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House Session - September 20, 2006
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  • 09:59:42 AM

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    CALLS. WE'LL SEE YOU BACK HERE TOMORROW AT 7:00 EASTERN TIME JUST LIKE…

    CALLS. WE'LL SEE YOU BACK HERE TOMORROW AT 7:00 EASTERN TIME JUST LIKE EVERY DAY ON THE "WASHINGTON JOURNAL." WE TAKE YOU TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. THEIR MAIN ITEM, THEY WANT TO PUT FORTH A BILL REQUIRING A PHOTO I.D. IN ORDER TO VOTE. HAVE A GOOD DAY. ERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 10:00:01 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER TODAY WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR GUEST…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER TODAY WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, THE MOST REVERENT DORNLEDWHORL, ARCHBISHOP OF WASHINGTON. CHAPLAIN, WELCOME.

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  • 10:00:18 AM

    THE CHAPLAIN

    GOD, GOOD AND GRACIOUS GOD, ALL POWERFUL FOUNT OF LIFE AND GOODNESS,…

    GOD, GOOD AND GRACIOUS GOD, ALL POWERFUL FOUNT OF LIFE AND GOODNESS, WISDOM, AND HOLINESS, YOU CALL US TO MAKE OUR WAY THROUGH THIS LIFE WITH YOU AND CHALLENGE US TO WALK ARM IN ARM WITH EACH OTHER. AS WE CONFRONT THE HUMAN CONDITION YOU BLESS US WITH INTELLECT AND FREE WILL TO ESTABLISH INSTITUTIONS TO GUIDE OUR HUMAN AFFAIRS AND CONFIRM THE POSSIBILITY OF FREEDOM, PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, AND PROSPERITY IN THE CONTEXT OF THE COMMON GOOD AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. WE ASK YOU NOW TO BLESS AND STRENGTHEN ALL WHO STRIVE TO IMPROVE THE HUMAN CONDITION AND FOSTER A CARING RESPECT FOR EACH PERSON AND TO FASHION THE LAWS THAT ENABLE A GOOD AND JUST SOCIETY. IN YOUR LOVING GOODNESS, BLESS THE MEMBERS OF THIS ASSEMBLY, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES, SO THAT IN ALL THEIR DELIBERATIONS AND DISCUSSIONS, THEY WILL ALWAYS BE INSPIRED BY THE VISION OF YOUR LOVING KINDNESS AND POWERFUL GRACE. AS WORK IS CONDUCTED HERE TODAY, MAY IT BEAR RICH FRUIT THAT CONTINUES TO NURTURE ALL OF THE CITIZENS OF THIS NATION AND OUR DREAMS FOR A BETTER WORLD. IN ALL OF THIS WE ASK IN YOUR MOST HOLY NAME, AMEN.

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  • 10:01:53 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    YOU, CHAPLAIN. THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S…

    YOU, CHAPLAIN. THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE THIS MORNING WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN.

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  • 10:02:13 AM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

  • 10:02:33 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

  • 10:02:36 AM

    MR. MURPHY

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:02:39 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    OBJECTION.

  • 10:02:40 AM

    MR. MURPHY

    DONALD WUERL, FOR ALEADING US IN PRAYER. HE STUDIED IN CINCINNATI AND WAS…

    DONALD WUERL, FOR ALEADING US IN PRAYER. HE STUDIED IN CINCINNATI AND WAS ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD IN 1966. HE RECEIVED GRADUATE DEGREES FROM THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA, THE GREG GOREN UNIVERSITY OF ROME AND HAS A DOCTORATE IN THEOLOGY. HE BEGAN HIS CAREER AS AN ASSISTANT PASTOR AT ST. ROSEALEA PARISH IN PITTSBURGH. FROM 1981 TO 1985, HE SERVED AS RECTOR TO ST. PAUL SEMINARY IN PITTSBURGH AND IN 1988 HE WAS INSTALLED AS THE 11TH BISHOP OF PITTSBURGH WHERE FOR 18 YEARS HE LED 1,800,000 ROMAN CATHOLICS IN 214 PARISHES THROUGHOUT SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA. WE ALSO KNOW HIM IN PITTSBURGH FOR HIS WEEKLY TELEVISION PROGRAM, "THE TEACHING OF CHRIST" NOW WIDELY DISTRIBUTED THROUGH THE CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATES CABLE CHAN AND THROUGH NATIONAL SYNDICATION. HIS 30TH YEAR PUBLICATION HAS BEEN TRANSLATED TO MORE THAN 10 YEARS AND USED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. WE'RE VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE ARCHBISHOP'S PRESENCE HERE. WE'RE SORRY TO HAVE HIM GONE FROM PITTSBURGH BUT WE KNOW HE'LL DO A GREAT JOB NOW IN THE DIOCESE OF WASHINGTON, D.C. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 10:04:04 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, RISE?

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  • 10:04:11 AM

    MS. HOMES

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:04:16 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    OBJECTION.

  • 10:04:17 AM

    MS. HOMES

    WUERL TO WASHINGTON AND TO THE ARCHDIOCESE IN WASHINGTON. ALTHOUGH BORN IN…

    WUERL TO WASHINGTON AND TO THE ARCHDIOCESE IN WASHINGTON. ALTHOUGH BORN IN PITTSBURGH WHERE HE LAST SERVED, ARCHBISHOP WUERL IS VERY FAMILIAR WITH WASHINGTON WHERE HE STUDIED AT OUR OWN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA. THE ARCHBISHOP FOLLOWS CARDINAL THEODORE MCCARRICK WHOSE HUMBLE PRIESTLEY WAYS AND MESSAGES OF INCLUSIVENESS MADE HIM BELOVED BY PEOPLE OF ALL RELIGIONS AND BACKGROUNDS HERE. ARCHBISHOP WUERL WILL MINISTER BOTH TO OFFICIAL WASHINGTON AND TO AVERAGE PARISHIONERS IN THE DISTRICT AND MARYLAND. THE ARCHBISHOP'S WORK IN PITTSBURGH, HOWEVER, FORESHADOWS A LEADER WHO IS FIRST AND FOREMOST A PASTOR. WE WARMLY WELCOME ARCHBISHOP DONALD WUERL.

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  • 10:05:15 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, MR. SPEAKER.

  • 10:05:23 AM

    MS. FOXX

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:05:25 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:05:26 AM

    MS. FOXX

    US ON FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY, AND JUSTICE. IRONICALLY, IN HIS OWN COUNTRY,…

    US ON FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY, AND JUSTICE. IRONICALLY, IN HIS OWN COUNTRY, THIS TYRANT DENIES HIS OWN PEOPLE THE BASIC RIGHTS OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FREEDOM TO ASSEMBLE. WOMEN ARE DENIED RIGHTS OF INHERITANCE, DIVORCE, AND CHILD CUSTODY AND ECONOMIC CREATIVITY. WHILE HE MAY RESENT US FOR BEING POWERFUL HE DOES NOT REALIZE THE FOUNDATION OF OUR POWER IS ROOTED IN THE FOUNDATION OF OUR GREAT PEOPLE. THESE RIGHTS ARE DENIED TO THE PEOPLE OF IRAN AND THAT IS WHY EVEN WITH THE SOARING PRICES OF OIL MORE THAN 40% OF THE IRANIANS LIVE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE. TODAY IN IRAN, DISSENT IS BRUTALLY SUPPRESSED AND TERROR IS THE REGIME'S ONLY INSTRUMENT OF DOMESTIC OR FOREIGN POLICY. THIS TYRANT ACCUSES THE FREE WORLD THAT THEY'RE THE PEOPLE OF IRAN THEIR RIGHTS TO NUCLEAR ENTERING. YET HE FORGETS THE ISLAMIC REGIME IS DENYING THEIR PEOPLE THEIR GOD GIVEN RIGHTS OF HUMAN DIGNITY. HE SPOKE OF UNIVERSAL JUSTICE YET HE DENIES THE HOLOCAUST AND HAS THREATENED TO WIPE ISRAEL OFF THE MAP. THIS REGIME WRONGFULLY PORTRAYS THE WAR ON TERRORISM AND WAR OF CIVILIZATIONS AND USES EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO EXPORT ITS IDEOLOGY TO EVERY OTHER NATION. WE'RE NOT AT WAR WITH CIVILIZATION, WE'RE AT WAR WITH TERRORISM. WE NEED TO PROTECT THE CIVILIZED WORLD FROM THE THREAT OF ISLAMIC FASCISM.

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  • 10:06:55 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RISE?

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  • 10:06:59 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:07:02 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:07:04 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE'VE ELEVATED TO AN ART FORM HERE IN CONGRESS,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE'VE ELEVATED TO AN ART FORM HERE IN CONGRESS, DANCING AROUND SERIOUS ISSUES AND AVOIDING OUR CONGRESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES. TORTURE IS A CASE IN POINT. NOT EXTREME INTERROGATION, BUT LET'S CALL IT WHAT IT IS, TORTURE. AT THE SAME TIME THE PRESIDENT WAS ASKING TO -- CONGRESS TO RUBBER STAMP HIS POLICIES OF TORTURE, THE MILITARY WAS SAYING THAT TORTURE DOES NOT GIVE GOOD INFORMATION AND THEY WERE AGAINST IT. TORTURE PUTS OUR TROOPS AT RISK GIVING OUR ENEMIES THE GREEN LIGHT. TORTURE LOWERS OUR IMAGE, OUR MORAL STANDING AROUND THE WORLD. IN YESTERDAY'S HEADLINES ACROSS AMERICA AND ACROSS THE WORLD, THERE WAS THE STORY OF THE CANADIAN CITIZEN WE KIDNAPPED AND WE SENT TO SYRIA, A COUNTRY ON OUR TERRORIST WATCH LIST, SO HE COULD BE TORTURED. HIS ORDEAL DID NOT END FOR A YEAR. THREE YEARS LATER, HE'S WALKING AROUND A FREE MAN AND CONGRESS, SPINELESS, HAS NOT TAKEN ACTION TO STOP THIS BARBARIC, ILLEGAL, AND IMMORAL PRACTICE. IT'S TIME FOR US AS WE STUMBLE TOWARDS ADJOURNMENT TO DEAL WITH SOMETHING MEANINGFUL, INVESTIGATE THIS OUTRAGE AND LEGISLATE --

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  • 10:08:30 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 10:08:33 AM

    MR. POE

    REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE

  • 10:08:35 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 10:08:38 AM

    MR. POE

    MARIE ANTWOINE NET SAID TO THE STARVING FRENCH PEOPLE SHOWING HER…

    MARIE ANTWOINE NET SAID TO THE STARVING FRENCH PEOPLE SHOWING HER IGNORANCE OF THE WORLD AROUND HER AND TODAY IT CAN BE USED TO DESCRIBE FRANCE'S HANDLING OF TERROR THREATS. THEIR PRIME MINISTER SAID LAST WEEK WHAT WE NEED AGAINST TERRORISM IS NOT A WAR, IT IS AS FRANCE HAS DONE FOR MANY YEARS, A DETERMINED FIGHT BASED ON VIGILANCE AT ALL TIMES AND EFFECTIVE COOPERATION WITH OUR PARTNERS. IN OTHER WORDS MORKS TALK, NO ACTION. WHAT FRANCE FAILS TO CONSIDER IS WE TRIED THAT. MADRID'S TRAINS HAVE BEEN ATTACKED, LONDON'S BUSES AND SUBWAYS HAVE BLOWN UP, AMERICAN EMBASSIES WERE BOMBED, THE U.S.S. COLE WAS ATTACKED AND OF COURSE THERE WAS SEPTEMBER 11. THIS WAR STARTED YEARS AGO. THE TERRORISTS STRUCK FIRST ACROSS THE GLOBE. THEY DECLARED WAR ON US. THEY DON'T WANT TO TALK. IT'S NOW OUR DUTY TO WIN THIS WAR, NOT WAVE FRANCE'S NEW NATIONAL WHITE FLAG OF SURRENDER. WHAT FRANCE AND FREE PEOPLE NEED IS THE SPIRIT OF LAFAYETTE IN THIS WAR ON TERROR, NOT THE CURRENT IGNORANCE OF MARIE ANTWOINE NET WHO WAS TALKING ALL THE WAY TO THE GUILLOTINE AND LOST HER HEAD BECAUSE SHE FAILED TO SEE THE REAL WORLD AROUND HER. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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  • 10:09:46 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RISE?

  • 10:09:50 AM

    MR. KUCINICH

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:09:53 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:09:55 AM

    MR. KUCINICH

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA RISE?

  • 10:11:10 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA RISE?

  • 10:11:13 AM

    MR. PENCE

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND…

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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  • 10:11:16 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:11:19 AM

    MR. PENCE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. A NATION WITHOUT BORDERS IS NOT A NATION. AND IN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. A NATION WITHOUT BORDERS IS NOT A NATION. AND IN RECENT DAYS, THIS CONGRESS HAS TAKEN IMPORTANT FIRST STEPS TO RESTORE OPERATIONAL CONTROL OF OUR BORDERS, AND I WAS PLEASED TO SUPPORT THE SECURE FENCE ACT OF 2006 AND ADDITIONAL MEASURES THAT WE WILL BRING TO THE FLOOR OF THIS CONGRESS THIS WEEK. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT CONGRESS TO PUT BORDER SECURITY FIRST, MR. SPEAKER, BUT BORDER SECURITY FIRST DOES NOT MEAN BORDER SECURITY ONLY. CONGRESS MUST SECURE OUR BORDERS, BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THAT SECURING OUR BORDERS IS A NECESSARY BUT INSUFFICIENT SOLUTION TO THE CRISIS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. AFTER WE SECURE OUR BORDERS, CONGRESS MUST ALSO ENACT A NEW TEMPORARY WORKER PROGRAM WITHOUT AMNESTY AND WITHOUT CREATING A NEW FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY, AND I BELIEVE WE WILL. WE MUST DO NO LESS THAN SECURE OUR BORDER, BUT WE MUST DO MORE TO ENSURE THAT WE SOLVE THIS DOMESTIC CRISIS IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH LAW AND ORDER AND THE COMPASSIONATE CHARACTER OF THE GREAT AMERICAN NATION.

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  • 10:12:20 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:12:28 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:12:32 AM

    MS. DELAURO

    ON SEPTEMBER 7, A CHAMPION OF OUR COMMUNITY, SOMEONE WHO HAD WAGED AND WON…

    ON SEPTEMBER 7, A CHAMPION OF OUR COMMUNITY, SOMEONE WHO HAD WAGED AND WON COUNTLESS BATTLES FOR PEOPLE, LOST ONE OF HER OWN. DONNA CAMRITZ WAS A FRIEND BUT EVEN MORE THAN THAT, SHE WAS SOMEONE WHO STARED DOWN ADVERSITY WITH PASSION AND TENACITY. WHETHER IT WAS HER BRAVE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER, A DISEASE I TOO HAVE FOUGHT, OR HER IMPASSIONED COMMITMENTS TO THE RIGHTS OF WORKING PEOPLE, DONNA NEVER STOPPED. SHE ALWAYS FOUGHT. SHE MAY NOT HAVE WON EVERY BATTLE, BUT SHE NEVER GAVE IN. INDEED, IT WAS THROUGH HER VOLUNTEER WORK AS DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH FOR THE ORGANIZATION FOR THE RIGHTS OF AMERICAN WORKERS, TORA, THAT I FIRST MET THIS REMARKABLE WOMAN. A MOTHER OF TWO DAUGHTERS, HEATHER AND RACHEL, HER JOB HAD JUST BEEN SENT OFFSHORE, SHE LOST HER HEALTH INSURANCE AND SHE HAD JUST BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER. AND AT A MOMENT DURING WHICH MOST PEOPLE WOULD HAVE THROWN IN THE TOWEL DONNA FOUGHT BACK. SHE FACED HER CANCER WITH COURAGE, SHE DREW UPON HER PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH OUTSOURCING TO INFUSE TORA WITH THE ENERGY AND FOCUS WE NEEDED TO ELEVATE THE ISSUE TO THE NATIONAL LEVEL, AND SHE DID SO FOR AS LONG AS SHE COULD. DONNA HELPED BRING TOGETHER THE ENTIRE CONNECTICUT DELEGATION, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, TO PRESS THE GOVERNMENT TO START CONFRONTING THE ISSUE OF DISPLACED AMERICAN WORKERS. AS A PROUD MOTHER WHO WANTED NOTHING MORE THAN TO SEE HER DAUGHTER'S -- DAUGHTERS ATTEND COLLEGE, AND SHE DID, DONNA UNDERSTOOD SOMETHING ELEMENTAL, WHEN YOU PROTECT WORKERS' RIGHTS, YOU STRENGTHEN FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, TODAY LET US SAY THANK YOU TO DONNA CAMRITZ FOR HER GIFTS AND HER SELFLESS DEDICATION AND FOR HER LOVE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HOLD SO DEAR. MAY HER INSPIRATION LIVE ON IN ALL OF OUR WORK.

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  • 10:14:21 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE?

  • 10:14:25 AM

    MRS. MILLER

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND.

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  • 10:14:28 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:14:31 AM

    MRS. MILLER

    MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA IS AT A CRITICAL TIME IN MOVING FORWARD WITH OUR…

    MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA IS AT A CRITICAL TIME IN MOVING FORWARD WITH OUR EFFORTS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR, AND IT'S TIME FOR THIS HOUSE TO ACT. IN THE COMING DAYS, THIS HOUSE WILL CONSIDER LEGISLATION TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN TRY TERRORISTS IN MILITARY TRIBUNALS AND MILITARY COMMISSIONS WHILE PROTECTING AMERICA'S MOST VITAL SECRETS. THAT LEGISLATION WILL ALSO GIVE THOSE BRAVE AMERICANS WHO CONFRONT SUSPECTED TERRORISTS ON THE FRONTLINES OF THE WAR ON TERROR AND THOSE WHO INTERROGATE THEM WITH THE GUIDANCE ON WHAT THEY CAN DO TO PROTECT OUR CITIZENS. AND WE WILL ALSO BE CONSIDERING LEGISLATION THAT WILL OFFICIALLY SANCTION THE N.S.A.'S TERRORIST SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM, THAT IS CRITICAL, ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL TO HELP KEEP OUR NATION SAFE. MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE NOT BEEN ATTACKED HERE AT HOME SINCE THE HORRIFIC ATTACKS ON OUR NATION SINCE 9/11 IN LARGE MEASURE BECAUSE THESE PROGRAMS HAVE WORKED. I ASK THE DEMOCRATS TO PUT ASIDE THEIR PARTISAN POSTURING AND TO JOIN WITH US IN PROTECTING AMERICA. THE DEMOCRATS MUST RECOGNIZE THAT WE ARE AT WAR AGAINST TERRORISTS AND THAT THEIR POLITICAL RHETORIC AND DEMAGOGUERY IN SEARCH OF VOTES WILL NOT MAKE AMERICA MORE SECURE. THEY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN US AND I SINCERELY HOPE THAT THEY DO SO. THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION DEPENDS ON IT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:15:46 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

  • 10:15:50 AM

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    CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:15:53 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:15:57 AM

    MS. SCHWARTZ

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA RISE?

  • 10:17:09 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA RISE?

  • 10:17:13 AM

    MR. WILSON

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:17:16 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:17:19 AM

    MR. WILSON

    MR. SPEAKER, LISTENING TO CRITICS TALK ABOUT THE TREATMENT OF TERRORIST…

    MR. SPEAKER, LISTENING TO CRITICS TALK ABOUT THE TREATMENT OF TERRORIST DETAINEES AT GUANTANAMO BAY, ONE MAY BELIEVE THESE TRAINED MURDERERS ARE NOT PROPERLY TREATED. I HAVE VISITED GTMO TWICE AND CAN ATTEST THEIR LIVING CONDITIONS ARE TO THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF A FIRST CLASS AMERICAN DETENTION FACILITY. IN FACT, MORE MONEY IS SPENT ON FOOD FOR THE DETAINEES THAN ON THE U.S. TROOPS THERE. INSTEAD OF DEPRAVATION, THE TERRORIST VS. GAINED WEIGHT ON NUTRITIOUS DIET. DETAINEES HAVE RECEIVED MEDICAL CARE IN THE PRISON HOSPITAL I TOURED. LAST YEAR THESE DETAINEES RECEIVED 35 TEETH CLEANINGS, 91 FILLED CAVITIES, 174 PAIRS OF GLASSES. WITH LEGAL AND STRENUOUS INTERROGATION, THE TERRORISTS FROM THE BATTLEFIELD HAVE REVEALED BOMBING CELLS ACROSS THE WORLD. THEY HAVE EXPLAINED THEIR ABILITY TO FINANCE MURDER. AND THEY HAVE UNCOVERED RECRUITING EFFORTS OF MORE HOMICIDE BOMBERS. OUR TROOPS AT GUANTANAMO DESERVE PRAISE AND CREDIT FOR PROTECTING AMERICAN FAMILIES. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11.

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  • 10:18:24 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RISE?

  • 10:18:28 AM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:18:30 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:18:35 AM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT BUSH AND THE CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS ARE FAILING…

    MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT BUSH AND THE CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS ARE FAILING AMERICA'S MIDDLE CLASS AGAIN, NOTHING NEW, MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE STRUGGLING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK AND FALLING DEEPER IN DEBT. UNDER REPUBLICAN RULE, THE RICH ARE GETTING MUCH RICHER WHILE THE MIDDLE CLASS ARE HELPLESS TO STOP THE DECLINE IN THEIR PURCHASING POWER. AMERICA'S COMPANIES ARE RECORDING THEIR BEST PROFITS IN OVER FOUR DECADES WHILE WAGES REMAIN STAG NANT FOR THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF MIDDLE CLASS WORKERS. WORKERS ARE BEHIND THOSE RECORD CORPORATE PROFITS, BUT THE WORKERS ARE LEFT BEHIND IN SHARING THE GAINS. THE MIDDLE CLASS DESERVES A PAY RAISE. BUT WASHINGTON REPUBLICANS PAY NO SUCH ATTENTION TO THE NEEDS OF REAL AMERICANS. THEY CAN'T RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE. THEY ARE TOO BUSY WORKING FOR THE RICH. FOR FIVE STRAIGHT YEARS REPUBLICANS HAVE SAID TO THE MIDDLE CLASS, YOU DON'T COUNT. AND WE'VE GOT RISING COLLEGE COSTS, SKYROCKETING HEALTH CARE QUOSSES, CRIPPLING ENERGY COSTS -- COSTS, CRIPPLING ENERGY COSTS, BUT NO HELP FROM THE REPUBLICANS. THE DEMOCRATS OFFER A NEW DIRECTION FOR AMERICA. DEMOCRATS WILL RESTORE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND ECONOMIC STABILITY FOR THE FORGOTTEN MIDDLE CLASS. IN NOVEMBER THE MIDDLE CLASS IS GOING TO GET TAKEN CARE OF BY THE NEW DIRECTIONS OF THE DEMOCRATS.

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  • 10:19:54 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

  • 10:19:57 AM

    MR. MCHENRY

    MR. SPEAKER, ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 10:20:02 AM

    MR. MCHENRY

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

  • 10:21:02 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

  • 10:21:05 AM

    MR. HOLT

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:21:08 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 10:21:11 AM

    MR. HOLT

    MR. SPEAKER, FOR SIX YEARS NOW THE MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES IN THE UNITED…

    MR. SPEAKER, FOR SIX YEARS NOW THE MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT BY THE LEADERSHIP HERE IN WASHINGTON. WAGES ARE WORSE THAN STAGNANT. FAMILIES ARE PAYING MORE FOR ENERGY HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION AND YET REAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME FOR WORKING AGE FAMILIES HAS DECLINED EVERY YEAR OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, DROPPING NEARLY $3,000 IN REAL TERMS. PERSONAL DEBT IS AT THE HIGHEST IN MANY YEARS. AND AMERICA'S DEBT HAS CLIMBED 50% TO MORE THAN $28,000 PER PERSON SINCE BUSH TOOK OFFICE. AND WILL DOUBLE TO MORE THAN $11 TRILLION. I WONDER IF AMERICANS REALIZE THAT REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HAS STUBBORNLY AND CONSISTENTLY REFUSED TO ACCEPT DEMOCRATIC CALLS TO HAVE PAY-AS-YOU-GO BUDGETS. THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP WOULD TAKE OUR NATION IN A NEW DIRECTION. AND BEGIN TO REPAIR THE ECONOMY FOR REGULAR MIDDLE CLASS AMERICAN FAMILIES.

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  • 10:22:09 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA RISE?

  • 10:22:13 AM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:22:15 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 10:22:18 AM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1849, THE BREAST CANCER PATIENT PROTECTION ACT…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1849, THE BREAST CANCER PATIENT PROTECTION ACT INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, CONGRESSWOMAN SUE KELLY. BREAST CANCER IS THE MOST COMMONLY DIAGNOSED CANCER IN WOMEN TODAY. THIS LEGISLATION REQUIRES HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO COVER HOSPITAL EXPENSES FOR A BREAST CANCER PATIENT UNDERGOING A LUMP EXTOMMY OR MASECTOMY. IN MY HOME STATE OF FLORIDA IT IS LIMITED OVER 13,000 NEW CASES OF BREAST CANCER IN WOMEN WILL BE DIAGNOSED THIS YEAR AND THAT OVER 2,500 WOMEN WILL DIE OF THIS DISEASE. IT IS OUR DUTY TO REDUCE THESE NUMBERS BOTH IN FLORIDA AND NATIONWIDE BY ENSURING MEDICAL COVERAGE FOR THESE LIFESAVING PROCEDURES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER BY SUPPORTING THIS AND OTHER CRUCIAL PIECES OF LEGISLATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PLEAD FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THE PEOPLE OF DARFUR.…

    SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PLEAD FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THE PEOPLE OF DARFUR. DESPITE A PEACE AGREEMENT SIGNED IN MAY AND THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL'S APPROVAL FOR A PEACEKEEPING FORCE OF 20,000, LAST MONTH DARFUR IS DESCENDING INTO CHAOS. 12 YEARS AGO THE WORLD STOOD BY AS ETHNIC WAR ERUPTED IN RWANDA, 100 DAYS LATER, 800,000 BODIES HACKED TO DEATH HAD PILED UP IN THE STREETS AND RIVERS. WITHOUT SWIFT INTERVENTION, DARFUR MAY SOON ERUPT INTO A SCENE AS DEADLY. TODAY'S POORLY TRAINED AND EQUIPPED AFRICAN UNION FORCE CAN ONLY WATCH THE CHAOS UNFOLD. WHEN THEY LEAVE IN A WEEK THEY MUST BE REPLACED BY A U.N. FORCE THAT CAN PROTECT THE PEOPLE FROM SLAUGHTER. SUDAN MUST ALLOW THE U.N. PEACEKEEPERS TO END THE GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED GENOCIDE. PRESIDENT BUSH MUST DECISIVELY LEAD THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY FOR THIS EFFORT TO SUCCEED. THE U.N. FORCE MUST HAVE THE TRAINING, EQUIPMENT, AND MANDATE TO STOP THE SLAUGHTER AND PUNISH THE SLAUGHTERERS. THE WORLD MUST NOT DEPLOY ANOTHER FORCE THAT WILL SIMPLY BEAR WITNESS TO THE SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENT.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW ALL AMERICANS KNOW IF YOU'RE HERE LEGALLY YOU…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW ALL AMERICANS KNOW IF YOU'RE HERE LEGALLY YOU OUGHT TO BE REWARDED. IF YOU'RE HERE ILLEGALLY, YOU OUGHT TO BE DEPORTED. MY CONSTITUENTS CONSTANTLY COMPLAIN TO ME THAT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS A HUGE PROBLEM. LOCAL OFFICIALS HAVE USED THE SO-CALLED CATCH AND RELEASE POLICY WHEN THEY APPREHEND AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT. REALLY THAT PERSON SHOULD BE SENT TO JAIL. WHY WOULD WE WANT SOMEONE WHO WAS JUST PICKED UP BY THE POLICE AND IS HERE ILLEGALLY STILL OUT IN THE COMMUNITY AND POTENTIALLY FREE TOE -- FREE TO FLEA? THAT JUST DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. IT'S TIME AMERICA TOTALLY ENDS CATCH AND RELEASE POLICY WHEN IT COMES TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. TEXANS AND ALL AMERICANS WANT, NEED, AND DESERVE REAL IMMIGRATION REFORM. I YIELD BACK.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MISS SOLE CLOINS MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY DEEP CONCERN ABOUT THE NICK CRISIS FACING AMERICAN FAMILIES UNDER THE FAILED POLICIES OF THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP. HOUSING CONSTRUCTION HAS PLUNGED TO THE LOWEST LEVEL IN MORE THAN THREE YEARS. IN FACT, MANY FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT CAN'T EVEN MAKE THEIR MORTGAGE PAYMENTS ANYMORE. THE AVERAGE COST OF FOOD SUPPLIES IS INCREASING JUST LIKE THE INCREASE IN ELECTRICITY BILLS. IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA, GAS PRICES HAVE DOUBLED IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS, WELL OVER $3.50 IN MY DISTRICT. FAMILIES WITH TWO CARS IN LOS ANGELES WILL PAY AN EXTRA $2,330 PER YEAR FOR GAS. THAT'S HIGHER THAN IT WAS FIVE YEARS AGO. THE INCREASE IN GAS PRICES WILL COST LOS ANGELES DRIVERS AN EXTRA $9.2 BILLION THIS YEAR ALONE. REAL WAGES HAVE NOT KEPT UP WITH INCREASED COSTS AS WELL IN LOS ANGELES, WORKERS THERE ONLY MAKE 84 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR. IN EAST LOS ANGELES, IN MY DISTRICT, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS CURRENTLY 7.1%, COMPARED TO 4.9 FOR ALL OF CALL. AMERICA'S WORKING FAMILIES NEED A NEW DIRECTION, ONE THAT WORKS FOR EVERYBODY AND DOESN'T DISCRIMINATE DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU LIVE. INSTEAD OF ONE THAT REWARDS THE VERY WEALTHY AT OUR EXPENSE. YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THERE IS AN OLD SAYING THAT GOES, IF IT AIN'T…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THERE IS AN OLD SAYING THAT GOES, IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT. JUST THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE WHEN IT COMES TO THE REPUBLICAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN THAT IS SERIOUSLY BROKEN. WE MUST FIX IT. THIS WEEK THE AVERAGE AMERICAN SENIOR WILL BE DENIED PAYMENT OF THEIR DRUG COST THROUGH THE PRIVATE PLANS THEY SELECTED BECAUSE THEY HAVE FALLEN INTO THE SO-CALLED DOUGHNUT HOLE. UNDER THE REPUBLICAN PLAN, SENIORS LOSE DRUG COVERAGE AFTER THEY HAVE -- $2,250 IN OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES. THEY WON'T BE ELIGIBLE FOR MORE ASSISTANCE UNTIL THEY SPENT $5,100 FOR THE YEAR. IT'S EXPECTED MORE THAN HALF THE SENIORS WHO FALL INTO THE HOLE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ESCAPE IT. THIS IS SIMPLY NOT FAIR. MANY SENIORS ON THE FIXED -- ON THEIR FIXED INCOMES WILL BE FORCED TO CUT BACK ON THEIR PRESCRIPTIONS REGARDLESS OF THE CONSEQUENCES TO THEIR HEALTH. DEMOCRATS IN THIS CONGRESS WANT TO TAKE A NEW DIRECTION TO ELIMINATE THE DOUGHNUT HOLE. WE BELIEVE ANY PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN SHOULD PROVIDE ENOUGH MONTHLY ASSISTANCE SO SENIORS NO LONGER HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN PUTTING FOOD ON THEIR TABLE OR HAVING THE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THEY NEED TO LIVE LONGER AND HEALTHIER LIVES. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. EMANUEL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT TOLD EVERYONE WE NEED A…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT TOLD EVERYONE WE NEED A MORE HOPEFUL FUTURE. THERE'S NO QUESTION THE PRESIDENT'S POLICIES HAVE CREATED THE GREATEST CHALLENGE IN A GENERATION. WHAT STARTED OFF AS A BATTLE BETWEEN DEMOCRACY AND STABILITY HAS NOW BECOME A CIVIL WAR BETWEEN THE SHIIA AND THE SUNNI. IT BECAME THAT WAY BECAUSE OF OUR INCOMPETENCE AND FAILURE TO PLAN. WE SHOULDN'T EXPECT A PLAN SOON BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT'S IRAQ STUDY GROUP JUST ANNOUNCED THEY WILL NOT RELEASE THEIR PLAN FOR IRAQ UNTIL AFTER THE NOVEMBER MID-TERM ELECTIONS. QUOTE, WE THINK IT'S MORE IMPORTANT, FRANKLY, TO MAKE SURE WHATEVER WE BRING FORWARD IS TAKEN OUT OF DOMESTIC POLITICS. THIS IS HOW WE'RE TEACHING DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST. KEEP THE VOTERS IN THE DARK UNTIL IT'S TOO LATE. WELL, I'LL END THE SUSPENSE. THE NEW PLAN FOR IRAQ, THERE IS NO PLAN AND THERE NEVER HAS BEEN ONE. ACCORDING TO BRIGADIER GENERAL MARK SHYE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE RUMSFELD THREATENED TO FIRE ANYONE WHO TRIED TO COME UP WITH A PLAN FOR POSTWAR HOSTILITIES. WE'RE IN A LONG WAR BUT THANKS TO THE WHITE HOUSE THE REFUSAL TO PLAN HAS BECOME AN ENDLESS WAR. IT'S TIME FOR A NEW DIRECTION. I YIELD BACK.

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    MORNING TO CHASTISE THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY FOR THEIR FAILURE TO ACT ON…

    MORNING TO CHASTISE THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY FOR THEIR FAILURE TO ACT ON THE MINIMUM WAGE, BUT ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES SAID SOMETHING SO OUTRAGEOUS AND INDECENT THAT IT DEMANDS AN ANSWER. ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES LAUDED PRESIDENT BUSH'S ACTION ON SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY, ASSERTING THAT WE HADN'T HAD ANY LOSSES SINCE SEPTEMBER 11, WE HAVEN'T BEEN ATTACKED. WE'VE BEEN ATTACKED IN BAGHDAD, WE'VE BEEN ATTACKED IN MOSUL, WE'VE BEEN ATTACKED IN TIKRIT, WE'RE BEING ATTACKED EVERY SINGLE DAY BECAUSE THIS PRESIDENT AND THIS DO-NOTHING CONGRESS HAS SENT OUR TROOPS AND OUR FINEST MEN AND WOMEN, OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS, OUR HUSBANDS AND WIVES INTO HARM'S WAY WHERE THEY NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN IN IRAQ. WE'VE LOST 2,600 PLUS, WE HAVE 15,000 OF THEM LIMPING AROUND AMERICA BECAUSE OF THE ABSURDLY INCOMPETENT, INEFFECTIVE, BONE HEADED DECISIONS BY THIS PRESIDENT AND THIS CONGRESS, WHICH IS WHICH HAS ALLOWED THEM TO GO INTO HARM'S WAY. AND THOSE WHO SIT THERE AND PAT THEMSELVES ON THE BACK AND SAID THAT WE HAVE HAD SUCCESS HAVE DONE A DISRESPECT TO THE FALLEN IN IRAQ. THEY SHOULDN'T STAND THERE AND PAT THEMSELVES ON THE BACK. THEY SHOULD HAVE COVERED WITH THE SHAME FOR THE FAILURE TO HOLD THIS PRESIDENT ACCOUNTABLE FOR COMPETENCE IN IRAQ.

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    MR. HINOJOSA

    MR. SPEAKER, THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND REPUBLICANS IN THIS BODY LOVE TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND REPUBLICANS IN THIS BODY LOVE TO TOUT THEIR SUCCESS IN THE ECONOMY. BUT AS ANY WORKING AMERICAN OR ECONOMIST WILL TELL YOU, THE FACTS JUST DON'T ADD UP. THE REPUBLICANS CLAIM THAT THEIR POLICIES ARE INCREASING JOB GROWTH, BUT THE FACT IS THEY ARE PRESIDING OVER THE LOWEST MONTHLY JOB GROWTH RATE OF ANY ADMINISTRATION SINCE EISENHOWER. THE CURRENT TEPID GROWTH IS LESS THAN 1/5 OF THE AVERAGE OF JOBS CREATED EACH MONTH DURING THE CLIPT TON YEAR. WHEN IT COMES TO THE REAL -- CLINTON YEARS. WHEN IT COMES TO THE REAL MONEY THE AMERICAN WORKERS TAKE HOME, THE PICTURE IS EQUALLY DISMAL. INFLATION ADJUSTED HOURLY WAGES HAVE ACTUALLY FALLEN SINCE 2003 AND THE MEDIAN ANNUAL INCOME HAS DECREASED 3.5% DURING THIS REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION. MEANWHILE PRODUCTIVITY IS UP SO AMERICANS ARE WORKING HARDER FOR LESS PAY WHILE THEIR EMPLOYERS REAP THE REWARDS. THE SOLUTION TO OUR ECONOMIC SITUATION IS NOT THE BUSH PLAN OF MORE TAX CUTS FOR CORPORATIONS AND THE WEALTHIEST 1%. THESE POLICIES HAVE DONE NOTHING TO AMERICAN WORKERS AND HAVE DRIVEN OUR COUNTRY INTO HUGE DEBT. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, IN THE COMING DAYS, MILLIONS OF AMERICAN SENIORS ARE GOING TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, IN THE COMING DAYS, MILLIONS OF AMERICAN SENIORS ARE GOING TO SEE WHY THE REPUBLICAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN WAS WRITTEN TO HELP THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES AND THE INSURANCE COMPANIES RATHER THAN TO HELP OUR SENIORS. REPUBLICANS ON CAPITOL HILLSIDED WITH THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES WHEN THEY WROTE THE LAW TO FORBID THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FROM NEGOTIATING LOWER PRICES. THEN THEY SIDED WITH THE PRIVATE INSURANCE COMPANIES WHEN THEY ALLOWED THEM TO CREATE PRIVATE PLANS THAT INCLUDE WHAT IS KNOWN AS THE DOUGHNUT HOLE, A GIANT GAP IN COVERAGE, WHEN SENIORS MUST CONTINUE TO PAY THEIR PREMIUMS BUT RECEIVE ABSOLUTELY NO HELP WITH THEIR PRESCRIPTION DRUG BILLS. THAT'S RIGHT, UNDER THE PRIVATE PLANS THAT THE REPUBLICANS CREATED, SENIORS WILL LOSE THEIR TRUCK COVERAGE AFTER THEY -- THEIR DRUG COVERAGE AFTER THEY SPEND $250 OF THEIR OWN MONEY ON PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. THIS FRIDAY, MR. SPEAKER, IS THE DAY THAT THE AVERAGE SENIOR IS EXPECTED TO FALL INTO THE DOUGHNUT HOLE. IF CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS WERE REALLY INTERESTED IN HELPING OUR SENIORS, THEY WOULD JOIN US IN FILLING THE DOUGHNUT HOLE SO SENIORS DON'T HAVE TO CONTINUE TO FACE THIS GIANT GAP IN COVERAGE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. RUPPERSBERGER

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22, THE AVERAGE AMERICAN SENIOR WILL…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22, THE AVERAGE AMERICAN SENIOR WILL LOSE HIS OR HER PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE PROMISED BY THE MAJORITY. THIS IS THE SAME CONFUSING AND COMPLICATED DRUG PLAN THE MAJORITY CREATED THROUGH THE PRIVATE SECTOR RATHER THAN THROUGH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S MEDICARE PLAN. MILLIONS OF SENIORS HAVE ALREADY LOST THEIR COVERAGE, BUT IN THE COMING DAYS THOSE NUMBERS WILL CLAIM MORE SENIORS THAT ARE EXPECTED TO BE DENIED THEIR COVERAGE WHEN THEY HIT THE $2,250 MARK. HOW COULD THIS BE? HOW COT MAJORITY CREATE A PLAN WHERE SENIORS ARE STILL FORCED TO PAY MONTHLY PREMIUMS BUT DENIED COVERAGE? HOW CAN THE MAJORITY CREATE A LOB SUPPOSED TO HELP SENIORS AND THEN NOT ALLOW THE GOVERNMENT TO NEGOTIATE TO BRING DOWN PRICES? WE MUST GIVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THE ABILITY TO NEGOTIATE ON BEHALF OF SENIORS THAT WE CAN BRING DOWN DRUG PRICES AND ELIMINATE THE DOUGHNUT HOLE SO NO SENIOR LOSES THEIR DRUG COVERAGE. IT'S TIME WE TAKE OUR COUNTRY IN A NEW DIRECTION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS SUPPORT THE BUSH PROMISE TO STAY THE COURSE IN…

    MR. SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS SUPPORT THE BUSH PROMISE TO STAY THE COURSE IN IRAQ WITH AN OPEN-ENDED COMMITMENT AND NO QUESTIONS ASKED. THIS STAY-THE-COURSE STRATEGY HAS STRAINED OUR MILITARY, COMPROMISED OUR READINESS, COST NEARLY 2,700 AMERICAN LIVES AND ALMOST $400 BILLION, AND DIVERTED ATTENTION AND RESOURCES AWAY FROM THE REAL WAR ON TERROR. STAY THE COURSE IS NOT A STRATEGY AND IT'S NOT WORKING. REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO FACE THE FACTS THAT THE REALITY ON THE GROUND IS THAT WE ARE NOT WINNING. WE HAVE NO ENDGAME PLAN. TODAY WE'RE BOGGED DOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF A CIVIL WAR, ONE WHERE 100 PEOPLE ARE KILLED EVERY DAY. FROM MAY 20 THROUGH AUGUST 11, THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF ATTACKS PER WEEK AGAINST AMERICANS AND IRAQIS WAS 792, THE HIGHEST NUMBER SINCE THE WAR BEGAN. MEANWHILE, THE WAR IN IRAQ IS DISTRACTING US FROM THE OVERALL GLOBAL THREAT OF TERROR. OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS WHILE WE'VE BEEN FIGHTING IN IRAQ, THE NUMBER OF WORLDWIDE TERRORIST ATTACKS HAS GROWN DRAMATICALLY AND THE TALIBAN IS GROWING IN STRENGTH IN AFGHANISTAN. THE PRESIDENT HAS TO STOP LOOKING AND FACE THE FACTS.

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    MR. SPEAKER, PROBABLY THE MOST FREQUENT FEAR PAYING FAMILIES EACH MONTH IS…

    MR. SPEAKER, PROBABLY THE MOST FREQUENT FEAR PAYING FAMILIES EACH MONTH IS PAYING BILLS. EVEN FAMILIES WITH INCOME ABOVE MINIMUM WAGE IS STILL A STRUGGLE. NOTHING IS BETTER THAN BRINGING IN MONEY THAN A GOOD JOB WITH A GOOD WAGE. FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, OUR COUNTRY HAS NOT BEEN MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. NO CHANGE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE, THE NUMBERS OF UNINSURED SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASED, TUITION FOR TECHNICAL SCHOOLS GOING UP, TUITION FOR COLLEGES SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASED WITHOUT APPRECIABLE INCREASE IN PELL GRANTS AND THE G.I. BILL. WE MUST DO BETTER. AMERICANS KNOW WE CAN DO BETTER. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    FIVE YEARS AND NINE DAYS AFTER 9/11, OUR SYSTEM OF AVIATION SECURITY IS…

    FIVE YEARS AND NINE DAYS AFTER 9/11, OUR SYSTEM OF AVIATION SECURITY IS NOT YET DONE. IN FACT, TODAY, "USA TODAY" HEADLINE, CRISIS SEEN IN LUGGAGE SCREENING. WE STILL DO NOT HAVE IN LINE INTEGRATED STATE-OF-THE-ART BAGGAGE SCREENING IN THE LARGEST MAJORITY OF U.S. AIRPORTS. PEOPLE WOULD BE APPALLED IF THEY SAW WHAT WENT ON BEHIND THE SCENES THAT IS SUPPOSEDLY PROVIDING FOR SECURITY. BUT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAS SAID CONSISTENTLY FOR FIVE YEARS WE CAN'T AFFORD TO MAKE FLYING SAFE AND TO SCREEN CARGO AND BAGGAGE, WE CAN'T AFFORD IT. IF THEY JUST WOULD FOREGO THE TAX CUTS FOR ONE YEAR FOR WEALTHY INVESTORS, EXEMPTING THEIR DIVIDEND TAXES FROM A NORMAL RATE OF TAXATION, WE COULD PUT THIS EQUIPMENT IN EVERY AIRPORT IN AMERICA. BUT GUESS WHAT? THOSE RICH PEOPLE DON'T CARE, THEY'RE FLYING ON THE PRIVATE JETS AND THE BUSH PEOPLE ARE FLYING ON THEIR MILITARY FLIGHTS. SO THEY DON'T REALLY CARE ABOUT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AND THEIR SECURITY, BUT THIS IS A CRISIS AND WE CANNOT AFFORD TO CONTINUE TO IGNORE WHAT WE NEED TO DO, WHAT WE NEED TO INVEST TO MAKE THE AMERICAN FLYING PUBLIC SAFE. THIS ADMINISTRATION MUST CHANGE DIRECTION OR WE MUST CHANGE THE LEADERSHIP IN CONGRESS.

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    MRS. CAPITO

    BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 1015…

    BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 1015 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 231, HOUSE RESOLUTION 1015, RESOLVED, THAT UPON THE…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 231, HOUSE RESOLUTION 1015, RESOLVED, THAT UPON THE ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 4844, TO AMEND THE NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION ACT OF 1993, TO REQUIRE ANY INDIVIDUAL WHO DESIRES TO REGISTER OR REREGISTER TO VOTE IN AN ELECTION FOR FEDERAL OFFICE, TO PROVIDE THE APPROPRIATE STATE ELECTION OFFICIAL WITH PROOF THAT THE INDIVIDUAL IS A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES, TO PREVENT FRAUD IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. THE BILL AS AMENDED SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION AND, TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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    MR. MCDERMOTT

    PURSUANT TO SECTION 426 OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT OF 1974, I MAKE A…

    PURSUANT TO SECTION 426 OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT OF 1974, I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE RULE H.RES. 1015. SECTION 425 OF THAT SAME ACT STATES THAT A POINT OF ORDER LIES AGAINST THE LEGISLATION WHICH, NUMBER ONE, IMPOSES AN UNFUNDED MANDATE IN EXCESS OF THE ANNUAL AMOUNT SPECIFIED IN THAT SECTION AGAINST STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS OR, TWO, DOES NOT PUBLISH PRIOR TO FLOOR CONSIDERATION A C.B.O. ESTIMATE OF ANY UNFUNDED MANDATES IN EXCESS OF THE AMOUNT SPECIFIED ANNUALLY FOR STATE AND LOCAL ENTITIES OR IN EXCESS OF THE AMOUNT SPECIFIED ANNUALLY FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR. SECTION 426 OF THE BUDGET ACT SPECIFICALLY STATES THAT THE RULES COMMITTEE MAY NOT WAIVE THIS POINT OF ORDER. ON PAGE 1, LINE 2, AND ON PAGE 2, LINE 1 OF H.RES. 1015, ALL POINTS OF ORDER ARE WAIVED AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4844, THE FEDERAL ELECTION INTEGRITY ACT OF 2006. THEREFORE, I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT THIS RULE MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED PURSUANT TO SECTION 426.

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  • 10:44:53 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON MAKES A POINT OF ORDER THAT THE RESOLUTION…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON MAKES A POINT OF ORDER THAT THE RESOLUTION VIOLATES SECTION 426-A OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT OF 1974. IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 426- B-2 OF THE ACT, THE GENTLEMAN HAS MET THE THRESHOLD BURDEN TO IDENTIFY THE SPECIFIC LANGUAGE IN THE RESOLUTION ON WHICH THE POINT OF ORDER IS PREDICATED. UNDER SECTION 426-B-4 OF THE ACT, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, EACH WILL CONTROL 10 MINUTES OF DEBATE ON THE QUESTION OF CONSIDERATION. PURSUANT TO SECTION 426-B-3 OF THE ACT, AFTER THAT DEBATE THE CHAIR WILL PUT THE QUESTION OF CONSIDERATION, TO WIT, WILL THE HOUSE NOW CONSIDER THE RESOLUTION. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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  • 10:45:46 AM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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    MRS. CAPITO

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. CAPITO

    THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO NOW RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE…

    THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO NOW RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE, MR. EHLERS. FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 10:48:03 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 10:48:06 AM

    MR. EHLERS

    I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING. I'M ASTONISHED AT THE COMMENTS MADE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING. I'M ASTONISHED AT THE COMMENTS MADE BY THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER. IT IS CERTAINLY NOT MY INTENT AND CERTAINLY NOT THE INTENT OF THE REPUBLICANS TO IN ANY WAY RESTRICT THE ABILITY TO VOTE. HE MENTIONED THE CONSTITUTION. THE CONSTITUTION CLEARLY SPECIFIES WHO OUR CITIZENS OF THIS NATION. FEDERAL LAW CLEARLY SPECIFIES THAT ONLY CITIZENS MAY VOTE. WE HAVE HAD NUMEROUS INSTANCES OF FRAUD, VOTER FRAUD IN THE HISTORY OF THIS NATION. LET ME JUST MENTION TAMMANY HALL, AND ON AND ON. THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT FRAUD HAS EXISTED. BASED ON MY WORK ON THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION AND BEING INVOLVED IN SOME OF THE DIFFICULT DECISIONS WE MAKE, I ASSURE YOU THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT THERE CONTINUES TO BE FRAUD. RECENT HEARINGS WE HAD ON THE BILL BEFORE US HERE WE HAD TESTIMONY IN NEW MEXICO THAT POLL WATCHERS INSTEAD OF DOING WHAT THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO DO, NAMELY NOTING WHO WAS ABSENT AND HADN'T VOTED, THEY ARE THEN SUPPOSED TO CALL THESE INDIVIDUALS TO REMIND THEM TO VOTE, INSTEAD OF DOING THAT, THE POLL WATCHERS WERE CALLING FRIENDS TO COME IN AND VOTE ILLEGALLY IN PLACE OF THE MISSING PEOPLE. AND VOTING OF COURSE THE PARTY LINE FOR THE PARTY THAT WAS ARRANGING THIS PROCEDURE. FRAUD DOES EXIST. IT STILL OCCURS IN ELECTIONS. I THINK THERE IS ONE VERY, VERY GOOD WAY TO DO IT, TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. AND THAT IS TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY VOTER WHO VOTES PROVES THAT THEY ARE THE PERSON WHO HAS REGISTERED TO VOTE. AND A GOOD WAY TO DO THAT IS PHOTO I.D. NOW, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TENDS US AS A TERRIBLE CALAMITY. THIS IS HORRIBLE. HOW CAN WE DO THIS? WHILE AT THE SAME TIME THEY HAVE APPROVED, I'M SURE, THE USE OF PHOTO I.D. FOR GETTING ON AN AIRPLANE. THEY HAVE APPROVED THE USE OF PHOTO I.D. FOR PURCHASING ALCOHOL OR CIGARETTES. THEY HAVE APPROVED THE USE OF VOTER I.D. FOR CASHING A CHECK. AND ON AND ON. WE USE PHOTO I.D. ALL THE TIME. WE USE PHOTO I.D.'S O GET ON GOVERNMENTAL PROPERTY. THIS IS NOT A NEW CONCEPT. ALL WE ARE SIMPLY SAYING THAT EVERYONE IN THIS BILL, BY THE YEAR 2008 ELECTION, EVERY FEDERAL ELECTION WILL REQUIRE PHOTO I.D. OF EVERY VOTER WISHING TO VOTE IN THAT AND SUCCEEDING FEDERAL ELECTIONS. IT FURTHER GOES ON TO SAY IN THE YEAR 2010 THAT PHOTO I.D. MUST ALSO INDICATE WHETHER OR NOT THIS PERSON IS A CITIZEN. SO IT'S TWO PRONGED. STRAIGHTFORWARD. THE PUBLIC HEARINGS THAT WE HELD, THERE IS MUCH MADE BY, AMONG OTHERS, THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS AND ALSO BY THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THAT THIS IS GOING TO DEPRIVE POOR PEOPLE OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO GET A VOTER I.D. OR IT'S TOO DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE AND DO IT. OR THEY CAN'T PROVE THEIR CITIZENSHIP BECAUSE THEY WERE BORN AT HOME, ETC., ETC. WE TOOK THAT TO HEART SO WE MODIFIED THE BILL THAT SAYS THE STATES WILL PREPARE THESE PHOTO I.D.'S. THEY WILL VOUCH FOR THE CITIZENSHIP. AND IF THERE IS ANY EXPENSE INVOLVED THAT CANNOT BE REIMBURSED BY THE PERSON RECEIVING THIS INFORMATION, GETTING THE PHOTO I.D., THE CITIZENSHIP VERIFICATION, AND THEY CANNOT PAY FOR IT BECAUSE THEY ARE INDIGENT, DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCE, CAN'T GET OUT OF THE HOUSE, THE STATE IS TO PAY FOR IT AND WE WILL REIMBURSE THE STATE. THIS IS NOT AN UNFUNDED MANDATE. WE INCLUDE THE AUTHORIZATION IN THE BILL SAYING THAT WHEN THE STATES INCUR THIS EXPENSE THEY SUBMIT THEIR BILLS TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AUTHORIZED TO REPAY IT. THE ONLY GLITCH MIGHT COME WITH THE APPROPRIATORS DON'T APPROPRIATE THE MONEY. BUT I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT THE APPROPRIATORS WILL BE HAPPY TO APPROPRIATE THE MONEY FOR THIS PURPOSE AS LONG AS WE CONTINUE THE MAJORITY. SO I THINK IT'S TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE TO CALL THIS ON A POINT OF ORDER. THE -- THIS IS NOT A MANDATE OF SPENDING ON THE STATES. THEY HAVE ENOUGH CREDIT IN EVERY CASE TO PAY THE BILL AND HAVE US REIMBURSE THEM A MONTH OR SO LATER. SURELY THEY CAN CARRY THAT SMALL BURDEN. THE TOTAL EXPENSE FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY IS ESTIMATED TO BE LESS THAN $77 MILLION. THAT'S THE ESTIMATE FROM THE C.B.O. SO I THINK THE POINT OF ORDER IS COMPLETELY UNFOUNDED. I BELIEVE IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO CONTINUE WITH THIS BILL. WE WANT -- MY GOAL IN EVERY CASE IS TO ENSURE THAT EVERY CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES CLEARLY HAS THE RIGHT TO VOTE. THAT RIGHT WILL BE FACILITATED BY USING THE METHODS OUTLINED IN THE BILL, BUT ALSO EVERY CITIZEN WHO VOTES HAS THE RIGHT TO BELIEVE THAT THEIR VOTE WILL BE COUNTED ACCURATELY AND THAT NO ONE ELSE WILL DILUTE THEIR VOTE BY VOTING ILLEGALLY AND THEREFORE UNDERMINING THE PROCESS. WERE THAT -- WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:53:26 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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    MR. MCDERMOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, COULD YOU TELL US HOW MUCH TIME HAS BEEN USED ON BOTH SIDES?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YOU HAVE EIGHT MINUTES.

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    MR. MCDERMOTT

    FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. MCDERMOTT

    I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF.

  • 10:53:44 AM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. I WISH SPECIFICALLY TO ADDRESS THE…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. I WISH SPECIFICALLY TO ADDRESS THE STATEMENT MADE BY CHAIRMAN EHLERS FOR WHOM I HAVE THE GREATEST RESPECT AND HE IS MY FRIEND. I DISAGREE WHERE YOU SAY, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT THIS IS NOT AN UNFUNDED MANDATE. ALTHOUGH H.R. 4844 AUTHORIZES, AS YOU CORRECTLY SAY, AND FROM THE LANGUAGE OF THE BILL, SUCH SUMS AS NECESSARY TO FUND THE PROGRAM, IT DOES NOT GUARANTEE ANY FUNDING TO STATES TO PAY FOR THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS BILL. THE HELP AMERICA VOTE ACT WAS AUTHORIZED FOR $3.9 BILLION, AND TO DATE ONLY $3.1 BILLION HAS BEEN APPROPRIATED, LEAVING AN $800 MILLION SHORTFALL. THE SPONSORS OF H.R. 4844 CANNOT GUARANTEE, YOU SIMPLY CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT STATES WON'T BE STUCK WITH THE BILL FOR THE CAUSE IM-- COSTS IMPOSED BY THIS LEGISLATION. THE UNFUNDED MANDATE'S LAW WAS THE VERY FIRST BILL CONSIDERED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR WHEN THE REPUBLICANS TOOK CONTROL OF THE CONGRESS IN JANUARY OF 1995. I WAS HERE WHEN IT PASSED. THEY WERE HIGHLY CRITICAL OF PREVIOUS MANDATES IMPOSED BY DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSES AND ADAMANT ABOUT NOT ALLOWING LEGISLATION TO IMPOSE UNFUNDED MANDATES ON STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, AS WELL AS THE PRIVATE SECTOR. YET HERE WE ARE TODAY READY TO IMPOSE THE ENORMOUS COST OF THESE ENTITIES ON -- AND ON PRIVATE CITIZENS AS WELL. I SUPPORT THE POINT OF ORDER AND ASK THAT IT PREVAIL.

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  • 10:55:40 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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    MRS. CAPITO

    LIKE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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    MR. MCDERMOTT

    RIGHT TO CLOSE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON DOES HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE. I'M SORRY, THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON DOES HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE. I'M SORRY, THE GENTLELADY -- I'M SORRY, I'M TOLD THAT THE GENTLELADY FROM WEST VIRGINIA HAS THE RIGHT TO CLOSE.

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  • 10:56:03 AM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    SHE HAS THE RIGHT TO CLOSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YES, SIR.

  • 10:56:13 AM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    I KNOW MR. EHLERS AND HE'S AN AN -- HONORABLE MAN. HE'S STANDING HERE…

    I KNOW MR. EHLERS AND HE'S AN AN -- HONORABLE MAN. HE'S STANDING HERE TRYING TO SELL SNAKE OIL TO THE U.S. CONGRESS. THIS SPEECH JUST GIVEN BY THE MAN -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA ABOUT THE HELP AMERICA VOTE ACT IS LIVING PROOF OF THE FACT THAT THIS PLACE PROMISES ALL DINDS OF STUFF -- ALL KINDS OF STUFF AND DOESN'T DELIVER TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT. WE COULD TALK ABOUT -- WE COULD SPEND A LONG TIME TALKING ABOUT LEAVE NO CHILD BEHIND ACT. OVER AND OVER, AFTER ALL THAT SHOWBOATING YOU DID WHEN YOU TOOK OVER THE CONGRESS ABOUT WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE ANYMORE OF THOSE UNFUNDED MANDATES, AND THEN YOU COME OUT HERE AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND YOU STICK THE STATES AND THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WITH THE COST. NOW, IF IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE TO THE REPUBLICANS THAT THE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARE GOING TO HAVE A PROBLEM, IT OUGHT TO WORRY THEM THAT SEVEN MILLION PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED. THAT'S THE ESTIMATE BY THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS, ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO WILL BE AFFECTED BY THIS BILL. YOU DON'T WORRY ABOUT PEOPLE WHO GET ON AIRPLANES. ALL OF US ARE RICH. WE GOT MONEY TO FLY IN AN AIRPLANE. THERE ARE SEVEN MILLION PEOPLE THAT DON'T GO TO THE AIRPORT EVERY WEEK AND HAVE TO SHOW A PHOTO I.D. WE GET ONE GIVEN TO US HERE IN THE CONGRESS FOR FREE. NONE OF US PAID FOR THAT THING. AND WE SHOW IT. OUR DRIVER'S LICENSE. WE DON'T PAY FOR THE PHOTO I.D., WE PAY FOR THE RIGHT TO USE THE ROADS OF OUR STATE. THE FACT IS THAT THERE ARE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE A SERIOUS PROBLEM FOR AND THE STATES ARE EITHER GOING TO HAVE TO SAY, YOU CAN'T VOTE BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE A PHOTO I.D., OR THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PAY FOR IT. AND TO COUNT ON YOU, THE REPUBLICAN APPROPRIATORS, WHEN YOU'RE WASTING $400 BILLION IN IRAQ TO COME UP WITH EVEN WHAT'S REALLY A SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY, $77 MILLION, OR $100 MILLION, OR WHATEVER THE NUMBER IS, IT'S NOT VERY MUCH, IS REALLY BETTING ON THE TOOTH FAIRY. NOW, I BELIEVE THAT THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO VOTE IS PRE-EMINENT. EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE A RIGHT TO IT. EVERY WEEK -- EVERY YEAR IN SEATTLE WE BRING IN ABOUT NEW IMMIGRANTS ON ELECTION DAY. ON THE FOURTH OF JULY. AND WE SEND THEM UP TO REGISTER WITH THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS BECAUSE WE TELL THEM THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THIS COUNTRY IS TO VOTE. THAT'S HOW YOU EXERCISE YOUR AMERICAN RIGHTS. AND NOW YOU WANT TO ERECT A BARRIER. THANK GOD FOR THE COURTS IN MISSOURI WHO THREW OUT THE MISSOURI LAW. THAT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU GUYS. YOU SAY, WELL, MISSOURI DIDN'T WRITE IT RIGHT. WE'LL WRITE IT SO THAT WE'LL GET THEM. WE ARE GOING TO GET EVERYBODY IN THE COUNTRY. THE ELECTIONS IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE HUNG ON A VERY FEW NUMBER OF VOTES. AND TO ELIMINATE SEVEN MILLION PEOPLE FROM THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE A PHOTO I.D. AND PUT IT IN THE LOVING HANDS OF STATE GOVERNMENTS AND COUNTY GOVERNMENTS TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE WHAT'S NECESSARY IS TO LIMIT THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE. YOU SHOW ME ONE BIT OF EVIDENCE THAT SOMEBODY HAS VOTED WITHOUT SOME -- THAT THEY HAVE ILLEGALLY VOTED BECAUSE YOU HAVEN'T SHOWN THAT. AND I BELIEVE THAT IN REALITY YOU REALLY ARE ONLY TRYING TO PROTECT YOUR OWN GRIP ON POWER IN THIS HOUSE BY MAKING IT HARDER FOR ORDINARY AMERICANS TO HAVE A SAY IN WHO LEADS THIS COUNTRY. IN 2001, THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON FEDERAL ELECTION REFORM ESTIMATED THAT UP TO 10% OF THOSE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE DO NOT HAVE OFFICIAL STATE IDENTIFICATION LIKE A DRIVER'S LICENSE. NOW, THESE ARE PEOPLE WITHOUT CARS, INCLUDING THE DISADVANTAGED. REPUBLICANS ARE WILLING TO LEAVE THOSE PEOPLE BEHIND. WELL, IF -- I'M SORRY IF YOU CAN'T DRIVE A CAR AND YOU HAVEN'T GOT A DRIVER'S LICENSE, YOUR STATE'S NOT GOING TO HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY FOR IT. OR WHERE ARE THEY GOING TO GET IT? THEY'LL TAKE IT OUT OF THE TANF PROGRAM OR TAKE IT OUT OF THE SCHOOLS OR SOMEWHERE, WON'T THEY? I MEAN YOU CAN COUNT ON THEM, CAN'T YOU, TO DO THAT? I MEAN THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE SAYING, INSTEAD OF FINDING WAYS TO ENSURE THAT EVERY AMERICAN GETS THE RIGHT TO VOTE, THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO BUILD A FENCE SO IT'S HARDER AND HARDER FOR PEOPLE TO GET TO THE POLLS, REPUBLICANS WOULD LIKE YOU TO BELIEVE THAT ILLEGAL ALIENS ARE A DANGER TO THE AMERICAN POLITICAL PROCESS, THAT THEY'RE SNEAKING IN THROUGH THE BORDERS AND THEN THEY'RE SNEAKING UP TO THE POLLS AND THEY'RE CASTING THEIR BALLOTS AND ELECTING -- COME ON. THAT'S THE FEAR TACTIC AGAIN. IT'S THE FEAR TACTIC THAT YOU USE OVER AND OVER AND OVER ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND THAT'S ALL THIS BILL IS ABOUT, THE FEAR TACTIC, WE'RE COMING UP TO AN ELECTION, THE REAL DANGER IS THAT IF REPUBLICANS COULD PUT A FENCE AROUND THE CONSTITUTION LETTING IN THEIR FRIENDS AND KEEPING EVERYBODY ELSE OUT, IT'S NOT ABOUT PROTECTING THE RIGHT TO VOTE. IT'S ABOUT SUBVERTING THE RIGHT TO VOTE FOR NON-REPUBLICAN AMERICANS. PEOPLE WHO THEY THINK WON'T VOTE FOR THEM. WHY WOULD THE POOR PEOPLE VOTE FOR THE 1% PARTY, THE PARTY OF THE RICH? WE KNOW WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. PEOPLE JUST DON'T WANT TO SAY IT STRAIGHT OUT, BUT IT'S REALLY GOING AFTER THOSE PEOPLE LEAST ABLE TO DEFEND THEMSELVES IN OUR SOCIETY CASTING THEIR VOTE. THE VISION OF THE REPUBLICANS IS IF YOU DON'T VOTE REPUBLICAN, THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU DON'T VOTE AT ALL. THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO VOTE. DEMOCRATS WILL NEVER STOP FIGHTING TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE TO VOTE, TO RUN THEIR GOVERNMENT, EVEN WHEN THEY CHOOSE YOU. A DEMOCRACY REQUIRES ALLOWING EVERYBODY TO HAVE A CHANCE TO VOTE, EVEN WHEN I MIGHT SAY THEY MADE A MISTAKE HERE AND THERE. BUT NEVERTHELESS, THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO VOTE. THIS BILL IS A SHAM, IT'S A P. R. PIECE, AND IT DOESN'T BELONG IN A NATION GOVERNED BY ALL THE PEOPLE.

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  • 11:03:04 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

  • 11:03:08 AM

    MRS. CAPITO

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO RESPOND AND THEN RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO RESPOND AND THEN RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE. FIRST OF ALL, I THINK THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT ONE OF THE MOST PRECIOUS RIGHTS WE HAVE AS CITIZENS, IT IS TO VOTE. OBVIOUSLY, THAT'S HOW WE ALL ARRIVED HERE AND WE HAVE, I THINK, SHAMEFULLY A VERY LOW PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE WHO ARE VOTING WHEN WE COMPARE IT WORLDWIDE IN THIS COUNTRY. AND SO I THINK HIGHLIGHTING VOTING AND VOTING PATTERNS AND THE WAY TO VOTE AND THE WAY TO ILLEGALLY VOTE IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. BUT WHAT I'VE HEARD JUST NOW IS A VERY CYNICAL AND I THINK SLIGHTLY MEAN-SPIRITED ATTACK ON WHY WE BELIEVE AND WHY THE COMMITTEE HAS BROUGHT FORWARD VERY THOUGHTFUL LEGISLATION ON VOTING AND VOTER IDENTIFICATION . IF YOU WANT INSTANCES OF VOTER FRAUD, COME TO THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA. WE JUST HAD FIVE PEOPLE INDICTED AND SENTENCED IN FEDERAL COURT FOR THIS VERY THING. IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE COMMISSION ON FEDERAL ELECTION REFORM, WHICH WAS QUOTED JUST A MINUTE AGO, HEADED BY FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER AND FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE JAMES BAKER, THEY RECOMMENDED THIS VERY THING, THAT PHOTO I.D. BE USED AS AN IDENTIFIER TO VOTE. AND I CAN QUOTE AS WELL, TO GO TO THE OTHER POINT, THE FORMER MAYOR OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA, ANDREW YOUNG, WHO TALKS ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF A PHOTO I.D. FOR VOTING. AND I THINK THIS IS AN INTERESTING POINT HE MAKES. AT THE END OF THE DAY, A PHOTO I.D. IS A TRUE WEAPON AGAINST THE BONDAGES OF POVERTY. ANYONE DRIVING THROUGH A LOW-INCOME NEIGHBORHOOD SEES THE UBIQUITOUS CHECK CASHING STOREFRONTS WHICH THRIVE BECAUSE OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS SUCH AS SUPERMARKETS AND BANKS WON'T CASH CHECKS WITHOUT A STANDARD PHOTO I.D. TO GO TO THE POINT OF ORDER THAT'S BEEN RAISED, THIS IS AN AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE. THE HOUSE ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE IS AN AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE. THEY'VE MADE PROVISIONS IN THE BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE APPROPRIATORS TO PROVIDE THE APPROPRIATE FUNDS OF MONEY THAT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO CREATE THE PHOTO I.D. FOR -- AND I'LL TAKE THE FIGURE -- SEVEN MILLION PEOPLE WHO ARE WITHOUT. AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE REAL I.D. ACT, WHICH IS GOING TO BE GOING INTO EFFECT IN THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS, IS GOING TO REQUIRE PHOTO I.D., FEDERALLY ISSUED PHOTO I.D. AS A MEANS FOR IDENTIFICATION AND CITIZENSHIP. I'D NOW LIKE TO YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE WHO'S VERY THOUGHTFUL, VERY WELL RESPECTED, AND CERTAINLY IS KNOWN FOR HIS INTENSE STUDY OF THE SUBJECT, AND THIS ONE IS NO DIFFERENT, MR. EHLERS FROM MICHIGAN.

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  • 11:05:57 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HOW MUCH TIME DOES THE GENTLELADY YIELD?

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    MRS. CAPITO

    THE TIME.

  • 11:06:03 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MAY I ASK HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE LEFT?

  • 11:06:06 AM

    MR. EHLERS

    2 1/2 MINUTES REMAIN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    2 1/2 MINUTES REMAIN.

  • 11:06:12 AM

    MR. EHLERS

    FIRST OF ALL, I'M SURPRISED ANYONE WOULD REGARD THIS BILL AS AN ATTEMPT TO…

    FIRST OF ALL, I'M SURPRISED ANYONE WOULD REGARD THIS BILL AS AN ATTEMPT TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM VOTING. IT'S INTENDED TO AID THEM IN VOTING, AND I AM COMMITTED, AS I SAID EARLIER, TO ALLOW EVERY CITIZEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE, MAKE CERTAIN OF THAT OPPORTUNITY, MAKE CERTAIN THEY CAN BE ASSURED THAT NO ONE ELSE IS DILUTING THAT VOTE THROUGH ILLEGAL ACTION. HAVING SAID THAT AND RECOGNIZING THAT ANDREW YOUNG HAS ALSO ENDORSED THIS, I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND THE ARGUMENTS OF THE DEMOCRATS ON THIS, BECAUSE WHEN THE BILL WAS FIRST INTRODUCED, WE HAD OUR FIRST HEARING, ALL THE COMPLAINTS FROM THE DEMOCRATS AND THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS IS THAT WE WERE DISENFRANCHISING THE POOR BECAUSE THEY COULD NOT AFFORD TO GET A PHOTO I.D. AND THEY COULD NOT AFFORD TO PROVE THEY WERE CITIZENS. SO WE SAID, FINE, WE WILL PROVIDE THE MONEY SO THAT THE POOR CAN GET A PHOTO I.D., SO THAT THE POOR CAN PROVE THEIR CITIZENSHIP. AND THEN THEY -- WE ARE TRULY HELPING THEM, BECAUSE NOT ONLY CAN THEY VOTE, BUT AS ANDREW YOUNG SAYS, THEY CAN CAST -- CASH THEIR CHECK MORE READILY. AND ALSO IF THEY WANT TO APPLY FOR SOCIAL SECURITY OR MEDICARE BENEFITS, THEY HAVE PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP WHICH IMPROVES THE PROCESS TREMENDOUSLY, OTHERWISE THEY HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE EFFORT OF PROVING IT AT THAT TIME. SO THIS BILL WILL NOT ONLY HELP WITH VOTING, IT'S GOING TO HELP THE POOR IN MANY OTHER WAYS BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO PROVIDE PAYMENT FOR THEM TO PROPERLY BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES TO GET GOVERNMENT SERVICES, TO CASH CHECKS, ETC., ETC. I THINK WHAT WE HAVE DONE HERE IS A GOOD BILL. AND THE POINT OF ORDER IS SIMPLY INVALID. IF WE ARE GOING TO APPLY THE POINT OF ORDER FOR THIS BILL BECAUSE THE APPROPRIATORS HAVEN'T YET ACTED, THEN EVERY BILL -- EVERY AUTHORIZING BILL WE PASS THAT PROVIDES FOR FUNDING TO THE STATES OR LOCALITIES IS NOT GOING TO PASS THE TEST EITHER BECAUSE WE WON'T HAVE THE APPROPRIATIONS IN HAND YET. I THINK IT'S A FARCE. I'D URGE ALL MEMBERS TO VOTE AGAINST THIS POINT OF ORDER, AND I URGE THAT WE PROCEED ON TO THE STUDY OF THE BILL ITSELF. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:08:22 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE NOW CONSIDER HOUSE RESOLUTION 1015. THOSE IN FAVOR SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 11:08:38 AM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    I OBJECT -- I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT…

    I OBJECT -- I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MRS. CAPITO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 11:33:10 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED. LET ME JUST RESTORE ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED. LET ME JUST RESTORE ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS CORRECT, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. IF WE COULD ASK MEMBERS TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR SO THAT WE MAY PROCEED WITH THE BILL. MEMBERS IN THE AISLE, IF THEY WOULD PLEASE REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 11:33:51 AM

    MRS. CAPITO

    YOU. LAST NIGHT, THE COMMITTEE ON RULES GRANTED A CLOSED RULE FOR…

    YOU. LAST NIGHT, THE COMMITTEE ON RULES GRANTED A CLOSED RULE FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4844, THE FEDERAL ELECTION INTEGRITY ACT. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR ONE HOUR OF DEBATE IN THE HOUSE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION. THE RULE WAIVES ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, AND PROVIDES THAT THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE AS REPORTED BY THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. FINALLY, THE RULE PROVIDES ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. MR. SPEAKER, THE RIGHT TO VOTE IS OUR MOST CHERISHED FREEDOM AS AMERICAN CITIZENS. OVER THE YEARS, OUR NATION HAS EVOLVED AND PROGRESSED TO INCLUDE MANY MORE CITIZENS IN THE VOTING PROCESS. WHO COULD FORGET THE WONDERFUL ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF SUSAN B. ANTHONY, ELIZABETH STAUNTON AND MARTIN LUTHER KING AND COUNTLESS OTHERS WHO FOUGHT TO EXTEND THE RIGHT TO VOTE TO POPULATIONS THAT HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN DISCRIMINATED AGAINST? MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY'S CORRECT.

