Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2014

Floor Speech

By:  Dennis Ross
Date: March 20, 2013
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. ROSS. Mr. Chair, I rise today in opposition to the Grijalva substitute amendment.

The amendment before us right now does nothing to get our nation back on a sustainable spending path. Instead, it proposes devastating cuts to the Department of Defense that would threaten our national security. It does nothing to protect the solvency of the Medicare trust fund. And this budget further complicates the tax code by creating five additional income tax brackets.

Americans are in this economic crisis together. We must work together to overcome these challenges that are having devastating effects on our economy, the jobs market, and could seriously hinder the standard of living for the younger generations.

The House budget, the Republican Path to Prosperity, builds upon the bipartisan Fiscal Commission which my bill, the 'Bowles-Simpson Plan of Lowering America's Debt Act,' also does. To be effective, Congress must eliminate waste and restore fiscal discipline to the government. The Simpson-Bowles Commission has given us a framework to implement targeted cuts so we don't have to subject the American people to arbitrary across-the-board-cuts again. The budget before us today is the way to go.

At a time when our country is more than $16 trillion in debt--all of which is saddled on our children and grandchildren--Congress must act to end the years upon years of rampant, runaway federal spending that has occurred under both political parties.

It's Congress' job to pass a budget that is balanced and carefully spends Americans' hard-earned tax dollars. I urge my colleagues to reject the Grijalva amendment and instead implement the House Republican budget, the responsible, balanced budget which builds on the Simpson-Bowles Commission's suggestions, and will foster a healthier economy and help create jobs across America.


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