House Defeats Goodlatte-McCaul Bill, 193-231
House Session - March 20, 2010
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  • 09:00:43 AM

    THE CLERK

    ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., MARCH 20, 2010. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE…

    ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., MARCH 20, 2010. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE YVETTE D. CLARKE TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, NANCY PELOSI, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 09:01:01 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    LET US APPROACH THE LORD WITH PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING. STRONG IS HIS LOVE…

    LET US APPROACH THE LORD WITH PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING. STRONG IS HIS LOVE FOR US. LEFT TO OURSELVES, WE ARE EASILY OVERWHELMED. WE CANNOT BE ATTENDIVE TO HIS -- ATTENTIVE TO HIS WORD OR ACCOMPLISH HIS SOUL. MAKE THIS CONGRESS BOLD AND STRONG. AS YOUR INSTRUMENT OF MERCY AND COMPASSION, DRIVE AWAY ALL THAT IS EVIL AND REVEAL THE PATH THAT WILL STRENGTHEN YOUR PEOPLE IN HOPE AND SALVATION AND GIVE YOU THE GLORY BOTH NOW AND FOREVER. AMEN.

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  • 09:01:54 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HER APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1 THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED.

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  • 09:02:06 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 09:02:09 AM

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    SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF…

    SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.

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  • 09:02:13 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 09:02:28 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 09:02:32 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL PLEASE 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. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, CONGRESSMAN WILSON.

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  • 09:03:03 AM

    MR. WILSON

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

    I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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  • 09:03:21 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN UP TO FIVE REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES…

    THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN UP TO FIVE REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:03:42 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SO ORDERED.

  • 09:03:47 AM

    MS. SCHWARTZ

    TODAY WE ARE ON THE ROAD TO PASSING HEALTH CARE REFORM. IT BENEFITS ALL OF…

    TODAY WE ARE ON THE ROAD TO PASSING HEALTH CARE REFORM. IT BENEFITS ALL OF US, FAMILIES, SENIORS, BUSINESSES, TAXPAYERS AND OUR NATION. THIS PLAN INCLUDES MANY VITAL PROVISIONS THAT STRENGTHEN HEALTH CARE FOR AMERICANS, PROVISIONS I HAVE FOUGHT HARD FOR. PROHIBITING INSURANCE COMPANIES FROM EXCLUDING PRE-EXISTING CONDITION COVERAGE FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS. SIX MONTHS AFTER REFORM IS PASSED ALL CHILDREN WILL BE PROTECTED FROM THESE DENIALS. STRENGTHENING PRIMARY CARE FOR SENIORS WITH A NEW FOCUS FOR THOSE WITH CHRONIC DISEASES. SENIORS WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO PAY CO-PAYMENTS FOR PREVENTIVE CARE AND WILL HAVE GREATER ACCESS TO PRIMARY CARE DOCTORS AND NURSES. AND ENSURES THAT ALL INSURANCE COMPANIES USE PLAIN, EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND LANGUAGE SO CONSUMERS KNOW WHAT THEY'RE BUYING AND CAN COMPARE THE CHOICES. THE STATUS QUO IS UNACCEPTABLE AND UNSUSTAINABLE. I URGE A YES VOTE ON HEALTH CARE REFORM.

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  • 09:04:48 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA RISE?

  • 09:04:52 AM

    MR. WILSON

    SO ORDERED.

  • 09:04:56 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SO ORDERED.

  • 09:04:58 AM

    MR. WILSON

    SPEAKER, RONALD REAGAN ONCE SAID THE MOST TERRIFYING WORDS IN THE ENGLISH…

    SPEAKER, RONALD REAGAN ONCE SAID THE MOST TERRIFYING WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IS I'M FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND I'M HERE TO HELP. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WASHINGTON LIBERALS ARE TRYING TO TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE SCHEME THAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN GIVE EVERYONE FREE HEALTH CARE IS A FAIRY TALE WE DEFIES HISTORY AND REALITY. THE REALITY IS THAT THERE ARE REAL AND AFFORDABLE WAYS TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH CARE FINANCING SYSTEM AND REPUBLICANS PRESENTED 70 SUCH PROPOSALS. PROPOSALS LIKE H.R. 3400 WILL MAKE HEALTH CARE ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE, COVERING PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, PROMOTING EMPLOYER-SPONSORED INSURANCE AND OFFERS INSURANCE ACROSS STATE LINES. THE PELOSI BILL WILL KILL 1.6 MILLION JOBS, ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. CITIZENS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE LIKE CHUCK STAULK WITH BRENDA AND LYNN OF LEXINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA.

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  • 09:06:00 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:06:03 AM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:06:04 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:06:09 AM

    MR. WILSON

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SHARE MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR HEALTH REFORM…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SHARE MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR HEALTH REFORM BILL THAT WE WILL BE VOTING ON THIS WEEKEND. THIS BILL'S NOT PERFECT, BUT IT'S A SIGNIFICANT STEP FORWARD. THIS BILL WILL ENSURE THAT A WONDERFUL LITTLE GIRL THAT A WONDERFUL -- FROM OHIO WILL NOT BE DENIED HEALTH INSURANCE DUE TO A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS STRICKEN WITH CANCER AT 3-YEAR-OLD. NOT ONLY WILL BRIDGETTE BENEFIT BUT THIS LEGISLATION WILL GUARANTEE THAT 9,300 OTHER RESIDENTS IN OHIO'S SIXTH SDRIBBLET WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITION -- DISTRICT WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITION CAN IMPROVE COVERAGE. IT WILL IMPROVE COVERAGE FOR 365,000 RESIDENTS IN MY DISTRICT. WITH HEALTH INSURANCE AND EXTEND COVERAGE TO 40,000 PEOPLE WHO ARE UNINSURED. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT WE NEED THIS REFORM. FAMILIES LIKE BRIDGETTE'S NEED THIS REFORM. OUR ECONOMY NEEDS THIS REFORM. THIS IS A HISTORIC VOTE, AND I AM PROUD TO CAST MY VOTE IN FAVOR OF COMMONSENSE HEALTH CARE REFORM THAT FINALLY BENEFITS THE PEOPLE, NOT THE INSURANCE COMPANIES.

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  • 09:07:16 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 09:07:20 AM

    MR. POE

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:07:21 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:07:25 AM

    MR. POE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 09:08:27 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 09:08:31 AM

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    FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

  • 09:08:33 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:08:35 AM

    MR. KLEIN

    MADAM SPEAKER, FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE DEBATE ON HEALTH CARE REFORM, MY…

    MADAM SPEAKER, FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE DEBATE ON HEALTH CARE REFORM, MY TOP PRIORITY HAS BEEN CLEAR. STRENGTHEN AND PROTECT MEDICARE FOR OUR SENIORS LIKE BUNNY STEINMAN IN MY DISTRICT. I BELIEVE THE DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL, ESPECIALLY FOR OUR SENIORS. NO ONE, NOT THE GOVERNMENT NOR PRIVATE INSURANCE SHOULD STAND BETWEEN THE PATIENT AND THE DOCTOR OF THEIR CHOICE. WHEN I TALK TO SENIORS IN MY DISTRICT MANY OF THEM TELL ME THAT STRUGGLING TO COVER THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, ESPECIALLY IF THEY HAVE FALLEN INTO THE PART D DRUG DOUGHNUT HOLE, IS A PROBLEM FOR THEM. I WORKED WITH AARP TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS BILL CLOSES THE DOUGHNUT HOLE FOR GOOD. SENIORS WILL GET IMMEDIATE RELIEF ON PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, A $250 REBATE NEXT YEAR AND THOUSANDS MORE IN SAVINGS IN THE YEARS AHEAD. WE HAVE WON THIS FIGHT, THIS REFORM WILL CLOSE THE DOUGHNUT HOLE AND SAVE SENIORS MONEY. THERE WILL BE OTHER BENEFITS FOR SENIORS SUCH AS PREVENTIVE CARE, SUCH AS CANCER SCREENINGS WILL BE FREE, NO CO-PAYS, NO DEDUCTIBILITY. WE OWE IT TO OUR SENIORS. THEY PAID INTO THE MEDICARE TRUST FUND. BENEFITS LIKE THESE ARE CRITICAL TO OUR SENIOR POPULATION IN SOUTH FLORIDA IN MY DISTRICT AND AROUND THE COUNTRY. I THANK YOU AND URGE SUPPORT OF THE BILL.

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  • 09:09:51 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 09:09:57 AM

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE.

  • 09:10:00 AM

    MR. ROE

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I KNOW THAT I'M JUST A COUNTRY DOCTOR FROM…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I KNOW THAT I'M JUST A COUNTRY DOCTOR FROM TENNESSEE, BUT THE FACT THAT WE CAN'T HAVE A TRUE UP OR DOWN VOTE ON ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES OF LEGISLATION THIS BODY WILL EVER CONSIDER JUST FLAT OUT CONFINDS ME. I'VE DECIDE TO DO A LITTLE RESEARCH ON IT. THE HOUSE HAS RECORDED VOTES ON WHETHER TO CONGRATULATE TWO FOOTBALL TEAMS, A COLLEGE BASKETBALL TEAM, WHETHER THERE WAS A VOTE ON A COLLEGE QUARTERBACK. WE'VE EVEN HELD VOTES ON HONORING 10 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AND NAMED 30 POST OFFICES. THE HOUSE HELD A RECORDED VOTE ON WHETHER TO PAY TRIBUTE TO HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES. AND THIS WEEK WE VOTED ON WHETHER NOT TO CONGRATULATE VANCOUVER ON HOSTING THE WINTER OLYMPICS. HECK, WE'VE EVEN ASKED MEMBERS TO GO ON RECORD ABOUT THE 2,560TH BIRTHDAY OF CONFUCIUS. WE CAN VOTE ON ALL THESE MATTERS BUT WE CAN'T HAVE A VOTE ON HEALTH CARE. MADAM SPEAKER, IF ANYONE CAN EXPLAIN THIS TO ME, MY PHONE LINE IS OPEN. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:11:02 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 09:11:05 AM

    MR. YARMUTH

    REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:11:09 AM

    MR. YARMUTH

    MADAM SPEAKER, THIS MORNING ON MY WAY TO THE CAPITOL I EXPERIENCED A…

    MADAM SPEAKER, THIS MORNING ON MY WAY TO THE CAPITOL I EXPERIENCED A MOMENT OF KARMA. THE FIRST SONG THAT CAME ON THE RADIO WHEN I TURNED IT ON WAS A SONG FROM THE SHOW "LES MIS." IT'S SONG ON THE EVE OF INSURRECTION OF FRENCH STUDENTS MANY OF WHOM KNOW THEY WERE GOING TO DIE. ONE MORE TODAY WE ARE GOING TO PASS AN HISTORIC PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL NOT TAKE LIVES, IT WILL SAVE LIVES. THE 18,000 LIVES THAT ARE LOST EVERY YEAR DUE TO LACK OF INSURANCE. WE WILL SAVE MEDICARE AND WE WILL SAVE JOBS. ONE MORE DAY MORE UNTIL WE ACCOMPLISH THAT FOR OUR ECONOMY, FOR OUR CITIZENS AND FOR OUR COUNTRY. TOMORROW INDEED WILL BE A WONDERFUL DAY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:11:56 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 09:11:59 AM

    MR. SMITH

    MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE…

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

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  • 09:12:03 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:12:05 AM

    MR. SMITH

    HERE IS WHAT THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HAS TO SAY ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATION'S…

    HERE IS WHAT THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HAS TO SAY ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATION'S HEALTH CARE PLAN. "BUYERS BEWARE." PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYS HIS HEALTH CARE COSTS WILL DECREASE BY DOUBLE DIGITS. LISTENING TO OBAMA PITCH HIS PLAN, YOU MIGHT NOT REALIZE THAT'S HOW IT WORKS. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE CONCLUDED THAT PREMIUMS FOR PEOPLE BUYING THEIR OWN COVERAGE WOULD GO UP BY AN AVERAGE OF 10% TO 13%. THE REST OF THE NATIONAL MEDIA SHOULD REPORT THE FACTS ABOUT HEALTH CARE, NOT COVER THEM UP.

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  • 09:12:53 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 09:12:57 AM

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    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

  • 09:12:59 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:13:05 AM

    MR. HIMES

    SETTING ASIDE THE MORAL DIMENSION, LET'S TALK ABOUT THE COSTS AND THE NEED…

    SETTING ASIDE THE MORAL DIMENSION, LET'S TALK ABOUT THE COSTS AND THE NEED TO BRING DOWN COSTS. I WANT TO COME BACK TO THAT MORAL DIMENSION. I WANT TO COME BACK TO THE FACT THAT AT THE CORE OF THAT MORAL DIMENSION IS THE BELIEF WE LOOK AFTER OUR OWN. THAT IF YOU ARE ATTACKED BY YOUR ENEMIES, WE SEND THE BEST MILITARY IN THE WORLD FOR HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. IF YOUR HOUSE CATCHES FIRE WE WILL SEND MEN AND EQUIPMENT TO PUT OUT THAT FIRE. IF AN ASSAILANT ENTERS YOUR HOME WE WILL SEND MEN AND EQUIPMENT TO LOOK AFTER OUR OWN. BUT IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER, CORONARY DISEASE, LEUKEMIA, WELL, THEN WE'RE NOT SURE. WE MIGHT LOOK AFTER YOU IF YOU HAVE A JOB. IF YOU CAN KEEP THAT JOB. IF YOU DON'T HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. IF YOU HAVEN'T COMMITTED THE SIN OF GETTING OLDER. MADAM SPEAKER, IF WE ARE TO BE TRUE TO WHAT IS THE VALUE OF THIS COUNTRY THAT WE LOOK AFTER OUR OWN WE WILL FINALLY JOIN THE COMPANY OF CIVILIZED NATIONS AND SAY EVERY AMERICAN, WE WILL LOOK AFTER YOU, YOU WILL NOT DIE NEEDLESSLY, BY PASSING HEALTH CARE REFORM.

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  • 09:14:11 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT REASON DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 09:14:23 AM

    MR. CAO

    SPEAKER, I UNDERSTAND THAT WE NEED HEALTH CARE REFORM. I HAVE A YOUNGER…

    SPEAKER, I UNDERSTAND THAT WE NEED HEALTH CARE REFORM. I HAVE A YOUNGER BROTHER WHO HAS A KIDNEY DISEASE THAT PUT HIM ON DIALYSIS AT THE YOUNG AGE OF 30 AND FORCED HIM TO HAVE A KIDNEY TRANSPLANT. I HAVE A FATHER WHO IS ALSO ON DIALYSIS AND STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE. I HAVE A YOUNGER SISTER WHO HAS BEEN FIGHTING LUPEIS FOR OVER A -- LUPIS FOR OVER A DECADE. I SAW HOW MY SISTER FOUGHT THE INSURANCE COMPANY FOR COVERAGE. I UNDERSTAND THE CRUSHING COSTS OF HEALTH CARE. I UNDERSTAND WE HAVE TO FIGHT THE INSURANCE COMPANIES, BUT I ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT ABORTION IS WRONG. LAST WEEK I CALLED MY BROTHER AND APOLOGIZED TO HIM AND TOLD HIM I CANNOT SUPPORT THE SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL. HE TOLD ME THAT HE UNDERSTANDS, AND I THANK HIM FOR IT. TOMORROW WILL BE A SAD DAY FOR ME AS I CAST A NO VOTE AGAINST SOMETHING I BELIEVE WE NEED, TO PREVENT THE EXPANSION OF ABORTION, AN ABSOLUTE MORAL EVIL. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:15:25 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 10:31:46 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1172, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED READ, THE…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1172, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED READ, THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE PRINTED IN THE BILL IS ADOPTED. AFTER ONE HOUR OF DEBATE ON THE BILL AS AMENDED IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER THE FURTHER AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT 111-445. EACH OF WHICH MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ AND SHALL BE SEPARATELY DEBATABLE FOR 10 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND OPPONENT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 10:32:26 AM

    MR. GRIJALVA

    YOU, AGAIN, MADAM SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY…

    YOU, AGAIN, MADAM SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 1612.

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  • 10:32:41 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 10:32:43 AM

    MR. GRIJALVA

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAYED IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1612, A…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAYED IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1612, A BILL I INTRODUCED LAST YEAR TO HELP REPAIR AND RESTORE OUR NATION'S PUBLIC LANDS WHILE EMPLOYING AND TRAINING THOUSANDS OF YOUNG AMERICANS AND PROMOTING THE CULTURE OF PUBLIC SERVICE. IN 1993 WHEN THE PUBLIC LANDS CORPS WAS ESTABLISHED THROUGH THE GOOD WORK OF OUR LATE COLLEAGUE OF MINNESOTA THERE WERE HUGE BACKLOGS OF LABOR-INTENSIVE WORK ON NATIONAL PARK LANDS, FOREST, WILDLIFE REFUGE, HISTORIC SITES AND INDIAN LANDS. UNFORTUNATELY, WE STILL FACE THOSE CHALLENGES AND -- THOSE CHALLENGES AND MORE. YEARS OF INADEQUATE FUNDING TO PUT OUR FEDERAL LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCIES FURTHER BEHIND ON VITAL MAINTENANCE WORK WHILE INFRASTRUCTURE CONTINUES TO CRUMBLE. DESPITE THE BEST EFFORTS OF THESE UNDERFUNDED AGENCIES, NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES ARE BEING NEGLECTED. AND IN MANY PLACES THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ARE MAGNIFYING EARLIER PROBLEMS SUCH AS FIRE RISKS, DAMAGE BY INSECTS AND EVASIVE SPECIES. THE STIMULUS BILL WE PASSED IN THE FIRST SESSION HAVE BEGUN TO ATTACK THE PROBLEM BUT IS ONLY A START. MUCH REMAINS TO BE DONE ON THE PUBLIC LANDS. MY BILL, H.R. 1612, WILL EXPAND AND REINVIGORATE AN EXISTING PROGRAM, THE PUBLIC LANDS CORPS, BY STREAMLINING ITS MANAGEMENT, MODERNIZING ITS SCOPE AND PROVIDING NEW TOOLS TO HELP THE PROGRAM ACCOMPLISH ITS VISION, PUTTING YOUNG PEOPLE TO WORK, REPAIRING OUR MOST TREASURED RESOURCES. YOUNG PEOPLE PARTICIPATE IN THE PUBLIC LANDS SERVICE CORPS WILL WORK SIDE BY SIDE WITH PROFESSIONAL LAND MANAGERS TO COLLECT BIOLOGICAL DATA, PRESERVE HISTORIC DOCUMENTS, REBUILD ROADS AND TRAILS, ATTACK EVASIVE WEEDS, REDUCE FIRE RISKS AND IMPROVE WATERSHED HEALTH, PAINT VISITOR FACILITIES, RESTORE DAMAGED WETLANDS, HELP BUILD GREEN BUILDINGS AND WELCOME VISITORS TO OUR PARKS AND PUBLIC LANDS. THESE AND A WIDE VARIETY OF OTHER JOBS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO CORPS MEMBERS FOR A PERIOD UP TO TWO YEARS. THEIR TERM IN SERVICE WILL INCLUDE THE TRAINING THEY NEED TO DO THESE JOBS. MY BILL ALSO ALLOWS THE AGENCIES TO PROVIDE HOUSING FOR CORPS PARTICIPANTS AND EVEN ALLOW THE CORPS MEMBERS TO BUILD HOUSING THAT CAN BE USED BY FUTURE CORPS MEMBERS. THE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE CORPS MEMBERS RECEIVE WHILE WORKING TO IMPROVE THE CONDITION OF OUR NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES WILL GIVE THEM A HUGE ADVANTAGE WHEN THEY ENTER THE WORKING WORLD IN SUCH PROFESSIONS AS SCIENCE, LAND MANAGEMENT, THE BUILDING TRADES, ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES SUCH AS HISTORY AND EDUCATION. THE LEGISLATION NOT ONLY FAKES A DECISIVE STEP -- TAKES A DECISIVE STEP IN RESTORING OUR FUN LANDS, HISTORIC SITES AND INDEPENDENT LAN LANDS, BUT ALSO RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR COASTAL AND MARINE SYSTEMS AND OUR NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARIES. THIS EXPANDED PUBLIC SERVICE INITIATIVE WILL INTRODUCE PEOPLE FROM A GREATER DIVERSITY OF SOCIAL, ETHNIC AND CULTURAL BACKGROUNDS TO OUR NATION'S PARKS, FORESTS AND PUBLIC LANDS. NOT ONLY AS POSSIBLE FUTURE EMPLOYEES BUT ALSO AS LIFELONG ADVOCATES AND ENTHUSIASTS. THE LEGISLATION TAKES ADVANTAGE OF AN OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT IN TRAINING TO YOUNG PEOPLE WHO NEED IT WHILE ALSO IMPROVING THE CONDITION OF OUR PRICELESS NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES. PRESIDENT OBAMA AND INTERIOR SECRETARY SALAZAR HAVE MADE NATIONAL SERVICE A PRIORITY AND HAVE GRACIOUSLY SUPPORTED THIS LEGISLATION. I AM ALSO PROUD OF -- TO HAVE THE SUPPORT OF PREIMMINENT CONSERVATION CORPS GROUPS AS WELL AS LEADING NATIONAL PARK ADVOCACY GROUPS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF THIS MEASURE. AT A TIME WHEN UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG OUR YOUTH AND PARTICULARLY THE URBAN AREAS IS THAT AN ALL-TIME HIGH, H.R. 1612 BEGINS TO ADDRESS THAT CRISIS AND ALSO TO ADDRESS THE UNMET NEEDS OF OUR PUBLIC LANDS. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:36:47 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT…

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

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  • 10:36:54 AM

    MR. BISHOP

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

  • 10:36:59 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME, WITHOUT…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME, WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 10:37:03 AM

    MR. BISHOP

    I AS WELL AS MANY WHO ARE ON THE FLOOR AM JUST PLEASED TO BE HERE ON A…

    I AS WELL AS MANY WHO ARE ON THE FLOOR AM JUST PLEASED TO BE HERE ON A SATURDAY MORNING TO DISCUSS THE BILL THAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE AND THE REASON WHY WE ARE HERE, AND ALSO THE SIDE-VIEW OF BEING ABLE TO COUNT THE NUMBERS HERE TO BE PART OF AN HISTORICAL OCCASION. THIS IS PERHAPS A METAPHOR FOR THIS SESSION. AS WE BEGIN THIS WEEKEND REALITY PLAY THAT DEFINITELY DOES FIT INTO THE THEATER OF THE ABSURD. THIS IS A GOOD PROGRAM BUT THERE IS MUCH COMMON GOOD WHICH WE COULD HAVE FOUND A GREAT DEAL OF COMMON SUPPORT HAD THIS BILL BEEN ALLOWED TO HAVE SOME BIPARTISANSHIP WITH IT. BOTH THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE AND THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE HAD AMENDMENTS THAT WE HAD -- THAT HAD BEEN PROPOSED IN THE COMMITTEE THAT WERE WITHDRAWN UNDER THE ASSUMPTION THAT THEY WOULD BE WORKED UPON AND ADDED TO THE FINAL BILL WHEN IT CAME HERE TO THE FLOOR. THAT WAS NOT SIMPLY THE CASE. SO IT COULD HAVE BEEN AN EASY BILL TO PASS WITH COMMON ASSUMPTIONS TO IT THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE THINGS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE IN A BIPARTISAN WAY HAS NOW BEEN TURNED INTO SOMETHING THAT HAS A PARTISAN FLAVOR TO IT AS THE ONLY RULE BILL THAT WE HAVE FOR THIS WEEKEND SO FAR SIMPLY BECAUSE OF STANDARDS THAT WE HAVE HAD IN THIS PROPOSAL. THIS IS -- THIS IS INDEED A METAPHOR FOR WHAT WE ARE DOING AND WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING FOR MUCH OF THIS SESSION. I DO HAVE SOME CONCERNS, MADAM SPEAKER, FOR THIS BILL IN THREE BASIC AREAS. FIRST OF ALL, THE CONCEPT OF FUNDING AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. SECONDLY, THE CONCEPT OF CURRICULUM THAT WILL BE INVOLVED IN THIS PROGRAM. AND THIRD, WHAT I WOULD PROBABLY CALL IS THE GENEALOGY OF THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM. ONE OF THE AMENDMENTS OR ONE OF THE REQUESTS THAT WE HAD IS THAT THIS BILL SHOULD BE SUNSETTED IN SOME PARTICULAR WAY. THERE WILL BE AN AMENDMENT THAT WILL BE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR THAT WILL ADD A SUNSET TO THIS PARTICULAR BILL. THIS SPENDS $12 MILLION A YEAR. FOR SOME PEOPLE THAT'S CONSIDERED A LOT OF MONEY. AROUND HERE I REALIZE THAT'S SIMPLY A ROUNDING ERROR. BUT WHAT IT DOES IF YOU PASS THIS PARTICULAR BILL IT TAKES OFF THE CAP OF THIS PROGRAM AT $12 MILLION AND ALLOWS IT TO BE FUNDED AT ANY LEVEL. THE C.B.O. ASSUMED IT WOULD BE $120 MILLION OVER FIVE YEARS. HOW THEY REACHED THAT ASSUMPTION NO ONE REALLY KNOWS. ONE OF THE THINGS WE SHOULD DO IF WE WERE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE WAS TO MAKE SURE THERE WAS A SPECIFIC CAP ON THIS PROGRAM AND THAT THERE WAS A SUNSET PROVISION SO IT CAN BE REVIEWED. ONE OF THE THINGS WE ALL REALIZE AROUND THIS COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY AS WE TALK ABOUT THE INCREASING DEFICIT OF THIS COUNTRY, IS THAT THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST DO. DEFENSE OF THIS COUNTRY IS ONE OF THE THINGS WE MUST DO. THERE ARE SOME THINGS WE SHOULD NEVER DO, AND THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT FALL INTO THOSE LIMITED CATEGORIES, THOUGH IT WOULD BE NICE TO DO IF IT MEETS WITH OUR PRIORITIES AND WE HAVE THE MEANS TO PROVIDE THEM. PROVIDING FOR THE PARK SERVICE, HEALTHY FOREST IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS WE SHOULD DO. BUT IT MUST BE SET IN THE ENVIRONMENT OF HOW MUCH MONEY WE HAVE AND WHERE OUR PRIORITIES LIE. HAVING KIDS BEING GROOMED TO BE FUTURE MANAGERS IS A NICE THING TO DO ON THESE PUBLIC LANDS IF IT FITS INTO OUR PRIORITIES. AND THAT IS WHY THIS PROGRAM SHOULD BE REVIEWED AT A REGULAR BASIS BY CONGRESS. ONCE THESE TYPES OF PROGRAMS ARE PASSED ON INDEFINITELY AND BECOME EMBODIED WITHIN THE BUDGET ITSELF IT IS NEVER REVIEWED BY THIS BODY AGAIN, WHICH IS OUR FUNCTION AND OUR RESPONSIBILITY. IF ANYTHING WAS DONE IN A SELF-EXECUTING RULE, THE AMENDMENT WE'LL TALK ABOUT LATER TO ACTUALLY PUT A CAP ON THIS PROGRAM AND MAKE SURE WE REVIEW IT ON A REGULAR BASIS, THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN SELF-EXECUTING BECAUSE IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS CONGRESS AND WE SHOULD NOT ABROGATE THAT PARTICULAR RESPONSIBILITY. SECOND CONCERN I DO HAVE IS THE CURRICULUM -- WHAT I CALL THE CURRICULUM OF THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM. IT HAS BEEN PORTRAYED BY GROUPS TO US THAT THIS IS LIKE A NEW VERSION OF THE C.C.C. COMING ALONG TRYING TO MAKE CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS IN PUBLIC LANDS. IF THAT WERE THE CASE WE WOULD PROBABLY HAVE VERY LITTLE CONCERN ABOUT IT. BUT THAT IS NOT NECESSARILY WHAT WILL BE ALLOWED IF THIS BILL ACTUALLY GOES INTO EFFECT. WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS SIMPLY SAY -- SEE, WHEN THIS BILL WAS ORIGINALLY STARTED, THE PROGRAM WAS ORIGINALLY STARTED, THE FWOLE IS TO HAVE KIDS WORKING ON PROJECTS THAT WOULD BENEFIT SPECIFICALLY OUR FOREST SERVICE AND PUBLIC LANDS. BUT UNFORTUNATELY AS THIS IS NOW ALTERED THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OF WHERE THE FUNDS WILL GO AND WHAT THE PRIORITIES WILL BE WHICH IS ONE OF THE THINGS WE SIMPLY WANTED, KEEP THE PROGRAM TO DO WHAT IT WAS INTENDED TO DO. THIS TIME THE GOVERNMENT WILL SEND MONEY MUCH OF WHICH WILL BE HANDLED BY THE CONSERVATION PROGRAM. THEY WILL BE THE ONES TO FACILITATE PROGRAMS AND GIVE GRANTS. HOW IT WILL BE STRUCTURED NO ONE KNOWS. ENSURING THIS IS DONE TO THE BETTERMENT OF PUBLIC LANDS, THIS ALLOWS FOR MONEY TO GO TO POLITICAL ISSUES IN THE -- UNDER THE GUYS OF SOME KIND OF CONNER IS -- UNDER THE GUISE OF SOME KIND OF CONSERVATIONSHIP. THIS HAS BEEN ANTI-AFFORDABLE ENERGY, ANTI-COAL-FIRED PLANTS, PRO-HIGHER TAXES AND ENERGY COSTS. OUR STAFF HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF LOOKING ON THE WILL BE SITE OF THIS PARTICULAR GROUP. THEY SPONSORED A CONFERENCE HERE IN WASHINGTON SEVERAL YEARS AGO SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. SOME FUNDING BY THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN WHICH THE CURRICULUM FOR THAT CONFERENCE WAS NOT JUST ABOUT HOW WE IMPROVE OUR FUN LANDS BUT ALSO HOW ONE STAGES PROTESTS, HOW ONE CAN DO A SIT-IN TO PREVENT A TIMBER HARVEST FROM TAKING PLACE. IN FACT, AS YOU LOOK AT THEIR WEBSITE, THEIR ORGANIZING LIST STARTS SMALL AND THEN GROW AND THEN FUND IN THE PROCESS. NOW, ONCE AGAIN, THAT'S NOT WHAT THIS PROGRAM WAS INTENDED TO DO NOR SHOULD IT BE THE PROGRAM AND THERE ARE NO PROHIBITIONS TO SAY THAT THIS PROGRAM WILL NOT EVOLVE INTO THAT FORM. HAVE THEY SIMPLY ADDED AMENDS WE WANTED TO SAY WHAT THE PURPOSES AND THE DIRECTIONS OF THIS PROGRAM WERE, ONCE AGAIN, IT WOULD BE A VERY GOOD BIPARTISAN BILL. BUT THAT WAS NOT ALLOWED. IT'S NOT ALLOWED BY LEADERSHIP HERE OR IN THE RULES COMMITTEE TO TAKE THAT PLACE IN FORM. THIS STUDENT CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION, ONCE AGAIN, HAS TAKEN A GREAT DEAL OF STIMULUS FUNDS THAT WERE ADDED IN THE STIMULUS BILL. IN EACH OF THOSE, ONCE AGAIN, THERE WAS MUCH THAT WAS INVOLVED THAT WAS ADVOCACY OUTSIDE OF BUILDING OUR PUBLIC LANDS. ONE OF THE FUNDS GOT $18,000 INTO MY COMMUNITY TO ASSIST IN BUILDING A PUBLIC LIBRARY SO THEY COULD ASSOCIATE AT THE REFUGE CENTER WITH CONSERVATION EFFORTS. $120,000 WAS GIVEN TO THIS GROUP SO THEY'D GO INTO NEW ENGLAND AND SHOW LEGAL TECHNIQUES AND PRACTICES OF HOW THEY COULD USE THE LEGAL SYSTEM TO REACH GOALS THAT THEY HAD. THAT'S POLITICAL ACTIVISM WHICH IS NOT WHAT THIS PROGRAM WAS ABOUT, NOT WHAT IN PROGRAM TO WHICH THIS PROGRAM SHOULD EVOLVE INTO ITSELF. ONE OF THE THINGS -- MADAM SPEAKER, IF I COULD USE -- FUNDED AS PART OF THIS PROGRAM IS THE MO UDALL LEGACY BUS DOOR. IT WAS A 54-DAY BUS TOUR PROMOTED BY THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. YOU CAN SEE THEIR LOGO ALL THE WAY AROUND HERE AS WELL AS THE PUBLIC OF INTERIOR TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABILITY IN BIODIESEL BUSES. ACCORDING TO THE KIDS, IT WAS A WONDERFUL 54-DAY TRIP. HOWEVER, MOST OF THEM SAID HOW GRATEFUL IT WAS WAS THEY VISITED MICROBUREYS, ESPECIALLY BIODIVERSIFIED MICROBREWRY. I DON'T KNOW HOW SUCCESSFUL THIS TOUR WAS. I DON'T DRINK ANYTHING HARDER THAT ARE DR PEPPER SO I WILL ASK TO SEE IF THEY'RE VISITING TO ALL THE BARS THEY HAD IN THE CITIES IN WHICH ME WENT ON THIS PARTICULAR TRIP REALLY WAS WORTHWHILE IN MAKING THAT PARTICULAR KIND OF EVALUATION. NICE TRIP. THERE'S NOTHING WRONGDOING THIS IF THEY DO IT ON THEIR OWN DIME AND NOT THE GOVERNMENT'S DIME. THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, WHICH WILL BE IN CHARGE OF THE OVERSITE OF THIS DOES NOT HAVE -- OVERSIGHT OF THIS DOES NOT HAVE A GREAT RECORD IN THIS. IN 2007 THE I.G. IN THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR CAME UP WITH JUST IN ONE PARK SERVICE MANAGE JOB COURSE CENTER $3 MILLION OF MISREPORTED EXPENDITURES AND $200,000 OF IMPROPER CHARGES AND THAT'S THE OVERSIGHT THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE. THOSE TYPES OF THINGS SHOULD HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE BILL. WE ASKED FOR THOSE TYPES OF THINGS TO BE ADDED TO THE BILL. IT WOULD HAVE SOLVED THE PROBLEMS OF THIS PARTICULAR BILL BUT THEY WEREN'T DONE. THEREFORE, WE'RE HERE COMPLAINING ABOUT SOMETHING WHICH SHOULD HAVE BEEN AND COULD HAVE BEEN A GREAT PROGRAM OF BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND IT ISN'T. . LET ME TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE GENEALOGY FOR INDEED THIS STUDENT CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION THAT WILL BE MANAGING THIS NEW PROGRAM WAS AN OFFSPRING CREATED BY THE NATIONAL PARK CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION, THE GODFATHER OF THIS PROGRAM. A GROUP, A SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP WITH A HISTORY OF WHAT I CONSIDER TO BE EXTREME. A HISTORY OF FILING LAWSUITS AGAINST THIS GOVERNMENT. FILING LAWSUITS AGAINST THE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS. EFFORTS TO RESTRICT RECREATION AND HUNTING THAT ARE CURRENTLY PERMITTED TO PUBLIC LANDS, AND PRESENTLY INVOLVED IN THE NATIONAL COURTROOM CRUSADE TO DESTROYED THE BENEFITS OF COAL-FIRED PLANTS WITH LETTERS, WITH TESTIMONY. ONCE AGAIN THEIR MOTIVES MAY BE PURE, FINE, IT'S OK TO DO THAT, BUT NOT ON THE GOVERNMENT DIME. AND THIS BILL IS WRITTEN SO LOOSELY THAT IT IS NOT CLEAR IF ANY MONEY GOES INDIRECTLY OR DIRECTLY BACK TO THIS POINT TO DO IT. THIS BILL WHEN ORIGINALLY ESTABLISHED, THIS PROGRAM WHEN ORIGINALLY ESTABLISHED WAS THERE TO INSPIRE USE AND NEEDS AND FILL NEEDED PROGRAMS ON PUBLIC LANDS. WHEN THIS PROGRAM WAS ORIGINALLY ESTABLISHED, BY LAW ITS HIGHEST PRIORITY WAS TO GENERATE A NEW GENERATION OF LAND MANAGERS TRAINED SPECIFICALLY TO IMPROVE PUBLIC LANDS AND SPECIFICALLY TO IMPLEMENT THE BIPARTISAN HEALTHY FOREST RESTORATION ACT. THAT WAS UNDER THE CURRENT SYSTEM THE HIGHEST PRIORITY. TO HELP OUR LAND. STOP CATASTROPHIC FIRES, TO IMPROVE OUR FORESTS. IT WAS MANAGED FOR THAT. 75% OF THE MONEY WENT TO THAT PARTICULAR ISSUE. THAT'S WHAT SHOULD BE DONE. ONCE AGAIN IN COMMITTEE WHEN WE SAID LET'S RESTATE THAT AT LEAST AS ONE OF THE IMPORTANT CRITERIA, BECAUSE YOU SEE WHEN THIS BILL WAS WRITTEN THEY REMOVED ANYTHING THAT RELATED TO HEALTHY FOREST FROM THE LANGUAGE. REINSTATE THAT. WE ACTUALLY SAID WHY DON'T YOU REINSTATE IT SO 50% OF THIS GOES TO IMPROVING THE FORESTS OF THIS COUNTRY. AND THAT WASN'T ALLOWED, EITHER. SO THERE IS NO CRITERIA, THERE IS NO REFERENCE ONCE AGAIN FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS BILL ORIGINALLY WHICH WAS TO MAKE SURE WE HAD A HEALTHY FOREST. INSTEAD WE HAVE AN OPEN-ENDED BILL THAT COULD DO ANYTHING, THAT COULD GO ANYWHERE, THAT MAY COMMIT ANY KIND OF FUNCTION. MADAM SPEAKER, ALL OF THIS COULD BE AVOIDED. THESE ARE NOT TOUGH ISSUES. THIS IS NOT ONE OF THE BILLS THAT'S GOING TO MAKE OUR BREAK THE REPUBLIC. IT COULD BE AVOIDED. IT'S SIMPLY THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY HAD DECIDED TO TRY TO DO SOMETHING IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. IF THEY SAID THESE ARE YOUR OBJECTIONS, LET'S DRAFT SOMETHING TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR RESTRICTIONS ARE WHAT WE DO AS WELL. WE DIDN'T NEED TO BE HERE. AS I SAID THE COMMITTEE PROMISED THAT THEY WOULD WORK ON THIS BEFORE IT CAME TO THE FLOOR. I WAS NOT PRIVY TO THOSE NEGOTIATIONS. I DON'T KNOW WHERE IT WENT DOWN. BUT SOMETHING HAPPENED THAT DID NOT NEED TO HAPPEN. AND THE RULES COMMITTEE, WE ONCE AGAIN TOOK THESE AMENDMENTS TO THE RULES COMMITTEE, AND IN THEIR TYPICAL FASHION THE RULES COMMITTEE DROPPED ALL OF THEM EXCEPT FOR TWO. THAT DIDN'T NEED TO TAKE PLACE. TYPICAL OF WHAT WE ARE DOING AROUND HERE IS SIMPLY TRYING TO PUSH THINGS THROUGH WHEN WE DON'T NEED TO DO IT. IF WE REALLY HAD A SPIRIT OF BIPARTISANSHIP, THIS WOULD BE A THING WE COULD EASILY ACCOMPLISH SO YOU CAN SIT BACK, IF THIS HAS HAPPENED IN THE PAST, AND SIMPLY TELL YOURSELF IT COULD HAVE BEEN GREAT. IT COULD HAVE BEEN A UNITED BILL T COULD HAVE BEEN SOMETHING WHICH WE ALL COULD SAY OF WHICH WE ARE PROUD. BECAUSE OF THE PROCESS THAT WE ARE USING, DOES NOT TAKE THAT PLACE. IN FACT, MADAM SPEAKER, WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE IS DUME CAN -- DUPLICATIVE. AMAR'E CORPS -- AMERICORPS, IF YOU LOOK AT THEIR ENACTING LEGISLATION, EVERYTHING THIS PROGRAM, WHICH WAS DESIGNED TO HELP PUBLIC LANDS, ESPECIALLY HEALTHY FORESTS, EVERYTHING THIS IS NOW OPENED UP TO DO IS DONE BY AMERICORPS. IT'S PART OF THEIR PROGRAM. WHY NOT JUST FUNNEL ALL THE MONEY THERE? AND AVOID THE DUPLICATION. WHAT WE ARE DOING NOW IS BUILDING A PROGRAM WHO HAS NO LATITUDE, NO RESTRICTIONS ON WHAT THEIR OPTIONS ARE, NO RESTRICTIONS ON THEIR FUNDING. THIS IS THE HOLE SO WIDE YOU CAN DRIVE A TOYOTA PRIUS THROUGH IT BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING INVOLVED THAT COULD STOP IT. THAT'S NOT THE WAY YOU DO GOOD LEGISLATION. THIS IS NOT THE WAY YOU DO GOOD LEGISLATION. BUT IT COULD BE. AND IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. GRIJALVA

    VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. I HAVE SOME SPEAKERS I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TIME…

    VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. I HAVE SOME SPEAKERS I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TIME TO. PART OF THE PROCESS WE ALSO SEE TODAY THAT WE ARE GOING TO EXPERIENCE TODAY AND EXPERIENCE THEM FOR A WHILE IS AN EFFORT ON THE PART OF MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE TO ERASE HISTORY. AND TO ASSUME THAT EVERYTHING THAT WE ARE DOING TODAY IS SOMEHOW MISCONSTRUED TO INCREASE THE DEFICIT AND THAT IT IS A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER THAT IS NOT BIPARTISANSHIP. AND WE ARE AT THIS PLACE TO TAKE CORRECTIVE STEPS LEGISLATIVELY, INCLUDING THIS LEGISLATION, BECAUSE WE ARE WORKING ON A HISTORY, A HISTORY OF DEFICIT SPENDING, A HISTORY OF NO PRIORITIES, AND A HISTORY THAT ALTHOUGH PEOPLE WANT TO ERAISE IT FROM MEMORY IS THERE, AND THIS IS THE REASON THAT WE ARE IN THE SITUATION THAT WE ARE RIGHT NOW. IN TERMS OF CONSPIRACIES, IN TERMS OF THIS LEGISLATION, THE AMERICAN CAMP ASSOCIATION ENDORSED IT, THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR PUBLIC -- HISTORIC PRESERVATION ENDORSED IT, THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB ENDORSED IT, GIRL SCOUTS OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ENDORSED IT, THE WELLNESS COALITION ENDORSED IT, THE STUDENT CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION ENDORSED IT, HISPANIC FEDERATION ENDORSED IT, THE COALITION OF NATIONAL PARK RETIREES ENDORSED IT, AND THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR PUBLIC LANDS ENDORSED IT. SO I AM ASSUMING, AND THE MANY SPEAKERS, THE JOY OF LEARNING OUTSIDE ENDORSED IT. I AM ASSUMING THEY MUST ALSO BE PART OF THIS VAST AND IN FAIROUS CONSPIRACY THAT'S GOING ON. -- AND IN A FOREOUS -- IN FAIROUS COULD BE SPIRCY THAT'S GOING ON. WITH THAT I RECOGNIZE DR. CHRISTENSEN FOR THREE MINUTES.

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  • 10:52:27 AM

    MRS. CHRISTENSEN

    THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN GRIJALVA, ALTHOUGH I COULD BE AT HOME THIS WEEKEND…

    THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN GRIJALVA, ALTHOUGH I COULD BE AT HOME THIS WEEKEND SINCE I DON'T GET TO VOTE AS A PHYSICIAN, A FAMILY DOCTOR, AND A PERSON WHO HAS WORKED ALL MY LIFE, ALL MY ADULT LIFE TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE HAD ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, ESPECIALLY MINORITY, PEOPLE OF COLOR, THOSE IN OUR RURAL AREAS AND TERRITORIES, WHO HAVE OFTEN BEEN LEFT BEHIND, I AM PLEASED TO BE HERE THIS WEEKEND FOR THIS HISTORIC VOTE. CHAIRMAN GRIJALVA, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR INTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON PARKS, RECREATION, AND PUBLIC LANDS AND YOUR LEADERSHIP IN PRESERVING SOME OF OUR NATION'S MOST IMPORTANT TREASURES. MADAM SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES ON THE FLOOR THIS MORNING IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1612, THE PUBLIC LANDS SERVICE CORPS ACT. I'M SURE MY PARK STUDENTS ARE VERY MUCH IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. IN FACT, SUPERINTENDENT HARGROVE AND I HAVE TRIED TO SET UP EXACTLY WHAT THIS BILL WOULD DO IN ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN FOR SEVERAL YEARS. H.R. 1612 IN EXPANDING AND REINVIGORATING AN EXISTING PROGRAM ADDRESSES TWO IMPORTANT NEEDS. FIRST IT CREATES JOBS. JOBS THAT ARE SO BADLY NEEDED IN OUR NATION TODAY. JOBS IN AN AGE GROUP THAT HAS THE HIGHEST AND MOST CHRONIC UNEMPLOYMENT. IN THE ABSENCE OF DECENT JOB OPPORTUNITIES, THEY ARE LURED INTO DRUGS AND CRIMINAL ACTIVITY THAT'S THREATENING TO DESTROY THE FABRIC OF MANY COMMUNITIES, COMMUNITIES SUCH AS MINE. AND THEN IT HELPS TO CLEAR UP A LONG-STANDING MAINTENANCE BACKLOG IN OUR NATION'S PARKS AND PUBLIC LANDS, BUT IT ALSO BEGINS TO RE-ESTABLISH A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE PEOPLE IN THE INVOLVED COMMUNITIES AND THE PUBLIC LANDS IN THEIR AREA. IF I CAN JUST SPEAK ABOUT ST. JOHN FOR A MOMENT, 2/3 OF THAT ISLAND IS NATIONAL PARK. AND WHILE IT IS THE ANCHOR OF TOURISM THERE, FOR THE MOST PART THE NATIVE POPULATION ARE NOT MAJOR STAKEHOLDERS IN THAT IMPORTANT MAINSTAY OF OUR ECONOMY. AND THOSE ARE SMALL COMMUNITIES, TOO MANY OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ON ST. JOHN ARE IN NEED OF JOBS AND JOB TRAINING, ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT DON'T REQUIRE THAT THEY TRAVEL BY BOATS TO ST. THOMAS EVERY DAY. MORE THAN THAT, WITH THE VIRGIN ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK OCCUPYING SO MUCH OF THE ISLAND, IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE MAKE MORE ST. JOHNS AN INTEGRAL PART OF WHAT HAPPENS THERE AND BEGIN TO REGAIN A SENSE OF BELONGING AND OWNERSHIP WITH THE REST OF OUR NATION THAT HAS BEEN LOST OVER THE YEARS. THE SAME IS TRUE FOR SOUTH RIVER AND THE OTHER PARK LANDS IN ST. CROIX AND HISTORIC CASTLE ISLAND IN ST. THOMAS WHERE THOSE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN ARE ALSO IN NEED OF JOB TRAINING AND JOBS. ALL THOSE THESE -- THE PUBLIC LAND SERVICE CORPS JOBS WOULD BE JUST ENTRY LEVEL JOBS IN THE BEGINNING, I AM SURE THAT ONCE OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ARE PROVIDED WITH THE JOBS AND THE TRAINING AND PRESERVING OUR NATIONAL TREASURES, THAT THIS BILL WOULD PROVIDE, THEY WILL WANT TO GO FURTHER AND WE WILL BE BUILDING A CADRE OF NEW LOCAL PARK RANGERS AND INTERPRETERS AND OTHER POSITIONS AS WELL AS MANAGEMENT ALL THE WAY -- MAY I HAVE JUST 15 MORE SECONDS.

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    MRS. CHRISTENSEN

    YOU. WE WILL BE BUILDING A QADRY OF NEW LOCAL PARK -- CADRE OF NEW LOCAL…

    YOU. WE WILL BE BUILDING A QADRY OF NEW LOCAL PARK -- CADRE OF NEW LOCAL PARK RANGERS AND OTHER POSITIONS AS WELL AS MANAGEMENT ALL THE WAY UP TO SUPERINTENDENTS IN THE FUTURE. CHAIRMAN GRIJALVA, THANK YOU FOR THIS BILL. I AM PROUD TO SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK THE TIME.

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    MADAM SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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    YIELD THREE MINUTES FOR THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. BARBARA LEE.

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  • 10:56:23 AM

    MS. LEE

    MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. LET ME THANK CHAIRMAN GRIJALVA FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN…

    MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. LET ME THANK CHAIRMAN GRIJALVA FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO PUBLIC LAND SERVICE CORPS ACT TO THE FLOOR. AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BRINGING IT TO THE FLOOR AND OUR LEADERSHIP FOR ALLOWING IT TO BE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR TODAY ON SUCH A HISTORIC DAY, HISTORIC WEEKEND. AND CONGRESSMAN CRI HAL HAVE A, I JUST WANT TO SALUTE YOU AND CONGRESSWOMAN WOOLSEY AND ALL THOSE WHO FOUGHT SO HARD FOR THIS HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL FOR THIS WEEKEND, ESPECIALLY FOR THE PUBLIC OPTION. LET ME JUST SAY WHEN WE CAST THIS VOTE THIS WEEKEND, WE WILL BE CASTING A VOTE ON BEHALF OF ALL OF THOSE UNINSURED AND UNDERINSURED, ON WE HALF -- BEHALF OF ALL THOSE WHO DIED PREMATURELY BECAUSE THEY DID NOT HAVE PREVENTIVE HEALTH CARE, AND WE WILL BE CASTING THIS VOTE THIS WEEKEND ON BEHALF OF OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN SO THAT THEY MAY LIVE LONGER AND HEALTHIER LIVES. I'M VERY DELIGHTED THAT THIS BILL IS UP THIS WEEKEND SO WE WOULD HAVE A CHANCE TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF WHAT WE ARE DOING WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THIS GREAT BILL. THIS BILL WILL TRAIN AND CONNECT YOUNG ADULTS TO SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES ON PUBLIC LANDS, PUTTING A NEW GENERATION OF AMERICANS BACK TO WORK FINALLY. WHILE INSTILLING IN THEM A GREAT RESPECT FOR AMERICA'S LEGACY OF CONSERVATION AND STEWARDSHIP. THE WORK DONE BY THE PUBLIC LANDS SERVICE CORPS WILL DO MORE THAN RESTORE OUR PUBLIC LANDS. IT WILL ALSO PROTECT AND PRESERVE OUR ENVIRONMENT, IMPROVE INFRASTRUCTURE, AND HELP TO ENSURE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WILL ALWAYS HAVE ACCESS TO THE WORLD'S GREATEST RECREATIONAL AND SCENIC RESOURCES. THE BILL WOULD ALSO ENGAGE WITH NOAA TO ALLOW YOUNG ADULTS TO SERVE NEAR COASTAL AND MARINE WATERS ALONG OUR TREASURED COASTLINES SUCH AS THOSE NEAR MY HOME IN CALIFORNIA IN THE BAY AREA. AND WE HAVE MANY, MANY YOUNG PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH MARTIN LUTHER KING FREEDOM CENTER, WHO WORK ON MANY CONSERVATION PROJECTS. ALSO THEY ARE LEARNING ABOUT PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT, ECOLOGY STUDIES, NATURE STUDIES. SO THIS BILL IS GOING TO BE OF TREMENDOUS HELP TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT. PERHAPS -- BUT PERHAPS MORE IMPORTANTLY THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR YOUTH TO WORK IN RESTORING AND PRESERVING OUR PUBLIC LANDS DURING A TIME WHEN YOUNG ADULTS HAVE BEEN PARTICULARLY HIT HARD BY THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN. WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT THE YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE NOW STANDS AT MORE THAN 20%. MANY LOW-INCOME AND MINORITY YOUTH POPULATIONS FACE EVEN GREATER CHALLENGES. AFRICAN-AMERICAN YOUTH, LATINO YOUTH, UNEMPLOYMENT RATES ARE NOW ESTIMATED TO BE AS HIGH AS 42%. IN LIGHT OF THESE HARSH ECONOMIC REALITIES, I AM SO PLEASED THAT H.R. 1612 WOULD ENCOURAGE FEDERAL AGENCIES TO PRIORITIZE OUTREACH TO UNDERREPRESENTED COMMUNITIES AND POPULATIONS AND TAKE STEPS TO PREPARE PARTICIPANTS --

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  • 10:59:41 AM

    MS. LEE

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. LET ME JUST SAY THAT THIS BILL WOULD PRIORITIZE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. LET ME JUST SAY THAT THIS BILL WOULD PRIORITIZE ACTUALLY OUTREACH TO UNDERREPRESENTED COMMUNITIES AND POPULATIONS AND WOULD TAKE STEPS TO PREPARE PARTICIPANTS FOR CAREERS WITH THOSE AGENCIES OR WITHIN RELATED CONGREGATION FIELD. SIMPLY PUT THIS BILL COULD NOT COME AT A BETTER TIME. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY FUNDING TO START THIS VALUABLE PROGRAM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. LET ME JUST THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN GRIJALVA, ONCE AGAIN FOR YOUR LOWEREDSHIP. . -- LEADERSHIP.

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    THANK YOU. LET ME YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,…

    THANK YOU. LET ME YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. CAPPS.

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  • 11:00:37 AM

    MRS. CAPPS

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN -- TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1612, THE PUBLIC…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN -- TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1612, THE PUBLIC LANDS SERVICE CORPS ACT, AND AS I DO SO, I NOTE THE RATHER UNUSUAL MARKUP OF THIS BILL OR VOTE -- AND VOTE ON THIS BILL THIS AFTERNOON HERE -- THIS MORNING HERE IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL ON A SATURDAY. WE'RE NOT USUALLY GATHERED HERE BUT THAT'S BECAUSE WE HAVE AN HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TOMORROW TO CAST A VOTE FOR MAJOR HEALTH CARE AND HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM LEGISLATION IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. AND IT'S INTERESTING THE WAY THE VARIOUS TOPICS ARE INTERCONNECTED. WHEN I THINK OF HEALTH WE OFTEN THINK OF PEOPLE'S HEALTH. BUT WE CAN ALSO THINK OF THE HEALTH AND SURVIVAL REALLY OF OUR ENVIRONMENT AND THEN I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A JOBS BILL BECAUSE THIS IS A BILL DESIGNED TO PUT OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO WORK, AND THAT'S A GREAT DEAL TO DO WHAT THE SUBJECT VERY MUCH ON OUR MIND THESE DAYS WITH THE SLOW ECONOMY AND OUR GREAT UNEMPLOYMENT RATE. AND AS THE COLLEAGUE WHO PRECEDED ME MENTIONED THE EVEN HIGHER UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AMONG OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, THIS LEGISLATION WILL ALLOW MORE OF THEM TO GO TO WORK AND GO TO WORK IN VERY HEALTHY SETTINGS, OUT IN THE FRESH AIR, ENGAGED IN EXERCISE, LEARNING TO APPRECIATE THEIR NATURAL SURROUNDINGS. AND I BELIEVE THAT IT REALLY IS A WIN-WIN ALL THE WAY AROUND. SO LET ME ADDRESS THE LEGISLATION. THIS IMPORTANT BILL WOULD HELP PREPARE -- REPAIR AND RESTORE OUR NATION'S PUBLIC LANDS WHILE ALSO CREATING JOBS FOR THOUSANDS OF YOUNG AMERICANS. YEARS OF INADEQUATE FUNDING HAVE LEFT OUR PUBLIC LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCIES WITH HUGE BACKLOGS OF LABOR-INTENSIVE WORK IN OUR NATIONAL PARKS, OUR FORESTS, OUR WILDLIFE REFUGES, AND OUR HISTORIC SITES. PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE IS CRUMBLING AND THE NATURAL RESOURCES HAVE BEEN NEGLECTED. IN MANY PLACES SUCH AS MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA, THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ARE ONLY MAGNIFYING THE RISKS, COASTAL EROSION AND FRAGMENTED HABITAT. H.R. 1612 WILL HELP ADDRESS ALL OF THESE PROBLEMS BY EXPANDING AND STRENGTHENING THE PUBLIC LANDS CORPS. IT WILL STREAMLINE THE CORPS' MANAGEMENT, MODERNIZE ITS SCOPE AND PROVIDE NEW TOOLS TO HELP THE PROGRAM ACCOMPLISH ITS MISSION. IT WILLS HAVE EXPAND THE -- IT WILL ALSO EXPAND IT TO THE CONGRESS DEPARTMENT AGENCY WHICH MANAGE OUR COASTAL AND MARINE SYSTEMS AND OUR NATIONAL MARINE SANKET WEARS. THIS -- SANCTUARIES. IT WILL INTRODUCE PEOPLE OF A GREATER DIVERSITY OF SOCIAL, ETHNIC AND CULTURAL BACKGROUND THE FORESTS OUR PUBLIC LANDS. NOT ONLY AS FUTURE EMPLOYEES BUT ALSO AS LIFELONG ENTHUSIASTS. AND THIS BILL WILL CREATE JOBS. H.R. 1612 WILL PROVIDE MEANINGFUL TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT TO YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ESPECIALLY NEED IT NOW.

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    MRS. CAPPS

    WHILE IMPROVING OUR CULTURAL RESOURCES. AS ONE WHO REPRESENTS A NATIONAL…

    WHILE IMPROVING OUR CULTURAL RESOURCES. AS ONE WHO REPRESENTS A NATIONAL FOREST AND A NATIONAL MARINE SAKT WEAR AS WELL AS A NATIONAL -- SANCTUARY AS WELL AS A NATIONAL PARK, I CAN ATTEST TO THE PUBLIC LANDS CORPS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS LEGISLATION. SO I THANK YOU, MR. GRIJALVA, FOR INTRODUCING THIS VERY IMPORTANT BILL AND FOR YOUR GREAT LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. BISHOP

    I HAVE ONE SPEAKER.

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    MR. GRIJALVA

    I HAVE ONE SPEAKER.

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    MR. GRIJALVA

    GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MS. JACKSON LEE: ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

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

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. -- ADDRESS THE HOUSE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER, AND TO CONGRESSMAN GRIJALVA. LET ME THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE TO CONGRESSMAN BISHOP AS WELL FOR MANAGING THIS LEGISLATION AND ACKNOWLEDGING THE CONCERNS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN EXPRESSED. I OFFER MAYBE THIS REBUTTAL TO SOME OF THE POINTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE IN CELEBRATION OF LEGISLATION THAT RELL RECOGNIZES THAT WE'RE NOT -- THAT REALLY RECOGNIZES THAT WE'RE NOT REALLY HERE TO SUPPORT JOBS AND SUPPORT THE CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION, IF THAT'S WHAT IT'S BEEN INTERPRETED AS, BUT PART OF FIXING PART OF AMERICA'S CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE. AND CERTAINLY OUR PUBLIC LANDS NEED FIXING. YEARS OF INADEQUATE FUNDING HAVE LEFT OUR PUBLIC LAND AGENCIES WITH HUGE BACKLOGS OF LABOR-INTENSIVE WORK ON NATIONAL PARK LANDS, WILDLIFE REFUGES, HISTORIC SITES AND INDIAN LANDS. AS WE WATCH AMERICA TAKE ADVANTAGE OF VISITING THEIR CAPITAL, FOR EXAMPLE, TO SEE THE MANY MONUMENTS AND SITES THAT ARE HERE, THEY DON'T WANT TO COME AND SEE MONUMENTS THAT HAVE CHIPPED SURFACES OR THAT ARE DANGEROUS TO VISIT. AND THIS OPPORTUNITY TO IMPLORE OUR YOUNG PEOPLE AND TO TEACH THEM INTEGRITY AND CHARACTER IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THIS LEGISLATION. I FOR ONE HAVE SPOKEN TO MY STATE PARK MANAGEMENT ENTITY ASKING THEM TO LOOK MORE CAREFULLY AT THE PARKS IN INNER CITIES, THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO BE DESIGNATED NATIONAL PARKS, AND TO BE ABLE TO PUT MORE PARKS IN THE INNER CITIES THAT ARE UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. OF COURSE, THAT ANALYSIS TAKES LONG, BUT I WANT TO APPLAUD MY OWN CITY OF HOUSTON THAT CONTINUOUSLY LOOKS TO PUT PUBLIC AND OPEN SPACE FOR THE MANY PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN OUR COMMUNITY. HOUSTON EXPECTS TO BE THE THIRD LARGEST CITY IN THE NATION. GREEN SPACE, PUBLIC OPPORTUNITIES TO UTILIZE PARKS IS VERY IMPORTANT. SO WHEN I SEE A BILL THAT IS GOING TO HELP AFFIX THE CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE, THE PHYSICAL CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE, NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES THAT HAVE BEEN NEGLECTED AND IN MANY CASES THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ARE MAGNIFYING EARLIER PROBLEMS SUCH AS FIRE RISK, DAMAGE FROM INSECTS AND INVASIVE SPECIES, CULTURAL -- COASTAL EROSION, I AM IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. I ALSO COME FROM THE GULF COAST REGION AND HAVE SEEN WHAT HAPPENS TO THE DETERIORATION AND EROSION OF THE GULF COAST. IN PARTICULAR AFTER HURRICANE IKE, WE'RE NOW TRYING TO RESTORE GALVESTON AND THOSE COASTAL LANDS TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR AN ECONOMIC ENGINE. SO THIS IS A GOOD BILL. WITH A HIGH RATE OF UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG AFRICAN-AMERICAN YOUTH AND YOUTH AROUND THE COUNTRY, THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH THEIR HANDS AND MINDS IS A POSITIVE STEP. THIS LEGISLATION WILL BE PART OF THE ROAD MAP TO HELP EXPAND PARK SERVICE AND ENSURE THAT OUR SITES ARE MAINTAINED AND KEPT AT THE LEVEL THAT THEY SHOULD. AND I HOPE TO BE ABLE TO WORK WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THIS COMMITTEE AS I ASSESS THE NEEDS OF HOUSTON TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE MORE GREEN SPACE IN OUR COMMUNITY. I YIELD BACK AND ASK SUPPORT FOR THE LEGISLATION.

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    MR. BISHOP

    DISTRACTION. NO, I WOULD ONCE INQUIRE OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IF HE…

    DISTRACTION. NO, I WOULD ONCE INQUIRE OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IF HE HAS MORE SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS READY TO CLOSE I AM ON THIS PORTION OF THE BILL.

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    MR. BISHOP

    MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF WHATEVER I TAKE.

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    MR. BISHOP

    FIRST THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS -- NOT FROM -- I'LL GET TO YOU IN A…

    FIRST THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS -- NOT FROM -- I'LL GET TO YOU IN A SECOND. THE FIRST GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA TALKED ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS TO START THE PROGRAM. WE ARE NOT STARTING ANYTHING NEW. WE HAVE A PROGRAM. ALL WE'RE DOING IS CHANGING THINGS IN THAT PROGRAM. THE CURRENT PROGRAM HAS SPECIFIC DOLLAR AMOUNTS GOING WHICH WILL BE REVIEWED AND SPECIFIC PROGRAMMATIC RESPONSIBILITIES, ALL OF WHICH WERE STRIPPED OUT IN THIS PARTICULAR VISION -- VERSION. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS ACTUALLY I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING SHE SAID. SHE WAS RIGHT ON. EVERYTHING FOR WHICH SHE ARGUED THAT IS NECESSARY IS WHAT THE ORIGINAL PROGRAM WAS INTENDED TO DO. THE PROBLEM WE HAVE IS -- AND WE COULD HAVE EASILY, EASILY GOT ALONG WITH THE EXPANSION OF THIS PROGRAM IF THEY HAD ACTUALLY ALLOWED US TO COME UP WITH SOME KIND OF LIMITATIONS BECAUSE UNFORTUNATELY, AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, WHAT WE HAVE NOW DONE WITH THIS PROGRAM, 75% OF WHICH WAS TO GO TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE HEALTHY FORESTS, WHERE THE ACTUAL PRIORITY IS TO GO TO PUBLIC LANDS, YOU HAVE TAKEN OUT THAT LANGUAGE AND WE HAVE SIMPLY REPLICATED AMERICORPS. GO ON TO THE LEGISLATION THAT CREATED THAT PROGRAM. PAGE 24 IT SHOWS WHAT THEY CAN DO. IT HAS OPENED UP AS A POSSIBILITY. PAGE 24, WHERE CAN THEY GO, EXACTLY THE SAME THING. WHAT WE ARE DOING IS MAKING A DUPLICATE PROGRAM WHICH IS ALREADY THERE WHEN WE HAD A PROGRAM WITH A SPECIFIC GOAL, A SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATION AND WE HAVE TAKEN OUT THOSE SPECIFICS. NOW, I SUGGESTED THAT THERE IS PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITY FOR ABUSE IN THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM IF YOU DON'T TRY AND LIMIT IT TO WHAT WE WANT IT TO ACCOMPLISH BECAUSE WE ALL AGREE ON WHAT WE WANT IT TO ACCOMPLISH. THE UNFORTUNATE THING IS THE LANGUAGE IN THIS BILL DOESN'T SAY THAT. IT DOESN'T SPECIFY THAT. AND SO INDEED WE CAN HAVE INSTEAD PEOPLE GOING IN THERE TO PROVIDE -- TO PROVIDE NOT JOBS BUT INTERNSHIPS FOR PEOPLE TO GO IN AND HAVE THEM GIVE LEGAL REPRESENTATION AND ENGAGING IN POLICY. THERE IS NO PROBLEM DOING IT BUT NOT ON THE GOVERNMENT'S DIME. I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM OF HAVING DRINKING PARTIES. THAT'S FINE. BUT NOT ON THE GOVERNMENT DIME. I DON'T MIND ACTUALLY HAVING AN AGENCY THAT HAS A PROGRAM HERE IN WASHINGTON SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE BUT NOT IF IT'S GOING TO TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO LEAD PROTESTS AND SIT-INS. NOT ON THE GOVERNMENT DIME. YOU CAN DO ALL OF THOSE BUT NOT SUBSIDIZED BY GOVERNMENT FUNDING. AND THAT'S WHAT SHOULD BE SPECIFIED. THAT THOSE TYPE OF ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE BEYOND THE OPPORTUNITY AND BEYOND THE APPROPRIATION AND BEYOND THE CONCEPT OF THIS PROGRAM. THAT'S WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE BILL. AND HUH DONE THAT WE WOULD ALL BE SINGING KUMBAYA OR ANYTHING ELSE. BUT THIS BILL, AS I SAID BEFORE, IS SOMEWHAT OF A METAPHOR. FOR EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE BEENING TO FOR A LARGE PART OF THIS SESSION. AND IT'S SIMPLY ONCE AGAIN A BILL THAT THERE WERE ASSURANCES MADE IN THE COMMITTEE, THAT AMENDMENTS WOULD BE APPLIED TO THIS BILL FOR WHATEVER REASON -- AND FOR WHATEVER REASON THEY ARE NOT. INSTEAD WE ARE STANDING UP HERE PROTESTING A BILL WHICH SHOULD HAVE BEEN AND COULD HAVE BEEN A GREAT PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO MOVE US FORWARD TOWARDS A COMMON GOAL. BUT FOR WHATEVER REASON IT WAS NOT ALLOWED TO BE WRITTEN IN THAT FORM. WE ARE STANDING HERE ON A BILL THAT ACTUALLY PRESENTS ITSELF WITH A VISUAL OF WHY WE NEED SYSTEMIC CHANGE IN THIS BODY. THE VAST MAJORITY OF MEMBERS TO HEAR THESE ARGUMENTS I THINK WOULD SAY, YES, THIS IS A LOGICAL LIMITATION SHOULD BE THERE. BUT AS YOU LOOK AROUND, THE VAST MAJORITY OF MEMBERS ARE NOT ON THIS FLOOR RIGHT NOW. SO FAR TOO OFTEN WE DO THINGS IN A VACUUM OF UNDERSTANDING WHICH IS WHY THIS BODY NEEDS SYSTEMIC CHANGE IN THE PROCESS THAT WE USE TO REACH CONCLUSIONS. NOTHING, NOTHING MORE THAN THE -- THE CHANGES, NOTHING MORE THAN THE PROCESS WE'RE GOING THROUGH THIS WEEKEND WREAKS OF THE NEED FOR SOME KIND OF SYSTEMIC CHANGE. BECAUSE IF WE DID THAT SYSTEMIC CHANGE AND THE EXPECTATION WERE THAT PEOPLE WERE HERE TO LISTEN TO DEBATE, THEY WERE THERE IN THE COMMITTEES TO HEAR TESTIMONY, THEY WERE THERE IN THE COMMITTEES TO HEAR THE MARKUP PROCESS, I AM CONVINCED THAT WE COULD HAVE A BETTER PRODUCT AND THE BIPARTISAN PRODUCT BUT THE PROCESS DOES NOT ENCOURAGE THAT. THE PROCESS ENCOURAGES THE EXACT OPPOSITE. WE HAVE THE PROCESS THAT HAS EVOLVED IN THE LONG DIRECTION. AND IF ANYTHING ELSE, THIS WEEKEND SHOULD SHOW THAT WE NEED SYSTEMIC CHANGE IN THE PROCESS. THIS BILL, THIS PROGRAM IS STILL A DECENT PROGRAM. AND WITH SOME LIMITATIONS ON THE AMOUNT OF SPENDING, SOME REVIEW ON A REGULAR PERIOD AND SOME LIMITATIONS ON WHAT THE PRODUCT WILL BE, WHAT THE KIDS WILL BE WORKING ON AS THEY GO THROUGH THESE INTERNSHIPS, WE COULD HAVE A VERY, VERY GOOD, POSITIVE PRACTICE. AND I HOPE BEFORE THIS BILL ACTUALLY GOES ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE SYSTEM THOSE KIND OF LIMITATIONS ARE PUT BACK IN THE BILL SO WE CAN HAVE SOMETHING OF WHICH WE CAN ACTUALLY BE PROUD. I URGE DEFEAT OF THIS BILL UNTIL THOSE CHANGES ARE MADE, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. GRIJALVA

    THANK YOU. AND I RISE TO ENCOURAGE SUPPORT FOR H.R. 1612. PART OF THE…

    THANK YOU. AND I RISE TO ENCOURAGE SUPPORT FOR H.R. 1612. PART OF THE DISCUSSION TODAY WAS TO SAY FROM MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT IT IS A BAD TIME TO SPEND MONEY ON THIS PROGRAM BECAUSE UNEMPLOYMENT IS HIGH AND THE DEFICIT IS HIGH. I WOULD RESPOND THAT IT IS THE PERFECT TIME FOR SUCH INVESTMENT. THIS PROGRAM IS AN INVESTMENT IN REDUCING UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE AND IN THE LONG RUN WILL SAVE MONEY BY PREVENTING THESE MAINTENANCE PROBLEMS IN OUR PUBLIC LANDS FROM GETTING WORSE. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT WHAT IS IN THE BILL. MUCH OF THE LIMITATIONS THAT WERE TALKED ABOUT BY MY GOOD FRIEND ARE NOT PART -- SOME OF THE POINTS HE MADE ARE NOT EVEN PART OF THE LEGISLATION. BUT LET'S TALK FOR A SECOND WHAT IS -- WHAT THIS BILL DOES DO. IT WILL BROADEN THE SCOPE OF THE PROGRAM TO INCLUDE MORE AGENCIES WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR, NOAA WITHIN THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT. EXPAND THE PURPOSES OF THIS PROGRAM TO MAKE CLEAR THAT A CENTRAL AIM IS TO ATTRACT PARTICIPANTS FROM DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS WHO ARE UNDERREPRESENTED AMONG VISITORS AND MANAGERS OF OUR PUBLIC LANDS. REQUIRE AN ESTABLISHMENT OF COORDINATORS WITH EACH AGENCY ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM SO THAT IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROGRAM WILL BE MORE UNIFORM AND EFFICIENT. AUTHORIZING FEDERAL AGENCIES TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS WITH NONPROFIT YOUTH OR CONSERVATION CORPS TO IMPROVE THESE PARTNERSHIPS. ESTABLISH CRITERIA AND METHODOLOGY FOR TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS. MODERNIZE THE SCOPE OF ELIGIBLE PROJECTS TO INCLUDE NEW CHALLENGES SUCH AS CLIMATE CHANGE AND INSECT INFESTATION. AUTHORIZE PARTICIPATED AGENCIES TO PROVIDE HOUSING FOR PARTICIPANTS. THAT'S WHAT THE PROGRAM DOES DO. IF IS -- IT IS IT AN APPROPRIATE TIME, IT'S A NECESSARY TIME AND IT'S AN INVESTMENT THAT WILL TAKE HUGE DIVIDENDS FOR OUR PUBLIC LANDS AND YOUNG PEOPLE AND I URGE ITS ADOPTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE ON THE BILL AS AMENDED HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RISE?

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    MR. GRIJALVA

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

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURNS TO MEET AT 1:00 P.M. TOMORROW.

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    MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT MADE IN ORDER UNDER THE RULE AT THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT MADE IN ORDER UNDER THE RULE AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 2, PRINTED IN PART C IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 111-445, OFFERED BY MR.…

    NUMBER 2, PRINTED IN PART C IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 111-445, OFFERED BY MR. COLE OF OKLAHOMA.

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    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1192, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. COLE,…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1192, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. COLE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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    MR. COLE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. COLE

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO OFFER WHAT I BELIEVE IS A NONCONTROVERSIAL…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO OFFER WHAT I BELIEVE IS A NONCONTROVERSIAL AMENDMENT THAT WOULD AMEND THE PUBLIC LAND SERVICE CORPS ACT TO ALLOW THE SECRETARIES TO ENTER INTO ARRANGEMENTS WITH TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE TEMPORARY HOUSING FOR CORPS WORKERS. THIS WOULD BE IN ADDITION TO OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES, STATES, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS BECAUSE TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS ARE NOT INCLUDED UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF ANY OF THOSE OTHER CATEGORIES, IT'S NECESSARY TO MODIFY THE BILL'S LANGUAGE TO INCLUDE THEM. TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS ENJOY A UNIQUE GOVERNMENT TO GOVERNMENT SOVEREIGN RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES. THE -- TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS REGULARLY ENTER INTO SIMILAR AGREEMENTS WITH A VARIETY OF FEDERAL AGENCIES AND HAVE DONE SO FOR OVER 200 YEARS. THIS CHANGE WOULD NOT DISTURB PRECEDENT. THROUGHOUT THIS BILL TRIBAL LANDS ARE DESIGNATED AS A PLACE FOR YOUNG ADULTS EMPLOYED IN THIS PROGRAM TO EXPEND THEIR EFFORTS. IT MAKES SENSE, THEN, THAT THESE TRIBES WOULD BE ABLE TO HOUSE SOME OF THE PARTICIPANTS THEREBY ENHANCING THE EXPERIENCE OF THESE WORKERS. NOT ONLY WOULD THIS PROGRAM CONNECT PARTICIPANTS TO THE LAND, BUT HOUSING THEM IN TRIBAL AREAS COULD ENHANCE THEIR CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING AND AWARENESS. INDIAN COUNTRY IS DIVERSE AS AMERICA ITSELF. SO OBVIOUSLY HOUSING THESE INDIVIDUALS WOULD NOT BE IDEAL ON SOME RESERVATIONS. IT IS IMPORTANT, THOUGH, TO INCLUDE WILLING TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS IN THIS PROGRAM AS NATIVE AMERICANS ARE HISTORICALLY SOME OF THE BEST STEWARDS OF ENVIRONMENT AND THE POTENTIAL FOR CULTURAL INTERCHANGE IN THIS PROGRAM WOULD CERTAINLY HAVE GREAT BENEFIT FOR BOTH THE NATIONAL LANDS CONSERVATION WORKERS AND THE TRIBES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. GRIJALVA

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT…

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT ALTHOUGH I AM NOT OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    MR. GRIJALVA

    THANK YOU. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ENSURE THAT THE TRIBES…

    THANK YOU. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ENSURE THAT THE TRIBES WOULD BE AMONG THE GOVERNMENTS AND GROUPS WHICH THE SECRETARIES WOULD CONTRACT TO PROVIDE TEMPORARY HOUSING FOR CORPS PARTICIPANTS. WE SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S EFFORTS. AND APPRECIATE THE CORRECTION OF AN OVERSIGHT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. COLE

    GENTLEMAN VERY MUCH. IN CONCLUSION I AGAIN YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY…

    GENTLEMAN VERY MUCH. IN CONCLUSION I AGAIN YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. MADAM SPEAKER, I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO VOTE YES ON THIS AMENDMENT. AGAIN THIS IS A SIMPLE MODIFICATION THAT WILL ALLOW NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS TO HOUSE THE EMPLOYEES OF THE PUBLIC LAND SERVICE CORPS JUST LIKE FEDERAL AGENCIES FACE, LOCALITIES, AND PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS. THIS DESIGNATION WILL GIVE THE DEPARTMENTS OF AGRICULTURE AND INTERIOR MORE HOUSING OPTION FOR THESE WORKERS AND WILL ALLOW THE TRIBES TO BE MORE FULLY ENGAGED IN THE PROGRAM. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. GRIJALVA

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WOULD ALSO URGE SUPPORT FOR THE AMENDMENT AND…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WOULD ALSO URGE SUPPORT FOR THE AMENDMENT AND WOULD ALSO NOTE THAT THE HEALTH CARE REFORM ACT WE ARE EXPECTING TO TAKE UP TOMORROW INCLUDES THE MOST SWEEPING CHANGES TO INDIAN HEALTH CARE IN DECADES. LONG OVERDUE. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO.

