Mr. PITTS. Mr. Speaker, we have just 3 days until the sequestration cuts take effect. Instead of being here in Washington working to reach an agreement, the President is off again on the campaign trail. Giving speeches in front of adoring crowds is not going to solve this problem.
In divided government, we don't reach compromise by talking past each other. We come to solutions when we sit down and talk to one another. Obviously, we can't do that when the President isn't even here.
We can find more sensible ways to save billions of dollars. In fact, tomorrow I'm chairing an Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing looking at innovative solutions to combat waste and fraud in Medicare and Medicaid. GAO tells us these programs make $65 billion in improper payments. Outside groups tell us it can be a nearly $1 billion-a-year problem. We can also eliminate wasteful programs like the HHS Secretary's duplicative slush fund.
We must get our spending problem under control, but we'll never get a better plan than sequestration if we can't sit down and talk and work together.