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House Session - May 6, 2008
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  • 10:30:39 AM

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    AT 7:00 EASTERN. WE'RE TAKING YOU LIVE TO THE U.S. HOUSE AS THEY COME AND…

    AT 7:00 EASTERN. WE'RE TAKING YOU LIVE TO THE U.S. HOUSE AS THEY COME AND FOR GENERAL SPEECHES, LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS AT NOON.

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  • 10:30:56 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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  • 10:31:00 AM

    THE CLERK

    SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. MAY 6, 2008. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

    SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. MAY 6, 2008. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE ED PASTOR TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, NANCY PELOSI, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:31:15 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE JANUARY 4, 2007, THE CHAIR WILL NOW…

    PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE JANUARY 4, 2007, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:31:31 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. ONE OF THE MOST DISAPPOINTING TURNS IN…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. ONE OF THE MOST DISAPPOINTING TURNS IN THE CURRENT CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN THE PROPOSAL OF SENATOR CLINTON AND SENATOR MCCAIN FOR THE QUOTE, GAS TAX HOLIDAY. ONE DOESN'T WANT TO BE CYNICAL BUT THINKING BACK TO SENATOR MCCAIN'S STRAIGHT TALK EXPRESS IN THE YEAR 2000, IT WOULD BE HARD TO IMAGINE THAT HE THOUGHT IT WAS GOOD IDEA BACK THEN. THAT HE WOULDN'T HAVE STOOPED TO THIS POLITICAL TRICK. IT WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN CONSISTENT WITH WHAT HE WAS DOING. AS FAR AS SENATOR CLINTON IS CONCERNED, WE DON'T HAVE TO GUESS ABOUT HER POSITION IN 2000 BECAUSE HER OPPONENT IN 2000 WHEN SHE WAS FIRST RUNNING FOR THE SENATE, OUR FORMER COLLEAGUE, RICK LAZIO, CALLED FOR SUSPENDING THE 18.3 CENT FEDERAL GAS TAX AND ACTUALLY REPEALING THE 4.3 CENTS PER GALLON SURCHARGE THAT HAD BEEN ENACTED. WHAT MRS. CLINTON NEEDS TO DO, HE SAID, IS GET OUT OF THE MOTORCADE, GET OUT EVER -- OF FANTASY LAND, AND GET IN CONTACT WITH THE ISSUES AFFECTING REAL NEW YORKERS, PRICES AT THE PUMP. AND IT'S INSTRUCTIVE WHAT THEN CANDIDATE CLINTON HAD TO SAY. SHE AND HER AIDES FIRED BACK IMMEDIATELY OFFERING WHAT THEY SAID MR. LAZIO HAD A SHORTSIGHTED SOLUTION THAT COULD JEOPARDIZE MONEY TO FIX HIGHWAYS. IN FACT, THEY HANDED OUT FLYERS THAT USED QUOTES FROM REPUBLIC LEADERS TO BOLSTER HER POINT THAT REPEALING THE GAS TAX SURCHARGE COULD BE HARMFUL BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS DISCOURAGE MEASURES BECAUSE THEY COULD DIMINISH HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION MONEY. SENATOR CLINTON SAID IN DEBATING MR. LAZIO, WE ARE TOTALLY RELIANT ON THE GAS TAX TO DO THINGS LIKE FINISHING I-86 IN THE SOUTHERN TIER OR THE FAST FERRY HARBOR WORK UP IN ROCHESTER, AS WELL AS WORK WE NEED TO DO HERE IN THE CITY. SO YOU CAN COUNT ON ME TO SUPPORT INFRASTRUCTURE AS SHE EXPLAINED HER OPPOSITION. AND INDEED SHE LASHED OUT AT THE PLAN FOR THE OUTRIGHT REPEAL OF THE 4.3 CENT GAS TAX CALLING IT A BAD DEAL FOR NEW YORK AND A POTENTIAL BONANZA FOR THE OIL COMPANIES. WELL, THE FACTS THAT SENATOR CLINTON ARGUED IN 2000 ARE STILL TRUE TODAY. THE TIMING IF ANYTHING IS WORSE BECAUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY TRUST FUND IS GOING INTO DEFICIT. AND THIS WOULD CALL FOR AN ADDITIONAL REDUCTION OF $9 TO -- $9 BILLION TO $10 BILLION, 300,000 HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION JOBS. IT ACTUALLY IS COMING AT A TIME WHEN WE SHOULD AS A COUNTRY BE FINDING WAYS TO INVEST MORE IN INFRASTRUCTURE NOT LESS. VIRTUALLY EVERY EXPERT, INDEPENDENT, ACKNOWLEDGES THAT AS WELL AS MOST PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. AND OF COURSE THE IRONY AS SENATOR CLINTON HERSELF INTIMATED IS THAT THIS GAS TAX HOLIDAY IS ACTUALLY A HOLIDAY FOR THE BIG PRODUCERS, REFINERS, AND IMPORTERS. THEY ARE THE ONES WHO PAY THE TAX. THE TAX IS CHARGED TO THEM. IN ORDER FOR ANY OF IT TO TRICKLE DOWN TO THE POCKETS OF MOTORISTS, THEY WOULD HAVE TO DECIDE THAT THEY ARE GOING TO PASS THEIR SAVINGS ON TO THE REST OF US. AND AS SENATOR CLINTON POINTED OUT IN 2000, IT'S A POTENTIAL BONANZA FOR THEM. THERE IS NO INDICATION THAT THEY ARE LOOKING TO SAVE SAY, LOOK WHAT THEY DID WITH THE RECORD PROFITS OF $10.6 BILLION FOR EXXONMOBIL. DID THEY USE THAT EXTRA MONEY TO REDUCE PRICES AT THE PUMP? WELL, THE GOOD NEWS, THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IS NOT BUYING THIS. EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE AGGRAVATED AT SPIRALING HIGH GAS PRICES AND SOMEBODY IS OFFERING THEM IN A SENSE FREE MONEY, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC SEES THROUGH THAT. 51% AGREE THAT IT IS A BAD IDEA, EVEN IN THE FACE OF HIGH GAS PRICES. AND EVEN MORE TELLINGLY IN "THE NEW YORK TIMES" SURVEY PUBLISHED YESTERDAY, WHEN THE PUBLIC WAS ASKED ARE POLITICIANS PROPOSING THIS TAX HOLIDAY BECAUSE IT'S GOOD FOR AMERICA OR BECAUSE IT'S GOOD, THEY THINK, FOR THE POLITICIANS? 70% SAID THEY ARE DOING IT BECAUSE IT'S GOOD FOR THE POLITICIANS NOT FOR AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE THAT WE CAN GET PAST THE CAMPAIGN SILLY SEASON. THAT PEOPLE EXPLAIN TO SENATOR MCCAIN AND SENATOR CLINTON THAT THEIR EARLIER OPPOSITION IS MORE IMPORTANT TODAY AND THAT ONE AREA OUGHT TO BE BEYOND SORT OF THE PARTISAN POLITICAL WARFARE. IT IS TIME FOR US TO REBUILD AND RENEW AMERICA, TO DEAL WITH THE FIRST DEFICIT IN THE TRUST FUND, AND NOT PLAY POLITICAL GAMES.

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  • 10:36:51 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:37:04 AM

    MR. POE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 10:42:35 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

  • 10:42:37 AM

    MR. POE

    WAY IT IS.

  • 10:42:38 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. BARRETT, FOR…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. BARRETT, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 10:42:51 AM

    MR. BARRETT

    MR. SPEAKER. THIS PAST WEEK FOR THE FIRST TIME SOME AMERICANS PAID $4 A…

    MR. SPEAKER. THIS PAST WEEK FOR THE FIRST TIME SOME AMERICANS PAID $4 A GALLON FOR GAS. THE NATIONAL AVERAGE FOR REGULAR UNLEADED GASOLINE NOW IS $3.61 A GALLON. AMERICANS HAVE NEVER PAID SUCH A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF THEIR HARD EARNED DOLLARS OR GASOLINE, MR. SPEAKER. AND THIS HIGH GASOLINE PRICES ARE TAKING THEIR TOLL ON THE POCKETBOOKS. MANY ISSUES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HIGHER GAS PRICES, BUT IN ORDER TO LESSEN AMERICAN'S DEPENDEN SEN ON FOREIGN AND UNSTABLE ENERGY SOURCE, WE NEED TO LOOK RIGHT HERE AT HOME. WE ARE RELYING TOO MUCH ON FOREIGN ENERGY SOURCES AND OUR DEPENDENCY ON THESE SOURCES IS A RISK FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. WE HAVE THE NATURAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL RESOURCES TO SUPPORT DOMESTIC ENERGY PRODUCTION AND FIND OIL SOURCES HERE AT HOME. WE CAN INCREASE OUR DOMESTIC ENERGY EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION IN THE U.S. WHILE ALSO UTILIZING ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES SUCH AS HYDROGEN, WIND, AND SOLAR POWER. CITIZENS CAN'T AFFORD THE PRICE OF GAS. FOR OUR PEOPLE, FOR OUR COUNTRY THE MAJORITY MUST BRING AN ENERGY SOLUTION TO THE FLOOR NOW. SO THAT AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE NO LONGER WEIGHING AN UNPRECEDENTED $4 A -- NO LONGER PAYING AN UNPRECEDENTED $4 A GALLON FOR GAS.

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  • 10:44:11 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. WITTMAN, FOR ONE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. WITTMAN, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 10:44:19 AM

    MR. WITTMAN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE CHARLES ANDREW WILKINS,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE CHARLES ANDREW WILKINS, A GREAT YOUNG MAN WHO HAS EXEMPLIFIED THE FINEST QUALITIES OF CITIZENSHIP AND LEADERSHIP BY TAKING AN ACTIVE PART IN THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA TROOP 250 AND EARNING THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS AWARD OF EAGLE SCOUT. ANDREW'S BEEN AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF HIS SCOUT TROOP, PARTICIPATING IN MANY ACTIVITIES OVER MANY YEARS ANDREW HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH SCOUTING AND THROUGH THOSE YEARS HE'S EARNED 21 MERIT BADGES, HE'S SPENT 47 NIGHTS CAMPING AND SERVED AS SENIOR PATROL LEADER FOR TWO YEARS. ANDREW WAS ALSO ELECTED TO BE A MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF THE ARROW, THE SCOUTING'S NATIONAL CAMPING HONOR SOCIETY. FOR HIS EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT, HE COORDINATED THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NORTHUM BERLAND COUNTY FALLEN HEROES MEMORIAL LOCATED IN FRONT OF THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE IN HEATHSVILLE, VIRGINIA. THIS MONUMENT IS A VERY MANY MORIAL TO DEPUTY SHERIFF JOHN SANFORD WHO WAS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN 2005. . DUTY IN 2005. ANDREW IS A SENIOR AT NORTHUMBER NORTHUMBERLAND HIGH SCHOOL AND PLANS TO CONTINUE SERVEING HIS COMMUNITY AND OUR COUNTRY IN THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD. MR. SPEAKER, I PROUDLY ASK YOU TO JOIN ME IN COMMENDING CHARLES ANDREW WILKINS FOR HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS WITH THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA AND FOR HIS EFFORTS PUT FORTH IN ACHIEVING THE HIGHEST DISTINCTION OF EAGLE SCOUT.

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  • 10:45:51 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. TIAHRT, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. TIAHRT, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:45:57 AM

    MR. TIAHRT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THEY SAY THAT IN AMERICA, ALL YOU…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THEY SAY THAT IN AMERICA, ALL YOU NEED TO BE TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL IS TO WORK A HALF A DAY, AND YOU CAN CHOOSE WHETHER IT'S THE FIRST 12 HOURS OR THE SECOND 12 HOURS. WELL, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE PROBABLY EXPECT DOUBLE FROM THEIR GOVERNMENT THESE DAYS WHEN WE HAVE SERIOUS CHALLENGES TO OUR ECONOMIC AND NATIONAL SECURITY. SO WHAT IS CONGRESS DOING? ARE WE DOING WHAT IT TAKES TO BE SUCCESSFUL TO SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS? NO, WE'RE NOT STARTING BUSINESS TODAY UNTIL NOON. CONGRESS IS SLEEPING IN. MAYBE WE'RE ON CALIFORNIA TIME, BUT I WILL WAGEER WE WILL NOT BE HERE UNTIL MIDNIGHT. ANY THIRD-WORLD DICTATEOR WOULD BE PLEASEED AT THE WAY WE ARE OPERATING TODAY. OUR ECONOMY IS IN A PRECARIOUS SITUATION, WE LEARNED THIS MORNING THAT OIL IS AT $120, COULD GO TO $200 PER BARREL, GAS IS AT $4, EASILY CAN GO TO $5, WE'RE STILL DENYING OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY THE TOOLS IMPORTANT TO KEEP THIS COUNTRY SAFE, AND CONGRESS IS SLEEPING IN. MANY OF US CAME TO WASHINGTON SACRIFICEING A GOOD, NORMAL LIFE STYLE IN OUR RESPECTIVE STATE DISTRICTS TO SERVE THIS NATION AND WORK HARD TO HELP MAKE AMERICA STRONGER, BUT WE'RE NOT BEING GIVEN A CHANCE TO DO OUR JOB. KANSANS HAVE BEEN ASKING ME FOR MONTHS, WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RISEING COST OF GAS? IN APRIL OF 2006, DEMOCRAT HOUSE LEADERSHIP ASSUREED AMERICANS THEY HAVE A COMMONSENSE PLAN TO HELP BRING DOWN SKYROCKETING GAS PRICES. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S TIME FOR DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP TO UNVEIL THIS PLAN. SINCE 2007 WHEN THE DEMOCRATS TOOK CONTROL OF THE HOUSE, GAS PRICES HAVE RISEN 50%. WE HAVE $4 A GALLON, GOING TO TO $5. TODAY WE HEAR THAT THE HOUSE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP HAS INTENTIONS TO BRING A $250 BILLION SUPPLEMENTAL ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITHOUT PROPER INPUT FROM CONGRESS. I GUESS WE DON'T HAVE TIME. CONGRESS IS SLEEPING IN TILL NOON. AS A BODY, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ARE VERY PROUD OF OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO OVERSEE THE POWER OF THE PURSE, BUT THE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP HAS COMPLETE COMPLETELY UNDERMINEED THAT POWER POWER. WELL, WHAT IS THIS DEFENSE SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL ABOUT? WE DON'T KNOW, NOR DOES THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RESPECTIVE APPROPRIATION SUBCOMMITTEES. WHY? BECAUSE THE SPEAKER DOESN'T THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO WEIGH IN AND OVERSEE THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. WELL, WHAT IS IT THAT WE DON'T KNOW IF THE PACKAGE -- WE DON'T GIVE OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM THE RESOURCES TO PROTECT THEMSELVES. WE DON'T KNOW IF THIS PACKAGE WILL ADDRESS THE PRICE OF GASOLINE AND THE PRICE OF FOOD. WE DON'T KNOW IF THIS PACKAGE WILL ENSURE OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WILL BE PROPERLY SERVEED. THE MEN AND WOMEN ON THE COMMITTEE COULD ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS. WE SPEND TIME OVERSEEING THE PROCESS, FUNDING THE NEEDS OF OUR AGENCIES, BUT WE'VE BEEN CUT OUT OF THE PROCESS. IN OTHER WORDS, THE PEOPLE'S REPRESENTATIVES HAVE BEEN CUT OUT OF THE PROCESS. HOW DO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT $250 BILLION? THIS MONSTROSITY THAT HAS NO INPUT FROM REPRESENTATIVES, EXCEPT THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM SAN FRANCISCO WHO WILL BE OVERSEEING THIS BILL. MR. SPEAKER, DAVID OBEY AND I ARE FRIENDS. LAST YEAR AS PART OF OVERSEEING THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM WE WENT TO DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK IN CALIFORNIA. AS FATE WOULD HAVE IT ON THAT VERY HOT DAY WE TOOK A DRIVE INTO DEATH VALLEY, AND THE SERVICE TRUCK THAT WE WERE IN THAT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE GAVE US HAD NOT ONE, NOT TWO BUT THREE FLAT TIRES. WITH THE CAPABLE ASSISTANCE OF ROB NEIGHBORS, THE STAFF DIRECT DIRECTOR, CHAIRMAN OBEY AND I CHAINGSD THE FLAT TIRES AND GOT US BACK ON THE ROAD. BY WORKING TOGETHER WE GOT IT BACK ON THE ROAD. IN MANY RESPECTS, THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL REMINES ME OF THAT DAY IN DEATH VALLEY. THE ENVIRONMENT HOUSE FLOOR IS GETTING HOTTER EVERY MINUTE. THE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP IS HAVING A VERY DIFFICULT TIME GETTING THIS LEGISLATION ON THE ROAD. I BELIEVE CHAIRMAN OBEY WOULD HAVE BETTER SUCCESS IF HE LISTEN LISTENED TO THE ASSISTANCE OF HIS FELLOW APPROPRIATEORS. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, LET US WORK TOGETHER ON THIS LEGISLATIVE VEHICLE, TOGETHER THROUGH THE NORMAL PROCESS AS WE DID ON THAT HOT DAY IN DEATH VALLEY LAST YEAR. THIS HAS BEEN THE MOST DISAPPOINTING CONGRESS IN RECENT MEMORY. THE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP SHIRKS THEIR DUTY TO TACKLE THE REAL ISSUES FACEING AMERICAN FAMILIES. THEY'VE LEFT CONGRESS OUT OF THE WORKLOAD. IT'S NO WONDER THAT WE HAVE THE LOWEST APPROVAL RATEINGS IN HISTORY. A BANANA REPUBLIC COULD NOT DO IT BETTER. MADAM SPEAKER -- MR. SPEAKER, DON'T SLIP ON THE BANANA PEELING PEELING. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:50:42 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:50:54 AM

    MR. GOHMERT

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, NEXT WEEK IS NATIONAL POLICE WEEK, A TIME WE…

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, NEXT WEEK IS NATIONAL POLICE WEEK, A TIME WE RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO BOLDLY SERVE SERVINGE IN COUNTY AND STATE EMPLOYMENT. WE HONOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN DISABLED OR KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. THEY HAVE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR THE SAFETY OF THEIR FELLOW CITIZENS. THE PEACE OF MIND WE'RE AFFORDED AFFORDED, THANKS TO THE DEDICATED SERVICE OF OUR LAW OFFICERS, IS INVALUABLE, BUT MANY TIMES, WE ARE IMMEDIATELY AWARE AT WHAT PRICE THAT SECURITY COMES. HOWEVER, THIS PAST WEEKEND, MY CONSTITUENTS AND I WERE PAIN PAINFULLY REMINDED OF THE VERY REAL DANGER THAT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND AGENTS BATTLE DAILY. ON SATURDAY, MAY 3, HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF US MOURNED THE LOSS OF TEXAS STATE TROOPER JAMES SCOTT BURNS AT HIS FUNERAL IN LINDEN. SCOTT WAS KILLED BY SHOTGUN BLASTS FROM A KILLER WHO HE CHASEED AND PULLED OVER ON APRIL APRIL 29 WHILE DOING HIS JOB OF SERVICE TO HIS FELLOW CITIZENS. HE LEFT A WIDOW AND A 6-MONTH-OLD DAUGHTER, OF WHOM HE WAS EXTREMELY PROUD. HE ALSO LEFT A HUGE FAMILY THAT WAS BOTH RELATEED BY BLOOD AND RELATEED BY SPIRIT, WHO CARE DEEP DEEPLY ABOUT HIM. THE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT SHOWN BY FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND FELLOW LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WAS TRULY A TESTAMENT TO TROOPER BURNS' LOVABLE NATURE, HIS SENSE OF HUMOR, HIS HONORABLE CHARACTER, BUT MOST IMPORTANT, HIS SENSE OF SERVICE FOR OTHERS. HIS LOVING FAMILY IS NOW FORCED TO CARRY ON WITHOUT HIM AND THE WORLD IS WORSE OFF WITHOUT HIM UNLESS WE PERPETUATE THE GOOD THAT HE DID IN HIS LIFE THROUGH THE THINGS THAT WE DO IN THE FUTURE SO THAT HE WILL NOT HAVE LIVEED IN VAIN. THOUGH SCOTT'S BEING KILLED BY THE POSSIBLY DRUG-CRAZEED KILLER MEANT THAT OTHERS WERE NOT ALSO KILLED, SCOTT'S GREATEST CONTRIBUTION CAME NOT IN THE WAY THAT HE DIED, BUT IN THE WAY THAT HE LIVED. THE EXTRAORDINARY CHOICE BY SCOTT BURNS AND OTHER LAW OFFICERS TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES MEANS THAT THEY GO TO WORK EVERY DAY KNOWING AND BELIEVEING THE WORDS THAT CAME FROM JESUS HIMSELF WHEN HE SAID "GREATER LOVE HATH NO ONE THAN THIS THAT A PERSON LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS." OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS DEDICATE THEMSELVES TO PROTECT PROTECTING CITIZENS KNOWING THAT THEY MAY VERY WELL LAY DOWN THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT OTHERS. NO WORDS CAN ADEQUATELY EXPRESS THE GRATITUDE THAT'S DUE THEM. SCOTT'S FAMILY WILL HOPEFULLY FIND SOLACE FROM SO MANY WHO SHOWED THEIR SUPPORT IN THE PAST AND WILL DO SO IN THE FUTURE. THE FACT THAT THE FUNERAL PROCESSIONAL EXTENDED FOR MANY, MANY MILES DOWN HIGHWAY 59 FROM LINDEN TO THE CEMETERY WILL HOPE HOPEFULLY PROVIDE SOME SOLACE. IT ALSO SHOWS THAT THOSE WHO ARE AFFECTED BY SCOTT AND HIS LIFE WILL NOT FORGET. LAW OFFICERS FROM AROUND EASTERN TEXAS, FROM THE STATE OF TEXAS AT LARGE, AS WELL AS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY CAME AND WERE THERE. AS A FORMER PROSECUTEOR, FORMER JUDGE, AND CHIEF JUSTICE, AND NOW AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON CRIME, TERRORISM, AND HOMELAND SECURITY, IT IS BOTH A SOBERING PRIVILEGE AND A PRIORITY TO ADDRESS ISSUES IN LEGISLATION REGARDING THE SECURITY OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THERE IS NO GREATER FUNCTION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAN TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, BOTH FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC. THEREFORE, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE WORK TO SUPPORT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND AGENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES BY PROVIDING THEM WITH THE TRAINING AND RE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO PROPERLY CARRY OUT THEIR DUTIES. FURTHERMORE, THERE SHOULD BE GREATER INCENTIVES IN PLACE TO ENCOURAGE HARSHER SENTENCES TO VIOLENT OFFENDERS WHO MIGHT OTHERWISE BE RELEASEED TO THE STREETS AND REPEAT DANGEROUS OFFENSES. WHILE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS RISK THEIR OWN SAFETY EVERY DAY FOR THE WELL-BEING OF OUR NATION AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES, CONGRESS MUST DO AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE TO ENSURE THE PREPAREDNESS AND SECURITY OF OUR NOBLE CRIME FIGHTERS. AS WE PREPARE NEXT WEEK TO NATIONALLY HONOR THE COURAGE OF POLICE OFFICERS LIKE OUR OWN TEXAS STATE TROOPER, SCOTT BURNS BURNS, LET US CONSIDER THE WELL-BEING OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, THEIR FAMILIES WITH THE SAME PERSISTENCE AND SELFLESSNESS, WITH WHICH THEY AFFORD US. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 10:56:12 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. AKIN, FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:56:22 AM

    MR. AKIN

    MR. SPEAKER SPEAKER. IN THE LAST LITTLE MORE THAN A YEAR, GASOLINE PRICES…

    MR. SPEAKER SPEAKER. IN THE LAST LITTLE MORE THAN A YEAR, GASOLINE PRICES HAVE GONE UP $1.33 A GALLON. THAT'S A LARGEER INCREASE THAN WHAT WE HAD OVER THE PREVIOUS FIVE YEARS BEFORE THAT. AND THE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP SAID THAT THEY HAD A PLAN AT THAT TIME, THIS IS A YEAR AGO, TO KEEP GAS PRICES FROM GOING UP, AND YET THE GAS PRICES HAVE GONE UP. NOW, I DON'T THINK THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WANTS US TO BICKER BETWEEN PARTIES. THEY WANT US TO BE SOLVING PROBLEMS. AND I DON'T BELIEVE IT'S THE DEMOCRATS' FAULT, NECESSARILY, THAT THE GAS PRICES HAVE GONE UP INTERNATIONALLY, BUT WHAT IS IS A PROBLEM -- BUT WHAT IS A PROBLEM IS THAT WE'RE NOT DEALING WITH THE PROBLEM. WHAT WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT IS HOW DO WE MOVE OFF OF OUR DEPEND DENSE ON FOREIGN OIL -- DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL TO AMERICAN ENERGY? WHAT WE SHOULD BE SEEING IS MOVEMENT IN THE DIRECTION, DEPENDING ON WHICH WAY PEOPLE WANT TO GO, ON ADDITIONAL REFINE REFINEMENT CAPACITY, THERE'S BEEN NO NEW REFINEERS IN 20 YEARS YEARS, AND NUCLEAR ENERGY IS A GOOD SOURCE OF ENERGY, THE IDEA OF GETTING LIQUID FUEL FROM COAL COAL, WE HAVE TREMENDOUS COAL RE RESOURCES. SHOULDN'T SOMETHING BE BEING DON IN THAT AREA? BUT GNAWING IN ANY OF THESE AREAS. A LACK OF A PLAN IS UNACCEPTABLE UNACCEPTABLE. IT'S NOT THE DEMOCRATS' FAULT THAT GAS PRICES GO UP, BUT IT IS A PROBLEM WHEN WE DON'T HAVE A PLAN. THANK YOU.

