(House of Representatives - October 12, 2013)

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                               DAY TWELVE

  (Mr. BERA of California asked and was given permission to address the 
House for 1 minute.)
  Mr. BERA of California. Day No. 12--Mr. Speaker, today is the 12th 
day of a government shutdown and 1 day closer to defaulting on our 
debt. In the history of our great Nation, we have never failed to pay 
our bills. We are Americans. We always pay our bills.
  Mr. Speaker, enough with the gamesmanship, the finger-pointing, the 
name-calling. It is time to get back to business. We can do it in three 
easy steps.
  Step one: let's open the government.
  Step two: let's pay our bills.
  And step three: let's negotiate a real budget that begins to rebuild 
jobs and an economy that rebuilds middle class America.
  Mr. Speaker, everyone wins--especially the American people.