Johanns Says No Way to Justify Dems' Budget
Mar 22, 2013 (Congressional Documents and Publications/ContentWorks via COMTEX) --
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today spoke against a budget resolution being offered by Senate Democrats that spends $46.4 trillion over the next decade, calls for a trillion dollars in new taxes and never balances our nation's budget.
Video of Johanns' full remarks is available HERE http://www.johanns.senate.gov/public/ p=VideoClips&ContentRecord_id=19baa32a-fd0d-42e5-bca4-1eb67f430f0a&ContentType_id=d4f8bed8-f249-4640-b5b1-874dada9c4c8.
Below are excerpts from Johanns' remarks and broadcast quality video of the excerpts is available for download HERE https://lfts.senate.gov/seos/1000/mpd/ui060420130a0f1c3d87ad53bebefd0bffd273590c.
"Nebraskans have a very practical approach to spending money, very straightforward. If you don't have the money, you don't spend it. And it's that straightforward."
"I've been balancing budgets my whole life. This isn't balanced. This is crazy. This is insane. This is adding debt to the shoulders of your children and grandchildren, who are already up to their eyeballs in debt because of the spending that is going on."
"I've talked at length today about going home and explaining what a yes vote would mean on this budget. I'm not going to do that. I'm not going to go home and tell people that I voted for this thing. I just want people to know right now that I'll be a no vote on this budget. I'll be a no vote because somebody has to stand up for the people who are ultimately going to pay the bill. You know, you can't pull the wool over the eyes of Nebraskans. They're just too darned discerning."
"We're facing literally a situation where if we don't stand up to this, then the day isn't very far off where people's Social Security is in jeopardy. Medicare is in jeopardy. Medicaid is in jeopardy. And we leave our children and grandchildren with this massive pile of debt and there's no way to deal with it unless we slam their standard of living or tax the living daylights out of everybody. And that's where this is headed. There would be no way I could justify this vote, no way I could justify this vote back home. So, I proudly announce today that I will be a no vote on this budget resolution, and I'll do everything I can to stop it. It is the wrong course for our country."
A full, unofficial, transcript is also available HERE http://www.johanns.senate.gov/public/ p=Transcripts&ContentRecord_id=a6546e25-b4ae-434d-bcfa-af81189697ed&ContentType_id=b6318fce-8687-41ec-8756-d043d52ef7d2.
Read this original document at: http://www.johanns.senate.gov/public/ p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=7fcad280-7820-4688-ac9b-9c7c4bd3d3fd&ContentType_id=bc82adff-27b4-4832-8fd6-aecbe3e7d8e3
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