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  • 11:34:56 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S CORRECT. THE GENTLELADY DESERVES TO BE HEARD ON THIS…

    THE GENTLELADY'S CORRECT. THE GENTLELADY DESERVES TO BE HEARD ON THIS IMPORTANT BILL. IF I COULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO PLEASE REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS TO THE CLOAKROOM. THE GENTLELADY MAY PROCEED.

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  • 11:35:18 AM

    MRS. CAPITO

    IDEOLOGY, ARE FREE TO VOTE FOR CANDIDATES FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION…

    IDEOLOGY, ARE FREE TO VOTE FOR CANDIDATES FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ALL THE WAY THROUGH TO THE SCHOOL BOARD. BUT SADLY THERE ARE THOSE WHO HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THIS CHERISHED FREEDOM BY DISTORTING OUR ELECTION SYSTEM. WE HAVE ALL HEARD STORIES ABOUT THE ROLES OF DECEASED VOTERS MYSTERIOUSLY VOTING FROM THE GRAVE, SOMETIMES EVEN VOTING MORE THAN ONCE. FURTHERMORE, WITH AN INCREASING POPULATION OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS POPULATING OUR STATES, THE POSSIBILITY OF NONCITIZENS VOTING CONTINUES TO GROW. WHEN VOTERS GO TO THE POLLS, THEY'RE ELECTING REPRESENTATIVES, LIKE US, THAT WILL SET POLICIES FOR ALL CITIZENS. THEREFORE, WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW THESE OUTCOMES TO BE AFFECTED BY INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE INTENTIONALLY BROKEN THE LAW. IN MY HOME STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA, I'M NOT PROUD TO SAY, FIVE INDIVIDUALS WERE RECENTLY CONVICTED OF ILLEGALLY INFLUENCING ELECTIONS. OUR STATE HAS LONG SUFFERED FROM THESE ILLEGAL AND UNETHICAL TACTICS USED TO STIFLE THE VOICE OF OUR VOTERS. WHILE MANY OF THESE PROBLEMS HAVE BEEN PLAGUING OUR SYSTEM CANNOT BE FIXED OVERNIGHT, THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THE FEDERAL INELECTION INTEGRITY ACT SIMPLY REQUIRES THAT IN ORDER FOR A PERSON TO VOTE, THEY MUST BE ABLE TO SHOW PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION WITH A PHOTO I.D. BY 2008 AND THEN TWO YEARS LATER IN 2010, ALL VOTERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PROOF BY VOTE I.D. THAT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN ATTAINED WITHOUT PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP. WE ALL UNDERSTAND THIS IS GOING TO BE A CHALLENGE FOR SOME OF OUR RURAL, ELDERLY, AND INDIGENT POPULATIONS, BUT THE REAL IDE ACT WHICH ALREADY REQUIRES PEOPLE TO HAVE A LEGAL I.D. TO PROVE THEIR LEGAL STATUS BY 2008, FURTHERMORE, THIS LEGISLATION AUTHORIZES FUNDS TO REIMBURSE THE STATES FOR PROVIDING I.D.'S TO THE INDIGENT AT NO COST. 17 STATES CURRENTLY HAVE SIMILAR REQUIREMENTS IN THEIR LAWS. MOST RECENTLY, ARIZONA. THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ARIZONA RECENTLY TESTIFIED THAT VOTER REGISTRATION HAS INCREASED IN ARIZONA BY 15.4% SINCE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PROPOSITION 200, A MEASURE THAT REQUIRES ALL VOTERS TO PRESENT IDENTIFICATION AT THE POLLS BEFORE CASTING A BALLOT AS WELL AS PROVIDE A PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP BEFORE REGISTERING TO VOTE. RECENT REPORTS SHOW THAT THE PRIMARY ELECTION HELD LAST WEEK IN ARIZONA THAT THERE WERE NO STUMBLING BLOCKS TO THIS NEW PROVISION. CERTAINLY, THIS HAS BEEN A SUCCESS AS MORE VOTERS ARE REGISTERING AND THEY HAVE PEACE OF MIND THAT THEIR REGISTRATION IS PROTECTED BY PROOF OF IDENTITY. DURING A RECENT NBC/"WALL STREET JOURNAL" POLL 81% OF THOSE SURVEYED EXPRESSED SUPPORT FOR REQUIRING I.D. AT THE POLLS. CLEARLY THE VOTING POPULATION IS CONCERNED WITH VOTER FRAUD AND IS YEARNING FOR ACTION. EVEN FORMER PRESIDENT CARTER AND FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE JAMES BAKER, A BIPARTISAN DUO, HAVE ENDORSED THIS APPROACH. MR. SPEAKER, INTEGRITY IN OUR ELECTION SYSTEM IS A GOAL THAT IS SHARED ACROSS PARTY AFFILIATION. WE WANT EVERYONE TO PARTICIPATE TO VOTE AND TO KNOW THAT THEIR VOTE COUNTS. AND IT IS MY HOPE THAT WE CAN ALL WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE OUR SYSTEM FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:38:37 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 11:38:42 AM

    MR. HASTINGS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 11:38:50 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 11:38:51 AM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M IN OPPOSITION TO THIS CLOSED RULE. THIS SO-CALLED FEDERAL…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M IN OPPOSITION TO THIS CLOSED RULE. THIS SO-CALLED FEDERAL ELECTION INTEGRITY ACT PLACES AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL BURDEN ON THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF ELIGIBLE CITIZENS TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR COUNTRY'S DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. I AGREE WITH THE WORDS OF PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON WHEN HE SAID, THE VOTE IS THE MOST POWERFUL INSTRUMENT EVER DEVISED BY MAN FOR BREAKING DOWN INJUSTICE AND DESTROYING THE TERRIBLE WALLS WHICH IMPRISON MEN AND WOMEN BECAUSE THEY ARE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER MEN AND WOMEN. TODAY, BEFORE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, THE MAJORITY IS TRYING TO RECONSTRUCT THE WALLS OF INJUSTICE AND IMPRISON OUR POOR, DISABLED, ELDERLY, AND YOUNG BY PUTTING UP BARRIERS TO THE VOTING PROCESS. THIS MAJORITY CONGRESS HAS DECIDED TO EMBARRASS ITSELF FURTHER BY COMING UP WITH A SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM INSTEAD OF PASSING LEGISLATION THAT WOULD RECTIFY ACTUAL PROBLEMS THAT PLAYING OUR CITIZENS -- THAT PLAGUE OUR CITIZENS. OUT OF ALL THE ISSUES THAT THIS CONGRESS COULD BE CONSIDERING IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS BEFORE WE ADJOURN, THE MAJORITY HAS DECIDED THAT THE PRIORITIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE INCLUDE TRYING TO MAKE VOTING HARDER FOR SEGMENTS OF OUR POPULATION THAT ALREADY HAVE IT DIFFICULT. IN TODAY'S "USA TODAY," IT SAYS CRISIS SEEN IN LUGGAGE SCREENING, AND THIS IS A REPORT BY T.S.A. IN AIRPORTS HIGHLIGHTING THE URGENCY OF US NEEDING TO SCREEN BAGGAGE THAT GOES ONTO AIRPLANES, AND HERE WE ARE SCREENING VOTERS WHO HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG IN THE FIRST PLACE RATHER THAN DEALING WITH URGENT MATTERS. ALTHOUGH THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS HAVE AND USE I.D. AS A ROUTINE MATTER, APPROXIMATELY 10% OF THE PUBLIC DISPROPORTIONATELY PEOPLE OF COLOR, ELDERLY CITIZENS, DISABLED CITIZENS, AND YOUNG PEOPLE AND LOW-INCOME CITIZENS DO NOT HAVE GOVERNMENT-ISSUED PHOTO I.D. WHEN I THINK ABOUT THE LATEST SCHEMES OF THE MAJORITY, I CAN'T HELP BUT THINK ABOUT WHO EXACTLY THIS BILL WOULD AFFECT. I CALL ATTENTION, FOR EXAMPLE, TO ELDERLY BLACKS, BORN INTO SEGREGATION AS MY MOM AND GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDFATHER AND RACISM THAT EXISTED IN THE PRECIVIL RIGHTS ERA IN THE SOUTH. MY MOTHER WAS BORNE IN FLORIDA IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY AT A TIME WHEN THE BIRTH OF MOST BLACKS WAS NOT OFFICIALLY ACKNOWLEDGED BY STATES OR LOCALITIES. THIS MEANT THAT MY MOM AND THOUSANDS LIKE HER WERE NOT ISSUED BIRTH CERTIFICATES. THIS PRACTICE CONTINUED IN SOME AREAS OF THIS COUNTRY INTO THE 1950'S. FURTHERMORE, MANY PERSONS AT THIS TIME DON'T DRIVE, LIKE MY MOM, SO THINK NEVER OBTAINED LICENSES EITHER. MR. SPEAKER, THE CLAIM THAT VOTER FRAUD IS SUCH A RAMPANT PROBLEM IS REALLY BEYOND THE PALE. THERE'S VIRTUALLY NO EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE, I MIGHT ADD THEY DIDN'T HOLD NO HEARINGS, DIDN'T TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION ANYTHING OTHER THAN SOME NOMINAL REPORTS REGARDING THIS MATTER, THERE'S VIRTUALLY NO EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE THAT VAUGHTER FRAUD WITH ANY FREQUENCY WOULD WARRANT SUCH RESTRICTIVE AND POTENTIALLY HARMFUL LEGISLATION. FURTHERMORE, PROPONENTS OF THE VOTER I.D. REQUIREMENT CANNOT EVEN PROVE THAT EXISTING SAFEGUARDS ADEQUATELY ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS WITH FRAUD. I HEARD ABOUT SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS IN ARIZONA AND WHAT THE PEOPLE DID. ALL OF THAT WAS PROSECUTABLE UNDER THE LAW AS IT EXISTS THIS LEGISLATION IS NOTHING SHORT OF YET ANOTHER POLITICAL PLOY AT A POLITICAL TIME WHEN WE'RE IN HIGH POLITICAL DUNGEON TO BAMBOOZLE DISENFRANCHISED AMERICAN CITIZENS. THE FACT THAT THIS BILL IS BEING CONSIDERED AS A CLOSED RULE WOULD NO AMENDMENTS AND NO DEBATE CONFIRMS MY SUSPICIONS THAT THE MAJORITY IS ACTIVELY DOING EVERYTHING IN ITS POWER TO STIFLE DEMOCRACY INSTEAD OF LETTING IT FLOURISH. MR. SPEAKER, THIS COUNTRY NEEDS A NEW DIRECTION. THIS BILL IS NOTHING BUT A DISTRACTION TO REAL ISSUES THAT DESERVE REAL SOLUTIONS. CURRENTLY, STATES HAVE SEVERAL ALTERNATIVE MEANS TO ADDRESS POTENTIAL PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH VOTER FRAUD. WHEN THESE ALTERNATIVES ARE EXECUTED CORRECTLY, WHICH INCLUDE STATEWIDE VOTER REGISTRATION DATABASES, IN-PERSON AFFIRMATION AND SIGNATURE COMPARISON, THEY IMPOSE LESS OF A BURDEN ON ELIGIBLE AMERICANS THAN A MANDATORY I.D. I ALSO KNOW THAT MOST OF THESE ALTERNATIVES HAVE LONG BEEN USED SUCCESSFULLY IN STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IF REPUBLICANS WERE SERIOUS ABOUT CARRYING OUT REAL ELECTION REFORM, THEY WOULD NOT HAVE VOTED AGAINST THE TWO AMENDMENTS OFFERED BY MY TWO GOOD FRIENDS ON THE HOUSE ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE, RANKING MEMBER MILLENDER-MCDONALD AND REPRESENTATIVE LOFGREN, THAT SOUGHT TO IMPROVE VOTER PARTICIPATION AND ACCESS TO THE POLLS. AS IT STANDS, THE CURRENT LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY DOES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO ALLEVIATE THE PROBLEMS FLORIDA HAD WITH RECENT ELECTIONS ON SEPTEMBER 5 AND WOULD NOT ADDRESS CURRENT PROBLEMS THAT MANY STATES ARE STILL EXPERIENCING TODAY. MARYLAND, JUST LAST WEEK, HAD ALL SORTS OF PROBLEMS THAT THIS MEASURE HERE WOULD NOT HAVE COVERED IN THEIR ELECTION. I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE CONCERNED ABOUT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS BILL. OUR COLLEAGUE, LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART, EXPRESSED EXTREME SKEPTICISM ABOUT THERE NOT BEING A PAPER TRAIL IN THE VOTER PROCESS. I STRONGLY AGREE WITH HIS CONCERNS AND THOSE OF ROBERT WEXLER WHO HAVE FOUGHT THE PAPER TRAIL PROBLEM IN MY DISTRICT AND NOTE THAT THIS BILL PROVIDES NOTHING, NOTHING FOR STATES TO IMPROVE ELECTRONIC VOTING. SEVERAL STATES INCLUDING FLORIDA, MISSOURI, WHERE MR. SKELTON WHO WILL SPEAK HAS A PERSONALLY EXSPEERNS FROM, OHIO, MICHIGAN, ARIZONA, AND THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO HAVE ENACTED VOTER I.D. REQUIREMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN CHALLENGED IN COURT. MANY HAVE ALREADY BEEN FOUND UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND THROWN OUT WHILE OTHERS ARE STILL PENDING. AND JUST YESTERDAY ANOTHER JUDGE, A SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE IN GEORGIA, THREW OUT THAT STATE'S VOTER I.D., WHICH HAS BEEN LITIGATED AD NAUSEAM. FOR A PARTY THAT DOESN'T LIKE TRIAL LAWYERS, THE REPUBLICANS WOULD ALMOST GUARANTEE BIG BUSINESS FOR TRIAL LAWYERS WITH AN INCREASE OF LITIGATION THAT WOULD IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THE PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, WE CANNOT BYPASS THE OPPORTUNITY TO PURSUE REAL ELECTION REFORM. WE CANNOT LET THE MAJORITY PASS HARMFUL AND VAGUE LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ONLY NULLIFY THE ADVANCES WE WITNESSED WITH SUCH LEGISLATION LIKE THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT. TWO YEARS AGO IN RESPONSE TO WHAT I BELIEVE IS GOING TO BE RECITED THAT THIS IS NOT AN UNFUNDED MANDATE, TWO YEARS AGO THE DEMOCRATS ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TRIED TO PROVIDE FUNDING UNDER THE HELP AMERICA VOTE ACT, BUT THE REPUBLICANS ON THAT COMMITTEE VOTED IT DOWN. SO YOUR ARGUMENT THERE WILL BE FUNDS FOR THIS FALLS ON DEAF EARS AND ONCE WE PASS A MEASURE LIKE THIS, THE LOCALITY THE -- LOCALITIES ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BEAR THE BRUNT WHETHER WE FUND IT OR NOT. VOTING IS FOR ALL OF US NOT JUST MOST OF US. WE CAN AND MUST DO BETTER IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. FOR THESE REASONS I OPPOSE THE CLOSED RULE AND UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:47:09 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM WEST…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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  • 11:47:13 AM

    MRS. CAPITO

    ELECTION OFFICER OF A STATE IS ONE THAT CAN SHED GREAT WISDOM AND…

    ELECTION OFFICER OF A STATE IS ONE THAT CAN SHED GREAT WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE CONCERNING THIS BILL SO IT'S MY HONOR TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN, CONGRESSWOMAN MILLER.

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  • 11:47:29 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

  • 11:47:31 AM

    MRS. MILLER

    I CERTAINLY THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, CERTAINLY THE…

    I CERTAINLY THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, CERTAINLY THE FUNDAMENTAL BUILDING BLOCK OF OUR DEMOCRACY FOR THE LAST 208 YEARS HAS BEEN OUR CONSTITUTIONAL GUARANTEED RIGHT TO VOTE. AND PRIOR TO MY SERVICE IN CONGRESS HERE, I HAD THE GREAT HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO SERVE AS MY STATE OF MICHIGAN'S CHIEF ELECTIONS OFFICER AS THAT STATE'S SECRETARY OF STATE. AND IN THIS ROLE I VIEWED IT AS MY DUTY TO ENSURE THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS PROCESS, TO ENSURE THAT EVERY ELIGIBLE VOTER HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO REGISTER TO VOTE. TO ENSURE THAT EVERY REGISTER VOTER HAD -- WOULD TURN OUT ON ELECTION DAY. AND TO ROOT OUT ANY FRAUD, ANY TYPE OF FRAUD IN OUR ELECTIONS PROCESS, AND TO ENSURE THAT EVERY VOTE THAT WAS CAST WAS PROPERLY COUNTED. AND I'D LIKE TO THINK I DO HAVE A DEEP UNDERSTANDING AND CERTAINLY A RESPECT FOR OUR NATION'S ELECTORAL PROCESS AND NOT FROM A PARTISAN TINT. AFTER THE 2000 ELECTION, THE NAACP GAVE MY ADMINISTRATION THE NATION'S HIGHEST GRADE OF ANY OF THE SECRETARIES OF STATE IN THE ENTIRE NATION FOR ELECTION EFORM. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE THE 2000 ELECTION THIS CONGRESS HAS ALSO TAKEN ACTION TO IMPROVE THE PROCESS THROUGH THE HELP AMERICA VOTE ACT THAT THEY AUTHORIZED AND APPROPRIATED MILLIONS AND MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR, WHICH HAS IMPROVED THE QUALITY OF OUR VOTING EQUIPMENT AND IMPROVED THE REGISTRATION VOTER LIST THROUGHOUT THE NATION. AND NOW TODAY WE HAVE ANOTHER POSITIVE ELECTORAL INITIATIVE THAT WILL HELP ENSURE THE INTEGRITY OF OUR PROCESS. H.R. 4844, THE FEDERAL ELECTION INTEGRITY ACT, WILL REQUIRE VOTERS IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS TO SHOW A PHOTO I.D. TO PROVE THEIR IDENTITY AND TO BE SURE THAT THEIR VOTE IS COUNTED. AND I KNOW THAT WE ARE HEARING CONCERNS FROM THE OTHER SIDE THAT FOR VERY PARTISAN POLITICAL REASONS THAT THIS IS GOING TO DISENFRANCHISE VOTERS, BUT NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. THIS IMPORTANT REFORM WILL ENSURE THAT EVERY VOTER WHO PRESENTS THEMSELVES AT THE POLLS IS WHO THEY SAY THEY ARE AND WILL LIMIT DILUTING THE VOTES OF LAWFUL VOTERS BY ROOTING OUT FRAUD. MR. SPEAKER, THE CALL FOR PHOTO IDENTIFICATION AT THE POLLING PLACES IS NOT SIMPLY COMING FROM REPUBLICANS. IN FACT, IN MY HOME STATE OF MICHIGAN DURING THE 2005 DETERIORATE MAYORAL RACE, WE HEARD CALLS THERE FROM BOTH CANDIDATES, BOTH CAMPS ABOUT ELECTORAL IMPROPRIETIES THAT WERE HAPPENING IN THE CITY OF DETROIT, AND BOTH OF THE CANDIDATES ENGAGED IN THAT PROCESS AND IN THAT ELECTION. FREEMAN HENDRIX, WHO LOST THAT RACE, CAME OUT AFTER THE ELECTION WITH A LITANY OF THINGS THAT WE NEEDED TO DO IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN FOR ELECTION REFORM AND PARAMOUNT, PRIORITY AMONG THEM, FROM HIM, WAS THAT WE NEEDED TO HAVE PHOTO IDENTIFICATION. IN ADDITION, AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED ALREADY, THE BIPARTISAN CARTER-BAKER, JIMMY CARTER, FORMER PRESIDENT JIM YEA CARTER, THE CARTER-BAKER COMMISSION ON ELECTORAL REFORM RECOMMENDED THAT WE REQUIRE PHOTO I.D. TO BE PRESENTED AT THE POLLING PLACES, TO ENSURE THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTORAL PROCESS. I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYBODY IN THE NATION THAT WOULD ACCUSE FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER OF BEING A REPUBLICAN OR PARTISAN REPUBLICAN. WE NEED TO ENACT PHOTO IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENT. ANOTHER PROBLEM IS THAT FROM SOME ESTIMATES WE HAVE AS MANY AS 12 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS IN OUR NATION. AND MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS ARE CONCERNED THAT VOTES OF OUR CITIZENS ARE BEING DILUTED BY NONCITIZENS, ILLEGALLY PARTICIPATING IN THE ELECTORAL PROCESS. THIS LEGISLATION ACTUALLY BUILDS ON THE REAL I.D. ACT WHICH ENSURES THAT NO STATES ISSUE EITHER DRIVERS LICENSES OR STATE IDENTIFICATION CARDS TO ILLEGAL ALIENS, AND IT ASSURES THE VALIDITY OF THE DOCUMENTS WHICH ESTABLISHED -- ESTABLISHED THE IDENTITY AND CITIZENSHIP OF THE INDIVIDUALS. THIS LEGISLATION WILL BE YET ANOTHER SAFEGUARD TO ENSURE THAT THOSE WHO ARE IN OUR COUNTRY ILLEGALLY OR WHO ARE NOT CITIZENS DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN OUR ELECTORAL PROCESS. IT ALSO ENSURES THAT THOSE CITIZENS WHO DO NOT NOW HAVE A GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO I.D. OR CANNOT AFFORD ONE WILL HAVE ACCESS TO FREE, LITERALLY FREE IDENTIFICATION. SO THERE ARE A LOT OF REASONS AS TO WHY PEOPLE DON'T VOTE. I MEAN PERHAPS THEY THINK THAT THEY ARE VERY A THETIC, THEY DON'T LIKE THE NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING, OR THEY DON'T LIKE THEIR CHOICES OF CANDIDATE, OR THEY MIGHT THINK THAT THERE'S JUST TOO MUCH FRAUD IN THE SYSTEM AND THEIR VOTE IS NOT GOING TO COUNT, OR FOR WHATEVER REASON. I TRULY BELIEVE THAT ENHANCING THE INTEGRITY OF THE PROCESS WILL BE AN IMPETUS TO SHOW PEOPLE THAT THEIR VOTE DOES COUNT, THAT IT IS GOING TO BE COUNTED, IT IS GOING TO BE COUNTED PROPERLY. IN FACT, THIS BILL HAS THE POTENTIAL TO ACTUALLY INCREASE VOTER PARTICIPATION. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS COMMONSENSE REFORM THAT WILL MAKE OUR DEMOCRACY STRONGER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION.

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  • 11:52:20 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

  • 11:52:23 AM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I JUST WISH TO CORRECT ONE THING WITH REFERENCE TO PRESIDENT CARTER. WHAT…

    I JUST WISH TO CORRECT ONE THING WITH REFERENCE TO PRESIDENT CARTER. WHAT HE SAID WAS, THAT THERE SHOULD BE IDENTIFICATION NOT PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP. AND THAT IT SHOULD BE FREE TO EVERYBODY. NOT -- I'M SURE HE DIDN'T ALLOW FOR AN UNFUNDED MANDATE. I'D LIKE NOW TO YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, A DECORATED VETERAN AND HERO THAT ALL OF US RESPECT, I WOULD BE INTERESTED AS THE KIND OF HERO THAT IKE SKELTON IS THAT HE TELL HIS STORY, OR HEAR HIS STORY ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM. I YIELD NOW TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MY GOOD FRIEND, IKE SKELTON.

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  • 11:53:05 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 11:53:09 AM

    MR. SKELTON

    AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

  • 11:56:07 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

  • 11:56:10 AM

    MRS. CAPITO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE, THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL.

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  • 11:56:17 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 11:56:21 AM

    MR. EHLERS

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS THE COMMENTS RELEASED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI WHO IS ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. AND I'M SORRY THAT HIS STATE HAS ADOPTED A LAW SUCH THAT YOU HAVE TO HAVE A CERTAIN TYPE OF STATE I.D.. AND I'M NOT AT ALL SURE WHY THEY DID NOT RECOGNIZE HIS CONGRESSIONAL I.D.. UNDER THE BILL THAT WE HAVE WRITTEN, THE BILL ON THE FLOOR TODAY, A CONGRESSIONAL I.D. WOULD BE RECOGNIZED AND WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR THE PROCESS SIMPLY BECAUSE IT IS ISSUED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, IT SHOWS THE PICTURE OF THE PERSON CARRYING IT, IT ESTABLISHES BY VIRTUE OF THE POSITION THAT THIS PERSON HAS CITIZENSHIP, AND SO THE VOTER -- THE MEMBER CARD WHICH I INCIDENTALLY USE FOR I.D. EVERY TIME I BOARD A PLANE, INSTEAD OF HOLDING OUT A DRIVER'S LICENSE, WOULD APPLY EQUALLY WELL FOR VOTING. SO THAT IS AN ISOLATED CASE AND HE WAS AFFECTED BY STATE LAW NOT BY THE LAW THAT WE ARE PROPOSING HERE. THERE'S BEEN SO MUCH SAID ABOUT HOW THIS IS GOING TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM THE POLLS. I DON'T SEE THAT AT ALL. WE HAVE WORKED VERY HARD IN THIS BILL. WE CONDUCTED THREE HEARINGS, I UNDERSTAND WHILE I WAS OUT OF THE ROOM SOME ON THE OTHER SIDE SAID WE HADN'T HAD ANY HEARINGS. WE HAD THREE HEARINGS. ONE IN WASHINGTON, ONE IN NEW MEXICO, ONE IN ARIZONA, AND I HAVE ALSO HEARD THAT THIS IS GOING TO KEEP PEOPLE AWAY FROM THE POLLS. IN ARIZONA WHEN THEY PASSED THEIR REFERENDUM REQUIRING PHOTO I.D. AND CITIZENSHIP PROOF, THEIR REGISTRATION WENT UP 15%. IT DID NOT GO DOWN. IT WENT UP. AND I THINK THAT'S SIMPLY BECAUSE THE PEOPLE COULD BE ASSURED THAT THEIR VOTE WOULD BE ENTERED PROPERLY. THEIR VOTE WOULD BE LEGAL. AND THAT THERE WOULD NOT BE ILLEGAL VOTES NULLIFYING WHAT THEY HAD DONE. MOST OF THE ARGUMENT THAT I HAVE HEARD AGAINST THIS BILL IS SIMPLY NOT GERMANE OR SIMPLY ERRONEOUS BECAUSE THEY SIMPLY HAVEN'T READ THE BILL AND UNDERSTAND IT OR UNDERSTOOD IT. WE WORKED VERY HARD TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE OBJECTIONS RAISED BY THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO TESTIFIED, AND WE THOUGHT WE HAD TAKEN CARE OF ALL OF THOSE. WHY IT IS UNACCEPTABLE TO HELP INDIVIDUALS PROVE THEIR CITIZENSHIP AND OBTAIN A PHOTO I.D. AND PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP FREE OF CHARGE, IT'S BEYOND ME WHY THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE. ANDREW YOUNG SAYS IT'S WONDERFUL. WHY DON'T THE PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THINK IT'S WONDERFUL? WE ARE ACTUALLY HELPING THEM TO COLLECT SOCIAL SECURITY EVENTUALLY, COLLECT MEDICARE BENEFITS. WE ARE PAYING THE BILL TO ALLOW THEM TO DO THIS. AND I THINK THIS IS A REALLY GOOD SIDE BENEFIT OF A BILL WHICH NOT ONLY WILL DO THAT, BUT WHICH WILL ENSURE THAT ALL VOTES CAST IN THIS NATION ARE VALID VOTES AND THAT FRAUD WILL BE MINIMIZED. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:59:29 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

  • 11:59:33 AM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. EHLERS CONTINUES TO USE ARIZONA. IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2005 AS A…

    MR. EHLERS CONTINUES TO USE ARIZONA. IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2005 AS A RESULT OF ARIZONA'S PROPOSITION 200, MORE THAN 10,000 ARIZONA CITIZENS HAD THEIR VOTER REGISTRATIONS REJECTED FOR FAILING TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP. I THINK THAT THAT'S HORRIBLE. MR. SPEAKER, SOMEONE ELSE THAT KNOWS ABOUT PROTECTING US FROM FRAUD IS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE WHO I BELIEVE HAS HAD A SUBSTANTIAL CAREER DEALING WITH THE SUBJECT OF VOTER PROBLEMS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 12:00:17 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, INTEGRITY IS HAVING THE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, INTEGRITY IS HAVING THE WISDOM TO SAY WHAT YOU BELIEVE AND THE COURAGE TO DO WHAT YOU SAY. HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE, WE TALK ABOUT OUR BELIEFS IN DEMOCRACY, WE TALK ABOUT PRESERVING AND PROTECTING THE CONSTITUTION, WE TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF VOTING, BUT TALK IS NOT ENOUGH. WE MUST ACT. AND IF WE ENACT THIS BILL, WE WILL FAIL THE SECOND TEST OF INTEGRITY, TO HAVE YOUR ACTIONS IN LINE WITH YOUR WORDS. IN 2002, WE PASSED THE HELP AMERICA VOTE ACT. HAVA SET A BASELINE FOR VOTER IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS. ONLY THREE STATES IN THE NATION HAVE INTERPRETED HAVA TO REQUIRE VOTER IDENTIFICATION AT THE BALLOT BOX. EACH OF THESE STATE LAWS IS BEING CHALLENGED. YESTERDAY THE GEORGIA COURT STRUCK DOWN THE STATE'S VOTER I.D. LAW. THEY SAID IT VIOLATED THE STATE CONSTITUTION. STATES THAT REQUIRE PHOTO I.D. AT THE BALLOT BOX PROVIDE A PROVISIONAL BALLOT IF A VOTER DOES NOT HAVE AN I.D. BUT THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY WOULD GO A GIANT STEP FURTHER. WITHOUT A VALID I.D., A VOTER CAN ONLY GET A PROVISIONAL BALLOT IF THEY CAN PROVE CITIZENSHIP. SO EVEN IF YOU VOTED FOR YEARS, WERE BORN IN THIS COUNTRY, AND SERVED IN THE MILITARY, YOU COULD BE TURNED AWAY. MR. SPEAKER, I'M FROM MISSISSIPPI, AND I KNOW WHAT VOTER SUPPRESSION -- I KNOW VOTER SUPPRESSION WHEN I SEE IT. WE STAND HERE TODAY READY TO SHORT CIRCUIT THE JUDICIAL PROCESS AND IMPOSE A SYSTEM THAT ALL 50 STATES HAVE OUTRIGHT REJECTED. MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS AISLE HAVE STATED THAT THIS BILL WOULD HELP STAMP OUT VOTER FRAUD. BUT LOOK AT THE FACTS. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE'S STATISTICS SHOW 1.9 MILLION VOTES HAVE BEEN CAST IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS, ONLY 52 INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF VOTER FRAUD. IN OHIO, NINE MILLION VOTES WERE CAST IN THE LAST TWO ELECTIONS AND ONLY FOUR CASES OF INELIGIBLE VOTERS WERE FOUND. IN WISCONSIN, THE U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL CONDUCTED AN INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGED WIDESPREAD VOTER FRAUD. HE FOUND 14 CASES. TODAY WE ASK FOR A MANDATE THAT EVERY STATE TRAIN AN ARMY OF POLL WORKERS TO SPOT AN ACCEPTABLE PHOTO I.D. BUT WE GIVE THEM NO MONEY TO DO SO. WHY THE RUSH? THIS REQUIREMENT WILL CREATE MASSIVE CONFUSION AT THE POLLING SITES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER HAD A PHOTO I.D. WILL BE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE IT. MANY PEOPLE WILL HAVE AN I.D. SOME WILL GO HOME AND GET THEIR I.D. AND COME BACK, BUT OTHERS WILL NOT. SOME OF THESE PEOPLE WHO WILL BE TURNED AWAY MAY NOT HAVE A DRIVER'S LICENSE OR A PASSPORT AT HOME. THEY WILL NOT COME BACK. AND THEY WILL WANDER AS MY FELLOW MISSISSIPPIAN FANNIE LOU HAMER WONDERED, IS THIS AMERICA? I KNOW IT'S HARD FOR SOME FOLKS TO UNDERSTAND, BUT THERE ARE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT WILL NOT HAVE AN ACCEPTABLE I.D. MR. SPEAKER, I'VE FOUND WHAT W.M.D. REALLY STANDS FOR, WEAPONS OF MASS DISENFRANCHISEMENT, AND IT IS HERE IN THIS BILL. AN ELECTION WITH INTEGRITY IS ONE WHICH EVERY ELIGIBLE VOTER IS ENCOURAGED TO VOTE. I OPPOSE THIS RULE.

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    MRS. CAPITO

    HOW MUCH TIME IS YIELDED?

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    HOW MUCH TIME IS YIELDED?

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    MRS. CAPITO

    TWO MINUTES.

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    MRS. CAPITO

    EXCUSE ME, THREE MINUTES.

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  • 12:04:32 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE CONTINUE THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE CONTINUE THE DEBATE OVER IMMIGRATION AND BORDER SECURITY, IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THE SECURITY OF THE BALLOT BOX. MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE NEED TO UPHOLD THE CONCEPT OF THE CITIZEN VOTER, WHICH IS THE FOUNDATION, OF COURSE, OF OUR DEMOCRACY. VOTING IN OUR DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BE PRESERVED FOR UNITED STATES CITIZENS TO PROTECT THE LEGITIMACY OF THE VOTING PROCESS AS WELL AS THE INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES. ONE OF THE FIRST BILLS I INTRODUCED, MR. SPEAKER, AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS WAS THE VOTER VERIFICATION ACT TO ADDRESS CONCERNS ABOUT NONCITIZENS VOTING AND REAFFIRM THAT ONLY UNITED STATES CITIZENS HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE. THE VOTER VERIFICATION ACT SIMPLY STATED THAT BEFORE VOTING IN A FEDERAL ELECTION, A CITIZEN HAS TO PROVIDE PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP, WHETHER THE PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP IS A BIRTH CERTIFICATE, A PASSPORT, OR A DRIVER'S LICENSE FROM A STATE THAT LIMITS DRIVERS' LICENSES TO CITIZENS, THE IMPORTANT POINT IS TO MAKE SURE OUR ELECTION WORKERS ARE CHECKING CREDENTIALS BEFORE ALLOWING PEOPLE TO VOTE. THIS BILL IS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT FROM THE VOTER VERIFICATION ACT, BUT IT'S VERY SIMILAR. AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. HYDE OF ILLINOIS, FOR INTRODUCING H.R. 4844, THE FEDERAL ELECTION INTEGRITY ACT OF 2006, AND OF COURSE AS WELL, CHAIRMAN EHLERS. IN GEORGIA, GOVERNOR PURDUE TWICE SIGNED LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF VOTER IDENTIFICATION. SINCE GEORGIA REQUIRES PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP BEFORE ANY METHOD OF VOTER REGISTRATION, THE CONCERN IS MATCHING A REGISTRATION CARD TO A LEGITIMATE PHOTO IDENTIFICATION CARD. COMBINE THE REAL I.D. ACT, WHICH PASSED EARLY IN THIS CONGRESS, TO MANDATE SECURE AND RELIABLE STATE IDENTIFICATION CARDS WITH THE GEORGIA I.D. LAW STARTING THIS NOVEMBER, THE STATE I REPRESENT HAS A BETTER SYSTEM FOR KNOWING WHO IS VOTING IN OUR ELECTIONS AS WELL AS A MEANS FOR DETERING ILLEGAL VOTERS. MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING, I BELIEVE WE NEED TO PRESERVE AND LIMIT THE RIGHT TO VOTE TO CITIZENS. THE RIGHT TO VOTE IS A SACRED RIGHT AND WE NEED TO PRESERVE ITS INTEGRITY. AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES, SUPPORT THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, AND YES, I HAVE FINALLY FOUND AN ISSUE ON WHICH I AGREE WITH FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 12:06:53 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

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    MR. HOYER

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    MR. HOYER

    IT'S A BAD BILL FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO PASS.

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    MRS. CAPITO

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO -- YOU ASKED FOR EXAMPLES.

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    MR. HOYER

    YES.

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    MRS. CAPITO

    WOULD THE LADY YIELD?

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    MR. HOYER

    YES, SIR.

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    MRS. CAPITO

    SIR.

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    MR. HOYER

    1,500. CAN THE LADY CITE ME ONE INSTANCE OF A CRIMINAL CHARGE BEING PROVEN…

    1,500. CAN THE LADY CITE ME ONE INSTANCE OF A CRIMINAL CHARGE BEING PROVEN THAT THAT IS THE CASE? I DON'T DOUBT THAT YOU CAN ASSERT THAT SOME PEOPLE SAID THERE'S FRAUD. YES. CAN YOU CITE ME ONE CONVICTION OF ANYBODY WHO FACILITATED ONE OF THOSE 1,500 DEAD PEOPLE GOING IN, SAYING I'M SAM BROWN, WHO'S DEAD, AND I WANT TO VOTE? CAN YOU CITE ME ONE EXAMPLE OF ONE CONVICTION WHERE THAT WAS FOUND TO BE THE FACT AS OPPOSED TO AN ASSERTION.

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    MRS. CAPITO

    I CANNOT CITE YOU ONE EXAMPLE, BUT I DON'T THINK THE GENTLEMAN WOULD DENY…

    I CANNOT CITE YOU ONE EXAMPLE, BUT I DON'T THINK THE GENTLEMAN WOULD DENY THAT FRAUD HAS OCCURRED AND HAS OCCURRED UNDER THIS --

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    MR. HOYER

    WOULD THE GENTLELADY YIELD?

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    MRS. CAPITO

    I'M GOING TO CONTINUE -- MANUFACTURE HOYER: CAN I JUST RESPOND THAT I DO…

    I'M GOING TO CONTINUE -- MANUFACTURE HOYER: CAN I JUST RESPOND THAT I DO AGREE WITH THE GENTLELADY THAT FRAUD DOES OCCUR, AND WHEN IT OCCURS, WE OUGHT TO PROSECUTE IT. WHEN FRAUD OCCURS, WE OUGHT TO PUT THOSE PEOPLE IN JAIL BECAUSE THEY UNDERMINE THE REST OF US WHO ARE VOTING HONESTLY AND FAIRLY. WHAT WE OUGHT NOT TO DO IS RESPOND TO THAT BY MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR MANY AMERICANS TO CAST THE BASIC RIGHT THAT THEY HAVE AS AMERICAN CITIZENS TO VOTE. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING.

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    MR. BILBRAY

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO CLARIFY AS SOMEBODY WHO HAS SUPERVISED ONE OF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO CLARIFY AS SOMEBODY WHO HAS SUPERVISED ONE OF THE LARGEST COUNTIES IN THE UNITED STATES FOR 10 YEARS AND THE VOTER REGISTRATION SYSTEM THAT VOTER FRAUD IS NOT SOMETHING YOU CAN COME BACK ON AFTER THE FRAUD IS COMMITTED. THE PERSON WHO VOTED FOR THOSE DEAD PEOPLE ARE LONG GONE BY THE TIME IT COMES UP ON THE RECORD THAT SOMEBODY WHO HAS GOT A DEATH CERTIFICATE FILED IS ALSO SOMEBODY WHO SUPPOSEDLY VOTED AND THEN TO SAY, WHY DIDN'T WE CATCH THE PERSON WHO WAS DOING IT? IT'S TOO LATE TO STOP VOTER FRAUD ONCE THE VOTE IS DONE AND THEY'RE OUT OF THE BOOTH. THAT'S THE PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE OF ADMINISTERING THE PROGRAMS. MR. SPEAKER, LAST JUNE, IN THE 50TH DISTRICT, MY CONSTITUENCY WAS ROCKED BY STATEMENTS MADE BY A CANDIDATE THAT YOU DON'T NEED PAPERS FOR VOTING. THOSE WORDS WERE ROCKED ACROSS THIS COUNTRY AS A SCANDAL OVER THE ISSUE OF WAS A CANDIDATE ACTUALLY SOLICITING PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT U.S. CITIZENS TO VOTE IN A PUBLIC MEETING. THE FACT IS IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA THERE IS NO CHECKING, NO REVIEWING, AND NOT EVEN THE ABILITY FOR THOSE OF US WHO SUPERVISE THE ELECTORAL PROCESS TO BE ABLE TO QUESTION THOSE WHEN THEY REGISTER TO VOTE IF THEY WERE QUALIFIED. IT WAS STRICTLY ON AN HONOR SYSTEM, AND THE HONOR SYSTEM DIDN'T EVEN SAY AM I A CITIZEN, IT JUST SAYS I'M QUALIFIED. THE INTEGRITY OF OUR REPUBLICAN FORM OF GOVERNMENT, THE ELECTORAL PROCESS THAT WE LIKE TO CALL DEMOCRACY, HAS TWO MAJOR THREATS. YES, STOPPING THOSE WHO CAN QUALIFY TO VOTE FROM BEING ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THEIR FRANCHISE, BUT THE OTHER VIOLATION THAT WE HAVE NOT ADDRESSED ENOUGH OF WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO VIOLATING VOTERS' RIGHTS IS DISQUALIFYING A LEGITIMATE VOTE BY ALLOWING THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO VOTE TO CANCEL OUT THOSE LEGITIMATE VOTES. THAT IS THE VIOLATION OF THE VOTER RIGHTS ACT THAT WE HAVE NOT ADDRESSED IN THIS BODY ENOUGH. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK US TO STAND UP FOR OUR PROCESS, FAIRNESS, AND WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PROTECT OUR PROCESS. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    GOOD FRIEND, THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. SOLIS,…

    GOOD FRIEND, THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. SOLIS, TWO MINUTES. MS. SOLIS IS THE FIRST HISPANIC PERSON TO BE ELECTED, WOMAN TO BE ELECTED TO THE CALIFORNIA SENATE. SHE'S HAD A LOT OF EXPERIENCE IN THIS VOTER BUSINESS. MS. SOLIS FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MS. SOLIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING ME THIS MOMENT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING ME THIS MOMENT TO SPEAK. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RAISE MY STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE CLOSED RULE AND THE UNDERLYING PIECE OF LEGISLATION, H.R. 4844, WHICH RESTRICTS THE RIGHT OF CITIZENS TO VOTE. WITH THE CAST OF ONE VOTE, THIS LEGISLATION WOULD UNDO WHAT WOMEN AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR HAVE FOUGHT FOR DECADES, THE SACRED RIGHT TO VOTE AND HAVE A VOICE IN THE ELECTORAL PROCESS. THE BILL WILL SUPPRESS THE VOTE OF GROUPS LIKE THE ELDERLY, PEOPLE OF COLOR, AND LOW-INCOME CITIZENS WHO ARE LESS LIKELY TO POSSESS DOCUMENTS OR PROVE THEIR CITIZENSHIP. ELDERLY CITIZENS ESPECIALLY WHO WERE BORN AT HOME AND WHO DO NOT POSSESS THEIR BIRTH CERTIFICATES WOULD BE DENIED THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE. CITIZENS WHO LOST THEIR POSSESSIONS BECAUSE OF NATURAL DISASTERS LIKE HURRICANE KATRINA WOULD BE DENIED THE RIGHT TO VOTE. WOMEN CHANGED THEIR LAST NAME WHEN THEY MARRY, WOULD THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE OR WOULD THAT BE RESTRICTED? THE BILL MIGHT AS WELL BE A POLL TAX FOR LOW-INCOME CITIZENS WHO WOULD BE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN OR PAY FOR DOCUMENTS LIKE A PASSPORT WOULD COST THEM $97 JUST TO ACQUIRE ONE. THAT IS A BIG, BIG AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR MANY OF OUR LOW-INCOME SENIORS TO MEET. IT IS ALREADY A FELONY AS WE KNOW IN THIS COUNTRY TO VOTE FRAUDULENTLY. LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS SHOULD NOT BE PENALIZED AND THE BILL IS THE BREACH OF THE AMERICAN CITIZENS' RIGHT TO VOTE AND UNDERMINES EVERYTHING THAT THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT STANDS FOR. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE DOWN THIS CLOSED RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. AND JUST WANT TO MAKE A STATEMENT THAT THERE'S NO LAW THAT SAYS THAT YOU CAN'T HAVE PEOPLE GO OUT AND HELP PARTICIPATE IN CAMPAIGNS AND KNOCK ON DOORS AND PASS OUT LIT A TURES. I BELIEVE THE CANDIDATE IN THAT SAN DIEGO RACE WAS ASKING FOR THAT SUPPORT. I'D LIKE TO CLARIFY THE RECORD ON BEHALF OF MS. BUSBY, BECAUSE I KNOW AFTER MEETING HER SHE WAS EXCITED ABOUT TALKING TO STUDENTS AND ENGAGING THEM IN THE ART OF VOTING AND GETTING PEOPLE OUT TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE TO TAKE ON THEIR CIVIC RESPONSIBILITIES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MRS. CAPITO

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  • 12:18:53 PM

    MR. DREIER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. DREIER

    ALL WE ARE LOOKING FOR IS COMMON SENSE HERE. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A PHOTO I.D.…

    ALL WE ARE LOOKING FOR IS COMMON SENSE HERE. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A PHOTO I.D. IF I LOOK LIKE YOU'RE UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE AND WANT TO BUY ALCOHOL. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A PHOTO I.D. IF YOU GET ONBOARD AN AIRPLANE. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A PHOTO I.D. IF YOU ENTER MANY OFFICE BUILDINGS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. AND IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE NOTION OF PROVIDING PHOTO IDENTIFICATION WHEN YOU'RE GETTING READY TO EXERCISE THAT VERY IMPORTANT FRANCHISE TO VOTE IS SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD HAVE IN PLACE. I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD DO ANYTHING AT ALL. I'VE GOT -- I'LL YIELD. SHE'S GOT A LIMITED AMOUNT OF TIME.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    IT'S ONLY THE THINGS YOU CITE TO. I'M CURIOUS FOR BEER OR CASH A CHECK OR…

    IT'S ONLY THE THINGS YOU CITE TO. I'M CURIOUS FOR BEER OR CASH A CHECK OR GET ON A PLANE OR BUY CIGARETTES OR GO INTO A BUILDING, DO YOU NEED CITIZENSHIP ON THAT I.D.?

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    MR. DREIER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM…

    I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MY GOOD FRIEND AND CLASSMATE, MR. BECERRA.

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  • 12:21:26 PM

    MR. BECERRA

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL AGREE THAT WE HAVE…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL AGREE THAT WE HAVE TO REMOVE ANY TYPE OF VOTER FRAUD THAT MIGHT EXIST IN OUR ELECTORAL SYSTEM, AND WE NEED TO PROSECUTE TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW ANYONE WHO DOES VIOLATE THAT. AND WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE BASE OUR LAWS ON THE EVIDENCE AND DOCUMENTED FACTS THAT ARE OUT THERE. AND THE REALITY IS THAT WHILE WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE ISOLATED CASES OF VOTER ABUSE, IT DOESN'T AMOUNT TO WHAT THIS MAJORITY IS TRYING TO MAKE US BELIEVE THAT WE MUST NOW DISENFRANCHISE THOUSANDS IF NOT MILLIONS OF CITIZENS FROM THE ABILITY TO VOTE SIMPLY TO TACK WHAT WE HEAR ABOUT STORIES OF PEOPLE WHO MAY HAVE ABUSED THE PROCESS. MR. SPEAKER, IT MAY NOT BE AN INTENDED CONSEQUENCE, BUT IT CERTAINLY IS AN INESCAPABLE CONSEQUENCE THAT THIS BILL WILL DISENFRANCHISE MANY AMERICANS WHO ARE CITIZENS AND WISH TO VOTE. IT WILL ALSO AMOUNT TO A POLL TAX AS WE HAVE HEARD. NEARLY 75% OF AMERICANS DO NOT HAVE A PASSPORT. IT COSTS ABOUT $100 TO GET ONE. IN MANY PARTS OF OUR COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY IN THE SOUTH, WE HAVE MANY ELDERLY AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND A NUMBER OF NATIVE AMERICANS THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY WHO WERE BORN AT HOME OR UNDER THE CARE OF MIDWIVES WHO NEVER RECEIVED A BIRTH CERTIFICATE. APPROXIMATELY 6% TO 10% OF THE AMERICAN ELECK TORE RATE DOES NOT-ELECTORATE DO NOT HAVE ANY FORM OF IDENTIFICATION. FINALLY, IN GEORGIA 36% OF ITS VOTERS OVER THE AGE OF 75 DO NOT HAVE GOVERNMENT-ISSUED PHOTO I.D.'S. ISOLATED CASES OF ABUSE MUST BE ADDRESSED. BUT THIS BILL DOESN'T DO THAT. IT TAKES A MEAT AXE TO TRY TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME, THEN TALK TO THE FOLKS WHO WERE VICTIMS OF THE KATRINA HURRICANE WHO LOST EVERYTHING, INCLUDING ANY TYPE OF PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION. HOW DO THEY ADDRESS -- HOW DO THEY TACKLE THE PROBLEM OF TRYING TO GO VOTE AND ONLY BEING GIVEN 48 HOURS TO SHOW A PHOTO I.D. THEY NO LONGER HAVE? WE CAN RESOLVE THIS IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION, BUT THIS IS NOT THE DIRECTION TO GO. I URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE AGAINST THIS RULE AND AGAINST THIS BILL.

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    MRS. CAPITO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS NOW MY HONOR AND PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS NOW MY HONOR AND PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MISS GINNY BROWN-WAITE.

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  • 12:23:56 PM

    MS. BROWN-WAITE

    THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE…

    THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE BILL WHICH WILL RESTORE INTEGRITY TO OUR ELECTION SYSTEM. IT'S OUTRAGEOUS AND INEXCUSABLE THAT VOTERS DO NOT HAVE TO SHOW PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP IN ORDER TO VOTE IN AN ELECTION. ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARE POPULATING THIS COUNTRY AT AN UNPRECEDENTED NUMBER. AND IT IS UNJUST AND UNFAIR TO CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY THAT NONCITIZENS HAVE HAD A HAND IN ELECTING FEDERAL OFFICIALS. THE RIGHT TO VOTE IS THE CORNERSTONE OF OUR DEMOCRACY. IT BAFFLES ME THAT THERE ARE NO LAWS IN PLACE TO PROTECT THIS SACRED PRACTICE FROM NONCITIZENS. H.R. 4844 HAS PROPER TIMELINES AND IMPLEMENTATION GUIDELINES IN PLACE FOR THE PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS. AND IF THERE ARE ADDED COSTS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, THERE CERTAINLY ARE A FEW APPROPRIATION YEARS BETWEEN NOW AND 2008 FOR FUNDING TO BE PROVIDED. SO LISTEN UP, AMERICA. THOSE WHO ARE IN THIS COUNTRY ILLEGALLY WANT THE SAME RIGHTS AS UNITED STATES CITIZENS WITHOUT OBEYING THE LAWS OF OUR LAND. WE SHOULD NOT LET THESE CRIMINALS DEFRAUD OUR ELECTION SYSTEM BY ALLOWING THEM TO VOTE. WE HAVE HEARD SOME PRETTY SPECIOUS ARGUMENTS HERE FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ON THE IMPACT OF THIS BILL. THE FEDERAL ELECTION INTEGRITY ACT ACCOMPLISHES A COMMON SENSE, MUCH NEEDED COMPONENT IN OUR ELECTION SYSTEM. AMERICAN CITIZENS WILL PROUDLY PROVIDE PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP. AND ILLEGALS WILL REALIZE THE GIG IS UP. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THE RULE AND ALSO FOR THE UNDERLYING BILL, H.R. 4844, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 12:26:15 PM

    MS. LEE

    FOR YIELDING AND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN THE PRESERVATION OF DEMOCRACY. AND…

    FOR YIELDING AND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN THE PRESERVATION OF DEMOCRACY. AND ALSO IN THE PROMOTION OF JUSTICE. TALK ABOUT A CYNICAL AND DISCRIMINATORY ELECTION YEAR PLOY. THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE. THIS BILL AS WELL AS THIS CLOSED RULE SHOULD BE DEFEATED. AS A COUNTRY ONE OF THE LOWEST PERCENTAGES OF VOTER PARTICIPATION IN THE WORLD, WE SHOULD BE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO REMOVE THE BARRIERS TO VOTING. FOR EXAMPLE, WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN DEBATING LEGISLATION TO FIX THE REAL PROBLEMS WITH THE 2002 AND 2004 ELECTIONS. LONG VOTING LINES, VOTER INTIMIDATION, FAULTY MACHINES, POOR TRAINING FOR POLL WORKERS, DISCRIMINATORY VOTING -- VOTER REGISTRATION LAWS, OR MAKING THE ELECTION, FOR EXAMPLE, ELECTION DAY A FEDERAL HOLIDAY SO EVERYONE CAN EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE. BUT INSTEAD WE ARE DEBATING A BILL THAT EFFECTIVELY SUPPRESSES VOTER TURNOUT BY IMPOSING THIS NEW UNCONSTITUTIONAL POLL TAX ON ALL AMERICANS. HAVE WE ALREADY FORGOTTEN WHY WE JUST RE-AUTHORIZED THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT A FEW MONTHS AGO? NOW THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IS ALREADY WORKING OVERTIME TO TRY AND UNDERMINE IT. YES, WE MUST ELIMINATE VOTER FRAUD, BUT THAT IS CERTAINLY NOT WHAT THIS BILL DOES. THERE ARE REAL SOLUTIONS THAT WILL ENFORCE OUR ACTUALLY GUARANTEED RIGHT TO VOTE THAT WILL ENSURE THAT EVERY VOTE IS CAST AND COUNTED. THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE VOTING ON. AS WE SUPPOSEDLY PROMOTE DEMOCRACY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, WE ARE QUICKLY, AND I MEAN QUICKLY ERODING IT RIGHT HERE AT HOME AND THIS BILL IS AN EXAMPLE OF ANOTHER STEP IN THAT DIRECTION. LET'S PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH. LET'S DEFEAT THIS RULE AND THIS SHAM BILL AND DO SOME THINGS IN THIS BODY THIS SESSION TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS THE RIGHT TO VOTE IS ALLOWED THAT RIGHT AND THE VOTING BECOMES FREER AND FAIRER IN OUR COUNTRY. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:28:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    COULD I INQUIRE AS TO THE TIME REMAINING?

  • 12:28:25 PM

    MRS. CAPITO

    I INQUIRE AS TO THE TIME REMAINING?

  • 12:28:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM WEST VIRGINIA HAS 7 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. AND THE…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM WEST VIRGINIA HAS 7 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS SIX MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 12:28:33 PM

    MRS. CAPITO

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

  • 12:28:37 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO MY VERY GOOD FRIEND FROM…

    I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO MY VERY GOOD FRIEND FROM ARIZONA, ARIZONA HAS BEEN UTILIZED AN AWFUL LOT HERE, PERHAPS WE SHOULD HERE FROM AN ARIZONAN WHO WAS AT MR. AILER'S HEARING AND COULD SPEAK TO THIS ISSUE,

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  • 12:28:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

  • 12:28:59 PM

    MR. PASTOR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:29:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:29:03 PM

    MR. PASTOR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 12:31:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

  • 12:31:30 PM

    MRS. CAPITO

    YES, I'D LIKE TO READ FROM THE COMMITTEE HEARING FROM ARIZONA. THIS IS…

    YES, I'D LIKE TO READ FROM THE COMMITTEE HEARING FROM ARIZONA. THIS IS FROM THE HONORABLE ANDREW THOMAS, THE MARICOPA COUNTY ATTORNEY. HE TALKS ABOUT INSTANCES OF VOTER FRAUD. THEY WERE CHARGED OF FILING FALSE DOCUMENTS, A CLASS 6 FELONY. THE MATTER WAS REFERRED TO THE COUNTY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE AFTER RECEIVING JURY QUESTIONNAIRE FARMS FROM THE COUNTY COMMISSIONER. THESE WERE FILLED OUT BY POTENTIAL JURORS WHO CLAIMED THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO SERVE ON A JURY BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT CITIZENS. THE COUNTY RECORDERS OFFICE FOUND OUT THEY WERE CITIZENS. FOUR OF FIVE VOTED IN AT LEAST ONE ELECTION. THEY WERE REVIEWING 149 OTHER CASES. THE COUNTY RECORDER HAD RECEIVED INQUIRIES FROM PEOPLE SEEKING TO BECOME U.S. DENS WHO HAD BEEN TOLD BY IMMIGRATION -- CITIZENS WHO HAD BEEN TOLD BY IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT WHO OBTAINED LETTERS THAT THEY NEITHER HAD BEEN CONFIRMED REGISTERED TO VOTE OR NOT VOTE. IT HAS TURNED UP 39 INSTANCES WHERE A PERSON DID NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE. THIS COMES FROM THE STATE OF ARIZONA. AND I'D LIKE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:32:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

  • 12:32:50 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:32:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:32:57 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:33:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:33:09 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:33:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:33:23 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:34:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:34:45 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    WHICH I MIGHT ADD AIN'T GOING TO PASS THE SENATE, AT LEAST LET'S ALLOW THE…

    WHICH I MIGHT ADD AIN'T GOING TO PASS THE SENATE, AT LEAST LET'S ALLOW THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE OF JURISDICTION TO OFFER HER AMENDMENT TO TRY AND ADDRESS SOME OF THE MORE EGREGIOUS PROVISIONS IN THE BILL. THE MILLENDER-MCDONALD AMENDMENT WOULD ESTABLISH UNIFORM STANDARDS FOR THE TREATMENT OF PROVISIONAL BALLOTS AND CLARIFY CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR VOTER FRAUD UNDER THE HELP AMERICA VOTE ACT. IT WOULD CODIFY A FEDERAL COURT DECISION THAT MATCHING REQUIREMENTS ARE INTENDED AS A SAFEGUARD, NOT AS A RESTRICTION ON VOTER ELIGIBLITY. AND IT WOULD RECOMMEND TO THE STATES ADDITIONAL FRAUD PREVENTION METHODS. FINALLY, IT WOULD EXEMPT SENIOR CITIZENS, THE DISABLED, AND THE MILITARY AND THEIR FAMILIES FROM THE ONEROUS PHOTO I.D. REQUIREMENTS IN THE BILL. MR. SPEAKER, NONPARTICIPATION IN THE ELECTION PROCESS IS MORE OF A PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY THAN NONCITIZENS TRYING TO VOTE. THIS BILL WILL DO MORE TO KEEP ELIGIBLE AMERICAN CITIZENS AWAY FROM THE POLLS THAN IT WILL DO TO FIX THE NONEXISTENT PROBLEMS OF INELIGIBLE IMMIGRANTS SNEAKING IN TO VOTE IN OUR FEDERAL ELECTIONS. IF WE MUST TAKE UP THIS PROBLEM IN SEARCH OF A SOLUTION, LET'S AT LEAST ALLOW THE MILLENDER-MCDONALD AMENDMENT TO BE INCLUDED. I ASK THAT WE VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN CONSIDER THIS IMPORTANT AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:36:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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  • 12:36:28 PM

    MRS. CAPITO

    THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA FOR PRESENTING HIS…

    THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA FOR PRESENTING HIS VIEWPOINTS ON THIS. AND WE OBVIOUSLY HAVE GREAT DIFFERENCES. I THINK THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION IS AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS IMPROVING THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTION SYSTEM. WE'VE BOTH TALKED ABOUT THE LACK OF PARTICIPATION IN OUR ELECTIONS AND HOW THAT IS SOMETHING THAT REALLY, AS AMERICANS, WE'RE NOT VERY PROUD OF. BUT IF WE TONIGHT HAVE A SYSTEM THAT HAS INTEGGET -- IF WE DON'T HAVE A SYSTEM THAT HAS INTEGRITY, OUR PARTICIPATION RATES ARE GOING TO GO EVEN LOWER. AND THAT IS A CONCERN, I BELIEVE, FOR ALL OF US. WE'VE MADE GREAT STRIDES TOWARDS EXTENDING THE RIGHT TO VOTE TO ALL CITIZENS, BUT THERE'S STILL WORK TO BE DONE TO IMPROV THE INTEGRITY OF OUR SYSTEM -- IMPROVE THE INTEGRITY OF OUR SYSTEM. THIS IS SOMETHING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN LOUDLY ON, WITH 81% OF THE POPULATION FAVORING THE MEASURES TAKEN IN THIS UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. I'M PLEASED MY COLLEAGUE INSERTED THE REPORT FROM FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER AND FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE JAMES BAKER. THEY WROTE IN "THE NEW YORK TIMES" IN SEPTEMBER OF 2005 CONCERNING THIS REPORT, OUR CONCERN WAS THE DIFFERING REQUIREMENTS FROM STATE TO STATE COULD BE A SOURCE OF DISCRIMINATION. AND SO WE RECOMMENDED A STANDARD FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, THE REAL I.D. CARD, THE STANDARDIZED DRIVER'S LICENSE MANDATED BY FEDERAL LAW LAST MAY. WITH THAT LAW, A DRIVER'S LICENSE CAN DOUBLE AS A VOTING CARD. ALL BUT THREE OF OUR 21 COMMISSION MEMBERS ACCEPTED THE PROPOSAL IN PART, BECAUSE THE CHOICE WAS NO LONGER WHETHER TO HAVE VOTER I.D., BUT WHAT KIND OF VOTER I.D. THE VOTERS SHOULD HAVE. SO I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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  • 12:38:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME AND MOVES THE PREVIOUS…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME AND MOVES THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR WILL SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 12:38:23 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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  • 12:38:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    EVIDENTLY, A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS…

    EVIDENTLY, A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1015, IF ORDERED, AND SUSPENDING THE RULES ON H.RES. 942. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY T8T8,d'$R$ERR

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  • 01:02:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 222 AND THE NAYS ARE 194 AND THE AYES HAVE IT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 222 AND THE NAYS ARE 194 AND THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDER. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR WILL SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 01:02:51 PM

    >>

    FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A…

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE.@@@@@@@@@@ BR

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  • 01:11:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 223, THE NAYS ARE 196. THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 223, THE NAYS ARE 196. THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 942 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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  • 01:11:44 PM

    THE CLERK

    5, 2006 OF THE IRANIAN CONSTITUTION OF 1906.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE…

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE RESOLUTION? ALL THOSE IN FAVOR WILL VOTE AYE. THOSE OPPOSED WILL VOTE NO. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. V@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ BB@ @ @ @ @ TB@ @ @ @ @ @ @ T@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ BB@ @ @ @ @ BB@ @ @ @ @ @ BB@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ B@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ B@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ B@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ BB@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ BB@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ BB@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ B@ @ @ @ @ @ B@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ B@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ B@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ BB@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ BB@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ BB@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ BB@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @

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  • 01:20:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 413, THE NAYS ARE TWO WITH TWO VOTING PRESENT.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 413, THE NAYS ARE TWO WITH TWO VOTING PRESENT. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RISE?

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  • 01:20:26 PM

    MR. KUCINICH

    INCLUDE THEREIN EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL NOT WITHSTANDING THE FACT THAT IT…

    INCLUDE THEREIN EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL NOT WITHSTANDING THE FACT THAT IT EXCEEDS TWO PAGES.

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  • 01:20:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THERE AN OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, NOT WITHSTANDING THE COST. SO…

    IS THERE AN OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, NOT WITHSTANDING THE COST. SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. OR ON WHICH THE VOTE IS OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. RECORD VOTES ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN LATER TODAY. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE?

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  • 01:21:08 PM

    MR. EHLERS

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION ACT AND FOR OTHER…

    THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION ACT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 01:21:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. EHLERS AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. EHLERS AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. GORDON, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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  • 01:21:38 PM

    MR. EHLERS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:21:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:21:56 PM

    MR. EHLERS

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:22:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:22:02 PM

    MR. EHLERS

    SUPPORT OF H.R. 5450 AS AMENDED BY THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE. H.R. 5450, THE…

    SUPPORT OF H.R. 5450 AS AMENDED BY THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE. H.R. 5450, THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION ACT IS AN ORGANIC ACT FOR NOAA, AN ORGANIC ACT DEFINES THE OVERALL MISSION AND FUNCTIONS OF AN AGENCY. IN 1970, PRESIDENT NIXON ESTABLISHED NOAA IN THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE BY EXECUTIVE ORDER. SINCE THAT TIME CONGRESS HAS NOT PASSED AN ORGANIC ACT FOR NOAA AND TODAY NOAA'S AUTHORITY COMES FROM OVER THREE DOZEN ISSUED SPECIFIC LAWS. SOME YEARS AGO I DECIDED THIS WAS AN INTOLERABLE SITUATION AND WE BEGAN WORK ON AN ORGANIC ACT. IN 2004 THE U.S. COMMISSION ON OCEAN POLICY, A NONPARTISAN GROUP OF THE LEADING OCEAN EXPERTS, RECOGNIZED THIS LACK OF CONGRESSIONAL DIRECTION FOR NOAA AS AN IMPEDIMENT TO THE AGENCY VITAL LEGISLATIVE ROLE. THE COMMISSION STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT CONGRESS PASS A NOAA ORGANIC ACT. WE IN CONGRESS NEED TO PROVIDE NOAA AND ITS EMPLOYEES CLEAR DIRECTION FOR THE TOOLS THEY REQUIRE TO PERFORM CRITICAL MISSIONS AND FUNCTIONS THAT AFFECT THE EVERYDAY LIVES OF ALL AMERICANS, INCLUDING WEATHER FORECASTS, AND STORM WARNINGS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, AND WARNINGS FROM THE NATIONAL OCEAN SERVICE ABOUT DANGEROUS CONDITIONS SUCH AS TOXIC ALGAE BLOOMS OR TSUNAMIS. I INTRODUCED THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION ACT. MY BILL GIVES NOAA A CLEAR MISSION SO IT CAN MORE EFFECTIVELY SET PROGRAM GOALS. FOR EXAMPLE, MY BILL STATES THAT THE MISSION OF NOAA IS TO, FIRST, UNDERSTAND AND PREDICT CHANGES IN THE EARTH'S OCEANS AND ATMOSPHERES. CONSERVE AND MANAGE COASTAL, OCEAN AND GREAT LAKES ECOSYSTEMS AND EDUCATE AND INFORM OUR FETO SYSTEMS ABOUT THESE TOPICS. -- FELLOW CITIZENS ABOUT THESE TOPICS. IT CAN MORE FURTHERLY ACCOMPLISH THIS MISSION. BASED ON RECOMMENDATION ON OCEAN POLICY, MY BILL ESTABLISHES NOAA WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND REQUIRES NOAA TO RESTRUCTURE SO IT MAY IMPROVE THE WAY IT CARRIES OUT THE CRITICAL FUNCTIONS OF OPERATIONS AND SERVICES, RESEARCH AND EDUCATION AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT. IN ADDITION, H.R. 5450 STRENGTHENS SCIENCE AT NOAA BY CREATING A NEW DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SCIENCE AND EDUCATION, AUTHORIZING A SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD, REQUIRING A NATIONAL ACADEMIES ASSESSMENT OF THE AGENCY'S DATA AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND DIRECTING NOAA TO DEVELOP A STRATEGIC PLAN FOR ITS RESEARCH PROGRAMS. VALUABLE INPUT FROM MY COLLEAGUES ON THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE FROM BOTH PARTIES FURTHER STRENGTHEN CONGRESSIAN OVERSIGHT PROVISIONS OF H.R. 5450 AND THE BILL NOW INCLUDES A PROVISION TO ENSURE THAT NOAA DOES NOT GET IN OVER ITS HEAD WITH LARGE PROGRAMS, SUCH AS BUILDING WEATHER SATELLITES. THIS PROVISION REQUIRES NOAA TO USE MORE STREAMLINED AND TRANSPARENT COST BASELINES FOR MAJOR PROGRAMS, AND TO NOTIFY CONGRESS WHEN THERE'S SIGNIFICANT COST INCREASES OR SCHEDULED DELAYS IN MAJOR PROCUREMENT PROGRAMS. PASSAGE OF AN ORGANIC ACT FOR NOAA IS A TOP PRIORITY FOR BOTH THE U.S. COMMISSION ON OCEAN POLICY AND THE PRIVATELY FUNDED OCEAN COMMISSION. THE ADMINISTRATION STATES AND NUMEROUS ADVOCACY GROUPS HAVE SHOWN SUPPORT FOR THE ORGANIC NOAA ACT. H.R. 5450 HAS WIDESPREAD AND BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. THE BILL INCORPORATES IDEAS FROM A RANGE OF EXPERTS AND FROM MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. E RECOGNIZES THAT THIS BILL IS NOT A COMPLETE ORGANIC ACT BECAUSE IT OMITS ISSUES SOLELY IN THE JURISDICTION OF THE HOUSE RESOURCES COMMITTEE. I BELIEVE THAT WE ALL SHARE THE GOAL OF SEEING A COMPLETE BILL. I THINK THAT ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THIS BILL -- I THANK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO CONTRIBUTED TO THIS BILL AS WELL AS THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO EXPRESS SUPPORT. AND IN PARTICULAR I WANT TO THANK MR. UDALL. HE WAS A RANKING MEMBER OF MY SUBCOMMITTEE WHEN WE FIRST STARTED WORKING ON THIS BILL. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MR. WU, THE CURRENT RANKING MEMBER OF MY SUBCOMMITTEE, AND MR. GORDON, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, FOR THEIR HELP AND INPUT THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS. ADDITIONALLY, I THANK MR. GILCHREST WHO HAS BEEN AN OUTSTANDING LEADER ON OCEAN ISSUES AND AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THIS BILL AND HE'S BEEN INVALUABLE WITH HIS INPUT. AND FINALLY, I WOULD ESPECIALLY LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN BOEHLERT FOR HIS UNWAIVERING SUPPORT AND COMMITMENT TO MOVING THIS BILL THROUGH THE PROCESS. CHAIRMAN BOEHLERT HAS LONG BEEN A CHAMPION FOR THE SCIENCES AND SCIENCE-BASED DECISIONMAKING EPIVISIONED IN H.R. 5450 AND WE WILL GREATLY MISS HIS LEADERSHIP ON THESE ISSUES. H.R. 5450 WILL MAKE NOAA STRONGER AND MORE CAPABLE OF DOING ITS JOB TO KEEP US SAFE. UNDERSTAND OUR ENVIRONMENT AND MANAGE OUR COASTAL AND MARINE RESOURCES THIS BILL IS AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD FOR OCEAN ISSUES AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE HOUSE AND IN THE SENATE TO GET A FINAL BILL THAT IS CLEAR, WELL BALANCED AND COMPLETE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5450, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:27:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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  • 01:28:03 PM

    MR. GORDON

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:28:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:28:09 PM

    MR. GORDON

    THE NOAA ACT IS THE WORK OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE NOAA ACT IS THE WORK OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. MR. REPRESENTATIVE EHLERS HAS BEEN A TIRELESS CHAMPION OF THIS LEGISLATION. IT MAINTAINS THE WEATHER SERVICE AS A DISTINCT OFFICE WITHIN NO AFMENT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WITH ITS NATIONWIDE DISTRIBUTION OF WEATHER FORECAST OFFICES IS ONE OF THE BEST KNOWN AND MOST TRUSTED ORGANIZATIONS WITHIN NO AFMENT THE PUBLIC RELIES UPON THE WEATHER SERVICE TO PROVIDE THE WATCHES AND WARNINGS OF SEVERE STORMS THAT ENABLE US TO PREPARE FOR THESE EVENTS AND REDUCE THE LOSS OF LIVES AND PROPERTY. IN THE AREA OF SATELLITE ACQUISITION WE REQUIRE THE ADMINISTRATOR OF NOAA TO NOTIFY CONGRESS WHENEVER A SATELLITE ACQUISITION DEVIATES SUBSTANTIALLY FROM ITS PROJECTED COST AND SCHEDULE. H.R. 5450 ESTABLISHES A PROCESS OF REVIEW AND REVISION FOR SATELLITE ACQUISITION PROGRAMS TO AVOID FUTURE PROBLEMS OF RUNAWAY COSTS AND SCHEDULE DELAYS. CHAIRMAN BOEHLERT AND CHAIRMAN EHLERS WORKED WITH US TO PRODUCE THIS LEGISLATION. WE DIDN'T ALWAYS AGREE, BUT WE OFTEN AGREED, AND THE BIPARTISAN COOPERATION AND THE MEMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE PRODUCED A GOOD OUTCOME FOR THE PROGRAM. UNFORTUNATELY, THE RESOURCES COMMITTEE FAILED TO CONDUCT A SIMILAR PROCESS. H.R. 5450 PROVIDES VIRTUALLY NO DIRECTION FOR THE OCEAN AND COASTAL RESOURCES PROGRAMS OF THE AGENCY. I KNOW THAT THIS IS A DISAPPOINTMENT TO THE MANY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO WERE HOPING TO SEE SOME OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 2004 OCEAN COMMISSION'S REPORT INCORPORATED INTO THIS LEGISLATION. THIS IS TRULY A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. WE HAVE LITTLE TIME LEFT IN THIS CONGRESS. PERHAPS THE OTHER BODY WILL BE ABLE TO WORK TO FILL IN THE GAPS IN THIS LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:30:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

  • 01:30:08 PM

    MR. EHLERS

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR.…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. BOEHLERT.

