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House Session - July 27, 2007
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  • 09:00:15 AM

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    WILL SEE YOU THEN. WE GO LIVE NOW TO THE HOUSES OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY…

    WILL SEE YOU THEN. WE GO LIVE NOW TO THE HOUSES OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.] [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 09:00:36 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER.

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  • 09:00:41 AM

    THE CLERK

    SPEAKER'S ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 27, 2007. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

    SPEAKER'S ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 27, 2007. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE JASON ALTMIRE TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY, SIGNED NANCY PELOSI, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENT TEVS.

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  • 09:00:59 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE

  • 09:02:05 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1…

    DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVE. THE PLEDGE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MS. SWARTZ. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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  • 09:02:37 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, 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 AGREED TO THE CONFERENCE REPORT H.R. 1 CITED AS IMPLEMENT IN THE 9/11 COMMISSION FOR 2007.

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  • 09:03:03 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:03:15 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:03:17 AM

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    THIS MORNING THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE AND MEDICARE PROTECTION ACT…

    THIS MORNING THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE AND MEDICARE PROTECTION ACT WIRKS EXTENDS ITS ACCESS TO QUALITY --, WHICH EXTENDS ITS ACCESS TO QUALITY CARE WAS PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE. WITH THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, WE'RE WISELY INVESTING IN THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE PROGRAM TO EXTEND ACCESS TO HEALTH COVERAGE FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICA'S UNINSURED CHILDREN. IN IT TENURED HISTORY, SCHIP HAS HAD STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. IT IS A FLEXIBLE, COST-EFFECTIVE MARKET APPROACH TO ACCESS CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE. IT HAS BEEN SCORNED BY THIS PRESIDENT AND REPUBLICANS FORCEFULLY POSING THIS SUCCESSFUL PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP WHICH ENABLES LITERALLY MILLIONS OF HARD-WORKING FAMILIES TO PROVIDE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THEIR CHILDREN. THIS SUSTAINS MEDICARE FOR AMERICAN SENIORS WITH SECURING PAYMENTS FOR PHYSICIANS AND QUALITY INNOVATIVE HEALTH CARE OPTIONS FOR SENIORS. PROTECTING MEDICARE IS THE BEST COMMUNITY THIS CONGRESS HAS TO ADDRESS THE NEED FOR AFFORDABLE QUALITY HEALTH INSURANCE FOR AMERICANS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:04:33 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA RISE?

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    AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. SOAP WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    1934 AND HAS A DISTINGUISHED RECORD OF PUBLIC SERVICE. JOINING THE…

    1934 AND HAS A DISTINGUISHED RECORD OF PUBLIC SERVICE. JOINING THE CONGRESS PARTY THAT THE EARLY 1960'S SHE SPENT TWO DECADES IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE, SHE WENT ON TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL POLITICS AND SERVED IN THE UPPER AND LOWER CHAMBERS OF THE INDIA NATIONAL PARLIAMENT. CONGRATULATIONS FOR CONTINUED SUCCESS LEADING ONE BILLION CITIZENS. AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND CO-CHAIR OF THE INDIA CAUCUS, I WELCOME THIS ACHIEVEMENT. PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH HAS DEVELOPED A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN INDIA AND AMERICA. FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN THE WORLD'S OLDEST DEMOCRACY AND THE YOUNGEST DEMOCRACY HAS NEVER BEEN BETTER. FUTURE IS BRIGHT FOR INDIA AND AMERICA. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11.

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  • 09:05:54 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT REASON DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM 10 RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:06:01 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YOU SHOULD SUPPORT THE FARM BILL. EVERYONE

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    YOU SHOULD SUPPORT THE FARM BILL. EVERYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO AGREE ON IT.…

    YOU SHOULD SUPPORT THE FARM BILL. EVERYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO AGREE ON IT. FIRST OF ALL, THE ADMINISTRATION IS FOR IT BECAUSE IT COINCIDES WITH ADMINISTRATION REFORMS AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE HIMSELF HAS A STATEMENT IN TODAY'S NATIONAL JOURNAL THAT SAYS THAT HE IS GOING TO LAUNCH A MAJOR NATIONAL INVESTIGATION OF THE CROP INSURANCE INDUSTRY STARTING NEXT WEEK AFTER THE BILL PASSES. WELL, WHY NOT START TODAY? LET'S CLEAN UP THIS MESS TODAY. WE CAN SAVE BETWEEN $2 BILLION TO $5 BILLION OF CURRENT TAXPAYER DOLLARS THAT ARE CURRENTLY BEING WASTED. LET'S SAVE THE AMERICAN FARMER, VOTE FOR THE COOPER AMENDMENT THIS AFTERNOON.

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  • 09:06:45 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:06:54 AM

    MR. GINGREY

    FARM BILL, I'M COMPASSIONATE AND I CARE ABOUT THE FARM ERTS IN MY…

    FARM BILL, I'M COMPASSIONATE AND I CARE ABOUT THE FARM ERTS IN MY DISTRICT, -- FARMERS IN MY DISTRICT. BUT I MUST VOTE NO FOR ONE TWO REASONS, ONE OF WHICH THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE OUTLINED. IT CALLS FOR A MASSIVE TAX INCREASE ON FOREIGN COMPANIES DOING BUSINESS IN THIS COUNTRY. IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA,S THAT 176,000 JOBS, 59,000 IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE HAS A BETTER IDEA AND I PLAN TO SUPPORT HIS AMENDMENT. MR. SPEAKER, THE DAVIS-BACON PREVAILING WAGE REQUIREMENT ABSOLUTELY HURTS INNOVATIVE BUSINESSES LIKE U.S. BIOFUEL IN ROME, GEORGIA, WHO WANT TO CONVERT CHICKEN FAT TO BIOHE FUEL, YET THESE PRE-- BIOFUEL. YET THIS TAKES AWAY FROM THAT. WE KILL JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY WITH THIS FARM BILL AND I MUST VOTE NO AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 09:07:59 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    FOR WHAT REASON DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:09:34 AM

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    IT IS A CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA. THIS…

    IT IS A CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA. THIS YEAR MARKS THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF AN AMERICAN ICON, ZIPO HE LIGHTERS. GEORGE BLAZE DEL DEVELOPED THE FIRST ZIPPO LIGHTER. IT IS AVAILABLE WITH LIMITED YARNTES, IT IS STILL BACKED BY THE FAMOUS LIFETIME GUARANTEE, IT WORKS OR FEE WHISK FIX IT FREE. A MOTTO OF A COMPANY THAT BELIEVES IN ITS GREAT PRODUCT. ALMOST 150 MILLION LIGHTERS LATER, LAST YEAR ALONE, 1 -- ZIPPO LIGHTERS ARE A LEGACY OF GOOD BUSINESS, ALMOST 70% ARE EXPORT ALL AROUND THE WORLD. TODAY GEORGE DUKE, THE GRANDSON OWNS THE COMPANY AND IS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, GREGORY BOOTH IS THE PRESIDENT AND C.E.O., I APPRECIATE THEIR RESOLVE TO KEEP ZIPPO LIGHTERS MANUFACTURED IN AMERICA AND BRADFORD, PENNSYLVANIA, I COMMEND THEIR DEVOTION TO THE PEOPLE OF BRADFORD AND COMMEND THE ZIPPO FAMILY FOR 75 YEARS OF GREAT SERVICE.

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  • 09:10:47 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

  • 09:10:52 AM

    MR. PALLONE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:10:54 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:10:55 AM

    MR. PALLONE

    HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE PROGRAM, OTHERWISE…

    HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE PROGRAM, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS SCHIP. IT IS ABLE TO COVER EVERY CHILD NOW ELIGIBLE FOR THE PROGRAM. SCHIP HAS RECEIVED STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, THAT CHANGED WHEN REPUBLICANS IN BOTH COMMITTEES USED EVERY TACTIC TO STALL THIS MOVING FORWARD. IT IS SAD THAT REPUBLICANS REFUSED TO ENGAGE IN A SUBSTANTIVE DISCUSSION ON THE FUTURE OF CHIP. IF REPUBLICANS ARE WERE SERIOUS ABOUT STRENGTHENING THIS IMPORTANT CHILDREN'S PROGRAM THEY WOULD STOP PLAYING GAMES. THESE DELAYING TACTICS SHOW THAT REPUBLICANS HAVE NO INTEREST IN ENSURING THAT OUR CHILDREN HAVE ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTH CARE. THE RECORD IS CLEAR, DEMOCRATS WANT TO COVER KIDS, REPUBLICANS DON'T.

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  • 09:11:53 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:12:02 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:12:05 AM

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    HOUSE WILL TAKE UP THE FARM BILL, H.R. 2419. AND LET ME SHARE A COUPLE OF…

    HOUSE WILL TAKE UP THE FARM BILL, H.R. 2419. AND LET ME SHARE A COUPLE OF THINGS, ONE FROM THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU HE. THE FARM BILL IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST PRIORITIES, WE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE MAY BE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE COMMITTEE. WE URGE YOU TO OPPOSE THIS, WITHOUT THE ADDITIONAL $4 BILLION IN OFFSETS, WE CANNOT ADEQUATELY FUND THE NUTRITIONAL NEEDS IN THE FARM BILL. THIS IS SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU ASSOCIATION. AND FROM 24 DIFFERENT COMMODITY GROUPS, THAT AFFECTS EVERY COMMODITY IN AMERICA. DEAR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WE SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING FARM BILL AND THE ADDITIONAL NUTRITIONAL SPENDING THAT GIVES NEED TO THESE OFFHE SETS. WE APPRECIATE THE -- OFFSETS. WE APPRECIATE THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO IDENTIFY THE OFFSETS AND ENCOURAGE THOSE WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE OFFSET IDENTIFIED BY THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS TO SUPPORT H.R. 2419 DESPITE THESE CONCERNS. IN ANY EVENT WE URGE THE HOUSE TO MOVE EXPEDITIOUSLY TO PASS H.R. 2419. WE REMAIN HOPEFUL THAT THE LONG CONGRESSIONAL TRADITION OF PASSING FARM BILLS ON A BIPARTISAN FASHION WILL NOT BE BROKEN, SIGNED BY 24 GROUPS FROM THE AMERICAN SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION, THROUGH THE RICE ASSOCIATION, AND PEANUT GROWERS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:14:01 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2419, MR. THE…

    COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2419, MR. THE GENTLEMAN MR. SCHIFF KINDLY RESUME THE CHAIR. THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF --

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  • 09:14:34 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION…

    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2419.

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  • 09:14:41 AM

    THE CLERK

    PROGRAMS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012 AND OTHER PURPOSES.

  • 09:14:46 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    AMENDMENTS EN BLOC HAVE BEEN DISPOSED OF. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER…

    AMENDMENTS EN BLOC HAVE BEEN DISPOSED OF. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 110-2616789 FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RISE?

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    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 09:15:22 AM

    THE CLERK

    3, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 110-261, OFFERED BY MR. GOODLATTE OF VIRGINIA.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 574, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND A…

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 574, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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  • 09:15:42 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT STREAMLINES AND ADOPTS ONE SET OF TERMS…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT STREAMLINES AND ADOPTS ONE SET OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR EASEMENTS FOR THE WESTLANDS RESERVE PROGRAM, THE GRASSLANDS RESERVE PROGRAM, THE FARMLAND AND RANCHLAND PROTECTION PROGRAM, AND THE HEALTHY FOREST RESERVE PROGRAM. THIS GREATLY SIMPLIFIES THE PROCESS FOR THE DEPARTMENT TO PURCHASE EASEMENTS WHILE LEAVING THE FUNCTIONS OF THE PROGRAMS INTACT. IT ALLOWS FOR ONE SET OF RULES ON TITLE HOLDERS, ESTABLISHMENT OF DEEDS, TYPE OF DEEDS, ACCEPTANCE OF CONTRIBUTE SHUNS, TITLE TRANSFER, REVERSIONARY INTEREST. THIS AMENDMENT NOT ONLY HELPS THE DEPARTMENT TO REDUCE INEFFICIENCIES WHICH RESULT IN ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS, BUT WILL HELP PRODUCERS BY SIMPLY FILING THE PROCESS OF OBTAINING EASEMENTS FOR THESE PROGRAMS. THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT CONSOLIDATE ANY PROGRAM. THIS SIMPLY SETS UP ONE SET OF RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR EASEMENTS. EACH PROGRAM HAS ITS OWN APPLICATION PROCESS, SIGNUP PERIOD, AND ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS. COUNTLESS HOURS ARE WASTED ON ADMINISTRATIVE WORK BECAUSE EACH EASEMENT HAS ITS OWN SET OF RULES. THIS AMENDMENT MAKES AN EFFORT AT STREAMLINING THESE COMPLEX RULES AND REGULATION NOOSE ONE SET OF RULES WITH FLEXIBILITY THAT IS SIMPLE AND MAKES COMMON SENSE. EACH OF THESE INDIVIDUAL PROGRAMS RETAINED THEIR OWN MISSION. THESE EASTMENT PROGRAMS ARE IMPLEMENTED THROUGH LANDOWNERS WHO VOLUNTARILY AGREE TO A DEED RESTRICTION AND SOME LANDSCAPE AND RESOURCE RESTORATION. MAKING THE SIGNUP PROCESS FOR PRODUCERS EASIER WILL ALLOW N.R.C.S. TO FOCUS ON THEIR TRUE MISSION WHICH SHOULD BE TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO PRODUCERS WANTING TO IMPLEMENT VOLUNTARY CONSERVATION METHODS. WE HAVE TAKEN POPULAR COMPONENTS OF THE FARMLAND AND RANCHLAND PROTECTION PROGRAM, INCLUDING THE ABILITY OF THIRD PARTY ENTITIES TO HOLD EASEMENTS AND IMPLEMENTED THEM IN A MANNER THAT ALL PRODUCERS INTERESTED IN EASEMENTS WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY. THIS AMENDMENT KEEPS THE FUNDING AND MISSIONS OF EACH EASEMENT PROGRAM INTACT. THE AMENDMENT EVEN KEEPS THE APPRAISAL METHOD OF EACH PROGRAM INTACT. THIS IS A COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT, A GOOD GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT, AND PRODUCER FRIENDLY AMENDMENT. I ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:17:51 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    BEEN WORKING WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA ON THIS ISSUE, AND I THINK…

    BEEN WORKING WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA ON THIS ISSUE, AND I THINK HE HAS SOME GOOD IDEAS HERE THAT WE HAVE BEEN WORKING THROUGH, BUT WE ARE NOT JUST COMFORTABLE ON THIS SIDE AT THIS POINT. IF I COULD ENGAGE IN A CONVERSATION WITH THE GENTLEMAN, AS HE KNOWS, I THINK THAT SOME OF THE ELEMENTS OF THIS ARE SOMETHING WE SHOULD DO. WE AS I SAID ARE NOT THERE YET. AND IN ADDITION AS YOU KNOW I HAVE AN INTEREST IN LOOKING AT THIS ISSUE OF NRCS DOING ADMINISTRATIVE WORK WITHIN THEIR AGENCY. WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THAT AS WELL. I STILL BELIEVE THAT IT WOULD BE BETTER IF WE TRANSFERRED THAT FUNCTION OVER TO F.S.A. LIKE THEY ARE DOING NOW WITH C.R.P. SO IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD AGREE, I AM VERY MUCH INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH HIM ON THIS ISSUE. I THINK WE CAN GET SOMETHING ACCOMPLISHED. OVER THE NEXT PERIOD OF TIME UNTIL WE END UP IN CONFERENCE WITH THE SENATE. SO IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD BE WILLING TO WITHDRAW, I WILL MAKE THE COMMITMENT THAT WE WILL WORK ON THIS IN A SERIOUS WAY BECAUSE I THINK WE CAN GET SOMETHING DONE HERE.

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  • 09:19:42 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS. HE AND I…

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS. HE AND I HAVE HAD DISCUSSION ABOUTS THIS AND I THINK WE ARE IN AGREEMENT THAT THERE NEEDS TO BE SIGNIFICANT REFORM OF THESE PROGRAMS. AS I HAVE SHARED WITH THE GENTLEMAN AND OTHERS, THERE ARE FARMERS IN MY DISTRICT AND ELSEWHERE AROUND THE COUNTRY WHO ARE VERY FRUSTRATED WITH SIGNING UP FOR THESE PROGRAMS. QUITE FRANKLY IT IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE TO HAVE PROGRAMS THAT ARE SO COMPLEX, THAT REQUIRE SO MUCH PAPERWORK, YOU APPLY IN SEVERAL DIFFERENT PLACES. ONE FARMER, A WOMAN IN MY DISTRICT, HAS DONE A FANTASTIC JOB OF ATTEMPTING TO UTILIZE THESE PROGRAMS, BUT THE FRUSTRATION, THE COST, THE AMENDMENT -- AMOUNT OF TIME INVOLVED DISCOURAGED HER AS IT HAS DISCOURAGED OTHERS FROM INITIATING THE PROCESS TO PARTICIPATE. THEREFORE I THINK IT'S IN THE INTEREST OF THE STAKEHOLDERS, THE GROUPS WHO WANT TO SEE MORE OF THESE EASEMENTS TAKEN UP, TO MAKE IT AN EASIER PROCESS. THAT INCLUDES NOT ONLY STREAMLINING THE DEFINITION OF EASEMENT, BUT LOOKING AT WHETHER SOME OF THESE PROGRAMS CAN BE MADE TO WORK TOGETHER BETTER. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S SERIOUSNESS ABOUT UNDERTAKING THIS. WITH THAT ASSURANCE I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:20:58 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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    MR. PETERSON

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 5, PRINTSED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 110-261. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 09:21:13 AM

    MR. CARDOZA

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    AMENDMENT --

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT --

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES A POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES A POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE CLERK

    IN HOUSE REPORT 110-261, OFFERED BY MR. CARDOZA OF CALIFORNIA.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 574, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 574, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CARDOZA, AND A MEMBER POSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 09:21:47 AM

    MR. CARDOZA

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    MR. THOMPSON

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN WISH TO BE HEARD?

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    MR. THOMPSON

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELD?

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELD?

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    MR. CARDOZA

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    I WANT TO COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. I WANT TO…

    I WANT TO COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. I WANT TO COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA FOR HIS WILLINGNESS TO -- MISSISSIPPI FOR HIS WILLINGNESS TO HOLD HEARINGS ON THIS ISSUE. I WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE AT THE TIME THAT THE HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT AND COMMITTEE WERE CREATED AND SERVED ON THAT COMMITTEE FOR TWO YEARS. AND THE PROBLEMS WERE ALREADY BECOMING APPARENT AT THE OUTSET THAT THE NATURE OF MOST OF THE OPERATIONS OF THE HURE -- OPERATIONS OF HOMELAND SECURITY VERY MUCH DIFFER FROM THIS EFFORT TO DEAL WITH ANIMAL AND PLANT PESTS ENTERING THIS CONTRY. WE REALLY DO NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS FUNCTION OF THE DEPARTMENT IS OPERATING IN THE FASHION THAT IT WAS OPERATING WHEN IT WAS UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. THAT WE ARE NOT LOSING PEOPLE WITH THE KIND OF EXPERTISE THAT'S NECESSARY TO BE ABLE TO DETECT AND KEEP THESE PESTS OUT OF THE COUNTRY, AND I HOPE THAT THIS DIALOGUE WILL LEAD TO AN EFFORT TO ENHANCE THAT EFFORT.

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  • 09:26:48 AM

    MR. CARDOZA

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:26:56 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS EXPIRED.

  • 09:28:03 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. CARDOZA

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT.

  • 09:28:13 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 6, PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 110-261. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA RISE?

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  • 09:28:30 AM

    MR. BOUSTANY

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE REPORT 110-261, OFFERED BY MR. BOUSTANY OF LOUISIANA.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 574, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR.…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 574, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. BOUSTANY, AND A MEMBER EACH OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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  • 09:28:54 AM

    MR. BOUSTANY

    MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK FIRST OFF CHAIRMAN PETERSON AND RANKING…

    MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK FIRST OFF CHAIRMAN PETERSON AND RANKING MEMBER GOODLATTE, THE DEMOCRATIC STAFF OF THE COMMITTEE AND REPUBLICAN STAFF OF THE COMMITTEE FOR WORKING WITH MY STAFFER, MICHAEL HARE, ON THIS AMENDMENT. I THINK IT'S A VERY IMPORTANT AMENDMENT. I'M PLEASED TO OFFER THIS WITH MY COLLEAGUE AND GOOD FRIEND, MR. ALEXANDER, FROM LOUISIANA AS WELL. SWEET POTATO FARMERS THROUGHOUT THE NATION WERE INVOLVED IN AN INSURANCE PILOT PROGRAM BEING ADMINISTERED BY THE RISK MANAGEMENT AGENCY. THIS IS A MULTIYEAR PROCESS WHICH INVOLVES MANY ADJUSTMENTS ALONG THE WAY, AND THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WAS A CHANGE MADE BY R.M.A. THAT DEFINES WHAT QUALIFIES A MARKETABLE SWEET POTATO. THE NEW DEFINITION OF THE TERM MARKETABLE INCLUDES ALL SWEET POTATOES OVER 1 1/2 INCHES IN DIAMETER. THIS DOES NOT ALLOW FOR ANY SWEET POTATO THAT HAS BEEN RUINED AND CONSIDERED UNMARKETABLE FROM BEING DEDUCTED FROM THE YIELD CALCULATION. SWEET POTATO FARMERS IN LOUISIANA AS WELL AS MANY OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY SUFFERED HEAVY RAINS IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER OF 2005. WHILE THESE HEAVY RAINS LED TO SIGNIFICANT YIELD LOSS, SWEET POTATOES OVER 1 1/2 INCHES IN DIAMETER WERE COUNTED AS PART OF THE TOTAL YIELD. BY COUNTING THOSE RUINED BY HEAVY RAINS, FARMERS WERE UNABLE TO QUALIFY FOR DISASTER PAYMENTS. OUR AMENDMENT WOULD SIMPLY USE THE DATA COLLECTED BY THE LOCAL F.S.A. OFFICES INSTEAD OF THE R.M.A. TO BE USED FOR THE PURPOSES OF DETERMINING CROP LOSSES. . THESE OFFICES HAVE THE PRODUCTION YIELD FOR THE 2005-2006 CROP YEAR AND WE'LL BE ABLE TO CERTIFY IN A SWEET POTATO FARMER IS ELIGIBLE FOR DISASTER PAYMENT. THIS AMENDMENT WILL ONLY APPLY TO FARMERS WHO PURCHASE CROP INSURANCE AND HAVE A 35% CROP LOSS. THIS AMENDMENT SIMPLY CORRECTS A TECHNICAL ERROR MADE, AND I STRONGLY URGE THAT WE SUPPORT OUR SWEET POTATO FARMERS AND ADOPT THIS AMENDMENT. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:30:56 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

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    MR. PETERSON

    CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMEN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. PETERSON

    YOU. AS I SAID, I SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. I UNDERSTAND THE…

    YOU. AS I SAID, I SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. I UNDERSTAND THE FRUSTRATION WITH R.M.A.. WE HAVE SIMILAR FRUSTRATIONS IN OUR AREA AND IN SOME OTHER PROJECTS THAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON, AND I'VE HEARD FROM MANY OF MY FARMERS, AS I SAY, ABOUT THIS AS WELL. THAT'S WHY ONCE WE FINISH THIS FARM BILL, THE COMMITTEE IS GOING TO CONDUCT A THOROUGH TOP TO BOTTOM REVIEW OF ALL OPERATIONS DOWN AT USDA, ESPECIALLY AT R.M.A., SO I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FIGHTING FOR FARMERS AND GIVEN MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT SCORE, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 09:31:56 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    THANK MR. PETERSON FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA. THOSE IN…

    IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE, IT THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED.

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  • 09:32:21 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    FROM NEW YORK, THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE…

    FROM NEW YORK, THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE CAN OFFER HIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:32:41 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THAT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

  • 09:32:47 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. MR.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    SO WE HAVE TO GO BY THE ORDER ON THE AGENDA?

  • 09:32:55 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    AGENDA?

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    IS CORRECT.

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    MR. PETERSON

    MS. JACKSON LEE IS NEXT. I WAS TRYING TO DEFER TO MY GOOD FRIEND.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT.

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    >>

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    THE CLERK

    210-261 OFFERED BY MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 09:33:53 AM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER, MR. CHAIRMAN. LET MEAC KNOWLEDGE THE CHAIRMAN…

    YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER, MR. CHAIRMAN. LET MEAC KNOWLEDGE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE -- LET ME ACKNOWLEDGE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE. I TOO WAS TRYING TO YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, BUT I'M SURE THAT WE WILL HAVE AN AFFIRMATION, HOPEFULLY, OF THE SPIRIT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES, BEFORE I START, TO SUPPORT IT. I RISE TO AFFIRM FAMILY FARMERS AROUND AMERICA. AND I RISE PROUDLY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY FARMERS AND THE AMERICAN AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY IN FEEDING NOT ONLY AMERICA, BUT FEEDING THE WORLD. THIS BILL IN PARTICULAR DOES A GREAT AMOUNT AS REHE LATES TO IMPROVING NUTRITION -- IT'SAS IT RELATES TO IMPROVING NUTRITION, AND, OF COURSE, SERVING THE WORLD, PARTICULARLY THOSE IN NEED OF FOOD. IT GOES A LONG WAY IN PROVIDING FOR BLACK FARMERS AND THOSE WHO ARE SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED OR HAVE LAND THAT NEEDS CONSERVATION OR NEEDS THE SHARING OF TECHNOLOGY. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE CHEARM ON THOSE ISSUES AS WE -- CHAIRMAN ON THOSE ISSUES AS WE MOVE FORWARD. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES. FOR THE IMPORTANCE OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WOULD BE HAVING SCHOOL BREAKFASTS AND SCHOOL LUNCHES. THIS MAP MAY NOT NECESSARILY SPEAK TO THE IDEA OF SCHOOL LUNCHES AND SCHOOL BREAKFASTS, BUT THE VASTNESS OF THIS MAP SHOWS HOW BIG AMERICA IS AND THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ON FOOD STAMPS. YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ON FOOD STAMPS HAVE CHILDREN WHO GO TO SCHOOL IN NEED OF A SCHOOL BREAKFAST AND SCHOOL LUNCH. OBESITY IN AMERICA IS A HEALTH CRISIS, AND MY AMENDMENT SIMPLY ASKS THAT WE REAFFIRM AS A CONGRESS THAT THOSE SCHOOL LUNCHES AND THOSE SCHOOL BREAKFASTS WILL BE NUTRITIONLY BASED AND FOUNDED TO JUVENILE OBESITY AND TONE SURE NUTRITIOUS MEALS. WE -- AND TO ENSURE NUTRITIOUS MEALS. WE KNOW THAT YOUNG PEOPLE -- I THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:36:27 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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  • 09:36:33 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    WILL THE GENTLELADY YIELD?

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LEE: I WOULD BE HAPPY TO. MR. PETERSON I APPRECIATE THE --

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    MR. PETERSON

    HEALTHY LUNCHES IN SCHOOL AND WE SUPPORT YOUR AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE…

    HEALTHY LUNCHES IN SCHOOL AND WE SUPPORT YOUR AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE TIME TO THE GENTLELADY.

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  • 09:37:00 AM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    >>

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, CHILDHOOD OBESITY IS A GROWING PROBLEM IN OUR…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, CHILDHOOD OBESITY IS A GROWING PROBLEM IN OUR COUNTRY. AND WE ALREADY KNOW THAT OBESITY LEADS TO A GREATER RISK OF HEART DISEASE, DIABETES, AND A HOST OF OTHER CARDIOVASCULAR PROBLEMS. PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTING PROGRAM AMONG FIFTH, SEVENTH, AND EIGHTH GRADERS IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, 2% OF STUDENTS ARE OVERWEIGHT. -- 22% OF STUDENTS ARE OVERWEIGHT. ACCORDING TO A SURVEY OF LOS ANGELES HIGH SCHOOLS 16% OF CHILDREN ARE OVERWEIGHT AND 18% ARE AT RISK OF BECOMING OVERWEIGHT. MR. SPEAKER, THIS ALARMING TREND IN CHILDHOOD OBESITY IS NOT ONLY A PROBLEM FOR LOS ANGELES, BUT FOR OUR NATION. 17% OF OUR NATION'S CHILDREN AGE 12 THROUGH 19 ARE OVERWEIGHT. AN OVERWEIGHT CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BECOME OBESE AS ADULTS. IF WE WANT TO REVERSE THIS TREND AND EFFECTIVELY REDUCE CHILDHOOD OBESITY, WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT SCHOOL BREAKFASTS AND SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAMS CLEARLY INDICATE THE DANGERS OF OBESITY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL FITNESS. I'M VERY PLEASED THAT THE CHAIR HAS AGREED TO TAKE THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT TO UNDERSCORE THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS ISSUE AND THANK YOU, MRS. JACKSON LEE. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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  • 09:38:50 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE TIME FOR THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    THE TIME FOR THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS HAS A MINUTE AND 35 SECONDS REMAINING.

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  • 09:39:01 AM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    SCHOOL BREAKFAST AND SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM SHOULD BE SELECTED TO MAXIMIZE…

    SCHOOL BREAKFAST AND SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM SHOULD BE SELECTED TO MAXIMIZE NUTRITIONAL VALUE. AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND HISPANIC FAMILIES ARE THE GREATEST RISK FOR OBESITY. AND YOUNGSTERS FROM LOWER INCOME FAMILIES HAVE A HIGHER RISK OF OBESITY THAN THOSE FROM HIGHER INCOME. HISPANIC CHILDREN HAVE THE HIGHEST LIFETIME RESK OF DIABETES, 52 -- RISK OF DIABETES, 52%. THIS WOULD BE A FIRM STATEMENT MADE BY THIS BODY, A BIPARTISAN STATEMENT THAT WE NOT ONLY SUPPORT AMERICA'S FARMERS, BUT WE SUPPORT THE NUTRITIONAL EATING OF OUR CHILDREN IN PROGRAMS THAT ARE FEDERALLY FUNDED. I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THIS COMMITTEE AS WE PROMOTE NUTRITION NOT ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT AROUND THE WORLD. I ASK FOR SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:40:04 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS. ALL OF THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 09:40:19 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    CHAIRMAN.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    MR. PETERSON

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE?

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    YES.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

  • 09:40:54 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

  • 09:41:01 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    THAT COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE FOR THE PURPOSE OF ADDRESSING MR. RANGEL.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT --

  • 09:41:13 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN WITHDRAW THE MOTION?

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN WITHDRAW THE MOTION?

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    MR. PETERSON

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 11, PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 110-261. NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 110-261. FOR WHAT REASON DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE? THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:42:01 AM

    THE CLERK

    PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 110-261 OFFERED BY MR. RANGEL OF NEW YORK.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    MR. RANGEL AND MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR…

    MR. RANGEL AND MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 09:42:18 AM

    MR. RANGELE

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO --

  • 09:42:22 AM

    MR. RANGEL

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT CON STONET REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. RANGEL

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA --

  • 09:45:33 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    I CLAIM --

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    MISS ROINT

    CLAIM --

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I'M STRONGLY OPPOSED TO THIS AMENDMENT THAT…

    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I'M STRONGLY OPPOSED TO THIS AMENDMENT THAT REWARDS A STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM WITH UNFETTERED ACCESS TO OUR BANKS AND INCREASES THE THREAT TO OUR COUNTRY. IT CONDONES TERRORIST FINANCING THROUGH OUR BANKING SYSTEM. WE DO NOT ALLOW OTHER STATE SPONSORS OF TERRORISM SUCH AS IRAN, SYRIA, SUDAN, NORTH KOREA TO HAVE DIRECT ACCESS TO U.S. BANKS. DURING A VISIT WITH IRAN'S AYATOLLAH IN MAY OF 2001, CASTRO DECLARED THAT TOGETHER CUBA AND IRAN WILL BRING AMERICA TO ITS KNEES. WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW THE CUBAN REGIME TO ACCESS U.S. BANK ACCOUNTS. AND THERE'S THE TROUBLING PROVISION TO EXPEDITE VISAS FOR SO-CALLED CUBAN AGRICULTURAL INSPECTORS. THIS WOULD GIVE FREE REIGN TO ANY INTELLIGENCE AGENT THAT THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT DESIGNATES AS AN AGRICULTURAL INVESTIGATOR TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES. WE SHOULD NOT OPEN OUR BORDERS TO ANY CUBAN AGENT TO ROAM FREELY THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES UNDER THE GUISE OF BEING AGRICULTURAL INSPECTORS. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:46:49 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME.

  • 09:46:52 AM

    MR. RANGEL

    HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE REMAINING?

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MR. RANGEL

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. PETERSON

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE NOW AND…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE NOW AND IN THE PAST. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I SUPPORT. RECENT REPORT BY THE U.S. INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION SHOWS THE UNITED STATES WAS A MAIN SUPPLIER OF AG PRODUCTS TO CUBA LAST YEAR, ACCOUNTING FOR 30% OF THE ISLAND'S IMPORTS. THIS REPORT INDICATES THAT NUMBER COULD INCREASE TO 50% IF THE UNITED STATES WOULD ONLY END SOME OF ITS DECADE LONG RESTRICTIONS ON TRADE BETWEEN THE TWO NATIONS. THIS REPORT SHOWS LIFTING TRADE AND TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AGAINST CUBA CAN HAVE A REAL EFFECT ON THE US -- U.S. FARM ECONOMY. UNFORTUNATELY SINCE 2000, AMERICAN FARMERS AND OTHER AG EXPORTERS HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO SELL GOODS TO CUBA ONLY ON A CASH-ONLY BASIS. WITH THE ELIMINATION OF ALL SUCH TRAVEL AND TRADE RESTRICTIONS, U.S. EXPORTS TO CUBA COULD ALMOST DOUBLE FROM THEIR 2006 LEVEL. THE LARGEST GAINS WOULD BE FRESH FRUITS, VEGETABLES, PROCESSED FOODS, AND CERTAIN MEATS. THIS AMENDMENT IS LONG OVERDUE. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD TAKE CARE OF THOSE FACTORS AND FINALLY ALLOW OUR AG PRODUCERS TO BENEFIT FROM CUBAN TRADE.

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  • 09:48:11 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:48:15 AM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU. I'M SO PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLELADY…

    THANK YOU. I'M SO PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, THE CHAIR OF THE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE OF LEGISLATIVE BRANCH.

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  • 09:48:26 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF.

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    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE CHAIRMAN PETERSON FOR AN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE CHAIRMAN PETERSON FOR AN EXCELLENT FARM BILL WHICH I SUPPORT AND LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING. ASSUMING THIS AMENDMENT IS NOT ADDED TO IT. I DO HAVE THE UTMOST RESPECT FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK AND HAVE ENJOYED MY TIME SERVING WITH HIM IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. BUT I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO HIS AMENDMENT WHICH PROVIDES THE CUBAN REGIME WITH THE ABILITY TO OPEN BANK ACCOUNTS IN THE UNITED STATES AND OBTAIN VISAS FOR REGIME OFFICIALS TO VISIT U.S. PRODUCTION FACILITIES. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE FARM BILL, BUT THIS AMENDMENT NEEDLESSLY ADDS A VOLATILE POLITICAL ISSUE TO THIS IMPORTANT BILL. CUBA IS ONE OF FIVE COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD THAT IS A STATE-SPONSOR OF TERROR. ALONG WITH NORTH KOREA, IRAN, SYRIA, AND SUDAN. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ALLOW ACCESS TO OUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS BY A REGIME THAT IS AND MAINTAINS CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER STATE SPONSORS OF TERRORISM. RECENTLY WE HAVE BEEN ESPECIALLY VIGILANT ABOUT NOT ALLOWING ACCESS TO OUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS SINCE 9/11. WE ADOPTED THE BANK SECRECY ACT. WE HAVE MADE SURE THERE ARE COUNTLESS ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES TO ENSURE THAT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS HAVE THE ABILITY TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM PEOPLE WHO WOULD DO US HARM. AND THIS AMENDMENT WOULD GO IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. ADDITIONALLY, REGULAR CUBAN CITIZENS ARE PROHIBITED FROM ENGAGING IN PRIVATE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY. THUS, GENERAL AGRICULTURAL LICENSES WILL ONLY SERVE THE PURPOSE OF ALLOWING AGENTS OF THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT INTO THE UNITED STATES. FINALLY, I WANT TO REMIND MEMBERS THAT WHILE THE CASTRO REGIME SEEKS U.S. CONCESSIONS TO FINANCES EXISTENCE, IT HAS CONSISTENTLY REJECTED OFFERS OF DIRECT U.S. HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO THE CUBAN PEOPLE. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT. THE CUBAN PEOPLE STAND AT THE CUSP OF ACTUALIZING THEIR DREAMS OF FREEDOM. IT IS OUR DUTY TO STAND BY THEM AT THIS HISTORIC TIME.

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  • 09:50:23 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:50:27 AM

    MR. RANGEL

    A MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED LADY FROM CONNECTICUT, CONGRESSWOMAN DELAURO.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. DELAURO

    REGARD TO TERROR IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE UNITED STATES DOES A LOT…

    REGARD TO TERROR IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE UNITED STATES DOES A LOT OF TRADING BACK AND FORTH AND OTHER THINGS WITH PAKISTAN. TODAY WE UNDERSTAND IN FACT OSAMA BIN LADEN MAY BE HIDING IN THE HILLS IN PAKISTAN. SO LET'S GET THIS RECORD STRAIGHT HERE. THIS IS ABOUT ONLY HAVING CUBA TO PAY CASH IN ADVANCE, CASH IN ADVANCE FOR ANY PRODUCTS THAT ARE SHIPPED. IT ALSO SAYS THAT THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS CREATED UNREASONABLE OBSTACLES TO AMERICAN BUSINESSPEOPLE IN THEIR TRADE WITH CUBA, WHICH AVERAGES ABOUT AND CAN AVERAGE ABOUT $2 BILLION IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS. LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE, TODAY CUBA HAS INCREASED ITS PURCHASES OF RICE FROM VIETNAM BECAUSE OF THE PAYMENT RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED BY THE UNITED STATES. $200 MILLION THAT COULD BE DIRECTED TOWARD OUR FARMERS AND NOT TO VIETNAM. TALK TO THE FOLKS FROM ARKANSAS. TALK TO THE BUSINESSPEOPLE FROM LOUISIANA. WOULDN'T IT BE BETTER IF OUR RICE FARMERS IN FACT COULD BE THE BENEFICIARIES OF THAT MARKET. LET US END THIS FOOLISHNESS OF MAKING A RESTRICTION ON OUR FARMERS TO SELL THEIR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS TO CUBA.

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  • 09:51:55 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MS. DELAURO CLOW --

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    MS. DELAURO

    ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WE PUT THESE RESTRICTIONS.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    THANK YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY WHO SERVES ON OUR FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, THIS AMENDMENT DID NOT GO THROUGH OUR COMMITTEE, MR. SIRES.

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  • 09:52:16 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SIRES

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE BRIEFLY TO…

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE BRIEFLY TO RESPECTFULLY STATE MY STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. BECAUSE I BELIEVE WE MUST NOT OPEN OUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO A STATE-SPONSOR OF TERRORISM LIKE THE CUBAN REGIME. WITH THAT SAID, MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT MY REMARKS FOR THE RECORD. THANK YOU.

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  • 09:52:44 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON MY SIDE?

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    MR. RANGEL

    TIME REMAINS ON MY SIDE?

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME FROM NEW YORK HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME FROM NEW YORK HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 09:53:04 AM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MCCOTTER

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    FOR HOW LONG?

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    ONE MINUTE REMAINING.

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    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    AND VISAS FOR THEIR AGENTS OVER A DOZEN OF WHICH HAVE BEEN CONVICTED IN…

    AND VISAS FOR THEIR AGENTS OVER A DOZEN OF WHICH HAVE BEEN CONVICTED IN RECENT YEARS ALONE OF SPYING AGAINST THE UNITED STATES INTERESTS. LET'S VOTE DOWN RESOUNDINGLY THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:56:02 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 09:56:21 AM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 13 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 110-261. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RISE?

