The House Is Not In Session - Next Session Friday, October 19 At 9:00 AM
House Session - September 24, 2002
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  • 12:30:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . Beaker of permission to do it. Revise them. Without objection it is so…

    . Beaker of permission to do it. Revise them. Without objection it is so ordered . Mr Speaker tonight. I and some others. Are going to do a special order that's the whole hour . And some of the problems . The misconceptions about the debt. Of the federal government. The policy committee that I serve on the Republican Policy Committee met with Art Laffer a . I

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  • 12:31:25 PM

    MR. SMITH

    what I consider an esteemed economist in this country. One of my questions…

    what I consider an esteemed economist in this country. One of my questions start was.

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  • 12:31:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    was. What is worse. As far as I have being a downside to economic growth…

    was. What is worse. As far as I have being a downside to economic growth and. The

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  • 12:31:33 PM

    MR. SMITH

    have being a downside to economic growth and. The the debt. And going…

    have being a downside to economic growth and. The the debt. And going deeper into debt in this country . or Having tax increases. And he said they're both about the same they take money out of circulation . And that brings the question that this body must consider how big should the federal government be in terms of maybe a percentage of gross domestic product. How big should . The expenditures of this Congress be in terms of growth and we've been growing . You know from two to four times the rate of inflation every year the propensity of politicians to come up with new programs. To come up with pork barrel projects to take back to their districts . Probably enhances the chances that they're going to be reelected. So the tendency has been to have government grow faster than the economy. Faster than the ability of the American taxpayer to pay . And certainly. Faster than what's good for us in terms of increasing the debt. Politicians members of Congress members of the Senate. To the president . Have tended to say well. We can expand government and not have it. Quite so visible . In terms of the American worker digging into their pockets to pay more taxes into the federal government. If we sort of pay for some of that increase spending with increased debt . When I was first elected to Congress . The debt. Ten years ago and came into Congress less than ten years ago . The debt. Of the federal government. Was four trillion dollars . Today. Guess what the debt is in just. In just under ten years. The current debt of the federal government. Is six point two trillion dollars . A fifty percent increase in ten years so you can imagine if you project that out . We're leaving our kids and our grandkids a tremendous indebtedness. Because we think the expenditures today. Are so important that it justifies . Higher taxes and more debt. I think there's a misunderstanding about debt we've said we've paid the debt down actually. The total debt. Of this country. Over the last twenty years has continued to increase so the obligation of our kids and paying off that mortgage. I'm a farmer from Michigan . Our tradition has been to try to pay off the mortgage on the farm to give our kids a little better chance. In Congress we're doing the opposite. We're increasing that obligation to an end tonight to the special orders and we'll talk more. And the problems of going deeper and deeper into debt as far as the obligation of this country . As far as the increased. Downside for the economy. And Mr Speaker I relinquish the rest of my time as Sheila back the balance of his time .

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  • 12:34:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    As a gentleman from Missouri rise as the. The chair now recognizes the…

    As a gentleman from Missouri rise as the. The chair now recognizes the minority leader Richard Gephardt. For thirty minutes. The Speaker I rise. To urge the Republican leadership to address the unfinished business of the American people's agenda.

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  • 12:35:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    of the American people's agenda. The house has a lot of work to do and.…

    of the American people's agenda. The house has a lot of work to do and. Not a

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  • 12:35:45 PM

    MR. GEPHARDT

    lot of work to do and. Not a lot of time in which to do it. In America…

    lot of work to do and. Not a lot of time in which to do it. In America today.

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  • 12:35:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    today. Millions of hard working families face challenges in their daily…

    today. Millions of hard working families face challenges in their daily lives. Since January two thousand and one our nation's economy has deteriorated dramatically . And this

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  • 12:36:02 PM

    MR. GEPHARDT

    dramatically . And this house. Has failed to provide real relief . To the…

    dramatically . And this house. Has failed to provide real relief . To the families who need it most . We have seen the most anemic. Period of economic growth . Since Dwight Eisenhower was president . In eighteen months the stock market has lost four point five trillion dollars in value . More than two million people have lost their jobs. A wave of corporate scandals has eroded people's fundamental faith in our nation's free markets . And scores of corporations have become bankrupt. Consumer confidence dropped in each of the last four months . And is that the lowest level since November two thousand and one . Our nation's return its security system has also been undermined . And in great difficulty . In eighteen months. Republican economic policies have taken two trillion dollars . From the Social Security trust fund baby boomers retirement benefits have been jeopardized . In each of the last few years prescription drug prices have soared more than ten percent reliable prescription drug coverage . Eludes almost two thirds of all Medicare recipients. And on a daily basis . Senior citizens face a choice between buying food . Paying the rent . Are buying their medicine. Senior citizens actually slice pills into halves . Because they can't afford their full prescriptions. Faced with these challenges. The House Republican leadership . Has failed to address. People's kitchen table concerns . In the last eighteen months . This leadership passed an agenda that satisfied the special interests. Misled the American people and dismiss the interests of America's hard working families. But for bipartisan action . After the September eleventh terrorist attacks . Republicans amassed a record of nine achievement. In this one hundred seventh Congress . And failed to make a difference. A real difference in people's lives . On the economy Republicans have demonstrated a devotion to special interest driven tax cuts . In two thousand and one. A mammoth tax cut giveaway . Republicans gave the lion's share of the breaks to those who least needed tax relief . The Republican economic plan. Turned record surpluses. Into deep deficit's . For the decade ahead . The only surplus that's left after they've squandered . Most of the Social Security surplus. The Republican economic agenda. Rejected the fundamental values that in the ninety's. Propelled the longest economic expansion . Ever recorded. Opportunity. Responsibility and community. In a soul called stimulus. bill The Republican agenda. Even tried to give. Enron . A two hundred and fifty four million dollars tax break for . The economic victims of the September eleventh attacks. The Republican agenda. Blocked the extension of unemployment benefits . Legislation. For five months . For people who had lost jobs in this Republican recession . The Republican agenda blocked the extension of healthcare benefits . Legislation. This ideological agenda has blocked. Now this very modest minimum wage increase . Even though in the five years since the last increase the minimum wage is real value has fallen. Eleven percent . This agenda has done almost nothing positive for America. It has instead led to large layoffs. Weakened America's manufacturing sector . And helped produce big losses in people's pensions. IRAs and mutual funds across the board . Faced with this mounting tide of bad economic news . Republicans continue to support . More special interest tax cuts for the wealthiest individuals in April . In the middle of a recession. They voted to extend provisions in the spring two thousand and one tax cut bill that would not take effect until two thousand and eleven. Think about it as families face financial hardships. The Republican majority. Wasted valuable time . Trying to cut taxes for the wealthiest individuals . Starting. Ten years from now . In two thousand and eleven. In recent weeks they have no. The house's time and people's money . Money . Passing the exact same tax cut . All over again. Republican slice their ten year enrichment plan for the wealthy individual tax cut pieces . In order to distract attention from the absence of a real agenda . That would address . America's. Real problems. The sole passion of House Republicans . Has been to reward their wealthy political clientele. For the next decade and beyond . At the expense of . Every other need. Of the American people. Republicans pass one. Press Release. After the next and. Abdicate their responsibility to lead America . They seek to create the illusion of real life legislative progress. On America's real problems . Where none exist. Perhaps most telling about their inability to carry out their responsibility to govern . Is that to date. Not a single spending bill has been sent to the president. Just one week before the new fiscal year begins . In fact since the August recess . This house has failed to pass a single. Spending Bill. And it's the house. That must originate . This important budgetary legislation. Republicans are failing at this most basic task . Because they're misguided. Economic plan . Is starving important investments. We can and must make in our families futures. Especially. In educating our children. Their budget plan would force fifty thousand kids from afterschool programs that keep children safe . Republicans would leave children. Trailing behind in. America In fact because some Republican moderates. Understand cuts will have to be made. They've been unable to bring key bills to the floor. And now their strategy appears to be . Delay delay delay until after the November elections . To avoid voters wrath. This week the House will have to pass the first . Of what will probably be several. Continuing resolutions. To try to fund the federal government. Republicans are simply kicking the can down the road. Looking ahead to a possible lame duck session . To fix their budgetary problems. While they continue to deny the consequences of this deeply misguided . Economic plan. A lame duck session . Deprives voters. Of the legislative information to make an informed decision . And by delaying key spending decisions. Republicans are depriving critical resources . The public schools hospitals . Homeland Security . Among other priorities. The House should not adjourn . Before holding a full debate on all of these spending bills. And priorities. People deserve commonsense solutions to the challenges that confront them . That's why I hope for Republicans well at last. Except our offer to convene a bipartisan. Economic growth summit. To put together a plan that will cut the budget deficit. Bring back responsibility and discipline and get us back on the path to long term economic growth and opportunity . Even now as we consider a resolution to go to war. There is an unwilling. US to reconsider. Republican economic and budgetary decisions. Made more than one year ago . Before September eleventh two thousand and one . Furthermore Democrats support. A twenty first . century Energy agenda. That creates jobs protects the environment. And expands the economic pie for all of us. Education investments . To create the most trained. And most highly skilled workforce on the planet. A minimum wage increase for hard working families. And a second round of extended unemployment benefits because for over one million people their benefits have been exhausted . And by December . One point five million people will be in this position . Second this house must have a free and fair debate . About our nation's. Social security future . Despite repeated promises to safeguard the surplus. The Republican leadership . Passed an economic plan that diverted two trillion dollars . From Social Security and other non So security initiatives. Putting special interest tax cuts first second third fourth fifth and sixth . Republicans broke our commitment to save Social Security first and jeopardize the baby boomers . Social Security benefits . Social Security is the greatest retirement security program . Ever conceived. Social Security puts food on people's table. Shelter over people's head. It spells the difference between poverty and dignity in the lives of millions of senior citizens . Surviving spouses . And people with disabilities . It represents the largest most reliable income source from. Income seniors. Republicans have at least five plans. To privatized . And cut Social Security benefits. These schemes make it clear. Either Republicans will have to cut benefits . Divert trillions of dollars from other. As yet unspecified programs . Are they will have to do both things. According to one study . Senior citizens. Surviving spouses and people with disabilities. Would see benefit cuts between thirty and forty six percent annually. If the Republican. Privatization proposals. Get enacted. Therefore I can think of few more crucial priorities. Than a full Social Security debate . With a spotlight shining on Republican privatization schemes. I'm deeply disappointed that House Republicans . Seemingly don't want this debate. And they don't want this vote. The Republican leadership is doing everything in its power to sweep Social Security. Under the carpet. Until after the November election. They understand just how unpopular the privatization agenda has become . Especially since the near record drop in the stock market. Of the last months. The American people have a right to know the consequences that flow from this decision. They deserve a frank. Honest discussion about all of the Republicans . Social Security privatization proposals. As aleck to the leaders. It is our obligation and our responsibility to hold this discussion before the November elections. So the people . The people can decide Social Security's future. In addition Republicans must complete the. Finish business. Of the American people's. Prescription drugs agenda. Right now they are trying to run out the clock. On the crucial challenge . Of prescription drug prices. I've talked to hundreds of senior citizens who've urge the Congress to cut prescription drug prices down . So hard working families can't afford them . In this Congress Republicans have failed these families. While protecting the profits of the biggest drug makers . That support their campaigns . In July Republicans passed a sham bill. Written by the prescription drug lobby . They refused even to let us vote on our germ accredit alternative. They rejected a real . Medicare prescription drug benefit. Rooted in the right values. A benefit of vailable and affordable to all . And one hundred percent of their Lobel reliable and guaranteed. The Republican bill. Represented a fraud and a farce. It was not worth the paper it was written on it covered barely a fraction of America's senior citizens . Put the benefit in the hands of private insurance companies and took a dangerous. First step toward privatizing Medicare . On a party line vote. It passed the House . Days later I was in Missouri and I saw commercials . Underwritten by the pharmaceutical lobby. The spots praise Republican candidates. For supporting the Republican. Prescription Drug Bill fraud . That bill . Secured the profit priorities . Of our nation's drug makers. Over. And at the expense of our nation's senior . citizens It is the same special interest Republican story line . On the issue of prescription drug prices this summer. The Senate seventy eight to twenty one. Passed a good bipartisan bill that would close the loopholes used by drug makers . To stifle competition. Keep prescription drug prices high. And maximize . Industry profits . This simple legislative step could cut. Per script in drug prices by about sixty percent . According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. It would save consumers sixty billion dollars in prescription. And prescription drug prices each year . In the House Democrats are circulating a petition . To discharge the Senate passed bill . Because Republicans. Also refused to debate this. Not surprisingly the pharmaceutical lobby is starting an advertising blitz. Attacking the Senate bill. Scaring people with the canard that if this bill is enacted somehow magically . Medical and pharmaceutical advances. Will come to a grinding halt . The drug companies continue to fund Republican campaigns . As a reward for Republican . Actions and inactions . On this high priority. Agenda item. The special interests can afford to pay for this largess since January the big drug makers. Earn More than thirty seven billion dollars in prescription drug sales. On this issue. The special interests . Have seized and control the agenda . Before adjournment. We must make this the people's house . Again . We must not let it be . The pharmaceutical companies. Subsidiary corporate interests . We should and we must vote . In this Congress. To try to lower prescription drug prices for. Americans. Preventing more corporate scandals and bringing. Corporate criminals to justice is the fourth piece of unfinished business here in the house . Again the reality the sad reality is that special interests have guided the Republican response to the whole basket . Of corporate accountability issues . Under Republican leadership. Thousands of Americans have lost jobs. Due to corporate misbehavior. In recent months Arthur Andersen fired seven thousand people. Global Crossing fired over nine thousand employees . Worldcom fired over twenty thousand . And Enron fired forty five hundred. This is not part of a normal business cycle . To say the least in recent months. People's pensions lost two hundred ten billion dollars . And state pensions lost four billion dollars combined when World Com and Enron Enron stock plummeted. Because their books . Had been cooked. In response to these awful mind numbing developments. House Republicans passed . Watered down. Special interest legislation to create the appearance of action. When the truth was a failed . Republican. Deregulatory agenda. Republicans blocked accounting industry reform for months until the pressure became so great. They had no choice but capitulation . But they've refused to impose stiff penalties on employers who mislead employees about the value of company stock . They failed to punish C.E.O.'s who run their companies into the ground. They blocked our efforts to eliminate tax breaks and federal contracts. That corporations still today receive. By relocating overseas . To avoid paying American taxes. In April. Republicans passed a pension reform bill. Well . That failed to protect pensions from corporate abuse. And indiscretions . One House Republican even acknowledged that the bill. And I quote does little to protect people's pensions and of quote . It failed to give employees control over their nest eggs and retirement plans. It treated executive pensions better than employee pensions. Maining maintaining two sets of rules . It offered employees. No legal remedies when companies abuse peoples. For a one case. I believe America has the greatest . Most vibrant free enterprise system . On the face of this planet. But for the sake of every consumer. Every C.E.O.. Every employee and . Every investor. We must create one set of rules for all. Reward hard work with. Fair play and ensure that corporate criminals . Pay the price. I will continue to stand on this floor . And fight for comprehensive . Business. Employees and investors bills of rights. Let's get it done today . And restore people's faith . After what has happened to their precious savings. Sadly the Republican response to all these challenges. Is to run out the clock on the Congress . As one newspaper wrote over the weekend. I saw a headline just yesterday calling the Republican agenda . And avoidance agenda. I quote Bob Novak. Apart from the war on terrorism. The Republican Party he says flinches. For standing for much of anything . In the two thousand and two election . To retain their majority. Republican leaders have created a playbook . That reveals the failed Republican agenda . And mocks the priorities of their. Constituents. In recent weeks. Even with misguided bills. Republicans seem incapable of taking any action. Republicans pilled. Told an education tax bill. Pulled the bankrupt. Bankruptcy conference report. Now they waste time in over one hundred thousand dollars a day. In the people's money. According to one calculation . Passing press release bills. One more obvious than the next. The nonsense of the House resolutions. As I would like to call them will make zero impact on people's actual lives. The same can be said of other well meaning resolutions. That represent the line share of the legislative agenda . With House Republicans in the majority in this session the House has passed at least forty. Suspension bills to bestow. Names on post offices . Under Republican leadership this house has considered. The following resolutions among others . Supporting the goals of the year of the rose . Honoring the invention of modern. Air conditioning. Recognizing the significant contributions of. Paul AK Jr. To the point set to industry. And for other purposes . Ensuring continuity for the design of a five cent coin . Establishing the coin. Design advisory committee . And for other purposes . At the rate we're going nobody's going to have any Cloyd's. To redesign. If we don't get this economy straightened out. This house is becoming irrelevant . Because. people's Kitchen table priorities are not being addressed . On a constructive. And bipartisan basis . Instead of wasting time on empty meaningless. Gestures. And then voting to allow the president's plans to privatized Social Security to take a fact. Sheltering unpatriotic. Offshore. Corporate tax havens . From paying their fair share of taxes. Blocking campaign reform. Passing the largest gift . To the wealthy in the history of this nation . In the form of massive tax breaks. Without even considering . A new economic plan . Passing a gift to Enron and other oil and gas. Interests. Through a dirty energy bill. Delaying and bending to corporate interests in addressing the corporate scandals and protecting pensions. Delaying and then undoing. The strong air safety rules. Congress and acted to safeguard the public. In the aftermath of September eleventh. Republicans should have been working with Democrats . To address the American people's unfinished. And important business. The American people want us to raise the minimum wage . Protect investor rights. Enact job training . Pass Medicare prescription drugs . Cut prescription drug prices . And extend unemployment benefits . People also want to reform our elections. And voting apparatus. To ensure that every vote counts . And that what happened in two thousand and two thousand and two in Florida and elsewhere . Never ever happens again . People want us to an act. A real patients' bill of rights . With teeth . And effectiveness . And not the sham Republican legislation. That's languishing. And waiting. And going to conference. They want us to help school districts across America get class. Size down to eighteen students . In each classroom . They want to stay up past. School construction . To promote safety in every public school . Create a stable learning environment . And meet the staggering. Backlog of . Unmet school construction needs . People want to close the pay gap between men and women. They want to overturn new White House rules. And restore. REAL medical privacy protections. To every American patient. They want us to make polluters. Not taxpayers foot the cleanup bill . And maintain the Superfund program . That cleans up toxic waste. They want us to enhance our hate crimes law . And provide more resources to states and local jurisdictions to help. Investigate and prosecute these heinous crimes . They want us to reinstate worker safety protections . To prevent repetitive stress injuries. In the workplace. Just to name a few this agenda . Is worthy of the American people's highest dreams and hopes for their family. It's worthy of people's real concerns that . Are there on a day to day basis . It is incumbent upon us all to stop wasting time. In this house . To stop being irrelevant to the people's real agenda. And to get about the business. Of the American people's. Domestic Security agenda. Let's do it on a bipartisan basis . Let's enact an agenda that creates opportunity for all. To fulfill their potential . And let's not adjourn. Before it's done . Let's get to work.

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  • 02:00:29 PM

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    faith. For you are always present. And ever faithful. For you alone are…

    faith. For you are always present. And ever faithful. For you alone are God . To step into your Holy Presence of The Lord is to be boldly revealed . As in a hall of piercing mirrors. Before you all our fears. Resentments of the past and deepest. Fault Lines . Come to light . But receive us once again as your very own. Guide is your people. Accomplish. You know us you are right his purpose. Shaped the body of this house . To shoulder its proper responsibilities . So to bring forth . Justice across our land . And peace to the world and . The chair has examined the Journal of the last days proceedings and answers to the house his approval thereof pursuant to Clause one. Of rule one. The journal stands. Approved. Our pledge day will be led by the German from Georgia. Mr Isaacson. Ask our guest in the gallery to join us in the pledge the flag . I pledge allegiance to the blood of the United States of America . And to the republic for which a stand or nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice will be the chairman now entertain requests for one minute speeches to the house. For what

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  • 02:01:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    entertain requests for one minute speeches to the house. For what purposes…

    entertain requests for one minute speeches to the house. For what purposes general from Nevada arrives to the south but places that.

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  • 02:02:09 PM

    MR. ISAKSON

    arrives to the south but places that. Without objection. It is short of…

    arrives to the south but places that. Without objection. It is short of the German is recognized for one minute. Thank you Mr Speaker ladies and gentlemen of the house on Saturday September the twenty eighth in honor of National Public Lands Day . A three thousand mile track crossing six states and fourteen National Forest will end in Salt Lake City Utah. Last July thirty first two teams began this unique journey.

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  • 02:02:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    teams began this unique journey. With one group departing from New Mexico…

    teams began this unique journey. With one group departing from New Mexico and the other from Montana. Their travels were soley on public lands and consisted of. Hiking

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  • 02:02:39 PM

    MR. GIBBON

    soley on public lands and consisted of. Hiking horseback riding mountain…

    soley on public lands and consisted of. Hiking horseback riding mountain biking canoeing boating . Driving S.U.V.s

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  • 02:02:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    canoeing boating . Driving S.U.V.s etc.

  • 02:02:47 PM

    MR. GIBBONS

    All those Americans making this track. Also worked . To educate people…

    All those Americans making this track. Also worked . To educate people especially our youth on the importance of public lands . Public lands are a tremendous source. Or clean air clean water and open space and they provide important. Natural Resources such as. Minerals coal gas oil forage and timber. It is my hope that National Public Lands Day will remind all of America. The important role public lands play in protecting. Eco systems as well as contributing to our national economy. And our national defense . For these reasons Mr Speaker Congress must enact. Responsible . Public land policies . For what purposes the gentleman from Illinois arise and. Mark. German is recognized for one minute and without objection his request is so ordered . Thank you very much . Mr Speaker. I'm so glad that the people of the seventh district like many people throughout America . Have no compunction. Let me you know where they stand and for the last week I've been getting telephone calls e-mails. I mailed us. People stopping me on the street and they're saying and let's give peace a chance.

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  • 02:03:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    they're saying and let's give peace a chance. Let's go slow on this war…

    they're saying and let's give peace a chance. Let's go slow on this war business.

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  • 02:03:58 PM

    MR. DAVIS

    slow on this war business.

  • 02:04:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    business. Let's let the inspectors inspect. Let's let them do their job.

  • 02:04:05 PM

    MR. DAVIS

    them do their job. I agree with them Mr Speaker . And you go back to…

    them do their job. I agree with them Mr Speaker . And you go back to balance of my time . For what purpose does the gentleman from Pennsylvania writes a provision for his house from the German is recognized for one minute. And without objection his request to show ordered. Mr Speaker sixty years ago on September twenty seventh one thousand nine hundred two . Midshipman Edwin Joseph O'Hara sought to enemy service writers suddenly appear out of the morning mist. To attack the vessel he was on the heavy guns of one rater pounded his ship . Machine guns fired from the other spraying the decks for one half hour close quarters.

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  • 02:04:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    decks for one half hour close quarters. Heroic gun crew of O'Hara ship…

    decks for one half hour close quarters. Heroic gun crew of O'Hara ship exchange shot for shot with the enemy placing thirty five shells into the water line of one of the Raiders until its crew was forced to abandon their sinking ship.

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  • 02:04:45 PM

    MR. PITTS

    of the Raiders until its crew was forced to abandon their sinking ship.

  • 02:04:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    of the Raiders until its crew was forced to abandon their sinking ship.

  • 02:04:52 PM

    MR. PITTS

    crew was forced to abandon their sinking ship. All of the gun crew were…

    crew was forced to abandon their sinking ship. All of the gun crew were killed. Or wounded when an enemy shell exploded the magazine of their gun . At the explosion. O'Hare ran after and singlehandedly served and fired the damaged gun with five live shells remaining in the ready box. Scoring direct hits near the water line a second writer or hair was mortally wounded in this action . With boilers blown up engines destroyed mash shot away ablaze. From stem to stern. The ship finally went under caring O'Hare and several his shipmates with her own hair was awarded the merchant marine Distinguished Service Medal for his bravery. Bravery we should never forget about. For what purpose does the gentleman from Texas rise . The gentleman is recognized for one minute . Thank you Mr Speaker. Yesterday. A group of. Staffers far. Members who are part of the Congressional Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children . Took part in a tour and briefing at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children . And I want to thank them. Today for taking the time to see firsthand the amazing work that the National Center does . One of the things that I did after the abduction and murder of Laura Kate's mother was to go to the National Center. To

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Laura Kate's mother was to go to the National Center. To see the work that…

    Laura Kate's mother was to go to the National Center. To see the work that they do there.

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  • 02:06:06 PM

    MR. LAMPSON

    they do there.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    To meet with Arnie out on the president and C.E.O. of the National Center…

    To meet with Arnie out on the president and C.E.O. of the National Center . And seeing the center and

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  • 02:06:10 PM

    MR. LAMPSON

    the National Center . And seeing the center and the people who work there…

    the National Center . And seeing the center and the people who work there proved absolutely inspiring to me and helped me to found that Congressional Caucus that so many of our members now participate in . And I hope that the members of your staff . Those of you who hear me and all of us who visited the center yesterday. Were just as inspired. And will bring that inspiration back to your offices. There's so much that we can do together. To prevent the abduction and exploitation of America's children. If we. but Take the first step. Thank you personally into Clause eight of rule twenty . The chair will postpone further proceedings. On today . To spin the rules. On which a recorded vote or the nays are ordered. Or in which the vote is objected to under Clause six. Of rule twenty. Record votes on motions to suspend the rules ordered prior to six thirty P.M. may be taken . Today. Record votes on remaining motions to suspend the rules. Will be taken. Tomorrow. For what purposes the gentleman from Georgia seek recognition . Is

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  • 02:07:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Georgia seek recognition . Is Bigger I move that the house suspend the…

    Georgia seek recognition . Is Bigger I move that the house suspend the rules and pass the House Concurrent Resolution four seventy two recognizing the one hundredth anniversary of the four H. youth development program. The clerk will report the title of the concurrent resolution . House Concurrent Resolution four seventy two concurrent resolution recognizing the one hundredth anniversary of the for age. Youth Development Program. Pursuant to the rule the gentleman from Georgia Mr Isaacson. And the gentleman from Virginia . Mr Scott . Will each control twenty minutes of this debate. The chair

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  • 02:07:48 PM

    MR. ISAKSON

    debate. The chair now recognizes the gentleman from Georgia . The Speaker…

    debate. The chair now recognizes the gentleman from Georgia . The Speaker I ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks on ACE Con rest for seven to.

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  • 02:07:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    rest for seven to. Without objection the gentleman's request is so ordered.

  • 02:08:01 PM

    THE CLERK

    request is so ordered. The Speaker I yield myself such time as I may…

    request is so ordered. The Speaker I yield myself such time as I may consume . Spigot a day I rise in strong support of H. Congress for seventy two which recognizes the one hundredth anniversary of the four A choose development program.

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  • 02:08:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    recognizes the one hundredth anniversary of the four A choose development…

    recognizes the one hundredth anniversary of the four A choose development program. And commands the program's contributions toward the development of well rounded youth. The four H. program as the youth

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  • 02:08:21 PM

    MR. ISAKSON

    education branch of the Cooperative Extension Service. A program of the…

    education branch of the Cooperative Extension Service. A program of the United States Department of Agriculture . Members can

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  • 02:08:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    range from age five to twenty one . And the full range experience enables…

    range from age five to twenty one . And the full range experience enables its members to have fun . Beat new

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  • 02:08:32 PM

    MR. ISAKSON

    its members to have fun . Beat new people and learn new life skills .…

    its members to have fun . Beat new people and learn new life skills . Build self-confidence. Learn responsibility . Set and achieve goals . It's a program that builds the leaders of tomorrow. At the local county. Ecstacy. National and international level. Parents. Volunteers community leaders. And staff share their time and talents with for each youth. They are abiding that. In the development of these young people. To reach their fullest potential the life skill and leadership development is accomplished through hands on learning. And by utilizing the knowledge of the country's land grant universities system . For each projects are in depth . Hands on learning experiences for its members . Training pets making clothes repairing computers growing plants and building rockets are just a few of the four H. projects. A wide range of projects is offered in each state . Additionally for each members across the country. Are assisting in closing the gap between the technology haves and the have nots . The access. The future. Coalition was created to coordinate the efforts of four H. youth and adults. Working in partnership with organizations across the United States. To bridge the digital divide . I'm very pleased to recognize the hundredth anniversary of the four H. youth development program. And Orage my colleagues to support this resolution . Mr Speaker I reserve the balance of my time the gentleman from Georgia has reserve the balance of his time the gentleman from Virginia is recognized. Thank you Mr Speaker . And you know myself such time as I may consume and speak I'd appreciate the opportunity to join the gentleman from Georgia and the gentleman from Illinois Mr Davis . And particularly pleased to join my can. Congressional neighbor. The chief sponsor of the resolution . Journal eighty from Virginia Ms Davis. And formally recognizing the hundredth anniversary of the four H. youth development program. For its program originally began as a number of separate farm programs for youth. In Illinois

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    originally began as a number of separate farm programs for youth. In…

    originally began as a number of separate farm programs for youth. In Illinois

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    the programs consisted of corn corn growing clubs. In Ohio they couldn't.…

    the programs consisted of corn corn growing clubs. In Ohio they couldn't. Consisted of soil experiments . And Virginia the programs began his corn growing clubs with boys and tomato canning clubs for girls. Nearly one thousand hundred eight so US Department of Agriculture organize these various. Youth groups throughout the country. Into the four H. program. For each program began as a way to involve heads hearts. And hands. Of farm youth and practical hands on education . In agriculture. A fourth age for health. Was added on later . Because of that important issue . Early extension agents and educators were able to introduce new technology and improved ways of doing things to wrote to rural communities through work with youth . Today for ages grown . Well beyond its original farm roots. It involves at least twenty eight percent of us wrote us youth. During one or more of their K. through twelve grade years and there are approximately sixty million. For each element. Last year nearly seven million young men and women participated in four H. programs. More than half of them were from cities and the suburbs. Thirty percent are from racial or ethnic minorities . And Virginia for age clubs can be found in each of the states one hundred seventy cities and counties. And through its for age . Education Center's Virginia . As a second largest camping program in the nation . As a four H. has grown in size it has also grown in focus. Although working with plants and animals . Is still a major focus of four H.. But just events can also choose projects in. Personal development and leadership. Environmental education science technology or communications. National for age an issue does also include workforce preparation programs. Dedicated to helping young people acquire basic skills explore career opportunities and gain experience in their workplace . All and all for age programs. Provide opportunities were lation ships and support for youth . To help them acquire the life skills necessary to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood . This is Speaker. I want to join. To join my colleague from Virginia the chief sponsor of the. Of the resolution and salute her . For introducing the resolution . And we also want to salute the four H.. Youth Development Program. As it celebrates its hundredth anniversary in two thousand and two . And I ask that my colleagues. Support this resolution. I reserve the balance of my time. Chairman from Virginia has reserve the balance of his time the general from Georgia is recognized. I'm pretty pleased to introduce for as much time as she may consume the distinguished gentleman from Virginia. And the author of age Congress for seventy two . Ms Davis . Thank you Mr Speaker Mr Speaker is my privilege to urge my colleagues today to support House. Concurrent Resolution four seventy two urging the president to issue a proclamation . Calling on the people of the United States to observe a national development program week . In recognition of

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    . In recognition of the hundred years of contributions to America . As a…

    . In recognition of the hundred years of contributions to America . As a mom of two

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    MR. ISAKSON

    . As a mom of two sons have participated in for huge programs. And I've…

    . As a mom of two sons have participated in for huge programs. And I've been an experience I commend this program for motivating young people. To pledge their heads to clear thinking their hearts to greater loyalty.

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    MRS. DAVIS

    their hearts to greater loyalty. Their hands to larger service. And their…

    their hearts to greater loyalty. Their hands to larger service. And their health to better living for the club the community. The country and the world. For a. Is the youth education branch of the Cooperative Extension Service Program of the United States Department of Agriculture. Each state. And each county has access to a county extension office . For both youth and adult programs. And for each programs are available to youth with with ages ranging from five to nineteen depending on the state. Five to twenty one depending on the state . As my colleague originally previously said. Programs originated in Illinois and Ohio . With corn growing crops for boys and tomato canning clubs for girls. And they've developed into a full range of activities for children and youth from animal sizes to computer technology. And Virginia. One of the highlights of participation is the opportunity to display your work and your skill and compete for awards at the State Fair . And Mr Speaker we did that for many years with our sons and it was a rewarding experience for the whole family. Young people in Virginia can display their skills and dairy livestock. Horses and a variety of other agricultural related programs at the State Fair . And exhibit to the public their achievements and their skills . Experiential education is at the heart of fortune it provides young people with opportunities of learning and accomplishment that go beyond the classroom education . And the one hundredth anniversary of the program for each club's have grown to over five point six million annual participants and continue to provide experiences and opportunities . That can impact a child for a lifetime . In an age where young people are confronted with many negative and destructive influences. For each provides them an opportunity to spend their time constructively. Cultivating a talent. Learning a new skill. Learning responsibility. Are working with others to accomplish a project . I urge my colleagues today to join me in commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of the for eight years. Development Program by supporting this concurrent resolution . And I thank you thank you Mr Speaker and my colleagues. Time . German from Virginia. The speaker prior to recognizing the gentleman from Illinois I ask unanimous consent the gentle lady from California Ms So ladies be able to control the remaining of the time. On this side . Without objection. I just ordered to the gentleman from Illinois such time as he may consume . Thank you Mr Speaker and I want to thank the gentleman from Virginia for yielding time . I also want to commend my colleague from Virginia for introducing this matter to the house.

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    Virginia for introducing this matter to the house.

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    MR. SCOTT

    introducing this matter to the house. I was not around a hundred years ago…

    introducing this matter to the house. I was not around a hundred years ago . For the beginning of the for each club movement. But I was around fifty years ago . And

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    fifty years ago . I was and give number of a club.

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    MR. SCOTT

    number of a club. As I remember those days of my youth.

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    MR. DAVIS

    my youth. I remember. The plan which . I pledge my head to clear think…

    my youth. I remember. The plan which . I pledge my head to clear think and. My heart to great a lot in my hands for the largest service. And my health for better live and. For my club. My community . And my country. And now we add . The World. But I also remember the. Believe of participation in the projects that we had one year it was my project. To grow . One hundred. Rhode Island Red chicks. Yes and. I managed to bring that one hundred E. and I broke one's neck one day I stepped on his neck because they were coming to be fair . And I wanted to save them and I didn't know much about medicine but I just made myself a splint. And put some coal oil. On the neck and tied it together and the poor chicken lived and always walked like this because it was crooked. Great project but what I learned about electricity. I had another project to year . And so I simply want to commend all of those individuals who have been in the development of each activity. It does indeed provide an opportunity for young people . To be actively engaged. I remember another motto that they taught us . Had to do with good. Better and best. Never rest till your good becomes better. And you're better becomes. Best side I want to thank all of those for each club leaders . I also want to commend the University of Illinois . Which is one of the outstanding leaders of the nation. In agricultural extension . And then for each club. Work and have expanded that. To include. Urban communities . It's a great program . It's a great movement. I look for. To visit him for each club meetings and groups . Talking with the young people . Looking at their projects here and what they're doing . So again I commend the gentleman woman from Virginia for introducing this matter. Urgent swift passage. And you'll back the balance of my time. The gentleman from California reserve the balance of her time. Yes John from Georgia. Striking eyes to the speaker I'm pleased to recognize the one and one half minutes the distinguished gentleman from Arkansas Mr Bozeman. Thank you Mr Isaacson for yielding me this time Mr Speaker. It is with great pleasure that I join with my colleagues today in celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the four I choose. Youth Development Program. I commend. Congresswoman Davis for Enter dishing this resolution and for such strong support of this wonderful organization .

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    and for such strong support of this wonderful organization .

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    this wonderful organization .

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    . For the past one hundred years for I just taught young Americans to grow…

    . For the past one hundred years for I just taught young Americans to grow through their accomplishments .

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    MR. ISAKSON

    for I just taught young Americans to grow through their accomplishments .…

    for I just taught young Americans to grow through their accomplishments . They have developed our youth. Including my daughters . And some of my staff

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    MR. BOOZMAN

    . And some of my staff members. Into responsible civic minded citizens…

    . And some of my staff members. Into responsible civic minded citizens through their fine or rewarding educational . programs Next to church for eight years probably had the most influence of any organization . In my own family . I was honored to serve as a member of the four I should be bored in Rogers . Actually Benton County Arkansas . And all three of my daughters are members of the program that taught them skills from sewing to cooking to raising cattle. I don't have any chicken stories to tell but we have countless stories to tell in like a sigh and everything from learning how to cook and to rising rabbits. Sheep whatever. As we recognize the one hundredth anniversary of the full rights youth development program to die . I believe it's important to reflect on what the organization stands for . Dedication to youth and communities. The four H. model simply state. To Mike's the best better. I think they have done an excellent job. Working to make the best better over the past hundred years. And I wish them concern your continued success in the future. I yield back the balance of my time. From California . Yes preserve the balance of my time to enjoy from California to serve the balance of our time . John from Georgia myspace. I have no more speakers of the card. I would reserve the right clothes. German from Georgia. Reserves this time and the right to close the gentle lady from California . Yes Thank you Ms speaker also been like to make my presentation here as well thank you Mr Speaker I rise here today to recognize a long time achievements of the four H..

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    rise here today to recognize a long time achievements of the four H..

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    rise here today to recognize a long time achievements of the four H..

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    the four H.. Youth Development Program. I recall the program being…

    the four H.. Youth Development Program. I recall the program being instituted at one of my local public high schools where I attended .

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    MR. ISAKSON

    . Fortunately not every student had the opportunity to be a part of. Of…

    . Fortunately not every student had the opportunity to be a part of. Of that program but I know that there are over six million members worldwide that participate in this program that helps to provide support to our young children and young adults . Teaching them

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    that helps to provide support to our young children and young adults .…

    that helps to provide support to our young children and young adults . Teaching them

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    MS. SOLIS

    respect and appreciate. Appreciation of the world in which they live. But…

    respect and appreciate. Appreciation of the world in which they live. But I find it ironic Mr Speaker that today as we celebrate today's generation of agricultural enthusiasms that the Republican leadership continues to ignore the advocates who fight day in and day out . For safer working conditions for farm workers who toil in our fields. To put food on our tables. Specifically I'm talking about one of my friends and colleagues Dolores Huerta . Who was co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union. A legend in her own time . To lawyers . Is an advocate for all people who seek justice and fair treatment . In our country . Each year between September the fifteenth and October the fifteenth. We celebrate in this great capital. National Hispanic Heritage Month . It's fitting therefore Mr Speaker for us to recognize the mult. Of accomplishments. Latinos have made. Over the span of the history of our country. Whether they're helping to fight freedom. Back in the civil war . Whether it's defending our nation's shores at this time. We need to make a commendation of those Latinas that help to provide support for this great country. But in contemporary Hispanic culture . One of the most respected and national community leaders . Is none other than Dolores Huerta . Who's fought for decades to protect farm workers and women from pesticides. Unrealistically long work schedules and adequate. Pay that oftentimes violate our own labor and state laws. She continues to be a strong voice for working men and women. And regrettably the administration or. The Republican leadership of this body rather. Has repeatedly blocked our attempts to formally recognize her many accomplishments . Last . Last year nearly fifteen months ago I introduced House concurrent resolution . One seventy seven. A resolution to honor the Lotus was done for her tireless commitment to our nation's farm workers and the Latino community . Although the measure has ninety four . Co-sponsors in my ad two Republican co-sponsors. The other body. Unanimously approved . Its companion piece . In May despite he still hasn't yet. Considered that measure. I support the foreach resolution and will vote in favor of it because I believe in its merits . But I asked at the house concurrent resolution one seventy seven. Be treated with the same respect. And be brought forth. On its own merits. And not held back because of partisan bickering . Nearly thirteen percent of the people in the United State . Are of this manic backgrounds . Thirty three million in total. Many in the Latino community . Care about this resolution and me trust. I believe some of your constituents will too. I urge the leadership to do the right thing and pass. House concurrent resolution one seventy seven . For a floor vote. I reserve the balance of my time. The gentleman from Georgia has recognized to. close Miss bigger out. Does gentle lady have any further speakers. Yes . OK well contain a reserve until our center from George's reserve right the to close the gentle lady from California is recognized that the bounds of my time. Gemma from Georgia is recognized close. Thing this bigger I am myself this time is may be remaining. I miss bigger I want to commend the gentle lady from California for.

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    California for. First of all her cooperative spirit in supporting this…

    California for. First of all her cooperative spirit in supporting this resolution even though she has a concern over a resolution of her own which is not yet come to the floor.

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    MR. ISAKSON

    a concern over a resolution of her own which is not yet come to the floor.

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    MS. SOLIS

    is not yet come to the floor. And one of the Spirit.

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    MR. ISAKSON

    Spirit. Life skills that is taught in four H.

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    taught in four H. . Is

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    MS. SOLIS

    working together and her . Concurrence in supporting this resolution .…

    working together and her . Concurrence in supporting this resolution . While expressing

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    this resolution . While expressing her. Regret that her resolution is not…

    this resolution . While expressing her. Regret that her resolution is not yet come to the floors.

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    MR. ISAKSON

    come to the floors. To make commendable and I commend the gentle lady. And…

    come to the floors. To make commendable and I commend the gentle lady. And that really is what the four H. is all about teaching our young people . Life skills that are essential . In working together . Being productive and I commend the gentle lady from California I would make a point however that the general point about this later. From the expanded community . This band of community receives tremendous benefits from the four H. program. In my state of Georgia which is an agricultural state . For H. is an essential program. In many parts of rural Georgia in which many of its participants are Hispanic and I think. As we make this recognition to day and house current resolution four seventy two and I believe the reason The gentle lady's concurrence in supporting that is because of the tremendous benefit this program brings to children. Of all that this city . And all regions. And all states and I commend the gentle lady from Virginia for introduction the resolution . Our colleagues to vote for the resolution . And with that said misspeak are your back the balance of my time . All time having expired in this debate the question. Now occurs will the house suspend the rules . And agree to house concurrent resolution . For seventy two. So many years are in favor will say aye All those opposed no . In the opinion of the chair. Two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative. General from Georgia on that question I asked for a recorded vote yes in a gym asking for the . Yesterday they have been requested. All those in favor of taking this vote by the. Will rise and remain standing until counted.

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    until counted. A sufficient number having arisen. The yeas and nays are…

    until counted. A sufficient number having arisen. The yeas and nays are ordered. And pursuant to a Rule twenty and the chairs prior announcement. Pro The further proceedings on this motion. Will be postponed.

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    MR. ISAKSON

    For what purpose is the gentleman from Oklahoma . Mr

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    For what purpose is the gentleman from Oklahoma . Mr Speaker I move to…

    For what purpose is the gentleman from Oklahoma . Mr Speaker I move to suspend the rules and agree to house concurrent resolution three zero one . Expressing the sense of Congress regarding. American Gold Star Mothers Blue Star Mothers of America the service flag and the service . Lapel but . The clerk will report the title of the concurrent resolution concurrent resolutions very old one concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress. Regarding American Gold Star Mothers Incorporated . Blue Star Mothers

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    of America incorporated . The service

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    MR. WATTS

    flag. And the service lapel But first to ensure the rule the gentleman…

    flag. And the service lapel But first to ensure the rule the gentleman from Oklahoma. Mr Watts. And the gentleman from California . This time show and will each control . Twenty minutes of this debate. The chair now recognizes the gentleman from Oklahoma.

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    Mr Speaker I your myself such time as I may consume and ask unanimous…

    Mr Speaker I your myself such time as I may consume and ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days within which to revise and extend. or

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    THE CLERK

    all members have five legislative days within which to revise and extend.…

    all members have five legislative days within which to revise and extend. or Extend their remarks on the resolution. Under consideration. Without objection the gentleman's request is so ordered.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Mr Speaker. As America's war on terrorism continues the men and women who…

    Mr Speaker. As America's war on terrorism continues the men and women who serve in our armed forces like the veterans before them . Helped bring freedom and democracy . To the

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    MR. WATTS

    world. And knobs are remote parts of the globe the airman soldier sailor…

    world. And knobs are remote parts of the globe the airman soldier sailor and marine stand tall . And some remote location a sailor will miss his anniversary an airman will miss his daughter's birthday . And

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    a marine will be absent for yet another family reunion all in their effort…

    a marine will be absent for yet another family reunion all in their effort to help make the world a safer place to live work and play.

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    MR. WATTS

    help make the world a safer place to live work and play. As demonstrated…

    help make the world a safer place to live work and play. As demonstrated by military casualties in Afghanistan America's patriots sometimes. Paid the ultimate price and support in defense of democracy. The family members they leave behind especially feel the sacrifice of the American gold star and Blue Star Mothers of America . Serve our special thanks and appreciation . Their tradition of the blue star dates back to World War One symbolizing a mother who had her pride and joy serve in the armed forces . The traditional gold star recognized a mother who had lost a child during any period of war or. Hostilities. During World War One the blue star flag phone on a family's window. Was a symbol of both hope and yet grave concern for their son and others who were serving in the military and fighting for their country. It served as recognition of what Americans at home could do to support. Military family members and. Also symbolized a pride in the commitment of America's youth . And a reminder of the gravity of the entire war effort. During this time there was the all too constant fear that the Blue Star. Which changes color . To become a gold star. Days weeks or months later . Mr Speaker the tradition of immediate family members. Displaying the service flag in their home a wearing a blue star or. Gold star service lapel button. Have not been widely practiced since the end of World War two as Americans and . At this historic juncture in our history . When America will and definitely continue its war on terrorism. Let's not forget the sacrifices of the families of the military members who make the world a safer place. Mr Speaker and wish the blue star or gold star flags flying in a window are family members wearing lapel buttons. We should take the time to thank them for their sacrifice and let them know that America stands behind them. On behalf of a grateful nation I urge my colleagues to vote for this resolution . And let's not forget the families who have also. Sacrificed on behalf of freedom. Live. And democracy and with that I reserve the balance of Motown. Jennifer. Homer has reserved. The chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from California. Thank you Mr Speaker . I rise in support of House concurrent resolution three zero one . Introduced by my colleague and friend the gentleman from Oklahoma Mr Watts . House concurrent resolution three zero one. Urges the president to issue a proclamation on behalf of the members of the American Gold Star mothers. And Blue Star Mothers of America. For their sacrifices and dedicated and patriotic support the bill also calls upon family members of American service members to display . And improve

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    family members of American service members to display . And improve

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    MRS. TAUSCHER

    service flag . And wear a service lapel button. In support of members of…

    service flag . And wear a service lapel button. In support of members of the armed forces . Captain Army Captain Robert L. questioner of the fifth. Ohio infantry created the blue star flag in one nine hundred seventeen during World War one . The Blue Star flag quickly became a symbol. That a family member was serving in the armed forces . The Blue Star symbolizes the hope and pride of families who have loved ones in uniform. During World War one a blue star was replaced with a gold star if a free service member was killed or dial why on active duty . The idea for a gold star is believed to have been developed from the women's committee . On the National Council of defenses on May twenty eighth nine hundred eighteen. The women's committee recommended a star on a black band. On the left arm for mourning the loss of a family member in war time . The gold was to signify the sacrifice of a loved one for the cause of liberty and freedom. Grace Darling Siebold who lost her son George von Siebold during World War One established the American Gold Star mothers . When George left for service his mother began to do community service by visiting. Returning servicemen in hospitals. On Christmas Eve. Grace Siebold received word that her son had been killed. In her sorrow . She reached out to other mothers who lost a child and organized a group of special mothers. The group provided comfort to each other and also provided loving support to Hospitalized Veterans confined in hospitals far from home. But it was not until January fifth one nine hundred twenty nine. The American Gold Star Mothers Incorporated was officially established . On June twelfth one thousand nine hundred four the American Gold Star Mothers Day congressional charter. Army Captain George H. Maines fount of the Blue Star Mothers of America in the one nine hundred forty S.. On January twenty second one thousand nine hundred two he read a newspaper article . In the fifth Fleet new advertiser requesting information about children in the armed forces . Over one thousand mothers responded and chapters of Blue Star Mothers began forming across the United States. Blue Star Mothers also began to volunteer for the war effort visiting hospitals providing hospitality areas and bus and train stations . Preparing packages for shipment overseas . And comforting. Families who lost loved ones. I want to commend the Blue Star Mothers and Gold Star mothers who have dedicated themselves in support of our service members and families. As our nation continues its war against terrorism it is only fitting that we call upon the families of service members. To reinvigorate the tradition of displaying a service flag . In the windows of their homes . And that all Americans recognize the sacrifices of families of those who volunteer. To defend our country. Thank you Mr Speaker I reserve the balance of my time. The gentleman from California has reserved a bouncer time the German from Oklahoma is recognized. Recognize the gentleman from. Three minutes to the gentleman from Connecticut machine which . I think the gentleman for Oklahoma for. I thank him for his sponsorship of . Three which expresses support of the Congress . For the American Gold Star mothers . The Blue Star Mothers of America and for our armed forces .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . I also commend the American Legion for its support of the Blue Star…

    . I also commend the American Legion for its support of the Blue Star program.

