REPUBLICANS SEEKING BIPARTISANSHIP IN FIXING SOCIAL SECURITY -- (House of Representatives - March 03, 2005)
(Mr. COLE of Oklahoma asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. KINGSTON. Mr. Speaker, will the gentleman yield?
Mr. COLE of Oklahoma. I yield to the gentleman from Georgia.
Mr. KINGSTON. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding, and want to say to my good friend from Florida that I have always enjoyed working with my distinguished colleague from the south tip of the peninsula of Florida, the great State. But I want to say, even though we are the majority, we still want your ideas. We want the Democrat party to put a plan on the table.
On the subject of town meetings, I personally held nine town meetings. There is a lot of division out there as to what we should do, and that is why it should be done in a bipartisan way, and that is why I think everybody needs to come together.
And Mr. Speaker, I want to say this: I have not introduced the plan. If the gentleman would like to work with me on a plan, I would love to have the Hastings-Kingston bill, or the Kingston-Hastings bill, if we could do that, because I think it is important.
I know the gentleman's fondness for seniors. I have heard the gentleman speak fondly about his mom, and he has heard me speak fondly about my mom, and we owe it to both of them, and that is what we should be doing.
Mr. HASTINGS of Florida. Mr. Speaker, if the gentleman will yield, let us do it.
Mr. KINGSTON. Mr. Speaker, if the gentleman will yield further, I am ready to work with the gentleman.