Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013by Representative Sam Farr
Posted on 2013-03-06
FARR. I thank the gentlewoman for yielding.
I've been in Congress 20 years, and on the Appropriations Committee not quite that long. And never in my life have I seen us in such disarray.
This institution has failed to lead the Nation. It's failed to get its own act together. We can't do this in a transparent, normal process by adopting bills. We're operating on these emergency issues like continuing resolutions, sequestration.
We've got the Nation totally confused, the entire administration of government in the United States confused as to what tomorrow's going to bring. We don't know whether we're going to have enough money, or we're going to give you back some money. Are you going to lay off people? Are you going to cut their salaries? We're in mass confusion, and our States and local governments are dependent on us getting our act together. I'm really surprised that we are failing to address the needs of this Nation.
Yes, we have a huge debt. Everybody in this Congress has a huge debt in their own life. It's called a mortgage. And we figure out a 30-year plan or a 15-year plan to pay it off.
Doing this by CR is totally irresponsible. I ask for a ``no'' vote.