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Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. GRIFFIN of Arkansas. Mr. Speaker, Senator Lieberman, an Independent from Connecticut, said: ``The truth is we cannot save Medicare as we know it. We can save Medicare only if we change it.''

I agree with Senator Lieberman.

My mother is on Medicare, and I want to ensure care for our senior citizens by maintaining this program for those currently on Medicare and preserving it for future generations.

Our budget, which we will vote on tomorrow, saves Medicare for current and future generations with no disruptions for those in and near retirement.

Our reforms are not partisan. In fact, they are based on a bipartisan proposal by Chairman Ryan and Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat of Oregon.

I urge my colleagues to support the GOP budget tomorrow because failure to take action to save this program today poses the greatest threat to the health and retirement security of America's seniors.

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