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  • Time to Tackle Washington’s Spending Addiction

    by Representative Luke Messer

    Posted on 2013-01-15

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    MESSER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. MESSER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today for the first time in this Chamber to urge the President and Congress to get serious about addressing the out-of-control borrowing and spending that is jeopardizing the American Dream for our children and grandchildren.

    The President has said that the debt ceiling debate is not the time to tackle Washington's spending addiction and has called for more taxes, more spending and more borrowing in return for any future spending reforms. Yesterday he said, ``We can't finish the job of deficit reduction through spending cuts alone.'' But the last Congress already raised taxes. Now it's time to tackle Washington's binge spending.

    The fundamental question to be answered in the upcoming debate is whether Washington should take more than it already confiscates from hardworking, taxpaying Americans. The answer is no. Washington doesn't tax too little. It spends too much.

    Mr. Speaker, the new freshman Republican Members of the House are holding a Special Order after today's legislative business to highlight the urgency of the upcoming debt ceiling debate. I hope as many of my colleagues who can will join this effort and explain to the American people why we owe it to our children to stop spending and borrowing and start controlling our debt.


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