(House of Representatives - July 20, 2011)

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  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Chair recognizes the gentleman from 
South Carolina (Mr. Wilson) for 5 minutes.
  Mr. WILSON of South Carolina. Mr. Speaker, it was an honor to be here 
earlier with Congressman Ted Poe from Texas explaining about the 
Federal lands and how they could be developed to create jobs and 
opportunity. It is particularly fitting that the Speaker pro tem at 
this moment is Daniel Webster, Congressman from Florida, because over 
his head is inscribed a statement, a very wise statement, from the 
previous Daniel Webster, the statesman of our country. In the 
inscription over the head of our Speaker pro tem at this moment it 
says, ``Let us develop the resources of our land.''
  And so we know that the original Daniel Webster was correct, and we 
know that Judge Ted Poe is correct, and our Speaker pro tem is correct.
  Mr. Speaker, last night, the House passed the Cut, Cap, and Balance 
Act of 2011. As the cosponsor of this legislation, I am grateful to 
have my colleagues support this measure with bipartisan votes by 
Republicans and five Democrats. It cuts spending by $111 billion in 
2012. It enacts statutes that will enforce spending caps on the Federal 
Government for the next 10 years to promote jobs. Finally, it requires 
passage of a balanced budget amendment in order to raise the debt 
  This positive legislation goes beyond politics and puts forth 
measures that address the needs our Nation faces. These policies force 
Washington to do what families and small businesses must do every day: 
balance the budget. Rather than devise a plan of their own, liberals in 
Congress simply want to raise taxes. These taxes will harm more 
families and kill more jobs. As the President said in 2009, ``You don't 
raise taxes in a recession.'' Of course, today we have nearly 15 
million unemployed persons in our country. Unemployment under the 
failed policies of our President has increased to 9.2 percent. We need 
to change course.
  Cut, Cap, and Balance is a plan I encourage the Senate to pass in 
order to put our country back on the path to prosperity creating jobs.
  In conclusion, God bless our troops, and we will never forget 
September 11th in the global war on terrorism.