Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act of 2011

Floor Speech

By:  Marsha Blackburn
Date: Feb. 1, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

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Mrs. BLACKBURN. Madam Chairman, I oppose the amendment, and I stand here today in support of repealing the CLASS Act.

You know, it's been almost 2 years since we sought passage of the ObamaCare bill in this Chamber, and it is something that we have worked since taking the majority to repeal this and get it off the books; and, indeed, what we are seeing is a need to get this CLASS Act off the books.

Despite the Federal Government's best efforts, there is no way to show that this is going to save money. Indeed, in a budget gimmick, as we were discussing this bill in committee a couple of years ago, what they did was to come in and say, Oh, this will save $80 billion. Oh, let's add title 8 to the bill, let's add sections 8001 and 8002 to this legislation, and let's create this little pool here where we're going to have near-term expenses that are supposed to yield us some long-term savings. The problem is all the new math you wanted to put to work on this, Madam Chair, there was no way to show that it was ever going to save money. And, indeed, Secretary Sebelius, who is the Health and Human Services Secretary, was forced to admit last October that there was no path forward for this program.

So what we need to do is to say this was a mistake. It doesn't save money. It is not going to address a problem. It is something that needs to come off the books. It is a way we can step forward and we can take a program off the books. And I encourage my colleagues to support ending the CLASS Act, getting it off the books.

I yield back the balance of my time.

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