATER.

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    MR. JORDAN

    WORKED WELL OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA.

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    MR. BURTON

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO MAY BE PAYING ATTENTION TO THIS WHOLE DEBATE MAY…

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO MAY BE PAYING ATTENTION TO THIS WHOLE DEBATE MAY BE CONFUSED. LET ME SUM IT UP IN ONE SENTENCE THEM. WANT TO SPEND MORE, THEY WANT TO TAX MORE AND WE DON'T.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    SPEAKER, IF WHAT THE GENTLEMAN'S SAY SOMETHING THAT WE THINK WE SHOULD GET…

    SPEAKER, IF WHAT THE GENTLEMAN'S SAY SOMETHING THAT WE THINK WE SHOULD GET RID OF A LOT OF THE PORK BARREL SPENDING IN THE TAX CODE, WHETHER IT'S OIL SUBSIDIES OR WHETHER IT'S FOR CORPORATE JETS, YEAH, WE THINK WE SHOULD GET RID OF SOME OF THAT STUFF FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCE -- FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCING THE DEFICIT.

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  • 05:41:29 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    WE HAVE A LOT LESS TIME. REALLY, OTHERWISE I WOULD. COT SPEAKER TELL US…

    WE HAVE A LOT LESS TIME. REALLY, OTHERWISE I WOULD. COT SPEAKER TELL US HOW MUCH TIME IS ON EITHER SIDE?

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    MR. JORDAN

    QUICK QUESTION. JOIP EXCUSE ME. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO HAS 23 3/4…

    QUICK QUESTION. JOIP EXCUSE ME. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO HAS 23 3/4 MINUTES AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND HAS 401 1/2 AND -- 40 1/2 AND THEN THERE'S AN ADDITIONAL 30 MINUTES FOR MR. RYAN ON THE MAJORITY SIDE.

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  • 05:41:54 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    TO RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    MR. JORDAN

    ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN FOR A MINUTE.

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    AND THEY DID NOTHING TO SUPPORT THAT REFORM. AND NOW THEY DEMAGOGUE OUR…

    AND THEY DID NOTHING TO SUPPORT THAT REFORM. AND NOW THEY DEMAGOGUE OUR PLAN AGAIN. WE HEAR ABOUT SENDING JOBS OVERSEAS, WELL, JOBS ARE GOING OVERSEAS BECAUSE WE'RE TAXING OUR BUSINESSES TOO MUCH. WHEN YOU TAX THEM TOO MUCH, THEY GO OTHER PLACES AND WHEN THEY GO OTHER PLACES LIKE CHINA, INDIA, MEXICO, VIETNAM, THEY TAKE OUR JOBS WITH THEM. I'VE HEARD A LOT ABOUT MEDICARE. THE ONLY PARTY IN THIS HOUSE WHO HAS CUT MEDICARE IS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY. $500 BILLION OUT OF MEDICARE IN AN IPAB BILL THAT IS GOING TO RATION CARE FOR OUR SENIORS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. DUFFY

    RATION CARE FOR OUR SENIORS. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR WOULD REMIND MEMBERS TO HEED THE GAVEL. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE CHAIR WOULD REMIND MEMBERS TO HEED THE GAVEL. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    HOLLEN: MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO LOOK AT THE…

    HOLLEN: MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO LOOK AT THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ANALYSIS OF THE IMPACT OF THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET ON SENIOR CITIZENS ON MEDICARE. ESSENTIALLY WHAT THEY DO IS GIVE SENIORS A RAW DEAL COMPARED TO WHAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS GET THEMSELVES. ANDA RAW DEAL IN A BIG WAY. -- A RAW DEAL IN A BIG WAY. WITH THAT I RESERVE.

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    MR. JORDAN

    YIELD ONE MINUTE TO DR. FLEMING.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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    MR. FLEMING

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, BUT FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WHO…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, BUT FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WHO SERVES TODAY AND A DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED CONGRESS OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS WE WOULDN'T BE HERE TODAY DEBATING THIS. $3.8 TRILLION ADDED TO OUR DEBT AND CONTINUING ON THAT SAME GLIDE PATH. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE HERE TODAY BECAUSE PEOPLE ACROSS AMERICA, BUSINESSES, CITIES, STATES, ALL HAVE TO BALANCE THEIR BUDGETS. THE ONLY GAME IN THIS COUNTRY, THE ONLY ENTITY THAT DOESN'T HAVE TO BALANCE ITS BUDGET IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND THAT'S WHAT'S RUINING OUR ECONOMY. SO ALL WE'RE ASKING FOR IN THIS BILL IS SIMPLY TO IMMEDIATELY CUT $111 BILLION IN FISCAL 2012, BEGIN CAPPING OUR SPENDING RATES, BRINGING IT DOWN TO WHAT'S TRADITIONAL, 18%, AND THEN FINALLY PASSING A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT THAT WILL FINALLY PUT THE RESTRAINTS ON THIS BODY, ON THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND CERTAINLY ON THE SENATE, FINALLY SO WE WILL BEGIN TO DO THE PEOPLE'S WORK AND WE ALLOW THIS ECONOMY TO FLOURISH ONCE AGAIN. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    HOLLEN: MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    MR. JORDAN

    YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR TWO MINUTES. .

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    EVERY DAY, WASHINGTON ADDS ANOTHER $40,000 TO OUR NATIONAL DEBT, $40,000.…

    EVERY DAY, WASHINGTON ADDS ANOTHER $40,000 TO OUR NATIONAL DEBT, $40,000. IN FACT, BY THE TIME I FINISH SPEAKING THIS SENTENCE, OUR NATIONAL DEBT WILL INCREASE ANOTHER $360,000, $360,000 IN ONE SEPTEMBERENS. WE HAVE REACHED THE EDGE OF A CLIFF AND IT'S GOING TO TAKE TOUGH DECISIONS AND RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP TO ELIMINATE THIS MASSIVE, MASSIVE DEBT. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2560, THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT OF 2011. I SUPPORT IT BECAUSE IT'S RIGHT, NOT BECAUSE IT'S A REPUBLICAN PLAN, BUT BECAUSE IT'S A COMMONSENSE PLAN. IT'S THE AMERICAN FAMILY PLAN. EVERY AMERICAN FAMILY CUTS THEIR BUDGET, CAPS THEIR BUDGET, BALANCES THEIR BUDGET WITH THEIR OWN FINANCES, SO SHOULD WASHINGTON. THAT IS NOT UNFAIR. TO ARGUE AGAINST THIS IS TO ARGUE AGAINST COMMON SENSE. THIS IS TO SAY AS BAD PARENTS DO, DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO. THAT IS BAD PARENTING AND THAT'S ALSO BAD LEGISLATION. UNFORTUNATELY, OVER THE PAST THREE MONTHS, OUR EFFORTS TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT THIS CRISIS HAS BEEN MEANT WITH SCARE TACTICS. ENOUGH, ENOUGH OF THE POLITICAL PARLOR TRICKS COMING OUT OF THIS CITY. IT IS TIME FOR US TO DO THE JOB THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENT US HERE TO DO, PRACTICE, WALKING-AROUND COMMON SENSE. THAT'S WHAT MY GRANDFATHER TAUGHT ME, IT IS GOOD IN SMALL BUSINESS AND GOOD ENOUGH FOR WASHINGTON D.C. AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    SPEAKER, AMERICAN FAMILIES DON'T HAVE THE LUXURY OF SAYING IF WE DON'T GET…

    SPEAKER, AMERICAN FAMILIES DON'T HAVE THE LUXURY OF SAYING IF WE DON'T GET THINGS 100% OUR WAY, WE WON'T PAY OUR FAMILY BILLS. I RESERVE.

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    MR. JORDAN

    MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    MR. CHABOT

    NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS STUCK AT OVER 9%. WE ARE CURRENTLY BORROWING…

    NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS STUCK AT OVER 9%. WE ARE CURRENTLY BORROWING 43 CENTS ON EVERY DOLLAR THAT'S SPENT AROUND HERE AND OUR NATIONAL DEBT STANDS AT A STAGGERING $14.5 TRILLION. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE DEMANDING THAT WE IN CONGRESS PROVIDE REAL SOLUTIONS TO THESE SERIOUS PROBLEMS. THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT DOES SUCH THAT. THE DEBATE IS NOT WHETHER WE SHOULD MAKE DEP GOOD ON OUR CURRENT OBLIGATIONS. WE MUST PAY OUR BILLS. BUT THE SPENDING IN WASHINGTON IS OUT OF CONTROL AND IT'S GOT TO STOP. AND WE HAVE TO CAP FUTURE SPENDING AND PASSING A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT IS CRITICAL TO DOING THAT, BECAUSE LET'S FACE IT, HISTORICALLY CONGRESS HAS SHOWN NO WILL OR THE ABILITY TO STOP ITS ADDICTION TO SPENDING. RIGHT NOW BACK IN MY DISTRICT IN CINCINNATI, HARD-WORKING AMERICANS ARE MAKING TOUGH DECISIONS AND MAKING SACRIFICES TO PAY THEIR BILLS. THEY EXPECT US TO DO THE SAME. LET'S DOT RIGHT THING AND PASS THIS CRITICAL BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    MR. JORDAN

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA ARIZONA, MR. FLAKE.

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    MR. FLAKE

    HAS BEEN A FASCINATING DEBATE. MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE CLAIM…

    HAS BEEN A FASCINATING DEBATE. MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE CLAIM MORAL SUPERIORITY TO THE DEBT THAT WE HAVE ACCUMULATED. THERE IS PLENTY OF BLAME TO GO AROUND. WHEN THE REPUBLICANS HAD THE MAJORITY IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND REPUBLICAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE, WE BEHAVED BADLY. NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND, THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT, BLOATED FARM BILLS, SWOLLEN HIGHWAY BILLS, BRIDGES TO NO WHERE, PORK EVERYWHERE. LET'S BE HONEST, WE WERE HEADED TOWARDS THIS FISCAL CLIFF LONG BEFORE THE PRESIDENT TOOK THE WHEEL. SO HERE WE ARE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER. IT MATTERS LITTLE WHO DROVE WHAT SHIFT, WHAT MATTERS IS THAT WE, BOTH PARTIES, ARE TEATERING ON THE FISCAL CLIFF GETTING READY TO DRAG THE COUNTRY INTO THE ABYSS. FORTUNATELY, THE 2006 MID-TERM ELECTION SENT US ON A DOE TOUR TO THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS AND WE ARE HERE WITH A CUT, CAP AND BALANCE PLAN THAT WILL PUT US BACK ON SURE FINANCIAL FOOTING. IF THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAS A PLAN THAT DOES NOT ENTAIL THE SAME BEHAVIOR, WE SHOULD CONSIDER THAT PLAN. TO DATE, WE HAVE SEEN NO SUCH PLAN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT THIS CUT, CAP AND BALANCE LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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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 MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    A LOT OF WHAT THE GENTLEMAN HAS SAID. THE PRESIDENT HAS PUT A PLAN ON THE…

    A LOT OF WHAT THE GENTLEMAN HAS SAID. THE PRESIDENT HAS PUT A PLAN ON THE TABLE TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT BY $4 TRILLION OVER 10 YEARS. IT DOES IT WITH 3,000 SPENDING CUTS TO $1 IN REVENUE. THAT APPROACH WAS REJECTED BY OUR COLLEAGUES. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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  • 05:50:35 PM

    MR. JORDAN

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. JORDAN

    NOW TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS ONE MINUTE. -- THREE MINUTES, I'M SORRY.

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    FOR YIELDING AND THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I SIT BACK AND AS WE'RE WATCHING…

    FOR YIELDING AND THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I SIT BACK AND AS WE'RE WATCHING THE DEBATE TODAY, I HAVE TO TAKE MY HAT OFF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND WHO I THINK HAS THE TOUGHEST JOB IN THE WHOLE CHAMBER, MR. SPEAKER, AND THAT IS, HE IS BASICALLY TODAY THE LAWYER FOR THE STATUS QUO.

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    MR. ROSKAM

    TOUGH JOB. A TOUGH ARGUMENT TO MAKE. NO MATTER HOW THOUGHTFUL THE…

    TOUGH JOB. A TOUGH ARGUMENT TO MAKE. NO MATTER HOW THOUGHTFUL THE ARGUMENTS HAVE BEEN ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT THERE IS AN URGENCY --

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  • 05:51:40 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. ROSKAM

    END. NO MATTER HOW URGENT THE ARGUMENT IS, NO MATTER HOW JARRING THE…

    END. NO MATTER HOW URGENT THE ARGUMENT IS, NO MATTER HOW JARRING THE UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES ARE AT 9.2%, NO MATTER WHAT THE RATING AGENCIES ARE SAYING, THE GENTLEMAN IS SAYING, THERE IS A BETTER PLAN. BUT I WOULD SUBMIT THAT THERE IS NO BETTER PLAN. THERE IS NO MORE BALANCED PLAN THAN CUT, CAP AND BALANCE. MOST AMERICANS THAT ARE LISTENING TO THIS DEBATE, THEY ARE HEARING WASHINGTON, D.C., SAYING HOLD THE LINE, LASH OURSELVES TO THE MASS AND WE WILL GET AROUND THE CAPE IF WE STICK TO THE CURRENT COURSE. THE CURRENT COURSE IS A FAILURE. NOBODY CAN DEFEND THE STATUS QUO WITH A STRAIGHT FACE. THIS MAJORITY HAS COME UP AND SAID OK, THERE IS A PATHWAY FORWARD AND THE PATHWAY FORWARD IS IMMEDIATE, SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM. AND I DON'T SEE WHAT THE ARGUMENT IS. I WILL BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU MEAN BY PROTECTING THE STATUS QUO IS THAT I'M OPPOSED TO ACTUALLY…

    YOU MEAN BY PROTECTING THE STATUS QUO IS THAT I'M OPPOSED TO ACTUALLY MANIPULATING THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES TO MAKE IT HARDER TO REDUCE SPECIAL INTEREST TAX BREAKS, YEAH, I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU SAID 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. ROSKAM

    30 SECONDS. AND FURTHERMORE, THEY ARE DOING IT IN AN ORDERLY BASIS, THAT…

    30 SECONDS. AND FURTHERMORE, THEY ARE DOING IT IN AN ORDERLY BASIS, THAT IS, AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION FORTH RIGHTLY AND DIRECTLY. AND I THINK IN CLOSING, MR. SPEAKER, MY HAT IS OFF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, WHO NO MATTER WHAT THE MAJORITY HAS COME UP WITH, ALWAYS COMES UP WITH SOME ARGUMENT THAT JUST DEFIES LOGIC, BUT MOST AMERICANS AS THEY ARE LISTENING TO THIS DEBATE ARE SAYING, CUT IT, CAP IT AND BALANCE IT AND DO IT NOW. AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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  • 05:53:56 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK WHAT WILL DEFILE THE LOGIC OF THE AMERICAN…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK WHAT WILL DEFILE THE LOGIC OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE WHY WE ARE GOING TO WRITE INTO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES A PROVISION THAT SAYS A MAJORITY VOTE IS NEEDED TO CUT MEDICARE, A MAJORITY VOTE IS NEEDED TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY, A MAJORITY VOTE IS NEEDED TO CUT EDUCATION BUT YOU NEED 2/3 VOTE TO CUT OIL SUBSIDIES, SUBSIDIES FOR CORPORATE JETS, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT DEFIES LOGIC. YOU WOULD WRITE INTO THE CONSTITUTION THAT SAYS, EVEN IF YOU BALANCE THE BUDGET AT 19% OF G.D.P. OR SOME OTHER LEVEL SO WE CAN MEET THE NEEDS OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE, YOU WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO DO THAT. YOU WOULD CONSTITUTIONALLY PROHIBIT THAT KIND OF BALANCED BUDGET, ONE THAT MEETS THE NEEDS OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES. THAT DEFIES LOGIC. I RESERVE.

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    MR. JORDAN

    UN WILLINGNESS TO DO, PUT A BALANCED BUDGET IN THE CONSTITUTION SO…

    UN WILLINGNESS TO DO, PUT A BALANCED BUDGET IN THE CONSTITUTION SO POLITICIANS HAVE TO DO WHAT THEY DO IN THEIR HOMES. THE OTHER ROUTE DIDN'T WORK. WHAT PART OF $14 TRILLION DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND? WHAT PART OF BALANCING THE BUDGET DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND?

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I UNDERSTAND $14 TRILLION.

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    THE TIME IS CONTROLLED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDING…

    THE TIME IS CONTROLLED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDING THAT THERE ARE PASSIONATE ARGUMENTS ON BOTH SIDES WOULD ASK ALL MEMBERS TO OBSERVE THE DECORUM OF THE HOUSE AND CONDUCT DEBATE ACCORDINGLY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    MR. JORDAN

    THE DISTINGUISHED MAJORITY WHIP, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THIS DEBATE AND THAT'S HEALTHY AND THAT'S WHY WE ARE ON THIS FLOOR.

