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Source: CDU CSU

Thank you very much, Mr President. – Dear Colleagues! Yes, tolerance is always a story. You quoted Thomas Mann. Now there are no fools in this house. If there were any, I would quote Voltaire, who once said: “Enduring fools is certainly the height of tolerance.”

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

But, as I said, they don’t exist in this house. That’s why I can spare myself it.

The nice thing about budget debates is that you then learn what is actually important to people. Is it an ideological superstructure that, away from the question of life models, imposes what one prefers to imagine? Is it the question of distribution? Is it the question that some of them no longer even know what the federal and state responsibility for the federal system is, dear colleagues? It is correct – this has been established – that we have the highest increase in the budget in recent years. Minister, I’ve been experiencing this for 15 years. And for 15 years the question has been asked: where is the constant? The constant is the Union, which has ruled for 15 years now, and which finally allows families to benefit from what families deserve.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Because – here we are with people – for 77 percent family is the most important thing in life, with parents it is even 91 percent. That is also what you have to bring together in budget consultations. It’s not just about distributing money, it’s also about the fact that there has to be a story behind it for the people in this country and for the families in this country. There must also be an approach behind this that says: What do you want to achieve?

Many years ago we agreed that we wanted to strengthen families, that is, to secure them financially, to provide the infrastructure for families and to generate time for families; Because many families and parents reflect on us again and again: Give us more time, despite all the importance of money and infrastructure, especially if we want to spend this time with young people.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Another principle guides us here, which says: If we as a state support – we protect families from the state’s encroachment – then as early as possible, as needs-oriented as possible and as precisely as possible.

It was addressed how the situation of families actually is. The story is told by the AfD that the families would really be so burdened. Ms. Schön correctly pointed out the issue of increasing child benefits. What does that mean in concrete terms if you have a family with two children? I know what I’m talking about; others know that too. That is 600 euros more for the families per year.

(Martin Reichardt [AfD]: And a month? 50 euros! That’s not even pocket money! That’s a joke!)

– You can ask for four times as much if you can get it financed. – This is a success for this coalition. We said: With the increase in child benefit, we are really creating something sustainable for families. 600 euros more per year is really a justified and good performance that we achieved here through the Family Relief Act.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD – Martin Reichardt [AfD]: That’s shabby when you talk about something like that!)

There are also others who walk through this republic and keep talking about child poverty. Yes, we know – this is also something we accepted in the coalition – that there is child poverty in this country – undisputed. But the story of millions of children roaming this country because they are no longer able to buy their school supplies is simply not true. That is why you should pay close attention to how those affected see their life situation, namely the children and adolescents. According to the Bertelsmann Foundation, 98.4 percent say they have everything they need for school. 96.7 percent say they have enough money for school trips and excursions. 92.5 percent say they have everything they need for their hobbies. 84 percent have their own room.

Yes, there is child poverty, and we in the grand coalition are also called – we have also accepted this topic – to fight child poverty. But I can also say very clearly: This country has been strengthening children for many years,

(Shout from the AfD: That’s why there are always more!)

and this grand coalition is also strengthening them with this draft budget – especially the weak children.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

You can also see that in the school starter package, where it is very specific. We increased the school starter package from 100 to 150 euros and also said: The participation package will be increased from 10 to 15 euros. Yes, more is always possible; this is of course. But it is also about taking a close look at which resources are used where and where.

The special situation in 2020, in which the normal everyday life of families was completely turned upside down, has of course already been addressed. One thing was immediately clear to us: families are systemically relevant because it is the mothers and fathers who have had to swing the saucepan, the laptop and the school book at the same time, especially in the past few months.

(Laughter from MPs from ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS)

– Hopefully they won’t swing the saucepan, that’s correct, but at least the cookbook.

(Laughter from MPs from ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS)

What did we do as a coalition? Continued payment of wages for parents, emergency child allowance, relief for single parents by doubling the relief contribution – I have to say: this is really something grandiose, which in this case was brought up for discussion, thanks in particular to the CSU -, child bonus of 300 euros and adjustment of the parental allowance. For those interested in child and youth welfare, it should be said that we have successfully campaigned in the field of child and youth education to adjust the structure of child and youth welfare – including youth exchanges – with a view to the situation in this crisis stabilize.

I come to the projects and priorities.

First of all, I would like to mention once again the expansion of federal support for the federal states in expanding all-day care and child care. Dear colleague of the Greens, for many it may be a matter of course that the federal government will take over everything. I would just like to point out again: in a federal system there are responsibilities. Yes, we are now providing 3.5 billion euros for the expansion of all-day care, and we have provided another 1 billion euros for the expansion of the daycare area. But I also say one thing very clearly: we are not the ones who have to do this alone, but primarily the countries. Therefore, once again the appeal to the federal states – who are permanently present here to thank them for what we are doing for them – to please participate accordingly.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD)

You from the Greens criticize that there is no concept from the minister that is put on the table in a coordinated manner. No, that’s not how you do it either, you discuss it with the countries in a working group because you say: If we take on responsibility together, then we have to agree together on what it is between Hamburg, Rostock, Berlin and Munich what connects us and what we have to achieve. – That’s why I think it was the right way to go.

(Ekin Deligöz [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: You won’t be able to do it in three years!)

Nonetheless – with this I will come to the end, and I just want to address it briefly – there is in this budget – it is a good budget, Minister, but thanks to us, this good budget will definitely turn into a very good budget – one more thing or another others where we still want to make adjustments I am thinking of the example of “early help”, ie prevention, especially when it comes to giving the little ones a good start in life. There is also a request from the relevant ministerial conference to increase this. We’ll go to that.

We will also – Nadine Schön mentioned this – not only to strengthen “Live Democracy!” As a program, but also to think about what we already have and where, in consultation with schools, for example, things that run well, can further strengthen.

Because my speaking time is unfortunately running out, finally one more point that is important to me and us: We need to research more in Germany about how children and young people live.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

How do you experience separation? How do you experience home education? How do care leavers experience their situation? Here I can say for ourselves very clearly: In the next few years we will be very careful to use research to find out how the measures that we have developed actually work. How do they work during breakups? How do they affect the life situations of children and young people? Research in this area will certainly be an exciting task.

But we also know that times will not get better or easier – also because money is running out.

Vice President Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich:


Marcus Weinberg (Hamburg) (CDU / CSU):

That is why we want to look very carefully and very specifically where we are using the money.

That is why we are particularly looking forward to joint budget consultations with you.

Many Thanks.

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


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