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Repealing Mandatory Funding for School Health Center Construction

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. KINGSTON. I thank the gentleman, and wanted to speak in support of H.R. 1214 for three reasons.

Number one, we have got to remember that we are now in our third year of a $1.6 trillion deficit. That's right. The Obama administration has now put us in our third year of a deficit of $1.6 trillion. For every dollar we spend, 40 cents is borrowed.

At what point will that mean anything to our Democrat colleagues? I don't understand it. At what point will it mean anything to the administration? Do you really believe you can defy gravity over and over again and expect that it's not going to come back to haunt you? I don't understand it. I'm baffled by this.

So, number one, we've got to impact the deficit as we've got to consider future generations.

Number two is duplication. The stimulus bill and ObamaCare had $3 billion that went to the Health Resources and Services Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services for improvements in community health centers that many of the school-based health care clinics are eligible for. This is strictly a duplication of $50 million on top of $3 billion.

Number three, as an appropriator, I believe we have to be very careful about advanced appropriations. This

goes to the year 2014. If it is so good, as we have heard--and certainly there is a level at which you can argue the effectiveness of this--why not let them get in line as soldiers have to? as educators have to? as hospitals have to? as researchers have to? As everybody else who gets Federal Government money, let them get in line each and every year, and let them justify their budgets. Then Congress, in weighing it out, will say, Okay. Let's fund it again this year.

But what the Democrats are asking us to do is to obligate future Congresses on money to the year 2014 and to put it on automatic pilot. That's not fair. That's not right. In these budgetary times--again, when we are borrowing 40 cents for every dollar we spend--we do not need to be advance appropriating anything or any entity.

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Mr. KINGSTON. I thank the gentleman for yielding.

I want to respond to my friend from New Jersey. This is very important. If we added up the Bush deficits in those years, certainly the Bush administration overspent. There is absolutely no question about it that the Republican Party overspent. Yet not to be outdone, in 1 year, the Obama administration ran up the deficit numbers higher than the Bush folks did in 8 years. It's outrageous. The year that the Democrats won the majority, the Bush deficit was $160 billion. I agree that it was way too high. But what did they do? $1.6 trillion. That's a lot of money, and that's all the more reason that we need to eliminate duplicative spending, which is what this is.

Support H.R. 1214.

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