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Reps. Blumenauer & Andrews on the Budget

Posted on by Jesse Lee

During a House debate on a Republican Motion to Instruct Conferees on the Fiscal Year 2008 Budget, Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Rob Andrews explain the distinction between the Democratic and Republican approaches:

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR-03):
“I find no small amount of irony to hear my good friend from Wisconsin talking about how he’s proven it’s possible to have a unified budget surplus when for 12 consecutive years of ironclad Republican control, when they wrote all the fiscal rules, wrote the budgets, wrote the tax policy… I invite anybody to look at what the now-minority proved that they could do. It is a pretty sorry record of fiscal irresponsibility.”
Rep. Rob Andrews
(NJ-01):

“Mr. Speaker, it is not surprising to me why there is such disorientation from the erstwhile majority about the budget resolution that will be going to conference. It is because it contains a principle that they don’t understand, which is called ‘deficit reduction.’ The erstwhile majority made a living out of borrowing money, spending more, taxing less, borrowing more. Spending more, taxing less, borrowing more…”
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