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Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. KINGSTON. I thank the gentleman for yielding.

I want to say that I do understand we are here largely because there was not a budget this year and we were unable to move bills under regular order. And because of that, here we have something that was published, as I understand it, last night at midnight, and the list, itself, came out at 9 a.m. And, as a member of the committee, I am not sure what all these things are doing.

I see that we are increasing the Ag marketing healthy food initiative. Excuse me. It's not an increase. It's a brand new program.

I am the ranking member of the Ag Committee. I don't know exactly what that is. I think that might be something that has been voted on, but we have not had it through the committee. Now, I understand a lot of these other things are old items that have gone through the committee, but that one is one that has not.

The broadband, there is a $30 million increase in broadband loans. I am very confused about that because the stimulus bill increased broadband loans $7 billion. And then there is an FDA increase of $470 million. The FDA has gotten a lot of money over the past years, including some in the stimulus. So I am not sure why they are getting an increase when so many others are getting a cut.

I noticed on another page that there is a rescission for the Navy of $168 million and for the Air Force $136 million. I also serve on the Defense Committee. There has been no debate on that.

Now, on the next page, we increase funding for the IRS, including $125 million for IRS enforcement. I guess that's because people who won't get health insurance now, the IRS is going to get a lot more agents and they will have more money to spend on prosecuting people who don't buy health care.

Then over here on another page, we are cutting the Customs and Border Patrol by $225 million. We have got a problem, as we all would agree, on immigration, but we are cutting the Customs and Border Patrol for the infrastructure fence. I look further, the CDC is getting a cut of $57 million.

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Mr. KINGSTON. I thank the gentleman.

And then over here on another page, we are cutting grants for academic competitiveness. I think if there is one thing we all agree on right now is we need our students to be as competitive as possible, but we are cutting academic competitiveness $36 million. But we are increasing Congress's budget. House of Representatives, $2 million increase; Capitol Police, $8.8 million; the Congressional Budget Office, $1.7 million; the GAO, $1.5 million. So Congress is getting an increase while we are cutting academics.

And then on another page, a whole myriad of things we are cutting out of the military that runs into the millions of dollars. And I noticed here in a very small account that we are actually cutting OPIC, which is the overseas insurance account that underwrites loans for emerging markets. And it's one of the few Federal agencies that actually makes money. Now, maybe that's why we are cutting them. It would appear to me that that kind of behavior should be well rewarded, but under the CR, they are going to be getting a cut.

I respectfully think that we should put this thing back 2 or 3 months and have regular order.

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