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    MR. WATTS

    program. We've heard Mr Speaker that during war one . And during other…

    program. We've heard Mr Speaker that during war one . And during other conflicts. It was the custom for citizens. In

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    MR. SIMMONS

    our country to hang a blue star banner in the window of their home or in…

    our country to hang a blue star banner in the window of their home or in the window of their place of business . To commemorate the fact that a family member or an employee of that business. Was serving uniform in . Overseas. In difficult and dangerous service circumstances . And we've also heard of the tragic news. That when a family or a business would learn that that loved one or that employee. Was killed in the line of duty or died as a result of wounds . That blue star. Would then become a gold star. And that mother . That mother. Would lose her son or husband or her loved one. The Blue Star program is a program . Whose time has come for us here in America it's a time for this program to be reinvigorated . And that's what this resolution . Does. In my home district in Connecticut. We have a blue star highway . And we also have a gold star highway and a gold star bridge. Not every state or every district can honor . The Gold Star mothers. And the Blue Star Mothers with a bridge or a highway. But something that we can all do. We can all do is produce at present. A blue star . Banner. To those constituents who have a family member or an employee . Serving in uniform . Recently I had the opportunity to honor several constituents who are serving in the armed forces . And they would be Jason too now who currently serves in Bosnia. As an infantry platoon . Sergeant with the U.S. Army . And also a torpedo man first class . Richard Masur. Who currently serves. Aboard the U.S.S. . Hartford. When I presented . These banners. To their family members . To their spouses and to their children. There were literally . Tears in their eyes . Tears in their eyes because this Congress. Recognized. The sacrifice of their loved ones . And also the burden of those families. This is an important resolution . This is a resolution which conveys this Congress of support for the men and women of our armed forces . And for the mothers who wait at home hoping beyond hope that blue star. Does not turn into a gold star. I think the gentleman for yielding. Jim of God moment. Speak I was of the bombs much on . Your letters from California is right. Mr Speaker I believe we have any other speakers I'd just like to yield myself as much time as I may consume . Mr Speaker I applaud . Mr Watts for this resolution and I think that all of us. Find ourselves in the twentieth century in a time of asymmetrical warfare . And identified enemies and in very troubling times . And I think that . It is very

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    emblematic of a country that has been the shining beacon of freedom . To…

    emblematic of a country that has been the shining beacon of freedom . To have a

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    MR. WATTS

    been the shining beacon of freedom . To have a

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    . To have a volunteer military . And

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    MRS. TAUSCHER

    unlike. The second world war before . We were born . When many many of our…

    unlike. The second world war before . We were born . When many many of our fighting men and women. Came from our neighborhoods. We have a small. Military right now. One that is I think the best in the world but. Is not necessarily represented in every community. And I think that anonymity. Has created a lack of support for military families who find themselves . Disconnected in many ways . And I'd appreciate it. And I think that Mr Watts is. Resolution is a good way for us to remit together . The community of Americans . To find a way to recognize those families that are. Have provided our fighting men and women and to give them a sense of. Support a sense of pride. And a sense of. The ability to recognize them. So I'm really encouraging my colleagues to vote for this resolution I think it's very timely. I yield back the balance of my time. Thank you John from Oklahoma's recognize to close on the speaker I want to thank my colleague from Connecticut and my friend from California for being here on the floor today to help. Recognize the Blue and Gold Star mom and my colleague from California . Senator very well you know. We've got moms and dads around the. Country all over the nation that has made tremendous sacrifices . And

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    . And giving a loved one given a son or daughter or.

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    MR. WATTS

    Husband in defense of the values in the freedoms and and. The many things…

    Husband in defense of the values in the freedoms and and. The many things that we hold dear . In this nation and I again would hope that we would never forget that sacrifice and . We've got some blue and gold star moms here with us today and we're going to go in and take some pictures with them and have an opportunity to have the fellowship with them and so. I want to say to them on behalf of a grateful nation we are appreciative of the sacrifices that they have made over the years and. Allowing this country to be . The country that we know it to be. This day so with that Mr Speaker we've exhausted all the speakers on our time as well so I will line. You all back the balance of my down . All time having expired in this debate to question our courage will the house suspend the rules and. Agree to house concurrent resolution . Three zero one. So many years or in favor will say I All those opposed no. In the opinion of the Church of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative . Mr Speaker I request the yeas and nays. The yeas and nays are requested all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    standing until counted . A sufficient number having arisen . The you are…

    standing until counted . A sufficient number having arisen . The you are ordered pursuant to calls eight of rule twenty . In the chairs prior announcement for the proceedings on this motion. Will be postponed.

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    MR. WATTS

    For what purpose is the gentleman from Iowa rise.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    For what purpose is the gentleman from Iowa rise. Mr Speaker I move to…

    For what purpose is the gentleman from Iowa rise. Mr Speaker I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill H.R. thirty six fifty six . The clerk will report the title of the bill H.R. thirty six fifty six a bill to amend the international organizations of unities act. To provide for the applicability of that act to the European Central Bank person into the rule the gentleman from Iowa . Mr Leach and the gentleman from American Samoa. Mr family home of a go will each control twenty minutes. Of

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    this debate that you are now recognizes the gentleman from Iowa . Mr

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    MR. LEACH

    . Mr Speaker I ask unanimous consent that all members may have five…

    . Mr Speaker I ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include. Extraneous

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    days to revise and extend their remarks and include. Extraneous

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    THE CLERK

    material. On the bill under consideration. Without objection the…

    material. On the bill under consideration. Without objection the gentleman's request is so ordered. Mr Speaker I yield myself such time as I may consume. This measure is a minor . But

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . But symbolically important bill designed to underscore support for the…

    . But symbolically important bill designed to underscore support for the establishment of the European Union. By courting its central bank legal rights within the United States that are accorded the central banks . Of

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    MR. LEACH

    accorded the central banks . Of individual nation states . The European…

    accorded the central banks . Of individual nation states . The European Central Bank is an independent legal entity owned by the central banks of the European Union member states and was a stablished in one thousand nine hundred eight. In accordance

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    member states and was a stablished in one thousand nine hundred eight. In…

    member states and was a stablished in one thousand nine hundred eight. In accordance

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    MR. LEACH

    with the provisions of the treaty creating the European Union itself .…

    with the provisions of the treaty creating the European Union itself . Significant portions of the E.C.B. As foreign reserves are held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. As well as private banks. In the United States . While the foreign sovereign immunity act extends immunity to foreign central banks. That you see B.'s immunities under this act . Are not assured because the E.C.B. is unique status resulting from its multinational ownership . Although the international organizations immunity AK extends to international organizations. The same immunity adjoined by foreign governments . For the purpose of this act the referenced international organizations . Only includes organizations which United States is a member. And of course you know. It states is not a member of the E.U.. In January of this year I under duces legislation to protect the legal security of the E.C.B. As foreign reserves . Through amending the I O. it. A By designating the E.C.B.. All of which is a mouthful. As an international organization for the purposes of this act . A significant number of other organizations of which the United States is not a member. Have been designated in this way including. The Organization of African Unity. The European Space Agency. And the International Committee of the Red Cross . The extension of immunity provided by the to the E.C.B. would assure the protection of their foreign reserves. Equivalent to that enjoyed by other foreign central banks . If we refuse the E.C.B. request we wouldn't effect penalize monitoring unions. Exercising sovereign Central Bank functions. By among other things making the E.C.B. vulnerable to private litigation . In this context providing the E.C.B. this status is entirely equitable and reasonable. And amounts to the kind of mutual accommodation that we should be emphasizing at a time when so much friction is building between the United States and the European Union. And a host of commercial and political issues . Indeed in a historical context the United States. In effect created a monetary union when we replace the original articles of confederation . With a constitution that restricted the capacity of individual states to tax each other . The European Union wisely matched this step two centuries later . And the newly created European Central Bank is an emanation of this daring Anish give. It is incumbent on those in this side of the Atlantic to express our support and respect for this historical movement and for institutions necessary to make it a cohesive success. The International Relations Committee approved a church thirty six fifty six by voice vote on March the twentieth. The Federal Reserve the Treasury Department the department state and strong support of the legislation. I recommend. And I vote. And Mr Speaker at this point I would reserve the balance of my time. The gentleman from Mayawati has reserved the balance of his time on the German for American Samoa is recognized. Mr Speaker I ask unanimous consent to extend or revise my remarks. Without objection the gentleman's request is so ordered. Misspeak I rise in strong support of this resolution of this bill and you know myself such time as I may consume. This is a very straightforward measure to provide the European Central Bank the same. Immunity from judicial process that we routinely provide . To foreign central banks under the Foreign Service Communities Act . I want to commend my good friend from Iowa and also chairman of our.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Subcommittee on the East Asian Pacific my colleague and friend Jim Leach…

    Subcommittee on the East Asian Pacific my colleague and friend Jim Leach for his authorship of this bill.

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    MR. FALEOMAVAEGA

    and friend Jim Leach for his authorship of this bill.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    The E.C.B. was and was established in June of one thousand nine hundred…

    The E.C.B. was and was established in June of one thousand nine hundred eight in accordance with the treaty establishing the European Union and the E.C.B. As an

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    MR. FALEOMAVAEGA

    establishing the European Union and the E.C.B. As an independent legal…

    establishing the European Union and the E.C.B. As an independent legal entity owned by the central banks of the E.U. member states . Like any central bank its role is to define an implement the monetary policy . Of the European Union and to maintain price stability . It also conducts foreign exchange operations and holds the official. Foreign reserves of the E.U. states . Given the nature of the E.C.B. It makes absolute sense . To extend to it the same legal treatment really truly reached the root. Routinely provide. To other foreign central banks. Unfortunately since the E.C.B. is a new type of central bank. It does not fit the definition of the foreign central bank under the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Zakk and it is therefore not granted the immunity is provided by that I. The E.C.B. is likewise excluded from the judicial process . Immunities . Normally provided to the international organizations. By the international organizations Immunities Act because the I.O.I. only extends its immunities to international organizations . Of which the United States is a member. Therefore a charge. Three five three six five six. Amends the oh. I the I all I include it's provisions to the Central European Central Bank. In the same manner to the same extent and this is subject to the same conditions as may be extended to a public. International Organization. In which the United States participates. This extension of the I.O.I. a will simply provide the E.C.B.. With the same humanity we routinely routinely grant. To foreign central banks . This is a good bill Mr Speaker and I urge my colleagues to. To support it and I reserve the balance of my time. The German has reserved the balance of his time the gentleman from my allies recognized. Mr Speaker I have no further requests for time and of. My good friend the gentleman . Likewise of Mr Speaker I have no further additional speakers at this time again I commend my good friend from Iowa . For his sponsorship of the. Of the bill. I yield back the balance of my time in the German for American Samoa has yielded bank balance was time the general from my was recognized to close I would just conclude with my appreciation for . Mr folly

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . Mr folly as thoughtful approach to all issues of the day. And

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    MR. LEACH

    approach to all issues of the day. And I would your back to balance my…

    approach to all issues of the day. And I would your back to balance my time . All time having expired in this debate to question our cars will the house suspend the rules . And past the

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    MR. FALEOMAVAEGA

    our cars will the house suspend the rules . And past the veil I charge…

    our cars will the house suspend the rules . And past the veil I charge thirty six fifty six . As many as are in favor say aye . All those opposed no in the opinion of the chair two thirds of those present. Having voted in the

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    present. Having voted in the affirmative. The rules are suspended the bill…

    present. Having voted in the affirmative. The rules are suspended the bill is passed without objection . The motion to

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    MR. LEACH

    . The motion to reconsider is laid upon the table . For what purposes the…

    . The motion to reconsider is laid upon the table . For what purposes the gentleman from California arise . Move to

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    purposes the gentleman from California arise . Move to suspend the rules…

    purposes the gentleman from California arise . Move to suspend the rules and to agree to the resolution. H. whereas five thirty three . The clerk will report the title of the resolution. House Resolution five thirty three resolution welcoming Madam Chairman . The first lady of Taiwan. To Washington D.C. . The chair when I receive a message. Mr Speaker. Messages from the president of the United States. Speaker. And Secretary. I'm directed by the president of United States to deliver to the House of Representatives. Method

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    MR. ROHRABACHER

    United States to deliver to the House of Representatives. Method used in…

    United States to deliver to the House of Representatives. Method used in my .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Pursuant to the rule the German from California Mr Rohrabacher in the…

    Pursuant to the rule the German from California Mr Rohrabacher in the German for American Samoa.

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    THE CLERK

    in the German for American Samoa. Just a fellow human being of a gun.…

    in the German for American Samoa. Just a fellow human being of a gun. Well. Each control twenty minutes. Of this debate. That you're now recognizes the gentleman from California . Mr Speaker I ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. And

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. And include…

    have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. And include extraneous material on the bill under consideration . Without objection

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    on the bill under consideration . Without objection the gentleman's…

    on the bill under consideration . Without objection the gentleman's request is so ordered. Thank you very much Mr Speaker I yield myself such time as I may consume.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    time as I may consume. And I'd like to thank Chairman Hyde. And are good…

    time as I may consume. And I'd like to thank Chairman Hyde. And are good at ranking minority member. Mr Lantos . For expediting consideration of H. rez.

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    MR. ROHRABACHER

    Five thirty three . A resolution . Welcoming. Madam . Chen's to sue Chen .…

    Five thirty three . A resolution . Welcoming. Madam . Chen's to sue Chen . Of Taiwan. To Washington. Madame Chen's visit comes at an important moment in our nation's relationship with Taiwan and the People's Republic of China.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    with Taiwan and the People's Republic of China.

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    MR. ROHRABACHER

    with Taiwan and the People's Republic of China. Although the United States…

    with Taiwan and the People's Republic of China. Although the United States has repeatedly asked Beijing. To resolve its difficulties with Taiwan. Through peaceful means . The Communist Chinese military has placed hundreds of ballistic missiles . On the coast of China . Aimed at Taiwan. To make matters worse . Communist China is building more and more of those missiles. The communist authorities betray the peaceful cause of Taiwan independence . As a terrorist movement. Well nothing could be further from the truth. Taiwan . Threatens . No one on the contrary Taiwan has been one hundred percent supportive of the war against terrorism . And it has for example. Given generous. Ingenuous. Generously . To the humanitarian effort in Afghanistan . And in trying to help the Afghan government . In this very pivotal moment China. On the other hand. Has helped. The Tali bond while Taiwan has been helping those people trying to create a more democratic society . In Afghanistan. Trying to create a more peaceful environment. The Chinese communists on the other hand have been helping the Taliban . They've helped them build a fourteen thousand square at Line fourteen secure telephone line system and. I might add that on September eleventh . The Communist Chinese authorities flew in to Kabul and signed a trade agreement with the tali Bonn . China has also assisted Iraq . In building a fiberoptic communications network. That is used for the Iraqi military . So it is clear . Who supports terrorism . And who doesn't. First Lady. Chen. Who will be bringing her strong message from her husband. And the people of Taiwan . That Taiwan's cooperation with the United States in its anti-terrorism campaign will continue and will strengthen in the future. This is the sort of mature behavior . That the world has come to expect from Taiwan . We hope that Beijing will soon follow . In Taiwan's footsteps and become a truly constructive member of the world community . The threats that it is making. Against a peaceful Taiwan. The threats of military action. Are irresponsible and . We should take note of the rest of the world should take note of communist China's behavior. Such a change in behavior on the part of communist China. Toward the people of Taiwan. Should be also noted. And we would invite the communist Chinese to take a second look at the. Our policies . In the meantime . I urge my colleagues to vote for H. Resolution five thirty three . And welcome the first lady. Of Taiwan . Madame Chen to the United States. Madame Chen and her husband . Represent democratically elected leaders. Her husband was allotted. President of Taiwan . No one has elected in a free election . Those so called leaders in Beijing . Who threaten Taiwan. With violence . And military action. So let us take this moment . To tip our hat respectfully. To the wife of an elected president of a country. And that is what Americans should be doing instead of kowtow in. And being afraid to anger. Tyrants. Overseas. I yield back the but I reserve the balance of my time . The German from California has reserve the balance of his time the gentleman from American Samoa . Is now recognized. Mr Speaker I ask you again unanimous consent to extend to revise my remarks . Without objection the gentleman's request is so watered . And I want to commend the chairman of our international relations committee the gentleman from Illinois. Chairman Hyde. For his support and leadership in bringing this legislation to the forefront . I also want to commend the gentleman from New York comes to Ben Gilman for his.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Authorship of this resolution. And of course . My good friend from…

    Authorship of this resolution. And of course . My good friend from California and his management . Of this

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    MR. FALEOMAVAEGA

    legislation the other side of the aisle. My good friend . Mr Rob

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Rocca. Mr Speaker I rise in strong support of this resolution .

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    MR. FALEOMAVAEGA

    support of this resolution . I would first like to commend as I said…

    support of this resolution . I would first like to commend as I said earlier Mr Ben Gilman for introducing this. Important resolution . And our ranking. As a ranking Democrat in the member of the Asia Pacific. Subcommittee on the stage and Pacific . I was very pleased to have the chance to join the ranking member of our side of the. International Relations Committee my good friend from California Congressman Tom Lantos as an original co-sponsor of this measure. To speak of the economic and political transformation of Taiwan . Over the past decade is truly remarkable . From the depths of poverty in the one nine hundred fifty S. Taiwan has turned into an economic powerhouse. Which is now one of America's top ten trading partners . Turning away from one party rule Taiwan has become a vibrant democracy . Serving as a beacon. To those across the Asia Pacific region . Who yearn for freedom and showing that democracy can thrive in the Asia Pacific region especially within the context of meeting with the people of China. To speak of the election of . Chen Shui bian. To the presidency in March of two thousand. Further demonstrates the depth and strength of Taiwan's democracy . As President Chen is the first member of the opposition to serve as president . As a result of these positive developments the relations between the United States . And Taiwan have never been closer. These. Is no better example of the close relationship than the visit to the United States this week. Taiwan's first lady. Madame. Chu Chen will sue . Chen. First Lady general as long fought for democracy and human rights and humanitarian causes in Taiwan. First Lady previously served in Taiwan's legislature. She has provided critical assistance to her husband in his political efforts. Maybe not known to the members of our body Mr Speaker but. Our first lady. Chu. Chen who was seriously injured in a traffic accident years ago. And as a result . She has then become a paraplegic. But what is more important is the tremendous courage and fortitude in continuing to support her husband. Not only to stand as a symbol of beacon of for democracy the people of Taiwan. But certainly an example of someone who has. Determination in this. As first lady. Agenda was demonstrated. Not only to the people of Taiwan but certainly to the people here in America. Mr Speaker since the run is tragedy of September eleventh. First Lady has also been a driving force behind Taiwan's charity. And humanitarian assistance for the victims of the terrorist attacks. First Lady will be on Capitol Hill tomorrow. To meet the members of Congress . And I do strongly urge my colleagues to take this opportunity to meet her. I have no doubt that there will be impressed by her strength her sense of compassion. And her commitment to building stronger ties between the United States and Taiwan bespeak I strongly urge . Support of my colleagues of this House resolution five three three . And I reserve my balance of the balance of time. To recognize the gentleman from California . As my good friend Mr A fellow of a guy. Have any more speakers. Again I could not have asked for a greater advocate and champion of freedom and democracy and Mark Woodforde of the Asia Pacific region . And my friend Rob Rocca from California and I commend his leadership and management of this legislation misspeak or I have no for the speakers at this time . I would like to yield back the balance of my time . Most of his time . I would do you

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    know why so just a few moments. To close this debate. Mr Pelham of a gun I…

    know why so just a few moments. To close this debate. Mr Pelham of a gun I visited many hotspots around the world in our in our time together and . He

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    MR. ROHRABACHER

    our in our time together and . He

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    MR. FALEOMAVAEGA

    . He has always demonstrated love of liberty and justice and . I think…

    . He has always demonstrated love of liberty and justice and . I think that today this resolution demonstrates that. In a democratic society even where there are some disagreements and we all understand people have disagreements on various issues that . The

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    MR. ROHRABACHER

    that . The fundamental values that this. Body represents across party…

    that . The fundamental values that this. Body represents across party lines . Mr Lantos. Just fell in a way and others who have been so active . On the International Relations Committee. Sometimes we have heated debates. But quite often . Those debates aren't about the fundamentals but are instead about details . And today . We're talking about something very fundamental. And that is showing respect to a country that has a democratically elected government and . We chose our respect to that country. By tipping our house and greeting . The first lady of that country . Who is visiting with us. A lady who has . Herself endured many many crises and challenges in her life . And demonstrates a courage . And a lady who is married to a man who was elected the first really democratically elected leader of . China of a Chinese people and. A man now who represents the republic there in Taiwan and. As a good friend of the United States . So I would urge my colleagues to join me in voting for H. Raz. Five thirty three. And I would yield back the balance of my time back the balance of his time. The question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to House Resolution five three three so many are as in favor will say aye. Those oppose no in the opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative. I would ask that to Mr Speaker I would ask for the Asian names. To create the nays are requested all those in favor of taking this vote by the Asian nation will rise and remain standing until counted . A sufficient number having risen the yeas and nays are ordered and pursuant to Clause eight of rule twenty.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    having risen the yeas and nays are ordered and pursuant to Clause eight of…

    having risen the yeas and nays are ordered and pursuant to Clause eight of rule twenty. And the chairs prior announcement further proceedings on this motion will be postponed . What parts of Germany from Florida arise. Mr Speaker

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    MR. ROHRABACHER

    of Germany from Florida arise. Mr Speaker I move the house suspend the…

    of Germany from Florida arise. Mr Speaker I move the house suspend the rules and agreed to Senate concurrent resolution one ten.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    and agreed to Senate concurrent resolution one ten. The clerk will report…

    and agreed to Senate concurrent resolution one ten. The clerk will report the title of concurrent resolution . Senate concurrent resolution one ten concurrent resolution honoring the heroism and courage displayed by airline flight attendants on a daily bases. Pursuant to the rule the gentleman from Florida Mr Mica. And the gentleman from Utah. Mr Matheson each will conclude drawl twenty minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from Florida Mr Mica for twenty minutes. I

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    MR. MICA

    thank this speaker and yield myself as much time as I may consume. Mr…

    thank this speaker and yield myself as much time as I may consume. Mr Speaker.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    The south after noon we take up as a body. Senate

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    THE CLERK

    take up as a body. Senate concurrent resolution one ten. That resolution .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Address is a long overdue. Were choir men of this house and that's to…

    Address is a long overdue. Were choir men of this house and that's to honor the heroism of. And also the courage displayed by our flight attendants.

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    MR. MICA

    flight attendants. Not only on September eleventh but on a daily basis .…

    flight attendants. Not only on September eleventh but on a daily basis . Mr Speaker and my colleagues on September eleventh two thousand and one. More than three thousand innocent people lost their lives . This devastating. Number includes some twenty five flight attendants who were on board the four hijacked aircraft that day . As a result of the tragic events of that fateful day . The vital role that these men and women play as the very first line of defense. Became painfully evident . Flight attendants react and. They also provide essential guidance to passengers during. Emergency situations. Flight attendants are in fact . Responsible . And primarily concerned with passenger safety . Once the aircraft door is closed . They are not only provide safety . For the traveling public but also become our very first line of defense. An aircraft security. They also guarantee that there are in fact additional. Eyes and ears on guard for suspicious and threatening behavior. Examples of their acts of heroism and. Service. Include the actions of the twenty four five flight attendants who lost their lives on September eleventh and the four Air jet aircraft that were hijacked that day. Mr Speaker we've honored. Firefighters police. Pilots and ordinary citizens. Today it is fitting that we take some time to recognize those flight attendants who served . Both the aviation industry the public. And America. So well. It's also important to note that. We also have the remarkable . Assistance . That that these flight attendants provide . Every day and particularly on the day. That those flights around the nation and around the world. Were diverted. The flight attendants on American Airlines Flight sixty three last December. Recognize the terrible threat that that aircraft face . That wasn't . Security guards it was an air marshals It wasn't a large force. It was flight attendants who helped subdue the attempted . And now . Some want to and from as. Shoe bomber Richard Reid. They acted. They saved the lives of countless . Passengers on that aircraft . Were indebted to those flight attendants. Also flight attendants help prevent another tragedy . On a flight to United flight. Eight fifty five in February of this year. The Doraine just individual. Attempted to break into a cockpit I believe that was in a flight from South America to. Miami They also acted with here as some . In recognition of their vital role as a first line of defense. The House voted in July to strengthen the flight attendant. Training Program. And those reforms are long overdue because some. Times these. Flight attendants are left at the. Bad way to fight these terrorists acts. And other disruptions on aircraft . H.R.. Forty six thirty five which is primarily devoted to arming pilots and allowing pan. Pilots to defend themselves . Also requires that flight attendants receive much needed a hands on training in self defense. So they too can defend themselves. The passengers. The aircraft . And again serve as a first line of defense as H.R.. Forty six thirty five demonstrates the House supports these brave men and women . And wants to ensure their safety . And their security . Along with that of the flying public . So today we're considering Senate concurrent resolution one ten . The House passed a similar version of this concurrent resolution. Earlier this month. The concurrent resolution recognizes the over one hundred thousand airline flight attendants who have dedicated themselves to serving and protecting our passengers flying public. On a daily basis and also recognizes the courage and heroism . Of those who lost their life . On September eleventh. It expresses Congress' profound gratitude to Ft Airlines flight attendants. And it rightfully honors their courage and dedication . For all these reasons and many more. Encourage my colleagues in the House to pass the Senate concurrent resolution . So rightfully honoring our flight attendants. Mr Speaker. I reserve the balance of my time. German reserves the balance of his time . German from Utah . Is recognized twenty minutes. Thank you Mr Speaker I yield myself as. Most times I'm a consumer want to think it's our subcommittee chairman . Mr Mike I've enjoyed serving on the aviation subcommittee . Under his leadership but appreciate his leadership on this bill today. And I certainly rise in support of Senate concurrent resolution . One ten. Such an appropriate thing for us to be doing in terms of recognizing the service and the honor in the courage of. Over

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    of. Over one hundred thousand. Flight attendants that . Fly in the skies…

    of. Over one hundred thousand. Flight attendants that . Fly in the skies above this country.

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    MR. MATHESON

    It's important that we have knowledge their service and something has…

    It's important that we have knowledge their service and something has helped us focus on this service is the actions that took place on September eleventh and. Actions that took place subsequent to September eleventh. As was mentioned twenty five flight attendants lost their lives that day . That same day let's not forget that all the other planes that were up in the sky. Ordered to be put down the ground by the F.A.A. and a number of flight attendants. On all those flights . On that day face some real challenges they faced . The fear that we all felt that day but they also faced the job of having to work with the number of passengers on all those airplanes are being diverted . And asked to land on emergency notice. And the flight attendants in this country. Served us well that day. In terms of dealing with that. Difficult situation. And that applies the days following September eleventh . We had a public that was nervous. And the flight attendants represented . The face of courage . They were the line of defense first line of defense quite frankly in maintaining security on those airplanes. We know the stories about how they caught the. The the shoe bomber Richard Reid. We know that the flight attendants are keeping their eyes open . And so it is appropriate that we honor him in this context . But we honor them also for all the work that they've done and let's face it when they get on that airplane they are the face of that air pocket. The air. Line for which they work. The traveling public at times. Experiences some frustrations maybe.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Jonah from Utah is recognized which. Breaker I move

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    MR. MICA

    Jonah from Utah is recognized which. Breaker I move

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Jonah from Utah is recognized which. Breaker I move

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    MR. MICA

    to suspend the rules and pass ass one two four zero with an amendment .…

    to suspend the rules and pass ass one two four zero with an amendment . The clerk report the title of the bill . Senate twelve forty and act to provide for the acquisition of land and construction of an interagency administrative and visitor facility . At the entrance

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    visitor facility . At the entrance to the American Fork. Canyon Utah and…

    visitor facility . At the entrance to the American Fork. Canyon Utah and for other purposes . Pursuant to the rule the gentleman from Utah Mr Hanson and the gentleman from West Virginia Mr Ray Hall each will control twenty minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah. I thank you

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    MR. MICA

    each will control twenty minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from…

    each will control twenty minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah. I thank you

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    the gentleman from Utah. I thank you

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    MR. HANSEN

    Mr Speaker. Yes twelve forty would authorize the exchange of two hundred…

    Mr Speaker. Yes twelve forty would authorize the exchange of two hundred sixty six. Acres of National Forest System land within the year went to and washouts cash National Forest in Utah for thirty seven acres or private land. At the

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    National Forest in Utah for thirty seven acres or private land. At the

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    THE CLERK

    National Forest in Utah for thirty seven acres or private land. At the…

    National Forest in Utah for thirty seven acres or private land. At the mouth of American fort Canyon. The bill would also require the secretary of interior to construct a joint Visitor Center for the Mount Temple notice National Monument administered by the National Park Service and he went to a national forest.

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    Monument administered by the National Park Service and he went to a…

    Monument administered by the National Park Service and he went to a national forest. Administered by the U.S. Forest Service. The visitor center would replace the center that was burned down in one thousand nine hundred one says The park has been in the position of attempting to house its visitors. And

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    MR. HANSEN

    The park has been in the position of attempting to house its visitors. And…

    The park has been in the position of attempting to house its visitors. And administrative offices in a double wide trailer . On days of high visitation . The trailers. Easily overwhelmed. This bill also contains the text of H.R. thirty nine twenty eight passed previously by the house . Under suspension of the rules. This legislation would direct the secretary of interior to assess the University of Utah . By making a grant to the University of Utah Museum of Natural History in Salt Lake City Utah . To help pay for the federal share of the costs of construction of a new National History Museum. The Federal share however would not exceed twenty five percent of the total cost. It is important to know that more than seventy five percent of the museum's vast collection of come from federal lands . And the surrounding states. In the inner mountain west . The poor condition of the current building poses serious threats to the preservation of these artifacts that must be replaced. Finally the bill contains the text of H.R.. Fifty ninety seven which would adjust the boundaries of the Salt River Bay National Historic Park. And it logical preserve located in St Croix. Virginian. . Virgin Virgin Islands to include the site of a two storey forty eight hundred square foot house . At the site they can easily be converted to a visitor station. You see in an operation center. And fifteen point four acres of land that has been offered as a donation to the park. This park includes the only known place in present day U.S. history where members of Christopher Columbus. Expedition landed. This is a good bill and I urge my colleagues to support it and I reserve the balance of my time . German reserves the balance of his time. The gentleman from West Virginia is recognized which degree of myself such town and they consume as twelve forty is a package. Consisting of three freestanding bills which have already been explained. For my part I would simply like to note that our colleague Jim Matheson. Was the original sponsor of the legislation to provide assistance to the University of Utah . And we appreciate very much Chairman Hansen's. Moving this measure forward. Once again . And I also like to highlight the fact that detection of H.R.

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    fifty nine seven a bill introduced by our colleague Ana Christensen. Is…

    fifty nine seven a bill introduced by our colleague Ana Christensen. Is included in this measure . This important legislation would expand the boundaries of the Salt River Bay National Historical Park an ecological preserve.

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    MR. RAHALL

    Located on the Allen of St Croix. In the U.S. Virgin Islands. The people…

    Located on the Allen of St Croix. In the U.S. Virgin Islands. The people of the U.S. Virgin Islands do indeed have a strong and effective advocate in Dr Christianson. It has been my pleasure to work with her on many issues where she is taking a leadership role in and dance in the well being of her constituents . And the American public. In particular I want to commend Donna Christiansen and congratulate her for the distinguished worth if she has done is ranking . Democratic member the Sept made on national parks recreation in public lands . In that role she has a. The responsibility . Not just this Congress but. I and many others as well and it's taken the whole . and Has taken hold of that responsibility and helped shepherd numerous pieces of legislation . They do affect the very fabric of this great nation . For leadership has made possible the further preservation and careful use of many of the natural and historical resources that we are blessed with across this country . I command. The chairman our committee Mr Hanssen as well and to salute him for his leadership on a number of important issues will be addressing today. I was very balanced by times gentleman. Reserves the balance of the gentleman from Utah. The speaker I have no further request for German used by such time as she may consume the rankings of can remember Dr Christianson the general A from the Virgin Islands is recognized. you Thank Mr A Holland thank you also for your kind words . Is the Speaker I rise in support of S. Twelve forty as well and urge my colleagues to support its passage . This bill as

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    you've heard includes my bill H.R. fifty nine hundred seventy expand the…

    you've heard includes my bill H.R. fifty nine hundred seventy expand the boundaries of the Salt River National Historical Park an ecological preserve.

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    MR. HANSEN

    the Salt River National Historical Park an ecological preserve. Located on…

    the Salt River National Historical Park an ecological preserve. Located on my home island of St Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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    island of St Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. I would like to express my…

    island of St Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. I would like to express my gratitude to Chairman Hansen. To

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    MR. RAHALL

    like to express my gratitude to Chairman Hansen. To ranking member Ray…

    like to express my gratitude to Chairman Hansen. To ranking member Ray Holland chairman Radanovich for their support of my bill which will make it possible for the National Park Service to establish an official presence at Salt River for the first time since the park was established. More than

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    at Salt River for the first time since the park was established. More than

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    MRS. CHRISTENSEN

    at Salt River for the first time since the park was established. More than…

    at Salt River for the first time since the park was established. More than ten years ago. Salt River Bay is located approximately three point five miles west of Christian stead. On the north central coast of St Croix. It became a part of the national park system when President Bush. The first President Bush signed H R . Twenty nine twenty seven into law on the board twenty fourth one thousand nine hundred two. Salt River and its surrounding areas comprise an important. Eco system continuum. The only one of its kind in the Virgin. One of the few left in the West Indies. This unique chain of could have attacked functions as an intact system. From the dry tropical forests that hillsides down to the wetland streams marshes mangrove salt ponds and sea grass beds . To the magnificent coral reefs and Superbe submarine Canyon containing deep water sponges and corals salt river bed and its surrounding areas support the highest diversity of bird life known and the Virgin Islands . Twenty four out of the hundred and ten bird species recorded within Salt River . Are locally or federally listed as. Threatened or endangered species . In addition seven species of in danger of vertebrates. Occur here . The letter. Leatherback green and Hawksbill sea turtles. The brown pelican. At the least and Rose a turn . And the peregrine falcon. In addition to these incredible natural resources . The historical and archaeological significance of salt Rivers also remarkable . Salt river beds the first and best documented site where Christopher Columbus made landfall on his second voyage to the new world in fourteen ninety three. From other. Archaeological findings on St Croix experts believe that Salt River was likely to priests around make people's living. More than three thousand years ago . The site contains . Evidence of the. Only ceremonial Ball Court of the carob. Indian culture. Ever to be discovered in the Lesser Antilles . In order to better. Provide better service in a more rewarding experience for park visitors . It is important for the Park Service to have a place where visitors can come and learn about the park and receive assistance from the Park Service personnel. There is cult. Currently no such N.P.'s facility at the park. The Park Service recently identified a house. At the site that can be easily converted into a visitors station museum an operations center. That would house and force men and maintenance personnel and many other functions. Because this was a is presently out. Side of the car in park boundaries H R fifty nine hundred seven was introduced by me to expand the boundaries of the park. To include the site of this new facility . As well as to include fifteen point four acres of land that has been offered as a donation to the park and conclusion I want to thank my colleagues on the Resources Committee for the support of this bill. And to thank the majority. Subcommittee staff. Todd hall and. Rob how us as well as a killin David Watkins and am I an artist that for their assistance . And H.R. fifty ninety seven. I thank you. The speaker and. The ranking member. I turned back the balance of my time . Back to balance the time gentleman from West Virginia to back bounce my top generals back to balance this time all time having. Expired. The question is will the house suspend the rules and passed a bill . Senate Twelve forty as amended so many hours in favor will say are those oppose no . And the opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative. The rules are suspended in the bill is passed . And without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. Gentleman from Utah. A speaker I move to spend the rules and pass a bill that passed thirteen twenty five.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    passed thirteen twenty five. The clerk will report the title of the bill.

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    MR. RAHALL

    bill. Senate thirteen twenty five. And act

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    five. And act to ratify an agreement between now that corporation and the…

    five. And act to ratify an agreement between now that corporation and the United States of America . To exchange land rights received under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act for certainly an interest. On adequate island and for other purposes . Pursuant to the rule the gentleman from Utah Mr Hanson and the gentleman from West Virginia Mr Ray home. Each will control twenty minutes . The chair recognizes

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    MR. HANSEN

    . The chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah. Thank you much because…

    . The chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah. Thank you much because this is a bill to ratify an agreement between the corporation and the United States of America. To exchange

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    corporation and the United States of America. To exchange

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    THE CLERK

    . Land Rights received under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. For…

    . Land Rights received under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. For certain land interest and a jack. Island and for other purposes . Thirteen twenty five are sponsored by Senator Murkowski of Alaska.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    The bill ratifies a land exchange between the. Aleut corporation and…

    The bill ratifies a land exchange between the. Aleut corporation and United States of America. The Aleut corporation is an Alaska Native regional corporation. The purpose

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    MR. HANSEN

    regional corporation. The purpose of this land exchange is to ensure the…

    regional corporation. The purpose of this land exchange is to ensure the economic reuse of a major cold war base . That has closed and to add pristine lands. To the National Wildlife Refuge System . Under the bill the federal government will transfer to the Aleut Corporation about forty seven thousand acres of federal lands. Compromised in the former a doc naval complex. Which closed in one nine hundred ninety seven. Out of the Base Realignment and Closure . PROCEDURE . In return for this asset the corporation will relinquish its entire amount to about forty seven thousand acres of high quality wildlife habitat within the. Alaska maritime National Wildlife Refuge . These lands will be made part of the Refuge System. The Interior Department. The navy the state of Alaska. And the Aleut corporation. Deserve our things for hammering out a major land exchange . That is in my opinion. Totally. Non-controversial. It benefit to the American public. A native corporation and the conservation of Fish and Wildlife. I should know that substantially. Dentical legislation. Is contained in the defense authorization bill. Which is currently in conference . The House and Senate have not resolved their differences over the retention. Of this legislation in the conference report . I've grown very concerned. Over the status of the language in the defense bill . And that failure to pass this bill today could preclude our best opportunity to ratify this land exchange . It ministrations supports and Ackman of S thirteen twenty five and I strongly yours that we suspend the rules and pass the bill. So that a long awaited land exchange can be completed to benefit sold very many people. I urge my colleagues to support this bill . And I reserve the balance of my time. Gentlemen reserves the balance of time gentleman from West Virginia. If you speak of a gentleman from Utah Mr Hanson ensuring the committee is fully explained to be oh. We have no problems with that on this Saturday now not going back to bounce my time back to bounce time. I yield back my time. Back to bounce it was time the question is will the House has been the rules and passed the bill Senate thirteen twenty five . So many hours in favor will say aye. Those opposed No the opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative the rules are suspended in the bill is passed without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table .

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    the motion to reconsider is laid on the table .

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    MR. RAHALL

    John from Utah . Mr Speaker I move that the house suspend the rules and…

    John from Utah . Mr Speaker I move that the house suspend the rules and pass asked eleven seventy five. Clerk report time of the bill.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Senate eleven seventy five. And act to modify the boundary of Vicksburg…

    Senate eleven seventy five. And act to modify the boundary of Vicksburg National Military Park to include the property known as Pemberton's headquarters and for other purposes . Pursuant to the

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    MR. HANSEN

    known as Pemberton's headquarters and for other purposes . Pursuant to the

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    known as Pemberton's headquarters and for other purposes . Pursuant to the…

    known as Pemberton's headquarters and for other purposes . Pursuant to the rule the gentleman from Utah Mr Hanson The gentleman from West Virginia Mr Ray Hall . Each will control twenty minutes. The chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah. Thank you Mr Speaker. That's eleven seventy five would authorize the structure of the Interior to acquire the property known as Pemberton's. At

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    MR. HANSEN

    property known as Pemberton's. At Borders. And to modify the boundary of…

    property known as Pemberton's. At Borders. And to modify the boundary of the Vicksburg National Military Park. To include

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    National Military Park. To include that property.

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    THE CLERK

    The home located in the heart of Vicksburg historic district sure does the…

    The home located in the heart of Vicksburg historic district sure does the headquarters for the military operation . Of Lieutenant General John C. Pemberton. Of the Confederate army during the civil war . The inclusion

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    during the civil war . The inclusion of this historical property would…

    during the civil war . The inclusion of this historical property would draw . Many of the one point two million annual visitors into its historic district of Vicksburg.

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    MR. HANSEN

    And allow for greater interpretation of the important historical events…

    And allow for greater interpretation of the important historical events that took place there and. There during a critical. Military confrontations between General Hugh let's assess Grant. And General Pemberton during the civil war. This bill mirrors H.R. thirty three zero seven. Introduced by our colleague Congressman Thompson of Mississippi . And approved unanimously by the Resource Committee. I urge my colleagues support this bill I reserve the balance of my time. Jim observes a bouncer time jum of West Virginia. Speaker he had myself six times to make of the majority has adequately explained this measure and we understand the House support as well. And while we are considering this. And it go today as a chairman has noted it should be mentioned that our colleague represented Bennie Thompson has worked on gently to move his house companion measure. Through the legislative process representative conses efforts on behalf of his park unit. In our entire national park system are to be commended. Back bounced by time. German years back

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    when it was time Jim from Utah. I yield back the balance of my time. Joe…

    when it was time Jim from Utah. I yield back the balance of my time. Joe many years back to bounce his time the question is will the house spend the rules and pass the bill Senate.

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    MR. RAHALL

    bounce his time the question is will the house spend the rules and pass…

    bounce his time the question is will the house spend the rules and pass the bill Senate. Eleven seventy five. So many hours in favor will say aye those opposed No the opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative . The rules are suspended in the bill is passed and without objection . The motion to reconsider is laid on the. table Gentleman from Utah. Mr Speaker I move to suspend the rules and pass H.R. fifty nine hundred nine. Clerk will report the title the bill . Union

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    calendar number four one four. H.R. fifteen ninety nine . A bill to extend

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    MR. HANSEN

    the periods of authorization for the secretary of the Interior to…

    the periods of authorization for the secretary of the Interior to implement capital construction projects associated with the endangered fish recovery.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    capital construction projects associated with the endangered fish…

    capital construction projects associated with the endangered fish recovery. Implementation programs for the upper Colorado and San Juan River Basin. Pursuant to the rule the gentleman from Utah Mr Hanson in the gentleman from West Virginia Mr Ray Hall each will control twenty minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah. Thank

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    MR. HANSEN

    recognizes the gentleman from Utah. Thank you bitch Baker H. R. fifty not…

    recognizes the gentleman from Utah. Thank you bitch Baker H. R. fifty not in our demands the upper Colorado and San Juan river basins endangered fish recovery program Act of two thousand . By extending the

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    basins endangered fish recovery program Act of two thousand . By extending…

    basins endangered fish recovery program Act of two thousand . By extending the

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    THE CLERK

    of two thousand . By extending the period of authorization for the…

    of two thousand . By extending the period of authorization for the secretary of the Interior to implement capital construction projects associated with the endangered fish recovery. Implementation programs. In the basins. To fiscal year two thousand and eight.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    H R fifty nine hundred nine does not increase the total amount authorized…

    H R fifty nine hundred nine does not increase the total amount authorized to be expended to complete the fish recovery act. I urge the bill's adoption and reserve the balance for my time.

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    MR. HANSEN

    balance for my time. Gentleman reserves the bounce of the time the…

    balance for my time. Gentleman reserves the bounce of the time the gentleman from West Virginia is recognized. Mr Speaker I yield myself such time as I make assume. We already support this bill that sponsored by our committee chairman Mr Hanson. He has explained it at adequately he is a true poet. And I cannot.. Ed Anymore to what he had to say. There you go back to bounce my time. The gentleman yells back to bounce it's time to join one from Utah. You little fellas What do you mean us back to balance this time the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill H.R. fifty nine hundred nine . So many hours in

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . So many hours in favor will say aye. Those oppose no in the opinion of…

    . So many hours in favor will say aye. Those oppose no in the opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative the rules are suspended. The

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    MR. RAHALL

    having voted in the affirmative the rules are suspended. The bill is…

    having voted in the affirmative the rules are suspended. The bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. The gentleman from Utah. The speaker I move to suspend the rules and pass H.R. fifty one zero nine as amended the clerk report title the bill . Union counter

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    the bill . Union counter number five four one five eight are fifty one…

    the bill . Union counter number five four one five eight are fifty one zero nine . A bill to

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    MR. HANSEN

    five eight are fifty one zero nine . A bill to

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . A bill to direct the secretary of energy to convey a parcel of land at…

    . A bill to direct the secretary of energy to convey a parcel of land at the facility. Of the Southwestern Power Administration in Tupelo Oklahoma. Pursuant to the rule the gentleman from Utah Mr Hanson The gentleman from West Virginia Mr Ray Hall each will control twenty minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah. Thank you Mr Speaker H.R. fifty one and nine offered by Congressman West Watkins of Oklahoma.

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    MR. HANSEN

    Congressman West Watkins of Oklahoma. Authorizes the secretary of energy.…

    Congressman West Watkins of Oklahoma. Authorizes the secretary of energy. Acting through the southwestern power of ministration.

