(House of Representatives - July 20, 2011)

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  (Ms. JACKSON LEE of Texas asked and was given permission to address 
the House for 1 minute.)
  Ms. JACKSON LEE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, yesterday our Republican 
friends jumped for joy when they passed a draconian bill that would cut 
$6 trillion and jeopardize a lifeline for millions of Americans, and 
that is Social Security. We have all been referring to a President that 
endeared himself to this whole country, President Reagan. His letter to 
Senator Baker said: The Nation can ill-afford to allow such a result. 
The risk, the costs, the disruptions, and the incalculable damage lead 
me to but one conclusion: The Senate must vote to raise the debt 
ceiling--in 1983 when the country was much smaller.
  But what do we face here? Frivolous activity like Republican freshmen 
who, in their manner of affect, showing disrespect for the Office of 
the President. One Member said: ``I have a challenge for the President. 
I dare him, I double dare him to even think about cutting Social 
Security.'' What about the Member? Should he be dared to not cut Social 
Security? The Republican vote yesterday already cut Social Security. 
And you've just cut Social Security as Republican freshmen. Why don't 
we engage in negotiation and let the approach be negotiation and 
resolution--not obstruction. Why don't we engage in negotiation and 
work together as a Nation, as the American people want? I would like a 
little more respect from my colleagues for the President of the United 
States, President Barack Obama.