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March 18, 2011

Disciplined Spending by Congress

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(Mr. CHAFFETZ asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

Mr. CHAFFETZ. Mr. Speaker, the United States Congress is the only place that I know of that we talk about trillions of dollars, trillion with a ``T.''

How much is $1 trillion? It is a number so large it is hard to get your arms around it. But if you were to spend $1 million a day, $1 million every day, it would take you almost 3,000 years to get to $1 trillion.

This Nation right now is more than $14 trillion in debt. The country is going to spend more than $3.5 trillion over 12 months. More than $220 billion was added to our debt just last month.

Somehow, some way, this government has got to recognize that we are going to have to do more with less; that the proper role of government does not allow us to unilaterally use this, the voting card of the United States Congress, as the biggest credit card that has ever faced this planet. We have to do more with less. We have to be disciplined.

(House of Representatives - March 17, 2011)

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