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    MR. GRIJALVA

    ON THAT AMENDMENT I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE. YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN ASKS FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED.…

    THE GENTLEMAN ASKS FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO SECTION 3 OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1192, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 11:21:22 AM

    MR. BISHOP

    AN AMENDMENT MADE IN ORDER UNDER THE RULE.

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    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 1, PRINTED IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 111-445,…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 1, PRINTED IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 111-445, OFFERED BY MR. BISHOP OF UTAH.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1192, THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. BISHOP,…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1192, THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. BISHOP, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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  • 11:21:44 AM

    MR. BISHOP

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

  • 11:21:49 AM

    MR. BISHOP

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THIS IS A VERY SIMPLE AMENDMENT. EASILY…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THIS IS A VERY SIMPLE AMENDMENT. EASILY UNDERSTANDABLE ONE. SIMPLY HAS TWO PARTS TO IT. NUMBER ONE, YOU CONTINUE THE FUNDING AUTHORIZATION THAT IS IN THE CURRENT LAW, AND NUMBER TWO, YOU HAD A FIVE-YEAR SUNSET PERIOD IN THERE. AS I SAID EARLIER WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE BASE BILL, THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE THINGS THAT WE SHOULD BE DOING, BUT THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WHEN WE REFUSE TO PERIODICALLY EXERCISE OUR LEGISLATIVE RESPONSIBILITY TO REVIEW THOSE THINGS THAT WE ARE CURRENTLY DOING. WE DO IT ALL THE TIME. ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT HAS A SUNSET, ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY ACT HAS A SUNSET, ALL OF WHICH ARE DESIGNED TO HAVE US COME BACK HERE AND RE-EVALUATE WHAT WE ARE DOING TO MAKE SURE OUR PRIORITIES HAVE STAYED THE SAME. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH THE SUNSET. IT SHOULD BE STANDARD FARE IN MOST OF OUR PIECES OF LEGISLATION. IF WE ARE NOW CREATING THIS BILL WHICH REPLICATES AMAR'E CORPS ONE MORE TIME, THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH SAYING LET'S REVIEW IT EVERY FIVE YEARS TO MAKE SURE WE ARE STILL GOING ON THE PATH WE ORIGINALLY DETERMINED. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:22:56 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RICK NATION?

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  • 11:23:02 AM

    MR. GRIJALVA

    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 11:23:08 AM

    MR. GRIJALVA

    THANK YOU. MADAM SPEAKER, UNDER EXISTING LAW, FUNDING FOR PUBLIC LAND…

    THANK YOU. MADAM SPEAKER, UNDER EXISTING LAW, FUNDING FOR PUBLIC LAND CORPS IS CAPPED AT $12 BILLION ANNUALLY. THE BILL BEFORE US, H.R. 1612, WOULD REMOVE THIS CAFMENT THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MY COLLEAGUE, MR. BISHOP, WOULD NOT ONLY LEAVE THE CAP IN PLACE BUT ALSO FORCE THE PROGRAM TO SUNSET IN FIVE YEARS. MADAM SPEAKER, AS WE ALL KNOW WHEN THE REPUBLICANS CONTROLLED THIS CONGRESS AND THE WHITE HOUSE, THEY PRESIDED OVER THE LARGEST INCREASE IN FEDERAL SPENDING IN THE HISTORY OF THIS NATION. AMENDMENTS LIKE THIS ONE PROVIDE IMPORTANT CLUES AS TO WHY THAT HAPPENED. ARE WE HONESTLY WORRIED ABOUT RUN AWAY SPENDING ON YOUTH JOB TRAINING AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS? IS IT IMPERATIVE THAT WE CLAMP DOWN ON EFFORTS TO PUT YOUNG PEOPLE TO WORK REPAIRING TRAILS AND VISITOR CENTERS USED BY AMERICAN FAMILIES WHEN THEY VISIT IN PARKS AND PUBLIC LANDS? OF COURSE NOT. THIS IS THE DEFINITION OF BEING PENNY-WISE AND POUND-FOOLISH. REPUBLICANS WANT TO CAP AND SUNSET, POPULAR, EFFECTIVE, AND BIPARTISAN JOBS PROGRAM, WHEN THEY CONTROLLED THE ENTIRE FEDERAL BUDGET, THEY SPENT LIKE SAILORS ON LEAVE. BIG SPENDING, RUN AWAY SPENDING, ALL THOSE ANALOGIES FIT. THIS IS A POOR ATTEMPT TO APPEAR FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE AFTER YEARS AND YEARS OF IRRESPONSIBLE FREE SPENDING. THIS AMENDMENT IS NOT NECESSARY. THE FACT THAT THIS PROGRAM IS ALREADY INCREDIBLY POPULAR AN ENACTMENT OF H.R. 1612 WILL MAKE IT AN EVEN BIGGER SUCCESS. MANY MEMBERS WILL CONTINUE PUSHING TO PUT YOUNG PEOPLE TO WORK AND GIVE THEM A JOB TRAINING THEY SO DESPERATELY SEEK. SOME IN THE MINORITY CAN CONTINUE COMING TO THE FLOOR AND NIPPING AT THE HEELS OF THESE BILLS AS WE PASS THEM. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL SEE WHICH MEMBERS ARE SERIOUS ABOUT ADDRESSING UNEMPLOYMENT AND THE CONDITION OF OUR PARKS AND PUBLIC LANDS, AND WHICH MEMBERS ARE JUST TRYING TO MASK THAT LEGACY OF IRRESPONSIBLE SPENDING. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:25:01 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 11:25:04 AM

    MR. BISHOP

    CAN I ASK IF THERE ARE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS? IF NOT, I'M READY TO CLOSE ON…

    CAN I ASK IF THERE ARE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS? IF NOT, I'M READY TO CLOSE ON THE AMENDMENT AS WELL. IF I COULD, MADAM SPEAKER.

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  • 11:25:12 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN VIRGINIA TECH.

  • 11:25:14 AM

    MR. BISHOP

    THE PROCESS HERE IS NOT ABOUT WHETHER A PROGRAM IS POPULAR OR NOT.…

    THE PROCESS HERE IS NOT ABOUT WHETHER A PROGRAM IS POPULAR OR NOT. ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT IS POP PEW ALREADY WITHIN CERTAIN GROUPS. HIGHER ED HAS POPULARITY. ELEMENTARY EDUCATION HAS POPULARITY. THE ISSUE HERE IS DO WE ADEQUATELY REVIEW THESE PARTICULAR PROGRAMS TO SEE WHERE WE ARE AND WHAT OUR PRIORITIES OUGHT TO BE? AND IF WE DON'T, WE HAVE A TENDENCY OF LOSING THOSE IN THE MOREAS OF THE REST -- MORASS OF THE BODDY, THE PLETHORA OF ORGANIZATION THAT IS WE SIMPLY HAVE. THIS DOES NOT TECHNICALLY SUNSET THE PROGRAM. IT SUNSETS THE AUTHORIZATION FOR THE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE PROGRAM. THE PROGRAM GOES ON UNTIL FURTHER ACTION IS TAKEN BY THIS PARTICULAR BODY. BUT IT IS THE SEQUENCE THAT WE USE TO TRY AND SEE SHOULD WE REDO, SHOULD WE RECONTINUE, SHOULD WE AT LEAST RE-EVALUATE WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE? WHEN WE DON'T DO THOSE KIND OF RE-EVALUATION, WE ABROGATE LEGISLATIVE RESPONSIBILITY AND WE PASS IT ON TO AN COMPKIVE BRANCH WHICH SOMETIMES -- EXECUTIVE BRANCH WHICH SOMETIMES HAS A CHECKERED RESPONSE IN ITS OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES IN THESE PARTICULAR AREAS. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. IT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT COULD EASILY TURN A BILL THAT IS RIGHT NOW PARTISAN INTO A BIPARTISAN BILL SO WE DON'T HAVE TO LOOK BACK AND SAY WHAT WE DID WE COULD HAVE DONE SO MUCH BETTER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I URGE APPROVAL OF THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 11:26:36 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 11:26:40 AM

    MR. GRIJALVA

    DEFEAT OF THE AMENDMENT. AND REMIND REVIEW OF THIS LEGISLATION IS…

    DEFEAT OF THE AMENDMENT. AND REMIND REVIEW OF THIS LEGISLATION IS CONDUCTED EVERY YEAR BY APPROPRIATORS AND THE COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION ARE NOT PREVENTED THIS LEGISLATION FROM CONDUCTING OVERSIGHT OF THE PROGRAM. WITH THAT LET ME URGE DEFEAT OF THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:27:01 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MADAM SPEAKER.

  • 11:27:17 AM

    MR. BISHOP

    ON THAT I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO SECTION 3 OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1192, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH WILL BE POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1192, PROCEEDINGS WILL NOW RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT 111-445 ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 BY MR. BISHOP OF UTAH. AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 BY MR. COLE OF OKLAHOMA. THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES THE TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE AFTER THE FIRST VOTES IN THIS SERIES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT 111-445 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. BISHOP, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 11:28:31 AM

    THE CLERK

    1, PRINTED IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 111-445, OFFERED BY MR. BISHOP…

    1, PRINTED IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 111-445, OFFERED BY MR. BISHOP OF UTAH.

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  • 11:28:38 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTROCD"H5)P'S$P !'S S$S#H)U $gU"S)HTT"D)HZvT,HO$$P !T$T $E':v:v:v:v:v:v:v:v:v:v:v:v:v:v

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  • 12:00:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THIS ETHE YEAS ARE 227, THE NAYS ARE 180. THE AMENDMENT IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THIS ETHE YEAS ARE 227, THE NAYS ARE 180. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOLT ON THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 11-445, BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. COLE, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AN ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 12:01:16 PM

    THE CLERK

    TWO PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-445, OFFERED BY MR. COLE OF OKLAHOMA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. @DVHVJ$ST$P,H'S S$S#HaU UgU,H )H S ()H)S,H $ @@@@@@

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  • 12:07:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 402, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. THE AMENDMENT IS…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 402, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, A MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1192, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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  • 12:08:30 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMEND THE PUBLIC LAND ACT OF 1993 TO EXTEND THE AUTHORIZATION OF THE…

    AMEND THE PUBLIC LAND ACT OF 1993 TO EXTEND THE AUTHORIZATION OF THE SECRETARIES OF THE AGRICULTURE, COMMERCE AND THE INTERIOR --

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  • 12:08:42 PM

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    I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

  • 12:08:47 PM

    THE CLERK

    MANAGERS AND ENTHUSIASTS AS TO THE VALUE OF PUBLIC SERVICE.

  • 12:08:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WILL MEMBERS…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WILL MEMBERS PLEASE REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR AND THE AISLES. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING RISE? BAR REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS FROM SUPERVISING THESE

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  • 12:11:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BAR REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS FROM SUPERVISING THESE YOUNG PEOPLE. THE…

    BAR REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS FROM SUPERVISING THESE YOUNG PEOPLE. THE PROTECTIONS INCLUDED IN THIS PROGRAM ARE TAKEN DIRECTLY. THEY SHALL NOT BE ALLOWED ACCESS TO YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE -- IN AMERICORPS.

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  • 12:13:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE REMOVE THEIR…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE AISLES. THE GENTLEWOMAN DESERVES TO BE HEARD. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 12:13:35 PM

    MRS. LUMMIS

    MADAM SPEAKER. I'LL GET THROUGH THIS IF EVERYBODY WILL JUST HOLD THEIR…

    MADAM SPEAKER. I'LL GET THROUGH THIS IF EVERYBODY WILL JUST HOLD THEIR CONVERSATIONS FOR JUST A BIT. BY VOTING FOR THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT, YOU WILL PROHIBIT SEX OFFENDERS FROM PARTICIPATING IN THIS PROGRAM AND WILL BE VOTING TO PROVIDE BASIC PROTECTIONS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. SECOND, THIS MOTION RESTORES THE CURRENT EMPHASIS ON COMBATING THE THREATS OF BEETLE INFESTATION AND WILD FIRES DEVASTATING VAST TRACTS OF PUBLIC FOREST LANDS. WITHOUT THIS MOTION,ING COMBATING THIS TRAGEDY WILL RECEIVE NO FUNDING WHATSOEVER. THE HEALTHY FOREST ACT PASS PASSED THE HOUSE WITH STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT YET THIS BILL WOULD ERASE THE EMPHASIS PROVIDED FOR HEALTHY FOREST ACT ACTIVITIES IN EXISTING LAW. THIS IS THE WRONG APPROACH AND A STEP BACKWARDS. WILD FIRE PROTECTION AND -- PREVENTION AND BATTLING BEETLE AND OTHER INFESTATION SHOULD BE A PRIORITY TO PROTECT LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND OUR NATIONAL FORESTS. THESE ACTIVITIES MUST BE CONTINUED, NOT ELIMINATED AS THIS BILL WOULD DO. VOTING FOR THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WILL ENSURE THIS OCCURS. THIRD THIS MOTION WOULD PREVENT MISDIRECTION OF GRANT FUNDS BY REQUIRING THAT THE PROJECTS FUNDED MAKE IMPROVEMENTS TO PUBLIC LAND RATHER THAN BEING USED FOR POLITICAL ADVOCACY OR JUNK ELTS LIKE THE ORGANIC MICROBEER BUS TOUR WE HEARD ABOUT FROM MR. BISHOP. THIS PROGRAM IS BILLED AS A MEANS TO CONNECT YOUNG PEOPLE TO THE PUBLIC LANDS SO THIS MOTION SIMPLY REQUIRES THAT FUNDED PROJECTS OCCUR ON PUBLIC LANDS AND IMPROVE THESE LANDS. FIRST AND LASTLY --

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  • 12:15:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. . THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. .

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  • 12:15:48 PM

    >>

    THE GOVERNMENT, YOU UNDER-THE- COLLECT GRANT MONEY FROM TAXPAYERS. THIS…

    THE GOVERNMENT, YOU UNDER-THE- COLLECT GRANT MONEY FROM TAXPAYERS. THIS WILL ENSURE THAT POLITICAL ADVOCACY GROUPS THAT SUE THE GOVERNMENT ARE NOT SUPPORTED BY TAXPAYER DOLLARS. THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT INCLUDES FOUR COMMONSENSE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE BILL. YOU URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE TO PREVENT SEX OFFENDERS FROM GETTING ACCESS TO YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH THIS PROGRAM TO VOTE TO RESTORE THE BILL TO THE PRIORITY STATUS OF WILDFIRE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES UNDER THE BIPARTISAN HEALTHY FOREST ACT, TO VOTE TO ENSURE GRANT FUNDS ARE SPENT ON WORK ACTUALLY ON OUR PUBLIC LANDS AND NOT BUS TOURS, AND TO VOTE TO PREVENT GRANT MONEY FROM GOING TO GROUPS WHO FILE LAWSUITS AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

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  • 12:16:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RISE?

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  • 12:16:40 PM

    MR. GRIJALVA

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION.

  • 12:16:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 12:16:48 PM

    MR. GRIJALVA

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS AND STAFF WILL PLEASE REMOVE THEIR…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS AND STAFF WILL PLEASE REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. MEMBERS TO MY RIGHT AT THE BACK OF THE CHAMBER WILL PLEASE REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS TO THE FLOOR. FROM THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN WILL RESUME.

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  • 12:18:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TO RECOMMIT.

  • 12:18:30 PM

    MR. GRIJALVA

    TO RECOMMIT.

  • 12:20:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 12:20:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:20:34 PM

    MRS. LUMMIS

    A VORDED VOTE. -- RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE ON THE QUESTION OF PASSAGE. 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. 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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  • 12:59:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE --

  • 12:59:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 387. THE NAYS ARE 21. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. FOR…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 387. THE NAYS ARE 21. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RISE?

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  • 12:59:32 PM

    MR. GRIJALVA

    SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO INSTRUCTIONS OF THE HOUSE AND THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT,…

    SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO INSTRUCTIONS OF THE HOUSE AND THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT, I REPORT THE BILL H.R. 1612 BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT.

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  • 12:59:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 12:59:44 PM

    THE CLERK

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RISE?

  • 12:59:55 PM

    MR. GRIJALVA

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING, MADAM SPEAKER. THE

  • 12:59:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT. THOSE IN…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT. THOSE IN FAVOR PLEASE SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED PLEASE SAY NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING. .

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  • 01:00:27 PM

    THE CLERK

    SE SECRETARIES OF AGRICULTURE, COMMERCE, AND THE INTERIOR TO EXPAND THE…

    SE SECRETARIES OF AGRICULTURE, COMMERCE, AND THE INTERIOR TO EXPAND THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND OTHER RESOURCES, TO TRAIN A NEW GENERATION OF PUBLIC LAND ENTHUSIASTS.

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  • 01:00:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 01:01:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

  • 01:01:03 PM

    MR. GRIJALVA

    I REQUEST 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 RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE 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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  • 01:13:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 288, THE NAYS ARE 116, THE BILL IS PASSED.…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 288, THE NAYS ARE 116, THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, A MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, A MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED, OR ON WHICH THE VOTE INCURS OBJECTION UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. RECORD VOTES ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN LATER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 01:14:26 PM

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    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4887 AS AMEND.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO ENSURE THAT HEALTH COVERAGE…

    TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO ENSURE THAT HEALTH COVERAGE PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS TREATED AS MINIMAL ESSENTIAL COVERAGE.

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  • 01:14:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. DAVIS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN.

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  • 01:15:00 PM

    MR. LEVIN

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 4887.

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  • 01:15:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. LEVIN

    SPEAKER, UNDER H.R. 3590, AS PASSED BY THE SENATE, INDIVIDUALS ARE…

    SPEAKER, UNDER H.R. 3590, AS PASSED BY THE SENATE, INDIVIDUALS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING MINIMAL ESSENTIAL HEALTH CARE OR PAY A SMALL PENALTY. THE SENATE BILL STATES THAT ANYONE WITH INELIGIBLE EMPLOYER COVERAGE MEETS THIS REQUIREMENT. THE COVERAGE THAT IS PROVIDED TODAY FOR THE MEMBERS OF OUR ARMED SERVICES AND THEIR FAMILIES AND FOR MILITARY RETIREES AND THEIR FAMILIES SATISFIES THIS REQUIREMENT. IN AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION, H.R. 4887 WAS INTRODUCED BY OUR DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN, MR. SKELTON TO REAFFIRM THIS RESULT. I NOW WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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  • 01:16:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING H.R. 4887, THE…

    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING H.R. 4887, THE TRICARE AFFIRMATION ACT. WHILE I SUPPORT THE BILL WE HAVE BEFORE US, I AM DISAPPOINTSED IN ANOTHER DISPLAY OF RUSHING THE PROCESS. WHEN SPEAKER PELOSI SAID WE NEED TO PASS THE HEALTH CARE BILL SO WE CAN FIND OUT WHAT'S IN IT, THIS IS FORTUNATELY ONE THAT WAS FOUND BEFORE IT WAS PASSED. THINK HOW MANY OTHER HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF POSSIBLE ERRORS THERE MAY BE IN THAT BILL BECAUSE OF BEING FORCED THROUGH QUICKLY AND BEING ILL CONSIDERED. MOREOVER, AS A FORMER MEMBER OF THE 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION, I AM DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED THAT WE HAD TO LEAVE OUR VETERANS, THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY, WOULD ACTUALLY BECOME VICTIMS OF A POLICY THAT THE CONGRESS IS ENACTING INADVERTENTLY, NOT BY ANY MALL LIST AFORETHOUGHT. I CERTAINLY THANK AND SHARE MY GREATEST APPRECIATION WITH THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN, MR. SKELTON OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, WHO I SERVED WITH FOR SEVERAL YEARS, FOR CAPTURING THIS AND CORRECTING THIS WRONG. THE BILL WASN'T ADDED TO THE SCHEDULE UNTIL CLOSE TO MIDNIGHT LAST NIGHT. BEYOND THE IMMEDIATE PROCESS ISSUE, THE ADDITION OF THIS BILL TO THE CALENDAR POINTS TO A TROUBLING FUTURE IF THE SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL PASSES THE HOUSE TOMORROW. WE ARE MANY VOTES AWAY FROM HEALTH CARE REFORM BECOMING LAW, BUT ALREADY AS I MENTIONED WE ARE SEEING FUNDAMENTAL FLAWS IN THE SENATE BILL THAT REQUIRE AMENDMENT. AS WE ALL KNOW THE HEALTH CARE BILL THAT WE'LL CONSIDER TOMORROW CONTAINS A NEW REQUIREMENT THAT EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN IN THIS COUNTRY ENROLL IN A HEALTH CARE PLAN THAT THE GOVERNMENT APPROVES. PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID THAT IF YOU LIKE YOUR DOCTOR, YOU CAN KEEP HIM. IF HE APPROVES. NOW WE HAVE THE I.R.S. AND WE HAVE FEDERAL AGENCIES THAT ARE GOING TO GET INTO OUR PRIVATE AFFAIRS. NOW IT'S AFFECTING OUR VETERANS. IF AN INDIVIDUAL DOES NOT HAVE THIS COVERAGE, THEY WILL BE SUBJECT TO A PENALTY AND EVEN THE POSSIBILITY OF PROSECUTION THROUGH THE I.R.S. H.R. 4887 ESENTENCELY AMENDS THE SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL TO CLAIR PHI ALL TRICARE PLANS ARE CONSIDERED AS MINIMAL ACCEPTABLE COVERAGE UNDER THE BILL. IT IS THE LEAST WE CAN DO FOR OUR VETERANS. DEFINING TRICARE AS SUCH BECAUSE IT LEAVES ENROLLEES FROM THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE IN THE BILL. IT IS A COMPLETE MEDICAL CARE PROGRAM FOR ACTIVE DUTY MEMBERS AND RETIREES OF ALL SEVEN UNIFORM SERVICES AND THEIR DEPENDENTS. IT IS CURRENTLY OPENED TO ABOUT 9.3 MILLION POTENTIAL BENEFICIARIES. ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY, THEIR SPOUSES, AND DEPENDENTS ARE AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLED IN TRICARE PRIME. RETIREES CAN CHOOSE BETWEEN TRICARE PRIME OR TWO OTHER OPTIONS. THEN A TRICARE FOR LIFE. THESE BENEFICIARIES ARE ENROLLED IN MEDICARE. BUT TRICARE SERVES AS A SECONDARY PAYER. UNFORTUNATELY IN THE SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL, DEMOCRATS DO NOT DEEM TRICARE PROGRAMS FOR SERVICE MEMBERS AND MILITARY RETIREES UNDER AGE 65 TO PROVIDE MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE COVERAGE. H.R. 4887 WOULD CLARIFY THESE PROGRAMS, MAKE SURE THEY ARE INCLUDED IN THIS DEFINITION. IT'S SURPRISING TO ME THESE PROGRAMS WERE LEFT OUT ORIGINALLY. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT CHANGE TO MAKE BUT I THINK THIS IS ONLY A FORESHADOWING OF WHAT IS TO COME FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS. THE SENATE HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL HAS NOT EVEN BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW AND WE ALREADY HAVE TO FIX IT. IF DEMOCRATS WERE ORIGINALLY WILLING TO ADVERSELY IMPACT THE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE OF THESE AMERICANS WHO HONORABLY SERVED OUR COUNTRY, YOU HAVE TO WONDER WHOSE HEALTH CARE IS SAFE? THESE OVERSIGHTS OCCUR BECAUSE THIS PROCESS IS TOO BIG, TOO FAST, AND BEING DONE AGAINST THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. IT'S CRITICAL THAT WE PROTECT OUR MILITARY FAMILIES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. LEVIN

    MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO CHAIRMAN IKE SKELTON WHO HAS WORKED…

    MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO CHAIRMAN IKE SKELTON WHO HAS WORKED SO HARD, SO MANY YEARS ON BEHALF OF THE VETERANS OF THIS COUNTRY. TWO MINUTES TO

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    MR. SKELTON

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S COMMONLY KNOWN FACT…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S COMMONLY KNOWN FACT THAT I OPPOSE THE HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL AS IT EXISTS CURRENTLY AND WILL VOTE AGAINST IT TOMORROW. BUT MY DUTY AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE COMPELS ME TO ENSURE THAT THE HEALTH CARE OF OUR BRAVE SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN, OUR MILITARY RETIREES, AND ALL OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS ARE PROTECTED IF THE BILL DOES INDEED PASS. IN THE HEALTH CARE BILL CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION IN CONGRESS, WHICH ORIGINATED IN THE SENATE, TRICARE AND THE NONPROMPTED FUND HEALTH PLANS, PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE HEALTH CARE FOR THESE INDIVIDUALS, WILL MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE. AND NO TRICARE OR N.A.F. HEALTH PLAN BENEFICIARY WILL BE REQUIRED TO PURCHASE ADDITIONAL COVERAGE BEYOND WHAT THEY ALREADY HAVE. HOWEVER, TO REASSURE OUR MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND MAKE IT PERFECTLY CLEAR THAT THEY WILL NOT BE NEGATIVELY AFFECTED BY THIS LEGISLATION, MY BILL, H.R. 487 -- 48887 EXPLICITLY STATES -- 48887 EXPOLICE ITALY STATES IN LAW THAT THESE HEALTH PLANS MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE. OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM PROVIDE US WITH FIRST CLASS PROTECTION. IT'S OUR OBLIGATION, IT'S OUR OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES WITH FIRST CLASS HEALTH CARE IN RETURN. EVERY DAY OUR TROOPS RISK THEIR LIVES TO STAND UP FOR US ON THE BATTLEFIELD AND NOW I ASK MY COLLEAGUES, NO MATTER WHAT THE POSITION YOU MAY HAVE ON HEALTH CARE REFORM ITSELF, TO JOIN ME IN STANDING UP FOR OUR SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. NOBODY KNOWS WHAT THE FATE OF THE HEALTH CARE BILL WILL BE TOMORROW. BUT BY SUPPORTING THIS BILL THAT'S BEFORE US RIGHT NOW, H.R. 4887, WE WILL AT LEAST KNOW THAT WE HAVE PROTECTED THOSE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SFIES THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT US -- SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT US. EVEN IF THE HEALTH REFORM BILL PASSES, THE COVERAGE PROVIDED BY TRICARE AND THE NONAPPROPRIATED FUND HEALTH PLANS WILL BE PROPERLY DEFINED IN LAW AS MEETING THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE.

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    MR. DAVIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RECOGNIZE THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RECOGNIZE THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCKEON, FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    MR. MCKEON

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 4887, WHICH WOULD TRY TO FIX A SIGNIFICANT FLAW IN THE DEMOCRATIC HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL BY INCLUDING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE'S TRICARE PROGRAM IN WHAT IS CONSIDERED MINIMUM ESSENTIAL COVERAGE FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE IN THE HEALTH CARE BILL. MR. SPEAKER, WHILE I APPLAUD CHAIRMAN SKELTON FOR TAKING THIS STEP, I AM DEEPLY CONCERNED AND AWARE THAT IT DOES NOT GO FAR ENOUGH TO PROTECT TRICARE FROM THE RAVAGES OF OBAMACARE. THE SIMPLE TRUTH IS THE SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL STILL LEAVES TRICARE, THE WORLD CLASS HEALTH CARE PROGRAM THAT TAKES CARE OF 9.2 MILLION OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND THEIR FAMILIES, AND RETIREES AND THEIR FAMILIES, OPEN TO THE WHIM OF BUREAUCRATS OUTSIDE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WHO MAY CHANGE THE PROGRAM AS THEY SEE FIT. IS THIS WHAT WE WANT FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO LAY THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EVERY DAY TO PROTECT THIS GREAT NATION? LAST SUMMER THE WHITE HOUSE MADE TWO PROMISES TO AMERICA'S ARMED FORCES AND THEIR FAMILIES. THAT THE HEALTH REFORM LEGISLATION THAT'S BEING CONSIDERED WOULD ENABLE THOSE WHO ARE COVERED BY TRICARE TO MEET THE SHARED RESPONSIBILITY REQUIREMENT FOR INDIVIDUALS TO HAVE INSURANCE. THEREBY EXEMPTING SUCH MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES. AND THEIR FAMILIES FROM BEING ASSESSED PEMENTS. THIS IS THE EXPLICIT PROMISE THE PRESENT -- THAT THE SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL FAILS TO MEET. THE CHAIRMAN'S RESOLUTION IS AN ATTEMPT TO MEET THAT COMMITMENT. BUT WHAT IT DEFINITELY DOES IS POINT OUT THE FLAWS IN THE SENATE BILL, THE SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL. THE SECOND PROMISE THE PRESIDENT MADE IS THAT THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WOULD CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN SOLE AUTHORITY OVER TRICARE. CHAIRMAN SKELTON'S LANGUAGE TODAY DOES NOT ADDRESS THIS PROMISE. THAT IS WHY MR. BUYER, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, AND I FILED AND WILL OFFER LATER TODAY LANGUAGE AT THE RULES COMMITTEE THAT WILL MEET BOTH OF THESE PROMISES. WE HAVE BEEN HEARING SINCE LAST SUMMER MANY PROMISES THAT THIS PROBLEM WOULD BE FIXED. MR. BUYER AND I EVEN OFFERED SIMILAR AMENDMENTS TO THE HOUSE VERSION OF THE BILL PASSED LAST FALL. OUR ATTEMPTS WERE REBUFFED AND THE MILITARY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS WERE GIVEN ASSURANCES BY THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP THAT TRICARE WOULD BE PROTECTED IN A CONFERENCE REPORT THAT NEVER CAME. NOW WE SEE THIS LEGISLATION THAT APPEARED IN DARK OF NIGHT. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THERE IS NO COST ASSOCIATED WITH THE LANGUAGE. WE CANNOT CONFIRM THAT. HISTORY IS RIPE WITH EXAMPLES OF HOUSE LEGISLATION THAT DOES NOT SURVIVE IN THE SENATE. IN OTHER WORDS, THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT WHAT THE PRESIDENT FINALLY SIGNS WILL PROTECT MEDICARE. MR. SPEAKER, I WAS TOLD BY A VET VAN -- VETERAN ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WE HAD IN THE VIETNAM WAR WAS PILOTS BECAME SO FIXATED ON THE TARGET THAT THEY ULTIMATELY CRASHED INTO THE TARGET. THAT IS WHAT I SEE HAPPENING WITH THIS HEALTH CARE BILL THAT THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP AND THE PRESIDENT ARE PUSHING. THEY ARE SO FIXATED ON GETTING SOMETHING PASSED THAT THEY ARE MAKING SO MANY MISTAKES THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO FIX THEM ALL. I WILL SUPPORT MY CHAIRMAN'S EFFORTS TODAY, BUT I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TOWARD A COMPREHENSIVE FIX. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. LEVIN

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MS. SHEA-PORTER

    MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEGISLATION. AS A MEMBER OF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEGISLATION. AS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES, I AM PROUD TO BE AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE A SOLEMN RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE OUR SERVICE MEMBERS WITH THE CARE AND SERVICES THAT THEY ARE DUE. THEY RISK THEIR LIVES IN SERVICE TO OUR NATION AND IT IS IMPERATIVE WE KEEP OUR PROMISES TO THEM. THIS IS NOT A DEMOCRATIC OR REPUBLICAN RESPONSIBILITY, AND AS AN ADVOCATE FOR THE MEMBERS OF OUR MILITARY AND THEIR FAMILIES, AND I MIGHT ADD AS A FORMER MILITARY SPOUSE MYSELF, IT'S TROUBLING FOR ME THAT THROUGHOUT THE DEBATE ON HEALTH CARE REFORM THAT TRICARE WOULD BE INCLUDED AS ONE OF THE TOPICS OF THE VARIOUS MISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN. THIS BILL WILL ENSURE THAT THOSE MEMBERS OF OUR ARMED SERVICES CAN KEEP THEIR TRICARE COVERAGE. I AM PROUD TO HAVE STOOD IN SUPPORT OF OUR SERVICE MEMBERS IN THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE FOR -- PREVENTING INCREASES IN TRICARE CO-PAYS. I'M PLEASED THE CHAIRMAN THROUGH THIS LEGISLATION HAS GIVEN US ALL THE OPPORTUNITY TO REAFFIRM NOT ONLY IMPORTANCE OF TRY CARE BUT THAT UNDER OUR HEALTH REFORM LEGISLATION THAT THESE BENEFITS WILL REMAIN AS THEY ARE. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. DAVIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, A VETERAN OF DESERT STORM AND RETIRED UNITED STATES ARMY COLONEL, MR. BUYER OF INDIANA. FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE SHALL CONSUME.

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    MR. BUYER

    THE MINORITY HAS?

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    MR. BUYER

    MUCH. I AM FIRST OF -- FIRST OF ALL I WOULD LIKE TO APPLAUD BUCK MCKEON…

    MUCH. I AM FIRST OF -- FIRST OF ALL I WOULD LIKE TO APPLAUD BUCK MCKEON AND IKE SKELTON FOR THEIR EFFORTS ALONG WITH MR. LEVIN PERMIT THIS BILL TO BE CONSIDERED, BUT WE HAVEN'T GONE FAR ENOUGH. NOW, I -- IT'S KIND OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE RUSH OR GO TOO FAST AROUND HERE, WE GET SLOPPY IN OUR DRAFTING. NOW, WHEN THE BILL THAT WAS PASSED HERE IN THE HOUSE, THERE WAS GENERAL AUTHORITY PROVISIONS UNDER THE SECRETARIES OF D.O.D. AND V.A. TO ENSURE THAT THOSE HEALTH SYSTEMS WOULD BE PROTECTED. THE AUTHORITIES, THEIR GENERAL PROVISION AUTHORITIES OF THE SECRETARIES WOULD BE PROTECTED. THAT LANGUAGE WAS NOT IN THE SENATE BILL. THE SENATE BILL, FOR WHICH IS NOW COMING OVER HERE INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, WHICH IS ABOUT TO BE DEEMED, PRETTY INTERESTING THE WORD, KNOW ABOUT THE WORD DEEM, IT COMES FROM THE OLD ENGLISH ORIGIN TO DOM. TO DOM WAS FROM JUDGES. IT MEANS TO MAKE JUDGMENT. AND THEN IN THE 17TH CENTURY JUDGES ACTUALLY THEN BEGAN TO MAKE RAPID JUDGMENTS, THEY CALLED THEM DEEMERS. THE ORIGIN OF TO DOM, TWO WORDS, TO DEEM AND TO DOOM. FASCINATING. SO RIGHT NOW IN THE LANGUAGE THAT WAS GOING TO BE DEEMED WHILE THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION WILL IN FACT COVER THE TRICARE, BECAUSE RIGHT NOW IT COVERS JUST TRICARE FOR LIFE, THERE IS ABOUT A $30 BILLION PER YEAR PRICE TAG ON TRICARE. FOR THOSE OF WHOM WHO ARE ACTIVE DUTY OR GUARDSMEN OR RESERVES WHO ARE BROUGHT TO ACTIVE DUTY TO INCLUDE THEIR DEPENDENT, AND THAT $30 BILLION PRICE TAG, THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY, OVER 10? THAT'S AROUND $300 BILL. I DON'T KNOW HOW WE CAN EXCLUDE THEM, BUT WE ARE GOING TO BRING THEM IN. WHAT I'M GOING -- ABOUT TO ASK OF MR. LEVIN IS, WE ALSO HAVE THIS COMMITMENT, THIS COMMITMENT FROM THE LEADERSHIP, FROM THE SPEAKER, FROM THE LEADERS OF THE DOMINANT COMMITTEES OF LABOR, ED AND LABOR AND WAYS AND MEANS AND APPROPRIATIONS AND ENERGY AND COMMERCE TO PROTECT THE VETERANS PROGRAMS. NOW, IN THAT LANGUAGE THAT'S COMING FROM THE SENATE TO HERE FOR WHICH WE ARE NOT GOING TO GET TO VOTE ON NOR AMEND, IT SAYS THAT WE WILL TAKE CARE OF THE CHAPTER 17 VETERANS PROGRAMS. . BUT IN CHAPTER 17 THERE ARE OTHER PROGRAMS FOR SURVIVORS AND DEPENDENTS WHICH WOULD NOT BE COVER. THEIR PROGRAMS WHICH PRESENTLY EXIST WOULD NOT BE UNDER THE MINIMUM ESSENTIALS. WHO ARE THEY? THE WIDOWS, THE SURVIVORS AND THE ORPHAN CHILDREN. THAT WOULD INCLUDE AN AGENT ORANGE VIETNAM VETERAN'S WHOSE DEPENDENT HAS SPINA BIFIDA WOULD NOT BE COVERED. I HAVE A PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY.

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    THIS, THE BILL UNDER SUSPENSION WAS DROPPED LAST NIGHT WE HAD TO…

    THIS, THE BILL UNDER SUSPENSION WAS DROPPED LAST NIGHT WE HAD TO IMMEDIATELY RESPOND TO ALL OF THIS AND I HAVE DROPPED A BILL JUST IN THE LAST HOUR, I APOLOGIZE TO MY DEMOCRAT FRIENDS, I KNOW YOU'RE JUST GETTING A CHANCE TO LOOK AT THIS, MY PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY IS, HOW WOULD I BE ABLE TO ASK FOR AN IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL UNDER SUSPENSION?

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    IS THE GENTLEMAN SPEAKING TO A SEPARATE MEASURE OTHER THAN THE ONE BEFORE…

    IS THE GENTLEMAN SPEAKING TO A SEPARATE MEASURE OTHER THAN THE ONE BEFORE THE HOUSE?

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  • 01:31:56 PM

    MR. BUYER

    SEPARATE MEASURE, HOW CAN I CALL THIS BILL TO IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION?

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    THE SPEAKER'S POLICY AS STATED DICTATES COORDINATION WITH LEADERSHIP ON…

    THE SPEAKER'S POLICY AS STATED DICTATES COORDINATION WITH LEADERSHIP ON BOTH SIDES.

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    MR. BUYER

    CONCLUSION OF THIS BILL, COULD I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR IMMEDIATE…

    CONCLUSION OF THIS BILL, COULD I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL TO PROTECT THE SURVIVORS AND ORPHANS OF OUR VETERANS?

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    THE CHAIR IS CONSTRAINED TO RECOGNIZE SUCH A REQUEST ONLY IF BOTH…

    THE CHAIR IS CONSTRAINED TO RECOGNIZE SUCH A REQUEST ONLY IF BOTH LEADERSHIPS HAVE BEEN CONSULTED.

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    MR. BUYER

    FURTHER PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. DOES THAT MEAN THAT AT THE CONCLUSION OF…

    FURTHER PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. DOES THAT MEAN THAT AT THE CONCLUSION OF THIS VOTE, THE CHAIR WOULD NOT RECOGNIZE ME FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST IN

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    MR. LEVIN

    ME SUGGEST THIS. THE PROVISION IN QUESTION HERE, IT DOESN'T TAKE EFFECT…

    ME SUGGEST THIS. THE PROVISION IN QUESTION HERE, IT DOESN'T TAKE EFFECT UNTIL 2014. WHAT IS OUR PURPOSE HERE TODAY IS NOT TO CORRECT A FLAW BUT TO REAFFIRM SO THERE CAN BE ZERO QUESTION. I WOULD SUGGEST THIS. THAT WE PROCEED AND I WANT TO ASSURE YOU, I THINK I CAN, ON BEHALF OF EVERYONE CONCERNED, THAT WE WILL LOOK AT YOUR BILL AND WE WILL WORK WITH YOU AND IF THERE'S AGREEMENT WE WILL PROCEED EXPEDITIOUSLY. SO -- I WOULD HOPE THAT WOULD WORK FOR YOU. I JUST WANT TO ASSURE YOU OF OUR GOOD WILL ON THIS. IF THERE IS AN ISSUE THAT HAS TO BE CONCERNED, HAS TO BE CONSIDERED, WE'LL DO THAT THE PROBLEM RIGHT NOW IS, IT'S IMPOSSIBLE, WE JUST RECEIVED THIS, TO UNDERSTAND WHETHER OR NOT IT MIGHT HAVE AN IMPACT IN TERMS OF THE OVERALL BILL. THE OVERALL BILL HAS TO BE SCORED. AS YOU KNOW, MR. BUYER, IT'S VERY TECHNICAL. LET ME SUGGEST THAT WE PROCEED AND GIVE YOU THE ASSURANCE THAT WE WILL LOOK AT THIS AND PROCEED EXPEDITIOUSLY.

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    MR. BUYER

    MY TIME ON THE PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY, WOULD IT BE MADE IN ORDER UNDER A…

    MY TIME ON THE PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY, WOULD IT BE MADE IN ORDER UNDER A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST ON A SUSPENSION THAT THE GENTLEMAN COULD AMEND, IN OTHER WORDS, COULD I OFFER A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST TO AMEND TO INCLUDE THE GENERAL AUTHORITY LANGUAGE THAT IS VERY SIMILAR TO WHICH THE HOUSE HAD ALREADY PASSED PREVIOUSLY UNDER THE HEALTH BILL?

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  • 01:34:47 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    IS CONSTRAINED TO WITHDRAW AND REOFFER.

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    MR. BUYER

    GOOD FAITH. YOU COULD WITHDRAW THIS BILL, SINCE -- WE ARE MOVING QUICKLY…

    GOOD FAITH. YOU COULD WITHDRAW THIS BILL, SINCE -- WE ARE MOVING QUICKLY AND YOU'RE CORRECT, IT'S HIGHLY TECHNICAL. SO WE ONLY GOT TO SEE THIS BILL A FEW DAYS AGO. SO MR. SKELTON AND MR. MCKEON, THEIR STAFFS DIDN'T GET TO FULLY COVER IT. IT'S IMMEDIATELY DROPPED AT MIDNIGHT WE IMMEDIATELY BRING IT TO THE FLOOR. WE THEN HAVE TO REACT. AS GENTLEMEN, WHY DON'T WE PAUSE, UNDER THE RULES, FURTHER PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY, WE CAN WITHDRAW THE SUSPENSION, WE CAN WORK AND THEN THE GENTLEMAN CAN BRING IT BACK IN GOOD FAITH. I WOULD ASK FOR THE GENTLEMAN UNDER THE COMITY OF THE HOUSE.

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    MR. BUYER

    CONSIDER TO WITHDRAW THE SUSPENSION TO ALLOW US TO INCLUDE THE GENERAL…

    CONSIDER TO WITHDRAW THE SUSPENSION TO ALLOW US TO INCLUDE THE GENERAL AUTHORITY PROVISIONS AND CORRECT THE ERRORS IN THE BILL.

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  • 01:35:51 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    THE REASON WHY I THINK WE NEED TO PROCEED WITH THIS BILL. WE CAN…

    THE REASON WHY I THINK WE NEED TO PROCEED WITH THIS BILL. WE CAN ACCOMPLISH WHAT YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH BY TAKING UP YOUR BILL SEPARATELY. THE PURPOSE OF THIS BILL IS NOT TO CORRECT A FLAW. THE PURPOSE OF IT IS SIMPLY TO REAFFIRM WHAT SHOULD ALREADY BE CLEAR. YORNING IN THIS PERIOD OF TIME THAT WE COULD LOOK AT YOUR BILL AND BE SURE IT WOULD HAVE NO IMPACT IN TERMS OF THE OVERALL LEGISLATION. I KNOW THAT THIS BILL WILL HAVE NO SUCH EFFECT. I KNOW THAT THIS BILL WILL HAVE NO SUCH AFFECT. I'M NOT SURE OF YOURS BECAUSE WE'VE JUST RECEIVED IT. LET ME JUST OFFER AGAIN IN THE BEST OF GOOD FAITH THAT WE WILL TAKE UP --

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    MR. BUYER

    MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN'S POSITION IS YOU HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO WITHDRAW THE…

    MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN'S POSITION IS YOU HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO WITHDRAW THE BILL TO CORRECT THE ERRORS BUT YOU WANT TO PROCEED.

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  • 01:36:57 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    IN TRUTH, I DON'T THINK IT'S A QUESTION OF CORRECTING AN ERROR.

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    MR. BUYER

    ME RECLAIM MY TIME. WE HAVE A REALLY, REALLY LARGE DISTINCTION HERE.…

    ME RECLAIM MY TIME. WE HAVE A REALLY, REALLY LARGE DISTINCTION HERE. BECAUSE THE BILL THAT IS ABOUT TO BE DEEMED, WE DON'T EVEN HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE ON. THIS IS WHAT'S BLOWING MY MIND HERE. THOSE OF US WHO HAVE WORN THE UNIFORM, WE DON'T FIGHT FOR ANY BOUNTY OF OUR OWN WE FIGHT FOR LIBERTY, FOR FREEDOM, THE RIGHT TO SPEAK AND THE RIGHT TO VOTE. AND WE'RE GOING TO BE DENIED THE RIGHT TO VOTE ON A SENATE BILL? NOR DO WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO AMEND? AND TO SAY THERE ARE NOT ERROR WHENCE WE MOVE THIS FAST WE DON'T ALLOW THE DELIBERATIVE PROCESS TO BE USED, I'M PLEADING WITH YOU, MR. LEVIN, I'M PLEADING WITH YOU. THE BILL THAT'S BEFORE US DOES NOT -- ONLY COVERS TRICARE FOR LIFE. I KNOW THIS STUFF.

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  • 01:37:52 PM

    MR. BUYER

    I APOLOGIZE. MR. LEVIN, I APOLOGIZE. I'M CHALLENGED HERE. I DRAFTED…

    I APOLOGIZE. MR. LEVIN, I APOLOGIZE. I'M CHALLENGED HERE. I DRAFTED TRICARE FOR LIFE, I UNDERSTAND THIS PROGRAM, THIS BILL ONLY COVERED TRICARE FOR LIFE. INDIVIDUAL WHORS IN TRICARE, IT'S NOT CONSIDERED A -- INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE IN TRICARE, IT'S NOT CONSIDERED A MINIMUM ESSENTIAL PROGRAM. I KNOW YOU DIDN'T INTEND TO THAT. WHY DON'T WE CORRECT, MAKE SURE WE CORRECT CHAPTER 17 TO PROTECT SURVIVORS AND DEPENDENTS? IT'S AN ERROR. I'M NOT GOING TO SAY YOU INTENTIONALLY MEANT TO LEAVE OUT WIDOWS AND ORPHANS, I DON'T BELIEVE THAT. BUT WE SHOULD IF YOU'RE GOING TO CORRECT IT ON TRICARE, LET'S TAKE CARE OF THE VETERAN TAOS. I JUST PLEAD FOR THE GENTLEMAN TO STOP AND PAUSE WHILE WE'RE IN CONSIDERATION HERE, LET'S AMEND THIS AND DO IT RIGHT. THAT'S MY PLEA. I ALSO WANT TO LET YOU KNOW WE DO THINGS SUBSTANTIVELY AND WE ALSO DO THINGS POLITICALLY. THERE'S A RESPONSE. LETTERS ARE COMING IN, EMAILS ARE COMING IN RIGHT NOW FROM THE V.S.O.'S. THE VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS, PRETTY UPSET. PRETTY UPSET. WHENEVER WE MOVE FAST, WE'RE SLOPPY AND PEOPLE GET HURT IN THE PROCESS. THIS IS NOT ONE OF OUR FINEST HOURS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO -- MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THE CHAIR AND…

    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO -- MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THE CHAIR AND NOT OTHER MEMBERS. THE CHAIR WILL ALSO REMIND ALL PERSONS IN THE GALLERY THAT THEY ARE HERE AS GUESTS OF THE HOUSE AND THAT ANY MANIFEST CASE OF -- MANIFESTATION OF APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL, OR PROCEEDINGS OR AUDIBLE CONVERSATION IS A VIOLATION OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. LEVIN

    THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. DAVIS.

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    MRS. DAVIS

    YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT THE HEALTH REFORM BILL THIS BODY WILL CONSIDER…

    YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT THE HEALTH REFORM BILL THIS BODY WILL CONSIDER TOMORROW. YET SECTION 1501 OF THE SENATE BILL NEEDS TO BE MODIFIED TO ASSURE THE INSURANCE OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM HAS QUALIFIES, AS, QUOTE, MINIMUM ESSENTIAL COVERAGE, UNQUOTE, UNDER THE NEW LAW. I BELIEVE TRICARE AND THE NONAPPROPRIATED FUND HEALTH CARE WILL MEET THE INDIVIDUAL REQUIREMENTS FOR INSURANCE COVERAGE IN THE HEALTH CARE BILL. YET LIKE MR. SKELTON, I BELIEVE THIS LEGISLATION SHOULD EXPLICITLY STATE THAT THESE HEALTH PLANS MEET THE MINIMUM THRESHOLD. AS CHAIRWOMAN OF THE MILITARY PERSONNEL SUBCOMMITTEE, I'M A STRONG PROPONENT OF THE TRICARE SYSTEM AND DO NOT WANT THAT GREAT BENEFIT THREATENED IN ANY WAY BY HEALTH CARE REFORM IN THE UNITED STATES. FIXING SECTION 1501 OF THE SENATE BILL WILL HELP ACHIEVE THIS GOAL AND WILL REMOVE ANY AMBIGUITY FOR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND FOR MY COLLEAGUES WHO DO NOT BELIEVE THE CURRENT BILL GOES FAR ENOUGH TO PROTECT THOSE WHO SERVE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS LANGUAGE TO PROTECT TRICARE ORIGINALLY PASSED THIS HOUSE EDUCATION AND LABOR COMMITTEE ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. I REMEMBER IT. I WAS THERE. I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO PUT ASIDE POLITICS FOR THIS VOTE, FOR THIS ONE VOTE, AND HELP PASS A MEASURE THAT WILL ALLOW OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM TO FOCUS ON THEIR MISSION, NOT THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE. I URGE A YES VOTE ON THIS MEASURE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    TIME IS REMAINING ON OUR SIDE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY HAS EIGHT MINUTES REMAINING, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN HAS 14 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NOW I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ANOTHER DISTINGUISHED…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NOW I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ANOTHER DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE VETERANS COMMITTEE, AN AIR FORCE VETERAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. STEARNS FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. STEARNS

    THANK THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN. THE BOTTOM LINE, THIS IS THE BOTTOM…

    THANK THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN. THE BOTTOM LINE, THIS IS THE BOTTOM LINE, THE SENATE LANGUAGE IN THE HEALTH CARE BILL DOES NOT PROTECT V.A. AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS FROM INTERFERENCE BY OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES SUCH AS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. WE NEED TO HAVE THE BUYER-MCKEON BILL PART OF THIS PACKAGE OR YOU'RE GOING TO LEAVE OUT A WHOLE SEGMENT OF VETERANS WHO ARE UNDER TRICARE, NOT TO MENTION SURVIVORS AND DEPENDENTS COVERED UNDER THIS. THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO AMERICAN VETERANS. I URGE YOU DEMOCRATS WHO ARE IN THE MAJORITY TO RECONSIDER MR. BUYER'S SIMPLE REQUEST TO MAKE PART OF YOUR BILL TODAY IMMEDIATELY AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE TO AMEND IT SO THAT WE INCLUDE THE BUYER LANGUAGE WHICH IS 4894. IT'S NOT A MAJOR THING TO DO HERE. WE CAN DO THAT. MR. STEL COHN HERE EARLIER SAID HE'S AGAINST THE HEALTH CARE BILL. HE EMPHATICALLY SAID HE'S GOING TO VOTE NO. I UNDERSTAND THAT. HE FEELS THAT THE DEMOCRAT HEALTH CARE BILL IS NOT SOMETHING HE CAN SUPPORT. HE'S CHAIRMAN OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE HE UNDERSTANDS THAT PASSAGE OF THIS RULE THAT WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT LATER WILL DEEM PACKAGE OF THE ENTIRE HEALTH CARE BILL ON AMERICA. BUT THEN HERE WE ARE TRYING IN DESPERATION BECAUSE THIS IS A FARCE, THIS HEALTH CARE BILL, BECAUSE IT STRIPS TRICARE FROM THE MILITARY VETERANS, IT HURTS SURVIVORS AND DEPENDENTS, NOW IN A CHARADE HERE OF A FARCE, THEY'RE TRYING TO AMEND A BILL THAT HAS NEVER PASSED. THINK OF THAT. THIS BILL THAT WE'RE GOING TO VOTE ON THE SKELTON BILL IS AMENDING A BILL THAT HAS NOT EVEN PASSED. I QUESTION THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE -- AND THE PROCEDURE HERE'S. THE HEALTH CARE BILL IS NOT GOING TO PROTECT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MILITARY PEOPLE UNDER TRICARE AND VETERANS. NOW, WHY IS THIS OCCURRING? I THINK WE REALIZE BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATS MOVED TOO QUICKLY AND THEY'RE PENALIZING OUR VETERANS AND SO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE IS AGAINST IT, MORE IMPORTANTLY, HE'S HERE WITH THIS BILL AND I THINK ALL OF US SHOULD UNDERSTAND WITHOUT PASSAGE OF THE BUIER-MCKEON BILL WHICH IS 4894, THE BILL HAS BEEN DROPPED, TO AMEND THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE TO ENSURE APPROPRIATE TREATMENT OF DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HEALTH PROGRAMS. THIS IS A SIMPLE STATEMENT. BUT IT HAS HUGE IMPLICATIONS. SO MR. LEVIN I URGE YOU TO RECONSIDER AND MAKE SURE THAT PART OF THIS MCKEON BILL IS LANGUAGE OF THE BUYER-MCKEON AND I CLOSE BY SAYING, THE REASON WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY IS BECAUSE THE BILL WAS PUT TOGETHER IMPROPERLY AND IT'S JUST AN AFFRONT TO OUR VETERANS, TO OUR MILITARY RETIREES THAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE AFFECTED BY THIS HEALTH CARE BILL.

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    MEMBERS ARE ONCE AGAIN REMINDED TO ADDRESS THE CHAIR AND NOT INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. .

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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    MR. DAVIS

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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    MR. BUYER

    CONSULTATION WITH THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, A GENTLEMAN I RESPECT, I…

    CONSULTATION WITH THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, A GENTLEMAN I RESPECT, I THINK THE BEST APPROACH IS WE'LL VOTE ON YOUR BILL AND ASK THE MINORITY LEADER ALONG WITH THE -- THE MAJORITY LEADER AND THE SPEAKER AND YOU CAN DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE ON THE POLICY ASPECTS TO MAKE SURE THAT THINGS CAN GET CORRECTED AND THAT MAYBE WE CAN CALL THEN FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION OF THE BUYER-MCKEON BILL. I THINK THAT'S A GOOD APPROACH. AND I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN. MR.

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    THE CHAIR WILL ONCE AGAIN REMIND MEMBERS TO SPEAK THROUGH THE CHAIR AND NOT TO INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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  • 01:46:16 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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    MR. LEVIN

    TO CLOSE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YES, YOU DO. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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    MR. DAVIS

    THIS EVENT, WE ARE DOING SOMETHING IMPORTANT. CORRECTING AN EGREGIOUS…

    THIS EVENT, WE ARE DOING SOMETHING IMPORTANT. CORRECTING AN EGREGIOUS WRONG THAT WAS DONE BY OVERSIGHT TO NOT FULLY COVER OUR VETERANS. THE FACT THAT TRICARE WOULD NOT FALL INTO THE SO-CALLED MINIMALLY ACCEPTED COVERAGE LEADS ME BACK TO THE FALSE STANDARD THAT'S SET IN THE BEGINNING ON THIS BILL IN THE FIRST PLACE. I WAS AMONG OTHER THINGS IN THE MILITARY AN ASSAULT HELICOPTER PILOT. ONE OF THE THINGS WE LEARNED AS YOUNG AVIATORS IS ACCIDENTS NORMALLY DIDN'T HAPPEN BECAUSE OF ONE BIG THING. NORMALLY AN ACCIDENT WOULD HAPPEN AND SEVERAL OF MY CLOSE FRIENDS PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE IN THIS, WAS BECAUSE SEVERAL LITTLE THINGS WOULD BEGIN TO PILE UP. SMALL EVENTS. THINGS UNSEEN. THE FACTOR OF THE ENVIRONMENT BEGAN TO PROCESS, THE MORE THEY WOULD PILE UP. THEY BECAME UNCONTROLLABLE. NOT NOTICING POWER, NOT NOTICING AIR SPEED, NOT NOTICING THEIR RATE OF DESCENT, THEIR AL TIDTUDE, VISUAL REFERENCES, THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE ARE DOING THE SAME THING NOW. EXCEPT WE ARE DOING IT WITH ONE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST SWEEPING BILLS IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY. WE ARE RUSHING HEADLONG WITHOUT EVEN A WEEK, 72 HOURS FOR A BILL THIS BIG? GIVE ME A BREAK. LET'S THINK ABOUT THE REALITY OF WHAT WE ARE DOING RUSHING HEADLONG TO DO THE LARGEST TRANSFER OF POWER TO THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS ABOUT TURNING US INTO A DIFFERENT NATION. THIS IS ABOUT STEPPING BEYOND ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION TO DEEM, TO DEEM WHAT? WE ARE FIXING A SMALL MISTAKE. I GUARANTEE YOU THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF OTHERS. DEEMING ACTUALLY IS PRONOUNCING SOMETHING THAT ISN'T AS IF IT WERE DONE FOR ALL PRACTICAL PURPOSES AND WAS DESIGNED FROM THE LEGISLATIVE PERSPECTIVE FOR SIMPLE CORRECTION. LET US DEEM EVERYBODY GOOD HEALTH, THAT HAS ABOUT THE SAME EFFECT IN THE EYES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IF WE ARE DEALING WITH VETERANS LET'S DEEM WORLD PEACE SO THERE WON'T BE ANYMORE RISK INTERNATIONALLY? YOU SEE THE ABSURDITY OF THIS ARGUMENT PRESENTED OVER AND OVER AND FOR THE THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS OUTSIDE THIS BUILDING WHEN WE STAND IN HERE TRYING TO WORK TOGETHER TO FIX A SMALL PIECE, THERE ARE HUNDREDS AND OTHER THINGS PILING UP. REMEMBER WHAT THE SPEAKER SAID. THE SPEAKER SAID WE HAVE TO PASS THIS BILL SO WE CAN FIND OUT WHAT'S IN IT. IN THE NAME OF HEAVEN, SHOULDN'T WE KNOW WHAT'S IN IT BEFORE IT EVEN COMES TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE? I DEMAND TO KNOW THE JUSTICE IN THAT. IN RAMMING A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THROUGH HERE THAT IS GOING TO CHANGE THE LIVES OF OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. YOU ASK THE PEOPLE DYEING IN HOSPITALS IN ENGLAND AND WAITING 18 MONTHS FOR A BYPASS SURGERY, AND THE VETERANS WHO WILL COME FORWARD WHO WILL NOT HAVE HEALTH CARE ON THIS BECAUSE OF A TELL FIX, WE ARE HIRING OVER 100,000 NEW GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRATS AND NOT MAKING THE CHANGES THAT THE REST OF THE COUNTRY USES. EVERY TIME IN THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE WE TRY TO OFFER THOSE CHANGES, THEY WERE REJECTED. THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A MOMENT. I DON'T WANT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT WE ARE HANDLING IN THIS ADMINISTRATION TO BECOME A TRAIN WRECK WAITING TO HAPPEN WHEN WE SEE ALL OF THE EVENTS BEGINNING TO PILE UP. WE NEED TO SLOW THE OVERALL BILL DOWN. THE FACT THAT WE WOULD HAVE TO DO THIS. THE FACT THAT THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE DEMONSTRATING TELLS US THAT THERE'S MORE TO THIS THAN SIMPLY GIVING PEOPLE HEALTH CARE. WITH THAT I YIELD A ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    THERE'S SOMETHING ELSE GOING ON HERE, TOO. SO THE SKELTON BILL PASSES.…

    THERE'S SOMETHING ELSE GOING ON HERE, TOO. SO THE SKELTON BILL PASSES. WITHOUT THE BUYER MC-MCKEAN YOFMENT THEN THE HEALTH CARE BILL COMES TOMORROW. WE VOTE ON TOMORROW NIGHT AND IT PASSES. BUT IT STILL, THE VETERANS WOULD STILL BE WITHOUT CARE BECAUSE THIS BILL, THAT'S PASSING HERE, HAS TO GO TO THE SENATE. THE SENATE COULD MAKE SOME CHANGES. THEN IT'S GOING TO COME BACK TO THE HOUSE. SO YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A BILL, A HEALTH CARE BILL OUT THERE, STANDING BY ITSELF, THAT'S PASSED, GONE TO THE PRESIDENT, SIGNED INTO LAW, THAT DOES NOT PROTECT VETERANS ON TRICARE. YOU SHOULD BE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THAT. I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD BE CONCERNED THAT OUR VETERANS WHO ARE AT TWO WARS TODAY ARE NOT GOING TO BE PROTECTED BECAUSE YOU ARE DELAYING THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE RIGOROUS UNDERSTANDING WHAT THIS BILL IS ABOUT. SO JUST SIMPLY PASSING THIS TODAY ON THE SUSPENSION WILL NOT MEAN THE VETERANS ARE PROTECTED. IT STILL HAS TO GO TO THE SENATE, COMES BACK TO THE HOUSE BEFORE IT'S SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT.

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  • 01:50:59 PM

    MR. DAVIS

    TIME REMAINS?

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN HAS 14 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN HAS 14 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY HAS ONE MINUTE REMAINING.

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  • 01:51:10 PM

    MR. DAVIS

    SPEAKER, I'LL GO AHEAD AND CLOSE WITH THESE FINAL REMARKS. NEXT YEAR WILL…

    SPEAKER, I'LL GO AHEAD AND CLOSE WITH THESE FINAL REMARKS. NEXT YEAR WILL BE THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF MY GRADUATION FROM THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY. AND WHEN I'M BACK THERE SEEING THESE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED THIS COUNTRY SO -- IN SO MANY DISTINGUISHED WAYS, THROUGH SUCH A TIME OF PEACE AND WAR AND TURBULENCE, THE ONE THING THAT I WANT TO BE ABLE TO LOOK IN THEIR EYES AND SAY THAT WE DID AS A CONGRESS, NOT SIMPLY ME, IS THAT WE SERVED THEIR NEEDS, THEIR FAMILY NEEDS, THE NEEDS OF THEIR SOLDIERS, THE NEEDS OF VETERANS IN GENERAL, AND IT IS CLEAR FROM THE OVERALL LEGISLATION THAT WE ARE SEEKING TO AMEND BEFORE IT EVEN BECOMES LAW, ALTHOUGH I THINK THAT'S ACTUALLY IN QUESTION IF WE ARE NOT GOING TO VOTE ON THE SENATE BILL, WE NEED TO SLOW THIS PROCESS DOWN AND STOP THE SENATE BILL FROM BEING FORCED THROUGH THIS HOUSE, THIS RECONCILIATION PROCESS, AND GO BACK TO SQUARE ONE AND DO THIS STEP BY STEP AND GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME RATHER THAN MAKE DIRECTIONS. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE FOR BRINGING THIS CRITICAL FIX FORWARD. THERE ARE MANY MORE. LET'S GET TO THOSE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. LEVIN

    MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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    MR. LEVIN

    TO MAKE TWO POINTS CLEARLY AND VERY FORCEFULLY. VET RANS HEALTH, VETERANS…

    TO MAKE TWO POINTS CLEARLY AND VERY FORCEFULLY. VET RANS HEALTH, VETERANS ARE PROTECTED AND WILL BE PROTECTED. WE ARE GLAD TO BRING OUR RECORD BEFORE THE WORLD. WHERE THIS PARTY THAT I BELONG TO HAS BEEN IN TERMS OF PROTECTING VETERANS AND VETERANS' HEALTH. I JUST WANT TO SAY A WORD ABOUT THAT. BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN HERE NOW FOR SOME YEARS, AND A FEW YEARS AGO THE PARTY THAT I BELONGED TO WHEN WE HAD THE POWER, TOOK THE STEPS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE HEALTH OF VETERANS WAS PROTECTED, INDEED ENHANCED, WHAT WE DID WAS TO PASS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH IN PROGRAMS TO MAKE SURE THAT VETERANS IN THIS COUNTRY WERE PROTECTED AS TO THEIR HEALTH CARE NEEDS. THAT IS ABSOLUTELY CLEAR. NO VETERAN NEEDS TO BE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR HEALTH CARE. NO ONE COVERED BY TRICARE NEEDS TO BE WORRIED ABOUT WHETHER THAT WILL BE IN EFFECT. NO ONE. THIS IS DONE SIMPLY TO REASSURE IN TERMS OF THE LANGUAGE. IT IS NOT TO FIX A FLAW. IT'S TO REASSURE. INDEED, IT'S BEING BROUGHT FOR THE VERY REASON THAT WE FEARED THAT SOME PEOPLE MIGHT DECIDE TO MISSTATE WHAT THE REALITY WAS. THE REALITY IS THAT WE ARE SIMPLY REASSURING. THERE IS NO FLAW TO FIX, PERIOD. SO NO ONE IN ANY PLACE, ANY VETERAN OR ANYBODY IN THEIR FAMILY NEEDS TO WORRY ABOUT OUR DEDICATION OR THE IMPACT OF THIS LEGISLATION. THAT'S POINT ONE. NUMBER TWO, I THINK WHAT'S BEING DONE HERE, WHAT'S BEING SAID HERE IS PRETTY CLEAR. THE ARGUMENT ISN'T REALLY OVER VETERANS' HEALTH. WE ARE ALL DEDICATED TO SUSTAINING THAT. IT ISN'T OVER TRICARE. WE ARE DEDICATED TO SUSTAINING -- IMPROVING IT WHEREVER POSSIBLE. WHAT WE HEAR ON THE OTHER SIDE INSTEAD ARE SPEECHES AND WORDS ABOUT THE RECONCILIATION BILL. YOU DON'T LIKE IT. I'M NOT SURE I WANT TO CARRY ON MUCH LONGER A DEBATE OVER THE HEALTH CARE BILL, SIR.

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    MR. DAVIS

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD FOR A FEW SECONDS I WOULD POINT OUT THAT…

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD FOR A FEW SECONDS I WOULD POINT OUT THAT INTACT TRICARE FOR LIFE WAS EXCISED FROM THE SENATE BILL.

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    MR. LEVIN

    WE WANT IT TO BE 100% SURE THAT NOBODY WOULD MISSTATISTS IMPACT -- MISS…

    WE WANT IT TO BE 100% SURE THAT NOBODY WOULD MISSTATISTS IMPACT -- MISS STATE ITS IMPACT. DON'T MISSTATE IT. THAT'S THE PURPOSE OF THIS. INSTEAD AFTER YOU TALK ABOUT VETERANS HEALTH, YOU BEGIN TO TALK ABOUT THE RECONCILIATION BILL. NOW, WE'LL DEBATE THAT TOMORROW. BUT WE SHOULD NOT USE ANY QUESTION ABOUT COVERAGE FOR VETERANS AS A REASON TO ATTACK THE RECONCILIATION BILL. I SUPPORT IT. I THINK IT WILL HAVE A MAJOR POSITIVE IMPACT. YOU USED ALL KINDS OF WORDS ABOUT A DIFFERENT NATION, ABOUT RUSHING HEADLONG. THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS BILL. I THINK YOU ARE COMPLETELY WRONG ABOUT THIS BEING A DIFFERENT NATION. YOU RAISED IT SO I'LL SAY A FEW WORDS. I'LL SAY A FEW WORDS. WHAT THIS IS GOING TO DO IS TO CONTINUE THE PATH OF THIS NATION. TO MAKE SURE THAT HEALTH CARE CAN BE AFFORDED. TO MAKE SURE THAT HEALTH CARE IS SPREAD TO EVERYBODY. IT'S NOT A DIFFERENT NATION. IT'S CONTINUING THE BEST IN OUR NATION. SO WE ARE NOT RUSHING HEADLONG. WE HAVE BEEN YOU CANNING -- TALKING ABOUT HEALTH CARE FOR A CENTURY IN THIS COUNTRY. I SAID AT THE RULES COMMITTEE, MY FIRST POLITICAL EXPERIENCE, AS I REMEMBER IT, WAS AS A KID PASSING OUT LEAFLETS FOR THE DAD OF JOHN DINGELL. HIS FATHER INTRODUCED A HEALTH CARE BILL, HOW MANY DECADES AGO , AND BEFORE HIM OTHERS. GOING BACK TO TEDDY ROOSEVELT. NO HUGE RADICAL. SO NOW DECADES LATER WE COME TO A MOMENT WHEN WE CAN STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND YOU CALL IT A DIFFERENT NATION. NO, I SAY IT'S IN THE BEST TRADITIONS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. SO THIS IS SIMPLY A BILL TO REASSURE. DON'T USE IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE. WE WANT TO SAY CLEARLY TO THE VETERANS OF THIS COUNTRY AND TO THE FAMILIES OF THOSE VETERANS, TO EVERYBODY WHO IS PART OF THAT FAMILY, THAT THEIR HEALTH CARE IS GOING TO BE PROTECTED. THAT'S THE PURPOSE OF THIS LEGISLATION. I NOW YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4887, AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL --

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    MR. LEVIN

    THE RECORDED VOTE.

