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Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2013

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. KINGSTON. America is on the economic road to Greece. Our national debt is 100 percent of our gross domestic product. And I want you to think about that 1 minute. Did you ever think you would hear that on the floor of Congress, that our national debt is 100 percent of our gross domestic product?

It's just mind-boggling if you just take a step back and think, for every dollar we spend, 42 cents is borrowed. What would a business do, what would a family do, what would you do with your own individual finances? Obviously, you would change your ways.

Today we have that opportunity. That's what the Ryan Republican budget is all about. Number one, it reduces spending. It reduces spending by over $5 trillion, more than the President.

Number two, it eliminates loopholes in the tax system so that the Tax Code would be fair, competitive, and balanced.

Number three, it reduces the deficit and the debt by over $3 trillion.

And number four, it reduces the size of government from being 24 percent of the economy down to 20 percent. Hopefully, we could even reduce it more than that, and it reduces the size of government without endangering us from a national security point of view, or without pulling out the safety net that's so important to our seniors and our most vulnerable members of society. It does this through commonsense reforms, through elimination of waste, through reduction and duplications.

You know there are 44 different Federal job training programs? If one of them works, why would you need the other 43?

The GAO says there are 19 duplications of effort and procurement at the Pentagon. Let's get rid of them.

Over at the USDA--I happen to know, I'm on this committee--the Federal feeding programs are unbelievable. If you're Bob, and you're 3 years old, Bob is eligible for 12 Federal feeding programs. At 10 years old Bob is eligible for nine. At 35 years old Bob is eligible for seven.

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Mr. KINGSTON. At 65, Bob is eligible for six Federal feeding programs. That doesn't mention what's going on on a State or local level. These are duplications that Democrats and Republicans alike should agree with, let's eliminate. This is the low fruit.

That's what the Ryan budget does, commonsense reform, elimination of waste and getting rid of the duplications, and putting America on a road to prosperity, so that my children, Ann, Betsy, John and Jim, can live in an economy that's growing where there's opportunities for them. And I urge my colleagues to support the Ryan budget.

Bob's Food Assistance Programs

At age 3, Bob is eligible for 12 programs:

1. Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

2. Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

3. Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (FFVP)

4. School Lunch Program (SBP)

5. National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

6. Special Milk Program (SMP) [Can receive if not on any other program]

7. Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

8. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

9. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

10. The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

11. Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

12. WIC's Farmers Market Nutritional Program (FMNP)

At age 10, Bob is eligible for 9 programs:

1. Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

2. Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (FFVP)

3. School Lunch Program (SBP)

4. National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

5. Special Milk Program (SMP)

6. Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

7. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

8. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

9. The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

At age 35, Bob is eligible for 7 programs:

1. Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

2. Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

3. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

4. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

5. The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

6. Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

7. WIC's Farmers Market Nutritional Program (FMNP)

At age 65, Bob is eligible for 6 programs:

1. Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

2. Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

3. Sr. Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)

4. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

5. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

6. The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

At all ages, Bob can receive:

1. Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservation (FDPIR) if living on Indian Reservation & not receiving SNAP

2. Disaster Assistance Program (D-SNAP) if family experiences natural disaster

3. Nutrition Assistance Block Grant (NABG) if family lives in U.S. Territory

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