U.S. Senate Rejects White House and Bipartisan Immigration Proposals
House Session - July 24, 2008
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    MEN AND WOMEN WHO WILL STAND IN THE WAY OF VIOLENCE EVEN AT THE COST OF…

    MEN AND WOMEN WHO WILL STAND IN THE WAY OF VIOLENCE EVEN AT THE COST OF THEIR OWN LIVES. DETECTIVE GIBSON AND OFFICER CHESTNUT DIED IN THE DEFENSE OF OUR DEMOCRACY JUST AS SURELY AS THOSE IN HARM'S WAY IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN AND IN OUR TROUBLED SPOTS OF THE WORLD. DETECTIVE GIBSON AND OFFICER CHESTNUT DESERVE EVERY TRIBUTE THEY'VE BEEN GIVEN. LYING IN HONOR UNDER THE CAPITOL DOME. YESTERDAY'S WORDS DEDICATED TO THEIR MEMORY. TODAY'S MOMENT OF SILENCE AT 3:40. BUT WE KNOW THAT WHAT THEY DID, EVERY MEMBER OF THE CAPITOL POLICE, AND EVERY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER THROUGHOUT OUR LAND STANDS READY TO DO AS THEY RISE IN THE MORNING AND PUT ON A BADGE, EITHER ON THEIR UNIFORM OR IN THEIR WALLET OR ON THEIR HIP AND THEY ATTACH A GUN, PERHAPS, AS WELL, PREPARED TO DEFEND AND KEEP THE PEACE. WE HONOR DETECTIVE GIBSON AND OFFICER CHESTNUT, NOT BECAUSE THEY WERE UNIQUE IN THEIR SACRIFICE, WHICH, HOWEVER THEY WERE, BUT BECAUSE THEIR WILLINGNESS TO SACRIFICE WAS SO TYPICAL. TYPICAL OF ALL THE BEST IN THOSE WHO WEAR THE BADGE. EDMUND SAID GOOD ORDER IS THE FOUNDATION OF ALL THINGS. IT'S CERTAINLY WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS BUILDING. WITHOUT PEACE AND GOOD ORDER, DEMOCRACY COULD NOT SURVIVE. LET US THANK THOSE MEN AND WOMEN WHO RISK THEIR LIVES TO GIVE US ORDER, SAFETY, FREEDOM FROM FARE AND LET US KEEP THEIR FAMILIES IN OUR THOUGHTS TODAY AND EVERY DAY. GOD BLESS THIS AMERICA WITH MEN AND WOMEN READY TO DEFEND OUR FREEDOM, OUR COUNTRY AND OUR CAPITOL. WITHOUT THEM THE WORK OF THIS CAPITOL AND THE WORK OF OUR DEMOCRACY WOULD NOT PREVAIL. WE THANK THEIR FAMILIES, WE REMEMBER THEM THIS DAY, AND MAY GOD GRANT THEM CONTINUED PEACE.

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

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  • 10:10:25 AM

    MR. POE

    MADAM SPEAKER, AS OUR DRILL NOTHING CONGRESS CONTINUES TO IGNORE VIABLE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, AS OUR DRILL NOTHING CONGRESS CONTINUES TO IGNORE VIABLE ENERGY OPTIONS SUCH AS DRILLING IN ANWR, I THOUGHT A CHART WOULD BEST ILLUSTRATE WHERE THESE DRILLING LOCATIONS ARE. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS IS ALASKA. THIS IS ANWR. AND THIS LITTLE BITTY RED SPECK IS WHERE THE PROPOSED DRILLING IN ANWR IS TO BE. IT TAKES GLASSES TO SEE IT BECAUSE IT'S ONLY THREE SQUARE MILES. TO PUT IN PERSPECTIVE, THE HOUSTON INTERCONTINENTAL AIRPORT IS FIVE TIMES THE SIZE OF THIS SPECK. DISNEY WORLD IS 15 TIMES THE SIZE OF THIS SPECK. AND THE KING RANCH IN TEXAS IS 500 TIMES THIS PROPOSED DRILLING LOCATION. MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO STOP USING THE DISTORTIONS OF THE ELITES AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL FEAR LOBBY AS AN EXCUSE NOT TO TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES. AMERICA NEEDS TO TAKE CARE OF AMERICANS AND NOT BE HELD HOSTAGE BY OPEC AND HANDCUFFED BY THE DRILL NOTHING CONGRESS. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. SANCHEZ

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

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    THIS WEEK I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH PATIENTS AT THE JACKSON…

    THIS WEEK I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH PATIENTS AT THE JACKSON DIALYSIS CENTER IN JACKSON, MICHIGAN, AND DISCUSS TRANSPORTATION ISSUES. I HEARD FROM PATIENT AFTER PATIENT ABOUT HOW HIGH GAS PRICES ARE NEGATIVELY AFFECTING THEIR LIVES AND THEIR HEALTH. I ALSO VISITED THE AMERICAN RED CROSS BRANCH IN JACKSON AND LEARNED THAT SERVICE FOLLOW UNTEARS, MEN AND WOMEN -- VOLUNTEERS, MEN AND WOMEN ARE USING THEIR OWN MONEY TO PAY FOR GASOLINE BECAUSE THE RED CROSS CANNOT AFFORD TO REIMBURSE. I HEARD ABOUT SITUATIONS IN MY DISTRICT AND ACROSS THE NATION LIKE THIS, YET CONGRESS CONTINUES TO DO NOTHING. HIGH GAS PRICES DEMAND ACTION FROM CONGRESS, AND WE NEED TO PUT ALL ENERGY OPTIONS ON THE TABLE. JUST AS WITH THE MANHATTAN PROJECT AND THE RACE TO THE MOON, BREAKING OUR DEPENDENTS ON FOREIGN OIL SHOULD BE A NATIONAL PRIORITY. AMERICANS ARE BEING STRETCHED TO THE MAX, AND IT'S TIME THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES ACT ON THEIR BEHALF. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SIGN ON TO MY DISCHARGE PETITION TO BRING NO MORE EXCUSES ENERGY ACT TO A VOTE. SO I SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, MADAM SPEAKER, LET'S JOIN TOGETHER AND VOTE TO IMMEDIATELY INCREASE AMERICAN ENERGY PRODUCTION, BRING DOWN THE PRICE OF GAS AND MAKE AMERICAN ENERGY INDEPENDENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:14:21 AM

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    MADAM SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE WALL STREET JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE RICHEST…

    MADAM SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE WALL STREET JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE RICHEST 1% ARE DOING BETTER THAN EVER UNDER PRESIDENT BUSH. ACCORDING TO THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, THE INCOME OF THE RICHEST 1%, PEOPLE WHO EARN ABOVE $1 MILLION, ARE AT A 19-YEAR HIGH AT THE SAME TIME THEIR AVERAGE INCOME TAX RATE IS AT AN 18-YEAR LOW. IF THEY'RE DOING SO WELL, SIMPLE QUESTION, HOW ARE THE OTHER 99% DOING? MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME HAS DROPPED $1200 UNDER GEORGE BUSH AND THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS. HOUSEHOLD EXPENSES ARE UP $4,600. COLLEGE COSTS HAVE DOUBLED, HEALTH CARE COSTS HAVE DOUBLED, GAS PRICES ARE MORE THAN DOUBLED AND YET MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME HAS DROPPED BY $1,200. THESE ARE SOBERING STATISTICS. THE MIDDLE CLASS IS SIMPLY GETTING SQUEEZED IN THIS COUNTRY. AFTER 7 1/2 YEARS OF ADMINISTRATION POLICIES, IT'S NOT A SURPRISE THAT 99% ARE GETTING HURT AND THE TOP 1% ARE DOING BETTER THAN EVER. AND NOW JOHN MCCAIN IS OFFERING AN ECONOMIC PLAN BY DROPPING TAXES BY $127,000. TIME FOR A NEW DIRECTION.

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  • 10:15:39 AM

    MR. PITTS

    ANNOUNCED A VOLUNTARY GOAL OF REDUCING, OFFSETTING OR DISPLACING MORE THAN…

    ANNOUNCED A VOLUNTARY GOAL OF REDUCING, OFFSETTING OR DISPLACING MORE THAN 15 MILLION METRIC TONS OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS BY 2012. THIS IS MORE THAN THE COMPANY'S ANNUAL CARBON EMISSION TOTAL AND IS EQUIVALENT TO TAKING THREE MILLION CARS OFF AMERICAN ROADS AND HIGHWAYS. THE CAMPAIGN CALLED EXELON 2020 WILL PROVIDE THREE STRATEGIES. FIRST, REDUCE OR OFFSET THE CARBON EMISSIONS BY REDUCING ENERGY CONSUMPTION AND OPERATING AT THE HIGHEST ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS. SECOND, HELP CUSTOMERS AND COMMUNITIES IN WHICH THEY SERVE REDUCE AGREEHOUSE EMISSIONS THROUGH ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS AND A DIVERSE PORTFOLIO, GREEN PRODUCTS AND SERVICES. THIRD, OFFER MORE LOW CARBON ELECTRICITY IN THE MARKETPLACE. THE VOLUNTARY MARKET-DRIVEN AREAS WILL HELP STRENGTHEN OUR CLEAN ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE AND THEY SHOULD BE COMMENDED. I YIELD BACK.

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    DRAW DOWN THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE. THE U.S. CONSUMING 21 MILLION…

    DRAW DOWN THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE. THE U.S. CONSUMING 21 MILLION TO 23 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL A DAY, SO THIS IS JUST OVER THREE DAYS' SPLISME THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE -- OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES HAVE FINALLY STARTED TO REALIZE THAT SUPPLY IS THE PROBLEM. 70 MILLION BARRELS MAY HELP SLIGHTLY THE PAIN AT THE PUMP, BUT SO WOULD THE BILLIONS OF BARRELS OF OIL IN ANWR, OFFSHORE, AND SHALE OIL. INCREASING AMERICANS' ENERGY SUPPLY IS NOT AN IDEOLOGICAL ISSUE LIKE TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE OR ABORTION. IT'S A SIMPLE ISSUE OF DO YOU SUPPORT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OR RADICAL ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS? 67% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT SAFE, ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND DRILLING FOR OIL. THIS IS WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. THIS IS WHAT THEY SHOULD VSM THE ONLY OBSTACLE SEEMS TO BE SPEAKER PELOSI AS THE DEMOCRAT CONGRESS. AMERICANS ARE COUNTING ON CONGRESS TO WORK TOGETHER AND LIFT THE AMERICAN OIL EMBARGO. AMERICANS STAND READY TO WORK WITH THE DEMOCRATS, AS DO THE REPUBLICANS. I YIELD BACK.

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    ON BEHALF OF THE 12 TO 14 MILLION IMMIGRANTS IN THE UNITED STATES.…

    ON BEHALF OF THE 12 TO 14 MILLION IMMIGRANTS IN THE UNITED STATES. THROUGHOUT HISTORY, THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS. FOR DECADES, IMMIGRANTS HAVE SACRIFICED BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS TO HAVE THE AMERICAN DREAM. THEY PAY RENT THEY PAY SALES TAXES ON EVERY PURCHASE AND CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIAL SECURITY WITHOUT HAVING ANY LEGAL CLAIM TO ANY OF IT. YET THERE ARE THOSE WHO WISH TO DOWN PLAY THESE CONTRIBUTIONS FOR POLITICAL GAINS. WE DON'T SEE LOCAL GOVERNMENT TURNING AWAY TAXES PAID BY THE UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT. HOWEVER, YOU SEE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS USING THESE TAX DOLLARS TO CREATE ANTI-IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION THAT STRIPS AWAY FAMILIES FROM THE BASIC SERVICE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO GET PAST THIS ANTI-IMMIGRATION MYTH. WE MUST STAND FIRM AND PASS COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    TODAY THE MINIMUM WAGE WILL INCREASE TO $6.55 AN HOUR. THIS IS LAUDABLE.…

    TODAY THE MINIMUM WAGE WILL INCREASE TO $6.55 AN HOUR. THIS IS LAUDABLE. HOWEVER, MADAM SPEAKER, IN THE TRUTH BE TOLD, IT WILL BE CONSUMED, THE INCREASE, WILL BE CONSUMED BECAUSE OF INFLATION, HIGHER GAS PRICES, AND HIGHER FOOD PRICES. MADAM SPEAKER, WE MUST MAKE THE MINIMUM WAGE A LIVING WAGE THIS IS WHY I HAVE INTRODUCED THE LIVING AMERICAN WAGE ACT, THE LAW ACT, SUCH THAT WE CAN HAVE PEOPLE WHO WORK FULL TIME, ALWAYS LIVE ABOVE THE POVERTY LINE. WE HAVE PEOPLE IN THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD A COUNTRY WHERE ONE OUT OF EVERY 33 PERSONS IS A MILLIONAIRE, WE HAVE PEOPLE LIVING IN POVERTY AND WORKING FULL TIME. NO ONE SHOULD WORK FULL TIME AND LIVE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE. WE NEED TO PASS THE LIVING AMERICAN WAGE ACT, THE L.A.W. ACT. THE LIVING WAGE SHOULD BE THE LAW. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    SPEAKER. TODAY THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER LEGISLATION THAT MAKES CLEAR OUR…

    SPEAKER. TODAY THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER LEGISLATION THAT MAKES CLEAR OUR MAJOR OBSTACLE TO LOWERING PRICES IS OA -- IS A SHORTAGE OF SUPPLY. YET THIS HOUSE WILL NOT ACT ON ANY LEGISLATION THAT WILL INCREASE OUR NATION'S OVERALL ENERGY SPLICE. -- SUPPLY. IT'S TIME FOR THIS CONGRESS TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT SOLUTIONS. I HEAR FROM WEST VIRGINIANS ON A REGULAR BASIS WHO CAN NO LONGER AFFORD THE PRICE OF GASOLINE. YESTERDAY, I SPOKE TO SEVERAL WEST VIRGINIA SENIOR, THEY'RE CONCERNED, THEY'RE MAKING TOUGH DECISIONS AND ON FIXED INCOMES, THEY'RE VERY TROUBLED WHEN THEY HAVE TO GO TO THE GAS STATION TO FILL UP THEIR CARS. WEST VIRGINIANS DESERVE A COMPREHENSIVE, ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE APPROACH TO ENERGY. WE NEED LEGISLATION THAT LEADS TO EXPLORATION AND NEW TECHNOLOGY, NOT WEAK ATTEMPTS THAT ARE ONLY ATTEMPTING TO CHANGE THE TOPIC. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO DELIBERATELY ALLOW OUR DOMESTIC ENERGY RESOURCES TO WASTE AWAY.

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    THE PAST FEW WEEK THE ENERGY KFERINGS FOCUS HAS BEEN LIFTING THE OFFSHORE…

    THE PAST FEW WEEK THE ENERGY KFERINGS FOCUS HAS BEEN LIFTING THE OFFSHORE DRILLING BAN, AND OFFSHORE DRILLING IS ONE SOLUTION THAT CAN HELP LOWER PRICES AT THE PUMP. HOWEVER, THERE'S BEEN TALK ABOUT USING ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES TO SOLVE ENERGY PROBLEMS FOR THE LONG-TERM. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY FOUND THAT IN THE UNITED STATES, 103 NUCLEAR UNITS SUPPLY 20% OF THE ELECTRICITY PRODUCED HERE AND IN SOUTH CAROLINA, 52% OF OUR STATE'S POWER COMES FROM NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS. FOR YEAR, I'VE WORKED WITH ORGANIZATIONS AND COMPANIES WITHIN SOUTH CAROLINA TO PROMOTE THE BENEFITS OF NUCLEAR POWER. IT'S CLEAN, SAFE, AND ACCESSIBLE IN OUR COUNTRY. NUCLEAR ENERGY IS AN ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCE THAT OUR COUNTRY CAN USE TO CREATE LONG-TERM ENERGY SOLUTIONS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. IT'S A REAL SOLUTION THAT IF WE INVEST NOW, IT WILL HELP US BRIDGE FROM A SHORT-TERM SOLUTION TO A LONG-TERM SOLUTION.

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    STANDS IN THE WAY OF INCREASED DOMESTIC SUPPLY AND LOWER PRICES. WELL,…

    STANDS IN THE WAY OF INCREASED DOMESTIC SUPPLY AND LOWER PRICES. WELL, INSTEAD OF TAKING STEPS TOWARD A SOLUTION, THE HOUSE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP HAS SAID, NO TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. GO BUY A HYBRID. TAKE A SUBWAY TO WORK. IN MY SEVENTH DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE, THAT DOESN'T WORK. BECAUSE MASS TRANSIT IS NOT THERE. CONGRESS SHOULD OPEN UP ANWR, THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF, AND NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS. WE NEED SHORT-MID- AND LONG-RANGE SPLUGES. WE NEED TO PROMOTE ENERGY INNOVATION AND EFFICIENCY. REPUBLICANS HAVE OFFERED A BILL THAT INCLUDES ALL OF THE ABOVE, PROMOTING AMERICAN-MADE ENERGY IN THE SHORT, MID, AND LONG-RANGE PLANS. LET'S SOLVE THIS PROBLEM, IT REQUIRES ACTION NOW.

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    MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, TODAY MILLIONS OF WORKERS WILL BE GETTING A…

    MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, TODAY MILLIONS OF WORKERS WILL BE GETTING A MUCH-DESERVED RAISE. IN THE FIRST 100 DAYS OF THIS NEW DIRECTION CONGRESS WE VOTED TO RAISE THE WAGE FLOOR FOR WORKERS NATIONWIDE. TODAY THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE GOES TO $6.55 PER HOUR. 24 RAISE WAS LONG OVERDUE. PRIOR TO PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION, THE MINIMUM WAGE HAD SLUNK TO ITS LOWEST POINT IN OVER HALF A CENTURY. MOST MINIMUM WAGE WORKERS ARE DUMENTS, MANY OF WHOM ARE THE SOLE BREADWINNERS FOR THEIR FAMILIES. FAMILIES ARE BEING SQUEEZED BY THE COST OF BASIC NECESSITIES. I CALL THIS THE STAG-GAS-FOOD-LATINON ECONOMY. STAGNANT WAGES, RISING GAS AND FOOD PRICES, AND NOW INFLATION. TODAY'S RAISE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE PROVIDES AN IMPORTANT BOOST FOR THE MILLIONS OF WORKERS WHO HAVE BEEN LEFT BEHIND IN THIS ADMINISTRATION'S ECONOMY.

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    A BLATANT SHOW OF PARTISANSHIP "THE NEW YORK TIMES" DID NOT PUBLISH AN…

    A BLATANT SHOW OF PARTISANSHIP "THE NEW YORK TIMES" DID NOT PUBLISH AN EDITORIAL ABOUT MCCAIN. A FORMER STAFF MEMBER IN THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION SAID HE WANTED SOMETHING FROM MCCAIN THAT, QUOTE, MIRRORS SENATOR OBAMA'S PEACE, END QUOTE. INSTEAD OF PERMITTING ONE CANDIDATE TO SET THE RULES, MAYBE THE "TIMES" SHOULD ALLOW EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES TO BOTH EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON MAJOR ISSUES LIKE IRAQ. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD DEMAND MORE FAIRNESS AND LESS FAVORITISM FROM "THE NEW YORK TIMES." VOTERS DESERVE THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF JOURNALISM, BOTH DURING THIS IMPORTANT ELECTION AND AFTERWARDS.

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    AMERICANS ARE SKIPPING SUMMER VACATIONS AND IMPORTANT APPOINTMENTS BECAUSE…

    AMERICANS ARE SKIPPING SUMMER VACATIONS AND IMPORTANT APPOINTMENTS BECAUSE GAS PRICES TODAY ARE JUST TOO HIGH. AND WHILE AMERICANS ARE PAYING RECORD HIGH PRICES, BIG OIL IS REAPING RECORD HIGH PROFITS. BUT INSTEAD OF INVESTING THOSE PROFITS FOR EXPLORATION ON THE 311 MILLION ACRES OF LAND OPENED TO NEW ENERGY PRODUCTION, THE BIG OIL SPENDS THEIR MONEY ON STOCK BUYBACKS AND DIVIDENDS. IN 1993, OIL COMPANIES SPENT ONLY 1% OF THEIR PROFITS ON STOCKS. LAST YEAR THAT NUMBER ROSE TO 55%. AND YET BIG OIL CONTINUES TO SPEND ONLY IN THE SINGLE DIGITS ON FINDING NEW OIL. IT IS NO WONDER THAT 68 MILLION ACRES OF LAND ALREADY LEASED TO BIG OIL SITS UNDEVELOPED BECAUSE BIG OIL IS SPENDING ALL OF ITS PROFITS BUYING BACK ITS STOCK RATHER THAN SEARCHING FOR NEW OIL.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    MADAM SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 1362 AND I ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

  • 10:33:09 AM

    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 251, HOUSE RESOLUTION 1362, RESOLVED, THAT UPON…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 251, HOUSE RESOLUTION 1362, RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL H.R. 5501, TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEARS 2009 THROUGH 2013 TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES TO COMBAT HIV-AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS, AND MALARIA, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES, WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENT THERETO, AND TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE, WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER EXCEPT THOSE ARISING UNDER CLAUSE 10 OF RULE 21, A MOTION OFFERED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS OR HIS DESIGNEE THAT THE HOUSE CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT. THE SENATE AMENDMENT AND THE MOTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. THE MOTION SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO ITS ADOPTION WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION. SECTION 2. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THE MOTION TO CONCUR PURSUANT TO THIS RESOLUTION, NOTWITHSTANDING THE OPERATION OF THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, THE CHAIR MAY POSTPONE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THE MOTION TO SUCH TIME AS MAY BE DESIGNATED BY THE SPEAKER.

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  • 10:34:32 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30…

    FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE, CLASSMATE AND GOOD FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE DIAZ-BALART. ALL TIME YIELDED DURING CONSIDERATION OF THE RULE IS FOR DEBATE ONLY, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 10:34:51 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 10:34:55 AM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT, MADAM SPEAKER, THAT ALL MEMBERS BE GIVEN…

    I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT, MADAM SPEAKER, THAT ALL MEMBERS BE GIVEN FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 1362.

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  • 10:35:04 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 10:35:07 AM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MADAM SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 1362 PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 1362 PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 5501, THE TOM LANTOS AND HENRY J. HYDE UNITED STATES GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AGAINST HIV-AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA RE-AUTHORIZATION. THE RULE PROVIDES ONE HOUR OF GENERAL DEBATE ON THE MOTION CONTROLLED BY THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS. MADAM SPEAKER, THE GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AGAINST HIV-AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT IS A COMPREHENSIVE AND FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE WAY TO CONTINUE AND ADVANCE AMERICA'S LEADERSHIP IN THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST HIV-AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA. I MIGHT ADD, THE TWO PERSONS FOR WHOM THIS ACT IS NAMED WERE PERSONS THAT EXEMPLIFIED AND MANIFESTED THROUGHOUT THEIR CAREERS THE NEED FOR THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE TO PROCEED IN A COMPREHENSIVE AND RESPONSIBLE MANNER. THE BILL AUTHORIZES $48 BILLION TO COMBAT HIV-AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA FOR FISCAL YEAR 2009 THROUGH FISCAL YEAR 2013 AND INCLUDES GUIDELINES AND GOALS FOR REDUCING THE BURDEN OF THESE DISEASES. THE BILL SUPPORTS CULTURALLY COMPETENT PREVENTION AND TREATMENT MEASURES THAT ARE BASED ON IMPEERCAL EVIDENCE RATHER THAN IDEOLOGY. THE UNDERLYING BILL INCLUDES PROVISIONS THAT HAS A MULTIFACETED SUPPORT FOR TREATING AND PREVENTING THE THREE DISEASES, AND ENCOURAGES FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC HEALTH CARE ENTITIES TO COLLABORATE. THE BILL PREVENTS FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS FROM UNJUSTLY PROFITING FROM U.S. AID AND PROHIBITS THEM FROM TAXING THE FUNDS THAT THE BILL AUTHORIZES. LASTLY, THE BILL SEEKS TO IMPROVE OVERSIGHT, TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN ASSESSING THE PROGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES GLOBAL HIV-AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA PROGRAMS. MADAM SPEAKER, THE UNITED STATES IS AND HAS BECOME AN IMPORTANT PLAYER IN COMBATING THESE GLOBAL EPIDEMICS. HOWEVER, ALTHOUGH THE UNDERLYING BILL HAS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, SOME HAVE ARGUED THAT IT IS IMPRUDENT TO INVEST IN GLOBAL HEALTH PROGRAMS WHILE WE ARE EXPERIENCING SO MANY PROBLEMS DOMESTICALLY. NOTHING, IN MY OPINION, COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. INVESTING IN GLOBAL HEALTH ULTIMATELY LEADS TO COMMUNITIES AND COUNTRIES THAT ARE MORE ECONOMICALLY, SOCIALLY AND POLITICALLY STABLE. IN THIS GLOBALLY CONNECTED ERA, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE ADDRESS HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES. MALARIA WAS VIRTUALLY ERADICATED IN MOST OF THE WEST MORE THAN 50 YEARS AGO. IN FACT, THE WASHINGTON, D.C., AREA WAS PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE TO THIS DISEASE. EFFECTIVELY RESOLVING THIS HEALTH THREAT UNDOUBTEDLY CONTRIBUTED TO THE ABILITY OF OUR COUNTRY AND OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES TO THRIVE AND PROSPER. THEREFORE, IT COMES AS NO SURPRISE THAT THE 40% OF MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN WHO ARE AT RISK FOR CONTRACTING MALARIA LIVE IN POORER COUNTRIES WITH LESS ACCESS TO EDUCATION, PREVENTATIVE HEALTH CARE AND TREATMENT. AS WE CONSIDER THIS IMPORTANT BILL, WE'D BE REMISS IF WE DID NOT LOOK AT IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO THINK ABOUT HOW WE CAN IMPROVE OUR RESPONSE TO HIV-AIDS AND OTHER DEBILITATING DISEASES THAT AFFECT PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV-AIDS IS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE HEALTH, ECONOMIC AND EDUCATIONAL DISPARITIES THAT CONTINUE TO EXIST IN COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE BEEN HISTORICALLY UNDERPRIVILEGED. NEARLY THREE DECADES AFTER THE FIRST NATIONAL REPORTS ON HIV-AIDS, THE DISEASE HAS REACHED EVERY CORNER OF THE WORLD AND HAS CLAIMED AN ESTIMATED 25 MILLION LIVES. ALTHOUGH THE SCOPE OF HIV-AIDS HAS CHANGED, THE LINK BETWEEN SOCIOECONOMIC DISPARITY AND THOSE WHO CONTRACT AND DIE FROM THE DISEASE REMAINS CONSISTENT AROUND THE WORLD. IN OUR HEMISPHERE ALONE, WHETHER YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT HONDURAS OR HAITI OR MY HOME STATE OF FLORIDA, PEOPLE OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, HISPANIC ANCESTRY ARE CONTRACTING AND DYING FROM HIV-AIDS. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS ISSUE HITS CLOSE TO HOME FOR ME. AS FLORIDA HAS CONSISTENTLY RANKED THIRD IN THE NATION IN THE NUMBER OF REPORTED CASES OF HIV-AIDS. IN 2006, BLACKS ACCOUNTED FOR 45% OF ALL AIDS CASES IN MEN AND 68% IN WOMEN, WHICH IS MORE THAN ANY OTHER RACIAL OR ETHNIC GROUP IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. SADLY IN THAT SAME YEAR, THE H.I.V. CASE -- CASE RATE AMONG BLACK WOMEN WAS 17 TIMES HIGHER THAN AMONG WHITE WOMEN. IN THE ABSENCE OF A CURE, EDUCATION AND INCREASED ACCESS TO MEDICATION ARE THE MOST POWERFUL AND COST-EFFECTIVE WAYS TO TREAT AND PREVENT THE SPREAD OF HIV-AIDS AROUND THE WORLD. YET, THE EXISTENCE OF ANTI-RETROVIRAL DRUGS AND OTHER TREATMENT HAS NOT TRANSLATED INTO ACCESSIBILITY. LESS THAN 25% OF PATIENTS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES AND 30% OF PATIENTS DOMESTICALLY RECEIVE ANTI-RETROVIRAL TREATMENT. EVEN MORE, THE CONSEQUENCES OF ALLOWING PEOPLE TO REMAIN IGNOREANT ABOUT HIV-AIDS HAS PROVEN TO BE JUST AS DEADLY AS THE VIRUS ITSELF. CONSIDER THIS, POLITICAL LEADERS OF COUNTRIES, PARTICULARLY STRICKEN BY HIV-AIDS, HAVE TOLD THEIR CITIZENS THAT HIV-AIDS CAN BE CONTROLLED BY CONSUMING GARLIC, LEMON JUICE AND BEET ROOT. SUCH A STATEMENT SOUNDS UNQUESTIONABLY ABSURD TO MOST. HOWEVER, AROUND THE WORLD PEOPLE CONTINUE TO BE MISINFORMED ABOUT PREVENTING AND TREATING THIS DISEASE. THEY ALLOW FEAR TO HALT OPEN AND HONEST DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THIS DISEASE. PERSONALLY, I HAVE HOSTED IN THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF THREE TOWN HALL MEETINGS IN THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT THAT I'M PRIVILEGED TO REPRESENT. AT EACH OF THEM, ACTIVISTS, SPECIALISTS, RELIGIOUS LEADERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC HAVE OPENLY DISCUSSED AND ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW TO ADDRESS HIV-AIDS IN THEIR COMMUNITY. THESE HAVE BEEN EDUCATIONAL AND MEANINGFUL TOOLS IN FIGHTING THIS DISEASE, AND MORE ARE NEEDED. I MIGHT ADD, AT THOSE MEETINGS, SOME COURAGEOUS YOUNG WOMEN THAT ARE HIV-AIDS INFECTED APPEARED AND GAVE THEIR TMS, COMPELLING IN RESPECT TO THEIR OWN ISSUES -- TESTIMONIES, COMPELLING IN RESPECT TO THEIR OWN ISSUES AND INFORMING THOSE IN THE AUDIENCE THE NEED FOR GREATER EDUCATION AND INFORMATION AND TREATMENT. AS A LEADER IN GLOBAL HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS, MADAM SPEAKER, THIS COUNTRY, ALL OF US MUST NOT ALLOW IGNORANCE, STAG MATYIZATION AND UNEQUAL ACCESS TO MEDICATION TO CONTINUE IN THIS COUNTRY OR ABROAD. BY SUPPORTING THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL, WE'RE INVESTING IN GLOBAL HEALTH, THE GLOBAL ECONOMY AND OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE. MADAM SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:44:09 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DIAZ-BALART, IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:44:16 AM

    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND AND FELLOW CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE…

    SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND AND FELLOW CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE FLORIDA CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, FOR THE TIME. AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 10:44:30 AM

    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    DURING HIS 2003 STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH, PRESIDENT BUSH OUTLINED THE…

    DURING HIS 2003 STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH, PRESIDENT BUSH OUTLINED THE BOLD NEW PLAN TO CONFRONT AND COMBAT THE SCOURGE OF HIV-AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA. CONGRESS FOLLOWED THROUGH AND PASSED THE U.S. LEADERSHIP AGAINST HIV-AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA ACT, COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE PRESIDENT'S EMERGENCY PLAN FOR RELIEF, PEPFAR. GIVING ASSISTANCE TO COMBAT THESE DISEASES FOR FISCAL YEARS 2004 THROUGH 2008. THAT WAS THE LARGEST COMMITMENT EVER BY ANY NATION FOR AN INTERNATIONAL HEALTH INITIATIVE. SINCE ITS ENACTMENT IN 2003, THE PROGRAMS CREATED BY THIS LANDMARK LEGISLATION HAVE MADE ADMIRABLE PROGRESS IN COMBATING THESE DISEASES. SO FAR, MORE THAN 1.4 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE RECEIVED LIFE PRESERVING ANTI-RETROVIRAL TREATMENT. OVER 2.7 MILLION H.I.V. AFFECTED ORPHANS HAVE RECEIVED CARE AND MANY MILLIONS MORE HAVE RECEIVED INSTRUCTION ON HOW TO PROTECT THEMSELVESES FROM INFECTION. TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE HAVE RECEIVED MANY LAIRA AND TUBERCULOSIS PREVENTION OR TREATMENT SERVICES. EVEN THOUGH THIS PROGRAM HAS ACHIEVED REMARKABLE SUCCESSES THERE IS MORE WE CAN DO. TUBERCULOSIS STILL KILLS AN ESTIMATED TWO MILLION PEOPLE EACH YEAR AND IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR PEOPLE WITH AIDS. ONE MILLION PEOPLE DIE FROM MALARIA EACH YEAR, AND AIDS IS THE WORLD'S FOURTH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH. THE DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES OF THESE DISEASES ARE PLAGUING SUBSAHARAN AFRICA, OVER 22 MILLION PEOPLE ARE LIVING WITH H.I.V. AND APPROXIMATELY 1.7 MILLION ADDITIONAL SUBSAHARAN AFRICANS WERE INFECTED WITH HIVER LAST YEAR THAT REPRESENTS ABOUT 68% OF THE WORLD'S H.I.V. POSITIVE POPULATION AND 90% OF ALL H.I.V. INFECTED CHILDREN. JUST LAST YEAR, THE HORRIBLE AIDS EPIDEMIC CLAIMED THE LIVES OF AN ESTIMATED 1.6 MILLION PEOPLE IN THAT REGION, MORE THAN 11 MILLION CHILDREN WERE ORPHANED BY AIDS, MANY FAMILIES ARE LOSING THEIR INCOME EARNERS, HEALTH SERVICES ARE OVERBURDENED, LIFE EXPECTANCIES IN SUBSAHARAN AFRICA IS NOW 47 YEARS, ECONOMIC ACTIVITY AND SOCIAL PROGRESS HAS BEEN IMPEDED. WE MUST DO ALL WE CAN TO PREVENT THOSE TRAGEDIES. THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, JUSTLY AND APPROPRIATELY NAMED THE TOM LANTOS AND HENRY HYDE GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AGAINST HIV/AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA ACT OF 2008 WILL AUGMENT OUR COMMITMENT TO FIGHT THOSE HORRIBLE DECIDES WITH AN INCREASE OF APPROXIMATELY $35 BILLION IN FUNDING OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS THIS LANDMARK LEGISLATION WILL HELP PREVENT 12 MILLION NEW H.I.V. INFECTIONS AND TREAT AT LEAST THREE MILLION PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS AND WILL PROVIDE SUPPORTIVE CARE FOR MILLIONS LIVING WITH THE DISEASE, INCLUDING FIVE MILLION ORPHANS. SOME OF MY CONSTITUENTS ARE FROM HAITI AND HAVE FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN THEIR LAND GIN. I OFTEN HEAR ABOUT THE DISASTROUS EFFECTS HIV/AIDS IS HAVING ON THAT NOBLE COUNTRY. AS OF 2007, HAITI HAD AN H.I.V. RATE OF 40% AND CONTINUED PREVALENCE WILL AFFECT ECONOMIC GROWTH. SINCE CONGRESS FIRST PASSED PEPFAR, WE HAVE INVESTED $85 MILLION TO HELP FIGHT THE AIDS EPIDEMIC, BUILDING CLINICS, TRAINING STAFF MEMBERS THAT PROVIDE PRENATAL, GYNECOLOGICAL AND MATERNITY CARE WITH PREVENTION OF MOTHER-TO-CHILD H.I.V. TRANSMISSION AND ENHANCING THE LAB NETWORK FOR CLINICAL SITES TO SUPPORT THE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF H.I.V. AND OTHER ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS. I AM PLEASED THE LEGISLATION WILL ALSO NOW COVER SEVERAL OTHER COUNTRIES THAT PREVIOUSLY WERE NOT PART OF PEPFAR. I BELIEVE THAT WHEN WE LOOK UPON OUR WORK IN THIS CONGRESS, MADAM SPEAKERMARK YEARS FROM NOW, I CAN THINK OF NOTHING THAT WE OR ANYONE ELSE WILL BE ABLE TO POINT TO THAT IS OF MORE IMPORTANCE THAN THIS ADMIRABLE EFFORT BY THE GREAT AND GENEROUS AMERICAN PEOPLE, EXTRAORDINARY EFFORT PROPOSED BY PRESIDENT BUSH HERE IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DURING HIS STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS OF 2003. THE PRESIDENT'S EMERGENCY PLAN FOR AIDS RELIEF. I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN BERMAN AND RANKING MEMBER ROS-LEHTINEN FOR THEIR IMPORTANT WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. I ALSO WISH TO THANK THEM FOR NAMING THIS LANDMARK PROGRAM FOR TWO ULTIMATELY RESPECTED COLLEAGUES OF OURS WHO HAVE RECENTLY LEFT US, HENRY HYDE AND TOM LANTOS. THIS IS TRULY A FITTING TRIBUTE FOR TWO REMARKABLE HUMAN BEINGS IN PUBLIC SERVICE. I RESERVE.

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  • 10:50:25 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DELART, RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DELART, RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:50:34 AM

    MR. HASTINGS

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 10:50:45 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 10:53:17 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DELART.

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    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    RESERVE, WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS.

  • 10:53:28 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM SOUTH DAKOTA,…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM SOUTH DAKOTA, MS. HERSETH SANDLIN.

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  • 10:53:40 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 10:53:44 AM

    MS. HERSETH SANDLIN

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND UNDERLYING BILL, THE TOM LANTOS…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND UNDERLYING BILL, THE TOM LANTOS AND HENRY HYDE HIV-AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS, AND MALARIA RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL. I ALSO SUPPORT A PROVISION ADDED BY THE SENATE TO AUTHORIZE $2 BILLION TO FUND ESSENTIAL POLICEMANS IN TRAIN STRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES, SOVEREIGN NATIONS WITHIN OUR OWN BORDERS. THE UNITED STATES HAS A SPECIAL GOVERNMENT-TO-GOVERNMENT RELATIONSHIP TO THE FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED AMERICAN INDIAN TRIBES. THE $750 MILLION FOR TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC SAFETY WOULD PROVIDE FUNDING FOR DETENTION FACILITIES, DESCRIBABLE COURT, AND OTHER FACILITIES. THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES HEARD A HEARING ON THE RESERVATION IN SOUTH DAKOTA ENTITLED THE NEEDS AND CHALLENGES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT ON INDIAN RESERVATIONS. THEY PROVIDED EXAMPLES OF POLICE DEPARTMENTS STRETCHED TOO THIN, TOLD HOW IT UNDERMINES THE SENSE OF SECURITY ACROSS THEIR COMMUNITIES. THE FUNDING IN TODAY'S BILL WILL EMPOWER TRIBES TO IMPROVE THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND JUDICIAL SYSTEMS ON THEIR RESERVATIONS. THE IND JANUARY -- THE INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE IS THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER FOR AMERICAN INDIANS AN ALASKA NATIVES. ACROSS THE COUNTRY, TRIBAL LEADERS AGREE IT'S ONE OF THEIR TOP CONCERNS. AMERICAN INDIANS IN MY REGION DIE FROM CANCER AT A RATE APPROXIMATELY 40% GREATER THAN THE GENERAL UNITED STATES POPULATION. AMERICAN INDIANS ARE ALMOST TWICE AS LIKELY TO BE DIAGNOSED WITH DIABETES. FINALLY, NATIVE AMERICAN RESERVATIONS ARE OFTEN LOCATED IN REMOTE RURAL AREAS WHERE THE BASIC WATER AND SEWER INFRASTRUCTURE MANY OF US TAKE FOR GRANTED IS NOT WELL DEVELOPED. THE $1 BILLION IS GOING TO BE USED FOR SAFE, CLEAN DRINKING WATER. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING ON THIS FURTHER.

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  • 10:55:59 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DIAZ-BALART. CONTINUES TO RESERVE HIS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DIAZ-BALART. CONTINUES TO RESERVE HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS.

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  • 10:56:07 AM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I'D LIKE TO COMPLIMENT THE SPEAKER, MS. HERSETH SANDLIN FOR POINTING OUT…

    I'D LIKE TO COMPLIMENT THE SPEAKER, MS. HERSETH SANDLIN FOR POINTING OUT THE NEED -- THE NEEDS THAT NATIVE AMERICANS HAVE. IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, THE ISSUES SHE SPOKE TO, AND I'M HOPEFUL WE'LL ADDRESS THE DIABETES QUESTION WITH GREATER STRENGTH THAN BODY'S INVOLVEMENT. AT THIS TIME, MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, DR. DONNA CHRISTENSEN, WHO HAS BEEN BEEN INVOLVED NOT JUST IN THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE BUT ALL OUR HEALTH CARE ISSUES IN A FASHION THAT FEW MEMBERS ARE INVOLVED IN THIS BODY, SO I YIELD TO HER, TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 10:56:58 AM

    MRS. CHRISTENSEN

    LANTOS AND HENRY J. HYDE LEADERSHIP AGAINST HIV-AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND…

    LANTOS AND HENRY J. HYDE LEADERSHIP AGAINST HIV-AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2008. FIRST I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE, WE WOULD NOT BE HERE IF IT WERE NOT FOR HER HARD WORK, AND FOR LUIS FORTUNO FOR HIS EFFORT TO INCLUDE ALL CARIBBEAN AREAS. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE CARIBBEAN IS SECOND IN PREVALENCE -- PREVALENCE TO SUB SAHARAN AFRICA. THERE WERE 220,000 ADULTS AND CHILDREN INFECTED WITH H.I.V. WITHOUT FORTH -- SUPPORT FROM PEPFAR, THE CARIBBEAN WILL CONTINUE TO SUFFER THE SOCIAL AND POLITICAL REPER CUG THIS IS BILL WILL HELP THWART. I HAVE HAD THE ABILITY TO SEE THE WORK OF PEPFAR FIRSTHAND, TREAT AND SUPPORT MILLIONS OF NEWLY INFECTED INDIVIDUALS AND EXPAND THE HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE THAT WE NEED. SO TODAY, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE RESOLUTION AND THE RESOLUTION FOR THIS PROGRAM THAT SAVED COUNTLESS LIVES AND A PROGRAM THAT WITH THE STRENGTH AND FOCUS AND INCREASED FUNDINGS WILL LET MILLIONS OF INNOCENT HUMAN BEINGS WITH H.I.V. AROUND THE GLOBE KNOW THEY'LL BH ABLE TO LIVE HEALTHIER AND PRODUCTIVE LIVES. THIS BILL REPRESENTS OUR COUNTRY AT ITS BEST. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND PLAY A KEEL ROLE IN DOING OUR PART TO BRINGING THE WORLD ONE STEP CLOSER TO BEATING THE HIV-AIDS PANDEMIC.

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  • 10:59:01 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 10:59:35 AM

    MS. WATERS

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR THE TIME. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE RULE…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR THE TIME. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE RULE FOR H.R. 5501, THE TOM LANTOS AND HENRY HYDE GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AGAINST HIV-AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2008 THIS BILL THOFFERSES $48 BILLION OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS FOR THE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF THESE DISEASES. MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS, ON JUNE 27, STARS OF THE SCREEN, STAGE, AND STUDIO PAID TRIBUTE TO FORMER SOUTH AFRICAN LEADER NEM SON MANDELA. WILL SMITH HOSTED A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION CONCERT HONORING MR. MANDELA WHO TURNED 90 AND NEARLY 50,000 CHEERING FANS IN LONDON'S HYDE PARK. THE EVENT WAS DONE TO SUPPORT MANDELA'S AIDS CHARITY, 4664, NAME NERD NUMBER ASSIGNED TO HIM AS A POLITICAL PRISONER. IT COMES ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF ANOTHER CONCERT FOR HIS BEHALF WHEN HE WAS STILL BEHIND BARS BECAUSE OF APAR THESE. A FRAIL-LOOKING MR. MANDELA TOLD THE WAVING CROWD, YOUR VOICES CARRIED ACROSS THE WATER AND INSPIRED US IN PRISON CELLS FAR AWAY. AS WE CELEBRATE, LET US REMIND OURSELVES THAT OUR WORK IS FAR FROM COMPLETE. WHERE THERE IS POVERTY AND SICKNESS, ESPECIAL INCLUDING AIDS, WHERE HUMAN BEINGS ARE BEING OPPRESSED, THERE IS MORE WORK TO BE DONE. INDEED, THERE'S MORE WORK TO BE DONE. I WAS IN SOUTH AFRICA A SHORT WHILE AGO AND EVERYWHERE I WENT PEOPLE TOLD ME ABOUT THE TERRIBLE PROBLEMS THEY ARE TRYING TO FILL POSITIONS, THE SHORTAGE OF PROFESSIONALS IS THE RESULT THAT SOUTH AFRICAN PROFESSIONALS HAVE DIED OF AIDS OR TOO SICK TO WORK. THE INVOLVEMENT OF NURSES, TEACHERS AND OTHER PROFESSIONALS IS CRITICAL TO STOPPING THE SPREAD OF H.I.V. AND AIDS. THAT'S WHY I'M PLEASED THAT THIS BILL INCLUDES PROVISIONS TO STRENGTHEN THE HEALTH CARE INFRASTRUCTURE.

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  • 11:01:44 AM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD THE GENTLELADY AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

  • 11:01:52 AM

    MS. WATERS

    TO TRAIN AT LEAST 140,000 NEW HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND WORKERS FOR…

    TO TRAIN AT LEAST 140,000 NEW HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND WORKERS FOR HIV-AIDS PREVENTION, TREATMENT AND CARE. THE BILL INCLUDES PREVENTION FUNDS TO STOP THE SPREAD OF H.I.V. AND TREATMENT FUNDS TO ALLOW INFECTED INDIVIDUALS TO LIVE PRODUCTIVE LIVES AND CONTINUE TO SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BILL, AND I THANK, AGAIN, OUR -- ALL OF OUR LEADERS FOR THE WORK THAT THEY HAVE DONE TO BRING THIS BILL BEFORE US. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:02:21 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DIAZ-BALART.

  • 11:02:26 AM

    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. WELLER.

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  • 11:02:33 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 11:02:37 AM

    MR. WELLER

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON THIS RULE AND RISE IN…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON THIS RULE AND RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE TOM LANTOS AND HENRY HYDE UNITED STATES GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AGAINST HIV-AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT, LEGISLATION THAT'S NAMED AFTER TWO VERY DISTINGUISHED AND RESPECTED LEADERS WHO SERVED THIS NATION AS WELL AS THIS CONGRESS SO WELL. I WANT TO COMMEND THE BIPARTISAN LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN BERMAN AND RANKING MEMBER, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR MOVING THIS LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. AND I ALSO NOTE THAT NO PRESIDENT IN HISTORY HAS DONE MORE FOR ADDRESSING THE GLOBAL AIDS CRISIS THAN OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT BUSH. ALMOST 33 MILLION CITIZENS OF THIS PLANET TODAY SUFFER FROM THE CONSEQUENCES OF HIV-AIDS. WE HAVE A MORE RESPONSIBILITY -- WE HAVE A MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO DEMONSTRATE LEADERSHIP IN ADDRESSING THIS CRISIS, WHICH NOT ONLY IS A HEALTH ISSUE BUT SECURITY ISSUE FOR THIS GLOBE. WE OFTEN THINK OF AFRICA WHEN WE TALK ABOUT GLOBAL AIDS. BUT OUT OF THE 33 MILLION, THERE ARE ALSO MANY LIVING IN OUR OWN HEMISPHERE, IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN WHO SUFFER FROM H.I.V. AND AIDS AS WELL. IN LATIN AMERICA TODAY THERE ARE OVER 1.6 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV-AIDS. THAT'S UP FROM 1.3 MILLION IN 2001. AND WE'VE LOST 58 A,000 CITIZENS OF LATIN AMERICA WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES TO HIV-AIDS. IN THE CARIBBEAN, 230,000 ADULTS AND CHILDREN ARE CURRENTLY KNOWN TO BE INFECTED WITH HIV-AIDS. THAT'S UP FROM 190,000 IN 2001. IN THE CARIBBEAN, 11,000 CITIZENS OF THE CARIBBEAN HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES. IN HAITI ALONE, LARGE RECIPIENT OF AIDS, OVER 40% OF HAITI IS INFECTED. THINK ABOUT IT, 190,000 PEOPLE. AND SINCE 2004, THANKS TO THIS INITIATIVE, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE RECEIVING CARE AND SUPPORT HAS GROWN FROM 30,000 TO 125,000. AND AN ANTICIPATED 150,000 PEOPLE WILL REACH THIS YEAR BECAUSE THIS INITIATIVE IN HAITI. HAITI HAS RECEIVED OVER $85 MILLION IN THE PAST YEAR TO ADDRESS THIS CRISIS, WHICH AFFECTS MANY IN THE CARIBBEAN. THIS AIDS INITIATIVE HAS ALLOWED US TO REACH ALMOST EVERY PERSON IN HAITI STRUGGLING WITH HIV-AIDS. AND THE CONTINUED SUPPORT IS NECESSARY TO MAKE SURE WE ARE REACHING EVERY PERSON SUFFER FROM HIV-AIDS. ELSEWHERE IN LATIN AMERICA, BOLIVIA, THEY ARE NOW ABLE TO USE DATA TO COMBAT AIDS. IN FACT, REAL-TIME DATA IS HELPING HEALTH OFFICIALS TO CARRY OUT MORE PREVENTION, EDUCATION, INCLUDING COUNSELING AND TESTING SERVICES. AND THANKS TO THE UNITED NATIONS PROGRAM AND HIV-AIDS, RATES IN THE GENERAL POPULATION HAS REMAINED AT.1%, A REMARKABLE SUCCESS COMPARED TO THEIR NEIGHBORS. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS IS GOOD LEGISLATION, IT'S BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. I COMMEND PRESIDENT BUSH FOR HIS LEADERSHIP, COMMEND THE LEADERSHIP OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND MAKING THIS A BIPARTISAN INITIATIVE. I URGE AN AYE VOTE ON FINAL ADOPTION AND PASSAGE OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION TODAY. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:05:47 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS.

  • 11:05:52 AM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I AM THE LAST SPEAKER.

  • 11:05:57 AM

    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    I AM THE LAST SPEAKER.

  • 11:06:00 AM

    MR. HASTINGS

    TIME UNTIL THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS CLOSED FOR HIS SIDE AND HAS…

    TIME UNTIL THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS CLOSED FOR HIS SIDE AND HAS YIELDED BACK HIS TIME.

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  • 11:06:08 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DIAZ-BALART, IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 11:06:14 AM

    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. HASTINGS, FOR HAVING…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. HASTINGS, FOR HAVING YIELDED ME THE TIME. AND ALL OF THOSE WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THIS IMPORTANT DEBATE WITH REGARD TO THE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION THAT IS BEING BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR TODAY. MADAM SPEAKER, AS AMERICANS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY ARE TAKING THEIR SUMMER FAMILY VACATIONS, THEY ARE CONTINUALLY SHOCKED BY THE RECORD PRICES OF GASOLINE. PART OF THE REASON THAT WE'RE SEEING INCREASES CONTINUOUSLY IN THE PRICE OF GASOLINE IS BECAUSE WE HAVE BECOME MORE AND MORE DEPENDENT ON OIL, ON FOREIGN OIL, WHILE WE AVOID DEVELOPING DOMESTICALLY ENERGY SOURCES. ONE IMPORTANT SOURCE OF DOMESTIC ENERGY IS THE ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE IN ALASKA. HOWEVER, EFFORTS TO DEVELOP JUST A TINY PORTION OF THAT SECTION OF ANWR HAVE BEEN FOUGHT AND BLOCKED TO THE DETRIMENT OF AMERICA'S ENERGY INDEPENDENCE, EVEN THOUGH THE PEOPLE OF ALASKA ARE OVERWHELMINGLY IN FAVOR OF SEARCHING FOR OIL IN ANWR. BOTH OF THEIR SENATORS, THEIR REPRESENTATIVES AND REPRESENTATION OF A SOCIETAL CONSENSUS IN THAT STATE. WITH THE PRICE OF GASOLINE AT $4 A GALLON, WE SHOULD BE LOOKING TO DO ALL WE CAN TO LOWER THE PRICE OF GASOLINE, AND THAT INCLUDES DOMESTIC EXPLORATION WHEN THE PEOPLE OF A STATE WISH TO SEARCH FOR IT. TODAY I WILL BE ASKING EACH OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION OF THE RULE. I WILL MAKE IT IN ORDER FOR THE HOUSE TO CONSIDER AN AMENDMENT. IT WOULD HAVE THE EFFECT OF LOWERING THE NATIONAL AVERAGE -- PRICE OF AVERAGE -- NATIONAL AVERAGE PRICE PER GALLON OF UNLEADED GASOLINE AND DIESEL FUEL BY INCREASING THE DOMESTIC SUPPLY OF OIL BY PERMITTING THE EXTRACTION OF OIL IN THAT SECTION OF ALASKA, THE ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE AS THE PEOPLE OF THAT STATE, THEIR SENATORS, THEIR REPRESENTATIVE WISH TO DO SO. I REMIND MEMBERS THAT DEFEATING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL NOT STOP DEBATE ON THIS IMPORTANT UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. IT WOULD SIMPLY ALLOW DEBATE ON AN AMENDMENT TO PERMIT THE CONGRESS TO CONSIDER ANOTHER IMPORTANT ISSUE. MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT AND EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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  • 11:08:42 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 11:08:45 AM

    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    MEMBERS CAN TAKE A STAND AGAINST THE HIGH FUEL PRICES AND OUR RELIANCE ON…

    MEMBERS CAN TAKE A STAND AGAINST THE HIGH FUEL PRICES AND OUR RELIANCE ON FOREIGN ENERGY SOURCES. SO I ASK FOR A NO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:08:56 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DIAZ-BALART, YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DIAZ-BALART, YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 11:09:04 AM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MADAM SPEAKER, THIS IS A GOOD RULE FOR CRITICALLY IMPORTANT BILL. THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, THIS IS A GOOD RULE FOR CRITICALLY IMPORTANT BILL. THE SOONER THAT THE HOUSE APPROVES THIS RULE, THE SOONER THE U.S. CAN CONTINUE TO SAVE AND IMPROVE MILLIONS OF LIVES AROUND THE WORLD AND HERE AT HOME. THE GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AGAINST AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT HAS RECEIVED OVERWHELMING SUPPORT ACROSS THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM BECAUSE IT BALANCES FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, OVERSIGHT AND COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS. I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR SUPPORTING A BILL THAT USES SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN STRATEGIES, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND CULTURAL COMPETENCE TO COMBAT SOME OF THE MOST DEVASTATING DISEASES IN RECENT HISTORY. WE EXECUTED AN AGGRESSIVE RESPONSE TO THE TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA EPIDEMICS IN THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE WE UNDERSTOOD THAT IT WOULD ALLOW US TO BE A STRONGER AND BETTER NATION. ALTHOUGH WE'VE MADE TREMENDOUS PROGRESS IN OUR COUNTRY, THE BATTLE IS FAR FROM OVER. AS THE RICHEST NATION IN THE WORLD, WE NOW HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF HELPING OTHER COUNTRIES ON THEIR ROAD TO DEVELOPMENT. WE MUST USE THE KNOWLEDGE THAT WE GAIN FROM THESE PARTNERSHIPS TO ADDRESS THE DISPARITIES THAT CONTINUE TO DEPRIVE COUNTLESS MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN THIS COUNTRY AND ABROAD OF A HEALTHY AND PRODUCTIVE LIFE. I'M GOING TO URGE A YES VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING RULE THAT BRINGS THIS BILL TO THE HOUSE. MADAM SPEAKER, BEFORE I CLOSE, I WANT TO ADDRESS THIS REQUEST OF MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA ABOUT ENERGY. WHAT HE'S SAYING IS AND THE PEOPLE ON HIS SIDE OF THE AISLE IS IMMEDIATELY UPON THE ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION, THE HOUSE SHALL WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL, H.R. 6107, TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO ESTABLISH AND IMPLEMENT A COMPETITIVE OIL AND GAS LEASING PROGRAM THAT WILL RESULT IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND PROGRAM FOR THE EXPLORATION, DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION OF THE OIL AND GAS RESOURCES OF THE COASTAL PLAIN OF ALASKA, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. NOW, THIS BILL THAT WE ARE HERE ON, MADAM SPEAKER, IS NAMED AFTER TWO OF THE MOST DISTINGUISHED PERSONS THAT HAVE EVER SERVED IN THIS BODY. MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA AND ALL OF US THAT ARE HERE KNEW BOTH OF THESE MEN AND KNEW THEIR SERIOUSNESS WHEN THEY CAME TO THIS FLOOR ABOUT MATTERS. WE COMMEMORATE THEIR MEMORY WITH THIS BILL, BUT WHAT WE DO IS WE DENIGRATE THEIR MEMORY BY BRINGING UP POLITICAL HYPERBOLE, POLITICAL GRANDSTANDING AND BUMPER STICKERISM. ENOUGH OF THIS. EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT WE HAVE PUT FORWARD ON THE SIDE THAT I AM PRIVILEGED TO REPRESENT AS DEMOCRATS NUMEROUS MEASURES DEALING WITH THESE MATTERS. WE ALL KNOW THAT THERE ARE 68 MILLION ACRES OFF THE SHORE THAT ARE LEASED ALREADY TO OIL COMPANIES. HAS ANYBODY ASKED ANY OF THESE OIL COMPANIES WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANT TO DRILL IN THESE AREAS? AND IN ANWR, THERE ARE 23 MILLION ACRES THAT ARE AVAILABLE. HOW DARE WE COME HERE WITH THIS PITIFUL EXCUSE FOR A PREVIOUS QUESTION AND SAY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT ON A MATTER OF THIS CONSEQUENCE, ON A MATTER OF DEALING WITH MALARIA AND TUBERCULOSIS AND HIV-AIDS THAT WE WOULD COME HERE AND DENIGRATE THE NAME OF THE TWO PERSONS THAT WE COMMEMORATE WITH SUCH A FOOLISH POP SIGNIFICANCE. IT MAKES ABSOLUTELY -- PROPOSITION. IT MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE. WE WILL HERE NOW UNTIL THE TIME WE ARE OUT OF SESSION FROM MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ABOUT ENERGY. AND I HAVE SAID TO THEM REPEATEDLY AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT ALL OF THE HYPERBOLE, SWITCH GRASS, EXHAUSTION, COAL, SHALE, OFFSHORE, ANWR, ALL OF THOSE THINGS, GEOTHERMAL, I CAN NAME THEM, MANY OF US CAN NAME THEM. ALL OF THIS KNOWS IT'S IN THE FUTURE. EVERY MAN, WOMAN IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND IN THE UNITED STATES WOULD LIKE TO SOLVE THAT CRISIS. WE KNOW THAT SPECULATORS ARE INVOLVED IN THIS. WE PUT FORWARD ENERGY LEGISLATION. NANCY PELOSI LED WITH ENERGY LEGISLATION. MARKEY AND DINGELL HAVE BEEN ON THE FLOOR REPEATEDLY WITH ENERGY LEGISLATION, AND WE ARE HERE ABOUT AIDS. AND SOMEONE WOULD DARE COME HERE AND TALK ABOUT ENERGY. THAT'S CRAZY. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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  • 11:14:11 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 11:14:25 AM

    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    MADAM SPEAKER.

  • 11:14:26 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

  • 11:14:29 AM

    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    THE YEAS AND NAYS.

  • 11:14:31 AM

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

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  • 11:15:22 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT RISE?

  • 11:15:26 AM

    MR. WELCH

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 1367 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

  • 11:15:34 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

  • 11:15:37 AM

    THE CLERK

    24, 2008 FOR THE SPEAKER TO ENTERTAIN MOTIONS THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

    24, 2008 FOR THE SPEAKER TO ENTERTAIN MOTIONS THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES RELATING TO THE BILL H.R. 6578 TO PROVIDE FOR THE SALE OF LIGHT GRADE PETROLEUM FROM THIS STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE AND ITS REPLACEMENT WITH HEAVY GRADE PETROLEUM.

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  • 11:16:05 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MY FRIEND, MR. SESSIONS. ALL TIME YIELDED IN CONSIDERATION OF THE RULE IS FOR DEBATE ONLY. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS INTO THE RECORD.

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  • 11:16:30 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 11:16:34 AM

    MR. WELCH

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 11:16:39 AM

    MR. WELCH

    RESOLUTION 1367 PROVIDES IT SHALL BE IN ORDER ON THE LEGISLATIVE DAYS OF…

    RESOLUTION 1367 PROVIDES IT SHALL BE IN ORDER ON THE LEGISLATIVE DAYS OF THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2008, FOR THE SPEAKER TO ENTERTAIN MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES RELATING TO ENERGY. TODAY, A BARREL OF OIL COSTS $124 A BARREL. LAST WEEK, IT WAS $134, IN JUNE IT WAS OVER $140 A BARREL. CONGRESS IS ACTING IN THE MARKET -- AND THE MARKET IS REACTING. MANY FACTORS WE KNOW CONTRIBUTE TO THE PRICE OF A BARREL OF OIL, DEMAND, SUPPLY, OUR ECONOMY, SPECULATION, ACTIONS THAT CONGRESS DOES OR DOESN'T TAKE. BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE THE ACTIONS THAT THIS CONGRESS HAS TAKEN IN -- AND WILL TAKE ARE HAVING AN IMPACT, A POSITIVE IMPACT TO BRING DOWN THE PRICE OF A BARREL OF OIL. TO JUST REMIND MY COLLEAGUES WHAT THIS CONGRESS DID, ON MAY 13, WE PASSED H.R. 622, 6022, A BILL I SPONSORED TO HALT SHIPMENTS TO THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE. THAT BILL WAS SIGNED INTO LAW BY THE PRESIDENT. ON JUNE 26 WE PASSED H.R. 6377, TO SQUEEZE SPECULATION OUT OF THE MARKET BY DIRECTING THAT THE CFTC, COMMODFI FUTURE TRADING COMMISSION, UTILIZE ITS AUTHORITY TO BETTER REGULATE THE ENERGY MARKETS. ON JULY 17, A STRONG MAJORITY OF THE HOUSE SUPPORTED H.R. 6515, THE DRILL ACT, THIS BILL WOULD ACTUALLY OPEN UP 22 MILLION ACRES IN ALASKA FOR DRILLING AND DIRECT OIL COMPANIES TO EITHER USE THE LEASES THEY HAVE ON A REMAINING 68 MILLION ACRES OR LOSE THEM. THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY INCREASE PRODUCTION, WE ARE ASKING THEM TO DO IT. EVERY TIME THE PRICE OF OIL DECLINES, CONSUMERS AND BUSINESSES SAVE MONEY. LET ME JUST GIVE ONE EXAMPLE. THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY ALONE, IT COSTS THEM $430 MILLION EVERY TIME THE PRICE OF A BARREL OF OIL GOES UP $1. IN THE PAST 20 DAYS, THE PRICE OF OIL HAS COME DOWN NEARLY $20, ABOUT $860 MILLION SAVINGS FOR OUR AIRLINE INDUSTRY AND OUR TRAVELING PUBLIC. THE ENERGY CRISIS THAT WE FACE, WE KNOW IS REAL. IT REQUIRES LONG-TERM ACTION BUT IT ALSO REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ACTION. THE ACTIONS THAT WE CAN TAKE TO TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF THE PRICE, WE SHOULD TAKE. ALTHOUGH THE PRICE HAS RECENTLY FALLEN, WE HAVE MUCH MORE WE CAN DO AND WE MUST TAKE TODAY THIS OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE THE IMMEDIATE RELIEF THAT WILL OCCUR BY RELEASING 10% OF THE OIL NOW IN THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE INTO THE MARKET. THAT WOULD GET RELIEF TO THE AMERICAN CONSUMING PUBLIC WITHIN TWO WEEKS. INCIDENTALLY, THIS IS NOT AN UNPRECEDENTED ACTION BY CONGRESS, ITS SMART POLICY, ITS NIMBLE POLICY. -- IT'S SMART POLICY, IT'S NIMBLE POLICY. IT'S BEEN DONE IN THE PAST. ON JANUARY 16, 1991RK THE FIRST PRESIDENT BUSH RELEASED FUEL FROM THE S.P.R. IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE START OF THE GULF WAR. PRESIDENT BUSH SAID THIS WILL SEND AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THEIR $20 BILLION INVESTMENT IN AN EMERGENCY SUPPLY OF CRUDE OIL PRODUCED A SYSTEM THAT CAN RESPOND RAPIDLY. A SECOND TIME, SEPTEMBER 22, 2000, PRESIDENT CLINTON RELEASED 30 MILLION BARRELS OF PETROLEUM FROM THE S.P.R. INTO THE MARKET. PRESIDENT CLINTON SAID ABOUT THAT ACTION, THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO, IT'S GOOD ENERGY POLICY, IT'S GOOD NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY, AND GOOD FAMILY POLICY. THE MARKET RESPONDED THAT TIME IMMEDIATELY WITH PRICES DROPPING 18.7%. INCIDENTALLY WHEN THE FIRST PRESIDENT BUSH DID IT, THE PRICE WENT DOWN 33%. OUR OWN PRESIDENT BUSH, AUGUST 31, 2005, HE AUTHORIZED A DRAWDOWN OF CRUDE OIL FROM THE S.P.R. THIS WAS AFTER THE HURRICANE KATRINA. PRICES DROPPED 9.1% SYSTEM OF WHAT WE HAVE WITHIN OUR GRASP IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE AN ACTION, RECENTLY TAKEN BY THREE PRESIDENTS, THAT IMMEDIATELY RESULTED IN THE REDUCTION OF THE PRICE OF GASOLINE. IN ONE CASE, 9% IN ANOTHER CASE, 18%, IN A THIRD CASE, 33% THIS IS A TIME-TESTED ACTION THAT WILL HELP AMERICANS NOW ADDRESS THE CRIPPLING COST OF FUEL. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE JOINED TOGETHER URGING THE PRESIDENT TO USE HIS AUTHORITY TO RELEASE FUEL FROM THE S.P.R. . THE PRESIDENT CAN DO THAT WITH A STROKE OF THE PEN. BUT IF THE PRESIDENT REFUSES TO ACT, CONGRESS MUST ACT. WE KNOW, INCIDENTALLY, MADAM SPEAKER, THAT THIS BILL WILL NOT SOLVE OUR ENERGY PROBLEMS. IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LONG-TERM CHANGE IN OUR ENERGY POLICIES TO RELEASE OURSELVESES FROM THE ADDICTION TO OIL. IN RELEASING THE FUEL FROM THE S.P.R., IT'S NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE LONG-TERM POLICY. IT'S A NECESSARY ACTION IN A PRACTICAL ACTION TO PROVIDE IMMEDIATE RELIEF NOW BY USING A RESOURCE THAT DOES BELONG TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. LET'S KEEP IN MIND THAT WE DO NEED A CHANGE IN DIRECTION ON OUR ENERGY POLICY. OUR COUNTRY IS -- HAS 2% OF THE PROVEN RESERVES OF ENERGY IN THE WORLD. WE'RE ABOUT 4% OF THE POPULATION AND WE'RE CONSUMING 25% OF THE WORLD'S ENERGY. THAT'S NOT SUSTAINABLE. IT'S NOT GOOD FOR OUR LONG-TERM SECURITY, WE KNOW THAT WE CAN DO BETTER BY HAVING A POLICY THAT INCLUDES HIGHER MILEAGE STANDARDS FOR OUR VEHICLE, HIGHER ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS, TAX INCENTIVES FOR CLEAN ENERGY ALTERNATIVES, BETTER CONSTRUCTION DESIGNS, RESTORATION OF MASS TRANSIT AND RAIL. DOING THAT, WE CAN CREATE JOB, IMPROVE OUR ENVIRONMENT, DEVELOP AFFORDABLE ENERGYING AND STRENGTHEN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. BUT LET'S TAKE THE IMMEDIATE SHORT-TERM ACTIONS THAT ARE WITHIN OUR GRASP TO TAKE THAT WILL PROVIDE THE IMMEDIATE RELIEF TO OUR AIRLINE INDUSTRY, OUR BUSINESSES, AND TO OUR CONSUMERS AND AMERICAN FAMILIES, TAKE THE ACTIONS WE CAN TAKE AND TAKE THEM NOW. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:23:18 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 11:23:24 AM

    MR. SESSIONS

    MADAM SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING -- YIELDING ME…

    MADAM SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING -- YIELDING ME THE TIME. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE WHICH IS A CYNICAL ATTEMPT TO COVER POLITICAL MEMBERS OF THIS BODY WHO HAVE CHOSEN TO ELEVATE PARTISAN POLITICS ABOVE A REAL ENERGY SOLUTION FOR AMERICAN CONSUMERS AN THIS ECONOMY. LET ME START BY ANSWERING MY GOOD FRIEND AND THE THINGS HE SAID. FIRST OF ALL, THE BOTTOM LINE IS, THERE COULD BE 10 MILLION ACRES OR 20 MILLION OR 50 MILLION ACRES THAT WOULD BE, QUOTE, GIVEN TO OR LEASED BY OIL COMPANIES. THEY DON'T WANT TO DRILL EVERY BIT OF ACREAGE THEY HAVE, THEY ONLY WANT TO DRILL WHERE THE OIL IS. DRY HOLES ARE NOT GOOD FOR ANYBODY. SECONDLY, WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE IS ALL ABOUT, IT IS THERE TO PROTECT THIS COUNTRY. WE SHOULD VIEW THAT ANWR IS ALSO A STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE HERE FOR THE UNITED STATES. THERE IS 19 MILLION ACRES IN ANWR, OIL COMPANIES AREN'T AFTER ALL 19 MILLION ACRES, THEY'RE ONLY AFTER 2,000. JUST 2,000. THAT'S WHERE THE OIL IS. AND PERHAPS NUMBER THREE, THE GENTLEMAN NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THIS, THAT ENERGY COMPANIES ARE THERE TO BE IN THE BUSINESS OF PROVIDING ENERGY. THEY ARE NOT THERE FOR ANY OTHER REASON. THEY ARE THERE TO HELP THE AMERICAN CONSUMER, TO SUPPORT OUR ECONOMY, AND TO MAKE SURE THAT AMERICA IS THE GREATEST NATION ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH. I AM PROUD THAT WE HAVE THE LARGEST ECONOMY IN THIS WORLD, AND WE USE ENERGY TO MAKE US MORE SUCCESSFUL. WE SHOULD NOT APOLOGIZE OR SAY IT'S A MISTAKE THAT AMERICA UTILIZES ENERGY. WE SIMPLY NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WHAT WE'RE DOING IS HAVING A COMPREHENSIVE, ACROSS THE BOARD VIEW, AND NOT ALLOWING DRILLING HERE IN AMERICA AND OFFSHORE IS A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE. THAT'S THE SIDE OF THE STORY THAT MY FRIEND DID NOT TELL THIS MORNING. THAT'S WHY THIS BILL IS SOMETHING WE SHOULD OPPOSE. FOR THE LAST FIVE MONTHS, EVERY DAY, CONSUMERS AND OUR NATIONAL ECONOMY HAVE BEEN SUFFERING BECAUSE OF THIS DEMOCRAT MAJORITY'S STUBBORN AND MIND-BOGGLING UNWILLINGTONS INCREASE THE SUPPLY OF DOMESTICALLY PRODUCE -- UNWILLINGNESS TO INCREASE THE SUPPLY OF DOMESTICALLY PRODUCED OIL AND INCREASE THE SUPPLY AT THE PUMP. AND FOR OVER A YEAR AND A HALF, REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN UNIFIED IN A COMMON SENSE APPROACH AND A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO BRINGING DOWN THE PRICE OF GASOLINE FOR CONSUMERS ONLY TO HAVE THAT PLAN IGNORED BY THE NEW DEMOCRAT MAJORITY IN FAVOR OF AGENDA THAT PRIORITIZES SCAPEGOATS OVER SOLUTIONS. RATHER THAN TAKING THIS OPPORTUNITY TO WORK IN A CONSTRUCTIVE, BIPARTISAN WAY TO ADDRESS THE REAL DOMESTIC ENERGY SUPPLY ISSUES, THEY HAVE LET SKY-HIGH ENERGY PRICES STAND AND CONTINUE FOR CONSUMERS. TODAY, WE ARE BEING ASKED, OUTSIDE OF REGULAR ORDER, AND WITH NO OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS TO OFFER THEIR OWN GOOD IDEAS, BRING DOWN THE PRICE OF GASOLINE, AND WE'RE SPENDING ONLY 40 MINUTES TO DEBATE A FIG LEAF PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT RELEASES 3 1/2 DAYS' WORTH OF OIL FROM THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT, WHEN THERE'S MORE OIL SUPPLY THAT'S AVAILABLE, THE PRICE DOES GO DOWN. THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT, THERE HAVE BEEN -- THERE HAS BEEN PREVIOUS ORDERS BY THE PRESIDENT TO REDUCE THE SUPPLY THAT'S IN STRATEGIC OIL PRESERVE DIRECTLY FOR CONSUMERS. BUT THREE DAYS' WORTH IS ALL WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. THAT IS NOT A LONG-TERM FIX. WE NEED A STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE THAT'S CALLED ANWR TO MAKE AMERICA COMPETITIVE. SO, RATHER THAN DOING SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE LONG-TERM, ALL THEY'RE TRYING TO DO IS SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE A POLITICAL SHORT-TERM FIX. MADAM SPEAKER, THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE IS INTENDED TO DEAL WITH NATURAL DISASTERS AND NATIONAL SECURITY CRISES. NOT PREVENTABLE, MAN-MADE POLITICAL DISASTERS LIKE THE SHORT SUPPLY OF ENERGY THAT WE HAVE TODAY IN AMERICA. BECAUSE OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY, NO ENERGY STRATEGY. THE WORLD UNDERSTANDS IT. I WAS OUT ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE CAPITAL JUST YESTERDAY AS REPUBLICANS WERE TALKING ABOUT OUR ABILITY TO GO DRILL HERE IN AMERICA AND OFFSHORE. AND WHOLE LOADS, BUS LOADS OF DEMOCRAT STAFFERS AND OTHERS ARE OUT FRONT SAYING, NO DRILL, SHAME ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. MY GOSH, I DO UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE POLICY OF THE NEW DEMOCRAT MAJORITY. WE'RE WORKING THEIR PLAN. THAT'S WHY GASOLINE IS AT $4 A GLOFPBLET WE SIMPLY DISAGREE -- AT $4 A GALLON. WE SIMPLY DISAGREE IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. THERE IS ONE SMALL BRIGHT SPOT ASSOCIATED WITH THIS LEGISLATION. IT IS BY BRINGING IT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY, THE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP IS FINALLY ADMITTING THAT THERE IS A SUPPLY SIDE COMPONENT TO ADDRESSING AMERICA'S ENERGY CONCERNS. MY COLLEAGUE WAS VERY PLAIN FORWARD WHEN HE SAID, WHEN WE DUMP OIL INTO THE MARKETPLACE THE PRICE GOES DOWN. UNFORTUNATELY, LEGISLATION, A THREE-DAY ANSWER IS NOT A SERIOUS PROPOSAL IN DEALING WITH THE PROBLEMS, AND THEY WILL CAUSE LONG-TERM, OVERDUE PROBLEMS FOR THIS COUNTRY. WHY WE'RE HERE DEBATING THIS TODAY SHOULD BE FOR NOT POLITICAL COVER, BUT FOR LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS. YESTERDAY, I JOINED MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WHEN WE PROPOSED A SMART, INNOVATIVE, AND COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO ADDRESSING OUR NATION'S ENERGY INDEPENDENT SOLUTION A PROBLEM WHOSE GUIDING PHILOSOPHY CAN BE SUMMED UP BY ONE SIMPLE PRINCIPLE -- USE LESS AND FIND MORE. RATHER THAN JUST RELEASING OVER A WEEKEND'S WORTH OF ENERGY AND CALLING IT A DAY LIKE THE DEMOCRAT PROPOSAL DOES, THE REPUBLICAN PLAN IS TO INCREASE THE SUPPLY OF AMERICAN-MADE ENERGY IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND WAY. AND THIS IS WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE PUSHING ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES YET AGAIN TODAY. WE BELIEVE OUR DEEP WATER OIL RESOURCES, OCEAN RESOURCES COULD PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL THREE MILLION BARRELS OF OIL A DAY AS WELL AS 76 TRILLION CUBIC SQUARE FEET OF NATURAL GAS. THESE ARE PROVEN RESERVES. WE SHOULD OPEN THE ARCTIC COASTAL PLAIN WHICH -- WHICH COULD PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL ONE MILLION BARRELS OF OIL A DAY. WE SHOULD APLOW DOMENT OF THE SHALE OIL RESOURCES WHICH COULD PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL 2.5 MILLION AERIAL BARRELS OF OIL A DAY AND WE WOULD INCREASE THE SUPPLY OF GAS AT THE PUMP BY CUTTING BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE THAT HINDERS THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW REFINERIES. OUR LEGISLATION WILL PROVIDE TAX INCENTIVES FOR BUSINESSES AND FAMILIES TO PURCHASE MORE EFFICIENT VEHICLES. IT WILL PROVIDE TAX INCENTIVES FOR BUSINESSES AND HOMEOWNERS WHO IMPROVE THEIR ENERGY EFFICIENCY. TO PROMOTE ALTERNATIVE AND RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES, THIS LEGISLATION WILL SPUR THE TECHNOLOGY OF ALTERNATIVE FUELS THROUGH GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING BY REPEALING THE SECTION 526 PROHIBITION ON GOVERNMENT PURCHASING OF ALTERNATIVE ENERGY AND PROMOTION OF COAL TO LIQUIDS TECHNOLOGY. WE WILL ESTABLISH A RENEWABLE ENERGY TRUST FUND USING REVENUES GENERATING BY EXPLORATION IN DEEP OCEAN AND ON THE ARCTIC COASTAL PLAIN. WE WILL EXTEND PERMANENTLY THE TAX CREDIT FOR ALTERNATIVE ENERGY PRODUCTION, INCLUDING WIND, SOLAR AND HIGH ROW JEN, AND WE WILL ELIMINATE BARRIERS TO THE EXPANSION OF EMISSION-FREE NUCLEAR POWER PRODUCTION. SPEAKER PELOSI AND THIS NEW DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY HAVE THE POWER TO BRING THESE ALREADY DEVELOPED COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS UP FOR A VOTE AT ANYTIME. AND TRUST ME, MADAM SPEAKER, THE REPUBLICANS ARE HERE TO HELP. BUT WHAT WE WANT IS REAL SOLUTIONS, WE WANT TO DRILL NOW TO SAVE AMERICA. SPEAKER PELOSI SHOULD CHOOSE TO BE WITH REPUBLICANS IN A BIPARTISAN ANSWER, BUT INSTEAD THIS SPEAKER IS CHOOSING TO IGNORE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IN FAVOR OF A RADICAL AND ENVIRONMENTALIST AGENDA. I WOULD BE GIVING EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW WHERE THEY REALLY STAND ON ENERGY INDEPENDENCE DURING THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION'S RULE. I ENCOURAGE EVERY SINGLE MEMBER WHO AGREES WITH ME THAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS TO INCREASE ITS SUPPLY ON SAFE AND RELIABLE AMERICAN ENERGY, TO FORCE THIS DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP TO FINALLY ACT BY REJECTING THIS CYNICAL RULE AND THE MEANINGFUL UNDERLYING LEGISLATION SO THAT THIS HOUSE AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL BE PREPARED FOR REAL LEGISLATION THAT WILL HAVE A REAL EFFECT AT THE PUMP. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:33:38 AM

    MR. WELCH

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND GLOBAL WARMING,

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  • 11:33:52 AM

    MR. MARKEY

    THANK YOU, MR. WELCH, VERY MUCH. WE HAVE ON THE FLOOR RIGHT NOW FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. WELCH, VERY MUCH. WE HAVE ON THE FLOOR RIGHT NOW FOR CONSIDERATION LEGISLATION WHICH WILL MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR AMERICAN CONSUMERS WHO ARE BEING TIPPED UPSIDE DOWN AT THE GASOLINE PUMP EVERY TIME THEY GO IN WITH THEIR VEHICLE AND HAVING MONEY SHAKEN OUT OF THEIR POCKETS TO HAVE IMMEDIATE RELIEF, TO HAVE THE UNITED STATES BE ON THE SIDE OF THE AMERICAN CONSUMER. NOW, WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS IS REALLY UNFORTUNATE. THE REPUBLICANS AND PRESIDENT BUSH HAVE BEEN ARGUING THAT THE ANSWER IS TO GO AND TO DRILL UP IN THE REMOTEST PARTS OF THE ARCTIC WHEN THEIR OWN DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY IS SAYING THAT IT WILL TAKE 10 TO 20 YEARS FOR ANY OF THAT OIL TO GET TO THE GAS PUMPS IN THE UNITED STATES. AND WHEN IT DOES IT WILL ONLY OFFER INSIGNIFICANT RELIEF TO THE AMERICAN CONSUMER. MEANWHILE, THE PRESIDENT WEPT OVER TO SAUDI ARABIA JUST A -- WENT OVER TO SAUDI ARABIA JUST A MONTH AND A HALF AGO TO BEG THE SAUDI ARAINIANS TO PRODUCE MORE OIL THAT WE COULD -- ARABIANS TO PRODUCE MORE OIL THAT WE COULD USE RIGHT NOW. THE SAUDIS SAID WE'LL THINK ABOUT IT. MAYBE WE'LL PRODUCE ANOTHER 200,000 TO 300,000 BARRELS OF OIL, BUT YOU HAVE TO SEND BACK YOUR SECRETARY OF ENERGY IN ANOTHER THREE WEEKS FOR US TO TALK TO HIM. WELL, YOU CAN EITHER PROMISE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SOMETHING THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN 10 TO 20 YEARS FROM NOW, WHICH IS WHAT THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN DOING, OR YOU CAN USE THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE RIGHT NOW, WHICH IS WHAT OUR LEGISLATION WILL DO, AND IT WILL SAY TO THE PRESIDENT, MR. PRESIDENT, YOU MUST USE 10% OF ALL OF THE OIL IN THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE RIGHT NOW. 70 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL. AND YOU MUST USE IT OVER THE NEXT FIVE OR SIX MONTHS. THAT WOULD AVERAGE OUT TO ABOUT 500,000 BARRELS OF OIL A DAY. THAT'S THE SIGNAL THAT THE MARKETPLACE WOULD ABSOLUTELY RESPOND TO BECAUSE IT WOULD SEND SHIVERS UP THE SPINE OF THE SPECULATORS, OF THE MANIPULATORS, OF THE OPEC CARTEL THAT HAS BEEN PLAYING GAMES WITH THE AMERICAN CONSUMER. AND HOW DO WE KNOW THAT THIS IS GOING TO WORK? WE KNOW IT'S GOING TO WORK BECAUSE WHEN PAST PRESIDENTS HAVE TURNED THE SPIGOT ON THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE, PRESIDENT BUSH I JUST BEFORE THE FIRST PESHIAN GULF WAR, THE PRICE -- PERSIAN GULF WAR, THE PRICE 33%. PRESIDENT CLINTON USED IT, IT DROPPED 18%. WHEN THIS PRESIDENT USED IT AFTER KATRINA, IT DROPPED 9%. WE KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN. THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IS GOING TO FLY UP TO THE ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE. INSTEAD, THEY SHOULD GET ON A PLANE AND FLY DOWN TO HOUSTON AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE. AND TO ASK THE PRESIDENT TO JUST TURN THE SPIGOT ON AND TO SEND THAT OIL RIGHT NOW, NOT 10 OR 20 YEARS FROM NOW BUT 10 OR 20 DAYS FROM NOW SO THAT AMERICANS WHO ARE ENJOYING THEIR AUGUST VACATIONS KNOW THAT THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT IS ON THEIR SIDE. COULD I HAVE ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE?

