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House Proceeding 04-28-09 on Apr 28th, 2009 :: 3:53:20 to 3:57:05
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James P. McGovern

3:53:17 to 3:53:37( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: and get back to the table with something that will get our economy back on track. and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, let me first begin by saying that -- something about the process. the democratic leadership promised that members would

James P. McGovern

3:53:20 to 3:57:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: James P. McGovern

James P. McGovern

3:53:38 to 3:53:59( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: have 24 hours to review the budget before it was voted on. there will be more than 24 hours to view this budget. this budget has gone through a long process. we had more than 14 hours of markup in the budget committee. i've lost count of how many amendments were offered. again, there were four substitutes that were allowed

James P. McGovern

3:54:00 to 3:54:21( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: -- that were made in order and debated and voted on this floor. we had an open conference committee meeting that produced this final product. you can have over 24 hours to review it. i guess if people want t complain for the sake of complaing there's not much we n do on this side.

James P. McGovern

3:54:22 to 3:54:42( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: but this has been a good process and i want t commend chairman spratt and ranking member ryan and the staffs, both democratic and republican staffs, for their incredible work, their tireless work on this budget. i am proud of the budget we are going to vote on. this is a budget with a conscience for a change.

James P. McGovern

3:54:43 to 3:55:04( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: this is something that our constituents from the east coast to the west coast i think are going to find things in here that they can cheer about. this is a budget that will create jobs with targeted investments and affordable health care, clean energy and education. there's -- it cuts taxes for middle-income families by more than $1.7 trillion over 10 years. it cuts the deficit by nearly

James P. McGovern

3:55:05 to 3:55:25( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: 2/3 in four years. and it cuts nondefense discretionary spending as a percent of the economy. we're going to deal with health care. for years, ever since i came to congress -- i got elected in 96 -- the number one issue that every poll shows that americans want us to deal with is health care. we're going to be able to deal

James P. McGovern

3:55:26 to 3:55:46( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: with it, i believe, this year. we are going to deal with college affordability so everybody that wapts to get a college education can -- wants to get a college education can get one. we're going to deal with e issue of clean energy. we're going to actually begin to invest in renewable, clean, alternative sources of energy so that we're not reliant

James P. McGovern

3:55:47 to 3:56:08( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: solely on the oil industry or on foreign imports for our energy. so there's a lot in this budget i think that we can all be very proud of. now, you know, you can have 24 hours to review the budget. even if you had guess is my friends on the other side of the aisle would be against this budget. they've been againsted

James P. McGovern

3:56:09 to 3:56:29( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: everything. virtually everything that this new president has proposed. i think their rational there, their philosophy for regaining political power is to deny this new president any victory, any accomplishment. and i think that -- mr. dreier: will the gentleman yield? mr. mcgovern: i'm not going to yield at this point.

James P. McGovern

3:56:30 to 3:56:51( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: the fact of the matter is that people are tired of a party that says no to everything. that was -- that was demonstrated loud and clear in the last election. we need to move in a new direction. i think what the american people are hearing quite frankly is they're hearing that help is on the way. that's why 56% of the americans polled agree with the

James P. McGovern

3:56:52 to 3:57:06( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: priorities in this budget. they're hearing that help is on the way for all americans, not just the wealthy few. the wealthy few who have benefited greatly over the last eight years. things are different. change is happening here in washington. and i'm proud to be part of this process.

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