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    southwestern power of ministration. To convey. A

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    THE CLERK

    six point three acre parcel of land and. To live. The convention. Will be…

    six point three acre parcel of land and. To live. The convention. Will be at fair market value. The partial has three buildings . On the

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    . On the site and office building and open and garage and storage building…

    . On the site and office building and open and garage and storage building . The rural enterprises of Oklahoma . Which currently says . The

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    MR. HANSEN

    partial on a temporary basis. Plans to begin. Incubate or business.…

    partial on a temporary basis. Plans to begin. Incubate or business. Utilizing the land the facilities to be transferred to the bill as noncontroversial and will help bring economic development to one of the poorest counties in the state. I urge it should option every sort of the balance of my time. Gentlemen serve the bounces time gentlemen from West Virginia. Its Speaker I yield myself such stamina may consume . H.R. fifty one o nine is a simple fair market value conveyance of a small parcel of land and facilities in Tupelo Oklahoma. We have no. Jackson did they go and. Now you're back down to my time Jim and back to bounds of time gentleman from Utah. You'll back. Gentleman yield back the balance of his time the question is will the house suspend rules the and pass the bill H.R. fifty one zero nine as amended. So many hours in favor will say aye. Those oppose no in the opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    in the opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in…

    in the opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative.

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    MR. RAHALL

    in the affirmative. The rules are suspended in the bill is passed without…

    in the affirmative. The rules are suspended in the bill is passed without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table . The gentleman from Utah. I'm a speaker Ross suspend the rules and pass H.R. thirty four forty nine . The Corker report

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    titled The Bill. Union calendar number three eighty.

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    MR. HANSEN

    H.R. thirty four forty nine. A

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    bill to revise the boundaries of the George Washington birthplace National…

    bill to revise the boundaries of the George Washington birthplace National Monument and for other purposes . Pursuant to the role the gentleman from Utah Mr Hanson of the gentleman from West Virginia Mr Reinhold each will control twenty minutes in the chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah. Thank you Mr Speaker a charge sort of four forty nine introduced by Congresswoman Joanne Davis of Virginia would authorize the secretary of interior to revise the boundaries of the George Washington birthplace national historic morning and in County Westmoreland Virginia by purchasing up to one hundred fifteen acres.

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    MR. HAPPEN SEB

    County Westmoreland Virginia by purchasing up to one hundred fifteen acres.

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    THE CLERK

    County Westmoreland Virginia by purchasing up to one hundred fifteen…

    County Westmoreland Virginia by purchasing up to one hundred fifteen acres. From a single. Willing. Owner the muse family.

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    family. Currently. Mr Speaker the musician. Property divides the historic…

    family. Currently. Mr Speaker the musician. Property divides the historic site in half and has become attractive to local developers. By authorizing the boundary adjustment the National Park Service will have the authority to work with them your family and to purchase the land to protect the historic site. From

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    MR. HANSEN

    your family and to purchase the land to protect the historic site. From…

    your family and to purchase the land to protect the historic site. From future residential development. Mr Speaker this bill is non-controversial of the supported by the administration . The majority and the minority of the resource committee and to me as family. I urge my colleagues to support H.R. thirty five thirty four forty nine . And I reserve the balance of my time. The gentleman reserves the balance of his time gentleman from West Virginia speaker I you know dashed myself such time as much as I may consume . The chairman has fully explained this bill. Make no mistake about it. We on this Saudi House afford George Washington's Well just like the Repub. It's backing down from a time. The general yells back the bounds of time the gentleman from Utah . The Speaker I yield to John from Oklahoma Mr West Watkins for comments he made no. Thank you for being chairman and like thank you and ranking member member. Retrain hallmarked classmate. By the way for your action on the past H.R. five want

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    for your action on the past H.R. five want

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    MR. RAHALL

    H.R. five want to win and . This is my district I worked a number of years…

    H.R. five want to win and . This is my district I worked a number of years ago in putting together a facility . Working with Southwest Power ministration. Which is no longer being used as being at least out . And this is

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    transferring it to real enterprises which manages about .

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    MR. HANSEN

    . Dozen business investment baiters . In my district in the state of…

    . Dozen business investment baiters . In my district in the state of Oklahoma.

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    MR. WATKINS

    in the state of Oklahoma. In order to help build the . Jobs and economy…

    in the state of Oklahoma. In order to help build the . Jobs and economy and I just add . And Co can see where this is located there's twenty five percent. More poverty area. With a high rate of. Under employment and . On employed in this could be a stimulus it would help us try to verse five and it builds jobs so. Thank you Mr Chairman and Mr Hall for your great work and your help and thank you for allowing me to enter the statement as part of the record. Joining us back about this time to the gentleman from Utah. A Speaker I yield back the time. Jim you back to balance this time the question is the House spin the rules . And pass the bill H.R. thirty four forty nine. So many hours in favor will say aye. Those oppose no . The opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative. The rules are suspended the bill is passed without objection motion to reconsider is laid on the table from Utah. Mr Speaker I move suspend the rules in the doghouse Concurrent Resolution four nineteen. The clerk report the time of the bill.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    bill. House calendar number one ninety eight house concurrent resolution.

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    MR. HANSEN

    concurrent resolution.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Four nineteen concurrent resolution requesting the president to issue a…

    Four nineteen concurrent resolution requesting the president to issue a proclamation in observance of the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife agent. Pursuant to the rule the gentleman from Utah Mr Hanson The gentleman from West Virginia Mr Ryan Hall each will control twenty minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah. Thank you Mr

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    MR. HANSEN

    the gentleman from Utah. Thank you Mr Speaker I am pleased to present this…

    the gentleman from Utah. Thank you Mr Speaker I am pleased to present this resolution introduced by our colleagues Dawn Young and John Dingell. Which

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Young and John Dingell. Which recognizes the International Association of…

    Young and John Dingell. Which recognizes the International Association of fish and wildlife agencies. For the

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    THE CLERK

    International Association of fish and wildlife agencies. For the dedicated…

    International Association of fish and wildlife agencies. For the dedicated service that they have rendered over the past one hundred years and invaluable contributions they have made to fish and wildlife management. On September seventeenth one thousand zero to eight wildlife managers from six states . Met together in

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    wildlife managers from six states . Met together in West Yellowstone…

    wildlife managers from six states . Met together in West Yellowstone Montana to form an organization which became known as the International Association of fish and wildlife agencies.

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    MR. HANSEN

    Association of fish and wildlife agencies. This months they will celebrate…

    Association of fish and wildlife agencies. This months they will celebrate their one hundredth anniversary . And it's appropriate to reflect upon their fine work . That our state fish and wildlife agencies perform on a daily basis this organization is played the key role in conserving and managing thousands of fish and wildlife species . And their essential is habitats throughout the United States . This resolution recognize the importance of the centennial establishment . Of this organization . Acknowledges the outstanding contributions of its members agencies. To conservation and request the president to issue a proclamation. Commemorating its one hundredth anniversary . This is a good resolution. It is bipartisan . It should be non-controversial. And I urge its adoption and I reserve the balance of my time. Jim and sort of bounced this time gentleman from West Virginia. Myself such time as I may consume. To rise in support of this concurrent resolution which recognizes the hundred fan version of this stablish me the International Association of fish and wildlife agencies. It is co-sponsored by two very distinguished members this body . On our savvy now the dean of the House of Representatives John Dingell. And on the majority sadly former chairman the Resources Committee and current chairman the Transportation Infrastructure Committee. Mr Don Young. I commend the gentleman for bringing this resolution.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Before us in an urgent support. Jim go back and ask.

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    MR. HEY RECALL

    back and ask. German us back Mts time German from Utah . I yield back and…

    back and ask. German us back Mts time German from Utah . I yield back and speak German yells back to bounce this time the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to. House concurrent resolution . For nineteen. So many as our in favor will say aye. Those opposed know the opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative the rules are suspended and the concurrent resolution is agreed to and without objection . The motion to reconsider is laid on the table . The gentleman from Utah . Mr Speaker I move to suspend the rules and pass H.R. forty seven zero eight as amended . The clerk

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    as amended . The clerk will report the time of the bill H.R. forty

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    MR. HANSEN

    seven zero eight two a bill to authorize the secretary of the Interior to…

    seven zero eight two a bill to authorize the secretary of the Interior to convey certain facilities to the Fremont Madison irrigation district.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    to the Fremont Madison irrigation district. Pursuant to the rule the…

    to the Fremont Madison irrigation district. Pursuant to the rule the gentleman from Utah Mr Hanson and the gentleman from West Virginia Mr A halt each will control twenty minutes. The chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah thank you the shaker H.R. forty seven await the Fremont Madison conveyance Act of two thousand and two directs the secretary of the Interior to transfer all right title and interest.

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    MR. HANSEN

    and two directs the secretary of the Interior to transfer all right title…

    and two directs the secretary of the Interior to transfer all right title and interest. Of the United States in and to all components of the water system. That are

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    States in and to all components of the water system. That are

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    THE CLERK

    operated maintained by the Fremont Madison irrigation district. To the…

    operated maintained by the Fremont Madison irrigation district. To the district. This title transfer. Must take place pursuant to a memorandum of agreement between the secretary of the interior and Fremont Madison irrigation district dated September thirteenth two thousand and one .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    district dated September thirteenth two thousand and one . The second…

    district dated September thirteenth two thousand and one . The second component of this bill is H.R.

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    MR. HANSEN

    is H.R. fifty thirty nine the Humboldt project conveyance Act of two…

    is H.R. fifty thirty nine the Humboldt project conveyance Act of two thousand and two. H.R. fifty thirty nine . Project convention Act of two thousand and two directions sector of the Interior to transfer the title and interest of the United States in a to certain era geisha. Project property . In the humble project Nevada. Which are operated and maintained by the Pershing County. Water conservation district two that if this title catch for must take place for show went to a memorandum of agreement between the structure of the interior . Acting through the bureau. Reclamation and perching County. Water conservation dish are the third component of H R thirty two twenty two. HC Orea Apache Reservation Rural Water System Act of two thousand and one. H R thirty two twenty three the hickory Apache Reservation Rural Water System Act of two thousand and one . Will allow the HC Urrea Apache nation to work with the Bureau of Reclamation to plan design and construct a water supply delivery and wastewater collection system which would bring the water quality. Up to a federal. Water quality standards and allow for continued development in the area by expanding the quality of. Audible. Water available. The fourth component of H.R. forty nine ten to revise the repayment contract with the Tom Green County Water control and Improvement District Number one. San Angelo . Project Texas. H R forty nine ten authorizes a sector of Interior. To revise a repayment contract with the Tom Green County Water control Improvement Act of number one in Texas . Due to the ongoing drought. In the area. The district has had many limited quantities of water to deliver to their constituents and limited revenues to repay the required repayment obligation . This bill authorizes secretary to extend the repayment period to allow the annual payments to remain constant . And allow for the repayment. Of the remaining obligation over a longer period of time. All of these measures. Are non-controversial bills . And I urge their passes. And I reserve the balance of my time to time the gentleman from West Virginia . Which speaker I hear myself such time as I may consume. The majority has already explained just below which would address water management needs in four western states . It is important to mention that certain conditions must be met before local projects sponsors take over. Any project facilities now owned by the United States . Prior to completing the project conveyances authorized in Title one into this below the secretary interior is directed to comply with all political statutes . This includes a national.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Thankful for the to the committee for including. These

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    MR. RAHALL

    Thankful for the to the committee for including. These

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Thankful for the to the committee for including. These

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    MR. HANSEN

    Thankful for the to the committee for including. These

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Thankful for the to the committee for including. These

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    MR. RAHALL

    Thankful for the to the committee for including. These

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    MR. UDALL

    Thankful for the to the committee for including. These provisions in this.…

    Thankful for the to the committee for including. These provisions in this. Overall bill. The hickory Apache Rural Water System Act will greatly improve the quality of safe and reliable drinking water . To the reservation. It will also support an adequate. Wastewater Treatment system. This legislation addresses critical public health issues for the tried. And for north central New Mexico. For over two decades the current system. The Dulce a municipal water system has deteriorated . Due to a lack of funds . And capital improvements made by the federal trustee. The hickory a nation has invested fourteen million dollars in their efforts to improve the quality of its municipal water and waste water system. They hit Korea's investment of over fourteen million is roughly twenty five percent of the total project cost . The lack of investment and rehabilitation in the municipal water system constructed by the B I am the one nine hundred twenty S. and expanded in the one nine hundred sixty S.. Has led to the delivery of inadequate water. To the residents of the reservation and surrounding communities. The completion of this project will allow tribal development. Such as building additional housing. Schools. Medical facilities. And elderly care facilities just to name a few . This legislation will enable the hickory Apache nation. To work with the Bureau of Reclamation to plan. Designed and construct. The water supply delivery and wastewater collection system. These improvements. Would bring the water quality up to federal water quality standards . In addition the legislation will allow for continued development in the area of expanding the quantity of possible water. The Bureau of Reclamation will be responsible for the construction costs of this project . While the hickory Apache nation will assume the Annual. Operation maintenance and replacement cost of the project. I would also like to thank. Lori song. And Steve land Marie Howard of the resources . Minority staff as well as Josh Johnson and Doug holder of the resources majority staff for working closely with my office on this important legislation . Thank you Mr Speaker and I would yield back any remaining time . To ranking member . Mr Ray Hall. Thank you Jim unused back to balance this time the ranking member Mr at home which Speaker I yield back a vast Michael Gemini back to bounce a time gentleman from Utah. I yield back. Chilling about the balance of his time the question is will the House. Bend rules the . Passed bill H.R. forty seven eight zero as amended. So many as are in favor will say aye. Those oppose no in the opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative the rules are suspended. The bill is passed without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. Without objection the title. Is amended.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    The gentleman from Utah. I'm a Shaker Aamer of suspend the rules and pass…

    The gentleman from Utah. I'm a Shaker Aamer of suspend the rules and pass H.R. forty

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    MR. RAHALL

    suspend the rules and pass H.R. forty

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    nine fifty three as amended. The clerk reports title the bill. Union

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    MR. HANSEN

    bill. Union calendar number three eighty six. H.R.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    six. H.R. forty nine fifty three . A bill to direct the secretary of the…

    six. H.R. forty nine fifty three . A bill to direct the secretary of the Interior to grant two dishes and corrupt . Counties in the state of Oregon a right of way to West New Road. Pursuant to the rule a gentleman from Utah Mr Hanson The gentleman from West Virginia Mr Wright home of each control twenty minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah.

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    MR. HANSEN

    Utah. Mr Speaker I yield to the gentleman from Oregon Mr Walden he offered…

    Utah. Mr Speaker I yield to the gentleman from Oregon Mr Walden he offered to spill to explain the legislation.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Thank you very much Mr Speaker Mr Chairman today I rise in support of H.R.…

    Thank you very much Mr Speaker Mr Chairman today I rise in support of H.R. forty nine fifty

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    THE CLERK

    Mr Chairman today I rise in support of H.R. forty nine fifty three. This…

    Mr Chairman today I rise in support of H.R. forty nine fifty three. This is a bill that would promote important transportation infrastructure improvements to an economically depressed area of my district in central Oregon . Mr Speaker rapid population growth along the bend in Redmond corridor and central Oregon . Has created

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    growth along the bend in Redmond corridor and central Oregon . Has created…

    growth along the bend in Redmond corridor and central Oregon . Has created a perpetual bottleneck along highway ninety seven. That's a vital North-South right away . And highway in

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    MR. HANSEN

    North-South right away . And highway in central or. Reagan . H R forty…

    North-South right away . And highway in central or. Reagan . H R forty nine fifty three would authorize the relinquishment of rights of way . Between crook

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    MR. WALDEN

    . Between crook and the shoots counties and the Bureau of Land Management…

    . Between crook and the shoots counties and the Bureau of Land Management . In effect a swap . The B.L.M. would simply relinquish their management right to the west Butte road. Transferring that right to the counties. The counties in turn would relinquish their management rights to the George Millican road. Transferring those rights to the Bureau of Land Management . West Butte road extends from reservoir road and CT County to US Route twenty and to shoots County. This legislation would allow the counties to make improvements to Westview. Road. Thereby providing real and meaningful access to U.S. Highway twenty which is a major transportation route in Central Oregon . Improvements to the road would provide an alternative route for trucks and other vehicles that now travel on a very busy and congested US Highway ninety seven . A recent survey conducted by the Oregon Department of Transportation estimated that twenty five percent of the trucks that now pass through banned from Highway twenty. Would use this alternative route. Which would save an estimated one hour in travel time. And reduced air pollutants as a result . Mr Speaker Not only does H.R. forty nine fifty three alleviate traffic congestion in Central Oregon but it also spurs economic growth in Crook County by county with the current unemployment rate of eight point two percent . Its unemployment rates due to the dismantling of the timber industry and the exodus of businesses linked to that industry. This legislation would divert the excess traffic on Highway ninety seven. Transferring to Highway twenty . Providing incentives to businesses entice seen them to move to correct County. It also gives businesses currently located in Crook County. A reason to stay due to the long term viability of us transportation infrastructure . The long term effect would be to provide family wage jobs through increased economic development reduce pollutants reduce commute times and trucking times and. Free up . Access on Highway ninety seven. This legislation is sponsored by. Supported I should say by both crook and shoots counties the cities of Prineville bend and Redmond the or. Department of Transportation in the central Oregon area Transportation Committee . Especially like to thank my friend and commend Judge Scott Cooper of Cook County. Who's worked tirelessly to make passage of this bill reality . Mr Speaker H.R. forty nine fifty three is a perfect opportunity for us to step up our efforts in alleviating county's traffic congestion problems provide additional commerce routes in Central Oregon . And work to reduce unemployment. Thank you Mr Speaker and I urge passage. Of H.R. forty nine fifty three . Jimmy not a man with his time. Back to General from Utah. Joan Rivers a bounce is time gentleman from West Virginia. You know my stuff section and I consume the days I may consume the ME. Man already has reviewed Ismail. And we support the majority's explanation of it. I go back about . Jim and us back to bounce time gentleman from Utah. I think the Speaker are you and the gentleman from Nevada . you Thank gentleman for yielding . Time and I rise in support of this bill and. Would like to speak on a previous bill that has already been passed by this body and its H.R. forty seven forty eight

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    has already been passed by this body and its H.R. forty seven forty eight…

    has already been passed by this body and its H.R. forty seven forty eight recently. Just voted on. Mr Speaker.

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    MR. RAHALL

    This bill. Forty seven forty eight would direct the secretary of interior…

    This bill. Forty seven forty eight would direct the secretary of interior to convey title. To certain air geisha project property in a humble. Project of the data to persion county water control district the state of Nevada and to Landor and Persian counties. The

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    water control district the state of Nevada and to Landor and Persian…

    water control district the state of Nevada and to Landor and Persian counties. The

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    MR. HANSEN

    counties. The Persian County Water Conservation district will receive the…

    counties. The Persian County Water Conservation district will receive the right patches of or along with specific lands around the reservoir. And

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    MR. GIBBONS

    receive the right patches of or along with specific lands around the…

    receive the right patches of or along with specific lands around the reservoir. And Title for. Acquired pasture lands. The state of Nevada will receive all the withdrawn lands of the high water mark at Rye patch. To be added to existing state park and within . And withdrawn lands in the. Humboldt sink area and in Lander County to be managed as wetlands. All lands being conveyed to the state will be used for recreation wildlife habitat wetlands . Or research conservation pursuant to the agreement between the state of Nevada . And Persian County Water Conservation district land or county will receive Title to the designated pasture lands and Persian County will acquire lands immediately adjacent to Derby airport . For maintenance and future expand. Purposes over the past five years persion county water just. Conservation district has undergone an extensive. Consensus based process . With the federal government the counties and the state of Nevada . They have also conducted outreach with local representatives of environmental organizations. As a result of public comments received through scoping meetings and in their. Other venues the Persian County Water Conservation district. Has continued to reformulate their proposal. In a sincere attempt to address all concerns. They should be commended for their efforts. Mr Speaker this bill ratifies agreement between the Bureau of Reclamation. And the person County Water Conservation district the state . And the counties. It has the support of the governor of Nevada the humble River Basin water authority. The counties of land or in Persian. Into that as well . The Department of Interior . And the Bureau of Reclamation. Are on record as supporters of transferring title to the reclamation project. To the local entities . This is the third and hopefully final attempt to obtain title to project facilities since it repaid . Its original project loan back in one thousand nine hundred eight. Persian County Water Conservation district operates maintains the project and its constituents. Are the sole beneficiaries of the project. Local control . Is the logical choice. I encourage my colleagues. To pass this legislation. As already has been demonstrated. And I yield back the balance of my time . Back to balance its time to the gentleman from Utah . I yield back . Germany. Back to balance of his time the question is how suspend the rules and pass the bill H.R. forty nine fifty three as amended . So many as our in favor will say. aye Those opposed no. In the opinion of the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative the rules are suspended the bill is passed . And without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. The gentleman from Utah. Mr Speaker I move to suspend the rules and pass a char forty six thirty eight. The court reports title the bill . Union calendar

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    title the bill . Union calendar number three eighty two . H.R. forty

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    MR. HANSEN

    . H.R. forty

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    six thirty eight . A bill to reauthorize the many which only rural water…

    six thirty eight . A bill to reauthorize the many which only rural water supply project. Pursuant to the rule general. From Utah Mr Hanson in the gentleman from West Virginia Mr Ray Hall will each control twenty minutes with your recognizes the gentleman from Utah. Thank you Mr Speaker H.R. forty six thirty eight the. Many which only . Rural. Water Supply Reauthorization Act of two thousand and two . Will extend

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    MR. HANSEN

    Reauthorization Act of two thousand and two . Will extend the completion…

    Reauthorization Act of two thousand and two . Will extend the completion date . Of the many which owning. Rural Water Supply project to two thousand and eight . And increase

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Supply project to two thousand and eight . And increase the appropriation…

    Supply project to two thousand and eight . And increase the appropriation ceiling by fifty eight point eight million dollars The Mini which any project which originally authorized under Public Law one hundred five sixteen. To

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    THE CLERK

    authorized under Public Law one hundred five sixteen. To

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    authorized under Public Law one hundred five sixteen. To construct a…

    authorized under Public Law one hundred five sixteen. To construct a municipal rural and industrial water system . To serve the pine ridge rose bud. And

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    MR. HANSEN

    bud. And Lower Brule Indian reservations. And seven counties in…

    bud. And Lower Brule Indian reservations. And seven counties in southwestern South Dakota the project was developed to overcome the shortage of good quality drinking water in the region. While the overall appropriations sit in for the project has not been reached two of the primary components have reached their individual allocations. Without additional funding. These two project components will not be completed. I reserve the balance my time. Gentleman reserves the balance as time gentleman from West Virginia Beach speak radio myself such time as I may consume . It's the speaker I read an article in today's C.Q. daily. Marketer with the following headline. Decoder water project mark by November election. Over towns. My purpose however in supporting this legislation. Is marked by the pressing need to keep our promise to Native Americans in South Dakota. Who need and deserve a safe and reliable water supply. That's my motive here. Pure and simple. Native

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Americans deserve no less. I reserve the balance of my time gentleman…

    Americans deserve no less. I reserve the balance of my time gentleman reserves the bounds of time the gentleman from Utah.

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    MR. RAHALL

    time gentleman reserves the bounds of time the gentleman from Utah. Other…

    time gentleman reserves the bounds of time the gentleman from Utah. Other speaker I'm happy to yield to the general from South Dakota Mr Sloan which time it may consume honest legislation as he is the author of this legislation . you Thank I think the. Chairman for yielding Mr Speaker. I want to thank Chairman Hanson. Chairman Calvert. And all the members of the Resources Committee . For their support of H.R. forty six thirty eight. To extend the authorization of the many which only real water supply project which I introduced earlier this year.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    project which I introduced earlier this year. This legislation is…

    project which I introduced earlier this year. This legislation is absolutely essential to the completion of this critical project which is now over fifty percent finished . H.R.

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    MR. HANSEN

    of this critical project which is now over fifty percent finished . H.R.…

    of this critical project which is now over fifty percent finished . H.R. forty six thirty eight . Will increase the authorization ceiling of the project by fifty eight point eight million dollars . And extend the

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    MR. THUNE

    by fifty eight point eight million dollars . And extend the authorization…

    by fifty eight point eight million dollars . And extend the authorization of the project to two thousand and eight . Mr Speaker many which only translates into water. Is life. And I believe this is a fitting name for this project . Currently many communities within the area. Of the many which only projects suffer from poor quality drinking water. Which has been a cause of water borne illnesses. The need for this project is simple. Clean safe water. The many which only rule water supply project is also a great symbol of cooperation and compromise . The project is made up of four separate rule water supply systems. Oglala . Rosebud Lower Brule and West River lime and Jones . This project will bring. Healthy safe drinking water the potential for greater prosperity over fifty two thousand South Dakotans. Many of whom live in some of the most economically depressed counties in America . When complete. Many which only will cover more than twelve thousand five hundred square miles. Making it the largest water project in the Bureau of Reclamation. And in North America . To service an area of this size the project includes forty five hundred miles of new pipeline. Sixty booster stations and thirty five water storage reservoirs. I am please report the water treatment facility is fully operational . And able to treat over thirteen million gallons of water per day. Mr Speaker many would show many is not just a water project. It's a unique partnership between the Oglala. Rose bud and Lord. Tribes and non private communities. And Lyman. Jones Stanley. Hawk and Jackson Bennett. And Pennington counties . During a hearing on a. Forty six thirty eight in late May each of the four projects sponsors were represented in the audience and at the witness table. Their attendance Illustrated. The unified support this project has from the American Indian and non tribal communities throughout the many which only project area. And their willingness to put differences aside. To fix a common problem . Poor quality water . Mr Speaker I want to get thank the Resources Committee . For their work to consider this and critically important legislation . Like thank the gentleman from my West Virginia . For his work as well in making this possible and getting his legislation to the floor and enact it into law . Thank you know you'll back to balance my time. Germany is back to balance is time Jim from Utah . Our Speaker I yield back . General yells back about his time jump in West Virginia back to bounce this time the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill H.R. forty six thirty eight. So many are as in favor will say aye those opposed no in the opinion of the chair. Two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative the rules are suspended . The bill is passed and lot of JACKSON The motion to reconsider is laid on the table. The gentleman from Utah. The

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    speaker I move to suspend the rules and pass H.R. forty nine thirty eight.…

    speaker I move to suspend the rules and pass H.R. forty nine thirty eight. The clerk report to title the bill.

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    MR. HANSEN

    title the bill.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Communion calendar number three ninety one. H.R. forty nine thirty eight.…

    Communion calendar number three ninety one. H.R. forty nine thirty eight. And Bill to direct the secretary of the interior through the Bureau of Reclamation . To conduct a feasibility study to determine the most feasible method of developing a safe and adequate municipal . You know simple . Well and industrial water supply for the Santee Sioux tribe and Brasco and for other purposes . Pursuant to the rule the gentleman from Utah Mr Hanson and the gentleman from West Virginia Mr Wright Hall will each control twenty minutes. The chair recognizes

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    MR. HANSEN

    the gentleman from West Virginia Mr Wright Hall will each control twenty…

    the gentleman from West Virginia Mr Wright Hall will each control twenty minutes. The chair recognizes

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    the gentleman from Utah. Thank you Mr

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    THE CLERK

    Speaker H.R. forty nine thirty eight it is offered by our colleagues on…

    Speaker H.R. forty nine thirty eight it is offered by our colleagues on the Resource Committee of Congressman Tom Osborne in Nevada. I will yield to Mr. Born to explain this legislation. Thank you Mr Chairman I like to thank your support. Ranking members support for this small but. Critically important.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Five hundred thousand dollar feasibility study . To address water quality.…

    Five hundred thousand dollar feasibility study . To address water quality. And quality. Needs on the Santee reservation. This reservation is located on the. Brasco South Dakota border in northeastern Nebraska.

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    MR. HANSEN

    Nebraska. And as has been the case in many previous spills. What we found…

    Nebraska. And as has been the case in many previous spills. What we found is that. Water quality on the reservation has really been degraded currently.

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    MR. OSBORNE

    currently. The system is an equate it is not working well . It's. Depend…

    currently. The system is an equate it is not working well . It's. Depend upon a great number of small wells and water treatment systems. And at times. Water quality is either . Terrible or. The water supply is relatively nonexistent. Currently the water distribution systems are at maximum capacity which limits housing expansion a disorder. Economic development and in particular case . This small tribe needs all of the housing all of the economic development they can possibly secure. So this is critical as far as they're concerned the feasibility study authorized by H R forty nine thirty eight would be administered by the US Bureau of Reclamation and the Santee tribe through a property agreement . The study will identify safe domestic water sources water treatment requirements water distribution . Renovations and engineering recommendations based on a forty year projection . A revitalized tribal water treatment and distribution system will serve the tribal communities in adjacent communities . And want to corporate population growth and economic development activities in an area desperately needed. Where economic development is desperately needed . This bill addresses a critical need for the Santa . Reservation. Has been allowed to go on far too long hours the House to pass this important measure for the people who tried and . Again thank you Mr Chairman for your support of passage of H.R. forty nine thirty eight. Gentleman from Utah. I was sort of on small time talking about Streaker the average . Minority has reviewed legislation and reads with majorities explanation have it. And that is support legislation by they join with Nebraska mistrustful. You know back. Gentleman from West Virginia yields back balance of his time gentleman from Utah . Jennifer Utah yields back the balance of his time. All time is expired the question is will the house suspend rules the and pass a bill H.R. four nine three eight. So many years in favor say aye aye.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    aye.

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    MR. HANSEN

    Those opposed no need pinion or chair. Two thirds of those

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    need pinion or chair. Two thirds of those present having voted in…

    need pinion or chair. Two thirds of those present having voted in affirmative the rules are suspended in the bill is passed. And

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    MR. RAHALL

    without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. John…

    without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. John one from Utah.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Mr Speaker I move to spenda rules from passing. Ash to three eight .

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    MR. HANSEN

    .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Clerk will report the title. Union calendar number three eighty seven…

    Clerk will report the title. Union calendar number three eighty seven Senate thirty eight. And act to authorize the secretary of the Interior to conduct feasibility studies on water optimization. In the burnt. River Basin. Value. River Basin. And why he River Basin and Powder River Basin . Oregon. Pursuant to the rule gentlemen from Utah Mr Hanson The gentleman from West Virginia Mr Ray home. Each will control

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    MR. HANSEN

    Hanson The gentleman from West Virginia Mr Ray home. Each will control…

    Hanson The gentleman from West Virginia Mr Ray home. Each will control twenty minutes. The chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah. Thank you Mr Speaker . S. two three

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    it is similar to the House passed bill H.R..

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    THE CLERK

    passed bill H.R.. Eight hundred eighty three. Introduced and authored by…

    passed bill H.R.. Eight hundred eighty three. Introduced and authored by Mr Walden of Oregon . I will yield to the Jennifer Morgan to explain this legislation. They very much Mr Chairman Mr Speaker I thank you for the opportunity to speak in favor of S two thirty eight. This legislation would authorize the secretary of the Interior to engage in feasibility.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    feasibility. Investigations for the burnt mail here and why he river…

    feasibility. Investigations for the burnt mail here and why he river basins in eastern Oregon. It's the next step in the United States Bureau of Reclamation process now that their initial studies been completed . The U.S. Bureau

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    MR. HANSEN

    studies been completed . The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation earlier studies…

    studies been completed . The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation earlier studies examined problems associated with such issues as excess nutrients in surface water.

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    MR. WALDEN

    Sedimentation. High water temperatures . Degraded fish habitat low stream…

    Sedimentation. High water temperatures . Degraded fish habitat low stream flows and a lack of adequate stream side vegetation. The feasibility studies that asked to thirty eight authorizes would help find the most logical approaches to address these issues. Mr Speaker the farmers and ranchers are the driving force behind this legislation and its companion that I sponsored here in the house . As they have proven over and over again it is the farmers and ranchers who are some of our strongest. Conservationists. They care deeply about the land of water that they'll use to grow the crops and raise the livestock that feed us all . This bill will set a process in motion that will allow the farmers to leave more water in stream while maintaining their current fields . The bill is supported by the Burton river a geisha district the powder Valley. Water Control District the baker Valley irrigation district. The A-Y. here a geisha district there why he ditched company the Vail Oregon irrigation district the Warm Springs irrigation district. It is a simple straightforward bill it deserves your support and I ask for that and yield back the balance my time. Gentleman yield back General from West Virginia Beach area myself such time as I may consume I don't recognize. Which speaker we have no objections to this measure . But it is our hope that in. Equally important water resource measure. For Austin Texas will also be considered by the House and the near future by colleagues on the Resources Committee may recall that when we met on July tenth. To consider Senator White's bill for these river bases in Oregon . We also reported our colleague Lloyd Doggett. B.O.H. are forty seven thirty nine. Mr Dog and works hard for his constituents and is to be commended for his leadership on this issue as well.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    constituents and is to be commended for his leadership on this issue as…

    constituents and is to be commended for his leadership on this issue as well.

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    MR. RAHALL

    commended for his leadership on this issue as well.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Mr Doggett's bill would authorize federal financial assistance for a water…

    Mr Doggett's bill would authorize federal financial assistance for a water recycling project in the Austin Texas area . As I recall

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    MR. RAHALL

    for a water recycling project in the Austin Texas area . As I recall the…

    for a water recycling project in the Austin Texas area . As I recall the committee approved a dog a bill without a minimum by unanimous consent . I have no doubt that asked. To three eight is meritorious. I hope my colleagues on the other side they are might be able to now schedule this other equally important water legislation in the forseeable future. Average or the balance of my time and Reserves a bounce of John general from Utah. The Speaker I yield back . General for you. Utah yields back down to time gentlemen from west from Iowa back. John from West Virginia yields back to question all time is expired the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill Senate Bill two thirty eight so many years in favor say aye aye . Those opposed no opinion chair two thirds of those present having voted. In the affirmative the rules are suspended the bill is passed without objection the motion reconsider is laid upon the table .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    John from Utah speaker I moved to the house suspend the rules of concur in…

    John from Utah speaker I moved to the house suspend the rules of concur in the sight of the memo to H.R.

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    MR. HANSEN

    speaker I moved to the house suspend the rules of concur in the sight of…

    speaker I moved to the house suspend the rules of concur in the sight of the memo to H.R.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    suspend the rules of concur in the sight of the memo to H.R. six forty.

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    MR. RAHALL

    Clerk report the title of the bill H.R.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    report the title of the bill H.R. six forty and act to the just the…

    report the title of the bill H.R. six forty and act to the just the boundaries of the Santa Monica Mountains . National Recreation Area and for other purposes . Pursuant to the rule general from Utah Mr Hanson. And the gentleman from West Virginia Mr Ray Hall control twenty minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah. Thank you Mr Speaker . H.R. six forty is introduced by our colleague on the Resource Committee Congressman Elton Gallegly of California I'll yield to Mr gallantly.

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    MR. HANSEN

    Congressman Elton Gallegly of California I'll yield to Mr gallantly.…

    Congressman Elton Gallegly of California I'll yield to Mr gallantly. Sharma's you may consume to explain this legislation.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    to explain this legislation.

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    THE CLERK

    Thank you wish your I'd ask unanimous consent revise extend . So without…

    Thank you wish your I'd ask unanimous consent revise extend . So without objection .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I would like to thank the Resource Committee chairman. My good friend.…

    I would like to thank the Resource Committee chairman. My good friend. Chairman Hansen subcommittee chairman Radanovich for their help in bringing this bill the floor today .

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    MR. HANSEN

    bill the floor today . Speaker this legislation passed the House of…

    bill the floor today . Speaker this legislation passed the House of Representatives on June sixth of last year by a voice vote. And passed the Senate with an amendment by unanimous consent on August first. Of this year. This bill which I introduced with my colleague Mr Sherman would adjust the boundaries of the Santa Monica mountain recreation area . To enhance and

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    MR. GALLEGLY

    recreation area . To enhance and protect the principal wildlife corridor…

    recreation area . To enhance and protect the principal wildlife corridor between the samee hills in my district . And the

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    principal wildlife corridor between the samee hills in my district . And…

    principal wildlife corridor between the samee hills in my district . And the

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    MR. GALLEGLY

    corridor between the samee hills in my district . And the Santa Monica…

    corridor between the samee hills in my district . And the Santa Monica Mountains and Mr Sherman's district . It adds nearly thirty four hundred ninety two acres of public and private land of the recreational area. At no cost to the taxpayer. Twenty seven hundred and ninety seven acres that were previously donated to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy a state agency . Will be transferred to the Park Service. Another three hundred sixty two acres publicly and privately owned. Open space. The rest about three hundred thirty acres is comprised of developed residential areas. And the cities of Calabasas and ignore hills. The changes made by the Senate. Excludes three parcels of private property . Whose owners wish not to have their property included within the boundary adjustment. The changes were made by Senators Dianne Feinstein and Senator Jeff Bingaman . At my request. I thank the senators for helping. Ensure that the rights of these individuals are protected. All the other property owners impacted by this legislation have agreed to be within the proposed boundaries. Of the recreation area. I asked my colleagues. To support these changes and this bill. And without Mr Chairman I yield back the balance of my time coming from West Virginia. I mean we support to measure on this out how I would also like to know the work of our colleague Brad Sherman . Who as been very supportive and worked hard for this legislation as well. Your back about a tough challenge from West Virginia holds back the balance of time. Gentleman from Utah. Mr Speaker I yield back my time . Gentleman yields back all time is expired the question is will the house suspend the rules and. And concur in the Senate amendment to. House Resolution six forty so many years in favor say aye.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    forty so many years in favor say aye. Those opposed no you pin your chair…

    forty so many years in favor say aye. Those opposed no you pin your chair to the. Thirds of those

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    MR. RAHALL

    you pin your chair to the. Thirds of those present having voted in the…

    you pin your chair to the. Thirds of those present having voted in the front of the rules are suspended Senate amended is agreed to without objection a motion to reconsider is laid upon the table . Gentleman from Utah.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Mr Speaker I move to suspend the rules and pass a bill H.R.

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    MR. HANSEN

    forty nine seventeen.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Clerk will report the title of the bill. Union calendar number three…

    Clerk will report the title of the bill. Union calendar number three eighty five. H.R. forty nine seventeen. And Bill to provide for an exchange of lands with the United Water Conservation District of California . To eliminate private in holdings in the loves Padres National Forest and for other purposes . Pursuant to the rule the gentleman from Utah Mr Hanson The gentleman from West Virginia Mr Ray How will each control twenty minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah thank you Mr Speaker H. R. forty nine

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    MR. HANSEN

    minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah thank you Mr Speaker…

    minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah thank you Mr Speaker H. R. forty nine seventeen provides for the exchange of lands between the United States water conservation District of California U.S. forest service

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    between the United States water conservation District of California U.S.…

    between the United States water conservation District of California U.S. forest service

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    THE CLERK

    District of California U.S. forest service offered by our colleague Mr…

    District of California U.S. forest service offered by our colleague Mr Gallagher Lee from California and I'll yield to him which time he may consume to explain this legislation. They wish chairman Speaker I ask you have skipped center advised extend that objection so or I would like to again thank Chairman Hanson subcommittee chairman Maginnis for helping bringing this bill to the floor today.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Hanson subcommittee chairman Maginnis for helping bringing this bill to…

    Hanson subcommittee chairman Maginnis for helping bringing this bill to the floor today.

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    MR. HANSEN

    H.R. forty nine seventeen the Los Padres National Forest land Exchange Act…

    H.R. forty nine seventeen the Los Padres National Forest land Exchange Act will facilitate a land exchange between the U.S. Forest Service and United Water Conservation district. A local public agency . Under the US this legislation the U.S. Forest Service will convey four hundred twenty acres. To

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    MR. GALLEGLY

    hundred twenty acres. To

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    United Water. Total two hundred ninety acres are mudflat surrounded by…

    United Water. Total two hundred ninety acres are mudflat surrounded by Lake pyro.

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    MR. GALLEGLY

    are mudflat surrounded by Lake pyro. Eighty. Acres or camp ground and…

    are mudflat surrounded by Lake pyro. Eighty. Acres or camp ground and fifty acres are primarily two separate sections of Blue Point Road. United Water will convey to the Forest Service three hundred forty acres. The land is open space within the Los Padres National Forest previously. Least for grazing . Both the Forest Service and United Water benefit from the exchange. The Blue Point campground which has been closed by the Forest Service since one thousand nine hundred five. Will be opened on a limited basis by United Water. This will provide additional recreational opportunities for families and outdoor enthusiasts . For frequent trips to the forest. In addition United Water has pledged to increase patrols around the camp grounds Arroyo. Toad habitat . Which the Forest Service admits . Does not have the resources necessary to adequately patrol and maintain . In addition United water while on all the land surrounding Lake prior to this will allow the United Water District to better manage its operations. With less bureaucracy. The Forest Service will gain ownership over the entire western part of the lisc ranch. Which is within the boundaries of the Los Padres and open space . The cost of this exchange. Would be minimal. Both United Water and the Forest Service have agreed to share the cost of the appraisals and land surveys to be done . After an act when. I believe this exchange is that when when. For the public. The last Potter stash will force the United Water District. Water conservation district. And I urge the House to adopt this measure . And with that . Mr Speaker I yield back the balance of my time. Jennifer much for genius as speaker we on the. I know we shall have no problems with which station supported. You know back in time. General from West Virginia yields back his time general from Utah. A Speaker I yield back the time. Gentleman from Utah use back downs of his time all time having expired the question is will the house suspend the rules and how pass House bill. For nine one seven so many years in favor say aye . Those opposed to the pinion and chair. Two thirds of those present having voted in the firmament of the rules are suspended the bill is passed . And without

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    rules are suspended the bill is passed . And without

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    MR. RAHALL

    . And without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Gentlemen from Utah the speaker I move to suspend the rules impassibility…

    Gentlemen from Utah the speaker I move to suspend the rules impassibility char forty nine nineteen as amended.

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    MR. HANSEN

    suspend the rules impassibility char forty nine nineteen as amended.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Clerk will report the title of the bill. Union counter number four…

    Clerk will report the title of the bill. Union counter number four sixteen. H.R. forty nine nineteen . A bill to provide for the exchange and certainly in the car. Nino and Tonto National Forest in Arizona. And for other purposes. Pursuant to the rule of general from Utah. Mr Hanson The gentleman from West Virginia Mr writing home. Each will control twenty minutes. The chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah . So I can

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    MR. HANSEN

    . So I can Mr Speaker of this building Rex the secretary of agriculture to…

    . So I can Mr Speaker of this building Rex the secretary of agriculture to conduct to land exchanges the Montezuma Castle land exchange and the Coconino National Forest . And the Diamond

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Montezuma Castle land exchange and the Coconino National Forest . And the…

    Montezuma Castle land exchange and the Coconino National Forest . And the Diamond

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    THE CLERK

    . And the Diamond Point land exchange in the Tonto National Forest. In the…

    . And the Diamond Point land exchange in the Tonto National Forest. In the Montezuma. Castle land exchange the National Park Service will require some repair and . Areas which are

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    part of the view shed. For the Montezuma castle. National Monument and the…

    part of the view shed. For the Montezuma castle. National Monument and the force of us will require our doubled cabin. Park in exchange one hundred twenty two acres of national for system. Land adjacent

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    MR. HANSEN

    to the town of Haitian Municipal Airport . Will be transferred to private…

    to the town of Haitian Municipal Airport . Will be transferred to private ownership. In the Diamond Point land exchanged for service will receive a four hundred ninety five acre parcel . Known as the Q ranch. In an area where they have completed previous acquisitions. And consolidated federal lands in exchange . The Diamond Point summer homes . Association . Will acquire one hundred eight acres of federal land. Which has been occupied by this O'Shea sions forty five residential cabins. Since the one nine hundred fifty S. . The Tonto National Forest plan specifically recommends conveyance of the federal land . To the cabin on which the second part of this bill authorizes the secretary of agriculture . To convey in certain lands and Mendoza Shino National Forest in California to correct recently. Discovered errors in the original survey. In the last few years we have discovered many problems with. Service conducted in the light . Eighteen hundreds. In this case. The fall this survey. Has allowed unintentional encroachment of ranch structures into nearby national forest lands. This bill remedies outstanding encroachment issues by authorizing the transfer of one hundred twenty acres. Of adjacent national forest land in exchange for payment. Of the fair market value of these lands. The payments will be deposited in the second act. And used to purchase. Non federal lands. Adjacent to national forest lands in . California This is the text of H.R. fifty thirty two . Authored by Congressman Mike Thompson and order reporters and committee. Of resources September twelfth. I urge adoption of these measures and reserve the balance of my time. Gentleman from West Virginia because you have such time as I may consume generals recognize Mr Speaker. While initially had some minor problems with H.R. fourteen and nineteen when I was considered in committee . Our colleague Mr Ed Pastore of Arizona. Came and spoke to me . And in no uncertain terms made it clear he liked to see this legislation passed and therefore. I decided it would be a good idea to move it forward. I would also note that the. Inclusion by our colleague Mike Thompson of his legislation . In this

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    by our colleague Mike Thompson of his legislation . In this

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    MR. RAHALL

    legislation . In this

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    legislation is facilitating its consideration. On the

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    MR. RAHALL

    consideration. On the floor today . Mr Thompson is to be commended for his…

    consideration. On the floor today . Mr Thompson is to be commended for his leadership is a very capable and. Effective representative of his constituents and asked for him for his work on this particular bill . Back to bounce my time . John from West Virginia yields back balance of his time the gentleman from Utah. The speaker . I reserve a tough gentleman from Utah. Reserves a bounce of time gentleman from West Virginia has yielded back the balance of his time. Well our reserve anyway . And to us because the shrinker . I yield back about five times and one from Utah yields back the balance of his time the question is will house suspend the rules and pass the bill H.R.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    for nine one nine as amended so many years in favor say aye . Those…

    for nine one nine as amended so many years in favor say aye . Those opposed no opinion or chair two thirds of those present having voted in front of the rules are suspended . The bill is

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    MR. HANSEN

    chair two thirds of those present having voted in front of the rules are…

    chair two thirds of those present having voted in front of the rules are suspended . The bill is

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    present having voted in front of the rules are suspended . The bill is…

    present having voted in front of the rules are suspended . The bill is passing without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon. Table

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    MR. HANSEN

    upon. Table . Gentleman from Utah. Mr Speaker I move spending rules and…

    upon. Table . Gentleman from Utah. Mr Speaker I move spending rules and pass as eight hundred ninety four with an amendment.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    pass as eight hundred ninety four with an amendment. Clerk will report the…

    pass as eight hundred ninety four with an amendment. Clerk will report the title of the bill. Senate eight hundred ninety four and act to direct the secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the national significance of the Miami circle site . In the state of Florida as well as the suitability and feasibility of its inclusion and the national park system . As part of the Biscayne National Park and for other purposes.

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    MR. HANSEN

    Pursuant to the rule of gentleman from Utah Mr Hanson The gentleman from…

    Pursuant to the rule of gentleman from Utah Mr Hanson The gentleman from West Virginia Mr Ray home. Each

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    home. Each will control twenty minutes. The chair recognizes the gentleman…

    home. Each will control twenty minutes. The chair recognizes the gentleman for you to thank you Mr Speaker.

