REPUBLICAN PRIORITIES DEMAND SACRIFICE OF THE MANY, PROVIDE ENRICHMENT OF THE FEW -- (House of Representatives - November 09, 2005)
(Mr. PALLONE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)
Mr. PALLONE. Madam Speaker, the Republican budget bill is not a document of our Nation's priorities. The Republicans are not listening to the needs of average Americans who want a fair budget and lower deficits.
Here are 10 quick reasons why this mean-spirited bill should be defeated this week. First, it takes from the poor and middle class to make the rich richer. Second, it includes the largest cuts in student loans in history. Third, it provides a $24 billion windfall to delinquent dads. Fourth, it destroys the pristine Arctic refuge and endangers our coastline.
Fifth, it worsens America's health status by cutting Medicaid by $12 billion. Sixth, it cuts safety-net funding for our most vulnerable children. Seventh, it takes school lunches away from 40,000 kids who desperately need the nutritional content that those lunches provide. Eighth, it fails to adequately fund vital support services for workers. Ninth, it adds insult to injury for farmers in the form of commodity cuts. And tenth, despite all these cuts, it still swells the deficit. And I stress, it still swells the deficit.