Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013

Floor Speech

By:  Marsha Blackburn
Date: May 8, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

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Mrs. BLACKBURN. Mr. Chairman, I bring this amendment forward tonight, just as I do every single year for these appropriations bills, because it is so important that we get the out-of-control spending here in Washington, D.C., under control. We all know that at this point in time, we are borrowing 40 cents of every single dollar that we spend. And as we look at this appropriations bill that is before us, we're talking about another $51.1 billion. So the amendment tonight makes a 1 percent across-the-board haircut. It would be $511 million.

Now I know all of the arguments. Since I have been doing these since I came to Congress, I know all of the arguments that I am going to have: Well, this is a carefully crafted bill. We have worked diligently on this bill. We have sought to get the costs down in these appropriations.

And I truly appreciate the diligence that goes into this. But I have to tell you, on behalf of the men and women that I represent, the mom and pop stores in my district--which are primarily run by mom at this point in time--on behalf of so many of our small farms, our realtors who are all cutting back more than 1 percent, more than 10 percent. Many have revenues that are off 25 or 30 percent. We need to require the bureaucracy to get in behind here and cut another penny.

It should be done for our children and our grandchildren. Indeed, if you want to look at what is happening to them, the share of the national debt for my two grandsons is $50,000 each. That is the burden that we are placing on them because we will not cut a little further. We will not reduce what the bureaucracy has to spend. We are not making the requirements of them that our companies and businesses and stores are having to make of the work that they do every single day.

Now we all know that across-the-board spending cuts work. We've seen them work in our States. We saw it work in Tennessee when a Democrat Governor went in and cut not 1 percent but 9 percent across the board. This is what you do when you want to get your spending under control. It's what we, as a body, should do to prevent DOJ activism because reining that in and preserving our Constitution is priceless. It is a step that we need to take and do that heavy lift. It is our job to be good stewards of the taxpayers' money. It is our job to make certain that we stop borrowing money and spending money that we don't have for programs that many of our constituents do not want and certainly our children and grandchildren do not want. It is time for us to make additional cuts into this budget. So I offer, again, the 1 percent across-the-board cut. It will make a $511 million reduction to the spending in this appropriation.

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