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Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2007

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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2007 -- (House of Representatives - April 06, 2006)

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Mr. KIND. Mr. Chairman, I thank my good friend from Tennessee for yielding me this time, and I commend him for his leadership in trying to institute budget reforms and instill fiscal discipline in the budgeting process.

Listen, we are going to have a very vigorous debate over the next couple of days in regards to the priorities and the values of our Nation, as it should be. People are entitled to their own rhetoric, they are entitled to their own spin, their own opinion, their own ideology, but we are not entitled to our own facts, and the facts couldn't be more stark or more different in regards to the leadership on our budget under Democratic leadership versus the current administration.

As this chart demonstrates, it shows the trend line for budget deficits and budget surpluses, and this upward trend during the 1990s under the leadership of Bill Clinton and Democrats indicates pay-as-you-go rules as they existed for the administration and Congress which led to 4 years of budget surpluses when we were actually paying down the national debt.

This cliff, which this red line demonstrates under the Bush administration, is the administration and Congress operating without pay-as-you-go rules.

What is so hard to get here? We need to reinstate pay-as-you-go rules to bring back fiscal discipline and responsibility, as the gentleman from South Carolina indicated, for the sake of our children's future. Our budget alternative does that. Theirs doesn't.

We are going to continue this downward trend with deficit spending as long as we don't get back to the budget basics.

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Mr. KIND. Mr. Chairman, I want to thank my good friend from South Carolina for the leadership he has provided on the Budget Committee, and we do want to take a moment to talk about the priorities of our country, especially when it comes to the investment of the future of our country, and that is the education of our children.

Mr. Chairman, our country is going to face two of the greatest challenges in the history of our Nation in this century. One is securing our Nation against the global threat and the global capability of international terrorism, but, secondly, it is our ability to remain the most innovative and creative Nation in the world. That requires an investment in our children and the quality of education that they are exposed to.

It is something that we do in our budget alternative, and we do it by operating under pay-as-you-go rules that will restore us to balance again by 2012, but by maintaining that important investment in our children's education.

Their budget punts, in fact, their numbers track the President's recommended budget, which calls for the elimination of 42 education programs in our country, including vocational education, gone; Perkins loans, gone; Safe and Drug Free Schools, eliminated; education technology and Even Start, eliminated, in what the President is calling for in the budget.

We can do a better job with our alternative, and we would encourage our colleagues to support it.

Mr. Chairman, I yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlewoman from Connecticut (Ms. DeLauro), a real champion of our children and to education in this country.

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