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Require Presidential Leadership and No Deficit Act

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Mr. MESSER. Mr. Chairman, I rise today in support of H.R. 444, the Require a PLAN Act, and commend my colleague from Georgia, Dr. Price, for his hard work on this issue.

I've been surprised by some of the testimony on the other side of the aisle today. This bill says one very simple thing, that the President, when he submits a budget, must say when or whether it balances. The American people deserve to know when the budget proposed by the President will budget. That's all this bill requires.

It doesn't say the President has to balance the budget, though he should. It doesn't say he needs to stop sending money we don't have, though we must. It just asks him to tell the American people, when, if at all, the budget proposal will not be in deficit.

This should not be a partisan issue. Past Presidents should have submitted balanced budgets. Our current President should submit a balanced budget. Future Presidents should do the same.

The Require a PLAN Act is a straightforward, commonsense step in the right direction. I urge my colleagues to support the bill.


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