WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) delivered floor remarks regarding how the Democrats' spending is out of control.
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Madam President, my colleague said it so very well.
The inflation bomb is exploding, and people in Tennessee are incredibly
concerned about that. I hear about this every single day from
They are also concerned about the fact that it seems that the
Democratic majority has been unable to push forward a budget that would
be bipartisan, that would have appropriate spending, and that would
prioritize the needs and the concerns of the American people.
Until just a few hours ago, we didn't have any insight into an
infrastructure bill that would be bipartisan, and I applaud those who
have worked so diligently to reach a bipartisan agreement. But the
American people have started to lose a lot of their trust and a lot of
their patience with Washington, DC, and I think we can say ``rightfully
so'' because they are watching the cost of government go up. They are
watching the hesitancy to move forward on their concerns, and they are
speaking out to us. I had a Tennessean this week ask me why Washington
was wasting so much time, because time is money, and they want to see
We know we need to see what these bills are going to look like. We
are hearing that the majority wants to bring forward this tax-and-spend
spree of legislation that would be trillions of dollars, and we know
that what would end up happening is this would be something that--I
call it lie, cheat, steal. You don't say exactly what you are going to
use the money for. You don't say exactly where the money is going to
come from within the budget. Eventually, all of it comes out of the
taxpayers' pocket. And you are stealing hopes and dreams from future
generations who are going to--they are going to have to pay the bill
for this. It is our children and our grandchildren and future
generations that are going to have to find a way to pay for all of
That is why I brought this chart back to the floor. I have used it
recently here on this floor to remind us of Ronald Reagan's words:
Freedom is never more than one generation away from
extinction. It has to be fought for and defended by each
Very true words. And what a good reminder to us because as we give
government more control over our lives, as we give them more control in
the Federal budget, as the government takes more money out of the
pocket of hard-working taxpayers, what do we see? We see less freedom.
There is such concern that the Democratic majority has refused to
come forward and say how they want to spend these trillions of dollars.
I think part of that is because there is not a way to pay for it, and
they don't plan to pay for it. Instead, they are going to send that
bill to future generations.
This is dangerous. We are upside down on this national debt when you
look at how that debt clock is ticking. But we have to choose to spend
taxpayer money where it matters, and it still matters. It matters to
Tennesseans what their tax dollars are spent for, and it matters how
they are spent. Another thing that matters to them is what we are
spending it for and the driving of inflation across this country.
If my Democratic colleagues continue to dig this hole, future
generations will be in so deep that it will be very difficult for them
to compete on the global stage. They will be vulnerable to the
deathtraps our adversaries in Beijing set for nations that have made
the same mistakes that the Democratic majority wants us to make:
spending more money than you have to spend for programs that you cannot
I would argue that existing in a state of dependence and
vulnerability created by our own government is the opposite of freedom.
It is the opposite of freedom. Is that really what we want for our
children and grandchildren, to leave them with so much Federal debt
that they are covered in debt; that most of their paycheck is going to
go to the Federal Government to pay for programs that have long
outlived their usefulness? I think not.
That is why it is so important that we look at what is happening
right now, as there are these conversations about budgets and as there
are these conversations about the tax-and-spend spree that my
colleagues across the aisle would seek to propose.
I would also offer that that type of spending is not governing. What
it is, is a power grab. What it is, is taking care of your friends and
not those who elected you to serve. The American people can see what is
coming at them from a mile away, and they are expressing their concerns
about DC's out-of-control tax-and-spending spree.
I yield the floor.