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April 8, 2011

Our Nation is Broke

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(Mr. JOHNSON of Ohio asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. JOHNSON of Ohio. Mr. Speaker, we have a national debt of more than $14.2 trillion, and our unfunded obligations dwarf even that number. Each American taxpayer's share of our national debt is $128,000 and rising.

Our Nation is broke. The Federal Government has maxed out its credit card. This House is listening to the American people, and we've put forth multiple plans to try to get our fiscal house in order, but Harry Reid and President Obama are still not listening.

The clock is ticking; and because of their inaction, we are hours away from a potential government shutdown. Now, they'll deny that this fiscal crisis has been caused by their failed policies, but Americans are too smart to fall for that.

Americans want the tools to grow the economy instead of growing government. So when making spending decisions, we should ask two simple questions in this House: How much does it cost? And who's going to pay for it? If we can't afford it and the American taxpayers are going to foot the bill, gentlemen, ladies, let's vote ``no.''

(House of Representatives - April 7, 2011)

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