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Providing for Consideration of S. 3307, Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. CANTOR. Mr. Speaker, since the beginning of the program, YouCut has offered the potential for Republicans and Democrats to join together to begin tackling America's unsustainable fiscal situation. That's why I was encouraged yesterday when President Obama embraced an idea originally chosen by YouCut voters by declaring a freeze on all non-military Federal employee salaries for the next two years.

This proposal was not an easy one for the President to make, nor was it a pain-free vote for House Republicans when we offered it back in May, as there are thousands of Federal employees who do important work for our country. But make no mistake, no one said that getting America back to opportunity, responsibility and success was going to be easy. We have to make tough choices together if we want to get our economy back to where it needs to be.

This week's YouCut proposal was developed by CHRIS LEE and would eliminate the mandatory printing of bills introduced before Congress, a practice that wasted nearly three million paper copies and approximately $7 million taxpayer dollars during the 111th Congress alone. With all of the digital technology that's available, surely Congress can find a more efficient and fiscally responsible way to do its business. Changing this body's printing practices would be a simple and important step in the right direction. We must start injecting some common sense into Washington, and this is a no-brainer.

As we look to the new Republican majority, YouCut will serve as an important tool as we strive to transform the culture of spending in Washington into one of savings. As we wrap up this Congress, Mr. Speaker, I encourage our Democrat friends across the aisle to join us in voting for this common sense spending reduction.

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