Mr. Speaker, it's been 45 days since House Republicans passed a bill to cut $100 billion in Federal spending, spending that quite honestly the prior Congress didn't have to spend and should have never appropriated.
I want to remind you that we are here today because Senator Reid, the Democrats in the House, and the President when they were in charge last year chose not to pass a budget. It was irresponsible of them then and it is irresponsible of them now to continue to do nothing.
House Republicans spent 72 hours debating spending bills. We held 107 votes on spending amendments. Senate Democrats, 4 hours, four votes--4 hours and four votes in 45 days, Mr. Speaker.
I want you to think about that. It's unacceptable.
Senator Reid needs to get to work and pass a bill. The American people need it. American livelihoods are depending on it. Senator Reid just needs to wake up in the morning, put on his big-boy britches, come to the Capitol, pass the bill, and help us reduce this big hairy deficit.