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Budget Control Act of 2011

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. DAVID SCOTT of Georgia. Ladies and gentlemen of the House of Representatives, this is not a Nation of Tea Party people. It is not a Nation of Democrats or Republicans. It is a Nation of all of us.

And what the Reid plan presents, it represents the Tea Party, the Republicans and the Democrats and the President of the United States. This is what the American people expect us to do. That is what has made this country great. At critical times, we've come together and we have compromised. We're protecting Medicare. We're protecting Social Security. We're protecting Medicaid, as the people of this country want.

And yet, as the Republicans and the Tea Party want, there are no tax increases in this. And as the President of the United States has asked us, there will be a second task in the year 2013.

Ladies and gentlemen of this House, the time is present. It is time for us to do the American thing: Stand up for the American people and let us compromise in the best interests of all of us so this Nation will not go into default.


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