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    MR. CARTER

    LOGIC, INTERESTING TERM. SO YOU UNDERSTAND TO PAY FOR THE OBLIGATION THAT…

    LOGIC, INTERESTING TERM. SO YOU UNDERSTAND TO PAY FOR THE OBLIGATION THAT THIS GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY PROMISED, SO LET'S THINK ABOUT DEFYING LOGIC. THE ECONOMY IS TOUGH AND I SAT IN THIS HOUSE AND WATCH THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE PUT TOGETHER A STIMULUS BILL AND THEIR OWN PEOPLE SAID THEY DIDN'T KNOW IT WOULD WORK. AT THE END OF THE DAY, DEFYING LOGIC IS 270,000. DEFYING LOGIC, MORE PEOPLE IN AMERICA BELIEVE THAT ELVIS PRESLEY IS ALIVE. DEFYING LOGIC, 28 STRAIGHT MONTHS OF UNEMPLOYMENT ABOVE 8%. DEFYING LOGIC IS TO CONTINUE THIS PATTERN, BUT TODAY WE HAVE A DEBATE. TODAY WE HAVE A CHOICE. TODAY WE CAN TAKE A NEW PATH. I UNDERSTAND WHY SO VIGOROUSLY YOU FIGHT THIS BECAUSE IT WOULD BE A CHANGE TO AMERICA. IT WOULD CHANGE THE DIRECTION. AND ONE THING I WOULD ASK IS, WHEN WILL THE ASSAULT ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE STOP? THAT WOULD BE DEFINING THE PATTERN OF WHERE WE ARE GOING TO GO. I WANT TO ASK YOU ONE THING. WE ASK IN THIS BILL TO CUT WHERE YOU HAD GOVERNMENT SPENDING, DISCRETIONARY SPENDING GONE UP 84% IN THE LAST THREE YEARS. TO SMALL BUSINESS THAT WOULD BE QUITE ODD THEY AREN'T ABLE TO DO THAT. THEY ARE GOING TO CAP IT SO IT WON'T GROW OUT OF CONTROL AND THEN GOING TO ASK FOR A BALANCED BUDGET WHERE 49 STATES HAVE THAT , BECAUSE WHAT I WANT TO SAY TODAY IS A NEW PATH, NOT A PATH OF REPEATING THE MISTAKES BUT A PATH TO A NEW FUTURE. AND WHEN YOU THINK OF A BALANCED BUDGET AND QUESTION THE PATH, YOU KNOW, 16 YEARS AGO, WE CAME ONE VOTE SHY IN THE SENATE. PASSED THIS BODY WITH FEWER PEOPLE ON THIS SIDE. THAT MEANT PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE VOTED FOR IT. SOME OF THE PEOPLE IN YOUR LEADERSHIP WHO HAVE VOTED FOR IT. I WANT YOU TO THINK FOR ONE MOMENT TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AND I WANT THEM TO IMAGINE, IMAGINE HAD WE GOTTEN THAT ONE VOTE, THE DEBATE TODAY WOULD NOT HAVE TAKEN PLACE. THE DEBATE WOULDN'T BE ABOUT $14 TRILLION. THE DEBATE WOULDN'T BE THAT WE HAD TO CHANGE THE PATH. THE DEBATE WOULD BE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY. WHAT DO YOU THINK WE WOULD BE DEBATING, WHAT INVESTMENTS WE WOULD MAKE TO CONTINUE TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY STRONG? WHAT ABILITY WE COULD GROW WITH OUR BUSINESSES AND IT WOULDN'T BE ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT. I WANT TO HASHINGEN BACK TO A FORMER PRESIDENT WHO SAID WE CAN GO TO THAT SHINING CITY ON THE HILL. MY CHARGE IS FOR THIS BODY TO JOIN US ON THAT CLIMB. BECAUSE THIS IS THE FIRST STEP AND WHEN WE GET THAT, WE WILL RECHARGE THAT LIGHT AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT WE WANT TO CHANGE AND THERE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT WE WANT TO CHANGE AND THERE ARE SOME THINGS WE DON'T WANT TO CHANGE. ONE OF THE THINGS WE DON'T WANT TO CHANGE IS THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND I THINK MANY OF US THINK IT IS A CORRUPTION OF THE CONSTITUTION TO WRITE IN PROVISIONS THAT SAY YOU CAN ONLY BALANCE THE BUDGET THE WAY THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO BALANCE THE BUDGET, YOU CAN ONLY DO IT BY CAPPING THINGS AT 18%, EVEN IF THAT MEANS DEEP CUTS TO SOCIAL SECURITY, DEEP CUTS TO MEDICARE. WE THINK IT'S A CORRUPTION OF THE CONSTITUTION TO WRITE INTO THE FOUNDING DOCUMENT A PROVISION THAT SAYS IT'S EASIER TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE THAN CORPORATE TAX BREAKS. THAT IS IN HERE. WE KEEP HEARING 49 OF 50 STATES. 49 OF 50 STATES DO NOT WRITE THOSE KINDS OF PROVISIONS INTO THEIR STATE CONSTITUTIONS. VERY FEW DO. AND FOR GOOD REASON, THEY ARE BAD IDEAS, BAD IDEAS NOW AND WILL BE BAD IDEAS IN THE FUTURE, WHICH WOULD CONSTRAIN THE CONGRESS FROM BALANCING THE BUDGET IN A WAY THAT REFLECTS THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I RESERVE.

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    MR. JORDAN

    OF THOSE 50 STATES WOULD HAVE TO AGREE TO THIS BEFORE IT COULD BE AMENDED.…

    OF THOSE 50 STATES WOULD HAVE TO AGREE TO THIS BEFORE IT COULD BE AMENDED. SO THE GENTLEMAN CAN SAY WE ARE GOING TO WRITE THIS IN. THE STATES ARE GOING TO DECIDE THIS. THAT'S THE OTHER PART OF THE EQUATION. I WOULD YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. .

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    MR. GOWDY

    PRESIDENT SAYS HE WANTS TO DO A BIG DEAL. HE SAYS HE WANTS TO DO SOMETHING…

    PRESIDENT SAYS HE WANTS TO DO A BIG DEAL. HE SAYS HE WANTS TO DO SOMETHING TRANSFORMATIVE. HE WANTS TO DO SOMETHING THAT WILL ECHO IN ETERNITY AND HE'S WILLING TO RISK HIS POLITICAL CAREER TO GET IT DONE. HISTORY TELLS A VERY DIFFERENT STORY. IN 2006, SENATOR BARACK OBAMA JOINED 47 SENATE DEMOCRATS IN VOTING NO ON RAISING THE DEBT CEILING. THIS THE FIRST POST PARTISAN PRESIDENT CASTS A DECIDEDLY PARTISAN VOTE IN JOINING EVERY SINGLE ONE OF HIS COLLEAGUES IN SAYING NO TO RAISING THE DEBT CEILING. CALAMITOUS ON THE DIFFERENT DEFINITION IN 2006 WAS RENEGING ON YOUR DEBTS. WAS THE APOCALYPSE NOT IN 2006? IN 2007, 2008 WHEN AGAIN THIS GODDY -- BODY VOTED ON RAISING THE DEBT CEILING. THE PRESIDENT WHO IS A SENATOR FROM ILLINOIS WAS ABSENT FOR BOTH VOTES. FAST FORWARD TO PRESIDENT OBAMA. HE'S PROPOSED A BUDGET THAT RAISES THIS DEBT BY TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS WITH NO SPENDING CUTS. AND THEN HE FAMOUSLY INVITES OUR COLLEAGUE, PAUL RYAN, TO THE WHITE HOUSE TO LECTURE HIM ON SENSITIVITY AND ENTITLEMENT REFORM WHILE OFFERING ABSOLUTELY NO PLAN WHATSOEVER ON HIS OWN FOR ENTITLEMENT REFORM. AND THEN HE SAID HE WANTED A CLEAN DEBT CEILING INCREASE, FREE FROM THE NUISANCES OF SPENDING CUTS AND ENTITLEMENT REFORM. AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. HOW DO YOU GO FROM VOTING NO ON RAISING THE DEBT CEILING TO SAYING YOU WANT A CLEAN INCREASE IN THE DEBT TO NOW SAYING YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING TRANSFORMATIVE THAT EXOS -- ECHOS IN ETERNITY? MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE HAS A PLAN. FORGET OUR SKEPTICISM. I'D LIKE TO SEE THE PLAN. I PREFER CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE, OVER PUNT, PASS, AND KICK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR WOULD CONGRATULATE BOTH FLOOR…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR WOULD CONGRATULATE BOTH FLOOR MANAGERS AS FAR AS 38 3/4 MINUTES ON THE MAJORITY SIDE AND THE MINORITY SIDE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 06:03:24 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. MORAN.

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  • 06:03:32 PM

    MR. MORAN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I -- ALL I HAVE IS A REFERENCE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I -- ALL I HAVE IS A REFERENCE POINT WHAT I OBSERVED OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS IN THIS BODY. I REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE TRYING TO PULL OUT OF THE LAST RECESSION IN 1990. AND GEORGE H.W. BUSH CALLED THE LEADERS OF BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES TOGETHER. THEY CAME UP WITH A COMPROMISE. THEY RAISED REVENUE AND THEY CUT SPENDING. AND THEY STARTED TO PULL US OUT OF THE DEFICIT. AND THEN THE ECONOMY STARTED REBOUNDING. PRESIDENT CLINTON FOLLOWED SUIT. AND IN FACT HE RAISED RATES TO 39.6%. WE HEARD AT THE TIME ALL OF THESE ARGUMENTS TO YOU CAN'T DO THAT. YOU CAN'T DO -- RAISE NEW REVENUE BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO CUT JOBS. AND SO ON. THE REALITY IS, GRANTED NOT ONE REPUBLICAN VOTE WAS CAST TO DO THAT, BUT WHAT HAPPENS? WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED? 20 MILLION JOBS WERE CREATED. WE HAD SURPLUSES. WE HAD THE STRONGEST ECONOMY IN MODERN HISTORY. WE REDUCED WELFARE. WE GREW THE MIDDLE CLASS. HOMEOWNERSHIP INCREASED. AND WE HANDED OVER A SURPLUS, PROJECTED SURPLUS, $5.6 TRILLION. IN FACT, THIS YEAR WE WOULD HAVE PAID OFF THE PUBLIC DEBT. YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THOSE WHO PAID AT THE HIGHEST RATE OF 39.6%? THEY BROUGHT HOME MORE AFTER TAX INCOME THAN AT ANY PRIOR TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY. IT WORKED. AND NOW YOUR PARTY COMES IN WITH THIS ATTITUDE WE HAVE BEEN HEARING ABOUT ALL DAY. YOU DRASTICALLY CUT TAXES, YOU ENSURE THE DEBT, AND IN FACT JUST THIS SPRING YOU VOTED FOR A REPUBLICAN BUDGET THAT INCREASED THE DEFICIT BY $8.8 TRILLION. FROM $14.3 TO $23.1 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. BUT NOW YOU DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR IT. THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. WE CAN'T PAY FOR ANYTHING. WE DIDN'T PAY FOR WARS. WE DIDN'T PAY FOR EXPANSION OF MEDICARE. THAT'S WHY WE ARE IN THE HOLE WE ARE IN. ALAN GREENSPAN SAID, RESTORE THE CLINTON TAX RATE. EVERY REPUBLICAN VOTED TO LET THE BUSH TAX CUTS EXPIRE IN 2011. DO IT. BE RESPONSIBLE. PAY OFF OUR DEBT. LET'S GET PASS THE FIRST WORLD STATUS. THANK YOU.

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    MEMBERS ARE AGAIN REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT TO OTHERS IN THE SECOND PERSON. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    MR. JORDAN

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF CONTROLLING OUR TIME TO THE…

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF CONTROLLING OUR TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. RYAN, WHO WILL ALSO TAKE OVER THE FINAL 30 MINUTES.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN WILL NOW CONTROL 38 3/4 MINUTES. AND THE CHAIR WOULD RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN. MR. RYAN.

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    MR. RYAN

    MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY…

    MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS, MRS. BIGGERT.

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    MRS. BIGGERT

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. IT'S NO SECRET THAT THE $14.3 TRILLION DEBT POSES AN EXTRAORDINARY THREAT TO OUR FINANCIAL FUTURE AND EXTRAORDINARY TIMES CALL FOR EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES. THE CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE ACT WOULD FINALLY END THE FISCAL UNCERTAINTY AND FORCE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PUT THE INTEREST OF THE TAXPAYERS FIRST. OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE CLAIM THAT THIS GOES TOO FAR BY RESTRICTING FUTURE BORROWING. BUT THE REALITY IS THAT THIS BILL IS SIMPLY CAP SPENDING AT THE SAME SUSTAINABLE RATE AS PAST GENERATIONS. ABOUT 20% OF G.D.P., A POST-WORLD WAR II AVERAGE. FOR TOO LONG GOVERNMENT HAS SPENT THE TAXPAYERS INTO A DEBT THEY CANNOT AFFORD. CUT CAP AND BALANCE WOULD -- CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE WOULD SHOW OUR COMPETITORS, CREDITORS, AND AMERICAN PEOPLE WE ARE WILLING TO MAKE TOUGH CHOICES NEEDED TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE AND GROWTH IN THE UNITED STATES. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S TIME TO CUT THE SPENDING AND GIVE THE AMERICAN BUSINESSES THE CERTAINTY AND STABILITY THEY NEED TO CREATE JOBS. I YIELD BACK.

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    ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. PLATTE.

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    MR. PLATTS

    IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2560. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS TO…

    IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2560. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS TO REACH A FINAL AGREEMENT ON THE DEBT CEILING THAT HELPS RESTORE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY IN WASHINGTON, HONORS AMERICA'S OBLIGATIONS, AND PUTS OUR NATION BACK ON THE PATH TO PROSPERITY. IT IS CLEAR THAT OUR ECONOMY WILL CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE UNTIL WASHINGTON DEMONSTRATES THE ABILITY TO GET OUR SPENDING AND OUR DEBT UNDER CONTROL. AND AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF HAS STATED, OUR NATIONAL DEBT IS THE BIGGEST THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THE CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE BILL BEFORE US ADDRESSES OUR NATION'S SPENDING AND DEBT CHALLENGES IN A MANNER THAT STOPS DELAYING HARD DECISIONS. WE IMMEDIATELY CUT SPENDER BY OVER $100 BILLION. WE CAP SPENDING IN FUTURE YEARS IN LESS THAN 20% OF G.D.P. AND SEND A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT FOR STATES FOR RATIFICATION. AT $14 TRILLION AND COUNTING, OUR NATIONAL DEBT CURRENTLY IS QUICKLY APPROACHING 100% OF G.D.P. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS BORROWING 40 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR IT SPENDS. AMERICA CANNOT CONTINUE ON THIS UNSUSTAINABLE FISCAL PATH. THE FULL FAITH AND CREDIT OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT DEPENDS ON CONGRESS ACTING. I URGE A YES VOTE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD A MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN.

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    MR. GREEN

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

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    MR. GREEN

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE DRASTIC CUTS OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE…

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE DRASTIC CUTS OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE AND OTHER CRUCIAL FEDERAL PROGRAMS THAT THIS CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE ACT WERE FORCED ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE ACT TAKES OUR NATION CLOSER TO DEFAULT, HOLDING THE DEBT CEILING HOSTAGE UNTIL CONGRESS PASSES THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO LIMIT SPENDING TO 18% OF G.D.P. THE LAST TIME IT WAS BELOW 18% OF G.D.P. WAS 1966. EVEN UNDER RONALD REAGAN THE FEDERAL SPENDING AVERAGED OVER 22% OF G.D.P. THERE IS ALMOST NO CONCEIVABLE WAY TO REVERT FEDERAL SPENDING BACK TO THE 1960 LEVELS WITHOUT SHARP CUTS IN EVERY PROGRAM, INCLUDING MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY. IN ORDER TO REDUCE FEDERAL SPENDING 18% OF G.D.P., EVERY FEDERAL PROGRAM, INCLUDING SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE, WOULD NEED TO BE CUT 25%. FACED WITH THE NEED TO INCREASE THE DEBT CEILING IN 1987, PRESIDENT REAGAN CALLED ON CONGRESS TO RAISE THE CEILING AND SAID FAILURE TO DO SO WOULD THREATEN THOSE WHO RELY ON SOCIAL SECURITY AND VETERANS BENEFITS, CREATE INSTABILITY IN THE FINANCIAL MARKETS, AND CAUSE THE FEDERAL DEFICIT TO SOAR. I AGREE WITH PRESIDENT REAGAN.

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    MR. RYAN

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. HURT.

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    TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2560. WE ARE IN A SPENDING-DRIVEN DEBT…

    TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2560. WE ARE IN A SPENDING-DRIVEN DEBT CRISIS THAT CONTINUES TO STALL JOB CREATION, PASSES A CRUSHING FINANCIAL BURDEN ON TO OUR CHILDREN AND AFFECTS ALL FIFTH DISTRICT VIRGINIANS. SINCE PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK OFFICE, OUR NATIONAL DEBT HAS INCREASED BY $3.7 TRILLION. RAISING OUR CURRENT TOTAL DEBT TO AN UNACCEPTABLE $14 TRILLION. NOW AFTER 2 1/2 YEARS OF RECKLESS SPENDING, THE PRESIDENT IS ASKING WE RAISE THE DEBT CEILING ONCE AGAIN. BUT WE HAVE YET TO SEE ANY CONCRETE PLAN FROM THIS ADMINISTRATION TO HELP REIN IN THE OUT-OF-CONTROL GOVERNMENT SPENDING THAT HAS BROUGHT US TO THE BRINK OF A DEBT CRISIS. SO THE HOUSE IS ONCE AGAIN LEADING AND DELIVERING ON THE MESSAGE SENT BY THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA'S FIFTH DISTRICT TO CHANGE THE CULTURE IN WASHINGTON AND END THE GOVERNMENT SPENDING SPREE BY PUTTING FORTH A COMMONSENSE PROPOSAL THAT WILL CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE FEDERAL SPENDING AND FORCE WASHINGTON TO LIVE WITHIN ITS MEANS. NOW IS THE TIME TO PUT IN PLACE EFFECTIVE SPENDING REFORMS TO REDUCE OUR DEBT AND DEFICITS, RETURN CERTAINTY TO THE MARKETPLACE, AND PRESERVE THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED DEMOCRATIC…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED DEMOCRATIC LEADER, MS. PELOSI.

