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Dems Propose $890 BILLION in Amendments this year.
http://thomas.loc.gov/r108/r108.html ^ | Mr. MARIO DIAZ-BALART of Florida.

Posted on 10/02/2003 8:05:03 AM PDT by OXENinFLA

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getpage.cgi?position=all&page=H9077&dbname=2003_record

I was watching the house last night and I think the point MR. DIAZ-BALART is making needs to be pointed out.

The $87B is needed and the Dems are using it as another political football.

There were MANY great speeches on the House Rep. side last night. Hit the link and page forward.

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WASHINGTON WASTE WATCHER SPEAKS OUT

The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under a previous order of the House, the gentleman from Florida (Mr. MARIO DIAZBALART) is recognized for 5 minutes.

Mr. MARIO DIAZ-BALART of Florida.

Madam Speaker, I was not going to speak today but I felt compelled after I heard some remarks by one of our distinguished colleagues from the other party about the spending that the United States is proposing to do in Iraq and his concerns for the deficit situation in the United States of America. And I share his concern for the deficit, but I need to clarify some facts if we are concerned about the deficit, and then we must be consistent. Madam Speaker, that same party in this Congress, and this is my first term here, has proposed amendments to major pieces of legislation that would have increased the deficit by $890 billion. Members heard me right, almost a trillion dollars of an increase on top of the deficit that exists right now. And yet in the Committee on the Budget when the chairman proposed a 1 percent cut, just a 1 percent cut in waste, fraud and abuse, Madam Speaker, the distinguished members of the other party all, 100 percent of them, voted no. The chairman did not get one single vote to cut just 1 percent in waste, fraud and abuse in that committee. Is it because there is no waste, fraud and abuse in the Federal Government? Is the Federal Government so efficiently run that we cannot find 1 percent in waste, fraud and abuse?

Madam Speaker, I have been mentioning lots of examples as part of the Washington Waste Watchers Group that the gentleman from Texas (Mr. HENSARLING) and the gentleman from Florida (Mr. FEENEY) and I created with a number of our colleagues, but let me mention a couple of small examples to illustrate how much waste exists. For example, Medicaid alone paid $1.6 million to a Wisconsin transportation company for multiple round-trip billings for people that were dead or that were hospital-bound that were not moving anywhere. There is a lot more. The Veterans Affairs inspector general has identified over 5,500 possible cases of individuals who may be defrauding the government by receiving benefits intended for veterans who have died, who are dead, who are not there, who do not exist. Totally fraudulent. Again, that is money that does not go to the real veterans that deserve it.

Over the past 5 years, 6,733 fugitives have been arrested for illegally receiving food stamps. By the way, 1,500 of those were drug offenders, 31 were murders, 45 were sex offenders and child molesters, and hundreds were wanted for assault and robbery, and yet they received benefits they are not qualified for.

And yet some will say it is not enough to cut 1 percent in waste, fraud and abuse, and we see what they request as opposed to that, and we hear time and time again, the Democrats keep saying we have to raise taxes. We have to raise taxes because there is not enough money, because the Federal Government is run so efficiently that we cannot cut 1 percent of waste, fraud and abuse.

Madam Speaker, the facts do not bear that out. The Federal Government does waste people’s money. The Federal Government loses almost $20 billion a year that just evaporates, they do not know where it is. The Federal Government cannot even misspend it because it is lost. And then they still say, the Democratic side, that we have to raise the hard-working American taxpayer’s taxes because there is no waste, fraud and abuse. Madam Speaker, the American people know better. We can and we must cut waste, fraud and abuse; and clearly, the days of raising taxes on the American people have to be over, and they are.


