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what do you do in salt lake? am an internal revenue service employee. >> the deal reached says speaker boehner -- we would try to show you the comments that were very brief. let's go to jacksonville, florida. this is the democrats' line. sue, make sure that you meet your television. that way we can hear you a little better. go ahead with your comment. i can do that. i and the widow of a retired navy chief. he spent 25 years in the navy. he passed away two years ago. he passed away knowing that my
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medical needs would be seen to. if the government shuts down, i do not know what i'm supposed to do. i am on social security. i cannot afford private medical care without my benefits that the government has afforded me and promised my husband at the time he enlisted a gazillion years ago. no one has heard anything from the people on social security or from the people who are widows or from the retirees his medical benefits will be up in the air. i am scheduled to have essentials surgery on the 19th of this month. host: if the news is understood correctly, suit, there will be no shutdown. here is a roll call.
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john boehner announces the deal, a short-term continuing resolution but tonight with the mother -- with a vote midweek on a longer-term bill. we also expect to hear from president obama shortly. we will continue to take your calls and your reaction. johnson city, tenn., daniel on the independent line. caller: my question is, hold on. host: daniel, you are feeding back. we go to joe, the republican. in colorado, your comments. caller: i am ex-military, and i am wondering now that they have reached an agreement, what does that mean for the military? does that mean that we are going to get paid?
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host: i wish i had the answers for you this evening. perhaps some of our other callers will be able to inform us. perhaps we will hear something from the commander in chief along those lines, president obama expected to speak shortly. hon still, alabama, by iran. consul, make sure you mute your television. it will make it easier if you just listen on your phone for all this. north carolina, robert on the republican line. caller: thank you for taking my call. a lot like to say to the american people -- take this opportunity to understand that government and to pay attention to the political differences going on in this country. there is no compromise between those that spent a lot and those trying to maintain fiscal responsibility. there is no compromise between
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those who care for light and those that do not. what you have to understand is that it is important to understand your local politics, and force state politics, your county, and your federal politicians. most of us have been woken up to what is going on with the chance that we may lose something due to a shutdown, entitlements are what may have you. it is important to take this time and opportunity in history to step up and understand exactly what is going on with your particular congressman or your senator. we need to start -- we do not need to blame politicians when we are falling asleep at the wheel ourselves. host: unsell, alabama. -- huntsville, alabama. caller: i like to hold a brief
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conversation. >> good evening. behind me, through the window you conceal washington monument. visited each year by hundreds of thousands from around the world. the people who travel europe -- travel here come to learn about our history and be inspired by our democracy, a place where citizens of different backgrounds and beliefs can still come together as one nation. tomorrow i am pleased to announce that the washington monument as well as the entire federal government will be open for business. that is because today americans with different police came together again. in the final hours before our government would have been forced to shut down, leaders in both parties reached an agreement will allow our small businesses to get the loans that they need, families to get the mortgages that they applied for, and hundreds of thousands of americans to show up at work and take on their paychecks on time, including our brave men and women in uniform.
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this agreement between democrats and republicans on behalf of all americans is on a budget that invests in our future while making the largest annual spending cut in our history. like any worthwhile compromise, both sides had to make tough decisions and give ground on issues that were important to them. and i certainly did that. some of the cuts we agreed to will be painful. programs people relied on will be cut back, needed infrastructure projects delayed, and i would not have made these cuts in better circumstances. but beginning to live within our means is the only way to protect those investments that will help america compete for new jobs, investments in our kids' education and student loans, and clean energy, and lifesaving medical research. we protected the investments we need to win the future. at the same time, we also make sure that at the end of the day, this was a debate about spending cuts, not social issues like
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women's health and the protection of our air and water. these are important issues that deserve discussion, but not during a debate about our budget. i want to thank speaker boehner and leader reid during this process. i was able to sign a tax cut for american families because both parties were to their differences and found common ground. now the same cooperation will make possible the biggest annual spending cut in history. it is my sincere hope that we can continue to come together as we face the many difficult challenges that lie ahead from creating jobs and growing our economy to educating our children and reducing our deficit. that is what the american people expect us to do. that is why they sent us here. a few days ago, i received a letter from a mother in colorado. over the year, her son's eighth grade class saved up money and work on projects of that next week they could take a class
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trip to washington, d.c. they even had an appointment to lay a wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier. the mother wrote that for the last few days, the kids had been worried and upset that they might have to cancel their trip because of this shutdown. she asked those of us in washington to get past petty grievances and make things right, and she said, "remember, the future of this country is not for us, it is for our children." today we acted on behalf of our children's future. next week when 50 graders are right in our nation's capital, i hope that they get a chance to look up at the washington monument and feel a sense of pride in possibility that the fines america, the land of many that has always found a way to move forward as one. thank you. host: president obama in the
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blue room of the white house, saying the federal government will be open for business. talking about the biggest annual spending cuts in history. a deal has been done. there will be a vote this evening on a short-term resolution to fund the federal government through the early parts of next week. we will continue with your reaction to what you have been seeing and hearing and what you just heard from the president. robert in chicago, go-ahead. chicago, you are on the air. chicago, hang on a second. caller: i just wanted to say to president obama, he is talking about our future being with the kids of america, but he is going ahead and spending all this money on the health care bill and everything. host: north carolina, your thoughts on the apparent
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resolution of the spending situation. caller: thank god that there is no shutdown. however, i feel that there is still some changes that need to be made. i still feel that they need to look at the spending and also at that cuts they're making to the middle class, because the middle class is suffering. these people making the money are not spending the money the way that they should. we need to look at the poor people and the ones suffering and the elderly people that have no care and are making their life better. host: rod from south bend, indiana. are you there? caller: i sure am. i wanted to thank our congress and our senators and our leaders for this agreement, temporary or not, but it was an agreement. i think maybe we should go back
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to what john f. kennedy said and have that attitude of asked not to what our country can do for us but what can we do for our country. can we help our neighbors out any time of need? can we all pull together and pull out of it together? i just hope that our leaders can pull together to work for the american people and to believe in us, as we send the leaders to the capital. host: here is a political view on the nights proceeding. "washington post," -- a few more minutes of your phone calls.
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california, the republican line, trish, welcome to the program. caller: i have been trying to call date. host: we're glad that you got through in the deal has been done. caller: i got panicked phone call from my daughter deployed in afghanistan this morning. it was about not getting paid. and her husband is also in the military. and then i get panicked call from my son also in the army, also with a wife and a new baby. his family will come stay with us because they were panicking. i had been in the military to my family has been in, my dad was in for 30 years, i was born and raised in my family has been in the country forever. i want our government to realize every day when they go into the congress or the senate, to do a bill or whatever, to think of the people, the backbone of our
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country, my sons and daughters willing to give their lives, and then my daughter has to panic when she is being deployed that her family will not be able to eat? something needs to be done and this is only a stopgap until thursday? are they going to guarantee that they will get fed? i'm just shaking. i'm crying. why should a girl in a war zone have to worry about her family back in the states? host: we are glad that you're able to get through this evening. the follow-up on what this bill is about, but me read from the reporting of the "washington post." paul kain writing that the deal to fund the federal government for the next five months will include $39 billion in spending cuts and will drop language related to planned parenthood. lawmakers still to approve a short-term stopgap funding bill
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before midnight tonight when the federal government will run out of money and cease operations. it will allow lawmakers time to craft a longer-term complicated budget for the rest of 2011. we are now at nearly 15 minutes after 11:00 -- 12:00 here. -- about 11:00. we expect that the house will have to come in briefly to take care of that. we will have a live for you when that happens. not so, thanks for hanging in. go ahead with your comments. caller: palisade that i'm glad that they work something out and it is time to put the republicans and the democrat thing aside. my father was in the military. we have people they're putting their lives on the line, and now we're worried about them. we have enough worrying about what the people back home
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getting a check and getting fed. i think that the government has done a good job and they are working toward that, and they appreciate you letting me be on here tonight. host: you bet. harrison from indiana is up next. caller: i have cut a question. i have some friends in the military. on this crisis we are having with the shutdown and everything, how will that affect them and their families? host: we have been asked this question a number of time. keep in mind that it appears the deal has been reached on a short-term spending measure. the president moments ago saying the federal government will be open. so as of this moment, it will not affect them or may not affect them as we get people calling in to explain their situation. that may clarify it.