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    MS. PELOSI

    MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I COMMEND HIM FOR…

    MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I COMMEND HIM FOR HIS TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP AS OUR RANKING DEMOCRAT ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE FOR BRINGING TO THAT DEBATE AND THAT DISCUSSION AT THE TABLE THE VALUES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE CONCERNS THAT THEY HAVE AS THEY SIT AROUND THEIR KITCHEN TABLE. THEY ARE CONCERNED THAT THIS SATURDAY WILL MARK THE 200TH DAY OF THE REPUBLICANS ATTAINING THE MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. AND YET TODAY ANOTHER DAY GOES BY WHEN WE DO NOT HAVE A JOBS BILL ON THE FLOOR. INDEED, WE SHOULD HAVE A JOBS BILL. THIS ISN'T A JOBS BILL. WE SHOULD BE WORKING TOGETHER TO LOWER THE DEFICIT, TO GROW THE ECONOMY, TO CREATE JOBS, AND WE SHOULD BE DOING SO IN A BALANCED BIPARTISAN WAY. INSTEAD, WE HAVE BEFORE US WHAT IS CALLED THE REPUBLICAN PLAN TO CUT, CAP, AND END MEDICARE. THIS LEGISLATION IS THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET THAT WAS VOTED ON EARLIER THIS YEAR ALL OVER AGAIN. WILDLY UNPOPULAR AMONG THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET AGAIN ENDED MEDICARE, MADE SENIORS PAY MORE FOR LESS, WHILE IT GAVE TAX BREAKS TO BIG OIL AND CORPORATIONS SENDING JOBS OVERSEAS. MADE KIDS PAY LESS FOR THEIR EDUCATION WHILE IT GAVE TAX BREAKS TO WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY. AS OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUE HAS SAID, CONGRESSMAN JIM JORDAN, CHAIRMAN OF THE REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE, WHICH IS THE SOURCE OF THIS BUDGET, HE SAID ON SUNDAY, THIS LEGISLATION BASICALLY MIRRORS THE BUDGET PROPOSAL THAT THE HOUSE PASSED THIS YEAR. INDEED IT DOES. FOR IT IS -- IT ENDS MEDICARE, MAKING SENIORS PAY MORE WHILE GIVING TAX BREAKS TO BIG OIL AND CORPORATIONS SENDING JOBS OVERSEAS. FURTHERMORE, ECONOMISTS BELIEVE THAT THE RESULTS OF THIS LEGISLATION WILL BE THE RESULT OF -- THE LOSS OF 700,000 JOBS. THIS LEGISLATION HARMS THE MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES, BUT DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. NEARLY 250 NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION SAYING, QUOTE, IT WOULD ALMOST CERTAINLY NECESSITATE MASSIVE CUTS TO VITAL PROGRAMS LIKE SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, VETERANS BENEFITS, AND LEAD TO EVEN DEEPER CUTS THAN THE HOUSE PASSED BUDGET. . MR. SPEAKER, I HEARD THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER SAY WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT FUTURE GENERATIONS AS WE GO FORWARD IN THIS DEBATE AND INDEED, I AGREE. FOR THAT REASON, I CALL THE YOUNG PEOPLE TO MY OFFICE OVER AND OVER AGAIN, MOST RECENTLY LAST WEEK, A LARGE GROUP OF COLLEGE STUDENTS, SOME JUST NEWLY GRADUATED, AND I SAID, YOU KNOW, YOUR NAME IS USED AT THE TABLE OF THE DEBT REDUCTION, YOUR NAME IS USED AT THE TABLE THAT WE OWE THIS TO FUTURE GENERATIONS. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW AS A LEADER OF THE NEXT GENERATION, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON AT THE DEBATE TABLE, THE DISCUSSION TABLE IN THE WHITE HOUSE. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT, WHAT VALUES DO YOU WANT ME TO BRING FROM YOUR GENERATION TO THAT TABLE. WITH GREAT WISDOM, THEY TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT THEIR EDUCATION WAS CENTRAL TO THEIR SUCCESS AND TO AMERICA'S COMPETITIVENESS NOW AND IN THE FUTURE. THEY TALKED ABOUT JOBS. THEY SAID, PLEASE DON'T HAVE THE CUTS IN THE LEGISLATION DETER JOB GROWTH AND GROWTH OF THE ECONOMY. THEY SAID PLEASE DON'T HARM MEDICARE AND MEDICAID, BECAUSE THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO OUR FAMILIES AND SAD FOR MANY OF OUR FAMILIES THAT ENABLE US TO GO TO COLLEGE. WE JUST WOULDN'T MAKE IT WITHOUT THAT. THEY TALKED ABOUT -- THEY TALKED ABOUT ACTUALLY ONE OF THE THINGS THEY TALKED ABOUT, WE WANT TO SHARE IN REDUCING THE DEFICIT. WE BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO DO SO. BUT WE WANT OUR VOICES TO BE HEARD AND WE ARE CONCERNED WITH VOTER SUPPRESSION NOW AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT BARRIERS WILL BE THROWN UP THAT WILL HURT OUR PARTICIPATION IN THE PROCESS. WHEN I WENT TO THE WHITE HOUSE, I SPOKE ABOUT THAT, BUT YESTERDAY, I MET WITH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, MAYBE WELL OVER 100 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. I ASKED THEM THE SAME QUESTION AND THEY HAD SIMILAR ANSWERS AND THEY SAID TELL THEM IF THEY CARE ABOUT THE FUTURE GENERATIONS, THEY SHOULD CARE ABOUT OUR EDUCATION, THEY SHOULD CARE ABOUT THE BUDGET DEFICIT, SHOULD CARE ABOUT JOBS, THEY SHOULD ALSO CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT, THE ENVIRONMENT, BECAUSE OF THAT, THE CONDITION OF THE ENVIRONMENT IS IMPORTANT TO US. GOING BACK TO THOSE COLLEGE STUDENTS, THAT DAY, I WENT INTO THE WHITE HOUSE AND TOLD MY COLLEAGUES, THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT AND REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES WHAT OUR COLLEGE STUDENTS SAID ABOUT EDUCATION AND I LISTENED TO THE DISCUSSION AND I THOUGHT, WHO IS GOING TO TELL THE CHILDREN, WHO IS GOING TO TELL THE CHILDREN THAT AT THIS TABLE, THE SUGGESTION IS MADE THAT YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD SPEND $36 BILLION MORE, $36 BILLION MORE FOR INTEREST ON THEIR STUDENT LOANS SO WE CAN REDUCE THE DEFICIT, BUT NOT TOUCH $37 BILLION, ALMOST THE SAME NUMBER, $37 BILLION IN TAX SUBSIDIES FOR BIG OIL. WHO'S GOING TO TELL THE CHILDREN THAT THAT IS WHAT THE VALUES ARE THAT ARE BEING PROPOSED BY THE REPUBLICANS AT THAT TABLE. $36 BILLION MORE CHARGED TO STUDENTS, $37 BILLION AS A GIFT TO BIG OIL, BUT DON'T TOUCH THAT TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT. IT'S STUNNING. IT'S STUNNING TO ME. AS WE USE THE NAME OF THE NEXT GENERATION AND WHAT WE OWE THEM AND WHAT WE EXPECT AS THEY COME OUT OF SCHOOL OR WHAT THEY NEED IN ORDER TO AFFORD SCHOOL, IN SOME CASES THAT INCREASE IN THE COST OF INTEREST PAYMENTS WILL MAKE IT PROHIBITIVE, NOT MORE EXPENSIVE, PROHIBITIVE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO GO TO SCHOOL. ONE YOUNG MAN SAID TO ME YESTERDAY, I JUST GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL, TOP OF MY CLASS. I HAD GREAT SCORES AND EVERYTHING. BUT I CAN'T AFFORD TO GO TO COLLEGE. I CAN ONLY GO TO THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN MY TOWN BECAUSE I CAN ONLY AFFORD TO BE CLOSE TO HOME AND GO TO A COMMUNITY COLLEGE. SO PLEASE, IN WHATEVER IT IS YOU DO, DON'T HURT COMMUNITY COLLEGES. BUT ISN'T -- AND COMMUNITY CLGS ARE WONDERFUL AND THEY DO A GREAT JOB FOR OUR COUNTRY, THE TRAINING OF OUR WORKERS AND THE REST -- I HAD A PRIVILEGE OF SPEAKING AT A COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY AT SAN FRANCISCO COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SO I VALUE WHAT THEY DO. BUT THIS YOUNG MAN HAD NO CHOICE, HAD NO CHOICE BECAUSE THE COST OF OTHER EDUCATION TO HIM WOULD BE PROHIBITIVE AND AGAIN, BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMIC SITUATION, HE HAD TO STAY CLOSE TO HOME. SO LET'S LISTEN TO THESE PEOPLE WHOSE NAMES WE USE, THE NEXT GENERATION, THE YOUNG PEOPLE. WE CANNOT HEAP MOUNTAINS OF DEBT ON TO THEM. WE SHOULDN'T AND WE DIDN'T. WHEN PRESIDENT CLINTON WAS PRESIDENT, HE TOOK THE DEFICIT HE INHERITED INTO A PATH OF FISCAL SOUNDNESS, INTO -- FOUR OF THE FIVE LAST BUDGETS WERE IN SURPLUS. $5.6 TRILLION TRAJECTORY INTO SURPLUS ONLY TO BE REVERSED BY PRESIDENT BUSH WITH HIS TAX CUTS TO THE RICH, GIVEAWAYS TO THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY AND A SWING OF $11 TRILLION, BIGGEST SWING IN FISCAL SITUATION IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY. AND THAT'S THE PATH WE'RE ON. I DIDN'T HEAR ANYONE ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE SAY BOO, BOO WHEN THE PRESIDENT WAS TAKING US SO DEEPLY INTO DEBT. AND EVERY TIME WE STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE AND LIFTED THE DEBT CEILING BECAUSE THAT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. MUCH HAS BEEN SAID IF WE DON'T LIFT THE DEBT CEILING WHAT THAT MEANS TO OUR ECONOMY. WE HEAR SOUNDS FROM THE TABLES AND BOARD ROOMS ABOUT WHAT IT WILL DO TO THE STOCK MARKET, THE CREDIT MARKETS, WHAT IT WILL DO TO OUR REPUTATION OVERSEAS AND THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT. BUT NOT ONLY IMPORTANT IS WHAT IS SAID AROUND THE BOARD ROOM TABLE. WHAT'S IMPORTANT IS WHAT THIS MEANS AROUND THE KITCHEN TABLE FOR AMERICA'S WORKING FAMILIES. AMERICAN FAMILIES COULD SEE AN INCREASE IN MORTGAGES, CAR LOANS, CREDIT CARDS AND STUDENT LOANS. SOCIAL SECURITY AND VETERANS' CHECKS COULD BE HELD UP. STOCK PRICES COULD FALL WITH A DIRECT HIT ON FAMILIES' 401K'S, PENSION AND SAVINGS. IT WOULD BE A JOB DESTROYER, JOB DESTROYER BY HEAPING MORE ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY ON AMERICA'S FAMILIES AND THE CONCERNS THEY HAVE THAT THE EDUCATION OF THEIR CHILDREN, HEALTH OF THEIR FAMILIES, SECURITY OF THEIR RETIREMENT AROUND THAT KITCHEN TABLE. RATHER THAN MAKING PROGRESS ON THE DEBT LIMIT TO PREVENT THESE WIDESPREAD CONSEQUENCES FOR AMERICA'S MIDDLE CLASS, THIS LEGISLATION TAKES US BACKWARD. THROWING UP FURTHER ROADBLOCKS TO INCREASING THE DEBT LIMIT. WE STILL HAVE TIME TO COME TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN AND BALANCED WAY FOR A GRAND BARGAIN THAT WOULD ENSURE OUR NATION MEETS ITS OBLIGATIONS WHILE WORKING TOWARD A LONG-TERM PLAN TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT, CREATE JOBS, GROW THE ECONOMY AND STRENGTHEN THE MIDDLE CLASS. LET US RECOGNIZE THAT THE BEST WAY TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT IS TO GET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. LET US DO AS THE PRESIDENT CALLED UPON US TO DO, OUTBUILD, OUTEDUCATE, OUTINNOVATE THE REST OF THE WORLD TO WIN THE FUTURE BY CREATING JOBS AND TOGETHER WE CAN KEEP AMERICA NUMBER ONE. I SEE MY DISTINGUISHED FRIEND FROM INDIANA IS HERE AND I HEARD HIS SUMMATION EARLIER, AND I WON'T REPEAT IT EARLIER BUT I'LL GIVE YOU MY ONE-MINUTE SUMMATION, THIS ENDS THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE GIVING TAX BREAKS TO BIG OIL AND CORPORATIONS, SENDING SQUOBS OVERSEAS. I HOPE SOME OF OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WILL DO BEFORE AND VOTE AGAINST. A MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS VOTED AGAINST THIS BUDGET PLAN THE DAY IT CAME TO THE FLOOR THE DAY OF THE RYAN BUDGET. DO THE RIGHT THING SO THE NEXT GENERATION AND VOTE NO AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    PLACE THAT OUR BUDGET MENTION OIL IS THAT WE WANT TO DRILL MORE OF IT IN…

    PLACE THAT OUR BUDGET MENTION OIL IS THAT WE WANT TO DRILL MORE OF IT IN OUR COUNTRY AND WHAT WE CALLED FOR IS LIMITING LOOPHOLES TO HAVE TAX RATES AND GUARANTEE SOCIAL SECURITY AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO FLEE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, HOUSE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN, MR. HENSARLING.

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    MR. HENSARLING

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS NATION SUFFERS FROM A SURPLUS OF DEFICITS. FIRST, OUR…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS NATION SUFFERS FROM A SURPLUS OF DEFICITS. FIRST, OUR SENIORS HAVE A HEALTH CARE DEFICIT, BECAUSE IN THE LAST CONGRESS, DEMOCRATS CUT MEDICARE BY HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS, HASTENING ITS BANKRUPTCY AND CREATING A NEW BOARD CALLED THE IPAB IN ORDER TO RATION THE ACCESS IN QUALITY OF HEALTH CARE. NEXT THEY BROUGHT US A JOBS DEFICIT, MILLIONS ARE UNEMPLOYED AND REMAIN UNEMPLOYED, THE HIGHEST DURATION OF LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION. NEXT, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE THE FINANCIAL DEFICIT. AFTER THE PRESIDENT'S TRILLION DOLLAR STIMULUS PROGRAM WHICH HAS FAILED, $1.4 TRILLION TAKE OVER OF HEALTH CARE, AFTER INCREASE OF BASE GOVERNMENT, 24% IN TWO YEARS, THREE -- $3 TRILLION-PLUS DEFICITS IN A ROW, WE NOW HAVE A DEBT CRISIS AND THE PRESIDENT SAYS WE NEED A BALANCED PLAN, I WANT YOU REPUBLICANS TO RAISE TAXES TO PAY FOR MY SPENDING. WELL, MR. PRESIDENT, ONE OF THE GREATEST IMPEDIMENTS WE HAVE TO JOB CREATION TODAY IS THE THREAT OF TAXES TO PAY FOR YOUR SPENDING. EVERY DAY I HEAR FROM SMALL BUSINESS PEOPLE IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WASHINGTON SEEMS TO THINK THEY CAN TAX ITS WAY OUT OF OUR ECONOMIC PROBLEM, WHICH IS NOT POSSIBLE. WE ARE NOT HIRING OR PLANNING TO GROW FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS. WE ARE CONCERNED THAT OUR GOVERNMENT WILL RAISE TAXES OR PUT OTHER BURDENSOME RESTRICTIONS ON US THAT WE WILL NOT BE PROFITABLE. THE FINANCIAL DEFICIT IS TIED TO OUR JOBS' DEFICIT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A MESSAGE FOR THEIR GOVERNMENT. IT IS TIME TO QUIT SPENDING MONEY WE DO NOT HAVE. IT IS TIME TO QUIT BORROWING 4 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR -- 42 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR, MUCH OF IT FROM THE CHINESE. TODAY, HOUSE REPUBLICANS BRING TO THE FLOOR THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE PROGRAM. CUT SPENDING TO AT LEAST THE 2008 LEVELS. WHO THOUGHT GOVERNMENT WAS TOO SMALL BEFORE PRESIDENT OBAMA CAME INTO TOWN. CAP. SINCE WORLD WAR II, SPENDING HAS AVERAGED 20% OF OUR BUDGET. EVERY FAMILY HAS TO BUDGET. EVERY SMALL BUSINESS HAS TO BALANCE THEIR BUDGET. 49 OF THE 50 STATES. BUT NO OUR DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES SAY IT IS RADICAL TO BALANCE THE BUDGET. WHAT I SAY IS, IF WE WANT JOBS, HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY, WE MUST CUT, CAP AND BALANCE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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  • 06:28:43 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT THE LAST TIME THE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT THE LAST TIME THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BUDGET WAS IN SURPLUS WAS DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION, AT A TIME WHEN THEY TOOK A BALANCED APPROACH TO DEFICIT REDUCTION. UNFORTUNATELY ONE THAT HAS BEEN REJECTED BY OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE COMMUNICATIONS AND CONVERSATIONS WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, WHO HAS PUT FORWARD A PROPOSAL FOR $3 IN SPENDING CUTS FOR EVERY $1 IN REVENUE GENERATED BY CLOSING SPECIAL INTEREST LOOPHOLES AND RETURNING TO THE RATES THAT WERE IN PLACE FOR THE VERY TOP INCOME EARNERS THAT WERE IN PLACE DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION THE LAST TIME WE WERE IN SURPLUS. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, A REAL LEADER ON THIS DEBATE.

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  • 06:29:34 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    ON THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENTS BECAUSE THE DIRTY SECRET IS THAT IT DOES…

    ON THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENTS BECAUSE THE DIRTY SECRET IS THAT IT DOES NOT REQUIRE A BALANCED BUDGET. IT WILL MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR FUTURE CONGRESSES TO BALANCE THE BUDGET SO THE TITLE IS JUST MISLEADING. LET'S GO THROUGH SOME OF THE PROVISIONS. FIRST PROVISION, THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT REQUIRES 3/5'S VOTE IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE. EVERY BUDGET WE CONSIDER THIS YEAR AND MOST OF THE BUDGETS -- VIRTUALLY EVERY BUDGET IN THE LAST 10 YEARS WAS NOT BALANCED IN THE FIRST YEAR FOR ALL OF THOSE BUDGETS, INCLUDING THE REPUBLICAN RYAN PLAN AND THE REPUBLICAN STUDY PLAN. WOULD HAVE REQUIRED A 3/5'S VOTE TO PASS. THE DEFICIT REDUCTION REQUIRES TOUGH VOTES, OFTEN CAREER-ENDING VOTES. 199 CLINTON BUDGET THAT WAS ON THE WAY TO PAYING OFF THE NATIONAL DEBT IF WE HADN'T CHANGED IT AFTER 2001, WE WOULD HAVE OWED NOTHING TO CHINA, JAPAN AND SAUDI ARABIA, BUT THAT DIDN'T GET 3/5'S OF THE VOTE AND 50 DEMOCRATS LOST THEIR SEATS AS A RESULT OF THAT PLAN. THE REPUBLICAN RYAN PLAN REPEALS MEDICARE IS A GOOD DEFICIT REDUCTION PLAN AND DIDN'T GET CLOSE TO 3/5'S AND DEMOCRATS HAVE PICKED UP ONE SEAT IN THE SPECIAL ELECTION BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES SUPPORTED IT THE REPUBLICAN RYAN PLAN. IT REQUIRES TOUGH VOTES AND INCREASING THE VOTES NEEDED TO PASS IT WILL NOT HELP -- WILL NOT HELP PASS A DEFICIT REDUCTION PLAN. . AS OF DECEMBER WE PASSED $800 BILLION IN ADDITIONAL DEFICITS WITH EXTENDING THE TAX CUTS. THOSE STILL COULD HAVE BEEN PASSED UNDER THIS LEGISLATION BECAUSE YOU ONLY NEED A SIMPLE MAJORITY TO CUT TAXES. AND A BUDGET WHICH WEAN PROPOSES ADDITIONAL TAX CUTS AND EVEN HIGHER DEFICITS WOULD REQUIRE THE SAME 3/5'S VOTE AS THE TOUGH DEFICIT REDUCTION WOULD REQUIRE. TAX CUTS COULD PASS BY A SIMPLE MAJORITY. CAN PASS BY SIMPLE MAJORITY, BUT TAX INCREASES WILL REQUIRE A 2/3 VOTE. COMMON SENSE WILL TELL YOU THAT THAT WILL MAKE IT HARDER TO BALANCE THE BUDGET. THE 2/3 PROVISION TO SPEND MORE THAN 18% OF G.D.P. WILL OBVIOUSLY PUT PRESSURE ON MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SINCE WE HAVEN'T PUT THE -- WE HAVEN'T BEEN TO 18% OF G.D.P. SINCE MEDICARE WAS ENACTED. YOU CAN CUT THE BENEFITS WITH A SIMPLE MAJORITY BUT TO SAVE THE PROGRAMS WITH ADDITIONAL TAXES WILL REQUIRE A 2/3 VOTE. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, WE KNOW THAT WE SHOULD NOT BE DISTRACTED BY MISLEADING TITLES. WE SHOULD NOTICE THAT THE LEGISLATION WILL MAKE IT HARDER TO ACTUALLY BALANCE THE BUDGET BECAUSE IT INCREASES THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS WHO MIGHT HAVE TO CAST CAREER-ENDING VOTES, MAKES IT VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO RAISE REVENUES OR CLOSE LOOPHOLES T. WILL COMPEL DEEP CUTS IN SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE, AND YOU CAN'T CURE THAT WITH A SIMPLE NICE LITTLE TITLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION.

