Mr. BONNER. Mr. Speaker, last week unemployment rose to 7.9 percent, and consumer confidence in the economy fell to a 14-month low. During the last 3 months of 2012, the economy shrank for the first time since the depths of the Great Recession.
All of these indicators confirm what the American people know all so well: the economy is still suffering. And yet the President began the new year by raising taxes on hardworking Americans and by closing down his jobs council, confirming another thing that Americans know all too well as well: that Washington truly is disconnected from the struggles of hardworking families who pay their taxes, work hard, and are struggling just to survive.
Now the President is calling for even more revenues to pay for $4 trillion in new debt that he has heaped on the backs of hardworking Americans during the past 4 years.
More and more, my constituents in south Alabama tell me they don't want to charge more money in their names as taxes rise and red ink pours from the streets of Washington, D.C.
While the House has passed responsible budgets for the last 2 years, it's time for the President and the Democrat Senate to do the same.