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  • 10:58:00 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 12:00:00 PM

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    LAWYER THAT WROTE THE REPUDIATED MEMO FOLLOWING HARSH INTERROGATION OF…

    LAWYER THAT WROTE THE REPUDIATED MEMO FOLLOWING HARSH INTERROGATION OF MILITARY PRISONERS HAS AGREED TO TESTIFY TO CONGRESS. NOW A LAW PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY WILL TESTIFY BEFORE THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE VOLUNTARILY ABOUT THE INTERROGATION PRACTICES AFTER 9/11 AT A LATER HEARING. THE HEARING TODAY THAT WE'RE COVERING HAS ISSUED A SUBPOENA. REUTERS IS SAYING THAT THEY HAVE AGREED TO A SUBPOENA THE CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE DICK CHENEY. YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO SEE THAT HEARING LATER. THE HOUSE IS COMING IN. WE TAKE YOU THERE LIVE NOW.

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  • 12:00:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE CHAPLAIN,…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE CHAPLAIN, FATHER COUGHLIN.

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  • 12:02:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND…

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:02:34 PM

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    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.

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  • 12:02:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. SO…

    THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JUREN STANDS APPROVED.

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  • 12:02:51 PM

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    I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUND A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT. AND MAKE A…

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

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  • 12:02:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 , FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 , FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE POSTPONED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. MORAN.

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    MR. MORAN

    I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE…

    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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    CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RISE?

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    MR. MORAN

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

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

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    MR. MORAN

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

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    MR. NEUGEBAUER

    SPEAKER, BEFORE I CAME TO CONGRESS I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE MY…

    SPEAKER, BEFORE I CAME TO CONGRESS I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE MY CONSTITUENTS IN A DIFFERENT WAY. I WAS A HOME BUILDER, A LAND DEVELOP HERB --ER, EVEN A MORTGAGE LENDER. I KNOW FIRSTHAND SOME OF THE PROBLEMS THAT THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY AND THE HOUSING INDUSTRY IS FACING TODAY. 94% OF THE AMERICAN HOMEOWNERS ARE PAYING THEIR MORTGAGE PAYMENTS ON TIME. AND IN FULL. ARE SOME PEOPLE HAVING A HARD TIME MAKING THESE MORTGAGE PAYMENTS? OF COURSE THEY ARE. CAN THE GOVERNMENT HELP? YES, IN SOME CASES. BUT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO BE VERY CAREFUL HERE. WE DO NOT NEED FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO BE THE PIGGY BANK FOR FOLKS THAT MADE POOR DECISIONS OR TO BAIL OUT THE LENDERS THAT MADE LOANS TO PEOPLE THAT REALLY DIDN'T HAVE THE CAPACITY TO PAY IT BACK. IT'S NOT FAIR TO PENALIZE THOSE FOLKS THAT MADE GOOD DECISIONS AND PLAYED BY THE RULES BY TAKING THEIR TAX MONEY AND REWARDING THOSE WHO DIDN'T. FOR MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS, THEY ARE HAVING A HARD TIME JUST MAKING THEIR OWN MORTGAGE PAYMENT. WHAT WE SHOULDN'T BE DOING IS TAKING THEIR TAX MONEY TO PAY THEIR NEIGHBOR'S PAYMENT. MADAM SPEAKER, I ENCOURAGE FOLKS TO BE VERY CAUTIOUS ABOUT THESE BAILOUT PROGRAMS.

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    MR. PERLMUTTER

    GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM SPEAKER. SEVEN YEARS OF PRESIDENT BUSH'S ECONOMIC…

    GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM SPEAKER. SEVEN YEARS OF PRESIDENT BUSH'S ECONOMIC POLICIES HAVE PUT A TREMENDOUS STRAIN ON MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. SINCE 2001, HEALTH CARE PREMIUMS HAVE GONE UP ALMOST $6,000. COLLEGE TUITION HAS INCREASED BY $2,500. AND GAS PRICE VS. MORE THAN DOUBLED. WITH THESE INCREASES AND PAYCHECKS THAT HAVE ON THE AVERAGE FALLEN, IT'S NO WONDER THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SAY THEIR ECONOMIC SITUATION HAS NOT IMPROVED IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS. WHILE THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION IS EAGER TO GIVE TAX BREAKS TO THE WEALTHIEST OF AMERICANS AND ASSIST WALL STREET FIRMS LIKE BEAR STEARNS, IT DOES LITTLE TO HELP MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES. MADAM SPEAKER, THE DEMOCRATIC HOUSE RECOGNIZES THE IMMEDIATE NEED TO HELP MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND THAT IS WHY OUR BUDGET PRIORITIZE MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF. AND WHY WE ARE PROPOSING A SECOND ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE. IT'S TIME FOR PRESIDENT BUSH TO PUT THE MIDDLE CLASS AHEAD OF THE WEALTHIEST FEW. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. WALDEN

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    MR. WALDEN

    PAYMENTS PROGRAM, CONGRESS HAS BROKEN ITS PLEDGE TO RURAL AREAS ALL ACROSS…

    PAYMENTS PROGRAM, CONGRESS HAS BROKEN ITS PLEDGE TO RURAL AREAS ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY LIKE GRANT COUNTY, OREGON, WHERE FEDERAL LAND COVERS 61% OF THE COUNTY. THAT'S 300 SQUARE MILES LARGER THAN THE ENTIRE STATE OF DELAWARE. SCHOOL CHILDREN OF GRANT COUNTY RELY ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR. DURING MY MOST RECENT VISIT, I WAS TOLD BY THE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT THAT ONLY THE COUNTY PAYMENTS' FUNDS THROUGH THE ROAD DEPARTMENT HAVE KEPT THE SCHOOLS GOING. NOW, OUR SPEAKER HAS SAID SHE'D LIKE THIS TO BE THE CHILDREN'S CONGRESS. SO WHY WON'T THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP BRING FOR A VOTE H.R. 3058 WHICH IS A BIPARTISAN, FOUR-YEAR RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE COUNTY PAYMENTS TIMBER PROGRAM? KEEPING 100-YEAR-OLD COMMITMENT FROM THIS GOVERNMENT TO THESE COUNTIES. IT'S BEEN 112 DAYS SINCE H.R. 3058 WAS MADE ELIGIBLE FOR A VOTE. IT'S HERE ON THE UNION CALENDAR OF THE HOUSE. WE HAVE HAD 51 LEGISLATIVE DAYS WHEN IT COULD HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UP FOR A VOTE TO HELP SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS, YET THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS HOUSE REFUSES TO EVEN SCHEDULE IT FOR A VOTE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. WHEN WILL THE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP OF THE HOUSEKEEP ITS COMMITMENT TO RURAL COMMUNITIES?

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    MR. WILSON

    HAVE ONCE AGAIN HIT RECORD HIGHS, CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS ARE URGING…

    HAVE ONCE AGAIN HIT RECORD HIGHS, CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS ARE URGING PRESIDENT BUSH TO TAKE ACTION. FOR SEVEN YEARS HE HAS SAT ON THE SIDELINES AND EVEN LAST WEEK AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN THE ROSE GARDEN HE CONCLUDED THAT I'M QUOTING HERE, THE COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF IMMEDIATE ACTION FOR CONSUMERS WERE NOT PERSUASIVE ENOUGH FOR HIM TO ACT. HOUSE DEMOCRATS ARE CALLING ON PRESIDENT BUSH TO STOP FILLING THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE. THIS RESERVE IS 97% FULL WHICH IS MORE THAN ENOUGH TO MEET ANY EMERGENCY WE WOULD HAVE. EXPERTS BELIEVE TAPPING THE RESERVE COULD LOWER OUR GAS PRICES BY AS MUCH AS 5 CENTS TO 5 CENTS PER GALLON. RIGHT NOW AMERICANS NEED HELP, THEY ARE HURTING. PRESIDENT BUSH COULD TAKE ACTION TODAY THAT WOULD PROVIDE IMMEDIATE RELIEF TO CONSUMERS AT THE PUMP, BUT HE REFUSES TO ACT. ONCE AGAIN HOUSE DEMOCRATS URGE THE PRESIDENT TO RECONSIDER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. PENCE

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

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

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    MR. PENCE

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, TODAY AMERICA'S EYES ARE TURNING TO…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, TODAY AMERICA'S EYES ARE TURNING TO INDIANA AND NORTH CAROLINA AS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS ARE MAKING THEIR DECISION IN PRIMARY ELECTION DAYS. AND THANKS TO THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT DECISION IN CRAWFORD VS. MARION COUNTY ELECTION BOARD, HOOSIERS WILL BE VOTING TODAY WITH GREATER CONFIDENCE THAN EVER BEFORE. THE SUPREME COURT DECIDED LAST WEEK IN A 6-3 DECISION THAT INDIANA'S LAW REQUIRING PHOTO IDENTIFICATION TO VOTE IS CONSTITUTIONAL. IN ITS OPINION THE SUPREME COURT NOTED, QUOTE, THERE IS NO QUESTION ABOUT THE LEGITIMACY OR IMPORTANCE OF A STATE'S INTEREST IN COUNTING ONLY ELIGIBLE VOTES. IT FURTHER STATED, QUOTE, INDIANA'S INTEREST IN PROTECTING PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN ELECTIONS WALK CLOSELY RELATED TO ITS INTEREST IN PREVENTING FRAUD HAS SIGNIFICANCE BECAUSE SUCH CONFIDENCE ENCOURAGES PARTICIPATION IN THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. INDIANA'S LAWS HAD ITS CRITICS IN THIS BODY. BUT I RISE TO EXTOL THE SUPREME COURT AND ALL OF THOSE IN INDIANA AND NORTH CAROLINA WHO WITH GREATER CONFIDENCE TODAY WILL EXERCISE THEIR FRANCHISE AND GUIDE AMERICA'S FUTURE WITH INTEGRITY.

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    MR. WELCH

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    MR. WELCH

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. FOR THE PAST SEVEN YEARS PRESIDENT BUSH HAS BEEN…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. FOR THE PAST SEVEN YEARS PRESIDENT BUSH HAS BEEN DELIVERING AN ENERGY POLICY THAT HAS RESULTED IN THE HIGHEST INCREASE IN THE COST OF ENERGY IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY. LAST WEEK THE PRESIDENT CONTINUED HIS CALL FOR MORE OF THE SAME WHEN HE TOUTED AN OLD PLAN FOR DOMESTIC DRILLING IN THE ARCTIC THAT WOULD PRODUCE A SIX-MONTH SUPPLY OF OIL 10 YEARS FROM NOW. IT'S NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT PRICE AT THE PUMP NOW. IT'S NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT PRICE AT THE PUMP LATER. INSTEAD THE PRESIDENT IS BLAMING CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS FOR NOT ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM. BUT IT'S THE PRESIDENT WHO WON'T SUSPEND PURCHASES OF THIS STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE WHICH WOULD BRING THE PRICES DOWN 25 CENTS IMMEDIATELY. IT'S THE PRESIDENT WHO WON'T WORK WITH US TO GET RID OF THE ENRON LOOPHOLE WHICH IS ENRICHING SLECK LATORS. THIS YEAR IN FACT THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS HAS PASSED ENERGY LEGISLATION THAT'S GETTING NOWHERE BECAUSE OF BEING HELD HOSTAGE IN THE SENATE AND IT HAS NO SUPPORT FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THE REALITY IS THAT WE HAVE ACTIONS WE CAN TAKE ON THE SHORT-TERM, THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE, THE ENRON LOOPHOLE, AND THE LONG TERM TO REDUCE OUR RELIANCE ON CARBON. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. WILSON

    I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND MY…

    I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. WILSON

    MADAM SPEAKER, AMERICANS ARE PAYING THE PRICE AT THE PUMP FOR INACTION OF…

    MADAM SPEAKER, AMERICANS ARE PAYING THE PRICE AT THE PUMP FOR INACTION OF THIS MAJORITY. DEMOCRATS PROMISED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TWO YEARS AGO LAST WEEK THAT THEY HAD A PLAN TO ADDRESS RISING GAS PRICES. IT APPEARS THAT PLAN WAS NOTHING MORE THAN ELECTION-YEAR POLITICS. THAT'S A SHAME BECAUSE RIGHT NOW AMERICANS ARE PAYING NEARLY $4 A GALLON FOR GAS. THE EFFECT OF THESE RISES PRICES IS FELT NOT JUST WHEN WE FILL UP OUR TANK. WE SEE THE RISING PRICE AT THE GROCERY STORE BECAUSE OUR FOOD IS SHIPPED IN TRUCKS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT EXPECT A QUICK FIX, BUT THEY DO EXPECT US TO WORK TOWARD ENERGY INDEPENDENCE RATHER THAN SIMPLY POINTING FINGERS AND BLAME. WE LIVE IN A GLOBAL MARKET AND MANY NATIONS ARE COMPETING FOR OIL. LET'S START BY PROMOTING AMERICAN ALTERNATIVE ENERGY. LET'S INVEST IN AMERICAN OIL. LET'S ADVANCE AMERICAN ENERGY EXPLORATION. THE CO-OPS OF AMERICA LED BY NATIONAL PRESIDENT JACK WOLF ARE LEADING THE WAY. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. 7 MR. HODES: THERE IS NO DOUBT THE HOUSING CRISIS AND CONSUMER CREDIT CRUNCH ARE GETTING WORSE. LAST WEEK WE LEARNED THE NUMBER OF HOMES FACING FORECLOSURE MORE THAN DOUBLED FROM LAST YEAR. IN MY HOME STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, FORECLOSURES HAVE INCREASED NEARLY 96%. THAT IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT CONGRESS PASS THE COMPREHENSIVE HOUSING PACKAGE THAT IS COMING TO THE FLOOR THIS WEEK. THE LEGISLATION IS THE MOST INNOVATIVE AND COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTION TO THE HOUSING CRISIS YET. IT WILL GIVE RELIEF TO THE MILLIONS OF WORKING FAMILIES STRUGGLING TO PAY THEIR MORTGAGE WITH THE RISING PRICE OF GAS AND FOOD. IT WOULD HELP NEARLY 1.5 MILLION AMERICANS IN NEED. OUR PACKAGE WOULD ALSO OFFER ASSISTANCE TO STATES AND LOCALITIES TO PURCHASE AND REHABILITATE FORECLOSED PROPERTIES. MADAM SPEAKER, OUR ECONOMY CANNOT REBOUND UNLESS WE ACT NOW TO GIVE RELIEF TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IN NEED. WE HAVE A BOLD PROPOSAL TO TAKE DECISIVE ACTION. I CERTAINLY HOPE THAT MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE UNDERSTAND THE URGENT NEED AND WE WILL RECEIVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THIS PROPOSAL. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK. .Uj5SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MR. SMITH

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

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

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    MR. SMITH

    DURING A TELEPHONE CONVERSATION LAST NIGHT, I ASKED MY CONSTITUENTS DO YOU…

    DURING A TELEPHONE CONVERSATION LAST NIGHT, I ASKED MY CONSTITUENTS DO YOU THINK THE MEDIA ARE FAIR AND OBJECTIVE IN THEIR NEWS COVERAGE? 91% OF THE ALMOST 400 RESPONDENTS SAID THE MEDIA ARE NOT FAIR, ONLY 7% SAID THAT THEY ARE FAIR. THIS IS AN AMAZEING RESULT, BUT NOT A SURPRISEING ONE SINCE SLANT SLANTED COVERAGE PERVADES MUCH OF THE NEWS AMERICANS GET EVERY DAY. ONE OF THE GREATEST THREATS AMERICA FACES IS A BIASED MEDIA. IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T GET THE FACTS, THEY CAN'T MAKE GOOD DECISIONS. AND IF THEY CAN'T MAKE GOOD DECISIONS, WE WON'T HAVE A DEMOCRACY. THE NATIONAL MEDIA NEED TO LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MAKE UP THEIR OWN MINDS, NOT TELL THEM WHAT TO THINK.

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    VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. TODAY WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY AND A SIGNIFICANT…

    VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. TODAY WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY AND A SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE IN ISRAEL'S HISTORY. WE CELEBRATE THE 60th OF TRULY AN -- 60th ANNIVERSARY OF TRULY AN IMPORTANT TIME IN HISTORY. WE HAVE A UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY AT FRESNO AND THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NEG GEOFF. MY CONSTITUENTS FOR YEARS HAVE BEEN PARTNERING WITH THE COUNTERPARTS IN ISRAEL TO RESEARCH WATER, IRRIGATION TECHNOLOGIES AND AGRICULTURAL SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS THAT SPHAIS OUR -- FACE OUR WORLD. FRESNO STATE HAS A LONG HISTORY OF WORKING WITH IRRIGATION MANUFACTUREERS IN HISTORY AND THE ISRAEL OFWITH THE VOLCANIC CENTER IN ISRAEL INCLUDING EXCHANGE PROGRAMS THAT HAVE BROUGHT RESEARCH SCIENTISTS TO WORK ON WATER AND SALINITY ISSUES. THE PRESIDENT CONTINUES TODAY TO HAVE DISCUSSIONS WITH ISRAELI RESEARCHERS AND INDUSTRY ON HOW TO IMPROVE THE WORLD'S EVER REDUCEING SUPPLY OF WATER FOR THE IMPORTANCE OF FEEDING OUR WORLD. FOR THIS MANY ARENAS REASONS, WE RECOGNIZE AND CELEBRATE THE 60th ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL.

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    SPEAKER. I CONTINUE TO ASK WHY WE PUNISH U.S. FARMERS. SINCE THE COLOMBIA…

    SPEAKER. I CONTINUE TO ASK WHY WE PUNISH U.S. FARMERS. SINCE THE COLOMBIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED, U.S. PRODUCTS EXPORTED TO COLUMBIA HAVE SUFFERED OVER $1 BILLION IN TAXES AND TARIFFS BECAUSE OF THEIR EXPORT FROM THE UNITED STATES TO COLOMBIA. AND DURING THAT PERIOD OF TIME, COLOMBIAN PRODUCTS ENTERING THE UNITED STATES COME IN DUTY-FREE. THAT DOESN'T SEEM FAIR. WE HAVE AN AGREEMENT WITH COLOMBIA TO ELIMINATE THOSE TARIFFS AND EVERY DAY WE DELAY, THEIT COSTS ALMOST $2 MILLION -- I'M SORRY, $190 MILLION A WEEK AND HIGHER TARIFFS ON U.S. MADE PRODUCTS. THE U.S.-COLOMBIA TRADE AGREEMENT IS GOOD FOR STATES LIKE ILLINOIS. I REPRESENT A STATE THAT'S DEPENDENT ON EXPORTS. WE HAVE 8,000 UNION WORKERS WHO PRODUCE YELLOW BULLDOZEERS AND CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT, SOMETHING THAT'S COMMON IN PLACES -- AND IN NEED IN PLACES LIKE COLOMBIA. LET'S BE COMPETITIVE AND ELIMINATE THOSE TARIFFS. LET'S BRING UP FOR VOTE THE U.S.-COLOMBIA TRADE AGREEMENT.

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    MRS. CAPPS

    MADAM SPEAKER, ON THIS RECOGNIZE TEACHERS DAY, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE ONE.…

    MADAM SPEAKER, ON THIS RECOGNIZE TEACHERS DAY, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE ONE. LIBBY ANDERSON TEACHES AT GROVER HIGH ELEMENTARY IN GROVER BEACH. IT'S A NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL. SHE'S ONE OF THOSE GIFTED TEACH TEACHERS WITH A TRULY UNIQUE WAY WITH USAGE IGNITEING THE INTERESTS OF HER STUDENTS. A FEW AREAS AGO SHE HAD A PROJECT WHERE EACH STUDENT HAD A PROJECT TO STUDY. UNDER HER GUIDANCE THIS CLASS EMBARKED ON A CAMPAIGN TO RAISE MONEY TOWARDS THIS EFFORT. AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, THE STUDENTS HAD RAISEED RAISED $1,337.30 AND PENNIES. I'M HAPPY TO SAY HER STUDENTS HAVE GONE ON TO LEAD CONTINUED SUPPORT FORRESTERATION OF OF THIS LIGHT LIGHTHOUSE. THIS IS ONE WAY A SPECIAL TEACH TOUCHED THE LIVES OF HER STUDENTS AND EXTENDED THEIR AWARENESS OF OUR COMMUNITIES. OUR COMMUNITIES ARE BLESSED TO HAVE TEACHERS LIKE MRS. ANDERSON WHO SPARK STUDENTS' PASSIONS, ENCOURAGEING THEM TO GET INVOLVED IN THE WORLD AROUND THEM. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROMCALIFOR CALIFOR NIA YIELDS BACK HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RISE?

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    SPEAKER. WITH NO RELIEF IN SIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AS THEY CONTINUE…

    SPEAKER. WITH NO RELIEF IN SIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AS THEY CONTINUE TO ENDURE THE COST OF SKYROCKET SKYROCKETING ENERGY COSTS, IT IS ONCE AGAIN TIME TO LOOK AT ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES TO COMBAT THIS PROBLEM. CHINA HAS INVESTED $50 BILLION IN REACTORS. THE UNITED STATES HAS NOT CREATE AID NUCLEAR POWER PLANT IN 30 YEARS WHILE CONGRESS CONTINUES TO REFUSE TO CONSIDER IT AS A VIABLE ENERGY SOURCE. OF COURSE, WE DON'T NEED TO LEAVE MY HOME STATE OF OHIO TO INCREASE WAYS OF DOMESTIC ENERGY PRODUCTION. IN NORTHWEST OHIO, WE HAVE THE ONLY WIND TUSH TURBINES IN THE STATE, AND COAL TECHNOLOGY ADDING TO OUR ENERGY PRODUCTION. WHETHER WE LOOK AT OTHER COUNTRIES OUR OWN BACKYARD, WITH YOU MUST EMBRACE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES AS ONE WAY TO REDUCE OUR DEPENDENCY ON MIDDLE EASTERN OIL AND COMBAT SKYROCKET SKYROCKETING OIL PRICES. I YIELD BACK, THANK YOU.

