In the room today, US Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the failure of Senate Democrats to perform basic government functions including national defense, avoidance of default on national debt and government funding. Excerpts from Senator Cornyn’s remarks are below, and a video can be found here.
“This year our fellow Democrats, who control the Senate agenda, have ignored some of the Senate’s most important and fundamental responsibilities, leaving us with a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it.”
“In September, when the Senate should have passed a bunch of bills to fund the government for the next fiscal year, our colleagues kicked the box instead.”
“Instead, our fellow Democrats found time for dead partisan courier bills on arrival, as they failed to come up with a single supply bill with a December 3 deadline. . “
“At some point in the days, weeks or months to come, we don’t know exactly when – only Secretary Yellen knows – the United States will run into debt limit.”
“Democrats had a clear roadmap and enough time to raise the debt ceiling themselves and avoid a financial crisis, but they stubbornly refused. They said they didn’t have enough time. Now, they don’t have that excuse anymore.
“If our fellow Democrats want to exclude Republicans and continue to spend on a purely partisan basis, they will have to raise the debt ceiling in a partisan fashion. “
“Before the Senate addresses either of these crises, there is another item on the agenda: the National Defense Authorization Act. “
“This bill has been waiting behind the scenes for months, ready for ground action, and the chairman of the armed services committee and the ranking member had to push the majority leader to bring this to the Senate, even to this late date. “
“So two weeks before the Thanksgiving recess, the Senate finally began reviewing the Defense Authorization Act.”
“The fact that this has yet to be done is simply inexplicable.”
“Our fellow Democrats are laser-focused on their multibillion-dollar tax and spending frenzy. After months of internal party struggles and countless iterations of this bill, Democratic leaders in the House, including Speaker Pelosi, have finally succeeded in pushing through a partisan version of this bill. They couldn’t even convince all Democrats to vote for the bill.
“The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania sets the price at nearly $ 4.6 trillion over ten years. It’s the budget window, more than two and a half times the amount Democrats previously reported. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget agrees with this estimate. They estimate that the real cost of this bill would be approximately $ 5,000 billion over the next ten years. “
“Of course, this goes against President Biden’s estimate that it would cost nothing.”
“Last week I sent a letter to the leaders of the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation asking for a true cost estimate for this bill. The American people deserve a full and complete picture of the real cost of this legislation. “
“Our Democratic colleagues control the Senate agenda. They control the House and they control the White House. They control every lever in the legislative process here in Washington, DC, and that’s how they chose to use that power.