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Tour De Blame

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. POE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, the sequester was a bad idea. I voted ``no.'' It actually came from the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, however. The House has voted twice to replace the President's sequester with other spending cuts. However, the ``siesta'' Senate ignored the House bills and did what it does best--nothing.

Now, in the 11th hour, the President has disowned his sequester and instead has launched the taxpayer-funded tour de blame. He has also dispatched his Cabinet on a tour de fear. The White House ``sky is falling'' crowd says flights will be delayed and undocumented immigrants in custody will be freed. That is a Madison Avenue-style campaign to instill fear into Americans.

The President holds the power to determine what bills will be paid, not Congress--but he does not have the will to prioritize spending or manage the people's money. He only knows one way to lead: tax more, spend more, and continue the tour de blame.

And that's just the way it is.

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