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House Proceeding 04-02-09 on Apr 2nd, 2009 :: 0:08:55 to 0:11:15
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Charlie Melancon

0:08:44 to 0:09:05( Edit History Discussion )

Charlie Melancon: i want to yield at this moment -- i want to yield two minutes to a fellow blue dog from louisiana, one of the leaders of the blue dogs, representative melancon. the chair: the gentleman yield specifically time but can yield for a colloquy. mr. melancon: let me start by

Charlie Melancon

0:08:55 to 0:11:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Charlie Melancon

Charlie Melancon

0:09:06 to 0:09:28( Edit History Discussion )

Charlie Melancon: saying that a budget resolution is not a binding document. it is a guideline. it is a principle. it is to give guidance to the ngress and to the administration. it has no taxes that are included in it. there are spending tax cuts included in it. working with chairman spratt who has been diligent in trying

Charlie Melancon

0:09:29 to 0:09:50( Edit History Discussion )

Charlie Melancon: to put together a good spending package, a good budget package we as the blue dogs have coistently asked for help in trying to bring control over the spending that occurred in this country over the last eight years that's put us in the deficits which we are. if you go and take a look at the last budget that president

Charlie Melancon

0:09:51 to 0:10:12( Edit History Discussion )

Charlie Melancon: bush put forward, add in that the off-line budgets -- the off-line spending that he had, if you put them together then you will find presidenobama's budget in roughly the same numbers. we are not fooling the american public anymore. we are trying to say to the american public, this is what your government has been spending and you deserve to know that.

Charlie Melancon

0:10:13 to 0:10:34( Edit History Discussion )

Charlie Melancon: as a blue dog what we're saying is, we're here to work with people and try and make this government work for the american public and the taxpayers of this country. we have gone for too long with the seat and trick -- trying to trick the american public by thinking that they're not watching what was spent in the war, by not paying attention that the alternative minimum

Charlie Melancon

0:10:35 to 0:10:56( Edit History Discussion )

Charlie Melancon: tax was funding out of budget, that we were just borrowing and spending, borrowing and spending. and if we keep this up there will come a day when china will tell us when we can borrow and when we can spend, and i think i would rather have the dictate come from the american public rather than the country from china that holds our debt.

Charlie Melancon

0:10:57 to 0:11:16( Edit History Discussion )

Charlie Melancon: thank you, madam speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. mr. boyd: i thank the gentleman from louisiana and his work. obviously he's laid out what the problems are that exists before us. and one of the things that we wanted to do in this budget is make sure that we reincorporated the tools, the fiscal responsibility tools

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