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Source: CDU CSU

Madam President! Dear Colleagues! Colleague Kleinwächter, I grant you that you survived this illness well. But how would you have talked if the course had been more serious – ventilator, coma, long-term effects? Then how would you have talked here at this desk?

(Michael Grosse-Brömer [CDU / CSU]: Not at all!)

Mr Kleinwächter, I find that disrespectful to those who are not as lucky as you are. I think that’s just disrespectful!

(Applause from the CDU / CSU, the SPD, the FDP, the LEFT and the BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

Colleague Dürr, you mentioned relieving the burden on the middle of society. Now I’ll have a look at your so-called strategy paper: “Melting down the federal subsidy in the pension fund for a withdrawal of the pension at 63”, “Rejection of the mother’s pension II”, “Cancellation of the child benefit”.

(Christian Dürr [FDP]: Abolition of the solidarity surcharge! Part of the property transfer tax! Abolish middle class belly! Read the whole list!)

When it comes to building child benefit, I can only tell you: I am glad that it exists in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. There are several young families living in my village alone who have bought and renovated older houses with the Baukindergeld; therefore they could afford it.

(Christian Dürr [FDP]: Those who paid the high real estate transfer tax!)

These young families have moved to rural areas. That helped at this point.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD – Christian Dürr [FDP]: The whole list, Mr. Rehberg!)

The tip of the iceberg for you is really – I repeat what I said on Tuesday – the regulated release of cannabis for self-determined and responsible use.

(Christian Dürr [FDP]: Yes! They would rather buy black!)

The motto is: “Smoking weed against debt”, Mr Dürr.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU and the SPD – Christian Dürr [FDP]: What about the tobacco tax? That’s ridiculous!)

In contrast to you, we as the grand coalition have relieved workers and companies with 60 billion euros during this legislative period.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU and the SPD – Christian Dürr [FDP]: Read out the whole list of the FDP, colleague!)

On January 1, 2021 alone, there will be half of the abolition of the solos, an increase in child benefit, a further reduction in the cold progression and a shift in the tax rate, which amounts to another 17 billion euros. This, and not what you came up with in your strategy paper, is our policy for relieving the burden on the middle of society.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD – Christian Dürr [FDP]: No abolition of solos! No real abolition of cold progression! The opposite is the case!)

Dear colleagues, the topic of the week

(Christian Dürr [FDP]: What do you say to Mr. Söder?)

here in the German Bundestag it seems to have been – even its own parliamentary groups were not immune from this -: The Bund is responsible for everything. – Mrs Hendricks put the right questions to colleague Dürr earlier. Take a look at Article 28 of the Basic Law.

I would advise colleague Dürr and all other colleagues to take a look at the financial relief of the federal states and municipalities in the Federal Audit Office’s report; the overview will come back this year.

(Bettina Stark-Watzinger [FDP]: Yes, you decided that!)

85 billion euros relief in 2020!

(Christian Dürr [FDP]: Isn’t it your policy, Mr. Rehberg!)

But I’m getting at something completely different.

(Christian Dürr [FDP]: Your policy, Mr. Rehberg!)

You complained about the DigitalPact School

(Christian Dürr [FDP]: Yes!)

and hold the federal government responsible for everything.

(Christian Dürr [FDP]: No!)

There was an administrative agreement on May 17 last year, and I’ll tell you: I know of more complicated administrative agreements on the spot. But the question has to be asked: What is the responsibility of the recipients for calling up the money that was made available to the federal states in this DigitalPact School? Only 16 million euros have been called. At this point this responsibility no longer rests with the federal government, but with the states and ultimately with the school authorities. I think we cannot blame everything here.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD)

Vice President Claudia Roth:

Mr. Rehberg, would you allow an interim question or comment from Christian Dürr?

Eckhardt Rehberg (CDU / CSU):

But of course.

Christian Dürr (FDP):

Thank you very much, Madam President.

(Michael Grosse-Brömer [CDU / CSU]: But don’t read it now!)

– I just have the federal-state agreement with me that Mr Rehberg has just mentioned. – I just want to tell you briefly what it says there. There it says that the “expenses for operation, maintenance and IT support of the subsidized infrastructure are not eligible”. What the schools actually need is therefore not eligible. The federal and state governments have adopted this jointly. And do you know what else is there? It says that a concept for IT support and the implementation of the measures are necessary at the same time.

In other words, they are demanding something from schools that is not at all eligible.

(Michael Grosse-Brömer [CDU / CSU]: But that’s how the countries wanted it!)

– Yes, the countries signed it.

(Michael Grosse-Brömer [CDU / CSU]: Oh!)

