10:41 PM EDT

Trey Radel, R-FL 19th

Mr. RADEL. Mr. Chairman, I rise in support of this amendment because I believe that American taxpayers should be considered when their money is basically being divvied up here in Washington. That's what we're deciding. This amendment--which I thank the gentleman from Delaware for offering with me--simply allows for savings to occur in a renegotiation of crop insurance agreements.

I love the fact that we're working on both sides of the aisle. This is as bipartisan as you can get, Mr. Chair. Oftentimes on our side, as fiscal conservatives, we are accused of ``cut, cut, cut.'' But what this is really about is save, save, save. The Members of this House should be encouraging this administration to save, save, save when we can.

This amendment allows for the USDA to attempt to find savings when negotiating. So let's not tie the hands of our negotiators, as this current bill does. Let's allow them to pursue savings on behalf of the hardworking American taxpayer working day in and day out right now.

All around the country people are struggling to get by. So instead of requiring the maximum amount of taxpayer dollars to be spent on this government program, all we're asking is let's just try and save some money with this, and that's what this amendment does.

So a vote for this amendment is a vote to keep the taxpayer--the hardworking American taxpayer--in mind, what is fair for them, when we set up this crop insurance policy. It's plain. It's simple.

I encourage my colleagues to vote ``yes'' on this amendment.

10:42 PM EDT

John Carney, D-DE

Mr. CARNEY. Mr. Chairman, I would just like to close by thanking the gentleman from Florida for his assistance on this amendment and just to ask my colleagues to think about what we've been trying to do since I came to this House in 2011, which is to get a budget balanced and to find savings wherever we can.

This is an opportunity to use savings from the renegotiations of these agreements for deficit reduction and other things that the USDA might deem appropriate. So I want to thank my colleague for that, and I yield back the balance of my time.