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Senate Proceeding on Apr 7th, 2011 :: 6:20:50 to 6:32:45
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Orrin Hatch

6:20:49 to 6:21:10( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: it is a pretty sad commentary on the willingness of the white house and my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to get serious about spending that we have even arrived at this point. we need to be clear about a few things in this debate. first, we are here because democrats did not do their job last year.

Orrin Hatch

6:20:50 to 6:32:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Orrin Hatch

Orrin Hatch

6:21:11 to 6:21:32( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: among the most basic responsibilities in congress is to take up and pass a budget and fund the core functions of the government for the year. last year democrats had a supermajority in the house of representatives. they had a filibuster-proof majority in the senate. and of course they had the white house. but they were so tied up with pressing matters like passing a $2.6 trillion health care bill that the american people did not

Orrin Hatch

6:21:33 to 6:21:54( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: want that they never got around to passing a budget. and then in the fall as the bottom fell out of the public support for the democrats, they were too interested in salvaging their majority and trying to spin obamacare that they never funded the government. that's why we're here. we're debating a spending bill for fiscal year 2011 and it is

Orrin Hatch

6:21:55 to 6:22:16( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: april of 2011. fiscal year 2011 started in october last year. it is very seufrp. -- it is very simple. democrats did not do their job and so they left it to the new republican majority in the house to fund for fiscal year 2011. the republican-led house got to work. they passed h.r. 1.

Orrin Hatch

6:22:17 to 6:22:37( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: i know that is in the democratic talking points to call this bill extreme. but what exactly did it do? when you strip away the ideology and the rhetoric about the so-called dangerous and extreme bill, what exactly did it do? here's what it did.

Orrin Hatch

6:22:38 to 6:22:59( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: it reduced nondispense, discretionary spending by $61 billion. that is a big number but let's put it in perspective. this year we're scheduled to spend $207 billion on interest on the debt. this year we have a projected budget deficit of $1.6 billion. and this year the federal government is on pace to spend

Orrin Hatch

6:23:00 to 6:23:20( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: $3.8 billion. so, h.r. 1 was proposing $61 billion in reduced spending by a federal government on pace to spend $380,000,000,000. you all have heard the old joke,

Orrin Hatch

6:23:21 to 6:23:42( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: if someone is asked if they got a haircut, they respond i got them all cut. in this case what republicans are proposing is like going to the barber and getting one of the hairs on your head trimmed. the democrats call this bill draconian but as one person put it the spending cuts in this

Orrin Hatch

6:23:43 to 6:24:03( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: bill are the equivalent of ordering the big mac, large fries and eating some. that is hardly a crash diet. to hear democrats talk, americans would starve if h.r. 1 passed.

Orrin Hatch

6:24:04 to 6:24:25( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: that is not an exaggeration. former speaker pelosi suggested yesterday. to hear democrats talk this is armageddon. to hear them talk this $61 billion in spending reductions is so onerous that america will never be the same. americans aren't buying it, the people of utah and people around the country understand that if the senate were to accept the

Orrin Hatch

6:24:26 to 6:24:46( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: full $61 billion in spending reductions, life tpwhot only go on -- life would not only go on; no one would notice any difference at all. let's look at this in a little bit different way. nondiscretionary -- or non-defense discretionary appropriations have been hyped up by 24% in the last three years.

Orrin Hatch

6:24:47 to 6:25:07( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: and 84% if you count the stimulus bill. but to hear democrats talk, even beginning to roll back this explosion in government spending is akin to shredding the declaration of independence. give me a break. the bottom line is that the cuts in h.r. 1 are more than reasonable. people who are remotely serious

Orrin Hatch

6:25:08 to 6:25:28( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: about reducing the size of government should accept them in full. but the white house and their capitol hill allies do not seem to have gotten the message that americans want to roll back spending. instead they're playing politics as usual. they have calculated that if the government shuts down, if senate democrats refuse to pass and the white house refuses to sign a

Orrin Hatch

6:25:29 to 6:25:49( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: bill to reduce spending, the republicans will be left holding the bag. they think that history will repeat itself. and just as in 1995, the public will blame republicans for the government shutdown. even "the new york times" might not be able to carry that much water for the president and his democratic allies. the american people get this.

Orrin Hatch

6:25:50 to 6:26:11( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: and they are saying enough is enough. if the white house and its capitol hill allies think they can force a government shutdown and blame republicans, they must have zero respect for their constituents. the last week of negotiations has proven yet again that big spending is in the democrats' d.n.a. not all of them. i think we might find one or two

Orrin Hatch

6:26:12 to 6:26:35( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: here on capitol hill that have better d.n.a. than that. they are congenitally by and large incapable of reducing government spending, so much so that they're willing to shut down the government over $68 billion over a $3.8 trillion budget.

