U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today in support of H.R. 444, the "Require a PLAN Act." His remarks as prepared are below:
"I rise today in support of H.R. 444, "The Require a PLAN Act.'
"For the past few years, our government has been operating off of stop-gap measures that have led to frequent partisan debates and negotiations threatening government shutdowns and withholding pay from our men and women in uniform.
"At a time when our country is more than $16 trillion in debt -- all of which is saddled on our children and grandchildren - we must act to end the years upon years of rampant, runaway federal spending that has occurred under both political parties.
"To be effective, we must create a plan for how we spend the hard-earned taxpayer dollars.
"The House has passed legislation each year that would work to balance our budget. Since the Senate won't take up this legislation that our country and the people of Florida so desperately need, we are calling on the president to propose a solution that will balance our budget throughout the next ten years.
"The Senate has not passed a budget in nearly four years. On Monday, for the fourth time, the President missed the deadline for filing his budget request. We are requiring the Senate and President to show some leadership by submitting a budget and a plan to preserve America's future."