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    MR. WELCH

    YIELD ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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  • 11:37:32 AM

    MR. MARKEY

    THE REPUBLICANS WON'T USE IT, HOWEVER, IS THEY ARGUE WE ARE NOT IN AN…

    THE REPUBLICANS WON'T USE IT, HOWEVER, IS THEY ARGUE WE ARE NOT IN AN EMERGENCY. AND I THINK THAT IS NOT HOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE VIEW WHERE WE ARE. $4 A GALLON FOR GASOLINE. THE PRICE FOR HOME HEATING OIL AND NATURAL GAS THIS WINTER RISING BY THE DAY. WE HAVE THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY IN CRISIS. WE HAVE THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY IN CRISIS. WE HAVE FOOD PRICES SKYROCKETING. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BELIEVE WE'RE IN AN ENERGY EMERGENCY. AND WHAT WE DO IN THIS BILL IS WE SAY, MR. PRESIDENT, MIGHT NOT FIT YOUR DEFINITION WHAT AN EMERGENCY IS BUT IT FITS THE DEFINITION OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE WANT YOU TO DEPLOY THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE NOW. WE WANT YOU TO TAP INTO THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN CONSUMER NOW. WE DON'T WANT YOU TO WAIT, MR. PRESIDENT, UNTIL AFTER SOME WAR IN IRAN AND DEPLOY IT THEN, TOO, SIR, BUT PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THEN. PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT AMERICANS WANT THEIR OIL. THEY PAID FOR THIS OIL. THEY PAID $100 BILLION TO PUT THIS OIL IN THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE IN HOUSTON, IN LOUISIANA, IN MISSISSIPPI. THEY WANT RELIEF NOW. VOTE AYE ON THIS LEGISLATION.

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  • 11:38:50 AM

    MR. SESSIONS

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, I WOULD LOVE TO CUT A DEAL WITH THE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, I WOULD LOVE TO CUT A DEAL WITH THE GENTLEMAN RIGHT NOW AND SAY REPUBLICANS WOULD BE COMPLETELY FOR THIS BILL IF YOU WOULD DO SOMETHING FOR MORE THAN THE THREE DAYS' SUPPLY. IF WE WOULD REALLY APPROACH THE EMERGENCY THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT AND LET'S DO SOMETHING LONG TERM. WE'VE ALREADY HAD PRESIDENT CLINTON 12 YEARS AGO SIGN THE PEN THAT SAID WE'RE NOT GOING TO GO AFTER ANWR. WE WOULD HAVE HAD THAT ONLINE NOW. WHY DO WE ASSUME THAT IN FIVE OR SIX OR SEVEN YEARS WE'RE NOT GOING TO NEED THIS ENERGY? WE'RE GOING TO NEED THE ENERGY. THIS NEW DEMOCRAT MAJORITY TO A MEMBER IS WIFFED HOLDING FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET PRICES DOWN NOW -- WITHHOLDING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET THE PRICES DOWN NOW. TO SAY WE GET OIL FROM THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE FOR THREE DAYS' OIL IS LAUGHABLE. IT'S LAUGHABLE WHAT THIS NEW DEMOCRAT MAJORITY IS ALL ABOUT IS HAVING ENERGY PRICES STAY WHERE THEY ARE. THE DEMOCRAT PLAN IS WORKING. THE DEMOCRAT PLAN TO SQUEEZE AMERICAN INTERESTS OUT AND TO SEND THE MONEY OVERSEAS. WE'VE SEEN THAT NOW FOR 18 MONTHS. THAT'S THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY'S PLAN. THEY WANT TO KEEP BUILDING DUBAI. THEY WANT TO KEEP GIVING THE MONEY TO COUNTRIES WHO DO WAR AGAINST THE UNITED STATES AND DON'T HOLD US IN FAVOR. THEY WANT THE MONEY AND THE BUSINESS TO BE DONE OVERSEAS. THEY WANT THE JOBS TO GO OVERSEAS. THAT'S REALLY WHERE THIS NEW DEMOCRAT MAJORITY IS. IF IT WERE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN REVERSE IT WOULD BE ABOUT ALL THE SPECIAL INTERESTS THAT WE'RE TRYING TO GIVE. BUT IN THIS CASE IT IS ABOUT THE AMERICAN CONSUMER THAT SEES THAT THEIR PRICES ARE AT A HIGH LEVEL SIMPLY TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS DEMOCRAT MAJORITY SENDS THE MONEY OVERSEAS BECAUSE THEY REALLY DON'T LIKE THE ENERGY COMPANIES HERE IN AMERICA. THAT'S EARNT AMERICAN. -- THAT'S EARNT AMERICAN. MADAM SPEAKER, THE -- THAT'S ANTI-AMERICAN. MADAM SPEAKER, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS GREAT IDEAS ON THE TABLE TODAY. WE WANT A LONG-TERM COMPREHENSIVE FIX FOR ENERGY. AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE JUST AS WE ARE HEAR TELLING OUR COLLEAGUES HERE TODAY THAT WE RECOGNIZE WHO HAS THE CAPACITY AND THE ABILITY TO BRING A BILL TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO ANSWER THE PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM IS THE LACK OF RESOURCES OF SUPPLY IN THE GASOLINE MARKETPLACE. AND IT'S EXTENDING, ALSO, TO HIGH FUEL PRICES THAT WILL BE PAID IN THE NORTHEAST THIS WINTER, AND IT IS THE NEW DEMOCRAT MAJORITY THAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT. THIS IS THEIR PLAN. THEY'RE GETTING WHAT THEY WANTED, AND WE WILL KEEP BUILDING DUBAIS AND KEEP SENDING OUR MONEYS OVERSEAS AS LONG AS WE CUT OFF AMERICAN JOBS AND AMERICAN ENERGY COMPANIES. I THINK IT'S A BAD THING FOR POLICY FOR THIS COUNTRY. THAT'S WHY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS AN ALTERNATIVE. I WISH THAT IT WOULD BE HEARD TODAY ON THE BOARD SO WE COULD VOTE FOR IT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:42:19 AM

    MR. WELCH

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, A MEMBER OF THE…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE AND A LEADER ON ENERGY ISSUES IN CONGRESS, MR. INSLEE.

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  • 11:42:31 AM

    MR. INSLEE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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  • 11:42:36 AM

    MR. INSLEE

    OF COURSE WE NEED A LONG-TERM ENERGY PLAN THAT CAN WEAN OURSELVES OFF THIS…

    OF COURSE WE NEED A LONG-TERM ENERGY PLAN THAT CAN WEAN OURSELVES OFF THIS ADDICTION TO OIL. PRESIDENT BUSH SAID WE'RE ADDICTED TO OIL AND HE TURNS AROUND AND SAID, LET'S GET MORE ADDICTED TO OIL. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THE REPUBLICANS THEN VOTED AGAINST OUR BILL TO CALL FOR NEW CLEAN ENERGY SOURCES IN ELECTRICITY SO WE COULD ELECTRIFY OUR CAR AND NOT HAVE TO BURN OIL. I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY VOTED AGAINST OUR TAX PACKAGE THAT WOULD ALLOW TAX BREAKS FOR COMPANIES LIKE THE SAPPHIRE ENERGY COMPANY THAT'S MAKING ENERGY OUT OF ALGAE. WE NEED TO HAVE A SHORT-TERM SOLUTION TOO. I TELL YOU THIS, LIST EPPING TO MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, -- LISTENING TO MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, IF YOU RUN OUT OF GAS ON A DUSTY RURAL ROAD SOMEWHERE, YOU BETTER HOPE IT'S NOT A REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN THAT PULLS UP AND COMES TO YOUR AID AND SAYS, CAN'T HELP YOU RIGHT NOW, CAN'T HELP YOU RIGHT NOW, CAN'T HELP YOU NEXT YEAR. I'LL BE BACK HERE AROUND 10 YEARS AND THEN MAYBE WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT BECAUSE THAT'S ALL THEY'RE SUGGESTING. AND THAT'S A PLAN DOOMED FOR FAILURE. WE CAN'T WAIT 10 YEARS FOR SOLUTIONS TO THIS PROBLEM. WE NEED SOLUTIONS THAT WILL WORK. LET ME SUGGEST THAT THE EVIDENCE IS VERY, VERY CLEAR ABOUT DOING VERY SMALL RELEASES FROM THE SPRO. I WAS SURPRISED. I WANT TO A BIPARTISAN WAR GAME WITH SOME OF THESE COLLEAGUES. AND WE WAR GAMED OUT IF THERE WAS AN INTERRUPTION OF OIL SUPPLIES DUE TO OVERSEAS DISRUPTION. AND LET ME TELL YOU WHAT I LEARNED SINCE THEN. SMALL RELEASES FROM THE SPRO COULD HAVE HUGE RELIEF IN GASOLINE. LOOK AT DOESERED SHIELD WHEN THE FIRST PRESIDENT BUSH ALLOWED RELEASE. HERE'S WHAT THE ENERGY DEPARTMENT CONCLUDED. QUOTE, THE RAPID DECISION TO RELEASE CRUDE OIL FROM GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED STOCKS IN THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER OEDC COUNTRIES HELPED CALM GLOBAL OIL MARKET AND PRICES BEGAN TO MODERATE. WHEN THE 1991 SPRO DRAWDOWN WAS ANNOUNCED IN CONNECTION WITH OPERATION DESERT STORM THE PRICE OF OIL IMMEDIATELY DROPPED $8 A BARREL. NOW WHY IS THIS LESS THAN 10% CHANGE, HOW COULD IT HAVE THIS ENORMOUS RAMIFICATION? AND THE ANSWER HAS TO DO WITH HUMAN PSYCHOLOGY. THESE MARKETS ARE DRIVEN BY PSYCHOLOGY, AND THAT'S WHY THE THREE TIMES WE'VE DONE THIS BEFORE, ALL THE LAST THREE PRESIDENTS, INCLUDING THIS PRESIDENT, HAS ACHIEVED REDUCTIONS FROM 5% TO 30% WITHIN 30 DAYS IN THE PRICE OF OIL. DON'T ALLOW AMERICANS TO BE TOLD THEY'VE GOT TO WAIT FOR 10 YEARS OF RELIEF. LET'S ACT NOW IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LEGISLATION WE'RE GOING TO PASS EVENTUALLY TO TAMP DOWN SPECULATION. DEMOCRATS HAVE BOTH A LONG-TERM AND A SHORT-TERM RESPONSE, PASS THIS BILL.

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  • 11:45:38 AM

    MR. SESSIONS

    THREE-DAY FIX OR A LONG-TERM FIX, SO LET'S GET INTO THE PSYCHOLOGY FOR…

    THREE-DAY FIX OR A LONG-TERM FIX, SO LET'S GET INTO THE PSYCHOLOGY FOR JUST A SECOND. HOW ABOUT IF SOMEBODY BROUGHT LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR THAT SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT, I THINK WE OUGHT TO OPEN UP AMERICAN DEEPWATER OIL RESOURCES, OCEAN RESOURCES, BECAUSE WE DO UNDERSTAND THERE ARE WAR GAMES THAT BIPARTISAN MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE GO ATTEND TO WHERE WE DO UNDERSTAND THAT IF INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING WHERE OIL WAS CONCERNED, THERE WAS A BAD MISTAKE OR A PROBLEM THAT WE WOULD BE IN TROUBLE SYSTEM OF WHY DON'T WE, AS JUST A GOOD IDEA, LET'S OPEN UP AMERICA'S DEEP WATER OCEAN RESOURCES, WHICH -- WHICH COULD PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL THREE MILLION BARRELS OF AIL A DAY, BUT IT DOESN'T END THERE, AND SIX TRILLION CUBIC FEET OF NATURAL GAS. WHY DON'T WE ALSO BRING TO THE TABLE, LET'S OPEN UP THE ARCTIC COASTAL PLAIN WHICH COULD PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL ONE MILLION BARRELS OF ISLE A DAY. BUT THERE'S MORE. HOW ABOUT LOY ALLOWING THE DOMENT -- THE DEVELOPMENT OF AMERICA'S SHALE OIL RESOURCES FOR AN ADDITIONAL.5 MILLION BARRELS A DAY. INSTEAD OF HAVING JUST A THREE-DAY FIX AND ARGUING ALL THESE NEW ISSUES THAT WE BRING UP WOULD TAKE 10 TO 20 YEARS TO BRING TO THE CONSUMERER, NOT TRUE IT CAN BE DONE TOMORROW. WE CAN KE DE-SIDE AND WE SHOULD HAVE DECIDED 12 YEARS AGO, WE SHOULD HAVE DECIDED LAST YEAR, WE SHOULD DECIDE THAT TODAY, WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS MAKE AVAILABLE THE RESOURCES OF THE COUNTRY. IN THE EVENT, IN THE FUTURE, THERE REALLY IS A BIG PROBLEM. SO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS HERE ON THE FLOOR TODAY WITH REAL LIVE ANSWERS TO REAL LIVE PROBLEMS THAT ARE HAPPENING EVERY DAY AND SO ONCE AGAIN, WE'LL GIVE THIS NEW DEMOCRAT MAJORITY CREDIT. THE ENERGY PRICES ARE THE WAY THAT THE DEMOCRAT PARTY WANTS THEM TO BE. THEY DO WANT PRICES TO BE HIGH, THEY DO NOT WANT A SUPPLY UNLESS THERE'S PAID FOR BY THE GOVERNMENT, AND THEY ARE NOT FOR A LONG-TERM SOLUTION BECAUSE IT WOULD MEAN THAT WE WOULD BE USING THOSE BIG OIL COMPANIES' RESOURCES. MY GOSH, WE'RE GOING TO HOLD THE AMERICAN CONSUMER HOSTAGE. WE'RE GOING TO HOLD PEOPLE IN THE NORTHEAST WITH USE AND NEED THIS OIL, THIS WINTER, HOSTAGE. WHEN IN FACT, WHEN IT'S 100 DEGREES OUTSIDE, WE'RE SAYING, DO THIS NOW, LET'S PREPARE. LET'S BE PREPARE NERD FUTURE. AND INSTEAD THIS NEW DEMOCRAT MAJORITY ARGS TIME IN AND TIME OUT, NOT GOING TO DRILL, NOT GOING TO PUT ANY MORE SUPPLY IN, AND PRICES WILL SIMPLY CONTINUE TO RISE. MADAM SPEAKER, SOMEBODY WILL HAVE TO FACE UP TO THE DAY OF RECKONING AND THAT DAY OF RECKONING IS GOING TO BE WHEN AMERICAN CONSUMERS, IN THE DEAD OF WINTER ARE NOT ONLY PAYING HIGH PRICES AT THE PUMP, BUT ALSO HIGH PRICES TO HEAT THEIR HOME. WE'RE TRYING TO DO SOMETHING TODAY. WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO DO SOMETHING FOR 18 MONTHS. THAN NEW DEMOCRAT MAJORITY REFUSES, REFUSES TO SEE THE FACTS OF THE CASE. WE RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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  • 11:49:25 AM

    MR. WELCH

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK A MAN WHO SERVES ON THE…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK A MAN WHO SERVES ON THE SELECT COMMITTEE, MR. HALL.

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  • 11:49:36 AM

    MR. HALL

    COMITY, I WOULD SUGGEST DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY IS THE NORMAL TERM TO USE. I…

    COMITY, I WOULD SUGGEST DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY IS THE NORMAL TERM TO USE. I CONGRATULATE YOU ON ACCEPTING AND ADOPTING MOST OF THE PARTS OF YOUR PLAN FROM OUR PLAN. THE RENEWABLE ENERGY AND CONSERVATION COMPONENTS, WHICH BY THE WAY THE VICE PRESIDENT SNEERED AT IN 2002, I THINK IT WAS, WHEN HE SAID THAT CONSERVATION MAY BE A PERSONAL VIRTUE, BUT IT IS NO WAY TO BUILD A NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING IN THIS CONGRESS IN THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF TO PASS THE FIRST INCREASE IN FUEL MILEAGE STANDARDS IN 32 YEARS TO PROVIDE RECORD BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO ALTERNATIVE FUELS, RESEARCH, AND COOPERATE, RECORD BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO CARBON SE QUEST RATION, WE CAN -- SEQUESTERATION, WE HAVE BEEN TRYING AND I MYSELF SAY THAT YOUR FRIEND, YOUR COLLEAGUE IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN THE OTHER BODY, SENATOR DOMENICI COULD USE A LITTLE TALKING, PERHAPS FROM YOU TO GET HIM TO DROP HIS RESISTANCE TO THE RENEWABLE ENERGY STANDARD AND THE EXTENSION OF THE RENEWABLE TAX CREDITS WHICH WE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR ON THIS SIDE AND HAVE BEEN STYMIED IN THE SENATE BY A SMALL NUMBER OF REPUBLICANS HOLDING THAT UP. BUT ALLOW ME TO GO TO WHAT I WAS GOING SAY, WHICH IS THAT IN NEW YORK THIS MORNING, GAS PRICES ARE OVER $42357B9 AND IN SOME CASES $4.50 AND HAVE BEEN THIS HIGH FOR WEEK. THESE HIGH PRICES ARE SQUEEZING FAMILY -- FAMILIES'S BUDGETS. A RELEASE FROM THE S.P.R. IS A PROVEN METHOD OF CALMING MARKETS AND LOWERING PRICES.

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    SECOND PERSON AND TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR.

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    WE RESERVE OUR TIME.

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    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO.

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    G.O.P., THE GRAND OLD OIL PARTY, IS UP TO IT AGAIN. IT'S AS IF THE FIRST…

    G.O.P., THE GRAND OLD OIL PARTY, IS UP TO IT AGAIN. IT'S AS IF THE FIRST SIX YEARS OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION NEVER EXISTED. THE REPUBLICANS CONTROLLED THE HOUSE, THE WHITE HOUSE, AND THE UNITED STATES SENATE. VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY AT THE PRESIDENT'S BEHEST MET SECRETLY WITH THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY AND OTHER ENERGY PRODUCERS AND PROPOSED AN ENERGY POLICY, A REPUBLICAN ENERGY POLICY. THAT POLICY WAS PASSED BY THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, ADOPTED BY THE REPUBLICAN SENATE, AND SIGNED BY THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT. WE'VE BEEN LIVING UNDER IT NOW FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS. AND IT'S HAVING THE PREDICTABLE RESULTS. WE ARE NOW MORE DEPENDENT UPON FOREIGN OIL AND MANY OF US WHO VOTED AGAINST THAT REPUBLICAN ENERGY POLICY SAID IT WAS PUSHING THE COUNTRY IN THAT DIRECTION. WE ARE SEEING PRICES JACKED UP TO UNBELIEVABLE LEVELS. MANY OF US PREDICTED AT THE TIME THAT THE BUSH-CHENEY REPUBLICAN ENERGY POLICY WOULD HAVE THOSE RESULTS. THEY DIDN'T MANDATE INCREASES IN FUEL STANDARDS. THEY DIDN'T MANDATE DEVELOPMENT OF ALTERNATIVE FUELS. THEY HAD A FEW PRETEND THINGS ABOUT HYDROGEN WHICH WAS FAR ENOUGH OFF IN THE FUTURE THAT IT DIDN'T UPSET THEIR BENEFACTORS IN THE OIL INDUSTRY BECAUSE THEY KNOW HYDROGEN IS 20 OR 30 YEARS OFF. NOW SUDDENLY THEY'RE ALL FOR ACTION, THEY'RE ALL FOR ACTION. WHAT DO WE NEED? WE NEED MORE LEASES ON THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF. WHAT ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE INDUSTRY TODAY IS SITTING ON LEASES THAT CAN ACCESS 80% OF THE KNOWN RESERVES OF OIL AND GAS OFF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, BUT THEY'RE SIMPLY NOT DEVELOPING THEM. THE INDUSTRY SAYS, WELL, THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH DEEP WATER DRILLING RIGS AND OTHER THINGS. BUT LAST YEAR, ENRON, I'M SORRY, THAT'S ANOTHER GUILTY PARTY HERE, BUT EXXONMOBIL MADE MORE MONEY THAN ANY CORPORATION IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, $40 BILLION. WHAT DID THEY DO WITH 2/3'S OF THEIR PROPHET? DID THEY PUT IT INTO NEW SUPPLY? DID THEY PUT IT INTO NEW DRILLING EQUIPMENT? HECK NO, THEY BROUGHT BACK THEIR OWN STOCK TO ENRICH THEIR BOARD AND THEIR EXECS, THE PRESIDENT WHO RETIRED GOT A $400 MILLION RETIREMENT AND HE BOUGHT AN OIL FIELD IN AFRICA WITH HIS RETIREMENT. THAT'S WHERE THEIR PROFITS AND MONEY WENT. THEY'RE IN NO HURRY TO DEVELOP NEW RESOURCES. BUT THEY WOULD LIKE TO LOCK UP WHAT MIGHT STILL BE OUT THERE WHILE BUSH AND CHI NEE ARE IN THE WHITE HOUSE SO THEY CAN GET SWEETHEART DEALS LIKE THE ONE PROPOSED YESTERDAY FOR OIL SHALE. BECAUSE THESE ARE THEIR OIL MEN IN THE WHITE HOUSE. PLAIN AND SIMPLE, THAT'S WHAT THIS BUM'S RUSH IS ALL ABOUT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED SHORT-TERM PRICE RELIEF. IT ISN'T GOING TO COME THROUGH LETTING MORE LEASES IN SENSITIVE AREAS THAT THE INDUSTRY SITS ON. IT WOULD COME FROM BREAKING THE BACK OF THE SPECULATOR, CLOSING THE ENRON LOOPHOLE. REMEMBER KEN-BOY LAY, THE PRESIDENT'S BIGGEST POLITICAL BENEFACTOR THROUGHOUT HIS ENTIRE LIFE? THE ENRON LOOPHOLE.

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    SO HE COULD TRADE OIL OFF THE BOOKS. NOW HE'S DEAD, BUT THE LOOPHOLE IS…

    SO HE COULD TRADE OIL OFF THE BOOKS. NOW HE'S DEAD, BUT THE LOOPHOLE IS TILL ON THE BOOK. TAKE ON THE SPECULATORS, REREGULATE THEM OR TAKE OIL OUT OF THE SPRO. BREAK THE BACK OF THE SPECULATOR, THAT WILL GIVE US SHORT-TERM PRICE HE LEAF. DEVELOP OUR FUTURE IN THE LONG-TERM NOT DEPENDENT ON OIL AND FOREIGN OIL.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    IT'S GREAT TO HEAR ABOUT THIS PRIVATE MEETING THAT TOOK PLACE IN THE YEAR…

    IT'S GREAT TO HEAR ABOUT THIS PRIVATE MEETING THAT TOOK PLACE IN THE YEAR 2000 AND LEARN ABOUT THE ATTRIBUTES OF THE MEETING. I WOULD SPECULATE, SINCE I'M SURE THE GENTLEMAN DID, THAT ANWR WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THAT LIST OF THINGS THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WOULD HAVE WANTED, THAT CONSUMERS WANT THAT ANWR WOULD HAVE BEEN ON THERE, THAT EVERY PLACE THAT WE COULD DRILL ECONOMICALLY AND ECOLOGICALLY IN A SOUND WAY, THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE TABLE TOO. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THE PRESIDENT PROBABLY HAD IN MIND, PROBABLY WHAT THE ENERGY COMPANIES HAD IN MIND. LET'S PUT AMERICAN RESOURCES, JOBS, AND NATIONAL SECURITY TO THE ADVANTAGE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, INSTEAD OF THE PLAN TO SEND THALL MONEY OVERSEAS TO BUILD DUBAI. THAT'S A MISTAKE. MADAM SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME, I'D LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, DR. BOUSTANY.

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TIME TO ME. THE COLLECTIVE…

    I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TIME TO ME. THE COLLECTIVE WISDOM OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WERE SPEAKING VERY, VERY LOUDLY TODAY ABOUT WHAT WE NEED. THEY'RE SPEAKING ABOUT THE NEED FOR A COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY POLICY. AN ENERGY POLICY THAT LOOKS AT ALL THE POSSIBILITIES THAT WE HAVE. THAT'S JUST IN FACT WHAT HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE OFFERING, AND I WOULD VENTURE TO SAY A FAIR NUMBER OF DEMOCRATS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WANT THIS. BUT THE -- THIS APPROACH IS BEING BLOCKED BY THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP. UNFORTUNATELY. I WOULD URGE, MADAM SPEAKER, I WOULD URGE THAT THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP LISTEN TO THE COLLECTIVE WISDOM OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. NOW THIS IDEA ABOUT DRAWING DOWN OUT OF THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE IS INCREDIBLY IRRESPONSIBLE. WE'RE ON THE VERGE OF A NEW HURRICANE SEASON. WHERE WE MAY NEED THAT OIL. WE HAVE GEOPOLITICAL UNREST AROUND THE WORLD. WHERE WE MAY NEED THAT OIL. THE CURRENT VOLUME HELD IN THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE IS JUST OVER 700 MILLION BARRELS AND AT CURRENT USAGE OF 20 MILLION BARRELS A DAY IN THIS COUNTRY, THAT'S 35 DAYS. 35 DAYS. THAT RESERVE -- THAT STRATEGIC RESERVE WAS PUT IN PLACE FOR REAL, DIRE EMERGENCIES. NOW SOME WOULD ARGUE YES, THE PRICE AT THE PUMP IS REALLY HURTING AMERICAN FAMILIES. I FULLY AGREE. I'VE SPOKEN TO MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE FEELING THE PAIN AT THE PUMP TODAY. BUT THAT'S NO EXCUSE, IT'S NO EXCUSE FOR THIS CONGRESS TO SHIRK ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO COME FORWARD WITH A COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY POLICY THAT FOCUSES ON PRODUCTION IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE WAY, BY OPENING THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELL INFORM ALASKA. BY INVESTING IN ALTERNATIVE AND RENEWABLES, BY LOOKING INTO CLEAN COAL TECHNOLOGY, SHALE OIL, BUILD OUGHT REFINING CAPACITY TO MEET OUR NEEDS, INVESTING IN NUCLEAR ENERGY, ALL THESE THINGS, ALL THE ABOVE IS WHAT THIS COUNTRY DEMANDS AND IT'S WHAT IS NECESSARY. I WOULD SUGGEST IT'S TIME TO QUIT THIS IRRESPONSIBLE POSTURING IN THIS BODY AND LET'S MOVE FORWARD WITH A COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY POLICY. THIS IS A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE. IT IS CLEARLY A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE. SPEAK TO ANY OF OUR GENERALS AND OUR TROOPS WHO ARE FIGHTING IN THE MIDDLE EAST, THIS IS A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT THIS ISSUE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN SERIOUS ABOUT IT. SO WHY ARE WE DELAYING? WHAT'S THE REASON FOR PROCRASTINATION? WE CAN COME TO A REASONABLE COMPROMISE IN THIS BODY TO DEAL WITH ALL OF IT. I WOULD POINT OUT THAT EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION TODAY CAN BE DONE IN A VERY ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND WAY. MY DISTRICT IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA HAS BEEN DOING THIS. IF YOU LOOK AT THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY, IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANES TREE RITA AND KATRINA, WHEN 80% OF IT WAS OUT WE DIDN'T HAVE SPILLAGES IN THE GULF OF MEXICO. EVERYTHING WAS DONE IN A SOUND AND RESPONSIBLE WAY, THE EVACUATION WAS CARRIED OUT WELL AND THIS OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION CAME BACK ONLINE VERY QUICKLY IN THE INTEREST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. FINALLY I WOULD ADD THAT BY INCREASING RESPONSIBLE, ENVIRONMENTALLY-SOUND AMERICAN EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION WE'RE CREATING GOOD, HIGH-PAYING AMERICAN JOBS. ALSO, A VERY IMPORTANT STIMULUS TO THIS ECONOMY. CLEARLY WHAT WE NEED TODAY IS A COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY POLICY COUPLED WITH STRENGTH ENING OF DOLLAR -- STRENGTHENING OF THE DOLLAR AND I THINK WE'LL WORK OUT WAY OUT OF THIS ECONOMIC CRISIS. SO WITH THAT I YIELD BACK TO MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. WELCH

    I'M THE LAST SPEAKER ON MY SIDE AND I'LL RESERVE.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    COULD I FIND OUT HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT FROM BOTH SIDES?

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    I BELIEVE I HEARD THE GENTLEMAN SAY THAT HE HAS NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS, IS…

    I BELIEVE I HEARD THE GENTLEMAN SAY THAT HE HAS NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS, IS THAT CORRECT?

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    I BELIEVE I HEARD THE GENTLEMAN SAY THAT HE HAS NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS, IS…

    I BELIEVE I HEARD THE GENTLEMAN SAY THAT HE HAS NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS, IS THAT CORRECT?

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    MR. WELCH

    I'D LIKE TO, WITH THE PERMISSION, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN…

    I'D LIKE TO, WITH THE PERMISSION, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE CHAIRMAN AGAIN, MR. MARKEY. I DID SAY THAT BUT IF THERE'S NO OBJECTION I'LL YIELD.

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    I'LL RESERVE MY TIME.

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    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MARKEY

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT. YOU KNOW, THIS STRATEGIC PETROLEUM…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT. YOU KNOW, THIS STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE IS AN INCREDIBLE WEAPON TO BE USED IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN CONSUMER FROM BEING GOUGED AT THE PUMP. RIGHT NOW. AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND PRESIDENT BUSH AND VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY ARE TALKING ABOUT ANYTHING BUT USING THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN CONSUMER AT THE PUMP TODAY. AND THERE'S A GOOD REASON. BECAUSE THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE IS TO THE OIL INDUSTRY WHAT KRYPTONITE IS TO SUPERMAN. IT ZAPS THEM OF THEIR STRENGTH MEETLY. IT DECREASES DRAMATICALLY THEIR POWER -- IMMEDIATELY. IT DECREASES DRAMATICALLY THEIR POWER OVER ORDINARY CITIZENS A-- ACROSS OUR COUNTRY AND THAT'S WHY THEY OBJECT TO IT. YOU'RE GOING TO KEEP HEARING FROM REPUBLICANS HOW THEY REALLY WANT TO HELP CONSUMERS 10 AND 20 YEARS FROM NOW. BUT YOU'RE NOT GOING TO HEAR -- YOU'RE NOT GOING TO HEAR A WORD ABOUT THEIR SUPPORT FOR DEPLOYING 500,000 OR A MILLION BARRELS OF OIL A DAY RIGHT NOW INTO THE MARKETPLACE THAT WILL DRIVE DOWN THE PRICE OF OIL, DRIVE DOWN THE PRICE OF GASOLINE AT THE PUMP TODAY. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO WAIT TO HEAR THEM SAY. NOW THEY HAVE PLENTY OF TIME LEFT IN ORDER TO MAKE THAT STATEMENT IN THIS DEBATE TODAY. BUT YOU'RE NOT GOING TO HEAR IT. YOU'RE NOT GOING TO HEAR THEM TALKING ABOUT IMMEDIATE RELIEF. THEY'RE GOING TO CONTINUALLY TALK ABOUT OIL THAT WILL COME FROM DRILLING ON OUR BEACHES 10 AND 20 YEARS FROM NOW. WELL, THAT'S FINE 10 AND 20 YEARS FROM NOW BUT WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO SNOW WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO BETWEEN NOW AND LABOR DAY WHEN AMERICANS ARE DRIVING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY? THEY'RE GOING TO SAY, WE CAN'T USE THE STRENAL PETROLEUM RESERVE, WE CAN'T DRIVE DOWN THE PRICE OF OIL NOW. WE HAVE TO WAIT. THIS IS GOING TO BE AN IMPORTANT BILL TO GIVE AS PROTECTION FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    JUST SO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CALL MY…

    JUST SO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CALL MY BLUFF, I'LL TAKE HIM UP ON IT. I'LL TAKE HIM UP ON IT. WE DO BELIEVE THERE IS SOMETHING IMMEDIATELY THAT CAN BE DONE AND WE'VE BEEN ASKING FOR THIS FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS BECAUSE THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, AS WE'VERED ALREADY HEARD, THERE IS A -- AS WE'VE ALREADY HEARD, THERE IS A LOT OF PSYCHOLOGY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE STATE OF WASHINGTON TALKED ABOUT PSYCHOLOGY. JUST A FEW SPEAKERS AGO. HERE'S THE PSYCHOLOGY. IF YOU BRING YOUR OWN OIL TO THE TABLE, THE OTHER SIDE SEES WHAT YOU'RE WILLING TO DO AND THEIR OIL IS WORTH LESS BECAUSE THEY CANNOT HOLD YOU HOSTAGE. SO, WHAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY DOES WANT TO TALK ABOUT TODAY IS TODAY, TOMORROW, LABOR DAY AND MOVING FORWARD AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE TALKING ABOUT BRINGING THREE MILLION BARRELS OF OIL PER DAY, 76 TRILLION CUBIC FEET OF NATURAL GAS, ONE MILLION BARRELS OF OIL FROM THE ARCTIC OIL COASTAL PLAIN AND 2.5 MILLION BARRELS A DAY FROM THE SHALE THAT'S IN THIS COUNTRY. DARN RIGHT WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT TODAY. BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR YEARS AND NOW THEY MAKE IT SEEM LIKE THE DEBATE JUST STARTED TODAY. THE DEBATE DID NOT START TODAY. THE DEBATE STARTED BACK WHEN PRESIDENT CLINTON WAS IN OFFICE. WE ASKED FOR AND PASSED A BILL AT THAT TIME AND THE PRESIDENT SAID, NOPE, YOU CANNOT HAVE ANWR. AND NOW WE GET TO TODAY AND THEY ACT LIKE, WELL, IT JUST STARTED. BUT REPUBLICANS DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT TODAY. DARN RIGHT WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT TODAY. WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT WHAT HAS BEEN TALKED ABOUT, THAT IS A PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFORT AS WELL AS A TODAY EFFORT AND THAT'S WHY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS HERE YET ANOTHER DAY. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MR. BRADY.

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    MR. BRADY

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER ENERGY…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER ENERGY GIMMICK. IT MUST BE THE 110TH CONGRESS. THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HAMMERED BY HIGH FUEL PRICES IS GETTING TIRED OF THE DEMOCRAT'S ENERGY PLAN. YOU JUST CAN'T SHOOT AT A BUNCH OF IMAGINARY TARGETS AND HOPE THAT ENERGY'S GOING TO COME BUBBLING UP FROM THE GROUND. TODAY IS ANOTHER SUCH GIMMICK. DEPLETING AMERICA'S EMERGENCY OIL NEST EGG AT A TIME WHEN THE WORLD IS INCREASINGLY UNSTABLE IN OIL-PRODUCING NATIONS LIKE NIGERIA, LIKE VENEZUELA AND IRAN, WHY, EVEN A HILL BILLY LIKE ME DOESN'T THINK THAT MAKES MUCH SENSE. TAPPING OUR ENERGY RESERVE FOR THREE MEASLY DAYS OF ENERGY, THREE, THREE DAYS OF ENERGY, THEY WON'T LOWER PRICES, NOR DOES IT SEND A SIGNAL TO THE WORLD THAT AMERICA IS SERIOUS ABOUT TAKING MORE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MEETING OUR OWN DAILY ENERGY NEEDS. IF THIS BILL WERE TO PASS, AND IT WILL FAIL SPECK TACK LATERAL TODAY, BUT IF IT WERE TO PASS AT THE END OF THE DRAWDOWN, AMERICA WOULD BE MORE DEPEND ON FOREIGN OIL THAN WE ARE TODAY. WE WOULD BE MORE DEPEND ON FOREIGN OIL -- DEPENDENT ON FOREIGN OIL THAN WE ARE TODAY. AND HOW DOES THAT SOLVE THE PROBLEM? SO HERE'S THE QUESTION. HOW HIGH DOES GAS HAVE TO GET BEFORE CONGRESS WILL ACT? HOW MANY FAMILIES WILL BE HURT? HOW MANY SMALL BUSINESSES WILL GO UNDER? HOW HARD WILL OUR ECONOMY BE HIT BEFORE OUR SPEAKER ALLOWS AN UP OR DOWN VOTE ON PRODUCING MORE AMERICAN-MADE ENERGY? CONGRESS HAS VOTED ON CONSERVATION. WE VOTED ON RENEWABLES AND PASSED THEM BOTH. WHY CAN'T WE GET A VOTE ON MORE EXPLORATION HERE AT HOME WITH OUR RESOURCES? SPEAKER PELOSI, TO THE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP, I KNOW YOU HAVE THE RIGHT HEART. TELL THE SPECIAL INTERESTS TO STEP ASIDE. MAKE ROOM FOR THE LITTLE GUY WHO DOESN'T HAVE A LOBBYIST, WHO HASN'T CONTRIBUTED TO YOUR CAMPAIGN, LET THEM HAVE AN UP OR DOWN VOTE ON THIS FLOOR, A VOTE NOW FOR THE AMERICAN ENERGY ACT, SO WE CAN PRODUCE MORE AMERICAN-MADE ENERGY, SO WE CAN GET SERIOUS ABOUT LOWERING GAS PRICES HERE IN AMERICA. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ASK HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON MY SIDE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT IS THROUGH…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT IS THROUGH WITH HIS SPEAKERS AND WISHES TO CLOSE. I'D LIKE TO YIELD AT THIS TIME THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    MR. WESTMORELAND

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR YIELDING TO ME. I WANT TO HAVE A…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR YIELDING TO ME. I WANT TO HAVE A QUOTE UP HERE THAT WAS FROM MR. KANJORSKI AND THIS WAS IN AN INTERVIEW THAT THAT HE WAS GIVING TO ONE OF THE LOCAL NEWSPAPERS OR TELEVISION STATIONS AND HE WAS TALKING ABOUT REALLY THE DEMOCRATS' PROMISE TO END THE WAR IN IRAQ AND BRINGING ALL THE TROOPS HOME. BUT IT RELATES TO THEIR ENERGY POLICY, TOO, AND WHAT THEY PROMISED WHEN SPEAKER PELOSI, THEN MINORITY LEADER, IN APRIL OF 2006 SAID, WE AS DEMOCRATS HAVE A COMMONSENSE PLAN TO LOWER THE SKYROCKETING PRICE OF GAS. AT THE TIME IT WAS ABOUT $2.10 A GALLON. WELL, MR. KANJORSKI SAIDER, WE SORT OF SCRETCH -- SAID, WE SORT OF STRETCHED THE TRUTH AND PEOPLE ATE IT UP. WELL, THERE'S BEEN SOME TRUTH-STRETCHING GOING ON LATELY IN THIS BUILDING AND I THINK WHAT WE'VE GOT TO REALIZE IS THAT WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING TO INCREASE THE SUPPLY OTHER THAN TAKING OUT OF OUR SAVINGS ACCOUNT. IF YOU HAVE A SHORT FALL EVERY MONTH AND YOU TAKE OUT OF YOUR SAVINGS TO MAKE UP FOR THAT SHORT FALL OR TO INCREASE THE SUPPLY OF MONEY THAT YOU HAVE, YOU'RE EVENTUALLY GOING TO RUN OUT OF THAT. WE WOULD RUN OUT OF OIL AND WE DON'T NEED TO DO THAT BECAUSE THEN WE WOULD CERTAINLY BE AT THE MERCY OF OUR ENEMIES. THIS IS MR. DEFAZIO BACK IN JANUARY 18, 2007, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THE DEMOCRATS CAME OUT WITH THEIR ENERGY PLAN. HE SAID, IT IS SAD TO SEE THE REPUBLICANS COME TO THIS. NOW THEY LAUGHINGLY SAY THIS WILL LEAD TO HIGHER PRICES. AT THE TIME GAS WAS $2.10 A GALLON. TODAY IT'S ABOUT $4.10 A GALLON. WE TELL THE DEMOCRATS THEN THAT THEIR ENERGY PLAN WAS NOT GOING TO WORK, IT WAS NOT GOING TO HELP AMERICANS LOWER GAS PRICES AND THE PRICE TO HEAT THEIR HOMES. WE'RE TELLING THEM THE SAME THING TODAY BY TAKING OUT OF OUR STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE, TO INCREASE THE SUPPLY, IS NOT THE WAY TO GO. THAT'S NOT THAT COMMONSENSE PLAN THAT SPEAKER PELOSI PROMISED US BACK IN APRIL OF 2006. WE DON'T NEED TO DEPLETE OUR SAVINGS. THE ENERGY RESERVE THAT WE HAVE IN CASES OF EMERGENCY, LIKE WHEN WE USED IT FROM THE FIRST GULF WAR AND FOR KATRINA, WE DON'T NEED TO USE OUR SAVINGS. SO WITH THAT I WANT TO SAY THAT THIS IS ANOTHER SITUATION WHERE, MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE HEARD THE REPUBLICAN IDEA OF INCREASING SUPPLY, AN ALL-THE--- ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE POLICY, WHEN THE DEMOCRATS ARE DOING THIS UNDER SUSPENSION. THEY COULD DO THIS UNDER REGULAR RULE. THE REASON THAT I THINK THAT THE MAJORITY PARTY DOES NOT WANT TO DO IT, BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEIR ENERGY PLAN IS A FAILURE, THEY WANT THESE BILLS TO FAIL THAT THEY HAVE UNDER SUSPENSION. LET'S BRING ABOUT SOMETHING TO THIS FLOOR THAT WILL LET THE DULE-ELECTED PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY VOTE ON AN ENERGY -- DULY-ELECTED PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY VOTE ON AN ENERGY POLICY THAT WILL BRING RELIEF TO AMERICANS AT THE PUMP AND THAT POLICY IS TO INCREASE OUR OIL SUPPLY FROM OUR OWN NATURAL RESOURCES AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    ME TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO THIS HOUSE CAN FINALLY CONSIDER REAL…

    ME TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO THIS HOUSE CAN FINALLY CONSIDER REAL SOLUTIONS TO RISING ENERGY COSTS. IF THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS DEFEATED, I WILL MOVE TO AMEND THE RULE TO ALLOW FOR THE ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 6566, THE AMERICAN ENERGY ACT. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO HAVE THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT AND MATERIAL INSERTED INTO THE RECORD.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:13:25 PM

    MR. SESSIONS

    PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

    PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, 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 VERMONT.

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  • 12:13:35 PM

    MR. WELCH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL IS REALLY A SIMPLE AND STRAIGHTFORWARD…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL IS REALLY A SIMPLE AND STRAIGHTFORWARD OPPORTUNITY FOR CONGRESS TO TAKE AN ACTION TAKEN BY PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS AND CONGRESSES TO LOWER THE PRICE AT THE PUMP FOR THE AMERICAN CONSUMER AND FOR AMERICAN BUSINESSES. THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE HAS OVER 700 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL. THAT IS AN ASSET THAT WAS BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BY THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER, IT'S AN ASSET OF THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER AND CITIZEN AND IT'S THERE TO BE USED FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE AMERICAN CITIZEN AND THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD DIRECT THE 10% OF THAT RESERVE, 10% ONLY, 70 MILLION BARRELS, COULD BE RELEASED AND WHAT WE'VE SEEN IN HISTORY IS THAT IN THE THREE MOST PREVIOUS INSTANCES WHERE WITH THE STROKE OF A PEN THE PRESIDENT HAS USED THAT AUTHORITY TO RELEASE THIS ASSET BELONGING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, IT'S RESULTED IN A REDUCTION IN THE PRICE AT THE PUMP OF GASOLINE FROM 33% TO 18% TO 9%. SO IT'S A PROVEN ACTION THAT PRESIDENTS HAVE TAKEN TO BENEFIT THE AMERICAN CONSUMER. IT'S ALSO RESPONSIBLE. YOU KNOW, 20 DAYS AGO OIL WAS OVER $140 A GALLON. IT'S $124 -- OR PARDON ME, A BARREL TODAY. AND THAT MEANS THAT WHEN WE ARE REPLENISHING THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE, IT'S GOING TO COST LESS FOR THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER. THERE'S A REASON WHY SO MANY INTERESTED PARTIES WHO ARE AFFECTED BY THE HIGH PRICE OF OIL STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS. THE AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION, NATIONAL FARMERS UNION, NATIONAL TRUCK ASSOCIATION, LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS, MANY REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, ZACH WAMP, HEATHER WILSON, SENATOR COLLINS, SENATOR HITCHENSON, SENATOR ISAACSON AND THE REASON IS THAT WHATEVER WE ARE GOING TO DO IN THE LONG-TERM TO CHANGE OUR ENERGY POLICY, WHY WOULD WE NOT TAKE THE IMMEDIATE ACTIONS IN THE SHORT-TERM THAT CAN PROVIDE IMMEDIATE BENEFIT TO THE AMERICAN CONSUMER AND TO AMERICAN BENEFITS -- TO AMERICAN BUSINESSES? IT JUST STANDS TO REASON THAT A RESPONSIBLE CONGRESS IS GOING TO TAKE THOSE ACTIONS THAT CAN PROVIDE DIRECT AND IMMEDIATE RELIEF TO THE AMERICAN CONSUMER. THAT'S WHAT THE RELEASE OF THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE WILL ALLOW. 10%. NOT ALL OF IT, IT'S NOT ROBBING THE SAVINGS BANK, IT'S USING AN ASSET THAT BELONGS TO THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY TO PROVIDE HELP TO THE FAMILIES OF THIS COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE A YES VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND THE RULE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION SON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION SON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 12:16:27 PM

    MR. SESSIONS

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER…

    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 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 1367. IT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON THE ADOPTION OF THE HOUSE RESOLUTION, ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, AND ADOPTION OF THE HOUSE RESOLUTION.@@

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  • 12:41:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 232. THE NAYS ARE 1 4. -- 184 AND THE PREVIOUS…

    THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 232. THE NAYS ARE 1 4. -- 184 AND THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR WILL SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 12:41:55 PM

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    I DEMAND THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT. 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.

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  • 12:48:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS ARE 226, THE NAYS, 190. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED AND WITHOUT…

    THE YEAS ARE 226, THE NAYS, 190. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION A MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 1362 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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  • 12:49:26 PM

    THE CLERK

    1362, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO…

    1362, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO THE BILL H.R. 5501, TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL QUEERS 2009 THROUGH 2013 TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES TO FIGHT HIV-AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS, AND MALARIA, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 12:49:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE -- THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE…

    THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE -- THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. THE MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE.@@@uB"I+M$O'I'#HD" (S$O'O'$S$SN! UT$H" UE'V"S"V"G"H'D$&PM"R()H)SI!E" $"SV" @@@@

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  • 12:55:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS 231, THE NAYS ARE 185, AND THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS 231, THE NAYS ARE 185, AND THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR WILL SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. AND THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, A MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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  • 12:56:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CHAMBER OF UNNECESSARY DISCUSSION SO THAT WE MAY PROCEED. WOULD THE HOUSE…

    CHAMBER OF UNNECESSARY DISCUSSION SO THAT WE MAY PROCEED. WOULD THE HOUSE PLEASE COME TO ORDER SO WE MAY PROCEED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REMOVE DISCUSSIONS FROM THE CHAMBER SO WE MAY PROCEED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE…

    REMOVE DISCUSSIONS FROM THE CHAMBER SO WE MAY PROCEED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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  • 12:57:42 PM

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    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6578 AS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6578 AS AMENDED.

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  • 12:57:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SO THE CLERK CAN REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE…

    SO THE CLERK CAN REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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  • 12:58:06 PM

    THE CLERK

    STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE AND ITS REPLACEMENT WITH HEAVY GRADE PETROLEUM.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. BARROW, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. BARROW, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BARTON, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 12:58:42 PM

    MR. BARROW

    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 AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL UNDER THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 12:58:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:58:55 PM

    MR. BARROW

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. BUT COULD WE ASK THAT CONVERSATIONS BE TAKEN…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. BUT COULD WE ASK THAT CONVERSATIONS BE TAKEN OFF THE FLOOR SO THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 12:59:10 PM

    MR. BARROW

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, GAS PRICES ARE OUTRAGEOUS AND WE NEED…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, GAS PRICES ARE OUTRAGEOUS AND WE NEED TO ACT. FAMILIES ARE HURTING AND THEY'RE LOOKING TO US TO DO ANYTHING AND THEAVERING CAN HELP. THERE'S NO SILVER BULLET, BUT THERE ARE THINGS WE COULD BE DOING BETTER. ONE WAY IS TO MAKE BETTER USE OF OUR ENERGY FEED STOCKS. USE WHAT WE OUGHT TO USE TODAY AND SAVE WHAT WE NEED TO SAVE FOR TOMORROW. THE GOAL OF THIS BILL, H.R. 6578, THE CONSUMER ENERGY SUPPLY ACT, IS SIMPLE, TO INCREASE THE SUPPLY OF OIL IN THE UNITED STATES THAT CAN BE REFINED INTO GAS. THE BILL WILL DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO RELEASE 70 MILLION BARRELS OF LIGHT SWEET CRUDE OIL FROM THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE. THE BILL REQUIRES THE SALE OR EXCHANGE OF LIGHT SWEET CRUDE TO BEGIN 15 DAYS AFTER ENACTMENT AND BE COMPLETED WITHIN SIX MONTHS. UNDER THE BILL, THE REVENUE FROM THE RELEASE WILL GO INTO THE S.P.R. PETROLEUM ACCOUNT TO PURCHASE MORE OIL SO THE S.P.R. WILL END UP WITH MORE OIL THAN IT STARTED OUT WITH. THE BILL WILL MAKE SURE THE S.P.R. LEVEL WILL NOT FALL BELOW 90% OF THE CURRENT LEVEL DURING THE EXCHANGE. NOW THE TYPE OF OIL THAT WILL BE RELEASED FROM THE S.P.R. IS LIGHT, SWEET CRUDE WHICH IS THE EASIEST AND CHEAP TOAST TURN INTO GAS. AND THE OIL THAT WILL REPLACE THE LIGHT OIL WILL BE HEAVY, SOUR CRUDE, WHICH HAPPENS TO BE THE OIL THAT'S BEST SUITED TO BE REFINED INTO DESEAL. WHAT WE NEED MORE -- INTO DIESEL. WHAT WE NEED MORE OF IS THE HIGHEST AND BEST USE OF ALL OF OUR ENERGY FEED STOCKS AND THIS BILL TAKES THE OIL WE'VE PUMPED BACK INTO THE GROUND TO SAVE FOR LATER AND PUTS THAT TO ITS HIGHEST AND BEST USE RIGHT NOW AND REPLACES THAT OIL WITH HOLE OIL WHOSE HIGHEST AND BEST USE IS TO BE HELD IN RESERVE FAR TRUE NATIONAL EMERGENCY. THIS BILL MAKES IT EASIER AND CHEAPER TO GET THIS FUEL TO THE MARKET RIGHT NOW WHILE MAKING SURE WE AREN'T PUTTING OUR FUTURE NEEDS AT RISK. WE NEED TO USE TODAY WHAT'S GOOD FOR TODAY AND SAVE FOR TOMORROW WHAT'S GOOD FOR TOMORROW. BECAUSE OUR REFINERIES NEED MORE OIL, THIS BILL GIVES IT TO THEM. ADDING HEAVY SOUR CRUDE TO THE S.P.R. IN ITS PLACE WILL MAKE SURE THAT THE S.P.R. WILL BE MORE EFFECTIVE IF A REAL EMERGENCY ARISES. THAT'S BECAUSE THE HAD HEAVY OIL WILL BE SWAPPING FOR LIGHT OIL, CAN BE REFINED FOR THE DIESEL FUEL NEEDED TO POWER OUR TRUCKS, OUR TRAINS AND OUR MILITARY NEEDS IN TIMES OF A TRUE EMERGENCY. IN APRIL THIS YEAR, THE ACTING DIRECTOR FOR NATURAL RESOURCES OF THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, FRANK RUSS COULD HE, GAVE CONGRESS A DETAILED REPORT TO MODERNIZE THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE AND IMPROVE ITS FLEXIBILITY AND EFFECTIVENESS. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY HAS COMPLETED A STUDY IN 2005 WHICH PRODUCED SIMILAR CONCLUSIONS. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ENSURE THAT THE S.P.R. IS MORE REFLECTIVE OF OUR NATION'S MODERN REFINING CAPACITY AND THAT ITS STRATEGIC CAPABILITIES ARE BETTER USED WHILE PROVIDING MORE OIL AVAILABLE FOR REFINING RIGHT HERE IN THE U.S. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT THESE TWO DOCUMENTS FOR THE RECORD.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    IS THERE OBJECTION?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THERE OBJECTION?

  • 01:03:23 PM

    MR. BARROW

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. BARTON

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA OBJECT AT THIS TIME?

  • 01:03:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA OBJECT AT THIS TIME?

  • 01:03:42 PM

    MR. BARROW

    I WILL CONSIDER SUCH REQUEST AT THE END OF THE TIME ALLOTTED FOR DEBATE.

  • 01:03:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE OBJECTION IS HEARD. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:03:54 PM

    MR. BARTON

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

  • 01:03:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:04:01 PM

    MR. BARTON

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I WANT TO START…

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I WANT TO START BY THE SIMPLE STATEMENT THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WHICH IS THE BODY CLOSEST TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, IS CONSIDERING A BILL THAT WASN'T WRITTEN, APPARENTLY, UNTIL THIS MORNING. THERE HADN'T BEEN A COMMITTEE HEARING -- HASN'T BEEN A COMMITTEE HEARING ON THE ISSUES, THERE HASN'T BEEN A COMMITTEE MARKUP OR A SUBCOMMITTEE MARKUP. WE COULD NOT EVEN GET THE TEXT FROM THE COMMITTEE OF JURISDICTION'S MAJORITY COUNCIL LAST EVENING AT APPROXIMATELY 7:30 BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T HAVE IT. APPARENTLY THE TEXT THAT WAS PREPARED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT WAS CHANGED SOMETIME EARLY THIS MORNING -- SOME TIME EARLY THIS MORNING AT THE REQUEST OF UNIDENTIFIED PARTIES. IN AN ECONOMY WHERE WE'RE PAYING SOME OF THE HIGHEST GASOLINE PRICES IN THE WORLD AND CERTAINLY THE HIGHEST GASOLINE PRICES THE UNITED STATES HAS EVER PAID IN TERMS OF ABSOLUTE DOLLARS, WHERE OUR TRUCKERS ARE PAYING $5 FOR DIESEL, OUR AIRLINES ARE HEMORRHAGING CASH BECAUSE OF THEIR FUEL COSTS, WE ARE NOW BRINGING TO THE FLOOR A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT NOBODY HAS REALLY SEEN OR VETTED. I THINK THAT IS ABSOLUTE -- ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE, TERRIBLE PUBLIC POLICY AND A TRAVESTY ON THE PROCESS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I CAN'T OBJECT MORE STRONGLY TO THE PROCESS THAT EVEN THE MAJORITY COUNCIL ON THE JURISDICTION DIDN'T HAVE THE TEXT LAST EVENING. SO ON PROCESS GROUNDS ALONE WE OUGHT TO REJECT THIS LEGISLATION. NOW LET'S TALK ABOUT THE POLICY. THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1975 AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE ARAB OIL EMBARGO BY OPEC AGAINST THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WHERE THERE WAS A CONSCIOUS EFFORT TO PREVENT OIL SUPPLIES FROM COMING TO THIS COUNTRY. PRESIDENT FORD SIGNED THE S.P.R. ACT INTO LAW IN DECEMBER OF 1975. IT AUTHORIZED A BILLION BARRELS OF OIL TO BE PUT INTO A STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE AND THAT OIL WAS ONLY TO BE USED IN THE EVENT OF A SEVERE SUPPLY INTERRUPTION THAT WOULD RESULT IN SEVERE ECONOMIC HARM TO THIS COUNTRY AS A RESULT OF A PRESIDENTIAL DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY. THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE, AS ESTABLISHED, WAS NOT INTENDED TO BE -- TO USE IN A MANIPULATIVE WAY TO CONTROL OUR -- OR AFFECT PRICES. NOW, WE HAVEN'T HAD ANY HEARINGS, WE HAVEN'T HAD A LAW THAT IS CHANGED THE USE OF THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE. WHAT WE HAVE BEFORE US IS A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WAS PUT TOGETHER BY UNKNOWN PARTIES. I COULD GIVE SOME PRETTY GOOD GUESSES ABOUT WHO SOME OF THOSE PARTIES ARE. BUT OFFICIALLY I DON'T KNOW WHO THEY ARE. IT'S ON THE FLOOR, IT ALLOWS 70 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL TO BE RELEASED FROM THE RESERVE, BUT NOT JUST ANY 70 MILLION BARRELS. IT ALLOWS THE SWEET LIGHT CRUDE, WHICH IS THE BEST OIL IN THE RESERVE, TO BE RELEASED WITH APPARENTLY THE INTENT TO LOWER PRICES. NOW, THE PROBLEM ON POLICY GROUNDS WITH THIS PARTICULAR S.P.R. RELEASE IS THAT IT ALSO REQUIRES THAT THAT OIL HAS TO BE REPLACED BEGINNING NO LATER THAN SIX MONTHS AND WITHIN FIVE YEARS WITH HEAVY CRUDE I -- WHICH IS SOME OF THE WORST OIL IN THE WORLD. YOU KNOW WHO HAS THE HEAVY CRUDE AVAILABLE TODAY? SAUDI ARABIA. SO WE'RE GOING TO SELL OIL, THE LIGHT SWEET CRUDE, OIT OF THE -- OUT OF THE RESERVE RIGHT NOW, UP TO 70 MILLION BARRELS AND REPLACE IT THEORETICALLY OVER TIME WITH HEAVY CRUDE THAT'S NOT NEARLY AS EASY TO REFINE AND NOT NEARLY AS AMENBLE TO THE VARIOUS PRODUCT DIFFERENTIALS AS THE SWEET LIGHT CRUDE IS. AND THE ONLY PLACE TO GET IT IS SAUDI ARABIA WHICH IS, AS WE KNOW IN THE MIDDLE EAST, ONE OF THE MOST UNSTABLE REGIONS OF THE WORLD. SO WHAT WE'RE REALLY DOING, APPARENTLY, IS HELPING OUT OUR SAUDI FRIENDS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE CRUDE OIL THAT THEY CAN'T SELL ON THE WORLD MARKET RIGHT NOW BECAUSE IT'S TOO HEAVY AND THERE'S NOT A MARKET, WE'LL BUY IT AND PUT IT IN THE RESERVE AND WE'LL USE UP THE BEST OIL IN OUR RESERVE FOR SOME SHORT-TERM PRICE FIX. HERE IN THE U.S. MARKET. WELL, WHAT KIND OF A PRICE IMPACT WILL WE GET, MR. SPEAKER? YOU KNOW, WE'VE GOT A SUPPLY AND DEMAND PROBLEM IN THE WORLD ON MARKETS. WE'RE USING ABOUT 85 MILLION BARRELS A DAY AND THERE'S ONLY ABOUT 85 MILLION TO 86 MILLION BARRELS A DAY OF PRODUCTION AVAILABLE IN THE WORLD MARKET. IF YOU PUT UP THE TWO TWO MILLION TO THREE MILLION BARRELS A DAY AND SUSTAIN IT, YOU PROBABLY WILL HAVE A TEMPORARY PRICE DECREASE. IF YOU CAN GET THE SUPPLY-DEMAND EQUATION UP TO 2% TO 3% DIFFERENTIAL, I'D SAY THAT OIL PRICES WILL COME DOWN TEMPORARILY. BUT SINCE WE'RE ONLY SELLING 70 MILLION BARRELS, IF WE SOLD THREE MILLION BARRELS -- YOU CAN PRODUCE -- PUMP ABOUT FOUR MILLION BARRELS A DAY OUT OF THE RESERVE, SO LET'S SAY WE PUMPED IT OUT AT MAXIMUM. THAT WOULD GIVE US ABOUT 17 DAYS OF OIL. SO FOR 17 DAYS YOU MIGHT SEE A PRICE DECLINE BUT ON THE 18TH DAY WHEN THERE'S NO MORE OIL TO COME OUT OF THE RESERVE, WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN? YOU'VE NOT CREATED NEW SUPPLY IN THE WORLD. PRICES GOING TO SHOOT BACK UP. SPECULATORS GOING TO STEP BACK IN AND THE RESERVE IS GOING TO BE 70 MILLION BARRELS LESS. I MEAN, IF THIS ISN'T A CYNICAL POLITICAL EMPLOY TO HOPEFULLY LOWER OIL PRICES FOR THE NEXT TWO MONTHS BEFORE THE ELECTION, THEN I'VE NEVER SEEN ONE. WE OUGHT TO VOTE AGAINST THIS. IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A REAL DEBATE ON THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE, IF YOU REALLY WANT TO CHANGE THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH IT WAS INTENDED, LET'S GO THROUGH THE COMMITTEE SYSTEM, LET'S HOLD HEARINGS, LET'S HAVE A GIVE AND TAKE, MAYBE WITH CAN COME UP WITH WAY TO USE THE S.P.R. SOMEWHAT DIFFERENTLY THAN IT WAS INTENDED TO BE USED. BUT UNLESS YOU'RE WILLING TO CHANGE THE CURRENT FEDERAL LAW ON THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE, BRINGING UP THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION IS JUST A POLITICAL SHAM TO, A, MAYBE SHOW THE COUNTRY THAT SOMETHING'S BEING DONE. B, HELP THE SAUDI OIL MINISTRY WHO CAN'T SELL THEIR HEAVY CRUDE ON THE MARKET TODAY. AND, C, MAYBE GET THE PRICE DOWN FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS TO HELP OUR MAJORITY FRIENDS IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION. YOU KNOW, I CAN'T MORE STRONGLY -- STRONGLY EMPHASIZE HOW WE OUGHT TO VOTE AGAINST IT ON PROCEDURAL GROUNDS BUT ALSO ON POLICY GROUNDS. THE S.P.R. WAS INTENDED TO BE A BUFFER IF WE HAVE A SEVERE SUPPLY INTERRUPTION THAT WOULD HARM THE U.S. ECONOMY IN A SIGNIFICANT WAY. WE DON'T HAVE THAT TODAY. WE HAVE HIGH ENERGY PRICES IN AMERICA AND HIGH GASOLINE PRICES IN AMERICA BECAUSE WE'RE NOT PRODUCING ENERGY IN AMERICA THAT WE COULD PRODUCE. LET'S BRING AN O.C.S. DRILLING BILL AND AN WAR BILL AND A SHALE BILL AND A COAL TO LIQUIDS BILL. LET'S BRING THOSE BILLS TO THE FLOOR, MR. SPEAKER. AND ACTUALLY SHOW THE WORLD THAT AMERICA WILL DEVELOP ITS OWN ENERGY RESOURCES. WE DO THAT, YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THE SPECULATORS GET OUT OF THE MARKET AND YOU'RE GOING TO SEE AS THE SUPPLY GOES UP AND WE HOLD DEMAND CONSTANT, THEN YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THE PRICE GO DOWN AND THAT WILL BE PERMANENT. AND PRODUCTIVE FOR THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:12:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

  • 01:12:12 PM

    MR. BARROW

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 01:12:20 PM

    MR. LAMPSON

    MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. I WOULD JUST MAKE A…

    MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. I WOULD JUST MAKE A COUPLE OF POINTS IN RESPONSE TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, MR. BARTON, ONE I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU AND WORKING TO OVERHAUL. IT'S CERTAINLY IN NEED OF IMPROVED MANAGEMENT. AND I MIGHT ALSO MENTION THAT AVERSION -- A VERSION OF THIS BILL WAS INTRODUCED BACK IN MAY AND WE ALSO HAVE BEEN WORKING ON IT TO MAKE IT AS BIPARTISAN A BILL AS WE COULD POSSIBLY MAKE IT SINCE NOVEMBER. SO THERE'S BEEN A GREAT DEAL OF EFFORT TO TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'VE HEARD EVERYONE'S CONCERNS AND TO TRY TO ADDRESS THEM. ONE OF THE POINTS THAT YOU MADE ABOUT IMPORTS AND WHERE OUR HEAVY OIL WOULD COME FROM TO REPLACE THIS, WE PURCHASE 14% OR 70,000 BARRELS FROM CANADA PER MONTH. ALSO THE GULF OF MEXICO HAS A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF HEAVY CRUDE THAT WE ALSO WOULD BE PURCHASING TO PUT INTO THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE AND I MIGHT MAKE THE POINT THAT THE REFINERIES HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT, ACTUALLY GREAT ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY AND THE REFINED HEAVY -- AND THEY REFINE HEAVY CRUDE AS EASILY AS THEY REFINE LIGHT CRUDE TODAY. SO, MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE CONSIDER THIS LEGISLATION THAT I BELIEVE IS AN IMPORTANT STEP FOR OUR NATION'S FUTURE ENERGY SECURITY. IT WILL MAKE THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE MORE COMPATIBLE WITH MODERN U.S. REFINERIES AND THUS MORE EFFECTIVE, IMPROVING THE FLEXIBILITY WILL MAXIMIZE ITS UTILITY. IN SHORING UP OUR NATION'S ENERGY RESERVES IS JUST ONE PIECE OF THIS ENERGY SUPPLY PUZZLE, WHICH ALSO INCLUDES INCREASED DOMESTIC DRILLING IN THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF, AS WELL AS RESERVE AND DEVELOPMENT FOR -- RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR ALTERNATIVES. I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS THAT HAVE BEEN MENTIONED. THE DAY WE WENT TO WAR WITH IRAQ, WE CONTAINED ONLY 26 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL. TODAY WE HAVE MORE OIL THAN WE'VE EVER HAD AND THIS BILL ENSURES LEVELS WILL NOT FALL BELOW 90% OF THE CURRENT LEVEL. IN 2006, PRESIDENT BUSH DECLARED THE SPROW IS SUFFICIENTLY LARGE TO GUARD AGAINST ANY MAJOR SUPPLY DISRUPTION. WITH ONLY 688 MILLION BARRELS. TODAY IT'S MORE THAN 700 MILLION BARRELS. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS EXCHANGE WILL STRENGTHEN THE SPROW AND ENABLE REFIBERS TO OPERATE AT FULL -- REFINERS TO OPERATE DURING FULL CAPACITY. WHEN CONGRESS CREATED THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE IN 1975 FOLLOWING THE ARAB OIL EMBARGO TO PROTECT THE NATION AGAINST ANY FUTURE OIL SUPPLY DISRUPTIONS, REFINERS LARGELY PROCESSED ONLY LIGHT AND MEDIUM CRUDE. ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY OWE OVER THE YEAR -- OVER THE YEARS HAVE LED TO THE ABILITY TO PROCESS HEAVY OIL AS IT HAS BECOME A LARGER PART OF THE MARKET. IN FACT, 40% OF THE OIL ACCEPTED LAST YEAR BY REFIBERS WAS HEAVIER THAN THE OIL CON -- REFINERS WAS HEAVIER THAN OIL CONTAINED IN THE SPROW WITH REFINERS PLANNING TO EXPAND BY 800,000 BARRELS WORTH OF MOSTLY HEAVY OIL CAPACITY IN JUST THE NEXT FEW YEARS, I BELIEVE IT IS INCUMBENT UPON US TO ENSURE THAT THE NATION'S OIL RESERVES MATCH REFINING CAPACITY.

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    MR. BARROW

    30 MORE SECONDS, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. LAMPSON

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. BOEHNER

    LET ME THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. LET ME SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES, THIS…

    LET ME THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. LET ME SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES, THIS IS A JOKE. THIS IS THIS WEEK'S ANSWER TO AMERICA'S ENERGY CRISIS. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE 70 MILLION BARRELS OF ONE TYPE OF OIL OUT OF THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE AND WE'RE GOING TO REPLACE IT WITH ANOTHER. IT DOESN'T BRING US ANY MORE SUPPLY. AND AS I SAID, THIS IS JUST THE LATEST EXCUSE FOR NOT HAVING A REAL ENERGY BILL ON THE FLOOR. WE'VE GOT THIS BILL THIS WEEK. LAST WEEK WE HAD USE IT OR LOSE IT. ANOTHER FARCE BECAUSE IT'S ALREADY THE LAW. WE HAD ANOTHER BILL UP THAT SAID, WELL, LET'S -- LET'S TRY TO ENCOURAGE THE PRESIDENT TO SPEED UP THE PIPELINE UP IN ALASKA. AND LET'S MAKE SURE THAT WE BRILL IN THE NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE, WHICH IS ALREADY ALLOWED. NOTHING THAT'S GOING TO BRING MORE SUPPLY. AND IT'S BEEN ONE EXCUSE AFTER ANOTHER EXCUSE WHEN WE ACTUALLY COULD HAVE A REAL VOTE ON A REAL ENERGY BILL THAT DOES ALL OF THE ABOVE. I AND MY COLLEAGUES YESTERDAY INTRODUCED THE AMERICAN ENERGY PLAN THAT SAYS WE OUGHT TO HAVE MORE CONSERVATION, WE OUGHT TO HAVE MORE BIOFUELS, MORE INCENTIVES FOR ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF ENERGY, WE OUGHT TO HAVE NUCLEAR ENERGY AND, YES, WE OUGHT TO HAVE MORE AMERICAN-MADE ENERGY. AND WHETHER THAT OIL AND GAS COMES FROM THE CONTINENTAL SHELF OF ALASKA OR IT WOULD COME FROM THE CONTINENTAL SHELF OFF OUR COAST OR FROM THE OIL SHALE THAT WE HAVE IN THE INTERMOUNTAIN WEST, WHY CAN'T WE PRODUCE MORE AMERICAN-MADE ENERGY TO BRING DOWN GAS PRICES FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? I'LL TELL YOU WHY. BECAUSE THERE -- THEY HAVE DONE EVERYTHING HUMANLY POSSIBLE TO PREVENT A VOTE IN THIS CHAMBER. THE SPEAKER'S GONE THROUGH EVERY HIJINKS, EVERY LEGISLATIVE TRICK KNOWN TO MAN TO PREVENT US FROM ALLOWING US TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT. THAT'S WHY THIS BILL IS BEING CONSIDERED UNDER SUSPEND THE RULES. WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO -- UNDER SUSS SUSPENSION OF THE RULES. THAT'S WHY WE DON'T HAVE APPROPRIATION BILLS BECAUSE, MY GOODNESS, SOMEONE MIGHT OFFER AN ENERGY AMENDMENT ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND IT MIGHT PASS. WHAT DOES THE SPEAKER HAVE TO FEAR IN ALLOWING THIS HOUSE TO WORK ITS WILL? AND I THINK THE AMERICAN ENERGY PLAN IS SOMETHING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SUPPORT. I THINK THE VOTES ARE IN THIS CHAMBER TO PASS THIS -- THAT BILL. I THINK THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENT US HERE TO DO. AND THE SPEAKER IS STANDING IN FRONT OF THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO REFUSING TO ALLOW US TO VOTE. LET'S NOT VOTE FOR ANOTHER EXCUSE TO DELAY THE ACTUAL VOTE FOR A REAL BILL, A REAL BILL THAT WILL BRING DOWN GAS PRICES. AND THAT'S ALL THIS BILL IS IS ANOTHER EXCUSE. IT DOESN'T DESERVE OUR SUPPORT.

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MARKEY.

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    FOR HOW MUCH, TWO MINUTES? THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. MARKEY

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. MARKEY

    DEPLOYING THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE WORKS. IT WORKED IN 1991 WHEN…

    DEPLOYING THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE WORKS. IT WORKED IN 1991 WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH'S FATHER USED IT.

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    MR. WESTMORELAND

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD.

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    MR. MARKEY

    AND IT WORKED AFTER KATRINA WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH II USE IT HAD.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. MARKEY

    THE PRESIDENT IS WILLING TO USE THE ARMY RESERVES TO GO OVER TO IRAQ TO…

    THE PRESIDENT IS WILLING TO USE THE ARMY RESERVES TO GO OVER TO IRAQ TO PROTECT THE OIL OVER THERE BUT HE'S NOT WILLING TO USE THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE IN ORDER TO PROTECT AMERICAN CONSUMERS HERE FROM THE EMERGENCY WHICH THEY ARE DRILLING AT HOME, HIGH GAS PRICES -- MR. WESTMORELAND: WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. MARKEY

    THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY GOING UNDER. THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY IN DESPERATE…

    THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY GOING UNDER. THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY IN DESPERATE SHAPE. BUT THEY WILL NOT USE IT RIGHT NOW. THE DEMOCRATS HAVE A SHORT-TERM PLAN AND THAT PLAN IS TO GIVE THE RELIEF IN THE NEXT 10 TO 20 DAYS. USE THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE, USE IT AS A WEAPON AGAINST SPECULATORS, AGAINST BIG OIL, AGAINST OPEC. BUT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS STILL THE G.O.P.

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    G.O.P. GAS AND OIL PARTY, THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT.

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    YES, SIR. BEFORE I YIELD TO OUR DISTINGUISHED WHIP, I'D AGAIN LIKE TO ASK…

    YES, SIR. BEFORE I YIELD TO OUR DISTINGUISHED WHIP, I'D AGAIN LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR AN ADDITIONAL 30 MINUTES EVENLY DIVIDED BETWEEN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY FOR DEBATE PURPOSES ONLY ON THIS PENDING LEGISLATION.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I NEED TO OBJECT. I WOULD LIKE TO --

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    MR. BARTON

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    MR. BARTON

    TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED WHIP FROM THE SHOW ME STATE OF MISSOURI,…

    TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED WHIP FROM THE SHOW ME STATE OF MISSOURI, MR. BLUNT.

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    MR. BARTON

    WE HAD ABOUT MORE TIME INDICATES THE LACK OF SERIOUSNESS ON THIS ISSUE.…

    WE HAD ABOUT MORE TIME INDICATES THE LACK OF SERIOUSNESS ON THIS ISSUE. FOR THE 12 YEARS I'VE BEEN IN THE CONGRESS, A HOUSE THAT FOR THE FIRST 10 OF IT WAS LED BY REPUBLICANS, REPEATEDLY SENT BILLS TO THE SENATE THAT WOULD SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. BILLS TO THE SENATE THAT WOULD ALLOW US TO EXPLORE FOR OIL AND GAS WHERE OIL AND GAS IS. AND, AGAIN, TODAY, WE HAVE THE SAME PEOPLE THAT VOTED AGAINST ALL OF THOSE BILLS, THAT STOOD IN THE WAY OF THAT DISCUSSION, THAT TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE FACT THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AT THAT POINT SAID, NO, WE DON'T REALLY NEED TO HAVE MORE SUPPLY AND LET'S NOT DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THE FUTURE. LET'S DO THE RIGHT THING FOR NOW. AND THEY BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR THAT IS IN A -- AS WE FACE A GENERATIONAL PROBLEM IS A THREE-DAY SOLUTION. A THREE-DAY SOLUTION TO A GENERAL RATIONAL PROBLEM. IF IT WASN'T SO SERIOUS IT WOULD BE FUNNY, BUT IT IS SERIOUS. AND WHAT WE HAVE TO ASK NOW, THE GOOD THING ABOUT THIS SOLUTION IS THAT OUR FRIENDS WHO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR ARE ADMITTING THAT SUPPLY MATTERS. IF SUPPLY MATTERS, LET'S GO AFTER SUPPLY. IF SUPPLY HAS AN IMPACT ON PRICE, LET'S FIND THE OIL AND GAS THAT WE HAVE AND REALLY AFFECT THE WORLD MARKET. LET'S NOT ASSUME THAT TAKING OIL OUT OF THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE AT THE LEVEL OF 5.6 GALLONS FOR EVERY CAR IN AMERICA IS GOING TO SOLVE ANY REAL PROBLEM. THE REAL WAY TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM IS TO GO AFTER OUR OWN RESOURCES AND TO LOOK FOR WAYS WE CAN CONSERVE ENERGY AND TO LOOK FOR HOW WE CAN INVEST IN NEW ALTERNATIVES IN THE FUTURE. IT'S NOT ANOTHER GIMMICK THAT SAYS LET'S BE THREE DAYS CLOSER TO BEING TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON OUR -- ON PEOPLE WHO DON'T LIKE US INSTEAD OF USING THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE FOR WHAT IT IS AND GOING AFTER THE REAL SUPPLY THAT CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE. I YIELD BACK.

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    TO YIELD TWO MINUTES OF TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. VAN…

    TO YIELD TWO MINUTES OF TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. VAN HOLLEN.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    HOLLEN: I THANK MY COLLEAGUE. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE…

    HOLLEN: I THANK MY COLLEAGUE. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE NOT TOLD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS THAT IF YOU LOOK AT THE REPORT FROM OUR OWN DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, THEY CAN SEE THAT DRILLING IN THE ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE WON'T PUT ONE DROP OF NEW GAS ON THE MARKET FOR AT LEAST 10 YEARS, AND THEN IT WILL ONLY WIND UP HAVING THE INSIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON PRICE 20 YEARS FROM NOW. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T HAVE 20 YEARS TO WAIT. WE NEED ACTION, AND THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE THAT ACTION BY TAPPING INTO THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY TO HELP BRING DOWN PRICE. AFTER ALL, THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE IS THE SUPPLY OF OIL WE PUT AWAY FOR AMERICA'S RAINY DAY. THERE ARE OVER 700 MILLION GALLONS OF OIL THERE, MORE THAN ANY OTHER TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY. AND WHEN IT COMES TO THE HURT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE FEELING ECONOMICALLY, THEIR RAINY DAY IS NOW. THIS HAS BEEN TAPPED INTO BY THE LAST THREE PRESIDENTS, INCLUDING THE CURRENT PRESIDENT. AND IF WE RESPONSIBLY JUST PUT A LITTLE BIT OF THIS OIL AWAY WE CAN PROVIDE RELIEF AT THE PUMP TODAY. UNFORTUNATELY, THE PRESIDENT'S RESISTED THIS CALL, JUST LIKE HE RESISTED THE CALL TO STOP FILLING THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE. WE NEED TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION. THIS IS NOT A LONG-TERM POLICY. WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT ON A LONG-TERM BASIS WE TAP THE INGENUITY OF THIS COUNTRY, OUR RENEWABLE ENERGY, RESPONSIBLE DRILLING. BUT AMERICANS ARE HURTING NOW. THIS IS NOT A SO-CALLED MENTAL RECESSION, AS WE HEARD FROM FORMER SENATOR PHIL GRAMM. THE PAIN IS REAL, AND WE NEED TO ADDRESS IT NOW. YOU KNOW, A FEW MONTHS AGO I THINK WE ALL SAW A SPECTACLE THAT MADE US SHUTTER. WE SAW PRESIDENT BUSH TRAVEL TO SAUDI ARABIA TO PLEAD WITH THEIR KING TO PUMP MORE OIL. THE SAUDI KING TURNED HIM DOWN COLD. NO, PRESIDENT BUSH. I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD HAVE TO GO AROUND BEGGING TO OTHER COUNTRIES TO PUMP MORE OIL WHEN WE HAVE A STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE OF OIL RIGHT HERE AT HOME THAT'S BEEN SET ASIDE FOR A RAINY DAY. OUR RAINY DAY IS NOW. LET'S PASS THIS LEGISLATION.