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  • 01:30:18 PM

    MR. BOEHLERT

    STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5450. EVERYONE THAT'S LOOKED AT THIS HAS CONCLUDED…

    STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5450. EVERYONE THAT'S LOOKED AT THIS HAS CONCLUDED THAT THE NATIONAL OCEANIC ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION WOULD BE ABLE TO FUNCTION BETTER IF IT HAD CLEAR BASIS IN LAW. AND THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL, AN ORGANIC ACT, WOULD PROVIDE. IT WOULD GIVE THIS KEY SCIENCE AGENCY, WHICH WAS CREATED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER, A FIRM LEAGUE BASIS FOR ITS FULL RANGE OF ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. THAT'S HARD TO ARGUE WITH. THE BILL, WHICH WAS INTROCUESED BY DR. EHLERS, WHO HAS BEEN A TIRELESS CHAMPION, WOULD ALSO STRENGTHEN SCIENCE AT NOAA, PRETTY DARN IMPORTANT, WHICH MAKES SENSE SINCE NOAA IS A MAJOR SCIENCE AGENCY. THE BILL WOULD ALSO GREATLY IMPROVE OVERSIGHT OF THE AGENCY BY ENSURING THAT CONGRESS AND THE PUBLIC GET THE INFORMATION NEEDED TO EVALUATE NOAA'S ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE, ITS IF A A SILT'S PLAN, IT'S SATELLITE PROGRAMS. AS USUAL, -- ITS FACILITY'S PLAN, ITS SATELLITE PROGRAMS. I COMMEND BOTH COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. WE OBVIOUSLY NEED TO DO MORE WORK BEFORE THIS BILL IS ENACTED, INCLUDING OUR COLLEAGUES WHICH HAS JURISDICTION OVER NOAA'S RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS, SUCH AS FISHERIES. WE WANT AN OR GONIC ACT THAT COVERS ALL OF -- ORGANIC ACT THAT COVERS ALL OF NOAA'S ACTIVITIES. WE WANT TO STRENGTHEN THE AGENCY WHICH WILL ONLY IMPROVE THE PROGRAMS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5450 AND ONCE AGAIN LET ME COMMEND DR. EHLERS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. LET ME COMMEND THE MINORITY SIDE FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING COOPERATION. AND IN MANY INSTANCES, THEIR LEADERSHIP TOO.

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    MR. GORDON

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. FORT

    GOOD HALF A BILL. THIS DEALS WITH NOAA, ALSO KNOWN AS THE NATIONAL OCEANIC…

    GOOD HALF A BILL. THIS DEALS WITH NOAA, ALSO KNOWN AS THE NATIONAL OCEANIC ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION. BUT THIS BILL DROPS THE O FOR OCEANANIC AND BECOMES A N -- N.A.A. BILL. IT HAS FAILED TO DEAL WITH THE PRESIDENT'S COMMISSION ON OCEANS, HAS FAILED TO DEAL WITH ANY OCEAN'S BILL IN THE LAST YEARS. AND FAILED TO ADDRESS THE NEED FOR OCEANS IN THIS BILL. SO THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE HAD NO CHOICE BUT JUST TO BRING YOU THE N.A.A. BILL. I'M GOING TO VOTE AYE ON N.A.A. BECAUSE IT'S A GOOD BIPARTISAN LEADERSHIP AND IT COMES FROM A SCIENCE COMMITTEE THAT UNDERSTANDS THAT THE PLANETTH NEEDS OCEANS IN ORDER TO CREATE WEATHER. AND THIS BILL WITHOUT OCEANS BECOMES UNADMINISTRATORABLE. THANK GOD FOR BICAM RALE LEGISLATION BECAUSE THIS BILL WILL NOT SEE THE LIGHT OF DATE WITHOUT OCEANS HAVING A GREAT PART OF IT. THE OTHER SIDE OF IT IS THAT NOAA, THE PROBLEMS THAT WE SEE HERE IN CONGRESS ARE CREATED IN THE OCEANS, FISHERIES AND SO ON, AND WE HAVE NOT BEEN FUNDING THE OCEAN SIDE OF IT. THERE'S INTERNATIONAL LAW OF THE SEA. THERE'S INTERNATIONAL OCEAN YEARS. THERE'S ALL KINDS OF GROUPS SUPPORTING OCEANS, YET CONGRESS FAILS TO ADDRESS IT. I WISH THEY WOULD INCLUDE THE OCEANS. THANK YOU.

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    MR. EHLERS

    MR. SPEAKER, FIRST, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS TO RESPOND TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    MR. SPEAKER, FIRST, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS TO RESPOND TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. I'M IN AGREEMENT WITH HIS SENTIMENTS. I WANT TO SEE A COMPLETE BILL. THE BILL BEFORE US IS A GOOD BILL. IT DEALS WITH THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES PORTION OF NOAA. IT HAS TAKEN US ALMOST SIX YEARS TO CREATE THIS BILL, WORK OUT ALL THE DETAILS WITH ALL INTERESTED PARTIES, INCLUDING BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES. IT IS A GOOD BILL, BUT IT WILL BE IMPROVED WHEN WE GET THE OCEAN'S PORTION. I HOPE WE CAN DO IT BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR. IF NOT I PLEDGE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND ANYONE ELSE, I WILL BE HAPPY TO CONTINUE ON WORKING ON ACHIEVING THAT BILL.

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    MR. EHLERS

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MR. GILCHREST WHO HAS BEEN INVALUABLE IN…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MR. GILCHREST WHO HAS BEEN INVALUABLE IN ADDRESSING OCEAN ISSUES IN THIS PARTICULAR BODY.

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    MR. GILCHREST

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I'D LIKE TO SPEAK ON A COUPLE OF…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I'D LIKE TO SPEAK ON A COUPLE OF ITEMS. MR. FARR, AS FAR AS WHO HAS THE PRETTIEST DISTRICT IN THE COUNTRY, I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE MR. FARR TO APPLY THE WATERS OF THE RIVER AND ENJOY A DAWN OR SUNSET IN A CANOE AS WE GO ALONG THE COASTAL CHESAPEAKE BAY. HE JUST ACCEPTED MY INVITATION. I APPRECIATE THAT. I UNDERSTAND WHERE MR. FARR IS COMING FROM IN DEALING WITH THE ORGANIC ACT AND THE NATIONAL OCEANIC ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION, INCLUDING WHAT WE IN CONGRESS CALL THE WET SIDE AND THE DRY SIDE OF NOAA. AND AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA AND THIS PROCESS WITH THE BILL THAT MR. VERN EHLERS BRINGS TO US TODAY, I WANT TO SAY TWO THINGS AS FAR AS THIS BILL IS CONCERNED. NUMBER ONE, MR. EHLERS HAS NOT ONLY WORKED FOR SIX YEARS ON THIS ISSUE, DR. EHLERS HAS WORKED 10 YEARS ON THE IDEA THAT THE NATIONAL OCEANIC ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION -- NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION NEEDS, AS MR. BOEHLERT DEFINED, A SPECIFIC DIRECTION AND AN ORDER PRESCRIBED BY THE U.S. CONGRESS SO THAT IT HAS A DEFINITIVE OBJECTIVE GOAL THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CAN PURSUE A SPECIFIC OVERSIGHT AGENDA FOR. AND DR. EHLERS HAS WORKED VERY STRONG WITH BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO BRING THIS BILL BEFORE US TODAY. NOW THERE IS A SMALL PIECE THAT WE CAN ADD TO THIS AS THE PROCESS CONTINUES, AS DR. EHLERS SAID, AND WE WILL ADD THE FISHERIES AND THE OCEAN SIDE OF NOAA AS WE MOVE ALONG, BUT THIS BILL BEFORE US TODAY IS A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT PROVIDES THE DIRECTION THAT CONGRESS NEEDS TO SET GOALS AND BE A PART OF THE AGENDA OF AN ADMINISTRATION TO ENSURE THAT THE NATION HAS A KIND OF SATELLITE TO GIVE US THE KIND OF WEATHER REPORTS THAT WILL ENHANCE LOCAL REPORTING AND SAVE LITERALLY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON OUR UNDERSTANDING OF WEATHER PATTERNS, OF HURRICANES AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. IT ALSO HAS AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE COASTAL ECOLOGY IN THIS PARTICULAR PART OF THE BILL. WHAT THIS BILL DOES, AND WE WILL INCLUDE AS SOON AS WE CAN THE OCEAN'S PART OF THIS BILL, BUT WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS LITERALLY RECOGNIZE THERE IS TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS TIED UP IN SATELLITE COMMUNICATION, IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR COMMUNICATION OF SATELLITES AND A WHOLE HOST OF OTHER AREAS THAT WILL GIVE US AN UNDERSTANDING OF MARINE RESEARCH. OF HOW THE OCEANS AFFECT THE CLIENT. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES AS WE MOVE ALONG IN THIS PROCESS, THIS BILL THAT DR. EHLERS AND IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION HAVE BROUGHT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY BE VOTED ON.

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    MR. GORDON

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD -- I DON'T YIELD BACK MY TIME. I YIELD TO THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD -- I DON'T YIELD BACK MY TIME. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. EHLERS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, AND FIRST OF ALL, I ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, AND FIRST OF ALL, I ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES FOR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN THE UNITED STATES AND INVITE EVERYONE TO THE WESTERN PART OF MICHIGAN TO THE GREAT LAKES OF MICHIGAN. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DIAZ-BALART.

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    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    I THOUGHT THE GENTLEMAN WAS GOING TO SAY FLORIDA WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL…

    I THOUGHT THE GENTLEMAN WAS GOING TO SAY FLORIDA WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS BILL. WE KNOW WHAT THIS BILL DOES. IT ESTABLISHES NOAA WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND PROVIDES A LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE AND ESTABLISHES, OBVIOUSLY, NOAA'S FUNCTIONS. I REPRESENT AND LIVE IN -- I'M BLESSED TO LIVE AND REPRESENT A PENINSULA, AN AREA THAT IS GREATLY AFFECTED BY WEATHER, WHETHER IT'S IN THE OCEANS OR WHETHER IT'S BY STORMS. AND NOAA INCLUDES THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, THE IN A MARINE FISHERY'S SERVICE AND THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER. ALL OF THOSE AREAS ARE OF GREAT INTEREST TO THE CITIZENS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND IMPACT -- THEIR WORK IMPACTS THE ECONOMY AND THE CITIZENS OF FLORIDA. SOUTH FLORIDIANS CONSISTENTLY RELY ON NOAA AND THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER FOR INFORMATION, PARTICULARLY AGAIN, DURING THIS TIME OF THE YEAR -- YEAR AFTER YEAR, THE HURRICANE CENTER HAS SERVED AS A TRUSTED VOICE DURING A STORM AND MAINTAINS A CONTINUOUS WATCH ON THE WEATHER AROUND THE WORLD. IT ISSUES WARNINGS AND WATCHES AND FORECASTS AND ANALYZES THAT -- THE WEATHER TO MAKE SURE IT CAN STAY IN FRONT OF THE TECHNOLOGY SO IT CONTINUOUSLY DOES A BETTER JOB IN FORECASTING STORMS. VERY FEW AGENCIES AROUND THE COUNTRY CAN TALK -- CAN SAY THAT THEIR WORK IS INDENNIS PENCIBLE IN ACTUALLY SAVING LIVES. AND THE -- INDISPENSIBLE IN ACTUALLY SAVING LIVES. THERE ARE GROUPS THAT HAVE EXPRESSED SUPPORT FOR THIS LEGISLATION. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR BRINGING THIS BILL FORWARD. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS EFFORTS. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS FINE PIECE OF LEGISLATION. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. GORDON

    IF THE OTHER --

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    MR. EHLERS

    THE OTHER SIDE HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    MR. GORDON

    FURTHER SPEAKERS AND WE YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. EHLERS

    YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER,…

    YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING, I WANT TO NOTE THAT NOAA REACHES THE LIVES OF NEARLY EVERY CITIZEN IN THIS COUNTRY, FROM THE WEATHER FORECAST THAT PEOPLE USE TO DECIDE IF THEY NEED AN UMBRELLA OR HAVE TO GO TO THE BASEMENT TO AVOID A TORNADO, TO THE SAFETY OF OUR SEAFOOD AND DROP PREDICTIONS THAT EFFECT THE WAY WE GROW OUR FOOD AND MANAGE OUR RESERVOIRS. THIS WOULD GIVE NOAA THE TOOLS AND DIRECTIONS THEY NEED TO CONTINUE TO SERVE OUR NATION AND THE -- IN THE COMING DECADES. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THEIR CONTINUED PROGRESS. VERY FEW PEOPLE REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF NOAA AND HOW IT AFFECTS THEIR LIVES. THEY TAKE THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR GRANTED, AND, IN FACT, MANY ARE UNAWARE THAT THE INFORMATION THAT COMES OVER THE RADIO OR SEEN ON TELEVISION IS PROVIDED BY NOAA. I -- SOMEONE SAID, STOP FUNDING NOAA BECAUSE THEY GO AHEAD MORE INFORMATION FROM THEIR TV BROADCASTS THAN THEY DO FROM THEIR NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, FAILING TO RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANT SERVICE THAT NOAA DOES. THIS BILL WILL GIVE NOAA THE TOOLS AND DIRECTION THEY NEED TO CONTINUE TO SERVE OUR NATION IN THE COMING DECADES AND TO MEET THE CHALLENGES OF THE FUTURE. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE CONTINUED PROGRESS IN NOAA. LET ME MENTION ONE OTHER SIDE ISSUE. JUST LAST WEEK WE HAD THE MARK TRAILS PROGRAM WHERE AWARDS WERE GIVEN FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING USE OF THE AUTOMATIC WEATHER WARNING SYSTEM. AND I DON'T KNOW IF MEMBERS ARE AWARE OF IT, BUT YOU CAN BUY A SIMPLE LITTLE RADIO TO KEEP ON YOUR BEDSIDE, AS WE DO, AND IF THERE ARE ANY WEATHER ALERTS IF YOU ARE SLEEPING AND DON'T HEAR THE SIRENS, THE RADIO WILL WAKE US UP AND GIVE US THE ALERT. EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD HAVE ONE, JUST AS EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD HAVE A FIRE ALARM OR SMOKE DETECTOR IN THEIR HOME. LET ME TAKE JUST A THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER TO TAKE THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE STAFF WHO WORKED SO HARD OVER AN ALMOST SIX-YEAR PERIOD TO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE, DAVID GOLDSTEIN, AMY FOR THE STAFF DIRECTOR, CHAD ENGLISH, HEAVILY INVOLVED IN THIS. SARAH GRAY AND JASON PATLESS AS WELL AS ERIC WEBSTER. SARAH'S PRESENT HERE ALSO TO PROVIDE LEGAL SERVICES. JASON IS ONE OF THE NEW LEADERS OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE STAFF. ERIC WEBSTER, INVALUABLE IN STARTING THE RESEARCH ON THIS BILL. UNFORTUNATELY HE DID IT SO WELL AND LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT NOAA THAT THEY HIRED HIM AND WE LOST HIM. WITHOUT THE HARD WORK OF ALL THE STAFF MEMBERS AND THEIR SELFLESS DEDICATION AND MANY LONG HOURS, WE WOULDN'T BE HERE CONSIDERING THIS BILL. FINALLY, I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MR. GORDON'S STAFF WHO WORKED SO CLOSELY WITH US THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS. THEY WERE INVALUABLE IN HELPING US PERFECT THE BILL AND WE ALL WORKED WITH A GOOD SPIRIT OF COOPERATION AND EVEN THE COMMITTEE ACTION ON THIS BILL WAS MARKED BY AGREEMENT ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUEST FOR TIME. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR H.R. 5450 AS AMENDED. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5450 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR 2/3 OF THOSE PRESENTED 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.

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  • 01:45:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. EHLERS

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 1015 I CALL UP H.R. 5844.

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    THE CLERK

    ACT OF 1993 TO REQUIRE ANY INDIVIDUAL WHO DESIRES TO REGISTER OR…

    ACT OF 1993 TO REQUIRE ANY INDIVIDUAL WHO DESIRES TO REGISTER OR RE-REGISTER TO VOTE IN AN ELECTION FOR FEDERAL OFFICE TO PROVIDE THE APPROPRIATE STATE ELECTION OFFICIAL WITH PROOF THAT THE INDIVIDUAL IS A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES TO PREVENT FRAUD IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1015, THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1015, THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE PRINTED IN THE BILL IS ADOPTED. AND THE BILL AS AMEND SIDE CONSIDERED READ. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. EHLERS, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. EHLERS

    SUPPORT OF H.R. 4844, THE FEDERAL ELECTION INTEGRITY ACT OF 2006 AND ASK…

    SUPPORT OF H.R. 4844, THE FEDERAL ELECTION INTEGRITY ACT OF 2006 AND ASK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT BILL. THIS BILL WILL REQUIRE PRESENTING A OF A GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO I.D. TO VOTE IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 2008. MOST OF THE VOTING PUBLIC ALREADY HAS AN I.D. TO MEET THIS REQUIREMENT, THERE'S A PERCENTAGE OF ELIGIBLE VOTERS WHO DO NOT HAVE AN I.D. SO THESE EXTRA TWO YEARS WILL GIVE THEM TIME TO ACQUIRE IT THE AMENDMENT WILL REQUIRE PRESENTATION BY 2010 OF AN I.D. THAT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN OBTAINED WITHOUT PROVIDING PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP. ONCE OBTAINED THIS I.D. CAN BE USED TO PROVE BOTH CITIZENSHIP AND IDENTITY WHEN VOTING. THIS CONGRESS HAS PREVIOUSLY ENACTED THE REAL I.D. ACT WHICH WILL REQUIRE PEOPLE TO PROVE THEIR LEGAL STATUS IN THE COUNTRY TO GET A REAL I.D. THAT ACT HAS TO BE IMPLEMENTED BY MAY 2008. CITIZENS WILL BE ABLE TO USE THE I.D.'S THEY OBTAIN UNDER THIS PROCESS TO VOTE IN ELECTIONS STARTING IN 2010 AND FOR ALL ELECTIONS THEREAFTER. H.R. 4844 WILL REQUIRE THE I.D. TO INCLUDE SOME CITIZENSHIP SO POLL WORKERS AND OTHER ELECTION OFFICIALS WILL BE ABLE TO TELL THAT THE BEARER IS A CITIZEN. THOSE WHO ARRIVE AT THE POLLS WITHOUT AN I.D. WILL BE PERMITTED TO CAST A PROVISIONAL BALLOT. THESE BALLOTS WILL BE COUNT FT PERSON RETURNS AND PRESENTS DO TO AN ELECTION OFFICIAL A QUALIFYING I.D. WITHIN 48 HOURS. TO HELP THOSE WHO NEED BUT CANNOT AFFORD THE I.D. TO VOTE, THE AMENDMENT REQUIRES STATES TO PROVIDE THEM FREE OF COST TO THE IND GENT AND AUTHORIZES THEM TO REIMBURSE THE STATES FOR THE COST OF DOING SO. TO MOST PEOPLE THIS IS A SIMPLE, COMMON SENSE PROPOSAL, AND A NECESSARY SAFEGUARD AGAINST VOTE FRAUD. TO OTHERS, IT REPRESENTS A DANGEROUS THREAT TO SOME CITIZENS' ABLE TO -- ABILITY TO ACCESS THE POLLS. WHILE THIS MAY BE HEATED DEBATE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., IT SEEMS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE MADE UP THEIR MIND. A RECENT POLL SHOWED THAT 81% OF THOSE SURVEYED FAVORED AN I.D. REQUIREMENT FOR VOTING. A POLL DURING THAT TIME PERIOD SHOWED A SIMILAR RESULT, 77% SURVEYED FAVORED AN I.D. REQUIREMENT FOR VOTING. LIKEWISE THE BIPARTISAN CARTER-BAKER COMMISSION ON FEDERAL ELECTION REFORM RECOMMENDED A NATIONAL VOTER I.D. REQUIREMENT IN THE REPORT THEY ISSUED LAST YEAR, WHILE THE DIVISION ON THIS ISSUE MAY BE PARTISAN HERE IN CONGRESS, -- BIPARTISAN ON THIS CONGRESS, IT WAS NOT ON THIS COMMISSION. IT SEEMS A LARGE BIPARTISAN MAJORITY THERE CONCLUDED BY AN 18-3 VOTE THAT REQUIRING I.D. IS A NECESSARY REFORM. ONCE IMPLEMENTED H.R. 4844 WILL PUT AN IMPORTANT SAFEGUARD IN PLACE THAT WILL ENHANCE THE INTEGRITY OF OUR SYSTEM AND HELP RESTORE CONFIDENCE IN IT. BY PUTTING IN PLACE PROCEDURES THAT ENSURE VOTING IS LIMITED TO ELIGIBLE CITIZENS WE CAN ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION AND INCREASED TURNOUT. THE EXPERIENCE IN ARIZONA IS INSTRUCTIVE HERE. DESPITE ALL THE CLAIMS THAT DISENFRANCHISEMENT WOULD ENSUE AFTER ENACTMENT OF PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP AND I.D. REQUIREMENTS IN PROPOSITION 200, TESTIMONY IN PHOENIX REVEALED THAT REGISTRATION WENT UP 15% AFTER THE REQUIREMENT TO PROVE CITIZENSHIP WENT INTO EFFECT. THE FACT IS PEOPLE ARE ENCOURAGED TO VOTE WHEN THEY BELIEVE THAT THEIR VOTE WILL COUNT, AND KNOW THAT THEIR VOTE WILL NOT BE CANCELED OUT BY AN ILLEGAL VOUFMENT I -- VOTE. I KNOW THAT THERE WILL BE SOME CONTROVERSY GENERATED BY THE PROPOSAL. I WISH IT WERE NOT SO. IT SEEMS THAT WE SHOULD ALL BE ABLE TO AGREE THAT VOTING SHOULD BE LIMITED TO CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES, BECAUSE THAT HAS BEEN THE LAW FOR YEARS. IF WE CAN AGREE ON THAT, WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO AGREE THAT OUR VOTING SYSTEMS MUST HAVE PROCEDURES IN PLACE TO ENSURE THAT. WE SHOULD ALL BE ABLE TO AGREE THAT EVERY ELIGIBLE CITIZEN SHOULD BE AND ABLE TO VOTE, SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO VOTE AND TO VOTE ONLY ONCE AND TO BE ASSURED THAT THEIR VOTE WILL NOT BE DILUTED BY AN ILVOTE. IF WE AGREE ON THAT, WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO AGREE THAT MAKING PEOPLE IDENTIFY THEMSELVES WHEN THEY VOTE IS A SIMPLE AND NECESSARY SAFEGUARD. IT WAS NOT ONLY SO. I GREW UP IN A SMALL TOWN IN MINNESOTA WITH 800 PEOPLE. THEY DIDN'T NEED PHOTO I.D.S, THEY KNEW EVERYONE IN TOWN. IF A STRANGER HAD SHOWED UP TO VOTE HE WOULD HAVE BEEN USHERED OUT OF HALL, BUT TODAY WE LIVE IN URBAN CITIES BY AND LARGE AND WE KNOW -- WE DO NOT KNOW EACH OTHER WELL, AND WE NEED SOME MEANS OF FOOLPROOF IDENTIFICATION. I AM SURE THAT WE WILL HEAR FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TODAY THAT AN I.D. REQUIREMENT TO VOTE AND TO MAKE SURE THAT ONLY ELIGIBLE CITIZENS ARE ABLE TO DO SO. I HOPE THAT ALL MEMBERS WILL RECOGNIZE THE NEED FOR THESE NECESSARY REFORMS. I'M SORRY, I WILL HAVE TO BACKTRACK SLIGHTLY AND LET ME REPEAT MYSELF. I'M SURE THAT WE WILL HEAR FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TODAY THAT AN I.D. REQUIREMENT IS NOT NECESSARY AND IS TOO MUCH TROUBLE, BUT EVERY DAY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS SHOW A PHOTO I.D. TO PAY BY CHECK, BOARD A PLANE OR BUY ALCOHOL OR TOBACCO. SURELY, THE SANCTITY OF THE BALLOT WARRANTS AS MUCH PROTECTION AS THESE OTHER ACTIVITIES. IN TOO MANY STATES LAX IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS MEAN THAT PEOPLE CAN CAST VOTES WITHOUT HAVING TO PROVE THEIR ELIGIBILITY. NOW OUR VOTING RIGHTS ARE TOO IMPORTANT TO RELY ON AN HONOR SYSTEM. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE PROCEDURES IN PLACE THAT PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE AND MAKE SURE THAT ONLY ELIGIBLE CITIZENS ARE ABLE TO DO SO. I HOPE THAT ALL MEMBERS WILL RECOGNIZE THE NEED FOR THESE NECESSARY REFORMS. THEY WILL ADVANCE THE SECURITY OF OUR ELECTORAL SYSTEMS, INCREASE CONFIDENCE IN THEIR INTEGRITY, AND REDUCE THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR FRAUD. I ASK ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    CHAIRMAN. I NEVER THOUGHT AS A GIRL GROWING UP IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA,…

    CHAIRMAN. I NEVER THOUGHT AS A GIRL GROWING UP IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, THEY WOULD MEET AGAIN A PRESENT DAY POLL TAX. MY GOODNESS, MY FATHER WOULD BE REALLY AMAZED. THEREFORE, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 4844, THE SO-CALLED FEDERAL ELECTION INTEGRITY ACT OF 2006. WHICH REQUIRES ALL STATES TO DEMAND THAT VOTERS PROVIDE GOVERNMENT-ISSUED IDENTIFICATION IN ORDER TO VOTE IN THE 2008 ELECTION AND PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP IN ORDER TO VOTE IN THE 2010 ELECTION. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS ACTED WITHOUT EXPRESSING ANY CONCERN FOR THE MILLIONS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO CURRENTLY DO NOT HAVE THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION AND CONSEQUENTLY WILL BE DENIED THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE. FURTHER, THE MAJORITY ON THE OTHER SIDE HAS NOT BEEN MOVED BY THE REALIZATION THAT THE BURDEN OF THIS LEGISLATION FALLS DISPROPORTIONATELY ON THE ELDERLY, THE DISABLED, AND ETHNIC MINORITY. UNFORTUNATELY, THE REPUBLICANS MADE NO EFFORT TO DETERMINE HOW MANY WOULD BE AFFECTED AND BE DISENFRANCHISED BY THIS LEGISLATION. MR. CHAIRMAN, WITH H.R. 4844, THIS REPUBLICAN LEGISLATION DEVICES A MODERN DAY POLL TAX IN THE FORM OF PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENT THAT WILL KEEP SOME ELIGIBLE VOTERS FROM VOTING AND MAKE IT HARDER FOR ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS TO VOTE. NO CITIZEN SHOULD HAVE TO PAY IN ORDER TO EXERCISE HIS OR HER CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO VOTE. I HAVE HAD HEARD OFTEN TODAY ON THIS FLOOR THAT PRESIDENT CARTER AND SECRETARY OF STATE BAKER'S REFERENCE TO I.D.S REALLY FIT WITH THIS BILL. BUT LET ME REALLY CLARIFY THAT. THEIR I.D. PROPOSAL DOES NOT HAVE REQUIREMENTS FOR CITIZENSHIP AND THEY WISH THAT E WHO SHOULD POSSESS THIS AND WILL POSSESS THIS WILL HAVE IT FREE OF CHARGE. THEY HAVE NOT ENDORSED THIS PEOPLE OF LEGISLATION. PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS PLACE ON THE VOTER THE DIFFICULT, TIME-CONSUMING AND COSTLY BURDEN OF OBTAINING THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION TO PROVE CITIZENSHIP OR IDENTITY IN ORDER TO CAST A VOTE. FOR EXAMPLE, OUR STATE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THAT ONLY 23% OF ALL AMERICANS POSSESS A PASSPORT, AND THE COST OF OBTAINING ONE EXCEEDS $100. A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS DO NOT CURRENTLY POSSESS THE IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED BY H.R. 4844 AND REQUIRING THEM OBTAIN, ONE, IMPOSES AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL BURDEN ON THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE. ADDITIONALLY, SOME AMERICANS MAY BE UNABLE TO REQUIRE THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTS AT ANY COST BECAUSE THEY LACK A BIRTH CERTIFICATE. WE RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE MANY MINORITIES, ESPECIALLY AFRICAN-AMERICANS WHO WERE DELIVERED BY MIDWIVES, WHO DID NOT HAVE AND DO NOT HAVE A BIRTH CERTIFICATE. WE HAVE SOME RURAL AMERICANS WHO DO NOT HAVE BIRTH CERTIFICATES, AND SO WE RECOGNIZE THE STATE OF GEORGIA, THEY INDICATE THAT 40% OF THEIR SENIORS WOULD BE DENIED TO VOTE IF THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION PASSES. I BELIEVE, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT THE HELP AMERICAN VOTE ACT, HAVA, HAS A BALANCE BETWEEN ACCESS AND SYSTEM BALLOT INTEGRITY AND IT WAS DONE IN A BIPARTISAN EFFORT. THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION WORKED TIRELESSLY TO ENACT HAVA AS A SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE NOVEMBER 2000 GENERAL ELECTION. AS A RESULT OF HAVA, $3.1 BILLION WAS APPROPRIATED TO IMPROVE THE VOTING PROCESS. MY ALTERNATIVE CALLS FOR THE FUNDING TO ENSURE FULL FUNDING OF HAVA. THE QUESTION OF CITIZENSHIP WAS DIRECTLY ADDRESSED HEAD-ON IN HAVA, WHEREBY CONGRESS MANDATED THAT THE MAIL IN REGISTRATION FORM INCLUDES A BOX THAT ASKS THE QUESTION, ARE YOU A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? IF YOU ANSWER, NO, YOUR FORM IS REJECTED AUTOMATICALLY. IF YOUR ANSWER IS, YES, AND YOU ARE DISCOVERED NOT TO BE A CITIZEN, YOU ARE SUBJECT TO FEDERAL PROSECUTION. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE HAVE LAW ON THE BOOKS THAT IF SOMEONE VOTES ILLEGALLY THEY WILL BE PROSECUTED TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW. AND PENALTIES ARE STIFF, AND HAVE SUCCESSFULLY SERVED AS A DETERRENT TO MISREPRESENTATION. THE VOTER I.D. QUESTION WAS ASKED AND ANSWERED BY HAVA. HAVA PROVIDED A BROAD RANGE OF I.D. OPTIONS FOR THE NARROW CIRCUMSTANCES OF FIRST-TIME VOTERS WHO REGISTER BY MAIL OR APPEAR IN PERSON AT THE POLLS TO CAST THEIR VOTE. A PHOTO I.D. WAS ONLY ONE OPTION. ALL THE OTHER OPTIONS INCLUDE EMPLOYMENT I.D., STUDENT'S I.D., A CURRENT UTILITY BILL, BANK STATEMENT, PAYCHECKS OR A GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT SHOWING NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE VOTER. NEITHER VOTERS NOR STATES WERE REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH A ONE-SIZE-FIT-ALL FEDERAL MANDATE. THE UNAVOIDABLE CONSEQUENCE OF ENACTING H.R. 4844 WILL BE THE DECREASE IN NUMBER OF AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO ARE ABLE TO VOTE. H.R. 4844 WILL DO FAR MORE TO SUPPRESS TURNOUT AND INTIMIDATE VOTERS THAN TO PREVENT VOTER FRAUD. THE PURPORTED OBJECTIVE OF THE MINORITY HERE. LET ME SAY TO ALL OF US HERE IN CONGRESS, IF WE KNOW OF FRAUD THAT IS BEING DONE AND ILLEGAL PERSONS ARE VOTING ILLEGALLY, WE SHOULD TELL OUR DISTRICT ATTORNEY. WE SHOULD NOT TARY ON THIS TYPE THING AND I SUGGEST TO THE MINORITY, IF THEY DO KNOW OF THIS FRAUD PLEASE CALL THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY. WE DON'T NEED THIS TYPE OF BILL TO DO THIS. . WE SHOULD BE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE IN THIS PEOPLE'S HOUSE TO DO JUST THAT. FOR ALL THE CONCERN THE MAJORITY EXPRESSES FOR PROTECTING THE RIGHT TO VOTE, THIS BILL DOES NOTHING TO STOP VOTER SUPPRESSION OR CORRECT THE NUMEROUS ADMINISTRATIVE PROBLEMS THAT ARE PLAGUING OUR ELECTIONS AND ROBBING OUR CITIZENS OF THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE . YOU KNOW, I ALSO HEARD THAT ANDREW YOUNG IS IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. WE HAVE NOW HEARD THAT ANDREW YOUNG IS NOT IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND THAT HIS REMARKS HAVE BEEN TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT. HE IS OPPOSED TO THIS BILL. H.R. 4844, AS AMENDED, WILL DO NOTHING TO STOP THE INTENTION FORMS OF VOTER SUPPRESSION SUCH AS THE INSTANCES IN 2004 WHEN UNSUSPECTED VOTE -- UNSUSPECTING VOTERS WERE MISINFORMED ABOUT THE TIME OR PLACE OF ELECTION OR ABOUT THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR VOTING. IT WILL NOT REMEDY THE LONG LINES, THE MISALLOCATION OF VOTING EQUIPMENT, OR VOTING REGISTRATION RULES AND ELECTION PROCEDURES THAT DENY CITIZENS THE VERY OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE. THESE ARE THE REAL ISSUES, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT THIS CONGRESS SHOULD BE ADDRESSING. TO THAT END, I HAVE OFFERED A SUBSTITUTE PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT ADDRESSES SOME OF THE PROBLEMS OF VOTER SUPPRESSION AND VOTER FRAUD THAT ARE NOT ADDRESSED IN H.R. 4844. OUR CONGRESS SHOULD BE IMPROVING VOTER ACCESS TO THE POLLS, PREVENTING ELECTION FRAUD, PAYING FOR AND SUPPORTING ELECTION INTEGRITY, BUT IT WAS NOT MADE IN ORDER. IN FACT, IT'S A CLOSED RULE. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS, MR. CHAIRMAN, WHEN THE MAJORITY DOES NOT WANT US TO REALLY BRING REAL LEGISLATION TO THIS FLOOR. MR. CHAIRMAN, BECAUSE OF THE CRITICAL ADVERSE IMPACT OF THIS BILL AND WHAT IT WILL HAVE ON OUR CITIZENS' CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO VOTE, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN OPPOSING H.R. 4844. INSTEAD OF MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO VOTE, OUR JOB SHOULD BE IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE TO PROMOTE CIVIC PARTICIPATION MORE BROADLY. THERE'S 40% OF VOTERS NOT VOTING IN THESE ELECTIONS. THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING INSTEAD OF ERECTING NEW BARRIERS TO VOTING PARTICIPATION, WE SHOULD BE DEVOTING OUR RESOURCES TO PROSECUTING THE ILLEGAL INTIMIDATION TACTICS AND SOLVING THE ELECTION IRREGULARITIES WHICH CONTINUE TO SURFACE WITH EACH ELECTION CYCLE. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, AND AT THIS TIME, MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD LIKE TO CALL ON THE -- I'M SORRY --

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    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. EHLERS

    TO YIELD TO THE MOST HONORABLE PERSON IN THE CHAMBER, ONE WHO HAS SERVED…

    TO YIELD TO THE MOST HONORABLE PERSON IN THE CHAMBER, ONE WHO HAS SERVED WELL FOR SO MANY YEARS, THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL WHO HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY FOR THIS CONGRESS AND FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING ON THIS BILL, IT'S MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. HYDE, FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN, THE CHAIRMAN, MR. HYDE, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    MR. HYDE

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    WHO SEEKS TIME? THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    YES, THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE TWO…

    YES, THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED AND OUTSTANDING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION, THE HONORABLE ZOE LOFGREN.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. TWO MINUTES.

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    MS. LOFGREN

    MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S SOMETHING WE CAN ALL AGREE ON IN THIS CHAMBER, AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S SOMETHING WE CAN ALL AGREE ON IN THIS CHAMBER, AND THAT IS THAT ONLY AMERICANS GET TO VOTE AND THEY ONLY GET TO VOTE ONCE. BUT WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IN THIS BILL IS DISENFRANCHISING MANY OF THOSE AMERICANS. IT'S ALREADY A FELONY FOR A NON-AMERICAN TO VOTE. NOW, WHEN THIS BILL WAS INTRODUCED, THE COMMITTEE MADE IT PART OF IMMIGRATION AUGUST. WE HAD HEARINGS AROUND THE COUNTRY, AND WHAT WE FOUND OUT WAS THAT THE ISSUE OF SO-CALLED ILLEGAL ALIENS VOTING BASICALLY DOESN'T OCCUR. AS THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS HAS SAID, THE VOTER FRAUD ADDRESSED BY THIS BILL IS A RARE PROBLEM. AND THE WITNESS IN NEW MEXICO SAID SHE HAD NEVER SEEN IT IN HER ENTIRE PROFESSIONAL CAREER. AND IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, IT MAKES SENSE. ILLEGAL ALIENS ARE SNEAKING ACROSS THE BORDER FOR A JOB, NOT TO VOTE. AND WE ALSO GOT TESTIMONY THAT THE IMPACT OF THIS WILL DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECT POOR PEOPLE AND AFRICAN-AMERICANS. IN FACT, IN MILWAUKEE, A MILWAUKEE STUDY, THEY FOUND THAT 78% OF THE AFRICAN -AMERICAN MEN AGED 18 TO 24 HAD NO DRIVER'S LICENSE? WHY? BECAUSE THEY'RE TOO POOR TO DRIVE AND HAVE A LICENSE. WE HEARD FROM A NAVAJO WHO TOLD US THE NAVAJOS BASICALLY DON'T HAVE THIS I.D. BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE BIRTH CERTIFICATES, THEY DON'T HAVE ELECTRICITY, THEY DONES HAVE PHONES, THEY DON'T HAVE THE DOCUMENTS. BUT THEY'RE THE ORIGINAL AMERICANS. THEY WERE THE CODE TALKERS. THEY'RE ENTITLED TO VOTE, BUT UNDER THIS BILL THEY WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO VOTE. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THIS POLL, BUT I THINK IF YOU ASKED 81% OF AMERICANS WHETHER THE NAVAJOS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO VOTE, THEY'D SAY, WELL, OF COURSE NOT. NOW, RECENTLY, THERE WAS A MEASURE PUT IN PLACE TO HAVE MEDICAID RECIPIENTS HAVE A PHOTO I.D., AND WE HAD TO REPEAL THAT RULE, AND YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE WE WOULD HAVE HAD TO SEE OLD PEOPLE EVICTED FROM NURSING HOMES BECAUSE THEY COULDN'T COME UP WITH THAT PHOTO I.D. WELL, I'LL TELL YOU, IF YOU CAN'T COME UP WITH A PHOTO I.D. TO SAVE YOUR LIFE, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO COME UP WITH A PHOTO I.D. TO VOTE EITHER. THAT MUST BE WHY THE AARP IS AGAINST THIS MEASURE. SO WHY IS THIS BEFORE US TODAY? WE HAVE NO EVIDENCE THAT THERE'S A PROBLEM, WE HAVE AMPLE EVIDENCE IN THE TESTIMONY THAT THIS WILL DISENFRANCHISE MANY AMERICANS. I MUST SAY THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS DOING THIS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS A MEASURE TO DISENFRANCHISE AFRICAN-AMERICANS, NATIVE AMERICANS, IT'S WRONG, AND WE WON'T STAND FOR IT.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. EHLERS

    TO RECOGNIZE THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, DR. NORWOOD.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR -- I'M SORRY, HOW MUCH TIME?

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    MR. EHLERS

    MINUTES.

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    FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. NORWOOD

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR THE TIME. I APPRECIATE THAT. MR. SPEAKER, WE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR THE TIME. I APPRECIATE THAT. MR. SPEAKER, WE DEAL WITH AN ISSUE TODAY THAT COULD LIKELY DETERMINE THE LONG-TERM FATE OF OUR REPUBLIC. AS MR. HYDE JUST POINTED OUT, VOTING IS THE BEDROCK OF OUR REPUBLIC, AND TODAY WE DEAL WITH VOTER FRAUD. THE U.S. CONSTITUTION AND THE CONSTITUENTS OF SEVERAL STATES CLEARLY DEFINED THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS TO VOTE. A VOTER MUST BE OF MINIMUM AGE, THEY MUST BE A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES, AND EACH VOTER MUST VOTE ONLY ONCE. I DON'T THINK ANYBODY IN THIS BODY WOULD DISAGREE WITH THAT. WHAT WE DISCUSS TODAY, OUR DEBATE IS OVER HOW DO WE ENFORCE THE VOTER LAWS WE HAVE ON THE BOOKS? A TAMPER-PROOF PHOTO I.D. IS THE ONLY PRACTICAL WAY TO PREVENT THE MASS INPUT OF FRAUDULENT VOTERS INTO OUR SYSTEM. SOME SAY, OH, WE DON'T HAVE ANY. HOW THE HECK DO WE KNOW WE DON'T HAVE ANY? WE DON'T CHECK ANYBODY TO SEE IF THEY'RE FRAUDULENT OR NOT. THAT WAS THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE NONPARTISAN FEDERAL ELECTION REFORM COMMISSION HEADED BY FORMER DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER AND FORMER REPUBLICAN SECRETARY OF STATE JAMES BAKER. IT IS ALSO THE OPINION, BY THE WAY, IF ANYBODY'S INTERESTED, OF 80% TO 90% OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. IT HAPPENS IN EVERY POLL THAT IS TAKEN ON THIS ISSUE. MY STATE OF GEORGIA, IN FACT, HAS ALREADY PASSED SUCH A REQUIREMENT. THEY'VE EVEN GONE BACK AND AMENDED THE LAW TO INCLUDE FREE STATE-ISSUED PHOTO I.D.'S FOR ANYONE WHO NEEDS ONE. BUT THAT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR SOME. YESTERDAY THE STATE SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE, T. JACKSON BEDFORD JR., LEGISLATED ON THE COURT AND RULED THAT REQUIRING A PHOTO I.D. IN HIS OPINION IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL BECAUSE IT IMPOSES A DUTY ON THE VOTER NOT SPECIFICALLY REQUIRED IN OUR STATE CONSTITUTION. I FEEL VERY CERTAIN OUR SUPREME COURT WILL SATISFY THIS PROBLEM WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE WEEKS. HE DID NOT ADDRESS, HOWEVER, LEGISLATOR JUDGE BEDFORD JACKSON JR. THE FACT WITHOUT A PHOTO I.D. THE LEGAL VOTES OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS COULD NEGATE THE LEGAL BALLOTS OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF OUR CITIZENS ARN THE COUNTRY. -- AROUND THE COUNTRY. HE DID NOT ADDRESS THE FACT WITHOUT A PHOTO I.D. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PARTISANS COULD FRAUDULENTLY VOTE ANOTHER PERSON'S NAME AND CAST MULTIPLE BALLOTS, NEGATING THE LEGAL BALLOTS OF OUR CITIZENS. HE DID NOT ADDRESS THE FACT THAT LEGAL VOTERS OF GEORGIA HAVE SPOKEN LOUD AND CLEAR OVER AND OVER THROUGH THEIR LAWFULLY ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES THAT THIS MEASURE IS NEEDED AND IT IS DESIRED. HE DID NOT, MEANING THE LEGISLATIVE JUDGE, ADDRESS THAT THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES GUARANTEES TO EACH STATE A REPUBLICAN FORM OF GOVERNMENT AND THIS RULING DIRECTLY CONFLICTS WITH THE PERFECT RIGHT OF THE CITIZENS OF GEORGIA. OUR GOVERNOR AND STATE LEGISLATURE MUST FIGHT THIS TYRANT IN GEORGIA. BUT WE CAN SPEAK LOUD AND CLEAR AGAINST THOSE WHO SHOW THEIR CONTEMPT AGAINST THE RIGHT OF THE AMERICAN VOTERS ACROSS OUR NATION. WE CAN STOP ELECTION FRAUD TODAY BY VOTING FOR THIS MAGNIFICENT RESTORATION OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. BY MY FRIEND AND MY COLLEAGUE, CHAIRMAN HYDE. DEFEND THE REPUBLIC. SUPPORT THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    MR. NORWOOD, YOU ARE RIGHT. IF WE GO AFTER FRAUD WE NEED TO BRING…

    MR. NORWOOD, YOU ARE RIGHT. IF WE GO AFTER FRAUD WE NEED TO BRING INFORMATION BEFORE WE BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE OR TO GIVE TIME TO OUR DISTINGUISHED MINORITY LEADER, ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. PELOSI

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. THIS CANNOT BE. WITH THOSE WORDS STATE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. THIS CANNOT BE. WITH THOSE WORDS STATE JUDGE JACKSON BEDFORD YESTERDAY STRUCK DOWN THE INFAMOUS GEORGIA PHOTO I.D. LAW. LET ME REPEAT. THIS CANNOT BE. LET THESE WORDS GUIDE US HERE. BECAUSE RIGHT HERE IN THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WE TAKE AN OATH OF OFFICE TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. THAT CONSTITUTION GUARANTEES ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS THE RIGHT TO VOTE AND THE RIGHT FOR THEIR VOTE TO BE COUNTED. I WANT TO THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE RANKING DEMOCRAT, ON THE HOUSE ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. SHE'S BEEN AN IMPORTANT FORCE IN PROTECTING THE INTEGRITY OF ELECTIONS. AND THAT'S WHY IT'S SO SAD TO SEE THIS BILL COME HERE TO THE FLOOR TODAY, ESPECIALLY NAMED THE FEDERAL ELECTION INTEGRITY ACT. INTEGRITY? IT'S NOT ABOUT INTEGRITY. IT'S ABOUT A TAWDRY ATTEMPT BY REPUBLICANS TO SUPPRESS THE VOTES OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. THAT'S NOT INTEGRITY. AMERICA IS A BEACON OF DEMOCRACY TO THE WORLD. WE MUST CONTINUE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE WORLD THAT WE HONOR THE OATH OF OFFICE THAT WE TAKE TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION. EVERY ELIGIBLE CITIZEN MUST BE ABLE TO VOTE TO EXERCISE HIS OR HER RIGHT TO VOTE, AND THOSE VOTES MUST BE COUNTED. ONLY A MONTH -- SHORT MONTH AGO MANY OF US HERE STOOD PROUDLY ON THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN AS THE VOTING ACT -- RIGHTS ACT RE-AUTHORIZATION WAS SIGNED INTO LAW. WE OVERCAME MANY OBSTACLES EVEN FOR THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THAT LEGISLATION TO AFFIRM THE MOST PRECIOUS RIGHT OF OUR DEMOCRACY. THE RIGHT TO VOTE. TODAY, HOWEVER, WE ARE UNDERMINING THAT RIGHT TO VOTE WITH -- AND WE ARE UNDERMINING THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT. AND IN DOING SO WE ARE UNDERMINING OUR DEMOCRACY. THOUGH THE RIGHT TO VOTE IS THE FOUNDATION OF OUR DEMOCRACY, THE BILL WE DEBATE TODAY IS INDEED A DISENFRANCHISEMENT OF MILLIONS OF AMERICAN VOTERS. THE ELDERLY, AFRICAN-AMERICANS, ASIAN AMERICANS, LATINO AMERICANS, AND GET THIS, NATIVE AMERICANS. NATIVE AMERICANS. PEOPLE HERE LONGER THAN ANY OF OUR FAMILIES UNLESS WE CAN PROUDLY BOAST OF BEING NATIVE AMERICAN. PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. THE LIST GOES ON. AS THE NAACP HAS SAID, THIS BILL WOULD DISENFRANCHISE MANY OF THE VERY CITIZENS THAT THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT IS DESIGNED TO PROTECT. AND THE REPUBLICANS CALL THAT INTEGRITY. I DON'T THINK SO. A FEW WEEKS AGO PRESIDENT BUSH SPOKE BEFORE THE NAACP FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS PRESIDENCY. HE QUOTED PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON IN SAYING THAT VOTING RIGHTS ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF A DEMOCRACY. AND YET HERE TODAY AFTER MAKING THAT GREAT STATEMENT QUOTING THAT GREAT CIVIL RIGHTS AND VOTING RIGHTS PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT BUSH'S PARTY IS HERE TODAY IN A TRANSPARENT, IT'S OBVIOUS TO ALL, ATTEMPT TO SUPPRESS THE VOTES OF MILLIONS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. CUTTING OFF THE LIFEBLOOD OF DEMOCRACY. IS THAT INTEGRITY? I DON'T THINK SO. SUPPORTERS OF THIS VOTER -- REPUBLICAN VOTER SUPPRESSION BILL WOULD CLAIM THAT THIS BILL IS ABOUT PREVENTING NONCITIZENS FROM VOTING. IT'S JUST THE OPPOSITE. IT'S A BILL DESIGNED TO PREVENT CITIZENS FROM VOTING. NONCITIZENS ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED UNDER LAW FROM VOTING AND FACE TOUGH PENALTIES FOR BREAKING THESE LAWS, AND THAT'S RIGHT. NO ONE CONDONES FRAUD. THERE IS LITTLE EVIDENCE ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY OF A SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM WITH NONCITIZEN VOTERS, AS OUR DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER POINTED OUT. IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A CASE, DOCUMENT IT. JUST DON'T CLAIM IT AND THEN COME THROUGH WITH A CLEAR AND TRANSPARENT ATTEMPT TO CUT OFF THE VOTES OF THOSE WHO DO NOT SHARE YOUR POLITICAL POINT OF VIEW. YOU DIDN'T TAKE AN OATH OF OFFICE TO DO THAT. THIS BILL IS NOT ABOUT NONCITIZENS AS THE SUPPORTERS CLAIM. RATHER IT AFFECTS ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS BY MAKING THEM PROVE THAT THEY ARE IN FACT CITIZENS EVEN IF THEY HAVE VOTED FOR YEARS BY FORCING VOTERS TO UNDERGO TIME CONSUMING, BURDENSOME, AND EXPENSIVE ATTEMPTS TO SECURE DOCUMENTS, THIS REPUBLICAN VOTER SUPPRESSION BILL IS A MODERN DAY POLL TAX. IT WOULD ESPECIALLY IMPACT OUR ELDERLY CITIZENS AND LOW-INCOME CITIZENS AND DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECT MINORITY VOTERS AND INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES. MANY OF WHOM DO NOT DRIVE AND CANNOT AFFORD PASSPORTS. THIS BILL SUSPICIOUSLY APPEARS TO TARGET AND DISENFRANCHISE AMERICAN VOTERS WHO MIGHT NOT BE SYMPATHETIC TO REPUBLICAN POLICY GOALS. AGAIN A MODERN DAY POLL TAX. AND THE REPUBLICANS CALL THIS MODERN DAY POLL TAX INTEGRITY. I DON'T THINK SO. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO REMOVE ALL OBSTACLES TO PARTICIPATION TO THE RIGHT OF ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ELECTORAL PROCESS. AND YET THE AARP HAS SAID THAT THE OBSTACLES THIS BILL THROWS UP TO VOTING, THAT THEY ARE PARTICULARLY CONCERNED THAT SUCH RULES WILL PREVENT MANY ELIGIBLE OLDER VOTERS FROM EXERCISING THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE. THAT'S WHY THEY JOIN THE NAACP, THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS, AND THIS LONG LIST OF OVER 110 ORGANIZATIONS. CIVIL LIBERTIES, CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS OPPOSING THIS LEGISLATION. IT EVEN GOES INTO HEALTH -- THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, UNITED STATES STEEL WORKERS, UNITED STATES STUDENT ASSOCIATION. HOW ABOUT THIS THE -- THE LIST GOES ON. IT EVEN TALKS ABOUT SOME OF THE GROUPS THAT DEAL WITH THE DISABLED COMMUNITY IN OUR COUNTRY. THE NAVAJO NATION. I'LL PUT IT IN THE RECORD FOR ALL TO SEE. THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS, THE NAACP, AARP, THE LIST GOES ON. MR. SPEAKER, THE GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS BILL MEANS TO THEM. THIS DOESN'T MEAN YOU DON'T HAVE TO PROVE YOUR IDENTITY AT THE POLLS. MANY STATES PERMIT FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION SUCH AS SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS AND UTILITY BILLS WHEN VOTING. WHEN THIS BILL -- WHAT IT DOES DO IS STARTING IN 2008 VOTERS WOULD HAVE TO PRESENT A GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO I.D. THAT MANY DO NOT HAVE OR SEND A COPY WHEN THE VOTING -- IF YOU ARE VOTING BY MAIL, YOU HAVE TO SEND IN YOUR PICTURE -- WHAT IS THIS? BEFORE GETTING A BALLOT AND STARTING IN 2010, THAT I.D. WOULD ALSO HAVE TO SHOW PROOF OF U.S. CITIZENSHIP. THIS CANNOT BE. BUT JUST YOU'RE A PERSON OUT THERE LISTENING TO THIS DEBATE THINK MY SOCIAL SECURITY CARD IS NOT ENOUGH? THE FACT THAT I HAVE VOTED IN THIS COMMUNITY OVER THE TIME IS NOT ENOUGH? WHERE IS THE BASIS OF OUR DEMOCRACY WHICH IS TRUTH AND TRUST? IT'S COMPLETELY LACKING IN THIS BILL. AND THEY CALL IT INTEGRITY. AS WE KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE, REPUBLICANS PROMISE TO AUTHORIZE FUNDS FOR IDENTIFICATION ARE MEANINGLESS. THEY SAY WE ARE GOING TO AUTHORIZE. WE ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE HAD $00 MILLION ALLOCATED TO REMOVE OBSTACLES OF PARTICIPATION AND TO FACILITATE VOTING. BUT BECAUSE THAT WOULD EXPAND THE UNIVERSE OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCESS TO THE RIGHT TO VOTE, THE REPUBLICANS HAVE REJECTED IT FOR FEAR OF RESULT OF THAT TURNOUT. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE A HISTORY OF UNDERFUNDING ELECTORAL REFORM. AGAIN THEY HAVE UNDERFUNDED THE HELP AMERICA VOTE ACT BY $800 MILLION. HOW THEY CAN EXPLAIN THAT, I DON'T KNOW. I KNOW ONE THING, IT'S NOT ABOUT INTEGRITY. MR. SPEAKER, PROBLEMS WITH VOTING THAT WERE APPARENT IN THE ELECTIONS OF 2000 AND 2004 ARE WELL-KNOWN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THEY ARE OF GRAVE CONCERN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THOSE ELECTIONS HAVE UNCOMFORTABLE ECHOS TO A PAST THAT HAS BEEN LONG LEFT BEHIND. IN THE 2004 ELECTIONS, VOTERS IN PREDOMINANTLY MINORITY DISTRICTS REPORTED HIGHER RATES OF INACTIVE VOTER REGISTRATIONS, A GREATER PERCENTAGE OF INADEQUATELY STAFFED AND EQUIPPED POLLING PLACES, INCONSISTENT TREATMENT OF PROVISIONAL BALLOTS, MANY OF WHICH WERE NEVER COUNTED AND SOMETIMES EVEN A LACK OF ADEQUATE NUMBER OF BALLOTS. EVEN WITH THE BEST INTENTIONS, IT'S CHALLENGING AS WE SAW IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND LAST WEEK. BUT IF THE DID HE SIGN IS TO THWART VOTER PARTICIPATION -- IF THE DESIGN IS TO THWART THE VOTER PARTICIPATION, HOW MUCH OF A DISADVANTAGE IS THE AVERAGE VOTER? 40 YEARS AGO ONE EVER OUR NATION'S FINEST HOURS OUR COUNTRY CAME TOGETHER AS A NATION TO OVERCOME BIGOTRY AND INJUSTICE AND SECURE THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO VOTE. FOR THE PASSAGE OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT, WE SAID WE WOULD NO LONGER TOLERATE THE MANY NEFARIOUS METHODS, POLL TAXES, LITERACY TEST, GRANDFATHER CLAUSES, AND AS OUR COLLEAGUE, JOHN LEWIS, CAN ATTEST, BRUTAL VIOLENCE THAT HAD BEEN USED TO DENY AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND OTHER MINORITY CITIZENS THE RIGHT TO VOTE. TODAY THIS LEGISLATION SEEKS TO TURN BACK THE CLOCK. AND THEY CALL IT INTEGRITY. THOSE OF US WHO TAKE AN OATH OF OFFICE, I GO BACK TO THAT OATH OVER AND OVER AGAIN, PROMISE TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION. WE ARE COMMITTING OURSELVES TO ENSURING THAT EVERYONE IS ELIGIBLE TO -- WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IS ABLE TO VOTE. AND THAT EVERY ROETHLISBERGER WILL BE -- EVERY VOTE WILL BE COUNTED. ANY DIMINISHMENT OF AMERICA'S CITIZENS VOTING IS A DIMINISHMENT OF OUR DEMOCRACY. THIS CANNOT BE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. EHLERS

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, FUTURE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, FUTURE GOVERNOR OF WISCONSIN, MR. GREEN, FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. REPRESENTATIVE GREEN.

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    MR. GREEN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R.…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4844, THE FEDERAL ELECTION INTEGRITY ACT. MR. SPEAKER, OUR DEMOCRACY CAN WITHSTAND MANY THINGS. AND THAT'S WHAT OUR HISTORY SHOWS. BUT ONE THING IT CANNOT WITHSTAND IS DOUBT OVER THE OUTCOME OF ELECTIONS. WE HAVE TO KNOW THAT WHOEVER WINS, YOUR GUY, MY GUY, CONSERVATIVE, LIBERAL, REPUBLICAN, DEMOCRAT HE OR SHE REALLY WON. WON IN FACT. IF THE ONLY -- IT'S THE ONLY WAY OUR LEADERS HAVE THE MORAL AUTHORITY THEY NEED TO TAKE ON THE GREAT CHALLENGES OF OUR TIMES. AS OTHERS HAVE NOTED WE HAVE HAD FAR TOO MANY ELECTIONS IN RECENT YEARS WHERE SERIOUS QUESTIONS HAVE EMERGED OVER IRREGULARITIES AND FRAUD. DURING THE LAST FEDERAL ELECTION IN 2004, IN MY HOME STATE, WISCONSIN, WISCONSIN FOUND ITSELF MIRED WITH OUT-OF-DATE VOTER LISTS, FAKE NAMES, INVALID ADDRESSES, DOUBLE AND TRIPLE VOTING, AND BALLOTS CAST BY CONVICTED FELONS. OUR STATE'S LARGEST NEWSPAPER FOUND ALMOST 300 CASES OF FELONS VOTING ILLEGALLY, AT LEAST 100 CASES OF DOUBLE VOTING, AND 1,200 VOTES FROM INVALID ADDRESSES. AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON. EVERY ONE OF THOSE ILLEGAL VOTES CANCELS OUT A VOTE LEGALLY CAST, CANCELS OUT A VOTE FROM A CITIZEN FOR WHOM THAT RIGHT IS SO PRECIOUS AND SO FUNDAMENTAL TO OUR NATION'S FUTURE. A PHOTO I.D., OF COURSE, WILL NOT SOLVE ALL THESE PROBLEMS, NOT BY A LONG SHOT, BUT IT IS DEFINITELY A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, A STEP WHICH I BELIEVE THAT MOST AMERICANS SUPPORT, A STEP WHICH I KNOW MOST WISCONSINITES SUPPORT. THAT'S WHY LAST YEAR I INTRODUCED COMPREHENSIVE ELECTION REFORM LEGISLATION THAT WOULD HAVE REQUIRED A VALID PHOTO I.D. TO VOTE IN ANY ELECTION. IT'S ALSO WHY I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION FROM CHAIRMAN HYDE. IT IS LEGISLATION WHOSE TIME HAS COME. IT IS A WAY OF ENSURING INTEGRITY IN ELECTIONS. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT IS MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FOR TWO…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT IS MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FOR TWO MINUTES THE DISTINGUISHED CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER AND ICON FROM THE GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA, THE HONORABLE JOHN LEWIS.

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    MR. LEWIS

    WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, MY COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,…

    WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, MY COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, FOR YIELDING AND FOR ALL OF HER GREAT WORK. MR. SPEAKER, JUST THREE MONTHS AGO, THIS BODY PASSED THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965, ADMITTING THAT VOTER DISCRIMINATION IS STILL A REALITY IN THIS GREAT NATION. AND THIS CONGRESS DECIDED THAT WE COULD DO BETTER, THAT HISTORY REQUIRED US TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF ALL AMERICANS TO VOTE. TODAY THIS BILL MOVES US IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION, THE WRONG DIRECTION. THIS BILL, LIKE THE PHOTO VOTER I.D. BILL AND SO MANY OTHER SCHEMES AROUND THE COUNTRY IS AN ATTACK ON THE VOTING RIGHTS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. I AM DISGUSTED. I AM SHOCKED. I FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THE REPUBLICAN LEADERS IN CONGRESS WOULD PUT ELECTION YEAR GAINS AHEAD OF THE VOTING RIGHTS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. WE FOUGHT TOO LONG, FOUGHT TOO HARD, AND SUFFERED TOO LONG FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE. PEOPLE DIED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. WE MUST NOT TURN BACK THE CLOCK. WE MUST NOT GO BACKWARDS, WE MUST GO FORWARD. WE MUST OPEN UP THE AMERICAN PROCESS AND LET ALL THE AMERICAN CITIZENS COME IN. CALL IT WHAT YOU MAY, THIS BILL IS A MODERN DAY POLL TAX. $10, $15 FOR A BIRTH CERTIFICATE, $100 FOR A PASSPORT. THIS IS A POLL TAX. THERE'S NO OTHER WAY TO SAY IT. IT COSTS MONEY TO GET A BIRTH CERTIFICATE, IT COSTS MONEY TO GET A PASS PORT. WHY PUT AN -- A PASSPORT. WHY PUT AN EXTRA BURDEN ON THE AMERICAN CITIZENS TO EXERCISE THEIR MOST PRECIOUS RIGHT, THE RIGHT TO VOTE? THERE IS NO REASON TO DENY CITIZENS THE RIGHT TO VOTE. THIS IS NO LESS THAN VOTER SUPPRESSION. WE SHOULD BE OPENING UP THE PROCESS TO EACH AND EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN. INSTEAD THIS BILL RETURNS US TO OUR DOGGED PAST. VOTE NO ON THIS PHOTO I.D. BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. EHLERS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MICA

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    THANK YOU. MR. MICA, PERHAPS YOU DO WANT TO CONSIDER NOT VOTING FOR THE…

    THANK YOU. MR. MICA, PERHAPS YOU DO WANT TO CONSIDER NOT VOTING FOR THE BILL BECAUSE 60% OF NEW REGISTRANTS IN PRIMA COUNTY, ALL ELIGIBLE VOTERS, WERE ALL INITIALLY REJECTED. AND FOR EVERY 1% OF THE ELECTORATE WHO DO NOT HAVE THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION OF CITIZENSHIP, TWO MILLION VOTERS ARE DISENFRANCHISED. AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO CALL ON A MAN WHO DOES KNOW ABOUT ALL OF THIS, WHO WAS AT HIS VERY STATE AS SECRETARY OF STATE, THE HONORABLE JIM LANGEVIN FOR TWO MINUTES -- ONE MINUTE, I'M SORRY.

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  • 02:37:56 PM

    MR. LANGEVIN

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. LANGEVIN

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 4844 BECAUSE OF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 4844 BECAUSE OF THE DANGEROUS IMPACT IT WOULD HAVE ON VOTER PARTICIPATION IN THE UNITED STATES. WHEN I WAS SECRETARY OF STATE, I LED AN EFFORT TO REFORM OUR ELECTIONS. WE REPLACED OUR OUTDATING POLLING EQUIPMENT, MADE POLLING PLACES ACCESSIBLE AND SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED ERROR RATES. MY JOB WAS TO MAKE VOTING OPEN AND ACCESSIBLE TO ELIGIBLE CITIZENS AND ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCESS. FROM THAT EXPERIENCE, I KNOW THIS LEGISLATION WOULD PRACTICALLY DO NOTHING TO REDUCE FRAUD WHILE CREATING NEW BARRIERS FOR AMERICANS TO VOTE. H.R. 4844 -- SHOULD H.R. 4844 BECOME LAW, FEWER ELIGIBLE CITIZENS WILL BE ABLE TO VOTE BECAUSE THEY LACK PROPER IDENTIFICATION OR DOCUMENTATION. MAYBE IT'S AN ELDERLY WOMAN WHO LEAVES HER HOME OF 50 YEARS TO ENTER AN ASSISTING LIVING FACILITY. IT COULD BE A REDGE STAND OF NEW ORLEANS WHOSE PUBLIC RECORDS WERE LOST -- REGISTRANT OF NEW ORLEANS WHOSE PUBLIC RECORDS WERE LOST IN HURRICANE KATRINA. ONCE THEY ARE TURNED AWAY FROM VOTING, IT IS UNLIKELY THEY'LL RETURN. THEY MAY NOT RETURN THAT DAY BECAUSE OF LACK OF TIME OR TRANSPORTATION OR THEY MAY NOT RETURN IN FUTURE ELECTIONS BECAUSE OF THE HASSLE THEY EXPERIENCED. NEW OBSTACLES TO VOTING WILL CAUSE MANY TO DROP OUT OF THE NATION'S ELECTION SYSTEM BECAUSE IT FAILED THEM. NOT ONLY WOULD THE BILL MAKE IT HARDER FOR NEARLY EVERY AMERICAN TO VOTE, BUT IT WOULD ALSO ADD MASSIVE NEW COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS TO ELECTION OFFICIALS AND UNNECESSARILY DUPLICATES CURRENT LAW WHICH REQUIRES VOTERS IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS BE U.S. CITIZENS. FRAUDULENT VOTER REGISTRATION IS A FELONY PUNISHABLE BY FIVE YEARS IN PRISON.

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    MR. EHLERS

    WAS KIND ENOUGH TO HOST US WHEN WE HELD A HEARING IN HIS STATE, MR. PEARCE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, REPRESENTATIVE PEARCE, RECOGNIZED FOR TWO…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, REPRESENTATIVE PEARCE, RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. PEARCE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ANOTHER GENTLEMAN, GREAT GENTLEMAN…

    AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ANOTHER GENTLEMAN, GREAT GENTLEMAN OUT OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA, THE HONORABLE DAVID SCOTT, FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES, REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT.

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    MR. SCOTT

    MUCH, MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH MADAM MILLENDER-MCDONALD. LET…

    MUCH, MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH MADAM MILLENDER-MCDONALD. LET ME SAY WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. WE'VE HADDLE QUERNT TESTIMONY AND SPEECHES DOWN -- ELOQUENT TESTIMONY AND SPEECHES DOWN HERE ABOUT WHY THIS BILL IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL, BUT MORE THAN THAT, LET IT BE CLEAR, LET'S PULL THE COVERS OFF OF THIS, THIS IS NOTHING BUT A BOLD ATTEMPT, SHAMELESS ATTEMPT BY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TO TARGET THOSE TYPES OF VOTERS THAT THEY BELIEVE WILL NOT VOTE FOR THEM, BUT WOULD VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT IT IS. AND I'M HERE TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH ABOUT THIS, BECAUSE I'M FROM GEORGIA WHERE THIS VERY SAME BILL HAS BEEN RULED NOT UNCONSTITUTIONAL ONCE, NOT UNCONSTITUTIONAL TWICE, THREE TIMES IT'S BEEN RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL BY THE FEDERAL JUDGE. AND JUST YESTERDAY BY THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE LARGEST COINT IN MY STATE. IT'S -- COUNTY IN MY STATE. IT'S BEEN RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL. AND THE REASON IS THIS -- THE CONSTITUTION AND THE FRAMERS OF THE CONSTITUTION MADE IT VERY CLEAR. THEY SAID THE RIGHT TO VOTE SHALL NOT BE ABRIDGED, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED UPON. THAT IS THE ANCHOR, THAT IS THE BASE OF THUS. YOU COME DOWN HERE, YOU TALK ABOUT YOU NEED A PICTURE I.D. TO GET ON A PLANE OR A BUS, WELL, THE RIGHT TO GET ON A PLANE MUST NOT BE INFRINGED WASN'T WRITTEN INTO THE CONSTITUTION, BUT THE RIGHT TO VOTE WAS. AND IF ALEXANDER HAMPTON WAS RIGHT, IF THOMAS JEFFERSON WAS RIGHT, OUGHT NOT WE BE RIGHT? IF MADISON WAS RIGHT, SHOULDN'T WE BE RIGHT? IF ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS RIGHT, SHOULDN'T WE BE RIGHT? IF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. SHOULD BE RIGHT, SHOULDN'T WE BE RIGHT? WHEN LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON SIGNED THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT HE SAID THE SAME THING ALL THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY. AND WHY ARE YOU, THE REPUBLICANS, DOING THIS DASTARDLY UN-AMERICAN ACT? AND IF JOHN LEWIS, WHO GOT HIS HEAD BLOODIED ON EDMUND PETTUS BRIDGE SAYS IT ISN'T RIGHT, IT ISN'T RIGHT. AND THE RIGHT THING TO DO IS TO VOTE DOWN THIS UN-AMERICAN BILL.

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    MR. EHLERS

    PLEASED AT THIS TIME TO YIELD TIME TO MR. WALDEN FOR PURPOSE OF A COLLOQUY.

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    MR. WALDEN

    AS THE CHAIRMAN KNOWS, I SUPPORT THE FACT THAT CITIZENS SHOULD HAVE THE…

    AS THE CHAIRMAN KNOWS, I SUPPORT THE FACT THAT CITIZENS SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE. AND CITIZENS' VOTE SHOULD BE COUNTED. THE WAY TO DO THAT IS PROVE YOUR CITIZENSHIP. THAT'S WHAT AMERICAN ELECTIONS ARE ALL ABOUT SO WE DON'T HAVE PEOPLE HERE ILLEGALLY WITH VOTING. MY CONCERN WITH THIS LEGISLATION APPLIES TO MY STATE OF YORNING WHICH IS ENTIRELY VOTE BY MAIL. AND THE PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN THIS BILL BEFORE US TODAY GIVE ME PAUSE. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW I HAVE THE CHAIRMAN'S SUPPORT IN WORKING WITH US IN A CONFERENCE TO ADDRESS THESE ISSUES. IN MY DISTRICT, 70,000 SQUARE MILES, IF EVERY FOTEOR, EVERY TIME HAS TO PHOTO COPY THEIR I.D. AND PUT IT IN THEIR BALLOT, IT RAISES ISSUES. THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO GUARANTEE THAT ONLY CITIZENS GET BALLOTS TO VOTE. I APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT IN TRYING TO ADDRESS THAT ISSUE IN CONFERENCE.

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    MR. EHLERS

    THE CONCERN OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, AND WE WILL CERTAINLY TRY TO…

    THE CONCERN OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, AND WE WILL CERTAINLY TRY TO WORK WITH THEM. WE WILL SOLICIT IDEAS NOT ONLY FROM HIS STATE, BUT ALSO THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, WHICH HAS A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF MAIL-IN VOTING. AND I'D CERTAINLY LIKE TO ALSO HEAR FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE OF BOTH STATES AND SEVERAL COUNTY CLERKS FROM EACH STATE FOR WAYS THAT WE CAN ACCOMPLISH THE GOAL OF THE BILL WHICH IS TO ENSURE THAT EVERY CITIZEN, AND ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE WILL BE ALLOWED TO VOTE. THERE MAY BE MORE THAN ONE WAY TO ACCOMPLISH THAT. WE'LL BE HAPPY TO WORK WITH YOU WHEN THE BILL REACHES A CONFERENCE WITH THE SENATE.

