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Require Presidential Leadership and No Deficit Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. TAKANO. Madam Chair, I like to call this the ``don't shift blame amendment.'' The bill before us today tries to blame President Obama for all our fiscal woes. Judging by the language of this legislation, I'm convinced the House Republicans live in a world where our entire national debt suddenly appeared on January 21, 2009. But let's be clear: Our debt was not created by the President alone. And while the President may be responsible for spending us a budget blueprint, it is ultimately Congress that holds the power of the purse. I think my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are forgetting a key part of our job: the President does not pass budgets, nor does he appropriate funds; Congress does.

My amendment makes a simple change to the findings section of the bill to clarify that Congress has the constitutional responsibility to fund the Federal Government.

I can guarantee that when the majority introduces its budget this month, it will be so extreme that it has no chance of passing both Houses. The Republican majority seems to be able to come together for meaningless proposals, but they know that when it comes to sensible legislation such as preventing us from going over the fiscal cliff or providing aid to Sandy victims, the 218th vote will come from a Democrat. The only thing allowing the House Republican caucus to govern is the House Democratic Caucus.

It is the majority's failure to negotiate in good faith on the budget that has gotten us here today. Year after year, the House Republican leadership has chosen to do anything within its power to discredit the President instead of working to solve our Nation's challenges.

I urge my colleagues to support my amendment, and I reserve the balance of my time.


Mr. TAKANO. Madam Chair, the House Republicans have been more focused on passing budgets that message well than introducing a budget that both the House and Senate can agree on. These are budgets that don't stand a chance of passing the Senate simply because the GOP refuses to compromise on anything. How many of their budgets end Medicare as we know it? What makes them think that the Senate would pass a budget that goes back on the promises we made to our seniors?

The budgets passed by House Republicans are less valuable than the paper they're written on. They do not bring both sides together and are a complete waste of time and the taxpayers' money.

I reserve the balance of my time.


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