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Social Security Reform

Location: Washington, DC

SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM -- (House of Representatives - February 09, 2005)


Mr. KINGSTON. Mr. Speaker, I thank the chairman for yielding to me. It is a great honor to be here with so many distinguished members of the Committee on Ways and Means. And I wanted to follow up on the gentleman from Texas's (Mr. Brady) comments because I think it is important for us to know that President Clinton actually did say many times over that Social Security was in a crisis stage and we needed to do something about it. Similarly, the gentleman from Texas's (Mr. Brady) former colleague, Mr. Stenholm, co-sponsored a bill with the gentleman from Arizona (Mr. Kolbe) and, as I understand it now, will be working now that he is not in Congress, but he is a Democrat taking a leadership position, which we certainly appreciate, and then of course we had former Senator Breaux from Louisiana, Democrat, and former Senator, now deceased, Moynihan, who have all championed Social Security reform and really have basically supported many of the ideas that the President and the gentleman has promoted.

So I think it is very important for us to tell our friends on the other side we want their ideas. We may not agree with absolutely everything. We might not agree with some of these things from the start, but we want all the ideas on the table because this is not about Republican or Democrat; it is not about re-election. It is about the next generation, and we need to protect and preserve Social Security for everybody.

So I certainly appreciate what the gentleman from Florida (Mr. Shaw) does, and I appreciate his yielding to me so I could make a point. And I know the gentleman from Colorado (Mr. Beauprez), who has a great financial mind, has some things to say; so I do not want to take up any more time.


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