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    DOES THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY…

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SKELTON

    SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1075,…

    SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1075, AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    RESOLUTION 1075, RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE MEMBERS OF THE AGRIBUSINESS…

    RESOLUTION 1075, RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE MEMBERS OF THE AGRIBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TEAMS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD FOR THEIR EFFORTS TOGETHER WITH PERSONNEL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND THE UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO MODERNIZE AGRICULTURE PRACTICES AND INCREASE FOOD PRODUCTION IN WAR-TORN COUNTRIES. .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. SKELTON, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. SKELTON, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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  • 02:00:37 PM

    MR. SKELTON

    SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MIGHT CONSUME AND I ASK UNANIMOUS…

    SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MIGHT CONSUME AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATE -- LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTENDS THEIR REMARKS ON THE RESOLUTION UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. SKELTON

    RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.RES. 1075, A RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE…

    RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.RES. 1075, A RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE AGRI-BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TEAMS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI FOR INTRODUCING THIS RESOLUTION. THE AGRI-BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TEAMS, OFTEN CALLED A.T.D.'S, ARE SOME SUCCESSES OF THE MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN. AGRICULTURE MAKES UP ABOUT 45% OF THE AFGHANISTAN'S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT AND EMPLOYS OVER 70% OF ITS POPULATION. ALTHOUGH AFGHANISTAN ONCE SUPPLIED FOOD FOR THE REGION, 30 YEARS OF WAR HAS DEGRADED THE AGRICULTURE ECONOMY OF AFGHANISTAN SO MUCH THAT SUBSTANTIAL ASSISTANCE IS REQUIRED TO REBUILD IT AND ENSURE THAT AFGHANISTAN HAS FOOD SECURITY. THE FIRST OF AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT TEAMS WAS FROM THE GREAT STATE OF MISSOURI AND I HAVE THE PARTICULAR PRIDE IN THE GREAT WORK THAT THEY DO. THESE MISSOURIANS, THESE TEAMS ARE MADE UP OF NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS WHO HAVE EXPERTISE IN AGRICULTURE FROM THEIR CIVIL LIVES. THESE VOLUNTEERS SPEND ONE MONTH TRAINING FOR DEPLOYMENT IN INDIANA AND THEN THEY ARE SENT TO AFGHANISTAN FOR 11 MONTHS. EACH TEAM HAS ABOUT 58 PERSONNEL WITH 12 AGRICULTURE EXPERTS, ALTHOUGH ALL MEMBERS OF THE TEAM HAVE SOME LEVEL OF AGRICULTURE EXPERTISE. RIGHT NOW THE TEAM IS DOUGH EMPLOYED, INCLUDING ONE FROM -- TEAM IS DEPLOYED, INCLUDING ONE FROM MISSOURI. I MIGHT MENTION THAT THE THANKSGIVING BEFORE LAST I SPENT IT WITH THE MISSOURI AGRICULTURE NATIONAL GUARD TEAM IN AFGHANISTAN AND I MUST TELL YOU THAT THEY DID A FANTASTIC JOB. I'M VERY PROUD OF THEM, I WAS PROUD TO VISIT WITH THEM, BREAK BREAD WITH THEM ON THE THANKSGIVING DAY AND TELL THEM THAT WE IN MISSOURI ARE DOWNRIGHT PROUD OF THEM. FROM THE START MISSOURI NATIONAL GUARD HAS BEEN A LEADER IN THE PROGRAM AND FOURTH MISSOURI TEAM IS NOW PREPARING TO GO. MISSOURI GUARD MEMBERS HAVE GONE TO AFGHANISTAN AND RETURNED, I ASK THAT THEIR NAMES BE INCLUDED IN THE RECORD. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MIGHT CONSUME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1075. I AM…

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1075. I AM PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES, REPRESENTATIVE LUETKEMEYER AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, REPRESENTATIVE IKE SKELTON, BOTH OF MISSOURI, AS WELL AS THE MANY CO-SPONSORS OF THIS RESOLUTION IN EXPRESSING THE GRATITUDE AND PRIDE OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE WORK OF THE U.S. NATIONAL GUARD'S AGRI-BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TEAMS. THE EFFORTS OF THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN, ALONG WITH THEIR COLLEAGUES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND THE UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, ARE CRITICAL TO CREATING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR NATIONS SUCH AS AFGHANISTAN. WE ALL KNOW TOO WELL THAT AFGHANISTAN HAS BEEN DEVASTATED BY NEARLY THREE DECADES OF WAR AND SUCH EFFORTS IN ADDITION TO WHAT OUR COMBAT FORCES ARE DOING ARE INSTRUMENTAL IN BRINGING SECURITY AND STABILITY TO THE COUNTRY. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO RECOGNIZE ALL THOSE WHO SERVE OUR MILITARY AND CIVILIANS. I AM PROUD TO STAND HERE TODAY AND SAY THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE CHOICE TO SERVE. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR SKILLS AND EXPERTISE WITH THE AFGHAN PEOPLE. THANK YOU FOR PROTECTING AMERICA'S INTERESTS AND REPRESENTING THE BEST SHE HAS TO OFFER. AND I THANK YOUR FAMILIES AS WELL FOR THEIR SACRIFICES. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY FRIEND AND MY COLLEAGUE FROM WISCONSIN, MR. KIND.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MISSOURI FOR YIELDING THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MISSOURI FOR YIELDING THE TIME AND I ALSO WANT TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE WHO INTRODUCED THE RESOLUTION. I WAS A PROUD CO-SPONSOR OF THIS RESOLUTION. IN A PREVIOUS TRIP TO AFGHANISTAN I TOO HAD A CHANCE TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH THE NATIONAL GUARD AGRI-BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TEAMS AND WE CAN'T THANK OUR TROOPS FOR THE MISSION THAT THEY'RE CARRIES OUT IN AFGHANISTAN ENOUGH. AND IT'S ESPECIALLY TRUE FOR THE CITIZENS -- CITIZEN SOLDIERS WE SENT OVER THERE, GUARD AND RESERVE UNITS. BUT THE AGRICULTURE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TEAMS ARE PERFORMING A VERY VITAL AND IMPORTANT FUNCTION IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND ASSISTANCE THAT'S TAKING PLACE IN AFGHANISTAN. A COUNTRY WHICH, AFTER ALL, IS AN AGRICULTURE NATION. I'M ESPECIALLY PROUD THAT ONE OF THE LEADERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD IS A GENTLEMAN BY THE NAME OF COLONEL MARTY LEOPARD WHO WAS A KID WHO GREW UP OUT OF -- IN A FARM IN WISCONSIN AND I COMMEND USDA AND YOU SAID FOR THE MILITARY -- USAID FOR THE MILITARY LEADERSHIP OF IDENTIFYING OUR SOLDIERS WITH AGRICULTURE BACKGROUNDS AND UTILIZING THAT EXPERTISE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THESE AG DEVELOPMENT TEAMS WORKING WITH AFGHAN FARMERS. THAT'S GOING TO BE THE KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL RESOLUTION IN THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THAT HAS TO OCCUR IN THAT COUNTRY AND I AGAIN COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE FOR OFFERING THE RESOLUTION. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. LUETKEMEYER.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1075, COMMENDING THE AGRI-BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TEAMS OR A.D.T.'S, ON THEIR WORK. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SKELTON ALONG WITH RANKING MEMBER MCKEON AS WELL ASED REST OF THE MISSOURI DELEGATION FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND EFFORTS IN HELPING THE MISSOURI A.D.T.'S. IN ADDITION I'D LIKE TO THANK THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM MISSOURI FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THE A.D.T. PROGRAM FROM ITS VERY BEGINNING. THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE EFFORTS -- MADE THE EFFORTS OF THE A.D.T. A GREAT SUCCESS. FIRST I WANT TO COMMEND COLONEL MARTY LEOPARD, CHIEF TONY ROMANO AND THE ENTIRE TEAM OF MEN AND WOMEN DEDICATED TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION IN AFGHANISTAN. THEY HAVE MET A MASSIVE CHALLENGE WITH DETERMINATION TO SEE THEIR GOALS ACHIEVED. THE NATIONAL GUARD'S AGRI-BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TEAMS STARTED AS A PILOT PROGRAM IN MISSOURI. THE MISSOURI TEAM PARTNERED WITH MISSOURI FARM BUREAU, UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AND LINCOLN UNIVERSITY TO DRAW A BLUEPRINT THAT IS BEING FOLLOWED BY OTHER ARMY NATIONAL GUARD UNITS FROM AROUND THE UNITED STATES. IN ADDITION, A.D.T.'S GET RESOURCES AND GUIDANCE FROM THE NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU, THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND THE UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT. THE NATIONAL GUARD A.D.T.'S HAVE A BIG MISSION. THEY HOPE TO MODERNIZE AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES, INCREASE FOOD PRODUCTION IN A WAR-TORN COUNTRY. A.D.T.'S ARE MADE UP OF GUARD MEMBERS WHO HAVE CIVILIAN BACKGROUND IN FARMING OR ARE RELATED AGRICULTURE BUSINESS. AND USING THOSE SKILLS TO TEACH AFGHAN FARMERS SUSTAINABLE FOREIGN PRACTICES. THIS TASK IS NOT EASY BUT THE UNITS FROM 11 DIFFERENT STATES HAVE BEEN WORKING LONG HOURS WITH FARMERS AND COMMUNITY OFFICIALS. THE FARMING PRACTICES USED TODAY BY THE AFGHANS ARE VERY PRIMITIVE, ONLY -- ALMOST MEDIEVAL LEVEL FARMING. THE TEAMS HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED -- THE TEAMS THAT HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED WORK WITH AFGHAN FARM TV TO PROVIDE BASIC AGRICULTURAL REQUIREMENTS. THEIR GOALS INCLUDE IMPROVING IRRIGATION SYSTEMS AND PROVIDING EFFECTIVE METHODS FOR FERTILIZING, PLANTING, HARVESTING, MARKETING AND STORAGE OF AGRICULTURAL CROPS. IN ADDITION THEY ESTABLISH MODERN FACILITIES TO HELP CONTAIN SPREADING DISEASES, SET UP MARKETS TO TRADE CROPS AND LIVESTOCK, CREATE A JUICING FACILITY AND VET CLINICS. THEY MAY HAVE BEEN QUICK TO USE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY RESOURCES SUCH AS WIND, SOLAR AND SMALL WATER DAMS AS WELL. MAINTAINING A RELIABLE WATER SOURCE STILL REMAINS ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS. THE GUARD UNITS ARE USING SUSTAINABLE METHODS FOR PUMPING WATER AND WORKING ON WATERSHED MANAGE AM TO CAPTURE SHOW MELT AND -- MANAGEMENT TO CAPTURE SNOW MELT FOR IRRIGATION. SINCE A NATIONAL ENERGY GRID OF -- AND 24/7 ENERGY IS NOT AVAILABLE, THESE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES ACTUALLY PROVIDE A BETTER SOLUTION. THERE IS NO EASY FIX FOR THE SITUATION IN AFGHANISTAN. THERE ARE PROBLEMS WITH LOCAL CUSTOMS, TRIBAL LEADERSHIP AND ISSUES OF RIGHTS THAT MUST BE SOLVED ON A ROUTINE BASIS. IF A TEAM WANTS TO CONSTRUCT A BUILDING OR DIG A WELL HE HAS TO FIND OUT WHICH VILLAGE ELDER HAS AUTHORITY TO GRANT PERMISSION TO USE THE LAND IN MANY VILLAGES, PROPERTY USAGE AND OWNERSHIP IS DECIDED IN MEETINGS WITH FAMILY ELDERS. HOWEVER, OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN LABOR VIGOROUSLY IN CERTAIN OF SOLUTIONS TO THESE MANY CHALLENGES. THE WORK IN AFGHANISTAN IS IMPORTANT. WHERE AGRICULTURE MAKES UP 45% OF THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT AND EMPLOYS MORE THAN 70% OF THE POPULATION. FARMING PRACTICAL FISSES ARE INEFFICIENT AND OUTDATED. MANY AFGHAN FIELDS ARE USED TO GROW OPIUM POPPY PLANTS WHICH PROVIDE THE RAW MATERIAL USED TO MAKE HEROIN. IT IS MY HOPE THAT ESTABLISHING A VIABLE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY WILL PROVIDE FARMERS THROUGHOUT AFGHANISTAN WITH ALTERNATIVES AND QUITE FRANKLY, MR. SPEAKER, IN MY JUDGMENT IT THIS IS THE WAY THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN AFGHANISTAN, BY TURNING THE AFGHAN PEOPLE AND THEIR ECONOMY AROUND AND EARNING THEIR TRUST TO BE ABLE TO WORK WITH US IN RUNNING THE TALIBAN OUT OF THE COUNTRY. THE BILL WE CONSIDER TODAY RECOGNIZES THE GOOD WORK OF THESE MEN AND WOMEN THAT THEIR CARRYING OUT EVERY DAY. I ENCOURAGE OTHER STATES TO LOOK AT WAYS THEY CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE NATIONAL GUARD A.D.T.'S. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN IN PASSING THE LEGISLATION. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    MR. LAMBORN

    AGAIN I COMMEND THE NATIONAL GUARD FOR THEIR SERVICE TO THIS COUNTRY AND…

    AGAIN I COMMEND THE NATIONAL GUARD FOR THEIR SERVICE TO THIS COUNTRY AND TO THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM. THE FREEDOM THEY WORK AND FIGHT FOR IS EMBODIED IN THE CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM THAT WE ENJOY IN THIS COUNTRY. FEW VOTES WE HAVE TAKEN IN THIS BODY WILL AFFECT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM OF FREEDOM MORE THAN THE VOTE WE TAKE TOMORROW ON HEALTH CARE. NOW, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN LOUD AND CLEAR ON THIS ISSUE OF HEALTH CARE. THEY DO NOT WANT A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE. AND THE LATEST HEALTH CARE PLAN THAT WE WILL BE VOTING ON AS EARLY AS TOMORROW AFTERNOON IS STILL A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE DESPITE WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID BECAUSE IT, NUMBER ONE, INCLUDES BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN NEW TAXES AND OVER $1 TRILLION OF NEW GOVERNMENT SPENDING, IT WILL CAUSE MILLIONS OF EMPLOYEES TO CANCEL THE HEALTH CARE THEY OFFER THEIR EMPLOYEES AND FORCE THESE INDIVIDUALS INTO A GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE PLAN, IT CREATES A HEALTH CARE CZAR TO IMPOSE HEALTH CARE PRICE CONTROLS THAT WILL LEAD TO A SHORTAGE OF CARE AND EVEN MORE INDIVIDUALS FALLING INTO THE GOVERNMENT-RUN INSURANCE, IT WILL MANDATE PRIVATE CITIZENS THAT THEY PURCHASE HEALTH CARE WHETHER THEY NEED IT OR WANT IT. DEMOCRATS ARE PLANNING TO ABUSE THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS TO PASS PURELY PARTISAN LEGISLATION WITH NO BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, THAT WILL CHANGE 1/6 OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. DEMOCRAT LEADERS ARE EVEN CONSIDERING A PROCESS THAT WILL ALLOW THEIR HEALTH CARE BILL TO BECOME LAW WITHOUT AN UP OR DOWN VOTE. AND THAT WOULD BE THE SO-CALLED SLAUGHTER SOLUTION NAMED FOR THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, REPRESENTATIVE SLAUGHTER OF NEW YORK. THIS WOULD DECLARE THAT THE HOUSE DEEMS THE SENATE VERSION OF OBAMACARE TO HAVE BEEN PASSED BY THE HOUSE. HOUSE MEMBERS WOULD STILL HAVE TO VOTE ON WHETHER TO ACCEPT THE RULE, BUT THEN THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO SAY THEY ONLY VOTED FOR THE RULE AND NOT FOR THE UNDERLYING SENATE BILL. BUT REMEMBER, A VOTE ON THE RULE IS A VOTE ON THE BILL. LEGISLATIVE TRICKS AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL PROCEDURES SHOULD NOT BE USED TO JAM THROUGH CONGRESS A PARTISAN BILL THAT WILL IMPACT THE LIFE OF EVERY AMERICAN AND AFFECT 1/6 OF OUR NATION'S ECONOMY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET THE MESSAGE ACROSS THAT THEY WANT CONGRESS TO START OVER ON HEALTH CARE THROUGH AN OPEN AND HONEST DIALOGUE AND PROCESS. IT IS TIME TO WORK STEP BY STEP ON HEALTH CARE REFORM THAT WILL LOWER COSTS FOR FAMILIES WITHOUT INCREASING THE SIZE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WHEN YOU ADD THE 4,872 PAGES OF LEGISLATIVE TEXT TO THE 1,347 PAGES OF COMMITTEE REPORTS YOU HAVE A TOTAL OF 6,219 PAGES OF BILL TEXT. NOW, WE GOT THE FINAL VERSION OF THIS 72 HOURS AGO. WELL, 72 HOURS FROM THE POTENTIAL VOTE TOMORROW AFTERNOON. AND IF A MEMBER WAS TO TAKE ALL 72 HOURS, ALLOWING FOR EIGHT HOURS OF SLEEP EACH DAY, BECAUSE OTHERWISE THEY MAY JUST GET BURNT OUT, THAT LEAVES 48 HOURS OF SOLID READING OF THIS 6,200 PAGES, THAT WORKS OUT TO 129 PAGES AN HOUR OR TWO PAGES A MINUTE. I HAVEN'T SEEN A LOT OF MEMBERS FRANKLY SPENDING THEIR TIME READING TWO PAGES A MINUTE FOR THIS 6,000 PAGES AND YET THAT'S WHAT WE'RE BEING ASKED TO VOTE ON AS EARLY AS TOMORROW AFTERNOON. I DON'T THINK THAT'S REALLY WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE FOR HOW THIS BODY SHOULD DO ITS BUSINESS. AT THIS POINT, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD -- I WOULD LIKE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CON…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CON HAN.

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    MR. CARNAHAN

    MR. SPEAKER. IT'S AN HONOR TO BE HERE AND TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THIS…

    MR. SPEAKER. IT'S AN HONOR TO BE HERE AND TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THIS RESOLUTION AND THAT HONORS THE MEMBERS OF THE AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT TEAMS THAT HAVE BEEN OPERATING. THESE ARE JOINT MISSIONS THAT COMBINES SOME OF THE BEST OF OUR MILITARY CAPABILITIES, BEST OF OUR CIVILIAN CAPABILITIES, AND THEY OPERATE IN SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AREAS WHERE WE NEED TO SUCCEED. WE'VE SEEN THE SUCCESS OF THESE TEAMS ON THE GROUND IN AFGHANISTAN. WE HAVE -- WE HAVE HEARD FROM OUR MILITARY LEADERS HOW ESSENTIAL THEY ARE TO OUR SUCCESS. WE ARE VERY PLEASED THAT OUR MISSOURI NATIONAL GUARD HAS BEEN ONE OF THE LEADING GROUPS THAT HAS DONE THIS. THEY HAVE WORKED WITH OUR UNIVERSITIES, WITH OUR RURAL ELECTRIC CO-OPS AND MANY OF OUR CIVILIAN CAPABILITIES HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO BEAR FROM OUR FARMING COMMUNITIES IN MISSOURI TO HELP BRING MORE ADVANCED AGRICULTURE METHODS TO AFGHANISTAN AND TO BE SURE THAT --

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    IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE STATE OF TEXAS, MR. POE.

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    MR. POE

    THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN YIELDING. I TOTALLY SUPPORT 1075 AND…

    THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN YIELDING. I TOTALLY SUPPORT 1075 AND THE SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL GUARD AND THE AGRI DEVELOPMENT -- AGRI-DEVELOPMENT BUSINESS TEAMS. THEY ARE DOING A PHENOMENAL JOB IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. THE CHAIRMAN COULD GIVE ME THE EXACT NUMBER BUT I DON'T KNOW THE PERCENTAGE OF NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS THAT ARE IN AFGHANISTAN, BUT IT'S EXTREMELY HIGH. WE COUNT ON THE CITIZEN SOLDIERS TO HELP US IN TIMES OF WAR, AND THEY ARE THERE, NOT JUST FROM THE STATE OF MISSOURI BUT FROM THE STATE OF TEXAS AS WELL. AND I HAD THE CHANCE TO BE WITH SOME NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON. THEY ARE DOING A PHENOMENAL BUSINESS IN HELPING THOSE AFGHANS CHANGE FROM GROWING POPPIES THAT'S TURNED TO COCAINE AND HEROIN THAT'S SOLD PRIMARILY IN EUROPE AND TEACHING THEM TO FORM WHEAT AND SOYBEANS. IN FACT, THE UNIVERSITY OF -- TEXAS AVERBINGS&M UNIVERSITY HAS A SOYBEAN THAT YIELDS NINE-FOLD THAN A TYPICAL SOYBEAN AND THEY ARE BEING GROWN IN AFGHANISTAN. THIS BILL IS AN IMPORTANT BILL BECAUSE IT RECOGNIZES OUR NATIONAL GUARD BUT ALSO THIS BILL IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. IT IS SUPPORTED BY BOTH SIDES AND LEGISLATION IN THIS HOUSE TO BE SUCCESSFUL SHOULD BE SUPPORTED BY BOTH SIDES. AND UNLIKE THE HEALTH CARE BILL THAT WE ARE GOING TO VOTE ON TOMORROW AFTERNOON, IT'S ONLY SUPPORTED BY A PORTION OF ONE SIDE WITH NO INPUT FROM THE OTHERS. AND I THINK THAT WE SHOULD HAVE THE BIPARTISAN VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THE HEALTH CARE BILL AS WELL WHICH UNFORTUNATELY WE ARE NOT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. BUT IN ANSWER TO THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. BUT IN ANSWER TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT RIGHT NOW AS WE SPEAK, THOUGH THE NUMBER IS INCREASING, THERE ARE SOME 80,000 AMERICAN TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN TODAY. HAVING NO FURTHER REQUESTS, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME OUR SIDE HAS REMAINING.

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    THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. LET ME JUST CONTINUE…

    THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. LET ME JUST CONTINUE WHERE I LEFT OFF A FEW MOMENTS AGO TALKING ABOUT THIS HUGE BILL TOMORROW THAT AFFECTS OUR NATION'S FREEDOM SO MUCH ON HEALTH CARE. AND LET ME JUST POINT OUT THAT OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE, THE REPUBLICANS HAVE INTRODUCED 70 BILLS THAT OFFER FREE-MARKET SOLUTIONS TO HEALTH CARE REFORM THAT DO NOT TAKE OVER AMERICA'S SYSTEM OF HEALTH CARE. FOR INSTANCE, ONE SOLUTION, H.R. 3400, IS THE EMPOWERING PATIENTS FIRST ACT. THIS PARTICULAR BILL WOULD DO THREE THINGS, MR. SPEAKER. NUMBER ONE, IT GIVES ACCESS TO COVERAGE FOR ALL AMERICANS. IT MAKES THE PURCHASE OF HEALTH CARE FINANCIALLY FEASIBLE FOR ALL BY EXTENDING THE INCOME TAX DEDUCTION ON HEALTH CARE PREMIUMS TO THOSE WHO PURCHASE COVERAGE IN THE NONGROUP OR INDIVIDUAL MARKETS. RIGHT NOW YOU ONLY HAVE THIS TAX BREAK IF YOU'RE AN EMPLOYEE OF A CORPORATION. THAT'S NOT FAIR TO ALL AMERICANS. EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THAT SAME TAX BREAK. THE BEAUTY OF THAT IS THAT YOU WOULD HAVE A TAX ADVANTAGED PURCHASE PRICE ON YOUR HEALTH CARE PREMIUMS AND YOU WOULD OWN THAT PREMIUM. IT WOULDN'T HAVE TO COME TO YOU THROUGH YOUR JOB. AND THEN IT WOULD BE PORTABLE. IF YOU GO TO ANOTHER JOB, IF YOU TRANSFER, IF YOU LOSE YOUR JOB, YOU DON'T LOSE YOUR COVERAGE. IT GOES WITH YOU WHEN YOU BUY IT YOURSELF. THAT'S WHY THAT POINT IS SO IMPORTANT. NUMBER TWO, COVERAGE IS TRULY OWNED BY THE PATIENTS. LIKE I SAID, THIS GIVES GREATER CHOICE AND PORTABILITY AND IT EXPANDS THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET. WE CAN ALSO TO ACCOMPLISH THIS GOAL CREATE POOLING MECHANISMS SUCH AS ASSOCIATION HEALTH PLANS. I HAVE FRIENDS WHO ARE REALTORS IN THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY. THEY WOULD LOVE TO FORM A NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REAL ESTATE AGENTS AND BROKERS AND EMPLOYEES ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY. THAT ASSOCIATION WOULD HAVE TREMENDOUS BUYING POWER AND ECONOMIES OF SCALE. BUT RIGHT NOW THAT'S PROHIBITED BY LAW. THAT'S A COMMONSENSE SOLUTION THAT REPUBLICANS HAVE OFFERED, AND I DARE SAY WOULD HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THIS BODY. AND THIRDLY, WE NEED TO REIN IN OUT-OF-CONTROL COSTS, AND 3400 DOES THAT AS WELL. IT REFORMS THE MEDICAL LIABILITY SYSTEM. IT ESTABLISHES ADMINISTRATIVE HEALTH CARE TRY BUNALS, YOU CAN CALL THEM HEALTH PORTS, IN EACH STATE AND ADDS AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE. THAT WOULD BE A DEFENSE IF YOU'RE CHARGED WITH SOME KIND OF MALPRACTICE AS A PROVIDER. THIS WOULD ENCOURAGE, ALSO, THE SPEEDY RESOLUTION OF CLAIMS AND WOULD CAP NONECONOMIC DAMAGES. SO MR. SPEAKER, LET ME JUST CONCLUDE BY SAYING THAT THERE ARE REFORMS THAT THE REPUBLICANS HAVE OFFERED THAT WOULD BE NOT A MASSIVE OVERHAUL OF 1/6 OF OUR NATION'S ECONOMY AND WOULD INCORPORATE FREE-MARKET MECHANISMS AND PROCEDURES THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WOULD BE MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE IN. IF YOU LOOK AT THE POOLING, THE AMERICANS DON'T WANT A MASSIVE TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE. AT THIS POINT I WOULD YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1075 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 --

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    THE YEAS AND NAYS ON THIS BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 AND THE CHAIR'S PRIOR ANNOUNCEMENT, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON QUESTIONS PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER -- SUSPENDING THE RULES AND PASSING H.R. 4887 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS, AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL BY THE YEAS AND NAYS, AND SUSPENDING THE RULES AND AGREEING TO H.RES. 1040 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE FIRST VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4887 AS AMENDED, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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  • 02:24:25 PM

    THE CLERK

    TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO ENSURE THAT HEALTH COVERAGE…

    TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO ENSURE THAT HEALTH COVERAGE PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT DEFENSE IS TREATED AS MINIMAL ESSENTIAL COVERAGE.

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  • 02:24:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. 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. 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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  • 02:52:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 403. THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 403. THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RISE?

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    ASK PERMISSION TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE. UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO…

    ASK PERMISSION TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE. UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:52:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE AISLES AND FLOOR. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR SEATS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RISE?

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    CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:53:14 PM

    MR. PASTOR

    SPEAKER, IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT FORMER INTERIOR…

    SPEAKER, IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT FORMER INTERIOR SECRETARY STEWART UDALL, FATHER OF OUR FORMER HOUSE COLLEAGUE, SENATOR TOM UDALL, AND UNCLE OF OUR OTHER FORMER MEMBER, SENATOR MARK UDALL, PASSED AWAY THIS MORNING AT HIS HOME IN SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO. SURROUNDED BY HIS FAMILY, HE WAS 90 YEARS OLD. STEWART UDALL WAS BORN IN ST. JOHNS, ARIZONA, ON JANUARY 21, 1920 TO LEVI UDALL AND LOUISE UDALL. HE EARNED AN UNDERGRADUATE AND LAW DEGREE. STEWART SERVED FOUR YEARS IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AS GAUGHANNER. HE FLEW 50 MISSIONS OVER WESTERN EUROPE FOR WHICH HE RECEIVED THE AIR MEDAL WITH THREE OAK LEAF CLUSTERS. IN 1954, STEWART WAS ELECTED TO SERVE FROM ARIZONA'S SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT TO THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. HE WAS ELECTED TO SERVE FOUR TERMS IN CONGRESS, WHICH HE DID WITH GREAT DISTINCTION. IN 1960 HE PROVED INSTRUMENTAL IN HELPING PERSUADE ARIZONA DEMOCRATS TO SUPPORT THEN SENATOR JOHN F. KENNEDY DURING THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION. UPON ELECTION IN 1960, PRESIDENT KENNEDY APPOINTED STEWART UDALL AS SECRETARY OF INTERIOR FOR HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS UNDER SECRETARY -- UNDER PRESIDENT KENNEDY AND JOHNSON MADE HIM AN ICON IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND CONSERVATION COMMUNITIES. ACHIEVEMENTS FROM SECRETARY UDALL'S CABINET CAREER INCLUDE THE WILDERNESS ACT OF 1964, THE WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS ACT, THE EXPANSION OF THE NATIONAL PARKS SYSTEM AND THE CREATION OF THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND. UNTIL HIS PASSING, STEWART UDALL CONTINUED HIS DEDICATION TO PUBLIC SERVICE AS AN AUTHOR, HISTORIAN, SCHOLAR, LECTURER AND ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST, LAWYER AND CITIZEN OF THE OUTDOORS -- LOVER AND CITIZEN OF THE OUTDOORS, HE WAS THE LAST SURVIVING MEMBER OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S CABINET. HE IS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS WIFE FOR 50 YEARS, IRMA UDALL. HE'S SURVIVED BY HIS SIX CHILDREN, TOM, SCOTT, LYNN, LORI, DENISE AND JAY, AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS INCLUDING EIGHT GRANDCHILDREN. THE COUNTRY IS GREATER SERVED -- THE COUNTRY IS GREATER FOR STEWART UDALL'S SERVICE, AND ON BEHALF OF THE HOUSE, I WISH TO EXTEND THE DEEPEST CONDOLENCE TO THE UDALL FAMILY. AND I ASK THAT WE JOIN FOR ONE MINUTE A REMEMBRANCE.

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  • 02:56:43 PM

    MR. PASTOR

    I THANK THE HOUSE AND I THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RISE?

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    MR. FLAKE

    PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL STATE HIS PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY.

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    MR. FLAKE

    US ARE CONFUSED ABOUT THE LAST VOTE WE TOOK. WE NEED TO SEE IF WE HAVE IT…

    US ARE CONFUSED ABOUT THE LAST VOTE WE TOOK. WE NEED TO SEE IF WE HAVE IT RIGHT. WE HAD THE VOTE TO INCLUDE TRICARE FOR LIFE BECAUSE IT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE SENATE BILL THAT WE WILL VOTE ON TOMORROW, IS THAT CORRECT?

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  • 02:57:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MEMBERS MAY CONSULT THE LEGISLATIVE TEXT THAT WAS IN THE HOUSE.

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    MR. FLAKE

    FURTHER PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL STATE HIS PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY.

  • 02:57:27 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    IS IT TRUE THAT THIS WILL TAKE EFFECT --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS WILL REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS WILL REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN DESERVES TO BE HEARD ON HIS PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. THE GENTLEMAN WILL RESTATE HIS PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY.

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  • 02:57:40 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    OUR UNDERSTANDING THAT THE SENATE BILL IS IT NOT INCLUDE COVER FOR TRICARE…

    OUR UNDERSTANDING THAT THE SENATE BILL IS IT NOT INCLUDE COVER FOR TRICARE FOR LIFE, THE VOTE THAT WE WILL TAKE TOMORROW, AND SO WE'RE AMENDING A BILL THAT HASN'T BEEN PASSED YET, IS THAT CORRECT? I APOLOGIZE. I WENT TO SAY TRICARE, NOT TRICARE FOR LIFE. IT'S OUR UNDERSTANDING THAT THE SENATE BILL THAT WE WILL VOTE ON TOMORROW DOES NOT INCLUDE COVERAGE FOR TRICARE, IS THAT CORRECT?

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  • 02:58:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MEMBERS MAY CONSULT THE RELEVANT LEGISLATIVE TEXT AND COME TO THEIR OWN…

    MEMBERS MAY CONSULT THE RELEVANT LEGISLATIVE TEXT AND COME TO THEIR OWN CONCLUSION.

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  • 02:58:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL RESUME.…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL RESUME. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. 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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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 211, THE NAYS ARE 86. THE NEXT IS THE BUSINESS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 211, THE NAYS ARE 86. THE NEXT IS THE BUSINESS OF THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO H.RES. 1040 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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  • 03:05:36 PM

    THE CLERK

    RESOLUTION 1040, RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF…

    RESOLUTION 1040, RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF DONALD HARINGTON FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO LITERATURE AND THE -- IN THE UNITED STATES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE RESOLUTION. 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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  • 03:12:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 399, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 399, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1 THE HOUSE WILL STAND IN RECESS SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF THE CHAIR.

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    TODAY MEMBERS APPROVED A BILL THAT EXPANDS PUBLIC LANDS, MANAGEMENT…

    TODAY MEMBERS APPROVED A BILL THAT EXPANDS PUBLIC LANDS, MANAGEMENT TRAINING, LEGISLATION ALLOWING AGENCIES TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH SERVICE GROUP THROUGH WHICH VOLUNTEERS PERFORM PROJECTS. MELT CARE REMAINS THE MAIN FOCUS. YOU CAN FOLLOW

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  • 04:57:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 04:57:58 PM

    MR. OWENS

    AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE AND SPONSOR OF THIS…

    AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE AND SPONSOR OF THIS RESOLUTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. BRALEY.

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  • 04:58:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 04:58:10 PM

    MR. BRALEY

    COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, THE PHOTOGRAPH TO MY IMMEDIATE…

    COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, THE PHOTOGRAPH TO MY IMMEDIATE RIGHT IS WHAT MOST PEOPLE THINK OF WHEN THEY THINK OF THE BATTLE OF IWO JIMA. IT IS THE MOST FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPH IN THE WORLD. IT WAS TAKEN BY JOE ROSEN THAL AND TAKEN WHILE THE SECOND FLAG WAS RAISED ON THE MOUNT. WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW IS THE REST OF THE STORY BEHIND THAT FLAG RAISING. THIS IS THE PHOTOGRAPH THAT WAS TAKEN ON THE SUMMIT THAT IS COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS THE GUNHO AND DEPICTS THE UNIT THAT WAS THE FIRST TO RAISE THE FIRST FLAG. AND ONE THING THAT'S IMPORTANT ABOUT THIS PHOTOGRAPH, YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE THE FACES OF THE MARINES WHO MADE THAT HEROIC SACRIFICE. YOU CANNOT SEE THE FACES OF ANYBODY IN THE JOE ROSENTHAL PHOTOGRAPH AND THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT BOTHERED JOE ROSENTHAL WHEN HE SAW HIS PHOTOGRAPH WEEKS AFTER HE TOOK IT. IN THE HEAT OF THE BATTLE, THAT FILM WAS SENT TO BE PROCESSED AWAY FROM IWO JIMA AND PUBLISHED AND RELEASED IN NEWSPAPERS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND INSTANTLY BECAME THE MOST POPULAR SYMBOL OF THE STRUGGLE IN THE PACIFIC. NOW, THIS PHOTOGRAPH IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE SHOWN RIGHT HERE IN THIS PHOTOGRAPH IS A YOUNG MAN NAMED HAROLD KELLER, WHO IS A CORPORAL IN THE MARINE CORPS IN MY HOMETOWN OF BROOKLYN, IOWA. HAROLD KELLER WAS AN UNCOMMON HEROES THAT NOBODY KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT AFTER HE CAME HOME. BUT HE WAS THE SECOND MARINE TO REACH THE SUMMIT. HE SLEPT THAT NIGHT UNDER THE FLAG THAT WAS ERECTED ON TOP. AND WHILE HE AND HIS BUDDY CHICK ROBISON, BUZZ BOMBS AND MORTARS CAME IN TOWARD THAT FLAG, BECAUSE IT WAS THE SUBJECT OF GREAT DEBATE AND COMPETITION BETWEEN THE AMERICANS AND THE JAPANESE. . HAROLD KELLER WAS REMARKABLE FOR OTHER THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN AN ISLAND THAT WAS SO SMALL IT WAS LESS THAN 10 SQUARE MILES AND YET 30,000 JAPANESE SOLDIERS AND 70,000 MARINES AND NAVY CORPSMEN OCCUPIED THAT TINY ISLES DURING THIS INCREDIBLY INTENSE STRUGGLE. WHEN HAROLD KELLER FIRST LANDED ON THE BEACH ON D-DAY, FEBRUARY 19, -- OR EXCUSE ME, 1945, THE FIRST THING HE DID WAS SAVE HIS COMMANDER OFFICER, LIEUTENANT HAROLD WELLS, WHO STUCK HIS HEAD UP ABOVE THE SANDY BEACH AND WOULD HAVE HAD HIS HEAD BLOWN OFF HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR HAROLD KELLER WHO PULLED HIM DOWN AS A LARGE PIECE OF SHRAPNEL SOARED RIGHT OVER WHERE HE HAD BEEN. HE ALSO WAS FRIENDS WITH EARNEST "BOOTS" THOMAS WHO WAS THE MARINE WHO CARRIED THE FIRST FLAG TO THE SUMMIT AND WAS CALLED DOWN TO GO ON NATIONAL RADIO AND TALK ABOUT THE HISTORIC MOMENT WHEN THAT FLAG WAS UNFULLERED OVER THE MOUNT. WHEN HAROLD KELLER WAS WALKING UP THE MOUNT WITH HIS UNIT HE SAW TWO STRETCHERS BEING CARRIED UP TO THE SUMMIT AND HIS COMMENT TELLS A LOT ABOUT WHAT THEY WERE FACING, HE TOLD A FRIEND OF HIS, WE'LL PROBABLY NEED A HELL OF A LOT MORE OF THEM. HE SAVENGED THE LIFE OF ONE OF HIS COLLEAGUES, ROBERT LEADER, WHO WAS LATER, AFTER THE FLAG WAS RAISED, WOUNDED BY MORTAR FIRE. HAROLD KELLER CAME UPON HIM, DID A FIELD DRESSING AS HE FOUND HIM WITH HIS BOWLING LAYING OUTSIDE HIS BODY, SAVED HIS LIFE, SENT HIM HOME WHERE HE BECAME AN ART PROFESSOR AND GIFTED ARTIST AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME. THESE ARE THINGS THAT ARE -- THESE ARE THE STORIES BEHIND THE FLAG RAISING AND WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. ANOTHER REASON THIS PHOTOGRAPH IS IMPORTANT TO ME, AS YOU LOOK OVER THE SHOULDERS OF THESE MARINES YOU CAN SEE THE BEACH DOWN BELOW AND YOU CAN SEE SOME OF THE LANDING CRAFT. ONE OF THOSE LANDING CRAFTS WAS LST-808 WHICH DROPPED MY FATHER OFF ON THE BEACH IN IWO JIMA, THE SAME DAY THESE FLAGS WERE RAISED. AND YOU CAN SEE LST-808 DOWN BELOW. MY FATHER WAS 17 YEARS OLD, INSPIRED BRAVELY, HE WAS 18 WHEN HE LANDED ON IWO JIMA. HE SERVED IN THE CORPS ARTILLERY IN THE HEADQUARTERS AND SERVICE BATTERY IN THE FOURTH 155TH BATTALION WHICH WAS COMMANDED BY COLONEL JOHN LETCHER. AND ONE OF THE THINGS JOHN LETCHER DID IS HE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE IN THE MARINE CORPS CALLED "ONE MARINE'S STORY" AND THIS IS HOW HE DESCRIBED HIS FIRST NIGHT ON IWO JIMA AT THE CORPS ARTILLERY HEADQUARTERS. I HAD BEEN ASLEEP FOR PERHAPS AN HOUR WHEN A SHELL BURST, WHICH SEEMED TO BE RIGHT OUTSIDE THE TENT. IT WAS FOLLOWED IN RAPID SUCCESSION BY OTHERS. THE SHELLS WERE BURSTING IN THE AIR A FEW FEET ABOVE THE GROUND AND WERE SPRAYING FRAGMENTS IN EVERY DIRECTION. THE COMMAND POST AREA SEEMED TO BE THEIR TARGET AND THEY WERE MAKING A HIT WITH EVERY SHELL. MOST OF OUR PERSONNEL WERE POORLY DUG IN JUST AS I WAS BECAUSE MINGLED WITH THE NOISE OF THE SHELL BURSTS I HEARD SCREAMS AND CRIES OF WOUNDED MEN. I WAS TREMBLING AND FOUND MYSELF RECITING THE APOSTLE'S CEDE. 35 MEN WERE KILLED -- CREED. 35 MEN WERE KILLED IN MY FATHER'S UNIT AND WOUNDED DURING THAT BARRAGE AND IT WAS SOMETHING THAT HE CARRIED WITH HIM EVERY DAY OF HIS LIFE UNTIL HE DIED 29 YEARS AGO. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO SERVED ON IWO JIMA IS THAT THE ONES WHO WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO COME HOME, LIKE MY FATHER AND HAROLD KELLER, NEVER CONSIDERED THEMSELVES HEROES. THEY CONSIDERED THE HEROES THEIR FALLEN COMRADES WHO WERE BURIED ON THAT ISLAND IN THE THIRD, FOURTH AND FIFTH MARINE DIVISION CEMETERIES AND THIS PHOTO, MADAM SPEAKER, SHOWS THE LINES OF CROSSES AND STARS OF DAVID IN THE FIFTH MARINE DIVISION CEMETERY WITH THE MOUNT IN THE BACKGROUND. PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST COMPELLING CEMETERY DEDICATIONS SINCE THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS WAS DELIVERED BY RABBI GILLSON AT THE DEDICATION OF THE FIFTH MARINE DIVISION CEMETERY. AND I WANT YOU TO LISTEN TO HIS POWERFUL WORDS WHICH WE SHOULD HEAR TODAY JUST AS POWERFULLY AS WHEN HE DELIVERED THEM. HERE'S WHAT HE SAID ABOUT THESE FALLEN COMRADES, OUR POOR POWER OF SPEECH CAN ADD NOTHING TO WHAT THESE MEN HAVE ALREADY DONE. ALL THAT WE CAN EVEN HOPE TO DO IS FOLLOW THEIR EXAMPLE, TO SHOW THE SAME SELFLESS COURAGE IN PEACE THAT THEY DID IN WAR. THESE MEN HAVE DONE THEIR JOBS WELL, THEY PAID THE GHASTLY PRICE OF FREEDOM. WE DEDICATE OURSELVES FIRST TO LIVE TOGETHER IN PEACE THE WAY THEY FOUGHT AND ARE BURIED IN THIS WAR. HERE LIE OFFICERS AND MEN, NEGROS AND WHITES, RICH MEN AND POOR TOGETHER. HERE NO MAN PREFERS ANOTHER BECAUSE OF HIS FAITH OR DESPISES HIM BECAUSE OF HIS COLOR. HERE THERE ARE NO QUOTAS OF HOW MANY FROM EACH GROUP ARE ADMITTED OR ALLOWED. AMONG THESE MEN THERE IS NO DISCRIMINATION, NO PREJUDICES, NO HATRED. THEIRS IS THE HIGHEST AND PUREST DEMOCRACY. MADAM SPEAKER, THESE ARE THE REASONS WHY WE GATHER HERE TODAY TO HONOR THIS HISTORIC BATTLE, TO REMEMBER THE SACRIFICE OF THE MOST SEVERE BATTLE IN MARINE CORPS HISTORY, WHERE ALL ONE QUARTER OF THE METALS OF -- MEDALS OF HONOR WERE AWARDED IN WORLD WAR II DURING THIS ONE BATTLE AND THAT'S WHY I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND REMEMBER, WE MUST NEVER FORGET. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:06:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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    SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND FROM IOWA AGAIN FOR…

    SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND FROM IOWA AGAIN FOR BRINGING THIS RESOLUTION. I HAD THE GREAT PRIVILEGE OF STANDING ON IWO JIMA A YEAR AGO, WHEN SOME OF US ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE WERE GOING TO REVIEW THE MARINE TRANSFER THAT MAY TAKE PLACE TO GUAM. AND THE WHOLE ISLAND IS SACRED TERRITORY. WE WERE ABLE TO BRING BACK SAMPLES OF THE BLACK VOLCANIC SAND FROM THE BEACH RIGHT BELOW THE MOUNT. I HAVE THAT IN MY OFFICE. AND WE STOOD ON THE TOP OF THE MOUNT, THERE'S A WONDERFUL MEMORIAL THERE RIGHT NOW. AND IT'S VERY TOUCHING AND VERY MOVING FOR ALL THE REASONS THAT REPRESENTATIVE BRALEY HAS HIGHLIGHTED. SO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR BRINGING THIS RESOLUTION AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. AT THIS POINT I WOULD YIELD BACK, RESERVING THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    MADAM SPEAKER, AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, REPRESENTATIVE HERGER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 05:07:59 PM

    MR. HERGER

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COULD NOT BE MORE CLEAR, THEY WANT TO FIX THE PROBLEMS…

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COULD NOT BE MORE CLEAR, THEY WANT TO FIX THE PROBLEMS WITH OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM BUT THEY DO NOT WANT THE DEMOCRATS' GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE. IT'S TIME TO STOP THE BACKROOM DEALS AND BRING TRANSPARENCY TO THIS DEBATE. ON A BILL THAT REWRITES 1/6 OF OUR ECONOMY, ADDS $1 TRILLION TO THE FEDERAL BUDGET AND AFFECTS EVERY AMERICAN'S HEALTH CARE, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SHOULD STAND UP AND BE COUNTED. I CALL ON SPEAKER PELOSI TO GRANT REPUBLICANS' REQUEST FOR A CALL OF THE HOUSE SO AMERICANS CAN WATCH AT HOME AND CAN SEE AND HEAR HOW THEIR REPRESENTATIVE IS VOTING. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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  • 05:09:08 PM

    MR. LAMBORN

    MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY…

    MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. BUYER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. BUYER

    THANK BOTH PARTIES FOR RECOGNIZING THE UNCOMMON VIRTUE OF VALOR AND IT…

    THANK BOTH PARTIES FOR RECOGNIZING THE UNCOMMON VIRTUE OF VALOR AND IT DIDN'T OCCUR JUST AT IWO JIMA, IT OCCURRED IN MANY BATTLEFIELDS AND LONELY PLACES ALL OVER THE WORLD. AND THESE ARE MILITARY VALUES AND VIRTUES WHICH ARE PASSED FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT. THEY ARE MEMORIALIZED AND WE'VE DONE THAT HERE IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL BY ARLINGTON BY THAT EXTRAORDINARY PHOTO THAT WAS THEN TRANSFORMED INTO THAT STATUE. THE ART OF MAN IS ABLE TO CONSTRUCT MONUMENTS AND AWARDS THAT ARE FAR MORE SIGNIFICANT THAN THE NARROW SPAN OF OUR OWN EXISTENCE. IT'S THE SILENT LAPSE OF TIME THAT DISPLAYS HOW FRAIL AND HOW FALLIBLE WE ARE AS A PEOPLE. SO IT TRULY IS WHAT WE DO WITH THE TIME THAT WE HAVE THAT MATTERS MOST. SO THOSE OF US OF WHOM HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO WEAR THE UNIFORM AND FIGHT OUR NATION'S WARS AND TO SERVE ON FOREIGN SOIL, I CAN TELL YOU HAVING DONE THAT THAT IT IS AN EXTRAORDINARY FEELING. NOW, FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN, THE NURSES AND THE MEN OF WHOM WERE IN THE DARK SANDS OF IWO JIMA, WHAT AN EXTRAORDINARY CAMPAIGN. AND WE HAVE DONE EVERYTHING WE CAN TO FULFILL THEIR IDEAL. AT TIMES WE FALL SHORT. WE FALL SHORT AS A PEOPLE WHEN WE DON'T FULFILL THE IDEAL OF THEIR SACRIFICE. AND THAT IS THE PRESERVATION OF FREEDOM AND THE PRESERVATION OF INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY. AND WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL HERE IN THE INSTITUTION OF CONGRESS THAT WE DON'T RESPECT EACH OTHER WITH REGARD TO OUR OPINIONS, WITH REGARD TO OUR -- TO THE PROCESS, BECAUSE LIBERTY ALSO IN THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS IS PRETTY IMPORTANT. SO WE HAVE THIS DEBATE ON A HEALTH BILL, WE SHOULDN'T TRY TO SCHEME, WE SHOULD BE OPEN. THIS SHOULD BE THE MOST OPEN AND DELIBERATIVE BODY IN THE WORLD SO THAT LADY LIBERTY THAT SITS ATOP OF THE DOME CAN TRULY SHINE AS THAT BEACON OF LIBERTY, SO THAT THE SACRIFICES OF THOSE MARINES AND THE SAILORS AND OTHERS AT IWO JIMA CAN LIVE FOREVER. THE MEN AND WOMEN OF WHOM WEAR THE UNIFORM, THEY FIGHT FOR NO BOUNTY OF THEIR OWN AND THEY LEAVE FREEDOM IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS. THEY ARE TRULY EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE. THEY ALSO GO TO A LAND WHERE THEY'VE NEVER BEEN AND THEY FIGHT FOR A PEOPLE THAT THEY'VE NEVER MET BECAUSE THEY FIGHT FOR EXTRAORDINARY IDEALS. AND SO THOSE SACRIFICES THAT OCCURRED ON IWO JIMA HAVE BEEN PASSED ON TO OTHER GENERATIONS. THOSE OF WHOM FOUGHT IN KOREA OR IN VIETNAM, IN THE SANDS OF THE FIRST GULF WAR OR EVEN THE SECOND GULF WAR AND AFGHANISTAN. SO THOSE OF US INHERENT THE FREEDOM IN THOSE IDEALS, WE'RE MERELY TRUSTEES FOR LIFE AND OUR DUTY SO S TO CONSECRATE OUR LIVES TO THE GREATER GOOD, SET BY RECURRENT HOPES FOR A MORE PEACEFUL AND PROSPEROUS UNION. TO BE OTHERWISE WOULD BE SELFISH AS A PEOPLE AND IT WOULD BE WRONG TO TURN TO THE NEXT GENERATION AND SAY THAT WE DID NOT IMPROVE UPON IT AND WE WOULD THEN NOT BE ABLE TO UPHOLD THE MEN LIKE AT IWO JIMA THAT DID SO MUCH FOR SO MANY. I YIELD BACK.

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    TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. LAMBORN

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

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

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    MR. LAMBORN

    I COMMEND THE FIGHTERS. THE FREEDOM THEY FOUGHT AND WORKED FOR IS EMBODIED…

    I COMMEND THE FIGHTERS. THE FREEDOM THEY FOUGHT AND WORKED FOR IS EMBODIED IN THE CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM WE ENJOY IN THIS COUNTRY. FEW VOTES WE HAVE TAKEN IN THIS BODY WILL AFFECT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM OF FREEDOM MORE THAN THE VOTE THAT WE TAKE TOMORROW ON HEALTH CARE. AND I WOULD LIKE TO SHOW, MADAM SPEAKER, THE BILLS THAT WE HAVE IN FRONT OF US AND THE, I THINK, SHORT TIME THAT WE'VE UNFORTUNATELY HAD TO REVIEW THEM. SITTING HERE ARE THE VARIOUS BILLS FROM THE HOUSE AND SENATE AND THE RECONCILED VERSION AND THE COMMITTEE REPORTS HERE, THESE TOTAL MORE THAN 6,200 PAGES. WE'VE HAD A BRIEF 72 HOURS TO REVIEW THESE MATERIALS. BY THE TIME OUR VOTE ROLLS AROUND, PROJECTED FOR TOMORROW AFTERNOON. THAT IS SIMPLY NOT THE WAY WE SHOULD DO BUSINESS IN THIS PEOPLE'S HOUSE. IF WE TAKE 72 HOURS, EIGHT HOURS A DAY FOR SLEEPING SO YOU DON'T GET BURNED OUT COMPLETELY, IN THAT REMAINING 48 HOURS, COULD YOU READ ABOUT TWO PAGES A MINUTE, IF YOU READ FROM MORNING UNTIL NIGHT. AND THEN YOU WOULD GET THROUGH THESE 6,000 PAGES. YOU PROBABLY COULDN'T LOOK UP ANY OF THE CITATIONS, THOUGH, THAT SLOWS YOU DOWN EVEN FURTHER. BUT THIS IS WHAT WE'RE FACED WITH WHEN WE HAVE OUR VOTE TOMORROW. I THINK THAT WE REALLY SHOULD HAVE A DIFFERENT AND BETTER PROCESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER. AT THIS TIME, MADAM SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, REPRESENTATIVE WESTMORELAND.

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    MR. WESTMORELAND

    I THANK MR. BRALEY FOR BRINGING THIS RESOLUTION AND WHAT IT MEANS TO THE…

    I THANK MR. BRALEY FOR BRINGING THIS RESOLUTION AND WHAT IT MEANS TO THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE IN OUR MILITARY AND ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO FOUGHT SO BRAFLE AT IWO JIMA. AS I WAS WALKING ACROSS TODAY TO THE LONGWORTH OFFICE BUILDING, I RAN SBOOL SEVERAL VETERANS -- INTO SEVERAL VETERANS OUT IN THE CROWD AND THEY WERE ASKING ME ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE VOTE THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TOMORROW AND ABOUT OTHER SITUATIONS THAT'S GOING ON IN OUR GOVERNMENT AND A LOT OF THEM ASKED ME, THEY SAID, I SERVED MY COUNTRY AND I DIDN'T EXPECT TO HAVE THIS TYPE OF TREATMENT OR HAVE THIS FORCED ON ME, MY CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN. ONE OF THE INTERESTING FACTS IS THAT THE SENATE BILL IS GOING TO BE PASSED IN THIS HOUSE TOMORROW THAT PASSED IN THE SENATE EVIDENTLY HAD SOME THINGS IN IT THAT MAYBE PEOPLE DVENT UNDERSTAND. CHAIRMAN SKELTON BROUGHT A BILL TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO MAKE SURE THAT TRICARE WAS LOOKED AT AS AN ACCEPTANCE INSURANCE PROGRAM, TRICARE, THE THING WE GIVE OUR VETERANS THAT SERVE OWE FAITHFULLY IN OUR MILITARY. TRICARE WASN'T GOING TO BE LOOKED AT AS AN ACCEPTABLE INSURANCE PROGRAM. WE WERE LOOKING TO STRIP THEM OF THAT. AND THE VETERANS COULD NOT UNDERSTAND THAT CONCEPT, HOW THAT COULD HAVE GOTTEN BY 60 PEOPLE IN THE SENATE THAT EVIDENTLY KNOW IT WAS IN THERE OR DIDN'T CARE ABOUT THOSE VETERANS THAT HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY SO BRAFLE. AND SO, YOU KNOW -- BRAVELY. AND YOU WE ADD -- HAD A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND THEN THE VOTES STARTED CHANGING AND ENDED UP 339 -- 39 NO VOTES AND IT WAS ONLY A THREE-PAGE BILL. ONLY A THREE-PAGE BILL. NOW, OUR SIDE CERTAINLY AND I'M SURE THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING WASN'T TRYING TO TRICK ANYBODY. A THREE-PAGE BILL, VERY PLAINLY WRITTEN, BUT EVIDENTLY, NOBODY HAD READ IT. AND SO EVERYBODY VOTED AGAINST IT AND IT STARTED GETTING AROUND ABOUT SEXUAL PREDATORS TO BE ALLOWED TO BE IN THIS GROUP TO LOOK AFTER OUR FOREST LAND. 140 PEOPLE ARE DOWN HERE CHANGING THEIR VOTE ON A THREE-PAGE BILL. CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT'S IN A 2,700-PAGE BILL THAT MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE HAVE NOT READ? WE ARE GOING TO SUFFER SOME UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. AND PROBABLY THOSE THAT ARE GOING TO FEEL THE GREATEST LOSSES ARE THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN THAT HAVE SERVED SO FAITHFULLY AND DEFENDED OUR COUNTRY AND FOUGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS. AND WE ARE FIXING TO PASS LEGISLATION THAT NOBODY IN THIS HOUSE HAS READ AND COMPLETELY UNDERSTANDS. AND AGAIN, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING.

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

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    MR. OWENS

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. OWENS

    RESPOND TO THE COMMENTS ABOUT THE BILL AND THE INABILITY TO COMPREHEND IT…

    RESPOND TO THE COMMENTS ABOUT THE BILL AND THE INABILITY TO COMPREHEND IT IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. I'M RELATIVELY NEW TO CONGRESS. THE SENATE BILL HAS BEEN AVAILABLE I THINK FOR BETTER THAN 80 DAYS. THIS SOUNDS LIKE A COLLEGE OR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT SAYING I HAD TO STAY UP ALL NIGHT AND CRAM BECAUSE I DIDN'T STUDY DURING THE SEMESTER. THERE WAS ADEQUATE TIME FOR EVERYONE IN THE HOUSE TO READ THE SENATE BILL. I CERTAINLY DID. I READ THE RECONCILIATION BILL IN ONE NIGHT. SO THE CLAIM THAT THIS IS BEING HOISTED UPON US IN A MANNER THAT DOES NOT ALLOW FOR ITS COMPREHENSION IS SIMPLY INCOMPREHENSIBLE. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    THE SUBJECT AT HAND FOR A MOMENT. THE REPUBLICANS ARE ATTEMPTING TO…

    THE SUBJECT AT HAND FOR A MOMENT. THE REPUBLICANS ARE ATTEMPTING TO PRETSELL INTO A DEBATE HONORING THE HEROES OF WORLD WAR II, THE GREATEST GENERATION, THOSE WHO LIBERATED THE PACIFIC RIM, THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES, THOSE WHO CLIMBED THE MOUNT AGAINST ALL ODDS AND RAISED THE AMERICAN FLAG SO PROUDLY. AND THEY ARE TRYING TO PRETZEL SOME PRETTY STRANGE THINGS. LET ME ADDRESS A COUPLE. FIRST, WE HAD THE GENTLEMAN TALKING ABOUT THREATS TO VETERANS' HEALTH CARE. THERE WILL BE NOTHING IN THIS LEGISLATION, THE HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION THAT IN ANYWAY IMPINGES UPON THE HEALTH CARE THAT OUR VETERANS HAVE EARNED AND THE GENTLEMAN IS FULLY AWARE IN THE HOUSE BILL, WHICH WAS THOUGHTFULLY WRITTEN, THAT THAT WAS MENTIONED AND FULLY PROTECTED. I'M NOT GOING TO APOLOGIZE FOR THE BIPARTISAN, AND IT IS BIPARTISAN, TOTAL INCOMPETENCE OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE. I'M NOT GOING TO APOLOGIZE FOR THAT, BUT WE PASSED A RESOLUTION TO MAKE CLEAR WHAT OUR INTENT WAS AND WHAT WILL BE IN THE LAW, VETERANS' HEALTH CARE BENEFITS FULLY PROTECTED. BUT WHILE I'M ON THE SUBJECT, I SAW THE FORMER CHAIR OF THE VETERANS COMMITTEE HERE ON THE FLOOR. WE NEED A SENSE OF HISTORY. IT WAS A YEAR IN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AFTER REPEATED CUTS TO THE VETERANS' BUDGET WHEN THEY WERE RUNNING OUT OF MONEY IN JUNE, WHEN THE REPUBLICANS CONTROLLED THE HOUSE, THE SENATE AND THE WHITE HOUSE AND IT WAS A DEMOCRAT WHO CAME TO THE FLOOR AND SAID, WE NEED $2 BILLION MORE IMMEDIATELY TO DELIVER ON OUR OBLIGATIONS TO OUR VETERANS. AND THERE WAS A BRAVE GUY. THERE WAS A REPUBLICAN, CHRIS SMITH FROM NEW JERSEY, CHAIRED THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE AND CHAIR OF THE VETERANS COMMITTEE AND HE VOTED WITH THE DEMOCRATS. AND YOU KNOW WHAT THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP DID? THEY STRIPPED HIM OF HIS CHAIRMANSHIP FOR HIS ADVOCACY FOR VETERANS AND THEY PUT THAT GENTLEMAN WHO SPOKE PREVIOUSLY IN THE CHAIR IN HIS STED. COULD I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE? WE NEED A LITTLE SENSE OF HISTORY AROUND HERE. WE ARE STILL REPAIRING THE DAMAGE THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION DID TO THE VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION. THEY NEED BETTER FUNDING. WE ARE GOING TO GIVE THEM TWO YEARS OF CERTAINTY WHERE EVERY YEAR THEY WERE HANGING ON THE CLIFF AND RAN OUT OF MONEY IN JUNE AND SO DON'T TELL ME YOU GUYS ARE HERE THE GREAT DEFENDERS OF OUR VETERANS AND THE OTHER GENTLEMAN RAISED ABOUT THIS THREE-PAGE REPUBLICAN MOTION TO RECOMMIT TO CHANGE THEIR VOTE. I READ IT. HE MIGHT ALSO REVEAL THAT THAT THREE-PAGE AMENDMENT WAS ONLY AVAILABLE ONE MINUTE BEFORE IT WAS DISCUSSED FOR 10 MINUTES ON THE FLOOR. IT WAS NOT PUBLISHED ONLINE OR MADE AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS AND MEMBERS DID NOT KNOW THE CONTENT OF THAT. THIS LEGISLATION THAT WILL BE VOTED ON HAS BEEN ONLINE, THE HEALTH CARE, FOR 72 HOURS, THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT IS NOW UP ON-LINE. THAT REPUBLICAN AMENDMENT WAS AVAILABLE FOYER ABOUT A GRAND -- FOR ABOUT 11 MINUTES. LET'S BE HONEST AND CONSISTENT AROUND HERE AND SPEND A LITTLE MORE TIME HONORING THE GREATEST GENERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RISE? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    WHAT DOES RECONCILIATION HAVE TO DO WITH HONORING VETERANS AT IWO JIMA?

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    MR. OWENS

    HONORING VETERANS AT IWO JIMA?

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    MR. LAMBORN

    TIME. AND LET ME CONCLUDE BY SAYING THERE IS ANOTHER PROBLEM WITH THE…

    TIME. AND LET ME CONCLUDE BY SAYING THERE IS ANOTHER PROBLEM WITH THE HEALTH CARE BILL THAT WE WILL BE LOOKING AT IN A FEW HOURS TOMORROW AFTERNOON ON ABORTION. ABORTION FUNDING WILL BE REQUIRED OF THE TAXPAYERS IN OUR COUNTRY. CURRENT LEGISLATION WOULD PERMIT FEDERAL FUNDS TO SUBSIDIZE PLANS COVERING ABORTION, WOULD PERMIT A MULTISTATE HEALTH PLAN TO OFFER ABORTION COVERAGE AND WOULD REQUIRE CITIZENS IN STATES THAT HAVE OPERATED OUT OF THE ELECTIVE ABORTION COVERAGE IN THEIR OWN EXCHANGE TO STILL FUND FEDERAL SUBSIDIES FOR PLANS FOR ELECTED ABORTIONS IN OTHER STATES. IN ADDITION, THE BILL INCLUDES $7 BILLION IN NEW MANDATORY SPENDING ON COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, FUNDING THAT IS NOT SUBJECT TO ANY RESTRICTIONS PROHIBITING FEDERAL DOLLARS. IF THE CURRENT LEGISLATION PASSES THE HOUSE WITHOUT ABORTION FUNDING RESTRICTIONS, SUCH AS WAS, I BELIEVE PROPERLY INTRODUCED IN THE REPRESENTATIVE BART STUPAK AMENDMENT, IT WILL BE VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO ALTER THE LANGUAGE THROUGH RECONCILIATION AS THE TWO VERSIONS ARE RECONCILED OVER IN THE SENATE SINCE SENATE REPUBLICANS HAVE SAID THAT THEY WILL BLOCK AMENDMENTS WHICH REQUIRE 60 VOTES TO OVERCOME A POINT OF ORDER UNDER RECONCILIATION. SO FOR THOSE REASONS, I WOULD SAY THAT WE SHOULD NOT BE PASSING THE BILL TOMORROW. IT WILL SEVERELY DEGRADE THE FREEDOM IN OUR COUNTRY FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO LIVE THEIR LIVES AND NOT BE SUBJECT TO GOVERNMENT CONTROL AND INTERVENTION AND ALL THE DECISIONS THAT THEY MAKE WITH THEIR DOCTORS FOR THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE. I WOULD 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 NEW…

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

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    MR. OWENS

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. ISRAEL

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I MUST SAY WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, I'M PROFOUNDING…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I MUST SAY WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, I'M PROFOUNDING ZOICHTED. I THOUGHT THE ONE THING WE COULD AGREE ON IN THIS BODY WITHOUT DELAY AND DISTRACTION, WITHOUT PARTISANSHIP IS HONORING OUR VETERANS. WE ARE DEBATING AND DISCUSSING A RESOLUTION HONORING THE VETERANS OF IWO JIMA AND EVEN THAT HAS BEEN PLIGHT SIZED AND DELAYED AND DISTRICTED. IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN AGREE TO DO WITH US? CAN THEY NOT EVEN AGREE, MADAM SPEAKER, TO PASS WITHOUT DELAY A RESOLUTION HONORING OUR VETERANS WITHOUT POLITICIZING IT AND INJECTING PARTISANSHIP. WE ARE HERE TO HONOR OUR VETERANS AND HONOR THE PEOPLE AT IWO JIMA AND INSTEAD WE TURN IT INTO A DEBATE ON HEALTH CARE AND I'M TRULY DELOIPTED. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. OWENS

    MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. .

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    MR. PERLMUTTER

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. LAMBORN

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. LAMBORN

    FRIEND HAS RAISED A POINT. I DON'T KNOW IF HE WAS ABLE TO BE HERE AT THE…

    FRIEND HAS RAISED A POINT. I DON'T KNOW IF HE WAS ABLE TO BE HERE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE RESOLUTION. WE HAD A WONDERFUL DISCUSSION ABOUT THE TREMENDOUS VALOR SHOWN IN IWO JIMA BUT THIS IS A DISCUSSION ALSO --

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    MR. LAMBORN

    RECLAIMING MY TIME FROM MY FRIEND. RECLAIMING MY TIME FROM MY FRIEND. THIS…

    RECLAIMING MY TIME FROM MY FRIEND. RECLAIMING MY TIME FROM MY FRIEND. THIS HOUR SHOULD BE DEDICATED TO THE VETERANS. THAT'S WHAT I SAY.

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    MR. OWENS

    SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I YIELD BACK…

    SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1099 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE GENTLEMAN HAS ASKED FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS? THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 AND THE CHAIR'S PRIOR ANNOUNCEMENT FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MS. BORDALLO

    SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 925 AS…

    SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 925 AS AMENDED.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    RESOLUTION 925, RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF…

    RESOLUTION 925, RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REGARDING THE MERITORIOUS SERVICE PERFORMED BY AVIATORS IN THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES WHO WERE SHOT DOWN OVER OR OTHERWISE FORCED TO LAND IN HOSTILE TERRITORY YET EVADED ENEMY CAPTURE OR WERE CAPTURED BUT SUBSEQUENTLY ESCAPED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON THE RESOLUTION UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 925 WHICH RECOGNIZES…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 925 WHICH RECOGNIZES AVIATORS IN THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES WHO WERE FORCED TO EVADE OR ESCAPE ENEMY CAPTURE, WERE CAPTURED BUT SUBSEQUENTLY ESCAPED OR WERE COMPELLED TO ENDURE ARDUOUS CONFINEMENT, RETALIATION AND EVEN DEATH AS A RESULT OF THEIR EFFORTS TO EVADE CAPTURE OR ESCAPE. I WANTED TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO, FOR INTRODUCING THIS MEASURE. AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES I AM HONORED TO RECOGNIZE THE AVIATORS OF THE ARMED FORCES WHO HAVE VALIANTLY SERVED THE UNITED STATES IN EVERY MAJOR CONFLICT DURING THE 20TH AND 21ST CENTURY. AVIATORS, INCLUDING PILOTS, NAVIGATORS, WEAPONS CONTROL OFFICERS AND OTHER AIRCRAFT CREW MEMBERS, WITH FIERCE COURAGE AND DISTINCTION FACED THE THREAT OF BEING FORCED DOWN EACH TIME THEY TAKE TO THE SKIES. MADAM SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 925 RECOGNIZES THOSE DOWNED AVIATORS THAT HAVE NOT ONLY MIRACULOUSLY SURVIVED UNEXPECTED FLIGHT TERMINATION BUT ALSO HAVE CONFRONTED ADDITIONAL DANGERS ESCAPING OR ATTEMPTING TO ESCAPE ENEMY CAPTURE ON THE GROUND. IT ALSO EXPRESSES THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE THAT THOSE DOWNED AVIATORS THAT WERE TORTURED OR KILLED AS A RESULT OF THEIR EFFORTS TO EVADE CAPTURE OR ESCAPE SHOULD BE PUBLICLY RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE. SO IN HONOR OF THESE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SELFLESSLY SERVED OUR NATION, MANY WITHOUT THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF PUBLIC RECOGNITION, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES TO THIS RESOLUTION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. LAMBORN

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I TOO RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 925 WHICH…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I TOO RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 925 WHICH SEEKS RECOGNITION FOR AVIATORS WHO AS A RESULT OF HOSTILE ACTION OR OTHER CAUSES WERE FORCED TO ESCAPE AND EVADE THEIR POTENTIAL CAPTORS. EVERY MILITARY AVIATOR WHO BEGINS A COMBAT MISSION RECOGNIZES AND PREPARES FOR THE POSSIBILITY THAT HOSTILE ACTIONS OR OTHER EVENTS WILL COMPEL THE AVIATOR TO ESCAPE AND EVADE CAPTURE. THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN AVIATORS HAVE FACED THAT DAUNTING TASK. SOME OVERCAME LONG ODDS AND GREAT HARDSHIPS TO RETURN TO THEIR UNITS, TO RESUME THEIR SERVICE. OTHERS TRIED TO EVADE ENEMY FORCES BUT WERE CAPTURED, SUFFERING ARDUOUS CONFINEMENT, TORTURE AND EVEN DEATH. EXCEPT FOR A FEW, THE SPECIFIC IDENTITIES OF THOSE THOUSANDS HAVE MOSTLY FADED FROM AMERICAN MEMORY AND MANY WERE NOT RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR DETERMINED EFFORTS TO ESCAPE AND EVADE. THAT'S WHY THIS RESOLUTION IS IMPORTANT. THESE AVIATORS DESERVE RECOGNITION, THAT IS WHY I CALL ON ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MS. BORDALLO

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY FRIEND AND…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE AND THE SPONSOR OF THIS RESOLUTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MIGHT CONSUME.

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    THE GENTLELADY. THE PREVIOUS RESOLUTION HAD TO DO WITH THE ANNIVERSARY OF…

    THE GENTLELADY. THE PREVIOUS RESOLUTION HAD TO DO WITH THE ANNIVERSARY OF IWO JIMA. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WOULD ACTUALLY GO TO A NUMBER OF WARS AND CONFLICTS THAT THE U.S. ARMED FORCES HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN, BUT I WILL FOCUS A BIT ON A VETERAN OF WORLD WAR II IN TERMS OF THE NEED FOR THIS RECOGNITION AND RESOLUTION. ODDLY ENOUGH, SOMEHOW THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT HAS OVERLOOKED THE VALIANT SERVICE OF MANY WHO WERE PREVIOUSLY IN THE ARMY, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE OR IN THE FLYING ARMS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY OR THE MARINES AND NAVY, AND THEIR SACRIFICE WHEN THEY'VE BEEN SHOT DOWN "BEHIND ENEMY LINES" AND NOT CAPTURED -- BEHIND ENEMY LINES AND NOT CAPTURED OR IMPRISONED BUT MANAGED TO EVADE ESCAPE, SOMETIMES ALLYING THEMSELVES WITH RESISTANCE MOVEMENTS, OTHER TIMES JUST DEPRIVING THE ENEMY OF THE VICTORY OF CAPTURING A DOWNED U.S. PILOT, AIRMAN OF ANY SORT. THIS FIRST CAME TO MY ATTENTION WHEN I WAS APPROACHED BY A GENTLEMAN I'VE KNOWN A NUMBER OF YEARS IN EUGENE, OREGON, DON FISHER. AND HE CAME TO ME WITH A REQUEST I HEAR FROM A LOT OF VETS WHICH IS, HEY, COULD YOU HELP ME GET MY SERVICE RECORDS? WE HAD THE INFAMOUS FLIERS OF ST. -- FIRE OF ST. LOUIS WHICH BURNED UP SO MANY VETERANS' RECORDS. WE'RE ASKED TO RECONSTITUTE THEIR RECORDS. AND I SAID, SURE, DON, I MEAN, THAT'S REALLY PRETTY ROUTINE. WE CAN HELP YOU. HE SAID, WELL, THIS ONE ISN'T QUITE SO ROUTINE. I SAID, WELL, HOW'S THAT? AND HE SAID, WELL, I WAS SHOT DOWN, YOU KNOW, OVER OCCUPIED FRANCE IN A B-17. AND I CAME DOWN "BEHIND ENEMY LINES" AND -- BEHIND ENEMY LINES AND I WAS HARBORED BY FRENCH FAMILIES WHO WERE FRIENDLY TO THE ALLIES, COOPERATED, WORKED WITH THE RESISTANCE AND EVADED ESCAPE UNTIL D-DAY. AND ON D-DAY HE REVEALED HIMSELF TO BRITISH FORCES AND WAS FIRST ALLOWED TO SEND A MESSAGE HOME BUT THEN WHEN TURNED OVER TO THE U.S. FORCES THEY HAD QUESTIONED ABOUT WHETHER HE REALLY WAS A U.S. AVIATOR AND HE WAS RATHER EXTENSIVELY INTERROGATED. AND SO WHAT HE WANTED WAS TO GET HIS INTERROGATION FILES BECAUSE HE SAID, YOU KNOW, I DON'T REALLY REMEMBER EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED TO ME WHEN I WAS BEHIND ENEMY LINES. HE SAID, I'M SURE WHEN I WAS A YOUNG MAN I HAD A BETTER MEMORY THE AND I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THAT FOR MY FAMILY AND MYSELF AND I SAID, WELL, SURE, WE'LL HELP. WELL, IT'S EITHER, YOU KNOW, BEEN, YOU KNOW, STILL IN THE DEPTHS OF SOME CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM SOMEWHERE OR IT WAS DECLASSIFIED AND SO WE COULD NEVER FIND THAT FILE. BUT THAT BROUGHT ME THE INTEREST IN HIM AND HIS ORGANIZATION. THERE'S AN ORGANIZATION OF WHAT THEY CALL EVADERS, IN THIS CASE THE WORLD WAR II, AND MANY OF THEM ARE BECOMING QUITELE ELDERLY. THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE A -- BECOMING QUITE ELDERLY. THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE A REUNION OUT AT THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY IN COLORADO. AND I TOOK ON THE TASK TO TRY AND GET THEM SOME RECOGNITION. SO THIS IS ACTUALLY TWO PARTS. ONE IS EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF CONGRESS, YOU KNOW, FOR ADMIRATION FOR THEIR EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE AND AGAIN THIS IS NOT -- THIS DOES NOT JUST EXTEND TO WORLD WAR II, IT WOULD BE KOREA, VIETNAM AND, YOU KNOW, IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, OTHER CONFLICTS AND OTHER INVOLVEMENTS BY U.S. FORCES, ANYBODY WHO HAS BEEN IN THE SITUATION. AND SECONDLY, RECOMMENDING STRONGLY TO THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR THE SPECIAL RIBBON AWARD OR MEDAL BE DEVELOPED TO RECOGNIZE THESE ACTIVITIES AND ENCOURAGE THESE ACTIVITIES BECAUSE THERE WILL BE FUTURE U.S. AVIATORS WHO WILL BE IN THE SAME POSITION AND WE WANT TO KNOW -- WE WANT THEM TO KNOW THAT WE HONORED THEIR FORBEARERS, THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE THEM, WHO FOR YEARS HID AND OPERATED "BEHIND ENEMY LINES" -- BEHIND ENEMY LINES AND THEN CAME BACK TO FREEDOM WITH OUR VICTORIES. IT'S BEEN NOW -- IT'LL BE, IT'S ALMOST EXACTLY 47 YEARS SINCE HE WAS SHOT DOWN. IT'S A STORY THAT'S NOT TOTALLY EXTRAORDINARY, I KNOW OTHER WORLD WAR II VETERANS, BUT I'LL RECOUNT IT BRIEFLY. HIS PLANE WAS SHOT DOWN, THEY BAILED OUT, HE DOESN'T REMEMBER MUCH BECAUSE THEY WERE PRETTY HIGH ALTITUDE. HE BLACKED OUT, THE NEXT THING HE KNEW HE WAS HANGING FROM A TREE AND THE GERMAN FIGHTER PILOTS CIRCLED HIM AND HE THOUGHT FOR SURE HE WAS GOING TO BE STRAFED AND SAID THE JEMPLEN FIGHTER PILOTS -- SAID THE GERMAN FIGHTER PILOTS FLEW OFF. HE MANAGED TO GET EXTRICATED FROM HIS HARNESS AND WAS SHELTERED BY FREMBLING AND ULTIMATELY BECAME ASSOCIATED WITH FRENCH RESISTANCE AND, AS I SAY, MET THE LIBERATORS IN PARIS WHEN WE LIBERATED PARIS. SO THIS IS ONE OF THOUSANDS OF EXTRAORDINARY STORIES AND ACTS OF VALOR BY OUR SOLDIERS AND I JUST HOPE STRONGLY THAT WE CAN GET UNANIMOUS AGREEMENT ON THIS RESOLUTION, RESTRICT THE DEBATE TO THE SUBJECT OF THIS RESOLUTION, TO HONOR THESE PEOPLE FOR THEIR EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE AND MOVE ON. WITH THAT I WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THE SERVICE PERFORMED BY AVIATORS IN THE U.S. ARMED…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THE SERVICE PERFORMED BY AVIATORS IN THE U.S. ARMED FORCES IS INDEED MERITORIOUS. THEY HAVE FOUGHT BRAFE BRAVELY AND RISKED MUCH TO TAKE CARE OF OUR COUNTRY. INDEED THEY DESERVE THE RECOGNITION AND CARE FOR THEIR SACRIFICE THAT THIS RESOLUTION EMBODIES. AS MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY, THEIR HEALTH CARE FALLS UNDER THE TRICARE SYSTEM WHICH, AS REPRESENTATIVE SKELTON MENTIONED EARLIER IN THIS DAY, MUST BE ADDRESSED IN ANY HEALTH CARE BILL BEFORE CONGRESS. WE MUST MAKE SURE THAT ANY BILL WE PASS IN THIS AREA GIVES THEM THE BENEFITS THAT THEY DESERVE. AT THIS POINT I WOULD YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM, RESERVING THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    MADAM SPEAKER, I CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND INQUIRE IF…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND INQUIRE IF THE MINORITY HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS?

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    MR. LAMBORN

    MADAM SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD FIVE MINUTES AT THIS TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD FIVE MINUTES AT THIS TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. POSEY.

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  • 05:45:26 PM

    MR. POSEY

    GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO FOR YIELDING, MADAM SPEAKER. I APPLAUD THE…

    GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO FOR YIELDING, MADAM SPEAKER. I APPLAUD THE SPONSORS AND CO-SPONSORS AND EVERYONE IN THIS BODY WHO IS TAKING THE TIME TO SUPPORT THE HEROES THAT WE'RE DISCUSSING TODAY AND I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO REMIND THE BODY, AS MY COLLEAGUE JUST HAS THAT WE MUST KEEP THE TRICARE PROMISE TO THEM AS WELL. WHILE WE ARE ON THE TRICARE-HEALTH CARE SUBJECT, I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY STRONG OBJECTIONS TO THE HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION, THE UNPRECEDENTED ABUSES AND PERHAPS UNCONSTITUTIONAL PROCESS TO WHICH IT'S BEING CONSIDERED. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TELLING US THAT THEY DON'T WANT IT. BESIDES THE FACT THAT SOCIAL SECURITY IS UNSUSTAINABLE. MEDICARE IS UNSUSTAINABLE AND ONLY A FEW DOCTORS ACCEPT MEDICAID AS IT IS NOW. THERE ARE ANOTHER TOP 10 REASONS TO REJECT IT. IT RAISES TAXES, ADDS MORE TO THE NATIONAL DEBT, KILLS TWO MILLION MORE JOBS. GIVES THE I.R.S. UNPRECEDENTED POWER OVER THE LIVES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, REPLACES YOUR DOCTORS, CUTS MEDICAL CARE BY MORE THAN HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS AND CONGRESS IS EXEMPT. PROVIDES FOR THE LARGEST EXPANSION FOR ABORTION COVERAGE, INCLUDING TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES, WILL BANKRUPT STATES THROUGH UNFUNDED MANDATES. IT DOESN'T INCLUDE STRICT ENFORCEMENT, IT IS A PLAUD PROCESS OUT OF THE VIEW OF C-SPAN CAMERAS. WE ARE A NATION OF LAWS AND LAWS AREN'T SUPPOSED TO BE IGNORED OR WHEN THEY IMPOSE A HURDLE. WE TEACH OUR CHILDREN TO PLAY BY THE RULES BUT THIS CONGRESS IS TEACHING THEM SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT. HOW CAN WE EXPECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO OBEY THE LAWS THAT CONGRESS PASSES WHEN CONGRESS WON'T OBEY ITS OWN RULES. THE RULE OF LAW HAS SEPARATED THE UNITED STATES FROM THE BANANA REPUBLICS AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, INCLUDING THOSE WE ARE HONORING TODAY WHO HAVE FOUGHT AND DIED FOR THIS COUNTRY, YET THIS BILL, THIS PROCESS GROSSLY COMPROMISES THAT PRINCIPLE. CONGRESS ISN'T LISTENING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND IS IGNORING THEIR VOICES. ANY TIME YOU PROMISE TO TAKE FROM PETER AND PAY PAUL, ONE THING USUALLY HAPPENS, PAUL VOTES FOR YOU. AND THAT'S WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW TODAY IN CONGRESS. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT ULTIMATELY LEADS DEMOCRACIES TO FAIL AND THIS WILL UNDERMINE THE FUTURE OF OUR REPUBLIC, THE GREATEST NATION IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD THAT THESE MEN AND WOMEN FOUGHT AND DIED FOR. IF DEMOCRACIES CANNOT EXIST, IT CAN ONLY EXIST UNTIL THE VOTERS DISCOVER THEY CAN VOTE THEMSELVES FROM THE PUBLIC TREASURY. FROM THAT MOMENT ON, THE MAJORITY VOTES FOR PROMISING THE MOST BENEFITS. THESE NATIONS HAVE PROGRESSED FROM BONDERS IN SPIRITUAL FAITH TO GREAT COURAGE, FROM COURAGE TO LIBERTY, FROM LIBERTY TO ABUNDANCE FROM ABUNDANCE TO SELF FISHNESS, FROM SELFISHNESS TO APAGGETTY AND FROM DEPENDENCY BACK INTO BONDAGE. IT IS NOT DIFFICULT TO SEE WHERE WE ARE ON THAT SCALE, BUT WHAT IS TRUE IS IT'S FRIGHTENING. IS THIS A SANTA CLAUS WITH A BOTTOMLESS PIT OF BENEFITS THAT CANNOT FAIL. IT ISN'T AND IT CAN IF WE AREN'T STEWARDS OF THE GOOD GIFTS OUR FOREFATHERS GAVE TO US. WE MUST NOT LET THIS FAIL ON OUR WATCH. IF OUR FOUNDERS LIKE TO LIVE LIKE EUROPEANS THEY WOULDN'T HAVE COME HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE, BUT THEY DIDN'T. THEY WANTED A LAND OF OPPORTUNITY NOT A LAND OF GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION. AMERICANS DON'T WANT TO GO THIS PATH. INCREASINGLY LOSING POWER TO GOVERNMENT. VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN SAID IT BEST WHEN HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONTROL HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA. HIS WORDS, NOT MINE. NO ONE BELIEVES THE STATUS QUO IS ACCEPTABLE. THERE ARE MANY AREAS WE CAN FIND AGREEMENT AND MUST MOVE FORWARD TO FIX THE PROBLEMS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER. LET THEM KNOW THAT WE KNOW THEY DON'T WORK FOR CONGRESS. CONGRESS WORKS FOR THEM. BY DEFEATING THIS BILL. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MS. BORDALLO

    INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE LEFT.