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  • 06:32:49 PM

    MR. RYAN

    TO THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING, MRS. LUMMIS.

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    MRS. LUMMIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE DON'T HAVE TO PASS THIS BILL TO READ THIS BILL.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE DON'T HAVE TO PASS THIS BILL TO READ THIS BILL. WE KNOW WHAT'S IN IT. IT'S BEEN ONLINE FOR 72 HOURS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN GO READ IT. BUT IN CASE YOU HAVEN'T READ IT, LET ME TELL YOU WHAT IT DOES. IT CAPS SPENDING. IT CAPS SPENDING CONSISTENT WITH THE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING CUTS THAT WE PASSED IN THE BUDGET EARLIER THIS YEAR. AND IT CUTS THE MANDATORY SPENDING IN 2012. SETTING US ON THE PATH THAT MOODY'S AND S&P SAY THEY NEED TO ASSURE INVESTORS THAT THEY CAN HAVE CONFIDENCE IN U.S. TREASURIES. IT WILL CREATE THE GLIDE PATH THAT BEN BERNANKE HAS TOLD US OVER AND OVER THAT WE NEED TO BRING SPENDING UNDER 20% OF G.D.P. AND IT WILL PASS A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. LIKE THE VAST MAJORITY OF STATES HAVE. THIS IS THE WAY TO IMPLEMENT WHAT WE NEED TO RAISE OUR DEBT CEILING. WE KNOW THAT WE CANNOT DEFAULT ON OUR DEBT. SO WE WILL RAISE OUR DEBT CEILING IN A WAY THAT STANDARD & POOR'S AND MOODY'S HAVE SAID THEY NEED TO SEE. IN ORDER TO ASSURE OUR BORROWERS THAT OUR CURRENCY IS VALUABLE. THAT OUR OBLIGATIONS WILL BE MET. AND THAT WE ARE GOING TO GET OUR SPENDING UNDER CONTROL. AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE SAID A FEW MINUTES AGO, WHEN WE PASSED HIS BUDGET, WE PASSED A PLAN THAT WOULD BROADEN THE BASE OF TAXES AND LOWER THE RATE THAT WOULD NOT CUT MEDICARE FOR SENIORS, FOR PEOPLE OVER 55 YEARS OF AGE. WHO AREN'T YET ON MEDICARE. DID NOT TOUCH SOCIAL SECURITY AND YET WOULD PRESERVE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE DECISIONS THAT THIS COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ON. MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:35:15 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN I JUST REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT ONLY SEVEN STATES…

    MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN I JUST REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT ONLY SEVEN STATES PLACED BOTH A SUPERMAJORITY REQUIREMENTS AND THE CAPS THAT THIS WOULD PLACE IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. WITH THAT I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS WHO HAS BEEN A LEADER AND FIGHTER IN THIS DEBATE.

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  • 06:35:35 PM

    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    REPUBLICAN BILL CUTS CAPS AND BALANCES ALL RIGHT. CUTS MEDICARE, CAPS…

    REPUBLICAN BILL CUTS CAPS AND BALANCES ALL RIGHT. CUTS MEDICARE, CAPS MEDICAID, BALANCES THE BUDGET ON THE BACKS OF SENIORS. AND REPUBLICANS LIKE TO SAY THAT THE PUBLIC SUPPORTS A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT, BUT WHEN YOU ASK THEM IF THEY SUPPORT BALANCING THE BUDGET BY MAKING CUTS TO MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY, BY A TWO TO ONE MARGIN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAY NO. WHAT LIBERAL MEDIA OUTLET CONDUCTED THAT POLL? FOX NEWS. THERE'S SOMETHING VERY, VERY WRONG AND UN-AMERICAN WITH THE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL THAT MAKES IT FAR EASIER TO CUT MEDICARE THAN TO CUT SUBSIDIES FOR OIL AND GAS COMPANIES, EASIER TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY THAN ASK FOR ONE PENNY MORE FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. OF COURSE WE NEED TO ADDRESS OUR ECONOMIC CHALLENGES, BUT NOT BY HOLDING OUR COUNTRY HOSTAGE AND THREATENING TO NOT PAY OUR BILLS WITH CATASTROPHIC CONSEQUENCE THAT IS WILL HURT EVERY AMERICAN IN ORDER TO PUSH AN EXTREME AGENDA THAT CUTS SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, AND MEDICAID. WE HAVE A JOBS CRISIS. WE HAVE A DISAPPEARING MIDDLE CLASS CRISIS. AND THIS ILLOGICAL BILL WHICH HAS NO CHANCE OF BECOMING LAW WILL MAKE THINGS MUCH WORSE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:36:54 PM

    MR. RYAN

    AT THIS TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, CHAIRMAN…

    AT THIS TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE,

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    MR. BACHUS

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE JUST LERPPEDS -- HEARD WE WERE CUTTING…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE JUST LERPPEDS -- HEARD WE WERE CUTTING MEDICARE, BUT IT WAS THE MINORITY PARTY THAT CUT $500 BILLION OUT OF MEDICARE LAST YEAR TO PASS OBAMACARE. HOW QUICKLY WE FORGET. MR. SPEAKER, ONE TIME PEOPLE STORED CASH UNDER THEIR MATTRESS FOR SAFE KEEPING. NOW PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD PUT THAT SAME MONEY IN TREASURY BILLS. THAT BENEFITS EVERY AMERICAN AND COUNT -- IN COUNTLESS WAYS, LET'S NOT LOSE THAT ADVANTAGE. THE IMMINENT THREAT TO THE SAFE HAVEN OF TREASURY BONDS AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS DEFAULT AND DOWNGRADE. HOWEVER, BY FAR THE OVERRIDING DANGER IS TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT SPENDING. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST DO WHAT EVERY FAMILY IN AMERICA IS CALLED ON TO DO. AT TIMES WHEN THINGS ARE TIGHT. THAT'S CUT SPENDING AND LIVE WITHIN THEIR MEANS. AS LONG AS WE IGNORE OUR SPENDING PROBLEM, THE ECONOMY WILL WEAKEN, CONFIDENCE WILL NOT BE RESTORED, JOBS WILL NOT BE CREATED. WE AND MORE PROFOUNDLY OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WILL BEAR THE COST. EARLIER THE MINORITY LEADER SAID , WHAT WILL THE STUDENTS SAY? WHAT WILL THE CHILDREN SAY? LET ME SAY THIS. WHEN WE SAY TO THEM, YOUR MONEY'S ALL GONE, WE SPENT IT, WE LACKED THE COURAGE TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS, WE DIDN'T CONFRONT THE PROBLEMS, WHAT WILL OUR CHILDREN SAY TO US? WHAT WILL OUR GRANDCHILDREN SAY? THE HERITAGE OF AMERICA HAS NEVER BEEN CAN'T DO. IT'S ALWAYS BEEN CAN DO. WE CAN DO IT. WE CAN RISE TO THE CHALLENGE. WE CAN ANSWER OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN IN FUTURE YEARS AND SAY, WE DID THE RIGHT THING FOR YOU. WE DID THE RIGHT THING FOR OUR COUNTRY. WE CONFRONTED THE PROBLEMS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 06:39:22 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER ASKED WAS, HOW COULD WE TELL…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER ASKED WAS, HOW COULD WE TELL THE CHILDREN THAT WE CHOSE TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT BY CUTTING THEIR ABILITY TO AFFORD COLLEGE RATHER THAN CUTTING SUBSIDIES FOR THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY? THOSE ARE THE KIND OF CHOICES WE ARE MAKING. THIS IS NOT A QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT. THIS IS A QUESTION ABOUT HOW WE DO IT AND WHAT PRIORITIES WE HAVE. AND WE THINK IT'S ABSOLUTELY THE WRONG PRIORITY TO PUT IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES A PREFERENCE TO CUTTING EDUCATION, TO CUTTING MEDICARE, AS COMPARED TO CUTTING SUBSIDIES FOR SPECIAL INTERESTS, SPECIAL INTERESTS TAKES FOR THE PURPOSES OF RE-- TAX BREAKS FOR THE PURPOSES OF REDUCING THE DEFICIT. I YIELD A MINUTE AND 15 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL.

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    MR. ENGEL

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I LISTENED TO THE DEBATE FOR A WHILE NOW. THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I LISTENED TO THE DEBATE FOR A WHILE NOW. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT US TO COMPROMISE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE IN THE MIDDLE. THAT'S WHERE MOST ARE. THEY DON'T WANT EXTREMES FROM EITHER SIDE. SO WHAT WOULD WE DO LOGICALLY TO FIND A SOLUTION IN THE MIDDLE? TO CLOSE OUR BUDGET DEFICIT? WE WOULD FIRST OF ALL CUT SPENDING. SECONDLY WE WOULD CLOSE TAX LOOPHOLES FOR BIG CORPORATIONS, AND THIRDLY, WE WOULD LET THOSE WHO CAN AFFORD TO PAY MORE, PAY MORE. THE PRESIDENT HAS PROPOSED SOMETHING LIKE THIS, $4 TRILLION REDUCTION IN THE DEFICIT. AND THE REPUBLICANS HAVE REFUSED TO DO IT. THEY REFUSED TO EVEN PLUG LOOPHOLES FOR BIG OIL AND GAS. SO THIS IS WHERE WE ARE NOW. IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO. IF THEY ARE GOING TO VOTE NO ON ANYTHING THAT CLOSES TAX LOOPHOLES, WE HAVE TO JUST RAISE THE DEBT CEILING. WE VOTED SEVEN TIMES UNDER BRUSH TO HAVE A CLEAN DEBT CEILING RAISED. 28 TIMES UNDER PRESIDENT REAGAN TO HAVE A CLEAN DEBT CEILING RAISE. AND YET THE REPUBLICANS WON'T DO IT. AND THEY BRING US TO THE BRINK OF DISASTER. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS, WE DON'T NEED EXTREMES. AS POINTED OUT HERE BEFORE, THIS WILL END MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND SOCIAL SECURITY AS WE KNOW IT BECAUSE IT WILL MAKE IT EASIER TO CUT THOSE PROGRAMS THAN IT IS TO CUT SUBSIDIES TO BIG OIL. THAT IS SHAMEFUL AND THIS SHOULD BE REJECTED.

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  • 06:41:39 PM

    MR. RYAN

    I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS TO SIMPLY SAY, I THINK THE GENTLEMAN PUT SOCIAL…

    I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS TO SIMPLY SAY, I THINK THE GENTLEMAN PUT SOCIAL SECURITY THERE FOR A REASON. THE BUDGET UNDERNEATH THESE DON'T ADDRESS SOCIAL SECURITY. MORE TO THE POINT, GUESS WHAT, MR. SPEAKER, ENDS MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. THE CURRENT LAW, THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW, IT RAISED HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS AND PUTS A BOARD OF 15 UN-ELECTED, UNACCOUNTABLE BUREAUCRATS IN CHARGE OF PRICE CONTROLLING AND THEREFORE RATIONING MEDICARE FOR CURRENT SENIORS. MEDICAID'S GOING BANKRUPT. IF YOU WANT THESE PROGRAMS TO SUCCEED, YOU HAVE TO REFORM THESE PROGRAMS. LEADERS SEE THE PROBLEM AND FIX THE PROBLEM. THAT'S WHAT WE PROPOSE TO DO. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. NUNNELEE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK WE WOULD ALL AGREE IF WE SAW A WASTEFUL SPENDING…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK WE WOULD ALL AGREE IF WE SAW A WASTEFUL SPENDING PROGRAM WE SHOULD CUT IT FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCING THE DEFICIT. AND THE QUESTION IS, IF THERE'S A WASTEFUL OR UNNECESSARY SPECIAL INTEREST TAX LOOPHOLE, WHY SHOULDN'T WE CUT IT FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCING THE DEFICIT? WHY SHOULD WE WRITE INTO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES A PROVISION THAT SAYS, YOU NEED 2/3 TO CUT A WASTEFUL TAX LOOPHOLE. RATHER THAN SAY LET'S CUT IT TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR CHILDREN. I WOULD ALSO OBSERVE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE REPUBLICAN PLAN WITH RESPECT TO MEDICARE WOULD FORCE SENIORS OUT OF THE CURRENT MEDICARE SYSTEM INTO THE PRIVATE INSURANCE MARKET WHERE THE PRIVATE INSURANCE INDUSTRY WOULD RATION THEIR CARE. THEY WOULD GET A LOT LESS SUPPORT FROM 9 MEDICARE -- THE MEDICARE PROGRAM, AND YET FACE MUCH HIGHER COSTS. THAT IS A DEAL THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DON'T GIVE TO THEMSELVES AND I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD ASK SENIORS TO TAKE A DEAL THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THEMSELVES DO NOT TAKE. WITH THAT I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI.

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  • 06:44:57 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AMERICANS WANT JOBS. 200 DAYS BY THE REPUBLICAN…

    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AMERICANS WANT JOBS. 200 DAYS BY THE REPUBLICAN POWER IN THIS HOUSE AND NOT ONE JOBS BILL. THIS CUT, SLASH, AND BURN LEGISLATION WILL NOT WORK. WE NEED TO INVEST, GROW, AND BUILD STRATEGY. . THAT'S WHAT AMERICANS WANT FROM CONGRESS. THEY WANT US TO INVEST IN EDUCATION, INVEST IN RESEARCH AND INNOVATION, SO AMERICA CAN REMAIN A LEADER. THEY WANT US TO INVEST IN INFRASTRUCTURE, HIGHWAYS, CLEAN ENERGY, CUT OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL, BECAUSE WHEN WE MAKE IT IN AMERICA, THAT'S WHEN AMERICA WILL MAKE IT. AMERICANS CAN MAKE IT. CUT, YES. BUT WHAT WE OUGHT TO CUT ARE THE REPUBLICAN GIVEAWAYS TO THE OIL COMPANIES, WALL STREET BARONS, HEDGE FUND MANAGERS WHO ENJOY MASSIVE TAX BREAKS. THAT'S WHERE THE TAX BREAKS OUGHT TO BE. THEY OUGHT TO BE CUT OUT. WHAT OF THIS LEGISLATION THAT'S BEFORE US? WE OUGHT TO VOTE NO.

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    MR. RYAN

    I HOPE THE GENTLEMAN JOINS US IN SUPPORTING OUR PLAN THEN BECAUSE OUR PLAN…

    I HOPE THE GENTLEMAN JOINS US IN SUPPORTING OUR PLAN THEN BECAUSE OUR PLAN SAYS GET RID OF ALL THOSE TAX LOOPHOLES. LET'S GIVE TAX RATES FOR AMERICANS SO WE CAN GROW OUR ECONOMY. HERE'S THE DEAL, MR. SPEAKER. WE TAX OUR BUSINESSES AT HIGHER RATES THAN OUR FOREIGN COMPETITORS TAX THEIRS, THEY WIN, WE LOSE. SOME COMPANIES UTILIZE LOOPHOLES AND PAY NO TAXES. OTHERS PAY THE SECOND HIGHEST TAX RATE IN THE INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD. I WOULD SAY THAT THE GOAL HERE IS TO GET RID OF ALL THESE LOOPHOLES SO WHOEVER YOUR NO MATTER WHAT YOU MAKE, PAY THE SAME AMOUNT OF TAX RATES. WE NEED TO REFORM THIS TAX CODE AS WE CREATE JOBS IF WE SIMPLY RAISE TAXES, RAISE SPENDING, BORROW MORE MONEY, WE LOSE JOBS. THIS DEBT IS A THREAT TO OUR CURRENT ECONOMY AND THE TAX CODE IS A CURRENT THREAT TO OUR ECONOMY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. . HOKE --

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    THIS ACT. THIS LEGISLATION IS STRONG MEDICINE, MR. SPEAKER BUT IT WILL…

    THIS ACT. THIS LEGISLATION IS STRONG MEDICINE, MR. SPEAKER BUT IT WILL CURE WHAT AILS THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. FOR FAR TOO LONG, WASHINGTON HAS OVERSPENT, BORROWED AND HEAPED DEBT UPON OUR CHILDREN AND OUR FUTURE CHILDREN. IF WE DON'T -- IF WE DON'T MAKE A CHANGE WITH CUT, CAP AND BALANCE NOW, THE AMERICAN DREAM WILL GO AWAY AND WE WON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT THIS COUNTRY HAS ALWAYS OFFERED. IT'S TIME FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO GET OUR SPENDING UNDER CONTROL. IN THIS LEGISLATION, IT'S A GOOD FIRST STEP. IT'S A REASONABLE PLAN, FAR MORE THAN WE HAVE SEEN FROM THE SENATE AND THE PRESIDENT. IT IS THE ONLY PLAN THAT WILL CUT, CAP AND BALANCE AND DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO FOR THIS ECONOMY. MR. SPEAKER, WASHINGTON HAS A SPENDING PROBLEM. IT DOES NOT HAVE A TAXING PROBLEM. I WILL JUST REMIND THE SPEAKER, IN DECEMBER, A DEMOCRATIC-CONTROLLED HOUSE, A DEMOCRATIC-CONTROLLED SENATE, AND A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT PASSED TO EXTEND THE TAX RATE, THE CURRENT TAX RATES BECAUSE THEY KNEW WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF WE RAISE TAXES IN AN ECONOMY THAT IS AS SLUGGISH AND POOR AS THIS ONE IS NOW. RAISING TAXES IS THE WRONG THING TO DO FOR THIS COUNTRY AND THIS ECONOMY. MR. SPEAKER, MOST STATES HAVE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENTS. IT'S TIME FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DO THE SAME. THIS MASSIVE SPENDING-INDUCED DEBT IS CRUSHING THE AMERICAN DREAM. WE MUST STAND UP FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM AND DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR AMERICA. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS H.R. 2560. CUT, CAP, BALANCE.

