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Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act of 2011

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. PASCRELL. Madam Chair, I'm tired of hearing the President is a failure. I'm tired. You can smirk all you want. There's no perfection on this floor. There's no perfection down the street. You didn't give these speeches in 2008 when we were losing 500, 600, 700,000 jobs a month. Not one of you came to the floor. Shame on you.

Now what we want to do, we want to turn our backs on those 10 million Americans currently who need long-term care. We have no alternative.

We all agree that there needs to be change in the present system that has yet to work. We have to find a way to make long-term care both accessible and affordable. These problems will not simply disappear. They're not going to go away.

This bill certainly does not fix these problems. The bill does not even provide an alternative. All it does is attack the progress made in the Affordable Care Act. You've tried to wean it down. You've tried to bevel it. You've tried to covet. You tried to take all the money away that's going into it in order to have a system in this country that was not sustainable in the first place.

Sixty-two percent of small businesses over the last 5 years went under because they couldn't pay their health care bills, and you stand there with no alternative whatsoever. Whatever happened to the ``replace'' part of the ``repeal and replace?'' Remember that? That nonsense we heard last year?

Without the CLASS Act or an alternative, people who struggle the most with daily tasks due to illness will be the ones to suffer. You know that. You know there are millions of people out there suffering, yet we have not come up with an alternative plan. Yet you condemn this, yet you accuse everybody of failing, but you don't have a plan yourself.

Where is your heart for the middle class? Have you no heart?


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