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Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2014

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. CLYBURN. Thank you so much for yielding me the time.

Mr. Chairman, I rise in strong opposition to the Ryan budget.

The Ryan budget ignores the express will of the American people and doubles down on the ``you're on your own'' Republican platform that the voters soundly rejected just a few months ago. Rather than taking a fair and balanced approach to deficit reduction, the Ryan budget will kill millions of jobs, slash needed investments, raise taxes on working families, and create big, new tax breaks for the wealthiest few. The Ryan budget will block grant Medicaid, voucherize Medicare, and rip up the safety net that's at the heart of the social contract in this country. There are many words that can be used to describe the Ryan budget, but the one word that cannot be used is ``balanced.''

I am pleased that the Democratic alternative and the CBC budget that we voted on both include versions of a proposal I have worked on for several years. We call it the ``10-20-30.'' The purpose of the 10-20-30 plan is to target Federal funds to communities that have experienced persistent poverty. Specifically, this proposal targets 10 percent of funding to neglected communities where 20 percent or more of the population has lived in poverty for 30 or more years.

The 10-20-30 plan was originally signed into law as a part of the Recovery Act. It has proven to be successful in steering needed rural development funds into neglected communities for water and sewage and economic development projects. It's time to build on this success and expand the 10-20-30 plan.

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Mr. CLYBURN. Thank you.

I am also pleased that all of the Democratic substitutes reject the austerity-for-working-families plan that the Republicans are proposing. Democrats will honor our commitment to senior citizens and invest in a brighter future. The Van Hollen budget will create jobs now, and that's the tried and true way to achieve deficit reduction.

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