Transcript: Republican Sen. David Vitter to propose bill amendments to force Senate budget vote


Remarks by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) on Obama’s 2013 budget at a press briefing on Feb. 13, 2012:

“I share all these concerns of my colleagues. You know, everyone [who’s] serious agrees that we’re on an unsustainable fiscal path.

“Over 40 cents of every dollar the federal government spends is borrowed money. 100% of GDP is our debt level right now and that’s increasing significantly over time.Another $11 trillion over 10 years on top of the existing $16 trillion. Everyone knows that’s unsustainable and that if we don’t change paths that will lead to a situation crisis like we see in some European countries.

“And the President with this budget is saying, ‘That’s not a problem for at least 10 years.’

“That is completely, completely irresponsible.

“We need a real discussion and real action in Washington because that [is] unsustainable for 10 years. May not be sustainable for two or one years. And we need the discussion now to get this budget under control.

“And certainly, Jeff [Sessions] mentioned, what we would do in the majority next year – and I agree with that commitment- but I’m going to be working with these folks and others to have that debate in the Senate this year, including by proposing an amendment to multiple bills that legislation on which this amendment would be attached cannot become effective until we have a full budget debate and series of budget votes on the U.S. Senate floor as is intended.”



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