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Source: CDU CSU

Dear Mr. President! Dear Colleagues! Dear fellow citizens! If, Mr President, I am likely to be the last speaker in this debate on Section 11, then I should say again what this budget is really about.

(Hilarity and applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD – cheerfulness from BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN – shout: Finally!)

Ladies and gentlemen, the core is: This Section 11, Labor and Social Affairs, is the central bulwark against the effects of the corona pandemic. It is the clear promise of politics: we will not leave anyone alone in this crisis – not the employees, not the companies, not the social services and institutions – but we stand in solidarity with this welfare state, with those who do something in this country and to those who need help and support. That is the core message of Section 11.

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

Because this question is so central in a time of crisis such as the challenge posed by the corona pandemic, I would actually expect that the entire House would agree to this budget after the contributions of the opposition were so half-moderate.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD – Hermann Gröhe [CDU / CSU]: Very good! – Laughter from Deputy Matthias W. Birkwald [DIE LINKE])

Ladies and gentlemen, it has already been emphasized several times, and I want to do it again: with this budget we are spending an incredible amount of money in order to further strengthen the Federal Employment Agency, above all to increase the short-time work allowance guarantee. The short-time work allowance is not only a help to get over a difficult time now, but the short-time work allowance is actually also an investment in the future, and we have concrete experience: That is the financial and capital market crisis of 2009/2010.

Everyone in the world attests to us: Germany would not have come out of this crisis so quickly and so strongly without short-time work benefits. And then we had ten really good years in Germany in terms of economic growth and employment growth. This is precisely why short-time work benefits are not just about spending money, but rather an investment in the future so that things can improve faster and better after this crisis.

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

Of course, we have made the Federal Employment Agency and all of its employees, whom we are grateful for, now concentrate one hundred percent on applications for short-time allowance and short-time allowance statements. But of course, especially in this time of crisis, the Employment Agency urgently needs to resume its other activities to the full, namely advising the unemployed, placement in work, advice and career information for young people so that they can find their way into training and work.

(Applause from MPs of the CDU / CSU and from Dr. Wolfgang Strengmann-Kuhn [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN])

That is why helping the Federal Employment Agency include ensuring that it can employ the appropriate staff. In October and November she had the opportunity to hire 1,000 additional employees. It will again hire a correspondingly large number of employees in the spring of next year. And according to the decision of her board of directors, she has an option, if it were necessary again next year, to hire another 2,500 employees.

So: This budget is also an expression of the support of the Employment Agency so that it can take on board enough staff not only to fight the crisis, but also to make investments in the future, that is, to find people in work and above all – that is The most important thing for me – to offer the young people who are still in school enough career information and adequate career advice. I would like to see what we might have missed out on in autumn because of the pandemic, through a strong offensive for training in the spring. I want the young people in our country to know: Yes, they all get support from us so that they can find a smart job, a smart training, even in times of Corona. – That’s our job.

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

Ladies and gentlemen, the question has of course been rightly asked: Yes, aren’t we spending too much money? – But we can do it – I want to emphasize this again – because we have done well for the past ten years. The President behind me was, among other things, Federal Minister of Finance during this time and had made a contribution to it. But above all, our social security funds have been able to build up reserves. The pension is safe because we have a decent reserve in the pension insurance. We can invest in short-time working because we have a reserve in unemployment insurance. That’s the bottom line. Reserves are there to be used in bad times, and the time is now to use those reserves.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD – Otto Fricke [FDP]: When we have the money!)

When I talk about the growth in employment over the past ten years, which has made it possible for us, ladies and gentlemen, I would ask you to also take a look at the growth in employment in Germany over the past ten years, which have made additional contributions to our social systems only possible because we were able to fill around 50 percent of these additional jobs with people with a migration background, with fellow citizens from abroad. It shows that what is being said here from the right is completely wrong.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU, the SPD and the BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN as well as the deputy Otto Fricke [FDP] – Dr. Harald Weyel [AfD]: 50 percent in Hartz IV!)

No, we have to be grateful – and I am grateful – that our fellow citizens abroad have made a decisive contribution to the fact that reserves in our social security systems have been able to grow over the past ten years. Thanks a lot for this!

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


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