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    THE CLERK

    to thank you Mr Speaker. S. eight hundred ninety four. Went to the…

    to thank you Mr Speaker. S. eight hundred ninety four. Went to the committee. Parks and lands chaired by the jump from California Metro down of it shall yield to him to explain the legislation. Thank you Mr Chairman I appreciate the opportunity to come to the floor. And speak in favor of. S. eight hundred ninety four together with an amendment.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    amendment. This bill would study the suitability and feasibility of…

    amendment. This bill would study the suitability and feasibility of including the Miami circle archaeological site within. Biscayne National Park. This is a good bill and deserves . The support and or some

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    MR. HANSEN

    of the house S. eight hundred ninety four also contains a title that…

    of the house S. eight hundred ninety four also contains a title that incorporates the text of. H.R. forty six twenty two which I introduced and. Which was passed . The Resources Committee back in July.

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    MR. RADANOVICH

    July. This title would help facilitate. And improve the working…

    July. This title would help facilitate. And improve the working relationship between gateway communities . And the federal land management agencies . Too often federal land management agencies take for granted local gateway communities in their planning in decision making processes . And this bill will go a long way toward ending. Toward engaging gateway communities . As meaningful partners in the planning process . The bill would also provide important systems to these communities . In order to allow them to be meaningful participants in the planning process . Numerous examples have been provided throughout the country. Of how cooperative efforts have resulted in positive results. Including valuable and important environmental benefits. These real environment. Benefits. These are real environmental benefits that would not have been realized. If the federal agencies had not consulted with the local gateway community . Some of made the inaccurate accusation that this bill would provide. Veto power to gateway communities . To private federal agencies from taking a particular action. This is simply not true the bill. Is and. There is nothing in this bill that would it. That would do that. However the premise of the bill is just as federal agencies formally consider. Impacts upon wildlife. Issues of habitat natural resource or environmental issues. Before taking a proposed action that they should also consider . And include gateway communities. In their decision making process . Congress has replayed it. Repeatedly passed laws based upon the supposition and. That informed decision making is a good . Is good decision making this bill would simply ensure that that takes place. Cooperation and coordination ought to be the standard operating procedure. Rather than simply anecdotal. Anecdotal stories of our federal agencies are doing what they ought to be doing anyway . Ultimately the federal lands in their visitors. Will benefit from these requirements for example transportation plans for federal lands will be vastly improved and federal agencies understand. Through coordination that has taken place from the earliest stages where that community plans to direct its own resources in its own traffic outside the park. It's also interesting to me that some of expressed concern that this bill is flawed because it does not impose new requirements upon a gateway community . That would prevent them from going forward with an action unless they have certified that it would not impact a park unit. What this amounts to is that they say. Is that they would like to have veto authority over what takes place outside federal lands. If it is perceived to have an impact upon those lands but at the same time refuse to allow that simple coordination. That must take place with the community as part of the decision making process. I believe communities are most likely to take actions that are also in the best interest of the federal lands. When their decision making ref's upon a foundation of cooperation coordination. Our public plan. It will be better served by a process and process that ensures. Cooperation and coordination . That are standard part of the process . And I'm particularly pleased that the ranking. Democratic member of the Subcommittee on National Parks Recreation and public lands. Mrs Donna Christiansen of the Virgin Islands has offered her strong support for this legislation . I appreciate the strong working relationship that we have. Have had with Mrs Christiansen and commend her for efforts in fostering this working relationship . Appreciates a strong support of the administration for this legislation . Mr Speaker Mr Chairman I would support this bill and yield back the balance of my time. Gentlemen from West Virginia. Which speaker you myself such time as I may consume. General is recognized that your speaker as amended S. eight hundred ninety four is a package of four pieces of unrelated legislation. The underlying vehicle S. eight hundred ninety four authorizes a special resource study to determine the national significance of the Miami circle. As well as the feasibility of including the site in Biscayne National Park. And this body to sponsor this bill is our dear and departing colleague Carrie Meek. She's worked tirelessly . And I

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    mean carelessly. On behalf of the house companion this legislation. And

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    MR. RAHALL

    house companion this legislation. And

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    we are eager to see this study move forward as a small part of the huge…

    we are eager to see this study move forward as a small part of the huge legacy that will remain once represented meek retires.

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    MR. RAHALL

    of the huge legacy that will remain once represented meek retires. After…

    of the huge legacy that will remain once represented meek retires. After this Congress. We shall miss you carry. In this body but we know we shall always have your friendship and wisdom. As we continue to tackle the issues of this nation. Also included an essay eight hundred ninety four is the text of H.R. thirty seven forty seven . Introduced by our colleagues on the Resource Committee Representative Jay Inslee. This provision would provide for a special resource study . Of the Eagle Dale ferry dock located on Bainbridge Alan in Washington State . This package. Also includes the text of H.R. forty six twenty two legislation sponsored by our colleague George Radanovich from you just her . I remain convinced today char forty six twenty two is ready to be enacted however. We support passage of H.R. S. eight hundred ninety four as amended . And I reserve the balance of my time and Reserves abounds with. John from Utah and from back to the gentle lady from Florida. For whatever time she may desire. Ladies recognize Mr Hall from where you. And I want to thank the. Comedians well . Thank you for that about me and about nineteen you and the Congress .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    you and the Congress .

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    MR. HANSEN

    . Which directs the secretary to conduct a feasibility study .

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    MR. RAHALL

    feasibility study .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    The companion bill thirty . I want to

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    MRS. MEEK

    The companion bill thirty . I want to thank chairman and ranking member of…

    The companion bill thirty . I want to thank chairman and ranking member of the full resources committee . And chairman and ranking member . Committee and. Corporation . We have been getting this bill to the floor. I also want to thank them for their help toward this effort. Mr Speaker to give . In September nine hundred ninety eight . Workers were preparing land. For the development at the mouth of the Miami River . And they noticed. Formation. In the limestone. Foundation of Miami. In the archaeologist. And they reveal that. This particular site was utilized by the civilization. Two thousand years ago . More than . Astronomical . But as. Time society. So we're very pleased to be a part of this . Archaeological finding bringing about the rediscovering of what happened . India's over two thousand years ago. I think we have a responsibility to the remains of a heritage. And be an important. Conducted. If they will conduct. Feasibility. As a part of the it will be no other than another fulfillment of what the Park Service should be doing . Not only local and regional. Significance. But also it is the believe it is really the only. Structural footprint in no America. This archaeological site . Which potentially qualifies . To be included in the National Register of Historic Places all America's way to the first inhabitants of our continent. To our national park system . We must take seriously our responsibility . We need to get this important bill to the president's signature. Before this Congress adjourns after all this is my last Congress. I'm disappointed that . This is a minute that's been placed on it is being proposed. All of these amendments. Very good of course. I would like to see this. As soon as possible . The inclusion of these of this. Other legislation I hope will not. The chances of getting this deal. Through the president. Urge the chairman to find a way to get this non-controversial my Mr go through the president. As soon as possible. And I want the chairman and the leadership in this eight hundred ninety four . And I yield back the great thanks with the speaker. General ideals back gentleman from West Virginia . Jennifer asked West Virginia yields back the balance of his time all time having expired the question is will the house suspend the rules. And pass the bill. Eight one eight nine four as amended. So many years are in favor say aye . Those opposed No you've been you know chair two thirds of those present having voted new from it if the rules are suspended . The bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Gentleman from Utah. Thank you Mr Speaker I move to suspend the rules for…

    Gentleman from Utah. Thank you Mr Speaker I move to suspend the rules for process nine for one . As a member of. Clerk will report the title of the bill. Union calendar number for ten . Senate nine forty one and not to revise the boundaries of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the state of California . To extend the term of the Advisory Commission for the recreation area and for other purposes . Gentleman from you talked about I just want to rule the gentleman from Utah Mr Hanson.

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    MR. HANSEN

    Hanson. And the gentleman from West Virginia Mr Ray how each will control…

    Hanson. And the gentleman from West Virginia Mr Ray how each will control twenty minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah. Thank you Mr

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    the gentleman from Utah. Thank you Mr

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    THE CLERK

    Speaker. That's nine forty one . As ordered reported by the Committee on…

    Speaker. That's nine forty one . As ordered reported by the Committee on resources not only authorize the expansion of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and a ten year extension and demands our national historic site commission but it also incorporates the following four new titles.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    new titles. Titles three is the text of H.R. thirty four twenty one as…

    new titles. Titles three is the text of H.R. thirty four twenty one as passed by the House of Representatives. Authorizing financial assistance for Yosemite National Park schools.

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    MR. HANSEN

    Title four is the amended text of H.R. thirty four twenty five. As…

    Title four is the amended text of H.R. thirty four twenty five. As approved by the Committee on resources authorizing the National Park Service. Should abilities study on a portion of Highway ninety four in California . Title five is the text of H.R. thirty nine forty two as adopted by the Committee on resources . Authorizing a boundary adjustment for the John Muir National Historic Site and title Sex is the tax from H.R.. Twenty five thirty four. As adopted by the Committee on resources authorized the National Park Service. Special resource study of the San Gabriel . River watershed in California. Mr Speaker this bill is supported by the majority and minority on the committee as well as administration. I urge my colleagues should port S. nine forty. one As reported. And I would like to yield to the subcommittee chairman of the partial land Mr George for doubt of it. To explain further on the bill that feeling me the time. Mr Speaker S.. Nine forty one is reported by the Committee on resources incorporates a number of legislative initiatives affecting California. As just described by Chairman Hansen. For me and my constituents However as. Nine forty one is very important for it includes language authorizing the secretary of the interior . To provide supplemental funding . And other educational services for Yosemite Valley Elementary and. While want to elementary

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    MR. RADANOVICH

    school. Located in or within Yes I mean National Park. Since the…

    school. Located in or within Yes I mean National Park. Since the devastating one nine thousand hundred seven rosette River flood there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of park employees. And thus fewer school children attending the schools . With fewer and fewer children attending the schools fewer state dollars. Are committed. And the result is that the superintendent for your semi National Park . And the concession are serving park visitors. Cannot attract first class candidates to work at the park because families are not provided adequate schools are also included in S. nine forty one is language authorizing the secretary of the interior. To locate the syllabus including transportation systems. Outside the boundaries of Yosemite National Park. This important provision will help continue the successful operations. Of the assembly area rapid transit system. Otherwise known as yards . Which operates in three counties surrounding a semi National Park. And provides visitors. With a convenient. Alternative transportation system. To and from a semi National Park. Finally Mr Speaker the other important part of S. nine forty one is language authorizing the secretary of the interior . To conduct a feasibility unsuitability study. Of a portion of State Highway forty nine . In midair. POWs and to all of the counties. Also known as the golden chain highway . As a national heritage Corps door. I urge my colleagues to support S. nine forty one as Amendment. I also want to thank Senator Feinstein for her work in this bill and the other body . And again thank the chairman. For for the. Yielding me the time and I yield back the gentleman from West Virginia . Which big radio must have such power to make concessions generous record the measures that were even explained by the majority but out simply want to know if it does shim Porton. Legislation if. And George Miller of California . And I'd now like to yield to the gentle lady from California . For her comments whatever time she may consume and commend her for excellent leadership on this legislation. Generally is recognized.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Thank you Mr Speaker Mr Speaker I rise today in support of Senate bill…

    Thank you Mr Speaker Mr Speaker I rise today in support of Senate bill nine forty one the rancher corralled at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area boundary. Adjustment Act

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    MR. RAHALL

    at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area boundary. Adjustment Act

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    National Recreation Area boundary. Adjustment Act

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    MR. RAHALL

    boundary. Adjustment Act . And in particular I'm very pleased that the…

    boundary. Adjustment Act . And in particular I'm very pleased that the efforts made to include. This bill H.R. twenty five thirty four the same River Watershed study. To be included in this package. Is passed the bill directs the Department of Interior to study ways . For more than two million people to help benefit from a potential recreational. And

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    rehabilitated. Area . In the St Gabriel

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    MS. SOLIS

    Valley. Along the Gabriel San River. I want to personally thank the…

    Valley. Along the Gabriel San River. I want to personally thank the chairman Mr Hanson and also our ranking member. Ray Hall Congressman Miller. And Radanovich . And also the committee staff and in particular my staff person Heather Taylor. For working tirelessly on this issue. I know that this took a lot of discussion and time working with the ranking member and the different. Members of the committee. But it's something that I truly believe will help provide justice environmental justice to those communities that are currently under served and would like to see a bit more of open space made available to those communities that are currently under served. I encourage members to support. Senate bill nine forty one and. Reserve the balance of my time trying to make sure in the jungle. California. From California. Thank you Speaker I want to thank my friend . For yielding to Speaker I would like to ask permission to include my prepared statement in the right chord. And I would just like to make a few comments about this legislation . My legislation ads about five thousand acres. To

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    MR. RAHALL

    acres. To the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The beauty of this…

    acres. To the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The beauty of this region . Is beyond

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    this region . Is beyond

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    MR. LANTOS

    . Is beyond description. Your so and your seat . It is a stunning .…

    . Is beyond description. Your so and your seat . It is a stunning . Panoramic scenery. Containing Flora and I quote systems . Found nowhere. On the face of this planet. The legislation to be able to provide recreational opportunities for millions of our bay area citizens. And visitors. It will link existing county state and federal park lands into a six thousand seven hundred acre country. Publicly accessible land it to be linked miles of public hiking trails . It will protect for. Sensitive watersheds containing steelhead trout and Coho salmon . It will protect a rare and endangered . Plant and animal species. It will prevent development along already uniquely scenic California coastline . And they will protect. Sweeping. Panoramic views. And stunning scenery . The legislation will be financed through a public private partnership. Fifty percent federal funding . Fifty percent . Private and state funding . It is widely supported throughout reachin our entire Bay Area congressional delegation. Are co-sponsors of my life . As are both California. United States senators. The legislation is by the National Park Service . The county board of supervisors . Golden Gate National Recreation Area and points raised the national seashore Advisory Commission. And national and local environmentalists. Conservation and civic groups. I want to express my deep appreciation . To my good friend from Utah. The CHAIRMAN. And to my good friend who is the ranking member on who have been so helpful in bringing this legislation forward. I want to thank all of my call they played a role in making this a reality . And I yield back the balance of my time. Inspection one from Utah. Sure Speaker I yield box of Dallas my time general from Utah yields back down to his time John one from West Virginia . Back in general from West Virginia eels back to his time the all time is expired question is will the bow suspend the rules and pass the bill. Senate bill nine forty one as amended. So many years in favor say aye . Those opposed no a penny of church two thirds of those present having voted in front of the rules are suspended the bill is passed without objection motion to reconsider is laid upon the table.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    without objection motion to reconsider is laid upon the table.

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    MR. HANSEN

    Gentleman from Utah.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Utah. A speaker I move to spend liberals and pass a charge twenty nine…

    Utah. A speaker I move to spend liberals and pass a charge twenty nine eighty two as amended. Circle report

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    MR. RAHALL

    liberals and pass a charge twenty nine eighty two as amended. Circle report

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    liberals and pass a charge twenty nine eighty two as amended. Circle…

    liberals and pass a charge twenty nine eighty two as amended. Circle report the title of the bill. Union calendar number three fourteen . H.R. twenty nine eighty two a bill to authorize establishment of a memorial . Within the area. In the District of Columbia referred to in the commemorative works act as Area one or area two to the victims of terrorist attacks on the United States to provide for the four that design and construction. Of

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    MR. HANSEN

    construction. Of such a memorial and for other purposes . Pursuant to rule…

    construction. Of such a memorial and for other purposes . Pursuant to rule in general from Utah Mr Hanson The gentleman from West Virginia Mr Ray Hall with each control twenty minutes the chair recognizes gentleman from Utah. Thank you Mr

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    with each control twenty minutes the chair recognizes gentleman from Utah.…

    with each control twenty minutes the chair recognizes gentleman from Utah. Thank you Mr

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    THE CLERK

    Utah. Thank you Mr Speaker. H.R. twenty nine eighty . two My good friend…

    Utah. Thank you Mr Speaker. H.R. twenty nine eighty . two My good friend from Texas. Car for Jim charter who has worked tirelessly on this legislation . And sponsored by myself and over one hundred twenty one members of the House of Representatives would establish sort of a memorial to victims who died of result of terrorist acts against United States or its people.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    States or its people. You know. Mr Turner went out of his way to do an…

    States or its people. You know. Mr Turner went out of his way to do an exceptionally fine job on this legislation one of the most interesting hearings we've had in the Resource Committee . Was

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    MR. HANSEN

    . Was put on by Mr TURNER. It included. Lisa Beamer whose husband Todd.…

    . Was put on by Mr TURNER. It included. Lisa Beamer whose husband Todd. Was part of Flight ninety three that crashed in Pennsylvania and. Coined that phrase let's roll. The president standing there in front of you Mr Speaker or he was . Mr Brady how. Whose wife. Lives workforce and reforest committee Brady. Was the all-American boy . He was an Eagle Scout. He was a four point student he was the quarterback he was a student body president. He was a missionary for its church he did everything you can imagine and a great sense of humor . Mr Joe Finley a New York firefighter who most of his squadron was killed in that tragic day Lieutenant Colonel Terry Anderson who went into the Pentagon and saved many people and worked diligently . So many. Illustrations of honor . This bill would . The rise. A memorial to victims who died as a result of terrorism against United States or its people at home or abroad. Except those individuals identified as participating or conspiring . On terrorist related activities. Mr Speaker. This great. Memorials that dot the landscape of our nation capital. Reflect the course of history . And are a constant reminder of our commitment to freedom justice and democracy . We see these shared values. In our morning much to great leaders. And we see them and our memorials to the soldiers who died in great wars fought in your. In the Pacific . In Korea. And in Vietnam . The new war of the twenty first century this war on terrorism will not be marked by one geographic location. It is a global war . That has been is being and will be fought at home and abroad. Already thousands of people have lost their lives to terrorists actually not as states. These victims of terrorist attacks deserve solemn tribute. For they died . At the hands of enemies of America . Because they were simply Americans. Mr Speaker H.R. twenty nine eighty two would authorize the establishment of an advisory board to raise funds for the design construction and maintenance of a living memorial . And to work with the national capital Memorial Commission. And the secretary of interior. On the placement of the memorial. H.R. twenty nine eighty two will honor those Americans whose lives have been lost to terrorism . And will symbolize their great struggle in which we are now engaged. Some day this memorial will mark the time in the course of history. When freedom respect for the dignity of man overcame tyranny. And hate and evil . And deed it will stand for the age when Americans faced its greatest challenge. I urge my colleagues to support H.R. twenty nine eighty two as amended. And reserve the balance of my gentleman reserves the bounds of his time general from West Virginia. Mr A speaker at your myself such as time I make a gentleman's recognizing Nancy similar remarks he put it right out of Jackson . And I yield such time as he may consume to the gentleman it is the author of this legislation and John from Texas who has worked so hard and act commend him for bringing this legislation to us today. Mr . John Whatever time you make it so. Thank you Mr A Thank you much bigger. It is indeed an occasion when we all would join together in remembrance of those who lost their law.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    would join together in remembrance of those who lost their law.

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    MR. RAHALL

    in remembrance of those who lost their law. Zone September eleventh as…

    in remembrance of those who lost their law. Zone September eleventh as well as those who have lost their lives and.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    as well as those who have lost their lives and.

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    MR. RAHALL

    lives and. Other incidences to the acts of terrorism. And I want to think.…

    lives and. Other incidences to the acts of terrorism. And I want to think. Chairman Hansen var joining with me and. Sponsoring this bill . We have had numerous .

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    MR. TURNER

    Members who have joined together with us and have contributed to the…

    Members who have joined together with us and have contributed to the product that you have before you today. I particularly want to thank the ranking Democrat Mr Ray Hall for his leadership. I want to thank the subcommittee chairman restaurant of it. The ranking member of the subcommittee Mr Christianson. Each of them . Contributed to the product that we have before us today along with one hundred twenty one co-sponsors. Who have joined with us. Also want to acknowledge the help of some outstanding staffers the majority of staff member of our who work so hard to be sure that this bill was in the proper form. Because of many complex issues that we deal with and we establish a Morial . Here in Washington . I also want to thank Trent Ashby and Amy Valentine out of my staff for their work. We know that . Two weeks ago . We serve the. One year anniversary of the September eleventh attacks on our nation . It was on that date. In two thousand and one that our nation. Was made acutely aware of the threats posed by those who seek to destroy our way of life. Since then we have come together as a nation . And we have remembered those who have lost their lives and we have pledged. Jointly an unwavering resolve to win the war on terrorism no matter what the cost . And no matter how long it takes . This legislation which was introduced by . Chairman Hansen and me . Would authorize the. Establishment of a national memorial . To all the victims of terrorism . In attacks against the United States or its people including those who died on September eleventh. It has been said that the war on terrorism may be known as the first war. Of the twenty first century. It will not be marked by any specific geographic location . Because it is global . It has been and will be fought at home and abroad . This national memorial created by this bill will be dedicated to the memory of those victims who lose their lives and have lost their lives at the hands of terrorists. The more . Memorial will reflect . In my view the history of the struggle in which we're engaged . And it will remind . Future generations of the challenges that we faced. And the challenges that we have overcome . Through courage and bravery. Of the American people. As Chairman hands and mention this legislation creates a thirteen member advisory board appointed by the president . And includes representatives from organizations dedicated to assistance assisting the victims of terrorism. The Advisory Board. Is charged with the duty of raising the funds from private sources . To establish design construct and maintain this memorial . In accordance with the commemorative Works Act The Advisory Board will consult with the appropriate commissions. Already provided by existing law regarding the site selection and the design of this memorial. When the House Resources Committee held its hearing on this bill. We were honored as chairman Hansen mentioned to hear from serve all outstanding. Americans whose lives like so many Americans were at all verbally . Personally and forever changed on September eleventh. Their testimony spoke eloquently of the significance of a national memorial to the victims of. There is a. Lisa Beamer. Whose husband Todd was among the heroes of Flight ninety three. Said so eloquently . And I quote. I believe a national monument to terrorism. Would become a hollowed place. For the people of this generation to remember and grieve. Perhaps even more importantly it will teach future generations about the heroes on the sacrifice and the patriotism . That surrounded the deaths of people who simply died. Because they were Americans. That quote from Lisa Beamer I meant Liz how represents I think . So very eloquently. The purposes . Embodied in this legislation . As Chairman Hansen mentioned is on the staff of the Resources Committee . She lost her husband Brady. At the Pentagon. We had . Joe Fennelly. A New York firefighter who came and testified on behalf of this legislation . Who lost many. In his latter. In the World Trade Center. Lieutenant Colonel Ted Anderson. Who rushed into the fiery flames of the Pentagon. Saving . Many of his friends and colleagues there . Spoke of the need for a national memorial. They all shared their hopes that this memorial would not only be a tribute to those who lost their lives . But a constant reminder. To the American people of the importance of courage bravery and patriotism . It is my hope that at some point in the future. This memorial will mark a time . In the course of our history . When freedom and respect for the dignity of man . Overcame hate and evil. It will stand for the period in our history when our country stood tall. Persevered and protected. The sense of for all mankind . We hope that the horror house will join with us and unanimously. Supporting this legislation to create this memorial to the victims of terrorism. You're back with my dad. I reserve the balance of my German reserves bounced from general from Utah. Respect our reserves about what. John Ramsey has met with general and from West Virginia has thirteen and a half minutes remaining time and she may consume to the gentle lady of the District of Columbia the gentle lady from the district Columbia's record and I thank the gentleman for yielding I want to offer my thanks to Chairman Hansen. Who is

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    a co-sponsor of this bill with Jim Turner and.

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    MR. HANSEN

    Of course to . Mr Ray Hall for brain is a bill for which I think we all…

    Of course to . Mr Ray Hall for brain is a bill for which I think we all special thanks to Jim Turner who initially idea this was an aisle.

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    MR. RAHALL

    who initially idea this was an aisle.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    who initially idea this was an aisle.

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    MR. RAHALL

    an aisle. Particular thanks to Mr TURNER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    First let me say that this was not just a bright idea . Moralizing

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    MS. NORTON

    this was not just a bright idea . Moralizing . The victims of the war on…

    this was not just a bright idea . Moralizing . The victims of the war on terrorism is the least we can do . But I very much appreciate the spirit in which Jim Turner has approached . This bill unintentionally in the beginning . Largely because most members don't deal with busy . Commemorative work sacked. This bill came forward in the way you might expect . But inherent in it was a were three violations of the . Commemorative works. Acts and. Now two or three of those violations are gone because Mr TURNER. In fact has . Diligently . Consulted with the National Council planning commission and with other members of Congress. And then . There was a violation of the twenty five year but had Congress approving the location . And it. Legislation had a specified. Area. All that may seem reasonable to members of Congress. But Congress and its wisdom because it knew that bills would come forward . All of the time like this and somebody had to be . Had to referee . Where. On the limited space in the memorial more should go . And gave that. Responsibility over to an agency that could look at the hall . The whole mall the National Capital Planning Commission a Fine Arts Commission. The reason the monumental presence is monumental. Is because we don't micromanage it . I'm going to support this bill with some reservation . That it continues to violate the. Twenty five year rule . I want to give members some context for that a. Bill was brought forward early in this Congress . To establish a Ronald Reagan memorial. On the mall. That the Bush administration did not support it because it's not I want to set that. Precedent and send its officials to say I did not support violating twenty five year rule nobody who remembers . The ten year old Ronald Reagan both . In this city and out of the country can doubt. The head and his legacy will withstand a twenty five year World War two memorial is going up . More than twenty five years after World War two No one has pressed forward in Oklahoma City Memorial . So that was one of America's great tragedies of the twentieth century. Martin Luther King Memorial . Could not be built. Until twenty five years after his death. I say all this because the House needs to understand the context and why it is this way. We lost a number of presidents and nine eleven a number of those working in the Pentagon came right from the District of Columbia. The most visible ones were three children and their three teachers and . I certainly want to see them a moralized on the Mall. The context though . We have to understand . Is what is happening to the mall. We literally are in danger in one generation amusing up . Of virtually all the problem space on the mall yet the mall was meant for eternity. That's why there's a twenty five year old. We must not get to where London is now London is having to tear down the memorials. In order to allow memorials to go. That's not the only reason that the commemorative Works Act has a twenty five year rule says Congress . Step back . And and the reason that Congress has stepped back in each and every occasion the pain of a memorial made me fresh the reputation. A personage needs time to gel history needs to inform us and see and context what it is we want to do . In the Chair of the National Capital Planning Commission. John Coghill. The third point about for education. President Bush did send to the house a letter in which he took exception to the bill on the basis of three violations. I have noted. I am very very pleased that the most. serious Of the. Exceptions that the bill. Initially put forward . Have been rectified . We know that memorials are best when . There's a nationwide competition when people who have looked at memorials over time. Can milk and . Bring their expertise to bear and that's going to happen here . We know that we can't sit here and say where a memorial should be built or that . We got to trust those whom we delegated this responsibly that is gone. I would like to submit for the record. The letter of Mr Card bill so that it so that the record can be fully informed. With respect to these three . Problems that the initial bill have and I want to once again express my appreciation . Thank you Mr Speaker I want once again . Express my appreciation to . HANSEN . And certainly to Mr TURNER. For the great sensitivity they have both shown and designing this bill and I support the bill with the reservations I have noted. John from Utah. The speaker I've no further requests for time and John for Utah would yield back the remainder of his time gentleman from general from West Virginia Fields back. All time has expired the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass a bill H.R. two ninety eight two was amended so many are in favor say aye aye . Those opposed no in the opinion chair two thirds of those present having vote in the firm of. General from Texas. To request a record vote on the grounds that form is not present gentleman asking for the eighteen days.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    form is not present gentleman asking for the eighteen days.

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    MR. HANSEN

    gentleman asking for the eighteen days.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Yes Yes The nays are requested all those in favor of taking his folk by…

    Yes Yes The nays are requested all those in favor of taking his folk by the nature remain standing until counted.

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    MR. RAHALL

    standing until counted.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Sufficient number having risen the nays and yeas are ordered. Yeas and…

    Sufficient number having risen the nays and yeas are ordered. Yeas and nays are ordered pursuant clause A TO RULE twenty . And the chairs prior announce that further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. Gentlemen from the speaker move suspend the rules and pass H.R. forty six eighty

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    MR. TURNER

    the speaker move suspend the rules and pass H.R. forty six eighty two with…

    the speaker move suspend the rules and pass H.R. forty six eighty two with an amendment .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . For Corp or title of the bill H.R.

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    MR. TURNER

    forty six eighty two a bill to revise the boundary of the Allegheny…

    forty six eighty two a bill to revise the boundary of the Allegheny portage railroad National Historic Site. And for

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    boundary of the Allegheny portage railroad National Historic Site. And for…

    boundary of the Allegheny portage railroad National Historic Site. And for other purposes . Pursuant to the rule gentlemen from Utah. Mr Hanson The gentleman from West Virginia Mr Ray. Hall Each will control twenty minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah . Thank you Mr Speaker H.R. forty

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    MR. HANSEN

    six eighty two introduced by cars when John Murtha of Pennsylvania revised…

    six eighty two introduced by cars when John Murtha of Pennsylvania revised the boundary of the Allegheny portage .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . Railroad National Historic Site. The

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    THE CLERK

    Historic Site. The Allegheny portage railroad located in southwestern…

    Historic Site. The Allegheny portage railroad located in southwestern Pennsylvania was the first for a road. Constructed over the Allegheny Mountains.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    The Royal Road helped to facilitate trade in the area and open interior of…

    The Royal Road helped to facilitate trade in the area and open interior of the United States should settlement and was considered. Technological wonder of its day because . A bit unique

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    MR. HANSEN

    . A bit unique construction. The bill Oxford rises the acquisition of…

    . A bit unique construction. The bill Oxford rises the acquisition of profit. Ninety eight acres in exchange for nearly one hundred acres. This will help facilitate access for a property owner. That has previously been landlocked. The bill authorizes the secretary to attract. From the state of Pennsylvania game lands commission to help facilitate the development of the Harrisburg to Pittsburgh. Millennial trail. The bill comes to the floor with an amendment correcting some type Bikel errors. This is a good bill. And I urge my colleagues to support. And I reserve the balance my time. Chairman reserves bouncer's time the gentleman from West Virginia . Mr Speaker I this bill sponsor back Carly. Jack Murtha. That alone makes him worthy of consideration by this body I commend Mr Murtha for his own effort on behalf of this important national historic site and. Urge passage of back about five times . Gentleman from West Virginia yields back down to his time the gentleman from Utah. Mr Speaker I yield back . Gentleman from Utah years back the all time having expired the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass a bill H.R. four six

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    rules and pass a bill H.R. four six eight two.

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    MR. RAHALL

    As amended so many hours in favor say aye . Those opposed no. You pinion…

    As amended so many hours in favor say aye . Those opposed no. You pinion the chair two thirds of those present having voted the Fermat of the rules are suspended. The bill is passed and without objection . The motion to reconsider is laid upon the table.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Gentleman from Utah. Mr Speaker I move to suspend the rules and pass H.R.…

    Gentleman from Utah. Mr Speaker I move to suspend the rules and pass H.R. fourteen forty

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    MR. HANSEN

    suspend the rules and pass H.R. fourteen forty

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    H.R. fourteen forty eight as amended. Clerk will report. The title of the…

    H.R. fourteen forty eight as amended. Clerk will report. The title of the bill . You encounter number two eighty eight char fourteen forty eight . Pursuant to the rule of general a bill to clarify the tax treatment of binds and other obligations issued by the government. Of American Samoa pursuant to the rule general from Utah Mr Hanson the general in from West Virginia Mr Ray how each will control twenty minutes.

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    MR. HANSEN

    Mr Hanson the general in from West Virginia Mr Ray how each will control…

    Mr Hanson the general in from West Virginia Mr Ray how each will control twenty minutes.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    control twenty minutes. The chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah .…

    control twenty minutes. The chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah . Thank you Mr Speaker Iraq shouldn't support of H.R. four hundred forty eight a bill to clarify the tax treatment of bonds and other obligation issued by the government of America . This

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    THE CLERK

    obligation issued by the government of America . This bill introduced by…

    obligation issued by the government of America . This bill introduced by my colleague Mr any fall of Ica permits. Interest earned on both issued by the America Samoa government to be exempt from. Both

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Samoa government to be exempt from. Both state and local taxation.…

    Samoa government to be exempt from. Both state and local taxation. Passions of H.R. fourteen forty eight would provide America.

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    MR. HANSEN

    Parity and the tax treatment of their bonds with all of the other. U.S.…

    Parity and the tax treatment of their bonds with all of the other. U.S. territories . The bill was considered by both the resource and your dish or very committees which both reported out the identical text which is before the House today . I think Chairman Sensenbrenner first cooperation and schedule in this bill today. And I ask my colleagues to join in support of this bill. And I reserve the balance of my time . German reserves about his time in general from West Virginia should be cracked. You must have such time as I may consume generals recognize and I yield to our colleague the gentleman from American Samoa Mr Farnham found in White Way get to explain the legislation and commend him for his leadership on it . Hey you know sex time is making synonymous recognizing Speaker I ask unanimous consent to extend and revise my reaction so or. Misspeak or this legislation has taken a roundabout journey through our complex committee system.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    complex committee system. To could because the issue involving.

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    MR. RAHALL

    involving. The issuance of bonds .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. RAHALL

    As such the bill was referred contrarily also to the House Committee on…

    As such the bill was referred contrarily also to the House Committee on Ways and Means. As well as to the House Committee on the judiciary . And I'm extremely happy and gratified that H.R. fourteen

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    forty eight. Has received the approval and referral from the Ways and…

    forty eight. Has received the approval and referral from the Ways and Means and Judiciary Committees.

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    MR. FALEOMAVAEGA

    approval and referral from the Ways and Means and Judiciary Committees. To…

    approval and referral from the Ways and Means and Judiciary Committees. To the committee and resources. And I want to thank Chairman Bill Thomas and senior ranking member Charles Rangle of the Ways and Means Committee for their approval and referral. Of H.R. fourteen forty eight to the Committee on resources . Misspeak I also want to thank Chairman. Jim Sensenbrenner and senior ranking member John Conyers. Of the House Judiciary Committee for their support and referral. Of this legislation . In particular Mr Speaker I want to thank the chairman Bob Barr . And ranking member Congressman Mel Watt and the House judiciary subcommittee on commercial administrative law . For the comprehensive work that they have done to ensure that H.R. fourteen forty eight. Will not conflict with other federal laws relative to bond issues . And I want to commend. These gentlemen and their staff for all the work that they've done. To bring this bill not only before the committee on. Resources. But now for house consideration. Which speaker under US law the territory of the Commonwealth and Northern Mariana Islands belong to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands . Currently have the authority to issue an issue will bonds to foster a broad range of economic activity. These bonds are exempt from income taxation by the federal government state governments. Territorial governments miniscule governments . As the government of the District of Columbia. However the U.S. territory of American Samore has also has the authority to issue bonds. But the interest earned from American someone Bonds is subject to taxation. By state diminished while governments. H R fourteen forty eight amends US law . And provides parity and equity for American Samo by Allawi. Interest earned on bonds issued by the American samon government to be exempt from state local and territorial taxation. In other words Mr Speaker H.R. fourteen forty eight. Will grant to American Samore the same authority already held by the Northern Mariana Islands. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands . This legislation will make American Samo bonds more attractive to investors and could provide additional source of funds for the American Samoa government. The governor of American Samore. Local leaders as indicated to the local government. Could have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest costs . If the interest on the bonds of the government issued in two thousand would have been. Tax exempt. The local power authority is the example the semi autonomy is a government agency . Would also like to sell bonds to purchase new diesel generator sets. To accommodate the territories going population. And utility needs . This legislation will lower the interest costs of these prosperous Specht of sales. I will also enable the local government to address deficiencies in his current infrastructure . But Speaker H.R. fourteen forty eight . Is an early step towards providing the American someone government. With additional assistance in improving the government's financial condition . Which will have a direct and positive impact on the residents. The people of American someone. Misspeak of this legislation deserve support of this body . And I earnestly ask my colleagues to. To vote. And favor of this legislation . Mr Speaker we have a young and expression of the eyelids and I don't know if this may be the last time that I will have a chance to say a few words in this body. And the saying is I would soon show my Yeah. Which means don't try to call my hair . Or don't try to me butter up . And. And I realize that. This may not be the last piece of legislation that. My good friend from the other side of the I will be chairing. Or managing on the floor of the house . But I just want to say to my colleagues for almost fourteen years . Serving as a member of this committee . It's been my privilege and personal honor to have known chairman Hansen . Chairman Hansen served prime. Previously as chairman of the subcommittee on national parks and public lands . And having served as ranking member at that time. Ports subcommittee I enjoyed tremendously. Not only is outstanding leadership qualities. But above all he was always fair with me on many many series of hearings and deliberations that were held. When you want to serve as subcommittee chairman of the national parks and public lands. Even this is capacity missed. Mr Speaker as full committee chairman. I just want to say personally chairman Hansen. Has always been willing to assist members with their proposed bills. As honesty and integrity . Has demonstrated leadership in this institution work. Certainly be missed. Certainly by this member. And I'm sure the same feeling exist among all the members of this chamber . And I'm just so sorry that . Now that I will have no more. Alumni from the University of Utah to pick on . Especially when the Utah Utes always loses to be sure the B.Y.U. Cougars. I just want to say to be out for this member Mr Speaker and my colleagues in the committee on this side of the aisle. And we're certainly going to miss you Mr Chairman. But Mr Joe. I go back to balance of my time. German yells back John from Utah. The speaker . I have no requests chairman yields back down to his time the gentleman from West Virginia the gentleman from West Virginia. Back all time having sparred the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass a bill H.R. one four four. Eight as amended so many is. Favor say aye. Those opposed no you pin your chair two thirds of those present having vote in the firm of the rules are suspended . The bill is passed and out objection the motion reconsider is laid upon the table . General

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    . General

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    MR. HANSEN

    Teton National Park . That are privately

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    Teton National Park . That are privately

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    MR. RAHALL

    Teton National Park . That are privately

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    Teton National Park . That are privately

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    MR. HANSEN

    Teton National Park . That are privately

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    Teton National Park . That are privately

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    THE CLERK

    Teton National Park . That are privately

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    Teton National Park . That are privately

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    MR. HANSEN

    Teton National Park . That are privately

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Teton National Park . That are privately

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    MR. RAHALL

    Teton National Park . That are privately

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Teton National Park . That are privately

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    MR. HANSEN

    Teton National Park . That are privately

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    Teton National Park . That are privately

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    MR. HANSEN

    Teton National Park . That are privately

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Teton National Park . That are privately

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    THE CLERK

    Teton National Park . That are privately

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    Teton National Park . That are privately

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    MR. HANSEN

    Teton National Park . That are privately

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    MRS. CUBIN

    Teton National Park . That are privately owned. And I think we can all…

    Teton National Park . That are privately owned. And I think we can all agree that at some point in time. We need to buy those or. Or get easements on those. Privately held lands that are within the park too to prevent development . This is a win win situation for all of the groups involved. Basically . Yes eleven o five identifies. Approximately fourteen hundred sixty acres of state lands and mineral interests within the park and . Makes them eligible for exchange for other federal assets such as mineral royalties appropriated dollars or federal lands set aside for disposal under Flip mom. Can even be a combination of all three of these elements within ninety days after this bill is signed . The land would be valued through an agreement by Wyoming governor and the secretary of interior. If there is no agreement then an appraisal process would start . So that the value of the minerals or the lancing question. Would be assured . Fairness in all cases. There would also be an appeals process on the value to ensure fairness if any of the parties feel that it isn't the right price. Within a hundred days after the land is the land values determine. The interior secretary in consultation with the governor will exchange the federal assets of equal value for the state lands. Mr Speaker . I respectfully request that the House of Representatives act. Favorably upon the Grand Teton National Park land exchange to act. I think this body has an incredible opportunity to allow the consolidation and. Withstand Grand Teton National Park borders. And to allow the state of Wyoming to capture fair market value for their property to benefit the schools. I yield back the balance of might well. I yield. That to mine . Chairman. Gentleman from West Virginia . Speaker your myself such as time I may consume. General is recognized as has already been noticed eleven o five is a minute is a package of bills that have been previously approved by the Resources Committee likes to take this opportunity make note of the fact that the Grand Teton National Park provisions of this bill. Have been Vance Bera colleague barbeque but of all mean. Just spoken or senator passed this bill out of the other body which is greatly assisted be moving this legislation in this body.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Chairwoman Cuban is a wonderful person to work with I appreciate her…

    Chairwoman Cuban is a wonderful person to work with I appreciate her willingness to work with me on issues of mutual concern . She is indeed

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    MR. RAHALL

    willingness to work with me on issues of mutual concern . She is indeed

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    on issues of mutual concern . She is indeed

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    MR. RAHALL

    a distinguished representative of the state of while me now appreciate her…

    a distinguished representative of the state of while me now appreciate her leadership. Another provision of this bill would establish a James B. Hansen. Shoni national trail. In honor of our distinguished chairman . The gentleman from Utah sponsored the amendment in committee. To name the. You know after G.M. . He resisted it first. He was willing to set on having some outhouse in a Glacier National Park named after him. But I insisted on my mammoth instead . I would further note that this measure includes a text of H.R. thirty four thirty four. Sponsored by our colleague Arlene who leaves of Oregon . Which authorizes the secretary interior to acquire the McLachlan. House National Historic Site. In Oregon and to administrate as part of the existing . Ford Vancouver National Historic Site . Darlene's leadership has been invaluable on this and I appreciate her . Working with us as well. The legislation also includes a text of H.R. thirty eight fifteen or to spare a colleague representing Mike Ross . Doth arise a study of the suitability and feasibility of designating the William Jefferson Clinton birthplace home. Located in Hope Arkansas. As a National Historic Site. Reserve the balance of my time . Gentleman from West Virginia reserves of bouncers time gentlemen from Utah and speaker yourself sound a mix of time and recognize our appreciate my good friend from West Virginia . Who has been a joy to work with over the years and explained the other parts of this bill which are very important. He did amend the Shoshone bill the somehow put my name on it I explained to him another piece of legislation that I had my heart set on. But. To Bless his heart he was able to do that and I appreciate very much his kindnesses understand and appreciate John letter from Wyoming.

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    kindnesses understand and appreciate John letter from Wyoming.

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    MR. HANSEN

    And all the work she has done on our committee. And especially on this…

    And all the work she has done on our committee. And especially on this piece of legislation and many others. And with that I have no further. Request I will yield back at this time unless the gentle lady wants me with the gentleman yield. I'm happy you know . I'd just like to make the offer Mr Chairman. In exchange for. That Martin's call they should get was quite controversial in my state. We're building a new maximum security prison and . If they wanted to mend his amendment we'd probably be happy to name our New Mexico. Security prison after you arrive for use is a suggestion that I spent time there. And I found with a German from you are you do you act out my time John of Utah eels back to bounce it's time general from Western . West Virginia.

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    MRS. CUBIN

    time John of Utah eels back to bounce it's time general from Western .…

    time John of Utah eels back to bounce it's time general from Western . West Virginia. If Speaker I yield such time as she make an SUV that consumes a gentle lady from Oregon. Is solely. I ask unanimous consent to enter my entire statement into the record. Not objection sword. I rise in support of this legislation and specifically the amended version of the lever No five that includes H.R.

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    MR. HANSEN

    and specifically the amended version of the lever No five that includes…

    and specifically the amended version of the lever No five that includes H.R. thirty four thirty four. McGlothlin house Preservation Act.

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    The McLaughlin house Preservation Act will extend the boundaries of Fort…

    The McLaughlin house Preservation Act will extend the boundaries of Fort Vancouver due Clutha McGlothlin house.

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    MR. HANSEN

    will extend the boundaries of Fort Vancouver due Clutha McGlothlin house.

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    boundaries of Fort Vancouver due Clutha McGlothlin house.

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    MR. RAHALL

    McGlothlin house. National Historic Site to be managed to maintain by the…

    McGlothlin house. National Historic Site to be managed to maintain by the National Park Service. Fort Vancouver and the McLaughlin House have a long and storied history that goes back to the early one thousand nine hundred and the early settlement of the Oregon Territory.

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    MS. HOOLEY

    thousand nine hundred and the early settlement of the Oregon Territory.…

    thousand nine hundred and the early settlement of the Oregon Territory. Since the early one nine hundred hundreds of McLaughlin House has been maintained and managed by a nonprofit. McLaughlin Memorial Association . For almost a hundred years the association has done yeoman's work. To preserve and maintain this historic treasure. So that thousands of people could tear the site . By extending the boundaries of Fort Vancouver to include the McLaughlin house. We will continue to build on a relationship that began over one hundred eighty years ago . And we will preserve in perpetuity . The cultural educational and historical benefits of this historic site . For future generations . In closing I would like to convey my sincere appreciation . To chairman Hansen . Chairman Redonda bitch. Congressman Ray Hall. For so generously agreeing to work with me on this bill and helping to move it forward. I would also like to extend my gratitude as always staff that helps out here. Luke Johnson and David walk ins of the Research Committee staff . For their tireless efforts on behalf of this bill . Thanks to John Salzburg and the McLaughlin Memorial Association . For all of your hard work to preserve this Oregon treasure. And lastly I'd like to thank Tracy for it meant for her advocacy on behalf of the McLaughlin house for over. Over the years. She's done and. Fantastic job and we are extremely lucky to have her at Fort Vancouver . I urge my colleagues to support this legislation and I yield back the balance of my time thank you German from West Virginia . Next. I go back to the gentleman from West Virginia yields back now to his time John from you talk next about its next gen one from his time the all time has expired the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill Senate Bill one one zero five as amended so many years in favor say aye aye . Those oppose no. Opinion of chair two thirds of those present having voted in the affirmative. The

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    rules are suspended . The bill is passed without objection a motion to…

    rules are suspended . The bill is passed without objection a motion to reconsider is laid upon the table .

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    a motion to reconsider is laid upon the table .

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    . Gentlemen from Utah . The speaker I

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    move to suspend the rules and pass H.R.

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    and pass H.R. sixteen zero six with an amendment. Clerk will report the…

    and pass H.R. sixteen zero six with an amendment. Clerk will report the title of the bill H.R. sixteen zero six. A bill to amend Section five and seven. Of the omnibus parts and public lands Management Act of one thousand nine hundred six to authorize additional appropriations for historically black colleges and universities . To decrease the matching requirement related to such appropriations and for other purposes pursuant to the rule of general from Utah Mr Hanson The general for much for joining Mr Ray how each will control twenty minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah.

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    each will control twenty minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from…

    each will control twenty minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah.

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    each will control twenty minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from…

    each will control twenty minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah.

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    THE CLERK

    Thank you Mr Speaker H.R. sixteen zero six introduced by Congressman…

    Thank you Mr Speaker H.R. sixteen zero six introduced by Congressman Clyburn of South Carolina. Will authorize appropriations for the restoration and renovation. Of historically black colleges and universities . In addition it would decrease matching requirements. Many of the buildings at these schools are listed on the national register and because of their age or a need of remodelling and renovation .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    because of their age or a need of remodelling and renovation . G.A.O.…

    because of their age or a need of remodelling and renovation . G.A.O. identified in a report to Congress the buildings needed attention . And the estimated

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    MR. HANSEN

    needed attention . And the estimated cost. This estimate provides the…

    needed attention . And the estimated cost. This estimate provides the foundation of the authorized level prescribed in the legislation. While funds have been previously appropriated to help meet restoration needs at some of these schools the matching requirements has proved to be a difficult barrier to meet this bill would lower that barrier by lowering the matching requirements and enable the schools . To take advantage of these restoration opportunities. The historic quality of these buildings makes it important that we aid in their preservation. The bill contains an amendment to extend the new matching requirement of schools where funds have already been a. Appropriated. But have been left on obligated due to a failure to raise enough funds to meet the matching requirement . Mr Speaker this legislation is significant support on both sides of the aisle. And I urge my colleagues to support this worthy piece of legislation and I appreciate the gentleman from South Carolina for all excellent. Work is done on this legislation . And I reserve the balance for my time gentleman reserves bouncer's time gentleman from West Virginia. And she cried you know much of such times I can stand on his right hand and Santa my record. Match they may be part of record his point. Without objections that Mr Speaker I yield to the gentleman who said that determination his dedication . Who's. True Vision has brought this legislation to the floor today the gentleman from South Carolina a good friend to all of us and a former educator and Chalfie realizes the importance of this legislation . Not only to historical black colleges but to our nation. Jim

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    nation. Jim Kyra you know him such time as you making him .

