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Video: Rep. Swalwell Accuses Republican Leadership of 'Legislative Malpractice'

Swalwell blames Republicans for the most recent budget crisis.

With the Congress in another budget stalemate, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) put the blame on his Republican colleagues in a speech of the floor of the House of Representatives on Monday.

On Friday, automatic budget cuts will go into effect which will impact domestic discretionary spending and military spending.

The cuts — known as "sequestration" — were originally designed to be so awful that it would force Congress to come together and come up with a better solution.

Here is the text of Swalwell's speech:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my strong disappointment that the House Republican Leadership is committing such legislative malpractice by failing to do anything about the automatic spending cuts that will happen this Friday.

Here we are, on the brink of another economic crisis manufactured by Washington.  And, just as before, this crisis will have real consequences, to real people.

In my district alone, schools will lose $11 million in federal funding.  California will be losing $87.6 million in funding for primary and secondary schools.  That means fewer students learning and more teachers out of work.

There's a rational way to approach balancing the people's budget, and this is not it.  And, we can cut foolish spending without foolishly cutting spending.

H.R. 699, of which I’m a cosponsor, would replace this method of budgeting with a balanced approach.  It would include additional revenue from multimillionaires and smart cuts to reduce unnecessary spending.

We may not agree on the right way to cut spending, but almost everyone agrees using broad, indiscriminate cuts is the wrong way to cut spending.  Let’s come together to pass legislation to avert these cuts.

I yield back the balance of my time.

Do you think the Republicans are to blame for the lastest budget squabble? Do you agree or disagree with Swalwell's position? Let us know in the comments section.

TPH February 27, 2013 at 05:17 AM
Can we recall this guy?
Joe Granada February 27, 2013 at 06:31 AM
If it was Obama's terrible idea why don't they just get rid of it? Just pass a bill saying, oops, your sequester was a bad idea, it is hereby repealed.
Chris3 February 27, 2013 at 07:08 AM
Mr Swalwell, congratulations on your speech, it shows responsability and leadership. It's sad instead to read that some people don't consider education important, that they think that the divide between rich and poor should get bigger and that they have so much acrimony. Maybe money is not enough to make them happy ?
john m April 13, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Yes look what education did for Swewell......my pet rat could go to Washington and give a speech blaming the Republicans. Chris3 if you think Swewell is anything but a hack and puppet for the Democratic leadership then when the stuff hits the fan and interest rates rise (artificially low) and 40-60% of the Government intake goes for interest on the debt you deserve the pain ahead for backing this idiot. SO when it happens do not blame others and do not whine because you were warned!!!!
Nick April 13, 2013 at 07:02 PM
You do realize that Democrats, especially Swalwell, are center-right on the political spectrum, right? Claiming leftism is quite stupid.

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