Ms. ESHOO. Mr. Speaker, for the first time in years, Congress is poised to pass a budget that the American people deserve--one that reflects our nation's values, invests in jobs and economic growth, pursues balanced deficit reduction, and strengthens the middle class.
The House and Senate acted on two competing proposals last month, but these plans have languished because the Republican Leadership refuses to appoint conferees. Why? Perhaps consensus would have to be reached.
Back in the real world, $85 billion in indiscriminate cuts from sequestration continue to take their toll on our national security, health, and economic growth.
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office projects 750,000 jobs will be lost from sequestration in this year alone. This alarming projection is proving to be reality with headlines from across the country citing jobs lost in defense, research, healthcare, education, tourism--the list goes on and on.
Nearly a hundred thousand Head Start slots are facing elimination. Cuts to housing vouchers for 140,000 low-income families have begun. Unemployment benefits have been cut by 11 percent for millions of unemployed workers.
Is this the America we come here to shape and serve? I don't.
It's time for Congress to complete the job of producing a budget. There's no reason to stop the conference process in its tracks when our constituents, our families, and our middle class have demanded a reasonable, responsible budget that advances their interests and strengthens our economy.
Let's set aside partisan political games, halt backroom talks and unnecessary delays, and engage in a full, open, transparent debate about our priorities and the path forward for our budget and our country.