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we also have some lengths on the website at c-span.org to some of that guides to what is going on, during a potential shutdown. but it does appear that a shutdown has been averted. howard, next up on the independent line, warsaw, ky. caller: i was just wondering about what it boils down to the troops and everything. it seems to me that they did not get treated the way this they should be after they come back home. i release the a lot of wives and husbands at home, while the other is deployed, they do not seem to get the respect that they deserve. i hear a lot of people complaining about mr. obama. if you ask me, he has done the best he can because what people will think about it, at the end of the day, it takes more than
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just him to say what the law and what is going to go on. that is why we have congress and all these other people. they want to put the blame on the president. it is not his place when he steps into a deficit that we really did know was there because it was being hidden. is there any understanding they can get the people tomorrow let's understand that it is not that man's fault? host: here's chris in rhode island on the democrats' line. is in providence, rhode island. what your thoughts about what is happening when it appears an agreement on the short-term spending measure to resolve the budget situation? caller: i think that this country is almost over now. this will increase our debt by another $3 trillion, and next year's budget, so the military will not be funded at all. the u.s. government will file for bankruptcy.
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funding of abortion violating every american's right to not fund something that violates their freedom. it's unconstitutional for those that believe that murder is wrong. it is against their religious belief. clearly planned parenthood and did not provide mammograms. and ally is prevented by these witnesses, -- the lies from these witches and trolls saying that the funding of parents -- planned parenthood, it funds their facilities so that they have their lights on so that they heat and electric, and this is not going to save the country because basically this spending that this government is doing now -- my family plot and airports. we fought in real wars, and what this is about is the end of the united states, the united states filing for bankruptcy the
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way they did in 1933. host: we're going to get in a couple more calls before wrapping up. we're waiting for the house to come back in. the senate's wrapping up work. senate read finishing up comments and senator mcconnell on the senate floor. there looking on a unanimous consent. the house will have to come in before midnight and take care of a short-term measure as well, lasting early into next week. mccall, south carolina, on a republican line is mike. caller: i am at the military, and our payday is not until friday of next weekend. the stopgap expires on thursday. how will that affect our pay for friday if they do not reach the short-term deal?
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>> we will live through this in the next week. it sounds like they are on the way to a resolution. let's give you a quick look at the comments of john maynard -- john boehner as the house republican conference wrapped up. here is what he said about 20 minutes ago. >> it will in fact cut spending and keep our government opened. i expect that the house will vote tonight on a short-term continuing resolution into next week to allow for time for this agreement to be put together in
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legislative form and brought to the floor of the house and senate for a vote. i would expect a final vote on this to occur mid next week, but i believe what we will call a bridge resolution will pass tonight to make sure that government is still open. this has been a lot of discussion and a long fight, and we fought to keep government spending down because it really will in fact help create a better environment for job creators in this country. thank you. let's go this way. host: john boehner a short while " after the house republican conference and details of by the "washington post." the details will include $39 million -- $39 billion in spending cuts and drop language with regard to planned parenthood. there will be a stop gap before midnight tonight, when the federal government will run and
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out of money and cease operations. the stopgap will allow lawmakers time to craft a long- term complicated budget for the rest of 2011. that is from the reporting of all kaine paul -- paul kaine. caller: planned parenthood has been an issue in our state budget, and the theory is we have to defund planned parenthood because some people disapprove of them. i would be more sympathetic to the argument of the republicans if they defund some things that liberals do not approve of, such as the wars in iraq, afghanistan, and libya, tax breaks for the rich, or the dismantlement of social safety nets. if they want to defund some of those things, maybe it might be
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discussed about the planned parenthood is you. it is one of the things that help the budget deal. host: thank you for calling in. fort lauderdale, steve is an independent there. caller: i am worried about our financial situation and the debt that we had in this country. we owed trillions of dollars, probably $100 trillion in the next few years, and the entitlements, the military veterans, and right now we are $14.4 trillion in debt, and i feel that all of the factories that used to be in our country have moved to asia, and we do not have anyone left to tax. and the world has reached a peak oil and food production, i am worried about our situation. regardless of republican and democrat, right now was the most important time, and they should
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cooperate with interest -- with each other and make a plan so that our country can survive. in the banking system, they may have reached their limit though -- the theoretical limit of expansion. the dollar will cease to exist. something has to be done. we need unified leadership in this country, and forget democrat and republican and independent, we have to work together as one country in north america and be one to get through this crisis. it is definitely real and it is coming soon. host: john boehner's comments on the spending bill, he did not mention the sticking. bank that had been in the bill before, the policy writer dealing with planned parenthood. an interesting tweet from kevin brady of texas --
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we will have to get more details on what exactly the policy riders that may be attached to the spending bill that has been agreed to. greensboro, n.c., on the democrat line. caller: as far as the spending cuts, would it affect food sales and medicare? some people depend on that, the lower class people? host: i wish i could give you the answer, clinton. i do not have the answer in front of me. the bill agreed to all in fright -- on friday is posted on line. i do not know that is the basis but to confine them online. dallas, texas, next up is leslie, an independent. caller: i was just calling. i heard a couple of comments tonight regarding the abortions they keep talking about. they are saying that the women's health program is not about
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anything but abortions, so on and so forth. i can attest to the fact that it is not all about abortions. i am on the women's health program. i am on it because i've had problems in the past. i have been unemployed for a year-and-a-half. they have helped me to get my paps mayors and other things in order to do that. that is something that is very important to me to be able to see, going into the women's program, because it is not about abortion. it is about birth control and keeping things from happening to us. i am happy that they have come up with something that is temporary, to keep our funding going for federal and for our troops, because there was something else bugging me. but it is not just about abortion, it is a women's health program. host: on the abortion issue, the president said that he was happy the debate became about spending cuts and not about
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social issues. clarksville, tenn., a poll on the republican line. -- paul on the republican line. caller: i am glad that we have reached an agreement. but the democrats actually had power for two years, controlling the house, the senate, and the presidency, and decided to defer this until the republicans took office. when the president came out and said that spending was the central issue, they dealt with social issues like don't ask, don't tell instead of focusing on the budget. when they say they're meeting the republicans by more than halfway with the largest cuts in history, they are basing this off of a proposed spending bill that the president decided to put forward. they're not really meeting
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halfway. it is just a play on words. that is all i have to say. host: but it obama spoke briefly not long after john boehner did, saying he was happy with the results. i want to show you the president's comments next. >> good evening. behind me, through the window, to can see the washington monument. visited each year by hundreds of thousands from around the world. the people who travel here come to learn about our history and to be inspired by the example of our democracy. a place where citizens of different backgrounds and beliefs can still come together as one nation. tomorrow i am pleased to announce that the washington monument as well as the entire federal government will be open for business and that is because today americans of different beliefs came together again. in the final hours before our government would have been forced to shut down, leaders in both parties reached an
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agreement that will allow our small businesses to get the loans they need, our families to get the mortgages they applied for, and hundreds of thousands of americans to show up at work and take on their pay checks on time, including our brave men and women in uniform. disagreement between democrats and republicans on behalf of all americans is on a budget that invests in our future while making the largest annual spending cut in our history. like any worthwhile compromise, both sides had to make tough decisions and give ground on issues that were important to them, and i certainly did that. some of the cuts we agree to will be painful. programs people relied on will be cut back. infrastructure projects will be delayed. i would not have made these cuts in better circumstances. but beginning to live within our means is the only way to protect those investments that will help america compete for new jobs, investments and our kids' educations and student loans,
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and clean energy and lifesaving medical research. we protected the investments we need to win the future. at the same time, we also make sure that at the end of the date this was a debate about spending cuts, not social issues like women's health and the protection of our air and water. these are important issues that deserve discussion, it just not during the debate about our budget. i want to thank speaker boehner and mr. reid for their dedication during this process. i was able to sign a tax cut for american families because both parties worked through their differences and found common ground. now the same cooperation will make possible the biggest annual spending cuts in history, and it is my sincere hope that we can continue to come together to face the many difficult challenges that lie ahead, from creating jobs and growing our economy to educating our children and reducing our deficit. that is what the american people expect us to do. that is why they sent us here.
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a few days ago i received a letter from a mother and longmont, colorado. over the years, her son's eighth grade products said the money and did projects so that they could take a class trip to washington, d.c. they even had an appointment to lay a wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier. the mother wrote that for the last few days, the kids in her son's class had been worried and upset that they might have to cancel the trip because of the shutdown. she asked those of us in washington to get past petty grievances and make things right, and she said, "remember -- the future of this country is not for us, it is for our children." today we acted on behalf of our children's future. next week when 50 eighth graders arrive in our nation's capital, i hope that they can look up at the washington monument and feel the sense of pride in possibility that the fines
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america, a land of many that has always found a way to move forward as one. thank you. host: president obama from within the hour. here's where things stand. the headline here, house speaker john boehner said just before 11:00 that congress would pass a short-term continuing resolution tonight to ensure -- the senate has already passed that short-term measure. we will show you the comments of senator reid and the vote in just a minute the u.s. house is coming in -- they have to come in midnight, so expect that shortly. tom -- who is on our line? angela, go ahead.
