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If You Can't Budget, You Can't Govern

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. Mr. Speaker, back home in New Jersey, people don't want to hear that the House of Representatives is preparing to go home for Memorial Day recess without even holding a vote on President Obama's budget proposal given to the Congress back in February.

They're trying to live within their own shrunken family budgets, with less income and less ability to save, and with well over 10 percent of them unemployed.

They know with the President's budget proposal, whatever the magnitude of its spending that ensures more debt and borrowing, that we need to make the same hard choices they are, and the Federal budgets is comprised of their money.

It appears that this House will not vote because the majority, it seems, does not want to vote for sustained trillion-dollar deficits that will compound the national debt as far as the eye can see.

I'd also add that the President's much discussed ``spending freeze'' comes after a 24 percent increase in spending among the affected agencies and programs.

As others have said, If you can't budget, you can't govern.

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