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    CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND EXCHANGE MATERIAL IN THE…

    CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND EXCHANGE MATERIAL IN THE RECORD.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    MADAM SPEAKER. BEN BERNANKE SAID WE SHOULD DO MORE TO HELP THE HOUSING…

    MADAM SPEAKER. BEN BERNANKE SAID WE SHOULD DO MORE TO HELP THE HOUSING CRISIS. I AGREE. BUT HE SHOULD DO MORE. LET HIM USE HIS CONSIDERABLE POWER TO BRING TO THE TABLE THE VERY BIG BANKS THAT AREN'T COMING TO FORECLOSURE WORKOUTS AT THE LOCAL LEVEL AND THEY JUST HAPPEN TO BE THE FIRMS THAT THAT HAS BEEN REWARDING HANDSOMELY BY INJECTING BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO RESCUE THEM. YOU KNOW THE NAMES, CITIGROUP, J.P. MORGAN, BANK OF AMERICA, WACHOVIA, FIRMS LIKE COUNTRYWIDE DON'T EVEN SHOW UP WHEN BORROW BORROWERS AT THE LOCAL LEVEL TRY TO RENEGOTIATE THEIR LOANS. YET THE FEDERAL RESERVE HAS BEEN REWARDING THEM BY PUTTING THEM ON THEIR LIST OF SELECT PRIMARY DEALERS. FANCY THAT. SO MR. BERNANKE, LET ME HELP YOU OUT. HERE'S A LIST OF THE FIRMS YOU CAN INVITE RIGHT NOW. THEY'RE NOT RESPONDING TO OHIOAN OHIOANS WITNESSING FORECLOSURE. COUNTRYWIDE, CHASE MORTGAGE, CITIFINANCIAL, GMAC, HSBC, SOVEREIGN BANK, INDY MAC BANK, POPULAR MORTGAGE, OPTION ONE, EM EMC, HOME EC, WILSHIRE, I WILL PUT ALL THE NAMES IN THE RECORD AND COME BACK AGAIN. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. POE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S RECOGNIZED.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. POE

    MADAM SPEAKER, RODNEY JOHNSTON WAS THE BEST OF THE BEST BUT TAKEN BY THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, RODNEY JOHNSTON WAS THE BEST OF THE BEST BUT TAKEN BY THE WEST OF THE WEST. JUAN LEONARDO PERES SHOT OFFICER JOHNSON FOUR TIMES IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD AFTER A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP. OFFICER JOHNSON WOULD STILL BE ALIVE TODAY ENJOYING TIME WITH HIS FIVE CHILDREN AND HIS WIFE, JOYCELYN, A FELLOW HIEWS POLICE OFFICER IF OUR BORDER WAS -- HOUSTON POLICE OFFICER, IF OUR BORDER WAS PROTECTED. THIS LAWLESS TRESPASSER HAD ALREADY BEEN DEPORTED FOR INDECENCY WITH A CHILD IN 1998, BUT HE SNUCK ACROSS THE BORDER AGAIN TO CONTINUE A CRIME SPREE. AND AFTER COMING TO HOUSTON, HE FINALLY CONFESSED TO MURDERING ONE OF HOUSTON'S FINEEST. TODAY HE'S IN TRIAL FOR CAPITAL MURDER IN HOUSTON, BUT THE ME. MEXICAN GOVERNMENT IS PAYING FOR THE BATTERY OF DEFENSE LAWYERS REPRESENTING THIS COLD-BLOODED COP KILLER. MEXICO IS MEDDLING IN THE U.S. COURT SYSTEM, BUT JUAN COULD NOT MISS HIS JUDGMENT DAY WITH HIS MAKEER BECAUSE JUSTICE IS WHAT WE DO IN AMERICA, EVEN IF THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT DOESN'T LIKE IT. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN'S RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN'S RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE LABOR DEPARTMENT REPORTED THAT FOR THE FOURTH MONTH IN A ROW OUR JOBS…

    THE LABOR DEPARTMENT REPORTED THAT FOR THE FOURTH MONTH IN A ROW OUR JOBS ARE GOING SOUTH. WE ARE LOSING MORE JOBS EVEN AS THE MIDDLE CLASS IS STRUGGLING JUST TO KEEP THEIR HEADS ABOVE WATER. WE'RE IN THIS MESS BECAUSE THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND ITS FOLLOWERS HAVE FAILED TO ESTABLISH A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE BUDGET POLICY AND ARE CONTINUEING TO BORROW AND SPEND OUR NATION INTO THE POORHOUSE. IN RESPONSE TO THIS DOWNTURN, DEMOCRATS ARE TAKING ACTION. TODAY WE'RE HOLDING AN ECONOMIC SUMMIT TO DETERMINE HOW BEST TO RESTORE OUR AILING ECONOMY. ALSO THIS WEEK, WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN TO PUT TOGETHER A SECOND ECONOMIC RECOVERY EFFORT DIRECT DIRECTED AT REBUILDING AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE, FIRST, BY ENACT ENACTING A HOUSE HOUSING PACKAGE TO HELP ESTABLISH A FLOOR IN THE HOUSING MARKET AND THEN WE INTENTINTEND TO INVEST IN HIGH-WAGE CONSTRUCTION JOBS THAT WILL STIMULATE LOCAL ECONOMIES NATIONWIDE. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES IN BOTH PARTIES OF JOIN US IN THIS EFFORT TO BUILD A BETTER NATION HERE AT HOME. AND FURTHERMORE, THAT THE PRESIDENT WILL UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS AND SIGN THE BILL WE INTEND TO ENACT.

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

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

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    MR. PITTS

    THE GENTLEMAN'S RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. PITTS

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. YESTERDAY I VISITED A WASTE ENERGY PLANT IN LANCASTER…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. YESTERDAY I VISITED A WASTE ENERGY PLANT IN LANCASTER COUNTY AND CONCLUDEED ONCE AGAIN LANCASTER COUNTY GETS IT RIGHT THIS FACILITY IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THE KIND OF INGENUITY THAT WE NEED TO PUT AMERICA ON THE PATH TOWARDS ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND IT'S DISPOSEING OF WASTE AT THE SAME TIME. THE PLANT BURNS SOLID WASTE AT VERY HOT TEMPERATURES USING THE HEAT TO TURN WATER INTO STEAM WHICH USES A TURBAN TO CREATE -- A TURBINE TO CREATE ELECTRICITY. 98% OF THE ELECTRICITY IS SOLD TO THE LOCAL UTILITY. METALS, GLASS AND PLASTICS ARE RECYCLEED OUT IN THE PROCESS. THIS PROCESS IS SAVING POLLUTION FROM ENDING UP IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY, IT'S SAVING LAND BY REDUCE REDUCING THE NEED FOR LANDFILLS, AND IT'S CREATEING CLEAN ENERGY IN THE POS. ONE TON OF SOLID WASTE HAS THE ENERGY EQUIVALENT OF ONE BARREL OF OIL. LAST YEAR, OVER 342,000 TONS OF WASTE WERE PROCESSED AT THE FACILITY. AND I'M TOLD THAT SOMETHING LIKE 30,000 TONS OF TRASH A DAY IS TRUCKED OUT OF NEW YORK CITY TO LANDFILLS. MAYBE OUR STATE AND COMMUNITY LEADERS SHOULD TAKE A QUEUE FROM THE PEOPLE OF LANCASTER COUNTY'S RESEARCH TO MEET OUR NEEDS.

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    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 IOWA RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN'S RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN'S RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    OF GASOLINE IS AVERAGEING NOW OVER OVER $3.60. HOUSE DEMOCRATS ARE WORKING…

    OF GASOLINE IS AVERAGEING NOW OVER OVER $3.60. HOUSE DEMOCRATS ARE WORKING TO PROVIDE SOME RELIEF, BUT WE FACE STIFF OPPOSITION FROM THE WHITE HOUSE AND CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS WHO HAVE OPPOSED EVERY SINGLE ENERGY BILL WE'VE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR THIS YEAR. WHEN IT COMES TO ENERGY, THE G.O.P. DOESN'T WANT TO WORK WITH US, THEY SIMPLY WANT TO SAY NO. WHEN DEMOCRATS VOTEED TO REPEAL UNNECESSARY SUBSIDIES TO BIG OIL COMPANIES SO WE COULD INSTEAD INVEST IN CLEAN, RENEWABLE ENERGY, REPUBLICANS OVERWHELMING OVERWHELMINGLY VOTEED NO. IT DOESN'T DIDN'T MATTER THAT THE LEGISLATION WOULD REDUCE OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL, LOWER PRICES AT THE PUMP, AND CREATE NEW GREEN JOBS. THEY STILL PREFERRED THE STATUS QUO. WHEN DEMOCRATS PASSED THE ENERGY PRICE GOUGEING ACT TO PUNISH THOSE WHO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE RECORD PRICES BY INCREASING THEM EVEN FURTHER, REPUBLICANS OVERWHELMINGLY VOTEED NO. MADAM SPEAKER, DEMOCRATS UNDERSTAND THE HARDSHIP THAT FAMILIES ARE FACEING EVERY TIME THEY GO TO THE GAS STATION. AND THAT IS WHY WE'VE PASSED SIX BILLS THAT WOULD PROVIDE REAL RELIEF TO CONSUMERS. IT'S TIME REPUBLICANS REALIZED THAT NO IS NOT AN ENERGY STRATEGY. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN'S RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    TO RECOGNIZE MS. KAYLA BASS OF FLORENCE, KENTUCKY. ON FEBRUARY 1, 2008,…

    TO RECOGNIZE MS. KAYLA BASS OF FLORENCE, KENTUCKY. ON FEBRUARY 1, 2008, SHE DISTINGUISHED HERSELF WHEN HER FATHER SUFFERED A SEIZURE. IN A DISPLAY OF COURAGE AND MATURITY AND COMPOSURE THAT EXCEEDED HER AGE, KAYLA KAYLA RESPOND RESPONDED EFFECTIVELY. SHE ADMINISTERED FIRST AID, CALLED HER GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDFATHER WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY CARING FOR HER TWO COUSINS AT HOME AT THE TIME. SHE ATTRIBUTES HER SKILLS TO THE SKILLS SHE LEARNED IN AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS TROOP 727. IT'S DEDICATED TO WOMEN'S YOUNG SERVICE TO FAMILY, GOD, COUNTRY, AND COMMUNITY. THE RECOGNITION OF HER HAS CREATEED THE ANGEL AMONG US AWARD WHICH SHE WILL RECEIVE ON THE REGIONAL AWARDS SAIRM MONDAY ON MAY 16. HER SELF-CONTROL WAS IMPRESSIVE. KAYLA, WE'RE PROUD OF. MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK YOU TO JOIN ME IN COMMENDING KAYLA BASS FOR HER OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND CHARACTER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 12:30:10 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    JUST LAST THURSDAY, WAS THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FAMOUS WORDS…

    JUST LAST THURSDAY, WAS THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FAMOUS WORDS "IMMIGRATION ACCOMPLISHED." WHAT A TRAGEDY. BUT APRIL WAS THE MOST DEADLIEST MONTH IN IRAQ THAT WE'VE SEEN IN A NUMBER OF MONTHS. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ASK THE ADMINISTRATION TO RECOGNIZE THAT THIS UNENDING WAR MUST END. AND IN THE BACKDROP OF A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE THAT SUGGESTS THAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS LOOK LOOKING AT A $500 MILLION DEVELOPMENT OF HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS AND AMUSEMENT PARKS IN BAGHDAD, I I ASK THE ADMINISTRATION, COULD DO THEY GET IT? AND SO THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO SUPPORT AN AMENDMENT IN THE EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL THAT SAYS WE'LL BRING OUR TROOPS HOME WITH HONOR. THIS WILL GO INTO EFFECT ONE MONTH AFTER THIS LEGISLATION IS PASSED. SEVEN MONTHS, DEADLYIEST APRIL, TROOPS DYING, THIS KIND OF WAR CANNOT BE AN UNENDING WAR. AND SO WE REFUSE TO GIVE MORE BLANK CHECKS TO IRAQ. WE THANK OUR SOLDIERS ON THE FRONT LINES OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, THE WAR WE SHOULD WIN. BRING OUR TROOPS HOME WITH HONOR HONOR. VOTE FOR THIS AMENDMENT AND LET'S NOT GIVE A $5 HUNDRED MILLION DEVELOPMENT OF HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS. WHAT ARE WE THINKING ABOUT? I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS' TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS' TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, MADAM SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN'S RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 12:31:44 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    AS THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2008 ENDED LAST WEEK, IT WAS CLEAR THAT THINGS ARE…

    AS THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2008 ENDED LAST WEEK, IT WAS CLEAR THAT THINGS ARE NOT GETTING ANY BETTER FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. AMERICANS CONTINUE TO FACE HIGHER COSTS FOR BASIC NECESSITIES, MILLIONS OF FAMILIES HAVE LOST THEIR HOMES DUE TO THE TROUBLED REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND SEVEN MILLION MORE AMERICANS ARE UNINSURED. LAST WEEK, WE ALSO LEARNED THAT APRIL WAS THE FOURTH MONTH IN A ROW THAT OUR ECONOMY LOST JOBS. WITH 20,000 JOBS LOST LAST MONTH MONTH, OUR ECONOMY HAS NOW SHED 260,000 JOBS SO FAR THIS YEAR. THAT'S PARTICULARLY TROUBLESOME CONSIDERING THAT EXPERTS SAY THE ECONOMY MUST CREATE 150,000 JOBS A MONTH JUST TO KEEP UP WITH THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS ENTERING THE JOB MARKET. AND ALL OF THESE RED FLAGS SHOW WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT THAT WE WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION EARLY THIS YEAR TO PASS THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE. AS A RESULT OF THAT ACTION, 150 MILLION TAXPAYERS BEGAN RECEIVING REBATE CHECKS LAST WEEK. AND THAT WAS A GOOD START, BUT MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE. MADAM SPEAKER, WITH SO MANY AMERICANS STRUGGLING AND THE BAD ECONOMIC NEWS CONTINUEING TO MOUNT, WE URGE THIS PRESIDENT AND THE REPUBLICANS TO JOIN US TO PASS A SECOND ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE?

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    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION --

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    I OBJECT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YANKEES ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A…

    THE YANKEES ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF

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    THE CLERK

    THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. MADAM, I HAVE THE HONOR TO TRANSMIT…

    THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. MADAM, I HAVE THE HONOR TO TRANSMIT HEREWITH A FACSIMILE COPY OF A LETTER RECEIVED FROM THE HONORABLE JAY DARDEN, SECRETARY OF STATE, STATE OF LOUISIANA INDICATING THAT ACCORDING TO THE UNOFFICIAL RETURNS OF THE SPECIAL ELECTION HELD --

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  • 01:16:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    WILL THE GENTLEWOMAN SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE RESUME.

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    THE CLERK

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT --

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    THE SPEAKER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 01:17:27 PM

    MR. JEFFERSON

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, THE HONORABLE DON…

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, THE HONORABLE DON CAZAYOUX, BE PERMITTED TO TAKE THE OATH OF OFFICE TODAY. HIS CERTIFICATE OF ELECTION HAS NOT ARRIVED BUT THERE IS NO CONTEST AND NO QUESTION HAS BEEN RAISED WITH REGARD TO THE ELECTION.

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  • 01:17:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    I DO.

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    MR. CAZAYOUX

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    THE SPEAKER

    CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE NOW A MEMBER OF THE 110TH CONGRESS. WITHOUT…

    CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE NOW A MEMBER OF THE 110TH CONGRESS. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 01:18:59 PM

    MR. JEFFERSON

    MADAM SPEAKER, ON BEHALF OF THE LOUISIANA DELEGATION WE ARE PROUD TO…

    MADAM SPEAKER, ON BEHALF OF THE LOUISIANA DELEGATION WE ARE PROUD TO WELCOME DON CAZAYOUX TO THIS MAGNIFICENT HOUSE. HE UNDERSTANDS THE VALUES OF FAITH, FAMILY, AND PUBLIC SERVICE. HE GREW UP IN NEW ROADS, LOUISIANA. BEEN MARRIED FOR 21 YEARS TO A RETIRED SCHOOL TEACHER. AND THEY HAVE THREE CHILDREN, MICHAEL, CHEVON, AND KATIE WHO ARE ALL HERE TODAY, I'M SURE. HE HAS SERVED IN THE STATEHOUSE SINCE 1999 AND HE HAS, OF COURSE, BEEN WELL QUALIFIED BEFORE THAT HAVING SERVED IN A NUMBER OF PUBLIC SERVICE OFFICES, INCLUDING AT THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY. I MIGHT SAY A LOT OF THINGS ABOUT HIS FORMER PREPARATION FOR THIS BUT LET ME SAY THIS, AS WE GROW OLDER WE GET TO KNOW FOLKS THROUGH OUR CHILDREN. AND MY DAUGHTER IS THE BEST REPRESENTATIVE I KNOW OF WHAT WE ALL KNOW NOW ABOUT DON CAZAYOUX. WHEN DON CAZAYOUX -- WHEN SHE FIRST STARTED IN LOUISIANA STATE SENATE, LOUISIANA STATEHOUSE, DON CAZAYOUX WAS ALREADY THERE. SHE TOLD ME SHE MET THIS WONDERFUL YOUNG MAN WHO WAS HELPFUL TO HER. AFTER HE -- AFTER SHE GOT TO KNOW HIM BETTER, SHE SAID HE WAS A THOUGHTFUL REPRESENTATIVE. AS SHE GOT TO KNOW HIM MORE, SHE SAID HE WAS A VERY DECENT MAN. ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF MY DAUGHTER, HE WAS HELPFUL, HE WAS THOUGHTFUL, AND HE'S THOROUGHLY DECENT. THROUGH THAT DESCRIPTION I THINK WE'LL ALL GET TO KNOW HIM AS WELL. I AM PROUD ON BEHALF OF ALL OF US HERE TO ASK THIS WONDERFUL YOUNG MAN WHO IS A COUSIN OF LYNNDIE BOGGS WHO IS HERE WITH US TODAY. FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS CHARLIE MELIANSON AND I HAVE MET IN A PHONE BOOTH OVER HERE AS THE TOTAL DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS FROM LOUISIANA. NOW, MADAM SPEAKER, WE MAY NEED DIFFERENT ACCOMMODATIONS BECAUSE OF THIS ELECTION. MAY I ASK MR. CAZAYOUX TO PLEASE COME TO THE MICROPHONE. WE WELCOME YOU.

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  • 01:21:31 PM

    MR. CAZAYOUX

    YOU. THANK YOU, ALL. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, MEMBERS FOR THE WARM…

    YOU. THANK YOU, ALL. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, MEMBERS FOR THE WARM WELCOME. I'M HONORED TO BE THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THIS BODY. I WANT TO THANK MY FAMILY WHO IS HERE, MY WIFE, WHOSE GOODNESS INSPIRES ME. SHERI. MY CHILDREN, MICHAEL, CHEVON, AND KATIE WHO REMINDED ME WHILE WE ARE HERE. WHY OUR DECISIONS ARE SO IMPORTANT FOR THE FUTURE. I WANT TO INTRODUCE YOU TO MY PARENTS DONALD AND ANN CAZAYOUX, ANN WHOSE COMPASSION TAUGHT ME TO BE COMPASSIONATE. MY FATHER WHOSE SENSE OF HUMOR TAUGHT ME TO HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR, ESPECIALLY ABOUT MYSELF. MY UNCLE JOHN WAYNE JOEL, WHO IS ON A SMALL TOWN, PRIVATE PRACTICE IN LAW, TAUGHT ME ABOUT PUBLIC SERVICE. I WANT TO THANK HIM AND MY AUNT MARTHA FOR HER COMMITMENT TO JUSTICE. MY MOTHER-IN-LAW, BONNIE FOR HER GOODNESS, LYNDIE BOGGS, MY MODEL FOR LEADERSHIP. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. FOR THE REST OF MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS WITHOUT WHOSE HELP I COULD NOT BE HERE EITHER PHYSICALLY HERE OR PERIOD. AND ALSO WANT TO THANK THE MEMBERS AND THE CONSTITUENTS OF MY DISTRICT FOR ELECTING ME AND FOR CHALLENGING ME TO COME HERE TO WORK WITH YOU TO MEET THE DEMANDS THAT THEY FACE EVERY DAY. TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS IN A COMMON SENSE, PHYSICALLY PRUDENT MANNER IN TERMS OF HEALTH CARE, THE PRICE OF GAS, OR WHAT HAVE YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WELCOMING ME. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH EACH OF YOU. THANK YOU.

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  • 01:23:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    5-C OF RULE 20 THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE THAT NOW IN LIGHT OF THE…

    5-C OF RULE 20 THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE THAT NOW IN LIGHT OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE OATH TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, THE WHOLE NUMBER OF THE HOUSE IS 433.

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  • 01:24:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT ON H.R. 2419 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. RYAN, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. ER THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE MOTION.

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  • 01:24:43 PM

    THE CLERK

    INSTRUCT CONFEREES OFFERED BY MR. RYAN OF WISCONSIN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE TO RECONSIDER THE VOTE.

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    SPEAKER, I MOVE TO RECONSIDER THE VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE TO RECONSIDER THE VOTE.

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    MADAM SPEAKER.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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    TO LAY THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER ON THE TABLE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS ARE 203. THE NAYS ARE 176. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT…

    THE YEAS ARE 203. THE NAYS ARE 176. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RISE?

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    MR. CANTOR

    22, CLAUSE 7-C, I HEREBY ANNOUNCE MY INTENTION TO OFFER A MOTION TO…

    22, CLAUSE 7-C, I HEREBY ANNOUNCE MY INTENTION TO OFFER A MOTION TO INSTRUCT ON H.R. 2419. I MOVE THAT THE MANAGERS ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE AT THE CONFERENCE ON THE DISAGREEING VOTES OF THE TWO HOIFS ON THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO THE BILL H.R. 2419 BE INSTRUCTED NOT TO AGREE TO THE PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN SECTION 12808 OF THE SENATE AMENDMENT RELATING TO QUALIFIED FORESTRY CONSERVATION BONDS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S NOTICE WILL APPEAR AT THIS POINT IN THE RECORD. FOR WHAT…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S NOTICE WILL APPEAR AT THIS POINT IN THE RECORD. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 01:46:04 PM

    MR. GREEN

    MADAM SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WILL SUSPEND. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WILL SUSPEND. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON THE MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED OR ON WHICH THE VOTE IS OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. RECORDED VOTES ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN LATER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 01:46:24 PM

    MR. GREEN

    TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE HOUSE RESOLUTION H.R. 108 6.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    1086, RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING NATIONAL NURSES WEEK ON MAY 6 THROUGH MAY 12,…

    1086, RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING NATIONAL NURSES WEEK ON MAY 6 THROUGH MAY 12, 2008.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. TERRY, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS AND STAFF WILL REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS AND STAFF WILL REMOVE THEIR…

    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS AND STAFF WILL REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 01:47:48 PM

    MR. GREEN

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. GREEN

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. GREEN

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1086, RECOGNIZING TODAY,…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1086, RECOGNIZING TODAY, MAY 6, THROUGH MAY 12, AS NATIONAL NURSES WEEK. AS A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS RESOLUTION, I'M PROUD TO LEND MY VOICE IN SUPPORT OF OUR NATION'S NURSES. CONTINUING IN THE TRADITION OF FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE, THE FOUNDER OF MODERN NURSING, NURSES TODAY CONTINUE TO TEND TO OUR ARMED FORCES OVERSEAS. THEY PLACE THEMSELVES AT RISK IN WAR ZONES INCLUDING CONFLICTS IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ TO TEND OUR INJURED SOLDIERS. BESIDES TENDING TO THE WOUNDED ABROAD, THEY ARE ALSO ON THE FRONTLINES OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM HERE AT HOME. WHETHER THEIR PRIMARY FUNCTION IS TO CARE FOR OUR AGING POPULATION OR PROVIDE IMMEDIATE AID TO THE SICK, INJURED, OUR NURSES PROVIDE QUALITY PATIENT CARE AND SUPPORT TO KEEP OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM RUNNING. AS THE NATION CONTINUES TO FACE A NURSING SHORTAGE WITH A PROJECTED ONE MILLION NEW NURSES NEEDED BY 2016, IT'S ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT THAT EVERYONE IS AWARE OF THE SACRIFICES NURSES MAKE ON A DAILY BASIS FOR OUR COUNTRY. WE MUST CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE MORE YOUNG PEOPLE ON SEEKING A CHANGE IN CAREER TO JOIN THE NURSING PROFESSION. THE RESOLUTION BEFORE US ENCOURAGES ALL AMERICANS TO OBSERVE THIS WEEK AS NATIONAL NURSES WEEK BY SHOWING APPROPRIATE RECOGNITION TO NURSES AND CREATING PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES DURING THE WEEK TO DEMONSTRATE THE IMPORTANCE OF NURSES. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES AND FORMER NURSES, CONGRESSWOMAN EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, CONGRESSWOMAN CAROLYN MCCARTHY, AND CONGRESSWOMAN LOIS CAPPS FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. THEY ARE FORMER NURSES. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU ARE EVER A FORMER NURSE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT AND ITS ADOPTION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. TERRY

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. TERRY

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1086, ACKNOWLEDGING MAY 6…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1086, ACKNOWLEDGING MAY 6 THROUGH MAY 12, 2008, AS NATIONAL NURSES WEEK. IN ADDITION TO KICKING OFF NATIONAL NURSES WEEK TODAY, WE ARE ALSO CELEBRATING THE COMFORTS AND CARE THAT NURSES PROVIDE BY RECOGNIZING MAY 6 AS NATIONAL NURSES DAY. THIS TRADITION STARTED IN 1982 WHEN PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN SIGNED A PROCLAMATION MAKING TODAY NATIONAL RECOGNITION DAY FOR NURSES. THIS IS A WEEK TO RECOGNIZE NURSES AS BEING THE LARGEST SINGLE COMPONENT OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSION WITH OVER 2.5 MILLION REGISTERED NURSES IN THE UNITED STATES AND A CRITICAL ROLE THEY PLAY IN PROVIDING CARE NOT ONLY TO THE CITIZENS OF AMERICA BUT ARE ALSO SERVING OUR NATION IN BOTH IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. IN ADDITION TO THE IMMEDIATE CARE THEY PROVIDE TO PATIENTS, THEY ALSO HAVE HELPED TO EDUCATE AND INFORM AND IMPROVE EDUCATION AND RETENTION OF NURSES. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE AUTHOR OF THIS RESOLUTION, MS. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON OF TEXAS, FOR HER LEADERSHIP IN HONORING NURSES THAT HAVE HELPED PROMOTE HEALTH, PREVENT DISEASE, AND HELP OTHER AMERICANS COPE WITH ILLNESSES. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS RESOLUTION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. GREEN

