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.

Jasper Stein February 27, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Damned right, He is right on!!!! I am really beginning to like these guy Rep. Eric Swalwell
Abe Mazliach February 27, 2013 at 05:12 PM
I agree the Republicans are using this on purpose.
Nicholas Terry February 27, 2013 at 05:23 PM
He forgot to mention that, even though its not significant, I will not accept a pay check until Congress sends the President a budget that is signed. The President hasnt had a budget since taking office, talk about negligence. I blame Bush. Other than that, it must be campaign season!
john adamson February 27, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Obama requested the sequester, so now it's the Republican's fault?
john adamson February 27, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Bush? How long do we blame Bush? Obama has had four years. More debt, more unemployment, and more blame.
Nicholas Terry February 27, 2013 at 05:37 PM
John, I agree with your first comment, but when has the President ever really own up to his words, when they dont favor him? The Bush comment was sarcasm.
Nicholas Terry February 27, 2013 at 05:56 PM
You know, everytime we hit a budet crisis, theres either blame or gloom & doom and then SOME how everything works out. These people are really pathetic; they cant work together so they take their staged anger to the voters; NOT ONE of them refuses a pay check until they do their job; so many Americans go without, but they get their check and per diem and then kiss each others ass afterwards. Its really pathetic. 99% of Congress is gutless!
Tim February 27, 2013 at 06:17 PM
This Swalwell is a loser... didn't take long to tow the Nancy Pelosi far left wing line, did it? The sequestration was proposed by the White House, NOT the House GOP. Obama wanted it, he proposed it, pushed for its passage, and signed it into law. The made this bed so now they can lie in it. The GOP is willing to make the cuts in other areas, or "smart cuts" as Swalwell says but new taxes are a deal breaker. Those evil millionaires (yes, those making LESS than half a million a year) already got a tax increase in January. Another thing to point out is that the federal government will still spend MORE money this year than last year, even with sequestration. This is called "baseline budgeting". Enough is enough. NO MORE TAXES.... cut the damn budget!!!!
Nicholas Terry February 27, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Its wise to point that funding will continue if Friday passes, but again, GOP will cave on certain things and people will live in fear for a few days. Politics changes good people and their good intentions. Campaign season, a tougher to keep your job too!
Jeannie February 27, 2013 at 06:24 PM
What Jasper said! ;)
Jeannie February 27, 2013 at 06:28 PM
It's ALWAYS campaign season. That has been the excuse for well over 10 yrs. now that keeps these spineless corporate puppets from doing their job for the American people. The people need to vote these obstructionists out for the good of the middle class, their children, and the future of this country!!
Jeannie February 27, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Boner stated that he got 98% of what he wanted and was happy with it. The sane people involved felt the agreement made by both sides was such an awful scenario that it would force Congress to do their job rather than ever revert to it. They don't care! It couldn't be more obvious!
Jeannie February 27, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Withdrawing Congressional pay until these things are solved has been proposed with little attention. The guys pouring water on the lives of the majority of us aren't concerned with their Congressional pay--that's just lunch money for them. It's their corporate campaign donors and lobbyist handouts they salivate over. It's good to know who's working for the majority of the people in this country and who's working for the special interests that could care less about the rest of us.
Nicholas Terry February 27, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Jeannie... Do you HONESTLY think any of these members of Congress care about us? IF, IF they do, it's 10% of what they feel and think about. No matter your party affiliation, they want votes, to ensure re-election so that they can gain power and one down get a plush lobbyist or consultant job that pays millions. We the people (the voters) only get them in office by votes, its the major donors that they work for; dont fool yourself! Swalwell, no matter his past aspirations and intentions, are simply party-line now; he campaigned one way, he's working the other! I assume you're calling the GOP obstructionists, and you're right, but dont forget the left, they are easily making it possible for the GOP to be obstructionists. To approve of either side right now is uneducated judgement.
Tom February 27, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Swalwell taking shots at the Republicans? That is funny as he wouldn't be there if it wasn't for the Republican/Tea Party votes he solicited during the election. When one acts like a Republican, maybe one IS a Republican.
Davis February 27, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Never voted for Stalwell, We voted AGAINST Stark. Didn't take long for Stalwell to drink the Pelosi Kool-Aid. Did Bush make the Kool-Aid too?
Glen from Hayward February 28, 2013 at 04:42 AM
Thanks Tim, at least there are some people here that know the facts. You are correct on all your statements. Too bad the majoraty of folks here just repeat the obama-lies and rhetoric of the leftists.
Glen from Hayward February 28, 2013 at 04:47 AM
Coolaid drinkers, you need to read Tims post which is factual, not obama-lies and rhetoric. It was obama that submited the sequester as his solution. He has all the blame by not balancing the budget even once since he was elected, thats shameful. My checkbook gets balanced every month, so I know where my finances are, I expect the person in charge of the country should too.
John February 28, 2013 at 07:44 AM
he Budget Control Act (BCA) is the result of negotiations between the President and Congress held in response to the federal government having nearly reached its borrowing capacity. http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41965.pdf Eric is a puppet! its a shame he has gone that route....now he is pushing for more taxation --- taxation will not end with high earners as it will continue all the way down. Wake up PRESIDENT OWNS this... Its a funny thing we got a spending issue where its totally out of control and the way democrats think it should be handled is to tax more to cover more spending....this route has got us to nearly 17 trillion in debt...you cannot tax your way out of it without cuts. a less than 2% cut and they claim the world will fall apart?!! c'mon!
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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