Mr. MANZULLO. Madam Speaker, there are over 10,000 Federal programs and counting. No one quite knows how many there are.
I do most of my work in Congress on manufacturing; and for 12 years, I've been working on a chart to identify every agency, every bureau that is involved somehow in manufacturing. And it continues to grow and grow and grow. And my objective was to find a way with a common portal to be able to access via the Internet exactly what's going on, but it's impossible. And that's the problem with this government. People run to Congress and say, I have got a program for this and for that.
Well, you know what, it's time to start eliminating programs around here. It's time to just keep those programs that are absolutely necessary, and the best way to do that is to have the fiscal restraint imposed by a balanced budget amendment. No longer is it a matter of going to the backroom and simply printing money to cover this program or that program. We need to come to the realization that Washington doesn't have the answer for everything. And the best way to cut back on these 10,000 programs is to have the discipline of a balanced budget amendment so that the Members of the House and Members of the Senate can realize you really can't spend more than what you take in.