(House of Representatives - July 20, 2011)

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  (Mr. DOYLE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. DOYLE. Mr. Speaker, Republicans want deep spending cuts with no 
new revenues as the price of raising the debt limit. Some Republicans 
have downplayed the impact that defaulting on the national debt would 
have on our economy and our people, and most Republicans have 
downplayed the impact on average Americans of the budget cuts they're 
calling for. This doesn't come as a surprise, but what is surprising is 
how out of touch they are with mainstream Americans.
  Most Americans say their biggest concern isn't government spending; 
it's jobs. But rather than pursue a real job-creation agenda, House 
Republicans have passed legislation that would actually slow the 
economy and kill American jobs. Their demand for even bigger spending 
cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling is the latest and 
greatest effort yet to kill middle class American jobs.
  They say either we cut government spending deeper, or they're going 
to force us into default, which every economist agrees causes a deeper 
recession and throws hundreds of thousands of middle class Americans 
out of work.
  Mr. Speaker, it's time for House Republicans to get a grip and offer 
an agenda that actually creates jobs.