    I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS,…

    I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, CONGRESSWOMAN EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, WHO LITERALLY WE SERVED WITH SINCE 1973 WITH JUST A LITTLE BREAK IN THE SERVICE.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. LET ME THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. LET ME THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND OF LONG-STANDING. ALSO THANK THE MINORITY SIDE FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE. AND BOTH CHAIRMAN DINGELL AND RANKING MEMBER BARTON. AS A REGISTERED NURSE WITH A MASTER'S DEGREE, IT IS A PRIVILEGE AND DELIGHT TO OFFER A RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING NATIONAL NURSES WEEK WHICH IS MAY 6 THROUGH 12. AND I HAVE TWO OUTSTANDING COLLEAGUES THAT WE HAVE FOUND TO HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON, CONGRESSWOMAN LOIS CAPPS AND CONGRESSWOMAN CAROLYN MCCARTHY WHO ARE ALSO NURSES AND CHAMPIONS OF THIS RESOLUTION AND OF THE PROFESSION. AND I THANK THEM FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO ENCOURAGE MORE THAN 110 CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES TO CO-SPONSOR THIS BILL HONORING NURSES. THE CONGRESSIONAL NURSES CAUCUS WAS ALSO HELPFUL IN PROMOTING THE LEGISLATION AND I APPRECIATE THE MEMBERS' EFFORTS TO RALLY FOR THE SUPPORT OF H.R. 1086. NURSES ARE A KEY COMPONENT OF OUR NURSE'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WHETHER ON THE BATTLEFIELD OR AT SEA, IN A SKILLED NURSING FACILITY AND A HOSPITAL OR EVEN IN A PATIENT'S OWN HOME, THE CARE THAT A NURSE PROVIDES IS VERY VALUABLE. NURSES ARE INTELLIGENT INDIVIDUALS WHO MUST OFTEN MAKE QUICK DECISIONS IN AN EFFORT TO SAVE THE LIFE OF A PATIENT, EVEN BEFORE THE PHYSICIAN ARRIVES. NURSES ARE RECOGNIZED AS THE PATIENT'S PRIMARY ADVOCATE AND EVERY POLL SHOWS THAT NURSES ARE ALWAYS VERY TRUSTED BY THE PATIENTS. THEY ARE TASKED WITH CLOSELY MONITORING EVEN SMALL CHANGES IN A PATIENT'S HEALTH AND THEY ARE SOME TOUGH, DIRECTED DECISIONMAKING PEOPLE UNDER STRESS AND IN DIFFICULT SITUATIONS. FOR 15 YEARS I PROVIDED HANDS-ON PATIENT CARE AS A PSYCHIATRIC NURSE AT THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HOSPITAL IN DALLAS AND THE WORK WAS CHALLENGING BUT FULFILLING. AND THAT'S WHY I STILL REMAIN VERY INTERESTED IN QUALITY CARE FOR ALL OF OUR VETERANS. ALTHOUGH MORE THAN 2.5 MILLION NURSES WORK IN THE UNITED STATES, OUR NATION HAS SUFFERED FROM A NURSING SHORTAGE. THOSE CURRENTLY IN THE PROFESSION ARE BEGINNING TO RETIRE. THERE ARE FEWER INDIVIDUALS ENTERING THE PROFESSION. THE NURSING SHORTAGE IS UNPRECEDENTED IN THE DEPTH AND DURATION. WITH A PROJECTION OF OVER ONE MILLION NEW AND REPLACEMENT NURSES ARE NEEDED BY 2016. NURSING SCHOOLS NEED HELP ATTRACTING WELL PREPARED FACULTY TO RECRUIT THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST FOR THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS. LOAN FORGIVENESS AND EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVE PROGRAMS CAN HELP, BUT CONGRESS MUST DO MORE TO ENCOURAGE BRIGHT YOUNG MINDS TOWARDS NURSING. NURSING IS A CAREER THAT HAS BEEN VALUED FOR A LONG TIME AND IT IS FITTING TO RECOGNIZE THE NAVY NURSE CORPS ON ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR. FOR NEARLY 100 YEARS BEFORE CONGRESS FORMALLY ESTABLISHED THE NAVY NURSE CORPS IN 1908, WOMEN WORKED AS NURSES ABOARD NAVY SHIPS AND NAVY HOSPITALS. AS EARLY AS THE WAR EVER 1812 -- OF 1812, VOLUNTEERS PERFORMED NURSING DUTY IN PLACES OFTEN DANGEROUS AND REQUIRED COURAGE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY. MEMBERS OF THE ESTEEMED NAVY NURSE CORPS CARE FOR THOSE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO FIGHT FOR OUR FREEDOMS. THEY CONTRIBUTE TO RELIEF EFFORTS IN ALL CORNERS OF THE GLOBE. THEY SERVE AS PART OF THE UNIFIED HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THE NAVY NURSE CORPS PRACTICES PROGRESSIVE PATIENT CARE. IT ENJOYS A RICH HERITAGE ACCOMPANIED BY HI-TECH TRAINING. A REGISTERED NURSE IN THE NAVY IS ALSO A RESPECTED OFFICER SERVING IN MODERN FACILITIES AT HOME, AT SEA, AND AROUND THE COUNTRY AND THE GLOBE. I'M PROUD TO ESPECIALLY RECOGNIZE THE NAVY NURSE CORPS FOR ITS CENTURIES OF OUTSTANDING SERVICE FOR OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN. TODAY'S RESOLUTION HONORS THE GOOD WORK FOR ALL NURSES. ONE, IT RECOGNIZES THE SIGNATURE CONTRIBUTIONS OF NURSES TO THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM OF THE U.S. SUPPORTS THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF NATIONAL NURSE WEEK AS FOUNDED BY THE AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION, AND ENCOURAGES THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION TO OBSERVE NATIONAL NURSE WEEK WITH APPROPRIATE RECOGNITION, CEREMONIES, ACTIVITIES, AND PROGRAMS TO DEMONSTRATE THE IMPORTANCE OF NURSES TO THE EVERYDAY LIVES OF PATIENTS. ALONG WITH MY MANY SUPPORTIVE COLLEAGUES, I WANT TO THANK THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP FOR BRINGING THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR AND I URGE A SUPPORT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 01:56:36 PM

    MR. TERRY

    MADAM SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ONE EVER OUR…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ONE EVER OUR PHYSICIANS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. GINGREY

    I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H. RESOLUTION 1086, RECOGNIZING NATIONAL…

    I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H. RESOLUTION 1086, RECOGNIZING NATIONAL NURSES WEEK WHICH IS MAY 6 THROUGH MAY 12 OF THIS YEAR. I'M PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS BILL. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, REPRESENTATIVE EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, NURSE JOHNSON, FOR ADVANCING THIS LEGISLATION TO HELP EDUCATE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT THE CRITICAL ROLE THAT NURSES PLAY IN HEALTH CARE DELIVERY. WITH MAY 12 BEING THE BIRTHDAY OF FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE, THE FOUNDER OF MODERN NURSING, THERE IS NOT A MORE APPROPRIATE TIME TO CELEBRATE THE WORK DONE BY NURSES. AS AN OB/GYN PHYSICIAN FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS, I WAS FORTUNATE TO WORK WITH INTELLIGENT, HARD-WORKING, COMPASSIONATE NURSES AND THEY WERE INDEED A CORNERSTONE OF THE HIGH QUALITY HEALTH CARE THAT WE PROVIDED. MADAM SPEAKER, NURSES ARE ON THE FRONTLINES OF HEALTH CARE DELIVERY NOT ONLY HERE AT HOME BUT ALSO IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. THEREFORE BECAUSE WE ARE RELYING ON OUR NURSES SO HEAVILY AND BECAUSE WE CURRENTLY EXPERIENCE A SHORTAGE OF NURSES, IT IS CRITICAL TO SUPPORT NURSE TRAINING PROGRAMS. THAT'S WHY I RECENTLY JOINED WITH A NUMBER OF MY COLLEAGUES IN SUPPORTING TITLE 8 FUNDING TO PROVIDE LOANS AND GRANTS TO OUR NATION'S NURSING STUDENTS. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE GOALS OF NATIONAL NURSES WEEK AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. GREEN

    SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A COLLEAGUE ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE…

    SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A COLLEAGUE ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND A GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSWOMAN LOWIST CAPPS, AND ALSO A NURSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MISS CAPS

    --

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    MRS. CAPPS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO OUR COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, CAROLINE MCCARTHY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MRS. MCCARTHY

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA.

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    MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME MR. GREEN HAS?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA HAS 17 MINUTES REMAINING. MR. GREEN HAS 10 1/2…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA HAS 17 MINUTES REMAINING. MR. GREEN HAS 10 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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    SPEAKERS. I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. GREEN

    COMMERCE MEMBER, CONGRESSMAN TOWNS FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. TOWNS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST OF ALL, I RISE TO SUPPORT MY…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST OF ALL, I RISE TO SUPPORT MY COLLEAGUE FOR BRINGING THIS RESOLUTION FORWARD. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE HIM ON THAT. AND I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.RES. 1086, RECOGNIZING NATIONAL NURSES WEEK ON MAY 6, TO MAY 12. AS A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS RESOLUTION, I'M PROUD TO SPEAK OUT IN HONOR OF OUR VALIANT, COMMITTED NURSES WHO MAKE OUR NATION AND OUR LOVED ONES SAFE AND WELL. I PAY SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO MY ESTEEMED COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS WHO INTRODUCED THIS RESOLUTION AND WHO ARE THEMSELVES NURSES. THE HONORABLE EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON OF TEXAS, THE HONORABLE LOIS CAPPS OF CALIFORNIA, AND THE HONORABLE CAROLINE MCCARTHY, OF MY HOME STATE, NEW YORK. ADDITIONALLY, I WISH TO PAY SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO THE NURSES WHO ARE SERVING IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. AND THE NURSES WHO GENEROUSLY TEND TO THOSE WHO SUFFER WOUNDS FROM THESE CONFLICTS. ALONG WITH OTHER HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS, A NURSE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TREATMENT, SAFETY AND RECOVERY OF ACUTELY OR CHRONICALLY ILL OR INJURED PEOPLE. THEY ALSO HELP TO MAINTAIN A PATIENT'S HEALTH AND PROVIDE TREATMENT TO THOSE WHO ARE FACING LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCIES. LIKE 911 AND HURRICANE KATRINA, NURSES ARE ALSO INVOLVED IN MEDICAL AND NURSING RESEARCH AND PERFORMING A WIDE RANGE OF NONCLINICAL FUNCTIONS. TODAY, THERE ARE 2.4 MILLION REGISTERED NURSES IN THE UNITED STATES. 92% OF THE REGISTERED NURSES ARE WOMEN. 531,000 IS THE NUMBER OF LICENSED VOCATIONAL NURSES. 1.8 MILLION IS THE NUMBER OF NURSING PSYCHIATRIC AND HOME HEALTH AIDES. WE CANNOT DO WITHOUT THEM. I GREATLY COMMEND THE AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION AND THE ACADEMY -- AMERICAN ACADEMY OF NURSES, PRACTICINGERS AND ALL OF THE NURSING ASSOCIATIONS AND ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS WHO TRAIN NURSES AND PROMOTE THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE PROFESSION. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATIONS, ACADEMIA AND OTHERS IN MAKING CERTAIN THAT WE CONTINUE TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF NURSES. IN CLOSING, I WISH TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES. AGAIN, CONGRESSWOMAN JOHNSON, CONGRESSWOMAN CAPPS, CONGRESSWOMAN MCCARTHY, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS RESOLUTION. AND I WANT TO THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, OF COURSE, MR. GREEN, AND OF COURSE OTHERS WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS RESOLUTION. ON THAT NOTE, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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    SPEAKER. IN OUR CLOSING, LET ME JUST ONCE AGAIN REITERATE OUR APPRECIATION…

    SPEAKER. IN OUR CLOSING, LET ME JUST ONCE AGAIN REITERATE OUR APPRECIATION TO THE AUTHORS OF THIS BILL, MS. JOHNSON FROM TEXAS AND CAPPS FROM -- LOIS CAPPS FROM CALIFORNIA. MCCARTHY FROM NEW YORK AND ONCE AGAIN, ENCOURAGE OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE TO VOTE YES ON THIS MEASURE. WE HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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    MR. GREEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN CLOSING I JOIN MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEBRASKA IN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN CLOSING I JOIN MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEBRASKA IN ENCOURAGING ALL OUR MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION IN RECOGNITION OF NURSES FOR THIS WEEK AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME IS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND…

    ALL TIME IS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1086. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM --

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM --

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    ON THE GROUND THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER…

    ON THE GROUND THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 AND THE CHAIR'S PRIOR ANNOUNCEMENT, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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    MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE?

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    MR. CONYERS

    TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4279 AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT OF THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CONYERS, AND THE…

    PURSUANT OF THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CONYERS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. CONYERS

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. CONYERS

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CONYERS

    LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, TODAY WE MOVE TO DRAMATICALLY STEP UP OUR NATION'S…

    LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, TODAY WE MOVE TO DRAMATICALLY STEP UP OUR NATION'S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWS AND ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS. WITH SO MUCH UNPLEASANT ECONOMIC NEWS IN THE HEADLINES, THE MEASURE BEFORE US, H.R. 4279, PUTS RESOURCES TOWARD AIDING A SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY THAT EMPLOYS AN ESTIMATED 18 MILLION WORKERS. THAT IS 13% OF OUR LABOR FORCE, AND ACCOUNTS FOR HALF OF ALL THE UNITED STATES EXPORTS, DRIVING 40% OF THE COUNTRY'S GROWTH. AS A RESULT OF LESS THAN EFFECTIVE ENFORCEMENT, HOWEVER, COUNTERFEITING AND PIRACY COST THE UNITED STATES' ECONOMY SOMEWHERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF $250 BILLION A YEAR AND CREATES THE LOSS OF ABOUT 750,000 AMERICAN JOBS. AND SO H.R. 4279 WILL DO THESE IMPORTANT THINGS. IT WILL PRIORITIZE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF OUR GOVERNMENT BY CREATING AN OFFICE IN THE WHITE HOUSE THAT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR COORDINATING THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY EFFORTS OF EIGHT DIVERSE AGENCIES AND PRODUCING A NATIONAL JOINT STRATEGIC PLAN FOR I.P. ENFORCEMENT. IT WILL ELEVATE I.P. ENFORCEMENT WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND PROVIDE MORE RESOURCES FOR INVESTIGATING AND PROSECUTING I.P. CRIMES. IT WILL MAKE CHANGES TO BOTH CIVIL AND CRIMINAL I.P. LAWS TO ENHANCE THE ABILITY OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OWNERS TO EFFECTIVELY PROTECT THEIR RIGHTS. AND IT WILL INCREASE PENALTIES FOR I.P. VIOLATIONS THAT ENDANGER PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY. THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING THIS BILL, WE HEARD MANY EXPRESSIONS OF SUPPORT AS WELL AS A NUMBER OF EXPRESSIONS OF CONCERN. BUT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO WORK OUT THESE ISSUES ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS AT EVERY STEP OF THE PROCESS. I CONGRATULATE THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, FOR THEIR COOPERATION IN THIS PROCESS. NOW, AS A RESULT, THE MEASURE IS SUPPORTED BY THE CONSUMERS ELECTRONICS ASSOCIATION, THE DIGITAL MEDIA ASSOCIATION, THE NET COALITION, THE INTERNET COMMERCE COALITION, THE COALITION FOR CONSUMERS' PICTURES RIGHTS AND THE PRINTING INDUSTRY'S ASSOCIATION AND MORE. AND THAT'S IN ADDITION TO THE SUPPORT WE'VE ALREADY HAD FROM THE TEAMSTERS, THE DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA, SCIU, THE COALITION AGAINST COUNTERFEITING AND PIRACY, THE MOTOR EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING ASSOCIATION, THE MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, EVEN FARMER AND NBC UNIVERSAL. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION IS AMONG THE KEY ISSUES THAT WILL DETERMINE AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS IN THE 21ST CENTURY, THE ABILITY TO CREATE, INNOVATE AND GENERATE THE BEST ARTISTIC TECHNOLOGICAL AND KNOWLEDGE-BASED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IS THE FORMULA FOR CONTINUED GROWTH IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY. FUNDAMENTAL TO THE PROMOTION OF HUMAN PROGRESS. AND THIS COMMITTEE OF OURS, THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, HAS GIVEN THESE ITEMS INVOLVED IN THE MEASURE EXTENSIVE CONSIDERATION, LOTS OF COMPROMISE BACK AND FORTH AND WE FEEL THAT THIS BILL WILL MAKE IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FIGHT AGAINST COUNTERFEITING AND PIRACY. IT WAS REPORTED BY VOICE WITH STRONG BIPARTISAN STATEMENTS OF SUPPORT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR ITS PASSAGE AND, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. SMITH

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SMITH

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    MR. CONYERS

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BERMAN

    MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN CONYERS, FOR THOSE KIND WORDS. I RISE…

    MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN CONYERS, FOR THOSE KIND WORDS. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4279. AMERICAN INVENTORS, ARTIST, AND BUSINESSES RELY ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS TO PROTECT THE VALUE OF THEIR CREATIVE WORKS. THESE WORKS, UNFORTUNATELY, ARE BEING RIPPED OFF AROUND THE WORLD. THE RAMPANT COUNTERFEITING AND PIRACY OF U.S. PRODUCTS IS HAVING A DEVASTATING IMPACT ON OUR ECONOMY. COULDN'TER FIT AND PIRATED PRODUCTS -- COUNTERFEIT AND PIE RATED PRODUCTS MAY ACCOUNT FOR UP TO 8% OF WORLD TRADE AND A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THIS ILLICIT TRADE ARE KNOCKOFFS OF AMERICAN PRODUCTS. LATEST ESTIMATES INDICATE THAT U.S. BUSINESSES LOSE UP TO $250 BILLION A YEAR DUE TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THEFT. THIS LEVEL OF COUNTERFEITING AND PIRACY OF U.S. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS TRANSLATES TO JOB LOSSES, LOWER TAX RECEIPTS, AND A GREATER TRADE DEFICIT. IT HAS ALSO LED TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY THREATS RANGING FROM EXPLODING BATTERIES TO TOXIC PHARMACEUTICALS AND SAWDUST BREAK PADS. THE ECONOMIC LEFT AND SAFETY PROBLEMS THAT COUNTERFEIT AND PIRATED PROBLEMS POSE FOR U.S. BUSINESSES MUST BE DEALT WITH. GIVEN THE DIFFICULT ECONOMIC TIMES WE FIND OURSELVES IN, IT IS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT WE ADDRESS THESE PROBLEMS QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY. I'M AWARE OF THE RECENT EFFORTS THE ADMINISTRATION TO STEM THE TIDE OF COUNTERFEIT AND PIRATED PRODUCTS. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAS SEIZED RECORD NUMBERS OF COUNTERFEIT AND PIRATED GOODS COMING THROUGH THE BORDER. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS PROSECUTING AND CONVICTING MORE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THIEVES. THE PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICES HAS STATIONED REPRESENTATIVES IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES TO ADVOCATE FOR BETTER ENFORCEMENT. DESPITE THESE EFFORTS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THEFT IS ON THE RISE. MORE MUST BE DONE, H.R. 4279 IS MORE. THE ACT STRENGTHENS OUR CIVIL AND CRIMINAL LAWS IN WAY THAT IS ATTACK THE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURES, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THIEVES ARE USING AND REDUCE THE ECONOMIC INCENTIVES THAT THIEVES HAVE TO ENGAGE IN COMMERCIAL-SCALE COUNTERFEITING AND PIRACY. THE ACT DEVOTES MORE RESOURCES TO INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CRIMES. THE ACT ALSO PROVIDES MORE RESOURCES FOR THE U.S. GOVERNMENT TO WORK WITH OTHER GOVERNMENTS TO IMPROVE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ENFORCEMENT ABROAD. AND PROBABLY MOST IMPORTANTLY H.R. 4279 PROVIDES A PERMANENT AND EFFECTIVE MEANS OF COORDINATING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES. THIS INCLUDES THE CREATION OF AN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ENFORCEMENT REPRESENTATIVE IN THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT AND REQUIRING THAT A NATIONAL STRATEGIC PLAN TO COUNTER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THEFT BE CREATED COMPLETE WITH CLEAR GOALS AND BENCHMARKS THAT WILL FACILITATE ACCOUNTABILITY. I'D LIKE VERY MUCH TO THANK CHAIRMAN CONYERS, RANKING MEMBER SMITH, RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE COBLE, AND ALL OF THEIR STAFFS AS WELL AS MINE FOR THE HARD WORK THEY HAVE PUT IN TO CRAFTING THIS BILL. THE HARD WORK SHOWS IN BOTH THE SCOPE OF THE REFORMS AND IN THE STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE BILL BY U.S. BUSINESSES AND LABOR GROUPS. AND CHAIRMAN CONYERS OUTLINED A NUMBER OF THOSE ORGANIZATIONS AND THE BROAD SWEEP OF -- THAT THEY COVER AND THEIR STRONG ENDORSEMENT. I'M ALSO PLEASED TO SAY THE AMENDMENTS ADOPTED IN THE BILL BEFORE US GO A LONG WAY TO ALLEVIATING CONCERNS RAISED OVER THE OPERATIONAL INDEPENDENCE OF AGENCIES LIKE THE USTR AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. WITHOUT COMPROMISING THE UNDERLYING REFORMS. H.R. 4279 WILL BOLSTER U.S. EFFORTS TO COMBAT COUNTERFEITING AND PIRACY AND I URGE SUPPORT OF THE BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. COBLE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. MR. SPEAKER, AT THE OUTSET I, TOO, WANT TO…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. MR. SPEAKER, AT THE OUTSET I, TOO, WANT TO RECOGNIZE AND EXPRESS THANKS TO JUDICIARY CHAIRMAN JOHN CONYERS, RANKING MEMBER LA MART SMITH, AND SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN HOWARD BERMAN FOR HAVING MEDICAID EVERY -- HAVING MADE EVERY EFFORT TO ADDRESS ALL CONCERNS RAISED DURING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, THE PRIORITIZING RESOURCES AND ORGANIZATION FOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ACT OF 2008 REFLECTS A BIPARTISAN RECOGNITION AND SHARED COMMITMENT TO THE STRENGTHENING OF OUR NATION'S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWS. A COMPREHENSIVE MEASURE IT IS NOT CONFINED TO MAKING MARGINAL IMPROVEMENTS IN THE AVAILABLE CIVIL AND CRIMINAL AUTHORITIES. INSTEAD IT INCORPORATES BOLD AND URGENTLY NEEDED PROVISIONS THAT WILL PERMANENTLY ELEVATE THE IMPORTANCE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, I.P. ENFORCEMENT IN FUTURE ADMINISTRATIONS. THIS IS ACCOMPLISHED BY PROVIDING FOCUSED AND ACCOUNTABLE STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP IN THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT AND A KEY ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. MR. SPEAKER, IN CONSIDERING WHY WE SHOULD TAKE STEPS TO IMPROVE THE ENFORCEMENT OF U.S. I.P. RIGHTS, MEMBERS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT UNITED STATES LOSS FROM GLOBAL COPYRIGHT PIRACY AND COUNTERFEITING COST OUR INNOVATORS AND ENTREPRENEURS FROM $200 BILLION TO $250 BILLION EACH AND EVERY YEAR. THE IMPACT IN AMERICA HAS BEEN WIDESPREAD. MORE THAN 750,000 AMERICANS IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS OUR LAND HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS DUE TO COUNTERFEITING AND PIRACY. COUNTERFEIT GOODS LACK PROPER CONTROL, QUALITY CONTROL, AND CAN BE DANGEROUS. TOOTHPASTE, MEDICINES, CIGARETTES, FAKE AUTO PARTS ARE BUT A SMALL SAMPLE OF THE VIRTUALLY UNLIMITED SUPPLY OF GOODS THAT HAVE BEEN COUNTERFEITED. THE UNITED STATES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB OF DOCUMENTING THE EXTENT OF THIS PROBLEM. I ENCOURAGE ANYONE INTERESTED IN LEARNING ABOUT THESE ISSUES TO VISIT THE CHAMBER'S WEBSITE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR TO TAKE THE TIME TO WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY, "ILLICIT" WHICH WAS PRODUCED BY THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANTI-CHAMBER. FIGHTING PIRACY AND COUNTERFEITING AS YOU-ALL KNOW IS EASIER SAID THAN DONE BECAUSE MOST OF THE ILLICIT ACTIVITY OCCURS OUTSIDE OUR BORDERS. IN RECENT YEARS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS MADE PROGRESS IN IMPROVING BOTH OUR DOMESTIC AND GLOBAL ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS, BUT IT IS ALSO CLEAR THAT ACHIEVING SUCCESS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST PIRACY AND COUNTERFEITING REQUIRES GOVERNMENTWIDE COORDINATION AND COOPERATION. IN ADDITION TO AUTHORIZING THE OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ENFORCEMENT REPRESENTATIVE, H.R. 4279 ALSO RAISES THE PROFILE OF I.P. ENFORCEMENT WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE THROUGH THE CREATION OF A NEW I.P. ENFORCEMENT DIVISION. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY, IN MY OPINION. THE BILL CREATES AN ADDITIONAL 10 AAT THAT SHAYS -- ATTACHES AT THE U.S. TRADE DEPARTMENT OFFICE TO BETTER COORDINATE OUR INTERNATIONAL ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS. AND THE BILL ENHANCES EXISTING ANTI-PIRACY AND COUNTERFEITING CRIMINAL STATUTES, AUTHORIZES GRANTS TO ASSIST LOCAL ANTI-PIRACY AND COUNTERFEITING EFFORTS, AND DIRECTS THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO REFINE ITS POLICIES FOR INVESTIGATING AND PROSECUTING PIRACY AND COUNTERFEITING OPERATIONS. BEFORE CLOSING, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO NOTE FOR THE RECORD THREE FINAL AMENDMENTS IN THE MANAGER'S AGREED TO INCORPORATE INTO THE BILL. THE FIRST IS DESIGNED TO HARMONIZE THE FORFEITURE PROVISIONS IN TITLE 2 OF THE BILL. THE SECOND IN SECTION 301 PLACES AN AFFIRMATIVE LIMITATION ON THE AUTHORITY OF THE NEW I.P. ENFORCEMENT REPRESENTATIVE THAT MAKES CLEAR THE OFFICIAL HAS NO AUTHORITY TO CONTROL OR DIRECT LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN THE EXERCISE OF THEIR RESPECTIVE INVESTIGATIVE OR PROSECUTORAL DIRECTION IN PARTICULAR CASES. AND THE THIRD WHICH AMENDS SECTION 323 OF THE BILL SIMPLY CONTAINS TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING CHANGES TO MAKE THE TEXT OF THE BILL CLEARER. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE SOME OF THE STAKEHOLDERS WHO HAVE WORKED SO DILIGENTLY ON THIS EFFORT. SPECIFICALLY I'D LIKE TO NOTE THE EFFORTS OF THE COALITION AGAINST COUNTERFEITING AND PIRACY WHICH HAS BEEN SO ABLY LED BY MR. RICK COTTON AND THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WHICH OF COURSE IS LED BY PRESIDENT TOM DONAHUE, AND THE CONGRESSIONAL INTERNATIONAL ANTI-PIRACY CAUCUS WHICH IS LED BY REPRESENTATIVE ADAM SCHIFF OF CALIFORNIA AND BOB GOODLATTE OF VIRGINIA. I URGE IN CLOSING I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 4279 AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME BACK. I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HAVING YIELDED TO ME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. CONYERS

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. COHEN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    OF ALL, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, MR.…

    OF ALL, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, MR. CONYERS, FOR HIS EARLIER AND VERY GENEROUS COMMENTS. I'D ALSO LIKE TO SAY WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS ON THIS SIDE SO I'D 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 MICHIGAN.

