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Public Statements

Senate Leadership

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. LEE. Mr. President, it is bad enough that this Senate's Leadership, led by the Democrats, has not passed a budget in 3 1/2 years. What is even worse than that is the fact they have not offered a budget in this Congress. They have not voted for or supported a single budget in this Congress. We have had, of course, one budget voted on in the Senate during this Congress, written by a Democrat. That was the President's plan, which received zero votes from his own party, zero votes from the Republican Party last year and this year.

If we are able to come to the table, if we are to come to a compromise, we have to have offers on both sides. We have to have a plan on both sides. So all the calls for civility, all the calls for a compromise fall on deaf ears unless or until we have two willing parties at the table with proposals they are willing to offer.

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