Mr. MESSER. Mr. Speaker, $85 billion is a lot of money, yet it represents just 2 percent of the $3.6 trillion this Nation spends every year.
I hold in my hand two pennies, two pennies to represent the 2 percent of budget reductions we are asking for in this $85 billion sequester. Does anybody in this country believe that our Federal Government is so efficient and so effective that we cannot afford to trim two pennies out of every dollar?
Over the last 4 years, too many parents have had to come home and tell their children they're out of work, and too many young people have had to come home and tell their parents they can't find a job. We need leaders in this Nation that will go to work for the people who live here and trim the two cents off every dollar we need to restore a healthy economy and put folks back to work.