Cornyn, Murray, McCain, Stabenow, Schumer, Thune

Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 11)

Senator Cornyn: (11:48 AM)

  • Spoke on the budget.
    • "This budget leaves our country with a surplus after ten years. It puts us on a path to begin to pay down our national debt. And it does not raise taxes. By balancing the budget without tax hikes like we do in Texas with our budget, we can protect taxpayers and foster an economic environment that allows jobs and opportunity to blossom. But protecting our taxpayers is not our only priority. I believe our number-one priority in the federal government is national security. And I believe Congress needs to make sure that that's unmistakably clear, and we do so in this budget. The budget does also provide the military with the necessary flexibility to react to changing threats and to make additional investments as necessary in a way that does not add to overspending. Not only does this send a message to our troops that they will have the support they need in order to do the job they volunteered to do but also to our families, our military families who serve as well in our all-volunteer military system. This national security sends a message to our nation's adversaries."

 

Senator Murray: (12:03 PM)

  • Spoke on the budget.
    • "I hope my Republican colleagues will listen to the millions of people across the country who have more affordable quality health care and to the vast majority of our constituents who want us to work together to solve problems, not rehash old fights. And finally drop the political games and work with us to move our health care system forward, not backward for the communities that we serve. Republicans control Congress, it is their job to write and pass a budget, but our constituents actually sent us here to work together, not simply to argue with each other. People across the country are expecting us to break through the gridlock once again, like we were able to do last Congress and deliver results for their families and the communities we represent. So I urge my colleagues to oppose this budget that would be devastating for middle-class families, seniors, investments in our future and the economy."

 

Senator McCain: (12:13 PM)

  • Spoke on the budget.
    • "Ronald Reagan came to presidency on the slogan, "peace through strength." We re-built the military back and put it back into the condition of being the greatest force in the world. We won the Cold War. Right now, if you look at the map of the world in 2011, and look at a map of the world today, in 2011 when we enacted sequestration, you will find that Henry Kissinger and George Schultz and Madeleine Albright and Brent Scowcroft and every person respected on national security in this country will tell you that we are in grave danger, whether it be from ISIS, from Iran, from aggressive behavior by the Chinese. No matter what it is, there are severe crises - no matter where it is in the world, we are in the midst of serious challenges to our national security, and that is the last place, the last place we should continue to cut is on our defense and our capability to defend this nation."

 

Senator Stabenow: (12:21 PM)

  • Spoke on the budget.
    • "So I conclude by saying that we should resoundingly object and vote no on the priorities and the values set out in this budget. They do not reflect what is good to create a middle class and grow a middle class and create opportunity in this country. If you're one of the privileged few, hallelujah, break out the champagne after this passes but if you're the majority of Americans, hold on to your seats, put on your seatbelt because if this is in fact put into place, it's going to be a rough ride for America. And our side is going to do everything humanly possible to make sure that does not happen."

 

Senator Schumer: (12:30 PM)

  • Spoke on the budget.
    • "In a certain sense this Republican budget is a gift. To us and to the American people. Because it shows their real priorities. And their priorities are so far away from what average Americans want that this budget will resound from one end of the country to the other between now and November of 2016. The budget that the House and Senate Republicans have put together helps the very wealthy and powerful in our country who, frankly, don't need any help. This idea, cut taxes on the very wealthy and that's how it will make America a better place, how many Americans actually believe that? We understand that a lot of our colleagues do. They hang out with these people, I guess. But that's not what most Americans think. That's for sure. The budget should reflect the economic reality right now. Middle-class incomes are declining. It's harder to stay in the middle class. It's harder to reach the middle class."

 

Senator Thune: (12:38 PM)

  • Spoke on the budget.
    • "Our budget will start the process of putting major entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare on a sounder footing going forward. Right now the Social Security trust fund is headed toward bankruptcy. If we don't take action, Social Security recipients could be facing a 25% cut in benefits by the year 2033. Medicare faces similar challenges to those faced by Social Security. Under the worst case scenario, the Medicare trust fund could become insolvent as early as 2021. That's just six short years away. The Republicans' budget would help preserve Medicare by extending the trust fund's solvency for an additional five years which would protect retirees' benefits while giving policy makers additional time to ensure that this program provides seniors support for decades to come. I'm proud that today Republicans in Congress will ensure that we have a joint balanced budget resolution for the first time in 14 years. I also want to emphasize that that is no more than what the American people should expect. The American people, after all, have to live within a budget. Their government needs to $so as well."