Hoyer on the Floor Highlighting GOP Hypocrisy on the CR and the 2012 GOP Budget

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the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer, for five minutes. mr. hoyer: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hoyer: madam speaker, budgets are not simply about dollars and cents. they are about values and priorities. and the debate over spending has revealed the republican priorities, in my opinion, the worst possible light. first, republicans passed a spending plan for the remainder of the fiscal year that would cripple america's ability to outinnovate, outeducate, and outbuild its competitors. that spending plan would cut billions in medical and energy research, cut out support for 20,000 research scientists, take 200,000 children out of head start, put college out of reach for millions of middle class students, and end vital infrastructure projects in 40 states. infrastructure projects would provide american jobs. a consensus of nop partisan economists has found the plan will cost us hundreds of thousands of jobs. and mark zandi, who advised john mccain when he was running for president on economics, moody analytics chief economist and advisor to senator mccain said it would cost almost 7 00,000 jobs. in addition to these skewed priorities, republicans are insisting that any bill, any bill to keep the government open must also include controversial social policy provisions that have little if anything to do with the deficit. even though in their own pledge to america promised, and i quote, to end the practice of packaging unpopular bills with must-pass legislation. bills that should pass on their merits not as related to some extraneous issue. rather than compromise with president obama and the democrats in the senate and house, republicans are threatening once again to shut down government. as they did in 1995. now they tell us that they'll back off on their threat but only if we pass a partisan, one-week spending bill that triples the ransom to keep the government opened. in other words, this bill contains three times the weekly cuts as the last week to week bill did. it also takes all cuts from only a small slice of the budget. frankly, madam speaker, that makes this latest bill a mockery of fiscal responsibility. especially because it leaves entirely untouched for the rest of the year what the secretary of defense himself has called the pentagon's culture of endless money. this partisan patch contradicts republicans' own promises to put everything on the table. defense spending included. listen to their own words as reported by the associated press on january 23, quote, the house's new majority leader, representative carke cantor of virginia, has said defense programs could join others on the cutting board. but of course they haven't done that. "new york times" january 27 representative chris gibson, a tea party endorsed freshman republican and retired army colonel said, made it clear, that no part of the pentagon's $550 billion budget, some $700 billion including the wars in iraq and afghanistan was immune. he said this, this deficit that we have threatened our very way of life and everything needs to be on the table. however they have notdown that. congressman mike pence on january 7 said this, quote, if we are going to put our fiscal house in order, we have to be able to look at defense. we need a strong defense, i'm a supporter of a strong defense, but to take those dollars off the table is irresponsible and inconsistent with the representations that our republican friends have made. those words are sounding very hollow, however, today while republicans breaking their word, madam speaker, because in my opinion they know that the only way to get their conference to support this spending bill is to bribe it with a year of defense spending left untouched. and a divisive social policy provision as well. which is what they said they would not do. what we need to do is sit down and over the next 72 hours now the next 48 hours, frankly, come to compromise, that's our job. ...