Get Our Fiscal House in Order

Floor Speech

By:  Marsha Blackburn
Date: Oct. 10, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

Mrs. BLACKBURN. Mr. Speaker, it is so interesting to hear my colleagues talk about how they want a clean CR. Just so that everyone realizes, Mr. Speaker, what they are saying is give us the money--no strings attached, no accountability.

What we continue to say to our colleagues is we want an accountable CR--accountable to the U.S. taxpayer, who is footing the bill for this government. It is not Federal money that we appropriate or that we spend. It is taxpayer money coming out of the pockets of hardworking men and women.

As I read emails from my district in Tennessee, what I hear repeatedly is, number one, We cannot afford the $17 trillion in debt. It really scares us. It frightens us for the future of our children and grandchildren.

We cannot continue to monetize $75 billion worth of debt each month. We have to get our fiscal house in order. That is what we seek to do.