Mr. Speaker, America is at a huge crossroads right now. We're in a situation that whenever we spend $1, 40 cents of it is borrowed. Our national debt is about 95 percent of our GDP. We are losing our edge as a global leader. It hurts our job creation, it smothers the private sector, and it denies you and me of some of our basic freedoms; because the bigger the government gets, the smaller your personal freedom gets.
That's why the budget that has been introduced today is so worthy of a strong debate by both of us--both parties, that is. This is about the next generation, not about the next election. I urge my Democrat friends and my Republican friends to come together and do the best thing for the United States of America, not just for partisan politics of the day.
We are Americans. We can do better. We can get this job done, and we must get this job done.