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    MR. SPEAKER.

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    TWO MINUTES TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE…

    TWO MINUTES TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MR. ROGERS OF MICHIGAN, TWO MINUTES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    THIS TIME I WANT TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR.…

    THIS TIME I WANT TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WESTMORELAND.

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    MR. WESTMORELAND

    YOU. AND I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS FOR YIELDING THE TIME. YOU…

    YOU. AND I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS FOR YIELDING THE TIME. YOU KNOW, I WANTED TO ASK MR. MARKEY A QUESTION, MR. SPEAKER. I WANTED TO ASK HIM HOW MANY VOTES THE DEMOCRATS HAVE IN THIS CONGRESS, AND I BELIEVE IT'S 233. AND IF I'M NOT BADLY MISTAKEN, IT TAKES 218 TO PASS ANY PIECE OF LEGISLATION IN THIS BODY. AND SO I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY WE'RE DOING THE SMOKE IN MIRRORS GAME AND THE JOKE GAME OF TRYING TO SAY THAT REPUBLICANS ARE BLOCKING THIS BILL. THEY'VE GOT 218 VOTES, THEY CAN DO ANYTHING THEY WANT TO. THEY CHANGE THE RULES IMMEDIATELY WHEN THEY WANT TO. THEY CAN DO ANYTHING WITH 218 VOTES BUT YET THEY CAN'T PASS THIS BILL. AND THE REASON THEY CAN'T PASS THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER, IS BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO PUT FORTH WHAT 73% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT AND THAT'S TO DRILL HERE AND TO DRILL NOW. A QUOTE FROM MR. CAN JORS DO I GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT -- KANJORSKI TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. WITH A LOCAL NEWSPAPER HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAD PROMISED TO END THE WAR AND BRING THE TROOPS HOME IF THEY WERE ELECTED TO CONGRESS AND IT HAD NOT COME TRUE. MS. PELOSI HAD ALSO PROMISED TO HAVE A COMMONSENSE PLAN TO BRING DOWN THE SKY ROCKETING PRICE OF GAS -- SKYROCKETING PRICE OF GAS. WE SORT OF STRETCHED THE TRUTH AND THE PEOPLE ATE IT UP. WE SORT OF STRETCHED THE TRUTH AND THE PEOPLE ATE IT UP. THEY'RE KIND OF STRETCHING THE TRUTH TODAY TO MAKE YOU BELIEVE THAT THEY CANNOT PASS THIS BILL. THE REASON THEY DON'T WANT TO PASS THIS BILL IS BECAUSE THEY KNOW IT'S SMOKING MIRRORS. THEY KNOW ITS SMOKING MIRRORSES AND IT WON'T HAVE THE IMMEDIATE -- MIRRORS AND IT WON'T HAVE THE IMMEDIATE AFFECT THAT THEY'RE SAYING. THEY'RE NOT GOING ALONG WITH 73% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO SAY DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW, LOWER OUR GAS PRICES. SO THEY WANT TO HAVE AN EXCUSE AND THAT'S THEIR EXCUSE AND THINK IT'S TRUE TO FORM TO WHAT MR. KANJORSKI SAID. WE SORT OF STRETCHED THE TRUTH AND THE PEOPLE ATE IT UP.

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    WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE,…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, MS. PELOSI.

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    THE SPEAKER

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND COMMEND HIM FOR HIS EXCELLENT MANAGEMENT OF THIS LEGISLATION ON THE FLOOR TODAY. I WANT TO COMMEND HIM AS WELL AS COMMENDING MR. LAMPSON TO TO -- FOR THIS LEGISLATION WHICH HE'S WORKED ON FOR A VERY LONG TIME AND WHICH MAKES VERY GOOD SENSE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND TO MR. MARKEY FOR HIS EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AS WELL. THE CHOICE THAT WE HAVE BEFORE US TODAY, MY COLLEAGUES, IS A SIMPLE ONE. THE PRICE AT THE PUMP IS ONE THAT IS A PROBLEM PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK. IT MUST BE BROUGHT DOWN. THERE ARE TWO GOALS THAT WE HAVE IN WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE. ONE IS TO PROTECT THE CONSUMER. THAT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY THAT WE HAVE AND IN ORDER TO DO THAT, TO INCREASE THE SUPPLY OF OIL THAT WILL HELP BRING DOWN THE PRICE AT THE PUMP. THIS WEEK WE HAVE THE S.P.R. BILL, TO RELEASE OIL FROM THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE. NEXT WEEK WE'LL HAVE THE SPECULATION BILL WHICH WILL ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF UNDUE EXCESSIVE SPECULATION IN THE OIL MARKETS AND WHAT THAT -- IMPACT THAT MAY HAVE ON THE PRICE OF OIL. IN THE COURSE OF THIS DEBATE, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER SOME FUNDAMENTALS. AND ONE OF THEM IS THE FOLLOWING. THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT IS SITTING ON A STOCKPILE OF OIL. 700 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL. THIS FACT IS WELL KNOWN TO YOU IN THE COURSE OF THE DEBATE, I KNOW. 700 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL. THIS IS OIL THAT THE TAXPAYERS HAVE PAID FOR. AND IN SOME CASES HAVE PAID A VERY EXPENSIVE PRICE FOR. AND IT IS THERE. THE PRESIDENT IS SITTING ON THAT OIL. IT'S CALLED THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE AND IT IS RESERVED FOR AN EMERGENCY. THE DIFFERENCE OF AN OPINION THAT WE HAVE HERE IS, IS IT AN EMERGENCY THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE FACE -- FACING, THE PRICES AT AT PUMP THAT THEY HAVE AND THE HOME HEATING OIL AND THE REST? WE SAY IT'S AN EMERGENCY. BUT AN EMERGENCY THAT WOULD JUSTIFY US TAKING NOT MORE THAN -- WELL, WE WOULD TAKE IT DOWN TO, I THINK IT'S 90% OF WHAT IS IN THE S.P.R. THE S.P.R. HAS 700 MILLION BARRELS, 97% -- 97.5% OF THIS STOCKPILE, THIS GOVERNMENT STOCKPILE IS FILLED. IT'S FULLER THAN IT'S EVER BEEN IN HISTORY. IT'S AN HISTORIC SUPPLY. SO WHAT WE'RE SAYING TO THE PRESIDENT IS JUST TAKE A SMALL AMOUNT OF THAT, MR. PRESIDENT, FREE OUR OIL. THIS OIL HAS BEEN PAID FOR BY TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS. FREE OUR OIL, INCREASE THE SUPPLY ON THE MARKET AND WITHIN 10 DAYS, THE PRICE AT THE PUMP CAN COME DOWN. A WHILE BACK WE ASKED THE PRESIDENT TO STOP FILLING THE RESERVE. IMAGINE, WE WERE BUYING OIL AT TOP DOLLAR THIS SPRING TO KEEP FILLING THIS STOCKPILE. THE PRESIDENT REFUSED, THIS CONGRESS VOTED OVERWHELMINGLY IN BOTH HOUSES TO STOP FILLING THE S.P.R. RECOGNIZING THAT, AS WE PULLED OIL OUT OF THE SUPPLY AND INTO THE STOCKPILE WE WERE AFFECTING THE PRICE AT THE PUMP. THIS TIME WE'RE SAYING, IT HASN'T COME DOWN ENOUGH. CERTAINLY NOT FOR AMERICA'S CONSUMERS. AND WE NEED YOU NOW TO DO THE REVERSE, TO FOLLOW UP ON THAT, NOT ONLY NOT FILL THE STOCKPILE, BUT TO INCREASE THE SUPPLY IN THE MARKETPLACE. EVERY TIME THIS HAS BEEN DONE IT'S BEEN DONE -- IT'S BEEN DONE THREE TIMES IN THE PAST 20 YEARS -- EVERY TIME THIS HAS BEEN DONE AND YOU'VE SEEN THE CHARTS HERE, MR. MARKEY HAS THOSE CHARTS, EVERY TIME IT'S BEEN DONE, THE PRICE OF OIL HAS COME DOWN. SO IT'S A PROVEN, IT'S A PROVEN WAY TO BRING THE PRICE AT THE PUMP DOWN. WHEN THE PRICE OF OIL COMES DOWN IN A VERY SOUND MARKET-ORIENTED WAY, WE WILL BUY OIL CHEAPER TO REPLACE THIS OIL THAT WE TOOK OUT AND SOLD AT A HIGHER PRICE AND MAKE A PROFIT ON IT. SO IT MAKES ALL THE SENSE IN THE WORLD TO DO IT THIS WAY. THOSE WHO OPPOSE THIS ARE USING THIS ARGUMENT THAT INSTEAD OF RELEASING THE OIL FROM THE STOCKPILE, GOVERNMENT -- GOVERNMENT-OWNED STOCKPILE, PAID FOR BY THE CONSUMER AND THE TAXPAYER, INSTEAD OF RELEASING THIS OIL TO INCREASE THE SUPPLY IN THE MARKET, WE SHOULD BE DRILLING -- WE SHOULD BE DRILLING MORE. WE SHOULD BE DRILLED IN PROTECTED AREAS. EVEN THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID THAT THAT IS NOT ANY SHORT-TERM FIX. EVERYBODY RECOGNIZES THAT IF YOU DRILL IT TAKES 10 YEARS TO AFFECT THE PRICE AT THE PUMP AND ONLY ABOUT TWO CENTS AT THAT. SO INSTEAD OF SAYING ONLY DRILL, ONLY DRILL, AND GET A 2% BENEFIT 10 YEARS FROM NOW, WE'RE SAYING RELEASE THE OIL FROM THE STOCKPILE SO THAT WE CAN HAVE THE PRICE AT THE PUMP RESULT IN 10 DAYS, NOT 10 YEARS. THIS IS PART OF WHAT WE BROUGHT FORTH LAST WEEK, TOO. USE IT OR LOSE IT. DEMOCRATS SUPPORT DRILLING. IT'S IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THIS DEBATE TO RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE 68 MILLION ACRES IN OUR COUNTRY WHICH HAVE PERMITS AND ARE READY TO GO FOR DRILLING -- DRILLING. SO WE'RE SAYING TO THE OIL COMPANIES, USE IT OR LOSE IT. USE YOUR PERMITS, DRILL FOR OIL, BUT DON'T SAY I DON'T WANT TO DRILL THERE WHERE I HAVE AN ENVIRONMENTAL PERMIT TO DRILL, I WANT TO GO DRILL IN SOME PROTECTED AREA WHICH IS GOING TO TAKE LONGER FOR ME TO DO, BY THE WAY, AND THE REASON I'M NOT DRILLING SO MUCH WHERE I'M ALLOWED TO IS I DON'T HAVE THE EQUIPMENT TO DO IT. SO SEE THIS FOR THE HOAX ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT IT IS. YES, WE'RE SAYING DRILL, USE IT OR LOSE IT. AS A WAY TO INCREASE DOMESTIC SUPPLY. WE'RE ALSO SAYING YOU INCREASE DOMESTIC SUPPLY BY INVESTING IN RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES, WIND, SOLAR, BIOFUELS AND THE REST. NO LESS A STALWART REPUBLICAN THAN T. BOONE PICKENS IS SAYING. I'M FOR EVERYTHING. HE'S FOR DRILLING, HE'S FOR WIND, HE'S FOR SOLAR, HE'S FOR NATURAL GAS, HE'S FOR ALTERNATIVES TO FOREIGN OIL. WE MUST REDUCE OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL. IT IS A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE. IT IS AN ECONOMIC ISSUE. NOT ONLY FOR OUR ECONOMY, BUT FOR THE ECONOMICS OF AMERICA'S FAMILIES AND FOR OUR CONSUMERS. IT IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ISSUE TO REDUCE OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOSSIL FUELS AND ESPECIALLY FOREIGN OIL AND IT IS A MORAL ISSUE BECAUSE IT IS AN IMPACT -- THIS HAS AN IMPACT ON HOW WE IMPACT OUR PLANET. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE SO MANY EVANGELICALS SUPPORTING THIS. IT IS AN IMPORTANT DEBATE WE'RE HAVING BECAUSE THIS ARGUMENT THAT WE SHOULDN'T HAVE OIL TODAY ON THE MARKET WHICH WILL REDUCE THE PRICE IN 10 DAYS, BUT INSTEAD SH SHOULD BE DRILLING -- BUT INSTEAD SHOULD BE DRILLING WHERE WE'RE NOT ALLOWED TO AND HAVE A TWO-CENT SAVING IN 10 YEARS, THINK OF IT. THIS ISN'T A REASON. THIS IS AN EXCUSE AND IT'S AN EXCUSE FOR A FAILED ENERGY POLICY. IT IS THE ENERGY POLICY OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND SOME OF THE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS. BUT NOT ALL, BECAUSE MANY HAVE VOTED IN AN ENLIGHTENED WAY ON THESE SUBJECTS. THIS IS AN EXCUSE FOR THEIR FAILED ENERGY POLICY. THESE ARE THE SAME PEOPLE, GEORGE BUSH AND DICK CHENEY, WHO BROUGHT US OVER $4-A-GALLON GASOLINE AT THE PUMP AND NOW THEY'RE SAYING MORE OF THE SAME. WE'RE SAYING, A NEW DIRECTION. AND NOW. WE CAN DRILL, WE CAN INCREASE THE SUPPLY, WE CAN INVEST IN RENEWABLES, WE CAN END SPECULATION, WE CAN PROTECT THE CONSUMER AND AS WE DO ALL OF THAT AND INCLUDING THE DRILLING, WE CAN DO IT NOW AND WE CAN DO IT RIGHT. THE FASTEST WAY TO HELP THE CONSUMER IS TO RELEASE THE OIL FROM THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE. LET'S THINK OF THAT AS A GOVERNMENT STOCKPILE PAID FOR BY TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS, THAT A SMALL AMOUNT CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACT. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO GO DOWN TO -- GO DOWN THE SAME PATH YOU DID BEFORE WHEN OVERWHELMINGLY OVER 300 MEMBERS, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ALIKE, VOTED TO STOP FILLING THE S.P.R. NOW LET'S JUST SAY, THERE'S SO MUCH IN THERE YOU CAN SPARE -- THERE'S SO MUCH IN THERE. YOU CAN SPARE SOME TO HELP THE CONSUMER. DO IT RIGHT, DO IT RIGHT NOW. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AS I URGE A YES VOTE ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. AGAIN, COMMENDING MR. MARKEY, MR. BARROW AND MR. LAMPSON. MR. LAMPSON, THE AUTHOR OF THIS LEGISLATION. THANK YOU, MR. LAMPSON, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. THANK YOU.

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

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    IS THERE OBJECTION?

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    IS THERE OBJECTION?

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    MR. BARROW

    WAS IT 15 MINUTES THAT MR. BARTON WAS ASKING ABOUT?

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    MR. BARTON

    0 MINUTES TOTAL, 15 MINUTES EACH SIDE.

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    MR. BARROW

    15 MINUTES TO BE DIVIDED ON EACH SIDE.

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    MR. BARTON

    I GUESS THAT'S A SART -- START. WE HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 15 MINUTES.

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    DOES THE GENTLEMAN WISH TO REQUEST A 15-MINUTE UNANIMOUS CONSENT EXTENSION?

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    MR. BARTON

    WE ARE INCREASING THE SUPPLY OF TIME. I'LL TAKE 15 MINUTES RIGHT NOW.

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    IS THERE OBJECTION TO EXTENDING DEBATE 15 MINUTES DIVIDED BETWEEN BOTH…

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO EXTENDING DEBATE 15 MINUTES DIVIDED BETWEEN BOTH SIDES?

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    MR. BARROW

    ON OUR SIDE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HEARING NONE, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. BARTON

    I THANK YOU. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA FOR HIS COURTESY. I'D…

    I THANK YOU. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA FOR HIS COURTESY. I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, FROM THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS, THE M.V.P. REPUBLICAN OF LAST WEEK'S THRILLING 11-10 BASEBALL VICTORY, MR. BRADY, TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. BRADY

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER ENERGY GIMMICK. IT MUST BE THE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER ENERGY GIMMICK. IT MUST BE THE 110TH CONGRESS. THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HAMMERED BY HIGH FUEL PRICES IS GETTING TIRED OF THE JEDD CLAMPETT ENERGY PLAN PUT FORTH BY DEMOCRATS. YOU JUST CAN'T SHOOT AT IMAGINEARY TARGETS AND HOPE ENERGY IS GOING TO COME BUBBLING UP. LOOK AT THE RECORD. LOOK AT THE RECORD. THIS PAST YEAR, DEMOCRATS SAID IF WE CAN SUE OPEC, WE'LL LOWER GAS PRICES. HAVE YOUR GAS PRICES GONE DOWN? THEY SAID IF WE PASS USE IT OR LOSE IT, WHICH WAS LAUGHED AT AROUND THE WORLD, THEY SAID GAS PRICES WILL GO DOWN. HAVE YOU YOUR FUEL PRICES GONE DOWN? EARLIER THEY SAID, WE'LL JUST STOP FILLING THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE AND YOUR GAS PRICES WILL GO DOWN. DID THEY? THE ANSWER IS NO. TODAY IS JUST ANOTHER GIMMICK. DEPLETING AMERICA'S EMERGENCY OIL NEST EGG AT A TIME WHEN THE WORLD IS INCREASINGLY UNSTABLE IN OIL-PRODUCING NATIONS LIKE NIGERIA AND VENEZUELA AND IRAN, WHY, THAT MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL. TAUPING OUR EMERGENCY RESERVES FOR THREE MEASLY DAYS OF ENERGY, THREE, THAT WON'T LOWER PRICES, NOR DOES IT SEND A SIGNIFICANT NAT TO THE REST OF THE WORLD THAT AMERICA IS SERIOUS ABOUT TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR OWN ENERGY NEEDS. YOU REALLY BELIEVE THE WORLD MARKET THAT USES 85 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL A DAY WILL LOOK AT THIS IT TINY AMOUNT AND LOWER THE PRICES? IF THIS BILL WERE TO PASS AND IT WON'T, IT WILL FAIL AGAIN, AT THE END OF THE DRAWDOWN, AMERICA WOULD BE MORE DEPENDENT ON FOREIGN OIL THAN WHEN WE STARTED AND WHEN IT'S REPLENISHED, WE'LL HAVE JUST BOUGHT OIL AT A HIGHER PRICE OUT OF TAXPAYERS' MONEY. SO HERE'S THE QUESTION. HOW HIGH DOES GAS HAVE TO BE BEFORE CONGRESS WILL ACT? HOW MANY FAMILIES WILL BE HURT? HOW MANY SMALL BUSINESSES WILL GO YOU UNDERSTAND? HOW HARD WILL OUR ECONOMY BE HIT BEFORE SPEAKER PELOSI ALLOWS AN UP OR DOWN VOTE ON PRODUCING MORE AMERICAN-MADE ENERGY? WE VOTED ON CONSERVATION, WE VOTED ON RENEWABLES. WHY CAN'T WE VOTE ON MORE EXPLORATION? WHEN WILL WE PUT THE SPECIAL INTERESTS ASIDE? WHEN WILL THE LITTLE GUY HAVE A VOTE? WHEN WILL THE LITTLE GUY WHO DOESN'T HAVE A LOBBYIST AND HASN'T --

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    MR. BARTON

    I'LL GIVE THE GENTLEMAN AN SBIRBLE 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. BRADY

    IT'S TIME TO VOTE THIS GIMMICK DOWN AND LET US HAVE A VOTE.

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    MR. BARTON

    I DID AUTHORIZE AN ADDITIONAL 130 SECONDS.

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    I UNDERSTOOD. IT'S BEEN TAKEN CARE OF. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    MR. BARROW

    AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO

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    MR. EMANUEL

    30 SECONDS.

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    MR. BARROW

    SECONDS.

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    MR. EMANUEL

    THE REPUBLICANS DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM VOTING NO WHEN IT COUNTS. TODAY, WE…

    THE REPUBLICANS DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM VOTING NO WHEN IT COUNTS. TODAY, WE HAVE A BILL ON THE FLOOR THAT TAKES IMMEDIATE ACTION IN HELPING US REDUCE PRICES. IT IS NOT A LONG-TERM POLICY. REDUCING -- INCREASING FUEL EFFICIENCY STANDARDS FOR CARS IS A LONG-TERM POLICY. MAKING SURE THAT THE OIL COMPANIES WHO ARE GETTING SUBSIDIES FROM TAXPAYERS DRILL ON THE 80 MILLION ACRES THAT ARE OPEN FOR DRILLING AND NOT STOCKPILING PERMITS WHEN WE COULD BE STOCKPILING ENERGY SOURCES HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, THAT'S AN ENERGY POLICY FOR THE FUTURE. I SAY VOTE YES AND VOTE FOR A STRATEGY THAT HAS WORKED TIME AND AGAIN IN THE PAST.

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    MR. BARTON

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO RECOGNIZE MYSELF FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BARTON

    I WANT TO RESPOND TO WHAT MY GOOD FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS SAID. HE'S…

    I WANT TO RESPOND TO WHAT MY GOOD FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS SAID. HE'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT THAT IN JULY, 2005, WE PUT AN ENERGY POLICY ACT ON THE FLOOR OF THIS BODY. I'D LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT THAT WAS A CONFERENCE REPORT, THAT EVERY RELEVANT COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAD HAD HEARINGS AND OPEN MARKUPS ON, THAT WE HAD A FULL CONFERENCE WITH THE SENATE THAT WAS OPEN, THAT THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE AT THE TIME, WHICH WAS IN THE MINORITY, MR. DINGELL SIGNED THE CONFERENCE REPORT. THE RANKING MEMBER IN THE SENATE, MR. BINGAMAN OF NEW MEXICO, VOTED FOR THE CONFERENCE REPORT. AND I SAID ON THE HOUSE FLOOR WHEN THAT CONFERENCE REPORT PASSED THAT IT WAS AN EXCELLENT BILL FOR STATIONARY ENERGY, BUT IT WAS NOT AN EXCELLENT BILL ON MOBILITY ENERGY BECAUSE WE DID NOT HAVE IN THAT REPORT TO DRILL IN ANWR. WE DID NOT HAVE IN THAT BILL TO DRILL AND EXPLORE IN THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF FOR THE SIMPLE REASON WE DIDN'T HAVE THE VOTES, PRIMARILY IN THE OTHER BODY TO PUT THOSE THINGS IN THE BILL. BUT THE CONFERENCE REPORT THAT WAS VOTED ON WAS BIPARTISAN, IT WENT THROUGH THE REGULAR PROCESS, IT WAS NOT DONE THE NIGHT BEFORE OR THE MORNING OF AND PUT ON THE FLOOR UNDER A SUSPENSION RULE. AND WHERE IT WAS -- WHAT WAS IN THE BILL WAS GOOD AND IS WORKING TOGETHER. BUT I SAID ON THE FLOOR AT THE TIME -- YOU CAN LOOK ME CONGRESSIONAL RECORD -- ON MOBILITY ENERGY IT WAS NOT AS GOOD AS I THINK IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN BECAUSE SIMPLY WE DIDN'T HAVE THE VOTES. TODAY, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SUPPORT DRILLING IN ANWR. TODAY, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO DRILL IN THE O.C.S. OR AT LEAST EXPLORE WHAT'S IN THERE, AND WE CAN'T GET THOSE BILLS TO THE FLOOR, MR. SPEAKER. SO I WOULD ASK THAT AT SOME POINT IN TIME AFTER THESE POLITICAL SHAMS ARE CONCLUDED WE PUT SOME OF THOSE BILLS ON THE FLOOR AND SEE WHERE THE VOTES ARE. I THINK THERE IS A BIPARTISAN MAJORITY FOR THOSE BILLS RIGHT NOW ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE.

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    MR. BARROW

    PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES OF TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

    PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES OF TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. EDWARDS.

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    MR. EDWARDS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. BARTON

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE…

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND AIR QUALITY SUBCOMMITTEE, THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MR. UPTON FROM MICHIGAN.

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  • 01:53:26 PM

    MR. UPTON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED TO SEND THE SIGNAL ACROSS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED TO SEND THE SIGNAL ACROSS AMERICA THAT WE ARE INDEED GOING TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT THIS ISSUE. AND I WAS GLAD THAT A FEW MOMENTS AGO THAT SPEAKER PELOSI REFERENCED MR. PICKENS' PLAN. I WOULD LIKE TO VOTE ON THAT. I'D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT ALL THE THINGS HE WANTS TO DO BECAUSE IT'S MORE THAN JUST ONE. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO NOT HAVE A PLAN TO INCREASE SUPPLY. IN 2007, PRODUCTION FELL FROM 125,000 BARRELS A DAY WORLDWIDE WHILE DEMAND GREW BY A MILLION BARRELS A DAY. I VOTED A COUPLE WEEKS AGO TO HALT OIL FROM GOING INTO S.P.R., BUT I BELIEVE SERIOUSLY THAT IT WOULD BE TERRIBLY UNWISE TO NOW REMOVE OIL FROM THAT RESERVE. THIS BILL IS GOING TO HURT US IF IT IS ENACTED LONG TERM, PARTICULARLY IF THERE'S A DISRUPTION. IT IS A BAND-AID AT BEST. IT WILL REMOVE OUR INSURANCE POLICY IN CASE SOMETHING EVEN WORSE HAPPENS. LAST WEEK IN MY DISTRICT, GASOLINE FELL FROM $4.21 A GALLON TO EARLIER THIS WEEK TO UNDER $4. IT WAS REFLECTIVE OF THE PRICE OF OIL AT THE BARREL. WHERE THAT FELL FROM $140 A BARREL TO $125 TODAY. WHY IS THAT? ONE OF THE REASONS I'M CONVINCED THAT THE WORLD PRICE OF OIL FELL WAS BECAUSE PRESIDENT BUSH TOOK THE VERY FIRST STEP BY SAYING THAT HE WOULD LIFT THE MORATORIUM ON OFFSHORE DRILLING. BUT, OF COURSE, WE KNOW IT'S A TWO-STEP PROCESS. THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH HAVE TO ACT. BUT WHAT HAPPENED WAS IT GOT THE ATTENTION OF THOSE SPECULATORS ON WALL STREET. THEY MIGHT HAVE SAID, I'M CONVINCED THAT THEY DID, MAYBE CONGRESS IS GOING TO DO SOMETHING. THE PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN THE FIRST STEP. MAYBE THE CONGRESS WILL FOLLOW SUIT. SO IT WAS NO ACCIDENT THAT THE PRICE AT THE BARRELHEAD FELL DRAMATICALLY FROM $140 TO UNDER $125 TODAY. LET'S SEND THE SIGNAL TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC THAT WE ARE GOING TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT THIS. LET'S DEFEAT THIS BILL.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    MR. BARROW

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES OF TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES OF TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN.

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    MR. GREEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY GEORGIA COLLEAGUE AND MEMBER OF OUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY GEORGIA COLLEAGUE AND MEMBER OF OUR ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE FOR YIELDING TO ME AND I STAND HERE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 6578, THE CONSUMER ENERGY SUPPLY ACT OF 2008, INTRODUCED BY MY GOOD FRIEND IN TEXAS, NICK LAMPSON. AS WELL AS MY ESTEEMED COLLEAGUE ON OUR COMMITTEE, REPRESENTATIVE ED MARKEY OF MASSACHUSETTS. I HAVE TO ADMIT, I AGREE, WE NEED EVERYTHING, MR. SPEAKER. WE NEED TO DRILL MORE. FRANKLY, MY MICHIGAN COLLEAGUE, MAYBE WE OUGHT TO DRILL IN PART OF LAKE MICHIGAN THAT WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DRILL IN BECAUSE CANADA DRILLS THERE. THIS BILL IS SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE THIS IS SOMETHING WE CAN DO IMMEDIATELY. TODAY'S RISING PETROLEUM GASOLINE PRICES ARE TAKING A TOLL ON OUR HARD-WORKING FAMILIES. EVEN IN OUR DISTRICT THAT PRODUCES A LOT OF REFINED PRODUCTS. THERE ARE NO QUICK FIX TO THE PRICE OF GAS. CLIMBING WORLD PLAN AND GEOPOLITICAL EVENTS. THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE, OR THE S.P.R., WE NEED TO TAKE STEPS NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN CONSUMERS' INTEREST. I DO NOT BELIEVE THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION'S PROPERLY MANAGED THE S.P.R. THE S.P.R. EXISTS TO PROTECT US DURING ENERGY CRISIS AND ALMOST FULL TO THE 227 MILLION BARREL CAPACITY. BUT WHILE THE COST OF A BARREL SKY ROCKETS, THEY -- SKYROCKETED, THEY LIMITED THE AMOUNT OF OIL AVAILABLE. GRANT IT, IT'S A SMALL AMOUNT BUT IT WOULD STILL ALLOW FOR THAT ADDITIONAL OIL TO BE ON THE MARKET. BUT CONGRESS FIXED THAT WHEN IT SENT LEGISLATION TO THE PRESIDENT, WHICH I SUPPORTED AND SIGNED INTO LAW, SUSPENDED OIL TO THE S.P.R. UNLESS THE PRICE OF OIL FALLS BELOW $75. I BELIEVE WHEN OIL PRICES ARE VERY HIGH WE SHOULD RELEASE S.P.R. OIL INTO THE MARKET TO INCREASE SUPPLY AS THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY DID IN RESPONSE TO HURRICANE KATRINA. CONSISTENT WITH THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE'S RECOMMENDATION TO ALLOW HEAVY CRUDE TO OUR NATIONAL RESERVES, THIS BILL WOULD MODERNIZE S.P.R. BY REQUIRING D.O.E. --

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    MR. BARROW

    OF 70 MILLION BARRELS OF LIGHT CRUDE FOR HEAVY CRUDE. THE G.A.O.

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    MR. GREEN

    OF 70 MILLION BARRELS OF LIGHT CRUDE FOR HEAVY CRUDE. THE G.A.O. FOUND…

    OF 70 MILLION BARRELS OF LIGHT CRUDE FOR HEAVY CRUDE. THE G.A.O. FOUND THAT REFINERIES, WHEN FORCED TO RELY SOLELY ON S.P.R. DURING EMERGENCIES, WOULD EXPERIENCE A 5% REDUCTION IN THEIR PRODUCTION CAPACITY. THIS BILL WILL INCREASE THE ABILITY OF REFINERIES TO RESPOND IN REDUCTION AND OPTIMIZE OUR S.P.R.'S EFFECTIVENESS. THIS WILL HAVE AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT ON THE MARKET, REDUCING THE PRICES AT THE PUMP AND EASING MARKET SPECULATION. THIS IS A GOOD FIRST STEP. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO MAKE THIS FIRST STEP BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER STEPS WE NEED TO MAKE. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. BARTON

    WANT TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND…

    WANT TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MR. TERRY OF NEBRASKA.

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    MR. TERRY

    THANK YOU. WE USE IN THIS COUNTRY 0 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL PER DAY. -- 20…

    THANK YOU. WE USE IN THIS COUNTRY 0 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL PER DAY. -- 20 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL PER DAY. 14 MILLION BARRELS WE IMPORT. IT'S MY PERSONAL MISSION AND DREAM THAT WE CAN DISPLACE THAT 14 MILLION BARRELS PER DAY THAT WE IMPORT AND USE OUR OWN AMERICAN-MADE RESOURCES INSTEAD. THIS BILL HERE TODAY RELEASING 10% OF THE S.P.R. EQUALS 3 1/2 DAYS OF OUR TOTAL USE. NOW, THAT WILL, USING MY UNDERSTANDING OF ECONOMICS, WILL REDUCE THE PRICE AT THE PUMP BY A FEW CENTS FOR A FEW DAYS. SO WE HAVE TO BALANCE THAT AGAINST THE HARM THAT'S BEING CAUSED BY THE HIGH GAS PRICES TO OUR CONSTITUENTS TO PEOPLE ON LOWER INCOME, ESPECIALLY, WITH OUR NATIONAL SECURITY NEEDS, WHICH IS THE INTENTION OF S.P.R. IT IS INTENDED THAT WHEN WE GO THROUGH AN OPEC CRISIS WHERE THEY CUT OFF THE SUPPLY TO US THAT WE HAVE OUR DOMESTIC RESERVES READY. IN CASE OF SUCH AN EMERGENCY. AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT WORLD POLITICS TODAY WITH IRAN AND ISRAEL AND NIGERIA AND VENEZUELA, THAT'S A REAL ISSUE THAT WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH. NOW THE SPEAKER RECOGNIZES NOW THAT SUPPLY IS THE ISSUE, THAT DEMAND IS OUTSTRIPPING WORLD SUPPLY OF OIL AND WE HAVE TO NOW ADD TO OUR SUPPLY. I AGREE WITH THE SPEAKER'S STATEMENT WHEN SHE SAYS, FREE OUR RESOURCES. SO LET'S HAVE A VOTE ON FREEING OUR RESOURCES. WE'VE GOT AMERICAN RESOURCES, WHETHER IT'S ALTERNATIVE ENERGIES, AND WHY DON'T WE MAKE THE TAX CREDIT PERMANENT FOR ALTERNATIVE AND RENEWABLE ENERGY AS OPPOSED TO THE ONE YEAR BROUGHT TO US BY THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP? WE CAN ADD, THEN, ADDITIONAL CONSERVATION AND THE HOUSE DID PASS CONSERVATION AND AUTOMOBILE FUEL EFFICIENCY, BUT LET'S USE THE RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE WITH OIL AND GET THE RESOURCES --

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    OK. AND THE MIDDLE OF AMERICA AND IN ALASKA.

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    MR. BARTON

    YIELD AN ADDITIONAL TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,…

    YIELD AN ADDITIONAL TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. LAMPSON.

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    MR. LAMPSON

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY OVER THE YEARS…

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY OVER THE YEARS HAVE LED TO THE ABILITY TO PROCESS HEAVY OIL AS IT'S BECOME A LARGER PART OF THE MARKET. 40% OF OIL ACCEPTED LAST YEAR BY REFINERS WAS HEAVIER THAN THE OIL CONTAINED IN THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE. THAT'S A CRITICAL POINT, IN MY OPINION. EARLIER, WE SAID, THE DEPARTMENT -- WE PUT INTO THE RECORD, THE G.A.O. REPORT AND I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD THE REPORT MENTIONED WITHIN THE G.A.O. REPORT THAT CAME FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND READ JUST ONE PARAGRAPH FROM IT, ADDRESS THE COMPATIBILITY ISSUES OF THE 11 HEAVY CRUDE REFINERS AND PROVIDE HEAVY CRUDE FOR THE NATION. THE PETROLEUM RESERVE WOULD NEED FOR 10% OF ITS INVENTORY TO BE HEAVY OIL. WITH CONSIDERATION BEING GIVEN TO THE LARGER RESERVE THAT MAY BE DESIRABLE AND PHYSICALLY VIABLE TO STORE LOWER GRAVITY CRUDE THAN WHAT IS STORED IN THE RESERVE. AND THE G.A.O. SAID THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY MAY HAVE UNDERESTIMATED THIS AMOUNT IN RECENT TESTIMONY. ALL THE MORE REASON WHY WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT HOW WE CAN FIND A SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM, USE AN OPPORTUNITY THAT IS AVAILABLE TO US. IT'S EXACTLY WHAT I STARTED OUT TO DO IN NOVEMBER WHEN I APPROACHED MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES THROUGHOUT THIS WHOLE HOUSE, THIS IS NOT SOMETHING WE SHOULD BE DOWN HERE USING PARTISAN RHETORIC OVER, PUTTING THE FINGER AT SOMETHING THE OTHER SIDE SHOULD NOT BE DOING. THIS IS A SMALL PART OF THE PROBLEM WE'RE GOING TO BE FACING. IT'S ONLY ONE THING THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED, BUT IT IS ONE PART AND IT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WHO CARES IF IT'S 1% OR 3% OF 5% OR 10% NESM AMERICAN PEOPLE SEE THE PEOPLE FROM THIS HOUSE TRYING TO DO SOMETHING THAT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIVES, HELP WITH THE PAIN AT THE PUMP. ISN'T IT WORTH THE EFFORT? THAT'S WHAT WE SET OUT TOO TO DO AND THERE'S NO REASON IN THIS WORLD THIS LEGISLATION SHOULD NOT BE MADE THE LAW OF THE LAND.

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    MR. BARTON

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 4 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 4 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS SEVEN MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MR. BARTON

    IS THERE OBJECTION?

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    OBJECTION.

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    OBJECTION.

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    MR. BARTON

    RIGHT. I WOULD YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. LUN AGAIN SPRK THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER --

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    MR. LUNGREN

    MR. SPEAKER. I RETURNED TO THIS HOUSE AFTER A 16-YEAR ABSENCE BECAUSE I…

    MR. SPEAKER. I RETURNED TO THIS HOUSE AFTER A 16-YEAR ABSENCE BECAUSE I BELIEVE THERE'S A PROBLEM. IF I WERE TO GO TO A DOCTOR, SUFFERING FROM CANCER, AND THE DOCTOR WERE TO GIVE ME ONLY ASPIRIN, I WOULD SAY THAT HE WOULD BE GUILTY OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE. WHAT WE HAVE HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE IS LEADERSHIP MALPRACTICE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WE'RE SUFFERING FROM NOT ENOUGH SUPPLY. AND SO WHAT IS THE ANSWER WE GET HERE TODAY? WE'RE GOING TO OPEN UP S.P.R., THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE, AND THEY SAY THE REASON THIS WORKS IS IT'S WORKED THREE TIMES IN THE PAST. BUT EXAMINE HOW IT HAS WORKED IN THE PAST. IN EACH AND EVERY INSTANCE WE HAD A TEMPORARY DISRUPTION OF SUPPLY. WE WERE ABLE TO AFFECT THAT BECAUSE WE HAD A TEMPORARY INFUSION OF SUPPLY. WHAT WE HAVE HERE TODAY IS A LONG-TERM ISSUE OF LACK OF SUPPLY. AND THE SPEAKER SAID, WELL, AND OTHER MEMBERS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SAID, LOOK, WE SHOULDN'T BE BEGGING FOREIGN COUNTRIES TO GIVE US MORE OIL. NO, WHAT WE'RE REQUIRING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO DO IS TO BEG THE CONGRESS TO ALLOW US TO PRODUCE MORE AMERICAN OIL. AND WHY SHOULD THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS HOUSE REFUSE TO ALLOW US TO HAVE AMERICAN WORKERS USING AMERICAN INGENUITY, AMERICAN CREATIVITY TO PRODUCE MORE AMERICAN ENERGY? THIS IS THE HOAX ON THIS FLOOR. TO SAY THAT SOMEHOW, TAKING THIS OUT OF THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE IS GOING TO GIVE YOU ANY LONG-TERM BENEFIT IS NOTHING MORE THAN A HOAX. A COUPLE OF CENTS FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS, IT ALSO TAKES AWAY OUR ABILITY TO RESPOND TO TEMPORARY DISRUPTIONS IN THE FUTURE WHICH IS THE REASON THIS WAS PUT IN IN THE FIRST PLACE. WHY SHOULD WE BE AFRAID OF AMERICAN PROSS DEUCING AMERICAN OIL? FREE AMERICA. LET AMERICAN PROSS DEUCE AMERICAN OIL. LET'S GET RID OF THIS LEADERSHIP MALPRACTICE WE SEE ON THE FLOOR TODAY.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. MARKEY

    HOW DID WE GET HERE? IT'S VERY SIMPLE. PRESIDENT BUSH AND DICK CHENEY WERE…

    HOW DID WE GET HERE? IT'S VERY SIMPLE. PRESIDENT BUSH AND DICK CHENEY WERE ELECTED EIGHT YEARS AGO. THEY PUT TOGETHER A SECRET ENERGY PLAN, TWO OIL MEN IN THE WHITE HOUSE. HERE'S THE SIMPLE MATHEMATICS. TWO OIL MEN, PLUS TWO TERMS IN OFFICE, EQUALS $4 A GALLON GASOLINE FOR EVERY AMERICAN CONSUMER ACROSS THE COUNTRY. VERY SIMPLE MATHEMATICS. THE DEMOCRATIC ENERGY PLAN, ON THE OTHER HAND, IS VERY SIMPLE. RIGHT NOW, DEPLOY THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE. PUT THE FEAR OF THE LORD INTO SPECULATORS, INTO OPEC, INTO THE OIL INDUSTRY. THE PRICE WILL PLUMMET. IT DID IN 1991 WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH'S FATHER USED IT, IT DID IN 2000 WHEN PRESIDENT CLINTON USED IT. IT DID WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH HIMSELF USED IT AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA. THIS IS A HUGE EMERGENCY FOR FAMILIES AS THEY LOOK AT THEIR POCKETBOOKS. THEY'RE BEING TIPPED UPSIDE DOWN. THE PRESIDENT SHOULD USE IT. AND FOR THE DEMOCRATS, AFTER THE REPUBLICANS CONTROLLED CONGRESS FOR 12 YEARS, IN 2007, THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER. WE INCREASED THE FUEL ECONOMY STANDARDS FOR THE VEHICLES WHICH WE HAVE TO DRIVE. THE APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY STANDARDS, THE LIGHTING STANDARDS, NEW BIOFUELS POLICY. WE BACKED OUT WITH THAT BILL THAT PASSED IN DECEMBER OF 2007 THE DEMOCRATIC BILL 4.1 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL A DAY OVER THE NEXT 10 TO 20 YEARS. RIGHT NOW WE SPEND $387 MILLION A DAY TO SEND AMERICAN TROOPS OVER INTO THE MIDDLE EAST. AND WE HAVE TO PURCHASE 2.1 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL A DAY FRE THE PERSIAN GULF. OUR BILL IN DECEMBER THAT PRESIDENT BUSH SIGNED BACKS OUT THAT OIL. BUT THE REPUBLICANS HAD 12 YEARS OF CONTROL OF THIS CONGRESS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, THEY DID NOT. NOWY IS A -- WE SAY WE NEED A RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY STANDARD SO ELECTRICITY IS GENERATED FROM RENEWABLES. COULD I HAVE 20 ADDITIONAL SECONDS?

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    MR. MARKEY

    THIS IS THE SOLUTION AMERICANS NEED BEFORE LABOR DAY.

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    MR. BARTON

    I'M GOING TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE, MRS.…

    I'M GOING TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE, MRS. BLACKBURN.

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    MRS. BLACKBURN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. HE UNDERSTANDS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. HE UNDERSTANDS HOW THE PEOPLE OF THIS GREAT NATION ARE SUFFERING WITH THE INCREASE IN THE PRICE AT THE PUMP THAT THEY HAVE SEEN SINCE JANUARY OF 2007. IN MY DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE, THIS HAS CHANGED. I'VE COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO OPPOSE THIS BILL BECAUSE IT IS THE WRONG BILL AT THE WRONG TIME. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE COME TO REALIZE, AND I THINK IT HAS BEEN A PAINFUL REALIZATION FOR MANY PEOPLE AS THEY HAVE WATCHED THE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP OF THIS HOUSE. THEY HAVE SEEN THAT THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY IS NOT WANTING TO TAKE THE ACTION THAT IS NECESSARY TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE. WHETHER WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SHORT-TERM, FOR IMMEDIATE RELIEF, MID RANGE SO WE CAN ADDRESS WHAT IS COMING NEXT, AND THEN LONG-TERM, SO THAT LITTLE CHILDREN LIKE MY NEW GRANDSON WHO IS TWO MONTHS OLD WILL HAVE A CONSISTENT, STEADY, AND DEPENDABLE ENERGY SUPPLY. INDEED, RELEASING A PORTION OF THE S.P.R. IS THE WRONG MOVE NOW. AMERICANS ARE WANTING TO SEE AMERICAN SOLUTIONS AND AMERICAN EXPLORATION TAKE PLACE TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE. CONGRESS HAS THE ABILITY TO DO THAT AND WE CONTINUE TO BE BLOCKED FROM TAKING THE NECESSARY ACTIONS BY THE LIBERAL LEADERSHIP THAT IS CHOOSING TO NOT TAKE THE ACTIONS NECESSARY TO ADDRESS THIS. OUR NATION IS BEING PLACED AT RISK. NOT ONLY OUR ENERGY SECURITY, BUT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS PLACED AT RISK BY THE ACTIONS OF A KICK-THE-CAN CONGRESS WHO WANTS TO JUST FINISH IT OUT, GET AWAY FOR AN AUGUST RECESS, AND NOT ADDRESS THE ISSUE AT HAND. $4 A GALLON, THE PRICE AT THE PUMP, INDEED IT IS TIME FOR US TO TAKE ACTION. I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THAT'S CORRECT.

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    THAT'S CORRECT.

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    MR. BARROW

    TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY FRIEND…

    TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS BE ALLOWED TO CONTROL THREE MINUTES OF OUR REMAINING TIME.

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    IS THERE ANY OBJECTION? IS THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELDING THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. BARTON

    I PREPARED TO -- IS THE GENTLEMAN PREPARED TO CLOSE?

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    MR. BARROW

    I'M RESERVING THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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    SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION, THOUGH I ALSO SUPPORT DRILLING.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BARTON

    WE IN CLOSING STATEMENTS NOW? AND I HAVE HOW MUCH TIME, MR. SPEAKER? THE…

    WE IN CLOSING STATEMENTS NOW? AND I HAVE HOW MUCH TIME, MR. SPEAKER? THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 3 1/2 REMAINING.

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    MR. BARTON

    MYSELF THREE AND A HALF MINUTES.

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    MR. BARTON

    GEORGIA FOR YIELDING THREE MINUTES OF HIS TIME. I SINCERELY APPRECIATE IT.…

    GEORGIA FOR YIELDING THREE MINUTES OF HIS TIME. I SINCERELY APPRECIATE IT. I WANT TO POINT OUT SOME OF THE FALLACIES IN THE DEBATE AS QUICKLY AS I CAN. THE FIRST FALLACY IS THAT NOTHING WE DO IN TERMS OF DEVELOPING DOMESTIC ENERGY SUPPLIES IN THE UNITED STATES IS GOING TO TAKE EFFECT FOR 10 YEARS. THAT'S POPPYCOOK. WE CAN CONVERT COAL TO LIQUIDS IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS, WE CAN BE DRILLING IN THE EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO, IF IT'S ALLOWED, WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR. WE CAN BE DOING MAJOR PROJECT -- MAJOR PILOT PROJECTS ON SHALE OIL IN THE NEXT YEAR, WE CAN BE DRILLING ON FEDERAL LANDS THAT ARE CURRENTLY SNAFU'D BECAUSE OF PERMITTING NEXT YEAR. 9/11 ANWR, IT'S NOT GOING TO TAKE 10 YEARS IF WE GIVE THE GRMENT TO DRILL AND DEVELOP ANWR. IT WILL TAKE MORE THAN TWO OR THREE YEARS, BUT YOU COULD HAVE PRODUCTION IN ANWR, I'M TOLD, WITHIN FIVE YEARS. THE THING WE HAVE TO DO IN THIS COUNTRY IF WE'RE GOING TO BRING ENERGY PRICES DOWN AND KEEP THEM DOWN IS CHANGE THE FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SUPPLY AND DEMAND IN THE WORLD OIL MARKET. YOU'VE GOT 5 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL WE'RE USING WORLDWIDE, WEVER GOT APPROXIMATELY 86 MILLION WARLES OF OIL THAT'S AVAILABLE. THAT LESS THAN 1% SUPPLY MARGIN IS WHAT BRINGS THESE HIGH PRICES. A GIMMICK LIKE WE HAVE TODAY WHERE WE TAKE SOME OIL OUT OF THE S.P.R. FOR 60 DAYS AND THEN HOPEFULLY PUT IT BACK IN IN THE NEXT SIX YEARS IS NOT GOING TO CHANGE THAT FUNDAMENTAL. IF IT HAS A TEMPORARY SUPPLY PRICE DECREASE, THAT'S A POSITIVE. I'LL ADMIT THAT. BUT IF IT HAS IT, IT'S ONLY TEMPORARY, BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT CHANGING THE FUNDAMENTAL SUPPLY-DEMAND EQUATION ON THE WORLD OIL MARKET. SO WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING IS LET'S HAVE A STRATEGIC DEMAND. PERHAPS WE LEASING SOME OIL FROM THE S.P.R. IS PART OF THAT PLAN. PERHAPS. THAT'S WHAT HEARINGS ARE ABOUT. THAT'S WHAT A REGULAR ORDER PROCESS IN THE COMMITTEE SYSTEM WOULD BE ABOUT. SO WE'RE NOT SAYING THAT WE WOULD NEVER WANT TO RELEASE ANY OIL FROM THE S.P.R., BUT WE ARE SAYING IT OUGHT TO BE PART OF THE STRATEGIC PLAN, AND PART OF THAT STRATEGIC PLAN HAS GOT TO BE TO DEVELOP DOMESTIC AMERICAN ENERGY RESOURCES. AND SPEAKER PELOSI, FOR SOME REASON, IS ADAMANTLY AFRAID OF THAT KIND OF A BILL COMING TO THE FLOOR. I DON'T CARE IF IT'S A GENE GREEN BILL, A JOHN DINGELL BILL, A STENY HOYER BILL. BUT LET A BILL COME UP THAT HAS REAL DOMESTIC ENERGY SUPPLY IN IT AND HAVE AN HONEST DEBATE AND LET'S SEE WHERE THE VOTES ARE. LET'S NOT HAVE AN ENERGY GIMMICK OF THE WEEK. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS. IT'S THE LATEST ENERGY GIMMICK OF THE WEEK. AND IF IT HAS A POSITIVE EFFECT, AND I SAY THAT AS AN IF, IT WILL BE TEMPORARY. BECAUSE IF YOU TAKE 70 MILLION BARRELS -- AND OH, BY THE WAY, I WANT TO GIVE A HINT TO MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, IT WON'T DO WHAT YOU THINK IT WILL DO. BUT I'LL LET YOU FIND IT. IF IT WERE TO BECOME LAW, WHICH IT WON'T, BUT IF IT WERE, IT WON'T PUT 70 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL ON THE MARKET. SO YOU FIND THE MISTAKE. YOU DEVELOPED IT IN THE MIDNIGHT. YOU FIND THE MISTAKE. WITH THAT VOTE NO ON THE BILL AND LET'S BRING A RATIONAL, LONG-TERM STRATEGIC PLAN TO THE FLOOR IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS.

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    MR. BARROW

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. IN THE COURSE OF THIS DEBATE FROM TIME TO TIME IT HAS SEEMED AS THOUGH FOLKS WERE TALKING ABOUT AS IF THIS WAS DRAWDOWN AUTHORITY, AS IF THIS WAS A DRAWDOWN OF THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THIS IS NOT A DRAWDOWN PROPOSAL. THIS PROPOSES A SWAP FOR THAT WHICH IS BEST SAVED FOR TOMORROW IN EXCHANGES FOR THAT WHICH IS BEST USED TODAY. IT WAS PROS POSED TO PUT IN THE GROUND TO SAVE FOR TOMORROW. WE SHOULD USE TODAY WHAT'S BEST FOR TODAY. WE SHOULD SAVE FOR TOMORROW. LITTLE HAS BEEN MADE OF THE FACT THAT THIS IS JUST 3 1/2 DAYS OF NATIONAL CONSUMPTION BEING ADDED INTO THE SUPPLY SYSTEM. ONLY 1% OF NATIONAL CONSUMPTION IS BEING TALKED ABOUT HERE. WHEN MARK TWAIN WAS BORN, HE WAS THE 100TH PERSON BORN IN THE TOWN OF HAMLIN, MISSOURI. HE SAID I INCREASED MY TOWN BY 1%. WE CAN INCREASE THE SUPPLY BY 1%. THAT'S MORE THAN MOST OF THE PIECES OF LEGISLATION WE GET TO VOTE ON FROM TIME TO TIME. ALSO, IT'S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS 3 1/2 DAYS. THIS 1.5% IS BETTER THAN THE WORLD PRICE RESTS. IT RESTS ON THE THIN MARGIN BETWEEN DAILY WORLDWIDE PRODUCTION AND DAILY WORLDWIDE CONSUMPTION. WHAT IS THAT CONSUMPTION? THAT IS ONE MILLION BARRELS A DAY. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT PUTTING IN 70 TIMES THE WORLD OF THE DAILY FLOAT. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DAILY PRODUCTION AND DAILY CONSUMPTION. THAT'S A SIGNIFICANT FACTOR. IT'S NOT ONLY A DECENT PERCENTAGE WHAT WE CONSUME, IT'S THAT THIN MARGIN THAT CONTRIBUTES THE MOST TO THE RUNAWAY COSTS OF GAS AND OIL TODAY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WISH TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS FOR HIS CONDUCT OF DEBATE AND I WISH TO YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6578, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION A MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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    MR. BARTON

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER. I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT…

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER. I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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    MAKES A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT. UNDER THE RULE, THE…

    MAKES A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT. UNDER THE RULE, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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    THE YEAS ARE 168, THE NAYS ARE 157, 2/3'S NOT BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE,…

    THE YEAS ARE 168, THE NAYS ARE 157, 2/3'S NOT BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE NOT SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS NOT PASSED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1344 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3999. WILL THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, MRS. CHRISTENSEN, KINDLY RESUME THE CHAIR.

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    THE CHAIRMAN

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

    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3999, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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    THE CLERK

    TO AMEND TITLE 23, UNITED STATES CODE, TO IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF FEDERAL…

    TO AMEND TITLE 23, UNITED STATES CODE, TO IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF FEDERAL AID HIGHWAY BRIDGES TO STRENGTHEN BRIDGES, TO HAVE THE RECONSTRUCTION OF STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BRIDGES ON THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY SYSTEM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 02:45:56 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    110-760 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. OBERSTAR, HAD BEEN DISPOSED…

    110-760 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. OBERSTAR, HAD BEEN DISPOSED OF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 110-760 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. CHILDERS, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 110-760 OFFERED BY…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 110-760 OFFERED BY MR. CHILDERS OF

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  • 02:46:52 PM

    THE CHAIRMAN

    VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED…

    VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A-fO'I' (aP$S)UaUO(E UgU"SOaPgUaPO)H)S,H$P $gU"S

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    THE CHAIRMAN

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 416. AND THE NAYS ARE ONE WITH SIX ANSWERING…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 416. AND THE NAYS ARE ONE WITH SIX ANSWERING PRESENT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, UNDER THE RULE, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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  • 03:04:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION THE BILL H.R. 3999 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1344 REPORTS THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. UNDER THE RULE, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED ON ANY AMENDMENT TO THE AMENDMENT REPORTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE? IF NOT, THE QUESTION IS ON THE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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  • 03:05:33 PM

    THE CLERK

    MR. SPEAKER.

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    SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 03:06:03 PM

    MR. POE

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

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    MR. POE

    FORM, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

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    THE CLERK

    POE OF TEXAS MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL, H.R. 3999, TO THE COMMITTEE ON…

    POE OF TEXAS MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL, H.R. 3999, TO THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO REPORT THE SAME BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENT. SECTION 7, REMOVAL OF CERTAIN STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BRIDGES ON FEDERAL AID HIGHWAYS.

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  • 03:06:33 PM

    MR. POE

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THERE AN OBJECTION TO DISPENSING WITH THE READING? OBJECTION IS MADE.…

    IS THERE AN OBJECTION TO DISPENSING WITH THE READING? OBJECTION IS MADE. THE CLERK WILL CONTINUE THE READING.

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  • 03:06:50 PM

    THE CLERK

    GENERAL, NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, A STRUCTURALLY…

    GENERAL, NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, A STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BRIDGE ON A FEDERAL --

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  • 03:06:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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    THE CLERK

    WITH A FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION BRIDGE SUFFICIENCY RATING OF FIVE OR…

    WITH A FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION BRIDGE SUFFICIENCY RATING OF FIVE OR LESS THAT HAS ALSO BEEN DESIGNATED AS AN UNREASONABLE OBSTRUCTION TO NAVIGATION UNDER SECTION 4 OF THE ACT ENTITLED AN ACT TO REGULATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF BRIDGES OVER NAVIGATEBLE WATERS, APPROVED MARCH 23, 1906, 33-UCS-449 POPULARILY KNOWN AS THE GENERAL BRIDGE ACT OF 1906, SHALL BE REMOVED WAUBS NEW BRIDGE OR OTHER FACILITY IS OPEN THAT WILL CARRY THE VEHICULAR TRAFFIC THAT WAS CARRIED BY THE BRIDGE. B, PENALTIES NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW UPON ISSUE ARNS OF AN APPROPRIATE ORDER BY THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION, THE OWNER OR OPERATOR OF A STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BRIDGE THAT HAS NOT BEEN REMOVED IN VIOLATION OF SUBSECTION A, SHALL BE SUBJECT TO PENALTIES UNDER SECTION 5-B OF THE ACT REFERRED TO IN SUCK SECTION A. 33-USC-495-B. C, STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BRIDGE DEFINED IN THIS SECTION, THE TERM STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BRIDGE MEANS A BRIM THAT HAS, ONE, SIGNIFICANT LOAD-CARRYING ELEMENTS THAT ARE IN POOR OR WORSE CONDITION DUE TO DETERIORATION OR DAMAGE OR BOTH. TWO, A LOAD CAPACITY THAT IS SIGNIFICANTLY BELOW CURRENT TRUCK LOADS AND THAT REQUIRES REPLACEMENT OR, THREE, A WATERWAY OPERATING CAUSING FREQUENT FLOODING OF THE BRIDGE DECK AND APPROACHES RESULTING IN SIGNIFICANT TRAFFIC INTERRUPTIONS.

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  • 03:08:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. POE

    MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. MEMBERS -- MEMBERS…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. MEMBERS -- MEMBERS WILL CEASE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OR TAKE THEM INTO THE HALL. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. POE

    MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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    NOT IN ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS PLEASE…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE YOU -- MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:09:41 PM

    MR. POE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. MEMBERS WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS WILL CEASE…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. MEMBERS WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS WILL CEASE CONVERSATION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS ENTITLED TO BE HEARD. THE GENTLEMAN WILL BE HERD. THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- HEARD. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. MEMBERS, WE'RE…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. MEMBERS, WE'RE GOING TO TAKE AS LONG AS IT TAKES TO GET THE HOUSE QUIET. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS ENTITLED TO BE HEARD. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:12:26 PM

    MR. POE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO IS RECOGNIZED.

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER,…

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR BRINGING THIS IMPORTANT SUBJECT UP. IT IS INDEED IRONIC THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY A BRIDGE SAFETY BILL ON -- IN THE VERY STIMULUS OF THE BILL WAS A BRIDGE THAT WAS APPROXIMATELY 40 YEARS OLD AND NOW THEN WE HAVE THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT THAT DIRECTS ATTENTION TO THIS BRIDGE WHICH IS OVER 100 YEARS OLD AND IF WE WERE --

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  • 03:13:47 PM

    MR. POE

    THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MEMBERS, PLEASE CEASE THEIR CONVERSATIONS AND MOST OF THE CHATTER IS…

    MEMBERS, PLEASE CEASE THEIR CONVERSATIONS AND MOST OF THE CHATTER IS COMING FROM THE MAJORITY SIDE. MEMBERS, PLEASE CEASE THEIR CONVERSATIONS. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:14:04 PM

    MR. PEARCE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE MASSACHUSETTS HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT RECOGNIZED…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE MASSACHUSETTS HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT RECOGNIZED FIVE SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS WITH THIS PARTICULAR BRIDGE, THE ONE THAT'S IN QUESTION UNDER THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT. FIRST OF ALL, THAT IT WAS STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT, SECONDLY, THAT THE NARROW, HORIZONTAL CLEARANCE OF THE DRAW SPAN OPEN SOMETHING ONLY 98 FEET. THIRDLY, THAT THE LOCATION OF THE CHANNEL OPENING ON ITS SIDE RATHER THAN THE CENTER AND THEN, FOURTH, THE VERTICAL CLEARANCE THROUGH THE DRAW SPAN IS ONLY 27 FEET ABOVE THE WATER LEVEL AND, FIFTH, THERE ARE TRAFFIC CONGESTION PROBLEMS AT THE ROUTE 6, 38 AND 103. NOW THE PROVISION THAT WAS PUT IN TO KEEP THIS BRIDGE IN PLACE WAS PLACED IN THE BILL TO ALLOW EMERGENCY TRAFFIC AND PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC. NOW, THE EMERGENCY TRAFFIC, THE LARGE VEHICLES, THE FIRE TRUCKS, HAVE ALREADY BEEN PROHIBITED FROM GOING ACROSS THIS BECAUSE IT'S UNSAFE AND SO STILL WE'RE GOING TO KEEP THE BRIDGE HERE AND WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT IN THE PRICES OF ENERGY TODAY, THAT THIS BLOCK HAS VERY LITTLE TO DO WITH THE BRIDGE ITSELF BUT INSTEAD IS THE FACT THAT OUR ENERGY POLICIES HAVE BEEN HIJACKED BY A SMALL GROUP OF EXTREMISTS WHO REFUSE AT ANY POINT TO HAVE MORE ENERGY BROUGHT INTO THIS COUNTRY EITHER BY OUR OWN RESOURCES, BY OUR EXTERNAL RESOURCES AND THAT IS THE END RESULT OF WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THIS BRIDGE. SO THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT SIMPLY SAYS THAT THE BRIDGES THAT ARE UNSAFE, AS MEASURED BY A DISTINCT STANDARD THAT IS AVAILABLE, WOULD BE TORN DOWN. THE U.S. COAST GUARD SAID THAT WE NEED TOTARY THE BRIDGE DOWN. THE MASSACHUSETTS HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT SAID IT'S UNSAFE, WOULD NOT LIKE TO USE IT. IT'S GOING TO COST THE TAXPAYERS $1.5 MILLION TO KEEP IT OPEN. LET'S PASS THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT. LET'S DO THE RIGHT THING AND GET MORE ENERGY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. OBERSTAR

    SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE MEASURE?

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    MR. OBERSTAR

    I'M OPPOSED TO THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA QUALIFIES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA QUALIFIES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 03:16:14 PM

    MR. OBERSTAR

    I FIRST WANT TO ADDRESS THE UNDERLYING BILL. THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF…

    I FIRST WANT TO ADDRESS THE UNDERLYING BILL. THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF MISINFORMATION COMING FROM STATE DEPARTMENTS OF TRANSPORTATION. JUST A FEW. CURIOUS, THOSE WHO HAVE TRANSFERRED MONEY OUT OF THEIR BRIDGE ACCOUNT AND COMPLAIN THAT THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO REPAIR DEFICIENT BRIDGES. THE LANGUAGE IN THIS LEGISLATION BY THE TERMINATION OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE IS NOT A MANDATE, NO INTERGOVERNMENTAL OR PRIVATE SECTOR MANDATES AS DEFINED IN THE UNFUNDED MANDATES REFORM ACT. SECOND, THE BILL REQUIRES STATES TO INSPECT STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BRIDGES AND FRACTURED CRITICAL BRIDGES ANNUALLY. AND TO DO THAT WORK THEY CAN TRANSFER THE MONEY, USE MONEY OUT OF THEIR BRIDGE ACCOUNT TO PAY FOR BRIDGE INSPECTORS AND TO UNDERTAKE THE INSPECTIONS. THERE IS NO LIMITATION. THE ONLY LIMITATION IS YOU GOT A STRUCTURALLY FRACTURED CRITICAL BRIDGE IN YOUR BRIDGE INVENTORY, FIX IT FIRST BEFORE YOU TRANSFER MONEY TO SOME OTHER PURPOSE. NOW, THIS PENDING MOTION TO RECOMMIT WAS REJECTED IN OUR COMMITTEE WHEN WE INITIALLY -- WHEN WE CONSIDERED -- WHEN WE INITIALLY CONSIDERED IT IN ANOTHER PIECE OF LEGISLATION. IT IS -- IT IS REALLY SPECIAL INTEREST LEGISLATION BECAUSE THE COMPANY THAT WOULD OPERATE THE L.N.G. FACILITY WOULD BE THE PRINCIPLE BENEFICIARY. TO EXPLAIN THE SPECIFICS OF THAT INTRA CASSIE, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN.

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  • 03:17:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. WITH RESPECT TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. WITH RESPECT TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND NEW MEXICO, THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT. I MEAN, THIS IS RIDICULOUS. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A BRIDGE IN FALL RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS. THIS IS A BRIDGE THAT IS OWNED BY THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS. IT'S NOT OWNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IT'S OWNED BY THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS. THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS AND THE CITY OF FALL RIVER AND THE PEOPLE OF THAT COMMUNITY HAVE DECIDED THEY WANT TO PRESERVE THAT BRIDGE. WHY? ONE OF THE REASONS IS FOR AN EVACUATION ROUTE. ANOTHER REASON IS BECAUSE THEY WANT TO TURN IT INTO A BIKE PATH AND A WALKING PATH TO HELP REVITALIZE THE WATERFRONT IN FALL RIVER AND SOMERSET. THE COMMUNITY IS ALMOST ULES IN THEIR SUPPORT FOR THIS EFFORT -- UNANIMOUS IN THEIR SUPPORT FOR THIS EFFORT. THERE IS NO CONTROVERSY IN FALL RIVER OR MASSACHUSETTS ABOUT THIS. AS FAR AS THE DEBATE FOR AN L.N.G., THIS IS LEAST OF THE DEBATE FOR A POTENTIAL L.N.G. FACILITY IN THE MIDDLE OF FALL RIVER. THE COAST GUARD SAID IT'S AN UNACCEPTABLE RISK. THE U.S. NAVY HAS SAID IT IS A MISTAKE. THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE HAS SAID IT'S A BAD IDEA. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH L.N.G. THIS HAS SOMETHING TO DO WHETHER OR NOT WE ARE GOING TO ALLOW SOME PEOPLE ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE ONCE AGAIN TO ATTACK THE HARD-WORKING FAMILIES OF FALL RIVER WHO LAST WEEK THEY VERBALLY ASSAULTED BECAUSE THEY SAID THEY WERE NOT ENTITLED TO ANY KIND OF ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFIT. THIS WEEK THEY WANT TO TAKE AWAY A BRIDGE THAT THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS OWNS, THAT THE PEOPLE OF FALL RIVER WANT TO PROTECT. MASSACHUSETTS, IN TERMS OF L.N.G., IS DOING MORE THAN ALMOST EVERY OTHER STATE IN THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE TWO UP AND RUNNING AND ANOTHER BEING LICENSED. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ENERGY, THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH L.N.G. THIS HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH WHETHER THE PEOPLE OF FALL RIVER, THE HARD-WORKING PEOPLE OF FALL RIVER TO DETERMINE WHAT TO DO WITH A MEASLY BRIDGE TO REVITALIZE THEIR WATERFRONT. ENOUGH OF THIS NONSENSE.

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  • 03:20:12 PM

    MR. OBERSTAR

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. FRANK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA HAS ONE MINUTE REMAINING, WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. FRANK

    ABOUT THE MERITS. LET ME TALK ABOUT THE PERSONAL POLITICS. I JUST RAN OVER…

    ABOUT THE MERITS. LET ME TALK ABOUT THE PERSONAL POLITICS. I JUST RAN OVER HERE FROM A HEARING THAT I CALLED AT THE REQUEST OF THE REPUBLICANS ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. BECAUSE I WAS TRYING TO ACCOMMODATE THEM. TO HAVE THIS BROUGHT UP TO ATTACK OUR DISTRICT AS AN AMBUSH, WITH NO NOTICE, WITH NO DISCUSSION WHEN WE'RE TRYING TO DO BUSINESS, WHEN I SPENT ALL WEEK TRYING TO WORK WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION. I KNOW THE PEOPLE ON THAT SIDE DIDN'T LIKE IT. I AM ABOUT TO GO TO CONFERENCE ON THE FLOOD INSURANCE BILL. AND A NUMBER HAVE COME TO ME AND SAID, WE HAVE THIS ISSUE AND THAT ISSUE. TO HAVE THIS KIND OF A POLITICAL ATTACK ON AN IMPORTANT ISSUE IN OUR DISTRICT WITH NO NOTICE, IN THE MIDST OF OURG TRYING TO CONDUCT OTHER BUSINESS IS NOT WORTHY OF THE TRADITIONS OF THIS HOUSE. AND I WOULD BE GLAD TO DISCUSS THIS AT OTHER TIMES. BUT IF THIS IS THE PRECEDENT THAT WE ARE SETTING THAT WE NO LONGER DECIDE THAT A MEMBER KNOWS WHAT IS BEST IN HIS OR HER DISTRICT I WOULD BE GLAD TO LEARN THAT TODAY.

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  • 03:21:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 03:21:41 PM

    MR. POE

    MR. SPEAKER. I REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAUFERING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. -- FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ELECTRONIC VOTE ON THE QUESTION OF PASSAGE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. THIS IS A 15-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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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    NOW OBSERVE A MOMENT OF EYE SILENCE IN OBSERVANCE OF JACOB J. CHESTNUT AND…

    NOW OBSERVE A MOMENT OF EYE SILENCE IN OBSERVANCE OF JACOB J. CHESTNUT AND GIBSON. PLEASE RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE.@@@

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  • 03:42:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. POE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DO YOU SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DO YOU SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. POE

    I'D LIKE THE YEAS AND NAYS AND A RECORDED VOTE.

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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 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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  • 03:53:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 367. THE NAYS ARE 55. AND THE BILL IS PASSED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 367. THE NAYS ARE 55. AND THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION A MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 03:53:49 PM

    MR. OBERSTAR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

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    MR. OBERSTAR

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT IN THE ENGROSSMENT OF H.R. 3999, THE CLERK BE…

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT IN THE ENGROSSMENT OF H.R. 3999, THE CLERK BE AUTHORIZED TO CORRECT SECTION NUMBERS, PUNCTUATION, CROSS-REFERENCES AND TO MAKE SUCH OTHER TECHNICAL AND CONFIRMING CHANGES AS MAY BE NECESSARY AS TO REFLECT ACCURATELY THE ACTIONS OF THE HOUSE.

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  • 03:54:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1362, I CALL FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE H.R.…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1362, I CALL FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE H.R. 5501, THE TOM LANTOS AND HENRY J. HYDE UNITED STATES GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AGAINST HIV-AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2008, AND OFFER THE MOTION THAT'S AT THE DESK.

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  • 03:55:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL, DESIGNATE THE SENATE…

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL, DESIGNATE THE SENATE AMENDMENT AND DESIGNATE THE MOTION.

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  • 03:55:42 PM

    THE CLERK

    HIV-AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. SENATE…

    HIV-AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. SENATE AMENDMENT, MOTION OFFERED BY MR. BERMAN OF CALIFORNIA TO CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 136 , THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 136 , THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERMAN, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 03:56:16 PM

    MR. BERMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SEVEN MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SEVEN MINUTES.

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    MR. BERMAN

    , OUR DEAR DECEASED COLLEAGUES, WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE WHITE HOUSE --…

    , OUR DEAR DECEASED COLLEAGUES, WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE WHITE HOUSE -- AND HENRY J. HYDE, OUR DEAR DECEASED COLLEAGUES, WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE WHITE HOUSE. THIS HAD ACHIEVABLE GOALS. TO RESPOND WITH COMPASSION TO THOSE WHO ARE DYING OF AIDS, DRAMATICALLY INCREASE OUR EFFORTS TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE H.I.V. VIRUS, PROVIDE CARE TO CHILDREN ORPHANED BY AIDS AND GIVE LIFE-SAVING MEDICATIONS IMMEDIATELY TO THOSE IN NEED. AS A RESULT, OUR NATION HAS PROVIDED LIFE-SAVING ANTI-RETROVIRAL MEDICINES TO NEARLY 1 1/2 MILLION MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN, SUPPORTED CARE FOR NEARLY SEVEN MILLION PEOPLE, INCLUDING NEARLY THREE MILLION ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN, AND PREVENTED AN ESTIMATED 150,000 INFANT INFECTIONS AROUND THE WORLD. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE UNITED STATES HAS GIVEN HOPE TO MILLIONS INFECTED WITH THE H.I.V. VIRUS, WHICH JUST A FEW SHORT YEARS AGO MEANT A DEATH SENTENCE. THIS WORKED WELL AS AN EMERGENCY INTERVENTION TO DEAL WITH THE RAPIDLY EXPANDING HIV-AIDS CRY SUSS. BUT THE NATURE OF THAT DISEASE HAS CHANGED SIGNIFICANTLY SINCE THEN. WE NOW HAVE FIVE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN GRAPPLING WITH THIS PANDEMIC ON A GLOBAL SCALE, AND THE RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL BEFORE US REFLECTS WHAT WE'VE LEARNED. THE LAW WE PASSED IN 2003 WAS DESIGNED TO DEAL WITH THE EMERGENCY PHASE OF THE HIV-AIDS CRISIS. THIS LEGISLATION MOVES OUR PROGRAMS TOWARDS LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY THAT WILL KEEP THE BENEFIT OF U.S. GLOBAL HIV-AIDS PROGRAMS FLOWING TO THOSE IN NEED. WITH THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION, HOST GOVERNMENTS WILL ALSO GAIN THE ABILITY TO PLAN, DIRECT AND MANAGE PREVENTION, TREATMENT AND CARE PROGRAMS THAT WERE ORIGINALLY ESTABLISHED WITH THE U.S.'S ASSISTANCE. THE RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL AUTHORIZES NEARLY $50 BILLION OVER FIVE YEARS FOR THESE THREE PANDEMICS. THESE ADDITIONAL FUNDS ALLOWS US TO SIGNIFICANTLY BOOST THE HEALTH CARE WORK FORCE IN THOSE COUNTRIES HARD HIT BY HIV-AIDS WITH NEW PROFESSIONAL AND PARAPROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS AND INCREASE THE NUMBER OF H.I.V. POSITIVE INDIVIDUALS RECEIVING LIFE-SAVING MEDICINE. THE 2003 LAW FOCUSED ON CREATING NEW PROGRAMS TO TACKLE THE CRISIS. THE RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL INCREASES THE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS RECEIVING PREVENTION, TEAM AND CARE SERVICES. IT BUILDS STRONGER LINKAGES BETWEEN THE GLOBAL HIV-AIDS INITIATIVE, AND EXISTING PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO ALLEVIATE HUNGER AMONG THOSE TREATED. IT HELPS TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE AND BOLSTER H.I.V. EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS. THE 2003 LAW BEGAN TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF WOMEN AND GIRLS, BUT GIVEN THE CHANGING NATURE OF THE EPIDEMIC, WE CLEARLY DID NOT GO FAR ENOUGH TO MEET THESE NEEDS. THE NEW SITUATION REMEDIES THE SITUATION BY STRENGTHENING TREATMENT PROGRAMS AIMED AT THIS VULNERABLE POPULATION. THE LANTOS-HYDE BILL REQUIRES A BALANCED APPROACH AND A REPORT REGARDING THIS APPROACH WHERE THE EPIDEMIC HAS BECOME GENERALIZED. IN AN EFFORT TO ENSURE OUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE GLOBAL FUND ARE BEING WISELY SPEND, THE BILL PROVIDES FOR CERTAIN BENCHMARKS TO IMPROVE THE TRANSPARENCY AND BENCHMARKS OF THE FUND. IT INCORPORATES TUBERCULOSIS TRANSMISSIONS AND SEEBLINGS TO FURTHER INTEGRATE HIV-AIDS PROGRAMS WITH T.B. AND MALARIA PROGRAMS AND CREATE LINKAGES AND REFERRALS BETWEEN THESE PROGRAMS. H.R. 5501 HEIGHTENS U.S. EFFORTS TO COMBAT MALARIA BY DEVELOPING A FIVE-YEAR STRATEGY TO COMBAT THIS DISEASE. IT CREATES A NEW U.S. GOVERNMENT MALARIA COORDINATOR AND ENHANCES DIAGNOSTICS AND INTERVENTIONS TO PREVENT, CONTROL, AND CURE MA LAIR YASM THIS OVERTURNED THE EXISTING VISA BAND ON H.I.V. POSITIVE INDIVIDUALS. IT TAKES $2 BILLION THEY HAVE $50 BILLION FOR INDIAN HEALTH CARE, WATER RESOURCES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT ISSUES. IT MODIFIED THE GOAL FOR THE TREATMENT OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH AIDS AND REMOVED A LINKAGE BETWEEN THE GLOBAL HIV-AIDS PROGRAM AND FAMILY PLANNING. DESPITE THESE CHANGES, THE LEGISLATION BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY IS VERY CLOSE TO WHAT WE APPROVED LAST APRIL. WITH PASSAGE OF THIS REARE AUTHORIZATION BILL, CONGRESS SIGNALS TO THE WORLD THAT THE UNITED STATES WILL EXERCISE CONTINUED LEADERSHIP IN THE GLOBAL BATTLE AGAINST MALARIA, TUBERCULOSIS, AND HIV-AIDS. SO WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS A BIPARTISAN BILL PROVIDING NEARLY $50 BILLION FOR THE BATTLE AGAINST HIV-AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS, AND MALARIA. A BILL THAT HAS STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND ONE THE PRESIDENT HAS INDICATED HE WILL SIGN INTO LAW. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I WANT TO TAKE SPECIAL NOTE IN THE SHORT TIME THAT I'VE BEEN CHAIRING THIS COMMITTEE, I WANT TO MENTION TWO PARTICULAR PEOPLE WHO HAVE HELPED BOTH EDUCATE ME, TWO MEMBERS, COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMITTEE, WHO HAVE PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN HELPING TO GUIDE THIS LEGISLATION AND THE EARLIER LEGISLATION, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AFRICA SUBCOMMITTEE, DON PAIN, AND CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA -- DON PAYNE, AND CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE, BOTH OF WHOM HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS LEGISLATION AND THE PREVIOUS LEGISLATION FROM THE BEGINNING AND WERE PUSHING FOR THIS EVEN LONG BEFORE THAT PASSED. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. BERMAN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. BERMAN

    NOW PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN I REFERENCED EARLIER,…

    NOW PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN I REFERENCED EARLIER, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AFRICA SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. PAYNE.

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    MR. PAYNE

    THE SENATE AND OUR RANKING MEMBER, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN FOR HER SUPPORT. AND…

    THE SENATE AND OUR RANKING MEMBER, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN FOR HER SUPPORT. AND OF COURSE AS YOU MENTIONED BEFORE, REPRESENTATIVE BARBARA LEE AND DONNA CHRISTENSEN. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON RAFFER KA -- ON AFRICA AND GLOBAL HEALTH THIS BILL, THE TOM LANTOS AND HENRY HYDE UNITED STATES GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AGAINST HIV-AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS, AND MALARIA RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2008 IS VERY TIMELY. THIS BILL IS IMPORTANT. IN THE FIVE YEARS SINCE I'VE BEEN IN CONGRESS, THE ORIGINAL LEGISLATION AUTHORIZED BY THE PRESIDENT'S EMERGENCY PLAN FOR AIDS RELIEF, OR PEPFAR, AS IT IS KNOWN, HAS BECOME A HISTORICAL PROGRAM. THE ROAD TOWARD SERIOUS CONSIDERATION REGARDING H.I.V. AND AIDS WAS A LONG JOURNEY. THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS BEGAN ADVOCATING A SOUND DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL EFFORT IN THE LATE 1980'S WITH LITTLE SUCCESS. PRESSURE CONTINUED THROUGH THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND IN THE CLINTON YEARS IN OFFICE WAS ESTABLISHED, HEADED BY MRS. THURMAN ON THE PRESIDENT'S INITIATIVE ON H.I.V. AND AIDS. HOWEVER, ADEQUATE FUNDING WAS STILL LACKING, ESPECIALLY ON THE INTERNATIONAL FOCUS. SO I MUST SAY THAT PEPFAR IS DESTINED, IN MY VIEW, TO BE REMEMBERED AS THE SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S TWO TERMS IN OFFICE BECAUSE IT WAS THERE THAT WE CATAPULTED THE FUNDING OF THIS LEGISLATION, OVER 00,000 PEOPLE WHO WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE NO ACCESS TO TREATMENT ARE RECEIVING ANTI-RETROVIRAL MEDICATION IN PEPFAR'S 15 FOCUS COUNTRY, 12 OF THOSE IN SUBSAHARAN AFRICA. WE STILL HAVE A LOT OF WORK AHEAD OF US. DESPITE OUR EFFORTS, ONLY 28 OCTOBER OF --% OF AFRICANS NEEDING ANTI-RETROVIRALS ARE RECEIVING THEM. ONLY 11% OF MOTHERS WHO NEED DRUGS TO PREVENT MOTHER-TO-CHILD ARE GETTING IT. THIS IS WHY CONGRESS IS AUTHORIZING $50 BILLION TO TRANSFORM PEPFAR FROM AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE TO A SUSTAINED PROGRAM. THE NEW BILL TRANSFORMS PEPFAR BY EXPANDING THE PROGRAM BEYOND A CERISE OF MEDICAL -- A SERIES OF MEDICAL INFORMATION. FOR EXAMPLE, THE LACK OF SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE ON A.R.V.'S HAVE BEEN UP TO NOW A MAJOR IMPEDIMENT TO THE ADHERENCE OF TREATMENT REGIMENS. THIS LIMITS THE EFFECTIVENESS. THE NEW COMPONENT WILL HELP EASE THE NUTRITION PROBLEM. IT'S INCORPORATED ELEMENTS THAT WERE IN THE ORIGINAL HOUSE BILL RELATED TO ADDRESSING THE NUTRITION NEEDS OF H.I.V. PATIENTS, THEIR FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITIES. WHEN I ARE INTRODUCED THE NUTRITION COMPONENT A YEAR AGO, NO ONE COULD HAVE ACCURATELY PREDICTED THE TREMENDOUS FOOD SECURITY PROBLEM WHICH BESET US TODAY. WORLDWIDE. THE SENATE BILL ALSO CONTAINS A PROVISION TO BUILD AND STRENGTHEN HEALTH SYSTEMS IN DEVELOP KUNG TRI-S. LIKE THE HOUSE BILL, IT ELIMINATES CUMBERSOME EARMARKS THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE AND INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE HAVE SAID LIMITS PROGRAM EFFICIENCY. JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE MONEY AND POLICEMANS FOR H.I.V. AND AIDS, THE BILL -- THE BILL WE'RE VOTING ON TODAY ALSO AUTHORIZES $9 BILLION TO FIGHT TWO OTHER DISEASES THAT HAVE WROUGHT HAVOC IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD, MALARIA AND TUBERCULOSIS. MALARIA KILLS A CHILD IN AFRICA EVERY 30 SECONDS AND CONTRIBUTES TO THE DEATH OF 10,000 PREGNANT WOMEN AND 200,000 INFANTS EVERY YEAR. WHAT IS ASTONISHING IS MALARIA IS PREVENTABLE. WITH EDUCATION, PROVIDING BED NETS AND STRAYSPRAYING, IT CAN BE ELIMINATED. T.B. IS JUST AS HORRIBLE. PEOPLE DIE OF THE DISEASE BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET A SIMPLE LOW-COST CURE WHICH IS READILY AVAILABLE. T. INTMPLET THE NUMBER ONE KILLER OF PEOPLE WITH AIDS A MAR RADICAL STRAIN IS MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TO TREAT. THE NEW EMPHASIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. .AGE, 52 OF 53 PEOPLE WHO CONTRACTED T.B. DIED WITHIN A TWO-WEEK PERIOD. MR. SPEAKER, GIVEN THE TOLL THAT AIDS, T.B. AND MALARIA HAS TAKEN AROUND THE GLOBE, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE REDOUBLE -- MAY I ASK FOR 45 SECONDS SNR

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    MR. BERMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. PAYNE

    DO SO FOR OBVIOUS REASONS. U.S.-FUNDED PROGRAMS SAVE LIVES. WE HAVE A…

    DO SO FOR OBVIOUS REASONS. U.S.-FUNDED PROGRAMS SAVE LIVES. WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO CONTINUE THEM. WE SHOULD DO THIS FOR OBVIOUS REASONS. ONE, TO COUNTER THE PERCEPTION THAT THE UNITED STATES DOES NOT CARE ANYTHING BUT COUNTERTERRORISM. I THINK THAT THIS BILL WILL GO FAR TO CONTINUE TO UPLIFT THE IMAGE OF THE UNITED STATES AT SAVING LIVES AND IS DOING THE RIGHT THING. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROHRABACHER, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND OVERSIGHT.