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    MR. CONYERS

    I FOLLOW SUIT AND YIELD BACK ANY TIME REMAINING ON THIS SIDE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME HAS BEEN YIELDED BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND…

    ALL TIME HAS BEEN YIELDED BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4279 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RISE?

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    THE GROUND THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A…

    THE GROUND THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRINT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20RKS FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20RKS FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE POINT OF NO QUORUM IS WITHDRAWN.

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    MR. CONYERS

    MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE?

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    MR. CONYERS

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. -- I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES…

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. -- I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5690 AS AMENDED, REMOVING THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS FROM TREATMENT AS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    NATIONAL CONGRESS FROM TREATMENT AS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION FOR CERTAIN…

    NATIONAL CONGRESS FROM TREATMENT AS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION FOR CERTAIN ACTS OR EVENTS, PROVIDE RELIEF FOR CERTAIN MEMBERS OF THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS REGARDING CIVILITY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT OF THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CONYERS, AND THE…

    PURSUANT OF THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CONYERS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CONYERS.

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    MR. CONYERS

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

    MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE KAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCORPORATE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION AND YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED AND THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CONYERS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. SMITH

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SMITH

    THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS HAS PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN HISTORY.…

    THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS HAS PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN HISTORY. NELSON MANDELA AND THE A.N.C. FOR MANY YEARS FOUGHT AGAINST THE UNJUST APARTHEID SYSTEM IN SOUTH AFRICA. THROUGH A LARGELY PEACEFUL TRANSFER OF POWER, APARTHEID IS A THING OF THE PAST AND SOUTH AFRICA NOW HAS A REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT. MANY A.N.C. OFFICIALS ARE NOW IN FACT OFFICIALS OF SOUTH AFRICA'S GOVERNMENT. SOUTH AFRICA PROVIDES HOPE THAT GENUINE RECONCILIATION BETWEEN HISTORICALLY OPPOSED GROUPS CAN IN FACT BE ACHIEVED. HOWEVER, REAL TERRORIST ACTS WERE COMMITTED AS PART OF THIS STRUGGLE AGAINST APARTHEID. THERE WERE DEADLY BOMBINGS OF CIVILIANS, THERE WERE SO-CALLED THINGS IN WHICH CAR TIRES WERE PUT AROUND PERSONS' NECKS AND SET ON FIRE. I'M PLEASED THAT THE BILL'S SPONSORS, MR. BERMAN AND MS. LOFGREN AND CHAIRMAN CONYERS, WERE ABLE TO ASSURE THAT THIS PROVIDES APPROPRIATE RELIEF TO THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS. FIRST, THE A.N.C. IS NOT A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION NOW. SUCH A LIST WAS CREATED TO SHIELD CERTAIN ORGANIZATIONS OF THE BROAD REACH OF THE IMMIGRATION ACT OF 1990. UNDER THE 1990 LEGISLATION, ANY GUERRILLA GROUP WOULD FIND ITSELF WITHIN THE DEFINITION OF A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION. THE GROUPS CURRENTLY ON THE EXEMPT LIST INCLUDE THOSE WHO FOUGHT ALONK I'D U.S. SOLETTERS IN THE VIETNAM WAR AND THOSE FIGHTING AGAINST THE BURMESE GOVERNMENT TODAY. IT IS UNDERSTANDABLE THAT THE A.N.C. BE ADDED TO THAT LIST. SECOND, THE ADMINISTRATION HAS GRANTED THE AUTHORITY TO WAIVE THE CRIMINAL GROUNDS OF ADMISSIBILITY WITH RESPECT TO ALIENS FOR ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN IN OPPOSITION TO APARTHEID RULE IN SOUTH AFRICA. CONGRESS ALREADY GRANTED THE ADMINISTRATION WAIVER AUTHORITY FOR THE TERRORISM-RELATED GROUNDS IN LAST YEAR'S OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL. THIRD THE BILL CONTAINS A SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT THE ADMINISTRATION SHOULD IMMEDIATELY EXERCISE IN APPROPRIATE INSTANCES THE AUTHORITY GRANTED UNDER THE BILL TO WAIVE GROUNDS OF INADMISSIBILITY FOR THE ANTI-APARTHEID OF ALIENS. I AM CONFIDENT THAT ANY ADMINISTRATION WILL USE THIS POWER WISELY. FINALLY, THE BILL DIRECTS THE ADMINISTRATION TO ENSURE THAT GOVERNMENT DATABASES USED TO DETERMINED A MIRBLET TO THE U.S. BE UPDATED TO REFLICK ANY -- REFLECT ANY WAIVERS GRANTED. I WANT TO THANK MR. BERMAN AND CHAIRMAN CONYERS AND CHAIRMAN LOFGREN FOR WORKING IN GOOD FAITH TO ADDRESS CONCERNS WITH THE BILL AS IT WAS INTRODUCED. AND I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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    MR. CONYERS

    I'M PROUD NOW TO RECOGNIZE THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN FROM WHICH THIS BILL…

    I'M PROUD NOW TO RECOGNIZE THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN FROM WHICH THIS BILL CAME AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, HOWARD BERMAN, FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BERMAN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S AN HONOR TO BE A PART OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S AN HONOR TO BE A PART OF THE DEBATE ON A BILL BEING MANAGED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WHO PERHAPS IS ONE OF THE FIRST MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO SPEAK OUT AND LEAD THE EFFORT AGAINST THE OLD APARTHEID REGIME GOING WAY BACK INTO THE LATE 1960'S AND EARLY 1970'S, AND WHO, ALONG WITH CONGRESSMAN RON AND MANY OTHERS, LED THE EFFORT IN 1986, I BELIEVE, IT WAS, TO OVERRIDE THE VETO AND PROVIDE THE FIRST REALLY TOUGH SANCTIONS AGAINST INVESTMENT THAT HAVE HELPED PLAY A PART IN THE ULTIMATE DOWN FALL OF THAT APARTHEID REGIME. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS A LONG OVERDUE ONE AND IT'S THE DIRECT RESULT OF A STUNNING AND FRANKLY EMBARRASSING STORY FOR THE UNITED STATES. THE UNITED STATES THROUGHOUT THE 1970'S AND 1980'S HAD A MUCH TOO COZY RELATIONSHIP WITH THE APARTHEID GOVERNMENT OF SOUTH AFRICA. WHICH HAD LABELED THE A.N.C. AS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION. THE APARTHEID GOVERNMENT BANNED MEMBERSHIP AND POLITICAL ACTIVITY IN THE A.N.C. AND FORCED ITS LEADERS UNDERGROUND OR INTO EXILE. A DIRECT RESULT TO THAT BAN WAS THAT UNDER U.S. LAW, INDIVIDUALS CONVICTED OF CRIMES, INCLUDING THE NOBLE LOHR YET AND FORMER PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA, NELSON MANDELA, WERE DEEMED INADMISSIBLE FOR ENTRY TO THE UNITED STATES. ALONG WITH INDIVIDUALS LABELED AS TERRORISTS BY THE FORMER SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT. MUCH HAS CHANGED FOR SOUTH AFRICA SINCE THOSE DARK TIMES. THE PRESIDENT AND NELSON MANDELA NEGOTIATED AN END TO THE CONFLICT AND AN END TO THE APARTHEID SYSTEM ON BEHALF OF THE NATIONAL PARTY AND THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS. IN 1994, THE COUNTRY HELD ITS FIRST DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS IN WHICH FULL INFRANCHISEMENT WAS GRANTED. TODAY, THE A.N.C. SERVES AS THE MAJORITY PARTY IN A DIVERSE RULING COALITION. YET ASTONISHINGLY WHILE SOUTH AFRICA COMPLETED ITS MONUMENTAL POLITICAL TRANSITION, THE U.S. POSITION REGARDING ENTRY FOR A.N.C.'S LEADERS REMAINED FROZEN IN TIME. LEADERS SUCH AS NELSON MANDELA, WALTER SUSULU, THE FATHER OF PRESIDENT AMBEKI, WERE CONTINUALLY BARRED FROM ENTRY TO THE U.S. AND HAD TO APPLY FOR SPECIAL WAIVERS TO GAIN ENTRY. EVEN MORE EMBARRASSING THAN THE ORIGINAL U.S. EMBRACE OF APARTHEID POLICIES WAS THE FACT THAT FEW OF THOSE WHO OPPOSED APARTHEID IN THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING MANY OF US IN CONGRESS, WERE EVEN AWARE OF THE RESIDUAL TERRORIST DESIGNATIONS AGAINST A.N.C. MEMBERS. DESPITE RECOGNIZING TWO DECADES AGO THAT AMERICA'S PLACE WAS ON THE SIDE OF THOSE OPPRESSED BY APARTHEID, CONGRESS HAS NEVER RESOLVED THE INCONSISTENCY IN OUR IMMIGRATION CODE THAT TREATS MANY OF THOSE WHO ACTIVELY OPPOSE AR PAR TIED IN SOUTH AFRICA AS TERRORISTS AND CRIMINALS. IN PART BECAUSE THE APARTHEID REGIME LABELED THEM AS SUCH. INCREASINGLY STRINGENT SECURITY MEASURES PASSED BY CONGRESS SINCE 2001 HAVE FURTHER ENSNARED A.N.C. MEMBERS. BECAUSE THE A.N.C. USED ARMED FORCE AS PART OF ITS CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE REPRESSIVE APARTHEID REGIME IN SOUTH AFRICA, CURRENT LAW CONTINUES TO REGARD THE A.N.C. AS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION AND TO DENY ENTRY TO MEMBERS BASED ON THEIR AFFILIATION WITH THE A.N.C. . THIS IS TO PURGE THE UNITED STATES OF ANY RESIDUAL EFFECT OF THE FOREIGN POLICIES WITH REGARD TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT AND UPDATE U.S. LAW WITH REGARD TO THE A.N.C. THE BILL AS MENTIONED SPECIFICALLY REMOVES THE A.N.C. FROM TREATMENT AS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION AND GRANTS THE SECRETARY OF STATE AND THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY THE DISCRETIONARY AUTHORITY TO DETERMINE THAT CERTAIN CRIMINAL AND SECURITY RELATED GROUNDS OF INADMISSIBILITY DO NOT APPLY TO AN ALIEN WITH RESPECT TO ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN IN OPPOSITION TO APARTHEID RULE IN SOUTH AFRICA. I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT JUST TO COMPLIMENT AGAIN THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WHO IS HAS -- WHO HAS VERY STRONG AND PASSIONATE VIEWS ON THE ISSUES OF IMMIGRATION AND OBVIOUSLY ALSO AS WE ALL DO IN THIS CHAMBER ON THE ISSUE OF TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS AND INADMISSIBILITY FOR THOSE ORGANIZATIONS. HE HAS TRULY UNDERSTOOD AND INTERNALIZED THE HISTORIC TRANSITION HERE AND THE UNFAIRNESS OF THE PRESENT SITUATION. I DO WANT TO AFFIRM ONE POINT THAT HE RAISED. THIS BILL DOES NOT HAVE ANYONE CLOSE THEIR EYES TO ACTS COMMITTED BY THE A.N.C. OR BY THE APARTHEID GOVERNMENT THAT -- AND NOTHING HERE WOULD PRECLUDE THE SECRETARY AS SHE EXERCISES HER DISCRETION FROM CONSIDERING WHETHER OR NOT CIVILIANS WERE TARGETED BY AN INDIVIDUAL ACTOR. CIVILIANS. WE SHOULD ALSO I THINK TAKE INTO ACCOUNT AS WE DECIDE WHAT TO DO ON THIS THE VERY POWERFUL AND LEGALLY BINDING TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION PROCESS IN SOUTH AFRICA WHICH PROVIDED A RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PROCESS THAT SALVED MANY OF THE WOUNDS OF THE APARTHEID ERA. ONCE ENACTED THE A.N.C. WILL BE REMOVED FROM TERRORIST WATCH LIST. THEY'LL RECEIVE THE TREATMENT BEFITTING ITS STATUS AS A LEADING PARTY AND CLOSE ALLY OF THE UNITED STATES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:47:25 PM

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. SMITH

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. KING

    MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MR. SMITH THE RAM OF THE IMMIGRATION SUBCOMMITTEE FOR…

    MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MR. SMITH THE RAM OF THE IMMIGRATION SUBCOMMITTEE FOR YIELDING. AND APPRECIATE THE PRIVILEGE TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE BEFORE THIS CONGRESS. FIRST I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT I BELIEVE THERE'S BEEN A CONSTRUCTIVE COMPROMISE THAT'S BEEN REACHED ACROSS THIS AISLE THAT HAS NOT NECESSARILY CLOSED LOOPHOLES BUT MADE SOME CLARIFICATIONS THAT HELPED PROTECT THIS COUNTRY FROM KIND OF A BLANKET WAIVER SO TO SPEAK WITH ANY OF THOSE FORMERLY POTENTIALLY VIOLENT MEMBERS OF THE A.N.C. AND FOR ME I COME TO THIS DEBATE WITH MORE CONCERN THAN MANY BECAUSE I STILL MAINTAIN VIVID MEMORIES OF WHAT WENT ON IN THE STREETS OF SOUTH AFRICA DURING THOSE ANTI-APARTHEID RIOTS AND DEMONSTRATIONS AND STRATEGIC ACTION THAT IS TOOK PLACE, BLACK AGAINST WHITE, WHITE AGAINST BLACK. I ALSO HAVE VIVID MEMORIES, MR. SPEAKER, OF ACTIONS TAKEN IN THIS COUNTRY AND POSITIONS TAKEN POLITICALLY AND THE DIVESTING OF INVESTMENTS WITHIN SOUTH AFRICA BY MANY AMERICAN COMPANIES AS AN INCENTIVE TO END APARTHEID. WHICH WAS I BELIEVE A SIN AGAINST HUMANITY TO HAVE A POLICY THAT IDENTIFIED SOME PEOPLE AS BEING MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS. AND I BELIEVE IT'S A SIN AGAINST HUMANITY TO MAINTAIN THOSE POLICIES WHETHER THEY ARE IN THE UNITED STATES OR SOUTH AFRICA OR ANYWHERE ELSE. I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT TO THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE -- TO THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE BEFORE THIS BILL AND THE PURPOSE OF IT WAS TO SEND A MESSAGE BECAUSE I HAVE TRAVELED TO SOUTH AFRICA AND I HAVE MET WITH PEOPLE THERE WHO EXPRESSED TO ME SOME CONCERNS. AND BECAUSE OF THAT I HAVE ALSO DUG A LITTLE DEEPER INTO THE READINGS INTO CURRENT EVENTS. IT WILL BE NOT A SURPRISE TO THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE THAT I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE LAND TRANSFER THAT IS PART OF THE FEDERAL POLICY OF SOUTH AFRICA. TO TRANSFER A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF LAND FROM RIGHT NOW UNDER THE DEEDS HELD BY WHITE SOUTH AFRICANS INTO THE DEEDS OF BLACK SOUTH AFRICANS. I MADE IT CLEAR IN THE COMMITTEE THAT I DO NOT COMPARE THIS TO THE THINGS WE SEE GOING ON IN ZIMBABWE. THAT IS FAR DIFFERENT. AND THAT IS WITHOUT BENEFIT OF RULE OF LAW. BUT THERE STILL REMAINS A CONCERN. I ALSO WANT TO POINT OUT AND I PROMISED AM BASS DOOR -- AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES FROM SOUTH AFRICA THAT I WOULD MAKE THIS STATEMENT. HE CAME TO MY OFFICE YESTERDAY. WE SAT DOWN IN MY OFFICE FOR A GOOD STRONG HOUR AND DISCUSSED THESE ISSUES. AND HE ASSURED ME THERE ARE CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS THAT EXIST AND STATUTORY PROTECTIONS THAT EXIST TO PROTECT ALL PROPERTY OWNERS IN SOUTH AFRICA AND THAT THERE WILL NOT BE A TRANSFER OF REAL ESTATE PROPERTY INTO THE HANDS OF BLACK SOUTH AFRICANS AT THE EXPENSE OF WHITE SOUTH AFRICANS WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OF LAW AND CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS. I VOICED MY CONCERN ABOUT THAT. HE REASSURED ME THAT WOULD BE THE CASE AND I POINTED OUT TO HIM THAT IT'S DIFFICULT FOR US IN THIS COUNTRY TO REACH AN OBJECTIVE POSITION ON THESE ISSUES THAT ARE RACIALLY CHARGED BECAUSE IT'S SO MUCH WRAPPED UP IN WHO WE ARE. AND I WOULD POINT OUT, MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE OBSERVATION OF THE BODY THAT TO LISTEN TO AN ANALYSIS OF THE POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS THAT ARE GOING ON NOW AND IN FACT TODAY TO LISTEN TO AN ANALYSIS OF THE PREDICTIONS OF THOSE GOING TO THE POLLS IN THE DEMOCRAT PRIMARY IN PLACES LIKE INDIANA AND NORTH CAROLINA, WHICH ARE TAKING PLACE RIGHT NOW, YOU CANNOT HEAR A POLITICAL PUNDIT TALKING HEAD ANALYSIS WITHOUT RACE AND GENDER COMING INTO THAT DEBATE. AND SO I CHALLENGED THE AMBASSADOR THAT THAT'S A VERY DIFFICULT STANDARD THAT WE CAN'T MEET IT HERE IN THIS COUNTRY. AS OLD AS OUR TRADITIONS ARE FOR FREEDOM, AS MUCH SWEAT AND TOIL AND BLOOD HAS BEEN SPILLED TO KEEP PEOPLE FREE, MAKE THEM FREE, AND KEEP THEM FREE, WE STILL CAN'T EXTRICATE OURSELVES FROM BEING WRAPPED UP IN THAT DEBATE AND HAVE OUR PUBLIC POLICY IDENTIFIED BY HOW WE MIGHT SIDE, WHOM WE MIGHT SIDE WITH RATHER THAN HOW WE MIGHT ANALYZE THE CONSTITUTION OR THE LAW. IT'S DIFFICULT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES WITH OUR TRADITIONS. IT'S FAR MORE DIFFICULT IN SOUTH AFRICA. WE HAD THAT DISCUSSION. IT WAS A CONSTRUCTIVE DISCUSSION. AND I RISE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND TO EN COURAGE OPEN DIALOGUE GLOBALLY AND CONTINUING COMMUNICATION AND INTERCHANGE WITH THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH AFRICA AND PEOPLE OF ALL NATIONS ON THE EARTH. I WOULD REMIND ALSO THE BODY THAT THE RECORD OF POST COLONIAL AFRICA IS NOT A STELLAR RECORD. THERE ARE MANY PROBLEMS IN THE CONTINENT. MANY OF THOSE IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE CONTINENT OF AFRICA. AND AS I TRAVEL AND VISIT THERE AND GO INTO THE AIDS ORPHANAGES AND IN PARTICULAR AND STEP INTO VILLAGES WHERE THERE ISN'T A SINGLE ADULT OF REPRODUCTIVE AGE UNLESS THEY ARE THERE A MISSIONARY, IT HAS BEEN DEVASTATING TO THE CONTINENT. WE NEED TO HAVE AN OPEN DIALOGUE AND BE FRANK ABOUT OUR PROBLEMS AND BE OPEN IN OUR DISCUSSION AND HIDING OUR DIALOGUE BECAUSE WE ARE AFRAID WE MIGHT HURT SOMEONE'S FEELINGS ONLY PUSHES THE PROBLEM FURTHER DOWN WHERE -- INSTEAD OF LETTING IT SURFACE SO WE CAN ADDRESS IT TOGETHER WITH OPEN EYE, OPEN EARS, AND OPEN DIALOGUE. THAT'S WHAT WE DID YESTERDAY IN MY MEETING WHICH I SO GRATEFULLY RECEIVED THE AMBASSADOR INTO MY OFFICE. IN THAT ENGAGING CONVERSATION I'M CONFIDENT WE HAVE OPENED UP COMMUNICATIONS FOR CONTINUED DIALOGUE AND I TRUST THIS BILL WILL OPEN COMMUNICATIONS FOR FURTHER DIE LOFPLGT I CERTAINLY SUPPORT THIS. 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 MICHIGAN.

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  • 02:53:25 PM

    MR. CONYERS

    RECOGNIZE THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, SHEILA JACKSON LEE,…

    RECOGNIZE THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, SHEILA JACKSON LEE, WHO'S WORKED WITH STEVE KING AND SUGGEST THAT THERE MAY BE A COULD HE DELL -- CODEL GOING TO THIS PART OF THE GLOBAL AND I WOULD CERTAINLY LIKE TO INVITE THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN, MR. KING, TO CONSIDER JOINING US ON SUCH A CODEL. I YIELD THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS AT LEAST 3 1/2 MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR AT LEAST 3 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. SMITH

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME.