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  • 02:48:07 PM

    MR. WALDEN

    I APPRECIATE THAT COMMITMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. EHLERS

    I WONDER IF WE COULD DEAL ANOTHER COLLOQUY FOR JUST ONE MINUTE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. PITTS

    TO ASK MY COLLEAGUE FROM MICHIGAN HOW THIS BILL WILL IMPACT THOSE WHOSE…

    TO ASK MY COLLEAGUE FROM MICHIGAN HOW THIS BILL WILL IMPACT THOSE WHOSE RELIGIOUS CONVICTIONS PREVENT THEM FROM HAVING THEIR PHOTO TAKEN. FOR A GOVERNMENT I.D. I REPRESENT SOME 25,000 AMISH, MEMBERS OF THE AMISH COMMUNITY, MANY OF THEM DO VOTE. BUT WHO BECAUSE OF THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS WILL NOT ALLOW THEIR PHOTO TO BE TAKEN. I RESPECTFULLY -- THEY WOULDN'T OBJECT TO FINGERPRINT, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE GENTLEMAN TO EXPLAIN HOW THE BILL DEALS WITH THIS ISSUE GIVEN OUR NATION'S LONG TRADITION OF PROTECTING FREEDOM OF RELIGION IF THIS MATTER COULD BE ADDRESSED AS THE BILL MOVES ALONG.

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    MR. EHLERS

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR RAISING THE QUESTION. THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR RAISING THE QUESTION. THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME IT HAS COME UP. THERE ARE OTHER GROUPS, MANY OF THE AMERICAN INDIANS, HAVE RAISED SIMILAR OBJECTION. AND I'M QUITE SURE ONCE ONCE WE GET IN CONFERENCE WITH THE SENATE WE WILL BE ABLE TO HEAR FROM THAT GROUP AND ALL OTHER GROUPS, THE AMISH, NATIVE AMERICANS, AND FIND ANOTHER METHOD. CLEARLY BIOMET TRICKS WOULD BE EQUALLY ACCEPTABLE AS A PHOTO I.D. THUMB PRINTS ARE GENERALLY NOT REPRODUCEABLE FOR OTHER PEOPLE AND SO I BELIEVE THIS WILL HELP DEAL WITH THE ISSUE.

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  • 02:49:39 PM

    MR. PITTS

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    THIS BILL SHOULD HAVE REMAINED IN THE COMMITTEE SO WE COULD CRANK OUT AND…

    THIS BILL SHOULD HAVE REMAINED IN THE COMMITTEE SO WE COULD CRANK OUT AND CLEAR OUT SOME OF THESE PROBLEMS. TWO COLLOQUIES ON SOMETHING THAT IS NOT A PART OF THE BILL FOR HEAVEN SAKE. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN WHOSE STATE HAS THROWN OUT A SIMILAR TYPE OF LAW, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, THE HONORABLE WILLIAM CLAY.

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    FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    FOR ONE MINUTE. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CLAY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. WITH LITTLE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. WITH LITTLE TO NO EVIDENCE OF PAST FRAUD, IT IS OUTRAGEOUS THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE GOING TO EXTRAORDINARY LENGTHS TO SUPPRESS DEMOCRATIC VOTES. H.R. 4844 WOULD IMPOSE UNDO HARDSHIP ON SENIORS, WOMEN, MINORITIES, THE DISABLED, AND LOWER INCOME VOTERS WHO ARE ALL LESS LIKELY TO HAVE PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP. THIS BILL QUALIFIES AS NOTHING MORE THAN A 21ST CENTURY POLL TAX WHICH IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. THE MALICIOUS INTENT OF THIS LAW WAS RECENTLY ACKNOWLEDGED IN MISSOURI WHEN A STATE JUDGE RULED IT AN IMPERMISSIBLE ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION TO VOTE. AND IN VIOLATION OF THE STATE CONSTITUTION. IT WOULD HAVE DISENFRANCHISED OVER 170,000 VOTERS. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS CLEAR THAT THIS BILL IS NOTHING MORE THAN A SHAM AND FRAUDULENT. IN MISSOURI, FOR INSTANCE, WE WERE NOT ABLE TO FIND ANY CASES OF VOTE FRAUD OVER THE LAST 50 YEARS. SO WHAT THE PROPONENTS TELL ME WHERE THE FRAUD COMES IN, I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    WHO SEEKS TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. EHLERS

    TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. BURTON, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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  • 02:51:58 PM

    MR. BURTON

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR MY COLLEAGUES…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE BUT I CAN'T FOR THE LIFE OF ME FIGURE OUT WHY THEY OPPOSE MAKING SURE THAT THE PEOPLE WHO VOTE IN THIS COUNTRY ARE AMERICAN CITIZENS. WE HAVE 12 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS IN THIS COUNTRY, AND WE ALL KNOW THAT THERE HAVE BEEN PHONY SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS PURCHASED AND OTHER DOCUMENTS PURCHASED, AND AS A RESULT THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GETTING BENEFITS FROM THIS COUNTRY, AND MANY OF THEM, WE BELIEVE, HAVE BEEN VOTING ILLEGALLY. THE CONSTITUTION, AS THE MINORITY LEADER SAID A WHILE AGO, NO, I WON'T YIELD. I WON'T YIELD. THE CONSTITUTION AS THE MINORITY LEADER WAS TALKING ABOUT A WHILE AGO SAID IT GUARANTEES THE RIGHTS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS TO BE ABLE TO VOTE. AND THE CONSTITUTION IS SUPPOSED TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. SHE TALKED ABOUT THE OATH OF OFFICE WE TOOK TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY. AND ONE OF THOSE RIGHTS IS THE RIGHT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR VOTE COUNTS. AND IF YOU HAVE ILLEGAL VOTING TAKING PLACE, THEN EVERY ILLEGAL VOTE TAKESWAY THE RIGHT OF ONE AMERICAN'S VOTE TO COUNT IN THAT ELECTION. AND YOU HAVE TO GUARANTEE THAT RIGHT THAT THE AMERICAN'S VOTE IS GOING TO COUNT. HOW DO YOU DO THAT? WE KNOW THERE'S BEEN FRAUDULENT VOTING IN THE PAST. I KNOW SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES DON'T THINK SO, BUT WE KNOW IT'S HAPPENED. HOW DO YOU GUARANTEE WITH ALL THE ILLEGAL ALIENS COMING INTO THE COUNTRY, THE BORDER SECURITY PROBLEMS, HOW DO YOU GUARANTEE THAT ONLY AMERICANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE? YOU HAVE TO HAVE SOME KIND OF IDENTIFICATION MECHANISM. NOW, ONE OF THE ARGUMENTS MADE A WHILE AGO IS THAT WHILE SOME PEOPLE CAN'T AFFORD IT. THIS BILL PROVIDES THAT ANYBODY WHO CAN'T AFFORD THIS DOCUMENTATION, THE GOVERNMENT WILL PAY FOR IT. THE STATE AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL PAY FOR IT. NOW -- NO, I WILL NOT YIELD. I WILL NOT YIELD. AND SO THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THERE ARE GUARANTEES THAT PEOPLE'S RIGHTS TO VOTE, EVEN IF THEY CAN'T AFFORD AN I.D. CARD, WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF. NOW, I HAVE LISTENED TO ALT ARGUMENTS, HEARD ALL THE THINGS SAID BY MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE AND I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR THEM AND THEIR OPINIONS, BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THIS BOILS DOWN TO WHETHER OR NOT AMERICANS SHOULD HAVE THEIR VOTE COUNTED AND NOT NEGATED BY AN ILLEGAL ALIEN OR SOMEBODY ELSE THAT COMES INTO THIS COUNTRY WHO HAS PHONY DOCUMENTATION. AND THAT'S WHY A PHOTO I.D. IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT AND OTHER DOCUMENTATION WHICH WILL BE WORKED OUT BY MY CHAIRMAN HERE WHEN IT GOES TO CONFERENCE. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN, ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE PROBLEM OF ILLEGAL ALIENS AND BORDER SECURITY AND THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    MR. BURTON, ARE YOU SPEAKING ABOUT AN IMMIGRATION BILL AT THIS POINT, YOU…

    MR. BURTON, ARE YOU SPEAKING ABOUT AN IMMIGRATION BILL AT THIS POINT, YOU SHOULD GET IT OUT. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE WAITING FOR. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE FOR ONE MINUTE THIS GREAT GENTLEMAN WHO WALKS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HIS GREAT FATHER, THE HONORABLE GONZALEZ.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. GONZALEZ

    YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR GIVING ME ONE…

    YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR GIVING ME ONE MINUTE. THE ONLY THING PHONY ABOUT DOCUMENTATION, IT'S NOT THE DOCUMENTATION, TEES THE PHONY ARGUMENT THAT'S BEING ADVANCED TODAY. AND -- IT'S THE PHONY ARGUMENT THAT'S BEING ADVANCED TODAY. AND I'M GOING TO ASK THE AUTHORS, SPONSORS, AND THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT SUPPORT THIS BILL TO PLEASE STAND AT THIS TIME IF YOU WERE ASKED AT ANY TIME IN SEEKING YOUR OFFICE THAT YOU HOLD TODAY FOR DOCUMENTATION SUCH AS A PASSPORT, OR A BIRTH CERTIFICATE TO SEEK THIS OFFICE ? THE ANSWER IS KNOW. ALL DID YOU IS WHAT WE ALL DO. WE ATTEST THAT WE ARE CITIZENS OF THIS GREAT NATION. AND GUESS WHAT? YOU GET YOUR NAME ON THE BALLOT. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE VOTERS, WE ARE GOING TO SAY, THAT'S NOT ENOUGH. GIVE US A PASSPORT. GIVE US A BIRTH CERTIFICATE. PROVE IT TO US. WE MAY HOLD THE OFFICE. YOU CAN VOTE FOR US. BUT LO AND BEHOLD YOU CANNOT, CANNOT VOTE. THINK OF THE PURE IDIOCY OF THE LAW. THAT IS BEING PROPOSED TODAY. AND THE REASON THAT IT FAILS ON LOGIC, IT WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE LOGICAL. IT WAS MEANT TO BE POLITICAL. AND THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE HERE TODAY. AND I'M ASKING YOU, GIVE UP THIS CHARADE. I HAVE UP NOVEMBER 7, GICKS, -- 2006, POLITICS, AND VOTE THIS DOWN.

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  • 02:56:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

  • 02:56:29 PM

    MR. EHLERS

    MAY I ASK HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS FOR EACH SIDE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN HAS 3 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN HAS 3 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 10 MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 02:56:43 PM

    MR. EHLERS

    I AT THIS TIME I YIELD TIME TO -- I'M SORRY. I RESERVE MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 02:56:56 PM

    MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN, GREAT LEADER FROM…

    AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN, GREAT LEADER FROM THE GREAT STATE OF CALIFORNIA, THE HONORABLE SAM FARR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. FARR

    CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    MR. EHLERS

    CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 02:58:42 PM

    MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GREAT --…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GREAT -- ANOTHER GREAT LEADER OUT OF THE STATE OF TEXAS, FOR ONE MINUTE, THE HONORABLE SHEILA JACKSON LEE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THIS IS VOTER INTIMIDATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. .

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THIS IS A BAD BILL. IT'S NOT ABOUT THOSE THAT ARE NOT DOCUMENTED. IT'S…

    THIS IS A BAD BILL. IT'S NOT ABOUT THOSE THAT ARE NOT DOCUMENTED. IT'S ABOUT YOU, AMERICA. YOU WILL BE PREVENTED FROM THE RIGHT TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL. WE SHOULD DEFEAT IT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:00:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. EHLERS

    TO RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

  • 03:00:49 PM

    MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    OUT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, THE HONORABLE CORRINE BROWN FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. BROWN

    VOTES WAS THROWN OUT IN MY PRECINCT, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE AND 10. THAT'S 95%…

    VOTES WAS THROWN OUT IN MY PRECINCT, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE AND 10. THAT'S 95% DEMOCRATIC. THEY SAY THAT PRESIDENT BUSH WON BY 527 VOTES. BUT THE THING IS IN THE PRIMARY RECENTLY IN EVERY SINGLE AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRECINCT THEY SENT THOUSANDS OF REPUBLICAN BALLOTS, AND ONLY HUNDREDS OF DEMOCRATIC BALLOTS. THAT IS UNHEARD OF. IN EVERY SINGLE PRECINCT THEY SENT THOUSANDS OF REPUBLICAN BALLOTS AND NOT SUFFICIENT DEMOCRATIC BALLOTS. NOW THAT'S STUPID, INCOMPETENT, IRRIGHT TRYING TO DISENFRANCHISE THOSE SAME VOTERS. I WILL SAY THAT IN THE SUPERVISOR'S OFFICE THEY CARRY THE EQUIPMENT HOME THE NIGHT BEFORE THE ELECTION WHERE OUR MEN AND WOMEN ARE DYING IN IRAQ FOR THE RIGHT FOR THEM TO VOTE, WE DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IT IS A CRYING SHAME. SHAME ON THEM. VOTE DOWN THIS TERRIBLE BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MILK. -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. EHLERS

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ANOTHER…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ANOTHER GREAT LEADER OUT OF THE STATE OF OHIO, AND SHE HAS A STORY TO TELL THERE, THE HONORABLE STEPHANIE TUBBS JONES IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MRS. JONES IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MRS. JONES

    IT IS A SHAME THAT THIS CONGRESS, JUST MONTHS EARLIER, JOINED TOGETHER IN…

    IT IS A SHAME THAT THIS CONGRESS, JUST MONTHS EARLIER, JOINED TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO RENEW THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT WOULD NOW PROPOSE SUCH A DIVISIVE PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO DISENFRANCHISE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. I WITNESSED FIRST HAND IN MY STATE OF OHIO THE LENGTHS THAT PEOPLE HAVE GONE THROUGH IN ORDER TO REPRESS VOTES. NOW CONGRESS IS TRYING TO IMPLEMENT ITS OWN BRAND OF VOTER SUPRESSION. I HEARD THEM ARGUE THAT FUNDS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR PEOPLE TO GET I.D. CARDS. FUNDS WERE PROVIDED TO ALLOW THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO EDUCATE VOTERS BUT INSTEAD OUR SECRETARY OF STATE TOOK $2.5 MILLION, PUT HIS OWN FACE ON TV IN ORDER TO LEAD HIS OWN RACE. SIMILAR LEGISLATION WAS EN-- IN OHIO. A JUDGE PROHIBITS THE ENFORCEMENT OF PARTS OF THAT OHIO BILL THAT WOULD HAVE ALLOWED POLL WORKERS TO INQUIRE IF A VOTER IS A NATURALIZED CITIZEN AND ASK FOR PROOF. IN HER RULING, THE JUDGE --

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  • 03:03:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 03:03:55 PM

    MRS. JONES

    I ASK EACH OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS LEGISLATION. I THANK THE…

    I ASK EACH OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS LEGISLATION. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR THE TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.…

    THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA. MILLENDER-MCDONALD I WOULD LIKE TO ASK HOW MANY MORE SPEAKERS HE DOES HAVE.

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  • 03:04:13 PM

    MR. EHLERS

    I HAVE ONE MORE SPEAKER AND THEN I'LL CLOSE. WE'LL KEEP GOING FOR A WHILE.

  • 03:04:25 PM

    MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    OK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY HAS SIX MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

  • 03:04:37 PM

    MR. EHLERS

    TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

  • 03:04:46 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    EFFORT TO KEEP POLITICAL MACHINES FROM STEALING ELECTIONS ? DO THEY YES,…

    EFFORT TO KEEP POLITICAL MACHINES FROM STEALING ELECTIONS ? DO THEY YES, YES, THEY DO. A JUDGE IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON RULED THAT 1,678 FRAUDULENT VOTES WERE CAST IN THAT ELECTION. AS WE LOOK AT THE WORK OF THE F.B.I., WE SEE THAT THEIR INVESTIGATION IN THE CITY OF MILWAUKEE FOUND 4,500 MORE VOTES CAST IN THAT ELECTION THAN THERE WERE PEOPLE ON THE ROLLS. THEY FOUND EVIDENCE OF PEOPLE VOTING MULTIPLE TIMES, PEOPLE VOTING FOR THE DECEASED, PEOPLE VOTING ILLEGALLY. AND WE HAVE THE EXAMPLE IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA WHERE AN AUDIT SHOWED THAT 4,512 VOTES HAD BEEN CAST BY DECEASED VOTERS. I'M TIRED OF MY CONSTITUENTS SAYING THAT SOMEONE ELSE VOTED FOR THEM AT THE POLLS. AND A PHOTO I.D. WILL TAKE CARE OF THIS PROBLEM. HOW MANY AMERICAN PUBLIC -- HOW DO THEY REACT TO THIS? WELL, A POLL RECENTLY FOUND THAT 81% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SUPPORT REQUIRING A PHOTO I.D. TO VOTE. BY REQUIRING VOTERS TO PROVIDE A VALID FORM OF IDENTIFICATION, WE CAN HANDICAP THOSE TRYING TO UNDERMINE THE PROCESS. WE CAN ENSURE THE SANCTITY OF ONE PERSON ONE VOTE, AND WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE SITUATION WHERE OUR VOTERS GO TO THE POLLS AND REPEATEDLY TELL US THAT SOMEONE ELSE ALREADY VOTED FOR ME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    I CONTINUE TO I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING.

  • 03:06:34 PM

    MR. EHLERS

    I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE, AND SO I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

  • 03:06:41 PM

    MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE HEARD MANY FOLKS ON THE FLOOR TODAY TALKING…

    YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE HEARD MANY FOLKS ON THE FLOOR TODAY TALKING ABOUT THE FRAUD IN OUR ELECTION PROCESS. WE'VE HEARD VARIOUS SPEAKERS TALKING ABOUT GETTING RID OF THIS. THERE IS NO MEMBER ON THIS FLOOR WHO DOESN'T WANT TO GET RID OF FRAUD. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, THIS -- MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS NOT THE PLACE TO TRY TO FIX A BILL THAT IS REALLY NOT A GOOD BILL. WE'VE HEARD MANY VOTERS -- MANY SPEAKERS ON THE FLOOR TODAY HAVING COLLOQUYS, TRYING TO SEE IF THIS WILL FIT, THAT WILL FIT, WHEN IN ESSENCE THIS BILL, THIS LEGISLATION MERELY DOESN'T GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PROBLEM. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT, FIRST, TO SUBMIT TO THE RECORD THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES WHO ARE OBJECTING THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION BECAUSE THEY SAID THAT IT IMPOSES A FEE ON VOTERS WHO ASSERT THAT THEY CANNOT PAY FOR IT. WE HAVE HEARD FROM THE CHAIRMAN AND OTHERS ON THE OTHER SIDE WHO SAY THAT THOSE WHO CANNOT PAY FOR IT, IT WILL BE PAID FOR, BUT WHAT THEY'RE DOING IS ESTABLISHING A NONFUNDED MANDATE IN THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AND SO NACO IS OBJECTING TO THAT. WE HEARD FROM COUNTY CLERKS OUT OF FAIRBURY, NEBRASKA. WE'D LIKE TO SUBMIT THAT FOR THE RECORD. ALSO, THE ADMINISTRATION -- ADMINISTRATIVE ELECTIONS FROM HENDERSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE, WHO IS OPPOSING 4844.

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  • 03:12:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 03:13:00 PM

    MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    ARE ON THE BOOKS WILL VOTE THIS LEGISLATION DOWN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. EHLERS

    MR. SPEAKER, I WISH I HAD MORE TIME TO RESPOND TO THE -- ALL THE ERRONEOUS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WISH I HAD MORE TIME TO RESPOND TO THE -- ALL THE ERRONEOUS COMMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE. SOME OF THEM MAY HAVE BEEN PERTINENT RELATING TO THE ORIGINAL BILL INTRODUCED. BUT I WISH THOSE WOULD HAVE READ THE AMENDED BILL WE HAVE BEFORE US NOW. MUCH DISCUSSION ABOUT POLL TAX. ABSOLUTE NONSENSE. I WOULD NEVER STAND FOR PUTTING A POLL TAX ON ANY CITIZEN OF THIS COUNTRY. THERE IS NO POLL TAX. WE SPECIFICALLY PROVIDED THAT THE STATE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL PAY FOR ANY COSTS. THERE IS NO POLL TAX IN THIS BILL.

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  • 03:15:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME FOR DEBATE IS EXPIRED. PRUTION TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1015, THE…

    ALL TIME FOR DEBATE IS EXPIRED. PRUTION TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1015, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE HOUSE AMENDED. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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  • 03:15:48 PM

    THE CLERK

    OR RE-REGISTER TO VOTE FOR ELECTION FOR FEDERAL OFFICE TO PROVIDE THE…

    OR RE-REGISTER TO VOTE FOR ELECTION FOR FEDERAL OFFICE TO PROVIDE THE STATE ELECTION OFFICIAL WITH PROOF THAT THE INDIVIDUAL IS A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES TO PREVENT FRAUD IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 03:16:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

  • 03:16:08 PM

    MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

  • 03:16:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THE GENTLELADY OPPOSE TO THE BILL?

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    MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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    THE CLERK

    RECOMMIT THE BILL H.R. 4844 TO THE HOUSE OF ADMINISTRATION WITH…

    RECOMMIT THE BILL H.R. 4844 TO THE HOUSE OF ADMINISTRATION WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO REPORT THE SAME BACK TO THE HOUSE FORTHWITH WITH THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENT. STRIKE OUT ALL AFTER THE ENACTING CLAUSE AND INSERT THE FOLLOWING. SECTION 1 SHORT TITLE, THIS ACT MAY BE CITED AS THE FEDERAL INTEGRITY ACT OF 2006.

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  • 03:16:39 PM

    MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING OF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING OF THE MOTION.

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  • 03:16:46 PM

    MR. EHLERS

    TO CONTROL TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

  • 03:16:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLE LADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT…

    THE GENTLE LADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HER MOTION.

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  • 03:16:58 PM

    MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    MR. SPEAKER, IF THE HOUSE IS GOING TO VOTE OUT A PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP…

    MR. SPEAKER, IF THE HOUSE IS GOING TO VOTE OUT A PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENT TO ALLOW CITIZENS TO EXERCISE THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO VOTE, WE SHOULD CONSIDER WHO WILL BE DISENFRANCHISED BY THIS NEW REQUIREMENT. AND WE SHOULD ENSURE THAT THE STATES HAVE BOTH THE FUNDS AND HAVE BEEN DETERMINED THE NEED TO IMPLEMENT IT. AND, OF COURSE, WE SHOULD EXEMPT THOSE WHO WILL BE GREATLY BURDENED AND ARE AT LEAST LIKELY TO FIT THE PROFILE WHICH THE MAJORITY HAS THROWN UP AS ITS EXCUSE TO PASS THIS BILL. VOTING BY NONCITIZENS. THERE'S NO SHOWING THAT THIS STRAWMAN IS OF SUFFICIENT PROPORTIONS TO JUSTIFY A 21ST CENTURY POLL TAX, THAT'S WHAT IT IS. THERE'S NO DATA ON WHICH TO JUSTIFY THIS UNFUNDED MANDATE AND THE PERSONAL FINANCIAL BURDEN AND IN SOME CASES THE SHEER IMPOSSIBILITY OF CITIZENS TO OBTAIN THE REQUIREMENTED DOCUMENTATION MUST BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION. I, THEREFORE, OFFER A MOTION TO RECOMMIT WHICH DOES THE FOLLOWING THINGS, TO THE REPUBLICAN, PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP I.D. OBSTACLE TO VOTING. FIRST, THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT EXEMPTS ALL MILITARY VOTERS AND THEIR FAMILIES FROM THE REQUIREMENT OF SUBMITTING A COPY OF THEIR PHOTO I.D. WHEN MAILING IN AN ABSENTEE BALLOT, NOT JUST THOSE UNIFORMED PERSONNEL OVERACCESS AS IN THE UNDERLYING HYDE BILL DOES. SECOND, MY MOTION EXEMPTS ALL ELDERLY AND DISABLED VOTERS FROM HAVING TO PROVIDE THEIR PHOTO I.D. AT POLLS OR WHEN MAILING IN AN ABSENTEE BALLOT. THEY HAVE FINANCIAL AND ACCESS OBSTACLES WHICH ORDINARY CITIZENS SIMPLY DO NOT HAVE AND WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE AND ADJUST FOR THAT. THIRD, THE MOTION PREVENTS BILT FROM TAKING EFFECT IN ANY STATE AND DURING ANY FISCAL YEAR DURING WHICH A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLELY BY NOT PROVIDING FEDERAL FUNDS TO PROVIDE THE STATE COSTS OF THE UNFUNDED MANDATE OF MAKING PHOTO I.D.S AVAILABLE. AND FOURTH, EMPOWER THE STATES BY HAVING THIS PROVISION WILL NOT TAKE EFFECT UNTIL THE STATES CHIEF EXECUTIVE, AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAVE EACH CERTIFIED TO CONGRESS THAT VOTING BY NONCITIZENS IN THE STATE IS A PERSISTENT AND SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM THAT CAN'T BE RESOLVED BY EXISTING STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS. FIFTH, THE MOTION SEEKS TO ENLIGHTEN THE CONGRESS ON THE IMPACT OF THIS LAW BY HAVING STATES ISSUE A REPORT TO THE ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION ON THE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE DISENFRANCHISED BECAUSE OF A PHOTO DIDE REQUIREMENT. AND SIXTH, TO TAMPER THE LIKELY EFFECTS OF THIS HARSH NEW STATURE BY HOLDING IT IN ADVANCE UNTIL THE ELECTION COMMISSION REPORTS TO CONGRESS THAT 95% OF THE VOTING AGE POPULATION HAS REQUIRED A PHOTO I.D. WHICH MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS ACT. SEVENTH, MY MOTION PREVENTS THE LAW FROM TAKING EFFECT UNTIL THE ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION STUDIES -- STUDIES AND REPORTS TO CONGRESS THAT THE PHOTO I.D. LAW WILL NOT DISPROPORTIONATELY DISENFRANCHISE THE ELDERLY AND AMERICAN NATIVES. AND WHO ARE UNABLE TO OBTAIN THE REQUISITE DOCUMENTATION AS LONG AS THEY CERTIFY UNDER PENALTY OF PURGERY TO THE APPROPRIATE STATE ELECTION OFFICIALS. THESE ARE MAJOR CONCERNS AND BY NO MEANS THE ONLY ONES. DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK TO SPEAK?

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    WILL THE GENTLELADY YIELD?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YES.

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    MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    YES.

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    >>

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 03:22:15 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    I WANTED TO MAKE THAT CLEAR FOR THE GEORGIA RECORD. THANK YOU.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN OPPOSITION…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION.

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  • 03:22:24 PM

    MR. EHLERS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS DIFFICULT TO RESPOND WITHOUT HAVING SEEN THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS DIFFICULT TO RESPOND WITHOUT HAVING SEEN THE TEXT OF THIS BEFOREHAND, BUT IT APPEARS CLEAR TO ME THAT IT'S THE PURPOSE TO PROVIDE A NUMBER OF EXCEPTIONS. OUR BILL DOES NOT PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS BECAUSE WE ARE INTERESTED IN ENSURING THAT EVERY VOTER HAS THE RIGHT TO VOTE AND WE ALSO WANT TO ENSURE THAT THERE'S NO ILLEGAL VOTES CAST. THE REFERENCES HAVE BEEN MADE TO UNFUNDED MANDATE. THE HOUSE JUST DEFEATED THAT AND SAID THERE IS NO UNFUNDED MANDATE. THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT NO MONEY BEING PROVIDED, OUR COMMITTEE, THE HOUSE ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE IS AN AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE AND NOT AN APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. IF THIS IS UNFUNDED SIMPLY BECAUSE WE'RE AN AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE, THAN ANY BILL PASSED BY AN AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE IS UNFUNDED AND AN UNFUNDED MANDATE. WE HAVE TO FOLLOW THE PROCEDURES HERE. WE PASS AUTHORIZING BILLS, THE APPROPRIATORS THEN PROVIDE THE MONEY TO IMPLEMENT THE AUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES. SO I -- I STRONGLY URGE THE MEMBERS OF THE BODY TO REJECT THE RECOMMITTAL OF THIS BILL AND TO PASS THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF THE BILL AS AMENDED AND INTRODUCED TO THIS BODY AND DEBATED FOR THE LAST TWO HOURS. IT IS A GOOD BILL, IT WILL PROVIDE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY WE NEED --

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  • 03:23:52 PM

    MS. MILLWOOD

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. EHLERS

    MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL.

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    THE MOTION IS TO RECOMMIT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION, ALL THOSE IN…

    THE MOTION IS TO RECOMMIT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 03:24:08 PM

    MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY.

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    MS. MILLENDER-MCDONALD

    I OBJECT THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A…

    I OBJECT THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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    MR. EHLERS

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT OF THE BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RISE?…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RISE? THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST NIGHT ON THE GRIDIRON OF GALLUDET UNIVERSITY,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST NIGHT ON THE GRIDIRON OF GALLUDET UNIVERSITY, THEY CAME TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO TAKE ON THE CAPITAL POLICE FLAG FOOTBALL TEAM. WE ARE A RAGTAG GROUP OF AMATEUR PLAYERS TAKING ON PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES. IN THE END, WE HAD IT RIGHT WHERE WE WANTED. IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE CLOCK RUNNING OUT, WE WOULD HAVE THAT BIG COMEBACK AND OVERCOMING SCORE OF 35-7. I WANT TO THANK THE POLICE OFFICERS WHO GUARD US AND CARE FOR US, WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES FOR US. I WANT TO THANK OUR SPONSORS. WE HAVE FOUND IN WASHINGTON THAT IF YOU GO TO SPONSORS AND TELL THEM THEY CAN WATCH CONGRESSMEN GET KNOCKED OVER, YOU CAN RAISE MONEY FOR POLICE OFFICERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. I WANT TO THANK COACH TOM OSBORNE. HE MAY BE -- HE MAY BE NEBRASKA'S SON AND A HALL OF FAME COACH BUT HE'S OUR COACH. HE HELPED US RAISE DELN 87,000 FOR THE FAMILIES. THANK YOU ALL TO THE PLAYERS AND THE STAFFS THAT PUT THIS TOGETHER. WE ARE GOING TO DO IT AGAIN NEXT YEAR. THANK YOU, KENDRICK. THANK YOU, EVERYONE. WE APPRECIATE IT.

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  • 04:02:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS ON THE VOTE OF THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 976 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    976, RESOLUTION CONDEMNING HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE…

    976, RESOLUTION CONDEMNING HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC IRAN AND EXPRESSING SOLIDARITY WITH THE IRANIAN PEOPLE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CLERK WILL REPORT TITLE OF THIS BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CLERK WILL REPORT TITLE OF THIS BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES FROM UNSCRUPULOUS PRACTICES REGARDING SALES OF…

    MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES FROM UNSCRUPULOUS PRACTICES REGARDING SALES OF INSURANCE, FINANCIAL AND INVESTMENT PRODUCTS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. DAVIS, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. DAVIS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. SCOTT, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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  • 04:12:52 PM

    MR. DAVIS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. DAVIS

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I WOULD FIRST LIKE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I WOULD FIRST LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. OXLEY OF OHIO.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. OXLEY

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 418, THE MILITARY PERSONNEL FINANCIAL…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 418, THE MILITARY PERSONNEL FINANCIAL SERVICES PROTECTION ACT WHICH PROTECTS THE MEN AND WOMEN SERVING IN OUR NATION'S MILITARY FROM DECEPTIVE FINANCIAL PRACTICES. I WANT TO PAY A PARTICULAR TRIBUTE TO THE SPONSOR OF THE HOUSE LEGISLATION THAT CAME THROUGH THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. THIS BILL THAT WE HAVE FWFER US, THE SENATE BILL -- BEFORE US, THE SENATE BILL, IS ALMOST IDENTICAL COPY OF WHAT --

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  • 04:17:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RESERVES. GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:17:39 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU. APPRECIATE IT

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    MR. DAVIS

    THANK YOU. APPRECIATE IT

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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    MR. DAVIS

    THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO COMMEND THE WORK OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO COMMEND THE WORK OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. IF AFFECTS SO MANY OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF S 418, THE MILITARY PERSONNEL FINANCIAL SERVICES PROTECTION ACT. FIRST THE LET ME THANK THE SENATORS FOR SPONSORING THE COMPANION TO MY BILL WHICH PASSED THE HOUSE LAST YEAR BY A VOTE OF 405-2. THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION WILL PROTECT OUR TROOPS FROM CERTAIN INSURANCE AND INVESTMENT PRODUCTS, IN PARTICULAR THE CONTRACTIAL PLAN. CONTRACTIAL PLANS HAVE DISAPPEARED FROM THE CIVILIAN MARKET DUE TO ECSAYSIVE SALES CHARGES. BUT SALES PERSIST FOR THOSE FAMILIES WHO ARE UNAWARE THAT THERE'S MORE COST EFFECTIVE OPPORTUNITIES OUT THERE. THE HALLMARK OF THE EXPENSIVE PLANS ARE FRONTLOADED COMMISSION FEES OF UP TO 50%, S. 418 PROHIBITS THE SALE OF THESE PRODUCTS. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE ARE SOME BAD ACTORS STILL OUT THERE IN THE SECURITIES AND INSURANCE INDUSTRY THAT HAVE BEEN TAKING ADVANTAGE OF MILITARY PERSONNEL BY MARKETING THESE QUESTIONABLE PRODUCTS. MR. SPEAKER, I UNDERSTAND FIRSTHAND THE SALES TACTICS USED BY THESE COMPANIES ON OUR SOLDIERS. AS A YOUNG OFFICER IN THE ARMY, A GROUP OF SALESMEN SHOWED UP ON MY POST AND CONVINCED ME AND MY FELLOW SOLDIERS TO PURCHASE CONTRACTIAL PLANS. I FELL FOR THE SALES PITCH BECAUSE THE COMPANY MADE IT APPEAR AS THOUGH THEY WERE PART OF THE ARMED FORCES FAMILY AND THE SALESMEN, A RESPECTED MILITARY VETERAN, WAS SOMEBODY THEY THOUGHT I COULD TRUST BECAUSE OF HIS RECORD IN THE MILITARY. THAT TRUST WAS BETRAYED SIMPLY BECAUSE OF OUR IGNORANCE. WHAT WE DISCOVERED AS TIME WENT BY WERE THAT THERE WERE TREMENDOUS OTHER OPTIONS OUT THERE AND THAT MANY, MANY SERVICE PERSONNEL WERE LOSING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS THAT COULD HAVE GONE INTO INVESTMENT PRODUCTS THAT WERE AVAILABLE IN THE COMMERCIAL WORLD. I INVESTED WHAT WAS A LOT OF MONEY TO ME AT THE TIME. NOT BECAUSE I WAS A FINANCIAL EXPERT, I WAS A COMBAT ARMS OFFICER, BUT BECAUSE A RETIRED SERVICE MEMBER WAS WORKING AS A SALESMAN AND WAS PUSHING A PRODUCT WITH THE REFERRAL OF OTHER VETERANS. IT WAS NOT UNTIL I GOT OUT OF THE ARMY AND INTO THE BUSINESS WORLD THAT I DISCOVERED HOW UNCOMPETITIVE THESE PRODUCTS WERE. HOWEVER, IT WAS TOO LATE. MY WIFE AND I LOST NEARLY HALF OF OUR LIFE SAVINGS ON THE SO-CALLED INVESTMENT. S. 418 ALSO ADDRESSES THE SALE OF LIFE INSURANCE TO MEMBERS IT REQUIRES LIFE INSURANCE COMPANIES TO PROVIDE WRITTEN DISCLOSURES THAT STATE THAT SUBSIDIZED LIFE INSURANCE IS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICEMEN'S GROUP LIFE INSURANCE PROGRAM AND FULLY DISCLOSE THE TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT AND ANY SAVINGS FEATURE OF THE PRODUCT. THE DISCLOSURE MUST BE IN PLAIN AND READILY UNDERSTANDABLE LANGUAGE AND IN NORMAL FONT TYPE. ADDITIONALLY, I'D LIKE IT STATE FOR THE RECORD I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT THE SENATE REMOVED THE QUALIFYING WORDS "IN PERSON" FROM THE RIRNLTES PROVISION OF SECTION 10. ON DISCLOSURES REGARDING LIFE INSURANCE PRODUCTS. I HAVE CONCERNS THAT THIS COULD PREVENT WELL RESPECTED LIFE INSURANCE COMPANIES FROM CONTINUING TO DO BUSINESS THE WAY THEY HAVE FOR MANY YEARS WHICH ENABLES THE ISSUES OF POLICIES TO SERVICE MEMBERS ABOUT TO BE DEPLOYED OR TO GO INTO COMBAT. I WILL MONITOR THE STATUS OF THIS ISSUE AND I WILL PURSUE OPTIONS IN THE FUTURE SHOULD MY CONCERN MANIFEST ITSELF. REGULATION OF THESE TYPES OF INSURANCE AND INVESTMENT PRODUCTS ON MILITARY BASES HAS BEEN INADEQUATE TO THIS POINT. THE SITUATION REQUIRED CONGRESSIONAL ACTION TO ADDRESS THE SITUATION AND PROTECT OUR SERVICE MEMBERS. I APPLAUD MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE FOR MOVING FORWARD WITH S. 418 AND I APPRECIATE THE LEADERSHIP OF THE HOUSE FOR BRINGING IT TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. I WOULD ENCOURAGE THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO CONTINUE WITH ITS EFFORTS TO IMPROVE FINANCIAL LITERACY FOR OUR TROOPS. I CANNOT EMPHASIZE STRONGLY ENOUGH HOW I AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA ON THE IMPORTANCE OF TEACHING OUR YOUNG SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN AND MARINES, ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES THEY HAVE AND THE BENEFITS THAT THEY CAN ACCRUE FROM TAKING WISE COUNSEL AND GO FOR A SURE AND CERTAIN RETURN ON THEIR INVESTMENT WHILE THEY'RE SERVING THIS NATION. HOWEVER, WE AS A CONGRESS CANNOT ALLOW THESE ABUSIVE SALES PRACTICES TO CONTINUE. WE MUST NOT ASK THE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR ARMED SERVICES TO MAKE SACRIFICES FOR OUR SECURITY WITHOUT DOING ALL THAT WE CAN TO PROTECT THEIR FINANCIAL FUTURES. THEY ARE LAYING THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE AND PUTTING THEIR FAMILIES UNDER TREMENDOUS STRESSES AND PRESSURES RIGHT NOW. THE LAST THING THAT WE MUST PERMIT TO TAKE PLACE IS THE PREDATORY SALES PRACTICES UPON THESE SOLDIERS WHILE THEY'RE GETTING READY TO DEPLOY AND THEY WEIGH THESE SERIOUS LIFE DECISIONS WITHOUT PROPER INFORMATION. WORKING TOGETHER WE WILL SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. THANK YOU AGAIN TO SENATOR ENZI AND CLINTON FOR SPONSORING THE SENATE VERSION OF MY BILL AND CHAIRMAN OXLEY AND CHAIRMAN BAKER FOR THEIR EXAMINATION OF THIS ISSUE IN THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT THIS HAS TRULY BEEN A BIPARTISAN EFFORT, WORKING TOGETHER ON A COMPROMISE THAT NEVER WEAKENED THE PROVISION BUT ACTUALLY MADE A STRONGER BILL IN THE LONG RUN, PARTICULARLY WITH THE HOUSE VERSION THAT CAME OUT LAST YEAR. I THANK RANKING MEMBER FRANK AND CHAIRMAN OXLEY FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND THE EXAMPLE THEY SET FOR EVERY COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON WORKING TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO CRAFT LEGISLATION THAT BENEFITS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. SCOTT OF GEORGIA, MR. ISRAEL OF NEW YORK, MR. RYUN OF KANSAS, MR. FITZPATRICK OF PENNSYLVANIA, AND MS. BROWN-WAITE OF FLORIDA, HAVE ALL BEEN INTEGRAL TO THIS DIALOGUE TO GIVE KEY COUNSEL TO STRENGTHEN THIS BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:29:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    MR. SCOTT

    THE FOREFRONT IN PROVIDING GREAT LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE, PROTECTING OUR…

    THE FOREFRONT IN PROVIDING GREAT LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE, PROTECTING OUR MILITARY FROM FINANCIAL ABUSES AND THAT'S MR. EARL POMEROY OF NORTH DAKOTA.

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  • 04:29:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. POMEROY

    MY PRIOR LIFE I USED TO BE A STATE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER. I WANT TO TELL…

    MY PRIOR LIFE I USED TO BE A STATE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER. I WANT TO TELL YOU HOW COMPLETELY DISGUSTED I AM THAT THERE ARE STILL COMPANIES AND AGENTS THAT WOULD PREY UPON THE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN THAT ARE SERVING OUR COUNTRY. IN MANY INSTANCES, YOUNG SOLDIERS PREPARING FOR DEPLOYMENT TO IRAQ. SEIZING THIS INCREDIBLY SENSITIVE AND EXPOSED PERIOD IN THEIR LIVES THEY USE EVERY TRICK IN THE BOOK TO LOAD THEM UP WITH COVERAGES THAT ARE INAPPROPRIATELY PRICED, MAY WELL BE ILL-MATCHED TO THE FINANCIAL NEEDS OF THE SOLDIER, AND THEY DO IT ALL FOR ONE LOUSY REASON, PERSONAL PROFITEERING, PROFITEERING ON THOSE WHO WOULD LITERALLY PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE TO PROTECT OUR FREEDOMS. THAT'S ABOUT AS LOW AS YOU CAN GET. I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE THE DEBATE THAT WE'VE HAD HERE. CONGRESSMAN DAVIS RELAYED HIS OWN STORY AS HOW AS A YOUNG SOLDER, YOU HAVE A RESPECTIVE VETERAN WITH A PRODUCT THAT FILLS THE SALES MATERIALS WITH FLAGS AND BANNERS. THIS IS JUST SO WRONG. FRANKLY, I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT THE STATE INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS HAVE ALLOWED THIS TO GO AS FAR AS THEY HAVE. MAYBE THERE WAS SOME CONFUSION ABOUT WHAT THEIR REGULATORY ENFORCEMENTS COULD BE RELATIVE TO PROXIMITY TO AIR FORCE OR ARMY BASES. I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT. I BELIEVE MORE COULD HAVE BEEN DONE AT THE STATE REGULATORY LEVEL, AND I HOPE THIS REPRESENTS A GOOD SWIFT KICK IN THE BEHIND TO ANY ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL LOOKING AT PREDATORY LENDING PRACTICES. THIS IS A CLEAR BIPARTISAN STATEMENT FROM CONGRESS. WE DON'T -- WE WANT TO CRACK HANDS ON ANYBODY ENGAGED IN THIS KIND OF ACTIVITY. I ALSO WANT US TO NOTE THERE IS MORE TO DO. BOTH MY -- BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HAVE SO WELL EXPRESSED OUR NEED FOR FINANCIAL LIT RASSY. LET ME GIVE YOU EXHIBIT A IN TERMS OF WHY WE NEED IT SO BADLY. RIGHT OUTSIDE THE BASE GATES, PAYDAY LOANS, PREDATORY LENDING SHOPS. NOT ADDRESSED IN THIS BILL, UNFORTUNATELY, AND STILL A MATTER WE NEED TO LOOK AT BECAUSE SOLDIERS, OFTEN YOUNG, TRYING TO MAKE IT ON PRETTY SKINNY CHECKS, FALL PREY TO THIS PREDATORY LENDING PRACTICES OF THE PAYDAY LENDERS. AND I WANT TO SEND A SIGNAL TO THIS INDUSTRY. WE SEE WHAT YOU'RE DOING, WE HATE IT, BUT WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE ADDRESS THOSE PAYDAY LOAN PRACTICES, THE PREDATORY LENDING PRACTICES. SURELY ANY REPUTABLE LENDER, ANY MAJOR BANK THAT WOULD ENGAGE IN A SURCHARGE LENDING PRACTICE FOR THE SUBPRIME MARKET OF MILITARY BASES -- CAN I ASK FOR AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS? WE WILL NOT ACCEPT THIS SURCHARGE ON THE SUBPRIME MARKET OF YOUNG SOLDIERS, AND WE INTEND TO EXPOSE, AND WE INTEND TO FURTHER AND FULLY DISCUSS THESE PRACTICES. SO IF YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE YOUR NAMES IN THE PAPER RELATIVE TO RIPPING OFF OUR SOLDIERS, QUIT THOSE PAYDAY LOAN PRACTICES. WE'RE COMING AFTER YOU NEXT, AGENTS, INSURANCE COMPANIES, WE'RE GETTING YOU WITH THIS LEGISLATION BUT THE SUBPRIME MARKET IS COMING NEXT. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT. I THANK THE SPONSORS OF THIS LEGISLATION.

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  • 04:33:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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    MR. DAVIS

    I WANT TO ECHO SOME COMMENTS THAT WERE MADE BY MR. POMEROY. OUR TITLE 2…

    I WANT TO ECHO SOME COMMENTS THAT WERE MADE BY MR. POMEROY. OUR TITLE 2 LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL HOUSE BILL DIRECTLY ADDRESSED THE PREDATORY LENDING ISSUE. AND WE WERE DISAPPOINTED, MANY OF US, THAT THAT LANGUAGE WAS REMOVED FROM THE SENATE VERSION. HOWEVER, I BELIEVE THAT THERE WILL BE GOOD NEWS IN A DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION. WE HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS AND I'M SERVING AS CONFEREE ON THE JOINT HOUSE SENATE. WE WILL HAVE STRONG LANGUAGE TO BEGIN TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, TO CONTROL THE FEES AND THE PERCENTAGE RATES AND ULTIMATELY TO DISSUEDE OUR YOUNG SOLDIERS, SAILORS AND AIRMEN FROM PARTICIPATING IN THESE PROCESSES THAT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEM FINANCIALLY. ONE THING THAT I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT IS -- AN ASPECT OF MY OWN STORY AND THE NATURE BEHIND THIS BILL. I REMEMBER EXPERIENCING THE INVITATION TO THE STATE DINNER OF -- AT A MEETING HALL WHERE MANY SOLDIERS CAME OUT TO HEAR A PRESENTATION ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY THEY COULD POSSIBLY MAKE BY JOINING THESE PROGRAMS, THE IMPORTANCE OF INSURANCE AND HOW THAT WAS GOING TO HELP AND HOW ONE SALESPERSON ASKED MY WIFE IF SHE WOULD FEEL SAFE ON THE AMOUNT OF INSURANCE THAT SHE HAD FROM THE SERVICEMEN'S GROUP LIFE INSURANCE PROGRAM. SHE WON A $50 LUCKY DRAWING DURING THAT. IT WASN'T UNTIL SEVERAL YEARS LATER THAT WE REALIZED THAT WE HAD BASED OUR TRUST ON A FALSE PREMISE AND PURCHASED A PRODUCT WE DIDN'T NEED. ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS IN AMERICA IS THE EQUALIZING OF THE CAPABILITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THAT EVERY PERSON HAS A SAY WITH VOTES WE CAN PURSUE GOALS AND OPPORTUNITIES AND AS THE OLD SAYING GOES, WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND. I REMEMBER SITTING AS A NEW MEMBER IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WHEN THE THEN C.E.O. OF THAT VERY COMPANY WAS SITTING ACROSS FROM MY DESK WANTING US NOT TO BRING H.R. 458, THE MILITARY PERSONNEL FINANCIAL SERVICES PROTECTION ACT TO THE FLOOR. AND HAVING LIVED THAT AND KNOWING THE CONCERN OF THE OTHER MEMBERS ON THE COMMITTEE, WE WERE VERY PLEASED TO TAKE THIS FIRST STEP AS WE ARE ADDRESSING MANY STEPS IN PROTECTING OUR SERVICE MEMBERS AND ALSO ENHANCING THEIR FINANCIAL LITERACY. WITH THAT, I WANT TO COMMEND BOTH SIDES FOR HAVING WORKED TOGETHER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, ESPECIALLY, FOR HIS LONG-TIME INTEREST IN THIS. I WANT TO SAY A SPECIAL NOTE TO THE SERVICES CHAIRMAN, MR. OXLEY. I BELIEVE HE'S SHOWN A STELLAR EXAMPLE OF LEADERSHIP IN HIS TENURE. HE'S BEEN A MENTOR TO ME AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE. WHAT HE'S SHOWN IS WE CAN WORK IN A SPIRIT OF COMEDY, THAT WE CAN HAVE FUN AS WE DEAL WITH VERY, VERY SERIOUS ISSUES. HE ALWAYS KEPT THE VISION, THE END GOAL IN SIGHT THAT WE WERE WORKING TOWARD, TO KEEP THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE SO WHEN THE PRESSURES OF THE TIME OR THE FATIGUE OF THE LONG DAYS MIGHT MOVE EMOTIONS IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION, HE WAS ALWAYS THERE TO KEEP US POINTED TOWARDS THAT END GOAL. TO HAVE GOOD FINANCIAL SERVICES LEGISLATION, LIKE THIS BILL, THAT WE HAVE TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 04:37:20 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO EXTEND MY FEELINGS OF GREAT…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO EXTEND MY FEELINGS OF GREAT APPRECIATION TO MR. DAVIS FROM KENTUCKY, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN WHO HAS TRULY PROVIDED THE LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL. AND YOU COULD TELL FROM HIS ELOQUENT STATEMENTS EARLIER OF HIS OWN EXPERIENCE IN THIS ISSUE THAT REALLY CLEARLY POINTS TO WHY WE NEED THIS BILL. AND I THANK YOU, AND IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE WORKING WITH YOU ON THIS, MR. DAVIS. I WANT TO ECHO WHAT HE SAID ABOUT THE CHAIRMAN. I'M VERY FORTUNATE ON THIS COMMITTEE TO HAVE TWO MEMBERS -- TWO MENTORS, DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN. AND AS A DEMOCRAT I'M NOT ASHAMED TO SAY THAT ONE OF MY MENTORS IS A REPUBLICAN AND THAT'S OXLEY -- CHAIRMAN OXLEY. I CALL HIM OXLEY. ON TOP OF THAT HE'S A GREAT BASEBALL MAN. OF COURSE WITH THAT, RANKING MEMBER FRANK, IT GIVES A GREAT BALANCE TO THE BIPARTISANSHIP ON THAT COMMITTEE, WHICH I THINK ENABLES US TO DEAL WITH PARTICULAR MATTERS LIKE THIS VERY APPROPRIATELY. AS FAR AS A PAYDAY SITUATION IS CONCERNED, WE WILL VISIT THAT ANOTHER DAY. THERE'S NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE GET THE GOOD APPLES OUT OF THE WAY OF THE BAD APPLES AND MOVE FORWARD. BUT THIS BILL HERE CLEARLY GIVES US A VERY IMPORTANT STATEMENT. AND IT'S THIS STATEMENT THAT WE'RE SAYING TO THESE PREDATORS, KEEP YOUR GRUBBY HANDS OFF OF OUR SOLDIERS. WE'VE GOT 18 AND 19-YEAR-OLD KIDS WHO ARE JUST GETTING OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL, MANY OF THEM, AND THERE THESE PREDATORS ARE WAITING ON THEM AT A TIME WHEN THEY'RE FACED WITH SUCH LIFE AND DEATH ISSUES AS GOING INTO HARM'S WAY, ALL OF THOSE PRECIOUS. IT'S NOT RIGHT, IT'S NOT FAIR, AND THIS IS WHY WE'RE MOVING ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION SO THAT WE CAN PROTECT OUR FIVE-MINUTING MEN AND WOMEN -- PROTECT OUR FIGHTING MEN AND WOMEN. I URGE THE HOUSE TO PASS THIS BIPARTISAN MEASURE TODAY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL SENATE 418? SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE --

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  • 04:39:50 PM

    MR. DAVIS

    ON THAT I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE SO ORDERED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR BY TAKING THIS VOTE…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE SO ORDERED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR BY TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 AND THE CHAIR'S PRIOR ANNOUNCEMENT, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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  • 04:41:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 04:41:20 PM

    THE CLERK

    1025, AN ACT TO AMEND THE ACT ENTITLED AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE…

    1025, AN ACT TO AMEND THE ACT ENTITLED AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CHENEY DIVISION WICHITA PROJECT EQUESTIONS BEDS DIVISION OF THE WICHITA -- WICHITA PROJECT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, MR. JONES

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  • 04:41:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, MR. JONES AND MR. KILDEE EACH WILL CONTROL 20…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, MR. JONES AND MR. KILDEE EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 04:41:53 PM

    MR. JONES

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 04:42:05 PM

    MR. JONES

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. S. 1025 INTRODUCED BY SENATOR…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. S. 1025 INTRODUCED BY SENATOR PAT ROBERTS AND SUPPORTED BY OUR KANSAS COLLEAGUE TODD TIAHRT AUTHORIZES THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR TO ASSIST IN THE FUNDING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF AN ACK WHICH IF YOU ARE RECHARGE PROGRAM NEAR THE CITY OF WICHITA. THE EQUSS BEDS ALK WHICH IF YOU ARE -- AQUIFER BUT GROUND WATER LEVELS CONTINUE TO DECLINE. THE BILL'S PROJECT WILL USE ACCESS WATER FLOWS FROM THE LITTLE ARKANSAS RIVER TO RECHARGE THE ALK WHICH FER AND WOULD PROVIDE -- AQUIFER AND WOULD USE STORAGE CAPACITY FOR AREA WATER CONSUMERS. THIS ENHANCE AQUIFER RECHARGE AND STORAGE CONCEPT WILL HELP IMPEDE SALINE WATERS INTRUSIONS AND ENHANCE THE LONG-TERM WATER NEEDS. I URGE SUPPORT OF THE BILL AND I I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:43:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:43:17 PM

    MR. KILDEE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 04:43:22 PM

    MR. KILDEE

    MR. JONES HAS EXPLAINED VERY WELL THIS BILL. WE HAVE NO OBJECTION TO…

    MR. JONES HAS EXPLAINED VERY WELL THIS BILL. WE HAVE NO OBJECTION TO PASSAGE OF S. 1025. THE COMMITTEE ON RESOURCES APPROVED SIMILAR LEGISLATION IN THE 108TH CONGRESS. THE FEDERAL COST SHARE OF THIS PROJECT IS NOT EXCESSIVE AND THE PROJECT ITSELF WILL HAVE A BENEFICIAL EFFECT ON LOCAL GROUND WATER -- GROUNDWATER SUPPLIES. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUEST FOR TIME AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:43:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

  • 04:44:00 PM

    MR. JONES

    WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY…

    WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 04:44:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. TIAHRT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. TIAHRT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 04:44:13 PM

    MR. TIAHRT

    A GREAT LEADER BUT FRIEND. AND I APPRECIATE THE TIME AND THE WORK YOU'VE…

    A GREAT LEADER BUT FRIEND. AND I APPRECIATE THE TIME AND THE WORK YOU'VE DONE ON THIS BILL. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN FAVOR OF THE WICHITA PROJECT EQUUS BEDS DIVISION AUTHORIZATION ACT. IT IS IN SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS AND WILL HELP MEET THE WATER NEEDS OF NEARLY 500,000 PEOPLE IN THE STATE. THIS IS AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND PROJECT AND IT WILL HELP ENSURE LOCAL RESIDENTS, AGRICULTURE IRGATORS AND INDUSTRIAL BUSINESSES HAVE ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER FOR DECADES. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN POMBO ON THIS PROJECT. BOTH YOU AND THE STAFF -- BOTH HE AND THE STAFF HAVE BEEN VERY GOOD TO WORK WITH. CHAIRMAN POMBO HAS HELPED ENSURE AUTHORIZATION OF THE RECHARGE OF THE AQUIFER AND ENSURE IT WAS DONE RIGHT AWAY. I APPRECIATE MY FRIEND SENATOR PAT ROBERTS FOR HIS CHAMPIONS IN THIS EFFORT FOR THE BILL IN THE SENATE. HE GOT THE JOB DONE IN THE OTHER BODY AND NOW IT'S TIME TO FINISH THE PROCESS IN THE HOUSE TODAY BECAUSE THE HOUSE HAS ALREADY APPROVED AUTHORIZATION LANGUAGE CONTAINED IN S. 1025 LAST YEAR, PASSAGE OF THIS BILL TODAY WILL BE THE FINAL STEP NEEDED TO ACCEPTED IT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS SIGNATURE. I SHOULD ALSO THANK THE CITY OF WICHITA FOR THEIR EFFORT IN HELPING TO MOVE THIS PROJECT FORWARD. THEIR VISION TO ENSURE THAT THE GREATER WICHITA AREA HAS A SUSTAINABLE SOURCE OF WATER BOTH NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE IS WHY THIS PROJECT STARTED. WICHITA'S WATER SUPPLY PROJECT ADMINISTRATOR HAS BEEN GREAT, JERRY HAS BEEN HELPFUL TO ME AND MY STAFF IN NAVIGATING THE DETAILS OF THE RECHARGE PROJECT. I APPRECIATE HIS DEDICATION TO PUBLIC SERVICE. THE EQUUS AQUIFER RECHARGE PRODUCT INVOLVES TAKING FLOOD WATER FROM THE LITTLE ARKANSAS RIVER AND DEPOSITING THAT INTO THE AQUIFER TO WATER SUPPLY WELLS AFTER GOING THROUGH A FILTRATION SYSTEM. SINCE THE 1950'S, THE WATER LEVELS IN THE AQUIFER HAVE DROPPED 40 FEET BECAUSE OF WATER RIGHTS AND PUMPING EXCESSES AND THE AQUIFER'S NATURAL RECHARGE RATE OF SIX INCHES PER YEAR WON'T KEEP UP. DUE TO THIS OVERUSAGE SALT WATER FROM THE SOUTHWEST AND OIL FIELD BRIAN FROM THE NORTHWEST HAVE THREATENED THE AQUIFER. WHEN THE AQUIFER LEVELS WERE HIGHER, THE LEVELS CREATED A NATURAL BARRIER TO KEEP THE CONTAINMENT AT BAY. THE CONTAMINATION AT BAY, EXCUSE ME, MR. SPEAKER. BUT NOW THAT THE WATER LEVELS HAVE DROPPED, THE NATURAL BARRIER IS NO LONGER THERE. IF THE AQUIFER SENT REPLENISHED THE CHLORIDE LEVELS WILL EXCEED WHAT IS PERMITTED IN BOTH AGRICULTURAL AND MUNICIPAL USAGE. THIS AQUIFER RECHARGE PRODUCT IS A WIN-WIN PROJECT FOR ALL OF THE COMMUNITIES THAT DEPEND ON ITS WATER. THE CITY OF WICHITA AND THE SURROUNDING MUNICIPALITIES BENEFIT BECAUSE WATER CAN BE SAFELY STORED TO MEET SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM WATER SUPPLY NEEDS. AGRICULTURAL FARMERS BENEFIT BECAUSE THE WATER WILL NOT BE CONTAMINATED. WITHOUT THE WATER LEVEL IN THE AQUIFER WILL WATER WOULD BECOME CONTAMINATE TO THE POINT WHERE IT'S NOT SUITABLE, EVEN FOR USE ON CROPS. THE IRRIGATORS SHOULD SEE REDUCED COSTS WITH PUMPING SINCE THE WATER LEVELS OF THE AQUIFER WILL RISE. THE LITTLE ARKANSAS RIVER AND ITS ECOSYSTEM WILL ALSO BENEFIT. DURING THE TIMES OF DROUGHT AND NATURAL DISCHARGE FROM THE EQUUS BEDS AQUIFER INTO THE RIVER WILL OCCUR CREATING A STABLE BASE FLOW. UNDER S. 1025, THE CITY OF WICHITA WILL BE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN AND OPERATE THE RECHARGE PROJECT WHICH ENSURES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL NOT BEAR THE COST ASSOCIATED WITH THIS ONGOING OPERATION. RECHARGING THE EQUUS BEDS IS THE MOST COST EFFICIENT MEANS TO PROVIDE WATER FOR THE COMMUNITIES IN SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS AND IT'S THE BEST OPTION AVAILABLE TO KEEP SALT AND OIL FIELD BROWN BRIAN OUT OF THE WATER SUPPLY WITHOUT RESTRICTING WATER USAGE. SO I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT ME TODAY AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:48:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

    I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:48:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 04:48:38 PM

    MR. JONES

    I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, SENATE 1025. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR 2/3 OF THOSE PRESENTED 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 NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 04:49:12 PM

    MR. JONES

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO CONVEY THE TILERSVILLE DIVISION OF THE FISH…

    SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO CONVEY THE TILERSVILLE DIVISION OF THE FISH HATH HATCHERY AND FISH TECHNOLOGY CENTER TO THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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  • 04:49:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. JONES, AND…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. JONES, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. KILDEE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 04:49:48 PM

    MR. JONES

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MBTS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE…

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MBTS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 04:49:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 04:49:59 PM

    MR. JONES

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. H.R. 4957 CONTAINS SEVERAL IMPORTANT…

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. H.R. 4957 CONTAINS SEVERAL IMPORTANT CONSERVATION TITLES. IT WOULD FIRST CONVEY THE TILERSVILLE NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY TO THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, ALTOGETHER ORDBY CONGRESSMAN JOHN PETERSON AND SENATOR RICK SANTORUM. THE FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION IN PENNSYLVANIA HAS BEEN OPERATING IN FACILITY UNDER A LONG-TERM LEASE AGREEMENT WITH THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. BY ALL ACCOUNTS THEY HAVE OPERATED THIS HATCHERY IN A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE MANNER PRODUCING ADULT TROUT FOR THOUSANDS OF RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN AND INVESTING NEARLY $4 MILLION IN IMPROVEMENTS. THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE HAS TESTIFIED THAT THIS FACILITY SENT CONSIDERED AN ACTIVE COMPONENT OF THE FEDERAL FISH HATCHERY SKIMP. TITLE 2 OF THIS BILL IS BASED ON THE TEXT OF H.R. 1428, THE NATIONAL FISH AND WILDLIFE FOUNDATION RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT AS PASSED BY THE HOUSE. IT WILL SIMPLY EXTEND THE EXISTING AUTHORIZATION LEVELS FOR THE NATIONAL FISH AND WILDLIFE FOUNDATION. THE FOUNDATION HAS FUNDED MORE THAN 6,500 CONSERVATION PROJECTS AND INVOLVED MORE THAN 1,800 CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS. THE GOAL OF THESE PROJECTS HAS BEEN TO INCREASE RESOURCES FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AND DEVELOP INNOVATIVE CONSERVATION SOLUTIONS WHILE RESPECTING PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS AND SUSTAINING HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS. TITLE 3 OF THE LEGISLATION WILL EXTEND THE NEOTROPICAL MIGRATORY BIRD CONSERVATION ACT OF 2000. LEGISLATION WHICH HAS BEEN PASSED BY THE HOUSE, THIS WILL ALLOW THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR TO CONTINUE TO APPROVE GRANTS FOR THE CONSERVATION OF THE 800 SPECIES OF NEOTROPICAL BIRDS THAT MIGRATE, EXCUSE ME, AND RESIDE THROUGHOUT NORTH AMERICA. TITLE 4 INCORPORATES THE TEXT OF THE FOUNTAIN EXPANSION ACT APPROVED BY THE OTHER BODY ON JULY 11. UNDER THIS PROVISION, ABOUT EIGHT ACRES OF FEDERAL LAND WOULD BE CONVEYED FROM THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE TO THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, NEVADA. THIS LAND WAS ONCE USED AS THE HEADQUARTERS FOR THE WILDLIFE REFUGE BUT THE ONLY REMAINING INSTRUCT OUR THE PROPERTY IS AN ABANDONED STORAGE BUILDING. THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES WOULD PAY TRANSFER COSTS AND THE PROPERTY WOULD REVERT BACK TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IF NOT USED FOR A PARK. TITLE 5 INCORPORATES THE HOUSE PASSED LANGUAGE OF H.R. 4947, THE RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE EXPANSION ACT. THE KAHABA RIVER IS THE LONGEST FREE FLOWING RIVER IN THE STATE OF ALABAMA AND IT MAY HAVE THE GREATEST FISH BIODIVERSITY PER MILE OF ANY RIVER IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS MEASURE WILL MODESTLY EXPAND THE BOUND RECE OF THE EXISTING REFUGE. TITLE 6 INCORPORATES THE HOUSE PASSED TEXT OF H.R. 5232RKS THE CHERRY VALLEY NATIONAL WILDLIFE STUDY ACT. THIS LEGISLATION REQUIRES THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE TO EVALUATE THE POTENTIAL OF CREATING A NEW NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE IN NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA. FINALLY, THERE'S AN EXTENSION OF EXISTING AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATION LEVELS FOR THE GREAT EIGHT CONSERVATION ACT TAKEN FROM S. 1250 THIS PASSED THE SENATE EARLIER THIS MONTH. FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS ABOUT $1 MILLION PER YEAR HAS BEEN SPENT TO STOP GREAT APE SPECIES FROM SLIDING TOWARD EXTEENCHINGS. THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE HAS ASSISTED IN ENDANGERED CHIMPANZEES AND GORILLAS AND ORANGUTANS THROUGH PROJECTS AND DOZENS OF STATES AND LEVERAGED AN ADDITIONAL $7.7 MILLION IN MATCHING FUNDS. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE AN AYE VOTE ON THIS LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:54:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

  • 04:54:09 PM

    MR. KILDEE

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 04:54:15 PM

    MR. KILDEE

    FISH, WILDLIFE AND CONSERVATION LEGISLATION. I THANK CHAIRMAN POMBO AND…

    FISH, WILDLIFE AND CONSERVATION LEGISLATION. I THANK CHAIRMAN POMBO AND RANKING MEMBER NICK GRAY HALL OF THE COMMITTEE ON RESOURCES FOR BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. TITLE 1 OF H.R. 4957 IS NONCONTROVERSIAL LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE JOHN PETERSON. IT WILL DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO CONVEY THE TILERSVILLE NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY TO THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA. MR. SPEAKER, ALSO INCLUDED IN THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY ARE A NUMBER OF OTHER IMPORTANT CONSERVATION MEASURES. ALL OF WHICH HAVE PREVIOUSLY PASSED EITHER THE HOUSE OR THE SENATE. TITLE 2 CONTAINS THE TEXT OF H.R. 1428, LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY CHAIRMAN POMBO. IT WILL RE-AUTHORIZATION THE NATIONAL FISH AND WILDLIFE FOUNDATION WHICH HAS BEEN A VALUABLE RESOURCE IN FOSTERING PUBLIC, PRIVATE CONSERVATION PARTNERSHIPS. TITLE 3 INCLUDES H.R. 15 LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY CONGRESSMAN RON KIND WHICH WOULD ENHANCE THE MIGRATORY BIRD CONSERVATION ACT. SINCE 2000, $17.2 MILLION OF FEDERAL FUNDING UNDER THIS ACT HAS SUPPORTED 186 CONSERVATION PROJECTS IN 42 U.S. STATES IN 30 LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES. THIS INVESTMENT HAS LEVERAGED AN ADDITIONAL $89.1 MILLION IN TOTAL PARTNER CONTRIBUTIONS TO CONSERVE SOME 3.2 MILLION ACRES OF BIRD HABITAT. I APPLAUD CONGRESSMAN KIND FOR HIS DEDICATION AND LEADERSHIP ON THIS CRITICAL COONER IS VAGSE ISSUE. TITLE 4 INCLUDES H.R. 4345 LEGISLATION, SPONSORED BY OUR COLLEAGUE FROM NEVADA, REPRESENTATIVE SHELLEY BERKLEY, WHICH WOULD TRANSFER ABANDONED FEDERAL PROPERTY FROM THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS TO HAVE POPULAR PARK AND RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS. BOTH REPRESENTATIVE BERKELEY AND HARRY REID FROM NEVADA DESERVE CREDIT FOR THIS INITIATIVE. TITLE 5 INCLUDES H.R. 4947, A BILL SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE BACHUS WHICH EXPANDS THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE IN ALABAMA. TITLE 6 INCLUDES H.R. 5232, A BILL SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE CONJORE SKI WHICH DIRECTS THE FISH AND WILD LIFE SERVICE TO COMPLETE ITS STUDY FOR A NEW REFUGE IN THE CHERRY VALLEY REGION OF NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA. REPRESENTATIVE CONJORE SKI HAS WORKED TO ADDRESS THE CONCERNS OF ALL STAKEHOLDERS AND THIS STUDY WOULD BE THE CATALYST TOWARD ACHIEVING THE LONG-TERM PROTECTION OF THIS AREA. MR. SPEAKER, LAST BUT NOT LEAST, TITLE 7 CONTAINS S. 1250, LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY SENATOR JEFFEREDS THAT WOULD RE-AUTHORIZE FUNDING FOR THE GREAT APE CONSERVATION ACT. I COMMEND THE SPONSOR OF THE HOUSE COMPANION BILL H.R. 2363 AND THE ALTOGETHER OFERT ORIGINAL ACT, REPRESENTATIVE MILLER FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS CONTINUED LEADERSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AND FOR RAISING AWARENESS OF THE DIRE PLIGHT OF GREAT APES IN AFRICA. IN CLOSING, THE FISH AND WILDLIFE AND CONSERVATION TITLES IN THIS LEGISLATION ARE ALL WORTHY OF OUR SUPPORT AND I URGE ADOPTION OF H.R. 4957 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:57:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVICE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

  • 04:58:03 PM

    MR. JONES

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 04:58:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVICE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

  • 04:58:10 PM

    MR. KILDEE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA, MS. BERKLEY, SUCH TIME AS SHE MIGHT CONSUME.

  • 04:58:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

  • 04:58:23 PM

    MS. BERKLEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN FOR BEING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN FOR BEING SO GRACIOUS FOR THIS LEGISLATION THAT IS SO IMPORTANT TO MY CONSTITUENTS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. MY PRIMARY INTEREST IN THIS BILL, ALTHOUGH ALL OF IT IS VERY VIABLE, IS TITLE 4 WHICH INCORPORATES THE LEGISLATION THEY INTRODUCED EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE ED FOUNTAIN PARK EXPANSION ACT. THIS LANGUAGE, WHICH AS HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED, HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE SENATE AND WOULD TRANSFER A VACANT EIGHT ACRE PARCEL OF LAND FROM THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE TO THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE ED FOUNTAIN PARK. THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS INTENDS TO BUILD A NEW COMMUNITY CENTER ON THE SITE TO COMPLEMENT THE YECKIATIONAL ELEMENTS OF THE PARK, WHICH INCLUDE LIGHTED SOCCER FIELDS, OUTDOOR FOOTBALL FIELDS AND A BICYCLE TRACK AND PICNIC AREAS. THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE HAS NO FURTHER USE FOR THIS PERSPECTIVE WHICH HAD PREVIOUSLY HOUSED THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE DESERT NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE AT A TIME WHEN THIS LOCATION WAS ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF LAS VEGAS DUE TO THE PHENOMENAL GROWTH WE HAVE EXPERIENCED IN SOUTHERN NEVADA, THE SITE IS VERY MUCH NOW IN THE MIDDLE OF TOWN AND I CAN'T THINK OF A BETTER USE FOR IT THAN EXPANDING A POPULAR AND VALUABLE COMMUNITY RESOURCE. AGAIN, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN GILCHREST AND RANKING MEMBER PALLONE FROM THE FISHERY SUBCOMMITTEE FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN MOVING THIS ISSUE FORWARD AND I URGE ALL THE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILL, AND I AGAIN THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR EXTRAORDINARY SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:00:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. DOES ANYONE WISH TO…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. DOES ANYONE WISH TO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:00:19 PM

    MR. JONES

    MR. KILDEE HAVE OTHER SPEAKERS?

  • 05:00:24 PM

    MR. KILDEE

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 05:00:27 PM

    MR. JONES

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4957 AS AMENDED? SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 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 UPON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. THE CHAIR IS PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 05:01:04 PM

    MR. JONES

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 05:01:12 PM

    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 318, S. 260, AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 318, S. 260, AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO PRIVATE LANDOWNERS, TO RESTORE, ENHANCE AND MANAGE PRIVATE LAND, TO IMPROVE FISH AND WILDLIFE HABITATS THROUGH THE PARTNERS FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE PROGRAM.

