House Defeats Goodlatte-McCaul Bill, 193-231
House Session - March 28, 2012

During Morning Hour, any member may speak for up to five minutes on any topic. When no additional members seek recognition, Morning Hour concludes. After a speech on the Travon Martin shooting in Florida, Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL) was scolded by the chair and escorted from the House floor for wearing a gray hoodie and sunglasses. House rules prohibit wearing hats.

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  • 10:00:49 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 10:01:26 AM

    MR. HIGGINS

    SPEAKER, AS OUR NATION WINDS DOWN FROM ITS MILITARY ENGAGEMENTS OVERSEAS,…

    SPEAKER, AS OUR NATION WINDS DOWN FROM ITS MILITARY ENGAGEMENTS OVERSEAS, IT'S TIME FOR AMERICA TO DO SOME NATION BUILDING HERE AT HOME. A $1.2 TRILLION INVESTMENT IN REBUILDING AMERICAN ROADS, BRIDGES, TRANSIT AND WATER SYSTEMS WOULD CREATE 27 MILLION JOBS OVER FIVE YEARS. IN THE FIRST YEAR ALONE THE ECONOMY WOULD ADD 5.2 MILLION NEW JOBS AND GROW BY OVER $400 BILLION. IN THE SECOND YEAR, UNEMPLOYMENT WOULD BE REDUCED TO 5.6%. THESE ARE AMONG THE FINDINGS OF A NEW AMERICA FOUNDATION REPORT, "A WAY FORWARD." NEARLY EXPERT AGREES THAT AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE IS BROKEN AND IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT. THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS GAVE AMERICA A D GRADE FOR INFRASTRUCTURE QUALITY, AND IT'S ESTIMATED THAT $.2 TRILLION IS NEEDED TO -- $2.2 TRILLION IS NEEDED TO BRING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE IN GOOD REPAIR. AMERICA IS 23RD IN INFRASTRUCTURE QUALITY. TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA REPORTS THAT THERE ARE 69,000 STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BRIDGES NATIONWIDE, INCLUDING 2,000 IN NEW YORK, AND 99 IN WESTERN NEW YORK ALONE. IN FACT, EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY SEVEN CARS DRIVE ON A BRIDGE THAT IS STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT. DANGEROUS ROAD CONDITIONS WERE A SIGNIFICANT FACTOR IN 1/3 OF ALL TRAFFIC FATALITIES LAST YEAR. AMERICANS SPENT 4.2 BILLION HOURS STUCK IN TRAFFIC COSTING $710 FOR EVERY AMERICAN MOTORIST. THE 1987 COLLAPSE OF A BRIDGE IN NEW YORK KILLED 10 PEOPLE AND THE 2007 COLLAPSE OF THE MINNEAPOLIS BRIDGE KILLING 13 PEOPLE ARE TRAGIC REMINDERS OF THE HUMAN COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DETERIORATING INFRASTRUCTURE. THE ECONOMIC COSTS ARE STAGGERING TOO. THE UNITED STATES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAYS THAT THE NATION WILL LOSE $336 BILLION IN ECONOMIC GROWTH OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS DUE TO INADEQUATE INFRASTRUCTURE. ONE LOCAL EXAMPLE, IN JANUARY, THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION CLOSED A CRUCIAL BRIDGE IN SPRINGVILLE, NEW YORK, DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT ITS SAFETY. IN THE CLOSURE, IT WAS DEVASTATING TO BUSINESSES. THE COST OF BORROWING MONEY IS AT A HISTORIC LOW RATE. THE INTEREST RATES ON FIVE-YEAR DEBT IS LESS THAN 1%. THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT IS CONSIDERING NEGATIVE INTEREST RATES, MEANING THAT INVESTORS WILL ACTUALLY PAY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO BUY UNITED STATES DEBT. THE QUESTION IS NOT WHETHER TO UNDERTAKE THIS WORK. PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE IS A PUBLIC RESPONSIBILITY. THE QUESTION IS WHEN TO UNDERTAKE THIS WORK. THE COST ACCELERATION OF DELAYING ROAD AND BRIDGE REPAIR INCREASES BY 500% AFTER ONLY TWO YEARS. PUT SIMPLY, A $1 MILLION ROAD REPAIR PROJECT TODAY NOT UNDERTAKING WILL COST $5 MILLION IN 2014. A $5 MILLION BRIDGE REPAIR PROJECT WILL COST $25 MILLION IN 2014. WHAT'S MORE, A FIVE-YEAR $1.2 TRILLION PROGRAM WOULD CREATE SUCH ROBUST ECONOMIC ACTIVITY THAT IT WOULD GENERATE AN ADDITIONAL $600 BILLION IN FEDERAL TAX REVENUES. THAT IS TO SAY THAT OUR COUNTRY WOULD BE PURCHASING $1.2 TRILLION IN INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE FOR NEARLY HALF OFF. THE UNITED STATES HAS SPENT $76 BILLION REBUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF AFGHANISTAN, A POPULATION OF 30 MILLION. AND $63 BILLION REBUILDING IRAQ, A POPULATION OF 27 MILLION. BOTH OF THESE NATION BUILDING EFFORTS WERE DEFICIT FINANCED AND AS THEY TOOK MONEY OUT OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY, ACTUALLY UNDERMINED AMERICAN ECONOMIC GROWTH AND EMPLOYMENT. AND FOR AMERICA, A POPULATION OF OVER 300 MILLION, THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING A FIVE-YEAR, $260 BILLION TRANSPORTATION BILL, OR $52 BILLION EACH YEAR FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS ON AVERAGE. LESS THAN ANY GIVEN YEAR WE SPENT IN BOTH AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ. REBUILDING OUR NATION'S ROADS AND BRIDGES WILL SUPPORT PRIVATE SECTOR AMERICAN BUSINESSES, CONSTRUCTION TRADE JOBS AVERAGE APPROXIMATELY $70,000 A YEAR, AND THESE JOBS CAN'T BE OUTSOURCED TO CHINA OR MEXICO. I BEGAN THIS MORNING BY TALKING ABOUT THE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. LET ME NOW SAY SOMETHING ABOUT OUR RETURNING VETERANS. THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR RETURNING VETERANS UNDER THE AGE OF 24 IS AN UNACCEPTABLY HIGH RATE OF 38%. A GOOD AND GRATEFUL NATION OWES IT TO THESE VETERANS TO ENSURE THAT THEY RETURN HOME TO ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SPONSORED A PROGRAM BACK IN 2002 CALLED HELMETS TO HARDHATS, TO ACCELERATE APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING AND JOB PLACEMENT FOR THESE RETURNING VETERANS. HELMETS TO HARDHATS IS A NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATION WORKING WITH 15 CONSTRUCTION TRADES AND OVER 80,000 AMERICAN BUSINESSES. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS TIME -- IT IS THE RIGHT TIME TO MAKE A ROBUST INVESTMENT TO REPAIR OUR OUTDATED AND FAILING INFRASTRUCTURE. THERE'S A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE AND A LOT OF AMERICANS NEED TO BE PUT TO WORK. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:07:05 AM

    MR. COBLE

    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST SATURDAY EVENING I WAS WATCHING THE WEEKLY FOX…

    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST SATURDAY EVENING I WAS WATCHING THE WEEKLY FOX TELEVISION PROGRAM ENTITLED "HUCKABEE." BULLYING WAS THE FEATURED ISSUE. BULLYING HAS BECOME A SEVERELY SIGNIFICANT ISSUE IN SOME SCHOOLS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. BULLIES WITH LIMITED EXCEPTION SELECT THEIR TARGETS OR VICTIMS IN THIS MANNER. THE VICTIMS OF SMALLER AND PHYSICAL STATURE ARE THE BULLIES AND ARE USUALLY YOUNGER IN YEARS. THE VICTIMS OF BULLYING, MR. SPEAKER, BECOME DEPRESSED AND EMBARRASSED RESULTING IN PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL DAMAGE. ONE YOUNG LAD BECAME SO DISTRAUGHT THAT HE DIED BY HIS OWN HAND. YES, HE TOOK HIS OWN LIFE BECAUSE OF THE DAMAGE THAT BULLYING HAD INFLICTED UPON HIM. THE "HUCKABEE" PROGRAM IN ADDITION TO HAVING INTERVIEWED A BULLYING VICTIM AND HIS FAMILY FEATURED AS WELL THE DIRECTOR OF A RECENTLY RELEASED MOVIE ENTITLED "BULLY." I URGE YOU ALL TO SEE THIS MOVIE. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO INSIST THAT BULLIES ARE PUNISHED AT THEIR SCHOOLS, BY THEIR PARENTS AND ARE PROSECUTED AS JUVENILES IF THEY ARE STILL MINORS. WE SHOULD CUT NO SLACK TO BULLIES. THEY DESERVE NO SLACK. AND IF EXPOSURE COULD LINK THE BULLIES TO THE AFOREMENTIONED SUICIDE, PERHAPS THAT SHOULD BE PURSUED AS WELL. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BULLYING PLAGUE MUST BE RESOLVED, BUT IT WILL BE RESOLVED ONLY WHEN THE BULLIES RECEIVE THE PUNISHMENT THEY DESERVE. I THANK THE SPEAKER AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:09:11 AM

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. AT THIS POINT THE CHAIR…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. AT THIS POINT THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PUERTO RICO, MR. PIERLUISI, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:09:20 AM

    MR. PIERLUISI

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I'M INTRODUCING THE PUERTO RICO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I'M INTRODUCING THE PUERTO RICO SNAP RESTORATION ACT. IN 1971, CONGRESS ENACTED LEGISLATION TO PARTIALLY INCLUDE PUERTO RICO IN WHAT IS TODAY CALLED THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, OR SNAP, AND WHAT WAS THEN CALLED THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM IN PUERTO RICO BEGAN IN 1974. IN 1977 CONGRESS AMENDED FEDERAL LAW TO FULLY INCLUDE PUERTO RICO IN THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM SO THAT RULES GOVERNING ELIGIBILITY AND BENEFITS APPLIED NO DIFFERENTLY ON THE ISLAND THAN THEY DID IN THE 50 STATES. FOUR YEARS LATER, HOWEVER, CONGRESS EXERCISED ITS AUTHORITY UNDER THE TERRITORY CLAUSE AND REMOVED PUERTO RICO FROM THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM, ELECTING TO PROVIDE THE ISLAND GOVERNMENT WITH AN ANNUAL BLOCK INSTEAD. ANNUAL BLOCK GRANT. SINCE 1982, PUERTO RICO HAS USED THIS BLOCK GRANT TO ADMINISTER ITS NUTRITIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, WHICH DIFFERS FROM SNAP IN A NUMBER OF ASPECTS. THE BILL I'M INTRODUCING TODAY, WHICH I WILL INCLUDE -- SEEK TO INCLUDE IN THE 2012 FARM BILL, WOULD HAVE THE SNAP PROGRAM IN PLACE OF THE BLOCK GRANT. IF ENACTED INTO LAW, PUERTO RICO WILL INCLUDE THE 50 STATES, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND TWO U.S. TERRITORIES, GUAM AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, AS THOSE PARTICIPATING IN SNAP. CONVERTING PUERTO RICO BACK TO SNAP WAS MADE AFTER CAREFULLY WEIGHING THE BENEFITS AND COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CONVERSION. I RELY PRIMARILY ON AN IN DEPTH STUDY PREPARED BY THE USDA WHICH EVALUATED THE FEASIBILITY AND IMPACTING SNAP IN PUERTO RICO. ON THIS SUBJECT, AS WITH OTHER IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT I'M TACKLING, I HAVE THE PRINCIPLE THAT IT IS GOOD TO BUILD A STRONG EVIDENTIARY RECORD BEFORE TAKING ACTION. THIS RAISES A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT POLICY QUESTIONS, BUT ITS BOTTOM LINE MESSAGER FOR -- MESSAGE FOR PUERTO RICO IS KRIS CAL CLEAR. THE BENEFITS OF CONVERSION FARTHER OUTWEIGH THE COSTS. LET ME BE MORE SPECIFIC. APPLYING CERTAIN ASSUMPTIONS, THE USDA STUDY FOUND THAT CONVERSION WOULD INCREASE THE NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS THAT RECEIVE NUTRITIONAL ASSISTANCE IN PUERTO RICO BY OVER 15%. IN ADDITION, 85,000 HOUSEHOLDS WOULD BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR ASSISTANCE UNDER SNAP. MOREOVER, RESTORING SNAP WOULD RAISE THE AVERAGE MONTHLY BENEFIT FOR PARTICIPATING HOUSEHOLDS BY NEARLY 10%, AND INSTITUTING EQUAL TREATMENT FOR PUERTO RICO UNDER SNAP WOULD MEAN AN ADDITIONAL $457 MILLION FOR THE ISLAND EACH YEAR. IT WOULD TAKE THE FORM OF ADDITIONAL BENEFITS. THESE NUMBERS REVEAL A FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH. BECAUSE CONGRESS REMOVED PUERTO RICO FROM SNAP 20 YEARS AGO, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES ON THE ISLAND HAVE RECEIVED NO NUTRITIONAL ASSISTANCE AT ALL OR RECEIVED FAR FEW BENEFITS IF THEY LIVED IN THE 50 STATES OR EVEN THE NEIGHBORING VIRGIL GREEN. ACCORDINGLY, -- VIRGIN ISLANDS. ACCORDINGLY, THIS SERVES AS YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW THE AMERICAN CITIZENS I REPRESENT, ESPECIALLY MY MOST VULNERABLE CONSTITUENTS, ARE TREATED UNEQUALLY BECAUSE OF THE ISLAND'S TERRITORY STATUS. WHETHER I'M FIGHTING TO CONVERT PUERTO RICO BACK TO SNAP OR TO INCREASE THE ISLAND'S ANNUAL BLOCK GRANT, I STRONGLY BELIEVE THIS IS A FIGHT WORTH MAKING. BY ENSURING THAT THE NEEDIEST OF MY CONSTITUENTS CAN AFFORD A HEALTHY DIET, WE ENABLE THEM TO LIVE A DIGNIFIED AND INDEPENDENT LIFE WHICH IN THE LONG RUN HELPS REDUCE HEALTH CARE COSTS AND TAKES PRESSURE OFF OTHER SAFETY NET PROGRAMS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:13:31 AM

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

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

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  • 10:13:44 AM

    MR. NUNNELEE

    MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT WEEK IN THE FUTURE OF OUR REPUBLIC. IN…

    MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT WEEK IN THE FUTURE OF OUR REPUBLIC. IN THIS CAPITOL, WE ARE DEBATING, VOTING ON BUDGETS, LAYING OUT OUR VISIONS FOR HOW WE SHOULD HANDLE THE SPENDING, TAXING AND DEBT ISSUES FACING AMERICA IN THE COMING YEARS. ACROSS THE STREET AT THE SUPREME COURT, THEY'RE DEBATING WHAT, IF ANY LIMITS ON THE COMMERCE CLAUSE. BUT REALLY WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE SAME THING. DO WE STILL LIVE UNDER A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF LIMITED ENUMERATED POWERS? DO WE BELIEVE THAT THE SOURCE OF OUR GOVERNMENT BEGINS IN WE, THE PEOPLE? DO WE BELIEVE IN LIBERTY? DO WE TRUST PEOPLE TO MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS ABOUT THEIR OWN LIVES WITHOUT RELIANCE OR SUBSERVEANS TO AN ALL-POWER CENTRAL GOVERNMENT IN WASHINGTON? ARE THERE LIMITS ON WHAT WASHINGTON CAN DEMAND OF THE CITIZENS THAT IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE SERVING? REPUBLICANS BELIEVE THAT THE ANSWER TO THESE QUESTIONS IS A RESOUNDING YES. . THE BUDGET PUT FORTH BY CHAIRMAN RYAN AND THE BUDGET COMMITTEE SHOWS THAT IT IS POSSIBLE FOR THIS CONGRESS TO OFFER SOLUTIONS TO THE CHALLENGES OF THE MODERN WORLD THAT ARE ROOTED IN LIMITED GOVERNMENT, INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM, AND THE CONSTITUTION. IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO GOVERN, TO OFFER THE PEOPLE AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE DO-NOTHING ATTITUDE OF THE SENATE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP, OR THE BUSINESS AS USUAL TAX, SPEND, AND BORROW BUDGET OFFERED BY THE PRESIDENT. THE ARGUMENTS BEING MADE BY THE PLAINTIFFS AGAINST THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE ARE THAT THE CONSTITUTION IS NOT DEAD. THAT THERE IS AT LEAST ONE PARTY IN WASHINGTON AND A MAJORITY OF THE COUNTRY STILL BELIEVES THAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS WHAT IT SAYS. THAT THERE ARE LIMITS ON THE POWER OF CONGRESS AND THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. I'M ENERGIZED AND HOPEFUL FOR THE FUTURE OF THIS GREAT REPUBLIC AS I SEE THESE EVENTS UNFOLD THIS WEEK, AND I'M REMINDED OF THE OBSERVATION OF PRESIDENT REAGAN. I HOPE WE ONCE AGAIN HAVE REMINDED PEOPLE THAT MAN IS NOT FREE UNLESS GOVERNMENT IS LIMITED. THERE IS A CLEAR CAUSE AND EFFECT HERE THAT IS AS NEAT AND PREDICTABLE AS THE LAW OF PHYSICS. AS GOVERNMENT EXPANDS, LIBERTY CONTRACTS. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 10:16:47 AM

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

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

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  • 10:16:57 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY THE CLOCK IS TICKING HERE IN CONGRESS OWN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY THE CLOCK IS TICKING HERE IN CONGRESS OWN THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE WHERE PEOPLE AROUND THE COUNTRY WOULD LIKE TO BE PREPARING FOR THE NEXT CONSTRUCTION SEASON. INDEED, THE MOST IMPORTANT ACTION FOR THE ECONOMY, FOR JOB CREATION, FOR STRENGTHENING THE LIVABILITY OF OUR COMMUNITY, MIGHT WELL BE ENACTING THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION ACT. SADLY SO FAR THE NEWS HAS NOT BEEN GOOD. LATER TODAY WE DEBATE THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WHICH WOULD SLASH INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING TO A LEVEL LESS THAN IS REQUIRED SIMPLY TO MEET OBLIGATIONS FOR CONTRACTS THAT WE HAVE ALREADY ENTERED INTO. PEOPLE THAT ARE BUILDING ROADS AND BRIDGES AND TRANSIT SYSTEMS. AND WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO THEM TO GO DOWN THAT PATH. THE BUDGET, SADLY, WOULD NOT EVEN ALLOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MEET ITS PARTNERSHIP OBLIGATION. THERE IS MORE BAD NEWS AS WE SEE THE REPUBLICANS CAN'T COME TO GRIPS WITH WHAT WOULD BE REQUIRED TO MOVE THE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORIZATION BILL FORWARD. LAST MONTH THEY OFFERED UP WHAT HAS BEEN CHARACTERIZED AS THE WORST TRANSPORTATION BILL IN HISTORY. IT WAS PARTISAN. IT WAS UNBALANCED. IT WOULD OVERTURN TWO DECADES OF TRANSPORTATION REFORM, UNDERCUT TRANSIT, AND THE VITAL ENHANCEMENT PROGRAMS THAT COMMUNITIES HAVE USED TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND STRETCH THEIR TRANSPORTATION RESOURCES. IT EVEN ATTACKED BINING AND -- BIKE AND PEDESTRIAN PROGRAMS. ELIMINATING SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL FOR OUR CHILDREN. WELL, LUCKILY IT COLLAPSED UNDER ITS OWN WEIGHT. THEY WERE AFRAID TO EVEN HAVE A HEARING ON IT BEFORE IT CAME TO THE FLOOR, AND THEN THEY FOUND OUT THAT THERE WASN'T AN OPPORTUNITY TO PASS IT. THE SUPPORT WASN'T THERE IN THE FACE OF UNITED OPPOSITION AROUND THE COUNTRY FROM PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT TRANSPORTATION. AT THE SAME TIME THE SENATE HAS GIVEN US A BALANCED AND BIPARTISAN BILL. 74 MEMBERS OF THE OTHER BODY VOTED FOR IT AND PASSED IT OVER TO US. I WOULD HOPE THAT AS TIME FOR US TO STOP PLAYING PARTISAN IDEOLOGICAL GAMES WITH THIS VITAL TRANSPORTATION BILL. THE HEADLINES THAT THE REPUBLICAN MANEUVERING HAS DONE IS AN EMBARRASSMENT TO SPEAKER BOEHNER, TO CHAIRMAN MICA, BUT IT'S NOT JUST TO THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP, IT'S AN ENBEARSMENT TO THE HOUSE. I'M SORRY -- EMBARRASSMENT TO THE HOUSE. I'M SORRY MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES CAN'T SEEM TO AGREE AMONGST THEMSELVES ABOUT A PATH FORWARD. THEY CANNOT GET 218 VOTES FOR ANY BILL, EVEN THE SPEAKER'S PROPOSAL. THE GOOD NEWS IS THEY DON'T HAVE TO. THERE ARE 435 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE IF THEY WOULD WORK IN A BIPARTISAN BASIS AS WE HAVE DONE IN THE PAST, WE CAN STOP THIS SHORT-TERM ROULETTE. WE CAN GIVE THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PEOPLE IN THE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTOR THE CERTAINTY THEY NEED FOR NOT JUST THIS CONSTRUCTION CYCLE BUT THE NEXT CONSTRUCTION CYCLE. WE CAN PUT 10S OF THOUSANDS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TO WORK, DO WHAT CONGRESS NEEDS TO DO, WHAT CONGRESS HAS DONE ALWAYS UNTIL THIS POINT. I HOPE THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP BEFORE WE LEAVE THIS WEEK WILL AT LEAST ALLOW THE BIPARTISAN SENATE BILL TO COME TO THE FLOOR , TO BE VOTED ON. I'M CONFIDENT THAT A MAJORITY WILL PASS AND WE'LL MEET OUR OBLIGATIONS TO KEEP AMERICA MOVING AND THE ECONOMY GROWING. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:21:12 AM

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 10:21:20 AM

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

    MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE HAS AGREED TO THE HOUSE REQUEST TO RETURN THE PAPERS ON H.R. 5, CITED AS THE PROTECTING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE ACT.

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  • 10:21:35 AM

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    CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WESTMORELAND, FOR FIVE…

    CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WESTMORELAND, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:21:43 AM

    MR. WESTMORELAND

    MR. SPEAKER. ALL OF THE ABOVE ENERGY IS THE PLAN FIRST INTRODUCED BY HOUSE…

    MR. SPEAKER. ALL OF THE ABOVE ENERGY IS THE PLAN FIRST INTRODUCED BY HOUSE REPUBLICANS WHEN GAS PRICES SPIKED DURING THE SUMMER OF 2008. FOR TWO YEARS PRIOR, CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS WERE FOLLOWING A GREEN ENERGY PLAN ONLY. DOING THEIR BEST TO COMPLETELY ELIMINATE THE TRADITIONAL FORMS OF ENERGY LIKE PETROLEUM, NATURAL GAS, AND COAL THAT ACCOUNT FOR 83% OF OUR ENERGY CONSUMPTION. WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK OFFICE IN 2009, HE TOOK UP THEIR FLAG AND BEGAN PUSHING FOR HIS CONTROVERSIAL CAP AND TRADE LAW THAT EVEN HE ADMITTED WOULD MEAN ELECTRICITY RATES WOULD NECESSARILY SKYROCKET. HE APPOINTED AN ENERGY SECRETARY THAT ADMITTED ON NATIONAL TV THAT HE WANTED OUR GAS PRICES AT EUROPEAN LEVELS. WELL, THEY ARE BOTH ON THEIR WAY. SINCE THEN ENERGY COSTS HAVE DOUBLED, GAS PRICES HAVE SKYROCKETED, AND WE ARE IN A CRISIS IN THIS COUNTRY WHEN IT COMES TO OUR ENERGY USE. JUST AS WE SAW IN THE SUMMER OF 2008, WHEN THESE GASOLINE PRICES SPIKED, AND OUR ENERGY COSTS ROSE, THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING ELSE WAS SOON TO FOLLOW. WHEN ITS CAP AND TRADE BILL FAILED AND GET ENOUGH SUPPORT, THE DEMOCRATIC CONTROLLED CONGRESS, HE SET OUT TO HAVE THE E.P.A. BASICALLY REGULATE THE BILL INTO LAW. OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS, THE E.P.A. HAS ISSUED SOME OF THE MOST COSTLY REGULATION ON POWER PLANTS IN THEIR HISTORY. BY 2016, THE UTILITY MACK REGULATION IS EXPECTED TO COST $9.6 BILLION ANNUALLY IN DIRECT COSTS, AND SOME ANALYSTS ESTIMATE ITS TOTAL INDIRECT COSTS CLOSER TO $100 BILLION. THE CROSS STATE AIR POLLUTION RULES EXPECTED TO IMPACT OVER 1,000 POWER PLANTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND BY THE E.P.A.'S OWN ESTIMATES, IT'S ESTIMATED TO COST $2.8 BILLION ANNUALLY. WITH NO BUSINESS EXPERIENCE IN THIS ADMINISTRATION, I DON'T THINK THAT THEY REALIZE WHEN THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS GOES UP, BUSINESS PRICES GO UP, AND THAT AFFECTS EVERY HARDWORKING AMERICAN TAXPAYER AT THE PUMP, WHEN HE TURNS ON THE LIGHT AT HOME, WHEN HE BUYS A LOAF OF BREAD, WHEN HE GOES TO BUY A U.S. MANUFACTURED PRODUCT. IT COSTS. ACCORDING TO THE PRESIDENT'S OWN COMMERCE DEPARTMENTS, THE BOILER MACT REGULATION IN ITSELF IS EXPECTED TO COST BETWEEN 40,000 AND 60,000 JOBS. THE IMPACT OF THESE REGULATIONS IS ALREADY BEING FELT. LAST MONTH, TWO UTILITY COMPANIES ANNOUNCED THE CLOSING OF 10 OF THEIR POWER PLANTS AS A DIRECT RESULT OF SOME OF THE STRICT NEW REGULATIONS. ANOTHER MOVE THAT WILL RAISE THE PRICE OF ELECTRICITY FOR CONSUMERS. YES, IT SEEMED AS THOUGH THE PRESIDENT FINALLY COMING AROUND WHEN HE SAID IN HIS STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH EARLIER THIS YEAR, RIGHT HERE IN THIS ROOM, THIS COUNTRY NEEDS AN ALL OUT, ALL OF THE ABOVE ENERGY STRATEGY THAT DEVELOPS EVERY AVAILABLE RESOURCE OF AMERICAN ENERGY. IT'S NOT OFTEN THAT I AGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT, BUT AT THAT POINT I DID. UNFORTUNATELY THE PRESIDENT HASN'T STAYED TRUE TO HIS WORDS. IN FACT, JUST YESTERDAY THE E.P.A. ANNOUNCED THEIR LATEST SET OF REGULATIONS THAT WILL EFFECTIVELY BAN THE BUILDING OF NEW COAL POWERED POWER PLANTS BY DRAMATICALLY DECREASING CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS. WHETHER THE PRESIDENT AND ENVIRONMENTALISTS LIKE IT OR NOT, COAL CURRENTLY AMOUNTS FOR ALMOST HALF OF THE ELK TERRORIST IT GENERATED IN THIS COUNTRY. EFFECTIVELY ELIMINATING COAL-FIRED PLANTS IS ONLY GOING TO INCREASE THE COST OF ELECTRICITY TO AMERICAN FAMILIES. WE CAN NO LONGER ALLOW THE WHITE HOUSE TO SAY ONE THING AND DO ANOTHER WHEN IT COMES TO ENERGY. IF THE PRESIDENT TRULY SUPPORTS THE REPUBLICAN ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE ENERGY STRATEGY AS HE CLAIMED HE DID, THEN HE NEEDS TO FOLLOW THROUGH. IT'S TIME WE START TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THE GOD-GIVEN NATURAL RESOURCES THIS COUNTRY HAS AND TO HAVE AMERICAN-MADE ENERGY, AMERICAN-MADE POWER THAT WILL POWER THIS NATION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:26:14 AM

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WOOLSEY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:26:21 AM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE SITUATION IN AFGHANISTAN IS AS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE SITUATION IN AFGHANISTAN IS AS BLEAK AS I CAN REMEMBER AT ANY POINT IN THE LAST 10 1/2 YEARS THAT WE HAVE BEEN AT WAR. IN RECENT MONTHS WE HAVE SEEN THE BURNING OF THE KORAN BY AMERICAN TROOPS. A VIDEO OF SOLDIERS URINATING ON BODIES OF DEAD AFGHANS. SPONTANEOUS RIOTS IN THE AFGHAN STREETS PROTESTING THE CONTINUED U.S. OCCUPATION. AS WELL AS DEADLY ATTACKS BY AFGHAN SOLDIERS ON THE U.S. AND NATO FORCES THAT ARE THERE TO HELP AND TO TRAIN THEM. AND NOW IN THE MOST GROTESQUE TRAGEDY IMAGINIBLE, TWO WEEKS AGO A U.S. STAFF SERGEANT LEFT HIS BASE, WALKED MORE THAN A MILE THROUGH AN AFGHAN VILLAGE OUTSIDE KANDAHAR, GOING DOOR TO DOOR AND SYSTEMATICALLY GUNNING DOWN 17 CIVILIANS. "THE NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTED THAT ONE AFGHAN FARMER WAS VISITING A NEARBY TOWN FOR THE DAY AND RETURNED HOME TO FIND THAT HIS WIFE, FOUR SONS, AND FOUR DAUGHTERS HAD ALL BEEN MURDERED IN THE ATTACK. HERE'S THE IRONY, ACCORDING TO THE TIMES COUNT BECAUSE THE TALIBAN STILL LINGERED IN THE AREA, THE FARMER HAD BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT MOVING HIS FAMILY BACK TO THIS PART OF SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN LAST YEAR. BUT HE WAS REASSURED BY THE VERY FACT THAT HE WOULD BE NEAR AN AMERICAN MILITARY BASE. WITH THESE LATEST ATROCITIES, HOW CAN WE EXPECT PRESIDENT KARZAI OR ELECTED ALLY UNDER THE BEST OF CIRCUMSTANCES, TO CONTINUE TO COOPERATE? HOW DO WE EXPECT TO CONVINCE THE TALIBAN TO COME TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE FOR A PEACE AND RECONCILIATION SETTLEMENT? AND MOST IMPORTANTLY AFTER THIS INCIDENT HOW DO WE CONVINCE THE PEOPLE OF AFGHANISTAN THAT WE ARE THEIR FRIENDS. THAT OUR PRESENCE IN THEIR COUNTRY IS A FORCE FOR GOOD. STAFF SERGEANT ROBERT BALES WILL BE TRIED FOR THESE UNSPEAKABLE CRIMES. BUT I ALSO THINK ANY RESPONSIBLE ANALYSIS WOULD CONCLUDE THAT HE IS ALSO A VICTIM OF THE WAR. HE IS ON HIS FOURTH DEPLOYMENT. HE CLEARLY SUFFERED FROM POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER OR EVEN WORSE MENTAL HEALTH AFFLICTION. HE CLEARLY HAD NO BUSINESS BEING ON ACTIVE DUTY. MR. SPEAKER, MORE THAN A DECADE OF WAR IS WEAKENING AND WREAKING HAVOC WITH THE BODIES AND MINDS OF OUR SERVICE MEMBERS. STAFF SERGEANT BALES WILL BE HELD TO ACCOUNT, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CRUEL AND UNFORGIVING WAR MACHINE THAT HAS ABSOLUTELY HAS TO BEAR SOME RESPONSIBILITY? WHEN ARE WE GOING TO FINALLY SET WARFARE ASIDE AND EMBRACE A SMART SECURITY APPROACH? YESTERDAY 80 RETIRED TOP MILITARY LEADERS TOOK OUT AN AD IN POLITICO CALLING FOR ROBUST INVESTMENT IN DEVELOPMENT, DIPLOMACY, AND OTHER CIVILIAN EFFORTS THAT WILL DO AB-- A LOT MORE THAN MILITARY FORCE TO KEEP AMERICA SAFE. AND YET THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WE'LL DEBATE LATER TODAY CUTS THOSE VERY FOREIGN AID AND HUMANITARIAN PROGRAMS. WHEN WILL WE LEARN, MR. SPEAKER? HOW BAD DOES IT HAVE TO GET? OUR AFGHANISTAN POLICY IS AN ABSOLUTE SHAMBLES AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW IT. . MANY BELIEVE WE SHOULDN'T BE WAGING THIS WAR. THIS IS THE MOMENT. WE MUST REALIZE THIS MISSION HAS NO HOPE OF SUCCEEDING, THAT THE ONLY HUMANE AND RESPONSIBLE COURSE IS TO END THE WAR AT ONCE. THIS IS THE MOMENT. FINALLY, AFTER ALL THE TRAGEDY AND MAYHEM TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. SPEIER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. SPEIER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE AGAIN TO HIGHLIGHT THE EPIDEMIC OF SEXUAL…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE AGAIN TO HIGHLIGHT THE EPIDEMIC OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RAPE IN THE MILITARY. NEXT WEEK WILL MARK THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF MY FIRST FLOOR SPEECH ON THIS ISSUE. THAT DAY I TOLD THE STORY OF TECHNICAL SERGEANT MARY GALLAGHER WHO WAS RAPED BY A CO-WORKER WHILE DEPLOYED IN IRAQ. THE WEEK LEADING UP TO THE RAPE, SERGEANT GALLAGHER'S ASSAILANT HARASSED HER, STOCKED HER AND ATTEMPTED TO BREAK INTO HER ROOM. THOUGH SHE TWICE REPORTED THE ASSAILANT'S THREATENING BEHAVIOR, HER COMMAND DID NOTHING ABOUT IT. THEY CALLED IT A, QUOTE, HE SAID SHE SAID SCENARIO. JUSTICE WAS NOT SERVED. I TOLD THE STORY OF ARMY SPECIALIST BLAKE STEVENS WHO WAS CONSISTENTLY ASSAULTED AND SEXUALLY HARASSED BY THE MAN IN HIS UNIT. HE REPORTED THE HARASSMENT TO COMMAND BUT NO ACTION WAS TAKEN. FELLOW SERVICE MEMBERS LATER SODOMIZED HIM WITH A BOTTLE, AND THE ONLY PUNISHMENT HIS ASSAILANTED RECEIVED WAS EXTRA PUSH-UPS. JUSTICE WAS NOT SERVED. LAST WEEK I TOLD THE STORY OF MARINE LIEUTENANT ELLIE HELMER WHO REPORTED REPEATED SEXUAL HARASSMENT WITH NO AVAIL. THE MARINE CORPS DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN RESPONSE TO THE HARASSMENT. SHE WAS LATER RAPED BY ANOTHER SUPERIOR WHOSE BEHAVIOR WENT UNPUNISHED. HER COMMAND ULTIMATELY TOLD HER, QUOTE, YOU'RE TOUGH. YOU NEED TO PICK YOURSELF UP AND DUST YOURSELF OFF. I CAN'T BABY-SIT YOU ALL OF THE TIME. QUOTE, NO JUSTICE WAS SERVED. MARY, BLAKE AND ELLIE PAINT A PICTURE OF A MILITARY CULTURE THAT TREATS SEXUAL ASSAULT CAN ACCEPTANCE, A -- AND THE MILITARY REFUTES THIS. YET, EVIDENCE SUGGESTS JUST THE REVERSE. THE, QUOTE, HURT FEELINGS REPORTS THAT STANDS BESIDE ME IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT HAS BEEN TRIVIALIZED AND HOW A VICTIM WAS MOCKED IN THE MILITARY. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE SAY TIRE, THE QUOTE, REPORT, WAS POSTED ON THE FACEBOOK PAGE OF A FEMALE CAPTAIN IN CHARGE OF THE MARINE BARRACKS PROTOCOL OFFICE JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO. IT MOCKS FELLOW MARINES WHO FILE SEXUAL ASSAULT COMPLAINTS WITH A LIST OF, QUOTE, REASONS FOR FILING THIS REPORT, WHICH INCLUDE OPTIONS SUCH AS, QUOTE, I'M A LITTLE B BLANK. I'M A LITTLE, QUOTE, P BLANK. I'M A CRY BABY. AND I WANT MY MOMMY. AND WHAT DO THE HEAD OF PROTOCOL DO WHEN SHE SAW THIS DOCUMENT? DID SHE REPORT OR PUNISH THE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT? DID SHE TELL THEM THERE IS ZERO TOLERANCE FOR THIS BEHAVIOR? NO, SHE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING OF THE SORT. IN FACT, THE HEAD OF PROTOCOL WROTE THIS CAPTION TO THE IMAGE ON HER FACEBOOK PAGE. QUOTE, MY MARINES CRACK ME UP, UNQUOTE. IT'S NO WONDER THAT ONLY 13% OF VICTIMS OF RAPE AND ASSAULT ARE BRAVE ENOUGH TO REPORT THE CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST THEM. THE HURT FEELINGS REPORT AND THE FACEBOOK RESPONSE CONVEY A TOXIC CULTURE WHEN IT COMES TO SEXUAL HARASSMENT, ASSAULT, STALKING AND RAPE. VICTIMS OF RAPE ARE, QUOTE, GET OVER IT OR TOLD THEY WERE ASKING FOR IT BASED ON THE WAY THEY DRESS. ONE YEAR AGO I PROMISED TO TELL THE STORIES OF SERVICE MEMBERS WHO SURVIVED RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT WHILE IN THE MILITARY. I SAID THEN AND I PROMISE YOU NOW THAT I WILL TELL THEIR STORIES UNTIL MEANINGFUL ACTION IS TAKEN TO ELIMINATE THE CHASM BETWEEN THE NUMBER OF ESTIMATED SEXUAL ASSAULTS AND THE NUMBER OF PROSECUTED SEXUAL ASSAULTS. I URGE SURVIVORS TO EMAIL ME AT STOPMILITARYRAPE@MAIL.HOUSE.GOV IF THEY WANT TO SPEAK UP. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

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

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  • 10:35:42 AM

    MR. RUSH

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE DEATH OF TRAYVON MARTIN IS INDEED AN…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE DEATH OF TRAYVON MARTIN IS INDEED AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. TOO OFTEN THIS VIOLENT ACT WHICH RESULTED IN THE MURDER OF TRAYVON MARTIN IS REPEATED IN THE STREETS OF OUR NATION. I APPLAUD THE YOUNG PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE LAND WHO ARE MAKING A STATEMENT ABOUT HOODIES, ABOUT THE REAL HOODLUMS IN THIS NATION, PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO WEAR OFFICIAL -- CLOTHES. RACIAL PROFILING HAS TO STOP, MR. SPEAKER. JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE WEARS A HOODIE DOES NOT MAKE THEM A HOODLUM. THE BIBLE TEACHES US, MR. SPEAKER, AND --

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    THE MEMBER WILL SUSPEND.

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    THE MEMBER WILL SPRUND. THE MEMBER WILL SUSPEND. THE CHAIR MUST REMIND…

    THE MEMBER WILL SPRUND. THE MEMBER WILL SUSPEND. THE CHAIR MUST REMIND MEMBERS THAT -- THE GENTLEMAN IS OUT OF ORDER.

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  • 10:37:23 AM

    MR. RUSH

    THE NEW TESTAMENT --

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    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND.

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    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND.

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    MR. RUSH

    PROCLAIM FREEDOM. I URGE ALL TO HEED THESE MESSAGES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE MEMBER IS NO LONGER RECOGNIZED. THE CHAIR…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE MEMBER IS NO LONGER RECOGNIZED. THE CHAIR WILL ASK THE SERGEANT AT ARMS TO ENFORCE THE PROHIBITION ALL IN DECOR. THE CHAIR MUST REMIND MEMBERS THAT CLAUSE 5 OF RULE 17 PROHIBITS THE WEARING OF HATS IN THE CHAMBER WHEN THE HOUSE IS IN SESSION. THE CHAIR FINDS THAT THE DAWNING OF A HOOD IS NOT CONSISTENT WITH THIS RULE. MEMBERS NEED TO REMOVE THEIR HOODS OR LEAVE THE FLOOR. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE -- THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LEWIS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:38:47 AM

    MR. LEWIS

    YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA HAS THE BEST HEALTH CARE…

    YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA HAS THE BEST HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD. LONG BEFORE COMING TO CONGRESS, I SPENT MY ENERGY IN THE LIFE AND HEALTH INSURANCE BUSINESS. IN SELLING INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTS, I FOUND THAT QUESTIONS OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND PORTABILITY WERE A MAJOR CONCERN FOR PEOPLE BUYING INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE CONTRACTS. OVER THE YEARS I BECAME CONVINCED THAT THESE TWO MAJOR CHALLENGES COULD BE SOLVED BY BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS BETWEEN THE INDIVIDUAL STATES. THIS WOULD PROVIDE A MUCH LARGER POOL OF APPLICANTS, THUS ALLOWING FOR A MUCH MORE REASONABLE BASE TO UNDERWRITE THE COST OF COVERING THOSE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND ALLOWING FOR A MORE EFFECTIVE PORTABILITY. WHEN WE DEBATED HOW TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS AFFECTING OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM TWO YEARS AGO, MANY WERE WARNED THAT GOVERNMENT WOULD GO TOO FAR AND MUST NOT BE THE SOLUTION. OUR FORMER SPEAKER SAID, AND I QUOTE, WE HAVE TO PASS THE BILL SO THAT YOU CAN FIND OUT WHAT IS IN IT. WELL, NOW WE KNOW WHAT IS IN IT, AND IT'S TIME TO SPEAK UP. MR. AND MRS. AMERICA, DO NOT ALLOW A FEDERALLY MANDATED PROGRAM TO UNDERMINE THE BEST HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD . DO NOT ALLOW A FEDERAL MANDATE TO GET BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR PHYSICIAN. DO NOT ALLOW GOVERNMENT TO UNDERMINE YOUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THE GREAT VARIETY OF PROTECTION AVAILABLE IN THE MARKETPLACE. DO NOT ALLOW A POLITICALLY APPOINTED BOARD TO RATION HEALTH CARE IN THE NAME OF REDUCING COST. DO NOT ALLOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO TAKE US DOWN THE PATHWAY TO SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. DO NOT ALLOW US TO BE DOMINATED BY THOSE WHO WOULD HAVE AMERICA LOOK MORE AND MORE LIKE EUROPE. SO, MR. AND MRS. AMERICA, IT'S TIME FOR ALL OF US TO COME TOGETHER. WE CAN SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF OUR EXISTING HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WITHOUT ALLOWING A BUNCH OF UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS GETTING BETWEEN YOU AND GREAT HEALTH CARE. YOU NEED TO TELL THE CONGRESS TO DO THEIR JOB, SOLVE THE PROBLEMS WITHOUT DESTROYING THE BEST HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR GUEST…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, REVEREND DENNIS COLBRETH, FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, JASPER, ALABAMA.

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  • 12:01:06 PM

    THE CHAPLAIN

    OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, I WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE PRIVILEGE WE HAVE…

    OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, I WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE PRIVILEGE WE HAVE TO FRARE YOU TODAY. YOU ARE THE CREATOR OF ALL. IT IS THROUGH YOU THAT WE CAN HAVE HOPE AND WE CAN HAVE GRACE. FATHER, YOU HAVE BLESSED OUR COUNTRY AS NO OTHER COUNTRY HAS BEEN BLESSED. I PRAY, LORD, THAT YOU WILL NEVER LET THIS BODY FORGET YOUR GOODNESS AND YOUR MERCY TO US ALL. GUIDE THESE LEGISLATORS IN SUCH A WAY THAT YOUR WILL IS PROMOTED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. CONTINUE TO USE OUR COUNTRY AS A BEACON ON THE HILL. IT IS BECAUSE OF YOUR MERCY OUR COUNTRY IS A LIGHT OF HOPE, SHINING IN A LOST AND DARK WORLD. DEAR LORD, PLEASE LET US NEVER LET US TAKE THIS FREEDOM FOR GRANTED AS THESE -- FOR GRANTED. AS THESE REPRESENTATIVES GATHER FROM ACROSS THE NATION, WE ASK FOR YOUR GUIDANCE, FOR YOUR WISDOM, AS THESE MEN AN WOMEN SEEK TO MAKE DECISIONS THAT AFFECT THE LIVES OF EVERY AMERICAN HERE AT HOME AND ACROSS THE WORLD AND THIS I PRAY IN JESUS' NAME, AMEN.

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  • 12:02:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AN…

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AN ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RISE?

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

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

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  • 12:02:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.…

    THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOURNAL IS APPROVED.

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  • 12:02:42 PM

    MR. COHEN

    MR. SPEAKER, I RESPECTFULLY OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A…

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

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  • 12:02:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE POSTPONE.…

    CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE POSTPONE. THE PLEDGE OF ALEDGES WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 12:03:08 PM

    MR. REYES

    ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC…

    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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  • 12:03:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. ALEDER HOLT, IS…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. ALEDER HOLT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. -- MR. ADERHOLT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 12:03:28 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN WHO GAVE TODAY'S OPENING…

    IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN WHO GAVE TODAY'S OPENING PRAYER. DR. CULBRETH, AS SENIOR PASTOR, SERVES A DOING REGATION OF 2,400 AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN JASPER, ALABAMA. PRIOR TO HIS TENURE AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN JASPER, HE SERVED CONGREGATIONS IN CRARLS BAD, GEORGIA. DR. CULBRETH HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE SENIOR XAVIER LEADERSHIP TEAM FOR THE NORTH AMERICAN MISSION BOARD AND THE VIRGINIA BAPTIST CONVENTION. DR. CULBRETH EARNED HIS BACHELOR OF ARTS AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY, HIS MASTER OF DIVENITY AT SOUTHERN BAPTIST SEMINARY. HE IS A NATIVE OF EVERGREEN, ALABAMA, AND ENJOYS SPENDING TIME WITH HIS FAMILY, WIFE, MARY BETH, HIS CHILDREN, AS WELL AS PLAN PLAYING AN OCCASIONAL ROUND OF GOLF. HE'S AN INSPIRED LEADER IN OUR COMMUNITY AND IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO HAVE HIM HERE TODAY TO BE WITH US AND TO GIVE OUR OPENING PRAYER. IT'S MY HONOR TO SERVE HIM, HIS FAMILY AND HIS CONGREGATION IN THE FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF ALABAMA AND, AGAIN, I WELCOME DR. CULBRETH TO THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THIS AFTERNOON. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:04:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE.

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  • 12:05:04 PM

    MR. POE

    I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. POE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DO YOU RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DO YOU RISE?

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    MR. COHEN

    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. COHEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE CHAPLAIN OF THE DAY ASKED GOD TO LOOK OVER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE CHAPLAIN OF THE DAY ASKED GOD TO LOOK OVER THIS CONGRESS. I ASK GOD AND THINK THE PREACHER SHOULD HAVE ASKED FOR DIRECTION A LITTLE BIT FURTHER. TO LOOK OVER THE SUPREME COURT. BECAUSE THE SUPREME COURT HAS IN ITS HAND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, AND A REPORT WHICH WAS ISSUED YESTERDAY THAT SAID IN MY HOME CITY OF MEMPHIS, AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN ARE TWICE AS LIKELY TO DIE OF BREAST CANCER THAN CAUCASIAN WOMEN. AND THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE. PART OF THAT IS BECAUSE THEY DON'T GET THE HEALTH CARE THEY NEED, AND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WILL SEE TO IT THAT EVERYBODY GETS ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE, THAT THERE WON'T BE A DISPARITY TWICE AS MUCH FOR THE COST OF INSURANCE FOR WOMEN THAN MEN, AND THAT MAMMOGRAMS WILL BE OFFERED TO PEOPLE, LADIES WITHOUT A CO-PAY. IF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PASSES, THAT DISPARITY IN HEALTH BETWEEN WHITE WOMEN AND BLACK WOMEN IN MY CITY AND AMERICA WILL END, AND THAT IS WRONG. PART OF WHAT HAPPENS HAPPENED IN MY CITY IS THE VESTIGE OF JIM CROW. WE STILL SUFFER FROM THOSE. THERE ARE RULES IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT THAT HELPS THOSE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:07:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. SPEAKER, ONE WEEK AGO TODAY I INTRODUCED 4232 WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, ONE WEEK AGO TODAY I INTRODUCED 4232 WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO, CONGRESSMAN TIM RYAN. THE RESTORE THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT IS A COMMONSENSE, BIPARTISAN BILL THAT WOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR AMERICAN TAXPAYERS SEEKING INFORMATION FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S MULTIBILLION-DOLLAR BAILOUT PROGRAMS. WHEN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH CEASES TO FUNCTION AS AN ARM OF THE GOVERNMENT AND BEGINS TAKING OWNERSHIP OF PRIVATE ENTERPRISE THEY SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO HIDE BEHIND THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT. IN THE AUTO BAILOUT, THE ADMINISTRATION ACTIVELY TOOK AWAY THE PENSIONS OF DELPHI SALARIED RETIREES AND NOW REFUSE US TO RELEASE DOCUMENTS TO TELL THE AMERICANS HOW IT HAPPENED.

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    MR. TURNER

    THE AUTO INDUSTRY OR FINANCIAL BAILOUT, TAXPAYERS DESERVE ACCESS TO THIS…

    THE AUTO INDUSTRY OR FINANCIAL BAILOUT, TAXPAYERS DESERVE ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION AND H.R. 4232 WILL DO JUST THAT. IT WILL ENSURE THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WILL NOT CONTINUE TO HIDE ITS DECISIONS FROM PUBLIC SCRUTINY AND DENY AMERICAN TAXPAYERS THE ACCESS THEY DESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND…

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    MR. SPEAKER, BUDGETS ARE ABOUT VALUES. THE BUDGET WE'RE ABOUT TO DEBATE…

    MR. SPEAKER, BUDGETS ARE ABOUT VALUES. THE BUDGET WE'RE ABOUT TO DEBATE TODAY, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, DOES NOT REFLECT AMERICAN VALUES. IT IS A BUDGET FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THE FITTIST. IT CUTS THE HIGHEST TAX BRACKET FROM 35% TO 25%. THAT'S GOING TO ADD $5 TRILLION TO THE DEBT. IN ORDER TO COMPENSATE FOR THAT, THIS BUDGET CUTS $5.7 TRILLION IN DOMESTIC DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. IF THIS BUDGET WERE EVER TO BECOME LAW, IT WOULD PUSH BACK ALL THE PROGRESS WE'VE MADE OVER GENERATIONS IN TERMS OF MALNUTRITION, IN TERMS OF POVERTY RATES, IN TERMS OF PROTECTING OUR SENIORS. IT IS A BUDGET THAT WOULD MAKE CHARLES DARWIN BLUSH. IT IS A BUDGET NOT WORTHY OF THIS HOUSE, AND IT IS A BUDGET I HOPE WILL BE RESOUNDINGLY REJECTED BECAUSE OF THE VALUES THAT DO NOT REFLECT AMERICA AT ITS BEST, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DO YOU RISE?

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    CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE MAMMOTH SPRINGS…

    SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE MAMMOTH SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM. THEY DEFEATED THE SACRED HEART REBELS BY A SCORE OF 32-49. THIS IS THE FIRST EVER CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND THE HEAD COACH FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN CLAIMING THE STATESHIP.

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  • 12:10:52 PM

    MR. CRAWFORD

    I WANT TO RECOGNIZE CRAIG, J.D., TYLER, JOSH, RYAN, COURTLY, DYLAN, MATT…

    I WANT TO RECOGNIZE CRAIG, J.D., TYLER, JOSH, RYAN, COURTLY, DYLAN, MATT AND GARRETT FOR THE LEADER THEY'VE SHOWN. GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS LIKE A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP DOES NOT GO WITHOUT A GREAT DEAL OF DEDICATION. THEIR HEAD COACH BROUGHT A GREAT DEAL OF PRIDE TO THEIR ECONOMY. NOW THEY BROUGHT A STATE BASKETBALL TROPHY TO THEIR HOME, I KNOW THEY'LL SET HIGHER GOALS TO ACHIEVE. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BEARS AND THE ENTIRE MADAM OUT SPRINGS COMMUNITY FOR THEIR STATE CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY.

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  • 12:11:28 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 TEXAS RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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  • 12:11:39 PM

    MR. REYES

    TODAY I REMEMBER THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF ONE OF OUR GREATEST CIVIL RIGHTS…

    TODAY I REMEMBER THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF ONE OF OUR GREATEST CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEERS IN OUR LATINO COMMUNITY, CESAR CHAVEZ. AN ADVOCATE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, CESAR CHAVEZ DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO GIVING VOICE TO THOSE THAT COULDN'T SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. CESAR CHAVEZ ADVOCATED FOR STRONG HEALTH CARE FOR COMMUNITIES. HE ADVOCATED FOR GOOD-PAYING JOBS WHERE PEOPLE COULD LEAD THE KINDS OF LIVES THAT OUR COUNTRY CHERISHES AND HONORS. CESAR CHAVEZ WAS A NAVY VETERAN WHO PERHAPS DURING WORLD WAR II WAS DISAPPOINTED IN THE WAY THAT SEGREGATION EXISTED IN THE ARMED SERVICES, BUT IT GAVE THEM THE PASSION TO GO OUT AND DO THE KIND OF WORK THAT TODAY WE CELEBRATE, A LEGACY THAT WAS ADOPTED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA IN THE WORDS OF CESAR CHAVEZ, WHILE WE START, YES, WE CAN. AND SO TODAY I PROUDLY STAND HERE AND REMIND US THAT WE HAVE SO MUCH TO BE GRATEFUL TO THOSE THAT HAVE ADVOCATED IN OUR RESPECTIVE COMMUNITIES. CESAR CHAVEZ, MARTIN LUTHER KING AND SO MANY OTHERS. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY

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  • 12:12:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE RISE?

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    MRS. BLACKBURN

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MRS. BLACKBURN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, PRESIDENT OBAMA'S OBAMACARE PLAN NOT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, PRESIDENT OBAMA'S OBAMACARE PLAN NOT ONLY RAISES MANY CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS, BUT IT'S CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE YOUNGER AMERICANS LIKE MY LITTLE NEPHEW, PRESTON JAMES HUNTER, WHO WAS BORN LAST NIGHT, WILL BE FORCED TO LIVE IN A WORLD WITH LESS CHOICE AND HIGHER HEALTH CARE COSTS. AS THE COST OF HEALTH CARE RISES, WE ARE SEEING THAT TAXPAYERS ARE ON THE HOOK FOR EVEN MORE MONEY. NOW, WE ALL KNOW THAT THIS BILL PULLED $500 BILLION OUT OF MEDICARE, AND NOW WE'RE LEARNING THAT OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS THE STATES ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PAY ANOTHER $620 BILLION FOR MEDICAID EXTENSION. YES, $620 BILLION FOR MEDICAID EXPENDITURES. FOR TENNESSEE, MY HOME STATE, TENNCARE ESTIMATES THAT IT WILL INCREASE TENNCARE ENROLL BY 2,491. THAT IS AN EXTRA COST OF $225 MILLION A YEAR. THOSE ARE JUST THE ESTIMATES. WHILE THE PRESIDENT AND DEMOCRATS IN WASHINGTON ARE RAIDING MEDICARE, REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE ARE FIGHTING BACK AND WORKING TO PROTECT MEDICARE FOR OUR SENIORS. ALSO, THE JOBS KILLING ASPECT OF OBAMACARE. WE NOW FIND 22 AND INCREASED TAXES THAT ARE IN THIS BILL THAT ARE AFFECTING AMERICAN FAMILIES AND EMPLOYERS. WE SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD A FORCED HEALTH CARE PLAN THAT DOESN'T WORK, RAISES TAXES AND MANY AMERICANS BELIEVE IT'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:14:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. BACA

    TODAY I RISE IN RECOGNITION OF A GREAT CIVIL ACTIVIST, CESAR E. CHAVEZ.…

    TODAY I RISE IN RECOGNITION OF A GREAT CIVIL ACTIVIST, CESAR E. CHAVEZ. THIS WEEK WE CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF A MAN WHO SYMBOLIZES DIGNITY AND RESPECT, WHO WOULD HAVE TURNED 85 YEARS OLD ON MARCH 31. HE WAS A FARM LABORER, A LEADER, A CO-FOUNDER OF THE UNITED FARM WORKERS AND A VETERAN. HE BROUGHT SOCIAL JUSTICE TO MY GRANT WORKERS, COMMUNITIES THAT INCLUDED BETTER PAY, IMPROVING HOUSING AND OUTLAWING THE CHILD LABOR LAW AND HUMAN DIGNITY. AND HE ACHIEVED ALL OF THIS THROUGH THE USE OF NONVIOLENCE. FOR OVER 10 YEARS, I'VE WORKED TO CREATE A NATIONAL HOLIDAY TO COMMEMORATE CESAR CHAVEZ. PLEASE JOIN ME IN CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF A GREAT AMERICAN HERO BY SUPPORTING MY LEGISLATION, HOUSE RESOLUTION 130, WHICH DESIGNATES THE FOURTH FRIDAY OF EVERY MARCH AS CESAR E. CHAVEZ DAY. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. ONCE TELL GRAPHED CESAR -- TELEGRAPHED CESAR CHAVEZ A MESSAGE. THE LEGACY OF CESAR CHAVEZ WILL CONTINUE TO INSPIRE NOT ONLY LATINOS BUT PEOPLE ACROSS OUR NATION WHO BELIEVE IN THE AMERICAN DREAM. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:16:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    WEEK, THE CHICAGOLAND REGION HIT A RECORD. A RECORD HIGH FOR GAS PRICES.…

    WEEK, THE CHICAGOLAND REGION HIT A RECORD. A RECORD HIGH FOR GAS PRICES. GAS IS $4.51 A GALLON IN THE 10TH DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS.

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  • 12:16:43 PM

    MR. DOLD

    ABOUT $4.67 IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO. AT A TIME WHEN BUDGETS ARE STRETCHED…

    ABOUT $4.67 IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO. AT A TIME WHEN BUDGETS ARE STRETCHED TO THEIR LIMITS, RISING GAS PRICES CONTRIBUTE TO MANY THINGS, INCLUDING RISING FOOD PRICES AND SKYROCKETING BILLS AT THE PUMP. MY ENERGY PLAN INCLUDES INVESTING IN DOMESTIC ENERGY AND IMPLEMENTING AN ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE APPROACH BECAUSE THESE ARE BIPARTISAN IDEAS AND WE CAN AND SHOULD SUPPORT THEM. NOT ONLY WILL IT HELP REDUCE OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL, IT WILL LOW THE COST OF ENERGY FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AN FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE MUST CONTINUE TO EXPLORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY FORMS OF ENERGY WHILE UTILIZING THE RESOURCES WE HAVE HERE AT HOME. LET'S COME TOGETHER ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE SO THAT HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS AN HARDWORKING FAMILIES CAN BE ASSURED THAT WE ARE LISTENING AND PUTTING THEIR CONCERNS ABOVE POLITICAL RHETORIC. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:17:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM AMERICAN SAMOA RISE.

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    MR. FALEOMAVAEGA

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. FALEOMAVAEGA

    OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS, PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS OFFEREDED -- INTRODUCED…

    OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS, PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS OFFEREDED -- INTRODUCED LEGISLATION AND OFFERED RELIEF TO WORK MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES ACROSS THE NATION HE OFFERED A BILL AIMED AT RAISING MIDDLE CLASS LIVING STANDARDS. HE EXPANDED SMALL BUSINESS LOAN PROGRAMS TO FIVE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ACCESS TO CREDIT AN BOOST JOB CREATION. HE ALSO EXTENDED THE 2010 PAYROLL TAX CUT THROUGH 2012 TO GIVE THE AVERAGE WORKING FAMILY $1,000 A YEAR IN INCREASED FEDERAL STUDENT AID TO LOW-INCOME COLLEGE STUDENTS. MR. SPEAKER, I COMMEND PRESIDENT OBAMA'S BOLD LEADERSHIP AND VISION AND FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO RESTORING ECONOMIC SECURITY FOR OUR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES ACROSS AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:18:43 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 ILLINOIS RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, OUR NATION IS CURRENTLY STANDING AT A CRITICAL…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, OUR NATION IS CURRENTLY STANDING AT A CRITICAL CROSSROADS. SHOULD WASHINGTON GO DEEP ENTIRE THE RED OR CONTINUE CUTTING SPENDING AND GET OUR NATION ON THE TRACK TO FISCAL SOLVENCY. UNDER THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, WHICH CUTS MORE THAN $5 TRILLION, WHILE PREVENTING THE PRESIDENT'S TAX INCREASES. IN ADDITION TO PAVING THE WAY FOR OUR NATION TO GET BACK ON TRACK, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET ALSO PUTS FORWARD BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS TO SAVE AND STRENGTHEN MEDICARE FOR CURRENT SENIORS AN OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.

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  • 12:19:26 PM

    MR. KINZINGER

    UNDER THE CURRENT PLAN MEDICARE WILL BE BANKRUPT IN A DECADE. THIS PLAN…

    UNDER THE CURRENT PLAN MEDICARE WILL BE BANKRUPT IN A DECADE. THIS PLAN CONTINUES COVERAGE FOR THOSE IN MEDICARE AND GUARANTEEING COVERAGE FOR THOSE IN THE FUTURE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. IT WOULD PROVIDE MORE ASSISTANCE TO THE LOW INCOME ANLESS HEALTHY SENIORS. THE MEDICARE PLANS WILL COMPETE WITH EACH OTHER WHICH WILL ULTIMATELY LOWER COSTS AND IMPROVE CARE. IT BEGINS TO REDUCE OUR DEFICIT NOW TO LEAVE OUR CHILDREN WITH A COUNTRY FREE FROM DEBT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:20:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND RISE?

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. CICILLINE

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE BUDGET OFFERED BY MR. RYAN OF…

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE BUDGET OFFERED BY MR. RYAN OF WISCONSIN. MY HOME STATE OF RHODE ISLAND HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST RATES OF UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE COUNTRY. WE NEED TO CREATE JOBS AND GET OUR COUNTRY BACK ON THE RIGHT TRACK, NOT ANOTHER EXTREME PROPOSAL FROM THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS BUDGET PROPOSAL WOULD GIVE THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS AN AVERAGE TAX CUT OF $150,000. WHILE SLASHING IMPORTANT SUPPORT FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND INVESTMENTS WE NEED TO GROW OUR ECONOMY. ONCE AGAIN, HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE PROPOSING TO END THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE FOR OUR SENIORS. IN THIS CASE, BY REPLACING IT WITH A VOUCHER PROGRAM THAT WOULD NOT BE GUARANTEED TO KEEP PACE WITH RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS WHICH COULT RESULT IN HIGHER COSTS FOR -- FOR OUR SENIORS AND LESCARE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS PROPOSAL AN YIELD BACK THE PLANS OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:21:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, YOU'RE RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, YOU'RE RECOGNIZED.

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    THAT FACES OUR SOCIETY, DOMESTIC ABUSE. WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO…

    THAT FACES OUR SOCIETY, DOMESTIC ABUSE. WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO STAND UP AGAINST THOSE WHO EXPLOIT POWER TO COMMIT VIBLES VIOLENCE AGAINST MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN. IN AN EFFORT TO RAISE AWARENESS MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCE DISTRICT KICKED OFF THE WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN LAST WEEK. THE WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN IS LED BY MEN AND ENCOURAGES ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, MEN, WOMEN, YOUNG, AND OLD TO JOIN THEIR EFFORTS THIS MADE LEADERSHIP HELPS TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE IMPORTANT CRIGSES MEN HAVE TO MAKE TOWARD THIS EFFORT AND INVITE OTHERS TO TAKE A ROLE. FROM MARCH 23 TO APRIL 1, THOUSANDS OF MY CONSTITUENTS IN CENTRAL NEW YORK WILL BE WEARING A WHITE RIBBON OR WHITE WRISTBAND TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE.

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  • 12:22:05 PM

    MS. BUERKLE

    I ENCOURAGE MY HOUSE COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN WEARING A WHITE RIBBON TO…

    I ENCOURAGE MY HOUSE COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN WEARING A WHITE RIBBON TO PUT A SPOTLIGHT ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. WEARING THE WHITE RIBBON DEMONSTRATES A PERSONAL PLEDGE NEVER TO COMMIT, CONDONE, OR REMAIN SILENT ABOUT VIOLENCE AGAINST MEN, WOMEN, OR CHILDREN. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:22:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, ORDERED.

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    BECAUSE THE HEALTH OF WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES IS THREATENED. IT'S…

    BECAUSE THE HEALTH OF WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES IS THREATENED. IT'S THREATENED NOT ONLY BY THE SUPREME COURT CASE ACROSS THE STREET BUT BY THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET HERE IN THE HOUSE. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT LAW PROTECTS WOMEN FROM BEING CHARGED MORE FOR HEALTH INSURANCE FOR SIMPLY BEING A WOMAN AN ALLOWS WOMEN TO FETE HEALTH COVERAGE AND NOT BE DENIED BECAUSE GIVING BIRTH MAY BE CONSIDERED A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION.

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  • 12:22:58 PM

    MS. HAHN

    IT HELPS FAMILIES, MOTHERS AND FATHERS, HAVE PEACE OF MIND IN RAISING…

    IT HELPS FAMILIES, MOTHERS AND FATHERS, HAVE PEACE OF MIND IN RAISING THEIR CHILDREN. LAST FRIDAY IN MY DISTRICT, I MET WITH KATHY ESTRADA AND HER SONIC. KATHY AND HER HUSBAND WORKED HARD AND ARE DOING THE BEST THEY CAN TO RAISE THEIR SONS. AS A YOUNG MAN, NICK, IN HIS 20'S IS BUILDING A LIFE, IT'S INCREDIBLY EXPENSIVE TO BUY HEALTH INSURANCE. HE'S A SKATEBOARDER, SHE USED TO WORRY THAT SOMETHING WOULD HAPPEN TO HIM AND SHE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF HIM BECAUSE HE WASN'T ON HER INSURANCE. NOW SHE CAN REST EASIER BECAUSE HE CAN BE COVERED ON HER INSURANCE POLICY. THE AFFORDABLE CARE LAW IS HELPING WOMEN AND FAMILIES OF ALL AGES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

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  • 12:23:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    FORK IN THE ROAD YOU SEE THAT THE PATH ON THE LEFT GOES TO AN OLD BRIDGE…

    FORK IN THE ROAD YOU SEE THAT THE PATH ON THE LEFT GOES TO AN OLD BRIDGE THAT'S FALLING APART, AND THE PATH TO THE RIGHT GOES TO A NEW BRIDGE. EVERYONE WOULD GO TO THE RIGHT.

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  • 12:24:18 PM

    MR. PITTS

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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    REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. OR NEW JERSEY.

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    I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE HOUSE TO TAKE ACTION AND…

    I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE HOUSE TO TAKE ACTION AND CREATE JOBS BY BRINGING MOVING AHEAD FOR PROGRESS IN THE 21ST CENTURY TO THE FLOOR. YESTERDAY, FOR THE SECOND TIME, THE MAJORITY PULLED A SHORT-TERM EXTENSION BILL. MR. SIRES FEATHER SP --

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  • 12:25:38 PM

    MR. SIRES

    CONGRESS DOESN'T ACT, MILLIONS OF JOBS WILL BE AT RISK. TWO WEEKS AGO, THE…

    CONGRESS DOESN'T ACT, MILLIONS OF JOBS WILL BE AT RISK. TWO WEEKS AGO, THE BILL PASSED THE SENATE WITH A BIPARTISAN 74-22 VOTE. WHILE IT'S NOT A PERFECT BILL, IT'S FULLY PAID FOR AND IS ESTIMATED TO SAVE 1.8 MILLION JOBS AND CREATE UP TO A MILLION MORE JOBS. WHILE I PREFER THE FIVE-YEAR TRANSPORTATION BILL, THIS BILL IS LEGISLATION THAT BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS CAN SUPPORT. A TRANSPORTATION BILL WILL NOT ONLY IMPROVE OUR INFRASTRUCTURE BUT IMPROVE JOBS AND PROVIDE JOBS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO BRENG UP TO THE FLOOR THIS BILL FOR A VOTE.

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  • 12:26:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO RISE AND ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND…

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. CULBERSON

    THE OPPORTUNITY TO --

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    TO HEAR -- MR.

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    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT MEDICARE, SPEAKER PELOSI LAST…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT MEDICARE, SPEAKER PELOSI LAST YEAR CUT $500 BILLION FROM MEDICARE AND THE PRESIDENT HAS PUT -- HAS PLACED HIS BETS ON A BUREAUCRATIC CONTROL BOARD, THE INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD. A TRUSTEE'S REPORT FROM A YEAR AGO SUGGESTS THAT THE MEDICARE TRUST FUND WILL BE EXHAUSTED IN LESS THAN A DECADE THAT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE A VIABLE WAY FORWARD. WE'VE GOT A BUDGET RESOLUTION UP TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT MEDICARE. YOU CAN ENSURE CARE IN THE FUTURE. THIS HOUSE HAS VOTED TO REPEAL THE INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD, MAYBE THE SENATE SHOULD TAKE UP THE SAME ACTION. WE HAVE TO DIVERT SPENDING AND FREE UP RESOURCES THAT FOCUSES ON PATIENTS. WE'RE COMMITTED TO PROTECTING OUR SENIORS IN MEDICARE, LOWERING THE DEFICIT AND CREATING A WORKABLE SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS GOOD DOCTORS TO SEE MORE PATIENTS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:27:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    TO HONOR ANTHONY DEJUAN BOATWRIGHT.

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    MR. BARROW

    LEFT ALONE IN HIS DAY CARE CENTER, FELL INTO A BUCKET OF BEECH -- OF…

    LEFT ALONE IN HIS DAY CARE CENTER, FELL INTO A BUCKET OF BEECH -- OF BLEACH AND SUFFERED IRREPARABLE BRAIN DAMAGE. DESPITE BEING AWARDED MONEY, THEY COULDN'T -- HIS FAMILY COULDN'T CORRECT -- COLLECT MONEY EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE -- BECAUSE THE DAY CARE CENTER WASN'T REQUIRED TO HAVE INSURANCE. LAST AUGUST, THEY PASSED THE ANTHONY DEJUAN BOATWRIGHT ACT SO OTHER FAMILIES WOULDN'T FACE THE SAME TRAGEDY. JUAN, YOUR MOTHER AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR LIFE, YOU WILL BE MISSED BUT YOUR LEGACY LIVES ON.

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  • 12:28:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE OTHER GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. FOR…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE OTHER GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES -- DO YOU RISE?

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    HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDER.

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    LIKE THE PRESIDENT'S ROAD TO REGULATION NATION IS TRULY NEVER ENDING.

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    MR. WESTMORELAND

    YESTERDAY, THE E.P.A. ANNOUNCED THEIR LATEST SET OF REGULATIONS WHICH WILL…

    YESTERDAY, THE E.P.A. ANNOUNCED THEIR LATEST SET OF REGULATIONS WHICH WILL EFFECTIVELY BAN THE BUILDING OF ANY NEW COAL-POWERED PLANTS. THIS REGULATION COMES ON THE HEELS OF SOME OF THE MOST COSTLY REGULATIONS IN THE HISTORY OF THE E.P.A., INCLUDING THE UTILITY MACAND BOILER MACRULES. HE PROMISED THIS WOULD MEAN ELECTRICITY RATES COULD SKYROCKET, ONE PROMISE THE PRESIDENT HAS KEPT. COAL IS ONE OF OUR MOST PLENTIFUL RESOURCES. OVER 50% OF OUR ENERGY IS PROVIDED BY COAL. WE CAN NO LONGER ALLOW THE WHITE HOUSE TO REGULATE THIS COUNTRY INTO AN ENERGY CRISIS. IT'S TIME WE START TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THE GOD-GIVEN NATURAL RESOURCES THIS COUNTRY HAS AND HAVE AMERICAN-MADE ENERGY POWER THIS NATION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRE. THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON.

