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Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act Of 2009

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Mr. SCALISE. I want to thank my colleague from California for yielding the time.

Madam Chairman, some of the greatest joys in my life were the two births of my daughter and son. Two years ago, my daughter, Madison, I was able to be there for the birth with my wife, one of the great joys of my life. And then just 4 weeks ago tomorrow, the birth of my baby boy, Harrison, and I was there as well. Just wonderful, wonderful times that every family should spend together. Those opportunities already exist today in law. There is nothing in this bill that either takes away or gives the ability of parents to do that. They already have that right today, as they all should.

Why I rise in objection to this bill is it adds an extra $938 million in new entitlements, in new debt, money that we don't have in this country, to an already growing deficit. We're at a $1.9 trillion deficit this year alone. Projections are that in the next 5 years, this administration will double the national debt. And at what time do we stop and look out for those children? My son that was born 4 weeks ago, when do we look out for his future, his opportunity, so that he doesn't have to inherit another billion dollars in debt that this bill will give him?

I think it's very ironic in the same week that General Motors became ``Government Motors'' because of primarily health benefits, benefits that were added on and added on for employees to the point where the benefits of the employees bankrupted the company. And so what's Congress' answer to that? Congress' answer in the same week is to add more benefits at a time when people are losing their jobs, money that we don't have, almost a billion dollars. There used to be a saying ``a billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you're talking about real money.'' I think the public has spoken out. They said, Enough is enough. We've got to control spending and look out for our future generations.

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