Statements about Federal Budget
A bill to advance the Keystone XL Pipeline "is an earmark" under House rules.
The federal government could save $500 million annually by circulating $1 coins instead of $1 bills.
Says 70,000 children "have lost their Head Start slots" because of the sequester.
Historically, the Social Security tax has been assessed on about 90% of U.S. income. Now it captures 83% because there's been such a growth of income among the highest earners.
"Expanding Medicaid would require borrowing more money, drastically expanding our deficit."
"70,000 three-year-olds and four-year-olds across America will lose access to the preschool Head Start program. ... 2,000 in the state of Florida alone."
A Wisconsin bill to limit use of food stamps for junk food would also "prevent -- or limit -- the extent to which" food stamps could be used for organic foods.
"The port provides more than 297,000 jobs directly to the state of Georgia."
Long-term federal investment in U.S. airports is urgent because "there was a recent survey of the top airports … in the world, and there was not a single U.S. airport that came in the top 25."
"Why is President Obama unnecessarily delaying your flight? FAA could cut other spending."
Says the U.S. fleet of attack submarines is scheduled to fall below the 48 boats that Navy says it needs to carry out current missions.
The Internal Revenue Service spent $60,000 on a "Star Trek" training video.
"Congresswoman Frederica Wilson successfully postpones closure of the North Perry airport tower."
"In the last two years, I have supported and proposed $155 billion worth of targeting cuts. Dr. Gingrey has presented zero."
Paul Ryan’s budget "keeps the Obamacare taxes and spending cuts that paid for Obamacare, but then cuts all of the benefits."
"75 percent of the (air traffic control) towers the Obama Administration is closing are located in Republican Congressional Districts."
"Only three in 10 Texas doctors are currently accepting new Medicaid patients."
"Even Roger Williams National Memorial in my home state of Rhode Island attracted nearly 51,000 visitors in 2011, with non local visitors adding more than $3.2 million to the local economy."
"Quite frankly, it was during the Bush years of spending, multiplied now by the Obama years that we have this mess."
The United States spends "$2.2 billion on free cell phones, $27 million on Moroccan pottery classes" and pays for "the travel expenses for the watermelon queen in Alabama."
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