Require Presidential Leadership and No Deficit Act

Floor Speech

By:  Rush Holt, Jr.
Date: Feb. 6, 2013
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. HOLT. I rise in opposition to this bill.

Madam Chair, it is already over one month since Congress temporarily avoided the so-called fiscal cliff, and the clock is ticking on sequestration: the across-the-board spending cuts triggered on March 1 that will devastate our economy. Yet the majority in the House is wasting time voting on an unnecessary bill (H.R. 444) which shirks their responsibilities, while pinning the blame on the President.

This legislation does nothing to address the urgent priorities of the American people--to create jobs, grow the economy, and reduce the deficit in a balanced way. It does not prevent the next self-imposed crisis, thereby threatening our recovery, risking job growth, and harming the middle class.

The majority calls this the ``Require a PLAN'' bill, but this bill is a stunt, not a solution. Now is the time to take action to avoid the harmful effects of sequestration, not for political posturing.

I urge my colleagues to reject this partisan gimmick and join me in voting against it.


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