1:49 PM EDT
Steve Scalise, R-LA 1st

Mr. SCALISE. The people of southeast Louisiana have faced tremendous challenges during the last 2 1/2 years. Thousands of people lost their homes due to the failure of Federal levees. However, today we find out that the flood protection that they need is going to be held in jeopardy by a poison pill in the name of a $52 billion tax increase on the backs of small businesses that was thrown into the bill last night with no debate. Our flood protection should not be held hostage to $52 billion

in new taxes on the backs of small businesses.

This language clearly will not make it through the legislative process and will only give false hope to a people who deserve much better. Let us go back to work, come up with a solution that we can all agree can pass through the legislative process. I look forward to working with you to achieve that solution.