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caller: high and the wife of an active duty marine and an employee here at the base. they keep talking about spending cuts. for some many years, there have been debates, they're going to minimize, our benefits, they keep downsizing the military. other than god, we are the backbone to america. they need to give us more respect than what they are getting now. he with all due respect, the chief commander, would he take a pay cut? he is a leader. you lead by example. host: angeles, thanks for weighing in. william and democrats line. caller: i have to say that we as americans, when we are not careful and we elect leaders and
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send them to washington who have extreme religious views, and that there to separate government from religion to work for the common good of the american people, is when we have things like we had happened today. was not about cutting a few billion dollars from a $13 trillion deficit. fightieve that today's ti was about ideologies. this is something that we should not do. when we represent this nation, we should limit ourselves to work for the people of the united states, and leave our religious ideologies behind. because this is a country that has separated government from religion, and when you put government and religion together, things do not work the
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way that they should work. host: reid wilson saying, watch out, not everybody likes this. huntsville, alabama, pat. caller: are you there? i just wanted to say, thank god for the republicans. i'm a hard-core democrat, been one of my life, but obama, he keeps putting our money out there for people to buy us and china and stuff, pretty soon we will be doing the goose step and speaking chinese. host: specifically on this bill, pat, on the way the 2011 spending was handled, is this a way that you would like to see future spending bills handled, going down to the last minute? caller: no, sir.
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i've seen over 40 years of the government. 41 years, three months, as the g.i. and a green suit, and the rest of it with civil suit -- with civil service. the budget is on october. if you do not do it in october, it is light ron paul said, stop their pay until they pass a budget. that is the way i feel about it. host: thank you for calling us. alameda, california is next. caller: i want to thank every american and every one who is thinking and looking forward to come to the table and talking. we have to realize that if our government does shutdown, if they do not agree, what would be the proper measures to put into
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place for our states? they should bring our troops home to protect our streets are a farmer sells? i do not want to sound like i'm panicking, the we have to look at other measures were if they do not come to an agreement, that we can come together and protect america and bill the government back up. if they do not get it straight, we will have to do it ourselves. we do not want anarchy on the street, we do not want bloodshed, but we have to prevent things from happening before they get to that. bang. if we rely on them and we do not look upon ourselves, we are in serious trouble, i don't know there is an invasion from china, i don't think that we will be speaking chinese by force. we are americans here. i am sure we can pull together. we have to look it ourselves and each other. host: it appears by all accounts that we have averted the first government shutdown in 15 years
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with a short-term measure to be passed by the house some time here before midnight. new jersey is next, harold on the republican line. caller: since i am from new jersey, i particularly want senate german mendez, who was standing behind harry reid, centers menedez had the look of someone who was going to lose the next election. he could certainly thank president obama, he can thank harry reid and nancy pelosi, who said when they passed the bill, if you have to pass the bill to find out what is in it. harry reid did that same bill in secret with a guarded the door so no one could know what was in it. you can then frank chris dodd and barney frank to should of been controlled by harry reid and nancy pelosi, and then if he loses, he can thank the best friend that the republicans ever
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head, chuck schumer, who said when he did know that there were newspaper people on the conference call, that he recommended to all of the democrats that they try to paint the republicans as extreme, extreme. patty murray is extreme, chuck schumer is extreme, and so on. the president also said that he did not want this bill to be about petty grievances. he said petty grievances. what planned parenthood is done is killing potential american citizens, thousands and thousands of them. host: thank you for your input. sounds like harold was watching the senate moments ago when harry reid came and spoke about the agreement as did senator mcconnell. they agree to the short-term
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spending measure. this is the action from just a short while ago. there's a short-term bridge that will give us time to avoid a shutdown with an agreement with both houses in the president. we will cut $70.5 billion below the president's budget proposal and agreed -- in an agreement on almost all the policy riders. there will be a short-term resolution to keep the government through thursday. mr. president, i first of all want to express my appreciation to the speaker and his office. it has been a grueling process. we did not do it at this late hour because of trauma. we did it because it has been hard. i want to express my appreciation to my counterparts,
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john mcconnell. we have taught during this process on a number of occasions. as we say here on many occasions, we have a terrific relationship. we do our best to protect each caucus. we have our battles here, but he is really a pleasure to work with and i admire and appreciate him to work for the people of kentucky in this country. mr. president, this has been a long process. it has not been an easy process. both sides have had to make tough choices. but tough choices is what this job is all about. i think it is important to note, mr. president, as we said in the statement, this is historic what we have done. $78.5 billion below the budget we have been working on, that we ridersorked on, many writ
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--what we have done has been difficult but important for the country. there are many steps that have to take place in the future. we understand that. we musket this country's fiscal house in order. but if the american people have to make tough choices and they do it every day, so should their leaders. that is our responsibility, all 100 of us, and 435 members of the house. mr. speaker and i have reached an agreement that will cut spending and keep the country running. we have been gripped ridge -- we agree to an historic level of cuts as well as short-term bridge that will let us avoid a shutdown while we agreements from both houses to the president. i repeat -- we will cut $78.5 billion and we have reached an agreement for the second time on these policy writers. i do that because that has not been easy.
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we will pass a short-term resolution to keep the government running. that short-term bridge will cut the first $2 billion of the total savings we have already talked about, the $70.5 billion. mr. president, with the permission of the republican leader, i ask unanimous consent that we proceed to item 20 reid- mcconnell substitute amendment, to be read the third time, and the senate vote on passage of the bill as amended. and that the motion to be reconsidered be made in late on the table. >> is there objection? >> mr. president. >> mr. republican leader. >> let me thank my friend and republican leaders for their outstanding work to this negotiation. with an opportunity to decide whether we wanted to repeat
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history or make history. had we chosen to repeat history, we would have allowed a government shutdown. instead we decided to make history. we implemented -- and in the middle of this fiscal year as the majority leader has indicated, substantial reductions in spending. these reductions, mr. president are in the billions. once we get through this process by the end of next week, we will move on to a much larger discussion about how we save trillions. by acting on a hopefully bipartisan basis, a budget that genuinely begins to get on top of this problem, and the problem that we all know is $14 trillion in debt and over $53 trillion in unfunded liabilities. the president has asked us to raise the debt ceiling.
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senate republicans and house republicans and i hope many democrats as well will say, mr. president, in order to raise the debt ceiling, we need to do something significant about the debt. my definition of significant, mr. president, and the markets viewed as significant, the american people view it as significant, and foreign leaders u.s. significant. for tonight, again i congratulate the majority leader and speaker. this has an important first step, but just the beginning of what we need to do to get our house, our fiscal house, in order. >> mr. president. >> mr. majority leader. >> the republican leader is right. we have a lot of work to do. the one thing i want to mention is how much i appreciate the support of the american people who knew that we needed to get this done. but also the business leaders of our country. i had a conversation earlier with the president of the chamber of commerce. it was so important to his
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organization that we did this. the business roundtable and businesses across america understand this. i want to speak to one more person -- always the unsung hero, but the hero among heroes, and that is the chairman of the appropriations committee. dan inouye is behind me here tonight. and his tireless staff working so hard --i applaud his person, tar hoy charlie -- charlie hoy, is a fantastic knowledge as far as money. he has been here since 1953 working in the appropriations committee. how not go through the whole staff but it is important mention that my chief of staff has worked so very hard, and one other person, i never met him until we started what we have
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been through, and i hope i do not get him in trouble, but that is john boehner's chief of staff,. jackson. he is a real professional. i admire his professionalism. my house -- the house that as an indispensable. i hope that we can have the senate agreement approved at this time. >> is there objection to the majority leader's request? without objection, so ordered. is there further debate on the bill as amended? if not, all those in favor of the bill as amended save aye. all those opposed, said no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the bill is amended as past. host: that is within the last half-hour.
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the senate approved in the short-term spending measure, agree to this evening, late this evening by negotiators on capitol hill. it says what is ahead. we have the u.s. house coming in here shortly, 10 minutes ago, we heard that the house was preparing to come in. we will have live coverage of that period. hank johnson of georgia who've tweets that he is headed to the house floor. there are 15 minutes away. that happened at 11:40 p.m. eastern, so we expect them in five minutes. until then, we will show you the house. they will not be in for that long. we will show you the house session and then we will show you the comments from speaker boehner, the president's comments this evening, and once again the comments from the senate floor from the majority leader in the republican leader as well. let's get back to some calls as the budget deal is reached.
