(House of Representatives - June 20, 2012)

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  (Mr. CARNAHAN asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. CARNAHAN. Madam Speaker, I stand here today frustrated but 
determined. Frustrated because I've heard from so many people in St. 
Louis, Missouri, that I represent, small business owners, veterans, 
students, and others. They're all saying the same thing: ``Put me to 
  They want to help rebuild our economy. They want to help create new 
American jobs.
  They're not saying, ``Kill me a sea lion.'' They're not saying, 
``Allow corporations to pollute my air and water.'' They're not saying, 
``Give more breaks for the well-off Americans and more burdens for 
seniors.'' They're saying, ``Put me to work.''
  They are determined, and so am I. So I say to you, put Congress to 
work. Put us to work passing the student loan interest extension to 
protect students who are graduating into an unstable marketplace. Put 
us to work passing the Senate transportation bill that passed 
overwhelmingly with bipartisan support and would create thousands of 
jobs. Put us to work passing the STARTUP Act, to create new 
opportunities for American innovation.
  Listen to our constituents. They want to go to work. They are 
cheering for our country to succeed and to work, and they expect and 
deserve their Congress to do the same.