|00:00:00||THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.|
|00:00:03||WHAT I'D LIKE TO SAY IS THAT TIME HAS PASSED SINCE WE PASSED THE BALANCED BUDGET CONTROL ACT.|
|00:00:15||THERE HAS BEEN NO ACTION ON THE DEBT.|
|00:00:20||WE HAVE SEEN NOTHING OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE AS TO A PLAN TO DEAL WITH THIS NATIONAL CRISIS.|
|00:00:28||AND MY COLLEAGUE ON THE OTHER SIDE, I'LL REMIND AS I AM A CONFEREE ON THAT CONFERENCE COMMITTEE TO DEAL WITH THE PAYROLL TAX RATE, TO DEAL WITH THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, TO DEAL WITH THE DOC FIX, I WAS HERE THROUGH DECEMBER, WE WERE HERE LAST THURSDAY, FRIDAY WORKING ON IT.|
|00:00:51||AND I'M GLAD TO SEE NOW THE HOUSE DEMOCRATS ARE HERE TO DO THE WORK.|
|00:00:55||WE DO NEED THE SENATE TO JOIN IN THAT CONVERSATION, AND I MY HOPE IS THAT -- AND MY HOPE IS THAT THEY WILL JOIN IN THAT CONVERSATION SOON.|
|00:01:05||WE ARE CAPABLE MEN AND WOMEN IN THIS CHAMBER, MADAM SPEAKER.|
|00:01:10||I AM CONFIDENT THAT WE CAN WALK AND CHEW GUM AT THE SAME TIME.|
|00:01:13||WE WILL DEAL WITH THE PAYROLL TAX RATE.|
|00:01:15||WE WILL DEAL WITH THE ISSUE OF UNEMPLOYMENT.|
|00:01:17||WE WILL DEAL WITH THE ISSUE OF THE DOC FIX, BUT WE WILL NOT TAKE OUR EYE OFF OF WHAT IS BECOMING ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES OF OUR GENERATION AND THAT IS OUR NATIONAL DEBT AND THAT'S WHAT THIS RESOLUTION SPEAKS TO AND WILL CONSTANTLY REMIND ALL OF US THAT WE NEED TO BE DILIGENT ON THIS ISSUE TO GET IT TAKEN CARE OF ONCE AND FOR ALL.|
|00:01:40||AND WITH THAT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO, MR.|
|00:01:46||LAMBORN, FOR THREE MINUTES.|
Mr. REED. Madam Speaker, what I would like to say is that time has passed since we passed the Balanced Budget Control Act. There has been no action on the debt. We have seen nothing out of the White House as to a plan to deal with this national crisis. And my colleague on the other side, I will remind, that I am a conferee on that conference committee to deal with the payroll tax rates, to deal with unemployment, and to deal with the doc fix.
We were here at the end of December. I was here over the New Year's break, Thursday, Friday, working on it. We are ready to do the work. And I'm glad to hear my colleague on the other side of the aisle say that now the House Democrats are here to do the work. We do need the Senate to join into that conversation, and my hope is that they will join into that conversation very soon.
But we are capable men and women in this Chamber, Madam Speaker. I am confident that we can walk and chew gum at the same time. We will deal with the issue of the payroll tax rate. We will deal with the issue of the unemployment. We will deal with the issue of the doc fix. But we will not take our eye off of what is becoming one of the fundamental issues of our generation, and that is our national debt. And that's what this resolution speaks to and will constantly remind all of us that we need to be diligent on this issue to get it taken care of once and for all.
And with that, I would like to yield 3 minutes to my colleague from Colorado (Mr. Lamborn).