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a republican collar. bob, are you there? caller: i appreciate you putting me on this evening. i would like to thank all the politicians that finally brought this together. it is greatly appreciated by the american people. one of the things that concerns me is the riders that were in place. i do not think that anyone is interested in taking women's health. there is a money problem with abortions and that is where there was concern. there must be a way to help isolate that particular money from planned parenthood, where it is not coming cold, where it would make sense and we can still find the women's health. and it should not be that hard to do. we have the technology. and the second thing, on the other rider, the epa. i appreciate the president and everyone would like clean and renewable energy. but if they carefully looked at
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the windmills, they find out that they are not cost- effective, and the ones running in the state of wyoming, they will find that because of the maintenance costs, they are unaffected and they are being sold off. i believe that they should look carefully at this before they make any rash decisions. and that is all and i appreciated. and now would think the congressman and senators for what they have done tonight. host: indianapolis is up next. mike, democratic collar. you're with us on the air. caller: i just want to start off by saying thank goodness that the house came to a resolution. it might not have been the best resolution, but at least they started with a resolution. i am from high school, but my government teacher had some interesting views. host: us code to robert honor democrats line. caller: thank you for taking my
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call. i agree with a lot of your callers as far as being in america. we have to come for us. the people have got to come first. i am glad that they have reached an agreement. i hope before they had any victory parties, they can remember the american people. hopefully the good lord above will give them the wisdom to see us through this. and i appreciate c-span. host: i am not sure how many people are having victory party is over here. here the thoughts of representative anthony wiener, -- nexis fayetteville, n.c., felicia, independent line. caller: thank you for taking my call. i was trying to call earlier and now would have said something different. but i like the caller is previously. i am glad this is over for now. i hope that something can be
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done. i am a military spouse. i have a college student and two younger children with one income. i am just glad that it is over. i really hope that they can compromise and come to agreements, and i like to say thank you for having me on. host: were you nervous about the possible shutdown? caller: yes, i was. my husband is military. we were very concerned. my oldest is in unc-charlotte. and i sent her some money today. it was very concerned. i had them watching and i just thought you had the harry reid, had to change the channel. i do not think certain things -- we should not take care of as taxpayers including abortion.
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some things have no place, that should be your personal thing that you should do. and that is my opinion, but, hey, thank you very much. host: we are glad that you shared with us. dalton, tenn., james on the republican line. caller: i really do not think the senate's -- host: james, are you with us? speak up. caller:, on the tv, watching this, and i do not think it will work. it is just money out of your pocket. host: is that it? thanks for being with us this evening, james. here is some inside information on the vote over in the senate. this is a blog in the washington post. rand paul --
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here on c-span, we're waiting to take you live to the house floor. it will come in momentarily and then have to take up this measure as well. there will be a roll call vote, gaveling in shortly. florida is next, independent caller, tommy. caller: everyone is blaming obama first. [unintelligible] they are blaming obama for it. that is not right. why can a senate -- white house cannot senate and the representatives take a pay hike, knock it down, and do that? host: you mean a pay cut?
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caller: yes, a pay cut. and put that bill in the budget. host: thanks for sharing, connie from florida. in fort walton beach, sam is a republican there. caller: thank you for taking my call. the dishonesty that we have heard about planned parenthood, about doing cancer screens and mammograms, it is really a shame that we're finding something that contributes to abortions. the county health services can actually provide the services and deliver babies without monitoring them, it is really a shame. i do not want my tax dollars going for something that i am so adamantly against, and also, in pr. npr defunded, because that is such a left-wing station.
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they have been saying that they are set on their opinions and they are not open for others. i'm not like my tax dollars going for something that i would not -- i believe that they should be privately funded host: the house did pass a measure to be defund national public radio. that has not come to the senate floor and is likely not to according to democratic leadership. . cincinnati, ohio as we wait for the house to gavel in. host: it is interesting -- caller: it is interesting that after now that republicans have run up this amazing deficit, and i understand why, to fund to wars which we ultimately have prevailed. but nevertheless, a lot of this deficit is on the doorstep of republicans and now they want to turn around and attack the sort of things that democrats want to spend money on.
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and also, it is counterintuitive that too would cut spending on a macroeconomics level in order to revive an economy. to revive an economy, it would stand to reason that the government would increase spending. host: we thank you for sharing. greenfield, north carolina, winifred on our democrats line. how're you doing? go ahead with your thoughts. caller: i think the american people -- the military people, there's so many people that commit crimes here, if you take money away from them and put it toward people of the military families, this would help us in our society instead of cutting funds everywhere else. host: you are in a military family? caller: yes, i am.
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and my brother is in iraq at this time. i think that his funding, for his family, that should come to them they are not fighting for our country, they're sort coming as it is when they come back into the society. host: we appreciate you sharing our opinions. we want to remind the that you can continue the conversation online at facebook.com/cspan, and there are a lot of postings there about the whole budget debate on 2011. here is what is ahead for the u.s. house will capeline momentarily in the will take up the short-term spending measure. it should be within the next couple of minutes. we will have that live for you. we do not expected to be a long session. when the house goes out, we will show you the latest comments from speaker boehner, also the
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president, and a short while ago, the majority leader of the senate can them republican leader agreeing to the short- term spending measure. we will show all that to you following the debate and vote in the house. it will be a roll call vote. for all of you staying up late, we want of preview of 2012 spending. paul ryan released the 2012 federal blueprint, the republican plan, the house budget committee marked it up this week and pass that through the budget committee. representatives ryan spent an hour at the american enterprise institute talking about it. we will show you all of that conversation led to this evening, all following house debate. we will continue to cause until we hear these gavel in the house. anthony, a republican collar. caller: i am in the army, being deployed next month, what does
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this do for all of us fixing to go from first cavalry, second brigade? host: from the sounds of things, anthony, it does not change a thing. change a thing. he government will continue to be funded and operational. pending the approval of the bill, of course. and ahead of that, the short- term measure this evening. lawrenceville, ky. caller: i have mixed feelings about this decision tonight. fortunately, i am with a lot of other people that make sure that our military men and women are safe and sound. unfortunately, this is only for another week. i am a government employee myself. not in the military. with what i have been seeing in the house and the senate, the
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military families will be insured for the next six months. this is only one week's got out. -- one week stopgap. we are on pins and needles trying to figure out what we are going to do the the most out of what we can this week. because we don't know if we are coming in to work next monday. of work doat kind you do? caller: i work for the irs. our job does not stop on friday. next week, we will be in the same boat. it will deter from the regular positions because we have to offer our responsibilities and duties to make sure that we are prepared. host: the u.s. house has just gaveled in. rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message
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from the secretary of the senate on april 8, 2011, at 11:35 p.m., that the senate passed with amendment h.r. 1363, with best wishes i am, signed, sincerely, karen l. haas, clerk of the house. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> mr. speaker, mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that it be in order at any time to take from the speaker's table the bill h.r. 1363 with a senate amendment thereto and to consider in the house without intervention of any point of order a motion offered by the chairman of the committee on appropriations or his designee that the house concur in the senate amendment. mr. dreier: that the senate amendment be considered as read,
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that the motion be debatable for 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on appropriations and that the previous question be considered as ordered on the motion to final adoption without intervening motion. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection? >> reserving the right to object. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized under his reservation. >> will the gentleman yield? i would like to enter into a discussion. this only affect this bill tonight, isn't this correct? mr. dreier: if the gentleman would yield, i thank my friend for yielding and let me say that, yes, this only addresses the measure, the short-term continuing resolution, that we are considering this evening. mr. dicks: and the only amendment to this is the $2 billions in cuts, is that correct? mr. dreier: the gentleman is absolutely correct. mr. dicks: this would look a lot like the dicks amendment that was offered in the rules committee for a clean c.r.
