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Let's Stay in Washington and Finish the Job

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. WITTMAN. Mr. Speaker, Americans continue to look for work, to put food on the table, and to ensure their children have proper school supplies as fall comes into full swing. Yet the House is set to leave Washington today with many items on its to-do list.

While Congress finishes up the work to pass a budget to fund the Federal Government, catastrophic cuts loom on the horizon, set to hit in January of 2013. Leaving these cuts unresolved is unconscionable. Not only is this the wrong message to send to the American people, it's simply not the right thing to do. Our all-volunteer force is at war, and these cuts threaten our national security. Furthermore, they threaten over 200,000 jobs in Virginia.

Nine days remain before the new fiscal year begins. Congress should do the right thing and stay in Washington instead of ignoring the reality and delaying tough decisions. It's time to put governing over politics. Let's stay in Washington and finish the job that we were elected and expected to do.

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