I was joined by my U.S. House colleagues this week in approving the Require a PLAN Act requiring President Obama to produce a plan to balance the federal budget. The bill stipulates that the White House must either produce a balanced budget within a 10-year window or provide a supplemental budget plan by April 1st of this year that identifies which fiscal year the Obama Administration's plan would achieve balance.
Families and businesses in Missouri's Fourth District and throughout our country create budgets to set spending priorities. It's time for Washington to do the same. Washington's out-of-control spending is destroying jobs, harming our fragile economy, and loading mountains of debt onto our children and grandchildren. We must preserve the American dream for future generations who are dependent on spending being brought under control.
For two years, the House has passed responsible budgets that reduce spending while encouraging economic growth. As part of the "No Budget, No Pay' bill we recently passed, the House will work to put the country on the path to a balanced budget in ten years. The American people deserve common sense fiscal planning and they have a right to expect it from their elected representatives. My colleagues and I are committed to outlining and delivering on spending priorities. We need the Senate and White House equally committed to this responsible approach.
Recently, I wrote about my visit to Clinton Technical School and shared how I was inspired by the outstanding students I met. I am pleased to learn that Mayor Sam Gibbons has proclaimed February as Career & Technical Education (CTE) Month in Clinton as part of an effort to raise the public's awareness of the value of CTE programs for students, communities, business and industry as well as the economic well-being of our country.
There are 11 different secondary and post-secondary CTE programs located between Clinton Technical School and Clinton High School. They include Agriculture, Automotive, Building Trades, Business, Computer Repair & Networking, Family Consumer Sciences, Health Occupations, Machine Tool Technology, Marketing & Cooperative Education, Practical Nursing, and Welding.
Clinton Technical School has served high school students from Appleton City, Ballard, Calhoun, Clinton, Lakeland, Montrose, Osceola, Sherwood, and Windsor. I am inspired by the school's mission: "To Prepare All Students for Productive Living."
I am proud of all the Career and Technical Education Centers in the Fourth District. Other schools providing CTE training for Fourth District students include Boonslick Technical Education Center in Boonville, Cass Career Center in Harrisonville, Columbia Area Career Center in Columbia, Dallas County Technical Center in Louisburg, Davis H. Hart Career Center in Mexico, Lake Career and Technical Center in Camdenton, Lamar Career & Technical Center in Lamar, Lebanon Technology and Career Center in Lebanon, Moberly Area Technical Center in Moberly, Nevada Regional Technical Center in Nevada, State Fair Career and Technology Center in Sedalia, Warrensburg Area Career Center in Warrensburg, and Waynesville Career Center in Waynesville.
Have a good week.