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    MR. CONYERS

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. LEE

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN CONYERS, FOR…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN CONYERS, FOR YIELDING AND FOR THOSE KIND WORDS. BUT ALSO FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP IN SO MANY -- ON SO MANY ISSUES. YOU ARE A TRUE WARRIOR AND WE WOULD NEVER BE AT THIS PLACE TODAY HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR YOURSELF. I ALSO WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN BERMAN. I WANT TO THANK OUR SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, DON PAYNE, AND CHAIRMAN BENNIE THOMPSON FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON SO MANY ISSUES AND FOR MAKING SURE THAT THIS BILL CAME TODAY TO THIS FLOOR IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. AS A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION AND A LONG ADVOCATE AGAINST APARTHEID, I AM ESPECIALLY PLEASED WE ARE TAKING THIS IMPORTANT STEP TO FINALLY RIGHT THIS INEXCUSABLE WRONG. MANY OF US WERE ARRESTED DURING THE ANTI-APARTHEID MOVEMENT. MYSELF INCLUDED. IT WASN'T UNTIL THE MID 1980'S THAT FINALLY CONGRESS PUT OUR COUNTRY ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY BY OVERRIDING PRESIDENT REAGAN'S VETO TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS. THIS WAS A BILL THAT MY PREDECESSOR, GREAT WARRIOR, NOW THE MAYOR OF OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, RON DELLUMS, HAD INTRODUCED FOR 12 LONG YEARS. I CAN REMEMBER DURING THAT PERIOD THE ILWU FOR EXAMPLE PROTESTING, IN FACT I WAS ARRESTED WITH THEM ALSO, THE UNLOADING OF SHIPS FROM SOUTH AFRICA. WHICH KICKED OFF MUCH OF THE ANTI-APARTHEID MOVEMENT. CONGRESSWOMAN MAXINE WATERS, A GREAT LEADER, WHO JUST RECENTLY RECEIVED AS DID MAYOR RON DELLUMS, ONE OF THE HIGHEST HONORS BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT. SHE LED THE FIGHT IN CALIFORNIA AGAINST APARTHEID AND I THINK WE WERE ONE OF THE FIRST STATES TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS. . ALL OF US WHO WERE INVOLVED DURING THAT TIME, YOU HAD TO TAKE RISKS. THE A.M.C. COULDN'T TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK. COULDN'T COME TO WASHINGTON, D.C., BECAUSE THEY WERE CONSIDERED A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION. MANY OF US HAD TO GO TO EUROPE JUST TO MEET THE MEMBERS OF THE A.N.C. TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE COULD HELP END THE BRUTAL REGIME OF APARTHEID, WHICH WAS KILLING SO MANY PEOPLE, DEHUMANIZING THE WHOLE COUNTRY, AND WAS ONE OF THE MOST RUTHLESS SYSTEMS THAT WE HAVE EVER KNOWN. IT'S BEEN 18 YEARS SINCE NELSON MANDELA WAS RELEASED FROM PRISON, 14 YEARS SINCE HE WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA, AND THIS YEAR, HE WILL TURN 90 YEARS OLD. YET TO THIS DAY, TO THIS DAY, DESPITE HIS LEGACY AS A HERO OF THE ANTI-APARTHEID MOVEMENT, DESPITE THE FACT THAT HE IS A NOBEL PEACE PRIZE RECIPIENT, HE RECEIVED THE PEACE PRIZE IN 1993, DESPITE HIS ELECTION AS PRESIDENT, WE STILL REQUIRE NELSON MANDELA TO APPLY FOR A VISA WAIVER TO ENTER INTO THE UNITED STATES JUST FOR A VISIT. THIS IS JUST PLAIN WRONG. LAST DECEMBER I TRAVELED TO SOUTH AFRICA FOR WORLD AIDS DAY WITH OUR COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN CHRISTENSEN, AND WE WERE ASKED BY MANY PEOPLE MANY TIMES OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN, WHY PRESIDENT NELSON MANDELA WAS STILL ON THE TERRORIST LIST. WELL, WE WERE QUITE FRANKLY VERY EMBARRASSED AND SHOCKED AND WE WERE DETERMINED THAT WE WOULD DO EVERYTHING WE COULD TO FINALLY AGAIN PUT OUR COUNTRY ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY. SO I AM PLEASED AND I AM EXCITED THAT WE ARE TAKING THIS STEP TODAY. THE A.N.C. WAS FUNDAMENTALLY INVOLVED IN A WAR OF LIBERATION AGAINST THE OPPRESSIVE APARTHEID REGIME IN SOUTH AFRICA FOR OVER FOUR DECADES. IF THEY HADN'T BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS WAR OF LIBERATION, APARTHEID WOULD STILL BE EXISTING IN SOUTH AFRICA. SO INSTEAD OF CONTINUING TO PENALIZE THE A.N.C. FOR THEIR POLITICAL STRUGGLE AGAINST APARTHEID, WE REALLY SHOULD BE COMMENDING THEM FOR THEIR WORK IN TRANSFORMING SOUTH AFRICA INTO A BEACON OF DEMOCRACY AND JUST LOOK AT HOW THEY HAVE MOVED FORWARD IN THEIR PEACE AND RECONCILIATION PROCESS. I THINK WE COULD LEARN A HECK OF A LOT IN OUR OWN COUNTRY BY THE LEADERSHIP OF PRESIDENT MANDELA AND HOW THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH AFRICA, BLACK AND WHITE, HAVE COME TOGETHER TO RECONCILE AND TO MOVE FORWARD TO TAKE SOUTH AFRICA INTO THIS NEW MILLENNIUM, INTO A NEW SOUTH AFRICA. SO LET ME JUST THANK AGAIN CHAIRMAN CONYERS AND CHAIRMAN BERMAN FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR TODAY. IT'S REALLY THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE BEEN SO LONG INVOLVED IN THE ANTI-APARTHEID MOVEMENT AND NOW OF COURSE IN THE MOVEMENT TO STOP THE GENOCIDE THAT'S TAKING PLACE IN DARFUR, THIS IS A DAY THAT WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR A LONG TIME -- FOR FOR A LONG TIME. THIS IS THE ONLY THING WE CAN DO NOW TO SAY FIRST OF ALL THAT WE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS SHOULD NOT HAVE TAKEN SO LONG, BUT AT LEAST BETTER LATE THAN NEVER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CONYERS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. CONYERS

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. I THANK THE GENTLELADY,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. I THANK THE GENTLELADY, BARBARA LEE, OF OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, FOR CLOSING OUR STATEMENT AND I RETURN ALL UNUSED TIME.

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    ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES…

    ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5690 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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    TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUND THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE A POINT OF…

    TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUND THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, AND THE CHAIR'S PRIOR ANNOUNCEMENT, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE POINT OF NO QUORUM IS WITHDRAWN. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1512.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    AMEND THE IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALALITY ACT TO PROVIDE FOR COMPENSATION TO…

    AMEND THE IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALALITY ACT TO PROVIDE FOR COMPENSATION TO STATES INCARCERATING UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS CHARGED WITH A FELONY OR TWO OR MORE MISDEMEANORS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT OF THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. SANCHEZ, AND…

    PURSUANT OF THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. SANCHEZ, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. SANCHEZ.

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  • 03:05:22 PM

    MS. SANCHEZ

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MS. SANCHEZ

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. SANCHEZ

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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    MR. KING

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:08:20 PM

    MR. KING

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, UNDER THE STATE CRIMINAL ALIEN…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, UNDER THE STATE CRIMINAL ALIEN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, WHICH REREFER TO AS SCAAP, REIMBURSES PART OF THE EXPENSES THAT STATES AND LOCATES INCUR IN INCARCERATING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF A FELONY OR OF TWO OR MORE MISDEMEANORS. AND IN FACT, I WOULD BRING THE CHAMBERS ATTENTION TO A REPORT THAT WAS ISSUED THE G.A.O. IN APRIL OF 2005 THAT IDENTIFIES THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S REIMBURSING 25% OF THE COST OF THE INCARCERATION OF CRIMINAL ALIENS WITHIN THE INSTITUTIONS IN THE UNITED STATES. BUT H.R. 1512 EXPANDS THE STATE CRIMINAL ALIEN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TO COMPENSATE STATES FOR INCARCERATING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO ARE CHARGED WITH AND NOT ONLY CONVICTED AS -- WHICH IS UNDER THE CURRENT PROGRAM, CHARGED WITH A FELONY OR TWO OR MORE MISDEMEANORS. AND I STAND HERE, MR. SPEAKER, AND APPLAUD THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA FOR BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION AND BECAUSE I THINK THIS IS A CONSTRUCTIVE CHANGE TO OUR POLICY AND THE LANGUAGE VERY SIMPLY ADDS THE WORDS CHARGED WITH OR TO THE LANGUAGE. AND IT RECOGNIZES THAT THERE IS SIGNIFICANT COST INVOLVED IN PROCESSING CRIMINAL ALIENS AND THE INVESTIGATION, THE ARREST STAGE, AND THE INDICTMENT STAGE AND AS THOSE COSTS MOUNT AND INCUR -- ARE INCURRED, WE NEED TO BE SURE THAT WE TAKE THIS POSITION. THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S JOB, IT IS TO GUARD AND PROTECT OUR BORDER. THAT IS NOT THE JOB OF A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION. IT IS THE JOB OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WHEN WE FAIL TO DO OUR JOB, WHEN WE DON'T HAVE SUFFICIENT CONSTRAINTS IN PLACE AT OUR BORDERS OR AT OUR AIRPORTS OR OUR PORTS OF ENTRY, THEN THE RESULT OF IT IS THAT THIS BURDEN OF LAW ENFORCEMENT FALLS UPON THE POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS ON THE STATES, ON THE CITIES, AND ON THE COUNTIES TO ENFORCE THE LAW AND WHEN THEY DO, THEY INCUR THESE COSTS. THIS BILL, H.R. 1512, SEEKS TO LIFT OFF SOME OF THAT BURDEN AND IT CERTAINLY WOULDN'T BE ALL OF IT. LAMAR SMITH, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, AND I BOTH BELIEVE THE AVAILABILITY STATISTICS ON CRIMINAL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN THE UNITED STATES LEAVE MUCH TO BE DESIRED. THERE'S TOO LITTLE DATA ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IMPRISONED IN THE UNITED STATES. WE DON'T REALLY KNOW HOW MANY THERE ARE. OR WHAT CRIMES THEY ARE CHARGED WITH OR CONVICTED OF OR HOW LONG THEY SPEND IN OUR PRISON SYSTEMS AND I PARTICULARLY CAN SPEAK TO THAT SINCE I ASKED FOR THE G.A.O. STUDY THAT WAS COMPLETED IN APRIL OF 2005. I THOUGHT IN THAT STUDY I WOULD GET THE ANSWERS TO THE PERCENTAGES OF OUR INMATE POPULATIONS THAT ARE CRIMINAL ALIENS, WHICH CRIMES THEY WERE CONVICTED OF AND QUITE A LIST OF THINGS THAT WOULD HELP US ESTABLISH OUR POLICY, BOTH LAW ENFORCEMENT POLICY AND OUR IMMIGRATION POLICY. HOWEVER, THAT REPORT CAME BACK NOT QUITE APPLES TO APPLES AND THERE ARE CONCLUSIONS THAT CAN BE DRAWN. THERE ARE ALSO GAPS TO OUR KNOWLEDGE BASE AND BECAUSE OF THE INSPIRATION THIS BROUGHT FORWARD, BECAUSE OF THIS BILL, MS. SANCHEZ, H.R. 1512, WE INGAUGED IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, IN DIALOGUE, ABOUT HOW WE CAN BETTER GATH THAT ARE INFORMATION. AND I'M REALLY PLEASED -- GATHER THAT INFORMATION AND I'M REALLY PLEASED THAT MS. LOFGREN, THE CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND MR. SMITH, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HAVE AGREED TO SEND A JOINT REQUEST TO THE GENERAL ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE TO DEVELOP ADDITIONAL STATISTICS ON CRIMINAL ALIEN IMMIGRANTS. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MS. LOFGREN AND MR. SMITH AND OTHERS OBJECT THIS PARTICULAR SUBJECT MATTER -- ON THIS PARTICULAR SUBJECT MATTER. THIS IS SOMETHING WE VITALLY NEED TO PROVIDE STATISTICS THAT WILL HELP US ESTABLISH A BETTER IMMIGRATION POLICY. AND AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION, THAT I BELIEVE IS A CONSTRUCTIVE MOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, THAT HELPS TO COMPENSATE AND IT WON'T BE ALL, BUT IT WILL BE AT LEAST IN PART HELP COMPENSATE THE POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS FOR THEIR COSTS INCURRED TO ENFORCE LAWS AGAINST CRIMINAL ALIENS, ADDS TO THOSE CHARGED WITH THE CRIME AND NOT JUST THOSE CONVICTED OF A CRIME OR TO WOULD TWO SERIOUS MISDEMEANORS, BUT INTO THIS NEGOTIATION ALSO WILL BE THE FORMAL REQUEST FOR THE G.A.O. STUDY TO LOOK FURTHER AT THE EFFECTIVE CRIME ON THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BY CRIMINAL ALIENS. AND THE QUESTION HAS GOT TO BE CONSTANTLY BEFORE US SINCE WE ARE CHARGED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND IT'S VERY MUCH A CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND WE'RE ALSO CONSTITUTIONALLY CHARGED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING IMMIGRATION POLICY. AND THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH IS CHARGED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ENFORCING THAT POLICY, HOWEVER AGGRESSIVE OR LACK OF AGGRESSIVITY THEY MIGHT HAVE. AND THE RESULT IS, SOME GET THROUGH, THROUGH THE BORDERS, THROUGH OUR PORTS OF ENTRY, SOME COMMIT CRIMES AND SOME OF THOSE CRIMES THAT ARE COMMITTED OF A VERY HEINOUS NATURE AND THE COST OF THOSE CRIMES AGAINST THIS SOCIETY CAN BE QUANTITYIFIED IF WE CAN IDENTIFY THE NUMBER OF CRIMES THAT ARE BEING COMMITTED BY CRIMINAL ALIENS AND IN WHAT CATEGORIES THEY ARE IN, WHO THEY ARE -- WHERE THEY ARE BEING INCARCERATED, WHAT LENGTH OF TERMS THEY ARE SERVING AND, ESPECIALLY, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THEY'RE RELEASED, WHEN THEY'RE RELEASED FROM A MUNICIPAL JAIL OR A COUNTY JAIL OR A STATE PENITENTIARY, LET ALONE FROM A FEDERAL INSTITUTION, WHEN THEY ARE RELEASED, WE NEED TO KNOW IF THEY'RE RELEASED INTO THE HANDS OF I.C. -- I.C.E., IF THEY HAVE BEEN PROCESSED FOR DEPORTATION OR IF THEY ARE RELEASED BACK INTO THE STREETS AND IF THEY ARE, WE NEED TO ASK THE QUESTION, ARE THEY COMMITTING FURTHER CRIMES? SO WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF EFFECTIVENESS IN OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM, HOW MANY -- WHAT PERCENTAGE OF OUR OVERALL CRIMES ARE BEING COMMITTED BY CRIMINAL ALIENS, WHAT ARE THOSE CRIMES, WHAT'S THE PRICE AGAINST SOCIETY AND HOW DOES THIS BREAK DOWN INTO THE CATEGORIES THAT I MENTIONED IN A FASHION THAT WILL ALLOW US AS THE CONGRESS TO PRUDENTLY STEP BACK, TAKE THE EMPIRICAL DATA THAT WE ARE EXPECTING TO RECEIVE FROM THE GENERAL ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE AFTER THE SUBMISSION OF THIS REQUEST, AND PROCESS THAT INTO POLICY THAT REFLECTS THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I THINK THIS BILL IS A HEALTHY STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. I THINK IT'S THE PRUDENT THING TO DO AND I THINK IT SAYS THE RIGHT THING TO THE PEOPLE IN AMERICA, MR. SPEAKER, AND I APPLAUD THE GENTLELADY FOR BRINGING H.R. 1512 AND I SUPPORT THE EXPANSION OF SCAAP FUNDING TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ALSO CHARGED WITH THE CRIME AND I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 03:15:07 PM

    MS. SANCHEZ

    MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE HOW MANY MORE SPEAKERS MR. KING HAS REMAINING?

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    MR. KING

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS.

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    MS. SANCHEZ

    RIGHT TO CLOSE, IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD LIKE TO --

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    MR. KING

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. KING

    SUBDIVISIONS WHEN THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT GOING THE JOB THEY NEED TO BE…

    SUBDIVISIONS WHEN THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT GOING THE JOB THEY NEED TO BE DOING, THIS IS THE RESULT OF THAT. I SUSPECT THIS COMES FROM THE REQUEST OF THE POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS, AND THOUGH THEY AREN'T MAKING THIS REQUEST IN MY DISTRICT, THERE ARE MANY JAILS IN MY DISTRICT THAT WILL BENEFIT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MS. SANCHEZ

    IMMIGRATION POLICY IS PROBABLY THE SIGNATURE FEDERAL POLICY ISSUE. TRY AS…

    IMMIGRATION POLICY IS PROBABLY THE SIGNATURE FEDERAL POLICY ISSUE. TRY AS THEY MIGHT, STATES CAN'T FIX FAILURES IN FEDERAL POLICY ON THEIR OWN, BUT WHEN WE FALL DOWN ON THE JOB, STATES, CITIES, AND COUNTIES BEAR THE BURDEN FOR A SYSTEM THAT ISN'T WORKING. WHILE CONGRESS IS WORKING ON A SOLUTION TO OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. IN 1994, CONGRESS PASSED SCAAP TO REIMBURSE STATES AND LOCALITIES FOR THE ARREST, INCARCERATION AND COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH CRIMINAL ALIENS, AVERLTING A TITLE WAVE OF ALIENS. HOWEVER IN 2003, THEY REINTERPRETTED THE SCAAP STATUTE AND CAUSED A DRASTIC DROP IN THE REIMBURSEMENT. NOW THEY ONLY RECEIVE REIMBURSEMENT IF THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OCCUR IN THE SAME YEAR. TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY, PRESIDENT BUSH HAS ZEROED OUT SCAAP IN FEDERAL BUDGETS FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS. THAT'S ONE LESS DOLLAR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HAVE TO HIRE NEW OFFICERS, MAKE CRITICAL EQUIPMENT PURCHASES AND DETAIN OTHER, PERHAPS MORE VIOLENT, INMATES. FOLLOWING SCAAP FUNDING CUTS IN 2003, THE L.A. DEPARTMENT IMPLEMENTED AN EARLY RELEASE POLL POLICY FOR THOSE CONVICTED OF MISDEMEANORS. THAT MEANS THE COMMUNITIES I REPRESENT ARE AT RISK. SADLY, THEY ARE NOT ALOEB. ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THE SCAAP REIMBURSEMENT CUTS HAVE HAD A DOMINO EFFECT WHERE FUNDING FOR ANTI-GANG ACTIVITIES, ANTI-TERRORISM ACTIVITIES AND EVEN BASIC MAINTENANCE IS CUT BECAUSE OF INCREASED COSTS OF SUSPECTED CRIMINAL ALIENS. S THAT HUGE PROBLEM BECAUSE WE CAN'T KEEP UP WITH FIXING ROADS, THE OTHER COSTS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND COSTS OF HEALTH AGENCIES. WHILE THIS BILL ON ITS OWN WON'T SOLVE THE CRISIS, IT WILL HELP IN THE LONG TERM BY COVERING A GREATER SHARE OF COSTS THAT PROPERLY BELONG TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. H.R. 1512 AMEND THE SCAAP STATUTE, JUST LIKE IT WAS BEFORE THE D.O.J.'S REINTERPRET NATION 2003. THIS FEDERAL INVESTMENT WILL ALLOW STATE AND LOCAL ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO DEVOTE MORE RESOURCES TO IMPORTANT PUBLIC SAFETY PROGRAMS. LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND COALITION FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER COUNTIES COALITION, THE CALIFORNIA STATE ASSOCIATION OF COUNTY THE SHERIFF'S ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS AND THE VIRGINIA SHERIFF'S ASSOCIATION SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. LASTLY, I WANT TO OFFER THANKS AND GRATITUDE TO MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR PASSING THIS BILL UNANIMOUSLY THROUGH THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND BRINGING IT TO THE FLOOR TODAY WITHOUT AMENDMENTS. WE MAY NOT AGREE ON MANY ASPECTS OF IMMIGRATION POLICY, BUT THIS BILL ACCOMPLISHES A LARGER GOAL, MAKING OUR COMMUNITY SAFER, AND FOR THAT REASON, I BREESHT YOUR SUPPORT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THEIR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES BY VOTING FOR THIS BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1512.…

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1512. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO HE CONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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    TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE A POINT…

    TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE A POINT OFED ORER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    POSTPONED, THE POINT OF NO QUORUM IS WITHDRAWN. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE EIGHT…

    POSTPONED, THE POINT OF NO QUORUM IS WITHDRAWN. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE EIGHT OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESURME ON QUESTIONS PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER -- MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES WITH REGARD TO H.: R. 5367 58, H.RES. 1109, S. 2929, IN EACH CASE THE NO VOTE, AND MOTION TO INSTRUCT ON H.R. 2419 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS SE THE QUESTION ON SUSPENDING THE RULES AND PASSING H.R. 3658, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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    THE CLERK

    OF 1980 TO PERMIT REST AND RECUPERATION TRAVEL TO UNITED STATES…

    OF 1980 TO PERMIT REST AND RECUPERATION TRAVEL TO UNITED STATES TERRITORIES FOR MEMBERS OF THE FOREIGN SERVICE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND SUSPEND THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE FN OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A 15-MINUTE VOTE TO BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. [CAPTIONING

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 416, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 BEING IN THE…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 416, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED. FOR WHAT REASON DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RISE?

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    RECONSIDER THE VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I MOVE TO LAY THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER ON THE TABLE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR,…

    THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    ON THAT, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 226, THE NAYS ARE 190. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED.…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 226, THE NAYS ARE 190. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON SUSPENDING THE RULES AND AGREEING TO H.CON.RES. 317 AS AMENDED, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY THE TITLE.

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  • 03:57:15 PM

    THE CLERK

    MEEZE REGIME UNDEMOCRATIC CONSTITUTION AND SCHEDULED REFERENDUM.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS AGREED TOO.

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    THAT 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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 413, THE NAYS ARE 1. 2/3 BEING IN THE…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 413, THE NAYS ARE 1. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RISE?

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    I MOVE TO RECONSIDER THE VOTE.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I MOVE TO TABLE THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO TABLE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO TABLE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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    RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN,…

    ALL FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS ARE 224 --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 225, THE NAYS ARE 190. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED.…

    THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 225, THE NAYS ARE 190. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON SUSPENDING THE RULES AND AGREEING TO H. RES. 1109 AS AMENDED, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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    THE CLERK

    GENOCIDE THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE AROUND THE GLOBE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE RESOLUTION AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO. AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RISE?

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    VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 4 13RKS THE NAYS ARE 1. 2/3 BEING IN THE…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 4 13RKS THE NAYS ARE 1. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED. TO

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    I MOVE TO RECONSIDER THE VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I MOVE TO TABLE THE MOTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 145, THE NAYS ARE 271, THE MOTION IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 145, THE NAYS ARE 271, THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, IN THE ENGROSSMENT OF THE AMENDMENT TO H. CONRES. 317, THE CLERK MAY CORRECT ANY ERRORS IN SPELLING. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON SUSPENDING THE RULES AND PASSING S. 2929 AS AMENDED, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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    THE CLERK

    TEMPORARY EXTENDED THE PROGRAMS UNDER THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT OF 1965.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED? SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR, SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 --

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE?

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    THAT I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 408, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 BEING IN THE…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 408, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED. THE BILL IS PASSED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI RISE?

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    I MOVE TO RECONSIDER THIS VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I VOTE TO LAY THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER ON THE TABLE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    MADAM SPEAKER, 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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 221. THE NAYS ARE 192. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 221. THE NAYS ARE 192. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO RISE?

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    IS NOT IN ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO.

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    SUBCOMMITTEE AND COMMITTEE MARKUPS, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN.…

    SUBCOMMITTEE AND COMMITTEE MARKUPS, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN. I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE MOTION IS NOT DEBATABLE. THE QUESTION NOW IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN.…

    THE MOTION IS NOT DEBATABLE. THE QUESTION NOW IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE NOES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO.

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    VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 149, THE NAYS ARE 251. THE MOTION IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 149, THE NAYS ARE 251. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE?

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    MR. RUSH

    SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3957.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    BILL TO FACILITATE CERTAIN HOUSING DWELLING UNITS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. MEEKS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM DELAWARE,…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. MEEKS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM DELAWARE, MR. CASTLE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL THEREON.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. MEEKS

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. MEEKS

    HOUSING IS ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUS CHALLENGES FACING OUR NATION. FAMILIES…

    HOUSING IS ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUS CHALLENGES FACING OUR NATION. FAMILIES ARE EXPERIENCING THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN. RISING COSTS IN FOOD, HOUSEHOLD NECESSITIES, UTILITIES, ALONG WITH STAGNATING WAGES AND DAILY INCREASES IN THE PRICE OF GASOLINE ARE WREAKING HAVOC UPON THE LIFE LIVES OF HARD WORKING AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN. THE INCREASES IN MORTGAGE DID HE LINK QUENS CYST AND FORECLOSURESES HAVE CAUSED FAMILIES TO LOSE THEIR HOMES. PEOPLE WAITING FOR HOUSING HAS GROWN. THE LACK OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING IMPACTS EVERY REGION OF THIS NATION. WE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING TO ENSURE AFFORDABLE ACCESS. AMONG MY CHIEF RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE CONSTITUENTS OF NEW YORK'S 6TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IS TO WORK TO PROVIDE AFFORDABLE HOUSING. MY FRIEND, ED TOWNS, AND REPRESENTATIVE PETER KING, BARNEY FRANK, MAXINE WATERS AND REPRESENTATIVE VELAZQUEZ WILL FACILITATE AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS. AND I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. CASTLE

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF FOUR MINUTES.