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    MR. ROHRABACHER

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 5501. DURING THIS TIME OF ECONOMIC…

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 5501. DURING THIS TIME OF ECONOMIC DIFFICULTY, THIS BILL IS HUMANITARIANISM GONE WILD. IT'S IRRATIONAL THAT WE CANNOT AFFORD. WHERE ARE WE GOING TO GET THE $48 BILLION FOR COMBATING AIDS AND $2 BILLION FOR NATIVE AMERICAN PROGRAMS? WELL, WE CAN GET IT OUT OF PROGRAMS BY GUTTING PROGRAMS THAT ARE FOR OUR OWN PEOPLE. WE COULD RAISE TAXES, WHICH WOULD LIKELY THROW US INTO A RECESSION AND LEAVE US WITH LESS OF A TAX BASE FOR PEOPLE AT HOME OR WE COULD BORROW IT AND LET OUR GRANDCHILDREN PAY FOR IT IN SOME WAY. AND YES, IF WE BORROW IT, IT WILL PROBABLY COME FROM COMMUNIST CHINA, MAKING OURSELVES MORE VULNERABLE TO THEIR PRESSURE. WE HAVE BIG HEARTS, BUT WE NEED TO USE OUR BRAINS. WE CANNOT AFFORD $50 BILLION OFEN ROSSITY TO FOREIGNERS. THIS WILL COST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THEIR HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION FOR THEIR CHILDREN. IT WILL COST THE VETERANS AND IT WILL COST OUR SENIORS. OUR ECONOMY IS FACING A CATASTROPHIC SETBACK BECAUSE OF THE IRRESPONSIBLE SPENDING AND TAXING POLICIES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND NOW WE'RE GOING TO EXASCERBATE THAT PROBLEM WITH A $50 BILLION COMMITMENT TO PROVIDE A HEALTH CARE PACKAGE TO AFRICA. CONCERNING MY FRIENDS ON MY SIDE OF THE AISLE, MR. SPEAKER, I SAY TO THOSE WHO OPPOSE EARMARKS IN THE NAME OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, THEY SHOULD NOT BE EXPECTED TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY IF THEY SUPPORT THIS ENORMOUSLY EXTENSIVE FEEL-GOOD SPENDING. THIS $50 BILLION BURDEN WILL BE SHOULDERERED BY OUR VETERANS, BY OUR ELDERLY AND BY OUR CHILDREN. MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE OFTEN REMIND US, AMERICA DOES NOT SPEND ENOUGH ON OUR OWN PEOPLE. MORE FUNDS ARE NEEDED, WE ARE REPEATEDLY TOLD, NEEDED FOR OUR VETERANS, ELDERLY AND YES, FOR OUR CHILDREN. WHEN WE ARE ALREADY AT A HIGH LEVEL OF DEFICIT SPENDING, HOW THEN CAN WE ADVOCATE SPENDING AN ADDITIONAL $50 BILLION OVERSEAS AND WE'RE NOT FOOLING ANYBODY? WHEN WE HAVE SPENDING LIKE THIS, IT COMES RIGHT OUT OF THE POT OF LIMITED RESOURCES THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO AMERICANS. THIS EXPENDITURE IS NOT GOING TO CURE AIDS IN THE END. I WISH I WAS COMPETENT THAT IT WILL SUCCEED. WHAT I AM CONFIDENT IS THAT IT WILL BREAK OUR BACK. THIS COULD WELL BE THE TWO-TON TREE TRUNK THAT BROKE THE CAMEL'S BACK, THE ITEM THAT FINALLY DESTROYED THE HOPE FOR RESPONSIBLE SPENDING POLICIES BY CONGRESS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS KIND OF GENEROSITY THAT IS PERHAPS GOOD-HEARTED BUT TOTALLY IRRATIONAL. OUR NUMBER ONE JOB HERE IS TO WATCH OUT FOR THE WELL-BEING OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS BILL IS NOT A WELL-BEING OF OUR PEOPLE AND WILL UNDERMINE THE WELL-BEING OF OUR PEOPLE.

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    MR. BERMAN

    MYSELF 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. BERMAN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITHOUT JOINING THE GENTLEMAN ON HIS OTHER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITHOUT JOINING THE GENTLEMAN ON HIS OTHER COMMENTS, THE SUGGESTION THAT THIS IS NOT CURING AIDS IS DREBLINGTLY CONTRARY TO THE -- DIRECTLY CONTRARY TO THE EVIDENCE I SAW FIRSTHAND IN AFRICA EARLIER THIS MONTH. THERE ARE HUGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE THERE WHO WOULD NOW BE DEAD WHO ARE ALIVE SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE DRUGS THAT THIS MONEY ALLOWED THEM TO GET. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE DEFINITION OF THE GENTLEMAN'S CURE IS, BUT THEY ARE LIVING NORMAL ACTIVE LIVES.

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    MR. BERMAN

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. LEE

    CRISIS, HUMANITARIAN CRISIS AND NATIONAL SECURITY CRISIS. I ALSO WANT TO…

    CRISIS, HUMANITARIAN CRISIS AND NATIONAL SECURITY CRISIS. I ALSO WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER ROS-LEHTINEN, REPRESENTATIVE PAYNE, REPRESENTATIVE CHRISTENSEN TO WORK TOGETHER TO BRING THIS BIPARTISAN BILL TO THE FLOOR. OUR SPEAKER, NANCY PELOSI, HAS BEEN SUCH A LEADER EARLY ON IN ADDRESSING THE HIV-AIDS CRISIS. AND WITHOUT HER SUPPORT, WE WOULD NOT HAVE SUCH AN IMPORTANT BILL BEFORE US TODAY. AS AN ORIGINAL CO-AUTHOR OF THE INITIAL LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING PEPFAR AND THIS NEW BILL RE-AUTHORIZING PEPFAR, I'M PLEASED TODAY THAT WE WILL COMPLETE ACTION ON THIS IMPORTANT INITIATIVE AND SEND IT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS SIGNATURE. EACH OF US HAS WITNESSED THE DEVASTATION THAT AIDS HAS CAUSED IN AFRICA AND IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD. AND WE'VE SEEN THE VERY DRAMATIC IMPACT OF OUR AIDS PROGRAMS OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS IN ACTUALLY SAVING LIVES. AND THIS BILL WILL SAVE MILLIONS MORE IN TERMS OF LIFE-SAVING DRUGS, TREATMENT AND CARE. AND YES, TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROHRABACHER, I BELIEVE THAT SPENDING $50 BILLION TO ADDRESS A GLOBAL HEALTH EMERGENCY MAKES MORE SENSE THAN SPENDING OVER $700 BILLION ON A WAR QUITE FRANKLY THAT DID NOT HAVE TO BE FOUGHT. QUITE SIMPLY BY ENACTING THIS BILL, WE WILL HELP CHANGE THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD FOR THE BETTER. THIS BILL IS A MODEL OF COMPROMISE AND STANDS AS A TESTAMENT OF WHAT TRUE BIPARTISAN CAN ACCOMPLISH. IT'S THE LATEST IN A LONG STRING OF INITIATIVES ON HIV-AIDS THAT WAS BORNE OUT OF THE WILLINGNESS TO WORK TOGETHER AND PUT THE UNITED STATES ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY WHEN IT COMES TO THIS GLOBAL PANDEMIC. FIRST IN 2000, WE PASSED AND PRESIDENT CLINTON SIGNED INTO LAW, THE GLOBAL AIDS AND TUBERCULOSIS RELIEF ACT. THIS BILL PROVIDED THE FINDING CONTRIBUTION AND FRAMEWORK FOR THE GLOBAL TRUST FUND. IT WAS INSPIRED REALLY BY MY COLLEAGUES, MY PREDECESSOR, CONGRESSMAN DELHAM AND SUPPORTED BY FORMER CHAIRMAN JIM LINCH OF IOWA. WE DRAFTED H.R. 2069, THE GLOBAL ACCESS TO HIV-AIDS PREVENTION, AWARENESS, EDUCATION AND TREATMENT ACT. THIS WAS THE FIRST BILL, THE FIRST BILL THAT DARED TO PROVIDE A LARGE-SCALE ANTI-RETROVIRAL THERAPY TO PEOPLE LIVING IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD. IT WASN'T ENACTED BECAUSE WE COULDN'T REACH A CONFERENCE AGREEMENT WITH THE SENATE. AT THE END OF 2002, THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS ALONG WITH PRACTICALLY EVERY ADVOCACY GROUP IN THE UNITED STATES, SENT A LETTER TO PRESIDENT BUSH URGING HIM TO CREATE A PRESIDENTIAL INITIATIVE TO FIGHT AIDS IN AFRICA. IN JANUARY OF 2003, THE PRESIDENT STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE AND PROMISED $15 BILLION TO FIGHT AIDS DURING HIS STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS. WITHIN FIVE MONTHS, WORKING WITH CHAIRMAN HYDE AND CHAIRMAN LANTOS, WE PASSED H.R. 1298, THE UNITED STATES LEADERSHIP AGAINST HIV-AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA ACT OF 2003, WHICH CREATED PEPFAR. IN 2005, WE TOOK YET ANOTHER STEP FORWARD AND WE PASSED H.R. 1409, THE ASSISTANCE FOR ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN DEVELOPING CAN -- COUNTRIES ACT WITH CHAIRMAN HYDE, CHAIRMAN LANTOS. THIS MET THE NEEDS OF CHILDREN ORPHANNED AND MADE VULNERABLE BY AIDS. I LAY OUT SOME OF THE HISTORY OF OUR WORK ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE BECAUSE IT SPEAKS VOLUMES WHEN WE COME TOGETHER IN THE BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE. IT IS THAT SPIRIT THAT IS ON DISPLAY TODAY AS WE HONOR THE LEGACY OF CHAIRMAN LANTOS AND CHAIRMAN HYDE THROUGH THIS LEGISLATION. I'M SAD THAT THEY'RE NOT WITH US TO WITNESS THIS MOMENT, BUT I KNOW THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY, VERY PLEASED. AS I HAVE SAID, THIS BILL IS A COMPROMISE AND AS IN AN ALL COMPROMISES, EACH SIDE DIDN'T GET WHAT THEY WANTED, BUT THAT'S WHAT COMPROMISE IS ABOUT. I WANTED TO MENTION A FEW THINGS THAT I HAVE WORKED ON WHICH HAVE BEEN INCLUDED. IT TAKES LANGUAGE FROM H.R. 1317, STRIKES THE 3 % AND INENS UNTIL MARRIAGE AND HELPS WOMEN AND GIRLS. IT INCLUDES LANGUAGE TAKEN FROM H.R. 3812, THE AFRICAN HEALTH CAPACITY AND INVESTMENT ACT TO BUILD HEALTH CAPACITY BY RECRUITING, TRAINING AND RETAINING HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND STRENGTHENING HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS. MAY I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL TWO MINUTES, PLEASE, MR. BERMAN?

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    MR. BERMAN

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. LEE

    MR. CHAIRMAN, VERY MUCH. I'M GLAD THAT THE SENATE OFFERED LANGUAGE THAT I…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, VERY MUCH. I'M GLAD THAT THE SENATE OFFERED LANGUAGE THAT I ORIGINALLY OFFERED, THE HIFFH TO REMOVE THIS UNJUST AND DISCRIMINATORY STATUTORY BAN ON TRAVEL AND IMMIGRATION FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV-AIDS. I'M PLEASED WE ARE LIFTING THE STATUTORY BAN JUST PRIOR TO THIS YEAR'S AIDS CONFERENCE IN MEXICO CITY. AS A DELEGATE TO THE LAST FOUR CONFERENCES, I LOOK FORWARD TO BRINGING THIS GOOD NEWS TO MEXICO CITY. WHILE I SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING COMPROMISE, THERE ARE MANY ITEMS I WISH HAD BEEN INCLUDED, ELIMINATING THE PROSTITUTION OATH, RECOGNIZING THE PUBLIC HEALTH BENEFITS, RECOGNIZING THE NEED TO ENGAGE WITH COMMUNITIES THAT ARE AT THE FOREFRONT OF THIS PANDEMIC, SUCH AS MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN AND INJECTION DRUG USERS AND COMMITTING TO GIVING DRUGS TO THREE MILLION PEOPLE. I WANT TO THANK OUR STAFF, ESPECIALLY CRYSTAL SANT OWES IN MY OFFICE AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PUT ALL OF OUR STAFF MEMBERS' NAMES IN THE RECORD WHO WORKED ON THIS BILL.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA. .

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MR. PENCE.

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    MR. PENCE

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. PENCE

    THE GENTLEMAN.

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    LIKE TO YIELD TO MS. WOOLSEY.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    I'D LIKE TO THANK RANKING MEMBER PAYNE AND MS. ROS-LEHTINEN AND MR. SMITH…

    I'D LIKE TO THANK RANKING MEMBER PAYNE AND MS. ROS-LEHTINEN AND MR. SMITH FOR THEIR WORK ON GLOBAL HEALTH ISSUES AND THIS AIDS BILL. I SUPPORT H.R. 5501 BECAUSE IT IS SO VERY NECESSARY. THE STATISTICS ARE STAGGERING. IN 2007, THERE WERE NEARLY 35 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE LIVING WITH HIV-AIDS. IN THAT YEAR ALONE, 2 1/2 MILLION PEOPLE BECAME INFECTED WITH H.I.V. 420,000 WERE CHILDREN. CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 15. MOST TRAGICALLY, THERE WERE 2.1 MILLION DEATHS, 330,000 CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 15. BUT MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT ONLY ABOUT STATISTICS. THIS IS ABOUT THE CHILD WHO MUST STAY HOME FROM SCHOOL TO TAKE CARE OF HER SIBLINGS WHEN A PATIENT DIES OF AIDS. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE -- WHEN A PARENT DIES OF AIDS. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE MOTHER, A MOTHER WHO BECAUSE SHE LACKED PRENATAL CARE PASSED THE DISEASE TO HER UNBORN CHILD. TODAY WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE, WE CAN SAY THAT ONE MORE DIAGNOSIS OF H.I.V., ONE MORE AIDS DEATH, ONE MORE MALARIA CASE IS ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND TAKE A STRONG STAND AGAINST THIS HORRIFIC PANDEMIC. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH.

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    MR. SMITH

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. PAYNE

    LEGISLATION AND HEALTH PROVIDER FOR USAID FOR MANY YEARS, MR. MCDERMOTT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR HOW LONG?

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    MR. PAYNE

    FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. MCDERMOTT

    REQUEST PERMISSION TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. MCDERMOTT

    AMERICANS STAND UNITED IN FIGHTING THIS GLOBAL EPIDEMIC. AS WE'VE DONE IN…

    AMERICANS STAND UNITED IN FIGHTING THIS GLOBAL EPIDEMIC. AS WE'VE DONE IN TIMES OF THE PAST, WE SET ASIDE OUR DIFFERENCES AND DECLARE THAT AMERICA STANDS WITH COMMITMENT, COMPASSION, AND CONVICTION AGAINST THE HIV-AIDS EPIDEMIC. THE SENATE HAS ALREADY PASSED THIS LEGISLATION AND THE PRESIDENT HAS ANNOUNCED THAT HE WILL SIGN THE LEGISLATION, WHICH IS ONE OF HIS TOP PRIORITIES. I GIVE HIM HIGH CREDIT FOR THAT DECISION. BUT BEYOND THE MONEY, BEYOND THE $50 BILLION, IS THE FACT THAT WE ARE ENDING THE UNSPOKEN FEAR AND DISCRIMINATION IN OUR OWN COUNTRY BY ELIMINATING THE TRAVEL BAN RESTRICTION THAT HAS STOPPED SCIENTISTS AND OTHERS INFECTED WITH HIV-AIDS FROM CROSSING OUR BORDERS TO ATTEND MEDICAL OR EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCES. OR TO VISIT FAMILY AND FRIENDS. I WAS AT THE UNITED NATIONS A FEW MONTHS AGO AND MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENTS ALL OVER THE WORLD SAID, HOW CAN WE END THE STIGMA OF AIDS IF YOU IN THE UNITED STATES WILL NOT ALLOW SOMEONE WITH AIDS TO COME IN? WE KNOW HOW TO TREAT AIDS WE KNOW HOW TO DIGE KNOW -- DIAGNOSE IT, BUT WE HAVE, THE UNITED STATES IS THE EXAMPLE, TODAY WE ARE MAKING A STATEMENT THAT WE WANT TO END THE STIGMA OF AIDS THAT MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR PEOPLE TO COME IN AND BE TESTED, FOR PEOPLE TO COME FORWARD AND RECEIVE MEDICATION. AS LONG AS PEOPLE HAVE TO KEEP AIDS IN THE BACKGROUND OR IN THE -- OR HIDE IT, WE WILL NOT END THIS EPIDEMIC SYSTEM OF THIS PROVISION ALONE MAKES IT POSSIBLE. SENATOR -- REPRESENTATIVE GRANGER AND I HAVE SOME LEGISLATION IN HERE THAT ENDS SOME OF THE PROBLEMS WITH MOTHER-TO-CHILD TRANSMISSION. THESE PROVISIONS WILL MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO PREVENT AIDS SPREAD AND HAVE A GENERATION WITHOUT AIDS IN THE FUTURE.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    I'M PROUD TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR.…

    I'M PROUD TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE COMMITTEE OF AFRICA AND HEALTH.

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    MR. SMITH

    TO THANK MR. BERMAN, AND MY GOOD FRIEND MR. PAYNE AND SO MANY OTHERS IN…

    TO THANK MR. BERMAN, AND MY GOOD FRIEND MR. PAYNE AND SO MANY OTHERS IN MAKING THIS POSSIBLE. H.R. 5501 AS AMENDED WILL LITERALLY MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE OR DEATH TO MILLIONS, ESPECIALLY IN SUBSAHARAN AFRICA. AS MEMBERS KNOW, CLOSE TO 70% OF THE PEOPLE WITH H.I.V. LIVE IN SUBSAHARAN AFRICA. OF THE 2.5 MILLION CHILDREN AFFLICTED WITH THIS DREADED DISEASE, 90% OF THEM LIVE IN AFRICA AS WELL. WHEN COMBINED WITH OPPORTUNISTIC INFECTIONS LIKE TUBERCULOSIS, THE NUMBER ONE KILLER OF INDIVIDUALS WITH H.I.V., AND MALARIA, WHICH KILLS AT LEAST ONE MILLION PEOPLE PER YEAR, MOSTLY IN AFRICA, THE HIV-AIDS PANDEMIC IS AMONG HUMANITY'S WORST. HENRY HYDE, SPONSTHOFERE ORIGINAL PEPFAR PROGRAM, FREQUENTLY COMPARED THE SICKNESS TO THE BUBONIC PLAGUE, THE BLACK DEATH, AN EPIDEMIC THAT CLAIMED THE LIVES OF OVER 15 MILLION PEOPLE IN EUROPE IN THE 1300'S. WITH THAT MUCH AT STAKE, I WANT TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT WE GET THAT RIGHT. I THINK AFTER A LOT OF HARD WORK WE HAVE MANAGED TO COME TO A CONSENSUS, FIRST IN THE HOUSE AND NOW IN THE SENATE AND I HOPE IT WILL BE A SUSTAINABLE CONSENSUS. I WANT TO NOTE THAT CONGRESS HAS REBUFFED THE ATTEMPTS OF THE ABORTION GROUPS WHO WANTED TO LINK THEMSELVES TO THE COMPASSIONATE ATTEMPTS TO CURE THIS ILLNESS. LOOK AT THE CONGRESSIONAL INTENT OF THIS BILL. IT IS CLEAR. IT WAS REJECTED. IN THE FIRST HOUSE DRAFT, THERE WERE NUMEROUS PROVISIONS MANDATING NOT ONLY INTEGRATION AND LINKAGES BETWEEN H.I.V. PROGRAMS AN REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES BUT EVEN EXPLICIT AUTHORIZATION TO FUND THOSE SERVICES. THIS PRIORITY IS WRONG. WE ARE TRYING TO PREVENT HIV-AIDS, NOT CHILDREN. I KNOW SOME MEMBERS ARE LIKELY TO WINCE AT THE COST OF THE BILL, $48 BILLION OVER FIVE YEAR, BUT THAT SUM OF MONEY WILL LIKELY PROVIDE TREATMENT FOR MILLIONS SUFFERING FROM THE DISEASE, PREVENT SOME 12 MILLION NEW H.I.V. INFECTIONS WORLDWIDE, SUPPORT CARE FOR 12 MILLION INDIVIDUALS WITH HIV-AIDS, INCLUDING FIVE MILLION ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND HELP TRAIN AND DELAY AT LEAST -- AND DEPLOY AT LEAST 120,000 NEW WORKERS FOR HIV-AIDS PREVENTION, TREATMENT, AND CARE. IT REQUIRES THAT THE GLOBAL AIDS COORDINATOR PROVIDE BALANCED FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS THAT PROMOTE ABSTINENCE, DELAY OF -- AND MO NAGMY. -- AND MONOING AMY. THE COORDINATOR MUST PROVIDE WRITTEN JUST CASE IF THIS CHANGES. THE EFFICACY AND IMPORTANCE OF PROMOTING ABSTINENCE AND BE FAITHFUL INITIATIVES HAS BEEN DEMONSTRATED BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUBT. THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US ALSO RETAINS THE ANTI-PROSTITUTION-SEX TRAFFICKING PLEDGE, AN AMENDMENT I SPONSORED IN 2003, DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT PIMPS AND BROTHEL OWNERS DON'T BECOME, VIA AN N.G.O. THAT SUPPORTS SUCH EXPLOITATION, U.S. GOVERNMENT PARTNERS. CURRENT LAW ENSURES THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IS NOT IN THE POSITION OF PLOTING OR ADVOCATING THE LEGALIZATION OF PROSTITUTION OR SEX TRAFFICKING. PROSTITUTION AND SEX TRAFFICKING EXPLOIT AND DEGRADE WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND EXACERBATES THE HIV-AIDS PANDEMIC. FINALLY, WE HAVE COME A LONG WAY SINCE 2003 WHEN SIGNIFICANT OPPOSITION TWERLIZED AGAINST AN AMENDMENT I OFFERED TO INCLUDE FAITH-BASED PROVIDERS WITH CONSCIENCE CLAUSE PROTECTION. THE CONSCIENCE CLAUSE IN H.R. 5501 AS AMENDED RESTATES, IMPROVES, AND EXPANDS CONSCIENCE PROTECTION IN A WAY THAT ENSURES THAT ORGANIZATIONS LIKE CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES WHICH HAS A REMARKABLE RECORD OF HIV-AIDS PREVENTION, TREATMENT, AND CARE ARE NOT DISCRIMINATED AGAINST OR PRECLUDED FROM RECEIVING PUBLIC FUNDS THIS LEGISLATION IS CLEARLY A GREAT LEGACY OR A GREAT HONOR TO OUR FORMER MEMBERS TOM LANTOS AND HENRY HYDE AND CERTAINLY TO PRESIDENT BUSH WHO LED SO ABLY AND SO NEBRASKALY ON THIS INITIATIVE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. PAYNE

    YIELD TO MR. ENGEL.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. ENGEL

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT FOR H.R. 5501. WHILE MOST WIDELY RECOGNIZED FOR…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT FOR H.R. 5501. WHILE MOST WIDELY RECOGNIZED FOR RENEWING OUR COMMITMENT TO AIDS RELIEF, THE UNITED STATES GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AGAINST HIV-AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2008 RE-AUTHORIZES PROVISIONS ON ALL THREE OF THESE DEADLY DISEASES OF POVERTY. THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION REPORTS THAT 1.7 MILLION PEOPLE DIED OF TUBERCULOSIS IN 2006, WITH 200,000 DYING FROM H.I.V.-ASSOCIATED T.B. DRUG RESISTANT T.B., POSE A GRAVE RISK TO GLOBAL HEALTH. THESE STRAINS ARE FAR DEADLIER THAN NORMAL T.B. AND MORE DIFFICULT AND EXPENSIVE TO TREAT. A AIRBORNE DISEASE, TUBERCULOSIS KNOWS NO BARRIERS OR BORDERS AND CAN SUCCESSFULLY BE CONTROLLED IN THE UNITED STATES BY CONTROLLING IT OVERSEAS. THE LANTOS-HYDE ACT IS A MAJOR OBJECTIVE OF FOREIGN ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS. IT REQUIRES A FIVE-YEAR PLAN TO SUPPORT THE TREATMENT OF 4.5 MILLION TUBERCULOSIS PATIENTS AND NEW T.B. CASES. THIS BILL INCORPORATES SUBSTANTIAL PORTIONS OF MY BILL, H.R. 1567, THE STOP TUBERCULOSIS NOW ACT. THE LANTOS-HYDE ACT PRIORITIZES THE STOP T.B. STRATEGY, INCLUDING EXPANSION OF THE SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT REGIMEN FOR STANDARD T.B. AND DRUG-RESISTANT T.B. AND PROMOTES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TOOLS. RECOGNIZING THE DEADLY SINNER GUY BETWEEN TUBERCULOSIS AND HIV-AIDS, THE LANTOS-HYDE ACT AUTHORIZES ASSISTANCE TO STRENGTHEN THE COORDINATION OF HIV-AIDS AND T.B. PROGRAMS. T.B. IS THE LEADING KILLER OF PEOPLE WITH HIV-AIDS AND THE EXPLOSION OF DRUG RESISTANT-T.B. IN AFRICA THREATENS TO HOLD BACK OF BOTH DISSES.

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    MR. PAYNE

    GENTLEMAN FOR 20 SECONDS.

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    MR. ENGEL

    FINALLY THE LEGISLATION AUTHORIZES ASSISTANCE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW…

    FINALLY THE LEGISLATION AUTHORIZES ASSISTANCE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW VACCINES FOR T.B. THE CURRENT VACCINE IS MORE THAN 85 YEARS OLD AND UNRELIABLE AGAINST PULMONARY T.B.. NEW T.B. VACCINES HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO SAVE MILLIONS OF LIVES. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AYE ON H.R. 5501, WE CAN CONTROL AND WIN THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV-AIDS AND T.B.

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

  • 04:50:04 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    LIKE TO YIELD TO MR. LATHAM FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. LATHAM

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. PAYNE

    TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM THE STATE OF TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    ASK TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LEE: LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND…

    LEE: LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND RANKING MEMBER, THE MEMBER OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, MR. BERMAN AND PAY TRIBUTE TO OUR GOOD FRIENDS, THE LATE TOM LANTOS AND HENRY J. HYDE WHO HAVE CAPTURED, IN ESSENCE, WHAT OUR WAR AGAINST HIV-AIDS IS ALL ABOUT. IT HAS TO BE COMPREHENSIVE AND EXPANSIVE AND HAS TO RECOGNIZE THE OVERLAPPING IMPACT OF TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA. I THINK ONE OF THE MOST TELLING SCENES THAT I WAS ABLE TO EXPERIENCE SADLY SO WAS WALKING INTO A HUT IN SADDAM BYA AND SEEING A -- ZAMBIA AND SEEING THE PERSON BEING TAKEN CARE OF BY A FOUR-YEAR-OLD. THIS LEGISLATION IS CRUCIAL IN THE OVERALL WAR WHEN THERE IS NO WATER, NUTRITION AND POVERTY. THIS PROVIDES 12 MILLION HIV-AIDS TARGETS. IT IS TREATING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. IT'S SUPPORTING CARE FOR 12 MILLION. IT HAS A FOCUS ON WOMEN AND GIRLS. IT PROVIDES A FOCUS ON THE RETROVIRAL TREATMENT THAT IS SO IMPORTANT -- ANTI--RETROVIRAL TREATMENT THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. IT PROVIDES A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MONEY, $9 BILLION FOR MALARIA AND TUBERCULOSIS OVER FIVE YEARS. IT GOES TO THE ESSENCE OF A FOUR-YEAR-OLD BEING THE ONLY REMAINING PERSON IN HIS FAMILY HAVING TO CARE FOR SICK RELATIVES SUFFERING FROM HIV-AIDS AND TUBERCULOSIS AND MANY SUFFERING FROM MALARIA. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD AND WE HAVE MANY RESPONSIBILITIES IN THIS CONGRESS. I JOIN MY FRIEND FROM IOWA. WE WILL BE WORKING HARD TO PROVIDE THE SUPPORT SYSTEMS THOSE INDIVIDUALS NEED. BUT THIS IS A TRIBUTE TO GREAT LEADERS, LIKE OUR FORMER AND LATE CHAIRPERSONS OF THIS COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN HYDE AND CHAIRMAN LANTOS, WHO RECOGNIZED THAT THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN MUCH, MUCH IS EXPECTED. THIS BILL WILL RESPOND TO THE DEVASTATION AND NEED AROUND THE WORLD. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    TO MR. KIRK, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. KIRK

    23 YEARS AGO AS A STAFF MEMBER, I HEARD FROM W.H.O. THAT AIDS WAS NOT AN…

    23 YEARS AGO AS A STAFF MEMBER, I HEARD FROM W.H.O. THAT AIDS WAS NOT AN EPIDEMIC. BUT IVENSTED, WAS AN EPIDEMIC THAT WAS IN ZAIRE FOR YEARS. I GOT MY THEN BOSS TO BEGIN THE FOREIGN AIDS PROGRAM. WE WERE TOLD BY THE LEADERS OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE THAT WE COULD NOT DO THIS, BUT WE DID. WE STARTED WITH $25 MILLION FUNDING LEVEL AND AS RECENTLY AS 1999, I HAD A TOUGH TIME GETTING MEMBERS TO SHOW UP FOR A HEARING ON THIS SUBJECT. I FEEL A BIT LIKE A COUNTRY MUSIC SINGER WHO WORKED IN EVERY BAR BEFORE HITTING THE BIG TIME. BUT THIS BILL IS THE BIG TIME. IT'S THE LARGEST INVESTMENT IN HEALTH OF ANOTHER COUNTRY FROM JUST ONE COUNTRY, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THE ORIGINAL LEGISLATION PUT TOO MANY CONGRESSIONAL RESTRICTIONS ON THIS PROGRAM. THIS FREEZE UP THOSE RESTRICTIONS.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    LIKE TO YIELD THE GENTLEMAN 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. KIRK

    WE KNEW EVEN BACK IN 1985 THAT THE SAVE THE MOST LIVES, THIS PROGRAM…

    WE KNEW EVEN BACK IN 1985 THAT THE SAVE THE MOST LIVES, THIS PROGRAM SHOULD BE RUN BY DOCTORS AND NOT POLITICIANS. NOW 23 YEARS AGO, JOHN PORTER HAD NO IDEA HOW LARGE AND SUCCESSFUL THIS PROGRAM WOULD BE. MY ONLY WISH IS THE HEAD OF THE HARVARD PUBLIC SCHOOL OF HEALTH, OUR FIRST DIRECTOR OF THIS EARLY PROGRAM, DR. JONATHANMAN COULD BE WITH US. HE WAS KILLED IN A TRAGIC AIRLINE ACCIDENT, BUT I WISH HE COULD SEE US NOW. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. BERMAN

    RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. SHAYS -- TWO…

    TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. SHAYS -- TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. SHAYS

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5501 THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5501 THE TOM LANTOS AND HENRY HYDE UNITED STATES GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AGAINST HIV-AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS, MALARIA RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. I'M PLEASED THE COMMITTEE NAMED THIS BILL AFTER TWO GREAT LEADERS, WHO GUIDED THE ORIGINAL 2003 ACT INTO LAW. AN ESTIMATED 38.6 MILLION PEOPLE ARE INFECTED WITH HIV-AIDS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD TODAY. THE MAJORITY OF THEM ARE WOMEN AND GIRLS. IN AFRICA, WOMEN AND GIRLS MAKE UP 60% OF THOSE INFECTED WITH HIV-AIDS. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO OVERSTATE THE IMPORTANCE OF ENSURING WE ARE DOING ALL WE CAN TO ADDRESS THE SPREAD OF THIS DREADED DISEASE AROUND THE WORLD. IT IS HEARTBREAKING TO THINK OF CHILDREN GOING TO SCHOOL WITH NO TEACHERS, COMING HOME TO NO PARENTS. H.R. 5501 WOULD AUTHORIZE $48 BILLION OVER FIVE YEARS TO TREAT AIDS AND ANOTHER $2 BILLION FOR NATIVE AMERICAN AND LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAMS. THIS IS A NEW GENERATION OF THREATS IN THE 21ST CENTURY, INCLUDING TERRORISM AND CLIMATE CHANGE. TODAY'S LEGISLATION AND OTHER CRITICAL FOREIGN ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS ARE ABSOLUTELY VITAL IMPORTANT TO OUR NATIONAL INTEREST AND SECURITY. LEGISLATION LIKE THIS HELPS MAKE OUR COUNTRY MORE SECURE AND JUST AS IMPORTANTLY, MORE HUMANE.

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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 CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. BERMAN

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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

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

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  • 04:59:48 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINING TIME.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    PEPFAR IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ASSISTANCE SINCE THE MARSHALL PLAN. SINCE THE…

    PEPFAR IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ASSISTANCE SINCE THE MARSHALL PLAN. SINCE THE MARSHALL PLAN HELPED A CONTINENT RAVAGED BY WAR, PEPFAR IS HELPING TO STABLIZE A CONTINENT RAVAGED BY DISEASE. MORE THAN JUST EXPRESSING COMPASSION, PEPFAR ALSO PROTECTS AMERICAN SECURITY. LET US GIVE OUR STRONG SUPPORT TO H.R. 5501. IN CLOSING, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING STAFF MEMBERS OF OUR FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WHO HAVE DEDICATED MANY LONG HOURS TO ENSURING THAT THIS BILL IS SIGNED INTO LAW AND WE CAN CONTINUE U.S. EFFORTS. DR. BOB KING, PETER, PEARL, DAVID AND KRISTEN. ON OUR SIDE, THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, JOAN, MARK, DOUG, SARAH, SAM, SHERRY AND OUR FABULOUS G.O.P. STAFF DIRECTOR. THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I HOPE THAT OUR COLLEAGUES WILL SEE THE MERITORIOUS NATURE OF THIS PROPOSAL BECAUSE THE HIV-AIDS PANDEMIC IS A SIGNIFICANT THREAT TO GLOBAL HEALTH. IT'S ALSO A LEADING THREAT TO GLOBAL STABILITY. WE CAN HELP BUILD THIS VOID. WE CAN HELP STABILIZE THE CONTINENT AND HELP SAVE LIVES BYPASSING THIS BILL TODAY AND SENDING IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK AS RECENTLY AS TOMORROW. WE CAN HAVE IT ON THE PRESIDENT'S DESK AND HAVE A BILL SIGNING BY NEXT WEEK. . THIS VIRUS IS KILLING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THE PRIME OF LIFE. THESE ARE PARENTS, TEACHERS, GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, PUBLIC HEALTH WORKERS, MILITARY OFFICERS, PEOPLE WHO HOLD THE FABRIC OF LIFE TOGETHER FOR THEIR COMMUNITY. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RISE TO THE CHALLENGE, PASS THIS BILL, AND SAVE THEIR LIVES AND SAVE A GENERATION OF LIVES AROUND THE WORLD. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    MR. BERMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BERMAN

    BILL HAS BEEN DESCRIBED. ITS CONSEQUENCES HAVE BEEN DISCUSSED. BUT I CAN'T…

    BILL HAS BEEN DESCRIBED. ITS CONSEQUENCES HAVE BEEN DISCUSSED. BUT I CAN'T HELP BUT COME BACK TO MY COMMENTS FROM MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROHRABACHER, WITH RESPECT TO THE EFFECTS OF THIS BILL. THE NOTION THAT THERE ARE NOW PREGNANT WOMEN WHO BECAUSE OF NEW DISCOVERIES IN MEDICINE CAN TAKE DRUGS WHICH ALLOW THEIR BABY TO BE BORN WITHOUT BEING H.I.V.-POSITIVE, I CALL THAT SAVING LIVES. AND CURING THE PROBLEM. THIS IS HAPPENING ALL OVER THE COUNTRIES WHERE THESE PROGRAMS ARE WORKING. THE NOTION THAT THE UNITED STATES IS HELPING TO TAKE CARE OF THE ORPHANS AND OTHER VULNERABLE CHILDREN WHO ARE LEFT WITHOUT PARENTS AS A RESULT OF THIS EPIDEMIC I CALL SAVING LIVES AND CURING A PROBLEM. AS THE RANKING MEMBER SAID IN HER OPENING COMMENTS, THE EFFECT ON THESE PEOPLE AND THEIR RECOGNITION OF THE ROLE THE UNITED STATES IS PLAYING IS HAVING -- IT'S A SECONDARY QUESTION, BUT IT'S AN IMPORTANT ONE. IT'S HAVING A MASSIVE IMPACT ON HOW THEY PERCEIVE THIS COUNTRY. AT A TIME WHEN FOR MANY OTHER REASONS THIS COUNTRY HAS NOT BEEN PERCEIVED WELL IN THIS WORLD. THIS HAS BEEN A REMARKABLE PROGRAM THAT HAS GONE ON AND I WANT TO ADD MY COMPLIMENTS TO THE STAFF, ALL THE STAFF ON THE MINORITY WHO WORKED ON IT, AS WELL AS PETER AND PEARL AND DAVID, KRISTEN, HEATHER WITH PARME DON PAYNE -- WITH CHAIRMAN DON PAYNE. AS WELL AS THE LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL. NAOMI AND JESSICA FROM THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE STAFF. ON THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS MAJORITY STAFF, BRIAN AND SHANNON. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO NOT ONLY HELPED PUT THIS TOGETHER, THIS BILL TOGETHER, NOT ONLY INVESTED HUGE AMOUNTS OF THEIR TIME IN WORKING WITH THE OUTSIDE COALITION FORCES WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THE GROUND ON THESE ISSUES IN AFRICA AND OTHER PLACES, AND ALSO DEALT WITH THE ADMINISTRATION ON THESE, THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO WHEN I GOT THROWN INTO THIS ISSUE HELPED EDUCATE ME AND I'M VERY GRATEFUL FOR ALL THEY HAVE DONE TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:05:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1362, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. PURSUANT TO SECTION 2 OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1362, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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    MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU WOULD GIVE ME JUST ONE MOMENT TO HAVE MY COLLEAGUES…

    MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU WOULD GIVE ME JUST ONE MOMENT TO HAVE MY COLLEAGUES EXIT FROM THEIR CELEBRATORY UNDERTAKINGS. MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 1368 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 254, HOUSE RESOLUTION 1368, RESOLVED THAT SECTION 803 OF THE…

    NUMBER 254, HOUSE RESOLUTION 1368, RESOLVED THAT SECTION 803 OF THE MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG IMPROVEMENT AND MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2003 SHALL NOT APPLY DURING THE REMAINDER OF THE 110TH CONGRESS.

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  • 05:06:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:06:49 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, AS THE CLERK JUST READ HOUSE RESOLUTION 1368 PROVIDES THAT…

    MR. SPEAKER, AS THE CLERK JUST READ HOUSE RESOLUTION 1368 PROVIDES THAT SECTION 803 OF THE MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG IMPROVEMENT AND MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2003 SHALL NOT APPLY DURING THE REMAINDER OF THE 110TH CONGRESS. THIS RESOLUTION IS NEEDED TODAY BECAUSE OF A PROCEDURAL GIMMICK WHICH WAS STUCK INTO THE REPUBLICAN MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG BILL IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT SHORTLY BEFORE THE BILL FOUND ITS WAY TO THE FLOOR BACK IN 2003. THE PROVISION WAS A WAY FOR REPUBLICANS TO GET CONSERVATIVES IN THEIR PARTY TO SUPPORT AN UNPOPULAR BILL THAT MAY VERY WELL BE THE LARGEST CAMPAIGN DONOR PAYBACK PROGRAM IN THE HISTORY OF THIS INSTITUTION. HOWEVER, EVEN THIS PROVISION FAILED TO PREVENT ONE OF THE MOST SHAMEFUL NIGHTS IN THE HISTORY OF THIS INSTITUTION AS ARMS WERE TWISTED AND THREATS DELIVERED INTO THE WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING TO GET THE VOTES NEEDED TO PASS THIS BILL. UNDER CURRENT LAW WHEN THE MEDICARE TRUSTEES PROJECT IN TWO CONSECUTIVE TRUSTEE REPORTS THAT GENERAL REVENUES WILL EXCEED 45% OF MEDICARE SPENDING WITHIN A SEVEN-YEAR WINDOW, AND EXPEDITED PROCESS IS TRIGGERED TO REDUCE THE PERCENTAGE. THIS EXPEDITED PROCESS, HOWEVER, BYPASS REGULAR ORDER IN THE HOUSE AS WELL AS THE RULES COMMITTEE. ONCE THE PERCENTAGE OF MEDICARE FUNDING COMING FROM GENERAL REVENUES REACHES 45%, THE PRESIDENT IS REQUIRED TO SEND LEGISLATION TO THE HOUSE AND SENATE THAT WILL ADDRESS THE MATTER. THAT BILL MUST THEN BE INTRODUCED BY THE HOUSE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND REFERRED TO THE APPROPRIATE COMMITTEES. THE PROCESS BY WHICH THAT BILL OR ANY BILL MEETING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE TRIGGER MOVES THROUGH THE COMMITTEE PROCESS AND IS DISCHARGED TO THE FLOOR -- ITS DISCHARGE TO THE FLOOR INCLUDES A PRIVILEGED MOTION. THE PRIVILEGE MOTION REQUIRES ONLY 1/5 OF THE HOUSE OR JUST 87 MEMBERS TO SECOND THE MOTION AND FORCE A VOTE ON THAT MOTION THAT WOULD BRING THE BILL ITSELF TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. UNDER THE TRIGGER IF THIS SMALL MINORITY OF THE HOUSE IS SUCCESSFUL AND THE MOTION PASSES THE HOUSE, THE BILL WOULD COME TO THE FLOOR WITHIN THREE LEGISLATIVE DAYS AND CAN BE DEBATED WITH UP TO FIVE HOURS OF GENERAL DEBATE AND 10 HOURS OF DEBATE ON AMENDMENTS. ADDING TO THE UNPRECEDENTED NATURE OF THIS PROVISION, AMENDMENTS ARE GIVEN BLANKET WAIVERS WITH THE ONLY REQUIREMENT BEING CERTIFICATION BY THE BUDGET COMMITTEE THAT THE BILL WILL ELIMINATE EXCESS MEDICARE SPENDING FROM GENERAL REVENUES. ASTONISHINGLY THE TRIGGER WAIVES THE RULES OF THE HOUSE AND BLOCKS MEMBERS FROM RAISING POUNDS OF ORDER AGAINST THE BILL FOR EARMARK, PAY-GO, OR ANY OTHER VIOLATION OF HOUSE RULES. ALL THAT A MEMBER NEEDS TO DO TO FORCE A VOTE ON DISCHARGING A BILL IS INTRODUCE A BILL TITLE, QUOTE, TO RESPOND TO A MEDICARE FUNDING WARNING, UNQUOTE. AS LONG AS THAT BILL MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, THEN ANYONE, DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN, MAY SEEK TO DISRUPT THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE HOUSE. REALIZE IF THE HOUSE FAILS TO PASS THIS RESOLUTION TODAY, IT WILL LEAVE ITSELF VULNERABLE TO CHAOS AND EXTRAORDINARY POLITICAL GAMESMANSHIP. WE WILL LAY THE GROUNDWORK TO EFFECTIVELY BECOMING THE SENATE. STALLED AND UNABLE TO ACT AS A VICTIM OF ITS OWN RULES AND PROCEDURES. EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY WE ARE IN SESSION UNDER THE GUISE OF TRYING TO FIX MEDICARE, A MEMBER COULD MOVE TO DISCHARGE A BILL WHICH INCLUDES PROVISION THAT IS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH MEDICARE. THE ONLY WAY TO AVOID THIS CHAOS AND POTENTIAL SHUTDOWN OF THE HOUSE IN THE 110TH CONGRESS IS FOR THE HOUSE TO PASS THIS RESOLUTION TODAY. WHAT IS PERHAPS THE MOST TROUBLING ABOUT THIS ENTIRE PROCESS, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT CONGRESS FIXED THE REVENUE PROBLEM IN A MORE COMPREHENSIVE MANNER LAST WEEK WHEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE BOTH VEETED -- VOTED TO OVERRIDE THE PRESIDENT'S VETO ON THE MEDICARE IMPROVEMENTS FOR PATIENTS AND PROVIDERS ACT. IN THAT BILL DEMOCRATS IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION REMOVED WASTE, FRAUD, AND ABUSE IN THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN WITHOUT HURTING SENIORS. UNDER OUR LEADERSHIP, SENIORS CONTINUE TO HAVE ACCESS TO THEIR DOCTORS AND PRESCRIPTION DRUGS WITHOUT HAVING THEIR PREMIUMS RAISED OR COVERAGE REDUCED. VERY OCCASIONALLY, MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF US TALK WITH DIFFERENT PEOPLE IN OUR CONSTITUENCY. LAST WEEK I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK WITH A PHYSICIAN IN THIS CITY NAMED STEERN. HE INDICATED TO ME THAT I SHOULD AMONG OTHER THINGS FIGHT REAL HARD TO HAVE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND HOW EFFECTIVE MEDICARE IS AND WHAT A SINGLE PAYOR COULD DO PLAN FOR THIS NATION. WE TALKED CONSIDERABLY ABOUT THIS AND I'M DELIGHTED THAT I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE EDIFIED BY SOMEONE IN THIS PROFESSION. BUT BECAUSE OF THIS MEDICARE TRIGGER PROVISION, A PROVISION WHICH WAS NOT IN THE HOUSE OR SENATE BILL AND WAS SLIPPED IN THE CONFERENCE, I'LL REPEAT SLIPPED IN THE CONFERENCE DURING THE DEAD OF NIGHT, AND I WAS HERE AND PETE STARK AND DAVID DREIER, ALL OF US WERE HERE WHEN THIS HAPPENED, FORCED TO DEAL WITH THE LEGACY OF, IN MY OPINION, THE MISGUIDED FORMER MAJORITY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES, MR. SPEAKER, TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:13:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    MR. DREIER

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:13:43 PM

    MR. DREIER

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. LET ME BEGIN BY…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. LET ME BEGIN BY EXPRESSING MY APPRECIATION TO MY GOOD FRIEND, RULES COMMITTEE COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FORT LAUDERDALE, FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I RISE IN STRONGEST POSSIBLE OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE ONLY UNDER THIS NEW MAJORITY, MR. SPEAKER, COULD AN ATTEMPT TO ENSURE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY BE DESCRIBED AS NOTHING MORE THAN A, PROCEDURAL GIMMICK. AND ONLY UNDER THIS NEW REPUBLICAN MAJORITY, MR. SPEAKER, CAN WE ONCE AGAIN BE TAKING ACTION THAT TOTALLY SUBVERTS WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT HERE AND THAT IS AN OPEN AND FAIR DEBATE. AT ISSUE TODAY IS A PROVISION ENACTED BY REPUBLICANS TO ENSURE THAT MEDICARE IS ADMINISTERED IN AN EFFECTIVE AND RESPONSIBLE WAY. WHEN WE CREATED THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFITS FOR SENIORS, WE INCLUDED A PROVISION TO REQUIRE REGULAR REPORTS ON HOW MEDICARE IS FUNDED. WE WANTED TO KNOW IS THE MEDICARE FUND -- TRUST FUND SUFFICIENT TO COVER THE COSTS OR ARE WE DRAWING FROM THE GENERAL TREASURY TO PAY FOR IT? AND IF WE ARE, HOW MUCH? IF TWO CONSECUTIVE REPORTS INDICATED THAT OVER 45% OF MEDICARE'S COSTS WOULD COME FROM THE GENERAL TREASURY OVER THE NEXT SEVEN YEARS, CONGRESS WOULD HAVE TO ACT. . WE DIDN'T MANDATE WHAT STEPS CONGRESS WOULD HAVE TO TAKE. WE SIMPLY REQUIRED THAT SOLUTIONS BE EXAMINED, DEBATED AND BROUGHT TO A VOTE. SOMETHING THAT SEEMS TO BE AN ATHEMA TO THIS MAJORITY. WE BELIEVED THIS PROVISION WAS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE AS REPUBLICS HAVE TWO VERY IMPORTANT GOALS FOR MEDICARE. FIRST, IT MUST EFFECTIVELY PROVIDE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE FOR OUR SENIORS AND SECOND, MR. SPEAKER, IT MUST BE RUN EFFICIENTLY AND RESPONSIBLY. TODAY WE'RE CONFRONTING EXACTLY THE SCENARIO THAT CONCERNED US AND LED TO THIS POINT. WE'VE HAD TWO CONSECUTIVE REPORTS INDICATING THAT MEDICARE WILL EXCEED THE COST THRESHOLD FOR YEARS TO COME. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW, THE PRESIDENT SUBMITTED A PROPOSAL TO RESTORE FISCAL DISCIPLINE WHILE ENSURING THAT SENIORS CONTINUE TO RECEIVE HIGH-QUALITY CARE. UNDER THE RULES OF THE HOUSE WE ARE APPROACHING THE DEADLINE TO CONSIDER THE PROPOSAL. BUT THIS NEW MAJORITY LEADERSHIP, UNABLE OR UNWILLING TO ADDRESS RUN-AWAY COSTS, SIMPLY WANTS TO MAKE THIS ATTEMPT AT GOOD GOVERNANCE GO AWAY. COMPLETELY VANISH. THE RULE BEFORE US TODAY WOULD QUASH THE PROVISION, REQUIRING US TO CONSIDER A LEGISLATIVE FIX. IT ALLOWS RUN-AWAY ENTITLEMENT SPENDING TO CONTINUE UNABATED. NATURALLY, OUR GOOD FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE GOING TO TRY TO DISTRACT US FROM THE FACTS TODAY. THEY'RE GOING TO RAIL AGAINST THE CIRCUMSTANCES AS WE'VE ALREADY HEARD FROM MY FRIEND FROM FORT LAUDERDALE SURROUNDING THE ORIGINAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG VOTE, IN AN ATTEMPT TO OBSCURE THE REAL ISSUE. THIS IS A FAVORITE TRICK OF THEIRS, MR. SPEAKER. THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY LEADERSHIP CANNOT DEFEND THEIR OWN ACTIONS SO THEY STIRRUP FIGHTS ABOUT REPUBLICANS. THEY CAN THUNDER AWAY ABOUT 5-YEAR-OLD FIGHTS ALL THEY WANT. BUT IT WON'T BE A SOLVE THEM OF THE ACTIONS THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO TAKE HERE TODAY. TODAY THEY ARE IN CHARGE. THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS AS MAJORITY. THEY CANNOT DISTRACT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM THE FACT THAT WHEN THEY WERE PRESENTED WITH A PROPOSAL FOR REFORMING THE COST OF MEDICARE, THEY DECIDED TO CHANGE THE RULES AND IGNORE THE PROBLEM. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE A LEGISLATIVE FIX THAT WAS SUBMITTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND INTRODUCED BY THE MAJORITY AND THE MINORITY LEADERS AS REQUIRED BY THE FISCAL DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES PUT INTO PLACE BY REPUBLICANS IN THIS IMPORTANT BILL. IT RECOMMENDS TWO STEPS. TWO STEPS TO REIN IN SKYROCKETING COSTS. ONE, IT LOWERS THE GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE FOR HIGH-INCOME SENIORS TO SAVE $3.2 BILLION OVER FIVE YEARS AND, SECOND, IT REFORMS THE MEDICAL LIABILITY SYSTEM AND PUTS PATIENTS BEFORE TRIAL LAWYERS, SAVING NEARLY $4 BILLION. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T KNOW THAT THAT'S THE PANACEA BUT THOSE ARE A GOOD START AND THOSE ARE THE PROPOSALS THAT THE MAJORITY LEADER AND THE MINORITY LEADER INTRODUCED AS REQUIRED UNDER THIS LAW. I KNOW THAT SOME PEOPLE MAY NOT LIKE THOSE SAVINGS. SOME OF MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE HE NAMMERED OF THE PRESENT LIABILITY SYSTEM AND BELIEVE WE NEED MORE LITIGATION, NOT LESS. OTHERS MAY FEEL THAT EVERYONE, REGARDLESS OF INCOME, SHOULD GET THE FULL PRESCRIPTION DRUG SUBSIDY. THERE MAY BE DISAGREEMENT ON THESE ISSUES BUT THEY ARE WORTHY OF CONSIDERATION AND DEBATE, WHICH IS WHAT THIS INSTITUTION IS ALL ABOUT. DEBATE IS EXACTLY WHAT WAS ENVISIONED BY THIS PROPOSAL. IT PROVIDED FOR AT LEAST 10 SEPARATE ALTERNATIVES, EACH DEBATABLE FOR UP TO AN HOUR. MY FRIEND IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. IT COULD TAKE 10 HOURS BUT GOD FORBID WE SPEND 10 HOURS DISCUSSING AN ISSUE AS IMPORTANT AS THIS. WE IMPOSE NO RESTRICTIONS. ANY PROPOSAL FOR REINING IN COSTS COULD BE CONSIDERED AND DEBATED. THIS IS A FOREIGN CONCEPT IN THE 110TH CONGRESS. BUT WE ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT OPEN RIGOROUS DEBATE IS THE KEY TO FINDING SOLUTIONS TO OUR MOST DIFFICULT CHALLENGES. UNFORTUNATELY THE RULE BEFORE US TODAY CONTINUES A VERY TROUBLING PATTERN. THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY LEADERSHIP WOULD RATHER DUCK AND COVER THAN STAND AND DELIVER ON A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IN CASE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVEN'T NOTICED, MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS BEEN LOCKED IN A LEGISLATIVE HOLDING PATTERN. WE HAVE AT LEAST FIVE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS WHICH HAVE BEEN ORDERED REPORTED BY THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. HOW MANY HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED ON THE FLOOR? DURING THIS VERY IMPORTANT TRADITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS MONTH. NOT A SINGLE ONE. ZERO. NADA. NONE. THE SAME IS TRUE FOR REAL ENERGY LEGISLATION. OH, WE'VE HAD FIG LEAVES ON THE FLOOR LIKE WE HAD JUST A COUPLE OF HOURS AGO BUT MAJORITY ISN'T INTERESTED IN DEBATE ON THESE MEASURES. THEY BRING CONTROVERSIAL ENERGY LEGISLATION THAT NO ONE HAS EVER SEEN TO THE FLOOR. THEN THEY IMPOSE ULTRARESTRICTIVE RULES SO THAT REPUBLICANS CAN'T -- OR DEMOCRATS -- CAN'T EVEN OFFER THEIR OWN IDEAS. NOW THESE FLAWED BILLS FAIL, OF COURSE, BUT THE DEMOCRATS GET TO AVOID A REAL DEBATE ON THE IMPORTANT ISSUES OF CONSERVATION, ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES AND, YES, NEW DOMESTIC SUPPLIES OF OIL. THIS PATTERN CONTINUES TODAY WITH THIS RULE. INSTEAD OF HAVING A REAL DEBATE ON LEGISLATION TO REFORM THE MEDICARE PROGRAM, WE'RE USING THE RULES TO COMPLETELY AVOID THE PROGRAM ALTOGETHER. THE REASON, MR. SPEAKER, IS SIMPLE. THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY LEADERSHIP IS MORE CONCERNED ABOUT PROTECTING THEIR MEMBERS FROM TOUGH VOTES THAN ENGAGING IN THE HONEST AND OPEN DEBATE THEY PROMISED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHEN THEY WON THE MAJORITY NEARLY TWO YEARS AGO. THEY ARE MORE INTERESTED IN MAINTAINING THEIR FORTUNES THAN TACKLING THE BUSINESS OF GOVERNING. IF PRESS REPORTS ARE TO BE BELIEVED, THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY PLANS TO AVOID THE MOST BASIC RESPONSIBILITY THAT WE HAVE AS LEGISLATORS. MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT OUR SPENDING PRIORITIES. INSTEAD OF DOING THE BUSINESS OF PASSING APPROPRIATIONS BILLS AND CONSIDERING LEGISLATION ON KEY ISSUES LIKE HOW WE CAN GET GASOLINE PRICES DOWN AND HOW WE DEAL WITH MEDICARE, THEY'RE GOING TO PUNT ALL OF THE TOUGH CHOICES UNTIL THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION. NOW, I'M JUST SHAKING MY HEAD AND ASKING, MR. SPEAKER, WHAT IS IT THAT WE'RE DOING HERE AND WHAT IS IT THAT WE ARE AFRAID OF WHEN IT COMES TO DOING OUR WORK IN THIS 110TH CONGRESS? WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY RIGHT HERE AND RIGHT NOW TO BREAK THIS PATTERN. IF WE DEFEAT THIS RULE, WE CAN HAVE A REAL DEBATE ON ALTERNATIVES TO REFORM MEDICARE SPENDING. WE CAN START THE BUSINESS OF GOVERNING AND HAVE A REAL DEBATE ON THE REAL ISSUE OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT THIS PROVISION IS ALL ABOUT. BUT IF WE PASS THIS RULE, IT'S ANOTHER BLOW TO RESPONSIBLE GOVERNING. IT'S ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW FAR THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY LEADERSHIP HAS FALLEN FROM THE PRINCIPLES THAT THEY RAN ON AND PROMISED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEARLY TWO YEARS AGO. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THIS RULE AND VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BEFORE DEFEATING THIS RULE. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:22:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:23:03 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    EVERYTHING DEBATED IN THIS HOUSE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A BATTLE. TURNING OFF…

    EVERYTHING DEBATED IN THIS HOUSE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A BATTLE. TURNING OFF THIS PROVISION IS THE CORRECT THING TO DO AND I'LL TELL YOU WHY. THE PERCEIVED PROBLEM WITH MEDICARE FUNDING HAS ALREADY BEEN ADDRESSED. LET ME REPEAT THAT. THE PERCEIVED FUNNING HAS ALREADY BEEN ADDRESSED. THE RECENTLY ENACTED MEDICARE IMPROVEMENTS FOR PATIENTS AND PROVIDERS ACT FIXED THE FUNDING OF MEDICARE TO KEEP IT BELOW THE 45% TRIGGER. LET ME REFRESH YOUR MEMORY. ON JULY 15, THE HOUSE VOTED TO OVERRIDE THE PRESIDENT'S VETO HE OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN, VOTED TO OVERRIDE. AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN AND MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY, A CHAMPION OF SCHIP, THAT HAS BEEN OVERRIDDEN, THE VETO, TWICE BY THE PRESIDENT, A MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. YIELD TWO MINUTES.

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  • 05:23:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MEMBERS WILL REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN…

    MEMBERS WILL REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE.…

    I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE. SINCE ITS INCEPTION, DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN THE PARTY TO KEEP MEDICARE WORKING FOR AMERICA'S SENIORS AND DISABLED AND CONTRAST THAT WITH REPUBLICANS WHEN THEY WERE IN CHARGE. DURING THEIR MAJORITY, MEDICARE FUNDING INCREASED DRAMATICALLY SO THEY COULD SHOWER THEIR PALS IN THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY WITH HIGHER REIMBURSEMENTS THAN REGULAR MEDICARE, ALL IN THE EFFORT TO PRIVATIZE THE PROGRAM. REPUBLICANS ARE WILLING TO LOOK PAST ALL THAT, PAT THEMSELVES ON THE BACK AND CALL THEMSELVES THE PARTY OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY BECAUSE OF SOME ARBITRARY POLICY THEY INSERTED IN THE MEDICARE MODERNIZATION ACT THAT PRETENDS TO ADDRESS MEDICARE FINANCING. THIS PROVISION IS MORE ABOUT SMOKE AND MIRRORS THAN IT IS ABOUT ENSURING MEDICARE REMAINS IN TAX -- INTACT. REPUBLICANS SAY IT'S ABOUT COST CONTAINMENT. I SAY IT'S ABOUT COST SHIFTING. THE SAD TRUTH IS THAT THE 45% TRIGGER IS DESIGNED TO REDUCE THE OBLIGATION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO FUND PART OF MEDICARE, THEREBY SHIFTING MORE COST TO BENEFICIARIES. SINCE TAKING CONTROL OF CONGRESS, DEMOCRATS HAVE SET OUT TO PUT MEDICARE ON A SUSTAINABLE TRACK. DURING OUR FIRST YEAR IN CHARGE, THE HOUSE PASSED THE CHAMP ACT WHICH WOULD HAVE EXTENDED MEDICARE SO SOLVENCY BY TWO YEARS, BY REDUCING WASTEFUL PAYMENTS. AND JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO WE ENACTED THE MEDICARE IMPROVEMENTS FOR PATIENT AND PROVIDERS OF 2008 AGAINST THE PRESIDENT'S OBJECTIONS. ACCORDING TO THE C.B.O., UNDER THAT BILL, THE 45% THRESHOLD WOULD BE FIRST CROSSED IN THE FISCAL YEAR 2014, ONE YEAR LATER THAN UNDER THE PRIOR LAW. SO I SAY, CONTRARY TO WHAT MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE ARE SAYING, THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THE DEMOCRATS ARE BEING FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE. DEMOCRATS ARE CONFRONTING MEDICARE'S CHALLENGES AND WE DON'T NEED AN AIRBORNETRARY POLICY THAT'S A RELIC OF THE PREVIOUS MAJORITY IN ORDER TO DO THAT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:25:50 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 CALIFORNIA.

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  • 05:25:56 PM

    MR. DREIER

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO OUR DISTINGUISHED…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO OUR DISTINGUISHED REPUBLICAN LEADER, MR. BOEHNER.

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  • 05:26:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, THE MINORITY LEADER, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 05:26:06 PM

    MR. BOEHNER

    I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER,…

    I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, JUST AS THE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP OF THIS CONGRESS IS STICKING ITS COLLECTIVE HEAD IN THE SAND WHEN IT COMES TO ENERGY LEGISLATION, IT'S DOING THE SAME WITH THE ENTITLEMENT CRISIS THAT WE FACE. MY COLLEAGUES, IGNORING THIS CRISIS WON'T MAKE IT GO AWAY. BUT THIS IS JUST WHAT THE MEASURE BEFORE US WILL DO, ALLOW US TO IGNORE THIS BIG PROBLEM FOR JUST A LITTLE WHILE LONGER. EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES WARNED THAT IF CONGRESS DOESN'T ACT, GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE SPENDING WILL GROW TO OVER $2 TRILLION BY 2017. MEDICARE ALONE WILL ACCOUNT FOR ALMOST 1/4 OF THIS TOTAL. WE CAN'T AFFORD THAT, OUR CHILDREN CAN'T AFFORD THAT AND MOST CERTAINLY OUR GRANDCHILDREN CAN'T AFFORD IT. BUT TODAY, THE MAJORITY IS SAYING, WELL, WE'RE JUST GOING TO WAIT FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF LAWMAKERS TO DEAL WITH THIS PROBLEM INSTEAD OF DOING WHAT WE SHOULD DO NOW. THE MAJORITY IS ALSO SAYING SOMETHING ELSE. THEY'RE SAYING THANK YOU TO THEIR TRIAL LAWYER ALLIES. THIS IS SOMETHING THEY'VE SAID QUITE OFTEN DURING THE LAST TWO YEARS, AS WE ALL KNOW. BY NOT ADDRESSING THE MEDICARE FUNDING CRISIS IN A COMPREHENSIVE WAY, WE'RE DODGING FUNDAMENTAL LIABILITY REFORM THAT THE ENTIRE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM NEEDS SO SOORL. WHO GAINS? -- SOARLY. WHO GAINS? TRIAL LAWYERS. WHO LOSES? PATIENTS, AND TAXPAYERS. THE MAJORITY LEADER SAID SEVERAL MONTHS AGO THAT HE BELIEVED THAT MEDICARE REFORM WOULD BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES FOR THE NEXT CONGRESS AND THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION. WELL, WITH THE BILL BEFORE US, IT'S CLEAR THAT THE MAJORITY LEADER MEANT WHAT HE SAID. BUT I THINK IT'S REGRETTABLE, IT'S IRRESPONSIBLE AND IT'S UNFAIR TO OUR CHILDREN AND THEIRS, NOT TO MENTION THE SENIORS WHO RELY ON THIS PROGRAM TODAY. THEY'RE GOING TO BEAR THE CONSEQUENCES OF OUR REFUSAL TO STEP UP AND DO THE RIGHT THING. AND I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THIS. LET'S HAVE THE COURAGE TO DO WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENT US HERE TO DO. TO SOLVE THESE -- THIS ENTITLEMENT CRISIS IN A FAIR AND BIPARTISAN WAY. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD AT THIS TIME TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD AT THIS TIME TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM ARKANSAS, A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. BERRY.

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  • 05:28:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 05:28:58 PM

    MR. BERRY

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING. I NEVER RISE, I DON'T ENCOURAGE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING. I NEVER RISE, I DON'T ENCOURAGE ANYONE WHO CAN HEAR ME TO KEEP IN THEIR MINDS AND PRAYERS OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND THEIR FAMILIES AND ESPECIALLY THOSE ON THE BATTLEFIELD TODAY. HAVING SAID THAT, IT'S INTERESTING TO HEAR OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TALK ABOUT FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. IT'S INTERESTING TO HEAR THEM SUDDENLY HAVE AN ATTACK OF CONCERN ABOUT OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND THE DEBT THAT'S GOING TO BE PASSED ONTO THEM WHICH INCLUDES PRETTY CLOSE TO $8 TRILLION THAT THEIR PARTY HAS BUILT UP AND THEIR PRESIDENTS HAVE BUILT UP. IT'S CLEAR AND HAS BEEN FOR MANY YEARS THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY INTENDS TO DESTROY MEDICARE ANY WAY IT CAN. LET IT WITHER ON THE VINE WERE THE VERY WORDS THEY USED. WE KNOW, THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT THIS ALSO IS, WE KNOW HOW TO FIX THESE THINGS. HEALTH CARE IS NOT SO COMPLICATED WE CAN'T FIX IT. IT'S A MATTER OF GETTING THE COLLECTIVE BIPARTISAN POLITICAL WILL POWER TO DO THE RIGHT THING. . THIS CAN BE FIXED WITH A VERY SIMPLE THING. JUST DO AWAY WITH THE OVERPAYMENT TO THE PRIVATE HEALTH CARE PLANS. $4.6 BILLION WE OVERPAY THE PRIVATE PLANS. WHY WOULD WE WANT TO BE SO GENEROUS TO THE INSURANCE COMPANIES? I CERTAINLY DON'T LIKE THE IDEA OF MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN HAVING TO PAY OFF A DEBT THAT WE INCURRED BECAUSE WE OVERPAID THE INSURANCE COMPANY. WHAT IS SO SPECIAL I WONDER ABOUT THE INSURANCE COMPANIES THAT WE CAN'T RESIST TO TAKE CARE OF THEM OVER AND OVER AGAIN? I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS PROVISION.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. DREIER

    I'M HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING REPUBLICAN…

    I'M HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING REPUBLICAN ON THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA,

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  • 05:31:23 PM

    MR. MCCRERY

    SOME PREPARED REMARKS, BUT I WANT TO ADDRESS A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT HAVE…

    SOME PREPARED REMARKS, BUT I WANT TO ADDRESS A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN SAID. BECAUSE I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE HOUSE TO UNDERSTAND. NUMBER ONE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SAID THAT WE HAVE ALREADY SOLVED THIS PROBLEM. AND HE'S RIGHT IN ONE SENSE. THERE WAS ENOUGH OF A PAY-FOR IN THE LAST MEDICARE BILL THAT WE PASSED THAT HAD WE COUCHED IT PROPERLY WE COULD HAVE USED AS A PAY-FOR TO GET US WITHIN THE WINDOW REQUIRED BY M.M.A., BUT WE DIDN'T DO THAT. WE DIDN'T GO THROUGH THE PROPER PROCEDURE SO TO SUGGEST THAT WE NOW CAN JUST DO AWAY WITH THE RULE BECAUSE IN SOME OTHER BILL WE CREATED ENOUGH FUNDING THAT WOULD HAVE WORKED HAD WE FOLLOWED THE PROPER PROCEDURE, I THINK IS A VERY TENUOUS ARGUMENT. THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF THE PROVISION AND THE SECOND THING I WANT TO ADDRESS IS THIS NOTION THAT THIS WAS SLIPPED IN IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT AND IT WAS JUST TOTALLY A REPUBLICAN EFFORT TO SOMEHOW KILL MEDICARE. I WOULD SAY TO THE HOUSE THAT THIS SUGGESTION WAS FIRST MADE BY THE BIPARTISAN, THE NATIONAL BIPARTISAN COMMISSION ON THE FUTURE OF MEDICARE THAT WAS CHAIRED BY BILL THOMAS AND JOHN BREAUX, REPUBLICAN AND A DEMOCRAT, SO WE DIDN'T COME UP WITH THIS IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT. IT'S SOMETHING THAT HAD BEEN CIRCULATING. I THINK -- I THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA THEN. I THINK IT'S A GOOD IDEA NOW. IT'S A RE-- IT'S REGRETTABLE THE HOUSE STANDS READY TODAY TO DISPOSE OF THIS VERY WORTHWHILE RULE. ALL THE RULE WAS INTENDED TO DO -- IT WASN'T INTENDED TO KILL MEDICARE. WHAT IT WAS INTENDED TO DO IS FOR US TO FACE THE PROBLEM EVERY YEAR BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW, THOSE OF US WHO ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE PROGRAM, FAMILIAR WITH THE STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAM AND THE FINANCING OF THE PROGRAM, KNOW THAT MORE THAN 45% OF GENERAL REVENUES ARE GOING TO BE USED TO PAY THE COSTS OF THIS PROGRAM VERY SOON AND THEN IT WILL BE EVERY YEAR. IT WILL GROW. AND IN FACT IF WE ALLOW THIS PROGRAM TO GO ON AUTOPILOT, IT WILL GO FROM ABOUT 2.7% OF G.D.P. THIS YEAR TO OVER 14% OF G.D.P. BY THE END OF THE 75-YEAR C.B.O. WINDOW. OVER 14%. WE ONLY TAKE IN IN REVENUES, TOTAL REVENUES BETWEEN 18% AND 19% OF G.D.P. SO IF WE ALLOW THIS PROGRAM TO JUST GO LIKE IT IS RIGHT NOW WITHOUT DISCUSSION OR DEBATE OR REFORM, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DO AWAY WITH MOST SPENDING FOR DEFENSE, EDUCATION, ROADS, HIGHWAYS UNLESS, OF COURSE, WE HAVE A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN TAXES. MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TELL THIS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I'M VERY PLEASED AT THIS TIME TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

    I'M VERY PLEASED AT THIS TIME TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA, A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE AND CLASSMATE A. MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS,

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  • 05:34:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 05:34:54 PM

    MR. POMEROY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF RESPECT FOR THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF RESPECT FOR THE PROCEEDING -- PRECEDING SPEAKER, RANKING MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. WHAT HE SAID IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT, HEALTH CARE COSTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL. THEY ARE THREATENING THE FUTURE OF THE MEDICARE PROGRAM. THEY ARE THREATENING THE FUTURE OF U.S. HEALTH CARE. BUT THE ISSUE BEFORE US IS A TRIGGER WHICH WOULD HAVE ONE OF TWO RESULTS. ONLY ONE OF TWO RESULTS. CUT MEDICARE BENEFITS OR RAISE MEDICARE PREMIUMS ON OUR SENIORS. NOW, IF WE ARE GOING TO ADDRESS, WE NEED TO ADDRESS, THE UNDERLYING SYSTEMIC PROBLEMS IN OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, BUT THIS TRIGGER WHICH WOULD SIMPLY CUT MEDICARE OR RAISE SENIORS' PREMIUMS IS NOT THE WAY TO HAVE A SYSTEMIC -- TO ADDRESS OUR PROBLEMS. I APOLOGIZE TO MY FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, IF I YIELD TO YOUR QUESTION I'M NOT GOING TO HAVE TIME TO MAKE MY POINT. I BELIEVE THAT IT'S INCORRECT TO SINGLE OUT MEDICARE FOR THIS TREATMENT, TO SINGLE OUT SENIORS FOR THE OVERALL PROBLEM WITH BROADER HEALTH REFORM. WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER ON HEALTH REFORM. I HOPE THE NEXT CONGRESS WILL GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. BUT THE MONTHS REMAINING IN THIS CONGRESS DON'T. WE HAD TO OVERRIDE THE PRESIDENT'S VETO TO PREVENT A 10% CUT IN PHYSICIAN REIMBURSEMENTS UNDER MEDICARE. A CUT THAT WOULD HAVE THREATENED UNIVERSAL ACCESS OF OUR SENIORS UNDER MEDICARE. WE HAD TO OVERRIDE A VETO. SO MOVING FORWARD, A TRIGGER MECHANISM THAT AT THIS HOUR IN THE ADMINISTRATION IS GOING TO CUT MEDICARE OR RAISE SENIORS' PREMIUMS IS CERTAINLY NOT THE WAY TO ADDRESS THE BROADER ISSUES OF HEALTH CARE COSTS. I LOOK FORWARD AS A MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE TO WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AS WE ADDRESS HEALTH CARE COSTS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. DREIER

    RANGE OF CHOICES HOW WE CAN CUT SPENDING. AT THIS TIME I'M HAPPY TO YIELD…

    RANGE OF CHOICES HOW WE CAN CUT SPENDING. AT THIS TIME I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY VERY DISTINGUISHED 23RE7BD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SPRINGFIELD, MR. BLUNT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 05:37:18 PM

    MR. BLUNT

    HAPPY TO YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    MR. DREIER

    AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    MR. BLUNT

    WANT TO DEBATE MEANS TESTING FOR WEALTHY SENIORS FOR MORE COMPETITION TO…

    WANT TO DEBATE MEANS TESTING FOR WEALTHY SENIORS FOR MORE COMPETITION TO SERVE PATIENTS. WE COULD BE DOING ALL THOSE THINGS TODAY. WE COULD BE DOING NONE OF THOSE THINGS TODAY. WE COULD BE DEBATING WHATEVER THE MAJORITY WANTS TO DEBATE. THE POINT IS WE COULD BE HAVING A DEBATE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF MEDICARE. FIRST WE ARE AFRAID TO DEBATE ENERGY. NOW WE ARE AFRAID TO DEBATE MEDICARE. WHAT ARE WE WILLING TO DEBATE ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE? I WANT TO HAVE THAT DEBATE. I OPPOSE THIS VOTE TO RUN AWAY FROM THOSE SOLUTIONS. AND, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT IN THE RECORD THE STATEMENT OF THE HEALTH COALITION ON LIABILITY ACCESS ON THIS LEGISLATION. THAT STATES THAT MEDICAL LIABILITY REFORMS ARE A CENTRAL PART OF REDUCING COSTS AND IMPROVING ACCESS AND QUALITY IN THE MEDICARE PROGRAM. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:40:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:40:35 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I'M VERY PLEASED AT THIS TIME TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

    I'M VERY PLEASED AT THIS TIME TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA WHO IS THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. SPRATT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 05:40:49 PM

    MR. SPRATT

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE ARE HERE TODAY…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE ARE HERE TODAY BECAUSE THE MEDICARE MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2003 INCLUDES A TRIGGER. THAT TRIGGER IS EXERCISED WHEN GENERAL FUND REVENUES AS OPPOSED TO TRUST FUND REVENUES, PREMIUMS AND PAYROLL TAXES, EXCEED 45% OF THE MEDICARE PROGRAM. ONCE THE MEDICARE TRUSTEES DETERMINE IN TWO BACK-TO-BACK REPORTS THAT THE 45% THRESHOLD WILL BE CROSSED WITHIN SEVEN YEARS, THE ADMINISTRATION MUST SUBMIT LEGISLATION "ELIMINATING EXCESS GENERAL REVENUE MEDICARE FUNDING." THE TRUSTEES SUBMITTED THEIR FIRST SUCH REPORT LAST YEAR, PROJECTING THAT GENERAL REVENUES WOULD FUND 45.07% OF MEDICARE IN 2013, THE LAST YEAR OF THE SEVEN-YEAR WINDO. THIS YEAR THE TRUSTEES ISSUED A SIMILAR WARNING. THE ADMINISTRATION SENT CONGRESS A BILL TO KEEP GENERAL REVENUES BELOW 45% THROUGH 2013. ACCORDING TO C.B.O.'S ANALYSIS THE ADMINISTRATION'S BILL WILL HOLD GENERAL REVENUES BELOW 45% UNTIL 2014 BY RGE CHARGING -- CHARGING HIGHER PREMIUMS TO MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES WHO MAKE ABOVE CERTAIN INCOME LEVELS. INSTEAD OF ENACTING THE ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSALS, THE HOUSE AND SENATE ENACTED LAST WEEK INTO LAW, "THE MEDICARE IMPROVEMENTS FOR PATIENTS AND PROVIDERS ACT OF 2008" OVER THE PRESIDENT'S VETO. C.B.O. CALCULATES THAT THIS NEW LAW WILL KEEP GENERAL REVENUES BELOW THE 45% THRESHOLD THROUGH 2014, JUST AS THE ADMINISTRATION'S BILL WOULD HAVE. SO SUBSTANTIVELY IF ALL PRACTICAL PURPOSES WE HAVE MET THE TRIGGER, FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS, AND WE MADE THIS ISSUE MOOT FOR THE REST OF THIS CONGRESS. SO I SUPPORT THE RULE BEFORE US WHICH WOULD TURN OFF THE MEDICARE TRIGGER FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS CONGRESS. I FIND THAT AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE THE LEGISLATION WOULD JUST ENACTED "ELIMINATES EXCESS GENERAL REVENUE SPENDING AND COMPLIES WITH THE MEDICARE LAWS FINANCIAL TEST. CONSEQUENTLY THERE IS NO NEED OR REASON TO EXERCISE THE TRIGGER AND I WOULD ADD THAT THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH AND MEDICARE PROTECTION ACT --

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  • 05:43:01 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. SPRATT

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I WOULD ADD THAT THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH AND MEDICARE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I WOULD ADD THAT THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH AND MEDICARE PROTECTION ACT WOULD HAVE ACCOMPLISHED AND SATISFY THE REQUIREMENTS ALSO IF FOR TECHNICAL REASONS IT HAD BEEN ENTITLED A BILL TO RESPOND TO MEDICARE FUNDING. I SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND URGE ITS ADOPTION.

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  • 05:43:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. DREIER

    THE CHAIR HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING ON EACH SIDE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 14. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS 15.

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    MR. DREIER

    THAT IS CORRECT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THAT IS CORRECT.

