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Government Spending is the Problem

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mrs. McMORRIS RODGERS. Mr. Speaker, last week I sat around the table with a group of young people, Millennials, who wanted to talk with me about solving our Nation's spending problem. These Millennials want all the same thing: a solution to Washington's spending problem today to stop hurting America's youth tomorrow.

I heard from one young college student who had just recently graduated, and she said, you know, I was excited to embrace all the opportunities that America had to offer, only to have many people tell me to expect 5 years of unemployment.

Unfortunately, these challenges are not unique, and their experiences are not uncommon. The national debt is more than a $16 trillion pricetag. It's more than just a number.

Washington's out-of-control spending threatens the next generation of America's leaders from finding jobs after they graduate and having the tools they need to keep America competitive. Why?

Because spending is the problem. So we will continue to urge the Democrats who run Washington to work with us to cut spending in a responsible way.

Republicans keep fighting for smarter spending cuts and, most of all, for an economy in which young people are afforded the opportunities they deserve.

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