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    MR. CASTLE

    TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5937, A BILL TO PRESERVE THE AFFORDABILITY…

    TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5937, A BILL TO PRESERVE THE AFFORDABILITY OF THE CITY DEVELOPMENT, THE LARGEST FEDERALLY SUBSIDIZED HOUSING PROJECT IN THE COUNTRY. THIS BILL IS A BIPARTISAN EFFORT WITH OUR COLLEAGUES FROM THE NEW YORK DELEGATION, AS WELL AS SENATOR SCHUMER, TO MAINTAIN AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN NEW YORK CITY. THE CURRENT OWNERS INTEND TO SELL THE PROJECT. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ENSURE THAT IT REMAINS AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING RESOURCE FOR BROOKLYN RESIDENTS WHEN THE SALE IS COMPLETED. IT ALLOWS H.U.D. PER THE REQUEST OF THE PROJECT'S PRIVATE OWNERS TO CONVERT THE SECTION 8 AND RENTAL ASSISTANCE PAYMENT PROJECTS INTO PROJECT-BASED SECTION 8 CONTRACTS. ALL EXISTING TENTHS RECEIVING HOUSING ASSISTANCE UNDER THE EXISTING CONTRACTS WILL REMAIN ELIGIBLE FOR ASSISTANCE UNDER THE NEW PROJECT-BASED SECTION 8 CONTRACTS. IF THIS BILL IS ENACTED, 5,581 HOUSING UNITS WILL BE PRESERVED FOR 14,000 RESIDENTS OF THE THIS WILL NOT RESULT IN ANY ADDITIONAL COSTS. BY PRESERVING THE EXISTING HOUSING, THIS BILL COULD RESULT IN COST SAVINGS. THE RESIDENTS ARE IN FAVOR OF THIS LEGISLATION IN ADDITION TO THE STATE OF NEW YORK. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. MEEKS

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY DEAR…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY DEAR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE AND AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, H.R. 5937, HONORABLE CONGRESSMAN ED TOWNS, WHO HAS BEEN A LEADER WHO HAS BEEN PROVIDING ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

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    MR. TOWNS

    THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING TIME TO ME AND I APPRECIATE HIS HELP ON THIS…

    THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING TIME TO ME AND I APPRECIATE HIS HELP ON THIS BILL AND I THINK IT'S A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN VELAZQUEZ, CONGRESSWOMAN -- I GUESS CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, BARNEY FRANK, WHO WORKED VERY HARD ON THIS AND THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE COMMITTEE, MAXINE WATERS, FOR ALL THEIR ASSISTANCE ON GETTING US TO THIS POINT. ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM ACROSS AMERICA, PARTICULARLY WITH THE WEAKENING ECONOMY AND RISING GAS UTILITY AND FOOD COSTS. WITH A RISE IN MORTGAGE FORECLOSURESES, LEADING THE PEOPLE TO LOSING THEIR HOMES AND UNPRECEDENTED WAITING LISTS FOR PUBLIC HOUSING, THE LIST GETS LONGER AND LONGER AND LONGER. THE ABILITY TO FINE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS CRUCIAL. EVERY TIME I GO BACK TO MY DISTRICT, THIS IS THE SUBJECT THAT COMES UP, WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT FINDING AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS. ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN NEW YORK, I HAVE BEEN WORKING TO ENSURE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING. THROUGHOUT MY TENURE IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, BUT AS NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOP, RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN PRICED OUT OF THEIR HOMES AND THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS. AND MORE AND MORE, THIS IS A CRY COMING FROM ACROSS THE LAND. FOR THESE REASONS, ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSMAN KING, CONGRESSMAN FRANK AND CONGRESSWOMAN WATERS AND CONGRESSWOMAN VELAZQUEZ, WHICH WILL FACILITATE THE PRESERVATION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS. THIS BILL WILL CONVERT H.U.D. CONTRACTS INTO A NEW 20-YEAR HOUSING ASSISTANCE PAYMENT, WHICH I THINK IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. CONTRACTS UNDER THE MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING RESTRUCTURING AND AFFORDABILITY ACT OF 1997. CONVERSION OF THESE H.U.D. CONTRACTS WILL ALLOW PURCHASERS OF CERTAIN AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS TO SECURE THE LONG-TERM FINANCING NECESSARY TO PURCHASE THE PROPERTY. BY MAKING THESE PROPERTIES AFFORDABLE TO THE OWNERS, THEY CAN, IN TURN, KEEP THE HOUSING AFFORDABLE FOR THE TENTHS. I HOPE THAT YOU WILL JOIN US TODAY IN VOTING YES ON H.R. 5937 TO HELP PRESERVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING. AND LET ME JUST SAY TO MY GOOD FRIENDS THROUGHOUT THIS BODY THAT THERE'S NO ADDITIONAL COST. I THINK WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE IS BEING CREATIVE IN MAKING IT POSSIBLE THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIFFICULTY WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE APARTMENTS. I THINK THAT DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME OF FORECLOSURES AND THE PROBLEMS WE ARE HAVING, I THINK THIS LEGISLATION IS CRUCIAL. SO I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR SUPPORTING THIS. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM DELAWARE.

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    MR. CASTLE

    THIS TIME, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND URGE SUPPORT FROM ALL…

    THIS TIME, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND URGE SUPPORT FROM ALL THE MEMBERS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. MEEKS

    TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, WHO IS A MEMBER OF THIS COMMITTEE AND THE…

    TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, WHO IS A MEMBER OF THIS COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIR WOMAN OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, REPRESENTATIVE VELAZQUEZ.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MS. VELAZQUEZ

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. LET ME COMMEND CHAIRMAN FRANK,…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. LET ME COMMEND CHAIRMAN FRANK, CHAIRWOMAN WATERS IN MOVING THIS NECESSARY LEGISLATION FORWARD. I PROUDLY SUPPORT H.R. 5937, BECAUSE IT ADDRESSES THE NEED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES IN BROOKLYN. ACROSS OUR COUNTRY, WORKING FAMILIES ARE INCREASINGLY FINDING ADEQUATE HOUSING TO BE OUT OF REACH. NO PLACE IS THIS DISPARITY MORE APPARENT THAN IN NEW YORK CITY, WHERE ONE OUT OF EVERY FOUR FAMILIES SPENT OVER 50% OF THEIR INCOME ON RENT. NEW YORKERS IN MANY WAYS FACE THE MOST DIFFICULT HOUSING MARKET. THE CITY IS THE LARGEST FEDERALLY SUBSIDIZED RENTAL COMPLEX WITH 5,800 RESIDENTS FOR 14,000 RESIDENTS. ELIMINATING THIS UNIT WILL LEAVE THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES STRANDED AND SET A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT. H.R. 5937 REPRESENTS AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND THE OWNERS OF THE CITY TO KEEP THE DEVELOPMENT AFFORDABLE. THIS IS A CAREFULLY CRAFTED DEAL THAT ENSURES THE LONG-TERM VIE BRANSY OF THE BROOKLYN INSTITUTION. IT IS A STRONG, HARD-WORKING COMPANY. THE RESTAURANT WORKERS, HOTEL EMPLOYEES AND SENIORS WHO LIVE THERE ARE PART OF BROOKLYN'S VERY FABRIC. WE WILL HAVE THE UNIQUE CHANCE TO PRESERVE THIS VIABLE COMMUNITY AND SET A PRECEDENT FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. IT IS THE SYMPTOM OF A MUCH LARGER PROBLEM ACROSS NEW YORK CITY AND OUR NATION. WE HAVE AN AFFORDABILITY PROBLEM THAT REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ACTION. TODAY, WE ARE TAKING A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. BY SAVING ONE BROOKLYN DEVELOPMENT, WE LAY THE GROUNDWORK FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PRESERVATION IN THE FUTURE. I URGE A YES VOTE ON THIS LEGISLATION. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. MEEKS

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW…

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, WHO IS THE CHAIR OF THE HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, HONORABLE CAROLYN MALONEY.

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    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. MALONEY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP PRESERVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS. I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES FROM BROOKLYN, CONGRESSMAN TOWNS AND CONGRESSWOMAN VELAZQUEZ, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN DRAFTING THIS LEGISLATION. AND I THINK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, ESPECIALLY CONGRESSWOMAN WATERS, WHO IS CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HOUSING, AND ESPECIALLY CHAIRMAN FRANK FOR BRINGING THIS IMPORTANT BILL TO THE FLOOR TODAY. WHEN PASSED, THIS LEGISLATION WOULD AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, UPON THE REQUEST OF THE OWNER OF A MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING PROJECT TO CONVERT THEIR CONTRACT TO A SECTION 8, PROJECT-BASED RENTAL-ASSISTANCE CONTRACT. THIS WOULD HAVE AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT ON THE HOUSING COMPLEX IN BROOKLYN NEW YORK, WHICH IS CURRENTLY SERVING 14,000 NEW YORKERS IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS. STERRETT CITY IS THE LARGEST AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMPLEX IN OUR COUNTRY AND THIS LEGISLATION IS INNOVATIVE, IT IS HELPFUL, IT IS COULD LAB RATIVE AND BIPARTISAN. AND I THINK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. CASTLE, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. . RECENTLY THERE HAVE BEEN EFFORTS TO SELL THE COMPLEX AND POTENTIALLY LEAVE THESE AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS AND HAVE THEM SOLD AND REPRISED TO REFLECT THE CURRENT MARKET VALUE. BY SELLING THESE UNITS, WOULD YOU PUT AT RISK AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR ALL OF THE 14,000 RESIDENTS THAT ARE IVING -- LIVING THERE. IT WOULD ENDANGER THEIR ABILITY TO CONTINUE AS RESIDENTS LIVING THERE AND I WOULD SAY, I DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY WOULD GO. IN NEW YORK CITY THERE IS SUCH A HOUSING CRISIS AND WE HAVE NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING LEFT. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD HELP PRESERVE THESE AFFORDABLE UNITS FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT 20 YEARS. ALL OF US KNOW THAT WE ARE FACING FORECLOSURES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT PROGRAMS TO HAVE GRANTS, TO HAVE NEGOTIATIONS, TO HAVE SUPPORT, TO KEEP PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES. WE HAVE BEFORE US TODAY CREATIVE LEGISLATION THAT THE OWNER SUPPORTS, THAT THE CITY SUPPORTS AND HOPEFULLY THIS CONGRESS SUPPORTS THAT COULD SAVE 14,000 HOMES FOR NEW YORKERS AND KEEP THEM IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING. I CONGRATULATE MY COLLEAGUE, MR. TOWNS, AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO HAS WORKED SO HARD TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS TREMENDOUSLY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION THAT WILL KEEP PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES, AFFORDABLE HOMES. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MS. CLARKE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. MEEKS

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MEEKS

    CONCLUSION, MADAM CHAIR, THAT WHAT THIS BILL DOES AND WHAT WE'RE TALKING…

    CONCLUSION, MADAM CHAIR, THAT WHAT THIS BILL DOES AND WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT AROUND THE NATION IN A TIME OF ECONOMIC CRISES, AT A TIME WHEN PEOPLE ARE WONDERING, MANY, HOW THEY CAN AFFORD -- WHAT KIND OF APARTMENTS AND HOMES THEY CAN AFFORD, THIS BILL IS TRYING TO ENSURE THAT ALL AMERICANS CAN INDEED HAVE A DECENT ROOF OVER THEIR HEAD, THAT ALL AMERICANS WILL UNDERSTAND AND HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY LIVE THE AMERICAN DREAM AND THAT'S WHAT MAKES US SUCH A GREAT COUNTRY. AND BY THIS CONGRESS STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE AS IT IS, MAKING SURE THAT THOSE WHO MAY NOT HAVE AS MUCH MONEY AS OTHERS, BUT YET STILL CAN LIVE IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY AND CAN LIVE IN A FACILITY SUCH AS THE CITY WHICH IS CLEAN, DECENT, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, SAYS THAT WE CARE ABOUT ALL OF OUR PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. SO I THINK IT WAS INGENIOUS BY THE AUTHORS OF THIS BILL, LED BY MR. TOWNS, ALONG WITH MR. KING, IN A BIPARTISAN METHOD, MANNER, SAY THAT WE'RE GOING TO SPEAK UP AND STAND UP, BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, THAT WE'RE GOING TO STAND ON THE INTEREST OF MAKING SURE THAT THERE'S AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT. AND THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES. WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, 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 QUESTION NOW IS,…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION NOW IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5937. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AND THE CHAIR'S PRIOR ANNOUNCEMENT, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION…

    AND THE CHAIR'S PRIOR ANNOUNCEMENT, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE POINT OF NO QUORUM IS WITHDRAWN. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    ARE GIVE AN CHANCE TO HEAR THE DEBATE -- DEBATE THE WAR BILL IN COMMITTEE,…

    ARE GIVE AN CHANCE TO HEAR THE DEBATE -- DEBATE THE WAR BILL IN COMMITTEE, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE ADJOURN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NOES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    SPEAKER. ON THAT I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RISE IS IT

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RISE IS IT

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    SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5512.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    PRESCRIBE THE WEIGHTS AND THE COMPOSITIONS OF CIRCULATING COINS AND FOR…

    PRESCRIBE THE WEIGHTS AND THE COMPOSITIONS OF CIRCULATING COINS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT OF THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    PURSUANT OF THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR.S COULD CAM, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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    MR. GUTIERREZ

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN SUSPEND? DOES THE GENTLEMAN INCLUDE AMENDMENTS IN HIS…

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN SUSPEND? DOES THE GENTLEMAN INCLUDE AMENDMENTS IN HIS MOTION?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YES.

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    MR. GUTIERREZ

    YES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. GUTIERREZ

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. GUTIERREZ

    IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5512, THE COIN MODERNIZATION AND TAXPAYER…

    IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5512, THE COIN MODERNIZATION AND TAXPAYER SAVINGS ACT OF 2008. AND I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. SPACE, FOR ALL HIS HARD WORK AND PERSEVERANCE IN GETTING THIS VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. IT IS NOT EVERY DAY THAT THE HOUSE CONSIDERS LEGISLATION THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL OF SAVING U.S. TAXPAYERS' OVER -- TAXPAYERS OVER $100 MILLION A YEAR. BUT THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE DOING TODAY WITH H.R. 5512 AND MR. SPACE SHOULD BE PROUD OF HIS EFFORTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS ON THIS BILL. SINCE MARCH OF 2003, INCREASING PRICES CAUSED BY HIGH WORLD DEMAND FOR CORE METALS HAVE DRIVEN THE COST OF COPPER AND NICKEL UP WHILE ZINC HAS INCREASED 450%. AS A RESULT, THE COST OF PRODUCING OUR NATION'S CIRCULATING COINS HAVE INCREASED DRAMATICALLY. IN FISCAL YEAR 2007 IT COST NEARLY TWO CENTS TO MAKE EACH PENNY AND 10 CENTS TO MAKE EACH NICKEL. NEEDLESSLY COSTING THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS OVER $100 MILLION LAST YEAR ALONE. BUT BY SIMPLY BRINGING THE COST OF PRODUCING PENNIES AND KNICK AMS DOWN TO THEIR -- NICKELS DOWN TO THEIR BASE VALUE, THIS WILL SAVE THE GOVERNMENT NEARLY $1 BILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. IN BRIEF, H.R. 5512 REQUIRES THE U.S. MINT TO IMMEDIATELY TAKE STEPS TO LOWER THE PRODUCTION COST OF PENNIES, REQUIRES THE MINT TO RESEARCH AN ALTERNATIVE COMPOSITION FOR THE NICKEL IN TWO YEARS AND GRANTS THE MINT THE AUTHORITY TO RESEARCH LOWER-COST ALTERNATIVE METAL CONTENT FOR ALL U.S. COINS. FIRST, H.R. 5512 REQUIRES THE MINT TO BEGIN PRODUCTION OF A STILL PENNY WITHIN NINE MONTHS OF ENACTMENT. THIS SHOULD RESULT IN IMMEDIATE AND SUBSTANTIAL SAVINGS TO TAXPAYERS. THE BILL ALSO GIVES THE MINT THE FLEXIBILITY TO RESEARCH OTHER LOW-COST ALTERNATIVES TO A STEEL PENNY WITHIN THE SAME NINE-MONTH -- NINE-MONTH PERIOD AND REPORT TO CONGRESS ANY ALTERNATIVE RECOMMENDATION. SECOND, THE BILL REQUIRES THE MINT TO BEGIN PRODUCING A NICKEL-COATED STEEL NICKEL IN TWO YEARS. A LESS COSTLY ALTERNATIVE. FINALLY, 5512 CONFIRMS THAT THE MINT HAS THE AUTHORITY TO CONDUCT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INTO ALTERNATIVE COMPOSITIONS THAT WILL LOWER PRODUCTION COSTS FOR ALL U.S. COINS. THIS PROVISION, ALONG WITH THE BILL'S REQUIREMENT THAT THE MINT ISSUE A BIANNUAL REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE CURRENT STATUS OF COIN PRODUCTION COSTS AND ANALYSIS OF ALTERNATIVE CONSENT, WILL ENSURE THAT WE AVOID SITUATIONS OF NEGATIVE SIGNAGE FOR U.S. COINS IN THE FUTURE. BOTTOM LINE, MADAM SPEAKER, IF WE CONTINUE UNDER THE STATUS QUO, WITH EACH NEW PENNY AND NICKEL WE ISSUE, WE WILL BE CONTRIBUTING TO OUR NATIONAL DEBT BY ALMOST AS MUCH AS THE COIN IS WORTH. THESE LOSSES ARE MOUNTING RAPIDLY AND WE NEED TO ACT IMMEDIATELY TO LOWER THE COST OF PRODUCING THE PENNY AND NICKEL. H.R. 5512 WILL GIVE THE U.S. MINT THE AUTHORITY IT NEEDS TO MAKE THE NECESSARY CHANGES TO OUR COINS WITHOUT CREATING AN UNDUE BURDEN ON THE RELEVANT INDUSTRIES OR CAUSING A DISRUPTION IN THE MINTING PROCESS. FOR THIS REASON I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE? DOES THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE? DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVE HIS TIME?

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    MR. GUTIERREZ

    YES, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM, MR.S COULD COME, FROM ILLINOIS…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM, MR.S COULD COME, FROM ILLINOIS RISE? -- MR. ROSKAM FROM ILLINOIS RISE?

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    MR. ROSKAM

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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    TIME TO THE AUTHOR AND CHIEF PROPONENT OF THE BILL, MR. SPACE FROM OHIO.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MIGHT CONSUME.

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    MR. SPACE

    MADAM SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR. GUTIERREZ FOR HIS COOPERATION AND ASSISTANCE IN THIS LEGISLATION. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. PAUL FROM TEXAS, AS WELL. AND WOULD FURTHER LIKE TO EXTEND MY GRATITUDE TO CHAIRMAN FRANK AND RANKING MEMBER BACHUS FOR THEIR WORK IN ADVANCING THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL IN FACT, ELIMINATE WASTEFUL GOVERNMENTAL SPEND, SAVING THE TAXPAYERS $1 BILLION OTHER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. THAT'S BILLION WITH A B. RIGHT NOW, OUR GOVERNMENT IS NEEDLESSLY THROWING AWAY MONEY IN THE PRODUCTION OF COINS. ESTIMATES AS HAVE BEEN INDICATED SUGGEST WE'RE SPENDING 1.7 CENTS PER PENNY PRODUCED, AS WELL AS 1.5 CENTS PER EVERY NICKEL. THE CONTENT OFFINGS A PENNY AS IT EXISTS NOW IS ROUGHLY 97.5% ZINC WITH THE BALANCE COPPER. THE CONTENT OF A NICKEL IS ROUGHLY 25% NICKEL AND 75% COPPER. DURING THE LAST FIVE YEARS, WE'VE SEEN HUGE INCREASES IN THE PRICE OF COPPER, NICKEL, AND ZINC. AS SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN GUTIERREZ INDICATED, THAT IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO EXCESS DEMAND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD ON THOSE METALS, ALONG WITH SPECULATION IN THE MARKET THIS LEGISLATION IS DESIGNED WITH AN EYE TOWARD COMMON SENSE TO SAVE, AGAIN, ROUGHLY $100 MILLION PER YEAR OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. WASTEFUL SPENDING IS ESPECIALLY EGREGIOUS AT A TIME WHEN AMERICANS ARE FACING THE PITFALLS OF AN ECONOMIC DOWN TURN. -- DOWN TURN. THIS LEGISLATION WILL BEGIN THE PROCESS OF ELIMINATING WASTEFUL SPENDING BY MANDATING CHANGES IN THE CONTENT OF THE PENNY AND THE NICKEL AND GIVING THE PRESSURERY A LOUDER VOICE IN THE PROCESS. BASED ON PRUCK NUMBERS, AGAIN, I WANT TO EMMA SIZE, THESE -- I WANT TO TEAM SIZE, THESE CHANGES WILL SAVE BILLIONS OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS, IT WILL HELP CONGRESS BE RESPONSIVE TO MARKET CHANGES IN THE PRICE OF METALS OVER TIMES. THE SAVINGS CAN BE SPENT TO PUT MONEY INTO OUR SCHOOLS, IMPROVE OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, INCREASE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, ALL THE THINGS THAT MANY AMERICANS, CERTAINLY AMERICANS I REPRESENT BACK IN OHIO'S 18TH DISTRICT, DESPERATELY NEED. AS A CONGRESS, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO USE OUR FUNDS IN A RESPONSIBLE FASHION. THIS SLEAGS STEP TOWARD MORE RESPONSIBLE SPENDING AND REPRESENTS A BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO WORK TOGETHER ON A MEASURE THAT ENCOMPASSES A HIGH DEGREE OF COMMON SENSE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:37:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RISE?

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    ONE ELSE IS SEEKING RECOGNITION, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 06:37:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. 34R GUTIERREZ SPK AFTER THAT WONDERFUL SPEECH…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. 34R GUTIERREZ SPK AFTER THAT WONDERFUL SPEECH BY MR. SPACE, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:37:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5512 AS AMINDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 06:37:54 PM

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    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE EIGHT OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WILL BE POSTPONED.

  • 06:38:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WILL BE POSTPONED.

  • 06:38:11 PM

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    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN.

  • 06:38:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL THOSE IN FAY VOW SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE CHAIR RULES THAT THE…

    ALL THOSE IN FAY VOW SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE CHAIR RULES THAT THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 06:38:23 PM

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    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

  • 06:38:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE EIGHT OF RULE 20 THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 158 AND HOUSE RESOLUTION 1155.@@u@u u u u u u u u u u u u u u uhehe @@u@u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u x u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u x u u u u u x u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xae x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xae x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xae x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x THE S PEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE YEAS ARE 149 AND THE NAYS ARE 236.

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  • 07:01:05 PM

    THE CLERK

    RESOLUTION 1168, RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING CHARTER SCHOOLS, STUDENTS,…

    RESOLUTION 1168, RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING CHARTER SCHOOLS, STUDENTS, PARENTS A AND TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS FOR ONGOING CONTRIBUTIONS TO EDUCATION AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 07:01:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 07:01:40 PM

    MR. CARTER

    RECORDED VOTE.

  • 07:01:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 390 --

  • 07:11:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS ARE 390 --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS ARE 391, THE NAYS ARE 2. THOSE VOTING PRESENT IS ONE. 2/3 BEING…

    THE YEAS ARE 391, THE NAYS ARE 2. THOSE VOTING PRESENT IS ONE. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 07:12:46 PM

    MR. CARTER

    RECONSIDER THE VOTE.

  • 07:12:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

  • 07:12:51 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE TO TABLE THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER.

  • 07:12:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE MOTION IS ON THE TABLE TO RECONSIDER. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

    THE MOTION IS ON THE TABLE TO RECONSIDER. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE HEIST HAVE IT -- THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 07:13:17 PM

    MR. CARTER

    RECORDED VOTE.

  • 07:13:19 PM

    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, ELECTRONIC VOTES ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE 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.]

