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Providing for Consideration of House Resolution 38, Reducing Non-Security Spending to Fiscal Year 2008 Levels or Less -

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Mr. SCOTT of South Carolina. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Mr. Speaker, as a business owner who's only been in Congress for 19 days, I know as a small business owner that if we want more jobs in our economy, we must be serious about spending cuts.

Deficit spending in Washington is burdening future generations. Unborn Americans will have to pay for the benefits that we ascribe to ourselves. During the previous 2 years, Congress has added nearly $3.3 trillion to the national debt. Is it any wonder then that during the same time period our unemployment rate has skyrocketed from 7.8 percent to 9.4 percent? It's not.

As a small business owner, when I don't have to pay higher taxes, I'm able to hire more people. When I don't have to pay higher taxes, I'm able to invest in more equipment and more services.

Every dollar taken from me by the government means that I have to go out and earn $2 more just to break even. That's why I offered the amendment in the Rules Committee for spending even less, even less than the 2008 levels. 2008 levels are just a start. And we need to go much deeper than that. I support this rule.

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Mr. SCOTT of South Carolina. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Question for you: Is it the first time since 1974 that the House has operated without a budget?

Mr. DREIER. Reclaiming my time, I thank my friend for giving me the opportunity to repeat what I just said so that we can underscore it.

Never before have we failed to have a budget. And yet, for the first time in 36 years, that happened.

That's why I believe that we have a chance to work, Democrats and Republicans together, with our colleagues in the other body to bring about real reform of the Budget Act itself.

I am happy to further yield to my friend.

Mr. SCOTT of South Carolina. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

When you think about the repeal of the national health care bill, is that not a savings of $2.7 trillion, at least the elimination of a $2.7 trillion hole or an abyss on an entitlement program? Does it not reduce the debt by $700 billion? Are these not real numbers? And if we really wanted a number, if we were looking for the number, would they not have passed a budget last year?

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