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM HAS 12 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM HAS 12 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO HAS 14 MINUTES.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI FOR TWO…

    I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    I THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I GREW UP IN THE 1940'S AND 1950'S AND I…

    I THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I GREW UP IN THE 1940'S AND 1950'S AND I REMEMBER THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT CAME BACK FROM THE WAR, SOME GRAVELY WOUNDED, CARRYING THOSE WOUNDS FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES AND SOME HAVING SURVIVED, BUT SURVIVED BEHIND ENEMY LINES. THIS RESOLUTION HONORS THOSE THAT FOUGHT IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS AND PARTICULARLY THOSE BEHIND ENEMY LINES AND WERE UNABLE TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY CONTRIBUTION THEY MADE TO THE WAR EFFORT. AND IT'S PERFECTLY APPROPRIATE. WHAT IS NOT APPROPRIATE IS WHAT OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE HAVE DONE WITH THIS DEBATE AND WITH THE PREVIOUS DEBATE. WE ARE HONORING OUR SOLDIERS. WE ARE HONORING OUR MEN AND WOMEN THAT HAVE FOUGHT. WE WILL SOON BE DEBATING THE HEALTH CARE ISSUE AND AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME, WE SHOULD BE TAKING THAT UP. BUT TO SOMEHOW DEMEAN, DEMEAN THE COURAGE, THE RESOLUTION AND THE EXTRAORDINARY SACRIFICE IS JUST PLAIN WRONG. I WOULD ASK OUR COLLEAGUES TO SET IT ASIDE. IN A FEW MOMENTS WE'LL PICK UP THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE AND I WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO JOIN YOU IN THAT DEBATE. BUT NOW, LET'S FOCUS ON THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED THIS COUNTRY IN TIME OF WAR. I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MR. LAMBORN

    TALK ABOUT ISSUES THAT IMPACT OUR FREEDOM. AND WE HAVE MOMENT TO US ISSUES…

    TALK ABOUT ISSUES THAT IMPACT OUR FREEDOM. AND WE HAVE MOMENT TO US ISSUES THAT -- MOMENTOUS ISSUES THAT DEAL UPON THAT FREEDOM. I YIELD 3 1/2 MINUTES TO MY FRIEND WHO IS A VETERAN, MR. ROGERS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 3 1/2 MINUTES. OTHER PRESIDENT OF THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 3 1/2 MINUTES. OTHER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES COMBINED. IT IS SHOCKING AND IT'S BREATHTAKING. AND THE ARROGANCE OF THIS CHAMBER TO BRING SUCH AN UNI'VE AMERICAN BILL WITH SUCH SWEETHEART SLEAZY DEALS AND ARM-TWISTING TO MAKE IT HAPPEN IS WRONG. I KNOW THAT THE SOLDIERS THAT I SERVED WITH FOUGHT FOR A UNIFIED COUNTRY, A COUNTRY THAT BELIEVED IN LIBERTY AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND LIMITED GOVERNMENT. I KNOW THAT TODAY, WE OUGHT TO STAND FOR THAT, TOO AND WE OUGHT TO BRING THIS TO LIGHT AND CLEAN UP OUR ACT IN CONGRESS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    THE REPUBLICAN SIDE HAD BEEN ABLE TO WAIT UNTIL LATER THIS EVENING DURING…

    THE REPUBLICAN SIDE HAD BEEN ABLE TO WAIT UNTIL LATER THIS EVENING DURING THEIR TWO HOURS TO RAISE THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT HEALTH CARE, BUT THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT MIRRORS A RESPONSE IN TRUTH AND THE AMERICAN WAY. THE GENTLEMAN BEFORE ME IS EXTRAORDINARY. THIS PRESIDENT HAS DEFICITS TOTALLED LARGER THAN EVERY OTHER PRESIDENT COMBINED, NO, ACTUALLY, YES, WE DO HAVE A RECORD DEFICIT THIS LAST YEAR. MOST OF IT IS INHERITED FROM GEORGE BUSH, BUT, IT'S TRUE. NOW THAT'S A VERY HIGH YEAR. GEORGE BUSH IS THE ONE WHO DOUBLED THE NATIONAL DEBT AND ACCUMULATED MORE DEBT THAN ANY OTHER PRESIDENT BEFORE HIM BEFORE THE COLLAPSE OF WALL STREET, BECAUSE OF THE DEREGULATORY AGENDA OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, EVERY OUNCE OF WHICH I FOUGHT ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE, WHICH BROUGHT AMERICA TO ITS KNEES, WHICH DISSOLVED PEOPLES' SAVINGS FOR GREEDY BANKERS AND INVESTORS AND OTHERS AND THE REPUBLICANS PUT THAT AGENDA IN PLACE WHEN THEY CONTROLLED THE HOUSE, SENATE AND WHITE HOUSE WITH THEIR DEREGULATORY APPROACH. SO IT'S NOT FACTUALLY TRUE. I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE DEFICITS AND WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THAT, BUT GEORGE BUSH DOUBLED THE DEBT. THERE IS A RECORD ONE-YEAR INCREASE THAT DOESN'T EXCEED THE AMOUNT OF DEBT GEORGE BUSH ACCUMULATED. HE MAY BE -- I WILL NOT YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN. TO THE GENTLEMAN BEFORE HIM WHO TALKED ABOUT BANKRUPTING PEOPLE BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO GIVE THEM ACCESS TO QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE. I WISH HE WOULD TELL THAT TO THE WOMAN FROM MY DISTRICT WHO I TALKED TO WHO GOT CANCER, HAD AN INDIVIDUAL POLICY AND GUESS WHAT? SHE PAID HER PREMIUMS AND WHEN IT CAME TIME FOR RENEWAL, THE COMPANY SAID, SORRY, WE DON'T RENEW POLICIES OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE CANCER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PREMIUMS. OR THE GENTLEMAN I MET IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICE -- COULD I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE?

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    MET IN THE SCRUN EMPLOYMENT OFFICE, HE HAD RIGHTS TO PURCHASE HEALTH CARE…

    MET IN THE SCRUN EMPLOYMENT OFFICE, HE HAD RIGHTS TO PURCHASE HEALTH CARE UNDER COBRA, BUT THE COST OF HIS HEALTH CARE WAS 3/4'S OF HIS UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. HIS WIFE WAS DEATHLY ILL. THIS WAS A TOUGH GUY. HE CRIED IN PUBLIC IN THAT OFFICE. THAT WON'T HAPPEN AGAIN IF WE PASS THIS LEGISLATION TOMORROW. THAT GENTLEMAN WILL NOT BE FORCED TO CHOOSE BETWEEN KEEPING HIS HOME, FEEDING HIS FAMILY AND GETTING HIS WIFE NEEDED HEALTH CARE. UNDER THAT PLAN THAT CONTINUES, STATUS QUO. YOU GUYS ARE THE PETS OF THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY AND YOU KNOW IT. AND THE WOMAN WHO NEEDED A DOUBLE MASS ECTOMY AND HAD A SPECIAL TIME. AND HER JOB WAS A WAY TO GET HER OFF THE PLAN. THEY REVIEWED HER HISTORY AND FOUND SHE WENT TO A DOCTOR FOR ACNE. SHE DIDN'T REPORT IT. THEY RESCINDED HER POLICY AND A GUY FROM YOUR SIDE OF THE AISLE HAD TO THREATEN PUBLICLY TO GET HER REINSTATED. THIS LAW WILL PROHIBIT THAT. WE NEED TO TAKE ON THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY AND PREVENT THESE ABUSES AND YOUR PROPOSALS WOULD DO NOTHING ABOUT IT.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. WE ASK MERMS TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS THROUGH THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN, MR. ROGERS.

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    MR. ROGERS

    310 MILLION AMERICANS. THE PROBLEM WITH YOUR STORIES IS YOU ARE GOING TO…

    310 MILLION AMERICANS. THE PROBLEM WITH YOUR STORIES IS YOU ARE GOING TO SAY 85% OF THE STORY THAT IS WORKING RIGHT AND BE PUNISHED AND RATION HEALTH CARE TO FIX THE 15%. YOU WON'T HAVE ONE TOUGH GUY CRYING, BUT MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS CRYING. AND ON THE DEFICIT, TO SET IT STRAIGHT. THE YEAR PRIOR TO THE DEMOCRATS TAKING OVER CONTROL OF THIS CONGRESS, IT WAS $270 BILLION DEFICIT. THE YEAR RIGHT UP TO LEADING OF THEIR TAKEOVER OF THIS CHAMBER, $160 BILLION. AND NEXT YEAR, $1.4 TRILLION. THAT'S YOUR PROBLEM, THAT'S YOUR PLAN. YOU NEED TO DEAL WITH THE FACTS.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. INSLEE.

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    MR. INSLEE

    THE PURPOSE OF THIS RESOLUTION IS TO HONOR THE AVIATORS WHO'VE DONE SUCH…

    THE PURPOSE OF THIS RESOLUTION IS TO HONOR THE AVIATORS WHO'VE DONE SUCH COURAGEOUS DUTY FOR THIS COUNTRY AND THEY HAVE, AND I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THEY HAVE DONE BECAUSE OF THEIR SACRIFICES IS THAT THEY'VE ALWAYS GIVEN AMERICA A CHANCE TO BECOME A MORE PERFECT UNION, AND I THINK THE LANGUAGE IN OUR FOUNDING DOCUMENTS OF WORKING TOWARDS A MORE PERFECT UNION SUGGESTS THAT WE'RE A COUNTRY THAT'S ALWAYS LOOKING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER. AND WE NOW HAVE A BILL WE'LL BE VOTING ON TOMORROW THAT DOES GIVE AMERICA A CHANCE NOT TO SOLVE ALL OUR PROBLEMS BUT TO GET A LITTLE BIT BETTER WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH CARE. AND I JUST WANT TO IN THE CONTEXT OF AN AVIATOR SUGGEST WHAT THAT MAY MEAN. AN AVIATOR GOES TO FRANCE, SERVES ON A B-17 LIKE SO MANY COURAGEOUS AVIATORS DID, SHOT DOWN, RESCUED, PRISONER OF WAR, RETURNS, STARTS A LITTLE BUSINESS, RAISES A FAMILY BACK HOME. SURVIVES WORLD WAR II. RAISES, LET'S SAY, HIS DAUGHTER. SHE GROWS UP TO MATURITY, HAS A KID. IS A PROUD GRANDFATHER LIKE MANY OF THESE AVIATORS ARE. WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO HIS DAUGHTER RIGHT NOW IN THE CURRENT SITUATION OF THE LAW? WHAT CAN HAPPEN IS SHE CAN HAVE INSURANCE, SHE CAN HAVE A GOOD JOB, SHE CAN BE TAKING CARE OF HER FAMILY AND THEN SHE CAN DEVELOP CANCER. AND YOU KNOW WHAT THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE WANTS TO ALLOW TO CONTINUE TO BE THE LAW OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? THEY WANT TO LET THE AVIATOR'S DAUGHTER TO BE ABLE TO BE CANCELED IN THEIR INSURANCE POLICY BECAUSE SHE DEVELOPS CANCER. LET'S ASSUME THE GRANDCHILD OF THE AVIATOR DEVELOPS DIABETES AND GETS TO MATURITY AND WANT TO GO OUT AND BUY AN INSURANCE COMPANY. GUESS WHAT THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE WANTS TO ALLOW TO BE CONTINUED PRACTICE IN AMERICA? THEY, WHO ARE GOING TO BE VOTING EN MASSE, EN MASSE AGAINST HEALTH CARE REFORM TOMORROW, THEY WILL BE VOTING TOMORROW TO ALLOW THE AVIATOR'S GRANDCHILD TO BE DENIED INSURANCE BECAUSE THEY DEVELOPED DIABETES. NOW, I QUESTION WHETHER AMERICAN AVIATORS WHO FIGHT WARS PROUDLY THINK IT'S REALLY UP TO AMERICAN STANDARDS TO ALLOW THE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN OF AVIATORS TO BE DENIED COVERAGE BECAUSE THEY DEVELOPED ILLNESS. WE DON'T THINK THAT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR AMERICA. WE THINK WE DESERVE BETTER. AND WHAT WE'LL BE DOING TOMORROW IS VOTING FOR A PROVISION THAT WILL GIVE THE FAMILIES OF AVIATORS THE RIGHT TO IN FACT TO BE TREATED FAIRLY IN AMERICA. NOW, I KNOW MANY PEOPLE, THEY'VE ARGUED THIS IS SOMEHOW A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE. I THOUGHT ABOUT THAT AND I CAN UNDERSTAND PEOPLE DON'T WANT A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE. BUT IN ITS FUNDAMENTAL WHAT THIS DOES IS IT CHANGES THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AMERICANS AND THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY. AND THAT'S A RELATIONSHIP IN THE RULES OF THAT RELATIONSHIP DO NEED TO CHANGE BECAUSE WE NEED TO GIVE AMERICANS MORE CHOICE, WE NEED TO GIVE THEM MORE FREEDOM, WE NEED TO GIVE THEM MORE PROTECTION AGAINST SOME OF THE PRACTICES OF THE INSURANCE COMPANIES AND THAT'S WHAT WE'LL BE VOTING TO DO TOMORROW. SO I SAY, LET'S HONOR SOME AVIATORS, LET'S HONOR THEIR FAMILIES BY GIVING THEIR FAMILIES THE RIGHT TO HAVE HEALTH CARE EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE ASTHMA, EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE DIABETES, EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE PARKINSON'S, WHETHER THEY ARE REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS OR RED AND BLUE STATES, ALL AMERICANS DESERVE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE INSURANCE IN THIS COUNTRY. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO TOMORROW.

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    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THERE ARE SOME IMPORTANT AND VITAL AND…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THERE ARE SOME IMPORTANT AND VITAL AND PRINCIPLED REASONS WHY THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE WILL BE OPPOSING THE HEALTH CARE PLAN SHOULD IT COME TO A VOTE TOMORROW. AND JUST BRIEFLY LET ME RECAP THESE. IT RAISES TAXES BY $570 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS. IT WILL COST THE TAXPAYERS $1.2 TRILLION, NOT TO MENTION THE SO-CALLED DOC FIX OF ABOUT $371 BILLION, A MASSIVE INCREASE OF GOVERNMENT SPENDING. IT'S ALSO A TAKEOVER BY THE GOVERNMENT. A DRAMATIC STEP AWAY FROM PERSONAL-PRIVATE COVERAGE AND CHOICE TO A GOVERNMENT-RUN SYSTEM THAT WILL END UP RATIONING CARE. IT'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL. THERE'S NOWHERE IN THE CONSTITUTION THAT SAYS THE GOVERNMENT HAS THE POWER TO REQUIRE EVERY SINGLE PERSON TO GO OUT AND BUY INSURANCE WHETHER THEY WANT TO OR NOT. IT FAILS TO ADEQUATELY ADDRESS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS THROUGH NO ENFORCEABLE MEANS OF CITIZEN VERIFICATION. IT FUNDS ABORTION. THERE'S LACK OF TORT REFORM. IT FORCES AMERICANS OUT OF THEIR CURRENT PLANS. IT INCREASES PREMIUMS. IT WILL INCREASE PERSONAL HEALTH EXPENDITURES WHETHER PEOPLE CAN AFFORD IT OR NOT. IT BENDS THE CURVE OF GOVERNMENT SPENDING IN THE FUTURE IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. IT CONSTITUTES A MASSIVE PERMANENT GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF THE PRIVATE STUDENT LOAN INDUSTRY. THAT'S 30,000 JOBS RIGHT THERE. IT'S CHALKED FULL OF DIFFERENT DEALS FROM THE BISMARCK BANK JOB TO THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE AND OTHERS. IT DOES NOT FACTOR IN MARKET RISK REGARDING DEFAULTS ON STUDENT LOANS. SO FOR ALL THOSE REASONS, MADAM SPEAKER, WE SHOULD BE OPPOSING THAT BILL WHEN IT COMES -- IF IT COMES TO A VOTE TOMORROW. AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM THE STATE OF OHIO, WHO'S ALSO A MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE THAT I SERVE ON WITH HIM, REPRESENTATIVE TURNER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE

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    MR. TURNER

    ABOUT THE PENDING HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION. AMERICANS KNOW THAT ADVANCES IN…

    ABOUT THE PENDING HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION. AMERICANS KNOW THAT ADVANCES IN MEDICAL RESEARCH ARE A STRENGTH OF THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED INSTEAD OF RESTRICTED BY ADDITIONAL LAYERS OF RED TAPE. UNFORTUNATELY THIS MISGUIDED HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION WOULD REDUCE MEDICARE PAYMENTS TO CAT SCAN AND M.R.I. PROVIDERS. IT ALSO CREATES A 2.9% EXCISE TAX ON MEDICAL EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS. THE LOWERED PAYMENTS AND INCREASED TAXES CAN REDUCE THE AVAILABILITY OF NEW AND ADVANCING MEDICAL IDGE IMAGING TECHNOLOGY -- IMAGING TECHNOLOGY. IT WILL DELAY OR DENY PATIENT ACCESS TO NEW AND VALUABLE TEXT TECHNOLOGIES. CONTINUED INNOVATION THAT IMPROVES PATIENT-CENTERED MEDICINE IS VITAL TO THE LONG-TERM AVAILABILITY OF HEALTH CARE SERVICES IN AMERICA. THIS IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF THE NUMBER OF PROVISIONS BURIED IN THIS PENDING HEALTH CARE BILL. THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF LOWERING PAYMENTS AND INCREASING TAXES WILL CONSTRAIN FUTURE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AND HINDER OR DOCTORS' ABILITY TO DELIVER THE BEST QUALITY CARE TO OUR PATIENTS. THIS PENDING HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION WILL END UP RESTRICTING THE INNOVATION AND INVENTION, WHICH IS AT THE HEART OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND FOR THAT REASON I STRONGLY OPPOSE THE BILL. AND WE SHOULD BE DEBATING THAT BILL TODAY. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    MADAM SPEAKER, COULD I INQUIRE ABOUT HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE LEFT?

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM HAS FIVE MINUTES. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM HAS FIVE MINUTES. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO HAS 6 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    MADAM SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI.

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    I ASKED, MADAM SPEAKER, I ASKED IF WE COULD FOCUS ON THE ISSUE BEFORE US…

    I ASKED, MADAM SPEAKER, I ASKED IF WE COULD FOCUS ON THE ISSUE BEFORE US WHICH IS CERTAINLY A MERITORIOUS ISSUE. BUT APPARENTLY OUR COLLEAGUES FROM THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WANT TO DEBATE HEALTH CARE, SO, OK, GUYS, LET'S DEBATE HEALTH CARE. A MOMENT AGO THE SPEAKER FROM WHEREVER YOU ARE FROM SPOKE ABOUT SOMEHOW LIMITING THE M.R.I.'S. YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THE LEGISLATION DOES LIMIT M.R.I.'S THAT ARE ORDERED BY A DOCTOR THAT OWNS THE M.R.I. MACHINE. THERE'S BLATANT FRAUD GOING ON AND THERE'S BLATANT OVERUSE AND PAYMENTS BY THE TAXPAYERS THROUGH THE MEDICARE AND MEDICAID PROGRAM AS A RESULT OF PHYSICIAN-OWNED PRACTICES. PHARMACEUTICALS, PHARMACIES AS WELL AS THE M.R.I.'S AND HOSPITALS AND THIS LEGISLATION DOES LIMIT IT. YOU'RE QUITE RIGHT. WE MUST LIMIT THAT KIND OF OVERUSE. I'VE BEEN AT THIS A LONG TIME. I WAS HEALTH -- I WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HEALTH COMMITTEE IN CALIFORNIA IN THE 1980'S WHEN WE LIMITED IT. I WAS THE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER. I'VE SEEN THESE PERNICIOUS PRACTICES OVER AND OVER. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK AND I'D LIKE TO REMIND MEMBERS TO PLEASE ADDRESS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK AND I'D LIKE TO REMIND MEMBERS TO PLEASE ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT TO ANY OTHER INDIVIDUALS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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    MR. LAMBORN

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

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM ALABAMA, REPRESENTATIVE ADERHOLT.

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    MR. ADERHOLT

    I THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WANT TO RISE TODAY TO VOICE MY STRONG…

    I THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WANT TO RISE TODAY TO VOICE MY STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE MASSIVE HEALTH CARE BILL THAT IS SCHEDULED TO COME BEFORE THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS. BACK DOOR DEALS TO COERCE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE IS SOMETHING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COMPLETELY DISAGREE WITH. AND THEY'RE MAKING THEIR VOICE KNOWN LOUD AND CLEAR. HOWEVER, THE PRESIDENT AND THE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP OF THIS BODY ARE FORCING US TO VOTE ON THIS BILL. IN MANY COUNTRIES, PEOPLE HAVE NO FREE SPEECH, BUT IN AMERICA WE DO. SO ON BEHALF OF ALL THE FAMILIES IN NORTH ALABAMA THAT I REPRESENT, I SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS, REJECT THIS MASSIVE TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE THAT WE ARE TO VOTE ON IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS. TO MAKE THIS LEGISLATION EVEN WORSE, NO AMENDMENT IS BEING ALLOWED TO STOP ABORTIONS FROM BEING FEDERALLY FUNDED. MEMBERS OF THE MAJORITY ARE NOT EVEN WILL BE ALLOWED TO BRING UP AN AMENDMENT ON ABORTION, ONE OF THE ISSUE THAT MEANS MOST TO AMERICANS. BUSINESSES WILL BE CRIPPLED WITH NEW TAXES AND THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO HIRE OUT-OF-WORK AMERICANS. AMERICA HAS NEVER GONE DOWN THIS ROAD, MADAM SPEAKER. THE ROAD TOWARD GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED HEALTH CARE, AND NEVER IN OUR HISTORY HAVE WE FORCED INDIVIDUALS TO ACTUALLY PURCHASE INSURANCE. AS I WAS WALKING INTO THE CHAMBER THIS AFTERNOON TO CAST MY VOTES, THERE WERE LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE CAPITOL. THEY WERE SHOUTING THEIR OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL AND IT WAS LOUD AND CLEAR. MADAM SPEAKER, THESE PEOPLE ARE STILL OUT THERE, AND THE MESSAGE IS STILL THE SAME AND IT'S LOUD AND CLEAR. NO GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED HEALTH CARE. KILL THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. ISRAEL

    I THANK MY VERY GOOD FRIEND. I WANT EVERY VETERAN IN AMERICA WHO IS…

    I THANK MY VERY GOOD FRIEND. I WANT EVERY VETERAN IN AMERICA WHO IS WATCHING THIS DEBATE, WHO HAS AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER TRIED TO FIGURE OUT WHY IT TAKES SO LONG TO GET AN OVERDUE MEDAL, WHY THEY HAVE TO WAIT SO LONG TO GET A RETROACTIVE PAYMENT FOR A DISABILITY OR PTSD, I WANT THEM TO REMEMBER THAT TONIGHT WHEN WE TRY TO PASS A RESOLUTION ON IWO JIMA THE REPUBLICANS DELAYED IT. WHEN WE TRIED TO PASS A RESOLUTION HONORING AVIATORS, THE REPUBLICANS DELAYED IT. WHEN WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO PASS A RESOLUTION HONORING COLD WAR VETERANS, THE REPUBLICANS DELAYED IT. HOW CAN YOU EXPECT AS VETERANS TO HAVE YOUR MEDICAL CARE TAKEN CARE OF PROPERLY WHEN THE OTHER SIDE WON'T EVEN ALLOW US TO PASS RESOLUTIONS HONORING VETERANS EXPEDITIOUSLY? I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. BRADY

    I THANK AND COMMEND THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM FOR HER RESOLUTION. WE HAVE…

    I THANK AND COMMEND THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM FOR HER RESOLUTION. WE HAVE SO MANY HEROES, AVIATORS WHO HAVE BEEN SHOT DOWN IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES DEFENDING OUR FREEDOM, ENDURED TREMENDOUS HARDSHIPS, EVEN DEATH. ONE OF THOSE WHO WAS SHOT DOWN OVER VIETNAM, LONGEST SERVING P.O.W. IN AMERICA, CONGRESSMAN SAM JOHNSON FROM PLANO, TEXAS, IS A FRIEND AND A TRUE HERO TO MANY OF US. HE OPPOSES THIS HEALTH CARE BILL BECAUSE HE'S WORRIED ABOUT THE IMPACT IT WILL HAVE ON VETERANS. HE BELIEVES BY TAKING ON A HUGE NEW ENTITLEMENT WE CAN NEVER HOPE TO PAY FOR. WE'LL END UP ROBBING PETER TO PAY PAUL WE'LL ROB FROM VETERANS' HEALTH CARE, WHICH DON'T EVEN FULLY FUND TODAY AS A NATION. IT'S EMBARRASSING, AND YET WE'RE GOING TO LAUNCH A BRAND NEW HEALTH CARE BILL THAT WE CAN'T PAY FOR. HE'S WORRIED ABOUT RATIONING. THEY PASSED THIS WONDERFUL NEW G.I. BILL AND NEVER BOTHERED TO PUT IN PLACE A MECHANISM TODAY. MOST OF US HAVE VETERANS WAITING IN OUR OFFICE TO GET THE FAIR BENEFITS THIS CONGRESS PROMISED THEM BUT THIS ADMINISTRATION AND NEW GOVERNMENT CAN'T DELIVER. HE'S WORRIED ABOUT TO THE FACT WE CAN'T FUND HEALTH CARE UNDER THIS BILL. AND I THINK WHAT FRUSTRATES PEOPLE IS WE ALREADY HAVE A MEDICARE PROGRAM THAT'S GOING BANKRUPT. WE HAVE SOCIAL SECURITY NOT FAR BEHIND. WE DON'T FULLY FUND VETERANS' OR MILITARY CARE YET WE'LL ADD THIS NEW ENTITLEMENT. AMERICANS I DON'T ANY ARE VERY EASILY FOOLED. THEY KNOW DEMOCRATS IN WASHINGTON DON'T REALLY BLAME US WHEN IT COMES TO WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DRIVING HEALTH CARE THROUGH THE ROOF. FUELED BY LABOR AND LAWYER CONTRIBUTIONS, MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF THEM IN THEIR POCKETS. DEMOCRATS HAVE FOR DECADES SUCCESSFULLY KILLED LAWSUIT REFORM AND EFFORTS TO ALLOW SMALL BUSINESSES TO JOIN TOGETHER TO BUY HEALTH CARE AT THE SAME DISCOUNT THE BIG COMPANIES GET. AS CHAMPIONS OF GOVERNMENT MANDATES HAVE DRIVEN UP HEALTH CARE PREMIUMS, UNION CONTRACTS HAVE DEMAND UNSUSTAINABLE HEALTH BENEFITS, DEMOCRATS HAVE FOUGHT VERY ARABSLY AGAINST REASONABLE EFFORTS TO KEEP HEALTH CARE COSTS DOWN, YET DEMOCRATS IN WASHINGTON YIELD THIS SWORD OF A MASSIVE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER IN ORDER TO SLEIGH THE HEALTH CARE BEAST THAT THEY'VE BEEN FEEDING FOR DECADES AND DECADES. SO TOMORROW EVEN IF THE POWERFUL COMBINATION OF THREATS, UNION PAYBACKS AND BACK ROOM DEALS ULTIMATELY PRODUCE 216 VOTES, THE FIGHT ISN'T OVER AND NOR ARE THE CONSEQUENCES. THE IMAGES OF DEMOCRATS IN WASHINGTON RUNNING FROM HEALTH CARE TOWN HALLS, HIDING FROM C-SPAN CAMERAS, SLIPPING IN SWEETHEART DEALS AND ARROGANTLY IGNORING THE VOICES OF THE CONSTITUENTS IS ALSO ETCHED IN THE PUBLIC'S MIND, IT'S A DISTURBING PICTURE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WON'T EASILY FORGET. I OBJECT TO THAT BILL. I'LL FIGHT IT WITH ALL MY MIGHT. IT IS NOT THE RIGHT SOLUTION FOR AMERICA. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. .

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    MS. BORDALLO

    TO RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    THE TIME REMAINING.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THREE MINUTES FOR THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM AND 1 1/2 MINUTES FOR THE…

    THREE MINUTES FOR THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM AND 1 1/2 MINUTES FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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  • 06:16:48 PM

    MR. LAMBORN

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    OUT THAT THERE'S A BIG FLAW IN THE PROCESS THAT WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING…

    OUT THAT THERE'S A BIG FLAW IN THE PROCESS THAT WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING HERE RECENTLY. WE HAVE THESE MASSIVE GROUPS OF BILLS THAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO ABSORB IN A 72-HOUR PERIOD, WHICH FINISHES TOMORROW AND CULMINATE WITH A VOTE ON A MASSIVE PIECE OF LEGISLATION. REFORMING 1/6 OF OUR NATION'S ECONOMY. IF YOU LOOK AT THIS BILL RIGHT HERE, THIS IS THE RECONCILIATION BILL, H.R. 4872, THE BILL REPORTED FROM THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE, 2,310 PAGES. THE TWO PLAIN LANGUAGE REPORTS FROM THE BUDGET COMMITTEE TOTE TALING ABOUT 1,300 PAGES AND THE AMENDMENT IN A NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE OF 150 PAGES. THAT IS 3,800 PAGES THAT WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN IN THE LAST THREE DAYS. I DARE SAY THERE'S NOT A SINGLE MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE THAT HAS READ THESE 3,800 PAGES AND THAT'S ON TOP OF THE ORIGINAL BILL OF A COUPLE THOUSAND PAGES. SO WE HAVE A PRODUCE HERE WHERE WE'RE NOT GIVING ENOUGH TIME TO ABSORB AND GO THROUGH THESE BILLS. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER THAN THAT. THIS SYSTEM HAS NOT BEEN FOLLOWED LIKE WE SHOULD BE DOING IT. AND I REGRET THAT. I THINK THAT'S A FLAW IN THIS PROCESS. I WOULD YIELD BACK, MADAM SPEAKER, THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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    MS. BORDALLO

    SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE…

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

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    MS. BORDALLO

    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. AND THIS RESOLUTION -- PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20 AND THE CHAIR'S PRIOR ANNOUNCEMENT, PRIOR -- FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:19:44 PM

    MS. BORDALLO

    TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 900 AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    900, RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF A COLD WAR VETERANS…

    900, RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF A COLD WAR VETERANS RECOGNITION DAY TO HONOR THE SACRIFICES AND CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES DURING THE COLD WAR AND ENCOURAGING THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES TO PARTICIPATE IN LOCAL AND NATIONAL ACTIVITIES HONORING THE SACRIFICES AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS.

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM.

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  • 06:20:25 PM

    MS. BORDALLO

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MIGHT CONSUME AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MIGHT CONSUME AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON THE RESOLUTION UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    HONORING THE SACRIFICES AND THE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY MEMBERS OF THE ARMED…

    HONORING THE SACRIFICES AND THE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES DURING THE COLD WAR. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, MR. STEVE ISRAEL, FOR BRINGING THIS RESOLUTION TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. IN AN AGE WHERE FEAR DICTATED THE WORLD STAGE, THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BRAVELY STOOD GUARD TO ENSURE THAT COMMUNISM, ONE OF THE DEMOCRACY'S GREATEST ADVERSARIES WOULD NOT PREVAIL. THE COLD WAR CERTIFICATE PROGRAM RECOGNIZES THE SERVICE OF VETERANS DURING THE PERIOD OF THE COLD WAR FROM SEPTEMBER 2, 1945, TO DECEMBER 26, 1991, IN PROMOTING PEACE AND STABILITY FOR AMERICA. FOR NEARLY FIVE DECADES, THE UNITED STATES STOOD THE TEST OF TIME AND PROVED ITS POWERFUL CONVICTIONS IN DEFENDING ITSELF IN THE EYED YEELS OF FREEDOM FROM THE THREAT OF COMMUNISM. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO HELP ACHIEVE THE SACRIFICE OF THE FORCES BYPASSING A RESOLUTION THAT ENCOURAGES THE PEOPLE OF OUR NATION TO PARTICIPATE IN LOCAL AND NATIONAL ACTIVITIES HONORING OUR VETERANS. I AM PROUD TO STAND HERE TODAY TO HONOR THE MEN AND THE WOMEN WHO STOOD ON THE BRINK OF DEVASTATING GLOBAL WAR IN ORDER TO BRING PEACE AND STABILITY TO THE WORLD. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 900. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    GOALS AND IDEALS OF THE COLD WAR VETERANS AND ENCOURAGE AMERICANS TOP…

    GOALS AND IDEALS OF THE COLD WAR VETERANS AND ENCOURAGE AMERICANS TOP PARTICIPATE IN LOCAL AND NATIONAL ACTIVITIES HONORING THE SACRIFICES AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS. IT WAS FOUGHT AROUND THE WORLD OFTEN IN PLACES THAT WERE ON THE BRIMPING OF SLIPPING INTO COMMUNISM AND FOUGHT BY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO AS MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES WERE AT THE POINT OF THE ATMOSPHERE DEFEND -- SPHERE. MANY AMERICANS DEFENDED THEIR LIVES. FOR THAT REASON, MADAM SPEAKER, IT IS RIGHT TO RECOGNIZE THE VETERANS OF THE COLD WAR AND THANK THEM FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND EFFORTS TOWARD DEFEATING COMMUNISM. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ISRAEL, FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. THANK YOU. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MS. BORDALLO

    I YIELD TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE AND SPONSOR OF THIS RESOLUTION, THE…

    I YIELD TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE AND SPONSOR OF THIS RESOLUTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ISRAEL.

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

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    MR. ISRAEL

    I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN AND THE GENTLEMAN AS WELL FOR THE BIPARTISAN…

    I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN AND THE GENTLEMAN AS WELL FOR THE BIPARTISAN COOPERATION THAT'S BEEN DEMONSTRATED WITH RESPECT TO THIS BILL. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION SUPPORTING A DAY OF RECOGNITION FOR COLD WAR VETERANS, I'M PROUD TO HAVE OFFERED IT AND SPONSORED IT. IT RECOGNIZES AMERICAN HEROES WHO PROTECTED OUR NATION DURING ONE OF THE MOST PERILOUS TIMES IN OUR HISTORY. THE COLD WAR BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 2, 1945 AND ENDED ON DECEMBER 26, 1991 AND THE YEARS IN BETWEEN WERE FRAUGHT WITH PERIL. I GREW UP IN THE COLD WAR. I REMEMBER HEARING THE AIR RAID DRILL GOING OUT INTO A HALL, BRACING MYSELF AGAINST THE WALL, COVERING MY HEAD WITH MY ARMS. THERE WERE MILLIONS OF AMERICAN CHILDREN WHO WENT THROUGH THOSE EXERCISES. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF NUCLEAR WARHEADS WERE AIMED BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND THE SOVIET UNION. THE WORLD WAS O'HARE TRIGGER. WHILE WARS WERE FOUGHT IN PLACES LIKE KOREA AND VIETNAM, THOSE NUCLEAR MISSILES NEVER FIRED. THE CONFLICT NEVER OCCURRED AND NEVER OCCURRED BECAUSE OF THOSE HEROES OF THE COLD WAR AND ANSWERED PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S CALL AS WE EMBARKED ON A PATH OF HAZARDS AND DEFENDED MISSILE SILOS AND SERVED ON NAVY SHIPS AND WHEN THEY RETURNED, THERE WERE NO PARADES, NO PUBLIC THANKS. THEY WENT QUIETLY INTO THEIR JOBS, UNTIL TODAY. TODAY, THEY RECEIVE THE THANKS. TODAY WE ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR COURAGE, VALOR AND PATRIOTISM. TODAY WE SAY THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO KEPT THE WORLD SAFE, WHO KEPT THE PEACE, WHO SAVED THE WORLD FROM THAT UNIMAGINABLE NUCLEAR CATASTROPHE. MY BILL HONORS THEIR SACRIFICE AND ASK THAT AMERICANS FLY THEIR FLAGS HIGH IN THANKS AND DEDICATE ONE DAY EACH YEAR TO THANK THEM FOR 50 YEARS OF SECURITY. THOSE YOUNG CHILDREN, THOSE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS HAD TO FEEL GREAT FEAR DURING THOSE AIR RAID DRILLS. THEY MAY HAVE FELT UNSAFE AT THE TIME, BUT THOSE IN DANGEROUS PLACES KEPT THEM SAFE FOR A GENERATION AND MORE. WE THANK THEM FOR THAT SERVICE. I THANK BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN DEMONSTRATION OF SUPPORT FOR THIS BILL. I URGE PASSAGE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 06:26:11 PM

    MR. LAMBORN

    THREE MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, REPRESENTATIVE GOODLATTE.

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  • 06:26:19 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM HONORING COLD WAR…

    GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM HONORING COLD WAR VETERANS. I, TOO, ALSO COMMEND THE IMPORTANCE OF UNDERSTANDING THE HISTORY OF THE COLD WAR AND WHAT PRESIDENT KENNEDY DID WITH THE AIRLIFT INTO BERLIN TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF THAT CITY. WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE 1980'S, WHEN PRESIDENT REAGAN CALLED THE SOVIET UNION EXACTLY WHAT IT WAS, THE EVIL EMPIRE AND LATER WENT TO THE BERLIN WALL AND CALLED ABOUT MR. GORBACHEV TO TEAR DOWN THAT WALL. IT WAS THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO MADE THAT POSSIBLE IN OUR HISTORY TO SEE THE ABILITY OF OUR PRESIDENT TO STAND UP TO THE SOVIET UNION AND INDEED, TO SEE THAT WALL TORN DOWN NOT THAT MANY YEARS AGO. I WILL TELL YOU ALSO, HOWEVER, MADAM SPEAKER, THAT WE HAVE BEFORE US IN THIS CONGRESS TODAY AND TOMORROW HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION, A MASSIVE BILL. WHEN YOU TAKE ALL OF THE PAGES OF ALL THE BILLS THAT ARE BEING CONSIDERED HERE, THE HOUSE BILL, THE SENATE BILL, THE RECONCILIATION BILL, YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PAGES. AND TOMORROW, TOMORROW WE WILL HAVE A COUPLE OF HOURS FOR 435 MEMBERS TO TALK ABOUT WHAT IS IN THOSE BILLS. SO I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THE MILLIONS OF AMERICAN VETERANS WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY AND MANY OF WHOM ARE BABY BOOMERS AND WILL BE FACING $520 BILLION IN CUTS IN THE MEDICARE PROGRAM TO PAY FOR A NEW GOVERNMENT PROGRAM AT A TIME WHEN OUR NATION IS BROKE, THAT THEY'RE GOING TO BE AS CONCERNED AS ALL OF US ARE HERE TODAY ABOUT THIS HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION, THIS MONDAY STROSSITY THAT IS GOING TO INCLUDE $569 BILLION IN TAX INCREASES THAT WILL COST MILLIONS OF AMERICAN JOBS. THEY WILL BE CONCERNED TO HEAR FROM THE 130 ECONOMISTS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO SENT PRESIDENT OBAMA A LETTER EXPLAINING HOW THIS LEGISLATION IS A JOB KILLER. THEY WILL BE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WHO WILL INTERT THE ENORMOUS DEBT -- INHERNT THE ENORMOUS CLAIM THAT THIS WILL RESULT IN TAX -- IN DEFICIT REDUCTIONS, THEY KNOW THAT WHEN YOU HAVE A SIDE DEAL OF OVER $200 BILLION TO TAKE CARE OF PHYSICIANS UNDER THE MEDICARE BILL, WHEN YOU HAVE A BILL THAT PROVIDES SIX YEARS OF COVERAGE WITH 10 YEARS OF TAX INCREASES IN MEDICARE CUTS, THAT THAT DOES NOT BALANCE OUT. IN FACT, THIS LEGISLATION IS HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS, SOME SAY, MORE THAN $1 TRILLION GREATER IN COSTS THAT WILL BE TAKEN IN IN REVENUE AND MEDICARE CUTS. THIS WILL BE DEVASTATING FOR OUR COUNTRY. MADAM SPEAKER, I URGE YOU TO REJECT THIS MONSTROSITY.

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  • 06:29:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GAUSM GUAM.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    I YIELD TO MR. ANDREWS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. ANDREWS

    ASK THREE MINUTES TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REREMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 06:29:59 PM

    MR. ANDREWS

    I COMMEND MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES FOR SUPPORTING THIS BILL. I REGRET THAT…

    I COMMEND MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES FOR SUPPORTING THIS BILL. I REGRET THAT THE MEMBER WHO HAS JUST SPOKE HAS USED THIS TIME TO MISCHARACTERIZE THE BILL WE WILL HAVE BEFORE US TOMORROW. I WOULD LIKE TO SPECIFY THOSE CHARACTERIZATIONS. THE GENTLEMAN SAID THERE WILL BE MEDICARE CUTS. THERE WILL BE NO CUTS TO BENEFITS FOR ANY MEDICARE RECIPIENT. YES, THERE WILL BE CUTS IN FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE UNDER MEDICARE. SENATOR COBURN OF THE OTHER BODY SAID 1/3 OF MEDICARE SPENDING IS FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE. HERITAGE FOUNDATION SAYS 10%. THIS BILL TAKES BETWEEN 5% AND 6% OF THAT FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE. FORWARD, THE GENTLEMAN MADE NOTE OF VETERANS AND TRICARE, VETERANS' HEALTH CARE UNDER THIS CONGRESS HAS INCREASED TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN THE HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY AND WILL NOT BE AFFECTED IN ANYWAY. AND I WOULD CHALLENGE ANY ONE ON THE MINORITY SIDE TO SHOW ME ONE WORD IN THESE BILLS THAT JUSTIFIES A DIFFERENT CONCLUSION. ONE, TRICARE WILL NOT BE AFFECTED IN ANYWAY. AND I WOULD OFFER A SIMILAR CHALLENGE. THE GENTLEMAN SAID THERE WILL BE MASSIVE TAX INCREASES. WHAT HE DID NOT SAY IS THAT TAX INCREASES TO HELP PAY FOR THIS BILL ARE ON FAMILIES WITH AN INCOME OF MORE THAN $250,000 OF A YEAR, THE TOP 3%, 4% IN THE COUNTRY. HE SAID IT WILL COST AMERICAN JOBS AND BE A JOB KILLER. THIS IS ECHOES OF THE WORDS WE HEARD IN THIS CHAMBER IN 1993, WHEN MEMBERS OF THE OTHER SIDE SAID THE CLINTON ECONOMIC PLAN WOULD BE A JOB KILLER. THE FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, OUR FRIEND FROM OHIO SAID AT THAT TIME THAT IF THE PLAN WORKED, HE WOULD BECOME A DEMOCRAT. WELL, HE DIDN'T BECOME A DEMOCRAT, BUT THE PLAN WORKED. IT CREATED 23 MILLION NEW JOBS AFTER IT WAS PASSED. SO IT'S A SPEESHOUS CLAIM OF DEFICIT REDUCTION. SOME SAY THE DEFICIT REDUCTION WILL GO UP. AROUND HERE, WE DON'T RELY ON HEAR SAY. WE RELY ON THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE AND HERE'S WHAT THEY SAID. THEY SAID THE DEFICIT WILL GO DOWN BY $138 BILLION IN THE FIRST 10 YEARS AND OVER $1.2 TRILLION IN THE NEXT 10. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE THIS COUNTRY IN THE COLD WAR SERVED HONESTLY AND ALWAYS GAVE A FAIR ACCOUNTING OF WHAT THEY DO. WHEN WE HEAR THESE REMARKS ON THE FLOOR, THEY ARE NOT AN ACCURATE REPRESENTATION OF FACTS AND THEY FRANKLY DO DISHONOR TO THIS BILL AND THIS DEBATE. .

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

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    MR. LAMBORN

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MY FRIEND…

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE SOUDER, FOUR MINUTES.

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  • 06:33:17 PM

    MR. SOUDER

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO. APPARENTLY OUR GROUND RULES HERE WE…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO. APPARENTLY OUR GROUND RULES HERE WE PRAISE THE VETS ON SATURDAY AND PUNISH THEM ON SUNDAY. THAT TO MY FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY THAT THIS AFTERNOON WE DID A SUPPOSED FIX FOR TRICARE BECAUSE THE SENATE BILL BASICALLY, UNLESS YOU'RE 65 AND OVER, CRIPPLES TRICARE. WE DID THIS MANDATED THING AND THAT, OF COURSE, DEPENDS ON -- I HAVE -- I HAVE FOUR MINUTES SO LET ME --

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  • 06:33:49 PM

    MR. SOUDER

    A BAND-AID THIS AFTERNOON. NOW, THE CHALLENGE IS THE DEBATE TOMORROW WE…

    A BAND-AID THIS AFTERNOON. NOW, THE CHALLENGE IS THE DEBATE TOMORROW WE WILL HAVE SEPARATE VOTES ON THE SENATE BILL AND THE SENATE BILL IS THE PROBLEM HERE BECAUSE IT COULD BECOME LAW SO IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT WE'RE DOING IN THE HOUSE RIGHT NOW. THE QUESTION IS, IS VETERANS GOING TO BE COVERED? AND THE VETERANS THAT TOOK RAVEG DURING THE COLD WAR -- AS MUCH AS THEY APPRECIATE A FLAG BEING RAISED, THEY'D RATHER HAVE THEIR TRICARE. SO THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION IS IF ANY MEMBER VOTES FOR THE SENATE BILL TOMORROW IN THE RULE, IF WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO THIS DEEM BILL, INSTEAD DO A VOTE ON THE SEPARATE BILL, THIS WILL BE A VOTE FOR THE VETERANS. AND WHERE IT SAYS NO HARM FOR VETERANS OR NO JOB KILLING, I HAPPEN TO REPRESENT THE ORTHOPEDIC CAPITAL IN THE WORLD IN WARSAW, INDIANA. THEY HAVE -- GETTING A TAX CLOBBERING IN THIS BILL, PARTICULARLY IN THE SENATE BILL, IN THAT TAX CLOBBERING INCLUDES HALF OF THE R&D. WHO USES HIP REPLACEMENTS AND ELBOWS AND SHOULDERS MORE THAN ANYBODY ARE OUR VETS BECAUSE PARTICULARLY AS WE DEVELOP BODY ARMOR THAT THEY'RE GETTING HIT IN THOSE PLACES WHERE THEY USED TO DIE, THEY'RE NOW ALIVE, AND A BIG PERCENTAGE OF THEM ARE DOING HIP REPLACEMENTS. NOW R&D IS CRITICAL, PARTICULARLY AS THE 18 TO 22-YEAR-OLDS, THOSE RETIRED VETS FROM THE COLD WAR ERA ARE LOOKING AT TRYING TO GET QUALITY HIP AND JOINT REPLACEMENTS. AND ONE OF THE QUESTIONS IS, IF YOU REDUCE HALF THE R&D ONLY ONE OF TWO THINGS CAN HAPPEN. EITHER FUTURE VETS ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE AS GOOD OF QUALITY AND ADVANCES LIKE WE'VE BEEN HAVING, OR THE JOBS WILL GO OFFSHORE TO REDUCE THE COSTS SO THEY CAN DO THE R&D. THERE'S REALLY NOT A WAY THAT THIS ISN'T GOING TO AFFECT VETS. IT'S INDIRECT. THEN, AS WE ALL KNOW THAT VETERANS' HEALTH CARE IN GENERAL JUST LIKE MEDICARE AND MEDICAID PAID FOR VARIABLE COSTS AND A LITTLE BIT OF MIXED COST, THAT THE WAY THE GOVERNMENT RUNS THROUGH BUILDINGS IS THAT WE RUN THROUGH THOSE IN ONE YEAR. WE DON'T DO AMORTIZATION AND DEPRECIATION. THEREFORE, IN HEALTH CARE COSTS, PRIVATE PAY FUNDS MOST R&D AND INNOVATION. SO IF YOU'RE GOING TO KEEP THE QUALITY OF CARE YOU HAVE IN VETERANS, YOU MAY HAVE YOUR VETERANS HOSPITAL BUT THE NEW DRUGS BEING INVENTED, THE NEW HIPS BEING INVENTED, THE NEW THINGS THAT WERE THERE BEING PAID BY PRIVATE CARE WILL BE SQUEEZED OUT OF THE MARKET. THE OTHER THING THAT HURTS VETERANS AND THESE COLD WAR VETS THAT WE ARE PAYING TRIBUTE TO, AS IT GOES THROUGH AND ADDRESSES THE -- EVEN IN SECOND HOME SALES. I HAVE 100 LAKES IN ONE COUNTY AND 100 LAKES IN ANOTHER COUNTY. THESE ARE OFTEN THAT RETIRED VETS HAS A MOBILE HOME. IT'S THEIR SECOND RESIDENCE THAT WE'VE AIRDROPPED TAX IN SECOND RESIDENCE, THAT IT'S GOING TO PUNISH MANY OF THEM THAT WERE BANKING ON THEM TO EITHER CASH IT OUT FOR THEIR RETIREMENT OR TO MAYBE RETIRE THERE, THEIR SECOND HOMES WILL GET TAXED. THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE MARGINS. THE VETERANS DIDN'T HAVE THE MARGINS. WE HAVE WHOLE LAKES AROUND A DIFFERENT VETERANS GROUPS AND AGE GROUPS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE POLICE AND FIREMEN. MANY OF THEM ARE $20,000, $30,000, NOW VALUED AT $100,000, $200,000, THEY ARE GOING TO GET HAMMERED. AND THIS IS SOMETHING THEY ARE USED TO IN THE VETERANS SYSTEM AND MAY NOT DIRECTLY AFFECT THEM.

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  • 06:37:25 PM

    MR. SOUDER

    CAN THE GENTLEMAN YIELD ONE MORE MINUTE?

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    MR. LAMBORN

    SPEAKER, I'D YIELD ONE MORE MINUTE TO REPRESENTATIVE SOUDER FROM INDIANA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 06:37:36 PM

    MR. SOUDER

    PING-PONG BACK AND FORTH IN INDIANA, WE'RE ONLINE IN THIS BUDGET TO GET A…

    PING-PONG BACK AND FORTH IN INDIANA, WE'RE ONLINE IN THIS BUDGET TO GET A NEW HOSPITAL IN FORT WAYNE, INDIANA. YOU KNOW WHAT THIS BILL SAYS, IN THE MEDICARE REDUCTION IT SAYS HIGHER UTILIZATION OF EQUIPMENT. HIGHER UTILIZATION OF EQUIPMENT IS BEING INTERPRETED AND THEY ARE GOING TO CARDIOLOGISTS, ONCOLOGISTS IN OUR DISTRICT SAYING 80% FOR UTILIZATION. WHAT IT MEANS THAT EVERYBODY IS GOING TO GET PING-PONGED LIKE THE VETERANS ARE GETTING PING-PONGED BECAUSE ONLY INDIANAPOLIS IN THE STATE OF INDIANA CAN REACH 80% OF UTILIZATION. SO THEY'RE TELL FORT WAYNE, SOUTH BEND, THEY ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE THE ONCOLOGY EQUIPMENT, THE HEART EQUIPMENT. AND THE VETERANS AS THEY SEE THEIR RECORDS ARE OFTEN LOST, WHEN THEIR APPOINTMENTS ARE CANCELED, THEY HAVE TO PAY THEIR OWN GAS, THIS WILL HURT THE CITIZENS. WE PRAISE THEM ON SATURDAY, WE PUNISH THEM ON SUNDAY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:38:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MS. BORDALLO

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    MR. ANDREWS

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM --

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:38:54 PM

    MR. ANDREWS

    THE SPEAKER. MY FRIEND FROM INDIANA, THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER, IS A VERY…

    THE SPEAKER. MY FRIEND FROM INDIANA, THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER, IS A VERY THOUGHTFUL AND SUBSTANTIVE MEMBER. I APPRECIATE THE GOOD WORK THAT HE DOES. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE ASSERTIONS HE JUST MADE. ONE IS THAT THE SENATE BILL, THE BASE TAX, HURTS TRICARE. I WONDER IF HE COULD EXPLAIN TO US EXACTLY HOW THAT IS, AND I WOULD BE HAPPY TO YIELD HIM IF HE'D EXPLAIN IT TO US. COULD ANYONE EXPLAIN EXACTLY HOW THE SENATE BILL HURTS TRICARE? I'M JUST SIMPLY ASKING FOR AN EXPLANATION OF THE STATEMENT.

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  • 06:39:32 PM

    MR. SOUDER

    I DON'T HAVE THE -- I'M SORRY, I DON'T HAVE THE DETAILS IN FRONT OF ME. I…

    I DON'T HAVE THE -- I'M SORRY, I DON'T HAVE THE DETAILS IN FRONT OF ME. I DON'T HAVE THE DETAILS.

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  • 06:39:38 PM

    MR. ANDREWS

    OK. LET'S TALK ABOUT WHERE THE DETAILS ARE MORE OBVIOUS. I THANK YOU. THE…

    OK. LET'S TALK ABOUT WHERE THE DETAILS ARE MORE OBVIOUS. I THANK YOU. THE GENTLEMAN TALKED ABOUT A COUPLE THAT WOULD BUY A HOME FOR $30,000 AND SELL IT FOR $200,000 HAVING A $170,000 GAIN. UNDER THE PROPOSAL THAT THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER TOMORROW, DOES THE GENTLEMAN KNOW WHAT TAX THAT COUPLE WOULD PAY ON THAT GAIN? IF THEY HAD A $170,000 GAIN?

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  • 06:40:07 PM

    MR. SOUDER

    OFF THE CAPITAL GAINS. RIGHT NOW MOST OF THEM -- I HAD ONE PERSON WITH A…

    OFF THE CAPITAL GAINS. RIGHT NOW MOST OF THEM -- I HAD ONE PERSON WITH A $40,000 HOUSE AND THE CAPITAL GAINS ON THAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE OF HIS RETIREMENT ON AN ANNUAL BASIS. THEY HAVE --

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  • 06:40:20 PM

    MR. ANDREWS

    OK. RECLAIMING MY TIME. THE EXAMPLE THE GENTLEMAN USED WAS A COUPLE THAT…

    OK. RECLAIMING MY TIME. THE EXAMPLE THE GENTLEMAN USED WAS A COUPLE THAT BOUGHT A $30,000 HOUSE, SOLD IT FOR $200,000, WHICH MEANS THERE'S $170,000 GAIN. THE TAX WOULD BE ZERO. BECAUSE THE TAX DOESN'T KICK IT UNTIL $250,000. EVERY MEMBER IS ENTITLED TO HIS OWN OPINION BUT NOT EVERY MEMBER IS ENTITLED TO HIS OWN SET OF FACTS. THESE ASSERTIONS ARE FALSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND LET ME SAY IN RESPONSE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND LET ME SAY IN RESPONSE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY THAT IT WAS A GOOD STEP WE TOOK WITH THE IKE SKELTON BILL TODAY. IT SOLVED HALF THE PROBLEM. WE STILL HAVE A REMAINING PROBLEM, AND THAT IS THAT IT'S NOT CLEAR LIKE IT SHOULD BE WHO HAS JURISDICTION OVER DEFINING BEYOND WHETHER IT'S A MINIMUM STANDARD THAT TRICARE WILL SATISFY, WHETHER THERE WILL BE ADDITIONAL IMP SIGNIFICANCES AND REGULATIONS PUT ON -- IMPOSITIONS AND REGULATIONS PUT ON THE HEALTH CZAR. THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE NO SAY WHATSOEVER ON TRICARE.

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  • 06:41:34 PM

    MR. LAMBORN

    A MOHAMMED? WE ONLY WENT HALFWAY. SO IT'S STILL UNDEFINED WHO HAS FINAL…

    A MOHAMMED? WE ONLY WENT HALFWAY. SO IT'S STILL UNDEFINED WHO HAS FINAL CONTROL OVER IMPOSING ALL THE REGULATIONS. AND I HAVE VETERANS IN MY DISTRICT, 100,000 OF THEM, WHO FEEL THAT THEY HAVE EARNED A RIGHT TO HAVE HEALTH CARE. AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO BE TOLD THEY NEED A SECOND POLICY, THAT SOMEHOW THAT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH. AND THAT'S WHAT THE DANGER IS

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  • 06:41:57 PM

    MR. ANDREWS

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 06:41:59 PM

    MR. LAMBORN

    IT HASN'T BEEN DEFINED LIKE IT SHOULD BE.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    MADAM SPEAKER, YOU'LL HAVE A CHANCE, I'M SURE. I LIKE TO YIELD FIVE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, YOU'LL HAVE A CHANCE, I'M SURE. I LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, REPRESENTATIVE DUNCAN.

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  • 06:42:12 PM

    MR. DUNCAN

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION TO HONOR OUR VETERANS WHO IS IT SO MUCH TO PRESERVE OUR FREEDOM DURING THE COLD WAR. IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT WE ARE MAYBE ABOUT TO PASS A MASSIVE HEALTH CARE BILL THAT WILL TAKE AWAY AN IMPORTANT PART OF THAT FREEDOM THAT THOSE VETERANS WORKED SO HARD TO PRESERVE. MADAM SPEAKER, ROBERT SAMUELSON, A VERY MIDDLE OF THE ROAD ECONOMICS COLUMNIST FOR "THE WASHINGTON POST" WROTE A COLUMN THIS WEEKEND CALLED A COST CONTROL MIRAGE. MR. SAMUELSON SAID THE HEALTH CARE PLAN WE WILL VOTE ON TOMORROW, QUOTE, EVADSE HEALTH CARE'S MAJOR PROBLEMS AND WOULD WORSEN THE BUDGET OUTLOOK. HE ADDED THAT, QUOTE, IT'S A BIG NEW SPENDING PROGRAM WHEN GOVERNMENT HASN'T PAID FOR THE SPENDING PROGRAMS IT ALREADY HAS. EVERY GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE PROGRAM HAS FAR EXCEEDED ALL COST EXPECTATIONS AND HAS COST MANY TIMES MORE THAN WAS PREDICTED. MEDICARE COSTS JUST $3 BILLION THE FIRST YEAR AFTER -- THE FIRST YEAR IT WAS CREATED AND $453 BILLION LAST YEAR. IT'S UNFUNDED -- ITS UNFUNDED FUTURE LIABILITIES IS ESTIMATED AT A WHOOPING $38 TRILLION. MEDICAID IS ALSO OUT OF CONTROL AT BOTH FEDERAL AND STATE LEVELS. LAST WEEK THE GOVERNOR OF ARIZONA ESTIMATED THAT THIS NEW HEALTH CARE BILL WOULD COST HER STATE ALONE $4 BILLION THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE WHEN ARIZONANS IS ALREADY FACING THEIR BIGGEST DEFICIT EVER, OVER $3 BILLION. MOST STATES IS THE WORSE SHAPE FINANCIALLY AND ACCORDING TO THE CENSUS BURROW THEY WOULD HAVE TO EXPAND MEDICAID OVER 50% AND 33 STATES WOULD HAVE TO EXPAND BY MORE THAN 30%. THE STATES SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD ALL OF THE MEGABILLIONS THAT THIS BILL MAKES THEM SPEND. OUR SENIOR SENATOR FROM TENNESSEE SAID THAT THEY SET OUT TO REDUCE HEALTH CARE COSTS BUT THAT THIS BILL, QUOTE, WILL DO THE EXACT OPPOSITE. HE SAID THIS BILL, QUOTE, WILL INCREASE HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS, RAISE TAXES, CUT MEDICARE AND DUMP MILLIONS INTO MEDICAID. OF COURSE, THE BILL IS SO WRONG, SO COMPLICATED, SO CONFUSING THAT THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE WAS QUOTED AS SAYING WE WOULD HAVE TO PASS IT TO FIND OUT WHAT IS IN IT. AND ONE OF THE SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADERS SAID ON THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE EVEN HE DID NOT KNOW ALL WHAT WAS IN IT. NOW THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE HAS PARENTLY COOKED THE BOOKS AND FILED A VERY MISLEADING REPORT ATTEMPTING TO SHOW A COST LESS THAN $1 TRILLION. TO DO THIS AMONG OTHER BUDGET GIMMICKS THE C.B.O. WAS TOLD TO COUNT PHONY SAVINGS SUCH AS OVER $400 BILLION FROM CUTTING DOCTORS' PAYMENTS BY OVER 20% AND NEVER RAISING THEM BACK UP AGAIN. THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN. ANOTHER HUGE PHONY SAVINGS COMES FROM CUTTING MEDICARE. DR. DAVID GRASSNER WROTE A COLUMN IN "THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS" SAID, IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN. WASHINGTON IS TALKING ABOUT CUTTING CUTS TO MEDICARE. PRESIDENT OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE REFORMS DEPEND UPON THEM. UP TO $400 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS. HE WROTE, I WILL BREAK THE NEWS GENTLY. MEDICARE CUTS IS LIKE SANTA CLAUS AND HIS FLYING REINDEER, OFTEN TALKED ABOUT BUT NEVER SEEN. "THE WEEKLY STANDARD" MAGAZINE PUBLISHED AN ANALYSIS TWO DAYS AGO. SAYING IT IS $2.5 TRILLION TO $3 TRILLION, MORE THAN DOUBLE OR TRIPLE THE C.B.O. ESTIMATE. THEN THERE ARE THE TAX INCREASES ON EVERYTHING FROM MEDICAL EQUIPMENT PRODUCERS TO TANNING BED OPERATORS TO $210 BILLION IN NEW MEDICARE TAXES. THEN, THERE ARE THE FINES OF $695 FOR INDIVIDUALS OR UP TO 2.5% OF HOUSEHOLD INCOME AGAINST PEOPLE WHO DO NOT BUY INSURANCE. AND THE EMPLOYER MANDATE OF $2,000 PER EMPLOYEE IF THEY DO NOT PROVIDE INSURANCE. THE BILL STARTS THE TAX INCREASES IMMEDIATELY BUT 98% OF THE BENEFITS DO NOT TAKE EFFECT UNTIL 2014. TWO LAWYERS FROM ONE OF THE NATION'S MOST PROMINENT LAW FIRMS WROTE A COLUMN FOR "THE WASHINGTON POST" ENTITLED "ILLEGAL HOUSE REFORM." DAVID AND LEE WROTE ABOUT -- WROTE THAT THIS BILL IS WITHOUT QUESTION UNCONSTITUTIONAL. . I WENT TO A RECEPTION AND THE DOCTOR WHO DELIVERED ME BROUGHT MY RECORDS AND HE CHARGED $60 MONTHS -- FOR NINE MONTHS OF TERROR. THEN WE TOOK WHAT WAS A VERY MINOR PROBLEM FOR VERY FEW PEOPLE AND TURNED IT INTO A MASSIVE MAJOR PROBLEM FOR EVERYONE. ANYTHING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZES, THE COSTS JUST EXPLODE. THERE ARE MANY THINGS WE CAN DO TO BRING DOWN THE COST OF HEALTH CARE, BUT THIS BILL WILL CAUSE COSTS TO GO UP EVEN MORE AND GETTING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INTO HEALTH CARE WILL LEAD TO SHORTAGES, WAITING PERIODS AND A DECLINE IN THE QUALITY OF CARE ALL AT GREATER COSTS. THIS BILL IN THE LONG RUN WILL END UP HURTING MOST POOR, MIDDLE INCOME PEOPLE. IT SHOULD BE DEFEATED.

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  • 06:47:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO --

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    MS. BORDALLO

    MINUTES TO --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO HAS FIVE MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    I YIELD TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, MR. ANDREWS, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 06:47:52 PM

    MR. ANDREWS

    ANOTHER SERIES OF MISREPRESENTATIONS. WE HEARD THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET…

    ANOTHER SERIES OF MISREPRESENTATIONS. WE HEARD THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE QUOLET COOKED THE BOOKS, CLOSED QUOTE. I FRANKLY THINK THAT IS A GREAT DISSERVICE TO THE MEN AND WOMEN ON A NONPARTISAN BASIS WHO GIVE US THEIR HONEST JUDGMENT. THE MINORITY DOESN'T LIKE THEIR JUDGMENT. THE BILL REDUCES THE DEFICIT. THEY ATTACK THE MEN AND WOMEN, NONPARTISAN MEN AND WOMEN. CUTS TO MEDICARE, NO MEDICARE BENEFICIARY GETS ANY CUT. THERE IS AN INCREASE IN PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE, INCREASE IN PREVENTIVE CARE. HAVING SAID THAT, THERE IS FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE IN MEDICARE. SENATOR COBURN AND HERITAGE FOUNDATION THINKS THAT. THE GENTLEMEN ON THE OTHER SIDE MUST THINK THAT. LAST SPRING WHEN THE REPUBLICANS PUT THEIR ALTERNATIVE BUDGET ON THE FLOOR, IT CUT MEDICARE OUTLAYS BY $100 BILLION MORE THAN THIS BILL DOES. IT WAS IN EXCESS OF $600 BILLION AND THAT TARGETED SOME FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE. TO ARGUE THAT THESE ARE CUTS THAT ARE DISINGENUOUS. THERE ARE TWO CUTS WITH RESPECT TO TRICARE. WHICH OFFICE OR DEPARTMENT REGULATES. IT IS VERY CLEAR IT'S THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND SHOULD BE THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. MR. SKELTON WISELY AFFFIRMED THAT. I'M STILL WAITING FOR SOMEONE ON THE OTHER SIDE TO TELL ME WHAT THE OTHER PROBLEM WAS YOU ARE TYING TO FIX IN TRICARE. I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS. THERE IS AN ASSERTION MADE THAT THE BILL HURTS PEOPLE ON TRICARE AND I'M STILL WAITING TO HEAR WHAT THAT WAS. AND I WOULD YIELD TO ANYONE WHO CAN TELL ME.

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    VETERANS THAT WERE UNDER THE AGE OF 65 AND HAVE 20 YEARS OF SERVICE OR…

    VETERANS THAT WERE UNDER THE AGE OF 65 AND HAVE 20 YEARS OF SERVICE OR MORE, THAT THE HEALTH CARE BILL STATUTES THAT WERE DETERMINING WHAT WAS ACCEPTABLE AS A STAND-ALONE INSURANCE COMMITTEE AND WHAT WAS NOT -- I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE. OF

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    MS. BORDALLO

    AN ADDITIONAL TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. TIAHRT

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THE FOLKS ON TRICARE UNDER THE AGE OF 65 WOULD GET…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THE FOLKS ON TRICARE UNDER THE AGE OF 65 WOULD GET MOVED OUT OF TRICARE INTO THE GOVERNMENT DETERMINED PLAN.

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  • 06:50:22 PM

    MR. ANDREWS

    RECLAIMING MY TIME, SHOW ME IN THE BILL WHERE IT SAYS THAT THERE IS ANY…

    RECLAIMING MY TIME, SHOW ME IN THE BILL WHERE IT SAYS THAT THERE IS ANY POSSIBILITY OF THAT HAPPENING. THE BILL SAYS EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE. IT SAYS UNDER THE TERMS OF THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE, SOMEONE WHO'S COVERED BY TRICARE SATISFIES THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE. THE BILL ALSO SAYS EXPRESSLY, NO ONE CAN BE FORCED TO JOIN THE EXCHANGE. NO ONE CAN BE FORCED TO BUY A PARTICULAR INSURANCE POLICY FROM ANYONE. NOT ONLY DOES THE BILL LACK THE ACCUSATION THAT THE MINORITY MAKES, IT EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS IT. I THINK THE PUBLIC HAS A RIGHT TO SEE WHERE WE STAND ON THIS. AND TOMORROW IT WILL. BUT THAT RIGHT WOULD BE IN THE EXPECTATION THAT PEOPLE READ THE BILL AND HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING. I DON'T THINK THE MINORITY HAS AND I YIELD BACK.

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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 COLORADO.

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  • 06:51:12 PM

    MR. LAMBORN

    COLLEAGUE FROM KANSAS, REPRESENTATIVE TIAHRT, THREE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. TIAHRT

    AND SERVED THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI. HE HAS DRIVEN…

    AND SERVED THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI. HE HAS DRIVEN FROM MISSISSIPPI TO WASHINGTON, D.C. BECAUSE HE'S CONCERNED THAT THE HEALTH CARE BILL THAT'S GOING TO BE PASSED IS GOING TO INCREASE THE DEBT FOR HIS GRANDCHILDREN AND HIS CHILDREN. HE HAD MANY OTHER LIST OF CONCERNS THAT HE HAD BUT HE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THE DEBT. WE KNOW FOR A FACT THAT SINCE OCTOBER 1, THE BEGINNING OF THIS FISCAL YEAR, WE HAVE OVERSPENT BY $655 BILLION. THIS IS MONEY WE DO NOT HAVE THAT WE HAVE GONE AHEAD AND SPENT. WE HAVE BORROWED THIS MONEY AND APPLIED IT TO PROGRAMS THAT I DON'T BELIEVE WE NEED. HE IS CONCERNED LOOKING AT THIS HEALTH CARE BILL AND THE TOTAL COST OUTLAYS IS $1.2 TRILLION, MONEY THAT WE DON'T HAVE AND SO WE HAVE TO BORROW IT FROM SOMEWHERE. AND THERE IS ONLY SIX YEARS OF HEALTH CARE BENEFITS THAT ARE GOING TO BE APPLIED IN THE FIRST 10 YEARS AND 10 YEARS OF HIGHER TAXES. SO HE'S VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE DIRECTION. IF YOU GO ONTO THE NEXT 10 YEARS, $1.5 TRILLION WE WILL HAVE TO BORROW ON THE HEALTH CARE BILL WE WILL VOTE ON TOMORROW. WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING TO COME FROM? THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY WAS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT US OVERLOOKING SOMETHING THAT MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BEEN IN THE BILL. CONCERN THAT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE HAD, UNDER THE BILL THE WAY IT'S WRITTEN IN, THEY WOULD BE FORCED INTO THE GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE. IT WASN'T ME THAT CAME UP WITH THAT SOLUTION. I WAS AWARE OF THE PROBLEM. BUT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, IKE SKELTON, WAS CONCERNED SO WE HAD THE LEGISLATIVE CHANGE. WHAT ELSE IS HIDDEN IN THIS BILL? WE HAVE THE BILL, AND YET WE AREN'T GOING TO KNOW THE ENTIRE CONTENTS AS FAR AS THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IS CONCERNED ABOUT AND WHAT THEY WILL KNOW. IF YOU LOOK AT THE SENATE BILL THAT'S GOING TO BE PASSED, FORTUNATELY IT'S NOT GOING TO BE DEEMED TO BE PASSED WITH A RULE AND THAT IS A TREMENDOUS VICTORY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. YESTERDAY, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WERE UPSET THAT WE WERE GOING TO DEEM THE SENATE BILL PASSED. 50,000 PEOPLE SHOWED UP TO PROTEST IT. YOU COULDN'T CALL INTO OUR SWITCH BOARD. IT WAS BLOCKED BECAUSE OF ALL THE CALLS COMING IN. TOMORROW, WE WILL GET A SEPARATE VOTE ON THE SENATE BILL. THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA SPOKE OUT, THEY DIDN'T WANT IT DEEMED LAW. NOW THEY WANT US TO VOTE AGAINST IT. THERE ARE A WHOLE BUNCH OF PEOPLE STANDING ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE CAPITOL AND THEY ARE PROTESTING THE HEALTH CARE BILL. WHAT THEY'RE SAYING IS KILL THE BILL. THEY ARE CHANTING IT OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. ARE WE GOING TO LISTEN TO WHAT THEY'RE SAYING. WHAT THEY KNOW WHAT'S IN THE SENATE BILL AND RECONCILIATION BILL, THEY DON'T LIKE. WE HOPE TO EXPLAIN TO THEM WHAT'S IN THE BILL AND HOPEFULLY THEY WILL ENCOURAGE THEIR MEMBERS TO VOTE AGAINST THE BILL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MS. BORDALLO

    I INQUIRE OF THE MINORITY IF THEY HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    THIS SIDE HAVE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO HAS TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    BE ONE MORE SPEAKER.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    I YIELD TOP REPRESENTATIVE CASSIDY TWO MINUTES, THE REMAINING TIME WE HAVE…

    I YIELD TOP REPRESENTATIVE CASSIDY TWO MINUTES, THE REMAINING TIME WE HAVE ON OUR SIDE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. CASSIDY

    MADE THE POINT THAT SOME HAVEN'T READ THE BILL. I READ THE BILL. THERE IS…

    MADE THE POINT THAT SOME HAVEN'T READ THE BILL. I READ THE BILL. THERE IS A LOSS OF FREEDOM. THOUSAND -- THOU SHALL BUY INSURANCE POLICY OR THOU SHALL PAY A PENALTY. IF YOU WILL, THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE OF FREEDOM, AS ONE SAID, THE POWER TO TAX IS THE POWER TO DESTROY. CLEARLY AS WE EXPAND MEDICAID, WE ARE GOING TO ULTIMATELY SHIFT TAXES BOTH TO THE FEDERAL TAXPAYER AND STATE TAXPAYER. THIS WILL INCREASE MEDICAID TO 33% OF THE POVERTY LEVEL. THAT HAS TREMENDOUS IMPLICATIONS. ONE IS THAT PHYSICIANS WILL BE PAID SO POORLY. I LOOKED UP IN NEW JERSEY FOR EXAMPLE, MEDICAID PAYS 37% OF MEDICAID RATES TO PHYSICIANS TO SEE THE PATIENT. 37%. NOW, AS IT TURNS OUT, THAT IS BELOW A PHYSICIAN'S COST. PHYSICIANS WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE PATIENTS. IT'S TOO LOW OF A REIMBURSEMENT. THERE WAS AN ARTICLE IN THE "NEW YORK TIMES" AND "NEW YORK TIMES" HELD UP AN EXAMPLE OF A WOMAN FROM MICHIGAN ON MEDICAID WHO COULD NOT GET TREATMENT FOR HER CANCER BECAUSE MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT WAS SO LOW THAT SHE WAS UNABLE TO FIND A PHYSICIAN WHO COULD AFFORD TO TREAT HER. I READ THE BILL. IF WE THINK THIS BILL IS THE WAY TO PROVIDE INSURANCE FOR THE UNINSURED, I INVITE YOU TO COME TO THE PUBLIC HOSPITAL WHERE I HAVE WORKED FOR 20 YEARS WHERE THE PATIENTS I SEE ARE ON MEDICAID AND COME TO THE PUBLIC HOSPITAL BECAUSE DESPITE MEDICAID, THEY STILL CANNOT GO TO A PRIVATE FACILITY. IN FACT, I'M STRUCK. FOR 20 YEARS I HAVE BEEN SEEING POLITICIANS IN WASHINGTON SAYING WE NOW FIXED HEALTH CARE. CONSISTENTLY, THEY HAVE JOFFER PROMISED AND UNDERFUNDED. I SEE WHAT IS COMING DOWN IN THIS BILL IS THE QUESTION OF WHETHER THIS TIME, THIS TIME, INDEED IT'S DIFFERENT. WHERE WE AREN'T JOFFER PROMISING AND WE ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDING. THE REALITY IT'S GOING TO BE THE SAME AS IT WAS IN THE PAST.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 06:57:42 PM

    MS. BORDALLO

    BACK AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT RESOLUTION 900.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    SPEAKER, I REQUEST QUESTIONS THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THE YEAS AND…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 AND THE CHAIR'S PRIOR ANNOUNCEMENT, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:58:33 PM

    MS. BORDALLO

    MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1119 AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT ALL PEOPLE IN…

    EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT ALL PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO REFLECT UPON THE SERVICE AND SACRIFICE OF MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM.