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  • 09:56:48 AM

    MR. BOEHNER

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 13, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 110-261, OFFERED BY MR. BOEHNER OF OHIO.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 574, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. BOEHNER, AND A…

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 574, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. BOEHNER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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  • 09:57:13 AM

    MR. BOEHNER

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    I RISE TO OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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    MR. PETERSON

    I RISE TO OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. PETERSON

    MR. BAINER IS A GOOD FRIEND OF -- MR. BOEHNER IS A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE. I…

    MR. BAINER IS A GOOD FRIEND OF -- MR. BOEHNER IS A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE. I AM RELUCTANT TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT, BUT I MUST. THIS IS PART OF THE ADMINISTRATION'S FARM BILL PROPOSAL. THE BENEFIT OF DAILY POSTING OF PRICES IS THAT FARMERS HAVE THE GREATEST AMOUNT OF FLEXIBILITY IN RESPONDING TO MARKETPLACE CHANGES WHICH BECOME, AS WAS INDICATED BY MR. BOEHNER, INCREASINGLY VOLATILE. AND THE FARMERS HAVE VERY LITTLE POWER IN THIS MARKETPLACE, AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I THINK WE CLEARLY SHOULD RETAIN FOR THEM SO THAT THEY'VE GOT SOME ABILITY TO DEAL WITH WHAT HAPPENS IN THE MARKETPLACE. MOVING TO A MONTHLY POSTED PRICE MAY SAVE MONEY, BUT IT HAMPERS, WEAKENS THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE MARKET LOAN PROGRAM, A SAFETY FEATURE, ONE OF THE PRIMARY THINGS THAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IN THE FARM BILL. ACCORDING TO A LETTER FROM THE GRAIN AND FEED ASSOCIATION, THIS WOULD BE -- THE ENTIRE GENERAL FARM COMMODITIES AND RISK MANAGEMENT SUBCOMMITTEE, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ALIKE, REJECTED THIS APPROACH WHEN IT DEFEATED AN AMENDMENT WITH AN ADMINISTRATION STRAIGHTIVE PROPOSAL WITH THIS FEATURE IN IT. THIS AMENDMENT, THIS IDEA HAS NO SUPPORT IN THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY. THEREFORE I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:02:23 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BOEHNER

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR.…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER.

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  • 10:02:33 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. BLUMENAUER

    COMMONSENSE REFORM THAT NEEDS TO BE IN A FARM BILL. BECAUSE IT IS BURIED…

    COMMONSENSE REFORM THAT NEEDS TO BE IN A FARM BILL. BECAUSE IT IS BURIED IN THE OVERALL ADMINISTRATIVE PROPOSAL AND REJECTED DOESN'T MEAN THAT IT DOES NOT HAVE MERIT. IT AVOIDS AN UNNECESSARY COMPLICATION AND ROOM TO GAME THE SYSTEM. WHAT MR. BOEHNER SAID ABOUT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AT PLAY HERE OF OBVIOUSLY MAY NOT BE SUPPORTING THE FARM COUNTRY TO FIX THE LOOPHOLE BECAUSE THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO MAKE UNNECESSARY MONEY. I STRONGLY URGE SUPPORT WITH THE SIMPLE COMMON SENSE REFORM.

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  • 10:03:15 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 10:03:18 AM

    MR. BOEHNER

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

  • 10:03:26 AM

    MR. FLAKE

    GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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    BALANCE OF OUR TIME. IN THE DAYS AFTER KATRINA -- SEVERAL DAYS AFTER…

    BALANCE OF OUR TIME. IN THE DAYS AFTER KATRINA -- SEVERAL DAYS AFTER KATRINA WHEN WE HAD THE PRECIPITOUS DROP IN PRICES, IT COST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT $3.5 BILLION IN EXTRA L.D.P. PAYMENTS. AND SO WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS SOUNDING A ALLEGAL -- AGRICULTURAL POLICY AND SOUND POLICY WITH REGARD TO AMERICA'S TAXPAYER. THINK ABOUT THE FAIRNESS OF A FARMER WHO SOLD HIS CROP THE DAY BEFORE KATRINA, THINK ABOUT WHAT HE FELT LIKE WHEN SEVERAL DAYS LATER HIS FELLOW FARMERS ENDED UP WITH HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS MORE IN EXTRA BENEFITS FROM THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THEY JUST HAPPENED TO SELL A DAY OR TWO BEFORE HURRICANE KATRINA HIT. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO YIELD.

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  • 10:05:01 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    I THINK PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND. THE FARMER THAT SOLD THE DAY BEFORE…

    I THINK PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND. THE FARMER THAT SOLD THE DAY BEFORE KATRINA GOT HIS MONEY OUT OF THE MARKETPLACE. THE L.P.D. PROTECTED FARMERS WHO SOLD LATER. SOS THAT EXACTLY WHAT THIS IS SUPPOSED TO DO. FARMERS DON'T HAVE -- SO THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THIS IS SUPPOSED TO DO. FARMERS DON'T HAVE ANY POWER IN THIS SYSTEM. THIS IS NOT WHAT WE WANT TO DO IN THE AG COMMITTEE.

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  • 10:05:31 AM

    MR. BOEHNER

    RECLAIMING MY TIME. I SERVED WITH MR. PETERSON ON THE AG COMMITTEE. I'M ON…

    RECLAIMING MY TIME. I SERVED WITH MR. PETERSON ON THE AG COMMITTEE. I'M ON LEAVE, AND I'M SURE THAT ALL OF MY FRIENDS ON THE AG COMMITTEE ARE GLAD THAT I'M ON LEAVE. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT MARKETING LOANS WERE THERE TO FACILITATE THE MARKETING OF A CROP. THEY WEREN'T THERE TO MAKE -- OR SET UP A SYSTEM TO ALLOW -- OR TO PUT FARMERS IN A POSITION WHERE THEY BECOME DAY TRADERS. THE CURRENT SYSTEM ALLOWS THAT. INSTEAD OF LOOKING AT A DAILY POSTED COUNTY PRICE, IF YOU LOOKED AT A MONTHLY POSTED COUNTY PRICE WHERE YOU TAKE OUT THE HIGH FOR THE MONTH AN LOW FOR THE MONTH, -- AND LOW FOR THE MONTH, YOU HAVE A FAIR PRICE FOR ALL FARMERS, A FAIR SYSTEM THAT PREVENTS PEOPLE FROM GAMING THE SYSTEM BECAUSE OF SOME ABNORMALITY IN THE MARKET THAT MAY OCCUR ON ONE OR TWO DAYS. THIS IS COMMON SENSE -- COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ADOPT IT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:06:32 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 10:06:49 AM

    MR. BOEHNER

    FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO…

    FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

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  • 10:07:06 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    I MOVE THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    MR. SPEAKER.

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    SPEAKER.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    WHOLE HOUSE UNDER CONSIDERATION UNDER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2419 COMES TO…

    WHOLE HOUSE UNDER CONSIDERATION UNDER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2419 COMES TO REPORT THAT THERE IS NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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  • 10:07:53 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIRMAN OF COMMITTEE ON THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

    THE CHAIRMAN OF COMMITTEE ON THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 2419 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

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  • 10:08:08 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MODIFICATIONS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MODIFICATIONS.

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    THE CLERK

    MODIFICATION TO EN BLOC AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. PETERSON OF MINNESOTA.…

    MODIFICATION TO EN BLOC AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. PETERSON OF MINNESOTA. STRIKE AMENDMENT NUMBER 9. HE

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  • 10:08:47 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 6 C1 PURSUANT…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 6 C1 PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 574 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2419. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, KINDLY RESUME THE CHAIR.

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  • 10:09:23 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE…

    COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2419, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 10:09:33 AM

    THE CLERK

    TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONTINUATION OF AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS THROUGH FISCAL…

    TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONTINUATION OF AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS THROUGH FISCAL YEAR 2012 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 10:09:39 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    REPORT ON 110-261, BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. BAIN ARE, HAD BEEN --…

    REPORT ON 110-261, BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. BAIN ARE, HAD BEEN -- MR. BOEHNER, HAD BEEN POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RISE?

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  • 10:10:03 AM

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    AT THE DESK. I BELIEVE IT IS AMENDMENT NUMBER 15.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT 15 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE…

    IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT 15 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 110-261. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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    MODIFY THE AMENDMENT WITH THE MODIFICATION PLACED AT THE DESK IN ORDER TO…

    MODIFY THE AMENDMENT WITH THE MODIFICATION PLACED AT THE DESK IN ORDER TO MAKE A TECHNICAL ECONOMICS.

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  • 10:10:25 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 210---

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    THE CLERK

    PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 210---

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    CONSENT --

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    WILL REPORT THE MODIFICATION.

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    THE CLERK

    MODIFICATION TO AMENDMENT 15 OFFERED BY MR. MANZULLO OF ILLINOIS --

  • 10:10:47 AM

    MR. MANZULLO

    THAT THE AMENDMENT BE CONSIDERED AS READ.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    OBJECTION TO THE MODIFICATION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO…

    OBJECTION TO THE MODIFICATION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 574, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. MANZULLO, AND MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTE, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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  • 10:11:09 AM

    MR. MANZULLO

    ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INCENTIVES PROGRAM FROM THE $64,000 PAYMENT…

    ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INCENTIVES PROGRAM FROM THE $64,000 PAYMENT LIMITATION THAT THIS BILL PROPOSES FOR CONSERVATION PURPOSES, IT PROVIDES FARMERS WITH TECHNICAL ASTAINS TO PLAN WATER CONSERVATION PRACTICE AND HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND FARMING COMMUNITY. THIS AMENDMENT IS MORE OF A TECHNICAL CORRECTION, IT RETURNS THE QUIP TO $404,000. IT DOES NOT IMPACT THE DIRECT PAYMENTS. IT IS TAILORED TO IMPACT PAYMENTS FOR EQUIP SPECIFIC PROBLEMS. THE PAYMENTS GO TO LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS WHO USE THIS TO ESTABLISH ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND STRUCTURES AND PRACTICES ON THEIR FARMS WITHOUT THE PAYMENT THESE STRUCTURES AND PRACTICES IN MANY CASES WILL NOT MEET E.P.A. STANDARDS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CARE. THE PROBLEM WITH THE PROPOSED $64,000 LIMITATION IS THAT THE EQUIP PROGRAMS ARE SO EXPENSIVE THAT THE FARMERS IN MANY CASES, PROBABLY IN MOST CASES IN MY DISTRICT WON'T CHOOSE TO TAKE IT BECAUSE OF THE COST. LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE, WE HAVE TWO METHANE DIGESTERS, EACH COST OVER A HALF MILLION DOLLARS. THE FEARM COULD GET UP TO 50% OR PERHAPS MORE FROM THE PRESENT EQUIP PROGRAM, IN THE PROPOSED ALL HE CAN GET IS $60,000. WHEN I WAS IN PRIVATE PRACTICE, I PRACTICED PRIVATE AGRICULTURAL LAW AND WORKED WITH FARMERS WHO HAD TO COME INTO COMPLIANCE WITH THE E.P.A. EVEN THOUGH EQUIP WAS HOT AROUND AT THAT TIME, THE -- NOT AROUND AT THAT TIME, THE REMEDIAL MEASURES THAT WE TOOK TO BE IN COMPLIANCE WITH E.P.A., IN MANY CASES RAN INTO THE SEVERAL HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS,S THAT WHAT I HEAR FROM -- THAT'S WHAT I HEAR FROM FARMERS THAT $64,000 WON'T GO FAR ENOUGH. OUR PROPOSAL IS TO RETURN IT TO ITS PRESENT STANDARD. IT SPENDS NO MORE MONEY, IT MAKES MONEY AVAILABLE TO BUILD THESE EXPENSIVE -- EXPENSIVE FACILITIES AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:13:36 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

  • 10:13:40 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. PETERSON

    BUT I HAVE TO VERY STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. WE ADDED SEVERAL…

    BUT I HAVE TO VERY STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. WE ADDED SEVERAL BILLION DOLLARS TO THE CONSERVATION BASE LINE IN THIS BILL, EVEN SO, WE HAVE BIG BACKLOGS IN THESE PROGRAMS IT WILL GO A LONG TWICE CORRECTING THAT, BUT ONE OF THE WAYS THAT WE WILL MAKE THIS MONEY GO FURTHER IS BY APPLYING THE SAME PAYMENT LIMITATIONS TO THE CONSERVATION PROGRAMS THAT WE'RE APPLYING TO TITLE 1. AND, YOU KNOW, THE QUESTION, TO ME, IS THE SAME. IF THE ARGUMENT IS THAT WE HAVE LARGE FARMS THAT SHOULDN'T BE ENTITLED TO TITLE 1 PAYMENTS, WHY IS IT ALL RIGHT FOR LARGE FOLKS TO BE ENTITLED TO TITLE 2 PAYMENTS? WHAT THIS WILL DO, YOU KNOW, THE CHANGES WE MADE, IT WILL MAKE THIS GO FURTHER. IT WOULD, I WOULD SAY, SMALLER PRODUCERS TO HAVE BETTER ACCESS TO THESE LIMITED PROGRAMS. SO I GUESS I WOULD SAY THAT WHAT IS GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS GOOD FOR THE GANDER, THAT WE'RE APPLYING THE SAME LIMITATIONS ALL ACROSS THE PROGRAMS. I UNDERSTAND THAT SOME OF THE LARGER FOLKS ARE NOT GOING TO LIKE THIS, BUT, YOU KNOW, THIS IS -- THIS IS WHAT WE IMMEDIATE. SO, YOU KNOW, I HEAR ARGUMENTS AGAINST THIS BECAUSE SOME HOW OR ANOTHER CONSERVATION IS DIFFERENT, BUT WITH THE PAYMENT LIMITATIONS, THE EFFECT OF THAT IS TO WEAKEN TITLE 1 SAFETY NET FOR PRODUCERS AND, YOU KNOW, SO IF -- IT JUST -- IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT TO HAVE A DIFFERENT STANDARD FOR THESE CONSERVATION PROGRAMS. SO I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO STICK WITH THE COMMITTEE POSITION AND I STRONGLY POSE THIS AMENDMENT. .

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  • 10:15:39 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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  • 10:15:47 AM

    MR. MANZULLO

    QUESTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, CONSERVATION IS DIFFERENT FROM…

    QUESTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, CONSERVATION IS DIFFERENT FROM TRYING TO MEET AN E.P.A. MANDATE. YOU CAN DO A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF CONSERVATION PROGRAMS FOR $60,000 BUT THESE PROGRAMS COST IN THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. THAT'S THE PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE HERE IS THAT THE $60,000 LIMITATION GOES INTO EFFECT, MONEY MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR FARMERS TO BE ABLE TO MEET ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS. SO THIS REALLY IS A PRO-ENVIRONMENTAL VOTE. I DON'T WANT TO TALK -- TALKED ABOUT GEESE, I'M TALKING ABOUT CATTLE. BUT THIS COULD APPLY TO CHICKEN FARMS AND THE TREMENDOUS RUNOFFS WE HAVE. THIS -- BY ALLOWING THIS AMENDMENT AND REMOVING THE $6 0,000 COMPANY, THIS WILL INCREASE THE NUMBER OF ENVIRONMENTALLY PROTECTED AREAS IN FARMING ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND THAT'S THE REASON FOR IT. IT COST NO, SIR MORE MONEY. YOU MIGHT WANT TO SPREAD THESE PROGRAMS ACROSS THE BORDER AND I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT ON CONSERVATION BUT NOT ON THESE MANDATED PROGRAMS THAT ARE TITLE 2. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:16:57 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

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    MR. METERSON

    --

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    MR. PETERSON

    GOOD FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. I UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS'…

    IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. I UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS' CONCERNS. WITH REGARD TO THE CONSERVATION PROGRAMS WE HAVE A FINITE AMOUNT OF MONEY. THAT COMMODITY PROGRAMS WORK UNDER A BASELINE THAT ASSUME CERTAIN MARKET CONDITIONS. MONEY RISES AND FALLS. EVERY FARMER WHO MEETS THOSE CONDITIONS CAN QUALIFY FOR THEM. WITH THE CONSERVATION PROGRAMS, THERE'S A FINITE AMOUNT OF MONEY. WITHOUT THE AMENDMENT LIMITATIONS MANY FARMERS WILL NOT RECEIVE ANY HELP WHATSOEVER IN COMPLYING WITH DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS UNLESS WE HAVE THESE PAYMENT LIMITATIONS WHICH ALLOWS THE MONEY TO BE SPREAD ACROSS A WIDER AREA. THIS IS A NEW REFORM MINDED PAYMENT LIMITATION. WHILE SOME MAY THINK IT'S TOO STRINGENT, PAYMENT LIMITATIONS NEED TO BE APPLIED UNIFORMLY ACROSS TITLE 1 AND TITLE 2. EASEMENT PROGRAMS SUCH AS THE WESTLANDS RESERVE ARE EXEMPTED FROM THIS SO WE CAN PROTECT SOME OF THE MOST ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE LAND THROUGH EASEMENTS. THE COMMITTEE MUST BE CONSISTENT IN OUR VIEWS OF ALL PAYMENTS TO PRODUCERS NOT JUST COMMODITY PAYMENTS. I JOIN THE GENTLEMAN IN RELUCTANTLY OPPOSING THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS' AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:18:18 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

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

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

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  • 10:18:22 AM

    MR. MANZULLO

    PROBLEM IS THAT THE EQIP PROGRAM -- THIS IS NOT A CONSERVATION. THE…

    PROBLEM IS THAT THE EQIP PROGRAM -- THIS IS NOT A CONSERVATION. THE PURPOSE OF THIS IS SO THAT COW MANURE AND CHICKEN MANURE DON'T FLOW INTO THE RIVERS AND STREAMS. THAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH THE CHESAPEAKE IS THE CHICKEN MANURE DESTROYING THE CHESAPEAKE. WHEN YOU HAVE THE EQIP CAP, THAT MEANS LESS CHICKEN PRODUCERS WILL BE ABLE TO AFFORD RETENTION SYSTEMS IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH E.P.A. SO THIS IS A PRO-ENVIRONMENTAL VOTE. AND THERE'S PLENTY OF MONEY BECAUSE THE CHAIRMAN RECOGNIZES THE FACT THAT THE TOTAL AMOUNT HAS BEEN DOUBLED. RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:19:12 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE LEFT?

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    MR. PETERSON

    DO I HAVE LEFT?

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MR. PETERSON

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BLUMENAUER

    I APPRECIATE FROM MY FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS IS COMING FROM. THE CHAIRMAN…

    I APPRECIATE FROM MY FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS IS COMING FROM. THE CHAIRMAN SAID IT RIGHT. THIS WOULD BE AN INDIRECT SUBSIDY FOR. SO LARGEST OPERATIONS WHO NEED IT THE LEAST. AND IT WOULD PENALIZE PEOPLE EVEN THOUGH THERE IS A PLUS UP UNDER THE BILL T. DOESN'T GO FAR ENOUGH, WE'LL FIND -- BILL, IT DOESN'T GO FAR ENOUGH, WE'LL FIND THAT OUT. I STRONGLY SUPPORT WHAT WE HEARD FROM THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER. I DO THINK THIS IS THE ENVIRONMENTAL POSITION. I URGE REJECTION OF THIS AMENDMENT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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  • 10:20:59 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

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

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

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  • 10:21:02 AM

    MR. MANZULLO

    MR. CHAIRMAN, THE PAYMENT OF LIMITATIONS OF THE FARM BILL GO FROM $2…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, THE PAYMENT OF LIMITATIONS OF THE FARM BILL GO FROM $2 MILLION TO $1 MILLION UNDER THIS PROGRAM IT GOES FROM $400,000 TO $60,000. THIS IS NOT FOR WEALTHY FARMERS OR FACTORY FARMS. THESE ARE FOR THE LITTLE GUYS I REPRESENTED WHEN I PRACTICED LAW IN ILLINOIS FOR 22 YEARS. IF WE HAD A PROGRAM LIKE THIS, MONEY WOULD HAVE A 7 HAVE GONE A LONG WAY. EVEN A MODEST HERD, IT COSTS SEVERAL HUNDRED,000 TO BUILD A RETENTION SYSTEM. OR A DIE JESTER. DR-DIGESTER -- DIGESTER. 500 DAIRY CATTLE ARE ABLE TO RUN A CITY OF 500 HOMES. AND THUS IT CONSERVES ELECTRICITY FROM THE NUCLEAR PLANT AND COAL BURNING FACILITIES. THE PROBLEM BE IS GETTING ON TO THE GRID AND GETTING A REASONABLE PRICE. I WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE. WHEN I PRACTICED LAW, THESE ARE LITTLE GUYS AROUND ME. WE DON'T HAVE PEOPLE WITH THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF CATTLE IN NORTHERN ILLINOIS. I WOULD SUGGEST THAT FOR THE SMALL BUSINESS FARMER TO MAKE THIS PROGRAM GO EVEN FURTHER THAT WE SHOULD ALLOW THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:22:18 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA HAS 30…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA HAS 30 SECONDS REMAINING.

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  • 10:22:26 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    I APPRECIATE WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS SAYING. THERE ARE A LOT OF FOLKS THAT…

    I APPRECIATE WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS SAYING. THERE ARE A LOT OF FOLKS THAT DISAGREE WITH THESE PAYMENT LIMITS ON TITLE 1. I MYSELF HAVE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT THEM. SO IT JUST HAS GOT TO BE THIS WAY. WE ARE PUTTING A HARD CAP OF $1 MILLION ON ALL PAYMENTS. WE ARE DOING THAT TO CONSERVATION IN TITLE 1. THIS IS THE WAY THINGS OUGHT TO BE. THIS IS THE WAY IT NEEDS TO BE. WE ARE NOT TREATING CONSERVATION ANY DIFFERENT. WE ARE TREATING THEM EXACTLY THE SAME. I'M NOT ONE THAT GETS INTO AN ARGUMENT ABOUT BIG OR SMALL, ABOUT RICH AND POOR. THIS IS JUST JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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  • 10:23:09 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 11, PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 110-261. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT RISE?

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  • 10:23:50 AM

    MR. WELCH

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN OFFER THE AMENDMENT?

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    IT'S AT THE TABLE, YES.

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    MR. WELCH

    TABLE, YES.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    11, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 110-261, OFFERED BY MR. WELCH OF VERMONT.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    ISN'T THE GENTLEMAN OUT OF ORDER IN OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT?

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT?

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    TO THE PREVIOUS ORDER OF THE HOUSE THE GENTLEMAN IS PERMITTED TO OFFER THE…

    TO THE PREVIOUS ORDER OF THE HOUSE THE GENTLEMAN IS PERMITTED TO OFFER THE AMENDMENT AT ANY TIME. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 574, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT, MR. WELCH, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT.

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  • 10:24:43 AM

    MR. WELCH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO SPEAK ON MY AMENDMENT. I WANT TO THANK…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO SPEAK ON MY AMENDMENT. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN PETERSON AND RANKING MEMBER GOODLATTE FOR ESTABLISHING IN THE BILL THE FEDERAL MILK MARKETING ORDER COMMISSION. IT'S MY HOPE THAT THE COMMISSION WILL GO A LONG WAY IN FIXING MANY OF THE PROBLEMS INHERENT IN THE CURRENT SYSTEM. AND IT WILL LEAD, HOPEFULLY, TO A MORE STABLE PRICE FOR MILK. THE MILK MARKETING ORDER LIKE MANY OF THE AGRICULTURAL PRICING PROGRAMS, ALMOST STATES BACK TO THE NEW DEAL. AND THE INTENT IS TO PROVIDE A LIFE LINE, NOT A LIFESTYLE, AND A SAFETY NET, NOT REALLY A SUBSIDY. BUT ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WITH THE SYSTEM IS IT DOES NOT TAKE ADEQUATELY INTO ACCOUNT THE COST OF PRODUCTION. IN VERMONT IN THE LAST YEAR, THE WORLD OF DAIRY, WE HAD THE PERFECT STORM. HIGH GRAIN PRICE, HIGH FUEL COST, TERRIBLY BAD WEATHER, AND VERY LOW MILK PRICES. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMISSION IS TO ALLOW IT, THIS AMENDMENT, IS TO ALLOW THE COMMISSION TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE COST OF PRODUCTION. WE MUST BE SURE THAT IF DAIRY FARMERS LIKE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO PAY THEIR BILLS, THE COST OF PRODUCTION MUST BE REFLECTED IN THE PRICING PROGRAM. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:26:05 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD.

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    MR. PETERSON

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD.

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    MR. WELCH

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. PETERSON

    TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT FOR BRINGING UP THIS VERY IMPORTANT…

    TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT FOR BRINGING UP THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. AS YOU KNOW THE VERSION OF THAT FARM BILL THAT THE HOUSE COMMITTEE, AG COMMITTEE REPORTED CONTAINS A REQUEST AS WAS MENTIONED OF THE FEDERAL MILK MARKETSING ORDER. AS WE BEGIN THE FARM BILL PROCESS LAST YEAR, WE TRAVELED AROUND THE COUNTRY LISTENING TO PRODUCERS, PROCESSORS, AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE DAIRY INDUSTRY. WHAT WE HEARD WAS THAT THE FEDERAL MILK MARKET ORDER SYSTEM WAS IN NEED OF REFORM AND WE HAVE TAKEN STEPS TO ADDRESS THAT. THE COMMITTEE ESTABLISHES A COMMISSION TO REVIEW THIS SYSTEM AND REPORT ITS FINDINGS TO CONGRESS AND THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE. THE COMMITTEE HOPES AND EXPECTS THIS STUDY WILL PROVIDE INFORMATION NECESSARY TO DEVELOP THE CHANGES THAT MODERNIZE AND RATIONALIZE MILK MARKETING REGULATIONS IN THIS COUNTRY. THE COMMITTEE RECOGNIZES THE CONCERN THAT THIS COMMISSION COULD LEAD TO DELAY WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT REGARDING ONGOING EFFORTS TO REFORM AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE FEDERAL MILK MARKETING ORDER SYSTEM. WE DO NOT WISH THIS TO BE THE CASE AND HAVE DIRECTED THE SECRETARY TO ADDRESS THAT CONCERN IN THE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE. IF THE GENTLEMAN IS WILLING TO WITHDRAW HIS AMENDMENT, I WOULD EXTEND AN OFFER TO WORK WITH HIM IN CONFERENCE TO MAKE SURE HIS CONCERNS ON ENERGY AND FEED COSTS ARE INCORPORATED INTO THE COMMISSION STUDY.

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  • 10:27:34 AM

    MR. WELCH

    OF MYSELF AND MY CO-SPONSOR OF THIS AMENDMENT, MY FRIEND, MR. ARCURI, FROM…

    OF MYSELF AND MY CO-SPONSOR OF THIS AMENDMENT, MY FRIEND, MR. ARCURI, FROM NEW YORK, WE ACCEPT THE GRACIOUS OFFER OF THE CHAIRMAN. AND AT THIS TIME WE WOULD MOVE TO WITHDRAW OUR AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:27:46 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN.

  • 10:28:03 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    I RISE TO -- I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    MR. BLUMENAUER

    I RISE TO -- I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN OFFERS THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    16, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 110-261, OFFERED BY MR. BLUMENAUER OF OREGON.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 574, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR.…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 574, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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  • 10:28:35 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT IN ORDER TO HIGHLIGHT AN…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT IN ORDER TO HIGHLIGHT AN IMPORTANT BUT UNFORTUNATELY NOT WELL UNDERSTOOD FARMLAND PRESERVATION TOOL USED BY COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE UNITED STATES LOSES MORE THAN 4,000 ACRES OF FARMLAND AND OPEN SPACE TO DEVELOPMENT EVERY DAY. SINCE 1945, AMERICA HAS LOST NEARLY 20% OF ITS FARMLAND. SOME OF THE BEST FARMLAND WHICH IS CLOSE TO OUR GROWING CITIES IS BEING LOST TO DEVELOPMENT ON AN ONGOING BASIS. SADLY, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE FEW TOOLS TO PROTECT THIS FARMLAND. THEY CAN ISSUE REGULATIONS WHICH SOME FEEL IS BURDENSOME. THEY CAN PURCHASE LAND OR THEY CAN PURCHASE DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS FROM LANDOWNERS TO PREVENT DEVELOPMENT WHICH CAN BE VERY EXPENSIVE. TRANSFERABLE DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS, CALLED T.D.R.'S IN THE TRADE, ARE AN IMPORTANT MARKET BASED TOOL USED BY STATES AND CITIES TO PROTECT FARMLAND, PROPERTY RIGHTS, AND TAXPAYER DOLLARS. UNDER A T.D.R. PROGRAM, DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS CAN BE SEPARATED FROM A PARCEL OF LAND AND SOLD TO A PRIVATE PARTY, USUALLY A DEVELOPER. THE DEVELOPER CAN THEN USE THESE RIGHTS TO DEVELOP IN AN URBANIZING REGION WITH A HIGH DEMAND FOR DEVELOPMENT ALREADY SERVED BY HIGHWAYS, WATER, AND SEWER SYSTEMS NOT TAKING OUT SCARCE FARMLAND. THIS CREATES A PRIVATE MARKET FOR DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS AND GIVES FARMERS OPTIONS. . UNDER THIS SYSTEM THE PRIVATE SECTOR RATHER THAN TAX DOLLARS IS PAYING FOR PRESERVATION OF THE PARCEL FROM WHICH RIGHTS ARE PURCHASED. SUCCESSFUL T.D.R. PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN IN PLACE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY SINCE 1980 AND PROTECTED TENSE OF THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF FARMLAND AND OPEN SPACE. THEY'RE CURRENTLY IN USE IN 170 COMMUNITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY INCLUDING MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN MARYLAND, BLUE EARTH COUNTA IN MINUTE -- COUNTY IN MINNESOTA. FUNDING FROM THE FARM AND RANCH LAND PROTECTION PROGRAM WHICH HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN PRESERVING FARM LAND THROUGH THE PURCHASE OF CONSERVATION EASEMENT CAN BE USED FOR THIS TYPE OF PROGRAM. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:31:00 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    >>

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    >>

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 10:31:41 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    YOU HAVE MY COMMITMENT AND THE COMMITMENT OF THE FULL COMMITTEE.

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    >>

    COMMITMENT AND THE COMMITMENT OF THE FULL COMMITTEE.

  • 10:32:52 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON MOVE TO WITHDRAW HIS AMENDMENT?

  • 10:32:57 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    I DO, INDEED, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THANK YOU.

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    MR. BLUMENAUER

    YOU.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    AMENDMENT 9 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 220-261. FOR WHAT REASON DOES THE…

    AMENDMENT 9 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 220-261. FOR WHAT REASON DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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  • 10:33:14 AM

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    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 10:33:17 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    WILL DESIGNATED AMENDMENT.

  • 10:33:21 AM

    THE CLERK

    IN HOUSE REPORT 210-269.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ARCURI, AND MEMBER OPPOSED WILL CONTROL…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ARCURI, AND MEMBER OPPOSED WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 10:33:36 AM

    MR. ARCURI

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 90 SECONDS.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 90 SECONDS.

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    ECHO THE SENTIMENTS OF CONGRESSMAN ARCURI. UPSTATE NEW YORK DAIRY FARMING…

    ECHO THE SENTIMENTS OF CONGRESSMAN ARCURI. UPSTATE NEW YORK DAIRY FARMING AND SMALL DAIRY FARMING ACROSS THE COUNTRY IS IN GRAVE NEED OF SERIOUS CONSIDERATION. I WAS VERY, VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE LEADERSHIP OF SUBCOMMITTEE BOSWELL WHO REALLY EXTENDED AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF ADVOCACY ON BEHALF OF DAIRY FARMERS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN PETERSON AND THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE WHO THOUGHT THROUGH THE NEEDS OF DAIRY AND MADE SURE THAT MLIC WAS RESERVED IN THE FARM BILL. LAST SUMMER THE PRICE OF MILK WAS $12100 WEIGHT AND THE COST -- $12 100 WEIGHT AND THE COSTS OF FEED AND FUEL CONTINUE TO ESCALATE. THIS SUMMER IF YOU GO TO A GAS PUMP IT IS $3.60. NOW WE'RE THANKFUL BECAUSE WE HAVE HIGH MILK PRICES. THIS FLUCTUATION IS A PROBLEM THAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS, I WILL WORK WITH CHAIRMAN BOSWELL AND CHAIRMAN PETERSON TO LOOK AT HOW WE CAN IMPROVE THE MARKET ORDER SYSTEM AND HOW WE CAN IMPROVE DAIRY PRICING THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR THE TIME AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:37:05 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:37:12 AM

    MR. ARCURI

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BOSWELL

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ARCURI

    THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER AS WELL AS CHAIRMAN PETERSON TO ADDRESS THIS…

    THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER AS WELL AS CHAIRMAN PETERSON TO ADDRESS THIS CRITICAL ISSUE TO THE DAIRY FARMERS IN MY DISTRICT. AT THIS TIME I WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:39:11 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT 18 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 110-261. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN --

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  • 10:40:53 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    AMENDMENT 19 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 110-261. FOR WHAT PURPOSE…

    AMENDMENT 19 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 110-261. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RISE?

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  • 10:41:05 AM

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    AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    PRINTED IN 110-261, OFFERED BY MR. DAVIS OF ILLINOIS.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, AND MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, AND MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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  • 10:41:25 AM

    MR. DAVIS

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    MR. PETERSON

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:42:25 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. DAVIS

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD YIELD 45 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD YIELD 45 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, REPRESENTATIVE BIGGERT.

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  • 10:45:17 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. BIGGERT

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    MR. PETERSON

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR RISING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR RISING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. CONSIDER THE COST OF SUGAR OVER THE PAST 27 YEARS HAS ACTUALLY DECREASED. AND IT REMAINS THE ONLY COMMODITY IN THE COUNTRY THAT HAS ACTUALLY CONTRIBUTED TOWARD PAYING OFF THE NATIONAL DEBT. BUT AS THE COST OF SUGAR HAS GONE DOWN, THE PRICE AT GROCERY STORES FOR CANDY, AND BAKERY MANUFACTURERS, AND OTHER SWEETS ARE CHARGING MORE FOR THEIR PRODUCTS WHOSE MAIN INGREDIENT IN SUGAR HAS INCREASED. FOOTNOTE RIGHT THERE, WHY DOES THE CONFECTIONARY INDUSTRY GET SMALLER AND COST MORE? I DON'T NEED TO SUGARCOAT THE FACTS, MR. SPEAKER, AMERICAN CONSUMERS ARE GETTING A SWEET DEAL ON SUGAR. IT'S SO CHEAP IN THE U.S. THEY GIVE IT AWAY IN RESTAURANTS. UNLIKE OTHER COMMODITIES, THE U.S. SUGAR PROGRAM DOESN'T COST THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER ONE DIME. DO MY COLLEAGUES REALIZE THAT IF THIS AMENDMENT PASSES, OVER 146,000 JOBS, 25,000 OF WHICH ARE IN SOUTH FLORIDA, WILL BE IN JEOPARDY. CONGRESS CAN'T TURN ITS BACK ON THESE HARD-WORKING AMERICANS SIMPLY BECAUSE CANDY COMPANIES IN THE U.S. WANT TO PAY THEIR WORKERS PENNIES IN SOUTH AMERICA RATHER THAN LIVING WAGES IN SOUTH FLORIDA. IN MY DISTRICTS -- MAY I HAVE 30 SECONDS?

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  • 10:47:40 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. DAVIS

    MY PLEASURE TO YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR.…

    MY PLEASURE TO YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. LIPINSKI.

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  • 10:47:58 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. LIPINSKI

    CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE DAVIS-KIRK AMENDMENT. THE…

    CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE DAVIS-KIRK AMENDMENT. THE CURRENT SUGAR PROGRAM HAS COST AMERICAN WORKERS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS. IT'S COST AMERICAN FAMILIES $1.9 BILLION PER YEAR ACCORDING TO G.A.O. IT WILL COST TAXPAYERS $1.3 BILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS ACCORDING TO C.B.O. UNFORTUNATELY, A PROVISION OF THIS BILL THREATENS MORE HARM. WHILE I SUPPORT THIS BILL OVERALL, WE NEED THIS AMENDMENT WHICH PREVENTS AN INCREASE IN PRICE SUPPORTS FOR SUGAR IF AND ONLY IF SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE DETERMINES THAT THESE CHANGES CONTRIBUTE TO A LOSS OF JOBS IN THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANUFACTURING. THE LEAST WE CAN DO IS ENSURE THAT CHANGES IN THE SUGAR PROGRAM DO NOT KILL GOOD AMERICAN MANUFACTURING JOBS. IT'S DONE HARM IN THE CHICAGO AREA AND ACROSS THE NATION. WE DO NOT WANT TO SEE MORE HARM DONE. I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. DAVIS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:49:05 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON MY SIDE?

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    MR. PETERSON

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA HAS A MINUTE AND A HALF REMAINING. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA HAS A MINUTE AND A HALF REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS HAS 2 3/4 MINUTES.

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  • 10:49:20 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    A MINUTE AND A HALF.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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    MR. PETERSON

    SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MELANCON

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. LET ME JUST SAY THIS ISSUE OF THE CANDY…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. LET ME JUST SAY THIS ISSUE OF THE CANDY MANUFACTURERS LEAVING THIS COUNTRY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE PRICE OF SUGAR. THE PRICE OF SUGAR HAS BEEN CHEAP FOR OVER 25 YEARS. THEY ARE LEAVING BECAUSE THEY ARE GETTING BETTER HEALTH BENEFITS FOR THEIR PEOPLE AT A CHEAPER PRICE IN CANADA AND MEXICO. THE UTILITIES ARE CHEAPER. AND THE PACKAGES THAT ARE PUT TOGETHER FOR THEM BY THE INTERNATIONAL COUNTRIES ACROSS THE BORDER TOWN NORTH AND SOUTH ARE TAKING THEM AWAY. HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE PRICE OF SUGAR. SUGAR IS HEALTHY. SURE GAR IS BETTER THAN THE CHEMICALS THAT PEOPLE PUT IN THEIR FOODS THAT COST MORE. WE ARE WORRIED ABOUT ENERGY, WE ARE WORRIED ABOUT FOOD. LET'S KEEP SUGAR SOUND IN THIS COUNTRY. WE ARE NOT ENERGY INDEPENDENT. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY TWO YEARS AGO WE IMPORTED MORE FOODSTUFF THAN WE EXPORTED. THANK YOU.

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  • 10:50:17 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:50:22 AM

    MR. DAVIS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. KIRK

    OF THIS AMENDMENT. WHEN WE HAD A NEUTRAL PARTY LOOK AT THIS ISSUE AND THE…

    OF THIS AMENDMENT. WHEN WE HAD A NEUTRAL PARTY LOOK AT THIS ISSUE AND THE SUGAR PROGRAM, IT WAS THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT. AND WE ASKED THE SIMPLE QUESTION, DOES THIS PROGRAM COST AMERICAN JOBS? AND THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT SAID, 10,000 AMERICAN FAMILIES HAVE LOST THEIR INCOME BECAUSE OF THE JOBS EXPORTED OVERSEAS BECAUSE OF THIS PROGRAM. COSTING OVER -- TAXPAYERS OVER $1 BILLION A YEAR. REALLY A SYMBOL OF 19TH AND 20TH CENTURY THINKING IN A 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY. SO I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS. WE WOULD LIKE TO RETURN THOSE JOBS TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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  • 10:51:10 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

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

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    MR. PETERSON

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. KILDEE

    MR. CHAIRMAN, MY DISTRICT HAS BEEN DEVASTATED BY TRADE AGREEMENTS AND…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, MY DISTRICT HAS BEEN DEVASTATED BY TRADE AGREEMENTS AND OTHER POLICIES OF PAST CONGRESSES. THE POPULATION OF MY LARGEST CITY HAS DROPPED FROM 180,000, 118,000. DELPHI IS GOING THROUGH BANKRUPTCY. MY GENERAL MOTORS JOBS HAVE DROPPED FROM 80,000 TO 18,000. THE ONE BRIGHT SPOT IN MY DISTRICT IS AGRICULTURE. THE SUGAR WEIGHT FARMERS. DON'T DELIVER -- SUE GAR WEIGHT -- SUGAR BEET FARMERS. THEY ARE OUR HOPE. DON'T DASH THAT HOW. DEFEAT THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:52:01 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:52:05 AM

    MR. DAVIS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. BLUMENAUER

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. BLUMENAUER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. PETERSON

    I YIELD THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NORTH DAKOTA WHO…

    I YIELD THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NORTH DAKOTA WHO DOES AN OUTSTANDING JOB REPRESENTING HIS FARMERS AND OUR SUGAR PRODUCERS.