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    MR. DREIER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. RYAN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MY CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE JUST SPOKE. HE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MY CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE JUST SPOKE. HE DID READ THAT THE C.B.O. SAID THAT THE BILL THAT PASSED IN THE DOC FIX ACCORDING TO THE C.B.O. DOES SATISFY THE TRIGGER. IF YOU'RE SATISFYING THE TRIGGER WHY ARE YOU TURNING IT OFF? IF YOU'RE ACTUALLY ACCOMPLISHING THE OBJECTIVE SET OUT WITH THIS LAW, THEN WHY ARE YOU GETTING RID OF THIS TRIGGER? WHY DO WE HAVE THIS TRIGGER? WE HAVE THIS TRIGGER. IT'S A FUNDING WARNING BECAUSE MEDICARE IS GOING BANKRUPT. MEDICARE IS A $36 TRILLION UNFUNDED LIABILITY. YOU KNOW WHAT IT'S GOING TO BE NEXT YEAR BY THIS TIME? IT'S GOING TO BE $38.4 TRILLION. YOU KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN FIVE YEARS IF WE DO NOTHING TO SAVE MEDICARE AS THE DEMOCRATIC BUDGET PROPOSES TO DO? $48 TRILLION UNFUNDED LIABILITY. THE PRECEDING PARAGRAPH IN THIS C.B.O. REPORT GOES ON TO SPECIFY THAT THE JUDGMENT, THE REFEREE OF THE TRIGGER ARE THE TRUSTEES. SO WHY DON'T WE TAKE THIS BILL OFF THE FLOOR, HAVE THE TRUSTEES VERIFY WHAT C.B.O. SAYS THAT MAYBE IN FACT THIS BILL THAT YOU JUST PASSED, THAT WE ALL PASSED, DOES SATISFY THE TRIGGER AND DON'T TURN OFF THIS FUNDING WARNING. TURNING OFF THIS FUNDING WARNING IS BASICALLY SAYING, IGNORE THE FACT THAT MEDICARE'S GOING BANKRUPT. MAKE SURE CONGRESS DOES NOTHING TO FIX THIS PROBLEM. I MIGHT ADD THAT THIS C.B.O. ESTIMATE RELIES ON THE FACT THAT NEXT YEAR WE ARE GOING TO CUT DOCTORS BY 21% IN MEDICARE. . THE ONLY REASON THIS ESTIMATE HOLDS UP IS IF WE GUARANTEE DOCTORS SERVICING MEDICARE. THAT'S WHY WE'RE IN CONFORMITY WITH THIS TRIGGER AS C.B.O. SAYS. C.B.O.'S NOT THE REFEREE OF THIS. THE TRUSTEES ARE. THE TRUSTEES OF MEDICARE. TURNING OFF THIS TRIGGER IS BASICALLY SAYING WE HAVE NO FISCAL DISCIPLINE, WE HAVE NO INTENTION OF SAVING MEDICARE FROM BANKRUPTCY, WE HAVE NO INTENTION OF BEING GOOD STEWARDS OF THE TAXPAYER DOLLARS, WE HAVE NO TENSION -- INTENTION OF CONTROLLING SPENDING, WE HAVE EVERY INTENTION OF MAKING MATTERS WORSE. NOT ONLY BY DOING NOTHING BUT ADDING MORE SPENDING. THAT'S RECKLESS. THAT IS FISCAL ABANDONMENT. THE TRIGGER WAS A BIPARTISAN IDEA. A DEMOCRAT IN THE SENATE AND A REPUBLICAN IN THE HOUSE CAME UP WITH THIS IDEA TO MAKE SURE THAT CONGRESS SAW FAIR WARNING AND ACTUALLY ADDRESSED THESE ISSUES BEFORE IT GOT OUT OF CONTROL. AND SO INSTEAD OF ADDRESSING THESE WARNINGS, INSTEAD OF BRINGING MEDICARE TOWARD SOLVENCY, INSTEAD OF MAKING SURE WE CAN GUARANTEE THIS PROGRAM FOR SENIORS AND THE NEXT GENERATION, WHAT ARE WE DOING IN THIS CONGRESS? WE'RE STICKING OUR HEADS IN THE SAND. THAT'S WRONG. THIS SHOULDN'T PASS. YOU KNOW BETTER. MORE TO THE POINT, IF YOU THINK YOU'RE SATISFYING IT, THEN WHY ARE YOU TURNING IT OFF? THAT MAKES NO SENSE. THE ONLY OPPORTUNITY, THE ONLY EXPLANATION IS YOU DON'T WANT TO HAVE THIS TOOL OF FISCAL DISCIPLINE. YOU DON'T WANT TO HAVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOWING THAT YOU'RE ACTUALLY CONTRIBUTING TO THE INSOLVENCY OF MEDICARE, THAT YOU'RE ACTUALLY MAKING MATTERS WORSE. THAT'S WRONG AND I URGE DEFEAT OF THIS.

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  • 05:47:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MEMBERS REMINDED TO MAKE THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MEMBERS REMINDED TO MAKE THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:47:16 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER RVING AT -- MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M VERY PLEASED TO…

    MR. SPEAKER RVING AT -- MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WHO IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. STARK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 05:47:33 PM

    MR. STARK

    I WANTED TO THANK MY DISTINGUISHED FRIEND FROM FLORIDA FOR RECOGNIZING ME.…

    I WANTED TO THANK MY DISTINGUISHED FRIEND FROM FLORIDA FOR RECOGNIZING ME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS AND I CAN ONLY SAY THAT I HAVE NEVER HEARD PEOPLE WHO HAVE JUST WON WHINE SO LOUDLY ABOUT THE FACT THAT THEY WON. THEY DIDN'T DO IT WHEN THEY WON THE BASEBALL GAME. I GUESS IF I HAD A TROPHY FOR THEM THEY MIGHT BE HAPPIER. BUT, YOU'RE RIGHT, MY FRIEND MR. MCCRERY AND MR. RYAN ARE BOTH RIGHT. IN 36 -- 6331, ALL THE REPUBLICANS VOTED FOR IT, THE MAJORITY OF THE WAYS AND MEANS REPUBLICANS VOTED FOR IT, THE MAJORITY OF THE ENERGY REPUBLICANS VOTED FOR IT. WE SOLVED IT. THEY MAY BE UNHAPPY WITH THE FACT THAT WE SOLVED IT BECAUSE MOST REPUBLICANS WOULD LIKE TO SEE MEDICARE PRIVATE ADVERTISED AND THIS WAS A PLAN A -- PRIVATIZED AND THIS WAS A PLAN THAT DID NOT GET ENOUGH VOTES OUT OF THE COMMISSION TO BE RECOMMENDED. A COUPLE OF WILD HAIRS BUT THEY COULDN'T GET ENOUGH VOTES TO MAKE IT A RECOMMENDATION. SO IT HAS NEVER BEEN, IF YOU WANTED TO HAVE A TRIGGER FOR THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT AND YOU WOULDN'T, I MIGHT SUPPORT IT. BUT YOU DON'T. THIS IS JUST THE TRIGGER -- THE TRIGGER WAS JUST A METHOD TO TRY AND PRIVATIZE MEDICARE AND LET IT WITHER ON THE VINE. SO WE HAVE MET THE REQUIREMENTS IN TERMS OF THE FUNDS SAVED IN 6331, THE REPUBLICAN SPEAKERS HAVE ATTESTED TO THAT. SO I'D SAY, LET'S GO HOME, WE DO HAVE PROBLEMS IN MEDICARE. WE ARE VASTLY OVERPAYING MEDICARE ADVANTAGE AND GETTING NOTHING FOR IT. WE ARE VASTLY OVERPAYING FOR THE DRUG BENEFIT BECAUSE REPUBLICANS WOULDN'T ALLOW THE SECRETARY TO BARGAIN FOR BETTER PRICES. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE FRUSTRATED EVERY ATTEMPT TO SAVE MONEY IN MEDICARE AND MAKE IT A MORE EFFICIENT SYSTEM. SO I'M WILLING TO HAVE THAT DEBATE ANY TIME. AND I THINK WE'LL HAVE TO COME BACK AND DO IT. BUT FOR NOW WE HAVE SATISFIED THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE TRIGGER. WE WERE UNABLE TO GET IT DONE IN THE -- A TIMELY FASHION AND I URGE THE ADOPTION OF THIS RULE.

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  • 05:49:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

  • 05:49:49 PM

    MR. STARK

    WILL MY FRIEND YIELD TO ME FOR JUST ONE SECOND?

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    WILL MY FRIEND YIELD TO ME FOR JUST ONE SECOND?

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    MR. STARK

    BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 05:50:21 PM

    MR. DREIER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 05:50:42 PM

    MR. HENSARLING

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE THE DEMOCRATS…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE THE DEMOCRATS BECAME THE MAJORITY PARTY, IN THIS INSTITUTION THEY WAXED ELOQUENT ABOUT FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. THE NOW SPEAKER, NANCY PELOSI OF CALIFORNIA, THE GENTLELADY SAID, IT IS JUST ABSOLUTELY IMMORAL, IMMORAL FOR US TO HEAP THOSE DEFICITS ON OUR CHILDREN. NO NEW DEFICIT SPENDING. AND BEFORE HE BECAME THE MAJORITY LEADER, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SAID, QUOTE, THERE'S NO MORE SINGLE BURDEN OF RESPONSIBILITY MORE CRUCIAL TO BEAR THAN TACKLING THE DEFICIT HONESTLY AND HEAD-ON -- HEAD ON. THAT'S WHAT THEY SAID BEFORE THEY BECAME THE MAJORITY PARTY. WE HAVE DISCOVERED, MR. SPEAKER, THEIR WORDS WERE CHEAP, THEIR DEEDS ARE VERY EXPENSIVE. SINCE BECOMING THE MAJORITY PARTY 18 MONTHS AGO, WE HAVE SEEN UNDER THEIR WATCH THE FEDERAL DEFICIT DOUBLE. MR. SPEAKER, UNDER THE DEMOCRAT'S WATCH WE HAVE SEEN THE SINGLE LARGEST ONE-YEAR INCREASE IN THE FEDERAL DEBT. MR. SPEAKER, UNDER THE DEMOCRAT'S WATCH WE'VE SEEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S UNFUNDED OBLIGATIONS GO TO THE LARGEST NUMBER EVER, $57.3 TRILLION. MR. SPEAKER, UNDER THE DEMOCRAT'S WATCH WE'VE SEEN THE LARGEST FEDERAL BUDGET EVER. MR. SPEAKER, UNDER THE DEMOCRAT'S WATCH, JUST YESTERDAY, JUST YESTERDAY A BLANK CHECK WAS GIVEN TO FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC THAT ULTIMATELY COULD COST THE TAXPAYERS $5 TRILLION. AND NOT TO BE OUTDONE, MR. SPEAKER, TODAY THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY TURN OFF THE MEDICARE TRIGGER. DESIGNED TO SAVE THE PROGRAM FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, THE DEMOCRAT'S WORDS WERE CHEAP. THEIR DEEDS ARE VERY, VERY EXPENSIVE. THE TRIGGER MEANS THAT WE BEGIN THE REFORM PROCESS IN MEDICARE. AND IT ALSO MEANS THAT WE WILL SPEND $178 BILLION, ALMOST A 7% INCREASE OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. AND HOW DO WE REFORM IT? MR. SPEAKER, WE ASK. WE ASK THAT THIS BODY PUT PATIENTS AND DAUGHTERS BEFORE -- DOCTORS BEFORE PERSONAL TRIAL LAWYERS AND WE ASK THAT MAYBE THE UPPER INCOME OF OUR NATION BE ABLE TO PAY A LITTLE BIT MORE FOR THEIR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. NOW WHAT HAPPENS, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THE DEMOCRATS DO NOTHING? WELL, ACCORDING TO THE GENERAL ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, QUOTE, THE RISING COST OF GOVERNMENT ENTITLEMENTS ARE A FISCAL CANCER THAT THREATENS CATASTROPHIC CONSEQUENCES FOR OUR COUNTRY AND COULD BANKRUPT AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, JOIN WITH US, PUT THE NEXT GENERATION ABOVE THE NEXT ELECTION. WORK WITH US TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN GET BETTER HEALTH CARE AT A MORE REASONABLE COST. DO NOT GET RID OF THIS MEDICARE TRIGGER THAT SO MANY OF US WORKED SO HARD TO PLACE IN THIS VALUABLE PROGRAM.

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    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I WOULD YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I WOULD YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.

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    TWO MINUTES.

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

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE. THE TRIGGER IS AN AIRBORNE TRARE WAY TO RE-- ARBITRARY WAY TO TRY AND REFORM MEDICARE. NO HEARINGS WERE HELD. THE TRIGGER WAS LITERALLY ADDED IN THE BACK ROOM DURING CONFERENCE ON THE MEDICARE MODERNIZATION ACT. WASN'T IN THE HOUSE BILL, IT WASN'T IN THE SENATE BILL. THE CHIEF ACTUALARY FROM THE NONPARTISAN CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES TESTIFIED BEFORE OUR COMMITTEE THAT THE TRIGGER IS JUDGMENTAL, NOT SCIENTIFIC. HE SAID THERE'S NO ANALYTICAL RATIONALIZATION FOR SETTING THE TRIGGER LEVEL FUNDING AT 45%. THIS TRIGGER IS POLITICALLY NOT POLICY-BASED. WE NEED TO FOCUS ON SYSTEMWIDE ISSUES TO ADDRESS COSTS IN BOTH PRIVATE INSURANCE AND MEDICARE. THE TRIGGER IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR REAL REFORM. WE'VE TAKEN IMPORTANT STEPS IN THIS CONGRESS TO ENSURE MEDICARE SOLVENCY. THE CHAMP ACT WHICH WAS PASSED LAST YEAR BY THE HOUSE INCLUDED SIGNIFICANT MEDICARE COST SAVINGS AND EXTENDED THE SOLVENCY OF THE HOSPITAL TRUST FUND. THE BIPARTISAN MEDICARE BILL, THE BILL THAT BECAME LAW AFTER WE OVERRODE THE PRESIDENT'S VETO, EXTENDED THAT SOLVENCY OF MEDICARE AND PUSHED BACK THE DATE THE TRIGGER IS PULLED WHILE PROVIDING $18 BILLION IN BENEFICIARY IMPROVEMENTS FOR SENIORS. I URGE EVERYONE TO SUPPORT THIS RULE CHANGE SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO WORK TOWARD REAL REFORM IN THE NEXT CONGRESS. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MR. CAMP

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I COME FROM A LARGE FAMILY. MY WIFE AND I HAVE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I COME FROM A LARGE FAMILY. MY WIFE AND I HAVE THREE CHILDREN OF OUR OWN. SO I'VE SEEN LITTLE KIDS STICK THEIR FINGERS IN THEIR EARS AND SHOUT, I CAN'T HEAR YOU. I NEVER THOUGHT I'D SEE THE CONGRESS DO IT, BUT THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THE DEMOCRATS ARE ASKING US TO DO TODAY. STICK OUR FINGERS IN OUR EARS AND SHOUT AT THE MEDICARE TRUSTEES THAT WE CAN'T HEAR THEIR WARNING. WE COULDN'T HEAR IT THE FIRST TIME, THEY SAID IT, WE COULDN'T HEAR IT THE SECOND TIME THEY SAID IT, AND WE CERTAINLY DON'T HEAR IT THE THIRD TIME THEY'VE SAID IT. THE DEMOCRATS' RESPONSE TO THE LOOMING MEDICARE CRISIS IS AS CHILDISH AS IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE. BY REPEALING THE MEDICARE WARNING AS THIS RULE CHANGE WOULD HAVE US DO, IT'S AKIN TO BEING WARNED OUT OF MONEY AND STILL GOING OUT FOR AN EXPENSIVE DINNER AND LEAVING THE BILL FOR THE NEXT GROUP TO SIT DOWN. YOU KNOW WHO GETS STUCK WITH THE TAB IN THIS SCENARIO, THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER, AND IT'S A $1.5 BILLION TAB IN THE FIRST YEAR ALONE. BUT THAT'S JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. EVERY YEAR WE FAIL TO ADDRESS ENTITLEMENT REFORM, FUTURE GENERATIONS ARE SADDLED WITH AN ADDITIONAL $2 TRILLION WORTH OF DEBT. WITH A MEDICARE HOSPITAL TRUST FUND SET TO GO BANKRUPT IN A DECADE, I FOR ONE CANNOT IGNORE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUE NOT TO IGNORE THESE MEDICARE WARNINGS. WE SHOULD REJECT THIS RESOLUTION AND WE SHOULD BEGIN TO TRANSFORM MEDICARE SO IT CAN CONTINUE TO BENEFIT FUTURE SENIORS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I AM VERY PLEASED, AND PRIVILEGED, TO YIELD TO THE…

    SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I AM VERY PLEASED, AND PRIVILEGED, TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, WHO I FEEL KNOWS AS MUCH OR MORE ABOUT THIS ISSUE THAN ANYONE. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, MR. RANGEL.

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    MR. RANGEL

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. RANGEL

    BY BLIND IDEOLOGY AND TO SEE WHETHER WE CAN PREPARE OURSELVES TO WORK…

    BY BLIND IDEOLOGY AND TO SEE WHETHER WE CAN PREPARE OURSELVES TO WORK TOGETHER IN THE FUTURE. IN ALL OF THE YEARS THAT WE'VE HAD THIS ADMINISTRATION, THEY'VE TALKED ABOUT THE UNFAIRNESS OF TAXES AND YET THEY HAVE NOT SEEN THAT WE'RE CLEAR EVEN TO SUGGEST WHAT WE SHOULD DO ABOUT IT. I KNOW THEY'RE BUSY STARTING WARS IN VARIOUS PLACES BUT IT WOULD SEEM AS THOUGH THE EXECUTIVE COULD TAKE A DEEP BREATH. THEY TALK ABOUT ENTITLEMENTS, HOW WE HAVE TO GET RID OF THEM, THAT IT'S CAUSING US TO GO INTO BANKRUPTSY. AND UNLESS I MISSED SOMETHING DURING MY BRIEF ILLNESSES, THEY'VE NEVER SUGGESTED WHAT YOU DO WITH SOCIAL SECURITY, NOT A NOTE, NOT ANYTHING PRIVATE, NOT A CALL FROM PAULSON SAYING, CAN WE TALK? AND NOW WE TALK ABOUT -- DIRE DIRE --

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    MR. DREIER

    YOU YIELD TO ME. WE CAN WORK OUT SOMETHING.

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    MR. RANGEL

    ME. WE CAN WORK OUT SOMETHING.

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    IS ARGUING AND I'M HERE AND WILLING TO DO JUST THAT ON THIS ISSUE AND --

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    MR. RANGEL

    WHY WOULD YOU WAIT UNTIL THE LAST DAY? YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN IN OFFICE ALL…

    WHY WOULD YOU WAIT UNTIL THE LAST DAY? YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN IN OFFICE ALL THIS TIME AND NOW YOU WANT TO TALK. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS AND WE SHOULD RESOLVE THE PROBLEM BY HAVING A TRIGGER --

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    MR. DREIER

    WE TALKED ALL ALONG.

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    MR. RANGEL

    AND CUT ACROSS THE BOARD, JUST HAVE A TRIGGER, IS THAT THE WAY YOU THINK…

    AND CUT ACROSS THE BOARD, JUST HAVE A TRIGGER, IS THAT THE WAY YOU THINK WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A SYSTEM? HOW MUCH DO YOU -- HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU YIELD TO ME?

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    MR. DREIER

    I'M HAPPY TO YIELD MY FRIEND 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. DREIER

    I TOOK TWO MINUTES AND I YIELD HIM 30. THAT'S A GOOD DEAL.

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    MR. RANGEL

    HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON EACH SIDE?

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    MR. DREIER

    SIDE?

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    MR. DREIER

    SIX MINUTES AND 20 SECONDS. AT THIS TIME I'M HAPPY TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A…

    SIX MINUTES AND 20 SECONDS. AT THIS TIME I'M HAPPY TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO MY VERY GOOD FRIEND WHO'S A FORMER MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, DR. GINGREY.

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    MR. GINGREY

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. NOT TO TAKE ALL MY TIME. I JUST WANT TO…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. NOT TO TAKE ALL MY TIME. I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I'M TREMENDOUSLY OPPOSED TO THIS RESOLUTION. WHEN WE PASSED MEDICARE MODERNIZATION AND THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG ACT BACK IN NOVEMBER OF 2003, I WAS A FRESHMAN MEMBER OF THE HOUSE. A PHYSICIAN MEMBER OF THE HOUSE. I FELT VERY STRONGLY THAT WE NEEDED TO GIVE OUR SENIORS A PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT. THEY HAD BEEN ASKING FOR IT FOR YEARS. THE DEMOCRATS WERE IN THE MAJORITY. MOST OF THOSE YEARS. AND YET IN 2003 MOST OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE VOTED NO. I THINK IT WAS THEIR FEELING, MOST OF THEM, THAT THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT DIDN'T GO FAR ENOUGH. ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE, THOUGH, MR. SPEAKER, THERE WAS GREAT CONCERN OF COST. AND I TRULY BELIEVE THAT THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PART D AND MEDICARE MODENDIZATION WOULD NOT HAVE PASSED THIS BODY HAD NOT SECTION 803 BEEN IN THERE. THAT TRIGGER TO SAY WHEN WE HAVE SPENT SO MUCH, THE PRESIDENT WOULD HAVE TO COME BACK AND OFFER A SOLUTION TO TRY TO CONTROL THE COST. AND NO BETTER WAY THAN THE MEDICAL LIABILITY REFORM TO CUT DOWN ON ALL THE DEFENSIVE MEDICINE THAT DOCTORS PRACTICE. IT'S NOT THE PREMIUMS THAT THEY PAY FOR MALPRACTICE. IT IS THE DEFENSIVE MEDICINE, ALL THESE TESTS THAT ARE UNNECESSARY. OF COURSE TO MEANS TEST PART D JUST AS WE HAVE MEANS TESTED PART D FOR THESE SO MANY YEARS. IF WE WERE NOT MEANS TESTING PART B, THE MONTHLY PREMIUM WOULD STILL BE $15 A MONTH INSTEAD OF $96. DEFEAT THIS RESOLUTION. BRING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY TO THIS BODY.

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    VERY PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE VERY DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM…

    VERY PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE VERY DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, A MEMBER OF MY CLASS AND A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, MR. DOGGETT.

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    MR. DREIER

    I JUST INQUIRE OF MY FRIEND HOW MANY SPEAKERS HE HAS ON HIS SIDE? I'VE GOT…

    I JUST INQUIRE OF MY FRIEND HOW MANY SPEAKERS HE HAS ON HIS SIDE? I'VE GOT TO SAY THAT BEFORE I DO, MR. SPEAKER, LET ME -- WE HAVE THE COMMITTEE ON THE BUDGET, WAYS AND MEANS, ENERGY AND COMMERCE, THE RULES COMMITTEE ALL WHICH HAVE JURISDICTION FOR THIS AND WE HAVE BEEN LIMITED TO 30 MINUTES. I JUST WONDERED IF HE MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN PROPOUNDING A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST THAT WE EXTEND THE DEBATE BY MAYBE FIVE MINUTES ON EACH SIDE.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO OBJECT.

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    MR. DREIER

    I OBJECT.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    OBJECT.

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    IS REMAINING ON EACH SIDE, MR. SPEAKER?

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    GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS FIVE MINUTES AND 50 SECONDS -- FOUR MINUTES AND 50 SECONDS. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS SEVEN MINUTES.

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    MR. DREIER

    FACT MY FRIEND HAS MORE SPEAKERS -- HOW MANY SPEAK REMEMBERS ON THE OTHER…

    FACT MY FRIEND HAS MORE SPEAKERS -- HOW MANY SPEAK REMEMBERS ON THE OTHER SIDE?

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I'M GOING TO BE THE LAST SPEAKER.

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    ER' DONE? SO NO REMAIN -- YOU'RE DONE? NO REMAINING SPEAKERS? AT THIS…

    ER' DONE? SO NO REMAIN -- YOU'RE DONE? NO REMAINING SPEAKERS? AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY VERY GOOD FRIEND FROM GEORGIA, DR. PRICE.

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    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. PRICE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND AND LEADER FROM CALIFORNIA FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND AND LEADER FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING. THIS DO-NOTHING, NO-ENERGY CONGRESS HAVE PERFECTED CHANGING THE RULES TO SUIT THEMSELVES. BUT THIS MAY TAKE FIRST PRIZE. VIRTUALLY ALL OF US TALK ABOUT THE NEED FOR ENTITLEMENT REFORM. ENTITLEMENT, THAT'S THOSE PROGRAMS THAT COMPRISE ABOUT 55% OF THE BUDGET. I CALL IT A YES MOMENT AT HOME. IT'S WHEN THE CROWDS SAY YES, YES, PLEASE. SOME REFORM IS NEEDED. AND THE RULES CURRENTLY IN PLACE WOULD ALLOW FOR SOME REAL REFORM, ESPECIALLY IN THE AREA OF LAWSUIT ABUSE REFORM. NOT CUTS IN MEDICARE. NOT AN INCREASE IN PREMIUMS. AS A PHYSICIAN FOR NEARLY 30 YEARS, I UNDERSTAND CLEARLY THE NEED FOR LIABILITY REFORM AND ITS IMPERATIVE. NOT JUST TO DECREASE MALPRACTICE COSTS, BUT TO END THE PRACTICE OF DEFENSIVE MEDICINE. ESTIMATED TO BE GREATER THAN $300 BILLION ANNUALLY. THAT'S $300 BILLION OF SAVINGS. WITHOUT ANY MEDICARE CUT, WITHOUT ANY INCREASE IN PREMIUMS. MR. SPEAKER, MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS VOTE TODAY IS ABOUT FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND ENDING PRIFFLEOUS LAWSUIT ABUSE. -- FRIVOLOUS LAWSUIT ABUSE. LET'S WORK TOGETHER. AMERICANS WANT ACTION ON THIS ISSUE AND THEY WANT IT NOW. THIS PROPOSED RULES CHANGE MEANS NO REFORM.

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    AN ADDITIONAL SPEAKER. I WOULD ASK TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE…

    AN ADDITIONAL SPEAKER. I WOULD ASK TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. STARK.

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    MR. STARK

    MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING. I JUST WANTED TO MAKE A POINT. IT'S…

    MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING. I JUST WANTED TO MAKE A POINT. IT'S BEEN SUGGESTED SEVERAL TIMES BY MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE THAT OVER 75 YEARS THE UNFUNDED COSTS OF MEDICARE AS THEY CALCULATE IT IS $36 TRILLION. YOU KNOW WHAT? THEY ARE RIGHT. BUT WHAT THEY DON'T TELL YOU IS BY THE SAME CALCULATION THE UNFUNDED COST OF THE MCCAIN-BUSH TAX CUTS IS MORE THAN $100 TRILLION. SO IF YOU WEREN'T GIVING AWAY ALL THIS MONEY TO THE RICH PEOPLE AND ALL THE REPUBLICANS WHO INHERITED MONEY FROM THEIR PARENTS AND NEVER HAD A REAL JOB IN THEIR LIVES, MAYBE WE COULD SOLVE, IT WOULD JUST TAKE A THIRD OF THE BUSH-MCCAIN TAX CUTS TO SOLVE THE UNFUNDED LIABILITY FOR THE NEXT 75 YEARS FOR MEDICARE. SO WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THESE THINGS, FOLKS, LET'S INCLUDE ALL THE OTHER GOODIES THAT YOU'RE GIVING AWAY. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. DREIER

    ARGUING THAT WE ARE WILLING TO SIT DOWN AND TALK ABOUT THIS AND DEBATE…

    ARGUING THAT WE ARE WILLING TO SIT DOWN AND TALK ABOUT THIS AND DEBATE THESE ISSUES AT ANY TIME. AND WE ARE WILLING AND THE TWO TOP DOGS ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE HAVE BOTH SAID THEY ARE WILLING TO DO THAT. AND WE HAVE BEEN WILLING ALL ALONG. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THIS PROVISION IS ALL ABOUT. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THE TAX CUTS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT INTO PLACE DRAMATICALLY SURGE THE FLOW OF REVENUES TO THE FEDERAL TREASURY. WE ALL KNOW THAT. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO LOOK AT ANYTHING WE POSSIBLY CAN TO BRING ABOUT RESPONSIBLE, FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE MEDICARE PROGRAM. WE ARE GOING TO DO THAT. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD A MINUTE TO MY VERY GOOD FRIEND FROM TENNESSEE, MRS. BLACKBURN.

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    MRS. BLACKBURN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS SO INTERESTING SERVING ON THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS SO INTERESTING SERVING ON THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE AT ENERGY AND COMMERCE. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE LOOK AT AND ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT, 11 YEARS FROM NOW THE MEDICARE TRUST FUND COULD GO BANKRUPT. THAT'S WHAT WE HEAR FROM THE TRUSTEES. HEALTH CARE SPENDING IS GOING TO BE 20% OF THE G.D.P. AS WE GO THROUGH THE NEXT 10 YEARS. AND HERE WE HAD A TRIGGER, SOMETHING THAT IS A NUGGET OF GOOD GOVERNMENT THAT IS PUT INTO ANONYMITY BILL AND LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING, THIS IS WHAT YOU'RE WANTING TO TAKE AWAY. IT IS PUT THERE TO LOOK AT THE LONG-TERM SOLSENCY -- SOLVENCY OF THIS PROBLEM. THAT IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HEAR FROM OUR CONSTITUENTS EVERY DAY. THEY HAVE THEIR MONEY THAT THEY HAVE EARNED. THAT THEY ARE PUTTING IN EVERY MONTH SO THAT MEDICARE WILL BE THERE FOR THEM WHEN THEY RETIRE. AND WHAT DO THEY GET FROM YOU-ALL? YOU'RE NOT WANTING TO COME IN AND ADDRESS THIS ISSUE. YOU WANT TO PULL THE TRIGGER BACK. I THINK IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE. I DO THINK IT IS AN ABDICATION OF OUR RESPONSIBILITY. I WOULD ENCOURAGE THOSE HERE TO OPPOSE THAT RESOLUTION.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I'M SORRY?

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    MR. DREIER

    I'M SORRY?

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    MR. HASTINGS

    WHETHER YOU HAVE ANY REMAINING SPEAKERS. I'M THE LAST SPEAKER ON MY SIDE.

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    MR. DREIER

    JUST BEFORE MY CALIFORNIA COLLEAGUE SPOKE.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    DOES GENTLEMAN HAVE REMAINING SPEAKERS?

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    MR. DREIER

    I RESERVE.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I RESERVE.

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    MR. DREIER

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. DREIER

    I APPRECIATE THE MAGNIMITY OF MY FRIEND ON THE RULES COMMITTEE. LET ME…

    I APPRECIATE THE MAGNIMITY OF MY FRIEND ON THE RULES COMMITTEE. LET ME SAY, MR. SPEAKER, WE VERY CLEARLY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY BEFORE US. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEFEAT THIS RULE SO THAT WE CAN DO WHAT IT IS THAT WE CAME HERE TO DO. WE HAVE HAD A WIDE RANGE OF RECOMMENDATIONS THAT HAVE COME HERE FROM THE MEDICARE COMMISSION. AND WE HAVE A PROPOSAL THAT IS BEFORE US SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY LEADER AND THE MINORITY LEADER AS REQUIRED UNDER THIS LAW. IT MADE TWO VERY IMPORTANT RECOMMENDATIONS DEALING WITH LIABILITY REFORM AND WAYS WHICH WE COULD BRING ABOUT FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY IN MEDICARE. THAT'S WHAT OUR CHARGE IS. THAT IS WHAT OUR JOB IS. AS MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. THE ACTION THAT WE ARE ABOUT TO TAKE IN THIS HOUSE IS TO SIMPLY SWEEP IT UNDER THE RUG AND PASS OFF TO THE FUTURE WHAT WE WERE SENT HERE TO DO RIGHT NOW. WE ARE RAPIDLY APPROACHING THE DATE BY WHICH TIME WE NEED TO BE TAKING ACTION. THAT IS JULY 30. OUR COLLEAGUES UNFORTUNATELY HAVE CHOSEN TO TURN THEIR BACK ON THOSE WHO WANT TO BRING ABOUT A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE SOLUTION TO A CHALLENGE THAT WE ALL KNOW IS LOOMING. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THIS RULE SO THAT WE CAN MOVE AHEAD AND DO THE RILE THING FOR OUR SENIORS -- RIGHT THING FOR OUR SENIORS AND FUTURE GENERATIONS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. HASTINGS

    YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I'VE SAT AND STOOD HERE…

    YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I'VE SAT AND STOOD HERE WITH GREAT AMUSEMENT AS MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE COME TO THE FLOOR TO OPPOSE THIS RESOLUTION. AFTER ALL IF IT WERE NOT FOR THEIR ACTIONS THIS RESOLUTION WOULDN'T EVEN BE NECESSARY. THE 45% MEDICARE TRIGGER WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A GIMMICK DESIGNED TO GAIN THE VOTES OF CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS FOR THEIR MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG BILL. IT WAS DRAFTED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. I WAS HERE, MR. SPEAKER, MR. RANGEL TRIED TO GET INTO THEIR CONFERENCE. THEY LOCKED THE DOORS. WITHOUT ANY CONSULTATION WITH MR. RANGEL OR WAYS AND MEANS MEMBERS THAT WERE IN THE MINORITY. WITHOUT ANY INVOLVEMENT OR NOTIFICATION TO THE MINORITY. IT WAS THEN SLIPPED IN TO THE CONFERENCE AT THE LAST MINUTE AND NOT PASSED THE HOUSE OR THE SENATE. IT'S AMAZING, MR. SPEAKER, MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE AGREED TO THIS TRIGGER AND PREACH FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND ARE NOW SUPPORTING A PROCESS WHICH COULD FORCE THE HOUSE TO ALLOW LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR IN CLEAR VIOLATION OF ITS PAY-GO AND EARMARK RULES. I WAS REALLY AMUSED THAT THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN THAT IS HEAD OF THE REPUBLICAN SERVICE -- STUDY COMMITTEE CAME IN HERE AS MUCH AS HE TALKS ABOUT EARMARKS, HE'S GOING TO COME HERE AND TALK ABOUT FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. I WAS ALSO AMUSED THAT THE LAST LADY SPEAKER WHO TOOK IT UPON HERSELF TO TALK ABOUT THIS MEASURE, BUT FORGOT, I GUESS, THAT SHE VOTED TO OVERRIDE THE PRESIDENT'S VETO LAST WEEK. NOW THEY COME TO THE FLOOR TO COMPLAIN BECAUSE THEIR MEMBERS BOUGHT A PIG IN A POKE. . GIVE ME A BREAK. LAST TIME I CHECKED THEY WERE THE DEALER WITH ALL THE CARDS IN 2003. MR. SPEAKER, NEXT WEDNESDAY, MEDICARE WILL TURN 43 YEARS OLD. SINCE ITS FOUNDING. , THE PROGRAM HAS PROVIDED HEALTH CARE TO HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF SENIORS, INCLUDING MY MOMMA AND GRAND POPPA. 35% OF THE PEOPLE LIVING IN MY DISTRICT ARE SENIOR CITIZENS AND THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY DEPEND ON MEDICARE. WE HAVE A CHOICE TODAY BETWEEN REVIVING THE REPUBLICAN LEGACY OF PROCEDURAL GIMMICKS OR STANDING UP FOR SENIORS AND SOUND PUBLIC POLICY. WHILE REPUBLICANS CHOOSE TO PLAY GAMES AND ENGAGE IN POLITICAL HYPERBOLE, MY DEM CATS AND I HAVE CHOSEN AMERICAN SENIORS. I SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. I YIELD BACK AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    WITHOUT OBJECTION., THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. DREIER

    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, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTI ARE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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    THE CLERK

    ACCOMPANY H.R. 6599, A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR MILITARY…

    ACCOMPANY H.R. 6599, A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REFERRED TO THE UNION CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. POINTS OF ORDER ARE…

    REFERRED TO THE UNION CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. POINTS OF ORDER ARE RESERVED. PURSUANT TO SECTION 2 OF THE HOUSE RESOLUTION 1362, PROCEEDINGS WILL NOW RESUME ON THE MOTION OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CFROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERMAN, TO CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 5501, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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    THE CLERK

    MR. BERMAN TO CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WHEN PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED EARLIER TODAY, ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAD…

    WHEN PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED EARLIER TODAY, ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAD EXPIRED AND THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WAS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT --

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    MR. BERMAN

    ON THAT, I DEMAND 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. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO CONCUR WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON THE ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1368, MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND ADOPT H.R. 1276 -- 86. THIS IS A 15-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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    TO FIGHT AIDS AND OTHER DISEASES, SUPPORT 1/2?

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    ORIGINALLY IN THE HOUSE IN APRIL BY ALMOST A THREE TO ONE RATIO BY SUPPORT…

    ORIGINALLY IN THE HOUSE IN APRIL BY ALMOST A THREE TO ONE RATIO BY SUPPORT OF THE DEMOCRATS AND SOME REPUBLICANS, INCLUDING CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS WHO GOT IT WAS MORALLY WORTHY TO PURSUE.

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    ITS VERSION LAST WEEK. WHAT CHANGES DID THEY MAKE? WILLIE DISAPPOINTED BY…

    ITS VERSION LAST WEEK. WHAT CHANGES DID THEY MAKE? WILLIE DISAPPOINTED BY THE HOUSE?

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    THIS IS IN LINE WITH WHAT THE PRESIDENT REQUESTED? IS HE LIKELY TO SIGN…

    THIS IS IN LINE WITH WHAT THE PRESIDENT REQUESTED? IS HE LIKELY TO SIGN THE BILL?

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    THE PRESIDENT REQUESTED? IS HE LIKELY TO SIGN THE BILL?

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    THE BILL. HE DID SIGN ON TO WHAT CONGRESS HAS BEEN WORKING ON SINCE…

    THE BILL. HE DID SIGN ON TO WHAT CONGRESS HAS BEEN WORKING ON SINCE FEBRUARY. HE INITIALLY CALLED FOR A $30 BILLION REAUTHORIZATION. THE WHITE HOUSE GOT ON BOARD WITH THE MUCH HIGHER $50 BILLION NUMBER. IN EXCHANGE FOR SOME COMPROMISES ON SOME OF THE SOCIAL POLICY ISSUES LIKE FAMILY PLANNING AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH. THE PRESIDENT WANTS THIS BE AUTHORIZED ON HIS WATCH.

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    THAT THE BILL IS MUM ON FAMILY PLANNING ISSUES. HAS THIS FALL BOP -- HAS…

    THAT THE BILL IS MUM ON FAMILY PLANNING ISSUES. HAS THIS FALL BOP -- HAS FALLEN BY THE WAYSIDE AS AN ISSUE IN THIS BILL?

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    THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

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    YOU FOR JOINING US.

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    OUT -- HIV AIDS MEASURE. IT SHOULD BE THE LAST VOTE OF THE DAY AND WEEK. A…

    OUT -- HIV AIDS MEASURE. IT SHOULD BE THE LAST VOTE OF THE DAY AND WEEK. A VOTE COMING UP ON MEDICARE POLICY RULE WHICH WAS JUST DEBATED, A DEBATE WHICH ENDED JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO. EARLIER STAKE, THE HOUSE, ACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, OVERWHELMINGLY PASSED LEGISLATION TO HELP SAVE THE NATION'S BRIDGES. THE STORY CONTINUES. THE LEGISLATION WOULD AUTHORIZE AN ADDITIONAL $1 BILLION TO REBUILD STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BRIDGES ON THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY SYSTEM AND REQUIRE STATES TO, WITH PLANS TO FIX SUCH BRIDGES. THE BRIDGE AND MINNESOTA WAS ONE OF NEARLY TWO HUNDRED STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BRIDGES IN THE COUNTRY. ALSO, A BILL SWAPPING 70 MILLION BARRELS OF LIGHT CRUDE OIL OUT OF THE STRATEGIC RESERVE. THIS 50 MINUTE BOAT CONTINUING ON GLOBAL HIV AIDS PROGRAMS. AS IT DOES, A LOOK AT CONNECTIONS WITH SOME MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE MORTGAGE GIANT COUNTRYWIDE FROM TODAY'S WASHINGTON JOURNAL.

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    TAKING UP THE RULES CHANGE ABOUT SOMETHING CALLED A MEDICARE TRIGGER?

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    WHY IS IT CALLED A RULES CHANGE RATHER IN A BILL?

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    CALLED A RULES CHANGE RATHER IN A BILL?

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    CRACK AT A BILL EARLIER THIS YEAR. IT HAS NEVER PASSED THE SENATE. THIS…

    CRACK AT A BILL EARLIER THIS YEAR. IT HAS NEVER PASSED THE SENATE. THIS WOULD HAVE CHANGED THE TRIGGER MECHANISM, BUT IT NEVER PASSED. IF YOU HAVE A BILL WITH A STATUTORY CHANGE, THE HOUSE HAS TO PASS A, THE SENATE PASSED A PASS AND THE PRESIDENT HAS DECIDED. WITH THE RULES CHANGE, THE HOUSE HAS THE RIGHT TO GOVERN ITS OWN RULES. WITH A VOTE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, THEY CAN CHANGE THEIR RULES IN RELATION TO THE STATUTE. CLARK, TIME OUR LAWMAKERS GIVEN THEMSELVES TO ADDRESS THESE COSTS?

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    ARE THE PROPOSALS TO ADDRESS RISING COSTS MAKING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE…

    ARE THE PROPOSALS TO ADDRESS RISING COSTS MAKING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE PROCESS?

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    ADDRESS RISING COSTS MAKING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE PROCESS?

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    HOW EASY THIS ISSUE BE RESOLVED IF AT ALL?

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    ISSUE BE RESOLVED IF AT ALL?

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    THEY GIVE FOR JOINING US.

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    MY PLEASURE.

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    MY PLEASURE.

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    HOUSE, A 15 MINUTE VOTE ON THE GLOBAL HIV AIDS BILL. AS IT CONTINUES,…

    HOUSE, A 15 MINUTE VOTE ON THE GLOBAL HIV AIDS BILL. AS IT CONTINUES, WE'LL SHOW YOU THAT WASHINGTON JOURNAL PIECE WE PROMISED A MOMENT AGO. A LOOK CONNECTIONS BETWEEN SOME MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE MORTGAGE GIANT COUNTRYWIDE.

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    THAT IS ANGELO MEKAHLO, HE WAS CHIEF OF COUNTRYWIDE.

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    MEKAHLO, HE WAS CHIEF OF COUNTRYWIDE.

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    PART OF MAZZILO TO CURRY FAVOR WITH CONGRESS, WHY DID THEY DO THAT?

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    OVER THE LAST TWO MONTHS A BREWING SCANDAL. OURSELVES AND THE WALL STREET…

    OVER THE LAST TWO MONTHS A BREWING SCANDAL. OURSELVES AND THE WALL STREET JOURNAL HAVE BOTH BROKEN STORIES ABOUT INDIVIDUAL, FAVORABLE LOANS FROM COUNTRYWIDE TO INDIVIDUAL, BUT PEOPLE, INCLUDING CHRIS DIED. WHAT THIS STORY DOES IS GO BEYOND THAT TO SHOW THAT THERE WAS A BROAD, SYSTEMATIC EFFORT TO CURRY FAVOR THROUGH THE GIVING OF BENEFICIAL MORTGAGES TO PEOPLE WHO COULD HELP THE COMPANY. POLITICIANS, GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, EVEN A JUDGE. ALL SORTS OF PEOPLE WHO WERE IN A POSITION TO FURTHER COUNTRYWIDE'S INTERESTS. EVEN HAD THEIR OWN VIP UNIT, TO WHICH GATEKEEPERS, LOAN OFFICERS AND UNDERWRITERS TO HANDLE THESE PEOPLE, WERE -- THEY WERE KNOWN AS FRIENDS OF ANGELO.

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    TESTIFYING BEFORE CONGRESS. HOW WE'RE ABLE TO FIND OUT ABOUT THIS VIP…

    TESTIFYING BEFORE CONGRESS. HOW WE'RE ABLE TO FIND OUT ABOUT THIS VIP PROGRAM?

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    REPORTER. FROM THE NORMAL TECHNIQUES OF INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING. WE WERE…

    REPORTER. FROM THE NORMAL TECHNIQUES OF INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING. WE WERE ALL GRIT -- HOW GREATLY BY ONE FORMER LOAN OFFICER AT COUNTRYWIDE. HIS NAME IS BOB FEINBERG. HE PERSONALLY DID HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF LOANS FOR VIPS EACH YEAR.

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    CLARK'S THE DEALS THAT THE VIP UNIT GAVE WERE NOT HUGE ADVANTAGES. THESE…

    CLARK'S THE DEALS THAT THE VIP UNIT GAVE WERE NOT HUGE ADVANTAGES. THESE BECAME IN THE FORM OF WAVING DISCOUNT POINTS. WOULD YOU BUY HOUSE YOU CAN REDUCE YOUR INTEREST RATE BY PAYING A POINT. A POINT IS EQUIVALENT TO 1% OF THE LOAN. WE HAD EMAILS INDICATING THAT KARCHER WIDE WAVE 3/8 OF A POINT FOR CHRIS DODD ON ONE PURCHASE. OTHER PERKS INCLUDED FREE FLOAT DOWN. IF YOU LOCK IN INTEREST RATE AND THE RATE DROPPED, THEY WOULD GET THE LOWER RATE FOR FREE, WHICH IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR EACH -- FOR REGULAR BORROWERS. JUNK FEES AND GARBAGE FEES WERE NOT CHARGED TO THE VIP'S. THE POLITICIANS, BUSINESS PARTNERS AND SO ON. CLARK'S I'LL GET TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE OTHER FOLKS YOU TALK ABOUT. ONE PIECE IN YOUR ARTICLE TALKS ABOUT THE LOBBYING EFFORTS OF COURAGE . : AMONG MORTGAGE COMPANIES, COUNTRYWIDE IS PRESENCE HAS INCREASED IN WASHINGTON. IT IS NEARLY AS ACTIVE AS WELLS FARGO. WHAT ARE FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC IMPORTANT TO COURAGE TO RIDE?

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    THEY ARE VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT SELLS A HUGE NUMBER OF THEIR MORTGAGES…

    THEY ARE VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT SELLS A HUGE NUMBER OF THEIR MORTGAGES TO FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC, PARTICULARLY FANNIE MAE. HE WAS CLOSE TO THE HEAD OF CDO. -- THIS CEO OF FANNIE MAE. ESSENTIALLY, THERE WAS A KIND OF PARTNERSHIP. A NUMBER OF PEOPLE RECEIVED VIP LOANS FROM COUNTRYWIDE EITHER WORKED AT FANNIE MAE AT THE TIME WHEN TO FANNIE MAE LATER. THERE IS A VERY TIGHT RELATIONSHIP.

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    PICTURE OF MR. JOHNSON AT HIS HOME IN CALIFORNIA. THE FORMER CHIEF…

    PICTURE OF MR. JOHNSON AT HIS HOME IN CALIFORNIA. THE FORMER CHIEF RECEIVED MORE THAN $7 MILLION OF VIP LOANS FROM COUNTRYWIDE. CONVERSATION THIS MORNING ABOUT CULTURE WIDE AND CONGRESS. WE'RE JOINED BY DANIEL GOLDIN FROM BOSTON. FIRST UP IS A CALL FROM LOUISIANA.

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    YOU FOR TAKING MY CALL. I FALL CONGRESS FOR EVERYTHING ELSE IS HAPPENING…

    YOU FOR TAKING MY CALL. I FALL CONGRESS FOR EVERYTHING ELSE IS HAPPENING NOW. MR. FRANK, AT THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. WE BOUGHT A HOME IN THE 1960'S. MY CLOSING COST WAS $64. WE HAD DIFFICULTY GETTING A LOAN. WHERE IS CONGRESS IN ALL THIS WITH ALL THE RULES AND REGULATIONS AND SHOULD BE IN PLACE?

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    BAALBECK FOR THE CALL. YOU WRITE ABOUT KENT CONRAD WHO IS THE SENATE…

    BAALBECK FOR THE CALL. YOU WRITE ABOUT KENT CONRAD WHO IS THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN. THE LOAN HE RECEIVED FROM THIS VIP PROGRAM THROUGH COUNTRYWIDE. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH A MEMBER OF CONGRESS GETTING SPECIAL TREATMENT LIKE THIS, IF INDEED THEY DID GET SPECIAL TREATMENT?

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    BALTIMORE IS AND THAT'S -- BALTIMORE IS NEXT.

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    THAT'S -- BALTIMORE IS NEXT.

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    DECK FOR TAKING MY CALL. -- THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY CALL. I WORKED IN THE…

    DECK FOR TAKING MY CALL. -- THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY CALL. I WORKED IN THE FINANCIAL MARKET, I AM A LOAN OFFICER. IN TERMS OF WAVING DISCOUNT FEES, THAT IS FOR THE LOAN OFFICER TO DO IF THEY DECIDE TO DO IT. I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE SAYING ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR VIP PROGRAM LIKE COUNTRYWIDE. I DO NOT THINK THAT IS THE PROBLEM. I THINK THE PROBLEM IS, BACK AFTER KATRINA HAPPEN, THE GOVERNMENT LOOSENED UP THINGS IN TERMS OF HOW WE LEARN OUR MONEY. THAT IS HOW WE ENDED UP WITH THIS SITUATION. BUSH SAID HE WAS DOING THAT TO KNOW PEOPLE WHO DID NOT HAVE MONEY TO GET INTO HOUSES. WHAT I THINK WAS THE SITUATION WAS THAT THEY ACTUALLY STARTED GIVING LOANS TO PEOPLE WHO DID NOT QUALIFY FOR A MORTGAGE. THEY CAME UP WITH THESE SCHEMES, LIKE THE OPTION R --ARM TO GET YOU A HOME YOU REALLY CANNOT AFFORD IN THE FIRST PLACE. I DO FEEL ABOUT THAT?

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    IT IS TRUE, LOAN OFFICERS DO HAVE SOME DISCRETION IN HOW MANY POINTS THEY…

    IT IS TRUE, LOAN OFFICERS DO HAVE SOME DISCRETION IN HOW MANY POINTS THEY CHARGE. AS ART MAGAZINE ARTICLE DOCUMENTS, IN MANY CASES, WITH THESE VIPS, THE INSTRUCTIONS TO WAIVE THESE FEES CAME FROM INSTRUCTIONS OF TOP EXECUTIVES THEMSELVES. CERTAINLY I'M NOT SAYING THAT THE VIP PROGRAM WAS THE CAUSE OF THE HOUSING MARKET CRISIS OR THE CREDIT CRUNCH. AS I SAY, THE WAY YOU MIGHT CONNECTED UP, COUNTRYWIDE MAY HAVE INGRATIATED THEMSELVES WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND OTHER IMPORTANT PEOPLE TO THE EXTENT THAT SOME PROBLEMS WERE NOT LOOKED AT SOONER. ISSUES YOU RAISE, SUCH AS GIVING MORTGAGES TO PEOPLE WHO DID NOT REALLY QUALIFIED, THOSE ARE IMPORTANT PROBLEMS. A LENDER LIKE CULTURE WIDE WILL ONLY MAKE A LOAN IF THEY THINK THEY CAN RESELL IT TO A PLACE LIKE FANNIE MAE OR FREDDIE MAC OR SOMEBODY ELSE.

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    VIGOR THAT COUNTRYWIDE CHASED VIPS IS MATCHED ONLY BY THE AGGRESSIVENESS…

    VIGOR THAT COUNTRYWIDE CHASED VIPS IS MATCHED ONLY BY THE AGGRESSIVENESS THEY OFFERED LOANS TO RISKY BORROWERS. THE FBI IS INVESTIGATING ITS LENDING PRACTICES, ITS STOCK PLUMMETING AND BANKAMERICA BUYING THE COMPANY HAD A FIRE SALE PRICE.

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    THIS SHOULD BE THE LAST VOTES OF THE EVENING.

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    SHOULD BE THE LAST VOTES OF THE EVENING. AFTER THIS, WE MOVE ON TO A…

    SHOULD BE THE LAST VOTES OF THE EVENING. AFTER THIS, WE MOVE ON TO A SUSPENSION BILL OF CHILDREN'S CHARITIES. THIS WOULD DID -- WE SPOKE TO A CAPITOL HILL REPORTER FOR AN EXPLANATION OF THIS VOTE ON MEDICARE POLICY. WHY IS THE HOUSE TAKING UP A RULES CHANGE ON THE MEDICARE TRIGGER?

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    QUICKLY DESCRIBED A MEDICARE -- WHAT A MEDICARE TRIGGER IS. WHAT THIS…

    QUICKLY DESCRIBED A MEDICARE -- WHAT A MEDICARE TRIGGER IS. WHAT THIS LITTLE PROVISION SAYS IS IF MEDICARE SPENDING EXCEEDS 45% SIGN OF THE MONEY THEY'RE TAKING IN. FOR MEDICARE. IN TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS, CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT.

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    THAT THE STATUTORY TRIGGER HAS BEEN MET. NOW THIS TIME OUT FOR CONGRESS…

    THAT THE STATUTORY TRIGGER HAS BEEN MET. NOW THIS TIME OUT FOR CONGRESS FOR CONGRESS TO TAKE A VOTE ON ENTITLEMENTS. THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT IS THAT CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS DID NOT WANT TO HAVE A MEDICARE DEBATE, WHICH SOME MASSIVE, MULTIBILLION-DOLLAR ENTITLEMENT DEBATE. THAT IS NOT A PRE-ELECTION DEBATE.

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    HOW MUCH TIME LAWMAKERS GIVING THEMSELVES TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF MEDICARE…

    HOW MUCH TIME LAWMAKERS GIVING THEMSELVES TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF MEDICARE COSTS?

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    THEMSELVES TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF MEDICARE COSTS?

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    ARE OTHER PROPOSALS TO ADDRESS RISING COSTS MAKING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE…

    ARE OTHER PROPOSALS TO ADDRESS RISING COSTS MAKING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESSES?

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    TO ADDRESS RISING COSTS MAKING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESSES?

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    MEDICARE IS A PERENNIAL ISSUE, MEDICARE SPENDING IS A PERENNIAL ISSUE.…

    MEDICARE IS A PERENNIAL ISSUE, MEDICARE SPENDING IS A PERENNIAL ISSUE. 6:45.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 231 AND THE NAYS ARE 184. THE RESOLUTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 231 AND THE NAYS ARE 184. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO H.R. 1296 AS AMENDED ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ADOPTED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    RESOLUTION 1296, SUPPORTING THE DESIGNATION OF A NATIONAL CHILD AWARENESS…

    RESOLUTION 1296, SUPPORTING THE DESIGNATION OF A NATIONAL CHILD AWARENESS MONTH TO PROMOTE AWARENESS OF CHILDREN'S CHARITIES AND YOUTH-SERVING ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND RECOGNIZING THEIR EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH AS A POSITIVE INVESTMENT FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE RESOLUTION AS…

    IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE RESOLUTION AS AMENDED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. FIVE-MINUTE VOTE, MEMBERS. [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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  • 06:58:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 404, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 BEING IN THE…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 404, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 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. HAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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  • 06:58:52 PM

    THE CLERK

    ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 24, 2008. I HEREBY APPOINT STENY HOYER AND…

    ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 24, 2008. I HEREBY APPOINT STENY HOYER AND CHRIS VAN HOLLEN TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE IMPORTANT TO SIGN ENROLLED BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS THROUGH JULY 28, 2008. SIGNED NANCY PELOSI, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 06:59:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE APPOINTMENT IS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE APPOINTMENT IS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RISE?

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  • 06:59:19 PM

    MR. WAMP

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 06:59:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    1B AND THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE ON JANUARY 4, 2007,

  • 06:59:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    1B AND THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE ON JANUARY 4, 2007, THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES THE…

    1B AND THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE ON JANUARY 4, 2007, THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS TO SERVE ON THE GOVERN BOARD OF THE CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE OF ETHICS.

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  • 06:59:48 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE SPEAKER WITH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE MINORITY LEADER, MR. DAVID SCAGG…

    THE SPEAKER WITH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE MINORITY LEADER, MR. DAVID SCAGG COLORADO, SUBJECT TO SECTION 1B NOMINATED BY THE MINORITY LEADER WITH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE SPEAKER, GOSS OF FLORIDA, CO-CHAIR, MR. JAMES EEGAN THE THIRD OF COLORADO, SUBJECT TO SECTION 1-B OF 6-B. MRS. HEYWARD OF VIRGINIA, MR. BILL FROM A ZELL OF VIRGINIA, ALTERNATE.

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  • 07:00:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE?

  • 07:01:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE?

  • 07:01:04 PM

    MR. BLUNT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:01:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:01:13 PM

    MR. BLUNT

    SPEAKER AND I YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM MARYLAND, MAJORITY LEADER, TO TELL…

    SPEAKER AND I YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM MARYLAND, MAJORITY LEADER, TO TELL ME ABOUT NEXT WEEK'S SCHEDULE.

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  • 07:01:19 PM

    MR. HOYER

    MY FRIEND, THE REPUBLICAN WHIB. ON MONDAY THE HOUSE WILL MEET IN PRO FORMA…

    MY FRIEND, THE REPUBLICAN WHIB. ON MONDAY THE HOUSE WILL MEET IN PRO FORMA SESSION AT 11:00 A.M. ON TUESDAY THE HOUSE WILL MEET AND WEDNESDAY WITH VOTES POSTPONED UNTIL 6:30 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT 10:00 A.M. FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. ON FRIDAY THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT 9:00 A.M. FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. WE'LL CONSIDER SEVERAL BILLS UNDER SUSPENSION OF THE RULES. A COMPLETE LIST OF SUSPENSION BILLS WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS TOMORROW, AS IS THE CUSTOM. I TELL THE MEMBERS THAT WE WILL ALSO CONSIDER THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS' AFFAIR FISCAL 2009 APPROPRIATION BILL, H.R. 3938, THE PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT. ADDITIONAL ENERGY LEGISLATION AND THE CONFERENCE REPORT AVAILABLE POSSIBLY INCLUDING THE HIGHER EDUCATION CONFERENCE REPORT, THE AMTRAK CONFERENCE REPORT AND THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION CONFERENCE REPORT. AND I YEEL BACK TO MY FRIEND.

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  • 07:02:14 PM

    MR. BLUNT

    FOR THE INFORMATION. ON THE FIRST BILL UNDER A RULE, THE MILITARY…

    FOR THE INFORMATION. ON THE FIRST BILL UNDER A RULE, THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS APPROPRIATIONS BILL, WILL THAT BE AN OPEN RULE?

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  • 07:02:27 PM

    MR. HOYER

    AN OPEN RULE BUT WE DO EXPECT TO ASK THAT AMENDMENTS BE PREFILED. SO THAT…

    AN OPEN RULE BUT WE DO EXPECT TO ASK THAT AMENDMENTS BE PREFILED. SO THAT MEMBERS WILL HAVE NO -- NOTICE OF AMENDMENTS -- WILL HAVE NOTICE OF AMENDMENTS.

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  • 07:02:38 PM

    MR. BLUNT

    I THANK MY FRIEND FOR THAT. IN THE PAST WE HAVE HAD AN OPEN -- WHEN WE…

    I THANK MY FRIEND FOR THAT. IN THE PAST WE HAVE HAD AN OPEN -- WHEN WE WERE IN PREVIOUS CONGRESSES, AN OPEN RULE ON THESE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS AND I DON'T RECALL A PREFILING REQUIREMENT, THOUGH I'M SURE WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE AND APPROPRIATIONS, WHATEVER THE AMENDMENT IS, HAS TO BE PAID FOR OUT OF THE BILL. SO IT'S ALWAYS BEEN FELT IN A THAT PROVIDES ITS OWN LEVEL OF CONSTRAINT AND WE CERTAINLY ARGUE FOR THAT KIND OF OPEN RULE. I'D YIELD.

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  • 07:03:12 PM

    MR. HOYER

    GENTLEMAN TO -- THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. OUR THOUGHT IS THAT BOTH SIDES…

    GENTLEMAN TO -- THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. OUR THOUGHT IS THAT BOTH SIDES SHOULD HAVE NOTICE OF WHAT AMENDMENTS ARE GOING TO BE CONSIDERED. ALL MEMBERS HAVE NOTICE OF WHAT'S GOING TO BE CONSIDERED. OBVIOUSLY THERE'S NO CONSTRAINT ON WHAT AMENDMENT SOMEBODY MIGHT WANT TO OFFER. BUT WE BELIEVE THAT IT WOULD BE HELPFUL IF MEMBERS HAD NOTICE OF WHAT THE SUBSTANCE OF THE AMENDMENTS ARE SO THEY CAN -- IF THEY WANT TO SUPPORT IT, SUPPORT IT ON THE FLOOR. IF THEY WANT TO OPPOSE IT, HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME HERE AND DO SO SO. I THINK IT WILL BE OUR INTENTION TO ASK THAT THERE BE A NOTICE REQUIREMENT WITHOUT RESTRICTION ON THE AMENDMENTS THAT ARE ASKED, BUT SIMPLY TO GIVE NOTICES TO WHAT THE AMENDMENTS ARE GOING TO BE.

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  • 07:03:57 PM

    MR. BLUNT

    I THANK YOU FOR THAT INFORMATION. THIS WILL BE THE FIRST APPROPRIATIONS…

    I THANK YOU FOR THAT INFORMATION. THIS WILL BE THE FIRST APPROPRIATIONS BILL ON THE FLOOR THIS YEAR. WOULD WE ANTICIPATE -- DO YOU ANTICIPATE OTHER BILLS IN SEPTEMBER? AND I'D YIELD.

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  • 07:04:11 PM

    MR. HOYER

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I WOULD CERTAINLY ANTICIPATE MORE APPROPRIATIONS…

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I WOULD CERTAINLY ANTICIPATE MORE APPROPRIATIONS LEGISLATION COMING TO THE FLOOR IN SEPTEMBER, YES.

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  • 07:04:24 PM

    MR. BLUNT

    OF SEPTEMBER SINCE WE WON'T, AT THE END OF NEXT WEEK, WE WOULDN'T HAVE THE…

    OF SEPTEMBER SINCE WE WON'T, AT THE END OF NEXT WEEK, WE WOULDN'T HAVE THE CHANCE TO TALK ABOUT THE UPCOMING SCHEDULE, DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A SENSE OF SOME OF THE PRIORITY LEGISLATION THAT WE MIGHT CONSIDER IN SEPTEMBER?

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  • 07:04:39 PM

    MR. HOYER

    PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT ARE OBVIOUSLY PENDING. FIRST OF ALL, WE'RE VERY…

    PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT ARE OBVIOUSLY PENDING. FIRST OF ALL, WE'RE VERY HOPEFUL THAT WE'LL PASS THE EXTENDER'S LEGISLATION, WHICH WE SENT TO THE SENATE SOME ACTUALLY MONTHS AGO. A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, I THINK. WHICH, AS YOU KNOW, ENSURES TAX CREDIT FOR ALTERNATIVE ENERGY, WIND IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT, BOONE PICKENS WAS HERE, AS YOU KNOW, ON THE HILL TALKING TO BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT. OTHERS HAVE TALKED ABOUT THAT AS WELL. WE'RE NOT -- AS YOU KNOW, THEY'RE TRYING TO DISPOSE OF SOME OF THE COBURN HOLDS AS WE CALL THEM. SOME OF THOSE MAY BE BACK. OBVIOUSLY WE'LL HAVE TO CONSIDER A FUNDING RESOLUTION FOR GOVERNMENT AFTER WE LEAVE. MY EXPECTATION IS THAT WILL BE A POINT OF BUSINESS. WE'RE ALSO TALKING ABOUT, OBVIOUSLY, AS YOU HAVE READ IN THE PAPER AND AS I THINK YOU AND I HAVE TALKED ABOUT A JOBS BILL OF SOME CONTINUING ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE TO MAKE SURE OUR ECONOMY HOPEFULLY GROWS AND DOES NOT CERTAINLY FALL INTO A DEEPER RECESSION. THOSE ARE SOME OF THE PIECES OF LEGISLATION. I MENTIONED SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE HOPE TO GET FROM CONFERENCE NEXT WEEK. MENTAL HEALTH PARITY BEING ONE OF THOSE, HIGHER EDUCATION, THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY. HOPEFULLY MANY OF THOSE MAY BE DEALT WITH NEXT WEEK BUT IF THEY WERE NOT, MY EXPECTATION IS WE WOULD DO THOSE IN SEPTEMBER AS WELL. SO THOSE ARE SOME OF THE MAIN -- MAJOR THINGS THAT I FORESEE FOR SEPTEMBER.

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  • 07:06:32 PM

    MR. BLUNT

    BE ON SEPTEMBER BUT IF WE HAVEN'T DONE THEM, WE'LL TRY TO GET THEM DONE IN…

    BE ON SEPTEMBER BUT IF WE HAVEN'T DONE THEM, WE'LL TRY TO GET THEM DONE IN SEPTEMBER.

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  • 07:06:41 PM

    MR. BLUNT

    PACKAGE, I'M HOPEFUL WE SEE THAT BILL BACK HERE BECAUSE THAT'S ONE OF THE…

    PACKAGE, I'M HOPEFUL WE SEE THAT BILL BACK HERE BECAUSE THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS WE COULD DO THAT WOULD HAVE ENERGY IMPACT AND I HOPE WE CAN EVEN CONSIDER WHATEVER'S THE MAXIMUM TIME THAT WE'D BE ABLE TO DO THERE IS WHAT WE SHOULD DO. ON ENERGY GENERALLY, YESTERDAY MR. BOEHNER FROM OHIO AND I, MR. CANNER, MR. PUTNAM AND OTHERS INTRODUCED A BILL, THE AMERICAN ENERGY ACT. IT'S A BILL THAT'S BROAD-BASED AND DESIGNED TO PROMOTE AMERICAN ENERGY, CONSERVATION AND INVESTING IN THE FUTURE. IS THERE ANY OPPORTUNITY FOR THAT ACT OR OTHER ACTS THAT WE'VE HAD DISCHARGE PETITIONS ON, OTHER BILLS COMING TO THE FLOOR? AND IF NOT, WHAT KIND OF ENERGY LEGISLATION DO YOU ANTICIPATE?

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  • 07:07:35 PM

    MR. HOYER

    HAVE CONSIDERED A NUMBER OF PIECES OF LEGISLATION WHICH WE WERE HOPEFUL…

    HAVE CONSIDERED A NUMBER OF PIECES OF LEGISLATION WHICH WE WERE HOPEFUL WOULD MOVE US IN THE DIRECTION OF A, PRODUCING MORE DOMESTIC ENERGY THROUGH ENCOURAGING FURTHER DRILLING AND THOSE LEASE HOLDS ALREADY AVAILABLE, APPROXIMATELY 88 MILLION ACRES THAT ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE. WE CONSIDER THE CONSUMER ENERGY SUPPLY ACT TODAY. UNFORTUNATELY THAT DIDN'T GET SUFFICIENT VOTE. IT GOT A LOT OF VOTES. A SIGNIFICANT MAJORITY OF THE HOUSE. DIDN'T GET THE 2/3 SO WE COULD MOVE IT TO THE SENATE. WE CONSIDER THE DRILL ACT WHICH ALSO RECEIVED A MAJORITY OF THE VOTES WHICH PROVIDED FOR BOTH THE 10.4 MILLION ACRES IN ALASKA AND THE NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE ACT, WILL BE ENCOURAGED TO MOVE -- TO BE MOVED FORWARD AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE TO CRILL IN THAT AREA, PRODUCE OIL AND PETROLEUM IN THAT AREA WHICH ALSO ENCOURAGED, AS YOU RECALL, THE BUILDING OF ADDITIONAL PIPELINES BOTH FOR NATURAL GAS AND FOR PETROLEUM PRODUCTS. NEXT WEEK WE'LL BE CONSIDERING, MANY PEOPLE ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE FACT THAT THESE PRICE SPIKES WHICH DON'T SEEM TO GO DOWN CONSISTENT WITH THE PRICE OF OIL BY THE BARREL, WHICH HAS REDUCED SIGNIFICANTLY, BUT THE GASOLINE PRICE HASN'T REDUCED, THERE IS SIGNIFICANT CONCERN ABOUT THE IMPACT OF SPECULATION. WE'RE GOING TO CONSIDER THAT BILL, I THINK, NEXT WEEK. AS I INDICATED. BUT YOU SAY YOU'VE INTRODUCED THIS BILL, I'M SURE IT WILL GO TO THE COMMITTEE AND I HAVEN'T SEEN THE BILL. I WILL CERTAINLY TALK TO THE VARIOUS CHAIRMEN, I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY COMMITTEES WILL HAVE JURISDICTION OVER THE BILL. YOU SAY IT'S A COMPREHENSIVE BILL. MAYBE MULTIJURISDICTIONAL BUT I'LL TALK TO THE CHAIRS ABOUT THE SUBSTANCE OF THE BILL. LET ME SAY, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC MUST, IS OBVIOUSLY VERY CONCERNED. OUR POSITION IS WE OUGHT TO DRILL WHERE WE'VE GIVEN LEASES THAT EXIST. YOUR POSITION ESSENTIALLY IS, THAT'S FINE, BUT THERE ARE OTHER PLACES WHERE WE COULD DRILL AS WELL. WE BELIEVE THAT'S ACCURATE AS WELL. BEEN VERY CONTROVERSIAL. AS YOU KNOW, GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER, REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA, IS NOT TOO INTERESTED IN PROCEEDING WITH DRILLING OFF HIS SHORE. THERE ARE DIFFERENTS OF OPINION. WE REALLY DO -- DIFFERENCES OF OPINION. WE REALLY DO BELIEVE THAT WE OUGHT TO DRILL AND WE OUGHT TO DRILL NOW AND WE OUGHT TO DRILL WHERE THERE IS NOT CONTROVERSY AND WHERE WE DO HAVE LEASES. I THINK THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US, APPARENTLY. NOT THAT ANY OF US OPPOSE DRILLING. IT IS WHERE YOU DRILL FIRST. IT'S THAT -- IF THAT PROVES NOT TO BE FRUITFUL, THEN PERHAPS AT THAT TIME WE OUGHT TO LOOK AT ALTERNATIVES BUT THE PRESIDENT, OF COURSE, HAS INDICATED, MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT HE BELIEVES WHEREVER YOU DRILL IS NOT GOING TO MAKE A SUBSTANTIAL DIFFERENCE IN THE NEXT FIVE OR 10 YEARS. SO WE BELIEVE THAT WE OUGHT TO START DRILLING RIGHT NOW SO THAT WE CAN MOVE AHEAD AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THERE ARE 107 BILLION BARRELS CURRENTLY SPECULATED TO BE IN THE IDENTIFIED AREAS OF THAT 88 MILLION ACRES, TO BE AVAILABLE. WE USE ABOUT 21 MILLION A DAY, ABOUT 14 BILLION A YEAR. THAT'S A PRETTY GOOD SUPPLY, ABOUT 7 1/2 YEARS OF SUPPLY. WE WOULD HOPE WE WOULD MOVE AHEAD ON THAT. BUT WE HAVEN'T DONE THAT YET. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT WE OUGHT TO HAVE A LEGITIMATE DEBATE ON IT AND I THINK ALL OF US WANT TO GET TO THE SAME PLACE, ENERGY INDEPENDENCE FOR OUR COUNTRY. AND THE USE OF ALTERNATIVE AND RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES TO NOT ONLY HELP OUR ENERGY SUPPLY, BUT ALSO HELP OUR ENVIRONMENTAL -- ENVIRONMENT. SO I WILL CERTAINLY ENCOURAGE OUR COMMITTEE TO LOOK AT THAT BILL.

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  • 07:11:40 PM

    MR. BLUNT

    WILL MY FRIEND YIELD?

  • 07:13:35 PM

    MR. HOYER

    YIELD?

  • 07:13:36 PM

    MR. BLUNT

    OTHER THING AND THEN YIELD. THE OTHER THING I'D SAY ABOUT A FULL AND FAIR…

    OTHER THING AND THEN YIELD. THE OTHER THING I'D SAY ABOUT A FULL AND FAIR DEBATE. THESE BILLS HAVE COME UNDER SUSPENSION, OBVIOUSLY NARROW THE DEBATE, I GUESS I UNDERSTAND THAT. WE'VE HAD SOME DISCUSSION ON THE FLOOR, LET'S HAVE ALL THESE IDEAS OUT THERE AND JUST SEE WHAT -- WHO A MAJORITY IS FOR. BUT 20 MINUTES OF DEBATE ON A SIDE ON AN ISSUE REALLY ISN'T THE KIND OF FULL AND FAIR DEBATE WE NEED. I'D LIKE TO SEE A BILL COME WITH PLENTY OF DEBATE, WITH PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERY DEMOCRAT THAT WANTS TO MAKE AN AMENDMENT TO MAKE AN AMENDMENT, FOR EVERY REPUBLICAN, IT CAN BE PREFILED, CAN BE ANYTHING. AND THE WILL OF THE HOUSE WOULD DETERMINE WHICH DIRECTION THE COUNTRY GOES IN THIS REAL DESIRE FOR ENERGY, MORE AMERICAN ENERGY, AMERICAN ENERGY CREATED BY AND PRODUCING AMERICAN JOBS. I HOPE WE CAN GET THERE. THERE'S A REAL DEMAND IN THE COUNTRY FOR THAT. A MEMBER JUST HAS TO GO HOME TO KNOW HOW -- WHAT IS THE NUMBER-ONE ECONOMIC ISSUE IN A COUNTRY WHERE PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED RIGHT NOW ABOUT WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE ECONOMY. I'D YIELD.

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  • 07:14:48 PM

    MR. HOYER

    FOR YIELDING. AS MY FRIEND CLEARLY KNOWS, AS YOU KNOW, WE'VE BEEN…

    FOR YIELDING. AS MY FRIEND CLEARLY KNOWS, AS YOU KNOW, WE'VE BEEN OPERATING UNDER TWO MORATORIA, ONE HAS BEEN THE EXECUTIVE MORATORIUM WHICH WAS JUST LIFTED, WHICH WAS PLACED ON BY THE FIRST PRESIDENT BUSH. AS YOU KNOW, AS WELL, IN THE INTERIOR BILL YEAR AFTER YEAR, IN THE SIX YEARS YOUR PARTY WAS IN CHARGE AND LAST YEAR IN THE INTERIOR BILL, THAT MORATORIA WAS CONDITIONED -- CONTINUED. SO UNDER BOTH PARTIES, GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER, GOVERNOR BUSH OF FLORIDA, BOTH VERY, VERY STRONG PROPONENTS, EFFECTIVELY OF NOT DRILLING OFF THEIR SHORES. SO THIS WAS NOT A REPUBLICAN-DEMOCRATIC DIFFERENCE. IN FACT, BOTH PARTIES WERE SUPPORTING, I PRESUME, AND I DON'T WANT TO SPEAK OR YOUR PARTY, OUR PARTY WAS SUPPORTING DRILLING WHERE WE HAVE CURRENT LEASES. I WOULD DISAGREE WITH MY FRIEND, WE MAY DISAGREE ON THE DEFINITION OF DEEP WATER. THEY'RE DRILLING NOW IN THE GULF OF MEXICO, AS YOU KNOW, AT DEPTHS OF 1,000 FEET. ADDITIONALLY, THERE ARE 33 MILLION ACRES AVAILABLE IN THE GULF NOW ON THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF FOR DRILLING RIGHT NOW. . I WOULD SAY IF YOU WANTED TO DRILL TOMORROW ANYWHERE, THERE'S NOT A DRILL AVAILABLE IN THE WORLD. MY PRESUMPTION IS THERE'S NOT A DRILL AVAILABLE IN THE WORLD THAT'S NOT BEEN USED, BECAUSE THEY ARE PRETTY PRICEY ITEMS AND YOU CAN MAKE A GOOD PROFIT PROVIDING THOSE DRILLS. MY PRESUMPTION IS THAT PEOPLE HAVE NOT REQUESTED THOSE DRILLS BE MADE AVAILABLE AND HAVE NOT ASKED TO PURCHASE THEM. AS YOU HEARD ME SAY, EXXON MADE $45 BILLION. THESE DRILLS ARE EXPENSIVE ITEMS. THEY BOUGHT NO DRILLS WITH THAT $40 BILLION. AS A PRACTICAL MATTER, TOMORROW, IF EVERYTHING WERE AVAILABLE, THERE WOULD BE NO DRILLING, BECAUSE THERE ARE NO DRILLS AVAILABLE. MY PRESUMPTION IS THAT THE OIL COMPANIES BELIEVE THERE IS SUFFICIENT SUPPLY AVAILABLE. THERE ARE NO LINES AT ANY OF THE GAS STATIONS THAT I GO TO. AND YOU AND I BOTH TRAVEL THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTRY, I HAVE NOT SEEN ANY GAS LINES. I'M OLD ENOUGH, I KNOW YOU'RE NOT, BUT I'M OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER THE LINES OF THE 1970'S. THEY WERE LONG. THAT WAS AN ARTIFICIALLY CREATED SHORTAGE BIOPECK. NOTWITHSTANDING, I DON'T SEE ANY LINES OR SHORTAGE OF PRODUCT AVAILABLE. WHAT I SEE IS A HEALTHY PRICE AT THE PUMP AND IN MY OPINION, WHEN YOU GET MORE SUPPLY, THE PRICE COMES DOWN. SOME PEOPLE ARE PRETTY HAPPY WITH THE PRICE. NONE OF MY CONSUMERS ARE HAPPY, NONE OF THE PEOPLE THAT PULL UP TO THE PUMPS IN MY DISTRICT ARE HAPPY WITH THE PRICE, BUT I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT THE OIL COMPANIES ARE UNHAPPY. I DON'T SEE THEM COMPLAINING ABOUT THEIR PROFITS. WHEN YOU SAY WE CAN ONLY DRILL IN THE DEEPWATER. I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN BY DEEPWATER. WE HAVE 33 MILLION ACRES AVAILABLE ON THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF IN THE GULF OF MEXICO AVAILABLE FOR DRILLING RIGHT NOW. AND IF THE DRILLS WERE AVAILABLE AND THE INCLINATION WERE AVAILABLE, I WOULD HOPE THAT THE COMPANIES WOULD PURSUE THAT, EITHER THE LARGE OR SMALL COMPANIES. THE PROBLEM WITH SMALL COMPANIES, IT'S A VERY EXPENSIVE PROPOSITION, AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING.

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  • 07:18:29 PM

    MR. BLUNT

    DEEPWATER, I SAY THAT RATHER THAN MAKE THE POINT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT…

    DEEPWATER, I SAY THAT RATHER THAN MAKE THE POINT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT DRILLING ON THE COASTS, THE PACIFIC AND ATLANTIC THAT WE RESTRICT, I'M ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING WAY BEYOND THE LINE OF SIGHT. THAT'S WHAT I MEAN AND I COULD SAY THAT AS WELL AS DEEPWATER. THERE'S DRILLING IN THE GULF SIGNIFICANTLY DEEPER THAN THE 1,000 FEET TO THE FLOOR AND THEN BELOW THAT. BUT THERE'S POTENTIAL THERE. IF, IN FACT, PEOPLE OF THE VARIOUS STATES DON'T WANT TO DRILL WELL BEYOND THEIR SHORES, EVEN THOUGH THEY WOULD GET PART OF THE REVENUE, THAT'S A DECISION THEY GET TO MAKE. I DO THINK THAT'S AN ISSUE THAT'S DRAMATICALLY CHANGING. I ALSO BELIEVE FIRMLY AND EVERY ECONOMIST THAT I HAVE READ ON THIS TOPIC AGREES THAT IF WE ANNOUNCE WE'RE GO TO GO DRILL, IT WOULDN'T MATTER IF WE HAD A DRILL OR NOT. THAT ONE SIGNAL FROM THE UNITED STATES WHERE WE HAVE AT LEAST TWICE AS MUCH READILY AVAILABLE OIL SHALE IN THE ROCKIES AS SAUDI ARABIA HAS IN ITS KNOWN RESERVES, READILY AVAILABLE, NOT TO COUNT THE OTHER AMOUNTS THAT COULD BE AVAILABLE LATER, JUST IF WE WOULD ANNOUNCE WE WERE GOING AFTER THAT SUPPLY, IT WOULD HAVE AN IMPACT ON PRICE. AND WE HAD A HEARING A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO WHERE WE HAD PEOPLE FROM INTERIOR TALK ABOUT THAT PARTICULAR SUPPLY. A LOT OF SUPPLY WELL OFF THE COAST ON THE ATLANTIC AND PACIFIC COASTS. AND IF THERE IS SPECULATION HERE, YOU KNOW THE BEST WAY TO DEAL WITH SPECULATORS? TO GET THEM CAUGHT ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE MARKET GOING THE OTHER WAY, BECAUSE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAS ANNOUNCED IT'S GOING TO GO AFTER ITS OWN RESOURCES IN A MORE DRAMATIC WAY. THERE ARE TWO PROHIBITIONS ON THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL. ONE IS COASTAL DRILLING ON THE ATLANTIC AND PACIFIC COASTS. NO MONEY CAN BE USED TO ISSUE A LEASE, WHICH IS ANOTHER WAY THAT LEGISLATORS SAY YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET A LEASE AND ONE IN THE OIL SHALE IN THE ROCKIES. REMOVING BOTH OF THOSE PROHIBITIONS WOULD HAVE A HUGE IMPACT ON PRICE. IT WOULD START US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. AND YOU KNOW, THE IDEA THAT SOME OF THIS OIL WON'T BE AVAILABLE FOR THREE YEARS, SOME OF IT FOR FIVE, SOME OF IT FOR 10, WE'RE STILL GOING TO NEED OIL 10 YEARS FROM NOW. OIL NOT AVAILABLE IN 10 YEARS IS NOT AN UNACCEPTABLE GOAL BECAUSE WE KNOW WE'RE GOING TO NEED OIL 10 YEARS FROM NOW. AND I AM CONVINCED, I'LL TELL MY GOOD FRIEND AND WE ARE GOOD FRIENDS, I AM CONVINCED IF WE JUST ANNOUNCE WE'RE GOING TO TAKE THOSE STEPS, IT WOULD HAVE AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT ON PRICE AT THE PUMP. AND WE KNOW THERE'S NO LINES AT THE PUMPS, I WENT TO 12 GAS STATIONS IN MY DISTRICT ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, AND THERE WAS NO LINE ANYWHERE, BUT EVER PERSON I TALKED TO WHETHER THEY WERE TRAVELING TO MISSOURI ON VACATION OR FILLING THEIR CAR UP, THEY ALL HAD A STORY AS TO HOW THESE GAS PRICES WERE AFFECTING THEIR LIVES IN OTHER WAYS. AND MEMBERS HAVE THOSE STORIES. WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THEM. BUT TO DO THAT, IT'S GOING TO TAKE MORE THAN A 20-MINUTE DEBATE ON WHETHER WE RELEASE OIL THAT WE'VE ALREADY BOUGHT IN THE SHORT-TERM. IF SUPPLY MATTERS LONG-TERM GOING AFTER THAT SUPPLY, IT REALLY MATTERS. AND I WOULD YIELD.