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    KIDS.

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    MORE UNRESTRAINED SPENDING AND TAX INCREASES WILL ONLY SLOW OUR ECONOMY AND

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    AND TAX INCREASES WILL ONLY SLOW OUR ECONOMY AND

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    AND TAX INCREASES WILL ONLY SLOW OUR ECONOMY AND

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    MR. WALBERG

    AND TAX INCREASES WILL ONLY SLOW OUR ECONOMY AND MAKE OUR FISCAL PROBLEMS…

    AND TAX INCREASES WILL ONLY SLOW OUR ECONOMY AND MAKE OUR FISCAL PROBLEMS WORSE. RAISING THE DEBT CEILING WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT REFORM IS NOT A SOLUTION BUT A GIMMICK. WE HAVE TO GET OUR SPENDING UNDER CONTROL AND CUT, CAP AND BALANCE IS THE PATH TO FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. THIS YEAR ALONE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL SPEND TWICE WHAT IT SPENT 10 YEARS AGO AND 40% OF IT IS BORROWED MONEY. WE HAVE ACCUMULATED DEBT IN THE PAST 2 1/2 YEARS THAN WE DID THROUGH WASHINGTON THROUGH PRESIDENT BUSH. IT TOOK 41 PRESIDENCIES TO SPEND WHAT WE HAVE SPENT. WE HAVE TO STOP SPENDING. IT IS CAUSING THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO SIT ON THE SIDE LINES, TAKE FEWER RISKS AND CREATE FEWER JOBS. AND THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT, ISN'T IT? GROWING THE ECONOMY, CREATING JOBS. THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT SAVES $111 BILLION IN 2012 AND $5.8 TRILLION. AND INCLUDES CAPFUL SPENDING BACK TO BELOW 20% OF G.D.P. AND CUTS UP THE GOVERNMENT'S CREDIT CARD BYPASSING A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. MY GRAND KIDS, WASHINGTON, WILL HAVE TO DO WHAT EVERY AMERICAN FAMILY AND BUSINESSES DO EVERY DAY, BALANCE THE BUDGET. THIS SATURDAY, I JOINED AN AFTERNOON IN KICKING THE WALNUT DOWN THE STREET WITH MY GRAND KIDS. BUT I DON'T WANT TO KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD FOR THEM. I DIDN'T HAVE THE GUTS TO TELL THEM THAT WE HAVE ALREADY TAKEN THEIR TAX DOLLARS FROM THEM BEFORE THEY ARE EVEN AT THE POINT OF GOING TO SCHOOL AND ULTIMATELY GOING TO WORK. WE NEED TO STOP OUR SPENDING NOW. CUT, CAP AND BALANCE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO.

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    HONEST BALANCED BUDGET IN 1995. THERE IS NO BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT IN…

    HONEST BALANCED BUDGET IN 1995. THERE IS NO BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT IN THIS LEGISLATION. THERE IS BLACK MAIL THAT SIMPLY SAYS THAT THE REPUBLICANS WILL DRIVE THE COUNTRY TO DEFAULT UNLESS CONGRESS LATER PASSES THEIR RIGHT-WING VERSION OF A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT THAT REQUIRES AN IMPOSSIBLE 2/3 VOTE TO CLOSE THE EGREGIOUS TAX LOOPHOLES THE SAME LOOPHOLES THAT THE GENTLEMAN WANTS TO CLOSE. THERE IS NO USE TRYING SAID ALICE. WON'T CAN BELIEVE IMAGINARY PRACTICE. WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE I DID IT FOR HALF AN HOUR A DAY, I BELIEVE AS MANY AS SIX IMAGINARY THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST OR IN THIS CASE, DINNER AND COCKTAILS AT THE REPUBLICAN CLUB.

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  • 06:57:07 PM

    MR. RYAN

    MAY I INQUIRE AS TO THE DIVISION OF TIME?

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    MR. RYAN

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

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    MR. SCHWEIKERT

    FOR COMING TO THE FLOOR TODAY, THERE HAS BEEN WONDERFUL ARGUMENTS…

    FOR COMING TO THE FLOOR TODAY, THERE HAS BEEN WONDERFUL ARGUMENTS HOPEFULLY ON OUR SIDE TALKING ABOUT BEING A RELATE PARTICULAR PATH. THE POLITICAL RHETORIC SEEMS TO LACK BASES IN MATH. HOW MANY TIMES TODAY HAVE WE ALREADY HEARD THE COMMENTS ABOUT THOSE CORPORATE JETS? WE NEED TO GET RID OF THOSE DEPRECIATION. TIME FOR A LITTLE BIT OF MATH REALITY. WE BORROW $4.7 BILLION EVERY DAY. IF WE ELIMINATE THOSE INCENTIVES FOR THOSE CORPORATE JET PURCHASES, FINE. IT TAKES 15 SECONDS OF BORROWING A DAY. HOW CAN 15 SECONDS OF BORROWING A DAY BE AN HONEST DISCUSSION? HOW MANY TIMES TODAY HAVE WE HEARD ABOUT EVIL FOSSIL FUELS, THOSE SUBSIDIES TO BIG OIL? LET'S DO THIS, IF WE WIPE OUT THE SUBSIDIES TO ALL FOSSIL FUELS, IT WOULD TAKE CARE OF 2.2 MINUTES OF BORROWING A DAY. HOW IS THAT AN HONEST DEBATE? WE ARE LIVING IN THIS FANTASY WORLD. LET'S GO TO THE BUSH-OBAMA TAX EXTENSION, BECAUSE, HOW MANY TIMES DO WE HEAR AROUND HERE, MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES, WHAT WOULD IT BE IF YOU GOT RIGHT OF THE TAX EXTENSION FOR ALL AMERICANS? IT WOULD GET YOU 28 MINUTES OF BORROWING A DAY. YOU DON'T RAISE UNEMPLOYMENT. ACTUALLY, WE USE THE PRESIDENT'S NUMBERS AND PRETEND YOU GET EVERY DOLLAR AND 28 MINUTES A DAY. THINK ABOUT THAT,. THE RHETORIC YOU HAVE HEARD HERE FOR HOURS WOULDN'T EVEN BUY OR ACTUALLY ONLY BUY ONE HALF AN HOUR OF BORROWING A DAY. I TURN TO MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS ON THE LEFT AND SAY WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO ABOUT THE OTHER 23 1/2 HOURS OF BORROWING A DAY? I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I WOULD REMIND MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE BASIC MATH, GO BACK TO THE LAST…

    I WOULD REMIND MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE BASIC MATH, GO BACK TO THE LAST TIME THE BUDGET OF THE UNITED STATES WAS IN SURPLUS. IT WAS DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. IT FOLLOWED ON SOME VERY DIFFICULT DECISIONS IN THE EARLY 1990'S AND WHAT IT INCLUDED AS PART OF THE BALANCED APPROACH WAS ASKING THE FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP TO PAY A LITTLE HIGHER RATE THAN THEY ARE TODAY. AND WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS PROPOSED IS TO ASK THOSE AMERICANS AS PART OF A SHARED RESPONSIBILITY TO GO BACK TO PAYING THOSE RATES. AND WHAT OUR COLLEAGUES WOULD PLANT IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES IS A SUPERMAJORITY REQUIREMENT, 2/3 VOTE TO GO BACK TO THE SAME TAX RATES THAT WERE IN PLACE DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION, BUT A MAJORITY VOTE IF YOU WANT TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT BY CUTTING BENEFITS FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES, WHOSE AVERAGE INCOME, BY THE WAY, MEDIAN INCOME, IS UNDER $22,000 A YEAR. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. LANGEVIN.

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  • 07:00:40 PM

    MR. LANGEVIN

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND. .

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    MR. LANGEVIN

    IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. TISS A DISTRACTION TO THE ONGOING NEGOTIATIONS…

    IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. TISS A DISTRACTION TO THE ONGOING NEGOTIATIONS NECESSARY TO AVOID A CATASTROPHIC DEFAULT ON OUR NATION'S FINANCIAL OBLIGATION. WHAT WE NEED IN THIS CHALLENGING TIME IS SHARED SACRIFICE. THE DEMOCRATS HAVE CALLED FOR SIGNIFICANT CUTS. CLOSING TAX LOOPHOLES AND REQUIRING PEOPLE IN THE HIGHER INCOME BRACKETS TO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE WHILE REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO PUSH TO RELY EXCLUSIVELY ON DRACONIAN CUTS ON THE BACKS OF WORKING SENIORS AND FAMILIES. ONE THING IS CLEAR, IF WE DON'T REACH COMMON GROUND NOW, AMERICA WILL DEFAULT ON ITS DEBT AND THAT CANNOT HAPPEN. THE MOST DANGEROUS PROVISION OF THIS BILL IS THE REPUBLICAN VERSION OF THE SO-CALLED BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. WHILE A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT DONE THE RIGHT WAY IS WORTHY OF CONSIDERATION, IT MUST AT A MINIMUM BE CRAFTED RESPONSIBLY. THIS BILL DOES NOT DO THAT. WE ALL AGREE THE BUDGET SHOULD BE BALANCED AND NEEDS TO BE AND CONGRESS ALREADY HAS THE NECESSARY LEGISLATIVE TOOLS TO CHANGE ITS FISCAL POLICIES AS WE WITNESSED DURING THE ERA OF SURPLUSES UNDER THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. THE CHALLENGE LIES IN OUR COLLECTIVE ABILITIES AND INDIVIDUALS' INTENTIONS TO WORK TOGETHER TOWARD A COMPROMISE THAT PRIORITIZES PROGRAMS BOTH BENEFICIAL TO OUR ECONOMY, AND INCREASES REVENUES TO THOSE WHO CAN AFFORD IT.

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    MR. PAULSON

    WE COULD AS SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SUGGEST…

    WE COULD AS SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SUGGEST CONTINUE TO PRACTICE BUSINESS AS USUAL WITH NO PLAN TO CONTROL SPENDING. BUT WHAT WILL THAT LEAD TO? HIGHER TAXES, MORE SPENDING, MORE DEBT, AND FEWER JOBS. AND WITH OUR COUNTRY RIGHT NOW AT A FINANCIAL CROSSROADS AND UNEMPLOYMENT AT 9.2%, THIS IS SIMPLY A FUTURE THAT WE CANNOT AFFORD. BY CUTTING SPENDING NOW, BY CAPPING THE GROWTH OF GOVERNMENT, AND BY REQUIRING A BALANCED BUDGET WE CAN FINALLY GET OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER AND GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. AMERICAN FAMILIES HAVE TIGHTENED THEIR BELTS IN THESE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES. WASHINGTON SHOULD DO EXACTLY THE SAME THING. WE NEED TO PASS THE CUT, CAP, BALANCE ACT SO WE CAN ADDRESS OUR SPENDING DRIVEN DEBT CRISIS, START PAYING DOWN THE NATIONAL DEBT, AND GET OUR ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK. THIS IS ABOUT PROTECTING THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I FIND IT VERY CURIOUS THAT ON THE ONE HAND OUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I FIND IT VERY CURIOUS THAT ON THE ONE HAND OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE SAYING THAT THE REVENUES THAT THE PRESIDENT'S REQUESTED AS PART OF A BALANCED PLAN ARE PEANUTS. THAT THEY ARE IRRELEVANT AND ON THE OTHER HAND ARGUING THAT SOMEHOW IF YOU RAISE THOSE REVENUES IT'S GOING TO CRUSH THE ECONOMY. THEY ARE TRYING TO HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THEY ARE A BALANCED PART OF AN OVERALL APPROACH THAT TALKS ABOUT REDUCING OUR DEFICIT IN A BALANCED WAY. AND I GO BACK TO THE FACT THAT THE LAST TIME WE HAD THAT BALANCED APPROACH WAS THE LAST TIME THAT WE HAD FEDERAL BUDGET SURPLUSES. AND WITH THAT I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY, MS. CLARKE.

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    MS. CLARKE

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. VAN HOLLEN,…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. VAN HOLLEN, FOR THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS SPENT OVER SIX MONTHS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S TIME MAKING IT ABUNDANTLY CLEAR WHAT THEIR PRIORITIES ARE NOT. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY DOES NOT HAVE TIME TO ADDRESS JOBS. AS I STATED WE ARE HERE OVER SIX MONTHS INTO THE 112TH CONGRESS AND WE HAVE YET TO TAKE ONE VOTE ON A SINGLE COMPREHENSIVE JOBS BILL. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY DOES NOT HAVE TIME TO ADDRESS THE ECONOMIC REALITIES FACING MILLIONS OF HOMEOWNERS STILL FACING FORECLOSURE. IN FACT, WE HAVE VOTED ON THE REPUBLICAN BILLS THAT FURTHER UNDERCUT THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR HOMES. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY DOES NOT HAVE TIME TO WORK WITH THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS TO DEAL WITH OUR NATIONAL DEBT. THEY HAD RATHER PROTECT TAX CUTS FOR MULTIMILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES, AND TAX LOOPHOLES FOR CORPORATE INTERESTS. WHAT THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY DOES HAVE TIME FOR IS PLAYING GAMES, SPENDING FOUR HOURS DEBATING A BILL THAT, THANK GOD, IS DEAD ON ARRIVAL IN THE SENATE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR.…

    TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. KINGSTON.

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    MR. KINGSTON

    YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AFTER A THREE-YEAR SPENDING SPREE…

    YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AFTER A THREE-YEAR SPENDING SPREE IN WHICH THE PRESIDENT DROVE UP THE NATIONAL DEBT, 56%, HE HAS THE NERVE TO TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO EAT THEIR PEAS. AFTER HE'S BEEN ON THIS SUPERSIZE ME DIET, HE TURNS AROUND AND TELLS STRUGGLING MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES HOW TO BEHAVE. ONE MUST ASK WHERE HAS THE PRESIDENT BEEN? HE OWNS THIS ECONOMY. HE'S BEEN IN OFFICE NEARLY THREE YEARS. IT IS HIS. IT'S HIS POLICIES THAT HAVE LEFT 15 MILLION AMERICANS OUT OF WORK. IT'S HIS POLICIES THAT HAVE STIFLED GROWTH AND BUSINESS INVESTMENT. IT'S HIS POLICIES THAT HAVE CREATED AND CONTINUE THESE SO-CALLED TAX BREAKS FOR BIG OIL. IT'S HIS VERY SIGNATURE THAT HAS EXTENDED THE BUSH TAX CUTS. IT'S HIS POLICY THAT HAVE GIVEN US THE HIGHEST DEFICIT SPENDING IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. HE OWNS THIS. NOT PRESIDENT BUSH. NOT VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY. NOT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. NOT HALLIBURTON. NOT ALL OF THE OTHER STRAWMEN THAT THE PRESIDENT LIKES TO SET UP TO DISTRACT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT WAS PRESIDENT OBAMA WHO CUT MEDICARE $562 BILLION. IT WAS PRESIDENT OBAMA WHO SET UP IPAD WHICH IS A HEALTH CARE RATIONING SYSTEM WHICH OUR MOMS AND DADS AND GRANDPARENTS WILL HAVE TO BE SUFFERING UNDER. IT WAS THIS PRESIDENT WHO TOOK UNEMPLOYMENT FROM 7% UP TO NEARLY 10%. AND NOW WE ARE HAVING THE DEBATE OF THE DECADE AND WHERE IS THE PRESIDENT? WE GET FROM HIM NOT A PLAN BUT SPEECHES. FINGER POINTING. RHETORIC, VAGUE PROMISES, BUT NO PLAN. IF THERE IS A PLAN, COULD YOU LAY IT ON THE TABLE? AND I'LL ASK MY DEMOCRAT FRIENDS, DO YOU HAVE A PLAN? WE KEEP HEARING THE PRESIDENT HAS A PLAN. COULD YOU PUT IT ON THE TABLE? I MIGHT WANT TO VOTE FOR IT. I MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN READING THE BILL. IF THERE IS A PLAN, COULD YOU PLEASE PUT IT ON THE TABLE? JUST AS I THOUGHT. THERE IS NO PLAN. THE ONLY PLAN WE HAVE RIGHT NOW IS THE REPUBLICAN PLAN -- THIS IS THE PLAN.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THE GENTLEMAN ASKED A QUESTION. WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. KINGSTON

    THIS IS THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN. SPEECHES. THAT'S ALL WE ARE GETTING. NO…

    THIS IS THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN. SPEECHES. THAT'S ALL WE ARE GETTING. NO LEGISLATION WHATSOEVER. I'LL BE GLAD TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 07:09:18 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE GENTLEMAN WELL KNOWS THE PRESIDENT HAS PUT ON THE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE GENTLEMAN WELL KNOWS THE PRESIDENT HAS PUT ON THE TABLE A BALANCED APPROACH, $4 TRILLION OVER 10 TO 12 YEARS. $3 IN SPENDING CUTS TO $1 IN REVENUE. IN FACT THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AS MY COLLEAGUES WELL KNOW, WERE TALKING ABOUT A NUMBER OF COMPONENTS OF THAT PLAN AND WHAT WAS VERY CLEAR IS OUR COLLEAGUES DIDN'T WANT TO TOUCH IT BECAUSE OF THIS PRINCIPLE THEY HAVE NOT $1 FROM CLOSING A TAX LOOPHOLE OR REVENUE CAN GO FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCING THE DEFICIT. I WILL NOT. AND WE HEARD A LITTLE REWRITE OF HISTORY. LET'S JUST REMEMBER THAT WHEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WAS SWORN IN HE IMMEDIATELY FACED A RECORD $1.3 TRILLION DEFICIT. THE GUY TOOK OFFICE AND IT WAS $1.3 TRILLION THAT HE INHERITED. 700,000 JOBS WERE GOING DOWN THE TUBES EVERY MONTH. IT TOOK A LITTLE WHILE TO TURN THINGS AROUND. AND THINGS ARE STILL VERY, VERY FRAGILE. WHAT WOULD BE A HUGE MISTAKE IS TO GO BACK TO THE SAME TRICKLE DOWN ON STEROIDS POLICY THAT GOT US INTO THIS MESS TO BEGIN WITH BECAUSE WE KNOW HOW THE MOVIE ENDED AT THE END OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. THEY LEFT THIS ADMINISTRATION WITH A PILE OF DEBT, AN ECONOMY THAT WAS FALLING THROUGH THE FLOOR. WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO FIX THIS PROBLEM. BUT TAKING THE POSITION THAT YOU'RE GOING TO PREVENT THE UNITED STATES FROM PAYING ITS BILLS, UNLESS YOU IMPLANT IN THE CONSTITUTION A PROVISION THAT SAYS IT'S EASIER TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE THAN CUT CORPORATE TAX LOOPHOLES TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT IS NOT GOING TO FLY WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND WITH THAT I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE,