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  • 10:53:12 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. POMEROY

    DISPUTE ABOUT FACTS. I FLATOUT ABSOLUTELY REJECT THE FACT THAT THIS IS…

    DISPUTE ABOUT FACTS. I FLATOUT ABSOLUTELY REJECT THE FACT THAT THIS IS COSTING JOBS. IN FACT AMERICAN SUGAR PRODUCERS 146,000 JOBS IN 19 STATES. STRUGGLING WITHOUT AN INCREASE IN THEIR MARKET PRICE FOR 22 YEARS. NOW, THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REPRESENT A LOSS IN INCOME AVERAGING $294 PER ACRE. I'M TELLING YOU IF YOU ARE A FARMER, TRYING TO MAKE THOSE ENDS MEET, YOU ARE TAKING NEARLY A $300 HIT PER ACRE AS A RESULT OF THIS AMENDMENT, YOU ARE OUT OF BUSINESS. DON'T COST US THESE JOBS. REJECT THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:53:58 AM

    MR. DAVIS

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS A MINUTE AND THREE QUARTERS REMAINING.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS A MINUTE AND THREE QUARTERS REMAINING.

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    MR. DAVIS

    THANK YOU. I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ROYCE

    THE SUBSIDIES FOR SUGAR FROM INCREASING IN THIS BILL. THE INFLATION OF…

    THE SUBSIDIES FOR SUGAR FROM INCREASING IN THIS BILL. THE INFLATION OF SUGAR PRICES THAT ARE MISGUIDED SUGAR POLICY DRIVES COSTS U.S. FAMILIES A TOTAL OF ALMOST $2 BILLION EVERY YEAR. EVERY TIME YOU BUY CHOCOLATE OR BREAKFAST SERIAL OR ANY PRODUCT THAT CONTAINS SUGAR, YOU MAY A PREMIUM. THESE SUBSIDIES INFLATE THE PRICE OF SUGAR FOR AMERICANS TO TWICE THE WORLD PRICE. THE SUBSIDIES ARE DRIVING BUSINESSES OUT OF THE COUNTRY, THE G.A.O. STUDY CONFIRMS THAT 42% OF THESE SUBSIDIES BY THE WAY GO TO 1%. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PUT AN END TO THESE HARMFUL HANDOUTS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:54:55 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

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

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    MR. DAVIS

    MR. CHAIRMAN. I WOULD YIELD 20 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE,…

    MR. CHAIRMAN. I WOULD YIELD 20 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. WAMP.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED FOR 20 SECONDS.

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    MR. WAMP

    POINT THAT EVERY COMMODITY, SUGAR, COIN, SOYBEANS ARE REDUCED ON THE…

    POINT THAT EVERY COMMODITY, SUGAR, COIN, SOYBEANS ARE REDUCED ON THE A.G.I. FROM $2.5 MILLION DOWN TO $1 MILLION EXCEPT SUGAR. WHY IS IT NOT REFORMED LIKE THE OTHER CROPS IN TERMS OF HOW MUCH A PERSON CAN MAKE TO RECEIVE THESE GOVERNMENT PAYMENTS? SUGAR IS NOT ONLY PROTECTED, IT'S HELPED THROUGH THIS BILL INSTEAD OF REFORMED LIKE THE OTHER COMMODITIES. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

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

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    MR. DAVIS

    I'LL USE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME. MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE HERE IN MY HAND A…

    I'LL USE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME. MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE HERE IN MY HAND A CIRCULAR FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE THAT SAYS THIS AMENDMENT WHILE NOT THE ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSAL PROVIDES MORE FLEXIBILITY TO MANAGE THE PROGRAM IN A WAY THAT MINIMIZES COSTS TO THE U.S. TAXPAYER THAN THE COMMITTEE'S BILL. IN ADDITION, THE ONE CENT PENALTY ON FORFEITURES WILL HELP DISCOURAGE FORFEITURES OF SUGAR PLACED UNDER LOAN. THIS AMENDMENT ALSO ELIMINATES THE INCREASE IN THE SUGAR LOAN RATE, HELPING TO REDUCE COST FOR TAXPAYERS. LET'S GIVE OUR TAXPAYERS A BREAK. SUPPORT THE DAVIS-KIRK AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:56:28 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    MR. DAVIS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    MR. DAVIS

    FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

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  • 10:57:11 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    OFFER AMENDMENTS EN BLOC INCLUDING GERMANE MODIFICATIONS. THE AMENDMENTS…

    OFFER AMENDMENTS EN BLOC INCLUDING GERMANE MODIFICATIONS. THE AMENDMENTS ARE AT THE DESK.

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  • 10:57:22 AM

    THE CLERK

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENTS EN BLOC.

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    THE CLERK

    MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    MR. PETERSON

    THE THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MODIFICATIONS.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    MODIFICATION TO AMENDMENT NUMBER 20, PAGE 572 --

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    THE CLERK

    MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    MR. PETERSON

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    FROM MINNESOTA.

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    MR. PETERSON

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING OF THE MODIFICATIONS.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE READING OF THE MODIFICATIONS IS DISPENSED WITH. PURSUANT TO HOUSE…

    THE READING OF THE MODIFICATIONS IS DISPENSED WITH. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 574, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. PETERSON, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, EACH WILL CONTROL 10 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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  • 10:58:13 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THIS AMENDMENT INCLUDES AMENDMENT BY MR. TERRY WHICH…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THIS AMENDMENT INCLUDES AMENDMENT BY MR. TERRY WHICH HAS A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT ON SWEET SOAR GUM WHICH WE THINK HAS A LOT OF POTENTIAL FOR ETH NO, AS WELL AS SWITCH GRASS -- ETHANOL, AS WELL AS SWITCH GRASS BROUGHT TO US BY MR. DAVIS, IT ALSO ENCOURAGES ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBLE PRACTICES FOR ACTIVELY FARMED MUCK SOIL LAND IN NEW YORK WHICH IS SOME OF OUR GREATEST FARMLAND. I ENCOURAGE THE SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT AND I LIKE AT THIS TIME I'M VERY MUCH HONORED TO RECOGNIZE THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE FOR -- HER FOR HER OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP HELPING THIS COMMITTEE GET TO WHERE IT'S AT WITH THIS FARM BILL. THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE.

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  • 10:59:05 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE.

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    THE SPEAKER:

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    THANK THE SPEAKER FOR COMING TO THE FLOOR AND DISCUSSING THE BIPARTISAN…

    THANK THE SPEAKER FOR COMING TO THE FLOOR AND DISCUSSING THE BIPARTISAN NATURE OF THE FARM BILL. IT WAS INDEED A BIPARTISAN PRODUCT. THERE ARE THINGS IN THE BILL THAT I DON'T LIKE. THINGS IN THE BILL THAT I DO LIKE. THINGS IN THE BILL THAT THE CHAIRMAN DOES NOT LIKE, THINGS IN THE BILL THAT HE DOES LIKE. BUT IT WAS A BIPARTISAN PRODUCT. IT WAS WRITTEN UNDER DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH WE IDENTIFIED AT THE OUTSET BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT THERE IS A $60 BILLION CUT IN THE BASELINE FOR THE COMMODITY PROGRAM. A 58% CUT. THAT MEANT THAT WE NEEDED TO HAVE MONEY TO ACCOMPLISH THE GOALS THAT THE SPEAKER OUTLINED FOR REFORM. SOME OF WHICH I SHARE WITH THE SPEAKER FOR INCREASED PAYMENT FOR CONSERVATION, NUTRITION, FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY. SO WE WENT TO THE BUDGET COMMITTEE IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION AND POINTED OUT THAT YOU COULDN'T HAVE A 60% CUT -- $60 BILLION CUT ACHIEVE THESE NEW REFORMS WHICH ALL ENTAIL NEW SPENDING WITHOUT -- WITHOUT HAVING THE ABILITY TO ALSO HAVE SOME ADDITIONAL RESOURCES. . THE BUDGET COMMITTEE IGNORED THAT REQUEST AND INSTEAD GAVE US A RESERVE FUND. AND THEIR BUDGET IS PAPERED OVER WITH RESERVE FUNDS, NO MONEY IN THEM. NO WAY FOR THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE TO FIND NEW FUNDS WITHOUT GOING OUTSIDE OF THE COMMITTEE. WE WERE ASSURED INSIDE THE COMMITTEE REPEATEDLY THAT THERE WOULD NOT BE A TAX INCREASE, BUT NONETHELESS IN THE CLOSING HOURS OF THIS DEBATE, A TAX INCREASE INDEED WAS WHAT WAS PUT FORTH OUTSIDE OF THIS COMMITTEE, WITHOUT HEARINGS IN THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, WITHOUT A MARKUP IN THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, WITHOUT ANY INPUT FROM THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE, AND THAT IS WHAT CAUSE THE THE -- WHAT CAUSED THE LOSS OF THE BIPARTISANSHIP COMING TO THE FLOOR. BECAUSE THIS IS PRECEDENT SETTING. THIS IS FIRST OF MANY OF THESE RESERVE FUNDS WE'LL HAVE TO DEAL WITH. IT IS READILY APPARENT WHAT THE PURPOSE IS. TO RAISE TAXES IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN PAID FOR IN A BUDGET THAT HAD FUNDS AVAILABLE. 9% INCREASE IN APPROPRIATIONS. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO US SO IT COULD RIGHT A BIPARTISAN FARM BILL.

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  • 11:17:00 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME.

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  • 11:17:06 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ETHERIDGE

    I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HOYER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS TO SAY TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS TO SAY TO THE DISTINGUISHED MAJORITY LEADER THAT I JOIN HIM IN THE SUPPORT IN THIS BILL FOR THE EFFORTS TO HELP PRESERVE AND PROTECT THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. BUT ALSO TO CORRECT THE ASSERTION THAT I OBJECT TO THE PAY-FORS. I OBJECT ALL ALONG TO A TAX INCREASE, ALL THROUGH THE PROCESS, AND I WENT WITH THE CHAIRMAN TO THE BUDGET COMMITTEE AT THE OUTSET AND ASKED FOR A FAIR PORTION OF THE CURRENT FEDERAL BUDGET FOR AGRICULTURE. AND THAT IS WHAT WE EXPECTED TO COME FORWARD FROM THE BUDGET. WE DIDN'T RECEIVE IT. SO THAT'S WHAT WE EXPECTED THE LEADERSHIP TO PROVIDE LATER ON. IT WAS NOT PROVIDED. INSTEAD WE ARE ASKED TO PAY A TAX INCREASE ON AMERICAN BUSINESSES AND THAT IS WRONG.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE THE DISTINGUISHED REPUBLICAN…

    AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE THE DISTINGUISHED REPUBLICAN WHIP, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. BLUNT, FOR THREE MINUTES.

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  • 11:26:26 AM

    MR. BLUNT

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. BLUNT

    WE ARE GOING -- WE HAD TO HAVE THIS DEBATE. I URGE OUR MEMBERS VOTE…

    WE ARE GOING -- WE HAD TO HAVE THIS DEBATE. I URGE OUR MEMBERS VOTE AGAINST THE BILL.

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  • 11:29:42 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

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

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    MR. PETERSON

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS. THE QUOTE THAT MY GOOD FRIEND READ IS…

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS. THE QUOTE THAT MY GOOD FRIEND READ IS ACCURATE. AT THE TIME THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT. I JUST WANT TO MAKE CLEAR THAT IN MY OPINION WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE IS NOT A TAX INCREASE. AND FRANKLY, WHAT WE OUGHT TO BE DOING IS INVESTIGATING WHY WE HAVE ALL THESE PEOPLE ON THE PAYROLL AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT AND AT THE TREASURY GOING OUT AND NEGOTIATING DEALS SO WE CAN HAVE FOREIGN CORPORATIONS COME TO THE UNITED STATES AND AVOID PAYING TAXES. ALL WE ARE DOING IS TRYING TO STOP THAT. I DON'T SEE THIS AS A TAX INCREASE. . I YIELD ONE KNOWN MY FRIEND FROM MAINE, MR. ALLEN.

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  • 11:30:31 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. ALLEN

    PETERSON FOR YIELDING FOR THE PURPOSE OF A COLLOQUY. I WANT TO…

    PETERSON FOR YIELDING FOR THE PURPOSE OF A COLLOQUY. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE HIM FOR THE PASSAGE ON THIS FARM BUILD AND COMMEND HIM FOR FUNDING INCREASE, PARTICULARLY THE SENIOR FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES TO SENIORS THROUGH COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE. WHEN IT IS WORKING PROPERLY THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES HEALTH BENEFITS TO SENIORS. I SUBMITTED AN AMENDMENT NOT MADE AN ORDER. MY AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE MADE IT EASIER FOR STATES TO INCORPORATE COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE DISTRIBUTION PROGRAMS INTO THE SENIOR FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM. MY AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE GIVEN STATES THE FLEXIBILITY TO SET THE MAXIMUM BENEFIT LEVEL PER SENIOR IN A WAY BEST SUITED TO THE NEEDS OF FARMERS AND SENIORS IN EACH STATE. THE EXPERIENCE IN MAINE IS A COMMUNITY SUPPORT AGRICULTURE WORKS EXTREMELY WELL FOR FARMERS AND AN EXCELLENT WAY TO REACH SENIORS WHO DO NOT LIVE CLOSE ENOUGH TO A FARMERS MARKET OR NOT MOBILE ENOUGH TO GET UP AND GO SHOPPING. MAINE'S COMMUNITY SUPPORT AGRICULTURE PROGRAM HAS HAD CLAIM SINCE IT WAS INSTITUTED. I ASK FOR AN ADDITIONAL 20 SECONDS.

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  • 11:31:55 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL 20 SECONDS.

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    MR. ALLEN

    WONDERING IF MR. PETERSON WOULD WORK WITH ME TO SUBMIT THESE REFORMS IN…

    WONDERING IF MR. PETERSON WOULD WORK WITH ME TO SUBMIT THESE REFORMS IN THE 2007 FARM BILL.

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  • 11:32:11 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    FIND AN ACCEPTABLE SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM AND LOOK FORWARD TO THAT.

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    MR. ALLEN

    THE GENTLEMAN. RESERVE THE BALANCE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    IS -- I MEAN, HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING ON EACH SIDE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    FROM MINNESOTA HAS FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN HAVE ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS?

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    MR. PETERSON

    I DO. DO YOU WANT ME TO GO AHEAD? I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN…

    I DO. DO YOU WANT ME TO GO AHEAD? I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. VAN HOLLEN, WHO'S WORKED WITH US VERY DILIGENTLY TO CRAFT A SOLUTION OR STARTUP A SOLUTION FOR THE CHESAPEAKE BAY PROBLEM AND APPRECIATE HIS LEADERSHIP. AND I RECOGNIZE HIM FOR TWO MINUTES.

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  • 11:33:10 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THE MEMBERS OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE FOR THE WORK THEY'VE DONE IN…

    THE MEMBERS OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE FOR THE WORK THEY'VE DONE IN CRAFTING THIS IMPORTANT BILL. I THINK THAT WE UNDERSTAND THAT NO BILL THAT COMES BEFORE THIS HOUSE IS PERFECT, BUT THIS BILL REPRESENTS A CAREFUL BALANCING OF IMPORTANT NATIONAL PRIORITIES, PROTECTING THE FAMILY FARMER, STRENGTHENING THE NUTRITION PROGRAMS. LAND CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND ALL DONE IN A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE MANNER. I AM ESPECIALLY GRATEFUL AND THANKFUL TO COMMISSIONER PETERSON TO PROTECT -- THE EFFORTS TO PROTECT THE CHEESE PEEK BAY. THE CHESAPEAKE BAY COMPRISES SIX STATES AS PART OF THE WATER SHED. THE SCIENTISTS SAID THAT THE HEALTH OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY IS IN GRAVE DANGER UNLESS WE TAKE ACTION NOW. ALMOST 60% OF THE POLLUTION COMES FROM THE RUN-OFF OF FARM OPERATIONS. OUR FARMERS WANT TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM AND THIS BILL PROVIDES FARMERS ON THE MORE THAN 66,000 FARMS IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY WATER SHED WITH THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO PROTECT THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. IT REPRESENTS A HISTORIC LEAP FOR OUR EFFORTS TO PROTECT THIS NATIONAL, NATURAL TREASURE. THE CHESAPEAKE BAY, AND I WANT TO THANK, AGAIN, THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE FOR TAKING THIS LANDMARK STEP WITH RESPECT TO CHESAPEAKE BAY PROTECTION. IT IS A NATIONAL TREASURE. IT IS A BAY, OF COURSE, IN THE BACK YARD OF OUR NATION'S CAPITAL. WE NEED TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE COMMITTEE, AND I URGE THE ADOPTION OF THIS BILL. THANK YOU.

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  • 11:34:59 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    MINUTES TO THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN, THE CHAIRMAN FROM…

    MINUTES TO THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN, THE CHAIRMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. PUTNAM.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTE THE.

  • 11:35:16 AM

    MR. PUTNAM

    TODAY TO LAMENT A REAL MISSED OPPORTUNITY HERE. I LISTENED CAREFULLY TO…

    TODAY TO LAMENT A REAL MISSED OPPORTUNITY HERE. I LISTENED CAREFULLY TO THE SPEAKER'S REMARKS AND AGREED WITH ALMOST EVERYTHING THAT SHE SAID ABOUT THIS BILL. I HAVE ENJOYED THE LEADERSHIP OUR RANKING MEMBER, MR. GOODLATTE, AND MR. CARDOZA ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, AND OTHERS FROM STATES THAT HAVE A HIGH PRODUCTION LEVEL OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. AND THIS BILL ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS RECOGNIZES THAT NEED. MAKES INVESTMENTS THAT ARE NECESSARY FOR RESEARCH. AND ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS CAME OUT OF COMMITTEE THAT WAY. BUT A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE HOUSE FLOOR, WHICH WAS AT THE LAST MINUTE, AND NOT FROM ANY COMMITTEE PROCESS THAT HAS JURISDICTION OVER TAX LAW, $10 BILLION IN TAX INCREASES WERE ADDED. AND SO WE'RE ASKED TO TAKE A BIPARTISAN PRODUCT THAT REPRESENTS AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD IN MANY WAYS FOR AMERICAN AGRICULTURE AND PAY $10 BILLION IN RAN SOME. AND THE TRAGEDY OF THAT LONG TERM FOR AMERICAN AGRICULTURE IS THAT IT IS PITTING A PERCENT OF THE POPULATION THAT AFFORDS OUR NATION THE CHEAPEST, MOST ABND ANT FOOD IN THE WORLD, -- ABUNDANT FOOD IN THE WORLD, IT IS PITTING THOSE JOB AGAINST THE MANUFACTURING JOBS. THOSE WHO REPRESENT FARM COUNTRY WILL LOSE THAT ARITHMETIC. THIS IS AN UNPRECEDENTED MOVE TO USE A FARM BILL AS A VEHICLE TO INCREASE TAXES. AND THE TAXES THAT WILL BE DUE TOMORROW THAT WERE NOT DUE YESTERDAY ARE COMING OUT OF, IN MANY CASES, MANUFACTURERS WHO PURCHASE THE PRODUCTS THAT AMERICAN FARMERS AND LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS GROW. IT IS A TAX, IN MANY CASES, ON THE FARM EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS, THE AGRICULTURAL SUPPLIERS. ARE WE SO LOST INTO THE WEEDS OF THIS THAT WE DON'T REALIZE THAT AMERICAN FARMERS ARE PART OF A GLOBAL ECONOMY? THAT THEY'RE PART OF AN INTERNATIONAL, INTEGRATED, HIGHLY VERTICAL ORGANIZATION THAT INVOLVES INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES LIKE NESTLE, LIKE CADBURY, LIKE FOOD LION, THAT BUY WHAT IT IS THAT WE GROW? DO WE THINK THAT WE'RE INSULATED FROM THE IMPACTS OF THE ADDITIONAL TAXES ON OUR CUSTOMERS, OUR SUPPLIERS, OUR EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS THAT WE CAN SUSTAIN THAT BLOW? THAT IS THE POLICY PROBLEM WITH THIS CONUNDRUM THAT WE HAVE BEEN HANDED. BUT THE LONG-TERM POLITICAL PROBLEM IS THE NOTION OF PITTING MANUFACTURING JOBS IN AMERICA AGAINST AGRICULTURAL JOBS IN AMERICA. AND THAT IS NOT SUSTAINABLE FOR AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. AND THAT IS NOT GOOD PUBLIC POLICY FOR THE AMERICAN CONSUMER. AND SO WE'VE TAKEN A BILL THAT WOULD HAVE SAILED OUT OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WITH AN OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN MARGIN AND GIVEN GREAT MOMENTUM TO THE LETHARGIC SENATE THAT HAS FAILED TO EVEN HAVE A HEARING ON THE FARM BILL, WE COULD HAVE PUT THE HOUSE IMPRINT ON THE FARM BILL AND NOW IT IS VETO BAIT, AND THAT IS THE TRAGEDY.

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  • 11:38:45 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINUTE SOCIETYI-.

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    MR. PETERSON

    CHOIP THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MOIN SOCIETYA.…

    CHOIP THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MOIN SOCIETYA. PEATSONSON I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY FROM SOUTH DAKOTA.

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  • 11:39:08 AM

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    AUTHORIZED IN THE WIC RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF THE…

    AUTHORIZED IN THE WIC RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF THE EDUCATION AND LABOR COMMITTEE. THERE IS ALSO A SUPPORT FROM A BROAD RANGE OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT FEEL LIKE I DO THAT MANY LOW-INCOME CHILDREN ARE NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAMS BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD THE REDUCED FEE. MY LEGISLATION PROVIDES THE RESOURCES NEED TO AFFECT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE W.I.C. GUIDELINES WITH THE FREE SCHOOL LUNCH GUIDELINES REDUCING THE SCHOOL PRICE CATEGORY AND EXPANDING THE CATEGORY FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS. WHILE IT WASN'T INCLUDED DUE TO THE COST, I WELCOME THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH YOU TO SEE HOW WE COULD ACCOMPLISH THE OBJECTIVE OF THE LEGISLATION.

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  • 11:39:58 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND SOMETHING THAT I AM CONCERNED ABOUT. SO I…

    LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND SOMETHING THAT I AM CONCERNED ABOUT. SO I AGREE TO WORK WITH THE GENTLELADY TO ACCOMPLISH THE OBJECTIVES OF THIS LEGISLATION.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    ON EACH SIDE?

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. TWO MINUTES FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. TWO MINUTES FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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  • 11:40:35 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    BALANCE OF MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. TERRY.

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    >>

    THE AMENDMENT THAT WAS OFFERED ALMOST 10 MINUTES AGO. AND I JUST WANT TO…

    THE AMENDMENT THAT WAS OFFERED ALMOST 10 MINUTES AGO. AND I JUST WANT TO -- EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO YOU, CHAIRMAN PETERSON, FOR AGREEING TO THIS AND WORKING WITH US TO MAKE A GOOD AMENDMENT EVEN BETTER BY INCLUDING SWITCH GRASS AND EXPANDING. CERTAINLY THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT ETHANOL IS GOING TO BE A KEY INGREDIENT IN OUR RECIPE FOR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. AND WE HAVE TO DO MORE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INTO CELLUOSTC. WE CAN'T DO IT ALL WITH ETHANOL FROM CORN, SO WE NEED OTHER PRODUCTS TO ADD ON TOP OF THAT TO BE ABLE TO BECOME LESS DEPENDENT ON FOREIGN OIL. WE NEED TO DO THE RESEARCH. THIS OFFERS GRANTS TO UNIVERSITIES THAT WILL COMPETE. THEY HAVE TO SHOW THAT THEY'RE COMPETITIVE IN THIS TYPE OF RESEARCH TO EARN A $1 MILLION GRANT TO DO THIS. OUR ENERGY NEEDS REQUIRE US TO SPEED UP THIS PROCESS. ETHANOL MADE FROM CELLUOSTIC MATERIALS LIKE SWITCH GRASS HAS NINE TIMES THE AMOUNT OF ENERGY AS REGULAR ETHANOL. SOS THAT ANOTHER REASON WHY WE HAVE TO ADD THIS. AND -- SO THAT'S ANOTHER REASON WHY WE HAVE TO ADD THIS. I WANT TO COMPLIMENT THE RANKING MEMBER AND CHAIRMAN FOR PUTTING TOGETHER A PRETTY GOOD BILL. I WAS TELLING OUR FARM GROUPS THAT I WAS PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS TYPE OF LEGISLATION, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE OF THE BIOENERGY ISSUES IN HERE. BUT, UNFORTUNATELY, THE --

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  • 11:42:29 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. TERRY

    INCREASES HAVE BEEN PUT IN A TOUGH POSITION.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    MR. PETERSON

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR 30 SECONDS, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELD 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. PETERSON

    THE GENTLELADY WILL WORK WITH ME, I WILL DO THAT. I THINK THAT IF WE CAN…

    THE GENTLELADY WILL WORK WITH ME, I WILL DO THAT. I THINK THAT IF WE CAN GET THIS RESOLVED, I SUPPORT YOU ON THIS.

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  • 11:44:43 AM

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    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR DOING THIS. THAT IS IMPORTANT NOT ONLY FOR PRESH…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR DOING THIS. THAT IS IMPORTANT NOT ONLY FOR PRESH FRUIT AND PRODUCE, BUT ALSO -- TO FIGHT DISEASES. THANK YOU.

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  • 11:44:55 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE FROM MINNESOTA.

  • 11:44:59 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    ENTER INTO A SHORT COLLOQUY WITH THE CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE…

    ENTER INTO A SHORT COLLOQUY WITH THE CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR PRODUCING A BALANCE AND OUTSTANDING BILL. MR. CHAIRMAN, I COME TO RAISE THE ISSUE OF CONCERN TO ME REGARDING THE FOOD STAMP ELIGIBILITY FOR PEOPLE WHO SEEK ASSISTANCE FOR DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE. . THIS IS WHY I OFFERED THE AMENDMENT TO MAKE SURE OF EQUAL ACCESS TO THIS VITAL BENEFIT PROGRAM REGARDLESS WHETHER ONE PARTICIPATES IN INSTITUTIONAL DRUG REHABILITATION PROGRAM OR SUPPORTIVE HOUSING. THE FOOD STAMM PROGRAM WAS DESIGNED TO ALLOW THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE IN PUBLIC TREATMENT PROGRAMS AND INDIVIDUALS WHO LIVE IN SUPPORTIVE HOUSING TO RECEIVE FOOD STAMP BENEFITS. HOWEVER THE CURRENT LANGUAGE IN THE LAW PROVIDES THIS BENEFIT HAS BEEN MISINTERPRETED BY VARIOUS STATE OFFICIALS. THIS HAS MADE IT DIFFICULT FOR INDIVIDUALS IN SUPPORTIVE HOUSING AND REHABILITATION PROGRAMS TO ACCESS FOOD STAMP BENEFITS FOR WHICH THEY ARE ELIGIBLE. WITH THAT I YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN AND ASK THE CHAIRMAN WOULD YOU PLEASE WORK WITH ME IN CONFERENCE TO SEE IF WE CANNOT ADDRESS INEQUITY? MILLION PETERSON: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I APPRECIATE HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. AND WE WILL WORK WITH YOU TO HELP CLARIFY THE WAY STATES INTERPRET FOOD STAMP ELIGIBLE GUIDELINES AND HOPE FOR A POSITIVE SOLUTION.

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  • 11:46:28 AM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK.

  • 11:46:35 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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  • 11:47:07 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    I MOVE THE COMMITTEE RISE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    IS ON THE MOTION TO RISE. OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA. SO MANY…

    IS ON THE MOTION TO RISE. OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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  • 11:47:53 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE STATE OF THE UNION HAVING HAD UNDER THE CONSIDERATION H.R. 2419…

    THE STATE OF THE UNION HAVING HAD UNDER THE CONSIDERATION H.R. 2419 DIRECTS ME TO REPORT THAT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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  • 11:48:05 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 2419,…

    UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 2419, AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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  • 11:48:20 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT DURING FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2419…

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT DURING FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2419 PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 574, THE CHAIR MAY REDUCE TO TWO MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ELECTRONIC VOTING UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18 AND CLAUSES 8 AND 9 OF RULE 20.

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  • 11:48:38 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 574 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 574 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2419. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, KINDLY RESUME THE CHAIR.

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  • 11:49:10 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2419 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 11:49:18 AM

    THE CLERK

    FOR THE CONTINUATION OF AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS THROUGH FISCAL YEAR 2012,…

    FOR THE CONTINUATION OF AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS THROUGH FISCAL YEAR 2012, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 11:49:25 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    AT THE DESK, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    21, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 110-261, OFFERED BY MR. UDALL OF…

    21, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 110-261, OFFERED BY MR. UDALL OF COLORADO.

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  • 11:49:55 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 574, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. UDALL,…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 574, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. UDALL, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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  • 11:50:05 AM

    MR. UDALL

    MR. CHAIRMAN. LET ME START BY THANKING CHAIRMAN PETERSON, RANKING MEMBER…

    MR. CHAIRMAN. LET ME START BY THANKING CHAIRMAN PETERSON, RANKING MEMBER GOODLATTE FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I'LL BE VERY PROUD TO SUPPORT THE BILL ON FINAL PASSAGE. WHILE CLEARLY THIS REFORM LEGISLATION I WANT TO UNDERLINE, THIS IS REFORM LEGISLATION, IS A POSITIVE STEP FORWARD IN AG POLICY, I BELIEVE MY AMENDMENT IMPROVES THE BILL AND IT'S A WIN-WIN FOR RANCHERS AND THE ENVIRONMENT. MR. CHAIR, THE AMENDMENT, ITS MODEST AND SIMPLE, IT WOULD MAKE A SMALL REDUCTION IN THE DIRECT PAYMENT RATE FOR COTTON, JUST 2-3 OF A CENT -- 2/3 OF A CENT. THAT SAVINGS WHICH WOULD BE $127 MILLION, WOULD BE USED TO FUND ADDITIONAL ENROLLMENT IN THE GRASSLANDS RESERVE PROGRAM. THE GRASSLANDS RESERVE PROGRAM IS A JOINTLY ADMINISTERED PROGRAM BY THE NATIONAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION SERVICE AND THE FARM SERVICE AGENCY. IT USES LONG-TERM RENTAL AGREEMENTS AND EASEMENTS TO HELP LANDOWNERS AND PRODUCERS RESTORE AND PROTECT GRASSLANDS WHILE MAINTAINING THEM IN A CONDITION SUITABLE FOR GRAZING. THIS INVESTMENT OF A FEDERAL DOLLARS ALSO HELPS TO LEVERAGE STATE AND LOCAL MONEYS TO EXPAND THESE PRESERVATION AREAS. THE RESERVES THAT I'M SPEAKING OF PROVIDE HABITAT FOR DIVERSE WILDLIFE INCLUDING PRAIRIE CHICKENS, GRASSLAND BIRDS, GAME SPECIES, AND PRAIRIE PLANTS. UNFORTUNATELY IT WAS UNDERFUNDED IN THE PREVIOUS FARM BILL. AND THERE REMAINS THEREFORE A SIGNIFICANT BACKLOG FOR THOSE WANTING TO ACCESS THE PROGRAM. ACCORDING TO DATA FROM THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, THE 2006 BACKLOG OF UNFUNDED APPLICATIONS TOTALED MORE THAN $1.1 BILLION OR 11 MILLION ACRES AND INTEREST CONTINUES TO GROW. NOW, THE AGRICULTUREURE COMMITTEE HAS MADE GREAT STRIDES TO ENHANCE THIS GRASSLANDS PROGRAM, BUT THEIR HARD WORK WILL BE FOR NAUGHT UNLESS THERE IS ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO DECREASE THE BACKLOG. WE CAN'T WAIT TO MAKE THIS INVESTMENT BECAUSE MUCH OF AMERICA'S GRASSLAND CONTINUES TO BE CONVERTED TO ROW CROPS AND OTHER GRASSLANDS ARE BEING DEVELOPED AND SUBDIVIDED. ACCORDING TO C.R.S. BETWEEN 1982 AND 2003, WE HAVE LOST 10% OF OUR PASTURE LAND, OVER 10 MILLION ACRES. THE AMENDMENT WOULD REDUCE TOTAL DIRECT PAYMENTS IN THE BILL BY LESS THAN.1%. AND I WANT TO ALSO MENTION THAT THE DIRECT PAYMENTS ARE NOT THE ONLY SUPPORT FOR COTTON PRODUCERS IN THE BILL. AS THE COMMITTEE REPORT NOTES, THERE ARE IMPORTANT CHANGES IN THE LOAN PROGRAM TO MAKE AMERICAN COTTON MORE COMPETITIVE AND MOVE STOCKS OUT OF STORAGE. THE BILL ALSO ALLOWS THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO CONTINUE TO PAY FOR UPLAND COTTON STORAGE UNTIL THE YEAR 2012. SO THE AMENDMENT DOESN'T CAUSE REAL GREAT HARDSHIP FOR COTTON PRODUCERS, BUT IT WOULD HELP MANY OF OUR RANCHERS. I URGE THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:53:05 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

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  • 11:53:09 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. PETERSON

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. NEUGEBAUER

    ALSO RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE UDALL AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT…

    ALSO RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE UDALL AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT SINGLES OUT ONE COMMODITY FOR REDUCTIONS IN ORDER TO INCREASE AN UNRELATED PROGRAM. THIS BILL ALREADY INCREASES FUNDING TO THE ENROLLMENT OF NEARLY A MILLION NEW ACRES IN THE GRASSLAND RESERVE PROGRAM. THAT'S A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF LAND. SOME MIGHT THINK THIS IS A SMALL CHANGE IN DIRECT PAYMENT. IT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE MUCH. HOWEVER THIS BILL DOES NOT MAKE CHANGES IN ANY OF THE CURRENT DIRECT PAYMENTS, AND THIS WOULD SINGLE OUT ONLY ONE COMMODITY, THAT BEING COTTON, FOR REDUCTION IN DIRECT PAYMENTS. THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE HAS ALREADY MADE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO COTTON. THE BILL REDUCES COTTON TARGET PROCESS, ELIMINATED COTTON LOAN STORAGE CREDITS. IN ADDITION PAYMENT LIMIT CHANGES ARE MORE LIKELY TO AFFECT COTTON FARMERS THAN ANY OTHER COMMODITY. IF YOU WANT TO INCREASE GRASSLAND PROGRAM THE OFFSET SHOULD NOT COME FROM ONE COMMODITY THAT'S ALREADY TAKING A FAIRLY MAJOR CHANGE IN THIS BILL. LET'S TREAT ALL COMMODITIES THE SAME AND OPPOSE THE UDALL AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 11:55:32 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    MR. PETERSON

    ONE MINUTE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FARM COMMODITY SUBCOMMITTEE THAT DEALS…

    ONE MINUTE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FARM COMMODITY SUBCOMMITTEE THAT DEALS WITH THIS ISSUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. ETHERIDGE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ETHERIDGE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, AS YOU…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, AS YOU HAVE HEARD THIS COMMODITY HAS ALREADY TAKEN A MAJOR HIT, MAJOR RENEWAL. A MAJOR CHANGE. AND THE WHOLE LIST OF THAT COMMODITY. IT'S REALLY UNFAIR TO SINGLE OUT COTTON. I GREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO -- AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. WE HAVE DONE SOME THINGS IN CONSERVATION. WISH WE COULD HAVE DONE MORE. WISH WE COULD HAVE HAD MORE MONEY. I WON'T GO INTO DETAILS. WE HAVE ALREADY HEARD HOW WE HAVE BEEN STRAPPED FOR CASH. THE TRUTH IS IT'S UNFAIR. I'M OPPOSED TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. WOULD ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE IT AS WELL ON THOSE GROUNDS. WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH HIM AS THE BILL MOVES FORWARD TO TRY TO HELP, BUT IT IS ABSOLUTELY UNFAIR ONCE WE HAVE REACHED THIS VERY DELI CAT -- DELICATE BALANCE IN THE BILL TOMORROW REACH IN FOR ONE COMMODITY THAT'S ALREADY BEEN HIT HARDER IN TERMS OF CUTS THAN ANY OTHER COMMODITY WITHIN ALL THE COMMODITY TITLES. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:56:48 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

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

  • 11:56:51 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS, MR. CONAWAY.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. CONAWAY

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR A QUICK MINUTE. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE UDALL…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR A QUICK MINUTE. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE UDALL AMENDMENT NOT BECAUSE I'M OPPOSED TO CONSERVATION OR GRASSLANDS SIMPLY BECAUSE HARD CHOICES WERE MADE THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS, THROUGHOUT THE LONG NEGOTIATIONS TO CRAFT A BILL THAT IS BALANCED AS WE COULD GET IT. IF YOU WERE ON THE LIVING END OF THE COMMODITY PROGRAM AND COTTON, YOU KNOW ALREADY THE DRAMATIC CHANGES THAT WILL BE ON THE OFFERING IF THIS BILL DOES PASS. AND TO COME IN NOW AND ASK ONE MORE CHANGE, ONE MORE REDUCTION IS I THINK INAPPROPRIATE AND I WOULD OPPOSE THAT. WOULD HOPE THAT OUR GOOD COLLEAGUES WHO SUPPORT CONSERVATION WOULD UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT PROCESS. WE SET PRIORITIES. AND I THINK THAT THE FINELY TUNED BILL THAT CAME OUT OF THE COMMITTEE IS ONE WE OUGHT TO SUPPORT AND NOT MAKE THIS CHANGE. I OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT WITH RESPECT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:57:52 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. UDALL

    TIME REMAINS?

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. UDALL

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

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

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

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  • 11:58:07 AM

    MR. PETERSON

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I THINK THAT THE OTHER GENTLEMEN HAVE ELOQUENTLY STATED THE…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I THINK THAT THE OTHER GENTLEMEN HAVE ELOQUENTLY STATED THE CASE. AND I WANT TO REITERATE THAT THIS IS NOT A FAIR PROCESS TO SINGLE OUT ONE COMMODITY. I WANT TO TAKE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME HERE TO RECOGNIZE THE TREMENDOUS EFFORTS OF MY GOOD FRIEND FROM ARKANSAS, MR. MARION BERRY IN WORKING WITH US ON THIS FARM BILL. AND ALSO IF HE WERE HERE HE WOULD BE SPEAKING OUT VERY STRONGLY ON THIS AMENDMENT AS WELL. WE OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND ENCOURAGE OUR COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT US IN THAT REGARD.

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  • 11:58:41 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

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

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

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  • 11:58:45 AM

    MR. UDALL

    IMPORTANT AMENDMENT I'D LIKE TO AGAIN THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING…

    IMPORTANT AMENDMENT I'D LIKE TO AGAIN THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER GOODLATTE FOR A BILL THAT TRULY IS ABOUT REFORM. THAT'S THE THEME I WANT TO STRIKE HERE WHICH IS WHAT THIS AMENDMENT WOULD FURTHER TAKE US DOWN THE PATH OF REFORM. THIS IS LESS THAN.1% TO EXPAND THE GRASSLANDS RESERVE PROGRAM. I WOULD NOTE FOR THE RECORD THAT A NUMBER OF ORGANIZATIONS I THINK THEY ARE HIGHLY RESPECTED IN THE STATES OF TEXAS AND MINNESOTA AND ALL OVER THE COUNTRY SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE AMERICAN FARMLAND TRUST, THE ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP, REPUBLICANS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION, THE AMERICAN BIRD CONSERVANCY, DEFENDERS OF THE WILDLIFE, TRUST FOR PUBLICLAND THINK THIS AMENDMENT MAKES REAL SENSE. IT'S $127 MILLION, AGAIN LESS THAN.1% THE DIRECT PAYMENTS PROGRAM TO PRESERVE THESE IMPORTANT LEGACY AREAS, OUR GRASSLANDS. IN THE GREAT AMERICAN WEST. I URGE AYE VOTE. THIS WOULD BE AN IMPORTANT AMENDMENT AND HELP STRENGTH YEN THE BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:59:54 AM

    THE CHAIRMAN

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. .

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  • 12:00:12 PM

    MR. UDALL

    I WOULD ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 25 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 110-261. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 12:00:30 PM

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    MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    B NUMBER 25 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 110-261 OFFERED BY MR. PUTNAM OF…

    B NUMBER 25 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 110-261 OFFERED BY MR. PUTNAM OF FLORIDA.