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    SPEAKER. I AM TROUBLED BY THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET'S AFFECT ON HEALTH CARE.…

    SPEAKER. I AM TROUBLED BY THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET'S AFFECT ON HEALTH CARE. SPECIFICALLY THE PROVISIONS THAT WOULD ELIMINATE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. PASSING THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WOULD BE DETRIMENT ALE TO THE HEALTH OF CITIZENS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, BUT IT'S PARTICULARLY HARMFUL TO WOMEN. AS WE MARK THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WE CAN MEASURE ITS SUCCESSES BY THE BENEFITS THAT WOMEN HAVE ALREADY REALIZED. PREVENTIVE CARE IS GUARANTEED. GENDER RATING WILL SOON BE GONE AND ACCESS TO CONTRACEPTIVES HAVE EXPANDED. MS. BONEN -- THERE ARE STORIES OF WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN PUT AT RISK. I WANT TO SHARE A STORY ABOUT SHELLY. WITHOUT CONTRACEPTIVES, JULIE WOULD SUFFER FROM EXTREME PAIN AND THE RISK OF INFERTILITY. UNDER THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, HER ACCESS TO THIS MEDICATION COULD BE IN JEOPARDY. IT'S UNCONSCIONABLE TO DENY ACCESS TO TREATMENT THAT CAN IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF THEIR LIFE, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND UP FOR WOMEN AND OPPOSE THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:31:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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    MRS. CAPITO

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MRS. CAPITO

    FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS I HAVE BEEN SAYING MANY TIMES THAT THE E.P.A. IS…

    FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS I HAVE BEEN SAYING MANY TIMES THAT THE E.P.A. IS OVERSTEPPING ITS BOUNDS AND RELL LATING WHERE IT CANNOT LEGISLATE AND COSTING US AMERICAN JOBS. THE U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA OVERRULED THE E.P.A.'S VETO OF THE SPRUCE MINES CLEAN WATER ACT PERMIT. THE DECISION STATED, AND THIS IS A QUOTE FROM THE JUDGE, THAT THE E.P.A.'S VETO WAS, QUOTE-UNQUOTE, UNPRECEDENTED AND ACTED IN A MANNER THAT WAS, QUOTE, ARBITRARY, CAPRICIOUS AND NOT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW. COULD THERE BE A CLEARER SIGN THAT WE'VE BEEN SUBJECTED TO A OVERREACH OF THE EXECUTIVE POWER? THIS DECISION IS A WIN FOR WEST VIRGINIA BUT WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO BECAUSE THE ADMINISTRATION'S SO-CALLED ENERGY POLICIES HAVE LED TO HIGHER GAS PRICES AND HIGHER HEATING PRICES. WE ARE BLESSED TO HAVE ABUNDANT NATURAL RESOURCES IN THIS COUNTRY. PARTICULARLY IN MY STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA. BUT THIS BECOMES IRRELEVANT IF THE ADMINISTRATION HOLDS THESE DOMESTIC RESOURCES HOSTAGE. ALL OF THE ABOVE MEANS FOLLOWING THE LAW.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LEE: MR. SPEAKER, MANY PEOPLE ARE SMILING ABOUT THE ARGUMENT IN THE…

    LEE: MR. SPEAKER, MANY PEOPLE ARE SMILING ABOUT THE ARGUMENT IN THE SUPREME COURT ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, OBAMACARE. BUT I WILL TELL YOU THOSE CHILDREN BORN WITH SICKLE CELL AND ASTHMA ARE PRAYING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SURVIVES. THOSE SRS THAT FALL IN THE DOUGH MUTT -- THOSE SENIOR CITIZENS THAT FALL IN THE DOUGHNUT HOLE ARE PRAYING THEY SURVIVE. I BELIEVE IN THE HUMANITARIAN APPROACH TO THE SERVICE OF OUR NATION. HELP THOSE WHO CANNOT HELP THEMSELVES. WE LOOK FORWARD TO A VIGOROUS DEBATE ON THIS MEDICARE PROJECT -- EXCUSE ME, THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET, I HOPE THAT WE STAND TOGETHER AGAINST ENDING MEDICARE, DESTROYING JOBS AND MOVING FORWARD ON THE LOB SIDED HELP THAT WE GIVE TO THE WEALTHY OVER THE POOR. I ALSO WANT TO SAY THAT TRAYVON MARTIN'S PARENTS WERE HERE YESTERDAY, AND I WANT TO STAND AGAINST VICTIMIZING THE VICTIM. WE SAY TO THEM IN A FORCEFUL WAY THAT IT IS IMPORTANT FOR JUSTICE TO BE DONE. THAT JUSTICE IS TO ASSURE THE ARREST OF MR. ZIMMERMAN WHO WILL THE BE ALLEGED GUILTY BUT WILL BE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. BUT NOW IS THE TIME TO HEAL THIS NATION AND TO RECOGNIZE THAT THIS CASE MUST MOVE FORWARD WITH JUSTICE FOR A LITTLE BOY. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, FOR WHAT…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DO YOU RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    SENATOR LIEBERMAN, AN INDEPENDENT FROM CONNECTICUT, SAID, QUOTE, THE TRUTH…

    SENATOR LIEBERMAN, AN INDEPENDENT FROM CONNECTICUT, SAID, QUOTE, THE TRUTH IS WE CANNOT SAVE AMERICA AS WE KNOW IT. WE CAN SAVE MEDICARE ONLY IF WE CHANGE IT, END QUOTE. I AGREE WITH SENATOR LIEBERMAN. MY MOTHER'S ON MEDICARE AND I WANT TO ENSURE CARE FOR OUR SENIOR CITIZENS BY MAINTAINING THIS PROGRAM FOR THOSE CURRENTLY ON MEDICARE AND PRESERVING IT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.

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    MR. GRIFFIN

    WHICH WE WILL VOTE ON TOMORROW, SAVES MEDICARE FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE…

    WHICH WE WILL VOTE ON TOMORROW, SAVES MEDICARE FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS WITH NO DISRUPTIONS FOR THOSE IN AND NEAR RETIREMENT. IT IS BASED ON A BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL BY CHAIRMAN RYAN AND SENATOR RON WYDEN, DEMOCRAT OF OREGON. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE G.O.P. BUDGET TOMORROW BECAUSE FAILURE TO TAKE ACTION TO SAVE THIS PROGRAM TODAY POSES THE GREATEST THREAT TO THE HEALTH AND RETIREMENT SECURITY OF AMERICA'S SENIORS. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS RISE? MS. THAT --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    DENY COVERAGE OR CHARGE MORE FOR IT IF YOU ARE PREGNANT. ERIN FROM…

    DENY COVERAGE OR CHARGE MORE FOR IT IF YOU ARE PREGNANT. ERIN FROM CHICAGO, WRITES -- QUOTE, WHEN I FOUND OUT I WAS PREGNANT I HAD FULL SHURPS COVERAGE. I WAS TOLD, HOWEVER, I DID NOT HAVE A PREGNANCY RIDER AND THEREFORE MY PREGNANCY WOULD NOT BE COVERED. HOW COULD I PAY FOR HEALTH INSURANCE THAT WILL NOT COVER A VITAL PART OF A WOMAN'S LIFE? I WAS ASKED IF I WANTED TO PURCHASE THE RIDER THAT WOULD NOT TAKE PLACE FOR OVER 365 DAYS, UNQUOTE. WELL, THANKS TO OBAMACARE, INSURERS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET AWAY WITH THIS BEGINNING IN 2014, INSURERS CANNOT DENY OR CHARGE MORE FOR ANY PRE-EXISTING CONDITION AND THAT WOULD INCLUDE PREGNANCY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. AT THIS TIME WE RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. AT THIS TIME WE RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DO YOU RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 12:36:48 PM

    MR. TONKO

    MYRICK. -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HERE WE GO AGAIN. DEJA VU ALL OVER…

    MYRICK. -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HERE WE GO AGAIN. DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN. THE RYAN-ROMNEY REPUBLICAN BUDGET ENDS MEDICARE. AARP SAID THE PROPOSAL LACKS BALANCE AND JEOPARDIZES THE HEALTH AND ECONOMIC SECURITY OF OLDER AMERICANS. THE BUDGET WE WILL CONSIDER THIS WEEK FAILS TO TEST THE BALANCE, FAIRNESS AND SHARED RESPONSIBILITY. IT SHOWERS THE FEW AMERICANS THAT WE ARE -- THAT ARE THE VERY WEALTHY WITH AN AVERAGE TAX CUT OF AT LEAST $150,000 WHILE PRESERVING GIVEAWAYS TO BIG OIL COMPANIES AND WALL STREET C.E.O.'S. ALL THESE TAX BREAKS WOULD BE PAID FOR BY ENDING MEDICARE AND CUTTING EDUCATION, BASIC RESEARCH AND NEW SOURCES OF ENERGY. OBVIOUSLY THIS BUDGET REJECTS ALL OF OUR AMERICAN VALUES. THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME THE OTHER SIDE HAS TRIED TO END MEDICARE. THEY TRIED IT LAST YEAR TOO. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE REJECTED THE RYAN PROPOSAL THEN, AND THEY WILL REJECT THIS LATEST ATTACK ON OUR MIDDLE CLASS NOW.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MS. CHU

    ABOUT PRIORITIES. I THINK IT SHOULD BE ABOUT HELPING PEOPLE CLIMB THE…

    ABOUT PRIORITIES. I THINK IT SHOULD BE ABOUT HELPING PEOPLE CLIMB THE LADDER OF OPPORTUNITY SO THEY CAN LIVE A GOOD MIDDLE-CLASS LIFE, THE AMERICAN DREAM. BUT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET HURTS THE MIDDLE CLASS. IT PROVIDES BILLIONS IN TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS, BIG OIL AND SPECIAL INTERESTS. MILLIONAIRES GET AN EXTRA $150,000 IN THEIR POCKETS IN TAX CUTS. HOW DO THE REPUBLICANS PAY FOR THIS? THIS IS HOW -- THEY TAKE SOME BY SLASHING EDUCATION, LEAVING 10 MILLION STUDENTS WITH LESS MONEY FOR COLLEGE. THEY STEAL SOME FROM OUR FUTURE ECONOMY, GUTTING INVESTMENTS IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. BUT REPUBLICANS DO THE MOST DAMAGE TO SENIORS. THEY END THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE. THEY SHIFT MEDICAL COSTS TO SENIORS. THEY BASICALLY LET MEDICARE WITHER ON THE VINE. THESE ARE NOT MY PRIORITIES OR OF THOSE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT'S WHY I OPPOSE THE RYAN BUDGET.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MS. WILSON

    ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. WILSON

    THIS AFTERNOON I RISE TO THANK THOSE MEMBERS AND WITNESSES WHO JOINED…

    THIS AFTERNOON I RISE TO THANK THOSE MEMBERS AND WITNESSES WHO JOINED TOGETHER YESTERDAY TO DISCUSS THE TRAGIC SHOOTING OF TRAYVON MARTIN. REPRESENTATIVE CONYERS, JACKSON LEE, BROWN, BARBARA LEE, RICHMOND, NADLER, JOHNSON, GREEN, QUIGLEY, RUSH, DEUTCH, YVETTE CLARKE, DANNY DAVIS, CARSON, MEEKS, SEWELL, RICHARDSON, WATERS, CHU AND COHEN. I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW COMFORTING IT WAS, MR. SPEAKER, TO HIS PARENTS AND TO EVERYONE THERE TO SEE SUCH VERY STRONG SUPPORT FROM THIS BODY. TOGETHER WE CAN CONTINUE TO APPLY PRESSURE IN THE CASE OF TRAYVON MARTIN, A LITTLE BOY FROM MY DISTRICT, DISTRICT 17, MIAMI-DADY COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND -- MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, 32 DAYS AND STILL NO JUSTICE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED, OR ON WHICH THE VOTE INCURS OBJECTION TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. ANY RECORDED VOTES ON THE POSTPONED QUESTION WILL BE TAKEN LATER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN TO MEET AT 9:00 A.M. TOMORROW MORNING.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1339 AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    BILL TO AMEND TITLE 32, UNITED STATES CODE, THE BODY OF LAWS OF THE UNITED…

    BILL TO AMEND TITLE 32, UNITED STATES CODE, THE BODY OF LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES DEALING WITH THE NATIONAL GUARD, TO RECOGNIZE THE CITY OF SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, AS THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE NATIONAL GUARD OF THE UNITED STATES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. PLATTS, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. PLATTS, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MAINE, MS. TSONGAS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    MR. PLATTS

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HEARING NO OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. PLATTS

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1339, RECOGNIZING…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1339, RECOGNIZING THE CITY OF SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, AS THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE NATIONAL GUARD OF THE UNITED STATES. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM MASSACHUSETTS, THE HONORABLE MR. JOHN TIERNEY, FOR BRINGING THIS MEASURE BEFORE THE HOUSE, AND I'M HONORED TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION WITH HIM. IT WAS IN 1629 THAT CAPTAIN JOHN ENDICOTT ORGANIZED THE FIRST MILITIA IN SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, AND ALL MALES BETWEEN 16 AND 20 PARTICIPATED IN THE DEFENSE OF THAT COMMUNITY. EACH WEEK THIS FIRST REGION MEANT DILIGENTLY PRACTICED DRILL AND PROVIDED GUARD DETAIL TO PROTECT THE COLONY THROUGHOUT EACH NIGHT. THIS MILITIA AND THOSE THAT FOLLOWED WILL COME TO PLAY A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR AND ALL CONFLICTS THAT FOLLOWED. TODAY, THE NATIONAL GUARD CONTINUES ITS PROUD MISSION OF PROVIDING UNITS FOR THE FIRST LINE IN DEFENSE OF OUR GREAT NATION AT HOME AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. BY DESIGNATING -- EXCUSE ME -- BY DESIGNATING THE CITY OF SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, AS THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE NATIONAL GUARD OF THE UNITED STATES, WE HOPE TO SEE POSITIVE TOURS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE CITY, A CITY ALREADY RECOGNIZED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AS ONE OF THE -- EXCUSE ME -- AS ONE OF IMMENSE HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, MR. SPEAKER, THIS RESOLUTION WILL INSTILL PRIDE IN BOTH THE LOCAL AND STATE COMMUNITIES AND PROPERLY RECOGNIZE THE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT ROLE THAT THE NATIONAL GUARD HAS PLAYED IN DEFENSE OF OUR NATION AND ITS CITIZENS SINCE THE EARLIEST DAYS OF OUR NATION. AS THE OLDEST COMPONENT OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES, THE SERVICES OUR NATIONAL GUARD HAS PROVIDED OUR COUNTRY WILL INNEW MEXICO RABBLE AND -- ENUMERABLE AND IMMENSE. I'M PROUD TO BE PART OF THE RECOGNITION OF THE NATIONAL GUARD'S BIRTHPLACE. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MS. TSONGAS

    SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE…

    SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO OFFER MY SUPPORT FOR H.R. 1339, RECOGNIZING THE GREAT CITY OF SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, AS THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE NATIONAL GUARD OF THE UNITED STATES. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. TYRANNY , TO -- MR. TIERNEY, FOR BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION OF WHICH I AM AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR BEFORE THE HOUSE. THE NATIONAL GUARD HAS PROVIDED 370 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. BEGINNING IN 1629 WHEN THE FIRST MILITIA WAS ORGANIZED IN THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY COLONY IN SALEM BY CAPTAIN JOHN ENDICOTT, THE NATIONAL GUARD HAS PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN PROTECTING THE NATION AND RESPONDING TO CONTINGENCIES AROUND THE GLOBE. THE NATIONAL GUARD IS THE OLDEST COMPONENT OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES. THE PAY YOTS WHO FOUNDED OUR NATION -- PATRIOTS WHO FOUNDED OUR NATION FOLLOWED ENGLISH TRADITION AND ORGANIZED THEIR ABLED BODY MALE CITIZENS INTO MILITIAS. ALL MALES BETWEEN THE AGES OF 16 AND 60 WERE EXPECTED TO MAINTAIN ARMS AND PARTICIPATE IN THE DEFENSE OF THE COMMUNITY. COLONIAL MILITIAS PROTECHED THEIR COULDN'TLYMEN FROM FOREIGN INVADERS AND HELPED WIN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR. FOLLOWING THE WAR, OUR FOUNDERS ALLOWED FOR CONGRESS TO QUOTE, ORGANIZE, ARMING AND DISCIPLINING THE MILITIA. HOWEVER, RECOGNIZING THIS EMILITIAS STATE ROLES, THEY LEFT TRAINING OF THE MILITIA TO THE STATE. THE NATIONAL GUARD STILL REMAINS A DUAL STATE-FEDERAL FORCE. THE SERVICE OF THE NATIONAL GUARD IS AS VITAL TODAY AS IT WAS IN THE TIME OF OUR FOREFATHERS. THEY DEPLOYED 50,000 TROOPS IN THE GULF STATES FOLLOWING HURRICANE KATRINA IN 2005. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF GUARD MEMBERS HAVE SERVED IN HARM'S WAY IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. TODAY THE NATIONAL GUARD CONTINUES ITS HISTORIC DUAL MISSION, RESPONDING TO STATE AND LOCAL EMERGENCIES WHILE ABE PLI -- ABLY AND COURAGEOUSLY SERVING OVERSEAS IN TIMES OF WAR ALONGSIDE THEIR ACTIVE DUTY COUNTERPARTS. I'M PROUD TO STAND HERE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, AS A CITY OF GREAT HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE AND THE BIRTH PLACE OF OUR NATIONAL GUARD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND WITH ME IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. THANK YOU AND I RESERVE THE PLANS OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MS. TSONGAS

    TIME, I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    TIME, I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, THE AUTHOR OF THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:47:19 PM

    MR. TIERNEY

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR YIELDING AS WELL AS TAKING THE…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR YIELDING AS WELL AS TAKING THE TIME TO HELP MANAGE THE BILL AND BEING AN ORIGINAL CO-UPON SOR AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA AS WELL FOR CO-SPONSORING THIS BILL, FOR HIS KIND WORDS AND DISCUSSION ON WHAT IT IS AND HOW MEANERINGFUL IT IS NOT JUST TO SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, BUT THE COUNTRY. I RISE TO RECOGNIZE SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, AS THE BIRTH PLACE OF THE NATIONAL GUARD. SALEM WAS THE SIGHT WHERE THE FIRST REGIMENT MUSTERED AN THIS WAS -- THIS WAS WHAT WOULD BECOME THE NATIONAL GUARD. I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT TO THIS EFFECT LAST YEAR AN IT WAS APPROVED BY VOICE VOTE BUT IT DID NOT MOVE ON. NEXT MONTH IS THE 375TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST MUSTER ON SALEM COMMON AND IT'S BEING COMMEMORATED SO I'M PLEASED THAT THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING THE BILL AT THIS TIME. I WANT TO BE CLEAR, CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL TODAY WAS MADE POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND JUST LIKE MY TWO COLLEAGUES HERE, THERE WERE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE, OVER 116 CO-SPONSORS FROM BOTH PARTIES WHO PARTICIPATED IN BRINGING THIS BILL AND I WANT TO THANK THE MAJORITY LEADER AS WELL AS THE LEADERSHIP ON BOTH SIDES FOR THEIR COURTESY, GIVEN TO STAFF AS WELL AS TO ME. I WANT TO THANK THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, BUCK MCKEON, AS WELL AS RANKING MEMBER ADAM SMITH AND THEIR STAFFS AND I WANT TO NOTE THE 116 COLLEAGUES, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, ALL THE DEMOCRATS ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF REPUBLICANS ON THAT COMMITTEE, FOR THEIR SUPPORT. THIS KIND OF CONSIDERATION IS JUST THE WAY THIS HOUSE SHOULD BEHAVE AND SHOULD ACT. I'M GLAD WE WERE ABLE TO DO IT ON THIS BILL. TODAY IS AN IMPORTANT DAY FOR THE CITY OF SALEM AN FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD AN FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS LIKE LARRY CONWAY AND MANY OTHERS WHO HAVE BEEN ADVOCATED FOR THIS DESIGNATION FOR YEARS. DESIGNATING SALEM AS BIRTH PLACE OF THE NATIONAL GUARD WILL PAY TRIBUTE TO THOSE WHO FIRST ORGANIZED TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY ALMOST 375 YEARS AGO AN WILL ALSO HONOR THOSE MEN AND WOMEN WHO CONTINUE TO SERVE IN THE NATIONAL GUARD TODAY. WE'RE WORKING CLOSELY WITH OUR SENATE COUNT PATHS TO ENSURE THAT THAT CHAMBER ACTS QUICKLY IN TIME FOR THE 375TH ANNIVERSARY NEXT MONTH. IT WON'T RECOUNT ALL THE DETAILS WHICH MY COLLEAGUES WERE SO KIND TO ENUMERATE BUT THE BILL ITSELF SETS FORTH ALL THE IMPORTANT BENCH MARCS AN THE PROGRESS WE'VE MADE. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:49:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME -- SORRY. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    SPEAKER. I WANT TO ADD, AGAIN, MY WORDS OF THANKS AND COMMENDATION TO THE…

    SPEAKER. I WANT TO ADD, AGAIN, MY WORDS OF THANKS AND COMMENDATION TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR SPONSORING THIS RESOLUTION.

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  • 12:50:19 PM

    MR. PLATTS

    REFLECTED, IN HONORING THE BIRTH PLACE OF THE NATIONAL GUARD, WE HONOR ALL…

    REFLECTED, IN HONORING THE BIRTH PLACE OF THE NATIONAL GUARD, WE HONOR ALL WHO HAVE SERVED THROUGHOUT OUR NATION'S HISTORY AND DURING MY STATE HOUSE DAYS AS WELL AS NOW IN CONGRESS, I HAD THE REMARKABLE PRIVILEGE TO INTERACT WITH BOTH MY AIR AND ARMY NATIONAL GUARD IN PENNSYLVANIA AS WELL AS WITH NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY IN MY MANY VISITS TO IRAQ AND GAFFE STAN -- AFGHANISTAN AND ELSEWHERE. THESE ARE REMARKABLE CITIZEN SOLDIERS THROUGH AND THROUGH WHO WHEN CALLED UPON RESPOND TO THE CALL OF THEIR NATION AND THEIR FELLOW CITIZENS AND SERVE US COURAGEOUSLY. AGAIN, AN HONOR TO BE A SPON OR OF THIS RESOLUTION AND COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FOR INTRODUCING IT AND URGE A YES VOTE IN SUPPORT OF ITS PASSAGE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:51:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THEREFORE THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THEREFORE THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1339 AS AMENDED? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYE -- 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 12:51:32 PM

    MS. TSONGAS

    MR. SPEAKER. I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AN NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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  • 12:52:03 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, THIS IS TO…

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, THIS IS TO NOTIFY YOU FIRMLY, PURSUANT TO RULE 8 OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THAT I HAVE BEEN SERVED WITH A SUBPOENA FOR DOCUMENTS ISSUED BY THE SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, NORTH VALLEY DISTRICT NEW YORK CONNECTION WITH A CIVIL CASE CURRENTLY PENDING BEFORE THAT COURT. AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL, I HAVE DETERMINED THAT BECAUSE THE SUBPOENA IS NOT MATERIAL AND RELEVANT, COMPLIANCE WITH THE SUBPOENA IS INCONSISTENT WITH THE PRIVILEGES AND PRECEDENTS OF THE HOUSE. SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS, CLERK OF THE HOUSE.

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  • 12:52:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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    THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 597 AND ASK FOR ITS…

    THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 597 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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  • 12:52:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 597, RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER THE ADOPTION OF…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 597, RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER THE ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION, THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION, HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 112, ESTABLISHING THE BUDGET FOR THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013 AND SETTING FORTH APPROPRIATE BUDGETARY LEVELS FOR FISCAL YEARS 2014 THROUGH 2022. THE FIRST READING OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL NOT EXCEED FOUR HOURS WITH THREE HOURS OF GENERAL DEBATE CONFINED TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE BUDGET AND ONE HOUR OF GENERAL DEBATE ON THE SUBJECT OF ECONOMIC GOALS AND POLICIES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY REPRESENTATIVE BRADY OF TEXAS AND REPRESENTATIVE HINCHEY OF NEW YORK, OR THEIR RESPECTIVE DESIGNEES. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE, THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. NO AMENDMENT SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. EACH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, AND SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED, EXCEPT THAT THE ADOPTION OF AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL CONSTITUTE THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION FOR AMENDMENT. AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION FOR AMENDMENT AND A FINAL PERIOD OF GENERAL DEBATE, WHICH SHALL NOT EXCEED 20 MINUTES, EQUALLY DIVIDED AND VOLED BY -- CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE BUDGET, THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENT AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO ADOPTION WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT AMENDMENTS OFFERED BY THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE BUDGET PURSUANT TO SECTION 305-A-5 OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT OF 1974 TO ACHIEVE MATHEMATICAL CONSISTENCY. THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION OF ITS ADOPTION. SECTION 2. IT SHALL BE IN ORDER AT ANY TIME ON THE LEGISLATIVE DAY OF MARCH 29, 2012, FOR THE SPEAKER TO ENTERTAIN MOTIONS THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 15 RELATING TO A MEASURE EXTENDING EXPIRING SURFACE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY.

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  • 12:56:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS NOW RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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    HEARING NO OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 12:56:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HEARING NO OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 12:56:22 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    FOR PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I'D LIKE TO YIELD 30 MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE…

    FOR PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I'D LIKE TO YIELD 30 MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, PENDING WHICH, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AND ALL TIME IS YEALEDED FOR DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S BUDGET DAY. IT'S BUDGET DAY AND WE GET TO BEGIN THAT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE. I HAVE THE GREAT PLEASURE IN THIS BODY, AS A FRESHMAN, OF SERVING ON BOTH THE RULES COMMITTEE AND THE BUDGET COMMITTEE. YOU CAN IMAGINE THE SINCERITY WITH WHICH I BRING MY ENTHUSIASM TO THE FLOOR TODAY AND COMING HERE AS A FRESHMAN WHO BELIEVES IN AN OPEN PROCESS, WHO BELIEVES WE OUGHT TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BRING ALL IDEAS BEFORE THE PEOPLE AND LET THE 435 MEMBER OS THEY HAVE PEOPLE'S HOUSE EXPRESS THEIR OPINION, I'M PROUD TO TELL YOU THAT THE RULE BEFORE US TODAY ALLOWS FOR NOT ONE BUDGET TO BE DEBATED, NOT TWO BUDGETS TO BE DEBATED, NOT THREE, NOT FOUR, NOT FIVE, AND NOT SIX, MR. SPEAKER, BUT THE RULE THAT WE BRING TODAY ALLOWS FOR SEVEN DIFFERENT VISIONS OF THE UNITED STATES BUDGET TO BE BROUGHT BEFORE THIS INSTITUTION AN DEBATED. THAT IS EVERY SINGLE BUDGET THAT WAS INTRODUCED, OFFERED, YESTERDAY, MR. SPEAKER, IN FRONT OF THE RULES COMMITTEE. CANDIDLY, HAD MORE MEMBERS SUBMITTED BUDGETS, HAD WE HAD 11, HAD WE HAD 12, WE WOULD HAVE MADE THOSE IN ORDER TOO, BECAUSE THIS DEBATE WE'LL HAVE OVER THE NEXT TWO DAYS, MR. SPEAKER IS A DEBATE ABOUT THE VISION THAT WE HAVE IN THIS PODDY FOR THIS COUNTRY. I AM SO PROUD OF THE VISION THAT WAS VOTED, REPORTED OUT OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE AND WILL BE MADE IN ORDER BY THIS RULE. THE OPTIONS WE'LL HAVE BEFORE US, MR. SPEAKER, IS MADE IN ORDER BY THIS RULE. INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET YOU MAY REMEMBER LAST YEAR, THE PRESIDENT SUBMITTED HIS FWOUGET CONGRESS AND NOT A SINGLE MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OFFERED THAT BUDGET ON THE FLOOR. IT WAS OFFERED IN THE SENATE, IT DEPARTMENT GET ANY VOTES. IT WAS DEFEATED 97-0. BUT IT WAS OFFERED THERE. THIS QUEER, WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO LOOK AT THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET AND DEBATE THAT HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY TERM. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A BUDGET OFFERED BY THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS THAT LAYS OUT A VISION FOR AMERICA THAT TALKS ABOUT TAXATION AND REVENUES AND SPENDING AND WHERE WE SHOULD PRIOR ADVERTISE. -- PRIORITIZE. WE HAVE A BIPARTISAN BUDGET THAT WILL COME BEFORE THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE B TO BE DEBATED IN ITS ENTIRETY. WE HAVE THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS BUDGET THAT'S COMING, WE HAVE THE REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE BUDGET THAT'S COMING. AND MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS SUBSTITUTE THAT IS COMING. ALL TO COMPETE WITH, IN THIS GRAND ARENA OF IDEAS, THE BUDGET THAT WE REPORTED OUT OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE. I SEE MY COLLEAGUE FROM WISCONSIN, WITH WHOM I HAVE THE GREAT PLEASURE OF SERVING ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, WE WENT THROUGH AMENDMENT AFTER AMENDMENT AFTER AMENDMENT, SOME 30 AMENDMENTS OFFERED AND CONSIDERED, DEBATED, SOME WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, SOME WITH BIPARTISAN OPPOSITION, TO CREATE THIS ONE BUDGET THAT WILL BE THE FOUNDATION FOR THE BUDGET DEBATE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THIS RULE WAS ENACTED. I DON'T KNOW HOW WE COULD HAVE DONE IT ANY BETTER IN THE RULES COMMITTEE. I HOPE THAT'S WHAT WE'LL HEAR FROM OUR FRIEND FROM NEW YORK. AGAIN, EVERY SINGLE BUDGET THAT WAS OFFERED. AND THAT WAS THE INVITATION PUT OUT BY THE SPEAKER, JUST TO BE CLEAR. THE OPENNESS AND THE INVITATION WAS, MR. SPEAKER, COME ONE, COME ALL, IF YOU HAVE A COMPETING VISION, SEND IT TO THE RULES COMMITTEE, WE'LL MAKE IT IN ORDER ON THE FLOOR SO WE CAN HAVE THE KIND OF OPEN DEBATE THAT'S GOING TO MAKE AMERICA PROUD. THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF THAT, RIGHT HERE, MR. SPEAKER. RIGHT NOW. AND WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:00:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, I WAS THINKING…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, I WAS THINKING CALIFORNIA. FROM NEW YORK. .

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  • 01:00:16 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS KINDNESS IN YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES AND…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS KINDNESS IN YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 01:00:23 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    THE RULES COMMITTEE DID FINE. IT WAS OPEN AND ALLOWED ALL THE BUDGETS, AS…

    THE RULES COMMITTEE DID FINE. IT WAS OPEN AND ALLOWED ALL THE BUDGETS, AS YOU SAID, TO BE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR. IT'S WHAT WE HAVE TO WORK WITH THAT IS CONCERNING TO ME BECAUSE THE BUDGET'S A REFLECTION OF OUR VALUES AND THROUGH THAT PRISM THE RYAN BUDGET WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY IS MORRALLLY BANKRUPT. THE BUDGET THAT THE MAJORITY PROPOSES TODAY PUTS CORPORATIONS AND THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS ABOVE THE NEEDS OF WORKING AND MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. IT INCREASES MILITARY SPENDING WHILE FLASHING THE SAFETY NET -- SLASHING THE SAFETY NET FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AND PROTECTS TAX LOOPHOLES FOR CORPORATION THAT IS SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS. IN SHORT, THIS EXTREME PARTISAN PROPOSAL TAKES A HATCHET TO THE NOTION OF SHARED RESPONSIBILITY AND PLACES A FINANCIAL BURDENS OF A GENERATION UPON THE SHOULDERS OF THE POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS AND SENIORS. UNDER THIS BUDGET, THEY'LL RECEIVE MULTIPLE TAX CUTS TOTALING AT LEAST $300,000 AND NOT A SINGLE CORPORATE TAX LOOPHOLE WILL BE CLOSED. UNDER THIS BUDGET, WE WILL SEE THE END OF MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. IT ITS PLACE SENIORS WOULD BE OFFERED AN OPTION OF FIX-PRICED VOUCHER WITH WHICH THEY MAY GO INTO THE MARKET TO FIND THEIR OWN INSURANCE. WITH NO GUARANTEE THAT THE VOUCHER YOU RECEIVE WILL COME EVEN CLOSE TO COVERING THE COST OF THE HEALTH CARE. MEANWHILE, THE LANDMARK AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT, WHICH IS THE FIRST LAW TO START ADDRESSING THE SOARING COSTS OF HEALTH CARE WOULD BE REPEALED. REPEAL OF THE LAW WOULD MEAN THE CHILDREN UNDER 26 COULD NO LONGER BE INSURED BY THEIR PARENTS. IT WOULD PUT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS SUFFERING FROM CHRONIC DISEASES COULD ONCE AGAIN BE DENIED CARE. I DON'T THINK, CERTAINLY I DIDN'T KNOW IT, UNDERSTAND ALLOWING THIS TO THE CLINTON HEALTH CARE DEBATE, THAT MOST POLICIES HAVE A YEARLY AND LIFETIME LIMIT. AS A MATTER OF FACT AT THAT TIME WHEN WE WERE DEBATING THE CLINTON HEALTH CARE PLAN THAT LIMIT WAS $1 MILLION. WHICH MEANS AN EMERGENCY LIKE HEAD TRAUMA, CAR ACCIDENT, BIKE ACCIDENT, OR WORKPLACE ERROR ON A CONSTRUCTION SITE, COULD LEAD YOU TO REACHING YOUR LIMIT AND YOU WOULD NO LONGER BE ELIGIBLE FOR HEALTH INSURANCE. LET ME SAY THAT IN ANOTHER WAY. ONCE YOU REACH THAT LIMIT, WITH YOUR PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, YOU WILL UNINSURABLE IN THE UNITED STATES FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. THE HEALTH CARE BILL THAT EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT NOW DOES AWAY WITH THAT. BOTH LIFETIME LIMITS AND OTHERS. THANKS TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT LIFETIME AND ANNUITY LIMITS WOULD BE PHASE THE OUT IN 2014. THAT'S A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THIS BILL. PEOPLE WANT TO REPEAL HEALTH CARE HAVE SAID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT WHAT THEY EXPECT TO REPLACE IT WITH. WE WOULD ASSUME THAT PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS COULD NO LONGER GET COVERAGE. UNDER THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET THOSE PROTECTIONS WILL BE TAKEN AWAY AND THE VULNERABLE AMERICANS WILL BE LEFT TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO SURVIVE ON THEIR OWN. AND WE TALK ABOUT THE MANDATE TO BUY INSURANCE. RIGHT NOW UNDER PRESENT LAW WE ARE ALL PAYING FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE UNINSURED. THOSE PEOPLE WHO CHOOSE NOT TO BUY INSURANCE, WHO HAVE TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL FOR EMERGENCIES OR ANY OTHER REASON, ARE PAYING FOR -- ARE TREATED BY THE LAW BUT WE PAY THE COST. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT SOME AREAS THAT WE SPEND $1,000 A YEAR MORE, THOSE OF US WHO ARE INSURED, SIMPLY TO COVER THE UNINSURED. AND WILL CONTINUE DOING THAT AND PAYING EVERYBODY ELSE'S HEALTH CARE COSTS OR WE CAN KEEP THIS HEALTH CARE BILL WHICH IS SO IMPORTANT TO US. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET NOT ONLY TAKES FROM THE POOR AND GIVES TO THE RICH, IT EVEN FAILS TO FULFILL THE PROMISE OF A BALANCED BUDGET. JUST THIS MORNING POLITICAL COULD HE PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE ENTITLED QUOTE, RYAN PLAN BUTTS G.O.P. IN LONG TERM BUDGET DECLINE. IT IS A BOLD, ELECTION YEAR CHALLENGE. POSTPONED FOR A GENERATION THE CONSERVATIVE PROMISE OF A BALANCED BUDGET, END QUOTE. EVEN THE MAJORITY WILL SAY THIS PLAN WILL ADD $3.1 TRILLION TO OUR DEFICIT BETWEEN 2013 AND 2022. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE ARTICLE FROM POLITICO INTO THE RECORD.

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  • 01:04:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 01:05:00 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MAJORITY'S PLAN, THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SUMMIT ALL…

    MAJORITY'S PLAN, THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SUMMIT ALL BUDGET SPENDING EXCEPT SOCIAL SECURITY AND PAYING DOWN THE DEBT WILL HAVE TO BE CUT BY 1/3 IN ORDER TO BALANCE THE BUDGET BY 2040. THIS DRACONIAN APPROACH MEANS SENIORS AND THE POOR WILL RECEIVE WORSE HEALTH CARE. OUR CHILDREN WILL CONTINUE TO LEARN IN CRUMBLING SCHOOLS AND WE'LL ALL TRAVEL AS USUAL ON FAILING TRANSPORTATION NETWORKS WITH BRIDGES THAT ARE SUBSTANDARD AND ROADS THAT ARE CRACKING, THAT IS INEFFICIENT AND TOTALLY OUT OF DATE. THIS VISION DOES NOT REFLECT THE IDEALS OF A BETTER AMERICA NOR THE HOPES FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE. IT IS NEITHER A REFLECTION EVER VALUES I HOLD DEAR AND THE VALUES OF THE PEOPLE WHOM I REPRESENT. I JOIN MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES IN SUPPORTING THE DEMOCRAT ALTERNATIVE BEING OFFERED BY MR. VAN HOLLEN. THE DEMOCRAT ALTERNATIVE BUDGET SUPPORTS THE CREATION OF JOBS IN HIGH-TECH AND CONSTRUCTION FIELDS. IT INVESTS IN OUR FUTURE BY PRIORITIZING EDUCATION AS WE MUST, ALSO PRIORITIZING HEALTH AND THE ECONOMY. AND REDUCES THE DEFICIT THROUGH RESPONSIBLE SPENDING CUTS BASED WITH REVENUE RAISED BY HAVING EVERYONE PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE AND BY CLOSING CORPORATE TAX LOOPHOLES. THE DEMOCRAT ALTERNATIVE IS A THOUGHTFUL BALANCED APPROACH, ONE THAT DOES NOT PLACE THE TIRE BURDEN OF SACRIFICE ON THE BACKS OF SENIORS, POOR, AND MIDDLE CLASS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE MISGUIDED AND DANGEROUS PROPOSAL BEFORE US AND INSTEAD CONSIDER ONE OF THE NUMEROUS ALTERNATIVES THAT PROTECT THE MIDDLE CLASS WHILE REDUCING OUR DEFICIT IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:06:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. -- THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 01:06:48 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. TO SAY THAT I…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. TO SAY THAT I THINK --

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  • 01:06:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:06:56 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    ON TARGET. THESE BUDGETS ARE MORAL DOCUMENTS. THEY TALK ABOUT OUR…

    ON TARGET. THESE BUDGETS ARE MORAL DOCUMENTS. THEY TALK ABOUT OUR PRIORITIES AS A PEOPLE. AS A PEOPLE. I TELL FOLKS BACK HOME, MR. SPEAKER, AND WE DON'T HAVE ANY YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE -- ON THE FLOOR WITH US TODAY, BUT FOR ALL THOSE YOUNG FOLKS WHO ARE ENTREPRENEURS, MR. SPEAKER, WHO WANT TO GO OUT THEY DON'T WANT TO WORK FOR THE MAN, WANT TO HANG THEIR OWN SHINGLE, IF THEY LOST AT THEIR SMALL BUSINESS BUT GETTING ON THE DAY JESUS CHRIST WAS BORN $1 MILLION A DAY, AND THEY LOST $1 MILLION A DAY OF THAT SMALL BUSINESS EVERY SINGLE DAY FROM THE DAY JESUS WAS BORN, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK THROUGH TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, THEY WOULD HAVE TO CONTINUE TO LOSE $1 MILLION A DAY EVERY DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, FOR ANOTHER 700 YEARS TO LOSE THEIR FIRST $1 TRILLION. THEIR FIRST $1 TRILLION. AND THE BUDGETS THAT HAVE BEEN PASSED BY THIS HOUSE AND THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND SIGNED BY PRESIDENTS OF BOTH PARTIES HAVE SADDLED OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY IN AMERICA WITH MORE THAN $15 TRILLION. NOT $1 TRILLION, MR. SPEAKER, $15 TRILLION. AND CLIMBING, SOON-TO-BE $16 TRILLION. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE MORALITY OF OUR PUGGETS, WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THE MORALITY OF CONTINUING TO RUN BUDGETS ON BALANCE. WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THE MORALITY OF CONTINUING TO PAY FOR OUR PRIORITIES TODAY WITH I O.U.'S FROM OUR CHILDREN IN THE FUTURE. WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THE PROSPERITY THAT WE EXPERIENCE TODAY THAT WE ARE TRADING AWAY THE PROSPERITY OF THE FUTURE TO HAVE. HEALTH CARE, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S GOING ON RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET. THE LONGEST LINE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., TODAY IS RIGHT OUT THERE AT THE SUPREME COURT. FOLKS WHO WANT TO GET IN AND FIND OUT WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN. WELL, THE BUDGET THAT MAKES UP THE FOUNDATION OF THIS DEBATE THAT WE'LL HAVE, ASSUMES THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE BILL IS GOING TO GO AWAY. IT ASSUMES THE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES WILL ACTUALLY CONCLUDE THAT THIS MANDATE IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL, THAT THE WHOLE HOUSE OF CARDS UNFOLDS. BEYOND THAT AND WE'LL START AGAIN. YOU KNOW WHAT'S INTERESTING? SO PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THIS BUDGET COMMITTEE THAT I DO THINK IS DOING IT BETTER THAN WE HAVE DONE IT IN THE PAST UNDER BOTH PARTIES, YOU DON'T HAVE THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE BILL COME TO THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE, FIVE PAGES AT A TIME, 10 PAGES AT THE TIME, 20 PAGES AT THE TIME. I WOULD WAGER THAT THIS HOUSE WOULD HAVE PASSED THE MAJORITY OF IT. IN FACT, I WOULD WAGER THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WOULD HAVE APPROVED, BEEN ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THE MAJORITY OF IT. BUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THIS HOUSE TOO OFTEN, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT WE TAKE THOSE POLICIES THAT WE CAN ALL AGREE ON AND FOR SOME REASON UNBEKNOWNST TO ME WE DECIDE THAT IT WOULD BE BAD IF WE ALL AGREED ON GOOD POLICY SO WE BEGIN TO STUFF THINGS IN THERE WE KNOW WILL CREATE CONTROVERSY. WE JUST MANUFACTURE ARGUMENTS THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO HAVE. THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE BILL. THERE WAS THIS NUGGET OF THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE THAT THEFT OF FREEDOM, THAT NEW DEFINITION ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN AMERICAN, AND WE KNEW THE BODY WOULDN'T SUPPORT THAT SO WE BEGIN TO ADD ON SWEETENER, AFTER SWEETENER, AFTER SWEETENER. WE COULD HAVE VOTED ON THOSE SWEETENERS. THIS RULE DOESN'T DO THAT, MR. SPEAKER. THIS RULE SAYS WE ARE NOT GOING TO TRY TO BUY ANYBODY'S VOTE ON THE FLOOR, EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHO HAS A VISION OF AMERICA, WHO HAS A VISION OF A MORALITY THAT MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK DISCUSSED, WHO HAS A VISION OF WHAT WE COULD BE AS A PEOPLE, IF ONLY WE HAD THE POLITICAL WILL TO IMPLEMENT IT RIGHT HERE EACH AND EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS WAS INVITED TO PUT THAT VISION FORWARD. THERE ARE AT LEAST TWO VISIONS WE'LL HAVE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, AND TOMORROW THAT I PLAN TO SUPPORT, VISIONS THAT I THINK OUTLINE THAT CORRECT VISION OF HOW WE CAN RETAIN AMERICA'S ECONOMIC PROSPERITY, HOW WE CAN CONTINUE TO BE A LEADER IN THE FREE WORLD. BUT I SUPPORT BRINGING TO THE FLOOR THOSE BUDGETS THAT I DO NOT BELIEVE IN. BECAUSE JUST BECAUSE THOSE FOLKS IN NORTH METRO ATLANTA, MR. SPEAKER, JUST BECAUSE THOSE FOLKS IN THE SEVENTH DISTRICT OF GEORGIA I REPRESENT DON'T APPROVE OF EVERY BUDGET DOESN'T MEAN THOSE BUDGETS DON'T DESERVE A VOTE. THAT IS A FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE LEADERSHIP THAT THE SPEAKER HAS BROUGHT TO THIS INSTITUTION AND THE LEADERSHIP THAT WE HAVE HAD FROM BOTH PARTIES IN YEARS PAST. WHAT WE HAVE SAID IS EVERY SINGLE IDEA IS WORTHY OF CONSIDERATION. WIN OR LOSE. WIN OR LOSE BRING THOSE IDEAS TO THE FLOOR FOR DEBATE AND LET'S SEE WHERE THE VOTES FALL. MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, AS A MEMBER OF BOTH THE BUDGET COMMITTEE AND THE RULES COMMITTEE, I AM STRONGLY SUPPORTIVE OF THE UNDERLYING BUDGET BILL, BUT PARTICULARLY PROUD OF THIS RULE THAT MAKES EVERY OTHER BUDGET OPTION IN ORDER AS WELL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:11:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

  • 01:11:49 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    SPEAKER, I AM DELIGHTED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    SPEAKER, I AM DELIGHTED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. CAPPS.

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  • 01:11:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 01:12:00 PM

    MRS. CAPPS

    COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG…

    COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE MAJORITY'S MISGUIDED BUDGET. YOU KNOW, 47 YEARS AGO WHEN SENIORS WERE THE MOST UNINSURED GROUP IN OUR NATION, WE MADE A PROMISE THAT THE HEALTH -- THEIR HEALTH CARE WOULD BE GUARANTEED. AND BECAUSE OF THAT PROMISE, MILLIONS OF OLDER AMERICANS TODAY HAVE QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE AND THEY AND THEIR FAMILIES HAVE PEACE OF MIND. BUT THE MAJORITY'S BUDGET SEEMS TO BREAK THAT PROMISE BY ENDING MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. INSTEAD OF A GUARANTEE, SENIORS WOULD GET A HOPE AND A PRAYER, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS A VOUCHER. THIS VOUCHER FIXED IN PRICE WOULD BE WORTH LESS AND LESS EACH YEAR AND HEALTH CARE COSTS INCURRED BY INDIVIDUAL SENIORS WOULD INCREASE BY AT LEAST $6,000 A YEAR. THEIR PLAN WOULD RAISE MEDICARE'S ELIGIBILITY AGE, DELAYING THE PROMISE OF A SOUND RETIREMENT FOR MILLIONS OF WORKING AMERICANS. AND THE BILL WOULD WHACK AWAY AT MEDICAID WHICH PROVIDES LONG-TERM CARE FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORS AND DISABLED. AND PASS THE BUCK TO CASH STRAPPED STATES WHERE ITS FUTURE WOULD BE UNCERTAIN IN TOUGH BUDGETARY TIMES LIKE TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, THOSE PROMOTING THIS PLAN TO END MEDICARE ARGUE THAT WE HAVE NO CHOICE IF WE WANT TO BRING DOWN OUR DEFICITS, BUT THEIR PLAN DOESN'T BRING DOWN HEALTH CARE COSTS. IT JUST SHIFTS THOSE COSTS ON TO THE BACKS OF OUR NATION'S SENIORS. AND TODAY'S SENIORS WILL LOSE BENEFITS THEY CURRENTLY ENJOY LIKE TODAY. LIKE ACCESS TO PREPREVENTIVE SCREENINGS AND REDUCED PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS THROUGH THE CLOSING OF THE DOUGHNUT HOLE UNDER OBAMACARE, A TERM I'M PROUD TO USE. THE PLAN WOULD WEAKEN MEDICARE ITSELF. AS A VOUCHER PROGRAM DOGS HEALTHIER, YOUNGER SENIORS, IT LEAVES BEHIND THE OLDEST AND SICKEST, THOSE THE PRIVATE INSURANCE MARKET WON'T COVER. THIS WILL CAUSE UNTOLD HARM TO TODAY'S -- OUR NATION'S SENIORS AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO TODAY RELY UPON MEDICARE FOR THE PROMISE OF QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE. YOU KNOW, 47 YEARS AGO WE DID MAKE A PROMISE. A PROMISE THAT IS WORKING FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICAN SENIORS AND THEIR FAMILIES. WE CANNOT BREAK THAT PROMISE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE MAJORITY'S BUDGET, THE RYAN BUDGET.

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  • 01:14:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 01:14:23 PM

    MR. WOODALL

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

  • 01:14:27 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    I APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS OF MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA. I KNOW HER…

    I APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS OF MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA. I KNOW HER CONCERN FOR AMERICA'S SENIORS IS HEARTFELT. IT'S ONE THAT I SHARE AS WELL. I HOPE THAT SHE WILL SUPPORT THIS RULE THAT ALLOWS FOR THIS -- FOR A SERIES OF VOTES ON MANY DIFFERENT MEDICARE SOLUTIONS, SOME SOLUTIONS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS, BUT EVEN IF SHE OPPOSES THE UNDERLYING BUDGET I DO HOPE WE'LL HAVE HER SUPPORT ON THE RULE BECAUSE WE DO LAY OUT THE OPPORTUNITY FOR FOLKS TO CHOOSE AMONG SEVEN DIFFERENT VISIONS FOR SOLVING THE MEDICARE CHALLENGE. I DON'T HAVE THE CHARTS WITH ME DOWN HERE ON THE FLOOR, I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE WILL BRING THEM DURING THE MAIN DEBATE, I CAN TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I CAN PICTURE THE CHARTS IN MY MIND, IF YOU CHARTED MEDICARE SPENDING, GOING OUT FROM 2020 TO 2050, THAT TWO GENERATION HORIZON HEADING OUT THERE AND YOU CHARTED THE PRESIDENT'S COMMITMENT TO SPEND DOLLARS ON MEDICARE AND YOU CHARTED THE BUDGET COMMITTEE'S COMMITMENT TO SPEND DOLLARS ON MEDICARE, YOU'D FIND THAT THE DOLLAR VALUE COMMITMENT IS ABOUT DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR GOING OUT OVER THAT 30-YEAR WINDOW. THE QUESTION, MR. SPEAKER, IS NOT ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY IS THIS CONGRESS COMMITTING, THE QUESTION IS, TO WHAT PRIORITIES IS THIS CONGRESS COMMITTING THAT MONEY? . THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET, WHICH WE'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEBATE AND VOTE HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE, TURNS THE MEDICARE FINANCING DECISIONS, THOSE DECISIONS ABOUT HOW TO SAVE MONEY IN THE SYSTEM, OVER TO WHAT WE'VE ALL COME TO KNOW AS IPAB, THE INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD, TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS AND SUGGESTIONS ABOUT HOW TO CLAMP DOWN ON COSTS. NOW GENERALLY, THAT MEANS CLAMPING DOWN ON REIMBURSEMENTS TO DOCTORS. WHAT THE BUDGET COMMITTEE BUDGET DOES, MR. SPEAKER, IS GIVES THOSE DOLLARS TO INDIVIDUALS SO INDIVIDUALS CAN ENTER THE MARKETPLACE, NOT A FREE-FOR-ALL MARKETPLACE BUT A REGULATED AND GUARANTEED MARKETPLACE WHERE POLICIES ARE GUARANTEED TO THESE SENIORS SO INDIVIDUALS CAN THEN CONTROL THOSE DOLLARS AND MAKE THEIR OWN CHOICES ABOUT HEALTH CARE DECISIONS. SO JUST TO BE CLEAR, WE ARE NOT ARGUING ABOUT DOLLARS AND CENTS IN MEDICARE. THE PRESIDENT'S VISION AND THE BUDGET COMMITTEE'S VISION, VIRTUALLY IDENTICAL. WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT, THOUGH, IS WHO CONTROLS THOSE DOLLARS. ARE THEY CONTROLLED BY ONE SIZE FITS ALL, 1965 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD PLAN, SOON TO BE REVISED BY THE IPAB BOARD, OR ARE THEY CONTROLLED BY MY MOTHER AND MY MOTHER, YOUR MOTHER, YOUR FATHER, OUR NEIGHBORS, AUNTS, UNCLES, INDIVIDUALS, AMERICANS WHO WILL MAKE THOSE HEALTH CARE DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVESS? FOR ME THE CHOICE IS CLEAR, INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM WILL ALWAYS BE MY CHOICE OVER GOVERNMENT CONTROL. BUT GETTING BACK TO THE ACTUAL RULE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S WHAT IS SO WONDERFUL ABOUT THE WAY THIS RULES COMMITTEE HAS OPERATED AND THIS RESOLUTION WE HAVE BEFORE US TODAY, YOU'RE NOT RESTRICTED TO JUST VOTING ON MY VISION OF SOLUTIONS FOR THIS COUNTRY. WE ARE OFFERING SIX OTHER VISIONS AS WELL. IN FACT, WE'RE OFFERING EVERY SINGLE VISION THAT HAS COME OUT OF THIS U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SO THAT WE CAN HAVE A FREE, OPEN, AN HONEST DEBATE AND LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW WHAT THEIR TRUE CHOICES FOR FREEDOM ARE. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. DELAURO.

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    MS. DELAURO

    THANK YOU, I WOULD SAY TO THE PRIOR SPEAKER, I HAVE A 98-YEAR-OLD MOTHER,…

    THANK YOU, I WOULD SAY TO THE PRIOR SPEAKER, I HAVE A 98-YEAR-OLD MOTHER, TO HAND HER A VOUCHER A -- AND SAGO FIGURE IT OUT. UNBELIEVABLE. 98, SHE COULD REALLY FIGURE IT OUT, HUH? CHAIRMAN RYAN HAS PUT TOGETHER A LOPSIDED BUDGET, GOUGE DEEPLY INTO OUR COMMON SENSE NATIONAL PRIORITY AND END THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE. ACCORDING TO ESTIMATES, MORE THAN FOUR MILLION AMERICANS WOULD LOSE THEIR JOBS BECAUSE OF THIS BUDGET. BUT THEY PROVIDE $150,000 TAX CUT TO THE RICHEST 1% OF PEOPLE IN THIS NATION. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WOULD SLASH THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET, CUTTING THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM BY OVER 107% OR $135 BILLION. THAT'S MORE THAN THE AMOUNT OF FOOD STAMP FUNDS GOING TO 29 STATES AND TERRITORIES. OVER EIGHT MILLION MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN WOULD GO HUNGRY. IF THE PLAN TO TURN FOOD STAMP INTO AN UNDERFUNDED BLOCK GRANT GOS THROUGH, EVEN MORE DAMAGE IS DONE. COMING OUT OF THE DEEPEST RECESSION SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION, FOOD STAMPS HELPED FEED 46 MILLION AMERICANS, 21 MILLION CHILDREN, 75% OF THE PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS ARE FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN. THIS IS ROBIN HOOD IN REVERSE. IT TAKES FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS, GIVES TO THE RICH. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE BILL.

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    MR. WOODALL

    I THANK THE SPEAKER AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY ON CONSUME. I'D…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY ON CONSUME. I'D LIKE TO SAY TO MY FREN FROM CONNECTICUT, I CAN SEE HER PASSION, I KNOW IT COMES FROM THE HEART. YOUR MOTHER WILL BE IN NO WAY AFFECTED BY THE BUDGET WE'RE VOTING ON TODAY. I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THAT CLEAR. FOR FOLKS AGE 55 OR OVER, THERE'S NOT ONE WORD IN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PLAN THAT CHANGES THE COMMITMENT WE HAVE MADE TO FOLKS OVER THE PAST THREE OR FOUR DECADES THAT COMMITMENT SINCE 1965 REMAINS AS SOLLY TODAY AND TOMORROW UNDER THE BUDGET COMMITTEE BUDGET AS IT HAS EVER BEEN. THE ALTERNATIVE, MR. SPEAKER, IS TO TAKE OUR 98-YEAR-OLD MOTHERS AND TURN THEM OVER TO IPAB. THERE ARE CHOICES HERE. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, WHICH HAS BECOME THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE BUDGET, ALLOWS EVERYONE IN THE CURRENT MEDICARE SYSTEM, AND THOSE 55 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER, TO EXPERIENCE NO CHANGES WHATSOEVER TO THAT PROGRAM GUARANTEE FROM 1965. THE ALTERNATIVE, BECAUSE THE DOLLARS STILL HAVE TO BE REGULATED, WE STILL HAVE TO PROTECT THIS PROGRAM THAT'S IMPORTANT TO SO MANY OF US FROM BANKRUPTCY, THE ALTERNATIVE IS TO TURN IT OVER TO THIS GOVERNMENT BOARD AN LET THEM CUT COSTS WHERE THEY CAN. LET ME TELL YOU A STORY, MR. SPEAKER. IF I CAN TAKE A MOMENT OF PERSONAL PRIVILEGE, I WAS TALKING TO A PHYSICIAN FROM BACK HOME IN MY HOMETOWN, HE'S A NEUROLOGIST, MR. SPEAKER, HE'S BEEN PRACTICING NEUROLOGY FOR 17 YEARS AND HE'S THE YOUNGEST NEUROLOGIST IN THE COUNTY. THIS IS ONE OF THE LARGEST COUNTIES IN THE STATE OF FWEA WHICH IS ONE OF THE LARGEST STATES IN THE NATION AND WE DON'T HAVE ONE NEW NEUROLOGIST COMING INTO OUR AREA IN 17 YEARS. AND THIS DOC SAYS HE'S THINKING ABOUT GETTING OUT. GOT AN UNCLE WHO IS A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN IN GEORGIA, ONLY ONE TO ACCEPT MEDICAID, MR. SPEAKER, IN A FIVE-COUNTY RADIUS. FOLKS SAY THERE'S A GUARANTEE OF HEALTH CARE, LET ME TELL YOU IF YOU CAN'T FIND A DOCTOR WHO'LL TAKE YOU, YOUR INSURANCE CARD ISN'T WORTH MUCH. WHAT WE HAVE TO DO, MR. SPEAKER, IS RESTORE THE PROMISE OF AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT'S DRIVING OUR DOCTORS INTO RETIREMENT. IS IT THAT WE'RE NOT CLAMPING DOWN ENOUGH, MR. SPEAKER, AND IF ONLY WE HAVE THE IPAB BOARD CLAMP DOWN EVEN MORE, THAT'S GOING TO INCREASE ACCESS TO CARE. I TELL YOU IT'S NOT, MR. SPEAKER. THERE ARE LOTS OF DIFFERENT WAYS TO PREPARE BUDGETS AND I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN I GOT ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. CHAIRMAN, I'LL BE HONEST. IT COULD EASILY DEGENERATE INTO A POLITICAL EXERCISE. I'VE SEEN IT HAPPEN. IT COULD BECOME ABOUT ALL THE RIGHT TALKING POINTS, AND ALL THE RIGHT FOCUS GROUP CONVERSATIONS, AND HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH HOW WE SHOULD ACTUALLY LEAD THIS COUNTRY FORWARD, BUT NOT SO ON THE CHAIRMAN PAUL RYAN BUDGET COMMITTEE. IN MEETING AFTER MEETING, AND CONVERSATION AFTER CONVERSATION, AND ARGUMENT AFTER ARGUMENT, THIS BUDGET COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN SAID THERE'S ONE WAY TO DO A BUDGET AND THAT IS A BUDGET WITH HONEST NUMBERS AND HONEST PRIORITIES THAT LAY OUT IN PLAIN VISION FOR ALL TO SEE OUR VISION OF AMERICA'S FUTURE. AND HE DID IT. HE DID IT HE DID IT WITH THE HELP OF A VERY COMPETENT BUDGET COMMITTEE, AS I LOOK AT MY FRIEND FROM WISCONSIN WITH WHOM I SHARE THE BOTTOM DAIS IN THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, DID IT WITH LOTS OF INPUT AND CONVERSATION BUT DID IT IN A WAY SO THAT NO ONE WOULD SAY, THEY'RE JUST GAMING THE NUMBERS, SO THAT NO ONE WOULD SAY, THIS IS JUST ALL ABOUT POLITICS SO THAT EVERYONE WHO COMES TO THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE CAN VOTE FOR THIS HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE REPORTED BUDGET WITH THE PRIDE OF KNOWING IT WAS PUT TOGETHER WITH INTEGRITY ABOUT A VISION FAR BETTER FUTURE. NOW AGAIN, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SIX OTHER COMPETING VISIONS, MR. SPEAKER. I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THOSE NUMBERS, THOSE CHART, AS THE GRAPHS WERE PUT TOGETHER WITH THE SAME CARE AND INTEGRITY THAT CHAIRMAN RYAN USED IN THE BUDGET COMMITTEE. BUT FOR FOLKS WHO ARE TRYING TO MAKE UP THEIR MIND ABOUT WHERE THEY'RE GOING TO CAST THEIR VOTE TODAY, AGAIN, I URGE STRONG SUPPORT FOR THIS OPEN RULE THAT ALLOWS FOR COMPLETE DEBATE OVER ALL OF THESE ALTERNATIVES, BUT I ALSO ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO GIVE A LOOK AT THE WORK PRODUCT THAT WE CREATED IN THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE. A WORK PRODUCT THAT I BELIEVE, MR. SPEAKER, IS CRAFTED IN A WAY TO MAKE EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY PROUD. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. 13R0EU7 THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. MERCHANDISE SLAUGHTER: MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO PROVIDE THAT IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE HOUSE ADOPTS THE RULE, IT WILL BRING UP H.R. 4271, A BILL TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT. S THAT VITAL LAW I CO-AUTHORED WITH PAT SCHRODER IN 1994 AND HAVE BEEN AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF EACH TIME IT'S BEEN RE-AUTHORIZED. SINCE IT WAS ENACTED, THE CASES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HAVE FALLEN AND OVER ONE MILLION WOMEN HAVE USED THE JUSTICE SYSTEM TO OBTAIN PROTECTIVE ORERS AGAINST THEIR BATTERERS. TO DISCUSS THIS PROPOSAL, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MS. MOORE.

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    MS. MOORE

    THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE SLAUGHTER AND THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE MY…

    THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE SLAUGHTER AND THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION TO ALLOW US TO CONSIDER THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT. YOU KNOW, IT IS PATHETIC AND IT IS DISAPPOINTING THAT WE, IT'S COME TO THIS, THAT WE HAVE TO USE A PROCEDURAL SHENANIGANS TO TALK ABOUT AN INITIATIVE THAT HAS BEEN A BIPARTISAN INITIATIVE SINCE 1994. THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN -- VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY IS NOT LEVIED AGAINST JUST DEMOCRATS, BUT REPUBLICANS AS WELL. NOT BLACKS OR WHITES OR HISPANICS, BUT AGAINST NATIVE PEOPLE AS WELL, NOT JUST CHRISTIANS OR MUSLIMS BUT JEWS AND NONRELIGIOUS PEOPLE, ATHEISTS. NOT JUST RICH PEOPLE OR POOR PEOPLE, BUT MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE. AND NOT JUST AGAINST HETEROSEXUAL -- HETEROSEXUAL WOMEN BUT HOMOSEXUAL COUPLES. IT KNOWS NO GENDER NEW YORK ETHNICITY, IT KNOWS NOTHING. VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IS AS AMERICAN AS APPLE PIE. AND I KNOW NOT ONLY AS A LEGISLATOR WHO -- BUT FROM MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, VIOLENCE -- DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HAS BEEN A THREAD THROUGHOUT MY PERSONAL LIFE, UP TO AND INCLUDING BEING A CHILD REPEATEDLY SEXUALLY ASSAULTED, UP TO AND INCLUDING BEING AN ADULT WHO HAS BEEN RAPED, I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO SHARE ALL THESE EXPERIENCES WITH YOU BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT WHEN THIS BILL CAME OUT OF THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WITH ALL THE REPUBLICAN SENATORS, ALL OF THE GUYS VOTING NO, IT BROUGHT UP SOME TERRIBLE MEMORIES FOR ME OF HAVING BOYS SIT IN A LOCKER ROOM AND SORT OF BET THAT I, THE EGGHEAD, COULDN'T BE HAD AND THEN THE APPOINTED BOY, WHEN HE SAW THAT I WASN'T GOING TO BE SO WILLING , COMPLETED A DATE RAPE AND THEN TOOK MY UNDERWEAR TO DISPLAY IT TO THE REST OF THE BOYS, THIS IS WHAT AMERICAN WOMEN ARE FACING. AND I'M SO PROUD TO BE AN AUTHOR OF THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN IN THE PAST A BIPARTISAN BILL WHICH THIS BILL WILL STRENGTHEN THE CORE PROGRAM THE SUPPORT -- TO SUPPORT LAW ENFORCEMENT, PROSECUTIONS, JUDICIAL STAFF TRAINING. IT WILL INCLUDE NEW INITIATIVES AIMED AT PROTECTING AGAINST VIOLENCE RELATED HOMICIDES IN THIS CUPRY AND EXTEND AUTHORITY TO PROTECT NATIVE AMERICAN VICTIMS ON TRIBAL LAND. IT WOULD ENSURE A STRONG RESPONSE TO INSUFFICIENT REPORTING AND SERVICES FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT. IT WOULD INCREASE THE NUMBER OF NEW VISAS FOR UNDOCUMENTED WOMEN WHO, BECAUSE THEY'RE IN THE CHATEAUS, -- SHADOWS, ARE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. AND THIS BILL WOULD EXPAND SERVICES FOR UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES, THOSE THAT DUE TO THEIR RELIGION, GENDER, OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION HAVE NOT BEEN SERVED. THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE AND IT WOULD BE VERY, VERY DEVASTATING TO WOMEN OF ALL COLORS, CREEDS, AND SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS FOR US NOT TO ADDRESS THIS. AND I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. WOODALL

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO SAY TO MY…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO SAY TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM WISCONSIN THAT HER WORDS ARE ALWAYS AMONG SOME OF THE MOST POWERFUL THAT WE HAVE IN THE BUDGET COMMITTEE AND I DON'T BELIEVE I'VE EVER HEARD HER SPEAK FROM A PLACE THAT WAS NOT OF CONVICTION AND I WANT TO SAY I APPRECIATE THOSE WORDS AND YOU HAVE MY SUPPORT ON THE RULE COMMITTEES, IF WE CAN GET THAT BILL REPORTED OUT OF JUDICIARY, I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THAT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE AND LOVE TO SEE US REPORT THAT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR FOR THE SAME KIND OF FREE AND OPEN DEBATE WE'RE HAVING TODAY ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE. I APPRECIATE THE WORDS THAT YOU SHARED. I MUST SAY, THOUGH, MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A TOUGH TIME CONNECTING THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT WITH THESE BUDGETS AND I WILL DISAGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM WISCONSIN, ENCOURAGE FOLKS TO SUPPORT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN HAVE THIS BUDGET DEBATE. SHOULD WE HAVE THE DEBATE MY COLLEAGUE IS DISCUSSING? I BELIEVE WE ABSOLUTELY SHOULD AND AGAIN I KNOW THE COMMITTEE IS OF -- THE COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION ARE WORKING ON THAT AND MY HOPE IS THEY'LL REPORT THAT AND SEND IT TO THE RULE -- RULES COMMITTEE. BUT TODAY, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY. IT'S NOT AN UNPRECEDENTED OPPORTUNITY BUT IT'S ONE OF THE RAREST OF OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE HAVE HERE IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS TO HAVE A DEBATE ON THE FLOOR THAT INCLUDES EVERY SINGLE IDEA THAT ANY OF OUR 435 MEMBERS HAVE OFFERED AS A VISION OF HOW TO GOVERN THIS LAND, OF HOW TO SET OUR FISCAL PRIORITIES, OF THIS MORALITY THAT IS DECIDING HOW TO SPEND TAXPAYER DOLLARS. . WE RECEIVED THAT OPPORTUNITY TODAY. IT'S ONE THAT COMES BUT ONCE A YEAR, MR. SPEAKER. AN OPPORTUNITY BUT ONCE A YEAR TO SET THESE PRIORITIES. AGAIN THE RULES COMMITTEE HAS PROVIDED TIME NOT JUST TODAY BUT TOMORROW AS WELL TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN THOROUGHLY FLESH OUT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THESE IDEAS AND MAKE SURE THAT NO ONE'S VOICE ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE IS SILENCED. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    30 SECONDS TO SAY THAT I APPRECIATE WHAT MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA IS…

    30 SECONDS TO SAY THAT I APPRECIATE WHAT MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA IS SAYING. HOWEVER WE ARE NOT GIVEN A CHOICE WHETHER WE ARE GOING TO DO BUDGET OR VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. BUT WE ARE GOING TO ATTEMPT TO DO BOTH ON THE RULE. WHAT WE DO IS VOTE FOR THE BUDGET. WHEN WE VOTE FOR THE RULE WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION HAVING BEEN DEFEATED SO WE CAN ADD VAWA TO IT. THAT'S ALL WE ARE TRYING TO DO HERE TODAY. IT'S ABOUT TO EXPIRE. IT WOULD BE A DREADFUL THING TO THINK THAT WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND OTHER SPOUSES WOULD BE GROWING UP IN VIOLENCE BECAUSE WE FAILED TO PROVIDE THE RESOURCES TO STOP THAT THAT HAVE BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL SINCE 1994. I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, MS. NORTON.

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    MS. NORTON

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK FOR THE CONSISTENT LEADERSHIP SHE HAS GIVEN…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK FOR THE CONSISTENT LEADERSHIP SHE HAS GIVEN THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION SINCE IT WAS PASSED. IT TOOK US A NUMBER OF YEARS TO GET IT PASSED IN THE FIRST PLACE. IT'S NEVER BEEN OFF OUR RADAR SCREEN. AND ESPECIALLY TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM WISCONSIN WHO COMES FORWARD IN VERY COMPELLING WAYS TO ASK THAT WE VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO THAT WE CAN CONSIDER THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT WHICH MAY WELL EXPIRE, MAKING IT, I FEAR, A REAL TARGET FOR THE APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE, BECAUSE THE BILL SHALL NOT HAVE BEEN RE-AUTHORIZED. MR. SPEAKER, I VISITED A SAFE HOUSE LAST WEEK IN MY DISTRICT BECAUSE I WANTED TO HEAR WHY A WOMAN WOULD MAKE A DECISION TO STAY AT HOME WITH AN ABUSER RATHER THAN LEAVE? I'M NOT SURE I UNDERSTOOD IN MY HEART WHY SHE WOULD ASSUME THE RISK RATHER THAN LEAVE. I'M GLAD I WENT. THERE WERE EIGHT WOMEN THERE, DIFFERENT AGES, SOME HAD CHILDREN. FOR THE FIRST TIME I UNDERSTOOD IN THE MOST POIGNANT AND PRACTICAL WAY, I UNDERSTOOD WHAT A RAPE CRISIS CENTER MEANS. WHEN I HEARD THE STORIES OF THESE WOMEN. AND THEN THE NOTION THAT THIS BILL WOULD EXPIRE, THE APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE WOULD HAVE BEFORE IT AN UNAUTHORIZED BILL, WHICH BECOMES A TARGET IN AND OF ITSELF, WOULD SEEM JUST TOO MUCH TO BEAR. YET THE BILL HAS GONE NOWHERE HERE. AT LEAST IN THE OTHER BODY THE BILL HAS BEEN INTRODUCED, IT IS A BIPARTISAN BILL WITH REPUBLICAN AND SEVERAL REPUBLICANS AS WELL AS DEMOCRATS ON THE BILL. MS. MOORE'S AMENDMENT ESSENTIALLY DOES NO MORE THAN INCORPORATE THE SENATE BILL WHICH IS TAILOR-MADE FOR CONSIDERATION BECAUSE IN CHEEPING WITH THE WAY IN WHICH THE REDUCTIONS ARE TAKING PLACE, IT IS A 20%, VERY PAINFUL, BUT 20% REDUCTION IN THE NEW ACT, EVEN THOUGH THE -- ANY AUTHORIZATION YOU WOULD EXPECT TO INCREASE. AND YET EVEN WITH THAT REDUCTION WE CANNOT GET THAT BILL ON THIS FLOOR. SO WE MUST DO WHAT WE ARE DOING THIS AFTERNOON. AND YOU WANT TO TALK WORTH THE MONEY? THERE ARE VERY FEW BILLS WE CAN SHOW THE KINDS OF CAUSE EFFECTS WE CAN SHOW HERE. 50% DROP ANNUALLY IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, AND THE REASON FOR THAT IS IT'S BEEN OVER A 50% INCREASE IN REPORTING. WOMEN ARE NOT AFRAID TO COME OUT BECAUSE THEY KNOW IF THEY REPORT IT, GO TO MY POLICE STATION, THE POLICE WILL TELL YOU WHERE THERE IS A SAFE HOUSE. DON'T LEAVE WOMEN OUT ON THE STREETS. DON'T LEAVE THEIR CHILDREN WITH NO PLACE TO GO. LET US, VOTE NO IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THIS ACT NOW WHICH I THINK WOULD RECEIVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IF IT WERE HEARD THIS AFTERNOON.