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  • 07:11:21 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. A POLL COMPLETED BY GALLUP JUST THREE DAYS AGO…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. A POLL COMPLETED BY GALLUP JUST THREE DAYS AGO BASICALLY SHOWED WHAT DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN SAYING ALL ALONG. AMERICANS WANT THEIR CONGRESS TO COME TOGETHER, TO TACKLE OUR DEBT LEVEL WITH A RESPONSIBLE PROGRAM OF SPENDING CUTS AND NEW REVENUES. HERE'S WHAT THE POLL SAID, 80% OF ALL VOTERS WANT THE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TO COME TOGETHER ON SPENDING CUTS AND TAX INCREASES. 70%, 77% OF INDEPENDENTS, 74% OF REPUBLICANS. CBS HAS A VERY SIMILAR POLL. WHAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING IS, WE ARE NOT GOING TO PAY ATTENTION. THE REPUBLICANS ARE SUFFERING FROM DEFICIT ATTENTION DISORDER. THEY HAVE SPENT THEIR TIME IN POWER PAYING ATTENTION TO EVERYTHING BUT THE DEFICIT. THEY HAVE DEFICIT ATTENTION DISORDER. THEY EXTENDED MASSIVE BUSH TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH. THEY VOTED TO SUPPORT BILLIONS IN SUBSIDIES TO THE MOST PROFITABLE OIL COMPANIES. RAN UP TRILLIONS IN DEBT TO FINANCE TWO WARS. ALLOWED WALL STREET TO RUN WILD WITH DEREGULATION AND SMASH OUR ECONOMY ON TO THE ROCKS. BUT THEY ONLY WANT TO FOCUS ON THE DEFICIT WHEN IT MEANS ENDING MEDICARE. WHEN IT MEANS SHRINKING SOCIAL SECURITY. THEY ONLY WANT TO FOCUS ON THE DEFICIT WHEN THEY CAN STILL PROTECT BILLIONAIRES AND PROTECT BIG BUSINESS. BIG OIL. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE POLITICAL AMNESIA. THEY CONTROLLED THE CONGRESS FOR 12 YEARS. PRESIDENT BUSH CONTROLLED THE PRESIDENCY FOR EIGHT YEARS. THEY ARE THE ONES THAT RAN UP THIS HUGE DEFICIT ON THEIR WATCH. AND NOW WHAT ARE THEY SAYING? THEY ARE SAYING PASS A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT BECAUSE WE WIN THE PRESIDENCY AGAIN SO WE STOP US FROM KILLING THE ECONOMY AGAIN. PASS A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT THAT DOESN'T LET US DO IT AGAIN WITH A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT, WITH 12 YEARS OF CONTROLLING THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. THEY WANT TO LEAVE AMERICA ON THE BRINK OF BECOMING A DEADBEAT DEBTOR TO THE WORLD. BECAUSE THEY ARE IRRESPONSIBLY IGNORING WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SCREAMING AT THEM. WORK TOGETHER AS PARTIES. HAVE DEFICIT REDUCTION AND REVENUE INCREASES. AND TAX INCREASES ON BILLIONAIRES. BUT THE REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO COME TOGETHER. THEY REFUSE TO ENSURE THAT NOT JUST GRANDMA HAVING A SHRINKING OF HER MEDICARE BENEFIT, KIDS LOSING THEIR PELL GRANTS, BUT ALSO BILLIONAIRES ARE AT THE TABLE IF THIS IS SUCH AN ARMAGEDDON LEVEL OF FINANCIAL CRISIS FACING OUR COUNTRY. BUT THEY ARE TIED. THEY ARE TIED BACK TO THE TEA PARTY. THEY ARE TIED BACK TO THOSE THAT HAVE TETHERED THEM TO A POLICY THAT DOES NOT ALLOW THEM TO ESCAPE.

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    TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DOLD.

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    THANK YOU. IT IS NOT EN-- IT HAS NOT ENCUN -- ENCOURAGED CERTAINTY OR…

    THANK YOU. IT IS NOT EN-- IT HAS NOT ENCUN -- ENCOURAGED CERTAINTY OR CONFIDENCE IN THE MARKETS OR ANYWHERE ELSE FOR ONE PARTY TO SAY THAT IF THEY DON'T GET THE BUDGET THEIR WAY THEY'RE GOING TO PREVENT THE UNITED STATES FROM PAYING ITS BILLS.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THAT SENDS A TERRIBLE MESSAGE. AMERICAN FAMILIES DON'T HAVE THE LUXURY OF…

    THAT SENDS A TERRIBLE MESSAGE. AMERICAN FAMILIES DON'T HAVE THE LUXURY OF SAYING THAT THEY'RE NOT GOING TO PAY THEIR BILLS. WITH THAT I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CLARKE.

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  • 07:17:52 PM

    MR. CLARKE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK THIS CONGRESS TO CUT AND CAP THE TRUE DEBT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK THIS CONGRESS TO CUT AND CAP THE TRUE DEBT THAT'S CRUSHING AMERICANS RIGHT NOW, ROBBING THEM OF ANY FINANCIAL SECURITY AND KILLING OFF JOBS. I'M ASKING THIS CONGRESS TO TAKE CERTAIN MORTGAGE LOANS, CUT THOSE MORTGAGE PRINCIPLES AND CAP THEM THE CURRENT HOME VALUE. LET'S DO THAT. THAT WILL HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE UNDERWATER RIGHT NOW ON THEIR MORTGAGES. LET'S CUT, CAP AND FORGIVE CERTAIN STUDENT LOANS SO AMERICANS WON'T TO HAVE TO SPEND A LIFETIME -- WON'T HAVE TO SPEND A LIFETIME REPAYING BACK ON THEIR EDUCATION. YOU SEE, WHEN YOU GIVE AMERICANS MORE MONEY BY ELIMINATING THEIR PERSONAL DEBT, THEY'LL BE ABLE TO SAVE MORE, INVEST MORE, RESPONSIBLY SPEND MORE, THAT'S HOW YOU CREATE JOBS. THE MOST POWERFUL WAY TO GET THIS ECONOMY ENGAGED AGAIN IS TO HELP AMERICANS BECOME FREE OF PERSONAL DEBT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 07:18:59 PM

    MR. RYAN

    CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A MEMBER OF THE…

    CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. MULVANEY FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

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  • 07:19:07 PM

    MR. MULVANEY

    MR. SPEAKER, THE FACT THAT WE ARE HERE TODAY TO DEBATE RAISING AMERICA'S…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE FACT THAT WE ARE HERE TODAY TO DEBATE RAISING AMERICA'S DEBT LIMIT IS A SIGN OF LEADERSHIP FAILURE. LEADERSHIP MEANS THAT THE BUCK STOPS HERE. INSTEAD WASHINGTON IS SHIFTING THE BURDEN OF BAD CHOICES TODAY ONTO THE BACKS OF OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN OF AMERICA. AMERICA HAS A DEBT PROBLEM AND A FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP AND AMERICANS DESERVE BETTER. I WISH I COULD TAKE CREDIT FOR THAT ONE, MR. SPEAKER, BUT I CAN'T BECAUSE THAT WAS PRESIDENT OBAMA IN 2006. I ALSO WISH I COULD TAKE CREDIT FOR, QUOTE, I AM WILLING TO TAKE DOWN DOMESTIC SPENDING TO THE LOWEST PERCENTAGE OF OUR OVERALL ECONOMY SINCE DWIGHT EYES -- EISENHOWER. THAVES OUR PRESIDENT LAST WEEK. I WISH I COULD TAME CREDIT FOR THE CLAIM THAT THE PRESIDENT IS OFFERING A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM TO FORCE US TO LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS. THIS IS A SUPPOSEDLY $4 TRILLION REDUCTION IN SPENDING, FOUR THOUSAND BILLION DOLLARS THAT ONLY CUTS SPENDING $2 BILLION NEXT YEAR. TALK IS CHEAP IN THIS TOWN, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S TIME TO MATCH ACTIONS AND WORDS. IT IS TIME TO ACT ON THE SPENDING DIFFICULTY THAT WE HAVE AND TO PASS CUT, CAP AND BALANCE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    MR. SPEAKER. LET ME JUST QUOTE FROM A LETTER. DENIGRATION OF THE FULL…

    MR. SPEAKER. LET ME JUST QUOTE FROM A LETTER. DENIGRATION OF THE FULL FAITH AND CREDIT OF THE UNITED STATES WOULD HAVE SUBSTANTIAL AFFECTS ON THE DOMESTIC FINANCIAL MARKETS, ON THE VALUE OF THE DOLLAR IN EXCHANGE MARKETS. THE NATION CAN ILL AFFORD TO ALLOW SUCH A RESULT. THE RISKS, THE COSTS, THE DISRUPTIONS AND THE INCALCULABLE DAMAGE LEAD ME TO BUT ONE CONCLUSION, THAT WE MUST PASS LEGISLATION TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING. PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN. NOW, THERE'S LEGISLATION FLOATING AROUND HERE THAT CREATES THIS DELUSION INTO THINKING THAT SOMEHOW WE CAN GET TO THAT DATE AND IT'S ALL MADE UP, IT'S SECRETARY GEITHNER COOKED THE BOOKS AND THERE'S LEGISLATION THAT SAYS, YOU KNOW WHAT? LET'S PAY THE GOVERNMENT OF CHINA AND OTHER CREDITORS BEFORE WE PAY OUR TROOPS, BEFORE WE PAY OUR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFICIARIES. WHAT MOODY'S, WHAT STANDARD AND POORS, WHAT OTHERS ARE TELLING US IS THAT YOU CAN'T DECIDE TO PAY YOUR MORTGAGE BUT NOT YOUR CAR PAYMENT. IF THE UNITED STATES IS NOT FULFILLING ITS OBLIGATIONS TO PAY FOR WHAT IT'S ALREADY BOUGHT , AS RONALD REAGAN SAID, THAT WOULD HAVE CATASTROPHIC CONSEQUENCES AND THAT'S WHY IT'S SO DANGEROUS TO TAKE THE POSITION THAT UNLESS SOMEHOW IN THE NEXT COUPLE WEEKS WE PASS A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT THAT WOULD MAKE IT EASIER TO CUT MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY THAN CUT SUBSIDIES FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCING THE DEFICIT, WE DON'T DO THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO ALLOW THE UNITED STATES TO PAY ITS BILLS AND THE COMMITTEE -- THE ECONOMY, AS PRESIDENT REAGAN SAID, WOULD GO STRAIGHT DOWNHILL. WITH THAT I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHO ARE YOU KIDDING? CUT, SLASH AND BURN. YOU…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHO ARE YOU KIDDING? CUT, SLASH AND BURN. YOU BYPASSED YOUR OWN RULES TO BRING IT TO THE FLOOR. YOU SAY IT PROTECTS MEDICARE, IT DESTROYS MEDICARE. YOU SAY YOU'RE PROTECTING JOBS, YOU'LL COST HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS IF THIS EVER SAW THE LIGHT OF DAY IN LAW. IT DISINVESTS IN EDUCATION, R&D AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN THIS COUNTRY. THAT EQUALS UNILATERAL DISARMAMENT WHEN IT COMES TO THE GLOBAL COMPETITION AND INNOVATION AND WE MIGHT AS WELL HAND IT OVER TO OUR COMPETITION IN BRAZIL, CHINA AND INDIA. SHAME ON YOU, I URGE THE DEFEAT OF THIS PHONY BILL.

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    MR. RYAN

    SPEAKER, THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    SPEAKER, THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE, MR. ISSA.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. ISSA

    MR. SPEAKER, FOR MORE THAN AN HOUR I'VE LISTENED TO FLOOR DEBATE AND IT…

    MR. SPEAKER, FOR MORE THAN AN HOUR I'VE LISTENED TO FLOOR DEBATE AND IT SEEMS LIKE ONE SIDE WANTS TO SAY THAT WE HAVE TO CUT AND THE OTHER SIDE SAYS THAT ANY CUT WE DO IS WRONG. ONE SIDE SAYS WE HAVE TO DO TAX INCREASES, THE OTHER SIDE SAYS NO. WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO HEAR, MR. SPEAKER, IS WE NOW SPEND ALMOST 1/4 OF EVERY DOLLAR PRODUCED IN OUR ECONOMY AND AS MY NOW DECEASED FATHER-IN-LAW WOULD HAVE SAID, TAXES ARE ROCKS IN YOUR KNAPSACK. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CANNOT AFFORD TO HAVE MORE AND MORE WEIGHT ON THE ECONOMY. THIS IS NOT AN ARGUMENT ABOUT HOW MUCH WE SPEND, THIS IS AN ARGUMENT ABOUT WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN AFFORD IN OVERHEAD THAT ULTIMATELY HURTS OUR COMPETITIVENESS IN JOBS, BIG AND SMALL, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC. SO I'LL BE VOTING FOR THIS AND EVERY OTHER INITIATIVE THAT CAN POSSIBLY GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A FIGHTING CHANCE TO COMPETE FOR GOOD PAYING JOBS HERE AND IN COMPETITION WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD. I URGE THE SUPPORT AND YIELD BACK.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL WHICH MIRRORS THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL WHICH MIRRORS THE FRAMEWORK OF THE BIPARTISAN SIMPSON-BOWLES COMMISSION SAYS WE'LL DO $3 IN CUTS WITH $1 IN REVENUE. IT'S SHARED RESPONSIBILITY TO REDUCING OUR DEFICIT SO THAT OUR ECONOMY IN THE FUTURE CAN GROW. LET'S MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T DO ANYTHING NOW THAT WILL HURT THE FRAGILE ECONOMY. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. PETERS.

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    MR. PETERS

    I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 2560. SINCE TAKE OFFICE I HAVE FOUGHT…

    I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 2560. SINCE TAKE OFFICE I HAVE FOUGHT FOR GREATER FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY IN WASHINGTON, I HAVE VOTED AGAINST HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN NEW SPENDING AND TODAY THERE IS A NEW BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS THAT A COMPREHENSIVE DEFICIT REDUCTION PLAN IS A NATIONAL PRIORITY. BUT UNFORTUNATELY REPUBLICANS ARE SQUANDERING THIS OPPORTUNITY. RATHER THAN A BALANCED APPROACH THEY ARE PURSUING A RADICAL AGENDA THAT WILL FORCE OUR NATION'S SENIORS AND MIDDLE CLASS TO SACRIFICE WHILE LETTING MILLIONAIRES AND SPECIAL INTERESTS KEEP THEIR TAX BREAKS AND LOOPHOLES. LET US BE CLEAR. A VOTE FOR THIS BILL IS A VOTE FOR DRASTIC CUTS TO MEDICARE AND FOR PUTTING TEACHERS, FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE ALL OVER OUR COUNTRY OUT OF WORK. REPUBLICANS NEED TO STOP PLAYING GAMES WITH OUR ECONOMY AND START WORKING FOR WHAT AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT, COMPREHENSIVE DEFICIT REDUCTION THAT SHARES THE BURDEN, STRENGTHENS MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY, ENDS TAX GIVEAWAYS FOR THE WELL CONNECTED AND PUTS OUR COUNTRY ON A PATH TO FINANCIAL SECURITY. THIS BILL FAILS TO ADDRESS THESE NEEDS AND SHOULD BE DEFEATED.

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    MR. RYAN

    SPEAKER, IF WE'RE TALKING BALANCE, LET'S REMEMBER THE FACT THAT A BIG TAX…

    SPEAKER, IF WE'RE TALKING BALANCE, LET'S REMEMBER THE FACT THAT A BIG TAX INCREASE IS ALREADY COMING IN CURRENT LAW. LET'S REMIND OURSELVES OF THE FACT THAT IN 2013 YOU HAVE $800 BILLION IN TAXES WITH THE HEALTH CARE LAW, THE PRESIDENT'S PROMISING ANOTHER $700 BILLION IN TAX INCREASES. WE GOT A $1.5 TRILLION TAX INCREASE COMING, HITTING SMALL BUSINESSES SQUARE IN THE BOTTOM LINE, PUTTING A CHILLING EFFECT ON JOBS AND IN THE INTEREST OF BALANCE THEY WANT TO PUT MORE TAX INCREASES ON TOP OF THAT. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CANSECO.

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    MR. CANSECO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN IN THE DEBATE OVER OUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN IN THE DEBATE OVER OUR NATION'S FISCAL FUTURE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS LEADING. I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES FOR BRINGING FORWARD A SOLUTION TO CUT, CAP AND BALANCE THE FEDERAL BUDGET. TOGETHER THESE WILL HELP ENSURE THAT IT IS THE FEDERAL BUDGET THAT WILL BE RESTRAINED AND NOT THE FAMILY BUDGET. REGRETTABLY I CANNOT VOTE FOR THIS BILL. I DO SO NOT BECAUSE I HAVE ANY ISSUE WITH CUT, CAP AND BALANCE. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THAT PART OF THE BILL. WHAT I CANNOT SUPPORT IS THAT THIS BILL FULFILLS PRESIDENT OBAMA'S REQUEST TO RAISE THE AMOUNT OF DEBT THAT WILL BE BORNE BY AMERICAN TAXPAYERS BY OVER $2 TRILLION. EVERY AMERICAN HOUSEHOLD'S SHARE OF OUR NATIONAL DEBT IS ALREADY AT $120,000 AND PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ASKED THIS HOUSE TO ADD AN ADDITIONAL $20,000 PER HOUSEHOLD AS A BURDEN. IT IS REGRETTABLE THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ASKED CONGRESS TO RAISE THE NATION'S DEBT CEILING AND ALLOW MORE DEBT TO BE THRUST UPON AMERICAN TAXPAYERS IN ORDER TO PAY FOR THE SPENDING BINGE HE EMBARKED UPON OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ISRAEL.