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    MR. RAHALL

    Thank you gentlemen for leaving the time and thank you very much for your…

    Thank you gentlemen for leaving the time and thank you very much for your kind words Mr Speaker. I want to express my gratitude . To chairman Hansing. To ranking member Ray Hall . To chairman redoubt of each and ranking member. Christiansen. For their tremendous bipartisan support H.R. six No six . Has received today. I very much appreciate the opportunity to speak today on behalf of my legislation to extend the authorization of historical by college and university This is start preservation program.

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    MR. CLYBURN

    This is start preservation program. This is a day . That has been several…

    This is start preservation program. This is a day . That has been several years. In the mic and. As a former high school teacher . I've always possessed in the queue the preachers and for history and have enjoyed his study. For many years . It was part of what motivated me to introduce legislation establishing the South Carolina national hero just Carter. And I thank my good friend and colleague from South Carolina Lindsey Graham. For joining me in support of that legislation which Congress authorized. In the night tonight of five the on must act . It is also what motivated me to work to appropriate funds for a three year study of the Gullah culture . Along the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia . This is a culture very unique and very much a threat. Threat. Of extension. And hopefully this will get. US recommendations on how to preserve and interpret what most scholars say is to close to his African roots of in a book on native born Americans. I work very close for many years . And on many issues with the National Trust restart preservation and was overjoyed . When the National Trust. Acting on the nomination of the Southeast Regional African-American preservation alliance. List of the one hundred three. It's B.C. you campuses. As a category. On has nine hundred ninety eight list. Of the eleven most endangered historic sites . In the country. I say it is. These things to explain how important historic preservation. Is to me personally . But of all the things I've worked on the preservation. I'm most proud of a species of historic preservation. Program. Many of these campuses today. Date back for a century or more. The history contained within the hollow halls of these institutions . Is as rich and diverse as the students who pass through there the S.B.C. historic preservation program. Has had a profound impact on three universe and this is South Carolina's sixth district . But I want you to tell you what it meant to mean . As a student of history . To see a treasure such as. On it Hall . On that one universe this campus in Columbia South Carolina . Saying from the brink of destruction . The structure which had been boarded up for almost forty years . Was designed by an African-American architect. Built by the students themselves . And completed. In June. Eighteen nineteen one at the time we were authorizing the original twenty nine million dollars for this program . The South Carolina. Apartment of our. Times and history. Ship. Listed on at home . As the most damage it. Historic Site. In South Carolina. I'm happy to report today . The building has been saved. Preserved . To the secretary of the his interests . Standards. And shines. As a beacon. In that part of Colombia. The same is true for two other historic buildings . In my district. That have been benefited from this program. Mrs Hall on Clapham universe this campus . In Orangeburg and Massachusetts' hall on the campus of Lori's college in Denmark in one thousand nine hundred seven. The Congressional Black Caucus to request of the G.A.O. to conduct a study to determine the projected cost to preserve an O. of threatened historic sites on the one hundred and three H.P. C.U. campuses . I was asked to coordinate that study. With the G.A.O. study it took one solid. Year to complete . But it was very comprehensive. And very objective. The G.A.O. seven hundred twelve. Historic sites . All of those campuses where the project the preservation costs. Seven hundred the for the five million dollars. That's a lot of money . Even in this town. But the need has been documented. And over time . I believe the school and the bar there. Will respond appropriately and. Adequately. The vast majority of these colleges have had a very difficult time. Raising their quiet. Dollar for dollar match . Which of previous legislation required. Consequently. Many of them. Would like to have a grant . But I believe. It is important for the schools themselves to feel vested in the project. So my bill require a thirty percent match. Not a Park Service . Seventy percent funding for a plan and a survey of projects funded through the historic preservation fun. So there is a precedence for this ratio. And it is a formula that it's only needed. Mr Speaker doesn't is a similar. Other campuses with structures and then a five progressive that. Prefer submission to Dune strategic planning. If the schools were able to point to the federal government's commitment to cover seventy percent of the preservation cross . Alumni and potential bonus . Donors would be more amenable to contribute in the matching funds for other projects . This is because should this bill become law . It will take many years . And a strong commitment to meet the needs that has documented . But without this bill becoming law. We cannot even begin . So Mr Speaker I know this body has shown strong support for preservation. And I plan to do all I can for the historic preservation community . And I want you to know . There is no issue regarding. Cultural or historic preservation . That is more important to our nation's fabric. All the rest of our caucus and to me personally . Than sixty you know six. And I reserve the balance of my time. Gentleman from West Virginia. Controls the time gentleman from Utah. Our assurance about my time. Jennifer much for Jane. And shaker how much time do I have. Thirteen minutes remaining . You know at such time as you make and shown to the charge your colleagues in the state of Tennessee Mr Bob Clement. General from Tennessee's record. Thank you Mr Speaker and . Thank you . Mr Ray Hall and thank you for everything you've done over the years. As

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    years. As a great congressman on the Resources Committee but also a great…

    years. As a great congressman on the Resources Committee but also a great colleague and a great Congress one on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee because you truly made a difference.

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    MR. HANSEN

    Transportation and Infrastructure Committee because you truly made a…

    Transportation and Infrastructure Committee because you truly made a difference.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Transportation and Infrastructure Committee because you truly made a…

    Transportation and Infrastructure Committee because you truly made a difference.

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    MR. RAHALL

    Transportation and Infrastructure Committee because you truly made a…

    Transportation and Infrastructure Committee because you truly made a difference.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Committee because you truly made a difference.

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    MR. RAHALL

    a difference. And I want to say to my good friend. Jim Cliburn it's been a…

    a difference. And I want to say to my good friend. Jim Cliburn it's been a pleasure over the years working with him from South Carolina and he sure has done a lot of things to make things happen when it comes to supporting our historically black colleges and universities and I appreciate very much Chairman and.

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    colleges and universities and I appreciate very much Chairman and.

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    MR. CLEMENT

    colleges and universities and I appreciate very much Chairman and. Jim…

    colleges and universities and I appreciate very much Chairman and. Jim Hansen from Utah when Mr Donovan shift from California being so helpful and always being there to listen and be supportive. I've been involved in this calls for a long time because I'm a former college president myself that Carmel and university a small private . And attended college . In the state of Tennessee. And I'm proud to be able to say that we have six. College each universities. That fall. In this category when we talk about . Historically Black Colleges and universities in the great state of Tennessee and that's Fisk University Harry Medical College Tennessee State University and they're all located in Nashville Tennessee . Then we have lain college . In Jackson Tennessee . College in Memphis . And Knoxville College in Knoxville Tennessee. And for well over a century . Historically Black Colleges and Universities have made their mark is vital institutions of higher learning . Generations of African-Americans. Educators physicians lawyers scientist. And other professionals . Have found the knowledge the experience and encouragement they need. To reach their full potential . At the. Historically Black Colleges and Universities they've compiled an enviable record of achievement. Educating almost forty percent of our nation's black college graduates they've educated millions of young people and have for a pair of African American students for the challenges and opportunities . Of this new century . And I might say also that . What. Mr Cliburn said while ago . Is very true. A lot of them have had a lot of difficulty. Struggling for those . Dollars to make a difference. And that first impression. At a college and university is so vitally important and when they see a college or university that's run. You know . They're not going to get they're not going to be able to raise any private. Gifts for the university. But if they see a university that. Where their buildings are in good shape in good condition. It really does make a real deference. And I found that it Kambal and university where I was president . And I sure have found that out at the other colleges and universities in the state of Tennessee . And around the country. That have fallen into that category I'll never forget. When I first got here Dr Henry ponder . Who was then president of Fisk University . We used to wall those halls and . This is before Samavia even were here. And we tried to get people interested in our historical black colleges and universities. Now we've got a lot of new help . And our pretty shape that both Democrats and Republicans online. That realize the importance and significance of what I call. Seed money . And that's what a D.S.. Seed money. Because those dollars that we're able to share now. And. Those dollars . We were able to utilize in order for these colleges and universities . To keep educating our young people but not just young people. But are working adults . That want to go back to our colleges and universities our command our historically black colleges and black colleges and universities for their dedication. To academic excellence . And commitment to educational opportunity . Gentleman from Utah . Are A Sure. Well done one for Utah reserves the bounds of his time general from West Virginia . Michigan. Three minutes. Thank you again . Would like. Permission to revise and extend my remove my colleague and.

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    my colleague and. Jim I came to the Congress.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I came to the Congress. Together a movement to improve.

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    MR. RAHALL

    improve. Using universities. To be strongly . Commended .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    As we call them.

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    MRS. MEEK

    Remain a critical part of our education system .

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    These institutions .

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    MRS. MEEK

    Significantly increase. Educational and economically and socially.…

    Significantly increase. Educational and economically and socially. Particularly among African-Americans. Yet. Need to maintain and improve . In order to continue to meet the needs of this house. It's extremely important . Mr Speaker. When we pay . Twenty recognizing the contributions of . It is critical that we not just take in such . Appropriations process . And that's what. Mr Kleiman is talking about. And make students and their communities and . Continue would support it. And I thank you. John from West Virginia . At Michigan how much time I have left. Gentlemen has six and a half minutes remaining. I you know knowing that there remain calm. To the gentleman from Illinois . I guess Danish colleague Mr Danny Davis. The Illinois recognized. Thank you very much for speaker and. I've asked a man of his consent to revise and extend objection seller. I

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    objection seller. I want to thank the gentleman from West Virginia for you…

    objection seller. I want to thank the gentleman from West Virginia for you and.

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    for you and. And I also want to commend the chairman Mr Hanson . And the

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    the chairman Mr Hanson . And the ranking member of this committee. For the…

    the chairman Mr Hanson . And the ranking member of this committee. For the outstanding work that they do. All the

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    work that they do. All the time and resources. I'm not a member of this…

    work that they do. All the time and resources. I'm not a member of this committee but I often . Watch

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    . Watch its deliberations and.

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    and. Pay attention to what it's doing and . I think that. They obviously…

    and. Pay attention to what it's doing and . I think that. They obviously do an outstanding job and I especially want to commend them for bringing this legislation to the floor . I

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    them for bringing this legislation to the floor . I

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    them for bringing this legislation to the floor . I also want to commit…

    them for bringing this legislation to the floor . I also want to commit in. Jim Cliburn a man who has almost singlehandedly. In terms of his and zeal. Who has been tremendously focused on the problems. Attributes and contributions . Of historically black colleges and universities . It's a matter of fact he talks so passionately about those in South Carolina and sometimes I wish that I had been a South Carolinian. Had the opportunity to attend one of them. But I was in South Carolina but I did grow up in Arkansas . And I attended. What is now the University of Arkansas . At Pine Bluff. And the bell tower . On that campus . Which is the tallest structure . In that area. They don't have tall buildings in Arkansas . But the bell tower . Is probably the tallest structure . In that community . And for as long as I can remember. It has stood as a symbol of educational opportunity for African-Americans especially in that area . The association is currently trying to replace that. Brick by brick. It's a matter of fact . When I was there we had an outstanding president that we finally called. Proxy. President Lars.. Arnett Davis Sr. Whose son now . Is the chancellor. Chancellor of alarms are nat Davis Jr. And they both have become . Institutions . And so Mr Cliburn . When you don't preserve these institutions that are indeed struggling. But have one of the greatest histories and one of the greatest legacy is in this nation. And to think that the leaders of many of them were newly freed slaves. Individuals who had just come out of slavery . When the moment. Moral Act was passed . And then its subsequent . Amendments . And so yes . They have done exceedingly well. But again. I commend all of those who have had a hand. And who have spoken so passionately about their impact. Again I commend you Mr Clive and. Commend the chairman and ranking member of this committee . And you know back the balance of my general Neill's back all time has expired . Gentlemen from West Virginia general and from Utah. The gentleman needed more time. I yield back my time . Gentleman from Utah yields back. All time has expired the question is will of. How suspend the rules and pass a bill in H.R. one six zero six is amended . So many is in favor say I don't suppose no new pin your chair two thirds of those present having voted the ferment of the rules are suspended. The bill is passed the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table . The

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    motion to reconsider is laid upon the table . The shaker. Gentleman from…

    motion to reconsider is laid upon the table . The shaker. Gentleman from Utah. Actually now for several members I have five legislative days in which to revise to extend the remarks of the clothes that shrine is material . On the twenty two

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    in which to revise to extend the remarks of the clothes that shrine is…

    in which to revise to extend the remarks of the clothes that shrine is material . On the twenty two

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    bills just flat out objection so ordered . The speaker. General from…

    bills just flat out objection so ordered . The speaker. General from Virginia

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    . I

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    move the house so suspend the rules and agree to house concurrent…

    move the house so suspend the rules and agree to house concurrent resolution two ninety seven.

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    suspend the rules and agree to house concurrent resolution two ninety…

    suspend the rules and agree to house concurrent resolution two ninety seven. The clerk will report the title of concurrent resolution . House concurrent resolution two ninety seven concurrent resolution recognizing the historical significance of one hundred years of Korean immigration to the United States.

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    of one hundred years of Korean immigration to the United States. Pursuant…

    of one hundred years of Korean immigration to the United States. Pursuant to the rule of general from Virginia Mr Davis to the general and from the. Illinois Mr Davis will each control twenty minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from Virginia . The Speaker

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    I ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in…

    I ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks in the legislation . Lot of.

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    Without objection so order.

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    THE CLERK

    The speaker House concurrent resolution two ninety seven and I feel myself…

    The speaker House concurrent resolution two ninety seven and I feel myself such time as I make judgments recognize the speaker House concurrent resolution two ninety seven recognizes the contributions of Korean Americans.

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    the contributions of Korean Americans. During the past hundred years . And…

    the contributions of Korean Americans. During the past hundred years . And it asks the president to issue a proclamation . Calling on the people the United States . And interested

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    organizations to observe . This anniversary . I commend the gentleman from…

    organizations to observe . This anniversary . I commend the gentleman from Michigan . I represented Peter Hoekstra for introducing this important resolution.

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    resolution. January two thousand and three will mark the hundredth…

    resolution. January two thousand and three will mark the hundredth anniversary of the arrival of fifty six men. Twenty

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    the hundredth anniversary of the arrival of fifty six men. Twenty

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    one women and twenty five children. From

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    the Korean Peninsula . To Honolulu Hawaii . These brave people left Korea…

    the Korean Peninsula . To Honolulu Hawaii . These brave people left Korea and traveled across the Pacific Ocean . On the S.S. Gaelic on January thirteenth one thousand and three . This trip initiated a century. Of Korean emigration to the United States. And America has benefited tremendously from the hard work and loyalty. Of Korean immigrants and their sons and daughters . Korean Americans have served in the United States armed forces with distinction. During World War one. World War two the Korean conflict in the early one nine hundred fifty S. . In particular the U.S. and South Korea work together to keep communism from covering the Korean Peninsula . During those difficult times. Americans have made many contributions to the United States. And have had a lasting impact on their communities. Hard work. Strong families and cultural influence are just a few of the qualities that Korean Americans. Are known for and continue to thrive today . Korean Americans have played a crucial role in advancing United States Korea partnership which helps provide peace and stability in the Asia Pacific region . Among the many contributions of Korean Americans are the first beating heart operation for coronary artery disease . The development of several varieties of the nectarine. And achievements in engineering . Architecture. Medicine acting singing sculpture. And writing . According to the two thousand census. Over one hundred thirty five thousand American businesses are own. And operated by Korean Americans across the country . With gross sales and receipts. Of forty six billion dollars . These businesses employ over three hundred thirty thousand individuals. Mr Speaker . Green community is alive and well . In my congressional district out in Northern Virginia and Bailey's Crossroads. Annandale Fairfax Woodbridge. These immigrants have chosen. America . For the freedom and opportunity this country offers they're making lasting contributions to our community and communities across the country . And I would at this point to ask adoption of the resolution and. I prepared to reserve the balance of my time gentleman reserves bounds of his time. Gentleman from Illinois . Thanks very much. Speaker and. I'm pleased to join with the gentleman from Virginia . In consideration of those resolutions and honor in the significance of Korean immigration. And I'd like to yield . At this time to the . Distinguished lady from California Representative Dion watch from . Such

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    . Such time as she might be. John

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    China ladies recognized. Thank you Mr Congress and Mr Speaker I'd like an…

    China ladies recognized. Thank you Mr Congress and Mr Speaker I'd like an animal's consent that my state and be part of the record. Without objection so ordered. I am proud to join my colleagues today honoring the contributions of Korean Americans to our national heritage . On January thirteenth one thousand nine hundred three . The S.S. galaxy arrived in Honolulu. Marking the beginning of the document history of the Korean American experience . One

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    hundred and two . Korean immigrants walked off that ship. Almost

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    that ship. Almost one hundred years ago. Many of them probably expected…

    that ship. Almost one hundred years ago. Many of them probably expected that they would spend a few years and why . And then

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    a few years and why . And then return home . In the

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    . In the hundred years since then the Korean American population has grown…

    . In the hundred years since then the Korean American population has grown to over one million . And has become a vital and dynamic part of our American family. No account. Of Korea. American heritage . Would be complete without listing the accomplishments as several American heroes . Of Korea . Ascent. Like Colonel Young. Kim the first Asian American to command a combat battalions to date. Colonel Kim is also the most decorated. Asian American soldier earning two Purple Hearts . A Silver Star . And the distinguished silver cross or door young kid . A pioneer. In developing social services for California's poor and disadvantaged citizens. And Dr Sammy Lee. A limping. Diver and swimming coach . Physician and veteran. Dr Lee was not only the first Asian American to win an Olympic gold medal but also the first American to win two Olympic gold diving medals. The oldest person to win a gold in diving. And the first male . To win back to back gold medals in diving as well. I'm proud to represent a congressional district . With a vibrant. Korean American community. My congressional district is also all home to a number of institutions that. Stand as a testament to the determination and success. Of Korean Americans. But also to the richness of Korean American heritage . The Korean American Museum. Presents exhibitions. To serve and to bring the role of Korean Americans in our history . To the public at large the Korean heritage. Library. At the University of Southern California. Holds a wealth of history of. Korean American life . And one cannot forget the many churches . Community groups and businesses that make up the frappe work of everyday life . In the Korean American community. The Korean American story . Is above all. An American story a story of our country . Our communities and our neighborhoods. And I urge my colleagues to support this resolution . To celebrate. One hundred years. Of Korean American contributions to our nation. Thank you Mr John from Virginia. I would you like Showtime's you may consume to John from. Mr Hoekstra gentleman from Michigan is recognized my colleague and I think . Him for His help in moving this bill through the floor and. Getting it up for a vote today . Resolution two ninety seven recognizes the contributions of Korean Americans . To the contributions that they've made over the last one hundred years . Since that first day when Korean Americans emigrated.

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    Korean Americans emigrated.

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    And landed in Honolulu . They have become

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    an integral part of the diverse fabric that makes up American society .…

    an integral part of the diverse fabric that makes up American society . They've

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    American society . They've contributed economically. But beyond economic…

    American society . They've contributed economically. But beyond economic contributions . They have . Eagerly embraced. Our common held. American ideals. The first Korean Americans were united in the cause of achieving freedom for their annex homeland . And for her people and. This present day Korean Americans remain united in their hopes for the reunification. Of their ancestral homeland . And the reunification of families torn apart by war and for an end to the dictatorial oppression of their fellow Koreans and North Korea . By organizing through churches associations and other groups. Korean Americans have built strong mutual support networks and strong communities. Perhaps most importantly. At the center of. Of Korean American life . Our strong family ties and hard work. This is allowed Korean Americans to prosper. And make a numerable contributions to American life and society in January of two thousand and three . There will be more than one hundred communities across America . Celebrating the hundred . Anniversary of Korean American immigration . It is both deserving. And important that Congress recognize the significance of this fact and encourages schools. Civic groups and all levels of government. To take part in planning activities and events. Surrounding this major milestone. That. Thank you gentleman from Illinois . But you know myself such time as I might consume . The speaker the pioneers of the Korean community in the United States were a small group of political and social reformers. Expelled from Korea following the unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the government . Who arrived as I guess aisles. In San Francisco. Among them was J.P.L..

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    them was J.P.L..

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    J.P.L.. Later adopted the American name. PHILIP. J. son. Became the first…

    J.P.L.. Later adopted the American name. PHILIP. J. son. Became the first Korean to become an American citizen. And the first Korean American to receive an American medical degree . In eight hundred eighty six. Four years after getting his medical degree. Mr Bush the first Korean newspaper . He became involved in the fight to keep Korea. Independent of China . And after one thousand and two liberated from Japan. Dr J. sun devoted the majority of his life to the calls of Korean independence . His work in medical research and then fall of G.M. for Korean causes gain respect . In both his homeland. And in the United States to Jaison like thousands of other Koreans we immigrated to the United States. Played a central role in the political and religious revolution. Of Martin career . Members of the Korean American community have served with distinction . And the armed forces . Have helped the development of the first beating heart operation. For coronary artery disease . And on and operate. More than one hundred thirty five. Businesses in the United States . With gross sales of forty six billion dollars annually . Korean Americans play a vital role in maintaining the strength and vitality of the United States Korea and relationships the partnership between the United States and South Korea has helped to maintain peace and stability in the Asian Pacific region . This year one hundred communities throughout the United States will celebrate . The one hundredth anniversary of Korean immigration. To the United States including a large community . On the north side of the city of Chicago . And in other areas spread throughout the city. Speaker my former legislative director . Is coloring in her name is Courtney pew. She and her twin sister were feed it. On the cover of a Korean magazine . About three years ago as Premier. Young career and. Asian activists in the United States. So I take this opportunity to convey greetings to them. And all of my Korean friends throughout the metropolitan area of Chicago . Again I commend the gentleman for introducing this resolution. I'm pleased to share its. Its movement . With my colleague from Virginia Mr Davis. And you'll back the bonus of my time. Gentleman from Illinois yields back the balance of his time gentleman from Virginia I thank my friend Mr Speaker this resolution appropriately recognizes the Korean Americans their contributions to this country . It seeks to celebrate one hundred years of immigration by supporting events and ceremonies. By marking this important date in two thousand and three . I'm proud to support this resolution and with that . I yield back the balance of my time. John from Virginia yields back. The balance of his time all time having expired the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to house concurrent resolution two ninety seven.

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    concurrent resolution two ninety seven. So many are and are in favor say…

    concurrent resolution two ninety seven. So many are and are in favor say aye.

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    are in favor say aye. Those opposed no new pinion the chair two thirds of…

    are in favor say aye. Those opposed no new pinion the chair two thirds of those have. Voting having for present having voted in the affirmative. The rules are suspended the concurrent resolution is a GREAT to generate for projecting a base. I asked for the case and the A's and nays are requested. All those in favor of taking this vote with the yeas and nays are rising right standing until counted.

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    the yeas and nays are rising right standing until counted. Sufficient…

    the yeas and nays are rising right standing until counted. Sufficient number having a risen the nays and . Yeah eight days and nays are ordered . Pursuant to clause A TO RULE twenty in the chairs prior announcement for the proceedings on this motion. Will be postponed the speaker. Jennifer Virginia. I would move that the house suspend the rules and agree to house concurrent resolution for fifty eight.

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    eight.

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    Clerk will report the title of the concurrent resolution. House Concurrent…

    Clerk will report the title of the concurrent resolution. House Concurrent Resolution four fifty eight contrite resolution recognizing him commanding Mary Baker Eddy. Achievements. And the Mary Baker Eddy library. For the betterment of humanity as a rule general of Virginia Mr DAVIS The gentleman from Illinois just gave a speech control twenty minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from Virginia . The Speaker I ask

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    minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from Virginia . The Speaker I…

    minutes the chair recognizes the gentleman from Virginia . The Speaker I ask

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    the gentleman from Virginia . The Speaker I ask

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    unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which…

    unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and house Concurrent Resolution four fifty eight.

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    their remarks and house Concurrent Resolution four fifty eight.

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    THE CLERK

    Without an effect and I would I would yield not objection so ordered. I…

    Without an effect and I would I would yield not objection so ordered. I would yield to my friend for taxes . For as much time as you may consider out of us recognize this figure I'd like to thank my good friend from Virginia for yielding. And I think it's appropriate to point out that the acting speaker now is Congressman .

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    that the acting speaker now is Congressman . Of New Hampshire . The state…

    that the acting speaker now is Congressman . Of New Hampshire . The state where Mary Baker Eddy was born. Mr Speaker I support House Concurrent Resolution four fifty a recognizing and commending.

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    support House Concurrent Resolution four fifty a recognizing and…

    support House Concurrent Resolution four fifty a recognizing and commending. Mary Baker Eddy's life and achievements. And the opening of the Mary Baker Eddy library for the betterment of humanity .

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    the betterment of humanity .

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    Mary Baker Eddy was a notable nineteenth century public figure and role…

    Mary Baker Eddy was a notable nineteenth century public figure and role model. In the early

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    stages of the women's rights movement. Historians often compare her to…

    stages of the women's rights movement. Historians often compare her to other. Nineteenth century reformers. Like Elizabeth Kathy Staten. And Susan B. Anthony. Women who took leadership roles at a time when women and frequently did so. Mary Baker Eddy was an author a successful business woman. The publisher and editor of monthly and weekly magazines . The president and founder of the teaching college . And the founder and leader of a world wide church. The First Church of Christ . Scientist. Which today has congregations. In one hundred and thirty nine countries . Remarkably at age eighty seven. Mary Baker Eddy founded and. International daily newspaper. The Christian Science Monitor . Which is one of seven. Prizes. The Mary Baker Eddy library . And Boston . Which opens on September ninth twenty . Will make available to the public. One of the largest collections of primary source material by and about . And I'm. The library will provide opportunities to explore the ideas . And the life of this nineteenth century pioneer and will showcase her previously unpublished writings. Mr Speaker I urge all members of the House to support this resolution. And I thank the gentleman from Virginia for yielding. Gentleman from Illinois. you Thank Mr Speaker and I with your myself such time as I might sometimes recognize the speaker as. The ranking member of the Subcommittee on civil service census. And agency organization. I'm pleased to support each Conrads for fifty eight. A bill recognizing then commending . Mary Baker . At his achievements . And the Mary Baker Eddy library for the betterment of humanity . And I

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    . And I

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    want to commend the gentleman form from Texas. For his introduction of…

    want to commend the gentleman form from Texas. For his introduction of this legislation. The speaker Mary Baker Eddy. Is regarded as a major religious figure. And as a notable example of the emergence of women in significant leadership rose and Mrs Ede he was into. Doctors into the National Women's Hall of Fame in one nine hundred fifty five. It was noted that she had made in double mark. On religion society. And journalism. Born in one thousand and twenty one on a farm in New Hampshire. Mary Baker and they spent most of her youth. In ill health. Although raised with Puritan values daily Bible reading then the talk of God's healing power. She spent years looking for healing in the many remedial methods available at her time in eight hundred sixty six. Mary Baker Eddy through reading Jesus's healing in the New Testament . Came to discover the science of Christianity which she named Christian Science. In eighteen seventy five she first wrote and published. Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures . The textbook of Christian Science. It is published in seventeen languages. And Braille. And in audio cassettes the and computerized for over nine million copies have been sold . And it remains. The best seller. Each year. In eight hundred seventy nine is that is that was the Church of Christ scientists and subsequently found it its various periodicals. And activities . In one thousand nine hundred five she published the first edition of The Manual. Of the mother church. One of her last and greatest accomplishments was found in the Christian Science Monitor . In one thousand nine hundred eight in one thousand nine hundred two the Women's National Book Association. Named Science and Health . As one of the seventy five books by women . And I quote whose words have changed the word religion she established that spread around the world. And she had become one of the most recognized. Public figures in America . A truly great woman. And I would urge adoption. Of this resolution and yield back the balance of my top ten from Illinois yields back his time general from Virginia. Thank you misspeak I yield myself such time as I may consent once recognized the speaker I'm pleased to have the house consider. House Concurrent Resolution four fifty eight introduced by my distinguished colleague from Texas Congressman Lamar Smith. This resolution recognizes and commands. The Chivas of Mary Baker Eddy . Founder of the Church of Christ scientists. And the opening of the Mary Baker Eddy library for the betterment of humanity in Boston Massachusetts . Mr Speaker on September twenty ninth two thousand to the Mary Baker Eddy library for the betterment of humanity will officially open in Boston.

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    Mary Baker Eddy library for the betterment of humanity will officially…

    Mary Baker Eddy library for the betterment of humanity will officially open in Boston.

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    will officially open in Boston. The opening of this library will allow the…

    will officially open in Boston. The opening of this library will allow the public access there Mary Baker Eddy collections. One of the

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    of this library will allow the public access there Mary Baker Eddy…

    of this library will allow the public access there Mary Baker Eddy collections. One of the

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    the public access there Mary Baker Eddy collections. One of the largest…

    the public access there Mary Baker Eddy collections. One of the largest collections of primary source material . By about an extraordinary. American Woman . Born in one thousand twenty one. Mary Baker Eddy was a reformer and a woman who introduced bold new concepts to nineteenth century society. And beyond. This is that he achieved international prominence as the founder of Christian Science. This is as he has the distinction of being the first woman in the United States. To found and lead a religion. That became an international movement. The Church of Christ scientists has members in one hundred thirty nine countries . In an era when women face severe limits. Mary Baker Eddy rose from obscurity. Poverty and illness to become around author. Healer. Thinker. Religious leader and publisher an eight hundred sixty six she was healed of a serious injury . As she read the account of one of Jesus' healings in the New Testament . This letter to discover when she came to understand is a science of Christianity . Which she named Christian Science in one thousand nine hundred five she wrote and published Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures . It's published in seventeen languages. And Braille. In an audio cassette. CD and computerized form . Over nine million copies have been sold . And it remain. It's a bestseller each year . And eight hundred seventy nine is that he established the Church of Christ Scientist. In one thousand nine hundred five he published the first edition of The Manual the mother church . One of her last and greatest accomplishments was founding the Christian Science Monitor . In one thousand eight . And I commend the gentleman from Texas for introducing this important resolution. Is that he had a profound impact on American life and religion. Her life as a healer a thinker and a reformer is remarkable. And I urge my colleagues to support the resolution . Now you'll back the balance of my time. Gentleman from Virginia yields back balance of his time. All time has expired question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to House Resolution four fifty eight. So many are in say favor aye those oppose no. OPINION the chair two thirds of those present having voted in the firmament of. The rules are suspended the resolution is a great two and without objection the motion reconsider is laid upon the table . The Chair. Is before the House the following and roll bills. H.R. forty five fifty eight enact to extend the Irish peace process called for all and training program .

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    process called for all and training program . Chair lays before the House…

    process called for all and training program . Chair lays before the House a communication. To the Congress of the United States. As required by section four A one C. of the National Emergencies Act fifty U.S.C. and section two A for C. and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. Fifty U.S.C.. I am providing a six month report prepared by my administration on the national emergency with respect to the National Union . For the total independence

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    the national emergency with respect to the National Union . For the total…

    the national emergency with respect to the National Union . For the total independence of Angola. That was declared an executive order one two eight six five. Of

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    September twenty sixth one thousand nine hundred three . Signed. George W.

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    Bush the White House September twenty third two thousand and two . He will…

    Bush the White House September twenty third two thousand and two . He will refer to the committee on international relations. The chair in the house phone communication . To the Congress of the United States . Section two o two D. of the National Emergencies Act fifty U.S.C. provides for the automatic terminations of a national emergency. Unless prior to the anniversary date of its declaration . The president publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress and notice stating that the emergency is to continue and in fact be on the anniversary date . In accordance with

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    is to continue and in fact be on the anniversary date . In accordance with…

    is to continue and in fact be on the anniversary date . In accordance with this provision I have sent the enclosed notice stating that the emergency declared with respect to the National Union . For the total independence

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    . For the total independence of Angola law is to continue in effect beyond…

    . For the total independence of Angola law is to continue in effect beyond September twenty sixth two thousand and two . To the Federal Register for publication . The most recent notice. Continuing this emergency was published in the Federal Register. Register on September twenty fifth two thousand and one. The circumstances that led to the declaration on September twenty sixth one thousand nine hundred three. Of a national emergency have not been resolved. For these reasons I have determined that it is necessary to maintain enforce the broad authorities necessary. To apply economic pressure on us. To reduce its ability to presume to pursue its military operations. Signed. George W. Bush the White House September twenty third two thousand and two. Referred to the committee on international relations. Chair lays before the House following communication . To the Congress of the United States. Pursuant to section . Thirty two of four. Public Law one o six two four six . I'm providing report prepared by my administration detailing the progress of spending by the executive branch during the first two quarters of fiscal year two thousand and two. In support of Plan Colombia . Signed. George

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    W. Bush the White House September twenty third two thousand and two…

    W. Bush the White House September twenty third two thousand and two committees on international relations and appropriations and ordered printed.

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    Pursuant to clause twelve of the chair declares the house in recess until…

    Pursuant to clause twelve of the chair declares the house in recess until approximately six thirty P.M. today .

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    . House Resolution . Five three three days and nays.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Proceedings on the following that is will resume tomorrow . H R two eight…

    Proceedings on the following that is will resume tomorrow . H R two eight two nine eight two the A's and nays H. Con resolution two ninety seven the yeas and nays. The chair will reduce to five minutes the time for any electronic vote. After the first such vote in the series . The unfinished business is a vote on the motion of the jet gentleman from Georgia Mr Isaacson. To suspend the rules and agree to the house Concurrent Resolution four seventy two on which the yeas and nays were ordered the clerk will report titled The concurrent resolution . House Concurrent Resolution four seventy two concurrent resolution recognizing the one hundredth anniversary of the four age. Youth Development Program. The question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to the concurrent resolution . Those in favor of. Vote aye . Those opposing vote no. Members will record their votes by electronic device. This will

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    We must make this the people's house again.

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    on House's voting right now on this.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Columbia. Mr Speaker I ask unanimous consent that today following…

    Columbia. Mr Speaker I ask unanimous consent that today following legislative business . And special

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    THE CLERK

    legislative business . And special orders here to for and. Intrude into.…

    legislative business . And special orders here to for and. Intrude into. Following members may be permitted to address the House about and extend their Monson into their extraneous material Ms Norton Ms . Mr Brown of Ohio Mr Filner. Mr Underwood Mr Henchy Mr defies you and so on .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    Mr defies you and so on . The gentleman from Texas. Mr Speaker . I ask…

    Mr defies you and so on . The gentleman from Texas. Mr Speaker . I ask unanimous consent that today following legislative business and any special orders heretofore entered into the following members may be permitted to address the house revise and extend the remarks included there in.

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    MS. NORTON

    members may be permitted to address the house revise and extend the…

    members may be permitted to address the house revise and extend the remarks included there in. Extraneous material . Mr Paul today for five minutes . Without

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    objection so ordered under the speaker's announced policy of January third…

    objection so ordered under the speaker's announced policy of January third two thousand and one and under previous order the house the following members are recognized for five minutes each. Mr Paul of Texas .

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    House will be in order . I could nice to thank you Mr Speaker.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    nice to thank you Mr Speaker. A casual analysis of the world economy shows…

    nice to thank you Mr Speaker. A casual analysis of the world economy shows it. Rapidly deteriorating into recession with a possible depression on the horizon . Unemployment is sharply rising with price inflation rampant. Despite official government. Inflationary reports today that the gentleman from Hawaii is correct the house is not in order for the members please take their conversations to the cloakroom. John one can may proceed.

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    MR. PAUL

    may proceed. Thank you. The world stock markets continue to collapse even…

    may proceed. Thank you. The world stock markets continue to collapse even after trillions of dollars in losses have been recorded in the past two years . These losses already have set historic. Records with government revenues. Shrinking at all levels we find deficits exploding. Our national

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    debt is currently rising at a four hundred fifty billion dollars per year.…

    debt is currently rising at a four hundred fifty billion dollars per year. Confidence in corporate America has shrunk to levels usually reserved for governments alone. Government spending in all areas . Is skyrocketing

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    MR. PAUL

    . Is skyrocketing much of it out of control the politicians who show .…

    . Is skyrocketing much of it out of control the politicians who show . Little concern. Yet we are expected to believe our government Lynn. Leaders who say that we're experiencing a recovery and that a return to Grand prosperity is just around the corner. The absence of capital formation savings and corporate profits are totally ignored. Evidence abounds that are three hundred fifty billion dollars D.O.D. budget and the forty billion dollars spent on intelligence gathering . And our immigration policies have failed miserably in protecting our homeland . In spite of the rhetoric. And new legislation attacking our civil liberties. Were as vulnerable to outside of. Attack as before . Our military is drastically smaller than a decade ago and were spread around the world and involved in world conflicts more than we have ever been before . We have run a huge current account deficit for fifteen years and massively expanded our money supply. No one should be surprised that the dollar is weakening . And the commodity natural resources and precious metal prices are rising . prices Oil are over thirty one dollars a barrel and predictions are that they can easily go up another fifteen to twenty dollars per barrel . If international tensions grow . But the only talk here in the nation's capital is about when not if. We must initiate a war or that even the administration admits could. Cost two hundred billion dollars . Some are not even embarrassed to gloat about the political benefits for those who preach war over those who prefer negotiations the plumber see. And containment . The fact that the Arab nations are overwhelmingly opposed to an attack on Iraq . And are joined by the European Community is of no concern to those who demand war. Regardless of any circumstance. Eighty percent of the American people now report that they believe that a war with Iraq . Will increase the chances of our suffering from a new terrorist attack. If this is true. Less secure with an attack on Iraq . Since little has been done to correct the deficiencies in the intelligence gathering agencies . An our immigration policy. No credible evidence has been produced that Iraq has or is close to having nuclear weapons . No evidence exists to show that Iraq harbors al Qaeda terrorists. Quite to the contrary experts on this region recognize Hussein . As an enemy of the al Qaeda and a phone to Islamic fundamentalism . Many other nations pose much greater threats to world peace. Yet no one is clamoring for war against them. Saddam Hussein is now . Weaker than ever. Reports are now appearing that we are negotiating with allies to share in the oil . Bounty. Once Iraq is occupied in order to get support for our invasion. From various countries around the world. Our national debt is over six trillion dollars and is increasing by nearly a half a trillion dollars a year . Since Social Security funds are all placed in the general revenues and span . And all funds are fungible . Honest accounting. Which there's been a shortage of lately . Dictates that a two hundred billion dollar war. Must jeopardize Social Security funding. This is something. The American people deserve to know . Since there are limits to borrowing and taxing. But no limits to the Fed printing money to cover our deficit . We can't be sure we can be assured. This will occur . This guarantees that Social Security checks will never stop coming. But it also guarantees that the dollars that all retired people receive will buy less . We have already seen this happening in providing medical services. A cheap dollar . That is an inflated dollar. Is a sinister and deceitful way of cutting benefits . Rest assured a two hundred billion dollar hit on the economy . Will have economic consequences and the elderly retirees on fixed incomes. And especially Social Security beneficiaries will suffer. The greater burden of policy. Reflecting a belief that our country is so rich that it can afford both guns and butter . Remember. We've tried that before . The tragedy is that once the flaw in policy is discovered . It's too late to prevent the pain and suffering and. Only finger pointing occurs. Now is the only time we can give serious attention to the true cost of assuming the burden of an endless task of being the world's policeman . And starting wars that have nothing to do with defense or national security purposes a gentle lady from Texas seek recognition . Mr Speaker . I have a notion. And the dance is pursuant to Clause seven C. of the rule. Twenty two I hear back. Announce my intention to all for a motion to instruct conferees and H.R. thirty two ninety five tomorrow. The form of the motion . Is as follows is a termination Johnson moves that the manager's own part of the house at the conference . On the disagreeing votes. Of two houses on the Senate .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . Amendments to the Malay John thirty two ninety fabby instructed to take…

    . Amendments to the Malay John thirty two ninety fabby instructed to take such actions . As may be a pro . To ensure that a

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    conference report . Is filed on the bill prior to October the first two…

    conference report . Is filed on the bill prior to October the first two thousand and two . Chair recognizes John Lee from the District of Columbia. For five minutes . Thank you Mr Speaker . So saying whether people are able to walk and chew gum at the same time which you want on a lot of war. But we certainly are not walking with our economy . I've come to the floor in case you don't know it . To announce that. The Dow Jones Industrial Average. Reached its lowest level . In four years. Down one hundred eighty nine points today let's pay attention .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    eighty nine points today let's pay attention .

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    MS. NORTON

    Even more serious. The Fed's Open Market Committee . Had to do Center…

    Even more serious. The Fed's Open Market Committee . Had to do Center something that he rarely happens . To dissenters from the decision. To Home. Of the Federal Funds Rate. Steady Fed repeated it concerns about the slow pace of the recovery of the economy and it went so far as to indicate that there was a concern about war in Iraq and I'm going to quote from that concern considered. Uncertainty persists about the extent and time . Of the expected pickup in production and employment . All waiting in part to the emergence of. Hiking geopolitical risks you stand. We stand for war and . At the middle and lower end of the income spectrum the annual report of the Census Bureau. Came out today. And the Census reported that one point three million people slipped below the government's official poverty line we know that that. Official poverty line is twenty years old and all the analysts say. Is outdated so they obviously more than one point three million . Perhaps . Of greatest importance to the members of this body . Because most of our constituents of middle income. The Census Bureau reported that the median household income. Median fell . Two point two percent last year. And that that was the first decline in median income in our country since one nine hundred ninety one. Everybody lost my friends. All . But the top five to ten percent of households by income. Lost the only. Americans to gain . Last year. Were those with incomes above one hundred and fifty thousand dollars Why are we not paying any attention to the American economy . Why is the only. Attention . All of this body and all of this administration . On Iraq. Thousands of miles away can we talk about a rack and talk about what the American people talks about every day as well. How their own household income is plunging and going down. Watch your constituents. Watch your district. If you are from the Midwest . Your. Median income fell three point seven percent if you are from the west it's two point three percent. Oh or my colleagues. Pang attention to what is happening in their face. In their districts. To their own constituents. Isn't there something we can do for them . Before this House recesses. I'm as worried about. War as the next person . I'm happy I'm in a city that has every reason to worry about war but there are a lot of worries on my mind. Another worry needs the attention of. This body at least as. As much . And that is the economy of our country . And the living standards of. Our constituents that my friends . Is getting no attention. From this body. That my friends. Is getting all the attention at home. After they turn off all of the war talk. I hope that . The attention that . The pressure that I feel the pressure that the economy. That the the Kleine of Dow Jones today that the rise in the number of Americans following below the poverty line that the. Reduction. The worst reduction in more than a decade in the median income. Of American families. I hope that's enough to get our attention before it's too late. Gotta be able to walk and chew gum if you're a member of Congress. All you can do is talk about one subject. If all you're worried about is is your bracket not . Around the corner from where you live. Then when we go home. Those of us who insist upon a single focus will be punished and should be fun and. Let's listen to what most worries the American people let's listen to household incomes. Thank you very much Mr Speaker I yield back the remainder of my time. General gentlewoman's to the time has expired for what purposes gentleman from Texas writes. Thank you Mr Speaker Mr Speaker I send to the desk. Three privilege reports from the Committee on Rules for filing . Under the rule. Clerk will report the title. Reports to accompany House Resolution five forty five points of order against the conference report . To accompany the bill H.R. sixty forty six. To authorize appropriations for the Department of State for fiscal years two thousand and two thousand and three and for other purposes .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    . House Resolution five forty six providing for consideration of the bill…

    . House Resolution five forty six providing for consideration of the bill they charged. Forty

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    MR. SESSIONS

    consideration of the bill they charged. Forty six ninety one. To prohibit…

    consideration of the bill they charged. Forty six ninety one. To prohibit certain abortion related discrimination and governmental activities. House Resolution five forty seven providing for consideration of the resolution.

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    THE CLERK

    five forty seven providing for consideration of the resolution. House…

    five forty seven providing for consideration of the resolution. House Resolution five forty. Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress should complete action on H.R. thirty seven sixty two. The pension Security Act of two thousand and two. For consideration of the resolution House Resolution five forty four. Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on permanency. Of pension reform provisions . And for the consideration of House Resolution. Five forty three. Expressing the sense of the house. That Congress should complete action on H.R. forty nineteen . Making marriage tax relief permanent. Referred to the house calendar . And ordered printed. Mr Brown from Ohio . Mr Filner from California . In stronger words from Guam. Mr Henchy. From New York . Mr De Fazio from Oregon . Under the speaker's announced policy of January three two thousand and one the gentleman from Michigan Mr Smith.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    gentleman from Michigan Mr Smith. Is recognized for sixty Minutes as a…

    gentleman from Michigan Mr Smith. Is recognized for sixty Minutes as a designee of the majority leader. Gentleman is recognized as fingerprinting to revive. Without objection. We're in a predicament . In Congress right now and that's finishing the appropriation bills. The appropriations process . Goes from fiscal year to fiscal year that's October first to October first. So just another weekend. We're hitting the new fiscal year so tomorrow what we're going to do is pass.

