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U.S. Rep. Karen Bass Speaks out Against Republican Cut, Cap, and Balance Act

July 19, 2011
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Karen Bass spoke on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today against the draconian Republican Cut, Cap and Balance Act which will be voted on today.

The video appears below and a transcript of the remarks as prepared for delivery follows:


“I rise in strong opposition to a H.R. 260. I have to tell you Madam Speaker that to me it feels like groundhog day again here in the House of Representatives.

Duck, Dodge and Dismantle is being brought to the floor today for a vote. I have to tell you that I’ve seen this movie before. The storyline rewards the ultra wealthy while punishing working families.

“I served as Speaker of the California Assembly while my state staggered from budget crisis to budget crisis. We cut spending drastically from a hundred and ten billion dollars to eighty three billion dollars but every year California is subject to national ridicule.

“Why does California have this problem? Well Madam Speaker, we have a balanced budget requirement in California. We require a two-thirds vote to raise revenue. We can pass tax loopholes and breaks on a simple majority vote. So how's that working for us in California?

“Well I’d like to invite my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to come to California. Every year the state is held hostage. Every year my Republican colleagues attempt to have a cap that is passed similar to the cap that is proposed in this legislation and every year the state reaches the brink of a shutdown. So why on earth would we want to import the dysfunction from California to the nation? We should be dealing with the debt ceiling free and clear. We should not force a default in order to bring about legislation that is not related to the debt ceiling.

“Our government should not pick winners than losers, which is exactly  what will happen if we don't raise the debt ceiling. Whether veterans should be paid, IRS refunds can be honored, if Pell Grants will be available, and if food stamps can be distributed.

“And that's exactly what would happen if the debt limit is not raised. I urge a no vote on this bill and I yield back the rest of my time.”