Concurrent Resolution on the Budget, Fiscal Year 2014

Floor Speech

By:  Paul Broun
Date: March 20, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

Mr. BROUN of Georgia. Mr. Chairman, I'm amazed by the sheer ignorance of the economic disaster that our country is facing. Not only are our leaders ignoring this crisis, they're denying there is even a problem.

This week we'll vote on six budget options, and five of them actually increase spending above today's level. Simply reducing the growth of spending will do nothing to address the economic emergency that we face. The idea that we're increasing spending, but not as much as the other guy, is severely misguided.

We have to dig deeper and make real, targeted cuts, and there has to be a sense of urgency about it. Only the RSC budget actually cuts our baseline spending level and will lead to a balanced budget faster than the alternatives.

We must live within our means.

I thank my friend, Congressman Woodall, for recognizing that we need to cut the outrageous spending and offering this budget today.