Apr 30, 2015

Our Budget is the Foundation for a Strong American Future

Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor today in favor of the Republican’s bicameral balanced budget.

Excerpts of McCarthy’s remarks, followed by the full speech, are below, or watch them here:

Well, for the first time in six years, the House and Senate have gotten together, worked out our differences, and drafted a bicameral budget. And this budget shows America exactly where we stand. With this budget, we have a choice before us. Do we keep going down our current path, or do we change course?”

“So my question to the other side is simply this: How will our kids invest in the future when they’re busy paying for our past?

America’s future—our 21st century—will be built by the American people. That’s what this budget would do. It’s the foundation for a strong American future, and a future even brighter than our past. And I look forward to taking the first steps to that future.”

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“I thank the gentleman for yielding.

 “I want to take a moment and I want to thank the Chairman. He’s done a tremendous job. Again, he’s brought another budget to the floor that balances. But he’s done something no one’s done in six years—he’s brought a bicameral budget. That’s something that we shouldn’t just take for granted—something that the House and Senate couldn’t do for quite some time, and your leadership has been tremendous.

“To my friend on the other side, you make a lot of debates. I look forward to hearing them. I’m thankful this time you have more Democrats on the floor helping you than you did a couple weeks ago and that’s helpful. It’s helpful for debate. This is the place we should have it.

“You know, two weeks ago I was on this floor to talk about our budget, and I said that a budget is a vision for the future.

 “It sets out your priorities, but it also shows your values.

 “Well, for the first time in six years, the House and Senate have gotten together, worked out our differences, and drafted a bicameral budget. And this budget shows America exactly where we stand.

“With this budget, we have a choice before us. Do we keep going down our current path, or do we change course?

“Our current path adds to the debt. It’s stuck in the past. In fact, the budget the Democrats offered would never balance.

“So my question to everybody on the other side of the aisle, and especially to my friend, the ranking member—we have a family close in age. We have children about the same age. So my question to the other side is simply this: How will our kids invest in the future when they’re busy paying for our past

“The budget is a different course. It says that we will balance the budget and then actually start paying down the debt.

“It says that it is a more dangerous world, so we will increase spending for defense. It says we will repeal Obamacare. And it says no new taxes. It says that it’s time to grow America’s economy, not Washington’s.

 “You know, Mr. Speaker, the future is not about Washington. It’s not about government trying and failing to solve our problems, while adding more and more debt that our children and grandchildren have to pay.

America’s future—our 21st century—will be built by the American people. That’s what this budget would do. It’s the foundation for a strong American future, and a future even brighter than our past. And I look forward to taking the first steps to that future. And I look forward to not leaving our children our debt, but leaving them a brighter future where they have greater opportunities.

“And I yield back.”