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  • 12:00:46 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. PUTNAM, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL…

    GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. PUTNAM, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 12:00:54 PM

    MR. PUTNAM

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. MAHONEY

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA. I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR THIS AMENDMENT.…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA. I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR THIS AMENDMENT. ONE REOCCURRING THEME YOU HAVE HEARD THAT ALTHOUGH THIS FARM BILL IS HISTORIC FOR AMERICAN AGRICULTURE, IT DOES NOT GIVE EVERYONE WHAT THEY WANTED. IN THE CASE OF CONSERVATION PROGRAMS I BELIEVE IT'S A MISTAKE FOR THIS BILL TO RESTRICT THE FARMERS'S ACCESS TO IMPORTANT CONSERVATION PROGRAMS BY ADJUSTING THE INCOME GROSS LIMITS, THIS IS BAD POLICY BECAUSE IT HURTS FARMERS THAT PRODUCE HIGH VALUE CROPS FROM ACCESSING CONSERVATION PROGRAMS. IN FLORIDA, WE ARE FIGHTING TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT. WE HAVE SPENT BILLIONS TO PRESERVE THE EVERGLADES. THESE RESTRICTIVE LIMITS WILL INHIBIT RANCHERS AND GROWERS TO PRESERVE OUR LANDS AND CLEAN OUR WATERS. IN AMENDMENT PROVIDES REAL FARMERS, NOT MILLIONAIRES, ACCESS TO CRITICAL CONSERVATION PROGRAMS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO TAKE AN IMPORTANT STEP IN KEEPING OUR RURAL LANDS GREEN, TO PROTECT OUR WETLANDS AND SUPPORT OUR NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE. THIS IS A GOOD AMENDMENT AND IT DESERVES OUR SUPPORT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:04:42 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. PUTNAM

    RESERVE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    MR. PETERSON

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 12:04:59 PM

    MR. PETERSON

    ON THIS NOT TOO LONG AGO AND WHILE WE'VE ADDED SEVERAL BILLION DOLLARS TO…

    ON THIS NOT TOO LONG AGO AND WHILE WE'VE ADDED SEVERAL BILLION DOLLARS TO THE CONSERVATION BASELINE, WE STILL HAVE BACK LOGS IN MOST OF THOSE PROGRAMS. AND THE QUESTION TO ME IS THE SAME, IF LARGE FARMS SHOULDN'T BE ELIGIBLE FOR TITLE I PAYMENTS, WHY SHOULD THEY BE ELIGIBLE FOR TITLE II PAYMENTS? IF THESE OPERATIONS ARE DIVERSIFIED ENOUGH, SAME QUESTION, DO THEY REALLY NEED FEDERAL PAYMENTS? I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR THE ARGUMENTS AGAINST, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE TO ME, A STRONG TITLE I IS NECESSARY TO EVEN CARRY OUT OUR CONSERVATION PROGRAMS. IF FARMERS DON'T HAVE A STRONG SAFETY NET, THEN WORK ON CONSERVATION IS GOING TO BE THE FIRST THING THAT'S SACRIFICED. WITH LIMITED FUNDS FOR CONSERVATION, WE NEED TO MAKE PRIORITIES AND PROVIDING FUNDS FOR LARGER PRODUCERS AND FOLKS WITH FARM INCOME IS A TOUGH CHOICE, BUT IT'S A CHOICE WE HAVE TO MAKE. AND I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT REFORMS THAT PEOPLE HAVE POINTED TO IN THIS BILL IS THAT WE HAVE FINALLY PUT A HARD CAP ON AGISTED GROSS INCOME. AND, YOU KNOW, THIS HAS CAUSED A LOT OF PAIN FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE. SO IT'S NOT RIGHT TO HAVE A HARD CAP ON COMMODITY TITLE AND NOT HAVE A HARD CAP ON CONSERVATION. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS AMENDMENT. AND PRESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:06:32 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

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

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    MR. PUTNAM

    I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS TO RESPOND. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE ADDITIONAL…

    I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS TO RESPOND. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT?

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  • 12:06:44 PM

    MR. PETERSON

    I GUESS WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. SO I WILL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF…

    I GUESS WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. SO I WILL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:06:51 PM

    MR. PUTNAM

    HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING?

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS 1 1/2. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS 1 1/2. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS BACK.

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  • 12:07:04 PM

    MR. PUTNAM

    LIKE CALIFORNIA AND FLORIDA, IT IS A NATIONAL ISSUE. UNDER CURRENT LAW,…

    LIKE CALIFORNIA AND FLORIDA, IT IS A NATIONAL ISSUE. UNDER CURRENT LAW, IT'S 75% OF YOUR INCOME IS FROM FARMS, THEN YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS HIGHER A.G.I. BY TAKING THAT OUT, YOU ARE REDIRECTING CONSERVATION DOLLARS FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE FULL-TIME FARMERS, FULL-TIME PRODUCERS, PRESUMABLY THE PEOPLE THAT THE FARM BILL IS INTENDED TO BENEFIT, AND DIRECTING IT TO HOBBY FARMERS, PEOPLE WHO ARE ENJOYING THEIR GENTLEMANLY ESTATES IN THE SUBURBS OF WASHINGTON OR NEW YORK OR OTHER AREAS, WHILE THE PEOPLE WHO GET UP BEFORE DAWN EVERY MORNING AND GO TO BED AFTER DARK EVERY NIGHT AND LIVE AND DIE BY THE VAGUERIES OF THE MARKETPLACE AND PEST AND DISEASE, WILL BE INELIGIBLE FOR THE ADDITIONAL CONSERVATION HELP. SO YOU EITHER DRIVE THEM OUT OF BUSINESS BECAUSE OF THE IMPACT ON WATERSHEDS OR PAY FOR IT. ONE WAY OR THE OTHER YOU WILL DRIVE AGRICULTURE OUT OF THE CHESAPEAKE, DRIVE AGRICULTURE OUT OF THE GLADSE, OUT OF THE PRARIE POT HOLES, OUT OF THE DAKOTAS, OUT OF THE FLYWAYS OR MAKE THIS MINOR AMENDMENT MONTH MAKE FARMING FULL-TIME ELIGIBLE FOR THE GREEN PAYMENTS THAT RECOGNIZE THE SOCIAL BENEFITS THAT COME FROM THEIR ACTIVITIES. I URGE THE ADOPTION OF THIS AMENDMENT. AND I THANK MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA FOR HIS ASSISTANCE.

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  • 12:08:38 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 12:08:55 PM

    MR. PUTNAM

    A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 27 PRIPTED IN PART B IN HOUSE REPORT 11 ON-261. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RISE?

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  • 12:09:20 PM

    MR. COOPER

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    PART B, AMENDMENT NUMBER 27 PRISONNED IN HOUSE REPORT 110-261, OFFERED BY…

    PART B, AMENDMENT NUMBER 27 PRISONNED IN HOUSE REPORT 110-261, OFFERED BY MR. COOPER OF TENNESSEE AS MODIFIED.

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  • 12:09:29 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 574, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COOPER, AND A…

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 574, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COOPER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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  • 12:09:41 PM

    MR. COOPER

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. EVERYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THE UPCOMING…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. EVERYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THE UPCOMING COOPER AMENDMENT. WHETHER YOU ARE FOR OR AGAINST THE FARM BILL, IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE, BECAUSE MY BILL DOESN'T AFFECT 99% OF WHAT'S IN THE FARM BILL, BUT IT DOES AFFECT 1%, AND WHAT IS THAT? IT'S CALLED THE CROP INSURANCE INDUSTRY, A LITTLE KNOWN CURIOUS PART OF THE INSURANCE WORLD THAT IS COMPLETELY DOMINATED BY 16 FABULOUSLY RICH COMPANIES. THESE COMPANIES AT TAXPAYER'S EXPENSE MADE 2.8 BILLION. I DON'T BEGRUDGE BIG ROFTS OUT IN THE REAL WORLD, BUT IT'S A TAXPAYER SUBSIDY EXPENSE, I GET A LITTLE WORRIED. WHAT MY AMENDMENT WOULD DO IS TWO THINGS. NUMBER ONE, REFORM THAT INDUSTRY. AND REFORM IT IN THE WAY THAT THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HAS RECOMMENDED AND I'M PROUD THAT THEY STRONGLY SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT. BUT IT DOES SOMETHING ELSE, AND WE ONLY FOUND THIS OUT YESTERDAY. AND THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT, BECAUSE IT COULD WELL -- NOT ONLY SAVE THE BILL, IT COULD SAVE THE REPUTATION OF MANY OF OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE, BECAUSE THERE IS A PROVISION IN THE BILL TODAY THAT I'M SURE WAS UNINTENDED, I HAVE NO IDEA HOW IT GOT IN THERE, HOW IT FOUND A PLACE ON PAGE 668 OF THE BILL, IT JUST HAPPENS TO ENRICH FOREVER THESE 16 CROP INSURANCE COMPANIES. NOW WHAT DOES THAT LITTLE SLENDER PROVISION DO, WHICH THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAS ALREADY SAID ALLOWS THEM TO RAISE PRICES FOR CONSUMERS AND FOR THE GOVERNMENT? THAT LITTLE PROVISION ALLOWS THEM AN ANTITRUST EXEMPTION. AN ANTITRUST EXEMPTION THAT WAS NEVER REFERRED TO THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. NO ONE ON JUDICIARY COMMITTEE KNOWS ABOUT IT. I HAVEN'T FOUND ANYBODY ON THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE WHO KNEW ABOUT IT. IT'S A LONG SOUGHT GOAL OF THE CROP INSURANCE INDUSTRY, SO THEY CAN PRICE FIX AND BID RIG SO THEY CAN GET EVEN MORE SUBSIDIES, BECAUSE APPARENTLY $2.8 BILLION IN PROFITS THE LAST FIVE YEARS WAS NOT ENOUGH. MY AMENDMENT IS THE ONLY WAY TO CUT OUT THAT PROVISION. UNLESS SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES ARE NOT ATTUNED TO ANTITRUST LAWS, THESE ANTITRUST OBLIGATIONS ARE NOT JUST WRONG, TALKING IN CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE AN OPEN BIDDINGS PROCESS, A REAL FREE MARKET COMPETITION, THIS BEHAVIOR IS NOT JUST WRONG, IT IS CRIMINAL, CRIMINAL. SO UNINTENTIONALLY AND APPARENTLY NOT KNOWN TO MOST FOLKS ON THE COMMITTEE, WE ARE GIVING THEM A LICENSE TO CONDUCT WHAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE CRIMINAL ANTITRUST BEHAVIOR. THIS IS WRONG. THIS IS SO WRONG, IT SHOULD NOT BE PART OF ANY OF THIS BILL. I'M SURE NO ONE INTENDED IT, IT JUST HAPPENS TO BENEFIT THESE 16 COMPANIES. THESE ARE NOT BAD PEOPLE WHO WORK FOR THESE COMPANIES, BUT IT'S A ROTTEN SYSTEM. WE NEED TO FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES IN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION OF REFORMING IT, BECAUSE I HAVEN'T FOUND ANYBODY ELSE WHO IS WILLING TO TAKE ON THIS TASK. THIS CAN BRING US TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO CURE THIS FLAW IN THE BILL. THAT'S WHY, MR. CHAIRMAN, IN ORDER TO DISCOURAGE THIS ILLEGAL, CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR A MODIFICATION OF MY AMENDMENT SO THAT IT CAN BE HANDLED PROPERLY, ACCORDING TO PARLIAMENTARY FASHION.

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  • 12:13:24 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE MODIFICATION.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT TO MODIFICATION NUMBER 27 OFFERED BY MR. COOPER OF TENNESSEE.…

    AMENDMENT TO MODIFICATION NUMBER 27 OFFERED BY MR. COOPER OF TENNESSEE. THE AMENDMENT AS MODIFIED IS AS FOLLOWS. IN SECTION 2104 STRIKE SUBSECTION B AND INSERT THE FOLLOWING, B, ENROLLMENT OF ACREAGE, B-1 OF SECTION 1238 AND OF THE FOOD SECURITY ACT, 16 U.S.C. 3838-N IS AMENDED BY STRIKING --

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  • 12:13:58 PM

    MR. COOPER

    IS THERE AN OBJECTION? HEARING NONE --

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    IS THERE AN OBJECTION? HEARING NONE --

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    PRESERVING THE RIGHT TO OBJECT.

  • 12:14:17 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    FROM NORTH DAKOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. POMEROY

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS RIDICULOUS. WE HAVE AN AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE. THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS RIDICULOUS. WE HAVE AN AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE. THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE HAS UNDER IT THE JURISDICTION OF THE CROP INSURANCE PROGRAM. THE CROP INSURANCE PROGRAM IS LARGELY GOVERNED BY THE CROP INSURANCE LAW, WHICH IS GOING TO BE UP FOR RE-AUTHORIZEATION IN THE NEXT CONGRESS. WE ARE CLOSE TO COMPLETING A FARM BILL. THE GENTLEMAN, WHO IS NOT ON THE COMMITTEE, BUT PARTICIPATED IN A HEARING IN THE GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, HAS A DEVELOPED A KEY INSURANCE IN THE CROP INSURANCE PROGRAM. HE HAS ADVANCED AN AMENDMENT WHICH HAS BEEN MADE IN ORDER. IT WOULD HAVE SUBSTANTIAL CONSEQUENCES TO THE CROP INSURANCE PROGRAM AND IT HAS NOT HAD A HEARING IN THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE. BUT BEYOND THAT, AS WITH ALL AMENDMENTS, TIMELINES TO SUBMIT TO THE RULES COMMITTEE, PRINTED IN THE RECORD, EVERYONE HAS A CHANCE TO EVALUATE PRECISELY WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS SAYING. WELL, THAT'S NOT ENOUGH BECAUSE THIS AFTERNOON HE, THIS MORNING, HE SAYS HE DISCOVERED ON PAGE 668 LANGUAGE. IT'S NOT JUST WRONG. IT'S CRIMINAL. AND IF WE ONLY FOLLOW THIS MAN WE CAN ALLEVIATE OURSELVES OF WRONGDOING THAT MUST BE CRIMINAL AND SAVE OUR REPUTATION IN THE HOUSE AND THE MEMBERS IN IT. OH, WHAT DRAMA IS UNFOLDING HERE. WHAT NONSENSE IS PURPORTED BY THE GENTLEMAN ASKING FOR THIS UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST. I WILL ASSERT OBJECTION TO THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST. THIS IS NOT ACCIDENTAL LANGUAGE. IT DIDN'T FALL FROM THE SKY. IT'S PART OF A COMPLETE PLAN ON CROP INSURANCE AND THE STRUCTURE OF A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE GENTLEMAN ON AN ONGOING EFFORT TO REALLY DIG TO THE BOTTOM OF THE GENTLEMAN'S QUESTIONS. BUT I'LL TELL YOU SOMETHING, NONE OF US, NOT ME, IS SO DOG GONE SMART THAT AFTER -- DOGGONE SMART THAT AFTER A HEARING I GO AFTER AND DO A LITTLE STUDY, WRITE A BILL, AND IF THAT'S NOT ENOUGH, COME TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TRY AND FURTHER REWRITE THIS PROGRAM RIGHT HERE AS WE GO WITHOUT EVEN HAVING PRINTED LANGUAGE BEFORE US. SO I ASSERT THE OBJECTION TO THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:17:11 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE OBJECTION -- AN OBJECTION IS HEARD. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT MODIFIED. THE…

    THE OBJECTION -- AN OBJECTION IS HEARD. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT MODIFIED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 12:17:18 PM

    MR. COOPER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE HAS ONE MINUTE REMAINING.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE HAS ONE MINUTE REMAINING.

  • 12:17:25 PM

    MR. COOPER

    GENTLEMAN WHO JUST SPOKE KNOWS WE SPOKE ABOUT THIS MATTER AT DINNER LAST…

    GENTLEMAN WHO JUST SPOKE KNOWS WE SPOKE ABOUT THIS MATTER AT DINNER LAST NIGHT. HE WAS NOT CAUGHT UNAWARE AT ALL. WE DISCUSSED IT AT SOME LENGTH AT DINNER. SECOND, IT IS PREROGATIVE OF ANY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE TO DEFEND THE HONOR OF THIS INSTITUTION. I AM PERSONALLY EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED THAT A PROVISION ALLOWING WHAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE ANTITRUST VIOLATION, WRONGFUL, POSSIBLY CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR WOULD BE ALLOWED TO BE INSERTED IN THIS BILL APPARENTLY WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF ANYONE ON THE COMMITTEE, CERTAINLY NOT OF ANYONE ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. SO I REGRET HIS OBJECTION. BUT MY INTENTION IS CLEAR, WE NEED TO REFORM CROP INSURANCE IN AMERICA. I ONLY FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS ISSUE, AS THE GENTLEMAN SAID CORRECTLY, BECAUSE I'M FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE PART OF THE GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEES. AND ON THE HEARINGS LED BY HENRY WAXMAN, WE DID MORE TO UNCOVER ABUSE IN THIS AREA THAN THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE EVER DID. IN FACT, WHEN I ATTENDED THE AG HEARING, ONLY A FEW KNEW ABOUT THIS. WITNESSES FROM THE G.A.O. AND THE USDA I.G. WE SHOULD NOT BE PART TO HANDING OUT FREE ANTITRUST EXEMPTIONS WITHOUT ANYONE KNOWING ABOUT IT.

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  • 12:18:44 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH…

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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  • 12:18:51 PM

    MR. ETHERIDGE

    CUSTOMARY 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER FROM VIRGINIA. AND WITH THAT…

    CUSTOMARY 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER FROM VIRGINIA. AND WITH THAT I'D YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. SCOTT.

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  • 12:19:05 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA MAY CONTROL 2 1/2 MINUTES.…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA MAY CONTROL 2 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 12:19:37 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE,…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COOPER, WHOSE INTENTIONS CERTAINLY ARE WELL-MEANING, HERE'S THE SITUATION. THIS WAS NEVER BROUGHT BEFORE OUR COMMITTEE. WE SPENT HOUR AFTER HOUR MOST TIMES UNTIL 1:00 OR 2:00 IN THE MORNING WORKING ON A VARIETY OF THESE ISSUES. NOW IF THESE CHARGES THAT HE IS SPEAKING OF, AND THEY APPEAR TO BE SERIOUS, THEY BELONG IN THE JURISDICTION OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, NOT IN THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE. AND THAT IS WHERE THIS ARGUMENT NEEDS TO BE TAKEN, BUT NOT AT THIS LATE HOUR AT A TIME WHEN IT'S NOT BEEN BROUGHT BEFORE OUR COMMITTEE. AND AS HE SAID, HE MIGHT HAVE MENTIONED IT TO THE GENTLEMAN, MR. POMEROY, AT DINNER, BUT THAT'S A FEW AND A CRY FROM HAVING THIS DISCUSSION IN THE FULL AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE. THE OTHER POINT IS THAT THERE ARE 16 COMPANIES WHO PROVIDE CROP INSURANCE, AND IF THIS ROUTED RATHER DRACONIAN AMENDMENT WERE ADOPTED, IT WOULD WREAK HAVOC IN THE CROP INDUSTRY. SO, AGAIN, IT'S BEYOND THE JURISDICTION OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE. I RESPECTFULLY ASK THAT WE OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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  • 12:21:05 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS BEEN…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS BEEN YIELDED 2 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    YIELD? WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? 4

  • 12:22:42 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD.

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    MR. COOPER

    THIS WAS NOT INTENTIONAL. THAT'S WHY I'M TRYING TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM.…

    THIS WAS NOT INTENTIONAL. THAT'S WHY I'M TRYING TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM. WHEN I LOOKED INTO IT, 84% OF THE SAVINGS IN THE AG BILL IN CROP INSURANCE HAPPENED ONLY IN YEAR 2005. NOTHING HAPPENS IN YEAR ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR. YEAR FIVE IS THE YEAR WHEN THE NEXT AGRICULTURE BILL WILL BE DRAFTED. IT'S VERY UNLIKELY THAT THOSE CUTS WILL EVER OCCUR. WHEN 84% OF THEM IS BACK LOADED IN YEAR FIVE. SO THAT WAS MY CONCERN ABOUT THOSE CUTS. THE LARGER PROVISION ALLOWING THESE CLUESIVE DISCUSSIONS AND NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE GOVERNMENT. SURELY THE GENTLEMAN IS DISTURBED BY THOSE.

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  • 12:23:27 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    RECLAIMING MY TIME FROM THE GENTLEMAN. LET ME JUST SAY THESE CHANGES ARE…

    RECLAIMING MY TIME FROM THE GENTLEMAN. LET ME JUST SAY THESE CHANGES ARE REAL, THEY ARE LEGITIMATE. THEY WILL BE PUT INTO EFFECT. WE WILL HAVE INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE MATTER. BUT TO PULL THE SAFETY NET OUT OF AMERICAN FARMERS AND RANCHERS TO DO SOMETHING IN A PRESIPTOUS FASHION IS NOT A GOOD -- PRECIPITOUS FASHION IS NOT A GOOD IDEA. I OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:23:53 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    I YIELD TO MR. POMEROY.

  • 12:23:57 PM

    MR. ETHERIDGE

    YIELD TO MR. POMEROY.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. POMEROY

    ANTITRUST EXEMPTION WAS PASSED IN 1945. BUT FOR A RELATIVELY RECENT…

    ANTITRUST EXEMPTION WAS PASSED IN 1945. BUT FOR A RELATIVELY RECENT INTERPRETATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, IN CONCERT NEGOTIATION, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNER HAS ALWAYS BEEN CONDUCTED UNDER THE WAY ANTICIPATED UNDER THE BILL. I WILL NOT YIELD. 20 YEARS AGO I WAS A STATE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER. AT THAT TIME THERE WAS MORE THAN 60 COMPANIES WRITING CROP INSURANCE. NOW THEY'RE DOWN TO 16. WHY IS THAT? BECAUSE THERE'S SO MUCH DOGGONE MUCH MONEY HERE? HECK NO. IT'S A HARD INDUSTRY TO WORK. THE COMMITTEE TAKES OUT $2.9 BILLION. AND NOW WE GOT A GUY THAT THINKS HE KNOWS WE CAN TAKE OUT BILLIONS MORE. I TELL YOU MORE, YOU TAKE OUT BILLIONS MORE, MY FARMERS DON'T HAVE THE VITAL RISK PROTECTION THEY NEED WHEN CROPS FAIL. THEY NEED TO EITHER MAKE THE PAYMENT BACK TO THE BANK ON THEIR LOANS. THIS IS NOT AN ECONOMIC EXERCISE. THIS IS VITAL RISK PROTECTION FOR FARMERS. VOTE NO ON THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 12:25:11 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 12:25:17 PM

    MR. ETHERIDGE

    MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE HEARD ALREADY THREE HEARINGS THIS YEAR. THE CHAIRMAN…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE HEARD ALREADY THREE HEARINGS THIS YEAR. THE CHAIRMAN HAS INDICATED THAT THE COMMITTEE IS GOING TO HOLD MORE HEARINGS, WE ARE GOING TO LOOK INTO THIS DEEPER, AND I THINK THAT'S APPROPRIATE. BUT TO MAKE THIS KIND OF CHANGE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AT THE 11TH HOUR IS UNFAIR TO THE FARMERS OF AMERICA. I OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. I WOULD ASK MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TO DO THE SAME LETTING IT GO BACK TO THE COMMITTEE SO WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO IT AT COMMITTEE LEVEL WHERE IT SHOULD BE DONE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:25:51 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE. THOSE IN FAVOR, SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED SAY NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED.

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  • 12:26:07 PM

    MR. COOPER

    I ASK FOR A RECORD VOTE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE WILL BE POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, PROCEEDINGS WILL NOW RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 110-261, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER: AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 BY MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS. AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 BY MR. RANGEL OF NEW YORK. AMENDMENT NUMBER 13 BY MR. BOEHNER OF OHIO. AMENDMENT NUMBER 21 BY MR. UDALL OF COLORADO. AMENDMENT NUMBER 25 BY MR. PUTNAM OF FLORIDA. AMENDMENT NUMBER 27 BY MR. COOPER OF TENNESSEE. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS TWO-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 12:27:23 PM

    THE CLERK

    B, AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 110-261, OFFERED BY MS.…

    B, AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 110-261, OFFERED BY MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS.

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  • 12:27:29 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    DO THEY AT THE END OF THE DAY HAVE ENOUGH VOTES TO PASS THE BILL IN THE…

    DO THEY AT THE END OF THE DAY HAVE ENOUGH VOTES TO PASS THE BILL IN THE HOUSE TODAY?

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    THE DAY HAVE ENOUGH VOTES TO PASS THE BILL IN THE HOUSE TODAY?

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    THROUGH LAST NIGHT'S VOTES AND IT INDICATED CLEARLY THEY HAVE THE VOTES,…

    THROUGH LAST NIGHT'S VOTES AND IT INDICATED CLEARLY THEY HAVE THE VOTES, EVEN IF ALL REPUBLICANS VOTE AGAINST IT, THEY WILL HAVE ALL THE DEMOCRATS VOTING FOR IT. IT WILL BE A PARTISAN VOTE, BUT THEY WILL CLEARLY PASS THE BILL.

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    IN THAT IT HAD SUPPORT FROM BOTH SIDES T WOULD HAVE CUT FARM SUBSIDIES BUT…

    IN THAT IT HAD SUPPORT FROM BOTH SIDES T WOULD HAVE CUT FARM SUBSIDIES BUT WHAT ELSE?

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    HAVE INCREASED MONEYS FOR CONSERVATION. IT WOULD HAVE PUT MONEY INTO…

    HAVE INCREASED MONEYS FOR CONSERVATION. IT WOULD HAVE PUT MONEY INTO CONSERVATION. THAT'S WHY YOU HAD LIBERAL SUPPORT FOR THAT.

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    NOT GETTING SOME FUNDING FOR BLACK FARMERS AN TRADITIONAL BLACK COLLEGES.…

    NOT GETTING SOME FUNDING FOR BLACK FARMERS AN TRADITIONAL BLACK COLLEGES. HOW WAS THAT ISSUE RESOLVED?

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    A MILLION DOLLARS IN EXCHANGE FOR THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE BILL, AND THAT HAD…

    A MILLION DOLLARS IN EXCHANGE FOR THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE BILL, AND THAT HAD TO BE DONE YESTERDAY BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATS LOST SUPPORT AND THEY HAD TO MAKE SURE THEY HAD EVERYBODY ONBOARD, AND THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS IDENTIFIED SOME NEEDS FROM UNIVERSITIES AN MONEY FROM BLACK FARMERS THAT WAS ACHIEVED YESTERDAY BY THE DEMOCRATS.

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    ON THE FARM BILL. THE ISSUE OF FOOD SAFETY HAS BEEN PROMINENT IN THE NEWS,…

    ON THE FARM BILL. THE ISSUE OF FOOD SAFETY HAS BEEN PROMINENT IN THE NEWS, AND THIS BILL DEALT WITH IT THROUGH COUNTRY OF ORIGIN MEAT LABELING AND WHAT DOES IT SAY?

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    IS THAT GOING TO STICK WHEN IT GETS TO FINAL PASSAGE?

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    STICK WHEN IT GETS TO FINAL PASSAGE?

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    SENATOR HARKIN IS INTERESTED IN SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE SPECIFIC IN TERMS…

    SENATOR HARKIN IS INTERESTED IN SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE SPECIFIC IN TERMS OF THE GROUND MEAT. HE WANTS TO KNOW THAT IT DOES CONTAIN MEAT FROM THESE COUNTRIES AND NOT MAY CONTAIN MEAT FROM THESE SPECIFIC COUNTRIES.

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    TO THE BILL COMING TO THE FLOOR, THERE WAS A GREAT DEAL OF CONCERN OVER A…

    TO THE BILL COMING TO THE FLOOR, THERE WAS A GREAT DEAL OF CONCERN OVER A TAX PROVISION TARGETING FOREIGN-OWNED COMPANIES. HOW WAS THAT RESOFLDZ?

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    EARLIER. THAT TAX PROVISION CAUSED A LOT OF PROBLEMS FOR THE DEMOCRATS. IT…

    EARLIER. THAT TAX PROVISION CAUSED A LOT OF PROBLEMS FOR THE DEMOCRATS. IT IS A TAX-RELATED ISSUE. DEMOCRATS SAY IT CLOSES A LOOPHOLE, WHICH FOUR COMPANIES WERE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF BY SETTING UP ONE OR TWO FACTORIES IN THE U.S. AND CLAIMING SOME TAX BENEFITS FROM THAT. DEMOCRATS SAY THAT THIS HAS CLOSED THE LOOPHOLE, AND WILL BRING ABOUT $4 BILLION IN SAVINGS, WHICH WILL BE USED FOR NUTRITION TITLES, AND THAT GOT THEM UP IN ARMS AND CAUSED PROBLEMS FOR THE FARM BILL YESTERDAY, BUT AS IT SRK THE VOTE ON THE RULE MADE IT HAPPEN THAT DEMOCRATS GOT THEIR WAY ON THAT ISSUE.

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    FARM BILL, FIRST OF ALL, WHAT OTHER CHANGES MIGHT HAPPEN AND SECONDLY,…

    FARM BILL, FIRST OF ALL, WHAT OTHER CHANGES MIGHT HAPPEN AND SECONDLY, MASS'S THEIR TIMETABLE FOR GETTING TO IT?

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    ON THE PROVISIONS, SO YOU CAN EXPECT MORE FUNDING FOR CONSERVATION…

    ON THE PROVISIONS, SO YOU CAN EXPECT MORE FUNDING FOR CONSERVATION PROGRAMS. HE IS KIND OF THE FATHER OF MAJOR CONSERVATION PROGRAMS, AS OF THE 2002 FARM BILL, WHICH NOTORIOUSLY EACH YEAR, IS UNDERFUNDED. LOOK TO SENATOR HARKIN TO PROVIDE CONSERVATION-RELATED MONEY N TERMS OF THE TIMETABLE, THE SENATOR PLANNED TO RELEASE REMARKS, A COP COPY OF HIS LEGISLATION BEFORE THE AUGUST RECESS. HE HAS SINCE SAID THAT WON'T HAPPEN, SO AFTER THE AUGUST RECESS, PUTTING IT INTO SEPTEMBER SO THAT PUTS THE CHANCE OF AN OVERALL TIME TIME FRAME EXTREMELY UNLIKELY.

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    PROBABLY HAVE TO PASS A CONTINUING RESOLUTION OF A MONTH'S TIME OR TWO…

    PROBABLY HAVE TO PASS A CONTINUING RESOLUTION OF A MONTH'S TIME OR TWO MONTHS OR THREE MONTHS AND THIS HAPPENED DURING THE 2002 FARM BILL. THEY DIDN'T GET THE 2002 FARM BILL DONE EITHER ON TIME.

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    THE AGRICULTURE SECRETARY IS SPEAKING TODAY AT THE PRESS CLUB. C-SPAN WILL…

    THE AGRICULTURE SECRETARY IS SPEAKING TODAY AT THE PRESS CLUB. C-SPAN WILL COVER THAT EVENT. WHAT IS THE ADMINISTRATION'S VIEW ON THIS BILL OVERALL?

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    A VETOED THREAT OF IT. THE TAX ISSUE HAD BEEN UP IN ARMS. PRIOR TO THAT,…

    A VETOED THREAT OF IT. THE TAX ISSUE HAD BEEN UP IN ARMS. PRIOR TO THAT, THEY HAD PROBLEMS WITH THE AMOUNTS OF SUBSIDIES FARMERS CAN GET UNDER THE BILL. THEY WANTED A LOWER INCOME CAP, MEANING THAT THE FARM BILL RIGHT NOW HAS IT -- IF YOU MAKE A MILLION DOLLARS OR MORE, YOU CAN'T GET DIRECT SUBSIDIES FROM GOVERNMENT. THE ADMINISTRATION WANTS THAT LOWERED TO $235 OOH,000.

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    THANK YOU.

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    THANK YOU.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    VOTE THE YEAS ARE 422, AND THE NAYS ARE THREE. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED.…

    VOTE THE YEAS ARE 422, AND THE NAYS ARE THREE. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS A REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT NUMBER 12, OFFERED BY MR. RANGEL OF NEW YORK, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 12:49:42 PM

    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 12 OFFERED BY MR. RANGEL OF NEW YORK.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    SUPPORT OF A REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A…

    SUPPORT OF A REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORD VOTE IS ORDERED. V@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ B@ @ B@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ B@ @ @ BB@ @ @ BBB @ B@ B B BBB @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ T8T8V B,OaE7 @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ T8T8EC&E)L& )N a T8T8A&D&T7@ @ @ @ @ T8T8E @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ zA&D&TE)s @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ T8T8 @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ EAE@ @ H BUn@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ RaFTT8ROaE@ RR U)RV@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @

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    H BUn@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ RaFTT8ROaE@ RR U)RV@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    VOTE THE YEAS ARE 175, AND THE NAYS ARE 250 WITH ONE MEMBER VOTING…

    VOTE THE YEAS ARE 175, AND THE NAYS ARE 250 WITH ONE MEMBER VOTING PRESENT. THE AMENDMENT

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  • 01:18:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIRMAN ON THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE…

    THE CHAIRMAN ON THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION, REPORTS THAT THE CHAIR HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION THE BILL H.R. 2419. AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 574 REPORTS THE BILL AS AMENDED BY THE ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH SUNDRY FURTHER AMENDMENTS ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. UNDER THE RULE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE? IF NOT THE CHAIR WILL PUT THEM ENGROSS. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENTS. THOSE IN FAVOR, SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENTS ARE ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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  • 01:19:55 PM

    THE CLERK

    AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS THROUGH FISCAL YEAR 2012 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RISE?

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    ITS CURRENT FORM.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL…

    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

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  • 01:20:32 PM

    THE CLERK

    MR. GOODLATTE OF VIRGINIA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL, H.R. 2419, TO THE…

    MR. GOODLATTE OF VIRGINIA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL, H.R. 2419, TO THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO REPORT THE SAME BACK TO THE HOUSE PROMPTLY WITH THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENTS -- STRIKE THE TWO TITLES DESIGNATED AS TITLE 12 IN THE AMENDMENTS CONTAINED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 110-261, AND ADOPT SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY BE NECESSARY TO COMPLY WITH THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE ALLOCATION UNDER HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 99 OF THE 110TH CONGRESS.

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  • 01:21:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. IN ORDER TO EXPEDITE THE PROCESS, I PLEASE…

    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. IN ORDER TO EXPEDITE THE PROCESS, I PLEASE ASK MEMBERS TO PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR, AND FOR MEMBERS TO BE SEATED SO THAT WE CAN MOVE SWIFTLY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 01:21:21 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT CORRECT. WILL MEMBERS IN THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT CORRECT. WILL MEMBERS IN THE REAR OF THE CHAMBER ON BOTH SIDES PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. WE WILL NOT PROCEED UNTIL WE HAVE ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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  • 01:21:41 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, THE MEMBERS OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, THE STAFF OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE FOR WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO WRITE A GOOD FARM BILL. THIS FARM BILL HAS A LOT OF THINGS IN IT I DON'T LIKE, A LOT I THINGS I DO. I THINK THE CHAIRMAN WOULD SAY THE SAME THING ABOUT THE BILL. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, I CANNOT SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THIS BILL LEFT THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE AND CAME TO THIS FLOOR WITH A TAX INCREASE ADDED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT WITH NO HEARINGS IN THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE AND NO MARKUP IN THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. THIS IS THE WRONG WAY TO MAINTAIN BIPARTISAN COMEDY IN THIS HOUSE AND TO FORCE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN TAX INCREASES AND THE FARM BILL THAT AMERICA'S FARMERS AND RANCHERS NEED. I YIELD TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, MR. MCCRERY.

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  • 01:22:42 PM

    MR. MCCRERY

    TAX PROPOSAL IN THE FARM BILL IS DIRECTLY AIMED AT INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES…

    TAX PROPOSAL IN THE FARM BILL IS DIRECTLY AIMED AT INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES THAT INVEST IN THE UNITED STATES, WHERE THEY SUPPORT MORE THAN FIVE MILLION JOBS. THESE ARE WELL-KNOWN AND WELL-RESPECTED COMPANIES. THEY ARE NOT TAX DODGERS. THE JOBS THEY CREATE HERE ARE GOOD, HIGH-PAYING JOBS. BY RAISING TAXES ON THESE BUSINESSES BY MORE THAN $7 BILLION OVER THE NEXT DECADE, WE WILL MAKE AMERICA A LESS ATTRACTIVE PLACE FOR THEM TO INVEST. THE MAJORITY KEEPS ASSERTING THAT THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT SUPPORTED THIS PROVISION BACK IN 2002. I WANT TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON THAT. IT IS TRUE THAT TREASURY WROTE A REPORT THEN THAT INCOME STRIPPING, EARNING STRIPPING IS A POTENTIAL PROBLEM, BUT SINCE THAT 2000 REPORT, THE TREASURY HAS WORKED TO UPDATE OUR TAX TREATIES INSERTING STRONG LIMITATION OF BENEFITS LANGUAGE THAT PREVENTS ABUSE BY DENYING TREATY BENEFITS TO COMPANIES HEADQUARTERED ELSEWHERE BUT WHO ESTABLISH A SHELL COMPANY IN THE TREATY COUNTRY. THE TREASURY HAS NEVER, NEVER EMBRACED THE SORT OF HAM HANDED POLICY THAT THE MAJORITY IS PROPOSING IN THIS BILL. AND SECRETARY PAULSON MADE THAT CLEAR IN A LETTER HE SENT TO ME. AND THEN THE PRESIDENT'S OWN BUDGET CONTAINED THIS PROPOSAL, THEY SAY. WRONG. THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET CONTAINED A TARGETED PROPOSAL THAT WOULD RAISE OVER 10 YEARS $2.6 BILLION. MR. DOGGETT'S PROPOSAL, IN THE FARM BILL, RAISES $7 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS. IS THAT THE SAME PROPOSAL? OF COURSE NOT. IT'S MORE THAN DOUBLE. IT'S HUGE. IT'S BROAD. IT'S HAM-HANDED. IT WILL DISCOURAGE INVESTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES, AND WE OUGHT TO REJECT IT IN THIS BILL. IT'S BAD POLICY, NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN PART OF THE FARM BILL, SHOULD HAVE BEEN THROUGH THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE SO WE CAN HAVE A GOOD DEBATE AND ME AND MR. DOGGETT COULD DEBATE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:24:46 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN. AND RECLAIMING MY TIME. RECLAIMING MY TIME. THIS MOTION TO…

    THE GENTLEMAN. AND RECLAIMING MY TIME. RECLAIMING MY TIME. THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT IS VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD. IT TAKES OUT THE TAX INCREASES IN THIS BILL, SENDS IT BACK TO THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, AND WE WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO WORK WITH THE LEADERSHIP THAT DID NOT WORK WITH US BEFORE TO FIND A PAY FOR THAT WORKS WITH THIS. WE WENT TO THE COMMITTEE AT THE START OF THIS IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION AND SAYS THAT THE REFORMS IN THIS BILL NEEDS TO BE PAID FOR. IT WAS NOT FORTHCOMING. I WOULD NOT BE AT ALL SURPRISED TO SEE A CAMEO APPEARANCE FROM THE MAJORITY LEADER SAYING THAT BECAUSE THIS IS TO BE REPORTED BACK PROMPTLY THAT WE ARE KILLING THE BILL. WE ARE DOING NO SUCH THING. WE ARE DOING WHAT IS NECESSARY TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS BILL IS TREATED IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION, AND THAT THE BILL IS PAID FOR IN A WAY THAT ADJUSTS OUR BUDGET FAIRLY TO MAKE SURE THAT AGRICULTURE AND AMERICA'S FARMERS AND RANCHERS GOT TREATED THE WAY THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN TREATED AT THE OUTSET OF THIS PROCESS WHEN $60 BILLION WAS LOST IN THE BASELINE OF THIS AREA. THIS, MARK MY WORDS IS A TAX INCREASE THAT IS NOT FAR TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT PUTS PRESSURE ON COMPANIES INVESTING IN THIS COUNTRY. IT WILL INCREASE TAXES ON THOSE WORKERS. IT WILL ALSO CALL INTO QUESTION THE CREDIBILITY OF THE UNITED STATES FOR FUTURE INVESTMENT IN THIS COUNTRY. IF WE VIOLATE TREATIES, 58 TREATIES THAT WE NEGOTIATED. AND IT WOULD CAUSE RETALIATION AGAINST AMERICAN COMPANIES OVERSEAS AS WELL. I ASK YOU TO VOTE ON THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT. SUPPORT THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

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  • 01:26:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK HIS TIME? DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA…

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK HIS TIME? DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELD BACK HIS TIME?

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  • 01:26:49 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    REMAINING, I WOULD POINT OUT THAT THIS IS A TAX INCREASE BECAUSE THE…

    REMAINING, I WOULD POINT OUT THAT THIS IS A TAX INCREASE BECAUSE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE WHEN HE CAME TO THE FLOOR LAST NIGHT SAID IT WAS A TAX INCREASE. THE TAX EXPERTS I'VE SPOKEN TO SAYS IT'S A TAX INCREASE. NOTWITHSTANDING WHAT ANYBODY SAYS, IT'S A TAX INCREASE. DON'T SUPPORT IT.

