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Deficit Spending Before Congress

Location: Washington, DC

DEFICIT SPENDING BEFORE CONGRESS -- (House of Representatives - February 04, 2004)

(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, today I rise to speak on the enormous deficit spending that is before Congress this year. It is expected to be between $477 billion to $530 billion. As a fiscal conservative, I find it unacceptable.

One of the core values of conservatism is to fight for limited government, wise use of taxpayer money, and fiscal restraint. This body falls short on being an example of these values. We need only to look to last year when we had several opportunities to cut out waste in government programs, but did not do so. One prime example is where Congress would not pass a simple amendment which would have prevented the funding of sexual arousal and porn studies granted through the National Institutes of Health. I voted for the amendment which would have prevented the use of taxpayer money for these ridiculous studies. I think most constituents agree with me on that. Also numerous amendments by the gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. Toomey) were presented to reduce spending by across-the-board cuts. What a great idea. We failed to take measures there.

Mr. Speaker, it is time for us to realize the government will continue to borrow for the present by mortgaging the future.

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