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  • 05:01:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. JONES AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. JONES AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. KILDEE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 05:01:43 PM

    MR. JONES

    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 MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 05:01:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 05:01:58 PM

    MR. JONES

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

  • 05:04:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

  • 05:04:02 PM

    MR. KILDEE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:04:08 PM

    MR. KILDEE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. JONES

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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    MR. SULLIVAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT FOR S. 260, THE PARTNERS FOR FISH AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT FOR S. 260, THE PARTNERS FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE WHICH WAS INTRODUCED BY SENATOR JAMES INHOFE. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK SOME OF THE PEOPLE THAT WORKED ON THE STAFF, NATHAN RICHMOND, AND THE FAMOUS RYAN JACKSON ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE FOR ALL OF THEIR SUPPORT. THE BILL IS SUPPORTED BY 34 DIFFERENT SPORTSMEN AND CONSERVATION GROUPS. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, FISHERIES AND OCEANS COMMITTEE MR. GILCHREST AND MR. POMBO FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL. I WAS PROUD TO INTRODUCE COMPANION LEGISLATION, H.R. 2018 IN THE HOUSE LAST YEAR. SENATE BILL 260 WILL AUTHORIZE THE POPULAR PARTNERS FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE PROGRAM. THE PARTNERS PROGRAM PROVIDES TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO PRIVATE LANDOWNERS TO VOLUNTARILY RESTORE WETLANDS AND OTHER FISH AND WILDLIFE HABITAT ON THEIR OWN LAND. WITH MORE THAN 80% OF THE FISH AND WILDLIFE IN THE UNITED STATES ON PRIVATE LANDS, S. 260 IS NEEDED TO ENCOURAGE PUBLIC-PRIVATE LANDOWNERS IN OKLAHOMA AND AROUND OUR NATION TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO CONSERVE VALUABLE NATURAL HABITAT AND WILDLIFE. SINCE 1987, THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE HAS OPERATED THE PARTNERS PROGRAM AS A SEPARATE LINE ITEM UNDER THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. SUBJECTING THESE FUNDS TO REPROGRAMMING WITHIN THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICES. SENATE BILL 260 AUTHORIZES UP TO $75 MILLION THROUGH FISCAL YEAR 2011 TO ALLOW THE SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM TO STABILIZE AND EXPAND. GIVEN THAT THOUSANDS OF LANDOWNERS ARE EAGER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PARTNERS PROGRAM, SENATE BILL 260 COULDN'T COME AT A BETTER TIME. AS A SPORTSMAN, I BELIEVE IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE OUR NATIONAL RESOURCES. THERE ARE FEW THINGS I ENJOY MORE THAN FISHING WITH MY KIDS AND WE OWE OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS THE SAME OPPORTUNITY. MOST PEOPLE THINK THAT WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AND THE RIGHTS OF PRIVATE LANDOWNERS -- LAND HOLDERS ARE NATURALLY COMBATIVE FORCES AND ARE MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE. THE PARTNERS PROGRAM IS A SHINING EXAMPLE OF HOW WE CAN PROTECT WILDLIFE AND THE PROMPT OF INDIVIDUALS AT THE SAME TIME. THE SIMPLE FACT IS THE FUTURE OF OUR NATURAL RESOURCES DEPENDS ON THE CONSERVATION OF HABITAT, MAKE SUCCESSFUL MANAGEMENT OF WILDLIFE AND THE CONTROL OF SPECIES ON PRIVATE LAND. PASSAGE OF S. 260 TODAY IS CRITICAL TO ENSURE ITS CONTINUED SUCCESS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. JONES

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL SENATE…

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL SENATE 260. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 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 UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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  • 05:08:14 PM

    MR. JONES

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2334 AS AMENDED.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 36 5, H.R. 2334, A BILL TO AMEND THE GROUNDWATER STUDY AND…

    NUMBER 36 5, H.R. 2334, A BILL TO AMEND THE GROUNDWATER STUDY AND FACILITIES ACT, TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DESIGN, PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION OF PERMANENT FACILITIES FOR THE GREAT PROJECT, TO RECLAIM, REUSE AND TREAT WATERS IN THE AREA OF OXNARD, CALIFORNIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. JONES AND MR.…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. JONES AND MR. KILDEE WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. JONES

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. JONES

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. KILDEE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. KILDEE

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2334, LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY OUR…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2334, LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY OUR COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA, LOIS CAPPS. WITH ALMOST NO ASSISTANCE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THE CITY OF OXNARD IS MAKING SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS TO ITS MUNICIPAL WATER SYSTEM. A KEY PART OF THEIR PROJECT CALLED THE GREAT PROJECT IS TO STRETCH LOCAL WATER SUPPLIES WITH NEW PROJECTS FOR DESALTING AND WATER RECYCLING. ESPECIALLY IN OUR WESTERN STATES, PROJECTS LIKE THIS CAN HELP CITIES PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM DROUGHT AND REDUCE THE NEED TO IMPORT WATER FROM DISTANT RESERVOIRS. H.R. 2334 WILL MAKE A VERY MODEST AMOUNT OF FEDERAL FINANCIAL HELP AVAILABLE TO HELP CONSTRUCT THIS PROJECT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2334, AND, MR. SPEAKER, I AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO OUR COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA, LOIS CAPPS.

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    MRS. CAPPS

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MRS. CAPPS

    MY HOPE IS THAT I CAN EXPLAIN AND DEMONSTRATE SUFFICIENTLY THE ENTHUSIASM…

    MY HOPE IS THAT I CAN EXPLAIN AND DEMONSTRATE SUFFICIENTLY THE ENTHUSIASM FOR THIS LEGISLATION BY MY CONSTITUENTS IN THE CITY OF OXNARD. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2334, AND IT IS CALLED THE OXNARD WATER RECYCLING AND DESALINATION ACT. FIRST, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN POMBO AND RANKING MEMBER RAHAL FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THEIR -- RAHALL FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THEIR MEASURE. AND I WANT TO THANK THEIR STAFFS FOR THE KEY ROLE IN THIS PESSAGE. IT AUTHORIZES A REGIONAL WATER RESOURCES PROJECT. IT'S NAMED THE GROUND WATER RECOVERY ENHANCEMENT AND TREATMENT ACT, OR AS THE INITIALS WILL SUMMARIZE, TOO, IT'S THE GREAT PROGRAM. IT IS GREAT IN MANY WAYS. LOCATED IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. OXNARD, CALIFORNIA, AS SO MANY COMMUNITIES TODAY, ARE FACED WITH THE DIFFICULT TASK OF PROVIDING RELIABLE AND SAFE DRINKING WATER FOR THEIR CUSTOMERS. THE CITY OF OXNARD HAS TAKEN THIS SITUATION AND WORKED ON IT. IT'S ONE OF CALIFORNIA'S FASTEST GROWING CITIES. THE WATER NEEDS FOR THE CITY'S AGRICULTURE USERS HAS EXCEEDED THE LOCAL WATER RESOURCES. AGRICULTURE IS THE MAIN STAY OF THE ECONOMY IN THE REGION. BUT AT THE SAME TIME MANY PEOPLE ARE MOVING TO THE AREA. NOW CONSEQUENTLY, OVER 50% OF ITS WATER HAS HAD TO BE IMPORTED FROM OTHER SOURCES. RECOGNIZING THESE CHALLENGES, OXNARD DEVELOPED THE GREAT PROGRAM TO ADDRESS ITS LONG-TERM WATER NEEDS. AND AS MY COLLEAGUE, MR. KILDEE FROM MICHIGAN, ILLUSTRATED, THE CITY ITSELF AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS, GRAUPLED WITH THIS ISSUE THEMSELVES AND RECOGNIZING THAT THEY NEEDED TO BE CREATIVE AND COME UP WITH A SOLUTION THAT WOULD MEET THEIR NEEDS. THIS GREAT PROGRAM COMPLUSS A NEW REGIONAL WATER -- GROUNDWATER DESALINATION FACILITY TO SERVE POTTABLE WATER CUSTOMERS IN THE CITY OF OXNARD. IT -- POTTABLE WATER CUSTOMERS IN THE CITY OF OXNARD. IT NEEDS TO HAVE AN ADDED PROTECTION AGAINST SEA WATER INTRUSION. FINALLY, IT INCLUDES A WE HAD LANDS RESTORATION COMPONENT THAT REUSES THE DISCHARGES RECYCLE WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES. IT'S A FULL CIRCLE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE EVERY ADVANTAGE OF THE WATER SUPPLIES THAT ARE THERE, TO ENHANCE THEM AND TO EVEN REUSE THEM. IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS GREAT PROGRAM WILL PROVIDE MANY SIGNIFICANT REGIONAL BENEFITS. IT WILL REDUCE THE CONSUMPTION OF GROUNDWATER FOR AGRICULTURAL AND INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES. IT WILL CUT IMPORTED WATER REQUIREMENTS. AND IT WILL IMPROVE HIGH QUALITY WATER DELIVERIES. IT WILL ALSO ADD ENORMOUSLY TO THE RESTORATION OF THE WETLANDS IN THE REGION. MR. SPEAKER, I COMMEND THIS RESOURCES COMMITTEE FOR TRYING TO FIND INNOVATIVE AND EFFECTIVE WAYS THAT EXTENDS WATER SUPPLIES IN THE WEST. IN MY VIEW, THE CITY OF OXNARD RECYCLING AND DESALINATION ACT OFFERS SUCH A CREATIVE SOLUTION. AGAIN, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE COMMITTEE ON RESOURCES FOR SUPPORTING THIS BILL AND I UDGE ITS IMMEDIATE PASSAGE. I YIELD BACK THE TIME TO MR. KILDEE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELD BACK THE BAFFLE HIS TIME?

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    MR. KILDEE

    THIS TIME I WILL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. JONES

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R.…

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2334 AS AMENDED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 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 UPON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    TO RE-AUTHORIZE AND IMPROVE THE PROGRAM AUTHORIZED BY THE APPALACHIAN…

    TO RE-AUTHORIZE AND IMPROVE THE PROGRAM AUTHORIZED BY THE APPALACHIAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENTAL ACT OF 1965.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, MR. SHOUSERS AND MR. OBERSTAR EACH WILL CONTROL 20…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, MR. SHOUSERS AND MR. OBERSTAR EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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  • 05:15:37 PM

    MR. SHUSTER

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SHUSTER

    I WANT TO OINT OUT VERY EARLY ON THAT THERE ARE NO EARMARKS IN THIS…

    I WANT TO OINT OUT VERY EARLY ON THAT THERE ARE NO EARMARKS IN THIS LEGISLATION. THE A.R.C. HAS BEEN A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM FOR THE PAST 40 YEARS. IT HAS HELPED REDUCE THE APPALACHIAN REGION'S POVERTY LEVEL, INCREASE THE PERCENTAGE OF ADULTS WITH A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, CREATED NEW JOBS. S. 2832 IS A SIMPLE FIVE-YEAR RE-AUTHORIZATION INCREASING AUTHORIZATION LEVELS TO ADJUST FOR INFLATION. THE RE-AUTHORIZATION MAKES A MINOR CHANGE OF THE A.R.C. COUNTIES. THEY HAVE FOUR STATUTORY DESIGNATIONS WHICH ARE DETERMINED BY THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, PER CAPITA INCOME AND POVERTY RATE OF EACH A.R.C. COUNTY. THE BILL CREATES AN ADDITIONAL DESIGNATION TO ASSIST COUNTIES THAT ARE AT RISK YET DON'T FULLY QUALIFY AS DISTRESSED. CURRENTLY, THESE COUNTIES MAY ONLY BE FUNDED UP TO 50% OF PROJECT COSTS. AT-RISK COUNTIES HAVE FRAGILE QUESTIONS AND HAVE DIFFICULTY MEETING THE CURRENT 50% MATCH RATE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRACTICE. IN MANY CASES, AT-RISK COUNTIES WERE RECENTLY DISTRESSED AND ELIGIBLE FOR AN 80% MATCH. IT WILL FURTHER ASSIST COUNTIES AS THEY TRANSITION FROM DISTRESSED TO THE DESIGNATION AND FUND PROJECTS UP TO 70% OF THE PROJECT COSTS. THE A.R.C. IS VIEWED BY MOST AS A SUCCESSFUL MODEL FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND THE A.R.C. HAS DONE A GREAT JOB OF ENCOURAGING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BY MAKING USE OF LOCAL RESOURCES FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE COMMUNITY. IT WAS RECENTLY ESTIMATED THAT EACH DOLLAR OF A.R.C. FUNDING LEVERAGED $2.57 IN OTHER PUBLIC FUNDING AND $8.46 IN RELATED PRIVATE FUNDING. THE ABILITY TO LEVERAGE A LARGE AMOUNT OF OTHER PRIVATE AND PUBLIC FUNDING MAKES A.R.C. A VERY VALUABLE TOOL FOR OUR COMMUNITIES. THE APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION IS A VITAL TOOL FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN APPALACHIAN AND IT WILL END IN 10 DAYS UNLESS WE PASS S. 2832 TODAY. I WILL REPEAT, THE PROGRAM WILL END IN 10 DAYS UNLESS WE PASS S. 2832 TODAY. WE MUST ENSURE CONTINUEATION OF THE SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM AND FURTHER EXPRESS OUR SUPPORT OF THE HARD-WORKING PEOPLE IN THE APPALACHIAN REGION. I WANT TO REMIND MY FELLOW COLLEAGUES THAT THERE ARE NO EARMARKS IN THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF S. 2832. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    MR. OBERSTAR

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    JEKTS. THE HOUSE BILL CONTAINS -- THE HOUSE BILL CONTAINS LANGUAGE THAT…

    JEKTS. THE HOUSE BILL CONTAINS -- THE HOUSE BILL CONTAINS LANGUAGE THAT SAYS IT SHALL BE DERIVED FROM SUCH STATE'S PORTION OF COMMISSION'S ALLOCATIONS OF APPROPRIATE AMOUNTS AMONG THE STATES. BY REQUIRING THAT FUND FOR EARMARK PROJECTS TO COME FROM THE STATE'S ALLOCATION, THIS LANGUAGE PROTECTS ALL FILE MEMBERS IN A.R.C. COUNTIES FROM DISTRIBUTION OF A.R.C. FUNDS. THE SENATE BILL CONTAINS NO SUCH PROVISION. IT IS INCONSISTENT WITH EARMARK REFORM LEGISLATION AND DOES NOTHING TO STOP THE UNBALANCED DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS THAT IS CHARACTERISTIC OF EARMARKING. WITH THIS VERY LIMITED AMOUNT OF PROGRAM FUNDS IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT FUND ALLOCATIONS BE DONE BASED ON NEED, NOT ON THE WHIMS OF A FEW. WE ARE ALL AWARE OF THE PHENOMENAL SUCCESS OF THE APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION. SINCE ITS CREATION IN 1965, THE A.R.C. HAS WORKED TO TRANSFORM THE APPALACHIAN REGION AND BREAK INTO THE AMERICAN ECONOMIC MAINSTREAM. IT HAS BEEN CUT BY MORE THAN HALF. THE PER CAPITA INCOME GAP BETWEEN APPALACHIAN AND THE U.S. HAS BEEN REDUCED FROM 22% BELOW THE NATIONAL AVERAGE IN 1965 TO 18% IN 2001. INFANT MORTALITY RATES HAVE FALLEN AND ADULTS ARE HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMEAS HAVE INCREASED BY OVER 70%. -- DIPLOMAS HAVE INCREASED BY OVER 70%. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT EACH STATE RECEIVE ITS FAIR SHARE BASED ON THE A.R.C. FORMULA. SENATE 2832 OPENS THE DOOR FOR TAMPERING WITH THIS SUCCESSFUL FORMULA. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO OPPOSE SENATE RESOLUTION 2832. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. SHUSTER

    I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TENNESSEE THAT IF WE OPPOSE…

    I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TENNESSEE THAT IF WE OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION IN 10 DAYS THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND IMPORTANT COMMISSION WILL EXPIRE. SO IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE PASS THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA WHO HAS BEEN A GREAT LEADER ON MOVING FOR THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL, THE GENTLELADY FROM WEST VIRGINIA. I YIELD HER AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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    TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS WILLINGNESS TO COME TO MY STATE. I RISE IN…

    TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS WILLINGNESS TO COME TO MY STATE. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION, TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION THROUGH 2011. MY STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA IS THE ONLY STATE FULLY WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE A.R.C. AND I'M PROUD OF THE WORK THAT THE PROGRAM HAS SPLISHED IN MY STATE. THREE COUNTIES IN MY CONGRESSIONAL -- HAS ACCOMPLISHED IN MY STATE. THREE COUNTIES IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE LIST OF THE ECONOMICALLY DISTRESSED COUNTIES. GOOD NEWS. PUTNAM COUNTY HAS JUMPED TO THE COMPETITIVE CATEGORY. I AM PLEASED THAT THIS LEGISLATION CODIFIES A.R.C.'S AT-RISK DESIGNATION THAT HAVE FRAGILE ECONOMIES AND COULD BE IN DANGER OF FALLING IN THE DISTRESSED CATEGORY. THEY WILL FUND UP TO 70% OF THE COST OF PROJECTS IN DESIGNATED AT-RISK COUNTIES. THE SHARME OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. SHUSTER, THE A.R.C. FEDERAL CO-CHAIR, ANN POPE, AND I HELD A LISTENING SESSION THIS MONTH IN RANDOLPH COUNTY TO HEAR SOME OF THE WAYS THAT THE A.R.C. HAS HELPED SPUR GROWTH. WE HEARD FROM SEVERAL ELECTED LOCAL OFFICIALS AND WE HEARD FROM REALLY A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT ENTITIES IN THE COUNTY ON HOW THE A.R.C. HAS HELP SPUR DEVELOPMENT IN RANDOLPH COUNTY. THE DIRECTOR OF THE WEST VIRGINIA WOOD TECHNOLOGY CENTER SPOKE TO US ABOUT AN A.R.C. GRANT THAT HELPED WORKERS LEARN THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO WORK IN THE TIMBER INDUSTRY, IN THE FOREST INDUSTRY. WE HEARD FROM A TEACHER WHO RECEIVED AN ENTREPRENEUR SHIP TO HELP TRAIN COLLEGE STUDENTS AND EARNED AN AWARD FOR THAT AND TRAVELED TO WASHINGTON TO ACCEPT THAT AWARD AND HAS SPURRED HER STUDENT TO GO ON TO COLLEGE TO BECOME AN ACCOUNTANT. WE HEARD FROM A DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL PLANNING COUNCIL IN OBTAINING GRANT FUNDS FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. JOB TRAINING, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, EDUCATION BENEFITS, HOUSING AND HELPING TO BUILD A COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE IS JUST SOME OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE A.R.C. IN THIS ONE COUNTY OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY WHEN EVERY WEST VIRGINIA COUNTY AND EVERY APPALACHIAN COUNTY IS STRONG ENOUGH ECONOMICALLY, THAT THE A.R.C. IS UNNECESSARY. UNTIL THEN, SINCE 1965 UNTIL NOW AND 2011, UNTIL THEN, HOWEVER, A.R.C. IS A TREMENDOUS ASSET IN IMPROVING COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE REGION. I KNOW THERE IS SOME DISAGREEMENT FOR THIS LEGISLATION. BUT THE PROGRAM IT SUPPORTS HAS BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT ACROSS APPALACHIAN. THE SENATE PASSED THIS BILL BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL PASS THE BILL SO IT CAN BE SIGNED INTO LAW. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    MR. OBERSTAR

    I'LL CLOSE.

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    MR. SHUSTER

    THEN I'LL YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO

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    MR. OBERSTAR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. OBERSTAR

    I LOVE THE APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION. I LOVE WHAT IT HAS…

    I LOVE THE APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION. I LOVE WHAT IT HAS ACCOMPLISHED. I FOLLOW THE WORK OF FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT JR. WHEN HE WAS DESIGNATED BY JOHN F. KENNEDY TO TRAVEL THROUGHOUT THE 13 STATES OF THE APPALACHIAN REGION AND REPORT BACK TO HIM ON HIS FINDINGS AND OF SUGGESTIONS OF WHAT TO DO ON HOW TO REBUILD THE ECONOMIES OF THOSE 13 STATES. OUT OF THAT CAME THE APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION. I WAS STAFF DIRECTOR THERE ON PUBLIC WORKS AT THE TIME. I PARTICIPATED IN THE DRAFTING OF THE A.R.C. BILL AND SEPARATELY THE WRITING OF THE PUBLIC WORKS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 196 5. I HAVE ONE OF THE PENCE THAT LYNDON JOHNSON USED TO SIGN THE E.D.A. BILL INTO LAW. YEARS LATER WHEN IT CAME MY OPPORTUNITY TO BE MEMBER OF CONGRESS AND TO CHAIR THE INVESTIGATIONS AND OVERSIGHTS SUBCOMMITTEE AND THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SUBCOMMITTEE PRIOR TO THAT, IT WAS AT A TIME WHEN PRESIDENT REAGAN HAD JUST BEEN ELECTED, SUBMITTED HIS BUDGET TO THE CONGRESS. BUDGET RECONCILIATION ACT. CALLED FOR ABOLISHING THE APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION AND THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION. I SAID, THAT'S NOT RIGHT. WE'RE NOT GOING TO STAND AND LET THAT HAPPEN. THE GENTLEMAN'S PREDECESSOR, HIS FATHER, BUCK SCHUSTER, STOOD WITH US AS WE STOOD UP TO THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION TO BUDGET DIRECTOR STOCKMAN AND WE TRAVELED THROUGHOUT THE APPALACHIAN REGION HOLDING HEARINGS. WE HEARD SUCH WONDERFUL TESTIMONY AS BEFORE THE APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION, THE WAY UP FOR PEOPLE IN THIS REGION WAS A BUS TICKET WAS TO MICHIGAN. THE ECONOMY FOR 100 YEARS WAS CHARACTERIZED BY 80 ACRES AND A MULE. WE WENT TO DOVE, TENNESSEE AND HELD FROM A DIRECTOR OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER. SAID AT THE CONCLUSION OF HER TESTIMONY, GENTLEMEN -- AND THE GENTLEMEN THERE AT THE HEARING WERE MYSELF AND MR. CLINGER OF PENNSYLVANIA, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE. GENTLEMEN, WHEN YOU GO BACK TO WASHINGTON AND LOOK AT THE DOLLAR, TRY TO LOOK OVER THE TOP OF THE DOLLAR AND NOT TO SEE GEORGE WASHINGTON BUT TO SEE A CHILD. WHEN WE WENT INTO WEST VIRGINIA, THE STATE OF THE FREFF SPEAKER, THE MAYOR -- OF THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER, THE MAYOR OF THE LITTLE TOWN TOOK US AROUND TOWN OF WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE AND WHAT IT WAS COMING TO BE WITH THE INVESTMENTS FROM A.R.C. AND AS I STOOD IN THE STORE WHICH THE MAYOR OWNED AND OPERATED, BEHIND THE CASH REGISTER ON THE WALL WAS A LITTLE SIGN THAT SAID, "GOD NEVER PUT NOBODY IN A PLACE TOO SMALL TO GROW." THAT'S THE SPIRIT OF APPALACHIAN. AND OVER THE YEARS THOSE INVESTMENTS HAVE TAKEN THIS REGION, THE INVESTMENTS OF THE A.R.C., HAS TAKEN THE 45% OF PER CAPITA OF INCOME AND BOOSTED IT UP TO 70% OF PER CAPITA INCOME. THAT'S AN EXTRAORDINARY ACCOMPLISHMENT. AND THE BACKBONE HIGHWAY SYSTEM THAT HAS OPENED THE REGION UP TO TRADE AND GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY HAS BEEN CRITICAL TO THE GROWTH OF THIS REGION. BUT IN 1982, THE ADMINISTRATION SAID, NO, WE DON'T WANT TO CONTINUE THIS PROGRAM. BUT THE CONGRESS SAID, YES. WE REPORTED THE BILL FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS, BROUGHT IT TO THE HOUSE. IT PASSED 382 TO SOMETHING, BUT THE SENATE WOULDN'T ACT ON IT. IT WAS A REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN THE SENATE. THEY WERE WORKING WITH THE ADMINISTRATION. THEY SAID NO. BUT BECAUSE THE HOUSE HAD SPOKEN, THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE SAID THE HOUSE HAS SPOKEN ON THIS AND WE WILL APPROPRIATE THE FUNDS AND THE AUTHORIZATION WITH IT. AND FOR 16 YEARS THAT'S THE WAY IT WENT. APPROPRIATIONS WE WOULD IN EVERY CONGRESS PASSED A RE-AUTHORIZATION OF A.R.C., THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD OPPOSE IT, THE REAGAN WON AND BUSH WON, AND THE HOUSE WOULD SPEAK AND THE APPROPRIATIONS AND THE AUTHORIZATION WOULD PASS. UNTIL CHAIRMAN SHUSTER IN 1998 WE FINALLY GOT AN AUTHORIZATION BILL THROUGH THE HOUSE AND THROUGH THE SENATE. BY THE SAME 380-PLUS MARGINS. BUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED SINCE THEN IS THAT FUNDING -- THE FUNDING AUTHORIZATION NUMBERS HAVE NOT BEEN MATCHED BY THE APPROPRIATION NUMBERS. AND A PHENOMENON HAS OCCURRED IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, LAST TWO FISCAL YEARS, OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTING ITS JUDGMENT FOR THE JUDGMENT OF THE GRANS ROOTS PEOPLE -- GRASSROOTS PEOPLE IN THE APPALACHIA. THIS IS A UNIQUE PROCESS BY WHICH PEOPLE COULD TO APPROVAL OF PROJECTS. IT STARTS AT THE COUNTY LEVEL. STARTS WITH A REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION. STARTS WITH A MAYOR, COUNCIL, WITH BUSINESSPEOPLE MEET, DECIDE WHAT THEIR NEEDS ARE, MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS, IT'S APPROVED BY THE DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT ORGANIZATION, IT THEN GOES TO THE STATE, AND THEN GOES TO THE COMMISSION, AND THE COMMISSION THEN APPROVES THE PROJECTS, AND THEN THE BUDGET COMES TO THE CONGRESS. AND THEN THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE THE LAST TWO YEARS AS SAID, OH, FORGET ABOUT THAT. WE HAVE OUR OWN PRIORITIES. AND WE ARE GOING TO DESIGNATE MONEY. BUT THEIR DESIGNATIONS DILUTE THE FUNDING FOR THE OTHER STATES. THERE ARE THREE STATES -- OHIO DOUBLED ITS SHARE. 113% INCREASE OF A.R.C. FUNDING. WEST VIRGINIA, 31% INCREASE. NORTH CAROLINA, INCREASES, 14%. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR THE REST OF THE STATES? THAT MEANS ALABAMA'S DOWN 20%, GEORGIA'S DOWN 19.6, KENTUCKY IS DOWN A PERCENT AND A HALF, MARYLAND IS DOWN 20%. I'LL PUT THESE ALL IN THE RECORD AND NOT GO THROUGH EVERY ONE OF THEM. BECAUSE WE ARE DEALING WITH A CLOSED CIRCLE. AND WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? TO THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE AND BELIEVE IN THE GRASSROOTS PROCESS THAT GOVERNMENTS FROM THE BOTTOM UP NOT FROM THE TOP DOWN, IT MEANS WE DISRESPECT YOUR JUDGMENT OF THE WE ARE SUBSTITUTING OUR JUDGMENT JUST BECAUSE WE OR ONE ANOTHER PERSON HAPPENS TO BE ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE THAT CAN SUBSTITUTE ITS JUDGMENT FOR THE GRASSROOTS. IT'S BEEN DISCOURAGING. I TALKED TO THE DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS. SO WHEN WE FASHIONED OUR BILL IN THE HOUSE AND IN OUR COMMITTEE TO RE-AUTHORIZE A.R.C., PAGE 10 OF THE BILL THAT WAS INTRODUCED IN JULY, JULY 17, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA'S CO-SPONSORED. CHAIRMAN YOUNG CO-SPONSOR, WON'T GO THROUGH THE OTHERS. SECTION 4, SUBDECKS B, ALLOCATION OF -- SUBSECTION B, ALLOCATION OF FUNDS. FUNDS APPROVED BY THE COMMISSION FOR A PROJECT IN AN APPALACHIAN STATE, PURSUANT TO CORRECTIONAL DIRECTION, SHALL BE DERIVED FROM SUCH STATE'S PORTION OF APPROPRIATED AMOUNTS AMONG THE STATES. THAT IS THE ANTI-EARMARKING. THAT RESPECTS THE GRASSROOTS PROCESS. THAT IS THE BILL THAT WE INTRODUCED. IT WAS NOT REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN. COULD HAVE DONE THIS IN JULY. COULD HAVE HAD A BILL PASS-THROUGH THE HOUSE PRACTICALLY ON UNANIMOUS CONSENT OR HAD A RECORDING -- RECORDED VOTE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN 400-PLUS TO ZERO. BUT INSTEAD WE WAITED FOR THE SENATE TO PASS A BILL. THE SENATE DROPPED THAT LANGUAGE. WE DON'T HAVE IN THE SUSPENSION PROCESS, WE DON'T HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER, TO REINSTATE THE HOUSE LANGUAGE TORQUES STAND UP FOR THE HOUSE POSITION. THAT'S WHY I COME WITH A HEAVY HEART TO OPPOSE THIS BILL BECAUSE IT'S THE WRONG PROCESS. BECAUSE IT GUTS THE HOUSE PROVISION. BECAUSE IT TAKES AWAY THE OPPORTUNITY OF ALL STATES TO PARTICIPATE EQUALLY. NOW, THE GENTLEMAN, CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, I HAVE TO RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE, THE PROGRAM'S NOT GOING TO RUN OUT IN 10 DAYS. THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HAS AUTHORIZED -- HAS INCLUDED IN ITS APPROPRIATION CONTINUATION OF THE AUTHORIZATION AND AS WE HAVE DONE FOR 16 YEARS WE CAN CONTINUE THE AUTHORIZATION THROUGH THE APPROPRIATION PROCESS. BUT IT WILL NOT BE AS VALUABLE AS IF WE INCLUDE THE HOUSE LANGUAGE TO STOP THE RAID ON THE OTHER STATES WITHIN THE APPALACHIAN REGION. WE ARE NOT TALKING HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OR BILLIONS AS WE HAVE IN THE TRANSPORTATION BILL. WE ARE TALKING $65 MILLION FOR FISCAL 2006. AND $26 MILLION IN FORMULA FUNDS FOR THE COMING FISCAL YEAR, AND $35 MILLION TOTAL. OUT OF THAT $6 MILLION IN FORMULA FUNDS, $9.3 MILLION HAVE BEEN EARMARKED. THAT MEANS OTHER STATES GET PROPORTIONALLY LESS MONEY THAN THOSE WHO ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE SOMEONE ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TAKE CARE OF THEM. THAT'S NOT RIGHT. WHAT'S THIS A WEEK AGO THIS BODY PASSED AN ANTI-EARMARKING BILL AS RULES FOR THE HOUSE. WE DID IT EVEN BETTER. WE ARE NOT SAYING LIST WHO THEY ARE FOR. WE ARE SAYING DON'T DO IT IN THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM. THAT'S WHAT OFFENDS ME. PROCESS MEANS RESPECT FOR THE SYSTEM. PROCESS GUARANTEES OR SHOULD, INTEGRITY. AND I'M SAYING WE OUGHT TO RESTORE INTEGRITY. WE OUGHT TO SEND THIS BILL BACK TO THE SENATE AND HAVE A REAL NEGOTIATION AND DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THE REST OF THE APPALACHIAN STATES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    MR. SHUSTER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    MR. OBERSTAR

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. TO JUST ADD TO THE DISCUSSION THAT I…

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. TO JUST ADD TO THE DISCUSSION THAT I DON'T THINK GOVERNMENT WILL COME TO A HALT IN 10 DAYS. THE HOUSE WILL PASS A CONTINUING RESOLUTION SO THAT WE CAN GET THROUGH OCTOBER, COME BACK AFTER ELECTION ON NOVEMBER 13, AND TAKE UP THESE APPROPRIATION BILLS AND THE APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION WILL CONTINUE. AND QUITE RIGHT. THE GENTLEMAN HAS STOOD FIRMLY AGAINST EARMARKING IN THE AUTHORIZATION PROCESS. BUT IT'S IN THE APPROPRIATION. IT'S WHERE THE MONEY IS DELIVERED. WHERE THEY -- THE EVIL OCCURS, IF YOU WILL IN THIS CONTEXT, I SAY. THIS IS NOT A BILL TO BE TINKERING WITH WITH EARMARKS WHEN THERE IS SO CLEARLY A GRASSROOTS PROCESS THAT IS FAIR AND EQUITABLE AND HAS INPUT FROM THE PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS ARE AFFECT. AND IT GOES ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE TOP. WHEN IT GETS UP HERE, SORRY, YOU DON'T COUNT. YOUR JUDGMENT IS NOT OF VALUE. AND TO TAKE NEARLY A THIRD OF THE MONEY, LIMITED AMOUNT OF FUNDS IN THE APPROPRIATION PROCESS, DESIGNATESED FOR PROJECTS, AND THEREFORE -- DESIGNATED FOR PROJECTS, AND THEREBY DIMINISH THE AMOUNT OTHER STATES GET, THAT'S NOT RIGHT. IT'S JUST SIMPLY NOT RIGHT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    MR. SHUSTER

    ONCE AGAIN I UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN AND I WOULD SUGGEST THAT…

    ONCE AGAIN I UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN AND I WOULD SUGGEST THAT WE TAKE CARE OF THIS EARMARKING PROBLEM IN THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. I KNOW THE SENATE BILL HAS LANGUAGE IN THERE, APPROPRIATIONS BILLS, THAT DEALS WITH THIS. I THINK THAT'S THE APPROPRIATE PLACE TO DO IT. AGAIN I HAVE GREAT CONCERN THAT IF WE DON'T RE-AUTHORIZE THIS AND GET TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK WE IN FACT COULD SUNSET AND TERMINATE THIS PROGRAM. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I'M NOT WILLING TO TAKE A RISK ON. ONCE AGAIN I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S SUPPORT FOR A.R.C. HIS PASSION FOR A.R.C. I WANT TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT THERE ARE NO EARMARKS IN THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL AND THAT I WOULD ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE TO CONTINUE THE A.R.C., APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION'S POSITIVE IMPACT THAT IT'S HAD ON A REGION OF THIS COUNTRY THAT NEEDS IT. WITH THAT I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL,…

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, SENATE 2832. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. 2/3 OF THOSE PRESENT HAVING VOTED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE --

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    MR. OBERSTAR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    MR. OBERSTAR

    A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR'S PRIOR ANNOUNCEMENT, FURTHER…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR'S PRIOR ANNOUNCEMENT, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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  • 05:42:04 PM

    MR. SHUSTER

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4653.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 351, H.R. 4653, A BILL TO REPEAL A PROHIBITION ON…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 351, H.R. 4653, A BILL TO REPEAL A PROHIBITION ON THE USE OF CERTAIN FUNDS FOR TUNNELING IN CERTAIN AREAS WITH RESPECT TO THE LOS ANGELES TO SAN FERNANDO VALLEY METRO RAIL PROSPECT, CALIFORNIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. SHUSTER, AND…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. SHUSTER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. OBERSTAR, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    MR. SHUSTER

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SHUSTER

    OF CERTAIN FEDERAL TRANSIT FUNDS TO TUNNEL IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY AREA…

    OF CERTAIN FEDERAL TRANSIT FUNDS TO TUNNEL IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY AREA WEST OF LOS ANGELES. IN 1985 AN EXPLOSION OF NATURALLY OCCURRING METHANE GAS BLEW UP A DEPARTMENT STORE IN LOS ANGELES. INJURING 22 PEOPLE. CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY OF TUNNELING IN THE AREA OF LOS ANGELES, THE LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL CREATED A TASK FORCE TO INVESTIGATE THE EXPLOSION. THE TASK FORCE IDENTIFIED METHANE RISK ZONES ALONG THE WILSHIRE BOULEVARD CORRIDOR. IN 1985 THE LOS ANGELES SUBWAY LINE WAS IN THE PLANNING AND DESIGN STAGE. SINCE THEN IT HAS BEEN COMPLETELY FUNDED AND BUILT AND BEEN IN OPERATION SINCE 1993, WITHIN WITH AN EXTENSION OF NORTH HOLLYWOOD COMPLETED IN 2000. THE F.Y. 1986 TRANSPORTATION APPROPRIATIONS BILL INCLUDED A PROVISION THAT PROHIBITS THE USE OF FEDERAL TRANSIT FUNDS ASSOCIATED WITH THE LOS ANGELES PROJECT FOR TUNNELING IN OR THROUGH IDENTIFIED METHANE RISK ZONE. THE LANGUAGE WAS WRITTEN VERY BROADLY, FINDING FUTURE FUNDS PROVIDED BY CONGRESS, AND AFFECTING ALL PARTS OF THE METRO RAIL SUBWAY PROJECT INCLUDING FUTURE EXTOWNSES. IN NOVEMBER OF 2005 A -- EXTENSIONS. IN NOVEMBER OF 2005, A PANEL OF EXPERTS SAID TUNNELING ALONG THE CORRIDOR CAN BE DONE SAFELY IF PROPER PROCEDURES AN TECHNIQUES ARE USED. THIS BILL, H.R. 4653, WAS INTRODUCE BIDE CONGRESSMAN WAXMAN IN DECEMBER OF 2005, AND WILL REPEAL THE CURRENT PROHIBITION ON TUNNELING IN THE WILSHIRE BULL VAR DOOR CORE -- BOULEVARD CORRIDOR. THE PROCESS CAN TAKE PLACE IN THE CORRIDOR AND FUTURE TRANSPORTATION PROPOSALS THAT INVOLVE TUNNELING WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL FUNDING. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4653, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    MR. OBERSTAR

    30 SECONDS TO SAY THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. WAXMAN, WITH…

    30 SECONDS TO SAY THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. WAXMAN, WITH WHOM I ENTERED CONGRESS TOGETHER IN 1975, HAS BEEN A CHAMPION OF THIS PROJECT. BUT WITH A WATCHFUL EYE OP THE WAY IN WHICH IT WAS CRAFTED AND CARRIED FORWARD. AND IT HAS BEEN HIS INSPIRATION THAT HAS BROUGHT THIS PROJECT TO THE POINT WHERE IT IS NOW AN AGREED UPON INITIATIVE AND FINANCIALLY SUSTAINABLE AND OPERATIONALLY SUCCESSFUL. I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. WAXMAN

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YIELDING TO ME. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO THANK…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YIELDING TO ME. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO ASSISTED IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR TODAY. CHAIRMAN DON YOUNG, RANKING MEMBER JIM OBERSTAR, REPRESENTATIVES JERRY LEWIS AND DAVID DREIER. H.R. 4653 IS NONCONTROVERSIAL LEGISLATION. IT REPEALS A LAW ENACTED IN 1985 THAT PROHIBITS SUBWAY TUNNELING IN AN AREA OF LOS ANGELES THAT I REPRESENT. I AUTHORED THE 1985 MEASURE AFTER A METHANE GAS EXPLOSION DEMOLISHED A ROSS DRESS FOR LESS STORE IN LOS ANGELES. AT THE TIME SERIOUS SAFETY CONCERNS WERE RAISED ABOUT THE CITY'S PLANS TO EXSEND THE SUBWAY THROUGH THIS AREA DUE TO UNDERGROUND POCKETS OF METHANE GAS. IN RECENT YEARS, EXPERTS HAVE INDICATED THAT TECHNOLOGIES HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED THAT COULD MAKE TUNNELING IN THIS AREA SAFE. IN 2004, THE LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL PASSED A MOTION URGING A REVERSAL OF THE 1985 LAW AND IN FEBRUARY, 2005, THE LOS ANGELES METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITIES BOARD VOTED TO RENEW DISCUSSIONS OF THE SUBWAY'S EXPANSION IN THIS AREA. AS A RESULT, I WORKED WITH THE MAYOR TO SELECT A PANEL OF SCIENTIFIC EXPERTS TO CONDUCT AN INDEPENDENT SAFETY REVIEW. THESE EXPERTS MADE A UNANIMOUS DETERMINATION IN NOVEMBER, 2005, REPORT THAT TUNNELING OF THE METHANE GAS AREA CAN BE DONE SAFELY IF PROPER PROCEDURES AND APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGIES ARE USED. H.R. 4653 SIMPLY LIFTS THE FEDERAL FUNDING -- FEDERAL TUNNELING PROHIBITION THAT HAS BEEN IN PLACE SINCE 1985. THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE REPORTED THIS BILL UNANIMOUSLY ON JULY 19, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AS WELL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    MR. SHUSTER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. OBERSTAR

    DOES THE CHAIRMAN, CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, HAVE ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS?

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    MR. SHUSTER

    NO FURTHER SPEAKERS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    MR. SHUSTER

    I JUST WANT TO ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4653,…

    I JUST WANT TO ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4653, AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R.…

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4653, SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 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 UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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    MR. SHUSTER

    HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO THE BILL…

    HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO THE BILL H.R. 3858.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE SENATE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    TO AMEND THE ROBERT T. STAFFORD DISASTER RELIEF AND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE…

    TO AMEND THE ROBERT T. STAFFORD DISASTER RELIEF AND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE ACT TO ENSURE THAT PREPAREDNESS PLANS ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF INDIVIDUALS WITH HOUSEHOLD PETS AND SERVICE ANIMALS FOLLOWING A MAJOR DISASTER OR EMERGENCY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. SHUSTER, AND…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. SHUSTER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. OBERSTAR, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    MR. SHUSTER

    I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT WHO IS THE PRIME…

    I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT WHO IS THE PRIME MOVER ON H.R. 3858, MR. SHAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. SHAYS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SHUSTER

    HERE TODAY TO PASS AN IMPORTANT REFORM TO OUR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM.…

    HERE TODAY TO PASS AN IMPORTANT REFORM TO OUR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. I WATCHED IN DISBELIEF LAST YEAR AS OUR GOVERNMENT STRUGGLED TO RESPOND TO THE DESTRUCTION OF HURRICANE KATRINA. I BELIEVE WE WERE SHOCKED BY FEMA'S PERFORMANCE GIVEN THEIR REPUTATION A FEW YEARS EARLIER. BREAKING FEMA UP WAS A MISTAKE, I BELIEVE. SINCE HURRICANE KATRINA, THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE, THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON KATRINA, HELD BOZZES OF HEARINGS AND DRAFTED THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE REPORT ON REFORMING OUR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. . JUST A FEW DAYS CHAIRMAN YOUNG AND CHAIRMAN KING AND CHAIRMAN REICHERT AND I REACHED AN AGREEMENT WITH THE SENATE AUTHORIZERS TO REAFFIRM THE SYSTEM. WITH THE LEADERSHIP AND RESOURCES NECESSARY TO RESPOND TO THE NEXT DISASTER, FEMA CAN ONCE AGAIN BE A REMERE AGENCY WITHIN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. I AM PLEASED TO HAVE ONE OF THESE REFORMS ON THE FLOOR TODAY, THE PETS ACT, ENSURES THE NEEDS OF THOSE WITH HOUSEHOLD PETS ARE CONSIDERED BY STATE AND LOCAL PREPAREDNESS PLANS. THE SENATE PERMITTED FEMA TO FUND STRUCTURES THAT ACCOMMODATE PETS AND SERVICE ANIMALS AND PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO PEOPLE WITH PETS AND SERVICE ANIMALS FOLLOWING A DISASTER. PEOPLE BECOME VERY ATTACHED TO THEIR PETS AND I AM LIKE MOST PEOPLE. I HAVE A WHEATON TERRIER THAT IS PART OF THE FAMILY AND IT WOULD BE VERY DIFFICULT TO LEAVE CHLOE BEHIND IN A DISASTER, SO I CAN CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND AND EMPATHIZE WITH THOSE FOLKS WHO HAVE HOUSEHOLD PETS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN YOUNG WHO IS AN ORIGINAL SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND GUIDANCE ON THIS BILL AND ON THE BROADER EMERGENCY BILL ON THE FLOOR NEXT WEEK. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO COMMEND MR. SHAYS FOR HIS DEDICATION AND HARD WORK IN MOVING THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SHAYS HAS WORKED TO ENSURE THAT OWNERS DON'T HAVE TO MAKE A CHOICE BETWEEN THEIR PERSONAL SAFETY AND THEIR PET'S SAFETY. AND I WOULD LIKE TO COMMEND MR. SHAYS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THE COMMITTEE INVESTIGATING THE RESPONSE TO HURRICANE KATRINA. HE WORKED TO RESOLVE THE FLAWS IN OUR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND MADE APPARENT THAT THE SYSTEM WAS -- THE SYSTEM WAS MADE APPARENT DURING HURRICANE KATRINA. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE UP TO FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON S. 2832, H.R. 4653, AND H.R. 3858. AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. OBERSTAR IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. OBERSTAR

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS. WILL THE GENTLEMAN REMAIN…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS. WILL THE GENTLEMAN REMAIN STANDING. DO I UNDERSTAND THAT IF WE PASS THIS BILL TONIGHT IT GOES DIRECTLY TO THE PRESIDENT FOR SIGNATURE?

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    UNDERSTANDING, YES, SIR.

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    MR. OBERSTAR

    YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. KUCINICH.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. KUCINICH

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS ANOTHER MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA,

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    MR. SHUSTER

    FROM MINNESOTA HAVE ANYMORE SPEAKERS?

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    MR. OBERSTAR

    THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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    THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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    MR. OBERSTAR

    LEGISLATIVE BODIES THAT WE CAN CONSIDER A MATTER OF THIS NATURE AND HAVE…

    LEGISLATIVE BODIES THAT WE CAN CONSIDER A MATTER OF THIS NATURE AND HAVE SUCH THOUGHTFUL, CONSTRUCTIVE CIVILIZED DIALOGUE ON A MATTER THAT TOUCHES THE HEART OF SO MANY OF OUR FELLOW CITIZENS. AND HOW FITTING TO HAVE SURVIVOR OF THE HOLOCAUST WHOSE WHOLE LIFE AND CAREER HAVE BEEN CONCERNED WITH SAVING PEOPLE FROM TRAGEDY, TO LEND HIS VOICE AND HIS STATURE AND HIS CHARACTER AND DIGNITY TO THE SAVING OF THE LIVES OF PETS. AND TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. SHAYS, WHO HAS BEEN ASSOCIATED SO MUCH WITH THE PROCESS OF CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM AND OTHER SIMILAR MATTERS, TO LEND HIS SUPPORT, HIS CONCERN, HIS CHARACTER TO A MATTER OF THIS KIND AND TO PARTNER WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, BOTH COASTS JOINING TO SUPPORT SOMETHING GREATER THAN ALL OF US. AS OTHERS HAVE SAID, MY WIFE AND I WATCHED THE HORROR OF HURRICANE KATRINA. JEAN'S HOME IS NEW ORLEANS. HER FAMILY WERE THERE. TWO BROTHERS, BOTH HAD PROPERTY LOSSES, SEVERE PROPERTY LOSS. SHE KNEW AS THE CAMERAS MOVED AROUND THE CITY FROM ONE STREET TO THE NEXT, I WALKED THAT STREET, I KNOW THE PEOPLE IN THAT HOUSE, THEY HAVE A PET, THAT DOG IS UP IN THE ATTIC AND STUCK AND THEY AREN'T GOING TO LEAVE. BECAUSE THEY CAN'T RESCUE THE PET. WE'LL NOW MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO AVOID SUCH DIRE CHOICES IN THE FUTURE BY PUTTING IN PLACE A STRUCTURE BY WHICH WE CAN ACCOMMODATE THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE AND THE LIVES THEY LEAD AND THE PETS THEY HAVE THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO THEIR LIVING. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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  • 06:09:14 PM

    MR. SHUSTER

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. SHAYS BEFORE I CLOSE.

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    MR. SHAYS

    TO THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN SHUSTER FOR MARSHALING THIS BILL THROUGH AND MAKING…

    TO THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN SHUSTER FOR MARSHALING THIS BILL THROUGH AND MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE TREATED IT WITH SERIOUSNESS. YOU AND RANKING MEMBER MR. OBERSTAR FOR YOUR PARTNERSHIP IN THIS EFFORT, I THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. OBERSTAR AS WELL, AND TO YOU, CONGRESSMAN LANTOS, WE'VE BEEN THROUGH MANY BATTLES TOGETHER AND THIS IS I THINK BEEN ONE OF THE MOST ENJOYABLE ONES. BUT I ALSO WANTED TO STAND UP AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE FINE WORK OF SENATOR COLLINS AND RANKING MEMBER LIEBERMAN AND THE SENATE FOR THEIR HELP IN GETTING THIS BILL THROUGH. HAD THEY NOT TAKEN ACTION, HAD THEY NOT TREATED THIS BILL SERIOUSLY, WE WOULDN'T BE HERE TODAY, AND FRANKLY, THEY MADE IT A BETTER BILL, SO I JUST WANT TO THANKS, AGAIN, SENATORS COLLINS AND MY FRIEND JOE LIEBERMAN, WHO I LOVE VERY DEARLY. THANK YOU.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    MR. SHUSTER

    VERY BRIEFLY BECAUSE I THINK I'LL BE IN DANGER OF BEING LABELED AS A BIG…

    VERY BRIEFLY BECAUSE I THINK I'LL BE IN DANGER OF BEING LABELED AS A BIG SOFTY IF I GIVE TOO MUCH OF A CLOSING COMMENT, SO I'LL CLOSE BY JUST ASKING ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION WHICH IS IMPORTANT TO MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME

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  • 06:10:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 3858. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR 2/3 OF THOSE PRESENTED HAVING VOTED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE SENATE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    >>

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED…

    BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 777 CORPORATION STREET IN BEAVER, PENNSYLVANIA, AS THE ROBERT LYNN MEMORIAL POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX AND MR.…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX AND MR. DAVIS EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 06:12:13 PM

    MS. FOXX

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. FOXX

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. FOXX

    H.R. 4768 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MS. HART, WOULD…

    H.R. 4768 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MS. HART, WOULD DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE IN BEAVER, PENNSYLVANIA, AS THE ROBERT LINN MEMORIAL POST OFFICE BUILDING. MR. SPEAKER, ROBERT LINN PASSED AWAY IN AUGUST 2004 AT THE AGE OF 95. HIS ACCOMPLISHMENT OF SERVING THE CITIZENS OF BEAVER, PENNSYLVANIA, AS MAYOR FOR A RECORD-SETTING 58 YEARS WAS A TESTAMENT TO HIS LASTING DEDICATION AND FRIENDSHIP TO THE COMMUNITY. IN 1995, MAYOR LINN WAS LISTED IN THE "GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS" AS THE LONGEST SERVING MAYOR IN THE UNITED STATES. ALTHOUGH HE HAD A LONG LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS HIS INITIATIVE OF THE TOWN BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT THAT REMOVED POWER LINES AND CONCRETE SIDEWALK S FROM THE MAIN STREET WAS AMONG HIS GREATEST. NOT ONLY DID ROBERT LINN SERVE HIS COMMUNITY AS MAYOR FOR A RECORD-SETTING NUMBER OF YEARS, BUT HE SERVED AS AN EDUCATOR, BEAVER FALLS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL FOR SIX YEARS FOLLOWED BY 36-YEAR CAREER AT DUCANE LIGHT COMPANY. MAYOR LINN'S PASSION WAS SOCIALIZING WITH THE PEOPLE HE SERVED AND MANY IN TOWN KNEW THAT ONE OF HIS FAVORITE ACTIVITIES WAS RUNNING THE SCOREBOARD FOR FOOTBALL GAMES AT BEAVER HIGH SCHOOL. ALTHOUGH THE POSITION OF MAYOR WAS A PART-TIME JOB, ROBERT LINN WILL BE REMEMBERED BY THE CITIZENS OF BEAVER AS THEIR FULL-TIME CHAMPION. WITH GRATITUDE FOR HIS DEVOTION AND SERVICE TO THE BEAVER COMMUNITY, I ASK ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 4768. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:14:21 PM

    MR. DAVIS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. DAVIS

    AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE I'M PLEASED TO JOIN…

    AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUE IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4768 WHICH NAMES A POSTAL FACILITY IN BEAVER, PENNSYLVANIA AFTER ROBERT LINN. H.R. 4768 WAS INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE MELISSA HART ON FEBRUARY 16, 2006. THIS MEASURE WHICH HAS THE SUPPORT AND CO-SPONSORSHIP OF THE ENTIRE PENNSYLVANIA CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION WAS UNANIMOUSLY REPORTED FROM OUR COMMITTEE ON MAY 4, 2006. ROBERT LINN, A NATIVE OF PENNSYLVANIA, WAS MAYOR OF BEAVER BUROUGH FOR 58 YEARS UNTIL HIS DEATH ON AUGUST 22, 2004. HE IS HE'S REMEMBERED FOR MAKING SUCCESS ON MAKING IMPROVEMENTS ON THE MAIN STREET. RENOVATIONS EVER HISTORIC BUILDINGS AND PRESERVATION OF THE HISTORY AND CHARM OF HIS CITY. ANYONE WHO SERVES A CITY AS ITS MAYOR FOR 54 YEARS UNEQUIVOCALLY AND WITHOUT A DOUBT HAD ITS INTEREST AT HEART. AND CAN I THINK OF NO MORE APPROPRIATE WAY OF RECOGNIZING HIS IMPACT THAN TO NAME THIS FACILITY IN HIS HONOR. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA. MITTS FOX: MR. SPEAKER, IF I COULD ASK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS A QUESTION, PLEASE. DO I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME?

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  • 06:16:23 PM

    MR. DAVIS

    FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME.

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    MS. FOXX

    SPEAKER, IF I COULD WE ARE HOPING THAT MS. HART WILL ARRIVE HERE ANY…

    SPEAKER, IF I COULD WE ARE HOPING THAT MS. HART WILL ARRIVE HERE ANY MOMENT. IF WE COULD DELAY FOR A MINUTE THEN THAT WOULD GIVE HER THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE. IF NOT --

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  • 06:16:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I BELIEVE MS. HART HAS ARRIVED ON THE FLOOR.

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    MS. FOXX

    TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLELADY FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. HART

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MS. FOXX

    I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4768, AND I YIELD BACK…

    I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4768, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4768. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE PRESENT HAVING VOTED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, AND THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4586, AS AMENDED.

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  • 06:23:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    OF THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN TERCENTENARY COMMISSION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX, AND…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 06:24:16 PM

    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. FOXX

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO…

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 06:24:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. FOXX

    BENJAMIN FRANKLIN STANDS OUT IN AMERICAN HISTORY AS THE FOUNDING FATHER OF…

    BENJAMIN FRANKLIN STANDS OUT IN AMERICAN HISTORY AS THE FOUNDING FATHER OF THIS COUNTRY AND TRUE RENAISSANCE MAN. SINCE CHILDHOOD WE HAVE ALL ENJOYED THE WONDERFUL STORIES OF HIS REMARKABLE LIFE AS STATESMAN, SCIENTIST, INVENTOR, AND DIPLOMAT. WE HAVE NOW BEEN AFFORDED THE OPPORTUNITY OF BRINGING THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN TO CITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND OVERSEAS THROUGH THE WORK OF THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN TERCENTENARY COMMISSION. THIS COMMISSION WAS ESTABLISHED BY CONGRESS IN 2002 TO COMMEMORATE THE 300TH ANNIVERSARY OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN'S BIRTH IN 2006. THE COMMISSION HOSTS EXHIBITS IN A NUMBER OF COMMUNITIES AROUND THE UNITED STATES AS WELL AS IN FRANCE WHERE FRANKLIN SERVED AS THE AMERICAN MINISTER TO FRANCE. THESE EXHIBITION REPRESENT A RARE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PUBLIC TO VIEW THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF FRANKLIN ARTIFACTS THROUGH DISPLAYS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD FURNISHINGINGS -- FURNISHINGS, MANUSCRIPTS, AND DOCUMENTS. IN ADDITION THROUGH INTERACTIVE MULTIMEDIA EXHIBITS AND INTERNET WEBSITE VIEWERS ARE ABLE TO IMMERSE THEMSELVES INTO THE FRAKE LYNN EXPERIENCE. -- FRANKLIN EXPERIENCE. THESE OFFER THE PUBLIC AN OPPORTUNITY TO BECAME MORE FAMILIAR WITH HIM BY GETTING A GLIMPSE INTO THE INSPIRING LIFE OF THIS AMERICAN TREASURE. BECAUSE OF THE EXPANDED NATURE OF ITS PROGRAM, IT IS REQUESTED THAT THE LIFE OF THIS COMMISSION BE EXTENDED SO THAT THEY CAN CONTINUE THEIR VALUABLE WORK. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO COME TOGETHER AND RECOGNIZE THE LIFE AND CONTINUING LEGACY OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BY SUPPORTING H.R. 4586. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS.

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  • 06:26:20 PM

    MR. DAVIS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. DAVIS

    MR. SPEAKER, AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE, I'M…

    MR. SPEAKER, AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE, I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUE IN THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4586, THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN TERSENTARY COMMISSION ACT. THIS BILL WHICH WAS INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE MICHAEL CASTLE OF DELAWARE ON DECEMBER 16, 2005, WAS UNANIMOUSLY REPORTED BY THE GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE ON MARCH 30, 2006. EXTENDS THE AUTHORIZATION OF THE COMMISSION UNTIL F.Y. 2009. MR. SPEAKER, IN 2002 CONGRESS CREATED THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN TERCENTENARY COMMISSION, A PANEL OF AMERICANS CHOSEN TO STUDY AND RECOMMEND PROGRAMS TO CELEBRATE FRANKLIN'S 300TH BIRTH DATE AND TO MINT AND COMMEMORATIVE COIN OF BEN FRANKLIN. EXTENDING THE COMMISSION PAST 2007 TO 2009 WILL ALLOW THE FUNDS FROM THE SALE OF THE RECENTLY ISSUED BEN FRANKLIN COMMEMORATIVE COINS TO TRULY BENEFIT THE MANY COMMISSION PROGRAMS PLANNED AND UNDERWAY TO HONOR BEN FRANKLIN. THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN TERCENTENARY FOUNDED IN 2000 BY A CONORGANIZATION YUM -- CON SOSH YUM -- CONSORTIUM. AN EXHIBIT HAS BEEN ORGANIZED TO COMMEMORATE THE 300TH ANNIVERSARY OF FRANKLIN'S BIRTH AND WILL TRAVEL AROUND THE UNITED STATES AND FRANCE. THE EXHIBIT PREED IN PHILADELPHIA LAST YEAR AND JUST RECENTLY STOPPED IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, AND FROM THERE IT WOULD GO ON TO HOUSTON, TEXAS, DENVER, ATLANTA, LONDON, AND PARIS. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WAS THIS NATION'S GREATEST CITIZEN PERHAPS. DIPLOMAT, STATESMAN, HE WAS A SCIENTIST, A PHILANTHROPIST, HUMANITARIAN, INVENTOR, AND HUMOROUS. AS A MATTER OF FACT, MR. SPEAKER, I CAN REMEMBER WHEN I WAS A CHILD AND FOUND THINGS TO READ THAT READING ABOUT BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WAS REALLY JUST SIMPLY ONE OF THE GREAT JOYS OF GROWING UP. AND I NEVER WILL FORGET ONE THING THAT HE SAID. HE HAD ALL OF THESE IDEAS ABOUT VIRTUE. HE SAID, ON TEMPERANCE, EAT NOT TO DULLNESS, DRINK NOT TO ELEVATION. AND I WAS ASKING A YOUNG FELLOW THE OTHER DAY WHAT THAT MEANT, AND HE SAID THAT LINCOLN WAS SAYING DON'T EAT UNTIL YOU GET

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 06:29:58 PM

    MS. FOXX

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AT THE MOMENT. AND I YIELD BACK -- I…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AT THE MOMENT. AND I YIELD BACK -- I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4586, AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:30:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4586, AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 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 UPON THE TABLE. . WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 06:30:43 PM

    MS. FOXX

    YOU MR. SPEAKER. I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R.…

    YOU MR. SPEAKER. I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5664 AS AMENDED.

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  • 06:30:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 110…

    DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 110 COOPER STREET IN BABYLON, NEW YORK, AS THE JACOB FLETCHER POST OFFICE CENTER.

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  • 06:31:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MS. FOXX AND A -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS EACH CONTROL 20…

    MS. FOXX AND A -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 06:31:18 PM

    MS. FOXX

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 06:31:23 PM

    MS. FOXX

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 06:31:34 PM

    MS. FOXX

    H.R. 5664 OFFERED BY THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KING,…

    H.R. 5664 OFFERED BY THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KING, WOULD DESIGNATE THE POST OFFICE BUILDING IN BABYLON, NEW YORK, AS THE JACOB FLETCHER SAMUEL FLETCHER POST OFFICE BUILDING. JACOB FLETCHER'S LOVE FOR HIS COUNTRY WAS SECOND TO NONE AND HIS PATRIOTISM WAS NEFFED HIS SERVICE IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY HE WAS A 1994 BABYLON HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE WHO ENLISTED IN THE ARMY AFTER TERRORIST ATTACKS ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. AFTER COMPLETING BASIC TRAINING HE CONTINUED ON TO EARN HIS WINGS AS A PARATROOPER. BASED IN CAMP EDERLY, ITALY, JACOB FLETCHER WAS ONE OF THE FIRST AMERICANS TO LAND, ALONG WITH HIS FELLOW PARATROOPERS, JUST NORTH OF BAGHDAD DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF THE WAR. JACOB, JUST 11 DAYS SHY OF HIS 29TH BIRTHDAY, WAS KILLED ON NOVEMBER 13, 2003, WHEN A ROADSIDE BOMB EXPLODED NEXT TO THE BUS HE WAS ON IN THE TOWN OF SAMARRA. WITH GRATITUDE FOR HIS BRAVERY AND SACRIFICE TO OUR COUNTRY, I ASK ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN NAMING THE BABYLON, NEW YORK, POSTAL FACILITY IN HIS HONOR. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS.

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  • 06:32:56 PM

    MR. DAVIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MIGHT CONSUME TO ONE OF THE GREAT SONS OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTATIVE ISRAEL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ISRAEL, IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ISRAEL

    I THANK MY DISTINGUISHED FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS, AND MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO…

    I THANK MY DISTINGUISHED FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS, AND MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO THANK MY FRIEND FROM LONG ISLAND, PETER KING, FOR SPONSORING THIS RESOLUTION AND FOR ALLOWING ME TO CO-SPONSOR IT WITH HIM. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR JACOB FLETCHER AND HIS FAMILY AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION TO NAME THE BABYLON POST OFFICE IN HIS HONOR. THE BABYLON POST OFFICE NO LONGER RESIDES IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT BUT I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE AND HONOR OF REPRESENTING JACOB'S MOTHER, DORE EVEN KENNY. SHE'S A CONSTITUENT AND A DEAR FRIEND AND BECOME AN IMPORTANT ADVISOR ON ME ON SO MANY MILITARY ISSUES THAT I CONFRONT. HIS SON JACOB SAMUEL FLETCHER WAS A NATIVE OF LONG ISLAND AND IF THIS BILL IS PASSED ALL OF LONG ISLAND WILL KNOW ABOUT HIS LIFE AND HIS UNTIMELY DEATH. JACOB FLETCHER GREW UP ON LONG ISLAND, HE DREAMED OF SERVING HIS COUNTRY ON LONG ISLAND, HE REPRESENTED US PROUDLY WHEN HE WENT TO IRAQ. ON MARCH 23, 2003 AND HE AND THE 137TH NORTHERN AIR BRIGADE MADE THEIR WAY TO CAR KOOK. ON NOVEMBER 12, 2003, JACOB WAS KILLED ON HIGHWAY 1 IN SAMARRA. MR. SPEAKER, THIS KIND OF NEWS DOESN'T TELL US THE FULLNESS OF A LIFE. WE SEE A NAME IN THE NEWSPAPER, WE SEE A FACE, WE SEE STATISTICS AND NUMBERS, BUT NONE OF THAT REALLY DESCRIBES THE FULLNESS OF A LIFE, AND SO I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WITH MY COLLEAGUES AND WITH ALL OF AMERICA THE LIFE OF JACOB FLETCHER. HE WAS AN ATHLETE. HE WAS AN ARTIST WITH A TALENT FOR DRAWING. HE PLAYED DRUMS. HE WROTE POETRY. HE WAS DESCRIBED AS HAVING A BIG HEART AND BEING A GOOD LISTENER. AND THOSE ARE THE TRAITS THAT I'VE SEEN IN HIS MOTHER. IN RESPONSE TO HER SON'S DEATH, DORE EVEN KENNY HAD EVERY RIGHT TO RETREAT INTO HER OWN GRIEF, TO WAIT FOR THE ENTIRE WORLD TO FEEL SORRY FOR HER AND TO SUPPORT HER. BUT SHE REFUSED TO DO THAT. INSTEAD SHE CREATED THE JACOB'S LIGHT FOUNDATION, IT SENDS CARE PACKAGES TO OUR SERVICE MEMBERS IN DANGEROUS PLACES AROUND THE WORLD IT SENDS TOILETRIES AND FOOD AND SNACKS AND READING MATERIALS AND SUNSCREEN AND WRITING MATERIAL, ALL THEY IN SAYSITIES THAT OUR TROOPS REQUIRE. RATHER THAN RETREATING INTO HER GRIEF, DOREEN KENNY FELT IT WAS HER RESPONSIBILITY IN HER SON'S NAME TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR HER SON'S COMRADES. A FEW MONTHS AGO SHE CAME TO MY OFFICE, MR. SPEAKER, AND SHE WAS ANGRY, AND WE SAT DOWN AND SHE SAID SHE WAS RECEIVING EMAILS FROM TROOPS IN THE FIELD, IN THE THEATER IN IRAQ, COMPLAINING THEY HADN'T RECEIVED BANDAGES WHICH THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HAS SAID COULD SAVE 50% OF CASUALTIES IN IRAQ. AND SHE ASK NEED LOOK INTO IT. AND WE CALLED THE PENTAGON AND IT TOOK A FEW WEEKS BUT WE WERE ABLE TO SOLVE THAT PROBLEM AND WE'RE WORK WIDTH ARMY TODAY TO MAKE SURE THOSE BANDAGES ARE ARRIVING IN DANGEROUS PLACES LIKE IRAQ AND SAVING LIVES. ANOTHER EXAMPLE, MR. SPEAKER, THIS WOMAN COULD HAVE FELT SORRY FOR HERSELF AND INSTEAD SHE DEDICATED HER TO COMING TO MY OFFICE AND WORKING WITH THE ARMY TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE WHO ARE STILL IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN HAVE THE LIFE-SAVING SUPPLIES THEY NEED. THE ARMY DIDN'T RESPOND BECAUSE OF ME BECAUSE OF THE HEARINGS WE HAD ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, IT RESPONDED BECAUSE THIS MOTHER OF A SON WHO WAS KILLED WAS CONTACTED BY MEN AND WOMEN IN IRAQ WHO ASKED FOR HER HELP. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT JACOB FLETCHER WAS ALL ABOUT, HELPING WHEN PEOPLE NEEDED HELP. LISTENING WHEN PEOPLE NEEDED TO BE LISTENED TO. IT IS FITTING THAT THERE'S A FOUNDATION NAMED FOR JACOB FLETCHER WHICH SENDS PARCELS TO SERVICE MEMBERS WHO NEED THEM. AND IT WOULD BE EVEN MORE FITTING, MR. SPEAKER, TO NAME A POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF JACOB FLETCHER WHERE PARCELS WILL BE SENT AND WHERE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THOSE WHO LIVE IN LONG ISLAND WILL UNDERSTAND WHAT HE STOOD FOR, WHAT OUR COUNTRY STANDS FOR, AND WILL REMEMBER HIM ALWAYS. I AGAIN THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS FOR GIVING ME THIS TIME AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MS. FOXX

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:37:45 PM

    MR. KING

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING AND LIKE MY COLLEAGUES I'M PROUD TO…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING AND LIKE MY COLLEAGUES I'M PROUD TO STAND TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5644, AND I WAS PROUD TO INTRODUCE THE RESOLUTION AND I WANT TO THANK MR. ISRAEL, MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, FOR THE STRONG SUPPORT HE'S GIVEN ME ON THIS RESOLUTION AND ALSO FOR THE STRONG SUPPORT HE'S GIVEN TO THE KENNY FLETCHER FAMILIES. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S BEEN DISCUSSED WHAT JACOB FLETCHER ACHIEVED DURING HIS LIFE, WHAT HE ACHIEVED IN HIS DEATH, AND HE WAS AN EXCEPTIONAL, EXCEPTIONAL HUMAN BEING AND A YOUNG MAN. AS WAS STATED HE GREW UP ON LONG ISLAND AND HE DREAMED OF JOINING THE MILITARY, EVEN AS A YOUNG BOY. IN FACT THERE'S A TRUE TERROR SA-- STORY THAT HE SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION TO JOIN THE ARMY WHEN HE WAS ONLY 8 YEARS OLD AND HIS MOTHER HAD TO EXPLAIN AND TURN AWAY THE ENLISTMENT OFFICERS WHEN THEY CAME TO THE HOUSE THAT JACOB WAS TOO YOUNG TO JOIN THE ARMY AND SHE HAD A TOUGHER JOB OF EXPLAINING IT TO JACOB THAT HE WAS TOO YOUNG TO JOIN THE ARMY. BUT HIS PATRIOTIC PASSION CANNOT BE EXTINGUISHED AND AFTER THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS AGAINST OUR COUNTRY WHICH KILLED SO MANY NEW YORKERS AND SO MANY AMERICANS AND ALSO CLAIMED A FAMILY FRIEND, JACOB JOINED THE ARMY AND FULL FILLED HIS LIFE-LONG CALLING TO SERVE HIS NATION. AND JACOB CAME FROM A MILITARY FAMILY. HIS FATHER, HIS STEP-FATHER SERVED DURING THE VIETNAM WAR AND JACOB'S GRANDFATHER WAS A VETERAN AS WELL. AS CONGRESSMAN ISRAEL AND MS. FOXX MENTIONED, JACOB COMPLETED HIS BASIC TRAINING IN HIS AIRBORNE SCHOOL OF FORT BENNING AND WAS AMONG THE FIRST AMERICANS TO LAND IN IRAQ, PARACHUTING UNDER THE COVER OF DARKNESS DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF THE WAR. DURING HIS TIME IN IRAQ, JACOB AND HIS FELLOW SOLDIERS SPENT MUCH OF THEIR TIME IN IRAQ TRAINING POLICE OFFICERS, AND IN CONVERSATIONS WITH HIS FAMILY HE SPOKE OF HOW MUCH HE WANTED TO HELP THESE PEOPLE AS THIS WAS HIS CALLING. HE VERY CLEARLY FELT THAT THIS WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. UNFORTUNATELY, JACOB'S LIFE ENDED TRAGICALLY BEFORE HE COULD RETURN HOME AND BEFORE HE COULD FULFILL ALL OF HIS DREAMS. ON NOVEMBER 13, 2003, A ROADSIDE BOMB EXPLODED NEAR THE CONVOY HE WAS IN, NEAR THE TOWN OF SAMARRA, AND HE DIED THE NEXT DAY, NOVEMBER 14. HE WAS JUST 28 YEARS YOUNG. HE WAS ORDERED A PURPLE HEART AND A BRONZE STAR AND POSTHUMOUSLY PROMOTED TO SPECIALIST. LIKE CONGRESSMAN ISRAEL I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING WITH HIS MOTHER DORENE, THAT HAS DONE SO MUCH TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE IN COMBAT IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. SHE'S BROUGHT BROWNIES TO MY OFFICE AND GIRL SCOUTS AND SHE'S ACTIVE ON SO MANY DIFFERENT ISSUES WITH THE WELFARE OF OUR SOLDIERS AND I ADMIRE HER FOR HAVING THE STRENGTH SHE DOES, AND CONGRESSMAN ISRAEL AND I WERE AND WERE AT A 9/11 COMMEMORATION IN FARMINGDALE UNIVERSITY AND SHE WAS THERE. AND SO SHE'S DONE SO MUCH IN MEMORY OF HER SON. SIMILARLY, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF HAVING HER FATHER, MO FLETCHER, RESIDE IN MY DISTRICT. HE'S A VIETNAM VETERAN AND ALSO A VERY COURAGEOUS MAN WHO GIVES SO MUCH OF HIS TIME TO VETERANS, TO THE MILITARY, WHENEVER A SOLDIER IS KILLED IN COMBAT WHO IS FROM LONG ISLAND AND THE ADJOINING AREAS, MO FLETCHER GO TO THE WAKE AND GOES TO THE FUNERALS AND STAYS WITH THE FAMILIES. SO HE'S A VERY, VERY DECENT HUMAN BEING AND YOU CAN SEE WHY JACOB TURNED OUT TO BE THE OUTSTANDING MAN THAT HE WAS. IN ADDITION, JACOB IS SURVIVED BY A STEP-FATHER AND HIS SISTER TA RANCH AND HIS BROTHER SCOTT AND JOSH, AND SO I JUST URGE ALL THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TO REALLY CAST THEIR VOTE FOR A TRUE AMERICAN HERO, JACOB FLETCHER, WHO GAVE HIS LIFE SO THAT ALL OF US COULD BE FREE AND MAY HE REST IN PEACE, AND, AGAIN, MAY GOD BLESS HIM AND HIS ENTIRE FAMILY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:41:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS MR. DAVIS.