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  • 06:59:10 PM

    MS. BORDALLO

    SUCH TIME AS I MIGHT CONSUME AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS…

    SUCH TIME AS I MIGHT CONSUME AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON THE RESOLUTION UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 06:59:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GUAM IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:59:26 PM

    MS. BORDALLO

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1119 WHICH HONORS THE SERVICE AND…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1119 WHICH HONORS THE SERVICE AND SACRIFICE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM MICHIGAN, MR. PETERS, FOR OFFERING THIS THOUGHTFUL MEASURE. MADAM SPEAKER, THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE, MARINES AND COAST GUARD, ARE TRUE PATRIOTS, NOT ONLY BECAUSE THEY HEARD, BUT BECAUSE THEY ANSWERED THE CALL OF DUTY, THE DUTY TO DEFEND OUR GREAT NATION FROM THREATS BOTH FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC, THE DUTY TO PROTECT OUR FREEDOMS AND THE DUTY TO UPHOLD THE VALUES THAT MAKE THE UNITED STATES BOTH A GUARDIAN AND A HERALD OF PEACE AND JUSTICE. THEY COME FROM ALL AROUND US, FROM BIG CITIES AND SMALL TOWNS, FROM THE HEARTLAND TO THE COAST, FROM JOBS AND FARMING, INDUSTRY AND TECHNOLOGY, FROM HIGH SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AND FROM WALL STREET AND MAIN STREET. THEY COME FROM ALL DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS, FROM ALL CLASSES, RACES, AND DENOMINATIONS. THEY ARE DIVERSE, YET THEY SHARE THE SAME SENSE OF DUTY AND PURPOSE. THEY POSSESS THE SAME COURAGE AND FORTITUDE TO GO AND DO WHAT OTHERS CANNOT. THEY COURAGEOUSLY GRASP THE MANTLE PASSED ON BY THOSE BEFORE THEM, THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES SO OTHERS MAY LIVE FREE. THEY UNDERSTAND THE CONSEQUENCES AND THE RISKS, YET THEY KEEP THEIR HEADS HELD HIGH IN HONOR AND IN PRIDE, KNOWING THAT THE REWARDS ARE GREAT, BUT SO ARE THE COSTS. . THEY ARE OFTEN ASKED TO SACRIFICE THAT WHICH MANY OF US TAKE FOR GRANTED, A HOME-COOKED MEAL A COMFORTABLE BED, THE COMPANY OF A FRIEND OR RELATIVE, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, SAFETY. THEY LEAVE BEHIND SPOUSES, CHILDREN, OTHER FAMILIES MEMBERS, THE PEOPLE THEY LOVE THE MOST, THAT OTHER AMERICAN, COMPLETE STRANGERS, CAN ENJOY THE SAME FREEDOM. MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 1119 ALSO ACKNOWLEDGES THE CRITICAL SACRIFICE FAMILIES OF SERVICE MEMBERS MAKE. THE UNCERTAINTIES AND INCONVENIENCES INCURRED FROM PRERM INNOCENT CHANGES OF STATION. THE ANXIETY AND THE STRESS INDUCED BY A DEPLOYED SERVICE MEMBER. THE GRIEF EXPERIENCED BY FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES OF THOSE SERVICE MEMBERS WOUNDED OR KILLED IN ACTION. THESE FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES ALSO DESERVE OUR MOST SINCERE THANKS. THE MOMENT OF SILENCE THAT WILL TAKE PLACE ON MARCH 26, 2010, ON NATIONAL SUPPORT OUR TROOPS DAY TO HONOR THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, IS AN UNDEMANDING EFFORT. BUT THEIR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE DEMAND OUR CONTEMPLATION AND OUR GRATITUDE. I IMPLORE THAT EVERYONE USE THE TIME TO RECALL THE SACRIFICE THAT THEY MAKE EACH AND EVERY DAY. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 1119 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:02:59 PM

    MR. LAMBORN

    FOR RESOLUTION 1119, WHICH ASKS ALL PEOPLE TO REFLECT A MOMENT OF SILENCE…

    FOR RESOLUTION 1119, WHICH ASKS ALL PEOPLE TO REFLECT A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO REFLECT ON THE COURAGE AND SACRIFICE OF THOSE SERVING AT HOME AND ABROAD. SERVICE IN PEACETIME IS A DIFFICULT PROPOSITION, BUT DURING AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF WAR, SUCH AS WE'VE HAD SINCE 9/11, THE REQUIREMENTS OF OUR VOLUNTEER MILITARY ARE ESPECIALLY CHALLENGING. THEY ARE WORKING ON LAND, ON AND UNDER THE SEA AND IN SKIES ABOVE. THEY ARE ON DUTY AROUND THE CLOCK, EVERY DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, EVERY MONTH, EVERY YEAR, ALL SEASONS AND CLIMATES. THIS NATION OWES THE ARMED SERVICES AND FAMILIES THEIR WILLINGNESS AND THANKS FOR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. THIS RESOLUTION ASKS US TO DO THAT BY TAKING A MOMENT OUT OF OUR OWN BUSY LIVES TO PAUSE AND HONOR OUR SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIR MEN AND MARINES. I YIELD BACK AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM IS RECOGNIZE.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE AND THE SPONSOR OF THIS…

    AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE AND THE SPONSOR OF THIS RESOLUTION, MR. PETERS.

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  • 07:04:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:04:22 PM

    MR. PETERS

    TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1119, CALLING FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE…

    TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1119, CALLING FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE IN SUPPORT OF OUR TROOPS AND DESIGNATION OF MARCH 26, 2010 AS NATIONAL SUPPORT OUR TROOPS DAY. WE HONOR OUR VETERANS, YET WE DENT HAVE A DAY TO HONOR OUR CURRENT SERVICEMEN. AS A SON OF A WORLD WAR II VETERAN, AND A MEMBER OF THE ARMY RESERVE, I HAVE THE UTMOST RESPECT FOR THE ACT FICE -- SACRIFICES OF OUR SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIR FORCE, AND MARINES. RECENTLY, I CRITTED AFGHANISTAN WHERE I WAS ABLE TO WITNESS FIRSTHAND THE DEDICATION WITH WHICH THEY WERE SERVING OUR NATION. I WAS HUMBLED BY THE SACRIFICES THEY WERE MAKING EACH AND EVERY DAY. I'M PROUD TO HAVE INTRODUCED IT CONTINUING A BIPARTISAN TRADITION IN THE NINTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN MICHIGAN. ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS, ALEXANDER MCGREGOR, CONTACTED MY PREDECESSOR, JOE KNOLLENBERG, WITH THE IDEA OF A DAY TO HONOR OUR HEROES CURRENTLY FIGHTING ON THE FRONT LINES. ALEXANDRA WAS A STUDENT IN HIGH SCHOOL, AND SHE ALONG WITH HER FELLOW STUDENTS AND THE FACULTY AT THAT HIGH SCHOOL HAVE OBSERVED A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS ON MARCH 26 IN SUPPORT OF OUR TROOPS. ALEXANDRA BROUGHT THIS IDEA TO HER CONGRESSMAN ASKING HIM TO PASS A RESOLUTION FOR MARCH 26 TO BE RECOGNIZED AS A DAY FOR ALL AMERICANS TO OBSERVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO RECOGNIZE OUR TROOPS AND DURING THE 110TH CONGRESS, THE BODY PASSED SUCH A RESOLUTION. I'M HONORED TO KEEP THIS IDEA ALIVE BY BRINGING THIS BEFORE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THOSE AT THE SCHOOL FOR COORDINATING THE EVENT AND BRINGING THIS TO MY ATTENTION. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN SKELTON FOR HIS SUPPORT AND MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE STAFF FOR THEIR WORK IN BRINGING HOUSE RESOLUTION 19 TO THE FLOOR TODAY. FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR SUPPORTING THIS RESOLUTION. MR. CHAIRMAN -- MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 07:06:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZE.

  • 07:06:47 PM

    MR. LAMBORN

    THANK YOU. THE SERVICE PERFORMED BY COLD WAR VETERANS IS INDEED HONORABLE…

    THANK YOU. THE SERVICE PERFORMED BY COLD WAR VETERANS IS INDEED HONORABLE AND HERER TOS YOU. WE SHOULD ENCOURAGE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES TO PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES TO HONOR THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. WE MUST GIVE THEM THE RECOGNITION THEY DESERVE. AS MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY, THEIR HEALTH CARE FALLS UNDER THE TRICARE SYSTEM WHICH MUST BE PROTECTED IN ANY HEALTH CARE BILL BEFORE CONGRESS. WE MUST MAKE SURE ANY BILL GIVES THEM THE BENEFITS THEY DESERVE. HOWEVER, WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM AND THE FAMILIES OF THEM TOMORROW? WE'RE GOING TO BE VOTING ON A MASSIVE HEALTH CARE BILL THAT WILL AFFECT THE HEALTH CARE OF OUR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND INDEED OF ALL AMERICANS. SOMETHING I WOULD LIKE TO BRIEFLY ADDRESS IS THAT WE HAVE MANY DOCTORS AND PHYSICIANS IN THE UNITED STATES WHO ARE OPPOSED TO THIS HEALTH CARE PLAN. YES, THERE IS ONE LARGE ORGANIZATION OF ABOUT 245,000 MEMBERS WHICH SUPPORTS THE PLAN. THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. BUT WE HAVE A NUMBER OF MEDICAL PLANS, INCLUDING THE STATE PLANS, EXCUSE ME, THE STATE ASSOCIATIONS, OF ALABAMA, DELAWARE, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, KANSAS, LOUISIANA, MISSOURI, NEW JERSEY, OHIO, SOUTH CAROLINA, AND TEXAS, WHICH ARE OPPOSING THE HEALTH CARE PLAN. WE HAVE MANY MEDICAL NATIONAL SOCIETIES WHICH ARE OPPOSING THIS PLAN, SUCH AS THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY, AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FACIAL, PLASTIC, AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY, THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY, THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OTOE LARON JOLING. THE -- OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY. THE CONGRESS OF OBSTETRICIANS AND GYNECOLOGISTS, THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF STUDENTS, THE AMERICAN OSTEOPATHIC ACADEMY OF ORTHOPEDICS, THE THE AMERICAN PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATION, THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ANESTHESIOLOGISTS AND IT GOES ON AND ON AND ON. GENERAL SURGEONS, COLON AND RECTAL SURNS, NEUROLOGICAL SURGEONS, ON AND ON AND ON. TWICE AS MANY DOCTORS IN THIS COUNTRY ARE FORMALLY OPPOSED TO THIS HEALTH CARE PLAN AS HAVE ARE SUPPORTED IT THROUGH THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. TWICE AS MANY ARE IN OPPOSITION. I THINK THAT SPEAKS IMPORTANTLY FOR WHAT WE SHOULD CONSIDER THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY'S RESPONSE, REALLY, TO BE TO THIS LEGISLATION. AT THIS POINT, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND FROM KANSAS, REPRESENTATIVE MORAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:09:41 PM

    MR. MORAN

    THANK YOU. EVERY MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS…

    THANK YOU. EVERY MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS PRIVILEGED TO SERVE THE PEOPLE OF THEIR DISTRICTS. I'M HONORED TO WORK FOR THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS. A PLACE THAT'S BEEN MY HOME MY ENTIRE LIFE. TOMORROW, IT'S EXPECTED THAT WE WILL BE CALLED TO VOTE ON HEALTH CARE REFORM LEGISLATION. WHILE MOST OF THE FOCUS HERE IN WASHINGTON HAS BEEN ON THE POLITICS SURROUNDING THIS VOTE, BACK HOME THEY CARE ABOUT WHAT THIS LEGISLATION WILL MEAN TO THEM, THEIR FAMILIES, THE BUSINESSES THEY WORK IN OR OWN, AND IMPORTANTLY, WHAT IT WILL MEAN TO THEIR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. FOR A LONG TIME, WELL BEFORE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION BEGAN TALKING ABOUT HEALTH CARE, I HAVE BEEN ARGUING THAT WE NEED TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM. MANY FOLKS CAN'T AFFORD THE MEDICAL COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ILLNESS AND OLD AGE. FOLKS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS CAN'T CHANGE JOBS WITHOUT LOSING THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS STRUGGLE TO PROVIDE HEALTH COVERAGE TO THEIR EMPLOYEES. I WOULD HAVE WELCOMED THE CHANCE TO WORK TO SEE THAT THESE PROBLEMS WERE ADDRESSED. I CO-CHAIRED THE RURAL HEALTH CARE COALITION A GROUP OF MORE THAN 150 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, WHO WORKED CONTINUALLY TO SEE THAT PATIENTS IN STATES LIKE KANSAS HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE QUALITY HEALTH CARE. I'M EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA AND SPEAKER PELOSI HAVE CHOSEN TO GO THEIR OWN WAY ON THIS ISSUE WITH NO INPUT FROM THOSE OF US WHO DISAGREE WITH THEM ON WHAT'S BEST FOR AMERICA. MANY TIMES IN THIS CHAMBER, I'VE OUTLINED COMMON SENSE THINGS THAT WE COULD AND SHOULD DO. MEDICAL LIABILITY REFORM TO ELIMINATE LAWSUIT ABUSE THAT FORCES THE PRACTICE OF EXPENSIVE DEFENSIVE MEDICINE. ALLOWING THE PURCHASE OF INSURANCE POLICIES ACROSS STATE LINES. CREATING STATE HIGH-RISK POOLS TO ADDRESS CONDITIONS AND PROVIDE UNINSURED MEDICINES -- AMERICANS ACCESS TO MEDICINE. IMPLEMENTING HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY THAT UPGRADES OUR OUTDATED RECORD SYSTEMS AND STREAMLINES COSTS, REDEUCES MEDICAL ERRORS, AND ELIMINATES REDUN DAUNT MEDICAL TESTS ASME LOUING SMALL BUSINESSES TO POOL TOGETHER TO PURCHASE HEALTH INSURANCE. THESE AND MANY MORE COULD AND SHOULD BE DONE. WHILE I KNOW THERE'S MUCH TO DO, ALMOST NONE OF THESE IDEAS ARE CONTAINED IN THE BILL THAT MY COLLEAGUES AND I WILL BE VOTING ON TOMORROW. I NOW STRONGLY OBJECT TO THE PLAN THAT SPEAKER PELOSI IS FORCING UPON THE HOUSE. THIS BILL IS TOO BIG AND TRIES TO CHANGE TOO MUCH AT ONCE. INSTEAD OF WORKING TO IMPROVE OUR CURRENT SYSTEM, WHICH THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS LIKE, THIS PLAN WILL CREATE A MASSIVE EXPANSION OF GOVERNMENT. HISTORY DEMONSTRATES THAT GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS ARE SIGNIFICANTLY MORE EXPENSIVE THAN ESTIMATED. THIS PLAN WOULD RAISE TAXES AND INCREASE THE DEFICIT. IT'S PROPPED UP WITH BUDGET GIMMICKS THAT WILL GREATLY EXPAND OUR DEFICITS. THE BILL REQUIRES 10 YEARS OF TAX INCREASES AND 10 YEARS OF MEDICARE CUTS TO PAY FOR ONLY SIX YEARS SO-CALLED BENEFITS. THIS PLAN IS A PLAN THAT THE SENATE PASSED EARLIER. IT'S THE SAME BILL AMERICA CRIED OUT AGAINST IN SEPTEMBER BECAUSE IT WAS PIECED TOGETHER THROUGH VOTE PEDDLING AND BACK ROOM DEALS. MEMBERS WHO THINK THIS PLAN IS GOOD SHOULD VOTE YES. MEMBERS WHO DON'T THINK THIS PLAN IS GOOD SHOULD VOTE NO. BUT THIS IS MUCH TOO MUCH OF AN IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR THE USUAL DEAL OF POLITICS AND CUTTING THE DEALS IN THE BACK ROOM PROMISES. THIS PLAN REDUCES THE CHANCES THAT ALL AMERICANS WILL HAVE ACCESS TO QUALITY CARE. IN RURAL AMERICA, OUR HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM IS FRAGILE. AS MEDICAL PROFESSIONS ARE CARING FOR AN AGING POPULATION ACROSS A WIDE GEOGRAPHIC AREA. MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENT RATES DETERMINE WHETHER HOSPITAL DOORS STAY OPEN AND WHETHER DOCTORS AND NURSES REMAIN IN COMMUNITIES. IT'S LIKELY MORE HOSPITAL DOORS WILL CLOSE AND FEWER DOCTORS WILL REMAIN IN KANSAS. THE GOVERNMENT'S METHOD OF CONTROL IS THROUGH PRICE FIXING, WHICH LEADS TO SCARCITY OF DOCTORS, NURSE, AND MEDICAL INNOVATION AND THE ADVANCEMENT OF MEDICAL RESEARCH. TOMORROW'S VOTE WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CAST IN MY TIME IN CONGRESS. IF THE BILL SHOULD PASS, I WILL WORK HARD IN AN OPEN AND PUBLIC WAY TO REPEAL WHAT SPEAKER PE PELOSI HAS DONE IN DARKNESS. SOME HAVE SAID WE NEED TO PASS A BILL BECAUSE WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING. WHAT I THINK THEY REALLY MEAN IS WE NEED TO PASS A BILL TO DO SOMETHING RIGHT. WE CAN OVERCOME THE WASHINGTON KNOWS BEST ATTITUDE. AMERICANS RIGHTLY ARE OPPOSING THE WASHINGTON, D.C. APPROACH TO CHANGING HEALTH CARE, AN APPROACH THAT TRAMPLES UPON OUR CONSTITUTION, DIMINISHES PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND REDUCES FREEDOM OF OUR CHILDREN AND THE PROSPERITY OF OUR NATION. I YIELD.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM CONNECTICUT,

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    MR. HIMES

    I RISE WITH A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF OUTRAGE TONIGHT BECAUSE WE ARE DEBATING A…

    I RISE WITH A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF OUTRAGE TONIGHT BECAUSE WE ARE DEBATING A RESOLUTION THAT JUST TO REMIND THIS HOUSE EXPRESSES THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT ALL PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO REFLECT UPON THE SERVICE AND SACRIFICE OF MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES, BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD. A NOBLE THING, A GOOD THING, THAT WE WOULD HONOR OUR VETERANS WHO DAY IN, DAY OUT, PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR THE FREEDOM AND SAFE FI OF -- SAFETY OF EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN. THE MINORITY STANDS HERE TONIGHT AND BRINGS THEIR POLITICS INTO THIS RESOLUTION. I CANNOT REMEMBER A MOMENT -- I WILL NOT YIELD. I CANNOT REMEMBER A MOMENT --

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT CONTROLS THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT CONTROLS THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT CONTROLS THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HIMES

    I WILL YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN WHEN I HAVE COMPLETED MY STATEMENT. THANK…

    I WILL YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN WHEN I HAVE COMPLETED MY STATEMENT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM APPALLED. THAT AT THIS MOMENT WHEN WE ARE HERE TO HONOR OUR VETERANS THE MINORITY WOULD BRING THEIR POLITICS AND THEIR MISINFORMATION AND THOUGH I AM APPALLED, WHILE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT VETERANS, I WILL NOT STAND HERE WHILE THAT MISINFORMATION IS PEDALS. A BILL MADE IN DARKNESS, IF I MIGHT QUOTE MY FRIEND OR THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THIS BILL HAS BEEN DISCUSSED FOR MONTHS, FOR YEARS, FOR DECADES, THIS DEBATE HAS RAGED. HUNDREDS -- 120 REPUBLICAN AMENDMENTS INCLUDED IN THIS, THIS THING POSTED IN THE HOUSE AND? THE SENATE AND NOW FOR THE REQUISITE 72 HOURS AND THEY CALL THAT DARKNESS. INCREASING THE DEFICIT, THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE RESPECTED BY BOTH SIDES HAS INDICATED CLEARLY DOWN TO MANY SIGNIFICANT FIGURES THAT THIS WILL BE THE LARGEST REDUCTION IN THE DEFICIT EVER ENGINEERED BY THIS HOUSE. IN EXCESS OF $100 BILLION IN THE FIRST 10 YEARS, IN EXCESS OF $1 TRILLION IN THE SECOND 10 YEARS. WE'RE HEARING THE SAME MISINFORMATION ABOUT SIX YEARS OF BENEFITS FOR 10 YEARS OF TAXATION. HOW IS THIS? SHORTLY AFTER THIS BILL'S ENACTMENT CHILDREN WILL NO LONGER BE DENIED COVERAGE BECAUSE OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. SHORTLY AFTER THIS BILL IS PASS -- THIS BILL'S PASSAGE. HOW'S THIS FOR SIX YEARS OF BENEFITS? OUR SENIORS WILL EXPERIENCE IMMEDIATELY A REDUCTION IN THE DOUGHNUT HOLE THAT HAS FORCED THEM IN INSTANCES TO CHOOSE BETWEEN FOOD AND DRUGS, SHORTLY AFTER PASSAGE OF THIS BILL. SHORTLY AFTER THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL YOUNG PEOPLE UP TO THE AGE OF 26 WILL BE ABLE TO GO ON THEIR PARENTS' INSURANCE. SIX YEARS OF BENEFITS WITH 10 YEARS OF TAXATION. THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS MISINFORMATION MADE ALL THE WORSE BY THE FACT THAT THE MINORITY CHOOSES TO BRING THIS UP AT THIS MOMENT WHEN WE ARE HERE TO HONOR THE SACRIFICE OF OUR PROUD VETERANS. I YIELD TO MY FRIEND ON THE OTHER SIDE.

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    KANSAS, MR. SPEAKER. GEORGIA, WHICH EVER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR…

    KANSAS, MR. SPEAKER. GEORGIA, WHICH EVER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING AND ALTHOUGH WHICH HAVEN'T WORKED TOGETHER ON ANY COMMITTEES I KNOW YOU BY REPUTATION AND I KNOW THAT YOUR REPUTATION IS GOOD AND THAT YOU ARE KNOWN TO BE A FAIR REPRESENTATIVE. SO ONE OF MY CONCERNS, I JUST HAVE TO TELL YOU, AS SOMEBODY WHO SERVED IN THE MINORITY AND IN THE MAJORITY, AND OFTEN TIMES IN THE MAJORITY FELT THAT WE RAN ROUGH OVER THE MINORITY AND IT WAS THE WRONG THING TO DO, BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT WHEN YOU'RE IN THE MINORITY AND YOU DON'T GET TO OFFER, FOR EXAMPLE, A SINGLE AMENDMENT ON THE LARGEST PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WE HAVE FACED MAYBE SINCE THE INCOME TAX TODAY, I WOULD APPEAL TO YOUR SENSE OF UNDERSTANDING WHY YOU AND I HAVE THIS DISCUSSION GOING ON BECAUSE I SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I CERTAINLY THINK A MOMENT OF SILENCE IS A FIT AND PROPER THING TO DO AND I LOOK FORWARD TO TRAVELING WITH THE GENTLEMAN NOT JUST TO IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN BUT ACTUALLY TO SOME OF THE PLACES WHERE WE HAVE WORLD WAR II SOLDIERS BURIED IN FOREIGN LANDS AND I CAN TELL YOU THEY ABSOLUTELY LOVE AMERICANS AS THEY LOOK AT GRAVES OF AMERICANS ALL OVER THE WORLD, PROTECTING NOT JUST OUR FREEDOM BUT THEIR FREEDOM. I THINK THAT -- I CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND WHY YOU ARE APPALLED THAT WE ARE USING THIS AS A VEHICLE TO DISCUSS HEALTH CARE. YOU KNOW, I AGREE WITH YOU. THERE IS A GOOD SENSE OF INDIGNATION. YET I FIND MYSELF IN A FEW MINUTES -- THESE PEOPLE WHO WILL BE TALKING ABOUT HEALTH CARE BECAUSE IT'S MY ONLY OPPORTUNITY. BECAUSE AS I UNDERSTAND IT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE ONE HOUR OF DEBATE ON TWO DIFFERENT PIECES OF LEGISLATION, 30 MINUTES PER SIDE, AND IF YOU'RE NOT DIRECTLY ON THE HEALTH CARE COMMITTEE YOU WON'T HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TOMORROW. THAT'S WHY, WHILE I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION -- HIMEHIME RECLAIMING MY TIME --

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    MR. HIMES

    TIME. RECLAIMING MY TIME. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR BRINGING THE…

    TIME. RECLAIMING MY TIME. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR BRINGING THE DISCUSSION BACK TO ITS PROPER TOPIC. THE HONORING THAT THIS HOUSE AND THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA CAN DO FOR OUR VETERANS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THAT. AND WOULD LIKE TO NOTE TO THIS GENTLEMAN THAT I SPENT THIS MORNING FIGHTING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE WOULD VOTE ON THE BILL IN AN UP AND DOWN FASHION AND IN FACT THAT IS WHAT WE WILL DO AND I WILL NOTE TO THE GENTLEMAN THAT HE HAS HAD AMPLE OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS THIS OVER MANY, MANY MONTHS. BUT, AGAIN, I THANK HIM FOR BRINGING THIS DISCUSS BAGS -- DISCUSSION BACK TO WHERE IT SHOULD BE WHICH IS DEBATING WHETHER AND HOW WE HONOR OUR VETERANS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK TO THE CHAIR.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT I TAKE EXCEPTION TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT I TAKE EXCEPTION TO THE SUGGESTION THAT THIS PROCESS HAS BEEN CONDUCTED IN AN OPEN WAY. WE HAVE 3,800 PAGES OF MATERIALS RIGHT HERE THAT WE'VE BEEN GIVEN IN THE LAST THREE DAYS. WHO ON EARTH IS ABLE TO GO THROUGH 3,800 PAGES? THAT CONSISTS OF THE BILL ITSELF, H.R. 4872, 2,300 PAGES, HOUSE REPORT VOLUMES 1 AND 2 FROM THE BUDGET COMMITTEE REPORT EXPLAINING THE BILL, THAT ADDS UP TO 1,300 PAGES. AND THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE TO THE RECONCILIATION ACT, 150 PAGES. THAT'S A TOTAL OF 3,800 PAGES THAT WE'VE BEEN GIVEN IN THE LAST 72 HOURS. WHAT KIND OF PROCESS IS THIS? I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE NOW TO REPRESENTATIVE SOUDER FROM THE STATE OF INDIANA.

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    MR. SOUDER

    IN AN EARLIER BILL WHERE I WAS TALKING ABOUT THE VETERANS' HATE CARE PARTS…

    IN AN EARLIER BILL WHERE I WAS TALKING ABOUT THE VETERANS' HATE CARE PARTS OF THIS BILL -- HEALTH CARE PARTS OF THIS BILL, CHAIRMAN ANDREWS AND I HAD A FOLLOW-UP DISCUSSION ABOUT TWO OF THE DETAILS WHICH SHOWS THE DIFFICULTY OF THIS BILL. HE BELIEVES THAT THE PARTIAL FIX THAT WAS DONE THIS AFTERNOON ON TRICARE WAS NOT NEEDED. AND THAT IT WAS DUPLICATIVE. WE BELIEVE IT WAS ABSOLUTELY NEEDED. MEMBERS WHO READ THE SAME BILL CAN COME TO DIFFERENT CONCLUSIONS. NOW, MY FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY ACTUALLY WROTE MUCH OF THE BILL, HE'S A VERY DETAILED GUY. AND I APPRECIATE HIS KNOWLEDGE, BUT WE FEEL THAT WE NEEDED THE TRICARE FIX. ON THE QUESTION OF THE SECOND HOME, I SAID 30,000 AND USED THE EXAMPLE OF 200,000. BY NOT GOING TO 230,000 I HAVE MIXED THE TAX PORTION. AND HE ALSO AGREES THAT IT DEPEND ON WHAT YOUR INCOME IS. IF IT'S $80,000 OR ABOVE THE EXAMPLE THAT I GAVE OF SOMEBODY WHO HAD A MOBILE HOME WHICH IS NOW WORTH $230,000 AND IF THEY HAVE A JOB AS A TEACHER AND WORK AT A GAS STATION THEY WILL HAVE $80,000 INCOME WHICH MEANS THEY WILL NOW HAVE TAXES ON A HOME THAT THEY NEVER THOUGHT WERE TAXES. SO THERE WERE DISAGREEMENTS, YOU CAN LOOK AT THE SAME QUESTION DIFFERENTLY. BUT CLEARLY IT'S A TAX INCREASE ON VETERANS.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    MAY I INQUIRE FROM THE CHAIR HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE?

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM HAS 8 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM HAS 8 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, NINE MINUTES.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    MR. SPEAKER, TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI.

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    I YIELD AN EXTRA MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    AND BY THE WAY, THERE ARE ABOUT A MILLION AND A HALF VET RANTS OUT THERE…

    AND BY THE WAY, THERE ARE ABOUT A MILLION AND A HALF VET RANTS OUT THERE THAT -- VETERANS OUT THERE THAT WILL BE ABLE TO GET MEDICAL INSURANCE THROUGH THE VARIOUS PROGRAMS THAT ARE CREATED BY THIS LEGISLATION. THEY PRESENTLY ARE NOT IN THE VETERANS' ADMINISTRATION PROCESS FOR MANY, MANY REASONS. THEY'LL HAVE ACCESS TO IT. SO ON THE WHOLE, A, WE'VE HAD TIME TO READ THESE BILLS, B, THE CORRECTIONS THAT ARE IN THE RECONCILIATION PROCESS, WHICH WILL BE VOTED ON ALONG WITH THE SENATE BILL, HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR SOME TIME, 72 HOURS MINIMUM, AND IN MANY CASES OVER THREE AND FOUR MONTHS. SO, READ THE BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    MR. SPEAKER. LET ME HIGHLIGHT SEVERAL SWEETHEART DEALS IN THE HEALTH CARE…

    MR. SPEAKER. LET ME HIGHLIGHT SEVERAL SWEETHEART DEALS IN THE HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION THAT I THINK ARE A REAL PROBLEM TO ME, MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES AN MANY AMERICANS. WE HAVE THE ROCKY TOP VOTE SWAP. TENNESSEE IS QUITE FAMILIAR WITH THE RUNAWAY COSTS SO MUCHED WITH -- ASSOCIATED WITH GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE AS SEEN WITH TENNCARE. PAYOFFS FROM WASHINGTON HAVE A WAY OF SMOOTHING THINGS OVER. SO THE BILL INCLUDES TENS OF MILLIONS OF EXTRA MEDICAID DOLLARS FOR THE STATE OF TENNESSEE. THE BIG SKY BUYOFF. A SPECIAL PROVISION WAS INSERTED IN THE SENATE BILL RECENTLY THAT PROVIDED TAXPAYER FUNDED HEALTH CARE TO ONLY CERTAIN MONTANA RESIDENTS. YUKON, AS PART OF THE ORIGINAL HEALTH CARE BILL, A MYSTERIOUS PROVISION WAS INSERTED PROVIDING A WHOPPING $100 MILLION IN A CRYPTICALLY WORDED PROVISION FOR A NEW MEDICAL FACILITY. AFTER SOME INVESTIGATION IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT CONNECTICUT WAS THE LUCKY RECIPIENT OF THIS TAXPAYER DOLLAR GIVE AWAY. THE BISMARCK BANK JOB. A HELPFUL PROVISION WAS INSERTED IN THE RECONCILIATION PACKAGE. WHILE MOST AMERICAN BANKS WILL BE CUT OFF FROM SUBSIDIES FOR PRIVATE STUDENT LOANS, WHEN THE GOVERNMENT TAKES OVER THE STUDENT LOAN INDUSTRY, WHICH IS PART OF THE BILL WE'LL VOTE ON TOMORROW, BANKS IN NORTH DAKOTA WILL STILL SEE THE CASH ROLLING INTO THEIR BANKS. PHRMA-ING FOR FAVORS. DEMOCRATIC STAFFERS WERE HUDDLED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS WITH PHRMA LOBBYISTS AS THEY CRAFTED THE FINAL BILL. COINCIDENTALLY PHRMA HAS NOW DECIDED IT WILL RUN EXPENSIVE TV ADS IN THE DISTRICTS OF 38 WAIVERING DEMOCRATS. CAO BIOCASH -- COWBOY CASH. SOME STATES STAND TO GET EXTRA FEDERAL CASH FOR THEIR STATE'S MEDICARE ROLLS. AND THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE THAT WE'VE ALL HEARD ABOUT, $300 MILLION EXTRA FOR MEDICAID PAYMENTS TO ONE STATE IS STILL IN THE BILL. SO THAT'S WHY -- THAT'S JUST YET ONE MORE REASON WE SHOULD REJECT THE HEALTH CARE BILL TOMORROW. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND FROM THE STATE OF GEORGIA, REPRESENTATIVE KINGSTON.

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    MR. KINGSTON

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AS A MEMBER OF THE DEFENSE COMMITTEE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AS A MEMBER OF THE DEFENSE COMMITTEE WHO REPRESENTS FOUR MILITARY INSTALLATIONS, SOMEONE WHO HAS GONE TO AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ FIVE TIMES AND NEVER WITHOUT GOING TO RAM STEIN TO VISIT OUR LOGISTICS CREW OVER THERE IN THE HOSPITAL, TO VISIT PEOPLE IN THE HOSPITAL AS WELL AS TO GO TO WALTER REED HOSPITAL HERE IN WASHINGTON, I FEEL VERY STRONGLY THAT THIS AMENDMENT IS A GOOD -- THIS RESOLUTION IS A GOOD RESOLUTION AND SHOULD BE DEBATED AND VOTED ON. I KIND OF TELL YOU, ONLY 20 MINUTES PER SIDE, THAT GIVE A SIGNAL TO VETERANS ALSO WHAT THE MAJORITY THINKS ABOUT VETERANS. BUT, YOU KNOW, I GOT TO SAY, THIS IS A GOOD BILL AND I'M GOING TO SUPPORT IT. BUT IT SADDENS ME THAT THIS IS THE VEHICLE IN WHICH WE'RE GOING TO BE ALLOWED TO TALK ABOUT HEALTH CARE. BUT I GOT TO SAY THIS, AS I TALKED TO THE VETERANS OF MY MILITARY INSTALLATIONS BACK HOME AND THE ONES WHO RETIRED IN THOSE AREAS, THEY'RE SAYING, THIS IS A HORRIBLE HEALTH CARE BILL. I DID NOT GO TO IRAQ, I DID NOT GO TO VIETNAM, I DID NOT FIGHT IN WORLD WAR II FOR TO YOU TAKE AWAY MY FREEDOM IN ONE PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I GOT TO REMIND MY FRIENDS OF WHAT THE SPEAKER SAID JUST A WEEK OR TWO AGO AND I QUOTE DIRECTLY, SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI, WE NEED TO PASS THIS BILL SO YOU CAN FIND OUT WHAT'S IN IT. DOES ANYONE DENY THAT'S A DIRECT QUOTE FROM THE SPEAKER? THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT SPEAKER PELOSI SAID. SO, WHEN MY VETERANS BACK HOME ARE CONCERNED, ALONG WITH THE MIDDLE CLASS TAXPAYERS, OF WHAT'S IN THIS BILL, I THINK THEY HAVE THAT RIGHT TO HAVE SOME APPREHENSION. WE DO NEED FULL DEBATE. KEEP IN MIND THAT HEALTH CARE'S 1/6 OF THE ECONOMY, 2.4 -- $2.4 TRILLION. THIS IS A MAJOR GOVERNMENT INTRUSION INTO IT. NOT THAT THE GOVERNMENT'S NOT IN IT RIGHT NOW, NOT THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT BE IN IT AT ALL BUT WE ARE TOTALLY CHANGING THE BALANCE OF IT AND WE'RE NOT HAVING A FULL DEBATE. WE'RE NOT -- WHY NOT -- WHY NOT HAVE JUST SEVERAL HOURS BUT WEEKS? YOU CAN SAY TO ME WITH A STRAIGHT FACE THAT WOULD BE UNREASONABLE? WE NEED TO HAVE HOURS AND HOURS OF DEBATE. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS OFFERED 99 AMENDMENTS AND HOW MANY WILL BE ACCEPTED? ZERO. NO IDEAS FROM THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND SHUTTING OUT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY MIGHT BE GREAT DEMOCRAT POLITICS BUT YOU'RE SHUTTING OUT THE PEOPLE THAT WE REPRESENT AND I'LL POINT OUT, AS YOU KNOW, YOU DON'T NEED ONE SINGLE REPUBLICAN VOTE. IF THIS BILL IS SO GOOD, WHY DID YOU NOT PASS IT IN AUGUST? YOU DIDN'T PASS IT BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T HAVE THE DEMOCRAT VOTE. THE REASON WE'RE HERE ON A WEEKEND IS BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE THE DEMOCRAT VOTE. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE PRESIDENT WAS HERE TODAY DOING, I DON'T KNOW WHAT HE GAVE AWAY, WE KNOW ABOUT THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE, WE KNOW ABOUT THE HOSPITAL IN CONNECTICUT, WE KNOW ABOUT THE GATORADE FOR FLORIDA, WE KNOW ABOUT THE CORNHUSKER KICKBACK IN NEBRASKA, AND WE FOUND OUT NOW THAT STUDENT LOANS ARE BEING PUT IN THE HEALTH CARE BILL. HOW DID THAT GET IN THERE? THE FEDERALIZATION OF STUDENT LOANS NOW IN THE HEALTH CARE BILL. THAT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE AT ALL. AND IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE THAT IN NORTH DAKOTA THEY'RE EXEMPTED FROM THE LAW OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TAKING OVER IT.

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    AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. KINGS SPON IN GEORGIA,…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. KINGS SPON IN GEORGIA, THEY'RE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THIS PROGRAM. THE HEALTH CARE BILL DOES PUT TRICARE ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK. THEY MIGHT BE OK WITH THE FIG LEAF AMENDMENT WE PASSED TODAY, BUT THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU RAM SOMETHING THROUGH. THE $523 BILLION IN MEDICARE CUTS. HOW DOES THAT AFFECT THE SENIORS? I THINK IT'S WORTH MORE THAN 72 HOURS TO DEBATE IF THIS IS SUCH A GREAT BILL AND IT'S GOING TO LAST FOR SUCH A LONG TIME, WHY NOT GIVE IT MORE TIME TO DEBATE. THE IMPACT OF HIRING 16,000 NEW I.R.S. AGENTS, I DON'T THINK THE DEMOCRATS LIKE THE INCH R.S. ANY MORE THAN ME THE REPUBLICANS. WE AGREE THE I.R.S. IS NECESSARY, THEY DO DO A VITAL JOB BUT 16,000 NEW I.R.S. AGENTS IS ALL KINDS OF NEW POWERS TO LOOK INTO THE BUSINESSES AND HOUSEHOLDS OF AMERICA? THAT SCARES ME. THAT'S WHY WE PLEAD, LET US HAVE TIME. WE DON'T NEED TO DO THIS ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING TIME TO ME A MINUTE AGO.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS,…

    YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM FOR DOING SUCH AN EXCELLENT JOB…

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM FOR DOING SUCH AN EXCELLENT JOB IN HONORING OUR VETERANS AND HONORING OUR SOLDIERS BY MANAGING LEGISLATION THAT TRULY DESERVES OUR HONOR AND RESPECT TO THE COLD WAR VETERANS, MANY OF WHOM ARE UNSUNG HEROES, I OFFER MY GREATEST TRIBUTE AS WE HONOR THE AVIATORS AND THOSE MARINES WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIFE AS WELL. IT IS INTERESTING WHEN THERE IS NOTHING GOOD TO SAY ABOUT SOMETHING THAT IS GOOD, THEN MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE BEGIN TO ENGAGE IN MISREPRESENTATIONS AND FAIRY TALES AND EXAGGERATION. SO I'M REMINDED OF THE WORDS OF THOMAS ED SON THAT MANY OF LIFE'S FAILURES ARE PEOPLEPEOPLE WHO DID NOT REALIZE HOW CLOSE THEY WERE TO SUCCESS WHEN THEY GAVE UP. THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT US TO DO TO GIVE UP. I APPRECIATE THE BREADTH AND DEPTH OF THE REPRESENTATION AND THE INTEREST THAT IS APPEARING ON THE EAST STEPS OF THE CAPITOL. THIS IS A DEMOCRACY, THIS IS AMERICA. WHEN I SEE WORDS LIKE SOCIALIZED MEDICINE AND OBAMA CARE, LETHAL INJECTION, IT IS IMPORTANT TO REALIZE THAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SO PROVOKED BECAUSE OF MISREPRESENTATION AND UNTRUTHS. THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THERE WILL BE A $1.3 TRILLION IN CUPTING THE BUDGET. THAT SMALL BUSINESSES WILL GET TAX INCENTIVES AND SUBSIDIES TO HELP ENSURE THOSE THE MAUL -- TO HELP INSURE THE AMERICANS WHO WORK FOR SMALL BUSINESS THE ENGINE OF OUR ECONOMY. OUR COLLEGE STUDENTS, OUR GRADUATE STUDENT THE BEST OF AMERICA'S FUTURE, SUFFER WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE, LIKE A YOUNG WOMAN I KNOW WHO IS BETWEEN JOBS AND CANNOT GET HEALTH INSURANCE BECAUSE SHE'S OVER THE AGE OF COLLEGE AND CAN'T BE ON HER PARENTS' INSURANCE. WHAT WERE DOING IF WE ARE NOT INVESTING IN OUR CHILDREN? ALL THE CHATTER AND CONFUSION SAYS NOTHING ABOUT THE VERY OF THE BILL. ALL THE MISREPRESENTATION OF SPECIAL INTERESTS, HOW MUCH THAT HAVE IS HELPING AMERICANS. IT'S HELPING STATES WHO ARE DONOR STATES, HELPING THE STATE WHORS SUFFERING FROM DEVASTATING DISASTER LIKE HURRICANE KATRINA. WHAT IS WRONG WITH AMERICA STANDING UP FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVESS? IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE, THEY WANT US TO GIVE UP. AS WAS RECOUNTED BY ONE OF OUR MAJOR LEADERS IN THE CONGRESS, COMPARING THIS TO A BASKETBALL GAME, WHEN THE CLOCK HAS RUN OUT AND PEOPLE ARE CONTINUOUSLY TRYING TO FILE THE WINNING TEAM, PUTTING OBSTRUCTION IN THE WINNING TEAM'S PLACE. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO IN THIS MARCH MONTH, WE'RE GOING TO KEEP ON DUNKING THAT BALL AS THIS GREAT LEADER HAS SAID, WE'RE GOING TO PUT THAT BALL IN THE BASKETBALL HOOP AND WE'RE GOING TO WIN THAT GAME WE'VE GOT TO STAND UP FOR THOSE ON THE FRONT STEPS AND STAND UP FOR THE VETERANS WHO UNDERSTAND THAT TRICARE WILL BE PRESERVED AND WHAT A MISERABLE COLLAPSE THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WAS WHEN WE HAD TO COME TO THE FLOOR AND FIGHT. CAN I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE?

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  • 07:36:52 PM

    MS. BORDALLO

    EXTRA MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    WHEN WE HAD TO RECOGNIZE THE VETERANS BY SHORING UP THE SYSTEM AND THE…

    WHEN WE HAD TO RECOGNIZE THE VETERANS BY SHORING UP THE SYSTEM AND THE VOTE AN -- THETVETH RANS WITH COME TO MY OFFICE THAT NEED HELP TO GET THEIR BENEFITS SO DON'T USE THEIR ARGUMENT ABOUT THE TRICARE, WE'RE PROTECTING THE TRICARE SYSTEM. THE VETERANS' FAMILIES AND EXTENDED FAMILY MEMBERS WHO ARE UNSNURD OR THE 45,000 WHO DIE BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO HEALTH INSURANCE. S THE TOUGHEST HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM WE'VE EVER BEEN ABLE TO DO AND I CAN TELL YOU, HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES NEED TO BE -- YOU NEED TO BE TOUGH WITH THEM BECAUSE ALL THEY CAN SEE IS THE DOLLAR AND THE UP AND UP AND UP OF THE PREMIUMS. I WANT TO SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THIS IS NOT A LETHAL INJECTION. THIS IS A LIFELINE. THIS IS A ROPE BEING THROWN INTO THE WATER TO DRAG THOSE OUT WHO ARE DROWNING BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET ANY HEALTH INSURANCE. AND THIS IS NOT SOCIALIZED MEDICINE, NOR WAS IT WITH MEDICAID OR MEDICARE OR THE VETERANS SYSTEM, IT'S HELPING AMERICANS USING THEIR TAX DOLLAR NASS WISE WAY. WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD ON HEALTH CARE REFORM.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    REPUBLICANS BELIEVE WE CAN HAVE HEALTH REFORM AND SHOULD WITHOUT…

    REPUBLICANS BELIEVE WE CAN HAVE HEALTH REFORM AND SHOULD WITHOUT GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF 1/6 OF OUR NATION'S ECONOMY. REPUBLICANS HAVE INTRODUCED OVER 70 BILLS THAT OFFER FREE MARKET SOLUTIONS TO HEALTH CARE REFORM AND ONE OF THOSE IS H.R. 3400. H.R. 3400, A BILL I CO-SPONSORED IS THE EMPOWERING PATIENTS FIRST ACT. IT GIVES ACCESS TO COVERAGE FOR ALL AMERICANS, IT DOES THIS IN LARGE PART BY EX-TANDING THE TAX DEDUCTION WHICH RIGHT NOW UNFAIRLY ONLY GOES TO CORPORATE EMPLOYEES AND SAYS EVERYONE AMERICAN CAN HAVE THIS TAX DEDUCTION. THAT UNLESS YOU HAVE YOUR INSURANCE AND NOT BE DEPENDENT ON YOUR JOB TO PROVIDE IT FOR YOU. THAT WAY YOU CAN TAKE IT WITH YOU. IT BECOMES PORTABLE. YOU HAVE LESS TO FEAR FROM PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. COVERAGE WILL BE TRULY OWNED BY THE PATIENT UNDER H.R. 3400. THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET HAS EXPANDED. THINGS LIKE POOLING MECHANISMS WHERE NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS CAN FORM TOGETHER, USE NATIONAL ECONOMIES OF SCALE TO FORM MEMBERSHIP PLANS AND ACCOUNTS TO POOL ACROSS STATE LINES. RIGHT NOW, THAT'S NOT ALOUD UNDER LAW. -- NOT ALLOWED UNDER LAW. AN REINING IN OUT OF CONTROL COSTS. WE CAN DO THIS THROUGH THE MEDICAL LIABILITY SYSTEM. THE BILLS WE MAY VOTE ON TOMORROW DO NOTHING ABOUT MEDICAL TORT REFORM. THAT'S A HUGE DRIVE OVER DEFENSIVE MEDICINE AND NEEDLESS COST IN OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. BUT IF WE, FOR INSTANCE, ESTABLISHED ADMINISTRATIVE HEALTH CARE TRIBUNALS KNOWN AS HEALTH CARE IN EACH STATE, ADDED PROVIDER ESTABLISHED BEST PRACTICE MEASURES AND ENCOURAGE THE SPEEDY RESOLUTION OF CLAIM, WE WOULD DO THICKS TO CUT DOWN ON THE COST OF DEFENSIVE MEDICINE. REPUBLICANS HAVE SOLUTIONS THAT UNFORTUNATELY HAVE NOT BEEN ALLOWED TO COME TO THIS FLOOR FOR A VOTE. WE ALSO HAVE ABOUT 100 VOTES BEING HEARD AS WE SPEAK OVER IN THE RULES COMMITTEE AND I DOUBT THAT A SINGLE ONE OF THOSE RULES WILL BE LABELED IN ORDER FOR VOTING ON THE FLOOR TOMORROW. LET ME CONCLUDE BY READING SOME LINES OUT OF TODAY'S "WALL STREET JOURNAL." THEY HAVE SUMMED IT UP BETTER THAN ANYONE CAN. THIS IS THE LEAD EDITORIAL IN TODAY'S "WALL STREET JOURNAL." A SELF-GOVERNING DEMOCRACY, IT CONCLUDES, CAN OF COURSE DECIDE WHAT IT WANTS, THAT IT WANTS TO BECOME THIS KIND OF SUPER WELFARE STATE. BUT IF THE YEAR-LONG DEBATE OVER OBAMACARE HAS PROVEN ANYTHING, IT'S THAT AMERICANS WANT NO SUCH THING. THERE IS NO POLLING MAJORITY OR ANY BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, MUCH LESS A ROUGH NATIONAL CONSENSUS FOR THIS EXPANSION OF GOVERNMENT POWER. THE ELECTION OF SCOTT BROWN IN MASSACHUSETTS FOR TED KENNEDY'S SEAT, OF ALL THING, WAS AS DIRECT A REFERENDUM AS YOU COULD HAVE. IF THE HEALTH BILL PASSES IN THE HOUSE, IT WILL ONLY DO SO THE WAY IT DID IN THE SENATE. WITH A NARROW, PARTISAN MAJORITY. ABETTED BY POLITICAL BRIBERY AND INTIMIDATION, BUDGET GIMMICKS AND PROCEDURAL DECEPTIONS. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRE THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:41:32 PM

    MS. BORDALLO

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 07:41:39 PM

    MS. BORDALLO

    THE CHAIR GIVE ME THE TIME WE HAVE LEFT?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TWO MINUTES REMAINING FOR THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND AGAIN I'D LIKE TO STATE FOR THE…

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND AGAIN I'D LIKE TO STATE FOR THE RECORD, HOUSE RESOLUTION 1119 STATES THAT WE SHOULD HONOR OUR ARMED SERVICES WITH A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND I HOPE THAT MY COLLEAGUES WILL SEE FIT TO SUPPORT THIS VERY FINE RESOLUTION. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO GO ON RECORD TO THANK MR. LAMB BORN OF COLORADO FOR MANAGING THE BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS THIS AFTERNOON WITH ME.

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  • 07:42:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1119 AS AMENDED? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SU --

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  • 07:42:36 PM

    MS. BORDALLO

    MR. SPEAKER. I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS ON THIS LEGISLATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 AND THE CHAIR'S PRIOR ANNOUNCEMENT, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    TO THE EPIC "THE TEN COMMANDMENTS," CECIL B. DEMILL ASKED THE QUESTION ARE…

    TO THE EPIC "THE TEN COMMANDMENTS," CECIL B. DEMILL ASKED THE QUESTION ARE MEN THE PROPERTY OF THE STATE OR ARE THEY FREE SOULS UNDER GOD? CONGRESS WILL AUTHORITATIVELY ADDRESS THIS QUESTION TOMORROW. WILL THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ORDER AMERICANS TO PURCHASE PRODUCTS THE GOVERNMENT THINKS THEY SHOULD BUY AND FINE OR IMPRISON THEM IF THEY REFUSE? WILL IT EMPOWER A NEW HEALTH CZAR TO MAKE DECISIONS OVER THE MOST MINUTE DETAILS OF EVERY AMERICAN'S HEALTH CARE? WILL IT SET LOOSE 16,000 NEW I.R.S. AGENTS TO ENFORCE ITS EDICTS THIS VOTE TRANSCENDS ANY QUESTIONS OF HEALTH CARE. IT INTRODUCES A PROPOSITION THAT WILL FUNDAMENTALLY ALTER THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE FOR ALL TIME. I PRAY THAT MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES, DRUNK AS THEY MAY BE WITH POWER, WILL CONSIDER CARE PLI THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE ACTION THEY'RE ABOUT TO TAKE.

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  • 07:44:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT RISE? ARE THERE FURTHER ONE MINUTE REQUESTS? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 07:44:49 PM

    MR. POE

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT TODAY FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS AND ANY…

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT TODAY FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS AND ANY SPECIAL ORDERS HERETOFORE ENTERED INTO, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS MAY BE PERMITTED TO ADDRESS THIS HOUSE, LET'S RHETT THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE THEREIN EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL. MR. FRANKS FOR TODAY, MR. DUNCAN FOR TODAY, MR. GOODLATTE FOR TODAY, MR. CASSIDY FOR TODAY AND MARCH 21. AND MR. MCCOTTER FOR MARCH 21.

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  • 07:45:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT…

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

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  • 07:45:20 PM

    MR. HIMES

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

    SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT TODAY FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS AND ANY SPECIAL ORDERS HERETOFORE ENTERED INTO THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS MAY BE PERMITTED TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES, TO REVISE AND EXTENDS THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE THEREIN EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL. MR. HIMES OF CONNECTICUT FOR FIVE MINUTES, MRS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA FOR FIVE MINUTES, MR. MCDERMOTT OF WASHINGTON FOR FIVE MINUTES, MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON FOR FIVE MINUTES, MS. KAPTUR OF OHIO FOR FIVE MINUTES, MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 07:45:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS -- PERSONAL REQUEST.

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  • 07:45:55 PM

    THE CLERK

    LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. LATOURETTE OF OHIO FOR TODAY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2009, AND UNDER A PREVIOUS ORDER OF THE HOUSE, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS ARE RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES EACH. MR. HIMES OF CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 07:46:27 PM

    MR. HIMES

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HERE WE ARE A DAY AWAY FROM A VERY BIG VOTE. THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HERE WE ARE A DAY AWAY FROM A VERY BIG VOTE. THE BILL HAS BEEN READ, THE DETAILS HAVE BEEN DEBATED, THE AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN OFFERED, THE FIGHTS HAVE BEEN FOUGHT, THE MISINFORMATION HAS BEEN PEDALED. BUT NOW WE'RE LEFT WITH THE FACTS. WE'RE LEFT WITH THE FACTS THAT THE BILL WE ARE VOTING ON TOMORROW WILL, ACCORDING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, REDUCE THE DEFICIT OF THIS NATION BY OVER $100 BILLION IN THE FIRST 10 YEARS OF ITS EXISTENCE AND BY OVER $1 TRILLION IN THE SECOND 10 YEARS OF ITS EXISTENCE. THIS BILL CONTAINS EVERY REASONABLE AND GOOD IDEA THAT HAS BEEN OFFERED BY CREDIBLE HEALTH CARE ECONOMISTS FOR HOW TO BRING DOWN THE COST OF OUR HEALTH CARE. IS THERE RISK? OF COURSE THERE'S RISK. THIS BODY MAY CHOOSE NOT TO DO SOME OF THE THINGS THAT IT HAS SAID IT WILL DO. SOME IDEAS WILL WORK, SOME WILL FAIL. THERE IS RISK. BUT TO TRY -- TO DO NOTHING IS THE BIGGEST RISK OF ALL. WE HAVE SPENT SO MUCH TIME ON THE ECONOMICS AND THE COST AND NOW I THINK, AS WE REFLECT ON THE LAST DAY, THAT WE RETURN TO THE MORAL QUESTION ASSOCIATED WITH HEALTH CARE REFORM, AT THE CORE OF THE MORAL QUESTION, TO MY WAY OF THINKING, IS THE FACT THAT THIS NATION PROTECTS ITS OWN, THAT WE LOOK AFTER EACH OTHER, THAT WE WON'T LET YOU DIE. I NEED TO TELL BUT MY FRIEND DAVE ROBERSON. GOOD, CLOSE FRIEND, FELLOW PARISHIONER AT FIRST BRESS ABOUT A TEERN CHURCH, A VOLUNTEER, AN ACTIVIST, A FORMER NASA ENGINEER, A KIND, THOUGHTFUL, SMART MAN. WHO LOST HIS JOB AT NASA SIX YEARS AGO AND WITH THAT LOSS OF HIS JOB, HE LOST HIS HEALTH INSURANCE. DAVE HAD A HEART CONDITION. HE DIDN'T SEE A DOCTOR FOR SIX YEARS. HE GOT NO ADVICE, HE GOT NO HELP AND TWO WEEKS AGO, DRIVING HOME, HE LOST CONSCIOUSNESS FOR REASONS THAT THEY BELIEVE HAVE TO DO WITH HIS HEART CONDITION AND DROVE HIS CAR INTO A WALL AND WAS KILLED. WE BURIED DAVE ROBERSON TODAY, A GOOD, FINE MAN WHO WE DID NOT STAND FOR, WHO THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FAILED. DAVE WORKED HIS CAREER SO THAT HIS NATION COULD EXPLORE SPACE, BUT HIS NATION, OUR COUNTRY, COULDN'T DO WHAT WAS NEEDED TO KEEP DAVE ON EARTH. AND BY THE WAY, DAVE IS NO LOAN INDIVIDUAL -- LONE INDIVIDUAL. 123 PEOPLE WILL DIE EVERY SINGLE DAY BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE ADEQUATE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. 123 AMERICANS EVERY DAY. LIKE DAVE ROBERSON. WE DON'T DO THIS, IF OUR ENEMIES ATTACK, WE SPEND BILLIONS TO SEND MEN, WOMEN, EQUIPMENT TO DEHE FEND THE LIVES AND THE VALUES OF THIS NATION. IF YOUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE WE SEND MEN, WOMEN AND EQUIPMENT TO PUT OUT THAT FIRE. IF YOU'RE ASSAULTED, IF AN INTRUDER ENTERS YOUR HOME, WE DON'T ASK, WE SEND POLICE, EQUIPMENT, THE RESOURCES TO SAVE YOUR LIFE. BUT IF YOU GET BREAST CANCER, IF YOU HAVE DIABETES, IF YOU GET LEUKEMIA, WHICH DON'T MAKE THAT SAME PROMISE. WE MIGHT HELP YOU IF YOU HAVE A JOB AND CAN KEEP THAT JOB. IF YOU'RE NOT TOO OLD, IF YOU'RE NOT MAYBE A WOMAN WITH A HISTORY OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, WE MIGHT HELP YOU. BUT WE DIDN'T HELP DAVE ROBERSON AND WE DON'T HELP THE 123 AMERICANS WHO DO I EVERY YEAR BECAUSE WE DO NOT LIVE TRUE TO THE PROMISE THAT WE LOOK OUT AFTER EACH OTHER. ON THIS WE CAN DO BETTER. AND IT'S NOT JUST THE DEMOCRATS WHO THINK SO. IT IS 250 ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING THE AARP, THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS, THE CATHOLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION, THE CONSUMERS UNION, THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS, THE LIST GOES ON AND ON OF ORGANIZATIONS WHO SAY, WE CAN DO BETTER, WE CAN LIVE MORE TRUE TO THE VALUES OF THIS NATION. I HOPE THAT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, WHEN THE VOTE COMES TOMORROW, WILL SAY, WE'LL SEND THE MILITARY, WE'LL SEND THE FIRE, WE'LL SEND THE POLICE TO SAVE YOUR LIFE AND NOW BEING TRUE TO THE VALUES OF THIS NATION WE WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE IF YOU GET SICK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:51:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MR. BURTON FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MR. BURTON FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 07:51:31 PM

    MR. POE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:51:37 PM

    MR. POE

    MR. SPEAKER. THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WAS WRITTEN…

    MR. SPEAKER. THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WAS WRITTEN BY OUR FOUNDING FATHERS TO LIMIT THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT. THE CONSTITUTION SETS LIMITS ON WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US AND WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO TO US. THE PEOPLE DECIDE WHAT IS BEST FOR THEMSELVES AND OUR COUNTRY, NOT THE ALL-SEEING EYE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. JAMES MONROE SAID IN 1798 AT THE VIRGINIA CONVENTION TO RATIFY THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, HOW PRONE ALL HUMAN INSTITUTIONS HAVE BEEN TO DECAY, HOW DIFFICULT IT HAS BEEN FOR MANKIND IN THE AGES AND COUNTRIES TO PRESERVE THEIR DEAR STRIFE AND BEST PRIVILEGES, IMPELED AS THEY WERE BY AN IRRESISTIBLE FATE OF TYRANNY. NOW THE TYRANNICAL ALL-SEEING EYE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO TAKE CARE OF US. THE GOVERNMENT DOESN'T THINK WE KNOW HOW TO TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES SO IT MUST COME IN AND TAKE CARE OF US. WE ARE TO BE MADE SUBJECTS INCAPABLE OF TAKING CARE OF OUR OWN HEALTH. NOWHERE IN THE CONSTITUTION IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GIVE BE ANY AUTHORITY TO CONTROL THE PEOPLE'S HEALTH. NOT ONE PLACE. GEORGE WASHINGTON DIDN'T FIGHT THE RED COATS SO PEOPLE WOULD BE THE SUBJECTS OF THE NEW UNTRUSTWORTHY FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY. THE CLON NISTS DIDN'T DIE SO A HEALTH CARE CZAR COULD RULE OVER US. THE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND IF THIS BILL PASSES, THE TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL AND 30 OTHER STATE ATTORNEY GENERALS ARE PREPARED TO SUE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR AN EXERCISE OF UNCONSTITUTIONAL ACTION. BECAUSE THIS BILL IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. IT FORCES AMERICANS TO BUY HEALTH INSURANCE AGAINST THEIR WILL AND IF PEOPLE DON'T BUY THE INSURANCE THEY WILL FACE FINES OR GO TO JAIL. AND ON TOP OF THAT IT FORCES PEOPLE TO BUY GOVERNMENT-APPROVED HEALTH INSURANCE. THAT MEANS THE FEDS TELL PEOPLE THEY HAVE TO BUY THE FEDERAL APPROVED INSURANCE AND IT TELLS THEM WHAT INSURANCE THEY MUST BUY. THAT'S NOT ALLOWED UNDER ANY STRETCH OF THE LAW OR MANAGE NATION. THAT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL -- IMAGINATION. THAT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. AND OF COURSE IN THIS BILL THEY'RE HIRING 16,000 NEW I.R.S. HEALTH CARE POLICE TO ENFORCE THAT DICTATE. THE I.R.S. HEALTH CARE POLICE WILL VERIFY THAT AMERICAN CITIZENS HAVE ACCEPTABLE HEALTH CARE INSURANCE EVERY MONTH. I SAY AMERICAN CITIZENS BECAUSE ILLEGALS ARE EXEMPT FROM PAYING HEALTH CARE FINES AND TAXES ALTHOUGH ILLEGALS CAN RECEIVE COVERAGE IN THIS BILL. THE HEALTH CARE BILL ALSO VIOLATES THE PEOPLE'S RIGHT TO PRIVACY. PEOPLE'S MOST SECRET, PRIVATE, INTIMATE MEDICAL RECORDS WILL BECOME THE PROPERTY OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. HEALTH CARE BUSY-BODY BUREAUCRATS WILL GO THROUGH PRIVATE MEDICAL RECORDS AND DECIDE WHAT MEDICAL CARE PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE. HEALTH CARE BUREAUCRATS WILL STICK THEIR NOSE INTO THE PRIVATE BANKING ACCOUNTS AND THEIR RECORDS TO DECIDE HOW MUCH PEOPLE HAVE TO PAY FOR THAT HEALTH INSURANCE. THEY'LL BE ABLE TO SEIZE TAX REFUNDS, BANK ACCOUNTS, GARNISHED WAGES ALL IN THE NAME OF FORCING PEOPLE TO BUY INSURANCE FOR THEIR OWN GOOD. AND OF COURSE THIS IS IN THE BILL. THIS POWER GRAB IS NOT ABOUT HEALTH AND IT'S CERTAINLY NOT ABOUT CARE. IT'S ABOUT LIBERTY. IT'S ABOUT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTROL OVER PEOPLE'S LIVES AGAINST THEIR WILL. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS NO RIGHT TO DICTATE THE -- TO THE PEOPLE THEIR HEALTH CARE NEEDS. AND IN MY OPINION IT'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL. MOST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OPPOSE THE GOVERNMENT PLAN TO TAKE OVER THIS HEALTH CARE. THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HERE TODAY MAKING THEIR VOICES KNOWN THAT THEY ARE OPPOSED TO THIS BILL. IT COSTS TOO MUCH, IT BORROWS TOO MUCH, IT TAXES TOO MUCH, IT'S INEFFICIENT AND IT GIVES GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRATS THE CONTROL OF OUR MEDICAL DECISIONS. EVEN THOMAS JEFFERSON TALKED ABOUT GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE. HE SAID, IF PEOPLE LET GOVERNMENT DECIDE WHAT FOODS THEY EAT, WHAT MEDICINES THEY TAKE, THEIR BODIES WILL BE IN THE SORIEST STATE OF THEIR SOULS AS THOSE WHO LIVE UNDER TYRANNY. MR. SPEAKER, GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND IT'S UNHEALTHY FOR EVERYONE. WE MUST REMEMBER THE CONSTITUTION SAYS AND BEGINS WITH, WE THE PEOPLE, NOT, WE THE SUBJECTS. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:56:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA. FOR WHAT PURPOSE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RISE?

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  • 07:56:24 PM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE HER TIME. TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:56:33 PM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TELL THE STORY OF AN 11-YEAR-OLD BOY FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TELL THE STORY OF AN 11-YEAR-OLD BOY FROM WASHINGTON STATE WHO VISITED CONGRESS LAST WEEK TO LOBBY FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM. HIS NAME IS MACELIS OWENS AND HE LOST HIS UNINSURED MOTHER TO PULMONARY HYPERTENSION WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN TREATED. HE SHARED HIS STORY WITH SENATOR PATTY MURRAY AND THEN PRESENTED TO AN AUDIENCE OF 100 PEOPLE AT A HEARING, TELLING THEM THAT HE THOUGHT, QUOTE, HEALTH CARE SHOULD BE FOR EVERYONE. HE WAS AN ARTICULATE AND BRIGHT YOUNG MAN AND HIS STORY EXEMPLIFIES WHY WE DESPERATELY NEED HEALTH CARE ARE HE FORM. SO, IN ONE OF THE CLEAREST SIGNS OF REPUBLICAN DECK LA -- DESPERATION, OTHERS TOOK TO THE AIRWAVES TO TEAR MARCELIS APART. MR. LIMB BY A CALM -- LIMBAUGH SAID, I WOULD SAY THIS TO THE BOY, WELL, YOUR MOTHER WOULD HAVE DIED ANYWAY BECAUSE OBAMACARE DOESN'T KICK IN UNTIL 2014. FOX NEWS CAME IN A CLOSE SECOND WITH A COLUMN ENTITLED, "DESPERATE DENS CLING TO HUMAN KIDDY SHIELD." PERHAPS THE ONLY ACCURATE WORD WAS DESPERATION. BUT SHE USED IT TO DESCRIBE THE WRONG PARTY. IN ALL MY YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE I CAN'T REMEMBER THE LAST TIME I SAW SUCH A CHEAP AND DISGRACEFUL CAMPAIGN. REPUBLICAN DETERMINATION TO DERAIL REFORM AT ANY COST IS REPREHENSIBLE AND I CANNOT FIND WORDS TO DESCRIBE HOW SHAMEFUL I THINK IT IS TO DIRECT AT AN 11-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO LOST HIS MOTHER. ON MY WAY TO WORK THIS MORNING I SAW A GROUP OF TEABAGGERS. AND I'M HAPPY THEY'LL BE IN WASHINGTON TO WITNESS CONGRESS PASS THE HISTORIC HEALTH CARE BILL TOMORROW. WHEN I GOT TO THE OFFICE I DID A LITTLE RESEARCH ON MY OWN AND FOUND THE WEBSITE OF A TEABAGGER GROUP CALLED THE 912 PROJECT. WHICH INCLUDES A PAGE WHICH THEY CALL THE NINE PRINCIPLES. NUMBER SEVEN READS, I WORK HARD FOR WHAT I HAVE AND I WON'T SHARE IT WITH WHO I WANT TO. GOVERNMENT CANNOT FORCE ME TO BE CHARITABLE. THAT REMINDS ME OF ANOTHER GLEN BECK -- WHAT HE SAID ON HIS SHOW LAST WEEK, WHEN HE STARTED CRITICIZING A NEW POVERTY MEASURE THAT WOULD HELP US UNDERSTAND WHAT BETTER IT MEANS TO BE POOR IN THIS COUNTRY. HE SAID THAT IF IT WERE IMPLEMENTED HE WOULD BE CONSIDERED POOR. GLEN BECK REPORTEDLY MADE $23 MILLION LAST YEAR WHICH MEANS THAT IN ONE WORK DAY HE EARNS THE EQUIVALENT OF WHAT FOUR FAMILIES EARN IN POVERTY OVER A WHOLE YEAR. GOVERNMENT CANNOT FORCE ME TO BE CHARITABLE. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN A LITTLE CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT WOULD MOTIVATE SOMEONE TO GET UP IN THE MORNING TO ATTACK AN 11-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO LOST HIS MOM. OR COMPEL SOMEONE TO DRIVE 500 MILES TO PROTEST REFORM THAT HELPS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. BUT I'M FINALLY BEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND THE MENTALITY BEHIND THE TEA PARTY CROWD AND ITS SPOKESPERSON GLEN BECK, RUSH LIMBAUGH AND MICHELLE. THEY ARE SIMPLY SELFISH AND GREEDY AND INDIFFERENT AND THEY DON'T SEEM TO CARE ABOUT HELPING ANYONE IN NEED. I SHOULD NOTE THAT WHEN MARCELIS HEARD WHAT THESE THREE SAID ABOUT HIM, HE RESPONDED BY SAYING, MY MOTHER ALWAYS TAUGHT ME THAT THEY CAN HAVE THEIR OWN OPINION. IT DOESN'T MEAN THEY'RE RIGHT. WHEN AN 11-YEAR-OLD OUTSHINES AND OUTCLASSES YOUR PARTY'S THREE TOP MOUTHPIECES, IT MIGHT BE TIME TO LOOK FOR SOME REPLACEMENT. WHEN I VOTE FOR HEALTH CARE ARE HE FORM TOMORROW I'LL DEDICATE IT TO MARCELIS OWENS AND THE MEMORY OF HIS MOM AND IF I HAD TO WRITE MY SEVENTH PRINCIPLE I THINK I'D USE ONE OF MY FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE BOOK OF JAMES IN THE BIBLE. QUOTE, SUPPOSE A BROTHER OR A SISTER IS IN RAGS WITH NOT ENOUGH FOOD FOR THE DAY AND ONE OF YOU SAYS, GOOD LUCK TO YOU, HELP YOUR -- KEEP YOURSELVES WARM AND HAVE PLENTY TO EAT, BUT DOES NOTHING TO SUPPLY THEIR BODILY NEEDS, WHAT IS THE GOOD OF THAT? SO, WITH FAITH, IF IT DOES NOT LEAD TO ACTION IT IS IN ITSELF A LIGHTLESS THING, END QUOTE. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE. WE ARE MAKING THE FIRST STEP TO RETURN TO THE CONCEPT OF THE COMMON GOOD THAT WE WILL TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES AND REVISE AND…

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES AND REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    HERE WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT VOTES CONGRESS HAS…

    HERE WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT VOTES CONGRESS HAS EVER TAKEN. THE ONLY TIME I CAN THINK OF WHICH PERHAPS RIVALS THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS VOTE HAS BEEN WHEN WE HAVE HAD TO DECIDE TO SEND OUR NATION'S FINEST, YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN, OFF INTO THE PERILS OF WAR. AND YET, IT IS MY MIND-BOGGLING, LITERALLY UNCONSCIONABLE, TO THINK WE ARE ABOUT TO SLAP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THE FACE AND HAVE THE AUDACITY TO SAY, WE KNOW BETTER THAN YOU. IN TOWN MEETINGS, AT TEA PARTY RALLIES, FROM EMAILS, FAXES, LETTERS, AND LITERALLY MILLIONS OF PHONE CALLS THAT HAVE JAMMED THE CAPITOL SWITCHBOARD, THE VOICES OF AMERICA HAVE SPOKEN OUT, BEGGING, PLEADING WORK THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES, PLEASE, SLOW DOWN, START OVER, AND DO THIS THE RIGHT WAY. SADLY, INSTEAD OF LISTENING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY, AT LEAST MOST OF THEM, HAVE CHOSE TON TUNE THE PEOPLE OUT. TO IGNORE THE ANGST, FEAR, FRUSTRATION, AND ANGER, IN HOPES THAT SOMEHOW THAT WILL ALL GO AWAY. LET ME ASSURE YOU, IT WILL NOT THIS WHOLE PROCESS HAS BEEN AN INSULT. IT'S AN OUTRAGE. IT'S AN ALL-OUT ATTACK ON FREEDOM AND LIBERTY, ON FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, AND ON THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE. ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON, RIGHT AFTER WORK, A MAN FROM MY DISTRICT LEFT HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN, DROVE ALL NIGHT SOME 998 MILES ALL THE WAY FROM FAIRHOPE, ALABAMAING TO BE WASHINGTON, D.C., JUST TO GO DOOR TO DOOR TO THOSE MEMBERS WHO WERE STILL ON THE FENCE, TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO DO THE RIGHT THING. WHEN I THANKED HIM FOR MAKING THE TRIP HE SAID, CONGRESSMAN BONNER, I JUST COULDN'T SIT BACK AND LOOK MY CHILDREN IN THE FACE AND TELL THEM, ONE DAY, YEARS FROM NOW, I DIDN'T DO EVERYTHING I COULD DO TO KEEP THIS FROM HAPPENING. EARLIER THIS MORNING, ANOTHER MAN FROM MOBIL WALKED INTO MY OFFICE -- FROM MOBILE WALKED INTO MY OFFICE HE STOPPED IN KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE TO PICK UP HIS MOM AND TOGETHER THEY CAME FOR THE SAME REASON. TO THANK THOSE OF US WHO WERE SAYING NO AND TO REACH OUT TO EVERY LAST UNDECIDED MEMBER OF CONGRESS AND BEG THEM TO LISTEN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ALL DAY LONG, WE'VE WATCHED PEOPLE COME INTO OUR OFFICE, FROM TOWNS IN MONROE AND OTHER COUNTIES IN MY DISTRICT TO FOLKS FROM NEW JERSEY, ALL THE WAY TO THE COAST OF CALIFORNIA. ALL OF THEM, LITERALLY THOUSANDS WHO DESCENDED ON THE HILL TODAY, CAME FOR THE SAME REASON TO LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED BEFORE THE VOTE TOMORROW AFTERNOON. COMMON SENSE TELLS US THAT WITH A BILL THIS BIG AND WITH SO MANY LAST-MINUTE DEALS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE, THERE ARE GOING TO BE A LOT OF ANGRY PEOPLE A LOT MORE THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, WHEN ALL THE DETAILS OF THIS LEGISLATION ARE KNOWN IN THE COMING WEEKS AND MONTHS. ISN'T IT IRONIC THAT JUST THE OTHER DAY, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE TOLD A GROUP, WE HAVE TO PASS THIS BILL TO FIND OUT WHAT'S IN IT. WELL, EARLIER TODAY, WE FOUND OUT HOW TRUE THAT PROMISE WAS WITH THE DISCLOSURE THAT DEMOCRATS HAVE NOW ADDED A NEW $3 PPT -- A NEW 3.8% MEDICARE SURTAX THAT WILL HIT AVERAGE, MIDDLE CLASS TAXPAYERS WHO HAVE INVESTED IN REAL ESTATE JUST WHAT AN ALREADY DEPRESSED REAL ESTATE MARKET NEEDS. OR THE FACT THAT JUST A COUPLE OF HOURS AGO ON THIS VERY FLOOR, THE HOUSE ATTEMPTED TO FIX ANOTHER PROBLEM WE DISCOVERED IN THIS BILL. A PROVISION THAT IF LEFT UNCHANGED COULD HAVE TAKEN MORE THAN 9.5 MILLION VETERANS OUT OF TRICARE. ONCE AGAIN, JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE DANGERS OF PASSING LEGISLATION ON THE FLY. WHILE THEOUT RAGE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DID HELP SUCCEED IN TAKING DEEM AND PASS OFF THE TABLE EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON, WE'RE STILL LEFT WITH RECONCILIATION. A PROCESS THAT LEAVES MANY AMERICANS DIZZY IN TERMS OF THE EVER-CHANGING RULES THAT ARE BEING REWRITTEN TO TRY TO PASS THIS BILL. AMERICAN PEOPLE REMEMBER RECONCILIATION. BACK IN OCTOBER OF 2007, THEN-SENATOR OBAMA SAID OF RECONCILIATION, AND I QUOTE, WE'RE NOT GOING TO PASS UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE WITH A 50 PLUS ONE STRATEGY AND A COUPLE OF YEARS EARLIER, THEN-SENATOR BIDEN SAID, I SAID TO -- I SAY TO MY FRIENDS ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, YOU MAY OWN THE FIELD RIGHT NOW BUT YOU WON'T OWN IT FOREVER. I PRAY TO GOD WHEN DEMOCRATS TAKE BACK CONTROL WE WON'T MAKE THE SAME KIND OF POWER GRAB, YOU ARE DOING. BACK HOME THIS MIGHT SOUND LIKE DOUBLE SPEAK. SADLY, IN WASHINGTON, IT'S JUST ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE. MR. SPEAKER, WHILE MANY PEOPLE UNDERSTANDABLY ARE FOCUSING ON THE VOTE THAT WILL TAKE PLACE TOMORROW ON THE THIRD SUNDAY IN MARCH, TRUST ME, THE VOTE THAT WILL BE TAKE ON THE FIRST TUESDAY IN NOVEMBER IS THE VOTE THAT WILL ALLOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO HAVE THE LAST WORD. I YIELD BACK THE GENTLEMAN'S -- THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON. FOR WHAT PURPOSE…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 08:06:56 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I WAS ON THE FLOOR JUST A MOMENT AGO, I WAS STRUCK BY THE QUOTE BY THOMAS…

    I WAS ON THE FLOOR JUST A MOMENT AGO, I WAS STRUCK BY THE QUOTE BY THOMAS ED SON, BECAUSE AS I'VE LISTENED TO -- EDISON, BECAUSE AS I'VE LISTENED TO MORE OF MY COLLEAGUE, IT SEEM THERS DRIVING THEMSELVES INTO FAILURE AND THEY JUST WANT TO SEE THIS DETERMINED AND COMMITTED NUMBER OF MEMBERS WHO REPRESENT CONSTITUENCIES ACROSS AMERICA DRIVEN INTO FAILURE AS WELL. BUT IT SAYS, MANY OF LIFE'S FAILURES ARE PEOPLE WHO DID NOT REALIZE HOW CLOSE THEY WERE TO SUCCESS WHEN THEY GAVE UP. SO THE STORIES WE'VE HEARD ABOUT A YOUNG 11-YEAR-OLD WHO HAS THE COMMON SENSE TO KNOW THAT MAYBE HIS MOTHER WOULD HAVE LIVED HAD SHE HAD THE RIGHT KIND OF COVERAGE. TO MY GOOD FRIEND WHO WAS JUST ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND MENTIONED HIS CONSTITUENTS FROM HIS GREAT STATE OF ALABAMA, I DON'T KNOW IF THAT CONSTITUENT THAT DROVE 900-PLUS MILES REALIZES THAT ALABAMA HAS ONE INSURANCE COMPANY, ONLY ONE. NO COMPETITION. AND SO WHEN WE THINK ABOUT WHERE WE ARE TODAY ON THE EVE OF THAT MAGNIFICENT VOTE, THIS IS NOT ARROGANCE. IT IS NOT AN ATTEMPT TO HAVE THE MAJORITY ABUSE THE MINORITY. IT IS TO REFLECT ON THOSE AMERICANS WHO DID NOT COME, WHO IN SILENCE, SUFFER AND DIE BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO INSURANCE. I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, BUT THERE ARE FIXES I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE. I'M COMMITTED TO WORKING BEYOND THE VOTE TOMORROW. I DON'T LIKE TO SEE THE COMMENTS THAT I'VE SEEN ON SIGNS. I RESPECT IT BECAUSE I AM SOMEONE WHO APPRECIATES THE CONSTITUTION. THERE IS NO INSTRUCTION OR DEMAND ON PEOPLE TO GET INSURANCE THAT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. IN STATES, WE REQUIRE PEOPLE TO BUY AUTO INSURANCE, GET SEAT BUCKLES TO WEAR HELMETS WHEN THEY'RE DRIVING ON MOTORCYCLES. THIS IS TO SAVE LIVES. WE PROVIDE INCENTIVES TO SMALL BUSINESSES AND SUBSIDIES. SO TODAY IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, I SUBMIT AN AMENDMENT BECAUSE I WANT TO HELP A BODY OF HOSPITALS IN RURAL AND MINORITY AREAS. MY AMENDMENT HAD TO DO WITH WHAT WE CALL PHYSICIAN-OWNED HOSPITALS. MY FIRST AMENDMENT WAS TO PRESERVE PHYSICIAN-OWNED FACILITIES THAT HAVE A GREATER AVERAGE OF MEDICAID IN-PATIENT ADMITANCES THAN STATE AVERAGES. A FIX THAT'S NOT ILLEGAL BUT ONE WE WANT TO FIX AS WE MOVE FORWARD. MY SECOND AMENDMENT WOULD PREVENT PHYSICIAN SAFETY NET HOSPITALS FROM CLOSING AND PRESERVES CRITICAL CARE ACCESS FOR IMPOVERISHED COMMUNITIES AND THE DISABLED. MY THIRD AMENDMENT, SUPPORTED BY THE PHYSICIAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, WOULD PREVENT THE CLOSURE OF 230 EXISTING HOSPITALS, SAVE $2.9 BILLION IN TOTAL PAYROLL, $6.8 BILLION IN FEDERAL TAXES, AND PRESERVES 62,000 FULL AND PART-TIME JOBS. THE SENATE AMENDMENT, BY STRIKING ALL LANGUAGE THAT PROHIBITS THE GRANDFATHERED FACILITIES FROM EXPANDING. WE'VE EXTENDED THE TIME IN WHICH THESE HOSPITALS CAN RECEIVE THEIR MEDICARE CERTIFICATES WHICH MEANS MORE HOSPITALS CAN COME ONLINE. THAT'S A GOOD THING. THAT'S WHY, UNDERSTAND, WE ARE SO CLOSE TO SUCCESS, I'M NOT GOING TO ALLOW FAILURES TO DOE DESTROY THAT SUCCESS FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. I DO WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT ST. JOSEPH'S HOSPITAL IN HOUSTON THAT WAS GOING TO CLOSE UNTIL MANY OFOUS INTERVENED. I SAID SOMETHING LIKE, OVER MY DEAD BODY WOULD THIS HOSPITAL CLOSE AND NOT SERVE OUR CONSTITUENTS. A GROUP OF DOCTORS WERE ABLE TO INVEST AND LO AND BEHOLD, THIS HOSPITAL SERVES AS ONE OF THE MOST INCOME-CHALLENGED AND A HOSPITAL THAT SERB IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY. PHYSICIAN OWNERSHIP PROVIDES AN AVENUE FOR IT TO STAY OPEN. OR IN SOUTH TEXAS, AN OUT OF STATE CORPORATION FORCED OVER 700,000 TEXANS TO TRAVEL MORE THAN 250 MILES TO RECEIVE LIFE-SAVING MEDICAL PROCEDURES, DECISIONS NOT TO OFFER SERVICES BY OUT OF STATE CONGLOMERATES LEFT PATIENTS WITH TWO OFFICES -- TWO OPTIONS, GO WITHOUT OR TRANSFER TO ANOTHER FACILITY 250 MILES AWAY. A PHYSICIAN-OWNED HOSPITAL OPENED IN SOUTH TEXAS AND STOPPED THE DRAIN OF SICK PEOPLE HAVING TO DRIVE 350 MILES TO GET MEDICAL CARE OR HOSPITALIZATION. IN CHINATOWN'S SECTION OF LOS ANGELES, THE PACIFIC ALLIANCE MEDICAL CENTER IS A 142-BED HOSPITAL, HAS BEEN THE MAIN HOSPITAL FOR 104 YEARS. THIS FACILITY WAS PURCHASED BY A GROUP OF PHYSICIANS 20 YEARS AGO AFTER EXISTING HOSPITAL BOARDS PLANNED TO CLOSE AND DEMOLISH THE FACILITY. THROWING A LIFELINE, THAT'S WHAT THESE FACILITIES DO. OR IN WISCONSIN, THE AURORA HOSPITAL HE'SES SEVEN CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE AND WAS THE FIRST IN THE COUNTRY TO BECOME A DESIGNATED EMERGENCY CENTER. OR A MEDICAL CENT FOR THE THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, A LARGE RURAL HEALTH SYSTEM THAT HELPS SERVE PATIENTS IN A LARGELY RURAL AREA. THERE'S A LOT OF GOOD WORK THAT'S ALREADY BEEN DONE THIS BILL HAS BEEN REVIEWED OVER AND OVER AGAIN. WHAT MY OPPONENTS SAY ON THE OTHER SIDE OR THE OPPONENTS OF THIS BILL THIS BILL HAS BEEN ON THE TABLE FOR A LONG TIME. WE KNOW WE CAN WORK GOING FORWARD TO MAKE THINGS BETTER SYSTEM OF NO AMOUNT OF ATTACKS, BEING SPAT ON BY THOSE WHO HAVE COME HERE TO THIS PLACE TO SHOW THEIR OPPOSITION OR BEING CALLED NAMES IS GOING TO STOP US FROM SEEING SUCCESS DOWN THE ROAD. BUT WE WANT TO WORK FOR THESE HOSPITALS WHO ARE IN RURAL AND MINORITY AREAS AND POOR AREAS TO BE ABLE TO STAY OPEN AS WELL. I KNOW THAT IN WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES AND MOVING TO THE OTHER BODY, WE'LL HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY. WHY DON'T MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE SIT DOWN AND WORK AS WELL SO WE CAN HAVE WHAT ALL OF AMERICA IS CRYING OUT FOR, THOSE WHO ARE LISTENING AND UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUE THAT IS HEALTH CARE FOR ALL AMERICANS. NOT SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. NOT A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER BUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE GOOD AND THE VALUE OF GOOD HEALTH CARE FOR THIS GREAT COUNTRY OF OURS. I WANT TO SEE KESS IS. I'M NOT GOING TO ALLOW FAILURE TO GET IN THE WAY OF SUCCESS. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRE PLSMED MORAN OF KANSAS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRE PLSMED MORAN OF KANSAS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RISE?