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  • 07:22:19 PM

    MR. HOYER

    A BILL TO HAVE THAT HAPPEN AND IT WAS USE IT OR LOSE IT, WHICH SAID WE…

    A BILL TO HAVE THAT HAPPEN AND IT WAS USE IT OR LOSE IT, WHICH SAID WE HAVE 107 BILLION BARRELS IDENTIFIED, SPECULATED TO BE AVAILABLE ON PRESENTLY HELD LEASES. 14-YEAR SUPPLY FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND WHAT WE WANTED TO DIRECT THE ADMINISTRATION TO DO WAS START LEASING THAT LAND RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE WE AGREED WITH YOUR PREMISE THAT THE PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECT WOULD BE THAT THOSE WHO HAVE THE PETROLEUM AND ARE FRANKLY, SELLING IT VERY DEAR AND MANY OF OUR CONSUMERS ARE BEING REALLY HURT -- WE UNDERSTAND THAT -- OUR PREMISE WAS EITHER BY DRILLING IN THE NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE NOW OR DRILLING IN THE 68 MILLION ACRES AVAILABLE IN THE LOWER 48, INCLUDING 33 MILLION IN THE GULF NOW, THAT IT WOULD HAVE EXACTLY THE EFFECT THAT YOU PROJECTED. UNFORTUNATELY -- WE ALSO BELIEVE THAT RELEASING OIL FROM THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE, WHICH IN 1991 -- I DON'T HAVE THE EXACT YEARS -- WE HAVE DONE IT THREE TIMES INCLUDING THIS ADMINISTRATION WITH KATRINA -- IN 1991, THE PRICE WENT DOWN 33%. IT WENT DOWN A LESSER PERCENTAGE, 9% WHEN KATRINA OCCURRED AND THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM WAS RELEASED. IT'S COME DOWN EACH TIME. OUR VIEW WAS, YOU'RE CORRECT. PSYCHOLOGYICALLY THAT WOULD HAVE A REAL EFFECT ON THE MARKET, BUT UNFORTUNATELY WE DIDN'T PASS THAT. HOW DO YOU PASS IT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE? YOU PUT IT ON SUSPENSION AND PUT IT TO THE SENATE. LARGE NUMBERS ON YOUR SIDE DETERMINED THAT WASN'T A POLICY THEY WANTED TO PURSUE. WE THOUGHT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECT AND MAY HAVE HAD AN IMMEDIATE EFFECT ON THE PRICING OF THE BARREL AND AT THE PUMP.

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  • 07:24:30 PM

    MR. BLUNT

    MOMENT WE'RE IN RIGHT NOW IS NOT A KATRINA-ANALOGOUS MOMENT. THERE IS NO…

    MOMENT WE'RE IN RIGHT NOW IS NOT A KATRINA-ANALOGOUS MOMENT. THERE IS NO TEMPORARY DISRUPTION OF SUPPLY THAT YOU NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT. THERE IS A LONG-TERM PROBLEM THAT NEEDS TO BE SOLVED. AND IN FACT, YOU MENTIONED THOSE GAS LINES. THOSE GAS LINES IN THE 1970'S, THE EMBARGO LED US TO THIS IDEA OF A STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE. AT THE TIME WE SET IT UP, IT'S THE SAME SIZE IT IS NOW BEFORE ANY OF US WERE HERE, MANY OF US WERE HERE, BUT AT THE TIME CONGRESS SET IT UP, IT HAD A 117-DAY OF SUPPLY. THAT IS NOW AT 56-DAY SUPPLY BECAUSE OF THE AMOUNT WE NOW USE . TAKING THREE DAYS OUT OF THAT 56-DAY SUPPLY ONLY POSTPONES IN THE VIEW OF MANY OF US THE REALITY OF DEALING WITH THE LONG-TERM CHALLENGE THAT WE FACE. WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A DEBATE ON THAT. YOU CAN BRING THAT BILL BACK TO THE FLOOR NEXT WEEK UNDER A RULE IF A MAJORITY WANTED TO SEND IT TO THE SENATE, THEY COULD. BUT THE CHANCE YOU TAKE IS THAT OTHERS WITH ANOTHER IDEA WOULD GET AT LEAST ONE AMENDMENT ON THE FLOOR. AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE WITH SUSPENSION BILLS AS OPPOSED TO RULES BILLS BECAUSE IT IS A TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT, THIS IS THE DEBATE KIND OF APPROACH. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:26:04 PM

    MR. HOYER

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN TO MEET AT…

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN TO MEET AT 11:00 A.M. ON MONDAY NEXT. AND WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS ON THAT DAY IT MEET AT 10:30 A.M. ON TUESDAY FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE.

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  • 07:26:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 07:26:24 PM

    MR. HOYER

    BUSINESS IN ORDER UNDER THE CALENDAR OF WEDNESDAY RULE BE DISPENSED WITH…

    BUSINESS IN ORDER UNDER THE CALENDAR OF WEDNESDAY RULE BE DISPENSED WITH ON WEDNESDAY NEXT .

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  • 07:26:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN ONE-MINUTE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:26:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:27:00 PM

    MR. GREEN

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

  • 07:27:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

  • 07:27:59 PM

    MR. CONAWAY

  • 07:28:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 07:28:11 PM

    MR. CONAWAY

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

  • 07:29:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

  • 07:29:10 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

  • 07:29:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:29:17 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO RISE? .

  • 07:30:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO RISE? .

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:30:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    >>

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RISE?

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    >>

    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:32:10 PM

    MR. KAGEN

    ARE THERE ANY FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    ARE THERE ANY FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE RISE?

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  • 07:33:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE RISE?

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    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

  • 07:33:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. TODAY A TERRIBLE STORM HIT ACROSS NEW HAMPSHIRE. WE'VE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. TODAY A TERRIBLE STORM HIT ACROSS NEW HAMPSHIRE. WE'VE DECLARED A STATE OF MICHAEL JACKSON THERE AND I AM ASK TO -- EMERGENCY THERE AND I AM ASKING FOR THE PRAYERS FOR THE PEOPLE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. THEY HAVE HELPED ONE ANOTHER BUILD THEIR HOMES, THEIR BARNES, THEIR STONE WALLS, THEIR BUSINESSES AND I KNOW THAT THEY'LL FIND THE STRENGTH AND RESOURCES ONCE AGAIN TO HELP EACH OTHER THROUGH THIS CALAMITY. BUT I ASK THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY AND CONGRESS TO KEEP THE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ON THE PEOPLE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE TONIGHT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:34:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THERE ANY OTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS? THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE CLERK THE…

    THERE ANY OTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS? THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE CLERK THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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  • 07:34:20 PM

    THE CLERK

    LEAVES OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. BISHOP OF GEORGIA FOR JULY 22 AND JULY…

    LEAVES OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. BISHOP OF GEORGIA FOR JULY 22 AND JULY 23, 2008, AND POLICE HIRONO OF HAWAII FROM TODAY FROM 12:00 P.M. TO 1:00 P.M.

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  • 07:34:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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

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  • 07:35:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

  • 07:35:18 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT TODAY FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS AND ANY SPECIAL ORDERS HERE TO FOR ENTERED INTO THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS MAY BE PERMITTED TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES, REREVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE THEREIN EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS. MR. SKELTON, MISSOURI, BRS BROWN, FLORIDA, MR. SARBANES, MARYLAND, MRS. WOOLSEY, CALIFORNIA, MR. KAGEN, WISCONSIN, MR. SCHIFF, CALIFORNIA.

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  • 07:35:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 07:36:04 PM

    MR. SKELTON

    MR. SPEAKER, TONIGHT I RISE TO CONTINUE MY SERIES OF DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, TONIGHT I RISE TO CONTINUE MY SERIES OF DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN GRAND STRATEGY. LAST WEEK I SUGGESTED THAT WE STRIVE TO REMAIN AND EVEN BOLSTER OUR ROLE AS THE WORLD'S INDISPENSABLE NATION AND THAT SHOULD GUIDE OUR THINKING AS WE CONSIDER THE THE IMPERATIVES THAT DEFINE OUR NATIONAL INTERESTS. INDISPENSABLE NATION IS A TERM WITH SIGNIFICANT POTENTIAL FOR MISUNDERSTANDING, PARTICULARLY IN THIS TIME WHEN OUR GLOBAL CREDIBILITY HAS EBBED. WE MUST BE CAREFUL HOW WE EXPLAIN OUR INTENT AND MOST IMPORTANTLY WE MUST ENSURE THAT OUR ACTIONS MEET OUR WORDS. JUST AS A PERSON CANNOT DEMAND RESPECT, ONLY EARN IT, SO IT IS FOR NATIONS, TOO. AND SO WE SHOULD DEFINE INDISPENSE TO BE MEAN THAT WE INSPIRE BY OUR STANDARDS, NOT COURSE WITH OUR DEMANDS. WE SHOULD STRIVE TO BE INDISPENSABLE, NOT BECAUSE OUR WRATH IS FEARED BUT BECAUSE OUR STRENGTH IS VALUED. THE POINT IS, THE A FINE ONE, BUT ESSENTIAL NONETHELESS, THAT OUR ROLE AS THE WORLD'S INDISPENSABLE NATION CANNOT COME BY INTERNAL PROCLAMATION, BUT RATHER BY EX TENL VALIDATION -- EXTERNAL VALIDATION. THE CLAIMED LEADERSHIP IN THE FUTURE IS THE LEGEND THAT MAKES OUR COUNTRY GREAT IN THE FIRST PLACE. OUR ROBUST ECONOMY THAT PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY WHILE CONNECTING US WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD. IN PRODUCTIVE PARTNERSHIPS, AND IN OUR UNCEASING PER SUIT -- PURSUIT WHAT HAVE IS RIGHT, FAIR AND JUST, EVEN WHEN WE FALL SHORT OF THOSE IDEALS. TO THE EXTENT WE VEERED OFF COURSE IN THOSE AREAS, WHETHER BECAUSE OF CRIPPLING ENERGY DEPENDENCE, UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS OF FOREIGN DEBT OR DEPARTURE FROM SOUND CONSTITUTIONAL PRACTICES OR EVEN WHEN AND HOW WE MARSHALL OUR FORCES FOR WAR, WE MUST REFOCUS INTERNALLY TO ADDRESS THOSE CHALLENGES AND MASTER THEM ONCE AGAIN. IF WE REDOUBLE OUR EFFORTS WE CAN RECAPTURE THE INTERNATIONAL PRESTIGE THAT MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE TRANSLATES OUR UNMATCHED POWER INTO THE ABILITY TO ALTER THE COURSE OF WORLD EVENTS. AS PART OF THIS COURSE CORRECTION, WE MUST RECALL THE ESSENTIAL TRUTHS ABOUT WAR AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THAT WERE STATED SO WELL BY OTHERS. I MENTIONED SELLER SEVERAL OF THESE TO OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT IN 2002 BUT WE LOST SIGHT OF THESE TRUTHS IN IRAQ. AS WE DO THAT, THERE'S NO REASON WHY WE CANNOT GAIN THE CONFIDENCE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE TERM CHALLENGE, EVEN IN THE INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT, NEED NOT ALWAYS HAVE ANED A NEVER SARLE MEANING. IN OUR DAILY LIFE, WE ARE CHALLENGED BY THOSE AROUND US AND WE COME OUT THE BETTER FOR IT. WE ARE CHALLENGED BY OUR PROFESSORS TO BE BETTER STUDENTS. WE ARE TCHALINGED -- CHALLENGED BY OUR COACHES TO BE BETTER ATHLETES. WE ARE CHALLENGED BY OUR CLERGY TO BE BETTER PEOPLE AND WE ARE CHALLENGED BY OUR SPOUSES TO BE BETTER PARTNERS. ALL OF THESE RELATIONSHIPS HELP REFINE US AND SO DOING ENRICH OUR LIVES SO THAT ALL BENEFIT. WE MIGHT REGARD MANY OF OUR INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGES IN MUCH THE SAME WAY. IN THE FREE MARKETPLACE OF IDEAS, THOSE IDEAS THAT THE UNITED STATES EXEMPLIFIED CLEARLY SUPERIOR. DO WE REMAIN THE GUARANTEE OF LIBERTY AND NATURAL ALLY AGAINST TYRANNY? DO WE PROVIDE THE BEST ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL PEOPLE WITH WHOM WE INTERACT? WE NEED NOT SEE THAT AS SOLELY AN EXTERNAL CHALLENGE. IT'S ALSO A CHALLENGE WITHIN OURSELVES AND WE SHOULD NOT MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO REFINE THE GOOD THINGS ABOUT AMERICA SO THAT WE REMAIN THE OBVIOUS, THE INDISPENSABLE CHOICE FOR A CONDITIONED -- CONTINUED GLOBAL LEADERSHIP ROLE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:40:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK TO CLAIM MR. MCHENRY'S TIME.

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    MR. BURTON

    I ASK TO CLAIM MR. MCHENRY'S TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:40:16 PM

    MR. BURTON

    MS. BROWN FROM FLORIDA. .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MS. BROWN FROM FLORIDA. .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. SARBANES FROM MARYLAND. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:46:02 PM

    MR. SARBANES

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO MARK THE 34TH YEAR SINCE THE INVASION AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO MARK THE 34TH YEAR SINCE THE INVASION AND OCCUPATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS. SINCE 1974, TURKISH MILITARY FORCES HAVE ILLEGALLY OCCUPIED THE NORTHERN PART OF THE ISLAND REPUBLIC. THE TURKISH OCCUPATION DIVIDES PEACEFUL COMMUNITIES AND THE PRIZE OF SOVEREIGN NATION AND EXERCISE OF DEMOCRATIC INDEPENDENCE IN ALL OF ITS TERRITORY. THE TURKISH INVASION DIVIDED GREEK-SPEAKING CYPRIATES FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE UNLAWFUL OCCUPATION OF 37% OF THE TERRITORY OF CYPRUS CONTINUES UNABATED TO THIS DAY. THERE ARE CURRENTLY 43,000 TURKISH TROOPS IN THE OCCUPIED AREAS AND TURKEY HAS RESETTLED OVER 100,000 MAINLAND TURKISH CITIZENS INTO THOSE AREAS. THE CONTINUED TURKISH OCCUPATION OF THE ISLAND REPUBLIC SUBVERTS THE EFFORT TO ESTABLISH A DEMOCRATICALLY FREE AND CULTURALLY FREE CYPRIATE NATION. ALL THAT STANDS IN THE WAY OF CYPRIATES CELEBRATING THEIR UNIQUE AND DIVERSE HERITAGE WITHIN THE EXPANDED BORDERS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION IS THE PRESENCE OF THE TURKISH OCCUPATION FORCES. TODAY, THOUSANDS OF CYPRIATES CONTINUE TO BE REFUGEES IN THEIR OWN LAND, PLOCKED FROM THE HOMES AND COMMUNITIES THEY INHABITED FOR GENERATIONS. SOME HAVE BEEN MAROONED IN TINY ENCLAVES, CUT OFF BY THE OUTSIDE WORLD AND BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS, A NEW GENERATION OF CYPRIATES HAS INHERITED THE DISLOCATION THAT MILITARY OCCUPATION BRINGS. IN THE FACE OF ALL THIS, THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS HAS STRUGGLED AND SUCCEEDED IN BUILDING A STRONG SOCIETY, ONE WHOSE ECONOMIC PROGRESS, DEVELOPMENT OF DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS AND CAPABLE OF GOVERNANCE LED TO MEMBERSHIP IN THE EUROPEAN UNION IN MAY OF 2004. SADLY, UNTIL THERE IS AN END TO THE OCCUPATION, THE OCCUPIED AREAS OF CYPRUS WILL BE DENIED THE FULL BEENS OF E.U. MEMBERSHIP. FOR THE UNITED STATES THERE IS A CLEAR IMPERATIVE TO RESOLVE THE SITUATION IN CYPRUS AS A MATTER OF JUSTICE AND THE RULE OF LAW. PRINCIPLES WE HOLD DEAR. BUT BEYOND THAT, ACHIEVING RE-UNIFICATION OF THE ISLAND IS CRITICAL TO THE STRATEGIC INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES. THE CYPRUS PROBLEM PITS AMERICAN ALLIES AGAINST ONE ANOTHER. THE STRATEGIC INTERESTS IN A NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT IS SIGNIFICANT FOR THE REGION AND THE WORLD. CYPRUS CAN EITHER FESTER THE POTENTIAL FLASH POINT OR BECOME A STARTING POINT FOR RECONCILIATION. RECONCILIATION TALKS ARE NOW UNDER WAY BETWEEN THE LEADERSHIP OF THE TWO CYPRIATE COMMUNITIES OF THE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR RECONCILIATION IS REAL. SINCE CYPRUS'S ENTRY TO THE E.U., LINES HAVE BEEN OPENED AFTER NEARLY 30 YEARS OF COMPLETE SEPARATION, THERE HAVE BEEN MORE THAN 13 MILLION CROSSINGS WITHOUT ANY SERIOUS INCIDENT. EVERY DAY, CYPRIATES CROSS INTO THE FREE AREAS OF THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS TO GO TO WORK. INDEED, NEARLY 3% OF THE TURKISH-SPEAKING SIPRI ATE COMMUNITY IS EMPLOYED IN THE FREE AREAS OF THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS AND 35,000 HAVE APPLIED FOR AND RECEIVED PASSPORTS FROM THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS. THE CYPRIATE PEOPLE WANT AN END TO THE DIVISION OF THEIR ISLAND. THEIR EFFORTS TO NEGOTIATE RECONCILIATION MUST BE FREE OF TURKISH INTERFERENCE. IT IS NO SECRET THAT THE TURKISH GOVERNMENT AND MILITARY USE CYPRUS TO ROUSE SENTMENT TO ENHANCE THEIR OWN DOMESTIC STANDING. WE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD HEED THE POLITICAL STORM ENGULFING TURKEY. TODAY IN TURKEY'S DEMOCRATIC EXPRESSION IS CHALLENGED AT EVERY TURN. TODAY IN TURKEY, RELIGIOUS AND ETHNIC MINORITIES LEAVE IN A STATE OF CREDIBLE FEAR OF HARM AND PERSECUTION. TODAY AND FOR MORE THAN 80 YEARS, THE MILITARY HOLDS ITSELF OUT AS THE POLITICAL ACTOR EXISTING BEYOND THE BOUNDS OF DEMOCRATIC ACCOUNTABILITY. THE UNITED STATES SHOULD NOT YIELD TO VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE RULE OF LAW BY THE GOVERNMENT OF TURKEY OR THE TURKISH MILITARY. THE UNITED STATES AND ITS ALLIES, PARTICULARLY THE EUROPEAN UNION, MUST STAND IN WITH ALL CYPRIATES AND COMMEND THEIR EFFORTS TO RECONCILE THEIR DIFFERENCES AND ESTABLISH FEDERATION. WITH THE SUPPORT OF THIS BODY, IT SHOULD BE MADE CLEAR TO TURKEY THAT PERPETRATING THE STATUS QUO ON CYPRUS HURTS ITS RELATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES AND THE REST OF THE WORLD. WORST OF ALL, IT FORECLOSES TURKEY'S PROSPECTS FOR ACCESS SHON TO THE UNION UNION. I SUPPORT THE EFFORTS NOW UNDER WAY AND DEMAND FROM OUR TUSHISH ALLIES THAT IT REFRAIN FROM THE RECONCILIATION EFFORTS. WITH AN EFFORT BY THIS BODY, NEXT YEAR, WE WILL COMMEND THEM ON THEIR COURAGE AGEOUS RECONCILIATION INSTEAD OF THE 35TH YEAR OF OCCUPATION.

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  • 07:51:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    POE FROM TEXAS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

  • 07:51:48 PM

    MR. POE

    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:51:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:51:58 PM

    MR. POE

    MS. WOOLSEY FROM CALIFORNIA.

  • 07:57:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MS. WOOLSEY FROM CALIFORNIA.

  • 07:57:22 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    MR. JONES FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

  • 08:01:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. JONES FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 08:02:09 PM

    >>

    THE PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING THE THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF…

    THE PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING THE THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA. IT IS IN THE GREATER SACRAMENTO AREA. I LIVE IN A WONDERFUL COMMUNITY CALLED GOLD RIVER ALONG THE AMERICAN RIVER. THE SIGHT OF THE -- NEAR THE SITE OF THE FINDING OF GOLD IN THE 1800'S WHICH BEGAN THE GREAT GOLD RUSH IN CALIFORNIA. AND WHAT WHEN I WAS HOME IN MY DISTRICT THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKENDS, I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO A NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THAT DISTRICT AND THE ISSUE THAT THEY WERE MOST CONCERNED ABOUT WAS THAT OF ENERGY. THIS IS OF SOME INTEREST TO ME, NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF THE LEGITIMATE CONCERNS OF THE PEOPLE OF MY DISTRICT, THE PROBLEMS THAT ARE BESETTING THEM AS A RESULT OF THE HIGHER AND HIGHER PRICES OF ENERGY, PARTICULARLY WITH RESPECT TO GASOLINE. THE IMBEDDED TRANSPORTATION COSTS AND MANY OTHER THINGS SUCH AS FOOD. BUT BECAUSE BEFORE I MOVE TO THAT AREA, SOME NOW 20 YEARS AGO, I FOR MOST OF MY LIFE HAD LIVED IN LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, AND I'D HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING THAT AREA AND ADJOINING AREAS FOR 10 YEARS IN THIS CONGRESS DURING MY FIRST TENURE HERE. AND ALTHOUGH I WAS NOT INVOLVED IN THE ENERGY INDUSTRY, NOR WERE MY PARENTS OR OTHER MEMBERS OF MY FAMILY, I DID GO TO SCHOOL WITH A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO WERE EITHER INVOLVED OR THEIR PARENTS WERE INVOLVED IN THAT INDUSTRY. THE COMMUNITY OF SIGNAL HILL IS COMPLETELY SURROUNDED BY MY HOMETOWN OF LONG PEACH. SIGNAL HILL, ONE OF THE LONGEST-PRODUCING OIL FIELDS IN THE UNITED STATES. AND AS I GREW UP, I SAW OFFSHORE DRILLING, SOME VERY CLOSE TO SHORE, ON THE MANMADE ISLANDS IN SAN PEDESTRIANOW BAY AND LONG BEACH HARBOR WHERE DRILLING OF A RESOURCE THAT HAD BEEN COUNTED TO BE PERHAPS AS LARGE AS TWO BILLION BARRELS OF OIL WAS A REALITY DURING THE YEARS I GREW UP AND CONTINUES TO THIS DAY. AS A MATTER OF FACT EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN CALIFORNIA BENEFITED FROM THAT AS THEY GOT A BIT OF THE ROYALTIES THAT WERE ACHIEVED BECAUSE THESE ARE CONSIDERED STATELANDS, TIDELANDS. I ALSO SAW SOME RIGS FURTHER OUT OFF THE SHORE OF LONG BEACH AND HUNTINGTON BEACH AREAS THAT I REPRESENTED. AND I NOTED THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE PROBLEMS WITH OIL SEEPAGE OR LOSS OF OIL TO ANY MEASURABLE AMOUNT DURING THOSE YEARS THAT I SAW IT THERE. I ALSO UNDERSTOOD FROM THOSE WHO WORKED IN THE FIELDS AND THOSE WHO WORKED IN THE REFINERIES THAT THIS IS TOUGH WORK. DIFFICULT WORK. BUT IT IS PROUD WORK. HARD WORK. BLUE COLLAR WORK. AMERICAN WORK. AND I REMEMBER SOME OF MY FRIENDS HAVING PARENTS WHO WERE CALLED WILDCATTERS. IT WASN'T A DERICIVE TERM AT THE TIME. IT WAS A TERM OF SOME PRIDE. THESE WERE PEOPLE WHO TOOK RISK TO GO OUT AND ATTEMPT TO FIND OIL. NOT ONLY IN CALIFORNIA BUT OTHER PLACES AROUND THE UNITED STATES. AND SOMEHOW DURING THE PERIOD OF TIME OR FROM THE PERIOD OF TIME THAT I WAS A CHILD TO THE PRESENT TIME THESE PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN A BAD NAME. THAT SOMEHOW ANYTHING THAT IS TOUCHED BY THE OIL INDUSTRY IS DIRTY AND BEFOULS THE ENVIRONMENT. AND YET WHAT WE HAVE SEEN OVER THE LAST 30 TO 40 YEAR IT'S IS A REMARKABLE IM-- YEARS IS A REMARKABLE IMPROVEMENT IN TECHNOLOGY, A TREMENDOUS ATTENTION TO DETAIL WITH RESPECT TO THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT. AND SO IT NOT ONLY SURPRISES, BUT IT SADDENS ME THAT ON THIS FLOOR WE CAN'T HAVE DEBATE ABOUT BILLS THAT WOULD ALLOW US TO UNCOVER, TO DISCOVER, UNCOVER, PRODUCE THE NATURAL RESOURCES THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO US AT THIS PRESENT TIME FOR OURSELVES, FOR OUR CHILDREN AND FOR OUR GRANDCHILDREN. WE ARE HERE ON A THURSDAY EVENING, ONCE AGAIN, NOT HERE FOR A FIVE-DAY WEEK. BARELY A THREE-DAY WEEK. COMING UP NEXT WEEK FOR OUR LAST WEEK BEFORE WE LEAVE FOR THE AUGUST RECESS AND WE HAVE NOT HAD ONE SERIOUS PIECE OF LEGISLATION DEALING WITH INCREASED SUPPLY. WE'VE HAD SHELL GAME LEGISLATION LIKE TODAY'S LEGISLATION, STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE WILL REMOVE SOME NOW, PUT IT BACK LATER. THE NET RESULT IS NO INCREASE IN SUPPLY WORLDWIDE. AND THAT IS THE ANSWER IN PART TO THE ENERGY PROBLEM. I HAVE SUPPORTED WIND AND I HAVE SUPPORTED SOLAR AND I HAVE SUPPORTED NUCLEAR AND I HAVE SUPPORTED GEOTHERMAL AND I HAVE SUPPORTED HYDROELECTRIC AND I CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THAT. BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, IF YOU LOOK AT THE REAL WORLD, WE VERY MUCH RELY ON OIL. NATURAL GAS AND OIL. AND WE HAVE TREMENDOUS RESERVES IN AND AROUND THIS COUNTRY THAT WE HAVE PUT OFF LIMITS. IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. IT MAKES LESS AND LESS SENSE EVERY DAY. AND YET WE FAIL TO MOVE. I WOULD JUST HOPE THAT BEFORE WE LEAVE NEXT FRIDAY, WE WOULD AT LEAST HAVE A SINGLE VOTE ON THIS FLOOR TO OPEN UP GREATER AREAS FOR EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION OF AMERICAN OIL PRODUCED BY AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN FOR AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 08:08:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MS. SUTTON FROM OHIO.

  • 08:08:11 PM

    MS. SUTTON

    IN HONOR AND RECOGNITION OF THE CITY OF BRUNSWICK, ONE OF THE 10 BEST…

    IN HONOR AND RECOGNITION OF THE CITY OF BRUNSWICK, ONE OF THE 10 BEST TOWNS FOR FAMILIES IN THE UNITED STATES. THE CITY OF BRUNSWICK HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED BY FAMILIES -- "FAMILY CIRCLE" MAGAZINE FROM OVER 1,850 COMMUNITIES. BUT THIS IS HARDLY A SURPRISE FOR ANYONE WHO LIVES THERE. WITH FAMILY-FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOODS AND CHILD-FRIENDLY PARKS LIKE MOONY PARK WHERE HUNDREDS OF BOYS AND GIRLS FILL SUMMER EVENINGS PLAYING BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL, WE HAVE LONG KNOWN THAT BRUNSWICK IS ONE OF THE BEST TOWNS FOR FAMILIES. AND NOW, MR. SPEAKER, THE REST OF AMERICA WILL KNOW ABOUT THE VISION BRUNSWICK'S COMMUNITY LEADERS AND THEIR CITIZENS HAVE PURSUED TO CREATE A COMMUNITY OF EXCELLENCE. COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT THIS NATION CAN LOOK TO BRUNSWICK FOR EXAMPLES OF HOW TO GREEN THEIR COMMUNITY. WITH THEIR TIRE ADOPTION PROGRAM, OVER $25,000 WAS RAISED TO RECYCLE 20,000 TIRES. CONVERTING OLD JUNK YARD INTO PARKLAND. IN ADDITION, THE BRUNSWICK ARTWORKS RECENTLY HELD THE SECOND ANNUAL ECHO ARTS CHALK FESTIVAL IN NORTH PARK. AT THIS EVENT, CHILDREN NOT ONLY COMPETED IN CHALK ART SIDEWALK DRAWING CONTESTS BUT ALSO MADE THEIR OWN RAIN COLLECTION BARRELS OUT OF PLASTIC DRUMS AND LET US NOT FORGET THAT THE NATION'S FIRST LEAD-CERTIFIED GROCERY STORE CALLS BRUNSWICK, OHIO, IN THE BRUNSWICK TOWN CENTER ITS HOME. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I AM SO PLEASED TO HONOR BRUNSWICK, OHIO, PART OF MY DISTRICT, AS ONE OF THE 10 BEST TOWNS IN AMERICA FOR FAMILIES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:09:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. GARRETT FROM NEW JERSEY. MR. KAGEN FROM WISCONSIN. FOR WHAT PURPOSE…

    MR. GARRETT FROM NEW JERSEY. MR. KAGEN FROM WISCONSIN. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    RUSHED TO CLAIM THAT AMERICA AND THE WORLD HAD ENTERED A NEW ERA AND THAT…

    RUSHED TO CLAIM THAT AMERICA AND THE WORLD HAD ENTERED A NEW ERA AND THAT THE BATTLE WITH AL QAEDA WOULD DEFINE THE FIRST DECADES OF THE 21ST CENTURY. AS THE FIGHT AGAINST AL QAEDA HAS CONTINUED AND INTENSIFIED, WE HAVE COME TO SEE THE IMPACT OF THAT FIGHT ON A KEY NATIONAL SECURITY PARADIGM OF THE POST-WORLD WAR ERA. THE QUEST FOR ENERGY SECURITY IN AN INDUSTRIALIZING AND EVER-FLATTER WORLD. THE UNITED STATES HAS LONG RECOGNIZED THAT OUR GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AND ECONOMIC STRENGTH DEPENDED ON CHEAP, ABUNDANT ENERGY FROM THE MIDDLE EAST. DISRUPTIONS TO THAT SUPPLY AS A RESULT OF THE 1973 OIL EMBARGO, THE IRANIAN REVOLUTION OF 1979 AND THE 1990 IRAQI INVASION OF KUWAIT HAD DEMONSTRATED OUR VULNERABILITY TO EVENTS HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD. RATHER THAN TAKING THE STEPS NECESSARY TO WEAN OURSELVES FROM MIDDLE EAST OIL, WE SOUGHT TO CREATE STABILITY IN THE REGION BY ALIGNING OURSELVES WITH PRO-WESTERN AUD CONTRACTS WHOSE POWERFUL AND INTERNAL SECURITY FORCES KEPT REPRESENTATIVE POPULATIONS IN CHECK. CAPACITY AND PRICE, THE FIRST HIGH AND THE SECOND LOW, STAYED OUR HAND. CHEAP AND PLENTIFUL OIL POWERED BY -- POWERED THE AMERICAN ECONOMY WHILE SOLAR, WIND AND BIOMASS ENERGY WERE EXPENSIVE. ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS INCLUDING INCREASING EVIDENCE THAT THE BURNING OF FOSSIL FUELS WAS ALTERING THE EARTH'S CLIMATE WERE RELEGATED TO SECONDARY STATUS. ALL OF THAT HAS NOW CHANGED. THE 9/11 TAX AND THE IRAQ WAR HAVE HIGHLIGHTED THE SEETHING POLITICAL INSTABILITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST. THE RISE OF CHINA AND INDIA HAVE INCREASED COMPETITION FOR OIL EVEN AS THE GLOBAL SUPPLY HAS REMAINED STABLE. FINALLY THE EARTH'S CLIMATE IS CHANGING MORE RAPIDLY AND MORE PROFOUNDLY THAN MANY SCIENTISTS HAD FORECAST, LEADING TO A GLOBAL CONSENSUS THAT HUMANITY MUST TAKE IMMEDIATE STEPS TO CURTAIL THE EMISSION OF CARBON DIOXIDE AND OTHER GREENHOUSE GASES. THIS CONFLUENCE OF POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST CHALLENGES THIS NATION HAS FACED IN ITS HISTORY. BUT JUST AS WE HAVE RISEN TO MEET OTHER CHALLENGES FROM THE REVOLUTION TO THE CIVIL WAR TO THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND THE TOTALITARIAN DICTATORSHIPS OF THE 20TH CENTURY, I AM CONFIDENT THAT WE WILL EMERGE FROM THIS CRISIS STRONGER AND BETTER POSITIONED THAN OUR ECONOMIC RIFFLES TO PROSPER IN THIS NEW WORLD. AS WITH THE OTHER PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE FACED, FINDING A SOLUTION WILL REQUIRE US TO PUT OUR FAITH IN AMERICAN INGENUITY AND OUR ENORMOUS CAPACITY TO FUND AND FOCUS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS. IN THE LAST TWO YEARS WE HAVE DRAMATICALLY INCREASED FUNDING FOR RESEARCH INTO RENEWABLE ENERGY, BUT WE MUST DO EVEN MORE BY DECLARING A NEW APOLLO PROJECT FOR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. EVEN AS WE PROVIDE INCENTIVES TO ACCELERATE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH INTO REDUCING THE COST OF RENEWABLE ENERGY, WE MUST ALSO ACT NOW TO REDUCE OUR FOSSIL FUEL IMPORTS. THE CHEAPEST AND QUICKEST WAY TO ACCOMPLISH THIS IS TO REDUCE ENERGY AND FUEL USE THROUGH FUEL EFFICIENCY, ENERGY EFFICIENCY, CONSERVATION AND GREEN DEVELOPMENT. WE CAN ALSO REDUCE OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOSSIL FUELS AND FOREIGN OIL IN THE SHORT-TERM BY A RESPONSIBLE INCREASE IN DOMESTIC PRODUCTION. BUT THIS MUST BE VIEWED FOR WHAT IT IS. A SHORT-TERM EXPEDIENT AND A BRIDGE TO A FUTURE BASED ON RENEWABLE ENERGY. WE CANNOT CONVERT OUR ECONOMY FROM ONE DEPENDENT ON FOSSIL FUELS TO ONE THAT IS BASED ON RENEWABLE ENERGY OVERNIGHT. BUT WE MUST TAKE THE POSITION THAT OUR CONTINUED USE OF OIL AND GAS WILL BE LARGELY PHASED OUT IN THE COMING DECADES AND THAT RENEWED ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE EXPLORATION IS INTENDED TO EASE THE CONVERSION TO A POST-FOSSIL FUEL ECONOMY. AS A THRESHOLD MATTER, WE MUST IMPROVE THE FUEL EFFICIENCY OF OUR CARS AND TRUCKS. AS CONGRESS MANDATED LAST DECEMBER AND DEVELOP PLUG-IN HYBRID VEHICLES TO DRIVE FURTHER EFFICIENCY. DOING THIS WILL NOT ONLY BREAK OUR ADDICTION TO OIL, IT WILL ALSO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS BY 30%. THIS EFFORT SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE NATIONAL EFFORT TO IMPROVE OUR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM WHICH STILL RECEIVES JUST A FRACTION OF THE INVESTMENT THAT WE PUT INTO ROADS. CONGRESS HAS ACTED TO INCREASE PUBLIC TRANSIT BUT MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE, BOTH AT A LOCAL LEVEL AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, AS A STATE AND REGIONAL LEVEL. WE MUST ALSO MAKE OUR HOMES MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT, INSTALLING ROOFTOPS, SOLAR PANELS, SWITCHING TO ENERGY-EFFICIENT APPLIANCES AND ENABLING CONSUMERS AND BUSINESSES TO PAY LOWER PRICES FOR ELECTRICITY AT NIGHT. SO THAT WE CAN REDUCE THE DAYTIME SPIKE IN ELECTRICITY USAGE THAT REQUIRES UTILITIES TO KEEP HIGH-PRICED POWER GENERATION ON-CALL. COMPANIES HAVE INVESTED AROUND WORKERS HAVE TRAINED THEMSELVES IN INDUSTRIES THAT WERE SUPPORTED BY OUR PAST TAX CODE AND ITS PROVISIONS. CLIMATE CHANGE LEGISLATION WILL CHANGE THOSE INCENTIVES AND WHILE MANY HIGH-TECH AMERICAN INDUSTRIES WILL PROSPER, SOME INDUSTRIES WILL SUFFER. FOR EXAMPLE, IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA, SOLAR AND GEOTHERMAL ARE GROWING BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS. THERE ARE STARTUPS THROUGHOUT THE STATE BUILDING SOLAR ENERGY PLANTS AND INSTALLING SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS. THE SILICON SHORTAGE THAT HAS SLOWED SOLAR DEVELOPMENT IN THE LAST THREE YEARS IS FADING AS NEW FACTORIES COME ONLINE BUT THIS NEW DEVELOPMENT IS STILL DEPENDENT ON THE TAX INCENTIVES THAT CONGRESS IS STILL NOT EXTENDED PAST THE END OF THE YEAR. WE MUST NOT LET THESE TAX INCENTIVES EXPIRE AND INSTEAD EXTEND THEM FOR SEVERAL YEARS SO THAT THIS EXPANDING INDUSTRY CAN BECOME A DRIVER IN THE ECONOMY. MR. SPEAKER, -- MR. SPEAKER, MY CONSTITUENTS ARE TELLING ME THEY WANT CONGRESS TO TAKE THE STEPS NECESSARY TO TRANSITION OUR NATION TO CLEAN, RENEWABLE ENERGY AND I URGE US TO DO EXACTLY THAT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. CALVERT FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. FLAKE FROM ARIZONA. MR. CULBERSON FROM…

    MR. CALVERT FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. FLAKE FROM ARIZONA. MR. CULBERSON FROM TEXAS. MR. CONAWAY FROM TEXAS. MR. WELLER FROM ILLINOIS. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 18, 2007, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. RYAN, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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    MR. RYAN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME DOWN ONCE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME DOWN ONCE AGAIN WITH MY GOOD FRIEND FROM WESTERN P.A. JUST OVER THE BORDER, FROM ALTMIRE FROM PENNSYLVANIA, TO CLEAR UP THE RECORD HERE A LITTLE BIT AND TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING HERE OVER THE PAST YEAR AND A HALF IN CONGRESS. TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE HOLE OUR COUNTRY IS IN AND HOW IT HAS LED TO A LOT OF THE STRESS THAT MOST AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE FEELING NOW, MOST SMALL BUSINESSES ARE FEELING NOW. BUT I'M GOING TO TAKE SOME LIBERTIES HERE, MR. SPEAKER, AND CONGRATULATE MY BROTHER AND MY SISTER-IN-LAW. A FEW DAYS AGO ANDREA MARIE WAS BORN TO MY BROTHER AND SISTER-IN-LAW, AND NOW MY GOD CHILD, NICHLAS, AND THE SEC IN COMMAND, DOMINICK NOW HAVE A LITTLE BABY SISTER. I WANTED TO CONGRATULATE MY MOM AND THE GRANDPARENTS AND MY BROTHER AND SISTER-IN-LAW FOR HAVING ANOTHER ONE. AS THE GENTLEMAN HAS A FEW KIDS OF HIS OWN HE KNOWS THEY ARE NOT GETTING MUCH SLEEP BUT THE BABY IS HEALTHY. ALSO WANT TO TALK ABOUT, I THINK WITH THAT IN MIND, IS WHAT KIND OF LEGACY WE ARE LEAVING TO THIS NEXT GENERATION OF AMERICANS. AND OUR FRIENDS TODAY WHO SPOKE BEFORE US AND SPOKE ON THE FLOOR A LITTLE BIT EARLIER TODAY WERE TALKING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING OIL INTO THE MARKET. AND HOW IF WE WOULD GET OIL INTO THE MARKET THAT IT WOULD REDUCE THE COST OF A GALLON OF GAS. AND WHAT THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP HAS DONE AND JUST TODAY WE VOTED ON, TAKING 70 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL OUT OF THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE, WHICH IS WHAT WE HAVE AS A COUNTRY 700 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL JUST IN CASE. IF THERE'S SOME KIND OF CATASTROPHE. IF THERE'S SOME KIND OF CRISIS, WE CAN GO TO THIS OIL AND USE IT FOR WHATEVER PURPOSES WE DEEM NECESSARY. A FEW MONTHS AGO -- AS WE PUT OIL INTO THIS RESERVE EVERY DAY AND EVERY MONTH, WE SAID AS DEMOCRATS THAT STARTING ON JUNE 30 THAT THIS OIL WOULD -- THAT WOULD GO INTO THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE EVERY DAY INSTEAD WE WOULD DIVERT IT OUT OF THE RESERVE AND INTO THE MARKET. ANALYSTS WERE TELLING US THAT WOULD HAVE SOME SHORT-TERM EFFECT IN BRINGING THE COST DOWN. WE HAVE SEEN THE COST OF A GALLON OF GAS GO DOWN IN THE PAST FEW DAYS, NOT SIGNIFICANTLY ENOUGH, BUT WE FEEL LIKE THAT STRATEGIC MOVE WE MADE IS HAVING SOME EFFECT. SO TODAY WE WANTED TO TAKE THAT TO THE NEXT STEP AND SAY THAT WE ARE GOING TO TAKE 10% OF THIS RESERVE, 70 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL, AND PUMP IT RIGHT INTO THE MARKET. AND IT WOULD AFFECT ALL THE SPECULATION THAT'S GOING ON THROUGH THE ENRON LOOPHOLE, AND IT WOULD INJECT OIL INTO THE MARKET. TODAY WE HAD A VOTE. A LOT OF OUR FRIENDS WHO ARE DOWN ON THIS FLOOR, MR. SPEAKER, JUST MINUTES AND HOURS AGO AND HAVE BEEN RAILING ON HOW WE NEED TO GET OIL INTO THE MARKET, VOTED AGAINST THIS OIL GOING DIRECTLY INTO THE MARKET. YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS, MR. SPEAKER. YOU CAN'T SAY YOU WANT MORE SUPPLY OF OIL INTO THE MARKET AND THEN WHEN WE BRING UP A BILL AND JUST BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATS BRING THE BILL UP AND SAY, TAKE 70 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL AND PUT IT IN THE MARKET TO DRIVE DOWN COSTS IMMEDIATELY, OUR FRIENDS ALL VOTED AGAINST IT. YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. EITHER YOU WANT OIL INTO THE MARKET, YOU WANT MORE SUPPLY, OR YOU DON'T. AND JUST BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATS SAY USE THE RESERVE AND PUT IT IN TO STOP THE SPECULATION AND DRIVE THE PRICE DOWN, OUR FRIENDS VOTED AGAINST IT. I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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    MR. ALTMIRE

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I DO CONGRAT LATE HIM HIS NEW NIECE -- CONGRATULATE…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I DO CONGRAT LATE HIM HIS NEW NIECE -- CONGRATULATE HIM ON HIS NEW NIECE AS WELL. WE WERE LISTENING TO SOME OF THE MEMBERS WHO CAME BEFORE US TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF SUPPLY. THERE'S A COUPLE OF ISSUES. ONE IS THE FACT THAT WE ARE DEALING WITH FOLKS WHO ARE ADVOCATING INCREASING SUPPLY 10 AND 20 YEARS FROM NOW. THE POLICIES OF DRILLING OFF THE COASTS AND OPENING UP NEW AREAS OF THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF, OPENING UP THE ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE IN ALASKA, THE FIRST DROP OF OIL DOES NOT COME FOR 10 YEARS. WE DON'T ACHIEVE PEAK CAPACITY IN EITHER OF THOSE AREAS FOR AT LEAST 20 YEARS, ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. PRESIDENT BUSH'S OWN DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. THOSE AREN'T OUR NUMBERS. THAT'S THEIR NUMBERS. SO THE ISSUE OF INCREASING SUPPLY -- THEY HAVE A REALLY NICE SLOGAN THEY LIKE TO USE, DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW. YOU'LL SEE THEM WEARING THEIR BUTTONS AND YOU HEAR SOME OF THE RADIO TALK SHOW HOSTS AROUND THE COUNTRY, DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW. THAT'S A GREAT SLOGAN. BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT ANWR IS. THAT'S NOT WHAT OPENING UP NEW AREAS OF THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF IS. IF YOU'RE ADVOCATING THAT POLICY, IF THAT'S YOUR ENERGY POLCY, YOUR SLOGAN OUGHT TO BE DRILL HERE, DRILL IN 10 YEARS. DRILL IN 20 YEARS. SO THAT'S ONE SIDE OF THE EQUATION. BUT TO WHAT THE GENTLEMAN TALKS ABOUT, IF YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE THE ARGUMENT THAT THE ONLY WAY TO SOLVE THIS ENERGY CRISIS IS TO INCREASE THE SUPPLY OF OIL, DOMESTIC SUPPLY, LET'S GET MORE OIL ON TO THE MARKET, AND AGAIN WHAT THEY ARE ADVOCATING ISN'T DOING IT IMMEDIATELY, BUT IF YOU'RE SAYING WE NEED TO DO IT IMMEDIATELY, WELL, THERE IS ONE WAY TO DO IT IMMEDIATELY. AND LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE HISTORY. THE GENTLEMAN TALKED ABOUT EFFECTIVE JULY 1 THE 70,000 BARRELS A DAY EVERY DAY THAT THIS COUNTRY WAS PLACING INTO THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE IS NOW GOING INTO THE PRIVATE MARKET. EFFECTIVE JULY 1. WHAT'S BEEN THE IMPACT? WELL, ON JULY 7, WHICH WAS THAT FIRST DAY AFTER THE JULY 4 HOLIDAYS, THE PRICE OF GAS WAS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH. I BELIEVE IT WAS 4.11, HIGHEST IT'S EVER BEEN. WE ARE RIGHT NOW ABOUT SIX CENTS LESS THAN THAT. NOT A SUBSTANTIAL DECREASE, BUT INSTEAD OF THE EXPONENTIAL INCREASE THAT WE HAD SEEN FOR MONTHS, TRAJECTORY OF PRICE STRAIGHT UP, WE HAVE NOW SEEN A VERY SLIGHT DECREASE BUT A DECREASE NONETHELESS. CERTAINLY SOME STABILITY IN THE MARKET WHERE NONEXISTED BEFORE. AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE ACTION THIS CONGRESS TOOK TO BEGIN WITHHOLDING SHIPMENTS IN THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE. AND NOW WE HAVE SEEN THE IMPACT. IT HAS REDUCED THE PRICE. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE IMPACT WOULD BE INSTEAD OF 70,000 BARRELS A DAY? HOW ABOUT TAKING 70 MILLION BARRELS OUT OF THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE, OVER A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME, NOT ALL AT ONCE, BUT PUTTING 70 MILLION BARRELS INTO THE MARKET. YOU WOULD SEE AN AMAZING DECREASE IN THE PRICE AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS. AND THAT'S WHAT WE ADVOCATED HERE TODAY. WHEN WE WERE SITTING HERE LISTENING TO THE MEMBERS THAT CAME BEFORE US, A COUPLE OF THEM IN PARTICULAR TALKED ABOUT HOW THIS CONGRESS HAS DONE NOTHING ADVOCATING INCREASING SUPPLY. TODAY NOT LAST WEEK OR LAST YEAR, TODAY BEFORE WE CAME ON THE FLOOR FOR THIS SPEECH THIS WHOLE HOUSE TOOK A VOTE, COUPLE HOURS AGO, ON RELEASING 70 MILLION BARRELS. YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT NOW? THAT'S NOW. 70 MILLION BARRELS FROM THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE, PUT IT INTO THE MARKET. IT WOULD HAVE AN INCREDIBLE EFFECT. NOT ONLY ON DECREASING GAS PRICES BECAUSE YOU HAVE MORE SUPPLY, BUT MAYBE EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY THESE SPECULATORS WHO ARE BETTING ON THE PRICE OF OIL CONTINUING TO GO UP AND MANIPULATING THE PRICE IN THE MARKET. THAT'S A VERY REAL ISSUE. IT'S A VERY BIG PART OF WHY GAS PRICES HAVE GONE UP AS HIGH AS THEY HAVE, BECAUSE OF THIS MARKET SPECULATION. THEY WOULDN'T KNOW HOW TO REACT IF WE PUT 70 MILLION BARRELS IN A TIME SEQUENCE OVER TIME INTO THE MARKET. THAT WOULD HAVE A REAL IMPACT ON THEIR ABILITY TO CONTINUE TO MANIPULATE AND THEY WOULD LOWER THE COST IN THE MARKET AS WELL. IT WOULD HAVE TWO IMPACTS. AND HOW DID THOSE MEMBERS WHO TALK ABOUT INCREASING SUPPLY AND THE NEED OF THIS CONGRESS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT GAS PRICES? IT'S ALL THEY TALK ABOUT? WHAT DID THEY DO? ALMOST ALL OF THEM VOTED AGAINST IT. I THINK THE NUMBERS WE HAVE, WE HAVE THE NUMBERS HERE ON THE VOTE, 157 REPUBLICANS OPPOSE THAT VOTE TODAY. 157 VOTED AGAINST INCREASING DOMESTIC SUPPLY OF OIL. AFTER ALL THE LECTURES WE HAVE HAD TO ENDURE FOR THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS ABOUT HOW WE NEED TO PUT MORE OIL IN THE MARKET. WE HAD A VOTE TO DO JUST THAT TODAY, 100-PLUS OF THEM VOTED AGAINST IT.

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    MR. RYAN

    THING. WE GET CARD. YOU GOT A VOTE. THE BOARD LIGHTS UP. YOUR NAME'S UP…

    THING. WE GET CARD. YOU GOT A VOTE. THE BOARD LIGHTS UP. YOUR NAME'S UP THERE YOU EITHER HIT THE GREEN BUTTON FOR YES AND RED FOR NO. THE SAME PEOPLE THAT SAID WE'VE GOT TO GET OIL, WE'VE GOT TO PUT IT ON THE MARKET, VOTED AGAINST IT. AS YOU SAID 157 REPUBLICANS. WE ARE BIG ON THIRD PARTY VALIDATORS HERE WITH OUR 30-SOMETHING BECAUSE WE KNOW YOU MAY NOT NECESSARILY BELIEVE EVERYTHING THAT WE ARE SAYING. SO WE MAKE SURE THAT WE BACK SOME OF THIS UP. NOW, HERE'S THE STATISTICS, AND WILL I SHARE ALSO SOME QUOTES. THIS IS WHAT'S HAPPENED IN THE PAST WHEN WE HAVE TAKEN OUT OF THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE THIS OIL THAT'S JUST SITTING THERE AND WE PUT IT INTO THE MARKET. IN 1991 THIS WAS DONE BY THE FIRST PRESIDENT BUSH AND PRICES WENT DOWN BY 33%. IN 2000 IT WAS DONE AGAIN, 18.7%. PRICES WENT DOWN. IT WAS DONE IN 2005 WHICH IS 9%. SO ANY OF THESE EXAMPLES IN WHICH WE TOOK DIRECTLY OUT OF THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE AND PUT IT INTO THE MARKET HAS DRIVEN COSTS DOWN. IN 1991 TO THE TUNE OF 33%. BUT EVEN IF IT WAS 10% YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT IMMEDIATELY KNOCKING 40 CENTS A GALLON OFF OF A GALLON OF GAS. AND THAT'S WHAT WE TRIED TO PASS TODAY AND 157 REPUBLICANS PREVENTED THAT FROM HAPPENING. THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE. AND SO YOU CAN'T SAY ONE THING AND THEN DO THE OTHER. MR. ALTMIRE'S SAYING THIS, I'M SAYING THIS, SPEAKER PELOSI IS SAYING THIS. BUT THAT'S NOT IT. WE ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES SAYING IT. FORMER SPEAKER NEWT GINGRICH SAYS, FIRST THING IS DUMP ABOUT HALF THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE INTO THE WORLD MARKET. YOU CAN PUMP ABOUT TWO MILLION BARRELS A DAY. THE MARGINAL EFFECT OF THAT WILL BRING DOWN THE PRICE OF OIL VERY SUBSTANTIALLY.

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    MR. ALTMIRE

    YES.

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    MR. RYAN

    YES.

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    MR. ALTMIRE

    WE DID TODAY, HALF SPROICH WOULD BE APPROXIMATELY 350 MILLION BARRELS. WE…

    WE DID TODAY, HALF SPROICH WOULD BE APPROXIMATELY 350 MILLION BARRELS. WE VOTED TODAY ON 70 MILLION BARRELS. TIME RELEASED OVER TIME. THE SPEAKER GINGRICH RECOMMENDED A MUCH MORE DRASTIC COURSE OF ACTION. 350 MILLION BARRELS. AGAIN 157 REPUBLICANS VOTED AGAINST A MUCH SMALLER VERSION OF THAT TODAY.

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    MR. RYAN

    AN OPPORTUNITY TODAY TO DO THIS. AND THE REPUBLICANS HAVE PREVENTED IT.…

    AN OPPORTUNITY TODAY TO DO THIS. AND THE REPUBLICANS HAVE PREVENTED IT. YOU CAN SURMISE WHY. MAYBE THEY WANTED TO DO THAT. BUT WE HAVE EXPERTS WHO WE TRY TO LISTEN TO WHEN IT'S COMING TO THESE MAJOR ECONOMIC DECISIONS THAT ARE GOING TO REDUCE THE PRICE AT THE PUMP. AND WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT TODAY AND IT WAS PREVENTED. SO IT WASN'T JUST SPEAKER GINGRICH.

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  • 08:29:11 PM

    MR. ALTMIRE

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. I HADN'T SEEN THIS QUOTE BEFORE WE CAME ON…

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. I HADN'T SEEN THIS QUOTE BEFORE WE CAME ON TODAY. THAT QUOTE, BECAUSE PEOPLE AT HOME MIGHT SAY WHEN WAS THAT FROM? WAS THAT FROM 1996? THAT QUOTE WAS FROM JUNE 12 OF THIS YEAR. LAST MONTH. IS WHEN THAT QUOTE CAME FROM. SO THAT'S A REAL-TIME QUOTE. TALKING ABOUT HALF OF THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE AS THE COURSE OF ACTION.

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  • 08:29:36 PM

    MR. RYAN

    ABSOLUTELY. JUST A FEW DAYS AGO OUR GOOD FRIEND FROM TENNESSEE,…

    ABSOLUTELY. JUST A FEW DAYS AGO OUR GOOD FRIEND FROM TENNESSEE, REPRESENTATIVE WAMP, WHO I SIT ON THE ENERGY AND WATER SUBCOMMITTEE OF APPROPRIATIONS WITH, RODNEY ALEXANDER, REPUBLICAN FROM LOUISIANA, JOHNNY ISAKSON, REPUBLICAN FROM GEORGIA. THERE ARE SOME REPUBLICANS WHO ARE SAYING PUT THIS INTO THE MARKET. BUT NOT ENOUGH TO ACTUALLY HAVE THE KIND OF IMPACT, TO ACTUALLY GET THIS DONE, NOT AS MANY AS WE NEED. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATION, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE NATIONAL FARMERS UNION, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION, ALL THESE GROUPS WANTED US TO DO THIS TODAY. WE DID IT AND IT WAS PREVENTED FROM HAPPENING, 70 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL GOING INTO THE MARKET TODAY. . PART OF IT AND THE I KNOW THE GENTLEMAN WANTS TO TALK ABOUT THIS AS WELL, WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE DOLLAR AND HOW THE DOLLAR HAS BEEN, BECAUSE OF ITS WEAKNESS AT THIS POINT, THE DOLLAR HAS INCREASED THE COST OF A LOT OF THESE COMMODITIES. AND I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN YIELDING AND I WOULD TUT IT -- PUT IT IN THE…

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN YIELDING AND I WOULD TUT IT -- PUT IT IN THE PERSPECTIVE OF LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT HOW WE GOT WHERE WE ARE TODAY. TAKE A LITTLE WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE AND WHY HAVE GAS PRICES GONE UP SO DRAMATICALLY AND THE SPEAKER'S -- SPEAKERS ON THE OTHER SIDE WILL BRING UP THEIR CHARTS WITH THE TIME LINES AND TRY TO POINT FINGERS AND CAST BLAME. THE THREE MAJOR REASONS THAT GAS PRICES HAVE INCREASED SO DRAMATICALLY OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS IS THE INCREASED DEMAND IN GROWING ECONOMIES LIKE CHINA AND INDIA. THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO ABOUT THAT. THAT IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO GROW. IT'S GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE A PROBLEM. AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO CONTINUE TO DEAL WITH THAT. THE INCREASED DEMAND IN GROWING ECONOMIES. HOWEVER, TWO OF THE OTHER MAIN REASONS WHY THE PRICE OF GAS HAS GONE UP SO MUCH OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS, THE SPECULATORS IN THE MARKET MANIPULATING THE PRICE, DRIVING UP IT -- DRIVING IT UP BEYOND REASONABLE LEVELS BECAUSE THEY'RE BETTING THE COST OF OIL IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO GO UP. THAT'S SOMETHING WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT AND SOMETHING WE ARE GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT. AND THE OTHER FACTOR, A MAJOR REASON FOR THE PRICE OF OIL IN THE MARKET HAVING RISEN TO ALL-TIME RECORD HIGHS, BEFORE WE STOP THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE SHIPMENTS WHICH HAS LED TO THE DECREASE IN RECENT WEEKS BUT IT'S STILL A NEAR-RECORD HIGH FOR THE PRICE OF OIL, IS THE U.S. DOLLAR. AND THE LOW DOLLAR AROUND THE WORLD. OIL'S TRADED IN THE WORLD MARKET WITH THE U.S. DOLLAR, OBVIOUSLY WE USE THE U.S. DOLLAR SO WE'RE GOING TO PAY MORE FOR OIL AS A RESULT OF THE DEFLATION THAT'S TAKEN PLACE WHERE THE DOLLAR AT NEAR-RECORD LOWS. IN RELATION TO OTHER CURRENCIES AROUND THE WORLD. ANYONE WHOSE TRAVELED THIS -- WHO'S TRAVELED CAN SEE THE IMPACT OF YOUR LOW DOLLAR ON YOUR EXCHANGE RATE. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT WHY THIS HAPPENED. WHY DO WE HAVE SUCH A LOW DOLLAR? TWO OF THE MAIN REASONS, OUR TRADE DEFICIT. THE IMBALANCE IN TRADE FROM WHAT WE'RE SHIPPING OUT OVERSEAS TO WHAT WE'RE BRINGING IN. WE'RE BRINGING IN A LOT MORE FROM OVERSEAS THAN WE'RE MAKING AND THAT WE'RE EXPORTING. THE TRADE IMBALANCE PLAYS A HUGE ROLE IN THAT. AND, OF COURSE, THE DEBT. THE NATIONAL DEBT. AND WE'VE TALKED MANY TIMES, I WON'T GIVE YOU THE LONG LECTURE ON IT BUT SUFFICE IT TO SAY, EIGHT YEARS AGO WE WERE LOOKING AT A $5.5 TRILLION SURPLUS OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS, COULD HAVE PAID OFF THE ENTIRE NATIONAL DEBT. BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMIC POLICIES OF THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THE PREVIOUS CONGRESSES WHEN THEY CONTROLLED BOTH THE WHITE HOUSE AND CONGRESS ON THE OTHER SIDE, THE DECISIONS THAT WERE MADE HAVE LED TO A SKYROCKETING NATIONAL DEBT. DEFICITS EVERY YEAR, DEFICITS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE AND NOW INSTEAD OF HAVING PAID OFF THE ENTIRE NATIONAL DEBT, WHAT DO WE HAVE? WE HAVE A DEBT CEILING THAT'S NOW OVER $10 TRILLION. THAT'S WHY THE DOLLAR'S AT AN ALL-TIME LOW. THAT'S ONE OF THE BIG REASONS WHY OIL HAS SKYROCKETED IN A WORLD MARKET. SO THE POINT OF THIS IS THE VERY PEOPLE WHO MADE THOSE DECISIONS, THE VERY PEOPLE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE ECONOMIC POLICIES AND THOSE TRADE POLICIES THAT HAVE LED TO DEVALUATION OF THE DOLLAR IN THE WORLDWIDE MARKET, THE VERY SAME PEOPLE WHO MADE THOSE DECISIONS ARE NOW COMING FORWARD WITH THEIR IDEAS OF WHAT TO DO WITH REGARD TO THE ENERGY CRISIS. AND WE SHOULD TAKE THAT WITH A GRAIN OF ASSAULT AT MINIMUM BECAUSE WE'VE SEEN THE IMPACT OF THEIR POLICIES. WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE CAST JUDGMENT ON WHAT THEY THOUGHT ABOUT THOSE POLICIES.

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    IT. WHEN THE FIRST, SECOND PRESIDENT BUSH GOT IN 2000, TWO OIL MEN IN THE…

    IT. WHEN THE FIRST, SECOND PRESIDENT BUSH GOT IN 2000, TWO OIL MEN IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY HAS THIS SECRET MEETING THAT NOBODY WAS ALLOWED TO KNOW ABOUT, TO BEGIN TO IMPLEMENT THE ENERGY POLICY OF THIS ADMINISTRATION. REPUBLICAN HOUSE, REPUBLICAN SENATE, REPUBLICAN WHITE HOUSE. AND HERE WE GO, HERE COMES THE ENERGY POLICY. NOW, AN ENERGY POLICY THAT WE AGREE ON TODAY DOESN'T NECESSARILY HAVE AN EFFECT TODAY. THE MOVING BARRELS OF OIL OUT OF THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE ARE UNIQUE EXAMPLE OF SOMETHING HAVING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECT. BUT ENERGY POLICIES ARE DETERMINED, TODAY'S DECISIONS ARE HAVING AN EFFECT YEARS LATER. SO IN 2000 WHEN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION CAME, MR. SPEAKER, AND IMPLEMENTED THIS POLICY, HEADED UP BY THE VICE PRESIDENT, WE ARE NOW FEELING THE EFFECTS OF IT. THERE WAS NO MASSIVE MOVE TOWARD ALTERNATIVE ENERGY, THERE WAS NO EXPANSION OF NUCLEAR, THERE WAS NO EXPANSION OF BIODIESEL. THERE WAS NO SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT INTO ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SO THAT WE CAN BECOME INDEPENDENT. AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE FACT THAT WE IMPORT NEARLY 70% OF THE OIL THAT WE USE IN THIS COUNTRY, IT'S IMPORTED FROM OTHER SOURCES. COMPLETE HE WILL DEPENDENT ON THE MIDDLE EAST AND OTHER COUNTRIES IN SOUTH AMERICA. SO THEY HAVE IMPLEMENTED THEIR ENERGY POLICY AND TODAY WE HAVE $4 AN HAD-GALLON GAS AND THEY SAY SOMEHOW THAT IT'S NOT THEIR FALL FAULT, IT'S NOT THEIR RESPONSIBILITY WHEN THEIR POLICIES HAVE BEEN I.MENTED, IS RIDICULOUS.

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  • 08:36:07 PM

    MR. ALTMIRE

    THE GENTLEMAN, HE PROBABLY WAS SITTING HERE WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH STOOD…

    THE GENTLEMAN, HE PROBABLY WAS SITTING HERE WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH STOOD RIGHT BEHIND HIM AT THAT PODIUM IN THIS HOUSE FOR HIS STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS PROBABLY 2005, I -- 2005, I THINK, AND TALKED ABOUT OUR ADDICTION TO OIL. SPENT MOST OF HIS SPEECH TALKING ABOUT OUR ADDICTION TO OIL AND HOW WE NEEDED TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN AND HAVE A NATIONAL PRIORITY TO GET AWAY FROM OUR ADDICTION TO OIL. WELL, HIS ENERGY PLAN IS INCONSISTENT WITH THAT RHETORIC BECAUSE HIS ENERGY PLAN IS ALL ABOUT FURTHERING OUR ADDICTION TO OIL. IS HE SENTING -- CEMENTING IT IN A WAY WE'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE IN THIS COUNTRY WHERE EVERYTHING THEY WANT TO DO HAS TO DO WITH EXPANDING OUR DEPENDENCE ON OIL, MAKING US MORE DEPENDENT.

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  • 08:36:52 PM

    MR. RYAN

    THE ROOSEVELTS AND THE KENNEDYS WOULD HAVE DONE IN THAT PARTICULAR…

    THE ROOSEVELTS AND THE KENNEDYS WOULD HAVE DONE IN THAT PARTICULAR SITUATION, WE HAD SO MUCH POLITICAL CLOUT IN THE WORLD AFTER 9/11, PRESIDENT BUSH'S APPROVAL RATINGS WERE OFF THE CHARTS. HE FAILED TO SEIZE THAT OPPORTUNITY, TO CALL UP THE OIL COMPANIES, SIT THEM DOWN IN THE CABINET ROOM AND SAY, BOYS, THE PARTIES A OVER. WE'RE ALL GETTING TOGETHER, IT'S GOING TO BE A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AND WE'RE GOING IN THE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY REALM TOGETHER AS A COUNTRY, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE. HE DIDN'T DO THAT. HE ASKED EVERYONE TO GO SHOPPING. THAT WAS THE BIG CREATIVE, YOU KNOW, CHALLENGE TO THE COUNTRY. AND THAT WAS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY THAT FEW PRESIDENTS EVER GET. AND HE GOT IT.

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  • 08:37:56 PM

    MR. ALTMIRE

    WE WOULD BE SEVEN YEARS DOWN THE ROAD OF THAT INITIATIVE RIGHT NOW. YOU…

    WE WOULD BE SEVEN YEARS DOWN THE ROAD OF THAT INITIATIVE RIGHT NOW. YOU THINK ABOUT THE APOLLO MOON LANDING AND THE MANHATTAN PROJECT WHEN AMERICANS CAME TOGETHER, WORKED TOWARD A COMMON GOAL, PUT OUR BEST AND BRIGHTEST AND ALL OF OUR RESOURCES ON THE TASK AND WE GOT THE JOB DONE. SO WE'D BE SEVEN YEARS INTO THAT NOW. WE WOULD HAVE MADE SUCH TREMENDOUS PROGRESS AND IT WOULDN'T HAVE JUST BEEN US. IT WOULD BE THE ENTIRE WORLD. THE PEOPLE AT HONDA AND TOYOTA ARE PUTTING OUT HYDROGEN FUEL CELL CARS AND HYBRID BATTERY-OPERATED CARS. THE HYBRID CAR IN THE 2010 MODEL FOR TOYOTA IS GOING TO GET 90 MILES FOR THE -- GALLON AND THERE ARE GOING TO BE CINKS AND THEY'RE GOING TO BE TOO EXPENSIVE AT FIRST BUT WE'RE MAKING PROGRESS. IMAGINE SEVEN YEARS AGO IF WE'D HAD A NATIONAL AND WORLDWIDE COMMITMENT LED BY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, HOW DIFFERENT THINGS WOULD BE TODAY. INSTEAD OF PAYING $4 A GALLON FOR GAS.

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  • 08:38:51 PM

    MR. RYAN

    ABOUT THAT, WE HAD T. BOONE PICKENS ON WHO IN OUR CAUCUS THIS WEEK, HE WAS…

    ABOUT THAT, WE HAD T. BOONE PICKENS ON WHO IN OUR CAUCUS THIS WEEK, HE WAS ON THE HILL TALKING TO BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, MANY PEOPLE MAY HAVE SEEN HIS COMMERCIALS ABOUT HIS PLAN FOR TRANSFERRING ENERGY FROM BEING OIL-BASED INTO SOME OF THESE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY FIELDS, INCLUDING WIND, PRIMARILY, FOR HIM, BUT HERE'S A GEOLOGIST FROM OKLAHOMA UNIVERSITY WHO'S MADE $4 BILLION IN THE OIL -- WHO IS WORTH $4 BILLION. KIND OF UNDERSTANDS WHAT'S GOING ON, TELLING US YOU CAN'T DRILL YOUR WAY OUT OF THIS. BUT HIS MAIN POINT WAS NOT ONLY THAT WE'RE IMPORTING 70% OF OUR OIL BUT THERE'S A $700 BILLION TRANSFER OF WEALTH FROM THE UNITED STATES INTO THESE OTHER COUNTRIES. AND WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS, THAT $700 BILLION THAT SHOULD BE PUT TO WORK HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. BUILDING WIND MILLS, BUILDING NUCLEAR FACILITIES, MOVING FORWARD WITH A LOT OF THESE OTHER ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES THAT ARE CLEAN AND RENEWABLE AND YOU ADD TO THAT WHAT WE'RE SPENDING ON THE WAR IN IRAQ, $10 BILLION TO $12 BILLION A MONTH IN IRAQ. IT'S GOING TO COST US $3 TRILLION WHEN YOU FACTOR IN THE COST OF DEALING WITH A LOT OF THE VETERANS WHO HAVE COME BACK, WHO WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO TAKE CARE OF IN ORDER TO HONOR THEIR SERVICE. IF THAT MONEY WAS SPENT FOCUSING ON INVESTMENTS AND ALTERNATIVE ENERGY HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, SEVEN YEARS AGO, WE WOULD BE SO FAR DOWN THE PATH WE WOULD HAVE A GREEN COUNTRY, WE WOULD BE -- WE WOULD HAVE GREEN NRK, WE WOULD HAVE CONTROL OF THE BATTERIES THAT ARE -- LITHIUM BATTERIES THAT ARE BEING MADE, YOU'D HAVE PLUG-IN CARS. THIS ALL COULD HAVE HAPPENED IN THE LAST FIVE OR SIX YEARS. SO WE NEED TO GET OUT OF THIS MENTALITY THAT SOMEHOW WE'RE STUCK AND I THINK FOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS TO TELL US THAT SOMEHOW WHEN YOU ONLY HAVE 4% OF THE WORLD'S OIL RESERVES YOU CAN SOMEHOW DRILL YOUR WAY OUT OF THIS PROBLEM IS MISLEADING. AND I'M NOT JUST -- BOONE PICKENS SAID THAT. THEY MISLEAD THE PUBLIC. THIS IS WHAT HE SAID THE OTHER DAY WHEN HE WAS HERE, JUST 7/23. JULY 23. THE PUBLIC THINKS WE CAN DRILL AND THEY MISLEAD IT AND WE'RE GOING TO GET $2 A GALLON GAS. LET'S HAVE AN HONEST CONVERSATION ABOUT HOW WE CAN PREVENT FROM US GETTING IN THE SAME SITUATION A DECADE FROM NOW. WHERE YOU AND I, MAYBE HERE, MAYBE NOT HERE, THAT WE'RE HAVING THE SAME CONVERSATION. AND WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT NOW, SPEAKER PELOSI, WE'VE PUT HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR THESE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES. AND SOME ARE STARTING TO COME ONLINE. BUT THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE 30 YEARS AGO, BUT ESPECIALLY SEVEN YEARS A G -- AGO. I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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  • 08:41:44 PM

    MR. ALTMIRE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. WE HAD AN ENERGY CRISIS 35 YEARS AGO WHERE…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. WE HAD AN ENERGY CRISIS 35 YEARS AGO WHERE PEOPLE HAD TO WAIT IN LINE FOR THEIR GAS AND DEPENDING ON WHETHER YOU HAD AN EVEN OR ODD NUMBER ENDING ON YOUR LICENSE PLATE, YOU HAD TO ALTER NATE DAYS TO HAVE THE RIGHT TO BUY GAS -- ALTER NATE DAYS -- -- I'M GLAD THAT'S OVER, LET'S KEEP DOING IT THE WAY WE'RE DOING IT. LET'S KEEP DOING WHAT WE'RE DOING AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO LET THAT HAPPEN AGAIN. WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE UNDERSTAND WE ARE NOT GOING TO LEAVE THIS FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOUR NIECE WHO WAS JUST BORN THAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT. WE'RE GOING TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM NOW. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE THE STEPS IN A VERY LONG-TERM WAY TO BE THOUGHTFUL AND TAKE AN APPROACH THAT'S NOT GOING TO CONTINUE OUR ADDICTION TO OIL, THAT'S NOT GOING TO CONTINUE OUR DEPENDENCE ON OIL, WE'RE GOING TO MOVE FORWARD IN A WAY THAT'S GOING TO MOVE US AWAY FROM OIL AND LOOK AT EVERY POSSIBLE SOURCE. MR. PICKENS, WHO YOU HAVE THE CHART BEHIND YOU, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, HE HAS HIS IDEAS ON HOW TO DO THAT. I DON'T KNOW IF THE GOING TO BE WIND MILLS, WHICH IS WHAT MR. PICKENS ADVOCATES. I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S GOING TO BE HYDROGEN FUEL CELL OR HYBRID CARS OR SOLAR OR NUCLEAR OR CLEAN-BURNING COAL OR SOMETHING WE HAVEN'T THOUGHT OF, BUT LET'S PUT EVERYONE WE HAVE, ALL OF OUR RESOURCES, THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST, ON THE JOB, LET'S GET IT DONE AND THE MISSION SHOULD BE, GET US OFF OF OIL. THAT'S WHERE WE WANT TO GO. THAT'S SOMETHING WE DIDN'T DO 35 YEARS AGO. AND, UNFORTUNATELY, WE'RE THE WORSE OFF FOR IT. IT'S SOMETHING WE DIDN'T DO SEVEN YEARS AGO WHEN WE HAD A NATIONAL CRISIS WHERE WE COULD HAVE MADE THAT STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. WE DIDN'T DO IT. BUT WE ARE HERE NOW AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO LET THE SAME MISTAKES BE MADE THIS TIME THAT WERE MADE IN THE PAST.

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  • 08:43:35 PM

    MR. RYAN

    NIECES AND NEPHEWS DON'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH, BUT THE DEBT, JUST IN THE LAST…

    NIECES AND NEPHEWS DON'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH, BUT THE DEBT, JUST IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, $3 TRILLION INCREASE IN THE DEBT CEILING HERE TO $10 TRILLION. SO WE'RE BORROWING THIS MONEY. BECAUSE OF THE IRRESPONSIBLE TAX CUTS THAT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION PASSED WHEN THEY GOT IN, GIVING TAX CUTS PRIMARILY TO THE TOP, THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY WHO ARE MAKING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS A YEAR, BENEFITING FROM THE SYSTEM WE HAVE. AND INCREASING THE PRESSURE WITH HEALTH CARE AND ENERGY COSTS ON THE MIDDLE CLASS AT THE SAME TIME. AND SO THESE INCREASES AND THE MONEY THAT WE'RE BORROWING IS COMING FROM CHINA. IS COMING FROM JAPAN, IS COMING FROM OPEC COUNTRIES. SO WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE SITUATION WE'RE IN NOW AND YOU'RE PAYING $4 AT THE PUMP BECAUSE THE BUSH ENERGY PLAN, THE BUSH-CHENEY ENERGY PLAN HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED, YOU'RE PAYING $4 AT THE PUMP, AND THEN YOU REALIZE THAT YOUR COUNTRY IS BORROWING MONEY FOR THE WAR AND THE DEBT AND THE TAX CUTS THAT ARE GOING PRIMARILY TO THE TOP 1% AND THAT MONEY THAT YOU'RE BORROWING IS COMING FROM CHINA AND OIL-PRODUCING COUNTRIES, SO THEY'RE LOANING YOU THE MONEY AND THEY'RE GETTING INTEREST, YOU'RE PAYING THEM INTEREST ON IT JUST LIKE YOU WOULD DO TO THE BANK AND THE OIL-PRODUCING COUNTRIES ARE PRODUCING MORE OIL AND SHIPPING MORE OVER HERE SO WE HAVE A $700 BILLION TRANSFER OF PAYMENTS OVER TO THESE OIL-PRODUCING COUNTRIES. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT BORROWING MONEY FROM CHINA, PAYING THEM INTEREST ON THE MONEY AND THEY TAKE THE INTEREST THAT THEY MAKE OFF THE MONEY YOU'RE BORROWING AND THEY INVEST THAT INTO BASICALLY STATE-RUN OPERATIONS OVER THERE, WHETHER IT'S STEEL OR ANY OTHER KIND OF MANUFACTURER, THAT THEY LURE OVER WITH THE MONEY THEY GET FROM THE AMERICANS, TO BUILD INDUSTRIAL PARKS, TO BUILD ROADS AND BRIDGES SO THAT COMPANIES WILL MOVE OVER THERE, TO BUILD NAVY SHIPS SO THAT THEY CAN HAVE A STRONG FLEET IN THE PACIFIC, WE'RE FUNDING ALL THIS. BECAUSE OF THE IRRESPONSIBLE PRACTICES AND SO WE'RE TRYING TO DIG OURSELVES OUT OF THIS HOLE AND WE'RE STILL GETTING RESISTANCE. EVEN TO THE TUNE OF TRYING TO PUT $7 -- 70 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL IN THE MARK, WE HAVE TROUBLE GETTING THAT PAST BECAUSE OF OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS, MR. SPEAKER, CONTINUE TO PREVENT FROM US DOING THAT. I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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  • 08:46:15 PM

    MR. ALTMIRE

    I'LL TELL WHAT YOU ELSE IS IRRESPONSIBLE. THE GENTLEMAN HAS A CHART BEHIND…

    I'LL TELL WHAT YOU ELSE IS IRRESPONSIBLE. THE GENTLEMAN HAS A CHART BEHIND HIM THAT HAS QUOTES FROM T. BOONE PICKENS FROM THE OIL INDUSTRY AND ADVOCATES OF THIS ANWR AND OFFSHORE DRILLING, DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW AND WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THAT AND HE SAYS, WELL, THEY MISLEAD THE PUBLIC. . THAT'S WHAT'S IRRESPONSIBLE. IT'S IRRESPONSIBLE TO PUT FORWARD A POLICY THAT IS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO SCORE POLITICAL POINTS. TO IN A VERY CHEAP WAY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S EXASPERATION WITH THE FACT THAT GAS PRICES HAVE SKYROCKETED OUT OF CONTROL. IN RECENT MONTHS. INSTEAD OF TRYING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM, INSTEAD OF JOINING US IN VOTING TODAY TO RELEASE 70 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL INTO THE MARKET IMMEDIATELY, INSTEAD OF JOINING US TO FORCE THE OIL COMPANIES TO USE THE NEARLY 90 MILLION ACRES THAT ARE ALREADY PERFECT PERMITTED -- PERMITTED AND LEASED AND ALREADY TO GO AND FORCE TO DRILL ON IT RIGHT NOW OR WE'LL GIVE THE LEASE TO SOMEBODY WHO WILL, INSTEAD OF JOINING US IN THESE EFFORTS THEY OPPOSE IT. WE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO PASS THEM OUT OF THE HOUSE BECAUSE OF THEIR OPPOSITION WHEN WE HAVE ALMOST UNANIMOUSLY ON OUR SIDE SUPPORTED IT. THAT'S WHAT'S GOING ON HERE. THAT'S WHY MR. PICKENS TALKS ABOUT THE PUBLIC BEING MISLED ON THIS BECAUSE WHEN YOUR SLOGAN IS DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW AND THE ONLY POLICY YOU ARE ADVOCATING FOR DOESN'T CREATE THE FIRST DROP OF OIL FOR AT LEAST 10 YEARS, THERE IS A DISCONNECT THERE, AND YOU ARE MISLEADING THE PUBLIC.

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  • 08:47:55 PM

    MR. RYAN

    WE USE 25%.

  • 08:48:19 PM

    MR. ALTMIRE

    25%.

