I rise today to congratulate Coach Bob Hurley, Jr. Some may know Coach Hurley as the third high school career basketball coach to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Republicans have had control of this chamber for 11 weeks now, and yet they still have no plan to create jobs and spur our economic recovery. Instead of tackling unemployment, my Republican colleagues are again targeting vital programs designed to keep families in their homes.
As we continue to make our way through the budget process, we must ensure that all funding reductions we make are done so in a responsible manner. While I strongly agree that we need to get our deficit under control, we cannot do it in a way that undermines public safety and job creation.
The Republicans have had control of this chamber for 10 weeks now and we have taken 164 recorded votes-- yet they still have no plan to create jobs and spur economic growth. Instead of tackling unemployment, my Republican colleagues have now turned their efforts towards eliminating vital programs that are helping families deal with the fall out of the mortgage crisis.
Republicans have been in charge for 8 weeks and this chamber has taken 154 votes--yet we still see no signs of job creation or a jobs plan. With 14 million Americans still looking for work, I ask my colleagues on the other side: where are the jobs? Where is the plan?
I rise today to speak out against the Republicans’ dangerous spending cuts. Our commitment to reducing our deficit must not come at the expense of our nation’s future and the security of our communities. The Republican spending bill is irresponsible and reckless and their proposal would eliminate jobs at a time when we need to be creating them.
As I listen to the debate in this House we need to put politics aside and pursue policies that move America forward. I encourage my Republican colleagues to focus on legislation that creates jobs, economic recovery, and debt reduction.
Yesterday was an unfortunate day in this chamber, the majority party voted to bring our nation back to a system where insurance companies’ needs are placed before those of middle class Americans. The truth is that millions of Americans are already benefitting from health care reform.