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    HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:13:33 PM

    MR. FRANKS

    THIS GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER HAS BEEN DEBATED ON SO MANY FRONTS. THE PRESIDENT…

    THIS GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER HAS BEEN DEBATED ON SO MANY FRONTS. THE PRESIDENT SAYS IT'S TO SAVE MONEY YET IN EVERY CORNER OF THE PLANET, EVERY CORRIDOR OF HISTORY, SOCIALIZED MEDICINE HAS ALWAYS COST MORE, NOT LESS. EVERY GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE PROGRAM IN THE UNITED STATES HAS EVER IMPLEMENTED HAS COST MANY TIMES THE AMOUNT FIRST PREDICTED SYSTEM OF IF THIS BILL SAVES MONEY, MR. SPEAKER, IT WILL BE THE FIRST IN HUMAN HISTORY. DEMOCRAT LEADERS SAY THAT THE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER WILL INCREASE THE QUALITY OF HEALTH CARE. AND YET ONCE AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, EVERY EXAMPLE IN HISTORY SPEAKS TO THE CONTRARY. THOSE LIVING UNDER SOCIALIZED MEDICINE ACROSS THIS PLANET CAN ONLY DREAM OF LIVING IN A FREE MARKET ECONOMY LIKE AMERICA BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT IF THEY HAVE A COLD IN THEIR COUNTRY THEY CAN CALL A DOCTOR, BUT IF THEY HAVE SOMETHING SERIOUS LIKE CANCER OR DIABETES OR HEART DISEASE, THEY BETTER CALL A TRAVEL AGENT AND COME TO AMERICA IF THEY POSSIBLY CAN. DEMOCRAT LEADERS SAY THAT THIS WILL MAKE HEALTH CARE MORE ACCESSIBLE TO THE PEOPLE. AND YET WE HAVE TESTIMONIES FROM DOCTORS THEMSELVES THAT SAY THAT ANYWHERE FROM 20% TO 50% OF THEM SAY THEY WILL QUIT THE PRACTICE OF -- PRACTICE OF MEDICINE IF THIS HEALTH CARE MONSTROSITY PASSES. IT WILL BE THE POOREST OF THE POOR, MR. SPEAKER, WHO WILL FALL OFF THE TABLE WHEN THE SCARCITY OF HEALTH CARE RESOURCES COMES. SO MUCH FOR ACCESSIBILITY. BUT THE BIG ONE, MR. SPEAKER, LIBERALS SAY THAT THIS BILL IS ABOUT COMPASSION. TO THOSE WHO CAN'T AFFORD HEALTH CARE. BUT IT IS SUCH A FALSE ARGUMENT, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS WE COULD HELP THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE HEALTH CARE INSURANCE WITHOUT DESTROYING THE BEST HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. ONE OF THOSE WOULD BE TO WIPE OUT FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS, THE SAVINGS OF WHICH WOULD PAY FOR A CADILLAC HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY FOR EVERY LAST ONE OF THE 11 MILLION AMERICANS WHO SAY THEY WANT HEALTH INSURANCE BUT CAN'T AFFORD IT. TO SAY THIS IS ABOUT COMPASSION, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN DEMOCRAT LIBERALS ARE DOGGEDLY DETERMINED TO PREVENT ANY AMENDMENT THAT WOULD BE INCLUDED TO STOP THE TAXPAYER-FUNDED MURDER OF LITTLE UNBORN CHILDREN IS THE MOST INSIDIOUS DISTORTION OF ALL. MR. SPEAKER, NOTHING SO COMPLETELY DESTROYS THE NOTION THAT THIS BILL IS ABOUT COMPASSION THAN THE ARROGANT AND CRUEL DISENFRANCHISEMENT OF HELPLESS, UNBORN CHILDREN WHO HAVE NO VOICE IN THIS TWISTED AND CORRUPT PROCESS. NO, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT ABOUT COMPASSION, THIS BILL IS ABOUT POWER, IT'S ABOUT ROBBING THE AMERICAN CITIZENS OF POWER AND PUTTING IT IN THE HANDS OF LEFT WING LIBERAL BURE CATS AND ELITISTS WHO KNOW THI THEY KNOW MORE ABOUT RUNNING PEOPLE'S LIVES THAN THE PEOPLE THEMSELVES DO. IT'S ABOUT ROBBING AMERICA OF ONE OF ITS GREATEST DISTINCT IVERS, THE FREEDOM OF THE INDIVIDUAL. IF LEFT-WING DEMOCRATS IN THIS CHAMBER ARROGANTLY DISREGARD THE VOICE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND SHOVE THIS SOCIALIST OBSCENITY DOWN THE PEOPLE'S THROAT, THE PEOPLE THEMSELVESES ARE GOING TO SHOVE IT SOMEWHERE ELSE IN THE NEXT ELECTION. BUT THERE ARE MEMBERS WHO WILL SUPPORT THIS BILL ANYWAY BECAUSE THEY'RE WILLING TO SACRIFICE FREEDOM IN THE INTEREST OF A POLITICAL ADVANTAGE SOME FREE LUNCH TO THEM IN SOME CAPACITY. TO THEM, I REPEAT THE WORDS OF SAMUEL ADAMS IN THE TIME WHEN THERE WAS ANOTHER GREAT STRUGGLE IN AMERICA OVER WHETHER THE POWER OF GOVERNMENT OR THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE WOULD PREVAIL. DURING THE EARLY DAYS OF THE REVOLUTION WHEN AMERICA WAS ABOUT TO BE BORN, SAMUEL ADAMS ADMONISHED THOSE WHO WOULD GIVE UP FREEDOM, AND I REPEAT THIS ADMONITION TO THOSE WHO WOULD STILL INTEND TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL HE SAID IF YOU LOVE WEALTH MORE THAN LIBERTY, THE TRANQUILITY OF SERVITUDE MORE THAN THE ANIMATING CONTEST OF FREEDOM, THEN GO HOME FROM US IN PEACE. WE SEEK NOT YOUR COUNSEL NOR YOUR ARMS. CROUCH DOWN AND LICK THE HANDS THAT FEED YOU. MAY YOUR CHAINS SIT LIGHTLY UPON YOU AND MAY POSTERITY FORGET THAT YOU WERE OUR COUNTRYMEN. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MS. KAPTUR OF OHIO. FOR…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MS. KAPTUR OF OHIO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RISE?

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  • 08:17:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:17:50 PM

    MR. RYAN

    EXPERIENCING AND READING SOME REPORTS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TODAY IN THE…

    EXPERIENCING AND READING SOME REPORTS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TODAY IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL TO SOME OF THE FINEST SERVANTS THIS INSTITUTION HAS EVER SEEN BY THESE TEA BAGGER PROTESTS HOB -- WHO HAVE BEEN OUT TODAY. ONE THING TO HAVE DISAGREEMENTS ON POLICY AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY AND THE ROLE MORE OR LESS OF GOVERNMENT AND WHAT THE GOVERNMENT ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY MAY BE, BUT TODAY, WE HAD SEVERAL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, AS THEY WERE WALKING FROM CHAMBER BACK TO THEIR OFFICE, GET SPIT UPON, GET CALLED DEROGATORY RACIAL REMARKS, DEROGATORY REMARKS ABOUT A MEMBER OF CONGRESS'S SEXUAL OWNERTATION. THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. AND I'M CALLING UPON, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE REPUBLICANS WHO SPOKE AT THIS TEA PARTY TODAY AND WHO HAVE SUPPORTED THIS MOVEMENT, TO COME OUT AND CONDEMN THIS TEA PARTY. THIS BEHAVIOR IS IRRESPONSIBLE. IT DOES NOT BELONG IN A CIVILIZED SOCIETY. IT CHOSE THAT MANY PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WANT TO DIVIDE THIS COUNTRY, WANT TO SEEK OUT OUR DIFFERENCES AND NOT WHAT UNITS US. IT'S A SHAME. ONE OF THOSE MEMBERS WAS JOHN LEWIS, ONE OF THE GREATEST CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER SEEN. AND LET ME SAY THIS, IN CLOSING, THAT BASEBALL BATS AND DOGS AND FIRE HOSES DIDN'T STOP JOHN LEWIS. AND SPITTING ON MEMBERS AND CALLING THEM NAMES IS NOT GOING TO STOP THE PROGRESS OF THIS BILL. HAVE YOUR DISAGREEMENTS ABOUT OUR PHILOSOPHY. BUT LET'S CONDUCT OURSELVES IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY, NOT SPITTING ON MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. DISAGREE WITH THEM. GIVE THEM YOUR IDEAS. CALLING THEM NAMES? ONE OF THE GREATEST CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAS TO WALK FROM THE HOUSE CHAMBER TO HIS OFFICE AND GET WORRIED ABOUT GETTING SPIT UPON, GETTING CALLED THE N WORD. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NEED TO DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR. IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND DIMINISHES THIS OFFICE AND DIMINISHES THIS COUNTRY. AND WE CALL ON THE REPUBLICANS TO SAY SHAME ON THE TEA PARTY FOR THAT TYPE OF BEHAVIOR. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:20:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. POSEY OF FLORIDA.…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. POSEY OF FLORIDA. MS. FALLIN OF OKLAHOMA. MR. ROGERS OF MICHIGAN. MR. DUNCAN OF TENNESSEE. MR. GOODLATTE OF VIRGINIA. MR. CASSIDY OF LOUISIANA. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2009, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 GARAMENDI, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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  • 08:21:25 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I REQUEST THAT WE ENTER INTO A COLLOQUY WITH…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I REQUEST THAT WE ENTER INTO A COLLOQUY WITH OUR COLLEAGUES FROM THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE. EARLIER TODAY, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXIT THE CHAMBER AND GO OUT TO THE VERANDA OVERLOOKING THE EAST LAWN OF THE CAPITOL AND THERE WERE A COUPLE THOUSAND FOLKS OUT THERE PROTESTING THIS LEGISLATION. AND IN THEIR CHANTING, THEY WERE SAYING KILL OBAMA BILL. I SUSPECT THEY ARE REFERRING TO THE HEALTH CARE BILL AND NOT TO THE PRESIDENT. AND I WAS THINKING ABOUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO KILL THE BILL? WHAT'S THE EFFECT EVER KILLING THIS LEGISLATION AND LETTING TIME GO ON WITH THE CURRENT SITUATION IN THE UNITED STATES? THIS IS WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY. 45,000 AMERICANS DIE EACH YEAR BECAUSE THEY ARE UNINSURED. THEY LACK HEALTH INSURANCE. 45,000. THAT'S ABOUT TWICE THE NUMBER THAT ARE FOUND IN ANY OF THE ARENAS TODAY AS THE MARCH MADNESS CONTINUES. 45,000. BUT THAT'S NOT THE END OF IT. WE START WITH 45,000 AMERICANS. WE RANKED 19TH IN THE WORLD IN THE HEALTH OF OUR CITIZENRY. OUR CHILDREN DIE EARLIER. ALL AMERICANS DIE EARLIER THAN THE OTHER 18 INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRIES. THE RATE OF INCREASE IN THE HEALTH CARE MARKET FOR THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET, IN CALIFORNIA AND IN MANY OTHER STATES, WAS NEARLY 100% WITHIN A ONE-YEAR PERIOD. AN UNAFFORDABLE RATE INCREASE. IN CALIFORNIA, THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF CLAIMS DENIED BY THE INSURANCE COMPANIES WAS 21%. AND THE RANGE WAS FROM 39% TO 17%. YOU TALK ABOUT A DEATH PANEL. HERE'S WHERE THE REAL DEATH PANEL. IT'S IN THE INSURANCE COMPANIES THEMSELVES DENYING BENEFITS, DENYING CLAIMS, DENYING TREATMENT. THAT'S FOR ILLNESSES AND THAT CAUSES DEATH. THIS HAS TO END. AND ON SUNDAY, WE WILL BRING THIS KIND OF UNACCEPTABLE SITUATION TO AN END. ON SUNDAY, WE WILL PASS AFFORDABLE, AVAILABLE HEALTH CARE FOR AMERICA. I WOULD LIKE TO CALL UPON MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, MR. TONKO.

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  • 08:24:46 PM

    MR. TONKO

    YOU, REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO RECOGNIZE WHAT…

    YOU, REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO RECOGNIZE WHAT YOU ARE SUGGESTING, THE BENEFITS WE ARE BRINGING FROM THIS REFORM FOR AMERICANS ACROSS THIS GREAT COUNTRY. NOW THE CHANTS THAT WE HEARD TODAY WAS ABOUT CONCERN ABOUT TAKING AWAY FREEDOMS. I WOULD SUGGEST THAT AS WE LOOK AT THE DYNAMICS OF THIS LEGISLATION, WE'RE GOING TO SEE GREAT IMPROVEMENT, GREAT IMPROVEMENTS TO ACCESS TO AFFORDABILITY AND TO THE QUALITY OF CARE, ALL OF WHICH ARE INDEED IMPORTANT TO OUR FAMILIES, OUR INDIVIDUALS AND CERTAINLY TO OUR BUSINESSES, AS THEY CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE WITH THE COSTS OF HEALTH CARE INSURANCE. AS WE THINK OF THESE DYNAMICS, IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE, I LOOK AT THE BENEFITS PERSONALIZED TO MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN UPSTATE NEW YORK IN THE CAPITAL REGION AND AMONGST THOSE BENEFITS IS AN IMPROVEMENT, WHERE 1,100 TO 1,200 FAMILIES WILL BE SPARED THE PAIN OF BANKRUPTCY. WHEN YOU THINK OF THE GROWING DYNAMIC THAT HEALTH CARE COSTS HAVE AS THEY RELATE TO BANKRUPTCY, IT'S STAGGERING. IT'S STAGGERING. 1,100 TO 1,200 FAMILIES WILL BE SAVED FROM THE RAVAGES OF BANKRUPTCY DRIVEN BY MEDICAL COSTS, HEALTH CARE COSTS. I'M REMINDED WITH RECENT DATA THAT 62% OF BANKRUPTCY IN THIS COUNTRY ARE CAUSED BY EX OSHTANT MEDICAL FEES, HEALTH CARE THAT IS NOT COVERED, EVEN THOUGH, IN SOME CASES, PEOPLE ARE INSURED. IN FACT, I'M REMINDED THAT OF THAT 62%, 78% HAD INSURANCE WHEN THEY WERE IMPACTED BY THIS ILLNESS, BY THE CATASTROPHIC SITUATION. THAT TELLS US SOMETHING. SO WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT FREEDOM. YES, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE FREEDOM FROM BANKRUPTCY, THE FREEDOM FROM CLAIMS BEING DENIED BY INSURANCE COMPANIES WHEN YOU ARE INSURED. AND AS YOU INDICATED, REPRESENTATIVE, IN YOUR HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA, THE NUMBER IS STAGGERING. I WANT TO PROMOTE FREEDOM, FREEDOM FROM THE GREED OF INSURANCE EXECUTIVES WHO SAY THE SKY'S THE LIMIT FOR COMPENSATION AND THE PROFIT COLUMN RULES THE DAY. THESE ARE THE FREEDOMS THAT WE BELIEVE ARE IMPORTANT TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, FREEDOM FROM BANKRUPTCY, FREEDOM FROM DENIED CLAIMS, FREEDOM FROM EVER RISING COSTS, PREMIUMS THAT ARE ESCALATING BEYOND BELIEF, FREEDOM FROM GREED, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE. AND TOMORROW, WILL BE A HISTORIC DAY AS WE LOOK TO CHANGE THAT SITUATION AND TO STRENGTHEN THE FABRIC OF OUR AMERICAN FAMILIES AND OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY AS WE CONTINUE WITH THIS EMPLOYER-BASED HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM THAT WILL ALLOW US TO GO FORWARD WITH THE SENSE OF ACCESS, AFFORDABILITY AND QUALITY OF CARE. AND THANK YOU FOR BRINGING US TOGETHER THIS EVENING, REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI.

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  • 08:28:15 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YOU RAISE THE ISSUE OF INSURANCE COMPANIES AND HOW…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YOU RAISE THE ISSUE OF INSURANCE COMPANIES AND HOW THEY ACT IN THE MARKETPLACE. I WAS INSURANCE COMMISSIONER IN CALIFORNIA FROM 2003-2007 AND TELL YOU HORROR STORIES OF WHAT THE INSURANCE COMPANIES DO. I WILL SAY THIS. WHEN THE PRESIDENT SIGNS THE BILLS TOMORROW, THE ERA OF THE INSURANCE COMPANIES DISCRIMINATING AGAINST AMERICANS BECAUSE THEY HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, IT'S OVER, FOLKS. NO LONGER WILL THE INSURANCE COMPANIES BE ABLE TO SAY TO YOU, NO, I WILL NOT GIVE YOU INSURANCE BECAUSE YOU HAD ACNE WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD OR BECAUSE YOU MAY HAVE TAKEN SOME ASTHMA MEDICINE EARLY IN YOUR LIFE OR YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOUR PAGES OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. THE INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL END THEIR DISCRIMINATION BECAUSE THE LAW WILL MAKE IT I WILL LEGAL FOR THEM TO DO SO. AND THE ISSUE OF BANKRUPTCY. THE POLICIES THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE NETWORKS WILL PROVIDE BY LAW THAT THERE IS NO LONGER LIFETIME MAXIMUM PAYMENTS. SO THAT THE BANKRUPTCY THAT YOU SPECIFICALLY SPOKE TO WILL NO LONGER BE EXISTING. THE MAXIMUM LIMITATIONS THAT THE LIFETIME LIMITATIONS THAT THE INSURANCE COMPANIES HAVE USED FOR YEARS WILL BE OVER. AND SHORTLY, THE ANNUAL LIMITATIONS WILL BE OVER AND THE BENEFIT PACKAGES WILL BE FULL BECAUSE THERE WILL BE NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR BENEFITS, THE KIND OF CHEAP, USELESS POLICIES THAT PLAGUE AMERICANS WHEN THEY CAN'T AFFORD A POLICY, THEY SEEK SOMETHING THAT ULTIMATELY WILL NOT PROVIDE THEM WITH THE CARE THEY NEED. THAT IS ONE OF THE MAJOR REFORMS. THIS IS AN INSURANCE REFORM OF EXTRAORDINARY IMPORTANCE. LET ME CALL UPON OUR COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS AND I YIELD TO THE COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS. MS. JACKSON

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  • 08:30:22 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THANK THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND THANK HIM FOR…

    THANK THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND THANK HIM FOR BOTH THE BACKGROUND THAT HE BRINGS TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AS AN INSURANCE COMMISSIONER FOR HIS STATE AND DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK MADE VALID POINTS. WE HAVE LIVED WITH THIS FOR NOW ALMOST 10 YEARS. I REMEMBER TRYING TO REFORM THE BANKRUPTCY CODE TO PROTECT PEOPLE FROM THINGS LIKE ALIMONY PAYMENTS OR WOMEN BEING DENIED THE ABILITY TO RECEIVE ALIMONY PAYMENTS BECAUSE CREDIT CARD COMPANIES WANTED TO STAND IN FRONT OF THE ALIMONY PAYMENTS AND TAKE FIRST LINE. SO WE HAVE SEEN PEOPLE BEING DESTROYED BY A NUMBER OF WAYS. AND WE DO KNOW THAT BY CATASTROPHIC ILLNESSES. THEY ARE DESTROYED. I WANT TO FOCUS ON TWO OR THREE POINTS. ONE THE BIG SIGN OF 45 THOUSAND AMERICANS DYING EVERY YEAR. WE SHOULD NOT BE SO INSENSITIVE TO LIFE THAT 45,000 PEOPLE DYING DOES NOT IMPACT OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. WE HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. 45,000 PEOPLE. THAT MEANS SOMEONE IS DYING AS WE SPEAK BECAUSE THEY DID NOT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE OR THAT THEY WERE DENIED. I WANT TO REMIND OUR COLLEAGUES OF SOME HORRIBLE STORIES. I REMEMBER THAT OF A YOUNG GIRL WHO HAD LEUKEMIA AND IT WAS ON NATIONAL TELEVISION. AND I REMEMBER -- I THINK THE COMPANY WAS CIGNA WHERE THE FAMILY WENT TO THE INSURANCE COMPANY AND BEGGED FOR THIS YOUNG GIRL TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THIS VERY SPECIAL BLOOD PROCEDURE. AND THEY WERE TURNED AWAY AND TURNED AWAY AND TURNED AWAY UNTIL FINALLY PUBLIC EMBARRASSMENT, THE NEWS MEDIA AND THE FAMILY WENT AGAIN. THE TRAGEDY IS WHEN THE COMPANY APPROVED THE RIGHT OF THIS YOUNG GIRL, 11 YEARS OLD, IT WAS TOO LATE. THE DOCTORS COULD NOT PERFORM THE PROCEDURE. AND SO WE HAVE SEEN ANY NUMBER OF INSTANCES WHERE BECAUSE OF LACK OF INSURANCE, LACK OF INSURANCE, WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO SAVE A LIFE. WHAT ABOUT THE RECOMMENDATION OF GOLDMAN SACHS THAT SAID JUST A WEEK AGO, IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A BUCK, THE BEST PLACE TO PUT YOUR MONEY IS THE NATION'S INSURERS. YOU'LL NEVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THEM GOING OUT OF BUSINESS, YOU'LL NEVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THEM TRYING TO SAVE YOU ANY DOLLARS AND YOU'LL ALWAYS KNOW AND COUNT ON THEM RAISING THE PREMIUMS OVER AND OVER AGAIN, WHAT DID THEY SAY, 94% -- PREMIUMS ARE RAISED. A FAMILY OF FOUR WILL SEE THEIR PREMIUMS GO UP $2,000 TO $3,000 A YEAR.

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  • 08:33:18 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    IT'S INTERESTING TO OBSERVE THE EFFECT OF THAT. THIS IS BLUE CROSS OF…

    IT'S INTERESTING TO OBSERVE THE EFFECT OF THAT. THIS IS BLUE CROSS OF CALIFORNIA. TWO YEARS AGO, THEIR PROFIT WAS ALMOST $300 MILLION. THE EFFECT OF THE FIRST RATE INCREASE, NOT THE SECOND ONE, BUT THE FIRST, AROUND 50%, WAS TO INCREASE THEIR PROFITS TO $2.3 BILLION. NOW THEY WANT TO ADD ANOTHER 30% OR -- ABOUT 30% AVERAGE ON TOP OF THAT WHAT WILL THEIR PROFITS BE AFTER ALL OF THAT? IT'S SHAMEFUL. WHAT THE LEGISLATION DOES IS TO REIN IN THE EXCESSIVE INCREASES IN THE INSURANCE COMPANY'S PREMIUMS. IT DOES THAT BY REQUIRING THAT A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF THEIR PREMIUM GO TO MEDICAL SERVICES. YOU WANT TO GO CHECK WALL STREET, GO ON CHARLES SCHWAB, CHECK THE WALL STREET THING, IF YOU WANT TO MAKE AN INVESTIGATION. , THEY WILL SAY INVEST IN -- MAKE AN INVESTMENT, THEY'LL SAY INVEST IN COMPANIES WHOSE COST IS LOW AND TREND DO YOU THINK WARD. THAT MEANS THEY'RE PAYING LESS FOR MEDICAL CARE AND FOR MORE ON PROFIT. WE'RE GOING TO FORCE THE INSURANCE COMPANIES PAY FOR MEDICAL SERVICES.

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  • 08:34:30 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    ONE FINAL POINT? THE FINAL POINT IS, WHAT THIS BILL WILL DO AS WELL IS…

    ONE FINAL POINT? THE FINAL POINT IS, WHAT THIS BILL WILL DO AS WELL IS PROVIDE COMPETITION. I MENTIONED, A GOOD FRIEND CAME ON THE FLOOR AND TALKED ABOUT A STATE WHERE THERE'S ONLY ONE COMPANY MY STATE, A BIG STATE, SOON TO GAIN IN POPULATION THROUGH THE CENSUS, THREE. 10 THIS BILL ONCE IT PASSES WILL OPEN UP THE DOORS OF CHOICE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE INSURANCE OR THOSE EMPLOYER-BASED INSURANCE, BECAUSE WE'RE NOT TAKING AWAY EMPLOYER-BASED INSURANCE. I THINK WE'RE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. I HOPE THAT THIS STORY WILL BE TOLD TOMORROW IN THE RIGHT WAY. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 08:35:11 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    I APPRECIATE THAT. WE SHOULD REMEMBER THAT IN THAT COMPETITION MODEL,…

    I APPRECIATE THAT. WE SHOULD REMEMBER THAT IN THAT COMPETITION MODEL, WE'LL CREATE EXCHANGES IN WHICH INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL BE -- THEY'LL HAVE TO COME PETE -- COMPETE AND THEY'LL COMPETE IN A STANDARD POLICY. LET ME CALL ON OUR COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO, MR. RYAN.

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  • 08:35:26 PM

    MR. RYAN

    APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND OUR OTHER COLLEAGUES HERE.…

    APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND OUR OTHER COLLEAGUES HERE. I'VE GOT A NEPHEW AT HOME WHO IS LIKE 3 YEARS OLD, I THINK. HIS NEW THING, KIDS HAVE DIFFERENT LITTLE SAYINGS THEY HAVE, HIS NEW THING IS THAT IF YOU ASK HIM, WHY ARE YOU GOING IN THIS ROOM? HE'LL SAY, I'M GOING IN HERE, X, Y, OR Z, THAT'S WHY. HE FINISHES ALL HIS SENTENCES WITH THAT'S WHY. I WAS THINKING ABOUT THIS DEBATE, PEOPLE SAY WHY ARE YOU SUPPORTING THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. WELL, BECAUSE PEOPLE CAN -- KIDS CAN STAY ON THEIR PARENT'S INSURANCE UNTIL THEY'RE 26 YEARS OLD. THAT'S WHY. YOU KNOW. WE'VE GOT KIDS THAT ARE GET DEGREENIED BECAUSE THEY HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, THE INSURANCE COMPANY SAYS, WE WON'T COVER YOU. I'M SUPPORTING THIS BILL BECAUSE THAT'S GOING TO CHANGE. THE OTHER PROVISIONS THAT YOU'RE HIGHLIGHTING HERE, TAX CREDITS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, UP TO 35%, ACTUALLY IN SOME INSTANCES, 50% OF A TAX CREDIT FOR OUR SMALL BUSINESSES FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE PROVIDING TAX RELIEF TO SMALL BUSINESS MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE PROVIDING HEALTH INSURANCE. THAT'S WHY I'M SUPPORTING THIS BILL. YOU LOOK AT IF YOU GET SICK, AND YOU TRY TO GET COVERAGE AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY, INSURANCE COMPANY SAYS WE CAN'T COVER YOU ANYMORE. THAT'S GOING TO BE DONE WITH. THINK ABOUT THE SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS, THESE SIGNIFICANT PROTECTIONS WE ARE MAKING AS A COUNTRY. I LOVE THE IDEA OF ALL THE TEA BAGGERS THAT WERE DOWN HERE TODAY TALKING ABOUT THESE CONCEPTS OF LIBERTY. I WOULD ASK THEM TODAY, TELL ME WHAT DO YOU MEAN? WHAT LIBERTY ARE WE TAKING FROM YOU? LET ME COMPARE IT TO THE PERSON IN MY DISTRICT, THE 17 -- THE 1,700 FAMILIES LAST YEAR IN THINK DISTRICT WHO WENT BANKRUPT. ARE THEY FREE IN THEY ARE NOT FREE. THEY ARE TRAPPED IN AN ECONOMIC SYSTEM THAT BURIES THEM. BECAUSE SOMEONE IN THEIR FAMILY GOT SICK. MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS. WHAT IS -- WHAT DID OUR FOUNDING FATHERS MEAN WHEN THEY GAVE US THESE IDEAS OF LIFE AND LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS? WHO CAN PURSUE HAPPINESS WHEN THEY'RE BANKRUPT BECAUSE OF NOTHING THAT THEY DID MORE THAN BAD FINANCING, IT WAS BAD LUCK. AND IF WE DON'T START TO RECOGNIZE IN AMERICA THAT SOME PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY JUST HAVE BAD LUCK, AND IF THE GOVERNMENT DOESN'T STEP IN AND PUSH BACK THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY TO SAY, WE'RE GOING TO CARVE OUT, WE'RE GOING TO BOX OUT THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY, SO THIS FREEDOM WILL HAVE SOME FREEDOM HAVE SOME PROTECTIONS, THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. I'VE GOT NO INTEREST IN STYMYING BUSINESS GROWTH. I COME FROM YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO, FOR GOD'S SAKE. WE'VE BEEN IN RAE SESSION FOR 30 YEARS. YOU THINK I HAVE AN INTEREST IN STYMYING BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT? I WANT TO HELP IT. THEY TRIED THEIR SIDE. I SAY TO MY FRIENDS. I WAS HERE. I'M NOT THAT OLD BUT I'VE BEEN HERE EIGHT YEARS NOW. I SAT HERE AND I WATCHED WHILE BUSH JAMMED THROUGH HIS TAX POLICY, CUT TAXERS IN RICH, THEY SAID, THIS IS GOING TO TRICKLE DOWN AND HELP THE POOR. IT DIDN'T HELP ANYBODY. BUT THE RICH. I SAT HERE AND WATCHED WHILE HE PASSED A PRESCRIPTION DRUG BILL, DIDN'T NEGOTIATE PRICES, DIDN'T DO ANYTHING, DIDN'T PAY FOR IT, BORROWED THE MONEY, STARTED WARS, DIDN'T HAVE MONEY FOR THE WARS THAT HE STARTED. I SAT HERE AND WATCHED WHILE THE REPUBLICAN RUBBER-STAMP CONGRESS RUBBER STAMPED ALL THOSE POLICIES. THE ECONOMY DIDN'T IMPROVE, WAGES DIDN'T GO UP. THEY HAD CONTROL OF EVERY SINGLE THING. THEY HAD A CHANCE TO IMPLEMENT THEIR HEALTH CARE STRATEGY. IT DIDN'T WORK BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T DO ANYTHING. THEY HAD A CHANCE TO IMPLEMENT THEIR ENERGY STRATEGY AND WHEN GAS GOES TO $4 AGAIN THIS SUMMER, WE'LL FEEL IT AGAIN. THIS IS SIGNIFICANT STUFF WE'RE TALKING ABOUT AND DEMOCRATS ARE STEPPING UP TO BAT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE ARE TAKING ON THE INSURANCE TRI-. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:39:45 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    WE'VE DISCUSSED HERE THE ISSUE OF BANKRUPTCY. I GOT A CALL FROM MY…

    WE'VE DISCUSSED HERE THE ISSUE OF BANKRUPTCY. I GOT A CALL FROM MY DAUGHTER THIS AFTERNOON AND SHE SAID, DAD, THANK GOD I'M A NURSE AND I HAVE INSURANCE. MATTEO'S ARM, WHICH WAS BROKEN AND REQUIRED SURGERY, WILL PROBABLY BE A $70,000 EVENT. IF I DIDN'T HAVE INSURANCE, WE WOULD HAVE LOST THE HOUSE. THAT'S THE SITUATION FACED FOR EVERY FAMILY. THANKFULLY NOT THE SITUATION MY DAUGHTER AND GRANDSON FACED BUT IT IS FACED BY HUNDREDS, INDEED, TENS OF THOUSANDS, IF NOT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS. AND IT'S RIGHT HERE. THE INSURANCE COMPANIES DOMINATE THESE MARKETS. LIFETIME BENEFITS. SHE WOULD HAVE -- SHE PROBABLY HAS ALREADY RUN THROUGH HER LIFETIME BENEFIT. THAT CHILD IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE UNINSURABLE BECAUSE HE HAS A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, A BAD -- A BADLY BROKEN ARM. THOSE DAYS ARE OVER. I'D LIKE NOW TO YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA, A MAGNIFICENT REPRESENTATIVE WITH WHOM I'VE WORKED WITH FOR MORE THAN 34 YEARS, SHE WAS A CALIFORNIA STATE SENATOR, TOOK OVER MY POSITION WHEN I LEFT THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE HEALTH AND WELFARE COMMITTEE. REPRESENTATIVE WATSON.

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  • 08:41:16 PM

    MS. WATSON

    WANT TO SAY TO MY COLLEAGUE AN THOSE HERE ON THE FLOOR THIS EVENING, I AM…

    WANT TO SAY TO MY COLLEAGUE AN THOSE HERE ON THE FLOOR THIS EVENING, I AM SO PROUD TO SHARE THIS SPACE IN THIS CHAMBER WITH THE LIKES OF YOU. AND PARTICULARLY YOU, CONGRESSMAN GARAMENDI. AND HE WAS CORRECT IN SAYING THAT, YES, WHEN HE -- WHEN I GOT INTO THE SENATE, HE RELINQUISHED HIS COMMITTEE AND I HELD IT FOR 17 YEARS. AND I THINK HE PROBABLY IS AWARE OF MY FEELINGS AT THIS MOMENT. I HAVE VIEWED THE UGLINESS OF TODAY, CONGRESSMAN GARAMENDI. THAT IS SO REMINISCENT OF WHAT I WENT THROUGH WHEN I WAS ON THE SCHOOL BOARD IN THE 1970'S AND WE HAD TO INTEGRATE OUR SCHOOLS. AND I WAS THE ONLY PERSON THERE WHO WAS AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN. AND I HAD TO ENDURE THE SLURS THAT WERE HEARD, IT WAS ABSOLUTELY UGLY. THE USE OF THE N-WORD, SPITTING, THE RANTING THE DISTORTIONS, THE SLURS. AND THE DECEITFUL REFERENCES TO OUR HEALTH CARE REFORM AND I FELT IT WAS DESPICABLE. I DIDN'T THINK IT COULD HAPPEN AGAIN HERE IN AMERICA. BUT I'M REMINDED THAT HATE CONTINUES. WHY SHOULD THERE BE RANTING AND RAVING WHEN WE ARE TRYING TO COVER THE 38 MILLION AMERICANS WITHOUT HEALTH CARE INSURANCE? AND EIGHT MILLION ARE IN OUR STATE CALIFORNIA. AND SIX MILLION OF THEM ARE CHILDREN. AND I WANT TO SAY THAT THE LEGISLATION THAT WE ARE ADDRESSING WILL MAKE HEALTH CARE AFFORDABLE FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE OUT THERE RANTING WERE MIDDLE CLASS. BUT THIS DEFINITELY WILL HELP THEM. IT WILL PROVIDE SECURITY FOR OUR SENIORS AND GUARANTEE ACCESS TO HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE UNINSURED. AND I JUST WANT TO VERY QUICKLY MENTION WHAT IT WILL DO FOR THE 33RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, THAT IS MY DISTRICT IN LOS ANGELES, CULVER CITY, CALIFORNIA. IT WILL IMPROVE COVERAGE FOR 304,000 RESIDENTS WITHIN HEALTH INSURANCE, IT WILL GIVE TAX CREDITS AND OTHER ASSISTANCE TO UP TO 173,000 FAMILIES, AND 15,100 SMALL BUSINESSES TO HELP THEM AFFORD COVERAGE. IT WILL IMPROVE, IMPROVE MEDICARE FOR 75,000 BENEFICIARIES, INCLUDING CLOSING THAT DOUGHNUT HOLE. IT WILL EXTEND COVERAGE TO 132,000 UNINSURED RESIDENTS. IT WILL GUARANTEE THAT 22,200 RESIDENTS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS CAN OBTAIN COVERAGE AND CERTAINLY THEIR CHILDREN, STARTING WHEN THE BILLS ARE SIGNED INTO LAW. IT WILL PROTECT 1,100 FAMILIES FROM BANKRUPTCY. DUE TO UNAFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE COSTS. IT WILL ALLOW 66,000 YOUNG ADULTS TO OBTAIN COVERAGE ON THEIR PARENTS' FORMS UNTIL THEY'RE 26 YEARS OLD. ISN'T THAT EXCITING? IT WILL PROVIDE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN NEW FUNDING FOR FIVE COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINICS IN MY DISTRICT ALONE. AND IT WILL REDUCE THE COST OF UNCOMPENSATED CARE FOR HOSPITALS AND OTHER HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS BY $16 MILLION ANNUALLY. AND I WANT TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT. THIS WILL ADD AND PROTECT AND SUPPLEMENT, NOT TAKE ANYTHING AWAY. . MR.

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  • 08:46:04 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    MUCH . I'M APPALLED AND PERSONALLY OFFENDED AND I THINK ALL OWE AN APOLOGY…

    MUCH . I'M APPALLED AND PERSONALLY OFFENDED AND I THINK ALL OWE AN APOLOGY TO THOSE REPRESENTATIVES WHO WOULD DEMEAN, WHO WERE SPAT UPON, WHO WERE CURSED AND WERE CALLED THE UGLYIEST OF -- UGLIEST OF NAMES, IT IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE.

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  • 08:46:37 PM

    MR. TONKO

    AGREE MORE. AND I THINK REPRESENTATIVE WATSON SAYS IT WELL. THERE'S ALL…

    AGREE MORE. AND I THINK REPRESENTATIVE WATSON SAYS IT WELL. THERE'S ALL THE CALL FOR CIVIL DISCUSSION, EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION TO DO THINGS SUBSTANTIVELY WHEN IT COMES TO A HUGE INDUSTRY THAT REPRESENTS ONE OF EVERY $6 IN THIS COUNTRY AND DO IT IN A WAY THAT BRINGS TOGETHER THE FACTS, NOT TO DEAL WITH FIX AND EMOTION OBVIOUSLY IS PART OF THIS DISCUSSION. WE HEARD IT FROM OUR FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE RYAN. WE ARE EMOTIONALIZED, BUT LET'S HAVE THE DIALOGUE THAT BUILDS SOUNDNESS INTO THE REFORMS THAT WE NEED AS A NATION. AND I THINK WHEN WE GET BACK ON TO THIS MESSAGE OF FREEDOM, THE FREEDOM TO SHOP, MANY OF US UNDERSTAND THERE IS A CAPITALIST MODEL OUT THERE. PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THERE IS GOOD TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND WHERE WE CAN CONTAIN COSTS AND ALLOW FOR GROWTH OF THAT BUSINESS SO MORE JOBS ARE PART OF THAT PICTURE, ALL THE BETTER. AND SO WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY WITH THESE EXCHANGES DEVELOPED BY THIS REFORM LEGISLATION TO ALLOW FOR THE FREEDOM TO SHOP, TO FIND A BETTER BARGAIN FOR HEALTH CARE. AND TO AS PREVIOUS SPEAKERS HAVE SAID, ADD MORE PEOPLE INTO THE MIX, MORE PROVIDERS INTO THE MIX THAT WANT TO FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT TO SERVE YOU. THAT IS A STRENGTHENER AND WHERE WE REQUIRE EXCHANGES TO HAVE CERTAIN RULES TO BE MET, TO HAVE REGULATORY ASPECTS. WE SAW WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THERE WAS NO REGULATION IN PART OF THE FINANCIAL WORLD AND BANKING COMMUNITY, IT BROUGHT US TO OUR KNEES IN THE RECESSION. WE NEED THAT SORT OF REGULATORY ASPECT AND IT'S PART OF THE PICTURE. THE AMOUNT OF MONEY GOING BACK DIRECTLY INTO HEALTH CARE TO CONSUMERS, TO THOSE INSURED, RATHER THAN INTO THE PROFIT COLUMN, WILL BE A LITMUS TEST IN ORDER TO OFFER YOUR SERVICES IN THAT EXCHANGE. AND TO LIVE WITH THE STANDARDS, MINIMUM BENEFITS PACKAGE, THESE ARE THE IMPROVEMENTS THAT WE BRING. AGAIN, TO REPRESENTATIVE RYAN'S EMOTION AND I AATTACH MYSELF TO THAT SENTIMENT, WE ARE PROMOTING FREEDOM TO SHOP HERE AND PROMOTING FREEDOM FROM BANKRUPTCY. THESE ARE THE ESSENTIALS OF THIS BILL AND THE EXCHANGES WILL SHARPEN THE PENCIL AND DRIVE THE BOTTOM-LINE BENEFITS TO CONSUMERS AND THE FREEDOM TO ESCAPE FREEDOM FROM RESTRICTION AND WOMEN WHO ARE OF CHILD-BEARING YEARS AND THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN VIOLATED THROUGH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, TO USE THAT AS A STANDARD TO DENY YOU INSURANCE COVERAGE, THAT'S THE FREEDOM YOU NEED TO ESCAPE THOSE BIASES AND THAT PREJUDICE AND THAT TOOL THAT ALLOWS THE INDUSTRY TO GROW MORE PROCESS PRODUCE BECAUSE IT WON'T INSURE YOU, THESE ARE THE FREEDOMS WE ARE ENCOURAGING AND FREEDOMS WE ARE GUARANTEEING. I AM PROUD TO WORK WITH YOU TO MAKE CERTAIN WE SHARE WITH THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING WITH THIS MEASURE AND WE'RE GOING TO MAKE HISTORY BY APPROVING THIS PACKAGE.

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  • 08:50:02 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND THE EFFECT THAT 30 YEARS OF RECESSION HAS HAD ON…

    THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND THE EFFECT THAT 30 YEARS OF RECESSION HAS HAD ON YOUNGSTOWN. ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEMS IN THE AMERICAN ECONOMY IS THE EXTRAORDINARY GROWTH IN THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR. THIS LITTLE CHART HERE REALLY EXPLAINS WHY MANY PARTS OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY ARE NOT COMPETITIVE. THIS LITTLE RED LINE HERE IS THE GROWTH IN THE PERCENTAGE OF THE WEALTH OF THIS NATION, THE G.D.P., THAT IS NOW IN HEALTH CARE. WE HEARD EARLIER, 1/6. ABOUT 17%. A LITTLE MORE THAN 16% NOW OF THE TOTAL WEALTH OF THE NATION IS TIED UP IN HEALTH CARE. WE'RE GROWING FASTER IN THIS SECTOR THAN ANY OTHER SECTOR OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. OUR COMPETITORS AROUND THE WORLD ARE DOWN HERE IN THE 10%, 11% RANGE. PRESIDENT CLINTON, IN EXPLAINING THIS IN A SPEECH HE HE GAVE IN CALIFORNIA, INDICATED THAT THIS GAP HERE BETWEEN THE 16%, 17% OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY THAT GOES INTO HEALTH CARE VERSUS THE 10%, 11% IS LIKE GIVING AN $800 BILLION A YEAR GIFT TO OUR COMPETITORS AROUND THE WORLD. AND SO WHEN THE INDUSTRIES AND THE MANUFACTURING BELT OF AMERICA GO OUT, THE CAR INDUSTRY, AUTO INDUSTRY, OTHER HEFF INDUSTRIES GO OUT TO COMPETE, THEY'RE SADDLED WITH THIS EXTRAORDINARY ADDITIONAL COST BECAUSE OF THE GROWTH IN HEALTH CARE SECTOR AND THE FACT IS, THE MORE INFLATION IN THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR, THE FEWER PEOPLE ARE INSURED. AND THIS IS WHY WE'RE SEEING SMALL BUSINESSES SHEDDING HEALTH CARE, WHY WE SEE THE EXTRAORDINARY RUNUP OF THE UNINSURED AS THE ECONOMY GOES DOWN. IT'S NOT JUST LOSING YOUR JOB. IT'S THE SMALL BUSINESSES BEING UNABLE TO PURCHASE HEALTH CARE. AND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN THIS LEGISLATION FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IS A SPECIFIC TAX REDUCTION, A CREDIT OF UP TO 35% IN YEAR ONE AND THEN RISING UP TO 50% FOR EVERY EMPLOYEE THAT THEY PROVIDE HEALTH CARE FOR. SO IT'S AN ENORMOUS BENEFIT AND INCENTIVE TOM PROVIDE THE INSURANCE, TO MAINTAIN THE INSURANCE. AND THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO GO ON IN THE YEARS AHEAD. ALL OF THE TALK ABOUT THIS BILL BEING BAD FOR BUSINESS, IT'S NOT TRUE. THIS IS WHAT IS BAD FOR BUSINESS. THERE IS SERIOUS COST CONTAINMENT IN THIS LEGISLATION FOR A VARIETY OF WAYS. I SEE, MR. RYAN, THAT YOU ARE ANXIOUS TO JUMP INTO THIS PIECE OF THE DEBATE, AND I YIELD TO YOU.

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  • 08:53:02 PM

    MR. RYAN

    INTERESTING, BECAUSE I WAS LISTENING TO MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK AND…

    INTERESTING, BECAUSE I WAS LISTENING TO MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK AND GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA. I CAN'T GET OVER WHAT ALL THE FUSS IS ABOUT AGAINST THIS BILL. I MEAN THIS IS SOMETHING THAT BOB DOLE AND SENATOR CHAFEE HAD WORKED OUT IN THE 1980'S. THIS IS MIDDLE OF THE ROAD STUFF. MANY OF US WANTED OTHER THINGS IN HERE. THERE'S NO PUBLIC OPTION IN HERE. THIS IS NOT SINGLE PAYER. THIS IS RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE. THIS IS BREAD AND BUTTER, ALL-AMERICAN, APPLE PIE AND CHEVROLET. I MEAN, THIS IS IT. THIS IS BASEBALL. LOOK AT IT. TAX CUTS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. WE HAVE MANY PEOPLE IN OUR DISTRICT MAKE $50,000 A YEAR. UNDER THIS PROPOSAL, A FAMILY OF FOUR, MAKING $50,000 A YEAR IN NILES, OHIO, WILL GET $5,800 WORTH OF A TAX CREDIT. THAT IS A MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CUT. NOW, THIS IS WHAT'S IN THE BILL. WE ARE REGULATING AND PUTTING IN NEW RULES FOR THE INSURANCE COMPANIES. WE AREN'T TAKING OVER, BUT THIS IS PRETTY SIMPLE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK MENTIONED IT. THIS IS ABOUT PREVENTION. THERE IS NO ONE WHO CAN ARGUE WITH THE FACT, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE HAVE 30 MILLION-PLUS PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAVE NO PREVENTATIVE CARE AT ALL, DUMPED INTO OUR EMERGENCY ROOMS, MUCH SICKER THAN THEY NEED TO BE. AND IT DOESN'T TAKE A PHILADELPHIA LAWYER TO FIGURE OUT THAT THAT COSTS A LOT OF MONEY, AS OPPOSED TO GIVING EACH ONE OF THOSE -- AND THEY PAY NOTHING. THEY GO THERE AND PAY NOTHING. THEY PAY NO CO-PAYS. IT'S ALL FREE, SHIFTED OFF TO THE NEXT PERSON WHO COMES IN WITH AN INSURANCE CARD. WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS, IT IS CHEAPER FOR US AS A COUNTRY, SINCE WE ARE ALREADY PAYING FOR THESE FOLKS ANYWAY THROUGH HIGHER INSURANCE PREMIUMS, IT'S CHEAPER FOR EVERYBODY IF WE GIVE THEM AN INSURANCE CARD AND MAKE THEM PAY SOMETHING. WE'RE GOING TO START -- NO MORE FREE RIDERS. EVERYONE IS GOING TO HAVE TO PAY SOMETHING AND A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN WHO WILL GIVE THEM A $20 PRESCRIPTION DRUG INSTEAD OF GOING TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM A WEEK LATER AND COSTING US $15,000 OR $20,000. AND THE WAY THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY IS SET UP, TO KNOCK PEOPLE OFF THE ROLLS AND DENY COVERAGE, ESPECIALLY STORIES WE HEARD WITH PEOPLE WITH HIV-AIDS, WHO ISN'T COVERED, THAT GETS DUMPED ON EVERYONE ELSE. WE ARE SAYING THIS IS A PRO-BUSINESS BILL. AND I'M GAD THAT THE TEA BAGGERS ARE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. TO WATCH THIS PASS, BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO BE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TAX CUT FOR MIDDLE-CLASS PEOPLE IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY GEARED TOWARDS HEALTH CARE. AND WHEN I CAN GO HOME AND TELL MY FOLKS, A FAMILY OF HOUR MAKING $50,000, THAT THEY WILL GET A $5,800 TAX CREDIT ON THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE, THEY PROBABLY DON'T KNOW THAT RIGHT NOW, BUT I'M GOING TO SPEND THE NEXT SIX MONTHS MAKING SURE THAT EVERY FAMILY KNOWS THAT THEY'RE GOING TO GET THAT TAX CUT AND THEY'RE GO TO GO LIKE WHAT WE HAVE DONE HERE. AND I YIELD BACK TO MY FRIEND.

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  • 08:56:42 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    YOU, MR. RYAN. ONE OF THE THINGS WE HEARD ALL DAY IS ABOUT MEDICARE CUTS.…

    YOU, MR. RYAN. ONE OF THE THINGS WE HEARD ALL DAY IS ABOUT MEDICARE CUTS. SOMEHOW THE MEDICARE SYSTEM IS GOING TO BE CUT. I WOULD LIKE TO GET INTO THAT, BECAUSE THIS BILL SPECIFICALLY HELPS MEDICARE. WE TALKED ABOUT THE DOUGHNUT HOLE, THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT, WHICH, BY THE WAY, OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES AREN'T HERE AT THE MOMENT, WHEN THE PRESCRIPTION PART D WAS PUT IN PLACE, THE REPUBLICANS NEVER BOTHERED TO PAY, NEVER BOTHERED TO PAY FOR THAT BENEFIT. YOU WANT TO KNOW WHERE THE DEFICIT CAME FROM? IT CAME FROM THE TWO WARS THAT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION STARTED AND DIDN'T BOTHER TO PAY FOR IT EITHER, SO WE RAN UP THE DEFICIT. HERE'S THE THING FOR SENIORS, TO GO BACK ON MY POINT. THE PROGRAM PROVIDES VERY SPECIFIC BENEFITS TO SENIORS. IT PROVIDES $250, THIS YEAR, ADDITIONAL BENEFIT FOR SENIORS TO PAY FOR DRUGS. THOSE THAT FALL INTO THE DOUGHNUT HOLE, THAT DOUGHNUT HOLE BEGINS TO CLOSE THIS YEAR AND IN FIVE YEARS, IT'S TOTALLY GONE. IN ADDITION TO THAT, IT IS EXPLICIT IN THIS LEGISLATION THAT THE MEDICARE BENEFITS WILL NOT BE REDUCED. I WILL YIELD.

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  • 08:58:05 PM

    MR. TONKO

    I THINK WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE IS THIS IS RATHER OFFENSIVE. IF WE TALK…

    I THINK WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE IS THIS IS RATHER OFFENSIVE. IF WE TALK ABOUT THE DOUGHNUT HOLE BEING MEDICARE PART D, WHO IS PAYING THAT? IS MEDICARE PAYING THAT? NO. OUR SENIOR CITIZENS ARE BEING ASKED TO CONTRIBUTE. SO THIS ONE WA3 SO THIS ONE WAS CLEVERLY DEVISED. YOU CAN ALMOST SEE THE GAME OF FOOTSY GOING ON BECAUSE SOMEWHERE PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT WE COULD COME UP WITH THIS GREAT CLEVER NAME, SOUNDS ATTRACTIVE, SOUNDS TEMPTING, A DOUGHNUT HOLE, BASICALLY, I CAN TELL YOU MANY SENIORS COME TO ME IN MY DISTRICT AND SAY WITHIN ANY MONTHS, I'M AT THAT THRESHOLD. THOSE NOT FAMILIAR, THINK OF THE DOUGHNUT WITH THE HOLE IN THE MIDDLE, YOU GET COVERED FOR A WHILE, THEN YOU DON'T. THOSE MEASUREMENTS COULD HAVE TOLD THEM TO GET PEOPLE INTO THEIR OWN POCKET PAYING FOR THIS DEVICE THAT IS HURTING OUR SENIOR COMMUNITY. SO WHEN WE TALK AGAIN ABOUT FREEDOM, THIS IS FREEDOM FROM THE DOUGHNUT OF THE WORST KIND. THIS IS FREEDOM FROM DIGGING INTO YOUR POCKET AND PAYING FOR YOUR PHARMACEUTICAL NEEDS TO STAY WELL OR STAY ALIVE. SO THIS MEASURE IS GREAT ABOUT FREEING US FROM THAT DOUGHNUT HOLE, BUT THIS ISN'T MEDICARE-FUNDED BUT OUT OF THE INDIVIDUALS' POCKET AND BY THE YEAR 2018, WE WILL CLOSE THAT HOLE COMPLETELY. IT'S AN EXPENSIVE PROPOSITION. BUT AGAIN, AS YOU POINTED OUT, NO ONE WORRIED ABOUT PAYING FOR IT WHEN THEY CAME UP WITH THE PLAN. AND I THANK YOU FOR YIELDING.

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  • 09:00:39 PM

    MS. CATSON

    WAS IN CHURCH LAST SUNDAY, I WAS GOING DOWN TO TAKE COMMUNION. I WAS FOUR…

    WAS IN CHURCH LAST SUNDAY, I WAS GOING DOWN TO TAKE COMMUNION. I WAS FOUR DOWN FROM GETTING COMMUNION FROM THE PRIEST, SOMEONE LEANED OVER AND SAID, DON'T TAKE MY MEDICARE AWAY. THE DISTORTIONS OUT THERE HAVE TO BE SET STRAIGHT. I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUES AND YOU, REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI. FOR TALKING ABOUT CLOSING THE PART D DOUGHNUT HOLE. AND YOU KNOW, IT WAS, I THINK, ABOUT 2,300 -- ABOUT $2,300 YOU YAO HAD TO EXPEND FOR YOUR OWN PRESCRIPTION AND THEN YOU WENT INTO A PERIOD OF TIME WHEN YOU GOT NO HELP AND NO DISCOUNTS. THAT'S GOING TO BE ELIMINATED. I WANT TO SAY FOR MY FRIEND WHO STOPPED ME IN CHURCH IN SUNDAY, THE LEGISLATION WILL ALLOW 6,100 MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES IN MY DISTRICT WHO ENTERED THE PART D DOUGHNUT HOLE AND ARE FORCED TO PAY THE FULL COST OF THEIR PRESCRIPTION, THAT UNDER THIS BILL, THESE BENEFICIARIES WILL RECEIVE $250 REBATE IN THIS YEAR, 2010. 50% DISCOUNTS ON BRAND NAME DRUGS, BEGINNING IN 2011. AND COMPLETE CLOSURE, COMPLETE CLOSURE OF THE DOUGHNUT HOLE WITHIN A DECADE. A TYPICAL BENEFICIARY, WHO ENTERS THE DOUGHNUT HOLE WHO WILL SEE SAVINGS OF OVER $700 IN 2011 AND OVER $3,000 BY 2020 AND YOU'LL BE HERE TO SEE THAT BECAUSE YOU'RE FROM CALIFORNIA TOO.

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  • 09:02:50 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE WATSON. THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT SO PERGE TO YOUR…

    THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE WATSON. THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT SO PERGE TO YOUR DISTRICT AND THE SAME SAVINGS ARE TO BE FOUND IN EVERY ONE OF OUR DISTRICTS. WE HAVE A DIFFERENT PERCENTAGE OF SENIORS IN OUR DISTRICT BUT THERE ARE VERY, VERY SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS IN THIS. I WANT TO TAKE UP ONE OTHER POSITION THAT'S BEEN BROUGHT UP BY THE REPUBLICANS OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN A DISINGENUOUS AND DISHONEST WAY. THE DIRECTION -- REDUCTION IN MEDICARE EXPENSES. WHERE DO THOSE COME FROM? THEY WOULD HAVE US BELIEVE THAT THOSE SAVINGS ARE FROM THE REDUCTION OF BENEFITS. THAT'S NOT TRUE. THERE'S EXPLICIT LANGUAGE THAT BENEFITS WILL NOT BE REDUCED. I'LL TELL YOU WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING TO COME FROM. IT'S GOING TO COME OUT OF THE POCKETS OF THE INSURANCE COMPANIES WHO HAVE RIPPED THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT OFF FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS, EVER SINCE THE GEORGE W. BUSH ADMINISTRATION CREATED -- CREETHATE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PROGRAM WHICH THEY DID IN RECONCILIATION. IT IS ABOMINABLE THAT THIS GOVERNMENT HAS HAD TO PAY A BONUS TO INSURANCE COMPANIES TO PROVIDE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PROGRAMS, WHEN IN FACT, THEY SAID THEY COULD DO IT CHEAPER THAN THE FEE FOR SERVICE MEDICARE PROGRAM. 16% BONUS OVER AND ABOVE THE AVERAGE COST OF MEDICARE FOR SENIORS IS GIVEN TO INSURANCE COMPANIES FOR NO GOOD REASON. THAT BONUS THAT UNINTENDED AND UNNECESSARY PROFIT IS GOING TO BE OVER. SECONDLY, THERE IS FAHD AND ABUSE IN THE MEDICARE SYSTEM, NOT FROM THE SENIORS WHO ARE STRIVING TO GET THEIR BENEFITS, BUT RATHER FROM PURVEYORS, DOCTORS, MEDICAL DEVICE PEOPLE AND OUT AND OUT FRAUDSTERS. WE'RE GOING TO BE HIRING SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER FROM THE I.R.S. AND THE C.M.S., THE MEDICARE OFFICE, THOSE FOLKS ARE GOING OUT THERE CHASING AFTER CRIMINALS THAT ARE RIPPING THE MEDICARE SYSTEM OFF TO A FARE-THEE-WELL. THAT'S WHERE THE REDUCTIONS ARE COMING FROM. I YIELD TO MR. THOMPSON.

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  • 09:05:12 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    I THANK YOU FOR BRINGING US TOGETHER. PEOPLE SAY, WHERE ARE THE SAVINGS…

    I THANK YOU FOR BRINGING US TOGETHER. PEOPLE SAY, WHERE ARE THE SAVINGS COMING FROM? NOT FROM YOU, FROM THE PROPHET CALLING -- COLUMN. IT'S ALLOWING OUR SENIORS TO HAVE AN ADVANTAGE BY HAVING THAT PROGRAM CONTINUE, BUT MAKING CERTAIN THAT THE OVERSUBSIDIZATION IS DENIED. YOU'RE VERY RIGHT ABOUT THE FRAUD AND THE ABUSE THAT MAY BE PART OF THAT PROGRAMMING. BUT IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE, I BELIEVE, THAT SITUATIONS LIKE MEDICAL HOME MODELS AND ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS WILL PROVIDE FOR THE COLLABORATIVES I BELIEVE TO COORDINATE THE RESOURCES, IMPROVE ACCESS AND BRING TOGETHER THE CONFLUENCE OF SERVICES IN A WAY THAT STREAMLINES WITHOUT HURT, ACTUALLY HELPING THE OUTCOME FOR OUR SENIORS AND OF COURSE FREE ANNUAL WELLNESS VISITS, MAKING CERTAIN THE CO-PAYMENTS, DEDUCTIBLES ARE NOT GOING TO SADDLE INDIVIDUALS, AGAIN, HAVING TO BE FORCED TO DIG INTO YOUR OWN POCKET, WE WILL NOW HAVE FREE ANNUAL OPPORTUNITY SCREENINGS OF ESSENTIAL TYPES, ANNUAL CHECKUPS. THESE ARE ITEMS THAT WILL NOT REQUIRE, WILL ACTUALLY CO-PAYMENTS AND DEDUCTIBLES WILL BE DENIED, SO YOU GO FORWARD AND ENCOURAGE THE PREVENTIVE AND WELLNESS APPROACHES TO HEALTH CARE DELIVERY, AN IMPORTANT ASPECT, I THINK TO THE BENEFITS OF THIS PROGRAM. WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT THE $1.2 TRILLION THAT SAVED IN THE SECOND 10 YEARS AND THE $138 BILLION IN THE FIRST 10 YEARS ARE JUST THOSE BUDGET-RELATED SCORINGS DONE BY THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE. BUT THERE ARE THOSE WHO ARE SUGGESTING THAT WELL BEYOND ANY KIND OF BUDGET IMPACT ARE THE RIPPLE EFFECTS OF A GOOD KIND THAT WILL COME SIMPLY BY INSTITUTING WELLNESS AND PREVENTION AND ACCESS AND PUTTING CLINICS INTO THE SYSTEM, RELIEVING OUR HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM OF UNCOMPENSATED CARE WHERE A NUMBER OF THESE THINGS THAT CAN'T BE SCORED BY THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SO IT GOES WELL BEYOND THE $1.3 TRILLION OR $1.4 TRILLION THAT'S BEEN PROJECTED BY A CONSERVETIVE, NONPOLITICAL C.B.O. GROUP. I THINK THERE'S REASON FOR GREAT HOPE HERE. IF WE CAN INSTILL HOPE, IF WE CAN INSERT HOPE INTO THE LIVES OF PEOPLE, INTO THE FABRIC OF OUR HEALTH CARE OPPORTUNITIES, WE'RE ACHIEVING A GREAT DEAL AND AGAIN, BECAUSE THIS IS SO CRITICAL IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE AND IN THE PROFIT COLUMNS OF BUSINESSES THAT PROSIDE JOBS, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT DISCUSSION.

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  • 09:08:00 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    I WANT TO HONE IN ON WHAT YOU'RE SAYING, BUT LET ME WRAP UP THE SENIOR…

    I WANT TO HONE IN ON WHAT YOU'RE SAYING, BUT LET ME WRAP UP THE SENIOR PART, LET'S BE VERY, VERY CLEAR ABOUT THE MEDICARE PROGRAM. FIRST OF ALL, THE AARP, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED PEOPLE, SAY THAT THIS LEGISLATION IS GOING TO LOWER COSTS AND IMPROVE CARE FOR SENIORS. SECONDLY, IT'S IN THE BILL. NO BENEFIT CUTS. IT'S IN THE BILL. $250 IN THE POCKET OF SENIORS WHO HAVE GOT THEIR MEDICAL PRESCRIPTIONS IN THE DOUGHNUT HOLE TO HELP PAY FOR THAT. AND THAT'S THIS YEAR. THIS YEAR. NOT 10 YEARS FROM NOW, THIS YEAR. MEDICARE PART D DOUGHNUT HOLE HOLE IS BEGINNING TO CLOSE. IT'S GOING TO TAKE TIME BECAUSE IT IS EXPENSIVE AND DOES TAKE A LOT OF MONEY BUT IT'S GOING TO CLOSE BY 2018. AND THERE'LL BE SIGNIFICANT DRUG DISCOUNTS FOR SENIORS WHO USE GENERIC DRUG THIS IS YEAR, SAVING SENIORS, JUST AS YOU SAID, MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OUT OF THEIR POCKET AND THAT'S NOT IN THE C.B.O. SCORE.

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  • 09:09:11 PM

    MR. TONKO

    WOULD HAVE TO ADD TO YOUR LIST OF BENEFITS IN THIS MEASURE, THE…

    WOULD HAVE TO ADD TO YOUR LIST OF BENEFITS IN THIS MEASURE, THE STABILIZATION OF THIS MEDICARE TRUST FUND, PROVIDING THAT TRUST FUND AS WE GO FORWARD, BEING A STRONGER ELEMENT OUT THERE, ENABLING US TO AGAIN PROVIDE THE MEDICARE BENEFITS AND SERVICES THAT ARE REQUIRED. IT'S AN IMPORTANT ASPECT. IT'S IMPORTANT TO 113,000 BENEFICIARIES IN MY DISTRICT SYSTEM OF WE WANT TO MAKE CERTAIN IT'S THERE.

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  • 09:09:41 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    MY LIST. YOU WANT TO ADD TO MY LIST ANOTHER THING.

  • 09:09:46 PM

    MR. TONKO

    THAT LIST. I'M GLAD YOU MADE MENTION THAT NO BENEFIT CUTS ARE INCLUDED IN…

    THAT LIST. I'M GLAD YOU MADE MENTION THAT NO BENEFIT CUTS ARE INCLUDED IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE BILL. THESE ARE ANOTHER BIT OF FREEDOMS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IN THIS MEASURE.

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  • 09:10:00 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    ADD THAT THE MEDICARE TRUST FUND IS MADE SOLVENT IN NINE YEARS. WE ADDED…

    ADD THAT THE MEDICARE TRUST FUND IS MADE SOLVENT IN NINE YEARS. WE ADDED THAT ONE HERE. MEDICARE ADVANTAGE, WE PA TALKED ABOUT THAT, THE BONUS TO INSURANCE COMPANIES IS GONE AND THAT MONEY IS NOT SENT OFF TO SOME OTHER PROGRAM. THAT SAVINGS STAYS IN THE MEDICARE PROGRAM. REDUCING SENIOR PREMIUMS, IMPROVE ACCESS AND EXPANDED BENEFITS. I DID HAVE IT HERE. I JUST CAN'T READ IT. HERE'S THE MEDICARE FISCAL HEALTH. AND FINALLY THE ISSUES YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT, PREVENTION, ORGANIZING THE CARE SO WE HAVE CONTINUITY OF CARE. MR. RYAN, I YIELD TO YOU.