Orrin Hatch

6:26:36 to 6:26:56( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: in the words of john plutarski, when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. when the going got tough on these negotiations, democrats are missing in action. the president jetted off to a couple of fund-raisers and his capitol hill allies turned to the rankest of political smears. the incoming chairwoman of the democratic national committee who until five minutes ago was

Orrin Hatch

6:26:57 to 6:27:18( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: scolding republicans for their lack of civility, hit the ground running and claimed the budget proposed by house republicans for next year is a death trap for seniors and a tornado through nursing homes. so much for adult conversation. the democratic congressional campaign committee was quick to fund raise.

Orrin Hatch

6:27:19 to 6:27:39( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: in fact, while we're talking about their shutting down the government, they're sending out fund-raising letters to raise money on the problem. the democratic congressional campaign committee was quick to fund raise off these spending fights. in an e-mail to their, dare i say, extreme base -- and i use

Orrin Hatch

6:27:40 to 6:28:00( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: that term advisedly -- they claim that republican negotiators are engaged in blackmail and blame tea party citizens for the shutdown rather than the democratic leadership that refuses to pass the fiscal year 2011 spending bill and move on. i'll tell you what, they might have an easy time raising money

Orrin Hatch

6:28:01 to 6:28:21( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: by smearing conservative republicans and pwhraeupblg them for their -- and blaming them for their mess. but this fool's gold -- this is fool's gold because they're going to have a heck of a time explaining to our men and women in uniform why it is that they refuse to pass a bill that would make sure that our men and women in service are paid.

Orrin Hatch

6:28:22 to 6:28:42( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: because the democrats in this chamber will not accept the modest spending reductions in h.r. 1, the house took up h.r. 1363 today. now, this is a continuing resolution that will fund the government for a week, prevent a shutdown, and fund the department of defense through the end of the year, making sure that our service men and women

Orrin Hatch

6:28:43 to 6:29:05( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: receive their paychecks and that our national security is not compromised. the ball is in the court of this body's leadership. the president has not made it clear that he is willing to shut down the government rather than pass the c.r. they have issued a statement of administration policy suggesting

Orrin Hatch

6:29:06 to 6:29:28( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: they will veto this c.r. if passed, this continuing resolution if passed. you know, if the president wants to go off the cliff, i can't stop him. but i would encourage my democratic colleagues here that they don't need to follow him off the cliff. their leadership is saying that it will oppose h.r. 1363 because it eliminates taxpayer funding

Orrin Hatch

6:29:29 to 6:29:53( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: off abortions in the district of columbia. you know, in the end i cannot believe that they would shut down the entire federal government in order to appease the most radical proabortion members of their left-wing base. we will see what happens, and especially since the president and majority leader and a whole raft of other democrats voted

Orrin Hatch

6:29:54 to 6:30:14( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: for other language that shut off abortions. well, let's see what happens -- in the past, that is. maybe the senate will do the prudent thing and pass h.r. 1363, but i am not holding my breath. the $61 billion in spending reductions passed by the house months ago is equivalent to 1.6% of total projected federal

Orrin Hatch

6:30:15 to 6:30:35( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: spending. americans tighten their belts much more than this every day. the democrats are acting like these cuts are the end of the world. i would say that the leadership on display from the white house on this issue is pathetic, if there was any on display at all. because the white house has showed zero leadership on the issue of spending and government

Orrin Hatch

6:30:36 to 6:30:56( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: bloat, because it has refused to make the decisions that would force the federal government to live within its means, we are in this unacceptable situation of a potential government shutdown. our nation is broke. we have to stop spending money we don't have, but on this most critical of issues, the president himself has been

Orrin Hatch

6:30:57 to 6:31:19( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: missing in action. his advisors seem to be treating this exercise like it is a no-stakes harvard law seminar and multiparty dispute resolution, but the stakes could not be higher. this situation calls for leadership, but we are getting nothing from the white house.

Orrin Hatch

6:31:20 to 6:31:40( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: in some ways, i -- i empathize with the president because i don't think the people are yud to do anything about those things. it's time for real leadership that keeps the government running while cutting spending. i urge the senate to adopt h.r. 1. we know that's not the only cutting that's going to have to be done around here for the next number of years, but it's the best we can do apparently at the

Orrin Hatch

6:31:41 to 6:32:04( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: present time. in the alternative, we should adopt the house-passed short-term c.r. and keep our soldiers paid. there's no need for a government shutdown. democrats who think that clever strategists and professional politicos can spin the american people into thinking this is the republicans' fault, even though it was the democrats who walked

Orrin Hatch

6:32:05 to 6:32:25( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: away from -- from the table, should remember last year's experience with obamacare. reluctant democrats in the house and senate were told by the same strategists and professional spinners that obamacare could be messaged in a way so that it would benefit them. today there are many former house and senate members who

Orrin Hatch

6:32:26 to 6:32:46( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: wished they had not bought into that snake oil. if the government shuts down, no amount of spending is going to convince americans this was the fault of anyone other than the president and democratic congressional leadership who have refused to make any meaningful reductions in federal spending. madam president, i yield the floor.

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