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    MR. SMITH

    is pass. What's referred to as a C.R. It

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    stands for a continuing resolution . We're now

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    MR. SMITH

    continuing resolution . We're now a sort of. Arguing and trying to decide…

    continuing resolution . We're now a sort of. Arguing and trying to decide whether . Continuing spending for the next few weeks should be at the level that was this current fiscal year or whether it should be increased somewhat in terms of . Spending to accommodate inflation . The problem is that there's a lot of people in Congress in the House and the Senate. That want to spend more money . And so what's happened in this Congress and this government is spending has been going up faster . Then inflation and. I brought this chart and made up this chart quickly. And you see how the. Spending line. Tremendously has increased over the last five or six years . In terms of spending spending. Has some consequences . In terms of it's a fact on the economy . The the Republican Policy Committee met with. Art Laffer who I consider a very good economy in this country we met last week . And one of my questions to art was what is worse . As far as it's negative a fact. On economic growth . Would it be increasing the debt or. Having tax increases. He said in his in his opinion they're both about the same kind of negative. In fact tax increases maybe have a greater economic in the fact in the short run. But in the long run. Increasing the debt. That means you're going to take them out money out of circulation no eventually. Has just as a negative effect on the economy . A lot of people are saying well look we should be paying more attention to the economy . One way this Congress can pay more attention. To allowing the economy to operate the way it should be a list a little less. Overzealous. In terms of regulation on business in terms of our taxes . On individual and business and when I state taxes on individuals . Most of the businesses . The small businesses in the United States. Pay . That individual income tax . So as we become more intrusive in that tax . It has a tendency of discouraging small economic growth. Which is really the backbone the mainstay of employment . In the United States. That brings the question I think that this Mahdi. Must deal with and must consider. And that is how big should the government be . In terms of a percentage maybe of gross domestic product. How fast should expenditures rise is it reasonable to have the budget of the federal government. Increase . Three and Four times as fast as inflation increases . And the conclusion is is for concern about the economy . The answer is no that . We should hold the line on spending so we don't have to increase taxes and so we don't have to increase the federal debt . Politicians have found out however that it in STOP BEING to their advantage politically. Increases their chances of being elected re-elected . If they spend more money . So they go home with more pork barrel projects and they get on television in the newspaper. Cutting the ribbon for the new pork that they brought home to their district. Or they come up with more social programs to help relieve some problem in the United States and. You know no one can say there aren't a lot of problems no one can say that the spending in the federal government probably doesn't do some good for somebody. But the tendency has been to expand government spending. Tonight I want to talk a little bit about the ramifications of increasing our public debt what is the public debt. We've heard people brag that we've paid down . Part of the debt to the public in the last few years the fact is is that the total debt. Of the federal government has continued to increase every year . The debt is made up of. You know . I divide them into two portions . It's the. The Wall Street debt the amount of money that we borrow from individuals that are auction weekly Treasury. Sions and it's the money that we borrow from the trust funds. Social Security being the biggest ones . So the money coming in from Social Security . When we were pretty. Overzealous in the amount of increase in the SO Security taxes that we passed in one nine hundred eighty three. We now are bringing in from that FICA tax that twelve point four percent . That we charge on everybody's. Wages for Social Security. We're bringing in five hundred fifteen billion dollars a year. Out of that five hundred fifteen billion dollars this current year end. In so Security benefits it's immediately sent out it comes in one week and it's out the next. And so security benefits are costing four hundred fifty two billion. So there's a little extra money . And what we did. For a couple years when we have the balance. When the budget balance . We use that little extra money to pay down some of the debt held by the public . But since we are borrowing that money from so Security to pay down another debt it's sort of like using one credit card to pay down some of the debt of another credit card . The total doubt. The total obligation of this country. Continued to increase . The tendency is band to have government grow much faster than then. Than inflation . And if you project that increase out over several years . It's going to result in government . Getting way too big Let me review a couple of the statistics. In. Two thousand and one. The debt. As a percentage of G.D.P. gross domestic product was thirty three point one percent in zero two it was thirty three point nine percent. The projection for all three is thirty four point one percent. So the federal debt even in terms of . As a percentage of our economy in this country is growing . And that means that you're leaving less money in the pockets of the American worker the people that. That it earned that. And somehow. Congress is convincing. More and more people that it must be good for them effort coming up with more social programs ever coming up with more government programs to help them out . But the fact is that it's tremendously inefficient. Taking money away from my home state of Michigan or your home state of wherever . Bringing it to Washington. Running through it this . This bureaucracy this political maze. And then what's left we send back to help out. Some social program of people that need help. When I'm asked what. What projects or programs what I cut. It's difficult because that's the predicament Congress now finds itself in. Is arguing for how big the appropriation bill should be on election is coming up November fifth and . The big spenders are going to criticize those that want to put a lid on spending and try to spanned only. Not more than what the president has recommended. They're going to be go back to some of those special interests and say well. Look. Those guys on that side of the aisle probably as the Democrats saying the Republicans . Didn't want to give you any more money for your very good project. And so . Politics has come into the picture . In terms of trying to get a handle on spending and like I said earlier. Most members of Congress that. Come up with more pork barrel spending that . That come up with more. Programs to help out some problems someplace. Probably have a greater tendency to really be reelected so there's really a lesser. Of a safeguard on increased spending than there should be. Here's another problem that we've developed as far as the progress of progress seventy of our of our tax system . Right now fifty percent of federal government benefits . Go to individuals that paid less than one percent of the federal income tax. So here is fifty percent of the people that are getting a lot of benefits for a little effort . In terms of the percentage of the income tax that they pay. And so there's a lot of people in this country said Well. Little bigger government a few more programs . That might help me . Wouldn't be all that bad and. That's the contest that we're running into. As far as the federal government you know . A few weeks ago we went up to the Federal Hall in New York City the first time in over two hundred years that Congress has moved a session of. This body or the or the Senate out of the location of Washington D.C. . We met at Federal Hall where the. Bill of Rights were in. Seven hundred eighty nine where where the first Congress Mount where they passed the bill of rights where George Washington was sworn in as our first president and . You know . It's my gas as I review the Constitution that. Are For. Fathers. Felt that government should be minimal . That . Mostly what was passed into law should be at the state level and not the federal level so there was some very precise language limiting. What the federal government could do. We've sort of. Circumvented that effort and we passed more laws and more bills . As we have claimed that more and more things are really involved in interstate commerce and therefore are a proper role of the federal government . Let me review for you. The interest on the federal debt . The interest on the federal doubt . It was becoming one of our largest expenditures the interest on the federal debt this year . Is three hundred and thirty one billion dollars in in two thousand and twelve the projection is that the interest on the federal debt. Is going to be five hundred thirteen billion dollars. The. The problem I think that bothers me and maybe. Congressman Roscoe Bartlett. The most is. Is the hoodwinking of the American people in confusing . The American people of what the federal debt is. And so as we as we talk and brag sometimes about the fact that we're paying down the debt. This chart represents the total federal debt. It represents the fact that the total federal debt. The what we all weather require we owe it to Social Security we're good we've got to pay it back or whether we owe it to somebody that Bob bought a bond on the weekly market of Treasury. It is an debt an obligation of this country . And even more than this we don't discuss. Unfunded liabilities . I would like to turn. I would like to yield to my colleague from Maryland Congressman Bartlett. For some comments on . Trying to be honest with what the federal debt is. Thank you very much. In a former life I was a teacher for twenty four years and. An old adage in teaching is that . Repetition is the soul of learning . So at risk of repeating at something that you said I want to go through just a brief explanation of the debt as I understand it . The total debt owed by our country is called the national debt.

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    MR. BARTLETT

    our country is called the national debt. And that's made up of two parts…

    our country is called the national debt. And that's made up of two parts and that's roughly six trillion dollars that's made up of two parts . One part is the public that you heard a lot about the public that not coming back to that in a couple of minutes. And the other part of it is the trust fund that. Lock boxes and paying down the debt let's talk about that for a moment and see what really happened. We've put a lockbox first on Social Security and then we decided since that was such a great idea we'd put one on Medicare. I've had people who ought to know better. Saturday that somehow. We secured their protected. Social Security and Medicare by putting a lockbox on them. Let me explain what that lockbox did. What's a lockbox did was simply to say that if you have a surplus and we do for them I would have a surplus Mr Speaker in these two funds. If you have a surplus you cannot use that surplus for ordinary spending you must use it to pay down the public debt. Now all of the trust funds are invested in non negotiable U.S. to curate . We need to understand what happens when monies come into the trust fund. They come into the trust fund the next day of big computers and instantaneous moving of. Of information around it probably stays there a nanosecond or two . And then the computer takes it out and replace it with a non-negotiable . U.S. security. It's non-negotiable because you can't cash it in . And it just represents a debt. That's collective taxpayers to the trust fund. Now that's debt . And it's going to have to be paid. Now that money is taken and. Paid down with the lockbox it then pays down . The public debt. So for every dollar that the public debt goes down the trust fund that goes up a dollar. So if you're looking at the total of these two that's which is the national debt. It hasn't changed at all. But there are trust funds for which we have no lockbox there are fifty or so trust funds. Two of them had a lockbox . And many of them do not have a lockbox and we happily. Took that money and spent it. So the total debt. The national debt . Kept going up. Way back a number of years ago this started with Lyndon Johnson with his guns and butter . And he was running such horrific deficit. That he wanted to hide. The magnitude of the deficits and so he put the trust funds. On budget. And then calling the perfectly. Silly statement that the Social Security surplus . Offsets. The deficit . What that means is that when you were told what the deficit was. They didn't include in that number . The monies that were borrowed from the trust funds . And that's about two hundred billion dollars a year. They came up with this phrase unified budget. When you and I came to Congress for us that is correct and the budget was balanced . Was the unified budget. Now that's all the money that comes into Washington and all the money that leaves Washington but about ten percent of the money that comes into Washington . Should not be Washington's money to spend. Because they've taken it from the citizens. Presumably to put it in trust for them . But they take and spend that money anyway and make this silly statement that the Social Security surplus and the other surpluses.

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    MR. SMITH

    silly statement that the Social Security surplus and the other surpluses.…

    silly statement that the Social Security surplus and the other surpluses. Offset the deficit. They did offset the advertised deficit.

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    MR. BARTLETT

    the advertised deficit. But they didn't bother you tell it bother telling…

    the advertised deficit. But they didn't bother you tell it bother telling you that. You know what this amounted to was a monumental. Intergenerational debt transfer. Our kids and our grandkids . Are going to have to pay this. Now we can't run the government today on current revenues. We can't do it for all the while these last three or four years that you were told that the budget was balanced the budget which was balanced was a unified budget. But they were taking about two hundred billion dollars a year. Of trust fund monies that we owe to the trust funds are going to have to be bad back by our children and our grandchildren and they were using those to run the government I talked with O.M.B.. If the government keeps its book on an accrual basis and if you're a business person and. Have more than a million dollars a year go to your company you've got to keep your books on the accrual basis. And we handle more than a million dollars a year in the federal government so presumably we ought to keep our books that way. And if that kept the books on an accrual basis there never was a moment in time . When in fact . The national debt went down. Now it's true that the public that went. Down but for every dollar of the public that went down . The trust fund that went up with dollars So the collective debt. The national debt went out. I kept telling people who would listen. That . Surely your stand will find you out. Because what will you tell the people when we have to raise the debt limit ceiling. You see all the while we were telling the American people that the budget was balanced and we're paying down the debt . And we were paying down the public debt. But all the while the trust fund that was going up even faster which meant that there was an increase in the national debt . All the time we were telling them that. The debt was in fact getting bigger and . Soon it reached a debt limit ceiling . So then the government in order to borrow money to run the government would have to raise the debt limit ceiling. And you remember Mr Speaker the interesting day and a half we had with that we were here all night . Because we put language in one of the bills that said that they should protect a good faith and credit of the United States . That was a euphemism for please raise the debt limit ceiling . And those folks on the other side of the aisle. Pretty bright people found out pretty quickly and they Harang for about a day and a half on that we finally settled I got home at four thirty in the morning. Now the reason that I'm so concerned that the American people understand this is I don't think they want us to run a deficit. I think they want the budget balanced and I don't think they want us to balance the budget by increasing taxes. In fact if the gentleman would yield. That's . That's what was decided the only way we can increase the debt and increase. Is by increasing by congressional action the debt ceiling . Soul. The idea was to make it difficult and have to think through do your really want to increase the debt. To put our kids and our grandkids. Make them pay back. If you will what we think should be our standard of living now . And just. Just how fast it's grown. Roscoe when you and I we came into Congress the same year in one thousand nine hundred three.

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    MR. SMITH

    same year in one thousand nine hundred three. At that time the federal…

    same year in one thousand nine hundred three. At that time the federal debt was four trillion dollars. Today the federal debt is six point two trillion dollars almost a fifty percent increase. And ten years from now. Congressional Budget Office estimates that the way we're going by covering some of these . Over expenditures with the increased borrowing. It will increase by fifty percent again . And the debt. Will be. Nine trillion dollars So. What do we do how do we hold the line we start out by being honest with with the public. With the American people of what this debt really is and that it has a very negative effect on their lives because. Here is government taking this money out of circulation here is money. Bidding up. If you will whatever the bit is on interest rates and saying look whatever the bit is Will . Up at one because we've got to have this money. To satisfy the overzealous spending of Congress and I yield back. And that's an interesting thing that happened . As a result of the fiscal responsibility that we had. And the fact that we were not enough to really balance the budget but enough so that we could make do. Largely with monies from the trust fund surpluses. What happened was we were not going to the marketplace for dollars as we were before and so interest rates went down . That's a positive for borrowing from the trust funds to pay down the public debt. But the negative of that is that the reality is that we cannot run this government on current revenues . And so what we

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    MR. BARTLETT

    we cannot run this government on current revenues . And so what we are…

    we cannot run this government on current revenues . And so what we are doing is borrowing from our children and our grandchildren's future . When it comes their turn to run the government. They're not only going to have to run it on current revenues. They're going to have to pay back all the money that we borrowed from their generation. When I ran for Congress and I started running eleven years ago. And I said I was going. I conduct myself in Congress so that my kids and my grandkids. Were not going to come and spit on my grave because of what I've done. To their country. And that's just Baker. I'm still trying to do that. You know it was Adam Smith who I consider another great economist. That in trying to figure out what was prudent . What was the right thing to do fiscally in government . Said what is prudent in your own personal life . Is is the prudent thing to do as far as running government . And in our personal lives you know . Congressman Bartlett and I are both sort of farmers and their tradition in farming where we grew up.

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    What you try to pay down the mortgage to give your kids a little better…

    What you try to pay down the mortgage to give your kids a little better chance. We're doing just the opposite. We're adding more burden to our kids than our grandkids and jeopardizing their future . By. Because first somehow we think that our spending and our needs today must be greater than what there indeed needs are going to be . Twenty thirty forty fifty years from now and that is ridiculous it's not fair and . It's. It's something that eventually the American people have got to realize when they go to the ballot box . This November or whatever . November. Some of the questions they've got to be asking their candidates . Is how deep do you want to go in debt. How much taxes do you want to raise . How much are you going to increase government spending . So don't stand there and brag to me all of the things you're going to do for me. With my money is it's fear of filtered through the bureaucracy in Washington . And I yield back . Milton Freidman made the observation that the government spends all the money you give it plus as much more . As it can get away with. Now what the American people need to do is to make it very difficult for Congress to spend more money. Now when you are told. What deficits are going to be. And when will turn the corner. And. Finally have a surplus. This is all on the basis of a unified budget. So add to roughly two hundred billion dollars a year. To all of the deficit figures . And push

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    MR. BARTLETT

    deficit figures . And push into the future and I don't know how far into…

    deficit figures . And push into the future and I don't know how far into the future. Push into the future of the date that we will in fact. Balance the budget. I think that the American people want us to have a balanced budget. I don't think they want us to balance the budget. By raising taxes I think they want us to balance the budget. By cutting spending. That's what you do. And your family. You know look at where your money is going and where you can cut expenses so that you can live within your budget and especially in an emergency if you have an emergency in your business or your family. Then you could then you cover that emergency and cut down on their spending and right now we have an emergency in the federal government. We have a war on our hands a war on terror a war to make sure that we have security in this country. And so. If there was ever a time that it's reasonable to hold the line on other spending to start prioritizing a little bit . On where we spend the money. It's now let's spend the money let's make sure to the best of our ability. That

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    MR. SMITH

    we have the security let's be fought for our military. Where we're…

    we have the security let's be fought for our military. Where we're comfortable with that level . But with the rest of the spending let's not demand like we have in past years . That we just continue to spend as if. There's no emergency facing us and that's what we're doing . What was just handed me and I don't know if you can see it . But it's it's it's the. The line that projects the increased debt. Through two thousand and twelve and you'll see. From from the one nine hundred forty S. on the debt stayed relatively flat traditionally. Even the so-called liberal Democrats didn't want to increase the debt in fact. We didn't have a fixed debt . limit Every time they increased the debt up until one thousand nine hundred three. They said this was going to be temporary . And then some point. And it was going to revert back to the previous level of debt because they didn't want to permanently increase the obligation of their kids and their grandkids and their great grandkids but in one thousand nine hundred three they said well maybe we have to increase it permanently back in one nine hundred seventy and that's just thirty years ago. The debt of this country was three hundred eighty billion dollars . And so after world. The World Wars the Korean War the Vietnam War the civil war. The war of eighteen twelve the Great Depression. Many financial hardships . Thirty two nearly two years later we've we've gone by what's prudent in the way we handle our personal affairs . And the way we handle how to handle our congressional affairs. To the point where we now pay three hundred thirty billion dollars every year just on servicing that debt . Just on the interest of that debt . So to to hoodwink the American people and suggest that we're paying down the debt to the public . When really we're borrowing more money if you will from another credit card. As we borrow from the trust funds. Maybe Roscoe would be good to help. Help everybody understand what these trust funds are. The trust funds are monies that are taken from the American people for such things as . Social Security and we now don't need all the money we collect that in the future we'll need a whole lot more than we will be collecting then. That the second biggest trust fund is the civil service retirement trust fund and then there's the Medicare trust fund. There's the transportation trust fund there's about fifty of these trust funds and collectively the surpluses the current surpluses in those trust funds. Are

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    MR. BARTLETT

    surpluses in those trust funds. Are about two hundred billion dollars a…

    surpluses in those trust funds. Are about two hundred billion dollars a year and as I mentioned previously . The only thing that can be done under law. By those monies is to invest in a non-negotiable U.S. securities. And we're not going to bury that out in the back forty . Or put it under our mattress. We're going to spend it. So the present law a really needs to be changing you've got to have something else to do with trust fund surpluses. Or we will all ways be running a deficit . Because that law that prescribe that the only thing you can do it with surpluses . Is to invest in a non-negotiable U.S. securities . Assure that will increase I just like to note that that. The interest on the debt now is nearly as large as our budget for the military . That's correct three hundred thirty one billion dollars is the is the national debt and now we've upped the military spending to about three hundred sixty billion. And every year that we fail to balance the budget. And the debt goes up and the. Interest goes up . Makes it that much more difficult to balance the budget the next year. Because now you've got bigger interest payments by and by. It will be impossible to really balance the budget at this keeps on going.

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    MR. SMITH

    balance the budget at this keeps on going. Forever. And it cannot. At some…

    balance the budget at this keeps on going. Forever. And it cannot. At some point we have to draw a line and say enough is enough .

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    . Government spending. Cannot continue to increase. Two or three times…

    . Government spending. Cannot continue to increase. Two or three times faster than the rate of inflation. Ultimately that will bury our economy and now we are taking from the average American worker fifty two percent of all the money they make a year ago I haven't seen it for this year. But a year ago Tax Freedom Day It was May tenth that's a that you finish paying all your federal state and local taxes . But don't rest easy that on May eleventh you can work to get some money for your family. To pay the mortgage or buy a cars tend your kids to college for it. But because for the next seven weeks. Last year it will not be a little different this year. Every American work full time to pay the cruelest tax of all. It's the most regressive tax. The favorite of my liberal friends by the way. It's a tax for which the poorest of the poor get no exemption. Or no deduction. They have to pay it. Just as certainly as a richest of the rich. And this is on . Funded. Federal mandates. That's a big mouthful and what that is our laws that the federal government passes . That require a state or a school district . Or a city or a business. To do something that costs money. But the federal government doesn't provide the money for it. So last year. July six. Was government Freedom Day fifty two percent of the working time of every American . Goes to support government. I don't think it's conscionable to talk about raising taxes . You know if. Property taxes throughout the United States have been . The people have demanded that their property tax be lowered and I think part of that is because every year they have to reach into their pockets and come up with the money to pay the property tax so it's been shifted in Michigan for example to. To an increase in the sales tax . If we had a system where people have to reach into their pockets to pay their federal income tax rather than having it.

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    MR. SMITH

    Deducted from their paycheck that they'd never of see . The people would…

    Deducted from their paycheck that they'd never of see . The people would be outraged and so I Mr Speaker I . I call on. Every worker in America . To look at their at their stop of their paycheck for their next paycheck. And look at this fifty two percent in an alt that's being deducted from the money you earn . So at what point do the American people rise up and say look enough is enough . Congress gets your act together. Let me just to add to the. Your comment. Congressman in terms of the. Unfunded mandates that we put on states and that's all that's trying to pass off. But we pass and say we want to do this good thing . And then go home and brag about it but we make. Local jurisdictions pay the cost as we pass a bill that says you've got to do all these good things but you're going to have to pay for it. Added to that is the unfunded liabilities . What we old from. Promises we've made on Social Security on Medicare . The retirement for public servants and. Let me just read these unfunded liabilities for the next seven seventy five years . Fifteen trillion dollars . More money where that we're going to have to come up for Medicare. And that. That doesn't take into consideration expanding Medicare coverage for prescription drugs . Nine trillion dollars We're going to come have to come up with extra. From someplace to pay Social Security benefits. Eight hundred billion dollars for the Public Service Retirement System. You know if we change the system to say we're going to have a unified budget and what we owe the trust funds doesn't make any. Any difference. Then what you're going to see members of Congress do . Politicians do is sort of. Increase the FICA tax a little bit. Increase what the Army and the Navy and civil service. Have deducted from their paychecks so there's more coming. Money coming in that's being used . That will be spent by the federal government. So federal government can brag and say look we have a balanced budget. You only have a balanced budget. If you consider the. Unfunded liabilities if you consider the obligations. That we have from the trust funds because that money going into the trust funds. Are going to help solve the long term. Demographic problems in both Medicare and Social Security. But just a footnote here . That the money . In the Social Security trust fund. Would cover so Security benefits for about two years. So for somebody to suggest that it's just. If government would pay back that money. Everything would be OK. It's going to take more than that it's going to take some dramatic changes in Social Security to try to get a better return on that money than the one point seven percent . It's got to be optional will probably take it up. After the first of the year. But it's easy to demagogue . On the campaign trail so many campaign. Are Saying well . My opposing candidate wants to ruin so security so it's a scare tactic . And seniors that depend on this program. Sometimes do get nervous and do get scared . Some say deficit's don't matter. That's not true. The spiraling debt. Will lead to eventual. Economic disaster. We need to deal with it . Congressman Barlett. Know when you know. The unfunded liability for Social Security . That depends on when you put the money. Into the system . They are your you put the money and. The longer it will collect interest. And the less you have to put in. But I've seen some data . Which indicate that Social Security if we put no money in it will run in the red something like a hundred trillion dollars. During the retirement . Of the baby boomers days are big big numbers . Neither

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    MR. BARTLETT

    big big numbers . Neither Medicare. Nor Social Security are solvent for…

    big big numbers . Neither Medicare. Nor Social Security are solvent for the long haul . We must address both of those you know the encouraging thing is that today we can talk about Social Security . Five years ago . To mention Social Security was interpreted by seniors as being a threat to social security . And they vote against it. So we couldn't even talk about it six years ago . But now we're talking about Social Security . We haven't done anything about it and I'm sorry that some people believe that the lockbox had anything to do with Social Security . They all knew they could possibly have to do with it is that we have paid down something of the public debt. Which might make us more debt were they so that we could more easily . Borrow money . But I haven't noticed we have any problem borrowing money . That's the only possible link you could make between. The trust fund lockboxes. Well one was ocean security what it was probably as a gimmick . Two and it wasn't it was Democrats and Republicans. Why is President Gore . And some of his speeches . The lock box is great in a republic but Republicans did the same thing. The lockbox was a gimmick to make people believe that somehow we are making so security more secure . Just not the case. The money was borrowed from so security the money of money will be paid back. But

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    MR. SMITH

    the consequences of coming up with that money to pay back and you…

    the consequences of coming up with that money to pay back and you mentioned. One hundred twenty trillion dollars one hundred twenty trillion dollars . Is the extra money that we're going to have to come up with over the next seventy five years. To meet so Security benefits what we've promised. Over and above what's coming in from the SO security or FICA tax. If you put. Nine trillion dollars in an investment fund today. Drawing five percent. Then that nine trillion dollars that we put in that trust fund and into an investment fund today . Would accommodate one hundred twenty trillion dollars over the next seventy five years. The challenge is. Is to reduce spending now. To hold the line on spending now . So that we don't increase taxes so we don't increase the debt. Maybe . Maybe we should have a law that says . You only can spend what you tax. And therefore you have to have to have a balanced budget there's been several attempts to put a constitutional amendment in for a balanced budget. I think . I think if you had to increase taxes . And take away money out of the American workers pockets as as Congress. Wanted to spend more . There would be more of a public outrage in understanding that big government and the expansion of government. As fast as growing. Is coming at the sacrifice of money being taken away from families in America. Your suggestion that if we stopped. Withholding that the citizens when they sat down at the end of the month to make their mortgage payment a payment on the car that also have to write a check to the tax collector. That they'd be a whole lot more aware of the size of the tax bite. That we're probably not going to get that. Through Congress but let me tell you something we might get through that well I think you have a very beneficial effect . What I would like to do is to move . Tax

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    MR. BARTLETT

    . Tax day. To the day before . Election year pay your taxes. On the first…

    . Tax day. To the day before . Election year pay your taxes. On the first Monday in November. And you vote . On the first. Tuesday after the pros. Monday and of ever. Do you think that if you paid your taxes on Monday . And voted on Tuesday. That more people might vote . And they might vote differently. That's Roscoe earlier I I encourage everybody to look at their. At their payroll stub of how much is being taken out for Social Security how much is being taken out from Medicare. How much is being taken out for local taxes city taxes . How much is being taken out for the mammoth federal tax bite . That we reach into the American workers pocket. To accommodate expanded federal government look we've got some basic responsibilities. We are in a war and we're going to pay for that war.

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    MR. SMITH

    in a war and we're going to pay for that war. There's been comments from…

    in a war and we're going to pay for that war. There's been comments from the other side of the aisle. That if we just hadn't had that tax cut then maybe you would have had money to do all of the spending for the war on terrorism plus all of the increased spending that this body has been accustomed to the fact is that the tax cut. Only represented. Thirteen percent of the deficit problem this particular year. And according to most economists. The positive effect on the economy of having tax reductions. More than offset what we lost. From simply projecting . What the taxes. Might have been if there was no positive effect on the economy . The fact is and large Laffer said it very dramatically . Tax cuts help stimulate the economy . So you can't say we've got to have more government spending more government services and. Some time over with the other hand saying . Congress has got to deal with the encouraging economic expansion and economic recovery. You know there never has been a time in history . When a tax increase has stimulated the economy . Now if that's true then you've got to believe that a tax decrease. Does stimulate. The economy it's called dynamic scoring . And we can't do that by law we really need to change that law for instance. Capital gains tax every time we have reduced the rate on capital gains tax. The revenues from capital gains taxes have gone up. But

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    MR. BARTLETT

    we can't score it dynamically you've always got to score it as a loser.…

    we can't score it dynamically you've always got to score it as a loser. And the same thing is true of a general tax cut. We've always got to score as a revenue loss. Where reality what you said is exactly true. Tax cuts stimulate the economy and there could be a larger revenue stream. In spite of the tax cut is about effect as a result of the tax cut. And you can't roll back the hands of time. To prove to those who think otherwise you can't. You know. Do history two times. But history tells us that tax increases. Depressed because you know if we had one hundred percent tax how much tax you think you would collect. It would be zero of course being a zero I wouldn't work. Now if you have a zero percent tax you're also going to collect . No taxes . That somewhere between zero and one hundred percent. Is the optimum level of taxation . Where the level of taxation is not going to so suppress the economy . Discourage people from working . That they're just going to I'd rather play golf than work because the government's going to take eighty percent of my money. And then the other day told me that seventy nine point eight percent of all the estate disease accumulate is going to be taken and he cannot pass that. To his grandchildren. This concerns him very much. And I know we've had jobs lost in this country because people have looked at where they are looked at the enormous tax burden. Look at how little of that. Of their estates are going to be able to passed under their children their grandchildren . And they just quit. They're tired of working they're tired of the responsibility and there's no reward for it. And so. He quit and so lots of good jobs have been lost because of that the American people don't need more taxation. And you talked about the possibly raising the FICA tax on many paystubs that's now the biggest tax item. It's going to be real tough . To convective are in fact that almost seventy percent of the American workers now pay more in the FICA tax than they do in the income tax. Congressman I mentioned earlier that we went to New York a few weeks ago . To the Federal Hall where the Bill of Rights was developed in our first Congress mount. You know our Constitution. Was gave the incentive that has made this country so great over the last two hundred twenty six odd years . It was a system where those individuals that.

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    MR. SMITH

    where those individuals that. Worked hard that tried that learned that…

    where those individuals that. Worked hard that tried that learned that applied that learning that saved then invested were better off than those that didn't. Sol that kind of incentive is what made this country great . And we have been. Redistributing income so is our taxes . Have been more progressive and saying well if you're successful . Or if you're a young couple and you want to go. Work another eight hours to do better for your family. We have a system now that says we're not only going to continue to tax you at the same rate. But if you go out with a second job and earn more . We're going to tax you at a higher rate. And so like the Hundred percent. The more you tax the more it discourages that kind of saving that kind of investment . It's a challenge this country is going to have to face up to and the demographics are . Are startling. As we look at the demographics as we look at more and more people the so-called Baby Boomers. Going out of the. Working production paying their taxes mode. And apply for Social Security and Medicare . To the taking out position. We're. Faced with. Dramatic challenges of the survival of . Security Medicare Medicaid and soul. The result with some. Some real responsibility and spending is going to increase taxes on everybody else. So when I go to high school classes I say look you're the generation at risk . You should be yelling and screaming you should be going to these political meetings. You should be asking those candidates . What they intend to do as far as holding the line on spending . And holding therefore holding the line on taxes that they're going to have to pay. Holding the line on debt . That they're going to have to pay the interest on. Every year but eventually they're going to have to pay off that debt . I just like to make two observations one is that about the time. Of the Reagan administration . There were a lot of bumper stickers I saw out there that said no. Trillion dollar debt. Now it is more than six times that big and we've not had any sixfold inflation since that time. And where's the outrage . Where's the outrage that . We're passing this heritage on to our children and our grandchildren. I thought I'd remembered that during the Eisenhower . Years. That

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    MR. BARTLETT

    the Eisenhower . Years. That our government first. Reached one hundred…

    the Eisenhower . Years. That our government first. Reached one hundred billion dollar budget. I thought gee a hundred billion dollars is a lot of money. So I had the staff go back and check and it was a couple of years. After Eisenhower actually . Before we spent eight hundred billion dollars . Now you look at America then and America now we're spending what now over two trillion dollars two trillion dollars more than twenty times as much as our country's not twenty times bigger. Our needs are not twenty times bigger. What's happened to us. Since those Eisenhower years when we were . Spending less than a hundred billion dollars that we're now spending twenty times that amount of money. We really need to stop. And to. Get long look at where we are and where we're gone. And you can't continue to have this kind of a debt increase. You

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    MR. SMITH

    debt increase. You can't continue to have this kind of an increasing debt…

    debt increase. You can't continue to have this kind of an increasing debt that we're passing on to our children and our grandchildren were a rich country. That

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    MR. BARTLETT

    and our grandchildren were a rich country. That you know but there is a…

    and our grandchildren were a rich country. That you know but there is a limit to what we can do. And it's time that the American people and mass. And I really would like to see. Tax day move to the day before election. There's an interesting little song several years ago we'll remember in the event ever want to go in that booth I'm going to vote for anyone but you . And you may have noted next that tax day is about as far on the other side of the calendar as they can get it from Election Day isn't it. Not like people. Remember. Remember from April fifteenth . Clear around. To November . But if it was the day before election. Almost everybody has a memory that long I think a lot more people would vote and they would vote very differently and I think we would work quickly come to grips with this budgetary problem in our country. Well. Sort of a whining a sop Rosco there you know there are some real obligations of the federal government at its obligations it's the defense that's the security it's the health . It's the

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    MR. SMITH

    . It's the education.

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    But now we have spit expanded into so many social programs. That in in…

    But now we have spit expanded into so many social programs. That in in many ways. Take away the incentive . Of working hard and saving and investing in doing for themselves . We discourage

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    MR. SMITH

    investment. We say look if you earn some money and invest it in something…

    investment. We say look if you earn some money and invest it in something in the. And the and. The value goes up . We're going to tax you again . If it's interesting . Our system says . To a person look after you've earned this money if you go to Las Vegas and live it up with wine women and song gambling . And spend all. Lab money and gambling and waste and expenditures . Were not going to tax anything . But if you give some of that money to your kids and your grandkids. To help in their education to help . In their success help their development to contribute to this economy we're going to tax that back out of our system of taxation needs to be reviewed especially when you compare it to other countries. Other countries that don't have a capital gains tax. Other countries that. Encourage savings and investment. More than we do . The challenges before us and . It's not going to be an easy road and. Congressman Barr let I compliment you for your willingness to stand up against the easy road to say look we're going to be OK. We're going to pay everybody's benefits. We're going to come up with all these programs that do everything you want to. do The fact is is sometimes it's very difficult to say look that's. That shouldn't be a federal government responsibility that should be a state government responsibility on local government responsibility . Or an individual's responsibility. So it's hard choices. In a situation where everybody is running for political office and the tendency is to try to please everybody . You know the Bible says it's more blasted to give than to receive and the government has largely usurped the role of philanthropist. Several years ago in our church our kids don't go trick or treat. They would go out go out before and they would leave a bag then they would go pick it up and then . The ladies would help them make food baskets to give the poor families. On Thanksgiving. So one of our ladies called the local welfare people and said We'd like the names of some poor families that need food . So we can

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    MR. BARTLETT

    . So we can give them some food. And the welfare worker was indignant.…

    . So we can give them some food. And the welfare worker was indignant. What do you need poor families that need food what do you think. We're here for. There aren't any for families that need to of course that's not true there are some who through fall the cracks . You know this was just an evidence of how the role of the federal government has gotten. When I look back at those Eisenhower years a one hundred billion dollar budget. Sixty two percent of that budget sixteen percent of G.D.P. went for defense. Today. It's fifteen percent of our federal budget and less than three percent of G.D.P. That goes for defense. Now relative. We're spending only one fifth as much on defense today but we're spending six. We're spending twenty times as much as that Eisenhower budget. In our total government . And you're right you know . Here in this Congress we voted on only about a third of all of the money that's spent the rest is called entitlements. That runs on autopilot . And every year it goes up and up. And we need to address both the entitlements and the discretionary spending. And America will not be solvent . And our children not look forward to a bright future until we've done that. Well . One wise man once said that if you're in debt. You're not free. So whether you're an individual or whether you're a business or whether you're a federal government. You've got to pay attention to debt. And eventually have some kind of a plan to pay that debt off and again I would thank Congressman. Bartlett from Maryland and without Mr Speaker we yield back the balance of our time . Gentleman yields back. Balance of his time . Under the

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    speaker's announced policy of January three two thousand and one the…

    speaker's announced policy of January three two thousand and one the gentleman from Illinois . Mr Phelps recognized for sixty Minutes as a designee of the minority leader . The gentleman is recognized. Thank you Mr Speaker . I represent the nineteenth. District in Illinois. An honor to be here in my second term and Washing D.C. . Mr Speaker tonight as one who is honored to be a member of the.

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    as one who is honored to be a member of the. Blue Dog Democratic…

    as one who is honored to be a member of the. Blue Dog Democratic coalition. Will be joined by hopefully several other members of the blue dog coalition tonight. And we want to focus .

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    want to focus . My time and our time on discussing the budget situation.…

    want to focus . My time and our time on discussing the budget situation. The negative consequences of a return to deficits and debt . And the Blue Dog message about the need for a new budget plan. You know . It's one thing to have a budget plan. As we started this session . And this budget year . And as the president outlined his budget plan . It's one thing to hit in the direction you intend to go. But then . An anticipated. Obstacles unfortunate happenings and incidents dreadful experiences to your plans and get you off the path and . The goals and what you intended when you outline your first intentions. Part of that was. We know was . The recession. Deeper than any wanted to acknowledge or to accept . And of course September eleventh . The impact that it's had We're still feeling . And will for some time. Tax cuts spending. All that goals together and . Affecting. That original plan . That the president set forth in the budget resolution. So part of our job as elected people is. Is to make sure . At least in my estimation . That we are flexible enough to add just to situations that . Get us off that direction that we started . Our discussion tonight at least in the Blue Dogs perspective. Hopefully will be to point out. How far we've gotten. We've gotten off that path . And to hopefully make suggestions as to how we can modify our direction. And stay within the confines of a balanced budget . Which by the way hasn't had any discussion. In the four years I've been here soon to be. I haven't seen a balanced budget resolution. Brought to the floor. And I would think that . We as a. Near bipartisan group as you can almost get it. Meaning that. One party doesn't have a super majority over. Another And. In either chamber . That should mean that we are working together more. Because we have to. And the numbers dictate Ted. However . I haven't seen that happening in the last few months . In a couple years at least . So Mr Speaker . To get started on our focus. And discussion a budget situation . And the negative consequences of a return to deficits and debt. Our messages about a new budget plan . And why we need to usher in as quickly as possible to make sure we acknowledge. Some of the things that happen . That are not necessarily at fault of anyone and we shouldn't be . Point our fingers at each other at this time best for sure. We can debate . And talk about what happened. But we need to acknowledge that. It's a different situation now than it was September eleventh two thousand and one . So we as members of Congress. Try to do piano must depend on authentic. Numbers sound . Numbers that . Tell us how much . Resources. We have to work with . What's in the bank. What we owe. What we can and to anticipate to come in from various sources of revenue . And what we know . Are going to be expenses that are that we are obligated to pay. And as we go through a budget. Year and . Trying to reach a budget agreement before we adjourn for this session . Trying to anticipate what tools . The costs will be in this budget agreement. So we have a general outline of how we reach the end of that process . Depends on how much we work together . And all the facts that come to us that. Weren't there in the beginning of the presentation. Such as I alluded to with the president's budget resolution. So we find ourselves in a new time new day new circumstances. Hopefully our plea is a blue dogs is that we would acknowledge this . As a body. That's been elected. From every district from every state in the country . And come from the great diversity of this nation. And even within my own state. The great diversity that we face. Should help us . Instead of preventing us . Coming to a reasonable agreement. So we have . Fiscal reporting. Offices and bureaucracies. Departments to give us an idea. Of our situation where we left in the past few months. What we thought we had and could depend on what we have presently. To depend on with revenues . And outlook. And of what our plans. Should embrace depending on the information we can best. Conjure up for the future. The short term future as well as long term. So most of the discussion about the budget. The tax cuts the receipts the revenues and everything the last four five years has been about eighteen year projection. Which I personally feel . Is a false premise to begin with. How in the world. Would have anybody have anticipated . September eleventh. Or the recession taking as much. Impact as it did. On our economy . So we need to weigh all the rules. Things now in a different light. So we do have the Congressional Budget Office which confirms what we have to work with as members of Congress so we can relate to our can stitch. The voters the taxpayers. The citizens. Just exactly how we should be guided through the process that we were elected to do . To arrive at a financial. Sound way of managing the resources that this country. Produces and gives to. Government sector . To get back through the process in which we decide. Priorities that are outlined by. Everyone's discussion here. The input that comes from individual members. That's why they are in the greatest deliberative body in the world right here in the House and represent. So the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. That's the physical reporting. Group office . That is shouldn't be swayed. Or influence. And was put in place by one party or the other. Or leadership . Or those that are more powerful. To the seniority years . Bills. Things are very important for us to take in concern. Consideration. When we receive the information from the congressional. Congressional Budget Office. So the Congressional Budget Office . Confirms that the surpluses projected last year. Have been replace. By deficits and growing debt. The C B A which I'll refer to now. And I hope you can follow the Congressional Budget Office has released. Updated. Economic and budget projections for the next ten years . There again we're on this ten year kick. Which I somewhat feel is shaky ground. But nevertheless that's what's been laid out . The report documents. The continuing . In the ten year budget outlook. Now last year . The C B O. Projected that the government. Would run a budget surplus. Of three point four trillion dollars excluding the security surplus. Meaning the SO security. REVENUE. A check off the FICA that comes in from those who work every day . Coming from their earnings to pay into the SO Security and Medicare trust fund . That surplus . Was excluded from the . Three four point four trillion dollars surplus . The C B O now projects that the government will run. A non-Social Security that means not counting the. So security receipts and revenues. Budget deficit of one point five trillion dollars . That's a reversal of nearly five trillion dollars in a year and a half . The C.B. old projections. Do not include costs. Of additional tax cuts or increased spending . Proposed by the president . Or being considered. Here in Congress. Extending the expiring provisions . The two thousand and one . Tax cut law . Would add more than six hundred billion dollars. To the deficit projections. Over the next decade and which. This Congress has chosen to choose the way to project. Budget. Give tax cuts. Obligate spending. And look at debt. The first major violation occurred . In our agreements over the last several years when. We broke the lock on the lockbox and raided Social Security. For the past couple of years. The other side. Has made promises to protect Social Security . This budget. Is far from protect. And I defy anyone to prove to me otherwise . Many of my constituents depend on Social Security . As a means of comfort. After they have worked hard all their life. Over the many years that they have labored in their occupation . This budget calls for tapping the SO Security trust fund. To support other government programs. Every year for the next ten years for a total of one point five trillion dollars . Now I am concerned about that and that's why I'm spending my time trying to communicate . The situation. To the American people. And those who I represent in the nineteenth district in central southern Illinois. Our nation can't afford to put our SO security system at risk. When it is depended on by so many of our citizens . So Security Medicare the two crown jewels social programs. Or the history of our nation. They have been very successful . But yet we have not managed them properly . And we are about to get to that breaking point where it's going to be unmanageable. Let me just talk about running up the national debt before I introduce my colleague who's here to share with the also running up the national debt . During the budget debate last year. Republicans here in Congress. Actually claim that there was a danger that the government would pay off the debt held by the public too quickly . Something I laughed at and thought my . What a great fortune that would be. Little more than one year later. The Congressional Budget Office . Now projects that them publicly hailed it will increase from three point three two trillion dollars . At the end of fiscal year two thousand and one to three point eight six five trillion . By the end of two thousand and six. A five hundred forty five billion dollars increase and. Now as a former teacher . As a father and a grandfather. I've always tried my best to do what is right for the next generation. The future generations even beyond the next one. We do not . And we can't afford to make our mistakes to leave our children in a mess that they can't clean up. The administration says the public Hill did it will begin to gradually decline in two thousand and time . Even if that's true and even if the debt does start to decline and the government does their part. We do our part in beginning to pay it down. We still need to remember the impact . This is having on our system. So security. This is where our children are going to be impacted the most . From my understanding . The total debt. Of our nation is going to continue to increase. That's right. Even though the administration suggests that the public killed it will begin to decline . The public killed it . The fact is that the total debt. Will continue to rise due to the fact that we have not kept the commitment to save Social Security trust fund surplus. We all made that commitment. We've broken that commitment . That's just fact that's just the truth. The statutory debt limit which is increased by four hundred fifty billion. To six point four trillion. Just two months ago. Will need to be increased again. Next year . And I would gather . That's why . We are probably going to find ourselves in a lame duck session . The calls. To many of these facts. Are too severe. For some of us to want to face . And to tell the American people the truth. About the situation we face. So it's time to regroup . It's trying to go back. Time to go back to the table and say let's acknowledge what's happened before it's too late. Let's look at another plan. The Blue Dogs . Presented that . Several months ago. And we've yet to receive . Or be responded to in serious nature from the other side or from the ministration or from leadership here in the house . With that let me just stop and introduce my colleague and friend from Indiana the great state of Indiana my neighbor to the east. A member of the blue dog. Democratic coalition also. Who came in the same year I did we both shared the same class that someone like a high school class the college class you . Your closest friends are those that you were elected to same year and came in and learned the ropes together and. so Let me introduce my dear friend. Baron Hill from time to me and I asked the speaker for. Unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. Without objection . I think. My friend from Illinois . For his leadership on this particular issue. I have come to know Congressman Phelps now in the last four years and he is in fact a dear friend of mine and. We have shared a lot of stories together . I've also come to respect his honesty and integrity . When

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    MR. HILL

    his honesty and integrity . When he says something you can pretty well.…

    his honesty and integrity . When he says something you can pretty well. Put it in the bank that. The

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    facts of not been massaged. And it is the truth.