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    I WAS EXPECTING ONE MORE SPEAKER BUT I BELIEVE SHE'S NOT THERE. SO I WILL…

    I WAS EXPECTING ONE MORE SPEAKER BUT I BELIEVE SHE'S NOT THERE. SO I WILL BE PREPARED TO CLOSE. LET ME SAY AGAIN --

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    IS A GENEROUS AND KIND MAN. I KNOW HE UNDERSTANDS WHAT WE ARE TALKING…

    IS A GENEROUS AND KIND MAN. I KNOW HE UNDERSTANDS WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TODAY, BUT MY SPEAKER IS HERE. LET ME YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. DELAURO.

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    HOW MUCH TIME? THREE MINUTES. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MS. DELAURO

    THE GENTLELADY. IN THE 21ST CENTURY AMERICA THREE WOMEN DIE EVERY DAY AT…

    THE GENTLELADY. IN THE 21ST CENTURY AMERICA THREE WOMEN DIE EVERY DAY AT THE HANDS OF THEIR HUSBANDS, BOYFRIENDS, OR FORMER PARTNERS. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CAUSES TWO MILLION INJURIES A YEAR. SADLY IT IS SOMETHING THAT ONE OUT OF EVERY FOUR WOMEN WILL EXPERIENCE IN THEIR LIFETIME. THIS IS PARTICULARLY A DIFFICULT PROBLEM FOR YOUNG WOMEN TODAY. WOMEN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 16 AND 24 HAVE THE HIGHEST RATES OF RELATIONSHIP VIOLENCE, AND ONE IN EVERY FIVE WOMEN WILL BE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED WHILE THEY ARE IN COLLEGE. EVEN MORE WORRISOME, WE KNOW THAT WHEN COUPLES ARE EXPERIENCING ECONOMIC DIFFICULTIES, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS THREE TIMES AS LIKELY TO OCCUR. THIS SERVICE PROVIDERS HAVE SEEN AN INCREASE IN DEMAND SINCE THE RECESSION BEGAN, WHILE ALSO SEEING THEIR FUNDING CUT. MORE THAN 70% OF SHELTERS CREDITED, QUOTE FINANCIAL ISSUES, FOR THE INCREASE IN ABUSE THAT THEY HAVE SEEN IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN 1994 OUR NOW VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN WROTHE AND CHAMPIONED THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT. IN 17 YEARS IT HAS CUT THE RATE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN OUR COUNTRY BY OVER HALF. IT IS PAST TIME TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT AGAIN AND MY COLLEAGUE'S AMENDMENT WOULD ALLOW US TO ACT NOW. THE BILL RE-AUTHORIZES THE PROGRAMS THAT HAVE PROTCH TO WORK TO STEM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, TO HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PROSECUTORS DO THEIR JOB. THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION ENJOYED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. 59 CO-SPONSORS. IN ADDITION, OVER 200 NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, 500 STATE AND LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS HAVE URGED US TO PASS THIS BILL. THAT'S THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ATTORNEYS GENERAL, NATIONAL DISTRICT ATTORNEYS ASSOCIATION, NATIONAL SHERIFF'S ASSOCIATION, AND THE FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICES ASSOCIATION. WHY? THEY WANT US TO DO IT BECAUSE IT HELPS TO MAKE THEIR JOB EASIER AND IT GIVES WOMEN THE TOOLS TO BE ABLE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES. EVERYONE, EVERYONE IN THIS CHAMBER WANTS TO SEE AN AMERICA WHERE NO WOMAN EVER HAS TO ENDURE THE SCOURGE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT IS HELPING US TO REALIZE THIS VISION. WE MUST RE-AUTHORIZE THE LAW SO IT CAN CONTINUE TO HELP OUR CONSTITUENTS AND I'M ALSO PROUD TO TELL YOU THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THE HEALTH CARE REFORM LEGISLATION, NOW SAYS THAT IF A WOMAN IS A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, HER INSURANCE COMPANY CAN NO LONGER SAY THAT THAT IS A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION AND SHE CAN GET THE KIND OF HEALTH CARE COVERAGE SHE NEEDS FOR DOING IT. THAT'S THE VALUE, ONE OF THE AUTHORIZING -- ONE OF RE-AUTHORIZING THIS LEGISLATION AND THE VALUE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. I URGE YOU TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT SO WE CAN ACT NOW. LET'S MOVE FORWARD. RE-AUTHORIZE THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT ONCE AGAIN. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA CONTINUE TO…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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  • 01:39:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

  • 01:39:17 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MS. DELAURO JUST REMINDED ME WHEN WE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MS. DELAURO JUST REMINDED ME WHEN WE BEGAN THE DEBATE ON HEALTH CARE THAT EIGHT STATES IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CONSIDERED VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN TO BE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. AND A WOMAN WHO HAD BEEN BEATEN TO A PULP COULD NOT BE INSURED BECAUSE SHE WAS APT TO HAVE THAT HAPPEN TO HER AGAIN. IT WOULD CHANGE THAT IN THIS BILL. I THINK ALL OF US, TOO, ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE PHRASE, THE RULE OF THE THUMB. BUT I'M NOT SURE A LOT OF US UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS. THE RULE OF THUMB WAS THE SIZE OF A MAN'S THUMB AND THE STICK WITH WHICH HE COULD LEGALLY BEAT HIS WIFE. SO EVERY TIME YOU USE THAT I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER WHAT THAT MEANS. SINCE THE ENACTMENT WE HAVE ALL SAID DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HAS FALLEN OVER HALF. POLICEMEN HAVE BEEN TRAINED, THE COURTS HAVE BEEN TRAINED TO UNDERSTAND IT BETTER. THOUGH AT THE TIME -- THERE WAS A TIME IN THE UNITED STATES IT WAS SIMPLY CONSIDERED A PRIVATE MATTER AND POLICE WERE NOT ALWAYS TAKE AWAY THE OFFENDING PARTNER, LEAVING A PERSON AGAIN TO BE BEATEN ONE MORE TIME. I DON'T THINK ANYBODY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WANTS THIS TO EXPIRE. I'M SURE THEY DON'T. EVERYBODY HAS MOTHERS AND SISTERS AND DAUGHTERS. NIECES THAT YOU WANT TO PROTECT. THIS IS SUCH A SIMPLE THING. IT DOESN'T HURT THE BUDGET AT ALL. BUT WE HAVE TRIED OUR BEST TO GET THIS BILL TO BE BROUGHT UP IN THIS HOUSE AND WE ARE TERRIFIED, FRANKLY. THOSE OF US WHO SPEND A GOOD BIT OF OUR TIME IN CONGRESS TRYING TO DEAL WITH THIS ACT. AS I POINT OUT MANY TIMES I HAVE BEEN AT THIS SINCE 1994. IT'S SUCH A SERIOUS THING THAT SHELTERS FOR BATTERED WOMEN ARE NEVER REVEALED AS TO THEIR LOCATION. BECAUSE THE FEAR THAT THE OFFENDING SPOUSE WILL FIND THEM AND MAKE THEM COME HOME OR OTHER THINGS. WE SEEM -- WE HAVE SEEN A NUMBER THIS PAST FIVE, SIX YEARS OF SPOUSES BEING KILLED. WE ALWAYS LOOK AT WHAT GOES ON IN THOSE HOUSES AND NOBODY EVER REALIZED BEFORE WHAT WAS HAPPENING THERE. MORE WOMEN, OBVIOUSLY, NEED TO KNOW THERE IS SOMEPLACE THEY CAN GO AND SOMEPLACE THEY CAN GET HELP. LET ME GIVE YOU A FIGURE BECAUSE WE ARE VERY MUCH CONCERNED HERE ABOUT DEFICIT, BUDGET, AND COSTS. THE STUDY RECENTLY RELEASED SHOW JUST A TWO-MINUTE SCREENING EVER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS AND YEARLY CHECKUP, TWO MINUTES, CAN SAVE NEARLY $6 BILLION IN CHRONIC HEALTH CARE COSTS EVERY YEAR. THE SCREENINGS ARE PROVIDED FOR IN THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT WHICH TRAINS HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS TO RECOGNIZE AND ADDRESS THE SIGNS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY MOST WOMEN WHO ARE TRYING TO COVER IT UP SIMPLY ATTEMPT TO LIVE WITH IT, ARE NOT GOING TO BRING IT UP THEMSELVES. APPROXIMATELY TWO MILLION WOMEN ARE PHYSICALLY OR SEXUALLY ASSAULTED OR STALKED BY AN INTIMATE PARTNER EVERY SINGLE YEAR. ONE OUT OF EVERY SIX WOMEN IS EXPERIENCING AN ATTEMPTED OR COMPLETED RAPE AT SOME POINT IN HER LIFETIME. ONE IN FOUR WOMEN IN U.S. WILL EXPERIENCE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN HER LIFETIME. THIS IS TERRIBLE. CONGRESS HAS RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT RAPE PREVENTION PROGRAMS ARE FULLY FUNDED. THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS THE RESOURCES THAT BATTERED WOMEN SHELTERS ARE OPEN, THAT VICTIM ADVOCATES HAVE TRAINING TO STOP THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. LE WITH THIS AUTHORIZATION EXPIRING BEFORE THIS YEAR'S END, WE ARE IN DANGER OF LETTING THOSE RESPONSIBILITIES GO UNFILLED. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH THE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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  • 01:43:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HEARING NO OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 01:43:15 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MY COLLEAGUES PLEASE VOTE NO. PLEASE VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION FOR…

    MY COLLEAGUES PLEASE VOTE NO. PLEASE VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION FOR ALL THOSE WOMEN WHO LIVE IN FEAR, FOR ALL THOSE CHILDREN WHO WITNESS THAT VIOLENCE THAT CHANGES THEIR LIFE FOREVER. FOR ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE KILLED, PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES ARE CHANGED SO MUCH FOREVER MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY. THEY WILL NEVER, EVER BE THE SAME. FOR HEAVEN'S SAKES, LET'S RE-AUTHORIZE THIS BILL. IT DOES SO MUCH FOR THEM. I URGE EVERYONE IN THE HOUSE TO PLEASE VOTE NO. DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THAT SUPPORT TO THE MILLIONS OF WOMEN WHO ARE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE RULE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:44:05 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:44:10 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    I APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS OF MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK. WE SERVE TOGETHER ON…

    I APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS OF MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK. WE SERVE TOGETHER ON THE RULES COMMITTEE, MR. SPEAKER, AND WE GRAPPLE WITH TOUGH ISSUES ON THE RULES COMMITTEE EVERY SINGLE TIME WE MEET. THERE IS NO EASY DAY ON THE RULES COMMITTEE. EVERY BILL IS A CHALLENGE BECAUSE OF THE DIFFERENT IDEAS THAT FOLKS HAVE TO MAKE IT BETTER. BUT WHAT I HAVE LEARNED IN THAT TIME, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT I'M NOT THE SMARTEST GUY IN THAT ROOM. I'M NOT THE SMARTEST GUY IN THIS CONGRESS, NOT THE SMARTEST GUY IN MY DISTRICT. THERE IS A REASON WE HAVE REGULAR ORDER HERE IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THAT EVEN A GOOD IDEA WE CAN MAKE BETTER. I KNOW I HAD SOME FOLKS COME TO ME IN MY DISTRICT AND THEY SAY, ROB, WHY IS IT YOU PUT THAT HOSPITAL FUNDING WE NEED IN THE TRANSPORTATION BILL? THOSE THINGS DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH ONE ANOTHER. WHY DO YOU COMBINE THOSE TWO THINGS? IF IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO PASS THE TRANSPORTATION BILL, LET'S PASS THE TRANSPORTATION BILL. IF IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO PASS THE HOSPITAL BILL, LET'S PASS THE HOSPITAL BILL, BUT WHY DO YOU PUT THESE DISCONNECTED THINGS TOGETHER? WHY DO YOU TRY TO FUND A NEW MILITARY PROCUREMENT PROGRAM IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATIONAL PARK FUNDING? WHY DO YOU STICK THOSE THINGS TOGETHER, ROB? THEY DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH ONE ANOTHER. I CAMPAIGNED ON THAT ISSUE, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE I THINK THEY'RE RIGHT. I THINK THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE AN UP OR DOWN VOTE ON ONE ISSUE AT THE TIME. I THINK MY COLLEAGUES, MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, MY COLLEAGUE FROM CONNECTICUT, MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, MY COLLEAGUE FROM WISCONSIN MAKE EXTREMELY COMPELLING CASES FOR WHY WE SHOULD SEE THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN'S ACT COME THROUGH REGULAR ORDER, BUT MY UNDERSTANDING IS, I'LL BE HAPPY TO BE CORRECTED, MY UNDERSTANDING IS THE BILL WAS INTRODUCED YESTERDAY. . IT HASN'T HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO THROUGH COMMITTEES WHERE FOLKS KNOW SO MUCH MORE ABOUT THE ISSUE THAN WE DO HERE IN THE RULE COMMITTEES THAT IT HAS NOT HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE AMENED AND APROVED, THAT IT HASN'T HAD THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE MEMBERS FOR WHOM THIS IS A HEART FELT ISSUE TO PUT IN THEIR TWO CENTS AND MAKE IT BETTER. I ENCOURAGE FOLKS TO VOTE YES ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN MOVE FORWARD AND DEBATE THE BUDGETS TODAY AND THEN I URGE MY COLLEAGUES, I KNOW FOLKS ARE WATCHING US ON THE SCREENS BACK IN THEIR ROOMS, DO WE KNOW WHAT THE BILL NUMBER OF THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT IS? IT'S H.R. 4271. AND THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT BECAUSE THIS IS A HOUSE WHERE FOLKS BELIEVE IN REGULAR ORDER, THE MORE CO-SPONSORS A BILL ACCUMULATES AND THE FASTER IT ACCUMULATES THEM, THE MORE LIKELY IT IS TO END UP ON THIS FLOOR IN HASTE, RAPIDLY, TO HAVE A HEARING. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO HAVE A LOOK AT THAT BILL, IT JUST DROPPED YESTERDAY, BUT SOMETHING I KNOW THIS HOUSE AND OTHERS ARE GOING TO WANT TO CONSIDER. THE OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE TODAY, THOUGH, MR. SPEAKER, WITH THIS RULE IS TO DEFINE OUR NATIONAL VISION AND I DON'T MEAN OUR VISION FOR JUST THE NATION, OUR LAND, MR. SPEAKER, I MEAN A VISION FOR US AS A PEOPLE. WHO ARE WE AS A PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER? I HEARD ONE OF THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES SPEAK THE OTHER DAY AND THEY SAID, YOU KNOW, THIS YEAR, WE DON'T NEED POLITICIANS WE CAN BELIEVE IN, WE NEED POLITICIANS WHO BELIEVE IN US. I THOUGHT THAT WAS PRETTY PROFOUND. I DON'T NEED SOMEBODY I CAN BELIEVE IN, I NEED SOMEBODY WHO BELIEVES IN ME. THAT'S TRUE, MR. SPEAKER. WE LAY OUT THESE DIFFERENT COMPETING BUDGET VISION THE SULL MARES OF WHICH I HEALEDHOLD IN MY HAND AND MY QUESTION TO MY COLLEAGUES IS, WHICH OF THESE VISIONS DO YOU BELIEVE BELIEVES IN YOU? WHICH OF THESE VISIONS LAYS OUT THAT FUTURE OF AMERICA THAT IS BEST FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, THAT IS BEST FOR YOUR CONSTITUENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES, THAT IS BEST FOR YOUR STATE AND OUR NATION. THE VISIONS ARE STARKLY DIFFERENT, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, THE BASE BILL IS THE BILL THAT WE REPORTED OUT OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE. THAT'S THE BASE TAX. THESE ARE SUBSTITUTES FOR THAT. FOR EXAMPLE, WE HAVE A BIPARTISAN SUBSTITUTE, REPUBLICAN, DEMOCRAT MEMBER OF THE HOUSE, THAT RAISES TAXES BY $2 TRILLION MORE, $1.8 TRILLION, TO BE PERFECTLY ACCURATE, $1.8 TRILLION MORE THAN THE BUDGET COMMITTEE PAST BUDGET DOES AND SPENDS $3.1 TRILLION MORE. FOLKS -- FOCUSES ON DIFFERENT PRIORITIES. DEBT INCREASES BY ABOUT $.4 TRILLION, THAT'S THE COST OF -- BY ABOUT $1.4 TRILLION. THAT'S THE COST OF THOSE PRIORITIES. THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. SPEAKER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, HIS BUDGET SUBSTITUTE ALSO RAISES TAXES BY $1.8 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS, MORE THAN THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE BUDGET DOES AND SPENDS $4.7 TRILLION MORE THAN THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE BUDGET DOES AN THUS ADDS $2.9 TRILLION MORE TO THE BACKS OF OUR CHILDREN. AS I SAID, MR. SPEAKER, ABOUT $15.5 TRILLION TODAY, SOON TO BE $16 TRILLION, THAT WE HAVE BORROWED AND SPENT, THAT WE HAVE IMPOVERISHED OUR CHILDREN WITH, SO WE CAN IMPROVE THE STANDARD OF LIVING WE HAVE, $15.5 TRILLION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND'S SUBSTITUTE INCREASES IT BY $3 TRILLION MORE THAN DOES THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE REPORT, DUE TO PRIORITY HE IS SPENDS ON, MERITS THAT KIND OF INCREASE. THE PRIORITY HE IS FEWS -- FOCUSES ON -- TO THE PRIORITY S HE FOCUSES ON MERIT THAT INCREASE? IT'S WONDERFUL WE CAN HAVE THAT DEBATE. THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS SUBSTITUTE RAISES TAXES BY $1.6 TRILLION AND SPENDS $5.3 TRILLION MORE. WHICH MEANS IT REDUCES THE NATIONAL DEBT MORE THAN THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE DOES. IT DOES SO BY RAISING TAXES $6 TRILLION AND ONLY REDUCES THE DEBT BY UNDER $1 TRILLION BUT THAT'S ONE OF THOSE PRIORITIES THAT FOLKS HAVE HAD THE COURAGE TO LAY OUT HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE THAT WE'RE GOING TO MAKE IN ORDER MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, THE CHAIRMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THIS BUDGET COMMITTEE OF MEN AND WOMEN, MR. SPEAKER, HAS MADE EVERY SINGLE OPTION AVAILABLE. THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS, MR. SPEAKER, THEIR PROPOSAL RAISES TAXES BY $6.8 TRILLION MORE THAN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET COMMITTEE BUDGET, THE BUDGET -- THE BUDGET THAT WAS PASSED OUT OF THE ENTIRE BUDGET COMMITTEE, INCREASES SPENDING BY ABOUT $6.6 TRILLION, WHILE THE HIGHEST SPEND -- THE HIGHEST SPENDING OF THE BUNCH, FOCUSING ON PRIORITIES THAT ALL 435 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE DESERVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR AND CONSIDER. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY IN THIS HOUSE, PRK, TO CO-GREAT THINGS, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO STAND UP FOR THE PRIORITIES THAT ARE THE PRIORITIES OF OUR CONSTITUENTS BACK HOME. AND WE DON'T HAVE TO VOTE ON 100 DIFFERENT IDEAS IN ONE BILL, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, IN THE 5 MONTHS I HAVE BEEN HERE, MR. SPEAKER, ONLY ABOUT FIVE OF THE BILLS -- ALL BUT ABOUT FIVE BILLS HAVE BEEN SHORT ENOUGH FOR ME TO READ. I DON'T HAVE TO STAFF IT OUT. THAT'S A GREAT SOURCE OF PRIDE FOR ME. I TOLD FOLKS BACK HOME, FOLKS BELIEVE IT BACK HOME, THAT WE OUGHT TO HAVE TIME TO CAREFULLY DELIBERATE EVERYTHING. FOLKS ARE TIRED OF 1,500 PAGE BILLS, FOLKS ARE TIRED OF THE DEFENSE BILL BEING MERGED WITH THE TRANSPORTATION BILL, MERGED WITH THE HEALTH CARE BILL, MERGED WITH THE NATIONAL PARKS BILL WHICH ALSO FUNDS THE WHITE HOUSE. THAT'S CRAZY AND IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE TO THAT WAY. THERE'S NOT ONE RULE OF THE HOUSE THAT REQUIRES THAT NONSENSE TO TO GO ON. IN FACT, THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE. THE RULES OF THE HOUSE WERE CREATED TO PREVENT THAT FROM GOING ON AND WE HAVE TO WORK REALLY HARD TO PERVERT THE PROCESS IN A WAY THAT MAKES THAT POSSIBLE. THIS SPEAKER HAS MADE AN EFFORT, UNLIKE ANY I'VE EVER SEEN, TO TRY TO HAVE ONE EYE BE AT THE TIME HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE, SO THE AMERICAN FOLKS CAN BE HEARD. IF WE'VE GOT A BILL ON THE FLOOR THAT SUPPORTS DOG CATCHERS ON ONE HAND AND HOSPITALS ON THE OTHER, AND SOMEBODY VOTES NO, WHAT ARE THEY VOTING NO ON? DO YOU EVER WONDER WHY IN AN APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS, THE FOOD STAMP LANGUAGE AND AGRICULTURE SUBSIDY LANGUAGE IS IN THE SAME APPROPRIATIONS BILL. I ALWAYS WONDERED. I STARTED THINKING ABOUT IT AS I WATCHED THE VOTES UP ON THE BOARD, WHAT I FIGURED OUT IS, WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH FARMERS IN THIS COUNTRY FOR EVERYBODY TO VOTE TO INCREASE FARM SPENDING, AND WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH FOLKS WITH HIGH FOOD STAMP POPULATIONS IN THEIR DISTRICT TO SUPPORT HAVING HIGH FOOD STAMP SPENDING, BUT WHEN YOU COMBINE THOSE TWO GROUPSING TO, YOU GET 51% OF THE HOUSE AND CAN MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. I GUESS I SUPPORT THE INGENUITY OF FOLKS WHO FIND WAYS TO COBBLE MULTITUDE OF IDEAS TOGETHER AND FIND 51% BUT I ASK MY COLLEAGUES, IS THAT WHAT OUR COLLEAGUES SENT US HERE TO DO? IS COBBLING TOGETHER MULTIPLE IDEAS JUST TRYING TO GAME THE SYSTEM ENOUGH TO FIND YOUR 51%, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT REALLY WHAT OUR FRAMERS INTENDED? OR ALTERNATIVELY, SHOULD WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO NOT JUST HAVING AN OPEN PROCESS, MR. SPEAKER, BUT AN OPEN PROCESS ON A SINGLE IDEA? WHAT I FOUND ON THE RULE COMMITTEES AND IT WAS A SURPRISE TO ME AND IF YOU HADN'T HAD A CHANCE TO SERVE ON THE RULES COMMITTEE, IT MIGHT NOT BE INTUITIVE TO YOU, BUT WHEN YOU BRING A SMALL BILL TO THE RULES COMMITTEE, WHEN YOU FOCUS ON ONE SINGLE IDEA, WHEN YOU FIND ONE PRIORITY THAT YOU WANT TO MAKE THE LAW OF THE LAND AND YOU SEND THAT TO THE RULES COMMITTEE, MR. SPEAKER, THEN THE AMENDMENT PROCESS IS ONLY OPEN TO AMENDMENTS THAT ARE GERMANE TO THAT UNDERLYING IDEA. YOU BRING A BILL ABOUT HOSPITAL FUNDING, TO THE RULES COMMITTEE, THE ONLIER IS JANE -- GERMANE AMENDMENTS ARE AMENDMENTS THAT HAVE TO DO WITH HOSPITAL FUNDING. AND SO THE SHORTER WE MAKE THE BILL THE MORE SINGLE MINDED WE MAKE THE BILLS, THE MORE OPEN WE CAN HAVE THE PROCESS HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. 435 OF US, THIS FRESHMAN CLASS IS FILLED WITH A BUNCH OF C.E.O.'S FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR, FOLKS WHO RAN FOR CONGRESS BECAUSE THEY WERE WORRIED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY AND THEY GET HERE THINKING THEY'LL BE ABLE TO DO IT ALL OVERNIGHT. TURNS OUT THERE ARE 435 OF US, WE ALL HAVE THE SAME VOTING CARD, IT'S HARDER. IT'S ONE MAN, ONE WOMAN, ONE VOTE, WITH 435 OF US, YOU HAVE TO FIND THAT AGREEMENT. IT TURNS OUT THERE REALLY IS A LOT OF AGREEMENT, NOT JUST AGREEMENT ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE, NOT JUST AGREEMENT ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF THE AISLE BUT AGREEMENT ACROSS THE WHOLE HOUSE WHEN WE OPEN UP THE PROCESS AND ALLOW THE HOUSE TO WORK ITS WILL. THAT IS WHAT WE HAVE HERE TODAY. WE HAVE A RAUL THAT OPENS UP THE PROCESS, FLINGS OPEN THE DOORS OF DEMOCRACY AND LETS EVERY SINGLE IDEA BE CONSIDERED. MR. SPEAKER, I ENCOURAGE AN AFFIRMATIVE VOTE ON THE RULE AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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  • 01:55:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS, SINCE ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED OR BEEN YIELDED BACK, IS ON…

    THE QUESTION IS, SINCE ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED OR BEEN YIELDED BACK, 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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  • 01:56:10 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

  • 01:56:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED FROM THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED FROM THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED, MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON THED OR -- ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON ADOPTING HOUSE RESOLUTION 597, IF ORDERED, SUSPENDING THE RULES WITH REGARD TO H.R. 1339, AND AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL, IF ORDERED. 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.] CAN

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  • 02:24:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235 AND THE NAYS ARE 183. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235 AND THE NAYS ARE 183. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. WILL MEMBERS KINDLY CLEAR THE WELL. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:25:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK TO THE HOUSE OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:25:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:25:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO JOHN SULLIVAN WHO WILL RETIRE…

    IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO JOHN SULLIVAN WHO WILL RETIRE THIS WEEK AFTER EIGHT YEARS OF SERVICE AS OUR PARLIAMENTARIAN AND 25 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THIS HOUSE. JOHN LEAVES HIS POST WITH MUCH TO BE PROUD OF, STARTING WITH A FIRST RATE TEAM OF PARLIAMENTARIANS WHO WILL DO A FINE JOB CARRYING ON HIS LEGACY. THE PARLS ARE THE PEOPLE HERE WHO ARE HERE FIRST EVERY MORNING AND THEY'RE ALSO THE LAST ONES TO LEAVE AT NIGHT. THEY REVIEW EVERY PIECE OF LEGISLATION. THEY KEEP US TETHERED TO THE RULES AND TRADITIONS THAT ARE THE HOUSE'S FOUNDATION. IN THIS WAY THE PARLIAMENTARIANS ARE REALLY THE GLUE THAT HOLDS THIS HOUSE TOGETHER. AND THE LEADER OF THAT TEAM IS JOHN SULLIVAN, WHOSE DEVOTION TO THE HOUSE IS -- AS HIS COMMITMENT TO INDIANA BASKETBALL. COACH BOBBY KNIGHT ONCE DEFINED DISCIPLINE AS DOING WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO, DOING IT AS WELL AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN AND DOING IT THAT WAY ALL THE TIME. JOHN SULLIVAN IS THE MOST DISCIPLINED TO HAVE SERVED THIS HOUSE. HE'S CONSISTENTLY SHOWN GRACE UNDER PRESSURE. WHAT MAY BE WELL ONE OF THE BIGGEST PRESSURE COOKERS ON EARTH. HE'S STRENGTHENED AND MODERNIZED THE OFFICE OF THE PARLIAMENTARIAN TO MEET A MORE OPEN AND TRANSPARENT CONGRESS. JOHN, WHO WAS HERE ON 9/11, DETERMINED HOW THE HOUSE SHOULD GO FORWARD AND HAS SPENT EVERY DAY PREPARING FOR THE UNEXPECTED. IN A BODY WHERE EVERYTHING CAN HAPPEN, HE'S ALWAYS THINKING TWO STEPS AHEAD, LIKE ANY GOOD COACH. SO, OF COURSE, JOHN'S A MODEST MAN. HE WOULD JUST SAY HE WAS JUST HIM DOING HIS JOB. LIKE I SAID, DISCIPLINED. BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE, FOR THE HOUSE AND THE PEOPLE THAT WE SERVE, HE'S GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY. JOHN, WE'RE SORRY TO SEE YOU GO BUT WE WANT TO WISH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY THE BEST AND ON BEHALF OF THE WHOLE HOUSE, WE WANT TO THANK FOR YOUR SERVICE.

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  • 02:28:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER, MS. PELOSI.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:28:48 PM

    MS. PELOSI

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE SPEAKER FOR YIELDING AND I'M PROUD TO JOIN…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE SPEAKER FOR YIELDING AND I'M PROUD TO JOIN HIM IN HONORING THE LONG AND DISTINGUISHED SERVICE OF THE HOUSE PARLIAMENTARIAN, JOHN SULLIVAN. FOR 25 YEARS, AS HAS BEEN SAID, HE'S SERVED THE HOUSE WITH DISTINCTION AND INTEGRITY AND INTELLECT. HE'S USED HIS KEEN MIND, EXCELLENT LEGAL TRAINING AND A COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE TO MAKE NONPARTISAN OBJECTIVE DECISIONS. ALWAYS FIRST IN HIS MIND WAS THE CONSTITUTION AND, THEREFORE, HIS UNDYING RESPECT FOR THE INSTITUTION OF CONGRESS. INDEED, THROUGH HIS SERVICE AND HIS EXAMPLE, JOHN SULLIVAN HAS BECOME AN INSTITUTION HIMSELF. A SOURCE OF WISE COUNSEL AND PARLIAMENTARY LEADERSHIP. ALTHOUGH HIS NAME RARELY MAKES HEADLINES AND HIS HARD WORK IS SELDOM NOTICED IN THE PUBLIC EYE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BENEFITED GREATLY FROM HIS EXTRAORDINARY CAREER. PROUD SON OF NORTHWEST INDIANA, JOHN SULLIVAN WAS A LAWYER BY TRAINING, A GRADUATE OF THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY AND SERVED OUR NATION IN THE AIR FORCE. HE WENT ON TO ADVISE THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE BEFORE JOINING THE PARLIAMENTARIAN'S OFFICE. HE WOULD ULTIMATELY HOLD THE TITLE OF PARLIAMENTARIAN OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, A POST OCCUPIED BY ONLY THREE OTHER IN THE PAST -- OTHERS IN THE PAST 75 YEARS. WOW. . HE IS A FAIR AND INDEPENDENT VOICE, A PROFESSIONAL OF THE HIGHEST CALIBER, A CAREFUL STEWARD OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE, A TRUE PUBLIC SERVANT. MR. SPEAKER, AS A POINT OF PERSONAL PRIDE, ON JUNE 2, 1987 I WAS SWORN IN AS A RESULT OF A SPECIAL ELECTION AND I WAS THE FIRST MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO TAKE THE OATH OF OFFICE DURING JOHN'S TENURE. HE WILL ALWAYS HOLD FOR -- FOR MANY REASONS HE WILL HOLD A LONG PLACE OF HONOR IN THE HISTORY OF THE HOUSE AND IN MY PERSONAL HISTORY AS WELL. IN A RECENT STORY ON HIS CAREER, JOHN SULLIVAN SUMMED UP THE KEY CHARACTERISTICS OF HIS SUCCESS. IN HIS OWN WORDS HE SAID, YOU HAVE TO BE A VERY ATTENTIVE TO EVERY SYLLABLE BEING UTTERED AND ABLE TO THINK ON YOUR FEET. AS THE SPEAKER SAYS. ATTENTION TO DETAIL, QUICK THINKING, STAYING ATTUNED TO THE LETTER OF THE LAW, THESE WERE THE HALLMARKS OF JOHN SULLIVAN'S SERVICE. HE HAS LEFT A LASTING LEGACY AND I'M CONFIDENT HIS DEPUTY AND REPLACEMENT, TOM WICKHAM, WILL CONTINUE IN THE SAME FINE TRADITION. WE OWE A DEBT OF GRATITUDE TO ALL OF OUR PARLIAMENTARIANS. WE OWE A SPECIAL DEBT OF GRATITUDE AND OUR HEARTFELT THANKS ON THIS DAY TO OUR PARLIAMENTARIAN, JOHN SULLIVAN. HE HAS EARNED THE RESPECT AND ADMIRATION OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND HE WILL BE MISSED. WE WISH HIM AND HIS WIFE AND HIS CHILDREN OUR BEST WISHES FOR THEIR FUTURE ENDEAVORS. CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU, JOHN SULLIVAN.

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  • 02:32:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 597. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 02:32:44 PM

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    SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

  • 02:32:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE 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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  • 02:39:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 241, THE NAYS ARE 184. THE RESOLUTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 241, THE NAYS ARE 184. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, A THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. PLATTS, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1339 AS AMENDED ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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  • 02:40:19 PM

    THE CLERK

    32 UNITED STATES CODE, THE BODY OF LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES DEALING WITH…

    32 UNITED STATES CODE, THE BODY OF LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES DEALING WITH THE NATIONAL GUARD, TO RECOGNIZE THE CITY OF SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, AS THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE NATIONAL GUARD OF THE UNITED STATES.

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  • 02:40:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS…

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED, 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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  • 02:47:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 413. THE NAYS ARE SIX WITH FOUR RECORDED AS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 413. THE NAYS ARE SIX WITH FOUR RECORDED AS PRESENT. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL WHICH THE CHAIR WILL PUT DE NOVO. THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR -- THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 02:48:08 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS ON THE JOURNAL VOTE.

  • 02:48:11 PM

    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, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE 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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  • 02:54:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 300. THE NAYS ARE 111. THE JOURNAL STANDS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 300. THE NAYS ARE 111. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. YOU FOUR ANSWERING PRESENT ON THE VOTE. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION? RYAN RABURN MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT -- MR. RYAN MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.CON.RES 112.

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  • 02:55:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 597 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 597 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 112. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. KLEINE, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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  • 02:56:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

  • 02:56:50 PM

    MR. RYAN

    CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 02:56:55 PM

    MR. RYAN

    MR. CHAIRMAN, THE HOUSE IS SLIGHTLY OUT OF ORDER.

  • 02:56:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE COMMITTEE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS, TAKE…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE COMMITTEE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS, TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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  • 02:57:29 PM

    MR. RYAN

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS, TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS, TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR, PLEASE. THE GENTLEMAN DESERVES TO BE HEARD. BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, PLEASE.

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  • 03:00:23 PM

    MR. RYAN

    THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 03:07:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    CHAIRMAN. LET ME START BY THANKING THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE…

    CHAIRMAN. LET ME START BY THANKING THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE FOR THE WAY HE'S CONDUCTED THE PROCEEDINGS AND LOOK FORWARD TO A DEBATE ON THE FLOOR.

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  • 03:07:30 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    AS THE CHAIRMAN SAID, WE HAVE DEEP DIFFERENCES. WE DO NOT HAVE A…

    AS THE CHAIRMAN SAID, WE HAVE DEEP DIFFERENCES. WE DO NOT HAVE A DIFFERENCE ON WHETHER OR NOT WE SHOULD REDUCE THE DEFICITS OR DEBT, OF COURSE WE DO. WE HAVE A DIFFERENCE OVER HOW TO DO THAT. IN THAT REGARD, MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS REPUBLICAN PLAN AND IN SUPPORT OF THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE TODAY IS SIMPLY THE SEQUEL TO LAST YEAR'S PLAN, MORE OF THE SAME. IT ABANDONS THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND ENDS THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE TO INDIVIDUALS WHOSE MEDIAN INCOME IS UNDER $21,000 WHILE PROVIDING A WHOPPING AVERAGE TAX BREAK OF ALMOST $400,000 FOR PEOPLE MAKING OVER $1 MILLION A YEAR. THESE TAX BREAKS FOR THE VERY WEALTHY AND THE TAX BREAKS FOR SPECIAL INTERESTS COME AT THE EXPENSE OF MIDDLE INCOME TAXPAYERS, AT THE EXPENSE OF SENIORS AND AT THE EXPENSE OF ESSENTIAL INVESTMENTS TO KEEP AMERICA STRONG. THIS REPUBLICAN PLAN WILL WEAKEN ECONOMIC GROWTH AND ACCORDING TO INDEPENDENT ANALYSTS, RESULT IN OVER TWO MILLION JOBS LOST OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS. IT REWARDS CORPORATIONS THAT SHIP AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS, WHILE SLASHING INVESTMENTS IN EDUCATION, IN SCIENCE AND RESEARCH, AND INFRASTRUCTURE THAT HELP AMERICA GROW OUR ECONOMY RIGHT HERE AT HOME. IN SHORT, IT IS A PATH TO GREATER PROSPERITY, IF YOU'RE ALREADY WEALTHY. WHILE LEAVING SENIORS, WORKING AMERICANS AND FUTURE GENERATIONS BEHIND. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE GATHER HERE AT A VERY IMPORTANT TIME FOR OUR COUNTRY. AS A RESULT OF THE EXTRAORDINARY ACTIONS TAKEN OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS AND THE TENACITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND SMALL BUSINESSES, AMERICA AVOIDSED A SECOND GREAT DEPRESSION. AND THE ECONOMY IS SLOWLY RECOVER -- AVOIDED A SECOND GREAT DEPRESSION AND THE ECONOMY IS SLOWLY RECOVERING. STILL MILLIONS OF AMERICANS REMAIN OUT OF WORK THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. WE MUST PUSH FORWARD WITH THE RECOVERY, NOT BACK, AND WE CERTAINLY SHOULDN'T RETURN TO THE FAILED ECONOMIC POLICIES THAT GOT AMERICA INTO THIS ECONOMIC MESS TO BEGIN WITH. YET THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET DOES. IT IS A RECIPE FOR NATIONAL STAGNATION AND DECLINE. IT RETREATS FROM OUR NATIONAL GOAL OF OUTEDUCATING, OUTBUILDING, AND OUTCOMPETING THE REST OF THE WORLD AND IT WILL WEAKEN THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY BY SLASHING INVESTMENTS TO IMPORTANT ECONOMIC GROWTH AND EXPANDING THE TAX BREAKS THAT SHIP AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS. EVEN WHEN WE HAVE 17% UNPLIMENT IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, IT CUTS CRITICAL CRITICAL AMOUNTS IN OUR TRANSPORTATION BUDGET. NONPARTISAN ANALYSTS LOOKED AT THIS AND SAID IT WOULD LOSE TWO MILLION JOBS OVER TWO YEARS SYSTEM OF RATHER THAN PUTTING THE ECONOMY IN REVERSE, WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD AND ADOPT THE REMAINDER OF THE PRESIDENT'S JOBS PLAN, A PLAN THAT'S BEEN SITTING HERE IN THE HOUSE SINCE SEPTEMBER. IT'S ALSO CLEAR THAT PUTTING AMERICA BACK TO WORK IS THE FASTEST AN MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO REDUCE DEFICITS IN THE SHORT-TERM. IN FACT, THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ESTIMATES THAT OUR WEAK ECONOMY AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT IS THE SINGLE MAJOR CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO THE DEFICIT THIS YEAR, ACCOUNTING FOR OVER A THIRD OF THEY HAVE PROJECTED 2012 DEFICIT. SO WE NEED TO COME UP WITH A CREDIBLE PLAN AND THE ISSUE, AS I SAID, IS NOT WHETHER, BUT HOW. AND EVERY BIPARTISAN GROUP, EVERY BIPARTISAN GROUP THAT HAS LOOKED AT WAYS TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT IN A CREDIBLE WAY HAS RECOMMENDED A BALANCED APPROACH, MEANING THE COMBINATION OF CUTS AND CUTS TO TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHY AND THE ELIMINATION OF SPECIAL INTEREST CORPORATE TAX LOOPHOLES AND THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE PROVIDES THAT BALANCED APPROACH WHILE THE REPUBLICAN PLAN UNFORTUNATELY FAILS THAT TEST. INSTEAD, THEIR PLAN WOULD AGAIN RIG THE RULES IN FAVOR OF THE VERY WEALTHY AND SPECIAL INTERESTS. THAT MAY NOT BE A SURPRISE SINCE VIRTUALLY EVERY HOUSE MEMBER HAS SIGNED A PLEDGE A PLEDGE TO GROVER NORQUIST, SAYING THAT THEY WILL NOT CLOSE A SINGLE SPECIAL INTEREST TAX LOOPHOLE, NOT ELIMINATE A SINGLE OIL SUBSIDY FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEFICIT REDUCTION. NOT ONE PENNY. I AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN THAT WE FACE A REAL DEFICIT AND DEBT PROBLEM. APPARENTLY THE PROBLEM IS NOT BIG ENOUGH TO ASK FOLKS AT THE VERY HIGH END OF THE INCOME SCALE TO CONTRIBUTE ONE PENNY TOWARD DEFICIT REDUCTION. AND IN ADDITION TO LOCKING IN THOSE PARTS OF THE BUSH TAX CUTS THAT DISPROPORTIONATELY BENEFIT THE VERY WEALTHY, THEY NOW HAVE A NEW ROUND OF TAX CUTS THAT WILL PROVIDE ON AVERAGE A $400,000 TAX CUT FOR PEOPLE MAKING OVER $1 MILLION A YEAR. ACCORDING TO THE NONPARTISAN TAX POLICY CENTER. SO HERE'S THE KEY. BECAUSE OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES REFUSE TO ASK MILLIONAIRES TO CONTRIBUTE ONE CENT TO DEFICIT REDUCTION, THEY HIT EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING ELSE. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT MEDICARE RECIPIENTS. THEY IMMEDIATELY INCREASE COST TO SENIORS FOR MEDICARE PREVENTIVE SERVICES AND TERMINATE THE NEW SERVICE, THE WELLNESS PROGRAMS THAT WERE PART OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THEY IMMEDIATELY REDUCE SUPPORT TO SENIORS IN THE SCRIPTION DRUG PLAN BY REOPENING THE DOUGHNUT HOLE. THAT DECISION WILL COST SENIORS WITH HIGH DRUG COSTS AN AVERAGE OF $10,000 OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. AND ONCE AGAIN, THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET DOES NOT REFORM MEDICARE, IT DEFORMS IT. IT PROPOSES TO END THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE, SHIFTING RISING COSTS ONTO SENIORS AND DISABLES INDIVIDUALS. IT GIVES YOU THE EQUIVALENT OF A VOUCHER BUT IF YOUR VOUCHER AMOUNT IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO PAY FOR THE RISING COSTS OF HEALTH CARE, TOO BAD. TOO BAD. SIMPLY RATIONS YOUR HEALTH CARE AND CHOICE OF DOCTOR BY INCOME. AND LEAVES SENIORS TO THE WHIM OF THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY. AND DESPITE CLAIMS THAT MARKET COMPETITION IS GOING TO BRING DOWN THOSE RISING COSTS, THE PLAN CREATES THAT ARTIFICIAL CAP ON THE COUCHER SUPPORT. OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SAY THEY'RE USING THE PART D SCRIPTION DRUG PLAN AS A MODEL BUT THAT HAS NO ARTIFICIAL CAP. THEY SAY IT'S THE SAME KIND OF PLAN OFFERED TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS UNDER THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEE HEALTH BENEFIT PLAN BUT THAT HAS NO CAP AND SUPPORT IF THEIR PLANS. SO UNLIKE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, SENIORS AND MEDICARE WILL GET VOUCHERS WITH DECLINING PURCHASING POWER RELATIVE TO RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS. IN FACT, IF YOU LOOK AT THIS CHART, MR. CHAIRMAN, YOU WILL SEE WHAT THE CURRENT MEDICARE PLAN WOULD PROVIDE IN TERMS OF THE AMOUNT OF SUPPORT PROVIDED BY THE PLAN TO THE INDIVIDUAL ON HEALTH CARE, THAT'S THE BLUE LINE. THIS IS THE GREEN LINE. FEDERAL EMPLOYEE HEALTH BENEFIT PLAN, PLAN THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE ON. AS YOU CAN SEE THE AMOUNT OF SUPPORT THE PREMIUM SUPPORT KEEPS PACE WITH RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS. THIS RED LINE IS THE REPUBLICAN VOUCHER PLAN THAT CAPS THE AMOUNT AN INDIVIDUAL CAN RECEIVE AND GOES STEADILY DOWNWARD, GIVING SENIORS ON MEDICARE A WORSE DEAL THAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WOULD GIVE TO THEMSELVES. NOW MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS BUDGET ALSO RIPS APART THE SAFETY NET FOR SENIORS IN TURSING -- IN NURSING HOMES AND ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES AS WELL AS LOW INCOME KIDS AND INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES WHO RELY ON MEDICAID. REMEMBER, TWO-THIRDS OF MEDICAID FUNDING GOES TO SENIORS IN NURSING HOMES AND DISABLED INDIVIDUALS, YET THAT IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST AREAS OF THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET CUTS. IT TAKES A HATCHET TO MEDICARE, SLASHING OVER $800 BILLION AND CUTTING MEDICARE BY 1/3 BY THE YEAR 2022. THIS IS DONE UNDER THE ORWELLIAN TITLE IN THEIR PLAN OF, QUOTE, REPAIRING, REPAIRING THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET. THAT'S LIKE THROWING AN ANCHOR TO A DROWNING PERSON. MR. CHAIRMAN, TO GOVERN IS TO CHOOSE AND THAT'S WHAT THIS DEBATE IS ALL ABOUT. AND THE CHOICES IN THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET ARE SIMPLY WRONG FOR AMERICA. IT IS NOT BOLD. NOT BOLD TO PROVIDE TAX BREAKS TO MILLIONAIRES WHILE ENDING THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE FOR SENIORS AND STICKING THEM WITH THE BILL FOR RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS. IT'S NOT COURAGEOUS TO PROTECT TAX GIVEAWAYS TO BIG OIL COMPANIES AND OTHER SPECIAL INTERESTS WHILE SLASHING INVESTMENTS IN OUR KIDS' EDUCATION, SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND IT IS NOT VISIONARY TO REWARD CORPORATIONS THAT SHIP AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS WHILE TERMINATING AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. AND IT IS CERTAINLY NOT BRAVE TO CUT SUPPORT FOR SENIORS IN NURSING HOMES, INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES AND POOR KIDS AND IT IS NOT FAIR TO RAISE TAXES ON MIDDLE INCOME AMERICANS, FINANCED BY ANOTHER ROUND OF TAX BREAKS FOR THE VERY WEALTHY. YET THOSE ARE THE CHOICES MADE IN THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET. WHERE IS THE SHARED RESPONSIBILITY? MR. CHAIRMAN, WE CAN, WE MUST DO BETTER, LET'S REJECT THIS BUDGET AND ADOPT THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE WHICH PROVIDES A BALANCED APPROACH TO ACCOMPLISHING THE GOAL OF REDUCING OUR DEFICITS AT THE SAME TIME STRENGTHENING OUR ECONOMY AND DOING IT IN A WAY THAT CALLS FOR SHARED RESPONSIBILITY. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:17:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

  • 03:17:30 PM

    MR. RYAN

    MINUTES, A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. MCCLINTOCK.

  • 03:17:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:17:36 PM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I THANK HIM FOR HIS VISION AND…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I THANK HIM FOR HIS VISION AND COURAGE. IT'S BEEN TRULY AN HONOR TO SERVE IN THE COMMITTEE UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE HOUSE PASSED A BUDGET THAT WOULD HAVE PUT OUR NATION BACK ON THE PATH TO FISCAL SOLVENCY AND ULTIMATELY PAID OFF THE ENTIRE NATIONAL DEBT. IT WOULD HAVE SAVED MEDICARE AND MEDICAID FROM COLLAPSE AND PUT THEM BACK ON A SOLID AND SECURE FOUNDATION. ACCORDING TO STANDARD & POOR'S, IT WOULD HAVE PRESERVED THE A.A.A. CREDIT RATING OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT. THAT PLAN WAS KILLED IN THE SENATE WHICH HAS NOT PASSED A BUDGET IN THREE YEARS. THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER COMPLAINED THAT IT THREATENED THE COWBOY POETRY FESTIVAL IN NEVADA. AN ALLY GROUP DEPICTING CONGRESSMAN RYAN AS A MONSTER, WILLING TO THROW HIS GRANDMOTHER OFF A CLIFF. SADLY, THAT'S WHAT PASSES FOR REASON TO DISCOURSE FROM TODAY'S LEFT. THE RESULT IS THAT TODAY OUR COUNTRY IS ANOTHER-YEAR-OLDER AND MORE THAN $1 TRILLION DEEPER IN DEBT -- ANOTHER YEAR OLDER AND MORE THAN $1 TRILLION DEEPER IN DEBT. WE SAW OUR DEBT PUTTING US IN THE SAME LEAGUE AS THE WORST RUN EUROPEAN GOVERNMENT. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS NOT A PERFECT BUDGET. NO BUDGET EVER IS, BUT IT WILL SAVE OUR COUNTRY FROM THE CALAMITY THAT IS NOW DESTROYING GREECE. THAT SHOULD BE REASON ENOUGH FOR ADOPTING IT WITH THE RESOUNDING AND DARE I HOPE A BIPARTISAN VOTE. A YEAR AGO A PANEL OF EXPERTS FROM LEFT TO RIGHT WARNED US THAT WE WERE AT BEST FIVE YEARS FROM A SOVEREIGN DEBT CRISIS. I WONDER HOW MANY MORE YEARS WE GOT. HOW MANY MORE CHANCES WILL WE HAVE TO SET THINGS RIGHT BEFORE EVENTS OVERTAKE US AND WE ENTER THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL OF BANKRUPT NATIONS? LET'S NOT FIND OUT THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION. LET US ACT NOW TO REDEEM OUR NATION'S FINANCES AND RESTORE OUR NATION'S FREEDOM WHILE THERE'S STILL TIME. THAT IS OUR GENERATION'S RESPONSIBILITY. THAT IS OUR GENERATION'S DESTINY, AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:19:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

  • 03:19:49 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR.

  • 03:19:55 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    I THANK RANKING MEMBER VAN HOLLEN FOR YIELDING THE TIME AND STAND TO SAY…

    I THANK RANKING MEMBER VAN HOLLEN FOR YIELDING THE TIME AND STAND TO SAY THAT JOBS NEED TO BE AMERICA'S NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET SHOWS ONCE AGAIN THAT THE REPUBLICANS DON'T HAVE A JOBS AGENDA. YOU BALANCE FAMILY AND NATIONAL BUDGETS BY CREATING JOBS AND PUTTING PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. WE STILL HAVE OVER 12 MILLION AMERICANS LOOKING FOR WORK, AND THAT DOESN'T INCLUDE THOSE WHO'VE FALLEN OFF BENEFITS OR LOOKING FOR WORK BUT CAN'T FIND FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT. I SAID WHEN WE MARKED UP THIS BILL IN COMMITTEE, AND I WILL SAY IT AGAIN, THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET COMPLETELY IGNORES THE PRESIDENT'S JOBS AGENDA. INSTEAD, REPUBLICANS INCREDIBLY CRITICIZE DEMOCRATS FOR TAKING THE STEP THAT HELPED SAVE THE U.S. AUTO INDUSTRY AND MILLIONS OF RELATED HIGH-PAYING MANUFACTURING JOBS. REPUBLICANS OPPOSED THE PAYROLL TAX CUT EXTENSION FOR MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS WHICH WILL HELP KEEP DEMAND UP SO THAT BUSINESSES CAN HIRE MORE WORKERS. REPUBLICANS ARE PUSHING FOR IRRESPONSIBLE CUTS THAT ECONOMISTS HAVE WARNED WILL HURT THE ECONOMY AND JOB CREATION, AND REPUBLICANS PROPOSED A PARTISAN TRANSPORTATION BILL THAT WILL DISRUPT THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND AND HURT THOUSANDS OF JOBS. IN COMMITTEE WE COULDN'T GET THE REPUBLICANS SUPPORT A MODEST VETERANS JOBS CORPS TO HELP THOSE RETURNING FROM IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. I RAISED THE SITUATION WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA DURING ONE OF HIS OHIO VISITS AND SHARED WITH HIM H.R. 494, A BILL I'VE DRAFTED, AND THE PRESIDENT SAW A NEED TO CREATE JOBS. AND HIS ADMINISTRATION ASKED CONGRESS TO DO THIS FOR OUR RETURNING VETS. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS SAID NO TO OUR VETERANS AS THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF THEM RETURN AND REMAIN UNEMPLOYED. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, SUPPORT THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE AND PUT OUR ECONOMY FIRST AND JOB CREATION FOR ALL AMERICANS AS TOP PRIORITY AS THE FIRST STEP IN BEGINNING TO BALANCE OUR DEFICIT. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

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  • 03:22:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

  • 03:22:08 PM

    MR. RYAN

    MINUTES TO MR. MICA FOR PURPOSES OF A COLLOQUY.

  • 03:22:14 PM

    MR. MICA

    CHAIR OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE AND, FIRST, LET ME COMMEND CHAIRMAN RYAN AND…

    CHAIR OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE AND, FIRST, LET ME COMMEND CHAIRMAN RYAN AND THE BUDGET COMMITTEE FOR BRINGING THIS RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR TODAY. I'M PLEASED WITH A COOPERATIVE WORKING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OUR TWO COMMITTEES, PARTICULARLY AS WE SEEK TO MOVE A MULTIYEAR SURFACE TRANSPORTATION RE-AUTHORIZATION TO THE FLOOR IN THE NEAR FUTURE. AS YOU KNOW, H.R. 7 IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TRANSPORTATION REFORM BILL SINCE THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM WAS CREATED SOME 50 YEARS AGO. THE BILL WILL REDUCE THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY BY CONSOLIDATING OR ELIMINATING MORE THAN 70 PROGRAMS AND ALLOW STATES TO SET THEIR OWN TRANSPORTATION PRIORITIES, NOT BY BUREAUCRATS HERE IN WASHINGTON. H.R. 7 PROVIDES THE STABLE AND PREDICTABLE FUNDING STREAM THAT IS NECESSARY FOR STATES AND CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES TO TAKE ON MAJOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS THAT SPANS SEVERAL YEARS. THE BILL ACCOMPLISHES MORE WITH LESS THROUGH SIGNIFICANT REFORMS, INCLUDING CUTTING IN HALF THE TIME IT TAKES TO COMPLETE MAJOR TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS. H.R. 7 ALSO ESTABLISHES A BLUEPRINT FOR JOB CREATION. IT'S RESPONSIBLY PAID FOR AND INCLUDES NO EARMARKS, NO TAX INCREASES OR DEFICIT SPENDING. AS EVERYONE HERE KNOWS, OUR SURFACE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS EXPIRE ON SATURDAY, AND WE NEED TO PASS AN EXTENSION IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT THESE PROGRAMS WILL NOT DISRUPT THE FOLKS WHO MAY BE FURLOUGHED AND CONSTRUCTION WORKERS WHO WOULD BE SENT HOME. I HOPE OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WILL ACT RESPONSIBLY AND PUT POLITICS ASIDE AND JOIN US IN PASSING A SHORT-TERM EXTENSION SO WE CAN WORK ON A LONGER TERM SOLUTION. MR. CHAIRMAN, H.R. 7 MEETS TWO CRITERIA OF THE DEFICIT NEUTRAL RESERVE FUND IN THIS BUDGET. FIRST, IT WILL MAINTAINLE SOLVENCY OF THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND AND, SECOND, IT WON'T INCREASE THE DEFICIT FROM FISCAL YEAR 2013 TO FISCAL YEAR 2022. IT ASSUMES A NEW POTENTIAL FUNDING STREAM FOR THE TRUST FUND IN THE FORM OF OIL AND GAS REVENUES AND ENSURES THAT ANY FUTURE FUNDING TRANSFERS WILL BE FULLY OFFSET --

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  • 03:24:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

  • 03:24:33 PM

    MR. MICA

    BOTH OF WHICH ARE INCLUDED IN H.R. 7. I'D LIKE TO CONFIRM BY THE GENTLEMAN…

    BOTH OF WHICH ARE INCLUDED IN H.R. 7. I'D LIKE TO CONFIRM BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN THAT H.R. 7 IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE BUDGET RESOLUTION.

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  • 03:24:46 PM

    MR. RYAN

    FROM FLORIDA IS CORRECT IN HIS OBSERVATIONS THAT H.R. 7, AS CONSIDERED BY…

    FROM FLORIDA IS CORRECT IN HIS OBSERVATIONS THAT H.R. 7, AS CONSIDERED BY THE HOUSE, IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE FISCAL YEAR 2013 BUDGET RESOLUTION BEFORE US TODAY. AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE FINAL LONG-TERM RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL.

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  • 03:25:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THAT WAS AN INTERESTING COLLOQUY, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THAT WAS AN INTERESTING COLLOQUY, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE FACT THAT THE SENATE HAS PASSED A BIPARTISAN TRANSPORTATION BILL. AGAIN, A BILL THAT HAS VERY BROAD SUPPORT THAT IF WE TOOK IT UP TODAY IN THE HOUSE WE COULD GET IT PASSED RIGHT NOW AND IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY AND GOOD FOR THE FACT THAT WE HAVE 17% UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. AS I REMARKED EARLIER, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET THAT WE'RE CONSIDERING WOULD ACTUALLY CUT TRANSPORTATION FUNDING, SPENDING, OUTLAYS BY 46% NEXT YEAR. ES THAT NOT GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY, AND I HOPE THIS BODY WILL OVERTURN THAT. WITH THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ.

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  • 03:26:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR --

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    IN THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS IN HEARING AFTER HEARING IN THE BUDGET…

    IN THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS IN HEARING AFTER HEARING IN THE BUDGET COMMITTEE WE HEARD ONE RECURRING THEME. CHAIRMAN BERNANKE SAID IT, SECRETARY GEITHNER REAFFIRMED THAT THE DRACONIAN RECKLESS CUTS MADE EVIDENCE IN THEIR BRIGHTFUL THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING ON THE -- BUDGET PROPOSAL THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY WILL BE A HEAD WIND. YET, HERE WE ARE CONSIDERING THE SAME REPUBLICAN BUDGET PLAN FROM H.S.A. YEAR. HEARING THE SAME ARGUMENTS FROM CHAIRMAN RYAN AND THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP. AS I SAID LAST WEEK IN COMMITTEE, I FEEL LIKE IT'S GROUNDHOG'S DAY ALL OVER AGAIN BUT BILL MURRAY IS NOWHERE IN SIGHT AND THIS IS NO COMEDY. IN ALL SERIOUSNESS, THE HARMFUL CUTS IN THIS BUDGET PROPOSAL GO FURTHER THAN DAMAGING A FRAGILE RECOVERY. IT PULLS THE RUG OUT FROM UNDER OF OUR MOST VULNERABLE -- OUR SENIORS, OUR CHILDREN AND THOSE WITH SERIOUS ILLNESS. DEMOCRATS REJECT THE IDEA THAT THE WAY TO DEAL WITH RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS IS TO GIVE SENIORS A VOUCHER TO PURCHASE PRIVATE INSURANCE AND THEN TELL THEM TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO KEEP THEIR OWN COSTS DOWN. DEMOCRATS BELIEVE THAT WE COULD NOT SOLVE OUR BUDGET CHALLENGES SIMPLY BY SHIFTING HEALTH COSTS AND RISKS ONTO PEOPLE WHO ARE LEAST ABLE TO BEAR THEM -- SENIORS, DISABLED INDIVIDUALS AND POOR FAMILIES. LAST WEEK, I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT IN THE BUDGET COMMITTEE THAT NO ONE IN THIS BODY EVER HAVE TO OFFER. MY AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE PREVENTED RECKLESS AND SHAMEFUL MEDICAID CUTS TO SENIORS IN NURSING HOMES. LIKE ALL OF THE OTHER AMENDMENTS OFFERED BY MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES, THIS AMENDMENT WAS REJECTED ON A PARTY LINE VOTE. THIS IS SIMPLY UNCONSCIONABLE. AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, REPRESENTING A LARGE NUMBER OF SENIORS IN SOUTH FLORIDA, I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WOULD BE DEVASTATING FOR SENIORS AND OLDER AMERICANS. THIS REPUBLICAN PATH TO POVERTY WOULD PASS LIKE A TORNADO THROUGH AMERICA'S NURSING HOMES WHERE MILLIONS OF AMERICA'S SENIORS RECEIVE LONG TERM AND END OF LIFE CARE. 60% OF SENIORS ARE ON MEDICAID, SO CUTS TO MEDICAID WOULD HAVE A DEMOCRAT MATICALLY NEGATIVE IMPACT ON OUR SENIORS. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MADE A COMMITMENT THAT WHEN WE GOT OLDER WE WOULDN'T NEED TO LIVE IN POVERTY OR FORCE OUR CHILDREN INTO POVERTY IN ORDER TO CARE FOR US. FOR DECADES -- IF I COULD HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS. MR. VAN HOLLEN, IF I COULD HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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  • 03:28:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS. MS. WASSERMAN

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    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    FOR OUR CHILDREN INTO POVERTY FOR TAKING CARE OF US. WE LOOK FOR…

    FOR OUR CHILDREN INTO POVERTY FOR TAKING CARE OF US. WE LOOK FOR PROTECTION THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD HONOR ITS COMMITMENT. NOW UNDER THIS BUDGET PLAN REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO BACK OUT OF OUR COMMITMENT TO SENIORS. WE CANNOT GO BACK ON OUR PROMISE TO THE GREATEST GENERATION. THERE IS BEATER WAY FORWARD. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO THINK OF OUR SENIORS AND MOST VULNERABLE AND REJECT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PLAN. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:28:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

  • 03:28:52 PM

    MR. RYAN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:28:58 PM

    MR. RYAN

    FIRST OFF, IT'S NOT THE BUDGET THAT LOWERS THE HIGHWAY FUNDING NEXT YEAR…

    FIRST OFF, IT'S NOT THE BUDGET THAT LOWERS THE HIGHWAY FUNDING NEXT YEAR BY 46%. IT'S THE CURRENT LAW THAT GOVERNS THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND THAT DOES THAT ANYWAY. LET'S REMEMBER, MR. CHAIRMAN, THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND IS GOING INSOLVENT. THAT'S UNDER CURRENT LAW. SO OUR BUDGET SIMPLY REFLECTS THAT CURRENT LAW, BUT WE SAY, LET'S GO GET NEW SOURCE OF REVENUES FROM OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION TO GO TO THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND, AND LET'S HAVE A RESERVE FUND SO THAT WE CAN GO OUT AND FIND SAVINGS TO FIX THIS HIGHWAY TRUST FUND BUT SENDS THOSE BIPARTISAN NEGOTIATIONS -- SINCE THOSE BIPARTISAN NEGOTIATIONS ARE BEGINNING TO TAKE PLACE, SINCE THAT CONFERENCE IS BEGINNING TO TAKE PLACE, THEREFORE WE HAVE A RESERVE FUND TO BE HELD IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE THAT COMPROMISE WHEN IT RISES. MEDICARE, THIS IS THE SAME ONE THE PRESIDENT PROPOSES IN HIS BUDGET. SO THE CHART MY FRIEND FROM MARYLAND USED SAYING THIS IS WHAT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET DOES GROWING MEDICARE OUT IN THE FUTURE, IT'S THE SAME ONE PRESIDENT OBAMA PROPOSES. HERE'S THE DIFFERENCE. PRESIDENT OBAMA IN HIS LAW, THE ONE BEING DEBATED OVER AT THE SUPREME COURT, SENDS 15 UNELECTED, UNACCOUNTABLE BUREAUCRATS WILL BE IN CHARGE OF PUTTING PRICE CONTROLS AND CUTS TO MEDICARE TO ACCOMMODATE THAT GROWTH RATE STRERSUSS OUR PLAN TO PUT 50 MILLION SENIORS IN CHARGE OF CHOOSING WHAT HEALTH CARE PLAN IS BEST FOR THEM. MORE FOR THE POOR. MORE FOR THE SICK. LESS FOR THE WEALTHY, AND IT MAKES MEDICARE SOLVENT. AND HERE'S THE CATCH. WE DON'T CHANGE THE BENEFIT FOR CURRENT SENIORS. THIS APPLIES TO YOUNGER PEOPLE. UNLIKE THE CURRENT LAW THAT THE PRESIDENT PASSED THAT MY FRIEND VOTED FOR, 15 BUREAUCRATS ARE IN CHARGE OF PUTTING PRICE CONTROLS ON CURRENT SENIORS' MEDICAL CARE WHICH LEADS TO DENIED CARE FOR THEM. IF WE'RE TALKING ABOUT WHO'S SAVING AND SHRINKING THE MEDICARE, IT'S THIS BUDGET AS OPPOSED TO THE STATUS QUO WHICH RAIDS IT, RATIONS IT AND STILL ALLOWS THE PROGRAM TO GO BANKRUPT. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A GENTLEMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. GUNTA.

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  • 03:31:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. GUINTA

    WE HAVE A SPENDING CRISIS IN THIS NATION. THIS CONGRESS WAS SENT HERE JUST…

    WE HAVE A SPENDING CRISIS IN THIS NATION. THIS CONGRESS WAS SENT HERE JUST A YEAR AGO TO FIX AND SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS, AND WE HAVE FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW OFFERED SOLUTIONS. WE HAVE OFFERED IDEAS, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO TRY TO FIND WHAT WE ALL BELIEVE IS A MORE PROSPEROUS NATION. FOR TOO LONG, JOB CREATORS IN MY HOME STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE HAVE PACED ON THE SIDELINES. THEY TELL ME OVER AND OVER THEY WANT TO EX-PAN THEIR PAYROLLS BUT WE WANT STABBLE FROM WASHINGTON FIRST BUT THAT HASN'T HAPPENED. IT'S NOT ASKING TOO MUCH FOR OUR NATION TO SEE WHAT GOOD, SOUND FISCAL POLICY LOOKS LIKE. WE OUGHT TO PROVIDE THAT OPPORTUNITY AND PASS THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. THE PATH TO PROSPERITY GIVES JOB CREATORS THE CHANCE TO RESUME WHAT THEY DO BEST, INNOVATE, OPERATION AND EXPAND THEIR BUSINESSES AND JOB OPPORTUNITIERS IN REST OF US. IT DOES SO BY REDUCING SPENDING $5.3 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT DECADE, WE SLOWLY BRING THE DEFICIT OF 3% OF G.D.P. AS QUICKLY AS 2015, AND WE HAVE A PATH TO BALANCE THIS NATION'S BUDGET. WE ALSO DO THIS BY REFORMING OUR TAX CODE. ON THE SIDE OF SIX TAX BRACKETS DOWN TO TWO, 25% AND 10%, AND ON THE CORPORATE SIDE, REDEUCING THE RATE FROM 35% TO 25%. GOING TO A TERRITORIAL SYSTEM, ALLOWING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR ECONOMY TO ONCE AGAIN BE THRIVING. THE BEST WAY TO SUSTAIN A LASTING ECONOMIC RECOVERY IS TO REMOVE THE HURDLES AN BARRIERS THAT ARE HOLDING BACK JOB CREATE -- JOB CREATORS AND THIS BUDGET DOES JUST THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THE PATH TO PROSPERITY AND CALL ON THE SENATE TO APPROVE IT AS WELL. I YIELD BACK. SPO

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  • 03:33:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

  • 03:33:19 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZE.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZE.

