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Senate Leadership

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Mr. CORKER. Mr. President, this year we will spend over $3.5 trillion, 60 percent of which is taxpayer money, 40 percent is borrowed. Over the next 10 years we will spend $45 trillion. We have not had a budget in this body for 1,240 days. Not only is this dysfunctional--and America looks at us as a dysfunctional body--it is an embarrassment. The fact is that we are one fiscal reform package away from being able to focus on being a great nation again. Yet many around the world look at us as a nation in decline, which affects everything from people hiring and producing jobs in this country to the activities we see overseas as they relate to our foreign relations.

What we need in this Nation is new leadership in November that has the courage and the will to address the most major issue this Nation faces, which is fiscal reform. With that, we will put this malaise in the rearview mirror and again be able to focus on being a great nation.

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