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Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. VITTER. I thank the majority leader, and I also rise to object to the motion for completely different reasons than my colleague from Kansas. I rise to object, and several join me in this view, because I believe these additional appropriations bills, which we are trying to bring to the floor, simply spend too much money.

Our greatest challenge as a nation right now is our economy. A big part of that challenge is the fact that we have completely unsustainable Federal spending and deficit and debt. Yet in the midst of all that, these appropriations bills spend more money than we are spending already, not less.

Every American with any common sense knows when they are in a deep hole, the first step one takes is to stop digging. We as a country are in a deep fiscal hole, but these bills have us continuing to dig further. The three bills the majority leader wants to bring to the floor together spend $6 billion more than we are spending now.

We are spending more, not less, even though we are $15 trillion in debt. That is simply continuing to dig when we are in a deep fiscal hole.

Also, when you look at some of the details of this spending, it makes it even more offensive to millions upon millions of Americans--allowing funds for overseas groups that perform abortion, allowing taxpayer-funded abortion in the District of Columbia, allowing elective abortions in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, allowing funding of abortion by the Peace Corps, and $40 million for the U.N. Population Fund, which is deeply involved in China's proabortion population control program.

I think it is a deadly combination in more ways than one. We are continuing to dig when we are already in a deep hole, and then, when you look at the details of the spending, so many parts of that in and of themselves are deeply offensive to tens of millions of Americans. Based on that and joined by many conservative colleagues of the Senate, I also object.

I yield the floor.


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