  • 08:48:20 PM

    MR. RYAN

    USE 25%. WE ONLY HAVE 4% AND WE USE 25%. AND WE ARE SHIFTING $700 BILLION…

    USE 25%. WE ONLY HAVE 4% AND WE USE 25%. AND WE ARE SHIFTING $700 BILLION A YEAR TO THOSE COUNTRIES THAT ARE SENDING THEIR OIL OVER HERE, AND WE CAN'T DRILL ENOUGH EVEN IF WE OPEN EVERYTHING UP, WE STILL CAN'T GET THE OIL, ENOUGH OIL TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. IT IS SIMPLE MATH. AND IT'S DISINGENUOUS, MR. SPEAKER, TO SOMEHOW MISLEAD THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IN THE WORDS OF T. BOONE PICKENS, WHO IS AN OIL MAN, FROM TEXAS, WHO IS SAYING THE SAME THING, IT IS MISLEADING TO SAY THAT WE CAN DRILL OUR WAY OUT OF THIS. THERE ARE 68 MILLION ACRES THAT THE OIL COMPANIES NOW HAVE. UP TO 90 MILLION. THEY'VE DONE THE RESEARCH AS TO WHERE THEY WANTED TO PURCHASE THE LEASE. THEY THINK THERE'S OIL THERE. THEY KNOW THERE'S OIL THERE. GO AND DRILL IT. AND STOP THE POLITICAL GAMES OF TRYING TO SAY THAT SOMEHOW SOME OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE AGAINST IT. GO AHEAD AND DRILL. BUT THAT IS NOT GOING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. AND I KNOW IN YOUR DISTRICT AND I KNOW THE PEOPLE THAT VOTE FOR ME IN MY DISTRICT WANT ME TO COME DOWN HERE AND SOLVE PROBLEMS. NOT TO MISLEAD THEM AND SCORE POLITICAL POINTS. WHEN I'M EATING AT VERNON'S RESTAURANT ABOUT TWO BLOCKS FROM ME, THE BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT ON THE PLANET, MR. SPEAKER, PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. AND IF YOU EXPLAIN TO THEM THAT WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH OIL RESERVES TO KEEP THIS TRAIN GOING, THEY ARE SMART ENOUGH TO REALIZE THAT THEY KNOW HOW TO MOVE ENDS. AND IT'S NOT PRETTY. BECAUSE NOW WE ARE 10 YEARS FROM WHERE WE ARE TODAY, GAS IS AT $8 A GALLON, AND WE ARE MORE DEPENDENT ON OIL FROM THE MIDDLE EAST AND WE'VE DONE NOTHING WITH WIND AND NUCLEAR AND BIODIESEL. WE ARE IN A WORSE SPOT THAN WE ARE TODAY. NOW, I WOULD LOVE TO G.M. TO MY FRIENDS AT VERNON'S RESTAURANT AND SAY IF WE JUST KEEP DRILLING WE ARE GOING TO BE OK. THAT'S NOT THE REALITY. THOSE AREN'T THE FACTS. AND THE FACTS GOT TO DICTATE WHAT PUBLIC POLICY IS OR WE ARE NOT DOING OUR JOB FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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  • 08:50:46 PM

    MR. ALTMIRE

    BE SOME, MR. RYAN, WHO ARE WATCHING US TODAY AMONG OUR COLLEAGUES THAT…

    BE SOME, MR. RYAN, WHO ARE WATCHING US TODAY AMONG OUR COLLEAGUES THAT WOULD SAY, WELL, WHAT ARE THE FACTS? YOU'RE GIVING YOUR SET OF FACTS AND FIGURES. HOW DO I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IS TRUE? I WOULD ENCOURAGE ANY OF OUR COLLEAGUES WHO ARE WATCHING THIS TO GO TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S WEBSITE, PULL UP E.I.A., THE ENERGY INDUSTRY'S ADMINISTRATION WHICH IS WHERE ALL THESE FIGURES THAT WE TALK ABOUT COME FROM. THAT'S PRESIDENT BUSH'S OWN DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. THAT IS TELLING US WHAT NUMBERS WE ARE USING TODAY. AND WHEN YOU HEAR US TALK ABOUT THE 68 MILLION ACRES, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES, AREAS THAT ARE LEASED, READY TO GO. THE OIL COMPANIES HAVE IN AN AUCTION BOUGHT THOSE LEASES, CLEARLY THEY THINK THERE'S OIL THERE. THEY ARE PAYING RENT ON THOSE LEASES RIGHT NOW FOR THE RIGHT TO KEEP THAT LAND. THEY WOULD NOT DO THAT IF THEY DIDN'T THINK THERE'S OIL THERE. BUT OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE WILL STILL COME ONE BY ONE AND PARADE UP AND SAY THERE'S NO OIL THERE. THOSE ARE DRY HOLES. THERE'S NOTHING THERE. THEY ARE WRONG BUT LET'S JUST LET THAT GO. SAY OK, LET'S TALK ABOUT THE 20 MILLION ACRES IN ALASKA THAT WE ALSO TALK ABOUT WHERE THERE'S A SIMILAR THOUGH NOT IDENTICAL CIRCUMSTANCE WHERE THE CONGRESS HAS APPROVED THE ABILITY OF THE OIL COMPANIES TO LEASE AND START DRILLING THERE. WE ARE NOT STANDING IN THE WAY. WE HAVE OPENED IT UP. THE OIL COMPANIES CAN DRILL THERE. IT'S THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR THAT HAS DRAGGED THEIR FEET IN GETTING THESE LEASES OUT. WE WANT THEM TO HAVE THE LEASE SALES AND THE AUCTIONS TO GET THE PROCESS GOING. IT'S CLOSER TO PRUDHOE BAY THAN ANWR SO THE PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION WOULDN'T TAKE AS LONG. IT'S ESTIMATED THAT WE COULD PULL OIL OUT OF THIS AREA IN THREE TO FOUR YEARS INSTEAD OF THE 10 YEARS IT WOULD TAKE TO PULL IT OUT OF ANWR, WHICH IS AIL LIT -- A LITTLE BIT FURTHER AWAY. WHAT'S THE POINT OF ALL THIS? THE POINT OF ALL THIS IS OUR FRIEND ON THE OTHER SIDE WILL SAY THE SAME THING. THERE'S NO OIL THERE. THAT'S NOT THE FRUITFUL AREA. IT'S ANWR. YOU MIGHT BUY THAT ARGUMENT EXCEPT FOR THE FACT WHAT, IS THE NAME OF THIS TERRITORY THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IN ALASKA? THE NAME OF THE 20 MILLION ACRES THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IS THE NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE. NOW, IT WOULD SEEM TO ME THAT IF THE NAME OF THE AREA IS THE NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE, THERE'S PROBABLY SOME OIL THERE. I THINK THAT'S A PRETTY SAFE GUESS. SO YOU WOULD HAVE A PRETTY HARD TIME SAYING THAT'S THE REASON WHY WE ARE NOT PULLING OIL OUT OF THE GROUND BECAUSE IT'S NOT THERE IN THE NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE. SO WE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR LAST WEEK A BILL THAT SAID, THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR IS DIRECTED TO HOLD THE LEASE AUCTIONS TO GET THE PROCESS GOING, THE BIG OIL COMPANIES ARE ENCOURAGED, IN FACT MORE THAN ENCOURAGED, THEY WILL EITHER USE THE LAND FOR DRILLING OR THEY WILL LOSE THE RIGHT AND WE'LL GIVE IT TO SOMEBODY WHO WILL. WE BROUGHT THAT BILL TO THE FLOOR. AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED? ALL THOSE SAME PEOPLE WHO STAND OVER ON THE OTHER SIDE AND LECTURE US ABOUT THE NEED TO INCREASE DOMESTIC SUPPLY, DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW, THEY VOTED AGAINST IT. NOT ALL. BUT MOST. THE VAST MAJORITY VOTED AGAINST IT. THAT SEEMS PRETTY INCONSISTENT TO ME. WHAT'S THE MOTIVATION? WELL, I'M NOT GOING TO SPECULATE ON INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS' MOTIVATION, BUT IF YOUR MANTRA, IF YOUR CAUSE CELEB IS DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW, INCREASE DOMESTIC PRODUCTION, LET'S GET MORE OIL IN THE MARKET, AND WHEN THE CONGRESS BRINGS TO THE FLOOR A BILL THAT DOES EXACTLY THAT AND SOONER THAN THE COURSE OF ACTION THAT YOU ADVOCATE, I THINK YOU NEED TO GO HOME AND EXPLAIN TO YOUR CONSTITUENTS WHY YOU VOTED AGAINST THAT BILL. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 08:54:36 PM

    MR. RYAN

    AGREE. WE ARE TRYING. BUT IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO REALIZE, TOO, WE ARE…

    AGREE. WE ARE TRYING. BUT IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO REALIZE, TOO, WE ARE MOVING ON THE ENERGY ISSUES. WE ARE TRYING TO FIX IT, SHORT-TERM AND LONG TERM, SHORT TERM WITH RELEASING THE BARRELS OF OIL OUT OF THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE, HAVE A SHORT-TERM IMPACT, REDUCE THE COST, LONG TERM INVEST IN THESE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES WITH DIFFERENT KIND OF CARS AND INCENTIVES AND TAX CREDITS FOR RENEWABLES AND ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT POLICIES THAT WILL HELP STIMULATE A LOT OF THE RENEWABLE ENERGY FIELDS LONG TERM. WE ARE ALSO TRYING TO DO OTHER THINGS ALONG PUBLIC POLICY AREAS THAT WILL HAVE AN EFFECT FOR FAMILIES WHO ARE GETTING HURT TODAY AND GETTING SQUEEZED BECAUSE OF ENERGY AND BECAUSE OF HEALTH CARE AND BECAUSE OF TUITION. ONE OF THE THINGS I'D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THAT WE'VE BEEN DOING, FAMILIES WANT THEIR KIDS TO HAVE A BETTER LIFE THAN THEY HAD. AND THEY WANT TO MOVE THEIR KIDS -- THEIR KIDS TO MOVE FURTHER ON IN LIFE THAN THEY HAVE. AND THE KEY IN 2008 FOR THAT IS AN EDUCATION. WHAT HAS JUST HAPPENED JUST A WEEK OR SO AGO ONE OF THE POLICIES THAT WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED IS REDUCING THE COST OF STUDENT LOANS. THE COST OF A STUDENT LOAN USED TO BE 6.8%, OR THE INTEREST RATE ON A STUDENT LOAN USED TO BE ABOUT 6.8% LAST YEAR. AS OF JUST A FEW DAYS AGO THIS WENT DOWN TO 6%. AND THIS IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO GO DOWN OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT FEW YEARS TO ABOUT 3.4% FOR STUDENT LOAN. BECAUSE WHEN WE GOT IN, WHEN THE DEMOCRATS GOT IN AND SPEAKER PELOSI HAS A MAJOR PRIORITY AND MAJOR EMPHASIS ON EDUCATION, THIS IS WHERE WE PUT OUR RESOURCES. THIS IS WHERE WE MADE THE INVESTMENT SO FOR MY FRIENDS WHO, MR. SPEAKER, WHO DON'T SEEM TO THINK THERE'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES, WHEN YOU GO TO GET A STUDENT LOAN AND IT'S.8% LESS THIS YEAR THAN IT WAS LAST YEAR, THAT'S BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATS ARE IN AND IT WAS A PRIORITY FOR US TO REDUCE THE INTEREST RATE ON A STUDENT LOAN. WHEN YOU GO NEXT YEAR AND IT'S EVEN LOWER, AND WHEN YOU GO THE FOLLOWING YEAR AND I THINK BY 2010 IT'S DOWN TO 3.4%, THE AVERAGE STUDENT LOAN IS GOING TO BE REDUCED BY ABOUT $4,400. WHEN YOU TAKE THE $4,400. YOU TAKE THE INEES IN THE MINIMUM WAGE -- INCREASE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE. YOU LOOK AT THESE DIFFERENT POLICIES WE HAVE, THEY ADD UP TO WHERE FAMILIES AND KIDS CAN HAVE A BERT, MORE PROSPEROUS FUTURE THAN THEIR PARENTS HAD. THOSE ARE THE KIND OF INVESTMENTS WE ARE MAKING. JUST TODAY THE MINIMUM WAGE WENT UP AGAIN BECAUSE OF WHAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE DONE. THERE IS A CLEAR FOCUS AND CLEAR PHILOSOPHY OF WHICH WE ARE TRYING TO IMPLEMENT HERE AND THAT'S FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES TO HAVE SUCCESS. AND FOR THEM TO MOVE FORWARD AND HAVE THEIR KIDS HAVE MORE OPPORTUNITY THAN THEY HAVE. THAT WHETHER IT'S ENERGY OR HEALTH CARE OR EDUCATION, THAT'S WHERE WE ARE MOVING TOWARDS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN ADVANCE THAT CAUSE.

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  • 08:57:46 PM

    MR. ALTMIRE

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE WORKED ON IN THIS…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE WORKED ON IN THIS CONGRESS, SOMETHING WE HAVE AGREAT RECORD OF ACHIEVEMENT IS HIGHER EDUCATION. WHEN YOU LOOK AT FAMILIES STRUGGLING WITH THE ECONOMY AND LOOK AT THE PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE WITH INCREASED HEALTH CARE COSTS, CERTAINLY GAS PRICES LIKE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT, THE COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION IS RIGHT THERE WITH THE STRUGGLES THAT MOST MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES, OR MANY MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES IN THIS COUNTRY ARE FACING. AND THIS CONGRESS TOOK IN THE VERY EARLY DAYS A STEP, VERY BIG STEP TO HELP FAMILIES. WE CUT IN HALF THE INTEREST RATES ON STUDENT LOANS FROM 6.8% TO 3.4%. AND AS THE GENTLEMAN INDICATES, THAT BY ITSELF IS GOING TO SAVE THE AVERAGE STUDENT BORROWER IN THIS COUNTRY $4,400 OVER THE LIFETIME OF THE LOAN. BUT WE DIDN'T STOP JUST THERE. WE INCREASED PELL GRANTS TO THEIR HIGHEST LEVEL IN HISTORY. AND WE CAPPED AT 15% OF INCOME THE AMOUNT OF DISCRETIONARY INCOME THAT THE BORROWER AFTER THEY GRADUATE WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY WHICH WILL HELP THEM MINIMIZE THEIR DEBT, PREVENT THEM FROM GETTING OVEREXTENDED WITH THEIR DEBT OBLIGATIONS WHEN THEY ARE NOT MAKING A LOT OF MONEY RIGHT FROM THE START AND AVOID SOME OF THE PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE SEEN IN THE CREDIT MARKET NOW WHERE PEOPLE'S HOMES HAVE BEEN FORECLOSED BECAUSE THEY GOT OVEREXTENDED. THOSE ARE REAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS ON REAL ISSUES THAT MATTER TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND MATTER TO FAMILIES. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE TO STAND ON WHEN WE TALK ABOUT WHAT THIS CONGRESS HAS DONE PROACTIVELY. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT GAS PRICES. SOMETHING WE DIDN'T EVEN MENTION WHICH IS MAJOR REFORM, HADN'T BEEN DONE IN 30 YEARS. WE INCREASED THE AVERAGE MILES PER GALLON STANDARDS, THE FUEL EFFICIENCY STANDARDS, FROM 24 MILES PER GALLON ON AVERAGE TO 35 MILES PER GALLON. FIRST TIME IT HAD BEEN RAISED FOR AMERICAN-MADE CARS -- CARS SOLD IN AMERICA IN 30-PLUS YEARS. THAT'S ANOTHER REAL ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THIS CONGRESS. WE COULD GO ON. THE GENTLEMAN TALKS ABOUT THE MINIMUM WAGE AND OTHERS. WE ARE TAKING STEPS TO HELP AMERICAN FAMILIES AND PEOPLE STRUGGLING IN THIS DOWNTURNED ECONOMY.

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  • 08:59:57 PM

    MR. RYAN

    BEST THING FROM OUR VANTAGE POINT. PROVE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS TO WHAT…

    BEST THING FROM OUR VANTAGE POINT. PROVE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS TO WHAT YOUR BELIEFS ARE AND HOW IT'S GOING TO AFFECT THEIR LIVES. WHEN YOU LOOK AT -- IF YOU HAVE A COUPLE OF JOBS AND YOU'RE MAKING THE MINIMUM WAGE, YOU'VE GOT A PAY RAISE, TWICE ALREADY IN THE LAST YEAR. .AST YEAR, JUST OVER THE LAST YEAR. IF YOU'RE GOING TO SCHOOL, THERE'S MORE GRANT MONEY AVAILABLE FOR YOU TO GO GET AN EDUCATION. THERE IS A LOWER INTEREST RATE ON THE LOAN YOU'RE GOING TO TAKE OUT OR YOUR PARENTS MAY TAKE OUT TO SEND YOU TO SCHOOL. THOSE ARE SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE MADE INTO THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY, SO MIDDLE-CLASS PEOPLE CAN BE SUCCESSFUL AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE TOOLS. THESE ARE TOOLS THAT AVERAGE FAMILIES WILL USE AND IMPLEMENT TO MOVE FORWARD. TWO OTHER THINGS THAT WE CAN'T FORGET. WE ALSO PASSED THE G.I. BILL OUT OF THE HOUSE, WHICH WILL SAY IF YOU HAVE SERVED THIS COUNTRY IN IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN OVER THE PAST THREE OR FOUR YEARS, THAT YOU WILL HAVE AN ALL-EXPENSES PAID TO GO TO COLLEGE. IN OHIO, THERE IS A POLICY NOW THAT THE GOVERNOR HAS IMPLEMENTED THAT YOU CAN COME TO OHIO, ANY VETERAN, AND HAVE IN-STATE TUITION RATES IF YOU'RE A VETERAN. AND LOOK AT WHAT WE'VE DONE FOR VETERANS' HEALTH CARE. THE LARGEST INVESTMENT IN THE 77-YEAR HISTORY OF THE V.A. WAS MADE BY THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS WHEN WE GOT IN HERE. A LOT OF US WEREN'T FOR THE WAR AND I WOULD BE THE FIRST TO SAY I WASN'T FOR IT, BUT WHAT WE ALL ARE FOR IS HONORING THE SERVICE OF THE VETERANS WHO GO OVER THERE AND MAKE THE GREAT SACRIFICES THAT THEY MAKE AND THEIR FAMILIES MAKE. WE HAVE MADE THAT INVESTMENT INTO THE V.A. PROGRAM SO THE VETS HAVE THE BENEFITS THEY NEED. AND WE ARE HONORING THEIR SERVICE BY MAKING THAT INVESTMENT. AND IF YOU LOOK TO THE PREVIOUS SEVEN YEARS OR SIX YEARS, WHAT THE PRESIDENT MADE, MR. SPEAKER, AND WHAT THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS MADE, IT WAS $14 BILLION IN CORPORATE WELFARE FOR THE OIL COMPANIES. IT WAS TAX CUTS TO PEOPLE WHO MAKE MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS A YEAR. IT WAS AN ENERGY POLICY THAT GOT US $4 A GALLON GAS. IT WAS A HEALTH CARE POLICY THAT GETS 15% OR 20% INCREASE ON YOUR HEALTH CARE. DRAMATIC DIFFERENCE. AND I'M PROUD TO STAND UP HERE AND TALK ABOUT WHAT WE'VE DONE AND WHAT WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO, BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE WE'RE GETTING STARTED. WE HAVE AN ELECTION COMING UP IN NOVEMBER AND THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO REALLY MOVE FORWARD. I'M HONORED AGAIN TO BE WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA. AND MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE GOING TO WRAP UP AGAIN. CONGRATULATIONS TO MY BROTHER AND SISTER-IN-LAW AND GRANDPARENTS FOR ANDREA AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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  • 09:02:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLL SIFF JANUARY…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLL SIFF JANUARY 18, 2007, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. LATTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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  • 09:03:55 PM

    MR. LATTA

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE DEMANDING ACTION. AND THAT…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE DEMANDING ACTION. AND THAT ACTION IS ABOUT WHAT THEY KNOW MORE ABOUT THAN THIS CONGRESS DOES. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT US TO ACT, BECAUSE THEY'RE HURTING AT HOME, AT THE PUMP AND AT WORK. MY DISTRICT IS THE 5TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN OHIO. I HAVE, ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL MANUFACTURING ASSOCIATION, A DISTRICT THAT IS NUMBER NINE IN MANUFACTURING JOBS ACROSS THE ENTIRE CONGRESS. AND I REPRESENT THE NUMBER ONE AGRICULTURAL DISTRICT IN THE STATE OF OHIO. MY DISTRICT ALSO HAS THE GREAT ZINGS, WE HAVE I-75 AND OHIO TURN -- ZINGS OF I-75 AND OHIO TURNPIKE. SO WE RELY A LOT ON TRANSPORTATION. WE RELY ON ENERGY. AND WITHOUT THAT ENERGY, WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE WORKING. AND WITHOUT THAT ENERGY, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE SAYING, WE ARE PAYING SO MUCH FOR GASOLINE. WE HAVE TO PAY SO MUCH FOR HOME HEATING OIL THIS WINTER, MORE FOR NATURAL GAS, MORE WHEN IT COLS TO HAVING TO PAY FOR GROCERIES. THE FARMERS OUT IN THE FIELD ARE PAYING MORE FOR DIESEL AND THE CHEMICALS THAT THEY PUT IN THEIR FIELDS. WE HAVE TO GET AN ENERGY POLICY AND GET IT NOW. OUR NATIONAL SECURITY DEPENDS ON HAVING A STRONG ECONOMY. AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE FOLKS BACK HOME ARE SAVING SOME DOLLARS FOR THEIR FUTURE AND BE ABLE TO MAKE SURE THEIR KIDS GET A GOOD COLLEGE EDUCATION AND HELP THEM WITH AND GO OUT AND LIKE I HAVE THE WHIRLPOOL PLANT IN MY DISTRICT, WHICH IS THE NUMBER ONE WASHING MACHINE PLANT IN THE WORLD. AND 20% OF THOSE WASHING MACHINES ARE EXPORTED. THAT HELPS OUR BALLANCE OF TRADE. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE'RE DOING THAT. RIGHT NOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH ALL THE ENERGY. AS YOU HEARD A LITTLE BIT EARLIER, THE UNITED STATES CONSUMES BETWEEN 22% TO 24% OF ALL THE ENERGY IN THE WORLD. AND WITH THAT, WE WERE KING OF THE HILL FOR A LONG TIME, BUT THE REST OF THE WORLD IS CATCHING UP AND CATCHING UP FAST. YOU LOOK AT THIS CHART, YOU LOOK AT 2010, RIGHT NOW THE UNITED STATES IS AHEAD WITH THE COMBINATION OF INDIA AND CHINA. IN 2015, THOSE COUNTRIES ARE PASSING US. AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE CHART IN 2020, CHINA ALONE IS GOING TO BE CONSUMING MORE ENERGY THAN THE UNITED STATES. AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE POPULATIONS OF THOSE TWO COUNTRIES AND LOOK AT THE UNITED STATES HAVING ABOUT 300 MILLION PEOPLE AND THOSE COUNTRIES HAVING 1.3 AND 1.1 BILLION INDIVIDUALS RESPECTIVELY, THEY ARE GOING TO BE CONSUMING MORE. AND THEY WANT TO CONSUME MORE, BECAUSE THEY ARE GETTING MORE MIDDLE CLASS. AND THE MIDDLE CLASS IS DEMANDING MORE WHEN IT COMES TO THE BETTER THINGS IN LIFE. A LOT OF THE FOLKS IN CHINA ARE BUYING MORE AND MORE AUTOMOBILES AND WITH THE AUTOMOBILES, THEY ARE CONSUMING ENERGY, ESPECIALLY ON THE PETROLEUM-BASED SIDE. WE HAVE TO HAVE A POLICY THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE DEMANDING RIGHT NOW. AND IT CAN HAPPEN IN THIS COUNTRY IF THIS COUNTRY IS IMPORTING 65% TO 70% OF ITS OIL, BECAUSE WITH THAT, OUR BALL ANSWER -- BALANCE OF TRADE IS OUT OF WHACK. OUR DEBT IS OVER $9 TRILLION. AND WITH THAT, WHO'S BUYING OUR PAPER? WE ARE HAVING TO RELY MORE AND MORE AND MORE ON FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS. $2.6 TRILLION IS OWNED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES. AT LEAST ONE OF THE LARGEST HOLDINGS OF OUR PAPER IS CHINA, WITH OVER $500 BILLION AND IT KEEPS GOING UP EVERY MONTH. AND THAT ISN'T A WAY TO HAVE A FISCAL POLICY WHEN WE'RE HAVING TO RELY ON THE REST OF THE WORLD TO TAKE CARE OF US. THE UNITED STATES HAS TO TAKE CARE OF ITSELF AND THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE TO DO. BUT, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TO HAVE A VERY BALANCED, ALL OF THE ABOVE TYPE OF POLICY, BECAUSE WE HAVE TO HAVE NUCLEAR. WE HAVE TO USE CLEAN COAL TECHNOLOGY. THE UNITED STATES HAS 24% OF ALL THE COAL RESERVES IN THE WORLD, 24%. IT'S ESTIMATED THAT IN THE WORLD, THERE ABOUT 164-YEAR SUPPLY OF COAL. BUT THE UNITED STATES CAN GET THAT GOING RIGHT NOW, BUT WE'RE NOT DOING IT. IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT'S HAPPENED IN CHINA, THEY ARE INVESTING IN CLEAN-COAL TECHNOLOGY. INDIA IS THE LARGEST CONSUMER. BUT BECAUSE OF THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS, WE AREN'T USING NUCLEAR. WE HAVEN'T SIGHTED A PLANT SINCE 1977 AND AREN'T LOOKING AT CLEAN-COAL TECHNOLOGY AND HAVE TO BE DOING THAT. ALONG WITH THAT, WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS HAVE THE ALTERNATIVES, THE SUPPLEMENTALS, AND WHAT THOSE ARE IS WIND, SOLAR, ETHANOL, BIODIESEL. THOSE ARE THE THINGS WE HAVE TO LOOK AT IN THE FUTURE AND ALSO HYDROGEN. NOT TOO ALONG AGO, THIS PAST WEEKEND, LEADER BOEHNER INVITED 10 OF THE FRESH MEN, I BEING ONE, TO GO WITH HIM TO COLORADO TO SEE THE RENEWABLE ENERGY LAB AND THEN ON FROM THERE TO GO UP TO ANWR IN ALASKA. BUT IT WAS IMPORTANT WHILE WE WERE THERE, BECAUSE IT DEMONSTRATED SOMETHING. THE UNITED STATES IS WORKING ON TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM FOSSIL FUELS AND OTHER AREAS THAT WE CAN IMPROVE OUR BALLANCE OF TRADE AND MAKE SURE WE DON'T RELY ON OIL ALL THE TIME. AND I WAS FASCINATED BECAUSE OF ALL THE THINGS WE HAD OUT THERE, TALKING ABOUT WIND AND ETHANOL AND HYDROGEN AND SOLAR, ARE ALL OCCURRING IN MY DISTRICT, THE 5TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF OHIO. WE HAVE A PLANT MANUFACTURING SOLAR PANELS. AND WITH THE PANELS, THEY'RE BEING EXPORTED TO GERMANY. ANOTHER PLANT IS GOING TO BE OPENING UP AND THEY WILL BE MANUFACTURING SOLAR PANELS. ONE OF THE THINGS WE NOTICED, IF YOU GO BACK 20, 25 YEARS, PEOPLE DIDN'T LIKE THE IDEA OF SOLAR PANELS, BECAUSE YOU EITHER HAD TO PUT THEM ON TOP OF THE HOUSE OR SIDE OF THE HOUSE AND PEOPLE DIDN'T LOOK GOOD. WE HAVE A PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE FIRMS OUT THERE WORKING TOGETHER. ONE OF THE THINGS YOU SAW IS THE SOLAR PANELS ARE BEING INTEGRATED INTO THE ROOF ITSELF. THEY'RE BEING INTEGRATED INTO THE SHINGLES SO YOU HAVE TO LOOK VERY HARD TO SEE THAT YOU HAVE SOLAR POWER ON YOUR ROOF. ALSO, WE WERE LOOKING AT SOME OF THE HYDROGEN IN THE PLUG-IN CARS. IT'S VERY INTERESTING, BECAUSE WE HEAR A LOT OF TALK ABOUT WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO WITH OUR FOSSIL-BURNING FUEL CARS IN THIS COUNTRY. AND THEY HAD TWO DIFFERENT CARS OUT THERE, PLUG-IN AND HYDROGEN. WE HAVE A LOT OF DEVELOPMENT. AND THIS IS WHAT THIS IS, ALL RESEARCH OUT THERE. ARE WE THERE YET? I DON'T THINK SO. IN ONE CASE, WITH THE HYDROGEN THAT WAS SETTING THERE, A SMALL MERCEDES AND I SAID HOW MUCH WOULD THIS VEHICLE COST AS IT SITS THERE TODAY? THEY SAID $1 MILLION. WE ARE A LONG WAY FROM GETTING THERE. BUT THE THING IS, WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THOSE ALTERNATIVES FOR THE FUTURE. AND AGAIN, OIL IS GOING TO BE KING IN THIS COUNTRY FOR THE NEXT 20, 30 YEARS, SO WE HAVE TO BE PREPARED FOR THE FUTURE, BUT WE HAVE TO MEET OUR NEEDS BECAUSE THERE'S NO TIME TO FALL BEHIND. ALSO, THEY HAD A PLUG-IN AND THAT PLUG-IN CAR, YOU PLUG IT INTO YOUR ELECTRICAL OUTLETS, BUT THE PROBLEM IS YOU CAN ONLY GO ABOUT 60 MILES BEFORE YOU HAVE TO RECHARGE. THERE IS AN INTERESTING POINT. A LOT OF TIME WE TALK ABOUT ELECTRIC CARS AND PEOPLE DON'T LIKE TO TALK ABOUT, ONCE YOU HAVE THAT VEHICLE AND PLUG IT IN, YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE POWER SOMEPLACE TO BE ABLE TO GET THAT CAR GENERATED AGAIN. SO WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE IN THAT CASE THAT YOU HAVE THE NUCLEAR AND YOU HAVE THE COAL OUT THERE TO HAVE WHAT THEY CALL THE BASE LOAD CAPACITY TO MAKE SURE THAT CAN OCCUR. A LOT OF PEOPLE WON'T BE INVESTING IN THESE VEHICLES BECAUSE YOU MIGHT ONLY BE ABLE TO GET TO WORK AND BACK AND PLUG YOUR CAR IN. I WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE THINGS THEY WERE WORKING ON BUT ALSO HYDROGEN. IF WE CAN GET THE HYDROGEN TO FUEL THE VEHICLE. THEY ARE THINKING ABOUT TAKING A WIND TURBINE. AND YOU PLUG IT INTO A GRID WITH THE ELECTRICITY. IF YOU CAN DIVERT SOME OF THAT AND PUT IT INTO A SYSTEM WHERE YOU CAN CONVERT IT TO HYDROGEN AND THEY ARE EVEN THINKING ABOUT TAKING THAT IDEA, WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THE HYDROGEN? HOW ABOUT A FUELING STATION THAT YOU CAN PULL UP THESE HYDROGEN CARS WITH. THAT'S A REALLY UNIQUE THING OUT THERE THAT THEY HAVE. BUT I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE WILL HAVE TO BE DOING THESE THINGS. WHEN IT COMES TO ETHANOL, I HAVE AN ETHANOL PLANT IN MY DISTRICT ABOUT 30, 40 MILES FROM MY HOME, THEY'RE PRODUCING ABOUT 16 MILLION GALLONS OF ETHANOL THERE AND IT IS CORN-BASED. THEY ARE LOOKING INTO WHAT ELSE THEY CAN USE. THEY ARE LOOKING AT SWITCH GRASS. THEY ARE LOOKING AT NOT ONLY THE CORN ITSELF BUT THE STALKS AND DIFFERENT TYPES OF CELLULOSIC TYPE OF MATERIALS THEY CAN PUT IN THERE. BY DOING THAT, THEY ARE LOOK INAT DIFFERENT WAYS THEY CAN PRODUCE ETHANOL AND LOOKING AT HOW TO GET THESE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. MAYBE WE COULD HAVE 20 TO 30 MILLION GALLONS AROUND AND HAVE 400 THAT WOULD HELP FUEL THE CARS OUT THERE. THINGS ARE HAPPENING OUT THERE THAT ARE VERY, VERY EXCITING, BUT WE'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING AT THE SAME TIME TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE POWER TO GET TO THE NEXT LEVEL. AND YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE INTERESTING PART OF THIS TRIP WAS GOING UP INTO ANWR IN ALASKA. A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY, WHAT IS ANWR? IT'S THE ARCTIC REFUGE UP THERE. AND IT'S IN THE NORTHEAST PART OF THE COUNTRY -- IN THE NORTHEAST PART OF THE STATE. WHEN YOU'RE UP THERE, IT'S HUGE. YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THE SIZE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 19 MILLION ACRES. BUT OF THAT, 17.5 ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE PERMANENTLY SET ASIDE. AND WITH THAT, YOU ARE ONLY TALKING ABOUT 1.5 MILLION ACRES THAT CONGRESS 28 YEARS AGO SAID, THAT WILL BE THE AREA THAT YOU'LL ONLY BE ABLE TO EXPLORE AND DRILL FOR OIL. BUT THE THING IS THAT WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT 1.5 MILLION ACRES IS THIS, OF THAT 1.5 MILLION ACRES, THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT 2,000 ACRES. AND WHAT IS 2,000 ACRES? A LITTLE OVER THREE SQUARE MILES OVER AN AREA THE SIZE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. THREE SQUARE MILES. BUT THEY BELIEVE THEY HAVE AT LEAST 10.3 BILLION BARRELS OF OIL THERE, 10.3 BILLION BARRELS OF OIL THAT ARE CAPABLE OF BEING TAKEN OUT. . AT THIS STAGE I'D LIKE TO ASK MY COLLEAGUE FROM MINNESOTA TO MAKE SOME COMMENTS NOW I'M SURE -- NOT ONLY ABOUT ANWR BUT ALSO PROBABLY ABOUT COLORADO. I'D LIKE TO GIVE HER THE MIKE AT THIS TIME.

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  • 09:16:41 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN LATTA, I APPRECIATE YOU YIELDING TO ME FOR SOME…

    THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN LATTA, I APPRECIATE YOU YIELDING TO ME FOR SOME COMMENTS. WE HAD A REAL THRILL TO BE ABLE TO GO TO THIS TRIP THIS WEEKEND BECAUSE WE ARE ABOUT ALL OF THE ABOVE ENERGY SOLUTION. IT WAS THE AMERICAN ENERGY TOUR. LEADER JOHN BOEHNER LED THAT TOUR. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL WE ARE EXTENDING AN INVITATION TO JOIN HIM ON THAT. IT WAS MEMBERS THAT WERE FRESHMEN THAT WERE ON THAT TOUR. WERE YOU ON THERE REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OHIO. I WAS THERE REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE FROM THE SIXTH DISTRICT. I THINK ONE THING THAT AMAZES ME THAT HERE WE ARE KNOWING WE HAVE VERY LITTLE TIME LEFT BEFORE THE AUGUST BREAK WHEN CONGRESS TAKES A BREAK AND WE'LL BE BACK HOME IN OUR DISTRICTS, WHICH WE ALL CAN'T WAIT TO BE BACK IN OUR DISTRICTS TO BE WITH THE PEOPLE WE LOVE AND SERVE, WE'LL BE THERE FOR FIVE WEEKS THROUGH LABOR DAY, WE ARE HERE RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE THE CHANCE TO TALK TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY WE HAVE THE CHANCE TO BE HERE ON THE FLOOR TONIGHT AND SOLVE THIS ENERGY ISSUE. BECAUSE ONE THING THAT WE LEARNED ON THIS ENERGY TOUR IS THAT THE PROBLEM IS NOT A LACK OF NATURAL RESOURCES THAT ARE AVAILABLE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. IT ISN'T A LACK OF ENERGY IN THE UNITED STATES. THE LACK OF ENERGY IS THE INERTIA IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, THE DEMOCRAT -CONTROLLED UNITED STATES CONGRESS. THAT'S WHERE WE LACK ENERGY. BECAUSE THE ONE THING WE FOUND ON THIS TOUR IS THAT THE PROBLEM IS CONGRESS. THE PROBLEM ISN'T LACK OF RESOURCES. THE PROBLEM ISN'T DEGRADATION TO OUR ENVIRONMENT. THE PROBLEM IS THE FACT THAT CONGRESS HAS LITERALLY LOCKED UP AND MADE ILLEGAL ACCESS TO AMERICAN ENERGY. CONGRESSMAN LATTA REFERENCED THE WILDLIFE REFUGE AREA UP IN ALASKA. I'D LIKE TO SPEAK ABOUT THAT. BEFORE I DO I'D LIKE TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE AREAS THAT ARE OFF LIMITS. I MENTIONED THAT CONGRESS IS THE PROBLEM. AND CONGRESS CAN BE THE ANSWER. CONGRESS HAS MADE IT VIRTUALLY ILLEGAL TO ACCESS AMERICAN ENERGY. WHERE? WELL, THE FIRST PLACE IS UP IN ALASKA WHERE CONGRESSMAN LATTA AND I WERE WITH FELLOW FRESHMEN AND THAT'S OVER 10 BILLION BARRELS OF OIL. I SPOKE WITH SOMEONE TODAY WHO JUST READ THE RECENTLY RELEASED GEOLOGICAL STUDY THAT STATED THERE ARE OVER 90 BILLION BARRELS OF OIL IN THE ARCTIC REGION. OVER 10 BILLION OF WHICH ARE IN ANWR. THIS IS A BIG STORY. AND I THINK CONGRESSMAN LATTA AND I WANT TO TALK BACK AND FORTH A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS STORY. LET ME GO BACK NOW TO THE ANWR -- HERE'S THE ANWR MAP THIS IS THE ANWR AREA UP IN ALASKA. CONGRESSMAN LATTA SAID, ANWR IS ALL OF 19 MILLION ACRES, THE SIZE OF SOUTH CAROLINA I BELIEVE YOU SAID, CONGRESSMAN. 19 MILLION ACRES. THE SIZE OF THE AREA THAT WOULD BE DRILLED UPON IS 2,000 ACRES OF THAT 19 MILLION ACRES. IN OTHER WORDS, IF YOU THINK OF A FOOTBALL FIELD, THINK OF PUTTING A LITTLE POSTAGE STAMP ON A FOOTBALL FIELD. THAT'S THE SIZE OF THE AREA THAT WOULD BE DRILLED UPON. HERE'S THE BROOKS RANGE UP IN NORTHERN ALASKA. HERE'S THE ARCTIC OCEAN. YOU CAN'T GET ANY FARTHER NORTH THAN THIS. THE AREA WE WERE IN, THE 1002 AREA WE ARE LOOKING AT DRILLING AND ALSO PRESIDENT CARTER SETASIDE THIS AREA SPECIFICALLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF DRILLING, THIS AREA IS IN DIRECT PROXIMITY TO THE TRANSALASKA PETROLEUM SYSTEM. THIS IS ONE OF THE MODERN MARVELS OF HUMAN ENGINEERING. IT SHOULD BE ONE OF THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD. IT'S OVER 800 MILES OF PIPELINE. THIS IS AMERICA'S ENERGY LIFELINE. DO YOU KNOW THAT THE LARGEST ENERGY FIELD IN THE UNITED STATES IS THE PLUDE HOE -- PRUDHOE BAY OIL FIELD THAT WAS DISCOVERED? WE HAVE HAD A LIVING LABORATORY OF THE LAST 31 YEARS. WE HAVE HAD A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT FOR 31 YEARS IN PRUDHOE BAY SHOWING YOU CAN IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE, SAFE, AND CLEAN WAY NOT ONLY DRILL FOR OIL BUT ALSO TRANSPORT OIL AND TO BE ABLE TO GET IT DOWN TO THE LOWER 48. ONE THING THAT CONGRESSMAN LATTA AND I LEARNED WHEN WE WERE THERE IS THAT 31 YEARS AGO WHEN DRILLING BEGAN, THE OIL FLOW WAS 2.1 MILLION BARRELS A DAY THAT TRAVELED THROUGH THIS PIPELINE. TODAY THAT OIL FLOW IS DOWN TO 700,000 BARRELS A DAY. THE REASON FOR THAT, CONGRESSMAN LATTA? IS BECAUSE NO MORE OIL FIELDS HAVE BEEN OPENED FOR EXPLORATION. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE GET DOWN TO 300,000 BARRELS A DAY FLOWING THROUGH THIS PIPELINE? THE PIPELINE STOPS. IT DOESN'T WORK ANYMORE. AND WE ARE NOT ABLE TO GET IT BACK UP ONLINE. IT HURTS THAT PIPELINE AND WE CAN'T USE IT. THIS WONDERFUL LIFT OF THE PIPELINE WILL BE -- GIFT OF A PIPELINE WILL BE ACTUALLY GONE. YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT USE IT OR LOSE IT? THAT'S THE TRANSALASKA PIPELINE. WE HAVE TO USE IT. HERE'S THE GREAT STORY AND HERE'S THE GREAT ANSWER, MR. SPEAKER. THE FACTOR IS -- THE FACT IS IN THE 1002 AREA, THE 2000 ACRES IN ANWR, WHERE WE BELIEVE THERE ARE OVER 10 BILLION BARRELS OF OIL, THIS IS JUST 74 MILES AWAY FROM THE PIPELINE. IT'S THE EXACT SAME TERRAIN, COMPLETELY FROZEN GROUND, NINE MONTHS OF THE YEAR IT'S UNDER SNOW AND ICE. THREE PLONTS OF THE YEAR COMPLETE DARKNESS. -- MONTH OF THE YEAR COMPLETE DARKNESS. ALL WE BUILD IS 74 MILES OF PIPELINE AND WE HAVE ACCESS OVER 10 BILLION BARRELS OF OIL. OVER NIGHT WE INCREASE AMERICAN RESERVES BY OVER 50%. THAT'S AN ANSWER.

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  • 09:22:37 PM

    MR. LATTA

    IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT WHAT'S HAPPENED WITH WILDLIFE IN THAT AREA OVER THE…

    IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT WHAT'S HAPPENED WITH WILDLIFE IN THAT AREA OVER THE TIME THAT PIPELINE WAS CONSTRUCTED AND THE DRILLING BEGAN. ONE OF THE CARIBOU HERDS WE WERE TOLD ABOUT ACTUALLY HAS GONE UP SIX TO SEVENFOLD IN NUMBERS. AND IT'S ALSO INTERESTING THE DAY WE GOT THERE. WHEN WE WERE AT MILE MARKER ZERO OF THAT PIPELINE, THAT'S THE FIRST PLACE WE SAW WILDLIFE ON THE WHOLE TRIP. WE HAD THREE, IF YOU REMEMBER, WE HAD THREE CARIBOU ABOUT 45 YARDS WALKING TOWARDS US TOWARD THE PIPE. I THINK ALSO WHEN WE WERE UP IN THE AIR SURVEYING THAT AREA, NOT ONLY OF PRUDHOE BAY BUT ALSO GOING OVER TO THE NPRA AREA AND ANWR, WE SAW THE MOST WILDLIFE WE SAW WAS IN THAT AREA WHERE THE PIPELINES WERE. AND THAT'S THE ONE LARGE CARIBOU HERD. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT -- ALL OF US WANT TO MAKE SURE, THAT AS YOU SAID, WE WANT TO HAVE A VERY ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND DRILLING AND EXPLORATION UP THERE. PEOPLE HAVE GOT TO KNOW THAT WHEN WE ARE UP THERE IN THOSE COMPANIES OUT THERE LOOKING FOR OIL AND GETTING READY, THEY ARE ONLY OUT THERE ON THAT TUNDRA DURING THE TIME WHEN IT IS FROZEN. THERE ARE NO ROADS. THERE ARE NO ROADS -- THERE'S ONE SOLITARY ROAD HEADING NORTH, BUT NOTHING ELSE OUT THERE AFTER THAT. ONCE YOU'RE UP THERE AND OUT THERE EXPLORING, THEY GOT TO DO IT QUICKLY, FIND IT, AND COME BACK THE NEXT YEAR BECAUSE THEY GOT TO WAIT YEAR AFTER YEAR TO GET IN AND OUT. BUT THAT OIL, AS YOU SAID, IS RIGHT THERE. THAT PIPELINE'S LESS THAN 75 MILES AWAY FROM WHERE THEY BELIEVE THAT 10.3 BILLION BARRELS OF OIL. I THINK IT'S ALSO POSH TO OINT -- IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT, WITH THE WAY THEY DRILL NOW. AS YOU MENTIONED ABOUT BEING ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY. THE WHOLE IDEA OF HAVING THE SMALLEST FOOTPRINT THAT YOU WOULD HAVE TO HAVE TO BE OUT THERE TO DRILL. WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT THAT FOOTPRINT, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HOW LARGE OF AN AREA IT IS THAT YOU USED TO HAVE TO TODAY AND HAVING TO HAVE THE -- YOUR DRILL SET UP. I JUST HAVE SOME OF THE STATISTICS HERE. IN 1970 THE DRILL SITE HAD TO BE 2820 ACRES TO BE ABLE TO -- HAD TO BE 20 ACRES TO BE ABLE TO COVER THE ERICKS. IN 1909 TO THE PRESENT THEY ONLY NEED SIX ACRES TO COVER THE AREA OF 32,000 ACRES. PRETTY EXCITING THAT ONE SITE THEY ARE LOOKING AT PUTTING ON GOING TO COST $1.5 BILLION TO GET THAT GOING. WITH THAT $1.5 BILLION WILL BE ABLE TO LATERALLY DRILL DOWN AND GO OUT EIGHT MILES WITHOUT HAVING TO SET FOOT ANYWHERE TO GET TO THAT OIL.

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  • 09:25:16 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. THAT'S AMAZING THAT WE SAW IS THAT YOU'RE…

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. THAT'S AMAZING THAT WE SAW IS THAT YOU'RE RIGHT, NO ROADS ARE ACTUALLY BUILT TO GET INTO ANWR. TO DO THE DRILLING. THE ROADS THAT DO GO TO PUT IN THE OIL RIG ARE ICE ROADS. THOSE ROADS GO IN THE DARK OF WINTER WHEN IT'S FREEZING OUTSIDE. BULLDOZERS COME IN AND BUILD ICE ROADS OUT TO WHERE THE OIL RIG WILL BE SET. THE OIL RIG GETS SET. AND AS MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN LATTA, SAID, WHAT FORMERLY USED TO TAKE 28 ACRES OF A PAD SITE TO PUT A DRILL DOWN, NOW BECAUSE OF TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES HAS BEEN REDUCED DOWN TO SIX ACRES OF LAND. BUT IF YOU LOOK AT UNDERNEATH THE EARTH WITH THE DIRECTIONAL DRILLING THAT'S ABLE TO BE ACCOMPLISHED NOW, LITERALLY WE CAN GO OUT, DID YOU SAY EIGHT MILES? EIGHT MILES. IT'S ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL WHAT WE ARE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH NOW, WHAT THE OIL INDUSTRY IS ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH NOW TO BE ABLE TO AGAIN TO GIVE US AMERICAN ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. LET'S NOT FORGET WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. AMERICAN ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. WE ARE LOOKING AT $4 A GALLON GASOLINE RIGHT NOW. THIS IS INCREDIBLE. THIS CHAMBER SHOULD BE FILLED WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. UNFORTUNATELY I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE CAMERAS SHOW, CONGRESSMAN LATTA, BUT THE CHAMBER'S COMPLETELY EMPTY EXCEPT FOR YOU AND I, WE ARE THE ONLY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THAT ARE IN THIS CHAMBER RIGHT NOW. AND -- AS WELL AS THE SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NO OFFENSE EXTENDED TO THE SPEAKER. THERE IS NO IMPORTANT ISSUE RIGHT NOW FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WHEN WE ARE AT $4 A GALLON GAS AND WHEN WE HAVE THE CAPABILITY OF BEING AT $2 A GALLON GAS, IT IS CRIMINAL TO NOT ALLOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO BE THERE. HOW DO I KNOW IT'S POSSIBLE? FOR ONE THING, WE KNOW FROM THE SEISMIC STUDIES THAT THERE ARE OVER 10.5 BILLION BARRELS IN THE ANWR REGION. AND VERY CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE TRANSALASKA PIPELINE. BUT ALSO I SIT ON FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. LAST WEEK BEN BERNANKE, THE FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIR, SAID TO US REGARDING GAS PRICES, HE SAID THAT A 1% INCREASE IN SUPPLY COULD LOWER PRICES BY AS MUCH AS 10%. WHAT WAS THE FIGURE THAT WE WERE TOLD? WHEN DRILLING FIRST STARTED IN PRUDHOE BAY IT WAS 2.1 MILLION BARRELS PER DAY. WE ARE DOWN TO 700,000 BARRELS TODAY. WE ARE ABLE TO INCREASE ANOTHER 1.4 MILLION BARRELS DAY. THAT'S THE CAPACITY THAT WE COULD INCREASE. WELL OVER A 1% INCREASE. SO INSTEAD OF SEEING PRICES FALL BY AS MUCH AS 10%, WE COULD BE LOOKING AT A PRICE BALL BY AS MUCH AS 20%. PERHAPS CONGRESSMAN LATTA, WHAT WE SHOULD DO IS TALK, TOO, ABOUT THE TIMELINE. THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF FALLACIES STATED, FALSE INFORMATION STATING THAT THERE ARE 68 MILLION ACRES OF LAND THAT'S BEING LEASED THAT'S IDLE. THAT THE OIL COMPANIES ARE CURRENTLY NOT USING UNDER USE IT OR LOSE IT POLICY. THAT'S A FACT THAT WE FOUND OUT ON THIS FACT-FINDING MISSION. THE FACT THAT THAT'S A COMPLETELY FALSE STATEMENT. IT'S AN URBAN LEDGE END. THERE'S NOT ONE ACRE OF LAND, MR. SPEAKER, THAT HAS BEEN LEASED THAT IS CURRENTLY NOT IN THE PRODUCTION OR EXPLORATION STAGE. BECAUSE CONGRESS AGAIN IS AT FAULT HERE. IT'S NOT COMPANIES, IT'S NOT CONSUMERS THAT ARE CONSUMING TOO MUCH OIL, IT'S CONGRESS. CONGRESS CREATED 10 YEARS OF AN ARTIFICIAL DELAY PERIOD IN THE PERMITTING AND THEY CREATED IN THAT 10-YEAR PERIOD 11 KITCHEN POINTS OF ENTRY WHEN NEW -- DIFFERENT POINTS OF ENTRY WHEN NUISANCE LAWSUITS COULD BE FILED TO STOP THE PRODUCTION OF OIL. DO YOU REMEMBER THE LENGTH OF TIME THAT ONE LAWSUIT LANGUISHED IN THE NINTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS?

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  • 09:29:14 PM

    MR. LATTA

    WAS STOPPED FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS. DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE…

    WAS STOPPED FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS. DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PIPELINE. SO ALL THESE THINGS AS YOU SAY TAKE TIME. THAT'S ONE OF THE BIG THINGS AS YOU SAY THAT THERE'S SOME URBAN LEGENDS OUT THERE, TOO, ABOUT HOW LONG SOME OF THESE COULD TAKE. SOME PEOPLE SAY, IT'S GOING TO TAKE 10 YEARS. WELL, I TELL YOU WHAT, IF WE ALL REMEMBER IT WAS 1995 THAT PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON VETOED THE LEGISLATION ON THIS DRILLING. IF WE HADN'T HAD THAT HAPPEN, WE WOULD HAVE OIL COMING DOWN THAT PIPELINE FROM ANWR TODAY. AND THEN WE WOULD BE ABLE TO SAY TO THE REST OF THE WORLD, LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENED. I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS WHEN WE TALK ABOUT OIL AND PRICES AROUND THE WORLD, WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH JUST THIS PAST WEEK I BELIEVE IT WAS SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT, I'M GOING TO LIFT THE BAN ON THE EXECUTIVE SIDE BUT CONGRESS ALSO HAS TO ACT, LOOK WHAT THE PRICE OF OIL HAS DONE BECAUSE THE WORLD'S STARTING TO SAY WAIT A MINUTE, IS THE UNITED STATES GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT THIS? ARE THEY GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT STARTING TO PRODUCE THEIR OWN OIL? GETTING AWAY THERE THAT 70% THAT THEY ARE IMPORTING RIGHT NOW? AND SAYING YOU KNOW WHAT, MAYBE THE UNITED STATES IS GOING TO GET SERIOUS. MAYBE THEY ARE GOING TO START LOOKING AT THAT OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF. MAYBE THEY ARE GOING TO START LOOKING AT DRILLING MORE IN ALASKA. WE MET WITH THE GOVERNOR OF ALASKA. IF YOU TALK ABOUT A PERSON THAT WANTS TO MAKE SURE THAT HER STATE STAYS PRISTINE AND BEAUTIFUL FOR THE FUHR GENERATIONS OF ALASKANS, MY WIFE'S ONE SISTER DOES LIVE IN ALASKA, EVERYBODY WANTS TO MAKE SURE YOU KEEP THAT STATE GORGEOUS, BUT THE GOVERNOR SAID, WE'VE GOT TO DRILL. WE MUST DRILL. NOT ONLY DO THEY BELIEVE -- SHE BELIEVES IT, BUT 80% OF ALASKANS BELIEVE IT. .

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  • 09:30:58 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    CARIBOU AND THEY WANT THE DRILLING TO START AS WELL. WHY? BECAUSE THEY…

    CARIBOU AND THEY WANT THE DRILLING TO START AS WELL. WHY? BECAUSE THEY WANT TO BECOME GREEDY AND WEALTHY? NO. THEY HAVE SEEN THAT THE NEIGHBORS IN THE PRUDEAU BAY REGION THAT THIS DRILLING THAT HAS OCCURRED HAS BEEN DONE IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE AND SENSITIVE WAY, THAT SO MUCH SO. REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE GOING ALONG IN PRUDEAU BAY, WE SAW TRUCKS AND WE ASKED WHAT IS THAT LITTLE PLASTIC BARBIE DOLL SWIMMING POOL THAT IS UNDERNEATH THE TRUCK AND WE WERE TOLD SO STRICT ARE THE ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS IN ALASKA, THE STRICTEST ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, THEY ARE SO STRICT IF A TRUCK TRAVELS FROM POINT A TO POINT B, THE DRIVER HAS TO TAKE A DIAPER AND HE SLIPS THIS UNDERNEATH THE TRUCK SO IN CASE ONE DROP OF OIL COMES OUT OF A CRANK CASE, THEY'RE SO CAREFUL THAT THEY DON'T EVEN ONE DROP OF OIL TO TOUCH THE TUNDRA. THAT'S HOW CAREFUL THEY ARE. YOU DON'T SEE INDUSTRIAL WASTE OR POOLS OF OIL. YOU DON'T SEE REFUSE LYING ABOUT. YOU DON'T SEE EXCESSIVE HUMANS WALKING AROUND THE PIPELINES. YOU SEE A VERY TINY FOOTPRINT AND THAT'S IN THE OLD AREA OF OIL DRILLING. WITH THE NEW AREA OF OIL DRILLING, IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO EVEN SPOT FROM THE AIR A NEW PIPELINE, BECAUSE A RIG COMES UP OUT OF THE GROUND AND A GREENHOUSE IS LITERALLY -- A TINY LITTLE CASING IS PUT OVER THAT PIPELINE. AND THERE'S VERY, VERY LITTLE IMPACT ON THAT REGION. AND AS CONGRESSMAN LATTA SAID ACCURATELY, WE DID NOT SEE WILDLIFE. WE WERE TWO HOURS IN THE AIR FLYING OVER THE NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE, FLYING OVER PRUDEAU BAY AND THEN FLYING OVER THE ANWR REGION NFMENT THAT TWO-HOUR TIME SPAN, WE DID NOT SEE WILDLIFE IN THE ANWR AREA. WE WERE STRANGE TO SEE CARIBOU, LOOKING FOR WILDLIFE. WHERE DID WE SEE THE WILDLIFE? JUST AS CONGRESSMAN LATTA SAID, AT MILE MARKER ZERO WHERE THE MOST ACTIVITY WAS. IT'S INTERESTING, CARIBOU MUST BE LIKE PEOPLE, THEY LIKE TO BE WHERE THE ACTION IS. THE CARIBOU WANTED TO BE WHERE THE ACTION IS.

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  • 09:33:45 PM

    MR. LATTA

    REMEMBER WHEN WE GOT OFF AT THE DRILLING STATION THERE? REMEMBER WHAT THE…

    REMEMBER WHEN WE GOT OFF AT THE DRILLING STATION THERE? REMEMBER WHAT THE WARNING WAS?

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  • 09:33:54 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    POLAR BEARS LIKE TO BE AROUND THE BUILDING. THEY EAT PEOPLE. THEY ARE…

    POLAR BEARS LIKE TO BE AROUND THE BUILDING. THEY EAT PEOPLE. THEY ARE AGGRESSIVE CREATURES AND WE WERE TOLD THEY SPOTTED A POLAR BEAR THAT HAD GONE UNDERNEATH THE BUILDINGS BECAUSE THE BUILDINGS DON'T HAVE A REGULAR FOUNDATION LIKE HOUSES DO IN THE LOWER 48 BECAUSE IT IS PERMA FROST, IT IS CONSISTENTLY FROZEN LAND UP THERE. IMA HARDY MINNESOTA GIRL. THIS IS THE WARMEST TIME OF THE YEAR, I TAKE MY DOWN PARKA AND I WAS GRATEFUL I HAD FORGOTTEN MY MITTENS THAT I STUFFED IN MY PARKA, SO I PUT MY MITTENS AND WOOLY SOCKS ON AND I WAS HAPPY TO HAVE IT. THIS WAS THE WARMEST TIME OF THE YEAR. YOU COULDN'T FIND A MORE PERFECT PIECE OF TERRITORY TO DRILL UPON AND TO THINK WE HAVE THIS GIFT IN A VERY COMPACT AREA NEXT TO THE PIPELINE THAT'S ALREADY BUILT AND WITH CAN SO QUICKLY, IF WE WOULD FAST TRACK ALL THE PERMITTING PROCESS, WE COULD LITERALLY WITHIN THREE YEARS HAVE THE OIL PUMPING AND IN THE PIPELINE DOWN HERE IN THE LOWER 48. AND WE WOULD INCREASE AMERICAN ENERGY RESERVES BY 50%. THAT'S A DEAL THAT I DON'T KNOW WHY WE WOULD TURN IT DOWN.

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  • 09:35:18 PM

    MR. LATTA

    YOU ARE CORRECT THAT WE HAVE TO ACT NOW. AND ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL SIDE, I…

    YOU ARE CORRECT THAT WE HAVE TO ACT NOW. AND ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL SIDE, I HAVE HUNTED MY ENTIRE LIFE. I HAVE BEEN OUTDOORS MY ENTIRE LIFE. ONE OF THE BIG THINGS WHEN I WAS IN THE OHIO LEGISLATURE, I CARRIED OUT THE BILLS FOR THE DIVISION OF WILDLIFE AND HELPED CREATE THE BALD EAGLE LICENSE PLATES. I MADE SURE WE PRESERVE OUR NATURAL HERITAGE AND IN OHIO, THE EAGLE IS ON A COMEBACK. THEY HAVE ABOUT 185 NESTS THIS YEAR. I'M A FIRM BELIEVER BECAUSE NOT ONLY DID WE HEAR ABOUT THE POLAR BEAR, BUT WHEN WE WERE LEAVING, NOW WE HAVE A BROWN BEAR.

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  • 09:36:02 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    I DIDN'T HEAR ABOUT THAT.

  • 09:36:06 PM

    MR. LATTA

    THANK YOU FOR CLARIFYING THAT.

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    MRS. BACHMANN

    THANK YOU FOR CLARIFYING THAT.

  • 09:36:45 PM

    MR. LATTA

    RANGE, ALL I SAW WAS GRANITE MOUNTAINS.

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    MRS. BACHMANN

    UNCLE UP IN ALASKA WHEN I WAS IN COLLEGE. THERE WERE NO TREES THERE. WE…

    UNCLE UP IN ALASKA WHEN I WAS IN COLLEGE. THERE WERE NO TREES THERE. WE WERE NORTH OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE AND WE TOUCHED OUR LITTLE TOES UP HERE IN THE ARTIC OCEAN. AND THERE ARE NO TREES UP THERE. THE MOUNTAIN RANGES THAT YOU SEE THAT CONGRESSMAN LATTA SAID, IT WAS ALL GRANITE AND NO TREES. BUT THE AREA WE WERE IN WAS THE COASTAL PLAIN, THE PERFECT AREA FOR DRILLING. AND SO WE HAVE THE NATIONAL PRESERVE, PRUDEAU BAY, THE ARTIC REFUGE, THIS HAS BEEN A GIFT FOR OUR COUNTRY. AND REMEMBER, WE CANNOT FORGET THAT THIS IS THE KEY TO MAKING AMERICA ENERGY INDEPENDENT, NOT DEPENDENT ON OPEC FOR OIL, NOT DEPENDENT ON HUGO CHAVEZ FOR OIL. WE DON'T WANT TO CONTINUE TO SEND ALL OF OUR AMERICAN DOLLARS AND WEALTH OVERSEAS TO MAKE DICTATORS HAPPY AND RICH. WE CAN KEEP THAT MONEY HERE. YOU REMEMBER WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT JOBS. I KNOW YOUR AREA IN OHIO HAS SUFFERED TERRIBLY FROM JOB LOSS. THERE'S JOB LOSS IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN. MANY AREAS ARE SUFFERING. YOU KNOW WHAT WE HEARD? UP HERE WHERE THE OIL DRILLING IS OCCURRING, WORKERS MAKE OVER $100,000 A YEAR. NO ONE ACTUALLY LIVES IN PRUDEAU BAY. THEY COME IN FOR TWO WEEKS AT A TIME AND LEAVE AND GO HOME FOR TWO WEEKS. THEY HAVE HEALTH CARE BENEFITS. THEY MAKE OVER $100,000 A YEAR AND WORK TWO WEEKS ON AND TWO WORKS OFF. AND IF WE WOULD OPEN UP THIS AREA FOR DRILLING AND LOOKING AT COLORADO TO OPEN THAT AREA UP, WE WOULD BE LOOKING AT OVER 750,000 AMERICAN JOBS, WHERE THE AMERICAN ECONOMY WOULD BE STIMULATED, AMERICANS COULD BE MAKING OVER $100,000 A YEAR. WHY IN THE WORLD, CONGRESSMAN LATTA, WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD ANYONE POSSIBLY NOT WANT TO OPEN UP FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, NOT ONLY ENERGY RESERVES THAT COULD BRING THE PRICE OF ENERGY DOWN TO LESS THAN $2 OF A GALLON OF GAS, BUT ALSO TO PROVIDE JOBS? WOULDN'T PEOPLE IN OHIO, IN THE GREAT STATE OF OHIO WANT JOBS AT OVER $100,000?

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  • 09:39:20 PM

    MR. LATTA

    YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT AND IT'S MIND BOGGLING. AND AS THE GENTLELADY…

    YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT AND IT'S MIND BOGGLING. AND AS THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA SAID, SO MUCH CAN OCCUR UP THERE. BUT THE ONE THING THAT'S BEING LEFT OUT OF THE DEBATE SOMETIMES, WE'RE HEARING, YOU HAVE THE NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE OVER THERE, USE IT. YOU HAVE TO HAVE LARGER FOOT PRINTS AND DO MORE EXPLORATION, BECAUSE WHAT WE'VE GOT IN ANWR, WE KNOW WHERE IT'S AT. BECAUSE AS THEY SAID, WHEN THEY FIRST STARTED IN THE PRUDEAU BAY AREA, THEY THOUGHT IT WOULD BE AROUND NINE BILLION AND IT COULD BE 13 TO 15 BILLION BARRELS. SO IT'S GOING TO KEEP GOING. IT COULD HIT THAT. IF WE COULD GET THAT OUT --

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  • 09:40:05 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    THAT DOESN'T INCLUDE THE NATURAL GAS. THAT WAS THE OTHER PART OF THE…

    THAT DOESN'T INCLUDE THE NATURAL GAS. THAT WAS THE OTHER PART OF THE EQUATION.

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  • 09:40:12 PM

    MR. LATTA

    WHAT IS THE GOVERNOR OF ALASKA SAYING ABOUT THAT NATURAL GAS?

  • 09:40:16 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    LET'S TAP INTO THAT NATURAL GAS. WE HAVE THE OIL PIPELINE UNDER WAY, BUT…

    LET'S TAP INTO THAT NATURAL GAS. WE HAVE THE OIL PIPELINE UNDER WAY, BUT YOU CAN'T PUT NATURAL GAS INTO A CRUDE OIL PIPELINE. THEY NEED TO RUN A NATURAL GAS PIPELINE THAT WOULD RUN PARALLEL. AND EVERY DAY, I BELIEVE OVER A BILLION OF CUBIC FEET OF NATURAL GAS ARE EXTRACTED FROM THE EARTH WHEN OIL COMES UP. THE GREAT THING COMPANIES HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO IS TAKE THAT NATURAL GAS AND PUMP IT BACK INTO THE EARTH AND THE COMPRESSION I BELIEVE FROM THE NATURAL GAS HAS FORCED MORE OIL UP. THAT'S PART OF THE REASON THAT WE HAVE SEEN SO MUCH MORE YIELD FROM THE PRUDEAU BAY. WITHOUT THAT ADVANCE IN TECHNOLOGY, WE WOULDN'T HAVE THE TREMENDOUS ABUNDANCE WE HAVE. WHEN PRUDEAU BAY WAS OPENED UP 31 YEARS AGO, IT WAS THE LARGEST OIL FIELD IN THE UNITED STATES. AND OIL FIELDS DON'T GET LARGER, THEY ONLY DEPLETE. SO AFTER 31 YEARS, IT IS STILL THE LARGEST OIL FIELD IN THE UNITED STATES. KNOWING THAT, WE HAVE ADJACENT TO THIS FIELD THE ARCTIC REFUGE OR THE ANWR REGION 1002, WHICH AGAIN, PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER SET ASIDE SPECIFICALLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF DRILLING FOR THIS OIL AND GETTING IT BACK DOWN FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY. BECAUSE WHOEVER CONTROLS FUEL CONTROLS YOUR FREEDOM. AND IF HUGO CHAVEZ AND MIDDLE EAST DICTATORS AND OPEC CONTROL AMERICA'S FUEL, THEN HUGO CHAVEZ AND OPEC DICTATORS CONTROL AMERICA'S FREEDOM. AND I DON'T KNOW ABOUT -- YES, I DO KNOW ABOUT YOU. I KNOW YOU DON'T WANT TO HAVE DICTATORS CONTROLLING AMERICA'S FREEDOM. I DON'T. I DON'T WANT THAT FOR THE PEOPLE.

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  • 09:42:10 PM

    MR. LATTA

    USING OVER 20 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL A DAY AND WHAT WOULD IT DO TO HAVE…

    USING OVER 20 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL A DAY AND WHAT WOULD IT DO TO HAVE ANOTHER MILLION PLUS PUT IN THAT PIPELINE TO HELP THE ECONOMY DOWN IN THE LOWER 48 AND WHAT WOULD IT DO TO THE ECONOMY IN ALASKA. THEY GET THAT CHECK UP IN ALASKA, MY FAMILY GETS A CHECK FOR EVERY PERSON LIVING IN ALASKA, WHAT THEY GET FOR THAT ROYALTY UP THERE. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE MAP, AS THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA SAID, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT AN AREA OF 75 MILES TO TAP IN FROM AREA 1002. YOU HAVE TO GO MUCH FARTHER IN TO THAT AREA OF THE MPRA TO GO OVER THERE AND FIND IT. THEY DON'T KNOW IF IT WILL BE IN SMALLER POCKETS OR MORE EXPLORATION.

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  • 09:43:03 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    LARGER ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT. THE ONE THING WE DO KNOW, THE SOUTHERN PART…

    LARGER ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT. THE ONE THING WE DO KNOW, THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE, THERE'S 2% OF OIL DOWN THERE, ABOUT 2% OF THE AREA IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE HOLDS OIL. AGAIN, THE LIE THAT WE HEAR FROM OTHER CORRIDOR STATES, WELL, WE HAVE LAND THAT'S IDLE THAT THE OIL COMPANIES ARE NOT EXPLORING ON. WOULD YOU EXPLORE WHERE THERE IS NO OIL? WHERE DO YOUNG BOYS GO TO LOOK FOR CHICKS, YOU GO WHERE THE CHICKS ARE. YOU GO WHERE YOUR BEST YIELD IS. OIL COMPANIES GO WHERE THEY CAN FIND THEIR BEST YIELD.

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  • 09:43:46 PM

    MR. LATTA

    THAT AREA ANY MORE THAN YOU HAVE TO. WHY DO IT RIGHT NOW? WHY? BECAUSE WE…

    THAT AREA ANY MORE THAN YOU HAVE TO. WHY DO IT RIGHT NOW? WHY? BECAUSE WE HAVE THE ANWR AREA. 28 YEARS AGO, CONGRESS SET THAT LAND ASIDE, THAT TOP OF THAT 1.5 MILLION ACRES AND NOW TURNS OUT WE ONLY NEED -- IT BOGGLES MY MIND. WE'RE FIGHTING OVER THREE SQUARE MILES OF LAND.

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  • 09:44:18 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    A POSTAGE STAMP ON A FOOTBALL FIELD.

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    MR. LATTA

    IN THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. YOU COULDN'T FIND IT IF YOU HAD TO, IF…

    IN THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. YOU COULDN'T FIND IT IF YOU HAD TO, IF YOUR ON LOOKING AT THE SIZE DIFFERENCE. IT'S INCREDIBLE.

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  • 09:44:34 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    WAS TAUGHT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT OUR ALL OF THE ABOVE STRATEGY, THE…

    WAS TAUGHT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT OUR ALL OF THE ABOVE STRATEGY, THE FACT THAT WE BELIEVE IN CONSERVATION, WE NEED MORE CONSERVATION OF ENERGY IN THIS COUNTRY. AND CHAN LATHA TALKED ABOUT THE NEW -- LATTA TALKED ABOUT THE NEW DESIGN AT THE COLORADO LABORATORY. I KNOW IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE, BUT WHEN YOU RE-ORIENT THE BUILDING AND HAVE SOLAR PANELS, THERE ARE AMAZING THINGS THAT CAN BE DONE NOW WHERE BUILDINGS CAN USE ZERO ENERGY. THESE ARE ALL TECHNIQUES AND GREAT NEW BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGY FOR AMERICA TO BECOME ENERGY INDEPENDENT. CONSERVATION IS REAL. WE CAN EMBRACE CONSERVATION. WE CAN ALSO EMBRACE RENEWABLE ENERGY. THE BREAKTHROUGHS THAT ARE HAPPENING WITH WIND ENERGY ARE OVERWHELMING. WE ALSO SAW ALL OF THE TESTING THAT IS BEING DONE WITH SOLAR ENERGY. I WAS PARTICULARLY INTRIGUED BY SHINGLES THAT ARE ON HOUSES, SHINGLES THAT ARE ACTUALLY SOLAR COLLECTORS. ALL OF THIS WORK IS BEING DONE AT THE NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY. RENEWABLES IS ONE OF THE LEGS OF OUR THREE-LEGGED STOOL AND CONSERVATION IS A LEG. WE WON'T STAND UP WITHOUT THE THIRD LEG. THE THIRD LEG THAT IS THE MOST KEY THAT WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON AND FOCUS ON ALL THREE AT THE SAME TIME, AN ABUNDANCE IN INCREASE IN AMERICAN ENERGY SUPPLY. AND WE'VE GOT. WE HAVE OIL IN THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF. OVER 88 BILLION BARRELS. 10 BILLION IN THE ANWR REGION. WE HAVE TWO TRILLION BARRELS WORTH OF OIL SHALE. .

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  • 09:46:32 PM

    MR. LATTA

    TRILLION CUIC FEET OF NATURAL GAS. PEOPLE THIS WINTER WILL SAY LOOK AT MY…

    TRILLION CUIC FEET OF NATURAL GAS. PEOPLE THIS WINTER WILL SAY LOOK AT MY ENERGY BILLS. I HAVE PEOPLE TELLING ME IN MY DISTRICT RIGHT NOW THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT BUYING AND FILLING UP THEIR TANK THIS YEAR ALREADY. ORDERING ONLY HALF A TANK BECAUSE THE COST IS GOING TO BE THE SAME AS GOTTEN IT AT THE NULL -- FULL TANK PRICE LAST YEAR.

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  • 09:46:57 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    WE ALL KNOW SCHOOL WILL BE COMING UM. KIDS DON'T LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THAT…

    WE ALL KNOW SCHOOL WILL BE COMING UM. KIDS DON'T LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THAT FACT. BUT THERE WAS AN ARTICLE LAST WEEK IN MINNESOTA. I BELIEVE IT WAS IN THE ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS NEWSPAPER, IT SAID THIS, IT SAID PARENTS ARE LOOKING AT RATCHETING BACK NOT BUYING BACKPACKS, NOT BUYING BACK TO SCHOOL CLOTHES, NOT BUYING NEW PROTECTORS, PENCILS. BECAUSE THEY JUST FEEL THAT THEY CAN'T AFFORD IT. THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FEEL SO SQUEEZED THAT THEY DON'T FEEL THEY CAN BUY THEIR CHILD A NEW BACKPACK? THIS ISN'T FUNNY ANYMORE. THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS ISSUE. IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA YOU DON'T HAVE AN OPTION NOT TO TURN YOUR FURNACE ON COME OCTOBER. YOU DON'T HAVE THAT OPTION.

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  • 09:47:47 PM

    MR. LATTA

    OHIO, CONGRESSMAN, THAT YOU GOT TO TURN THAT FURNACE ON BECAUSE THERE'S…

    OHIO, CONGRESSMAN, THAT YOU GOT TO TURN THAT FURNACE ON BECAUSE THERE'S SOME WINTERS IT GETS DOWN REAL COLD. MIGHT NOT BE QUITE AS COLD AS MINNESOTA, BUT I GUARANTEE WE HAVE HAD SOME 10 TO 20 BELOW DAYS. IT'S COLD.

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  • 09:48:03 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    MAYBE TRIPLED, I CANNOT IMAGINE THE RAMIFICATIONS TO THE ECONOMY.

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    MR. LATTA

    WHAT HAPPENS FOR ALL THOSE COMPANIES THAT HAVE CONVERTED THEIR COAL OVER…

    WHAT HAPPENS FOR ALL THOSE COMPANIES THAT HAVE CONVERTED THEIR COAL OVER TO NATURAL GASS? MRS. BACHMANN COMPANY AFTER COMPANY HAS BEEN FORCED TO DO THAT.

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  • 09:48:29 PM

    MR. LATTA

    PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA? WHAT ARE THEY FACING EVERY TIME THEY TURN ON A…

    PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA? WHAT ARE THEY FACING EVERY TIME THEY TURN ON A SWITCH AT THEIR HOUSE? THEY'LL FIND OUT THEY'LL PAY MORE AND MORE BECAUSE THAT NATURAL GAS IS GOING UP AND UP. WHEN YOU HAVE, AS WE SAID, 420 TRILLION CUBIC FEET IN THOSE AREAS THAT WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO GO INTO NOW. THE 86 BILLION BARRELS OF OIL IN AREAS WE CAN'T GO IN. OR AS YOU MENTIONED THAT IDENTICAL SHALE -- OIL SHALE. ALL THESE THINGS ARE OUT THERE. WE HAVE THE WORLD'S LARGEST COAL SUPPLY. WE COULD GASIFY. YOU COULD USE IT INTO A LIQUID. YOU CAN RUN AUTOMOBILES OFF IT. WHAT ARE WE DOING? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

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  • 09:49:05 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    SHOW THAT OUT THAT DIRECTION. I REMEMBER QUITE WELL.

  • 09:49:46 PM

    MR. LATTA

    WHAT DOES IT SAY?

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    MRS. BACHMANN

    WHAT DOES IT SAY?

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    MR. LATTA

    IS THAT GOING TO WORK IN NORTHWESTERN OHIO?

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    MRS. BACHMANN

    GOING TO WORK IN NORTHWESTERN OHIO?

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    MR. LATTA

    DRIVING 50 MILES ONE WAY TO WORK. WE DON'T HAVE MET ROWS. WE DON'T HAVE --…

    DRIVING 50 MILES ONE WAY TO WORK. WE DON'T HAVE MET ROWS. WE DON'T HAVE -- METROS. WE DON'T HAVE TRAINS. TAXIES, WE'VE GOT TO HAVE AN AUTOMOBILE. A PERSON IN MY DISTRICT IS SAYING, IF I GOT TO DRIVE 500 MILES BACK AND FORTH ALL WEEK LONG, CAN I AFFORD TO GO TO WORK? AND THE COMPANIES THEN SAY, WHAT HAPPENS IF THESE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SAY, I CAN'T SHOW UP TO WORK ANYMORE. AND THEY DON'T HAVE THAT GOOD QUALIFIED WORKER ANYMORE, THE COMPANY SAYS WE GOT TO GO SOMEPLACE ELSE.

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  • 09:50:34 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    WE HAVE COLLEGES IN MY STATE REVAMPING THEIR SCHEDULES TO CUT OFF ONE MORE…

    WE HAVE COLLEGES IN MY STATE REVAMPING THEIR SCHEDULES TO CUT OFF ONE MORE DAY OF CLASS TIME FOR KIDS. AND WE HAVE LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS, K THROUGH 12, DECIDING THEY ARE GOING TO CUT OFF A SCHOOL DAY BECAUSE THEY NEED TO REDUCE THE NRK CONSUMPTION FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS. CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT? THE PARENTS THAT HAVE ENOUGH OF A BURDEN WITH THEIR OWN ENERGY PRICES THAT ARE GOING UP NOW THEY MAY HAVE LITTLE CHILDREN THAT WILL BE SITTING AT HOME ALL DAY? MOM HAS TO GO TO WORK. DAD HAS TO GO TO WORK. THESE KIDS ARE GOING TO BE SITTING HOME ALL DAY? THINK OF THAT. THINK OF THE IMPLICATION WHEN THIS IS A PROBLEM THAT HAS BEEN CREATED BY CONGRESS AND IT'S ALL INERTIA HERE. AGAIN, LACK OF ENERGY IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS BECAUSE UNFORTUNATELY THE DEMOCRATIC CONTROLLED CONGRESS HAS DECIDED WE ARE ALL SUPPOSED TO PUT WIND SAILS ON TOP OF OUR SMALL CARS AND SOMEHOW THAT'S GOING TO KET US TO WHERE WE NEED TO GO FOR AMERICAN ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. NOT THE PEOPLE OF THE SIXTH DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA. NO WAY, NO HOW. BECAUSE THEY ARE SMARTER THAN THAT THERE. THE PEOPLE IN THE SIXTH DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA ARE PRETTY BRIGHT PEOPLE. AND THEY REALIZE THAT WE ARE A CAN-DO COUNTRY. AND IT'S TIME WE DO SOME CAN DOING AROUND THIS PLACE AND INCREASE AMERICAN RESERVES.

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  • 09:51:53 PM

    MR. LATTA

    CORRECT, CONGRESSMAN, WE GOT TO REMEMBER THIS. WE HAVE TO HAVE THAT…

    CORRECT, CONGRESSMAN, WE GOT TO REMEMBER THIS. WE HAVE TO HAVE THAT BALANCED ENERGY PLAN. WE HAVE TO HAVE THAT BASE LOAD. WE GOT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THAT BASE LOAD. WE HAVE NUCLEAR, CLEAN COAL. THE BIG PROBLEM THAT PEOPLE FORGET SOMETIMES THE WIND'S NOT ALWAYS BLOWING. WHEN THE WIND'S NOT BLOWING, THOSE TURBINES AREN'T GOING TO BE TURNING. IN MY HOMETOWN WHERE WE HAVE THE ONLY FOUR WIND TURBINES IN THE STATE OF OHIO. THE BIG PROBLEM COULD BE WHEN THE WIND STOPS, THERE'S NO POWER BEING GENERATED. WHEN PEOPLE THINK THEY DRIVE BY THERE AND I SAY JUST OUT OF CURIOSITY, THEY'LL SAY IT'S GREAT YOU HAVE THE WIND TURBINES. I THINK IT'S GREAT. HOW MUCH POWER DO YOU THINK THIS SUPPLIES TO THE CITY IF THAT POWER GOES INTO THE CITY'S GRID NOT JUST THE GENERAL GRID? THEY COME UP THESE REALLY HIGH NUMBERS. NO, ONLY 3% FROM THOSE FOREWIND WUR TINES BINSE. THEY ARE -- TUR BINDS. -- TURBINES. THEY ARE BIG. YOU NEED 1,250 TO 1,700 TURBINES, THAT MEANS PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO SAY IF WE ARE NOT GOING ONE DIRECTION, GO WITH THE TURBINES, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO SITE THESE.