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    MR. ISRAEL

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MARYLAND. MR. SPEAKER, WELL, THEY'RE RIGHT ABOUT…

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MARYLAND. MR. SPEAKER, WELL, THEY'RE RIGHT ABOUT SOMETHING. THIS IS CUT, CAP AND BALANCE EXCEPT THAT IT CUTS AT THE MIDDLE CLASS, IT CAPS MEDICARE AND IT BALANCES BUDGETS ON THE BACKS OF SENIORS. AND THAT IS THE FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM AND US. LOOK, WE AGREE THAT OUR DEBT IS UNSUSTAINABLE AND THAT WE'VE GOT TO TIGHTEN OUR BELTS. WE'VE GOT TO REDUCE SPENDING. AND WE BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO BALANCE OUR BUDGET THROUGH A BALANCED COMBINATION OF SPENDING CUTS AND REVENUE INCREASES. AND WE'VE GOT TO GROW OUR ECONOMY. BUT HERE'S WHAT THIS BUDGET SAYS. IT SAYS TO A CONSTITUENT OF MINE LIVING IN NEW YORK THAT IF YOU'RE A MIDDLE CLASS FAMILY AND YOU WANT TO SEND YOUR CHILD TO COLLEGE, TO A COMMUNITY COLLEGE, YOU PAY MORE FOR YOUR PELL GRANT, YOU PAY MORE FOR TUITION. IF YOU ARE A WORKER IN HUNTINGTON WHO JUST LOST A JOB BECAUSE THE CORPORATION YOU WERE WORKING FOR OUTSOURCED YOUR JOB TO CHINA, YOU HAVE TO -- YOU WATCH YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE CAPPED OR CUT. BUT IF YOU'RE A MILLIONAIRE MAKING OVER $1 MILLION A YEAR, YOU GET A $100,000 TAX CUT. THAT'S NOT CUT, CAP AND BALANCE, IT IS AN ASSAULT ON THE MIDDLE CLASS AND IT IS AN ASSAULT ON FAIRNESS. MR. SPEAKER, THE MIDDLE CLASS HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE BACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMY AND THIS LEGISLATION IS A KICK IN THE STOMACH OCK TO THE MIDDLE CLASS. MR. SPEAKER, THEY TELL US THAT THEY WANT TO CUT SPENDING, THEY WILL NOT CUT SPENDING WHEN IT COMES TO TAX LOOPHOLES, THEY WILL INCREASE IT. THEY WILL NOT CUT SPENDING WHEN IT COMES TO THOSE $4 BILLION IN OIL COMPANY SUBSIDIES, THEY WILL INCREASE IT. THEY WILL NOT CUT SPENDING WHEN IT COMES TO SPECIAL INTEREST TAX PREFERENCES, THEY WILL INCREASE IT. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE MIDDLE CLASS, THEY WANT THEM TO PAY MORE. MR. SPEAKER, THE REAL CUT, CAP AND BALANCE SHOULD BE THIS, WE OUGHT TO CUT THOSE TAX LOOPHOLES, WE OUGHT TO CAP THOSE TAX SUBSIDIES AND WE OUGHT TO BALANCE THIS BUDGET THROUGH THE RIGHT AND SMART KINDS OF SPENDING REDUCTIONS AND REVENUE INCREASES THAT ARE FAIR. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS TIME.

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    MR. RYAN

    SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, A…

    SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. CHAFFETZ.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    ROUTINELY THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, MR. SPEAKER, HAS MADE THE…

    ROUTINELY THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, MR. SPEAKER, HAS MADE THE ALLEGATION THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS OFFERED A BALANCED PLAN. I WOULD ARGUE THAT HE HAS OFFERED NEITHER. THE PRESIDENT HAS NEVER, NEVER INTRODUCED A BALANCED PLAN. HE'S NEVER HAD ANYTHING THAT'S IN BALANCE. IN FACT, THE BUDGET HE SUBMITTED NEVER BALANCES. IN FACT, IT DOUBLES AND THEN TRIPLES THE DEBT. IT WENT BEFORE THE UNITED STATES SENATE, 97-0 THAT BUDGET WAS REJECTED. REJECTED BY THE UNITED STATES SENATE. . THE SECOND PART OF THIS HE HAS NOT INTRODUCED A PLAN TO DEAL WITH THIS CRISIS THAT WE ARE IN. THERE IS NO PIECE OF PAPER. THERE IS NO -- LOTS OF SPEECHES. LOTS OF THINGS DOING PRESS CONFERENCES. WE NEED A SOLUTION. WHAT CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE DOES IS IT NOT ONLY SOLVES THE SHORT-TERM PROBLEM, IT STARTS TO PUT IT ON THE RIGHT PATHWAY BUT SENDS TO THE STATES. AND LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WHAT SHOULD WE BE AFRAID OF? ALL WE ARE ASKING TO DO IS PUT FORWARD A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT AND SEND IT TO THE STATES. WITH A VERY HIGH THRESHOLD, WHERE THREE OUT OF FOUR STATES WOULD HAVE TO RATIFY IN ORDER FOR IT TO BECOME AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION. WE KEEP SPENDING MONEY WE DON'T HAVE. EVERY TIME WE LOOK AT A DECISION WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND WE ARE ASKING TO PULL MONEY OUT OF SOMEBODY'S POCKET AND GIVE IT TO SOMEBODY ELSE. THOSE DAYS ARE GONE. I CAME TO WASHINGTON, D.C., TO CHANGE THE WAY WE DO BUSINESS. CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE WILL DO THAT. WE NEED A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. THE CHOICE IS CLEAR. ARE YOU IN FAVOR OF A BALANCED BUDGET OR NOT? THAT'S WHAT'S BEFORE US TODAY AND THAT'S THE DIRECTION THIS COUNTRY NEEDS TO GO TO GET ITS FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE. HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS.

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    DO HAVE ONE MORE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    DO HAVE ONE MORE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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  • 07:32:20 PM

    MR. ANDREWS

    MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO TAKE TIME OUT FOR JUST A MINUTE AND GO BACK TO…

    MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO TAKE TIME OUT FOR JUST A MINUTE AND GO BACK TO THE QUESTION I'M HEARING MOST PEOPLE IN AMERICA ASK ABOUT WHICH IS JOBS. AND ONE OF THE THINGS WE KEEP HEARING FROM THE OTHER SIDE IS THAT ASKING ETHANOL PRODUCERS TO GIVE UP THEIR SUBSIDY OR ASKING CORPORATIONS TO GIVE UP THEIR SPECIAL LOOPHOLES IS A JOB DESTROYING IDEA. PLEASE, BEFORE YOU CAST THIS VOTE, ALL MEMBERS LOOK AT THESE FACTS. IN 2001 AND AGAIN IN 2002, WE DID WHAT THE MAJORITY SAYS ENDLESSLY WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. CUT TAXES ON THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS. THE ECONOMY PRODUCED ZERO NET PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS BETWEEN 2001 AND 2008. IN 1993, PRESIDENT CLINTON DID THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT THE MAJORITY SAYS IT WANTS TO DO. HE MADE A MODEST INCREASE IN THE TAX RATE OF THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS. THE ECONOMY PRODUCED 23 MILLION NEW PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS. THE HOUSE DESERVES THE FACTS IN GOING FORWARD IN THIS DEBATE AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A REAL JOBS PLAN FROM THIS HOUSE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I'LL END WHERE WE STARTED TODAY WHICH IS TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I'LL END WHERE WE STARTED TODAY WHICH IS TO SAY THAT OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE PLAYING A VERY DANGEROUS GAME WITH THE ECONOMY AND WITH JOBS. WHAT THIS LEGISLATION BEFORE US SAYS IS THAT UNLESS WE GRAFT ON TO THE CONSTITUTION A PREFERENCE FOR THEIR WAY OF ADDRESSING THE BUDGET DEFICIT, UNLESS WE DO THAT, THEY WILL PREVENT THE UNITED STATES FROM PAYING ITS BILLS WITH ALL THE TERRIBLE ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES. SO LET'S SEE WHAT IT IS THAT THEY ARE DEMANDING IN EXCHANGE FOR LETTING THE ECONOMY GO. IT'S THE SAME OLD PLAN THAT WE SAW IN THE HOUSE BEFORE. IT DOES END THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE. IT SLASHES MEDICAID. IT CUTS EDUCATION. AND IT PROTECTS SPECIAL INTEREST TAX LOOPHOLES, BUT WHAT MAKES THIS PARTICULARLY EGREGIOUS? WHAT SHOULD I THINK UPSET EVERY AMERICAN IS THEY ARE TRYING TO ENGINEER THOSE CHANGES THROUGH THE CONSTITUTION. WE KEEP HEARING THIS IS JUST A PLAIN OLD BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. 49 OUT OF 50 STATES HAVE IT. NOT TRUE. THIS WOULD PUT INTO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, EMBED IN OUR CONSTITUTION, A PROVISION THAT MAKES IT EASIER TO CUT MEDICARE, SOCIAL SECURITY, EDUCATION. 50% VOTE. BUT IF YOU WANT TO CUT A SPECIAL INTEREST TAX LOOPHOLE, I DON'T CARE WHETHER IT'S OIL AND GAS SUBSIDY, CORPORATE JET, YOU NAME IT, THAT A LOT OF WASHINGTON LOBBYISTS WORK OVERTIME TO GET INSERTED IN OUR TAX CODE WHICH AMOUNTS TO SPENDING THROUGH THE TAX CODE, IF YOU WANT TO DO THAT YOU NEED A 2/3 VOTE. THEY PUT ANOTHER MECHANISM INTO THE CONSTITUTION. THEY WOULD MAKE IT UNCONSTITUTIONAL TO BALANCE THE BUDGET IF WE ARE HAVING EXPENDITURES AT THE RATE OF 19% OR 20% OF G.D.P. ACOURTING TO THE PROVISION THAT CAME OUT OF THEIR AMENDMENT. IN OTHER WORDS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CANNOT CHOOSE A LEVEL OF EXPENDITURES THAT WOULD ALLOW US TO MEET OUR OBLIGATIONS UNDER MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY. SINCE 1966 OUR FEDERAL EXPENDITURES HAVE BEEN ABOVE 18% OF G.D.P. IN OTHER WORDS, SINCE WE ENACTED MEDICARE. SO THEY WANT TO PREVENT US BY CONSTITUTIONAL FIAT FROM BALANCING THE BUDGET AT A HIGHER LEVEL OF EXPENDITURES THAT WOULD ALLOW US -- LET ME MAKE ONE LAST POINT ON MEDICARE BECAUSE WE HEARD ABOUT THE DEMOCRATS CUT $500 BILLION. WHAT WE DID WAS WE ELIMINATED THE SUBSIDY, 114% SUBSIDY GOING TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS. WE DID DO THAT. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? REPUBLICANS SAY WHAT A TERRIBLE THING, BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THEIR BUNT, THEY ASSUME THAT CHANGE. -- BUDGET. THEY ASSUME THAT CHANGE. THEY KEEP THAT CHANGE. WHAT THEY DO IS WHAT WE DID WHICH IS USE THE SAVINGS TO CLOSE THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG DOUGHNUT HOLE. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WOULD NEEDLY REOPEN THAT DOUGHNUT HOLE. SO THEY TOOK THE SAVINGS THAT THEY ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT, THEY DIDN'T USE ANY OF IT TO CLOSE THE DOUGHNUT HOLE. AGAIN THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION IS THIS. WE ALL UNDERSTAND THAT WE'VE GOT TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT. WE'VE GOT TO BRING THE BUDGET INTO BALANCE. THE QUESTION IS, HOW WE CHOOSE TO DO THAT. AND WHY WOULD WE IMPLANT IN THE CONSTITUTION A MECHANISM THAT STACKS THE DECK IN FAVOR OF CHOOSING TO CUT MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY AND EDUCATION OVER CHOOSING TO CUT CORPORATE TAX LOOPHOLES OR ASKING THE FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP TO PAY MORE? BUT THEY WOULD DO THAT TO OUR CONSTITUTION. LOOK, THE FOUNDERS MADE IT DIFFICULT TO CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION FOR GOOD REASON. AND THIS I BELIEVE IS A CORRUPTION OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL PROCESS BECAUSE IT WOULD PLACE THESE MECHANISMS INTO OUR FOUNDING DOCUMENT THAT ESSENTIALLY GRAFT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PLAN INTO THAT DOCUMENT. AND THAT'S WHAT THIS VOTE IS ALL ABOUT. AND WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IS THAT UNLESS 2/3 OF THE HOUSE AND 2/3 OF THE SENATE ADOPT THAT KIND OF CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT, WE ARE NOT GOING TO PAY OUR BILLS. BILLS WHICH THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE AND THE MAJORITY LEADER AND PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE SHOULD PAY BECAUSE THEY ARE THE CONSEQUENCE OF DECISIONS THAT WERE MADE BY THIS BODY. AND RIGHT OR WRONG, WHEN YOU RING UP THE BILL, YOU CAN'T SAY YOU'RE NOT PAYING FOR IT. AND IF WE TAKE THE POSITION THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO PAY FOR IT, THE ECONOMY WILL SUFFER. INTEREST RATES WILL GO UP. THAT WILL HURT EVERY AMERICAN FAMILY AND IT WILL MAKE IT HARDER FOR US TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT. SO LET'S COME TOGETHER AROUND A BALANCED PLAN. THE PRESIDENT'S PUT A PROPOSAL ON THE TABLE. $4 TRILLION OVER 10 TO 12 YEARS. PATTERNED AFTER THE BIPARTISAN SIMPSON-BOWLES COMMISSION, $3 IN CUTS. $1 IN REVENUE. LET'S TAKE A BALANCED APPROACH. THAT'S THE WAY WE DID IT THE LAST TIME OUR BUDGET WAS IN SURPLUS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 07:39:04 PM

    MR. RYAN

    I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO…

    I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE IN THE WELL.

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  • 07:39:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN HAS SEVEN MINUTES REMAINING.

  • 07:39:23 PM

    MR. RYAN

    MR. SPEAKER, HERE'S OUR PROBLEM. WE HAVE A CRUSHING BURDEN OF DEBT THAT IS…

    MR. SPEAKER, HERE'S OUR PROBLEM. WE HAVE A CRUSHING BURDEN OF DEBT THAT IS COMING TO HIT OUR ECONOMY. THIS IS WHERE IT ALL COMES DOWN TO. WE ARE DRIVING OUR COUNTRY AND OUR ECONOMY OFF OF A CLIFF. THE REASON IS, IS BECAUSE WE ARE SPENDING SO MUCH MORE MONEY THAN WE HAVE. WE CAN'T KEEP SPENDING MONEY WE DON'T HAVE. 42 CENTS OUT OF EVERY DOLLAR COMING OUT OF WASHINGTON IS BORROWED MONEY. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT WHERE IT'S COMING FROM. WE ARE BORROWING IT, 47% OF IT FROM OTHER COUNTRIES. CHINA NUMBER ONE. MR. SPEAKER, YOU CAN'T HAVE SOVEREIGNTY, SELF-DETERMINATION AS A COUNTRY IF WE ARE RELYING ON OTHER GOVERNMENTS TO CASH FLOW HALF OF OUR DEFICIT. THIS IS WHERE WE ARE. HERE'S THE PROBLEM WE HAVE RIGHT NOW, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE A LEADERSHIP DEFICIT. I KEEP HEARING ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S GOT A PLAN. THE PRESIDENT'S OFFERING BALANCE. THE PRESIDENT HASN'T OFFERED A THING YET. NOTHING ON PAPER. NOTHING IN PUBLIC. LEADING ON REPORTERS AT PRESS CONFERENCES IS NOT LEADERSHIP. GIVING SPEECHES ACCORDING TO THE BOW IS NOT -- C.B.O. IS NOT BUDGETING. THE PRESIDENT DID INHERIT A TOUGH PROBLEM. NO TWO WAYS ABOUT IT. WHAT DID HE DO WITH THIS PROBLEM? HE DROVE US DEEPER INTO DEBT. $1 TRILLION OF BORROWED MONEY FOR A STIMULUS THAT WAS PROMISED TO KEEP UNEMPLOYMENT BELOW 8% AND WENT UP TO 10% AND NOW IT'S ALT 9.2%. A STALLED ECONOMY. A BUDGET THE PRESIDENT GAVE US THAT DOUBLED THE DEBT IN FIVE YEARS AND TRIPLES IT IN 10 YEARS. THAT'S NOT LEADERSHIP. WHAT HAS THE OTHER BODY DONE IN THE SENATE? OUR PARTNERS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S BEEN 811 DAYS SINCE THEY BOTHERED TRYING TO PASS A BUDGET. CONGRESS HAS GONE FOR TWO YEARS WITHOUT A BUDGET. WHAT DID WE DO? WHEN WE ASSUMED THE MAJORITY? WE PASSED A BUDGET. WE WROTE A BUDGET. WE DID IT IN DAYLIGHT NOT IN THE BACKROOM. WE DRAFTED IT. WE BROUGHT IT THROUGH THE COMMITTEE. WE HAD AMENDMENTS. WE BROUGHT IT TO THE FLOOR. WE DEBATED IT AND WE PASSED IT. THAT IS WHAT WE HAVE DONE. AND WHEN YOU TAKE A LOOK AT OUR PROBLEM, MR. SPEAKER, YOU HAVE A DRESS WHAT IS DRIVING OUR DEBT. HERE IS JUST THE COLD HARD FACTS. 10,000 PEOPLE ARE RETIRING EVERY DAY. THE BABY BOOMERS ARE HERE AND WE ARE NOT READY FOR THEM. FAR FEWER PEOPLE ARE FOLLOWING THEM IN TO THE WORK FORCE. HEALTH CARE COSTS ARE GOING UP FOUR TIMES THE RATE OF INFLATION. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE IS TELLING US MEDICARE GOES BANKRUPT IN NINE YEARS. MEDICAID IS ALREADY BANKRUPTING OUR STATES. THESE ARE THE DRIVERS OF OUR DEBT. BY THE YEAR 2025, THREE PROGRAMS, SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICAID, AND MEDICARE PLUS OUR INTEREST CONSUME 100% OF ALL FEDERAL REVENUES. BY THE END OF THIS DECADE, 20% OF OUR REVENUES GO TO JUST PAYING INTEREST. THIS IS UNSUSTAINABLE. SO WHAT DOES OUR BUDGET DO? WHAT DOES THE DOCUMENT THAT WE PASSED THAT SHOWS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE DO? IT SAVES THESE PROGRAMS. FOR MEDICARE, WE SAY YOU OWE THE RETIRED IF YOU ARE RETIRED. IF YOU ARE ABOUT TO RETIRE WE DON'T PULL THE RUG OUT FROM UNDER YOU. YOU ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE AROUND THESE PROGRAMS SO LET'S KEEP IT AS IS. BUT IN ORDER TO CASH FLOW THAT COMMITMENT, IN ORDER TO MAKE GOOD ON THAT PROMISSORY NOTE, YOU HAVE TO REFORM IT FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. AND LET'S DO IT IN A WAY THAT -- THAT LOOKS LIKE THE COMMISSION THAT PRESIDENT CLINTON OFFERED. A SYSTEM THAT RESEMBLES THE ONE WE HAVE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. WHERE YOU GET TO CHOOSE THE PLANS THAT MEET OUR NEEDS. WE DON'T SUBSIDIZE WEALTHY PEOPLE AS MUCH. AND WE SUBSIDIZE LOW-INCOME AND SICK PEOPLE A WHOLE LOT MORE. THAT'S WHAT A SAFETY NET IS. WE FIX IT AND WE SAVE MEDICARE. WHAT DOES THE OTHER BODY DO? WHAT DOES THE LAW DO THAT THE PRESIDENT DOES? RAISE HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS FROM MEDICARE, PUTS A NEW BOARD IN CHARGE OF PRICE CONTROLLING AND RATIONING CARE TO CURRENT SENIORS, AND DOES NOTHING TO SAVE IT FROM BANKRUPTCY. THESE ARE THE ISSUES THAT GOT TO BE DEALT WITH. MR. SPEAKER, WE KEEP HEARING ABOUT BALANCE. WE KEEP HEARING ABOUT THE NEED TO RAISE TAXES AS WE CUT SPENDING $3 FOR ONE OR SOMETHING TO THAT EFFECT. THE RED LINE SHOWS CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE PROJECTIONS ON SPENDING. THE GREEN LINES ARE TAXES. BASICALLY WHAT THIS SAYS IS THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN TAX YOUR WAY OUT OF THIS PROBLEM. WE ASKED THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE IF WE TRIED TO DO THAT, HAVE BALANCE, RAISE TAXES, THE TAX RATES OF THE NEXT GENERATION WOULD BE THIS. THE LOWEST INCOME TAX BRACKET, LOWER INCOME PEOPLE PLAY WHICH IS 10% NOW GOES TO 25%. MIDDLE INCOME TAXPAYERS PAY A 66% RATE. AND THE TOP TAX RATE WHICH WOULD ALL THOSE SUCCESSFUL SMALL BUSINESSES THAT CREATE JOBS PAY WOULD GO TO 88%. THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE. THAT'S THE PATH WE ARE ON RIGHT NOW. . THIS IS UNSUSTAINABLE. WHAT IS NEEDED IS LEADERSHIP AND THE REASON WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THIS DEBT LIMIT INCREASE IS BECAUSE WE'VE SEEN NONE, NONE FROM THE PRESIDENT, NONE FROM THE OTHER BODY. AND SO IF WE'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE A BUDGET PROCESS, HOW ON EARTH ARE WE GOING TO GET SPENDING UNDER CONTROL SO WE CAN SOLVE THIS PROBLEM? OUR BUDGET THIS CAP AND THIS CUT -- OUR BUDGET, THIS CAP AND THIS CUT, GETS THE DEBT PAID OFF. IT PUT US ON A PATH TO PROSPERITY. IT CLOSES LOOPHOLES TO LOWER TAX RATES TO GROW JOBS. IT SAYS THAT THE GENIUS OF AMERICA IS THE INDIVIDUAL, IS THE BUSINESS, NOT OUR GOVERNMENT. IT MAINTAINS THE AMERICAN LEGACY OF LEAVING THE NEXT GENERATION BETTER OFF WHICH WE KNOW, WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT, WE ARE LEAVING THE NEXT GENERATION WORSE OFF. YOU KNOW, IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS OF 2007 WE USED TO SAY THAT THIS DEBT WAS A THREAT TO OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN. NOT SO ANYMORE. IT IS A THREAT TO OUR ECONOMY TODAY. PASS CUT, CAP AND BALANCE, SAVE THIS COUNTRY, GROW THE ECONOMY AND SAVE THE NATION FOR OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN. WITH THAT I YIELD.

