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Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

Mr. ANDREWS. I thank my friend for yielding.

Tomorrow will be yet another Friday without a paycheck for too many Americans. For many Americans, this may be the week that their unemployment benefits finally run out and they have no income left whatsoever. For many Americans, this might be the last weekend they spend in their home because the eviction notice or the foreclosure process comes due next week. There has been a natural disaster this summer in America, but there has been an economic disaster in America for a very long time.

Fifteen days ago, the President of the United States came to this Chamber and in good faith laid out a plan to put Americans back to work. In those 15 days, this majority has had no hearings, no discussions, and no votes on the President's plan to put the country back to work. Until today, it was accurate to say they had done nothing about the job situation in America. Today, they've done something. They put forward a bill that destroys a program that has created 39,000 jobs in the private sector.

My friend from California talked about the new deal that GM may strike to build the new generation of cars in China. With all due respect, that's the point. The purpose of this program is to make sure that the next generation of cars is built by Americans and sold to Chinese, not built by Chinese and sold to Americans. So if we let this bill pass, we are waving the white flag of surrender on the next generation of vehicles.

Now, they say, well, we have to do this because we have to provide disaster relief. I think there is unanimity in this Chamber that the victims of floods and hurricanes and other crises deserve help, but the artificial excuse that's being used here is, well, we have to pay for the help.

I have a suggestion. We're going to spend in the next 10 days in Iraq and Afghanistan what it would cost to deal with this disaster relief. How about that? Instead of crushing American jobs here at home, why don't we do the intelligent thing and say to the Iraqis and the Afghans, it's time they ran their own country with their own money. How about that for an offset? We should never have to choose between employing our neighbors and ignoring our needs.

The right vote here is ``no.'' Let's bring back to the floor tomorrow a plan that both sides can support that keeps Americans working, puts Americans back to work, and solves this disaster problem. Vote ``no,'' and then let's fix the problem.

Mr. ANDREWS. I did want to ask my friend from Georgia a question, Mr. Speaker, if I might. He says he's on the right track.

Will the gentleman agree that we should have an up/down vote on the President's jobs plan on this floor?

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Mr. WOODALL. I actually don't like those kind of long, complicated bills, I would say to my friend. But should we vote on his ideas, one idea at a time--I say that regularly. Had we voted on the President's health care bill one idea at a time, America would have loved 80 percent of it.

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Mr. ANDREWS. Reclaiming my time, is that a yes or a no?

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Mr. WOODALL. That's a let's vote on it one idea at a time, not just his ideas, but all of our ideas.

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Mr. ANDREWS. Reclaiming my time, will the gentleman vote for the President's tax cuts for small businesses that create jobs if they hire someone?

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Mr. WOODALL. The tax proposal I'm familiar with is his $1.5 trillion tax increase. Is there a different----

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Mr. ANDREWS. Reclaiming my time, the President's plan was a small business that creates jobs will get a tax cut.

Will you vote for that?

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Mr. WOODALL. If he wants to reduce the highest corporate tax rate in the world, I am a huge supporter of that.

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Mr. ANDREWS. Reclaiming my time, is that a yes or a no on that idea?

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Mr. WOODALL. I will vote for any reduction in corporate rates that the President proposes.

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Mr. ANDREWS. Reclaiming my time, does the gentleman favor the provision that says we should put teachers who have been laid off back in the classroom?

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Mr. WOODALL. I absolutely do, and with State and local funds we're doing that today. I hope we'll continue to do that.

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Mr. ANDREWS. Reclaiming my time, would the gentleman agree, though, we should use some Federal funds for that purpose?

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Mr. WOODALL. I do not believe the Federal Government should be involved in education.

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Mr. ANDREWS. I disagree.

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Mr. WOODALL. I thank my friend for yielding.


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