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    MR. RYAN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. IN AKRON, OHIO, SUMA HEALTH CARE IS ALREADY…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. IN AKRON, OHIO, SUMA HEALTH CARE IS ALREADY IMPLEMENTING SOME OF THESE CHANGES AND SAVING MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS BECAUSE OF THE HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL. WITH THIS -- I LOVE THIS IDEA OF IF WE CAN'T HAVE A BOARD RATIONING CARE, WHAT ARE THE INSURANCE COMPANIES DOING TODAY, MR. CHAIRMAN? WE ASK -- WE ACT LIKE WE'RE LIVING IN A SOCIETY WHERE THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY IS OK'ING EVERY PROCEDURE THAT NEEDS TO GET DONE. THEY'RE RATIONING CARE RIGHT NOW AND WE HAVE 40 MILLION OR 50 MILLION AMERICANS WHO CAN'T AFFORD HEALTH CARE. SO WE'RE GOING TO THROW OUR SENIORS NOW INTO THE INSURANCE MARKET AND GIVE THEM A PREMIUM SUPPORT OR A VOUCHER AND OUR FRIEND SAYS, IT'S NOT A VOUCHER, IT'S PREMIUM SUPPORT TO HELP THEM GO OUT AND BUY INSURANCE IN THE FREE MARKET BUT THAT VOUCHER IS ONLY GOING TO GO UP 3% OR 4% A YEAR. WHILE HEALTH CARE COSTS ARE GOING TO GO UP 5%, 10%, WHO KNOWS, 15% A YEAR. SO THAT VOUCHER, EVERY SINGLE YEAR GOES DOWN AND BECOMES WORTHLESS. -- WORTH LESS. THAT'S THE CONCERN WE HAVE ON OUR SIDE. THAT'S WHY WE THINK THE REFORM WE PUT INTO PLACE WAS A POSITIVE THING. THEN THE MEDICAID CUTS, PEOPLE IN OHIO USE TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GET INTO A NURSING HOME WHEN THEY'RE SENIORS, GETS A CUT BY 1/3. SO WE'RE CUTTING MEDICAID BY A THIRD, BASICALLY PRIVATIZING THE MEDICAID SYSTEM INTO A -- MEDICARE SYSTEM INTO A VOUCHER SYSTEM, SENDING THE SENIORS TO SEND WITH THE SHARKS IN THE INSURANCE MARKET, HOPING INSURANCE COMPANIES GRANT THEM WHAT THEY NEED. YOU CAN'T MAKE MONEY OFF INSURING SENIOR CITIZENS. THAT'S WHY THIS DEBATE ABOUT THE INTUMMINGT A POSITIVE ONE. I THINK IT ARTICULATES THE TWO DIFFERENT SIDES. LASTLY, LET ME SAY. THIS IS ABOUT BALANCE. THE DEEP, DEEP CUTS IN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET ARE BECAUSE THEY CAN'T ASK WARREN BUFFETT TO PAY A LITTLE MORE IN TAXES. ALL DURING THE COMMITTEE PROCESS THIS YEAR AND LAST YEAR, WE HAVE OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO HONOR RONALD REAGAN, LIGHT CANDLES, BURN INCENSE -- I ASK FOR AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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  • 03:36:51 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN 30 SECONDS.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE SWRELT IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:37:48 PM

    MR. RYAN

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. ROKITA.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. ROW KEY A TA --

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    MR. ROKITA

    THE CHAIRMAN. AS A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, I'M PLEASED TO NOT ONLY…

    THE CHAIRMAN. AS A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, I'M PLEASED TO NOT ONLY HAVE HELPED AUTHORED THIS BUDGET BUT TO STAND HERE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF IT. IT'S A FAIR BUDGET. IT'S AN HONEST BUDGET. AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE SAID, THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW THAT WE ARE TELLING THE TRUTH TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. YOU KNOW THE OLD ADAGE WAS, NEVER TOUCH THAT THIRD RAIL OF POLITICS. NEVER TOUCH MEDICARE, NEVER TOUCH MEDICAID. NEVER TALK ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY. TOUCH IT AND YOU WILL DIE. WE ARE DEBUNKING THAT MYTH. BECAUSE THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT IT IS. WE GIVE CREDIT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY TELLING THEM THE TRUTH. WE HAVE THAT RESPECT FOR THEM. 65% OF OUR SPENDING, YEAR OVER YEAR, COMES OUT OF THIS HOUSE, OUR PROGRAMS THAT DON'T WORK WELL, AND THAT ARE BANKRUPT. THEY WON'T BE AROUND FOR OUR CHILDREN. AND THAT'S THESE PROGRAMS RIGHT HERE. THIS IS WHAT DRIVES OUR DEBT. 65% OF OUR CURRENT SPENDING. YOU KNOW WHAT'S UNFAIR? IT'S UNFAIR THAT IN A FEW DECADES, THESE PROGRAMS, AS THIS CHART SHOWS, WILL TAKE 100%, WILL TAKE UP ALL THE REVENUE THAT WE BRING IN, THE TAXES, THAT WE BRING IN, AS A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. NOW SOME WILL SAY, HEY, WAIT A MINUTE, I PAID INTO THOSE PROGRAMS. I DESERVE TO TAKE OUT. WELL, THAT'S KIND OF TRUE AS WELL. KIND OF. ON AVERAGE, LET'S TAKE MEDICARE, FOR EXAMPLE. ON AVERAGE, WE PAY IN 30% OF WHAT WE'RE GOING TO TAKE OUT. THAT 70% DIFFERENCE COMES FROM THE CHILDREN OF TOMORROW. WHO DON'T EXIST YET. WHO HAVE NO VOICE IN THIS DEBATE. IT'S UNFAIR THAT NO ONE SPEAKS FOR THEM. WE DO. WE SPEAK FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE HERE AND NOW AND WE SPEAK FOR THE PEOPLE OF TOMORROW. IMMIGRANTS DIDN'T COME TO THIS COUNTRY FOR WEALTH REDISTRIBUTION. THEY DIDN'T COME TO THIS COUNTRY TO PRACTICE INTERGENERATIONAL THEFT. THEY WANT THEIR KIDS THEY WANT THEIR GRANDCHILDREN, TO HAVE A BETTER LIFE THAN THEY DID. OUR BUDGET DOES THAT AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:40:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. SCHWARTZ

    THE FEDERAL INTUDGET A STATEMENT OF OUR PRIORITIES AND VALUES AS A NATION.…

    THE FEDERAL INTUDGET A STATEMENT OF OUR PRIORITIES AND VALUES AS A NATION. THE BUDGET NEEDS TO BE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE AND REDUCE THE DEFICIT, MEET OUR OBLIGATION TURES SENIORS, OUR FAMILIES, AND OUR FUTURE. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET FAILS TO MEET ALL THREE CHALLENGES. IT FAIL OURS NATION'S SENIORS AND OUR MIDDLE CLASS, IT FAILS TO ENSURE WE CAN COMPETE FROM A POSITION OF STRENGTH IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY AND FAILS TO OFFER A BALANCED APPROACH TO DEFICIT REDUCTION. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET RELIES SOLELY ON SPENDING CUTS. IT CHOOSES TAX REDUCTIONS FOR MILLIONAIRES AT THE EXPENSE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS AND CHOOSES TAX BREAKERS IN BIGGEST CORPORATIONS OVER SMALL BUSINESS AND NEW JOBS. THE MOST DIRECT ACAULT -- ASSAULT ON OUR VALUES AS AMERICANS IS THE REPUBLICANS' PLAN TO DISMANTLE MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. RATHER THAN PROTECTING THE PROMISE OF ME CARE FOR SENIORS NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE, THE REPUBLICANS BREAK THAT PROMISE. RATHER THAN REDUCING COSTS THROUGH PAYMENT AND DELIVERY SYSTEM REFORMS, THE REPUBLICANS DO NOTHING TO CONTAIN COSTS AND SIMPLY SHIFT THE COST BURDEN ON OUR SENIORS. AND RATHER THAN GUARANTEED BENEFIT, THE REPUBLICANS LEAVE SENIORS ON OUR OWN TO BUY WHAT BENEFITS THEY CAN AFFORD WITH A LIMITED VOUCHER. THIS MEANS SENIORS ARE SUMMITTED TO THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY BASED ON AGE AND INCOME AND HELL. IT CUS BENEFITS FOR THE SICKEST AND FRAILEST SENIORS, THREATENING THEIR ACCESS TO NURSING HOME CARE. FOR DECADES, MEDICARE HAS PROVIDED BOTH FINANCIAL AND HEALTH SECURITY FOR AMERICAN SENIORS WITH ACCESS TO QUALITY, AFFORDABLE, GUARANTEED HEALTH BENEFITS. MEDICARE IS A PROMISE TO OUR SENIORS AN IT IS A PROMISE THAT THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET BREAKS. AMERICA'S SENIOR DECEMBER SERVE BETTER. INSTEAD, WE NEED A BALANCED APPROACH TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT, TO MEET OUR COMMITMENTS IN OUR NATION, AND CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT THAT GROWS OUR ECONOMY NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE. REJECT THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET AND CHOOSE A DEMOCRATIC BUDGET ALTERNATIVE THAT MEETS OUR NATIONS CHALLENGES IN A WAY THAT IS BALANCED, FAIR, AND RESPONSIBLE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:43:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. RYAN

    YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE SIMPLY TO SAY, I KEEP HEARING THE WORD VOUCHER.…

    YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE SIMPLY TO SAY, I KEEP HEARING THE WORD VOUCHER. I'M TOLD IT POLLS WELL IF YOUR GOAL IS TO SCARE SENIOR CITIZENS. WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IN HERE IS TO BUILD UPON THE BIPARTISAN REFORMS THAT HAVE BEEN ADVOCATED IN THE 1990'S AND EARLY PART OF THIS TECH CADE ON HOW BEST TO SAVE AND STRENGTHEN THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE. FIRST, NO CHANGES FOR ANYBODY IN OR NEAR RETIREMENT FROM MEDICARE. SECOND, WHEN A PERSON 54 OR BELOW BECOMES MEDICARE ELIGIBLE, THEY'LL GET A LIST OF GUARANTEED COVERAGE OPTIONS FROM MEDICARE FROM WHICH TO CHOOSE, JUST LIKE WE DO AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, INCLUDING IN THIS CASE A TRADITIONAL MEDICARE PROGRAM. MEDICAL WILL SUBS DIED THEIR MEDICARE PREMIUMS FROM THE PLAN THEY CHOOSE. IF YOU'RE LOW INCOME OR SICK, YOU'LL GET MUCH MORE. YOU'LL GET TOTAL COVERAGE OUT OF POCKET FOR A LOW-INCOME PERSON. IF YOU'RE A WEALTHY PERSON, YOU CAN PROBABLY AFFORD OUT OF POCKET AND WON'T GET AS MUCH OF A SUBSIDY. WE COMPETITIVELIED BY, THE PLANS MUST OFFER THE -- COMPETITIVELY BID, THE PLANS MUST OFFER BASIC PROTECTION AND IT GROWS NO FASTER THAN WHAT THE PRESIDENT PROPOSES IN HIS. HERE'S THE DIFFERENCE. YIELDING MYSELF 30 ADDITIONAL SECONDS, MR. PRESIDENT. THE PRESIDENT'S IS DIFFERENT, HE ALLOWS ME CARE TO GOBACK RUPT BUT EVEN THAT HE TAKES A HALF TRILLION DOLLARS FROM MEDICARE TO SPEND ON HIS NEW HEALTH CARE PROGRAM FOR OTHER PEOPLE AND PUTS A BOARD OF 15 UNELECTED UNACCOUNTABLE BUREAUCRATS IN CHARGE OF DENYING CARE BY DENYING PRICES. IT SAYS YOU CAN GO AND CUT REIMBURSEMENT RATES TO PROVIDERS, DO WHATEVER YOUR VALUE-BASED BENEFIT DESIGN, WHICH IS WHAT THEY PROPOSE, WHATEVER THAT MEANS, TO AFFECT CURRENT SENIORS. WE REJECT THE IDEA THAT MEDICARE SHOULD BE RUN BY 15 UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS AND WANT TO PRESERVE IT FOR THE CURRENT GENERATION. WITH THAT, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE, A FORMER MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. HENSARLING OF TEXAS.

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  • 03:45:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 03:45:22 PM

    MR. HENSARLING

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS NATIONAL…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP ON THIS PRESSING ISSUE OF THE NATIONAL DEBT. MR. CHAIRMAN, LAST WEEK SECRETARY GEITHNER CAME UP TO CAPITOL HILL TO WARN OF THE THREAT TO THE AMERICAN ECONOMY OF THE EUROPEAN DEBT CRISIS. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THAT THE GREATER THREAT TO THE AMERICAN ECONOMY IS THE AMERICAN DEBT CRISIS. WE FACE THE ABSOLUTE WORST DEBT CRISIS IN AMERICA'S HISTORY, AND YET IT HAS BEEN ALMOST THREE YEARS SINCE BOTH HOUSE AND SENATE DEMOCRATS HAVE SUBMITTED A BUDGET. ALMOST THREE FULL YEARS. NOW, TO HIS CREDIT, THE PRESIDENT HAS SUBMITTED A BUDGET. TO HIS SHAME, IT ADDS $11 TRILLION TO OUR NATIONAL DEBT ON TOP OF THE $5 TRILLION THAT HE'S ALREADY IMPOSED OF ADDITIONAL NATIONAL DEBT. NOW, MR. CHAIRMAN, EVERYONE KNOWS THAT THE SPENDING TRAJECTORY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS UNSUSTAINABLE. AND WHAT DOES OUR PRESIDENT DO IN HIS BUDGET? HE TAKES AN UNSUSTAINABLE SPENDING TRAJECTORY AND DOUBLES DOWN. HE MAKES IT MORE UNSUSTAINABLE, WHICH MAKES IT UNCONSCIONABLE, AND PERHAPS WORST OF ALL, MR. CHAIRMAN, EVEN THOUGH HE KNOWS, HE KNOWS WHAT THE DRIVERS OF OUR NATIONAL INSOLVENCY ARE, HE REFUSES TO DEAL WITH THEM. BUT DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. LISTEN TO THE EDITORIAL PAGES OF MAJOR U.S. NEWSPAPERS, MANY OF WHICH ARE PRETTY LIBERAL IN THEIR ORIENTATION. "THE BOSTON HERALD" WRITES, QUOTE, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA HAS APPARENTLY DECIDED THAT HE'S NOT GOING TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION TO THE NATION'S ENORMOUS DEFICIT, WHICH WOULD MAKE HIM, YES, PART OF THE PROBLEM. THE "L.A. TIMES," IT'S PAST TIME FOR THE ADMINISTRATION TO LAY OUT A CREDIBLE PLAN FOR BRINGING THE DEFICIT AND DEBT UNDER CONTROL. SADLY, OBAMA'S BUDGET PROPOSAL SHOWS THAT HE'D RATHER WAIT UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION TO HAVE THAT RECKONING. "USA TODAY," THE BEST TEST OF A BUDGET PROPOSAL THESE DAYS IS WHETHER IT REINS IN THE NATIONAL DEBT. THE ELECTION YEAR BUDGET PRESIDENT OBAMA SENT TO CONGRESS ON MONDAY FAILS THAT TEST. YOU KNOW, MR. CHAIRMAN, PRETTY CLEAR THE PRESIDENT'S POLICIES HAVE FAILED. THEY HAVE BEEN HAMPERING OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY, AND BECAUSE THEY HAVE FAILED, REGRETTABLY OUR PRESIDENT HAS RESORTED TO THE POLITICS OF DIVISION AND ENVY WHICH IS FAIRLY EVIDENT IN HIS BUDGET. HE'S NOT APPEALED TO THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR DISPOSITION, NOT OUR FELLOW CITIZENS BUT INSTEAD APPEALS TO THEIR BASIC INSTINCTS. MR. SPEAKER, OUR NATION IS TRULY, TRULY AT A CROSSROADS BETWEEN TWO VERY DIFFERENT PATHS. THE PRESIDENT'S PATH, ONE OF CRUSHING UNSUSTAINABLE DEBT, A MASSIVE TAX INCREASE ON STRUGGLING FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES. AND MOST TROUBLING, A DIMINISHED FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. IN SHORT, IT IS THE ROAD TO BECOMING A EUROPEAN-STYLE SOCIAL DEMOCRACY OF THE 21ST CENTURY. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS PAST TIME TO QUIT SPENDING MONEY WE DON'T HAVE. IT'S PAST TIME TO QUIT BORROWING ALMOST 40 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR, MUCH OF IT FROM THE CHINESE SO WE CAN JUST TURN AROUND AND SEND THE BILL TO OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN. WHERE THE PRESIDENT AND DEMOCRATS HAVE FAILED TO LEAD, HOUSE REPUBLICANS, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR BUDGET CHAIRMAN, PAUL RYAN, HAVE ACTED . WE HAVE A VASTLY DIFFERENT PATH FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE. IT IS A PATH OF OPPORTUNITY. IT IS A PATH FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH. IT IS THE PATH TO PROSPERITY. AND IT IS THE PATH OF FISCAL SUSTAINABILITY THAT OVER TIME, NOT JUST REDUCES THE NATIONAL DEBT, WILL PAY IT OFF. NUMBER ONE, LET'S LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCES. OUR BUDGET WOULD ABSOLUTELY PREVENT THE PRESIDENT'S SINGLE LARGEST TAX INCREASE IN AMERICAN HISTORY, $1.9 TRILLION OF NEW TAXES, TO BE IMPOSED UPON OUR JOB CREATORS AND OTHER HARDWORKING AMERICANS. AND YOU KNOW WHAT'S IRONIC, MR. CHAIRMAN, EVEN IF YOU GAVE THE PRESIDENT EVERY SINGLE JOB-HAMPERING TAX INCREASE HE'S ASKED FOR, IT'S ABOUT 16%, MAYBE 17% OF THE $11 TRILLION HE WANTS TO ADD TO THE NATIONAL DEBT. YOU CAN'T TAX YOUR WAY OUT OF THIS PROBLEM, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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  • 03:50:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 03:50:45 PM

    MR. HENSARLING

    PART OF THE PROBLEM HERE, MR. CHAIRMAN, PART OF THE PROBLEM IS YOU RUN OUT…

    PART OF THE PROBLEM HERE, MR. CHAIRMAN, PART OF THE PROBLEM IS YOU RUN OUT OF RICH PEOPLE SO WE KNOW IT'S THE MIDDLE INCOME WHO WILL END UP PAYING THIS. SECOND POINT, WE REPEAL THE PRESIDENT'S FAILED HEALTH CARE PROGRAM. THE ONE THAT WE NOW UNDERSTAND IS GOING TO COST ALMOST $2 TRILLION, ONE THAT NOW THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE TELLS US WILL COST US ALMOST TWO MILLION JOBS, AND THE ONE THAT CREATES THE INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD, AS THE CHAIRMAN HAS SAID, 15 UNELECTED, UNACCOUNTABLE BUREAUCRATS WHO BEGIN MAKING HEALTH CARE DECISIONS FOR OUR SENIORS LIKE MY 79-YEAR-OLD MOTHER, MY 83-YEAR-OLD FATHER. YOU KNOW, IF ONE OF THEM NEEDS A HIP REPLACEMENT, IF ONE OF THEM NEEDS A HEART BYPASS, I WANT THAT TO BE MADE BY THEM AND THEIR DOCTOR, NOT THE 15 UNELECTED, UNACCOUNTABLE BUREAUCRATS, AND THAT IS TO RATION QUALITY AND ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR OUR SENIORS. YOU KNOW, I HEAR THE BUZZ LINE BUT THAT SEEMS TO ME THAT ENDS MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. RIDDING HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS OUT OF MEDICARE TO PAY FOR THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE, THAT SEEMS TO END MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. PUTTING A GLOBAL PRICE CAP, THAT SEEMS TO END MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. AND MOST OF ALL, SINCE WE'VE HEARD FROM THE TRUSTEES OF THE MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND, IT'S GOING BROKE, ALLOWING IT TO GO BROKE, WHICH OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DOES. SEEMS TO ME TO BE ENDING MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. OUR BUDGET WILL CONTROL SPENDING. UNDER THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET, SPENDING HAS GONE FROM ITS TRADITIONAL 20% OF OUR ECONOMY TO 24% AND IT'S ON ITS WAY TO 40% OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT GENERATION. OUR BUDGET WILL CONTROL SPENDING, LIMIT GOVERNMENT SO WE CAN HAVE UNLIMITED OPPORTUNITY. WHAT IS THIS DEBATE TRULY ABOUT, MR. CHAIRMAN? HERE'S WHAT I THINK IT'S ABOUT, AND I'VE SHARED THIS CORRESPONDENCE TO MY COLLEAGUES BEFORE. I HEARD FROM THE CALHOUN FAMILY IN WINSBORO, TEXAS, ABOUT THIS DEBT. CONGRESSMAN, I'VE NEVER FELT EMBARRASSED AND ASHAMED ABOUT ANYTHING IN MY OWN LIFE AS I DO ABOUT LEAVING THIS MESS IN THE LAPSE OF MY PRECIOUS GRANDKIDS. I'VE WRITTEN BOTH OF THEM A HEART FELT APOLOGY FOR THEM TO READ WHEN THEY GET OLD ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND WHAT I ALLOWED OUR COUNTRY'S GOVERNING AUTHORITY TO DO TO THEM. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE HAVE NO GREATER MORAL RESPONSIBILITY THAN TO PRESERVE THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY AND OPPORTUNITY FOR THIS GENTLEMAN'S GRANDCHILDREN AND THE NEXT GENERATION. IT'S WHAT WE DO. WE ARE AMERICANS. WE'RE NOT JUST OPERATING ON BORROWED MONEY. WE'RE OPERATING ON BORROWED TIME. TO -- TWO PATHS, TWO CHOICES, ONE DUTY. LET HISTORY RECORD. I HOPE HISTORY WILL RECORD THAT WE ACTED WORTHY OF OURSELVES, THAT WE ACTED WORTHY OF OUR FOREFATHERS, THAT WE ACTED WORTHY OF THIS GREAT REPUBLIC THAT SO MANY HAVE SACRIFICED FOR OVER THE YEARS. NO MORE BORROWED TIME. NO MORE BORROWED MONEY. LET'S SEIZE THE MOMENT IN HISTORY. LET'S ADOPT THE REPUBLICAN PATH TO PROSPERITY BUDGET, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:54:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

  • 03:54:38 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN AND THE…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN AND THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE AND THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS THAT WE TAKE A BALANCED APPROACH. I THINK EVERYBODY UNDERSTANDS THAT SPENDING CUTS HAVE TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION. THIS CONGRESS ACTED LAST SUMMER. CUT $1 TRILLION OUT OF THE BUDGET. BUT THE PRESIDENT AND THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE ALSO UNDERSTANDS WHAT BIPARTISAN GROUPS ALL UNDERSTAND WHICH IS THE ONLY CREDIBLE WAY TO REDUCE OUR DEFICIT IS THROUGH A COMBINATION OF SPENDING CUTS AND CUTTING SOME OF THE TAX BREAKS TO SPECIAL INTERESTS AND ASKING MILLIONAIRES TO PAY MORE. I KEEP HEARING OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES COME TO THE FLOOR LAMENTING THE LARGE DEFICITS AND DEBT WHICH WE ALL AGREE WE NEED TO GET UNDER CONTROL AND THEN REFUSING TO CUT ONE SPECIAL INTEREST LOOPHOLE FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCING THE DEFICIT, ASKING A MILLIONAIRE TO CONTRIBUTE ONE MORE PENNY FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCING THE DEFICIT. NOW, WITH RESPECT TO THE ISSUE OF MEDICARE, THE REASON IT'S NOT PREMIUM SUPPORT IS IT DOESN'T PROVIDE CONSTANT SUPPORT TO THE SENIOR ON MEDICARE. OVER TIME SENIORS PURCHASING POWER OF THIS VOUCHER WILL GET LESS AND LESS WHILE THE COSTS GO UP AND UP. I WOULD POINT AGAIN, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE FOR THEM A PLAN, THIS GREEN LINE WHERE THE PURCHASING POWER OF THEIR HEALTH PLANS STAYS CONSTANT EVEN AS HEALTH PRICES INCREASE. BUT THIS RED LINE HERE IS WHAT THEY WOULD DO TO SENIORS ON MEDICARE. I'VE HEARD IT SAID A COUPLE TIMES NOW THAT THE PRESIDENT ALLOWS MEDICARE TO GO BANKRUPT. MR. CHAIRMAN, HERE'S A CHART THAT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. RYAN, PRESENTED IN THE BUDGET COMMITTEE. THE BLACK LINE HERE IS THE TRAJECTORY THAT THEY CLAIM FOR THEIR PLAN IN TERMS OF COST CONTAINMENT. THE BLUE LINE IS WHAT THEY ACKNOWLEDGE IS WHAT THE PRESIDENT CALLS FOR. AS YOU CAN SAY THE TRACKS ARE VERY DIFFERENT. THIS RED LINE IS FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE. THE DIFFERENT BETWEEN THE APPROACHES IS THAT THE REPUBLICAN PLAN PUTS THE RISK AT BEING WRONG HERE ON THE SENIOR WHEREAS THE PLAN WE PUT FORWARD SAYS WE NEED TO CHANGE THE INCENTIVE STRUCTURES TO CHANGE THE INCENTIVES IN A WAY THAT PROVIDERS PROVIDE MORE COST EFFICIENT CARE RATHER THAN PUTTING THAT RISK ON THE SENIOR. THAT IS THE FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE AND AARP, THE LARGEST ORGANIZATION OF SENIORS IN THIS COUNTRY, AGREES WITH WHAT I JUST SAID AND THEY SAY IN THEIR LETTER THE PREMIUM SUPPORT METHOD DESCRIBED IN THE PROPOSAL, UNLIKE PRIVATE PLAN OPTIONS THAT CURRENTLY EXITS IN MEDICARE WOULD LIKELY, QUOTE, PRICE OUT TRADITIONAL MEDICARE AS A VIABLE OPTION, THUS RENDERING THE TRADITIONAL CHOICE OF MEDICARE AS A FALSE PROMISE. THEY GO ON TO SAY THAT THE PURCHASING POWER OF THIS VOUCHER WILL NOT KEEP PACE WITH HEALTH CARE COSTS. LET'S NOT PUT THAT RISK ON SENIORS. AND WITH THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA WHO HAS BEEN JUST TENACIOUS IN MAKING SURE THAT WE DEAL WITH THESE ISSUES IN A FAIR AND BALANCED WAY, MS. CASTOR.

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  • 03:58:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 03:58:18 PM

    MS. CASTOR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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    THE CHAIR

    DID THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND WANT TO YIELD TO ANOTHER PERSON TO CATCH…

    DID THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND WANT TO YIELD TO ANOTHER PERSON TO CATCH UP ON TIME?

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  • 04:00:29 PM

    MR. RYAN

    ANOTHER PERSON TO CATCH UP ON TIME?

  • 04:00:38 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCUAL, WHO -- MR.…

    TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCUAL, WHO -- MR. PASCRELL WHO HAS BEEN FIGHTING FOR JOBS AS PART OF THIS BUDGET.

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  • 04:00:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. PASCRELL

    CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE STATED, WHEN IT WAS INTRODUCED, THIS…

    CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE STATED, WHEN IT WAS INTRODUCED, THIS BUDGET, THAT HIS REASON FOR TURNING ROBIN HOOD ON ITS HEAD WAS TO STOP A QUOTE-UNQUOTE INSIDIOUS MORAL TIPPING POINT. WELL, MADAM SPEAKER, I CAN ONLY ASSUME APRIL FOOLS CAME EARLY, THAT THIS BUDGET RESOLUTION IS A JOKE. WE'RE GOING TO STEAL FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING POOR BECAUSE WE NEED TO STIFFEN THEIR UPPER LIPS AND IMPROVE THEIR MORAL FIBER. LET'S TALK ABOUT MORAL FIBER. WHERE WERE THE MORALS OF THE BANKERS ON WALL STREET WHO DROVE THIS ECONOMY OFF THE CLIFF IN THEY'RE DOING JUST FINE TODAY. THEY'RE NOT DOING TIME. BUT THE MIDDLE CLASS IS STILL STRUGGLING AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE UNEMPLOYED. YOU DON'T HAVE TO LOOK FAR TO SEE WHAT THE REAL INTENTIONS OF THIS BUDGET IS. A 30-YEAR PATHWAY TO POVERTY, SHRINK THE MIDDLE CLASS EVEN FURTHER. DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. WHEN ASKED IF HIS TAX PLAN WOULD HURT THE MIDDLE CLASS, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE RESPONDED WITH, QUOTE-UNQUOTE, I DON'T KNOW. THERE'S NO WAY TO KNOW THAT. ARE YOU PLAYING RUSSIAN ROULETTE WITH A SHRINKING MIDDLE CLASS IN LET'S TRY TO HELP THE CHAIRMAN FIGURE THIS OUT. THE $4.6 TRILLION TAX GIVEAWAY TO EVERY -- TO THE VERY WEALTHY IN THIS BUDGET MEANS THAT THE MIDDLE CLASS HOMEOWNERS LOSE THEIR MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTION AND PROPERTY TAX DEDUCTION. STUDENTS LOSE THE DEDUCTION FOR INTEREST ON STUDENT LOANS. SMALL BUSINESSES LOSE TAX CREDITS FOR BUYING INSURANCE. FUTURE SENIORS WILL HAVE MEDICARE TURN INTO A VOUCHER PROGRAM THAT WILL MAKE THEM PAY $6,000 MORE OUT OF POCKET BY 2022.

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  • 04:03:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. PASCRELL

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THE GENTLEMAN 10 SECONDS.

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    MR. PASCRELL

    THANK YOU. THIS BUDGET TAKES 62% OF ITS $5.3 TRILLION IN NONDEFENSE BUDGET…

    THANK YOU. THIS BUDGET TAKES 62% OF ITS $5.3 TRILLION IN NONDEFENSE BUDGET CUTS FROM PROGRAMS THAT PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE IN THE SOCIETY. FOOD STAMPS, HEAD START, WOMEN INFANTS -- WOMEN, INFANTS, AND CHILDREN KNEW VISION.

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  • 04:04:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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    MR. RYAN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:04:29 PM

    MR. LANKFORD

    JUST ABOUT TWO MONTHS AGO, I WENT WITH MY DAUGHTER, PARKED IN A CHURCH…

    JUST ABOUT TWO MONTHS AGO, I WENT WITH MY DAUGHTER, PARKED IN A CHURCH PARKING LOT AND LET HER TAKE THE WHEEL. SHE'S 15 YEARS OLD, WE'RE IN THAT PROCESS OF HER LEARNING HOW TO DRIVE. I DO THAT BECAUSE I'M HER DAD. AND I KNOW THE DANGERS SHE'S ABOUT TO FACE. I, QUITE FRANKLY, KNOW THE DANGERS TO MY NEIGHBORS AROUND US AND THEIR TRASH CANS AND THEIR GARAGE IF I DON'T SPEN TIME TEACHING HER TO DRIVE. THAT'S MY RESPONSIBILITY BECAUSE I'M THE ADULT AND I'M TO STEP UP AND TAKE LEAD WHEN IT'S THERE TO AVOID THE DANGER THAT'S COMING. THAT'S WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW AS A NATION. WE CAN CONTINUE TO PRETEND THAT THIS IS NOT SERIOUS AND WE CAN CONTINUE TO SPEN MORE MONEY AND IF WE ONLY SPENT A LITTLE MORE, JUST TAX A LITTLE MORE, WE'LL TAKE OUR AWATT OF THIS, WE'LL SPEND OUR WAY OUT OF IT, IT WILL GET BETTER. I KNOW WE'RE AT $15.6 TRILLION IN DEBT, BUT IF WE ONLY GOT IT TO $18 TRILLION, THEN THE ECONOMY WOULD STABILIZE. THE -- WHAT THE PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT SAY, THE SAME THING I THE FERC PROBLEM IS BIGGER THAN THAT. A FEW YEARS AGO IF WE SAID, WE CAN TWEAK THE TAX CODE AND GET A SIMPLE FIX. IT'S NOT LIKE THAT TODAY. JUST THIS YEAR, $1.3 TRILLION IN DEFICIT SPENDING. THIS PRESIDENT HAS RACKED UP IN THREE YEAR, THREE MONTHS, MORE DEBT THAN THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION DID IN EIGHT YEARS. IT IS TIME TO MAKE SOME HARD CHOICES BUT THEY ARE THE RIGHT CHOICES AND THAT'S WHAT I HEAR FROM PEOPLE BACK HOME. THEY SAY BALANCE THE BUDGET. IT'S NOT RIGHT TO TAKE AWAY MONEY FROM THE NEXT GENERATION, SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO TRY TO JUST STIR UP MORE PROGRAMS FOR US. IT IS NOT RIGHT TO JUST CREATE A NEVER-ENDING LIST OF NEW OPTIONS AND TO SAY, WE'LL JUST GIVE MORE MONEY TO THIS GROUP AND THIS GROUP AN THIS GROUP, IT'LL FIX IT. IT'S NOT RIGHT THAT WE DON'T PROTECT IT. PEOPLE ARE FRUSTRATED THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TWEAKING THE TAX CODE. THEY WANT US TO FIX THE TAX CODE, NOT JUST TWEAK IT. YEAR AFTER YEAR, I HEAR PEOPLE SAYING TO ME, FIX MEDICARE. THEY LOOK AT ME AND THEY GET IT. THERE'S A PROBLEM. THEY WANT US TO FIX IT. THEY WANT US TO STABILIZE IT. I AM AMAZED THAT LAST YEAR, POLITIFACT, IN ALL THE THINGS THAT WERE SAID LAST YEAR, THEY SAID ENDING MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT WAS THE BIGGEST LIE OF THE YEAR IN POLITICS. IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S IN A RACE TO WIN IN 2010 AGAIN. WE ARE NOT ENDING MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. WE ARE PROTECTING IT FOR THE FUTURES BECAUSE IT IS UNSTABLE. IT IS GOING INSOLVENT. IT IS TIME FOR US TO REPAIR IT AND PROTECT IT AND PUT IT ON THE PATH THAT CAN BE SUSTAINED FOR THE DAYS TO COME. ALL THE PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT WANT IS A REASONABLE, RIGHT PLAN THAT ACTUALLY DEALS WITH THE DRIVERS OF OUR DEBT, THAT ACTUALLY DEALS WITH THE TOUGH ISSUES AND SAYS, STOP PLAYING WITH US. WE'RE ADULTS. LET'S FIX THIS AND LET'S GET ON WITH IT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:07:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, MADAM CHAIR. SOMEBODY WHO SAID LET'S FIX THIS, IN AN ADULT WAY, THE…

    YOU, MADAM CHAIR. SOMEBODY WHO SAID LET'S FIX THIS, IN AN ADULT WAY, THE WAY OTHER BIPARTISAN GROUPS HAVE DONE IS MS. MCCOLLUM FROM MINNESOTA. I YIELD HER TWO MINUTES.

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  • 04:07:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 04:07:52 PM

    MS. MCCOLLUM

    CHAIR, THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS A POLITICAL DOCUMENT. IT'S THE HOUSE…

    CHAIR, THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS A POLITICAL DOCUMENT. IT'S THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN PLATFORM FOR NOVEMBER. THE G.O.P. PLATFORM PUT OURS ECONOMY AND MILLIONS OF JOBS AT RISK. THEY'VE NOT PROTECTIONS FOR SENIORS AN FAMILIES IN NEED. THEY ABANDON LOCAL COMMUNITIES AT A TIME WHEN WASHINGTON SHOULD BE A PARTNER FOR OPPORTUNITY AND ECONOMIC GROWTH. THE REPUBLICAN PLATFORM CUTS STUDENT LOANS AND GRANTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION BY $166 BILLION. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET FORCES SENIORS TO PAY OUT OF POCKET AN AVERAGE OF $600 ADDITIONAL EVERY YEAR FOR MED CASES THEY NEED BECAUSE THE -- FOR MEDICATIONS THEY NEED BECAUSE THE G.O.P. REOPENS AN THROWS SENIORS BACK INTO THE MEDICARE PART D DOUGHNUT HOLE AND THIS BUDGET DRIVES AMERICANS INTO AN ENORMOUS G.O.P. POTHOLE, GUTTING FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION INVESTMENTS BY 25%, ABANDONING COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESSES THAT NEED IMPROVED INFRASTRUCTURE TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE. THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET CUTS REGULAR FOLKS AND THEN PROTECTS AND SHOWERS BENEFITS ON THE WEALTHIEST AND MOST PRIVILEGED MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. THE REPUBLICAN PLATFORM SHOULD BE CALLED MILLIONAIRES' MANIFESTO BECAUSE IT WILL BORROW MILLIONS FROM COMMUNIST CHINA TO GUARANTEE EVERY MILLIONAIRE A TAX CUT WORTH NEARLY $400,000 ACCORDING TO THE CENTER FOR BUDGET AND POLICY PRIORITIES AN ALL THAT IS ADDED TO OUR NATIONAL DEBT. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET GIVES OIL COMPANIES $21 BILLION IN TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES WHILE THEY ARE GOUGING AMERICANS WHO ARE WORKING HARD WHEN THEY FILL UP THEIR TANK AT THE GAS PUMP AND THE OIL COMPANIES CONTINUE TO MAKE RECORD PROFITS. THE G.O.P. BUDGET SOUNDS EXTREME BUT ONLY BECAUSE IT REFLECTS THE CORE VALUES OF THE TEA PARTY HOUSE REPUBLICANS, PROTECT THE RICH, CUT OFF THE POOR AND WALK AWAY FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS. DEMOCRATS HAVE A BUDGET THAT PRIORITIZES DEFICIT REDUCTION AND INVESTS IN THE MIDDLE CLASS. DEMOCRATS STRENGTHEN OUR AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS BY INVESTING IN EDUCATION, BASICALLY -- BASIC RESEARCH AND MODERN INFRASTRUCTURE. INVESTMENTS THAT WILL CREATE SQUOBS, I URGE SUPPORT FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PROPOSAL.

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  • 04:10:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM WISCONSIN.

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    MR. RYAN

    YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE TO MAKE A STATEMENT. I AM PLEASED MY FRIEND FROM…

    YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE TO MAKE A STATEMENT. I AM PLEASED MY FRIEND FROM MARYLAND BROUGHT OUR CHART TO THE FLOOR WITH HIS YELLOW BEING. THE MEDICARE --

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    MOMENT OF GENUINE BIPARTISANSHIP I GAVE THE CHAIRMAN'S CHART BACK TO HIM…

    MOMENT OF GENUINE BIPARTISANSHIP I GAVE THE CHAIRMAN'S CHART BACK TO HIM FOR HIS OWN USE.

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  • 04:10:36 PM

    MR. RYAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRE.

  • 04:11:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRE.

  • 04:11:52 PM

    MR. RYAN

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:12:40 PM

    MRS. LUMMIS

    YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO APPLAUD HOUSE REPUBLICANS FOR PUTTING THIS…

    YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO APPLAUD HOUSE REPUBLICANS FOR PUTTING THIS BUDGET FORWARD HERE'S WHY WE'RE TRYING TO SAVE MEDICARE. YOU SEE THIS LITTLE GREEN LINE? THAT'S OUR MEDICARE REVENUE. SEE THIS HUGE MEDICARE GREEN LINE? THIS IS HOW MUCH WE'RE SPENDING ON MEDICARE. THAT'S JUST IN THE LAST YEAR SYSTEM OF IF YOU EXTEND THAT FORWARD, YOU CAN SEE WHY MEDICARE AS IT EXISTS IS GOING BROKE. THAT'S WHY I'M SO PROUD OF THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE, WHAT THEY CHOSE TO DO IS COME UP WITH A PLAN THAT WILL SAVE MEDICARE IN THIS WAY. IF YOU WANT TO KEEP MEDICARE, YOU CAN KEEP IT. BUT IF YOU WANT SOMETHING LIKE WE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE, YOU CAN ELECT TO HAVE THAT TOO. NOW HERE'S WHAT I HAVE AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. WHEN I CAME IN AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, I HAD A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. BUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COULDN'T TURN ME DOWN BECAUSE OF THAT PRE-EXISTING CONDITION TO ACQUIRE INSURANCE. THAT'S THE WAY IT WOULD BE UNDER MEDICARE. FURTHER, I HAD A CHOICE BETWEEN ABOUT 10 PLANS. I CHOSE A STANDARD BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD PLAN. I KNEW I COULD GET IT FILLED ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING MY RURAL STATE OF WYOMING. I PAY 28% OF MY PREMIUM. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THE TAXPAYERS, PAY 72% OF MY PREMIUM. THAT'S BASICALLY WHAT THEY'RE PROPOSING. YOU'D HAVE A CHOICE AMONG PLANS. AND YOU WOULD PAY PART OF THE PREMIUM AND THE GOVERNMENT WOULD PAY PART OF THE PREMIUM. IF YOU'RE HEALTHY OR WEALTHY, YOU'D PAY MORE OF YOUR PREMIUM. IF YOU'RE UNHEALTHY OR UNWEALTHY, YOU'D PAY LESS OF YOUR PREMIUM. YOU COULD EITHER CHOOSE THAT, IF THAT WAS SOMETHING YOU'D BECOME ACCUSTOMED TO, OR IF YOU WANTED TO CHOOSE TO BE ON MEDICARE AS YOU KNOW IT TODAY, THAT WOULD ALSO BE A CHOICE. SEEMS TO ME, MADAM CHAIRMAN, THAT'S THE GREAT CHOICE. I SUPPORT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET.

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  • 04:14:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRWOMAN. THE GENTLELADY IS CORRECT THAT UNDER THE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRWOMAN. THE GENTLELADY IS CORRECT THAT UNDER THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEE HEALTH BENEFIT PLAN THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE ON, THERE'S A 72% FOR THE PREMIUM. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THAT STEADY GREEN LINE IS. AN AS HEALTH CARE COSTS GO UP, THE GENTLELADY WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE CONGRESSIONAL PLAN TO GET A STEADY AMOUNT OF SUPPORT UNDER THE FEDERAL HEALTH PLAN THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE. URN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PLAN, IN FACT, THAT SUPPORT DROPS STEADILY AND DEEPLY WHICH IS WHY IT IS NOT PREMIUM SUPPORT. WITH THAT, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. BLUMENAUER.

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  • 04:15:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. BLUMENAUER

    THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK BUT I AM SAD THAT WE ARE SPEAKING HERE TODAY ON…

    THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK BUT I AM SAD THAT WE ARE SPEAKING HERE TODAY ON WHAT IS AN ARTFUL DODGE ON THE PART OF MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS TO PROVIDE A POLITICAL DOCUMENT INSTEAD OF A MEANINGFUL BUDGET APPROACH. FIRST AS MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MARYLAND JUST POINTED OUT THEY WILL SLOWLY, SURELY STEADILY SHIFT THE BURDEN TO SENIOR CITIZENS BY FREEZING THE AMOUNT THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL GIVE. AND IT'S INTERESTING THAT THEY SAVE, THEY KEEP, THEY SPEND THE MONEY FROM REFORMING MEDICARE THAT IS ALREADY ENSCONSED IN FEDERAL LAW NOW. IT SETS BACK AN IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY TO REFORM OUR TAX PROGRAM. THEIR $10 BILLION OF TAX CUTS OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS WILL BE SOMEHOW OFFSET BY CLOSING LOOPHOLES. AND THEY HAVE STEADILY REFUSED TO IDENTIFY WHAT LOOPHOLES THEY CAN POSSIBLY CLOSE WITHOUT HAMMERING AVERAGE AMERICANS. YOU CANNOT DO IT. AND EVERY INDEPENDENT ANALYST AGREES THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE A MASSIVE SHIFT IN TAX UNFAIRNESS, IT'S GOING TO PUT A GREATER BURDEN ON MOST AMERICANS , WHILE IT GIVES MORE ASSISTANCE TO THOSE WHO NEED IT THE LEAST. AND AS FAR AS CLOSING LOOPHOLES, I JUST SPENT FOUR HOURS IN THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE WHERE THEY PROVIDED ANOTHER BIG TAX BENEFIT THAT THEY'RE GOING TO WORK TO TRY AND MAKE PERMANENT IN THE FUTURE. THEY'RE TRYING TO HAVE IT BOTH WAYS WITHOUT BEING SPECIFIC. BUT I WILL TELL YOU THE AREA THAT IS GREATEST OF DISAPPOINTMENT TO ME IS NOT JUST THE ASSAULT ON THE MOST VULNERABLE, HAVE ANYBODY TALK TO THE PROVIDERS IN YOUR DISTRICT ABOUT THE CUTS TO MEDICARE, THE FRAIL, THE ELDERLY, THE POOR, THE MOST VULNERABLE -- MAY I ASK THE GENTLEMAN FOR AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE?

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  • 04:17:45 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BLUMENAUER

    THANK YOU. BUT LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH TRANSPORTATION. THIS IS AN AREA,…

    THANK YOU. BUT LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH TRANSPORTATION. THIS IS AN AREA, UNTIL THIS CREW CAME TO TOWN, THAT USED TO BE BIPARTISAN. WE USED TO BE ABLE TO BRING TRANSPORTATION BILLS TO THE FLOOR AND PASS THEM IN A COOPERATIVE BASIS. WE JUST HAD A REPUBLICAN BILL BLOW UP BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T EVEN HAVE A HEARING. IT WAS ABSOLUTELY A PARTISAN EFFORT, THE WORST TRANSPORTATION BILL IN HISTORY. AND NOW WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF LOSING THE CONSTRUCTION CYCLE FOR THIS SUMMER BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT ALLOW THE BIPARTISAN -- THE BIPARTISAN SENATE BILL TO COME TO THE FLOOR THAT WOULD PROVIDE STABILITY NOT JUST FOR THIS CONSTRUCTION CYCLE BUT FOR NEXT CONSTRUCTION CYCLE. AND WHAT DOES THIS TRANSPORTATION -- WHAT DOES THE TRANSPORTATION ELEMENTS OF THIS BUDGET? LOOK AT THEM CAREFULLY. THEY WOULD NOT EVEN PROVIDE ENOUGH MONEY TO MEET THE CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS THAT STATES, TRANSIT DISTRICTS, CITIES ARE ALREADY INVOLVED WITH. CONTRACTORS ARE AT WORK ON PROJECTS --

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  • 04:18:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 04:19:19 PM

    MR. RYAN

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN,

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:19:25 PM

    MR. RIBBLE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. RIBBLE

    SIMPLY PUT, THE HOUSE BUDGET WILL IMPROVE MEDICARE, INJECT LIFE TO THIS…

    SIMPLY PUT, THE HOUSE BUDGET WILL IMPROVE MEDICARE, INJECT LIFE TO THIS PROGRAM. THE PATH TO PROSPERITY BUDGET DOES EXACTLY WHAT THE NAME SUGGESTS. IT WILL DECREASE COSTS WHILE IMPROVING HEALTH CARE AND COVERAGE FOR MILLIONS OF SENIORS TODAY AND MILLIONS MORE TOMORROW. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:21:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. DOGGETT

    THIS BUDGET IS BASED ON THE FALSE BELIEF THAT IF WE ASK THOSE WHO HAVE THE…

    THIS BUDGET IS BASED ON THE FALSE BELIEF THAT IF WE ASK THOSE WHO HAVE THE LEAST IN AMERICA TO TAKE A LITTLE LESS AND WE ASK THOSE WHO HAVE THE MOST TO THICKEN THEIR CUSHION JUST A LITTLE BIT, THAT EVERYBODY WILL BE A WINNER AND AMERICA WILL GROW. AND NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES THAT MYTHOLOGY FAILS, MOST RECENTLY WITH THE BUSH-CHENEY TAX CUTS, THAT DIDN'T GROW THE ECONOMY EFFECTIVELY, BUT DID GROW THE DEFICIT TO ROY RECORD LEVELS, NO MATTER -- TO RECORD LEVELS, NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES IT FAILS, THEY INSIST ON HAVING A LITTLE MORE OF IT. OUR CONTRASTING VIEW ON TAX POLICY WAS DEMONSTRATED IN THE COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL. I SUGGESTED THAT WE EXTEND THE HIGHER EDUCATION TAX CREDIT THAT I AUTHORED SO THAT A MECHANIC AND A NURSE, A YOUNG PERSON WHO HAS GOTTEN THEIR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, CAN WALK OVER TO SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE AND HAVE THEIR TUITION UP TO $2,500 WHICH WILL COVER TUITION AND TEXTBOOKS THERE, THAT THEY GET THAT RIGHT OFF -- A TAX CUT. THEY REJECTED THAT TAX CUT BECAUSE THEY SAID IT WOULD BE BETTER IF WE GAVE A TAX BREAK TO BILLIONAIRES AND THOSE AT THE TOP OF THE ECONOMIC LATTER -- LADDER AND EVENTUALLY THAT MECHANIC AND THAT NURSE AND THAT YOUNG PERSON WOULD SEE THE BENEFIT. I DON'T THINK THEY DO. I THINK THEY'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO CHOOSE FOR THEMSELVES WITH THE HIGHER EDUCATION TAX CREDIT, OPPORTUNITY FOR THE FUTURE. AND THE LITTLE BROTHER AND THE LITTLE SISTER THERE OR IN LOCKHART OR SAN MARCUS THAT WANT AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE PREPARED FOR SCHOOL WITH HEADSTART AND EARLY EDUCATION, OUR BUDGET PROVIDES FOR THEM. IT PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY AND HOPE FOR THEM AND THEY PROPOSE THAT THEY OUGHT TO SACRIFICE A LITTLE BIT MORE. AS FOR OUR SENIORS AND OUR VETERANS, WE SUGGESTED FOR VETERANS THAT WE WANTED TO PROVIDE MORE JOB OPPORTUNITIES.

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  • 04:24:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. DOGGETT

    SENIORS, WE SUGGESTED THAT GETTING A CERTIFICATE TO GO FISH FOR INSURANCE…

    SENIORS, WE SUGGESTED THAT GETTING A CERTIFICATE TO GO FISH FOR INSURANCE IS NOT ENOUGH. THIS IS ABOUT VALUES, ABOUT DIGNITY FOR THOSE IN RETIREMENT, AND OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS NOT A PATH TO PROSPERITY, IT'S AN EXPRESSED WAY OF RETREAD IDEAS, AN EXPRESS WAY TO MEDIOCRITY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:24:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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    MR. RYAN

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE BUDGET COMMITTEE,…

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. STUTZMAN.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED, TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. STUTZMAN

    I RISE TODAY TO PARTICIPATE IN A DEBATE THAT THE AMERICANS -- THAT…

    I RISE TODAY TO PARTICIPATE IN A DEBATE THAT THE AMERICANS -- THAT AMERICANS DESERVE, BUT UNFORTUNATELY DEMOCRATS WANT TO AVOID. THE SENATE HAS REFUSED TO PASS A BUDGET IN OVER 1,000 DAYS. BUT AS WASHINGTON RACES DOWN THE ROAD OF DEBT AND DECLINE, HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS DESERVE AN HONEST DEBATE AND A REAL CHOICE. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY. THIS BUDGET, THE PATH TO PROSPERITY GIVES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A CHOICE BETWEEN TWO FUTURES. A FEW TIER OF DEFICIT SPENDING AND -- A FUTURE OF DEFICIT SPENDING AND TAXES OR THEY CAN CHOOSE TO SET PRIORITIES, CUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND KEEP MEDICARE SOLVENT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. AS I SIT HERE AND LISTEN TO THE TO THE DEBATE, I HEAR -- LISTEN TO THE DEBATE, I HEAR A LOT OF TALK ABOUT SHARED SACRIFICE. I BELIEVE WHAT AMERICANS ARE LOOKING FOR IS LEADERSHIP. THEY'RE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO THEY CAN TRUST. AND I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. PAUL RYAN, FOR BRINGING AND LEADING THE BUDGET COMMITTEE IN A TEAM EFFORT TO BRING FORWARD A PATHWAY THAT SHOWS REAL SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS THAT WE FACE. AMERICANS ARE ASKING THEMSELVES, WHO CAN THEY TRUST IN WASHINGTON? WELL, THE SOLUTION IS ALWAYS -- WE HEAR FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE IS, LET'S JUST RAISE TAXES. RAISE TAXES ON THE RICH, LET'S ELIMINATE LOOPHOLES. YOU KNOW WHAT? I AGREE. WE SHOULD ELIMINATE THE LOOPHOLES AND THE -- GET RID OF THE CREDITS, THE INCENTIVES, AND MAKE A FAIR, FLATTER TAX CODE. BUT UNTIL WASHINGTON IS TRULY DETERMINED TO FIX THE SPENDING PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE, TO SAVE MEDICARE, TO MAKE SURE THAT SOCIAL SECURITY IS AROUND FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS, I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD SERIOUSLY LOOK AT ANY TAX INCREASES, WE CAN TALK ABOUT TAX REFORM, BUT AMERICANS WANT US TO ADDRESS WHAT WE CAN CONTROL AND THAT IS SPENDING. WE CAN TALK ABOUT RAISING TAXES OR WE CAN TALK ABOUT TAX RESTRUCTURING. I BELIEVE TAX RESTRUCTURING WOULD BE A SOLUTION WHERE WE CAN FIND BIPARTISAN --

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  • 04:26:53 PM

    MR. RYAN

    THE GENTLEMAN ANOTHER 15 SECONDS.

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    MR. STUTZMAN

    THANK YOU. I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM THAT WE FACE IN…

    THANK YOU. I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM THAT WE FACE IN SPENDING WITHOUT RAISING TAXES AND THAT WE CAN TRULY ADDRESS TAX REFORM IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION AND I ASK THAT THIS BODY SERIOUSLY CONSIDER THE PATH TO PROSPERITY AND SUPPORT IT. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:27:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    MADAM CHAIRMAN. I THINK WE SHOULD ENGAGE IN TAX REFORM. BUT I DON'T THINK…

    MADAM CHAIRMAN. I THINK WE SHOULD ENGAGE IN TAX REFORM. BUT I DON'T THINK WE NEED TO WAIT FOR TAX REFORM TO GET RID OF SOME OF THE SUBSIDIES TO THE BIG OIL COMPANIES, OR GET RID OF THE SUBSIDIES FOR CORPORATE JETS. WE CAN DO THAT NOW AS PART OF A BALANCED APPROACH. AND WITH THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, WE'RE PLEASED TO HAVE HER ON THE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON, MS. BONAMICI.

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  • 04:27:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. BONAMICI

    THANK YOU. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. WE HAVE A REAL CHOICE TO…

    THANK YOU. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. WE HAVE A REAL CHOICE TO MAKE HERE. A CHOICE BETWEEN A REPUBLICAN BUDGET THAT HURTS THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THOSE WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO GET OUT OF POVERTY AND THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE THAT PRESENTS A BALANCED APPROACH TO REINVEST IN OUR ECONOMY. IT'S CRITICAL FOR THE COMMUNITIES AND IN THE EMPLOYERS IN MY DISTRICT AND AROUND THIS GREAT COUNTRY THAT WE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT, NOT CUT, RESEARCH AND WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT. THAT WE RENEW OUR COMMITMENT TO, NOT CUT, PUBLIC EDUCATION. THESE ARE KEY AREAS IN WHICH WE MUST INVEST IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN AND ACCELERATE OUR MUCH-NEEDED ECONOMIC RECOVERY. WE'VE SEEN THE PRIVATE SECTOR DIVIDENDS THAT ARE PAID BY THE RESEARCH, FACILITATED BY THE N.I.H., THE N.F.F. AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. IT'S UNDENIABLE THAT EMERGING SOLAR, WIND AND EVEN WAVE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES WILL ALL HAVE CRITICAL ROLES IN PLAYING IN OUR ROAD TO ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND AS THESE TECHNOLOGIES CONTINUE TO DEVELOP, WE MUST IMPROVE UPON, NOT CUT, WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES. AND COMMUNITY COLLEGES WILL PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN ACHIEVING THIS GOAL. IN OREGON WE'VE SEEN EXCITING PARTNERSHIPS DEVELOP BETWEEN GREEN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY, MANUFACTURERS AND COMMUNITY COLLEGES. OF COURSE ACCESS TO A QUALITY EDUCATION MUST START WELL BEFORE OUR CHILDREN REACH COLLEGE AGE. OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE THE CORNERSTONES OF OUR COMMUNITIES. WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO ENSURE THAT WE PROVIDE THE FUNDING NECESSARY, NOT CUT, THESE IMPORTANT QUALITY EDUCATION. THAT WILL ENHANCE ALL OF OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE. WHEN OUR CHILDREN DO REACH COLLEGE AGE, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE OPTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION IS AVAILABLE AND AFFORDABLE. INSTEAD OF CUTTING PELL GRANTS AND RAISING STUDENT LOAN INTEREST RATES, IN ORDER TO PROVIDE TAX BREAKS FOR MILLIONAIRES, LET'S WORK TO PROTECT OUR FINANCIAL AID INVESTMENTS. CONTINUED ACCESS TO THESE PROGRAMS WILL HELP PREPARE OUR FUTURE WORKERS -- MAY I ASK FOR AN ADDITIONAL --

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  • 04:29:57 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    15 SECONDS. BONBON THANK YOU. THESE PROGRAMS WILL --

  • 04:30:01 PM

    MS. BONAMICI

    THANK YOU. THESE PROGRAMS WILL HELP. THERE'S A STRARK CONTRAST BETWEEN THE…

    THANK YOU. THESE PROGRAMS WILL HELP. THERE'S A STRARK CONTRAST BETWEEN THE REPUBLICANS' BUDGET AND WHAT THE DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES AND I ARE PROPOSING. WE'RE AT A FORK IN THE ROAD AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO AVOID THE PATH TO POVERTY BY REJECTING THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET. AND COMING TO GET TO SUPPORT THE BALANCED APPROACH.

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  • 04:30:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. RYAN

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED, TWO MINUTES.

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    THE ECONOMIC ROAD TO GREECE.

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    MR. KINGSTON

    I YIELD THE --

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    MR. RYAN

    THE GENTLEMAN 15 SECONDS.

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    MR. KINGSTON

    HE'S ELIGIBLE FOR FIVE PROGRAMS. THESE ARE DUPLICATIONS THAT DEMOCRATS AN…

    HE'S ELIGIBLE FOR FIVE PROGRAMS. THESE ARE DUPLICATIONS THAT DEMOCRATS AN REPUBLICANS ALIKE SHOULD AGREE, LET'S ELIMINATE. THAT'S WHAT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET DOES, ELIMINATION OF WASTE AN GETTING RID OF DUPLICATIONS AND PUTTING AMERICA ON A ROAD TO PROSPERITY SO MY CHILDREN AND BETSY, DOIP, AND JIM -- ANN, BETSY, JOHN AND JIM CAN LIVE IN AN ECONOMY WHERE THERE'S OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE RYAN BUDGET.

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  • 04:33:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING…

    YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. FRANK.

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  • 04:33:31 PM

    MR. FRANK

    TO HEAR THE GENTLEMAN COMPLAIN ABOUT THE DUPLICATION. APPARENTLY IN THE…

    TO HEAR THE GENTLEMAN COMPLAIN ABOUT THE DUPLICATION. APPARENTLY IN THE SIX YEARS WHEN THE REPUBLICANS CONTROLLED THE HOUSE, THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE SENATE, THEY DIDN'T FIND THEM. THEY'RE LATE TO SEE THEM, BUT BETTER LATE THAN NEVER HE TALKS ABOUT THE DUE DI-- DUPLICATION AT THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT AND PROCUREMENT. THIS BUDGET PROTECTS THE PENTAGON AND INCREASES SPENING. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT WE SHOULD NOT BE CUTTING MEDICARE BECAUSE THAT'S NOT WHAT HAPPENED. LET ME CITE "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL," THEY ARE DEFENDING THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE AGAINST THE RIGHT WING. HERE'S WHAT "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL" SAYS, TALKING ABOUT NOT CUTTING SPEN BUG SHIFTING IT. THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL" EDITORIAL YESTERDAY, MR. RYAN SPEES -- MR. RYAN'S BUDGET COULD CANCEL ADDITIONAL DEFENSE CUTS OF $55 BILLION UNDER THE SEQUESTER AND REPLACE THEM WITH SAVINGS IN THE ENTITLEMENTS. HIS ME CARE AND MEDICAID REFORLS WOULD GENERATE FUTURE SAVINGS MANY TIMES GATER THAN WE GAVE FROM CUTTING THE DEFENSE BUDGET. SOME OF US DON'T THINK THAT PULLING OUT OF AFGHANISTAN WITH THE CORRUPTION THERE QUICKER THAN IS NOW PLANNED WOULD BE GUTTING THE DEFENSE BUDGET. I KNOW MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES LIKE TO BE CRITICAL OF WELFARE IN SOME CASES, BUT THEY CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE GREATEST WELFARE PROGRAM IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER SUBSIDY OF THE WEALTHY NATIONS OF WESTERN EUROPE. LET ME AGAIN READ WHAT "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL" SAYS, HERE'S HOW THEY CHARACTERIZE THE RYAN BUDGET. MR. RYAN'S BUDGET WOULD CANCEL THE ADDITIONAL DEFENSE CUTS OF $55 BILLION A YEAR AND REPLACE THEM WITH SAVINGS IN THE ENTITLEMENTS, SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE SYSTEM OF IN THIS RESPECT, AT LEAST, WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT CUTTING SPENING BUT SHIFTING IT FROM THE MILITARY INTO THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT. THIS IS WHY THE AARP HAS WRITTEN SO PERSUASIVELY THAT HIS PLAN WOULD DESTROY MEDICARE.

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  • 04:35:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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    MR. RYAN

    TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET…

    TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. CALVERT.

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  • 04:35:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CALVERT

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. RYAN

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN 30 SECONDS.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CALVERT

    MENTIONED, THE REAL PROBLEM WITH THE NATIONAL DEBT. WE CAN CONTINUE TO…

    MENTIONED, THE REAL PROBLEM WITH THE NATIONAL DEBT. WE CAN CONTINUE TO BURY OUR COLLECTIVE HEADS IN THE SAND AS THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET DOES OR BE HONEST WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AN MAKE THE HARD CHOICES NOW THAT ILL ENSURE AMERICA CONTINUES TO BE THE BEACON OF OPPORTUNITY AND SUCCESS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR F.Y. 2013 REPUBLICAN BUDGET AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:38:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET AND THE DEMOCRATIC…

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET AND THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE ALSO GET RID OF THE SEQUESTER BUT WE REPLACE THAT WITH $1.2 TRILLION IN DEFICIT REDUCTION THROUGH A BALANCED WAY BECAUSE WE THINK IT'S MORE IMPORTANT TO PROTECT THAT DEFENSE SPENDING THAN IT IS TO PROTECT A LOT OF THE SPECIAL INTEREST LOOPHOLES. HERE'S THE STATEMENT FROM GENERAL MARTIN DEMPSEY, THE CHAIRMAN, THE CURRENT CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF. HE SAYS WITH RESPECT TO WHAT THIS BUDGET WILL DO, IT'S A FORCE THAT'S PREPARED TO SECURE GLOBAL ACCESS AND RESPOND TO GLOBAL CONTINGENCIES. IT'S A MILITARY THAT CAN WIN ANY CONFLICT, ANYWHERE. CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF NOT TALKING ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, TALKING ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. WITH THAT, I YIELD THE TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, MS. VA LAZ QUEZZ OF NEW YORK. -- MS. VE LAZ QUEZZ OF NEW YORK.

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  • 04:39:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. VELAZQUEZ

    STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE RYAN BUDGET. SENIORS AN WORKING FAMILIES IN NEW…

    STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE RYAN BUDGET. SENIORS AN WORKING FAMILIES IN NEW YORK STRUGGLE WITH RISING RENT, FOOD AND HEALTH CARE COSTS, NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO SQUEEZE WORKING FAMILIES IN ORDER TO PROVIDE TAX GIVEAWAYS TO THE MOST FORTUNATE AMONG US. THIS BUDGET WILL MEAN DEEP CUTS TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM WHICH PROVIDES FOOD ASSISTANCE TO 1.8 MILLION NEW YORKERS FOR STUDENTS LOOKING TO SECURE AN EDUCATION -- NEW YORKERS. FOR STUDENTS LOOKING TO SECURE AN EDUCATION, THIS BUDGET WILL MEAN DRASTIC CUTS TO HIGHER EDUCATION, MEANING HIGHER COSTS FOR STUDENTS, NEW YORK'S SMALL BUSINESSES AND TO THAT EFFECT, SMALL BUSINESSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WILL SEE FEDERAL PROGRAMS THEY RELY ON FOR ACCESS TO CREDIT AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE REDUCED BY $80 MILLION, EXACTLY THE WRONG DIRECTION TO GO AS WE SEEK TO HASTEN OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY. NOWHERE DOES THIS BUDGET FAIL OUR NATION MORE THAN IN THE AREA OF HEALTH CARE. MEDICAID WILL BE SLASHED BY $810 BILLION, MEANING THE DISABLED PEOPLE, WORKING POOR AND LOW-INCOME CHILDREN WILL MISS OUT. FOR OUR SENIORS WHO HAVE WORKED HARD THEIR ENTIRE LIFE, THIS BUDGET WILL MEAN TURNING OUR BACK ON THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE FOR THE FIRST TIME PUSHING THE FEDERALLY -- THE MEDICARE RECIPIENTS IN NEW YORK'S FOURTH DISTRICT INTO AN UNTESTED, UNRELIABLE VOUCHER SYSTEM. LET'S BE CLEAR, IF YOU VOTE FOR THIS BUDGET, YOU'RE VOTING TO END MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. MADAM SPEAKER, MADAM CHAIR, THE RYAN BUDGET REPEATEDLY CHOOSES MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES OVER WORKING FAMILIES. THOSE ARE NOT AMERICAN VALUES. THEY ARE NOT NEW YORK VALUES. AND WE SHOULD REJECT THEM. VOTE NO. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:41:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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    MR. RYAN

    2011, POLITIFACT CALLED THE LIE, DETCHEDS MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT, THE LIE…

    2011, POLITIFACT CALLED THE LIE, DETCHEDS MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT, THE LIE OF THE DECADE. WITH THAT, I YIELD TO MR. COLE.

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  • 04:42:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. COLE

    THE SPEAKER, I'M DELIGHTED YOU'RE CONFUSED. I RISE TO SUPPORT THE RYAN…

    THE SPEAKER, I'M DELIGHTED YOU'RE CONFUSED. I RISE TO SUPPORT THE RYAN BUDGET, I DO SO WITH A GREAT DEAL OF PRIDE. IT'S THE ONLY SERIOUS PLAN EITHER PARTY HAS PUT FORWARD THAT DEALS WITH THE LOOMING DEBT CRISIS WE FACE. IT CUTS $5.3 TRILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT DECADE. IT REFORMS MEDICARE AN MEDICAID, SOMETHING EVERYBODY IN THIS HOUSE KNOWS NEEDS TO HAPPEN. IT LAYS OUT THE BLUEPRINT FOR TAX REFORM. IT DEALS WITH THE SEQUESTER IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY. IT FORCES THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEES TO FINALLY BEGIN TO DEAL WITH THE ENTITLEMENT CRISIS WE FACE AN IT ADDS $200 BILLION BACK TO DEFENSE SPENING OVER THE NEXT DECADE, SOMETHING MY COLLEAGUE, MR. CALVERT, POINTED OUT IS VERY MUCH IN OUR NATIONAL INTEREST. THIS BUDGET IS POLITICALLY VIABLE. IT PASSED THE HOUSE LAST YEAR, IT WILL PASS THE HOUSE THIS YEAR. FRANKLY IT GOT MORE VOTES IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE LAST YEAR THAN ANY BUDGET PRESENTED BY ANYBODY. LET'S CONTRAST THAT WITH OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE. THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET GOT ZERO VOTES IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE, A BODY HIS PARTY CONTROLS. OUR FRIENDS IN THE SENATE HAVEN'T PRODUCED A BUDGET IN THREE CONSECUTIVE YEARS. OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE DIDN'T DO SO WHEN THEY WERE IN THE MAJORITY, DIDN'T DO SO LAST YEAR. I'M DELIGHTED THEY'LL DO SO THIS YEAR. I THINK THAT'S A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION BUT THAT BUDGET IS LARGELY SILENT ON ENTITLEMENT REFORM MY MAIN CRITICISM OF ALL THE DEMOCRATIC BUDGETS IS NOT THAT THEY CAN'T PASS, IT'S THAT THEY'RE SIMPLY NOT SERIOUS. THEY DON'T DEAL WITH THE PROBLEMS THAT THE COUNTRY IS FACING. IN MY EXPERIENCE, MADAM SPEAKER, A PLAN BEATS NO PLAN. OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE HAVE NO PLAN. WE DO. IT'S A PLAN WE SHOULD EMBRACE ENTHUSIASTICALLY TO AVERT THE CRISIS THAT FACES OUR COUNTRY. WITH THAT, I URGE ITS PASSAGE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:44:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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    MR. RYAN

    CHAIR, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. OLSON.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED, TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. OLSON

    THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE. FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK HERE…

    THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE. FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK HERE TONIGHT. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS IS A PHOTO OF MY DAUGHTER AND MY SON. ON BEHALF OF MY TWO CHILDREN AND ALL THE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN IN AMERICA WHO WILL BE LEFT TO PAY OUR DEBT FOR THE RECKLESS SPENDING THAT WE'VE DONE HERE IN WASHINGTON, THAT THREATENS THEIR PATH TO PROSPERITY, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN BUDGET FOR 2013, H.CON.RES. 112. THIS BUDGET CUTS SPENDING TO PROTECT HARDWORKING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS AND TACKLES OUR DEBT BY REDUCING GOVERNMENT SIZE AND REFORMING OUR TAX SYSTEM. THE DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED SENATE HAS NOT PASSED A BUDGET IN OVER 1,000 DAYS. THE ENTIRE TIME I'VE BEEN A MEMBER OF THIS BODY. AND THE PRESIDENT STILL REFUSES TO OFFER CREDIBLE SOLUTIONS TO THE MOST PREDICTABLE ECONOMIC CRISIS IN OUR HISTORY. EMPTY PROMISES FOR OUR PRESIDENT AND THE SENATE WON'T PAY OUR BILLS. STRENGTHEN OUR HEALTH AND RETIREMENT PROGRAMS, FIX OUR ECONOMY OR CREATE JOBS. MADAM SPEAKER, TODAY WE HAVE A CHOICE. A CHOICE OF TWO PATHS. A PATH OF MEDIOCRITY OR A PATH OF PROSPERITY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE PATH TO PROSPERITY, VOTE FOR H.CON.RES. 112, THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN BUDGET FOR 2013. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:47:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT WE HAVE TO REDUCE…

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT WE HAVE TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT AND DEBT FOR THE GOOD OF ALL OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. THE DEBATE TODAY IS ABOUT HOW WE DO IT AND WHETHER WE DO IT IN A BALANCED WAY. I WOULD POINT OUT THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE HAS TOLD US THAT $2 TRILLION OF THE DEBT OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS IS ATTRIBUTED TO THE TAX CUTS IN 2001, 2003. AND WE KEEP HEARING TODAY ABOUT THE NEED, WHICH WE ALL AGREE TO, TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT, BUT WE STILL HAVE NOT HEARD A SINGLE ONE OF OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SAY THAT WE SHOULD REDUCE ONE TAX LOOPHOLE FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCING THE DEFICIT SO WE CAN DEAL WITH THIS IN A BALANCED MANNER. AND WITH THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, MR. MARKEY.

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  • 04:48:48 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    MR. CHAIRMAN, VERY MUCH. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AROUND THE COUNTRY ARE…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, VERY MUCH. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AROUND THE COUNTRY ARE FOCUSED ON MARCH MADNESS AND THE BASKETBALL FINAL FOUR SHOWDOWN THIS WEEKEND. BUT FOR OUR NATION'S SENIORS AND THE MIDDLE CLASS, THE REAL MARCH MADNESS IS HAPPENING RIGHT HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR WITH THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET. THIS IS THE G.O.P.'S VERSION OF MARCH MADNESS, WITH ITS OWN FINAL FOUR. FIRST, END MEDICARE GUARANTEE FOR MILLIONS OF SENIORS. SO THAT THEIR OUT -- THEY'RE OUT OF LUCK NOW IN MEDICARE. THEN YOU MOVE ON AND YOU FORCE GRANDMA AND GRANDPA TO PAY MORE FOR ALL OF THEIR COVERAGE OR FOREGO IT IN ITS ENTIRETY. NEXT WHAT YOU DO IS YOU PUT BILLIONAIRES FIRST. YOU PROTECT THEIR TAX BREAKS. YOU PUT THEM RIGHT UP THERE ON THE TOP OF THE LIST OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE THAT NEED HELP IN AMERICA TODAY AND THEN, FOURTH, YOU SUBSIDIZE BIG OIL BY KEEPING THE $4 BILLION FOR TAX SUBSIDIES IN THE BUDGET WHILE CUTTING BY 85% IN THE RYAN BUDGET THE SUBSIDIES, THE FUNDING FOR WIND AND SOLAR AND RENEWABLE ENERGY. TAX BREAKS FOR BIG OIL, CUT THE PROGRAMS FOR CLEAN ENERGY. SO HERE'S THE COMPLETED BRACKET FOR THE REPUBLICANS. AND THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE. ABANDON GRANDMA AND GRANDPA. SUBSIDIZE BIG OIL. AND PUT BILLIONAIRES FIRST. THAT'S THE REPUBLICAN FINAL FOUR AND IT'S ALSO THE FINAL ANSWER FOR AMERICA. BUT UNLIKE THE NCAA TOURNAMENT, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET DOESN'T PIT THESE PRIORITIES AGAINST EACH OTHER. THEY'RE ALL WINNERS IN THE EYES OF THE G.O.P. BECAUSE G.O.P., IT USED TO STAND FOR GRAND OLD PARTY, BUT NOW IT STANDS FOR THE GAS AND OIL PARTY. IT STANDS FOR GRANDMA'S OUT OF PRESCRIPTIONS, IT NOW STANDS FOR GREED OVER PRINCIPAL. THIS IS THE REAL MARCH MADNESS. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET THAT MAKES WINNERS OUT OF BIG OIL AND BILLIONAIRES OR RUNNING OUT THE CLOCK FOR SENIORS AND HARDWORKING FAMILIES WHO ARE LEFT TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES. VOTE NO ON THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET.

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  • 04:50:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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    MR. RYAN

    WITH THAT I'M VERY AMUSED, MADAM CHAIRMAN, AND WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD…

    WITH THAT I'M VERY AMUSED, MADAM CHAIRMAN, AND WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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  • 04:51:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. PLATT PLATT THANK YOU --

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    MR. PALAZZO

    YOU. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR REAL SOLUTIONS TO THE REAL…

    YOU. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR REAL SOLUTIONS TO THE REAL PROBLEMS WE FACE AS A NATION. FOR THE SECOND YEARS IN A ROW, THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE DOING JUST THAT. I COME BEFORE YOU TODAY TO ECHO WHAT MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SAID TIME AND AGAIN, THE BUDGETS THAT HAVE BEEN PRESENTED BEFORE CONGRESS AND BEFORE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE REPRESENT A TALE OF TWO FUTURES. I'M REFERRING TO THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET WHICH LEADS US DOWN A PATH TO DESPAIR AND THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE'S OWN PATH TO PROSPERITY. ONE KEEPS US ON AN OUT-OF-CONTROL SPENDING SPREE, IGNORES THE REAL CHALLENGES FACING MEDICARE AND ACTUALLY TAKES MONEY AWAY FROM SENIORS. AND ALLOWS SEQUESTRATION TO STRIP AWAY VITAL DEFENSE SPENDING. THE OTHER MAKES RESPONSIBLE CHOICES AND ADDRESSES THE DRIVERS OF OUR DISASTROUS DEBT AND DEFICITS. ENABLES US TO MAKE GOOD ON OUR PROMISES TO SENIORS AND LIVES UP TO THE GREATEST OBLIGATION UNDER THE U.S. CONSTITUTION, PROVIDING FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE. I STAND BEFORE YOU TODAY AS A MARINE VETERAN, THE ONLY N.C.O. IN CONGRESS, ALSO ACTIVELY SERVING IN THE NATIONAL GUARD AND AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. TO BORROW FROM A RECENT ARTICLE IN "THE WEEKLY STANDARD" I SAY TO YOU TODAY THAT THE RYAN PLAN IS MORE THAN JUST A PATH TO PROSPERITY, IT IS TRULY A PATH TO SECURITY. IT IS THE ONLY PLAN TO COME BEFORE THIS BODY THAT EVEN BEGINS TO ADDRESS THE VERY REAL AND SCARY CUTS LOOMING OVER OUR NATION'S MILITARY. I ALSO AGREED WITH FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, MIKE MULLEN, WHEN HE SAID THAT OUR NATIONAL DEBT IS OUR BIGGEST NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT. THAT'S WHY I'M STANDING BEFORE YOU TODAY IN SUPPORT OF A PLAN, THE ONLY PLAN THAT MAKES BOTH RESPONSIBLE CUTS TO OUR DEBT AND TAKES A NECESSARY STEP TO PROTECT OUR ECONOMIC AND NATIONAL SECURITY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE RYAN BUDGET. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:52:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, MR. CONYERS.

