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Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2014

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. COCHRAN. Mr. President, it is encouraging that for the first time in 4 years the Senate is considering a budget resolution. The absence of a resolution during this time has contributed to a breakdown in the legislative process. As a result, we have operated the Federal Government without a blueprint for revenues or spending.

Unfortunately, the budget resolution being considered by the Senate does not reflect a workable effort to get our country back on a sustainable path.

But rather than setting us on a new path toward a more affordable, efficient, and effective Federal Government, the Budget Committee has laid out a plan for higher taxes and more spending. It does not even pretend to balance the budget. Support of this budget would represent support for a bigger Federal Government and a weaker economy.

I have heard from many of the hard-working citizens in my State who are ready for better economic times and more opportunities to improve their lives. Our priority should be to help strengthen the economy and get government spending under control. The Obama administration has embraced a course which locks us into higher and higher deficits for the foreseeable future.

I am hopeful we can amend this resolution to produce a serious proposal that will lead to a more efficient, more effective Federal Government that better serves hard-working Americans rather than increasing the government's burden upon them.


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