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    MR. DAVIS

    MR. SPEAKER AND I WOULD YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME. AS A MEMBER…

    MR. SPEAKER AND I WOULD YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME. AS A MEMBER OF THE GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5664, WHICH NAMES THE POSTAL FACILITY IN BABYLON, NEW YORK AFTER JACOB SAMUEL FLETCHER. H.R. 5664 WAS INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE PETER KING AND STRONGLY SUPPORTED BY REPRESENTATIVE ISRAEL. THIS MEASURE WHICH HAS THE SUPPORT AND CO-SPONSORSHIP OF THE ENTIRE NEW YORK CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION WAS UNANIMOUSLY REPORTED FROM OUR COMMITTEE ON JULY 20, 2006. JACOB FLETCHER, A NATIVE OF NEW YORK AND A GRADUATE OF BABYLON HIGH SCHOOL, WAS A YOUNG MAN WITH A LIFE-LONG GOAL OF JOINING THE MILITARY. FINALLY, AT THE AGE OF 27 HE WAS ABLE TO JOIN THE ARMY. A MEMBER OF THE 173RD AIRBORNE BRIGADE, PRIVATE FIRST CLASS FLETCHER MADE AN HISTORIC JUMP INTO IRAQ ON MARCH 23, 2003, THE FIRST WEEK OF THE WAR. SADLY, HE WAS KILLED WHEN A ROADSIDE BOMB EXPLODED THE BUS ON WHICH HE WAS RIDING ON NOVEMBER 14, 2003, IN SAMARRA, IRAQ. MR. SPEAKER, DESIGNATING THE COOPER STREET POST OFFICE IN PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JACOB FLETCHER'S FLAME HONORS THE TREMENDOUS SACRIFICE OF THIS SOLDIER AND DEMONSTRATES HOW MUCH WE VALUE HIS LIFE. I URGE SWIFT PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX.

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  • 06:43:29 PM

    MS. FOXX

    TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 5664 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME…

    TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 5664 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME IFMENT

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  • 06:43:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5664 AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR 2/3 OF THOSE PRESENTED 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. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. FORTENBERRY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. FORTENBERRY

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S HARD TO BE SAD WHEN I'M SO PROUD. YOU ARE MY HERO.…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S HARD TO BE SAD WHEN I'M SO PROUD. YOU ARE MY HERO. THESE WERE THE WORDS ALVIN DEVROE JR. USED TO BID HIS BROTHER A FINAL GOODBYE. SERGEANT DEVROE WAS KILLED IN IRAQ ON SEPTEMBER 4 WHEN HIS HUMVEE HIT A ROADSIDE BOMB. A MEMBER OF THE GUARD HE HAD SERVED IN BOSNIA AND KUWAIT. BECAUSE OF THESE RECENT DEPLOYMENTS HE WAS NOT REQUIRED TO GO TO IRAQ BUT AS A SINGLE MAN WITH NO CHILDREN HE VOLUNTEERED SO OTHER SOLDIERS WOULD NOT HAVE TO LEAVE THEIR FAMILIES. AT THE FUNERAL SERVICE AT MORNING STAR BAPTIST CHURCH IN NORTH OMAHA, PASTOR LEROY ADAMS SAID TO US, I LOOK ACROSS THIS SANCTUARY AND I SEE AMERICA, ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, IN A CHURCH, BROUGHT TOGETHER BY JERMAINE. . HIS FRIENDS RECALLED HIS LOVE FOR LIFE, SELFLESSNESS, AND COMPASSION FOR OTHERS. JERMAINE'S BROTHER SAID HER SON DIED A PROUD SOLDIER. OUR NATION WILL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL TO SERGEANT GERMANE -- JERMAINE DEBRO FOR HIS SACRIFICE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:45:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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    THE CLERK

    THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SIR, IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR AND…

    THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SIR, IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO SERVE THE HOUSE AS THE CHAIR OF THE FRANKING COMMISSION. I'M GRATEFUL TO CHAIRMAN EHLERS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY I HAVE HAD TO SERVE IN THIS POSITION. I HAVE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED WORKING WITH THE MAJORITY AND THE MINORITY STAFF OF THE FRANKING COMMISSION AS WE HAVE WORKED TOGETHER TO ENSURE THE STANDARDS OF THE COMMISSION HAVE BEEN MET. IN PARTICULAR I WOULD LIKE TO COMMEND JACK DIAL AND RICH LANDON FOR UNENDING DEDICATION TO THE COMMISSION. THE PURPOSE OF THIS LETTER IS TO INFORM YOU I AM REMOVING MYSELF FROM THE FRANKING COMMISSION EFFECTIVE TODAY. SIGNED, SINCERELY, BOB NEY, MEMBER OF CONGRESS.

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  • 06:46:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE AN ENROLLED BILL.

  • 06:46:48 PM

    THE CLERK

    TO IMPLEMENT THE UNITED STATES -OMAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUEST.

  • 06:47:03 PM

    THE CLERK

    ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. WOLF OF VIRGINIA FOR TODAY UNTIL 12:00 NOON.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. D.C. MER MOTT

    MOTT: --

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    MR. MCDERMOTT

    SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT TODAY FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS…

    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 FOR FIVE MINUTES, TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS, AND INCLUDE THEREIN EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL. MS. PELOSI OF CALIFORNIA. MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON, MR. PALLONE OF NEW JERSEY, MRS. MCCARTIVE NEW YORK, MR. EMANUEL OF ILLINOIS, MISS WOOLSIVE CALIFORNIA, MR. SKELTON OF MISSOURI, MR. DAVIS OF ILLINOIS, MR. SHERMAN OF NEW YORK, MR. CUMMINGS OF MARYLAND, MR. -- MS. LOFGREN OF CALIFORNIA, MS. ESHOO OF CALIFORNIA, MR. HONDA OF CALIFORNIA, MS. KAPTUR OF OHIO, MR. PAYNE OF NEW JERSEY, MS. KILPATRICK OF MICHIGAN, MR. WATT OF NORTH CAROLINA, MS. LEE OF CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS OF CALIFORNIA, MR. RUSH OF ILLINOIS, MR. AL GREEN OF TEXAS, MS. MOORE OF WISCONSIN, AND MR. JEFFERSON OF LOUISIANA.

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  • 06:48:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE.

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    MR. POE

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT TODAY FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS AND ANY…

    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 THEIR REMARKS, AND INCLUDE THEREIN EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL. MS. FOXX, SEPTEMBER 21 FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. GARRETT, TODAY, FIVE MINUTES. MR. HULSHOF TODAY AND SEPTEMBER 21, FIVE MINUTES. MR. TIAHRT TODAY FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 06:48:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 4, 2005, AND UNDER A PREVIOUS ORDER OF THE HOUSE, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS ARE RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES EACH. MR. POE OF TEXAS.

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    MR. POE

    MR. SPEAKER, SOME PEOPLE SAY IT'S THE BEST PART OF WAL-MART. THOSE HAPPY…

    MR. SPEAKER, SOME PEOPLE SAY IT'S THE BEST PART OF WAL-MART. THOSE HAPPY GREETERS WEARING A SMILEY FACE LIKE THIS ONE I HAVE HERE. GIVING HELPFUL DIRECTIONS, GIVING COUPONS AWAY. OTHERS SAY THESE GREETERS EVEN HELP WITH SHOPLIFTING. I JUST LOVE WAL-MART AND THOSE GREETERS, IF A PRODUCT ISN'T THERE YOU JUST DON'T NEED IT. WAL-MART GREETERS MAKE A GOOD PLACE EVEN BETTER. HOWEVER THE SAME CANNOT BE SAID OF OUR NATIONAL GREETERS. WHEN I LOOK AT OUR SOUTHERN BORDER, I SEE POLICIES THAT HAVE TURNED OUR BORDER PATROL INTO AN ARMY OF GLORIFIED GUN TOTING WAL-MART GREETERS. THEY STOP SOME OF THE THIEVES FROM COMING INTO AMERICA, BUT THEY SEEM TO END UP ACTING LIKE OUR OFFICIAL GREETERS BECAUSE OUR GOVERNMENT HAS TIED THEIR HANDS. OUR GOVERNMENT SEEMS TO BE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO ENTER AMERICA ILLEGALLY THAN OUR BORDER AGENTS. THOSE THAT ARE ALREADY HERE AND CHARGED WITH PROTECTING OUR BORDER. THEIR WORK IS SUBJECT TO EXTENSIVE INTIMIDATION BY THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT BECAUSE MEXICO DOESN'T WANT THEIR OWN CITIZENS SO THEY SEND THEM TO THE UNITED STATES. MEXICO USES TREATIES AND LAWSUITS TO GIVE THE CITIZENS THE PROTECTION THAT AMERICANS DON'T HAVE. THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT EVEN GIVES ILLEGALS HEADING NORTH MAPS SO THEY KNOW WHERE THEY CAN ILLEGALLY ENTER THE UNITED STATES. AND CONFRONT OUR BORDER AGENTS. MEXICO IS HANDING OUT SHOPPING CARTS AND THE STORE DIRECTORY TO THE VIRTUAL WAL-MART, AMERICA. BUT BECAUSE WE DON'T SECURE THE BORDER, WE ARE OPENING UP OUR ISLES, BUT OUR -- AISLES, BUT OUR VERSION OF WAL-MART HAS EVEN BETTER DEALS BECAUSE IT'S ALL FREE. THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER PAYSER -- PAYS FOR EVERYTHING. THE ILL LEASE TAKE FROM OUR NATION. TAKE FOR INSTANCE AISLE NUMBER ONE, FREE HEALTH CARE. MEXICO WON'T TAKE CARE OF ITS CITIZENS SO THE UNITED STATES HAS BECOME THE FREE H.M.O. OF MEXICO. IT'S A KNOWN FACT THERE ARE SIGNS IN MEXICO TELLING EXPECTANT MOTHERS WHAT CLINICS ACROSS THE BORDER THAT CAN DELIVER THEIR ANCHOR BABIES. ONCE THEY GET SICK AISLE ONE IS THE PLACE WHERE ALL THEIR HEALTH CARE NEEDS CAN BE HIT -- DOCTORS, FREE HEALTH INSURANCE, FORMULA, IMMUNIZATIONS. WITH NO QUESTIONS ASKED AND OF COURSE NO BILLS. WHAT A DEAL. AISLE NUMBER TWO, IT'S THE BEST EDUCATION MONEY CAN BUY. ILLEGALS ENCONTROL THEIR CHILD AND CAN GO THROUGH SCHOOL FOR THE 12TH GRADE FOR FREE. IN MEXICO THAT GOVERNMENT ONLY EDUCATES THEIR CHILDREN THROUGH THE SIXTH GRADE. SO THE GOVERNMENT SAYS, GO TO AMERICA. THE AMERICANS WILL GIVE YOU A FREE EDUCATION IN OUR LANGUAGE, SPANISH. AND IF THE STUDENT IS HUNGRY OR NEEDS AFTER-SCHOOL CARE, DON'T WORRY, AISLE NUMBER TWO HAS FREE HOT LUNCHES, FREE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS, AND AFTER ALL OUR WAL-MART ONLY HAS THE BEST. AND WE CAN'T FORGET AISLE NUMBER THREE. FOR ALL YOUR IDENTIFICATION NEEDS WE HAVE MATRICULA CARDS, AND EVEN THE GOVERNMENT ACCEPTS FOR DRIVER'S LICENSE, SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS, AND FAKE I.D.'S. AISLE NUMBER FOUR, FREE SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FOR YOU AND YOUR KIDS. AISLE NUMBER FIVE, IT'S FREE WELFARE TO ILLEGALS. FOOD STAMPS, HOUSING, DAYCARE. MR. SPEAKER, I DID NOT COME UP WITH THE IDEA OF CALLING OUR BORDER AGENTS WAL-MART GREETERS. THE TRUTH IS THAT'S WHAT THEY CALL THEMSELVES. BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY ARE ON THE SIDE OF THE AMERICAN LAW, BUT THE AMERICAN LAW IS NOT REALLY ON THEIR SIDE. AND THEY END UP APPEARING TO GREET ILLEGALS INSTEAD OF HAVING THE AUTHORITY TO SEND THEM BACK HOME. IF BORDER AGENTS ARE REALLY ALLOWED TO DO THEIR JOB, OUR GOVERNMENT DOESN'T SEEM TO BACK THEM UP. TODAY TWO BORDER PATROL AGENTS WHO SHOT A MEXICAN DRUG DEAL REMEMBER BEING PUNISHED BY DISLOYAL AMERICAN GOVERNMENT FOR JUST DOING THEIR JOB. AFTER ALL, SHOOTING A DRUG SMUGGLER IS NO WAY FOR A GREETER TO ACT. A BORDER AGENT TOLD ME IN LAREDO RECENTLY THAT AGENTS ARE TOLD BY SUPERVISORS AT OUR LEGAL PORTS OF ENTRY, QUOTE, WE ARE A PORT OF TREN I NOT A PORT OF DENIAL. WHEN IN DOUBT LET PEOPLE IN. DON'T KEEP THEM OUT. WHAT AN ABSURD POLICY FOR SECURITY BUT A GREAT GREETER POLCY. OUR BORDER PATROL AGENTS SHOULD NOT BE WAL-MART GREETERS. THEY ARE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. THEY NEED AMERICAN POLICY THAT IS VERY CLEAR, KEEP THE DRUG SMUG -- SMUGGLERS, AND HUMAN SUGGESTLERS OUT OF AMERICA. IT IS ILLEGAL TO COME TO AMERICA WITHOUT PERMISSION. IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE WHAT THE SLY FOX OF MEXICO OR HIS REPLACEMENT THINK. IT'S STILL OUR COUNTRY. UNLESS WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT BORDER SECURITY AND HAVE A FIRM WELL-DEFINED LAW ONBOARDER SECURITY, WE MAY WELL REPLACE THE BADGE OUR BORDER PATROLS -- AGENTS WEAR WITH A SMILEY FACE OF A WAL-MART GREETER. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:53:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MS. PELOSI OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MS. PELOSI OF CALIFORNIA. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, DR. MCDERMOTT?

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    MR. D.C. MER THE MOTT

    MOTT: --

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    MR. MCDERMOTT

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF TURN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 06:53:56 PM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    ABOUT THEIR OWN HIDES THAT TODAY THEY VOTED TO FENCE OFF THE U.S.…

    ABOUT THEIR OWN HIDES THAT TODAY THEY VOTED TO FENCE OFF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THERE IS NOTHING TO DO WITH BORDERS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND MEXICO OR BETWEEN THE U.S. AND CANADA. IT HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE REPUBLICAN PARTY FENCING OUT ORDINARY AMERICANS ARE PARTICIPATING IN THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT. WHY LET EVERYONE VOTE WHEN THEY MIGHT ACTUALLY VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRAT OR THE INDEPENDENT? DEMOCRACY IS MESSY FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY THESE DAYS SO THEY DON'T -- SO THEY ARE GOING TO SHORT CIRCUIT THE PROCESS. WHO NEEDS TO STAY UP LATE TO WATCH THE VOTE RETURNS OR WORRY ABOUT EXIT POLLS WHEN REPUBLICANS HAVE COME UP WITH A PLAN TO DENY SEVEN MILLION ORDINARY AMERICANS THE RIGHT TO VOTE. OF COURSE THEY HAVE TARGETED PEOPLE THEY DON'T THINK WILL VOTE REPUBLICAN. THE DISADVANTAGED, THE DISABLED, THE ELDERLY, NATIVE AMERICANS AMONG OTHERS. REPUBLICANS LIKE TO SAY THEY ARE SPREADING DEMOCRACY AROUND THE WORLD. HERE AT HOME THEY ARE USING THIS BILL TO DISDISENFRANCHISE AMERICAN PEOPLE. REPUBLICANS HAVE CREATED A NONEXISTENT CRISIS BECAUSE THE RIGHT WING BASE IS UNHAPPY. AND IN NEED OF ATTENTION. SO TODAY THE REPUBLICANS MOVE TO SOLVE A CRISIS THEY CREATED. THEY WANT EVERYONE TO HAVE AN OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO I.D. BEFORE THEY COULD VOTE. SO MUCH FOR THAT REPUBLICAN LINE ABOUT GETTING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OUT OF OUR LIVES. REPUBLICANS WANT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN YOUR FACE SNAPPING PICTURES. BEFORE YOU COULD VOTE, YOU WOULD HAVE TO PRODUCE AN OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO I.D. A PASSPORT WOULD WORK. THAT'S THE KIND OF DOCUMENT THAT THE RICH HAVE BECAUSE THEY TAKE VACATIONS IN OTHER COUNTRIES. THE POOR DON'T TAKE VACATIONS AT ALL. NO PASSPORT, NO VOTE. NO PROBLEMS FOR REPUBLICANS. OF COURSE THE REPUBLICANS WILL RUSH TO THE PODIUM OVER HERE TO SAY THAT YOU COULD USE YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE. THEY WILL NOT TELL YOU THAT THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON FEDERAL ELECTION REFORM IN 2001 ESTIMATED THAT UP TO 10% OF AMERICANS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE DO NOT HAVE OFFICIAL STATE PHOTO I.D. LIKE A DRIVER'S LICENSE. NO PHOTO I.D., NO VOTE. NO PROBLEM FOR REPUBLICANS. NOW, IN GEORGIA AND MISSOURI, THEY TRIED THIS. IT WAS THROWN OUT IN COURT. SO TODAY WE DO IT AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL. WE ARE GOING TO DO IT FOR EVERYBODY. THEY'LL BE DELIGHTED IF ORDINARY AMERICANS STAY HOME ON ELECTION DAY. IN FACT, THEY WOULD BE RELIEVED. AND THEY KNOW THAT THIS BILL WILL ENCOURAGE IT. THAT'S WHY REPUBLICANS ARE BEHIND IT 150%. IT'S THE LATEST STEP IN THE REPUBLICAN STRATEGY TO HOLD ON TO POWER IN THE ELECTION OF 2006. EVEN IF THEY HAVE TO DISMANTLE DEMOCRACY TO DO IT. THEY PASS THE HELP AMERICA VOTE ACT AND THEN AMENDED IT TO BECOME THE HELP REPUBLICANS STAY IN POWER ACT BY UNDERFUNDING THE LEGISLATION. THEY SAID THEY WERE HELPING, BUT THEY PUT NO MONEY OUT THERE. IT'S REMINISCENT OF FLORIDA IN 2000. REPUBLICANS ARE BUILDING A BORDER FENCE INSIDE OUR BORDERS TO KEEP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OUT OF PARTICIPATING IN THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT. THIS BILL WILL PREVENT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE FROM CASTING A BALLOT . EXACTLY WHAT THE REPUBLICANS WANT. REPUBLICANS WANT TO REPLACE THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT IN AMERICA TO GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, AND FOR THE PEOPLE WITH SOMETHING ELSE. GOVERNMENT OF THE FEW, BY THE PRIVILEGED, AND FOR THE RICH. THIS IS THE CREED OF THE REPUBLICAN 1% PARTY. THE PRESIDENT OF LEGAL OF WOMEN VOTERS SAID, THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO POLITICIZE THE VOTING PROCESS BY ERECTING BARRIERS TO KEEP MANY ELIGIBLE LEGAL VOTERS FROM PARTICIPATING. CONGRESS SHOULD NOT BE PLAYING POLITICS WITH OUR RIGHT TO VOTE, CLOSE QUOTE. YET THE REPUBLICANS ARE HIJACKING THE RIGHT TO VOTE OF AN ORDINARY AMERICAN. WHY? BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID OF LOSING POWER AND AFRAID THEY CAN'T SCARE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE INTO SUBMISSION ANY LONGER. LETTING EVERY ELIGIBLE AMERICAN VOTE MEANS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MIGHT ACTUALLY CHOOSE THE PERSON THEY WANT. THAT'S SOMETHING REPUBLICANS FIND TRULY FRIGHTENING. SO THEY ARE BUILDING A FENCE TO KEEP THE AMERICANS OUT OF AMERICA. BUT THE FENCE WON'T GO UP IN THIS BILL UNTIL 2008. SO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A MIDTERM ELECTION AHEAD. YOU KNOW WHAT THEY ARE UP TO. YOU KNOW WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. BUT YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO VOTE STILL, EVERYBODY HAS A CHANCE TO VOTE, AND THE PEOPLE CAN VOTE AND PROTECT THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE BY VOTING AGAINST PEOPLE WHO WILL PUT UP THIS KIND OF LEGISLATION. WE SAW IN 2000 THE EFFORTS TO KEEP PEOPLE AWAY IN INDIRECT WAYS. THIS IS A DIRECT SHOT AT AMERICANS' RIGHT TO VOTE.

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  • 06:59:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. JONES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. JONES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

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  • 06:59:23 PM

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    THAT I CLAIM MR. JONES' TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR.…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. GUTKNECHT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 06:59:31 PM

    MR. GUTKNECHT

    AND AN UNBEATABLE DETERMINATION TO DO THE JOB AT HAND. I RISE TODAY IN…

    AND AN UNBEATABLE DETERMINATION TO DO THE JOB AT HAND. I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF OPERATION HOMETOWN GRATITUDE. OPERATION HOMETOWN GRATITUDE IS AN EFFORT STARTED BY STUDENTS FROM ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO RECOGNIZE THE HARD WORK AND SACRIFICE OF OUR ARMED FORCES. THE OPERATION WAS FORMED TO THANK TROOPS BY SENDING CARE PACKAGES AND SUPPLIES. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ALL OF THE STUDENTS FOR THEIR DEDICATION. . I'M ESPECIALLY THANKFUL TO KATIE WHITE, KELSEY EVER, AND BRIAN ENIE, AND CORRINE HENCH, AND MITCH HACK, AND LUCAS KIRKHAM, AND PAUL KEEN AND JANA WRENCH. AS SOMEONE WHO HAS WITNESSED FIRSTHAND THE GRATITUDE OF OUR ARMED FORCES WHEN THEY RECEIVE THESE CARE PACKAGES AND LETTERS OF ENCOURAGEMENT I CAN ASSURE EACH OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT THEIR WORK IS IMPORTANT. THE ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WAS HARNESSED BY A GREAT AMERICAN, GARY KOLMINEKI IS A TEACHER. AND GAR SETHE ADVISOR OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE AND SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED -- GARY IS THE ADVISOR OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE AND SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED FOR HIS SUPPORT OF OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. SHE HAS RECEIVED HELP FROM ARTHUR AND SHIRLEY SK NINCH NELL AND MAGGIE HUBBLE AND I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE SPONSORS OF THIS PROGRAM, V.F.W. POST 1215, ALL THREE ROCHESTER LOCATIONS, TERRY TIM OF THE YE OLD BUTCHER SHOP, AND DAVE EVANS FROM THE PRINTERS AND DARRYL NIGIN FROM NIGIN WOODWORKS. AND SHAWN FLILLIP FROM THE PAWN COMPANY, AND JIM RUSH FROM A THROUGH Z LEM BROIDRY AND HOMESTYLE PIZZA. THIS JOB IS NOT EASY. THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN LIVED UNDER BRUTAL REGIMES FOR DECADES. THERE'S MUCH TO BE DONE AND OUR ARMED FORCES CONTINUE TO DO THEIR JOBS WELL. MR. SPEAKER, THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE SPEARHEADED OPERATION HOMETOWN GRATITUDE AS WELL AS THE SPONSORS WHO STARTED THIS WORK ARE NOT JUST SENDING CARE PACKAGES AND SUPPLIES. BY THEIR SUPPORT AND THEIR EFFORT THEY ARE DISPLAYING WHAT HARRY TRUMAN MEANT BY UNBEATABLE DETERMINATION AND PLAYING A MAJOR PART IN DOING THE JOB AT HAND. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:02:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON.

  • 07:02:36 PM

    MR. DAVIS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:02:43 PM

    MR. DAVIS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO COMMEND MR. PAYNE OF NEW JERSEY AND ALL OF THOSE WHO DEMONSTRATED LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I'VE BEEN TOLD TIME AND TIME AGAIN THAT THE ONLY WAY THAT EVIL CAN TRIUMPH IS WHEN GOOD PEOPLE DO NOTHING. AND I BELIEVE THAT IT WAS THE HIGHEST PLACES IN HELL ARE RESERVED FOR THOSE WHO DECLARE NEUTRALITY AND DO NOTHING IN TIMES OF GREAT CRISIS. WE'VE ALL HEARD THE ATROCITIES THAT ARE CONTINUOUSLY BEING HAPPIED WANT PEOPLE -- HEAPED ON THE PEOPLE OF SUDAN. IT'S NOW TIME TO ACT AND ACT CONVINCELY. WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES THE QUESTION, IF NOT US, THEN WHO? IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN? I'M HERE TONIGHT TO HELP SOUND THE ALARM ONCE AGAIN ON GENOCIDE IN THE SUDAN. THERE'S NO ROOM FOR YOU IN TRALITY IN THE FACE OF THE CRIMES BEING COMMITTED THERE EACH DAY. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL HAS HAD THE CHARGE THAT THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IS NOT DOING ENOUGH TO PROTECT WOMEN IN THE DARFUR REGION AND THE REFUGEE CAMPS IN CHAD WHERE MASS RAPE IS BEING USED AS A WEAPON. SINCE 1983, MORE THAN TWO MILLION BLACK CIVILIANS HAVE DIED DURING THE CIVIL WAR IN THE SOUTH SUDAN. THAT STRUGGLE WAS BRUTAL FOR THE CIVILIAN POPULATION, THE ENSLAVEMENT OF CHILDREN AND WOMEN, GANG RAPE, ETHNIC CLEANSING AND THE TERRIBLE CONDITIONS FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. ON OCTOBER 21, 2002, THE PRESIDENT SIGNED THE SUDAN PEACE ACT WHICH STATED IN PART THAT THE ACTS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF SUDAN CONSTITUTE GENOCIDE AS DEFINED BY THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE PREVENTION AND PUNISHMENT OF THE CRIME OF GENOCIDE. THAT BILL REQUIRES PRESIDENT BUSH TO CERTIFY EVERY SIX MONTHS THAT THE GOVERNMENT IN KHARTOUM IS NEGOTIATED IN GOOD FAITH FOR AN END TO THE CIVIL WAR. ACCORDING TO SOME SOURCES, WE MAY BE CLOSE TO A FRAMEWORK FOR PEACE IN THAT REGION. MR. SPEAKER, ONLY A SHORT TIME AGO WE PAUSED HERE TO MARK THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GENOCIDE IN RWANDA. FOR MORE THAN 800,000 PEOPLE DIED WHILE THE WORLD WATCHED AND DID NOTHING. ONCE AGAIN GENOCIDE HAS UNFOLDED BEFORE US, AND THOSE WHO HAVE TAKEN NOTE HAVE EXPRESSED THEIR HORROR AT WHAT WE HAVE SEEN. BUT WHERE'S THE PUBLIC OUTCRY? WHERE ARE THE FRONT-PAGE PICTURES? WHERE'S THE RESPONSE OF OUR GOVERNMENT ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? WELL, I CAN TELL YOU THERE'S BEEN SOME, BUT THERE'S NOT BEEN NEARLY ENOUGH AND SO I JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUES HERE THIS EVENING TO CALL FOR THE UNEQUIVOCAL, ABSOLUTE DECLARATION THAT GENOCIDE IN THE SUDAN MUST END AND THAT IT MUST END NOW. NOT NEXT YEAR, NOT NEXT MONTH, BUT TONIGHT, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:06:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. OSBORNE OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. OSBORNE OF NEBRASKA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, DR. BURGESS.

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  • 07:06:31 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:06:35 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    THE VOLUNTARILY PART D PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM THAT SENIORS HAD…

    THE VOLUNTARILY PART D PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM THAT SENIORS HAD AVAILABLE TO THEM FOR THE FIRST TIME. WE HAVEN'T HEARD MUCH ABOUT IT RECENTLY BUT IT'S IMPORTANT TO REVISIT THE CONCEPT BECAUSE OF TWO ASPECTS. ONE IS THE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD WHICH IS GOING TO BEGIN IN THE MIDDLE OF NOVEMBER AND RUN THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR AND THE OTHER IS TO ADDRESS THE FACT THAT SOME SENIORS ARE COMING UPON WHAT IS CALLED THE COVERAGE GAP. THEY HAVE SPENT OR HAVE RECEIVED ENOUGH HELP IN THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM AND THEY'VE COME INTO A PERIOD OF SPENDING WHERE THEY'RE EXPECTED TO COVER THE WHOLE COST OF THEIR PRESCRIPTION DRUG COMPONENTS UNTIL THEY GET UP TO A CATASTROPHIC LEVEL, AFTER WHICH THEY'LL ONLY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR 5% OF THEIR DRUG EXPENDITURES. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, LAST SPRING WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT THE MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM BACK HOME I WOULD TELL MY CONSTITUENTS TO FOCUS ON COST, COVERAGE AND CONVENIENCE. IF COST IS YOUR BIG OF THE DRIVER, LOOK FOR THE PLAN THAT HAS THE LOWEST COST. THAT'S PRETTY EASY TO DO, IF YOU'VE GOT A COMPUTER AND YOU CAN GO AND SCROLL THROUGH THE PLANS OUT THERE. IN MY STATE IN TEXAS THERE WERE SOME 48 DIFFERENT PLANS AND COMBINATIONS OF PLANS THAT WERE AVAILABLE. BUT IT'S PRETTY EASY TO PICK OUT THE ONES THAT ARE THE LOWEST COST. AND IF COST WAS THE MAIN DRIVER, THAT'S WHAT I WOULD ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO DO, AND THEN FOCUS ON THOSE THREE OR FOUR THAT WERE THE LOWEST COST PLANS. IF COVERAGE WAS THE MAIN DRIVER, THERE WAS A COLUMN DEVOTED TO COVERAGE AS WELL, AND YOU COULD CERTAINLY PICK AND CHOOSE FROM PLANS THAT COVERED 95%, 98%, OR EVEN 100% OF THE DRUGS IN THE MEDICARE FORMULA. AND, FINALLY, CONVENIENCE. IF YOU WANT TO USE A MAILORDER, MAKE SURE THAT THE PROGRAM THAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT CONFORM TO THAT EXPECTATION. IF YOU WANT TO USE THE WAL-MART PHARMACY OR THE MOM AND POP DRUGSTORE ON THE CORNER, MAKE SURE THAT DISPENSING ENTITY IS AVAILABLE ON THE DRUG PLAN. BY FOCUSING ON COST, COVERAGE AND CONVENIENCE, THIS DAUNTING PROSPECT OF LOOKING AT 48 DRUG PLANS BECAME EASIER. REMEMBER, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WHEN WE PASSED THE MEDICARE DRUG PRESCRIPTION PROGRAM, THE IDEA WAS WITH A FINITE NUMBER OF DOLLARS THAT WE HAD AVAILABLE WE WERE GOING TO COVER THE PEOPLE MOST IN NEED. THAT MEANT THE PEOPLE THAT HAD THE MOST TROUBLE WITH ILL NESS AND WERE ON THE MOST MEDICATIONS AND THOSE THAT WERE THE LEAST WELL OFF. AND THE SICKEST AND THE POOREST RECEIVED THE GREATEST AMOUNT OF HELP FROM THE MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM AND THAT'S BEEN BORNE OUT BUT OF NECESSITY, THOSE OF US THAT ARE MORE WELL OFF OR PERHAPS NOT AS ILL WILL FIND OURSELVES EXPOSED TO SOME EXPENDITURE FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS IN THE SO-CALLED COVERAGE GAP. WELL, 92% OF THE PEOPLE WHO SIGNED UP FOR MEDICARE ARE NOT AFFECTED BY THE COVERAGE GAP. THAT IS 45% OF ALL MEDICARE BEN FISH JERES WILL BE ELIGIBLE, SOME FALL INTO A CATEGORY WHERE THEY'RE ELIGIBLE FOR LOW INCOME SUBSIDIES AND NOT AFFECTED BY THE GAP AND THEY HAVE DRUG EXPENDITURES BELOW THE $2,150 LEVEL AND WILL NEVER REACH THE COMPLEE GAP OR THEY HAVE AN ENTHANSED PART D PLAN THAT HAS SOME COVERAGE IN THE COVERAGE GAP. AN ADDITIONAL 47% HAVE PLANS OUTSIDE OF PART D. THE VETERANS PLAN OR ANOTHER FEDERAL PROGRAM OR AN EMPLOYER SPONSORED PROGRAM OR THOSE 9% WHO JUST SAID, I DON'T GET SICK, I DON'T NEED DRUGIS AND DON'T TAKE DRUGS AND I WON'T SIGN UP. 47% OF AMERICANS FALL INTO THAT GROUP, SO 92% OF PEOPLE WILL NEVER BE AFFECTED BY THE COVERAGE GAP. BUT OF THOSE 8% WHO ARE, AND THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART, THEY NEED TO CONCENTRATE ON ONE OF THE ENHANCED PLANS WHEN THE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD COMES UP ON THE 15TH OF NOVEMBER. EVERY MEDICARE BENEFICIARY, EVERY SINGLE BENEFICIARY, 100%, ARE COVERED FOR CATASTROPHIC. AND WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO WITH THE BALANCE OF THE TIME IS TO FOCUS ON THE INDIVIDUALS WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM BEING ON AN ENHANCED DRUG PROGRAM. AND NOW, MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE JUST TAKEN A RANDOM PAGE FROM SOME OF THE PLANS AVAILABLE IN MY STATE OF TEXAS AND THIS IS WHAT WILL APPEAR ON SOMEONE'S COMPUTER SCREEN. YOU HAVE THE COMPANY NAME, THE PLAN NAME, THE MONTHLY DRUG PREMIUM, THE ANNUAL DEDUCTIBLE, AND THE COST SHARING, THE COVERAGE IN THE GAP, AND THE FORMULA OF THE DRUGS COVERED AND THE ENROLLMENT CHECKMARK. IF THE PLAN THAT YOU'RE ON LEAVES YOU EXPOSED IN THE COVERAGE GAP I ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GO BACK TO THE COMPUTER SCREEN OR HAVE THEIR GRANDCHILD GO TO THE COMPUTER FOR THEM, AND SCROLL THROUGH THE PLANS AVAILABLE. IF YOU LOOK DOWN, MR. SPEAKER, AND YOU WILL FIND THAT SOME OF THE PLANS, ALBEIT THEY'RE MORE EXPENSIVE IN THE MONTHLY PREMIUM, BUT HERE'S ONE WITH A 0% -- OR $0 ANNUAL DEDUCT AND I BELIEVE IT'S GOT COST SHARING BETWEEN $2 AND $40, AND COVERAGE IN THE GAP? YES. GENERIC ONLY, BUT IF A PERSON IS ON A BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICINE OR A CHOLESTEROL LOWERING MEDICATION OR A REFLUX MEDICATION, THIS MAY BE A VALUABLE PLAN, AND THEN THE ONE BELOW IT, AGAIN, NO DEDUCTIBLE BUT GENERIC AND BRANDED. THIS IS THE COVERAGE THAT SOMEONE NEEDS TO FOCUS ON IF THEY HAVE THE EXPENDITURES IN THE SO-CALLED COVERAGE GAP. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INDULGENCE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:12:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MR. PALLONE OF NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. PALLONE

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CLAIM THE TIME.

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    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CLAIM THE TIME.

  • 07:12:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WATT IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:12:29 PM

    MR. WATT

    COLLEAGUES IN THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, REPRESENTATIVE DANNY DAVIS,…

    COLLEAGUES IN THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, REPRESENTATIVE DANNY DAVIS, WHO HAS ALREADY SPOKEN, AND THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS WHO ARE HERE THIS EVENING TO SHED MORE LIGHT ON WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE SUDAN. AND TO CHALLENGE OUR OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND OUR ADMINISTRATION TO TAKE ACTION IN THIS DIRE SITUATION. MANY PEOPLE WHEN THEY SAW THE MOVIE "HOTEL RWANDA" BELIEVED THAT IT WAS A FICTIONAL MOVIE. UNFORTUNATELY, THE ACTIONS, THE THINGS THAT WERE DEPICTED IN THAT MOVIE WERE NOT FICTIONAL AT ALL, IT IS TRUE THAT ACTORS AND ACTRESSES PLAYED THE ROLES BUT IT DEPICTED SOMETHING THAT HAD ACTUALLY TRANSPIRED IN OUR WORLD, WHICH HAS BEEN DESCRIBED BY REPRESENTATIVE DANNY DAVIS OVER 850,000 PEOPLE KILLED THROUGH ACTS OF GENOCIDE. AND, UNFORTUNATELY, THAT OCCURRED WITH OUR UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD KNOWING THAT GENOCIDE WAS TAKING PLACE IN RWANDA AND NOT TAKING ANY ACTION TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. WELL, WE'RE NOW FACING A SIMILAR SITUATION IN THE SUDAN. WE'RE UP TO NOW TO WHAT IS ESTIMATED TO BE 450,000 PEOPLE HAVING BEEN KILLED BY OFFICIAL GOVERNMENTAL ACTIONS, GENOCIDE. WE HAVE DECLARED IT TO BE GENOCIDE, OUR GOVERNMENT HAS DECLARED IT TO BE GENOCIDE, AND IN ADDITION TO THE 450,000 PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN KILLED, OVER TWO MILLION PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DISPLACED FROM THEIR HOME COMMUNITIES, THEIR VILLAGES, BECAUSE THEY ARE FEARFUL OF STAYING IN THEIR COMMUNITIES LEST THEY BE KILLED BY GENOCIDE ALSO. AND THE BEAT GOES ON DAILY. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT MUST STOP. IT IS INHUMANE AND IT IS SOMETHING THAT OUR COUNTRY AND PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD SHOULD NOT CONTINUE TO TOLERATE. WE VISITED, A NUMBER OF US, MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS VISITED THE SUDAN AND ACTUALLY WENT INTO THE DISPLACED PERSONS CAMP WHERE WE FOUND CONDITIONS WERE HORRIBLE, WHERE WE FOUND DISPROPORTIONATELY WOMEN AND CHILDREN BECAUSE THE MEN HAD STAYED BEHIND TO FIGHT, AND MOST OF THEM HAD BEEN THE VICTIMS OF THE KILLINGS AND GENOCIDE. SO WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A SITUATION WHERE MORE AND MORE AND MORE CHILDREN ARE GOING TO BE WITHOUT PARENTS IF WE DO NOT ACT, AND THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. THE AFRICAN UNION TROOPS HAVE GONE IN TO TRY TO STABILIZE THE SITUATION, BUT WE MET WITH THE AFRICAN UNION TROOPS AND THEIR RESOURCES ARE DEPLETED. AND THEY ARE NOT MOBILE ENOUGH, EVEN WHEN THEY KNOW ANOTHER ACT OF GENOCIDE IS GOING TO OCCUR, THEY CAN'T MOVE FAST ENOUGH TO THE LOCATION WHERE THEY KNOW IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO PREVENT IT FROM HAPPENING. SO WE'VE MADE IT CLEAR THAT THE ONLY WAY THIS CAN BE RESOLVED IS FOR UNITED NATIONS TROOPS TO BE PUT INTO THAT AREA TO STOP THE GENOCIDE THAT'S GOING ON. NOW LET ME TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENED. THE U.N. MET AND A RESOLUTION WAS PASSED, AND STILL THE UNITED NATIONS' TROOPS ARE NOT IN SUDAN. THE U.N. MET AND A RESOLUTION WAS PASSED AUTHORIZING TROOPS TO GO INTO LEBANON, AND THE U.N. TROOPS ARE ALREADY IN LEBANON. SO THERE'S SOMETHING GOING ON HERE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE NEED TO EXPOSE TO THE WORLD. WE CAN'T SDWISH BETWEEN FOLKS JUST BECAUSE -- DISTINGUISH BETWEEN FOLKS JUST BECAUSE THEY'RE IN AFRICAN OR IN THE MIDDLE EAST. WE CALL ON OUR CONGRESS AND ADMINISTRATION AND PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD TO DO SO THIS EVENING. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:18:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MR. BURTON OF INDIANA. MS. KILPATRICK OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MR. BURTON OF INDIANA. MS. KILPATRICK OF MICHIGAN. WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS. THE WORLD IS IN TOTAL CRISIS. THE CONFLICT AND…

    MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS. THE WORLD IS IN TOTAL CRISIS. THE CONFLICT AND THE DEVASTATION IN THE DARFUR REGION OF SUDAN IS ABOMB NABLE. I CALL ON THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WHO NAMED ONE AT THE U.N. TO BE THE SPECIAL ENVOY, THAT WE PUT THE FULL MIGHT AND CREDIBILITY OF WHAT WE HAVE LEFT IN OUR COUNTRY BEHIND THE GENOCIDE THAT'S TAKING PLACE IN DARFUR. YOU'VE HEARD THE NUMBERS. ATROCITIES. GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED TERRORISM, WHERE THE PRESIDENT OF SUDAN DOES NOT EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE, NOT ONLY THE U.N. FORCES, NOT ONLY THE AFRICAN COALITION THAT'S THERE TO HELP SECURE HIS PEOPLE, BUT THE GENOCIDE AND THE KILLINGS REALLY EXIST. I WAS ONE OF A DELEGATION THAT WENT TO SUDAN EARLIER THIS YEAR IN A BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL VISIT. IT WAS OUTRAGEOUS WHAT WE SAW. YET TODAY THAT'S HEIGHTENED THE CONFLICT, THE KILLINGS, THIS GOVERNMENT IN CARTOON IS NOW DROPPING BOMBS IN THE REFUGEE CATCHES. JUST THINK ABOUT IT. THEY'VE RUN THEM OUT OF THEIR VILLAGES. THEY'VE BURNED THEIR VILLAGES. THEY'VE RAPED THE WOMEN, KILLED THE MEN AND HAVE THE CHILDREN IN TOTAL CHAOS AND ASKING FOR HELP. WE ARE THE MOST POWERFUL NATION IN THE WORLD TODAY. WE SAY THAT ALL THE TIME. WE MUST RISE UP TO SAVE THE YOUNG CHILDREN, THE WOMEN AND THE MEN FOR THEIR SAKE OF THEIR OWN CHILDREN. PRESIDENTIAL BASHIR HAS -- PRESIDENT AL-BASHIR HAS TURNED HIS HEAD. INNOCENT CIVILIANS THAT COULD BE YOU. YOU ARE LIVING IN ANOTHER COUNTRY. I RECOGNIZE TONIGHT THAT WE RECOGNIZE THE GENOCIDE, THE HORRIFIC CONDITIONS GOING ON IN DARFUR, WHICH IS IN THE SOUTHWEST REGION OF SUDAN. SUDAN IS THE LARGEST COUNTRY, GEOGRAPHICALLY, IN AFRICA. IT HAS AFRICAN -- BLACK AFRICANS, AFRICAN ARABS AND OTHERS IN THE COUNTRY. QARTUR, IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE COUNTRY, IS WHERE THE SEAT OF THE GOVERNMENT IS. JUST RECENTLY SIGNED A SOUTHWEST AGREEMENT IN DARFUR THAT THEY MIGHT BE BETTER AND BETTER TAKE CARE OF THEIR PEOPLE WHICH THEY ARE NOT DOING. THE SECURITY IS DETERIORATING. THERE IS A CREDIBLE THREAT OF FAMINE THAT EXISTS. MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE GOING HUNGRY AND STARVING. AND THE WORLD RELIEF FOOD EFFORTS ARE NOT ABLE TO GET TO THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN RUN OFF THEIR LAND. THE CEASE-FIRE IS IN SHAMBLES. THE U.N. PEACEKEEPING AUTHORITY MUST COME IN AND PRESIDENT AL-BASHIR IS NOT LETTING THEM IN. RISE UP. WE NEED THE NATIONS THAT SURROUND THE SUDAN TO SPEAK UP, EGYPT. PRESIDENT MUBARAK HAS BEEN A STRONGER OF EGYPT BUT YOU MUST SPEAK UP, YOU MUST DO MORE AND YOU AND I HAVE TALKED ABOUT. KING ABDULLAH, YOU HAVE GOT TO GET INVOLVED. PEOPLE ARE DYING AS WE SPEAK. HOW CAN YOU LET THIS HAPPEN ONE MORE TIME IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD? THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO CULTIVATE AND LIVE AND GROW FOOD BEFORE THIS ATROCITY WHICH NOW HAS OUTLASTED ANY OTHER -- INCLUDING RWANDA IN TERMS OF LOSS OF LIFE. THE CHAD-SUDAN BORDER, THAT I VISITED ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS, ARE OVERWHELMED BY PEOPLE WHO ARE FLEEING SUDAN. DO WE WANT TO KEEP THE CHAOS GOING? DON'T WE NEED TO SIGN UP AS GOD'S PEOPLE, ONE NATION UNDER GOD AND TREAT ALL PEOPLE THE SAME? WE HAVE THE AUTHORITY. WE HAVE THE POWER. WE HAVE THE PARTNERSHIPS TO BRING THIS TO A CONCLUSION. SO I JOIN MY C.B.C. COLLEAGUES THIS EVENING AND ASK THAT AMERICA RISE UP, THAT THE MIDDLE EAST REGION SPEAK OUT TO HELP PEOPLE WHO CANNOT HELP THEMSELVES. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN DONALD PAYNE, WHO'S AN AUTHOR OF A RESOLUTION THAT WE SPONSORED AND PASSED. IT'S H.R. 133127. WE PASSED IT IN APRIL. NOW I UNDERSTAND A SENATOR DIDN'T PASS IT BECAUSE IT WAS TOO STRONG. HOW CAN A RESOLUTION BE STRONG, TOO STRONG WHEN IT'S ABOUT THE VERY EXISTENCE OF LIFE FOR A PEOPLE? SO I CALL ON ALL GOOD MEN AND WOMEN OF THE WORLD. DARFUR NEEDS US TO STEP UP. THE PEOPLE, THE CHILDREN, THE WOMEN, THE MEN, THE VILLAGES, WE CAN DO BETTER. I YIELD BACK AND I ASK THAT WE STAND AND FIGHT AND SPEAK AND WORK, THAT THE PEOPLE IN DARFUR CAN HAVE LIFE AND HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY. THANK YOU.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS.

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    MS. WATERS

    THE HOUSE FOR MIFE -- FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. WATERS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.

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    THE CLERK

    RESOLUTION 1018, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R.…

    RESOLUTION 1018, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 4830, TO AMEND CHAPTER 27 OF TITLE 18, UNITED STATES CODE, TO PROHIBIT THE UNAUTHORIZED CONSTRUCTION, FINANCING OR RECKLESS PERMITTING ON ONE'S LAND THE CONSTRUCTION OR USE OF A TUNNEL OR SUBTERRAINIAN PASSAGEWAY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND ANOTHER COUNTRY, FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 6094, TO RESTORE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S AUTHORITY TO DETAIN DANGEROUS ALIENS, TO ENSURE THE REMOVEABLE OF DEPORTABLE, CRIMINAL ALIENS AND GANG CRIME AND FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 6095, TO AFFIRM THE INHERENT AUTHORITY OF STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO ASSIST IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF IMMIGRATION LAWS, TO PROVIDE FOR EFFECTIVE PROSECUTION OF ALIEN SMUGGLERS AND TO REFORM LITIGATION PROCEDURES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR, ORDERED PRINTED. MS. MCCARTHY OF NEW YORK.…

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR, ORDERED PRINTED. MS. MCCARTHY OF NEW YORK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM WISCONSIN RISE, MS. MOORE.

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    MS. MOORE

    REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. MOORE

    MR. SPEAKER. I, LIKE OTHER MEMBERS OF THIS BODY, ARE RELUCTANT TO USE…

    MR. SPEAKER. I, LIKE OTHER MEMBERS OF THIS BODY, ARE RELUCTANT TO USE INFLAMMATORY RHETORIC, AND IT'S VERY, VERY INFLAMMATORY TO LABEL WHAT IS GOING ON IN DARFUR AS GENOCIDE. IT'S INFLAMMATORY AND IT'S ACCUSER TOY AND IT INDICTS THE GOVERNMENT, AND MOREOVER, MR. SPEAKER, IT PRICKS OUR HUMANITY , BECAUSE IF WE WERE TO NOT DENY THAT IT WERE GENOCIDE THERE'S NO WAY THAT WE COULD JUST SIT BACK AND DO NOTHING. IF WE DENY THAT IT'S GENOCIDE, IT'S JUST EASY TO WALK AWAY AND SAY THAT WHAT'S GOING ON THERE IS SOMEBODY ELSE'S BUSINESS. WELL, THE INTERNATIONAL LEGAL DEFINITION OF THE CRIME OF GENOCIDE IS FOUND IN ARTICLE 2 OF THE CONVENTION OF THE PREVENTION AND PUNISHMENT OF GENOCIDE. IT DESCRIBES THE TWO ELEMENTS THAT CONSTITUTE GENOCIDE AS, ONE, A MENTAL ELEMENT, AND, TO DESTROY IN HOLDER IN PART AN ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS GROUP, AND, TWO, A PHYSICAL ELEMENT WHICH INCLUDES FIVE TYPES OF VIOLENCE, MR. SPEAKER. KILLING OF MEMBERS OF THE GROUP, CAUSING SERIOUS BODILY OR MENTAL HARM TO MEMBERS OF THE GROUP, INFLICTING ON THE GROUP CONDITIONS OF LIFE, CALCULATED TO BRING ABOUT THE PHYSICAL DEGREE INSTRUCTION IN WHOLE OR IN PART. IMPOSING MEASURES INTENDED TO PREVENT BIRTHS WITHIN THE GROUP. AND FORCIBLY TRANSFERRING CHILDREN OF THE GROUP TO ANOTHER GROUP. NOW, IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN DARFUR, AND YOU PULL OFF THE BLINDERS YOU WILL FIND THAT MORE THAN 400,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED BY THE GOVERNMENT FORCES AND MILITIAS FROM 2003 TO THE PRESENT TIME. AND THE KILLING CONTINUES. BODILY AND MENTAL HARM, CERTAINLY HAS OCCURRED, AS YOUNG WOMEN AND GIRLS ARE RAPED BY SOLDIERS AND MILITIAS. SUCH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HARM WILL CONTINUE TO AFFECT THESE WOMEN AND FAMILIES FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF LIVES HAVE BEEN LOST TO THE DELIBERATE DESTRUCTION OF HOMES, CROPS, WATER RESOURCES, PHYSICAL DISPLACEMENT OF OVER TWO MILLION PEOPLE, RESULTING IN CONDITIONS OF FAMINE, DISEASE, ENEMDEMICS IN INACCESSIBLE PLACES FOR PEOPLE. AND THE KILLING OF PREGNANT WOMEN AND THE USE OF RAPE AS A WEAPON OF GENOCIDE. AS MANY PERPETRATORS HAVE BEEN ARROGANT ENOUGH TO STATE THAT THEIR INTENT IS TO CHANGE THE ETHNIC IDENTITY OF THE CHILD CONCEIVED BY RAPE. 2004, JULY, THIS HOUSE AND THE SENATE DECLARED THAT THE ATROCITIES IN DARFUR CONSTITUTE GENOCIDE. 2004, SEPTEMBER, THEN SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL ANNOUNCED THAT THE KILLING, RAPING AND OTHER ATROCITIES OCCURRING IN DARFUR WERE GENOCIDE. BUT TWO YEARS AND MUCH EMPTY TALK LATER, THE VIOLENCE CONTINUES, MR. SPEAKER. THE U.N. AND HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATIONS CONTINUE TO REPORT A CONTINUING DETERIORATING SITUATION. 26,000 SUDAN ARMED FORCES ARE HEAD TO THE DARFUR REGION FOR A MAJOR OFFENSIVE AGAINST PEOPLE. HUMANITARIAN GROUPS HAVE REMAINED CONCERNED THAT THEIR ABILITY TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE AID TO OVER TWO MILLION DISPLACED VICTIMS ARE INSECURE. AS THE VIOLENCE CONTINUES. THE TIME FOR DEBATING THIS GENOCIDE OR DECLARING IT GENOCIDE IS OVER. IT'S TIME TO DO SOMETHING NOW. THERE ARE ONLY TWO OPTIONS MR. SPEAKER. AS I LEAVE TO GO BACK IT MY SEAT, ONE WOULD BE TO EXTEND THE AFRICAN UNION PEACEKEEPING MANDATE, OR, TWO, TO SEND IN THE U.N. PEACEKEEPERS IN SUDAN THOUGH THE SUDANESE GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO ACCEPT THEM. OF COURSE, MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S ONE OTHER OPTION, TO CONTINUE TO DO NOTHING. FOR EVIL TO TRIUMPH, IT'S ONLY NECESSARY THAT GOOD MEN DO NOTHING. ISLAND LIKE TO YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. MR. GOHMERT OF TEXAS. MR. EMANUEL FROM…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. MR. GOHMERT OF TEXAS. MR. EMANUEL FROM ILLINOIS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE MINORITY LEADER RISE?

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    MS. PELOSI

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. PELOSI

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, HOW MANY TIMES CAN PEOPLE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, HOW MANY TIMES CAN PEOPLE SAY, NEVER AGAIN? AND THEN PROCEED TO OBSERVE THE SYSTEMATIC ELIMINATION OF A PEOPLE. A GENOCIDE. WHEN IT HAPPENED IN RWANDA, WE WERE SHOCKED, HORRIFIED, WHILE IT WAS HAPPENING AND AFTER IT HAPPENED AND WE ALL EXAMINED OUR CONSCIENCES AND SAID, HOW COULD WE HAVE LET THAT HAPPEN? NEVER AGAIN. THAT HAD BEEN SAID AFTER BOSNIA AND, OF COURSE, AFTER THE HOLOCAUST, WHICH WAS THE ULTIMATE, OF COURSE, GENOCIDE. SO HERE WE ARE WITH A VERY WELL DOCUMENTED GENOCIDE WHERE THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD ARE APPALLED BY IT. THERE'S GREAT SADNESS ABOUT THE LOSS OF LIFE AND DISPLACEMENT OF PEOPLE. MUCH DISMAY ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE CANNOT BE DELIVERED. IN FACT, SOME OF THE HUMANITARIAN DELIVERERS OF THAT AID ARE BEING KILLED IN THE SUDAN AND DARFUR REGION NOW. AND, YET, FOR SOME REASON, AS A COUNTRY, AS A WORLD, WE SEEM INCAPABLE OF TAKING THE NECESSARY ACTION. I WANT TO COMMEND DONALD PAYNE FOR HIS TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. WITH THAT LEADERSHIP, SOME OF US WENT TO DARFUR REGION EARLIER IN THE SPRING OF THIS YEAR. WE SAW THE CHILDREN, THE LITTLE ONES STILL SORT OF HAD A BRIGHT SPARK IN THEIR EYES, THE LITTLE BABIES, BUT AS THE CHILDREN GOT A LITTLE BIT OLDER YOU COULD SEE THAT PALL COME OVER THEM. THEY HAD SEEN TOO MUCH, PILLAGING OF VILLAGES, KIDNAPPING OF THEIR FATHERS AND MURDER OF PERHAPS OF THEIR PARENTS, THE RAPING OF THEIR MOTHERS, JUST UNTHINK ANNUAL, -- UNTHINKABLE, UNIMAGINABLE ACTS OF VIOLENCE RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE CHILDREN, AND IN THEIR CASES, SOME OF THEM TOO WERE VICTIMS OF THE SAME ATROCITIES THAT I JUST NAMED. WE HAD A GREAT DELEGATION, CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE WAS AN IMPORTANT PART OF IT AND SHE BROUGHT HER SIGNIFICANT KNOWLEDGE OF AFRICA AND OF POVERTY AND OF DEVESTMENT AND HER INITIATIVE TO LEAD THE DEVESTMENT MOVEMENT IN THIS COUNTRY, AND I HOPE THAT IN THE SENATE VERSION OF THE DARFUR ACCOUNTABILITY ACT THAT THE DEVESTMENT LANGUAGE WILL BE AS WRITTEN BY CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE. THE CHAIR OF OUR CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, CONGRESSMAN WATT WAS ON OUR TRIP. IT WAS -- THE CHAIR OF OUR CAUCUS, AND MAXINE WATERS, IT WAS A VERY DISTINGUISHED DELEGATION. AND WE WENT THERE WITH THE IDEA THAT WE WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE, THAT OUR VOICES WOULD BE HEARD WITH MUCH GREATER AUTHORITY WHEN WE CAME HOME. AND WHEN WE CAME HOME WE WENT TO THE UNITED NATIONS AND WE MET WITH KOFI ANNAN AND SAID HOW URGENT THE SITUATION WAS AND THAT SOMETHING HAD TO BE DONE, AND WE HAD HOPED THAT IT WOULD BE JUST A MATTER OF WEEKS, THAT WAS IN MARCH, THAT SOMETHING WOULD BE DONE. WE MET WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND OFFERED TO WORK TOGETHER ON THE ISSUE OF RESOLVING THIS TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE GENOCIDE. BUT THE TIME HAS GONE BY AND WE SAID AT THE TIME, WE CAN'T WAIT SIX MONTHS AND THEY SAID, WE PROBABLY CAN'T GET A U.N. FORCE IN THERE UNTIL SIX MONTHS. AND WE SAID, NO, WE CAN'T WAIT SIX MONTHS, THOSE CHILDREN WILL BE GONE BY THEN. WE WERE IN A CAMP OF 100,000 PEOPLE, AND THESE CHILDREN, THESE BEAUTIFUL LITTLE CHILDREN, WERE LIVING IN HUTS THAT WERE MADE OF JUST DISCARDED MATERIALS. AND I COULDN'T HELP BUT THINK THAT WHEN WE SEND OUR AID, WHETHER IT'S GRAPE OR RICE OR WHATEVER FOOD STUFFS WE SEND, -- GRAIN OR RICE OR WHATEVER FOOD STUFFS THAT WE SEND, IN THOSE BAGS THAT SAID MADE IN THE U.S.A., YOU WOULDN'T THINK THAT YOU WOULD HAVE SEEN THOSE SAME BAGS AS HUTS. THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE LIVED IN, THESE BAGS DRAPED OVER STICKS. THE CONDITIONS WERE UNHEALTHY, CONTRIBUTED TO THE HEALTH PROBLEMS AND THE LOSS OF LIFE. THE SITUATION WAS DESPERATE, AND STILL SIX MONTHS LATER WE'RE STILL LOOKING FOR THE ANSWER. EVERYBODY BEARS A RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CERTAINLY CARE AND THEY HAVE VOICED THEIR CONCERN. COLLEGE CAMPUSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE THE SCENE OF RALLIES FOR DARFUR. CENTRAL PARK ON SUNDAY AND OTHER PLACES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, PEOPLE TURNED OUT FOR DARFUR. HERE IN WASHINGTON A FEW MONTHS AGO, AN INCREDIBLE RECORD-BREAKING CROWD CAME OUT. THE JEWISH COMMUNITY, GOD BLESS THEM, HAS TAKEN THE LEAD, RABBI DAVID SACRASTEIN HAS COME TOGETHER AND BROUGHT THE JEWISH COMMUNITY IN TO BE A MAJOR PART OF THIS BECAUSE THEY KNEW AND THEY NEVER -- AND THEY KNOW WHAT NEVER AGAIN MEANS. SO LET THESE STATEMENTS BE PART OF A RESOLVE THAT THIS IS A TOP PRIORITY FOR OUR COUNTRY. LAST WEEK OUR DELEGATION, WE COME TOGETHER REGULARLY TO SEE HOW WE'RE DOING, AND WHERE WE GO FROM HERE, AND WE MET WITH MANY OF THE HUMANITARIAN GROUPS THAT MINISTER TO THE PEOPLE OF THE DARFUR REGION. THEY TOLD US THAT 14 HUMANITARIAN DELIVERERS OF AID HAD BEEN KILLED, AS I MENTIONED, AND THEY TOLD US ABOUT THE HORRENDOUS CONDITIONS AND HOW IT ALL WORSENED AND HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS TO DELIVER THE AID AND WE PROMISED THEM WE WOULD MAKE A MORE CONCERTED EFFORT. SO WE WROTE TO THE PRESIDENT AND TALKED ABOUT THE DETERIORATING SITUATION IN DARFUR, AND WE DID ASK HIM TO APPOINT AS SPECIAL ENVOY, AND WE'RE VERY PLEASED HE MADE THAT ANNOUNCEMENT AT THE U.N. THIS WEEK. AND THAT THERE WOULD BE AN EXTENSION OF THE AFRICAN UNION TO RENEW -- REQUEST TO THE AFRICAN UNION TO RENEW ITS MANDATE UNTIL A U.N. FORCE CAN TAKE OVER, AND THAT SEEMS TO BE THE COURSE OF ACTION THAT WILL BE TAKEN. IT'S NOT ENOUGH, THE AFRICAN UNION FORCE IS DOING A GOOD JOB FOR THE RESOURCES THAT THEY HAVE, BUT THEY HAVE NO MOBILITY, THEY HAVE NO CHARGE TO REALLY KEEP THE PEACE, BUT THEY ARE A PRESENCE AND A RESPECTED ONE, AND I ADMIRE THE WORK THAT THEY ARE DOING, BUT THEY CAN'T DO THE JOB WITHOUT FUNDS, WITHOUT MOBILITY, THE TRUCKS, WHATEVER, TO MOVE AROUND QUICKLY. BECAUSE THEY'RE COVERING AN AREA THE SIZE OF TEXAS. THE SMALL BAND IS COVERING AN AREA THE SIZE OF TEXAS. MR. GREEN KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THE SIZE OF TEXAS AND THE SIZE OF DARFUR. WE ALSO WANT TO BE ABLE TO BRING -- OUR DELEGATION WAS BIPARTISAN, A BIPARTISAN GROUP TOGETHER, HOPEFULLY TO MEET WITH THE PRESIDENT TO SET SOME GOALS, HAVE THE RESOLVE, TO GET THE JOB DONE. BUT THIS BEHAVIOR THAT WE SAW IN DARFUR, THE TREATMENT OF THESE PEOPLE, WAS OUTSIDE OF THE CIRCLE OF CIVILIZED HUMAN BEHAVIOR. WHAT WE SAW FROM THE AUTHORITIES IN THE SUDAN WAS DENIAL OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN DARFUR. SO THAT MAKES THE CHALLENGE EVEN GREATER. BUT IF I -- IF OUR WORDS ARE TO MEAN ANYTHING AND OUR CREDIBILITY IS TO BE INTACT, WE CAN'T REALLY SAY, NEVER AGAIN, WHEN WE SEE THE HORRORS OF A GENOCIDE AND THE LOOK IN THE EYES OF THE CHILDREN TO WHOM WE OWE MORE. MANY OF US ARE VERY COMMITTED TO OUR FAITH, WHATEVER RELIGION WE ESPOUSE, AND WE ARE ALL TAUGHT THAT WE ARE ALL GOD'S CHILDREN AND THAT EVERY PERSON IS MADE IN THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD, AND THAT THEY ALL CARRY A SPARK, WE ALL CARRY A SPARK OF DIVINITY WITHIN US AND THAT EVERY PERSON, THEREFORE, IS WORTHY OF RESPECT. I BELIEVE THAT IS THE CASE. SO WHAT IS THE JUSTICE IN THESE CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES BEING AT THE MERCY OF THE BRUTALITY THAT IS BEING EXACTED UPON THEM WITHOUT THE WHOLE WORLD NOT ONLY SAYING IT BUT ACTING UPON THE WORDS, NEVER AGAIN? SO I, AGAIN, EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO MR. PAYNE AND HIS LEADERSHIP. NOBODY KNOWS MORE ON THE SUBJECT AND HAS BEEN MORE COURAGEOUS GOING INTO PLACES THAT HAS BEEN A DANGER TO HIM PERSONALLY IN ORDER TO REPRESENT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH GREAT DISTINCTION AND WITH GREAT EFFECTIVENESS. I THANK YOU, MR. PAYNE, AND LOOK TO YOU ON AN ONGOING BASIS FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. MR. GARRETT OF NEW JERSEY. MS. WOOLSEY OF…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. MR. GARRETT OF NEW JERSEY. MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    TO ASK PERMISSION TO SPEAK FOR FIVE MINUTES AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES JUDGE GREEN FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:46:39 PM

    MR. GREEN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT DR.…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT DR. KING WAS RIGHT WHEN HE PROCLAIMED THAT THE MEASURE OF A PERSON IS NOT WHERE A PERSON STANDS IN TIMES OF COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE BUT RATHER WHERE A PERSON STANDS IN TIMES OF CHALLENGE AND CONTROVERSY. AND I HAVE A QUESTION MY FOR MY COLLEAGUES, MR. SPEAKER. THE QUESTION IS -- WHERE DO WE STAND ON ONE OF THE GREAT CHALLENGES AND CONTROVERSIES OF OUR TIME? WHERE DO WE STAND, MR. SPEAKER, ON THE QUESTION OF GENOCIDE IN DARFUR? A QUESTION THAT TRANSCENDS RACE BECAUSE THERE REALLY IS BUT ONE RACE AND THAT'S THE HUMAN RACE, A QUESTION THAT TRANSCENDS GENDER BECAUSE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN DARFUR IS HAPPENING TO PERSONS OF BOTH GENDERS. WHERE DO WE STAND ON ONE OF THE GREAT QUESTIONS, ONE OF THE GREAT CHALLENGES AND CONTROVERSIES OF OUR DAY? IT'S BEEN SAID THAT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS HAVE BEEN KILLED. NOBODY REALLY KNOWS HOW MANY. MILLIONS DISPLACED, BUT NOBODY REALLY KNOWS HOW MANY. WHERE DO WE STAND ON THIS GREAT CHALLENGE AND CONTROVERSY OF OUR TIME? I'VE BEEN TO DARFUR. I WAS THERE IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST. I HAVE SEEN THE THIS RONGS OF HUMANITY -- THRONGS OF HUMANITY LIVING IN HUTS MADE OF STRAW, LIVING ON THE GROUND AND OFF OF THE LAND, PERSONS LIVING UNDER CONDITIONS THAT WE WOULD NOT WANT ANIMALS TO LIVE UNDER. I'VE SEEN THESE CONDITIONS. NO RUNNING WATER, NO ELECTRICITY, NO SANITATION FACILITIES. WHERE DO WE STAND ON ONE OF THE GREAT CHALLENGES AND TROFLSES OF OUR TIME? I MET WITH A GENERAL OF THE A.U. FORCES. HE MADE IT CLEAR THAT THEY WERE BEING OUTGUNNED, THAT THEY WERE BEING OVERPOWERED UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, THAT THEY NEEDED HELP AND HE WOULD WELCOME THE PRESENCE OF THE U.N. FORCES. WHERE DO WE STAND ON ONE OF THE GREAT CHALLENGES AND CONTROVERSIES OF OUR TIME? WE MET WITH N.G.O.'S. THEY TOLD US OF HOW 11-YEAR-OLD BABIES HAD BEEN RAPED AND HOW THE GOVERNMENT WOULD NOT ALLOW AN OFFENSE REPORT TO BE FILED, FILE AN INCIDENT REPORT, SAY THAT IT HAPPEN BUT DON'T GIVE ENOUGH DETAILS SO THAT A PROPER PROSECUTION COULD TAKE PLACE. WHERE DO WE STAND ON ONE OF THE GREAT CHALLENGES AND CONTROVERSIES OF OUR TIME? I MET WITH FORMER REBEL LEADERS WHO ARE NOW PART OF THE GOVERNMENT. THEY WANT THE U.N. FORCES. THEY UNDERSTAND THAT GENOCIDE IS STILL TAKING PLACE IN DARFUR. THEY UNDERSTAND THAT UNLESS WE HAVE OUTSIDE INTERVENTION IT WILL CONTINUE. WHERE DO WE STAND ON THIS GREAT CHALLENGE AND CONTROVERSY OF OUR TIME? A SUPERPOWER HAS TO HAVE SUPERVISION. WHERE THERE IS NO VISION THE PEOPLE PERISH. AND WHEN A SUPERPOWER DOESN'T HAVE SUPERVISION, YOU HAVE SUPERDEATHS, SUPERATROCITIES. WHERE DO WE STAND ON ONE OF THE GREAT CHALLENGES OF OUR TIME? MR. SPEAKER, MR. PAYNE, MEMBERS OF THE C.B.C., LEADER PELOSI, WE STAND WITH THE PEOPLE OF DARFUR, THE INDIGENOUS POPULATION. WE STAND FOR JUSTICE FOR THE LEAST, THE LAST AND THE LOST. WE STAND FOR MAKING SURE THAT NO DECENT, SELF-RESPECTING COMPANY DOES BUSINESS WITH DARFUR. ANY COMPANY THAT DOES BUSINESS WITH DARFUR COMMITS A SIN. THIS IS ONE OF THE GREAT TRAGEDIES OF OUR TIME. WE STAND FOR STANDING AGAINST THOSE BUSINESSES THAT ARE ALLOWING THIS TRAGEDY TO CONTINUE. BECAUSE IF YOU DO BUSINESS WITH THIS COUNTRY YOU ARE DOING BUSINESS WITH THOSE WHO ARE PERPETRATING GENOCIDE. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE IN THIS HOUSE, AND WE ARE CALLING ON PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST ONE OF THE GREAT CHALLENGES AND CONTROVERSIES OF OUR TIME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. -- THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. -- THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. HULSHOF OF MISSOURI. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LEE, RISE?

