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Spending Reductions

Location: Washington, DC

SPENDING REDUCTIONS -- (House of Representatives - October 18, 2005)

(Mrs. BLACKBURN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)

Mrs. BLACKBURN. Mr. Speaker, this morning Congress Daily ran a story, ``House GOP drops plans for across-the-board spending cuts.'' At first glance, I was disappointed.

I have authored bills with the gentleman from Virginia (Mr. Cantor) and the gentleman from Texas (Mr. Hensarling) to offer across-the-board cuts because they work, and I believe we should have the courage to enact them. But I also know that those across the aisle favor massive spending and absolutely cannot stand across-the-board cuts. And while I am disappointed that we will not take that approach of across-the-board cuts, I am not going to give up on seeing major spending reductions.

Mr. Speaker, I believe the House Republican majority is going to find savings in our spending one way or another, despite opposition from the big spenders.

I want to thank the leadership for making it clear that we expect to see $50 billion in entitlement reductions. It is great progress. While Republicans debate how do we reduce spending and get it under control, our friends on the other side of the aisle are debating how much more can we spend.

Mr. Speaker, they are out of touch with America, but they can still join us in this effort.

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