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  • 01:27:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

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  • 01:27:14 PM

    MR. PETERSON

    IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSE TO THE MOTION?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I'M OPPOSED TO THE MOTION.

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    MR. PETERSON

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. PETERSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, MR. RANGEL, FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 01:27:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BEFORE MR. RANGEL BEGINS, I'D ASK THE MEMBERS COME TO ORDER. ALL MEMBERS…

    BEFORE MR. RANGEL BEGINS, I'D ASK THE MEMBERS COME TO ORDER. ALL MEMBERS TAKE THEIR SEATS. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:27:39 PM

    MR. RANGEL

    MEANS COMMITTEE SAID THAT THIS WAS A TAX INCREASE. WHAT IS THIS, TAXES…

    MEANS COMMITTEE SAID THAT THIS WAS A TAX INCREASE. WHAT IS THIS, TAXES 101? WHEN YOU AND OTHER PEOPLE COME TO ME AND SAY WE NEED TO GET THIS GREAT BIPARTISAN AGRICULTURE BILL OUT, YOU DIDN'T GO TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE, YOU DIDN'T GO TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE , YOU WENT TO THE TAX WRITING COMMITTEE. NOW WHEN YOU SAY YOU WANT REVENUE ENHANCES, WHEN YOU SAY YOU WANT TO RAISE THE MONEY TO PAY FOR FOOD STAMPS, IT MEANS YOU HAVE TO GET IT FROM SOMEWHERE. IF YOU'RE LUCKY ENOUGH, IF YOU WORK HARD ENOUGH, YOU WILL FIND CERTAIN PEOPLE ARE NOT PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE OF TAXES, YOU KNOW, AND YOU FIND OUT THAT THEY GO OUT OF THEIR WAY TO GO TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES IN ORDER TO AVOID PAYING THEIR UNITED STATES OBLIGATION. I WOULD BE LESS THAN HONEST IF I DIDN'T TELL YOU THAT AS FAR AS THOSE PEOPLE WHO DON'T PAY ANY OR LITTLE TAXES, OH, YES, THEY WILL CONSIDER THIS A TAX INCREASE. GIVE ME SOME LANGUAGE THAT I CAN CALL IT SOMETHING ELSE. BUT I'M SAYING THAT EQUITY AND FAIR PLAY MEANS IF YOU'RE NOT PAYING WHAT YOU SHOULD PAY AND WE CATCH UP WITH YOU, YOU CAN RUN TO YOUR ACCOUNTANT AND SAY, WE GOT YOU. NOW I CAN UNDERSTAND HOW PHILOSOPHICALLY YOU DON'T LIKE TO TALK ABOUT TAXES. BUT JUST, MR. RANKING MEMBER, WHEN YOUR TIME EXPIRED YESTERDAY YOU SAID ON THE FLOOR THAT NONE OF US EVER CAME TO YOU AND ASKED FOR THE MONEY. NOW, I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU THOUGHT WHEN YOU ASKED ME WHERE YOU'RE GOING TO GET THE MONEY. WHEN I SAY YOU, I MEAN YOU BY NAME, WHEN YOU SAT THERE --

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  • 01:29:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSSSPENLED. YOU NEED TO KINDLY ADDRESS THE CHAIR.

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    MR. RANGEL

    YEAH, I AGREE WITH YOU. LET ME -- LET ME THANK ALL OF YOU THAT THANKED ME…

    YEAH, I AGREE WITH YOU. LET ME -- LET ME THANK ALL OF YOU THAT THANKED ME FOR MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO GET A BILL OUT. AND IF SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FLOOR, BELIEVE ME, POLITICALLY, I UNDERSTAND IT. BUT FOR ALL OF YOU THAT THANK ME, WE DID THE BEST WE COULD. WE CATCH THE DEVIL FOR IT. BUT IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE FOREIGNERS THAT ARE NOT PAYING TAXES AND HARD-WORKING FARMERS THAT NEED A BREAK, YOU EXPLAIN IT, WE DON'T HAVE TO. .

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  • 01:30:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA. THE HOUSE WILL…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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  • 01:30:35 PM

    MR. PETERSON

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR THAT STATEMENT. I WANT TO ALERT…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR THAT STATEMENT. I WANT TO ALERT THE MEMBERS OF THE BODY THAT THIS MOTION TO REKNIT -- -- RECOMMIT --

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  • 01:30:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

  • 01:30:49 PM

    MR. PETERSON

    TO RECOMMIT HAS THE WORD PROMPTLY IN IT. WHAT THAT MEANS IS IF THIS GOES…

    TO RECOMMIT HAS THE WORD PROMPTLY IN IT. WHAT THAT MEANS IS IF THIS GOES BACK TO THE COMMITTEE THIS KILLS THIS BILL. IT KILLS THE REFORM WE HAVE DONE IN THIS BILL. IT KILLS THE ADDITIONAL NUTRITION THAT'S BEEN PUT INTO THIS BILL. THE ENERGY. ALL THE OTHER HARD WORK OF THIS COMMITTEE. NOW, I'M A C.P.A. AND I USED TO DO TAXING FOR A LIVING. AND I AGREE WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. THIS IS NOT A TAX INCREASE. THIS IS DOING WHAT'S RIGHT IN THIS COUNTRY. IF YOUR --

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  • 01:31:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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    MR. PETERSON

    WHAT WE --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    MR. PETERSON

    WE OUGHT TO BE LOOKING INTO IS WHY WE ARE HAVING THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS…

    WE OUGHT TO BE LOOKING INTO IS WHY WE ARE HAVING THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS COUNTRY FUND PEOPLE IN THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT, FUND PEOPLE IN THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO GO OUT AND MAKE TREATIES WITH OTHER COUNTRIES SO WE CAN HAVE FOREIGN CORPORATIONS COME TO THIS COUNTRY AND AVOID TAXES. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. IF YOU HAVE A STRAIGHT UP DEAL BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND GERMANY, THIS DOES NOT AFFECT YOU. IT ONLY AFFECTS YOU IF YOU SET UP A CORPORATION IN ANOTHER COUNTRY THAT DOESN'T HAVE A TAX RATE AND GO THROUGH THAT PROCESS. SO YOU CAN CALL THIS WHATEVER YOU WANT. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT IF YOU SEND THIS BILL BACK TO THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, WE DO NOT HAVE THE OFFSETS IN THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE TO DO WHAT IS IN THIS BILL. SO YOU'RE IN EFFECT KILLING THIS BILL. I JUST WANT EVERYBODY TO UNDERSTAND THAT. I WANT TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF THE TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. DOGGETT.

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  • 01:32:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

  • 01:32:37 PM

    MR. DOGGETT

    IT IS NOTEWORTHY THAT THROUGHOUT THIS DEBATE NOT ONE COMPANY ANYWHERE IN…

    IT IS NOTEWORTHY THAT THROUGHOUT THIS DEBATE NOT ONE COMPANY ANYWHERE IN AMERICA HAS COME FORWARD AND SAID, IF YOU PASS THIS BILL YOU RAISE MY TAXES. BECAUSE THE VAST MAJORITY OF FOREIGN COMPANIES AND NO AMERICAN COMPANY ARE IMPACTED WHATSOEVER. TODAY WE STAND TO CHOOSE. WE CHOOSE FOR THE FARM FAMILIES THAT NEED THIS ASSISTANCE AND THE SMALL AMERICAN BUSINESSES THAT ARE PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE OF TAXES. AND WE REJECT THE NOTION THAT THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN GET A FOREIGN COMPANY TO COME TO AMERICA AND COMPETE WITH THEM IS TO TELL THE FOREIGN COMPANY IF THEY SHOULD PAY LESS TAXES THAN THE AMERICANS. IT'S A CLEAR CHOICE.

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  • 01:33:13 PM

    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 GEORGIA RISE?

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  • 01:33:23 PM

    MR. WESTMORELAND

    PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL STATE HIS INQUIRY. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.

  • 01:33:32 PM

    MR. WESTMORELAND

    OF CLARIFICATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. WE'LL WAIT UNTIL WE GET ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. WE'LL WAIT UNTIL WE GET ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN WILL STATE HIS PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRERY. -- INQUIRY.

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  • 01:33:42 PM

    MR. WESTMORELAND

    SPEAKER, IS IT NOT TRUE IF INDEED THIS MOTION PASSED THAT THIS BILL COULD…

    SPEAKER, IS IT NOT TRUE IF INDEED THIS MOTION PASSED THAT THIS BILL COULD BE REPORTED BACK TO THE RESPECTIVE COMMITTEE FROM WHICH IT WAS SIGNED AND PASSED OUT AND THAT THE BILL COULD BE REPORTED BACK TO THE HOUSE TOMORROW?

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  • 01:33:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR CANNOT SAY WHEN THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE MIGHT -- WHAT THEY…

    THE CHAIR CANNOT SAY WHEN THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE MIGHT -- WHAT THEY MIGHT DO OR SPECULATE ABOUT POSSIBLE PROCEEDINGS. THE PENDING MOTION PROPOSES TO TAKE THE PENDING BILL FROM THE FLOOR WITHOUT REACHING THE QUESTION OF PASSAGE TODAY.

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  • 01:34:18 PM

    MR. WESTMORELAND

    FURTHER PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRERY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

  • 01:34:24 PM

    MR. WESTMORELAND

    STATE YOUR PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    STATE YOUR PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY.

  • 01:34:32 PM

    MR. WESTMORELAND

    IT TRUE THAT THIS BILL COULD BE REPORTED BACK TO THE COMMITTEE AND…

    IT TRUE THAT THIS BILL COULD BE REPORTED BACK TO THE COMMITTEE AND REPORTED BACK TO THIS HOUSE ON THE NEXT LEGISLATIVE DAY?

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  • 01:34:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR CANNOT SPECULATE. WHEN THE COMMITTEE WILL MEET.

  • 01:34:50 PM

    MR. WESTMORELAND

    FURTHER PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. IS THERE ANY RULE THAT WOULD PRECLUDE A…

    FURTHER PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. IS THERE ANY RULE THAT WOULD PRECLUDE A BILL GOING BACK TO COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE REPORTING IT BACK THE NEXT LEGISLATIVE DAY?

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  • 01:35:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR DOES NOT RESPOND TO A HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION.

  • 01:35:19 PM

    MR. WESTMORELAND

    SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL NOT…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL NOT PROOD UNTIL THE HOUSE IS -- PROCEED UNTIL THE HOUSE IS IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 01:35:40 PM

    MR. WESTMORELAND

    FURTHER PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY, MR. SPEAKER. I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT ANY BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    STATE YOUR PAYMENT INQUIRY. -- PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY.

  • 01:35:51 PM

    MR. WESTMORELAND

    THIS BILL, IF THIS MOTION PASSES TO THIS BILL, AND THAT THIS BILL IS…

    THIS BILL, IF THIS MOTION PASSES TO THIS BILL, AND THAT THIS BILL IS PROMPTLY REPORTED BACK TO THE COMMITTEE, IS IT POSSIBLE UNDER THE RULES OF THIS HOUSE THAT THIS BILL COULD BE REPORTED BACK TO THIS HOUSE THE NEXT LEGISLATIVE DAY?

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  • 01:36:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AGAIN IT WOULD REQUIRE AN INTERPRETATION OF THE COMMITTEE'S RULES. AND WE…

    AGAIN IT WOULD REQUIRE AN INTERPRETATION OF THE COMMITTEE'S RULES. AND WE ARE NOT IN A POSITION TO SPECULATE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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  • 01:36:41 PM

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    STATE YOUR PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    STATE YOUR PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY.

  • 01:36:46 PM

    MR. LUNGREN

    ANY PARLIAMENTARY IMPEDIMENTS TO THIS BILL BEING REPORTED BACK ON THE NEXT…

    ANY PARLIAMENTARY IMPEDIMENTS TO THIS BILL BEING REPORTED BACK ON THE NEXT LEGISLATIVE DAY AFTER BEING PROMPTLY REPORTED TO THE COMMITTEE OF JURISDICTION?

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  • 01:36:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I'M ASKING UNDER THE RULES OF THE HOUSE --

  • 01:37:05 PM

    MR. LUNGREN

    ASKING UNDER THE RULES OF THE HOUSE --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS NOT STATING A PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. THE CHAIR HAS…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS NOT STATING A PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. THE CHAIR HAS RESPONDED TO THE GENTLEMAN'S PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY.

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  • 01:37:14 PM

    MR. LUNGREN

    MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE YOU MISUNDERSTOOD MY PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. MY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE YOU MISUNDERSTOOD MY PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. MY PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY WAS, UNDER THE RULES OF THE HOUSE ARE THERE ANY PARLIAMENTARY IMPEDIMENTS TO HAVING THIS BILL CONSIDERED ON THE NEXT LEGISLATIVE DAY IF IT IS PROMPTLY REPORTED TO THE COMMITTEE OF JURISDICTION?

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  • 01:37:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REPEATEDLY THE CHAIR HAS SAID AND SAYS AGAIN, THAT THE CHAIR CANNOT…

    REPEATEDLY THE CHAIR HAS SAID AND SAYS AGAIN, THAT THE CHAIR CANNOT SPECULATE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NOES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS NOT AGREED TO.

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  • 01:37:54 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I ASK 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. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE ON THE QUESTION OF PASSAGE. @@@@@@@@@ RR

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  • 01:54:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING…

    THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES T8#XRRVU)E-VGEHU)EbN#R! YEAS ARE 231, THE NAYS ARE 191. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 02:03:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT REASON THE CHAIRMAN RISE?

  • 02:03:55 PM

    MR. PETERSON

    ALLOWED TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS AS NEEDED TO THE BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN, MR. UDALL.

  • 02:04:09 PM

    MR. UDALL

    I WOULD LIKE TO BE REMOVED AS H.R..

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ANY OBJECTION? THE CHAIR HEARS NONE. WHAT REASON DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    ANY OBJECTION? THE CHAIR HEARS NONE. WHAT REASON DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 02:04:32 PM

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    HOUSE RESOLUTION 567 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

  • 02:04:42 PM

    THE CLERK

    567 RESOLVE THAT UPON THE ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION, IT SHALL BE IN…

    567 RESOLVE THAT UPON THE ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY THE BILL H.R. 1, TO PROVIDE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORIST ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THE CONFERENCE REPORT AND AGAINST THIS CONSIDERATION ARE WAIVED. THE CONFERENCE REPORT SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ.

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  • 02:05:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR. MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR. MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE CHAMBER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM.

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  • 02:05:31 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE YIELDING TO MYSELF, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE YIELDING TO MYSELF, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:06:14 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. HOUSE RESOLUTION 567 PROVIDES FOR…

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. HOUSE RESOLUTION 567 PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 1, TO PROVIDE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORIST ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES. THE RULE WAIVES ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THE CONFERENCE REPORT AND ITS CONSIDERATION. THIS IS A TYPICAL RULE FOR A CONFERENCE REPORT, AND WAS REPORTED OUT BY THE RULES COMMITTEE BY A BIPARTISAN VOICE VOTE. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN AMERICANS DECIDED LAST NOVEMBER THAT THEY WERE TIRED OF THE WAY BUSINESS WAS BEING DONE IN WASHINGTON, THEY ELECTED DEMOCRATS TO THE MAJORITY. WE PROMISED THEM THAT WE WOULD IMPLEMENT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION. AND TODAY, WE ARE FULFILLING THAT PROMISE IN BIPARTISAN FASHION. WE ARE SHOWING THAT COMPROMISE CAN, INDEED, YIELD GOOD POLICY. DEMOCRATS HAVE SHOWN WITH THIS BILL THAT THAT COMPROMISE CAN, INDEED, BE POSITIVE FOR AMERICA. THERE WERE MANY WHO DID NOT WANT TO SEE DEMOCRATS SUCCEED IN COMPLETING WORK ON THIS BILL. THEY PREFERRED POLITICAL POSTURING OVER PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. FOR THEM, INACTION IS AN ACCEPTABLE SOLUTION AND OBSTRUCTIONISM, THEIR PLAN TO GET BACK INTO THE MAJORITY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD TAKE GREAT COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT WE WILL NOT ALLOW THEM TO SUCCEED. I COMMEND MY GOOD FRIEND, THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, MR. THOMPSON, AND THE RANKING MEMBER, FOR THEIR TIRELESS WORK ON THIS CONFERENCE REPORT. IT WAS NOT AN EASY JOB, BUT THEIR DILIGENCE AND COMMITMENT TO PROTECTING AMERICA PERSEVERED. THIS PRODUCT TAKES SIGNIFICANT STEPS TO FURTHER PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. DEMOCRATS ARE LEADING IN DELIVERING WHILE FIXING THE SHORTCOMINGS IN OUR HOMELAND SECURITY NETWORK HIGHLIGHTED BY THE 9/11 COMMISSION. FIRST, THIS CONFERENCE REPORT PLACES A PRIORITY ON PROVIDING HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS BASED ON RISK AND NOT POLITICAL PREFERENCE. THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO MY CONSTITUENTS, AS SOUTH FLORIDA HAS SEEN ITS RECENT HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT ALLOCATIONS DECREASE AS POLITICAL CONSIDERATION HAS INCREASED IN THE PROCESS. WHEN IT COMES TO FIRST RESPONDERS, THE CONFERENCE REPORT INCLUDES $1.6 BILLION FOR A FIRST RESPONDER INTEROPERA BUILT GRANT PROGRAM. THE REPORT ALSO INVESTS IN RAIL, TRANSIT AND BUS SECURITY, AUTHORIZING MORE THAN $4 BILLION FOR THESE CRUCIAL GRANTS. FURTHER, THIS REPORT REQUIRES THE SCREENING ON ALL PASSENGER AIR CARGO WITHIN THREE YEARS. THIS IS WITHOUT DOUBT THE FURTHEREST THAT CONGRESS HAS EVER GONE TO ENSURE THAT THE FLYING PUBLIC IS SAFE AND PROTECTED. WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, THE CONFERENCE REPORT REQUIRES THE SCREENING OF ALL CONTAINER SHIPS AS THEY LEAVE FOREIGN AND HEAD -- SHORES AND HEAD TO THE U.S. THIS, TOO, WAS ANOTHER OF THE 9/11 RECOMMENDATIONS. IF AMERICA IS GOING TO BE SAFE, MR. SPEAKER, THEN CONGRESS MUST DO EVERYTHING IN ITS POWER TO ENSURE THAT CARGO COMING INTO OUR PORTS HAS BEEN SCREENED AND CHECKED. AS SOMEONE WHO REPRESENTS A DISTRICT, WHICH IS WITHIN JUST MILES OF THREE MAJOR INTERNATIONAL SEAPORTS, I'M PLEASED THAT THE COMMITTEE INCLUDED THIS PROVISION IN THE BILL. THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA LITERALLY DEPENDS ON IT. I'M ALSO PLEASED THAT THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE AND THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, OF WHICH I'M A PROUD MEMBER, WERE ABLE TO REACH AN AGREEMENT REGARDING THE PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF TOTAL SPENDING IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. THIS WAS ANOTHER KEY RECOMMENDATION FROM THE 9/11 COMMISSION AND DEMOCRATS ARE AGAIN KEEPING THEIR PROMISE TO TURN THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS INTO LAW. IT IS A NEW DAY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WITH HONESTY AND TRANSPARENCY AS OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES, DEMOCRATS ARE WORKING TO STRENGTHEN AND RESTORE FAITH IN OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. EVEN MORE, WE ARE SENDING THE MESSAGE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE -- TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THIS CONGRESS WILL NO LONGER ALLOW THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO OPERATE WITHOUT PROPER OVERSIGHT. THIS CONFERENCE REPORT IS ANOTHER INSTALLMENT OF HOW DEMOCRATS ARE WORKING TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND HOLD THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION ACCOUNTABLE FOR ITS FAILURES AND SHORTCOMINGS. THIS IS A GOOD CONFERENCE REPORT AND A GOOD RULE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT BOTH AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:11:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

  • 02:11:37 PM

    MR. SESSIONS

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE TO THE WOEFULLY INCOMPLETE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE TO THE WOEFULLY INCOMPLETE CONFERENCE REPORT THAT THE DEMOCRATS ARE BRINGING TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY. DESPITE THE REPEATED CAMPAIGN PROMISES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THEY WOULD TAKE ALL ACTION ON ALL OF THE REMAINING 9/11 COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS, THAT IS NOT WHAT IS BEING DONE AND NOT WHAT IS BEING BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE TODAY. IT NOW APPEARS THOSE CLAIMS WERE NOTHING MORE THAN JUST A HOLLOW CAMPAIGN PROMISE, BECAUSE AS ANTICIPATED, THEY HAVE FAILED TO ADDRESS A KEY RECOMMENDATION OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION. WHILE THE SENATE INCLUDES A SIMPLE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT CONGRESSIONAL OPERATIONS SHOULD BE STREAMLINED SO OVERLAPPING AND DID YOU APPLY CATIVE ISSUES COULD BE ADDRESSED, EVEN THE SIMPLE SYMBOLIC MEASURE WAS DROPPED FROM THE FINAL LEGISLATION. THE 9/11 COMMISSION STATED, AND I WILL QUOTE, OF ALL OF OUR RECOMMENDATIONS, STRENGTHENING CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT MAY BE AMONG THE MOST DIFFICULT AND IMPORTANT, SO LONG AS OVERSIGHT IS GOVERNED BY CURRENT CONGRESSIONAL RULES AND RESOLUTIONS, WE BELIEVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOT GET THE SECURITY THEY WANT AND NEED. IT WENT ON FURTHER TO SAY, CONGRESS SHOULD CREATE A SINGLE PRINCIPLE POINT OF OVERSIGHT AND REVIEW FOR HOMELAND SECURITY. IN THE 109TH CONGRESS, HOUSE REPUBLICANS PROVIDED THE RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP NEEDED ON THIS ISSUE BY MAKING THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY A STANDING COMMITTEE. BUT THERE ARE STILL 10 OTHER HOUSE COMMITTEES THAT HAVE OVERLAPPING AND REDID YOU UNDERSTAND ANT OVERSIGHT OVER THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. HOUSE DEMOCRATS COULD HAVE ENACTED THIS CHANGE WITH A SIMPLE RULES CHANGE AT THE START OF THE 110TH CONGRESS. THEY FAILED TO DO SO THEN. AND WITH THIS LEGISLATION, THEY ARE ONCE AGAIN IGNORING THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE ENTIRELY, INCLUDING A CAMPAIGN PROMISE. THANKFULLY, MR. SPEAKER, THIS CONFERENCE REPORT IS NOT A COMPLETE FAILURE. THANKS TO THE LEADERSHIP OF PRESIDENT BUSH AND HOUSE REPUBLICANS, TWO IMPORTANT PROVISIONS WERE FIXED IN THIS CONFERENCE REPORT THAT WILL HELP KEEP AMERICANS SAFE AND IMPROVE OUR ABILITY TO COMBAT TERROR AT HOME. FIRST, THIS LEGISLATION WISELY DOES NOT CONTAIN A MANDATE THAT COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS BE REQUIRED FOR THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION SCREENERS. THIS DANGEROUS PROVISION WAS ORIGINALLY BURIED IN THE HOUSE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP'S VERSION OF THIS LEGISLATION. AND THANKS TO PRESIDENT BUSH'S VETO THREAT, IT HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE LEGISLATION THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY. THE 9/11 COMMISSION DID NOT RECOMMEND COLLECTIVE BARRING GANG FOR T.S.A. -- BAR BEGANNING FOR T.S.A. SCREENERS. THEY STRESSED THE AIRPORT SECURITY AND SCREENING PROCEDURES. COLLECTIVE BARGAINING WOULD HAVE PREVENTED FLUID OPERATIONS BY REQUIRING T.S.A. MANAGEMENT TO CONSULT WITH UNION BOSSES BEFORE MAKING CRITICAL HOMELAND SECURITY DECISIONS. AS HOMELAND SECURITY DIRECTOR EXPLAINED, MARINES DON'T BARGAIN . CONDITIONS GO TO THE HEART OF OUR ABILITY TO MOVE RAPIDLY IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH THREATS THAT ARE IMAGING. SECRETARY CHERTOFF NOTED THAT THE PROPOSED NEGOTIATIONS WITH UNIONS WOULD HAVE SERIOUSLY THREATENED OPERATIONS, SINCE AS THE INTERCEPTION OF THE LONDON BOMBING PLOT OR A RESPONSE TO HURRICANE KATRINA. THANKFULLY, IN WHAT MAY BE THE FIRST MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR INCREASING THE POWER OF LABOR BOSSES THIS YEAR IN THE HOUSE, GOOD SENSE PREVAILED AND THIS PROVISION DID NOT SURVIVE THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. ADDITIONALLY, GOOD SENSE AND REPUBLICAN PROPOSED POLICY PREVAILED IN THIS CONFERENCE REPORT THROUGH THE INCLUSION OF A PROVISION TO PROTECT VIGILANT OBSERVERS WHO REPORT SUSPICIOUS TERROR-RELATED ACTIVITY. BY INCLUDING THESE JOHN DOE PROVISIONS, MY GOOD FRIEND, THE HOMELAND SECURITY RANKING MEMBER, PETER KING, WON A GREAT VICTORY ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AS CONGRESSMAN KING RECENTLY NOTED, IN A POST-9/11 REALITY, VIGILANCE IS ESSENTIAL TO SECURITY. DESPITE THE DEMOCRAT OPPOSITION TO THIS HOMELAND SECURITY MEASURE, COMMON SENSE HAS PREVAILED AND HEROIC AMERICANS WHO REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY WILL BE PREVENTED AND PROTECTED FROM FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WERE HEARD AND OUR COUNTRY IS SAFER BECAUSE OF IT. I COMMEND CONGRESSMAN KING AND OTHER REPUBLICANS THAT SERVED ON THIS CONFERENCE COMMITTEE FOR INSISTING THAT CONGRESS NOT LET TRIAL LAWYERS AND THE FEAR OF LITIGATION GET IN THE WAY OF PROMOTING ONE OF OUR BEST AND MOST DYNAMIC LINES OF DEFENSE AGAINST DOMESTIC TERRORISM. HAVING EVERYDAY AMERICANS REPORT POTENTIAL THRIFTS AND TERRORIST ACTIVITIES TO THE PROPER AUTHORITY. WHILE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY MAY NOT TRUST THEM IN REPORTING THIS SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES, I KNOW THAT'S REPUBLICANS, WHAT WE WILL DO, AND I APPRECIATE PETE'S HARD EFFORTS. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. I'M PLEASED TO KNOW THAT THIS CONFERENCE REPORT REPRESENTS THE FIRST TIME THAT LABOR BOSSES AND TRIAL ATTORNEYS HAD BEEN DENIED THEIR EVERY WISH ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR. UNFORTUNATELY, I'M NOT CONFIDENT THAT WE WILL SEE ANOTHER COMMONSENSE BILL THAT PUTS THE SAFETY AND THE WELL-BEING OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OVER THESE SPECIAL INTERESTS ANYTIME SOON. I ALSO APPRECIATE THE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP'S ATTEMPT TO ALMOST FULFILLING ONE OF THE MANY UNFULFILLED CAMPAIGN PROMISES BY BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION BACK TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:18:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

  • 02:18:33 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PRIVILEGED TO…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PRIVILEGED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE OF THIS HOUSE, MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON.

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  • 02:18:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR HOW LONG?

  • 02:18:50 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    THREE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THREE MINUTES.

  • 02:18:55 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S MY GREAT PRIVILEGE AS THE…

    YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S MY GREAT PRIVILEGE AS THE FIRST DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE TO RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. AT THE DIRECTION OF THE SPEAKER, I AUTHORED H.R. 1, LEGISLATION TO COMPLETE THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION. IT HAD 200 ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS. H.R. 1 WAS THE FIRST BILL OF THE 110TH CONGRESS. IT PASSED THE HOUSE BY VOTE OF 299-128. 32 HOUSE CONFEREES ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, INCLUDING RANKING MEMBER KING, SIGNED THE CONFERENCE REPORT. AND LATE LAST NIGHT, MR. SPEAKER, THE SENATE PASSED IT BY A VOTE OF 85-8. IT WOULD SEEM, MR. SPEAKER, THAT SIX YEARS AFTER THE 9/11 ATTACKS AND THREE YEARS AFTER THE RELEASE OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT CONGRESS IS FINALLY EMBRACING WHAT THE 9/11 FAMILIES HAVE BEEN SAYING ALL ALONG. IT TAKES MORE THAN VIGILANCE FOR OUR NATION TO BE MORE SECURE AGAINST THE THREAT OF TERRORISM. IT TAKES THE WILLINGNESS TO DO THINGS A DIFFERENT WAY. THE 9/11 COMMISSION CHALLENGED THE ADMINISTRATION, CONGRESS, AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO THINK A DIFFERENT WAY AND TAKE CONCRETE STEPS TO DETER AND PREVENT FUTURE ATTACKS. OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS, SOME PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE. MOST NOTABLY, THE RMPLES IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. -- REFORMS IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. HOWEVER, MANY OF THE KEY RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION REMAIN UNFULFILLED. THE CONFERENCE REPORT IN H.R. 1 ENSURES THAT MOST GRANT FUNDING IS ALLOCATED BASED ON RISK. IT AUTHORIZES $1.6 BILLION FOR AN COMBRA OPERABILITY GRANT PROGRAM, TO -- INTEROPERABILITY GRANT PROGRAM. IT PROVIDES OVER $4 BILLION IN RAIL, MASS TRANSIT, AND BUS SECURITY GRANTS TO ENSURE THAT OUR AT-RISK COMMUNITIES HAVE THE SECURITY THEY DESERVE. ADDITIONALLY, MR. SPEAKER, THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO H.R. 1 PUTS IN ACHIEVABLE BENCHMARKS FOR ASSURING THAT 100% CARGO CARRIED ON PASSENGER PLANES ARE SCREENED. IT ALSO MANDATES THAT THE SCREENING OF ALL U.S.-BOUND SHIPS IN FOREIGN PORTS WITHIN FIVE YEARS BUT GIVES THE HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY FLEXIBILITY TO DELAY IMPLEMENTATION IN CERTAIN CASES. THE CONFERENCE REPORT REQUIRES A NEW ELECTRONIC TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION SYSTEM TO SCREEN VISITORS FROM COUNTRIES PARTICIPATING IN THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM. THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER, ALSO STRENGTHENS THE CIVIL LIBERTIES ISSUES. IT REQUIRES TO DISCLOSE SPENDING REQUESTED AND APPROVED FOR THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY FOR TWO YEARS. AND THE BILL PROVIDES CIVIL IMMUNITY TO THOSE IN GOOD FAITH WHO REPORTS SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES THAT THREATEN THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF PASSENGERS ON THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM OR THERE COULD BE AN ACT OF TERRORISM. BEFORE I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO SAY ON THE RECORD THAT I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT THE PROVISIONS I AUTHORED TO GIVE T.S.A. SCREENERS COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS AND WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTIONS WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE FINAL BILL. THOUGH NOT IN EXPLICIT 9/11 RECOMMENDATION --

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  • 02:22:46 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:22:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:22:52 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, DR. GINGREY.

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    MR. GINGREY

    LEGISLATION TO SUSPEND THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM. FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW,…

    LEGISLATION TO SUSPEND THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM. FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW, THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM WAS ESTABLISHED BACK IN 1986 AS A TEMPORARY PROGRAM, MR. SPEAKER, ALLOWING TOURISTS OR SHORT-TERM BUSINESS VISITORS TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES FOR 90 DAYS OR LESS WITHOUT OBTAINING A VISA. THE PROGRAM WAS MADE PERMANENT AND IT INCLUDES 27 COUNTRIES. THE PROBLEM WITH THIS SYSTEM, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT TERRORISTS ARE NOT LIMITED BY BORDERS, NATIONALITY OR EVEN ETHNICITY. A TERRORIST WITH A FRENCH PASSPORT CAN JUST AS -- BE JUST AS DANGEROUS AS ONE FROM IRAN. IN SHORT, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE WHO ENTERS THIS COUNTRY IS APPROPRIATELY SCREENED. THIS CONFERENCE REPORT WILL EXPAND THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM SIMPLY AT THE DISCRETION OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE. MANY OF US READ IN THE NEWS THIS SUMMER THAT THE FAILED LONDON AND GLASS COULD YOU BOMBINGS ARE LINKED TO HOME GROWN BRITISH TERRORISTS WITH TIES TO ALK IN IRAQ. I DON'T DOUBT THAT THE UNITED KINGDOM ARE OUR CLOSEST ALLIES, BUT THIS GOES TO SHOW THAT EVEN OUR GREATEST FRIENDS CAN BE VULNERABLE TO HOME-GROWN TERRORISTS THAT HAVE LEGAL PASSPORTS. GIVING PASSPORTS TO THEM, IT ONLY STRENGTHENS THESE TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. WE CANNOT AFFORD ADDITIONAL VISA WAIVER COUNTRIES AND PROVIDE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR TERRORISTS TO BREACH A LOOPHOLE IN OUR SECURITY. HOW MUCH TIME DOES OUR NATION HAVE BEFORE IMMIGRATION CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENTS, OUR AIR MARSHALS, THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION MISSES THE NEXT RICHARD REID. SO, MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING, THIS CONFERENCE REPORT WILL NOT HELP OUR HOMELAND IF IT ALLOWS TERRORISTS TO TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES. AND AS A MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, I WILL NOT SIGN REPORT WITH THIS LANGUAGE IN THIS PROGRAM. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE DOWN ON THE RULE AND THE LEGISLATION. LET'S SEND IT BACK TO THE CONFERENCE AND SECURE OUR HOMELAND. AND WITH THAT I'D 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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    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PRIVILEGED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PRIVILEGED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LANTOS, WHO IS CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, AND WHO HAS WORKED ACTIVELY AND DILIGENTLY FOR THE SECURITY OF THIS NATION.

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    MR. LANTOS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CONFERENCE AGREEMENT. LET ME EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION FOR THE FINE WORK OF THE CHAIRMAN, THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, MY FRIEND, BENNIE THOMPSON. MOORK, WHEN THE PERPETRATORS OF THE 9/11 ATTACKS BOARDED THEIR FLIGHTS IN A CRISP SEPTEMBER MORNING, THEY HOPED TO CRUSH THE AMERICAN SPIRIT. THEY WERE PROFOUNDLY MISTAKEN. IN THE FIRST FEW WEEKS FOLLOWING THE TERRORIST ATTACKS, OUR NATION RALLIED TO HELP THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO RECONSTRUCT NEW YORK CITY AND THE PENTAGON. BUT OUR RESOLVE DID NOT STOP THERE. WE STEADFASTLY COMMITTED TO THE LONG-TERM GOAL OF PREVENTING FUTURE TERRORIST ATTACKS ON OUR SHORES. TO ACCOMPLISH THIS, WE CONVENED SOME OF OUR BEST AND BRIGHTEST MINDS FROM BOTH THE DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN PARTIES TO MAP OUT A COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY TO PREVENT ANOTHER TERRORIST DISASTER. WITH THIS BILL TODAY, WE WILL FULLY IMPLEMENT THE SOUND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THIS BIPARTISAN 9/11 COMMISSION AND TAKE CONCRETE STEPS TO STRENGTHEN THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION. I AM PLEASED THAT THE CONFERENCE AGREEMENT CONTAINS SEVERAL PROVISIONS AUTHORED BY THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE TO FIGHT TERRORISM AND TO STOP THE PROLIFERATION OF DANGEROUS WEAPONS. THE CONFERENCE AGREEMENT WILL BOOST OUR EFFORTS TO WORK WITH OTHER NATIONS TO SECURE NUCLEAR MATERIALS AND REIN IN LOOSE NUKES MORE EFFECTIVELY. IT WILL INCREASE THE VOICE OF AMERICA AND OUR OTHER BROADCASTING SERVICES TO QUICKLY RAMP UP THEIR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY EFFORTS IN FUTURE CRISES. AND WITH THIS BILL, WE WILL REQUIRE THE ADMINISTRATION TO DEVELOP A BETTER STRATEGY FOR CULTIVATING U.S. RELATIONSHIPS WITH THREE COUNTRIES CRUCIAL TO OUR COUNTERTERRORIST EFFORTS, SAUDI ARABIA, AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATIFIED THAT THE CONFERENCE AGREEMENT INCLUDES PROVISIONS FROM THE ADVANCED DEMOCRACY ACT. THIS IMPORTANT BILL FIRMLY AFFIXES THE ADVANCEMENT OF FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY AS ONE OF OUR TOP FOREIGN POLICY OBJECTIVES AND REQUIRES LONG-TERM PLANS TO PROMOTE DEMOCRACY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. RECENTLY, THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE HAS BEGUN DRAFTING STRATEGIES FOR MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRIES. THE CONFERENCE AGREEMENTS INCLUDES A REQUIREMENT FOR NEW WRITTEN SPECIFIC STRATEGIES FOR ALL NON-DEMOCRATIC AND DEMOCRATIC TRANSITIONED COUNTRIES, BUILDING ON THE IMPORTANT WORK OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE HAS BEEN DOING IN THE MIDDLE EAST. THIS METHOD WILL ENSURE THAT WE FOCUS ON INSTITUTIONS AND --

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    MR. SESSIONS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLN, -- FROM FLORIDA, MR. MICA.

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    MR. MICA

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    AFFECTED IN HER DISTRICT IN NEW YORK DURING 9/11, I WOULD JUST SAY TO MY…

    AFFECTED IN HER DISTRICT IN NEW YORK DURING 9/11, I WOULD JUST SAY TO MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA THAT WHEN HE AND HIS PARTY WERE IN CHARGE, THE QUESTION IS WHAT DID THEY DO? DID THEY PASS $250 MILLION ONLYLY FOR AIRPORT SCREENING, DID THEY PASS $450 MILLION FOR BAGGAGE SCREENING? DID THEY 100% SCREENING WITHIN FIVE YEARS? DID THEY PROTECT FROM LAWSUITS PEOPLE WHO IN GOOD FAITH REPORT WHAT THEY BELIEVE ARE TERRORIST ACTIVITIES AROUND AIRPLANES, TRAINS OR BUSES? DID THEY DO STRONGER SECURITY MEASURES? NO, THEY DID NONE OF THAT. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED LADY FROM NEW YORK WHO REALLY KNOWS ABOUT 9/11, MS. MALONEY.

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    MRS. MALONEY

    PRIORITY AND FOR IMPLEMENTING ALL OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 9/11…

    PRIORITY AND FOR IMPLEMENTING ALL OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION AND MAKING IT A PRIORITY. THIS BILL WAS H.R. 1, THE FIRST BILL INTRODUCED UNDER THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS AND IT INCREASES FUNDING IN MANY AREAS, PARTICULARLY THE INTEROPERABILITY OF FIRST RESPONDERS. THE PHONES DID NOT WORK ON 9/11. THE COMMUNICATIONS DID NOT WORK. THEY STILL DO NOT WORK. THIS WILL MOVE US TOWARDS RESPONDING TO OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. $4 BILLION FOR RAIL AND SECURITY AND TRAINS AND BUSES. VERY IMPORTANTLY, IT CALLS THAT OUR GRANTS, OUR GRANTS THAT ARE BASED ON HIGH THREAT, ON SECURITY RISK IS BASED JUST ON THAT, SECURITY RISK, SO THAT THE MONEY GOES WHERE IT'S NEEDED, NOT IN PORK BARREL POLITICS. AND TODAY MARKS THE END OF A VERY LONG JOURNEY THAT ALONG WITH MY OF MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE INCLUDING REPRESENTATIVE SHAYS AND 9/11 FAMILY MEMBERS, WHEN WE JOINED TOGETHER AND FORMED THE 9/11 COMMISSION CAUCUS AND INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO IMPLEMENT ALL OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS, WHILE THE BILL THAT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW IN 2004 DID NOT INCLUDE EVERYTHING IN THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT OUR BILL CALLED FOR, IT WAS A NECESSARY FIRST STEP IN THE PROCESS AND WE ARE COMPLETING THAT PROCESS TODAY. THE FIRST BILL WAS THE FIRST BILL, A MAJOR REORGANIZATION OF OUR GOVERNMENT SINCE 1946 AND COORDINATED 15 DIFFERENT AGENCIES UNDER THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE DIRECTOR AND IT MOVED US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THIS BILL COMPLETES THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMISSION IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. ALL THE MEMBERS HAVE ENDORSED THIS LEGISLATION. I WANT TO NOTE THE HEROIC EFFORTS OF THE 9/11 FAMILY MEMBERS, INCLUDING MARRY AND FRANK, BEVERLY, CAROL, ABRAHAM, AND KERRY. THEY HAVE WORKED SELFLESSLY AND TIRELESSLY FOR YEARS TO PASS THIS. THEY ARE AN INSPIRATION TO ME AND THIS BODY. AND I DO NOT BELIEVE THESE BILLS WOULD HAVE PASSED WITHOUT THEM. I WANT TO NOTE THE PROVISIONS IN THE CONFERENCE REPORT THAT STRENGTHENS THE PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES BOARD MORE TO THE WAY THAT THE 9/11 COMMISSION RECOMMENDED, A STRONG BOARD, NOT THE VERY WEAK ONE THAT THE PREVIOUS MAJORITY CHAMPIONED THFMENT BILL ESTABLISHES A STRONG, INDEPENDENT BOARD WITH SUBPOENA POWER. AND THIS CONFERENCE REPORT WILL ACHIEVE MANY MORE SIGNIFICANT REFORMS. IT WILL MAKE OUR COUNTRY SAFER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE, THE UNDERLYING BILL, SO WE WILL STRENGTHEN OUR HOMELAND SECURITY AND OUR DEFENSES AGAINST ANOTHER TERRORIST ATTACK. IT IS BASED ON MERIT. IT IS BASED ON THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT. I URGE AN AYE.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    YORK SINCE SHE IS AN EXPERT ON THIS LEGISLATION, IF SHE WOULD. REPUBLICANS…

    YORK SINCE SHE IS AN EXPERT ON THIS LEGISLATION, IF SHE WOULD. REPUBLICANS TRIED OUR VERY BEST, OTHER THAN DEMANDING THAT THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST WOULD BE APPLIED TO TRAINS AND PASSENGERS TO PEOPLE LIKE ON TRAINS AND AMTRAK, AND CAN THE GENTLEWOMAN TELL ME IF THAT WAS ADDED IN THIS CONFERENCE REPORT.