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  • 07:52:29 PM

    MS. LEE

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:52:42 PM

    MS. LEE

    OUR ATTENTION THE ATROCITIES, THE GENOCIDE THAT HAS BEEN TAKING PLACE IN…

    OUR ATTENTION THE ATROCITIES, THE GENOCIDE THAT HAS BEEN TAKING PLACE IN DARFUR. WE DEBATED THIS GENOCIDE FOR NEARLY TWO YEARS NOW. IT'S REALLY TIME FOR ACTION. AS WE SPEAK, THE VIOLENCE IN DARFUR ESCALATES WHILE THE HANDS OF THE UNITED NATIONS, QUITE FRANKLY, ARE TIED BY SUDANESE PRESIDENT AL-BASHIR. THIS IS, MR. SPEAKER, THE MOMENT OF TRUTH. THE WORLD IS WATCHING. JUST YESTERDAY, THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED AT THE UNITED NATIONS' GENERAL ASSEMBLY THAT ANDREW NATSUO WILL SERVE AS SPECIAL ENVOY. WELL, THAT'S LONG OVERDUE. THE SITUATION IN DARFUR HAS DETERIORATED RAPIDLY OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS WITH INCREASED RAPES. NOW THEY'RE ABOUT 500 RAPES OVER THE SUMMER IN ONE CAMP ALONE. 12 HUMANITARIAN WORKERS HAVE BEEN KILLED, INCLUDING TWO IN THE LAST FOUR WEEKS. 26,000 SUDAN ARMED FORCES ARE HEADED TO DARFUR FOR MAJOR OFFENSIVE. THERE'S BEEN RENEWED AERIAL BOMBARDMENT. NOW 12 YEARS AGO, THE WORLD STOOD BY WHEN ALMOST ONE MILLION PEOPLE WERE SLAUGHTERED IN RWANDA, AND FOR THE MOST PART, THE ONLY THING OUR GOVERNMENT DID WAS SAY, I'M SORRY, AND THAT WAS AFTER THE FACT. NOW WE HAVE SAID, NOT ON OUR WATCH. WE WILL NOT HAVE ANOTHER RWANDA. SO OUR CREDIBILITY, QUITE FRANKLY, IS ON THE LINE. WE CANNOT LET DARFUR BECOME ANOTHER RWANDA. ALREADY TOO MANY PEOPLE -- WE'RE HEARING UPWARDS OF 400,000 TO 450,000 PEOPLE HAVE DIED. TOO MANY WOMEN HAVE BEEN RAPED. TOO MANY VILLAGES HAVE BEEN BURNED AND TOO MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DISPLACED. AND I, TOO, WITNESSED THIS ONGOING TRAGEDY ON TWO OCCASIONS. THE FIRST TIME WAS IN JANUARY OF 2005 IN A BIPARTISAN DELEGATION UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN ED ROYCE. WE VISITED THE REFUGEE CAMPS IN CHAD AND WENT INTO DARFUR WITH TWO GREAT HUMANITARIAN LEADERS, DON CHEADLE, THE ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING NOMINEE, THE STAR OF "HOTEL RWANDA." DURING THAT VISIT, WE SAW CHILDREN, AND WE TALKED TO THE CHILDREN WHO WERE TRAUMATIZED. EVERYONE WAS TRAUMATIZED. YOU COULD SEE IT IN THEIR EYES. THE CHILDREN PAINTED PICTURES WHEN WE SAID, WHAT HAPPENED? THEY PAINTED PICTURES OF AIRPLANES WITH BOMBS DROPPING ON THE VILLAGES. THEN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PICTURE, WHAT WAS THERE BUT MEN ON HORSEBACK WITH GUNS AND WITH MA SHE HADDIES JUST BURNING DOWN THE VILLAGES AND KILLING PEOPLE. THAT'S WHAT THE CHILDREN SAW AND WAS COMMUNICATING WITH US AND BEGGING AND PLEADING FOR THEM TO STOP. UNDER THE GREAT LEADERSHIP OF OUR LEADER, OUR MINORITY LEADER, NANCY PELOSI WHO LED A BIPARTISAN DELEGATION, WE ONCE AGAIN VISITED REFUGEE CAMPS IN ANOTHER REGION OF DARFUR AND SAW THE SAME SUFFERING. THIS WAS A YEAR AND A HALF LATER, AND IT WAS ESCALATING, IT WAS GETTING WORSE. WE TALKED TO PEOPLE AND SAW ONCE AGAIN THAT HERE WE ARE, GENOCIDE IS TAKING PLACE RIGHT BEFORE OUR WATCH. AND SO WE HAVE GOT TO BE MORE ABOUT ACTION AND NOT JUST ABOUT TALK ANYMORE. WE'VE GOT TO USE EVERY TOOL AVAILABLE TO END THIS GENOCIDE. THAT IS WHY WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN DO. WE'RE FRUSTRATED, YES, BY THE SLOW ACTION OF THIS CONGRESS AND ESPECIALLY THE SENATE. THE HOUSE PASSED THE BIPARTISAN DARFUR PEACE AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT IN APRIL, IN APRIL. WHO KNOWS HOW MANY LIVES WOULD HAVE BEEN SAVED HAD THAT BILL BEEN MOVED OUT OF THE SENATE QUICKLY. YES, I BELIEVE WE HAVE GOT TO HIT QARTUR WHERE IT HURTS AND THAT'S IN THEIR POCKETBOOKS AND ALLOW STATES TO DIVEST OF PENSION FUNDS AND COMPANIES WITH BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS, COMPANIES THAT HAVE INVESTMENTS IN DOING BUSINESS IN THE SUDAN. YOU MAY REMEMBER THAT DIVESTMENT WAS A SUCCESSFUL TOOL IN ENDING THE APAR TIED IN AFRICAN. AND LEGISLATURES, COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES, STATES, ILLINOIS, NEW JERSEY, OREGON AND MAINE HAVE ALL PASSED LEGISLATION DIVESTING OF COMPANIES THAT CONDUCT BUSINESS IN THE SUDAN. THE DIVESTMENT LEGISLATION IN CALIFORNIA AWAIT SIGNATURE OF OUR GOVERNOR. STATES LIKE MASSACHUSETTS, RHODE ISLAND, NORTH CAROLINA, KANSAS, WISCONSIN, INDIANA, GEORGIA, MARYLAND, NEW YORK, IOWA AND TEXAS, ALL OF THESE STATES HAVE LEGISLATION. THEY'RE DRAFTING IT OR THEY'RE IN PLACE TO DIVEST OF STATE FUNDS FROM COMPANIES THAT CONDUCT BUSINESS IN THE SUDAN. IT IS REALLY DOWNRIGHT A SHAME THAT WE CAN'T GET THIS PROVISION IN THE BILL OR KEEP IT IN THE BILL AS IT MOVES OUT OF THE SENATE. STUDENTS ARE TAKING ACTION. DARFUR STUDENTS. STUDENTS CALLED DARFUR STAND. THEY'RE DRIVING THEIR RESPECTIVE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO DIVEST FROM COMPANIES DOING BUSINESS IN THE SUDAN. AND, YES, WE'VE INTRODUCED THE DARFUR ACCOUNTABILITY AND DIVESTMENT ACTS WHICH APPLAUDS, ONCE AGAIN, THE DIVESTMENT EFFORTS WE HOPE THE PREEMPTION LANGUAGE SAYING THAT FEDERAL LAW CANNOT PREEMPT STATES WHO MOVE FORWARD IN GOOD CONSCIENCE TO GET THE BLOOD OFF OF THEIR HANDS THAT WE CAN PROTECT IN THIS BILL. AND WE ALSO BELIEVE IN THIS BILL THAT WE'RE GOING TO GO A LITTLE BIT FURTHER AND SAY THAT ANY COMPANY, ANY MULTINATIONAL COMPANY DOING BUSINESS IN THE SUDAN WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM RECEIVING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS. WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM DOING BUSINESS WITH THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT. THE NATURE OF THE BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL REGIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT OF SUDAN WILL BE REQUIRED IN THIS LEGISLATION, AND MANY OTHER ASPECTS OF REALLY CALLING OUT THOSE COMPANIES WHO CONTINUE TO HIDE BEHIND THE SHIELD OF THEIR BUSINESS OPERATIONS AND INVESTMENT OPERATIONS. BUT REALLY WHAT THEY'RE DOING IS CONTRIBUTING TO THE SUDANESE GOVERNMENT AND THEIR EFFORTS TO WIPE OUT A WHOLE GROUP OF PEOPLE. WE'RE NOT WITHOUT OPTIONS TO STOP THIS GENOCIDE AND THE SUFFERING IN DARFUR. IF WE HAD THE POLITICAL WILL, WE CAN END THE SUFFERING. IT'S A DESPERATE SITUATION. IT'S A HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHE. AND WE MUST INSIST ON A REAL POLITICAL SETTLEMENT, A PEACE AGREEMENT THAT GOES FAR BEYOND THE MAY 6 AGREEMENT. WE HAVE TO ENSURE THAT DAR FORANS RETURN TO THEIR VILLAGES QUICKLY, RECLAIM THEIR LIVES. WE HAVE GOT TO BRING THE PERPETRATORS OF THE STATE SPONSORED -- AND THAT'S WHAT IT IS, STATE-SPONSORED GENOCIDE, WE HAVE TO BRING THEM TO JUSTICE. THANK YOU, MR. PAYNE, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:59:31 PM

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    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. TIAHRT OF KANSAS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. TIAHRT OF KANSAS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE, MR. GOHMERT?

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  • 07:59:38 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:59:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, JUDGE GOHMERT, IS RECOGNIZED…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, JUDGE GOHMERT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 07:59:45 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, THERE'S SOME THAT COME BEFORE THIS BODY, COME…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, THERE'S SOME THAT COME BEFORE THIS BODY, COME TO THIS FLOOR, AND LIKE TO PLAY THE BLAME AMERICA FIRST. LET'S PLAY THE BLAME GAME, BLAME AMERICA FIRST. WE HAVE HAD PEOPLE COME, EVEN A FORMER MARINE CAME TO THIS FLOOR AND CALLED ACTIVE DUTY MARINES COLD-BLOODED KILLERS WHO HAD NOT BEEN TRIED, WHO HAD NOT BEEN EVEN CHARGED AND I UNDERSTAND IT NOT EVEN CHARGED TODAY, ACCUSED PEOPLE OF COVER-UPS. THERE IS SO MUCH GOOD IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY SERVICES. . IT DESERVES TO BE ADDRESSED. THE MEMBERS OF OUR MILITARY DESERVE ACCOLADES. HAVING SPENT FOUR YEARS IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY, I CAN TELL YOU THAT THESE MEMBERS SERVING NOW ARE SOME OF THE BEST THAT'S EVER SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES ARMED SERVICES. SO RATHER THAN BLAME AMERICA FIRST AS SO MANY WANT TO DO, I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE MORE APPROPRIATE TO COME TO THE FLOOR AND TALK ABOUT HEROES OF OUR AMERICAN MILITARY. PEOPLE OF WHOM WE ARE PROUD. NOW, YOU'RE GOING TO END UP HEARING ME DO THIS QUITE A BIT FROM HERE ON. WE HAVE ASKED FOR INFORMATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ABOUT PEOPLE WHO HAVE WON HONORS FOR THEIR HEROISM -- HEROIC ACTS. SO I WANT TO PRESENT TO YOU TONIGHT ABOUT SERGEANT FIRST CLASS PAUL SMITH. HE SERVED WITH BRAVO COMPANY, 11TH ENGINEER BATTALION, FIRST BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM, THIRD INFANTRY DIVISION OUT OF FORT STEWART, GEORGIA, DURING THE INVASION OF IRAQ IN MARCH OF 2003. ON APRIL 4, 2003 SERGEANT SMITH WAS SETTING UP A TEMPORARY ENEMY PRISONER OF WAR HOLDING AREA DURING THE SEIZURE OF SADDAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHEN HIS UNIT CAME UNDER ATTACK. SMITH KEPT HIS SOLDIERS FOCUSED DURING THE FIGHT WHILE ENGAGING THE IRAQI FORCE OF AROUND 100 MEN WITH HIS M-16, ONE HAND GRI MADE, AND AN AT-4 ANTI-ARMOR WEAPON. AT ONE POINT IN THE BATTLE, SERGEANT SMITH MANNED A 50 CALIBER MACHINE GUN IN THE EXPOSED TURRET OF A DAMAGED M-13 ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER, AND BEGAN FIRING AT THE MAIN FORCE OF THE ENEMY. HE FIRED ABOUT 400 ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION WHICH GAVE HIS SOLDIERS TIME TO REGROUP, TIME TO MOUNT AN ATTACK OF THEIR OWN, AND WHEN THE SHOOTING STOPPED, THE IRAQI FORCE HAD BEEN DEFEATED. UNFORTUNATELY THAT WAS NOT BEFORE SERGEANT SMITH SUFFERED AN ENEMY BULLET TO THE HEAD. TWO YEARS TO THE DAY LATER, SERGEANT FIRST CLASS PAUL SMITH'S 11-YEAR-OLD SON, DAVID, WAS PRESENTED THIS NATION'S HIGHEST HONOR. HIS FATHER'S MEDAL OF HONOR BY PRESIDENT BUSH. THE PRESIDENT DID NOT FALL SHORT ON RECOGNIZING THE SIGNIFICANCE ON SERGEANT SMITH'S HEROIC ACTIONS. HE SAID, QUOTE, SERGEANT SMITH GAVE HIS ALL FOR HIS MEN. FIVE DAYS LATER BAGHDAD FELL, AND THE IRAQI PEOPLE WERE LIBERATED. WE COUNT OURSELVES BLESSED THAT WE HAVE SOLDIERS LIKE SERGEANT SMITH, UNQUOTE. JESUS SAID GREATER LOVE AT--- HATH THAN THIS THAT HE LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIEND. SERGEANT FIRST CLASS PAUL SMITH LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOR ALL OF HIS MEN, FOR HIS COUNTRY, AND WE ARE THE BETTER FOR IT. MAY GOD BLESS SERGEANT SMITH, HIS SOUL, HIS FAMILY, HIS SOLDIERS, AND MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS AMERICA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:04:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. DAVIS. MR. RUSH.…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. DAVIS. MR. RUSH. WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 08:04:23 PM

    MR. RUSH

    TIME IN OUR FIGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMAN DIGNITY. AS THE ATROCITIES IN…

    TIME IN OUR FIGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMAN DIGNITY. AS THE ATROCITIES IN THE SUDAN CONTINUE TO SPIRAL OUT OF CONTROL AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF LIVES ARE HELD IN THE BALANCE, MILLIONS OF SUDANESE HAVE ALREADY BEEN BRUTALIZED, RAPED, MURDERED, AND DISPLACED AS THE WORLD STANDS IDLY BY AND WAITS TO DECIDE WHETHER THEY ARE GOING TO INTERVENE OR NOT. ON BEHALF OF THOSE VICTIMS. MR. SPEAKER, WE CANNOT AFFORD TO WAIT ANY LONGER. THIS NATION, OUR NATION, AMERICA MUST RECLAIM ITS ROLE AS THE WORLD'S MORAL LEADER AND THE WORLD'S GREATEST DEFENDER OF THE OPPRESSED. AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE ASKING OTHERS TO TRUST OUR JUDGMENT AND JOIN US AGAINST TYRANNY, THERE IS NO OTHER CAUSE AS JUST AS THE ONE WE FACE IN DARFUR. AMERICA CANNOT AND THE WORLD CANNOT CONTINUE TO TURN A BLIND EYE TO THE ATROCITIES TAKING PLACE IN SUDAN. HISTORY WOULD JUDGE US HARSHLY FOR ALLOWING THESE ACTS OF BRUTALITY TO FESTER AND THIS PURGE ON HUMANKIND WILL FOREVER AND EVERY STAIN OUR -- EVER STAIN OUR COLLECTIVE MEMORIES. PRESIDENT BUSH IN LOOKING BACK ON THESE SAME ATROCITIES THAT TOOK PLACE IN RWANDA, ONCE A VERY LONG TIME AGO DECLARED, AND I QUOTE, NOT ON MY WATCH, END OF QUOTE. INDEED ALL DECENT AND RESPONSIBLE PEOPLES NOW LOOK BACK IN DISGRACE AND HORROR AS WE RECALL HOW GENOCIDE WAS PASSIVELY ALLOWED TO TAKE PLACE IN OUR MODERN AND CIVILIZED WORLD. AND WE DID NOTHING. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO STOP IT. TODAY AS WE FACE THE SAME PREDICAMENT, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE ACT QUICKLY AND DECISIVELY TO STOP THE BRUTALITY BEFORE IT SPREADS ANY FURTHER. STOP THE RAPES, STOP THE MURDERS BEFORE THEY SPREAD ANY FURTHER. BECAUSE THIS TYPE OF MASS MURDERER AND BRUTALITY NOT ONLY HURTS THOSE WHO ARE BEING OPPRESSED BUT IT ALSO DAMAGES THE SOULS AND THE PSYCHES OF THOSE WHO STAND BY AND PROVIDE NO HELP. IF WE ARE THE TRUE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD, THEN AMERICA HAS THE ADDED RESPONSIBILITY AND THE DUTY TO STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR THE OPPRESSED. WE HAVE THE POWER, WE HAVE THE PROMINENCE, WE HAVE THE INFLUENCE TO ACT AND THAT'S WHAT WE MUST DO. WE DO NOT HAVE TO USE BRUTE FORCE IN SUDAN TO FIGHT THESE ATROCITIES. BUT AT THE VERY LEAST, WE MUST, WE MUST, WE MUST RALLY THE WORLD TO THIS CAUSE. WE MUST SHOW HONOR, WE MUST SHOW COURAGE, WE MUST LEAD OTHERS IN THIS STRUGGLE FOR HUMAN DIGNITY AND RESPECT. MY FRIENDS, THIS IS NOT A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRATIC ISSUE. THIS IS NOT EVEN AN AMERICAN ISSUE, THIS IS A HUMAN ISSUE AND WE ALL HAVE A STATE IN THE OUTCOME. BECAUSE IF WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE PEOPLE ALOUED -- ARE ALLOWED TO BE MUTUEL LATED AND RAPED, WHERE PEOPLE CAN BE PUSHED OUT OF THEIR HOMES AND MURDERED INDISCRIMINATELY AND WITHOUT REPROACH WHILE THE POWERFUL JUST STAND BY AND WATCH, THEN WE ARE LOSING THE WAR AGAINST TERROR AND THE WORLD WE ARE LEAVING FOR OUR CHILDREN WILL BE ONE NOT WORTH FIGHTING FOR. WE MUST ACT, WE MUST ACT NOW, WE MUST STOP THE MURDER AND THE GENOCIDE IN DARFUR. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:09:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. JEFFERSON. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. JEFFERSON. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 08:09:43 PM

    MR. JEFFERSON

    THE SPEAKER. I THANK MR. PAYNE, CONGRESSMAN PAYNE AND MCGOVERN AND…

    THE SPEAKER. I THANK MR. PAYNE, CONGRESSMAN PAYNE AND MCGOVERN AND CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO BRING PEACE AND SECURITY IN THE WAR-TORN REGION IN WESTERN SUDAN WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT TODAY'S DARFUR. I RISE TODAY TO ECHO WHAT MY COLLEAGUES OF THE SUDAN CAUCUS HAVE ALREADY SAID. WE ALL KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON IN DARFUR AND WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. WHAT ELSE NEEDS TO BE SAID OR DONE FOR THE UNITED NATIONS TO ACT EFFECTIVELY? THE SITUATION IN DARFUR HAS DETERIORATED RAPIDLY OVER JUST THE LAST FEW MONTHS. WITH INCREASED RAPES, 500 RAPES IN ONE CAMP ALONE. RENEWED ATTACKS ON INNOCENT VICTIMS. 12 HUMANITARIAN WORKERS KILLED, INCLUDING TWO IN THE LAST FOUR WEEKS, 26,000 SUDAN ARMED FORCES HEADED TO THE DARFUR REGION TO ENGAGE IN A MAJOR OFFENSIVE. RENEWED AIR BOMBARDMENTS, THE PEACE AGREEMENT NOT WORKING, CONTINUED IMMIGRATION OF THE JANUARY JEW WADE INTO THE GOVERNMENT. -- JANJAWEED INTO THE GOVERNMENT. GOVERNMENT SPONSORED TERRORISM AGAINST INNOCENT VICTIMS. HOW MANY LIVES NEED TO BE AFFECTED, MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE WE SAY IT'S ENOUGH? 2.6 MILLION? IS THAT NOT ENOUGH? HOW MANY PEOPLE NEED TO BE DISPLACED, MR. SPEAKER? TWO MILLION? TWO MILLION IS NOT ENOUGH? HOW MANY PEOPLE NEED TO DIE? 400,000 WOMEN AND CHILDREN, INNOCENT PEOPLE? HOW MANY WOMEN NEED TO BE RAPED BEFORE WE SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH IN THAT REGION OF THE WORLD? AND OUR NATION WON'T STAND FOR IT. SOMEONE SAID EVERYONE'S DEATH, THE DEATH OF ANY PERSON DIMINISHES US, EACH ONE OF US. IF THAT BE TRUE AND WE ARE TRULY INVOLVED IN THE GLOBAL WORLD, THEN ALL OF US, EVERY LIFE IN THIS COUNTRY, EVERY LIFE IN AMERICA, EVERY LIFE IN THE WORLD IS MADE SMALLER AND LESS SIGNIFICANT BY THE SUFFERING WE LET OTHERS ENDURE AND THE SUFFERING WE TOLERATE OF THEM IN DARFUR. THE PEOPLE OF DARFUR ARE SUFFERING A SLOW AND PAINFUL DEATH. AND IT'S A CATASTROPHE THAT DOESN'T HAVE TO TAKE PLACE. WE HAVE OPTIONS. WE CAN DO THINGS ABOUT THIS. AND AS OTHER SPEAK VERSE SAID. IT DOESN'T INVOLVE BRUTE FORCE OR GOING TO WAR. IT INVOLVES MAKING SURE THAT THE UNITED NATIONS DOES ITS JOB. THAT AMERICA DOES ITS JOB. THAT WE ENGAGE THE GOVERNMENT THERE, BUT THAT WE DON'T WAIT FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO LET US -- GIVE US PERMISSION TO COME INTO THE REGION. THAT WE DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. BECAUSE THAT REGION IS SO VAST AND SO LARGE AND DIFFICULT TO PATROL, IT TAKES A WILL THE OF FORCES -- IT TAKES A LOT OF FORCES TO MAKE IT WORK. IT TAKES ALSO PEOPLE ON THE GROUND WITH ENOUGH FEELING CONFIDENT AT HOPEFUL ENOUGH TO TAKE SOMETHING INTO THEIR OWN HANDS. RIGHT NOW THEY HAVEN'T HAD ANY DEWHAT TOMORROW WILL BRING AND THEY CANNOT HAVE HOPE IN THAT SORT OF SITUATION. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE HERE URGING TONIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO BECOME ENGAGED WITH US AND THE CONGRESS. WITH THE VOICE THAT IS ARE HERE, THAT ARE NOW TRYING TO TELL PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY HOW IMPORTANT DARFUR IS TO ALL OF US, TO OUR COUNTRY, NOT BECAUSE IT HAS A LOT OF OIL OR A LOT OF SUGAR DANE CAIN OR A LOFT OTHER THINGS, NOT BECAUSE IT LAST A LOT OF PEOPLE THERE COMMITTED TO DEMOCRACY AND TO AMERICA, BUT BECAUSE THEY HAVE HUMAN BEINGS THERE SUFFERING NEEDLESSLY AND WE CAN STOP IT. WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT F WE DON'T, IT MAKES US SMALLER AND SMALLER IN OUR EFFORTS TO INCREASE OUR STATURE IN THE WORLD. THERE IS NO WAY AS SOME HAVE SAID WE ARE GOING TO TAKE AMERICAN CREDIBILITY SERIOUSLY ON THE ISSUE OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY IF WE DON'T DO IT IN THE PLACE WHERE IT'S TAKING PLACE IN THE WORST AND MOST FLAGRANT PASSION. THAT PLACE TODAY HAPPENS TO BE DARFUR. WE WATCHED WHEN WE SAW THE ATROCITIES IN RWANDA. WE WATCH IN OTHER PLACES AROUND THE WORLD. THE MAJOR PLACE RIGHT NOW WHERE WE HAVE SO MUCH GOING ON, ONE LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD AND INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE DYING AND WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT IS DARFUR. I HOPE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GET THIS NAME IN THEIR MINDS, GET THIS COUNTRY, LOOK IT UP ON THE MAP, COME TO UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON. IT'S IMPORTANT TO US AS HUMAN, WE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. WE ARE HERE AS A VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS CRYING ABOUT THIS SAYING IT'S TIME FOR THE AMERICANS TO ACT. IT'S TIME FOR US TO ENGAGE. THAT'S WHY WE ARE ON THE FLOOR TONIGHT TO MAKE SURE THOSE AT HOME NOW AROUND THAT DINNER TABLES WHO ARE SITTING AND WATCHING SOME SHOW ON TELEVISION MIGHT TAKE A MINUTE JUST TO THINK ABOUT THE PEOPLE IN DARFUR. AND TRY AND FIND A WAY WITH ALL OF US TO JOIN HANDS WITH THEM, TO HELP TO END THEIR SUFFERING. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 08:14:25 PM

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. SHERMAN. MR.…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. SHERMAN. MR. CUMMINGS. MS. LOFGREN. MS. ESHOO. MR. LONDA. -- MR. HONDA. MS. KAPTUR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 08:14:55 PM

    MR. PAYNE

    ON IN THE DARFUR REGION OF SUDAN. LET ME THANK OUR LEADER, LEADER PELOSI,…

    ON IN THE DARFUR REGION OF SUDAN. LET ME THANK OUR LEADER, LEADER PELOSI, FOR HER PARTICIPATION, CHAIRMAN WATT OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACKHAWKS FROM -- BLACK CAUCUS FROM NORTH CAROLINA, CONGRESSWOMAN KILPATRICK FROM MICHIGAN, CONGRESSWOMAN LEE AND WATSON, WATERS FROM CALIFORNIA, CONGRESSMAN RUSH AND DAVIS FROM ILLINOIS. CONGRESSMAN GREEN FROM TEXAS, AND CONGRESSWOMAN MOORE FROM WISCONSIN, CONGRESSMAN JEFFERSON FROM LOUISIANA FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION THIS EVENING. . LET ME ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE OTHER MEMBERS WHO ARE NOT HERE TONIGHT BUT HAVE BEEN REAL TROOPERS IN THIS BATTLE FOR JUSTICE -- CONGRESSMAN CAPUANO. AND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THIS IS INDEED NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE BECAUSE THERE'S NO PERSON WHO HAS FOUGHT HARDER FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS OR SO ON SUDAN THAN CONGRESSMAN WOLF FROM VIRGINIA. HE IS THERE ALL THE TIME. CONGRESSMAN TANCREDO FROM CALIFORNIA. CONGRESSMAN ROYCE -- TANCREDO FROM COLORADO. CONGRESSMAN ROYCE FROM CALIFORNIA. CONGRESSMAN SMITH FROM NEW JERSEY. ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE WHO SAYS THAT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, THAT WE MUST DO MORE. AND SO TWO YEARS AGO WE DECLARED GENOCIDE IN DARFUR. AND THAT WAS 10 YEARS AFTER THE WORLD IGNORED RWANDA WHEN GENOCIDE WENT ON AND HAD THE WORLD DONE SOMETHING IN ARMENIA IN 1916 WHEN THE SO-CALLED YOUNG TERPS CAME IN AND DONE GENOCIDE ON THE ARMENIAN POPULATION, PERHAPS THIS WOULDN'T HAPPEN TODAY. OR IN 1939 AS THE GERMAN NAZIS WENT THROUGH EUROPE AND CREATED THE HOLOCAUST, PERHAPS THIS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED. IF IN CAMBODIA WHEN THE REGIME KILLED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, PERHAPS THIS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED. IF IN RWANDA WHEN WE SAW THE GENOCIDE HAPPEN, PERHAPS IT WOULD NOT BE HAPPENING IN DARFUR. BUT WE LOOK THE OTHER WAY AND ALL OF THOSE INSTANCES AND GENOCIDE IS STILL HERE TODAY. WE MUST STOP THE GENOCIDE. THERE IS NO REASON FOR PEOPLE TO STILL BE SLAUGHTERED AS THEY ARE. YOU HEARD THE FIGURES, AND I WON'T REPEAT THEM, BUT THE NATIONAL CONGRESS PARTY, FORMERLY THE NATIONAL ISLAMIC FRONT, CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT GET AWAY WITH THE CAMPAIGN OF MURDER AND TERRORISM. THERE'S GOVERNMENT UNDER PRESIDENT BASHIR THAT CAME TO POWER IN A BLOODY COUP D'ETAT IN 1989. THEY HARBORED OSAMA BIN LADEN FROM 1991 TO 1996. FROM THERE HIS OPERATIVES PLANNED THE ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON PRESIDENT MUBARAK OF EGYPT. THE GOVERNMENT NEVER WAS HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR HARBORING TERRORISTS. THEY WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR MILLIONS OF DEATHS BEFORE AND THEY CONTINUE NOW TO DO THIS IN DARFUR. WE MUST HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE. THERE HAS BEEN AN AUTHORIZATION OF 20,000 U.N. PEACEKEEPERS TO IMPINTO DARFUR. THE GOVERNMENT SAYS NO. WE MUST, AS PRESIDENT BUSH SAID AT THE UNITED NATIONS YESTERDAY, WE CAN NO LONGER ALLOW THIS TO GO ON. THE U.N. MUST GO INTO DARFUR TO HELP THE 7,000 A.U. TROOPS WHO CANNOT HANDLE THIS JOB ALONE. I WAS QUITE PLEASED THAT PRESIDENT BUSH WAS FORCEFUL IN HIS REMARKS YESTERDAY AT THE 61ST UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY. PRESIDENT BUSH SAID IF THE SUDANESE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT APPROVE THIS PEACEKEEPING FORCE QUICKLY, THE UNITED NATIONS MUST ACT. HE THEN STATED THAT THE U.N.'S CREDIBILITY WAS ON THE LINE. MR. -- PRESIDENT -- MR. BUSH, I AGREE. AND WE MUST ADD THAT THE CREDIBILITY OF THE UNITED STATES IS ON THE LINE. WE CANNOT ALLOW GENOCIDE TO CONTINUE. WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH ANDREW. HE MUST HAVE A ROBUST MANDATE. HE MUST HAVE THE PROPER STAFF. HE MUST HAVE ACCESS TO THE WHITE HOUSE. HE MUST HAVE LEADERSHIP IN THE STATE DEPARTMENT IF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A SUCCESS. FINALLY, COUNTRIES WITH INFLUENCE MUST BE USED TO URGE THE GOVERNMENT OF QARTUR TO STOP THE GENOCIDE. CHINA, WHO OUR COUNTRY WITH THE BALANCE OF TRADE TO THEM, HAVE MADE THEM A ROBUST COUNTRY WITH 500 MILLION MIDDLE-CLASS PEOPLE AS A RESULT OF THEIR SELLING THEIR PRODUCTS TO US, MUST TELL THE GOVERNMENT OF SUDAN THAT THEY MUST STOP WHAT THEY'RE DOING. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO FORCE CHINA TO GET INVOLVED AND TO GET INVOLVE AND SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THE ARAB LEAGUE MUST STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND EGYPT THAT GETS $2 BILLION A YEAR FROM THE UNITED STATES TAXPAYERS MUST STAND UP AND TELL THEIR NEIGHBORS, THEIR FRIENDS, THE GOVERNMENT OF SUDAN THAT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WE MUST HOLD OR SO-CALLED FRIENDS ACCOUNTABLE. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO HAVE THIS DISCUSSION. WE LOOK FORWARD TO OUR GOVERNMENT STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE AND ONCE AGAIN, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. IT SHOULD REALLY BE NEVER AGAIN. AND LET ME JUST CONCLUDE BY THANKING THE METROESS AND THE JEWISH COMMUNITY IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY AND THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES WHO HAVE COME UP AND HAVE BEEN SO SUPPORTIVE. AND WE ARE GETTING MANY MORE GROUPS GETTING INVOLVED. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. BUT I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON THE SUBJECT OF THIS -- OF MY SPECIAL ORDER TONIGHT. THANK YOU,

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  • 08:21:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 4, 2005, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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  • 08:22:08 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN SUSPEND FOR A MESSAGE. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A…

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN SUSPEND FOR A MESSAGE. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE INSISTS ON ITS AMENDMENT AND AGREES TO A CONFERENCE WITH THE HOUSE RELATIVE TO H.R. 4954, AN ACT CITED AS THE PORT SECURITY IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2006, IN WHICH THE CONOCCURRENCE OF THE HOUSE IS REQUESTED.

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  • 08:47:23 PM

    MR. MCCOTTER

    YOU, MADAM CHAIR. IT WAS MY HOPE TO EMPHASIZE A POINT THAT YOU RAISED IN…

    YOU, MADAM CHAIR. IT WAS MY HOPE TO EMPHASIZE A POINT THAT YOU RAISED IN YOUR RATHER ENLIGHTENING REMARKS TODAY. I THOUGHT I WOULD BEST BE ABLE TO DO THAT THROUGH ILLUSTRATION OF A MAP. WE OFTEN HEAR PEOPLE WONDER WHAT THE UNITED STATES' POLICY IS CURRENTLY IN THE MIDDLE EAST IN TERMS OF OUR MILITARY. IN TERMS OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. WHY DOES IRAQ MATTER? AND I WILL NOT USE THIS OCCASION TO DWELL UPON THE PAST, BECAUSE AS YOU QUOTED CHURCHILL, IF I MAY MYSELF. WINSTON CHURCHILL SAID IF WE SEEK TO QUARL BETWEEN THE PAST AND THE PRESENT, WE WILL LOSE THE FUTURE. WE ARE WHERE WE ARE. SO LET ME EXPLAIN. WHEN YOU LOOK AT A MAP, YOU SEE IRAQ HERE IN THE HEART OF THE MIDDLE EAST. SURROUNDING IRAQ ARE SYRIA AND IRAN, TWO STATE SPONSORS OF TERROR. IF WE ALLOW WHAT HAPPENED IN THE 1930'S TO HAPPEN HERE, YOU WILL SEE SYRIA CONTINUE TO ASSIST THE INSURGENCY IN IRAQ, IRAN CONTINUE TO ASSIST THE INSURGENCY IN IRAQ, AL QAEDA CONTINUE TO INFILTRATE IRAQ AND SHOULD IRAQ'S EFFORTS TOWARDS DEMOCRACY FAIL, YOU WILL SEE ALL THREE COUNTRIES LINKED. THE CRUSHING WEIGHT OF PUTTING IRAQ BACK INTO THE TERRORISTS AND THE JIHADDIST'S FASCIST CAMPS WILL HAVE WEIGHT UPON THE KINGDOM OF JORDAN. IT WILL LEAD TO THE DESTRUCTION, FINALLY, WITH A COUNTERATTACK BY HEZBOLLAH IN THE SOUTH TO THE REVOLUTION IN LEBANON. THEY WILL HAVE ENORMOUS ADVERSE EFFECTS OF THE BROTHERHOOD. WHAT IRAN HAS PROFESSED, THE DESTRUCTION OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL ITSELF. AGAIN, THE HISTORICAL PARALLEL WITH IRAQ AT THE PRESENT TIME CAN BE DRAWN BETWEEN THE NAZI-SOVIET NONAGGRESSION PACT OF THE 1930'S WHERE IT SPARKED THE WAR WHERE THEY HAD GERMANY ON ONE SIDE, THE SOVIETS ON THE OTHER AND POLAND SAT IN BETWEEN. AND IN THEIR NONAGGRESSION PACT THEY CARVED THAT COUNTRY TO PIECES. IRAN AND SYRIA NOW HAVE A MUTUAL DEFENSE PACT. WE'VE SEEN ITS RAMIFICATIONS WITHIN LEBANON AND WE ARE EXPERIENCING ITS RAMIFICATIONS WITHIN IRAQ ITSELF. THE ALTERNATIVE TO SEEING THE UNHOLY ALLIANCE BETWEEN SYRIA, IRAQ AND IRAN THAT ARE RUN BY TERRORIST-SPONSORING STATES THAT ARE RUN AND SHIELDED BY A NUCLEAR-POWER IRAN IS QUITE SIMPLE TO GRASP. OVER HERE YOU HAVE AFGHANISTAN, WHICH IS STRUGGLING FOR DEMOCRACY. HERE YOU HAVE IRAQ, WHICH IS STRUGGLING FOR DEMOCRACY. THE MODERATE KINGDOM OF JORDAN, YOU HAVE EGYPT, YOU HAVE SAUDI ARABIA, WHICH IS TRYING TO STRIVE TOWARD REFORM, AND YOU HAVE TURKEY, WHICH IS A MODERATE RELATIVE CONCEPT BUT A MODERATE DEMOCRACY -- MUSLIM DEMOCRACY. IF IRAQ BECOMES DEMOCRATIC AND AFGHANISTAN BECOMES DEMOCRATIC, THE PRESSURE THEN IS NO LONGER ON THE PEOPLE WHO SEEK THEIR OWN LIBERTY WITHIN THESE COUNTRIES. IT BECOMES A PRESSURE POINT FOR IRAN AND A PRESSURE POINT FOR SYRIA TO EXPLAIN, TO HAVE THESE DESS PITS EXPLAIN WITHIN THEIR OWN NATIONS HOW THEY CAN OPPRESS THEIR CITIZENS AND WHY THEY DO NOT DESERVE THE BET -- A BETTER LIFE THAN THEY HAVE AS THEY DO IN TURKEY AND ELSEWHERE. THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE EASY TO ACHIEVE, FOR WHAT WE SEE IN IRAQ, BASICALLY, IS A COUNTERATACT, AFTER THE INITIAL REMOVAL OF THE HUSSEIN REGIME, YOU HAD INFILTRATIONS OF CERTAIN SUPPORT FROM SYRIA, INFILTRATIONS OF CERTAIN SUPPORT FROM IRAN. YOU HAD AL QAEDA COME INTO IRAQ BECAUSE THEY KNOW IF IRAQ GOES DEMOCRATIC, HISTORY COULD VERY WELL AND I BELIEVE WILL REPEAT ITSELF. ONE OF THE THINGS WE FACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST TODAY IS THE THREAT OF WORLD WAR II. OF AN INHERENTLY INVIDIOUS IDEOLOGY, JIHADDIST FASCISM WHICH MORE CLOSELY RESEMBLES A DEATH CULT OF ANY GOVERNING PHILOSOPHY, COMBINED WITH THE APPROACH THAT ONE OF THE COLD WAR. I REPEAT THAT. WE FACE THE THREAT OF WORLD WAR II, AND WE ARE ADDRESSING IT WITH THE THREAT OF THE COLD WAR. -- APPROACH OF THE COLD WAR. WHAT ENDED THE COLD WAR WAS WHEN THE BERLIN WALL FELL AND EASTERN EUROPE WAS FREED. AND IT WAS AFTER FREEDOM SWEPT THROUGH THE SATELLITE STATES OF EASTERN EUROPE THAT EVENTUALLY THE SOVIET UNION COLLAPSED, NOT FROM A NUCLEAR EXCHANGE OR A MILITARY EXCHANGE WITH THE UNITED STATES AND THE WEST OR FROM THE ASPIRATIONS OF THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE THEMSELVES FOR A BETTER LIFE AND A LIFE OF LIBERTY. WHEN WE LOOK AT THIS MAP, WHEN YOU CAN SEE IN AFGHANISTAN THAT IS DEMOCRATIC AND FREE, WHEN YOU CAN SEE BE A IRAQ THAT IS DEMOCRATIC AND FREE, WHEN YOU CAN ADD THAT WITH TURKEY, THE KINGDOM OF JORDAN, WITH THE SUCCESSFUL RESOLUTION AND TRIUMPH OF THE PEACEFUL CEDAR REVOLUTION, WHAT YOU WILL SEE IS SYRIA'S PEOPLE DEMANDING TO SHARE THE LIFESTYLE AND THE FREEDOMS THAT ARE ENJOYED BY THEIR FELLOW MUSLIMS IN THE WORLD. YOU SEE IRANIANS, MANY OF WHOM ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 30, MANY OF WHOM ARE NOT OPPOSED TO WESTERNIZED IDEAS, OR AT LEAST PLURALISM AND TOLERANCE. AND YOU WILL SEE THE IRANIAN PEOPLE DEMANDING THEIR FREEDOM, THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN IF THIS GOES BACK TO BEING A TERRORIST STATE SPONSOR. AND FOR THOSE WHO ARE RIGHTLY CONCERNED THAT IN THIS PERIOD IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY WE COULD FACE WAR WITHOUT END, I ASK YOU THIS QUESTION -- IF YOU DISAGREE WITH MY SCENARIO, WITH MY ANALYSIS THAT A DEMOCRATIC IRAQ COMBINED WITH A DEMOCRATIC AFGHANISTAN WILL EVENTUALLY PUT PRESSURE ON SYRIA AND IRAN WHEREBY THEY WILL COLLAPSE FROM WITHIN, IF YOU DISAGREE WITH THAT, FIND ME A BETTER SOLUTION, BECAUSE I ASSURE YOU THAT IF IRAQ GOES BACK TO BEING A STATE SPONSOR OF TERROR AND IRAN GETS A NUCLEAR WEAPON THAT SCENARIO IS FAR MORE LIKELY TO PRODUCE THE WAR WITHOUT END. THEN WILL BE THE LIBERATION AND EMANCIPATION OF PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THAT REGION AND THE DEMANDS OF SYRIANS AND IRANIANS FOR THE FREEDOM THAT WE HERE SO OFTEN TAKE FOR GRANTED. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:54:38 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    MR. MCCOTTER. I COULD NOT AGREE MORE. THE STAKES ARE HIGH. THE STAKES ARE…

    MR. MCCOTTER. I COULD NOT AGREE MORE. THE STAKES ARE HIGH. THE STAKES ARE HIGH IN IRAQ. THE STAKES ARE HIGH IN AFGHANISTAN. BUT THE STAKES ARE EVEN HIGHER AND THE THREAT IS EVEN WORSE WERE WE TO PULL OUT, WERE WE TO SET ARBITRARY DEADLINES WE TELL THOSE IRAQI CITIZENS WHO THREE TIMES CAME OUT IN AN INCREDIBLE SHOW OF THEIR LOVE FOR DEMOCRACY UNDER THREATS OF DEATH TO THEM AND TO THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS WERE THEY TO VOTE, THOUGH THE PROUD DAYS WHEN THEY WORE THEIR PURPLE FINGERS AND SAID, YES, I WAS HAPPY TO VOTE. THEY STOOD UP TO DEMOCRACY, THROUGH VERY DIFFICULT RELIGIOUS, ETHNIC AND PLOO OF POLITICAL WIGS -- AND A LOT OF POLITICAL DIVISIONS THAT SADDAM HUSSEIN SEWED IN ORDER TO KEEP HIMSELF IN POWER. AND NOW THEY HAVE A UNIFIED GOVERNMENT. NOW SADDAM HUSSEIN IS ON TRIAL. NOW WE'VE CAPTURED SO MANY OF THOSE AL QAEDA LEADERS. THE SUCCESSES THAT WE HAVE HAD IN AFGHANISTAN IN MAKING SURE THAT THE TALIBAN WOULD NOT CONTROL THAT BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY AGAIN. WERE WE TO FAIL IN THESE EFFORTS , WHAT WOULD WE SAY TO THOSE IRAQI FAMILIES WHO SACRIFICED SO LONG AND SO HARD TO FINALLY HAVE A DEMOCRACY? FOR THOSE FREEDOM LOVING AFGHANI CITIZENS, FOR THOSE FREEDOM LOVING IRAQI CITIZENS AND FOR THE UNITED STATES' OWN SURVIVAL, WE HAVE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE WIN THIS WAR AGAINST THESE JIHADDISTS ENTITIES. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, WE YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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  • 08:56:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. MR. MEEK IS RECOGNIZED…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. MR. MEEK IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS WILL TAKE MR. MEEK'S TIME. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES.

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  • 08:56:53 PM

    MR. DELAHUNT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CAN TAKE HIS TIME BUT I CERTAINLY CAN'T REPLACE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CAN TAKE HIS TIME BUT I CERTAINLY CAN'T REPLACE THE LEADER OF OUR GROUP, WHICH WE CALL THE 30-SOMETHING. I HAPPEN TO BE THE SOMETHING OF THAT 30-SOMETHING GROUP. I'M SURE THAT THE YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE GROUP WILL JOIN ME SOON. BUT THEY'RE OUT RIGHT NOW. IF THEY'RE WATCHING, I HOPE THEY COME SOON TO THE FLOOR WHERE WE CAN TALK ABOUT THE PROBLEMS WITH OUR ECONOMY, AND CLEARLY THERE ARE MANY. BUT AS I SAT HERE LISTENING TO THE PREVIOUS SPEAKERS WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE, I FEEL COMPELLED TO SPEAK TO THEIR REMARKS. I HEARD A LOT ABOUT -- I THINK THE GENTLELADY WHO CHAIRS THE MIDDLE EAST SUBCOMMITTEE SPOKE ABOUT THE UNIFIED GOVERNMENT THAT NOW SITS IN IRAQ. WELL, HER UNDERSTANDING AND MY UNDERSTANDING OF THE TERM UNIFIED I WOULD SUGGEST ARE IRRECONCILABLE. THE IRAQI PARLIAMENT, SINCE IT WAS INSTITUTED, HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO AGREE ON HARDLY ANY ISSUE. IN FACT, THEY HAVE ENTER UNDERSTOOD A PARTICULARLY FRACTIOUS MOMENT WHERE THE CONTINUED EXISTENCE OF THE GOVERNMENT IS IN SOME DOUBT. BUT WHAT I FIND INTERESTING IS THE ONLY ISSUE THAT THEY HAVE AGREED ON, AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE'S SOME 275 MEMBERS OF THE IRAQI PARLIAMENT, IS A RESOLUTION CONDEMNING THE STATE OF ISRAEL FOR DEFENDING ITSELF. THE LANGUAGE THAT THE IRAQI PARLIAMENT USED IN THAT RESOLUTION WAS CONDEMNING THE CRIMINAL AGGRESSION OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL IN DEFENDING ITSELF. . CLEARLY WE CAN HAVE A DEBATE ON THE RELATIONSHIPS IN THE MIDDLE EAST WHERE WE CAN HAVE DIFFERENCES AND WE CAN EDUCATE AND INFORM EACH OTHER, BUT TO SAY THAT THERE IS A UNIFIED GOVERNMENT IN IRAQ TODAY IS SIMPLY INACCURATE. IT ISN'T TRUE. IT'S VERY PROBLEMATIC. AND BOTH SPEAKERS AND THEIR COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS OF MINE, CONTINUE TO MAKE REFERENCES TO IRAN AND HOW WE NEED TO HAVE A STRONG DEMOCRATIC IRAQ TO HELP US AS WE ATTEMPT TO NAVIGATE THE SHOWS OF THE POLITICAL REALITIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST. BUT THE PROBLEM IS WHAT IS NOT SPOKEN ABOUT, AT LEAST IN THIS CHAMBER, ON THIS NIGHT, IS THE FACT OF A GROWING, WARM RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN IRAQ AND IRAN. NOT THE UNITED STATES AND IRAQ. BUT IRAQ AND IRAN. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS IRREFUTABLE. THERE ARE SOME IN THE IRAQI PARLIAMENT TODAY WHO ARE STRIDENTLY ADVERSARIAL TO THE UNITED STATES. AL-SADR, A SHIITE LEADER, WHO HAS AT HIS DISPOSAL A MILITIA THAT IS CALLED THE MADDY ARMY HAS 30 MEMBERS OF THAT 275-MEMBER BODY WHO ARE LOYAL TO HIM. AND MAYBE IT'S BEEN FORGOTTEN BUT IT WAS THE UNITED STATES MILITARY THAT SOUGHT TO APPREHEND HIM ON THE CHARGES OF MURDER SOME SEVERAL YEARS AGO. WE CAN'T MAKE IT UP, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE TO SPEAK THE TRUTH. THE UNVARNISHED TRUTH. AND STRINGING TOGETHER PLATITUDES ABOUT DEMOCRACY DOESN'T CUT IT, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT'S THE REALITY TODAY IN IRAQ? WELL, THIS PHOTO TO MY RIGHT SPEAKS TO THAT REALITY. TO THE FAR RIGHT IS THE PRIME MINISTER OF IRAQ. MR. AL-MALIKI. AND WITH HIM IS THE PRESIDENT OF IRAN WHO SPOKE YESTERDAY IN THE UNITED STATES, OR RATHER IN THE UNITED NATIONS, SPOKE IN THE UNITED STATES AT NEW YORK AT THE U.N. WHOM I HEAR MANY IN THIS CHAMBER DEMONIZE AND WITH SOME CAUSE. THESE ARE HOLOCAUST DENIAL. BUT WHO'S HE SHAKING HANDS WITH, MR. SPEAKER? HE'S SHAKING HANDS WITH THE PRIME MINISTER OF IRAQ. AND BY THE WAY, MR. SPEAKER, WE INVITED THE PRIME MINISTER OF IRAQ TO COME AND ADDRESS THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS WHICH HE DID, RIGHT IN THIS VERY CHAMBER. IN A WEEK OR TWO LATER HE'S IN TEHRAN. TEHRAN SHAKING HANDS WITH THE PRESIDENT OF IRAN. NOW, THAT'S NOT THE FULL STORY, MR. SPEAKER. THERE'S MORE. THERE'S MUCH MORE. I'M NOT SUGGESTING THAT THERE IS AN ALIGNS -- AN ALLIANCE YET BETWEEN IRAQ AND IRAN, BUT DON'T LET IT GO UNNOTICED. THAT MANY IN THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT IN IRAQ SPENT YEARS IN EXILE IN TEHRAN. THERE'S RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN MANY OF THE POLITICAL FIGURES IN BOTH OF THESE COUNTRIES. LET'S NOT CONTINUE TO PAINT THIS ROSY SCENARIO THAT SIMPLY IS INACCURATE. IT'S NOT TRUE. AND I'M NOT SUGGESTING ANYONE IS INTENTIONALLY MISLEADING, BUT THESE ARE THE FACTS. THIS IS THE PICTURE. NOW, ONE MIGHT SAY WELL, THEY'RE NEIGHBORS. AND THERE HAS TO BE SOME RAPPORT. IT BENEFITS EVERYBODY. I DON'T NECESSARILY DISAGREE WITH THAT. BUT GO BACK TO 1980, 1988 THERE WERE EIGHT YEARS AT WAR, MR. SPEAKER. A WAR THAT TOOK HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF LIVES ON BOTH SIDES. IRAQ AND IRAN WERE BITTER ENEMIES. AND TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE A HANDSHAKE. BUT LIKE I SAID, WE HAVE MUCH MORE. THE IRANIANS, NOT THE AMERICANS, MR. SPEAKER, BUT THE IRANIANS ARE BUILDING AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEAR NAJAF WHICH IS A MAJOR SHIITE CITY IN SOUTHERN IRAQ. MR. SPEAKER, THE INE RAINIAN GOVERNMENT -- THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT IS PROVIDING $1 BILLION WORTH OF CREDITS TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN IRAQ. BUT THIS IS THE CHERRY ON TOP OF THE ICE CREAM SUN DAY -- ICE CREAM SUNDAE, MR. SPEAKER. IRAQ AND IRAN, IRAQ AND IRAN WHICH DOMINATES THE CONVERSATION HERE IN WASHINGTON , WHICH IS PART OF THE FRONT PAGE NEWS DAILY IN THIS COUNTRY , IRAQ AND IRAN HAVE CONSUMMATED A BILATERAL MILITARY COOPERATION AGREEMENT, MR. SPEAKER. CAN ANYBODY EXPLAIN THAT? I CAN'T EXPLAIN IT, MR. SPEAKER. I CAN'T. I CAN'T FIGURE THAT OUT. BUT WHAT I DO SEE IS THE REALITY OF ALMOST 3,000 AMERICAN SOLDIERS DEAD IN IRAQ. AND IN EXCESS OF 20,000 WOUNDED, MANY OF WHOM ARE SEVERELY WOUNDED, WHOSE LIVES ARE FOREVER IMPAIRED BY SOME PERMANENT DISABILITY. I SEE THE EXPENDITURE OF HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF AMERICAN TAXPAYERS' HARD-EARNED INCOME IN IRAQ. AND WHAT'S THE PROGRESS THAT I SEE, MR. SPEAKER? WELL, I SEE THE HANDSHAKE, I SEE THIS RELATIONSHIP, AND I SEE A BILATERAL MILITARY COOPERATION AGREEMENT, MR. SPEAKER. CAN YOU OR SOMEBODY FROM THE MAJORITY SIDE PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT THAT'S ALL ABOUT? AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THAT INFORMATION CAME TO ME FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE. AND YOU, MR. SPEAKER, REALIZE THAT THAT SERVICE IS A BIPARTISAN AGENCY CREATED BY CONGRESS TO PROVIDE MEMBERS UNVARNISHED, FACTUAL INFORMATION. SO WE STAND HERE ON THE FLOOR AND WE TALK ABOUT HOW GOOD IT IS AND WE ARE FOR DEMOCRACY. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, MR. SPEAKER? WHAT KIND OF DEMOCRACY ARE WE GETTING? AT THE COST OF THOUSANDS OF LIVES OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS AND HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM THE HARD EARNED INCOME OF THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER. IS THIS WHAT WE'RE GETTING? IS THIS -- DOES THIS SERVE OUR NATIONAL INTEREST? I DON'T KNOW, MR. SPEAKER. I DON'T KNOW. BUT I HAVE TO TELL YOU SOMETHING, I DON'T THINK ANYBODY IN THIS BODY KNOWS. AND THAT'S AN INDICTMENT, MR. SPEAKER, ON THE ROLE OF THIS INSTITUTION BECAUSE THE MAJORITY PARTY OUGHT TO HAVE INSISTED IN THE COURSE OF THE EXERCISE OF ITS OVERSIGHT ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY ANSWERS TO THESE VERY SIMPLE QUESTIONS. BUT NO, NO, LET'S IGNORE THEM AND GET UP AND TALK ABOUT DEMOCRACY. MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN, VERY ERUDITE, VERY THOUGHTFUL GENTLEMAN HAS AN INTERESTING VIEW OF HISTORY. IS CONVERSENT WITH HISTORY. AND HISTORY GIVES US CONTEXT. BUT TO IGNORE WHAT THE REALITY IS ON THE GROUND I SEE MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA WALK IN, AND I WANT TO WELCOME HIM. I KNOW HE'S HAD A BUSY EVENING. MR. MEEK, IT'S GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE. FINALLY.

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  • 09:12:20 PM

    MR. MEEK

    A PLEASURE TO JOIN YOU DOING THE 30-SOMETHING HOUR MUCH, SINCE THE…

    A PLEASURE TO JOIN YOU DOING THE 30-SOMETHING HOUR MUCH, SINCE THE SOMETHINGS ARE CARRYING THE HOUR TONIGHT SINCE WE DON'T HAVE THE 30'S HERE, I UNDERSTAND THEY ARE EN ROUTE, BUT I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION TO BEING ABLE TO DELIVER THE POSITIVE MESSAGE HERE IN THE CONGRESS.

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  • 09:12:42 PM

    MR. DELAHUNT

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. I'M NOT DELIVERING A POSITIVE MESSAGE. I AM…

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. I'M NOT DELIVERING A POSITIVE MESSAGE. I AM EXPRESSING CONCERN ABOUT THE LACK OF OVERSIGHT AND THE LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY ARE CALLING INTO ACCOUNT THE ACTIONS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION BY THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS. WE HAVE RIGHT TO KNOW. IT'S A DEBT THAT IS OWED US. IT'S A DEBT OF BLOOD AND HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. AND THERE IS A LONG LIST OF EMERGING RELATIONSHIPS AND AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THESE TWO COUNTRIES. IRAN AND IRAQ JUST RECENTLY SIGNED A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING UNDER WHICH PIPELINES WOULD BE CONSTRUCTED TO ALLOW IRAN TO IMPORT IRAQI CRUDE OIL FROM BASRA. UNDER THE AGREEMENT, IRAN IS TO FINANCE THE THREE PIPELINES THAT WILL BE BUILT TO IMPLEMENT THE AGREEMENT. AGAIN, THIS IS FROM A REPORT FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE DATED JUNE 14, 2006. THAT'S BEFORE THE FAMOUS HANDSHAKE. TO SAY OR SUGGEST THAT THINGS ARE GOING WELL IN AFGHANISTAN, MR. SPEAKER, IS A DISCONNECT FROM REALITY. IN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE -- AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE THE ABSOLUTE FULL TRUTH AS TO WHAT THE REALITY IS. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAD A HEARING TODAY IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. ITS FOCUS WAS AFGHANISTAN. IT WAS EXTREMELY DISTURBING, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE FIVE YEARS LATER AFGHANISTAN IS HEADING QUICKLY IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. PRESIDENT BUSH SAYS WE ARE WINNING THE WAR ON TERROR. AND I WILL STIPULATE, NOT ON IRAQ, BUT OUR INVASION OF IRAQ WHICH I AND EVERY OTHER MEMBER OF CONGRESS VOTED FOR, WAS ABOUT THE WAR ON TERROR. . WELL, MR. SPEAKER, IF WE'RE GOING TO WIN THE WAR ON TERROR WE NEED TO CHANGE COMMANDERS IN CHIEF AND HAVE A CONGRESS THAT WILL HOLD THESE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE, BECAUSE I WILL TELL YOU SOMETHING, WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING TO LOSE AFGHANISTAN. IT HAS BECOME A NARCO STATE. IN 19-- IN THE YEAR 2001, THERE WERE 73 TONS OF OPIUM THAT IS USED TO MAKE HEROIN. THIS PAST YEAR THERE WERE 6,100 TONS OF POPPY AND OPIUM.

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  • 09:16:18 PM

    MR. MEEK

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD FOR A MINUTE.

  • 09:16:52 PM

    MR. DELAHUNT

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD FOR A MINUTE.

  • 09:16:57 PM

    MR. MEEK

    I WAS HERE --

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    MR. DULL HENT

    I WAS HERE AND I FELT THE NEED TO PUT OUT WHAT THE REALITIES ARE, RATHER…

    I WAS HERE AND I FELT THE NEED TO PUT OUT WHAT THE REALITIES ARE, RATHER THAN SIMPLY TALK IN TERMS THAT OUR HOPEFUL AND OPTIMISTIC BUT A WORLD APART FROM WHAT THE REALITY IS. IF THIS ADMINISTRATION IS SINCERE, OF COURSE IT IS, ABOUT WINNING THE WAR ON TERROR, THERE HAS TO BE A DRAMATIC CHANGE IN DIRECTION. LISTEN TO THIS JUST FOR ONE MOMENT, IF YOU WOULD. IF YOU WOULD.

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  • 09:17:43 PM

    MR. MEEK

    MR. DELAHUNT.

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    MR. DELAHUNT

    IN CONTRAST TO WHAT WAS SAID HERE ON THE FLOOR. THE UNITED STATES' EFFORTS…

    IN CONTRAST TO WHAT WAS SAID HERE ON THE FLOOR. THE UNITED STATES' EFFORTS IN AFGHANISTAN ARE FAILING. AFGHANISTAN FACES ITS HIGHEST LEVELS OF VIOLENCE AND CORRUPTION SINCE ITS LIBERATION. DRUG MONEY CONTINUES TO FINANCE TERRORISM. THAT FAILURE, COUPLED WITH THE AGGRESSIVE EFFORTS OF THE TERRORISTS THREATENS TO DESTROY AFGHANISTAN'S DEMOCRACY. A FREE GOVERNMENT THAT AMERICANS AND COALITION FORCES HAVE DIED TO SUPPORT. MR. MEEK, MR. SPEAKER, THOSE ARE NOT MY WORDS. THOSE ARE THE WORDS OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE, HENRY HYDE, IN A LETTER THAT HE SENT THIS WEEK TO PRESIDENT BUSH. SO, PLEASE DON'T COME DOWN TO THIS FLOOR AND PAINT A ROSY PICTURE. WE'RE IN TROUBLE. THE WORLD IS IN TROUBLE. AND IF WE'RE GOING TO WIN THE WAR ON TERROR, WE'VE GOT TO CHANGE DIRECTION AND DEVELOP A STRATEGY THAT WILL ACCOMPLISH THAT. AFTER FIVE YEARS, IT'S FIVE YEARS SINCE 9/11, AND AFGHANISTAN IS BACK TO GROUND ZERO. I YIELD.

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  • 09:19:13 PM

    MR. MEEK

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 09:30:54 PM

    MR. RYAN

    MY FRIEND, JOHN MICA, FROM FLORIDA, UNFORTUNATELY CONGRESS IS NOT READY TO…

    MY FRIEND, JOHN MICA, FROM FLORIDA, UNFORTUNATELY CONGRESS IS NOT READY TO FACE THE REALITY OF THE PROBLEM WHEN HEATS TALKING ABOUT AIRLINE SECURITY. THAT'S NOT US. THAT'S NOT DEMOCRATS SAYING THAT REPUBLICANS NOW ARE SAYING NEWT GINGRICH, GENERALS, REPUBLICANS, BILL BUCKLEY. COME ON, THEY'RE ALL SAYING THIS THAT THEY ARE NOT ADDRESSING THE NEED OF THE PROBLEM.

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  • 09:31:26 PM

    MR. DELAHUNT

    ANY FURTHER.

  • 09:31:28 PM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    ANY TIME ANYONE WANTS TO YIELD TO ME.

  • 09:31:31 PM

    MR. MEEK

    I'D JUST LIKE TO HAVE --

  • 09:31:39 PM

    MR. DELAHUNT

    HE MAY HAVE A POINT.

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    MR. RYAN

    POINT.

  • 09:31:43 PM

    MR. DELAHUNT

    DO HAVE A QUICK POINT. I THINK WE SHOULD ACKNOWLEDGE TONIGHT --

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    MR. RYAN

    ARE BRIEF.

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    MR. DELAHUNT

    BRIEF AND CONCISE. I WOULD BE REMISS IF WE DIDN'T ACKNOWLEDGE THAT OUR…

    BRIEF AND CONCISE. I WOULD BE REMISS IF WE DIDN'T ACKNOWLEDGE THAT OUR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO IS HERE TONIGHT PLAYING HER. HE'S A REAL TROOPER. HE WAS, I UNDERSTAND, AND MAYBE MR. MEEK CAN ELABORATE ON THIS, BUT LAST NIGHT, BRING THE CRUTCHES OVER, LAST NIGHT TIM RYAN AND KENDRICK MEEK ALONG WITH A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE PLAYED A FOOTBALL GAME AGAINST THE CAPITOL POLICE AND MR. RYAN WENT DOWN FAIRLY QUICKLY I UNDERSTAND --

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  • 09:32:37 PM

    MR. RYAN

    OF COURSE I YIELD.

  • 09:32:40 PM

    MR. DELAHUNT

    MR. RYAN, IT'S BERT WHEN SOMEONE ELSE TALK ABOUT YOUR GREAT CONTRIBUTION.

  • 09:32:42 PM

    MR. MEEK

    I MADE IT THROUGH THE THIRD QUARTER.

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    MR. RYAN

    IT THROUGH THE THIRD QUARTER.

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    MR. MEEK

    I THINK IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE, MR. SPEAKER, EVEN YOU PARTICIPATED…

    I THINK IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE, MR. SPEAKER, EVEN YOU PARTICIPATED IN THIS FUNDRAISERER. -- THIS WAS A FUNDRAISER TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE OFFICERS THAT LOST THEIR LIVES HERE PROTECTING THE CAPITOL, MAKE SURE THEIR CHILDREN HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO COLLEGE AND BE ABLE TO BE ALL THAT THEY CAN BE. MR. RYAN GOT CAUGHT UP INTO THE MOMENT LAST NIGHT, TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY, PLAYED QUARTERBACK, MADE A COUPLE OF PLAYS, RUNNING THE BALL, BAD KNEE AND ALL. AND ENDED UP HURTING HIS KNEE. TONIGHT HE COMES, MR. SPEAKER, WITH NOT ONLY THE WILL AND DESIRE, BUT THE DEDICATION TO MAKE SURE THAT HE'S STANDING HERE WITH ONE LEG KIND OF BENT HERE WITH THE CRUTCHES THERE HERE TO NOT ONLY DELIVER THE MESSAGE ON BEHALF OF THE 30-SOMETHINGS BUT, MR. RYAN, WE COMMEND YOUR DEDICATION NOT ONLY MAKING SURE WE WATCH OUT FOR THOSE THAT TOOK AN OPPORTUNITY TO WATCH OUT NOT ONLY FOR THE MEMBERS BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AT THE U.S. CAPITOL, WE APPRECIATE YOUR SACRIFICE BEING HERE TONIGHT, STANDING ON A BAD LEG AND TRYING TO RECOVER AT THE SAME TIME.

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  • 09:33:49 PM

    MR. DELAHUNT

    JUST INTERRUPT ONE MORE TIME. I -- TO BE SERIOUS FOR A MOMENT I WANT TO…

    JUST INTERRUPT ONE MORE TIME. I -- TO BE SERIOUS FOR A MOMENT I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE BOTH OF YOU FOR PARTICIPATING AND I WOULD ADD THAT THOSE WHO WERE WATCHING SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS AN EFFORT BY BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS FOR A TREMENDOUS CAUSE. THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE IN THE CAPITOL POLICE AS WELL AS THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE IN THIS CONGRESS, SOME OF WHICH ARE BEHIND US RIGHT NOW, ARE DEDICATED PROFESSIONALS. THEY DO AN EXTRAORDINARY JOB. IT'S DIFFICULT IN THE CASES OF THOSE TWO CAPITOL POLICE WHO WERE KILLED, WHAT WE CAN DO FOR THEIR FAMILY IS SOMETHING THAT WE ALL FEEL -- WE ALL PARTICIPATE IN. AND WE OWE A DEBT OF GRATITUDE TO THEM. GREAT JOB, GENTLEMEN.

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  • 09:34:49 PM

    MR. RYAN

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. LAST YEAR WE RAISED $50,000 FOR A TRUST FUND…

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. LAST YEAR WE RAISED $50,000 FOR A TRUST FUND FOR THE KIDS OF THIS -- THESE FAMILIES. THIS YEAR WE RAISED $30,000. SO THERE WILL BE $80,000. HOPEFULLY WE CAN RAISE MORE IN THE NEXT COUPLE YEARS. I'M NOT NECESSARILY SAYING I'M GOING TO PLAY IN THE GAME NEXT YEAR. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO WRITE A CHECK. BUT TO MAKE SURE THERE'S A TRUST FUND THERE FOR ALL OF THESE KIDS. I THINK WE SHOULD EVENTUALLY EXPAND IT TO ALL OF CAPITOL POLICE WHO HAVE KIDS WHO GET KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY PROTECTING US AND PROTECTING THIS CAPITOL. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT. DIDN'T WANT TO BRING IT UP, BUT OUR COACH FOR THE TEAM IS TOM OSBORNE, THE FORMER GREAT COACH UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA. HE'S NOW A MEMBER OF CONGRESS FROM NEBRASKA. AND HE WAS OUR COACH AND I WAS AN OLD QUARTERBACK SO YOU KNOW, LIKE, TOM OSBORNE IS MY COACH. I'M GOING TO TRY TO IMPRESS THEM. AND -- THAT'S THE RESULT.

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  • 09:35:51 PM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    SCHULTZ: WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 09:35:53 PM

    MR. RYAN

    I WILL BE HAPPY TO YIELD IF YOU CHANGE THE SUBJECT.

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    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    I WASN'T PLANNING TO CHANGE THE SUBJECT YET. THIS IS NOT PLAYING FIELD ON…

    I WASN'T PLANNING TO CHANGE THE SUBJECT YET. THIS IS NOT PLAYING FIELD ON WHICH I CAN PARTICIPATE IN TERMS OF THE DEBATE OR THE DISCUSSION GIVEN THE DIFFERENCE IN MY STATURE, I MEAN PHYSICAL STATURE VERSUS YOURS, BUT, MR. RYAN, I WILL POINT OUT THAT AS YOUR ATHLETIC PROWESS ABSOLUTELY PRECEDES YOU, GIVEN THE BASEBALL PERFORMANCE AND NOW THE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE, PERHAPS YOU SHOULD BECOME A CHARITABLE DONOR HENCE FORTH AS OPPOSED TO PARTICIPANT ON THE FIELD.

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  • 09:36:34 PM

    MR. RYAN

    GENTLEWOMAN YIELD? LAST NIGHT'S INJURY HAS NOW RELEGATED ME TO YOGA AND…

    GENTLEWOMAN YIELD? LAST NIGHT'S INJURY HAS NOW RELEGATED ME TO YOGA AND GOLF. I HAVE CHANGED MY FUTURE AT 33 YEARS OLD. I'M NOW LIMITED TO A DIFFERENT FORM OF YOGA AND HOPEFULLY IMPROVING MY GOLF GAME. NO BASKETBALL. IN FACT, MR. MEEK, LAST NIGHT WAS KIND ENOUGH TO DRIVE ME FROM THE FIELD TO THE LOCKER ROOM AND ALMOST TO THE HOSPITAL . THIS MORNING WHEN HE PICKED ME UP TO TAKE ME TO THE GYM, HE SAID, I HAVE YOUR SPIKES IN MY CAR AND I SAID, YOU CAN BURN THEM. BECAUSE I'M NEVER GOING TO NEED THEM AGAIN.

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  • 09:37:19 PM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    SCHULTZ: WE DIGRESS. AND IT IS A PLEASURE TO BE HERE WITH YOU AND I'M…

    SCHULTZ: WE DIGRESS. AND IT IS A PLEASURE TO BE HERE WITH YOU AND I'M HAPPY TO YIELD MY USUAL SPOT SO THAT YOU CAN UTILIZE THE BENEFIT OF THE CHAIR. I WANT TO PICK UP ON SOME OF WHAT MR. MEEK HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS EVENING BECAUSE FOR THE LAST TWO WEEKS OR SO WE HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED, AS AMERICANS, TO THE ONSLAUGHT OF DIALOGUE ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE IN TERMS OF THEIR VIEW OF NATIONAL SECURITY. AND HOW IT IS ONLY THROUGH THEIR CONTINUED LEADERSHIP AND THEIR CONTINUED DRIVING OF THIS -- OF THE AGENDA AND THE CONTINUING IN THE DIRECTION THAT THEY HAVE TAKEN AMERICA THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO REMAIN SAFE. YET I FIND IT REALLY INTERESTING, AND I HAVE AN ILLUSTRATIVE CHART HERE, THAT I'D LIKE TO WALK THROUGH VERY QUICKLY, MAYBE NOT SO QUICKLY BECAUSE IT'S SO INSTRUCTIVE, THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE VERY PROMINENT PEOPLE, PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE EXPERTISE, THAT KNOW THAT NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. IN FACT, LAST MONDAY WHICH WAS THE ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11, FORMER GOVERNOR TOM KEANE OF NEW JERSEY AND FORMER MEMBER OF CONGRESS, LEE HAMILTON, REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT, THE CO-CHAIRS OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION, ISSUED A BLISTERING ANALYSIS THAT WAS PUBLISHED IN PAPERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. PARTICULARLY IN THE "BOSTON GLOBE" WHICH IS YOUR HOME PAPER, MR. DELAHUNT, AND THAT THEY REITERATED THAT THE REPORT CARD THAT THE 9/11 COMMISSION HAD GIVEN THE CONGRESS IN DECEMBER INCLUDED 10 C'S, 12 D'S AND FOUR F'S. THAT WAS A CLARION CALL LAST DECEMBER TO THE CONGRESS AND THIS REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP. THEY WERE SAYING, LOOK, YOU'RE NOT MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE COURSE. YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY MAKE A COMMITMENT TO HOMELAND SECURITY AND SHORING UP OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, DO IT. BECAUSE WE ARE THE ONE THAT IS REVIEWED THE GAPS AND WE RECOMMENDED TO YOU HOW WE COULD CLOSE THOSE GAPS AND YOU HAVE NOT DONE IT. HERE'S WHAT THEY SAID LAST MONDAY. THEY SAID, WHAT WE ARGUE THEN IS STILL TRUE NOW. AMERICANS ARE SAFER BUT WE ARE NOT YET SAFE. AND THEY WALKED THROUGH WHAT'S STILL NEEDED TO BE DONE. AND THIS CHART, AS I SAID, IS ILLUSTRATIVE OF WHAT THEY TALKED ABOUT IN THIS EDITORIAL. FIRST, THEY SAID THAT HOMELAND SECURITY DOLLARS MUST BE ALLOCATED WISELY. AND WHAT THEY INDICATED IS THAT RIGHT NOW WE ARE NOT ALLOCATING FUNDING ON THE BASIS OF RISKS AND VULNERABILITIES. WHAT WE ARE DOING IS THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HERE IS ACTUALLY DOING IT ON A -- AN EARMARK BASIS. THEY ARE GIVING OUT LITTLE POTS OF MONEY AROUND THE COUNTRY TO MAKE INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS HAPPY AND TO -- SO THAT THEY CAN SAY I BROUGHT HOME SOME SECURITY DOLLARS FROM MY DISTRICT INSTEAD OF CONCENTRATING ON THE AREAS WHERE THE REAL RISK AND THE REAL VULNERABILITIES ARE. THEY WENT ON FURTHER AND SAID THAT STATES AND LOCALITIES NEED TO HAVE EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS AND PRACTICE THEM REGULARLY. WHAT THEY SAID, THE PROBLEM WAS IS THAT THERE ISN'T A CREATION AND REHEARSAL OF STATE AND LOCAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS GOING ON, AND THAT FROM THE MOMENT DISASTER STRIKES, ALL FIRST RESPONDERS NEED TO KNOW WHAT TO DO AND WHO IS IN CHARGE, AND THAT'S NOT HAPPENING. THIRD, THEY CALLED ON CONGRESS TO GIVE FIRST RESPONDERS A SLICE OF THE BROADCAST SPECTRUM THAT IS IDEAL FOR EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS. RIGHT NOW AS YOU CAN SEE THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN UNTIL 2009. DO YOU REMEMBER THE INTEROPERABILITY AND COMMUNICATION THAT WAS TALKED ABOUT AS THE PROBLEM THAT OCCURRED ON 9/11 WHEN THE FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS AND ALL THE FIRST RESPONDERS AND THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, F.B.I., AND ALL THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES COULDN'T TALK TO EACH OTHER? BECAUSE THEIR SYSTEMS DON'T COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER. THAT STILL HASN'T BEEN FIXED AND ONE OF THE PROBLEMS IS THE BROADCAST SPECTRUM IS NOT GOING TO BE TURNED OVER UNTIL 2009. NUMBER FOUR, THERE HAS NOT BEEN ENOUGH PROGRESS ON INFORMATION SHARING AMONG GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. THERE ARE STILL TURF FIGHTS AND GAPS IN INFORMATION SHARING, ESPECIALLY WITH STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES. WE'VE GOT TO SHUTOFF THE TURF BATTLES, INCREASE INFORMATION SHARING AMONG GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, AND MAKE SURE THESE ENTITIES CAN TALK TO EACH OTHER. THIS CAN'T BE ABOUT TURF ANYMORE. THIS HAS TO BE ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT THERE IS A SEAMLESS SYSTEM, THAT THERE IS A SYSTEM THROUGH WHICH INFORMATION CAN FLOW SO THAT WHEN THERE IS DANGER THAT IS EITHER IMMINENT OR OCCURRING THERE CAN BE THE COMMUNICATION THAT WAS SO ABSENT ON 9/11. FIFTH, F.B.I. REFORM IS MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION BUT FAR TOO SLOWLY. THEY SAID YOU NEED TO SPEED UP F.B.I. REFORM. IMPROVE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND ANNA -- ANALYTIC ALLEGE CAPABILITIES. THOSE THINGS -- ANALYTICAL CAPABILITIES. THOSE THINGS STILL HAVE NOT HAPPENED. WE HAVE TO PROTECT PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY FUNCTION WITH OVERSIGHT WITH THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. WELL, CLEARLY MR. MEEK, MR. RYAN, MR. DELAHUNT, AND MR. DELAHUNT YOU AND I KNOW BETTER THAN ANYBODY AFTER OUR JUDICIARY MEETING TODAY, THERE ISN'T ANY INTEREST IN OVERSIGHT IN TERMS OF THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN THIS CONGRESS. THEY HAVE SEENGSLY BEEN WILLING TO CEDE OUR LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY TO THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. IT'S SHOCKING. I DON'T KNOW WHETHER THEY JUST DIDN'T TAKE THE SAME CIVICS CLASSES WE DID OR WHETHER THEY ARE JUST SO TRUSTING OF THIS PRESIDENT. PLEASE, OFFER YOUR OWN SPECULATION.

