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  • Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014

    by Representative James E. Clyburn

    Posted on 2013-12-12

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    CLYBURN. Mr. Speaker, let me thank my friend, Mr. Van Hollen, for yielding me this time. I want to thank him and Mrs. Nita Lowey for the tremendous work they did in keeping this effort moving forward in a very positive way.

    I also want to thank Chairman Ryan for the great work he has done on this and the manner in which he got his work done.

    We don't talk a lot on this side of the Capitol about the other side, but I also want to thank Senator Patty Murray for all of her work. I had the great privilege of working with her on the supercommittee and we didn't get much done. I was on the so-called ``Biden Group'' along with Mr. Van Hollen, and we didn't get anything done. But I am pleased at this time of year to say that the third time seems to be the charm.

    This is not the product that I would have written if I were writing it, and I am sure that it is not the product that any of my Democratic colleagues would write. I am always concerned by the ``meat ax'' approach to dealing with the budget. This effort takes that away and allows us to approach spending in a way that is much more conducive to running the government. We [[Page H8076]] didn't get everything, and nobody gets everything they want in trying to reach common ground.

    It is important for me to note at this time some things that were taken off the table. There are no cuts to Social Security, there are no benefit cuts to those receiving Medicare or Medicaid, there is no targeting of Federal employees for additional cuts, and the relief from the sequester in both defense and essential services is very real and significant.

    {time} 1700 It is also important to note what this bill does not do. I am very concerned about the fact that we were not able to make unemployment insurance a part of this effort.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentleman has expired.

    Mr. VAN HOLLEN. I yield an additional 30 seconds to the gentleman.

    Mr. CLYBURN. And I am hopeful when we get back here after the first of the year that we will move and do as we have done in the past, pass unemployment insurance, make it retroactive to January 1 so those people who find themselves unemployed through no fault of their own can find some relief going into the next holiday season. Hopefully, we will do something on the minimum wage. These are things that I think we need to do coming back after the first of the year.

    I thank the gentleman for yielding me the time.

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