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    MRS. MALONEY

    IT IS NOT IN THIS CONFERENCE REPORT AND NOT IN THE UNDERLYING BILL.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MRS. MALONEY

    GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. SESSIONS

    KNOW, SIR OF DOLLARS THAT ARE BEING SPENT FOR MORE SECURITY OFFICERS AND…

    KNOW, SIR OF DOLLARS THAT ARE BEING SPENT FOR MORE SECURITY OFFICERS AND THE DEMOCRATS FAILED TO DO THE SIMPLEST THING AND THAT IS AT THE TIME YOU BUY A TICKET, SEING IF YOU ARE ON A TERRORIST WATCH LIST. IT IS INCREDIBLY ARROGANT THAT THIS CONGRESS WOULD STAND UP AND SAY WE ARE DOING ALL WE CAN DO AND NOW WE DON'T IDENTIFY THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST TO PEOPLE WHO MIGHT BE ON OUR TRAIN.

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  • 02:41:29 PM

    MRS. MALONEY

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. SESSIONS

    MR. SPEAKER, I CONTROL THE TIME. I ASK FOR REGULAR ORDER.

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    MRS. MALONEY

    TRAINS THAT MOVE OVER 800,000 PEOPLE A DAY ON ONE LINE?

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, MR.…

    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, MR. SMITH FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

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    MR. SMITH

    I THANK CONGRESSMAN SESSIONS FOR YIELDING. AND I OPPOSE THE CONFERENCE…

    I THANK CONGRESSMAN SESSIONS FOR YIELDING. AND I OPPOSE THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO H.R. 1, AND I OPPOSE THIS RULE THAT PROVIDES FOR ITS CONSIDERATION AS WELL. MR. SPEAKER, WHILE THE CONFERENCE REPORT CLAIMS TO PROTECT AMERICANS FROM FOREIGN TERRORISTS, WE SHOULD BE AWARE THAT, IN FACT, IT DOES JUST THE OPPOSITE. SPECIFICALLY, IT CHANGES THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM CAN DO US GREAT HARM. THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM ENABLES CITIZENS OF CERTAIN COUNTRIES TO TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES WITH STAYS 30 DAYS OR LESS WITHOUT OBTAINING A VISA. TO QUALIFY FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM, COUNTRIES MUST MEET CERTAIN ESTABLISHED CRITERIA, WHICH INCLUDES SECURITY STANDARDS FOR THEIR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AT -- AND A VERY LOW RATE OF NATIONALS WHOSE VISAS ARE DENIED. THE CONFERENCE REPORT LANGUAGE NEEDLESSLY LOWERS THE STANDARDS OF THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM. HOW CAN WE CONSIDER THE EXPANSION OF THIS PROGRAM KNOWING THAT IT HAS ALREADY BEEN ABUSED BY TWO TERRORISTS? THE PRESIDENT OF 9/11 FAMILIES FOR SECURITY OF AMERICA WHOSE SON WAS KILLED ON 9/11 SAYS QUOTE, AS FAMILY MEMBERS OF AMERICANS WHO WERE MURDERED ON 9/11, WE ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED THAT SOME IN CONGRESS ARE WORKING TO EXPAND THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM. IT IS RECKLESS AND IRRESPONSIBLE TO CONSIDER EXPANDING THE PROGRAM IN THESE PERILOUS TIMES, ESPECIALLY TO ACCEPT COUNTRIES THAT DO NOT EVEN MEET CURRENT STANDARDS. CONGRESS CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT PASS A LAW THAT WOULD LEAVE THE DOOR WIDE OPEN FOR MORE TERRORISTS, END QUOTE. LOWERING THE STANDARDS FOR THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM THREATENS NATIONAL SECURITY AND MAKES A MOCKRY OF OUR EFFORTS TO COMBAT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. MANY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS COME TO THE U.S. LEGALLY ON A TEMPORARY BASIS AND NEVER RETURN TO THEIR HOME COUNTRY. THE CONFERENCE REPORT ALLOWS THE ADMINISTRATION TO PERMIT COUNTRIES WITH A HISTORY OF VISA OVERSTAYERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM, GUARANTEEING AN INCREASE IN ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. THE ADMINISTRATION PLANS TO ADMIT COUNTRIES TO THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM THAT COME NOWHERE CLOSE TO MEETING CURRENT STANDARDS. THEY WANT TO REWARD COUNTRIES THAT HAVE COOPERATED WITH US ON THE WAR ON TERROR AND WE ALL APPRECIATE THE ASSISTANCE OF OUR ALLIES, BUT THIS IS NO WAY TO CONDUCT FOREIGN POLICY. IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE TO LOWER THE STANDARDS FOR THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM AND MAKE IT EASIER FOR TERRORISTS TO GET INTO THE U.S. THIS IS NO WAY TO PROTECT AMERICAN LIVES. IT'S BAD ENOUGH THAT THE ADMINISTRATION DOESN'T ENFORCE MANY CURRENT IMMIGRATION LAWS. IT IS INEXCUSEABLE THAT IT WOULD INTENTIONALLY CHANGE THE LAW, KNOWING IT WILL ENDANGER AMERICAN LIVES AND INCREASE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. IT IS SO OBVIOUS THAT THIS CHANGE IN THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM WILL RESULT IN MORE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND THE INEVITABLE ENTRY OF TERRORISTS THAT THE ADMINISTRATION MUST NOW TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE PREDICTABLE RESULTS. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS RULE AND THE CONFERENCE REPORT AS WELL. 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 FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. HARMAN. AND…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. HARMAN. AND SHE AND I SERVED ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND PERHAPS SHE MIGHT BE ABLE TO EDUCATE MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS REGARDING WATCH LISTS AND HOW DIFFICULT IT WOULD BE IN ORDER TO HAVE WATCH LISTS AS MRS. MALONEY PUT IT FOR 800,000 PEOPLE ON A RAIL LINE IN NEW YORK ALONE.

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    MS. HARMAN

    GENTLEMAN ENTHUSIASTICALLY WORKED WITH, AND LEAD CO-SPONSOR, MR. HOEKSTRA,…

    GENTLEMAN ENTHUSIASTICALLY WORKED WITH, AND LEAD CO-SPONSOR, MR. HOEKSTRA, WAS A PERSONAL HIGHLIGHT OF MY SERVICE HERE. AND I'M HONORED TO BE A CONFEREE ON THIS BILL AND TO STAND WITH CHAIRMAN THOMPSON AND RANKING MEMBER KING IN SUPPORT OF IF. THE BILL PASSED THE SENATE, THE REPORT PASSED THE SENATE 85-8 LAST NIGHT. ARE PEOPLE SERIOUSLY GOING TO OPPOSE A BILL TO IMPLEMENT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION? SURE THERE'S MORE TO DO, BUT HERE ARE TWO TERRIFIC THINGS IN THIS BILL. NUMBER ONE, IT IMPROVES VERTICAL INFORMATION SHARING BETWEEN THE FEDERAL INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS AND LOCAL FIRST RESPONDERS, CRUCIAL IF WE'RE TO PREVENT FUTURE ATTACKS. A GROWING POSSIBILITY, ACCORDING TO THE RECENTLY N.I.E. ON TERRORISM. THE NEXT ATTACKS COULD BE ANYWHERE. WE NEED OUR CAPABLE FIRST PREVENTERS TO HAVE INFORMATION. SECOND, IT WILL REFORM THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM, WHICH I AGREE, AS IT CURRENTLY OPERATES, IS A POTENTIAL LOOPHOLE. I WORRY THAT A TERRORIST TRAIN TRAVELING ON A BRITISH PASSPORT COULD USE THAT PROGRAM TO COME HERE AND TO ENABLE A HOMEGROWN CELL TO CONDUCT AN EFFECTIVE OPERATION AGAINST AMERICANS IN AMERICA. WE NEED TO TIGHTEN THAT PROGRAM AND THIS BILL DOES IT. THERE ARE THINGS NOT IN THIS BILL. I THINK WE NEED MORE REORGANIZATION OF CONGRESS, AND I ALSO THINK THAT THE LEGISLATION PROPOSED BY ALL NINE DEMOCRATS ON THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE LAST YEAR TO PROVIDE AN EXPEDITED EMERGENCY WARRANT PROCESS UNDER FISA SHOULD BE ENACTED BY THIS HOUSE. THAT'S ALL THE REFORM OF FISA WE NEED. WE HAVE AUTHORITY NOW TO LISTEN TO FOREIGNERS ABROAD DESPITE SOME CLAIMS BY THE OTHER SIDE. THE ONLY THING NECESSARY ARE PROCEDURAL REFORMS AND WE SHOULD ENACT THEM PROMPTLY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    I'M PLEASED TO KNOW HOW MUCH WE'RE PROTECTING THIS COUNTRY. I THINK WHAT…

    I'M PLEASED TO KNOW HOW MUCH WE'RE PROTECTING THIS COUNTRY. I THINK WHAT THE GENTLEWOMAN ALSO FORGOT TO SAY IS THAT IN COMMITTEE THEY DENIED C.B.P. THE ABILITY TO EVEN LOOK AT PASSENGER'S NAMES WHO WERE COMING IN ON RAIL FROM OTHER COUNTRIES TO THE UNITED STATES. ONCE AGAIN, ANOTHER FAILURE FROM THIS DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FLEE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW MEXICO,

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    MRS. WILSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THE RULE FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THE RULE FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT. IF THE RULE IS DEFEATED, THE HOUSE SHOULD TURN ITS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION TO THE CRITICAL PROBLEM FACING THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY HERE AND THE CONFEREES HAD A PERFECT FUENT TO ADD THE MOST IMPORTANT ACTION THAT THIS CONGRESS MUST TAKE BEFORE WE LEAVE IN AUGUST INTO THIS CONFERENCE REPORT, AND THAT IS CRITICAL REFORMS TO THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT. THE PROBLEM IS WHAT THIS BILL DOES NOT DO. IT IS THE PERFECT VEHICLE, THE PERFECT TRAIN LEAVING THE STATION TO GET A BILL DOWN TO THE PRESIDENT AND GET HIS SIGNATURE IMMEDIATELY ON FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE REFORM. BUT IT'S GOING TO GO TO THE PRESIDENT WITHOUT THE MOST CRITICAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WE SHOULD BE WORKING ON. THIS IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO FIX THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT. JUST YESTERDAY, THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, MIKE MCCONNELL, WROTE TO THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE, AND IN HIS LETTER HE SAID, QUOTE, SIMPLY PUT, IN A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF CASES, WE ARE IN A POSITION OF HAVING TO OBTAIN COURT ORDERS TO EFFECTIVELY COLLECT FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE ABOUT FOREIGN TARGETS LOCATED OVERSEAS. HE WENT ON TO SAY, IN SHORT, RESOURCE ALLOCATION IS NOT THE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE WE FACE IN THIS AREA, BUT INSTEAD A FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM WITH A LAW THAT REQUIRES MODIFICATION TO ENSURE WE ARE PROTECTING AMERICA WHILE RESPECTING THE PRIVACY RIGHTS OF AMERICANS. IT IS ESSENTIAL, HE SAID, THAT THE ADMINISTRATION AND CONGRESS WORK TOGETHER AND WITHOUT DELAY TO CLOSE THE CURRENT INTELLIGENCE GAP BY AMENDING THE FISA STATUTE. THE RESPONSIBILITY IS HERE IN THIS BODY TO FIX THIS LAW AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT DELAY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN LISTEN TO FOREIGNERS IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES WHO USING OUR COMMUNICATIONS' NETWORKS TO PLOT TO KILL US. THIS HOUSE HAS FAILED TO ACT. I, AGAIN, CALL ON THE LEADERSHIP OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND THE SPEAKER, PERSONALLY, BEFORE WE ADJOURN FOR AUGUST, TO BRING FISA REFORM LEGISLATION TO THIS FLOOR. AND I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE RULE.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MARKEY, WHO IS ON THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON GLOBAL WARMING. AND MR. MARKEY HAS FOUGHT DILIGENTLY DEALING WITH AIRPORT SCREENING. THE GENTLEMAN ISN'T IN HERE NOW THAT TALKED ABOUT SCREENING AS BEING SOMETHING NOT IMPORTANT.

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    MR. MARKEY

    THIS LEGISLATION IS HISTORIC. I CONGRATULATE CHAIRMAN THOMPSON, I…

    THIS LEGISLATION IS HISTORIC. I CONGRATULATE CHAIRMAN THOMPSON, I CONGRATULATE THE STAFF, I CONGRATULATE THE BIPARTISAN NATURE FOR THE VAST MAJORITY OF THIS LEGISLATION. AND IT OVERDUE. IT IS OVERDUE. WE MUST PUT IN PLACE THE DEFENSE NOW AGAIN AL QAEDA RETURNING TO FINISH THEIR PLOT AGAINST US HERE IN THE HOMELAND. AL QAEDA CAME TO BOSTON TO BEGIN THIS ATTACK. THERE'S NO REASON TO BELIEVE THEY CAN'T RETURN TO THOSE VERY SAME PLANES, TO THOSE VERY SAME DOCKS WHERE AL QAEDA CAME IN. THEY CAME IN THROUGH THE PORTS OF BOSTON TO IN FACT WREAK THIS CATASTROPHIC EVENT IN THIS COUNTRY. VOTE YES ON THIS BILL.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. HOEKSTRA.

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    MR. HOEKSTRA

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LIKE TO SAY TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE PROVISION IS SIMPLY A TWO-YEAR PILOT…

    LIKE TO SAY TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE PROVISION IS SIMPLY A TWO-YEAR PILOT THAT ONLY INDICATES THE AMOUNT OF THE INTELLIGENCE BUDGET. WE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT INTELLIGENCE IS, BUT I THINK WE NEED TO LOOK AT THE WHOLE BILL OF H.R. 1. AND MANY OF US SOMETIMES NEED TO BE REMINDED OF THE ENORMITY OF THAT DAY. I'M VERY GLAD TO STAND HERE AND SUPPORT THE RULE FOR H.R. 1, THE 9/11 CONFERENCE REPORT, BECAUSE IT EMPHASIZED UNIQUE AND NEW APPROACHES TO SECURITY. HOW MORE COMFORTED WE ARE AS TRAVELERS TO KNOW THAT CARGO IS BEING INSPECTED IN PORTS, CONSUMERS OR THOSE WHO UNDERSTAND HOW VULNERABLE PORTS ARE. I KNOW IT WELL. I HAVE ONE OF THE LARGEST PORTS IN THE UNITED STATES IN MY COMMUNITY, THE HOUSTON PORT. HOW MANY OF US ARE MORE COMFORTED ABOUT CARGO BEING INSPECTED IN AIRLINES? HOW MANY OF US ARE MORE COMFORTED THAT WE WILL HAVE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY GRANTS THAT GO DIRECTLY TO THE TRANSPORTATION ENTITIES LIKE BUSES, LIKE AIRPLANES, LIKE SUBWAYS, LIKE AMTRAK AND OTHERS? HOW DISAPPOINTED I AM THAT WE DIDN'T RECOGNIZE THE HARD-WORKING PEOPLE THAT WORK FOR US EVERY DAY THAT WE COULDN'T GIVE THEM COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS FOR THE TRANSPORTATION WORKERS. BUT WE ARE GOING TO BE DOING BETTER. WE WILL DO PROFESSIONAL TRAINING. THIS IS A BILL TO REMIND US OF WHERE WE'VE COME FROM AND WHERE WE'RE GOING. INTEROPERABILITY, INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM. AND FINALLY, LET ME MIGHT SAY, WE LOST LIVES ON 9/11 BECAUSE WE WERE NOT PREPARED IN TERMS OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. WE WERE NOT PREPARED IN TERMS OF THE SUPPORTING LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. TODAY WE ARE PREPARED. WE SHALL NEVER FORGET. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    OUR TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. .

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    MR. HASTINGS

    ON THE SCIENCE AND SUBCOMMITTEE ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MR. WU

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND CONFERENCE REPORT. AS I'M HONORED TO…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND CONFERENCE REPORT. AS I'M HONORED TO SERVE ON THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE. IT WAS A GOOD TEAM EFFORT. AS ANYONE WHO KNOWS TEAMS SPORTS KNOWS, IT TAKES A GOOD OFFENSE AND GOOD DEFENSE TO MAKE A GOOD TEAM. THIS BILL TAKES IMPORTANT STEPS TOWARD BUILDING A GOOD DEFENSE, AND GOOD DEFENSE TODAY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER BECAUSE OUR OFFENSE HAS MISCARRIED SO BADLY. THERE WE WERE PURSUING OSAMA BIN LADEN LITERALLY TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, TO TORA BORA, WHEN THIS ADMINISTRATION STEERED US OFF THAT COURSE AND INTO THE CULL DESACK OF IRAQ. -- CULLDY SACK OF IRAQ. -- CUL DE SAC OF IRAQ. WE NEED THIS BILL NOT JUST AS LEGISLATION BUT AS A REMINDER TO CARRY FORTH THE OVERSIGHT THIS CONGRESS HAS TRADITIONALLY EXERTED. THE JURISDICTION OF MY SUBCOMMITTEE AND OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE OF THE DOMESTIC NUCLEAR DETECTION OFFICE IS MORE CRUCIAL THAN EVER AS THAT BODY CHOOSES TECHNOLOGIES TO PROTECT THIS NATION GOING FORWARD. ETERNAL VIGILANCE IS THE CALL FOR THE DAY. AND I AM COMMITTED TO EXERTING THAT VIGILANCE GOING FORWARD FROM THIS DAY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    OUR TIME.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    SPEAKER PLEASE ADVICE BOTH SIDES THE REMAINING TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS SIX MINUTES AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS FIVE…

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS SIX MINUTES AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I'D ASK, DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS?

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    MR. SESSIONS

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS INQUIRY. AT THIS TIME DO I NOT HAVE ANY…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS INQUIRY. AT THIS TIME DO I NOT HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS OTHER THAN MY CLOSE.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF.

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    MR. CARNEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. HASTINGS FOR HIS TIME. I…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. HASTINGS FOR HIS TIME. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE CERTAINLY. I FIND IT A LITTLE BIT ODD, PERHAPS CURIOUS THAT OUR FRIEND FROM TEXAS ON THE OTHER SIDE TALKED ABOUT SECURITY FAILURES. THIS TALKS ABOUT FIXING SECURITY FAILURES. I'M VERY PLEASED WITH THIS BILL AND THE BIPARTISAN EFFORTS TO ENSURE OUR NATION'S SAFETY AND MAKE OUR HOMELAND MORE SECURE. SINCE COMING TO CONGRESS, ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS I HAVE BEEN CONCERNED WITH IS THE INTEROPERABILITY QUESTION BETWEEN FIRST RESPONDERS. THE 9/11 COMMISSION CITED THIS AS ONE OF THE CRITICAL WEAKNESSES IN OUR SECURE SYSTEM. THIS BILL ADDRESS THAT IS FAILURE AND PUTS $1.6 BILLION, IN FACT, INTO FIXING THAT AND ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM OVER FIVE YEARS. THIS IS CRIT CAM FOR THE URBAN -- CRITICAL FOR THE URBAN AREAS AND RURAL AREAS I REPRESENT. THE BILL ALSO CONTAINS MEASURES TO PROMOTE INFORMATION SHARING BETWEEN LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. THIS IS ANOTHER RECOMMENDATION, SOMETHING WE MUST STRENGTHEN. WE HAVE ALSO STRENGTHENED EFFORTS TO PREVENT TERRORIST TRAVEL. THE BILL STRENGTHENS THE HUMAN SMUGGLING AND TRAFFICKING SENT EARN ADDS PERSONNEL TO IT. AGAIN IN DIRECT RESPONSE TO THE 9/11 COMMISSION'S RECOMMENDATIONS. THE BILL ALSO ENHANCES SECURITY IN THE TRANSPORTATION SECTOR. WE MUST DO MORE TO MAKE OUR TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE SAFE AND THIS DOES THIS. IN CLOSING, I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO MAKE OUR NATION SAFER. AND TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE RULE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    OUR TIME.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. CHRISTENSEN

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MRS. CHRISTENSEN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    MR. SPEAKER. CONSISTENT WITH MY AGREEMENT I WILL RESERVE AND HOLD MY TIME…

    MR. SPEAKER. CONSISTENT WITH MY AGREEMENT I WILL RESERVE AND HOLD MY TIME UNTIL THE GENTLEMAN IS THROUGH WITH HIS SPEAKERS.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    PLEASED AT THIS TIME TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO,…

    PLEASED AT THIS TIME TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. PERLMUTTER.

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    MR. PERLMUTTER

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. PERLMUTTER

    I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I'LL RESERVE MY TIME, WHATEVER TIME I HAVE REMAINING, UNTIL THE GENTLEMAN…

    I'LL RESERVE MY TIME, WHATEVER TIME I HAVE REMAINING, UNTIL THE GENTLEMAN HAS CLOSED FOR HIS SIDE AND YIELD BACK. I ASK, MR. SPEAKER, HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE REMAINING?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS FIVE MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MR. SESSION

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. MR. SPEAKER, I WILL BE ASKING FOR A…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. MR. SPEAKER, I WILL BE ASKING FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION FOR THIS RULE. IF THE PREVIOUS QUESTION FAILS, WILL I ASK THE HOUSE TO AMEND THE RULE TO PROVIDE FOR SEPARATE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3138 WHICH WOULD AMEND THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT OF 1978 TO UPDATE THE DEFINITION OF ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE. MR. SPEAKER, OUR COUNTRY IS FACING A SERIOUS PROBLEM THAT MUST BE ADDRESSED BEFORE THE HOUSE ADJOURNS 234 AUGUST -- IN AUGUST. AND TO DATE THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY HAS CONTINUED TO SHIRK THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP AMERICA SAFE BY IGNORING THIS SERIOUSNESS OF THIS THREAT. TODAY THE RULES COMMITTEE MET TO PASS A RULE FOR THE EIGHT-MILE WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS ACT. HOWEVER THIS DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP CANNOT SEEM TO FIND TIMELE TO SCHEDULE CONSIDERATION OF LEGISLATION THAT CLARIFIES ONE VERY SIMPLE AND CRITICAL THING AND THAT IS THAT THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT WILL NO LONGER BE REQUIRED TO GET A WARRANT TO LISTEN TO FOREIGN TERRORISTS WHO ARE NOT EVEN LOCATED IN THE UNITED STATES. MR. SPEAKER, REPEATEDLY MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE HAVE COME TO THE FLOOR FOR WEEKS AND WEEKS AND WEEKS ASKING FOR THAT ABILITY TO MAKE SURE WE CAN GET THIS DONE TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE TRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE C.I.A. HAVE TESTIFIED TO CONGRESS THAT UNDER CURRENT LAW THEIR HANDS ARE TIED. AS DIRECTOR MCCONNELL RECENTLY TESTIFIED, FISA IS OUTDATED AND HAS BEEN MADE OBSOLETE BY TECHNOLOGY. I MIGHT ALSO SAY, AND THE LAWS GOVERNING THAT. AND TODAY OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY IS FORCED TO OBTAIN WARRANTS TO LISTEN TO TERRORISTS OUTSIDE OF OUR NATION AND AS A RESULT WE ARE ACTUALLY MISSING, WE ARE MISSING A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF WHAT WE SHOULD BE GETTING. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S ONE THING TO BE ASLEEP. IT'S A DIFFERENT THING NOT TO EVEN WAKE UP AND SEE WHAT YOU NEED TO DO. IF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT-FACING DOWN THE THREAT, THEY WILL JOIN ME IN DEFEATING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO THE HOUSE WILL BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THIS VERY REAL AND SERIOUS THREAT IMMEDIATELY. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE IN MY AMENDMENT AND EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD AND I 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 GENTLEMAN FROM…

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

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YOU DO KNOW AND EVERY OTHER…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YOU DO KNOW AND EVERY OTHER MEMBER OF THIS BODY DOES KNOW THAT THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE YEAR 2004. SINCE THAT TIME AN ELECTION HAS OCCURRED. BEFORE THAT TIME AND EVEN BEFORE THIS 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT CAME INTO EXISTENCE, PRESIDENT BUSH DID NOT EVEN WANT TO APPOINT A 9/11 COMMISSION. HE CAME KICKING AND DRAGGING AND SCREAMING TO EVEN CAUSE IT TO COME INTO EXISTENCE. AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE BY LEE HAMILTON AND GOVERNOR KEEN AND OTHER -- KEANE AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THAT COMMITTEE HAVE RECOMMENDED TO THIS BODY IN 2004 THAT WE UNDERTAKE THESE MEASURES. SO NOW WE COME HERE AND I ASK THEM WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE THAT? THE ANSWER IS NOTHING. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BODY HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TODAY TO PASS THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. WE CAN'T AFFORD TO CONTINUE TO PROCRASTINATE AS MY COLLEAGUES DID SINCE 2004. TODAY THIS NEW DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY IS DELIVERING ANOTHER PIECE OF OUR SIX FOR 2006 PROMISES. TODAY THIS DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY IS PASSING AND SENDING THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS SIGNATURE THE 9/11 COMMISSION'S OUTSTANDING RECOMMENDATIONS. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT BAD PEOPLE WHO WANT TO DO BAD THINGS WILL ALWAYS TRY TO FIND A WAY TO SUCCEED. THIS CONFERENCE REPORT ENSURES THAT WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN HERE IN THE UNITED STATES AND ABROAD TO STOP THAT FROM HAPPENING. I URGE A YES VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND ON THE RULE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE RESOLUTION. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE RESOLUTION IS PASSED. AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI RISE? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI RISE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE?

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    I CALL UP CONFERENCE REPORT FOR H.R. 1.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CLERK WILL READ THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION ACT OF 2007.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WILL EACH CONTROL 15 MINUTES. THE CHOIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    WILL EACH CONTROL 15 MINUTES. THE CHOIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE TIME OF THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED.

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    HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. KING

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. KING

    THE --

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    MR. LUNGREN.

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    LUNGREN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. LUNGREN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ONE OF THE CONFEREES AS WELL AS THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ONE OF THE CONFEREES AS WELL AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE FOR THREE MINUTES, MR. OBERSTAR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR HOW LONG? THREE MINUTES

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    MR. OBERSTAR

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING THE TIME. I COMPLIMENT CHAIRMAN…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING THE TIME. I COMPLIMENT CHAIRMAN THOMPSON ON THE SUPERB WORK THAT HE'S DONE AS CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY. HE'S THE RIGHT MAN, THE RIGHT TIME, THE RIGHT PLACE. HE'S APPROACHED HIS RESPONSIBILITIES WITH GREAT SINCERITY AND FOCUS OF PURPOSE. HIS ACCOMPLISHES A GREAT DEAL, ENORMOUS AMOUNT -- IN THIS FIRST YEAR AS CHAIRMAN. AND HE HAS DEFENDED THE HOUSE POSITION ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT TO THE BEST OF HIS ABILITY AGAINST A RATHER OBSTRUCTIVE OTHER BODY. I HAD GREAT HE RACIALS ABOUT CREATING THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AT THE OUTSET. I OPPOSED THE FORMATION OF THE DEPARTMENT IN 2002 ON OPERATIONAL GROUNDS. FOUR YEARS LATER I STILL QUESTION THE DEPARTMENT'S EFFECTIVENESS IN MANAGING THE RESPONSIBILITIES WE HAVE HANDED TO IT. ON SIGNING THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT IN 2002, THE PRESIDENT SAID, OUR OBJECTIVE IS TO SPEND LESS ON OVERHEAD AND MORE ON PROTECTING NEIGHBORHOODS, BORDERS, AND SKIES FROM TERRORISTS. AT LEAST IN ONE RESPECT THIS BILL DOESN'T MEET THAT OBJECTIVE. THE CONFERENCE REPORT AUTHORIZES NEW RAIL, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, OVER-THE-ROAD BUS SECURITY GRAND PROGRAMS THAT WILL PROVIDE HISTORICALLY HIGH LEVELS OF FUNDING FOR THOSE MOLDS OF TRANSPORTATION. I'M FOR THAT. I SUPPORT THOSE NEEDED INVESTMENTS. BUT IN THE HOUSE BILL WE RECOGNIZE THAT THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY TO ADMINISTER THESE PROGRAMS AND GET THE MONEY TO THE RECIPIENTS WAS TO HAVE THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SHARE THOSE RESPONSIBILITIES. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IN THE HOUSE BILL WAS TO AWARD GRANT FUNDS BASED ON RISK AND SELECT GRANT RECIPIENTS AND THEN TRANSFER THOSE FUNDS TO D.O.T. WHICH THROUGH THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION ADMINISTERS $9 BILLION A YEAR EFFICIENTLY, EFFECTIVELY, ON TIME TO TRANSIT AGENCIES TO DISPERSE THOSE -- DISBURSE THOSE GRANTS WITH THE ALREADY AWARD WINNING PROGRAM. INSTEAD IN THE CONFERENCE WE MET NOTHING BUT OBSTRUCTION FROM THE OTHER BODY. I OFFERED SEVERAL FAIR, SENSIBLE COMPROMISES. HAVE G.A.O. REVIEW THE EXISTING GRANT PROGRAMS OF THE TWO DEPARTMENTS AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS. TO HAVE THE INSPECTORS GENERAL OF THE TWO DEPARTMENTS JOINTLY CERTIFY THAT D.H.S. WAS READY TO DISTRIBUTE GRANT FUNDS EFFICIENTLY AND MONITOR AND ENFORCE THE VARIOUS GRANT CERTIFICATIONS, INCLUDING LABOR PROTECTIONS. THAT WAS REJECTED AS THE PREVIOUS WAS REJECTED. OFFERED FOR DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DISTRIBUTE GRANT FUNDS IN THE EARLY QUEERS OF THE PROGRAM AND ALLOW -- EARLY YEARS OF THE PROGRAM AND ALLOW THEM TO CATCH UP. THAT WAS REJECTED. WHAT WE'LL HAVE NOW IS THE DEPARTMENTS OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND D.O.T. GETTING TOGETHER --

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. OBERSTAR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. KING

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. DENT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. DENT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NOTWITHSTANDING THE EXCESSIVELY PARTISAN COMMENTS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NOTWITHSTANDING THE EXCESSIVELY PARTISAN COMMENTS FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA THAT DO NOT SERVE THIS BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL PRODUCT WELL, DO I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN THOMPSON AND RANKING MEMBER KING OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE FOR THEIR HARD WORK TO BRING THIS VERY FINE BILL TOGETHER. AS A MEMBER OF THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, HI AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE FIRSTHAND THE EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP THESE TWO GENTLEMEN PROVIDED. I THANK THEM FOR THAT. THIS LEADERSHIP REALLY CAME TOGETHER AND REALLY TO THE FOREFRONT DURING THE DEBATE ON THE SO-CALLED JOHN DOUGH PROVISION -- JOHN DOE PROVISION TO MAKE THIS IMMUNITY GRANT PART OF THE BILL. THESE PROVISIONS WERE MADE NECESSARY BECAUSE OF AN OUTRAGEOUS LAWSUIT THAT ATTEMPTS TO FUNNISH AIRLINE PASSENGERS AND CREW FOR BEING VIGILANT. CONTRARY TO WHAT SOME MIGHT THINK, VIGILANCE ON THE PART OF OUR TRAVELING PUBLIC IS IMPORTANT ESPECIALLY DURING A TIME WHEN TERRORISTS WANT TO ATTACK US BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD. ABOVE AND BEYOND THE JOHN DOE LANGUAGE, THIS BILL HAS NOTEWORTHY ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAT ALLOWS A GREATER PERCENTAGE OF HURT FUNDS TO BE CONTRIBUTED BASED UPON RISK AND AUTHORIZES FUNDS FOR TRANSPORTATION SECURITY. FURTHER, AS RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND COMMUNICATIONS I WAS PLEASED THIS REPORT ESTABLISHES A NEW GRANT PROGRAM WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY THAT WILL PROMOTE THE DEVELOPMENT OF INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS. BUT WHILE THIS BILL HAS SOME GOOD PROVISIONS IT DOES LEAVE SOME 9/11 COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS AND SOME 9/11 COMMISSION BUSINESS UNDONE. ESPECIALLY IN TWO IMPORTANT AREAS. FIRST, IT DOES NOT ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF CONGRESSIONAL JURISDICTION OVER THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. AND IT DOES NOTHING TO PROMOTE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A COMPREHENSIVE SCREENING SYSTEM FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS ARRIVING AT OUR BORDER. HAD THE MAJORITY CHOSEN TO INCORPORATE MY FAST AND SECURE TRAVEL INITIATIVE INTO THIS LEGISLATION, WE WOULD HAVE DOVETAILED NICELY WITH THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY PROVISIONS CONTAINED WITHIN THE ACT. FRANKLY THAT SECOND RECOMMENDATION WOULD HAVE BEEN SATISFIED COMPLETELY. PASSAGE OF THIS CONFERENCE REPORT, THOUGH, IS ANOTHER PART OF OUR TENING EFFORTS TO KEEP OUR WHOMLAND SECURE. IT IS A LAUDABLE STEP. AS YOU CAN SEE THERE IS MORE TO DO. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    AND CONGRESS FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME. ONE MINUTE.

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    THE MAJORITY LEADER IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. HOYER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. KING

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MS. BROWN-WAITE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON THE CONFERENCE REPORT, H.R. 1. I DID NOT SIGN THE CONFERENCE REPORT BUT I WILL VOTE FOR THE BILL TODAY. THE BILL PROMISES SECURITY AND OFFERS THE HOPE OF CLOSING REMAINING LOOPHOLES IN OUR LAWS BY ENACTING THE REMAINING 9/11 COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION. BUT ON ONE HAND IT INCREASES SECURITY BUT ON THE OTHER IT UNDERMINES IT THROUGH A DANGEROUS EXPANSION OF THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM. WHENEVER WE ALLOW A COUNTRY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM, WE TAKE THE RISK OF ADMITTING FOREIGN CITIZENS WITHOUT ANY STATE DEPARTMENT SCREENING. I REALIZE THAT THE UNITED STATES SHOULD BE WORKING TOWARD CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR ALLIES IN THE WAR ON TERROR, BUT IT DOESN'T FOLLOW THAT WE SHOULD TURN A BLIND EYE TO THOSE SECURITY RISKS INVOLVED WITH FREE ACCESS TO THOSE COUNTRY'S CITIZENS. RICHARD REID, THE SHOE BOMBER, AND THE 9/11 CONSPIRATOR BOTH USED THIS PROGRAM TO SLIP INTO OUR COUNTRY WITHOUT CLOSE SCRUTINY. IN THIS BILL CONTINUES THAT VERY TROUBLING PROGRAM. CURRENTLY COUNTRIES MUST UNDERGO STRICT EVALUATION BEFORE BEING ADMITTED INTO THE PROGRAM. THE U.S. DOES NOT ADMIT COUNTRIES WHOSE CITIZENS HAVE A HIGH PERCENTAGE OF OVERSTAY OF THEIR VISAS. HOWEVER THIS BILL GIVES THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY THE CHOICE TO IGNORE A COUNTRY'S VISA OVERSTAY. THE PRESIDENT OF 9/11 FAMILIES FOR A SECURE AMERICA, PETER GADELL, HAS SAID THAT 9/11 FAMILIES HAVE GRAVE CONCERNS ABOUT CONGRESS EXPANDING THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM. AS PART OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS ACT THIS YEAR, I VOTED WITH 76 OF MY COLLEAGUES TO ELIMINATE THAT PROGRAM ALTOGETHER. RELUCTANTLY I WILL VOTE FOR THE CONFERENCE REPORT TODAY. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PRESSURE THE SPEAKER TO ADOPT A SEPARATE BILL ON THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM SO THAT AMERICANS CAN BE BETTER PROTECTED.

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    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'M PROUD TO PRESENT THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE FOR AS…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'M PROUD TO PRESENT THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO H.R. 1. I WANT TO…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO H.R. 1. I WANT TO COMMEND HOMELAND SECURITY CHAIRMAN BENNIE THOMPSON AND OTHERS FOR THEIR GOOD WORK. GOOD WORK ON THE BILL. I SUPPORT THE CONFERENCE REPORT BECAUSE I BELIEVE IT WILL BE -- IT WILL PROVE AMERICA'S SECURITY -- IMPROVE AMERICA'S SECURITY. I SOUGHT A SEAT ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE SO I COULD CONTINUE THE BIPARTISAN EFFORTS TO FURTHER STRENGTHEN OUR NATION'S HOMELAND DEFENSE. I WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT THIS BILL BYPASSED OUR COMMITTEE EARLIER THIS YEAR AND BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR WITHOUT THE OPPORTUNITY FOR AMENDMENT AND TIME FOR MEANINGFUL DEBATE THAT THESE SERIOUS SUBJECTS DESERVE. THE CONFERENCE REPORT IS, HOWEVER, AN IMPROVEMENT OVER THE BILL, THE HOUSE BILL APPROVED EARLIER THIS YEAR. THOUGH I DON'T HAVE TIME TO COVER ALL OF THE PROVISIONS, I'M PLEASED THAT RANKING MEMBER PETER KING'S COMMON SENSE PROPOSAL -- COMMON IS SENSE PROPOSAL -- COMMONSENSE PROPOSAL TO BRING SECURITY TO THOSE WHO REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY IS A PART OF THE BILL. THE SECURITY COORDINATORS FOR DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING RAIL SECURITY PLANS TO BE REAL AMERICAN CITIZENS, WHICH MAKES SENSE SINCE -- SINCE THE CITIZENSHIP IS REQUIRED FOR INDIVIDUALS SEEKING SECURITY CLEARANCES. THE SECOND WILL USE FOR RAIL TAINT CARS USE FOR CARRYING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TO DETERMINE HOW BEST TO SECURE THEM FROM AIN'T TACK AND MODELING ANALYSIS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE REAL WORLD CONSEQUENCES AND MOST EFFECTIVE MANNER TO MITIGATE THE RELEASE OF SUCH MATERIALS. MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THIS IS A GOOD BILL THAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER IF WE HAD FOLLOWED REGULAR ORDER AND GIVEN MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, HOMELAND SECURITY COMMISSION, AN OPPORTUNITY TO FULLY REVIEW AND REVISE ITS CONTENTS. I HOPE THAT WE'LL DO BETTER NEXT TIME. AND WE WILL HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY. I THINK THIS BILL IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND THEREFORE I URGE ADOPTION BY THIS BODY AND ENACTMENT BY THE PRESIDENT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, APPRECIATE IT, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE ON EACH SIDE?

