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Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2014

Floor Speech

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Mr. POCAN. The number one issue before our country is not the deficit; it's getting the economy going and creating jobs. We have 12 million people who are still unemployed and millions more who are underemployed in this country. That's why the best budget we could put forward is one that creates jobs, not one that costs us 2 million jobs as is estimated by the austerity policies of the Republican Party. It's not just the Congressional Progressive Caucus that says this. Our Congressional Budget Office says that three-quarters of the deficit we're going to see in 2014 is caused by underemployment and unemployment.

The real enemy to deficit reduction is not a new made-up spending crisis; it's the need for jobs.

The Back to Work budget makes a real commitment to job creation, creating 7 million jobs and reducing unemployment to 5 percent within 3 years. It invests in education, in police, firefighters, teachers, infrastructure; and it ends the job-killing cuts of the sequester. Instead of balancing the budget on the backs of the middle class and the neediest, the Back to Work budget has the back of America's middle class, and it does it while responsibly reducing the deficit by $4.4 trillion.

I urge my colleagues to vote for the Back to Work budget.


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