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Congressman Matt Gaetz

Representing the 1st District of Florida

Congressman Gaetz Statement on House Republican Budget

October 5, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL-1) today issued the following statement regarding H.Con.Res 71, the House Republicans’ 2018 Budget Resolution. Following Congressman Gaetz’s vote to support the House Republican Budget, the bill passed with a vote of 219–206.

“Under President Obama, readiness fell to lowest levels in a century, GDP growth sputtered, the quality of healthcare for the middle class got worse, and our debt sky-rocketed. These are not policies we want to repeat, and certainly not policies we should expand. I voted today in favor of the Republican budget, which cuts spending by over two hundred billion dollars, greatly reduces government waste, and balances in ten years. It strengthens our military, reduces our national debt by over six trillion dollars, and lays the groundwork for overhauling our broken tax code. With the greatest reduction in entitlement spending since Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the House, this budget can actually restore the great promise of the American dream,” Rep. Gaetz said.

Last night, Congressman Gaetz spoke out on the House of Representative’s floor in opposition to Congressman Bobby Scott’s (D-VA-2) amendment, known as the Congressional Black Caucus Substitute amendment, to H.Con.Res 71.

A video and transcript of the floor speech can be found below.

 

TRANSCRIPT

Thank you Mr. Speaker. As one of the youngest members of Congress, I feel an obligation not only to my district, but to my generation. And right now in America, we are midway through the greatest wave of generational theft in all of human history. The budget offered by the Congressional Black Caucus takes the problems of Washington and makes all of them worse, by doubling down on deficit spending and irresponsible financial decisions.

Mr. Speaker, I tell my constituents, I am on two of the scariest committees in Congress: Armed Services and Budget. On the Armed Services Committee, I see every day that our adversaries are closing the capability gap. They are able to do more, while after eight years of the Obama Administration, our military has been left in shambles.

This budget does nothing to rebuild the military. It leaves our troops on the battlefield without the tools they need to win — absolutely shameful. Mr. Speaker, when we look at the budget today, we absolutely have to have a fiscal discipline, and this budget doesn’t do that. It punishes American workers and American businesses with new taxes and more taxes. It pours billions into the failed experiment of Obamacare, and to take things a step further, it would promote a healthcare system that is a single payer system. Not only will this bankrupt our nation, it will bankrupt hard-working Americans.

How much would premiums go up under state-run single-payer system? A thousand dollars a month? Two thousand dollars? And of course taxes would increase too. The same families in this system would see enormous challenges meeting their needs, because they are funding irresponsible spending in Washington.

So beyond making our citizens sick and poor, this budget would weaken our defense, weaken our military, and put Americans in danger. Everyone here knows the threats we face are serious. ISIS, Hezbollah, North Korea, regional instability, volatility across the Middle East — yet, bizarrely, this cuts funding for the Global War on Terror.

Under President Obama, readiness fell to lowest levels in a century. GDP growth sputtered. The quality of healthcare for the middle class got worse and our debt sky-rocketed. These are not policies we want to repeat and certainly not policies we should expand. Instead, let’s vote for the Republican budget that has the greatest reduction in entitlement spending since Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the House, and can actually restore the great promise of the American dream. 

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