CALL FOR SENATE ACTION
(House of Representatives - July 20, 2011)

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                         CALL FOR SENATE ACTION

  (Mr. PITTS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. PITTS. Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the House passed the cut, cap, and 
balance plan to control government spending and raise the debt limit. 
Now we need the Senate to act and put their plan on the table.
  While it was good to hear yesterday that at least six Senators have 
reached agreement on a plan to control our debt, what we really need is 
the other Chamber to bring a plan to the floor and pass it out of the 
Senate. We have passed a clear plan, one that can be scored by the CBO, 
a plan that calls for a long-term solution to keep Congress 
responsible, the balanced budget amendment.
  It is clear that we need to act on the debt ceiling soon. Our credit 
rating is certainly at risk. However, we cannot forget that what is 
truly at risk is the long-term solvency of our Nation. If we continue 
on the current path, we will end up being controlled by our creditors, 
just like Greece, Portugal, and Ireland. Our very independence is at 
stake here.
  By acting responsibly now, we avoid greater pain later. Kicking the 
can down the road is only kicking our Nation's future.

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