Disapproval Resolution Relating to Debt Limit Increase

Floor Speech

By:  Marsha Blackburn
Date: Jan. 18, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

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Mrs. BLACKBURN. I thank the gentleman for the time.

Every time I go back home to Tennessee and as I hold town hall meetings, I do hear from my constituents: Enough is enough. Stop the madness. Let's get the Nation's fiscal house in order.

That is what the American people are demanding that we do. Just so we all realize what the debt is, you're talking $15.2 trillion. Nearly $5 trillion, or one-third, of that debt has come onto the books in the past 3 1/2 years. That is the rate of acceleration by which this administration is pushing this Nation to the brink, and that is why our constituents are saying, ``Stop it.'' It's the reason for this vote today: to pass a resolution of disapproval and to send our message to the President that, look, time has long passed for you to bring forward a plan to deal with this debt. It is your responsibility to do so for this country, and it is your responsibility to do so for future generations in order to make certain that our children and our grandchildren, like my two grandchildren, don't have an increasing share of this.

This past year, a family's share of our national debt grew by $30,000. It is time for us to realize that we have to stop the out-of-control spending, we have to freeze this spending, and then we have to begin to cut and remove and eliminate items that are unnecessary to the budget. Let's reiterate our commitment to getting back on the right track, getting our fiscal house in order, and let's reiterate this commitment to the American people that we have hit the high-water mark in spending, and we are going to join together in a bipartisan fashion to make certain that we get the Federal Government's fiscal house in order.

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