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  • 04:53:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED, TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. CONYERS

    MY FRIEND FROM MARYLAND AND, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, -- LADIES AND GENTLEMEN…

    MY FRIEND FROM MARYLAND AND, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, -- LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE HOUSE, PERHAPS MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE, MY CONSERVATIVE FRIENDS EITHER DON'T REALIZE WHAT THEY'RE DOING IN THIS BUDGET OR THEY'RE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT NOBODY ELSE KNOWS WHAT THEY'RE DOING IN THIS BUDGET. BECAUSE THIS BUDGET ENDS THE MEDICARE GUARANTEES AND SHIFTS THE COST TO SENIORS. NOW THIS IS A SIMPLE STATEMENT OF FACT THAT IT EITHER DOES OR IT DOESN'T. NUMBER TWO, THOSE MAKING OVER $1 MILLION A YEAR IN THIS COUNTRY WILL REAP AN AVERAGE TAX CUT OF $394,000 WHILE PRESERVING TAX BREAKS FOR BIG OIL. TRUE OR FALSE? IT EITHER DOES OR IT DOESN'T. THREE, IT DESTROYS OVER FOUR MILLION AMERICAN JOBS IN THE NEXT COUPLE YEARS. TRUE OR FALSE? WELL, THE ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE TELLS US THAT IT'S TRUE. AND SO THE LAST POINT I WOULD LIKE TO GET A TRUE OR FALSE RESPONSE FROM, IT RAISES MEDICARE ELIGIBILITY FROM AGES 65 TO 67. TRUE OR FALSE? WELL, I WOULD YIELD TO ANYBODY ON THE OTHER SIDE THAT WOULD LIKE TO CLARIFY ANY OF THE STATEMENTS THAT I HAVE MADE. AND HEARING NO RESPONSE, I RETURN THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 04:55:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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    MR. RYAN

    AS SIMPLE FACTS WAS RATED AS THE LIE OF THE YEAR BY POLITIFACT IN 2011. I…

    AS SIMPLE FACTS WAS RATED AS THE LIE OF THE YEAR BY POLITIFACT IN 2011. I YIELD TO MR. FLAKE.

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  • 04:55:34 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. YOU HEAR IN THIS DISCUSSION, YOU THINK, WHEN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. YOU HEAR IN THIS DISCUSSION, YOU THINK, WHEN ARE WE ACTUALLY GOING TO TACKLE THIS PROBLEM? WHEN ARE ALL OF US GOING TO CONCEDE THAT NOT ONE PARTY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS DEBT? WE ALL ARE. WE WERE HEADED TOWARD THIS FISCAL CLIFF LONG BEFORE THE CURRENT PRESIDENT TOOK THE WHEEL. LET'S FACE THAT. I THINK WE HAVE ON THIS SIDE. BUT LEADERSHIP REQUIRES FESSING UP TO IT AND ACTUALLY DOING SOMETHING TO CHANGE IT. THIS PLAN DOESN'T END THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE. ARITHMETIC DOES. UNLESS WE CHANGE SOMETHING, UNLESS WE PRINT -- PUT IT ON SOLVENT FOOTING, THE GUARANTEE IS GONE. MEDICARE WILL BE BANKRUPT UNDER THE CURRENT TRAJECTORY. SO WHAT THIS PLAN DOES IS RECOGNIZE THAT AND SAY, IF YOU'RE CURRENTLY IN THE PLAN, IF YOU'RE CURRENTLY DRAWING BENEFITS, THE PLAN SHOULDN'T CHANGE FOR YOU, BUT THOSE WHO ARE YOUNGER THAN 55 WILL NEED A PLAN THAT IS SOLVENT. THAT DOES WORK OVER TIME. SO WE'RE NOT ENDING THAT GUARANTEE, THE CURRENT SYSTEM ENDS THAT GUARANTEE. WE'RE TRYING TO FIX IT HERE. SO I COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FOR PUTTING SO MUCH TIME INTO THIS, I COMMEND HOUSE REPUBLICANS FOR ACTUALLY COMING UP AND FESSING TO THE TRUTH THAT NOT ONE PARTY GOT US INTO THIS BUT WE'RE IN THIS SITUATION AND THIS IS THE ONLY BUDGET BEING PRESENTED ALONG WITH ONE OTHER LATER, THE R.S.C. BUDGET, THAT ACTUALLY TREATS THIS PROBLEM SERIOUSLY. THAT TREATS IT WITH THE SERIOUSNESS IT DESERVES, THAT ACTUALLY HAS A PLAN TO GET OUT OF IT. SO I COMMEND THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS FOR PUTTING IT FORWARD AND I PLAN TO SUPPORT IT AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:57:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. I WOULD POINT OUT AGAIN, JUST IN…

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. I WOULD POINT OUT AGAIN, JUST IN RESPONSE TO MY FRIEND, MR. FLAKE, THIS IS THE CHART THAT WAS USED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. RYAN, SHOWING THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN ON MEDICARE AND THE REPUBLICAN PLAN ON MEDICARE. BOTH WHICH HAVE COST CONTAINMENT OVER THE NEXT COMING DECADES. THE DIFFERENCE IS HOW YOU ACHIEVE THAT COST DIFFERENCE AND THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT THE REPUBLICAN PLAN OFFLOADS ALL THE RISKS OF WHAT THEY PROBABLY TO BE INCREASING HEALTH CARE COSTS -- PROJECT TO BE INCREASING HEALTH CARE COSTS ONTO SENIORS BECAUSE UNLIKE THE PLAN THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE WHICH IS -- PROVIDING A CONSTANT 42% PREMIUM SUPPORT SHARE, THE REPUBLICAN PLAN HAS THE CONTRIBUTION FROM MEDICARE RAPIDLY DECLINING RELATIVE TO THE COSTS OF HEALTH CARE WHICH PUTS ALL THAT RISK ON SENIORS. WITH THAT I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED DEMOCRATIC WHIP, MY FRIEND FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER.

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  • 04:58:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. HOYER HIGHWAY --

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    MR. HOYER

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. BEFORE I START MY FORMAL PRESENTATION, LET ME…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. BEFORE I START MY FORMAL PRESENTATION, LET ME SAY, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS CORRECT. AND WE DO NEED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. AND VERY FRANKLY I WILL TELL MY FRIEND, WE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE CARE OF THE RESPONSIBILITY WHEN THE SIMPSON-BOWLES COMMISSION VOTED. THERE WAS A VOTE IN THE SENATE DIVIDED SOMEWHAT BUT MOSTLY THEY VOTED FOR IT IN THE SENATE. WE HAD ONE OF OUR PEOPLE FROM THE HOUSE VOTE FOR IT, DEMOCRAT, NONE OF YOUR REPRESENTATIVES VOTED FOR SIMPSON-BOWLES. I GUESS BECAUSE IT WASN'T PERFECT. THAT WAS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. IT WAS A DOG GONE SHAME. BECAUSE THAT WOULD HAVE MADE 14 VOTES AND WE WOULD HAVE THAT ON THE FLOOR IN THE SENATE AND IN THE HOUSE. I THINK THIS IS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. BECAUSE I DON'T THINK THIS IS A REAL DOCUMENT. NOW, FRANKLY I ALSO THINK THAT WE HAD A DEAL. WE HAD A DEAL AT WHAT THE DISCRETIONARY NUMBER WAS GOING TO BE. AS WE CALL IT IN THE JARGON OF INSIDE THE HOUSE, THE 3028 ALLOCATION. WE WHAT HIGHER NUMBER, YOU HAD A LOWER NUMBER, WE MADE A DEAL IN BETWEEN. WE HAVEN'T KEPT THAT DEAL. WE HAVEN'T KEPT THAT DEAL BECAUSE YOU COULDN'T GET THE VOTES IN YOUR COMMITTEE, IN THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, FOR THAT DEAL. SO HERE WE ARE. MR. SPEAKER, MADAM SPEAKER, EXCUSE ME, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE HAS SPOKEN OF A CHOICE BETWEEN TWO FUTURES. HE IS CORRECT. IN FRAMING IT THIS WAY. THE BUDGET HE PROPOSES WOULD END MEDICARE -- WOULD END MEDICARE'S GUARANTEE. CUT TAXES FOR THE WEALTHIEST AND PLACE OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY AT RISK. ROBERT GREEN SEEN IT, HEAD OF THE BUDGET AND POLICY PROIRTS -- PRIORITIES, DESCRIBED THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET THIS WAY AND I QUOTE, WE LIKELY -- IT WOULD LIKELY PRODUCE THE LARGEST REDISTRIBUTION OF INCOME FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP IN MODERN U.S. HISTORY AND LIKELY INCREASE POVERTY AND INEQUALITY MORE THAN ANY OTHER BUDGET IN RECENT TIMES . NOW THAT IS NOT A NOW THAT IS NOT A BUDGET THAT YOU HAVE A SENATE THAT IS CHAIRED BY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, MAJORITY LEADER AND A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT. YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET CONSENSUS ON THAT KIND OF A BUDGET. SO THIS IS ESSENTIALLY A STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND VISION BY ONE PARTY. NOT A DOCUMENT THAT ANYBODY THINKS IS GOING TO PASS. HOWEVER, THAT IS A FUTURE WE SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD. IN FACT RKT THE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL -- IN FACT, THE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL IS NOT A REALISTIC BUDGET AT ALL, I SAY TO YOU. NOBODY BELIEVES IN ITS PREMISE THAT WE ARE GOING TO SAVAGE OUR DOMESTIC PROGRAMS AND LEAVE THE MOST VULNERABLE OUT IN THE COLD. THAT'S NOT AMERICA. THAT'S NOT THE VALUES WE SHARE AS A COUNTRY. THIS DISASTROUS BUDGET ENDS THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE, INCREASING COSTS FOR SENIORS. IT CUTS MEDICARE -- MEDICAID BY A THIRD. THAT'S THE MOST VULNERABLE IN AMERICA, THE POOR IN AMERICA. MY FAITH DOESN'T TEACH ME THAT'S THE KIND OF POLICY I WANT TO SUPPORT. I DON'T THINK ANYBODY FAITH TEACHES THEM THAT. WE WANT TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE WHO NEED THE MOST HELP. IT WILL JEOPARDIZE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH AND NURSING HOME CARE FOR SENIORS, THE DISABLED AND LOW-INCOME FAMILIES WHO DEPEND UPON IT. FURTHERMORE, IT REPEALS THE CRITICAL PATIENT PROTECTION AND COST CONTAINMENT POLICIES OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THAT WILL COST US DOLLARS. BUDGET SLASHES FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS THAT HELP THE VULNERABLE, ENABLE TOWER CHILDREN TO AFFORD COLLEGE AND PROVIDE HEALTH COVERAGE TO THOSE WITH LONG-TERM DISABILITIES. AND IT PUTS MILLIONS AT ECONOMIC RISK AS A RESULT OF SDASTIC SPENDING CUTS. AS A RESULT -- DRASTIC SPENDING CUTS. IT HAS $1 TRILLION IN TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMONG US AND CUTS AN ADDITIONAL $4.6 TRILLION IN TAXES ON TOP OF THAT. IN FACT, YOU CAN GET TAX CUTS UP TO $10 TRILLION WITH THE BUSH EXTENSION AND THE REDUCTION FROM 35 TO 25 AND OH, YES, WE ARE GOING TO ELIMINATE PREFERENCE ITEMS. WE WON'T TELL YOU WHAT THOSE PREFERENCE ITEMS ARE. WE WON'T TELL YOU WHEN WE'LL ELIMINATE THEM BUT WE ARE GOING TO ELIMINATE THEM. I AGREE WITH MR. RYAN ON THAT PROPOSITION OF LOOKING AT THEM. I'M JUST NOT VERY CONFIDENT THAT GIVEN WHAT HAPPENED IN BOWLES-SIMPSON THAT ANYBODY HAS THE COURAGE TO DO SO. IT DOES ALL THAT WITHOUT SAYING HOW IT WILL BE PAID FOR. PRESUMABLY ELIMINATING DEDUCTIONS THAT MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES RELY ON TO SEND THEIR KIDS TO COLLEGE AND AFFORD AIR HOMES. I HAVE SAID AGAIN IN THE PAST, I SAY AGAIN TODAY, WE MUST HAVE A BIG, BOLD, BALANCED DEAL THAT WILL AFFECT ENTITLEMENTS. IT WILL AFFECT REVENUES AND WILL AFFECT EXPENDITURES. CAN I HAVE TWO MORE MINUTES?

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  • 05:03:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN A MINUTE AND THEN MAYBE ANOTHER MINUTE.

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    MR. HOYER

    MINUTE. I TELL MY FRIEND -- THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE CERTAINLY…

    MINUTE. I TELL MY FRIEND -- THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE CERTAINLY SOMEONE OF THE INDIVIDUALS IN THE COUNTRY THAT CAN BE PART OF THE SOLUTION. BUT NOT BE PART OF THE SOLUTION PROPOSING SOMETHING THAT IS CLEARLY UNACCEPTABLE TO THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE, TO THE PRESIDENT. WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AND COME TO AGREEMENT. A FUTURE WHERE THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE IS PRESERVED AND SENIORS' HEALTH SECURITY IS PROTECTED. A FUTURE WHERE STUDENTS WHO WORK HARD TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEMSELVES AND GET ACCEPTED TO COLLEGE WON'T HAVE WORRY ABOUT WHETHER THEY CAN AFFORD TO GO. A FUTURE WHERE WE HELP BUSINESSES CREATE MILLIONS OF JOBS HERE AT HOME THAT WON'T BE SHIPPED OVERSEAS. A FUTURE, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WHERE THE DEFICIT IS REDUCED IN A BALANCED WAY. THAT'S THE KEY. WE ALL KNOW IT'S THE KEY. WITH EVERYONE PITCHING IN. ANY OF THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVES IN MY OPINION WILL BE BETTER THAN THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET. AND I DON'T AGREE WITH EVERYTHING IN EACH ONE OF THOSE BUDGETS, CLEARLY. WE HAVE A CHOICE, TONIGHT, TODAY, TOMORROW OF TWO FUTURES. AND THAT CHOICE -- I THANK YOU. AND THAT CHOICE COULDN'T BE CLEAR. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THIS HOUSE, I URGE YOU TO STAND TOGETHER IN DEFEATING THIS BUDGET AND PASSING ONE THAT WILL BRING OUR MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING FAMILIES, NOT A GRIM FUTURE, BUT A BRIGHT FUTURE. AND IN CONCLUSION, LET ME SAY THIS. WHATEVER HAPPENS TO THESE BUDGETS, ANY OF THESE BUDGETS ON THE FLOOR IS NOT GOING TO BE THE FINAL WORD. IT PERHAPS WILL NOT EVEN BE THE BEGINNING WORD. WE NEED TO SOLVE THIS ISSUE AND WE NEED TO DO IT NOT BY POINTING FINGERS AT ONE ANOTHER, NOT PRETENDING IT'S GOING TO BE SIMPLE, NOT PRETENDING THAT WE ARE GOING TO MAKE HAPPY ALL OF OUR SUPPORTERS. WE WON'T BE. THE HOLE WE DUG IS WAY TOO DEEP. DECISIONS WE MAKE IS WAY TOO TOUGH AND THE ONLY WAY WE WILL MAKE THEM IS TO JOIN HANDS AND LOOK THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IN THE EYE AND SAY WE HAVE TO HAVE A BALANCED DEAL. WE HAVE TO DO ALL THAT IS NECESSARY TO PUT THIS NATION ON A FISCALLY SUSTAINABLE PATH. FOR THE CHAIRMAN'S CHILDREN, FOR THE RANKING MEMBER'S CHILDREN, FOR MY CHILDREN, MY GRANDCHILDREN AND, YES, MY TWO GREAT GRANDCHILDREN, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:05:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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    MR. RYAN

    I JUST YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES TO SAY THE GENTLEMAN DOESN'T LOOK LIKE A…

    I JUST YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES TO SAY THE GENTLEMAN DOESN'T LOOK LIKE A DAY OVER A GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER. FIRST OFF, MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE SINCERITY OF THE MINORITY WHIP'S SENTIMENT AND HE IS A MAN WHO MEANS THAT. I KNOW THAT. I WOULD SAY, THOUGH, THIS PROCESS OF FIXING OUR COUNTRY'S FISCAL PATH WOULD HAVE BEEN MADE MUCH BETTER HAD THE PRESIDENT PROPOSED A SOLUTION. THE PRESIDENT JUST GAVE US HIS FOURTH BUDGET AND FOR THE FOURTH TIME IT DOESN'T DO ANYTHING TO GET THIS DEBT UNDER CONTROL.

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  • 05:06:43 PM

    MR. HOYER

    MY FRIEND YIELD?

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    MR. RYAN

    WOULD LOVE TO JUST WAIT FOR US TO OFFER OUR SOLUTIONS TO THEN ATTACK. WE…

    WOULD LOVE TO JUST WAIT FOR US TO OFFER OUR SOLUTIONS TO THEN ATTACK. WE DON'T CARE ABOUT THAT. WE'RE GOING TO OFFER SOLUTIONS. AND WHEN WE HEAR THE WORD BALANCE, WATCH YOUR CHECKBOOK. HOLD YOUR WALLET. IT MEANS TAX INCREASES. MR. CHAIRMAN, IT'S MATH. YOU LITERALLY CANNOT TAX YOUR WAY OUT OF THIS PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM WE HAVE HERE IS A SPENDING PROBLEM. THAT IS WHY WE PROPOSE TO CUT SPENDING, AND WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. CHAFFETZ.

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  • 05:07:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. CHAFFETZ.

  • 05:08:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    THANK YOU. I WANT TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN RYAN AND THE BUDGET COMMITTEE FOR…

    THANK YOU. I WANT TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN RYAN AND THE BUDGET COMMITTEE FOR ACTUALLY DOING THE JOB WE WERE ELECTED TO DO. AS CHAIRMAN RYAN POINTED OUT, IT'S BEEN MORE THAN 1,050 SINCE THE UNITED STATES SENATE ACTUALLY DECIDED TO EVEN ADDRESS THE BUDGET. AND YET I LOOK AT WHAT THEY'RE DOING, I CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHAT THEY'RE DOING. WE'RE ACTUALLY DOING THE JOB WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING AND DOING IT AHEAD THE SCHEDULE, PER THE STATUTE, PER WHAT THIS COUNTRY THINKS WE SHOULD BE DOING AND I'M HAPPY WE'RE DEBATING THE BUDGET. I AM TERRIBLY DISAPPOINTED IN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. ROUTINELY HERE, MR. CHAIRMAN, THE DEMOCRATS TALK ABOUT A BALANCED APPROACH. THE PROBLEM IS THE PRESIDENT HAS NEVER EVER INTRODUCED A BALANCED BUDGET. A BUDGET THAT EVEN OVER THE COURSE OF TIME AT SOME POINT IN TIME WOULD ACTUALLY BALANCE. IT NEVER BALANCES. AND SO FOR FOUR YEARS IN A ROW WE'RE GOING TO HAVE $1 TRILLION-PLUS DEFICIT. UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT MEANS FOR YOU AND YOUR KIDS. THIS IS A NATION THAT WAS WHEN I WAS FIRST ELECTED IN 2008 WAS ROUGHLY IN THE $9 TRILLION DEFICIT RANGE OR DEBT RANGE. NOW WE'RE GOING TO BE CLOSE TO $16 TRILLION BY THE END OF THE YEAR. NOW, KEEP IN MIND HOW MUCH IS $1 TRILLION? THAT NUMBER IS SO LARGE, IT'S HARD TO GET YOUR ARMS AROUND. IF YOU SPEND $1 MILLION EVERY DAY IT WOULD TAKE YOU NEARLY 3,000 YEARS TO GET TO $1 TRILLION. WE DEFICIT SPEND AS A NATION $4 BILLION A DAY. MY STATE OF UTAH, THEIR ENTIRE BUDGET, EVERYTHING WE DO IN OUR ENTIRE STATE IS ABOUT $13 BILLION FOR THE YEAR. AND THIS NATION DEFICIT SPENDS ROUGHLY $4 BILLION A DAY. WE PAY MORE THAN $600 MILLION A DAY IN INTEREST ON OUR DEBT. AND YET THE PRESIDENT PROPOSES A BUDGET THAT OVER THE COURSE OF TIME WILL GET TO $26 TRILLION IN DEBT IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS. WHERE WE WILL SEE DAILY, DAILY DEBT PAYMENTS TO SERVICE OUR DEBT, THOSE INTEREST PAYMENTS WILL BE SOMETHING IN THE RANGE CLOSING IN ON $2 BILLION A DAY. WE CAN'T DO THIS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. THERE'S A PROPER ROLE OF GOVERNMENT. WE'RE TAKING A RESPONSIBLE APPROACH. WE HAVE TO CUT SPENDING. THE REASON I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE BUDGET IS THAT OVER THE COURSE OF THE TIME WE TAKE THAT SPENDING AS A PERCENTAGE OF OUR GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT AND BRING IT DOWN LESS THAN 20% . YOU KNOW, UNDER THE PRESIDENT'S VISION, HE'S FINE WITH SPENDING IN EXCESS OF 24% OF G.D.P. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? THINK OF ALL THE TRANSACTIONS, ALL THE FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS IN THIS COUNTRY AND HE'S COMFORTABLE SPENDING 24 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR THAT'S SPENT IN THIS NATION. THAT'S FUNDAMENTALLY AND MORALLY WRONG. BUT THERE IS A CHOICE. WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER A PLAN. WE ARE DOING THE HEAVY LIFTING. WE'RE PUTTING TOGETHER A BUDGET THAT'S RESPONSIBLE. I WISH WE COULD BALANCE THE BUDGET OVERNIGHT. YOU CAN'T. YOU GOT TO PUT OURSELVES ON A GLIDE PATH. THERE IS A PROPER ROLE OF GOVERNMENT. WE HAVE TO ACHIEVE THAT. I BELIEVE THAT THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS BOLD AND REALISTIC. I YIELD BACK AND THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS GREAT WORK.

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  • 05:11:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE DEBATE WE'RE HAVING HERE IS NOT WHETHER TO REDUCE…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE DEBATE WE'RE HAVING HERE IS NOT WHETHER TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT AND THE DEBT. WE HAVE TO DO THAT. THE ISSUE IS THE CHOICES WE MAKE IN THE PROCESS. THE PRESIDENT DOES HAVE A BUDGET. IT DOES TAKE A BALANCED APPROACH. MY COLLEAGUES SAY, WATCH OUT. WELL, WATCH OUT FOR THE BIPARTISAN COMMISSIONS ALL OF WHOM HAVE RECOMMENDED TAKING APPROACH THAT IS BALANCED. YES, WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE SPENDING PART. WE CUT $1 TRILLION. THERE ARE ADDITIONAL CUTS IN THESE BUDGETS, BUT WE SHOULD ALSO END THE SPECIAL INTEREST TAX BREAKS AND WE SHOULD ASK FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP TO TAKE A LITTLE BIT MORE RESPONSIBILITY. HERE ARE THE CHOICES THAT ARE MADE IN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET. HERE'S A VERY SIMPLE ONE. THIS IS THE CONTINUATION OF THE BUSH TAX CUTS FOR THE TOP 2%. $261 BILLION. MEANWHILE, THEY CUT $810 BILLION FROM MEDICAID. AGAIN, 2/3 OF MEDICAID SPENDING GOES TO SENIORS AND INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES. BUT THAT WASN'T ENOUGH. THEY APPARENTLY ARE DOUBLING DOWN ON TAX BREAKS THAT BENEFIT THE FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP. THIS IS THE AMOUNT OF TAX BREAKS MILLIONAIRES WILL GET FROM CONTINUING THE BUSH TAX CUTS. THEY'VE ADDED OVER $260,000 IN ADDITIONAL AVERAGE TAX BREAKS FOR PEOPLE MAKING OVER $1 TRILLION. THEY SAY THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE THAT UP SOMEHOW. THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE IT UP, I'LL TELL YOU HOW THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE IT UP, BY INCREASING THE TAX BURDEN ON MIDDLE INCOME AMERICANS. WITH THAT I WANT TO RECOGNIZE AND YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED ASSISTANT DEMOCRATIC LEADER WHO'S BEEN LOOKING OUT FOR AVERAGE WORKING AMERICANS HIS ENTIRE CAREER, MR. CLYBURN.

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  • 05:13:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. CLYBURN

    I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN…

    I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS MISGUIDED REPUBLICAN BUDGET BECAUSE IT FAILS THE MORAL TEST. THE FEDERAL BUDGET SHOULD REFLECT THE VALUES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND THIS REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL DOES DAMAGE TO THOSE VALUES BECAUSE IT IS FUNDAMENTALLY UNFAIR TO MIDDLE INCOME, TO THE HARDWORKING PEOPLE OF AMERICA AND THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US. THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET WOULD END THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE THAT WORKING PEOPLE DEPEND UPON AFTER A LIFETIME OF HARD WORK. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET CREATES NEW TAX BREAKS, UP TO $394,000 FOR THE WEALTHIEST FEW. THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET DESTROYS 4.1 MILLION JOBS. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET BREAKS FAITH WITH THE AGREEMENT THEIR LEADERS MADE IN LAST YEAR'S BUDGET CONTROL ACT, TO MAINTAIN FUNDING FOR ESSENTIAL SERVICES. AND THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET PROTECTS ALL PENTAGON FUNDS WHILE PUTTING SCHOOLS, ROADS AND JOB CREATION ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN LOUD AND CLEAR IN OPPOSITION TO THESE MISGUIDED PRIORITIES. I URGE THE HOUSE TO PASS FAIR AND BALANCED LEGISLATION, TO REDUCE OUR DEFICITS IN A RESPONSIBLE AND SURGICAL MANNER AND INVEST IN IMPORTANT PRIORITIES TO BUILD A STRONG MIDDLE CLASS. GROWING UP IN SOUTH CAROLINA, I LEARNED TO PUT FAITH INTO ACTION, TO FIRMLY HELD VALUES AND HIGH MORAL STANDARDS. . THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET FAILS THE MORAL TEST AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN DEFEATING IT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:15:46 PM

    MR. RYAN

    FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL.

  • 05:15:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 05:16:04 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

  • 05:22:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS OF THE MEMBER OF THE BUDGET…

    MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS OF THE MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. WOODALL FROM GEORGIA. BUT I DON'T THINK THE CHOICE OF THE REPUBLICANS MAKE IN THIS BUDGET IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. I DON'T THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE GOING TO THINK IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. I DON'T THINK THE CHOICE TO PROVIDE ANOTHER ROUND OF TAX CUTS FOR PEOPLE MAKING MORE THAN $1 MILLION A YEAR WHILE ENDING THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE FOR SENIORS WHO HAVE MEDIAN INCOME UNDER $23,000 A YEAR. I DON'T THINK IT'S THE RIGHT CHOICE BUT THE CRAZIEST CHOICE. MR. WOODALL SAID IT DOESN'T CHANGE ONE THING IN MEDICARE. THAT IS NOT TRUE. THIS IMMEDIATELY REOPENS THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG DOUGHNUT HOLE. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN TAKES SOME OF THE SAVINGS WE ACHIEVED IN THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR MEDICARE, BUT INSTEAD OF USING IT LIKE WE DID TO HELP STRENGTHEN THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN, IT REOPENS IT IMMEDIATELY. THAT IS AN ADDITIONAL $10,000 OVER 10 YEARS FOR SENIORS WHO HAVE HIGH PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS. YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE IT DOES IMMEDIATELY? IT IMMEDIATELY ENDS THE PREVENTATIVE CARE SERVICES WE PROVIDED UNDER MEDICARE. WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE SENIORS TO GET THAT EARLY CARE SO WE ELIMINATE THE CO-PAYS AND NOW THEY HAVE TO PAY THAT, TOO, IMMEDIATELY. I KEEP HAVING TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT THIS CHART WAS PRESENTED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. RYAN. AND THE BLACK LINE IS THE REPUBLICAN PLAN AND THE BLUE LINE IS THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN. THE RED LINE IS PROJECTED HEALTH CARE COSTS. AND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO PLANS IS THAT THE REPUBLICAN PLAN PUTS ALL THE RISK OF THOSE RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS ON THE SENIORS. AND YOU CAN SEE THAT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS CHART. THIS IS CURRENT MEDICARE. IT PROVIDES CONSTANT SUPPORT FOR THE HEALTH CARE SERVICES -- THAT'S THE BLUE LINE. HERE'S THE GREEN LINE. THIS IS WHAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES GET, PREMIUM SUPPORT. AS HEALTH CARE PRICES GOING UP, THEIR PREMIUM SUPPORT STAYS CONSTANT. THIS RED LINE, THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CAP THE SUPPORT FOR SENIORS AS THE REPUBLICAN PLAN DID. THAT RED LINE GOING STRAIGHT DOWN IS THE SAME AS THAT RED LINE GOING STRAIGHT UP. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE APPROACHES IS WE SAY LET'S MODERNIZE MEDICARE TO PUT GREATER FOCUS AND INCENTIVES ON THE VALUE OF CARE, NOT SO MUCH ON THE VOLUME OF CARE, WHICH DOES DRIVE UP COSTS. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN PUTS ALL THOSE RISKS OF RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS ON SENIORS. WITH THAT, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED DEMOCRATIC LEADER SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN FIGHTING FOR JOBS, FAIRNESS AND FOR PROTECTING THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE, MS. PELOSI.

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  • 05:25:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    LEADER IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. PELOSI

    I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE FOR…

    I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE FOR YIELDING. I THANK HIM FOR HIS IMPORTANT WORK IN CONSTRUCTING A DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE TO THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, THAT IS MR. VAN HOLLEN'S BUDGET PROPOSAL WHICH IS A STATEMENT OF OUR AMERICAN VALUES WHICH SAYS THAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU THE EDUCATION, WELL-BEING AND HEALTH OF OUR CHILDREN, THE HEALTH SECURITY OF OUR SENIORS, THOSE ARE IMPORTANT VALUES TO US AND THOSE VALUES ARE IN THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE. THE REPUBLICAN RYAN BILL, ON THE OTHER HAND, I DO NOT BELIEVE IS A STATEMENT OF OUR NATIONAL VALUES AS TO WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS REFLECTED IN THEIR BUDGET PRIORITY. BUT YOU BE THE JUDGE. WOULD IT BE A STATEMENT OF YOUR VALUES IF YOU HAD A BUDGET THAT SAID TO SENIORS, WE'RE GOING TO END THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE AND YOU'RE GOING TO PAY $6,000 OR MORE AND GET LESS IN TERMS OF BENEFITS? WHILE AT THE SAME TIME, WE ARE GOING TO GIVE OVER $300 BILLION TAX BREAK TO THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY. WOULD THAT BE A STATEMENT OF YOUR VALUES, $6,000 MORE FOR SENIORS WITH FEWER BENEFITS, $ 300,000 OR MORE TO THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY. WOULD A STATEMENT OF VALUES FOR YOU, MY COLLEAGUES AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE YOU REPRESENT, IF YOU HAD A BUDGET THAT SAID TO BIG OIL, WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SUBSIDIZE YOU TO THE TUNE OF TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, WE'RE GOING TO FREEZE PELL GRANTS. WE ARE GOING TO ELIMINATE THEM FOR 400,000 YOUNG PEOPLE AND MAKE THEM MORE -- LESS AVAILABLE TO OVER NINE MILLION YOUNG PEOPLE? TO ELIMINATE IT FOR THEM AND USE THE MONEY TO GIVE TAX SUBSIDIES TO BIG OIL, BIG OIL, WHICH IS MAKING TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN RECORD PROFITS EACH YEAR. WOULD IT BE A STATEMENT OF YOUR VALUES IF YOU SAID IN YOUR BUDGET THAT ALL OF THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO NOW ARE CHILDREN, WHO HAVE A PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITION, ASTHMA, DIABETES, BIRTH DEFECT, ANY OF THOSE PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS, UNDER PRESENT LAW, UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THEY CANNOT BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST IN OBTAINING HEALTH INSURANCE. BUT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET SAYS THEY SHOULD BE, BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO ELIMINATE THAT. TO THE 2.5 YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE NOW ON THEIR PARENTS' POLICIES UNTIL THEY ARE 26 YEARS OLD, THIS BUDGET SAYS NO TO YOU, TOO. WE'RE ELIMINATING THAT. WE ARE TOO BUSY GIVING TAX BREAKS TO THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN AMERICA. WHILE WE ARE AT IT, WITH YOUNG PEOPLE JUST GRADUATING FROM COLLEGE, SOME OF THEM MAY HAVE STUDENT LOANS AND IN THE HOUSE BUDGET, THANK YOU, MR. VAN HOLLEN, IN THE HOUSE BUDGET, WE HAVE A PROVISION THAT SAYS THAT COME JULY 1, THE INTEREST ON THOSE LOANS WILL NOT DOUBLE. WE HAVE TAKEN CARE OF THAT. UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCE, INTEREST RATES WOULD GO FROM 3.4% TO 6.8%. THE HOUSE DEMOCRATIC BUDGET SAYS NO TO THAT DOUBLING OF INTEREST. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET KEEPS IT THE SAME. THAT'S JUST TO NAME A FEW THINGS THAT I THINK MAY NOT BE A STATEMENT OF THE VALUES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. RATHER IT'S INTEREST PAID ON STUDENT LOANS, THE AVAILABILITY OF PELL GRANTS TO YOUNG PEOPLE, ENDING THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE AND AS THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER SAID, RIGHT NOW TODAY, OVERTURNING THE MONEY THAT WAS -- RESOURCES THAT WERE PUT IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TO REDUCE THE DOUGHNUT HOLE. MAYBE FIVE MILLION SENIORS HAVE BENEFITED TO THE TUNE OF $3.2 BILLION IN THE BILL. THEIR PREVENTATIVE CARE SERVICES , ANNUAL WELLNESS VISITS WITHOUT A CO-PAY. SO WE'RE TALKING ABOUT KITCHEN-TABLE ITEMS FOR PEOPLE WHERE PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO MAKE ENDS MEET, WHERE PEOPLE WONDER IF THEIR CHILDREN WILL BE ABLE TO GO TO COLLEGE AND IF THEY DO, HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE AND WHEN THEY GET A JOB, CAN REACH THEIR ASPIRATIONS WITHOUT HAVING THEIR CHOICES ONLY NARROWED BY WHETHER THEY HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE OR NOT UNTIL THE BILL COMES INTO FULL EFFECT. . THERE ARE A COUPLE THINGS I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT THE BILL. THEY ARE TO END THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE, END THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE, END THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE WHILE MAKING SENIORS PAY MORE FOR LESS, WHILE GIVING OVER $300 BILLION IN TAX BREAKS TO THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY. AND BY THE WAY, DID I MENTION IT, IT'S A JOB LOSER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ENTHUSIASTICALLY SUPPORT THE HOUSE DEMOCRATIC PROPOSAL WHICH IS A STATEMENT OF OUR VALUES AND WHICH OUR DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE WILL PRESENT -- I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S TONIGHT OR TOMORROW MORNING. I UNDERSTAND THAT IT KEEPS CHANGING. THE HOUSE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE INVESTS IN AMERICA'S PRIORITIES, CREATES JOBS, PROTECTS OUR SENIORS AND OUR STUDENTS, STRENGTHENS THE MIDDLE CLASS. DEMOCRATS PROTECT MEDICARE, REPUBLICANS DISMANTLE MEDICARE. DEMOCRATIC PLAN ASKS THE WEALTHIEST TO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE AND PUT OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN ALMOST DOUBLES THEIR TAX BREAKS. OUR DEMOCRATIC PLAN REFLECTS MOST ENDURING THING IN AMERICA, THE AMERICAN DREAM. DEMOCRATS WANT TO REIGNITE THE AMERICAN DREAM, TO BUILD LADDERS OF OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL WHO WANT TO WORK HARD, PLAY BY THE RULES AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. IT DOES THIS BY INVESTING IN SMALL SMALL BUSINESSES AND ENTREPRENEURISM OF OUR COUNTRY BY STRENGTHENING THE MIDDLE CLASS. IN THAT REGARD, WE BELIEVE THAT OUR BUDGET IS A STATEMENT OF OUR VALUES. WE CALL UPON OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO WORK WITH US ON THE BUDGET THAT REFLECTS VALUES. WE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO PROTECT AND STRENGTHEN MEDICARE. WE MUST PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK AND BUILD A BROADLY SHAPED PROSPERITY FOR ALL AMERICANS. WE MUST MAKE IT IN AMERICA TO STOP THE EROSION OF OUR MANUFACTURING BASE. WE MUST PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. WE MUST DO THIS WITH COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, AND YOU AWFUL THESE THINGS, STRENGTHEN THE MIDDLE CLASS, WHICH IS WHAT OUR DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE WILL ACHIEVE. FOR THE SAKE OF OUR SENIORS, FOR OUR FAMILIES, FOR OUR CHILDREN, FOR OUR WORKERS, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE REPUBLICAN PLAN WHICH ENDS THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE, MAKE SENIORS PAY $6,000 OR MORE WITH FEWER BENEFITS AND GIVES TAX BREAKS TO THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES AND IT COSTS US JOBS TO DO SO. IT DOESN'T REDUCE THE DEFICIT UNTIL NEARLY 2040. IT'S NOT A GOOD DEAL FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE DEMOCRATIC BUDGET IS. I URGE YES ON THE VAN HOLLEN BUDGET AND NO ON THE RYAN REPUBLICAN BUDGET AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:34:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

  • 05:34:18 PM

    MR. RYAN

    CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE. THEY SAID YESTERDAY WE'RE CUTTING…

    CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE. THEY SAID YESTERDAY WE'RE CUTTING TAXES ON MILLIONAIRES BY $150,000. TODAY, IT'S $300,000. PROBABLY GOING TO BE $1 MILLION TOMORROW. WHAT I SIMPLY SAY THIS LINE THAT WE'RE ENDING THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE, LET ME REMIND YOU, CHAIRMAN, THAT THIS WAS RATED THE LIE OF THE YEAR BY THE NONPARTISAN POLITICAL FACT OF 2011. WE DON'T WANT A RATIONING BOARD RUNNING MEDICARE. WE WANT SENIORS IN CHARGE OF MEDICARE. WE DON'T WANT TO TAKE MORE FROM SUCCESSFUL SMALL BUSINESSES THAT CREATE OUR JOBS AND MAKE THEM UNCOMPETITIVE TO THE GLOBAL ECONOMY. WE WANT TO TAKE SPECIAL INTEREST LOOPHOLES OUT OF THE LOOPHOLE, ESPECIALLY SMALL BUSINESSES THAT CREATES OUR JOBS. MORE IMPORTANTLY, WE WANT TO BALANCE THE BUDGET, PAY OFF THE DEBT. OURS IS THE ONLY BUDGET THAT DOES THAT. THE SO-CALLED BALANCED APPROACH BY OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DOESN'T EVEN PRETEND TO GET THE DEBT PAID OFF, LET ALONE UNDER CONTROL. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE,

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  • 05:35:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:35:25 PM

    MR. ROE

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA RELEASED HIS…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA RELEASED HIS NEARLY $4 TRILLION BUDGET PROPOSAL IN FEBRUARY, HE CALLED FOR MORE SPENDING, MORE BORROWING AND MORE TAXES. DESPITE A NATIONAL DEBT THAT'S GROWN TO MORE THAN $15.5 TRILLION, THE PRESIDENT ELECTED TO DOUBLE DOWN ON THE SAME OLD FAILED AGENDA. THE SENATE'S FAILED TO PASS A BUDGET MORE THAN 1,000. THE IPAD WASN'T ON THE MARKET THE LAST TIME THEY PASSED A BUDGET. WHILE THEY'RE WORKING TO ADDRESS THE ECONOMIC CRISIS FACING OUR COUNTRIES, AMERICANS DESERVE BETTER THAN EMPTY PROMISES FROM A BROKEN GOVERNMENT. AND THE PATH TO PROSPERITY OFFERS A WAY FORWARD. THIS CUTS SPENDING IN A MEANINGFUL WAY, LOWERS TAX RATES WHILE SIMPLIFYING THE TAX CODE AND STRENGTHENS THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET. I ASKED THE SENATE AND HOUSE DEMOCRATS, WHAT'S YOUR PLAN? THERE IS NO GREATER CONTRAST BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET AND OUR REPUBLICAN BUDGET THAN ON MEDICARE, SOMETHING I KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT HAVING PRACTICED MEDICINE FOR 30 YEARS. THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS CUT $500 BILLION-PLUS FROM MEDICARE TO FUND A NEW ENTITLEMENT AND THEY HAVE A 15-MEMBER BOARD, BASICALLY A DENIAL OF CARE BOARD. DOING NOTHING IS NOT AN OPTION. REPUBLICANS PROPOSED TO STRENGTHEN MEDICARE FOR CURRENT SENIORS BY MAKING NO CHANGES FOR THOSE 55 AND OLDER AND GIVING FUTURE RETIREES THE ABILITY TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN HEALTH PLAN. WHAT A NOVEL IDEA THAT IS. INCLUDING A TRADITIONAL MEDICARE CHOICE. THE SAME THING THEY HAVE TODAY. BY COMPLEMENTING THESE COMMONSENSE REFORMS, -- BY IMPLEMENTING THESE COMMONSENSE REFORMS, WE CAN ENSURE THAT MEDICARE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS. I AM VERY PROUD OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE WHO HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY TO DRAFT A BLUEPRINT THAT SETS OUR NATION ON A PATH TO BALANCING THE BUDGET AND PAYING OFF THE DEBT. THIS PROPOSAL PROTECTS THE COUNTRY, SAVES MEDICARE AND PUTS AMERICA ON A PATH TO PROSPERITY. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:37:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

  • 05:37:39 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 05:39:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 05:39:52 PM

    MR. ANDREWS

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. ANDREWS

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THERE'S BEEN AN UNDERSTANDING IN OUR COUNTRY FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THERE'S BEEN AN UNDERSTANDING IN OUR COUNTRY FOR A VERY LONG TIME THAT IF YOU WORK AS HARD AS YOU CAN YOUR WHOLE LIFE AND YOU FOLLOW THE RULES THAT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT YOU'LL GET AS PART OF THIS AMERICAN DREAM IS A SECURE RETIREMENT. THAT YOU OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO SPEND THE YEARS AFTER YOU WORK LOVING YOUR GRANDCHILDREN, PURSUING YOUR HOBBIES, DOING THE THINGS IN LIFE THAT YOU LOVE AND ENJOY. ESSENTIAL TO THAT PART OF THE AMERICAN DREAM IS THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE, BECAUSE HERE WHAT IT REALLY SAYS. IF YOU GET SICK AND YOU NEED HELP, YOU GET THE HELP THAT YOU NEED AS DETERMINED BY YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR AND YOUR FAMILY AND YOU PAY YOUR FAIR SHARE IN PREMIUMS AND CO-PAYS, BUT THERE'S NO INSURANCE BUREAUCRACY TO RUN THROUGH, THERE'S NO APPROVAL YOU'VE GOT TO GET. IF YOUR CARDIOLOGIST SAYS YOU NEED A CERTAIN PROCEDURE AND YOU THINK THAT YOU WANT TO DO IT, YOU DO IT AND MEDICARE PAYS THE BILL. THIS IS A GUARANTEE, AND THE REASON IT'S NEEDED IS YOU CAN'T MAKE A WHOLE LOT OF PROFIT OFF OF INSURING OLDER AND SICKER PEOPLE. SO SINCE 1965 THIS MEDICARE GUARANTEE HAS BEEN A PART OF THE PROMISE THAT WE MADE TO AMERICAN SENIORS. THIS BUDGET VIOLATES THAT PROMISE. BECAUSE WHAT IT SAYS, A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE, BEGINNING WITH THOSE UNDER 55, WILL NOT BE IN MEDICARE. THEY'LL BE IN A SYSTEM RUN BY THE INSURANCE COMPANIES OF THIS COUNTRY AND THE DECISION WILL SHIFT FROM PEOPLE AND THEIR DOCTORS TO INSURANCE COMPANIES. NOW, THE OTHER SIDE WILL SAY, WELL, IT'S GOING TO BE VOLUNTEER -- VOLUNTARY. HERE'S WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN, THE WEALTHIER, HEALTHIER PEOPLE WILL SIGN UP FOR THE VOWEL UNTEAR PEOPLE AND THE POORER, OLDER, SICKER PEOPLE WILL STAY IN REGULAR MEDICARE. THE RESOURCES WILL DIMINISH. THE CARE WILL DWINDLE AND MEDICARE WILL WITHER AND DIE ON THE VINE. NOW, THIS IS A LEGITIMATE -- I ASK FOR 30 MORE SECONDS.

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  • 05:42:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

  • 05:42:11 PM

    MR. ANDREWS

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS OBVIOUSLY IS A GOOD FAITH AND LEGITIMATE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS OBVIOUSLY IS A GOOD FAITH AND LEGITIMATE PHILOSOPHICAL DIFFERENCE, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO DETERMINATION OF THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE, WHEN IT COMES TO JEOPARDIZING AND VIOLATING THIS COVENANT WITH THE PEOPLE THAT BUILT THIS COUNTRY, WE THINK THAT'S THE WRONG THING TO DO. AND IT'S ESPECIALLY WRONG WHEN THE SO-CALLED SAVINGS FROM THIS APPROACH WILL FINANCE YET ANOTHER TAX BREAK FOR THE WEALTHIEST AND MOST PROSPEROUS PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY. THESE PRIORITIES WE'LL DEBUT IN GOOD FAITH. WE THINK THEY ARE THE WRONG PRIORITIES. WE URGE A NO VOTE.

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  • 05:42:52 PM

    MR. RYAN

    LET ME JUST YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES TO SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT ENDS THE…

    LET ME JUST YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES TO SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT ENDS THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE? THE MEDICARE STATUS QUO. WE HAVE ACHIEVED ACTUARY MEDICARE -- $37 TRILLION IN THE HOLE. THAT'S THE UNFUNDED LIABILITY FOR MEDICARE. LOOK AT THE DRIVER OF OUR DEBT. MEDICARE IS GROWING AT SUCH A RATE THAT IT GOES INTO BANKRUPTCY, IT GOES BANKRUPT IN 2021, ACCORDING TO C.B.O. SO WHAT DOES THE PRESIDENT LAW, THE CURRENT LAW IN LAW DO? IT SAYS WE NEED TO SLOW THE GROWTH OF MEDICARE SPENDING BY PUTTING A CAP OVER MEDICARE. THAT'S IN LAW TODAY. AND THEN IT SAYS IN ORDER TO ENFORCE THIS CAP WE'RE GOING TO HAVE 15 POLITICAL APPOINTEES THAT THE PRESIDENT WILL APPOINT FOR SIX-YEAR TERMS, THEY MAKE THE DECISIONS. THEY DECIDE WHAT HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS CAN DO OR CANNOT DO, WHAT THEY GET PAID. THE MEDICARE CHIEF ACTUARY CAME AND TOLD US THE OTHER DAY THEY'LL START OFF BY PAYING MEDICARE PROVIDERS 80 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR TO PROVIDE MEDICARE BENEFITS AND THEN GO DOWN TO 30 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR. YOU THINK YOUR DOCTORS GOING TO DO WHAT YOU NEED IF HE GETS PAID 30 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR? HE SAID THAT 40% OF MEDICARE PROVIDERS ARE EITHER GOING TO GO OUT OF BUSINESS OR JUST STOP TAKING MEDICARE PATIENTS ALTOGETHER. THAT'S THE CURRENT LAW. THAT ENDS THE GUARANTEE. HERE'S WHAT WE SAY. GET RID OF THE RATIONING BOARD. STOP THE BUREAUCRATS FROM GETTING BETWEEN THE DOCTOR AND HER PATIENT. AND DON'T CHANGE MEDICARE FOR PEOPLE 55 AND ABOVE SO YOU CAN KEEP THE PROMISE THE GOVERNMENT'S MADE TO THEM. BUT FOR THOSE YOUNGER GENERATIONS, BECAUSE THE PROGRAM IS GOING BANKRUPT, YOU MUST REFORM IT IN ORDER TO KEEP THE PROMISE TO CURRENT SENIORS. AND THE WAY WE KEEP THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE -- AND I YIELD MYSELF ANOTHER MINUTE TO SAY THIS IS TO SAY THIS. YOU GET A LIST OF GUARANTEED COVERAGE OPTION IT'S FROM MEDICARE -- OPTIONS FROM MEDICARE AND AMONG THOSE CHOICES ARE COMPREHENSIVE PRIVATE PLANS AND THE TRADITIONAL MEDICARE OPTION. MEDICARE WILL SUBSIDIZE YOUR PREMIUMS. THOSE SUBSIDIES GO UP EVERY YEAR. IF YOU'RE LOW INCOME, ALL OF YOUR OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS WILL BE COVERED. IF YOU GET SICK, MORE AND MORE COVERAGE TO PREVENT YOU FROM GETTING SICKER. THAT SAVES MEDICARE. THAT MAKES IT SOLVENT. . AND THE COMPETITIVE BIDDING THAT IS DONE TO MAKE THEM COMPETE FOR OUR BUSINESS USING CHOICE AND COMPETITION IS WHAT THE MEDICARE ACK TOWER TELLS US IS THE BEST WAY TO SAVE THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE. PREMIUM SUPPORT, ENSURES AFFORDABILITY. THIS IS AN IDEA THAT HAS HAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT GOING BACK TO THE 1990'S. YET OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WOULD RATHER HAVE POLITICS THAN REALLY WORK TO SAVE THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE AND WITH THAT, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DOCTOR FROM GEORGIA,

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  • 05:46:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 05:46:22 PM

    MR. GINGREY

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

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE FOR YIELDING TO ME. WE HEARD OUR DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS DISCUSS IPAB. THESE BUREAUCRATS IS NOTHING BUT A BACKSTOP TO CUT LOWER MEDICARE SPENDING. IN BASEBALL PARLANCE, THAT IS SYNONOMOUS WITH A CATCHER, A CATCHER WHO WILL THROW EVERY SENIOR OUT AT SECOND BASE. I LIKE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, MR. VAN HOLE CREN, MY CLASSMATE, MR. ANDREWS WHO JUST SPOKE, BUT WE ARE A COUNTRY OF LAWS AND NOT OF MEN. AND I DON'T LIKE ANYTHING OF THEIR BUDGET. OUR BUDGET INCLUDES THE RYAN PLAN TO SAVE MEDICARE FROM BANKRUPTCY AND RATIONING. AND DEEP CONCERN FOR SENIORS THAT I LISTENED TO MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES SUGGEST THAT THE BIPARTISAN RYAN-PLAN WILL END MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. MEDICARE WILL BE BANKRUPT AS EARLY AS 2016 BECAUSE OBAMACARE ALREADY ENDED MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. IT STOLE $575 BILLION FROM MEDICARE IN ORDER TO PAY FOR OBAMACARE. I OFFERED A SIMPLE AMENDMENT DURING OBAMACARE THAT SAID ANY MEDICARE SAVINGS MUST GO BACK INTO MEDICARE TO SAVE MEDICARE. WHO COULD DISAGREE WITH THAT? THE DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE DID, TWICE THEY DEFEATED MY AMENDMENT. REPUBLICAN EFFORTS TO SAVE MEDICARE FROM BANKRUPTCY WERE THWARTED BY HOUSE DEMOCRATS BECAUSE PRESIDENT OBAMA NEEDED A PIGGY BANK TO PAY FOR OBAMACARE. AND TODAY, WE HAVE A BIPARTISAN PLAN TO SAVE MEDICARE CREATED BY HOUSE REPUBLICANS AND SENATE DEMOCRATS, WHO PUT PARTISANSHIP ASIDE BECAUSE OUR SENIORS NEED US TO SAVE MEDICARE FROM BANKRUPTCY AND SAVE THEM FROM OBAMACARE. IF THE DEMOCRATS VOTE AGAINST THIS PLAN TO SAVE MEDICARE, WILL THEY PUT FORWARD THEIR OWN PLAN TO SAVE MEDICARE? THEY WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY INDEED TO VOTE FOR THE OBAMA BUDGET RECOMMENDATION AS WELL AS THEIR OWN. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE HEARD A GREAT DEAL OF RHETORIC FROM MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE BUT THE SILENCE ON MY QUESTION TODAY HAS BEEN DEAFENING BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE A PLAN AND I HOPE THEY WILL STAND UP TODAY AND PROVE ME WRONG BY TELLING ME WHAT IS THEIR PLAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, NOT ONLY DOES THIS BUDGET NOT ONLY SAVE MEDICARE, THIS BUDGET CHARTS THE PATH TO FISCAL DISCIPLINE THAT IS LONG OVERDUE IN THIS CITY. H. CON. RES. 112 LOWERS SPENDING BY $1.1 TRILLION DOLLARS BELOW EVEN WHAT THE HOUSE PASSED LAST YEAR. THIS BUDGET PROPOSES $5.3 TRILLION BELOW WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA PROPOSED IN HIS OWN BUDGET. MR. CHAIRMAN, IF I COULD HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS. FURTHERMORE, MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS BUDGET MAKES BROAD TAX REFORMS THAT WILL PREVENT A $2 TRILLION TAX INCREASE FROM TAKING EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2013. WILL SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH BY LOWERING TAXES TO INDIVIDUALS AND JOB CREATORS AND PROPOSES A 25%, 25% CORPORATE TAX RATE TO PROMOTE DOMESTIC ECONOMIC GROWTH. MR. CHAIRMAN, IT'S TIME WE THINK OF THE NEXT GENERATION AND NOT THE NEXT ELECTION. THIS PATH TO PROSPERITY CHARTS A RESPONSIBLE COURSE FOR THE FISCAL HEALTH OF OUR COUNTRY. AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H. CON. RES. 112. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:50:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 05:50:20 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I KEEP HEARING MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SAY THAT…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I KEEP HEARING MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SAY THAT THEIR PLAN WILL PROVIDE SENIORS WITH AFFORDABLE PREMIUM FOR THEIR HEALTH CARE SERVICE. I KEEP ASKING MYSELF WHY IT IS THAT THEIR PLAN GIVES SENIORS ON MEDICARE A MUCH WORSE DEAL AND LOT LESS SUPPORT THAN THE PLAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE UNDER THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' HEALTH BENEFIT PLAN? THAT IS A REAL PREMIUM SUPPORT PLAN. THAT IS A PLAN WHERE THE PREMIUMS SUPPORT KEEPS UP WITH RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS. IF YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT MEDICARE, WE SHOULD TAKE THE APPROACH THAT WE HAVE TAKEN, THE PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN, WHERE YOU MODERNIZE THE SYSTEM, YOU CHANGE THE INCENTIVES TO PUT FOCUS ON THE VALUE OF CARE, ON THE QUALITY OF CARE, RATHER THAN THE QUANTITY OF CARE. WE ARE STARTING UP ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS, WE ARE STARTING UP DIFFERENT METHODS OF PAYMENT APPROACHES THAN PUTTING THE RISK ON SENIORS. WITH THAT, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY WHO REPRESENTS THE NATION'S CAPITAL SO WELL, ELEANOR NORTON HOMES. -- HOLMES.

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  • 05:52:01 PM

    MS. NORTON

    SHAKESPEARE SAYS LET ME COUNT THE WAYS. I'M FINDING IT DIFFICULT THE…

    SHAKESPEARE SAYS LET ME COUNT THE WAYS. I'M FINDING IT DIFFICULT THE REASONS TO OPPOSE THE REPUBLICAN'S UNBALANCED, NO-GROWTH BUDGET THAT THREATENS US TO SEND US BACK INTO A RECESSION, BUT WHEN THE TIGHTEST FIT IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS THAT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WOULD, AND HERE I'M QUOTING, MAKE IT EXTRAORDINARILY DIFFICULT FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DO ITS BASIC BUSINESS, I LISTEN. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, MR. CHAIRMAN, IS LABOR-INTENSIVE. WHEN THE O.M.B. SAYS THERE WILL BE 4,500 FEWER FEDERAL AGENTS ON THE BORDER WORKING THE CRIMINAL CASES AND PERFORMING NATIONAL SECURITY, I LISTEN. WHEN THE O.M.B. SAYS WE WON'T MEET BASIC STANDARDS FOR FOOD SAFETY, I AM LISTENING. WE SIMPLY CANNOT KEEP FREEZING PAY FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WHICH AMOUNT TO DEEP CUTS AND REPLACING EVERY THREE WITH ONLY ONE AND EXPECT TO CONTINUE PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AT THE SAME TIME. THIS BUDGET FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WHILE THEY ARE DOWN AND KICKS THEIR VITAL WORK RIGHT WITH THEM. IT GUARANTEES THE GROWTH OF THE UNACCOUNTABLE CONTRACTOR SECTOR, WHICH REMAINS UNTOUCHED IN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET. SO MUCH FOR THE PHANTOM SAVINGS AT THE EXPENSE OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:53:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

  • 05:53:54 PM

    MR. RYAN

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. HARRIS

    FOR LETTING ME TALK ABOUT AN IMPORTANT SUBJECT. THE OTHER SIDE OF THE…

    FOR LETTING ME TALK ABOUT AN IMPORTANT SUBJECT. THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WANTS TO PLAY PRETEND. LET'S PRETEND THAT WE HAVE A PROGRAM SUSTAINABLE FOR ALL FUTURE GENERATIONS. LET'S PRETEND THAT ALL OUR SENIORS RIGHT NOW HAVE ACCESS TO ALL THE MEDICAL CARE AND PHYSICIANS THAT THEY WANT. LET'S PRETEND THAT THE MEDICARE PROGRAM THAT THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL ESTABLISHES FOR OUR SENIORS ALLOW SENIORS AND THEIR DOCTORS TO CHOOSE WHAT CARE IS BEST FOR THEM. BUT, MR. CHAIRMAN, WE WOULD HAVE TO BE PLAYING PRETEND, BECAUSE, IN FACT, WE KNOW THAT THE PROGRAM IS NOT SUSTAINABLE FOR ALL GENERATIONS. THIS GRAPH HERE IS NOT FROM THE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE. THIS IS FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS. THE RED, IT'S NO ACCIDENT THAT IT'S IN RED. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO MEDICARE SPENDING UNDER THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSALS. WE ARE RIGHT HERE IN THE MIDDLE. THIS IS WHEN MY CHILDREN REACH THEIR MIDDLE AGE. THIS IS WHEN THEY RETIRE. AND THIS IS WHEN MY GRANDCHILDREN REACH THEIR RETIREMENT. IT'S NOT SUSTAINABLE. ANYONE LOOKING AT THAT GRAPH KNOWS IT'S NOT SUSTAINABLE. WE CAN'T PLAY PRETEND. WE WOULD HAVE TO PLAY PRETEND THAT ALL SENIORS HAVE ACCESS TO PHYSICIANS. GO INTO MY DISTRICT IN RURAL AREAS WHERE SENIORS TELL YOU THEY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO PRIMARY CARE ALREADY BECAUSE THE MEDICARE PROGRAM CURRENTLY SQUEEZES THE PAYMENTS TO PROVIDERS WHERE PRIORS NO LONGER CHOOSE TO TAKE ON AS MANY MEDICARE PATIENTS AS THEY CAN. AND THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN MAKES IT EVEN WORSE. AND FINALLY, WE WOULD BE PRETENDING THAT PATIENTS GET TO CHOOSE AND A PHYSICIANS GET TO CHOOSE THEIR CARE, BECAUSE UNDER THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN, THERE ARE 15 UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS WHO DECIDE THAT -- THE PRESIDENT'S RATIONING BOARD THAT DECIDE WHAT CARE MY MOTHER WILL NOW GET, WHAT CARE I WILL GET IN 10 YEARS AND WHAT MY SON GETS IN 39 YEARS WHEN HE REACHES RETIREMENT AGE. 15 UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS, MR. CHAIRMAN, BY LAW, ONLY THE MINORITY HAVE EVER PRACTICED HEALTH CARE. THE MAJORITY ARE BUREAUCRATS, NEVER HAVING TAKEN CARE OF A PATIENT. THAT'S THE PLAN THAT WE HAVE NOW. MR. CHAIRMAN, IT WILL BREAK IF WE DON'T TAKE CARE OF IT. I APPLAUD THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE FOR THE BRAVERY, AND MR. CHAIRMAN, YOU KNOW WHAT THE ADS ARE GOING TO BE. YOU CAN SEE IT NOW AND HEAR ALL THE TALKING POINTS, AMERICA KNOWS THAT HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA NEEDS REPAIR. THEY KNOW THE MEDICARE PROGRAM NEEDS REPAIR IF WE ARE GOING TO PRESERVE IT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CHOOSE THIS AS THE REPAIR FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.

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  • 05:57:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 05:57:21 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    PUT UP A CHART WITH THE RED SHOWING THE RISING COST OF MEDICARE AND SAID…

    PUT UP A CHART WITH THE RED SHOWING THE RISING COST OF MEDICARE AND SAID THE PRESIDENT HAS NO PLAN, WELL, I WISH THE GENTLEMAN HAD LOOKED TO THE CHART OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE -- WE HAVE SEEN IT A COUPLE OF TIMES TODAY -- THAT SHOWS THE BLACK LINE BEING THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN'S TRAJECTORY AND THE BLUE LINE BEING THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN TO CONTAIN COSTS, THE DIFFERENCE BEING THAT THE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL PUTS ALL THE RISK OF RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS ON TO SENIORS WHEREAS THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN TALKS ABOUT CHANGING THE DELIVERY SYSTEM IN A WAY TO ENCOURAGE THE VALUE OF CARE, FOCUSED ON THE VALUE OF CARE, RATHER THAN THE VOLUME OF CARE. WE KEEP HEARING ABOUT THE IPAB. THE REALITY IS THAT ANYTHING THEY WOULD PROPOSE, NUMBER ONE, BY LAW, CANNOT RATION CARE. BUT NUMBER TWO, IS SUBJECT TO REVIEW AND A VOTE BY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, THE PEOPLE IN THIS BODY. WITH THAT, I WOULD YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE,

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  • 05:58:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. WITHOUT OBJECTION

  • 05:58:43 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

  • 06:00:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. LEVIN

    THOSE PROVISIONS, INCLUDING THE REDUCTION IN CAPITAL GAINS AND DIVIDENDS,…

    THOSE PROVISIONS, INCLUDING THE REDUCTION IN CAPITAL GAINS AND DIVIDENDS, THE REPUBLICANS WOULD NOT HAVE ANY CHANGES AND THOSE ARE THE ONES THAT DISPROPORTIONATELY BENEFIT THE WEALTHY. THE REPUBLICAN PRIORITIES COULD NOT BE CLEARER WHEN IT COMES TO MEDICARE. END IT AND TAX PROVISIONS HELP THE VERY WEALTHY. I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 06:01:36 PM

    MR. RYAN

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE,…

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, ALSO A MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS , DR. PRICE FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 06:01:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 06:01:47 PM

    MR. PRICE

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO COMMEND MR. RYAN FOR STANDING UP FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO COMMEND MR. RYAN FOR STANDING UP FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY AND FOR HIS DEDICATION TO FUNDAMENTAL AMERICAN PRINCIPLES. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, MICHAEL MULLEN, SAID LAST YEAR THAT THE GREATEST THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, THE GREATEST THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY WAS OUR DEBT. THERE ARE CLEAR DIFFERENCES, YOU'VE HEARD THEM HERE TODAY, THERE ARE CLEAR DIFFERENCES ABOUT HOW WE SHOULD ADDRESS THAT DEBT AND AMERICANS HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE. AND IT'S A CHOICE THAT WILL DETERMINE THE FUTURE OF OUR GREAT COUNTRY. BY IGNORING THE DRIVERS OF OUR DEBT, BY IGNORING MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND SOCIAL SECURITY, THE PRESIDENT'S MOST RECENT BUDGET PROPOSAL ENSURES A FUTURE OF EVER-INCREASING DEBT AND DOUBT AND DECLINE. IN FACT, BEFORE THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. CHAIRMAN, WE HAD EARLIER THIS SPRING THE TREASURY SECRETARY, TIMOTHY GEITHNER, WHO ADMITTED THAT -- OF THE ADMINISTRATION THAT THEY, QUOTE, DON'T HAVE A DEFINITIVE SOLUTION TO OUR LONG-TERM PROBLEM. WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT WE DON'T LIKE YOURS, UNQUOTE. NOW THERE'S REAL LEADERSHIP. THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW, THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW, THE CURRENT LAW OF THE LAND, CUTS MEDICARE BY MORE THAN $500 BILLION FOR MORE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS. THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW ENDS MEDICARE GUARANTEE, ENDS THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE, PUTS US ON THIS RED PATH OVER HERE, MR. CHAIRMAN, INCREASING THE AMOUNT OF DEBT THAT GIVES THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF THE PAUSE TO SAY THAT THE GREATEST THREAT IS OUR DEBT. THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW EMPOWERS THE INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD TO EFFECTIVELY DENY CARE TO SENIORS, YOU'VE HEARD ABOUT IT. 15 UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS. NONE OF THEM, NONE OF THEM CAN BE ACTIVELY PRACTICING PHYSICIANS. AS A PHYSICIAN I CAN TELL YOU THAT GIVES ME GREAT PAUSE. YOU HEARD THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY DOWN HERE SAYING THAT THEIR PROGRAM, IF A DOCTOR SAYS THAT YOU NEED CARDIAC SURGERY, YOU GET IT. WELL, ON THE CONTRARY, MR. CHAIRMAN, IN FACT, IF THE DOCTOR SAYS YOU NEED CARDIAC SURGERY, AND THE BOARD OF UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS SAYS YOU DON'T GET IT, GUESS WHAT? YOU DON'T GET IT. THEN MY FRIEND FROM MARYLAND SAYS, OH, NO, YOU CAN BRING IT TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. YOU CAN BRING IT TO CONGRESS. YOU CAN HAVE A REVIEW AND VOTE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE FOR YOUR CARDIAC SURGERY. HARDLY, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT JUST ISN'T GOING TO HAPPEN. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THIS UNELECTED BOARD IS CHARGED WITH FINDING $500 BILLION IN REDUCTIONS IN PAYMENTS TO MEDICARE PHYSICIANS AND CONSEQUENTLY WHAT WILL HAPPEN IS ESSENTIALLY DENYING CARE TO SENIORS. AS A PHYSICIAN I BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW THREATENS ALL OF THE PRINCIPLES THAT WE HOLD DEAR, ACCESSIBILITY, AFFORDABILITY, QUALITY, RESPONSIVENESS, INNOVATION, CHOICES. EVERY SINGLE PRINCIPLE OF HEALTH CARE IS VIOLATED BY THE HEALTH CARE LAW, THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW. DESTROYS THE DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP. BUT IT'S NOT JUST DEVASTATING TO THE FUTURE OF OUR HEALTH, IT'S ALSO DEVASTATING TO THE FUTURE OF OUR ECONOMY. WHICH IS AGAIN WHAT DRIVES THE CHART. WHERE'S THE MIDDLE CLASS, MR. CHAIRMAN, ON THIS CHART? IN THE RED. WHERE ARE THE AMERICAN DREAMS OF OUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS? THE -- IN THE RED. SO WE ARE COMMITTED TO A FULL REPEAL OF THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW AND TODAY WE ADVANCE BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS TO IMPROVE AND TO STRENGTHEN MEDICARE. WHERE THE PRESIDENT AND DEMOCRATS FAILED TO ACT HERE IN WASHINGTON, WE WILL LEAD. OUR PLAN HAS NO CHANGES FOR THOSE IN OR NEAR RETIREMENT, ALLOWS CHOICES, INCLUDING THE MEDICARE OPTION. SO THAT PATIENTS CONTROL THEIR HEALTH DECISIONS, NOT BUREAUCRATS. WHEN BUREAUCRATS CHOOSE, PATIENTS LOSE. IN THE FUTURE AMERICANS THROUGH A GUARANTEED SYSTEM, READ THE BILL, MR. CHAIRMAN, A GUARANTEED SYSTEM WILL BE ABLE TO SELECT THE HEALTH COVERAGE THAT'S RIGHT FOR THEM. NOT THAT WASHINGTON SAYS THEY MUST HAVE. OUR SOLUTION IS GUARANTEED, IT'S VOLUNTARY AND IT'S BIPARTISAN. SOMETHING OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SIMPLY CANNOT SAY. OUR PLAN ALSO INCLUDES COMMONSENSE TAX REFORM, CLOSING LOOPHOLES, LOWERING RATES, BROADENING THE BASE, HELPING JOB CREATORS, A SYSTEM THAT'S MORE FAIR AND MORE SIMPLE AND ALLOWS US TO COMPETE IN THE WORLD. BECAUSE A VIBRANT AND ROBUST GROWING ECONOMY IS NECESSARY TO GET US BACK ON THE RIGHT TRACK AND THE RIGHT TRACK IS THE GREEN PATH HERE, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT GETS US TO A BALANCED BUDGET IN PAYING OFF OUR DEBT. NOW, WE KNOW THAT THE SENATE WON'T ADOPT OUR BUDGET. REMEMBER THEY HAVEN'T DONE ONE IN OVER THREE YEARS. SO THE SOLUTION TO THE SENATE AND THE PRESIDENTIAL GRIDLOCK IS WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT'S THE PEOPLE OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY WHO WILL DECIDE THE DIRECTION THAT WE TAKE. NOT WASHINGTON. IT'S THE PEOPLE WHO WILL DECIDE. WE OFFER A POSITIVE BUDGET, A POSITIVE PLAN FOR BOTH OUR HEALTH CARE AND OUR ECONOMY. IT'S A PATH TO PROSPERITY AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:06:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:07:02 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WOULD JUST URGE MY FRIEND, MR. PRICE, AGAIN TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WOULD JUST URGE MY FRIEND, MR. PRICE, AGAIN TO LOOK AT THE CHART PRESENTED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. RYAN, THAT AGAIN MAKES IT CLEAR THAT WE HAVE DIFFERENT PATHS WITH RESPECT -- DIFFERENT APPROACHES WITH RESPECT TO CONTAINING COSTS. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE TRAJECTORIES ARE THE SAME AND I SAY AGAIN THAT IF THE REPUBLICANS THINK THE NOTION OF THE PREMIUM SUPPORT PLAN, THE VOUCHER PLAN, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT, THAT DOESN'T RISE WITH HEALTH CARE COSTS IS SUCH A GOOD DEAL FOR SENIORS, WHY ARE THEY GIVING THEMSELVES A DIFFERENT DEAL IN THE HEALTH CARE PLAN FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS? I NOW YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. LANGEVIN.

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  • 06:07:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

  • 06:07:50 PM

    MR. LANGEVIN

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    MR. LANGEVIN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL RECOGNIZE THAT WE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL RECOGNIZE THAT WE ARE FACING DIFFICULT FISCAL CHALLENGES AND WE HAVE TO GET OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. AND OBVIOUSLY THAT MEANS THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE SMART BUDGETARY DECISIONS AND INVEST OUR DOLLARS WISELY IN THOSE THINGS THAT WILL YIELD THE GREATEST BENEFIT. HOWEVER IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE JUST CUT FOR THE SAKE OF CUTTING. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WHICH ELIMINATES MEDICARE GUARANTEE AS WE KNOW IT, PARTICULARLY IT ELIMINATES MEDICARE GUARANTEE FOR MY CONSTITUENTS IN RHODE ISLAND, OUR SENIORS, AND IT CUTS PROGRAMS THAT KEEP MY CONSTITUENTS' HOMES HEATED, ASSURES PROCESS ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. I RISE TO INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING THAT PREVENTS OUR BRIDGES FROM FALLING DOWN AS WELL AS GUTTING INVESTMENTS IN EDUCATION, MEDICAL RESEARCH AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES THAT PROVIDE KEY AREAS FOR JOB CREATION. FINALLY I RISE FOR THE STRONGEST OPPOSITION TO CUTTING THESE VITAL PROGRAMS IN ECONOMIC INVESTMENTS WHILE AT THE SAME TIME MAINTAINING TAX BREAKS FOR MILLIONAIRES, BIG OIL AND WALL STREET. MR. SPEAKER, OUR BUDGET REFLECTS OUR VALUES AND OUR PRIORITIES AND THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PRIORITIZES THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS AT THE EXPENSE OF EVERYONE ELSE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS MEASURE AND SUPPORT THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE THAT KEEPS OUR PROMISES TO OUR SENIORS, PRESERVES OUR SOCIAL SAFETY NET, INVESTS IN EDUCATION FOR OUR CHILDREN, INVESTS IN CREATING A 21ST CENTURY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR A 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY AND ASKS ALL AMERICANS TO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE TOWARD REDUCING OUR DEFICIT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:09:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 06:09:49 PM

    MR. RYAN

    MORE SPEAKER, THEN WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE. I UNDERSTAND THE…

    MORE SPEAKER, THEN WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE. I UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN HAS A NUMBER OF OTHER SPEAKERS. WOULD YOU LIKE TO CONTINUE WITH YOUR SPEAKERS?

