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House Proceeding 03-17-10 on Mar 17th, 2010 :: 0:44:45 to 0:47:25
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Dean Heller

0:44:41 to 0:45:02( Edit History Discussion )

Dean Heller: yield three minutes to representative heller, the distinguished gentleman from nevada the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. heller: thank you. i thank my friend for yielding. madam speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 4825, commend my colleague from arizona for bringing this legislation to the floor. $12 trillion debt will burden

Dean Heller

0:44:45 to 0:47:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Dean Heller

Dean Heller

0:45:03 to 0:45:25( Edit History Discussion )

Dean Heller: future generations, and this legislation before us today is a good start. but i think congress must and can do more. you don't have to go any further than the unemployment rates here in this country. as you well know, madam speaker, the unemployment rate naonwide is around 10%. in my state it's closer to 13%, in fact in some counties in my

Dean Heller

0:45:26 to 0:45:47( Edit History Discussion )

Dean Heller: district it's closer to -- it exceeds 17%. foreclosure rates are high. families in my district and throughout my state are losing their homes. foreclosure rates in nevada are four times higher than the national average. they are making families, they are making tough, tough decisions in the state of nevada and they are asking the questions, why are we making these same decisions here in washington?

Dean Heller

0:45:48 to 0:46:08( Edit History Discussion )

Dean Heller: the reason is that washington feels no pain. we are in a recession-proof zone here in washington, d.c. as we have in the last year hired more than 120,000 new federal employees across this country, states and local governments are cutting their budgets. families are cutting their budgets.

Dean Heller

0:46:09 to 0:46:29( Edit History Discussion )

Dean Heller: small business men are cutting their budgets. medium sized business men are cutting their budgets. here in washington, d.c., we feel no pain. i think sending unused budget congressional fund to pay down the debt is one thing. stopping the growth of this account is another. the m.r.a. account has grown merely 50% since 2000.

Dean Heller

0:46:30 to 0:46:50( Edit History Discussion )

Dean Heller: i introduced the reduction of irresponsible m.r.a. or the trim growth act to pvent the m.r.a. from increasing during times of high unemployment or public debt. my legislation would prevent the m.r.a. from increasing unless national unemployment is under 6% or less for at least six months. consistent with the

Dean Heller

0:46:51 to 0:47:12( Edit History Discussion )

Dean Heller: unemployment levels of the 1990's. or congress reduces the national debt to less than $5.5 trillion which was a reduction of 50% at the time this bill was drafted. congress ultimately needs to feel the same pain of the american people. financial challenges facing our nation cannot be solved in one day.

Dean Heller

0:47:13 to 0:47:25( Edit History Discussion )

Dean Heller: as public servants, members of congress must lead by example. in addition to passing this legislation today, i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting the trim growth act. let's show the americans who are figuring out their family

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