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Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2014

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mrs. WALORSKI. Mr. Chairman, today we're not talking about balancing a budget for the sake of balancing a budget. The goal is not to just check a box. What we're discussing today is about more than just this procedure of a budget. We're debating the kind of future that we're going to leave our kids.

Today, the choice is clear: if Congress does not get spending under control, our Nation faces a debt crisis that will only make our financial situation worse. House Republicans did recognize this and the urgency of the hour, and we acted.

I'm proud to have worked with my colleagues on the Budget Committee to produce a budget that does make responsible reforms, promotes economic growth and job creation. The House Republican budget does balance in 10 years and gets our Nation back on track.

The Democrats' budget doesn't balance at all within CBO's budget window, and it includes a $1.2 trillion increase in taxes. Our budget reforms the Tax Code and lowers taxes for everyone.

Hardworking Hoosier families sit around their kitchen tables today, tonight, this evening, and make tough choices to keep their budgets. Our households and businesses work hard to live within their means, and the Federal Government should do the same.

The basic principle of keeping budgets is important to all American families. When I'm home in the Second District in the State of Indiana and I'm in the grocery store on Saturday mornings, there are moms that come up to me and they're worried about the rising cost of eggs. They're talking about the price of a gallon of milk.

They're concerned about whether their kids will have a future. Will they really go to college? Will there be jobs for them when they come out of college? Will there be jobs for them if they don't go to college? What happens when they do enter the workforce?

The truth is this: the uncertainty in Washington is what burdens our families at home. It's time for us in Washington to be accountable and pass a responsible budget.

According to Stanford University, in addition to what the chairman mentioned, their economists said that this Republican budget would result in $1,500 more for each household in 2014 and $4,000 more for each household by 2024.

Our budget includes commonsense policies that will spur investments and job creation and roll back the regulations that hurt businesses and stifle economic growth.

History will be our judge by the future that we leave to our children. If we refuse to make responsible, serious decisions about this budget, we'll jeopardize the American Dream for future generations. We have to ensure that our children have the same, if not better, opportunities to succeed than we have.

I urge my colleagues to make a responsible decision, oppose this amendment, and support the House Republican budget.


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