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Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2014

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Mrs. LUMMIS. Mr. Chairman, I want to compliment the House majority party for putting together a budget that takes a balanced approach. It balances the interest of two very future vulnerable groups.

One is my age, because in 11 years I'm going to be on Medicare and Medicare is going to be broke, completely insolvent, absolutely broke.

At the same time, earlier today, I met with some kids who were here with the Close Up program. They were high school students full of hope. In 11 years, they're going to be starting families, buying cars and gasoline and houses and insurance and raising kids; and they'll be at a financially vulnerable age.

Now, the House Republican budget protects both of us. It makes Medicare solvent for me when I am there and I need the money. And it doesn't do it on the backs of those young high school students today that will be 28-years-old when they need to be raising families and saving for their children's college and their own retirements. It doesn't with the premium support system, not a voucher system, a premium support system, which is what I have as a Member of Congress, where I get to choose from among government pre-approved insurance programs that don't deny me for a preexisting condition. I pay part of the premium and the government pays part of the premium. The healthy and wealthy get less premium support, the unhealthy and unwealthy get more.

It solves both parties. It's the balanced approach. I ask you to reject the minority party's budget and support the House Republican budget.

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