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  • 09:10:40 PM

    MR. RYAN

    LISTENING, YOU KNOW, I WANTED TO SPEAK DIRECTLY TO MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE,…

    LISTENING, YOU KNOW, I WANTED TO SPEAK DIRECTLY TO MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, WE'VE GOT A FEW MINUTES LEFT TONIGHT AND SOME DEBATE TOMORROW AND WHAT -- HOW DOES THIS PLAY OUT OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT FEW MONTHS? AND BY LISTENING TO WHAT YOU GENTLEMEN HAVE JUST GOT DONE SAYING ABOUT MEDICARE, THE SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT OF STRENGTHENING MEDICARE, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO RUN AN ELECTION. THERE'S PROBABLY GOING TO BE AN ELECTION ON THIS BILL. AND WHAT'S HAPPENED OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS IS OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE HAVE CONSISTENTLY TRIED TO THROW ARGUMENTS AGAINST THE WALL AND THEY WOULD JUST FALL THEY WOULDN'T STICK, BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T TRUE. WE STARTED WITH DEATH PANELS AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND ABORTION AND WE WENT RIGHT DOWN THE LINE AND NONE OF THEM ENDED UP WORKING OUT, IT'S GOING TO BANKRUPT THE COUNTRY, THEN WE GET C.B.O., YOU GO RIGHT DOWN THE LINE. THEY SAID IT'S GOING TO SUPPORT ABORTION, THEN WE HAVE 60,000 CATHOLIC NUNS, 600 CATHOLIC HOSPITALS, 1,400 CATHOLIC NURSING HOMES A BUNCH OF CATHOLIC THEO LOW JANUARYS SAYING THIS IS -- CHATH LICK THEOLOGIANS SAYING THIS IS NOT A PRO-ABORTION BILL, IT'S A PRO-LIFE BILL. THEN A NEUTRAL PARTY SAYING IT'S GOING TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT BY $1. TRILLION IN THE SECOND 10 YEARS, $130 BILLION IN THE FIRST DECADE, ON THE BACKS OF WHAT PRESIDENT CLINTON DID BY REDUCING THE BUDGET DEFICIT. WE A HISTORY OF DOING THAT. QUICKLY, THE DEBATE IN THE FALL ABOUT HEALTH CARE IS GOING TO GO SOMETHING LIKE THIS. WE PUSHED AN INITIATIVE THAT IS GOING TO CLOSE THE DOUGHNUT HOLE AND GIVE OUR SENIORS $250 JUST THIS YEAR TO HELP CLOSE THAT DOUGHNUT HOLE. OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE, RUNNING AGAINST US, WILL BE SAY WE WANT TO REPEAL THAT. WE DON'T WANT THAT CLOSING OF THE DOUGHNUT HOLE. WE'RE GOING TO BE CAMPAIGNING ON LITTLE KIDS WHO HAVE A SICKNESS ARE NOW BEING DENIED INSURANCE COVERAGE BECAUSE THEY HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, WE'RE GOING TO SAY WE STOPPED THAT FROM HAPPENING IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE GOING TO BE RUNNING A CAMPAIGN SAYING, WE WANT TO REPEAL THAT. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE IN THERE, WE WANT TO HAVE A BAN ON PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS FOR ALL CITIZENS ACROSS THE BOARD. OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE GOING TO BE RUNNING A CAMPAIGN SAYING, WE WANT TO REPEAL THAT. AND ON AND ON AND ON. PEOPLE WHO ARE NOW GETTING KICKED OFF THE ROLES, THEIR INSURANCE ROLES BECAUSE THEY GOT SICK, WE'RE SAYING THAT COULD NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND NEXT FALL OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE GOING TO SAY, NO, NO, WE WANT TO REPEAL THAT BAN. WE WANT TO CONTINUE THAT PRACTICE OF THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY BEING ABLE TO KICK PEOPLE OFF THEIR INSURANCE BECAUSE THEY GOT SICK. WE'RE GOING TO BE SAYING, HEY, YOUR KID THAT JUST WENT ON THE INSURANCE ROLL BECAUSE THEY WERE 24 YEARS OMED AND WE ALOUD THAT TO HAPPEN BECAUSE OF THE HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL, OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE GOING TO BE SAYING THEY WANT TO REPEAL THAT PROVISION THAT ALLOWS YOUNG PEOPLE TO STAY ON THEIR PARENTS' INSURANCE UNTIL THEY'RE 26 YEARS OLD. VERY CLEAR, THE FAMILY IN MANY DISTRICT, YOUR DISTRICT IN NEW YORK YOU DISTRICT IN CALIFORNIA, YOUR DISTRICT IN CALIFORNIA, ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THOSE FAMILIES OF FOUR MAKING $50,000 A YEAR WHO ARE GOING TO GET A $5,800 TAX CUT THAT WE PUT IN BECAUSE OF THIS REFORM, OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE GOING TO SAY WE WANT TO RUN THIS ELECTION ABOUT REPEALING THAT TAX CUT. SAME WITH THE 50% OR 35% AND UP TO 50% TAX CUT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE GOING TO SAY WE WANT TO REPEAL THAT. THIS IS A REFERENDUM ON HEALTH CARE REFORM, I SAY I WANT TO HAVE THAT DEBATE DAY AND NIGHT FOR THE NEXT SIX OR SEVEN MONTHS BECAUSE THAT IS THE A DEBATE, MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN WIN AND WE SHALL WIN. THE ISSUES IN THIS THIS, THE ONLY ISSUE NOW IS A LOT OF PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW ALL THESE BENEFIT THAT WAS BEEN ITEMIZED HERE TONIGHT. THEY WILL KNOW IN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS. I YIELD BACK TO MY FRIEND.

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  • 09:14:54 PM

    MR. FWARE MEN DEE

    DEE: WE'VE GOT ABOUT SIX MINUTES LEFT, LET'S EACH TAKE ABOUT TWO MINUTES.…

    DEE: WE'VE GOT ABOUT SIX MINUTES LEFT, LET'S EACH TAKE ABOUT TWO MINUTES. MR. TONKO. MR.

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  • 09:15:02 PM

    MR. TONKO

    THANK YOU FOR BRINGING US TOGETHER, THERE'S SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT WITH…

    THANK YOU FOR BRINGING US TOGETHER, THERE'S SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT WITH THIS BILL. AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED BY REPRESENTATIVE RYAN, A FAMILY ON AN ANNUAL INCOME OF $50,000 GETS A $5,800 TAX CREDIT. IT GOES UP TO THE THRESHOLD OF $88,000 FOR ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOMES WHEREBY FAMILIES ARE GOING TO RECEIVE SOME SORT OF BENEFIT. THIS IS AN EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE FOR MIDDLE INCOME AMERICA TO PROVIDE TAX CREDITS FOR THEM SO THAT THEY CAN PROMOTE WELLNESS WITHIN THEIR INDIVIDUAL FAMILIES. ABSOLUTELY TREMENDOUSLY STRONG IDEA. IT EMPOWERS THE MIDDLE CLASS, THE WORKING FAMILIES OF THIS COUNTRY, IT EMPOWERS THE SMALL BUSINESSES. REPRESENTATIVE WATSON TALKED ABOUT THE BENEFITS IN OUR DISTRICT TO SMALL BUSINESS. IN MY DISTRICT, 14 OR 15 SMALL BUSINESSES WILL BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY FOR TAX CREDITS TO HELP PURCHASE EMPLOYER-BASED PLANS FOR THEIR GIVEN EMPLOYEES AND DON'T THEY PROSPER FROM A SOUND AND WELL WORK FORCE. I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT. THEY ALSO WILL HAVE THE BENEFITS OF SHOPPING WITHIN AN EXCHANGE, IF THEY SO CHOOSE, AND SO THERE'S ALL THIS EFFORT MADE TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE ADVANTAGE PEOPLE IN A WAY THAT WILL PROMOTE WELLNESS, PROVIDE HEALTH CARE IN AN AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE FASHION. WE ALSO DOE DO KNOW THE BENEFITS TO OUR SENIOR COMMUNITY, WITH ALL THE STRENGTHENING OF MEDICARE, WITHOUT REDUCING THOSE BENEFITS, PROMOTING THEIR PHARMACEUTICAL NEEDS BEING ADDRESSED FULLY IN THE NEAR FUTURE SO THAT THEY ARE NOT AVOIDING THOSE PHARMACEUTICALS SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY CANNOT AFFORD THEM. THAT IS BAD POLICY. SO WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS FREEDOM GALORE TO BE ABLE TO STAY WELL, TO STAY STRONG, TO GROW PROSPEROUS, BE HOPEFUL. THIS IS A GOLDEN MOMENT. THIS IS A WONDERFUL MOMENT THAT WE WILL SHARE TOMORROW AS WE COME OUT TO THIS FLOOR AND ADDRESS THIS HEALTH CARE REFORM MEASURE AND THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI, FOR BRINGING US TOGETHER, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY.

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  • 09:17:07 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    YOUR PASSION ON THIS, NO LESS THAN MR. RYAN'S.

  • 09:17:13 PM

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    TOO WANT TO ADD MY THANKS TO MY COLLEAGUES FOR PROVIDING US THIS TIME.…

    TOO WANT TO ADD MY THANKS TO MY COLLEAGUES FOR PROVIDING US THIS TIME. QUICKLY, I WANT TO REMIND OUR COUNTRY THAT IN THIS LEGISLATION WE HAVE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AND I REMEMBER IN THE BEGINNING SOME PEOPLE WERE VERY DISTURBED BECAUSE THEIR DISTRICTS AND THEY FEEL THAT THEY HAVE AREAS THAT ARE SO REMOTE, HOW WILL THIS HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN COVER THEM? THEY NEED TO KNOW THAT NATIONWIDE THE LEGISLATION WILL PROVIDE $11 BILLION IN NEW FUNDING FOR THESE HEALTH CLINICS. AND THEY'LL BE IN RURAL AREAS, THEY'LL BE WAY IN SUBURBAN AREAS, THOSE PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT IN THE URBAN CORPS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH HEALTH CARE. AND IF THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS IN THE DISTRICT, YOUR DISTRICT, RECEIVE THE AVERAGE LEVEL OF SUPPORT, THESE CENTERS WILL RECEIVE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN NEW ASSISTANCE SO THAT WE CAN COVER AS MANY OF THE UNCOVERED AS POSSIBLE. AND I WANT TO REMIND THE VIEWERS THAT IF YOU HAVE INSURANCE AND YOU LIKE YOUR INSURANCE YOU CAN KEEP YOUR INSURANCE. IF YOU LOVE YOUR DOCTOR OR YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER, GOVERNMENT DOES NOT COME IN BETWEEN THAT RELATIONSHIP. AND I WANT THE VIEWING PUBLIC TO KNOW THAT. AND THEN I WANT TO END BY SAYING, THERE IS NO DEFICIT SPENDING. I SAT IN MY OFFICE AND HEARD THE OPPOSITION SAY IT'S GOING TO ROB --, IT'S GOING TO ROB MY CHILDREN AND, YOU KNOW, IT'S GOING TO ROB THEIR CHILDREN, AND IT WILL ROB THEM BECAUSE THEY'LL HAVE TO PAY OFF THE DEFICIT. THE COST OF HEALTH CARE REFORM UNDER THE LEGISLATION PROPOSED IS FULLY PAID FOR. IN LARGE PART BY ELIMINATING -- AND YOU MENTIONED IT, WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE AND EXCESSIVE PROFITS FOR PRIVATE INSURERS. THE LEGISLATION WILL REDUCE THE DEFICIT BY OVER $100 BILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS AND BY ABOUT $1 TRILLION OVER THE SECOND DECADE. SO, THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI, FOR ALLOWING US THIS TIME TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT. ONWARD TO VICTORY.

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  • 09:19:57 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, REPRESENTATIVE WATSON. IT'S BEEN A JOY THESE 35 YEARS…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, REPRESENTATIVE WATSON. IT'S BEEN A JOY THESE 35 YEARS TO WORK WITH YOU AND TO WORK WITH YOU THIS EVENING. THIS IS A HISTORIC MOMENT. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT YOU AND I AND MANY OTHERS HAVE WORKED DECADES TO TRY TO PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE FOR ALL AMERICANS. SOME 32 MILLION AMERICANS WILL RECEIVE HEALTH INSURANCE AS A RESULT OF THIS. THERE WILL BE THE INCREDIBLE TAX CUTS FOR WORKING MEN AND WOMEN, FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, THEY TOO WILL RECEIVE SIGNIFICANT TAX CREDITS SO THEY CAN PROVIDE INSURANCE FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES. AND THERE WILL BE PROGRAMS TO PROMOTE WELLNESS. THERE WILL BE PROGRAMS TO CREATE BETTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SO THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO WASTE MONEY EVERY TIME YOU PRESENT YOURSELF WITH A DIFFERENT DOCTOR. AND YOU HAVE THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE YOUR OWN HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY AND YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY NO LONGER HAS THEIR FREEDOM TO DENY YOU BENEFITS AND COVERAGE. THERE ARE SERIOUS INSURANCE REFORMS IN THIS. FINALLY I WANT TO END, IF I HAVE THE TIME, HOPEFULLY I DO, I'VE SEEN THIS SIGN SO MANY TIMES AROUND THE CAPITOL IN THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS AND IT SAYS, WE, THE PEOPLE. THOSE ARE THE FIRST THREE WORDS OF THE PREAMBLE OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. AND IT GOES ON TO SAY, WE, THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, IN ORDER TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE. A MORE PERFECT UNION WITHIN OUR FAMILIES SO THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO FEAR BANKRUPTCY AND THE LOSS OF HEALTH BECAUSE WE HAVE NO HEALTH INSURANCE, A MORE PERFECT UNION IN OUR COMMUNITIES SO THAT EVERYONE IN OUR COMMUNITIES HAS HEALTH CARE AND ACCESS TO HEALTH INSURANCE, ESTABLISH JUSTICE. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:21:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ALL MEMBERS ARE REMINDED THAT IT IS NOT…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ALL MEMBERS ARE REMINDED THAT IT IS NOT IN ORDER TO ADDRESS THOSE OUTSIDE THE CHAMBER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:22:02 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:22:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:22:07 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    I THANK THE SPEAKER FOR THE RECOGNITION. MR. SPEAKER, I CAME TO THE FLOOR…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER FOR THE RECOGNITION. MR. SPEAKER, I CAME TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE TONIGHT BECAUSE I WANTED TO SHARE WITH THE HOUSE A LETTER I RECEIVED FROM A TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, THE LETTER SAYS, ON BEHALF OF THE NEARLY 45,000 PHYSICIAN AND MEDICAL STUDENT MEMBERS OF THE TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION AND ON BEHALF OF OUR 25 MILLION PATIENTS WE ARE WRITING TO EXPRESS OUR OPPOSITION TO THE HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL, H.R. 3590, THAT WILL BE BEFORE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THIS WEEKEND. PLEASE VOTE NO. UNLIKE THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, WE DO NOT BELIEVE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3590 AND THE ENCOMPANYING RECONCILIATION BILL ARE STEPS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. OUR POSITION ON HEALTH REFORM REMAINS STEADFAST, KEEP WHAT'S GOOD IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND FIX ONLY WHAT'S BROKEN. TO REPEAT WHAT WE SAID IN DECEMBER WHEN THE UNITED STATES SENATE PASSED THIS BILL, THE BILL IS BAD MEDICINE FOR OUR PATIENT AND THE T.M.A. CANNOT SUPPORT IT. THE LEGISLATION DOES NOT -- NOTHING TO CORRECT THE FLAWED MEDICAID FORMULA, THE LEGISLATION WOULD INCREASE THE COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE FOR OUR PATIENTS, DELIVERING LESS IN RETURN. IT WOULD DRAMATICALLY ENHANCE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE, IT WOULD CREATE INCENTIVES FOR PATIENTS TO PAY A FINE FOR NOT HAVING INSURANCE RATHER THAN TO PAY AN UNREALISTIC AMOUNT FOR INSURANCE COVERAGE. IT WOULD NOT PROTECT TEXAS LIABILITY REFORM AND DOES EVEN LESS TO EXPAND THOSE PROTECTIONS, EXCUSE ME, TO PATIENTS ANDFICATIONS IN OTHER AREAS. IT WOULD IMPOSE UNTESTED AND ARBITRARY TREATMENT STANDARDS THAT DO NOT IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF PATIENT CARE. IN ADDITION THE BILL COULD BE A BUDGET BUSTER FOR TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION, THE CURRENT PROPOSAL WOULD COST THE STATE OF TEXAS UP TO AN ADDITIONAL $24 BILLION IN INCREASED MEDICAID SPENDING FOR THE FIRST 10 YEARS OF ITS IMPLEMENTATION. PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR POSITION IS NOT BASED SOLELY ON THE PERSONAL OPINIONS OF THE LEADERSHIP OF TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION IN A RECENT SURVEY OF NEARLY 3,300 MEMBERS OF THE TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ALMOST 70% SAID THAT IF A NEW HEALTH CARE BILL BECOMES LAW IT WILL MAKE THE UNITED STATES HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WORSE THAN IT IS NOW, SIX OUT OF 10 SAID THE QUALITY OF PATIENT CARE WILL GET WORSE, PATIENTS' COST FOR CARE WILL GO UP AND PATIENTS' HEALTH CARE COVERAGE WILL GO DOWN IF THE NEW BILL BECOMES LAW. PLEASE WORK WITH YOUR TEXAS COLLEAGUES OBJECT BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO DEVELOP AND PASS A RATIONALE PAYMENT SYSTEM THAT KEEPS UP WITH THE COST OF RUNNING A PRACTICE AND IS BACKED UP BY A FAIR AND STABLE FUNDING FORMULA, NO MORE BAND-AIDS, IT'S TIME FOR A PERMANENT MEDICARE FIX. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION OF OUR REQUEST. AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE LETTER FROM THE TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION INTO THE RECORD.

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  • 09:24:42 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    OUR CHILDREN WILL END UP HAVING TO PAY.

  • 09:27:15 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    I CHA THE CHAIRMAN FOR THE CONSIDERATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

    I CHA THE CHAIRMAN FOR THE CONSIDERATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:27:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2009, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. GINGREY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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  • 09:27:30 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    YOU. AND I'M VERY PLEASED -- MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. AND I'M VERY PLEASED…

    YOU. AND I'M VERY PLEASED -- MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. AND I'M VERY PLEASED TO HAVE BEEN ON THE FLOOR HERE WITH MY PHYSICIAN COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS. IN FACT, MY OB-GYN COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, WHO TALKED ABOUT THE OPINION AND READ THE LETTERS FROM THE TEXAS MEDICAL SOCIETY AND ALSO THE GOVERNOR OF TEXAS IN REGARD TO THEIR OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE VOTING ON TOMORROW, H.R. 3590. IN FACT, I DON'T HAVE ANY LETTERS TONIGHT FROM THE STATE OF GEORGIA, MR. SPEAKER, BUT INDEED IT WAS GEORGIA, THE GEORGIA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION AND THE TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION THAT CAME TOGETHER MONTHS AND MONTHS AGO IN AN ORGANIZED EFFORT AND MANY, MANY OTHER STATE MEDICAL SOCIETIES AND SPECIAL SOCIETIES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY I THINK REPRESENTING SOME 500,000 PHYSICIANS WHO ARE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION. IN CONTRAST, MR. SPEAKER, TO THE SUPPORT -- I'M STILL QUITE ASTOUNTED BY THAT, THE SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, BUT IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW, WHILE I RESPECT THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION AND THEIR LEADERSHIP, THEY REPRESENT PROBABLY LESS THAN 20% OF THE PHYSICIANS IN THIS COUNTRY. AND SO I THINK WE NEED TO ALWAYS PUT THAT IN PERSPECTIVE AND AGAIN I'M GLAD TO HEAR FROM CONGRESSMAN DR. MICHAEL BURGESS FROM THE STATE OF TEXAS REGARDING THAT. MR. SPEAKER, AS YOU KNOW, THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY HAD THE PREVIOUS HOUR. I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY BOTH WHILE AT HOME A FEW MINUTES AGO AND HERE ON THE FLOOR IN THE MORE RECENT MOMENTS TO HEAR SOME OF THE DISCUSSION. AND, YOU KNOW, IT'S REAL INTERESTING TO HEAR SOME OF THE COMMENTS AND I THE GENTLEWOMANNED DOWN QUICKLY SOME OF THOSE AND I WOULD LIKE TO KIND OF GO OVER IT A LITTLE BIT SO MY COLLEAGUES CAN UNDERSTAND AND GET MAYBE A DIFFERENT, POSSIBLY IN MY OPINION, MR. SPEAKER, MORE ACCURATE PERSPECTIVE ON THAT. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA INDICATED IN HER REMARKS THAT IN THIS BILL, IN THIS HEALTH CARE REFORM, THAT THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO DEFICIT SPENDING. IN FACT, SHE TALKS ABOUT MENTIONING THAT SOMETHING LIKE $100 BILLION SAVINGS IN THE FIRST 10 YEARS, I GUESS IS CALCULATED BY THE C.B.O. OF COURSE, MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL KNOW THE C.B.O. CAN ONLY WORK ON THE NUMBERS GIVEN TO THEM AND THEY DO A GREAT JOB AND WE'RE NOT HERE TO DENIGRATE THE HARDWORKING MEN AND WOMEN OF THE C.B.O., THEY'VE BEEN WORKING HARD FOR OVER A YEAR AND A HALF NOW, EVERY TIME THERE'S A CHANGE THEY HAVE TO RECRUNCH NUMBERS, BUT IT'S KIND OF INTERESTING FROM THE HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE OF OUR COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. REMEMBER WHEN MEDICARE, MEDICARE, THE PROGRAM WAS PASSED IN 1965, THE C.B.O. AND THE NUMBER CRUNCHING AT THAT TIME SAID THAT, WELL, BY THE TIME, BY THE YEAR 2010, BASED ON ALL THE INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE, DEMOGRAPHICS AND HOW LONG PEOPLE LIVE AND THAT SORT OF THING, BY THE YEAR 2010 THIS PROGRAM, ALTHOUGH NOT NEARLY AS COSTLY IN 1965, WILL COST ABOUT $60 BILLION IN 2010. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, YOU, AND I THINK EVERYBODY IN THIS CHAMBER AND EVERYBODY LISTENING KNOWS WE'RE IN THE PROCESS NOW ON AN ANNUAL BASIS, IN THE MEDICARE PROGRAM, OF SPENDING ABOUT $480 BILLION A YEAR. WE'RE SPENDING MORE ON MEDICARE THAN WE'RE SPENDING ON OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. $480 BILLION. WELL, THE NUMBER CRUNCHERS DIDN'T MISS IT TOO MUCH, DID THEY? THEY ONLY MISSED IT BY $420 BILLION. JUST A LITTLE, SMALL ACCOUNTING ERROR, I GUESS. YOU ROUND IT OFF, MAYBE. IN GOVERNMENT SPEAK. SO FOR THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, AND I RESPECT MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE BUT NO DEFICIT SPENDING INDEED. AND TO SUGGEST THAT THERE'LL BE $1 TRILLION WORTH OF SAVINGS IN THE SECOND 10 YEARS, DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH, COLLEAGUES. DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH. WELL, YOU KNOW, IT'S BEEN INTERESTING TODAY. IT HAS BEEN REAL INTERESTING. I TOLD THE MEN AND WOMEN ON THE WEST STEPS AND THE MALL EARLIER TODAY, I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY WERE THERE, MR. SPEAKER, BUT THOUSANDS, MAYBE 25,000, PEOPLE FROM ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO CAME, I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO ASK SOME OF THEM HOW THEY GOT HERE. SOME DROVE, SOME CAME ON BUSES. SOME FLEW. INTEED, YES, THERE WERE SOME FROM CALIFORNIA. BUT GOD BLESS THEM, MR. SPEAKER, ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE MAJORITY PARTY IN THE PREVIOUS HOUR REFERRED TO THEM AS TEA BAGGERS. -- AS TEABAGGERS. CALLED THEM TEABAGGERS. I FIND THAT HIGHLY INSULTING, MR. SPEAKER, TO THESE MEN AND WOMEN WHO MADE THAT EFFORT TO BE HERE. WE, THE PEOPLE. ANOTHER GENTLEMAN IN THE MAJORITY PARTY TALKED ABOUT WE THE PEOPLE. AND REFERRED TO WE THE PEOPLE AND TALKED ABOUT THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, IN ORDER TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION AND THAT THIS IS A RESULT THIS BILL WAS GOING TO GIVE US A MORE PERFECT UNION. MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW YOU'VE HEARD MANY ON YOUR SIDE OF THE AISLE SAY, WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO PASS COMP REHENCE I HEALTH CARE REFORM FOR 40 YEARS, 50 YEARS, 60 YEARS. PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT TRIED TO DO IT. PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON TRIED TO DO IT. PRESIDENT FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT TRIED TO DO IT. PRESIDENT KENNEDY, PRESIDENT JOHNSON TRIED TO DO IT. MORE RECENTLY, OF COURSE, PRESIDENT CLINTON BACK IN 1993, TRIED TO DO IT. WE ALMOST DID IT, THEY SAID, MR. SPEAKER. WE ALMOST GOT THERE. AND NOW HERE WE ARE, RIGHT ON THE CUSP OF VICTORY, AS THEY DESCRIBE, AND TOMORROW WE'RE GOING TO GET OVER THE FINISH LINE, WE'RE GOING TO DO IT, FOR WE THE PEOPLE. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, LET ME SUGGEST TO YOU AND MY COLLEAGUES, WHY WE HAVE NEVER DONE IT OVER THE PAST 40, 50, OR 60 YEARS. BECAUSE WE THE PEOPLE DON'T WANT IT. WE THE PEOPLE HATE IT. THEY DID THEN AND THEY DO NOW. WE THE PEOPLE HAVE REJECTED THIS. IN EVERY POLL THAT HAS BEEN TAKEN FROM THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF AND THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY AND THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, THEY KNOW THAT. THEY KNOW THAT. WE THE PEOPLE DON'T WANT IT. WE THE PEOPLE DON'T WANT WHAT OTTO VON BISMARCK HAD TO OFFER 150 YEARS AGO. WE DON'T WANT WESTERN EUROPEAN SOCIALISM FOR THIS COUNTRY ARE. WE THE PEOPLE LIKE WHAT'S WRITTEN IN THE CONSTITUTION AND THAT'S WHAT WE WANT. AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE THE PEOPLE KNOW THAT THERE ARE SOME SENSIBLE MEN AND WOMEN IN THIS CONGRESS, IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE THAT WILL CONTINUE TO STAND UP, RIGHT TO THE 11TH HOUR, WITH OUR LAST BREATH TO STAND UP FOR THE WE THE PEOPLE AND FIGHT OFF THIS SOCIALISM THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THIS MAJORITY IS INSISTING ON. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE FLOOR WITH ME TONIGHT THAT I THINK FEEL JUST AS STRONGLY AS I DO AND WE THE PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM THEM AS WELL. AT THIS POINT, I'D LIKE TO YIELD SOME TIME TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA, MY GOOD FRIEND FROM THE THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF WEST GEORGIA, THE HONORABLE LYNN WESTMORELAND.

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  • 09:36:21 PM

    MR. WESTMORELAND

    LIKE TO THANK MY FELLOW FWEAIAN FOR TAKING THIS HOUR TO STRAIGHTEN OUT…

    LIKE TO THANK MY FELLOW FWEAIAN FOR TAKING THIS HOUR TO STRAIGHTEN OUT SOME OF THE THINGS SAID IN THE PREVIOUS HOUR AND YOU KNOW, I LISTEN TO THEM WITH GREAT INTEREST AND YOU KNOW, I BELIEVE THAT THEY BELIEVE IN SANTA CLAUS THE EASTER BUNNY, AND THE TOOTH FAIRY. BECAUSE THEY KEPT -- I WAS GOING ALONG WITH THEM PRETTY WELL UNTIL THEY GOT DOWN TO THE FREE PART. FREE WELLNESS SCREENING. FREE EVENTIVE. FREE TESTS. I WANT TO ASK THE PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER, OF AMERICA, HAVE YOU EVER GOTTEN ANYTHING FREE FROM THE GOVERNMENT? THE AMERICAN PEOPLE PAY FOR EVERYTHING THAT THIS GOVERNMENT DOES WITH THEIR TAXES OR WITH PENALTIES OR INTEREST, THAT EVERY AMERICAN PAYS IS WHAT PAYS FOR EVERYTHING THIS GOVERNMENT DOES. THERE'S NO FREE LUNCHES HERE AND FOR OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO GET UP AND SAY THAT THESE THINGS WERE FREE, THEY'VE GOT TO BELIEVE IN THE TOOTH FAIRY. THEY'VE GOT TO BELIEVE IN SANTA CLAUS OR THE EASTER BUNNY TO BELIEVE THAT THE GENTLEMAN, OUR COLLEAGUE, FROM OHIO, WAS TALKING ABOUT THE THINGS HE'LL CAMPAIGN FOR. IN NOVEMBER. AND WHAT WE WILL BE CAMPAIGNING FOR AND WHAT HE WILL BE CAMPAIGNING FOR. I WELCOME -- I WELCOME THOSE CAMPAIGNS. BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVEN'T HEARD THE PEOPLE IN THIS THIRD SATURDAY IN MARCH, THEY WILL HEAR FROM THE PEOPLE IN THE FIRST TUESDAY OF NOVEMBER. BUT I THINK THERE'S SOME FACTS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO JUST GET STRAIGHT WHILE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT FREE THINGS. FREE WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO DO. THIS BILL IS NOT FREE. AS THE GENTLEMAN, MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA EXPLAINED, THE COSTS THAT COME WITH IT. LET ME TELL YOU SOME THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO BE ON THE CAMPAIGN, THAT'S GOING TO BE AHEAD OF THIS CONGRESS FOR THE NEXT SEVEN MONTHS. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE $1.2 TRILLION, THE TOTAL COST OF THE BILL BETWEEN 2010 AND 2020. THOUGH THE REAL COST IS, AS THE GENTLEMAN STATED, DOESN'T GO UNTIL 2014. THIS INCLUDES $940 BILLION IN COVERAGE SUBSIDIES. THOSE AREN'T GOING TO BE FREE. THAT'S WHAT YOUR TAX DOLLARS ARE GOING TO BE PAYING FOR IN COVERAGE SUBSIDIES. THOSE ARE NOT FREE. $144.2 BILLION IN ADDITIONAL MANDATORY SPENDING. THAT'S GOING TO COME OUT OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS. $70 BILLION IN DISCRETIONARY SPENDING IN THE SENATE BILL AND $41.6 BILLION IN UNRELATED EDUCATION SPENDING. YEAH, THEY INCLUDED EDUCATION INTO THIS HEALTH CARE REFORM. BECAUSE THEY COULD NOT UNDER ANY OTHER WAY GET IT PASSED THROUGH THE SENATE. $208 BILLION, AND BOTH MY COLLEAGUES HERE TONIGHT ARE DOCTORS. THIS IS THE COST OF A 10-YEAR PATCH FOR THE S.G.R., THE SUSTAINABLE GROWTH RATE, TO PREVENT REDUCTION IN MEDICARE PHYSICIANS PAYMENTS WHICH IS 21%, I BELIEVE, RIGHT NOW. THIS COST IS HIDDEN BECAUSE IT WAS INCLUDED IN THE EARLIER DEMOCRATIC BILL BUT WAS DROPPED TO BETTER PROVIDE A COST ESTIMATE. THIS IS YOUR TAX DOLLAR S, THIS IS NOT FREE. $569.2 BILLION IN THE LEGISLATION. INCLUDING $48.9 BILLION IN NEW TACKS IN THE RECONCILIATION BILL ALONE. THAT'S NOT FREE. THAT'S COMING FROM YOUR TAX DOLLARS. $52 BILLION, THE AMOUNT OF NEW TAXES ON EMPLOYERS. ON EMPLOYERS. $52 BILLION OF NEW TAXES. WHO CAN'T AFFORD TO GIVE THEIR EMPLOYEES HEALTH CARE. AND THAT'S GOING TO BE IMPOSED WHEN UNEMPLOYMENT IS RIGHT NOW AT 9.7%. 12 IS THE NUMBER OF NEW TAXES IN THE BILL THAT VIOLATE PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PLEDGE THAT UNDER OUR PLAN NO FAMILY MAKING LESS THAN $250,000 A YEAR WILL SEE ANY FORM OF TAX INCREASE. 46% IS THE PERCENTAGE OF FAMILIES MAKING LESS THAN $66,150 WHO WILL BE FORCED TO PAY THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE TAX. WHICH BY THE WAY, I BELIEVE IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. 16,500 IS THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF I.R.S. AUDITORS, AGENTS AND OTHER EMPLOYEES THAT WILL BE NEEDED TO COLLECT THE HUNDREDS OF BALLS OF -- BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN NEW TAXES LELEVIED ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THERE'S NOTHING FREE IN THIS BILL. THERE'S NOTHING FREE. YOU HAVE GOT TO BELIEVE IN THE TOOTH FAIRY AND THE EASTER BUNNY AND SANTA CLAUS ALL ROLLED INTO ONE TO THINK THAT YOU'RE GOING TO GET SOMETHING FREE OUT OF THIS. $20 BILLION IS ESTIMATED AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT THE I.R.S. AND THE H.H.S. WILL NEED FOR THE COST OF ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS, BUREAUCRACY AND READ REDD TAPE OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. THIS SPENDING IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE C.B.O.'S COST ESTIMATE. $53 BILLION, THE AMOUNT OF REVENUE THIS BILL RAISED FROM SOCIAL SECURITY TO APPEAR AS IF IT ACTUALLY REDUCES THE DEFICIT. $202.3 BILLION, THE AMOUNT OF MONEY CUT FROM MEDICARE ADVANTAGE FOR SENIORS TO HELP OFFSET THE COST OF AWE A NEW ENTITLEMENT. WE'VE HEARD OVER AND OVER THAT IF YOU HAVE THE INSURANCE YOU LIKE, YOU CAN KEEP IT. HAVE WE NOT HEARD THAT? YOU CAN KEEP THE INSURANCE THAT YOU HAVE. THESE SENIORS WITH MEDICARE ADVANTAGE ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO KEEP THE INSURANCE THAT THEY HAVE. WHERE DOES THAT COME FROM? $436 BILLION, THE AMOUNT OF FEDERAL SUBSIDIES IN THE BILL THAT WILL GO DIRECTLY TO INSURANCE CAMPAIGNS TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE IN THE EXCHANGE -- TO INSURANCE COMPANIES TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE IN THE EXCHANGE. $462 BILLION TO PAY TO THESE EVIL INSURANCE COMPANIES. NO WONDER THEY DON'T MIND GETTING CUT OUT OF A LITTLE BIT OF MONEY FOR MEDICARE ADVANTAGE FOR PROVIDING ADDITIONAL COVERAGE THE SENIORS PAY FOR WHEN THEY'RE GOING TO GET ANOTHER $436 BILLION. 102, THE TIMES THE SENATE HAS NOT SOMEHOW AMENDED A RECONCILIATION BILL PASSED BY THE HOUSE AND THUS REQUIRED FURTHER HOUSE. THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CONVINCED THAT THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS, A TOOTH FAIRY AND AN EASTER BUNNY FOR THE OTHER SIDE TO BELIEVE THE SENATE IS GOING TO TAKE THE RECONCILIATION BILL THEY'RE SENDING OVER. 63% IS THE PERCENTAGE OF PHYSICIANS SURVEYED WHO FEEL HEALTH REFORM IS NEED BUT ARE OPPOSED TO THE SWEEPING OVERHAUL LEGISLATION. $9.3 BILLION IS THE AMOUNT ESTIMATED THE GOVERNMENT WOULD SPEND ANNUALLY ON MEDICARE. AND IN REALITY, MEDICARE SPENT $67 BILLION, OR SEVEN TIMES THE INITIAL SIMENT. IF YOU BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A DEFICIT REDUCTION BILL, THEN YOU CERTAINLY BELIEVE IN THESE PEOPLE I HAVE MENTIONED PRIOR. $1.55 TRILLION, THE PROJECTED FY-2010 DEFICIT, 11 TIMES THE 10-YEAR SAVINGS THAT THE DEMOCRATS CLAIM THAT THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE BY SPENDING MORE THAN $1 TRILLION FOR THIS GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE TAKEOVER. IF YOU THINK THE GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO BE GIVING THINGS FOR FREE, YOU'RE KIDDING YOURSELF. IF YOU THINK THIS THING IS GOING TO COST WHAT THEY SAY IT'S GOING TO COST, YOU'RE KIDDING YOURSELF. IF YOU THINK THIS IS GOING TO REDUCE OUR DEFICIT, YOU'RE KIDDING YOURSELF. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SMARTER THAN THIS AND I THINK OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE NEED TO REALIZE THIS. IF THEY DON'T REALIZE IT NOW, THEY WILL REALIZE IT IN A VERY SHORT TIME TO COME. THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE BEHIND THEM, IT'S GOING TO BE IN FRONT OF THEM. I WELCOME THE OPPORTUNITY TO CAMPAIGN ON THIS ISSUE ALONE WILL PROVIDE THAT THEY HAVE FAILED TO PROMISE AND KEEP THE PROMISES THAT WERE MADE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THIS LAST ELECTION. SO I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA FOR DOING THIS. I THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME AND SHARE THIS. AND HOPEFULLY TOMORROW WE'LL BE ABLE TO MAKE OUR CASE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND TO CHANGE SOME HEARTS AND MINDS OF SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:45:40 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA FOR BEING WITH US THIS HOUR AND…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA FOR BEING WITH US THIS HOUR AND HOPEFULLY HE WILL BE WITH US FOR THE ENTIRE HOUR, AS LONG AS HE CAN STAY. WE ALSO HAVE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, AS I REFERRED TO PREVIOUSLY, WHO DID THE SPECIAL FIVE-MINUTE TALK ABOUT THE TEXAS MEDICAL SOCIETY AND THE WAY THE GOVERNOR IN TEXAS AND THE MEDICAL SOCIETY HAVE WRITTEN LETTERS TO HIM, TO SHARE WITH ALL OF US, MR. SPEAKER, IN OPPOSITION, IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL TOMORROW. AND I'D LIKE TO REFER TO DR. BURGESS AT THIS TIME.

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  • 09:46:16 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND THANK HIM FOR THE RECOGNITION. THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND THANK HIM FOR THE RECOGNITION. THE GENTLEMAN AND I SPENT SOME TIME THIS AFTERNOON UP IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, A LITTLE HIDEAWAY UP ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE CAPITOL. I DON'T THINK THE AIR CONDITIONING IS WORKING TODAY. IT'S ALWAYS AN INTERESTING TIME WHEN YOU GET TO SPEND A LITTLE TIME IN THE RULES COMMITTEE. AND WE HEARD SEVERAL PEOPLE SORT OF LEAD OFF THEIR SO LITTLE QUIS AS THEY WERE EX TOLLING THE VIRTUES OF THIS BILL THAT'S GOING TO TRY TO COME THROUGH THE HOUSE TOMORROW. THEY SAY, WE'RE GOING TO GO DOWN IN HISTORY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SAID, IT CERTAINLY RAN THROUGH MY MIND, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'RE GOING TO GO DOWN IN HISTORY, BUT YOU'RE VERY LIKELY TO GO DOWN IN NOVEMBER. THE GENTLEMAN TALKED ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN HERE ALL DAY AROUND THE CAPITOL. AND IT HAS BEEN IMPRESSIVE. AND I THINK BACK TO A YEAR AGO, MY TOWN HALLS, PEOPLE WERE SO FRUSTRATED WITH WHAT THEY SAW HAPPENING, THEY DIDN'T KNOW HOW BAD IT WAS GOING TO GET, BUT THEY WERE VERY FRUSTRATED WITH THE DIRECTION THEY SAW FROM THIS CONGRESS AND FROM THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THEY KEPT SAYING, WELL, WE WANT TO DO SOMETHING. WHAT CAN WE DO? WE WANT TO STOP THIS. WE WANT TO YOU STOP THIS. AND IF YOU CAN'T STOP IT, WE WANT TO STOP IT. AND A YEAR AGO IT SEEMED LIKE WE WERE SO FAR AWAY FROM A FALL ELECTION, BUT THAT UNEASE, THAT ENERGY KEPT BUILDING AND BUILDING THROUGH THE SPRING AND THROUGH THE SUMMER AND THROUGH THE FALL AND WE SAW IT HERE ON JULY 4 WHEN THE PEOPLE CAME AND CAMPED OUT ON THE WASHINGTON MALL, WE SAW IT AGAIN ON SEPTEMBER 12, WHEN PEOPLE FLED INTO THE CAPITAL AND TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD AND WE CERTAINLY HEARD IT TODAY AND, YOU KNOW, YOU MIGHT ASK, DOES THIS DO ANY GOOD? THIS SORT OF OUTPOURING OF ANGST AND EMOTION AND ENERGY TO SURROUND THE CAPITOL WITH LIVING, BREATHING AMERICANS WHO WANT TO PRESS THE POINT OF, HEY, LOOK, IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE GOVERN WITH THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED, GOVERN WITH THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED AND WE DIDN'T GIVE YOU OUR CONSENT FOR THIS. WE DON'T WANT IT. WE WANT TO YOU TAKE IT BACK. DO YOU WONDER IF IT DOES ANY GOOD TO HAVE PEOPLE AROUND THE CAPITOL ALL DAY, ALL OF THAT ENERGY, ALL OF THAT ENTHUSIASM, ALL OF THAT PUSHBACK AGAINST WHAT THEY SEE AS A VERY BAD HEALTH CARE BILL. AND I'LL TELL YOU THAT IT DOES. BECAUSE AS WE STARTED THE DAY TODAY, WE JUST REFER TO MY LITTLE FRIEND FROM "SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK." I BROUGHT HIM OUT EARLIER IN THE WEEK. THIS IS A BILL WHO'S ON CAPITOL HILL, THE ONE DAY HE WANTS TO BECOME A LAW. THIS BILL LOONS MAD. I WONDER WHY THIS BILL IS MAD? YOU LOOK AT WHAT HE'S THINKING AND HE SAYS, I DON'T WANT TO BE DEEMED OR SLAUGHTERED. HE'S REFERRING OF COURSE TO THE SLAUGHTER RULE, THE CHAIRWOMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, MS. SLAUGHTER, HAD PUT FORWARD THE SLAUGHTER RULE THAT SAID WE WOULDN'T EVEN HAVE TO VOTE ON THIS SENATE BILL THAT NO ONE WANTS TO VOTE ON, WE'LL JUST DEEM ITS PASSAGE AND THEN SEND IT ON TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS SIGNATURE. WELL, THAT'S KIND OF A BIG DEAL IN THIS BODY. IT KIND OF MIGHT NOT REALLY BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH ALL OF THE RULES LAID DOWN BY THE FOUNDERS IN THE CONSTITUTION. SO, THE BILL WAS MAD. HE DIDN'T WANT TO BE DEEMED OR SLAUGHTERED. WELL, GUESS WHAT HAPPENED? ABOUT THE MIDDLE OF THE AFTERNOON, UP IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, AND I DON'T KNOW WHETHER IT WAS BECAUSE OF ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WERE HERE OR NOT, I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS WHETHER THEIR VOICES WERE HEARD AND FOLKS ON THAT RULES COMMITTEE FELT THE HEAT THAT WAS BEING GENERATED AROUND THE CAPITOL OUTSIDE, BUT SOMEWHERE OR ANOTHER IN THE MIDDLE OF THE AFTERNOON THEY SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT? THIS GUY'S RIGHT, WE'LL JUST HAVE AN UP OR DOWN VOTE. SO TOMORROW, ALTHOUGH THE OUTCOME MAY NOT BE WHAT I WANT, WE'RE GOING TO AT LEAST HAVE AN UP OR DOWN VOTE ON H.R. 3590, THE SENATE BILL. I DO WANT TO TELL PEOPLE WHAT WHAT'S AT STAKE HERE. THIS BILL -- WHAT'S AT STAKE HERE. THIS BILL IS A BILL THAT ACTUALLY ORIGINATED IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. IT WAS NOT A HEALTH CARE BILL, IT WAS A HOUSING BILL. THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE VOTED ON IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FLOOR, WENT OVER TO THE SENATE AS A HOUSING BILL. IT LANGUISHED OVER THERE, WHEN THE SENATE NEEDED A VEHICLE FOR A HEALTH REFORM BILL, THEY TOOK UP THAT BILL THAT HAD ALREADY BEEN PASSED BY THE HOUSE, STRIPPED ALL THE LANGUAGE OUT OF IT, LIKE POURING OUT THE INSIDE OF AN APPLE OR SOMETHING, PUT THEIR HEALTH CARE LANGUAGE INTO THIS BILL, PASSED THAT BILL IN THE SENATE WITH 60 VOTES AND NOW THAT THEY NO LONGER HAVE 60 VOTES IN THE SENATE AND DO NOT WANT TO GO TO A -- THEY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE RIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS. THEY STILL HAD 60 VOTES, TO HECK WITH THE NOTION THAT REPUBLICANS WERE BLOCKING A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, THAT'S A FAIRYTALE. THEY HAD 60 VOTE ON DECEMBER 26, THEY COULD HAVE NAMED CONFEREES, THEY COULD HAVE GONE TO A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE AND DONE IT THE RIGHT WAY AND TRIED TO PUT THOSE TWO BILLS TOGETHER AND BRING THAT PRODUCT BACK TO THE HOUSE, BUT THEY DIDN'T WANT TO DO THAT. THEY WANTED TO DO SOMETHING SMOOTHER OR SOMETHING EASIER. SO SCOTT BROWN WON AN ELECTION IN MASSACHUSETTS, THEY DON'T HAVE 60 VOTES ANYMORE. NOW THEY REALLY CAN'T GO TO A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE. THEIR ONLY WAY FORWARD IS TO PASS THE SENATE BILL OR TAKE THE SENATE BILL THAT'S PASSED THE SENATE AND BRING IT BACK TO THE HOUSE AND THEN THE QUESTION WILL BE FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. WILL THE HOUSE NOW CONCUR WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 359 TO? IT -- 3590? THE ANSWER TO THAT IS YES, THE BILL IS PASSED, IT DOES NOT GO BACK TO THE SENATE, THERE'S NO FURTHER ADJUSTMENTS ON IT, IT IS WHAT THE SENATE BILL IS WITH NO CHANGES, THAT GOES DOWN TO THE WHITE HOUSE OR THE PRESIDENT COMES HERE, IT IS SIGNED AND WITHIN A MATTER OF 20 MINUTES THAT BILL HAS BECOME LAW. NOW, ALL THE PEOPLE IN THIS HOUSE WHO SAY, YEAH, BUT I WANT TO TWEAK THINGS A LITTLE BIT, I WANT TO CHANGE SOME LANGUAGE HERE, I WANT TO ADJUST THIS OVER HERE, MAYBE THERE'S SOMETHING WE CAN DO FOR THE DOCTORS OVER HERE, MAYBE THERE'S SOMETHING WE CAN DO FOR SENIORS OVER HERE, AND WE DO THIS IN A RECONCILIATION BILL THAT ONLY TAKES 51 VOTES, YEAH, HAVE FUN WITH THAT. BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE ALL OF THOSE ADJUSTMENTS, WE WILL PASS THAT BILL IN THE HOUSE, HOWEVER IT LOOKS IT WILL GO OVER TO THE SENATE AND THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT THE MAJORITY LEADER IN THE SENATE WILL EVER PICK THAT BILL UP AND EVEN LOOK AT IT BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE TO. THIS CONGRESS WAS CHARGED WITH PASSING A HEALTH CARE BILL AND, HEY, THAT HAPPENED MARCH 22 ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE WHEN WE PASSED H.R. 3490.

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  • 09:52:27 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD BACK. I AGREE WITH HIM COMPLETELY IN REGARDS TO THAT…

    GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD BACK. I AGREE WITH HIM COMPLETELY IN REGARDS TO THAT FIX IT BILL, THE RECONCILIATION BILL. IT VERY LIKELY COULD PING PONG BACK AND FORTH FOREVER AND NOTHING IN THAT SO-CALLED FIX IT BILL THAT MAYBE MANY OF THE MEMBERS, MR. SPEAKER, ON THE MAJORITY SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE COUNTING ON AS THEY MAKE THAT DIFFICULT DECISION POSSIBLY TO VOTE YES TOMORROW, THAT PING PONGING BACK AND FORTH COULD RESULT IN NO CHANGES TO THIS BILL THAT THEY VOTE ON TOMORROW, HRMENT ARE THE -- H.R. 3590 THAT THE GENTLEMAN TEXAS JUST DESCRIBED, THAT'S IT, THAT WILL BE THE LAW FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE AND THEY INDEED WILL BE STUCK WITH THAT BILL, WITH HAVING VOTED TO SUPPORT IT, MR. SPEAKER, AND THAT'S WHAT THEY WILL HAVE TO GO BACK INTO THEIR DISTRICTS IN THIS FALL CAMPAIGN RIGHT UP UNTIL NOVEMBER 2 AND THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO BE HUNG AROUND THEIR NECK AND I HOPE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT EVERY MEMBER IN THIS BODY UNDERSTANDS WHAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS TALKING ABOUT IN REGARD TO THAT. AND I'LL YIELD BACK TO HIM AT THIS TIME.

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  • 09:53:34 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    POINT IS THEN THAT IS IS A SENATE BILL. IT NEVER WENT THROUGH ANY HOUSE…

    POINT IS THEN THAT IS IS A SENATE BILL. IT NEVER WENT THROUGH ANY HOUSE COMMITTEE. THERE WAS NEVER ANY HOUSE INPUT OR IMPRINT ON THAT BILL. ALL OF THAT LANGUAGE WAS DERIVINGED OVER IN THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, ALTHOUGH WE'LL GO DOWN -- WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS PASSING HEALTH REFORM IF THAT PASSES TOMORROW, THE REALITY IS, THAT ALL A PRODUCT OF THE SENATE, THE HOUSE WILL HAVE NO FINGERPRINTS ON THAT BILL BUT WILL HAVE THAT BILL HUNG AROUND THEIR NECK. NOBODY KNOWS WHAT'S IN THAT STUPID BILL. I BEG YOUR PARDON. NOBODY KNOWS THE DEGREE AND THE DEPTH OF THE INTRICACIES OF THE LEGISLATIVE LANGUAGE CONTAINED THEREIN WITHIN THAT BILL. AND WE WILL BE LEARNING THE PRESS WILL THEN SUDDENLY BECOME VERY INTERESTED IN THIS BILL AND WE WILL FLERN GREAT DETAIL OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS HOW MANY BAD THINGS WERE HIDDEN WITHIN THE DARK RECESSES OF THAT 2,700-PAGE BILL. AND I'M GOING TO FINISH UP IN JUST A MINUTE. IF I COULD I WANT TO REITERATE THE LETTER FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IN THE STATE OF TEXAS, IN DEALING WITH THE ISSUE OF CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THIS BILL, BECAUSE IF THIS BILL PASSES TOMORROW THEN ALL EYES GO TO THE STATES AND WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO? ARE THEY SIMPLY GOING TO ACCEPT THIS NEW UNFUNDED MANDATE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT? OR WILL THERE BE PUSHBACK FROM THE STATES? GREGG ABBOTT HAS SAID THEY HAVE SERIOUS CONCERNS WITH THE BILL AND SAID THAT TEXAS WILL BE READY TO LEAD WHEN THE TIME COMES IF THIS BILL IS PASSED. BUT JUST HIS THOUGHTS ON THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE. IF QUOTING FROM HIM HERE, THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE IS CONSTITUTIONALLY SUSPECT BECAUSE IT DOES NOT FALL WITHIN ANY OF THE NORMAL CATEGORIES. THE MANDATE PROVISION OF H.R. 3590 ATTEMPTS TO REGULATE A NONACTIVITY. THE LEGISLATION ACTUALLY IMPOSES A FINANCIAL PENALTY UPON AMERICANS WHO CHOOSE NOT TO ENGAGE IN INTERSTATE COMMERCE BECAUSE THEY CHOOSE NOT TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT FOR HEALTH INSURANCE. IN OTHER WORDS, THE PROPOSED MANDATE, CONTINUING TO QUOTE, IN OTHER WORDS, THE PROPOSED MANDATE WOULD COMPEL NEARLY EVERY AMERICAN TO ENGAGE IN COMMERCE BY FORCING THEM TO PURCHASE INSURANCE AND THEN USE THAT COERCED TRANSACTION AS THE BASIS FOR CLAIMING AUTHORITY UNDER THE COMMERCE CLAUSE. IF THERE ARE EVER TO BE ANY LIMITATIONS ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THEN COMMERCE CANNOT BE CONSTRUED TO COVER EVERY POSSIBLE HUMAN ACTIVITY UNDER THE SUN, INCLUDING MERE HUMAN EXISTENCE. THE ACT OF DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN ACT OF COMMERCE THAT CONGRESS IS AUTHORIZED TO REGULATE. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS INDULGENCE AND I'LL YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 09:56:14 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. HE'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. I…

    MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. HE'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. I HAVE THE POCKET CONSTITUTION, I KEEP IT WITH ME ALL THE TIME, I THINK MY COLLEAGUES HERE ON THE FLOOR DO AS WELL. AND HE WAS MAKING REFERENCE, OF COURSE, TO THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY AND THE CHAIRWOMAN OF THE POWERFUL RULES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. SLAUGHTER, SAYING THAT, OK, WE'VE FINALLY DECIDED THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO THE SLAUGHTER SOLUTION, THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO THE SCHEME AND DEEM, WE'RE NOT GOING TO TRY TO SNEAK THIS BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY NOT HAVING OUR FINGERPRINTS ON IT, WE'RE GOING TO ACTUALLY VOTE ON THE REAL BILL TOMORROW. WE'LL VOTE ON THE RULE AND WE'LL VOTE ON THE BILL. WELL, I DON'T KNOW WHAT CAUSED THAT CHANGE OF HEART, MR. SPEAKER, BUT I THINK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS VERY LIKELY RIGHT ON THAT. WE, THE PEOPLE, ALL OF THESE FOLKS FROM ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO ON YOUR SIDE OF THE AISLE, MR. SPEAKER, REFERRED TO AS TEA BAGGERS, THEY'RE THE ONES THAT WERE UP HERE TODAY, AND I'M SURE THAT EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY AND THE OTHER BODY, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ALIKE, YOU COULDN'T MISS THEM NO MATTER HOW HARD SOME MEMBERS MAY HAVE WANTED TO. THEY COULDN'T GET AWAY FROM THEM. I THINK WE THE PEOPLE HAD A LOT TO DO WITH IT. IT MAY BE BECAUSE FORMER ATTORNEYS GENERAL SAID VERY RECENTLY IN AN ARTICLE THAT THEY FULLY BELIEVE, I BELIEVE THAT ARTICLE WAS IN "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL," THAT IT'S TOTALLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL, ACCORDING TO ARTICLE 1 SECTION 7, I'VE GOT IT RIGHT HERE IN FRONT OF ME, MR. SPEAKER, BUT THE OTHER REASON I THINK IT IS A COMBINATION OF BOTH. I THANK WE THE PEOPLER. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO REFER TO MR. WESTMORELAND.

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  • 09:58:18 PM

    MR. WESTMORELAND

    I WANT TO THANK MY FELLOW GEORGIAN FOR YIELDING. WE, THE PEOPLE, ARE THE…

    I WANT TO THANK MY FELLOW GEORGIAN FOR YIELDING. WE, THE PEOPLE, ARE THE ONES THAT ARE GOING TO BE PAYING FOR THIS FREE PREVENTIVE CARE, WELLNESS SCREENINGS, IT'S THE WE, THE PEOPLE, IT'S THOSE TEA BAGGERS, AS THEY WERE CALLED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, THAT ARE GOING TO BE PAYING FOR THESE FREE GOVERNMENT THINGS, MUCH LIKE SOME OF THE STUFF THAT WE PAY FOR NOW, SOME OF THE ENTITLEMENTS THAT ARE ROBBING OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN. OF BECAUSE OF THEIR ESCALATION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS MENTIONED SOMETHING ABOUT NOT KNOWING WHAT WAS IN THE 2,700-PAGE BILL. AND WE HAD THE GENTLEMAN TODAY TALK ABOUT THAT WE HAD HAD THIS BILL FOR 72 HOURS NOW TO LOOK AT AND THAT WE SHOULD KNOW WHAT'S IN IT. I BELIEVE IT WAS THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. WELL, YOU KNOW, WE HAD A THREE-PAGE MOTION TO RECOMMIT TODAY ON THE FLOOR THAT THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING OFFERED ON A FOREST OR MAINTAINING THE FOREST LANDS AND THE AMERICORPS, THE VOLUNTEERS TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS. A THREE-PAGE MOTION TO RECOMMIT THAT THE READING CLERK READ. AND IT TALKED ABOUT THAT IF YOU WERE A SEXUAL PREDATOR THAT YOU WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DO THIS VOLUNTEER WORK. THAT YOU WOULD BE SCREENED AND THAT YOU COULD DO IT. AND I BELIEVE THAT THE COUNT ON THE BOARD WAS 178 MEMBERS VOTED AGAINST THAT. AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE WAS 175 AND THEN 170 AND IT WENT ON FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES AND IT GOT DOWN TO WHERE THERE WERE ONLY 39 PEOPLE WHO VOTED AGAINST THAT. . . THAT WAS A THREE-PAGE BILL. IF THAT'S TRUE WITH A THREE-PAGE MOTION TO RECOMMIT THAT WAS READ BY THE READING CLERK, THINK WHAT THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES ARE IN THAT 2,700-PAGE BILL AND THE RECONCILIATION BILL AND WE HAVEN'T SEEN THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT YET. THAT'S SOMETHING WE DON'T EVEN HAVE. SO I'M TELLING YOU -- YOU KNOW, THERE'S A STORY ABOUT A GENTLEMAN IN -- AND MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA KNOWS THAT WE DO A LOT OF HUNTING AT NIGHT. WE USE DOGS AND HUNT RACCOONS AND IT'S A VERY BIG SPORT DOWN THERE AND THERE WAS A GENTLEMAN WHO SERVED IN WORLD WAR II WHO LOST THE BOTTOM PART OF HIS LEG. AND HE HAD A WOODEN PEG LEG PUT IN. AND SO HE WAS THERE WITH SOME OF THE GUYS AND THEY WERE LAYING AROUND THE CAMPFIRE AND KIND OF COOL AND HIS LEG WAS A LITTLE TOO CLOSE AND BURNED ABOUT EIGHT INCHES OF THAT PEG LEG AND THE DOG STARTED HOWLING AND EVERYBODY GOT UP TO START FOLLOWING THE DOGS. AND THE NAVY VETERAN TURNED AROUND AND SAID WATCH OUT, BOYS, THERE IS A HOLE, EVERY OTHER STEP. THERE ARE SOME HOLES IN THIS BILL. AND I BELIEVE THEY ARE ABOUT EVERY OTHER STEP. SO WE NEED TO BE VERY CARBOUS OF THAT AND UNDERSTAND THAT I'M TELLING YOU THERE ARE MORE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES THAN WE CAN EVER BELIEVE IN THIS BILL. I WANT TO WARN MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, WATCH OUT, BOYS, BECAUSE THERE'S A HOLE ABOUT EVERY OTHER STEP. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 10:02:27 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    I HAD NOT HEARD THAT STORY, BUT I'M VERY GLAD THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA…

    I HAD NOT HEARD THAT STORY, BUT I'M VERY GLAD THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RELATED IT TO US, BECAUSE THE ANALOGY IS PERFECT. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, I REFER TO THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY PARTY WHO DID THEIR HOUR, SPECIAL ORDER, I GUESS 30 MINUTES OR SO AND SOME OF THE COMMENTS THAT WERE MADE. AND ONE OF THE GENTLEMEN MADE THE COMMENT THAT WHEN THEY PASS -- DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY PASSES THIS BILL TOMORROW, H.R. 3590, IF, INDEED, THEY DO AND HE FELT CONFIDENT THEY WOULD, THAT HE WELCOMES THE DEBATE AS WE GO INTO THE FALL AND AS WE ALL STAND AS WE DO IN EVERY TOE YEARS FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THIS GREAT BODY, THAT HE WELCOMED THAT OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THAT DEBATE. IN FACT, HE SUGGESTED THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE, NONE OF WHOM WILL BE VOTING FOR THIS BILL TOMORROW, WOULD BE CAMPAIGNING ON HOW WE CAN WIN BACK THE MAJORITY AND DO AWAY WITH EVERYTHING IN THE BILL, ALL 2,700 PAGES OF H.R. 3590 AND THE CHANGES AND THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT AND WHATEVER ELSE WE DON'T GET TO SEE, BUT GET TO VOTE ON. MR. SPEAKER, THE MINORITY PARTY HAS HAD LOTS OF IDEAS ON HOW TO REFORM THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM SO THAT WE BRING DOWN THE COST AND GIVE I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY MILLIONS, MAYBE IT'S 15 MILLION TO 20 MILLION PEOPLE THAT DON'T GET HEALTH INSURANCE BECAUSE THEY CANNOT AFFORD IT AND THEY'RE NOT ELIGIBLE. THEIR INCOME IS NOT LOW ENOUGH. THEY QUALIFY FOR A SAFETY NET PROGRAM LIKE MEDICAID OR THE CHIP PROGRAM, CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM FOR THEIR FAMILIES. AND WHEN THE PRESIDENT, MR. SPEAKER, AS YOU KNOW, AND MY COLLEAGUES KNOW, WHEN HE INVITED BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TWO WEEKS AGO TO COME OVER TO THE BLAIR HOUSE AND MEET WITH HIM. I DON'T KNOW THEY REALIZED IT WOULD BE 6 1/2 HOURS, MUCH OF IT FILIBUSTERING, A LOT OF AIR IN THAT ROOM, A LOT OF OXYGEN SUCKED OUT OF THE ROOM. BUT THE PRESIDENT CONTROLLED IT AND HE RECOGNIZED SPEAKERS WHEN HE WANTED TO AND HE MADE THEM YIELD BACK WHEN HE WANTED TO. BUT WE HAD SO MANY GOOD IDEAS PRESENTED. AND AS WE GO FORWARD AND WHEN WE DO REGAIN THE MAJORITY, WE'RE NOT GOING TO STRIKE DOWN EVERY SINGLE PROVISION OF H.R. 3590. THERE ARE THINGS IN THAT BILL THAT I, AS A PHYSICIAN MEMBER, AND MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE, AGREE WITH. AND WE THINK THAT THEY ARE GOOD. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA MENTIONED THE EXPANSION OF COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. THAT'S A GOOD THING. THAT'S A GOOD THING. SOMEONE ELSE IN THE MAJORITY PARTY MENTIONED ALLOWING OUR CHILDREN TO STAY ON A FAMILY POLICY UNTIL THEY'RE 26 YEARS OLD. MANY OF THEM, OF COURSE, ARE STILL IN COLLEGE OR GRADUATE SCHOOL. AND HERETOFOREINSURANCE COMPANIES HAVE REQUIRED THAT THESE CHILDREN NO LONGER COULD BE COVERED UNDER THE FAMILY POLICY. AND THAT WAS WRONG. AND WE'RE CHANGING THAT. AND I'M GLAD THAT WE'RE CHANGING THAT. SO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO AND OTHERS ON YOUR SIDE OF THE AISLE, MR. SPEAKER, I THINK THEY MISSPOKE IN REGARD TO THAT. WE CAN AND SHOULD HAVE WORKED TOGETHER AND COME UP WITH A SOLUTION THAT DOESN'T COST $1 TRILLION. DOESN'T ALLOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO TAKE OVER OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, 1/6 OF OUR ECONOMY, $2.5 TRILLION. GOODNESS KNOWS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ALREADY CONTROLS ABOUT 60% OF THAT WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND TRICARE, VETERANS' HEALTH CARE. BUT FOR SOME REASON, THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY AND THIS PRESIDENT IS NOT GOING TO BE SATISFIED UNTIL THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTROLS IT ALL, LOCK, STOCK AND BARREL, JUST LIKE THEY SAID THEY HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DO FOR THE LAST 40, 50, 60 YEARS. AND I SAID IN MY EARLIER REMARKS, IT'S NO SURPRISE TO ME THAT IT'S HAD DIFFICULTY PASSING. I DON'T CARE HOW CLOSE IT CAME. WE, THE PEOPLE, DIDN'T WANT IT. AND AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO TALKS ABOUT LET'S TEE IT UP. WE'RE READY. WE'RE READY FOR THOSE FALL ELECTIONS AND READY TO RUN ON H.R. 3590 AND BEAT THESE MEAN OLD STINGY REPUBLICANS. I WANT TO, MR. SPEAKER, GIVE HIM A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON. 34 DEMOCRATIC INCUMBENTS WERE DEFEATED IN 1994. 34 INCUMBENTS WERE DEFEATED. NOW, WHEN WAS 1994. WELL, IT WAS ONE YEAR AFTER THE LATEST AND LAST GREAT ATTEMPT FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO TAKE OVER OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM . AND THAT WAS KNOWN, MY COLLEAGUES, AS HILLARYCARE. AND LET ME JUST MENTION TO MY COLLEAGUES A FEW NAMES AND I THINK IT WILL BE QUITE INSTRUCTTIVE, BECAUSE I THINK MEN AND WOMEN, YOU WILL RECOGNIZE SOME OF THESE NAMES, WHO WERE AMONG THE 34 THAT WENT INTO THAT ELECTION CYCLE I'M SURE VERY CONFIDENT HAVING VOTED FOR HILLARYCARE AND THE TAKEOVER BY THE GOVERNMENT OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. SPEAKER TOM FOLEY, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE TOM FOLEY. FIRST ELECTED IN 1964 AND REPRESENTED THE SPOKANE AREA FOR 30 YEARS. THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1862 THAT A SITTING SPEAKER WAS DEFEATED IN A RE-ELECTION BID. SPEAKER FOLEY IN 1992, MR. SPEAKER, WON BY 11 POINTS. IN 1994, SPEAKER TOM FOLEY WAS DEFEATED BY TWO POINTS, A 13-POINT SHIFT. COLLEAGUES, MR. SPEAKER, DOES THE NAME DAN ROSTONKOWSKI, FIRST ELECTED IN 1958. HE LOST HIS SEAT IN 1994, DESPITE BEING A 36-YEAR VETERAN OF THIS HOUSE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. IN 1992, I SAY TO MY COLLEAGUE, MR. SPEAKER FROM OHIO, IN 1992, DONE ROSTONKOWSKI, WON BY 18 POINTS. IN 1994, HE LOST BY 13 POINTS. JUST A LITTLE 31-POINT SHIFT. WHAT HAPPENED? WHAT HAPPENED? WE, THE PEOPLE, DECIDED TO PUT HIM IN THE RANKS OF THE UNEMPLOYED. I'M NOT GOING TO READ ALL OF THE NAMES, BUT LET ME JUST MENTION ONE FROM MY OWN STATE. AGAIN, 1992, DONALD JOHNSON, FROM THE 10TH DISTRICT OF GEORGIA. HE WAS FIRST ELECTED FIRST FIRST TERM IN 1992. HE WON BY EIGHT POINTS. HE REPRESENTED MY HOMETOWN, MR. SPEAKER, AUGUSTA, GEORGIA, HOME OF THE MASTERS. GREAT AREA. ALWAYS HOME TO ME. WELL, DONALD JOHNSON WAS ONE OF THE LAST VOTES FOR THE MASSIVE, MASSIVE TAKEOVER OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND ALSO, MR. SPEAKER, VOTED THE CLINTON INCREASE IN TAXES. PEOPLE BACK HOME SAID, DON'T VOTE FOR THAT. DON'T VOTE FOR IT AND COME BACK AND EXPECT US TO RE-ELECT YOU, DON JOHNSON. BUT YET, I THINK OUR FORMER COLLEAGUE DON JOHNSON MAY HAVE BEEN THE 117TH VOTE IN 1992. HE WON BY EIGHT POINTS. IN 1994, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA LOST BY 30, MR. SPEAKER. LOST BY 30. A 38-POINT SHIFT. HE WAS REPLACED BY OUR GREAT AND LATE, I SADLY SAY, COLLEAGUE, DR. CHARLIE NORWOOD. HE SERVED SO HONORABLY IN THIS BOLD UNTIL HIS DEATH ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO. HE DIED IN OFFICE, GOD REST HIS SOUL. DON JOHNSON WASN'T A BAD MAN, MR. SPEAKER. I DIDN'T KNOW HIM PERSONALLY, BUT HE MADE A BAD VOTE. AND HE DIDN'T LISTEN TO WE, THE PEOPLE. LET ME MENTION ONE OTHER, BECAUSE I SAW HER ON TELEVISION EARLIER TODAY, AND SHE WAS REALMING TO HER DEMOCRATIC -- RECOMMENDING TO HER DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES THAT THEY VOTE FOR THIS HEALTH CARE REFORM, MASSIVE TAKEOVER OF 1/6 OF OUR ECONOMY. SHE WAS RECOMMENDING INDEED THAT HER DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES TOMORROW VOTE YES, BECAUSE IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. WELL, MS. MARJORIE MARGOLIS. SHE REPRESENTED THE 13TH DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA. SHE WAS ELECTED IN 1992. AND IT WAS HER DECISIVE VOTE ON BILL CLINTON'S CONTROVERSIAL 1993 BUDGET. IT WAS OFTEN ARGUED TO BE THE CAUSE OF HER DOWNFALL. IN 1992, SHE WON BY ABOUT A POINT. IN 1994, SHE LOST BY 13 POINTS. AND SHE, INDEED, WAS THE DECIDING VOTE. AND THE PEOPLE IN PENNSYLVANIA SAID, MARJORIE, HONEY, IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO COME ON HOME, BECAUSE YOU AREN'T LISTENING TO WE, THE PEOPLE. SHE SAID THIS AFTERNOON ON TELEVISION SHE HAS NO REGRETS. THAT'S 16 YEARS AGO. I'M GLAD SHE HAS NO REGRETS BUT I DON'T THINK SHE INTENDED TO SERVE ONE TWO-YEAR TERM. I DON'T THINK A LOT OF MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES IN THE MAJORITY PARTY, PARTICULARLY THE FRESHMEN AND SOPHOMORES HAVE ANY INTENTION OF GOING THROUGH THE RIGORS, EXPENSE, AGONY AND STRESS OF RUNNING TO BE ELECTED TO THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO ONLY SERVE ONE TERM. I DON'T THINK SO, MR. SPEAKER. BUT THAT IS EXACTLY THE FATE THAT IS GOING TO BEFALL THEM AS THEY LISTEN TO SOME OF THEIR COLLEAGUES AND LISTEN TO THEIR LEADERSHIP AND LISTEN TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THEY MAKE A DECISION THAT MAYBE THE PRESSURE FROM THE LEADERSHIP OR MAYBE THE OFFERS FROM THE LEADERSHIP ARE SO ATTRACTIVE THE PROMISES, THE ARM-TWISTING AND THEY COME DOWN HERE TOMORROW AND THEY FORGET, MR. SPEAKER, WHAT WE, THE PEOPLE, WANT THEM TO DO. AND THEY MAY IN A CAREER-ENDING VOTE. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT -- I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT IF YOU DON'T KNOW YOUR HISTORY, YOU'RE HE -- YOU'RE GOING TO REPEAT IT. THERE ARE MANY MORE HERE I COULD MENTION, BUT TOMORROW IS GOING TO BE A CRUCIAL, CRITICAL VOTE FOR MANY MEMBERS. AND I HOPE AND PRAY THAT THOSE WHO KNOW WE, THE PEOPLE, FROM THEIR DISTRICT WANT THEM TO VOTE NO, MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE THEY HAVE THE COURAGE TO DO THAT. AND THEN AS LONG AS YOU'RE RESPONDING TO WE, THE PEOPLE, YOU CAN'T GO WRONG. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE SOME TIME TO YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE, ANOTHER COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS WHO HAS JUST STEPPED ON THE FLOOR. DID YOU WANT SOME TIME? MR. SPEAKER, HE IS GOING TO CONTROL THE TIME IN THE NEXT HOUR. SO LET ME CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT SOME THINGS IN REGARD TO THIS BILL. . THE BILL STARTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF ENERGY AND COMMERCE IN THE HOUSE AND I'M PROUD TO SERVE ON THAT COMMITTEE AND I'VE GOT A FEW POSTERS THAT I'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH MY COLLEAGUES AND WHY TO EXPRESS TO YOU WHY IT IS THAT ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE AND WHY WE THE PEOPLE, 60%, 70% ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, ARE SO OPPOSED TO THIS TAKEOVER OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. ON THIS FIRST SLIDE, WOULD YOU JUST LOOK AT THE ADDITIONAL BUREAUCRACY THAT IS CREATED AS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BEGINS TO TAKE OVER. I DON'T KNOW THAT IN ANY OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET SCORING ANY EXPENSE ITEM WAS ASSIGNED TO THE CREATION OF SOME 32 ADDITIONAL BUREAUCRATIC CZARS. THE HEALTH CHOICES ADMINISTRATOR IS AN EXAMPLE, IS EVERY BIT AS POWERFUL AS THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATOR. WE TALKED ABOUT TODAY THE FACT THAT THERE ARE GOING TO BE 17,000 NEW I.R.S. AGENTS SO THEY COULD PER USE EVERYBODY'S TAX RETURN TO MAKE SURE -- PERUSE EVERYBODY'S TAX RETURN TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE PURCHASED A HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY. NOT ANY HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY, BUT ONE PRIED BY THE -- PRESCRIBED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. NOT MAYBE A HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT WITH A POLICY THAT HAS A LOW PREMIUM AND HIGH DEDUCTIBLE BUT, YES, CATASTROPHIC COVERAGE THAT'S SO POPULAR WITH OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THEY CAN BEST AFFORD. NO. THAT'S NOT GOING TO BE PERMITTED. WE THE PEOPLE WANT IT BUT THE HEALTH CHOICES ADMINISTRATOR IS PROBABLY NOT GOING TO ALLOW THAT TO OCCUR. 32 NEW BUREAUCRACY -- BUREAUCRATIC AGENCIES AN GROWING ALL THE TIME AND ADDING TO THAT, MR. SPEAKER, 17,000 ADDITIONAL I.R.S. AGENTS. HOW DID THIS BILL GET TO THE POINT THAT WE FIND IT AT THIS TIME? IT WASN'T EASY. I CAN TELL THAT YOU. IT COULDN'T GET THROUGH THE SENATE UNTIL, AS I SHOW YOU ON THIS SECOND SLIDE, MANY, MANY POLITICAL PAYOFFS THAT ARE STILL IN THIS BILL, THAT ARE STILL IN THIS BILL. REMEMBER THE CORNHUSKER KICKBACK? WELL, THAT WASN'T TAKEN OUT. IN THE ORANGE BILL ON THE SENATE SIDE THIS WAS A SPECIAL FAVOR GRANTED TO ONE PARTICULAR SENATOR FOR ONE PARTICULAR STATE , THE CORNHUSKER STATE, AND INSTEAD OF TAKING IT OUT, WHEN WE THE PEOPLE COMPLAINED, WHAT DID THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY DO? THEY EXTENDED THE CORNHUSKER KICKBACK TO EVERY STATE IN THE UNION. SO ALL 50 STATES NOW GET THIS EXPANSION OF MEDICAID AND AN UNFUNDED MANDATE THAT THE STATES ABSOLUTELY CANNOT POSSIBLY SURVIVE WITH. THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE. MR. SPEAKER, I HEARD THE SENATOR FROM LOUISIANA YESTERDAY ON TELEVISION EXPLAINING WHY SHE ASKED FOR AND RECEIVED THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE PAYOFF. OF COURSE, MR. SPEAKER, SHE SAID IT WASN'T A PAYOFF. AND SHE SAID, AND I BELIEVE THIS WAS AN INTERVIEW WITH GRETA VAN US IS TREN, THE SENATOR SAID THAT, WELL, LOUISIANA HAS TO PAY 70% OF THE PRICE, THE COST OF MEDICAID IN HER STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PAYS 30%. AND THAT WASN'T FAIR. WELL, I WAS ASTOUNDED, FIRST OF ALL, MR. SPEAKER, TO HEAR THAT. BECAUSE IT'S JUST THE OPPOSITE. THE STATE OF LOUISIANA PAYS 30% AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PAYS 70% AND IN FACT THEY HAVE BEEN DOING THAT FOR MANY, MANY YEARS AND PROBABLY THE STATE OF LOUISIANA PAYS LESS INTO THE MEDICAID PROGRAM THAN ALMOST ANY OTHER STATE IN THE COUNTRY. MISSISSIPPI MAYBE A LITTLE BIT LESS. AND THE REASON FOR THAT, THIS MATCHING IS DONE BASED ON THE AVERAGE INCOME IN THE STATE. SO A STATE THAT IS SUFFERING IN POVERTY, THEY PAY LESS IN THE MEDICAID PROGRAM AND WE THE PEOPLE HELP THEM WITH THE FEDERAL MATCH. LOUISIANA, YOU KNOW, FOR MANY YEARS DESERVED TO ONLY PAY 30%. BUT AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA, MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO THE STATE OF LOUISIANA TO HELP THEM RECOVER. AND IN PARTICULAR IN THE NEW ORLEANS AREA. THEY NEEDED IT. THEY DESERVED IT. A NATURAL DISASTER MOSTLY THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, BUT THE ECONOMY HE IN LOUISIANA HAS IMPROVED DRASTICALLY IN THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE YEARS SINCE HURRICANE KATRINA AND INCOME HAS GONE UP. PEOPLE ARE MAKING A BETTER WAGE BECAUSE OF ALL THE CONSTRUCTION AND ALL THE MONEY THAT HAS BEEN POURED INTO LOUISIANA AND THE STATE OF LOUISIANA AND ITS REPRESENTATIVES CONTINUE TO ASK FOR MORE, IT'S LIKE MY DAD SAID TO ME ONE TIME, MR. SPEAKER, HOW MUCH MORE MONEY DOES A RICH PERSON NEED TO BE HAPPY? WELL, THE ANSWER, MR. SPEAKER, IS, JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE. JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE. SO I SUSPECT THAT THE ASK-FORS WILL NEVER END. BUT I'M GLADDER, I'M VERY THANKFUL THAT THE STATE OF LOUISIANA IS DOING WELL NOW AND THE AVERAGE INCOME HAS GONE UP AND THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO, BY THE FORMULA, BY FAIRNESS, THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO PAY A LITTLE BIT MORE INTO THE MEDICAID PROGRAM THAN 30% AND YET THE SENATOR INSISTS THAT, NO, THAT'S UNFAIR TO LOUISIANA AND THAT'S WHAT WE -- AS KNOWN AS KNOW, THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE. IT'S STILL IN THERE. GATORADE IS STILL IN THERE. FEDERAL FUNDING OF ABORTION IS STILL IN THERE. AND $500 BILLION WORTH OF MEDICAID -- MEDICARE CUTS ARE STILL IN THERE. MR. SPEAKER, HOW IN THE WORLD CAN WE LOOK SENIORS IN THE EYE AND SAID TO THEM, WE'RE GOING TO CUT THIS PROGRAM $500 BILLION? WHAT COULD POSSIBLY BE THE JUSTIFICATION FOR DOING THAT? THIS PROGRAM, STARTED IN 1965, HAS AN UNFUNDED LIABILITY OF $35 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT 50 YEARS. AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, MR. SPEAKER, IN THE PREVIOUS HOUR TALKED ABOUT HOW CUTTING $500 BILLION OUT OF THE MEDICARE PROGRAM WAS GOING TO SAVE THE PROGRAM. EVEN SUGGESTING THAT THAT $500 BILLION WAS WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE, YET $120 BILLION OF IT IS IN THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PROGRAM. CUTTING MEDICARE ADVANTAGE 18% PER YEAR FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS AND REALLY BY 2014 THERE WILL BE NO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PROGRAM. WHY IS IT THAT 1/4 OF OUR SENIORS ARE ON MEDICARE, SIGN UP FOR MEDICARE ADVANTAGE? BECAUSE IT'S CHEAPER TO THEM AND THEY GET A BETTER BENEFIT. IT COVERS WELLNESS, IT COVERS MANY PREVENTIVE SCREENING TESTS THAT FEE FOR SERVICE MEDICARE DOES NOT COVER. IT GIVES THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A PROFESSIONAL, A NURSE PRACTITIONER CALL AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE TAKING THEIR MEDICATIONS AND THEY'RE SEEN ON A REGULAR BASIS AND YET WE'RE GOING TO ELIMINATE THAT PROGRAM. HOW DOES THAT -- HOW DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? MR. SPEAKER, IT DOESN'T OF THE -- DOESN'T. IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. SO, AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO WAS TALKING ABOUT, SOME OF THE THINGS IN THIS BILL THAT THEY MAY PASS TOMORROW, THEY MAY PASS WITH SOME OF THE TACTICS THAT HAVE BEEN USED LIKE THE CORNHUSKER KICKBACK AND THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE AND AMBASSADORSHIP HERE AND AMBASSADORSHIP THERE AND YOU NAME IT AND WHATEVER PROMISE, THEY MAY PASS IT. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S GOING TO BE A CATASTROPHE, I THINK, FOR OUR SENIORS. LET ME JUST -- LET ME JUST TELL YOU WHY I THINK SO. AND I SPOKE TO THE -- I CALL THEM TEA PARTY PATRIOTS, MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T CALL THEM TEA BAGGERS AND THEY'RE NOT A BUNCH OF ANGRY WHITE MEN, I'VE HEARD A LOT OF FOLKS SAY, INDEED, BOTH OR THREE COUPLES THAT ASKED ME TO SIGN THEIR POSTERS AND TO POSE FOR A PICTURE WITH THEM WERE AFRICAN-AMERICAN FAMILIES. AND I WAS SO PROUD, SO PROUD TO BE ASKED TO DO THAT. I MEAN, YOU KNOW, AGAIN, ALL AGES, MEN AND WOMEN, WHITE, BLACK, ASIAN, WE THE PEOPLE WERE THERE TODAY AND I THINK, MR. SPEAKER, THEY'LL BE THERE TOMORROW. BUT HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING TO OUR SENIORS, AND I HAD A FEW MINUTES TO SPEAK TO THE ASSEMBLAGE OF MAYBE 20,000 PEOPLE AND I REMINDED THEM OF THE STIMULUS PACKAGE OF OVER A YEAR AND A HALF AGO. I GUESS IT WAS MAYBE FEBRUARY OF ACTUALLY OF LAST YEAR WHEN THAT MASSIVE AMERICAN RECOVERY REHABILITATION ACT, WHATEVER IT WAS CALLED, WE CALLED IT THE STIMULUS ACT AND I THINK EVERYBODY UNDERSTANDS, ABOUT $820 BILLION WORTH, AND A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THAT PACKAGE, MR. SPEAKER, WAS, REMEMBER IT WAS FOR SHOVEL-READY PROJECTS. IF THE PROJECT WAS NOT SHOVEL-READY IN REFERENCE TO SOME OF THESE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN THE VARIOUS STATES, THEN THE STATES COULDN'T DRAW DOWN THAT MONEY FROM THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE. IT HAD TO BE SHOVEL-READY. WELL, I GOT TO THINK BEING SOMETHING THAT WE PASSED YESTERDAY ON THE FLOOR, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 10:27:54 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    SPEAKER, WHEN YOU'RE HAVING FUN, TIME REALLY FLIES AND EVEN WHEN YOU'RE…

    SPEAKER, WHEN YOU'RE HAVING FUN, TIME REALLY FLIES AND EVEN WHEN YOU'RE NOT HAVING FUN IT FLIES. THANK YOU SO MUCH AND WE'LL LOOK FORWARD TO TOMORROW. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S

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  • 10:28:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2009, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, FOR 60 MINUTES.