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    MR. HILL

    is the truth. And what he had to say here just a few minutes ago was…

    is the truth. And what he had to say here just a few minutes ago was right. On the mark. And I applaud you and what you do for your good. Constituents back home in the great state of Illinois . Mr Speaker . I had the fortunate. Opportunity . And challenge. To get elected to the Indiana legislature back in one thousand nine hundred two and . During that time on never forget it. We went into a special session right away . And in that special session. The legislature raised taxes to overcome budget deficits. That they were have been in the state of Indiana . Here in Washington during that time . There was a new president who was advocating tax cuts and increased military spending and in the process of doing that . Huge budget deficits occurred. And it seems to me that we are eerily . In that same situation. Now . Because if you look around the nation. All over America . State governments are increasing their taxes. While Congress is cutting taxes out here. Increasing. The military spending dramatically and. Many ways. Justified because of the war on terrorism . And we're starting to run up huge deficits all over again . It's deja vu all over again . Just like it was back into the one nine hundred eighty S.. Now these are. Policies that have been put in place that are good in the in my view undesired results . Because deficits are a problem . And. During the one nine hundred ninety S. . We changed course from the one nine hundred eighty S. and we adopted new economic policies and. Our emphasis was on debt reduction . And we were largely successful . In the one nine hundred ninety S.. For reversing those policies. Of the early one nine hundred eighty S. and. In the late one nine hundred ninety S. when Congressman Phelps and I came to Congress . We actually experience. Budget surpluses for the first time in many many years . And then there was a presidential race of course and . The year two thousand . And this Congress and this administration has returned to the policies of the 1980's . Which again are resulting in huge budget deficits . Some said it was called. Supply side economics . At one time it was called voodoo economics . I don't know what to call it at all I know as. We are running up huge deficits . Once again. Now the Blue Dogs are a group of thirty three members of Congress . Congressman Phelps and I are two of those thirty three . That believe that we ought to be fiscally responsible . And try to get us back on a path where we do pay our debts. Just like every American family does . All across America. Now I've been back in the district . For the last several weekends . And I have discovered that people are hurting the economy is not doing so well . And the families back in the ninth district in Indiana . Were not doing so well are changing their budgets. To reflect the. Bad economic times . That they're having. They know. The good folks of southern Indiana just like the good folks in South Central L.A. Noire . That when you fall upon hard times you've got to readjust your budgets. In order to pay your bills. That's the honest way to do things. That's the fourth right thing for people to do. And by and large the good people of southern Indiana that I represent have the fortune to represent. Redo their budgets to reflect the times. Congress for some reason feels like it doesn't have to do that and in fact we're spending money like it's growing on trees again. The Blue Dogs are a group of thirty three that thinks that we ought to sit down . As Democrats and Republicans in a bipartisan fashion . And try to come up with a plan to get us out of this deficit . Just like. Families back in southern Indiana do. They come up with a plan to get us out of these deficits. Congress needs to do the same thing . And the Blue Dogs . Have been a strong voice calling for a budget summit . For us to come down as Republicans and Democrats . To figure out a way how we are going to get out of this budget crisis that we're in. I would like to cite some statistics last year. C.B.L. projected. That's the Congressional Budget Office . Projected that the government would run a budget surplus of three point four trillion dollars surplus excluding . Social Security surplus . The Congressional Budget Office now projects that the government will run a non Social Security. Security budget deficit of one point five one three trillion dollars . A reversal of nearly five trillion dollars in only a year and a half. So those huge budget deficit are surpluses that we experienced in the late ninety's. Are Gone. In a year and a half. Where accumulating a one point five one three trillion dollars. Reversal. The Congressional Budget Office projects the government run a unified deficit of one hundred fifty seven billion and the current fiscal year . When the Social Security surplus is excluded. C.B.L. projects and on budget deficit. Three hundred and fourteen billion dollars. Hundred and sixty two billion dollars higher than that projected in January . For fiscal year two thousand and three the C.B.L. projects a unified budget deficit of one hundred forty five billion dollars . And on budget deficit of three hundred fifteen billion dollars when Social Security has exploded. The government is projected to borrow virtually curity surpluses to finance deficits . In the rest of this budget. Congressman Phelps was talking about how many of us myself included. Pledge to put a lock box around so scared . And not spend the surplus. To use Social Security for only what it is supposed to be used for. And that is Social Security . And if you ask your people back home . If that's the right thing to do. I guarantee you overwhelmingly people will say that's the right thing to do. We should not be using the process to finance the debt that we're incurring it's irresponsible . Nearly one trillion dollars nine hundred sixty four billion dollars to be exact. Over the next five years and more than two trillion dollars . By the end of this decade will be used from Social Security surplus . That is wrong. Now during the debate . Budget debate last year some members of Congress . Actually came to this microphone and claimed that there was a danger that the government would pay all the debt held by the public too quickly . As we think about that today that's just plain laughable. Little more than one year later. C.B.L. projects that the publicly held debt will increase. From three point three two trillion dollars at the end of fiscal year two thousand and one to three point eight six five trillion dollars by the end of two thousand and six. A five hundred and forty five billion dollars increase. I would assume that most people who are listening to these budgetary figures their eyes got to be glazing over now. These are numbers that nobody understands . So let me try to put it in perspective a little bit better. If this holds true. If these deficits. Hold true. It will be the largest increase in debt. In the history of this country. In one year. The largest increase in the history of this country. So we have returned to the early one nine hundred eighty S. And those economic theory. Where you cut taxes here. The states have to raise taxes . Back on our homes. We increase funding for military spending and we run up huge deficits again. It's deja vu all over again. The real problem is that the budget is projected to continue to run on budget deficits requiring the government to raid Social Security and Medicare trust funds. Even after the economy recovers. And returns to strong growth. We face long term budget . problem Problems that go far beyond the impact of the war on terrorism. Or the downturn in the economy . Running deficits and increasing the debt over the next decade . And leaving in place long term fiscal shortfalls . Will make it even harder to meet our commitments to workers who retire in the next decade and beyond. Higher debt means higher spending on interest payments . You want to tax cut. Pay down the debt. So that we can to reduce interest. So that people can buy their homes and their cars and make their loans more cheaply. That's a rig that's money in everybody's pocket. The government will spend nearly two trillion dollars . Paying on. Interest on the debt . Over the next ten years . We will spend one hundred and seventy billion dollars An infant. Interest payments. Just this year . And spending on interest will continue to increase through two thousand and seven. Spending on interest on the debt is the most wasteful use of taxpayer dollars. Him out of the budget consumed by spending on interest rates way resources that could be used for other priorities . Such as defense . Health care education etc. More than one trillion dollars of the national debt roughly one third of the publicly held debt is held by foreign investors . And nine hundred ninety eight. The US government paid ninety one billion dollars in interest payments . To foreign investors . The national debt places a drag on the . Kaname. And a burden on my family budget . By keeping interest rates higher than they would otherwise be. Budget deficits and a large national debt. Have a major negative impact on the economy . And the finances of American families by keeping interest rates high. Continuing to allow the national debt to grow will impose an increasing tax burden on future generations to pay for the current consumption. The president must work with Congress to put its fiscal house back in order. Just as families back in Indiana. Facing financial problems. Must work the bank to establish they found an actual plan . In order to get approved to refinance their debts. In short we need a budget summit . As Congressman Phelps has already outlined. We need to reach out. Republicans and Democrats. Within the Congress of the United States. And to the president to try to come up with a plan like families back in Indiana. Do themselves coming up with a plan to try to get us out of the problem that we face . And it is a problem. Mr Speaker. Our young men and women. Are fighting terrorism. All over the world. Right now as I speak. And of course that we need to support them. It is immoral . For us to require them to fight these wars . And then to come home . And in the later years . When they are in the Congress of the United States. Be responsible for. Somehow figuring out how we pay this debt off . That we our generation has incurred. And maybe and this Congress. And the people who might be listening . Certainly the people of southern Indiana. To get our fiscal house in order by calling a summit. Asking Republicans and Democrats to come together to figure out a way that we're going to return to fiscal responsibility . And I yield back . Thank you Congressman Hill and. Let me just say. Knowing this gentleman for the last four years . We came in as I said the same year . And you would think is very enthusiastic freshman. Honored to be elected and served this great body. Naturally we shared some of the same commitments and priorities as education and health care and. Those things that are basic to our. Well being in our communities and our families . But both of us as well as. All

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    MR. PHELPS

    both of us as well as. All the Blue Dogs. But as freshman members I…

    both of us as well as. All the Blue Dogs. But as freshman members I remember having a discussion. How important Social Security and Medicare protection . Was to us as freshman. As far beyond any other thing that we were concerned about . That was top of the list. Wasn't rehearsed it wasn't something we conjured up . That's way we felt when we first entered this body. And now we find ourselves in this situation . And we've seen it. Decline . As I said before . Some of it's out of our own not our fault . It's out of our own power . That things have happened in circumstances . But it is within our power to recognize and acknowledge a problem and say . Now . What can we do together from here . Knowing this situation happened nine eleven the recession was deeper than we wanted to knowledge or are at least accept and. The tax cuts how much impact . All of that have and projections of ten years. Playing up the rosy picture . Downplaying the liabilities . That's what's got us in a situation . So it's not time . And still do . Even though it's. Right before the election to start pointing fingers and say . It's your fault it's your fault. But it is our fault . If we don't recognize it's time to come together and acknowledge and embrace a new plan. Reflect what's happened to us . With that let me thank the gentleman and if he'd like to interject anything now to the end of our time allotted. Feel free we can have open discussion but it's my honor to. Now introduce the old Blue Dog well just say. The most senior. Of the blue dogs that actually was instrumental in forming. This coalition which I think has had its impact on the nation . And someone who has been a mentor to me . And even though we can come from extreme . Distances away . Texas still annoy. Believe me. It's scary how close our thinking is online together. My dear friend from Texas. Charlie Stenholm . I think my friend. And I thank my friend. For their discussion tonight . And I want to begin by building on the major points that they made in their conclusion. We're here and . Not in finger pointing. But in an offer to work in a bipartisan way. For a solution. We offered ours last year . In the budget . And we were turned down. And

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    MR. STENHOLM

    that's perfectly the prerogative of this body of the majority . Can ignore…

    that's perfectly the prerogative of this body of the majority . Can ignore the minority. You would like you passed your economic plan. We thought it was poorly . But you did . And now we have the results . Today. The stock . market Reached the lowest point that it's been in six or seven years. Unemployment is beginning to move up. We have a lot of concern . People around this country. Concerned about whether or not . Their jobs are secure their savings are secure. And we still have a very real concern about Social Security . Because we can talk all about we can blame all we want to and I'm a little bit perturbed with both. Regarding the Social Security or humans that are taking place today because the one but the one thing we cannot say is that anybody is doing anything about it. Now . If you are perfectly satisfied with running the Blart just deficit in the history of our country. Then continue to come to this floor . And demand to continue to follow the economic game plan that we're now under. And that's a perfectly honest position to take. And then assume the responsibility for what that policy bridge . Because that's what's happening today . We can't undo it . What's happened to this point. But we can make a difference in what's going to happen from this day forward. And that's where I think the market is crying out for some direction and leadership and . For us in this body to point the finger point. We had two cents of Congress. Resolutions on the floor. Last week that work. With all due respect ridiculous. Us we in the House of Representatives who have only passed five appropriation bills. Blaming the Senate because they have not passed a budget . And the only thing that divides us is nine billion dollars . Nine billion dollars is what the finger pointing is all about and. This body in the wonderful leadership that we've got here . Is saying it's all the Senate's fault. Now that's laughable. From where I come from in taxes and where I think the gentleman from Illinois and Indiana come from . If you're going to finger point . My people want me to say OK . Then what would you do differently . Well here we have offered . And we will continue to offer what we would do differently . We need a song on the budget . We need to sit down and put everything on the table and work ourselves out of a very difficult situation this country finds itself in. Very difficult but there seems to be no interest in that . You know. Here we've got we've. We had some safeguards some. Policy procedures that were put into effect in the ninety seven budget . Even go back to the one nine hundred ninety budget. In which we suggested that having caps on spending. Agreed to . Would be helpful. To resolving our budget differences. Now this year. The Blue Dog Democrats said in agreement with the majority that the seven hundred fifty nine billion dollar number is a good number . And we're prepared to support our colleagues on that number . Or at least some of us are. PAYGO. We've had a pretty good little. Budget process in which if you're going to propose increasing spending. Then pay for it . If you're going to propose additional tax cuts. Pay for it. Borrow it on our children and grandchildren's future . That expires September the thirtieth. I am told and I hope I'm wrong and I would love to be proven wrong and I'd love to have someone come to the floor of the house and say right now . You're wrong. We are going to reimpose the pay go rules. We are going to have those rules and. By the way. Instead of ignoring them is this body has done for the last two years . We're going to live up to them. It's kind of amusing to me sometimes we were out here arguing for pay go rules. And we waive them every time a rule comes to the floor that has something to do with sense of Congress resolution are spending resolutions are the favorite is tax cutting resolutions. If we're going to have a rule of the house. Left by we're prepared to back a majority party . And we will be proposing on the C.R. tomorrow or the next day. When we have the continuing resolution which is an indication of failure of this body to do our work . When we can't pass thirteen appropriation bills. Send them to the other body. If we passed our thirteen and send to the other body and the body didn't act. Then we would have a right to criticize the other body. But the goal of my friends on the majority side who will stand up and be critical of this. Other body . When we haven't done our work just defies my imagination. You know . We increase the debt ceiling. Earlier this year and at the rate we're borrowing money . And with the projected at Dish spending over and above what's in current law . The gentleman from Indiana a moment ago. Stated it correctly. This Congress is going to provide. Preside over the largest single . Increase in our nation's debt in the history of this country. And yet the majority claims that they're conservative . Now that . With all due respect. Is argumentative . And I would love to see a serious debate. On some of these issues other than just the stonewalling . And the blaming and the finger pointing that's going on and trying to blame the other body because of the inability of this side. To pass appropriation bill. Whatever happened to the legislative process in which you have differences of opinion. And you sit down and work them out together. And if you've got to vote you pass them . And if you don't have the votes . That's kind of. You know what the majority is doing today I suppose. But yet you seem to not be willing to. Soon the responsibility of the actions that you continually vote out of this body and you seem to be wanting to blame the other body. I don't understand . I don't understand the logic of that . And that's why the Blue Dogs are going to be on the floor day after day after day until we're adjourn asking the simple question. What's wrong with the budget summit what's wrong with sending a message to the the investment community the investors of this nation. Of saying we're going to sit down and we're going to actually work on some new solutions. Are come to the floor and say we've got the perfect solution and we want to continue . And we want. The results to be. Our response of Social Security. Been in this body now for almost twenty four years . When I was first elected in one nine hundred seventy eight most speaker. Two thousand and eleven . Was a long time away . Today two thousand and eleven there's nine years away . Two thousand and eleven is when the baby boomers. The greatest generation . Is that we rightfully. Pay homage to on a regular basis for their tremendous patriotism and support in the of winning World War two. It's when the baby boomers begin to retire. But the largest single drain on the economy of the United States in paying off the debt. To the trust funds. That we must honor. Will begin to come to. And instead of us dealing with that as the Blue Dogs asked and begged and pleaded last year when we were talking about a five point six trillion dollar projected surplus. We were emphasizing that's projected. Don't spend money. That's not there. But we were not even. We suggested taking half of that projected surplus paying down the debt . And then the other half of that surplus divided equally between tax cuts targeted for purposes that will benefit the economy . And the other one fourth or half of the remaining . Projected surplus. Increased spending in priority areas which started with defense. And then veterans. And then health care and then education and then rural America . That was our priority . But we also said before we do any of that. Let us sit down as a body Democrats and Republicans and work out the answers to the future of the Social Security system . And the Medicare system . And the Medicaid system . We have got a crisis out there in our nursing homes all across this nation . In my home state . And in every other state. And instead of us dealing. Responsibly with. Trying to come up with policies that will answer the nursing shortage . And the tort reform in the malpractise reform and all of the things that we need to be doing. What are we doing. We're going to pass a C.R. a continuing resolution . And we're going to pot. Into the next election and we're going to poison the well on all of these issues that will make it even more difficult to deal with it next year. We said let's deal with it last year. But again . The majority said no. We've got a better idea and that's the prerogative Mr Speaker of the majority. Many times I come to the floor and I'll get a few come in and say you Democrats are just spouting sour grapes. Well that's your opinion I respect I respect everybody's opinion . But we're sincerely. Here tonight . As we were. Last week as we will be tomorrow. Saying we've got a problem . You can't know on. No on in the entire United States. Today argues that there is not a problem with the Social Security System future. No one . We all agree. And we've got different solutions I've got mine I work with Jim Colby of Arizona. For the last six years on a proposal. We know what we're for aren't watch what we think we're for. But I respect anyone that's got an opinion that. But if we would just spend some time on this body. In the committees. Dealing with that problem. Instead of bringing sense of the Congress resolutions to the floor of the house. Saying that it's really all the other body and doing that with a clear . And smiling face. We're this body where the House of Representatives where the people's house where the ones that are elected by a majority the people within our district and just as our colleague from Indiana said a moment ago. The people in Indiana. Are asking us to come up with a solution. Why aren't we . What is it. About politics today. That has all been turned over to our promoters and issues and no one ever ever asked us to be accountable for our actions . Except the blame game. Well Social Security and the trust funds . And the sir trust fund . Problem. Are very very real. And I venture to say that not a single one of the four hundred thirty five of us in this body. Both sides of the I would disagree with a very calm statement . But when you're in the minority you can't affect the direction of policy. Only the majority can determine what can come to the floor and how it comes to the floor and. Yes we're a little bit testy on the Blue Dog side because when we come to the Rules Committee and we asked to have some of our ideas considered and voted upon we have been denied . And a nod and a nod. What is it that the majority party. Of this body today that calls itself conservative is suddenly afraid of ideas and letting audios come to the floor and be voted upon . What is it. I do not know . But I'm a little bit frustrated . But that comes with being in the minority I'm told. And that's. That's the way our system is supposed to work. We are living in some very trying times . And I will predict that . There is going to be tremendous support for our president. When we deal with matters of tremendous importance. And seriousness regarding international affairs. We certainly will find strong bipartisan support for standing with the young men and women that were mentioned a moment ago that we will send perhaps into harm's way as we already have in Afghanistan. And yes there is a cost . A tremendous cost war is not something that should ever be taken for granted or expressed in simplistic terms it's one of the most serious matters to come before this body. And we will deal with it in this body. And I have every confidence that this is one issue that will have adequate airing and discussion in the people's house. But tonight we talk about the lack the lack of allowing. Serious debate. Of a change of economic policy. For this country . Again if we're wrong and we don't need this change and we don't need a summit. Then so be it. And obviously that's the answer that's coming from the majority. That's obviously the answer we like. The game plan we're under. And we're perfectly willing to stand up to that game plan because it is working. Well . That's the kind of debate that we ought to have a little more open way. Instead of the blame game and I hope tomorrow and the day after that that we will get away from the sense of the Congress resolutions . Trying to blame somebody else for the inability of this house . To deal with our own problems I won't call this a do nothing house because we have done something. We have passed some resolution we have done some good. But it's the big. Undone good. That we have tonight that we focus on as blue dogs because by not facing up to the economic problems of this country by not facing up to the ticking time bomb of two thousand and eleven. By ignoring the interest of those who cannot vote. Our children and grandchildren. Those who do not have a vote today. By continuing to insist that the economic game plan that we're under is good and that they should be the ones to pay for the debt that we're building up today . And standing on the floor as some are tempted to do and saying the debt really hasn't gone up . When we know it has gone up and will go up this year. The largest single. Increase in the nation's debt in one year in the history of our country. Is coming under the economic game plan that we seem unwilling or unable to make any changes . Gentleman from Illinois. Thank you for taking this time tonight . And I look forward to hopefully in the days ahead . Joining in a spirited debate tonight since we can't seem to do it in the regular hours of the day. We can't seem to find it in our heart to be in legislative session on anything but . After six thirty on Tuesdays and. Going home on Thursdays and yet we're blaming the other body for not doing their work . That maybe we could have a little time in these hours at night to have a serious discussion. And perhaps maybe some of our friends from the other side of aisle and we have many. And there are much many more agreements. In this body than there are disagreements . But it is the call of the leadership that determines the manner in which we debated. And that's my frustration and so if we get another hour tomorrow night I hope that maybe we'll be joined by a shell of our colleagues and we can have a good discussion as to why. It's somebody else's fault . That we're not doing our job . And I thank the gentleman for yielding his time tonight. you Thank Congressman Stan home. There is not a more aggressive leader. In terms of how we deal with the budgetary . Challenges . And this body. Both sides of the aisle . Will tell you. In the corridors of this chamber . That Mr Stan home. Has provided leadership. That's unique . Courageous .

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  • 09:14:58 PM

    MR. PHELPS

    And you know what the greatest compliment you can have here. Is that when…

    And you know what the greatest compliment you can have here. Is that when I say you tell the truth . Even though when we were in the debate openly many won't give credit to those terms. But. Mr Stan home. Has earned that right and I thank you very much my friend and colleague from the text from Texas and. For your input . And for your leadership and Gotti and those of us that are new in the Blue Dog Coalition . In terms of how to communicate the urgency at hand so thanks so much for your input and allow me this time to. Manage the time tonight it's a great honor for me. I'll continue my points that I was outlining before I turn it over to my colleagues. Baron Hill and Charlie Stenholm . And of the third point is that the deterioration of the budget outlook demonstrates the danger of making commitments based on uncertain. Budget projections. As I began my remarks tonight . Of how we've embraced this ten year. Projected outlook. Of budgets debts. Obligations . Priorities. And everything else which I think is a false premise to begin with. But when Congress considered the budget . Last year the Blue Dogs war and then. About the danger of making long term commitments for tax cuts or new spending programs. But projected surpluses . And propose setting aside . Half of the on budget surplus. For a cushion to protect against an unforseen changes . The president the Republicans here in Congress. Promise that we could afford to find priorities are fund priorities. Such as defense. Prescription drugs. Agriculture education. And many many more other priorities and enact. His tax cuts . And security services. And pay off the national debt . With a new budget reports. Indicates that the government will return to deficit spending and. Security trust fund. Confirming that the warnings made by the Blue Dogs. Last year about the dangers of making expensive. Budgetary commitments based on these uncertain projections. Now are taking place where the new budget outlook increases to fund the war on terrorism. Or other priorities will result in additional borrowing from the source of security trust fund and increased the debt . While deficits may be an editable in the short term . The real problem. Is what has happened to the long term budget outlook. The primary source of the deterioration the budget outlook in the short term . Is the economic downturn in spending . For the war on terrorism. And I completely understand and united we stand behind this president . When the war against terrorism. And the need for spending what is necessary to win the war on terrorism. And ensure the protection of our fellow Americans . Here at home. However we need to work together . In developing a plan that will fight the war on terrorism . But will also protect Social Security trust fund and benefit . Our future generations. We really need to start thinking about our children's future. The real problem is that the budget. Is projected to continue to run on budget deficits. Requiring the government to raid just so Security and Medicare trust funds. Even after the economy recovers. Hopefully when it does every turn to strong growth. We face long term problems that go far beyond the impact of the war on terrorism or the downturn in the economy . The Sebille Congressional Budget Office. Estimated that the. Estimated budgetary impact. Of September eleventh. Plus. Associated interest cost. Represents only about eleven percent of the more than five trillion dollar. Total deterioration a surplus. Since last year that the economic downturn . Is Responsible For just ten percent of the deterioration on budget projections and that the deficit will continue long after the economy is projected to return to strong growth. Running deficits and increasing the debt over that decade. And leaving. In place. Long term fiscal shortfalls . Will make it even harder to meet our commitments to workers who retire in the next decade and beyond. Higher debt. Means spending. Higher spending on. Interest payments. The most wasteful spending possible spin in own interest payments on the debt. The government will spin. Nearly true. Two trillion dollars paying interest on the debt. Over the next ten years. We will span . One hundred seventy billion dollars in interest payments. This year alone . And spending on interest will continue to increase through two thousand and seven. Spending on. Interest on the debt is the most wasteful as I said . Use of the taxpayers' dollars . The amount of the budget . Consumed by spending on interest takes away resources that could be used for our priorities such as. Defense Health care education and etc. More than one point two trillion the national debt. Roughly one third of the publicly held debt is held by foreign investors in one thousand nine hundred eight the US government paid ninety one billion in interest payments . To foreign investors. The national debt. Places a drag on the economy . And a burden on the family budget. By keeping interest rates higher than they otherwise would be. Budget deficits and large. And a large national debt. Have a major negative impact on the economy . And the finances of the American families by keeping interest rates high. Congress must also act to enact. Rules or extend rules. In forcing budget discipline. Strong budget in Forstmann rules. Are important as Mr Stenholm said as a component of restoring fiscal discipline and making sure that the budget remains. Having the privilege to go back to my home district. Every weekend since I've been a member of Congress. Is one of those things that just maintain your sanity. Charlie I'm sure you agree. Going back in the real world . Are the real problems are discussed. And just this weekend. Around. Director music in my home church Sunday evening we had a church wide . Groundbreaking for a new building project of a Christian Life Center. Less than nine years ago. We broke ground for a new auditorium that seats near five hundred people . The third building program. We've had since I've been a member and known. Anything about that program. Building . Church there north of where my grandfather was Pastor way before I and that groundbreaking. The best news that we as Democrats Republicans independents . And don't even know party affiliations of most don't care. That I grew up with the know. And worship with and serving the community with and live with that night. We celebrated the fact that we would start. Several hundred thousand dollar building program . With. I did three building. Program behind us . Debt free. We even purchase a parsonage. In the last couple years. Paid off. Debt free . We didn't do that by fooling ourselves knowing that the mortgages . And the debts that we created. Were incurred. And that we would not be foolish enough to take on a new project. Knowing that we could compromise . Our debt that we have at our local bank . That's. Integrity . That's about family values . We're teaching our children there. You don't start something bigger than what you've already got that you have to pay for not realizing this body and may not be quite that easy . He said hadn't appeared to be . But surely . As a group of reasonable. Elected people . We can acknowledge the magnitude of the problem. And it's thought it you mentioned the blame game. Charlie because my pastor priest don't get any more of the blame game shirking your responsibility . Sidestepping telling someone else it's their fault. What's happened. What I don't think so and my son just turned twenty one . A couple weeks ago . And he knows by now last hardest lessons. To accept your own destiny. Make your own decisions and live by them. That's what we're doing now. And I hope . Mr Speaker that we can come to grips with . Coming Together and fashioning a federal budget . In the face of an economy that's been impacted . And ways in which we didn't anticipate . No one's fault. But let's acknowledge it's time to come to agreement with a new plan to save Social Security Medicare. Pay down our debt . And still finance a priority is the war on terrorism . Education health care. And all saying that we've all promised. Prescription drugs. And everything else that we said we would do with that Mr Speaker I yield back the balance of my time thank you for this time. And the Germans time. From Indianness expired. Under the speaker's announced policy of January two thousand and one. The chair recognizes the gentleman from Colorado must attend sixty Minutes. Thank you Mr Speaker . As I was sitting here. Sharing my remarks I listened to their remarks of my colleagues and. It is encouraging. To say the least . To think that there are people on both sides of the aisle who have.

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  • 09:26:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    on both sides of the aisle who have. Concern about the fiscal house . That…

    on both sides of the aisle who have. Concern about the fiscal house . That we try to keep in order round here . It is discouraging . To think about the fact that regardless of who happens to run this place.

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  • 09:26:14 PM

    MR. TANCREDO

    regardless of who happens to run this place. The Republicans of the…

    regardless of who happens to run this place. The Republicans of the Democrats it appears to me. Anyway as you look at the numbers over the last couple of decades. That really hardly matters most of the time that we are spending more money then we possibly . Spending it certainly more than we should. And that. Our deficits are. Result of our inability as a body . Not as a party . But as a body . To control our appetites. To control the. Will that willingness the desire the need to respond to a plethora of. Programs and . and Supporters of programs throughout the nation that. Constantly demand more than the less I am glad to hear it I am always hopeful that we will be able to actually change the situation around here when it comes to spending . I don't hold much hope out for it but I am in. I have that spark of hope that does remain alive . Mr Speaker. Before I get on to the issue . That usually brings me to the floor of the house . Which is of course immigration immigration related issues . I would like to. Just for a few moments. Talk about something that I am also very very concerned about and also I think should be a concern of the members of the body. And that is the situation in Sudan. A country that has had. Has experienced . At least a decade actually two decades of. Incredible internal conflict. A country that has experienced more . Casualties of its population . Over two million dead at the present time . More than four million displaced . These are numbers that are far higher and far more significant. Frankly than any other country . Then since the. Since the Second World War . Yet. Little is known about the situation in Sudan. Unfortunately relatively few people seem to care. But there are folks who. Since this past Wednesday . People have been gathering in galvanise Park here in Washington D.C. to pray and stand for the people of Sudan . Who are subjects of a brutal genocidal. Campaign. Saturday Sept twenty. September twenty first high school and college students led an all day vigil. These young people represent the best of American ideals . They're acting on behalf of the people that they've never met . But whom they are who they know are being oppressed. We should marvel at their commitment . But more. So we should. I stand here today to talk about. What's brought these young people from across the country. Here to to the nation's capital and to talk about how the government of the Sudan . The National Islamic Front . Has for years and continues today . Mercilessly. To drive back Christians and animists from their homes . Starve them . Kill them . Because they are not. Arab Muslims. I want to tell you about the bombing . The government of Sudan has converted Russian cargo planes into primitive bombers called. Antonov. These planes regularly fly over villages and towns in southern Sudan far from the frontlines of the fighting . These villages have no military value. The only people who live there are are civilians. Yet still the bombers come. Sometimes they drop bombs. Sometimes they don't. That is part of the terror campaign. The government is waging. No one in southern Sudan. Knows. If they will be next. When the planes drop bombs they are not persuasion weapons like we used in Afghanistan. To avoid civilian casualties . Rather they are crude homemade bombs. Sometimes fifty five gallon drums packed with explosives and nails. Designed to maximize civilian casualties. These primitive bombs are rolled out of the back of planes. Falling at random on those below. These bombs maim and kill they destroy crops and homes they fall on marketplaces and churches. No one in Southern Sudan is immune from their reach . And it may be only a matter of the shifting winds. Whether you or your neighbor is the first. Country. I visited. As a member of Congress. I don't really been here . As a member of this body for a few months. And this was a little over three and a half years ago . The first country I visited was Dan. And I went there with a delegation led by Senator Brownback. And I'll never forget we went into a little town called the day . And when we got there all these. All the kids and. In the village. Gathered around us very closely and they and they would hardly move and as we tried to move through the village they were almost stuck to us. And they were yelling something and of course I couldn't understand it and I asked our guide. To interpret for me what was going on why were they so. Why were they clustering around us so closely . And he said it's because they believe that. Because you are an American congressman. They. They won't be bombed they can't be hit by a bomb If one flies over that they won't bomb you. Because you're here from the United States. And that's Kabul course I was hoping the same thing. You know to tell you the truth but the reality is that of course . There was no such discrimination . And there were bombs that fell. Even while we were there. And they destroyed hospitals. And they destroyed. Schools. And they destroyed people. The government targets churches. Relief compounds hospitals market. It's fields and homes. For its bombs . It rains bombs down on villages with no military value . Except for the government's. Campaign of terror . The barbaric bombing is going on as we speak. On September ninth the bombs came down on the town of the obvious. Killing two children ages four and seven. And wounding eight. Has no military value. But is one of the major staging areas for the relief workers in Sudan. Last Thursday the government bomb the town of Louis. The site of no military installations. But of a large hospital run by Samaritans Purse . A Christian relief organization. Headed by the Reverend Franklin Graham. This is the only hospital serving approximately forty four. Excuse me four hundred thousand people. And yet the town has been bombed. Repeatedly . These attacks are appalling they are plainly directed at killing civilians . Either directly or by denying them food and medical aid . It's an unimaginable horror . The people in Galvez park prayed all week for the victims of these bombings . Join with them. We cannot tolerate the cartoons regime. Cartoon regimes. Butyl brutal. Actions. We must stand firm with the people of Sudan's . Quest for Peace. And for speaker. This House passed a bill that I sponsored. Is called the Sudan peace act. It went to the Senate where it is languished. Senator Brownback has introduced an amendment to the bill that I hope will be. The thing that actually does allow it to move forward. I believe that will happen . Relatively soon . I hope . I hope it will happen in time . To save the lives of the people who are now. . So Directly affected by this campaign of terror the most recent campaign of terror. Only a few days ago really. I had the opportunity to meet with some representatives of the Khartoum government and they assured me that there was no such action. That they were being cautious. In the way they advanced the. Efforts on the part of the military and. That the bombing of civilians in the strafing of civilians was absolutely prohibited. But of course . That is apparently not true. I do hope that the good Lord hears the prayers of the people that have been gathered here in Washington all . For those in the Sudan . Who hungered for nothing but peace but. Who for. Now a generation. Have heard nothing but war. And seen nothing. So I hope that the Sudan peace act quickly comes back to the house and we are able to in a conference committee we are able to address this issue . As a body. And as a Congress I should say and. The president will sign it. And that it will affect the outcome of this war that it will bring it to a quick . Close. Let me now talk about another issue that . Of course is of great concern to me. And is oftentimes an issue. That is not very well. Addressed her and. Not very well . Amplified. Either in the media. Or even here in the house . And that is the issue of immigration and immigration reform. In my own district Mr Speaker over the last week or so a little over a week now . We have had the most extraordinary . Discussion. I guess I should put it that way . Public discussion. By in the press. And the media in general. Many many of the course of the radio stations the talk shows everybody's talking about a couple of things that . I want to address. To not ever address with you tonight. And as a matter of fact. The issues have spread beyond my district they are now being discussed in as I see the clips coming into my office they are being discussed in cities all over the country. These two events and in Denver Colorado and let me briefly review them . A little over a month and a half ago. The Denver Post which is the major newspaper in Colorado. Printed a story a front page story about a family. The opera DACA family. It was a story. According to the author of that particular piece. That was brought to the post by the Mexican Council . The names of the family was provided by the council . And the purpose of this collaboration. Was to set the stage for a more general. Debate on an issue. Of state politics and in this particular case we're talking about whether or not people in the state of Colorado . And in the United States. For that matter. Illegally . That is to say people came into this country . Without our permission. Whether they should be given. These same opportunities for. Subsidized educational expenses . In this case higher education. As a citizen of the state of Colorado as a citizen of the United States of America. This is not unique to Colorado this is happening all over the country. Legislatures in Utah and Texas and California . Are dealing with this some have dealt with it already and pass laws that will allow people who are here illegally . To attend. Institutions of higher education and have the education. Subsidized by the taxpayers of the state . This is being pushed by immigration advocates. Immigration advocate groups all over the country. It is being pushed even by representatives of the Mexican government . As I say the Mexican Council. The story. Focused as I say on one family. The OP a dock a family . And in particular the oldest boy of this family who wanted to go to the University of Colorado . But could not afford it. If he did not have that educate. If he did not have that experience paid for by the taxpayers of the state. And it was a in a present of them in a very simple. I mean excuse me a very sympathetic light. They are apparently by all accounts. Very fine people. A nice family. The father is employed and some business that was not identified in Greeley Colorado . They have I think maybe four or five kids and . This particular young man that wanted to go on to school. Was an A student and. So certainly the story appealed to the emotional side. And said look . Here are folks that have been here they're hardworking. And the kids have been in school and. So why should we not give them access to higher education . At taxpayer expense. Goes along along with the agenda. This is part of an agenda throughout the country . To obtain all kinds of benefits for people who are here illegally. Driver's licenses. Welfare payments . And the like. And the hope is the desire is that eventually we will eliminate all of those things in this nation . That would distinguish one . As being here illegally that is to say if you can come into the country illegally . But have your children educated . As you can. Go through the public school system. At our expense at taxpayer expense . If you can have access to all of the social services . That any other citizen of the. Of the United States has access to. If you can obtain a driver's license to to. As your sort of. Passport into society in which a driver's license . Is in our in our country. If you can't have all of these things then . There is very little if anything that can distinguish you as someone here illegally. You're just here. You're just simply. In the United States. And therefore you have all the rights and privileges as a citizen of the United States. That is the desire of the folks who push this agenda . And they use the OP a jock a family. Perhaps. Willingly. That is to say that. For all I know they are productive family was quite willing to to expose themselves to . The public as being here illegally . As having entered this country without our permission . But they did not really have a did not seem any way from the from the story that they had a very big concern about that . And in a way of course you can understand why they could have been encouraged to come forward . Without some great fear of retribution . There are nine million. To thirteen million people living in this country illegally. The INS has done little if anything about it. This government has done little if anything about it. There are many reasons why we have shirked our responsibility. As a federal government. To assure the sanctity and the integrity of our own borders . But if. For all. For all the reasons that exist . That have to have caused this situation to occur. We now see. As I say people willing to come forward . In the press and say I'm here illegally . Essentially what are you going to do about it . Well I don't know about you Mr Speaker but here's what I thought when I read that. I thought . Isn't it amazing . I'm sure. You Mr Speaker like every other member of this body . Are can . Are confronted by people in your office who are asking you to help them adjust their status in the United States. Obtain some sort of recognition that would allow them to stay legally. We all know that there are literally millions of people around the country trying to come to the United States legally . We know there are people that have spent years in the process. Filling out the forms. Taking language courses . Doing everything that we ask them to do. To become American citizens . Legally. They do it. God bless them for doing it. I speak to these folks. Often as often as I get a chance. I've spoken to. Groups that are big. That have become citizens of the United States when they're taking their oath of citizenship and I tell them you know. First of all welcome to the United States. Welcome. Secondly . Thank you for coming. For doing this the right way for coming here and working through the process . To become an American citizen even though I know . It's challenging . It's onerous. But thank you for doing it the right way and. Here we are. It was ironic in a way that several days after this story appeared. There was a very small story that appeared both paid. Papers in Denver. About all of the immigrants that were being sworn in as legal citizens of the United States. Small story. Relative to what this family . Who chose not to come that route. But to come here illegally . Small small. Story. Compared to what the Opera Doc has got. And I thought that was unfair . Simply and basically unfair. If you come to this country legally and you go through the process. To have the newspapers. Showcase a family who has done that the other way . Who has snuck into the country. All B M. Albeit these folks are I'm sure. Fine people . I have nothing against them. They seem like from what I read in the paper to be. You know people that you'd be happy to have as neighbors and friends . But that's irrelevant to the situation. Situation is they came here illegally . And they are being showcased. And there. And we are being asked to give them a special advantage. An advantage that we give usually to citizens . And so we're telling all of the people who have come here. The right way that they're nothing but suckers and that really. They could have saved themselves . A lot of time and money . And certainly a lot of brain damage . Going through the bureaucratic hoops that they're put through to come here legally . By simply sneaking into the country . Staying under the radar screen. Eventually we will give them. All of the same . Amenities. All of the privileges of citizenship. That's what that story said to me. It was unfair . And so . About a month after the story. Appeared I called the INS in Denver. The head of the INS a gentleman by the name of Mr Khan . And I said . Mr Comfort. I have a question for you a hypothetical question . And that is what would you do. If somebody came up to you on the street today . As you were. Exit in your building . And said you know I'm I'm a good guy I have a wife and family and a job and everything but. But I am here illegally and so is my family. What would you do about that. They confronted you. With it. And he said Well of course I would have to take them into custody . Because it really suggests and I said then what would happen he said then we would have to go to a hearing process . And if they were determined to be here illegally than of course. We would set up deportation arrangements. And I said well that's that's interesting. What did you do. About the family that. Told you that in the paper about a month ago. The opera to a family . And he said well we haven't done anything about it . He said We really don't have the resources . It's really not the same because it didn't isn't coming up to me on the street. Even though yes it's on the front page of the deaf are posted and they tell you the name and where they are never that. It's not the same he said. And I don't have the resources to go after them and I said well look I'm not really asking you to. You know send in the SWAT team and. Or devote any resources away from the from the very important tasks that. With which you are involved . Catching terrorists and and. Felons who are here illegally. But I do wonder whether or not you. It wouldn't just send a letter what would you not just send a letter maybe to the family and ask them to come in and talk to you because that. They're saying that they're here illegally and. You want to talk about their status is well that's. That would you agree that that could be done. And that that would be done. And I am not the next day . The Denver Post. Printed. Another story . And it. The headline was . Congressman Tancredo . Demands deportation. Of haste to Dhaka. Now although I never mentioned . Has to stop at Dhaka nor that nor did I demand anything . That's the way the post. Chose to portray this story. And they ran a picture of this young man . Again a very sympathetic figure in this whole thing he came here of course as a young man with his parents who had. He had no choice in the matter and. And I can certainly understand . His plight . And this. Grew into a huge huge debate in Colorado. With everybody taking sides in the media. Getting involved in that sort of thing . The media actually promoting it . Certainly. Because here we had set up this. Interesting debate . And it was worthy I think of. Of the interest of the media . Not to mention the way in which. Portion of the media in this case the Denver Post. Chose to spin the story. And I assure you Mr Speaker that. If the OP attack a family is here illegally as they claim to be course. I do not know whether they are or not I do not know whether they were put up to this or not. Maybe they are perfectly legal but. They were used in order to try to advance this agenda that I was talking about. Of getting. To issue and. Says it all the rest of it. But if they are in fact here illegally as they claim to be. Then the law says they should face deportation . Hearings and . If the judge says that they should be deported . They should be deported . I am absolutely. In support of that process. Now I have no great hope that the INS will. Diligently pursue this . Knowing the INS. But I think they should at least. Do what they told me they would do. That is to write a letter to the family. Ask them to come in and discuss this issue with them. This . As I say was playing out in the paper over several days. But all of a sudden. Another story. This was a front page . Above the fold. Story. Again in the Denver Post . This was think. Last Thursday or Friday . Apparently according to the post. Two people came into the post. The Denver Post . And identified themselves as being here illegally . In and of itself . An interesting situation I mean do people really just advance that so well of course they do because they are put on the front page of the paper and no big deal. But they went one step farther and they said not only are we here illegally . But we are felons. We falsified. The documents that we supplied to our employer. So that we could get hired. That is a felony . And they said we were hired by a company. By a construction . That eventually did work in Congressman Tancredo . Basement . Put in a home theater and . And finished our basement. So the above headline banner headline in The Denver Post this is. Remember this story took precedence over the situation we were in with Iraq the economy. A variety of things that I actually consider to be even more important but. But the Post and The Post thought this was deserving of that kind of placement. And it said something like the headline was. Tancredo . Hires illegal aliens. To to finish his basement. Well of course . No one knows the truth of that story and the reality is Mr Speaker. That . That story could not have passed . The discretion of the high school newspaper editor at because of course. What do we have here . We have an allegation made by two people who were not identified . About their relationship to a con. Company that I hired. To finish my basement . A situation over . Which of course I have absolutely no control I did not hire. The folks that actually did the labor. I hired the contractor. It is a reputable firm in Denver. According to the newspaper they have all of the documentation . Necessary by the law by law. To confirm that these people are here illegally. So what do we have what is this story. This is a fascinating thing . The story is that two people. Alleged. And they are in themselves. Alleged to exist. I do not know that they exist. I do not know. Even if two people came to the Denver Post and claimed that . That they in fact ever. Were in my home. Let's face it Mr Speaker this is a very very emotional issue . It is possible that people would even. You know . Make up something like that in order to advance a particular agenda. It is possible I'm not saying it happened. It's possible. I do not know what happened. Neither What I suggest does the Denver . And of course there's no way to tell. No one can judge the merit the truth of this matter. Because they won't tell who these people are. They're holding their names because they if they said that they fear that these people will then be prosecuted. So the Denver Post. If they believe. These people. They are . They are harboring. Harboring felons who have given false information. In order to be hired. Now again. I do not know whether the people who worked in my basement . Who were employees of the company that I did hire. Were here legally or not I haven't the foggiest idea to tell you the truth. It is not my responsibility to try and do that as a matter of fact. Mr Speaker. If I were to go to them and ask them . After they were hired. Let's say they're working in my basement and. I heard them down there and I thought I'm going to I'm just going to go down and find out if these guys are here illegally you know. So I go downstairs and I say hey I'd like you to stop for a second tell me . Are you legal I want to see your papers . Of course I'd be sued. I certainly could be sued under the Civil Rights Act because you can't ask people . That only the employer can request that kind of documentation. And even the employer can't say things like are you here legally . They can say I need documentation that you are a citizen and they need your I nine and. I mean. I have to fill out a ninety nine and security driver's license. If you are presented with that as the employer. That's what you keep on file which. According to the newspaper. This particular company I hired. Has on file. So what's the story. What is the story here . That commanded. Front page above the fold . Fascinating. Now I don't know where this will go I have no idea. You know the ins . Investigate. I can't get them to you know. I have hard time investigating to to actually do anything about people who are here illegally and . That have been three hundred sixty thousand people so far have been ordered deported. Already. From the United States for various violations. Of of. You know from rape robbery murder you name it they've been ordered to be deported. They have simply walked away from the court room and the INS has never found them are gone after them. So I doubt very much whether the INS is going to get too involved . In either of these two cases . And as I say I certainly do not want them. And I do not rank these cases on the same level as the potential terrorists that are here. The felons that are here I want them to devote a lot of time to that. But you see they shouldn't ignore this case especially. Either one. Really now that this is. This is such big news . But they certainly shouldn't ignore the OP. Up the dock as. I have not yet seen in the paper any company. That comes and says. I would like you to showcase me because I hire illegal aliens. But they're all nice guys . So we should change the law. And I haven't seen that. I assure you Mr Speaker . That should that be on the front page of The Post. I will call the INS . And I will say . I suggest . What it was like to know that you know. What are you going to do about this. I can't demand anything of you. I don't demand that you take it. Because frankly I can't you know it's an executive branch agency. But I can inquire . And I would enquire if some company. Did. What the OP or doctors did I would inquire I would say. Here are people that are fraudulent . I mean that are that are blatantly. Claiming their status as illegal and or. Claiming to have violated the law by. Knowingly hired people here. Hire people who are here illegally. You know . Any either of those two cases I think. Demand a little bit of attention. If it's nothing more than a letter but. Ten days . I think it's over twenty six twenty eight articles so far twenty eight. There been twenty. Articles editorials and or. Commentary about this . About this. I have never seen really anything . Command so much attention . As long as I have been in political life which has been a long time and . I am a very controversial figure but I don't remember anything like this. That's just that newspaper The Rocky Mountain News is also written. You know. Story after story it's been on the news it's been. I get. Clips from from California and Texas and Chicago and calls from all over the country. About these two stories the opera docket case . And my basement. Now the issue of course is not the opera docker's the issue that we should be . Really debating and discussing . It's not just you know. The companies. Out here. That arch . Alleged to have hired illegal aliens illegal aliens. Or the companies that do. Because of course we all know. There are plenty of them. I do not doubt for a moment . That I have that I have had dinner at a restaurant and . and Been served by or had my meal prepared by someone who may . Who was in fact here illegally I don't I'll bet you any money that has happened. I'll bet you when I've got in a cab. In this city. I've been driven to the location by someone who is here illegally . We all know this happens . The issue is not just the individual who's done that. The issue is the whole concept of immigration immigration reform . And the integrity of borders. That's what we have to talk about tonight . And I hope. Night after night after night after night and day after day after day that is what we have to talk about because the ramifications of illegal immigration into this country. Massive immigration both legal and illegal. Are enormous. As I've said on many occasions they will determine now. Not just what kind of country we are. That is to say. Our Balkanized. Factionalized. Or United. But it will also determine if we will be a country. That is why I devote as much time and attention to this issue as I do . It is not an issue that . That is easy for us to talk about the stories that I just described to you that were in the paper. Have caused a lot of people . A lot of pain . The company that I hired. Was identified . It has received calls from people who have threatened them . The most of it and left the. Messages of the most violent nature . The families. Of a lot of people have been affected by it certainly. I guarantee you our office has received. A similar type of response . Along with of course . An overwhelming number of people who are supportive of our efforts. In this regard. This is an issue America is talking about whether we want to talk about it or not it is an issue that Americans care about whether. We care about it or not it is an issue that Americans want us to deal with. Whether we want to deal with it or not. Poll after poll after poll tells us that the American people want us to crack down on illegal immigration . Want us to crack down on employers who are employing these people want us to reduce the number of people coming into the country even legally . Because they know there's something happening in the United States . That needs. Discussion and warrants their concern. We choose not to deal with it because we are fearful of the consequences. We are fearful of the kind of response . That these stories in The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. Have elicited . Have elicited the. Vitriolic. Antagonistic. Sort of communications that we get. When we start talking about this nobody likes this stuff. Mr Speaker certainly. I do not. You know. Nobody likes being called names nobody likes being vilified but in the press or anywhere else I assume . And I assure you that if I did not think this issue was. Met merited. The attention of this. Body and of this government . I would not bring it up. There are other things that I also believe are important but this . This issue has . As I say . An overwhelming importance. I think to the American public and to me . And it's got nothing to do with race and it's got nothing to do with ethnicity although that's always the card that is played . When you talk about it. But it what is interesting Mr Speaker is that. I went on a television station in Denver . Just. Let's see I think it was yesterday morning as a matter of fact. And did. Just a two or three minute explanation of this issue. And as I was leaving. A young man came up to me . Who was evidently a staff person there you know we had on the microphone thing and. Earphones and. Came up to me as I was leaving and he said. And he was. Spoke with a bit of an accent. And he said to me. Congressman. I want to tell you. I absolutely agree with you one hundred percent agree with you. You know what I had to go through to to get here legally . And I just got my papers. You know a little bit ago . And I thought you know . This guy speaks for millions of people who don't get. Publicized by the day. His picture will not be on the front of the Denver Post. I assure you he did it the right way . But there are millions of people out there who recognize the injustice. Here. The unfairness of a system that pretends to set up this . Well does in fact now pretends excuse me . Does in fact set up these huge barriers and tells people . If you come to the United States and you want to be a citizen. Here's what you've got to do it's a very heavy responsibility . And here all of the things that you must do to become a citizen . And you're all the paper or heirs all the papers you have to fill out. To become a citizen . And will have to wait for years and will be will go through processes and you may have to go to court and have to spend thousands and thousands of dollars. To become a citizen . To come here legally. And yet people do it. Well at the same time. The same government . Turns a blind eye to all of the folks coming across that border . At their will is there. Am I the only person who sees the injustice here . The unfairness of it. Well I guarantee you I'm not because I guarantee you Mr Speaker. That we hear from millions of people. Well strike that we hear from. Thousands and he way . In my office . Over the course of time . Who feel exactly the same way. And I know there are millions of people out there who also feel the way. The same way. But we ignore it. We pretend it doesn't exist because there are all kinds of political pressures here. The Democratic Party does not want to deal with this issue because they know it means votes. And the more they can bring in. The more folks they can bring in here legally or illegally . The more folks will eventually end up in the camp of the Democratic Party that's their experience that's what they believe . On the other hand. The Republican Party is loath to discuss this issue . Because there are of course. Workers. Laborers who come here and . Compete for jobs . And therefore keep wages low . And so as long as we can ensure the flow of low skilled low wage workers . We will have the Denver Post. Excuse me. Well you have the Denver Post . And certainly the New York Times. And the Wall Street Journal. Pressing for more and more. Immigration both legal and illegal. We have the administration that wants to make it a wedge issue in the next election. And I assure you Mr Speaker that even though we have gone through all of the. The debates in this body in the last several months over things like amnesty for people who are here illegally . And we have been able to stop it from happening. I assure you that after this next election. When things quiet down and we have two more years before we have to face. An election. Face our electorate. There will be another push . To provide amnesty for people who are here illegally . And to essentially open the borders . But here's what I suggest that we all do. I suggest that we have a a larger debate. On the topic of borders. Whether or not they should exist . Whether or not we should have them . What is the purpose. What purpose do borders serve. Are they an accurate isms as some of our colleagues was suggest. Are they simply impediments to the free flow of goods and services . Or are they meaningful . Do they distinguish . Nation states . Do they indicate. And actually give as an example what sovereignty. Is all about. I think borders are important. But I may be in the minority . Mr Speaker . Maybe a majority of the people in this house . And the president of the United States believe that borders are of no significance . That could be. If that is the case . And my side of this debate . Comes up short of the votes. To sustain our position. So be it. That's the nation in which we live that is the democracy we all here . Take an oath to support . But let's at least have the debate. Let's at least have the bill. I'd like to see . I want to see people go on record. I want to see people stand up and make a vote . As to whether or not they want borders or they don't. Because Mr Speaker if we have them. If we decide to have them. Then that means something. It means. They have to have integrity. It means they have to be defended. And not in the half way measures that we are presently doing . Not just putting. You know some folks. Down on the border putting their lives in peril as we are doing. One young man a little over a month ago. Chris Egli . Twenty eight years old a park ranger . In Arizona . Organ pipes. Cactus park. National Park . Straggly. And a border patrol agent. Interdicted. A couple of people coming across the border from Mexico where just killed four people in Mexico . As a result of some sort of drug war. Type of thing. And Mr and Mr Egli got out of his car to go over and stop these people to put them under arrest. They got out of their car. Without a magic weapons and killed him. Now Mr Eglise face. Has not appeared on any newspaper that I know of and his story has not been told by any major newspaper of which I am aware . But he died in the line of service to this country . He died because we told him to go down there. Along with his comrades in the Border Patrol. And the customs agents . And the U.S. Forest Service . We told them. Protect our borders . Protect the sovereignty of the nation. But Mr Speaker. We don't believe in that war . We sacrificed. Chris. Egli. And two weeks ago . Two F.B.I. agents were drug across the border into Mexico and beaten almost to death with rocks. They are now . In hospitals in in a hospital in Texas. Both of whom as I understand in critical condition . In a coma. Their faces have not appeared on any major newspapers that I've seen. The story hasn't been told . May twenty seventh . A Mexican vehicle. From the Mexican army a Mexican Humvee comes across. Into the United States. Is confronted by a Border Patrol agent and. Is fired upon by Mexican military. The bullet goes through the rear window of the . Of the vehicle and and. Ricochets off of the metal screen between that separates the cab and. The back . And goes out the right wing. Window. Where was that Mr Speaker a foreign power and . The the military of a foreign power . Comes into the United States. Fires. Because what they're doing frankly. Is protecting drug shipments. Many of the people on that border many of the Mexican military. And many of the Mexican federal police are actually working for the drug cartels. And protecting drug shipments into the United States . On the northern border . We have drugs. Shipments coming across in. HUGE proportion . There are cartels up there. That are run by Muslim individuals . There are twenty five thousand Muslims living in Calgary Canada . A portion of them are involved with a drug trade into the United States according to Mr Hutchinson our drug czar. Portion of them are involved with with smuggling drugs into the United States. Mostly methamphetamine components. Char then. Cook down here. Sold out here. Funds go back up there. And they support. Terrorist activities throughout the world. Both of our borders. Are places. Of warfare . The Denver Post. And newspapers all over this land. Want to portray the face of illegal immigration as. The opera DACA family. But nine. Good citizens. Sympathetic in every respect. That's what they. I want you to believe is the face of illegal immigration. But I assure you Mr Speaker that the face of illegal immigration on the borders is something. Much uglier . It is the face of murder. Of rape. Of robbery. Of drug cartels drug smuggling and of people coming into this country . For the purposes of doing us great harm. Terrorist infiltration. Go to the southern border. Go to the northern borders. See what I have seen. Look at the frustration in the faces of the Border Patrol. Who know that they are I have been asked to hold back a flood. And given a sin. And you know that their lives are in danger . Their lives and their of their that of those of their comrades are in danger . But we don't give them any support. We don't really want to close those borders . Because it would mean the end of the flow of cheap labor. Would mean an end to the flow of potential voters for the Democratic Party. That's why we don't do it. How vile. The motive. If people cared about these folks if people really cared about the the. Safety and Security . Of even the people coming across here illegally. They would stand with me. To try and stop that illegal immigration. It is a dangerous thing for these folks. They are. They hire these folks we call coyotes. People to bring them up to the United States sneak them in. Often times Mr Speaker. They are raped. The women are raped . The men are robbed . And they are pushed into the United States into some desert area where they perish. Hundreds have perished. They are abused . On the way . They are abused when they get to the border of their abuse many times by unscrupulous employers in the United States . Who take advantage of them. Knowing they're here illegally. Of course. They will pay them less sometimes they will . They will not give them the benefits that are deserved . And they are cast aside and. If we cared about them . We would do something about our borders. And we would do something about our immigration policy . And we would create a guest worker program . That would allow people to come into the United States legally. To take the jobs that quote. No one else will take here. Which we've heard. And which I will challenge but. If there are such jobs fine. There are ways in which people can come into this country legally . That their rights can be protected . They do not have to hire coyotes. They do not have to be abused. They don't have to come up here and be abused by employers. We can tell who they are . How long they're going along they are here. Who they're working for and when they return. But know that. Program will not be adopted. I have a bill for that purpose. It won't even be heard because it is easier . It is easier. Of course to simply ignore the folks coming across illegally. It's easier to hire them. They don't. People don't have to go through all the paperwork you just open your door and say you know. Where's your. Where's your. Your green card Where's your of your work permit and. Those things are purchasable of course . At just about any flea market in America you can buy your. Your social security card and. Any other kind of identification you want. So employers would just assume not have that kind of. Burden . And of course as I've stated already. There are a lot of people here who want to simply abolish the borders. So you see if you have a true. Guest worker program . Then. You. You need borders. Borders means something then because then you're just English and who can come across them and who cannot. But if you don't want borders. You. Thank you Mr Speaker. Ten more minutes. If you . If you don't want borders. Then why would you want to guest worker program. You wouldn't. What you want is to allow as many people as possible into the country . Then . Chip away at every single law in the country. That distinguishes someone. As a citizen that confers some right . On them as a citizen. There are municipalities in this nation . In this city. As a matter of fact that are pushing for voting privileges. For people here illegally. Well OK. As I say Mr Speaker if that's where we're going fine. Just make a decision . Make a conscious decision as to the direction this nation is going. Abandon the borders. Or protect them. That is really and truly . The choice we have. And as long as we ignore it as long as we maintain this. Half baked posture. We are abandoning them. That is exactly what is happening . And we are doing that. I think. To our peril. Ever dear friend by the name of Hugh Fowler who. He when surely follow had been friends of ours for . I don't know. Thirty years or more and . Gave me a a brought by the house I got a great book it's called crowded land of liberty . By Dirk. Chase. Eldridge and I certainly recommend it to anyone and it talks about the impact of immigration massive immigration . There are all kinds of ramifications as I mentioned Mr Speaker certainly. Just in terms of the numbers are the growth in our population . Everybody wonders how it is that in my state Colorado because we have we have in this huge number of people coming in the state every year growth has gone wild we are building highways and. And schools and hospitals . California has to build a school a day. To keep up with the numbers . Where are they coming from. Is this natural birth rate of the country no of course it is not . The are natural birth rate in this country is almost. Replenishment level I mean it's just about two point one and. And frankly not. You know that high. The. The the increase in population in this country is a result of immigration. Immigrants coming in. Immigrants having children. That's . The population increase . There are ramifications . Crowded conditions . Public lands. Rocky Mountain National Park Yellowstone. But you can't get to any more you have to wait in long lines pretty soon you have to take have reservations . To go to. Scenic spots in America and there aren't that many speed scenic spots not because houses are popping up or there once were. Pristine grasslands. This is happening. Because of population pressure. Population growth. Where is it coming from it's coming from immigration . Now. It could be OK that may be Absolutely. All right with everybody. But it should be an honest debate. It should be a condition that we establish in this country. Followed by an honest debate over a controversial issue. You know . These are difficult issues . There's certainly no two ways about it and. Difficult for us to discuss and deal with and . I just want to say that. From a personal standpoint Mr Speaker. It is it is good for us all to kind of stand back once in a while and think about things that put everything in perspective I guess because we have a tendency I'm sure to get all of us to get awfully wrapped up in this stuff and a little over a week ago . My youngest son gave . And his wife . Had a baby . My daughter in law. Gave birth to a little boy . And named Gabriel and. I went out to California . Saturday before last. To see him . And when my son walked out of the delivery room carrying him. And handed him to me and I took him in my arms. I thought to myself you know . This does put the world in perspective and. It is for Gabriel. And it is for Thomas. My oldest grandson . And for William . His brother . That we do. All of these things that we . That we try all of us. Not just those of members of Congress but everybody. I know. That's what we labor for . It's the future . And it is for them. Mr Speaker. That . I do in fact. Try to advance this issue. I believe it is an important one I want to leave them. And a country. As good if not better than the one I grew up in. And. And that is why we labor here. Thank you Mr Speaker now you'll back the balance of mine. My time. The gentleman's time as is just about expired and . Under the speaker's announced policy of January third two thousand and one The chair recognizes the gentleman from New York. Mr Owens. For sixty minutes speaker I was going to go to consent to revise and extend my remarks. But to figure out how we wage peace . Should be the agenda priority as we close out hundred one seventh Congress .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    priority as we close out hundred one seventh Congress . To attack on not…

