February 28, 2014 - Issue: Vol. 160, No. 34 — Daily Edition113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - 2nd Session
ELECTRIFY AFRICA ACT OF 2014; Congressional Record Vol. 160, No. 34
(House of Representatives - February 28, 2014)
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[Page H2068] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] ELECTRIFY AFRICA ACT OF 2014 (Mr. BROOKS of Alabama asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. BROOKS of Alabama. Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed H.R. 2548, the Electrify Africa Act of 2014. Another day in Washington, another boondoggle on the backs of American taxpayers. I am flabbergasted that in the same week our Secretary of Defense warns of severe defense cuts caused by America's deteriorating financial condition, cuts that risk national security, Congress seeks to force American taxpayers to help build electrical power plants and transmission lines in Africa. Financial prudence dictates that we reduce our deficits by not spending the money at all. If we must spend it and must choose between Africa or America, Mr. Speaker, I choose spending it in America. America spends more than $40 billion a year on foreign aid with money we do not have, borrow to get, and cannot afford to pay back. Mr. Speaker, if financial irresponsibility and economic insanity have a home, rest assured they live in Washington, D.C. ____________________