Representative Cardenas Rises and makes me ashamed for despairing of our country:
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Mr. CÁRDENAS. Mr. Speaker, today we have the opportunity to speak about values, the values that we have as Americans, the values that we hold dear. The fact that someone can work their entire life and finally make it to retirement and be able to live out their golden years with dignity is something that this budget denies.
The idea that an American child could be born in this great country and have an opportunity to go to a college or university and become whatever they want to be--maybe an astronaut, maybe an engineer, maybe even a politician--but without an education, every single one of those dreams is tougher and harder than ever before.
If you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, this budget is for you--extending tax loopholes into perpetuity but denying and condemning children away from education, seniors away from food and health care.
This budget doesn't deserve one vote. This budget deserves to be reworked, to carry the values that we hold dear in this country.
Democrat (need you ask) Congressman Tony Cardenas represents California's 29th District. He will be celebrating his 52nd birthday this March 31. A card would be nice, maybe a nice babka, too.