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  • 09:43:08 PM

    MR. DELAHUNT

    LET ME OFFER ANOTHER THEORY. ANOTHER HYPOTHESIS. IT'S ABOUT POLITICS. IT'S…

    LET ME OFFER ANOTHER THEORY. ANOTHER HYPOTHESIS. IT'S ABOUT POLITICS. IT'S ABOUT RETAINING POWER. WHAT HAPPENED IN JUDICIARY TODAY WAS ON THE ISSUE OF THE DETAINEES. THE PRESIDENT HAS COME OUT WITH A PROPOSAL AND THAT PROPOSAL WAS SUMMARILY REJECTED BY THREE PROMINENT U.S. SENATORS. ALL REPUBLICAN. ONE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, JOHN WARNER. JOHN MCCAIN. WHO WAS IMPRISONED DURING VIETNAM FOR YEARS, WHO UNDERSTOOD WHAT IT MEANS TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY IN THE MOST DIRE OF CIRCUMSTANCES, AND EXIT A HERO. AND LINDSEY GRAHAM, A LAWYER WHO SERVED IN THE MILITARY AS THE MILITARY LAWYER. BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT IF THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL IS ACCEPTED, IT WILL PUT AT RISK AMERICAN SERVICE PERSONNEL. IT WILL PUT AT RISK, AND WHAT WE DID TODAY IN EFFECT WAS TO TURN OUR BACK AND NOT LISTEN, NOT JUST TO THEM, BUT MORE THAN 40 RETIRED GENERALS, ADMIRALS, MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED THIS COUNTRY, INCLUDING THE FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE JOINT CHIEFS, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL WHO SAID THIS IS A MISTAKE, IN A LETTER ENDORSING THE PROPOSAL TO JOHN

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  • 09:45:24 PM

    MR. RYAN

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? BECAUSE IT COMES DOWN TO THIS THAT THIS IS ANOTHER I…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? BECAUSE IT COMES DOWN TO THIS THAT THIS IS ANOTHER I THINK AN ELECTION YEAR SITUATION, BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS, WE OPT OUT OF THE GENEVA CONVENTION AND WE MAKE A CERTAIN SET OF RULES TO SAY HOW MILITARY PRISONERS SHOULD BE TREATED. . JUST BECAUSE, IF WE HAVE A CERTAIN SET OF STANDARDS, IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT OTHER COUNTRIES WON'T OPT OUT AND THEIR STANDARDS WILL BE A HECK OF A LOTTOER THAN OUR STANDARDS. I YIELD.

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  • 09:45:54 PM

    MR. DELAHUNT

    THE MILITARY DOESN'T WANT US TO DO IT, THE MILITARY, BECAUSE THEY KNOW…

    THE MILITARY DOESN'T WANT US TO DO IT, THE MILITARY, BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT SERVE WILL BE PUT AT RISK. THEY WILL BE IN DANGER. THAT'S WHY THEY DON'T WANT IT TO HAPPEN.

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  • 09:46:07 PM

    MR. RYAN

    THE MOST WELL KNOWN POLITICAL PRISONER IN OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY, NOW,…

    THE MOST WELL KNOWN POLITICAL PRISONER IN OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY, NOW, GIVEN THE MODERN MEDIA AND THE KIND OF FAME HE'S GENERATED SAYS THAT THIS IS A BAD THING FOR OUR SOLDIERS, THIS ISN'T ABOUT ANYONE ELSE'S SOLDIERS, THIS IS ABOUT OUR SOLDIERS. YOU WANT TO BE PRO MILITARY, YOU WANT TO BE PRO U.S. SOLDIER, YOU WANT TO PROTECT OUR SOLDIERS? YOU FAILED THEM ON BODY ARMOR, YOU FAILED THEM WITH THE PLAN TO GET OUT AND NOW IF THEY GET CAUGHT YOU'LL SAY THERE'S NO INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS IN WHICH WE CAN HOLD THESE OTHER COUNTRIES BY AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING YOU WANT WITH THE AMERICAN SOLDIERS. NOW WE KNOW THERE'S ROGUE PEOPLE, BUT THERE'S MANY PEOPLE WHO WILL GET POLITICAL PRISONERS AND ABIDE BY THE RULES. WE KNOW THERE'S SOME THAT WON'T, BUT TO GO AGAINST JOHN MCCAIN AND TO GO AGAINST A JAG OFFICER LIKE LINDSAY GRAHAM AND TO GO AGAINST MR. WARNER, THE CHAIR OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, BEEN IN FOR YEARS, TO MAKE SOME KIND OF --

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  • 09:47:11 PM

    MR. DELAHUNT

    JUDGE ADVOCATES SAID WE DON'T NEED IT.

  • 09:47:28 PM

    MR. RYAN

    WILL YOU YIELD, SIR?

  • 09:49:15 PM

    MR. MEEK

    I YIELD.

  • 09:49:18 PM

    MR. DELAHUNT

    LET ME FINISH, MR. MEEK.

  • 09:49:21 PM

    MR. RYAN

    ME FINISH, MR. MEEK.

  • 09:49:24 PM

    MR. MEEK

    BOTTOM LINE?

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    MR. RYAN

    JUST TO CONTINUE --

  • 09:50:29 PM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    JUST TO CONTINUE --

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    MR. MEEK

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, JUST FOR A MOMENT BECAUSE I'LL HAVE TO LEAVE BEFORE…

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, JUST FOR A MOMENT BECAUSE I'LL HAVE TO LEAVE BEFORE THE HOUR IS OVER AND I HAVE TO TAKE MR. RYAN TO -- SINCE HE LAID IT OUT ON THE FIELD LAST NIGHT, BUT LET ME SAY THIS VERY QUICKLY, THE FACTS ARE WHAT THE FACTS ARE. SOME INDIVIDUALS SAY IT IS WHAT IT IS, AND THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT WE HAVE A RUBBER STAMP REPUBLICAN MAJORITY THAT IS WILLING TO RUBBER STAMP EVERYTHING IN THE ADMINISTRATION. I DON'T SPEND A LOT OF THE TIME, MR. SPEAKER, TALKING ABOUT WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE SHOULD HAVE DONE OR WHAT THEY SHOULD DO, OR WHATEVER THE CASE MAY BE, BECAUSE I'M A MEMBER OF CONGRESS AND SO BY ME BEING ELECTED FROM THE 17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, RIGHT NEXT TO YOUR DISTRICT BY THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH FLORIDA, THEY FEDERALIZED ME TO COME TO THE CONGRESS TO DO, WHAT? CARRY OUT ARTICLE 1, SECTION 1 OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. THAT MEANS THAT TO HAVE OVERSIGHT AND BE IN THE INVESTIGATIVE BODY. WE'RE NOT DOING ANY OF THOSE. WELL, LET ME JUST TAKE A MOMENT. TODAY WE HAD A NUMBER OF VISITORS TO THE CAPITOL, THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, THEY CAME TO THE CAPITOL AND A NUMBER OF SURVIVORS CAME TO THE CAPITOL AND THEY HAVE A WALK GOING ON RIGHT NOW OUTSIDE ON THE MALL AT THE REFLECTION POOL OF THE CAPITOL. I WANT TO COMMEND THEM FOR THEIR EFFORTS FOR COMING HERE TO WASHINGTON, D.C., AND I WANT TO SAY, AND THEY HAVE A WALL OF HOPE OUT THERE FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE SURVIVORS AND THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE PASSED ON, I KNOW THAT MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ HAD A JOINT CONFERENCE ON BREAST CANCER TODAY. I THINK THAT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE LIFT THOSE INDIVIDUALS UP BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THERE'S AMERICANS THAT COULD NOT MAKE IT MY SISTER IS A BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR AND WENT OUT, AND MR. RYAN, THIS EVENING TO SIGN A WALL FOR FLORIDA, AND PUT MY SISTER'S NAME IN, SHE COULDN'T BE HERE AND I TOLD HER THAT I PUT HER NAME ON THE WALL AND HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SIGN IT. AND I KNOW THAT WE HERE IN CONGRESS ARE PART OF MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE ENOUGH RESEARCH TO BE ABLE TO LOOK AND FIND WAYS THAT EITHER WE CAN PREVENT CANCER FROM HAPPENING OR FIND MEDICINES THAT CAN ERADICATE -- AND PROCEDURES THAT CAN TAKE AWAY THE ISSUE OF CANCER OUT OF THE LIVES OF -- I KNOW THAT THERE'S A COMMITMENT BY 2015 TO ERADICATE ALL CANCER HERE IN THE U.S., AND SO THAT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. I JUST WANTED TO LAY THAT OUT BECAUSE I KNOW THAT WE WANTED TO COMMEND THEM AND WE HAVE SERIOUS ISSUES THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE TO LAY OUT THE COMMITMENT OF THOSE THAT DID COME UP HERE. MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ.

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  • 09:53:09 PM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    I AM GLAD THAT YOU TOUCHED ON THAT, AND I LOST BOTH OF MY GRANDMOTHERS TO…

    I AM GLAD THAT YOU TOUCHED ON THAT, AND I LOST BOTH OF MY GRANDMOTHERS TO BREAST CANCER AND IT'S IMPORTANT THAT CONGRESS COMMIT TO FUNDING THE RESEARCH SO THAT IN OUR LIFETIMES AS 30-SOMETHINGS WE CAN SEE A CURE FOR NOT JUST LUNG CANCER, BUT CANCER OF ALL TYPES IN OUR LIFETIME AND DURING OUR CONGRESSIONAL CAREERS AND SO I KNOW THAT WE'RE ALL COMMITTED TO THAT. MR. DELAHUNT, I THINK THAT WE'RE WRAPPING UP. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL ITEMS TO ADD?

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  • 09:53:41 PM

    MR. DELAHUNT

    NO, AGAIN, I WOULD SAY THAT I THINK WHAT IS BEING REVEAL TO THE AMERICAN…

    NO, AGAIN, I WOULD SAY THAT I THINK WHAT IS BEING REVEAL TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION IS REALLY DRIVEN BY POLITICS. WE HEAR NOW ABOUT IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION. FOR SIX YEARS THEY'VE BEEN A MAJORITY IN THIS BODY, THEY'VE BEEN A MAJORITY IN THE SENATE AND THEY'VE OWNED THE WHITE HOUSE. THEY HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE AND TO SUPPORT DEMOCRATIC PROPOSALS WHICH WOULD HAVE STRENGTHENED BORDER SECURITY, AND A COMPARISON, I THINK, IS IN ORDER RIGHT NOW. THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW BORDER PATROL AGENTS THAT WERE ADDED PER YEAR DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION WAS 642. DURING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, 411. IMMIGRATION CASES THAT -- IMMIGRATION FRAUD CASES THAT WERE COMPLETED, IN 1995, ALMOST 6,500. IN 2003, ON THE AVERAGE OF 1,300. AND WHAT I FIND PARTICULARLY FASCINATING IS THOSE CASES THAT WERE FILED AGAINST EMPLOYERS FOR HIRING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, IN 1999 THERE WERE SOME 417. IN 2004, THERE WERE THREE. THE REALITY IS THAT THE RESOURCES WHEN THEY ARE PROVIDED TO ENFORCE THE EXISTING LAWS THAT WOULD HAVE SERVED US WELL, AND NOW WE ARE HEARING ABOUT BORDER PROTECTION. THERE IS NO OTHER CONCLUSION THAT ONE CAN REASONABLY REACH OTHER THAN IT'S GREAT POLITICS IN AN ELECTION YEAR TO ENERGIZE THE SO-CALLED BASE, BUT IT'S NOT FAIR TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ON AN ISSUE THAT REALLY NEEDS TO BE DEBATED IN A RESPECTED AND CIVIL WAY AND ANALYZED APPROPRIATELY.

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  • 09:56:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. PRICE, FOR 60…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. PRICE, FOR 60 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:56:37 PM

    MR. PRICE

    MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE ONCE AGAIN THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME BEFORE THE…

    MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE ONCE AGAIN THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME BEFORE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TONIGHT AND BRING THE LATEST VERSION OF THE OFFICIAL TRUTH SQUAD. YOU'VE HEARD A LOT OF INFORMATION OVER THE LAST HOUR. MUCH OF WHICH IN TERMS OF ITS TENOR AND TONE WAS THE GENESIS FOR THE OFFICIAL TRUTH SQUAD. BECAUSE WHAT WE AS REPUBLICAN FRESHMAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DETERMINED ABOUT A YEAR -- A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO, WAS THAT THERE WAS AN AWFUL LOT OF DISINFORMATION AND MISINFORMATION AND DISTORTION AND DEMAGOGUERY AND DIVISION ATTEMPTING TO DIVIDE THE NATION IN SUCH A WAY THAT IT DID A DISSERVICE TO EVERYBODY. AND, MR. SPEAKER, YOU HAVE HEARD AN AWFUL LOT OF THAT OVER THE LAST HOUR. WE'VE GOT SOME VERY SERIOUS THINGS TO TALK ABOUT TONIGHT, BUT I WANTED TO SPEND A FEW MOMENTS AND JUST TRY TO LOWER THE TEMPERATURE A LITTLE BIT, TRY TO DECREASE THE CALAMITY THAT YOU'VE JUST HEARD, YOU HEARD A LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT ALL SORTS OF ISSUES, MOSTLY NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES. YOU'VE HEARD SOME CLAIMS ABOUT THE 9/11 COMMISSION AND HOW NONE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION HAVE BEEN PROPOSED OR ADOPTED BY CONGRESS. BUT WHAT THE OFFICIAL TRUTH SQUAD IS ALL ABOUT IS TRUTH, IT'S ABOUT FACT. IT'S ABOUT REAL THINGS. AND OUR -- ONE OF MY FAVORITE QUOTES, ONE OF OUR FAVORITE QUOTES COMING FROM SENATOR DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN WHO HAD JUST A GREAT QUOTE. HE SAID THAT EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OWN OPINION, BUT NOBODY IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OWN FACTS. EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OWN OPINION, BUT NOT THEIR OWN FACTS. AND THAT'S IMPORTANT, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE WHEN YOU HEAR ALL OF THESE THINGS THAT THESE ACCUSATIONS AND INCREDIBLE DISTORTIONS THAT ARE LEVELED, VERY RARELY ARE THEY EVER ROOTED IN FACT. AND I'M HERE TO GIVE YOU A FEW INSTANCES OF FACT. AND I WANT TO SPEND A FEW MINUTES TALKING ABOUT NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE 9/11 COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS BECAUSE THE DISTORTIONS HAVE BEEN PHENOMENAL. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THE DEMOCRAT SIDE OF THE AISLE, A LEADER WHO SAYS -- HAS SAID WITHIN THE LAST TWO WEEKS THAT SHE DIDN'T BELIEVE THAT THE CAPTURE OF OSAMA BIN LADEN WOULD MAKE AMERICA ANY SAFER. IT'S A STUNNING STATEMENT FROM THE INDIVIDUAL WHO WANTS TO BE THIRD IN LINE TO THE PRESIDENCY. STUNNING STATEMENT. AND SHE'S ALSO, AS WELL AS SO MANY INDIVIDUALS ON THE OTHER SIDE, CALLED FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION. WELL, IN FACT, WHAT THEY OUGHT TO DO IS LOOK IN THE MIRROR OR TALK TO THEIR COLLEAGUES BECAUSE CAPITOL HILL DEMOCRATS HAVE REPEATEDLY, REPEATEDLY OPPOSED LEGISLATION IMPLEMENTING RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE 9/11 COMMISSION THAT WERE MEANT TO STRENGTHEN AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY AND PREVENT FURTHER TERRORIST ATTACKS, AND I'VE GOT A COUPLE OF THEM HERE FOR YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THAT I'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU. THE 9/11 COMMISSION STATED, QUOTE, THE GOVERNMENT HAS MADE STRIDES IN USING TERRORISM FINANCE AS AN INTELLIGENCE TOOL, UNQUOTE. YET THE DEMOCRATS VOTED 1174 -- 174 VOTED NO FOR THE BILL TO CONTINUE TO USE THAT KIND OF INTELLIGENCE IN MAKING CERTAIN THAT WE CAN CAPTURE TERRORISTS, FIND TERRORISTS. NO. 9-11 COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION, THEY CALLED FOR ITS ADOPTION AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION AND WE PROPOSE IT ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY, IN A POSITIVE WAY, TO TRY TO MAKE AMERICA SAFER, AND WHAT IS THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE DEMOCRATS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DO? VOTE NO, 174 OF THEM. THE 9/11 COMMISSION SAID, QUOTE, THE REAL I.D. ACT HAS ESTABLISHES STATUTE STANDARDS FOR STATE ISSUED I.D.'S EXHE SEPTEMBER FOR STATES. SO THE REAL I.D. THAT THIS HOUSE PASSED THAT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW WITH THE GOOD WORK OF A REPUBLICAN HOUSE AND A REPUBLICAN SENATE AND SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT, HOW MANY FOLKS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, OUR GOOD FRIENDS WHO HAVE JUST BEEN CLAMMERING FOR ADOPTION OF THE 9/11 RECOMMENDATIONS, HOW MANY SUPPORTED IT? WELL, I TELL YOU THAT 152, THE VAST MAJORITY OF THEM VOTED NO, VOTED NO ON THE REAL I.D. ACT. AGAIN, THE 9/11 COMMISSION SAYS THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE HAVE TAKEN POSITIVE STEPS BUT SECRETARY CHERTOFF AND HIS TEAM STILL REPORT TOO MANY BOSSES. THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEES SHOULD HAVE JURISDICTION OVER ALL COUNTERTERRORISM FUNCTIONS OVER THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. AND WHEN THAT RECOMMENDATION OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION IS PROPOSED ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE, WHERE ARE OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO CLAMMER OVER AND OVER FOR ADOPTION OF THESE RECOMMENDATIONS, THE MAJORITY OF THEM, 120 OF THEM VOTE NO, VOTE NO, MR. SPEAKER. SO AS A MEMBER OF THE OFFICIAL TRUTH SQUAD AND AS A MEMBER WHO HAS BEEN FRUSTRATED, WHEN I GO HOME AND TALK TO FOLKS, THEY WANT US TO WORK TOGETHER. I ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO WORK TOGETHER. THESE ARE REPUBLICAN DEMOCRATS THAT WE HAVE, DEMOCRAT PROBLEMS, THEY'RE AMERICAN PROBLEMS, THEY'RE AMERICAN CHALLENGES. SO I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO THROW FEWER STONES, BE LESS POLITICAL. I KNOW IT'S AN ELECTION SEASON. AND THAT'S FINE. BUT WE -- THERE ARE REAL PROBLEMS AND REAL CHALLENGES TO SOLVE. AND WE HAVE REAL SOLUTIONS AND WE ENCOURAGE AND INVITE OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO INDEED JOIN US IN SOLVING THESE ISSUES, ESPECIALLY IN THE AREA OF NATIONAL SECURITY. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO BE JOINED TONIGHT BY A NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WHO WANT TO TALK ABOUT A VERY, VERY SERIOUS ISSUE AS IT RELATES TO NOT JUST OUR NATION BUT INDEED THE WORLD, AND THAT IS, AGAIN, AN ATTEMPT TO TRY TO LOWER THE TEMPERATURE, TRY TO LOWER THE PRESSURE POINTS AND TALK OBJECTIVELY AND WITHIN REASON ABOUT THE ISSUE OF NATIONS, ABOUT THE ISSUE OF RELIGION, ABOUT THE USUAL THAT'S GROWN INTO A FIRE -- ABOUT THE ISSUE THAT'S GROWN INTO A FIRESTORM ABOUT THE POPE'S COMMENTS THAT I BELIEVE HAVE TAKEN OUT OF PROPORTION. AND WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO SHARE A COMMENT FROM THE POPE, AND WE ALL KNOW THE COMMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE AND HOW THEY HAVE BEEN TAKEN MOST RECENTLY. AND THE QUOTE THAT I FIND MOST INSTRUCTIVE FROM THE POPE IS THIS -- AND IT SAYS THIS, QUOTE, FOR THE CAREFUL READER OF MY TEXT, IT IS CLEAR THAT I IN NO WAY WANTED TO MAKE MINE THE NEGATIVE WORDS BY THE EVIL EMPEROR AND THEIR COMMENTS DOES NOT REFLECT MY PERSONAL CONVICTION. I THINK THAT'S A POWERFUL STATEMENT, MR. SPEAKER. POWERFUL STATEMENT. AND WHAT THE POPE HAS ATTEMPTED TO DO, I BELIEVE, IS TO TRY TO TALK WITHIN REASON ABOUT THE ISSUE OF RELIGION AND ABOUT THE ISSUE OF POLITICS BECAUSE IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR US AS A WORLD AT THIS STAGE RIGHT NOW. THE RESPONSE THAT HAS BEEN RECEIVED, HOWEVER, HAS NOT BEEN AS REASONED. AND THIS IS A QUOTE FROM A BRANCH OF AL QAEDA, ANDS TROUBLING, MR. SPEAKER, -- AND IT'S TROUBLING, MR. SPEAKER, THESE WORDS, QUOTE, WE TELL THE WORSHIPER OF THE CROSS, THE POPE, THAT YOU AND THAT THE WEST WILL BE DEFEATED AS IS THE CASE IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN AND CHECHNYA. WE SHALL BREAK THE CROSS AND SPILL THE WINE, GOD WILL HELP MUSLIMS TO CONQUER ROME, GOD WILL ENABLE US TO SLIT THEIR THROATS AND MAKE THEIR MONEY AND DISSENDENTS, THE BOUNTER OF MUJAHADEEN. -- BOUNTY OF THE MUJAHADEEN. THAT'S A QUOTE, MR. SPEAKER. SO I WILL CALL ALL INDIVIDUALS OF GOOD WILL, ALL CHRISTIANS, ALL JEWS, ALL MUSLIMS, ALL MEMBERS OF ANY RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH, TO TAKE A STEP BACK. THIS KIND OF VERBAL ASSAULT DOES NOTHING TO ASSIST US IN THE WORLD COMMUNITY TO SOLVE ANY OF THE CHALLENGES THAT WE HAVE. AND I WOULD POINT TO A COMMENT THAT WAS IN THE "L.A. TIMES" WHERE THEY NOTED THAT THE POPE PAUSED TWICE DURING HIS SPEECH TO REMIND THE AUDIENCE THAT HE WAS QUOTING ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL, AND DEPARTING FROM HIS PREPARED TEXT THE POPE TWICE REMINDED THE AUDIENCE THAT HE WAS QUOTING SOMEONE ELSE. AN INDICATION THAT HE WAS CLEARLY AWARE OF THE SENSITIVITY OF HIS COMMENTS. AND FINALLY, THERE WAS A PRESS COMMUNICATION THAT WAS PUT OUT BY THE VATICAN THAT SAID THAT THE POPE'S OPTION IN FAVOR OF INTERRELIGIOUS AND INTRACULTURAL DIALOGUE IS EQUALLY UNEQUIVOCAL. IN HIS MEETINGS WITH THE MUSLIMS COMMUNITIES IN COLOGNE, GERMANY IN 2005 HE SAID THAT SUCH DIALOGUE BETWEEN CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS, QUOTE, CANNOT BE REDUCED TO AN OPTIONAL EXTRA. THE LESSONS OF THE PAST MUST HELP US TO AVOID REPEATING THE SAME MISTAKES. WE MUST SEEK PATHS OF RECONCILIATION AND LEARN TO LIVE WITH RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER'S IDENTITY, UNQUOTE. SO IT IS IN THAT CONTEXT, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE OPEN THE DISCUSSION TONIGHT WITH SOME GOOD COLLEAGUES AND GOOD FRIENDS WHO ARE REASONED IN THEIR DISCUSSION AND THEIR PERSPECTIVE ON THIS ISSUE. I'M PLEASED TO BE JOINED BY MANY OF THEM THIS EVENING. I WISH TO INTRODUCE AND YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MELISSA HART, WHO IS JUST A FRESHMAN OF THE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE HAVE FOUND TO BE A STALL WART INDIVIDUAL, -- A STALLWORTH INDIVIDUAL WHO I KNOW THE HEART IS GOOD. I YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSWOMAN HART FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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  • 10:07:17 PM

    MS. HART

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR HIS COMMENTS. I'M PLEASED THAT…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR HIS COMMENTS. I'M PLEASED THAT WE'VE JOINED THE OFFICIAL TRUTH SQUAD BECAUSE WITHIN OF THE REASONS WE WANTED TO BE ON THE FLOOR TONIGHT IS TO FURTHER DISCUSS AND HOPEFULLY ENLIGHTEN EACH OTHER AND ANYBODY WHO MAY BE LISTENING ABOUT WHAT POPE BENEDICT WAS REALLY TALKING ABOUT. UNFORTUNATELY THERE WAS A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF NEGATIVE RESPONSE, AND I BELIEVE INACCURATE CHARACTERIZATION OF THIS SPEECH OR THE CLASS HE WAS TEACHING AT THE UNIVERSITY WHERE HE TAUGHT A. AND THE DISCUSSION WAS REGARDING MANY THINGS, BUT I THINK HIS FOCUS WAS A HOPEFULNESS THAT FAITH AND REASON SHOULD ALWAYS BE JOINED TOGETHER. MANY OF US HAVE BEEN SPEAKING OF THIS TO EACH OTHER, CHALLENGING EACH OTHER IN OUR THOUGHT PROCESSES ABOUT WHY THE REACTION TO HIS SPEECH WAS SO NEGATIVE. AND IN FACT WHY HE WAS ACCUSED OF BEING CRITICAL OF ISLAM IN THE COMMENTS THAT HE CITED THAT WERE MADE IN THE MIDDLE AGES DURING A CONVERSATION, AN INTELLECTUAL CONVERSATION BETWEEN A CHRISTIAN AND A MUSLIM ABOUT THEIR FAITH WHEN AT THE TIME THEY COULD SPEAK, I GUESS, HONESTLY AND PEACEFUL A LOT TO EACH OTHER. POPE BENEDICT DISCUSSED IT, AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT HIS ACTUAL WORDS BE CITED. AND I KNOW THAT CONGRESSMAN MURPHY WANTS TO SAY A FEW THINGS ABOUT THAT, BUT I WANT TO OPEN WITH THE PASSAGE THAT SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DECRYING. HE SAID, SHOW ME JUST WHAT MOHAMMED BROUGHT THAT WAS KNEW. NOW THIS IS A QUOTE. THIS IS NOT THE POPE'S WORDS. HE'S QUOTING FROM AN EMPEROR, MANUEL II IN HIS DISCUSSION WITH A MAN THAT THEY CALLED AN EDUCATED PERSIAN ON THE SUBJECT OF CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM. AND THE QUOTE FROM THE EMPEROR, SHOW ME JUST WHAT MOHAMMED BROUGHT AND WHAT IS KNEW AND YOU WILL FIND THINGS THAT ARE EVIL IN THE FAITH THAT HE PREACHED. THE EMPEROR EXPLAINS IN DETAIL WHY SPREADING THE FAITH THROUGH VIOLENCE IS UNREASONABLE. VIOLENCE IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE NATURE OF GOD AND THE NATURE OF THE SOUL. IT DOESN'T END THERE, HOWEVER. THE STATEMENT IS GOD IS NOT PLEASED BIED BLOOD AND NOT ACTING REASONABLY BY CONTRARY TO GOD'S NATURE. FAITH IS BORN OF THE SOUL, NOT THE BODY. WHOEVER WOULD LEAD SOMEONE TO FAITH NEEDS THE ABILITY TO SPEAK WELL AND REASON PROPERLY. WITHOUT VIOLENCE AND THREATS TO CONVINCE A REASONABLE SOUL, ONE DOES NOT NEED A STRONG ARM OR WEAPONS OF ANY KIND OR ANY OTHER MEANS OF THREATENING A PERSON WITH DEATH. THE POPE'S CALL --

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  • 10:10:42 PM

    MR. PRICE

    ABSOLUTELY.

  • 10:10:45 PM

    MS. HART

    WAS THAT THE POPE'S WORDS?

  • 10:10:48 PM

    MR. PRICE

    THIS IS BETWEEN TWO EDUCATED PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS.

  • 10:10:51 PM

    MS. HART

    IS BETWEEN TWO EDUCATED PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS.

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    MR. PRICE

    THINK THAT'S INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT. THESE WERE NOT THE POPE'S WORDS. HE WAS…

    THINK THAT'S INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT. THESE WERE NOT THE POPE'S WORDS. HE WAS USING THIS QUOTE FROM 600 YEARS AGO AS AN INSTRUCTIVE TOOL. AND I YIELD.

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  • 10:11:11 PM

    MS. HART

    NOT JUST CHRISTIANS, NOT JUST JEWS, NOT JUST THOSE OF THE ISLAMIC FAITH,…

    NOT JUST CHRISTIANS, NOT JUST JEWS, NOT JUST THOSE OF THE ISLAMIC FAITH, NOT JUST ANYONE IN PARTICULAR BUT EVERYONE TO BE CHALLENGED, TO ALWAYS INCLUDE TOGETHER IN THEIR THOUGHT AND THEIR DISCUSSION AND DISCOURSE WITH OTHERS SURE THEIR FAITH AS A BASIS BUT REASON AS WELL. AND I BELIEVE TODAY, UNFORTUNATELY, MUCH OF THE DISCOURSE AND CERTAINLY THE RESPONSE THAT WAS COMPLETELY INAPPROPRIATE TO WHAT THE POPE WAS TEACHING THAT DAY IN REAGANSBURG WAS EXACTLY, UNFORTUNATELY, AN ILTRATION -- ILLUSTRATION OF A RADICAL, REALLY, FAITH, WITHOUT REASON. IN FACT, IT WAS ILLUSTRATED IS WITHOUT REASON, AND THE REACTION THAT WE SAW THAT WAS REPORTED IN THE NEWS MANY OF WHICH WAS REPORTED AS BEING A RESPONSE TO WHAT THE POPE SAID, YOU KNOW, THREATS ON LIVES, THREATS ON THE POPE'S LIFE. UNFORTUNATELY, A MURDER OF AN ITALIAN NUN. AND BASICALLY DEMAND THAT THE POPE APOLOGIZE. NOW CLEARLY HE DID APOLOGIZE FOR THE REACTION TO HIS WORDS, BUT I BELIEVE THAT HE HAD HOPED AND EXPECTED THAT HIS WORDS WOULD STAND AS STATED, THAT IT'S A CALL TO ALL PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS TO ENTER A DISCOURSE, DON'T ABANDON YOUR FAITH BUT BRING ALONG WITH IT THE REASON AND THE GOAL OF BEING PEACEFUL, MINDED AND HAVING THE GOAL OF GETTING ALONG WITH THOSE OF OTHER FAITHS. AS THE TWO GENTLEMEN DID WHO HE CITED IN HIS QUOTE. I'D BE INTERESTED TO YIELDING TO ONE OF THE GENTLEMEN WHO HAVE JOIN ME, IF THAT -- MR. MURPHY, IF THAT'S ALL RIGHT WITH YOU, MR. PRICE.

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  • 10:13:23 PM

    MR. PRICE

    ABSOLUTELY. IT'S IMPORTANT OF CONNECTING FAITH AND REASON. BECAUSE I THINK…

    ABSOLUTELY. IT'S IMPORTANT OF CONNECTING FAITH AND REASON. BECAUSE I THINK THAT'S WHAT THE POPE HAS CHALLENGED ALL OF US TO DO IS TO REFLECT UPON OUR OWN FAITH AND TO ENTER INTO -- CLEARLY WE ARE IN A POINT IN THIS WORLD WHERE THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE NOT DESIROUS OF JOINING FAITH AND REASON TOGETHER. SO I THINK WE OUGHT TO BE COMMENDING THE POPE FOR BRINGING FORWARD THIS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT ISSUE THAT WILL ALLOW US -- SHOULD WE BE ABLE TO NAVIGATE THESE WATERS AS WELL THAT WILL ALLOW US TO CONTINUE TO SURVIVE IN A WORLD AT PEACE.

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  • 10:14:04 PM

    MS. HART

    SURE.

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    MR. PRICE

    MOVE US IN A DISCOURSE WITHOUT ACTS OF VIOLENCE AND

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    MS. HART

    A DISCOURSE WITHOUT ACTS OF VIOLENCE AND TOWARD THE GOAL THAT ALL OF THESE…

    A DISCOURSE WITHOUT ACTS OF VIOLENCE AND TOWARD THE GOAL THAT ALL OF THESE LEADERS PROFESS TO HAVE, AT LEAST MOST OF THEM, WHICH IS PEACE.

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  • 10:14:21 PM

    MR. PRICE

    THAT'S RIGHT.

  • 10:14:28 PM

    MS. HART

    RIGHT.

  • 10:14:31 PM

    MR. PRICE

    MR. MURPHY, DR. MURPHY, JOINING US THIS EVENING AND WELCOME HIS COMMENTS.

  • 10:14:42 PM

    MR. MURPHY

    THROUGHOUT OUR WORLD AND REALLY THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF HUMANKIND, SO…

    THROUGHOUT OUR WORLD AND REALLY THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF HUMANKIND, SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES AND BLOOD HAS BEEN SHED AND CITIES HAVE BEEN BURNED AND UNFORTUNATELY IN THE NAME OF RELIGION THAT SOMETIMES AND VERY FREQUENTLY DISTORTED ITS GOALS. I WANTED TO START OFF BY GOING BACK TO SOME OF THE SPEECH THAT POPE BENEDICT GAVE. AGAIN, WHERE HE'S CONTINUING HIS QUOTE ABOUT THE EMPEROR AND SAYING THAT THE EMPEROR, AFTER HAVING EXPRESSED HIMSELF SO FORCEFULLY GOES ON TO EXPLAIN IN DETAIL THE REASONS WHY SPREADING THE FAITH THROUGH VIOLENCE IS SOMETHING UNREASONABLE. VIOLENCE IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE NATURE OF GOD AND THE NATURE OF THE SOUL. GOD, HE SAYS, IS NOT PLEASED BY BLOOD AND IS NOT ACTING REASONABLY IS CONTRARY TO GOD'S NATURE. FAITH IS BORN OF THE SOUL, NOT THE BODY. ANYONE THAT LEADS SOMEONE TO FAITH NEEDS THE ABILITY TO SPEAK WELL AND REASON PROPERLY, TO CONVINCE A REASONABLE SOUL ONE DOES NOT NEED A STRONG ARM OR WEAPONS OF ANY KIND OR ANY OTHER MEANS OF THREATENING A PERSON WITH DEATH. CLOSED QUOTE. AND AS I READ THIS, I'M ALSO STRUCK BY SOME OF THE SIMILARITY WITH AN ARTICLE ABOUT RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE IN ISLAM, AND WHICH THERE'S SEVERAL QUOTES WHICH I NEED TO READ INTO THE RECORD TOO FOR THINGS THAT WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND AS AMERICANS AND THE WORLD NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND. OUR NATION, PREDOMINANTLY A CHRISTIAN NATION, AND ONE FOUNDED ON THE PRINCIPLES AND VERY MUCH PART OF OUR HISTORY AND OUR CONSTITUTION AND OUR LAWS, THERE'S SO MUCH THAT WE NEED TO LEARN, AND I SAY THIS NOT IN A WAY OF BEING CONCILIATORY BUT IN A WAY OF SAYING THAT WE NEED TO APPROACH THINGS WITH UNDERSTANDING AND NOT THE VIOLENCE WHICH IS OCCURRING AROUND THE WORLD. IT'S SO DISTURBING TO SEE CHURCHES BURNED, TO SEE A NUN SHOT, TO SEE CALLS AND CRYING OUT FOR ASSASSINATIONS, THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO SEEK PEACE. LET ME READ HERE FROM THIS ARTICLE ON RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE IN ISLAM ABOUT PIETY, WHERE THE AUTHOR WRITES PIETY ELIMINATES ANY NATIONAL DISCRIMINATION. RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH ISLAM. ISLAM WAS REVEALED IN A PART OF THE WORLD AND AT A TIME WHEN THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WERE POLYTHEIS. AND ISLAM SHOWED THE PEOPLE THE NEED TO BELIEVE IN ONE PEOPLE AS A WAY TO UNDERSTAND THEMSELVES AND TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVES. ALLAH CONFIRMED TO THE PROPHET THAT WE MUST BELIEVE ALL PREVIOUS MESSENGERS AND THAT WE MUST REACH A LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING WITH OTHER PEOPLE. SAY YE WE BELIEVE IN GOD AND THE REVELATION GIVEN TO US AND TO ABRAHAM AND ISSAC AND JACOB AND THE TRIBES AND THAT IS GIVEN TO MOSES AND JESUS AND THAT GIVEN TO ALL PROPHETS FROM THEIR LORD, WE MAKE NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ONE AND ANOTHER OF THEM. AND WE BOW TO GOD AND ISLAM. AND CHURCH -- AND THEY SAY WHEN THEY DISCUSS RELIGION, THEY SPEAK WITH REASON AND GOOD MANNERS AND CONTINUE, THE PEOPLE OF THE BOOK EXCEPT WITH MEANS BETTER WITH MERE DISSERTATION UNLESS WITH THOSE OF THEM THAT INFLICT WRONG AND INJURY BUT SAY THAT WE BELIEVE IN THE REVELATION THAT HAS COME DOWN TO US AND THAT WHICH CAME DOWN TO YOU, OUR GOD AND YOUR GOD AS ONE, AND IT IS TO HIM WE BOW IN ISLAM. AGAIN, THE AUTHOR CONTINUES, INDEED, ALLAH HAS US HAVE RELIGION DISCUSSION NEVER BEING VIOLENT. TRUTH STANDS OUT, WHOEVER BELIEVES IN EVIL AND BELIEVES IN GOD HAS THE MOST TRUSTWORTHY BELIEF. AS I READ THOSE WORDS THAT HAVE COME FROM THE ISLAMIC CENTER I'M STRUCK THAT THROUGHOUT HISTORY SO MANY FAITHS AND GOVERNMENTS HAVE DEALT WITH RELIGIOUS CONFLICT. EARLY THIS EVENING, IN FACT, I WAS MEETING WITH FOLKS FROM NORTHERN IRELAND AND THE UNITED KINGDOM WHO HAVE THEMSELVES BEEN DEALING WITH THE CONFLICT WHICH HAS GONE ON MORE PREDOMINANTLY FOR THE LAST DECADE, REALLY CENTURIES, A CONFLICT BETWEEN CHRISTIANS AND CATHOLICS IN IRELAND, NORTHERN IRELAND. THERE'S BEEN REVOLUTIONS, A PEACE AGREEMENT THAT HAS BEEN IN PLACE SINCE 19898 AND IT'S TRUE THAT THESE THINGS, WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT WHEN PEOPLE HAVE RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE AND WARS AND BLOODSHED ENSUES IT'S OF TERRIBLE CONSEQUENCE. AND THIS IS WHERE ONE OF THE REASONS WE'RE HERE TODAY IS TO SAY THAT WE ARE NOT HERE TO SUPPORT ANY INTOLERANCE, WE ARE HERE TO CALL THE WORLD TO DO WHAT IT SHOULD DO IN TERMS OF THOSE PRINCIPLES OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WHICH ARE SO IMPORTANT FOR BRINGING PEACE TO THE WORLD. AND HERE LET ME CALL UPON SOMETHING THAT GEORGE WASHINGTON SAID. HE SAID BACK IN 1792, OF ALL THE ANIMOSITY TO WHICH HAVE EXISTED AMONG MANKIND, THOSE WHICH ARE CAUSED BY DIFFERENCE OF SENTIMENTS IN RELIGION APPEAR TO THE MOST DISTRESSING AND OUGHT MOST TO BE DEPRECATED. I WAS IN HOPES THAT THE ENLIGHTENED AND LIBERAL POLICY THAT HAS MARKED THE PRESENT AGE WOULD HAVE AT LEAST RECONCILED CHRISTIANS AT EVERY DENOMINATION SO THAT WE SHALL NEVER SEE THE DISPUTES CARRIED TO SUCH A PITCH AS TO ENDANGER THE SOCIETY. AND HE GOES ON TO SAY, AS THE CONTEMPT OF THE RELIGION OF A COUNTRY BY RIDICULING ANY OF ITS CEREMONIES OR AFFRONTING ITS MINISTRIES HAVE BEEN DEEPLY PRESENTED, YOU ARE TO BE PARTICULARLY CAREFUL TO RESTRAIN EVERY OFFICER FROM SUCH IMPRUDENCE AND FOLY AND TO PUNISH EVERY INSTANCE OF IT, HE WAS SAYING TO BENEDICT ARNOLD. ON THE OTHER HAND, WASHINGTON CONTINUE, AS FAR AS LIVES AND POWER, YOU ARE TO SUPPORT THE FREE EXERCISE OF RELIGION OF A COUNTRY AND THE RIGHTS OF CONSCIENCE IN A RELIGION MANNERS WITH YOUR UTMOST INFLUENCE AND AUTHORITY. IT WOULD SEEM TO ME AS WASHINGTON SAID AND AS SO MANY COUNTRIES HAVE DEALT WITH THESE ISSUES THAT WHAT WE NEED TO HAVE IS NOT MORE VIOLENCE, NOT MORE ACCUSATIONS, AND NOT MORE CALLS FOR ASSASSINATIONS AND MURDERS AND BURNINGS, NOT MORE CONTINUATION OF WAR HIDING BEHIND THESE EXTREMISTS WHO HAVE THEMSELVES CAPTURED AND ARE HIDING BEHIND SOME ASPECTS OF FAITH, BUT TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE NEAR A WORLD THAT CAN LITTLE TOLERATE THESE BURNINGS, THESE ASSASSINATIONS AND THESE MURDERS, BUT IN ONE THAT MUST REALLY CALL FOR AN INTERFAITH DIALOGUE OF PATIENCE, OF UNDERSTANDING. TRULY SEEING WHAT THE WORDS ARE AND NOT USING THEM AS A VEHICLE FOR MORE UNFAITHFUL LANGUAGE. AND PERHAPS FROM THE POPE'S WORDS THAT SHOULD BE A STEPPING OFF POINT TO CONTINUE THIS DIALOGUE, NOT TO CONTINUE ON WITH THIS VIOLENCE WHICH WE ARE SEEING. THE WORLD CAN LITTLE AFFORD MORE WAR, AND AS I WATCH ALSO THE COMMENTS OF THE UNITED NATIONS TODAY FROM LEADERS TO CONTINUE THESE COMMENTS, THIS IS NOT THE WAY THAT THE WORLD SHOULD BE OPERATING. THIS IS NOT THE WAY THE U.N. SHOULD BE OPERATING AND MY HOPE IS THAT EVERY AMERICAN OF EVERY FAITH AND EVERY MAN OR WITH. CLOTHE OF EVERY FAITH, NOT ONLY HERE IN THE UNITED STATES BUT THROUGHOUT THE WORLD SEES THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE CALLED UPON BY THEIR MAKER TO SPEAK OUT AND SAY THAT IF THERE IS ANY HOPE FOR US IN THIS WORLD, IF THERE'S ANY HOPE FOR THE FAITHS OF WHICH WE ADHERE, THAT THIS IS THE TIME ABOVE ALL TIMES WHEN TRUTH AND DIALOGUE ARE NEEDED TO DISCUSS THINGS RATHER THAN SWORDS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:22:55 PM

    MR. PRICE

    A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL PICTURE YOU PAINT OTHERS AND I THANK YOU SO MUCH…

    A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL PICTURE YOU PAINT OTHERS AND I THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THOSE REMARKABLE WORDS. IT'S NOT OFTEN THAT WE GET THE OPPORTUNITY HERE IN CONGRESS TO TALK ABOUT THESE OVERARCHING ISSUES AND MATTERS THAT COME BEFORE US AND WHAT A BEAUTIFUL QUOTE YOU READ FROM THE FATHER OF OUR COUNTRY, GEORGE WASHINGTON, TO TALK ABOUT CONSCIENCE AND TO TALK ABOUT RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. IF EVER THERE WAS A NATION THAT WAS FOUNDED UPON THE PRINCIPLE OF RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE, I WOULD SUSPECT THAT IT IS INDEED THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO -- MAYBE IT'S THIS DISCUSSION TONIGHT THAT BEGINS THAT CALL TO INDIVIDUALS TRULY ACROSS AMERICA AND AROUND THE WORLD TO ENTER INTO THAT DIALOGUE THAT YOU TALK ABOUT, BECAUSE IT IS SO EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT WE TURN AWAY FROM THE SWORD. THAT WE MOVE TOWARD A PATH OF DISCUSSION AND DIALOGUE AND OF JOINING TOGETHER, FAITH AND REASON. SO THAT WE CAN WALK TOGETHER IN PEACE AS OPPOSED TO CHALLENGE EACH OTHER TO ARMS, WHICH WAS SO DISTRESSING, AS YOU MENTIONED, TO SEE AT THE UNITED NATIONS TODAY. I WAS SO DISTRESSED TO SEE SO MANY OF THE COMMENTS THAT WERE MADE THERE. AND WE'RE JOINED AS WELL BY MY DEAR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE IN THE FRESHMAN CLASS, MR. FORTENBERRY, FROM NEBRASKA WHO IS A MAN OF DEEP FAITH, I KNOW, AND A DEAR FRIEND AND I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR COMMENTS ON OUR DISCUSSION THIS EVENING. AND I YIELD.

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  • 10:24:22 PM

    MR. FORTENBERRY

    FROM GEORGIA FOR COORDINATING TONIGHT'S DISCUSSION, AND I THANK THE…

    FROM GEORGIA FOR COORDINATING TONIGHT'S DISCUSSION, AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA AS WELL FOR HIS BEAUTIFUL INSIGHTS THAT HE READ THAT, AS YOU SO WELL SAID, HAVE HELPED US TO CREATE AN OPPORTUNITY, NOT JUST TONIGHT, BUT THROUGH THE EVENTS OF THE DAY, THE DIFFICULT TENSIONS, NONETHELESS MAYBE THERE'S A MOMENT HERE WHICH WILL ALLOW US TO EXPLORE, TO UNPACK THE INEXTRICKABLE LINK BETWEEN FAITH AND REASON. I'D LIKE TO TELL A STORY THOUGH THAT MIGHT AUGMENT SOME OF THESE REFLECTIONS. AS A MUCH YOUNGER MAN I SPENT A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF TIME IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND I WAS IN A COUNTRY THAT WAS PREDOMINANTLY MUSLIM AND WAS HOSTED BY A MUSLIM FAMILY WHO WERE EXTRAORDINARILY GENEROUS TO ME AND WELCOMING ME INTO THEIR HOME. THEY LIVED IN AN OASIS AREA THAT WAS RICH IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION. THEIR NEIGHBOR WAS A CHRISTIAN MAN, AND MY HOST MADE A POINT TO INTRODUCE ME TO HIM, KNOWING OF MY OWN FAITH TRADITION, AND HE VERY HUMBLY SHOWED ME, BECAUSE I DID NOT UNDERSTAND THE LANGUAGE, THE NATURE OF THEIR COMMUNITY, THE NATURE OF THE WAY THEY LIVED. IF I RECALL CORRECTLY, HE TOOK HIS CHRISTIAN NEIGHBOR'S HAND AND BOWED DOWN AND GAVE IT A KISS. TO SHOW, AGAIN, THE UNITY IN SPITE OF THE DISTINCTIONS THAT ARE THEIR FAITH TRADITION, THE ABILITY TO LIVE NEXT TO ONE ANOTHER OUT OF RESPECT, IN HUMILITY, OUT OF RESPECT PERHAPS FOR A HIGHER GOOD, A HIGHER CALLING TO BE A MEMBER OF THE HUMAN FAMILY. AND PERHAPS, AGAIN, WHAT HAS ALREADY BEEN DISCUSSED TONIGHT IN TERMS OF THE POPE'S COMMENTS, IT GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE THE BEAUTIFUL WEDDING OF FAITH AND REASON AS IT FLOWS OUT OF THE VERY NATURE OF THE DIVINE. IF YOU RECALL THOUGH, THE POPE'S VERY FIRST WRITING, HIS FIRST INCYCLICAL WAS "GOD IS LOVE." AND IF I COULD READ SOME REFLECTIONS ON THAT, THE HOLY FATHER HAS ALREADY MADE CLEAR IN THIS STATEMENT THAT LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR IS NOT PRIMARILY A GOVERNMENT PROJECT, THAT JUSTICE IS NOT ENOUGH AND OFTEN IS NOT EVEN A BEGINNING. WE SIMPLY CANNOT JUST TALK OF FAITH AND JUSTICE WITHOUT BEGINNING AND ENDING IN CHARITY AND THE REASONS FOR IT. THE REASONS FOR ACTING OUT FAITH IN LOVE, AND THE UNREASONABLENESS OR THE IRRATIONALITY OF IMPOSING THE FAITH, OR FORCING A FAITH, PARTICULARLY THROUGH VIOLENCE, AND I THINK THAT AGAIN THE OPPORTUNITY TO UNPACK THAT DISCUSSION TONIGHT IS EXTRAORDINARY AND I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S ALLOWING ME TIME TO SPEAK AND I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:27:29 PM

    MR. PRICE

    SO MUCH FROM NEBRASKA FOR THOSE COMMENTS AND FOR THAT EXPERIENCE, AND I…

    SO MUCH FROM NEBRASKA FOR THOSE COMMENTS AND FOR THAT EXPERIENCE, AND I THINK THAT WE CAN ALL HARKEN BACK TO THOSE TIMES IN OUR LIVES WHEN WE SHARED THOSE EXPERIENCES WITH INDIVIDUALS OF DIFFERENT FAITH AND RECOGNIZE WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT THE CORE OF EACH OF THE GREAT RELIGIONS IN THIS WORLD IS THE ABILITY OR THE CALL TO LIVE TOGETHER IN PEACE. AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT THE POPE WAS ATTEMPTING TO MOVE US AS A WORLD IN THE DIRECTION OF DISCUSSING THAT. AND I YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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  • 10:28:10 PM

    MS. HART

    A MOMENT ON THE STATEMENT OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA REGARDING THE…

    A MOMENT ON THE STATEMENT OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA REGARDING THE POPE'S STATEMENT AND ALSO WHAT THE GOAL WAS. A REFLECTION BY A FATHER JAMES SHAW. MR. DEPORTEN BERRY: THANK YOU FOR QUOTING THE SOURCE. MS.

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  • 10:28:36 PM

    MR. DEPORTEN BERRY

    BERRY: THANK YOU FOR QUOTING THE SOURCE.

  • 10:28:41 PM

    MS. HART

    MAY I ASK THE GENTLEMAN TO YIELD TO ME?

  • 10:32:38 PM

    MR. MURPHY

    PLEASE.

  • 10:32:41 PM

    MR. PRICE

    PLEASE.

  • 10:32:43 PM

    MR. MURPHY

    COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA WAS SAYING AS PART OF THIS. IT'S IMPORTANT AS…

    COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA WAS SAYING AS PART OF THIS. IT'S IMPORTANT AS OUR WORDS ARE HEARD, MY COLLEAGUES AND MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE'RE NOT STANDING HERE IN A POSTURE. THIS IS NOT A MATTER OF ASKING PEOPLE TO SURRENDER THEIR BELIEFS OR THEIR STRENGTH OR UNDERCUT THAT WHICH IS THE BASIS OF OUR CONSTITUTION. IT IS, IN FACT, SOME THAT STRENGTHENS IS. AN ARTICLE THAT WAS WRITTEN BY -- THAT WAS WRITTEN IN "TIME" MAGAZINE THAT JUST APPEARED, COMMENTS IN HERE ABOUT AN ANALYSIS OF THINGS THAT POPE BENEDICT SAID. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE -- THIS ARTICLE -- POPE BENEDICT SPOKE ABOUT THE NEED FOR THE WEST. HIS QUESTIONS WERE NOT RESERVED FOR THE ISLAMIC WORLD AS WAS DONE BEFORE. HE SPOKE ABOUT THE NEED FOR THE WEST, ESPECIALLY EUROPE, TO END GODLESS SECULARISM. HE SAID THAT HE CHERISHES AND CHRISTIANITY HAS BEEN WARPED BY THE WEST IS AN ABSOLUTE DOCTRINE. AND IT IS A PRODUCTIVE CHANNEL OF DIALOGUE FOR A MORE FAITHFUL ISLAMIC SOCIETY. REASON AND FAITH, HE SAYS, MUST COME TOGETHER IN A NEW WAY. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT FOR WHERE WE ARE IN THIS CROSSROADS OF THE WORLD. WHEN I LISTEN TODAY TO THE PRESIDENT OF IRAN OR THE PRESIDENT OF VENEZUELA OR OVER TIME LISTENING TO THESE INSENDARY WORDS CALLING OUT FOR MORE CRITICISMS AND AMONGST SO MANY AND WHEN THESE ARE UNDERSCORED, PEPPERED BY COMMENTS MEANT TO PROVOKE VIOLENCE OF THE VERY FAITH, THIS IS WHAT THE POPE WAS TRYING TO PREVENT. UNFORTUNATELY THESE WORDS WERE DISTORTED, MISQUOTED AND IN SOME CASES NOT QUOTED AT ALL. THIS IS WHY WE'RE TALKING ABOUT MORE DETAILS. AND OUR ROLE HERE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IS PUNCTUATED AND ACCENTUATED THAT WHEN WE TOOK OUR OATH OF OFFICE TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, I REMIND US ALL THAT IN THE PREAMBLE OF THE CONSTITUTION WHERE WE ARE HERE TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION, TO ENSURE DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY AND PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE, HERE IS WHERE IT IS IMPORTANT TO SAY THAT WE ARE CALLING FOR REASON IN DIALOGUE AS IT COMES TO QUESTIONS OF FAITH. AND THAT SHOULD BE SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD ALL AGREE TO. BUT WE MUST ALSO RECOGNIZE THAT WE CANNOT GIVE IN TO THOSE THAT CONTINUE TO THREATEN VIOLENCE WHO WOULD ATTACK, KILL AND DO ANYTHING IN THE MANNER. WE WILL CONTINUE TO DEFEND THOSE PRINCIPLES OF OUR NATION. BUT IT IS SOMETHING WE ARE SO KEENLY AWARE BECAUSE WE'VE STRUGGLED WITH THIS AS A NATION. ONE OF THE REASONS IN OUR OWN BILL OF RIGHTS WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH WHICH IS INCLUDED AND THAT ITSELF COULD NOT HAVE BEEN PART OF THE CONSTITUTION OF 1787, WE RECALL. THEY COULDN'T AGREE HOW TO PUT THAT IN. THAT REQUIRED ANOTHER CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT THAT AGREED TO AND DIDN'T GET IN FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS WHEN THE STATES HAD TO RATIFY THOSE AMENDMENTS. AND THIS WAS A TIME WHEN GEORGE WASHINGTON WAS ALSO TRYING TO KEEP OUR NATION TOGETHER AS ITS FIRST PRESIDENT. BUT HE HAD HERE -- AND THIS IS ANOTHER QUOTE FROM 1783, WHICH IS RIGHT -- HE SAID, I NOW MAKE IT MY EARNEST PRAYER THAT GOOD WILL HAVE YOU OVER THE STATE WHICH HE WOULD HAVE TO DECLINE THE HEARTS OF THE CITIZENS TO CULTIVATE A SPIRIT OF SUBORDINATION TO ENTERTAIN A BROTHERLY, AFECKSATE AND LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER FOR THE FELLOW CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES AT LARGE AND PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED IN THE FIELD AND FINALLY THAT HE WOULD MOST GRACIOUSLY BE PLEASED DISPOSE US ALL TO DO JUSTICE, TO LOVE MERCY AND TO DEMEAN OURSELVES WITHOUT CHARITY, HUMILITY AND A SPECIFIC TEMPER OF MIND WHICH ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE DIVINE AUTHOR OF OUR BLESSED RELIGION AND WITHOUT A HUMBLE IMITATION OF WHOSE EXAMPLES OF THINGS IN WHICH WE CAN HOPE TO HAVE A HAPPY NATION. INDEED, IT'S OUR OWN NATION WHICH HAS FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, FREEDOM OF THE PERSONS, HABEAS CORPUS, ALL OF WHICH IMPART IT. WE HAVE FACED OUR OWN WARS HERE, OUR OWN PROBLEMS, OUR OWN RIOTS, OUR OWN VIOLENCE. AS WE REFLECT UPON THOSE, THAT'S WHY TONIGHT WE'RE PARTICULARLY MOTIVATED TO SAY THAT THESE ASPECTS TO CONTINUE TO FAKE THINGS OUT OF CONTEXT, TO MISREPRESENT THEM AND TO CALL UPON MORE VIOLENCE SIMPLY HAVE TO STOP AND THE STRENGTH OF OUR NATION AND OUR PEOPLE MUST STAND BEHIND IT. LET ME ADD THIS, AS I HAVE TALKED TO CITIZENS IN MY DISTRICT SINCE THESE COMMENTS WERE MADE, IT HAS IN MANY WAYS SERVED AS A WAKE-UP CALL TO ALL OF US. THAT THERE ARE THOSE FACTIONS AND I DO NOT BELIEVE ONE SECOND THAT THESE ARE THE BELIEFS OF ALL HIS LIMBS, BUT THERE ARE THOSE WHO USE THIS EXCUSE TO ATACT THE WEST, THOSE WHO ATTACK JEWS OR OTHER MUSLIMS. THOSE THINGS CANNOT BE TOLERATED BY ANYBODY IN THE WORLD. IT IS UNFORTUNATE AND YET I HOPE IT IS ONLY A TEMPORARY THING THAT IS FIXED SOON THAT THE U.N. HAS BEEN SILENT ON THOSE PRINCIPLES. I WOULD HOPE THAT IN THE MIDST OF ALL THAT'S UTTERED BY THE RHETORIC THAT'S TAKEN PLACE TODAY AT THE U.N. AND AROUND THE WORLD THAT LEADERS OF NATIONS, LEADERS OF FAITH WILL SPEAK OUT AND SAY, THIS IS NOT THE WAY WE SHOULD OPERATE AS DEMOCRACIES AND AS A PEOPLE WHO WANT TO LIVE TOGETHER IN PEACE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:38:29 PM

    MR. PRICE

    YOU SO MUCH. THE SILENCE HAS TRULY BEEN DEAFENING AND IT'S DISAPPOINTING…

    YOU SO MUCH. THE SILENCE HAS TRULY BEEN DEAFENING AND IT'S DISAPPOINTING AND IT'S DISCONCERTING. AS A CHRISTIAN BUT A NON-CATHOLIC, I HAVE STRUGGLED AND ATTEMPTED TO FIND FOLKS WHO HAVE A PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT HAS OCCURRED OVER THE PAST NUMBER OF DAYS AND THERE ARE A COUPLE OF INDIVIDUALS THAT I FIND THAT HAVE GIVEN SOME HOPE TO SOME PEOPLE THAT HAVE CALLED BACK TO HISTORY AND BROUGHT MY ATTENTION BACK TO THE FACT THAT RELIGIONS CAN GROW, THAT SPIRITALITY CAN GROW. THERE IS A QUOTE BEFORE I YIELD, AGAIN, FROM MICHAEL PROTEMRA THAT SAID, QUOTE, THE KORAN IS ONE OF THE LOVEYEST BOOKS EVER WRITTEN, IT IS FULL OF SPIRITUAL WISDOM AND I NEVER FAILED TO PROFIT FROM READING OF IT. BUT THE GLOBAL MAINSTREAM OF KORAN INTERPRETATION STRESSES THE PASSAGES THAT ARE HARMFUL AND SLITES THOSE. THE POPE'S WORDS APPROACHED WITHOUT QUITE TOUCHING THIS UNPLEASANT TRUTH. AS A RESULT OF THE CURRENT RIOTS, THERE WILL BE MORE WESTERN VOICES CALLING FOR, QUOTE, A CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS AGAINST ISLAM ITSELF. BUT BEFORE WE DECIDE THAT ISLAM CANNOT BE SAVED FROM ITS DARKER SIDE WE SHOULD CALL TO MIND CHRISTIAN HISTORY. LESS THAN 150 YEARS AGO A POPE WAS STILL CONDENLING FREEDOM OF RELIGION AS A RECEIPTCAL NOTION. AND ONE OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS RAN A CRUEL THEOCRACY IN GENEVA AND KILLED THOSE FOR HIS HERACY. I MAY NOT AGREE WITH ALL OF THAT. HOWEVER, IT'S IMPORTANT TO APPRECIATE HIS CONCLUSION AND THAT IS THAT RELIGIONS ACTED ON BY THE SPIRIT CAN CHANGE. AND OUR MUSLIM BROTHERS AND SISTERS NEED OUR PRAYERS AND THEY NEED US TO SUPPORT THE FORCES AMONG THEM THAT ARE RESISTING THE LURE OF RELIGIOUS HATRED. AND THAT ENDS THE QUOTE. I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEBRASKA.

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  • 10:40:38 PM

    MR. FORTENBERRY

    I'D LIKE TO RETURN -- I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. I WOULD LIKE TO…

    I'D LIKE TO RETURN -- I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. I WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT WHAT THE GENTLEMAN SAID. ONE OF OUR FOUNDING DOCUMENTS, THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, HERE ARE THE WORDS -- WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL AND ARE ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN INALLIENABLE RIGHTS. AMONG THESE ARE LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. IN OTHER WORDS, THE FOUNDING DOCUMENT IN A CERTAIN SENSE SEPARATED THE INSTITUTION OF CHURCH AND STATE YET AT THE SAME TIME AFFIRMED THE TRANSCENDENT VALUES, THE TRANSCENDENT IDEALS THAT MAKE DEMOCRATIC POLITICS POSSIBLE. AND FRANKLY, WE'RE AT A CROSSROADS, BECAUSE I THINK FOR THE WORLD TO PROGRESS IN THE NAME OF CIVIL REFORM, IN THE NAME OF CIVILIZATION, WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THIS FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE THAT EVERY PERSON HAS INHERENT DIGNITY AND RIGHTS. THAT'S THE FOUNDATION OF AN ORDER THAT CAN THEN BE BUILT UPON INJUSTICE AND INCHARITY. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE FACING WORLDWIDE. IT'S SO ESSENTIAL THAT THOSE OF US THAT HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE GIFT OF STABILIZED SOCIETIES, THAT HAVE LIVED WITH THE BLESSING OF THAT PHILOSOPHICAL CONTEXT HELP OTHERS WHO ARE REACHING OUT AS WELL FOR CIVIL SOCIETY AND TO BUILD UP THE INSTITUTIONS THAT CAN PROMOTE THAT VERY PRINCIPLE, THAT EVERY PERSON HAS INHERENT DIGNITY AND RIGHTS. AND THIS IS THE CROSSROADS THAT WE FACE, I THINK IN THE WORLD TODAY, BECAUSE ALL CIVILIZATION HINGES ON THAT KEY PRINCIPLE. WE'VE HAD TO WORK THAT OUT IN OUR COUNTRY. IT'S BEEN IMPERFECT. WE FOUGHT. IT'S NOT PERFECT TODAY. AND YET AT THE SAME TIME THIS IS SPREAD BEYOND OUR SHORES, THIS IDEA, BECAUSE OF THE TRANSNATIONALISM THAT'S NOW OCCURRED BECAUSE OF THE ADVANCES IN COMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY AND TRANSPORTATION HAVE CAUSED THE WORLD TO SHRINK VERY, VERY RAPIDLY. SO WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RETHINK SOME OF THE FOUNDATIONS IN WHICH THE VERY ORDER IS BUILT. SO, AGAIN, THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE IT A LITTLE BIT MORE DEEPLY, SOME OF OUR HISTORY, SOME OF THE GOOD ENS EMBEDDED IN OUR OWN HISTORY AND PERHAPS WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE LONGING AND REACHING OUT FOR.

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  • 10:43:03 PM

    MR. PRICE

    THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THOSE COMMENTS. I YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM…

    THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THOSE COMMENTS. I YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR THEIR INTRODUCTION.

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  • 10:43:10 PM

    MS. HART

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I'M PLEASED TO BE JOINED BY TWO OF MY…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I'M PLEASED TO BE JOINED BY TWO OF MY COLLEAGUES SO I WILL WRAP UP MY POINTS, IF I MAY. I THINK ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT WE NEED TO LEARN AND NOT JUST US STANDING HERE. WHEN I SAY WE I MEAN EVERYONE WHO IS HOPEFULLY GOING TO BE PART OF A DIALOGUE AMONG THE FAITHS TOWARD HOPEFULLY MORE PEACEFUL WORLD IS SOMETHING BETTER THAN WHAT WE SEE AT THE TYPICAL INTERFAITH MEETING OR THE TYPICAL INTERFAITH DISCUSSION, SOMETHING BEYOND WE'LL BE NICE TO EACH OTHER AND WE'LL GO HOME. WE NEED TO BUILD REAL UNDERSTANDING AND REAL RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER AND FOR EACH OTHER'S RIGHTS TO BE HERE. FOR EXAMPLE, THE DISCOURSE THAT WE'VE BEEN HEARING THAT DENIES ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO EXIST CANNOT EXIST IN A DISCUSSION THAT IS AIMED TOWARD PEACE. AND I'D LIKE TO QUOTE AN EDITORIAL FROM "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL" A COUPLE DAYS AGO, EVERYONE AT THE TABLE MUST REJECT RELIGIOUSLY MOTIVATED VIOLENCE. AND IT GOES ON TO SAY THAT THE POPE WAS NOT CONDEMNING ISLAM. HE'S INVITING IT TO JOIN, RATHER, THAN TO REJECT THE MODERN WORLD. AND I'D LIKE TO TURN IT OVER, IF I MAY, TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM MICHIGAN.

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  • 10:44:40 PM

    MR. PRICE

    ABSOLUTELY. WELCOME MR. MCCONNER TO THIS DISCUSSION, AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS…

    ABSOLUTELY. WELCOME MR. MCCONNER TO THIS DISCUSSION, AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS GREAT WISDOM AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR COMMENTS.

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  • 10:44:52 PM

    MR. MCCONNOR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR CONFUSING ME WITH SOMEONE ELSE. IN ALL…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR CONFUSING ME WITH SOMEONE ELSE. IN ALL SERIOUSNESS, SOMEONE WITH A VERY PLEURALISTIC DISTRICT WHO MYSELF HAVE MANY IN THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY, THE CALL-UP OF DIALOGUE BETWEEN ALL OF THE GREAT RELIGIONS. BUT I THINK WE WOULD BE REMISS IF WE MISSED A SIMPLE FACT IS THAT ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL DIALOGUES THAT MUST OCCUR IS WITHIN THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY ITSELF, BOTH HERE AND AT HOME. FOR A WHILE CONVERSATION AMONGST THE RELIGIONS IS ALSO VERY HEALTHY. WE FACE A DIRE SITUATION IN THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY WHERE THERE ARE THOSE WHO ARE BENT ON THE DEATH AND DESTRUCTION, NOT ONLY OF NONMUSLIMS, BUT UPON MUSLIMS THEMSELVES. AND SO I ASK MY MUSLIM FRIENDS TO ENGAGE IN THAT DIAGNOSE AMONGST THEIR CO-RELIGIONISTS, BUT IN THE FINAL ANAL SIS, I AS AN OUTSIDER IN MY OWN MIND AND MY OWN HEART, CAN THINK OF NO TRUER DEFINITION OF AN INFIDEL THAN SOMEONE CLAIMING TO BE A MUSLIM KILLING THEIR FELLOW MUSLIMS IN THE NAME OF ALLAH. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:46:09 PM

    MR. PRICE

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS AND THE CALL FOR DIALOGUE WHICH IS THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS AND THE CALL FOR DIALOGUE WHICH IS THE UNDERLYING MESSAGE THAT WE WOULD DELIVER THIS EVENING AND THAT IS THAT FAITH MUST BE CONNECTED TO REASON AND THAT DIALOGUE BETWEEN PEOPLES IS WHAT WILL BRING US TO A PEACEFUL SOLUTION. I WELCOME MY GOOD FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA ONCE AGAIN, GREAT FRIENDS FROM PENNSYLVANIA JOINING US TONIGHT, MR. ENGLISH.

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  • 10:46:32 PM

    MR. ENGLISH

    AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON I THINK WHAT HAS…

    AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON I THINK WHAT HAS BEEN A VERY IMPORTANT MOMENT. IT'S A SOBERING SIGN OF THE TIMES IN MY VIEW THAT A PAPAL'S SPEECH THAT WAS MEANT TO ADDRESS THE HARMONY BETWEEN FAITH AND REASON AND DEPLORE THE REASON OF VIOLENCE IS CONTRADICTORY TO THE NATURE OF GOD, WHAT INSPIRED DEMONSTRATIONS AND VIOLENCE IN A LARGE CROSS SECTION OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD. THE ANGRY REACTION OF SOME MUSLIM LEADERS AND POLITICIANS TO THE SEPTEMBER 12 ACADEMIC LECTURE BY POPE BENEDICT XVI HAS DISTURBED CATHOLICS AND NONCATHOLICS ALIVE AND RAISED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF HONEST DIALOGUE BETWEEN ISLAM AND THE NONISLAMMIST WORLD, PARTICULARLY IN THE WORLD OF 15-SECOND SOUND BYTES. THE HOLY FATHER'S LECTURE WAS NOT INTENDED TO BE A CRITIQUE, LET ALONE A CRITICISM OF ISLAM, IT WAS A DISCUSSION OF THREE DIFFERENT VIEWS ON THE NATURE OF KNOWLEDGE, PARTICULARLY THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD. THE POPE USED A QUOTE BY THE LATE BYZANTINE EMPEROR, NOT A CATHOLIC, MANUEL II, WITH THE COMMAND TO SPREAD THE FAITH BY THE SWORLED AS A STARTING POINT OF HIS DISCUSSION. THE BASIC THRUST OF THE PONTIFF'S REMARKS WERE THAT CHRISTIAN THOUGHOLOGY DERIVES FROM ROOTS THAT VIEW GOD AS THE EMBODIMENT OF REASON AND IS THEREFORE BOUND BY REASON BECAUSE TO BE OTHERWISE WOULD BE CONTRARY TO HIS OWN NATURE. HE CONTRASTS CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY WITH A STRAIN OF ISLAMIC THOUGHT WHICH IN THE HOLY FATHER'S DESCRIPTION HAS GOD TRANSCENDING REASON, AND THEREFORE, IS NOT BOUND BY ANY RESTRICTIONS WHATSOEVER. AND HE CONTRASTS CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY WITH THE EVOLVING VIEWPOINT THAT REASON NEEDS NO EMBODIMENT, THAT IT STANDS OUTSIDE OF ANY FORM OF DIVINE AUTHORSHIP AND VIEWS CHRIST AS MERELY AN INSPIRED MORAL PHILOSOPHER, RATHER THAN AS THE EMBODIMENT AND AUTHOR OF REASON AND THE CREATOR OF THE PHYSICAL WORLD. A CAREFUL READING OF THE POPE'S REMARKS QUICKLY REVEAL THAT HE SPENDS MORE TIME DESCRIBING THE DEHELL NIIZATION OF CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY THAN ISLAMIC THEOLOGY AND DID NOT CRITICIZE ISLAM. HE IS ASTOUNDED BY THE QUALITY OF THE COMMENTS AND AT NO POINT HAS HE MADE THE REMARKS HIS OWN. MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S THREE POINTS THAT NEED TO BE MADE ABOUT THE EXTREME REACTION TO THE POPE'S QUOTATION OF THE BYZANTINE EMPEROR. FIRST, THE CURRENT TURMOIL IS THE FAULT OF THOSE IN BOTH THE WEST AND THE EAST WHO HAVE MISREPRESENTED THE POPE'S WORDS AND THE POPE'S INTENT AND IN THE WEST THE NEWS MEDIA HAVE DONE A POOR JOB OF REPORTING ON THE TALK AND PUTTING IT IN CONTEXT. AND WHEN THE POPE APOLOGIZED FOR THE UPSTART THAT HIS WORDS CAUSED, JIM LEHR SAID THAT THE APOLOGY, QUOTE, STOPPED SHORT OF RETRACTING A STATEMENT, END QUOTE. AS IF THE POPE HAD MADE THE EMPEROR'S WORDS HIS OWN. THE PERSISTENT MISREPORTING OF THE CONTROVERSIAL QUOTE AS THE WORDS OF THE POPE HIMSELF WAS EVIDENT ALSO IN THE DEMANDS BY MUSLIM LEADERS FOR A PAPAL APOLOGY. FROM TURKEY TO IRAQ TO IRAN TO THE WEST BANK, MANY LEADERS AND POLITICIANS HAVE EXPLOITED THE CONTROVERSY TO SUIT THEIR OWN END. THIS KIND OF DEBASED MANIPULATION OF RELIGIOUS SENSIBILITIES SHOULD BE CONDEMNED BY MODERATE MUSLIM LEADERS IN THE WEST. SECOND, BOTH CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM NEEDS TO COME TO TERMS WITH THEIR HISTORIC MISTAKES AND EXCESSES. CHRISTIANITY HAS MUCH TO ANSWER FOR IN ITS HISTORY, INCLUDING INQUISITIONS AND HOLY WARS WHICH H