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Senate Proceeding 07-13-10 on Jul 13th, 2010 :: 0:22:00 to 0:27:25
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Judd Gregg

0:21:56 to 0:22:17( Edit History Discussion )

Judd Gregg: quorum call: mr. gregg: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from new hampshire. mr. gregg: i ask unanimous consent further proceedings under the quorum call be set aside. the pres?ing officer: without mr. gregg: i want to continue the the discussion raised by the senator from tennessee relative to the letter which has been signed by all the republican members of the appropriations committee. this is a unique event in my experience. i had the great honor and privilege of serving on this

Judd Gregg

0:22:00 to 0:27:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Judd Gregg

Judd Gregg

0:22:18 to 0:22:38( Edit History Discussion )

Judd Gregg: committee now for 14 years, and i've never participated in this type of an undertaking, which is basically the appropriations committee, republicans at least, stepping up and doing the responsible th trying to control the fiscal policy of this country when the budget committee has left the field.

Judd Gregg

0:22:39 to 0:22:59( Edit History Discussion )

Judd Gregg: the budget committee didn't leave the field arbitrarily. it the aisle decided they didn't want to do the budget for some reason. actually i know the reason. the reason we are not doing a budget the way we're supposed to do, of the country is that the budget shows that we are in dire straits.

Judd Gregg

0:23:00 to 0:23:20( Edit History Discussion )

Judd Gregg: we're going to have a $1.4 trillion to $1.6 trillion deficit this year. next year it looks like we're going to have a deficit in the range of $1.4 trillion. and for the next ten years, every year under the obama budget and under the spending plans in the democratic leadership in this congress,

Judd Gregg

0:23:21 to 0:23:42( Edit History Discussion )

Judd Gregg: we're talking an average of $1 trillion a year of deficits. that adds up to a doubling of the debt in five years and a tripling of the debt in ten years. and the american people understand that we can't do this, that we cannot that type of profligate spending, that type of out-of-control spending. unfortunately, the other party,

Judd Gregg

0:23:43 to 0:24:03( Edit History Discussion )

Judd Gregg: which now controls with significant majorities both in the house and the senate,s unwilling to a budget which brings those numbers down, which makes us more responsible in the areas of spending and reduces the debt burden on our children. and so the republican members of the appropriations committee have said enough, we want to stop this out-of-control spending.

Judd Gregg

0:24:04 to 0:24:25( Edit History Discussion )

Judd Gregg: we want to have a spending proposal in place that makes sense. and we've picked a nber that is very reasonable. it's essentially a freeze at last and it's a number which has been supported, interestingly enough, on this floor when it was offered as the senator

Judd Gregg

0:24:26 to 0:24:46( Edit History Discussion )

Judd Gregg: sessions-senator mccaskill amendment on four different occasions by a majority of the senate. and with all the republican members voting for this type of a freeze, essential freeze, and with a number, i think between 16 and 18, democratic senators voting for this. because there is a full understanding, at least on our side of the aisle and by some

Judd Gregg

0:24:47 to 0:25:09( Edit History Discussion )

Judd Gregg: members on the other side of the aisle who did vote for this, that we've got to do something about controlling spending around here. and so this letter essentially says that before we start marking up any bills in the appropriations committee, we have to have an understanding as to how much we're going to spend. is that an unusual idea?

Judd Gregg

0:25:10 to 0:25:31( Edit History Discussion )

Judd Gregg: is it a terribly that we should reach a number, an overall agreement on an overautomatic number as to what we're going to spend around here before we start producing spending bills? no, it's not. it is what the budget is supposed to do. but we don't have a budget because people don't want to talk about how big the debt is

Judd Gregg

0:25:32 to 0:25:52( Edit History Discussion )

Judd Gregg: around here because they're afraid if the american people figure it out they'll get more outraged. what we're saying in this letter is that we as republican members of the appropriations committee expect there to be a budget for the appropriations committee even though there wasn't one passed here with a top-line number being essentially the number in the

Judd Gregg

0:25:53 to 0:26:13( Edit History Discussion )

Judd Gregg: sessions-mccaskill, what amounts to a freeze proposal, freezing at 2010 levels essentially. and we will test every committee appropriations bill that comes forward on the basis of that number. and that we hope that the, that our colleagues on the other side of the aisle, both on the

Judd Gregg

0:26:14 to 0:26:34( Edit History Discussion )

Judd Gregg: appropriations committee and those who aren't on the appropriations committee will join us in this effort because it is a sincere effortnd a reasonable effort since it's already been voted on here with a majority of both sides, with all of our side voting for it and a majority of the senate voting for it. it is a reasonable number to set

Judd Gregg

0:26:35 to 0:26:56( Edit History Discussion )

Judd Gregg: forward as the goal. yes, it does meet a significant reduction. it does -- we've got to be forthright about this, and this is what we need to do quite honestly. it does mean a significant reduction from what the president requested. it means a significant reduction from what the senate budget committee passed in committee, which budget was never brought to the flo of the senate

Judd Gregg

0:26:57 to 0:27:17( Edit History Discussion )

Judd Gregg: because they did not want to shine lights even on that budget. no questn it is a reduction and a fairly significant reduction from those numbers. but it is a reasonable number and it is a important number because it says that we are willing to be disciplined about our spending around here. and that's what we're going to

Judd Gregg

0:27:18 to 0:27:25( Edit History Discussion )

Judd Gregg: have to do. we're going to have to make these types of tough choices. this is an effort by the republican members of the appropriations committee to make

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