TOPICS: Announcements; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: iraq
I know this isn't a Breaking news story(yet), But I think this info has to be shown to as many people as possible.
1 posted on 10/02/2003 8:05:03 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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2 posted on 10/02/2003 8:05:26 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: OXENinFLA
$890 billion or $890 million?
3 posted on 10/02/2003 8:08:20 AM PDT by RoughDobermann (Nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.)
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To: RoughDobermann
That's BILLION w/ a "B"
4 posted on 10/02/2003 8:11:04 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; Peach; Mo1
Ping..............
5 posted on 10/02/2003 8:13:06 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: RoughDobermann
Since in the next sentance it is stated as almost a trillion dollars I would go with Billion.
6 posted on 10/02/2003 8:15:34 AM PDT by Kadric
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To: OXENinFLA
More fiscally responsible and socially progressive government from the Dems.
7 posted on 10/02/2003 8:15:49 AM PDT by .cnI redruM (redruM's Advice -- When impersonating an officer, NEVER call for back - up!!)
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To: JohnGalt
Ping...............
8 posted on 10/02/2003 8:15:54 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: OXENinFLA
How much did the GOP propose? I have a suspicion that it is not that much lower than the RATS. The GOP House and Senate have been on a spending spree the last 3 years like that which has never been seen.
9 posted on 10/02/2003 8:18:34 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: OXENinFLA
bump
10 posted on 10/02/2003 8:19:29 AM PDT by lowbridge (As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly. -Mr. Carlson, WKRP in Cincinnati)
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To: OXENinFLA
bump
11 posted on 10/02/2003 8:19:34 AM PDT by lowbridge (As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly. -Mr. Carlson, WKRP in Cincinnati)
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To: Phantom Lord
Not sure.
12 posted on 10/02/2003 8:19:58 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: Kadric
ouch!
13 posted on 10/02/2003 8:20:44 AM PDT by Principled
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To: OXENinFLA
Bush gets money for his war and Iraqi welfare state, the D's get money for their pet projects.

That is the nature of the welfare-warfare state; one big happy family of looters and parasites.
14 posted on 10/02/2003 8:20:55 AM PDT by JohnGalt (Attention Pseudocons: Wilsonianrepublic.com is still available)
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To: OXENinFLA
Thanks for the ping!
15 posted on 10/02/2003 8:23:49 AM PDT by Mo1 (http://www.favewavs.com/wavs/cartoons/spdemocrats.wav)
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To: OXENinFLA
BTTT
16 posted on 10/02/2003 8:31:15 AM PDT by bluewater bird
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To: Mo1
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getpage.cgi?position=all&page=H9097&dbname=2003_record

Mr. SCHROCK.

Mr. SHADEGG.

Mr. HOEKSTRA.





Good speeches.
17 posted on 10/02/2003 8:33:39 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: Mo1
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getpage.cgi?position=all&page=H9097&dbname=2003_record

Mr. SCHROCK.

Mr. SHADEGG.

Mr. HOEKSTRA.





Good speeches.
18 posted on 10/02/2003 8:33:49 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: OXENinFLA
oops
19 posted on 10/02/2003 8:34:21 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: .cnI redruM
More fiscally responsible and socially progressive government from the Dems.

Yep. Thank God it's the fiscally responsible Republicans that are morgaging your kids' futures.

20 posted on 10/02/2003 8:36:26 AM PDT by LTCJ (OK GOP, you've convinced me. There's nothing more useless than a comfortable Republican.)
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To: LTCJ
Sounds like large bit of pork is wanted by the demwits!!!!
21 posted on 10/02/2003 8:39:28 AM PDT by jocko12
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To: jocko12
I've liked the term DIM-O-CRITICS ever since I heard it.
22 posted on 10/02/2003 8:43:05 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: LTCJ
Hey, you could vote Dem and have a deficit of 1.39 Trillion instead of 500 billion.
23 posted on 10/02/2003 8:48:31 AM PDT by .cnI redruM ("We hang petty thieves, we elevate the great ones to public office." Aesop, 600BC)
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To: .cnI redruM
Hey, you could vote Dem and have a deficit of 1.39 Trillion instead of 500 billion.

True. I'd hate to have the Dems spend $15B on leukemia in China.

24 posted on 10/02/2003 8:54:38 AM PDT by LTCJ (OK GOP, you've convinced me. There's nothing more useless than a comfortable Republican.)
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To: All
Maybe the quicker way to solve this problem is to let both parties spend as much of this paper money as they can till it's completely out of control and bankruptcy is the only answer. I know, some of you say we are already there. Maybe the $1 Trillion will just shorten the time frame. Once the implosion happens we can then pick up the pieces and start over but hopefully with some new rules like Colorado's Tabor.
25 posted on 10/02/2003 9:01:35 AM PDT by mpreston
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