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House Proceeding on Feb 4th, 2010 :: 1:59:30 to 2:04:30
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Robert E. Andrews

1:59:26 to 1:59:47( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: and it's time this house acts to reduce unnecessary spending. madam speaker, i urge a no vote. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, at this time i would like to yield four minutes to the gentleman from new jersey, member of the budget committee, mr. andrews. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey.

Robert E. Andrews

1:59:30 to 2:04:30( Edit History Discussion )
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Robert E. Andrews

1:59:48 to 2:00:09( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: mr. andrews: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the gentleman from new jersey isecognized for four minutes. mr. andrews: thank you. . i'd like to thank my friend from massachusettfor yielding. the constituents i listen to know that both parties are responsible for borrowing a lot of money. they know that we borrowed a

Robert E. Andrews

2:00:10 to 2:00:32( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: significant amount of money in recent times. they also know that the minority party voted to borrow and increase the national debt by 70% during the term of the prior president. they know that this is the worst economic times we've had since the great depression. and they don't know this by reading the newspaper, they know it by reading the balance in

Robert E. Andrews

2:00:33 to 2:00:53( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: their checking account or reading the foreclosure notice that came in the mail yesterday or reading the want ads because they're looking for a job. they know this. they know that us saying the republicans did wrong and the republicans saying we did wrong isn't going to fix their problem. so what they know is they want to hear us talk about what to do

Robert E. Andrews

2:00:54 to 2:01:14( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: out this burgeoning problem of the national debt. here's our answer, we first believe that the best wa to reduce the debt and reduce the deficit is to get pele back to work so that individuals and families are able to pay taxes and so that businesses are able to pay taxes off of their

Robert E. Andrews

2:01:15 to 2:01:36( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: profits. the best deficit and debt reduction program is full employment. we have nothing like full employment. nothing like it at all. we've lost huge amounts of jobs and our plan to do something about it has been this, first, we believe that we should cut taxes for middle class families so they have more money to spend

Robert E. Andrews

2:01:37 to 2:02:00( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: and that's what we did last year. the president proposes to do it again this year. second, we believe that we should cut taxes for small businesses so they can re-invest in their business. that's what we voted for last year, we're prepared to do it again.

Robert E. Andrews

2:02:01 to 2:02:22( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: weble we believe that we should put people back to work rebuilding our roads and our bridges, rail systems, clean water systems, clean energy. that's what we voted to do last year. we are a long way from succeeding in this effort. but here's what has happened, in the last quarter of 2009 nearly 800,000 americans lost their jobs. tomorrow we will hear the reports for the month of january. they won't be good. they won't be good.

Robert E. Andrews

2:02:23 to 2:02:43( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: but they'll be a lot better than 800,000 people losing their jobs which is what happened in the last quarter of last year, of the year before last year. we've seen growth in the fourth quarter of 5.7%, that means nothing to you if you're still looking at the want ads but it means that there's reason to think that jobs are on the way. and what have we heard about

Robert E. Andrews

2:02:44 to 2:03:04( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: this? the chief economic advisor to senator mccain's presidential campaign said that the key factor that have growth taking place was the recovery bill that we passed last february. that's his words, not mine. the nonpartisan congressional budget office, as mr. mcgovern said, estimates as many as 2.4

Robert E. Andrews

2:03:05 to 2:03:26( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: million jobs have been created as a result of the recovery bill. we have a long way to go. we've laid out our plan to get there, frankly the minority has not laid out a plan, and we look forward to them doing so. the second thing that you need to do is to restrain and reduce spending. most people will agree that the number-one spending problem is

Robert E. Andrews

2:03:27 to 2:03:47( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: entitlements and the number-one entitle problem is health care. there are two ways to reduce health care spending. the first way is to restrain spending right now in existing programs. that's what we did in november a bill came to this floor -- we did. in november a bill came to the floor to reform the country's health care system which would

Robert E. Andrews

2:03:48 to 2:04:08( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: have stopped waistful payments to health care providers and people making money off the system to the tune of $480 billion. real deficit reduction that we all voted for. no one, well, one exception, on other side voted to do that. i would ask -- mr. mcgovern: i yield the gentleman -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one additional minute.

Robert E. Andrews

2:04:09 to 2:04:30( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: mr. andrews: i thank the gentleman. the second way to reduce health care costs is to change the health care system so there's more competition, so that insurance companies have to compete for people's business and keep costs down that way. we'll all have a chance to vote on a bill that does that next week. and, yes, the third thing i think that you have to do is to raise some resk knew.

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