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mr. dreier: if the gentleman would yield, i would say that the ground work that was laid earlier this week by my very good friend from seattle has i know played an integral role to getting us to this very important point. i thank you for yielding. mr. dicks: we could have done it a little earlier is all i'm saying. i have no objection. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman withdraw his reservation? without objection, so ordered. for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky rise? >> mr. speaker, pursuant to the order of the house of today i call up h.r. 1363 with a senate amendment thereto and i have a motion at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill, designate the senate amendment and report the motion. the clerk: an act making appropriations for the department of defense for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2011, and for other purposes. senate amendment, mr. rogers of kentucky moves that house concur
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in the senate amendment to h.r. 1363. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house today, the motion shall be debatable for 0 minutes equally croid divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on appropriations. the gentleman from kentucky, mr. rogers, the gentleman from washington, mr. dicks, will each control 10 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from kentucky. the gentleman will suspend. the house will be in order. ddrodge the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. rogers: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 1363. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. rogers: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. rogers: mr. speaker, we come here tonight just moments before the government is forced to close its doors with very good
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news. we have an agreement with the senate and the white house to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year while providing critical resources for our national defense. in addition, when this agreement is signed into law we will have taken the unprecedented step of passing the largest nondefense spending cut in the history of the nation. tens of billions of dollars larger than any other nondefense reduction. this remarkable achievement is the result of hard-fought negotiations that required all sides to come together to find common ground. the american people need and deserve to have a functioning government. but they also deserve a government that spends its taxpayer dollars responsibly, a government that won't saddle
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their children and grandchildren with unsustainable and reckless debt. our constituents have sent us the message that the standard tax and spend culture in washington is no longer acceptable. it has been the goal of this new republican majority to keep precious tax dollars where they are needed most, in the hands of businesses and individuals across the nation so, that they can create jobs and grow our economy. this agreement will mark the end of a budget process that should have been completed almost a year ago by the previous congress. yet sometimes the end result is worth the wait. and the unparalleled spending cuts in this bill will not only save the taxpayers tens of billions of dollars this year, but will allow congress to continue the trend of reductions, to dig our nation
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out of our dangerous deficits and debt for years to come. now that a broad agreement has been reached, my committee will work over the next few days to craft legislation to bring to the floor next week. while we continue to work we must make responsible decisions to fund our troops and their families, keep the lights on in government and continue to provide the services that americans depend on every day. this temp rare c.r. -- temporary c.r. allows us to meet these needs by providing funding through next friday, april 15. while also making $2 billion in additional spending cuts to show the american people that we are serious about cutting spending where ever and when ever we can.
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mr. speaker, i guarantee the final legislation will rein in federal spending and this c.r. keeps us on track to cut excessive federal spending as we continue to finalize a deal. we are determined to deliver to the american people a complete budget with historic levels of deep and real spending cuts. cuts that will keep our economy moving, moving in the right direction. thank you, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from washington. mr. dicks: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. dicks: i yield myself as much time as i may need. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he may consume. mr. dicks: first of all i'd like to thank the president and the leaders in the house and senate on both sides for the compromise and for averting a government
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shutdown. i think there was a major decision made tonight by both parties and by the administration to keep the government open. now that's what the american people sent us here to do. they've sent us here to work out compromises, to be able to resolve issues and to move forward. and i think this is an example of that. now, this c.r. will run for one week, to april 15, it is basically a clean c.r. in sense of there's no ideologically driven language, it has $2 billion in it in cuts but they're in the underlying agreement. and so i think this is acceptable, my understanding is that there are cuts in discretionary spending and in some of the mandatory accounts and i am pleased that the
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leaders were able to reach this agreement. now, we still have a lot of work to do and i want to say to my chairman, that i still look forward to working on the 2012 appropriation bills and i hope that we can work and have an open process where we can bring these bills to subcommittee, full committee and to the floor with open rules. and i would like to yield to my chairman just to make sure that we're still on -- that that's the path we want to go in this year. we want to avoid what happened in 2006. now i reminded you, sometimes you forget a little bit, that when the republicans lost in 2006 there were a number of unfinished appropriations bills and we had to do an omnibus in 2007. we did a little faster by the way, didn't take quite as long.
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but we're glad that this agreement was reached and i look forward to getting on with the work of the 2012 appropriations items. i yield to the chairman. mr. rogers: i deeply appreciate the gentleman's reminding us again that he and i are determined to bring to the floor every single of the 12 appropriations bills, complete our work in the house before the august recess. mr. dicks: absolutely. we will work hard to cooperate noord to -- in order to do that. we'll try to keep a reasonable number of amendments on our side. i hope you can do that on your side. and i yield back the remainder of my time and ask for a vote. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from kentucky. mr. rogers: mr. speaker, i yield back our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. all time for debate is expired. pursuant to the order of the house of today, the previous question is ordered.
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the question is on the motion by the gentleman from kentucky, mr. rogers, as many as are in favor will signify by saying aye. those opposed will say no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. mr. rogers: mr. speaker. i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 348, the nays are 70. the motion is adopted and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon rise? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the committee on energy and commerce be permitted to provide a report to accompany h.r. 1217 at any time through monday, april 11, 2011. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. >> mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that when the house adjourns today it adjourn to meet at 11:00 p.m. on monday next and further when the house adjourns on that day they adjourn to meet at noon on tuesday, april 12, 2011, more
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important hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the chair lays before the house the following enrolled bill. the clerk: h.r. 1363, an act making appropriations for the department of defense for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2011, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the unfinished business is the question on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal which the chair will put de novo. the question is on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the journal stand as i do notted. -- stands adopted.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan rise? >> i move that the house do now adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. accordingl
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>> good evening, everyone. i am pleased that senator reid and i have come to an agreement that will cut government spending and keep the government opened. the house will vote yes tonight on a short-term, continuing resolution into next week that will allow time for this agreement to be put together in legislative form and brought to the floor of the house and senate for a vote. we expect the final book for this to occur mid next week. i believe we will have a bridge resolution passed tonight to make sure the government is open. as you know, there has been a lot of discussion and a long fight. we fought to keep government spending down because it really will impact and create a better environment for job creators in
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our country. thank you. >> good evening. behind me through the window you can see the washington monument. it is visited each year by hundreds of thousands around the world. the people who travel here come to learn about our history and to be inspired by the example of our democracy. it is a place where citizens of different backgrounds and beliefs can still come together as one nation. tomorrow, i am please to announce that the washington monument as well as the entire in federal government will be open for business. that is because today americans of differ beliefs came together again. in the final hours before our
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government would have been forced to shut down, leaders in both parties reached an agreement that will allow our small businesses to get the loans they need, our families to get a mortgage if they applied for, and hundreds of thousands of americans to show up for work and get their paychecks on time, including our brave men and women in uniform. disagreement between democrats and republicans on behalf of all americans is on a budget that invest in our future of making the largest annual spending cuts in our history. like any worthwhile compromise, both sides had to make tough decisions and give ground on issues that were important to them. i certainly did that. some of the cuts we agreed to will be painful. programs people rely on will be cut back. infrastructure projects will be delayed. i would not have made these cuts in better circumstances. but beginning to live within our means is the only way to protect those investments that
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will help america compete for new jobs -- investments in our kids' education and student loans, in clean energy, and lifesaving medical research. we protected the investments we need to win the future. at the same time, we made sure that at the end of the date this was a debate about spending cuts, not social issues like women's health and protection of our air and water. these important issues deserve discussion. not during a debate about our budget. i want to thank speaker john boehner and senator harry reid for their leadership and dedication during this process. a few months ago, i cite a tax cut for american families because both parties support to their differences and found common ground. now the same cooperation will make possible the biggest annual spending cuts in history. it is my sincere hope that we can continue to come together as we face the many difficult challenges that will come ahead from creating jobs and growing our economy to educating our
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children and reducing our deficit. that is what the american people expect us to do. that is what they sent us here. a few days ago i received a letter from a mother in longmont, colorado. over the years, her son but the eighth grade class saved money so that they could take a class trip to washington, d.c. they even had an appointment to lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier. the mother wrote that for the last few days, the kids had been worried and upset that they might have to cancel their trip because of the shutdown she asked those of us in washington to get past our petty grievances and make things right. she said, "it remember, the future of this country is thought for us. it is for our children." today we acted on behalf of our children but the future. next week when 58 graders from colorado arrived in our nation's capital, i hope they get a
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chance to look at the washington monument and see the sense of pride and possibility that defines america, a land of many that has always found a way to move forward as one. thank you. by speaker boehner and myself just a few minutes we have agreed to a historic amount of cuts for the fiscal year. we will get this through both houses. we will cut seven and a half million dollars through the budget proposal. we have reached an agreement on the policy riders. in the meantime, we will pass a short-term resolution to keep the gun in -- to keep the government running. mr. president, i want to express my appreciation to the speaker
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and his office. it has been a grueling process. we did not do it for drama, we did it because it has been hard. i want to express my appreciation to my counterpart. we have talked about this process on a number of occasions. on many occasions, this turned out to be a -- relationship. we do our best to protect each caucus. he is really a pleasure to work with and i appreciate him. mr. president, this has been a long process. this is not been an easy process. both sides have had to make tough choices. tough choices are what this job is all about. i think it is important to note, mr. president, as we said in a
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statement that this is historical. 78 and a half billion dollars. we are working on many writers. this has been difficult but important for the country. we all agree that there are many cuts that have to take place in the future. we understand that. we must get our country's fiscal house in order. the american people have to make choices, they are doing it every day. shows of their leaders. we reach an agreement which i have read, it will cut spending and keep the country running. we have agreed to a store level of cuts.