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  • 07:19:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 215. THE NAYS ARE 182. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 215. THE NAYS ARE 182. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON SUSPENDING THE RULES AND AGREEING TO H.RES. 1155, AS AMENDED, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 07:19:50 PM

    THE CLERK

    1155, RESOLUTION HONORING THE RECIPIENTS OF THE ELDORADO PROMISE…

    1155, RESOLUTION HONORING THE RECIPIENTS OF THE ELDORADO PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP.

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  • 07:19:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE RESOLUTION, AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS RISE?

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  • 07:20:17 PM

    MR. TIAHRT

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE 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.]

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  • 07:26:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE NAYS ARE ONE. THUNDERING HERDS THIRDS, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE…

    THE NAYS ARE ONE. THUNDERING HERDS THIRDS, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS RISE?

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  • 07:26:38 PM

    MR. TEA YART

    SPEAKER, BECAUSE MY VOICE HAS BEEN DENIED IN THE APPROPRIATION PROCESS AND…

    SPEAKER, BECAUSE MY VOICE HAS BEEN DENIED IN THE APPROPRIATION PROCESS AND WE CANNOT HAVE THE SUPPLEMENTAL IN THE COMMITTEE, I MOVE TO RECONSIDER THIS VOTE.

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  • 07:26:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS OUT OF ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS OUT OF ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 07:26:56 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MADAM SPEAKER, PERHAPS WITH NOT AS MUCH VIGOR AND VENOM BUT AT THE SAME…

    MADAM SPEAKER, PERHAPS WITH NOT AS MUCH VIGOR AND VENOM BUT AT THE SAME TIME I MOVE THAT THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER BE LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 07:27:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO TABLE. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO TABLE. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS RISE?

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  • 07:27:27 PM

    MR. TIAHRT

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 07:27:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THOSE FAVORING A…

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE 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.]

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  • 07:34:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 216, THE NAYS ARE 180. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED.…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 216, THE NAYS ARE 180. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 07:34:42 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

  • 07:34:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

  • 07:34:49 PM

    THE CLERK

    1174, A RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 5818 TO…

    1174, A RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 5818 TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND ABU GHRAIB BAN INVESTMENT TO MAKE LOANS TO STATES TO ACQUIRE FORECLOSURED HOUSING. REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 1175. RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE SENATE AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL, H.R. 3221, MOVING THE UNITED STATES TOWARD GREATER ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND SECURITY DEVELOPING INNOVATIVE NEW TECHNOLOGIES, REDUCING CARBON EMISSIONS, CREATING GREEN JOBS, PROTECTING CONSUMERS, INCREASING CLEAN RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCTION AND MODERNIZING OUR ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE AND TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO EMPLOY TAX INCENTIVES FOR THE PRODUCTION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY CONSERVATION.

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  • 07:35:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I HAVE A MOTION AT THE DESK.

  • 07:36:11 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    AT THE DESK.

  • 07:36:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

  • 07:36:17 PM

    THE CLERK

    MOTION TO INSTRUCT CONFEREES OFFERED BY MR. FLAKE OF ARIZONA. MR. FLAKE…

    MOTION TO INSTRUCT CONFEREES OFFERED BY MR. FLAKE OF ARIZONA. MR. FLAKE MOVES THAT THE MANAGERS ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE AT THE CONFERENCE ON THE DISAGREEING VOTES OF THE TWO HOUSES ON THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO THE BILL, H.R. 2419, AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONTINUATION OF AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS THROUGH FISCAL YEAR 2012 BE INSTRUCTED NOT TO RESEED TO THE PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN SUBTITLE A OF SENATE 12 OF THE SENATE AMENDMENTS RELATING TO A PERMANENT AGRICULTURAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

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  • 07:36:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. FLAKE, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. FLAKE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA, MR. POMEROY, WHICH EACH BE RECOGNIZED FOR 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. BEFORE THE GENTLEMAN PROCEEDS, THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. ON BOTH THE RIGHT AND LEFT SIDES OF THE AISLE. MEMBERS ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE, TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR.

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  • 07:37:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA MAY PROCEED.

  • 07:37:49 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THIS MOTION TO INSTRUCT CONFEREES IS SIMPLE AND…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THIS MOTION TO INSTRUCT CONFEREES IS SIMPLE AND URGE THE CONFEREES TO NOT INCLUDE A NEW PERMANENT DISASTER PROGRAM CONTAINED IN THE SENATE-PASSED FARM BILL. THE SENATE-PASSED FARM BILL INCLUDED A NEW AND PERMANENT DISASTER PROGRAM THAT HAS BEEN ESTIMATED TO COST AN ADDITIONAL $5.1 BILLION. I COMMEND THE HOUSE FOR NOT INCLUDING THE DISASTER TITLE. IT'S NOT NEEDED. WE END UP PAYING FAR MORE THAN WE SHOULD IN THE REGULAR SUBSIDY PROGRAMS. BUT TO ADD A PERMANENT DISASTER TITLE IS HEAPING TOO MUCH ON THE TAXPAYERS. AND AS I GO THROUGH SOME OF THIS, YOU'LL SEE WHY. ACCORDING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE, SINCE 1989, CONGRESS HAS PASSED 35 APPROPRIATIONS, AUTHORIZATIONS OR FARM DISS AS MATERIAL ACTS THAT HAVE HADDED MORE THAN $60 BILLION TO U.S. D.A. PROGRAMS WITH 8% OF THAT COMING IN THE LAST 10 YEARS. AN ANALYSIS BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP SHOWS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROVIDED $26 BILLION IN DISASTER RELIEF PAYMENTS BETWEEN 1985 AND 2005. CONGRESS SPENT MORE THAN $8 BILLION IN DISASTER PAYMENTS BETWEEN 2002 AND 2006 WITH AN ADDITIONAL $3.4 BILLION BEING MADE AVAILABLE FOR THE 2008 OMNIBUS FOR DISASTER PAYMENTS FOR LOSSES IN BETWEEN 2005 AND 2007. SO, YOU YOU SEE, WE HAVE A REGULAR SUBSIDY PROGRAM THAT I AWFULLY BIG AND WE ARE BEING ASKED TO ADD A DISASTER TITLE ON TOP OF THAT. IN THE PAST, WE WERE TOLD -- IN FACT, WHEN WE DEBATED THE BILL IN 2002, THE 2002 FARM BILL -- MADAM SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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  • 07:42:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA.

  • 07:42:04 PM

    MR. POMEROY

    OF THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT BY JUST A FEW WORDS OF EXPLANATION. SINCE THERE…

    OF THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT BY JUST A FEW WORDS OF EXPLANATION. SINCE THERE ARE TWO RISKS THAT FARMERS CANNOT CONTROL. ONE OF THEM IS IF THE PRICES COLLAPSE, AND WE HAVE SEEN PRICES COLLAPSE OFTEN IN THE YEARS I HAVE BEEN IN THE HOUSE BELOW THE COST OF RAISING THE CROP. IN THAT CIRCUMSTANCE, FARMERS NEED HELP. WE HAVE SEEN THE RISK OF PRODUCTION FAILURE, WHERE WEATHER AND NATURAL DISASTERS PRODUCE A BROAD CROP FAILURE. WELL, THE 2002 FARM BILL REFERENCED BY MY FRIEND, MR. FLAKE, RESTORED PROTECTION FOR FARMERS WHEN PRICES COLLAPSED. PRIOR TO THAT RESTORATION, WE HAD A FARM BILL THAT DID NOT RESPOND WHEN PRICES COLLAPSED. AND DURING THE LATE 1990'S, WE SAW THREE DISASTER BILLS THAT RESPONDED TO THE PRICE COLLAPSE. THE 2002 FARM BILL FIXED THAT. AND WITH PRICE SUPPORT PAYMENTS THAT TRIGGER WHEN PRICES HIT A CERTAIN LOW LEVEL, WE HAVE TO COME THE DISASTER ROUTE TO DEAL WITH COLLAPSE AGAIN. THIS HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS SAVINGS FOR TAXPAYERS. WE HAVE A FARM BILL THAT ONLY PAYS OUT WHEN FARMERS NEED IT AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS HAVE BEEN REDUCED FROM THE BASELINE FOR AGRICULTURE, BECAUSE THE PRICING ENVIRONMENT HAS NOT REQUIRED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO STEP IN WITH PRICE SUPPORT. NOW, AS A MATTER OF BUDGET PRELIMINARY, I WOULD THINK THAT MR. FLAKE -- AND WE ALL KNOW HE IS EVER VIGILANT ON BUDGET MATTERS -- WOULD LIKE BRINGING DISASTERS ON THE BUDGET WHERE IT'S PAID FOR RATHER THAN RELY ON AD HOC DISASTER PAYMENTS THAT ARE NOT PAID FOR, THAT ARE EMERGENCY SPENDING. SO THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO FOCUS ON THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE IN OUR GREAT NATION, THERE WILL BE PRODUCTION CIRCUMSTANCES CAUSING DISASTER LOSSES. AND WE KNOW THAT THESE ARE GOING TO MOVE AROUND. THIS IS THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR FROM MID-SUMMER 2006. WE SAW A BROAD PATTERN OF DROUGHT. THE VERY NEXT YEAR, IT HIT OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY THAT FACED DROUGHT THREAT THAT REALLY COULD PRODUCE DISASTER LOSSES. SO WE KNOW SOME PLACE IN THE COUNTRY, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES THAT WILL LITERALLY THREATEN THE FAMILY FARMERS IN THAT REGION. WELL, WHY DON'T WE MOVE AHEAD AND ADDRESS THAT ISSUE? AND THAT'S PRECISELY WHERE THE CONFEREES ARE IN TERMS OF COMPLETING THEIR WORK ON THIS FARM BILL. THEY HAVE DISASTER COMPONENT OF THIS BILL. IT IS PAID FOR IN THE SPENDING OF THE FARM BILL. NO EMERGENCY SPENDING. IT'S PAID FOR IN THE FARM BILL. AND WHAT'S MORE, IT INVOLVES IMPORTANT REFORMS AS WELL. I EXPECT MY FRIEND, MR. FLAKE, AND I AGREE THAT WHEN YOU HAVE AN AD HOC PROGRAM, YOU DON'T NECESSARILY HAVE THE REINS AROUND THE SPENDING THAT YOU WOULD LIKE. THIS BILL IS VERY SPELLED OUT. IT ONLY PAYS IF THE ENTIRE FARM SUFFERS A DISASTER LOSS, AS DEFINED IN THE STATUTE. EARLIER AD HOC PROGRAMS WILL PAY JUST A PORTION OF THE FARM. THIS IS WHOLE FARM LOSS THAT'S PROVIDED FOR. AND WE REQUIRE THE FARMER TO MAINTAIN CROP INSURANCE. WE DON'T WANT ANYBODY RELYING ON THIS DISASTER PROGRAM AS THEIR RISK PROTECTION. THEY'VE GOT TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR OWN RISK PROTECTION WITH CROP INSURANCE. AND THIS WOULD ONLY COVER ADDITIONAL LOSSES IN THE EVENT OF A DISASTER SITUATION. YOU MIGHT ASK WHY DO YOU NEED THAT IF YOU'VE GOT CROP INSURANCE AND IT'S WELL KNOWN THAT CROP INSURANCE NEEDS A SIGNIFICANT PERCENTAGE OF THE FARMER'S INSURANCE EXPOSED. . WE HAVE FARMERS PUTTING IN THE MOST EXPENSIVE CROP IN THE HISTORY OF AGRICULTURE. THE BANKERS AND I HAVE BEEN VISITING WITH IN RECENT DAYS HAVE TOLD ME OPERATING LOANS TO OUR FARMERS ARE RUNNING 30% ABOVE THE AMOUNTS LAST YEAR BECAUSE OF THE EXTRAORDINARY COSTS OUR FARMERS ARE ENCOUNTERING. I HAD A FARMER TELL ME TODAY THAT PUTTING IN HIS CROP NEAR EDGELY, NORTH CAROLINA, RAN $10,000 A DAY JUST FOR THE FUEL BURNED BY THE THREE TRACTORS. $10,000 A DAY. THAT MEANS WHILE FARMERS USUALLY PUT IT ALL ON THE TABLE AND STAKE ENORMOUS RISK AT THE BEGINNING OF A PLANTING SEASON, THIS YEAR MORE THAN EVER BEFORE THEY'VE GOT IT ALL HANGING OUT THERE. AND IF WE DON'T HAVE PROTECTIONS, THOSE FARMERS THAT MIGHT FIND THEMSELVES IN A DISASTER LOSS SITUATION WOULD TAKE A HIT THAT MIGHT VERY WELL THREATEN THE CONTINUATION OF THAT FAMILY FARM. SO WE THINK THE BEST WAY TO DEAL WITH THIS PROSPECTIVE DISASTER LOSSES IS TO PUT IT IN A FARM BILL, MAKE SURE THAT IT'S PAID FOR, PROVIDE IT IN A BUDGET, AND THAT'S PRECISELY WHAT WE HAVE DONE. I WOULD RESIST THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:47:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 07:47:52 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN WILL PROCEED.

  • 07:54:49 PM

    MR. POMEROY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. BECAUSE I YIELDED BACK MY TIME…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. BECAUSE I YIELDED BACK MY TIME ANTICIPATING YOU WERE RISING TO CLOSE, IF YOU GIVE ME LEAVE I'LL HAVE ABOUT TWO MINUTES, THREE MINUTES OF ANSWERS. I THANK MY FRIEND. FIRST, THERE HAVE BEEN MISTAKES MADE, ADMINISTRATION OF FARM PROGRAMS. AND FOR EXAMPLE THE GENTLEMAN'S ILLUSTRATION ABOUT THE TEXAS RANCH ISSUE RELATIVE TO THE SPACE SHUTTLE TRAGEDY. THAT WAS NOT UNDER AN AD HOC DISASTER BILL, BUT WE BELIEVE IT WAS VERY POOR ADMINISTRATION OF RELIEF UNDER ANOTHER PROGRAM CALLED SECTION 32. WE WOULD HOPE THAT NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN. ACTION IS TAKEN HERE TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT IT DOESN'T. THE DISASTER BILL PRECLUDES LOSSES ON LIVESTOCK. MOREOVER, THEY CAN ONLY GO IN AREAS DESIGNATED BY THE SECRETARY AS HAVING SUSTAINED A DISASTER LOSS. AT WHICH TIME IN THE LEGISLATION, IT'S SPECIFIED THAT THE WHOLE FARM OF THE APPLICANT HAS TO SUFFER A QUALIFYING LOSS. SO NO MORE YOU HAPPEN TO LIVE IN AN AREA WHERE SOMEBODY ELSE GOT HIT, WE GOT A CHECK FOR YOU. THAT'S DONE AND TIGHTENED UP CONSIDERABLY UNDER THIS PROGRAM. WE THINK THAT ALL OF THOSE ARE GOOD GOVERNMENT PROVISIONS. WE ALSO ADDRESSED IN THE 2002 BILL AND EXPECT IT TO ANTICIPATE CONTINUING IN THIS BILL PRICE SUPPORT PROTECTION IN THE FARM BILL. SO WE HAVE NOT HAD SINCE 2002 A DISASTER BILL TO RESPOND TO COLLAPSED PRICES IN THE MARKETPLACE. WE EXPECT THAT THAT WOULD ABSOLUTELY CONTINUE. WE'VE GOT PROVISION IN THE FARM BILL TO RESPOND TO THAT, NO AD HOC DISASTER REQUIRED FOR PRICE COLLAPSE. THEN THE GENTLEMAN'S QUESTION TO ME I FORGOT, I'LL YIELD BACK FOR CLARIFICATION I'LL RESPOND DIRECTLY.

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  • 07:56:44 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    ASK THE GENTLEMAN, IN 2002 DIDN'T WE HEAR EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE HEARING…

    ASK THE GENTLEMAN, IN 2002 DIDN'T WE HEAR EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE HEARING TODAY IF WE INCLUDE A PERMANENT DISASTER TITLE THERE WILL BE NO MORE NEED FOR DISASTER RELIEF BEYOND THIS YEAR?

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  • 07:56:57 PM

    MR. POMEROY

    SPEAK FOR THE COMMENTS THE GENTLEMAN QUOTE INTERESTED MY OWN DEBATE. WHAT…

    SPEAK FOR THE COMMENTS THE GENTLEMAN QUOTE INTERESTED MY OWN DEBATE. WHAT I WAS SO HAPPY ABOUT THE 2002 BILL IS WE WERE RESTORING A SAFETY NET FOR FARMERS WHERE PRICES COLLAPSED. DURING THE EARLIER FARM BILL, KNOWN AS FREEDOM TO FARM, THAT PROTECTION HAD BEEN TAKEN AWAY AND WE HAD TO RESORT TO AD HOC DISASTER BILLS WHEN THE PRICES COLLAPSE THE. WE TOOK CARE OF THAT IN THE LAST FARM BILL AND WE HAVE NOT HAD A DISASTER FARM BILL ON THAT SINCE. THIS DISASTER BILL RELATES TO PRODUCTION LOSS. AND WE ARE ALWAYS GOING TO HAVE DISASTERS IN OUR COUNTRY THAT BEDEVIL SOME OF OUR FARMERS RELATIVE TO DISASTER DIMENSION LOSSES. WE PUT THEM IN THE BUDGET, WE SPECIFY IN TIGHT REFORM LANGUAGE HOW THE LOSSES WOULD BE COMPENSATED. WE THINK IT'S GOOD BUDGETING.

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  • 07:57:45 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 07:58:27 PM

    MR. POMEROY

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 07:58:30 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    SECONDS.

  • 07:58:32 PM

    MR. POMEROY

    THE KATRINA ISSUE. THAT'S NOT ANOTHER -- THAT'S A PROVISION THAT RELATES…

    THE KATRINA ISSUE. THAT'S NOT ANOTHER -- THAT'S A PROVISION THAT RELATES TO WHAT'S CALLED BENEFICIAL INTEREST AND WE MAKE ADJUSTMENT REFORMS ALONG THE LINES SOUGHT BY THE WHITE HOUSE ON THAT ONE.

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  • 07:58:44 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS 15 MINUTES REMAINING.

  • 07:59:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS 15 MINUTES REMAINING.

  • 07:59:36 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS THE RIGHT TO CLOSE?

  • 08:02:52 PM

    MR. POMEROY

    I WOULD YIELD 15 SECONDS.

  • 08:02:55 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    I WOULD YIELD 15 SECONDS.

  • 08:03:00 PM

    MR. POMEROY

    I WILL RESERVE.

  • 08:03:13 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

  • 08:03:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I ASK FOR TWO MINUTES --

  • 08:03:19 PM

    MR. POMEROY

    ASK FOR TWO MINUTES --

  • 08:03:22 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    I YIELD.

  • 08:03:24 PM

    MR. POMEROY

    I'LL SPEAK UNDER MR. FLAKE. I THOUGHT WE WERE ABOUT TO DRIVE THIS TO A…

    I'LL SPEAK UNDER MR. FLAKE. I THOUGHT WE WERE ABOUT TO DRIVE THIS TO A CLOSE. COUPLE OF POINTS. FIRST, UNDER THE LAST FARM BILL, HE HAVEN'T ADDED BILLIONS, WE HAVE REDUCED BILLIONS FROM THE BASELINE FOR AGRICULTURE BECAUSE WE STOPPED THE AD HOC DISASTER RESPONSE WHEN PRICES COLLAPSED. WE HAD A PROVISION IN THE FARM BILL TO RESPOND WHEN PRICES COLLAPSE. GUESS WHAT? THE PRICES DID NOT COLLAPSE AND THE FARM BILL DIDN'T NEED TO EXTEND ITSELF. THE MARKET TOOK CARE OF THE FARMERS. THAT SAVED OVER $18 BILLION OFF OF THE BASELINE IN COMMODITY PAYMENTS. WHAT HAPPENS? MEANS WE HAVE $18 BILLION LESS TO DO IT. WE HAVE COME UP WITH A FARM BILL THAT HAS ADDITIONAL SPENDING. EVERY DOLLAR OF IT PAID FOR WITHOUT RAISING TAXES. SO THIS FARM BILL IS VERY TIGHTLY CONSTRUCTED, PAID-FOR FARM BILL IN CONTRAST TO THE LAST FARM BILL WHERE $73 BILLION WAS ADDED AND NONE OF IT PAID FOR UNDER THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY THAT PREVIOUSLY RULED THIS CONGRESS. THE FINAL POINT I WOULD MAKE IS THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE DISASTERS. THEY WILL THREATEN THE VERY CONTINUATION OF FAMILY FARMS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. IT DEPENDS WHO HAPPENS TO BE AFFLICTED WITH THE DISASTER AT A CERTAIN POINT IN TIME. THE OPTION BEFORE THIS CONGRESS IS WE'RE EITHER GOING TO PRE-FUND, PAY FOR AND BUDGET AN ANTICIPATED LOSS OR CONTINUE TO RELY ON AD HOC, OFF-THE-BUDGET RESPONSES, WHICH WE BELIEVE IS A LESS RESPONSIBLE WAY TO PROCEED. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:05:24 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    YIELD 15 SECONDS. THE QUESTION I ASKED BEFORE, WHY DIDN'T THE HOUSE…

    YIELD 15 SECONDS. THE QUESTION I ASKED BEFORE, WHY DIDN'T THE HOUSE INCLUDE THE DISASTER?

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  • 08:05:32 PM

    MR. POMEROY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. ESSENTIALLY, WE DID NOT HAVE THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. ESSENTIALLY, WE DID NOT HAVE THE FUNDING IN PLACE TO SUPPORT A PAID-FOR DISASTER BILL. LATER, NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE GASHTEORS AND I HAVE IN THE MIDDLE OF IT, FOUND WAYS TO FUND THE BILL AND AT THAT TIME, THE DISASTER TITLE CAME BACK.

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  • 08:05:55 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    THE BASELINE. THERE'S ONLY ROOM BECAUSE WE ARE GOING WELL ABOVE THE…

    THE BASELINE. THERE'S ONLY ROOM BECAUSE WE ARE GOING WELL ABOVE THE BASELINE AND WE ARE CHARGING FEES AND DOING OTHER THINGS TO PAY FOR THE DISASTER TITLE.

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  • 08:06:10 PM

    MR. POMEROY

    DISASTER TITLE WE PASSED DID NOT FIGURE INTO THE AGRICULTURAL BASELINE.…

    DISASTER TITLE WE PASSED DID NOT FIGURE INTO THE AGRICULTURAL BASELINE. THEY HAVE NOT COUNTED. ADDITIONALLY, THE BASELINE THAT WE'RE OPERATING UNDER FOR THIS FARM BILL IS BELOW THE BASELINE THAT WE OPERATED UNDER FOR THE LAST FARM BILL.

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  • 08:06:26 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I SHOULD NOTE THAT THE GENTLEMAN MENTIONED THAT WE'VE…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I SHOULD NOTE THAT THE GENTLEMAN MENTIONED THAT WE'VE CUT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS SINCE THE LAST FARM BILL. WE HAVEN'T CUT ANYTHING. THE REASON THAT NOT AS MUCH HAS BEEN PAID OUT UNDER SOME OF THE OTHER PROGRAMS IS A PRODUCT OF HIGH PRICES. AND THAT'S HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS. I SHOULD NOTE THAT EVEN THOUGH THERE HAVE BEEN HIGH PRICES, WE'RE STILL HAVING DISASTERS SEEMINGLY EVERYWHERE WITH VERY LOOSE DEFINITIONS OF WHAT A DISASTER IS. I WOULD SUGGEST THAT WE'LL HAVE THOSE AGAIN WHETHER OR NOT WE INCLUDE A PERMANENT DISASTER TITLE. THAT'S WHAT EXPERIENCE TELLS US. THAT IS WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED OVER THE -- JUST OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS. IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU INCLUDE A PERMANENT DISASTER TITLE OR YOU INCLUDE THIS UNDER THE BASELINE. YOU WILL HAVE DISASTER PAYMENTS GO OUT. AND MY PLEA WOULD BE LET'S STAND FOR THE TAXPAYER HERE. WE DON'T OFTEN DO THAT IN THE CONGRESS. LET'S SAY THAT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, THAT WE CAN'T CONTINUE TO PAY OUT MONEY ON TOP OF MONEY THAT WE SAID WE WEREN'T GOING TO PAY OUT. AGAIN, I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR INDULGENCE. I KNOW WE WENT LONGER. I WOULD URGE SUPPORT FOR THIS MOTION TO INSTRUCT. LET'S KEEP WHAT THE HOUSE DID AND REJECT THE DISASTER TITLE THAT THE SENATE PUT IN. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:07:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS NOT AGREED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 08:08:06 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS.

  • 08:08:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS SHALL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA RISE?

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  • 08:08:29 PM

    MR. POMEROY

    RISE THAT THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN.

  • 08:08:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. ALL IN FAVOR, SAY AYE. OPPOSED,…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. ALL IN FAVOR, SAY AYE. OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE HOUSE IS ADJOURNED.

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