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  • 10:28:12 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    MR. SPEAKER. AND I DO APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH. IT IS AN HONOR ANY TIME…

    MR. SPEAKER. AND I DO APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH. IT IS AN HONOR ANY TIME TO COME SPEAK, HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF SPEAKING ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. IT'S BEEN A LONG DAY, IT'S BEEN A LONG WEEK. I FEAR THERE WILL BE LONGER DAYS, WEEKS AND YEARS IN THE FUTURE IF TOMORROW THIS BILL PASSES. BECAUSE SOME OF US HAVE SEEN SOCIALIZED MEDICINE FIRSTHAND. AS AN EXCHANGE STUDENT IN THE SOVIET UNION I'VE SEEN IT BACK IN 1973. I KNOW WHERE THIS ALL GOES. I'VE SEEN WHERE THIS PLAYS OUT. AND I KNOW THAT MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE BELIEVE THEIR MOTIVATION IS THE HIGHEST AND BEST. I UNDERSTAND THAT. I UNDERSTAND OUR FRIENDS THAT ARE PUSHING FOR GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF HEALTH CARE HONESTLY BELIEVE THE COUNTRY WILL BE BETTER OFF IF THEY CAN ONLY GET ALL HEALTH CARE, HEALTH INSURANCE UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THEN EVERYONE IS BETTER OFF. I KNOW THEY BELIEVE THAT AND I BELIEVE -- I KNOW THEY BELIEVE THEY'RE ACTING IN EVERYONE'S BEST INTEREST AND -- IN PUSHING FOR THIS. BUT THAT'S NOT THE BASIS FOR THE FOUNDING OF THIS COUNTRY AND FOR ANYONE THAT'S READ THE 5,000-YEAR LEAP, I MEAN, I WAS A HISTORY MAJOR, I PRIDE MYSELF ON BEING A BIT OF A HISTORIAN. AND THAT BOOK GAVE ME AN INTERESTING PERSPECTIVE BECAUSE FOR NEARLY 5,000 YEARS WHEN SETTLERS CAME TO A NEW AREA AND SETTLED DOWN THERE, THEY CAME WITH BASICALLY THE SAME TOOLS, THEY TRIED TO GROW CROPS, LIVE OFF THE LAND AND FOR 5,000 YEARS THERE WASN'T A WHOLE LOT OF CHANGE. . AND THEN THERE CAME THIS EXPERIMENT, LIKE THE PILGRIMS WHO CAME FROM HOLLAND TO AMERICA, PEOPLE WHO CAME TO GET AWAY FROM PERSECUTION AS CHRISTIANS AND THEY CAME HERE. AND AFTER THAT FIRST HORRIBLE WINTER WHEN THE PILGRIMS DECIDED TO TRY A NEW IDEA AND GIVE EVERYBODY PRIVATE PROPERTY AND YOU LIVE OFF WHAT YOU GROW AND YOU CAN TRADE OR SELL WHAT YOU HAVE LEFT, THIS PRIVATE PROPERTY CONCEPT BEGAN TO GROW AND FLOURISH AND FREE ENTERPRISE TOOK OVER. AND JUST IN THE SHORT YEARS, RELATIVELY SPEAKING, THIS COUNTRY ADVANCED FAR MORE THAN THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE DID IN 5,000 YEARS, JUST IN A COUPLE HUNDRED YEARS. AND IT WAS WHEN THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT WAS GIVEN A CHANCE TO JUST GROW AND FLOURISH. BECAUSE YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE GOVERNMENT TAKES OVER HEALTH CARE. IN THOSE COUNTRIES, THEY MEANT WELL. THEY THOUGHT WOULD BE SO MUCH BETTER. WE GIVE PEOPLE GOVERNMENT-CONTROL-TYPE CHOICE. AND THEN YOU COME BACK TO THE STATISTICS, WE HAVE BEEN TOLD SO OFTEN, GEE, CANADA, EUROPE AND ENGLAND, THEIR HEALTH CARE IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN OURS, BUT YOU COMPARE CANCER RATES. IF YOU GOT CANCER, YOU WANT TO BE IN THE UNITED STATES, BECAUSE YOUR ODDS OF SURVIVAL ARE SO MUCH BETTER. WHY? BECAUSE THERE'S BEEN LIBERTY. THERE'S BEEN AN ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT. THERE HAS BEEN MORE ABILITY TO TAKE OFF AND DEVELOP NEW THINGS WITH MORE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT RIGHT HERE IN THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE OF THE BASIS ON WHICH WE WERE FOUNDED. MY DAD HAD PROSTATE CANCER BACK IN THE 199 ON'S AND THANK GOD HE'S STILL HERE AND LOST MY MOTHER IN 1991. BUT IF YOU LOOK AT PROSTATE CANCER IN AMERICA, 92% CHANCE OF SURVIVAL FROM PROSTATE CANCER. IF MY DAD HAD PROSTATE CANCER, FOUND IN ENGLAND, GOT A 50-50 CHANCE OF LIVING. I KNOW WHAT I WOULD WANT MY FATHER TO LIVE. NOW, THERE HAVE BEEN SOME HORROR STORIES THAT MAKE ALL OF US MAD. YOU KNOW, THE EXAMPLE OF THE LADY WHO WAS DENIED COVERAGE WHEN THE INSURANCE COMPANY KNEW THEY SHOULD HAVE HAD COVERAGE AND SHOULD HAVE PROVIDED IT. AND THEY EVEN HAD THEIR OWN INTERNAL DOCTOR SAY YES, SHE SHOULD BE PROVIDED THE COVERAGE AND THEY REFUSED TO PROVIDE COVERAGE AND LOST HER BABY AND WENT TO THE SUPREME COURT AND THEY SAID NO BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PASSED ERISA AND UNDER THAT LAW, YOU CAN'T SUE FOR DENIAL OF COVERAGE. THERE'S A PROVISION IN HERE AND I'M WONDERING IF THAT'S PART OF THE DEAL THAT TALKED SOME OF THE INSURANCE COMPANIES TO BUY INTO THIS MONSTROSITY. I WONDER. BUT THERE ARE CONFERENCE THAT WILL BE COVERED UNDER ERISA THAT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN COVERED UNDER RERIESA OTHERWISE. THOSE ARE CASES THEY FILE IN STATE DISTRICT COURT. THE LAWYER FILES FOR REMOVAL. THEY GO TO FEDERAL COURT AND GET DISMISSED. YOU CAN'T SUE THEM UNDER ERISA FOR DENIAL OF COVERAGE. MAYBE THAT WAS ONE OF THE BARGAINING POINTS. I HAVE SEEN SOME OF THE THINGS THAT GOT SOME OF THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES TO SIGN ON BECAUSE THEY COULD FORCE PEOPLE TO BUY BRAND NAMES. BUT IT HAS BEEN AN EXTRAORDINARY DAY. MY FRIEND REFERRED TO PERHAPS 20,000, BUT ACTUALLY WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE AREA THAT WAS FILLED WITH PEOPLE TODAY, NORMALLY, I HAVE HEARD THE PARK ESTIMATES THAT THAT AREA WHEN IT'S FULL AT LEAST 80,000 PEOPLE AND IT APPEARED TO ME TO BE THAT WAY AND PEOPLE WERE STILL COMING, OTHERS GOING, AMAZING DAY. PEOPLE WANT THEIR LIBERTY. THEY DON'T WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO CONTROL THEIR HEALTH CARE RECORDS. THEY DON'T WANT THE I.R.S. TO BE THE EXTENSION OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE HEALTH CARE THAT'S GOING TO TELL THEM WHAT THEY CAN AND CAN'T DO. AND THE BIG NEWS OF THE WEEK WAS WHEN WE LEARNED THAT C.B.O. SAID IT WAS GOING TO COST $10 BILLION TO HIRE 17,000 NEW I.R.S. AGENTS BECAUSE THOSE ARE THE AGENTS THAT ARE GOING TO MONITOR EVERYONE TO MAKE SURE YOU'RE DOING EXACTLY WHAT THE GOVERNMENT AND THIS MONSTROUS BILL IS TELLING THEM WHAT TO DO. I DON'T WANT THIS. AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE SURVIVAL RATES, CANCER, HEART DISEASE, IT'S BETTER HERE. YOU HAVE A HEART PROBLEM, YOU GO HAVE HEART SURGERY AND THEY CAN'T TURN YOU DOWN BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE INSURANCE. I HAD A GENTLEMAN IN EAST TEXAS FROM CANADA TELL ME HIS FATHER DIED BECAUSE HE LIVED IN CANADA AND UNDER THE CANADIAN SYSTEM, WHEN HE WAS FOUND TO NEED A BYPASS, THEY PUT HIM ON A LIST WHERE HE STAYED FOR TWO YEARS BECAUSE THE CANADIAN SYSTEM HAD BUREAUCRATS, UNDER THEIR BILL, THAT MOVED PEOPLE IN FRONT OF HIM ON THE LIST AND HE DIED WAITING TO GET HIS BYPASS. YOU DON'T WAIT TWO YEARS TO GET A BYPASS. THERE HAVE BEEN ABUSES. WE CAN FIX THOSE. I HAVE A HEALTH CARE BILL THAT I FILED AND I'VE GOT THIS AMENDED VERSION. I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET MY HEALTH CARE BILL SCORED SINCE LAST SUMMER. AND I THINK SO MUCH AS NEWT GINGRICH, HE SAID MAN, YOU OUGHT TO GET THAT SCORED, THAT OUGHT TO SCORE WELL AND CHANGE THE WHOLE DEBATE ON THE HEALTH CARE REFORM. IT PUTS THE INSURANCE COMPANIES OUT FROM BETWEEN US AND OUR DOCTORS. IT TELLS SENIORS YOU CAN HAVE YOUR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID IF YOU WANT THEM, OR IT'S GOING TO BE CHEAPER FOR THE GOVERNMENT, WE WILL GIVE YOU $3,500 IN YOUR OWN DEBIT CARD ACCOUNT AND WE WILL BUY YOU PRIVATE INSURANCE TO COVER EVERYTHING ABOVE THAT. THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF GOOD IDEAS. I SEE FRIENDS ON THE FLOOR HERE THAT HAVE BROUGHT SOME FANTASTIC IDEAS. NO ONE HAS DONE MORE IN WORKING TO REFORM HEALTH CARE THAN DR. MICHAEL BURGESS OVER HERE. BUT THOSE IDEAS HAVE BEEN SHUT OUT. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA, A MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATURE IN GEORGIA. HE HAS BEEN ON THE DEBATE IN THESE ISSUES AND HEARINGS ON THESE ISSUES AND YIELD HIM SUCH TIME.

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  • 10:38:10 PM

    MR. WESTMORELAND

    MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS FOR TAKING THIS HOUR AND FOR CALLING ME AND ASKING ME…

    MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS FOR TAKING THIS HOUR AND FOR CALLING ME AND ASKING ME TO COME HELP WITH THIS HOUR BECAUSE I LIKE THE GENTLEMAN HAVE BEEN OUT TODAY TALKING TO SOME OF THESE PEOPLE THAT HAVE COME UP AND ONE THING, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE MAJORITY OF THEM HAVE SAID TO ME AND I'M SURE MY OTHER COLLEAGUES HERE TONIGHT IS PLEASE HELP US. WE DON'T WANT THIS. I HAD ONE LADY THAT CAME TO MY OFFICE TODAY THAT HAS A SON HAS A CONDITION THAT THEY DON'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. IT'S HER, HER HUSBAND AND SON. THEY GET ONE UNEMPLOYMENT CHECK A MONTH. THEIR SON HAS $800,000 WORTH OF INSURANCE BILLS TODAY. AND SHE SAID, I DO NOT WANT THIS BILL. MY SON HAS NEVER BEEN DENIED HEALTH CARE, GOOD CARE. NOW, THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE -- AND THE NIGHT IS LATE AND WE HAD SOME PEOPLE THAT I MET TODAY THAT DROVE 12 HOURS, 14 HOURS, 16 HOURS. ONE LADY SAID THEY DIDN'T DECIDE TO COME UP UNTIL 2:00 YESTERDAY FROM GEORGIA. LEFT THEIR HOME AT 4:00 AND GOT HERE AT 4:30 IN THE MORNING. AND SO IT'S FOR THEM THAT I THINK MYSELF AND MY OTHER COLLEAGUES ARE HERE TONIGHT TO ARGUE FOR THEM, BECAUSE WE ARE NOT GOING TO CHANGE ANYBODY'S MIND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THEIR MIND. AND I THINK WHAT'S BEEN DEMONSTRATED IS THAT IF YOU HAVE THE CONTROL, IF YOU HAVE THE GAVEL, YOU CAN OFFER THE DEALS AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA POINTED OUT, LOUISIANA PURCHASE, CORNHUSKER KICKBACK. I MEAN, WE HAVE HAD PEOPLE FLY ON AIR FORCE ONE THAT ALL OF A SUDDEN GOT THIS IDEA THAT THEY NEED TO SWITCH THEIR VOTE. I THINK THEY WOULD HAVE MADE A BETTER DECISION DRIVING AROUND IN SCOTT BROWN'S PICKUP TRUCK PERSONALLY THAN RIDING ON AIR FORCE ONE. WE'VE GOT PEOPLE THAT ARE CHANGING FROM A NO TO A YES THAT MAY HAVE A JOB AT NASA. I MEAN, WE DON'T KNOW OF ALL THE DEALS AND ALL THE OTHER THINGS. BUT WE DO KNOW EVIDENTLY THAT OUR MEMBERS ARE CHEAPER THAN WHAT THE SENATORS WERE. WE DO KNOW THAT. BUT WE DON'T UNDERSTAND. AND YOU WERE TALKING, MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS WAS MENTIONING WHY THE INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE FOR THIS AND HE MENTIONED SEVERAL REASONS. LET ME GIVE MY FRIEND ANOTHER ONE. $436 BILLION THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO BE PAYING THESE INSURANCE COMPANIES IN SUBSIDIES. THAT'S THE REASON THEY'RE FOR THIS BILL. AND I DON'T KNOW IF THE GENTLEMAN HEARD OUR COLLEAGUES FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT HAD AN HOUR OR SO TONIGHT TALKING ABOUT ALL THE FREE THINGS THAT THIS BILL WAS GOING TO GIVE AND NOT REALIZING, I GUESS, THAT NOTHING THE GOVERNMENT EVER DOES IS FREE. AND WE NEED TO GET THAT STRAIGHT. I MEAN, THERE'S NOT ANYTHING FREE. I WAS NOTICING DOWNSTAIRS, THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT THE TAX CREDIT FOR HOMES, APPLY WITH US AND YOU'LL GET A FREE CALCULATOR. I PROMISE YOU THAT CALCULATOR WAS COSTING SOMEBODY SOMETHING. IN THE FREE SCREENINGS, FREE PREVENTATIVE SCREENINGS AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES, THOSE THINGS AREN'T FREE. THOSE PEOPLE THAT WE WERE TALKING TO TODAY OUT ON THIS LAWN AND OUT ON THE STEPS ARE THE ONES THAT ARE GOING TO BE PAYING FOR THIS. THE AVERAGE AMERICAN AND HIS TAX DOLLARS ARE GOING TO BE PAYING FOR IT. I HAVE A LIST HERE ABOUT ALL THE COSTS THAT ARE COMING WITH THIS BILL. IF YOU HAD LISTENED TO OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE I'LL, YOU WOULD THINK THEY BELIEVE IN SANTA CLAUS, EASTER BUNNY AND TOOTH FAIRY. AND IF THEY PASS THIS BILL, EVERY PROBLEM IN THE WORLD IS GOING TO BE SOLVED AND OUR WHOLE PROBLEM IS GOING TO BE SOLVED. BUT IF YOU TALK TO THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS IN THIS COUNTRY, THEY'LL TELL YOU IT'S NOT GOING TO BE SOLVED. THEY'LL TELL YOU OUR PROBLEMS ARE JUST BEGINNING. THEY'RE GOING TO TELL YOU THEY'RE GOING TO LEAVE THEIR PRACTICE. I HAVE DOCTORS WHO HAVE TOLD ME, IF THIS THING PASSES AND GOES INTO EFFECT, I WILL QUIT MY PRACTICE. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS FOR TAKING THIS OPPORTUNITY. THIS IS THE LAST SPECIAL ORDER THAT WILL BE BEFORE WE HAVE THE VOTE, THE HISTORIC VOTE ON THE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE. AND SO I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE'RE TALKING ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE'RE TALKING ON BEHALF OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT TOOK THEIR TIME AND ENERGY AND SPENT THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY FOR TRANSPORTATION UP HERE. WE'RE UP HERE FIGHTING FOR THEM. AND HOPEFULLY, HOPEFULLY THEY WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT WITH US, BECAUSE THERE'S ONLY 178 REPUBLICANS. AND THE ONLY THING BIPARTISAN ABOUT THIS 2,700-PAGE BILL THAT'S GOING TO PASS IS THE OPPOSITION TO IT. THAT'S GOING TO BE REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC OPPOSITION. THAT'S GOING TO BE THE ONLY THING BIPARTISAN ABOUT THIS BILL. EVERYTHING ELSE IS A RAM-THROUGH BY THE MAJORITY THAT IS GOING TO BE PAID FOR BY THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS, NOT JUST IN ADDITIONAL TAXES, BUT BY ALL THE SWEETNERS WE DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT HAS GONE ON TO BUY THESE VOTES THAT IS GOING TO COME ABOUT TOMORROW NIGHT. I HOPE THAT PEOPLE WILL CONTINUE NOT TO GIVE UP ON US, NOT TO GIVE UP ON THEMSELVES, BECAUSE WE DON'T NEED TO QUIT. THE VOTE HASN'T BEEN TAKEN YET. AND TO MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS AND I KNOW YOU BELIEVE IN THIS. BUT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE IS IN PRAYER ABOUT THE DECISIONS THAT THIS BODY IS GOING TO MAKE TOMORROW AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK. MR.

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  • 10:44:48 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    THANK YOU, MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA. AND WE HAVE BEEN JOINED BY ANOTHER…

    THANK YOU, MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA. AND WE HAVE BEEN JOINED BY ANOTHER MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHO HAS BEEN DOING AN AMAZING JOB, REALLY SO POWERFUL. HE KNOWS THE PRESIDENT FIRSTHAND HAVING DEBATED BACK HOME IN ILLINOIS, HAS GREAT INSIGHT HIMSELF AND I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO MR. ROSKHAM. .

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  • 10:45:20 PM

    MR. ROSKAM

    I TWOOBT THINK ABOUT A COUPLE OF FOOTBALL SEASONS AGO. REMEMBER WHEN THE…

    I TWOOBT THINK ABOUT A COUPLE OF FOOTBALL SEASONS AGO. REMEMBER WHEN THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS WERE JUST HAVING AN UNBELIEVABLE SEASON, JUST UNBELIEVABLE, WINNING GAME AFTER GAME AFTER GAME AFTER GAME? AND IT LOOKED LIKE THERE WAS JUST NO END IN SIGHT. IF YOU WERE GOING TO BE IN THE T-SHIRT BUSINESS OR THE HAT BUSINESS YOU COULD HAVE -- NO ONE WOULD HAVE THOUGHT YOU CRAZY IF YOU WOULD HAVE HAD SAID THAT THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS WERE GOING TO BE THE SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS THAT YEAR. IT WAS A YEAR OR TWO OR THREE AGO. YOU KNOW WHERE I'M GOING. BUT THERE WAS ONE LITTLE THING THAT HAD TO HAPPEN BEFORE THE PATRIOTS COULD GET THE SUPER BOWL RING THAT YEAR AND THAT WAS THEY HAD TO PLAY A SUPER BOWL. AND YOU REMEMBER THAT. THERE WAS A TEAM, THE NEW YORK GIANTS, THAT HAD A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT OF A PLAN. AND THE NEW YORK GIANTS CAME DOWN AND THEY PLAYED THAT GAME AND LO AND BEHOLD THE GIANTS WON THE SUPER BOWL. THERE WAS A LOT GOING ON INSIDE THIS CAPITOL TONIGHT. THERE IS A LOT GOING ON INSIDE THIS TOWN TONIGHT. THERE IS A LOT OF CHURN AND A LOT OF BURN AND A LOT OF FOLKS DON'T KNOW WHICH WAY THEY'RE GOING TO GO ON THIS VOTE. WE KNOW ONE THING'S FOR SURE. THERE'S GOING TO BE 178 REPUBLICANS THAT ARE GOING TO STAND UP AND VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL. THERE'S ALSO GOING TO BE SOME NUMBER OF CLEAR-THINKING DEMOCRATS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO EITHER UNDERSTAND FUNDAMENTALLY WHAT THIS WILL MEAN TO THE COUNTRY OR UNDERSTAND FUNDAMENTALLY THAT THEY WILL RUN ROUGH SHOD OVER THEIR CONSTITUENTS OR FOR WHATEVER REASON ARE GOING TO COME OVER AND VOTE WITH US. WE JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT NUMBER THAT IS. AND SO THIS THING IS NOT DONE BY A LONG SHOT. I WAS SO INCREDIBLY ENCOURAGED TO GO OUT TODAY AND TO SEE THE FOLKS THAT WERE COMING OUT, RESPECTFUL, SOLID, CLEAR-THINKING AMERICANS, THAT AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SAID, THESE FOLKS GOT UP, THEY DROVE ALL NIGHT, I GOT A VOICE MAIL FROM A FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS, HE AND HIS WIFE WERE DRIVING ALL NIGHT TO GET OUT HERE, WHY? BECAUSE THEY KNEW THAT THIS WAS THE PLACE TO BE. THEY KNEW THAT THIS WAS THE TIME TO STAND UP FOR FREEDOM. YOU KNOW, ULTIMATELY IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, THERE'S AN ACCOUNT IN THE BIBLE THINK A WANT TO TAKE US ALL BACK TO. WE ALL REMEMBER ISAAC, ABRAHAM'S SON WHO HAD TWO SONS HIMSELF. ONE SON WAS ESAH, THE OLDEST SON, AND THE OTHER WAS JACOB. ESAH AS THE OLDER SON IN THAT CULTURE AND THAT TIME BASICALLY WHEN THE OLD MAN WERE TO DIE, ESAH, THE OLDEST SON, WAS GOING TO GET A LION SHARE OF HIS FATHER'S ESTATE. PROBABLY A 90% OWNERSHIP SHARE. SOMETHING LIKE THAT. IT WAS CALLED THE BIRTH RIGHT. AND AS THE BIBLE TELLS THE STORY, ESAH IS OUT IN THE FIELD AND HE IS HUNGRY, HE IS REALLY, REALLY HUNGRY. HE COMES BACK IN, HIS YOUNGER BROTHER JACOB IS MAKING A POT OF STEW. AND ESAH SMELLS THE STEW AND HE SAYS TO HIS YOUNGER BROTHER, GIVE ME SOME STEW. AND JACOB, THE YOUNGER BROTHER, SAYS TO THE OLDER ONE, GIVE ME YOUR BIRTH RIGHT. AND ESAH, LIKE A FOOL, SAID YES. ESAH TRADED HIS BIRTH RIGHT FOR WHAT? FOR A POT OF STEW. FOR NOTHING. NOW THERE'S A LOT OF AMERICANS RIGHT NOW THAT ARE ANXIOUS, THERE'S A LOT OF AMERICANS THAT LOOK OUT OVER THIS ECONOMY AND THIS SEASON THAT WE'RE IN AND THEY SAY, WOW, I'VE NOT SEEN THIS SEASON. I'VE NOT SEEN UNEMPLOYMENT LIKE THIS, I'VE NOT SEEN FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC UNRAVEL LIKE THIS. I'VE NOT SEEN THE WHEELS COME OFF THE CART LIKE THIS. I'VE NOT SEEN IT WHERE MY CHILDREN COME OUT AND GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE AND CAN'T GET A GOOD JOB BECAUSE UNEMPLOYMENT HAS PEAKED BEYOND %, EVEN THOUGH THE WHITE HOUSE TOLD -- 8%, EVEN THOUGH THE WHITE HOUSE TOLD ME, IF WE SPEND $1 TRILLION THAT'S GOING TO BE FINE AND FANTASTIC. I'VE NOT SEEN A SEASON LIKE THIS BEFORE. AND ULTIMATELY SOMETIMES THERE ARE FOLKS THAT ARE LISTENING TO THAT AND THEY'RE FEELING THAT AND ARE ANXIOUS AND THEY'RE HUNGRY AND THEY'RE FEARFUL AND THEY'RE WORRIED AND YOU KNOW WHAT? THEY HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE. BUT THE TEMPTATION, AND THIS IS WHERE THIS GROUP THAT CAME IN TODAY, THESE FOLKS THAT DROVE OVERNIGHT, THEY UNDERSTAND THE TEMPTATION. AND WHAT THEY'RE SAYING AND WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TODAY, WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING IN THE OTHER BODY, WHAT THEY'RE ALL SAYING IS, DON'T TAKE THE BAIT. DON'T GIVE AWAY YOUR BIRTH RIGHT AS AN AMERICAN FOR WHAT? FOR STABILITY FROM THIS TOWN, FROM THIS PLACE? ARE YOU KIDDING? THIS INSTITUTION UNFORTUNATELY CAN'T BALANCE A CHECKBOOK. THEY CAN'T OFFER YOU STABILITY. THEY CAN'T OFFER YOU THE HOPE FOR YOUR CHILDREN IN THE FUTURE. DON'T TAKE THE BAIT. AND WHAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IS SAYING TO POLITICAL LEADERSHIP IS, LOOK, WE'VE SEEN IT, WE UNDERSTAND IT, YEAH, WE'RE FEARFUL, WE'RE UNCERTAIN ABOUT THE FUTURE, BUT WE KNOW IT'S NOT WHERE THAT MAJORITY WANTS TO TAKE IT. WE KNOW WE DON'T WANT TO GO THERE. THAT DOESN'T END WELL. THAT ENDS IN LOST OPPORTUNITIES, THAT ENDS IN CLAM TO US DEBT THAT IS FOISTED ON OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN. YOU KNOW, THE GENTLEMAN MENTIONED A COUPLE OF MINUTES AGO THIS I.R.S. EMPOWERMENT ESSENTIALLY THAT COMES AS A RESULT OF THIS BILL. YOU THINK ABOUT THAT. KNOW NOW, IT WOULD BE FANTASTIC IF THIS BILL REALLY DID CREATE MORE SLOTS, MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PHYSICIANS LIKE DR. BURGESS, FOR PHYSICIANS LIKE DR. PRICE, FOR PHYSICIANS LIKE DR. GINGREY AND OTHERS. WE'VE GOT MORE MEDICAL DOCTORS IN OUR CONFERENCE, HOUSE REPUBLICANS WHO ARE PHYSICIANS, THAN EVER IN HISTORY, I THINK. IT WOULD BE GREAT IF THIS BILL CREATED SLOTS BUT IT DOESN'T. YOU KNOW WHAT IT DOES? IT CREATES SLOTS FOR I.R.S. AGENTS. WHY? BECAUSE THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE IS GOING TO BE THE GROUP, GOING TO BE THE INSTITUTION, THAT IS EMPOWERED IF THIS MAJORITY HAS THEIR WAY. THINK ABOUT THAT. WHAT THAT ULTIMATELY MEANS IS, HEALTH CARE -- CARRIERS ARE GOING TO BE SENDING THE FUNCTIONAL EQUIVALENT OF A 1099 TO THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE TELLING THEM WHOSE GOT THE OFFICIAL COVERAGE THAT SPEAKER PELOSI HAS SAID THAT THEY NEED TO HAVE. YOU GOT THE OFFICIAL COVERAGE, OK, YOU GET THE 1099 THAT COMES FROM THE HEALTH CARIER AND IT GOES TO THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE. BUT IF YOUR NAME'S NOT ON THAT LIST AND YOU'RE A TAXPAYER, YOU KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN? YOU BETTER COME UP WITH SOME EXCUSE BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T COME UP WITH AN EXCUSE, YOU KNOW WHO'S COMING AFTER YOU? 16,500 NEW I.R.S. EMPLOYEES, $1 BILLION A YEAR THE C.B.O. ESTIMATES, $10 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS FOR WHAT? FOR WHAT? FOR A CRUSHING DEBT, FOR AN ORGANIZATION TO EXPAND AUTHORITY AND THAT'S ABSOLUTELY NOT THE DIRECTION WE NEED TO GO. THERE ARE SO MANY REASONS TO SAY, NO, NO, NO, THIS IS NOT WHAT WE NEED TO DO. AND I AM SO ENCOURAGED BY THE FOLKS WHO SHOWED UP TODAY THAT SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT? WE'RE GOING TO SPEAK OUT. WE'RE GOING TO SPEAK OUT. THE REPUBLICAN LEADER JOHN BOEHNER I THINK PUT IT BEST AND THEN I'LL CLOSE AND I'LL YIELD BACK, THE REPUBLICAN LEADER SAYS THIS, HE SAID, DEMOCRATS MAY RUN WASHINGTON BUT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC RUNS THE COUNTRY. AND THAT IS TRUE. THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN DONE MONTHS AND MONTHS AND MONTHS AGO, BUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED? THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HAS RISEN UP EVERY TIME. EVERY TIME. EVERY TIME. GOOGLE, THE PHRASE END GAME, DEMOCRATS END GAME, GOOGLE THAT PHRASE AND YOU'LL SEE THEY WERE CERTAIN TO TROT THAT OUT AT THE END OF JULY. THIS WAS GOING TO BE DONE BY THE AUGUST RECESS AND THEN ONE GROUP OF PEOPLE SAID NO AND THAT WAS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAID NO. NO. WE LISTENED. BUT THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE DON'T WANT THIS BILL, WE WANT YOU GUYS TO GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD AND START OVER. SO THE FIGHT IS ON. THIS IS ANYTHING BUT DONE. THIS IS ANYTHING BUT FINISHED. AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC KNOWS IT, THAT MAJORITY KNOWS IT, BECAUSE IF THEY HAD THE VOTES WE WOULD BE VOTING TONIGHT. WE WOULD BE VOTING TONIGHT IF THEY HAD THE VOTES. THEY DON'T HAVE THE VOTES YET AND THERE'S STILL SOME CLEAR THINKERS ON THAT SIDE OF THE AISLE, MR. SPEAKER, WHO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS AT STAKE AND I JUST WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 10:53:59 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD FOR A QUESTION?

  • 10:54:01 PM

    MR. ROSKAM

    I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD FOR A QUESTION.

  • 10:54:04 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN PROMISING MEMBERS ON THE OTHER SIDE, IF YOU WILL…

    THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN PROMISING MEMBERS ON THE OTHER SIDE, IF YOU WILL JUST PASS THIS BILL, THE SPEAKER, SPEAKER PELOSI HAS BEEN PROMISING PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE, IF YOU WILL JUST PASS THIS BILL THEN BETWEEN NOW AND NOVEMBER THERE ARE GOING TO BE THINGS IN THIS BILL THAT KICK IN THAT ARE GOING TO MAKE AMERICA LOVE YOU AND WANT TO VOTE FOR YOU IN NOVEMBER. I WAS JUST CURIOUS IF THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS WHAT THE BIGGEST THING IS THAT KICKS IN IMMEDIATELY IN THIS BILL BETWEEN NOW AND ELECTION TIME?

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  • 10:54:38 PM

    MR. ROSKAM

    HAVE A LOT OF IDEAS BUT MY SENSE IS THAT YOU'VE GOT SOMETHING ON THE TOP…

    HAVE A LOT OF IDEAS BUT MY SENSE IS THAT YOU'VE GOT SOMETHING ON THE TOP OF YOUR MIND. WHAT IS THAT?

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  • 10:54:43 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    ONE THING THAT KICKS IN ARE TAXES. THEY KICK IN IMMEDIATELY. AND I KNOW…

    ONE THING THAT KICKS IN ARE TAXES. THEY KICK IN IMMEDIATELY. AND I KNOW YOU'VE DEALT WITH THE GRASSROOTS, YOU'VE BEEN PART OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS WHAT IT IS TO MAKE A BOTTOM LINE. RIGHT NOW IN THIS ECONOMY, YOU CAN ENVISION WHAT HAPPENS WITH ADDITIONAL TAXES, SAY AN ADDITIONAL 8% PAYROLL TAX ON SOME OF THE PEOPLE YOU'VE BEEN HEARING FROM AND TALKING TO? AND I'D YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 10:55:19 PM

    MR. ROSKAM

    NO. IT IS A CRUSHING THOUGHT, ACTUALLY. AND HERE'S THE MISFORTUNE OF THIS.…

    NO. IT IS A CRUSHING THOUGHT, ACTUALLY. AND HERE'S THE MISFORTUNE OF THIS. THAT THERE IS IN THIS TIME IN OUR COUNTRY REALLY AN UNDERSTANDING THAT HEALTH CARE DOES COST TOO MUCH. AND EVERYBODY WHO NEEDS ACCESS DOESN'T HAVE ACCESS. AND PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS DO JAM PEOPLE UP. THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT I'M HEARING FROM MY DISTRICT. THEY SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT? THAT'S WHAT WE WANT YOU TO BE TALKING ABOUT. WE DON'T WANT YOU TO BE TALKING ABOUT WILD-EYED 2,700-PAGE ADVENTURES, WE DON'T WANT YOU TO BE TALKING ABOUT TRILLION-DOLLAR BOONDOGGLES WHERE DIFFERENT PLACES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BASED ON POLITICAL INFLUENCE, ARE MANIPULATING THINGS AND CAJOLING THINGS THAT YOU CAN HARDLY STAND WHEN YOU HEAR ABOUT THEM OR TALK ABOUT THEM WITH A STRAIGHT FACE. BUT MY DISTRICT IS SAYING, AND I KNOW THE GENTLEMAN FROM TYLER, TEXAS,'S DISTRICT IS SAYING THE SAME THING AND THAT IS, GET ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF FIXING THIS ECONOMY, GET ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF DRIVING HEALTH CARE COSTS DOWN AND THEREFORE BY DRIVING IT DOWN MAKING IT MORE AFFORDABLE AND THEN ULTIMATELY DEAL WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. WE CAN DO THAT. WE HAVE A GOOD REPUBLICAN PLAN TO DO THAT. BUT WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO SPEAKER PELOSI, WHAT SHE IS ASKING THIS MAJORITY TO DO, AND SOME OF THESE MEMBERS THAT HAVEN'T MADE UP THEIR MINDS RIGHT NOW, SHE IS ASKING THEM TO DO WHAT YOU COULD ONLY CARE -- CHARACTERIZE AS POLITICAL BUN JI JUMPING. JUST GO RIGHT OFF THE BRIDGE, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? THE SPEAKER HASN'T MEASURED THE ROPE. SHE HASN'T MEASURED THE ROPE. AND SHE'S SAYING, NO, YA'LL JUST LEAN FORWARD. IT'LL JUST BE GREAT. TOMORROW JUST LEAN FORWARD, JUST RIGHT OFF THAT BRIDGE, JUST LEAN FORWARD. YEAH, I'M SURE IT LOOKS REALLY GOOD. IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S GOING TO CATCH. SHE HASN'T MEASURED THAT ROPE AND SHE'S ASKING HER MAJORITY, UNFORTUNATELY, TO LEAN OVER AND JUST FRANKLY SQUANDER THE TRUST THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HAS PUT IN THEM. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:57:16 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS SO VERY MUCH AND, YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN…

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS SO VERY MUCH AND, YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN TALKING TO PEOPLE ALL OVER MY DISTRICT AND OF COURSE TODAY WITH TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE GOING THROUGH THE CROWDS AND HEARING FROM PEOPLE, TALKING TO PEOPLE. IT'S BEEN STAGGERING. BUT I HAD A CONVERSATION LAST NIGHT BEFORE I CAME TO THE FLOOR WITH A GENTLEMAN, SMALL BUSINESS, HE HAS UNDER 20 EMPLOYEES, BUT HE WAS SAYING, IN MY 25 YEARS IN THIS BUSINESS, I'VE NEVER BEEN SO ON THE BUBBLE AS I AM RIGHT NOW. I'M HANGING ON BY FINGERNAILS. YOU PUT A 2% TAX ON ME, MUCH LESS AN 8% PAYROLL TAX ON ME, I'M DONE. I'M OUT OF BUSINESS AND EVERYBODY THAT WORKS FOR ME IS OUT OF BUSINESS. AND WHEN THE NUMBER-ONE CONCERN IN AMERICA IS THE ECONOMY, JOBS, AND REALLY NOT JUST JOBS BUT CAREERS. WE'RE DESTROYING CAREERS HERE. PEOPLE WANT JOBS, NO, THEY NEED CAREERS. BUT WE'RE DESTROYING THEM RIGHT AND LEFT. HERE'S AN ARTICLE THIS WEEK ABOUT CATERPILLAR. THEY LOOKED TO THE PRESIDENT AND THEY SAID, PLEASE, DON'T DO THIS. THIS WILL COST US $100 MILLION IN THE FIRST YEAR. HOW DO YOU THINK A COMPANY THAT IS IN -- YOU KNOW, THEY'RE DOING OK, THEY'RE THE WORLD'S LARGEST MANUFACTURER OF CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT, BUT THEY HAVE SAID THEY'RE BARELY HANGING ON. THE PRESIDENT WENT TO CATERPILLAR AND SAID THEY'RE BARELY HANGING ON, WE'RE GOING TO HELP THEM, HOW IS HELPING THEM, PUTTING ANOTHER $100 MILLION BURDEN ON THEM? THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO LET PEOPLE GO. THEY MAY DRIVE CATERPILLAR OVERSEAS LIKE WE HAVE TO SO MANY BUSINESSES. BUT I'M TELLING YOU, MY HEART BREAKS FOR THESE BUSINESSPEOPLE WHO LOVE THEIR EMPLOYS, THEY'VE BEEN WITH THEM FOR A LONG TIME AND WE'RE HEARING, I DON'T WANT TO LOSE MY EMPLOYEES. I'M EITHER GOING TO HAVE TO CLOSE DOWN, HAVE MY EMPLOYEES TAKE DRAMATIC PAY CUTS AT A TIME THEY SURE CAN'T AFFORD IT, OR I'M OUT OF BUSINESS. THOSE ARE THE CHOICES I GOT. I APPRECIATE MY FRIEND, DR. BURGESS, MEDICAL DOCTOR BEING HERE WITH PROBABLY MORE EXPERIENCE IN REVIEWING THE ALTERNATIVES IN HEALTH CARE AND I'D LIKE TO YIELD HIM SUCH TIME AS HE MAY USE.

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  • 10:59:51 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. ROSKAM FROM ILLINOIS TALKED…

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. ROSKAM FROM ILLINOIS TALKED ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT US TO FIX THE ECONOMY. AND ONE OF THE WAYS WE CAN HELP THAT IS IF WE WITH WILL CONCLUDE THIS DISCUSSION -- IF WE WILL CONCLUDE THIS DISCUSSION WE'VE BEEN HAVING ABOUT TAKING OVER AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM BECAUSE I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS HOLDING BACK SMALL BUSINESSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO, THEY'VE BEEN HAVING TO CUT BACK OVER THE LAST 18 MONTHS, THEY'VE BEEN DOING WHAT EVERY AMERICAN FAMILY'S BEEN DOING, MAYBE WE'LL JUST HAVE TO MAKE DO WITH A LITTLE BIT LESS, MAYBE WE WON'T HIRE THAT EXTRA EMPLOYEE. BUT THEY ALSO DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO. ARE WE GOING TO PUT AN 8% PAYROLL TAX ON THEM? ARE WE GOING TO PUT AN $1,100 A YEAR ENERGY TAX ON THEM? WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO IN FINANCIAL REGULATION? THEY ARE SCARED TO ADD EMPLOYEES RIGHT NOW IN SMALL BUSINESSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND, YEAH, MAYBE THAT'S ONLY ONE OR TWO JOBS IN A LOCATION, BUT EXTRAPOLATED ACROSS THE WIDER ECONOMY, IT'S THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF JOBS. . PEOPLE BEING DISTRICTED BY HEALTH CARE, THAT IS THE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM OUT THERE RIGHT NOW, THAT IS THE BASIS FOR THE ANGER THAT PEOPLE ARE FEELING WHEN THEY SEE WHAT CONGRESS IS DOING LATE TONIGHT AND WHAT WE'RE FIXING TO DO TOMORROW AS WE SAY IN TEXAS. I HEAR THE PRESIDENT SAY, IT IS SO AGGRAVATING TO HEAR IS THAT REPUBLICANS ARE OBSTRUCTING THIS PROCESS. REPUBLICANS HAD NO IDEAS TO BRING TO THE TABLE. AND REPUBLICANS COULD HAVE FIXED EVERYTHING IN THE LAST 12 YEARS AND CHOSE NOT TO AND NOW THEY NEED TO GET OUT OF THE WAY. LET ME TAKE EACH OF THOSE POINTS BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT TO HEAR WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON THIS PAST YEAR FROM THE STANDPOINT OF REPUBLICANS OBSTRUCTING THIS PROCESS, IT JUST ISN'T SO. AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SAID, THERE ARE 178 REPUBLICANS, A FEW MONTHS AGO THERE WERE 177. IF YOU HAVE 218 VOTES, YOU GET TO DO WHAT YOU SAY. 177 REPUBLICANS WEREN'T NOT ENOUGH TO STOP ANYTHING IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES UNLESS SOME DEMOCRATS CROSSED THE AISLE AND VOTED WITH US. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? THAT'S WHAT STARTED HAPPENING. AS A CONSEQUENCE, IT'S NOT REPUBLICANS WHO ARE OBSTRUCTING THIS PROCESS, BUT DEMOCRATS. IT'S A PROBLEM THEY HAVE WITHIN THEIR OWN CONFERENCE. AND WHY IS THAT? THEY DON'T HAVE THE POPULAR SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. A POLL OUT TODAY SAID 40% OF PEOPLE THINK WE ARE DOING TOO MUCH AND OUGHT TO GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD AND DO SOMETHING MORE MANAGEABLE AND 20% SAID WE SHOULDN'T BE WORKING ON IT AT ALL. SIX OUT OF 10 AMERICANS SAID THIS IS THE WRONG THING FOR US TO BE DOING RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW. THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, THE MAJORITY LEADER CANNOT GET DONE WHAT THEY WANT TO GET DONE AND WHAT IS THE REASON? THOSE DARN REPUBLICANS ARE OBSTRUCTING US. NOW FROM THE STANDPOINT OF REPUBLICAN IDEAS AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAVE SAID, THERE ARE REPUBLICAN IDEAS THAT HAVE BEEN TALKED ABOUT ALL YEAR LONG. NOW, LOOK, RIGHT AFTER THE PRESIDENT WAS SWORN IN, I WAS SURPRISED THEY DIDN'T COME FORWARD WITH A BIG HEALTH CARE BILL AND I WAS SURPRISED THAT IT WASN'T THE NUMBER ONE THING ON THE AGENDA. THAT'S ALL YOU HEARD ON THE CAMPAIGN, HEALTH CARE, HEALTH CARE, HEALTH CARE. I THOUGHT THEY HAD A BILL IN THE WORKS AND THOUGHT IT WOULD COME OUT OF THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE AND THE HOUSE WOULD FOLLOW SUIT AND WE WOULD HAVE A HEALTH CARE BILL. IF WE VOTED A YEAR AGO LAST YEAR, IT WOULD HAVE PASSED. THE PRESIDENT WAS ENORMOUSLY POPULAR AT THAT TIME. CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS WERE EXTREMELY POPULAR AT THAT TIME. THERE LIKELY WOULD HAVE BEEN NOTHING STANDING IN THE WAY. SINCE THEY DECIDED TO DO OTHER THINGS FIRST, STIMULUS, CAP AND TRADE, TAKING OVER SCHOOL LOANS, WHATEVER ELSE THEY HAD ON THE AGENDA, BECAUSE THEY CHOSE TO DO OTHER THINGS FIRST, PEOPLE HAD A CHANCE TO LOOK AT THIS BILL. AND WE HEARD THE STORY SEVERAL TIMES, A YEAR AGO I WAS SITTING IN MY TOWN HALL AND SEEING ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF ANXIETY AND UNEASE. WE WANT TO DO SOMETHING. IF YOU'RE VOTING AGAINST THIS STUFF. WE WANT TO HELP YOU. WHAT CAN WITH DO. THEY COULD ORGANIZEA -- AT HOME. THEY DID OVER 4TH OF JULY AND SEPTEMBER 12 AND CAME BACK TODAY AND I COULDN'T HELP BUT THINK EVERY TIME I TALKED TO JUST REGULAR PEOPLE THAT WERE OUT IN THE GREAT WEATHER TODAY ON THE LAWN OF THE WEST SIDE OF THE CAPITOL TO HEAR THE SPEECHES AND LISTEN TO THE STUFF, THEY WERE JUST REGULAR PEOPLE FROM BACK HOME WHO HAD COME UP BECAUSE THEY WERE CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THEY SAW HAPPENING IN WASHINGTON. BUT IF YOU -- IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR THEM, THIS BILL WOULD HAVE PASSED IN JULY. I DON'T KNOW IF PEOPLE WOULD RECALL THAT. WE HAD A CAP AND BILL -- TRADE BILL AT THE END OF JUNE. THE BILL WAS DUMPED INTO OUR COMMITTEE IN JULY AND SUPPOSED TO MARK IT UP IN ONE DAY AND THEN TURN IT BACK TO THE HOUSE FLOOR AND WE VOTE ON IT AND GO HOME FOR THE AUGUST RECESS. TAKE A STEP BACK FOR A MINUTE. WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR A YEAR, WE DON'T NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT ANYMORE. IN 1990 AND 1991 WHEN MY COMMITTEE, THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE MARKED UP A BILL THAT DEALT WITH CLEAN AIR, THE CLEAN AIR ACT, THEY HELD THAT MARKUP FOR EIGHT MONTHS. MY LANDS THE PEOPLE IN THAT COMMITTEE HATED EACH OTHER, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO BECAUSE IN THE END IT HAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND IT PASSED AND FUNCTIONED AS ADVERTISED NOT BECAUSE THEY SLAMMED IT THROUGH, BECAUSE THEY DID HAVE BIG MAJORITIES BACK IN 1990 AND 1991. IT WORKED BECAUSE THEY DID IT THE RIGHT WAY AND EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A PAINFUL PROCESS AND EVEN THOUGH THE PEOPLE HATED EACH OTHER AT THE END OF THE EIGHT MONTHS, IT WAS A BETTER WAY TO DO MAJOR LEGISLATION THAT WAS GOING TO AFFECT THE LIVES OF EVERY AMERICAN AND FOR GENERATIONS TO COME, MUCH BETTER WAY TO DO THAT. WE CHOSE NOT TO DO IT THAT WAY THIS YEAR. MY COMMITTEE WHICH WAS SUPPOSED TO DO THIS ENDED UP STRETCHING IT OVER EIGHT DAYS AND THE REASON IS BECAUSE SEVEN DEMOCRATS ON MY COMMITTEE HEARD FROM PEOPLE BACK HOME DURING THE MONTH OF JULY AND SAID WAIT A MINUTE. WE ARE GETTING NERVOUS AND HEARING ALL KINDS OF STUFF THAT PEOPLE DON'T LIKE WHAT WE'RE DOING AND DON'T LIKE WHAT WE DID WITH CAP AND TRADE AND NOW THEY'RE SAYING PUT THE BRAKES ON. THIS IS GOING TOO FAST. NOW, WE DIDN'T END UP STOPPING IT IN COMMITTEE AND ENDED UP PASSING ON JULY 31. THE STORY IS IT PASSED ON JULY 31 AND DID NOT COME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR BEFORE WE WENT HOME. AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED IN AUGUST? THAT ENERGY THAT HAD BEEN ALMOST PALPABLE IN APRIL REALLY DID BUBBLE TO THE SURFACE. AND WE HAD PEOPLE IN TOWN HALLS LIKE WE NEVER HAD BEFORE. A LITTLE SLEEPY TOWN OF DENTON, TEXAS, HOT AUGUST SATURDAY MORNING, I HAD 2,000 PEOPLE SHOW UP. I WENT UP TO GAINSVILLE, TEXAS, 600 PEOPLE SHOW UP. I NEVER HAD THAT KIND OF TURNOUTS IN TOWN HALLS. NOT EVERYONE AGREED THAT I WAS DOING THE RIGHT THING, BUT THERE WAS A BROAD CONSENSUS THAT THEY DID NOT LIKE WHAT THEY WERE SEEING, WHAT CONGRESS WAS DOING WITH THEIR HEALTH CARE AND YOU SAW IT PLAY OUT OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IT JUST WASN'T NORTH TEXAS, BUT MICHIGAN, WAY UP WEST, UP ON THE EAST COAST, IN WISCONSIN. YOU SAW THE SCENARIO REPLAY ITSELF. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? WHEN I WOULD HAVE THOSE TOWN HALLS, PEOPLE WOULD SAY WE DON'T TRUST YOU WITH THIS 1,000-PAGE BILL. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS INDULGE ME, THE GOOD OLD DAYS THE 1,000-PAGE BILL AND HE HAS A 2,700-PAGE BILL. WE KNOW YOU DIDN'T READ IT AND SAID YOU WOULDN'T TAKE THAT INSURANCE, WHY SHOULD WE BE FOR THAT. WHAT WE ARE FOR IS SENSIBLE REFORM. I HEARD THIS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. WE WOULD LIKE HELP WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. WE NEVER HAD A HEARING, WE NEVER HAD A HEARING ABOUT IS THERE ANYWAY TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WITHOUT RESORTING TO AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL MANDATE. I BELIEVE THERE IS, BUT WE NEVER HEARD ANY TESTIMONY ON THAT. IT WAS SIMPLY WE HAVE TO HAVE THE MANDATE BECAUSE EVERYONE HAS TO HAVE INSURANCE AND THAT'S THE WAY IT'S GOT TO BE. BUT THAT'S NOT NECESSARILY SO. SO WHAT WE HEARD, HELP US WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, PROVIDE US A LITTLE FLEXIBILITY AND MAYBE WE WOULD LIKE TO BUY ACROSS STATE LINES IF IT BROUGHT THE COSTS DOWN, HOW ABOUT SOME FAIRNESS IN THE TAX CODE SO WE DON'T PUNISH THE PERSON WHO IS IN BUSINESS FOR HIMSELF AS OPPOSED TO SOMEONE WHO GETS HIS INSURANCE TAX-FREE FROM AN EMPLOYER AND COBRA IS COMPLICATED AND EXPENSIVE AND COULD YOU MAKE THAT SIMPLER FOR US BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE LOSING JOBS RIGHT NOW AND AS THEY LOSE JOBS THEY LOSE INSURANCE. YOU HAVE COBRA, BUT I JUST LOST MY JOB AND CAN'T AFFORD TO MAKE THAT PAYMENT AND LET THE INSURANCE EXPIRE. SOME MAJOR MEDICAL CRISIS MAY HIT AND THE CYCLE REPEATS ITSELF, REPEATS ITSELF AND REPEATS ITSELF. THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE WANTED TO SEE. I HAVE A WEBSITE, HEALTHCAUCUS DOG. THESE THINGS I HAVE HEARD, I PUT INTO LEGISLATION AND AFFIXED THAT TO THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE TOLD ME THEY WANTED TO SEE. AT HEALTHCAUCUS.ORG, YOU CAN PRINT THAT OFF YOURSELF ON YOUR COMPUTER AND THERE ARE NINE THINGS DOWN THERE. IT'S NOT LIKE THERE IS ALREADY LEGISLATIVE LANGUAGE ON MOST OF THOSE THINGS, BECAUSE THERE IS. IF THERE'S A BILL NUMBER THERE, I PUT IT THERE BESIDE IT. IF THERE IS ANOTHER MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHO HAS A BILL THAT HAS BEEN INTRODUCED THAT WILL COVER THAT ISSUE, I'VE GOT THEIR NAME THERE AND BILL NUMBER BESIDE IT. THE FACT IS THERE ARE IDEAS OUT THERE AND SOME OF THEM ARE BIPARTISAN. WHAT A NOVEL CONCEPT. BUT THOSE IDEAS ARE OUT THERE ON PAPER. WE COULD TAKE THEM UP IN AN INCREMENTAL FASHION, OVER THE NEXT THREE WEEKS AND WE COULD REALLY BE DOWN THE ROAD ON SOLVING THE PROBLEMS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT US TO SOLVE. INSTEAD, INSTEAD, IT'S THIS ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL, WASHINGTON KNOWS BEST. WE'RE GOING TO GIVE YOU THIS BILL AND WHEN WE PASS IT AND YOU FIND OUT WHAT'S IN IT, YOU ARE GOING TO LIKE US AFTER ALL. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR TAKING THIS HOUR. THE HOURS ARE GROWING CLOSE WHERE THIS BILL WILL COME TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. WE'RE PROBABLY GETTING DOWN TO THE SINGLE-DIGIT NUMBER OF HOURS FOR AMERICA TO REMAIN A FREE COUNTRY. THIS HAS BEEN AN IMPORTANT DEBATE. I HOPE PEOPLE WILL CONTINUE TO WATCH. I HOPE THEY WILL CONTINUE TO INTERACT WITH THEIR MEMBER OF CONGRESS. AND MEMBER OF CONGRESS RUNS FOR OFFICE EVERY OTHER YEAR. WE ARE PEOPLE'S CLOSEST CONTACT. THAT'S WHAT THE FOUNDING FATHERS WANTED. EVEN THOUGH IT'S LATE AND IT'S ON SUNDAY, THIS INTERACTION TAKES PLACE BETWEEN A MEMBER OF CONGRESS AND THEIR CONSTITUENT IS A SAY CREDIT BOND AND THAT NEEDS TO BE UPHELD OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS. PEOPLE DO NEED TO LET THEIR MEMBER OF CONGRESS HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT THIS. THAT IS ONE OF THE CRITICAL THINGS WE HAVE BEEN MISSING. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS INDULGENCE AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:12:40 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    I THANK MY FRIEND, DR. BURGESS, AND I CAN ASSURE IT'S NOT INDULGENCE BUT A…

    I THANK MY FRIEND, DR. BURGESS, AND I CAN ASSURE IT'S NOT INDULGENCE BUT A PLEASURE AND HONOR TO HEAR SOMEONE SO NGABLE ABOUT THIS VERY ISSUE THAT IS BEING BROUGHT TO A VOTE TOMORROW. THIS IS BIG AND IF BEM HAVE HEARD THE PRESIDENT TALK BACK IN 2007 GOING INTO THIS CAMPAIGN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2008, HE MADE VERY CLEAR AND HE'S MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT HE WOULD SIGN A BILL LIKE THIS THAT WOULD BE THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. HE SAID THIS WILL BE THE FIRST STEP. CANADA DIDN'T GET THERE IN ONE STEP. YOU NEED THIS STEP AND THEN YOU CAN TRANSITION INTO THE FULL WHAT'S REALLY SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. AND IN HIS SPEECH TODAY TO ENCOURAGE DEMOCRATS TO GET ON BOARD, HE SAID THESE WORDS, THIS IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT STEP THAT WE HAVE TAKEN ON HEALTH CARE SINCE MEDICARE, ABSOLUTELY. ABSOLUTELY, IT IS. AND THAT'S THE STEP HE WAS TALKING ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO, THAT THIS IS THE FIRST STEP AND THEN WE MOVE INTO FULL SOCIALIZED MEDICINE WHERE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTROLS EVERYTHING ABOUT YOUR HEALTH CARE. IT'S A HUGE STEP. IT IS A DEVASTATING STEP. AND SO, YOU HAVE TO THINK THAT IF THERE ARE THOSE DEMOCRATS THAT ARE STILL TRYING TO DECIDE BETWEEN YES OR NO, YOU REALLY THINK -- SHOULD THINK -- THE PRESIDENT IS SAYING ALL THE GOOD STUFF WILL HAPPEN BETWEEN NOW AND NOVEMBER, WELL, THERE MAY BE A CREDIT HERE OR THERE, BUT WHEN MY FRIENDS THAT HAVE TALKED TO ME ABOUT BEING SO CLOSE BETWEEN CLOSING THEIR BUSINESS, BEING OUT OF BUSINESS AND HIRING ANOTHER EMPLOYER AND MOVING FORWARD, WHEN THEY GET HIT WITH AN 8% PAYROLL TAX AND HAVE TO GO OUT OF BUSINESS AND LAY OFF EVERYBODY OR STAY IN BUSINESS AT A DRAMATICALLY REDUCED LEVEL AND LAY OFF INDIVIDUALS, CUT SALARIES AND THOSE PEOPLE CAN'T PAY THEIR BILLS AND WE LOSE MORE MORTGAGES, I DON'T THINK PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE IN A GOOD MOOD COME NOVEMBER. I KNOW ART LAFFER HAS SAID AND HE IS A BRILLIANT ECONOMIST THAT IT'S POSSIBLE THAT THE ECONOMY COULD START IMPROVING FOR ONE REASON AND THAT IS BECAUSE NEXT JANUARY, THE BIGGEST TAX INCREASE IN AMERICAN HISTORY WILL HIT. AND IT WILL ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATE THE ECONOMY. SO IT COULD BE TOWARD THE END OF THE YEAR AS PEOPLE START GETTING READY TO MOVE TOWARDS CAPITAL GAINS AND ALL OF THE INCOME TAX RATES THAT GO UP, THAT IT MAY LOOK RIGHT BEFORE THE ELECTION THAT WE MAY BE HAVING A RECOVERY. MAYBE SO. BUT WHEN YOU START ADDING THE TAXES NOW, THAT CHANGES THE EQUATION. HOW OUR DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS AND C.B.O. CAN TELL PEOPLE WITH A STRAIGHT FACE THIS PAYS FOR ITSELF WHEN YOU GOT 10 YEARS OF INCOME TO PAY FOR SIX OR SEVEN YEARS OF HEALTH CARE? AND THEN WE'RE TOLD, YEAH, BUT IN THE SECOND 10 YEARS, IT REALLY STARTS TO PAY FOR ITSELF. THAT'S NEVER HAPPENED. YOU THINK CONGRESS IS GOING TO SIT BACK AND DO NOTHING FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS AND JUST WAIT AND SEE FOR 20 YEARS IF THINGS FIX THEMSELVES? THE SOVIET UNION DIDN'T GET THAT CHANCE WHEN THEY STARTED SPENDING MONEY LIKE THIS FIRST ON THE AFGHAN WAR AND THEN THE MISSILE DEFENSE. NO ONE WOULD LOAN THEM MONEY. THEY COULDN'T PRINT IT FAST ENOUGH. THEY WENT OUT OF BUSINESS. . WHEN THE PRESIDENT SAID IN HIS COMMENTS THAT THESE WORDS, FOR EXAMPLE, INSTEAD OF HAVING FIVE TESTS WHEN YOU GO TO THE DOCTOR, YOU JUST GET ONE. HE'S BEING VERY TRUTHFUL. THANK GOD MY MOTHER HAD MANY TESTS OVER A PERIOD OF SIX DAYS BEFORE THEY FOUND HER BRAIN TUMOR AND SHE DIDN'T JUST HAVE ONE. I DO APPRECIATE THE PRESIDENT SAYING IN HIS SPEECH TODAY THE WORDS THAT ULTIMATELY THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT. I BELIEVE HE'S RIGHT. AND IT WILL BE DEVASTATING FOR THOSE WHO WERE PUSHING THROUGH THIS GOVERNMENT CONTROL. AND TOWARD THE END OF HIS -- WELL, ACTUALLY THERE WAS A LOT MORE SPEECH BUT I'LL JUST FINISH WITH ONE OTHER MENTION REGARDING THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH. HE SAYS, NOW, I CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT THIS IS GOOD POLITICS, THAT IS VERY TRUE. YOU VOTE FOR THIS, I KNOW SOME PEOPLE MAY HAVE DISTRICTS WHERE THEY JUST -- THEY'RE USED TO HAVING EVERYTHING GIVEN TO THEM, ENTITLEMENT DISTRICTS UNDERSTANDED -- DISTRICTS, AND THEY'LL NEED TO VOTE FOR IT BECAUSE THEY'RE USED TO ENTITLEMENTS, BUT ELSEWHERE IT'S NOT GOING TO BE GOOD POLITICS AND YOU'RE -- LOOKING AT THE END OF SOME POLITICAL CAREERS HERE, UNLESS THE PRESIDENT HAS AGREED TO GIVE THEM JOBS WHEN THEY LOSE THEIR SEAT. BUT, YOU KNOW, THIS DEAL WITH CATERPILLAR, THEY'RE SAYING THEY'RE GOING TO LOSE $100 MILLION IN THE FIRST YEAR. I'VE HEARD ABOUT STATES LIKE WHEN GOODYEAR PLAN IN ALABAMA, WHERE THE STATE AND LOCAL CAME TOGETHER AND OFFERED $51 MILLION JUST TO KEEP THE PEOPLE THERE AND KEEP THE PLAN OPEN -- PLANT OPEN. THIS BILL IS GOING TO COST THEM $100 MILLION, COST CATERPILLAR $100 MILLION. WE'RE GOING TO CHARGE THEM $100 MILLION, YOU THINK COMPANIES ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO STAY LONG LIKE THAT? AND I JUST WANT TO FINISH UP IN MY TIME TONIGHT GOING BACK IN HISTORY JUST TO REMIND PEOPLE BEFORE THIS TERRIBLE VOTE TOMORROW, HOPEFULLY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL PREVAIL, PEOPLE WILL LOSE THEIR NERVE TO FORCE THIS ECONOMY AND THE HEALTH CARE OFF A CLIFF. BUT -- AND THEN WE CAN COME BACK AND WE CAN WORK TOGETHER, WE CAN PROVIDE REAL SOLUTIONS, WE'VE GOT LOTS OF GOOD IDEAS, JUST LET US WORK TOGETHER WITH YOU TO DO THAT INSTEAD OF HAVING THE PRESIDENT SAY, AS HE DID AT OUR RETREAT, I'VE READ ALL YOUR BILLS, YEAH, I'VE READ, THERE'S THINGS THERE, BUT I'D REALLY -- HE'S NOT READ OUR BILLS. HE HAS NOT READ ALL OUR BILLS. WE'VE GOT LOTS OF THINGS THAT COULD BE CONSIDERED. BUT YOU GO BACK TO THE FOUNDING OF THIS COUNTRY, 1783, THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION DIDN'T WORK, THEY'RE TOO LOOSELY WOVEN, NO COMMON CURRENCY, SO IT'S FALLING APART. 1787 WE HAVE THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION IN PHILADELPHIA. THEY TALK GEORGE WASHINGTON INTO COMING BACK AND PRESIDING. HE HAD DONE WHAT NO MAN HAD EVER DONE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD BEFORE OR SINCE, HE READ A -- LED A REVOLUTIONARY MILITARY, WON THE REVOLUTION, RESIGNED AND WENT HOME. SAID, DID I WHAT YOU ASKED. WELL, 1787, THEY'RE TELLING HIM, IF YOU DON'T COME BACK AND PRESIDE, THE 13 STATES ARE NOT GOING TO COME BACK. WE'RE DONE. THE COUNTRY'S OVER. BUT ALL 13 STATES HAVE AGREED TO COME BACK IF YOU WILL PROMISE TO PRESIDE OVER THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION. I MEAN, WHAT A TESTIMONIAL FOR A MAN, A MAN OF INTEGRITY THAT HE WAS SO BELOVED, IF HE WOULD COME BACK THEY WOULD COME BACK, THEY WON'T COME BACK FOR ANYBODY ELSE. THEY KNEW HE WAS A MAN WHO COULD WALK AWAY WITH POWER AND NEVER LOOK BACK BECAUSE HE HAD DONE IT. THE CONVENTION GOES ON IN PHILADELPHIA AND THEY PUT BLANKETS OVER THE WINDOWS TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM LOOKING IN AND PEOPLE BEING DISTRACTED LOOKING OUT. AND THERE WAS BICKERING AND ARGUING, IT WENT ON AND ON FOR NEARLY FIVE WEEKS. AT THAT POINT BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WAS 80 YEARS OLD, A LITTLE OVER TWO YEARS AWAY FROM MEETING HIS MAKER, MEETING HIS JUDGE, MEETING HIS CREATOR, AND, YES, HE HAD SEWED SOME WILD OATS IN HIS LIFE AND SOME PEOPLE THOUGHT HE WAS A DEIST, THAT'S SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES GOD CREATED THINGS OR SOMETHING HAPPENED TO CREATE THINGS AND THEN THAT BEING STEPPED BACK AND HAS NEVER DONE ANYTHING, BASICALLY. WELL, WHAT SOME PEOPLE CALL A DEIST TODAY WAS RECOGNIZED. HE KNEW HE WAS A COUPLE OF YEARS MORE AWHICH FROM MEETING HIS MAKER -- AWAY FROM MEETING HIS MAKER. WITTY AND BRILLIANT AS EVER HE STOOD UP AND HE SAID THESE WORDS, WELL, HE STARTED BY SAYING, WE'VE BEEN MEETING FOR NEARLY FIVE WEEKS, WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED BASICALLY NOTHING. WE HAVE MORE NOES THAN AYES ON THESE VOTES. I'M GOING TO USE HIS COMPACT WORDS TAKEN DOWN BY JAMES MADISON. IN THIS SITUATION OF THIS ASSEMBLY, GRAPPLING AS IT WERE IN THE DARK TO FIND POLITICAL TRUTH AND SCARCE ABLE TO DISTINGUISH IT WHEN PRESENTED TO US, HOW HAS IT HAPPENED, SIR, THAT WE HAVE NOT ONCE HITHERTO THOUGHT OF HUMBLY APPLYING TO THE FATHER OF THE LIGHTS TO ILLUMINATE OUR UNDERSTANDING? IN THE BEGINNING CONTEST WITH GREAT BRITAIN WHEN WE WERE SENSIBLE OF DANGER WE HAD DAILY PRAYER IN THIS ROOM. FOR THE DIVINE PROTECTION. OUR PRAYERS, SIR, WERE HEARD AND THEY WERE GRACIOUSLY ANSWERED. BEN FRANKLIN WENT ON, HE SAID, ALL OF US WHO WERE ENGAGED IN THE STRUGGLE MUST HAVE OBSERVED FREQUENT INSTANCES OF A SUPERINTENDING PROVIDENCE IN OUR FAVOR, TO THAT KIND OF PROVIDENCE WE OWE THIS HAPPY OPPORTUNITY OF CONSULTING IN PEACE ON THE MEANS OF ESTABLISHING OUR FUTURE NATIONAL FELICITY. AND HAVE WE NOW FORGOTTEN THAT POWERFUL FRIEND? OR DO WE IMAGINE THAT WE NO LONGER NEED HIS ASSISTANCE? BEN FRANKLIN THEN WENT ON AN -- AND SAID, I HAVE LIVED, SIR, A LONG TIME, AND THE LONGER I LIVE THE MORE CONVINCING PROOF I SEE OF THIS TRUTH -- PROOFS I SEE OF THIS TRUTH. GOD GOVERNS IN THE AFFAIRS OF MEN. AND IF A SPARROW CANNOT FALL TO THE GROUND WITHOUT HIS NOTICE, IS IT POSSIBLE AN EMPIRE CAN RISE WITHOUT HIS AID? WE HAVE BEEN ASSURED, SIR, IN THE SACRED WRITING THAT EXCEPT THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE, THEY LABOR IN VEIN THAT BUILD IT -- VAIN THAT BUILD IT. I FIRMLY BELIEVE THIS. AND I ALSO FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT WITHOUT HIS CONCURRING AID WE SHALL SUCCEED IN THIS POLITICAL BUILDING NO BETTER THAN THE BUILDERS OF BABBLE. WE SHOULD BE DIVIDED BY -- BABEL. WE SHOULD BE DIVIDED BY LITTLE PARTIAL LOCAL INTEREST IT'S, OUR PROJECTS BE CON FOUNDED AND WE -- CON FOUAD -- CONFOUNDED AND WE SHOULD BECOME A BYWORD DOWN THE AGES AND MANKIND MAY HERE AFTER FROM THIS UNFORTUNATE INSTANCE DESPAIR OF ESTABLISHING GOVERNMENTS BY HUMAN WISDOM AND LEAVE IT TO CHANCE, WAR AND CONQUEST. I THEREFORE BEG LEAVE TO MOVE THAT HENCEFORTH, PRAYERS EMPLOYING THE ASSISTANCE OF HEAVEN AND ITS BLESSING ON OUR DELIBERATIONS BE HELD IN THE ASSEMBLY EVERY MORNING BEFORE WE PROCEED TO BUSINESS. AND AFTER THAT, SECONDED BY MR. SHERMAN, IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED AND FROM THEN TO TODAY WE HAVE PRAYER TO BEGIN OUR SESSIONS IN HERE. BUT, OH, IF WE COULD EVER COME BACK TOGETHER AS A GROUP AND AS THE VERY FIRST CONGRESS DID, JOIN AND PRAY TOGETHER AS THEY DID ON THEIR KNEES AND COME TOGETHER AS ONE WROTE TO HIS WIFE, IT WAS SUCH A MOVING POWERFUL PRAYER TIME, EVEN THE QUAKERS HAD TEARS IN THEIR EYES. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT TIME, I THANK GOD FOR THOSE WHO HAVE COME TO MAKE THEIR VOICES KNOWN THIS WEEKEND. I THANK GOD FOR THE BLESSINGS WITH WHICH WE HAVE BEEN ENRICHED AND I HOPE THAT PEOPLE ACROSS AMERICA WILL PRAY TO THAT SAME GOD BEN FRANKLIN REFERRED TO AND THAT HE WILL MOVE IN THE HEARTS OF PEOPLE HERE IN CONGRESS, THAT THEY WILL DO THE THING THAT WILL BRING US TOGETHER AND CREATE A STRONGER NATION THAT CAN SURVIVE FOR ANOTHER 200 YEARS AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:27:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1 THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1 THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF THE CHAIR.

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115th Congress - House
Total Hours: 1299 (After 536 days)
  • Debate609 Hours
  • Special Orders263 Hours
  • Votes204 Hours
  • One Minute Speeches109 Hours
  • Morning Hour94 Hours
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