E Pluribus Unumby Representative Steve Cohen
Posted on 2013-01-01
COHEN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
Mr. COHEN. We've heard from a colleague of mine on the Democratic
side who sounds like he's not going to vote for this bill, and we've
heard it from a couple of folks on the other side. Well, I'm going to
vote for it, not because I think it's all the best sugar and spice and
everything nice, but because, for one thing, I believe our President
and our Vice President know what they can get in a negotiated deal with
the Republican side in the Senate and what might pass this House as
well, and they know what our country needs.
My district can't afford to wait a few days and have the stock market go down 300 points tomorrow if we don't get together and do something, and the people in my district need unemployment compensation and need to know in the future that they're going to have the low-income earned tax credit and college credit.
It's important that we keep this country moving in the right direction and away from another recession. ``E Pluribus Unum'' is not just on our bills, but it's what we are as legislators. We are one of 435 and one of 535, including the Senate. We need to come together and work together for the betterment of the country.
This isn't the perfect deal, but it's the deal we got, and it's the deal I'm going to support. I hope that my colleagues will resolve to give the President and the Vice President the benefit of the doubt as the year goes on and as I do today.