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  • 09:53:04 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    WE SUPPOSED TO DO WITH THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY? PUT SOLAR PANELS ON THE…

    WE SUPPOSED TO DO WITH THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY? PUT SOLAR PANELS ON THE OUTSIDE OF AIRPLANES? HOPE THE SUN DOESN'T GO DOWN? WE GOT TO FIGURE OUT SOME WAY TO FLY AIRPLANES. HI EMPLOYEES FROM NORTHWEST AIRLINES IN MY OFFICE TODAY BECAUSE NORTHWEST HAS TO LAY OFF -- IT'S A GREAT AIRLINE IN MINNESOTA. MR. SPEAKER, THESE NORTHWEST EMPLOYEES TOLD ME, 2,500 EMPLOYEES WILL BE LAID OFF. 2,500 EMPLOYEES. THINK OF WHAT THAT'S GOING TO MEAN FOR THE ECONOMY IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA. THEN LOOK AT THE AIRLINE ANNOUNCEMENTS WITH UNITED AIRLINES. WITH AMERICAN AIRLINES, WITH DELTA AIRLINES. WE ARE -- THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS IS PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE, I BELIEVE, BECAUSE OF THE NEGLIGENT POLICIES THAT THIS CONGRESS HAS MADE TO MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO ACCESS AMERICAN ENERGY. THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SPIKING UP THE COST OF ENERGY SO MUCH THAT CONGRESS, THE DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED CONGRESS IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SEEING THESE AIRLINE COMPANIES GO BELLY UP. 2,500 EMPLOYEES LOSING THEIR JOBS IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA? WHERE'S THIS GOING TO END? IF WE DON'T INCREASE AMERICAN ENERGY SUPPLY, IF WE WON'T BUILD NEW REFINERIES, IF WE WON'T FIND NEW NATURAL GAS TO LIQUID, WHERE ARE WE GOING TO GO TO FLY OUR AIRPLANES TO KEEP OUR ECONOMY GOING?

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  • 09:54:28 PM

    MR. LATTA

    LOT OF PEOPLE IN BUSINESS TRAVEL. THAT'S GOING TO HURT THE AMERICAN…

    LOT OF PEOPLE IN BUSINESS TRAVEL. THAT'S GOING TO HURT THE AMERICAN BUSINESS COMMUNITY BECAUSE PEOPLE HAVE TO GET FROM POINT A TO POINT B FOR BUSINESS REASONS. IF THEY CAN'T DO IT, THEN WHAT HAPPENS?

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  • 09:54:41 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    PRETTY SOON, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WON'T BE ABLE TO COME TO WASHINGTON, D.C.…

    PRETTY SOON, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WON'T BE ABLE TO COME TO WASHINGTON, D.C. MAYBE THAT'S THE RELIEF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL GET.

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  • 09:54:48 PM

    MR. LATTA

    BE HAPPYIER TO KEEP US HOME.

  • 09:54:52 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    THAT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH CONGRESS' 9% APPROVAL RATING.

  • 09:54:56 PM

    MR. LATTA

    BE THAT PROBLEM. WE'VE GOT A SITUATION IN THIS CONTRY. MY PHILOSOPHY IS…

    BE THAT PROBLEM. WE'VE GOT A SITUATION IN THIS CONTRY. MY PHILOSOPHY IS THIS, SOMETIMES YOU GOT TO SPELL OUT WHAT THE ARE BEFORE YOU SOLVE THEM. BY SAYING THESE ARE THE PROBLEMS WE HAVE, THIS IS HOW WE CAN SOLVE THEM, I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL SAY LET'S DO IT. I THINK WHEN YOU GET TO THAT POINT I THINK WHAT WE CAN BEGIN TO SAY IS WE'VE GOT TO START EXPANDING. WE GOT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE POSSIBLY CAN ACROSS THE BOARD. WE ARE OFF OF CONSERVATION. WE ARE OFF OF RENEWABLES. WE ARE ALL FOR MAKING SURE THAT BASE POWER THAT COMPANIES OUT THERE THAT USE A LOT OF POWER. WHEN THEY TURN THOSE MACHINES ON AND THOSE FACTORIES, THAT THEY ARE GOING TO RUN. THEY WON'T BE BROWNOUTS AND BLACKOUTS. THEY GOT TO HAVE THAT CAPACITY TO KEEP THOSE THINGS RUNNING. SOME OF THE MACHINES THEY GOT TO KEEP RUNNING 24 HOURS A DAY ALL THE TIME.

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  • 09:55:45 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    HOSPITAL, FOR INSTANCE. PEOPLE IN HOSPITALS WHO REQUIRE THAT 24-HOUR…

    HOSPITAL, FOR INSTANCE. PEOPLE IN HOSPITALS WHO REQUIRE THAT 24-HOUR ROUND-THE-CLOCK AIR HOSPITALS ROUTINELY HAVE GENERATORS AS BACKUPS. GENERATORS HAVE TO RUN ON SOMETHING, TOO. THEY NEED OIL OR SOME SORT OF A PRODUCT THAT THEY RUN ON. IF WE CAN'T PRODUCE MORE ENERGY, AND ALSO IF THE ELECTRIC GRID, THIS IS ANOTHER VERY SERIOUS ISSUE, WE HAVE SEEN BROWNOUTS AND BLACKOUTS THAT HAVE OCCURRED ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. WE ARE NOT INCREASING TRANSMISSION LINES. WE HAVE TAKEN -- IT'S ALMOST HARD FOR ME TO BELIEVE HOW THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS HAS TAKEN A NONE OF THE ABOVE STRATEGY. THE ONE THING I SAW ON OUR AMERICAN ENERGY TOUR LAST WEEKEND, CONGRESSMAN LATTA, IS THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAD EMBRACED AN ALL OF THE ABOVE. WE WANT ALL ENERGY FROM WHEREVER IT COMES FROM, WE WANT TO SITE NEW TRANSMISSION LINES, NEW PIPELINES, OPEN UP ENERGY PRODUCTION. WE WANT ALL OF THE ABOVE AND ALL WE HAVE SEEN OUT OF CONGRESS IS NONE OF THE ABOVE.

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  • 09:56:49 PM

    MR. LATTA

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ALL KNOW IT. WHEN WE HAVE OUR TELETOWN HALLS I THINK…

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ALL KNOW IT. WHEN WE HAVE OUR TELETOWN HALLS I THINK THE OTHER NIGHT WHEN WE DID OURS, WE PROBABLY HAD 95% OF ALL THE CALLS DEALT WITH ONE ISSUE. ENERGY. ENERGY, ENERGY. PEOPLE ARE SCARED. THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT NOT ONLY ABOUT TURNING ON THE SWITCHES AT HOME. BUT THEY GOT TO PAY FOR IT.

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  • 09:57:12 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    ARE SCARED. OLD PEOPLE ARE SCARED. YOUNG MARRIED PEOPLE ARE SCARED.

  • 09:57:16 PM

    MR. LATTA

    I STARTED DRIVING GAS WAS AROUND 32 CENTS OR 35 CENTS.

  • 09:57:24 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    IF I COULD INQUIRE TO THE AMOUNT OF TIME WE HAVE REMAINING?

  • 09:58:07 PM

    MR. LATTA

    FIVE MINUTES REMAINING IN THE HOUR.

  • 09:58:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FIVE MINUTES REMAINING IN THE HOUR.

  • 09:58:14 PM

    MR. LATTA

    YOU VERY MUCH. I THINK WE'VE GOT A LOT TO DO IN THIS COUNTRY. I WAS VERY…

    YOU VERY MUCH. I THINK WE'VE GOT A LOT TO DO IN THIS COUNTRY. I WAS VERY GLAD I WAS ABLE TO BE ON THAT MISSION TO COLORADO AND UP TO ANWR. BECAUSE I THINK THAT IT REALLY SHOWS US WHAT WE CAN DO. WE CAN GO OUT AND TALK ABOUT T WE CAN TALK ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE USING THOSE RENEWABLES. THAT WE CAN GO OUT THERE AND TALK ABOUT HAVE THE SMALLEST FOOTPRINT OUT THERE TO PRESERVE THAT TUNDRA. THE PEOPLE DOESN'T BE FOOLED BY A LOT OF THESE PHOTOGRAPHS. YOU GOT TO SEE THE PHOTOS OF WHAT THIS AREA LOOKS LIKE. NOT THAT THE TUNDRA ISN'T ATTRACTIVE, BUT IT'S NOT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT IT'S PORTRAYED TO BE.

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  • 09:58:56 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    YOU CAN'T LIVE ON IT. YOU CAN'T HAVE A LOT OF HUMAN HABITATION THERE.

  • 09:59:01 PM

    MR. LATTA

    WALK ACROSS IT WITHOUT SINKING THROUGH. MY VIEW IS THAT WE WANT TO DO, AS…

    WALK ACROSS IT WITHOUT SINKING THROUGH. MY VIEW IS THAT WE WANT TO DO, AS YOU SAID, I SAID EARLIER, IT'S ALL OF THE ABOVE. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE GOT A GREAT ENERGY POLICY. AN ENERGY THAT WILL GET US PAST THE OIL. BUT IT'S GOING TO TAKE TIME. YOU PROBABLY REMEMBER, YOU WERE STANDING RIGHT THERE WHEN THOSE DISCUSSIONS WERE BEING HAD. THAT WE ARE NOT THAT CLOSE YET TO GET TO THOSE NEW RENEWABLES THAT ARE OUT THERE. IT'S GOING TO TAKE TIME. BUT DURING THAT TIME WHEN 80% OF ALL OF THE GOODS THAT ARE DELIVERED IN THE STATE OF OHIO ARE DELIVERED BY TRUCK. WHEN YOU LOOK AT EVERYTHING THAT WE RELY ON FOR OIL, WE GOT TO HAVE IT. IF WE PUT OURSELVES OUT OF BUSINESS BEFORE THEN, WHAT GOOD'S IT GOING TO DO DOWN THE ROAD TO GET US TO THE RENEWABLES?

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  • 09:59:49 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    WHAT GOOD IS IT GOING TO DO IF PEOPLE DON'T HAVE JOBS? COMPANY AFTER…

    WHAT GOOD IS IT GOING TO DO IF PEOPLE DON'T HAVE JOBS? COMPANY AFTER COMPANY, THIS IS NO JOKE, COMPANIES ARE FACING VERY SEVERE COMPLICATIONS ON THEIR BOTTOM LINE BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD THE ENERGY. THEY CAN'T DO IT. AND BUYING A CARBON CREDIT ISN'T GOING TO SOLVE THIS. WE HAVE GOT TO HAVE MORE REAL ENERGY TO POWER THE REAL NEEDS THAT AMERICA NEEDS TO V WE NEVER WOULD HAVE HAD THE AMERICAN PROSPERITY THAT WE ENJOY TODAY WITHOUT AFFORDABLE, ACCESSIBLE, RELIABLE ENERGY. ENERGY IS A GOOD THING. . THESE AREN'T EVIL BUT BUILDING BLOCKS THAT THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER KNOWN. TO TAKE AWAY THESE ENERGY BLOCKS IS TO TAKE AWAY FREEDOM, PROSPERITY AND TAKE AWAY THE GREATNESS OF OUR NATION. WE NEED THIS NOT JUST FOR OUR GENERATION, BUT FOR THE NEXT GENERATION, FOR MY FIVE KIDS, FOR YOUR KIDS, THIS IS IMPORTANT. WHAT KIND OF A COUNTRY ARE WE GOING TO HAND OFF TO OUR KIDS. SORRY, WE'RE TURNING THE LIGHTS OFF. YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN.

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  • 10:00:57 PM

    MR. LATTA

    SURE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HEAR WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. AND WHAT I'M HEARING…

    SURE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HEAR WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. AND WHAT I'M HEARING FROM OUR CONSTITUENTS, WHY AREN'T WE DRILLING AND EXPLORING? WHAT HAPPENED TO NUCLEAR? WHAT HAPPENED TO COAL. THESE ARE THE ISSUES THAT FOLKS IN MY DISTRICT ARE CONCERNED WITH. THEY'VE FIGURED IT OUT. BUT I WANT TO THANK YOU VERY MUCH THIS EVENING.

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  • 10:01:25 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

  • 10:01:28 PM

    MR. LATTA

    I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE'RE OUT THERE.…

    I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE'RE OUT THERE. THAT THERE IS A SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM. SO I WANT TO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL OF YOUR WORK.

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  • 10:01:39 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    THANK YOU FOR STANDING UP FOR THE LITTLE GUY. THE LITTLE GUY WHO WONDERS,…

    THANK YOU FOR STANDING UP FOR THE LITTLE GUY. THE LITTLE GUY WHO WONDERS, DOES ANYBODY HEAR ME AND SEE I'M SUFFERING. CONGRESSMAN LATTA, YOU HAVE DONE THAT.

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  • 10:01:53 PM

    MR. LATTA

    WE YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

  • 10:01:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 18, 2007, THE CHAIR…

    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 18, 2007, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING FOR 60 MINUTES.

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  • 10:02:16 PM

    MR. KING

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE HONOR TO BE RECOGNIZED ON THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE HONOR TO BE RECOGNIZED ON THE FLOOR OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND I ALSO APPRECIATE THE PRESENTATION THAT'S BEEN DELIVERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO AND THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA. AND TO LISTEN TO THEIR PRESENTATION AND KNOW THAT THEY HAVE BEEN TO ANWR JUST RECENTLY WITHIN THE PAST WEEK OR SO AND SEEN SOME OF THE THINGS I HAD SEEN THERE SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND WHAT THEY SEE TODAY IS MUCH OF WHAT I SAW THEN. IT'S INTERESTING THAT THEY FLEW ACROSS THAT COASTAL PLAIN FOR TWO HOURS. EVERYBODY IN THE PLAIN LOOKING AND LOOKING FOR WILDLIFE AND THEY DIDN'T SEE ANY. I REMEMBER I DID SEE SOME. I SAW FOUR OXEN AND THEY ANNOUNCED THEY SAW FOUR MUSK OXEN. AND THIS WAS THE AIRPLANE CREW THAT HAD FLEW THAT COASTAL PLAIN OVER AND OVER AGAIN. I WAS SURPRISED AT THAT COMMITEMENT. I WOULDN'T GET THAT EXCITEMENT IF I LOOKED DOWN AND SAW A DEER. I MIGHT IS IF I SAW A BUFFALO, NOT A DEER. IN ANY CASE, IT'S QUITE A THING TO SEE THAT THE PEOPLE THAT MADE THE TRIP TO ANWR SAW THE THINGS THAT I SAW, CONFIRMED THE THINGS THAT I CONFIRMED. GAVE SPEECHES HERE ON THE FLOOR OF CONGRESS TONIGHT AND THEN LET THE REST OF THE WORLD KNOW THAT THE THINGS I HAVE BEEN SAYING HAVE BEEN TRUE ALL ALONG THAT THERE ARE NO TREES UP THERE, MR. SPEAKER. NOT A SINGLE TREE. AND I RECALL GIVING A SPEECH AT THE IOWA STATE FAIR AND I MADE THAT STATEMENT AND THE ALLEGE WAS MADE IN A VERY IMPOLITE WAY THAT THAT WASN'T TRUE. AND SO THE NEWSPAPER THAT IOWA DEPENDS UPON DECIDED THEY WOULD GO FIND A CONTRARY VIEW FROM MINE WHEN I SAY THERE WERE NO TREES IN ANWR AND THEY FOUND A BOTANIST WHO WENT THROUGH AND SEARCHED THE I BOTANIST WHO WENT THROUGH AND SEARCHED THE INTERNET AND FOUND OUT THERE IS AT LEAST ALLEGEDLY A TINY WEED THAT GROWS 10 TO 12 FEET HIGH AT THE MOST AND IT'S TECHNICALLY A TREE. NOT ENOUGH WOOD IN THAT TO MAKE A TOOTHPICK. THEY FOUND SOMEONE WHO SAID THERE IS A TREE IN ANWR AND I WOULD SAY WHO'S SEEN ONE. I DON'T THINK ANYONE'S SEEN ONE. WE KNOW THE ARCTIC CIRCLE IS THE LINE WHERE TREES CAN'T GROW. AND THIS IS THE ARCTIC WILDLIFE REFUGE. A FROZEN TUNE TRADRA -- TUNDRA COASTAL PLAIN, WHEN IT HAS HAD DISTURBANCE ON THE PIPELINE, NOT FROM THE DRILLERS, BUT IT HAPPENS WHEN NATIVE AMERICANS GET MOVING AROUND UP THERE, THEY SAY THEY DRAG IT SMOOTH AND FIVE TO SIX YEARS, IT'S GROWN BACK TO WHAT IT WAS. I'VE SEEN IT. I'M CONVINCED -- NOT WHAT MY EYES SEES CONFIRMS IN MY HARD AND HEART. THIS POINT HAS BEEN MADE CLEAR. I DON'T KNOW HOW A LIVING, THINKING, BREATHING AMERICAN CAN LISTEN TO THE DIALOGUE THAT TOOK PLACE IN THE LAST HOUR AND CONCLUDE THAT WE SHOULDN'T DRILL IN ANWR. IT IS AN IDEAL PLACE FOR THERE TO BE OIL AND EXTRACT OIL. AND WE HAVE THE TRANSMISSION SYSTEM UP THERE. I THINK WE HAVE TO ADD ANOTHER 74-MILE PIPELINE. I MIGHT TAKE -- NOT ZREMENT, BUT HOW I SEE IT DIFFERENTLY FROM MRS. BACHMANN'S STATEMENT THAT IN THREE YEARS WE WOULD HAVE OIL COMING OUT OF THE PIPELINE. WE DID THE ENTIRE NORTH SLOPE AND 600 MILES OF RIGHT AWAY, DRILLED THE WILLS, BUILT THE INDUSTRY AND HAD OIL COMING OUT OF THE PIPELINE IN THREE YEARS, FROM 1972 TO 1975. MARGINALLY A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN SIX MONTHS. BUT THREE YEARS, OIL COMING OUT OF THAT. 600 MILES OF RIGHTAWAY. DRILL THE WELLS, PICK UP THE COLLECTION AND PICK IT UP AT THE TERMINAL AT MILE POST ZERO WHERE THE CARIBOU CON DEGREE GATES. IF AMERICA MAKES UP ITS MIND, IF WE CAN DO A MANHATTAN PROJECT AND START TO BUILD AN ATOM BOMB AT THE END OF WORLD WAR II AND WE HAVE TWO READY TO DROP. PRESIDENT KENNEDY SAID, I THINK THE YEAR WAS 1963, WE'RE GOING TO GO TO THE MOON, 1969 WE WERE ON THE MOON. HOW CAN A NATION THAT HAS THAT TECHNICAL ABILITY, A NATION OF SMART PEOPLE THAT HAVE TAMED EVERYTHING WE DECIDED TO TAME, HAS SOMETHING HAPPENED TO OUR SOUL, OUR SPIRIT THAT WE WOULD RECAPITULATE TO THE ROPES THAT TIE DOWN AMERICA'S GREATNESS, THE ROPES OF REGULATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL EXTREMISM? WHAT'S WRONG WITH OUR SPIRIT THAT WE LET AMERICA BACK. IT WOULD SHUT OUR ECONOMY DOWN. FP SOMEONE SHUTS DOWN THE VALVE AT HORMUZ, THAT SHUTS DOWN THE WORLD'S EXPORT SUPPLY. AHMADINEJAD HAS THREATENED TO DO JUST THAT AND THREATENED TO I NILE ATE ISRAEL. HE HAS SAID SO EVEN THOUGH THE C.I.A. SAID NO, WE CONCLUDED BACK IN 2003 THAT THEY QUICKNO CARRIER RINGCONNECT 1200 THEY'RE EXPLORING FOR NEW ENERGY. AND THAT'S THE POINT I THINK THAT MAYBE WASN'T MADE IN THE LAST HOUR THAT IS ESSENTIAL FOR US IN THIS HOUR. AND I SEE MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, HAS ARRIVED ON THE FLOOR AND HE KNOWS THAT I OFFERED AN OPEN INVITATION AND I YIELD TO THE ASTUTE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 10:10:00 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    OWNED BY NATIONALIZED OIL COMPANIES OF FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS. WE DON'T THINK…

    OWNED BY NATIONALIZED OIL COMPANIES OF FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS. WE DON'T THINK A LOT ABOUT THIS, BUT IF WE REFLECT, WE WILL REMEMBER THAT IN MANY CASES, THE PROPERTY HAS BEEN SEIZED AND THAT OPEC NOW CONTROLS THESE ASSETS THROUGH CARTELS OVERSEAS. AS A MATTER OF FACT, CONTROLS ABOUT 80%. AND I THINK IN MY VIEW, CONGRESS SLUGGED OFF THE TESTIMONY OF OUR FORMER C.I.A. DIRECTOR WHO WARNED OF THE OPEC CARTEL, SPEARHEADED BY SAUDI ARABIA, DELIBERATELY LOWERING PRODUCTION LEVELS IN ORDER TO DRIVE THE PRICE OF OIL UP. AS IT TURNS UP, THE PRICE OF OIL, THEY MEASURED RIGHT UP TO $140 A BARREL. IN HIS VIEW, THIS WAS A BID TO SIPHON $10 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS FROM OUR ECONOMY HERE INTO THE COVERS OF THE OPEC MEMBERS -- COFFERS, SO I WANTED TO TOUCH ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY COMPONENT OF THIS. I THINK CONGRESS WATCHED AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD EXPLAINED THAT OUR SUPPLIES IN OIL ARE SO TIGHT IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY THAT A 1% INCREASE IN SUPPLY COULD LOWER COSTS BY 10%, JUST TWO WEEKS AGO OUR FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN BEN BERNANKE TESTIFIED TO THAT POINT. SO WHAT IS THE STUDIED INDIFFERENCE AS CONSUMERS AND POLICY MAKERS LAY OUT THE CASE FOR MORE SUPPLY? MY CONCERN IS THAT THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP HAS MADE A COMMITMENT TO MAINTAIN THE MORATORIUMS AGAINST NEW DRILLING, THE REFINERIES, NEW NUCLEAR POWER, THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXTRACT OIL FROM SHALE. AND LIKE MY COLLEAGUE FROM IOWA, I BELIEVE THAT MARKET ECONOMICS STILL HAVE CONSEQUENCES AND THAT THE AMERICAN ENERGY ACT, WHICH WE HAVE CO-SPONSORED, WHICH WOULD LIFT THESE PROHIBITIONS WOULD INCREASE SUPPLY BY 33%. NOW FOR 1% INCREASE IN SUPPLY DRIVES DOWN THE PRICE IN THE ESTIMATE OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN BY 10%, WHAT WOULD A 33% INCREASE IN SUPPLY DO FOR THE PRICE? YOU KNOW, A MAJORITY OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, I NOW BELIEVE ARE FEELING ENOUGH HEAT BACK HOME THAT THEY WOULD VOTE FOR INCREASED SUPPLY, BUT THE CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP HAS BLOCKED NOT ONLY THE AMERICAN ENERGY ACT, BUT THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP HAS ALSO BLOCKED ALL OTHER AMENDMENTS THAT MIGHT LIFT ANY OF THE PROHIBITIONS FROM COMING TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. UNDER THIS AMERICAN ENERGY ACT THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA AND I ARE SUPPORTING, WE WOULD OPEN OUR DEEPWATER OCEAN RESOURCES THAT WOULD PROVIDE THREE MILLION BARRELS OF OIL A DAY TO OUR DOMESTIC SUPPLY, CURRENTLY WE USE 20 MILLION. CUBA AND VENEZUELA ARE ALREADY OPERATING THESE WATERS. IT WOULD OPEN THE ARCTIC COASTAL PLAIN THAT WOULD PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL ONE MILLION BARRELS OF OIL A DAY. THE RUSSIAN OIL EXPLORATION IS OPERATING. IT WOULD DEVELOP OUR NATION'S OIL SHALE RESOURCES, PROVIDING 2.5 MILLION BARRELS PER DAY. CANADA IS DEVELOPING ITS OIL SHALE RESOURCES. IT WOULD CUT THE RED TAPE THAT WOULD HINDER THE CONSTRUCTION OF REFINERIES. NONE HAVE BEEN BUILT IN 31 YEARS. IT WOULD EXTEND THE TAX ENERGY CREDIT FOR WIND, SOLAR AND ELIMINATE BARRIERS TO NUCLEAR POWER PLANT PRODUCTION. FRANCE GETS 80% OF ELECTRICITY FROM NUCLEAR. MY STATE GETS 12.%. TODAY, THE OPEC CARTEL CONTROLS MORE THAN 3/4'S OF THE OIL RESERVES AND SEVERELY RESTRICTS SUPPLY AND ACCESS TO ITS OIL FIELDS. AND THIS IS ONE OF THE FACTORS THAT HELPS CAUSE THIS DRAMATIC SPIKE IN THE PRICE OF OIL, WHICH NOT ONLY HITS CONSUMERS AT THE PUMP, BUT FRANKLY HARMS NEARLY EVERY ASPECT OF OUR ECONOMY. AND THE MORE TORE YUMS HERE MAINTAINED BY THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP, IN MY VIEW HELP DRIVE UP ENERGY COSTS AND RISK FURTHER SINKING THIS ECONOMY. THIS IS THE REASON WHY I HAVE COME TO THE FLOOR TO MAKE THE CASE TO HAVE OUR COLLEAGUES BRING THIS BILL BEFORE -- ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I DON'T KNOW THE CASE WHERE WE HAVE GONE SO LONG WITHOUT AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL BEFORE THIS CONGRESS. IN ARTICLE 1, SECTION 9, CLAUSE 7 OF THE CONSTITUTION SAYS NO MONEY SHALL BE DRAWN FROM THE TREASURY, BUT IN A CONSEQUENCE OF APPROPRIATIONS MADE BY LAW. NORMALLY, WE HAVE THE 13 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS THAT COME OUT OF OUR COMMITTEES THAT FUND EVERY GOVERNMENT AGENCY, BUT THIS IS BEING HELD OFF. AND ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WE ARE NOT HAVING THESE VOTES ON THE HOUSE FLOOR IS BECAUSE OF THE CONCERN THAT WE MIGHT BRING UP THESE AMENDMENTS. WE MIGHT ATTACH THIS ACT TO ONE OF THE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. . WE'VE GOT OVER 200 YEARS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AND THE HOUSE HAS NEVER GONE INTO THE AUGUST RECESS WITHOUT PASSING A SINGLE APPROPRIATIONS BILL. THE HOUSE HAS ALWAYS PASSED AT LEAST ONE APPROPRIATIONS BILL PRIOR TO JULY 9. AND I AM CONCERNED THAT THE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP IS SO INSISTENT ON BLOCKING ANY VOTES TO INCREASE ENERGY PRODUCTION THAT THEY ARE ROLLING OVER UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR ALL OF THE WORK OF THIS CONGRESS AND WE WILL HAVE ONE OMNIBUS BILL IN WHICH WE CANNOT BRING UP ANY OF THESE AMENDMENTS TO INCREASE ENERGY PRODUCTION IN THE UNITED STATES. I WOULD ASK IF MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE STATE OF IOWA SHARES MY CONCERN.

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  • 10:16:56 PM

    MR. KING

    I APPRECIATE YOU BRINGING THIS TO THE FLOOR AND LAYING IT OUT WITH THE…

    I APPRECIATE YOU BRINGING THIS TO THE FLOOR AND LAYING IT OUT WITH THE CLARITY THAT YOU HAVE. SUPPLY AND DEMAND. AS YOU'RE SPEAKING I'M THINKING, LET'S SEE, IF THERE WAS 32% MORE CORN ON THE MARKET BEING FROM IOWA I THINK IN THOSE TERMS, THAT MIGHT BE SAY 4.5 BILLION MORE BUSHELS OF CORN ON THE MARKET. MAYBE A LITTLE MORE THAN THAT. I'M PRETTY SURE IF WE DUMPED THAT THAT WE FOUND SOMEWHERE IN THE MARKET THE PRICE WOULD GO DOWN. I WAS ALSO THINKING ABOUT ADAM SMITH WHEN HE WROTE IN HIS FAMOUS BOOK, WEALTH OF NATIONS, PUBLISHED IN 1776, HOW IT WAS THAT THE COST OF EVERYTHING THAT WE PRODUCE IS THE SUM TOTAL OF THE CAPITAL ANTI-LABOR REQUIRED TO PRODUCE -- AND THE LABOR REQUIRED TO PRODUCE WHATEVER THE COMMODITY IS. HE WROTE ABOUT HOW THE PRICE OF GOLD PLUMMETED IN EUROPE WHEN THE SPANISH GALLEONS RETURNED FROM THE NEW WORLD LOADED WITH GOLD. HE DIDN'T SAY BECAUSE OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND. HE SAID IT WAS BECAUSE THEY HAD FIGURED OUT HOW TO TAKE THE PRICE OF LABOR OUT OF THE PRODUCTION OF GOLD. THEY STOLE THE GOLD. THE EFFECT WAS THE LABOR GOT CHEAP. SUPPLY AND DEMAND AFFECTS -- WORKS FOR GOLD, IT WORKS FOR CORN, IT WORKS FOR OIL. IT WORKS FOR EVERYTHING INCLUDING LABOR. THEY ARE ALL COMMODITIES. SOME OF THE THINGS THAT CAN AFFECT THAT IS THE VALUE OF OUR DOLLAR. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT DOLLAR SHORED UP. WHEN I LOOK AT THESE -- I'M THINKING LIKE AN IOWAN. I LOOK AT THESE MILLION BARRELS, THREE MILLION A DAY OFF THE GULF AS DESCRIBED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. ONE MILLION A DAY OUT OF THE ARCTIC OFFSHORE. AND THE ARCTIC REGION UP THERE. 2.5 MILLION IN OIL SHALE. THOSE ARE REALLY JUST FOR STARTERS. WE HAVE ALWAYS FOUND MORE OIL THAN PREDICTED. IT WILL BE THE CASE THIS TIME. ON THE SUBJECT MATTER OF WHAT IT IS THAT THE -- THIS IMPERIAL PELOSI CONGRESS WON'T LET US VOTE ON, THIS IS THE PRODUCTION CHART FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FOR ENERGY. WE NEED TO, MR. SPEAKER, TALK ABOUT ENERGY FROM THE CONCEPT OF TOTAL B.T.U.'S OF ENERGY. WE HAVE TO PUT IT IN ONE COMMON MEASUREMENT. RATHER THAN GALLONS OR CORDS OF WOOD, WE PUT THIS INTO B.T.U.'S AND ENERGY. THIS IS ALL OF THE ENERGY SOURCES THAT WE HAVE HERE THAT WE PRODUCE IN THE UNITED STATES. THEY GO AROUND THE EDGE, HERE I'LL START RIGHT IN HERE, HYDROELECTRIC POWER, NUCLEAR, COAL, THAT'S 32.5% OF OUR OVERALL PRODUCTION IS COAL. NATURAL GAS, 27.5% OF OUR OVERALL PRODUCTION IS NATURAL GAS. THEN YOU'VE GOT HEAVY PETROLEUM LIKE ASPHALT AND THOSE OILS. JET FUEL, KEROSENE, DIESEL FUELS IN RED. AND GASOLINE IN BLUE. BIOMASS. A LOT OF THAT IS WOOD. PEOPLE ARE BURNING MORE WOOD TODAY BECAUSE OF THE COST EVER ENERGY IN PINK. THEN YOU GET DOWN TO THESE TINY LITTLE SLIVERS. BIODIESEL,.09%. ETHANOL FUEL.76%. SOLAR.11. WIND,.44 GEOTHERMAL,.49. THIS IS IT. I WOULD TAKE YOU AROUND THIS CHART AND WE ARE GOING TO FIND THAT THE FOLKSER -- THAT WORSHIP AT THE ALTAR OF MOTHER EARTH OBJECT TO NEARLY EVERY KIND OF ENERGY THAT WE PRODUCE IN THE UNITED STATES. THEY OBJECT TO A LOT OF THE BIOFUELS BECAUSE IT IS BURNING WOOD AND IT PUTS CARBON DIOXIDE IN THE AIR. THE BIOMASS IS OBJECTED TO. GASOLINE WE KNOW THE OBJECTION TO THAT. WE HAVE PEOPLE IN HERE THAT WOULD RATHER HAVE YOU RIDE YOUR BICYCLE. THEY THINK IF GAS PRICES GO TO $4, $5, OR MORE A GALLON, MORE PEOPLE WILL RIDE THEIR BIKES, FEWER WILL GET IN THE CAR. THAT WILL SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT AND THEY CAN SAVE MOTHER EARTH. THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE THINKING. WE CAN'T DEVELOP ANYMORE GASOLINE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OR DIESEL FUEL OR JET FUEL OR HEAVY OILS. THAT'S ALL IN THE SAME KIND OF HYDROCARBON, COMES OUT OF THE SAME WELL. CRUDE OIL WELL. THAT'S ALL VOR BOATEN -- VOR BOATIN ACCORDING TO THE SPEAKER'S TEAM. TO GET TO NATURAL GAS YOU HAVE TO DRILL WELLS TO DO THAT. THEY HAVE US BLOCKED OFFSHORE, BLOCKED ON THE NON-NATIONAL PARK PUBLIC LANDS. SOMETIMES WE CAN DRILL THERE AND CAN'T GET ACCESS AND LAY PIPELINES. WE KNOW WE CAN'T TRANSPORT NATURAL GAS UNLESS WE TURN IT INTO LIQUEFIES NATURAL GAS. WE HAD A VOTE ON THE FLOOR TODAY, A MOTION TO RECOMMIT ON A BILL THAT WOULD HAVE OPENED UP A BRIDGE THAT'S BLOCKING TANKERS THAT ARE COMING INTO MASSACHUSETTS WITH LIQUEFIES NATURAL GAS. THEY BLOCKED THAT. THEY DON'T WANT LICK WHICH NEED NATURAL GAS COMING IN UP THEIR LITTLE RIVER EVEN THOUGH THE FEDERAL TAXPAYERS PAY FOR THE BRIDGE THAT'S ALREADY REPLACED THE ONE THAT'S KEEPING THE TANKERS FROM GOING UNDERNEATH IT. THAT TELLS YOU WHERE THEY ARE WITH NATURAL GAS. THAT'S MASSACHUSETTS MENTALITY THAT TEAMS UP WITH SOME OF THAT. SOME OF THAT MENLT. NOT ALL. AND THE COAL, IT'S ALMOST TO THE POINT NOW I HAPPEN TO KNOW OF ONE EXPANSION OF A COAL-FIRED GENERATION PLANT. THERE MAY BE MORE. BUT THE PEOPLE THAT ARE PUTTING THESE PLANTS TOGETHER SAY WE CAN'T MEET THE REGULATIONS ANYMORE. THEY ARE GETTING TIGHTER AND TIGHTER. SO COAL FIRED GENERATING PLANTS ARE PRETTY MUCH OFF THE TABLE. YOU HAVE SEEN I HAVE GONE AROUND HERE. OFF THE TABLE. NUCLEAR? NO, OFF THE TABLE. THEY ARE AFRAID OF A CHERNOBYL. EVEN THOUGH OUR TECHNOLOGY DOESN'T MELT DOWN THAT WAY. IT COOLS INSTEAD OF WARMS. SO THE GREENS ARE AFRAID OF NUCLEAR. HYDROELECTRIC, THERE IS A SUPERCLEAN, WONDERFUL, NATURAL RESOURCE. THAT RENEW IT IS SELF. IT RAINS, WATER RUNS DOWN THE RIVER, COMES THROUGH THE TURBINE, SPINS, GENERATES THE ELECTRICITY. WHAT COULD BE BETTER THAN THAT? A STRONG CONTINGENT OF ENVIRONMENTALLY EXTREMISTS WANT TO PUT ALL OF OUR RIVERS BACK TO WHERE THEY WERE BEFORE. THEY DON'T BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD EVEN THINK OR ATTEMPT TO IMPROVE UPON MOTHER NATURE. I HAVE GONE ALL THE WAY AROUND. HYDROELECTRIC POWER. THAT WAS A PIECE THERE. WHAT'S LEFT? WHEN YOU ADD THIS UP, ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE FORBIDDEN BY ONE ENTITY OR ANOTHER. EVEN WIND HAS RESISTANCE TO IT BECAUSE PEOPLE THINK THAT BIRDS ARE GOING TO FLY INTO THOSE WINDMILLS. I CAN TELL YOU, I CAN SEE 17 OF THEM FROM MY HOUSE. WE HAVE HUNDREDS OF THEM IN MY DISTRICT. THERE AREN'T PILES OF DEAD BIRDS UNDERNEATH THERE. IT'S MORE DANGEROUS TO THE BIRDS WHEN YOU DRIVE YOUR CAR. THEY CAN SEE THAT WINDMILL COMING AND AVOID T CAN I ONLY FIND THREE SOURCES OF ENERGY THAT MAY BE -- MAYBE WE COULD EXPAND THAT. WOULD BE -- ETHANOL, BIODIESEL, THAT'S FOOD VERSUS FUEL. THERE'S A RESISTANCE THERE. SO WE END UP WITH WIND. GEOTHERMAL, AS LONG AS YOU CAN'T SEE IT. AND SOLAR. THESE TINY LITTLE PIECES HERE IF YOU ADD UP OUR OVERALL PRODUCTION, THAT'S A LITTLE BIT OVER 1% OF OUR OVERALL ENERGY PRODUCTION IS WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO LET US EXPAND TO PRODUCE 100% OF THE ENERGY WE CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE CONSUMING -- PRODUCING ONLY 72% OF THE ENERGY THAT WE ARE CONSUMING. SO THIS ENERGY PIE ISN'T BIG ENOUGH. IT'S ONLY 72% BIG ENOUGH TO PROVIDE THE ENERGY NECESSARY TO FUEL THE UNITED STATES, KEEP OUR ECONOMY GOING. BY THE WAY JUST PROVIDING ENOUGH ENERGY ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH. WE CAN ALWAYS BUY ENOUGH ENERGY UNTIL WE GO FLAT BROKE. WE GOT TO HAVE ENOUGH ENERGY THAT IT'S ECONOMICAL FOR OUR INDUSTRY TO RUN. IT'S ECONOMICAL FOR PEOPLE TO ENGAGE IN TRAVEL AND INJOY LIFE AND BE ABLE TO EXERCISE OUR FREEDOMS.

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  • 10:24:48 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    THE GENTLEMAN THINK THE CONSEQUENCE WOULD BE OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS…

    THE GENTLEMAN THINK THE CONSEQUENCE WOULD BE OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS PRESUMING THAT THIS -- THESE MORATORIUMS ARE KEPT IN PLACE? WE CAN'T DO ANYTHING PRESUME FOR A MOMENT TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE THAT THE FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN WARNED OF THAT THE SUPPLY OF ENERGY IS SO TIGHT THAT A 1% INCREASE IN SUPPLY WOULD DROP PRICES BY 10%. LET'S SAY THE THINGS REMAIN AS THEY ARE. WE DON'T GET ANY ADDITIONAL SOURCES FOR PRODUCTION BECAUSE OF THE MORATORIUMS. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CONSEQUENCES WOULD BE OF THE TRANSFER OF $10 TRILLION OUT OF THIS ECONOMY OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS INTO OPEC? INTO THE MEMBERS OF THE OPEC CARTEL?

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  • 10:25:35 PM

    MR. KING

    WE SEE THE HEAVY SIGNS OF THOSE CONSEQUENCES. WHEN DICTATORS BECOME RICH…

    WE SEE THE HEAVY SIGNS OF THOSE CONSEQUENCES. WHEN DICTATORS BECOME RICH THEY ALSO BECOME BELLIGERENT. THEY BEGIN TO THINK THAT -- THEY ARE MEASURING THEIR POWER. IT'S THEIR ECONOMIC POWER. A LOT OF THEM ARE CONTRARY, RUN CONTRARY TO OUR VALUES HERE. WE HAVE MORE CONFLICTS TO FACE AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DO WITH IT -- DO IT WITH LESS RESOURCES AND A NATION WHOSE ECONOMY CAN KNOW LONGER BE THRIVING WILL HAVE TRANSFERRED THE WEALTH OVERSEAS.

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  • 10:26:07 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    IT'S CLEAR AT THIS POINT THAT HIGH GAS PRICES ARE HURTING THE POCKETBOOK…

    IT'S CLEAR AT THIS POINT THAT HIGH GAS PRICES ARE HURTING THE POCKETBOOK OF FAMILIES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. FAMILY BUDGETS ARE STRAINED. AND THE BOTTOM LINE IS, WE ARE PUSHING FOR SHORT AND LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS TO LOWER GAS PRICES AND TO ADDRESS OUR FUTURE ENERGY NEEDS. WE ARE DOING THAT WITH THE AMERICAN ENERGY ACT. WHICH IS GOING TO PROVIDE TAX INCENTIVES FOR BUSINESSES AND FAMILIES THAT PURCHASE MORE FUEL EFFICIENT CARS. IT PROVIDES TAX INCENTIVES TO THOSE THAT IMPROVE THEIR ENERGY EFFICIENCY. IT PERMANENTLY EXTENDS THE TAX CREDIT FOR ALTERNATIVE ENERGY PRODUCTION. INCLUDING WIND AND SOLAR AND HYDROGEN. BARRIERS TO THE EXPANSION OF A MISSION-FREE NUCLEAR POWER PRODUCTION ARE ELIMINATED IN THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. IT SPURS THE DEVELOPMENT OF ALTERNATIVE FUELS. IT'S A BALANCED PIECE OF LEGISLATION WHICH GIVES US MORE ENERGY. FRANKLY WITH GAS PRICES INCREASING, IT'S VITAL THAT WE UTILIZE OUR NATION'S VAST ENERGY SUPPLIES. AT THE SAME TIME WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO DEVELOP NEW CLEAN TECHNOLOGY. AND THIS WOULD SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE OUR USE OF FOREIGN OIL. THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL IS INTENDED TO DO. AND DOING SO IS AN ECONOMIC NECESSITY. IT IS VITAL TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. SO I ENCOURAGE OUR LAWMAKERS, OUR COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN THIS EFFORT TO BRING THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. AND I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA YIELDING TO ME. I APPRECIATE ALSO HIS EXPLANATION OF ENERGY PRODUCTION AND ENERGY CONSUMPTION HERE IN THE UNITED STATES SO THAT PEOPLE CAN BETTER UNDERSTAND JUST HOW TIGHT THE SUPPLY IS AND HOW GREAT THE NEED IS FOR MORE ENERGY PRODUCTION. TO SAY NOTHING OF THE JOBS, BY THE WAY, THAT THIS WOULD CREATE HERE IN THIS COUNTRY IF WE ALLOWED MORE PRODUCTION.

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  • 10:28:04 PM

    MR. KING

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR COMING TO THE FLOOR AND BRINGING…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR COMING TO THE FLOOR AND BRINGING THIS ISSUE FORWARD AND HELPING TO FRAME IT IN THE FASHION THAT HE HAS. THE SEGUE GAVE ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO PUT UP THESE TWO CHARTS. THE CHART THAT I JUST TOOK DOWN WAS THE ENERGY PRODUCTION CHART. THAT WAS 72 QUAD TRILLION B.T.U.'S OF ENERGY. THIS IS THE CHART, THE INSIDE CIRCLE IS THE ENERGY PRODUCTION CHART, 72 QUADRILLION B.T.U.'S. TOTAL ENERGY PRODUCTION IN THE UNITED STATES. THE OUTSIDE CIRCLE IS THE ENERGY CONSUMPTION IN THE UNITED STATES. THAT'S 101.4 QUAD TRILLION B.T.U.'S. THOSE NUMBERS DON'T MEAN A LOT TO ANYBODY I DON'T THINK UNTIL YOU JUST PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE. WE ARE PRODUCING 72% OF THE ENERGY THAT WE ARE CONSUMINGING. -- CONSUMING. IF WE ARE GOING TO BE ENERGY INDEPENDENT, IF WE ARE GOING TO STOP, IF WE ARE GOING TO STOP TRANSFERRING AMERICAN WEALTH OVERSEAS, AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SAID, THEN WE'VE GOT TO PRODUCE AS MUCH ENERGY AS WE CONSUME. I'M NOT STUCK SPECIFICALLY ON PRODUCING JUST AS MUCH GAS AS WE BURN OR JUST AS MUCH DIESEL OR JUST AS MUCH ELECTRICITY IN WHICH EVER FASHION IT IS. BUT I'M INSISTANT UPON THE IDEA THAT WE GO TO FULL ENERGY PRODUCTION THAT IF WE PRODUCE ENOUGH B.T.U.'S AND NATURAL GAS TO OFFSET SOMETHING WE MIGHT USE IN COAL, LET THE SIZE OF THE PROPORTION OF THESE PIE CHARTS CHANGE A LITTLE BIT DEPENDING ON WHAT'S MOST ECONOMICAL. BUT I DO THINK NATURAL GAS NEEDS TO REMAIN, AS JOHN PETERSON OF PENNSYLVANIA SAYS, THE MOTHER'S MILK OF MANUFACTURING. AND THAT IT SHOULD NOT BE THE KIND OF ENERGY THAT WE ARE USING TO EXPAND OUR ELECTRICAL GENERATION. AND NATURAL GAS IS ALSO THE SEED STOCK, FEEDSTOCK FOR 90% OF OUR NITROGEN FERTILIZER. THERE'S TWO ESSENTIAL USES. WE CAN'T TURN OVER THE NITROGEN FERTILIZER PRODUCTION TO PLACES LIKE VENEZUELA AND RUSSIA. THAT'S WHERE IT'S GOING. WE ALMOST LOST THE ENTIRE FERTILIZER INDUSTRY IN THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T ACTED TO OPEN UP THESE ENERGY SUPPLIES. WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE 420 TRILLION CUBIC FEET OF NATURAL GAS. THAT'S KNOWN RESERVES. THAT'S KNOWN RESERVES AND WE STILL CAN'T GO OFFSHORE IN MANY PLACES AND EXPLORE. . LET'S EXPAND THESE ENERGIES, EVERY SINGLE ONE AND EVEN THE ENERGY THAT TEDDY KENNEDY OBJECTS TO, WIND, GEO THERMAL AND SOLAR. BUT LET'S DO THE REST. AND THIS GREEN ONE RIGHT HERE, NUCLEAR, WHEN YOU THINK WE HAVEN'T BUILT ONE SINCE 1975, BUT THERE'S ONE IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND IT WILL BE GOING ON IN LINE IN 2017. WE CAN PUT THE ERECTOR SET FASTER THAN THAT, BUT WE CAN'T JUMP THROUGH THE REGULATORY HOOPS. SO THE MASTER SWITCH GETS THROWN AND THE LIGHTS COME ON IN 2017. AND THAT IS THEN THE MASTER MANUAL FOR HOW TO GO THROUGH ALL OF THE REGULATORY AND ENVIRONMENTAL RED TAPE TO BUILD THE NEXT ONE AFTER THAT. AND THERE WAS A VOTE IN SOUTH DAKOTA, A PUBLIC REFERENDUM TO BUILD A NEW REFINERY IN UNION COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA, $10 MILLION INVESTMENT. REFERENDUM PASSED 59-41. MOST OF US THINK IT'S OK TO HAVE A REFINERY IN OUR BACK YARD. THAT REFINERY, I THINK IT HAS A VERY GOOD CHANCE OF GOING. BUT THOSE WHO ARE DRIVING THIS, DON'T HAVE THE ANSWER TO HOW TO JUMP THROUGH THE REGULATORY HOOPS THAT HAVE BEEN CREATED. IN 1970 WHEN THE OIL COMPANIES WANTED TO GO UP TO THE NORTH SLOPE OF ALASKA AND OPEN UP ALASKA FOR DRILLING, THERE WAS A COURT INJUNCTION SLAPPED ON THEM. I CAN REMEMBER BEING SHOCKED THAT SOMEONE COULD FILE A COURT CASE AND SHUT DOWN AN ENTIRE REGION FROM DEVELOPMENT FOR ENERGY. THERE USED TO BE A THING CALLED CONSTITUTIONAL PROPERTY RIGHTS AND THAT WOULD BE A TAKING OF THE PROPERTY. THEY WENT IN THERE AND ACQUIRED THOSE LEASES, WITH ALL GOOD INTENT AND ABOVE BOARD, AND THEY WERE SHUT DOWN BY A LAWSUIT THAT WENT TO COURT IN 1970. IN 1972, THE FINAL LITIGATION HURDLE HAD BEEN LEAPED AND THEY BEGAN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE 600 MILES OF RIGHT AWAY AND 800 MILES OF PIPELINE AND THE TERMINALS IN THE ALASKAN PIPELINE. IT TOOK TWO YEARS. AND IN 1972, I WAS ASTONISHED THAT ANYBODY COULD HOLD UP AN OPERATION LIKE THAT FOR TWO YEARS. AND YET TODAY, THAT SEEMS LIKE A BLINK OF AN EYE. TWO YEARS, IF WE COULD HOLD UP LITIGATION FOR TWO YEARS, IN FOUR YEARS, WE COULD HAVE THE ENERGY PROBLEMS SOLVED. AND THAT'S BECAUSE THE TRIAL LAWYERS, THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS, THE PEOPLE THAT WANT TO MAKE THEIR MONEY OFF OF LITIGATION, THE SAME KIND OF PEOPLE THAT HELD UP THE INTELLIGENCE BILL AND PUT OUR NATION AT RISK, THOSE WHO SEE PROFIT IN SQUEEZING IT OUT OF SOMEBODY ELSE, THAT'S HOLDING US UP. NOW, I ADD THIS UP ON PRODUCTION, ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE OFF THE TABLE BY ENVIRONMENTALISTS, CAN'T DO BIOMASS, THAT BURNS WOOD AND GREENHOUSE GAS IN THE YEAR. MOTOR GASOLINE, CAN'T DO DIESEL FUEL, JET FUEL. NONE OF THE CRUDE OILS CAN WE DO BECAUSE THEY'RE AFRAID IT CONTRIBUTES TO GLOBAL WARMING. AS WE COME AROUND THE HORN, KEROSENE, NATURAL GAS, COAL-FIRED PLANTS, WE CAN'T BUILD ANY, IF WE DO, WE HAVE HOOPS. NUCLEAR, AND FRANCE IS PRODUCING 80% OF THEIR ELECTRICITY BY NUCLEAR AND WE'RE DOWN HERE WHERE OVERALL CONSUMPTION IS. PERCENTAGE OF OVERALL ENERGY PRODUCTION IS 11.66%. BUT NUCLEAR IS OFF THE TABLE. I SPOKE ABOUT HYDROELECTRIC, OFF THE TABLE. WE GET TO GEOTHERMAL, WIND AND SOLAR. I ADD UP THOSE THREE THINGS AND I HAPPEN TO KNOW IN OUR OVERALL CONSUMPTION, THOSE THREE SOURCES, GEOTHERMAL, WIND AND SOLAR, TOTAL.74 OF 1%. AND IF WE'RE GOING TO BE INDEPENDENT AND ONLY EXPAND THOSE, WHAT'S YOUR ANSWER? DO YOU HAVE AN ANSWER? I DON'T THINK SO. I THINK YOU WORSHIP AT THE ALTAR OF MOTHER NATURE. AND YOUR DEFAULT POSITION IS ALWAYS TO GO TO PREGARDEN OF EDEN. I DON'T THINK YOU CAN GO BEYOND THAT. I KNOW WHO CREATED THIS EARTH. GOD CREATED THIS EARTH AND GAVE US DOMINION OVER IT AND THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS TO BE USED RESPECTFULLY AND WE CAN IMPROVE UPON MOTHER NATURE AND HAVE DONE IT MANY TIMES AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE GIVEN THE GIFT OF INTELLECT AND FREE WILL AND WE ARE TESTED IN THAT FASHION. AND I'M HAPPY TO RISE TO THAT OCCASION AND BE TESTED. AND THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE OVER THERE, YOU THINK THE DEFAULT POSITION IS GO BACK TO PREGARDEN OF EDEN. WHATEVER THE RANDOM GRAB BAG THING THAT CAME OUT OF DARWIN'S SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST BEFORE MAN INTERVENED, WHATEVER THAT WAS, THAT'S THE YOU TOPIAN VERSION YOU'RE AFTER BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO OTHER STANDARD. I JUST DESCRIBED THE STANDARD, LOOK IT UP IN GENESIS. WE CAN PRODUCE ALL THE ENERGY THAT THIS COUNTRY CONSUMES BY EXPANDING SOURCES OF ENERGY FROM THE PRODUCTION CHART, STRETCH IT OUT TO THE CONSUMPTION CHART. WE CAN AND MUST DO THIS. AND IF WE FAIL, THE OTHER PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WHOM WE ARE SENDING MONEY TO EVERY DAY BY THE BILLIONS WILL ONUS. AND WHEN THEY ONUS, THEN THEY WILL TELL US WHAT TO DO AND THEY WILL BE OUR BOSS AND OUR FREEDOMS WILL BE GONE AND DIMINISHED. BY THE WAY, THE PEOPLE WE ARE SENDING MONEY TO DON'T BELIEVE IN FREEDOM. AND WE ARE DOING OUR BEST TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO BUY INTO THE FREEDOM MODEL THAT WE HAVE. IF WE SHIRK THE FREEDOM RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE GOOD DECISIONS ON THE PART OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE TRAIL IN THE FREEDOM DUST. SO MUCH HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT ENERGY TONIGHT AND THAT MAKES MY POINT ON ENERGY. I MAY COME BACK AND REITERATE IT, BUT I'LL TAKE UP ANOTHER SUBJECT MATTER THAT HAS ME SIGNIFICANTLY CONCERNED, AND THAT IS THAT AS WE WATCH THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE UNFOLD AND WE'RE WATCHING AS ONE OF THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES DOES HIS PHOTO OP STOPS AROUND THE MIDDLE EAST AND EUROPE AND AS THAT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE AND SPECIFICALLY THE JUNIOR SENATOR FROM ILLINOIS, HAS SAID THAT HE EXPECTS TO BE IN A LEADERSHIP ROLE FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS OR SO, HE'S ALREADY ANNOINTED HIMSELF AS PRESIDENT. AND SO I WOULD SUBMIT -- AND I DON'T HEAR ANYBODY ON THE DEMOCRAT SIDE SAY, CALM DOWN. THAT PRESIDENTIAL SEAL WAS A LITTLE BIT OF AN OVERREACH AND THE STATEMENTS THAT YOU'RE GOING TO BE IN COMMAND FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS MEANS IF YOU WIN THE PRESIDENCY THIS YEAR AND GET RE-ELECTED, IT'S STILL NOT 10 YEARS, PERHAPS YOU CAN AMEND THE CONSTITUTION. MAYBE YOU ARE SUCH A MARVEL OF NATURE, MR. OBAMA. BUT EVEN IF YOU'RE HALF OF WHAT YOU SAY, THAT MAKES YOU THE LEADER OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THAT MEANS THE PEOPLE OVER HERE ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE SEEKING TO ACCOMMODATE THE POSITIONS YOU'VE TAKEN, TRYING TO MAKE YOU LOOK GOOD AS YOU RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, SUPPORTING THE GLOBE TROTTING AND THE SPEECH THAT DIDN'T TAKE PLACE AT THE BRANDEN BURG GATE TODAY. ALL OF THAT THAT GOES ON IS SURELY AFFECTING THE AGENDA HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE CONGRESS. IT HAS TO BE AND HAS TO HAVE BEEN. FOR EXAMPLE, 40 DIFFERENT BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE IN THE 110TH CONGRESS, ALL DESIGNED TO UNDERFUND, UNFUND, DEPLOY OUR TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ AND UNDERMINE THE SPIRIT AND THE WILL OF OUR OWN FIGHTING MEN AND WOMEN WHILE THEY ENCOURAGE OUR ENEMY, 40 BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS. ALL OF THOSE FIT EXACTLY WHAT IS OBAMA'S FOREIGN POLICY, GET OUT AND GET OUT NOW. I'M AMAZED HE CAN ARGUE WHEN ASKED IF THE SURGE WORKED, HE COULDN'T AGREE THAT THE SURGE WORKED AND SAID IT WAS A HIPT THET CALL -- HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION. IT'S HYPOTHETICAL WITH THE FLAG DROPPED OVER THEIR COFFIN? THAT'S NOT HYPOTHETICAL, IT'S REAL DEATH THAT A FAMILY LOST THEIR SON OR DAUGHTER FOR OUR FREEDOM AND YOU CAN'T ANSWER FRIFFOUSLY AND FLIP ANTLY THAT IT'S A HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION. OBVIOUSLY IT WORKED AND THAT THERE ARE FOUR POINTS THAT THE PRESIDENT AND JOHN MCCAIN ARE AGREEING WITH YOU THAT WE OUGHT TO GET OUT OF IRAQ -- 2005 WAS THE YEAR THAT HE SAID MY POSITION ON IRAQ IS IDENTICAL TO THAT OF PRESIDENT BUSH. SO I'M NOT SURE WHEN THE FIRST TIME WAS THAT HE SAID I THINK WE SHOULD GO OUT, BUT I THINK IT WAS WHEN THINGS WEREN'T GOING THAT WELL. AND HE IS WALKING AROUND THE TARMAC AT BAGHDAD INTERNATIONAL AND I HAVE BEEN FIVE TIMES AND I WILL BE AGAIN. AND EACH TIME I'VE BEEN THERE, I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THAT, I THINK THE FIRST TIME I ARRIVED THERE, I DIDN'T WEAR A BULLET-PROOF VEST BUT I WENT IN IN CASUAL KHAKIS. THE REST OF THE TIME I WORE A BULLET-PROOF VEST AND HELMET. AND SENATOR OBAMA GETS OFF OF THE PLANE OR THE HELICOPTER, NO BULLET PROOF VEST OR HELMET. WHY IS THAT? SENATOR, IT'S BECAUSE THE SURGE WORKED. THE SURGE WORKED AND SAFE FOR YOU TO WALK AROUND BAGHDAD INTERNATIONAL IN YOUR SHIRT SLEEVES. A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO WHEN I HAD SECURITY PERSONNEL STANDING BETWEEN ME AND THE LINE OF FIRE, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL WAS MUQTADA AL-SADR MILITIA. THEY WERE CONTROLLING THE CIVILIAN SIDE OF THE AIRPORT AND THE MILITARY SIDE BY SOME TRUCE, WE DIDN'T SHOOT EACH OTHER MUCH I GUESS THROUGH THE CONCRETE, HELD THE OTHER SIDE. AND THE MADI MILITIA IS GONE. MUQTADA AL-SADR, THE BANE OF PEACE IN IRAQ HAS GONE TO DOING SOMETHING HE'S NOT GOOD AT. HE'S STUDYING AND NO LONGER A GENERAL. WHEN HE LOUISES HIS ARMY HE -- LOSES HIS ARMY HE GOES OFF TO BE A STUDENT. AND HIS MILITIA LOOKS FLIMSY. THE REASON YOU CAN WALK AROUND THE TARMAC AT BAGHDAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IS BECAUSE THE SURGE WORKED. AND SITUATIONS ADJUSTED ON THE GROUND AND CONTINUE TO ADJUST ON THE GROUND, THE REASON IS BECAUSE THE SURGE WORKED. AND TO TAKE CREDIT BECAUSE SOME TROOPS CAN COME OUT OF IRAQ WHEN YOU SAID PULL THEM ALL OUT NOW RIGHT NOW AND WHEN YOU SAID, I WILL ON MY FIRST DAY IN OFFICE ORDER IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL OF OUR TROOPS FROM IRAQ. THE ONLY CAVEAT WAS, I'LL MAINTAIN A REAR GUARD SO THEY DON'T GET SHOT IN THE BACK AS THEY RUN OFF AND GET ON BOARD THE TROOP SHIP. THAT'S WHAT'S GOING ON. YOU CAN'T FOOL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THAT. AND YOU SAY THAT YOU WANT TO SEND A COUPLE OF BRIGADES. JOHN MCCAIN WON'T MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION. HE IS FAR MORE RIGHT TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION AND FAR MORE LIKELY TO BE PRESIDENT. BUT TO ARGUE WE SHOULD SEND TROOPS FROM IRAQ TO AFGHANISTAN IMMEDIATELY IS AN OBSCENE CONTRADICTION TO THE SACRIFICE THAT'S BEEN MADE BY OUR MILITARY PERSONNEL THAT ARE THERE. IT WORKS LIKE THIS. HERE'S HOW THE LOGIC AND THE RATIONAL WORLD GOES. IF PRESIDENT BUSH HAS THE INSIGHT AND THE COURAGE TO EMPOWER GENERAL PETRAEUS, RECOGNIZE HIS LEADERSHIP, ALLOW HIM THE TIME TO GO BACK AND RIGHT THE COUNTERINSURGENCY MANUAL, APPOINT HIM TO COMMAND THE TROOPS IN IRAQ FOR THE PURPOSES OF INITIATING THE SURGE, MAKE SURE GENERAL PETRAEUS, EXPLAINS IT TO US, WE APPROPRIATE THE MONEY. HE DOESN'T HAVE THE NERVE TO SHUT THE FUNDING OFF BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T WANT TO SAY, WELL, ABSOLUTELY NO TO THE TROOPS BECAUSE IT DISGRACES SHUTTING THE FUNDING OFF AND WATCHING PEOPLE DIE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA IN 1975 COMES BACK TO HAUNT. THE PRESIDENT HAS THE VISION TO APPOINT GENERAL PETRAEUS AND HAD THE VISION TO BUY INTO THAT VISION. HE MADE THE TOUGH ORDER AND PUT THE TROOPS ON THE LINE. THEY WENT THERE. THE SURGE WORKED. THE POLITICAL SOLUTION FLOWED BEHIND IT, WITH IT AND IN ANTICIPATION OF IT BECAUSE THEY KNEW THAT WE WERE GOING TO BE THERE FOR A PERIOD OF TIME TO GIVE THE IRAQIS TIME TO ESTABLISH THEMSELVES. IF THE SURGE WORKED IN IRAQ,

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  • 10:44:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S REMARKS SHOULD BE REFERRED TO THE CHAIR.

  • 10:44:56 PM

    MR. KING

    SPEAKER, I WILL DIRECT MY REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. I APPRECIATE THAT. SO, MR.…

    SPEAKER, I WILL DIRECT MY REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. I APPRECIATE THAT. SO, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I SPEAK TO YOU AND ECHO THIS MESSAGE ACROSS TO THE OTHER CHAMBER, THE IDEA THAT A SURGE DIDN'T WORK IN IRAQ, BUT IT ALLOWED PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES TO WALK AROUND ON THE TARMAC WITHOUT A BULLETPROOF VEST OR A HELMET, BUT IT WILL WORK IN AFGHANISTAN? THAT'S THE RATIONALE THAT DOESN'T FIT FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE MIDWEST. THEY KNOW BETTER. THEY WATCHED THIS. THEY STAYED UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT'S GOING ON AND THEY WILL NOT BE FOOLED AND I WILL NOT BE EITHER. SO WHAT WE HAVE IS -- WE HAVE A SITUATION WHERE THE POLITICAL CLIMATE IN THIS CHAMBER, MR. SPEAKER, SPEAKS TO MELD AND SHAPE ITSELF TO A PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TO ADOPT THOSE POLICIES, MAKE IT SO THAT IT INCREASES THE ODDS THAT THEIR CANDIDATE WILL BE ELECTED PRESIDENT. AND PART OF THIS, MR. SPEAKER IS, UNFOLDING TOMORROW MORNING IN THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. I DON'T KNOW THAT THIS IS PUBLISHED IN THE NEWS MEDIA, BUT I KNOW WHAT I GOT IN MY JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING NOTICE HERE WITHIN THE LAST HOUR. . THIS IS ANESS NOTICE THAT SAYS THERE IS GOING TO BE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THIS MILLENNIA IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS TO CONSIDER IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. STARTING AT 10:00 A.M. TOMORROW MORNING IN ROOM 2141 OF THE RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING. I CAN ONLY CONCLUDE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE INITIATIVE FOR THIS HAS TO BE APPROVED BY THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE OF THE PARTY THAT CONTROLS THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND THIS CHAMBER. THERE'S NO OTHER CONCLUSION THAT CAN BE DRAWN. IT IS ALL POLITICS ALL THE TIME. THERE ARE NO COINCIDENCES IN POLITICS. IF A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DIDN'T WANT TO HAVE IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS GOING ON, HE WOULD MAKE SURE THEY WEREN'T GOING ON. IF A SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OR CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WAS CONSIDERING SUCH AN IDEA TO HOLD IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS, IT WOULD SURELY RUN IT ACROSS THE POWERS THAT BE WITHIN THEIR PARTY SO THERE WASN'T A CONFLICT THAT ROSE UP TO BITE THEM. I HAVE TO BELIEVE, I DO BELIEVE THAT THIS IS WHAT THE FULL SUPPORT AND ENDORSEMENT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE CHOSEN BY THE PARTY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. THIS IS WHAT WE ARE UP AGAINST TOMORROW, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S GOING TO BE AN INTERESTING DAY. I WAS NOT IN THIS CONGRESS DURING THE IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS OF 1998. ALTHOUGH I WAS IN THIS CITY. I CAME TO THIS CITY TO DO A COUPLE OF CONVERSATIONS -- CONFERENCES AND I PICKED UP "THE WASHINGTON POST" AND ON ABOUT PAGE FOUR THERE WAS A CLIP THAT SAID IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS, OPEN TO THE PUBLIX, STARTING AT 10:00 IN THE MORNING. I BELIEVE THE DATES WERE THE 7TH, 8TH, 9TH OF KEYS 198. I LOOKED AT THAT AND CONCLUDED THESE WERE HISTORICAL TIMES. IN SPITE OF WHATEVER THE CONFERENCES WERE THAT I WOULD COME OUT HERE TO ATTEND. ATTENDING THE IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS WOULD BE FAR MORE INSTRUCTIVE THAT I WOULD THEN BE A PART OF HISTORY. I OBSERVED THOSE HEARINGS FOR THREE DAYS IN A ROW. I WAS SITTING BEHIND DAVID SHIPPERS WHEN HE DELIVERED THE SUMMARY OF THE PROSECUTION. I HAPPENED TO HAVE A COPY HANDED TO ME BY THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE STAFF. I KEEP THAT IN MY FILE. IT'S AN HISTORIC EVENT. THESE EVENTS TOMORROW WILL BE HISTORIC, TOO, ALTHOUGH THEY ARE FAR FROM AS SERIOUS AS WHAT WAS TAKING PLACE IN 1998 BECAUSE IN 1998 THERE WAS AN IMPEACHMENT IN THIS HOUSE. THIS HOUSE VOTED TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, MR. SPEAKER. THEY DID SO BASED ON SOLID EVIDENCE AND THEY WENT OVER TO THE SENATE TO BRING FORTH THE PROSECUTION. AND I SEE THINGS IN THIS NOTICE, GOES THIS WAY. FULL COMMITTEE HEARING EXECUTIVE POWER AND ITS CONSTITUTIONAL LIMITATIONS BEING THE SUBJECT. THE SUBJECT BEIN THREE RESOLUTIONS INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN DENNIS KUCINICH. A DIFFERENT RESOLUTIONS TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT BUSH OR VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY. IT SAYS THAT INTEREST GROUPS HAVE ADVOCATED FOR THE IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT. NOBODY'S TALKING ABOUT THIS WHEREBY I LIVE. BUT THERE'S ENOUGH RADICALS TO BRING THIS THING FORWARD. WE ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM SEVERAL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, FOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TOMORROW. WE ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM REAGAN ADMINISTRATION WHO -- REPRESENTATIVE, A FORMER ASSOCIATE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL FROM THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION. WE ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM THE MAYOR OF SALT LAKE CITY, MR. SPEAKER, WHO HAS SAID PUBLICLY THIS. THIS PRESIDENT HAS ENGAGED IN SUCH INCREDIBLE ABUSES OF POWER, BREACHES OF TRUST WITH BOTH CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND MISLEADING US INTO THIS TRAGIC AND UNBELIEVABLE WAR, THE VIOLATION OF TREATIES, OTHER INTERNATIONAL LAW, OUR CONSTITUTION, OUR OWN DOMESTIC LAWS, AND THEN HIS ROLE IN HEINOUS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES. I THINK ALL OF THAT TOGETHER CALLS FOR IMPEACH. . WELL, WHAT? I WOULD REJECT ALL OF THAT. THOSE ALLEGATIONS AS HAVING SUBSTANCE AND I DON'T THINK THAT SUBSTANCE IS GOING TO COME OUT TOMORROW. MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE THIS IS A DOG-AND-PONY SHOW. THIS IS A POLITICAL EXERCISE. I ALMOST -- ACTUALLY I TRIED TO GET THE CHAIRMAN TO YIELD TO ME THE OTHER DAY. HE DECLINED TO DO SO. BECAUSE I WAS WATCHING THE PROGRESSION OF THESE JUDICIAL PUBLIC LYNCHINGS THAT HAVE BEEN TAKING PLACE OF BUSH ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS. WE HAD DAVID ADDINGTON, THE CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BROUGHT BEFORE THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE UNDER THREAT OF SUBPOENA. HE WAS TOLD BY ONE OF THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS, I'M GLAD AL QAEDA CAN SEE YOU NOW. BROUGHT BEFORE THE PUBLIC, A MAN WHO'S BEEN A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL AND WHIPPED UP ONE SIDE AND DOWN THE OTHER WITH VERBAL ASSAULTS, TRYING TO FIND TO TRIP HIM UP SO COULD HE GO THE SAME PATH AS SCOOTER LIBBY, WHOM NO ONE CAN STILL TELL ME WHAT IT WAS THAT SCOOTER LIBBY SAID OR DID THAT WAS WRONG. ALL THEY KNOW IS THAT HE'S BEEN BEATEN UP ON SO MUCH THERE MUST BE SOMETHING THERE. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN IT COMES TO THE POLITICS IN THIS CHAMBER, I CAN TELL YOU THERE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE ANYTHING THERE TO BE BEATEN UP UPON. BUT HERE'S WHAT'S GOING TO MAKE IT A PROBLEM FOR SOME OF THE MEMBERS IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. THEY WERE ON THE COMMITTEE IN 1998. MANY OF THEM. THEY ARE ON RECORD IS WHAT THEY THOUGHT WAS AN OBJECTIVE CONSTITUTIONAL MEANS, REASON FOR WHICH A PRESIDENT SHOULD BE IMPEACHED. THEY SAID SUCH THINGS AS, THIS IS A QUOTE, WE ARE USING THE MOST POWERFUL INSTITUTIONAL TOOL AVAILABLE TO THIS BODY, IMPEACHMENT, IN A HIGHLY PARTISAN MANNER. IMPEACH. WAS DESIGNED TO RID THIS NATION OF TRAITORS AND TYRANTS. HARD MONEY -- HMM. THAT'S THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE. HERE'S ANOTHER QUOTE FROM A COMMITTEE MEMBER. THIS IS MAXINE WATERS, CALIFORNIA. WHO I BELIEVE WE SHOULD NATIONALIZE OUR OIL INDUSTRY BY THE WAY. HERE'S A QUOTE, HOW MUST OUR AMERICAN SOLDIERS FEEL TO HAVE THEIR COMMANDER IN CHIEF UNDER ATTACK, THIS IS DURING THE -- THIS IS OF PRESIDENT CLINTON DURING THE IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS, HOW MUST OUR AMERICAN SOLDIERS FEEL TO HAVE THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF UNDER ATTACK WHILE THEY ARE ENGAGED IN BATTLE? THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO FEEL BETRAYED AND UNDERMINED. TODAY WE ARE HERE IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE DEBATING THE PARTISAN IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES EVER AMERICA WHILE THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF IS MANAGING A CRISIS AND ASKING WORLD LEADERS FOR SUPPORT. THIS IS INDEED A REPUBLICAN COUP D'ETAT. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S MAXINE WATERS, 1998. DURING THE IMPEACHMENT OF BILL CLINTON. WONDER HOW SHE'S GOING TO CONDUCT HERSELF TOMORROW? IF SHE'S GOING TO BE CONSISTENT WITH HER WORDS THEN OR CONTRIVE ANOTHER ARGUMENT? SO HERE'S ANOTHER ONE, A QUOTE FROM A CURRENT JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MEMBER, OF SPEAKING OF THE CLINTON IMPEACHMENTS IN 1998. QUOTE, WE HAVE BEEN WARNED REPEATEDLY THAT THESE ALLEGATIONS ARE NOWHERE NEAR WHAT IS NECESSARY TO RETURN A NATIONAL ELECTION AND IMPEACH AN A PRESIDENT. DESPITE THESE FLAGS THIS COMMITTEE HAS TURNED A DEAF YEAR TO UNHAS OF YEARS OF PRECEDENT. -- DEAF EAR TO HUNDREDS OF YEARS OF PRECEDENT. THAT'S CONGRESSMAN ROBERT C. SCOTT OF CALIFORNIA, JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MEMBER. HERE'S A STATEMENT MADE BY THE CURRENT CHAIR OF THE IMMIGRATION SUBCOMMITTEE. BACK IN 1998 OF THE CLINTON IMPEACH. THE PEOPLE'S WILL MUST NOT BE OVERRIDDEN BY THOSE WHO CLAIM TO KNOW BERT BY THOSE WHO BELIEVE THEY KNOW WHAT'S BEST FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, CLOSE QUOTE. ZOE LOFGREN. YOU GET THE IDEA, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME DO ANOTHER ONE JUST TO PUT SOME OF THIS ON THE RECORD, MR. SPEAKER. HERE'S ANOTHER QUOTE OF THE 1998 IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON. QUOTE, JUDICIARY COMMITTEE COMMITTEE MEMBER AND SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR, CONSTITUTION SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR, IT'S ENORMOUS RESPONSIBILITY AND EXTRAORDINARY POWER, IT'S NOT ONE THAT SHOULD BE EXERCISED LIGHTLY. IT CERTAINLY IS NOT ONE WHICH SHOULD BE EXERCISED IN A MEARN WHICH IS OR WOULD BE PERCEIVED TO BE UNFAIR OR PARTISAN. GET READY FOR TOMORROW, MR. SPEAKER. I DON'T EXPECT IT'S GOING TO BE FAIR. BUT I DON'T THINK THERE'S A SINGLE PUNDIT IN AMERICA THAT COULD ANALYZE IT AS ANYTHING EXCEPT PARTISAN. NOT A WITCH-HUNT ANYMORE. THEY FOUND THEIR WITCH. THEY ARE BRINGING IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS BEFORE THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. ALL OF THAT O ATTEMPTED PUBLIC LYNCHING OF DAVID ADDINGTON, THE CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, DOUG FIVE, THE DEPUTY UNDERSECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR POLICY, ALSO BROUGHT BEFORE THE COMMITTEE. AND THEN BEHIND THAT LAST WEEK, FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN ASHCROFT. ANOTHER ATTEMPT MADE AT HIM. YESTERDAY THE DAY BEFORE, I GUESS IT WAS THE DAY BEFORE WE HAD ATTORNEY GENERAL MUKASEY. ALL OF THIS BEFORE THE COMMITTEE. ALL OF THIS UNDER AT LEAST THE IMPLICATION THAT A SUBPOENA CAN BE ISSUE SOMETIMES THE ACTUAL VOTE AND THREAT OF A SUBPOENA, I DON'T KNOW IF A SUBPOENA'S BEEN ISSUED UNDER ANY OF THESE CASES. THESE ARE HONORABLE MEN. THEY'LL COME TESTIFY. THEY HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE. BUT IT'S A GRUELING THING TO SIT THERE AND LOOK AT THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE PANEL AND KNOW THAT IT'S EXACTLY WHAT, MR. SPEAKER, GERRY NADLER SAID IT SHOULD NOT BE. IT SAID CERTAINLY NOT ONE WHICH SHOULD BE EXERCISED IN A MANNER WHICH IS OR WOULD BE PERCEIVED TO BE UNFAIR OR PARTISAN. I'M VERY CONVINCED THAT GERRY NADLER THOUGHT IT WAS UNFAIR AND PARTISAN IN 1998. I DON'T KNOW THAT A MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THINK THAT. BUT TODAY IF YOU WOULD WALK DOWN THE STREETS OF AMERICA, AT LEAST INSIDE THE COASTS IN AMERICA AND SAY, WHAT IN THE WORLD WOULD THE DEMOCRATS WANT TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT BUSH AND VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY FOR? I WOULD BE HARD-PRESSED TO FIND CONSTITUENTS IN MY PART OF THE COUNTRY THAT COULD GIVE ME AN INFORMED ANSWER. THAT MEANS TO ME THAT IT'S UNFAIR AND IT'S PARTISAN. AND THIS ENTIRE EXERCISE IS ABOUT DISCREDITING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION SO THAT THE LANDING ZONE IS PREPPED FOR ELECTION DAY IN NOVEMBER. THAT'S WHAT I SEE. I DON'T THINK THERE ARE COINCIDENCES IN POLITICS. I THINK IT'S ALL REAL. IT IS NOT A GAME. IT IS HARDBALL. THIS IS THE HARDEST OF HARDBALL. IT'S UNFOLDING HERE TOMORROW THE UNBELIEVABLE, THE UNANTICIPATED, THE BRETH TAKING, THE ILLOGICAL, THE MAJOR REACH, THE DEJA VU FEELING WITH A DIFFERENT FIGURE IN FRONT OF IT, MR. SPEAKER I'LL TAKE US BACK ALSO TO ANOTHER LITTLE EVENT. WHEN I HAD EXPOSURE TO SOME OF THE THINGS GOING ON BY THE HARD LEFT IN AMERICA. MARCH 18, 2003, JUST A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE LIBERATION OF IRAQ BEGAN. THERE WAS AN ANTI-WAR PROTEST THAT TOOK PLACE OUT ON THE MALL. NOW, I HAD NOT BEEN TO ONE OF THOSE BEFORE. WE DON'T HAVE THEM IN MY PART OF THE COUNTRY. BUT I THOUGHT I SHOULD TAKE A LOOK AT THIS ONE. AND SO I PUT ON MY REDSKINS SWEATER, AN OLD -- REDSKINS SWEATSHIRT, AN OLD ONE. LOOKED LIKE A NATIVE. PUT A CAP ON. WALKED DOWN THERE AMONGST THE PEOPLE THAT WERE GETTING READY FOR THIS MARCH ON THE WHITE HOUSE TO PROTEST THE WAR THAT HADN'T BEGUN. AS I WAS THERE AND I WATCHED A PHOTOGRAPHER WASH THE LENS OF HIS CAMERA WITH AN AMERICAN FLAG HE KEPT IN HIS POCKET FOR A RAG, HE WAS PLEASED TO DO IT. AS I WATCHED SOME OF THE COUNTERCULTURAL SIGNS BE PUT UP, TOOK A LOT OF PICTURES DOWN THERE, MANY OF WHICH COULDN'T BE BE PUBLISHED, OR SHOW YOUR CHILDREN. THERE WAS A BIG STAGE, BIG STAGE WITH BIG SPEAKERS ON IT AND THE SPEAKERS -- AND THE ORDERS THAT CAME FORWARD TO STAND BETWEEN THOSE LARGE SPEAKERS WERE THERE TO WIND UP THE CROWD AND THEY COULD MARCH UP ACROSS THE MALL AND MARCH AROUND THE WHITE HOUSE AND GO PROTEST THE WAR THAT HADN'T BEGUN. I DID WATCH THAT ENTIRE MARCH AND THAT WHOLE PROTEST. THAT'S A LONGER SPEECH THAN I'VE GOT TIME FOR TONIGHT, MR. SPEAKER. I SAW THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CALL FOR THE IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT BUSH BEFORE THE OPERATIONS BEGAN. AND NOW HERE WE ARE, MARCH 18, 2003, FAST FORWARD TO JULY 24, TOMORROW WILL BE JULY 25, 2008, JUST A LITTLE OVER FIVE YEARS LATER, WE ARE THERE. IT'S HAPPENING. IT'S COMING BEFORE THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TOMORROW, ROOM 2141, 10:00 A.M. AND I THINK IT WILL BE DAY THAT LIVES IN INFAMY. A SHAMEFUL DAY, A DAY WHEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WASHINGTON UP AND REALIZE THERE'S A CONNECTION BETWEEN A COMMITTEE IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS SEEKING TO IMPEACH A PRESIDENT WITHOUT CAUSE DURING A TIME OF WAR, DURING A TIME WHEN OUR ENERGY IS TIED UP AND TRAPPED UP AND WE ARE LOOKING AT $4 GAS, DURING A TIME WHEN WE HAVE ECONOMIC DIFFICULTIES AND THERE NEEDS TO BE CONFIDENCE IN THE AMERICAN SYSTEM AND AMERICAN ECONOMY, DURING A TIME AS WE MOVE UP TO OUR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE AFFECTED. THEY ARE ALL WRAPPED UP TOGETHER. THEY ALL HAVE TO HAVE, MR. SPEAKER, THE IMPRA MATURE OF APPROVAL STAMPED ON IT AT THE MAN WHO WANTED TO GIVE A SPEECH TODAY. IT'S HIS AGENDA. IT'S HIS MOTIVE. IT'S THEM WORKING WITH THEM. IT'S HIS IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS. THIS ALL TIES TOGETHER. AND I BELIEVE THE AMERICAN VOTERS WILL HOLD THE KIND OF PEOPLE WHO PULL THESE KIND OF MOVES ACCOUNTABLE. JOIN ME TOMORROW, MR. SPEAKER. I HOLD A CHAIR FOR YOU. ALL OF US LOOK IN AND SEE AT 10:00 TOMORROW MORNING, ROOM 2141 OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE, THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS, PRESIDENT BUSH, VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY, HELD TOMORROW AT 10:00 IN THE MORNING. I'LL BE THERE. MR. SPEAKER, YOU BE THERE AND LET'S RIGHT THIS SHIP THAT IS GOING OFF TASKING SO HARD TO THE LEFT. IT'S GOING TO SINK IF WE DON'T TURN IT AROUND. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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