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 on 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.

John February 28, 2013 at 07:47 AM
really? and how is it that democrats voted for this and president signed it....I also think its pretty unusual that a good percentage of republican voted against this cap bill in 2011.... yeah on purpose...their plan was to have democrats pass it and president sign it and give a big speech on being more fiscal with money......please wake up democrats are playing you for a fool
John February 28, 2013 at 07:51 AM
yeah salwell needs to be more humble as he got "in" because voting for stark was not an option. If Salwell continues his Manchurian candidate look and talk he will be back in dublin quickly
tobylerone February 28, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Hear, hear!
tobylerone February 28, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Just stop the dang blame game and do some work! Fix this by passing a dang budget! Politicians like Swalwell sound like bratty little third-graders pointing fingers at each other on the playground. 'No, HE did it!' 'Nah-uh! HE did it!' Jeeperz...
John February 28, 2013 at 05:08 PM
What republicans don't care? they placed in 3 or 4 budgets to democrats 1 and all were rejected by senate (led by democrats) Obama has had 0 budgets although he is supposed to have 1 per year... Obama went golfing with tiger woods, went gallivanting around the country criticizing the other party instead of negotiating with them yet you blame republicans who were asking president to come to washington where the white house is....instead obama toured the country and vacationed everywhere but washington. ridiculous


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