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  • 07:46:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 355 THE…

    ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 355 THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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  • 07:47:12 PM

    THE CLERK

    CAP AND BALANCE THE FEDERAL BUDGET.

  • 07:47:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

  • 07:47:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

  • 07:47:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

  • 07:47:28 PM

    THE CLERK

    TO RECOMMIT OFFERED BY MR. BISHOP OF GEORGIA. AT THE END OF SECTION 301…

    TO RECOMMIT OFFERED BY MR. BISHOP OF GEORGIA. AT THE END OF SECTION 301 ADD THE FOLLOWING NEW SUBCONNECTION -- SUBSECTION, C, PROTECTING OUR VETERANS, IT SHALL NOT BE IN ORDER IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OR THE SENATE TO CONSIDER ANY BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION THAT COULD RESULT IN A REDUCTION IN VETERANS BENEFITS.

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  • 07:47:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS MOTION.

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  • 07:47:52 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AND MY COLLEAGUES, THERE ARE MANY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AND MY COLLEAGUES, THERE ARE MANY TIMES WHEN WE COME TO THIS FLOOR AND ENGAGE IN HEATED DEBATE AND WE HAVE HEARD SOME HEATED DEBATE TODAY. THIS SO-CALLED CUT, CAP AND BALANCE BILL DOES JUST THAT. IT CUTS AND IT CAPS PROGRAMS THAT WILL WORK FOR EVERYONE AND PUT AMERICA AHEAD OF OUR COMPETITORS. IT CUTS AND CAPS OUR ABILITY TO JUMPSTART NEW INDUSTRIES IN OUR COUNTRY LIKE CLEAN ENERGY. IT CUTS AND CAPS OUR ABILITY TO REMR. OUR ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE LIKE ROADS -- TO REBUILD OUR ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE LIKE ROADS. IT CUTS JOB TRAINING OPPORTUNITY TO HELP MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE GET AND KEEP GOOD JOBS. YES, IT CUTS AND IT CAPS BUT IT BALANCES THE CUTS AND THE CAPS BY PROTECTING TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHIEST FOLKS IN OUR COUNTRY. BY PROVIDING SUBSIDIES FOR CORPORATIONS THAT TAKE JOBS OVERSEAS, AWAY FROM AMERICAN WORKERS. BY CUTTING MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FOR OUR NATION'S SENIORS, BALANCING ON THE BACKS OF THEM. SO I HAVE SOME PROBLEMS WITH THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER. BUT I'M A REALIST AND I REALIZE RELUCTANTLY THAT IT MIGHT JUST PASS. SO REGARDLESS OF HOW WE MAY FEEL ABOUT THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION , THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT IS SOMETHING UPON WHICH WE OUGHT TO ALL BE ABLE TO AGREE, IT SIMPLY SAYS THAT IT SHALL NOT BE IN ORDER IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OR THE SENATE TO CONSIDER ANY BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION THAT COULD RESULT IN A REDUCTION IN VETERANS BENEFITS. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN WHAT A SHORTFALL IN VETERANS FUNDING CAN DO. I REMEMBER THE PROBLEMS WITH VETERANS CARE, I REMEMBER THE $1 BILLION SHORTFALL A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS HAD TO RAID ITS OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE ACCOUNT TO HELP PAY FOR VETERANS' BASIC MEDICAL CARE. EVEN NOW VETERANS HAVE TO WAIT YEARS TO HAVE THEIR CLAIMS ADJUDICATIONS -- ADJUDICATED BECAUSE THERE ARE JUST NOT ENOUGH ADJUDICATORS. THEY HAVE TO WAIT TO GO TO GET DOCTORS, TO GET THEIR TREATMENT. WITH MORE OF OUR SERVICE MEMBERS RETURN HOME EVERY DAY, MORE VETS RETURNING HOME WHO HAVE NO OPPORTUNITY OR LIMITED OPPORTUNITY FOR JOB TRAINING, RETURNING HOME WITH PTSD OR RETURNING HOME NOW HAVING TO FACE THE POSSIBILITY OF LIMITED EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS BECAUSE OF THIS BILL AND ITS PROGENY. MR. SPEAKER, NOW IS NOT THE TIME TONE DANGER BENEFITS TO OUR -- TO ENDANGER BENEFITS TO OUR NATION'S VETERANS. WHEN VETERANS COME HOME WITHOUT LIMBS BECAUSE THEY HAVE DEFENDED OUR FREEDOMS WE SHOULD NOT PUT IN PLACE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE LEGISLATION ON THEIR BACKS, THE BACKS THAT ARE STRAINED AND DAMAGED BY THE INJURIES THEY SUSTAINED FIGHTING FOR THIS COUNTRY. WE SHOULD NOT STAND IDLY BY AND WATCH THIS CONGRESS ENDANGER THE WELFARE OF OUR NATION'S HEROES. TODAY'S NATION'S MILITARY REMAINS DEPLOYED OVERSEAS AS IT HAS DURING THE LAST NINE YEARS. THE FUNDING REQUIREMENTS WE FACE IN MEETING THE NEEDS HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED AS WE CONTINUE TO MEET AN ADDRESS THE LONGSTANDING ISSUES FROM PAST AND CURRENT WARS. AND WE CANNOT WATCH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THESE FIGHTING MEN AND WOMEN WHO COME HOME CONTINUE TO DIE. THESE NEEDS LAST LONG AFTER THE LAST AMERICAN COMBAT ANTS DEPART IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT WOULD SIMPLY PROTECT OUR VETERANS FROM ANY POTENTIAL UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE RESULTING FROM THIS ILL-CONCEIVED BILL, THE SO-CALLED CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT. THE NEEDS OF AMERICA'S VETERANS SHOULD BE ONE OF OUR HIGHEST PRIORITIES AND THIS MOTION WILL ENSURE THAT OUR VETERANS ARE TAKEN CARE OF AND THAT THEY RECEIVE THE BENEFITS THEY HAVE EARNED. LET'S BE CLEAR, THE PASSAGE OF THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT WILL NOT PREVENT THE PASSAGE OF THE UNDERLYING BILL. THIS AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED, IT WILL BE INCORPORATED INTO THE BILL AND THE BILL WILL BE IMMEDIATELY VOTED UPON. SO THOUGH WE MAY DISAGREE ON THE BILL, TODAY WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY WITH THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND MY AMENDMENT TO SPEAK WITH ONE VOICE IN SUPPORT OF OUR VETERANS. IT IS UP TO ALL OF US, I URGE YOU TO VOTE YES ON THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT. BUT LET'S MAKE SURE THAT IF THIS BILL AS ITS -- PASSES, THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE AND ANY BALANCED BUDGET WILL NOT RESULT IN A REDUCTION OF VETERANS BENEFITS. VOTE YES ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND PROTECT OUR NATION'S VETERANS.

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  • 07:53:14 PM

    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 WISCONSIN RISE?

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  • 07:53:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:53:23 PM

    MR. RYAN

    I HAVE FANTASTIC NEWS. ALL OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA'S CONCERNS HAVE…

    I HAVE FANTASTIC NEWS. ALL OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA'S CONCERNS HAVE ALREADY BEEN ADDRESSED IN THIS LEGISLATION. LET ME SIMPLY REFER YOU TO SECTION 317 WHERE IT SAYS EXEMPT FROM DIRECT SPENDING LIMITS, SECTION B-3, VETERANS BENEFITS AND SERVICES, WHICH IS ALL THE OF FUNCTION 700. LET ME REFER TO YOU SECTION 318 THAT SHOWS WHEN IT COMES TO SEQUESTERING, WHICH IS AN ENFORCEMENT MECHANISM ON SPENDING CAPS, EXEMPTION, VETERANS BENEFITS. VETERANS BENEFITS ARE EXPLICITLY PRESERVED IN THIS LEGISLATION, JUST AS THEY ARE WITH THE BUDGET THAT WE HAD PASSED. THAT THIS CAP AND CUT CONFORMED TO. SO MAKE NO MISTAKE, MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE NO CUTS TO VETERANS IN HERE BECAUSE WE AGREE, THE MEN AND WOMEN OUT THERE FIGHTING ON THE FRONT LINES FOR OUR FREEDOM HAVE BEEN GIVEN PROMISES TO BENEFITS LIKE HEALTH CARE AND OTHERS AND THOSE PROMISES OF ALL ARE TO BE KEPT. AND SO THAT IS WHY WE'VE ALREADY TAKEN CARE OF THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERNS SO THE RECOMMIT IS UNNECESSARY BECAUSE WE PRESERVE THESE BENEFITS EXPLICITLY. I WILL NOT YIELD AND WITH THAT, BECAUSE THERE'S NOT MUCH MORE TO TALK ABOUT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:54:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS REQUEST IS ORDERED ON THE MOTION -- QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NOESSTER AND THE --

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  • 07:55:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS ASKED FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS ASKED FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS. 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 VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 0, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL IF ORDERED AND APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. 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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  • 08:39:57 PM

    MR. TONKO

    MR. SPEAKER. IT IS OUR PLEASURE DURING THE NEXT 40 OR SO MINUTES TO…

    MR. SPEAKER. IT IS OUR PLEASURE DURING THE NEXT 40 OR SO MINUTES TO EXPRESS CONCERNS ABOUT A MEDICARE PROGRAM THAT HAS SERVED THIS NATION'S SENIORS SO VERY WELL FOR 45 YEARS AND IS AT RISK OF BEING ENDED. TONIGHT, WE WITNESSED ON THIS FLOOR, THE THIRD SUCH VOTE TO END MEDICARE BY THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY. AND WE KNOW THAT OUR SENIORS WOULD BE FORCED TO SHOP IN A PRIVATE MARKET, THE CERTAINTY OF A GUARANTEED PROGRAM THAT HAS HAS BEEN AVAILABLE TO OUR SENIORS SINCE 1966, WHICH IS AT RISK. THE MONEY THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD KICK IN FOR COVERAGE WOULD NOT KEEP PACE FOR THE COSTS OF THOSE HEALTH CARE POLICIES AND SO OUR SENIORS WOULD BE FORCED TO DIG INTO THEIR POCKETS, REACH INTO THOSE POCKETS AND PERHAPS HAVE THEIR COSTS -- THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS MORE THAN DOUBLED. THIS IS AN UNNECESSARY STEP THAT IS BEING TAKEN AGAINST OUR NATION'S SENIORS THAT IS IRRESPONSIBLE. WE BELIEVE THAT WHAT WE HAVE SEEN SINCE THAT THRESHOLD IN TIME IN 1965 WHEN WE APPROVED SUCH A MEASURE, THE IMPACTS FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR HEALTH CARE SFRI AS WITNESSED THE GROWTH OF OVER 5,000% IN THE COST OF PREMIUMS IN THAT TIME SINCE 1965. THE IMPACT ON SENIORS HAS BEEN CERTAINLY FAR LESS THAN THAT. WE HAVE SEEN THE CONTAINING OF ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS. WE AVOID MARKETING ARE QUIRMENTSE WITH THE MEDICARE PROGRAM AND WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SHARE BENEFITS WITH OUR SENIORS THAT IN A WAY PROTECTED THEIR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE THAT ENABLED THEM TO ENJOY A QUALITY OF LIFE AND CAN EASILY BE DOCUMENTED THAT WHEN OUR NATION'S SENIORS RETIRED BACK IN THE 1960'S, THEY WOULD SEE THEIR ECONOMIC DID YOUR BUILT CHALLENGED, THEIR -- DURE BUILT CHALLENGED. AND IT WAS OFTENTIMES IMPACTED BY THE COST OF MEDICAL NEEDS. THERE WAS CHERRY-PICKING GOING ON. AND THEY WERE ASKED TO ABSORB AN INORDINATE AMOUNT OF PRESSURE IN ORDER TO CONTINUE FORWARD IN SOUNDNESS, IN WELLNESS AND CERTAINLY TO HAVE THE COVERAGE THAT WAS REQUIRED TO MEET THEIR HEALTH CARE NEEDS. ALL OF THIS NOW IS AT RISK WITH SEVERAL PROPOSALS. WE HAVE SEEN A RYAN PLAN. THE RYAN ROAD TO RUIN, AS WE DESIGNATE IT. IT WOULD CAUSE SEVERE HARDSHIP ON OUR NATION'S SENIORS. WE SAW THE REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE COME UP WITH A VOTE AGAIN THAT ENDED MEDICARE. AND TODAY, WHEN WE WITNESSED THIS ATTEMPT TO PLAY WITH THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION TO MAKE IT EASY TO END MEDICARE WHILE MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT TO ADDRESS THOSE DEEP POCKETS THAT GIVES FAVORABLE TREATMENT BY SOME GO CONTINUING ON BECAUSE IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO END THAT OPPORTUNITY. SO WHAT WE HAVE HERE TONIGHT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS THE ASSAULT ON AMERICA'S WORKING FAMILIES, THE ASSAULT ON HER SENIORS BY ENDING MEDICARE, ENDING MEDICARE THAT PUTS THE PRIVATE SECTOR, INSURANCE INDUSTRY IN CONTROL. THEY REQUIRE OUR SENIORS TO SHOP WITH A VOUCHER THAT WON'T COVER THE COSTS OF THOSE COSTS AND REQUIRE THEM TO PAY DOUBLE AS WE PAY DOUBLE. WE ARE JOINED BY REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI FROM CALIFORNIA AND REPRESENTATIVE JOE COURTNEY FROM CONNECTICUT. AND THE THREE OF US WILL SHARE THOUGHTS ABOUT HOW TO BETTER ADDRESS THE ECONOMIC PRESSURES ON THIS NATION TODAY WITHOUT ENDING MEDICARE, WITHOUT ENDING MEDICARE. IT HAS BEEN A LIFESAFER FOR SO MANY OF OUR NATION'S SENIORS AND HAS PROVIDED A SENSE OF SECURITY, PREDICT IN THEIR BUDGETING. REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI. JOHN GARAMENDI, THANKS FOR JOINING US. YOU WITNESSED IT AS MR. COURTNEY AND I BOTH DID. WE WITNESSED YET ANOTHER VOTE THAT WOULD MEAN THE END TO MEDICARE, BECAUSE IT'S AN ATTEMPT TO PLAY WITH THE CONSTITUTION, MESS WITH OUR CONSTITUTION IN A WAY THAT WOULD REALLY FOCUS ON HARDSHIP FOR OUR NATION'S SENIORS.

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115th Congress - House
Total Hours: 1482 (After 654 days)
  • Debate689 Hours
  • Special Orders287 Hours
  • Votes231 Hours
  • One Minute Speeches120 Hours
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