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  • 06:09:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

  • 06:10:02 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. NOW I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY…

    YOU, THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. NOW I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LEE.

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  • 06:10:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

  • 06:10:12 PM

    MS. LEE

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR YOUR TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP. I RISE IN VERY STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WHICH REALLY IS A PATH TO MORE PROSPERITY FOR THE 1%. ONCE AGAIN THE REPUBLICANS ARE PROPOSING A BUDGET THAT PAYS FOR TAX CUTS FOR THE VERY WEALTHY AT THE EXPENSE OF SENIOR CITIZENS AND THE MOST VULNERABLE AMERICANS. AT A TIME WHEN AMERICA FACES THE GREATEST, MIND YOU, THE GREATEST INCOME INEQUALITY SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION, THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET WOULD CONTINUE THE LARGEST WEALTH TRANSFER IN HISTORY TO THE TOP 1%. IT WOULD RECKLESSLY DENY SUPPORT SERVICES TO THE POOR AND THE HUNGRY, END THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE AND DESTROY AMERICAN JOBS WHILE PRESERVING TAX BREAKS FOR MILLIONAIRES, SPECIAL INTERESTS AND BIG OIL. THAT'S NOT ALL. WHILE THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET CRUSHES, MIND YOU, IT DOES CRUSH THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR THOSE STRIVING TO BECOME PART OF THE MIDDLE CLASS, OF COURSE THAT'S THE POOR AND THE WORKING POOR, IT WOULD INCREASE SPENDING FOR AN ALREADY BLOATED PENTAGON BUDGET AND CONTINUE THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN AT A TIME WHEN SEVEN OUT OF 10 AMERICANS BELIEVE THE WAR SHOULD COME TO AN END. WE TNT DO THIS TO AMERICA'S STRUGGLING FAMILIES AND OUR SENIORS OR LOW INCOME INDIVIDUALS. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO -- TO REJECT THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET AND INSTEAD ACCEPT THE PROPOSALS PUT FORTH BY THE DEMOCRATS, THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUSE AND THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS. A BUDGET IS A MORAL DOCUMENT THAT SHOWS OUR NATION'S PRIORITIES AND OUR VALUES. HOW CAN WE ALLOW THIS MEDICARE GUARANTEE THAT OUR SENIORS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO -- MAY I HAVE 30 SECONDS?

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  • 06:11:54 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I YIELD 30 SECONDS.

  • 06:11:56 PM

    MS. LEE

    AGAIN FOR YIELDING. HOW CAN WE ALLOW THIS MEDICARE GUARANTEE THAT OUR…

    AGAIN FOR YIELDING. HOW CAN WE ALLOW THIS MEDICARE GUARANTEE THAT OUR SENIORS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THROUGHOUT THEIR LIFE TO BE TURNED INTO A PRIVATIZED VOUCHER PLAN? WHERE IS OUR SENSE OF MORALITY, ALLOWING OUR SENIORS TO REALLY BEGIN TO FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS? THAT IS JUST WRONG. WE NEED A BUDGET THAT PUTS AMERICANS BACK TO WORK, INVESTS IN OUR FUTURE, PROTECTS THE SAFETY NET, INCLUDING MEDICARE AND WORKS TO REIGNITE THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR ALL AND NOT CRUSH IT FOR THE WEALTHIEST BUT FOR THE WEALTHIEST 1%.

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  • 06:12:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:12:46 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I'M HAPPY TO YIELD AT THIS POINT IN TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS…

    FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:12:53 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE, MR. MILLER.

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  • 06:12:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 06:13:01 PM

    MR. MILLER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. JUST LIKE LAST YEAR, SOME MEMBERS OF…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. JUST LIKE LAST YEAR, SOME MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN THE BELTWAY TALKING HEADS ARE DECLARING THAT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS BOLD AND COURAGEOUS. BUT JUST LIKE LAST YEAR, REPUBLICAN BUDGET, THIS BUDGET PROPOSES NEITHER BOLD NOR IS IT COURAGEOUS. IT'S NOT BOLD TO BACK YOUR BUDGET ON LOW INCOME FAMILIES AND CHILDREN OF THIS NATION. THIS BUDGET IN FACT, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, MORTGAGES AN ENTIRE GENERATION OF CHILDREN'S EDUCATION AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S EDUCATION. IT MORTGAGES THEIR ETCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY BY MAKING CUTS AT THE VERY EARLIER OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, AT THE ELEMENTARY LEVEL OF EDUCATION, THE SECONDARY LEVEL OF EDUCATION AND IT'S GOING TO ALLOW THE DOUBLING OF INTEREST RATES ON STUDENT LOANS THAT FAMILIES HAVE TAKEN OUT TO PROVIDE FOR THE HIGHER EDUCATION THAT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE NEED TO GET JOBS IN THIS ECONOMY, TO GET THE SKILLS THAT THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO GO TO WORK IN THIS ECONOMY AND YET THAT'S GOING TO BE SLASHED WITH THEIR CUTS, WITH THEIR INCREASED COSTS TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS. IT ALSO SACRIFICES THE HEALTH CARE BENEFITS OF A GENERATION OF THESE SAME PEOPLE BECAUSE UNDER THEIR PROPOSAL, THEY ENVISION THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT SOMEHOW GOING AWAY. THAT THEY CAN REPEAL IT, THEY CAN GET RID OF IT. AND THAT MEANS THAT YOUNG PEOPLE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO STAY ON THEIR FAMILY'S POLICY AS THEY FINISH THEIR EDUCATION OR SEEK OUT THEIR FIRST JOB, THEIR FIRST BEGINNING OF A CAREER. AND IT ALSO ENDS THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE. IT FOLLOWS THE PATH THAT GEORGE BUSH FOLLOWED WHEN HE WANTED TO PRIVATIZE IT AND THEN IN LAST YEAR'S BUDGET WHEN THEY SOUGHT TO END THE GUARANTEE, THEY'RE BACK AGAIN TO END THAT GUARANTEE TO OUR SENIOR CITIZENS. IT'S NOT BOLD, IT'S JUST PLAIN WRONG. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IN FACT STRENGTHENS MEDICARE, IT MADE IT MORE SUSTAINABLE FOR SENIORS AND SUSTAINABLE FOR THE TAXPAYERS. IT EXTENDED THE MEDICARE TRUST FUND. BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET'S ABOUT. IT'S ABOUT EXTENDING DEFICITS OUT TO SOME TIME IN 2014 BUT AT THE SAME TIME NOT LOOKING AT THE IMPACT OF MILITARY SPENDING OR CONTINUATION OF THE WAR AS THEY EXPECT IN THEIR BUDGET IN AFGHANISTAN AND IT SAYS, THEREFORE, WE WILL SHIFT THE ENTIRE CUTS TO THE YOUNG, TO THE OLD, TO MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND THAT CANNOT BE ALLOWED. THIS -- THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET MUST BE REJECTED BY THIS HOUSE. .

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  • 06:15:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:15:34 PM

    MR. RYAN

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE.

  • 06:15:40 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THOMAS JEFFERSON ONCE…

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THOMAS JEFFERSON ONCE WROTE TO PRESERVE THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE PEOPLE, WE MUST NOT LET OUR RULERS LOAD US WITH PERPT TALL DEBT AND MAKE OUR ELECTION BETWEEN ECONOMY AND LIBERTY. IN THIS CHOICE OF TWO FUTURES, UNFORTUNATELY, CONGRESS HAS ALL TOO OFTEN CHOSEN THE LATTER PATH OF OUT-OF-CONTROL SPENDING AND EXPANSION OF POWER. THIS IS AN DID HE PARTICULAR SHON THAT CONGRESS HAS NOT CONTROLLED. THE NATION HAS GONE FROM A FEDERAL DEFICIT OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO A DEFICIT OF TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS. THE GOVERNMENT IS PRINTING MONEY AT AN UNPRECEDENTED PACE, WHICH PRESENTS SIGNIFICANT RISK OF INFLATION. OUR DEBT IS AT $15 TRILLION AND MOUNTING RAPIDLY. AS ASSOCIATED WITH PAYING INTEREST ON THAT DEBT, CONGRESS HAS DONE LITTLE. FAMILIES ACROSS OUR NATION UNDERSTANDS WHAT IT MEANS TO MAKE TOUGH DECISIONS EACH DAY ABOUT WHAT THEY CAN AND CANNOT AFFORD, YET FAR TOO OFTEN THIS HAS BEEN LOST. IF AMERICANS MUST EXERCISE RESTRAINT WITH THEIR OWN FUNDS, THEN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS MUST BE REQUIRED TO EXERCISE A HIGHER STANDARD WHEN SPENDING OTHER PEOPLE'S HARD-EARNED MONEY. THE HOUSE BUDGET WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY IS A GOOD BUDGET AND I SUPPORT IT AND IT IS DEPENDENT ON CONGRESSES BEING ELECTED FOR THE NEXT 28 YEARS TO UPHOLD THIS BUDGET AS WELL AS A PRESIDENT WHO WILL SIGN APPROPRIATIONS MEASURES INTO LAW. I'M A SUPPORTER OF THE REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE BUDGET. WHILE THIS BUDGET IS BOLD AND SOME SAY DRASTIC, THESE MEASURES ARE NEEDED TO SOLVE OUR NATION'S FISCAL CRISIS. MR. CHAIRMAN, UNLESS EACH CONGRESS, REGARDLESS OF PARTY AFFILIATION, IS FORCED TO MAKE THE DECISIONS NECESSARY TO ACTUALLY SET A BUDGET, UNLIKE THE U.S. SENATE AND CREATE A BUDGET, THE TEMPTATION WILL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR CONGRESS TO SPEND MORE THAN IT RECEIVES IN REVENUES AND THAT IS FOR A CONGRESSES STUTIONAL BUDGET AMENDMENT. I SUPPORT THIS BUDGET AND I SUPPORT FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:18:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 06:18:11 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    ONE MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT.

  • 06:18:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT IS RECOGNIZED. WELL WELL THE --

  • 06:18:24 PM

    MR. WELCH

    REQUIRES THE CONFIDENCE TO INVEST IN THE FUTURE AND REBUILD THE MIDDLE…

    REQUIRES THE CONFIDENCE TO INVEST IN THE FUTURE AND REBUILD THE MIDDLE CLASS. SECOND, IT REQUIRES THE DISCIPLINE TO BRING DOWN OUR DEBT WITH A PLAN THAT RECOGNIZES WHAT IS OBVIOUS TO ALL AMERICANS THAT ANY PLAN WITH ANY PROSPECT OF SUCCESS MUST INCLUDE SPENDING CUTS AND REVENUES. THIS BUDGET, INSTEAD, MAKES THINGS WORSE AND DELIVERS A BODY-BLOW TO THE MIDDLE CLASS AND DOUBLES DOWN ON TAX CUTS, ADDING $150,000 IN CUTS TO THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS. INCREASES PENTAGON SPENDING, FENCING IT OFF FROM IT REQUIRING IT TO REDUCE THE DEBT. AND THE BODY-BLOW IS TAKING KIDS OFF OF WORK STUDY AND TAKING A WAY THINGS THAT THE MIDDLE CLASS NEEDS, A FUNCTIONAL FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, F.A.A., CUTS TO NATIONAL SCIENCE. IT IS REALLY BAD FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. AMERICANS KNOW THAT A BUDGET IS MORE THAN LINE ITEMS ON A SPREADSHEET. AND THE QUESTION IS THIS, THIS BUDGET BELIEVES IN AUSETERT AND LEADS TO PROSPERITY. NO EVIDENCE OF THAT. THIS BUDGET BELIEVES TAX CUTS TO THE WEALTHY WILL CREATE JOBS. NO EVIDENCE. OUR BUDGET, WE BELIEVE SOMETHING VERY SIMPLE. WE ARE ALL BETTER OFF WHEN WE ARE ALL BETTER OFF AND THAT REQUIRES A BUDGET THAT REFLECTS WHAT HAS ALWAYS MADE AMERICA GREAT, INVESTMENT IN THE MIDDLE CLASS THAT IS STRONG AND ENDURING. OUR HOPE IN PASSING ANY BUDGET HAS TO BE THAT THE MIDDLE CLASS WILL BE STRENGTHENED AND PARENTS WILL HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT THEIR KIDS WILL BE BETTER OFF THAN THEY WERE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:20:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 06:20:18 PM

    MR. RYAN

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:20:30 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    TWO MINUTES TO

  • 06:20:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 06:20:37 PM

    MR. BECERRA

    I STAND IN OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WE ARE CONSIDERING HERE…

    I STAND IN OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WE ARE CONSIDERING HERE TODAY. HOW EASY IT IS FOR SOME THAT WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH TOOK OFFICE, WE HAD SURPLUSES AS FAR AS THE EYE COULD SEE AND WHEN HE LEFT THE OFFICE, WE WERE LEFT WITH A DEEP POOL OF RED INK. THEY TALK ABOUT THE URGENCY OF REDUCING DEFICITS, BUT WHERE WERE THEY WHEN THEY PASSED TAX CUTS FOR THE WESTIEST. WHERE WERE THEY WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH TOOK US INTO TWO WARS. ADDING TRILLIONS TO THE DEFICIT, THAT THE ONLY SOLUTION THEY OFFER TO CREATE ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THIS COUNTRY IS TO END MEDICARE AND TO HAND OUT MORE TAX CUTS ON THE WESTIEST AMONG US. THE REPUBLICAN VISION IN THIS BUDGET DOESN'T REFLECT THE AMERICA THAT I GREW UP IN. AND THEIR VISION OF AN AMERICA, AN AMERICA THAT CAN'T, IS NOT THE COUNTRY THAT I WANT MY CHILDREN TO INHERIT. BUDGETS ARE ABOUT CHOICES AND THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET CHOOSES BILLIONAIRES OVER SENIORS AND OIL SUBSIDIES OVER COLLEGE DREAMS FOR OUR MIDDLE CLASS. THE SAME REPUBLICAN BUDGET THAT REPLACES THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE AND GIVES US COUPON CARE THAT INCREASES SENIORS' HEALTH CARE COSTS AND CUTS COLLEGE AID FOR STUDENTS AND SLASHES INVESTMENTS IN OUR K-12 SCHOOLS AND GIVES TAX CUTS TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP. WHAT IS MOST ASTONISHING IS THE ABSENCE OF ANY TALK OF REAL AMERICANS, THOSE FIGHTING TO HOLD ON TO THEIR JOBS AND THEIR HOMES. AMERICA HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY, WHERE THOSE WHO WORK HARD AND PLAY BY THE RULES HAVE A CHANCE TO SUCCEED AND ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM. INSTEAD OF TURNING AMERICA INTO A CAN'T-DO COUNTRY WHERE YOU ARE DISMANTLING MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND PROGRAMS TO HELP OUR KIDS GO TO COLLEGE AND ALL THE INSTITUTES OF HEALTH AND THOSE THAT DO RESEARCH FOR US, WE SHOULD RECOGNIZE THIS IS A GREAT COUNTRY. WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER WITH THE CONVICTION THAT AMERICA'S BEST DAYS ARE YET TO COME. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS CAN'T-DO REPUBLICAN BUDGET AND FOR THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:23:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:23:15 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 06:23:25 PM

    MR. NADLER

    STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET. ONCE AGAIN, THE REPUBLICANS…

    STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET. ONCE AGAIN, THE REPUBLICANS MOVE A SLASH AND BURN BUDGET THAT WOULD TURN MEDICARE INTO A PRIVATE VOUCHER SYSTEM AND FORCE SENIORS TO SPEND MORE THAN $6,000 OCCUPY EVERY ADDITIONAL YEAR AND GUT MEDICAID, EDUCATION PROGRAMS, MEDICAL RESEARCH AND TRANSPORTATION AMONG OTHER THANKS. YOU NAME IT, THEY DEVASTATE IT. FIRST THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET CALLS FOR STAGGERING $10 TRILLION IN TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY AND LARGE CORPORATIONS OVER 10 YEARS. IT WOULD PAY FOR IT BY CLOSING UNSPECIFIED TAX LOOPHOLES, BUT THIS IS A FRAUD. LOOPHOLE CLOSING OF THIS MAGNITUDE, THEY WOULD HAVE TO GET RID OF ALL THE TAX BREAKS THAT MIDDLE CLASS DEPENDS ON, LIKE TAX EXCLUSION FOR EMPLOYER-SPONSORED HEALTH INSURANCE AND CHARITABLE DONATIONS AND THIS WON'T HAPPEN. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET THEN PROPOSES $5.3 TRILLION IN NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING CUTS BEYOND WHAT WAS AGREED TO LAST YEAR. IT WOULD SLASH $860 BILLION FOR MEDICARE AND ALL TO PAY FOR TAX CUTS BECAUSE IT WOULDN'T BALANCE THE BUDGET TO 2040 BECAUSE THESE CUTS ARE TO PAY FOR THE TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY. FOR SHAME. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:24:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:24:51 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I INKIREQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING?

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    WE HAD THIS AFTERNOON IS NOT WHETHER WE SHOULD REDUCE THE DEFICIT OR THE…

    WE HAD THIS AFTERNOON IS NOT WHETHER WE SHOULD REDUCE THE DEFICIT OR THE DEBT, BUT HOW WE DO IT. THE CHOICES THAT WE MAKE IN REACHING THAT GOAL. WE SUPPORT WHAT HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS A BALANCED APPROACH, THE SAME APPROACH TAKEN BY EVERY BIPARTISAN GROUP THAT HAS LOOKED AT THIS CHALLENGE. THAT APPROACH SAYS YES, WE NEED TO MAKE CUTS, BUT WE SHOULD ALSO CUT SPECIAL INTEREST TAX LOOPHOLES FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCING THE DEFICIT AND ASK FOLKS AT THE HIGH INCOME LADDER TO GO BACK TO THE SAME TAX RATES THEY WERE PAYING DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. OUR COLLEAGUES REJECT THAT BALANCED APPROACH. I HAVE NOT HEARD ONE OF OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SAY THEY ARE PREPARED TO TAKE ONE PENNY FROM CLOSING A TAX LOOPHOLE, ONE PENNY FROM GETTING RID OF AN OIL SUBSIDY FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEFICIT REDUCTION. AND WHEN YOU DO THAT AND SAY WE AREN'T GOING TO ASK THE WEALTHIEST TO SHARE, YOU HAVE TO TAKE YOUR BUDGET CUTS ON EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING ELSE. THAT'S WHY THEY SLASHED THE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING NEXT YEAR BY 46% AND KICKING THE ECONOMY WHEN IT'S DOWN AND THAT'S WHY THEY END THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE FOR SENIORS AND THAT'S WHY WE REOPEN THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG DOUGHNUT HOLE AND CUT MEDICAID BY A THIRD BY THE YEAR 2022 IN THE NAME OF REPAIRING THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET. THAT IS PUTTING A HOLE IN PROTECTIONS FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE AMERICANS. THAT IS NOT A CHOICE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO MAKE. THEY WOULD CHOOSE A BALANCED APPROACH AND NOT CHOOSE ANOTHER ROUND OF TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS AT THE EXPENSE OF SENIORS, AT THE EXPENSE OF MIDDLE-INCOME AMERICANS AND AT THE EXPENSE OF IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS. THEY WOULD REJECT THAT APPROACH. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO HE REJECT THAT APPROACH AND ADOPT THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE.

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  • 06:27:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:27:12 PM

    MR. RYAN

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

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BRADY, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MRS. MALONEY, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES ON THE SUBJECT OF ECONOMIC GOALS AND POLICIES.

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  • 06:33:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    POLICIES.

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    THE CHAIR

    RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. BRADY

    I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. BRADY

    AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET DEVELOPED BY OUR BUDGET…

    AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET DEVELOPED BY OUR BUDGET CHAIRMAN, PAUL RYAN, IS A JOBS BILL. WE KNOW AMERICA FACES AN UNEMPLOYMENT CRISIS TODAY GREATER THAN ANY TIME DURING THE DEPRESSION. WE KNOW ROUGHLY 23 MILLION AMERICANS CAN'T EVEN FIND A FULL TIME JOB. WE KNOW THAT WHILE GOVERNMENT SPENDING HAS REBOUNDED AND HOW OTHER FACTORS HAVE REBOUNDED IN ECONOMY, WHAT WE KNOW IS THAT -- IN THIS ECONOMY, WE KNOW THAT JOBS HAVEN'T REBOUNDED. THERE'S FEWER JOBS IN AMERICA TODAY THAN WHEN THIS PRESIDENT TOOK HIS OATH OF OFFICE. SO WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THIS BUDGET AND ITS IMPACT ON AMERICA'S ECONOMY. AND THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS, IF YOU LIKE THE WAY OUR ECONOMY'S GOING, IF YOU THINK THIS IS THE BEST WE CAN DO, STICK WITH THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET, STICK WITH THE DEMOCRATS' BUDGET. IT SAYS THE COURSE. IF YOU THINK WE CAN DO BETTER FOR AMERICAN, HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS AND JOB SEEKERS, THERE IS A CHOICE OF TWO FUTURES. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO SERVE AS THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE, THE LEAD REPUBLICAN FOR THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. I'D LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF MY FELLOW HOUSE REPUBLICANS SUCH AS DR. BURGESS, MR. CAMPBELL AND MR. DUFFY, MR. AMASH, MR. MULVANEY MAKE AS MEMBERS OF THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE. WE ARE HERE AS A MATTER OF LAW. ESTABLISHED IN 1946 AS THE CONGRESSIONAL COUNTERPART TO THE PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISORS, THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE HAS PROVIDED TIMELY INSIGHT ON ECONOMIC ISSUES TO THE CONGRESS FOR MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY. WE HELPED LAY THE INTELLECTUAL GROUNDWORK FOR THE TAX CUT IN 1964 AND IN 1980, PLUGGING IN THE SUPPLY SIDE ESTABLISHED THE CREDIBILITY OF SUPPLY SIDE ECONOMICS AND PAVED THE WAY FOR THE REAGAN TAX CUT IN 1981. THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE EXAMINES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATES THE ECONOMIC RAMIFICATIONS OF POLICIES BEING CONSIDERED BY THE CONGRESS SUCH AS THIS BUDGET. IN WORK BY THE G.E.C. REPUBLICANS RECEIVED NATIONAL ATTENTION DURING THE DEBATE OVER PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PLAN TO NATIONALIZE HEALTH CARE IN THE 111TH CONGRESS. SINCE THEN THE FULL EMPLOYMENT AND BALANCED GROWTH ACT OF 1978, THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE HAS PERFORMED AN IMPORTANT FUNCTION IN THIS, THE ANNUAL BUDGET PROCESS. ADVISING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON THE POTENTIAL ECONOMIC IMPACT THE POLICYS SET FORTH IN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET AND THE BUDGET RESOLUTION WE CONSIDER TODAY IS FOR THIS PURPOSE WE COME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR THIS EVENING. LET'S BEGIN OUR ASSESSMENT OF THE HOUSE BUDGET BY DISCUSSING SOME VERY KEY ECONOMIC PRINCIPLES. REAL GROWTH IN THE ECONOMY, THE FOUNDATION FOR CREATING JOBS ALONG MAIN STREET FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS, IT COMES FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR. AND NOT FROM GOVERNMENT. THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE EXAMINED FOR THE LAST 40 YEARS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHANGES IN GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND JOBS ALONG MAIN STREET. PRIVATE PAYROLL EMPLOYMENT. WHAT'S CLEAR IS THAT THERE IS NOT A TIGHT RELATIONSHIP, THERE IS AN INVERSE RELATIONSHIP. AS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENDING GROWS, JOBS ALONG MAIN STREET SHRINK. LIKEWISE WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TAKES A SMALLER SHARE OF RESOURCES FROM MAIN STREET, MORE HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS FIND JOBS AS PAYROLL EMPLOYMENT INCREASE AND THIS CHART SHOWS THE BLUE BEING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENDING, THE RED BEING JOBS ALONG MAIN STREET. EVERY TIME WASHINGTON GROWS, MAIN STREET SHRINKS. MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE ARGUE THE FEDERAL SPENDING SHOULD INCREASE WHEN PRIVATE JOB GROWTH PLUMMETS BUT EVEN DURING PERIODS OF SUSTAINED INCREASES IN FEDERAL SPENDING AND INVESTMENT, JOBS ALONG MAIN STREET HAVE REMAINED LOW OR NEGATIVE. AND PUT SIMPLY, FEDERAL SPENDING DOESN'T CREATE JOBS. ONLY WHEN FEDERAL SPENDING SUBSIDES DO JOBS GROW. NEXT, THERE'S A VERY CLOSE ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIP, THOUGH, BETWEEN WHAT WE CALL PRIVATE NONRESIDENTIAL FIXED INVESTMENT GROWTH. WHAT THAT MEANS IS WHEN BUSINESSES INVEST IN BUILDINGS AND SOFTWARE EQUIPMENT TECHNOLOGY, JOBS ALONG MAIN STREET GROW, THIS CHART SHOWS, AGAIN, SINCE 1971, IN BLUE, THE PRIVATE INVESTMENT, BUSINESS SOFTWARE, EQUIPMENT BUILDING, IN RED, JOB GROWTH ALONG MAIN STREET. AND IT SHOWS ALMOST A NEARLY IDENTICAL CORRELATION. SO IN THE END, GROWING JOBS IN AMERICA DEPENDS UPON MORE INVESTMENT IN AMERICA. NOT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENDING, MORE INVESTMENT TO CREATE THOSE JOBS. IN SPITE OF THAT EVIDENCE, 40 YEARS OF PROVEN EVIDENCE, THE WHITE HOUSE, PRESIDENT OBAMA AND CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS HAVE ONLY PUSHED US DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO DEBT. WE HAVE TO REMIND OURSELVES IF BOTH THE DEBT WE HOLD TO THE PUBLIC AND OUR GROSS FEDERAL DEBT ARE REACHING NEW POST-WAR LEVELS. THEY'VE NEVER BEEN THIS HIGH SINCE WORLD WAR II. PUBLICLY HELD FEDERAL DEBT ROUGHLY DOUBLED TO NEARLY 70% OF THE SIZE OF OUR ECONOMY IN JUST THE FOUR YEARS LEADING UP TO 2011. THE SAME CAN BE SAID OF THE GROSS FEDERAL DEBT. AGAIN, REACHING 100% OF OUR ECONOMY, DANGEROUS LEVELS, DANGEROUS LEVELS TO THE ECONOMY, DANGEROUS LEVELS TO OUR CREDIT RATING, DANGEROUS LEVELS TO OUR INVESTMENT. AND ACCORDING TO THE PRESIDENT'S LATEST BUDGET ESTIMATE, THIS GROSS DEBT ISN'T EXPECTED TO GO UNDER 100% FOR YEARS AND YEARS. IN FACT, HE PROPOSES A BUDGET THAT NEVER BALANCES. THE PRESIDENT PROPOSES A BUDGET THAT TAKES IT DEEPER AND DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO DEBT AND HANGS AN ANCHOR AROUND AMERICA'S ECONOMY. THERE IS A BETTER SOLUTION AND THE MODEL'S RIGHT IN FRONT OF US. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS COMPARE PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SPENDING-DRIVEN APPROACH TO THE ECONOMY AND LOOK AT THE LAST SERIOUS RECESSION, THAT WHICH PRESIDENT REAGAN HAD TO TACKLE. DESPITE BAILOUTS AND CASH FOR CLUNKERS AND AUTO BAILOUTS AND STIMULUS AND DEFICIT SPENDING IN THE TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS, YOU CAN TELL THIS RECOVERY CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE. GOOD COMPARISON IS THE REAGAN RECOVERY. BECAUSE THAT RECOVERY WAS FUELED BY MAIN STREET. BY PRIVATE INVESTMENT AND FREE ENTERPRISE. JUST THE OPPOSITE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA AND CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS. THE WHITE HOUSE'S CURRENT FOCUS, ON MASSIVE INCREASES IN FEDERAL SPENDING, EXPANDING GOVERNMENT BEYOND IMAGINABLE LEVELS, CONCURS -- GROWTH HAS BEEN A FAILURE. MEANWHILE THE SMALLER GOVERNMENT, FREE MARKET APPROACH UTILIZED BY THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION PROVED TO BE MUCH MORE SUCCESSFUL. LOOKING AT THE COMPARISONS BETWEEN THE TWO, AT THIS SAME POINT IN THE RECESSION, PRESIDENT REAGAN'S INCREASE IN JOBS WAS UP ALMOST 10%. PRESIDENT OBAMA IS LESS THAN 1/3 OF THAT. THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAD DROPPED 3.5% AT THIS POINT IN THE RECOVERY UNDER PRESIDENT REAGAN. IT'S LESS THAN HALF OF THAT -- IT'S LESS THAN 1/2 OF THAT UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA. IN AVERAGE GROWTH, HOW DID THE ECONOMY GROW? UNDER THE FREE MARKET APPROACH OF REAGAN IT GREW BY 6%. PRESIDENT OBAMA'S RECORD IS ABOUT 1/3 OF THAT. THESE POLICIES BY THIS PRESIDENT AND THIS DEMOCRAT CONGRESS OF THE PAST TWO YEARS, PRIOR TO REPUBLICAN CONTROL, HAS FAILED. POINT OF THE MATTER IS, GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO GET OUT OF THE WAY, NEED TO CUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING, NEED TO HOLD THE LINE AND REFORM OUR TERRIBLE TAX SYSTEM. WE NEED TO FREE OUR SMALL BUSINESSES FROM THE OPPRESSIVE LEVEL OF REGULATION COMING OUT OF WASHINGTON. MR. SPEAKER, IN A MOMENT I'M GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE TAX REALITY. WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT HOW THE CURRENT BUDGET THAT WE'RE LIVING IN TODAY INFLATES OUR PRICES AND DAMAGES REAL BUSINESS. BUT AT THIS TIME I HAVE A NUMBER OF KEY SPEAKERS FROM THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE IN OUR CONFERENCE I WANT TO GET TO SO AT THIS POINT I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:43:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 06:43:35 PM

    MRS. MALONEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM AFRAID THAT OUR COLLEAGUES HAVE MADE A SLIGHT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM AFRAID THAT OUR COLLEAGUES HAVE MADE A SLIGHT MISTAKE IN NAMING THEIR PLAN. THIS BUDGET SHOULD BE CALLED THE ROAD TO AUSTERITY BECAUSE IT IS A PLAN THAT IS MOST NOTEWORTHY FOR THE RATHER HARSH AUSTERITY IT DEMANDS OF THE MANY AND A LAVISH -- AND THE LAVISH BENEFITS IT EXTENDS TO THE FEW. IT CLEARLY ENVISIONS A RISING TIDE OF SELECTIVE TAX CUTS THAT WOULD LIFT ALL@S BUT LEAVE MOST -- ALL YACHTS BUT LEAVE MOST DINGIES. OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS LIKE TO TALK ABOUT MAKING THE HARD CHOICES AND WHAT THEY PROPOSE HERE WOULD INDEED MAKE THINGS MUCH HARDER FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. BUT IT WILL ALSO MAKE THINGS MUCH EASIER FOR A FORTUNATE FEW MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. THAT'S THEIR PLAN. BUT BEFORE WE GET TO THE SPECIFICS OF THE PLAN, TONIGHT IT'S IMPORTANT TO EXAMINE WHERE WE ARE BEFORE WE DECIDE WHERE WE WANT TO GO. BECAUSE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ECONOMIC POLICIES, THERE ARE CONTINUING SIGNS OF ECONOMIC PROGRESS AND RECOVERY. FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 2011 AND THROUGH THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR, THERE IS FRESH NEW DATA SHOWING THAT THE RECOVERY IS GAINING STRENGTH. THE ECONOMY HAS ADDED MORE THAN 200,000 JOBS FOR THREE STRAIGHT MONTHS AND AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THIS CHART, PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYMENT HAS INCREASED FOR 24 CONSECUTIVE MONTHS. . AND DURING THE PAST 24 MONTHS, THE ECONOMY HAS ADDED JOBS. ON THIS CHART, THE RED BAR ARE THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND IT SHOWS THAT IN THE CLOSING DAYS, THE CLOSING MONTHS, THIS COUNTRY WAS LOSING OVER 700,000 JOBS PER MONTH. THE BLUE BARS ARE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, AND YOU CAN SEE THE STEADY, SLOW GAIN AND THE 24 MONTHS OF GAINS OF JOBS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THIS CHART IS SIMILAR TO ONE THAT WAS PRESENTED BY CHAIRMAN BERNANKE IN HIS TESTIMONY BEFORE THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE IN THE HUMRY -- HUMPHREY-HAWKINS REPORT. IT SHOWS THE AREA WHERE PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK OFFICE LOSING SO MANY JOBS AND BECAUSE OF THE POLICIES, THE STEADY GAIN AND CONTINUING GAIN WE HOPE TO SEE. ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS, INCLUDING PASSAGE OF THE RECOVERY ACT AND RECENT LEGISLATION TO CONTINUE FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AND EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX CUT THROUGH 2012 HAVE PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN DRIVING THIS ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND PRIVATE JOB GAIN. FEW WOULD DISAGREE, HOWEVER, THAT TO REACH THIS POINT HAS TAKEN LONGER THAN WE WOULD HAVE LIKED. IT HAS REQUIRED FISCAL INTERVENTIONS TO SUSTAIN AND STRENGTHEN THE ECONOMY AND TO SUPPORT THOSE HARMED BY THE GREAT RECESSION. AND IT HAS REQUIRED A VARIETY OF CREATIVE AND EFFECTIVE APPROACHES FROM THE FEDERAL RESERVE TO EASE MONETARY POLICY AND BOOST GROWTH. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SHOW THE CHART ON UNEMPLOYMENT, AND IT SHOWS THAT THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAS FALLEN SIGNIFICANTLY FROM 9.1% LAST AUGUST TO 8.3% IN FEBRUARY, WHICH IS WELL BELOW THE PEAK OF 10% REACHED IN OCTOBER, 2009. SO, AGAIN, THIS IS A POSITIVE SIGN UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. STILL, THERE ARE FAR TOO MANY AMERICANS HURTING. THE REALITY IS WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO TO REGAIN WHAT WE LOST DURING THE GREAT RECESSION. 12.8 MILLION AMERICANS REMAIN UNEMPLOYED AND MORE THAN FOUR OUT OF 10 UNEMPLOYED HAVE BEEN JOBLESS FOR MORE THAN SIX MONTHS. THE SHARE OF THOSE UNEMPLOYED AND OUT OF WORK MORE THAN SIX MONTHS HAS BEEN GREATER THAN 40% SINCE DECEMBER OF 2009, A PERIOD OF TIME THAT HAS BEEN UNPRECEDENTED. CLEARLY, CUTTING FURTHER INTO THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AND BRINGING DOWN THE RATE OF LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED MUST BE CONTINUING PRIORITIES OF THIS CONGRESS. AND I CAN SAY THAT DEMOCRATS WILL NOT BE SATISFIED UNTIL EVERY AMERICAN WHO WANTS A JOB CAN GET A JOB. SO WHILE WE HAVE MADE SOME ECONOMIC PROGRESS, THERE ARE MANY CHALLENGES AHEAD. WHILE G.D.P. HAS GROWN FOR 10 STRAIGHT QUARTERS, G.D.P. GROWTH FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2012 IS PROJECTED TO SLOW TO AN ANNUAL RATE OF JUST 1.9%. THIS IS FAR FROM ROBUST ECONOMIC GROWTH. THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES' ECONOMIC WEAKNESS MAY PRESENT NEW HEADWINDS IN THE MONTHS AHEAD. AND THE RECENT SPIKE IN U.S. OIL AND GAS PRICES LEAVES CONSUMERS WITH FEWER DOLLARS IN THEIR WALTZ, PUTTING NEW PRESSURE ON THE RECOVERY. CLEARLY, WE NEED CONGRESS TO SAY VIGILANT ON THE FISCAL SIDE. PART OF THIS FISCAL VIGILANCE IS REJECTING AUSTERITY PLANS AND SHORT-SIDED BUDGET CUTS THAT WILL JEOPARDIZE THE RECOVERY WHILE HARMING THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US LIKE THE LOW-INCOME AND SENIOR CITIZENS. THE RYAN BUDGET HARMS THOSE WHO NEED HELP AND DOLLS OUT BENEFITS DO THOSE WHO DON'T NEED IT. THE RYAN BUDGET PASSED BY THIS HOUSE -- IF IT WAS PASSED BY THIS HOUSE WOULD RISK OUR RECOVERY. THE MAJORITY'S BUDGET RESOLUTION FOR 2013, THE RYAN BUDGET, ABANDONS THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY, CONTAINS POLICIES THAT SHIP AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS AND HARMS OUR NATION'S ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS. AND BY SLASHING PROGRAMS THAT LOW-INCOME AND ELDERLY AMERICANS COUNT ON BY CUTTING TAXES FOR CORPORATIONS AND WEALTHIEST INDIVIDUALS, THE RYAN BUDGET PROVIDES THE LATEST, CLEAREST EXAMPLE OF REPUBLICAN ECONOMIC PRIORITY. JUST LIKE LAST YEAR, THE RYAN BUDGET ENDS THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE, SHIFTS THE BURDEN OF RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS ON TO SENIORS AND SHREDS OUR NATION'S SOCIAL SAFETY NET. THESE ARE BAD CHOICES FOR AMERICA. THE RYAN BUDGET EXTENDS THE BUSH TAX CUTS AND LOWERS THE CURRENT TOP TAX RATE FROM 35% TO 25% GIVING MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES A 10% POINT TAX CUT. INSTEAD OF ASKING THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS TO DO WHAT THEY CAN TO HELP RESTORE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND PROVIDE VITAL SERVICES, REPUBLICANS WOULD CHOOSE TO SLASH SUPPORT FOR TUITION ASSISTANCE AND OTHER SERVICES IN ORDER TO PAY FOR TAX CUTS THAT PROVIDE A HUGE BENEFIT TO MILLIONAIRES AND HURT AMERICA'S WORKING MIDDLE CLASS. THE RYAN BUDGET INCLUDES THE LATEST ATTEMPT TO END MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. INSTEAD OF STRENGTHENING MEDICARE, RYAN'S PLAN WOULD REPLACE MEDICARE'S GUARANTEED BENEFIT WITH A VOUCHER FOR MEDICARE OR PRIVATE INSURANCE, CREATING HIGHER COSTS FOR SENIORS AND UNRAVELING THE TRADITIONAL MEDICARE PROGRAM. INITIAL ANALYSIS SHOW THAT THE PLAN WOULD CUT FUTURE SPENDING BY $5,000 900 PER SENIOR, SHIFTING COSTS TO SENIORS AND DIMINISHING THEIR ACCESS TO QUALITY CARE. REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO PROPOSE IDEAS TO END MEDICARE EVEN THOUGH 70% OF AMERICANS SUPPORT KEEPING THE PROGRAM AS IT IS. THE RYAN BUDGET WOULD STRIP AWAY HEALTH CARE BENEFITS FROM MILLIONS OF AMERICAN FAMILIES BY REPEALING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. CHAIRMAN RYAN'S PLAN WOULD ELIMINATE BENEFITS THAT ARE PROVIDING STABLE AND SECURE CARE FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND GO BACK TO THE DAYS WHEN INSURANCE COMPANIES WOULD DENY COVERAGE OR JACK UP PRICES OR JUST REFUSE COVERAGE BECAUSE OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. WHENEVER AND HOWEVER THEY PLEASED. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WOULD GET RID OF BENEFITS AMERICANS ARE ALREADY RECEIVING, SUCH AS THE FOLLOWING. FREE PREVENTATIVE HEALTH SERVICES FOR 32 MILLION SENIORS. $3.2 BILLION IN PRESCRIPTION DRUG SAVINGS FOR 5.1 MILLION SENIORS BY REOPENING THE DOUGHNUT HOLE. PREVENTATIVE SERVICES LIKE CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING AND CONTRACEPTION FOR 20 MILLION AMERICAN, COVERAGE FOR YOUNG AMERICANS WHO HAVE GAINED COVERAGE ON THEIR PARENTS' INSURANCE PLAN. PROTECTION FROM INSURANCE COMPANIES CANCELLING COVERAGE WHEN PEOPLE GET SICK AND FROM DENYING COVERAGE TO CHILDREN WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. AND THE BUDGET ELIMINATES BENEFITS SLATED TO HELP AMERICANS IN THE COMING TWO YEARS, SUCH AS STABLE AND SECURE CARE FOR 32 MILLION AMERICANS. PROTECTIONS AGAINST BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST DUE TO GENDER OR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS OR FACING LIMITS ON COVERAGE FOR OVER 105 MILLION AMERICANS. CHAIRMAN RYAN'S BUDGET DOES NOTHING -- DOES SOMETHING ELSE. IT BREAKS THE AGREEMENT MADE LAST YEAR TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT BACKING OUT OF THE BIPARTISAN DEAL REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS MADE ON GOVERNMENT SPENDING. MANY WILL RECALL LAST YEAR IN ORDER TO AVERT AN UNPRECEDENTED NATIONAL DEFAULT, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS PASSED THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT. THE RYAN BUDGET BREAKS THAT AGREEMENT, THAT BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT, BY SLASHING GOVERNMENT SERVICES BY $19 BILLION MORE THAN WAS AGREED TO IN THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT. REPUBLICANS WOULD BREAK THEIR WORD ON SPENDING AND REDUCED SERVICES AND INVESTMENTS ALL WHILE SLASHING TAX RATES FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. THE RYAN BUDGET BLOCK GRANT MEDICAID, SLASHING $810 BILLION FROM THE PROGRAM, JEOPARDIZING NURSING HOME CARE FOR SENIORS AND SHIFTING COSTS TO STATES. RYAN'S PLAN REAFFIRMS THE REPUBLICAN CALL TO END MEDICAID AS A SAFETY NET, JEOPARDIZING VITAL SERVICES THAT SENIORS DEPEND ON LIKE NURSING HOME CARE AND HOME HEALTH CARE AID AND SHIFTS THE BURDEN OF RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS TO CASH-STRAPPED STATES. ACCORDING TO NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, THESE DRAMATIC REDUCTIONS IN SPENDING, AND I QUOTE, MIGHT INVOLVE REDUCED ELIGIBILITY COVERAGE, FEWER SERVICES, LOWER PAYMENTS TO PROVIDERS OR INCREASED COST-SHARING BY BENEFICIARIES, ALL OF WHICH WOULD REDUCE ACCESS TO CARE, END QUOTE. THE RYAN BUDGET INCREASES THE BURDEN ON LOW-INCOME AMERICANS. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET BLOCK GRANT AND SLASHES FUNDING FOR THE SUPPLEMENTAL KNEW TRATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM BY ALMOST $123 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS, JEOPARDIZING ECONOMIC SECURITY FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. THE RYAN BUDGET WOULD JUST PULL THE PLUG ON AMERICA'S CLEAN ENERGY INDUSTRIES. INSTEAD OF MOVING TOWARDS A CLEAN ECONOMY AND REDUCING DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN FOSSIL FUEL, CHAIRMAN RYAN'S PLAN PULLS THE PLUG ON SUPPORT FOR CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY AND SIMPLY CALLS FOR OPENING MORE LAND TO DRILLING EVEN THOUGH AMERICAN OIL PRODUCTION IS AT ITS HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 2003. AND THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY IS USING LESS THAN 1/3 OF THE 75 MILLION AREAS OF LAND OFFERED FOR DEVELOPMENT. AND IT CONTINUES THE SUBSIDIES TO THE OIL INDUSTRY. THIS PLAN WOULD PULL AMERICANS OUT OF THE RACE TO CREATE WELL HIGH -- WELL-PAYING NEW JOBS AND CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY. THE ALTERNATIVE OF COURSE IS THE DEMOCRATIC PLAN WHICH TAKES A TOTALLY DIFFERENT APPROACH, A BALANCED APPROACH OF SHARED SACRIFICE THAT MEETS THE NATION'S NEED TO INVEST IN THE FUTURE, KEEPS OUR COUNTRY STRONG AND PRESERVES MEDICARE AND OUR SOCIAL SAFETY NET WHILE CONTINUING TAX RELIEF FOR WORKING FAMILIES. FOR ME, THE CHOICE IS EASY, NOT HARD. I URGE YOU TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THE DEMOCRATIC PLAN, SUPPORTING MEDICARE, SUPPORTING WORKING FAMILIES AND SUPPORTING THE MIDDLE CLASS AND SUPPORTING THE FIRM BELIEF THAT THE AMERICAN DREAM IS ALIVE AND WELL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:59:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

  • 06:59:06 PM

    MR. BRADY

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

  • 06:59:29 PM

    MR. DUFFY

    OWE OVER $15 TRILLION IN NATIONAL DEBT. THIS YEAR, WE ARE GOING TO BORROW,…

    OWE OVER $15 TRILLION IN NATIONAL DEBT. THIS YEAR, WE ARE GOING TO BORROW, $1.3 TRILLION. EVERY YEAR WE BOARD A -- WE BORROWED A TRILLION DOLLARS AND THEY TALK ABOUT A BALANCED APPROACH. I BELIEVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED A BALANCED BUDGET. WE NEED TO BE CLEAR ON WHAT THE PROPOSALS ARE. LOOK AT WHAT MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE HAVE PROPOSED, THE BUDGET NEVER BALANCES. THERE ARE DEFICITS AND DEBT AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE. THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET, THERE ARE DEBTS AND DEFICITS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE. DEMOCRATIC-CONTROLLED SENATE, FOR THREE YEARS, THEY HAVEN'T PASSED A BUDGET. I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT HONESTY. THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE DEMOCRATS ARE HONEST WITH REGARD TO HOW MUCH DEBT WE'RE GOING TO PASS OFF TO OUR NEXT GENERATION. THEY WANT US TO BE HONEST WITH REGARD TO HOW MUCH DEBT THE DEMOCRATS WANT THE CHINESE TO BUY FROM AMERICA. I THINK THEY WANT US TO BE HONEST IN REGARD TO TAX RATES THAT AS OF APRIL 1, AMERICA IS GOING TO HAVE THE HIGHEST TAX RATE IN THE INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD, THE HIGHEST TAX RATE. AND MY DEMOCRAT FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE, THEY WANT TO RAISE TAXES EVEN FURTHER. AND SO WHEN A BUSINESS IS LOOKING AT WHERE IT'S GOING TO INVEST, IS IT GOING TO BE IN AMERICA OR SOMEWHERE ELSE OR IF YOU ARE LOOKING AT INVESTING IN AMERICA OR SOMEWHERE ELSE, THEN LOOK AT TAX RATES. AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT SHIPPING JOBS OVERSEAS, IF THESE TAX POLICIES FOR MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE THAT SHIPPED MY JOBS FROM WISCONSIN OVERSEAS. THEY TALK ABOUT FAIRNESS AND WANTING TO BALANCE THE BUDGET ON A FAIR PLAYING FIELD, LET'S LOOK AT THIS CHART TODAY, THE TWO TOP TAX RATES, 33% AND 35%. IF YOU WANT TO GET THE DEFICIT DOWN TO 3% OF THE ECONOMY, YOU HAVE TO RAISE THOSE TAX RATES TO 72% AND 77%. IF YOU WANT TO GET IT DOWN TO 2% OF DEBT TO THE SIZE OF OUR ECONOMY, YOU HAVE TO RAISE THE TOP TAX RATE TO 86% AND 91%. THE BOTTOM LINE IS, IF YOU WANTED TO PAY OFF THE DEBT WITH THE CURRENT SPENDING AGENDA OF THE DEMOCRATS, YOU COULD NEVER DO IT BY TAXING. YOU COULD TAKE ALL OF THE WEALTH, ALL OF THE INCOME OF THOSE TOP TAX EARNERS AND YOU WOULD NEVER BALANCE THE BUDGET. AMERICANS WANT YOU TO BE HONEST IN REGARD TO THE FALLACY THAT YOU CAN TAX YOUR WAY OUT OF THESE DEBTS AND DEFICITS. . YOU WANT TO TAKE A HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS OUT OF MEDICARE AND USE IT FOR SOME OTHER GROUP, TAKING SENIORS' MONEY THAT THEY HAVE INVESTED IN THAT PLAN FOR THEIR LIFETIME, TAKE A HALF A TRILLION OUT AND USE IT FOR ANOTHER GROUP OF PEOPLE. THAT'S UNCONSCIONABLE. BUT MOREOVER, YOU WANT TO SET UP A BOARD OF 15 UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS THAT ARE GOING TO RATION OUR SENIORS' CARE, A BOARD THAT'S GOING TO SYSTEMICALLY REDUCE REIMBURSEMENTS TO DOCTORS, HOSPITALS AND CLINICS AND IN ESSENCE WILL IMPACT THE ACCESS IN QUALITY OF CARE NOT OF SOME FUTURE GENERATION OF SENIORS BUT OF TODAY'S SENIORS. SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT TAKING CARE OF OUR SENIORS, LET'S HAVE A PLAN THAT TRULY TAKES CARE OF OUR SENIORS. WHICH IS THE HOUSE PLAN. I MEAN, I HEAR ABOUT A GUARANTEED BENEFIT THAT THE DEMOCRATS TALK ABOUT FOR OUR SENIORS, THERE'S NO GUARANTEED BENEFIT FOR OUR SENIORS. THEY'RE RATIONING IT DOWN TO NOTHING. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT WE TALK ABOUT A BOLD PLAN, BOLD LEADERSHIP THAT'S GOING TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEMS THAT WE FACE IN THIS COUNTRY, A PLAN THAT IS GOING TO PUT US ON A PATH TO SUSTAINABILITY, THAT WILL BALANCE OUR BUDGET, THAT WILL PAY OFF OUR DEBT, A PLAN THAT IMPLEMENTS PRO-GROWTH POLICIES SO OUR ECONOMY CAN EXPAND -- WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD 30 MORE SECONDS -- SECONDS?

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  • 07:03:51 PM

    MR. BRADY

    YEAH. I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

  • 07:03:54 PM

    MR. DUFFY

    WILL PUT US ON A PRO-GROWTH PATH. BUT ALSO A PLAN THAT WILL PRESERVE AND…

    WILL PUT US ON A PRO-GROWTH PATH. BUT ALSO A PLAN THAT WILL PRESERVE AND PROTECT MEDICARE AND SAVE IT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. I WOULD ASK MY FRIEND AS I CROSS THE AISLE TO STOP -- ACROSS THE AISLE TO STOP HAMPERING BUT TO JOIN US IN BOLD LEADERSHIP AND I WOULD SUBMIT THAT THEIR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN, SOME NOT YET BORN, WOULD APPLAUD THEIR BOLD LEADERSHIP TO SAVE OUR COUNTRY FROM THIS MASSIVE DEBT THAT WILL BE THEIR FUTURE IF WE DON'T ACT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:04:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

  • 07:04:30 PM

    MRS. MALONEY

    YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM PENNSYLVANIA, A MEMBER OF THE…

    YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM PENNSYLVANIA, A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, ALLISON SCHWARTZ.

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  • 07:04:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

  • 07:04:41 PM

    MS. SCHWARTZ

    MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WANTED TO ADD A FEW WORDS, SOME OF WHICH -- SOME OF…

    MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WANTED TO ADD A FEW WORDS, SOME OF WHICH -- SOME OF THESE KIND OF ISSUES HAVE BEEN TALKED ABOUT ALL DAY OR ALL AFTERNOON. BUT I DID WANT -- FEEL COMPELLED TO RISE AGAIN TO TALK ABOUT WHAT REALLY IS AT STAKE HERE AND WHAT IS TRULY A SHARP CONTRAST BETWEEN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET AND THE DEMOCRATIC BUDGET ALTERNATIVES. OUR BUDGETS, AS A FEDERAL BUDGET, SHOULD REFLECT OUR PRIORITIES AND VALUES AS A NATION. OUR DEMOCRATIC BUDGET MOVES AMERICA FORWARD BY BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE, BY INVESTING IN INNOVATION, IN EDUCATION, IN ENERGY, WITH CONFIDENCE AND EXPECTATION ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO US IN THIS COUNTRY. I ALSO ENSURES THAT WE KEEP OUR PROMISES TO AMERICA'S SENIORS BUT PROTECTING AND STRENGTHENING MEDICARE. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN FOR AMERICA MOVES OUR NATION BACKWARD AND HARMS OUR ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE. BY CHOOSING SUSTAINED TAX CUTS FOR THE -- FOR MILLIONAIRES OVER SMALL BUSINESSES AND JOBS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. BY CHOOSING TAX BREAKS FOR OUR BIGGEST COMPANIES RATHER THAN INVESTMENTS IN OUR FUTURE ECONOMIC GROWTH. OUR VISION -- THEIR VISION, EXCUSE ME, IS ONE IN WHICH COLLEGE BECOMES MORE EXPENSIVE FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, WHERE INVESTMENTS IN INNOVATION AND RESEARCH ARE SLASHED AND WE STOP BEING THE LEADERS IN THE WORLD ON BIOSCIENCE AND ENERGY. AND ABANDONED SENIORS IN THEIR MOST VULNERABLE YEARS. RATHER THAN BALANCING THE BUDGET BY SHIFTING COSTS TO MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES, THE DEMOCRATIC BUDGET REDUCES THE RATE OF GROWTH IN HEALTH CARE SPENDING THROUGH INITIATIVES THAT WILL INCREASE OUR VALUE AND EFFICIENCY IN OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, IT WILL CONTAIN COSTS FOR MEDICARE AND FOR ALL AMERICANS. MILLIONS OF SENIORS RELY ON MEDICARE EVERY DAY FOR THEIR LIFE-SAVING MEDICATIONS, TREATMENTS AND DOCTOR VISITS. WE CANNOT ABANDON OUR OBLIGATION TO OUR SENIORS AND THE DEMOCRATIC BUDGET DOES NOT. THE DEMOCRATIC BUDGET TAKES A BALANCED APPROACH TO MEETING OUR NATION'S FISCAL CHALLENGES AND MAKES TARGETED INVESTMENTS NEEDED TO SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND, YES, IT PRESERVES THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE. AND PROTECTS TAX RELIEF FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. A HIGH PRIORITY FOR US, ONE THAT IS MUCH LESS IF A PRIORITY AT ALL FOR THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET. OUR BUDGET TACKLES THE FEDERAL DEFICIT BY REDUCING THE FEDERAL DEFICIT AS A SHARE OF G.D.P., BY MORE THAN 8%, SO IT IS 2.7% OF G.D.P. WITHIN 10 YEARS. WE MAKE SOME HARD CHOICES ABOUT HOW WE CUT SPENDING, BUT OUR BUDGET AS A COMMITMENT TO CUT SPENDING BY OVER $2 TRILLION. SO IT REDUCES THE DEFICIT RESPONSIBLY AND FAIRLY. IT PROTECTS OUR SENIORS AND OUR MIDDLE CLASS AND IT DOES NOT ASK EITHER OUR SENIORS OR THE MIDDLE CLASS TO SHOULDER OUR FISCAL CHALLENGES ALONE. WE HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE. AND WE WILL BE MAKING IT THIS EVENING AND TOMORROW AS WE DECIDE WHICH BUDGET IS BETTER FOR THE AMERICA THAT WE DREAM ABOUT, THAT WE EXPECT AND THAT WE WORK FOR. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND UP FOR RESPONSIBLE BUDGET THAT MAKES SPENDING CUTS AND ALSO MAKES SMART INVESTMENTS. THAT GROWS OUR ECONOMY BUT ALSO MEETS OUR OBLIGATIONS, THAT RESPECTS OUR VALUES AND WHO WE ARE AS AMERICANS. IT CREATES OPPORTUNITIES AND IT IS FAIR TO AMERICA. I SUGGEST THAT WE VOTE YES TO THE DEMOCRATIC BUDGET AND PROTECT AMERICA AND OUR VALUES AND GROWS OUR ECONOMY. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:08:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 07:08:35 PM

    MR. BRADY

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA WHO SERVES ON THE IMPORTANT SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE AND WHO IS A NURSE AND UNDERSTANDS OUR HEALTH CARE CHALLENGES IN AMERICA.

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  • 07:08:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE HERE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE HERE TONIGHT TO HELP IN THIS EFFORT. MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT'S ECONOMIC AGENDA HAS FAILED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE PRESIDENT'S ECONOMIC AGENDA HAS FAILED OUR JOB CREATORS, OUR SENIORS AND FUTURE GENERATIONS. THE PRESIDENT'S POLICIES HAVE FAILED AND ARE MAKING THE ECONOMY WORSE. THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET CALLS TO -- CALLS FOR MORE FAILED ATTEMPTS TO TAX, SPEND, BORROW AND BAIL OUT OUR WAY TO JOB CREATION.

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  • 07:09:21 PM

    MRS. ELLMERS

    FROM A THIRD PARTY THAT ADDRESSES THIS ISSUE. BERNIE MARCUS, C.E.O. OF…

    FROM A THIRD PARTY THAT ADDRESSES THIS ISSUE. BERNIE MARCUS, C.E.O. OF HOME DEPOT. IF WE DON'T LOWER SPENDING AND IF WE DON'T DEAL WITH PAYING DOWN THE DEBT, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO RAISE TAXES, EVEN BRAIN DEAD ECONOMISTS UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN YOU RAISE TAXES YOU COST JOBS. BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT CANNOT STAND ON HIS RECORD, HE IS REGRETTABLY -- HE HAS REGRETTABLY TURNED TO THE POLITICS OF ENVY AND DIVISION. THERE IS NOTHING FAIR ABOUT MAKING OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN PAY THE BILLS FOR WHAT THE PRESIDENT'S OWN FISCAL COMMISSION CO-CHAIRS CALLED THE MOST PREDICTABLE ECONOMIC CRISIS IN OUR HISTORY. I HAVE A COUPLE MORE QUOTES AND THESE AREN'T FROM CONSERVATIVE PUBLICATIONS, MIND YOU. THE "USA TODAY," OBAMA'S BUDGET PLAN LEAVES DEBT BOMB TICKING. "THE BOSTON HERALD," PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS APPARENTLY DECIDED THAT HE IS NOT GOING TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION TO THE NATION'S ENORMOUS DEBT -- OR EXCUSE ME, DEFICIT, WHICH WOULD MAKE HIM, YES, PART OF THE PROBLEM. MR. SPEAKER, OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE CONTINUOUSLY DISCUSS THE ISSUE OF MEDICARE WHICH WE KNOW IS ONE OF THE GROWING PROBLEMS WHEN WE'RE DEALING WITH THE DEBT. OUR DEMOCRAT FRIENDS CONTINUE TO SAY THAT REPUBLICANS ARE CUTTING MEDICARE AND CHANGING IT AS WE KNOW IT. AND YET IN OBAMACARE THEY CUT A HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS OUT OF MEDICARE. I HAVE A QUOTE FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE AS WELL AND MY FRIEND ACROSS THE AISLE HAD ONE A FEW MOMENTS AGO. THIS QUOTE IS FROM 12/19/09. THE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE COULD, QUOTE, REDUCE ACCESS TO CARE OR DIMINISH THE QUALITY OF CARE. I ALSO HAVE A QUOTE FROM THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE , MEDICARE REMAINS ON A PATH THAT IS FISCALLY UNSUSTAINABLE OVER THE LONG-TERM. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS PASSED -- THAT WE ARE GOING TO PASS A JOBS BILL, WE ARE GOING TO PASS A BUDGET. MAY I HAVE 30 MORE SECONDS?

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  • 07:12:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

  • 07:12:06 PM

    MRS. ELLMERS

    BUDGET INCLUDES FUNDAMENTAL PRO-GROWTH TAX REFORM, ELIMINATING CORPORATE…

    BUDGET INCLUDES FUNDAMENTAL PRO-GROWTH TAX REFORM, ELIMINATING CORPORATE LOOPHOLES AND SUBSIDIES TO HELP CREATE JOBS. IT ADDRESSES THE REAL DRIVERS OF OUR DEBT, SAVING OUR SOCIAL SAFETY NET PROGRAMS FROM GOING BANKRUPT. AND IT CALLS FOR REPEAL OF THE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE AND OTHER JOB SPENDING. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO VOTE FOR THE HOUSE BUDGET BILL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:12:36 PM

    MRS. MALONEY

    MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS?

  • 07:12:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK HAS 10 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

  • 07:12:44 PM

    MRS. MALONEY

    THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, CONGRESSMAN COOPER.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. COOPER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    THE CHAIR

    FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. BRADY

    YIELD TWO MINES TO ONE OF THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE REPRESENTATIVES ON HEALTH…

    YIELD TWO MINES TO ONE OF THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE REPRESENTATIVES ON HEALTH CARE, A PHYSICIAN WHO HAS DELIVERED MORE THAN 3,000 BABY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,

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  • 07:16:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 07:16:31 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE ASKED WHY IF YOU'RE GOING TO DO A REPUBLICAN BUDGET,…

    A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE ASKED WHY IF YOU'RE GOING TO DO A REPUBLICAN BUDGET, WHY EVEN INVOLVE YOURSELF IN THE PRESIDENT'S NEW HEALTH CARE LAW AND WHY IS IT NECESSARY FOR THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET TO REPEAL THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW AND ADVANCE BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS THAT TAKE POWER AWAY FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND GIVE IT BACK TO THE PEOPLE? THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE PREPARED A CHART DEALING WITH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SYSTEM SYSTEM -- SOME TWO YEARS AGO. IT'S AN INVOLVED CHART YOU LOOK AT IT, IT NEEDS TO BE RIGHT SIDE UP, OF COURSE, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, IT DOESN'T REALLY MATTER, IT MAKES JUST AS MUCH SENSE UPSIDE DOWN. BUT THE REASON I WANTED YOU TO TURN IT OVER YOU LOOK AT THIS THING, INSTEAD OF THE PATIENT BEING AT THE CENTER OF ALL OF THIS THE PATIENT IS DOWN HERE AT THE BOTTOM. THIS CHART WAS PREPARED TWO YEARS AGO BY THE COMMITTEE STAFF OF THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE AND THIS IS PRECISELY WHY THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAS TO BE PULLED ODD O-- PULLED OUT BY THE ROOTS IN ORDER FOR US TO GET ANY SEMBLANCE OF SANITY IN THE COUNTRY. IGNORE THE FACT THAT IT BUSTS THE BANK AND IS A DRAIN ON THE FEDERAL TREASURY UNLIKE ANYTHING WE'VE EVER SEEN BEFORE, THE BOTTOM LINE IS, THIS JUST DOES NOT WORK. I SPENT YESTERDAY AT THE SUPREME COURT, GOT TO HEAR THE ORAL ARGUMENTS BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT AND IT WAS ASTONISHING TO HEAR THE ARGUMENTS PUT FORTH WHY WE HAD TO TAKE OVER 1/6 OF THE ECONOMY, WHY WE HAD TO EXPAND GOVERNMENT POWER IN A WAY THAT'S GOING TO REDEFINE THE GOVERNMENT'S POWER OF THE -- OVER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, IT WAS BECAUSE THE UNINSURED COST US SO MUCH MONEY. THEY -- THAT'S NONSENSE. WHAT'S THE REAL COST DRIVE OVER HEALTH CARE IN THIS COUNTRY? WHAT'S THE REAL REASON HEALTH INSURANCE IS GOING INEXORABLY UP AND UP AND UP? IT'S BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT DOESN'T PAY FOR MEDICARE, MEDICAID AND S-CHIP AND IT'S THE NEED TO FILL THAT HOLE THAT CAUSES INSURANCE TO GO UP SO MUCH. I WAS ASTONISHED THAT THIS ARGUMENT WAS NOT MADE FROM THE -- BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT BUT REGARDLESS, WHAT IS THE SOLUTION TO FIX THIS PROBLEM? WE'RE GOING TO PUT A SUBSIDY OUT THERE FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS IN THE EXCHANGES. THAT'LL HELP. THEN THE WORST PART, WE'LL DOUBLE MEDICAID. MEDICAID IS THE PROBLEM. MEDICAID IS THE REASON THIS COST IS GOING UP INEXORABLY YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR AND WHAT WAS THE PRESIDENT'S SOLUTION? WHAT WAS SPEAKER PELOSI'S SOLUTION? LET'S ELBOW UP MEDICAID IN THIS COUNTRY AND SEE IF THAT FIXES THE PROBLEM. HOW COULD THE LAW BE SO CONVOLUTED AS SHOWN ON THIS GRAPH? THE REASON IS, IF YOU LOOK AT THE LANGUAGE THAT WROTE THAT GRAPH, THIS IS NOT TWO COPIES OF THE LAW, THIS IS ONE COPY OF THE LAW IN TWO VOLUMES. HOW WAS IT SO BADLY DONE? YOU NEED DO NOTHING MORE THAN LOOK AT THE TITLE PAGE OF H.R. 3590 FROM DECEMBER 24, 2009, IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES -- MAY I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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  • 07:19:40 PM

    MR. BRADY

    YIELD THE GENTLEMAN 30 SECONDS.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

  • 07:19:46 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    CHRISTMAS EVE, DECEMBER 24, 2009, THAT THE BILL FROM THE U.S. HOUSE OF…

    CHRISTMAS EVE, DECEMBER 24, 2009, THAT THE BILL FROM THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, ENTITLED AN ACT TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE TO MODIFY FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS CREDIT IN THE CASE OF MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES AND CERTAIN OTHER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. WAIT A MINUTE, THAT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE A HEALTH CARE LAW. HOW DID IT BECOME A HEALTH CARE LAW? IT'S CALLED AN AMENDMENT. AN AMENDMENT TO STRIKE OUT ALL AFTER THE ENACTING CLAUSE AND INSERT THE REMAINING 2,700 PAGES. I SUBMIT THAT THIS THING WAS FLAWED FROM START TO FINISH, IT NEEDS TO BE STRUCK OUT BY THE ROOTS, OTHERWISE FISCAL SANITY CANNOT EXIST IN THIS COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:20:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM NEW YORK.

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    MRS. MALONEY

    THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN, MR. FATTAH.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. FATTAH

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    THE CHAIR

    FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. BRADY

    TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO ANOTHER KEY FRESHMAN MEMBER OF THE JOINT…

    TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO ANOTHER KEY FRESHMAN MEMBER OF THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE, ALSO A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, WHO ALSO UNDERSTANDS AGAIN WHAT IT TAKES TO GET THIS TERRIBLY SLUGGISH ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. MULVANEY. THREE MINUTES.

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  • 07:24:04 PM

    MR. MULVANEY

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. BRADY

    THERE'S --

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    MR. MULVANEY

    REPUBLICAN BUDGET THAT ACTUALLY BALANCES. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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    MRS. MALONEY

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE CHAIR

    VECK NICED.

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    MRS. MALONEY

    TO TALK TO THE GENTLEMAN WHO SAID I WAS CALLING IT THE -- WHO WOULD LIKE…

    TO TALK TO THE GENTLEMAN WHO SAID I WAS CALLING IT THE -- WHO WOULD LIKE TO OBJECT TO MY SAYING IT SHOULD BE CALLED THE ROAD TO AUSTERITY INSTEAD OF THE ROAD TO PROSPERITY. ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE OF THE REPUBLICAN PLAN, THE ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE ESTIMATES THAT THE REPUBLICAN AUSTERITY PLAN WILL DESTROY 4.1 MILLION JOBS THROUGH 2014. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET MAKES TAX CUTS FOR THE MOST FORTUNATE FEW PERMANENT. WHILE THOSE MAKING OVER $1 MILLION PER YEAR WILL GET AN AVERAGE TAX CUT OF AT LEAST $150,000 AND TAX BREAKS FOR BIG OIL WILL BE PRESERVED. THAT'S THEIR PLAN. THE ALTERNATIVE, OF, IS THE DEMOCRATIC BUDGET PLAN, WHICH TAKES A TOTALLY DIFFERENT APPROACH. A BALANCED APPROACH. THAT MEETS THE NATION'S NEED TO INVEST IN THE FUTURE. WHILE PRESERVING MEDICARE AND OUR SOCIAL SAFETY NET AND SUPPORTING THE FIRM BELIEF THAT THE AMERICAN DREAM IS ALIVE AND WELL BY INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN AND OUR NATION. HERE TO CLOSE IS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE FROM MARYLAND, CONGRESSMAN VAN HOLLEN.