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we will covent -- cut 78 and a half billion dollars and we have reached an agreement for the second time on the policy riders. we will pass a short-term resolution to keep the government running through friday. this will cut the first $2 billion in total savings. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent. i asked that the bill be agreed to and the senate agrees to vote on the passage of the bill. >> is there objection? >> mr. president, the republican leader.
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outstanding work during this difficult negotiation. you know, mr. president, we had an opportunity tonight to decide whether we wanted to repeat history or make history. had we chosen to repeat history, we would have are allowed a government shutdown. instead we decided to make history by implementing in the middle of this fiscal year as the majority leader's indicated substantial reductions in spending. now, these reductions, mr. president, are in the billions. once we get through this process by the end of this week, we will move on to a much larger discussion about how we saved trillions. by enacting hopeful on a bipartisan basis a budget that genuinely begins to get on top of this problem, and the problem, as we all know, is $14 trillion in debt and over $53 trillion in
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unfunded liabilities. the president's asked us to raise the debt ceiling and senate republicans and house republicans, and i hope many democrats as well, are going to say, mr. president, in order to raise the debt ceiling, we need to do something significant about the debt. my definition of "significant," mr. president, is, the markets strew as significant, the american -- view it as significant, the american people view it as significant, and foreign countries view it as significant. so for tonight, again, i congratulate the majority leader and the speaker. this is an important first step but just the beginning of what we need to do to get our house, our fiscal house in order. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid reid: the republican lr is right. we have a lot of work to do. the one thing i want to mention is how much i appreciate the support of the american people, of course. they knew that we needed to get
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this done. but also the business community of our country. i had a conversation earlier today with tom donahue, the president of the chamber of commerce. it was so important to his organization that we complete this. the business round-table and organizations all over america understand how important this is. but i want to just mention one more person. i know the night is late. always an unsung hero but really hero among heroes and that's the chairman of the appropriations committee, dan inouye is here behind me tonight. he has been with his staff, tireless staff, working so hard. i applaud his person, charlie hoy, who has a fantastic knowledge of what goes on in this country as it relates to money. he came to the senate in 1983, been here all these years working in the appropriations committee. i'm not going to go through this -- all the staff but it is
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important to mention that my chief of staff, dave crone, has worked so very, very hard. and i want to mention one other person. i never met him until we started this -- what we have been through, and that's -- i hope i don't get him in trouble -- but that's john boehner's chief of staff, barry jackson. he is a real professional. it's been very difficult to work through all this stuff, but i admire his professionalism. and, of course, the white house staff has been indispensable. i would hope we could have the consent agreement approved at this time. the presiding officer: is there objection to the majority leader's request? without objection, so ordered. is there further debate on the bill, as amended? if not, all those in favor of the bill as amended say aye. all those opposed say no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it.
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the bill as a the saker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> mr. speaker, mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that it be in order at any time to take from the speaker's table the bill h.r. 1363 with a senate amendment theretond to consider in the house without intervention of any point of order a motion offered by the chairman of the committee on appropriations or his designee that the house concur in the senate amendment. mr. dreier: that the senate amendment be considered as read, that the motion be debatable for 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on appropriations and that the previous question be considered as ordered on the motion to final adoption without intervening motion. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection? >> reserving the right to object. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized under his reservation. >> will the gentleman yield?
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i would like to enter into a dcussion. this only affect this bil tonight, isn't this correct? mr. dreier: if the gentleman would yield, i thank my friend for yielding and let me say that, yes, this only addresses the measure, the short-term continuing resolution, that we are considering this evening. mr. dicks: and the only amendment to this is the $2 billions in cuts, is that correct? mr. dreier: the gentleman is absolutely correct. mr. dicks: this would look a lot like the dicks amendment that was offered in the rules committee for a clean c.r. mr. dreier: if the gentleman would yield, i would say that the ground work that was laid earlier this week by my very good friend from seattle has i know played an intral role to getting us to this very important point. i thank you for yielding. mr. dicks: we could have done it a little earlier all i'm saying. i have no objection. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman withdraw his
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reservation? wiout objection, so ordered. for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky rise? >> mr. speaker, pursuant to the order of the house of today i call up h.r. 1363 with a senate amendment thereto and i have a motion at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill, designate the senate amendment and report the motion. the clerk: an act making appropriations for the department of defense for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2011, and for other purposes. senate amendment, mr. rogers of kentucky moves that house concur in the senate amendment to h.r. 1363. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house today, the motion shall be debatable for 0 minutes equally croid divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on apropriations. the gentleman from kentucky, mr. rogers, the gentleman from washington, mr. dicks, will each control 10 minutes. the chair recognizes the
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gentleman from kentucky. the gentleman will suspend. the house will be in order. ddrodge the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. rogers: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 1363. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so dered. mr. rogers: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. rogers: mr. speaker, we come here tonight just moments before the government is forced to close its doors with very good news. we have an agreement with the senate and the white house to fundhe government for the rest of the fiscal year while providing critical resources for our national defense. in addition, when this agreement is signed into law we will have taken the unprecedented step of passing the largest nondefense
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spending cut in the history of the nation. tens of billions of dollars larger than any other nondefense reduction. this remarkable achievement is the result of hard-fought negotiations that required all sides to come together to find common ground. the american people need and deserve to have a functioning government. but they also deserve a government that spends its taxpayer dollars responsibly, a government that won't saddle their children and grandchildren with unsustainable and reckless debt. our constituents have sent us the messagthat the standard tax and spend culture in washington is no longer acceptable. it has been the goal of this new republican majority to keep precious tax dollars where they are needed most, in the hands of
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businesses and individuals across the nation so, that they can create jobs and grow our economy. this agreement will mark the end of a budget process that should have been completed almost a year ago by the previous congress. yet sometimes the end result is worth the wait. and the unparalleled spending cuts in this bill will not only save the taxpayers tens of billions of dollars this year, but will allow congress to continue the trend of reductions, to dig our nation out of our dangerous deficits and debt for years to come. now that a broad agreement has been reached, my committee will work over the next few days to craft legislation to bring to the floor next week. while we continue to work we must make responsible decisions to fund our troops and their
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familieskeep the lights on i government and continue to provide the services that americans depend on every day. this temp rare c.r. -- temporary c.r. allows us to meet these needs by providing funding through next friday, april 15. while also making $2 billion in additional spending cuts to show the american people that we are serious about cutting spending where ever and when ever we can. mr. speaker, i guarantee the final legislation will rein in federal spending and this c.r. keeps us on track to cut exssive federal spending as we continue to finalize a deal. we are determined to deliver to the american people a complete budget with historic levels of
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deep and real spending cuts. cuts that will keep our economy moving, moving in the right direction. thank you, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from washington. mr. dicks: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so dered. mr. dicks: i yield myself as much time as i may need. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he may consume. mr. dicks: first of all i'd like to thank the president and the leaders in the house and senate on both sides for the compromise and for averting a government shutdown. i think there was a major decision made tonight by both parties and by the administration to keep the government open. now that's what the american people sent us here to do. they've sent us here to work out compromises, to be able to resolve issues and to move forward. and i think this is an example of that.
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now, this c.r. will run for one week, to april 15, its basically a clean c.r. in sense of there's no ideologically driven language, it has $2 billion in it in cuts but they're in the unrlying agreement. and so i think this is acceptable, my understanding is that there are cuts in discretionary spending and in some of the mandatory accounts and i am pleased that the leaders were able to reach this agreement. now, we still have a lot of work to do and i want to say to my chairman, that i still look forward to working on the 2012 apopriation bills and i hope that we can work and have an open process where we can bring
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these bills to subcommittee, full committee and to the floor with open rules. and i would like to yield to my chairman just to make sure that we're still on -- that that's the path we want to go in this year. we want to avoid what happened in 2006. now i reminded you, sometimes you forget little bit that when the republicans lost in 2006 there were a number of unfinished appropriations bills and we had to do an omnibus in 2007. we did a little faster by the way, didn't take quite as long. but we're glad that this agreement was reached and i look forward to getting on with the work of the 2012 appropriations items. i yield to the chairman. mr. rogers: i deeply appreciate the gentleman's reminding us again that he and i are determined to bring to the floor every single of the 12
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appropriations bills, complete our work in the house before the august recess. mr. dicks:bsolutely. we will work hard to cooperate noord to -- in orr to do that. we'll try to keep a reasonable number of amendments on our side. i hope you can do that on your side. at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. eastern, here on c-span. why is the education issue a finding important to you? >> i think education funding is important, particularly in the 21st century because we have technology is increasing so
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rapidly and new jobs are being created. we need to keep up with these advancements. we can learn to use technology. as it comes out, we can not fall behind. >> what is race to the top? >> this is a plan to initiate education reform across the country. what it does it sets out criteria for states to follow and then evaluates how each state has modified their education policies to comply with those roles. the focus on things like they have great teachers, do they have low-achieving schools? >> what is the education reform act of 2010? >> after race to the top was announced, martin o'malley introduced the education reform
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act which briefly outlined the policy which and evaluated how you evaluate teachers, how you evaluate tenured teachers verses nontenured. this was step one to meet the criteria. >> should education be handled on the state or federal level and why? >> we think it is both. the need for a baseline education, i think that should be kept by the federal government. when we get into more specific topics, there are those that are only pertinent to certain states and geographic regions that the government should not say that we need to the studies. in the west coast, we might i even learned those. the federal government says they need it to learn those things and it gets shifty. the baseline skills, this is what everyone has.
