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Federal Budget Speech
“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” – Thomas Jefferson
The federal budget spends close to four trillion dollars a year and is split between mandatory spending (what the federal government has to spend due to congressional legislation) and discretionary spending (what the federal government spends as a result of congressional allotment). Roughly speaking, mandatory spending accounts for two-thirds of the federal budget, and discretionary spending accounts for one-third of the federal budget.
Every year the executive and legislative branches debate budgetary priorities for the federal bureaucracies such as the Department of Defense, the Pentagon, the Environmental Protection Agency, Veteran Affairs, the Department of Education, and others. Many of these debates occur within congressional committee meetings as members of Congress, federal employees, outside interests, and individual citizens articulate funding requests.
For the Unit 9 Assignment, you will compose a speech advocating why your chosen department, administration, or agency within the federal bureaucracy should receive additional funding.
Because the “world is a stage,” let us establish the setting, plot, and the ensuing action for your speech.
Exterior: Washington D.C. State Capitol Building.
Interior: Room 221B. Congressional Hearing Room.
Imagine that you are in a cavernous room. You sit before a large table facing twenty-one senators from the Budget Committee. Photographers, more than you can imagine, squeeze between the space that separates you from the members of Congress. Behind you in the gallery, public policy wonks and regular citizens sit, awaiting your presentation.
You are a featured speaker from a citizen group that advocates a particular public policy funding concern for your federal department, administration, or agency. Prior to the meeting, you have already read the president’s proposed federal budget for the upcoming year from the Office of Management and Budget and you have some budgetary concerns. You read in alarm how the upcoming federal budget request from the White House reduces funding for your federal department, administration, or agency. But, as you know, it is up to Congress to fund the executive bureaucracy. The executive branch requests funding and the legislative branch allocates funding. This is your chance to request more funding for your federal department, administration, or agency of choice.
Equally eager and nervous you stand in front of a lectern. “Now,” you think, “now I am ready…” You click on the microphone, examine your prepared speech about your funding request, and you begin to speak with eloquence and passion!
Directions: Compose a 400-word transcript of your public policy speech.
Your assignment should also meet the following requirements:
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