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  • Sequester

    by Representative Mark Takano

    Posted on 2013-03-05

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    TAKANO asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. TAKANO. Mr. Speaker, the bill before us is a joke. It is only a few sentences, and all it does is ask the President to include in his budget a simple equation that divides the projected deficit by the number of taxpayers. It doesn't take a bill to do this; it just takes a calculator.

    If the House Republican Conference wants us to do a math problem for the American people, I can save everyone some time and money. $845 billion, which is the estimated deficit projected by the CBO, divided by 158 million, which is the number of taxpayers, equals $5,300. Done.

    Can't they do this arithmetic problem on their own? Why are we wasting taxpayers' money to operate this institution as we speak when we can solve this very simple math problem by just doing it. This is all an exercise in political theater.

    I shouldn't have to come to the floor to do this. Any of my Republican friends could have called me, and I would have gladly walked them through that simple equation.

    Mr. Speaker, my constituents in California's 41st District face an unemployment rate of 11 percent--higher than the national average. They need leadership from Congress to help them find jobs, not gimmicks disguised as legislation.

    Our Founders didn't envision Congress assigning math homework. This is not elementary school. If my friends on the other side of the aisle want to talk about numbers, I would be happy to.

    Zero, Mr. Speaker: that's the number of jobs this bill creates. Zero: the number or jobs bills the House Republican leadership has brought to the floor in the last 2 months. 750,000: the number of potential job losses if the Republicans refuse to stop the sequester.


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