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The Sequestration Myth

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. RODNEY DAVIS of Illinois. I thank the gentleman from Georgia.

I rise today, Mr. Speaker, to remind us all what President Kennedy told us. He said:

Let us not seek the Republican or Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past, but let us accept our own responsibility for the future.

That's where we stand today with this looming sequestration. It's time to get beyond the party politics. It's time to stop the blaming and the finger-pointing. The truth is, it took both parties, the House, the Senate, and the President, to approve sequestration. And it's going to take both parties, Republicans and Democrats, a House, a Senate, and the President, to resolve it. The decisions we will have to make won't be easy, and no one--no one--will get everything they want, but that's why we were elected. That's why our constituents entrusted us to serve in this body.

So let us take this opportunity to do the job that we were sent to Washington, D.C., to be in this House, the privilege of serving in this House, let's do our jobs, do what our constituents sent us to do. Let's put aside the partisan politics. Let's work together, compromise with principle, and govern, govern like statesmen. It is expected and, I will say, Mr. Speaker, it is demanded of us.


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