Sen. Lee delivers speech on the day’s budget votes

Sen. Mike Lee | File photo, St. George News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Sen. Mike Lee delivered a speech on the Senator floor regarding his budget resolution, Saving the American Dream. The proposal is scheduled for a vote this afternoon along with resolutions offered by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and President Obama.

A portion of the speech is below, and the full text is available here. Below is a video of the speech here.

“Mr. President, The true greatness of our nation lies in the power and promise of the American dream.  Unfortunately for many individuals and families this dream has become a national nightmare.

“Without the clear priorities and accountability of a budget we continue to careen toward the economic cliff with our massive debt and trillion dollar deficits threatening the prosperity of Americans from every walk of life.  To put it simply, we must change course!

“Restoring the American dream will require more than clever bumper-sticker slogans.  While optimism is an important part of the American dream, hope simply is not a strategy for the kind of course correction our country needs.

“Doing nothing is no longer an option! – Although this President and this Congress have attempted, by not having a budget, to convince the American people that doing nothing is the only option.

“Ignoring our broken entitlement programs, maintaining our complex tax code, and pretending we don’t have a spending problem ensures that our economy will never truly recover and the American dream will not be restored.

“The good news for Americans is that many of us do have solutions to confront and correct the country’s most pressing challenges.  In today’s debate and discussion the nation has seen that changing course and balancing our budget doesn’t take 30 years, nor does it require the kind of drastic cuts that could devastate America’s our most vulnerable citizens.

“As we approach this debate I remind my colleagues of the old adage, “You can make excuses or you can make progress, but you cannot make both.””

Submitted by the offices of Mike Lee

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