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  • 07:29:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS THREE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I WANT TO CLOSE WHERE THE GENTLELADY BEGAN, ON THE ECONOMY AND ON JOBS. AS…

    I WANT TO CLOSE WHERE THE GENTLELADY BEGAN, ON THE ECONOMY AND ON JOBS. AS THIS CHART SHOWS, WHEN THE PRESIDENT WAS SWORN IN, WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS SWORN IN, WE WERE LOSING OVER 00,000 JOBS A MONTH. A MONTH. BECAUSE OF ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE PRESIDENT AND THE CONGRESS AND BECAUSE OF THE TENACITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND SMALL BUSINESSES WE WERE ABLE TO STOP THE FREE FALL, BEGIN TO CLIMB OUT OF THAT HOLE, WE'VE NOW HAD 24 CONSECUTIVE MONTHS OF POSITIVE PRIVATE SECTOR JOB GROWTH, CLOSE TO FOUR MILLION JOBS CREATED IN THAT PERIOD. WE NEED TO SUSTAIN THAT RECOVERY, NOT PUT THE BRAKES ON IT. THE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL, UNFORTUNATELY, PUTS THE BRAKES ON IT. I'LL GIVE YOU ONE EXAMPLE. NEXT YEAR, THEY WOULD CUT OUR INVESTMENT IN TRANSPORTATION IN THEIR BUDGET BY 46% WHEN WE HAVE ABOUT 17% UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. THAT'S PUTTING THE BRAKES ON. NOW, WE HEAR FROM OUR COLLEAGUES THAT THE ONLY WAY TO DEAL WITH A BUDGET DEFICIT IS TO CUT, CUT, CUT. WE PROPOSE A BALANCED APPROACH. WE DO ASK THAT WE CLOSE SOME OF THOSE TAX LOOPHOLES. WE DO ASK THAT FOLKS MAKING $1 MILLION A YEAR GO BACK TO PAYING THE RATES IN THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. LET'S SEE WHAT HAPPENED IN THE ECONOMY BACK THEN. WHAT THIS SHOWS IS DURING THE CLINTON YEARS, 20.8 MILLION JOBS WERE CREATED. AFTER PRESIDENT BUSH TOOK OFFICE, THEY DID LOWER THE TAX RATES, NET 653,000 JOBS LOST. BY THE WAY, 2001, JUST BEFORE THE TAX CUTS, THAT DISPROPORTIONATELY BENEFITED THE WEALTHY, THAT WAS THE LAST TIME WE BALANCED THE BUDGET. WE BALANCED THE BUDGET AND HAD GREAT JOB GROWTH. THAT'S WHY WE PROPOSE A BALANCED APPROACH. THE ISSUE IS NOT WHETHER WE REDUCE THE DEFICIT, NOT WHETHER WE REDUCE THE DEBT, IT'S HOW. YES, WE HAVE TO MAKE SPENDING CUTS, I HEAR CLOGES ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE COMING DOWN HERE SAYING YOU CAN'T DO THIS ALL ON THE REVENUE SIDE, WE GET THAT. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, IF YOU DO IT WITHOUT ASKING THE FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP TO PAY A PENNY BY CLOSING LOOPHOLES AND GETTING RID OF TAX BREABS, WHAT DOES IT MEAN? IT MEANS EVERYBODY ELSE PAYS THE CONSEQUENCES. THOSE DECISIONS TO SUPPORT THE WEALTHY, NOT ASK FOR SHARED RESPONSIBILITY, COMES AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR SENIORS, YOU END THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE, YOU SLASH MEDICAID BY $800 BILLION, IT COMES AT THE EXPENSE OF MIDDLE INCOME TAXPAYERS BECAUSE NOT ONLY ARE YOU LOCKING IN THE BUSH TAX CUTS FOR THE FOLKS AT THE TOP, YOU'RE DROPPING THE TOP RATE FROM 35% TO 25%, THAT'S ANOTHER OVER $200,000 TAX BREAK TO PEOPLE MAKING OVER $1 MILLION A YEAR. YOU'RE SAYING YOU'RE GOING TO PAY FOR IT. YOU KNOW HOW IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN? IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN BY INCREASING TAXES ON MIDDLE INCOME AMERICANS. THAT IS HOW YOU'RE GOING TO FINANCE IT. I HAVE NOT SEEN A PROPOSAL, SHOW ME A PIECE OF PAPER THAT SAYS IT WON'T BE TAKEN OUT ON MIDDLE INCOME TAXPAYERS. MR. CHAIRMAN, THERE'S A BETTER APPROACH THAN THE REPUBLICAN APPROACH. IT'S THE BALANCED APPROACH, IT'S THE APPROACH SUPPORTED BY BIPARTISAN GROUPS AND IT'S THE APPROACH THAT WE WILL PROPOSE IN OUR AMENDMENT. AND I AGAIN THANK THE GENTLELADY AND THANK

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  • 07:32:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 07:32:50 PM

    MR. BRADY

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 07:32:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:32:56 PM

    MR. BRADY

    MADE TWO KEY PROMISES TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. THE FIRST WAS THAT HE WOULD…

    MADE TWO KEY PROMISES TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. THE FIRST WAS THAT HE WOULD REDUCE THE DEFICIT BY HALF IN HIS FIRST TERM OF OFFICE. THE SECOND IS THAT HE WOULD FIX THIS BROKEN ECONOMY IN THREE YEARS. LET'S TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT THOSE PROMISES. LOOKING FIRST AT THE ECONOMY. TO DATE, THIS IS HARD TO BELIEVE, AND I HOPE THOSE AT HOME ARE SITTING DOWN, BUT AFTER ALL THE BAILOUTS, AFTER ALL THE STIMULUS, AFTER ALL THE CASH FOR CLUNKERS, THE DEFICIT SPENDING, THE HOUSING BAILOUT, EVERYTHING THE PRESIDENT WISHED FOR AND GOT IN INCREASED SPENDING, WE HAVE FEWER AMERICANS WORKING TODAY THAN WHEN THIS PRESIDENT TOOK OFFICE. THINK ABOUT THAT. THERE'S FEWER AMERICANS WORKING AFTER ALL THE PRESIDENT'S ECONOMIC POLICIES HAVE GONE FULL BORE AND HAS FAILED THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IN SUCH A WAY THERE'S FEWER PEOPLE WORKING TODAY THAN WHEN THIS PRESIDENT TOOK THE OATH OF OFFICE. LOOK AT THE STIMULUS. THIS CHART SHOWS HE PROMISED THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IF YOU'LL JUST BORROW AND SPEND NEARLY $1 TRILLION WITH INTEREST, OUR ECONOMY RECOVERS. IN FACT, HE PROMISED RIGHT NOW OUR UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WOULD BE AROUND 6%. IT'S FAR ABOVE THAT. NEARLY 8.5%. BUT THAT DOESN'T TELL THE WHOLE PICTURE. BECAUSE SO MANY AMERICANS HAVE GIVEN UP HOPE, SO MANY AMERICANS DON'T EVEN LOOK FOR A JOB ANYMORE. THEY'VE JUST DROPPED OUT. WE HAVE THE FEWEST PEOPLE IN THE WORK FORCE THAN IN ALMOST THREE DECADES. THEY'VE JUST GIVEN UP THAT MUCH. OUR UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS REALLY NEARLY 16%, A LITTLE ABOVE IT AS A MATTER OF FACT. THIS IS AN UNEMPLOYMENT CRISIS. THE PRESIDENT'S POLICIES, NO QUESTION, HE INHERITED A POOR ECONOMY TO SAY THE LEAST. HIS POLICIES HAVE FAILED. HE'S MADE IT WORSE FOR ABOUT 23 MILLION AMERICANS WHO CAN'T EVEN FIND A FULL TIME JOB THESE DAYS. IF YOU WANT MORE OF THE SAME, STICK WITH THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. STICK WITH THE DEMOCRATS' BUDGET. THEY DELIVER MORE OF THE SAME, AN ECONOMY THAT STRUGGLES LIKE IT HASN'T SINCE THE DEPRESSION AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO JUST CAN'T FIND WORK NO MATTER HOW HARD THEY TRY. THE PRESIDENT PROMISED HE WOULD REDUCE THE DEFICIT, CUT IT IN HALF, IN HIS FIRST TERM. SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT. INSTEAD HE'S INCREASED IT BY ALMOST HALF. THIS IS THE FOURTH TRILLION-DOLLAR DEFICIT IN A ROW . HE PROPOSES TO SPEND SO THAT WE'RE AT THE LARGEST GOVERNMENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY, LARGEST -- LARGER EVEN THAN WORLD WAR II WHEN WE DROPPED EVERYTHING TO WIN THE WAR. HE WANTS A GOVERNMENT BIGGER THAN THAT. AND DEFICITS THAT GO AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE SEE -- CAN SEE. REPUBLICANS BELIEVE WE OUGHT TO HAVE A CHOICE OF FUTURES. YOU LOOK AT THE DEBT THAT'S BEING PILED ON AMERICA IN THE FUTURE, LET ME PUT THAT IN REAL TERMS. WE HAVE TWO YOUNG BOYS. ONE'S IN THIRD GRADE AND ONE'S IN SEVENTH. THEY MAKE OUR FAMILY A JOY. AND I THINK ABOUT WHAT ALL THIS MEANS TO THEM AND YOU MAY BE THINKING ABOUT IT FOR YOUR KIDS, YOUR GRANDKIDS. ALL THAT RED INK THAT THIS PRESIDENT'S PILED UP AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICA WITH THIS DEBT , TODAY A BABY BORN TODAY IN AMERICA, THEIR FAIR SHARE OF THE DEBT IS ABOUT $47,000. A BABY BORN TODAY OWES UNCLE SAM A NEW LEXUS. IF WE DON'T CHANGE OUR WAYS, BY THE TIME THEY'RE 13 THEY'LL OWE UNCLE SAM A SECOND LEXUS AND BY THE TIME THEY'RE 22 AND THEY'VE FINISHED CLENG, THEY'RE GETTING READY -- COLLEGE, THEY'RE GETTING READY TO START THEIR LIFE, THEY'LL OWE UNCLE SAM A THIRD LEXUS. NOW THE GOOD NEWS IS YOUNG PEOPLE DON'T ACTUALLY BUY LUXURY SEDANS FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BUT THEY PAY THE PRICE ANOTHER WAY. FOR ALL THAT DEBT, THEY PAY THE PRICE IN A SLUGGISH ECONOMY, IN HIGHER TAXES, IN HIGHER INTEREST RATES. SO THAT YOUNG PERSON STARTING THEIR LIFE AFTER ALL THAT SCHOOLING, PURSUING THEIR DREAMS IN AMERICA, THEY'LL HAVE A HARDER TIME FINDING A JOB, THERE WILL BE FEWER THEM. AND THEY'LL KEEP LESS IN THEIR PAYCHECK AS A RESULT OF THIS. THAT'S THE FUTURE IF WE STAY THE COURSE WITH THIS PRESIDENT AND DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS. REPUBLICANS BELIEVE THERE'S A BETTER FUTURE FOR AMERICA AND THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET DOES JUST THAT. IT RESTORES A HEALTHY ECONOMY FOR AMERICA IN A COMMONSENSE WAY. IT GETS OUR FINANCIAL HOUSE AND FUTURE. IT STARTS LIMITING THIS OUT-OF-CONTROL SPENDING, IT STARTS TAKING AWAY ALL THE WASTE AND ABUSE, SUNSETTING OBSOLETE AGENCY, STOPPING THIS WASTEFUL SPENDING FROM STEM TO STERN IN THE FEDERAL BUDGET. IT STARTS TO TIGHTEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S BELT AND BUDGET. IT ALSO, IN ADDITION TO PUTTING OUR FINANCIAL HOUSE IN ORDER, IT SHRINKS THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT. IT MAKES IT AFFORDABLE AGAIN FOR AMERICA. SO NOT ONLY THAT THAT WE BALANCE THE BUDGET, THE GOAL OF THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS TO PAY OFF OUR DEBT. THINK ABOUT IT. OUR GOAL'S NOT TO JUST BREAK EVEN AGAIN. IT'S TO START TO WIDDLE DOWN AND PAY OFF THOSE HUGE AMOUNTS OF DEBT THAT WE OWE TO SO MANY IN THIS WORLD. IT TACKLES IMPORTANT ISSUES LIKE SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE AND MEDICAID, PRESERVES THEM FOR OTHER PURPOSES EVERY GENERATION ONCE AND FOR ALL. SOCIAL SECURITY, FOR EXAMPLE, LAST YEAR AMERICA HAD TO BORROW $142 BILLION FROM CHINA AND OTHER FOREIGN INVESTORS JUST TO PAY SOCIAL SECURITY FOR OUR SENIORS. WE KNOW MEDICARE GOES BANKRUPT IN 12 YEARS UNLESS WE ACT. IF WE DON'T ACT TODAY, MEDICARE ENDS ITSELF AS WE KNOW IT. IT ENDS ITSELF. REPUBLICANS HAVE A COMMONSENSE PROPOSAL TO PRESERVE THOSE IMPORTANT PROGRAMS, TO MAKE THEM SUSTAINABLE FOR EVERY GENERATION. AND WE DO IT WITHOUT RAISING TAXES. WE KNOW YOU CAN'T TAKE MORE FROM PEOPLE AND HOPE TO GROW THE ECONOMY. WE KNOW THAT WASHINGTON OUGHT TO TIGHTEN ITS BELT BEFORE WE ASK HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS TO TIGHTEN THEIRS. WE KNOW THAT TAXING PROFESSIONALS AND SMALL BUSINESSES, TAXING OUR LOCAL ENERGY COMPANIES WHO MANUFACTURE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, WE KNOW THAT TAXING COMPANIES THAT ARE CREATING JOBS IN AMERICA IS THE WRONG WAY TO GO. WE'RE GOING TO OFFER -- WE'RE OFFERING NOT JUST A CHOICE OF TWO FUTURES, WE'RE OFFERING SOME HOPE TO A COUNTRY THAT DESPAIRS THAT IT WILL EVER SEE A BALANCE BUDGET AGAIN. WE'RE OFFERING HOPE TO A COUNTRY THAT RIGHT NOW HAS A SECOND-RATE ECONOMY, THAT SOME PARTS OF THE WORLD MAKE FUN OF, FRANKLY. WE'RE GOING TO OFFER HOPE TO BUSINESSES WHO WANT TO COMPETE AGAIN, BOTH IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND AROUND THE WORLD. BECAUSE TODAY WHAT THEY TELL US IS THEY'RE NOT ADDING JOBS. WITH THIS DEBT HANGING OVER WITH US, WITH ALL THE TALK OF -- HANGING OVER US, WITH ALL THE TALK OF NEW TAXES, THEY'RE NOT MAKING THOSE JOBS. WHY WOULD THEY? THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET MAKES SURE THAT WE DON'T BALANCE OUR BUDGET ON THE BACKS OF AMERICA'S SMALL BUSINESSES, WE KNOW THE PROBLEM ISN'T THAT GOVERNMENT DOESN'T TAKE MORE OF YOUR -- OF WHAT YOU EARN. THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENDS TOO MUCH. WE OFFER A PATH TO PROSPERITY TO AMERICA. IT'S THE ONLY RESPONSIBLE BUDGET THAT WILL BE OFFERED TO THIS DEBATE. I WISH I COULD SAY THE SENATE WILL TAKE IT UP BUT FOR THREE YEARS THEY'VE REFUSED TO GIVE A BUDGET TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE'RE GOING TO CHANGE THE TRAJECTORY OF AMERICA, WE'RE GOING TO CHANGE THE FUTURE OF AMERICA AND WE'RE GOING TO GIVE HOPE BACK BY PASSING THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:41:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    CLAIM TIME IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT.

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    SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-423 OFFERED BY MR. MULVANEY…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-423 OFFERED BY MR. MULVANEY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

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  • 07:42:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 597, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR.…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 597, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. MULVANEY, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL 10 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

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  • 07:42:34 PM

    MR. MULVANEY

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:42:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:42:38 PM

    MR. MULVANEY

    CHAIRMAN, IT OCCURRED TO ME DURING THE BUDGET DEBATE THAT SOMETHING WAS…

    CHAIRMAN, IT OCCURRED TO ME DURING THE BUDGET DEBATE THAT SOMETHING WAS MISSING FROM THE DEBATE. AS MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE OFFERED THEIR VARIOUS AMENDMENTS THROUGH THE COURSE OF THE DAY AND INTO THE EVENING, IT OCCURRED TO ME THAT THE PRESIDENT'S BUPPINGT HAD NOT BEEN OFFERED AS AN AMENDMENT -- BUDGET HAD NOT BEEN OFFERED AS AN AMENDMENT BY THE DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE. AND THAT AS WE WERE GETTING INFORMATION ABOUT WHICH AMENDMENTS WERE BEING OFFERED HERE TODAY ON THE FLOOR, AS AMENDMENTS TO THE OVERALL G.O.P. -- BUDGET, IT OCCURRED TO ME THAT AGAIN THAT SAME OVERSIGHT HAD TAKEN PLACE. CLEARLY IT MUST BE OVERSIGHT. CLEARLY MY COLLEAGUES MEANT TO OFFER THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET AS AN AMENDMENT AND SIMPLY FAILED TO DO SO. SO IN A PEEK OF BIPARTISANSHIP, I THOUGHT IT -- I'D HELP MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE OUT A LITTLE BIT AND OFFER THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT THIS AMENDMENT IS. THIS AMENDMENT IS THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET AS ANALYZED, NOT SCORED, BUT ANALYZED BY THE C.B.O., NOTHING MORE, AND NOTHING LESS. IT HAS A LOT IN HERE THAT I IMAGINE MY COLLEAGUES WOULD LIKE. IT HAS, FOR EXAMPLE, $1.9 TRILLION IN NEW TAXES. IT HAS NEW TAXES ON INCOME, NEW TAXES ON THE GIVING OF GIFTS, NEW TAXES ON GASOLINE AND EVEN NEW TAXES ON DYING. IT HAS $1.5 TRILLION IN NEW SPENDING, SPENDING ON WELFARE, SPENDING ON UNEMPLOYMENT, SPENDING ON GREEN ENERGY, THE TERM SOLYNDRA COMES TO MIND, I WOULD IMAGINE. IT HAS SO MANY NEW TAXES AND SO MUCH NEW SPENDING IT SEEMS TO BE BRINGING THE PHRASE TAX AND SPEND LIBERAL BACK INTO FASHION HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. SO CLEARLY IT MUST SIMPLY BE AN OVERSIGHT THAT IT'S NOT BEEN OFFERED BY MY COLLEAGUES. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL. THE BUDGET THAT THE PRESIDENT OFFERED AND THAT IS CONTAINED IN THIS AMENDMENT NEVER BALANCES. NEVER BALANCES. IT IS A BALANCED APPROACH TO REACH A NEVER-BALANCING BUDGET. IT ALSO FAILS TO DEAL COMPLETELY WITH OUR ENTITLEMENT PROBLEMS. SO AGAIN I SAY, MR. CHAIRMAN, I THINK THERE'S A LOT HERE FOR MY COLLEAGUES TO LIKE. I LOOK FORWARD TO THEIR DEFENSE OF THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. AND IN MANY WAYS I WOULD SUPPOSE THIS IS A LANDMARK DOCUMENT FOR THE DEMOCRATS AS WE GO INTO THIS ELECTION YEAR. SO WITH THAT I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:44:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:44:46 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I SEEK RECOGNITION TO SPEAK ON THIS IMPORTANT…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I SEEK RECOGNITION TO SPEAK ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE.

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  • 07:44:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 10 MINUTES.

  • 07:44:56 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    OPPOSED FOR A SIMPLE REASON. THIS DOCUMENT FILED BY MR. MULVANEY IS NOT…

    OPPOSED FOR A SIMPLE REASON. THIS DOCUMENT FILED BY MR. MULVANEY IS NOT THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. AND IT'S BEING PORTRAYED AS A VERY MISLEADING -- IT WAS A VERY MISLEADING PRESENTATION OF THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. THIS, THIS IS THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. IF YOU LOOK AT ALL THE OTHER BUDGETS PRESENTED TODAY, YOU'LL FIND NUMBERS AND YOU'LL FIND POLICY STATEMENTS THAT DESCRIBE THE POLICIES BEHIND THE BUDGET. THE THING MR. MULVANEY FILE, NO POLICY. IN FACT, HE SAID THE PRESIDENT'S POLICY RAISES GAS TAXES, I BELIEVE, THAT'S JUST A FALSE STATEMENT. THE OTHER ISSUE IS WHY YOU HAVE A NUMBER FOR REVENUE IN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET, YOU MENTIONED THERE'S A REVENUE NUMBER, THE PRESIDENT NEVER PRETENDED OTHERWISE. THE PRESIDENT'S APPROACH IS A BALANCED APPROACH TO DEFICIT REDUCTION, IT MAKES CUTS AND RAISES REVENUE HE RAISES REVENUE IN PART BY GETTING RID OF SUBSIDIES ON BIG OIL COMPANIES. WE THINK AT A TIME OF RECORD PROFITS, WE DON'T NEED TO HAVE TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES FOR BIG OIL COMPANIES. OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, ALMOST EVERY ONE OF THEM HAVE SIGNED THIS PLEDGE TO GROVER NORQUIST SAYING THEY WON'T GET RID OF ONE OIL SUBSIDY OR ONE TAX LOOPHOLE FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEFICIT REDUCTION. THE PRESIDENT THINKS WE NEED A BALANCED APPROACH TO DEFICIT REDUCTION. NOW YOU WOULDN'T KNOW FROM RAING MR. MULVANEY'S DOCUMENT WHAT HE PUTS IN PLACE AS THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET THAT THAT'S HOW THE PRESIDENT RAISES REVENUE. YOU WOULDN'T KNOW FROM MR. MULVANEY'S DOCUMENT THAT THE PRESIDENT ALSO ASKS THE VERY TOP 2% OF TAXPAYERS TO GO BACK TO PAYING THE SAME TOP RATE THEY WERE DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION, A TIME WHEN THE ECONOMY WAS BOOMING. BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT THINKS WE NEED TO TAKE A BALANCED APPROACH. AGAIN, A COMBINATION OF REVENUES AND SPENING CUTS BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT BELIEVES, AND I AGREE, THAT IF YOU DO IT THE WAY THE REPUBLICANS DO IT, WITHOUT ASKING THE FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP TO SHARE SOME RESPONSIBILITY, IT MEANS YOU DEAL WITH THE BUDGET AT THE EXPENSE OF EVERYBODY ELSE. THE EXPENSE OF SENIORS, THE EXPENSE OF MIDDLE INCOME AMERICANS, AT THE EXPENSE OF IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS IN OUR ECONOMY, LIKE INVESTMENTS IN TRANSPORTATION. THEIR BUDGET CUTS TRANSPORTATION NEXT YEAR BY 46%. AT A TIME WE HAVE 17% UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. THEIR BUDGET PUTS THE BRAKES ON THE BUDDING ECONOMIC GROWTH. SO MR. CHAIRMAN, LET'S END THIS CHARADE. THE GENTLEMAN SAID HE WANTED TO GET BEYOND POLITICS. THIS IS POLITICS AT ITS ABSOLUTE WORST. PRESENTING SOMETHING AS THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET WITHOUT THE POLICY DETAIL. WITHOUT THE EXPLANATION TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT WHAT'S IN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. AS A RESULT, HE PRESENTS A VERY MISLEADING VERSION OF WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS ASKED US TO DO. IN FACT, THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE WE WILL PROPOSE LATER ADOPTS THE GENERAL FRAMEWORK OF THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. WE DON'T ADOPT EVERY SINGLE PROPOSAL HE MAKES IN HERE. WE TAKE THE YEN FRAMEWORK. THE DIFFERENCE IS WE HAVE THOSE POLICY STATEMENTS, WE MAKE IT CLEAR WE WANT TO GET RID OF SUBSIDIES FOR CLEARLE -- FOR OIL COMPANIES AT A TIME WHEN THEY'RE MAKING RECORD PROFITS. WE MAKE IT CLEAR THAT PEOPLE MAKING $1 MILLION, WE WANT THEM TO PAY WHAT THEY WERE IN THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. WE MAKE THAT CLEAR IN OUR ALTERNATIVE. SO LET'S NOT PLAY THIS POLITICAL CHARADE. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE THAT AS I SAID TAKES THE FRAMEWORK OF THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL, OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE AGAINST THAT, BUT THIS IS NOT THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET, LET'S NOT PRETEND IT IS, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:49:06 PM

    MR. MULVANEY

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    FINDS HIMSELF IN OPPOSITION TO THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. HE SAYS THIS IS NOT…

    FINDS HIMSELF IN OPPOSITION TO THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. HE SAYS THIS IS NOT THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. LET'S ASSUME IT'S NOT. IF IT WAS SUCH A GOOD DOCUMENT, WHY DIDN'T THEY PRESENT IT. I WAS IN A COMMITTEE MEETING, THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY WAS GOING ON ABOUT HOW THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET WAS, IT HAD A BALANCED APPROACH, A GLIDE PATH TO REDUCING THE DEFICIT, I SAID, WHO IS GOING TO PRESENT IT? HE SAID, I DON'T KNOW. YOU WOULD THINK SUCH AN AWESOME DOCUMENT THAT PUTS US ON A GREAT PATH FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION, THE DEMOCRATS WOULD PRESENT THEIR OWN BUDGET. IN FACT, THEIR SIDE IS EMPTY NOW, YOU'D THINK IT WOULD BE FULL WITH THEM LINING UP TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET BUT THEY HAVE YET TO DO THAT. IN FACT, THERE'S MUCH OF AN EXODUS HERE. LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT THE BUDGET REALLY IS. IT'S MORE THAN THE FRAMEWORK OR THE DOCUMENT, IT'S A VISION. IT'S A VISION FOR WHERE WE THINK WE'RE GOING TO TAKE OUR NATION. WHAT THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET IS IS A VISION OF DEBT AND DEPENDENCY. MAYBE THAT'S WHY THEY DIDN'T PRESENT IT. BUT YET, WE'RE PRESENTING A MUCH DIFFERENT APPROACH. IT'S ONE OF OPPORTUNITY AND PROSPERITY. AS WE CONCLUDE THESE DEBATES, AND THEY MAY CALL IT A GIMMICK, IF THEY WANT TO CALL IT A GIMMICK, LET THEM CALL IT A GIMMICK, AS THEY CONCLUDE THE DEBATE, THEY'RE GOING TO GIVE US A VOTING CARD, WE HAVE A DECISION TO TO MAKE, WE HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN A BALANCED APPROACH THAT RAISES TAXES, INCREASES THE SIZE OF GOTH, INCREASES OUR DEBT, IT'S DEBT AND DEPENDENCY. OR WE CAN CHOOSE THE BALANCED BUDGET APPROACH. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET LOWERS TAXES AND ENERGY PLAN, PUTS US ON THAT PATH TO A PERHAPSED BUDGET. THAT'S THE CHOICE THAT WILL BE BEFORE US. SO I HOPE THAT MY COLLEAGUES AS THEY DEBATE THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET, MAYBE THEY WILL REJECT THAT DEBT AND DEPENDENCY AND CHOOSE THE PATH OF THE BALANCED BUDGET.

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  • 07:51:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    WE'LL SPEND THE NEXT HOWEVER MANY MINUTES TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING THAT'S…

    WE'LL SPEND THE NEXT HOWEVER MANY MINUTES TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING THAT'S NOT THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET, IT'S AN ATTEMPT TO BE MISLEADING ABOUT WHAT THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET DOES BECAUSE IT LEAVES OUT ALL THE CONTENT. LEAVES OUT THE SUBSTANCE. YOU LOOK AT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, THEY GOT A LOT OF SECTIONS ON POLICY. YOU LOOK AT THE OTHER ALTERNATIVES BEING PARENED, THEY HAVE ALTERNATIVES AND POLICY STATEMENTS. THIS IS A BUNCH OF NUMBERS WITHOUT THE EXPLANATION. NOW, DO THE DEMOCRATS, FOR EXAMPLE, THINK THAT THE PRESIDENT INVESTED ENOUGH IN HIS BUDGET IN LIHEAP? LOW INCOME ENERGY PROGRAM FOR LOW INCOME INDIVIDUALS. WE HAVE A MAJORITY IN OUR CAUCUS THAT THINKS THE PRESIDENT SHOULD HAVE PUT A LITTLE MORE INTO THAT. BUT THAT'S ONLY THE KIND OF DETAIL YOU WOULD KNOW IF YOU WENT THROUGH THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET, NOT THIS THING THAT MR. MULVANEY CLAIMS IS THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. WHICH IT'S JUST NOT. SO JUST TO BE CLEAR, THIS IS NOT THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET AND THEREFORE IT OBVIOUSLY IS A POLITICAL GIMMICK. I RESERVE THE PLANS OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:52:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. MULVANEY

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. SCALISE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. SCALISE

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA FOR…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA FOR BRINGING UP THIS DEBATE AND THIS IS THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET WE'RE DISCUSSING. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS RESOLUTION, THIS CON TAPES THE SAME KIND OF LANGUAGE THAT ANY RESOLUTION BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR CONTAINS BUT LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT IT SEEMS LIKE SOME MEMBERS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE SO AFRAID TO TALK ABOUT. THAT IS WHAT THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REALLY DOES. THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET NEVER COMES CLOSE TO BALANCING. FIRST OF ALL. SO THIS PRESIDENT WHO CAMPAIGNED FOUR YEARS AGO ON REDUCING THE DEFICIT, ON TRYING TO BRING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY TO WASHINGTON, GOES THE OPPOSITE WAY. ADDING TRILLIONS MORE DOLLARS OF DEBT, MOUNTAINS OF DEBT ON THE BACKS OF OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. WHAT'S WORSE IF YOU LOOK AT THE POLICIES, $1.9 TRILLION OF JOB-KILLING TAX INCREASES. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO FAMILIES? HARD WORKING FAMILIES ARE LOOKING AT THIS, KNOWING JUST WHAT THIS IS GOING TO DO TO JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY WHEN ANOTHER $1.9 TRILLION AND LOOK AT ONE PAR THEY LOVE P BRAGGING ABOUT ALL THE TAXES THEY'RE RAISING ON AMERICAN OIL. IN FACT, THEIR BUDGET, PRESIDENT OBAMA'S BUDGET, THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT RIGHT NOW, IT ADDS $40 BILLION A YEAR IN NEW TAXES ON AMERICAN ENERGY. AND THE IRONY IS, THE PRESIDENT'S TAX INCREASE ON AMERICAN ENERGY DOESN'T APPLY TO OPEC NATIONS. SO OPEC COUNTRIES ARE INCENTIVIZED TO SEND MORE OIL HERE BUT IF YOU MAKE IT IN AMERICA, IT'S IN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. GO LOOK AT IT. $40 BILLION IN NEW TAX INCREASES IF YOU MAKE IT IN AMERICA. WHAT IS THAT GOING TO DO TO GAS PRICES THAT ARE SKYROCKETING UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA'S POLICY. AMERICAN FAMILIES KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS. IF YOU HAD $40 BILLION A YEAR IN NEW TAXES ON AMERICAN MADE ENERGY, THAT WILL ONLY INCREASE THE PRICE THAT'S ALREADY TOO HIGH AND WHAT'S WORSE, WHAT'S WORSE IS THAT IT KILLS AMERICAN JOBS BECAUSE IT SAYS AND PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID THIS IN HIS BUDGET, PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID IF YOU'RE OPEC AND YOU'RE SENDING US OIL, WE'RE NOT GOING TO RAISE YOUR TAXES IN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET BUT IF YOU MAKE ENERGY IN AMERICA, HE'LL RAISE TAXES $40 BILLION A YEAR. THIS IS THE MOST WARPED POLICY I HAVE EVER SEEN. I HOPE WE REJECT IT AND TAKE UP THE BUDGET THAT WE'RE GOING TO PRESENT THAT PUTS US IN BALANCE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:55:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME --

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    HOLLEN: MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME --

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    THE CHAIR

    HAS FIVE MINUTES. THE OTHER SIDE HAS FOUR MINUTES.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    MYSELF TWO MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    LET'S TALK ABOUT ENERGY POLICY. ONE OF THE THINGS YOU WOULDN'T KNOW FROM…

    LET'S TALK ABOUT ENERGY POLICY. ONE OF THE THINGS YOU WOULDN'T KNOW FROM THE DOCUMENT MR. MULVANEY PUT FORWARD, CLAIMING IT'S THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET IS THAT THE PRESIDENT ACTUALLY PROVIDES THE RESOURCES TO THE COMMODITIES FUTURE TRADING COMMISSION TO HELP POLICE SPECULATORS IN THE OIL MARKET. BECAUSE WHAT WE'RE SEEING TODAY IS THAT BECAUSE OF CONDITIONS AROUND THE WORLD, A LOT OF THOSE ARE BEING TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF BY PEOPLE WHO ARE ENGAGED IN EXCESSIVE SPECULATION ON THE OIL MARKET, DRIVING IT UP. BUT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET DOESN'T WANT THE COP ON THE BEAT. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET DOESN'T WANT TO POLICE THE SPECULATORS. BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHAT, THEY'RE JUST DOING FINE. BUT AGAIN, MR. MULVANEY'S BUDGET, WHAT HE PRETENDS IS THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET YOU WOULDN'T KNOW THAT. IF FEW -- BUT IF YOU LOOKED IN THE PRESIDENT'S REAL BUDGET, YOU WOULD KNOW THAT KIND OF THING. THAT'S WHY THIS EXERCISE IS SUCH A FARCE. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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  • 07:56:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. MULVANEY

    I YIELD 90 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE AND A HALF MINUTES.

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    FRIEND. WE ACTUALLY DID THIS ON THE FLOOR LAST NIGHT, PART OF IT WAS AN…

    FRIEND. WE ACTUALLY DID THIS ON THE FLOOR LAST NIGHT, PART OF IT WAS AN ATTEMPT TO HELP FOLKS THROUGH SOME OF THE ABSURDITY OF THE RHETORIC COMPARED TO THE REALITY OF MATH AND ONE OF THE FUN SLIDES WE BROUGHT ON IS USING THE CURRENT BUDGET NUMBERS AND THE FACT THAT WE'RE BORROWING ABOUT $3.5 BILLION A DAY, WE HAVE ONE BOARD, WE'RE PUTTING IT UP ON OUR WEBSITE THAT SHOWS A CLOCK AND ON THAT CLOCK, IT HAS SOME OF THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET POLICIES AND ONE IN THERE IS ONE WE'VE HEARD TALKED ABOUT OR ALLUDED TO AND PEOPLE CALL IT THE BUFFETT RULE. DO YOU REALIZE THAT ALL THE RHETORIC AROUND SOMETHING LIKE THE BUFFETT RULE AND THOSE NEW TAXES AND THOSE -- THE NEED FOR THOSE FOLKS TO PAY MORE WOULD PAY FOR, I THINK WE CAME OUT WITH THREE MINUTES AND 30 SECONDS, IT WOULD COVER THREE MINUTES AND 30 SECONDS OF BORROWING A DAY. WE DID SLIDES EARLIER THAT TALKED ABOUT NOT JUST TAXING PIG OIL BUT IF YOU TACKED ALL FOSSIL FUELS AND WE TALKED ABOUT GETTING RID OF THEIR DEPLETION ALLOWANCE AND GOING AFTER DEPRECIATION TABLES. THAT CAME OUT TO ABOUT TWO MINUTES AND 30 SECONDS OF COVERING BORROWING A DAY. WHAT -- THE REASON I STAND BEHIND THIS MICROPHONE RIGHT NOW IS THE POLITICAL THEATER OF, IT'S GREAT RIT RICK, I'M SURE PEST POLL TESTED BUT IT DOESN'T SOLVE ANY OF THE PROBLEMS. THAT'S WHY THIS IS A JOYOUS MOMENT TO SEE THE OTHER SIDE STAND UP AND EMBRACE THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET IN SUCH ENTHUSIASM.

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  • 07:58:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THE GENTLEMAN HAVE ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS? I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    TIME IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. MULVANEY

    I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I HEAR THE GENTLEMAN, HE CALLS IT A…

    I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I HEAR THE GENTLEMAN, HE CALLS IT A GIMMICK, THE WHITE HOUSE CALLED IT A CHARADE, I'VE GOT THE SAME STACK MY COLLEAGUE FROM MARYLAND HAS, HE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET, BUT WE ALSO HAVE WHAT WE USED TO FORMULATE THE AMENDMENT, WHICH IS THE ANALYSIS OF THE PRESIDENT'S 2013 BUDGET FROM THE CON TPWHREGSAL BUDGET OFFICE. AND IN THERE, IF YOU TAKE THE TIME TO REVIEW IT, YOU'LL FIND THE SUMMARY OF THE WAY THE PRESIDENT TREATS THE 2001 TO 2003 TAX REDUCTIONS, MODIFYING ESTATE AND GIFT TAXES, OTHER REVENUE PROPOSALS, THE AUTOMATIC PROCEDURES IN THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT, THE PRESIDENT'S CAP ON DEDUCTIONS AND EXCLUSIONS. TEALS WITH INITIATIVES THAT WILL WIDE THEN DEFICIT. TRANSPORTATION, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, THE BUILD AMERICA BONDS PROGRAM. THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET DOES NOT INCLUDE REDUCTIONS AND INCREASES MANDATORY OUTLAYS. IT GOES ON TO TALK ABOUT OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY, DISASTER RELIEF, $2 MILLION FOR PROGRAM INTEGRITY INITIATIVE. THE DETAILS ARE HERE. LET'S MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT WHAT WE'RE VOTING ON. I GOT THE WHITE HOUSE MEMO, IT SAYS, WE ENCOURAGE DELS TO VOTE AGAINST OUR OWN BUDGET BECAUSE WHAT COULD BE IN THIS AMENDMENT IS RAISING TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. IT COULD BE IN HERE, MR. CHAIRMAN. BUT ONLY IF IT'S IN HERE. THEY GO ON TO SAY THAT THIS AMENDMENT COULD INCLUDE SEVERE CUTS TO IMPORTANT PROGRAMS. I GUESS IN THEORY IT COULD, BUT ONLY IF IT'S IN HERE. LET'S MAKE ONE THING AND ONE THING EX-TRARED YOURLY -- EX-TRARED YOUR -- EXTRAORDINARILY CLEAR. THIS IS THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET, THIS IS THE C.B.O., NONPARTISAN ANALYSIS OF WHAT THE PRESIDENT GAVE US, SEVERAL MILLION TAX DOLLARS WERE PREPARING, WE SPENT AN ENTIRE DAY DEBATING THIS AND EXAMINING IT IN THE BUDGET COMMITTEE. IT'S NOT A CHARADE, NOT A GIMMICK UNLESS WHAT THE PRESIDENT SENT US IS THE SAME. WE ARE VOTING ON THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. I ENCOURAGE MY DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS TO SUPPORT IT. PERSONALLY, I'LL BE VOTING AGAINST IT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:00:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY FRIEND FROM SOUTH CAROLINA WANTS TO PLAY MAKE…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY FRIEND FROM SOUTH CAROLINA WANTS TO PLAY MAKE BELIEVE TODAY BUT THE REALITY IS THAT THIS IS NOT THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. WE HAVE ALREADY SHOWN YOU THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. BROWN.

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  • 08:01:04 PM

    MS. BROWN

    MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU FOR THE ONE MINUTE. LET ME JUST SAY ONE THING. YOU…

    MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU FOR THE ONE MINUTE. LET ME JUST SAY ONE THING. YOU CAN FOOL SOME OF THE PEOPLE SOME OF THE TIME, BUT YOU CAN'T FOOL ALL THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME AND I CAN TELL YOU THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS NOT FOOLING ANYBODY. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT ONE ASPECT OF THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET ON TRANSPORTATION. . IT GENERATES 44,000 JOBS. HOWEVER, THE REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO PASS A BUDGET THAT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY HAVE BEEN BIPARTISAN. WE HAVE WORKED TOGETHER. THE REPUBLICANS AND THE DEMOCRATS OVER IN THE SENATE HAVE PASSED THE BILL. THE REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO TAKE UP THE BILL ON TRANSPORTATION BECAUSE FOR ONCE, YOU DON'T WANT TO PUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. I SAY AGAIN, YOU CAN FOOL SOME OF THE PEOPLE SOME OF THE TIME, BUT YOU CAN'T FOOL ALL OF THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:02:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    HOLLEN: MR. CHAIRMAN, HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS?

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    THE CHAIR

    2 3/4 MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    WE STAND HERE ALL WE WANT AND PLAY LET'S PRETEND. THE REALITY IS THAT THE…

    WE STAND HERE ALL WE WANT AND PLAY LET'S PRETEND. THE REALITY IS THAT THE BUDGET BEFORE US IS NOT THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. AS I INDICATED EARLIER. THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE LATER TAKES THE FRAMEWORK OF THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET AND ADOPTS SOME OF THE POLICIES OF THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. WE DON'T ACCEPT EVERY SINGLE SPENDING PROPOSAL OR SPENDING CUT, WHICH IS LAID OUT IN GREAT DETAIL HERE, BUT THAT PRESENTS A FRAMEWORK. AND I SHOULD SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES, ONE OF THE THINGS YOU WOULD NOT KNOW FROM READING THIS REPUBLICAN VERSION OF THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL IS THAT UNLIKE THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN DOES NOT END THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE. IT DOES NOT EXTEND TAX BREAKS FOR THE HIGHEST INCOME AMERICANS. IT DOESN'T PROVIDE ANOTHER WINDFALL TAX CUT BY INCREASES TAXES ON MIDDLE-INCOME AMERICANS. IT DOESN'T CUT THE TRANSPORTATION BUDGET BY 46% NEXT YEAR AT A TIME WHEN WE HAVE HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET DOESN'T DO THAT. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET DOES DO THAT. WE WILL LATER PRESENT THAT BALANCED APPROACH THAT SAYS IN ORDER TO TACKLE OUR DEFICITS, WE HAVE TO MAKE SOME TOUGH CUTS. CONGRESS HAS ALREADY MADE A TRILLION CUTS, WE HAVE MORE CUTS. BUT WE SHOULD ALSO CLOSE SOME OF THOSE SPECIAL INTEREST TAX LOOPHOLES FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCING THE DEFICIT, BECAUSE IF WE DON'T DO THAT, IT MEANS WE ARE PROVIDING ESSENTIALLY ASKING NOTHING OF THE VERY WEALTHY AND THAT MEANS WE HAVE TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT AT THE EXPENSE OF EVERYBODY ELSE IN AMERICA. SO LET'S END THE CHARADE AND THIS GAME OF MAKE BELIEVE. THIS IS NOT THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. AND UNLESS THERE ARE SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES WHO WANT TO PLAY FANTASY LAND, I SUGGEST WE GET DOWN TO REALITY AND WE ARE OPPOSING THE MULVANEY AMENDMENT. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:04:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. THAPE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE NOES HAVE IT.

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    THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE CHAIR

    FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH…

    FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-443.

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  • 08:05:28 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 2 IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE OFFERED BY MR. CLEAVER OF

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 597, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLEAVER…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 597, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLEAVER AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL 15 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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  • 08:05:52 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    HOW MUCH TIME?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. SCOTT

    CREDIBLE AND MORE RESPONSIBLE ALTERNATIVE THAN THE UNDERLYING REPUBLICAN…

    CREDIBLE AND MORE RESPONSIBLE ALTERNATIVE THAN THE UNDERLYING REPUBLICAN BUDGET. THE C.B.C. BUDGET SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCES OUR DEFICIT WHILE INCREASING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES AND PROMOTING JOB CREATION IN EVERY CORNER OF OUR SOCIETY. GREAT DEFICIT REDUCTION IS ABOUT MAKING TOUGH CHOICES BUT THE PATH TO FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY MUST NOT BE ON THE BACKS OF OUR MOST VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES. OUR BUDGET MAKES THOSE TOUGH CHOICES BUT DOESN'T JEOPARDYIZE SOCIAL SECURITY. THE FUNDAMENTAL CHOICE WE HAVE TO MAKE IS THE CHOICE BETWEEN MILLIONAIRES AND MEDICARE. THE C.B.C. BUDGET EXTENDS THE BUSH-ERA TAX CUTS ONLY FOR THE HARD-WORKING MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS AND PAYS THIS THROUGH TAX REFORM BY CLOSING LOOPHOLES DETERING SPECULATION IN THE STOCK MARKET, THE SPECULATION THAT CREATED THE CRISIS AND THE RECENT GAS PRICE INCREASE AND MILLIONAIRES WHO BENEFITED MOST FROM TAX CUTS AND BAILOUTS IN THE LAST DECADE CONTRIBUTE THEIR FAIR SHARE. WITH ADDITIONAL REVENUES, IT RESTORES FUNDING THAT WERE CUT. WE CANCEL THE SEQUESTER FOR SECURITY AND NONSECURITY PROGRAMS. WE MATCH THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE ON DEFENSE SPENDING. AND OUR BUDGET ALSO MAKES TARGETED INVESTMENTS THAT WILL CREATE JOBS IN THE SHORT-TERM, CREATE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS AND ENSURE OUR LONG-TERM PROSPERITY INCLUDING AN INCREASE IN THE MAXIMUM PELL GRANT TO $6,500. AND IT WOULD CEMENT OUR FOUNDATION OF A STRONG ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND REDUCE THE DEFICIT BY $770 BILLION MOREOVER THE NEXT DECADE THAN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET AS THIS CHART SHOWS. THE C.B.C. BUDGET OUTLINES SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, ON THE OTHER HAND, SIMPLY STRUCTS THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE TO FIND $4 TRILLION IN NEW REVENUES AND STRUCTS THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO FIND SPENDING CUTS IN THE RANGE OF ALMOST $1 TRILLION. IN LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT THE SUPER COMMITTEE FAILED TO FIND $1.2 TRILLION, IT IS UNLIKELY HOW ANYBODY WILL FILL THIS $5 TRILLION HOLE IN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET. EVEN IF THEY DO, THE C.B.C. BUDGET HAS MORE IN DEFICIT REDUCTION THAN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET. MR. CHAIRMAN, THERE IS A CLEAR DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET AND THE C.B.C. BUDGET AND THAT DIFFERENCE IS THE C.B.C. BUDGET CHOOSES MEDICARE OVER MILLIONAIRES AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ENSURE A FAIRER AND MORE PROSPEROUS FUTURE FOR AMERICA. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:12:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    TIME IN OPPOSITION. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR.…

    TIME IN OPPOSITION. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. CHAIRMAN, I STAND IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BUDGET. I AM PROUD OF THE FACT THAT WE ARE DEBATING A BUDGET, LOOK OVER TO THE OTHER BODY, UNITED STATES SENATE, AND YOU WILL SEE IT HAS BEEN YEARS SINCE THE UNITED STATES SENATE HAS DISCUSSED THE BUDGET AND HERE WE ARE DEBATING A BUDGET, THERE IS A CONTRAST IN VISION, A CONTRAST IN PRIORITIES AND SOME ISSUES THERE IS SOME COMMON GROUND BUT OTHER THINGS THERE IS A DIFFICULT VEERINGENS IN OUR APPROACH. THIS RAISES TAXES BY MORE THAN $6 TRILLION. LET ME PUT IT IN CONTEXT WHAT THAT IS. IF YOU SPENT $1 MILLION A DAY, EVERY DAY, IT WOULD TAKE YOU ALMOST 3,000 YEARS TO GET TO $1 TRILLION. WHAT WE HAVE TO HAVE IS A REALIZIZATION OF THE FISCAL WOES. I DIDN'T CREATE THIS MESS AND I'M HERE TO HELP CLEAN IT UP. WE CAN'T FACE TENS OF TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DEBT BECAUSE THERE IS A CONSEQUENCE OF THAT. THE CONSEQUENCE, RAISING INTEREST RATES, SO MANY THINGS, INFLATION, AS YOU THROW MORE MONEY IN THE MARKETPLACE. CAN YOU IMAGINE IF WE DIDN'T HAVE WHAT WE HAVE AT THE END OF THIS YEAR NEARLY $16 TRILLION IN DEBT. WE ARE PAYING $600 MILLION A DAY IN INTEREST ON THAT DEBT. WHILE I THINK THERE IS COMMON GROUND IN APPRECIATION OF WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN FOR OUR KIDS AND INVESTMENTS AND FUTURE THAT WE NEED TO MAKE, WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO DO IN TERMS OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND ROADS AND ALL THESE TYPES OF THINGS, OUR MILITARY, WE ARE SADDLED WITH A $16 TRILLION DEBT. WE DON'T HAVE THAT $600 MILLION A DAY. WE HAVE TO PAY INTEREST ON THAT. AND THAT'S WHERE YOU SEE A CONTRAST. WHAT IS BEING PROPOSED HERE VERSUS WHAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE OFFERING IN THEIR BUDGET, WHICH HAS PASSED THROUGH THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, THEY WANT TO SPEND $5.3 TRILLION MOREOVER 10 YEARS THAN WHAT WE HAVE PROPOSED. SO I STAND IN OPPOSITION TO THIS. I UNDERSTAND THE PASSION AND COMMITMENT THEY HAVE TO THEIR AGENDA AND I HOPE WE CAN APPLAUD HERE AT LEAST IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WE ARE DEBATING A BUDGET. AND WITH THAT, I RESERVE.

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  • 08:15:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 08:15:05 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE WOMAN FROM WISCONSIN,

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MS. MOORE

    MUCH MR. CLEAVER AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. YOU KNOW, PRIOR TO 1994,…

    MUCH MR. CLEAVER AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. YOU KNOW, PRIOR TO 1994, CONGRESS ACTED TO MAKE SURE AMERICANS HAD GUARANTEED SUPPORT. THE AMERICAN SOCIAL CONTRACT PROVIDED RETIREMENT SECURITY THROUGH RETIREES THROUGH SOCIAL SECURITY, HEALTH COVERAGE FOR ELDERS WITH MEDICARE, DIGNIFIED FOR THE INFIRMED AND DISABLED AND SUCCESS TINANCE FOR FAMILIES. IN 1994 ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS THIS BODY BREACHED THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT CONTRACT WITH THE PEOPLE, QUOTE, UNQUOTE, ENDED WELFARE AS WE KNOW IT. NOW THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET SAYS THAT THAT IS A MODEL FOR WHAT THIS BUDGET SHOULD DO. IT RECALLS THAT VICTORY, AND I QUOTE FROM THE NARRATIVE UNDER THE PATH TO PROSPERITY, BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICAN RENEWAL, THIS BUDGET COMPLETES THE SUCCESSFUL WORK OF TRANSFORMING WELFARE THAT REFORMING OTHER AREAS OF AMERICA'S SAFETY NET TO ENSURE THAT WELFARE DOES NOT ENTRAP AMERICANS INTO A LIVES OF DEPENDENCY. UNQUOTE. WE HAVE HEARD ON THIS FLOOR WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE SAFETY NET DOES NOT BECOME A HAMMOCK. IN OTHER WORDS, MEDICARE AND MEDICARE RECIPIENTS ARE NOW WELFARE RECIPIENTS. AND WHAT THIS BUDGET DOES IS IT ENDS THE GUARANTEE OF WELFARE FOR RETIREES INTO A VOUCHER PROGRAM AND CUTS $30 BILLION. PROGRAM MEDICAID, IT IS NOW A WELFARE PROGRAM AND GRANDMA WHO IS IN A NURSING HOME IS A WELFARE RECIPIENT WHO IS LAYING IN A HAMMOCK AND YOU CUT $810 BILLION OUT OF THAT FUND OVER THE NEXT DECADE. ANOTHER ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM, FOOD STAMPS WOULD SERVE 45 MILLION PEOPLE DURING THIS RECESSION, HALF OF ALL AMERICANS ARE NOW POOR. YOU ARE GOING TO MEND THAT ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM BY CUTTING $134 BILLION OUT OVER THE NEXT DECADE. THE THE BUDGET REJECTS THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT AND RENEWS THAT CONTRACT WITH AMERICAN, IT REJECTS THE 6 % OF THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET THAT CUTS 5.3 TRILLION DELSH THAT CUTS $5. TRILLION, 65% OF IT TAKEN FROM THOSE MOST VULNERABLE YET PROVIDES DEFICIT REDUCTION OF $3.4 TRILLION OVER A 10-YEAR PERIOD OF TIME. YES, WE DO HAVE DIFFERENT PRIORITIES. WE PRIORITIZE RETIRE YESES, ELLEDER -- RETIREES, ELDERS, DISABLED AND INFIRM. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:18:33 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    INQUIRE AS TO THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN HAS SIX MINUTES REMAINING.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 08:18:53 PM

    MR. HANNA

    SPEAKING ON THE PREVIOUS OFFER BIG MR. MULVANEY. I'D LIKE TO RISE AND…

    SPEAKING ON THE PREVIOUS OFFER BIG MR. MULVANEY. I'D LIKE TO RISE AND SPEAK IN OPPOSITION TO THE ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSED 2013 BUDGET PLAN. I'D LIKE TO SPEAK ABOUT ONE PARTICULAR ISSUE OF CONCERN. DESPITE THE ADMINISTRATION'S EMPHASIZING OF THE IMPORTANCE OF CYBERSECURITY, AND THE NEED TO RETAIN OUR TECHNOLOGICAL EDGE THIS BUDGET PRESENTS A STARK CONTRADICTION TO THESE PRIORITIES. KEY PROGRAM AREAS THAT ARE ESSENTIAL TO MAINTAINING OUR NATION'S 21ST DEFENSE INITIATIVE HAVE BEEN UNREASONABLY SLASHED IN THIS PROPOSAL. FOR EXAMPLE, THE AIR FORCE'S SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CYBERFUNDING HAS BEEN CUT 17%, OVER $1 BILLION HAS BEEN PUT FROM THE -- CUT FROM THE AIR FORCE'S TOTAL FUNDING LEVEL FOR RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TESTING AND EVALUATION PROGRAMS. I CAN PERSONALLY TEST TO THE INNOVATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS PRODUCED BY THE AIR FORCE RESEARCH LABS SUCH AS ROME LAB IN ROME, NEW YORK. FOR INSTANCE, THE AIR FORCE RESEARCH LABS FOR THE FIRST TO INSTITUTE COMPUTER NETWORK ATTACK AND EXPLOITATION AS A FORMAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DISCIPLINE. SECRETARY PANETTA HAS WARNED THAT A CYBERATTACK COULD VERY WELL BE THE NEXT PAROLE HARBOR OUR IN ADDITION -- PEARL HARBOR OUR NATION CONFRONTS. BOTH OUR COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISES AND OUR GOVERNMENT HAVE BECOME DEPENDENT ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY WHICH MAKES IT CRITICAL WE PROTECT OUR NETWORKS. WE CAN'T SAY ONE THING AND DO ANOTHER WHEN IT COMES TO PRIORITIZING OUR 21ST CENTURY CYBERDEFENSES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY BY VOTING AGAINST THIS BUDGET PLAN AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:20:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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    MR. CLEAVER

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, DR. TON IN…

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, DR. TON IN A CHRISTENSEN.

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  • 08:20:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. CHRISTENSEN

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS BUDGET, WHICH…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS BUDGET, WHICH IS FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE AND RESTORES AMERICA'S PROMISE AND INFORMSES IN OUR FUTURE. AS A PHYSICIAN AND CHAIR OF THE HEALTH BRAIN TRUST I'M PARTICULARLY PLEASED WITH THE INVESTMENT WE MAKE IN HEALTH. IT PROVIDES AN EXTRA $10 BILLION IN 2013 WHICH PROTECTS MEDICARE AN MEDICAID, FUNDS THE MINORITY AIDS INITIATIVE AND THE OFFICES OF MINORITY HEALTH AND PROVIDES FUNDING FOR THE NEW INSTITUTE AT N.I.H. IT PROVIDES FUNDING FOR BLOCK GRANTS, MATERNAL AN CHILD HEALTH, ORAL HEALTH PROGRAMS, THE COMMUNITY HEALTH PROGRAMS AND WE INCREASE FUNDING FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HELL FOR THE TRAINING OF UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITIES IN THE HEALTH WORK FORCE AN FOR THE FIRST TIME FOR HEALTH FACILITIES IMPROVEMENTS AND CONSTRUCTION. HEALTH CARE IS A RIGHT AND THE C.B.C. THROUGH THIS BUDGET ENSURES THAT ALL AMERICANS WILL ENJOY THAT RIGHT. WE MAKE A STRONG INVESTMENT IN HEALTH AN MUCH MORE AND STILL REDUCE THE DEFICIT BY $3.4 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. I URGE AN AYE VOTE AND YIELD BACK MY TEEM. JOIP THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME IS RESERVED THIS GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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  • 08:22:21 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 08:22:28 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    CONTRACTS IS TO OLDER AMERICANS, THEY HAVE THE ASUMMING THINGS WILL BE…

    CONTRACTS IS TO OLDER AMERICANS, THEY HAVE THE ASUMMING THINGS WILL BE THERE, WE HAVE TO LIVE UP TO THOSE OBLIGATIONS. BUT WE HAVE TO LIVE UP TO OBLIGATIONS TO OUR KIDS AN GRAN KIDS. ONE OF MY OBJECTIVES IS TO LEAVE THIS COUNTRY BETTER THAN WE FOUND IT. ONE OF THE THINGS THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET DOES IS BALANCES AND PAY OFFICE THE DEBT. THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION BECOMES HOW DO YOU DO THAT? THE PLACE WHERE WE HAVE COMMON GROUND IS WE WANT TO BROADEN THE BASE. LET PEOPLE KEEP THEIR OWN, SPEND THEIR OWN MONEY. THAT'S WHAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT. THE CONTRAST HERE AN WHAT'S BEING PROPOSED IS THEY WANT TO BROADEN THE BASE, AGAIN, COMMON GROUND, BUT WANT TO RAISE THE RATE. THAT'S WHY I THINK WE HAVE A FUNDAMENTAL CHALLENGE. WE TALK ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO PAY IN THEIR FAIR SHARE AND WHAT NOT. BUT LET'S LOOK HISTORICALLY AT WHAT'S HAPPENED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. HISTORICALLY WE HAVE SPENT LESS THAN 20% OF OUR GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT. THE PRESIDENT, DEMOCRATS CONTROLLED THE HOUSE, THE SENATE AND THE PRESIDENCY, THEY RAISED IT UP OVER 24%, MORE THAN 24 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR WAS SPENT BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. I THINK THAT'S A MORAL -- I THINK THAT'S IMMORAL AND I THINK IT'S WRONG. WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION, WE HAVE A DUTY TO LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS. AND PROVIDE OPPORTUNITY AND LIBERTIES FOR PEOPLE TO THRIVE. NO MATTER WHERE THEY ARE IN LIFE, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS ABOUT FREEDOM, IT'S ABOUT LIBERTY, IT'S ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED. AND THAT'S THE FOUNDATION OF THIS COUNTRY, THAT'S WHAT I'M COMMITTED TO, THAT'S WHAT A RESPONSIBLE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES. THE PROPER ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IS LIMITED IN ITS SCOPE BUT THE PROPER ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IS A ROLE OF GOVERNMENT. THAT TO ME MEANS THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND OTHER THINGS TO PROTECT OUR NATION, THAT'S WHERE WE SHOULD PUT OUR PRIORITIES AND THAT'S WHY I THINK THIS BUDGET THAT THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE PROPOSED IS SO RESPONSIBLE. I DON'T THINK WE'RE JUST ONE GOOD TAX INCREASE AWAY FROM PROSPERITY IN THIS COUNTRY AND THAT'S IN PART WHY I STAND IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. I RESERVE.

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  • 08:24:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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    MR. CLEAVER

    ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. WRITTEN. -- MS. BROWN.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 08:24:44 PM

    MS. BROWN

    SAY, I WANT TO THANK THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP…

    SAY, I WANT TO THANK THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND THE FACT IS, THEY ARE THE CONSCIENCE OF THIS CONGRESS. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE IS ADEQUATE -- IF ADEQUATELY FUNDED WILL GENERATE THOUSANDS OF JOBS. IN FACT FOR EVERY $1 BILLION WE INVEST IN TRANSPORTATION, IT GENERATES 44 PERMANENT JOBS AND $6.2 BILLION IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY. WITH THE C.B.C.'S INITIAL INVESTMENT OF $50 BILLION IN INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING, THIS BUDGET WILL CREATE OVER TWO MILLION GOOD-PAYING JOBS AND WOULD ALSO ALLOW US TO FIX OUR FAILING BRIDGES, AGING TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM, AND CRUMBLING ROADS. IN ADDITION, LET ME MENTION ONE THING ABOUT THE V.A. THE REPUBLICANS OFTEN MENTION WHAT DID THE DEMOCRATS DO WHEN THEY WERE IN CHARGE? WE PASSED THE LARGEST V.A. BUDGET IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. REPUBLICANS OFTEN TALK THE TALK, DEMOCRATS WALK THE WALK. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:25:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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  • 08:26:01 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    YOU HAVE TO RECOGNIZE HOW MUCH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS SPENDING HERE.…

    YOU HAVE TO RECOGNIZE HOW MUCH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS SPENDING HERE. WE'RE GOING TO SPEND IN THE RANGE OF $3.5 TRILLION OR $3.6 TRILLION IN A 12-MONTH PERIOD. PART OF MY QUESTION A RHETORICAL QUESTION, IS, IF THAT'S NOT STIMLATIVE TO THE ECONOMY, WHY ISN'T IT? WHAT ARE WE SPENDING OUR MONEY ON IF IT'S NOT INTENED IN PART TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY. THERE ARE THINGS WE HAVE TO DO IN TERMS OF SECURITY AND PROVIDING FOR THE F.A.A. AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BUT WE HAVE TO UTILIZE THOSE RESOURCES IN A VERY WISE WAY. I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:26:42 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    TO YIELD NOW ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED LADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LEE.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. LEE

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. LET ME FIRST THANK CHAIRMAN CLEAVER DEPR HIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. LET ME FIRST THANK CHAIRMAN CLEAVER DEPR HIS TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS AN MANY CAUCUSES IN THIS HOUSE AND ALSO REPRESENTATIVE WONNY SCOT AN REPRESENT GWYNN MOORE. AT A TIME WHEN THIS NATION IS FACING THE GREATEST INCOME INEQUALITY SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION, WE HAVE TO PUT THE NEEDS OF THE MOST VULNERABLE OVER THE WANTS OF THE MOST WEALTHY. THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS' BUDGET IS A MORAL DOCUMENT THAT SHOWS OUR PRIORITIES AND VALUES. IT MAKES IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS IN TRANSPORTATION, EDUCATION, AND HEALTH CARE. IT ALSO PROTECT THIS IS SAFETY NET WITHOUT CUTTING SOCIAL SECURITY, DESTROYING MEDICAID AND ENDING THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE AS THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET DOES AND WE MUST ENSURE THAT THOSE WHO HAVE BORNE THE BRUNT OF THIS RECESSION, WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATES AN THE HIGHEST RATES OF POVERTY, COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RETURN TO THE WORKPLACE, SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES, HAVE ACCESS TO EDUCATION AND THE AMERICAN DREAM. THESE SHOULD BE THE VALUES AND PRIORITIES OF A BUDGET A BUDGET FOR EVERYONE IN MIND, NOT JUST FOR THE 1%. THESE ARE THE PRIORITIES THAT WILL ENSURE OUR COUNTRY AND ALL OF ITS PEOPLE, NOT JUST THE 1%, RECOVER FULLY FROM THIS DEVASTATING RECESSION.

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  • 08:28:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 08:28:17 PM

    MR. CLEER

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOT.

  • 08:28:23 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    POINT OUT THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH HAS SUGGESTED THE NEED TO REDUCE…

    POINT OUT THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH HAS SUGGESTED THE NEED TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT. THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS BUDGET BEATS THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET BY $770 BILLION. THEN HE TALKS ABOUT TAX INCREASES BUT DOESN'T MENTION THE FINE PRINT THAT INSTRUCTS THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE TO FIND $4 TRILLION IN TAX INCREASES. FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY IS THE IDEA, THE CONGRESSIONAL PLAQUE CAUCUS BEATS THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET BY $770 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS.

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  • 08:29:09 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS EIGHT MINUTE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI HAS TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    INTENTION TO YIELD THE GENTLEMAN ADDITIONAL TIME. I'M HAPPY TO DO. I WILL…

    INTENTION TO YIELD THE GENTLEMAN ADDITIONAL TIME. I'M HAPPY TO DO. I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:29:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME IS RESERVED.

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    MR. CLEAVER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH FOR HIS GENEROSITY AND COURTESY. I WOULD…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH FOR HIS GENEROSITY AND COURTESY. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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  • 08:29:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 08:30:03 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN VERY MUCH AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN VERY MUCH AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS FOR YIELDING TO ME AND JOIN IN MY COLLEAGUES AND THANKING HIS LEADERSHIP AND THANKING THE CHAIRMAN, MR. SCOTT, THE WORK THAT CONGRESSWOMAN MOORE DOES AND I THANK MY FRIEND FOR THIS DEBATE AND ONLY SAY TO YOU IN THE COURSE OF OUR DEBATE THIS EVENING AND TODAY, WE HAVE HEARD OF THE MOUNTAIN OF DEBT AND THE NEED TO CUT, CUT, CUT AND IT IS ALL RIGHT TO HAVE A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION. BUT WHAT I WOULD ARGUE IS THERE ARE DOCUMENTED ECONOMISTS THAT SAY IF YOU INVEST IN HUMAN CAPITAL, IF YOU INVEST IN PEOPLE, YOU BUILDUP THE ECONOMY, YOU MAKE THINGS IN AMERICA. I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE AMERICANS ON THE, IF YOU WILL, ON THE TRASH HEAP OF DESPAIR. I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE BODIES SADDLED ALL ALONG THE HEY WAYS, THOSE KNOCKING ON DOORS OF COLLEGES, THOSE TRYING TO GET INTO PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION, THAT'S WHERE WE'RE GOING -- CAN I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE?

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  • 08:31:20 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    THE GENTLELADY AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    TRYING TO END THE DESTRUCTION OF JOBS --

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    THE CHAIR

    COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LEE: AND THE TAKING OF MONEY FROM THE POOR. THE C.B.C. BUDGET IS…

    LEE: AND THE TAKING OF MONEY FROM THE POOR. THE C.B.C. BUDGET IS RESPONSIBLE IN THAT IT'S ENDING THE MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTION FOR YACHTS AND $25 BILLION FOR EDUCATION AND JOB TRAINING INCREASE, $50 BILLION IN TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE AND ROLLING BACK THE HARMFUL CUTS TO FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, $12 BRILLION ABOVE THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET WITH NASA AND RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. PROVIDING MORE FUNDING FOR THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION AND YES, WE BELIEVE IN JUSTICE AND SUPPORT FULL FUNDING FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, SECOND CHANCE, THE CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION. I WILL TELL YOU THAT THE MESSAGE TONIGHT HAS TO BE WE DON'T WANT TO TAKE FOOD FROM THE POOR PEOPLE AND DON'T WANT TO MAKE IT HARDER, AND WE WANT TO TAKE PEOPLE OFF THE TRASH HEAP OF DESPAIR AND LET THEM WALK INTO GLORY. LET'S SUPPORT THE C.B.C. BUDGET AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:33:00 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS 30 SECONDS REMAINING.

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    THE CHAIR

    HAS 30 SECONDS REMAINING.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    YIELD TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN IF HE NEEDS IT IF HE HAS…

    YIELD TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN IF HE NEEDS IT IF HE HAS ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS.

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  • 08:33:21 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. RICHARDSON.

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  • 08:33:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 08:33:37 PM

    MS. RICHARDSON

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS' ALTERNATIVE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013. THIS BUDGET SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AND MADE IN ORDER BY ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES. MINORITY COMMUNITIES TOOK THE HARDEST HIT DURING THE ECONOMIC RECESSION. IN MY DISTRICT WE SUFFERED RATES OF UNEMPLOYMENT ARRANGING AS HIGH AS 25%, HOME FORECLOSURES AND SIGNIFICANTLY MORE EXPERIENCING PAIN THAN ACROSS THE COUNTRY. OUR BUDGET DEALS WITH THESE ISSUES, HELPING US TO HAVE A SKILLED EDUCATED WORK FORCE. IT INCREASES THE MAXIMUM PELL GRANT AWARD. INVESTS AN ADDITIONAL $25 BILLION OF THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET IN EDUCATION AND JOB TRAINING AND $50 BILLION IN TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS AND PROVIDES $5 BILLION FOR THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET TO HELP PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITIES WITH FORECLOSURES. MR. SPEAKER, WE STAND TODAY -- I STAND IN SUPPORT OF THE C.B.C. BUDGET AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AS WELL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:34:52 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    CLOSE ON OUR SIDE BY THANKING THE GENTLEMAN. AND I CALL ATTENTION TO ONE…

    CLOSE ON OUR SIDE BY THANKING THE GENTLEMAN. AND I CALL ATTENTION TO ONE THING AND IT IS IMPORTANT AND MAY BE MORE IMPORTANT BECAUSE I THINK IT HELPS US EVENTUALLY REACH BUDGETS. NOT ONE SPEAKER ON THIS SIDE CALLED THIS THE RYAN BUDGET. I WAS IN AN INTERVIEW THIS MORNING AND SOMEONE ASKED ME WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT THE RYAN BUDGET, AND I SAID, THIS IS THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET. AND IF I ATTACK THE BUDGET, IT SEEMS AS IF I'M ATTACKING THE MAN WHOSE NAME IS ATTACHED TO IT. THIS INSTITUTION IS FAR TOO IMPORTANT FOR US TO US TO GET CAN YOU DOWN INTO THAT KIND OF THING. WE HAVE SOME REAL DIFFERENCES IN THIS BUDGET, I BELIEVE, AND OUR BUDGET REFLECTS THAT THE BUDGET IS AN X-RAY OF OUR INNERS. IT IS A MORAL DOCUMENT. IT TELLS WHO WE ARE. AND I SAY IN ANOTHER POSITION IN MY LIFE, IF YOU SHOW ME YOUR CHECKBOOK, I CAN TELL YOU WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN. MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:36:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 08:36:05 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COMMENTS, THE GENEROSITY AND THE APPROACH HE…

    APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COMMENTS, THE GENEROSITY AND THE APPROACH HE TOOK. WE SHOULD DATE THE ISSUES, BUT WE DON'T NEED TO ATTACK THE PERSON. I APPRECIATE THE ATTITUDE AND I APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS FROM OUR CHAIRMAN RYAN. I KNOW WHEN SPEAKER BOEHNER SAID, WE SHOULD DISAGREE BUT SHOULD NOT BE DISAGREEABLE. THIS IS A CONTRAST. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE IN OPINION IN THE DIRECTION WE SHOULD GO. I FUNNELLY BELIEVE WE ARE -- FUNDAMENTALLY BELIEVE WE ARE ONE TAX INCREASE AWAY IN THIS COUNTRY. OUR GOVERNMENT HAS OVERREACHED. IT IS SPENDING AND BORROWING TOO MUCH. IS THERE A PROPER ROLE FOR REGULATION? ABSOLUTELY. ABSOLUTELY. AND WHERE IT'S A NECESSITY, WE NEED TO PRIORITIZE AND FIX THOSE THINGS THAT AREN'T WORKING. WHAT WE HAVE PROPOSED IN OUR BUDGET IS A RESPONSIBLE BOLD BUDGET AND IT IS A REALISTIC BUDGET THAT OVER THE COURSE OF TIME, BALANCES THE BOOKS AND PAYS OFF THE DEBT. THAT IS THE IMPERATIVE OF OUR NATION, BECAUSE AS I CITED EARLIER, WE SHOULD LEAVE THIS NATION BETTER THAN WHEN WE FOUND IT AND THAT MEANS CREATING OPPORTUNITY FOR THIS NATION TO THRIVE. MANUFACTURING IS GOOD IN THIS NATION. WE NEED TO REMEMBER THAT YES, WE HAVE TO MAKE INVESTMENTS TO PROTECT OUR NATION. I LOOK AT THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET AND ONLY THING I SEE IT CUTS IS DEFENSE AND ONLY THING IT DRILLS IS YOUR WALLET. I DON'T BELIEVE THAT IS THE DIRECTION OF OUR NATION. AND WE ARE DEBATING THIS. FOR MORE THAN 1,050 HASN'T BROUGHT A FLOOR TO DEBATE THE BUDGET. I'M PROUD OF THE FACT THAT THIS BODY IS DOING THIS AND I ENCOURAGE A NO VOTE ON WHAT HAS BEEN OFFERED AS A SUBSTITUTE BUT I DO ENCOURAGE MEMBERS TO VOTE FOR WHAT PASSED OUT OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, I THINK IT IS RESPONSIBLE, BOLD AND RIGHT ACTION FOR OUR NATION.

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  • 08:38:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI WILL BE POSTPONED.

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  • 08:39:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION.

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    THE CLERK

    IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-423 OFFERED BY…

    IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-423 OFFERED BY MR. COOPER OF TENNESSEE.

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  • 08:39:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 597, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR.…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 597, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COOPER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL 10 MINUTES, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES MR. COOPER.

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  • 08:40:08 PM

    MR. COOPER

    AGREED TO DIVIDE THE TIME IN A DIFFERENT WAY. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    AGREED TO DIVIDE THE TIME IN A DIFFERENT WAY. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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  • 08:40:17 PM

    MR. RYAN

    I CLAIM IN OPPOSITION BUT I YIELD HALF MY TIME, FIVE MINUTES TO THE…

    I CLAIM IN OPPOSITION BUT I YIELD HALF MY TIME, FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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  • 08:40:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MR. COOPER

    LIKE TO YIELD HALF OF MY TIME, 7 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO,…

    LIKE TO YIELD HALF OF MY TIME, 7 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR.LA TURT. I HAVE THE HONOR TONIGHT OF REPRESENTING THE BUDGET THAT'S ENDORSED BY SIMPSON AND BOWLES AND ONLY BIPARTISAN BUDGET THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE ABLE TO CONSIDER IN THIS BUDGET CYCLE. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT A BOWLES-SIMPSON BUDGET HAS BEEN ALLOWED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. AND I HOPE THAT MEMBERS WILL APPRECIATE THIS OPPORTUNITY. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST PARTISAN WEEKS IN WASHINGTON AND ONLY MOST BIPARTISAN WAY TO SOLVE THE NATION'S PROBLEM AND ONLY BUDGET THAT HAS A CHANCE OF GETTING THROUGH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. I HOPE MEMBERS WILL APPRECIATE THIS OPPORTUNITY. WE HAVE BEEN HAMMERED BY FORCES ON THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT, PEOPLE WHO DO NOT WANT AMERICA TO SOLVE ITS PROBLEMS IN A FAIR AND SENSIBLE MANNER. THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL" TODAY HAD A GRAPH OF A DIFFERENT BUDGET ALTERNATIVE. THE TOP LINE HERE IS ASSUMING POLICIES. CLEAR TROUBLE HERE. THE BLUE LINE HERE IS THE WHITE HOUSE BUDGET WHICH MAKES CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THE G.O.P. PLAN, WHICH IS TOUGH AND COMPLETELY PARTISAN. THERE IS NOT A SINGLE DEMOCRAT IN THE COUNTRY THAT WILL SUPPORT THAT. SO IT IS A BUDGET TO NO WHERE, A BRIDGE TO NO WHERE. IN BETWEEN IS THE BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL, THE SIMPSON-BOWLES ENDORSED BUDGET, IT GETS THE JOB DONE AND GETS THE JOB DONE IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL FOCUS ON THIS. WE HAVE PRECIOUS FEW MINUTES TO DEBATE THIS. THE OTHER SIDE HAD FOUR HOURS. THIS IS A DAVID VERSUS GOLIATH SITUATION. THE PUBLIC WANTS US TO SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS IN A PEACEABLE AND FAIR FASHION. THEY ARE TIRED OF POLITICAL BICKERING AND WE HAVE THE CHANCE TO STOP IT AND PASS A GOOD, TOUGH, FAIR BUDGET FOR AMERICA. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AND I YIELD TO THE OTHER SIDE.

