Congressman Robert Hurt today delivered the following speech in support of the House budget resolution which will be considered on the Floor today:
"Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the budget plan that is on the floor today. I thank Chairman Ryan for his leadership on this positive blueprint for our future.
"Much has been said about a balanced budget over the past couple of weeks. And while it is important to point out that the House budget balances in ten years while the Senate's budget never balances, I believe the more important point is why we believe our budget must balance.
"A balanced budget is critically important to all Americans and to the future of our great country.
"We must balance our budget for our senior citizens, who deserve to have security in their retirements. A balanced budget will strengthen critical retirement programs so our seniors are assured that Medicare and Social Security will continue to be there for them and for their children.
"We must balance our budget for our hardworking mothers and fathers across our country. A balanced budget is fundamental to a healthy and robust economy, and creates good jobs that American people need to support their families.
"We must balance our budget for our students. Those who are currently in our universities and our community colleges should feel confident that an investment in their education will lead them to a good-paying job when they graduate. A balanced budget gives them the confidence that their future will not be threatened by a staggering debt.
"And most important, we must balance our budget for our children and our grandchildren, who deserve the same chance at the American Dream that we have been given. Rather than handing them a bill for this generation's irresponsibility, a balanced budget will allow us to hand them a brighter future -- an American future.
"Our budget -- a balanced budget -- represents a departure from the status quo here in Washington. And it represents House Republicans' commitment to moving our nation forward in a fiscally responsible way. I urge my colleagues to support this resolution."