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some should have a balance of power. >> what are some of the areas that you feel need the most improvement in maryland? >> i think the biggest thing is the emphasis on standardized testing. i don't just mean testing to graduates but i mean advanced testing, the apa exams. maryland has some of the highest in the country. i feel like what is happening because of the pressure and doing well as causing students who might not be taking the classes, they are being forced to take these classes that they're not prepared for. i believe this causes a lot of pressure we are purchased it is about taking these classes. >> thank you for joining us. >> here is a brief portion of his documentary.
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>> competition drives people to do better. for a very long time, there has been no competition among schools. look at what that says with introducing competition. it says that not all schools will be equal. then the challenge becomes, how do you make those more competitive? >> when you have competition where there is winners and losers and when you have to actually help all kids, there will always be criticism that what happens to the kids in the states that did not win. >> you have small states like maryland, rhode island gimpy with places like texas, california to get funding. what is pertinent for a student in california and what someone in maryland has might be totally
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different. >> this is a way to look at and seed promising programs. how will we help all kids get a great public education? >> you can see this video and all of the evening documentary's online. >> sunday, republican national committee chairman on possible 2012 gop candidates, primaries, and fund-raisers. >> earlier this week, the republican-led house budget committee approved a federal spending blueprint for 2012. the resolution passed with a 22-16 party-line vote. next stop is the date on the house floor. the gop plans to seek five trillion dollars in deficit reduction over the next 12
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years. it includes significant changes to the medicare and medicaid program as well as an overall to the tax code. we will complete the marked up by no later than midnight. for opening statements, one hour will be controlled by the minority and the minority. i will make the opening statements and then -- will make the opening statement. before i began my opening statement, i would like to yield to the taking member for any questions or observations.
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>> i don't think that there are any things that we have to deal with. >> i am proud to be here with my colleagues. i am proud of all the hard work you have done and the work we are here to discuss. i want to say on both parties, the majority side has done a fantastic job working around the clock. i would like to think -- and your staff your predecessor did so as well.
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i am proud where continuing this kind of tradition. we called this budget the path of prosperity because this is more than just a budget. this is a cost to get america's future on a good path. it is our commitment to the people. washington has not been honest with the american people. we have been making empty promises from a government that has been going broke. the debt is threatening to stifle prosperity and economic growth. for all the talk about how people will be hurt, nothing will hurt the american people more than staying with the status quo, going down the path of accelerated us towards a debt crisis. we want to preempt that crisis. we want to prevent painful
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austerity. we want to get spending under control. what is driving our budget? take a look at these charts. our entitlement programs are the drivers. failure to address the failure is in our debt is not to address our debt. the more we kick the can down the road, the worse it gets. look at this chart. the general accountability office has been telling us for years that we're making all of these unfunded promises to americans and the more we do this, we go about 10 trillion deeper in the hole.
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we can still get this under control the time is of the essence. our debt went up as high as the entire size of the economy, but most americans bought more bonds. 1970's a small fraction was on by foreigners. 19% of the debt was on by foreigners. 47% is owned by foreigners. that is unsustainable. you cannot rely and other countries to cash flow your government. this is what we are proposing.
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the deficit half is disasters under the president's budget. did that helped by a deep in public as a percentage of gdp. we have had testimony about getting your debt under control. you take on a mortgage relativity or income that you can support. but that goes down under this budget not just in the first 10 years but paid off overall. spending still increases. for all the talk, spending still increases. we are taking 6.2 trillion dollars out of the president's
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base line. why are we doing that? we cannot spend money we don't have. the money-the problem here in washington is that we are spending money we don't have. even though we do a fundamental tax reform, revenues increase under these base lines. this is the trajectory. look at where we are headed. federal spending. that is the size of spending. the government will be doubled. this budget keeps our historic size of government where it has been so we can maximize the economy and economic freedom. deficits. we know this is a share of the economy that matters greatly.
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this shows you the red line is the status quo. catastrophic debt accelerates us towards a debt crisis. we asked an independent analysis. this uses a model used by many firms are around the country. this shows us the economic effects of getting your spending under control. this means more jobs for american. this will create more than 1 million new jobs alone in the private sector bringing unemployment down to 4%. more economic growth.
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higher family incomes. this analysis projects that this budget will get thousand dollars in income for families every single year. we're trying to give our children and grandchildren a debt free nation and bring solvency and sustainability to these programs that people have relied on and getting prosperity, job creation, getting this economy growing again. we are on a path of economic ruin. this red line is the projection of what our debt will be. we have a choice of two futures. do we want to give our children a lower standard of living, less
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chance for upper mobility, or do we want to get this debt paid off? the green line shows you what the debt to prosperity does. this is a forecast on how to get the debt under control. we can still do this under our terms. let's get through the partisanship and let's get on to the business of saving this country and getting this debt paid off while we can do it under our terms. the reforms are gradual, sensible. we borrowed ideas from the fiscal commission. we took ideas from democrats from the past to try to cannot -- to try to come up with a plan. it crashes in 2037 because they don't see how the american economy can continue after that. the biggest problem i ever had
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was the 2008 crisis. we saw millions of people lose their jobs. we saw trillions of wealth lost. that caught us by surprise. this is the most predictable economic crisis we have had in this country. we owe it to our country to get this debt under control. >> we gather to consider the long-term budget plan. america avoided a second great depression and is slowly emerging from the ravages of a financial meltdown.
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millions of americans remain out of work through no fault of their own and thousands more are facing home foreclosures. our top priority must be a where boasts the -- a robust recovery. at the same time, we need sustained economic growth even before the economic meltdown. real wages for most americans had been frozen for too long wall families faced rising costs. middle-class families have been squeezed. we must implement a plan to support small businesses, grow the economy and ensure shared prosperity. that will make -- that will mean making a strategic investments to out compete the rest of the world. this means implementing a plan to reduce our deficits and debt
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so we establish a strong foundation for long-term growth. we all love america, we all believe america is a unique a special place. the question is, how do we keep america strong, dynamic, an exceptional? on that, we clearly have different opinions and we make different choices. we believe that it comes not only from the benefits of people pursuing ambitions and dreams but also from harnessing us talents for important national purposes. we believe that america's greatness has resulted not only from a collection of individuals acting alone but for our capacity to work together for the common good. we do not see the government as the enemy but is the imperfect instrument by which we can accomplish together as a people were no individual or corporation candle on.
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we all agree that we must act now to put in place a plan to reduce our deficits and a steady responsible, and predictable manner. any responsible efforts to reduce the deficit requires a balanced approach that addresses both spending and revenue. this republican plan fails that simple test. yesterday, the cochairs of the president's bipartisan commission said the budget " falls short of the balanced comprehensive approach needed to achieve broad bipartisan agreement necessary to enact a responsible plan." the republican budget is the same tired formula of extending tax breaks to the rich and powerful at the expense of the rest of america except this time, on steroids and dressed
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up what we will hear as a lot of nice we talk about reform that masks the damage that this budget will do. to govern is to choose and the choices made in the republican budget are wrong for america. it is not courageous to protect tax giveaways to big oil companies and other special interests while cutting investments and our kids' education, and cited research, and critical infrastructure. it is not bold to provide tax breaks to millionaires while ending the medicare guarantee for seniors and sticking seniors with the bill for rising health- care costs. it is not visionary to reward corporations that should american jobs overseas while terminating affordable health care for tens of millions of americans. it is not brave to give governors a blank check for their pet initiatives and a
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license to cut support for seniors in nursing homes, individuals with disabilities, and low income kids. it is not fair to raise taxes on middle income americans to pay for big additional tax breaks for the very wealthy. yet, those of the choices made in the republican budget. where is the shared sacrifice? we have american men and women putting their lives on the line in iraq and get -- and afghanistan while others height their income and switzerland, cayman island, and they refuse to pay their fair share. the bipartisan fiscal commission called upon all americans to pay their fair share. their budget blueprint calls for the top 2% income earners to pay the same tax rates they paid during the booming economy of the clinton administration. they closed special interest tax
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loopholes and limiting tax expenditures. the fiscal commission warned that a very deep immediate cuts would threaten the fragile economic recovery and slow job growth. they recognize that america must make strategic investments to win in the global marketplace. the republican marketplace fails both of these tests. the jobs numbers came from an analysis done by the heritage foundation, the same organization that predicted that the bush tax cuts would lead to booming job growth when we know at the end of that 8 years, we have lost over 600,000 private- sector jobs in america. make no mistake, significant and sustainable spending cuts must be part of any balance plan to reduce the deficit. america has become an economic powerhouse because of the strategic investments made by
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earlier generations including huge investments in science and technology, the interstate -- and the very moment that our global competitors are copying our model, this budget would take america back. now let me turn to the question of health care. every member of this committee knows that rising health-care costs represents a huge challenge for the federal budget. every member knows what the experts told us. for 30 years, the spending has grown at virtually the same rate as those of the overall health care system. over the last decade, the beneficiary costs grew more slowly.