We as Free Democrats told you, Ms. Hendricks, together with our colleagues from the Greens, when we were changing the Basic Law that this would be the problem that is why the funds would not be drained. The Greens and the FDP made this prediction back then. Now it has happened, and now you are making another speech according to the motto: It’s not my department.

You tell the families in Germany that. To be clear: no one has any more understanding for what you are deducting, Mr Rehberg.

(Applause from the FDP and from Svenja Stadler [SPD])

Vice President Claudia Roth:

Mr. Rehberg, please.

Eckhardt Rehberg (CDU / CSU):

Mr Dürr, with your argument in particular, you are helping to ensure that the federal states hide behind the federal government.

(Christian Dürr [FDP]: No!)

We have a shared responsibility – keyword: federalism – we have taxes, of which only 40 percent now go to the federal government, and the financial situation of the states and municipalities before Corona was such that there were massive surpluses. The DigitalPact School was originally only there so that the digital infrastructure could come to the schools and be expanded in the schools. That was the approach of the DigitalPakt Schule – no more and no less.

(Christian Dürr [FDP]: And it didn’t work!)

I am still in favor, Mr Dürr, that the federal states, which until 2019 and from 2021 really had or will have a significantly better financial situation than the federal government, should meet their responsibility at this point.

(Christian Dürr [FDP]: That is your answer for families in Germany! Unbelievable!)

It really cannot be otherwise.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)

The topic of the week was: The federal government is responsible for everything.

(Christian Dürr [FDP]: No!)

Here you complain that it is all too bureaucratic and too complicated.

(Christian Dürr [FDP]: Yes, that’s the way it is!)

We have now received a Federal Audit Office report on the subject of “University Pacts I and II”.

(Dr. Gesine Lötzsch [DIE LINKE]: That’s right!)

I advise everyone to read it through.

(Dr. Gesine Lötzsch [DIE LINKE]: I’ve already read it through!)

A crime thriller is nothing against it, and to be honest: I would not have suspected that one could come up with such creative – in quotation marks – ideas.

In view of this misuse and formation of residues, I am deliberately asking the following question: What is the political and moral stance in some universities, in some universities and in many countries? On the other hand, when I see the situation at many colleges and universities, then the question should be asked: How do we feel between the federal, state and local governments at this point?

(Dr. Gesine Lötzsch [DIE LINKE]: The worst is NRW!)

– Very carefully; it was all from the red-green time. Dear colleague Lötzsch, always be very careful with the party membership, because omissions mix up at every point!

I will come now – you gave me the keyword – to your statement and to the statement of colleague Perli on the subject of “social housing”.

You have just reproached Horst Seehofer for the fact that this year only 1 billion euros is available for social housing. This is a fake; 1.518 billion euros are available. What you and many others are suppressing – that’s exactly what I suspected – are the 3 billion euros in compensation in the federal-state financial equalization via sales tax points. This means that this year, just like last year, over 1.5 billion euros are available for social housing.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD)

Now let’s see what happened under your responsibility in Berlin. The state of Berlin not only privatized several hundred thousand apartments under red and red in 2004, no, the state of Berlin also did not build a new social housing in Berlin between 2006 and 2012.

(Sebastian Brehm [CDU / CSU]: That is the truth!)

Ms. Lötzsch, don’t take a normal street broom, but a wire broom, and first sweep in front of your own left door when you are talking about social housing.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and MP Bettina Hagedorn [SPD])

The political agreement was: If the federal government makes money available, then the states complete it with 50 percent. In addition to Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, there is only one federal state, namely Hamburg, which has been fulfilling this appointment for years and decades in an exemplary manner;

(Dr. Barbara Hendricks [SPD]: NRW too!)

Olaf Scholz already had responsibility there at that time.

(Dennis Rohde [SPD]: Best man!)

In all other federal states, the co-financing is less than 50 percent.

If I look back at the last year: 27040 new social housing were built in 2018; in 2019 there were almost 1,500 fewer. For the 3 billion euros that were politically agreed, around 46,000 new social housing could have been built. I think it is a scandal – these are all reports that the federal states have provided – that the federal states have not even spent the federal funds that have been made available to them on social housing.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS)

That is why we must fundamentally ask ourselves what the financial relations between the federal, state and local governments can and must be.

(Acclamation from the deputy Dr. Barbara Hendricks [SPD])

Dear colleagues, I come to one of the core problems in the discussion this week: the sum of 85 billion euros. In 2020, the takeover of the trade tax losses and the takeover of the KdU resulted in around 100 billion euros. If funds in the order of one fifth of the federal budget go to the states and municipalities and they are not available for our own original tasks, then, I believe, it is our overall responsibility in this House not to constantly point out that the federal government is responsible for everything is responsible. Rather, reference should be made to who is really responsible for schools, universities, daycare centers, etc.

Thank you very much.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)


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