    priority as we close out hundred one seventh Congress . To attack on not to attack the right. Should not be the issue . Which dominates the final. Work of this Congress. To attack or not to attack should not be the question which. Overwhelms the minds of America.

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  • 10:26:31 PM

    MR. OWENS

    Critical out. As we move toward very important elections . On November…

    Critical out. As we move toward very important elections . On November fifth. If September eleventh of last year has made the American people preoccupied with security and safety from terrorism then let us examine all of the components and elements of a program . To make our nation more secure and more safe. Action involving Iraq. What is United Nations inspections. A military offensive. At the conclusion of EVA one we will still face . Major questions of security and safety from terrorism . Only serious attention to the full agenda of a Congress. Kind of competition . Continuing mission. To make this nation secure and safe . Nation is most secure . Not when we wage war. But when we mount a sustained peace. Offensive. We must pass laws . We must appropriate money. Which supports the increase of prosperity and peace security and safety on hast. When we have a foreign policy and a foreign aid program . Which promotes peace. Our nation's security is threatened . When we conduct silly and wasteful sessions of Congress . Like the present session . Present session includes. Days like today. When we voted on three resolutions one was one hundred ten a version of the four. Program the other was on the steps of Congress regarding American. Gold Star Mothers another was well . First Lady of Taiwan. Three resolutions which got all four hundred thirty five votes. Could have been handled with a voice vote of no substance. And we've been doing this for the last three or four weeks . As we close off this Congress. We need to focus on vital programs such as senior prescription drug benefits . An increase in the minimum wage . Minimum funding for school repairs. Pension reform which stops corporate stealing. And retrieve the millions of dollars from ordinary workers. If we spend the remaining weeks and days of this Congress. With a total focus on Iraq instead . We will engage in a major betrayal of our constituents. Now I think the Iraq question is very important . I think. We cannot escape. A conclusion . On the matter . As soon as possible. But to attack or not to attack Iraq. Should not be the issue which. Obliterates all of the discussion of all of the issues . All of the other issues . All very much related to the question of security and safety from terrorism. We should learn from the past . Lessons of the Vietnam War and . Previous wars . We should understand . Certain important matters that . Need to be put back on the table. We can't have too much discussion. People have chosen to forget that there was a Marshall Plan . Which wages the peace where we took the initiative . Against forces that were gathering after World War two forces that would have made for chaos. And a lot of conflict between nations for. That might have paved the way for a Communist takeover of. Bankrupt economies in Europe. And we wage peace. And we won . If we wage the peace instead of waging war. At this particular time . We might find we are more secure . And we're more safe from terrorism. Let's just take two examples if we focus instead of on the nation of Iraq. And the need to attack Iraq . Because some say poses some kind of danger to us. Welcome back to that later. We focus instead on Pakistan. Another Muslim nation . And looked at the fact that Pakistan has taken a great . Leadership that has taken a great chance and. Agreeing to serve as allies in the fight against terrorism. Instead of spending sixty billion dollars in Iraq. Why don't we spend more money. To improve the democracy in Pakistan Pakistan already has nuclear weapons. Pakistan has you know the most conservative estimate one hundred fifty million people. Some say one hundred eighty million people. Pakistan has already declared . As our allies in the war against terrorism as the. Allies in the war in Afghanistan . Afghanistan. Against the Soviet Union as they have been over the years. So why not. Approach the present problem with an overwhelming embrace. Of a Muslim nation . Like Pakistan . Doing great things for Pakistan improving education and a number of other things. We would do far more to secure the world against Islamic fanaticism than we . By attacking. Saddam Hussein in Iraq. I have gotten quite a number of letters. Most of us have communications from various. Constituents. And I want to read some of those tonight as well as. Talk about the need to wage the peace. As an answer to those who want to wage war. I want to talk a little bit about who's going to fight the war. It was before . You know. It's the young men and women out there who need the minimum wage increase was in America . Have always been fought by the people in the lower income brackets. They don't want to go out and die. We have to take care of their minimum wage. Needs to take care of their their needs for safe places to work and. Deal with the corporate partners that have been cheating them out of their pension funds . We ought to deal with the fact that many of our veterans. Are now suffering greatly . Because they don't have adequate health care. And among the items they need is some help with their prescription drugs. I'm going to come back to that and talk about how waves of peace. How we deal with making ourselves safe and secure from terrorism . By waging that peace . I have no illusions about the minister that Saddam Hussein. Represents. I think Saddam Hussein has a lot in common with him . So he does not possess a German war machine behind him. However he does not pose an overt military threat to America . As Hitler did. But the same brutal mindset is at work and Saddam Hussein and we can see that. So I think we need to find ways to deal with Saddam Hussein. But I don't think going . It's been proposed but. President is a way to do it I think we. We run the risk of making matters worse . We could cause the evil that this tyrant. Represents . To actually mushroom. And action against Saddam Hussein. Might unleash the dogs of chaos . In a new world order of just sort of any world our nation could talk of a week a nation . And charged him with ministry not before launching a preemptive. Preventive military attack. That would be worst on the world. To live in before I go on. I'd like to recognize my colleague from Texas . Actually I thank the distinguished gentleman for yielding . And I thank him for this opportunity to have an exchange with him on some very vital issues. And gauge our colleagues in a debate that I think is enormously important . You mentioned something . As I was coming to the floor. And was listening to . Why are we here and why are we here in this Congress and what are the important issues . And

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    . And particularly on the issue of going to war with Iraq you captured .…

    . And particularly on the issue of going to war with Iraq you captured . The sentiment of many of my constituents this weekend. I held a citizens forum on Iraq . With an enormous amount of participation from my district . But more importantly very. And informed. Experts that we had from a number of academic institutions Texas Southern University the University of Houston and St Thomas University . But one of the things that came from out of the audience . Is the fact that. The young men and women that will go to war are all children. And that in large numbers . A war with Iraq. As it seems to be intended by this administration . Will be a bloody war with a great deal of loss of life. Of American lives. At the same time of course it will compound the loss of lives of women and children and men. Families in Iraq. And the question becomes how do we deal with the prominence that the United States has gotten. As the. Only and singular . World power . Does that in any way diminish the United States. To engage in diplomacy . And so the question has to go to the administration as to why . We are rushing so fast. To War. What is the entrance and exit strategy that we would have if we engage in a war in Iraq. What is the question to the American public who will ask. Is it seventy five thousand or three hundred thousand men and women on the ground in Iraq. We're already paying twelve billion dollars a month in Afghanistan many of us. Joined with the president to support going after the terrorists and I stand by that resolve because we were attacked on our soil. The. Representation that we need to go to war with Iraq because there is an in imminent danger . Has not been proven and. Even today in Prime Minister Blair's remarks and it is a long document . Of which I have read and reviewed and he spoke before the parliament . And he gives the case made by the British Joint Intelligence Group to be J.I. . Who over sixty years has worked on behalf of the British government. And there is a long list of. Statements about weapons of mass destruction and. Having to go back in and I agree with that. We need. United Nations inspectors to go in unfettered. But the one thing that the prime minister said that I think we should listen. Our case he says. Is simply this. Not that we take military action . Come What May. But that. The clause for ensuring. Iraqi disarmament. As the UN has stipulate. It is overwhelming. And to utilize the position of Britain in the prime minister as war war war . Seems to be incorrect based upon his remarks . He documents that he believes that there weapons of mass destruction. But at the same time he also acknowledges that intelligence is often. Open to question. And so what we really need to have happen is that the United Nations inspectors. Need to go unfettered and the better. Route for the United States to take. Is the diplomatic route. Which is the route of saying . Let us join in with the United Nations. Let us sit here to charter. The fifth provision . Fifty one in the charter. That says that striking. First preemptively. Making the first right. Is illegal . And let us not violate. If you will . The international law our colleague implying that the British prime minister does not agree with the president went to the chancellor of Germany has gone into serious trouble. But not a green . Is it likely that . There's going to be a falling out between the British prime minister and the president. Well you know what and I appreciate the distinguished gentleman I hope that the president will listen . And actually read the text of the remarks made by the prime minister he lays out the case but in two simple lines. He says Our case is simply this. Not that we take military action so I believe that . Where

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    MR. OWENS

    the prime minister now stands is almost where we have just heard the…

    the prime minister now stands is almost where we have just heard the former Vice President Al Gore stand . Multilateral actions . Working with your allies . And working with the United Nations. Which many in this Congress we don't all agree Democrats and Republicans. But we've heard a collective voice of suggesting that if we're going to be part of the world family. Then

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    suggesting that if we're going to be part of the world family. Then we…

    suggesting that if we're going to be part of the world family. Then we need to not undermine the United Nations. We need to shore it up and to be part of it. Some people have argued. We don't have the United Nations telling us what to do you're absolutely right. If there was a cause that we felt that we were. About to be imminently attacked . Then obviously we have a right to defend ourselves and the charter for the fifty one. Provides and provision fifty one. Under the UN Charter. Provides that. That that leeway. But we're using individuals who are saying one thing but in fact. I believe the Prime Minister's probably heard a lot from his party members. To realize that we need to be deliberate. Not that we have not acknowledging the distinguished gentleman from New York said it very eloquently. You described with Saddam Hussein. Is we don't make the point of putting him up as a saying . But the real question is disarmament . Of voiding destabilisation of the world in the region. Because we have Syria and Turkey and Iran and Saudi Arabia surrounding Iraq . We have no response if you will . To what happens if we destabilize that area. And let me pose a question to you . As I indicated . We're already spending a billion dollars a month. In Afghanistan that's to fight the war that's not necessarily to rebuild the country . And Afghanistan some twenty some years ago was. Maybe not the most prosperous and . Technologically. If you will. Competent nation. But it certainly was a nation that was standing on its feet I would say more than twenty years ago . In its own way . It is now a mere symbol and some a nation of which we have to rebuild it. The question is who will rebuild Iraq. What's the upcoming government. That will take over if we are talking about . One and attack . One a destruction of the government and destruction of the infrastructure and destruction of the country itself . I believe it would be just foolish to suggest that in fact. We're talking about Iraq. Rebuilding itself . We would have to be engaged in rebuilding its I think my colleague has made a very good comparison. Oh Afghanistan versus Iraq Afghanistan. First is Iraq. You might say . Country. It was when the Soviet Union attacked by the Soviet Union after nine years that it could not subdue the people of Afghanistan. It had to give up. It lost a lot of lives . It brought the government down in. Soviet Union also.

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    The far more sophistication. Modestly populated. Will be impossible to…

    The far more sophistication. Modestly populated. Will be impossible to keep the problem is not. Can you wipe out Saddam Hussein. Can you wipe out his Republican Guard his immediate military machine that could be accomplished . Fairly quickly. But what do you do after that. Occupying the country is where you have to drive. Thousands of American men and go in there you're talking about hundreds of thousands who would be there for a long time . And who would face in all kinds of ministering situations from some of the governments and. Populations around Iraq as well as . In Iraq itself. So you're. You have no choice . After fighting a war and losing lives . But to finish try to finish it. Whether you're talking about nation building or just occupying the territory. Either way it will drain resources . And it will drain. Lives away for a long long time. Absolutely it's going to be no easy matter . You mentioned. I think you've captured it well to gentlemen distinguished gentleman with. You're absolutely right first of all if we look at maps we realize that Iraq is huge and. It would require a massive occupation by either US troops or allies . And that's one of the reasons that it was certainly be misdirected and wrongheaded to talk about any kind of unilateral effort and as you well know . I think to this point . The administration has not moved from its position. That if the U.N. does not

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    act we will act . And I think I say to the to the to my colleagues and…

    act we will act . And I think I say to the to the to my colleagues and certainly. What I said to my constituents . Is that we are no wimps here that I call everyone a patriot because we have all rallied to unify behind the administration on the fighting of terrorism . And we have been grateful for the fact that our allies have joined us as well. They realize that the new wars of the twenty first century . Will be fought differently from World War two in fact. They will be probably more wars of terrorism. The question is Have we finished the job. On fighting terrorism with our allies . Have we found Osama bin Laden. Have we stabilize Afghanistan with the. Jeopardy that. The new president is in in Afghanistan every day. And then we turn our attention to Iraq. One hundred billion dollars to be spent. Immediately if we begin a war with no case being made on the imminence of their attack in the United States . With evidence suggesting that they don't have any missiles that to reach the continental areas the United States . And that the United Nations is prepared . Under the present resolutions. To go in and Iraq has suggested that they can come in unfettered . I just want to offer to you you mentioned the Soviet Union. It's interesting . For those of us who either read it in the history books. Or were here to talk about the cold war. And many of the young people today don't know about that . But just imagine if. Everybody at that time said. Let's just do a preemptive unilateral strike . On the Soviet Union. We've now come to see the World Council and there were. There were people who I understand and finds that but I guess cooler heads prevailed as we heard our colleague and friend former member Dellums give us a really detailed explanation on some of these issues. And we have a situation now that we did not go to war . And in essence. We saved ourselves from the immediacy of the third world war at that time.

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    Why not now . This armament. And containment getting. Allies

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    diplomacy . And dealing with the United Nations seems to be the better…

    diplomacy . And dealing with the United Nations seems to be the better direction of the day because I do not see. With respect to the president's position . Anyway that we can be victorious in . Winning this war . And a limited. Short period of time with a minimal loss of life . And I just. Truly believe that . With better study. We would have a resolution of very strong and glaring examples . If we outlasted the Soviet Union . And we outlasted China . The Congress party and checked all of these evil empires . That it appeared we were going to inevitably have. Military conflict with. You know now it's not our allies and it's certainly civil partners and neighbors. You know if we had lasted . The threats that they pose . Then surely we can outlast the threat that Iraq poses . Also.

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    the threat that Iraq poses . Also. Yes we're going to have to learn in…

    the threat that Iraq poses . Also. Yes we're going to have to learn in this world to live with a new kind of threat. The new kind of . risk You know . Getting rid of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Will not free us from having to live with that risk . Because there are nations like Pakistan. A friendly nation at this point. Possessing nuclear weapons . On very shaky grounds in terms of the true . Nation . Could lead to an overthrow of the government. It could be an unfriendly hands tomorrow. So you could have. You know the possibility of nuclear weapons being stolen from they are transmitted from there and even if a nation doesn't have nuclear weapons. The possibility of a rogue nation sell it to them that we don't even know about the possibility of being stolen . The Soviet Union has lost a lot of. Nuclear materials . Through theft . In Russia. Since the Soviet Union was dismantled . All these things exist we have some threats . And some risk. We're going to have to live with . So why do we certainly . Consider Saddam Hussein an imminent threat. That must be taken care of unlawful use of force. Immediately And if General . You raise. Several. Very important points . That could be part of the solution and that is whether there are rogue nations or others . How is Saddam Hussein getting some of the so-called . Material for called. Creation of a nuclear bomb . On the black market A Would it be better for us to address some of these issues. Countries that may be. Allies or that we are engaged with who are actually providing this material to Iraq.

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    providing this material to Iraq. For them to function. With materials from…

    providing this material to Iraq. For them to function. With materials from the black market. I take it. Generally for making it part of my speech I'm not certain I was going to do it with a question that we don't know of to confront diplomatically. Allies. And the people in the world. Who will furnish you with what he needs . The sanctions have not been carried out. We should have confronted. France Russia and a number of other nations for not cooperating with the United Nations. Impose sanctions. Iraq has continued to sell oil on the black market everybody knows it absolutely . And

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    black market everybody knows it absolutely . And somebody is buying it is…

    black market everybody knows it absolutely . And somebody is buying it is not just small countries have to be large countries. So we have not confronted. The rule of law. Which we think is so important the rule of international law is just as any other rule of law but . They're just

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    law is just as any other rule of law but . They're just

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    of law but . They're just coming their nose noses at the rule of law. As…

    of law but . They're just coming their nose noses at the rule of law. As far as United Nations concerned. We have not confronted these nations. And demanded that they stop doing what they're doing. You know there's a lot of talk about children . Because of the

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    children . Because of the

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    . Because of the U.S. and closer you would impose sanctions that's a lot…

    . Because of the U.S. and closer you would impose sanctions that's a lot of nonsense. Saddam Hussein is saying he has billions of dollars to spend as he wishes to spend. He's trying to acquire weapons materials. He could buy medicine. He could buy food. If children are dying in Iraq. People are dying for lack of. This is Saddam Hussein's fault . Nobody else's. Because he has the money and the resources. Because the rest of the world has not bothered to enforce the law enforced laws they should use the conditions of arrest agreed to pose in Iraq. Was a rock special not different or any other nation with a dictator. Evil regime . Because they agreed . In order to save themselves . To certain items. And signed an agreement with the United Nations . And they proceeded to abide by that agreement that makes them different . And that makes him a special case. But the case is not been made for a military attack on Iraq. It's a gentleman with you know you're absolutely right. And that's where we have faltered and that's where we have made great mistakes diplomatically. Is that we have not. Insisted that our allies. Enforce the sanctions we've not . Insisted that the United Nations. Remain strong on some of the resolutions that they pass . You can contain and isolate. Saddam Hussein and frankly we have not done that. We've given him great latitude and. Of course with. Everyone's eyes on his all reserves. He's had a certain degree of freedom.

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    Our attack and unilateral attack . It's not going to help the situation in…

    Our attack and unilateral attack . It's not going to help the situation in fact. It's going to make the region more volatile. It's going to again take away from us the higher moral ground . And so who are we to stop any. Incursion or any sort of conflict between India and Pakistan . Between China and Taiwan to say to Israel . That if they are attacked during the time that we start a unilateral war . And if they're attacked by Iraq. Who are we to say. Even though we were successful in doing that in one thousand nine hundred one . Because we asked in advance and we had the allies and by the way let me distinguish one thousand nine hundred ninety one resolution I was not here . But obviously everyone knows that Iraq. Attacked Kuwait . And so on the basis on the on the. Limited premise that. Ally was attacked. You could argue that we went in to aid to our ally. Kuwait. We have no such circumstances you don't go in alone no it was a and we will not leave the United Nations we have all of the most we had all of it was happy to deal with us and as reclaiming. Just a moment. You're absolutely right. We have the allies. Well who are we. To begin this whole new. Metamorphic will change one hundred eighty group. To greet change. If you will. To suggest now that I'll policy is totally. Regime change and that. Anywhere we can go anywhere is the United States . And say that we don't

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    . And say that we don't like on neighbor and we want them to change. I…

    . And say that we don't like on neighbor and we want them to change. I believe that is a path that we do not want to take.

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    not want to take. And we did not take it on the Democratic or Republican…

    not want to take. And we did not take it on the Democratic or Republican presidents. To suggest that we are the most powerful nation in world can now go around and attack. Any regime we so desire. Even those that are ugly. That we don't like. And that should be moving toward a path of change. But we must follow international law and begin to look ahead . As to what will happen if people. Nations. Allies foes and friends. Will begin to see. You did it . Why can't we do it. That is. I think the deliberations that I have not heard debated here . And I have not made the. I have not heard the. Ministration make its case. And I might simply say that I hear of pending resolutions coming. That's why it be more appropriate for us to hold a special session . And for this debate to be carried on singularly with nothing else on the on the Congress's agenda . It is so crucial. It is racked with so many major changes for this nation . That I frankly believe that the American people are done a disservice . If we do not give them. All of the facts and I have heard. As you have heard. Not only e-mail and letters but I am hearing that there is a growing sense of opposition. Irrespective of political party or political for . Loss of the all region. As people begin to understand the facts . And they see what you stated earlier when I have joined in to say that thousands upon thousands of young lives lost and might I say. Young men and women who will go anywhere . To defend this nation it's not them . Our military men and women are superb . As our veterans are . They will go anywhere. To defend our freedoms . But the question is Have we thought about the thousands upon thousands of lives. Young men and women out children whose lives will be lost and who by I'll vote . The single vote that. Any member makes. Can cast them into harm's way . For what reason . What imminent say. What international law. Will they be abiding by. What solution well they provide. If you will. How will they bring closure to this. We had closure in World War two. Went on to the Plan Marshall . And we had the moral high ground and many think we should have started earlier with the allies and out of that came NATO . But what do we have now . That would suggest that this is the right direction to take . Rather than as you have indicated and I've totally agree . The enforcing of the U.N. sanction to going in with the inspectors . The building up of allies . But containing him and disarming him. That is the approach to do. And then we will find our way . On the. On the moral ground and also with our allies . Making an actual difference . As opposed to I believe doing what we are intending to do at this point. And yield to the gentleman . I think my colleague from Texas . For joining me and emphasizing again that we can't have too much debate . On the subject when we talk about going to war. We say we are going to war. We means not just the decision makers in the White House who says America's. Here in Congress . We will use all of them. Erica. Is going to war. So we cannot take too much time to discuss this issue . And look at all around for occasions . We cannot take too much

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    . We cannot take too much time. And review history. Because some obvious…

    . We cannot take too much time. And review history. Because some obvious lessons of history of being forgotten. Right now we seem to have forgotten the lessons of Vietnam. You know. We seem to forgotten. A lot of lessons of. All the wars fought in America . In terms of. Who fights and who who goes to war . Who are the ones who die . You know . Perhaps we should stimulate a discussion. Make it a whole new set of rules. Related to Selective Service. Because inevitably there's going to have to be addressed. If you walk in Iraq . Thousands and thousands of men and women will be needed. So they have to be a draft. We should make rules that nobody gets exempted from the draft. Except. People who physically are disabled. Everybody else has to die. You know. We should make a rule that everybody who is in the military must do. A year in a combat zone. We should learn from the past lessons . And not drop the burden of a war . That's questionable . On the backs of the people who have the least amount. To say about it. But do . We should not drop the war on the backs of people that we won't. We want to get past a minimum wage increase for . You know . If you look at the wall and I liked it. Among the war monuments in the world . There's nothing greater than the war . The Wall. Of the Vietnam Memorial that that wall list every . Every person who died . Every soldier who died in Vietnam. You know there's no more unknown soldiers. You have to talk about these of Tomb the Unknown Soldier one who don't know if soldier was . Everyone just listed they deserved to be listed. Let's name them one by one . In order to develop habits . Which don't encourage Wall if we have to see them. Name but one by one. Understand this is what war means. Fifty seven thousand almost. Are listed on the . Walt. And the civil war we lost six hundred thousand . Of your more or less. On both sides and. More lives were lost in the War Civil America . We lost. You know almost amounts of lives in World War two World War one. All of the statistics will show when you break them out that the overwhelming majority of the lives lost. Were poor rural . Big city . Poor young men who had to be the cannon fodder for the war. You know. They deserve. They deserve more than to have us callously. Make decisions about how their lives are going to be lost. And they deserve . Us to pay more attention to their needs right now . On the domestic agenda of the Congress. We should deal with working conditions we need to deal with the. economy We should deal with the fact that the pension funds . Are cheating workers out of their. Their rights. But let's get back to the war for a moment and hear the voices of some of my constituents . I think it's very important. That like many others you the amount of communications mail. E-mail. Telephone calls. Has become an overwhelming. About this matter and it will continue. But I like the quality of some of the . Communications that I receive so much that I thought I'd share . A couple of them . Tonight . Here's one is very simple . It's hand written. But it gets right to the point. And I'm going to read it and submit it for the record. When I finish it Congressman Nunes. As a constituent of your district. To oppose a war on Iraq . A strike on Baghdad . Is unjustified. Illegal and immoral . The issue of weapons inspectors can be handled by the U.N. in a peaceful and lawful manner . With . Seeking economy. The American people cannot bear the burden of another war. Please focus on investing in people not . War . And this is written by Michael Feldman . And Jeanette. Well known who are constituents in my district. Very simple statement. Speak I should have sent to enter. The entire letter. For the record . One of the letter which is not so simple . But written by one of my constituents and. Obviously she's given a great deal of thought. In this letter. And I appreciate the thinking here and. I want you to hear the connection here. With the levers and. How she weaves all this together and understand very clearly the mood of America. The mood of America's anger mood America is . The mood of America is . fear But we should not let the mood of the herd and fear drive us into reckless actions that make matters worse . Representative Owens. I writing to you because I feel so helpless to stop what seems to be in. Evident. War with . Iraq Like you and every New Yorker. I tasted war on September eleventh. It wasn't pleasant . And I'm not eager to experience it again. For hours I couldn't find my husband who worked across the street from One World Trade Center. Fortunately he were turned home safely . After witnessing. Unspeakable carnage. But many of our friends and neighbors weren't so lucky . That even I walked down seventh Avenue in Park Slope Brooklyn. To get a handle on the losses. The stench from burning buildings computers and bodies was pervasive. And the smoke cast an eerie haze over . A little community . Everywhere I went I learned of more losses. Twelve firemen from Squad want on my blog. Loved ones and students and a teacher at the Park Slope dance studio. Parents with kids . At three twenty one birthday Carol. And sane and school members from church . A former colleague and many of our neighbors were all among the missing . At seven P.M. that day we foolishly held out hope that some would be found in area hospitals . But unfortunately there were weeks later. Attended the memorial service for my friend. Jeff. Party who was killed because he happened to be working on the one hundred first floor of tower one . I was after ten to just service. A woman or seventh Avenue and Carol. Approached me and asked me to sign a petition . Opposing the war in Afghanistan . I refuse . I supported the war in Afghanistan . And have been grateful that out. Allies have worked with us. To round up terrorists worldwide . However. I've been absent. I've seen absolutely no evidence that Iraq had it is going to do with this attack . The rumor that Mohamed Atta met with Iraqi intelligence agent. Has been denied by the government. I'm not aware of one Iraqi who fought with the tell about . All I know the citizens of many of our allies. Fought with the Taleban are members of al Qaeda and we're on those planes. On September eleventh . And continue to threaten Americans and other foreigners every day. But in Pakistan. My hope is to destroy them. And stop the spread of Islamic religious fundamentalism . And hatred for the United States. For Christians for Jews to fight the Islamist . We need the cooperation of all of our allies and all countries in the Middle East. I am afraid that this fragile alliance will dissolve. If we attacked Iraq without provocation . We may not get the help we need invading Iraq will only inflame anti-American rhetoric . And could even jeopardize our allies in the Middle East. I'm deeply worried about the welfare of President Musharraf . And concerned that if anything happens to him. We're just fanatics . Could take control of Pakistan . Which we know. Has both nuclear weapons and ate and members. Already under attack in this country because of his support of the US . And the New York. Reported this week. That a recent car bomb that killed twelve people . Was intended for him. I truly think declaring war in Iraq . Will put more U.S. citizens. In Harm's Way. This is a letter from a constituent of mine . I would like to conclude a letter which I think is very thorough. Thoughtful. Following the tragedies of September eleventh. We were city in mourning. We spent months going to funerals and they were completely shut down when funerals got when funerals for firefighters were killed. The physical and emotional damage . Contributed to economic downturn here. I want to small but successful public relations firm . And I book Ninety three percent of my revenues. In two thousand and one on projects and the work completed before September eleventh and only seven percent after September eleventh . My situation was not unusual small businesses. Graphic designers contractors beauticians photographers. Everywhere in the metropolitan area . They suffered from the same fate. Large companies like my husband's. Were evacuated from lower Manhattan never to return. His company had to rebuild complete systems within days . To be able to compete when the markets open the following Monday . And use A.O.L. other carriers to communicate by email. Because the company's servers were destroyed . We all limped along . City tax revenues on during . And during evidence of the economic damage. We experienced . This country especially the city have not yet digested the economic an emotional fallout from September eleventh. New York City is still struggling to get back on its feet and continues to get hammered by low tax revenues the recession . Stock market volatility . And corporate scandals . The economy. Can take another shot . Like a war with Iraq and its unknown consequences. We have so much on finish international business. That to go forward to war with Iraq right now would be irresponsible . I share the same concerns that King Abdullah of Jordan has. Has that invaded Iraq. Lead to a further destabilization of the Middle East including possibly a civil war . At a time . When we need to be rebuilding Afghanistan . I'm seeking a solution to the Israeli Palestinian war. Even the Kurds are begging us. Not to invade. We still haven't found Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar. How we going to round up Saddam Hussein and his secret weapons. But take it without support of our allies . It's suicidal . I'm reminded of our many unsuccessful attempts to oust. Fidel Castro. Besides economic and diplomatic was diplomatic problems of a war with Iraq. I have a serious moral problem with killing innocent people in that country. I know what it feels like when innocent lives are lost . Even represented Dick Armey was quoted today in The Times as saying that an unprovoked attack . Would violate international law . However this is ministration will not listen to its allies . And is only fueling. Anti Americanism . Worldwide. Speaker. She never seemed to place the entire letter from Gail. Donovan in the record. Without objection. My message is that we should wage peace . Instead of being overwhelmed by concerns with war . You know this country we have a lot of mechanisms . A war. We have West Point . We have several military universes a Naval War College in the Army War College and several mechanisms for preparing the best minds in the world. To wage war and. Maybe that's as it should be . The great nation. Leading the world . Should have the best minds in the best equipment. The best. Forces. But on the other hand. We do very little. To prepare our population to waste peace . We have no equivalent to West Point where we train people in diplomacy . And ways in which to wage peace. We don't even bother to look closely at our successes in the world. Like the Marshall Plan to help . You know with the expenditure of money that could have been spent fighting wars. We were able to stop the spread of communism . In Europe and to rebuild prosperous economists in the nations of Europe. If we had a piece called actual peace universes . Maybe they would look at. Questions like the relationship between . Wall . And those who make decisions about war. And those who fight the wars. It's worse examinee. I would have started it . And I made speeches on this floor before offering the statistics related to the war civil. Well one road to the Korean War Vietnam War . In terms of. The number of people who died and where they came from. You know and the pattern was clear in the civil war. You could actually buy . If you were drafted a schedule be drafted you could buy your way out and. Somebody else. Poor A person would take your place . And die for you in that war we lost a large number of Americans. In the civil war. Proxima six hundred thousand. Modern weapons would not be invented it that time so more people got killed. Cannon Fodder. Face to face . Bayonet to me Annette contacted or whatever. But in World War two the same pattern. The people who died . Came from the rural areas . And the big cities. The poorest population the big cities. And World War two. Same as well one. In Korea and Vietnam . The names on the wall over there two thirds of them are for low income communities . A disproportionate number. On the Vietnam wall . Are also minorities. So the people who are going to die. Deserve to be included in this debate. If we attack Iraq. If we are successful as we will be destroying their. Their military forces. Will have to occupy Iraq . And that's where large numbers of men and women will be needed to carry out such an occupation. We would have to have a draft eventually. Let's take a look at that and see in a democracy how we might improve upon the process of making war. By examining the process by which we draft people to go off and fight the wars. Maybe we should start talking now that . You know about changes in the selective service approach . If we reinstitute the draft. Maybe there should be a definite qualification. That nobody gets exempted. You know. Only those who are physically disabled. Everybody who is eligible to be in the category to be drafted should be drafted. They all should serve the same amount of time in a combat zone . You know in Vietnam. The last the better part of the Vietnam war. A man had spent only a year after year he was allowed to go home . Out of the combat zone some kind of understanding that. You know your tight life is at risk. Those kind of rules and practices. Maybe should be made up ahead of time the Congress should make. Take a close look at it everybody goes . The grandsons and great grandsons of the people make decisions to go to war. Must be on the front lines as well as the rest of the population . The way we treat population. If you're going to have a draft . Then certainly . The issues that are not being dealt with in this Congress. Or important for consideration if you're going to have a draft . You have no right to draft men and women. That you don't want to provide job opportunities for minimum wage is such now that . Five fifteen an hour that you. You can work every day of a forty hour week all year long and make less than twelve thousand dollars and . No family of four or even three or barely two. Can live off that. Small amount of money. And yet. Large amounts of Americans make only the minimum wage . And this Congress refused to address . Any consideration of raising the minimum wage. We can't raise the minimum wage . For those young men and women who are going to have to go to war. If we can't provide decent working conditions . In their places of . work You know stead of attacking. Oh sure. As the first act of the new administration . And eliminated. They were nomics. Regulations. We should have been both to ring . The safety and health conditions of the workplace. Because those are the men and women who are going to ultimate . Defense of the country. They're going to be the ones on the front lines. We should pay homage to them. We should at least guarantee that. When they grow old as veterans of World War two and are now old they should not have to worry about prescription drugs . Why should a veteran who fought. Risked his life . In Vietnam or Korea . A World War two. Why should they have to worry about having to not eat. Forego a meal in order to get the prescription they need to stay alive. A great nation should address . The full agenda . Of items . We should not shut down this Congress . And fail to address that agenda. Because we are considering a war that might. Secure us. Against terrorism. And make the nation safer. We are safe. Only when we do all of these things we have to walk true gum. And dance and do a lot of other things at the same time . We're not secure . Or sustain a less we mount a sustained peace of instant peace. Offensive. Must consist of passing laws. And appropriate much money which support . The increase of prosperity and peace. Let's just take the Muslim nation of Iraq versus the Muslim nation of Pakistan. For a moment . Pakistan has always been our ally. Always been our ally in the Afghanistan war against Soviet Union. Always Pakistan has been there and. Again . In this very controversial and dangerous situation . The Pakistani ministration has chosen to align itself with the United States. We have given them the government of Pakistan . I think something like eight hundred million dollars not even a . billion They got a million dollars in aid. Now Pakistan has a population of. No less two hundred fifty million people. Some say. One hundred eighty million one hundred fifty million people. If we want to make Pakistani foreign allies. Make certain that. Everything is done . That can be done. To prop up the administration. To help our allies. To make sure that moves us and his government . Survives . To make certain that. Communication goes out to the whole Muslim world that we are not. Into fighting a religious war we are not and to anybody because they are Muslim. We can have strong Muslim allies . As we have Muslim enemies and show those who chose to make themselves. Are enemies. But instead we're going to expend billions of dollars in a war against Iraq . Instead of billions. To help Pakistan . For very tiny amounts of money . More aid to Pakistan . To help it. Get its economy on its feet and helping provide a more legitimate. Education system. A lot of their youngsters were drained off into the al Qaeda movement and went off to to Afghanistan that came part of the terrorist movement . Because they were hungry and they were given three meals a day . And fed. Hate and taught how to fight and. Given some purpose in life. They shouldn't have that is the only alternative. I have NEVER a large Pakistani community . In my district. So I'm personally familiar with Pakistan I went to visit. Two years ago. Pakistan is not at all. A backward nation. Back with thinking nation in any way. Fact it is Muslim does not mean that it does not appreciate . Its women. I saw a visit several girls' schools . In one class girls were taken to a math exam . They were not just learning. Minor matters they were learning science and engineering . Just as the men were. It's a nation that. Needs more schools. And they need more help with the education. system So let's. Wage Peace . By getting closer to Pakistan by embracing Pakistan. We've given the Pakistani American population a very difficult time here in this country. They rounded them up . And a lot of Pakistanis have been put in detention. In detention . As a result of immigration problems and. They've been treated as if they are enemies of the people. Not a single practice study has been identified at this point . As a terrorist. They have on a string of Pakistani terrorist . They have found some real credit people in Pakistan . But they are not Pakistani. And they found no Pakistani American who was involved in any way that money laundering. Any aspect of terrorism. Yet the Pakistani community in America is under great pressure right now. We should embrace them instead . We should wage peace . By understanding who are allies or by rewarding allies by Appreciate life . I think we ought to have some kind of amnesty for the Pakistani Americans who have problems with immigration I think our show some kind of special concern about exchange which back to exchange students from Pakistan. Going to go all out Pakistani Pakistanis not the largest Muslim nation Indonesia is and region has more people in Pakistan but Pakistan is a large Muslim nation . It is . In a transitional situation where it is receptive. There are students of the graduate students are students of science and engineering. Come here . I'm certain that the nuclear scientists who created the bomb bomb in Pakistan. Went to American universities. We know. Almost . Some of them are. They have the nuclear weapons capability now. Pakistan. The great danger is that if we don't embrace them. We don't prop them up if we're not capable of waging a peace by making them special allies. We may lose control of Pakistan. And the nuclear weapons that they have would fall into the hands of. Unfriendly . Of people. We would have a clear and imminent danger then. That we have to deal with. So I want to conclude. A By saying that this debate . Deserves to continue . To include as many people as possible . American people. Those who lived through the war and . So I was still around for World War one . Sort of World War two and war . We should not take their wisdom lightly . You know. We should look at their contributions and. Listen to their voices. A war in Iraq . Would not be fought in the quagmires and jungles. Like a war in Vietnam. But it would be the worst quagmire . Of human. Human quagmire that we could possibly. Contemplate. We would not be going to war against Iraq and eventually be a war against the entire Muslim world . Through the gates open. In Pakistan we could become allies have allies and friends . From the entire Muslim world wide close that gate down . And suffer from excessive preoccupation with the use of military force in Iraq we have the United Nations. We have deliberations going on there. There is no great hurry. There is no imminent threat from Saddam Hussein. However . Monstrous Saddam Hussein might be. He does not have the capacity to inflict any great hurt on America. At this point. We have time . We have time to wage peace. Instead of rushing into war. I hope we will listen to the wise of voices among us and not rush into a war with Iraq. Are you about blowing smoke to. When the time has expired . Don't have a motion and move the house to Niger. Questions on a motion to adjourn. Those in favor say aye aye . Those oppose no . Yes have it the motion is a great two Cordingley the House stands adjourned until ten A.M.

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