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by contrast, in the private market for individual coverage, premiums more than doubled between the years 2000 and 2008. those attacks make one thing clear, if we will slow the rising costs in the medicare and medicaid without rationing care, we must slow the rising cost of health care throughout the health-care system. that is what the affordable care act was designed to do and will do when fully implemented. they will bring down the per capita health care costs including medicare. we have heard this for many of our witnesses. this budget would kill many of the system wide reforms that will reduce costs in the system. interestingly, this republican budget does preserve many of the specific medicare reforms in the
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affordable care act including some of the mechanisms to slow the growth to systems and eliminate excessive taxpayer subsidies. in fact, the bulk of the medicare savings in this budget comes from recent reforms that we made in the affordable care act. during the last campaign, democratic candidate faced a lot of attacks telling seniors that we have cut their medicare. what is new is a termination of the medicare guarantee for seniors. this is not reform medicare, it forms and dismantles it. if forces seniors off of medicare and into the private insurance market. it does nothing to rein in the rising cost of health care but transfers the bill to seniors. seniors will pay more while insurance companies stand to reap a bonanza by getting all of
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the matter car -- medicare premiums that people currently pay. if you support them out, what everyone to call it, this is not sufficient to pay for the benefits you need, tough luck. if your doctor is not on the plan, too bad. it rips apart the safety nets for seniors. there's nothing courageous about targeting the most vulnerable in our society. this is the biggest area of cuts in this budget. there are deep cuts to are vulnerable seniors, individual disabilities, and low income kids.
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they will use federal taxpayer dollars to pay for their favored initiatives without oversight and accountability. that is that reform. medicaid is already underfunded , block granting it in the name of reform is like throwing a drowning person an anchor. the claim that dismantling this is guaranteed to save them is in my view simply orwellian. it reminds me of the statement that was made at one point that you have to destroy the village in order to save it. democrats welcome an open debate about how we can build upon the reforms in the affordable care act to strengthen medicare and medicaid but we will oppose any effort to undermine the integrity of these supports for seniors and if the hon. individuals. mr. chairman, we believe that the republican budget is the wrong choice for america
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because it does not reflect what we believe our our values and priorities. this does not reflect the vast of the american experience. this recognizes the importance of individuals self-reliance which is a very important part of the american character. out of many come not we unite as one behind shared values and principles to advance the common good and make america strong and exceptional. we will be offering next week a democratic alternative so that people can see the choice before the country. >> thank you, mr. chairman. >> to continue with our opening statements. i would like to yield five minutes to mr. garrett. >> since the beginning of his
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presidency, president obama has talked about needing to address the budget. he charged that the commission with that and define policies to improve the fiscal situation. that has been called the moment of truth. what did he do? he failed to leave. rather than rise to the occasion and made good on the fate people made him, he submitted the most expensive budget in the history of america. his failure to lead is absolutely astounding. the disappointment is further than just republicans, the co- chairmen summed up the plan is going nowhere near where they will have to go to resolve our fiscal nightmare. in my opinion, rather than going no where near a solution, the
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administration has submitted a budget that pushes is closer to the crisis point. the president has proposed a 3.7 trillion dollars in spending this year. this is a quarter of the gdp. we have not seen this since world war ii. the president was a stain that for over a decade. bad enough that it gets much worse. this year, the budget deficit is estimated to be around 1.6 trillion. over 10 years, the total of the nine voit -- 9.5 trillion. setting the debt to skyrocket to unprecedented levels. the debt level held by the public would rise from 69% to 87% of gdp in 2021. with interest payments on the staggering level of debt and consuming a larger and larger percentage of tax revenues that flow into the government
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coffers. the american people will get this, update to laundered $60 billion in interest alone on the national debt. -- will pay $260 billion alone in interest on the national debt. this budget that the president proposes is not the direction to go in as opposed to the one submitted by mr. ryan. in cutting spending, the president proposes to take more of the hard money of the american people. his plan would increase taxes on families and small businesses by 1.6 trillion dollars. this is more daunting arithmetic when you think about it. these numbers have an effect on the lives of individuals, families, businesses. if the proposal would be enacted, it would doom americans
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to crushing tax burden, smother the ability to create new jobs, increasing interest rates, and set the nation on course for an economic day of reckoning. the president's refusal to leave it frightens the american standard of living, the american dream, and the americas at as a visitor power. the president's plan contains no reform of social security, medicaid, and no spending is projecting a rise from 1.4 trillion all the way up to 2.7 trillion over the next decade. maintaining all benefits would eventually require put in the middle class in a 63% income-tax bracket. small businesses and upper-class families in in 88% bracket. rather than cut spending back by
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the government, the president would send an overwhelming tax bill to the american people. mr. chairman, everywhere you look, we're on the road to bankruptcy. the president's budget makes promises that cannot possibly keep. our government has made 80.6 trillion dollars in promises that cannot be kept in our programs. cutting spending is not easy but the american people did not elect us to take the easy way out. in this moment of truth, the president did that. i look forward to working with the members of this committee to provide an off of this solution by cutting spending, putting the u.s. on the road to sustainability and also prosperity. >> i yield five minutes to the gentleman from georgia. >> i would like to commend you and my colleagues for the work
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that is been done in this budget. i'm amused and listening to my friend, the ranking member in his opening comments and in the comments that have come across the press since the introduction of this piece of legislation. he says to govern is to choose and he is right. last year, the idea was to do no budget at all. this is somewhat amusing to hear the admonition from the other side. they might have even taken to the ammo that they have in many pieces of legislation which is to not even read the bill. if you read the bill, this is inconsistent with the charges that have been leveled.
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president reagan said about our friends on the other side of the aisle, they're not ignorant, but so much of what they have said they don't know. there is a choice of two futures as a chairman identified. this graph is startling. the debt as a percentage of gdp goes to 900% of gdp. that is the president's plan. that is your party's plan. that is unsustainable. the solution is the path to prosperity. mr. chairman, the american people are really sick and tired of washington's accounting tricks and the empty promises.
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i believe that is exactly that brand of politics which has prevented us from addressing the american people. ours is based upon facts. we begin buying repealing -- we began by repealing the health care bill. this is a threat to the affordability and accessibility and equality.
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the facts are that takes away choices from families and physicians and a saddle's workers and job graders and taxpayers. we will save and preserve medicare for future generations. will provide a common sense solutions of people have the same kind of access to choices that members of congress do. that is what our proposals do. it is imperative for people to recognize that nothing, no changes occur.
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they cannot find medicare position -- physician. the program as broken. what we do is honestly and factually reform the program. we will advanced patient- centered health reforms which simultaneously moved last error of debt and doubt and despair into a stable and secure future. >> i will yield two minutes to the gentleman from wisconsin. >> i support this budget
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resolution. i thank the chairman, members of the committee. we have to stop spending money we don't have. the myriad ways this budget gets us back to the path of prosperity, many of my colleagues on the other side have begun to do it washington always does, for political gain today, they jeopardize tomorrow by distorting what is in this budget. cutting spending promotes economic growth and job
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creation. tax rates are highest in the industrial world. we have to incentivize corporations to stay in america rather than pushing their businesses elsewhere, where it is cheaper. by lowering tax rates and bring in the top rate down, will promote economic growth and job creations.
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>> we put our handout and we took an oath of office to stand by the u.s. constitution. now, you don't have to be a great reader or scholar to get very far to understand what our mission is and what our party should be. common-sense was suggested that if we are being attacked by foreign countries. foreign countries.

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