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  • 08:42:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES? THE GENTLEMAN…

    TIME IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES? THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 08:43:04 PM

    MR. LATOURETTE

    I UNDERSTAND THAT MR. COOPER'S UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST YIELDED ME 7 1/2…

    I UNDERSTAND THAT MR. COOPER'S UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST YIELDED ME 7 1/2 MINUTES AND GAVE ME AUTHORITY TO YIELD TIME, IS THAT CORRECT?

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  • 08:43:21 PM

    MR. LATOURETTE

    TO BEGIN BY SAYING SOMETHING NICE ABOUT PAUL RYAN. HE HAS THE HARDEST JOB…

    TO BEGIN BY SAYING SOMETHING NICE ABOUT PAUL RYAN. HE HAS THE HARDEST JOB IN THE COUNTRY. AND I YIELD MYSELF A MINUTE AND A HALF TO PUT TOGETHER THE BUDGET HE HAS. AS MR. COOPER INDICATED, HIS BUDGET IS A REPUBLICAN BUDGET. MR. VAN HOLLEN'S IS A REPUBLICAN BUDGET. RECENTLY, THERE IS A ORGANIZATION CALLED POLITICAL FACT THAT CHECKS OUT WHAT PUBLIC FIGURES SAY. PANTS ON FIRE WAS AWARDED AS THE BIGGEST LIE IN 2011 AND GOT THE DISTINCTION OF BEING PANTS ON FIRE FOR ALL OF 2011. AS MR. COOPER INDICATED, WE HAVE BEEN VICIOUSLY ATACT FROM THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT AND THAT'S WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE TODAY. I WANT TO GIVE SOME PANTS ON FIRE TO SOME OF THE CLAIMS THAT ARE BEING MADE. THE CLAIM THAT THIS CREATES A PATH TO MEDICARE PREMIUM SUPPORT. THIS SLASHES BEEN FITS. THIS IS A $2 TRILLION, FALSE, YOUR PANTS ARE ON FIRE. REPEALING THE SEQUESTER, FALSE, YOUR PANTS ARE ON FIRE. THIS WOULD DECEMBER I AM MATE THE DEFENSE BUDGET, FALSE, YOUR PANTS ON FIRE. THIS -- YIELD MYSELF ANOTHER SECONDS. TAX AVOIDANCE BY CORPORATIONS AND SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS, PANTS ON FIRE. THE RECESSION WOULD WORSEN, YOUR PANTS ARE ON FIRE. G.D.P. REQUIRES DEEP CUTS, YOUR PANTS ARE ON FIRE. AND THE THE BUDGET WOULD DECEMBER I AM MATE DOMESTIC PROGRAMS, YOUR PANTS ARE ON FIRE AND ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO READ ABOUT IT, SEE MR. COOPER OR I AND WE WILL PUT YOUR PANTS OUT. THANK YOU.

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  • 08:45:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN. . . .

  • 08:45:37 PM

    MR. RYAN

    WE WANTED TO YIELD HALF OUR TIME TO THEM, IT'S NOT FAIR THAT THEY WEREN'T…

    WE WANTED TO YIELD HALF OUR TIME TO THEM, IT'S NOT FAIR THAT THEY WEREN'T GIVEN THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME AS OTHER ALTERNATIVES WERE. IT'S NICE THAT THEY PUT THE PLAN ON THE TABLE. I SERVED ON THE SIMPSON BOWLES COMMISSION AND VOTED AGAINST IT. I'LL EXPLAIN WHY, I'LL USE THE NUMBERS FROM THIS BUDGET TO SHOW. NUMBER ONE, IT KEEPS OBAMACARE IN PLACE. IT KEEPS PPACA IN PLACE. THIS BUDGET DOES TOO. SO IT'S CURRENT LAW, SO UNLESS YOU RESCIND IT, THE SPENDING OF IT, YOU'RE KEEPING OBAMACARE IN PLACE. I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT HEALTH CARE LAW. I THINK IT'S A BAD ONE. THIS BUDGET AND SIMPSON BOWLES KEEPS IT IN PLACE. NUMBER TWO, IT DOESN'T ADDRESS THE DRIVERS OF OUR DEBT, THE ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS. SIMPSON-BOWLES DIDN'T DO IT THIS ONE DOESN'T EITHER. TO ME, YOU'RE NOT DEALING WITH THE DRIVER OF OUR DEBT UNLESS YOU DO THAT. NUMBER THREE NEW YORK REVENUES, BASED ON THE BASELINE, IT HAS $1.3 TRILLION HIGHER, -- HIGHER REVENUES. IT HAS HIGHER REVENUES THAN THE DEMOCRATIC SUBSTITUTE AN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. THE SPENDING CUTS, WHEN YOU LOOK AT BASELINE, COMPARED TO THE CURRENT LAW, BASE LINE, THE ONE WE ALL MEASURE AGAINST HERE, YOU TAKE OUT THE WAR GIMMICK, IT ONLY HAS $27 BILLION IN SPENDING CUTS OVER 10 YEARS. BY CONTRAST, OUR BUDGET HAS $3.3 TRILLION. SO I'M NOT A FAN OF THE WAR GIMMICK, YOU TAKE OUT THAT WAR THING, ONLY CUTS ABOUT $27 BILLION OFF THE CURRENT BASE LINE. IT CLAIMS THAT THIS CUTS $4 TRILLION IN DEFICIT REDUCTION. I'M NOT SURE WHAT BASE LYN IS BEING USED TO DO THAT BUT ON THE CURRENT POLICY BASELINE THIS HAS ONLY $2.5 TRILLION OF DEFICIT REDUCTION, 72% OF THAT COMES FROM TAX INCREASES AND 28% COMES FROM SPEND REGULAR DUCKS. SO I WANT TO SIMPLY SAY, AMEN FOR BRINGING A PLAN TO THE TABLE. I HAVE TREMENDOUS RESPECT FORERS KIN BOWLES AND ALLAN SIMPSON AND JIM COOPER AND STEVE LATOURETTE BECAUSE THEY'RE HERE BEING PART OF THE SOLUTION, BY OFFERING A SOLUTION, AND NOT BEING PART OF THE PROBLEM. THAT GOES WITHOUT SAYING, BUT IT BEARS REPEATING, I DON'T LIKE THE SUBSTANCE OF IT. I THINK IT'S GOING TO END UP PUSHING PEOPLE INTO OBAMACARE WHOSE COSTS WILL EXPLODE AND I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE BAD FOR OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND IT DOESN'T DEAL WITH THE PRIMARY DRIVERS OF OUR DEBT AND I DON'T WANT TO SEE A BIG TAX INCREASE BEFORE YOU DEAL WITH ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS. WHEN YOU'RE JUST CHASING HIGHER SPENDING WITH HIGHER REVENUES.

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  • 08:48:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN'S TIME IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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    >>

    MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. ANDREWS.

  • 08:48:24 PM

    MR. ANDREWS

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 08:48:30 PM

    MR. ANDREWS

    THERE'S A CONSENSUS IN AMERICA WE HAVE TO REDUCE OUR DEFICIT, MOST OF IT…

    THERE'S A CONSENSUS IN AMERICA WE HAVE TO REDUCE OUR DEFICIT, MOST OF IT BY CUTTING SPENDING, SOME OF IT IN REVENUE CONTRIBUTION FROM THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS. THIS PROPOSAL DOES THIS, SO I SUPPORT IT. THE OTHER REASON I SUPPORT IT, I WANT OUR COUNTRY TO HAVE ENOUGH RESOURCES THAT A WILD CAN GET THE BEST EDUCATION THEY SHOULD. WE WON'T IF WE DON'T CONTROL THE DEFICIT. I WANT HER MOTHER TO GET A COLLEGE EDUCATION AND GOOD JOB, WE WON'T IF WE DON'T CONTROL THE DEFICIT. I WANT HER GRANDMOTHER TO HAVE SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE, WE WON'T IF WE DON'T CONTROL THE DEFICIT. IF YOU BELIEVE IN THE PROGRESSIVE THINGS GOVERNMENT CAN DO, YOU MUST BELIEVE AND ACT ON REDUCING THE DEFICIT. THIS IS THE BEST AND BIPARTISAN WAY IN FRONT OF US. I URGE A YES VOTE.

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  • 08:49:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ILL LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA,…

    ILL LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. WOLF, WHO HELPED ME WITH THE ORIGINAL COOPER-WOLF LEGISLATION THAT HELPED SPAWN THE SIMPSON-BOWLES COMMISSION.

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  • 08:49:33 PM

    MR. LATOURETTE

    AND I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN ONE MINUTE OF OUR TIME TOO, FOR A TOTAL OF TWO.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 08:49:42 PM

    MR. WOLF

    I TELL THE GENTLEMAN, I AM OPPOSED TO OBAMACARE AND VOTED AGAINST IT 26…

    I TELL THE GENTLEMAN, I AM OPPOSED TO OBAMACARE AND VOTED AGAINST IT 26 TIMES. AMERICA IS IN TROUBLE. AMERICA IS FACING ECONOMIC COLLAPSE. WE HAVE $15.2 TRILLION DEBT AND BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, WHEN YOU HANG YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS UP, WITH CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS MADE IN CHINA, IT WILL BE AT $17 TRILLION -- $17 TRILLION. WE'RE BORROWING MONEY FROM CHINA, WITH CATHOLIC BISHOPS UNDER HOUSE ARREST, PROTESTANT PASTORS UNDER HOUSE ARREST. WHEN I GO IN ANY HIGH SCHOOL IN MY DISTRICT, I ASK THE YOUNG PEOPLE IS SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM SOUND AND WILL BE THERE WHEN YOU RETIRE? IN THE LAST THREE YEARS, NOT ONE HAS RAISED THEIR HAND. THE SENIORS IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT KNOW MORE THAN THIS CONGRESS AND MORE THAN THIS ADMINISTRATION. THE PRESIDENT HAS WALKED AWAY AND HAS FAILED THE CONGRESS, BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES HAVE WALKED AWAY AND FAILED. I CONGRESSMEN MY FRIEND, MR. COOPER, AND MR. LATOURETTE AND ASK FOR A YES VOTE ON THE SIMPSON-BOWLES COMMISSION. I YIELD BACK THE PLANS OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:51:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    SEEKS RECOGNITION?

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    >>

    SEEKING TIME, I YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM OREGON, MR.…

    SEEKING TIME, I YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM OREGON, MR. SCHRADER WHO ALONG WITH MR. QUIGLEY AND MR. LA COSTA HAVE BEEN INVALUABLE IN PUSHING THE SIMPSON-BOWLES BUDGET.

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  • 08:51:23 PM

    MR. SCHRADER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I COMMEND MR. COOPER AND MR. LATOURETTE FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I COMMEND MR. COOPER AND MR. LATOURETTE FOR BRINGING THIS BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL FORWARD. IT'S TIME, AMERICA, TO FOCUS ON THINGS WE AGREE ON. NOT THINGS THAT WE DISAGREE ON. AMERICA WANTS TO SEE US AS UNITERS, NOT DIVIDERS IN THIS BUSINESS DOWN HERE. THIS IS THE ONLY BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL THAT'S GOING TON OFFERED. -- GOING TO BE OFFER. IT'S GOING TO BE THE FRAMEWORK FOR WHATEVER DEAL WE COME TO COME THE END OF THIS CAREER WHEN WE'RE STARING THE BUSH TAX CUTS GOING OFF, STARING AT EXTREME DEFENSE CUTS IN THE FACE. THIS IS THE PROPOSAL, IN SOME FORM THAT WILL BE ADOPTED. THIS PROPOSAL RECOGNIZES THERE'S A BALANCE. IT'S NOT PERFECT. THERE'S SOME PROBLEMS BUT THIS IS THE ONLY PROPOSAL THAT'S BIPARTISAN. IT ADDRESSES THE TWO BIG DRIVERS, OUR REVENUES ARE AT AN ALL-TIME LOW, YOU WON'T HAVE A VIBRANT ECONOMY WITHOUT REVENUE TO TO SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLS, OUR INFRASTRUCTURE AND OUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. YES, THE ENTITLEMENTS ARE A PROBLEM. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, WHILE HE'S NOT IN FARE OF SOME ASPECTS OF THE HEALTH CARE BILL, ADOPTS ALL OF THE SAVINGS THAT WE DID IN THE LAST CONGRESS BECAUSE THEY'RE GOOD, EFFICIENT WAYS TO IMPROVE THE LIFE AND SOLVENCY OF MEDICARE. MEDICARE IS NOT A PROBLEM BECAUSE PRESIDENT BUSH WAS EVIL OR PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS EVIL. IT'S A PROBLEM WE GOT MORE PEOPLE IN THE BABY BOOMERS RETIRING, LESS WORKERS TO SUPPORT THEM AT THE END OF THE DAY, AND GREAT HEALTH CARE THAT'S BEING DRIVEN. SO WE NEED TO GET OUR ACT TOGETHER AND SUPPORT THIS PROPOSAL. I YELLED PACK.

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  • 08:53:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    MR. LATOURETTE

    IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO MY FRIEND AND CLASSMATE…

    IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO MY FRIEND AND CLASSMATE FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE,

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  • 08:53:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE AND A HALF MINUTES.

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    MR. BASS

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE PENDING AMENDMENT. THE BUDGET PRESENTED BY MY FRIEND FROM WISCONSIN, CONGRESSMAN RYAN, IS A GREAT STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLE AND I WILL VOTE FOR IT AND I SUSPECT IT WILL PASS THE HOUSE BUT IT WILL NOT BE CONSIDEREDED BY THE SENATE. THE NAT WILL NOT ACCEPT OR PASS APPROPRIATIONS AT ITS LEVELS AND THERE WILL BE NO RECONCILIATION THIS YEAR. MR. CHAIRMAN, IN NINE SHORT MONTHS, THE BUSH ERA TAX CUTS WILL END, TAXES WILL GO UP BY $4.6 TRILLION, THE BIGGEST TAX INCREASE IN AMERICAN HISTORY. THE MINDLESS, ACROSS-THE-BOARD CUTS IN SPENDING WILL TAKE EFFECT AMONGST OTHER PROGRAMS CUTTING DEFENSE BY OVER $4 TRILLION. WE'LL HAVE A VOTE TO RAISE THE NATION'S DEBT WITH NO ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO JUSTIFY IT. WE'LL HAVE TO RENEW OR REPEAL THE TEMPORARY PAYROLL TAX HOL HOLIDAY AND WE'LL HAVE TO COMPLETE OUR APPROPRIATIONS AT HIGHER LEVELS THAN IN THIS BUDGET, THE BASE BUDGET, OR FACE THE SPECTER OF CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS THROUGH NEXT YEAR. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE HEARD THE DEBATE ON BOTH SIDES AND THEY ARE CRYING FOR SOLUTIONS, NOT SQUABBLING, NOT POSSCHURING OR POLICY BRINKSMANSHIP. WE ALL HAVE PRINCIPLES. COMPROMISE IS NOT A CAPITULATION OF PRINCIPLE. IT NEVER HAS BEEN. ALL OF THE GREAT POLICY ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY HAVE RESULTED FROM THE WILLINGNESS OF MEN AND WOMEN OF PRINCIPLE TO ATTACK AND RESOLVE CRISES TOGETHER, THROUGH NEGOTIATION, AND YES, COMPROMISE. WE HAVE THAT CHANCE TONIGHT. MR. SPEAKER, I CHANG REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TO VOTE FOR THE LATOURETTE-COOPER-SIMPSON-BOWLE S BUDGET TONIGHT AND MAKE AMERICA PROUD OF US ONCE AGAIN.

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  • 08:55:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE. WHO SEEKS…

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

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  • 08:55:24 PM

    MR. COOPER

    RECOGNIZE MY FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FATTAH, FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 08:55:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. FATTAH

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BIPARTISAN BUDGET THAT'S BEING OFFERED THAT…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BIPARTISAN BUDGET THAT'S BEING OFFERED THAT WOULD APPROACH THIS IN A BALANCED WAY. THAT IS, WITH BOTH CUTS AND ADECISIONAL REVENUES. IT IS THE BASIS UNDER WHICH THERE'S MAJORITY SUPPORT IN OUR COUNTRY. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO RISE TO THE OCCASION AND I WOULD HOPE TONIGHT THAT WE'D HAVE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE THAT COULD RISE ABOVE PARTY, DO WHAT'S RIGHT, LET'S MOVE THE COUNTRY IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO MAKE THE INVESTMENTS WE NEED SO AMERICA CAN LIVE UP TO ITS RESPONSIBILITIES TO ITS CITIZENS AND TO GLOBAL LEADERSHIP. THANK YOU.

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  • 08:56:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS TO MR. LATOURETTE. DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS TO MR. LATOURETTE. DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT?

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  • 08:56:26 PM

    MR. LATOURETTE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. LATOURETTE

    IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TO A NEW MEMBER OF THE HOUSE FROM THE STATE OF…

    IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TO A NEW MEMBER OF THE HOUSE FROM THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, WHO CO-SPONSORED THIS SUBSTITUTE AT GREAT POLITICAL PERIL AND HE DESERVES TO BE REWARDED BY THE CITIZENS OF ILLINOIS AND NOT PUNISHED BY SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS, BOB DOLD OF ILLINOIS.

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  • 08:57:01 PM

    MR. TOLD

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS. I THANK MY FRIEND, PALL RYAN,…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS. I THANK MY FRIEND, PALL RYAN, FOR HIS WORK ON THE BUDGET, WHICH I THINK IS SO CRITICAL. AS WE LOOK AT BUDGETS RIGHT NOW, THERE ARE NOT SO MANY OF THEM OVER IN THE SENATE. WHEN I THINK ABOUT RUNNING A BUSINESS OR THE FAMILIES THAT NEED TO PUT TOGETHER A BUDGET, I THINK IT'S WRONG THAT THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT DOESN'T HAVE ONE. MR. CHAIRMAN, MY CHILDREN ARE ON THE FLOOR TODAY. THEY ARE HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. WHEN I THINK ABOUT WHY I CAME TO WASHINGTON, D.C., IT'S BECAUSE OF THEM. ABOUT THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR MY CHILDREN, ABOUT PROVIDING A COUNTRY THAT'S BETTER OFF FOR THEM. WE'VE GOT $15.5 TRILLION IN DEBT, WE BORROW 42 CENTS OF EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR. IT'S TIME TO PUT PEOPLE BEFORE POLITICS AND PEOPLE BEFORE PAR SANSHIP TO GET SOMETHING DONE. IT'S ABOUT PROVYING SLOUGHS FOR OUR COUNTRY SO WE CAN COME TOGETHER AND HAVE A DOCUMENT WE CAN USE TO MOVE THE COUNTRY FORWARD. WE NEED TO CUT BACK, REIN IN SPENDING, PROVIDE THAT CERTAINTY FOR AMERICAN BUSINESSES THAT ARE OUT THERE. THIS IS OUR TIME. WE REPUBLICANS AN DEMOCRATS ALIKE HAVE TO PUT THE PARTY BICKERING ASIDE. WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON THE SOLUTIONS THAT ARE OUT THERE. AM I GOING TO LIKE ALL OF IT? THE ANSWER IS NO, I'M NOT GOING TO LIKE ALL OF IT.

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  • 08:58:23 PM

    MR. LATOURETTE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. DOLD

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THE POINT IS THIS, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR MY CHILDREN…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THE POINT IS THIS, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR MY CHILDREN AND YOURS FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE NEXT GENERATION, THE TIME IS NOW. WE HAVE TO STAN UP, WE HAVE TO PUT TOGETHER A BUDGET, WE HAVE TO DO SO, WE HAVE TO FIND THE COMMON GROWN AND MOVE FORWARD. WE HAVE TO LOWER OUR CORPORATE TAX RATE SO WE CAN BE MORE COMPETITIVE IN THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE. THIS IS OUR TIME, I'M ASKING EVERYONE FOR A YES VOTE ON THE COOPER-LATOURETTE AMENDMENT. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND MY COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO AS WELL.

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  • 08:59:05 PM

    MR. COOPER

    HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS?

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    THE CHAIR

    QUARTER MINUTES REMAIN, INCLUDING HIS ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS. THE GENTLEMAN…

    QUARTER MINUTES REMAIN, INCLUDING HIS ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, HAS 15 SECONDS REMAIN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 08:59:30 PM

    MR. LATOURETTE

    HAS THE RIGHT TO CLOSE, AND I'M THE LAST SPEAKER. UNLESS MR. RYAN WANTS TO…

    HAS THE RIGHT TO CLOSE, AND I'M THE LAST SPEAKER. UNLESS MR. RYAN WANTS TO YIELD US THE REST OF HIS TIME.

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  • 08:59:43 PM

    MR. COOPER

    OF OUR COLLEAGUES SIGNED THE GO BIG LETTER, URGING THE SUPER COMMITTEE TO…

    OF OUR COLLEAGUES SIGNED THE GO BIG LETTER, URGING THE SUPER COMMITTEE TO DO THE RIGHT THING, LET ME QUOTE, TO EXCEED ALL OPTIONS FOR -- TO SUCCEED, ALL OPTIONS MUST BE ON THE TABLE AND WE KNOW THAT A TARGET OF SOME $4 TRILLION IN DEFICIT REDUCTION IS NECESSARY TO STABILIZE OUR DEBT AS A SHARE OF THE ECONOMY. THIS IS WHAT THE SIMPSON-BOWLES BUDGET DOES AND ONLY THE SIMPSON-BOWLES BUDGET. FOR THOSE OF MY COLLEAGUES WORRIED ABOUT CERTAIN PARS OF THIS, DO NOT CONFUSE THE SIMPSON-BOWLES REPORT WITH THE BUDGET. A BUDGET IS JUST A FRAMEWORK. IT INSTRUCTS COMMITTEES TO COME UP WITH SAVINGS AN THE COMMITTEES HAVE THE DISCRETION TO THAT -- TO DO THAT IN THE REPORTS THE SIMPSON-BOWLES REPORT IS ONE WAY TO DO THAT BUT THIS IS A GUIDE FOR THE COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION. THAT'S WHAT WE MUST DO TONIGHT AND DO ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. WE MUST COME TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY. WE MUST PUT OUR NATION FIRST, WE MUST CELT PARTISANSHIP ASIDE. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY THAT WE CAN PASS A BUDGET IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE THIS YEAR WHICH WE MUST HAVE. IT'S EASY TO BE CRITICAL, IT'S HARD TO PERFORM. LET'S MAKE IT HAPPEN FOR AMERICA TONIGHT. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY WITHIN OUR HANDS TO GIVE THE UNITED STATES A BUDGET. ALL OF THE OTHER PLANS ARE PURELY PARTISAN AND THEY DON'T HAVE A PRAYER. LET'S BUILD A BRING TO THE FUTURE, LET'S BUILD A REAL BUDGET THAT CAN PASS BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE SIMPSON-BOWLES ENDORSED BUDGET ALTERNATIVE. I THANK THE CHAIR AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:01:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    MR. LATOURETTE

    I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME IN SUPPORT OF THIS PROPOSAL. I…

    I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME IN SUPPORT OF THIS PROPOSAL. I UNDERSTAND THAT'S THREE MINUTES, IS THAT RIGHT?

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  • 09:01:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. LATOURETTE

    THE CHAIR VERY MUCH. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK MY PARTNER, MR. COOPER, AND I…

    THE CHAIR VERY MUCH. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK MY PARTNER, MR. COOPER, AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK ALL THE BRAVE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WHO ARE GOING TO VOTE FOR THIS, ALL THE BRAVE AND REPUBLICAN DEMOCRATS WHO CO-SPONSORED IT. BECAUSE THIS IS NOT AN EASY VOTE. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE LAST THREE ELECTIONS HAVE BEEN THE WILDEST ELECTIONS I HAVE SEEN IN MY POLITICAL LIFE AND IT'S BETWEEN PARTY AND PARTY AND PARTY AND 2012'S GOING TO BE THE SAME THING. BUT I'LL TELL YOU WHAT'S DIFFERENT. IT'S NOT THE DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO TAKE OVER OR THE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO TAKE OVER. THE MOOD IN THE COUNTRY IS, THROW THE BUMS OUT. THROW THEM ALL OUT AND REPLACE THEM WITH NEW PEOPLE. AMERICANS ARE SCREAMING FOR US TO TAKE OFF OUR RED JERSEYS ON THIS SIDE, TO TAKE OFF THE BLUE JERSEYS ON THAT SIDE, AND PUT ON THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE JERSEYS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. OUR PROPOSAL INSPIRED BY THE SIMPSON-BOWLES FISCAL COMMISSION AUTHORIZED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN VICIOUSLY ATTACKED FROM THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT AND SO I THINK COOPER, WE'RE -- AND SO I THINK, COOPER, WE'RE ON TO SOMETHING. I WANT TO MAKE AN OBSERVATION FROM A PRETTY FAMOUS AMERICAN MADE JUST A MONTH AGO IN THE ROSE GARDEN DOWN AT THE WHITE HOUSE. THE KYO IS, THIS MAY BE AN ELECTION YEAR -- THE QUOTE IS, THIS MAY BE AN ELECTION YEAR BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE NO PATIENCE FOR GRIDLOCK AND JUST PAYING ATTENTION TO POLL NUMBERS IN THE NEXT ELECTION INSTEAD OF THE NEXT GENERATION AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO STRENGTHEN OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL AMERICANS. AMERICANS DON'T HAVE THE LUXURY TO PUT OFF TOUGH DECISIONS AND NEATER SHOULD WE -- NEITHER SHOULD WE. PRESIDENT OBAMA, FEBRUARY 21, 2012. I'VE HEARD A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY THAT THIS IS HARD WORK, THAT NOT NOW. IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN? AND IF NOT THIS, WHAT? EVER? MR. SPEAKER, MR. CHAIRMAN, WE'RE ASKING THAT MEMBERS TONIGHT STAND UP. THAT THEY STAND UP TO THE BLOOD SUCKERS IN THIS TOWN THAT TAKE $5, $10, $15, $25 FROM OUR CONSTITUENTS TO PRETEND TO STAND UP FOR MATTERS ON THEIR BEHALF. WE'RE ASKING PEOPLE TO STAND UP TO HONOR THEIR PLEDGE THAT THEY MADE ON THE OPENING DAY OF THE 112TH CONGRESS, TO DEFEND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FROM ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC, WE ASK THAT OUR COLLEAGUES STAND UP TO AMERICA'S BIGGEST DOMESTIC THREAT AND ENEMY, THE $15 TRILLION SOON TO BE $22 TRILLION THAT'S STARING US IN THE FACE. THE TIME IS NOW, WE GOT TO GET IT DONE. THIS IS THE ONLY BIPARTISAN APPROACH AND THIS IS THE ONLY THING THAT HAS THE CHANCE TO BE ADOPTED BY BOTH PARTIES AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WHO AUTHORIZED SIMPSON-BOWLES. I THANK CHARITY AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. -- I THANK THE CHAIR AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:04:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 09:04:28 PM

    MR. RYAN

    I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE GENTLEMAN FOR SHOWING A PLAN AND COMING…

    I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE GENTLEMAN FOR SHOWING A PLAN AND COMING TOGETHER. BUT I WOULD SIMPLY SAY, THE PRESIDENT DISAVOWED THIS PLAN ALREADY. THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER SAID HE'S NOT DOING A BUDGET THIS YEAR. I DON'T THINK ANYTHING'S PASSING OVER THERE. AND I WANT TO RESERVE THE REST OF MY COMMENTS FOR THE SUBSTANCE OF THIS. AND I'LL REVEAL THE PRIVATE CONVERSATION I HAD WITH SIMPSONS AND BOWLES AS TO WHY I WAS NOT SUPPORTING SIMPSON-BOWLES AS A MEMBER OF THAT COMMISSION. THIS DOESN'T GO BIG, THIS DOESN'T TACKLE THE PROBLEM. IT DOESN'T DO THE BIG THINGS. YOU CAN NEVER GET THE DEBT UNDER CONTROL IF YOU DON'T DEAL WITH OUR HEALTH CARE ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS. THEY'RE THE ONES THAT ARE THE BIG DRIVERS OF OUR DEBT. SO NOT ONLY IN ADDITION TO THE FACT THAT THIS KEEPS OBAMACARE IN PLACE, AND IT DOESN'T DO MEDICARE AND MEDICAID REFORM WHICH ARE ESSENTIAL TO PREVENTING THE DEBT CRISIS, BY REPEALING THE TAX EXCLUSION AS SIMPSON-BOWLES PLANS ON DOING, PROPOSES TO DO, YOU'RE GOING TO CAUSE ALL OF THESE EMPLOYERS TO DROP HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES AND PUSH EVERYBODY INTO THE HEALTH CARE LAW, OBAMACARE, AND THE COST WILL EXPLODE. SO I BELIEVE IT WILL DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD AT THE END OF THE DAY. AND I JUST DON'T THINK IT'S A BALANCED PLAN. IF YOU LOOK AT THE RAW NUMBERS, 72% OF IT IS TAX INCREASES AND 28% OF IT IS SPENDING REDUCTIONS. THAT TO ME IS JUST NOT BALANCED. WE DON'T WANT TO CREATE A NEW REVENUE MACHINE FOR GOVERNMENT WITHOUT GETTING THESE ENTITLEMENTS UNDER CONTROL. LET'S NOT CHASE EVER-HIGHER SPENDING WITH EVER-HIGHER REVENUES. AND SO I APPRECIATE THE SINCERITY AND THE BIPARTISANSHIP NATURE OF THIS, BUT I DON'T THINK THE SUBSTANCE OF THIS BILL IS RIGHT. I THINK IT'S GOING TO WORSEN OUR FISCAL SITUATION BY PILING PEOPLE ONTO THE HEALTH CARE LAW AND IT'S GOING TO HASTEN THE BANKRUPTCY OF MEDICARE. IT'S STILL GOING TO STRETCH MEDICAID WHICH GROWS BY 1/3 IN ELIGIBILITY, A PROGRAM THAT'S FALLING APART BY THE SEAMS, AND I BELIEVE THESE TAX RATE INCREASES, THE REVENUE INCREASES WILL JUST BE USED TO FUEL MORE SPENDING. AND THAT'S WHY I URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS BILL. ON THE UNSTANCE OF IT -- ON THE SUBSTANCE OF IT.

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  • 09:06:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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  • 09:07:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY…

    TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE WILL BE POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, PROCEEDINGS WILL NOW RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 11-423 ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE -- 11-423 ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED. AMENDMENT NUMBER 1, AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 BY MR. CLEAVER OF MISSOURI, AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 BY MR. COOPER OF TENNESSEE. THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES THE TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE AFTER THE FIRST VOTE IN THIS SERIES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-423 ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE.

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  • 09:07:54 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-423 OFFERED BY MR. MULVANEY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

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  • 09:08:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE…

    HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. 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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  • 09:30:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE YEAS ARE ZERO AND THE NAYS ARE 414. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE…

    THE YEAS ARE ZERO AND THE NAYS ARE 414. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-423 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLEAVER, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:31:27 PM

    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 2 IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-423…

    NUMBER 2 IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-423 OFFERED BY MR. CLEAVER OF

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  • 09:31:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE 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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  • 09:37:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 107, THE NAYS ARE 313. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 107, THE NAYS ARE 313. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED.

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  • 09:38:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 107, THE NAYS ARE 314. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 107, THE NAYS ARE 314. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED THIS HOUSE REPORT 112-423 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COOPER, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:38:26 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-423 OFFERED BY MR. COOPER OF TENNESSEE.

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  • 09:38:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE 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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  • 09:45:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE YEAS ARE 38, THE NAYS ARE 382 WITH TWO ANSWERING PRESENT AND THE…

    THE YEAS ARE 38, THE NAYS ARE 382 WITH TWO ANSWERING PRESENT AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:45:25 PM

    MR. RYAN

    I MOVE THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY THE COMMITTEE RISES. . THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 112, DIRECT MESS TO REPORT THAT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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  • 09:46:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

    THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 112 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 09:46:46 PM

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    SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED REPORT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE

  • 09:46:55 PM

    THE CLERK

    ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 100, RESOLUTION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL…

    ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 100, RESOLUTION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL 4281 TO PROVIDE AN EXTENSION OF FEDERAL AID HEY, HEY SAFETY, MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY, TRANSIT AND OTHER PROGRAMS FUNDED OUT OF THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND REAUTHORIZING SUCH PROGRAMS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 09:47:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND REPORTED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE…

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND REPORTED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 597 HOUSE RULE 18, THE CLERK DECLARES THE HOUSE OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE OF THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 12 -- 112. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS KINDLY RETAKE THE CHAIR.

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  • 09:48:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE OF THE STATE UNION FOR THE…

    HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE OF THE STATE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF 112 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 09:48:13 PM

    THE CLERK

    CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE BUDGET FOR THE UNITED STATES…

    CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE BUDGET FOR THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013 AND SETTING FORTH PROMPT BUDGETARY LEVELS FOR 2014 THROUGH 2022.

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  • 09:48:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, AMENDMENT NUMBER 3…

    COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-423 OFFERED BY MR. COOPER HAD BEEN DISPOSED. THE COMMITTEE WILL COME TO ORDER. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-423. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:49:09 PM

    MR. HONDA

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 4 IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-423…

    NUMBER 4 IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-423 OFFERED BY MR. HONDA OF CALIFORNIA.

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  • 09:49:30 PM

    MR. HONDA

    IN ORDER.

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    THE CHAIR

    RESOLUTION 597, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HONDA, AND A MEMBER…

    RESOLUTION 597, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HONDA, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL 15 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 09:49:53 PM

    MR. HONDA

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE COMMITTEE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE COMMITTEE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA MAY CONTINUE.

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  • 09:52:22 PM

    MR. HONDA

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. MR. MCCLINTOCK?

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    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    IN OPPOSITION AND I YIELD MYSELF FIVE MINUTES. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE…

    IN OPPOSITION AND I YIELD MYSELF FIVE MINUTES. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS ON PRODUCING A BUDGET THAT ADDRESSES OUR CRUSHING DEFICIT. THEIR BUDGET PRODUCES DEFICIT NUMBERS THAT ARE RIGHT IN LINE WITH THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET'S PATH TO PROSPERITY. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN REDUCES THE DEFICIT BY REORGANIZING OUR GOVERNMENT SERVICES BY AWE STREAMLINE STRUCTURE SAVING TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS WHILE THEY WOULD INCREASE SPENDING SUPPORTED BY $6.8 TRILLION IN NEW TAXES OVER THE NEXT DECADE. WHAT DOES THAT REAL IN REAL NUMBERS? IT COMES TO ABOUT $22,000 OF TAXES FOR EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN AMERICA, ABOUT $88,000 FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR. DON'T WORRY, WE ARE TOLD. WE AREN'T TAXING WORKING-CLASS FAMILIES, JUST RICH PEOPLE AND CORPORATIONS. LET'S GET A FEW THINGS STRAIGHT HERE. IT TURNS OUT THAT MANY OF THE RICH PEOPLE AREN'T RICH AND THEY AREN'T EVEN PEOPLE, SMALL BUSINESSES FILING UNDER SUB-CHAPTER S, THE VIA SMALL BUSINESSES THAT WE ARE DEPENDING TO CREATE JOBS FOR AMERICANS THAT THEY DESPERATELY NEED. TO CRUSH SMAM BUSINESSES AND EXPECT THEM TO CREATE MORE JOBS IS SIMPLY ABSURD. SECONDLY, REMEMBER THAT BUSINESSES DO NOT PAY BUSINESS TAXES. BUSINESS TAXES CAN ONLY BE PAID IN ONE OF THREE WAYS. THEY ARE PAID BY CONSUMERS THROUGH HIGHER PRICES, THEY ARE PAID BY EMPLOYEES THROUGH LOWER WAGES OR NO WAGES AT ALL AS JOBS DISAPPEAR OR PAID BY INVESTORS, THAT'S THE ONLY THREE WAYS THEY CAN POSSIBLY BE PAID. LET'S TALK ABOUT FAIRNESS. IN 2008, TOP 1% OF TAXPAYERS, FOLKS EARNING ABOUT $344,000 PER YEAR EARNED ABOUT 17% OF ALL INCOME AND PAID 37% OF ALL INCOME TAXES. AS A CLASS, THEY ARE PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE, BUT THE PROGRESSIVES ARE RIGHT THAT SOME INDIVIDUALS WITHIN THIS CLASS PAY LESS THAN THEIR FAIR SHARE BECAUSE OF THEIR DISPROPORTIONATE ACCESS TO TAX LOOPHOLES. THE PROGRESSIVES WANT TO GET RID OF SOME OF THESE LOOPHOLES AND THAT'S A GOOD THING, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THEY WANT TO INCREASE LOOPHOLES FOR OTHERS. THEY DON'T MIND GOVERNMENT PICKING WINNERS AMONG THEIR FRIENDS, THEY JUST WANT TO DO THE PICKING. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN CALLS FOR THE ELIMINATION OF THESE THESE LOOPHOLES BY LOWERING OVERALL TAX RATES SOME NO AMERICAN PAYS OVER A THIRD OF THEIR EARNINGS TO THE GOVERNMENT. THAT IS FAIRNESS. THE UNDERLYING PROBLEM THAT IS DESTROYING OUR NATION'S FINANCES CAN BE SUMMED UP WITH THREE SIMPLE NUMBERS, 35, 33 AND 76. 35, 33, 76. BETWEEN 2002 AND 2012, POPULATION AND INFLATION COMBINED GREW 35%. NOW DESPITE THE RECESSION AND RECENT TAX CUTS, FEDERAL REVENUES HAVE GROWN 33% IN THE SAME PERIOD, VERY, VERY CLOSE. THE THIRD NUMBER IS WHAT IS KILLING OUR COUNTRY. 676 -- 76% IS THE INCREASE IN SPNG, TWICE THE RATE IN POPULATION GROWTH HAS ANYONE SEEN A 76% INCREASE IN THE QUALITY OF OUR ROADS, INSTITUTIONS, OR BORDER SECURITY? WE HAVE PAID FOR IT, WE AREN'T GETTING IT. AND THAT'S WHAT IS OUT OF CONTROL ABOUT THIS ADMINISTRATION. NO NATION HAS EVER TAXED ITS WAY TO PROSPERITY, BUT MANY NATIONS HAVE TAXED AND SPENT THEIR WAY TO ECONOMIC RUIN AND BANKRUPTCY. WHEN WE ARE TOLD THIS IS THE WORST RECESSION SINCE THE DEPRESSION, I REMEMBER A TIME MUCH MORE RECENTLY WHEN WE NOT ONLY HAD DOUBLE DIGIT UNEMPLOYMENT, MILE-LONG LINES AROUND GAS STATIONS AND INTEREST RATES AT 21%, AT THE END OF THE CARTER ADMINISTRATION. MAYBE WE DON'T REMEMBER THOSE DAYS AS VIVIDLY, IT'S BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T LAST VERY LONG. WE ELECTED RONALD REAGAN AND HE CUT SPENDING AS A PERCENTAGE OF G.D.P. AND CUT THE MARGINAL TAX RATE FROM 70% ALL THE WAY DOWN TO 28% AND REDUCED THE REGULATORY BURDENS CRUSHING THE ECONOMY AND PRODUCED ONE OF THE MOST PROLONGED PATHS. HARDING, KENNEDY AND CLINTON FOLLOWED SIMILAR POLICIES WITH SIMILAR RESULTS. IT WAS RECENTLY ESTIMATED THAT IF THE ECONOMY TODAY HAD TRACKED WITH THE REAGAN ECONOMY, 17 MILLION MORE AMERICANS WOULD BE WORKING RIGHT NOW AND INCOME WOULD BE $5,700 PER PERSON. WE NEED TO CHOOSE WISELY HERE AND AT THE POLLS IN NOVEMBER. I RESERVE.

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  • 09:59:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:59:39 PM

    MR. HONDA

    TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELLISON.

  • 09:59:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 09:59:49 PM

    MR. ELLISON

    TO THE HEART OF THE MINUTES AND HOW OUR NATION SHALL SPEND MONEY OVER THE…

    TO THE HEART OF THE MINUTES AND HOW OUR NATION SHALL SPEND MONEY OVER THE COURSE OF YEARS. WHAT WE ARE DEALING WITH NOW IS WE ARE DEALING WITH UNEMPLOYMENT AND THIS BUDGET IS NO DECENT BUDGET AT ALL UNLESS IT DEALS WITH JOBS. NOW, THE BUDGET FOR ALL, WHICH IS THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS BUDGET, IS ALL ABOUT JOBS. WE MAKE INVESTMENTS IN PEOPLE DEVELOPING OUR WORK FORCE, DEVELOPING EDUCATION AND PUTTING AMERICANS BACK TO WORK. AMERICA HAS WORKED THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. WE HAVE ABOUT $2 TRILLION WORTH OF CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE, WHICH THE REPUBLICANS DON'T INVEST IN. AMERICA HAS JOBS THAT NEED TO BE DONE. WE'VE GOT PEOPLE THAT DO THEM AND WE HAVE PRIVILEGED AMERICANS AND CORPORATIONS WHO HAVE THE MONEY IF THEY WERE TO GIVE IT IN THE WAY OF TAXES AS THE DUES WE PAY TO LIVE IN A CIVILIZED SOCIETY, WE COULD COMBINE THESE THREE ELEMENTS TO PUT AMERICA BACK TO WORK. . IT INVESTS IN AMERICA'S FUTURE AND REDUCES THE DEFICIT. WE'RE SERIOUS ABOUT THAT. I'D LIKE TO MAKE SURE THAT OTHERS ARE TOO AND DON'T JUST SAY SO. WE'VE GOT TO PUT AMERICA BACK TO WORK. THE BUDGET FOR ALL DOES THAT. WE URGE SUPPORT FOR THE BUDGET FOR ALL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:01:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HONDA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:01:23 PM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    I AM PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE MEMBER FROM INDIANA, A MEMBER OF…

    I AM PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE MEMBER FROM INDIANA, A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE,.

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    WOMEN CONTINUE TO SERVE IN HARM'S WAY OVERSEAS, THIS NATION'S IN TROUBLE.…

    WOMEN CONTINUE TO SERVE IN HARM'S WAY OVERSEAS, THIS NATION'S IN TROUBLE. YOUNG YING I WONDER, WHICH OF THE --

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  • 10:01:47 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I WONDER, WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING CHOICES WOULD AMERICANS CHOOSE IF THEY…

    I WONDER, WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING CHOICES WOULD AMERICANS CHOOSE IF THEY HAD TO PICK ONE? WOULD IT BE A, AN ACROSS-THE-BOARD INCOME TAX INCREASE? WOULD IT BE B, A NEW TAX INCREASE ON GAS, ELECTRICITY AND NATURAL GAS? WOULD IT BE C, A CUT IN FUNDING FOR OUR SOLDIERS TO LEVELS THAT THE PENTAGON WARNS IS DANGEROUS TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY? NOW I SUSPECT, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE GIVEN THE CHOICE. THEY'D PREFER TO HAVE AN OPTION D. NONE OF THE ABOVE. BUT UNFORTUNATELY THEY'RE NOT GIVEN THIS CHOICE IN THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS BUDGET. IT FORCES INSTEAD ALL THREE OPTIONS ON THE AMERICAN PUBLIC THAT IS ALREADY STRUGGLING. IT RAISES TAXES AND EVERY INCOME TAX BRACKET TO THE TUNE OF $4.4 TRILLION. IT RAISES THE PRICE AT THE PUMP AND ON UTILITY BILLS EVER HIGHER BY CREATING A NEW TAX ON ALL FOSSIL FUEL-BASED ENERGY SOURCES. IT MAKES NO ATTEMPT TO OFFSET THE IMPENDING DEFENSE SPENDING SEE QUESTER. WHILE I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES, I DO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES FOR MAKING THE EFFORT TO DEVELOP SOLUTIONS TO OUR NATION'S PROBLEMS, AND GETTING SPECIFIC ON THOSE SOLUTIONS, I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN DO BETTER. HOUSE REPUBLICANS, WE'VE GIVEN AMERICANS THAT NONE OF THE ABOVE D OPTION THROUGH OUR OWN BUDGET. OUR BUDGET RESPONSIBLY SOLVES OUR NATION'S DEBT CHALLENGES, IT RESPONSIBLY CUTS OUR SPENDING, IT AVOIDS A TAX INCREASE AND IT STRENGTHENS PROGRAMS LIKE MEDICARE AND MEDICAID, IMPORTANT TO SO MANY AMERICANS. MOST IMPORTANTLY IT DOES SO BY LIGHTENING THE BURDEN OF GOVERNMENT ON HARDWORKING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS, NOT BURDENING THEM WITH MORE GOVERNMENT. I RESPECT MY COLLEAGUES AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES HOWEVER TO VOTE AGAINST THE PROGRESSIVE CAUSE BUDGET. I YIELD BACK -- CAUCUS BUDGET. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:03:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM INDIANA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HONDA, IS…

    FROM INDIANA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HONDA, IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:03:33 PM

    MR. HONDA

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE THE FOUNDER OF THE PROGRESSIVE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE THE FOUNDER OF THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS, THE PROUD CONGRESSWOMAN WOOLSEY.

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  • 10:03:42 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE BUDGET FOR ALL REARRANGES OUR NATIONAL SECURITY…

    YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE BUDGET FOR ALL REARRANGES OUR NATIONAL SECURITY SPENDING PRIORITIES IN A WAY THAT KEEPS AMERICA SAFE INSTEAD OF KEEPING AMERICA BOGGED DOWN IN EXPENSIVE, IMMORAL WARS. BY BRINGING OUR TROOPS HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN, WE SAVE OVER $1 TRILLION OVER 10 YEARS. WE INVEST -- REINVEST THAT MONEY IN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEIR EDUCATION, THEIR HEALTH CARE, THEIR INFRASTRUCTURE, THEIR RETIREMENT SECURITY, THEIR HOPES AND THEIR DREAMS. AND THERE'S MONEY LEFT OVER TO BEEF UP SMART SECURITY PRIORITIES. DEVELOPMENT, DIPLOMACY, FOREIGN AND HUMANITARIAN AID. THE TOOLS THAT WILL TRULY COMBAT TERRORISM AND PROTECT OUR NATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY. WE GET RID OF ANCIENT, OBSOLETE COLD WAR WEAPONS SYSTEMS THAT ARE DOING NOTHING TO ADDRESS TODAY'S SECURITY THREATS AS WELL. WE ALSO TAKE CARE OF OUR VETERANS AND WE DRAMATICALLY REDUCE OUR NUCLEAR ARSENAL. I URGE ALL MEMBERS, READ THIS BUDGET, EMBRACE IT. AND -- BECAUSE IT TRULY REFLECTS THE VALUES AND PRIORITIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS BUDGET FOR ALL.

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  • 10:05:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HONDA, RESERVES. THE…

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HONDA, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:05:13 PM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,…

    CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FLORES.

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  • 10:05:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. FLORES

    MY COLLEAGUE, MR. MCCLINTOCK. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS BUDGET…

    MY COLLEAGUE, MR. MCCLINTOCK. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS BUDGET AMENDMENT CREATES DEVASTATING CUTS TO OUR NATION'S DEFENSE. OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY UNDER THE CONSTITUTION IS TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE, FOR THE SECURITY OF ALL AMERICANS. THIS BUDGET AMENDMENT CAUSES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ABDICATE THIS IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITY. THIS SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT GUTS THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, BY CALLING FOR CUTS THAT ARE $900 BILLION DEEPER THAN THE NEARLY HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS THAT THE PRESIDENT ALREADY PROPOSED TO BE CUT FROM THE DEFENSE PLAN THAT HE PROPOSED JUST ONE YEAR AGO. THIS SUBSTITUTE HAS NO SPECIFIC PLAN TO REPLACE THE SEQUESTER WHICH SECRETARY OF DEFENSE PANETTA SAID WOULD CAUSE CATASTROPHIC CONSEQUENCES AND WHICH WOULD DEVASTATE OUR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. THIS AMENDMENT IGNORES OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND TELLS OUR TROOPS IN THE FIELD THAT REGARDLESS OF WHERE THE MISSION IS AND WHAT STATE IT IS, THAT WE'RE GOING TO CUT OFF FUNDING. THIS COMES DESPITE THE FACT THAT U.S. COMMANDERS HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THAT THERE WILL BE A CONTINUED ROLE FOR THE U.S. IN AFGHANISTAN EVEN AFTER AFGHANISTAN SECURITY FORCES ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR SECURITY. THIS BUDGET AMENDMENT ALSO SHOWS WHAT CUTS EFFECTS WILL HAVE. THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO CUT SPENDING ON THE ONE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FUNCTION THAT IS SPECIFICALLY CALLED FOR IN OUR CONSTITUTION. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AS YOU HEAR FROM THE OTHER SIDE, ARE LOOKING FOR FAIRNESS. CUTTING DEFENSE FUNDING AS OUR COLLEAGUES ARE TRYING TO DO HERE, IS NOT FAIR TO THE ECONOMIC AND MILITARY SECURITY OF THIS COUNTRY. THIS PROPOSED BUDGET AMENDMENT AS WELL AS THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET WHICH WAS SOUNDLY DEFEATED A FEW MINUTES AGO ARE NOT FAIR FOR AMERICA. WHAT IS FAIR IS TO SET FORTH A BUDGET WHICH APPROVES THE ATMOSPHERE FOR JOB CREATION AND WHICH STIMULATES ECONOMIC GROWTH BY RELYING ON MAIN STREET AMERICAN SOLUTIONS. IF THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS AND THE OBAMA BUDGETS ARE LOOKING FOR FAIRNESS, THEY SHOULD NOT BE LOOKING TO CUT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT SO THAT WE CAN ENSURE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN SERVING OUR COUNTRY. AND FOR THE AMERICAN WORKERS WHO SUPPORT THEM. IN THE ALTERNATIVE, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE'S F.Y. 2013 BUDGET. IT IS THE BUDGET THAT WILL RESTORE AMERICA'S PROMISE AND PROSPERITY AND SECURITY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:08:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MONDAY DA, IS RECOGNIZED -- HONDA, IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:08:20 PM

    MR. HONDA

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO CALL UP THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO CALL UP THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA -- MRS. BARBARA LEE. FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 10:08:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:08:37 PM

    MS. LEE

    THANK CONGRESSMAN HONDA, CONGRESSMAN GRIJALVA AND ELLISON, AND ALL OF THE…

    THANK CONGRESSMAN HONDA, CONGRESSMAN GRIJALVA AND ELLISON, AND ALL OF THE C.P.C. MEMBERS FOR THEIR TIRELESS EFFORT ON THIS BUDGET. CONGRESSWOMAN WOOLSEY, ALL OF OUR MEMBERS WHO REALLY PUT SO MUCH TIME AND EFFORT INTO THIS. I'M PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF THE BUDGET FOR ALL, BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MUST HAVE AN HONEST BUDGET THAT DOES NOT BLAME THE POOR FOR THE PROBLEMS CREATED BY THE SUPER RICH. THE TEA PARTY REPUBLICAN BUDGET FOR THE 1% DOES JUST THAT. THEIR BUDGET ONLY CUTS PROGRAMS FOR OUR SENIORS, OUR CHILDREN, OUR NATION'S WORKING POOR AND VULNERABLE, WHILE GIVING AWAY $4.4 TRILLION IN TAX CUTS FOR THE SUPER RICH. AND FOR ALL OF THEIR HEARTLESS CUTS THAT END MEDICARE, HURT OUR CHILDREN, CLOSE SCHOOLS AND FIRE POLICE OFFICERS. THEY DON'T EVEN COME CLOSE TO BALANCING THE BUDGET BECAUSE THEY CAN'T STOP THEMSELVES FROM GIVING AWAY TRILLIONS TO THE SPECIAL INTERESTS, BIG OIL AND THE TOP 1%. I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT A BUDGET IS A MORAL DOCUMENT, THAT SHOWS OUR NATION'S PRIORITIES AND VALUES LIKE THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS' BUDGET, THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS BUDGET IS A MORAL BUDGET. ONE THAT INVESTS IN THE FUTURE OF ALL AMERICANS AND ONE THAT BELIEVES THAT OUR GREATEST DAYS LIE AHEAD. MAY I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE?

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  • 10:09:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS.

  • 10:09:54 PM

    MS. LEE

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LET ME ALSO MENTION IN CLOSING THAT OUR BUDGET ALSO…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LET ME ALSO MENTION IN CLOSING THAT OUR BUDGET ALSO ENDS THIS COMBAT OPERATION IN AFGHANISTAN. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT THE WAR TO END, WE HAVE DECIDED THAT NO MORE FUNDING FOR COMBAT OPERATIONS, THERE'S NO MILITARY SOLUTION, WE DO PROVIDE THE FUNDS TO PROTECT OUR TROOPS AND CONTRACTORS AND TO BRING THEM HOME SAFELY IN AN ORDERLY FASHION.

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  • 10:10:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HONDA, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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  • 10:10:22 PM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM OKLAHOMA, MR.…

    TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. LANKFORD.

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  • 10:10:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

  • 10:10:30 PM

    MR. LANKFORD

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT IS GOOD TO HAVE A CHANCE TO HAVE THIS DEBATE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT IS GOOD TO HAVE A CHANCE TO HAVE THIS DEBATE THAT IS UNIQUE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, TO BE ABLE TO GO THROUGH THIS. OBVIOUSLY WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY THAT THE SENATE HAS THIS SAME KIND OF DIALOGUE BACK AND FORTH ON OUR SPENDING PRIORITIES IN THE BUDGET. NOW WELL OVER 1,000 DAYS THE SENATE HAS HAD ANY CONVERSATION LIKE THIS. IT'S TERRIFIC TO HAVE THIS. THERE ARE AREAS I WOULD LOOK AT AND CONCUR WITH. THIS BUDGET TAKES ON THINGS LIKE THE A.M.T. FIX, THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX, AND TRIES TO RESOLVE THAT OVER TIME. I THINK THAT'S A TERRIFIC IDEA AND WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD ON. THAT BUT IT DOES SOME THINGS THAT I DON'T THINK MANY PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT WOULD BE FAVORABLE FOR. MANY PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT LOOK AT THE TAX POLICY AND SAY IT'S INCREDIBLY COMPLICATED AND COMPLEX. THIS BUDGET MOVES THE TAX SYSTEM FROM SIX TIERS TO 10 TIERS AND DRAMATICALLY I WILL INCREASES THE COMPLEXITY OF -- DRAMATICALLY INCREASES THE COMPLEXITY OF OUR TAX CODE. IT ALSO CHANGES THE DEATH TAX TO A 65% DEATH TAX. IT PUTS UNCLE SAM SQUARELY ON THE COFFINS AND UNCLE SAM IS WAITING FOR MY CUT. I THINK IT'S THE WRONG WAY TO GO. THERE'S A LARGE CARBON TAX THAT'S INCLUDED WITH THIS. WITH GAS PRICES GOING UP, ENERGY PRICES ON THE RICE, I DON'T THINK -- RISE, I DON'T THINK THIS IS A TIME TO INCREASE THE PRICE OF ENERGY AGAIN IN THAT. IT ALSO RAISES TAXES ON MCDONALD'S AND ON FAST FOOD PLACES. TO BE ABLE TO PUNISH THEM, I GUESS, FOR SUPPLYING FOOD TO PEOPLE THAT ARE ON THE RUN. BUT IT INCREASES TAXES ON THAT AND PROVIDES PUBLIC FUNDING FOR ELECTIONS SO THAT PEOPLE THAT RUNNING FOR OFFICE LIKE MYSELF AND OTHERS WILL ACTUALLY GET PUBLIC FUNDING FOR THAT. WHICH MANY PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO BE A PART OF. IT DOES ALSO PROVIDE STATE FLEXIBILITY, THOUGH, BUT IT'S STATE FLEXIBILITY FOR A NEW SYSTEM OF HEALTH CARE OVERSIGHT, WE'D LIKE TO SEE IT HAVE STATE FLEXIBILITY FOR THINGS LIKE MEDICAID AND MEDICARE AND SUCH. WITH THAT I WOULD OPPOSE THIS AND SUPPORT THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN BUDGET. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:12:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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  • 10:12:26 PM

    MR. HONDA

    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:12:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. CHU

    ABOUT FAIRNESS. WHERE EVERYONE, NOT JUST A SPECIAL FEW, CAN SUCCEED. WHILE…

    ABOUT FAIRNESS. WHERE EVERYONE, NOT JUST A SPECIAL FEW, CAN SUCCEED. WHILE THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET ENDS THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE, THE BUDGET FOR ALL MAKES NO CUTS TO MEDICARE, MEDICAID OR SOCIAL SECURITY. WHILE THEIR BUDGET SLASHES PELL GRANTS, LEAVING ONE MILLION STUDENTS STRUGGLING, THE BUDGET FOR ALL ACTUALLY INCREASES INVESTMENTS IN EDUCATION. WHILE THEIR BUDGET DESTROYS 4.1 MILLION JOBS IN JUST TWO YEARS, THE BUDGET FOR ALL ACTUALLY PUTS TWO MILLION MORE PEOPLE BACK TO WORK BY INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE. THE REPUBLICANS DO ALL THIS TO KEEP TAX BREAKS FOR BIG OIL AND PROVIDE AN EXTRA $150,000 FOR MILLIONAIRES. THE BUDGET FOR ALL CREATES A FAIRER SYSTEM BY ASKING THOSE WHO BENEFITED MOST FROM OUR ECONOMY TO PAY A SENSIBLE SHARE. THE BUDGET FOR ALL ENSURES EVERYONE CAN ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM IF THEY JUST WORK HARD AND PLAY BY THE RULES.

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  • 10:13:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

  • 10:13:40 PM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    WE HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS. I'LL RESERVE TIME UNTIL THE GENTLEMAN --

  • 10:13:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HONDA.

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  • 10:13:48 PM

    MR. HONDA

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO CALL UPON THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO CALL UPON THE GENTLELADY FROM MARYLAND TO SPEAK FOR A MINUTE AND 20 SECONDS.

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  • 10:13:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE AND 20 SECONDS.

  • 10:14:02 PM

    MR. EDWARDS

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. BUDGETS ARE ABOUT PRIORITIES AND THE BUDGET FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. BUDGETS ARE ABOUT PRIORITIES AND THE BUDGET FOR -- EDSEDSEDS THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. BUDGETS ARE ABOUT --

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  • 10:14:07 PM

    MS. EDWARDS

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. BUDGETS ARE ABOUT PRIORITIES. INVESTING IN OUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. BUDGETS ARE ABOUT PRIORITIES. INVESTING IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, EDUCATION, INVESTING IN OUR FUTURE. THE BUDGET FOR ALL, THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS BUDGET, ALSO MAKES SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS IN OUR MILITARY THAT ACTUALLY PREPARE OUR DEFENSE FORCES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. THE BUDGET FOR ALL IS ABOUT PRIORITIES. AND MAKE NO MISTAKE, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET SETS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PRIORITIES. IT SAYS TO OUR SENIORS, WE WANT TO YOU PAY MORE OUT OF YOUR POCKET FOR MEDICARE, DESTROYS MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. CREATES A SYSTEM THAT'S NOT FAIR, WHERE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WANT TO GO TO COLLEGE WON'T BE ABLE TO DO THAT BECAUSE THERE WON'T BE PELL GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR THEM. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET SAYS TO YOU THAT IF YOU ACTUALLY WANT TO WORK HARD AND PLAY BY THE RULES, THAT YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE TREATED FAIRLY. IT'S TIME FOR US TO HAVE A BUDGET THAT REFLECTS THE PRIORITIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THAT MAKES INVESTMENTS IN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE BUDGET FOR ALL MAKES THOSE INVESTMENTS. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO READ THE BUDGET, READ THE BUDGET FOR ALL AND SUPPORT THE BUDGET FOR ALL, THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS BUDGET, THAT MAKES IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS IN THE AMERICAN PEEG PEOPLE AND DOES NOT DESTROY -- AMERICAN PEOPLE AND DOES NOT DESTROY MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. WITH THAT I YIELD.

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  • 10:15:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK HAS 3 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. MR. HONDA HAS SIX MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 10:15:33 PM

    MR. HONDA

    HAVE THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, SHEILA JACKSON LEE, SPEAK FOR ONE MINUTE…

    HAVE THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, SHEILA JACKSON LEE, SPEAK FOR ONE MINUTE AND 20 SECONDS. .

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  • 10:15:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE AND 20 SECONDS.

  • 10:15:50 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LEE: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. I RISE TO SUPPORT THE…

    LEE: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. I RISE TO SUPPORT THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS BUDGET AND THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET, ACCORDING TO THE ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE IS A JOB KILLER, 1.3 MILLION JOBS WILL BE LOST IN 2013. AND 4.1 MILLION JOBS WILL BE LOST IN 2014. IT WILL ALSO, WILL ELIMINATE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR WOMEN, DEALING WITH REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND COVERAGE OF FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES AND CUT $1.7 TRILLION FROM MEDICAID. BUT THE BUDGET FOR ALL WILL PROVIDE A DIRECT OPPORTUNITY FOR SCHOOL PROIFMENT CORPS AND STUDENT JOB CORPS CREATING JOBS AND SAVE TRICARE AND PERSONNEL AND THE C.B.C. BUDGET DOESN'T IMPACT WAGES FOR OUR SOLDIERS BUT ENDS THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ AND EXTENDS THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT AND INDEPENDENT CHILD CARE CREDIT, RESPONSIBLY AND ENDS ALL OF OUR MILITARY PRESENCE, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, IT CREATES AN ATMOSPHERE FOR ECONOMIC IMPROVEMENT BY PROVIDING JOBS FOR YOUR YOUNG PEOPLE. SUPPORT THE BUDGET FOR ALL. SUPPORT THE PROGRESSIVE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET. I YIELD BACK. MR.

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  • 10:17:24 PM

    MR. HONDA

    FOR HOW MUCH TIME?

  • 10:17:34 PM

    MR. HONDA

    20 SECONDS.

  • 10:17:36 PM

    MS. RICHARDSON

    STRONG SUPPORT OF THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS ALTERNATIVE BUDGET. THIS BUDGET…

    STRONG SUPPORT OF THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS ALTERNATIVE BUDGET. THIS BUDGET AS A MEMBER ON THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE WOULD HELP US TO BE ABLE TO CREATE ONCE AND FOR ALL THE INFRASTRUCTURE BANK THAT WE NEED THAT WOULD ALLOW US TO ATTRACT PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP. IT WOULD OUTLINE A PLAN TO PUT TWO MILLION INDIVIDUALS BACK TO WORK AND MY COLLEAGUES HIGHLIGHTED WHAT SOME OF THOSE WOULD BE. SOME OF THOSE WOULD INCLUDE THE PUBLIC SCHOOL REHABILITATION PROJECTS, PARK IMPROVEMENT CORPS AND STUDENT JOBS CORPS. MR. SPEAKER, THE BUDGET WILL ASSIST US TO BE ABLE TO RESPONSIBLY ACT TO REDUCE OUR BUDGET DEFICIT BUT ALSO MAINTAIN OUR DOMESTIC PRIORITIES. THIS BUDGET IS THE RIGHT BUDGET AND WILL PROTECT OUR FRAGILE RECOVERY AND INVEST IN OUR FUTURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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  • 10:18:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HONDA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 10:18:44 PM

    MR. HONDA

    FROM MICHIGAN, I WOULD LIKE TO ALLOCATE A MINUTE AND A HALF.

  • 10:18:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF.

  • 10:18:56 PM

    MR. CONYERS

    I WANT TO COMMEND MY FRIEND FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, STARTING…

    I WANT TO COMMEND MY FRIEND FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, STARTING WITH MR. TOM MCCLINTOCK OF CALIFORNIA AND THOSE WHO ARE WITH HIM THIS EVENING BECAUSE WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS THAT WE HAVE BEGUN TO SEE THAT BETWEEN THE LEADERS AND THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS AND THOSE WHO CAN'T POSSIBLY VOTE FOR THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS BILL ARE STILL FINDING THINGS THAT WE CAN AGREE ON. FOR EXAMPLE, IS THERE ANYBODY ON THE LEADER OF THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO DOES NOT BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD NOT INVEST IN OUR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION BY INCREASING EDUCATION, TRAINING AND SOCIAL SERVICES? WE ALL AGREE ON THAT. DOES ANYBODY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, MR. SPEAKER, WHO DOESN'T BELIEVE IN OUR BUDGET MAKES NO CUTS TO MEDICARE, MEDICAID AND SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS? THESE BEGINNINGS OF AGREEMENTS -- WE ALL ON BOTH SIDES AGREE THAT WE MUST RESPONSIBLY AND EXPEDITIOUSLY END OUR MILITARY PRESENCE IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN AND I CONGRATULATE THE MEMBER LEADING ON THE OTHER SIDE.

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  • 10:20:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. HONDA HAS 2 1/4 MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 10:20:57 PM

    MR. HONDA

    TO RESERVE AND OFFER THE REST OF THE TIME TO OUR CLOSER, THE GENTLEMAN…

    TO RESERVE AND OFFER THE REST OF THE TIME TO OUR CLOSER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, THE GREAT REPRESENTATIVE GRIJALVA.

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  • 10:21:15 PM

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    FOR HIS WORK ON THE BUDGET. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS ASKING THE AMERICAN…

    FOR HIS WORK ON THE BUDGET. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS ASKING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO ONCE MORE ACCEPT THE PREMISE THAT A TRICKLE-DOWN THEORY OF ECONOMICS IS THE PATH TO SOLVENCY, BALANCED BUDGET AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. WELL, THIS THEORY HAS PROMOTED -- ALL IT HAS DONE IS CREATE A DRY OPPORTUNITY FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS IN THIS COUNTRY. UNEMPLOYMENT IS UP AND HAS INCREASED THE NUMBER OF POOR AND UNEMPLOYED IN THIS COUNTRY. AND THIS KIND OF INSECURITY HAS LED US TO THE SITUATION WE ARE IN. THE PROGRESSIVE BUDGET, BUDGET FOR ALL, RE-INTRODUCES SOMETHING VERY FUNDAMENTAL TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ITS VALUES AND MORAL IMPERATIVE HAS MADE US A GREAT COUNTRY. THERE SHOULD BE NO PRIVILEGED GROUP THAT -- ACCEPT 40% TO 50% FROM THE TAX CUTS. THAT IS NEEDED IN THIS SOCIETY AND OUR BUDGET ASKS FOR SHARED BURDEN AND SHARED RESPONSIBILITY. WE CREATE JOBS, WE FRONTLOAD JOBS IN THIS. WE ARE ABOUT REDUCING THE DEFICIT AND INVEST IN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE INVEST IN OUR PEOPLE, OUR GREATEST RESOURCE. WE SAVE AND PROMOTE SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID FROM THE DESTRUCTIVE PLAN THAT'S BEING PROMOTED BY THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY. THIS BUDGET FOR ALL BY THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS THAT WE ARE PROVIDING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THIS CONGRESS WITH A CHOICE. DO WE REPEAT THE MISTAKES OF THE PASS AND PASS A BUDGET THAT IS BEING RECOMMENDED BY THE REPUBLICANS THAT TAKE US DOWN THE SAME DESTRUCTIVE PATH WE HAVE BEEN ON OR GO IN A DIRECTION THAT PROMOTES EQUITY, FAIRNESS, FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND MORE IMPORTANTLY PUTS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BACK TO WORK AND OFFERS THEIR FAMILIES THE OPPORTUNITIES WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BENEFIT. THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS IS A BUDGET OF CHOICE, A BUDGET OF FAIRNESS AND ABOVE ALL RETURNS US TO VALUE AS AN AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:23:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:23:46 PM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    PASSIONED BECAUSE WE HAVE ARRIVED WHEN TWO DIFFERENT VISIONS OF SOCIETY…

    PASSIONED BECAUSE WE HAVE ARRIVED WHEN TWO DIFFERENT VISIONS OF SOCIETY ARE COMPETING FOR OUR NATION'S FUTURE AND REFLECTED IN THE BUDGET. AMERICA'S PROSPERITY SPRING FROM UNIQUELY AMERICAN PRINCIPLES OF PERSONAL FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY AND LIMITED GOVERNMENT. AMERICA'S FOUNDERS FOUNDED THAT PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO MAKE THEIR OWN CHOICES AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN DECISIONS AND LEAD THEIR OWN LIVES WITH A MINIMUM OF GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE AND INTRUSION. WHEN SOMEONE NEEDS HELP, WE GIVE THAT HELP. WHEN WE ASK THEM TO EXTEND THEMSELVES WHEN THEY CAN. NO ONE PERSON OR GROUP IS MORE OR LESS WORTHY THAN THE OTHER. WE ARE AMERICANS. WE WILL BE JUDGED ON OUR OWN MERITS AND WE'LL MAKE OUR OWN CHOICE IS INCLUDING WHAT KIND OF CAR WE'LL DRIVE, TOILETS IN OUR HOMES, HOW WE WILL RAISE OUR CHILDREN, WHAT WE'LL HAVE FOR DINNER TONIGHT. TODAY THERE IS A DIFFERENT VISION, THAT OF A COMPULSORY SOCIETY WHERE OUR INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS ARE SUBORDINATED TO THE INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS WHERE THEY ARE FORCED TO BAIL OUT THE DECISIONS OF OTHERS AND WHERE CONSUMERS ARE COMPELLED TO PURCHASE THE PRODUCTS OR UNDERWRITE THE LOSSES OF POLITICALLY FAVORED COMPANIES. UNDER THIS VISION, THE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS NOT TO PROTECT INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM BUT TO IMPROVE SOCIETY HOWEVER THOSE IN POWER DECIDE IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED, TO TAKE FROM THOSE TO GIVE TO THOSE THAT ARE DESERVING OR TAKE FROM EACH ACCORDING TO THEIR ABILITIES AND GIVE TO EACH ACCORDING TO THEIR NEEDS. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. NOT MORE THAN 100 STEPS, THOMAS JEFFERSON REVEALED THE RESOURCES OF THE NATION AND ASKED, WHAT MORE IS NECESSARY TO MAKE US A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS PEOPLE. A WISE AND FRUGAL GOVERNMENT SHALL RESTRAIN MEN SHALL REGULATE THEIR OWN IMPROVEMENT AND SHALL NOT TAKE FROM THE MOUTH OF LABOR THE BREAD IT HAS EARNED. THIS IS THE SUM OF GOOD GOVERNMENT. THIS IS THE PATH OF PROSPERITY PUT FORTH BY THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE AND LET US BE CLEAR, THE VARIOUS DEMOCRATIC PLANS FUNDAMENTALLY REJECT THESE PRINCIPLES AND REPLACE WITH VALUES AGAINST WITH THOSE THAT BUILD OUR NATION. THAT IS THE QUESTION THAT OUR GENERATION MUST DECIDE IN ALL OF ITS FORMS INCLUDING THE QUESTION PUT TO US TODAY BY THIS SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:26:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HONDA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 10:27:00 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I ASK THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

  • 10:27:12 PM

    >>

    THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

  • 10:27:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS…

    THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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  • 10:27:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAVING HAD…

    THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION DIRECTS ME TO REPORT THAT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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  • 10:27:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

    THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 112 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. THE MOTION IS ON THE COMMITTEE RISE? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS RISE?

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  • 10:28:13 PM

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    DO NOW ADJOURN.

  • 10:28:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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