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    GENTLEMAN AND, MR. SPEAKER, FOR YIELDING ME TIME. AND I WANT TO…

    GENTLEMAN AND, MR. SPEAKER, FOR YIELDING ME TIME. AND I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MY GOOD FRIEND MR. THOMPSON AND RANKING MEMBER KING FOR A GREAT JOB ON THIS LEGISLATION. PRIOR TO COMING TO CONGRESS, MR. SPEAKER, I SERVED PROUDLY IN THE UNITED STATES BORDER PATROL FOR 26 1/2 YEARS, INCLUDING 16 YEARS AS A SECTOR CHIEF IN TEXAS. AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS WITH EXPERIENCE ON PROTECTING OUR NATION'S BORDERS, I HAVE FIRST-HAND KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT IS NEEDED TO KEEP AMERICA SAFE. I HAVE LONG ADVOCATED FOR BETTER COMMUNICATION BETWEEN AGENCIES IN THE FIELD. I'M PLEASED THAT H.R. 1 HAS AN INTEROPERABILITY. IT -- IT PLACE AS HIGH PRIORITY ON BORDER INTELLIGENCE AND MODERNIZES THE VASTE WAIVER PROGRAM, A CRITICAL ELEMENT OF THE HOIMHOIM DEFENSE. I WAS APPOINTED TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE BEFORE THE -- HOMELAND SECURITY DEFENSE. I WATTS APPOINTED TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE BEFORE THE TRAGIC EVENTS OF 9/11. H.R. 1 TAKES THE STEP TO CLOSE THE GAP AND IMPLEMENT SEVERAL 9/11 CLASSIFICATIONS INCLUDING THE TOP LINE FUNDING FIGURE, IT REQUIRES THE INTELLIGENCE TOP LINE -- FIGURE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2007 AND 2008, BUT NOT UNTIL 30 DAYS FOLLOWING THE END OF THE RESPECTIVE YEARS. IN 2009 THE ADMINISTRATIVE MAY DECIDE NOT TO DISCLOSE THE AMOUNT IF IT PROVIDES A WRITTEN JUSTIFICATION TO THE CONGRESS. AS THE 9/11 COMMISSION FOUND SUCH DECLASSIFICATION OF THE OVERALL NUMBER WOULD NOT DISCLOSE EXACTLY HOW WE'RE INVESTING IN SPECIFIC CAPABILITIES, WOULD NOT REVEAL INTELLIGENCE EFFORTS, IT PROVIDES GREATER TRANSPARENCY TO AMERICAN TAXPAYERS. THE CONFERENCE REPORT ALSO EXTENDS TO THE PUBLIC -- THE PUBLIC INTEREST DECLASSIFICATION BOARD --

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    SECONDS.

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    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I INTEND TO SUPPORT THE CONFERENCE REPORT.…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I INTEND TO SUPPORT THE CONFERENCE REPORT. HOWEVER, I WANT TO SHARE MY SERIOUS CONCERNS OVER A PROVISION REQUIRING ALL FOREIGN PORTS TO SCAN 100% OF COMMERCIAL CARGO DESTINED FOR THE UNITED STATES. FIRST, THIS POLICY WAS NOT RECOMMENDED BY THE 9/11 COMMISSION. INSTEAD IT CALLED FOR SELECTING THE MOST PRACTICAL AND COST-EFFECTIVE WAYS OF IMPROVING SECURITY FOCUSING ON AREAS AT GREATEST RISK. I BELIEVE 100% SCANNING WOULD UNDERMINE OUR CURRENT RISK-BASED APPROACH AS ENDORSED BY THE SAFE PORT ACT LAST FALL, WHICH I SUPPORTED. WE ARE ALSO PUTTING THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE GIVEN THE ONGOING SAFE PORT ACT PILOT PROJECT TO TEST 100% SCANNING AT THREE FOREIGN PORTS. THIS IS TESTING OUR TECHNOLOGICAL ABILITY TO SCAN ALL CARGO AND THE EFFECT -- EFFECTIVENESS OF DOING SO. IMPLEMENTING 100% SCANNING COULD SIGNIFICANTLY DISRUPT TRADE FLOWS AND LEAD TO SIMILAR MANDATES OR OTHER ACTIONS AGAINST U.S. EXPORTS AND OUR PORTS. FINALLY, I WONDER WHO WILL PAY FOR THIS MANDATE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES. WE MUST MONITOR DEVELOPMENTS LEADING TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF 100% CARGO SCANNING IN FIVE YEARS AND ASSESS IF LEGISLATIVE CHANGES ARE NEEDED. I ALSO WILL BE WATCHING TO SEE HOW U.S. SHIPPERS IMPORTERS, RETAILERS, AND OUR TRADING PARTNERS ARE ABLE TO COMPLY WITH THE MANDATE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE NEXT SPEAKER,…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE NEXT SPEAKER, WHO PERHAPS CAN ANSWER SOME OF THE QUESTIONS RAISED BIT PREVIOUS SPEAKER, MR. NADLER OF NEW YORK WHO HAS BEEN A CHAMPION OF INSPECTION AND SCREENING EVER SINCE HE HAS BEEN HERE. AND, AS THE SPEAKER INDICATED, HIS DISTRICT WAS HIT ON 9/11. I YIELD TWO MINUTES.

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    THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, MR. PIERCE --

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    MR. PAURS

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK,…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KING, FOR THEIR WORK FOR HOMELAND SECURITY BECAUSE IT IS TRULY A BIPARTISAN ISSUE. IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TO SERVE ON THE COMMITTEE WITH BOTH OF THEM IN THE PREVIOUS CONGRESS AND I MISS THAT SERVICE DURING THIS CURRENT CONGRESS. I RISE TODAY TO COMPLIMENT THE MAJORITY FOR YIELDING TO THE WILL, THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BECAUSE THE PROVISION THAT DOES PROTECT JOHN DOES FROM LAWSUITS WAS CURIOUSLY STRIPPED OUT OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT PREVIOUSLY. I'M PLEASED THOUGH, THAT TODAY'S FINAL CONFERENCE REPORT INCLUDES THOSE PROVISIONS PROTECTING JOHN DOES FROM LAWSUITS FOR REPORTING SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY. IN MARCH, MR. KING AND I TEAMED UP AS THE HOUSE PASSED THE SENSE OF MY PROTECTING AMERICANS FIGHTING TERRORISM ACT AS THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT TO THE RAIL AND TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ACT, H.R. 1401, BY A 304-121 MARGIN. AGAIN THAT WAS 304, YES, TO 121 NOES. TODAY WE FINALLY ADOPT AND SEND THIS PROVISION ALONG WITH THIS BILL TO THE PRESIDENT. SOMETHING THAT'S JUST NOT -- THAT IS NOT ONLY A RIGHT STEP BUT A CRITICAL STEP. THIS PROVISION WILL MAKE AMERICA SAFER, WILL MAKE AMERICANS MORE AWARE OF TERRORIST ACTIVITY, AND WILL SHOW THE TERRORISTS THAT WE ARE STANDING STRONG IN THE WAR ON TERROR. EVER SINCE 9/11, LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HAVE BEEN TELLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THEY SHOULD IMMEDIATELY REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY THAT THEY SEE. CITIZENS OF THE FRONTLINES OF OUR DOMESTIC WAR ON TERROR ARE OUR FOUNDING FATHERS DECLARED ETERNAL HE VIGILANCE TO BE THE PRICE OF LIBERTY. IT WAS BRIAN MORGAN STERN, AN ALERT AMERICAN, WHO STOPPED THE FORT DIX TERRORIST BY SPEAKING UP AND REPORTING WHAT HE SAW ON VIDEOTAPES. IT WAS AN ALERT AM BOO LANCE -- AM BY LAST CREW IN JUNE WHO NOTICED THE BOMB IN LONDON. ON 9/11 THE HYDROGENERS KNEW THE CREW ON THE PLANE -- KNEW HOW THE CREW ON THE PLANE WOULD RESPOND AND USED THAT KNOWLEDGE AGAINST THEM TO CARRY OUT THEIR ATTACKS. LAST NOVEMBER, SIX IMAMS WHO BEHAVED IN MANNERS AND METHODS SIMILAR TO THOSE 9/11 TERRORISTS WERE REPORTED TO AUTHORITIES. NOW THOSE SIX PEOPLE ARE USING OUR COURTS TO TERRORIZE THE AMERICANS WHO REPORTED THEIR BEHAVIOR. THE JOHN DOE PROVISION IN THIS ACT WILL SIMPLY HELP STOP THIS TERRIBLE SHAKEDOWN OF ALERT AND RESPONSIBLE AMERICANS. IF WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT FIGHTING TERRORISM, IF WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT PROTECTING AMERICANS AND ASKING THEM TO HELP PROTECT EACH OTHER, THEN WE NEED TO PASS THE PROVISION THAT IS IN THIS BILL TODAY. I KNOW MOST AMERICANS WERE SHOCKED TO KNOW THAT THIS SIMPLE COMMONSENSE ISSUE BECAME AN ISSUE OF PARTISAN SNIPPING. WE SHOULD -- SNIPING. WE SHOULD NEVER FIGHT OVER THIS PROVISION. TODAY WE ARE GOING TO MAKE A CHOICE. THE ISRAELIS SAID IT BEST. THERE IS NO ROOM IN THE WORLD FOR POLITICAL CORRECTNESS.

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    POLITICAL CORRECTNESS OR SECURITY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE'LL TELL THE…

    POLITICAL CORRECTNESS OR SECURITY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE'LL TELL THE TRIAL LAWYERS YOU CANNOT TERRORIZE AMERICANS IN OUR COURTS. VOTE YES ON THIS CONFERENCE REPORT. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF THE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. ETHERIDGE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL, A FORMER MEMBER OF THE…

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL, A FORMER MEMBER OF THE JOINT TERRORISM TASK FORCE.

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    MR. MCCAUL

    I WANT TO COMMEND THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN…

    I WANT TO COMMEND THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN SPIRIT ON THIS BILL. IT WAS AN HONOR AND I WAS PROUD TO BE A CONFEREE TO THIS REPORT. THIS IS NOT A PERFECT BILL. WE RAISED CONCERNS AT THE CONFERENCE REGARDING THE 100% SCREENING FOR CARGO CONTAINERS. I DON'T BELIEVE THAT'S REALISTIC. HOWEVER THERE WERE ENOUGH EXCEPTIONS TO GIVE THE SECRETARY FLEXIBILITY THAT I FELT COMFORTABLE. ALSO THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM WHICH THE TERRORISTS HAVE EXPLOITED. HOWEVER UNDER THIS BILL THOSE PROVISIONS WILL BE STRENGTHENED. BUT NEARLY SIX YEARS AFTER THE ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11, I BELIEVE IT IS NOW TIME TO IMPLEMENT THE 9/11 COMMISSION'S RECOMMENDATIONS. I WANT TO FOCUS MY REMARKS AT THIS MOMENT ON A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY WE HAD WITH THIS BILL AND WITH THE CONFERENCE TO ADDRESS A GAPING LOOPHOLE IN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THAT IS REGARDING THE FISA STATUTE AND THE FISA REFORM BILL. WHEN I WORKED IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, I WORKED ON NATIONAL SECURITY WIRETAPS, OR FICEAS, AS THEY WERE REFERRED TO. I BELIEVE THAT INTELLIGENCE -- FISAS, AS THEY WERE REFERRED TO. I BELIEVE THAT INTELLIGENCE IS THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE IN THIS WAR ON TERROR AND THE 9/11 COMMISSION RECOGNIZED THIS WHEN THEY SAID THERE WERE SYSTEMATIC PROBLEMS WITH COVERING COMMUNICATIONS OF POTENTIAL TERRORISTS. AND JUST RECENTLY DIRECTOR MCCONNELL READ A LETTER TO CHAIRMAN REYES, THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHAT HE SAID. HE SAID OUR NATION FACES AN INTELLIGENCE GAP. A SITUATION IN WHICH OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY EVERY DAY IS MISSING A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF WHAT WE SHOULD BE GETTING IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. UNDER FISA TODAY, WE ARE SIGNIFICANTLY BURDENING AND CAPTURING OVERSEAS COMMUNICATIONS OF FOREIGN TERRORISTS, PLANNING TO CONDUCT ATTACKS, INSIDE THE UNITED STATES. AS THE HEAD OF THE NATION'S INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, HE SAYS THAT I'M OBLIGATED TO PROVIDE A WARNING, WARNING OF THREATS OF TERRORIST ACTIVITY AND I HAVE DEEP CONCERN OF THE CURRENT THREAT SITUATION. INDEED, THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE RECENTLY PUBLISHED CONCLUDED THAT OUR NATIONS FACES A DETERMINED AL QAEDA. IF WE ARE TO STAY A STEP AHEAD OF THE TERRORISTS AND PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, HE SAYS I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO USE OUR CAPABILITIES TO COLLECT FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE, ABOUT FOREIGN TARGETS OVERSEAS, WITHOUT THE REQUIREMENTS IMPOSED BY AN OUT-OF-DATE FISA STATUTE. SIMPLY PUT, HE SAYS, A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER, THIS IS THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF CASES WE ARE IN THE UNFORTUNATE POSITION OF HAVING TO OBTAIN COURT ORDERS TO EFFECTIVELY COLLECT FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE ABOUT FOREIGN TARGETS OVERSEAS. HE SAYS IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION AND CONGRESS WORK TOGETHER AND WITHOUT DELAY TO CLOSE THE CURRENT INTELLIGENCE GAP BY AMENDING THE FISA STATUTE. I WILL SAY EVERY DAY WE WASTE BY NOT AMENDING THE STATUTE AND CLOSING THIS GAPING LOOPHOLE IN OUR NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE LAW, EVERY DAY WE TAKE A RISK OF ANOTHER ATTACK IN THE UNITED STATES. I CALL UPON MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO WORK WITH US TO GET THIS DONE BEFORE WE GO HOME FOR THE AUGUST RECESS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MRS. LOWEY, WHO'S ALSO A MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE.

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    MRS. LOWEY

    I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN FOR YOUR IMPORTANT LEADERSHIP ON THIS…

    I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN FOR YOUR IMPORTANT LEADERSHIP ON THIS COMMITTEE AND TO THE RANKING MEMBER. IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE FOR ME TO WORK COOPERATIVELY IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. AND I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT WHICH WILL MAKE US SAFER BY INCREASING THE AMOUNT OF RISK-BASED HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS, SCREENING 100% OF MARITIME AND AVIATION CARGO, AND IMPROVING INTELLIGENCE COLLECTION AND INFORMATION SHARING CAPABILITIES. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT THE TITLE ON INTEROPERABILITY GRANTS WHICH COMPLETES THE THREE PRONGED INTEROPERABILITY PROPOSAL I PUT FORWARD FOLLOWING SEPTEMBER 11. THE DEDICATED GRANT PROGRAM WILL SIGNIFICANTLY ENHANCE THE ABILITY OF PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCIES TO PLAN, BUILD, AND MAINTAIN COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS AS THEY WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO MAKE IMPOSSIBLE DECISIONS SUCH AS WHETHER TO PURCHASE PERSONAL, PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, OR RADIOS. IT WILL ENSURE THAT FIRST RESPONDERS WILL HAVE MORE ADVANCED RESOURCES THAN THOSE USED BY PAUL REVERE. THIS BILL IS A GREAT VICTORY FOR FIRST RESPONDERS AND I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT MY FULL STATEMENT INTO THE RECORD. I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    COULD I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS?

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    THE GENTLEMAN HAS 6 1/2 MINUTES. AND 11 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN HAS 6 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI HAS 11 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, AND…

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, AND OUTSTANDING SPOKESMAN ON THIS ISSUE, MR. SHAYS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. M SHAYS: FIRST I'D LIKE TO…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. M SHAYS: FIRST I'D LIKE TO THANK THE 9/11 FAMILIES FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. THEIR FAITH IN THEIR COUNTRY, THEIR LOVE FOR THEIR COUNTRY. DURING THE DEBATE ON THE RULES, I HAD TO WALK OUT IT WAS GETTING SO PARTISAN SO I WANT TO THANK STENY HOYER FOR BRINGING US BACK TO A SOUND BASIS FOR DEBATE AND APPRECIATION THAT THIS IS A BIPARTISAN PROBLEM WITH A BIPARTISAN SOLUTION. NEXT I WANT TO THANK FORMER CHAIRMAN PETER KING FOR HIS OUTSTANDING WORK AS CHAIRMAN, NEVER MAKING THIS PARTISAN ISSUE. AND TO YOU BENNIE THOMPSON, CHAIRMAN BENNIE THOMPSON, FOR YOUR WORK ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS ON THIS LEGISLATION. AS CO-CHAIR OF THE 9/11 CAUCUS WITH CAROLYN MALONEY, WE FOUGHT HARD IN THE PREVIOUS CONGRESS TO PASS ENSURING IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT ACT, WHICH THIS LEGISLATION IS BASED ON. . AND I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT THIS MAJORITY HAS FINALLY BROUGHT THIS LEGISLATION TO COMPLETION AND SHOULD BE CONGRATULATED. I PARTICULARLY WANT TO THANK CLARNE MALONEY FOR HER -- CAROLYN MALONEY FOR HER WORK TO HELP CREATE THE 9/11 COMMISSION, HER WORK TO CREATE A DIRECTOR OF INTELLIGENCE, AND HER WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION, WHICH, FRANKLY, SHE IS NOT GETTING ENOUGH CREDIT FOR. SHE HELPED TO IMPLEMENT THIS FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. THERE ARE MANY PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL THAT WE SHOULD BE PROUD OF. THE RISK-BASED GRANTS, THE INNER OPERATE ABILITY GRANTS, THE INTELLIGENCE AND INFORMATION SHARING, THE RAIL BUS, THE 100% INSPECTION OF AIR CARGO, WHICH ED MARKEY CHAMPIONED AND I WAS HIS REPUBLICAN CO-CONSPIRATOR IN THIS EFFORT. AND THE 100% INVEHICLES OF THE MARITIME CARGO. -- INSPECTION OF THE MARITIME CARGO. AND I WANT TO POINT OUT THE IMPROVEMENTS THAT CAROL MALONEY AND I HAD LEGISLATION ON, THIS REMOVES THE PRIVACY AND CIVIL KWLIBTS BOARD FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT AND -- LIBERTIES BOARD FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT. THIS WAS AN IMPORTANT PROVISION. THE CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROVISION AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR PREPAREDNESS, THE WHISTLE BLOWER PROTECTION, CONGRATULATIONS MR. THOMPSON AND MR. KING, ON THE LEGISLATION THAT YOU WORKED ON. THERE ARE CLEARLY MORE THAN ONE INCONVENIENT TRUTH FACING, THE ONE THAT AL GORE TALKS ABOUT IS A REAL CONCERN, AND THERE IS ANOTHER INCONVENIENT TRUTH, IT IS WHAT THE 9/11 COMMISSION TALKED ABOUT AND IT IS ISLAMIST TERRORISM. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, A MEMBER OF…

    THANK YOU. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, MR. AL GREEN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. GREEN

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 1 IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 1 IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION TOOK AN ACT OF CONGRESS, A CONGRESS WILLING TO ACT, AND LEADERSHIP THAT KNEW HOW TO ACT. AND FOR THIS, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK SENATOR LIEBERMAN, THE LEADERSHIP ON THE SENATE SIDE, RANKING MEMBER KING, THE 9/11 FAMILIES WHO WERE VERY MUCH INVOLVED IN THIS PROCESS, AND I ESPECIALLY THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN BENNIE THOMPSON. HE HAS BEEN THOUGHTFUL, HE HAS BEEN BRILLIANT. HE HAS BEEN THE GLUE THAT MAINTAINED THE STABILITY AND KEPT THIS COMMITTEE MOVING FORWARD. WITHOUT HIS LEADERSHIP, THE COMMITTEE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ACHIEVE THE BIPARTISANSHIP THAT HAS MADE THE DIFFERENCE SUCH AS THIS LEGISLATION IS BEING IMPLEMENT. THIS LEGISLATION, MR. SPEAKER, IN ADDITION TO THE RISK-BASED SOLUTIONS, WHICH ARE IMPORTANT, DON'T THROW MONEY AT A PROBLEM, THROW MONEY AT THE SOLUTION THAT DEALS SPECIFICALLY WITH THE PROBLEM AND THE RISKS IS WHERE WE'RE GOING TO GET THE BEST BANG FOR OUR BUCK. IT ALSO DEALS WITH THE 100% CARGO SCREENING. THAT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT IS BEING DONE ABROAD AND NOT HERE IN OUR COUNTRY AND 99 1/2 WON'T DO. FINALLY I WOULD LIKE TO MENTION, IT DEALS WITH NATIONAL TRANSIT SECURITY CENTERS. AND I'M HONORED TO SAY THAT ONE WILL BE COMING TO HOUSTON TEXAS, AND SOUTHERN TEXAS UNIVERSITY. I'M HONORED TO WORK WITH THE CHAIRMAN TO HAVE SOUTHERN TEXAS UNIVERSITY TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO SECURITY PROBLEMS IN THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. I THANK YOU FOR HELPING US TO DEVELOP THIS MOST EXTENSIVE AND EXRENSEV PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT -- EXTENSIVE PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP THIS COUNTRY. THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. GOD BLESS YOU.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI. HE HAS 3…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI. HE HAS 3 1/2 MINUTES LEFT.

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  • 04:19:47 PM

    MR. KING

    INQUIRE HOW MANY SPEAKERS HE HAS LEFT. I HAVE MYSELF AND ONE OTHER SPEAKER.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    OTHER SPEAK HE'S.

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    MR. KING

    YIELD. MR. THOMPSON I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MS. HOLMES.

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    MS. HOMES

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE FOR HIS OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL. MADAM SPEAKER, THE 9/11 COMMISSION PROVIDED AN EYE-OPENING ASSESSMENT OF HOW TERRORISTS WERE ABLE TO EXPLOIT SECURITY VULNERABILITIES ON SEPTEMBER 11, AND MADE 41 KEY RECOMMENDATIONS TO ADDRESS THE SHORTCOMINGS. WE PROMISED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THE COMMAVINGSFORTS WOULD NOT BE IN VAIN, -- COMMISSIONS EE FOR THES WOULD NOT BE IN -- WOULD NOT BE IN VAIN. WE KNOW THAT IT IS NOT FOOLPROOF. AMONG THE MANY THINGS THAT THIS CONFERENCE REPORT ACCOMPLISHES, IT FULFILLS A KEY COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION BY CREATING A STAND ALONE GRANT PROGRAM FOR COMMUNICATION INTEROPERABILITY AND 100% OF ADVANCED SCREENING OF MARITIME CARGO WHICH WILL ENSURE THAT A WEAPON OF MASS DEHE STRUCKS NEVER HAS A CHANCE OF -- DESTRUCTION NEVER HAS A CHANCE OF BEING SMUGGLED. I BELIEVE WE HAVE AN EXCELLENT FINAL PRODUCT BEFORE US TODAY. THE BEST WAY TO HONOR THOSE WHO DIED ON SEPTEMBER 11, IS TO LEARN FROM THE LESSONS OF THAT TRAGIC DAY AND TAKE ACTION. THIS CONFERENCE REPORT REPRESENTS A MAJOR STEP TOWARD THAT GOAL OF WHICH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN BE PROUD. AGAIN, I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE FOR HIS GREAT WORK ON THIS BILL, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    MEMBER OF COMMITTEE, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS EXPIRED.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 10 SECONDS.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    AN ADDITIONAL 10 SECONDS.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    IN PLACING LANGUAGE IN THE BILL TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION AN SECURITY…

    IN PLACING LANGUAGE IN THE BILL TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION AN SECURITY GRANTS AND TECHNOLOGY AND TRAINING, I'M GLAD THAT TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY WILL HAVE A CENTER OF EXCELLENCE THAT I ANNOUNCE AND JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS AND WILL BE ABLE TO TRAN --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. KING

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    NOT USE THIS AS A PORK BARREL --

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    NOT USE THIS AS A PORK BARREL --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. MR. KING. MR. KING HAS 1 1/2…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. MR. KING. MR. KING HAS 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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  • 04:30:33 PM

    MR. KING

    I WILL YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. LET ME THANK CHAIRMAN THOMPSON…

    I WILL YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. LET ME THANK CHAIRMAN THOMPSON FOR HIS BIPARTISAN EFFORT, SENATOR LIEBERMAN AND THE REPUBLICAN STAT MEMBERS, HEATHER HARK, MIKE POWELL, A SPECIAL THANKS TO MARK CLAWSON, WHO UNFORTUNATELY WILL BE LEAVING THE COMMITTEE. JOE, DARREN, ADAM, AN LAURA FROM MY STAFF. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A GOOD CONFERENCE REPORT. I URGE ITS ADOPTION. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS COOPERATION AN ASSISTANCE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, THE CHAIRMAN, IS RECOGNIZED TO FINISH THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, THE CHAIRMAN, IS RECOGNIZED TO FINISH THE DEBATE.

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  • 04:31:15 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    IT IS CLEAR THAT THERE IS SUBSTANTIAL SUPPORT FOR THE BILL AND SUBSTANTIAL…

    IT IS CLEAR THAT THERE IS SUBSTANTIAL SUPPORT FOR THE BILL AND SUBSTANTIAL SUPPORT TO GET ON WITH THE VOTE FOR THE BILL. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, RANKING MEMBER KING FOR HIS SUPPORT AND HIS STAFF. THEY'VE BEEN VERY GOOD. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE DEMOCRATIC STAFF, JESSICA FLANAGAN, ROSLYN, MICHAEL, EVERYBODY. I HAVE SOMETHING TO INSERT IN THE RECORD TO RECOGNIZE THEIR VALUE. MR. CHAIRMAN -- MR. SPEAKER, IT IS QUITE CLEAR THAT THIS IS A GOOD BILL, IT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE COUNTRY. IT'S THE COMPLETION OF 9/11 VULNERABILITIES REPORT. I URGE ITS ADOPTION AND YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF -- CON FRERNS REPORT ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. OPPOSED, NO IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 04:32:13 PM

    MR. KING

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS TO THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL STAND AND REMAIN…

    THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS TO THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL STAND AND REMAIN STANDING. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CONFERENCE REPORT IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE.

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    THREE PRIVILEGED REPORTS FOR FILING UNDER THE

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    THE SPEAKER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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    THE CLERK

    579 PROVIDING FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 2831 TO AMEND TITLE 7…

    579 PROVIDING FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 2831 TO AMEND TITLE 7 OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF 1964 -- THE DISCRIMINATION AN EMPLOYMENT ACT, THE AMERICANS DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990, AND THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973 TO CLARIFY THAT A DISCRIM -- DISCRIM IN A TERRY OCCURS EACH TIME ACCORDING TO THE DISCRIMINATORY DECISION OR OTHER PRACTICES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. A REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 580, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 986 TO AMEND THE WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS ACT TO DESIGNATE CERTAIN SEGMENTS OF THE EIGHT-MILE RIVER IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT AS COMPONENTS OF THE NATIONAL WILD AND SCENIC RIVER SYSTEM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. A REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 581, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 3161, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR AGRICULTURAL, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION AND RELATED AGENCY PROGRAMS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2008, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 04:55:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    REFER TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE COMMUNICATION.

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    THE CLERK

    THE SPEAKER HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, MADAM, THIS LETTER SERVES AS MINUTE…

    THE SPEAKER HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, MADAM, THIS LETTER SERVES AS MINUTE TENT TO RESIGN FROM THE HOUSE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE EFFECTIVE TODAY. I APPRECIATED THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE ON THIS IMPORTANT COMMITTEE AND ITS JURISDICTIONAL PREROGATIVE THAT AFFECTS THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF OUR NATION. SIGNED, SINCERELY, KEVIN MCCARTHY, MEMBER OF CONGRESS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESIGNATION IS ACCEPTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESIGNATION IS ACCEPTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RISE?

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    OF INQUIRING ABOUT NEXT WEEK'S SCHEDULE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN HAS ONE MINUTE.

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    ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE PROCEED.

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    FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, THE GENTLELADY.

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    HOUSE WILL MEET AT 10:30 A.M. FOR AND NOON FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. IN…

    HOUSE WILL MEET AT 10:30 A.M. FOR AND NOON FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. IN ADDITION TO SEVERAL BILLS UNDER SUSPENSION OF THE BILL, A LIST OF WHICH WILL BE ANNOUNCED BIT CLOSE OF BILL TODAY WEEKS WILL CONSIDER H.R. 926, AND H.R. 921, ON TUESDAY THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT 9:00 A.M. FOR MORN HOUR BUSINESS AN 10:00 FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. ON WEDNESDAY AN THURSDAY THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT 10:00 A.M. ON FRIDAY THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT 9:00 A.M., WE WILL CONSIDER THE AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATION BILL, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATION BILL, THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH AND MEDICARE PROTECTION ACT AND ENERGY INDEPENDENCE LEGISLATION. I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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    FROM FLORIDA. I NOTED THAT THE GENTLELADY INDICATES THAT THE SCHIP BILL…

    FROM FLORIDA. I NOTED THAT THE GENTLELADY INDICATES THAT THE SCHIP BILL WILL BE ON THE CALENDAR NEXT WEEK AND AS A MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, I AND OTHERS WORKED UNTIL 2:00 A.M. ON THE PACKAGE TO INCREASE THE TAXES TO PAY FOR THE SCHIP BILL COMING OUT OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE SCHEDULED TO MARKUP THE BILL TODAY. HOW DO YOU EXPECT THIS BILL TO COME TO THE FLOOR NEXT WEEK AND UNDER WHAT KIND OF RULE FROM THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE?

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    WILL THE GENTLEWOMAN SUSPEND? WILL THE HOUSE COME ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN SUSPEND? WILL THE HOUSE COME ORDER.

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    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE RULES WILL LOOK LIKE. WE WILL CONSULT WITH THE…

    WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE RULES WILL LOOK LIKE. WE WILL CONSULT WITH THE RULES COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIR OF THE RESPECTIVE COMBLITS AND BE ABLE TOE DETERMINE THAT AT THAT POINT.

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  • 04:59:26 PM

    MR. THE CANTOR

    BILL FROM THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE?

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    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    THOSE DECISIONS HAVE NOT YET BEEN REACHED.

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    MR. CANTOR

    I WOULD LIKE TO ASK ABOUT THE ENERGY BILL. WOULD YOU EXPECT THAT THE…

    I WOULD LIKE TO ASK ABOUT THE ENERGY BILL. WOULD YOU EXPECT THAT THE ENERGY BILL WILL COME TO THE FLOOR AGAIN IN ONE PACKAGE? IS THERE A MULTIPLE ENERGY BILL STILL FLOATING OUT THERE IN THE COMMITTEE?

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    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    DOES THE GENTLELADY EXPECT THE ENERGY BILL TO COME TO THE FLOOR TO CONTAIN…

    DOES THE GENTLELADY EXPECT THE ENERGY BILL TO COME TO THE FLOOR TO CONTAIN CAFE STANDARDS?

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    MR. CANTOR

    FLOOR TO CONTAIN CAFE STANDARDS?

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    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    WE ARE CONSIDERING A NUMBER OF POSSIBILITIES, THOSE DECISIONS HAVE NOT YET…

    WE ARE CONSIDERING A NUMBER OF POSSIBILITIES, THOSE DECISIONS HAVE NOT YET BEEN REACHED.

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  • 05:00:17 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    WHAT DAY DO YOU EXPECT TO BEGIN CONSIDERATION OF THE ENERGY BILL? .

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    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    THAT DECISION IS STILL BEING CONSIDERED.

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    MISS CANTOR

    THE --

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    MR. KANTOR

    MENTIONED THE LILY LEDBETTER FAIR PAY ACT WILL BE ON THE FLOOR NEXT WEEK.…

    MENTIONED THE LILY LEDBETTER FAIR PAY ACT WILL BE ON THE FLOOR NEXT WEEK. I AM AWARE THAT THE RULES COMMITTEE MET TODAY ON THIS BILL. I'D REMIND THE GENTLELADY THAT IT IS VERY RARE FOR THE RULES COMMITTEE TO MEET THE WEEK BEFORE A BILL IS ON THE FLOOR. IN TODAY'S CASE THAT COMMITTEE MET ON NOT JUST ONE BILL BUT ON THREE. I'D ASK THE GENTLELADY, MADAM SPEAKER, WILL THE RULE GRANTED BE OPEN GIVEN THAT MEMBERS WERE NOT AFFORDED AN AMENDMENT DEADLINE AND THE RULES COMMITTEE MEETING WAS NOT NOTICED UNTIL 9: 04 P.M. LAST NIGHT?

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  • 05:01:13 PM

    MISS WUTS

    BE A CLOSED RULE.

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    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    SCHULTZ: THE RULE WILL BE A CLOSED RULE.

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    MR. CANTOR

    VERY RARE FOR THAT TO HAPPEN ESPECIALLY SINCE THERE WAS NO AMENDMENT…

    VERY RARE FOR THAT TO HAPPEN ESPECIALLY SINCE THERE WAS NO AMENDMENT DEADLINE GIVEN TO THE MEMBERS AND THE NOTICE ONLY COMING SINCE 9:00 LAST NIGHT. I'D ASK THE GENTLELADY FURTHER ON THE D.O.D. APPROPS BILL, YOU HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT HAVING AN IRAQ VOTE EACH WEEK BEFORE WE LEAVE. DO YOU ANTICIPATE A FREESTANDING BILL NEXT WEEK OR DO YOU EXPECT LEGISLATION TO BE CONFINED TO D.O.D. APPROPS BILL HAVING TO DO WITH IRAQ?

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  • 05:01:51 PM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    SCHULTZ: THOSE DECISION VS. NOT YET BEEN MADE BUT IT IS POSSIBLE WE WILL…

    SCHULTZ: THOSE DECISION VS. NOT YET BEEN MADE BUT IT IS POSSIBLE WE WILL CONSIDER IRAQ VOTES SOMETIME DURING NEXT WEEK.

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  • 05:01:58 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    KNOW THE GENTLELADY MAY NOT HAVE THE INFORMATION IN FRONT OF HER. WE ARE…

    KNOW THE GENTLELADY MAY NOT HAVE THE INFORMATION IN FRONT OF HER. WE ARE JUST TRYING TO GET AS MUCH INFORMATION AS WE CAN, MADAM SPEAKER, FOR OUR MEMBERS IN ORDER TO PLAN THEIR SCHEDULES FOR NEXT WEEK. AND ALONG THOSE LINES, THE SCHEDULE IS RATHER HEAVY. SHOULD WE EXPECT AND SHOULD OUR MEMBERS BE PREPARED FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS NEXT SATURDAY?

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  • 05:02:23 PM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    IN THE EVENT WE DO NOT COMPLETE THE AGENDA, THAT IS AMBITIOUS FOR NEXT…

    IN THE EVENT WE DO NOT COMPLETE THE AGENDA, THAT IS AMBITIOUS FOR NEXT WEEK, MEMBERS SHOULD MAKE PLANS TO POSSIBLY BE HERE ON SATURDAY.

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  • 05:02:31 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. MADAM SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ASK JUST ABOUT A FEW…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. MADAM SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ASK JUST ABOUT A FEW THINGS THAT ARE OUT THERE EXPECTED TO OR AT LEAST HAVING BEEN REPORTED TO COME UP BUT ARE NOT YET ON THE SCHEDULE. I WOULD ASK, DO YOU EXPECT THE PATENT REFORM LEGISLATION TO BE ADDED TO NEXT WEEK'S SCHEDULE AS IT WAS MARKED UP IN COMMITTEE LAST WEEK?

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  • 05:02:58 PM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    THAT'S STILL UNDER DISCUSSION. IT IS UNLIKELY.

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    MR. CANTOR

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. MADAM SPEAKER, I'D ALSO LIKE TO INDICATE THAT THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. MADAM SPEAKER, I'D ALSO LIKE TO INDICATE THAT THE REPUBLICANS WE HAVE BEEN REPEATEDLY TRYING TO CLOSE THE TERRORIST LOOPHOLE IN OUR FISA LAWS WITH OUR PREVIOUS QUESTION VOTES OVER THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS. AND I'D ASK THE GENTLELADY FIRST OF ALL WHY IT WAS -- WHY THE FIX TO THIS TERRORIST LOOPHOLE WAS NOT PUT INTO THE CONFERENCE REPORT THAT WE JUST VOTED ON, THE 9/11 CONFERENCE REPORT, AND AFTER THAT, WHAT IS PREVENTING THIS IMPORTANT NATIONAL SECURITY LEGISLATION FROM COMING TO THE FLOOR? AND WOULD ASK THE GENTLELADY IF IT COULD BE ADDED TO NEXT WEEK'S SCHEDULE?

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  • 05:03:42 PM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    WE ARE LOOKING AT VARIOUS OPTIONS TO ADDRESS THAT CONCERN AND IT IS…

    WE ARE LOOKING AT VARIOUS OPTIONS TO ADDRESS THAT CONCERN AND IT IS POSSIBLE THAT WILL OCCUR NEXT WEEK.

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  • 05:03:50 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    TO REITERATE THE CONCERN TO THE GENTLELADY, MADAM SPEAKER, THAT IT WAS…

    TO REITERATE THE CONCERN TO THE GENTLELADY, MADAM SPEAKER, THAT IT WAS AUGUST OF 2001, IN WHICH UNFORTUNATELY WE HAD EXPERIENCED AN INCREASE IN TERRORIST CHATTER AND THAT WAS ALL THE REPORTS. AND LIKELY HOPEFULLY NEVER AGAIN WILL THAT HAPPEN TO THE UNITED STATES AND ITS CITIZENS, A TERRORIST ATTACK AT ALL, OR GOD FORBID ON THAT SCALE. GIVEN THE REPORTS LATELY AND THE FACT THAT THERE IS INCREASING CHATTER AMONG THE VARIOUS REPORTS COMING OUT OF DIFFERENT SOURCES, WOULD JUST LIKE TO REITERATE THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT TYPE OF LEGISLATION TO THE LADY AND THE DESIRE ON THE PART OF THE REPUBLICANS TO SEE THAT LEGISLATION COME TO THE FLOOR.

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    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA FOR HIS COMMENTS. WE CERTAINLY COULDN'T…

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA FOR HIS COMMENTS. WE CERTAINLY COULDN'T AGREE MORE ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT. WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT VARIOUS WAYS THAT WE CAN ADDRESS THOSE CONCERNS. THE MAJORITY IS ABSOLUTELY CONCERNED ABOUT ADDRESSING THE WHOLE ISSUE OF TERRORISM AND MAKING SURE THAT WE CAN CLOSE EVERY POSSIBLE LOOPHOLE THAT MIGHT SLIP THROUGH BY A TERRORIST.

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    MR. CANTOR

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY AND ASK FOR ONE FINAL QUESTION. THE HOUSE APPROVED…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY AND ASK FOR ONE FINAL QUESTION. THE HOUSE APPROVED LEGISLATION EARLIER THIS MONTH TO REFORM THE ACTIVITIES AT THE F.D.A. INCLUDING RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG USER FEE ACT AND THE MEDICAL DEVICE USER FEE ACT. WITHOUT RE-AUTHORIZATION, THE F.D.A. WILL BE FORCED TO SEND OUT NOTICES TO REDUCE STAFFING. IN OTHER WORDS, WE WILL HAVE TO LAY OFF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE F.D.A. WILL SEND THESE NOTICES AS EARLY AS AUGUST IF CONGRESS FAILS TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE USER FEE PROGRAMS NEXT WEEK. I'D ASK THE GENTLELADY HOW DOES THE THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME PLAN TO COMPLETE THESE IMPORTANT BILLS BEFORE WE ADJOURN NEXT WEEK?

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  • 05:05:43 PM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    SCHULTZ: WE THINK THE GENTLEMAN'S CHARACTERIZATION OF THE TIMING OF THAT…

    SCHULTZ: WE THINK THE GENTLEMAN'S CHARACTERIZATION OF THE TIMING OF THAT IS A BIT OF A STRETCH. WE DO BELIEVE THAT THAT IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE TO ADDRESS WITH THE AMBITIOUS AGENDA WE HAVE NEXT WEEK AND THE PRIORITIES THAT HAVE BEEN LAID OUT, IT IS UNLIKELY THAT WE WILL GET TO THAT ISSUE NEXT WEEK, BUT WE WILL BE DEALING WITH IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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    MR. CANTOR

    JUST RESPOND, MADAM SPEAKER, THAT THERE IS A PROJECTED OVER 2,000 EMPLOYEE…

    JUST RESPOND, MADAM SPEAKER, THAT THERE IS A PROJECTED OVER 2,000 EMPLOYEE LAYOFF IF WE IN THIS CONGRESS DO NOT ACT TO MAKE SURE THAT RE-AUTHORIZATION OCCURS. THAT'S SOMETHING I'M SURE THE GENTLELADY WILL AGREE WE DO NOT WANT TO SEE HAPPEN.

