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Sheila J.
Democrat TX 18

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  • Providing for Consideration of H. Con. Res. 25, Concurrent Resolution
    on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2014

    by Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

    Posted on 2013-03-19

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    JACKSON LEE asked and was given permission to revise and extend her remarks.) Ms. JACKSON LEE. I thank both of my colleagues. I thank the gentlelady and the manager of this rule.

    I vigorously rise to oppose this rule, the underlying bill, the Republican proposal for a budget. And I really do speak from the heart, because when you go home, it is often the best time of the service to your Nation because you get to see hardworking Americans, no matter what region you live in. And so I'm very proud to associate myself and support the Van Hollen Democratic budget substitute, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

    The singular theme that rides through all of these budgets, which is the very question that is raised, whether or not it's a teenager coming out looking for a summer job; whether or not it's a college student with their bright, new diploma holding it up, looking for America's great opportunity; or whether it's someone who has worked for a period of time, well-qualified, but just can't find the job to get back into the market. I know there are those who are listening, my colleagues, who have constituents like that. Every single budget, including the Van Hollen budget, the Democratic budget, helps to create jobs, gets rid of the sequester and, in actuality, brings back the 775,000 or 750,000 jobs lost by the Ryan budget, plus more.

    The Congressional Black Caucus focuses on maintenance for public transit and highway and airports, creating jobs. The Congressional Progressive Caucus focuses on making work pay and emergency unemployment compensation.

    But here's the story that I think is under the underlying Ryan budget--good friend of ours, of course, we work together--and the underlying premise.

    I am tired of raising up the generational fight. Just because the Greatest Generation fought in World War II, are we to say to our children and grandchildren, ``You know what, we don't want to burden you when the military calls you, when your Nation needs you; we don't want to burden you''? {time} 1330 There's no way to protect what our grandchildren and children will have with this budget, other than the fact that the Democratic budget invests in people.

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

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