REPUBLICAN BUDGET -- (House of Representatives - April 05, 2006)
(Mrs. BLACKBURN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
Mrs. BLACKBURN. Madam Speaker, last year the Republicans did support the Deficit Reduction Act that reduced $39 billion in Federal spending, and yes, indeed, as we are hearing, this is budget week here on Capitol Hill. It is something that we are tasked to do.
I know that a lot of the big spenders would still like to be getting rid of that Deficit Reduction Act that we passed last year. It was a good bill. We should be doing more like it, as my colleague from Texas said.
Today, conservatives in the House are working to bring to the floor a budget that goes after the programs that show little results for the taxpayer dollars.
We have got some great ideas on the table. I would like to see further across-the-board cuts. My colleague from Texas, Representative Conaway, has a bill that goes after eliminating a program if you are going to create a new one.
Madam Speaker, we Republicans are bringing ideas and putting solutions on the table, and we are going to hear more about this as we go through the week. We are the party debating how to reduce spending at the Federal level. It is what America expects of us. It is what we are fighting to make happen.