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  • 05:06:18 PM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    SCHULTZ: WE CERTAINLY DO NOT WHICH IS WHY WE PLAN ON MAKING THAT A…

    SCHULTZ: WE CERTAINLY DO NOT WHICH IS WHY WE PLAN ON MAKING THAT A PRIORITY AND DEALING WITH IT AS SOON AS WE POSSIBLY CAN.

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  • 05:06:23 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    SCHULTZ: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

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    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    SCHULTZ: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT…

    SCHULTZ: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN TO MEET AT 10:30 A.M. ON MONDAY NEXT FOR HORNING HOUR DEBATE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. -- MORNING HOUR DEBATE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS. FOR WHAT…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    MR. POE

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. POE

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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    THE CLERK

    ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. MCNULTY OF NEW YORK AFTER 2:30 P.M. TODAY. MR.…

    ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. MCNULTY OF NEW YORK AFTER 2:30 P.M. TODAY. MR. GARY G. MILLER OF CALIFORNIA FOR TODAY AFTER 4:00 P.M. MR. WAMP OF TENNESSEE FOR TODAY UNTIL 5:00 P.M.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RISE?

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    MR. DUNCAN

    CONSENT THAT TODAY FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS AND ANY SPECIAL ORDERS…

    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. MR. POE AND MR. JONES BOTH ON AUGUST 3 FOR FIVE MINUTES EACH. AND MYSELF, MR. DUNCAN, TODAY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    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 REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS, AND INCLUDE THEREIN EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL. MS. WOOLSEY, CALIFORNIA, MR. SARBANES, MARYLAND, MR. WYNN, MARYLAND, MR. CUMMINGS, MARYLAND, MS. KAPTUR, OHIO, MRS. MCCARTHY, NEW YORK, MR. DEFAZIO, NEW YORK, MR. SCHIFF, CALIFORNIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 18,…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 18, 2007, AND UNDER A PREVIOUS ORDER OF THE HOUSE, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS ARE RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES EACH. MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    MY COLLEAGUES ARE EAGERLY WAITING FOR GENERAL PETRAEUS' REPORT ON THE…

    MY COLLEAGUES ARE EAGERLY WAITING FOR GENERAL PETRAEUS' REPORT ON THE SITUATION IN IRAQ THIS SEPTEMBER. BUT I DON'T KNOW WHY WE ARE WAITING BECAUSE WE HAVE ALREADY HEARD FROM GENERAL PETRAEUS IN SEPTEMBER, SEPTEMBER OF 2004, THAT IS. ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2004, GENERAL PETRAEUS WROTE AN OP-ED PIECE IN THE "WASHINGTON POST" GIVING HIS ASSESSMENT OF THE SITUATION IN IRAQ AT THAT TIME. I THINK IT WOULD BE VERY INSTRUCTIVE FOR US TO REVIEW THAT ARTICLE AND I'D LIKE TO READ PIECE FROM IT. NEAR THE BEGINNING GENERAL PETRAEUS SAYS, AND I QUOTE, 18 MONTHS AFTER ENTERING IRAQ I SEE TANGIBLE PROGRESS. IRAQI SECURITY ELEMENTS ARE BEING REBUILT FROM THE GROUND UP. THE INSTITUTIONS THAT OVERSEE THEM ARE BEING RE-ESTABLISHED FROM THE TOP DOWN. AND IRAQI LEADERS ARE STEPPING FORWARD, LEADING THEIR COUNTRY AND THEIR SECURITY FORCES COURAGEOUSLY. HE GOES ON TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE IRAQIS HAVE A VIOLENT INSURGENCY BUT HE SAYS, NONETHELESS, THERE ARE REASONS FOR OPTIMISM. IRAQI POLICE AND SOLDIERS ARE PERFORMING A WIDE VARIETY OF SECURITY MISSIONS. EQUIPMENT IS BEING DELIVERED. TRAINING IS ON TRACK, AND INCREASING IN CAPACITY. INFRASTRUCTURE IS BEING REPAIRED. COMMAND AND CONTROL STRUCTURES AND INSTITUTIONS ARE BEING RE-ESTABLISHED. AND AFTER CITING MANY OTHER EXAMPLES OF PROGRESS, THE GENERAL ENDED HIS PIECE THIS WAY. I MEET WITH IRAQI SECURITY FORCES EVERY DAY. I HAVE SEEN THEIR DETERMINATION AND THEIR DESIRE TO ASSUME THE FULL BURDEN OF SECURITY TASKS FOR IRAQ. THERE WILL BE MORE TOUGH TIMES, ALL ALONG THE WAY, IRAQI SECURITY FORCES ARE, HOWEVER, DEVELOPING STEADILY AND THEY ARE IN THE FIGHT. MOMENTUM HAS GATHERED IN LEE CENT MONTHS -- RECENT MONTHS, THE STRONG IRAQI LEADERS UP FRONT AND CONTINUED COALITION SUPPORT AND THE TREND WILL CONTINUE. OBVIOUSLY THE GENERAL COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE WRONG. MADAM SPEAKER, WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT WHEN GENERAL PETRAEUS REPORTS TO US THIS SEPTEMBER THAT HE WILL TAKE OFF HIS ROSE COLORED GLASSES AND SEE THINGS MORE CLEARLY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A FULL ACCOUNTING OF WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON. BUT IT ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE WE WON'T GET IT. AMBASSADOR CROCKER HAS SAID THAT THE REPORT WILL BE JUST A SNAPSHOT. SO IT LOOKS LIKE THE WHITE HOUSE SPIN MACHINE IS ALREADY TRYING TO LOWER EXPECTATIONS AND DO PREEMPTIVE DAMAGE CONTROL. AGAIN. BUT THE DAMAGE IN IRAQ HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE MORE THAN SPIN. WHAT WE NEED IS A NATIONAL SECURITY PLAN THAT IS BASED ON WHAT WILL ACTUALLY MAKE OUR NATION SAFE. SUCH A PLAN MUST INCLUDE DIPLOMACY, STRONG INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCES AGAINST TERRORISM, INITIATIVE TIFFS TO ADDRESS THE ROOT CAUSE OF TERRORISM, AND -- NIRTIFFS TO ADDRESS THE ROOT CAUSE OF TERRORISM, AND AN APPROACH THAT RESTORES AMERICA'S CREDIBILITY AND MORAL LEADERSHIP IN THE WORLD. I HAVE PROPOSED SUCH A NATIONAL SECURITY PLAN, IT'S CALLED SMART, WHICH STANDS FOR SENSIBLE MULTILATERAL AMERICAN RESPONSE TO TERRORISM. I INVITE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO LEARN ABOUT AND CONSIDER THIS PLAN. IN THE MEANTIME, THE RUN-UP TO GENERAL PETRAEUS' REPORT CONTINUES. I HOPE THAT THIS SEPTEMBER HE WILL BE MORE ACCURATE THAN HE WAS IN SEPTEMBER, 2004. BUT I'M NOT HOLDING MY BREATH. IN FACT, I WILL NOT BREATHE EASILY UNTIL ALL OF OUR TROOPS ARE HOME SAFELY. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK HER TIME. MR. POE OF TEXAS. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY DISAPPOINTMENT THAT WE ARE GOING TO GO INTO…

    RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY DISAPPOINTMENT THAT WE ARE GOING TO GO INTO ANOTHER WEEKEND NOT HAVING ADDRESSED THE THREAT FROM RADICAL JIHADISM. JUST MOMENTS AGO THIS HOUSE PASSED A 9/11 BILL. SUPPOSEDLY TO INCREASE THE SECURITY AND SAFETY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. BUT SINCE APRIL 12 OUR NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF INTELLIGENCE, THE POSITION THAT WAS CREATED IN THE INTELLIGENCE REFORM ACT EARLIER IN 2004, TO SPECIFICALLY PROVIDE US WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE THREATS TO THE UNITED STATES, THIS ORGANIZATION THAT WAS PUT TOGETHER TO MAKE OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY MORE EFFECTIVE, THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE HAS REPORTED TO THIS CONGRESS NOW FOR ALMOST FOUR MONTHS. THAT THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT INTELLIGENCE GAPS AT THE SAME TIME WHILE WE ARE A NATION AT GREATER THREAT THAN ANY TIME SINCE 9/11. IN A LETTER THAT DIRECTOR MCCONNELL RECENTLY SENT TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE IN AN UNCLASSIFIED VERSION, HE HIGHLIGHTS A SITUATION IN WHICH OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY EVERY DAY IS MISSING A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF WHAT WE SHOULD BE GETTING IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. . HE GOES ON AND SAYS THIS IS ABOUT FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE, ABOUT FOREIGN TARGETS, OVERSEAS AND THAT TO COLLECT THIS KIND OF AN INTELLIGENCE, WHAT HE NEEDS TO DO IS HE NEEDS TO GET A COURT ORDER. THINK ABOUT THIS. WE NEED TO GET A COURT ORDER TO LISTEN TO AN ALLEGED TERRORIST WHO MAY BE IN PAKISTAN, MAY BE IN AFGHANISTAN, BUT WE KNOW THEY ARE OUTSIDE OF THE U.S. BORDERS AND FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE ABOUT A FOREIGN TERRORIST OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES, AND WE NEED TO GO GET A COURT ORDER TO LISTEN TO THAT CONVERSATION AT A TIME WHEN WE KNOW THAT WE ARE AT HEIGHTENED RISK. ISN'T IT IRONIC AS WE PASS A 9/11 BILL, IN THE 9/11 BILL THAT WE PASSED THIS AFTERNOON, THE 9/11 BILL GIVES AL QAEDA AND RADICAL JIHADISTS MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE UNITED STATES AND ABOUT OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY THAN WHAT THEY HAD BEFORE. THE 9/11 BILL SAYS, WE ARE GOING TO REVEAL OUR TOP LINE SPENDING ON INTELLIGENCE. IF WE BELIEVE THAT REVEALING OUR SPENDING AT A MACROLEVEL ON INTELLIGENCE MAKES US SAFER MAYBE WE SHOULD JUST GIVE RADICAL JIHADISTS A BREAKDOWN OF HOW WE SPEND ALL OF OUR MONEY. IN THE 9/11 BILL, WE'RE GOING TO SAY, YOU KNOW BECAUSE OF LEAKS IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, LEAKS TO THE PRESS, WE HAVE ALREADY TOLD YOU ABOUT OUR TERRORIST SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM. WE HAVE ALREADY TALKED WITH YOU AND GIVEN YOU DETAILS ABOUT HOW WE DO FINANCIAL TRACKING, WE TALKED TO YOU ABOUT INTERROGATIONS AND TALKED TO YOU ABOUT PRISONS AND THESE TYPES OF THINGS AND WE'RE GOING TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH MONEY WE SPEND ON INTELLIGENCE ON AN ANNUAL BASIS AND JUST EVERYBODY AGREES THAT THE TIP OF THE SPEAR IN KEEPING AMERICA SAFE IS HOW EFFECTIVE OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY IS AND NOW WE'RE GOING TO GIVE THEM MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. AND AT THE SAME TIME, WHILE OUR DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE FOR FOUR MONTHS HAS BEEN TELLING US THAT THERE ARE GAPS IN OUR INTELLIGENCE, SIGNIFICANT GAPS IN OUR ABILITY TO GET INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT FOREIGN TERRORISTS MAY BE PLANNING AGAINST THE UNITED STATES AT A TIME WHEN WE KNOW THAT ONE OF THEIR HIGHEST PRIORITIES IS TO ATTACK THE HOMELAND AGAIN. AND THIS IS NOT ONLY ABOUT THEIR INTENTION TO ATTACK THE UNITED STATES, BUT REMEMBER, IF THERE'S A FOREIGN TERRORIST IN AFGHANISTAN TALKING TO A FOREIGN JIHADIST, RADICAL TERRORIST IN IRAQ AND THAT COMMUNICATION MAY IN SOME WAY COME THROUGH THE UNITED STATES, THAT INFORMATION WILL NOT EVEN BE AVAILABLE FOR OUR COMBAT TROOPS IN IRAQ OR IN AFGHANISTAN. NOT ONLY ARE WE BLIND FOR HOMELAND SECURITY, WE ARE ALSO HAND I CAPPING OUR TROOPS WHO ARE THE FRONT LINES EACH AND EVERY DAY. WE'RE NOT EVEN GIVING THEM THE INFORMATION THAT THEY COULD USE ON A TACTICAL BASIS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES, BUT ALSO TO IDENTIFY WHERE THE RADICAL JIHADISTSR WHERE AL QAEDA MIGHT BE IN IRAQ AND WHAT THEY MAY BE UP TO IN IRAQ OR IN AFGHANISTAN OR IN THE UNITED STATES OR IN WESTERN EUROPE, WHEREVER. AND THE MOST CONCERNING THING IS THAT WE MAY NOT EVEN DEAL WITH THIS BEFORE WE GO ON RECESS NEXT WEEK. THIS NEEDS TO BE FIXED BEFORE WE GO ON RECESS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. MR. SARBANES, YOU'RE RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. MR. SARBANES, YOU'RE RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 05:19:45 PM

    MR. SARBANES

    THANK YOU MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY WITH PRIDE TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION…

    THANK YOU MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY WITH PRIDE TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION HONORING CAL RELATIONSHIP KEN, JUNIOR ON HIS INDUCTION IN THE HALL OF FAME. IT WOULD RENAME INTERSTATE 395 THAT STARTS IN BALTIMORE AND ENDS NEAR CAMDEN YARDS. CALVIN RELATIONSHIP KEN, JUNIOR GREW UP IN MARYLAND, A BASEBALL STANDOUT HE LED HIS LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM TO THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES AND WAS A STAR AT ABERDEEN HIGH SCHOOL. HE SPENT HIS ENTIRE CAREER WITH THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES. HE ROSE THROUGH THE MINOR LEAGUES JOINING THE ORIOLES IN 1982 WHEN HE WAS NAMED ROOKIE OF THE YEAR. HE WON AMERICAN LEAGUE'S MOST VALUABLE HONORS AND WON THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1983. FROM MAY 30, 1982, UNTIL SEPTEMBER 19, 1998, CAL NEVER MISSED A GAME. HE PLAYED AN INCREDIBLE 2,232 CONSECUTIVE GAMES PASSING LOU GEHRIG'S RECORD ON SEPTEMBER 6, 1995 IN FRONT OF FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FRIENDS AT CAMDEN YARDS. HIS CAREER REDEFINED THE SHORT STOP POSITION, SETTING MULTIPLE OFFENSE AND PAVING THE WAY FOR A NEW GENERATION OF PLAYERS. CAL'S STELLAR CAREER NO DOUBT MAKES HIM WORTHY OF INDUCTION INTO THE HALL OF FAME. HE WAS ELECTED TO THE HALL WITH THE HIGHEST VOTE TOTAL EVER, THE HIGHEST VOTE PERCENTAGE FOR ANY PLAYER AND THE HIGHEST VOTE PERCENTAGE IN HISTORY. BUT THE NUMBERS DON'T EVEN BEGIN TO EXPLAIN WHAT HE MEANS TO OUR NATIONAL PAST TIME. BASEBALL FANS AND ESPECIALLY PARENTS ARE TOO OFTEN DISAPPOINTED WHEN OUR AMERICAN IDOLS FAIL TO LIVE UP TO OUR AMERICAN IDEALS. TOO OFTEN OUR SPORTS STARS ARE FAMOUS FOR THE WRONG REASONS. BUT CAL HAS BEEN A SOURCE OF PROVIDED FOR BASEBALL. HE WAS A SPECTACULAR PLAYER BUT NOT A FLASHY ONE. ALWAYS DOING THE LITTLE THINGS AND SETTING THE EXAMPLE FOR HOW A PROFESSIONAL SHOULD PERFECT HIS TRADE AND HE SHOWED UP EVERY DAY. FROM THE HEIGHT OF THE WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1983 TO THE DEMENTS OF THE 21-GAME LOSING STREAK, CAL WAS THERE EVERY DAY. AFTER THE CANCELLATION OF THE 1994 WORLD SERIES, MANY FANS MARKED SEPTEMBER 6, 1995, THE NIGHT HE PLAYED IN HIS 2,131 GAME AS THE NIGHT THAT AMERICA CAME BACK TO BASEBALL. KRALL'S COMMITMENT PLAYING BY THE RULES BEGAN KNOWN AS THE RIP KEN WAY. AND IN FACT, I BELIEVE CAL HAS INSPIRED AMERICANS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. THE RIPKEN WAY IS SYNONOMOUS WITH THE AMERICAN WAY. THEY OFTEN MENTION DEPEND BUILT. CAL RIPKEN HAS THESE VALUES. THERE WAS A COLUMN THAT APPEARED IN THE "WASHINGTON POST" ON SEPTEMBER 7, 1995. HE WROTE, WHEN HE LOOK AT THIS RECORD, I THINK I HEAR THE RIGGETIMS OF AMERICA. THIS CELEBRATION OF CAL IS THE FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN. GOING TO WORK EVERY DAY, BUILDING A CAREER, PROVIDING FOR OUR FAMILY, LIKE OUR FATHERS DID BEFORE US IS SOMETHING WE CAN ALL RELATE TO. I THINK AMERICA LOOKS AT CAL PLAYING EVERY GAME, PLAYING THEM IN THE SAME SMALL TOWN WHERE HE GREW UP, PUTTING HIS HAND OVER HIS FLUTTERING HEART AS THE APPLAUSE POUR OVER HIM AND SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS AND SAYS TO HIMSELF, HERE'S A MAN I CAN RESPECT AND HAS VALUES THAT I ADMIRE. YOU DON'T OFTEN HEAR THAT ABOUT PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES ANYMORE. IF WE PASS THIS LEGISLATION, WHEN TRAVELERS COME TO BALTIMORE OR PASS BY, THEY WILL NOT ONLY BE REMINDED OF A TERRIFIC BALL PLAYER WHOSE NAME HAS BECOME SYNONOMOUS WITH THE ORIOLES, BUT A MODEL AMERICAN AND THE PROMISE OF DOING THINGS THE RIPKEN WAY. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES AGREE THIS IS A FITTING TRIBUTE TO ONE OF THE MOST ENDURING FIGURES IN THE HISTORY OF BASEBALL. CAL, CONGRATULATIONS INTO YOUR INDUCTION INTO THE HALL OF FAME. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 05:24:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MR. JONES OF NORTH CAROLINA. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MR. JONES OF NORTH CAROLINA. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLEMAN RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. DUNCAN

    CAN JUSTIFY THE MOST WASTEFUL EXPENDITURES. BUT THE LAVISH NEW EMBASSY WE…

    CAN JUSTIFY THE MOST WASTEFUL EXPENDITURES. BUT THE LAVISH NEW EMBASSY WE ARE BUILDING IN BAGHDAD AND THE STAFFING AND EXPENSES FOR IT WILL JUST ABOUT TAKE THE CAKE. HERE IS PART OF THE RECENT FOX NEWS REPORT, QUOTE, IT'S AS BIG AS VATICAN CITY AND MAKES FOREIGN EMBASSIES OF WASHINGTON, D.C. LOOK LIKE CARRIAGE HOUSES BUT THE BARELY FINISHED EMBASSY IS ALREADY PRIME FOR EXPANSION. DUE FOR COMPLETION IN SEPTEMBER, THE 592 MILLION CAMPUS IS SURROUNDED BY CONCRETE-BLAST WALLS AND FEATURES GREEN GRASS GARDENS, AVENUES AND VOLLEYBALL AND BASKETBALL COURTS AVAILABLE TO EMPLOYES IS A ECONOMIES AREA, RETAIL AND SHOPPING AREAS, RESTAURANTS, SCHOOLS, A FIRE STATION, POWER AND WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES, A SWIMMING POOL AND AMBASSADOR AND DEPUTY AMBASSADOR'S RESIDENCES. SECRETARY OF STATE CONDOLEEZZA RICE TOLD A SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE IN MAY THAT ADDITIONAL STAFFING AND HOUSING NEEDS HAVE FORCED OFFICIALS TO ADD MORE STRUCTURES TO THE NOW 21-BUILDING SITE. SHE ASKED FOR AN ADDITIONAL $50 MILLION FROM CONGRESS TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. $600 MILLION IS NOT ENOUGH. THEN THE BUDGET FOR THE EMPLOYEES WAS $923 MILLION, NOT INCLUDING SALARIES AND EXPENSES FOR ABOUT 600 EMPLOYEES FROM OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES. LISTEN TO A RECENT STORY FROM THE "WASHINGTON POST." QUOTE, MENTION THE U.S. EMBASSY IN BAGHDAD TO LAWRENCE EAGLEBURGER AND HE EXPLODES. QUOTE, I DEFY TO SAY HOW YOU CAN USE THAT MANY PEOPLE. IT'S NUTS, INSANE AND COUNTERPRODUCTIVE AND WON'T WORK SAYS THE REPUBLICAN FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE AND MEMBER OF THE IRAQ STUDY GROUP. MR. SECRETARY EAGLEBURGER SAID I HAVE BEEN LONG ENOUGH TO KNOW YOU CAN'T RUN A DEPARTMENT LIKE THAT. AND HE RAN A DEPARTMENT TWICE THE SIZE AND 20 TO 30 TIMES THE BUDGETS WE HAVE AT OUR EMBASSIES IN CHINA, MEXICO AND BRITAIN. THE POST STORY QUOTED A SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL AS SAYING, MAINTAINING AN OVERSIZED MEGA EMBASSY IN BAGHDAD IS DRANK PERSONNEL AWAY FROM EVERY OTHER EMBASSY AROUND THE WORLD AND ALL FOR IT. AND THE STORY SAID COUNTING CONTRACTORS AND EMPLOYEES, THE STAFF IS NOT ACTUALLY 1,000 BUT ASTOUNDING 4,000. MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW THAT MANY PEOPLE IN OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WANT TO THINK OF THEMSELVES AS WORLD STATESMEN AND FEEL REAL IMPORTANT. BUT IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND UNAFFORDABLE FOR THE U.S. TO GOVERN OR POLICE THE WHOLE WORLD AND THIS GOES AGAINST EVERY CONSERVATIVE POSITION THAT I HAVE EVER KNOWN. ABOVE ALL, WHAT WE ARE DOING BUILDING THIS EMBASSY IN BAGHDAD AND ALLOWING $1 BILLION TO OPERATE IT IS AS FAR FROM FISCAL CONSERVATIVISM AS YOU CAN GET. MADAM SPEAKER, BECAUSE THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER MENTIONED GENERAL PETRAEUS REPORT, LET ME ADD THIS, THERE IS A VERY IMPORTANT REASON WHY OUR FOUNDING FATHERS AND THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF THIS NATION OUR LEADERS HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED IN CIVILIAN CONTROL OVER THE MILITARY. THE ADMIRALS AND GENERALS WILL ALMOST GIVE POSITIVE REPORTS SAYING PROGRESS IS BEING MADE. WE HAVE RECEIVED POSITIVE REPORTS FROM OUR TOP MILITARY LEADERS ALL THROUGH THE WAR IN IRAQ. IT IS ALMOST LIKE THE GENERALS SAYING THEY ARE DOING A BAD JOB IF THEIR REPORTS ARE NOT POSITIVE. MADAM SPEAKER, WE SHOULD ADMIRE, RESPECT AND APPRECIATE OUR MILITARY AND I CERTAINLY DO. BUT WE SHOULD NOT WORSHIP THEM. OR FEEL IT IS UNPATRIOTIC TO EVER CRITICIZE ANY PENTAGON WASTE OR ANY DECISION A GENERAL MIGHT MAKE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. WYNN OF MARYLAND.

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  • 05:29:36 PM

    MR. WYNN

    EVENING, MADAM SPEAKER. TO VARYING DEGREES AMERICANS REALIZE THAT IT'S…

    EVENING, MADAM SPEAKER. TO VARYING DEGREES AMERICANS REALIZE THAT IT'S TIME TO END THIS WAR. YOU HEAR FRUSTRATION, YOU SEE ALMOST RAB I HAD ANGER. AMERICANS UNDERSTAND WE HAVE A FAILED POLICY IN IRAQ. IT'S NOT WORKING. 3,600 AMERICAN TROOPS HAVE BEEN KILLED. 2,700 U.S. TROOPS HAVE BEEN WOUNDED. 50,000 IRAQIS HAVE BEEN KILLED. THIS ADMINISTRATION IS PURSUING A FAILED FOREIGN AND MILITARY POLICY. NOW, LET ME BE QUICK TO NOTE, THIS DOESN'T MEAN THAT OUR MILITARY HAS FAILED. OUR MILITARY HAS PERFORMED VERY ADMIREBLY. THEY HAVE DONE SO DESPITE THE INEPT MANAGEMENT OF THIS ADMINISTRATION WHICH HAS FAILED TO PROVIDE THEM WITH THE ADEQUATE ARMOR THEY NEED. BUT YET, OUR MILITARY HAS FOUGHT ON. AGAIN, IT'S THE WRONG POLICY. FIRST OF ALL, WE NEED TO REDEFINE OUR NOTIONS OF WINNING AND LOSING. THIS IS THE WRONG WAR IN THE WRONG PLACE AND IT'S BEING AS I INDICATED EARLIER, BEING HANDLED IN THE WRONG WAY. . A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO PULL OUR TROOPS OUT BECAUSE THEY'LL SAY WE HAVE LOST. NO, WE WILL NOT HAVE LOST. WE WILL HAVE PURSUING THE WRONG POLICY. IT'S ALMOST LIKE THE BRITISH RED COATS FACING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARIES. THEY WERE FIGHTING IN THE WRONG WAY. WE ARE DOING THE SAME THING. WE HAVE TO FACE THE FACTS. SUPPORTERS OF THE WAR ARE ALSO SAYING, LOOK, WE CAN'T GET OUT BECAUSE THE RESULT WILL BE A CATASTROPHE. NOTE TO THE ADMINISTRATION, IT'S ALREADY A CATASTROPHE. WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS CHANGE DIRECTION WITH THE HOPE THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY FIGHT A WAR ON TERRORISM AND SAVE MORE -- SAVE AMERICAN LIVES. WE CAN'T CONTINUE TO TRY TO MEDIATE IRAQ'S CIVIL WAR. IT'S TIME TO REDEPLOY OUR TROOPS, BRING THEM BACK HOME. WE HAVE IN FACT A CIVIL WAR IN IRAQ. BOTH SIDES DISLIKE OUR MILITARY PRESENCE. IRAQI INSURGENTS ARE WILLING TO KILL THEMSELVES AND BECOME MARTYRS FOR THEIR CAUSE. WE DON'T EVEN UNDERSTAND THIS PHENOMENON. HOW CAN YOU BE THE ENEMY THAT'S WILLING TO KILL HIMSELF BEFORE YOU DO? IT DOESN'T WORK. THIS IS NOT A WAR IN WHICH KILLING MORE INSURGENTS WILL RESULT IN "VICTORY." IN FACT THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATES INDICATE THAT OUR PRESENCE IN IRAQ IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. IRAQ HAS MORE INSURGENTS NOW, MORE MILITANTS, MORE TERRORISTS, MORE JIHADISTS TODAY THAN THEY DID WHEN WE DEPOSED SADDAM HUSSEIN. IRAQ HAS BECOME A HACHE FOR TERRORISTS AND OUR MILITARY ENGAGEMENT IS NOT REDUCING THE NUMBER OF INSURGENTS, THEY ARE INCREASING. OUR CONTINUED PRESENCE IN IRAQ, MORE THAN FOUR YEARS, LEAVING MANY IRAQIS TO THE PERCEPTION THAT WHAT WE REALLY WANT TO DO IS CONTROL THEIR OIL RESOURCES. THIS PERCEPTION UNDERMINES ANY ATTEMPT TO PROMOTE FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY. THEY THINK WE JUST WANT THE OIL. WE HAVE DONE ONE GOOD THING THROUGH THIS CONGRESS. WE PASSED A RESOLUTION IN THIS HOUSE THAT SAYS WE'LL HAVE NO PERMANENT BASES. THAT'S THE TYPE OF MESSAGE WE NEED TO BE SENDING THAT WE ARE NOT THERE TO CONTROL YOUR COUNTRY. BUT WHAT SHOULD WE DO IN THE OVERALL BATTLE AGAINST TERRORISM AND IN IRAQ? FIRST OF ALL, HOW ABOUT SOME DIPLOMACY? WHY IS DIPLOMACY ALWAYS LAST? FROM KOREA TO IRON HERE'S WHAT WE DO. WE CALL NAMES FIRST THEN WE FINALLY YEARS LATER SAY MAYBE WE OUGHT TO TALK. LET'S TRY TALKING FIRST. IT'S TIME THIS ADMINISTRATION TOOK DIPLOMATIC ENGAGEMENT TO A HIGHER LEVEL. AROUND THE WORLD. WE NEED TO TAKE IT SERIOUSLY. WE NEED TO ABANDON THIS GO-IT-ALONE POLCY. HOW ABOUT SUPPORTING MUSLIM EFFORTS TO PROMOTE PEACE? I THINK THERE ARE COUNTRIES IN THE REGION, JORDAN, EGYPT, SAUDI ARABIA, MOROCCO WHO HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN PROMOTING PEACE. LET'S GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO PROMOTE PEACE. THEY HAVE THE GREATEST STAKE IN HAVING A PEACEFUL REGION. THERE ARE ALSO INTERNATIONAL RELIGIONS LEADERS WHO COULD PERHAPS MEDIATE A PEACE. WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT THE UNITED STATES LACKS THE CREDIBILITY TO PROMOTE PEACE OR MEDIATE PEACE IN THIS REGION. LET'S TURN TO THE U.N. WHY DON'T WE ASK THE U.N. TO PROMOTE A PEACE PROCESS IN IRAQ WHILE WE PULL OUR TROOPS OUT? WE NEED A PERMANENT UNITED NATIONS EMERGENCY PEACE FORCE. I HAVE INTRODUCED SUCH A BILL. A PERMANENT U.N. ENTITY THAT WOULD WORK IN THESE AREAS OF CONFLICT, BOTH IN IRAQ, THE MIDDLE EAST, IN AFRICA, SUDAN, CHAD, ON AND ON. WE CAN USE THE U.N. AS A VEHICLE TO PROMOTE PEACE AND SAVE THE LIVES OF AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN IN THE ARMY. AND OUR MILITARY. ALSO WE NEED TO INTRODUCE THE CONCEPT OF HUMANITARIAN AID. WE DO SOME, IT'S TRUE, BUT HOW ABOUT LEADING WITH DIPLOMACY AND HUMANITARIAN AID? PUT A NEW FACE ON AMERICA'S FOREIGN POLICY. MORE HUMANITARIAN AID BUILDING SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS SAYS TO THE WORLD THAT AMERICANS REALLY WANT TO BE YOUR FRIEND AS OPPOSED TO TROOPS BEATING DOWN YOUR DOOR GOING DOOR TO DOOR. WE ALSO NEED TO KEEP IN MIND, ALTHOUGH WITHDRAWING OUR TROOPS WE CANNOT ABANDON IRAQ. WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT RECONSTRUCTION AID. LET ME BE QUICK TO ADD WE NEED RECONSTRUCTION AID WITH A LOT MORE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. THIS IDEA THAT HALLIBURTON AND OTHER COMPANIES ARE MAKING BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF PROFITS AND WE DON'T SEE ANYTHING COMING UP IN THE GROUND IN IRAQ IS UNSATISFY. WE NEED HUMANITARIAN AID. WE KNEE RECONSTRUCTION AID. WE NEED CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT TO GO WITH IT. IN CONCLUSION, WE NEED TO SPEND OUR MONEY MORE WISELY TO FIGHT THE REAL THREAT THAT WE HAVE. WE KNOW THE THREAT'S NOT IN IRAQ. THE THREAT'S IN AFGHANISTAN. WHAT SHOULD WE DO? FIRST OF ALL, WE NEED GREATER EMPHASIS ON INTELLIGENCE. TO BREAK UP THESE SMALL CELLS. THE ATTACKS WE HAVE SEEN AND ELSEWHERE ARE DONE BY SMALL CELLS. WE NEED TO INTERRUPT WEAPONS TRANSFERS BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT'S CAUSING THE PROBLEM. WE ALSO NEED TO INTERRUPT THESE TERRORIST CAMPS. WE NEED TO USE OUR SPECIAL FORCES INTELLIGENTLY TO FIGHT THE REAL WAR THAT WE HAVE. BRING OUR TROOPS HOME. INITIATE DIPLOMACY, HUMANITARIAN AID, RECONSTRUCTION AID. WE NEED A SOUND FOREIGN POLICY. WE DON'T HAVE IT WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION. WITH THIS CONGRESS CONTINUING TO PRESS THE FIGHT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE IT. I RELINQUISH THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME IS UP. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM --…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME IS UP. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    ONE MINUTE. SPEAK OUT OF ORDER.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS FIVE MINUTES.

  • 05:36:01 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AS USUAL LET ME COMPLIMENT THE SPEAKER FOR HER…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AS USUAL LET ME COMPLIMENT THE SPEAKER FOR HER LEADERSHIP AND HER SERVICE TO AMERICA. I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT THE PASSAGE OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMISSION REPORT IN H.R. 1, IMPROVING AMERICA'S SECURITY ACT. IF I HAD TO GIVE AN ACRONYM I WOULD SAY RELIEF, IT SPELLS RELIEF TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. NOW WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE A COMMITTED AND UNIFIED WAR AND EFFORT AGAINST THE WAR ON TERROR. WE HAVE THE RESOURCES AND THE MINDSET, THE POLICY, AND THE UNITY. SIX YEARS AFTER 9/11, SIX YEARS AFTER ALL OF US STOOD AWESTRUCK, HUMBLED, SEEMINGLY POWERLESS, FRIGHTENED, SADDENED, AND IMMENSED WITH GRIEF OVER THE LOSS OF SO MANY. FAMILIES TODAY STILL SUFFER. CHILDREN ARE WITHOUT PARENTS. HUSBANDS ARE WITHOUT WIVES. WIVES ARE WITHOUT HUSBANDS. MANY, MANY EXTENDED FAMILY MEMBERS. SO MY FIRST RESPONSE IS TO SALUTE THE 9/11 FAMILIES. FOR MANY TIMES THEY WERE PROBABLY RECEIVED IN LESS THAN A JOVIAL MANNER. IT'S SOMETHING ABOUT HAVING THAT STEADFAST AND CORE RIGEOUS POINT OF VIEW THAT YOU NEVER GIVE -- COURAGEOUS POINT OF VIEW THAT YOU NEVER GIVE UP. YOU NEVER GIVE UP. LET ME THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR WORKING TO BRING US ALL TOGETHER. THE CONFERENCE AND THE CONFEREES WHICH I WAS A PART OF AND UNDERSTANDING THAT OUR GOAL WAS TO BE AMERICANS UNITED. AND SO TODAY I CAN SALUTE THE FACT THAT THIS BILL HAS PASSED. GREATER DISTRIBUTION OF HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS FOR STATES IN HIGH-RISK URBAN AREAS ARE RISK-BASED ANALYSIS ON HOW WE DISTRIBUTE THOSE FUNDS. EACH STATE IS GUARANTEED A MINIMUM OF A CERTAIN AMOUNT, BUT IT IS BASED ON RISK. $1.8 BILLION AUTHORIZATION FOR F.Y. 2008 TO ASSIST STATES IN HIGH-RISK URBAN AREAS IN PREPARING FOR TERRORIST THREATS. PLANNING, MORE PLANNING, MORE WAYS OF LOOKING AHEAD. AND AFTER WE SAW THE STRANGE VIDEO REGARDING THE AIRPORT IN ARIZONA WHERE THERE WAS NOT A ROUND-THE-CLOCK TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION STAFF SCREENING PEOPLE GOING INTO THE AIRPORT, WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE TO BE FOREVER PLANNING AND FORWARD THINKING. I'M GLAD THAT SOLUTION IS BEING ADDRESSED AND I'M ASKING FOR AN INVENTORY AS THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR OF ALL AIRPORTS IN AMERICA, THE TOP 400, TO DETERMINE WHETHER WE ARE SECURING THAT AIRPORT 24 HOURS A DAY. WE CAN ALWAYS WORK MORE SMART AND MORE EFFECTIVELY. BUT I'M GLAD THAT WE HAVE A DEDICATED INTEROPERABILITY GRANT PROGRAM TO IMPROVE THE COMMUNICATIONS THAT DID NOT HAPPEN ON NEVER. FIREFIGHTERS NOT BEING ABLE TO TALK TO OTHER FIREFIGHTERS OR FIREFIGHTERS NOT BEING ABLE TO TALK TO POLICE OFFICERS OR PORT AUTHORITY POLICE. THAT MONEY IS IN THIS BILL. $4 BILLION OVER FOUR YEARS FOR RAIL TRANSIT AND BUS SECURITY GRANTS. WHAT A CELEBRATION. WE WORKED VERY HARD TO ENSURE THAT WE WOULD HAVE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY GRANTS ON THOSE PROPERTIES, ON THOSE VEHICLES THAT MOVE AMERICANS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. EVERY DAY MEVERS GET UP AND USE SOME FOR THE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND WE ARE DELIGHTED WE FOCUSED ON THAT. MIGHT I SAY WITH THE TRAGEDY OF THE STEAM EXPLOSION IN NEW YORK, IT EXPLODED AND A BUS EXPLODED, BUT IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT IF YOU WERE TO HAVE A TRAGEDY ON A BUS OR A TRAIN, LOOK AT THE IMPACT AROUND THE AREA. I'M VERY GLAD THAT THE HOUSTON PORT WILL NOW BE A BENEFICIARY OF THE MANY, MANY DOLLARS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT IN TO PROVIDE MORE RESOURCES FOR OUR PORTS, TO HAVE 100% SCREENING OF PORT CARGO THAT COMES INTO THE UNITED STATES. AND IT CAN BE DONE. IT WON'T STOP, IF YOU WILL, THE COMMERCE THAT SO MANY PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT. AND THEN, OF COURSE, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT WE ARE WORKING WITH THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY SO THAT WE HAVE AN EXCHANGE OF INTELLIGENCE BECAUSE THAT'S THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON. BUT I HAVE ONE POINT, MADAM SPEAKER, JUST TO CONCLUDE ON AND THAT IS TO BE REMINDED THAT WE NEED TO CONSOLIDATE THE JURISDICTION OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY EFFORTS. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY PARTICIPATE IN ON A TOTAL OF 141 HEARINGS ALL ACROSS THE LOT, ALL THE DIFFERENT COMMITTEES. D.H.S. IS PARTICIPATING IN A TOTAL OF 42 HEARINGS WHERE MULTIPLE WITNESSES FROM D.H.S. TESTIFIED. D.H.S. HAS PROVIDED A TOTAL OF 195 WITNESSES. THEY HAVE PROVIDED APPROXIMATELY 1,554 BRIEFINGS. WE NEED A SINGLE SEEN OF JURISDICTION -- SCENE OF JURISDICTION FOR THAT PARTICULAR DEPARTMENT. THEN IT IS IMPORTANT AS WE FIGHT THE WAR ON TERROR THAT WE BRING AN END TO THE IRAQ WAR. WE BEGIN TO DEAL WITH POLITICAL DIPLOMACY. WE BEGIN TO INCLUDE THE NEIGHBORING STATES AROUND IRAQ TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR SAFETY IN THE REGION. WE BRING OUR TROOPS HOME. WE PROVIDE A SAFETY NET, IF YOU WILL, FOR REMAINING AMERICANS. BUT WE INCLUDE KUWAIT AND QATAR AND JORDAN. ALL OF THESE NATIONS, SAUDI ARABIA, WHO ARE INTERESTED IN SOME RESOLUTION TO THIS CONFLICT. ALMOST 4,000 DEAD. ALMOST 4,000 OF OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN DEAD. THEY ARE OUR HEROES. WE SHOULD DECLARE A MILITARY SUCCESS. BRING OUR SOLDIERS HOME. AND BEGIN A DIPLOMATIC HEALING OF THAT REGION. I THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. LET ME JUST SAY, WE HAVE FINALLY MOVED FORWARD ON THE FIGHT FOR REAL HOMELAND SECURITY AND A FIGHT AGAINST THE WAR ON TERROR. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:41:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR WOULD BE PLEASED TO ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO ADJOURN.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LEE: MADAM SPEAKER, I NOW MOVE THAT THE HOUSE NOW ADJOURN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO. ACCORDINGLY, THE HOUSE STANDS ADJOURNED UNTIL 10: 30 A.M. ON MONDAY NEXT FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE.

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