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House Proceeding on Apr 22nd, 2009 :: 3:39:25 to 3:44:40
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Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:39:21 to 3:39:42( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: control of this house for the last two years. it's not that we're looking at a new administration. for the last two years the budgets that we're spending has come from the other side of the aisle. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. ryan: i ask unanimous consent that mr. hen starling -- hensarling manage our time for a moment until i return. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered.

Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:39:25 to 3:44:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Allyson Y. Schwartz

Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:39:43 to 3:40:04( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: mr. spratt: mr. speaker, i now yield five minutes to the gentlelady from pennsylvaa, ms. schwartz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for five minutes. ms. schwartz: thank you, mr. chairman, for your important work. when i was sworn into congress in 2005, i reached out and wanted to secure a position in the house budget committee. i did so because i understood then as i do now that budgets are critically important.

Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:40:05 to 3:40:25( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: the federal budget is not just abstract numbers on a page. it is a reflection of our priorities and our values and of the america that we want to leave to our children and our grandchildren. the budget proposed by president obama and modified by the democratic congress and before us today and going to conference committee, is an economic road map that establishes the amount of money that congress is authorized to spend in this year's

Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:40:26 to 3:40:46( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: appropriations bill. it does not set the level for a specific program and it does not change current law. both sides of the aisle understand this. the budget looks forward. it is understood how -- but before we do, we have to understand how we got where we are today and what we inherited. this administration, this congress, inherited from the

Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:40:47 to 3:41:08( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: previous administration a record deficit of $5.8 trillion. doubling of the national debt in eight years. tripling the amount of debt that's owed to foreign countries and an economic recession the likes of which most of us have never seen. the fact is that president obama and congress are dealing with enormous challenges and

Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:41:09 to 3:41:29( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: that is why it is imperative that we pass strong, responsible budget that addresses the immediate challenges before us and makes the investment that we need to make for our future economic competitiveness. our budget establishes new, fiscal framework. it includes a long overdue return to honest budgeting and fiscal responsibility.

Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:41:30 to 3:41:50( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: the budget embraces president obama's goal to rebuild our economy and make those strategic target investments in helpcation -- health care and energy and national security. it is essential that we tackle the annual deficit and we've laid out an ambitious marker that we are committed to

Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:41:51 to 3:42:11( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: cutting the deficit in half in five years. first and foremost then, we have an honest budgeting practice. the budget plans for spending in ways that we have not since i've been here and for the eight years before for sure, it's talked about spending and sets out spending for iraq and afghanistan, for domestic national disasters, for tax

Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:42:12 to 3:42:32( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: relief and for obligated indictments. to the economic recovery and investment plan, congress has already taken action, significant action, to improve our economic competitiveness and well-being. and this budget buildings on -- builds on that by making investments again in education, in energy independence and, yes, on health care for all americans. each of these areas requires us

Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:42:33 to 3:42:53( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: to find common ground. and this budget ensures that we are able in congress, working in the senate, to define the specific means and the specific ways to accomplish these goals. to compete in the 21st cenry global economy, we do need an educated and skilled workforce for the future and this budget

Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:42:54 to 3:43:15( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: puts resources and early initial -- education initiatives and better enables americans to afford tooling to college with student loans. our economic and national security also depends on america being more energy independence and this budget sets aside a revenue neutral reserve congress to find a way toward energy independence through

Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:43:16 to 3:43:36( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: alternativ home-grown, cleaner energy and energy efficiency. and, of course, in health care. we have both a moral and economic responsibility to find a uniquely american solution to health care reform, to containing costs, to improving quality, to making sure that every american has access to

Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:43:37 to 3:43:58( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: health care and again there's a revenue-neutral reserve fund with reconciliation language in this budget that calls on us to do the work in the next year to make sure that we can accomplish these goals. these goals are shared by many americans and they are within our reach if we are to work together. we cannot continue the policies of the last eight years.

Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:43:59 to 3:44:19( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: we need to change the way we do budgeting, we need to change our investments, we need to move forward with this budget. pennsylvania and certainly all american families and businesses need congress to work with president obama to work together to address their concerns as has been set now the this budget, simply saying no, simply saying we should go

Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:44:20 to 3:44:41( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: back to the polici of the last eight years that got us in this mess is not the way to go. i call on all of us to work together, to go to move forward on this conference report, to make sure that we are doing all that we can to make sure that america's strong, safe and more economically competitive. this budget does that. and i say we move forward. thank you and i yield back.

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