|00:00:00||SERIES OF BOOKS, THE CRUCIAL CONVERSATION LINE OF BOOKS, ONE OF THE THINGS HE ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO DO IS TO FIND WHATEVER COMMON GROUND THEY CAN REACH.|
|00:00:08||I THINK THERE IS COMMON GROUND AMONG THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GENERALLY THAT WE SHOULD BALANCE OUR BUDGET.|
|00:00:13||NOT EVERYONE AGREES ABOUT HOW WE BALANCE THE BUDGET, WHAT SHOULD BE CUT, BUT THEY DO AGREE THAT WE SHOULD BALANCE IT.|
|00:00:19||THAT BEING THE CASE, THAT'S WHERE WE OUGHT TO FOCUS OUR EFFORTS, IS ON AMENDING OUR LAW OF LAWS, THAT 224-YEAR-OLD DOCUMENT THAT HAS FOSTERED THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE GREATEST CIVILIZATION THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN.|
|00:00:31||CHANGE IT AGAIN TO IMPROVE IT, TO RESTRICT CONGRESS' BORROWING POWER.|
|00:00:36||THE PLAN PROPOSED BY THE DEMOCRATS THAT'S NOW ABOUT TO COME BEFORE US PUTS OUR BUDGETING PROCESS ON AUTOPILOT, DOESN'T REQUIRE ANOTHER BUG FOR TWO YEARS -- HER TO BUDGET FOR TWO -- ANOTHER BUDGET FORTWO YEARS, PRESERVING OBAMACARE TO FUND ITSELF WITHOUT ADDITIONAL DEBATE IN CONGRESS.|
|00:00:54||THIS IS WRONG, THIS IS NOT THE RIGHT APPROACH, I OBJECT TO IT.|
|00:00:57||FOR THAT REASON, I, ALONG WITH MY OTHER REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, ARE PREPARED TO VOTE ON THIS AND VOTE NO ON THIS RIGHT NOW.|
|00:01:04||WE ARE NOT THE ONES DELAYING|
Mr. LEE. In that series of books, the crucial conversation line of the books, one of the things he encourages people to do is to find whatever common ground they can reach.
I think there is common ground among the American people generally that we should balance our budget. Not everyone agrees about how we balance the budget, what should be cut, but they do agree we should balance it. That being the case, that is where we ought to focus our efforts. We should focus our efforts on amending that law of laws, that 224-year-old document that fostered the development of the greatest civilization the world has ever known. We should change it, again, to improve it, to restrict Congress's borrowing power.
The plan proposed by the Democrats that is now about to come before us puts our budgeting process on autopilot. It doesn't require another budget for 2 years, preserving the ability of ObamaCare to fund itself without a single additional debate in Congress. This is wrong. This is not the right approach. I object to it. For that reason, I, along with some of my other Republican colleagues, am prepared to vote on this and vote no on it right now. We are not the ones delaying this vote.