Rep. Black Speaks In Support of House-Senate Balanced Budget Agreement
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Washington, DC– Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), one of the five House Republican negotiators named to the bicameral budget conference committee, spoke on the House floor to urge support of the House-Senate balanced budget agreement. To watch a video of Congressman Black’s remarks click here. A complete transcript is provided below:
Mister Speaker, what a difference a year makes. Since I came to Congress in 2011, my House Republican colleagues and I worked every year to pass a responsible, timely budget that confronts our runaway spending in Washington. But meanwhile, Senate Democrats refused to pass a budget during four of the last five years. That ends now.
This year, our new American Congress worked to pass a balanced budget in both the House and Senate and to then unify our budgets through regular order.
I had the distinct privilege of serving on the budget conference committee and I am pleased with the final product that we were able to deliver. This will mark the first balanced, joint budget resolution since 2001 and we did it without raising taxes.
But we didn’t stop there. This budget would also erase the President’s disastrous healthcare law, allowing us to start over on reforms that put patients and their doctors in charge – not Washington bureaucrats.
And we use the crucial reconciliation tool to help ensure an Obamacare repeal bill reaches the President’s desk so that we put him on record – forcing him to make a decision and defend that to the American people.
What’s more, this plan supports the growth of 1.2 million jobs over the next decade, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
Mister Speaker, as has been said many times before, budgets aren’t just a series of numbers – they are a statement of our values. I believe the priorities found in this budget are shared by my constituents, and reflect values that we can all be proud of.
I yield back my time.
Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees