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House Session - May 20, 2010
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  • 10:01:50 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:02:00 AM

    THE CLERK

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

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

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  • 10:02:16 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, REVEREND DR. RODERICK…

    THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, REVEREND DR. RODERICK LEWIS SR. FROM THE PARKWOOD INSTITUTIONAL C.M.E. CHURCH OF CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 10:02:31 AM

    THE CHAPLAIN

    PRAY? ALMIGHTY GOD, WITH THANKSGIVING WE PRAY FOR THE SUSTAINING OF OUR…

    PRAY? ALMIGHTY GOD, WITH THANKSGIVING WE PRAY FOR THE SUSTAINING OF OUR LIVES. MAY WE BE THANKFUL FOR THE CREATION WHICH YOU HAVE SHARED WITH US AS YOU ARE THE SOVEREIGN, HOLY AND ALMIGHTY GOD. GRANT WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE FOR THE MEMBERS OF THIS GREAT BODY. MAY THESE LEADERS BE SENSITIVE TO YOUR VOICE, TO THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA AND TO THE WORLD. WE PRAY FOR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE SENATE FLOOR AND ALL GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS. LORD, WE PRAY FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN SERVING IN OUR ARMED FORCES, FOR THEIR PROTECTION AND FOR THEIR FAMILIES AS THEY SERVE ON DISTANT SHORES. CONTINUE TO BE A GUIDING LIGHT TO THOSE WHO HAVE LOST LOVED ONES IN THE DEFENSE OF OUR NATION. MAY EACH PERSON HERE FIND WISDOM TO CONDUCT THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS SO TO BE PLEASING TO YOU. IN THE PRECIOUS NAME OF CHRIST WE PRAY. AMEN.

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  • 10:03:35 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. AND PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1 THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, CONGRESSMAN WATT.

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  • 10:03:55 AM

    MR. WATT

    ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC…

    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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  • 10:04:12 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, CONGRESSMAN WATT, IS…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, CONGRESSMAN WATT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 10:04:19 AM

    MR. WATT

    I'M HONORED TO WELCOME REVEREND DR. RODERICK D. LEWIS SR. AS THE GUEST…

    I'M HONORED TO WELCOME REVEREND DR. RODERICK D. LEWIS SR. AS THE GUEST CHAPLAIN FOR THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR TODAY. SINCE JULY OF 2001, REMPED DR. LEWIS HAS SERVED AS PASTOR OF PARKWOOD INSTITUTIONAL C.M.E. CHURCH WHICH IS LOCATED IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA. REVEREND DR. LEWIS IS A NATIVE OF COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA. HE RECEIVED HIS BACHELOR DEGREE IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, HIZZ MASTER OF DIVINITY FROM THE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY. HE'S AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY AND SERVED AS A CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER WITH THE W.G. HEFNER V.A. MEDICAL CENTER IN SALISBURY, NORTH CAROLINA, WHICH IS ALSO IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, AND WITH THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH. ON BEHALF OF MY CONSTITUENTS IN THE 12TH DISTRICT AND MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE HOUSE, I THANK REVEREND DR. LEWIS FOR HIS SERVICE TO HIS COMMUNITY AND FOR HIS PRAYER TODAY. I YIELD BACK, MADAM SPEAKER.

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  • 10:05:31 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MADAM SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MADAM SPEAKER.

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  • 10:05:38 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO…

    MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE HAS PASSED S. 920, AN ACT CITED AS THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT OVERSIGHT PROVISION ACT OF 2009 IN WHICH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE HOUSE IS REQUESTED.

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  • 10:05:59 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    LEADERS AND WITH THEIR CONSENT, THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES THAT WHEN THE TWO…

    LEADERS AND WITH THEIR CONSENT, THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES THAT WHEN THE TWO HOUSES MEET IN JOINT MEETING TO HEAR AN ADDRESS -- TO HEAR AN ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, FELIPE CALDERON HINOJOSA, PRESIDENT OF MEXICO, ONLY THE DOORS IMMEDIATELY OPPOSITE THE SPEAKER AND THOSE IMMEDIATELY TO HER LEFT AND TO HER RIGHT WILL BE OPEN. NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE WHO DOES NOT HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE, AND DUE TO THE LARGE ATTENDANCE THAT IS ANTICIPATED, THE RULE REGARDING THE PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR MUST BE STRICTLY ENFORCED. CHILDREN OF MEMBERS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ON THE FLOOR, AND THE COOPERATION OF ALL OUR MEMBERS IS REQUESTED. THE PRACTICE OF RESERVING SEATS PRIOR TO THE JOINT MEETING BY PLACARD WILL NOT BE ALLOWED, AND MEMBERS MAY RESERVE THEIR SEAT BY PHYSICAL PRESENCE ONLY FOLLOWING THE SECURITY SWEEP OF THIS CHAMBER. AND PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF THURSDAY, MAY 13 OF 2010, THE HOUSE NOW STANDS IN RECESS SUBJECT TO THE

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  • 10:07:14 AM

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    FROM CONGRESSWOMAN SANCHEZ, THE HOUSE WILL HEAR ALONG WITH THE SENATE IN A…

    FROM CONGRESSWOMAN SANCHEZ, THE HOUSE WILL HEAR ALONG WITH THE SENATE IN A JOINT MEETING, THEY'LL HEAR FROM MEXICAN PRESIDENT, FELIPE CALDERON

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  • 01:02:36 PM

    MR. COURTNEY

    WISH TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY…

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

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  • 01:02:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:02:41 PM

    MR. COURTNEY

    THIS WILL MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE FOR ADULT CHILDREN OF THEIR WORK FORCE.…

    THIS WILL MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE FOR ADULT CHILDREN OF THEIR WORK FORCE. TOO OFTEN AT COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES WHICH ARE TAKING PLACE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, KIDS ARE GIVEN A DIPLOMA AND A NOTICE THAT THEY ARE OFF THEIR PARENT'S HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN. U.T.C. HAS SET GREAT EXAMPLE FOR EMPLOYERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO IMPLEMENT THIS CHANGE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. MOHEGAN SUN CASINO ISSUED THE SAME DECISION FOR ITS EMPLOYEES. THIS WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES AND ADULT CHILDREN. I SPOKE TO A MOTHER OF A 22-YEAR-OLD THAT'S BEEN HOSPITALIZED NUMEROUS TIMES AND SHE WAS IN TEARS. SHE WAS SO EXCITED THAT HER DAUGHTER WILL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO RECEIVE THE CARE THAT S NEEDS WHICH OTHERWISE WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE IF WE HAD NOT PASSED THE HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:03:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 01:03:39 PM

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

  • 01:03:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:03:44 PM

    MR. FLEMING

    MR. SPEAKER, RECENTLY THE I.M.F. ANNOUNCED A GIANT BAILOUT TO KEEP GREECE…

    MR. SPEAKER, RECENTLY THE I.M.F. ANNOUNCED A GIANT BAILOUT TO KEEP GREECE FROM DEFAULTING. DEFAULTING OF ITS OWN DEBT, DEBT OF ITS SOCIALISTIC ECONOMY. THE U.S. IS THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR TO THE I.M.F., THEREFORE, WE ARE THE LARGEST BAILOUT SOURCE FOR THIS. THAT'S RIGHT, MR. SPEAKER, THE U.S. TAXPAYER IS NOW IN THE BUSINESS OF RESCUING GREECE FROM ITS DEBT CRISIS WHICH IS BROUGHT ON BY A RECKLESS BORROWING AND SPENDING TO FUND WELFARE PROGRAMS. WHILE THE U.S. IS PUTTING ITSELF ON THE HOOK FOR ANOTHER BAILOUT, LIBERALS IN WASHINGTON ARE WORKING HARD TO COPY CAT THE GREEK MODEL, TAXING, SPENDING, BORROWING AND INCASING COMBIMET PROGRAMS ACROSS THE BOARD -- ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS ACROSS THE BOARD. BEHIND GREECE ARE OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES ON THE VERGE OF DEFAULT. ARE WE GOING TO BAIL THEM OUT TOO? AND THAT'S NOT TO MENTION STATES LIKE CALIFORNIA AND THE MANY COMPANIES THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY BAILED OUT. WHO WILL BAIL OUT OUR COUNTRY WHEN WE CAN'T BORROW OUR WAY OUT OF TROUBLE? MR. SPEAKER, LET'S STOP BAILING OUT COUNTRIES, STATES AND COMPANIES AND HOLD ALL ENTITIES, INCLUDING OURSELVES, ACCOUNTABLE FOR RUNAWAY SPENDING.

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  • 01:05:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 01:05:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:05:10 PM

    MS. DEGETTE

    I RISE TODAY TO URGE THIS CONGRESS TO PASS MEANINGFUL HEALTH CARE -- WALL…

    I RISE TODAY TO URGE THIS CONGRESS TO PASS MEANINGFUL HEALTH CARE -- WALL STREET REFORM TO PROTECT AMERICAN TAXPAYERS FROM EVER AGAIN FORCING TO BAIL OUT WALL STREET BANKS.

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  • 01:05:20 PM

    MS. MARKEY

    TO FAIL FINANCIAL FIRMS WHOSE IRRESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR ALMOST CRASHED OUR…

    TO FAIL FINANCIAL FIRMS WHOSE IRRESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR ALMOST CRASHED OUR ENTIRE ECONOMY. AND IT'S TIME TO END THE PREDATORY LENDING PRACTICES WITH TOUGHER ENFORCEMENT. WE MUST PASS A BILL THAT WILL END BAILOUTS, ENSURE THAT BANKS AND TAXPAYERS ARE NEVER AGAIN ON THE HOOK FOR WALL STREET'S RISKY GAMBLES. WE MUST ACT TO PROTECT FAMILIES' RETIREMENT FUNDS, COLLEGE SAVINGS, HOMES AND SMALL BUSINESSES AND BRING TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY BACK TO A FINANCIAL SYSTEM RUN AMUCK. I WASN'T IN WALL STREET WHILE SOME BANKS RE RUNNING OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM IN THE GROUND BUT I CAME HERE TO CLEAN UP THE MESS AND GET AMERICA'S ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK. SO I ASK MY COLLEUES, WHOSE SIDE DO YOU STAND ON? DO YOU STAND WITH THE RECKLESS WALL STREET BANKS OR WILL YOU STAND WITH AMERICAN FAMILIES? I URGE MY FAMILIES TO PASS THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:06:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 01:06:17 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

  • 01:06:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:06:22 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ON WEDNESDAY THE U.S. COAST GUARD ANNOUNCED THAT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ON WEDNESDAY THE U.S. COAST GUARD ANNOUNCED THAT THE BALLS DISCOVERED ON THE FLORIDA KEYS' SHORELINE WAS NOT LINKED TO THE GULF OIL SPILL. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? IT MEANS THAT FLORIDA IS STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS. MR. SPEAKER, PUBLIC BEACHES IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF MIAMI BEACH AND THE FLORIDA KEYS ARE OPEN. THEIR WATERS ARE WARM AND INVITING. CHARTER BOAT CAPTAINS EAGERLY AWAIT THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE TOURISTS DEEP SEA FISHING. SIMILARLY, DIVE SHOPS STAND BY TO TAKE VITORS ON THE TRIP TO UNDERWATER TREASURES, THE FLORIDA KEYS CORAL REEFS. FOR THOSE OUTSIDE OF FLORIDA, FRESH CAUGHT FISH FROM OUR SUNSHINE STATE IS JUST AS FRESH AS EVER AS IS OUR STONE CRAB, SPINEY LOBSTER AND SHRIMP. RECENT NEWS REPORTS CAUSED A PREMATURE PANIC FOR VISITORS. AND WHILE IT'S IMPORTANT THAT COASTAL COMMUNITIES PREPARE FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF OIL COMING ASHORE, FLORIDA IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS. COME ON DOWN. THE WATERS' FINE. THANK YOU.

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  • 01:07:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 01:07:31 PM

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

  • 01:07:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:07:36 PM

    MR. BACA

    IMMIGRATION SYSTEM IS BROKEN. CONGRESS' FAILURE TO ACT HAS OPENED THE…

    IMMIGRATION SYSTEM IS BROKEN. CONGRESS' FAILURE TO ACT HAS OPENED THE DOORS FOR LAWS LIKE ARIZONA S.B. 1070 THAT INSPIRED HATE AND RACISM. SADLY, THIS MISGUIDED LAW HURTS EVERYONE WHO LOOKS DIFFERENT, WHETHER THEY ARE AMERICAN CITIZENS, LAWFUL IMMIGRANTS OR UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS. EVERYONE DESERVES THE RIGHT TO LIVE, FREE AND FROM UNWARRANT SUSPICION. BUT ARIZONA S.B. 30 LEGALIZES RACIAL PROFILING, TAKING AWAY OUR BASIC FREEDOMS. I STATE, TAKING AWAY OUR BASIC FREEDOMS. LATER TODAY I WILL INTRODUCE LEGISLATION IN THE HOUSE TO FIGHT THIS LAW THAT CLARIFIES THE ROLE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS A SOLE ENFORCER OF IMMIGRATION LAW. I URGE ALL OF YOU WHO VALUE FAIRNESS, JUSTICE TO JOIN ME AND THIS ECONOMIC BOYCOTT OF ARIZONA AND WHERE -- WEAR A RED AND YELLOW BAND. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:08:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

  • 01:08:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:08:51 PM

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    NOW PEOPLE ARE SITTING DOWN AT THE DINNER TABLE, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW…

    NOW PEOPLE ARE SITTING DOWN AT THE DINNER TABLE, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE ENDS MEET. YOU KNOW WHAT THEY'RE HAVING TO DO? SIT DOWN AND REVISE THEIR BUDGET. THEY'RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT IF THEY NEED TO GO AND FIX THE CAR. WHAT WE'VE SEEN IS THESE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE FIGURING OUT YOU CAN'T BORROW AND SPEND, BORROW AND SPEND, SOME DAY THERE'S A DAY OF RECKONING. THEY'RE WONDERLING WHY THEIR GOVERNMENT HASN'T FIGURED OUT THAT. LAST WEEK THE AMERICAN PUBLIC GAVE THE AMERICAN -- THE REPUBLICANS GAVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SAY WHETHER WE SHOULD BE CUTTING SPENDING. 280,000 PEOPLE SAID WE SHOULD BE CULTING SPENDING. THEY'LL GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY THIS WEEK TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES AGAIN. WE SAW TODAY THE JOBLESS RATE IS UP TO 471,000 PEOPLE. WE NEED TO GET AMERICANS BACK TO WORK AND WE NEED TO CUT THE SPENDING. WE NEED TO LISTEN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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  • 01:09:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 01:10:09 PM

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    TALK TO PEOPLE IN MY COMMUNITY, THEY ARE LOSING JOBS AT AN ATROCIOUS…

    TALK TO PEOPLE IN MY COMMUNITY, THEY ARE LOSING JOBS AT AN ATROCIOUS RATES, NOW WE'RE SEEING MONTHS OF JOB GROWTH AND ADDING JOBS TO OUR ECONOMY. THAT'S GOOD NEWS. LET'S CONTINUE TO STAY ON THIS PATHWAY. THAT'S WHY I'M SUPPORTING BILLS LIKE THE HIRE ACT TO HELP EMPLOYERS ADD MORE PEOPLE TO THEIR BUSINESSES AND RECENTLY NILED SMALL BUSINESS INTERMEDIARY LENDING ACT SO EOPLE STARTING BUSINESSES AND NEEDING SMALLER LOANS IN THAT GAP BETWEEN $35,000 AND $200,000, THAT THERE CAN BE A PILOT PROGRAM TO SET THAT IN MOTION. BECAUSE WHEN I TALK TO PEOPLE AND BUSINESS PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY, THE ONE THING THAT THEY TELL ME THAT THEY REALLY NEED IS ACCESS TO CREDIT AND ACCESS TO CAPITAL. THE SMALL BUSINESS INTERMEDIATE LENDING PILOT ACT WILL HELP THAT AND ANOTHER BILL THAT WE'RE WORKING ON IN OUR FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, PUTTING MONEY INTO COMMUNITY BANKS TO MAKE LENS -- LOANS TO BUSINESS TO SMALL BUSINESS, WILL DO JUST THAT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 01:11:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 01:11:23 PM

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    WOK.

  • 01:12:33 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 PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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  • 01:12:39 PM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:12:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:12:45 PM

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO AN AMERICAN HERO. ON APRIL 27,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO AN AMERICAN HERO. ON APRIL 27, THE KENNEDY FAMILY IN THE TOWN IN MY DISTRICT LOST A SON AND BROTHER. SERGEANT NATHAN KENNEDY WAS LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY FROM COMPLETING HIS SECOND TOUR WITH THE U.S. ARMY WHEN HE WAS FATALLY WOUNDED BY SNIPER FIRE IN AFGHANISTAN. HE WAS A 2004 GRADUATE OF MCGAUFY HIGH SCHOOL WHERE HE EXELT EXCELED AS A CHAMPION WRESTLER HE ENLISTED IN THE ARMY AND SERVED IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. HE WAS KILLED IN BATTLE ON HIS LATE MOTHER, PENELOPE'S BIRTHDAY AND WAS LAID TO REST BESIDE HER ON MOTHER'S DAY. HE RETURNED TO A GRATEFUL GROUP OF FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS STANDING ALONG THE STREETS TO HONOR HIM. NOT A SOUND WAS MADE IN HIS PROCESSION, NONE BUT FOR THE STRUT OF THE TEAM OF HORSES THAT PULLED THE CASON CARRYING HIS -- THE CAISSON CARRYING HIS FLAG-DRAPED COVE. THOUGH OUR HEARTS ARE HEAVY IN REMEMBRANCE OF NATHAN, WE MAY REJOICE BECAUSE WHILE THE TOWN MAY HAVE LOST A SON, THE NATION GAINED A HERO. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:14:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

  • 01:14:10 PM

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

  • 01:14:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:14:16 PM

    MR. DREIER

    I'M HAPPY TO INFORM OUR COLLEAGUES COMMON SENSE HAS COME TO WASHINGTON,…

    I'M HAPPY TO INFORM OUR COLLEAGUES COMMON SENSE HAS COME TO WASHINGTON, D.C., AT LEAST BY WAY OF THE AIRWAVES. WRC-1260 IS NOW OFFERING INTELLIGENT TALK WHICH INCLUDES PEOPLE LIKE BILL BENNETT, MICHAELED ME VED, HUE HEWITT, DENNIS PRAGER AND MORE. WE ALL KNOW WITH THE 24-HOUR NEWS CYCLE, BLOGGERS, TALK RADIO, SATELLITE RADIO, FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE, THERE'S NO SHORTAGE OF COMMENTARY OUT THERE AT ALL. BUT THESE HOSTS ARE CONSISTENTLY THOUGHTFUL VOICES FOR SOUND PUBLIC POLICY. THEY HAVE BUILT LARGE AUDIENCES AND BROAD RESPECT, NOT BY BEING THE LOUDEST OR MOST OUTRAGEOUS UT BY BEING CONSISTENTLY -- BY CONSISTENTLY OFFERING REASONED, SOUND ANALYS AND POSITIVE CENTER RIGHT SOLUTIONS. SOME MIGHT THINK INTELLIGENT TALK IN WASHINGTON, D.C. WAS AN IDEA WHOSE TIME WOULD NEVER COME. THANKS TO BENNETT, HEWITT, PRAGER,ED ME VED, AND MORE THERE'S A LITTLE MORE COMMON SENSE KICKING AROUND NOW IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL.

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  • 01:15:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RISE?

  • 01:15:29 PM

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    ANNAPOLIS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND…

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

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  • 01:15:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 01:15:40 PM

    MR. LIPINSKI

    MR. SPEAKER, INVESTING IN TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE IS ONE OF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, INVESTING IN TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE IS ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. WHILE INCREASING OUR GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS. THESE INVESTMENTS MUST BE MADE NOT JUST PUBLICLY BUT ALSO BY PRIVATE COMPANIES. SO ONE SUCH POLICY IS A SHORT LINE RAILROAD REHABILITATION TAX CREDIT WHICH HAS BEEN CRITICAL IN BOOSTING PRIVATE INVESTMENT AND RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE. IN CHICAGOLAND, WHICH SUFFERS GREATLY FROM RAIL CONGESTION, THIS HAS BEEN PUT TO GOOD USE BY RARLSERARLEDE, SUCH AS THE BELT RAILWAY COMPANY IN THE INDIANA HARBOR BELT. THESE HAVE MADE IMPROVEMENTS TO REDUCE CONGESTION, BOOSE ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS AND YEEZING TRAFFIC ON THE ROADS. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS CREDIT EXPIRED AT THE END OF LAST YEAR SO WE MUST ACT NOW. LET'S HELP PEOPLE -- PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK AND ENHANCE AND EXTEND THE SHORT LINE TAX CREDIT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:16:41 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 CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 01:16:45 PM

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

  • 01:16:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:16:51 PM

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    RISE AND PRAISE THE CITY OF COSTA MESA. IN STARK CONTRAST TO THE…

    RISE AND PRAISE THE CITY OF COSTA MESA. IN STARK CONTRAST TO THE MUNICIPALITIES HAVE DECLARED THEMSELVES SANCTUARY CITIES, COSTA MESA, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE MAYOR, HAS DECLARED ITSELF A RULE OF LAW CITY, A CITY WHERE CITIZENS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL SUPPORT RATHER THAN UNDERMINE OUR EFFORTS TO DETER AND ENFORCE OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS. MR.

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  • 01:17:20 PM

    MR. ROHRABACHER

    TO REPRESENT COSTA MESA AND, YES, TO RESIDE IN THAT CITY. IT FOLLOWS…

    TO REPRESENT COSTA MESA AND, YES, TO RESIDE IN THAT CITY. IT FOLLOWS ARIZONA IN ITS EFFORTS TO PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM THE MUNICIPALITY UP. THIS ISN'T JUST A JOB FOR THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT. TODAY, THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES SEE THEIR WELL-BEING THREATENED, WHETHER IT'S THEIR EDUCATION, THE HEALTH CARE OR THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM ON WHICH THEY DEPEND UNDERMINED BY THIS MASSIVE, OUT-OF-CONTROL FLOW OF ILLEGALS INTO OUR COUNTRY. I PRAISE THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE TAKING A STAND THEIR LOCAL, WHETHER IT'S COSTA MESA OR ARIZONA, AND I THINK WE SHOULD BE TAKING A CUE FROM THEM TO DO OUR JOB IN WASHINGTON TO WATCH OUT FOR THE INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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  • 01:18:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SMITH

    SPEAKER, HERE ARE A FEW RECENT EXAMPLES OF THE NATIONAL MEDIA IGNORING…

    SPEAKER, HERE ARE A FEW RECENT EXAMPLES OF THE NATIONAL MEDIA IGNORING STORIES THEY DON'T LIKE. NUMBER ONE, ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER HAS CRITICIZED ARIZONA'S NEW IMMIGRATION LAW AND MAY FILE SUIT AGAINST IT. HOWEVER, IN A JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING LAST WEEK, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ADMITTED HE HAD NOT EVEN READ THE LAW. THE NATIONAL MEDIA LARGELY IGNORED HIS ADMISSION. NUMBER TWO, THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES RECENTLY VOTED TO BOYCOTT THE STATE OF ARIZONA BECAUSE OF ITS NEW IMMIGRATION LAW. A "LOS ANGELES TIMES" ONLINE POLL FOUND THAT MORE THAN NINE OUT OF 10 RESPONDENTS OPPOSED THE CITY'S BOYCOTT. "THE L.A. TIMES" IGNORED THEIR OWN POLL RESULTS. NUMBER THREE, HUNDREDS OF SCIENTISTS GATHERED THIS WEEK AT AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS THE SCIENTIFIC PROBLEMS WITH THE THEORY OF HUMAN-CAUSED GLOBAL WARMING. THE MEDIA LARGELY IGNORED THE CONFERENCE. THE NATIONAL MEDIA SHOULD REPORT ALL THE FACTS, NOT JUST THE ONES THAT SUPPORT THEIR LIBERAL AGENDA.

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  • 01:19:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROMLORIDA RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. BILIRAKIS

    COME INTO OUR COUNTRY AND THEN DISAPPEAR AS THEY PLOT TO ATTACK US,…

    COME INTO OUR COUNTRY AND THEN DISAPPEAR AS THEY PLOT TO ATTACK US, EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY DISRUPTED SCHEMES INVOLVING INDIVIDUALS HOLDING STUDENT VISAS DESPITE THEIR VIOLATION OF THE TERMS. IN ADDITION, THE RECENT TIMES SQUARE BOMBER CAME INTO THE UNITED STATES IN 1998. ON TOP OF THE SEVERAL 9/11 HIJACKERS HAD VIOLATED THE TERMS OF THEIR STUDENT VISAS. FOREIGN STUDENTS HAVE A ROLE IN OUR OWE SITE, BUT WE MUST ENSURE THAT TERRORISTS DO NOT USE THESE VISAS AS A BACK DOOR INTO OUR COUNTRY. THE NEED TO IMPROVE THE SYSTEM IS CLEAR. I INTRODUCED THE STUDENT VISA IMPROVEMENT ACT IN ORDER TO SCREEN FOREIGN STUDENTS BEFORE THEY ENTER THE U.S. AND TO ENSURE THEY ABIDE BY THE TERMS OF THEIR VISA ONCE THEY ARE HERE. CONGRESS MUST STRENGTHEN STUDENT VISA SECURITY.

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  • 01:20:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES RECENTLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER, H.R. 1256 BY THYEAS AND NAYS, HOUSE RESOLUTION 1336 DE NOVO, HOUSE RESOLUTION 1361 DE NOVO. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC 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 NEW YORK, MR. MCMAHON, TO SUSPEND THE RULES

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    TO HAVE A GOOD FRIEND OF HIS REPRESENTING PENNSYLVANIA IN THE HOUSE. I AM…

    TO HAVE A GOOD FRIEND OF HIS REPRESENTING PENNSYLVANIA IN THE HOUSE. I AM CERTAIN THAT YOUR PRIOR SERVICE TO THE 12TH DISTRICT WILL BE INVALUABLE AS TO SERVE HERE IN WASHINGTON. ON BEHALF OF THE REPUBLICAN DELEGATION, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT ANY OF US IF WE CAN BE OF HELP AS TO BEGIN YOUR SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE OF PENNSYLVANIA. WELCOME TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, I YIELD BACK. [APPLAUSE]

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    ARE YOU CONFIDENT IN BP?

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    UNDERGROUND COAL MINE SAFETY MEASURE IS COMING UP IN THE U.S. HOUSE.…

    UNDERGROUND COAL MINE SAFETY MEASURE IS COMING UP IN THE U.S. HOUSE. COMING UP IN THE SENATE IN 10 MINUTES, BOTH ON CLOTURE, ENDING DEBATE FOR THE FINANCIAL REGULATIONS BILL SET FOR 2: 30 P.M. YOU CAN FOLLOW THAT ON C-SPAN 2. WE WILL TAKE YOU BACK TO THE WHITE HOUSE WITH LIVE COVERAGE OF THE NEWS BRIEFING WITH ROBERT GIBBS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MEMBERS, PLEASE CLEAR THE WELL. AND THE CENTER AISLE AND THE SIDE AISLES.…

    MEMBERS, PLEASE CLEAR THE WELL. AND THE CENTER AISLE AND THE SIDE AISLES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE?

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  • 02:27:43 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

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

    MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 1363 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 197, HOUSE RESOLUTION 1363, RESOLVED, THAT THE…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 197, HOUSE RESOLUTION 1363, RESOLVED, THAT THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR IS GRANTED THE AUTHORITY PROVIDED UNDER CLAUSE 4-C-3 OF RULE 10 OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN FURTHERANS OF THE INVESTIGATION BY SUCH COMMITTEE INTO UNDERGROUND COAL MINE OPERATOR COMPLIANCE WITH THE FEDERAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ACT OF 1977, AS AMENDED, AND INTO OTHER RELATED MATTERS. SECTION 2-A, THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR SHALL TRANSMIT TO THE COMMITTEE ON RULES NOT LATER THAN TWO DAYS FOLLOWING AN ADJOURNMENT SINE DIE OF THE SECOND SESSION OF THE 111TH CONGRESS OR JANUARY 2, 2011, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST, A REPORT ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR UNDERTAKEN PURSUANT TO THIS RESOLUTION. SUCH REPORT SHALL INDICATE, ONE, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DEPOSITIONS TAKEN. TWO, THE NUMBER OF DEPOSITIONS TAKEN PURSUANT TO SUBPOENAS. AND, THREE, THE NAME OF EACH DEPOSTSEASONENT THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS NAMED. AND, C, REPORT DESCRIBED IN SUBSECTION A BY THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES SHALL SUBMIT SUCH REPORT FOR PUBLICATION IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD.

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  • 02:29:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DREIER. ALL TIME YIELDED DURING CONSIDERATION OF THE RULE IS FOR DEBATE ONLY. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL INTO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD.

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  • 02:29:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    SPEAKER, THIS RESOLUTION PROVIDES THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR…

    SPEAKER, THIS RESOLUTION PROVIDES THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR WITH DEPOSITION AUTHORITY IN CONNECTION WITH ITS INVESTIGATION OF UNDERGROUND MINE SAFETY. THE RESOLUTION ALSO REQUIRES THE EDUCATION AND LABOR COMMITTEE TO REPORT TO THE RULES COMMITTEE ON ITS USE OF THE AUTHORITY BY THE END OF THIS CONGRESSIONAL SESSION. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE HERE TODAY WITH A PRETTY STRAIGHTFORWARD MISSION. WE WANT TO EMPOWER THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE INVESTIGATING THE CAUSES OF THE SERIOUS SAFETY PROBLEMS FACING MINERS IN AMERICA. . AS WE SAW RECENTLY WITH THE UPPER BRANCH MINE IN WEST VIRGINIA, THERE'S WRONGDOING THERE AND INADEQUATE REGULATION WE MUST ADDRESS. EXPLOSION IN UPPER BIG BRANCH IN APRIL KILLED 29 COAL MINERS. RIPPED APART AN ENTIRE COMMUNITY AND STATE, AND WAS THE WORST MINE DISASTER IN THIS COUNTRY SINCE 1970. WHY IS CONGRESS INVOLVED? BECAUSE ONE OF OUR MOST SERIOUS RESPONSIBILITIES AS LAWMAKERS IS OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATION. AND FROM WHAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TELL FROM THE FACTS SO FAR, THERE IS AN URGENT AND COMPELLING NEED FOR THE PUBLIC TO KNOW ALL THE FACTS SURROUNDING THIS AND OTHER RECENT MINING TRAGEDIES. I COME TO THIS ISSUE WITH A PERSONAL FEELING. MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS BACK HOME AND SOME KNOW I WAS BORN IN HARLAN COUNTY, KENTUCKY. SOME OF MY EARLIEST MEMORIES ARE HEARING THE WHISTLE BLOW AT NIGHT OVER AT THE MINE. EVEN AS SMALL AS I WAS THEN I KNEW WHAT IT MEANT. IT MEANT SERIOUS TROUBLE AT THE MINE. THE PAIN AND SUFFERING ENDURED BY MINERS IN KENTUCKY AND WEST VIRGINIA AND EVERYPLACE ELSE SHOULD INSPIRE US TO DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO MAKE THIS WORK ENVIRONMENT AS SAFE AS WE POSSIBLY CAN. THE BOTTOM LINE SHOULD NEVER SUPERSEDE A HUMAN LIFE. THE RESOLUTION BEFORE US TODAY WOULD GIVE THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR STAFF AUTHORITY TO TAKE DEPOSITIONS AS THEY PURSUE THEIR INVESTIGATION. WE KNOW THAT A GREATER REVIEW OF THIS ISSUE IS SORELY NEEDED. THERE ARE FAR TOO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS SURROUNDING UNDERGROUND COAL MINE OPERATOR COMPLIANCE WITH THE FEDERAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ACT. AND THE SAFETY OF EVERY SINGLE MINER IN THIS COUNTRY DEPENDS ON ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS. GETTING TO THE TRUTH ON MINING SAFETY IS NOT A PART OF THE ISSUE, GETTING TO THE TRUTH IS. THIS IS NOT WITHOUT PRECEDENT AND NUMEROUS TIMES OVER THE YEARS CONGRESS HAS APPROVED RESOLUTIONS SUCH AS THIS TO PROVIDE TEMPORARY POWERS TO COMMITTEES TRYING TO GET AT THE TRUTH. AND EVERY PIECE OF INFORMATION THAT COMES TO THE QUESTIONING WILL BE OBTAINED BY AND SHARED WITH MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE FROM BOTH PARTIES. THE HOUSE GAVE THE EDUCATION AND LABOR COMMITTEE SIMILAR AUTHORITY DURING A PROBE INTO A MINING ACCIDENT JUST A FEW YEARS AGO. IT IS THE HENT CONGRESS THAT THE EDUCATION AND LABOR COMMITTEE WAS GIVEN DEPOSITION AUTHORITY IN THE 2007-2008 INVESTIGATION INTO THE DEATHS OF NINE MINERS AND RESCUE WORKERS AT THE CRANDAL CANIAN MINE IN UTAH. THAT LED TO STRENGTHENING MINE SAFETY WITH LAWS THAT MAY BE TOO LAX IN ENFORCEMENT. AMONG THE ISSUES THE COMMITTEE WAS TO DEVIL INTO WAS THE GROWTH OF THE NUMBER OF MINE SAFETY ENFORCEMENT CASE CASES PENDING BEFORE THE FEDERAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH REVIEW COMMISSION. THE COMMISSION IS MEANT TO SERVE AS AN INDEPENDENT AGENCY THAT PROVIDES ADMINISTRATIVE TRIAL AND APPELLATE REVIEW TO CONTESTED CITATIONS, PENALTIES, AND WORK RETALIATION CASES. THE REALITY, THOUGH, THE INCREASED ENFORCEMENT AND TOUGHER PENALTIES HAS FOLLOWED SEVERAL PROFILE MINE ZENTS IN 2005 AND 2006 HAS SWAMPED THE COMMISSION. LANDOWNERS HAVE TRIPLED THE NUMBER OF VIOLATIONS THAT THEY APPEAL. AND THEY CONTEST 67% OF ALL PENALTIES THAT ARE ASSESSED. AS A RESULT, THE GOVERNMENT'S LENGTHY BACKLOG OF CASES AT THE COMMISSION THAT HAS SURGED FROM 2,100 IN 2006 TO APPROXIMATELY 16,000 IN FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR. THIS DEPOSITION POWER FOR THE COMMITTEE WILL HELP BRING WITNESS WHO IS HAVE IMPORTANT INSIGHT INTO THIS ISSUE BUT MIGHT NOT OTHERWISE BE WILLING TO OFFER TESTIMONY. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT TOOL AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO RISE AND SUPPORT ME ON THIS PLAN HERE TODAY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:34:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    MR. DREIER

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND. INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IN THE RECORD.

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  • 02:34:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. DREIER

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

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

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. RAHALL.

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  • 02:43:40 PM

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    MR. RAHALL

    THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE RULES COMMITTEE FOR YIELDING TO ME AND…

    THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE RULES COMMITTEE FOR YIELDING TO ME AND CERTAINLY WANT TO COMMEND TO HER FOR BRINGING THIS RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR AND FOR THE MANNER IN WHICH SHE HAS SPOKEN FROM PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE TROUBLES AND TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS THAT WE GO THROUGH IN COAL COUNTRY AS SHE HAILS FROM COAL COUNTRY HERSELF. MR. SPEAKER, I DO WANT TO COMMEND AS WELL THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR EDUCATION AND LABOR COMMITTEE, MR. GEORGE MILLER, WHOSE JURISDICTION -- WITHIN WHOSE JURISDICTION THE MINE SAFETY HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RESIDES. -- -- RESIDES. MR. MILLER IS CERTAINLY A TRUE CHAMPION OF OUR COAL MINERS AND ONE WHO HAS COAL MINE HEALTH AND SAFETY DEEP IN HIS BONES, HE WILL BE TRAVELING TO OUR DISTRICT IN SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA ON MONDAY TO HAVE A HEARING TO LISTEN TO FAMILY MEMBERS OF THOSE WHO LOST LOVED ONES AT U.V.B. AND THAT HORRIFIC TRAGEDY ON APRIL 5. I ALSO WISH TO COMMEND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION FOR THE VERY SWIFT ACTION IN WHICH THE HOUSE PASSED A RESOLUTION AFTER THIS TRAGEDY COMMENDING THOSE 29 FALLEN MINERS AND EXPRESSING CONDOLENCES TO THEIR FAMILIES. WE CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE FAMILY MEMBERS TO HELP THEM THROUGH WHAT IS A DIFFICULT PROCESS KNOWN AS HEALING AND TRYING TO GET BY IN LIFE NOW WITHOUT THEIR LOVED ONES. THIS RESOLUTION IS TO GRANT THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR DEPOSITION AUTHORITY AS PART OF THE COMMITTEE'S OVERSIGHT ACTIVITIES RELATING TO COAL MINE HEALTH AND SAFETY. WHILE I AM NOT A MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND LABOR COMMITTEE, THE DISASTER WHICH TOOK PLACE ON APRIL 20 AT THE UPPER BIG BRANCH RHINE IN RALEIGH COUNTY, WEST VARKS, CLAIMING THE LIVES OF 29 MEN OCCURRED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF WHICH I'M HONORED TO REPRESENT. . THIS RESOLUTION REFLECTS THE SERIOUSNESS OF WHICH THIS CONGRESS TAKES TO THE HEALTH AND OF COAL MINE SAFETY. THE U.B.B. MINE DISASTER WAS THE WORSE IN OUR NATION AS THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, THE CHAIR OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, STATED, THE WORSE SINCE 1970. IT FOLLOWS IN THE WAKE OF THE SAGO MINE DISASTER IN 2006.

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  • 02:46:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN TWO ADDITIONAL MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. RAHALL

    IT FOLLOWS IN THE WAKE OF THE SAGO MINE DISASTER IN 2006 WHICH CLAIMED 12…

    IT FOLLOWS IN THE WAKE OF THE SAGO MINE DISASTER IN 2006 WHICH CLAIMED 12 LIVES. THE DASHY MINE DISASTER AND THE CRANDALL MINE DISASTER. WHILE CONGRESS RESPONDED IN 2006 UNDER THE CAPABLE LEADERSHIP OF THE EDUCATION AND LABOR COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR. MILLER, WHICH WAS REFERRED TO AS THE MINER ACT, THE FOCUS THEN WAS ON EMERGENCY RESPONSE. IN THE WAKE OF THE U.B.B. DISASTER, IT'S NOW ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE THAT WE INVESTIGATE COAL MINE HEALTH AND SAFETY MATTERS FURTHER. AND THE COMMITTEE OF ED AND LABOR IS THE APPROPRIATE FORUM FOR THAT TO TAKE PLACE. I COMMEND CHAIRMAN GEORGE MILLER, HIS RANKING MEMBER, MR. JOHN KLINE, FOR PURSUING A RESPONSIBLE COURSE. I WOULD NOTE AND THANK THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, MR. DREIER, AS WELL, FOR THE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT THAT HE AND MEMBERS OF THE RULES COMMITTEE AND ON THE MINORITY SIDE ARE GIVING THIS PARTICULAR RESOLUTION, ALTHOUGH THEY ARE TRYING TO, OF COURSE, HIGH JACKET IT FOR OTHER PURPOSES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:47:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. E GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 02:47:17 PM

    MR. DREIER

    I THANK MY FRIEND FOR HIS VERY THOUGHTFUL REMARKS AND FEE -- AND HOW…

    I THANK MY FRIEND FOR HIS VERY THOUGHTFUL REMARKS AND FEE -- AND HOW HORRIBLY REFEEL ABOUT THOSE THAT LOST THE LIVES IN HIS STATE. WITH THAT I'M HAPPY TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO OUR DISTINGUISHED REPUBLICAN WHIP WHO'S LAUNCHED THE YOU CUT ITEM ON HIS WEBSITE, A TOTAL OF FOUR MINUTES, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

  • 02:47:41 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    I THANK THE SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. I WOULD LIKE…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. I WOULD LIKE TO JUST FOLLOW-UP ON THE REMARKS THAT WE, TOO, WOULD TELL THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, WE AGREE ENTIRELY WITH THE THRUST OF HIS REMARKS AND EXPRESS OUR SORROW FOR THE FOLKS OF WEST VIRGINIA WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED SUCH A TRAGIC LOSS. I WOULD SAY, AGAIN, THEANKING MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE HAS INDICATED ALREADY THAT WE CLD HAVE ALREADY EMBARKED UPON THE EFFORT THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA AND THE LADY FROM NEW YORK SPEAK ABOUT BECAUSE WE DID OFFER UNANIMOUS CONSENT ON THIS. SO WE ARE IN TOTAL AGREEMENT THERE. HOWEVER, I WOULD RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. AND, MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS DEMANDING ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE CULTURE OF RECKLESS RUNAWAY SPENDING IN WASHINGTON, MEET YOU CUT. AT A TIME WHEN APPROVAL OF CONGRESSIONAL SPENDING HAS REACHED ITS LOWEST EBB, THIS FIRST OF ITS KIND INITIATIVE EMPOWERS TAXPAYERS WITH THE ABILITY TO CONTRIBUTE DIRECTLY TO A NEW CULTURE OF SAVINGS IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL. EACH WEEK THE PUBLIC VOTES ON ONE OF FIVE WASTEFUL SPENDING ITEM THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO STRIP FROM THE FEDERAL BUDGET. ONCE THE VOTES ARE TALLIED, THE HOUSE WILL VOTE ON WHETHER OR NOT TO CUT THE WINNING PROVISION FROM THE FEDERAL BALANCE SHEET. WITHIN FIVE DAYS OF THE EXPERIMENT, OVER 280,000 AMERICANS CAST THEIR VOTE EITHER ONLINE OR BY TEXT MESSAGE. THAT'S A RATE, MR. SPEAKER, OF MORE THAN 2,000 VOTES PER HOUR. WITH LESS THAN 1% OF THE VOTES ORIGINATING FROM INSIDE THE BELTWAY, I MIGHT ADD. THE OVERWHELMING RESPONSE SPEAKS TO THE EXTREME FRUSTRATION TAXPAYERS FEEL TOWARD A CONGRESS THAT REFUSES TO LISTEN TO THEM. MAKE NO MISTAKE, AMERICA IS AT A CRITICAL CROSSROADS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF THE SPENDING BIN GS. THEY LOOK -- BINGES. THEY LOOK ACROSS THE ATLANTIC AND SEE EUROPE COLLAPSING UNDER THE WEIGHT OF ITS DEBT. WITH OUR OWN DEFICITS SWELLING, IT'S ONLY NATURAL TO FEAR THAT WE ARE HEADING DOWN THE SAME ROAD TO RUIN. YOU CUT IS NOT A POLITICAL VENTURE. IT IS ABOUT SHIFTING THE PENDULUM IN WASHINGTON BACK TOWARDS THE DIRECTION OF SAVING MONEY. ROOTING OUT UNNECESSARY SPENDING SHOULD BE A BIPARTISAN ENDEAVOR. THIS WEEK THE HOUSE HAS CONSIDERED TWO BILLS TO NAME A POST OFFICE AND A FEDERAL BUILDING, 11 RESOLUTIONS HONORING DIFFERENT INDIVIDUALS, SPORTS TEAMS OR CAUSES, INCLUDING EVEN RECOGNIZING CRAFT BEER WEEK. WE FIND WAYS TO SPEND MONEY AND CREATE NEW PROGRAMS. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT WE HAVE NOT CONSIDERED IS A SINGLE BILL TO REDUCE SPENDING. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS A PRETTY TYPICAL WEEK. TODAY, WE HAVE A CHANCE TO CHANGE THAT. DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF YOU CUT, A PLURALITY OF VOTERS ACTED TO CUT THE $2.5 BILLION ANNUAL WELFARE REFORM. THE WELFARE REFORM WAS BIPARTISAN REFORM. THIS NEW PROGRAM UNDERMINES THOSE REFORMS. WHILE IT WAS JUST CREATED LAST YEAR, THE REPORTS OF WASTE AND FRAUD ARE ALREADY TRICKLING IN. PERVERSE INCENTIVES FOR STATES TO REDUCE WORK CASELOADS, CASH GIVEN OUT TO WELFARE RECIPIENTS THAT ARE USED TOBUY FLAT SCREEN TV'S, IPODS AND GAMING SYSTEMS. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WHEN THE FUNDS ARE NOT BEING SO EXTRAFFIC GETLY WASTED, WE CANNOT AFFORD TO CONTINUE THIS PROGRAM. THAT'S WHY THEY ASKED FOR US TO VOTE ON THIS PROGRAM TO REDUCE THE PROGRAM AND USE THE MONEY TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT. THIS VOTE IS JUST TO DO JUST THAT. A QUARTER OF A MILLION AMERICANS WILL GET TO SEE IF THEIR REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS SHARE THEIR FISCAL PRIORITY. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND TAKE UP THIS VOTE TODAY AND VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:51:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 02:52:03 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD SEVEN MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD SEVEN MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR AND A CHAMPION OF ALL WORKING PEOPLE, MR. MILLER.

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  • 02:52:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MILLER

    I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIR OF THE RULES COMMITTEE FOR BRINGING THIS RULE TO…

    I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIR OF THE RULES COMMITTEE FOR BRINGING THIS RULE TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. DREIER FROM CALIFORNIA, FOR HIS COOPERATION AND SUPPORT FOR THIS RESOLUTION. I, TOO, HAVE THE SAME REMARKS AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, MS. SLAUGHTER, WHO PROBABLY HAS MORE EXPERIENCE AND UNDERSTANDINGS OF THESE TRAGEDIES THAN ANY OTHER MEMBER THAT DOES NOT LIVE IN THE COAL REGIONS OF OUR COUNTRY AND HAS SPENT A LOT OF TIME WITH MYSELF AND OTHERS ON OUR COMMITTEE DISCUSSING THESE ISSUES OF COAL MINE SAFETY TRADGE -- SAFETY. TRAGICALLY THROUGHOUT THE YEARS WHEN WE HAD ONE ACCIDENT AFTER ANOTHER OVER THAT TIME. THE RESOLUTION THAT THE RULES COMMITTEE BRINGS TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY REFLECTS THE SERIOUSNESS WITH WHICH CONGRESS TAKES TO THE ISSUE OF MINE SAFETY. LAST MONTH WE WATCHED THE TRAGIC EVENTS UNFOLD IN THE UPPER BIG BRANCH MINE IN WEST VIRGINIA, THE MEMORY OF THE 29 MINERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THAT DISASTER MUST STAND AS A REMINDER OF THE WORK THAT REMAINS TO BE DONE TO KEEP OUR NATION'S MINERS SAFE. THERE IS MUCH TO BE LEARNED ABOUT THE DISASTER OF THE UPPER BIG BRANCH MINE. I'VE BEEN HEARTENED ABOUT THE SWIFT AND DECISIVE ACTION THAT'S BEEN TAKEN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND MINE SAFETY ADMINISTRATION. I EXPECT INVESTIGATIONS INTO THIS DISASTER WILL BE COMPREHENSIVE. THE RESOLUTION WE ARE DISCUSSING TODAY, HOWEVER, WILL BE IN FURTHERANCE OF OUR COMMITTEE'S BROADER OVERSIGHT DUTIES REGARDING THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR NATION'S COAL MINERS. LAST YEAR I COMMITTEE STAFF BEGAN LOOKING INTO ISSUES RELATING TO THE BACKLOG OF CASES AT THE FEDERAL MINE SAFETY REVIEW COMMISSION. THIS COMMISSION AND ITS ADMINISTRATIVE LAW HEARINGS THE CITATIONS BY THE MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION'S INSPECTORS THAT ISSUE AGAINST THE OPERATORS. THIS BACKLOG IS POTENTIALLY SEVERE RAMIFICATION FOR MINER SAFETY. THE BACKLOG HAS PREVENTED M THAT -- MSHA LITIGATION. BECAUSE OF THIS INCREASED SCRUTINY WOULD BRING MINERS WARNED BY MSHA OF HAVING A POTENTIAL PATTERN, GENERALLY SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED THEIR MINE SAFETY RECORDS. BUT THEY HAVE FIGURED OUT A WAY TO GAIN THAT SYSTEM AND, THEREFORE, THE MINERS AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE ROBBED OF THIS VERY POWERFUL TOOL THAT WOULD ENSURE GREATER SAFETY OF THEIR WORKPLACE AND PERHAPS AVOID SOME OF THE TRAGEDIES THAT WE HAVE JUST WITNESSED. IN FEBRUARY, OUR COMMITTEE EXPLORED A RECENT UPTICK IN THE CITATION CONTEST AND HOW IT MIGHT ULTIMATELY AFFECT THE SAFETY IN THE MINES. IN THE WAKE OF THE R BIG BRANCH MINE DISASTER AND OUR HEARINGS ON MINE OPERATORS CITATIONS, APPEALS AND BACKLOGS, I'M DEEPLY CONCERNED OF WHAT COAL MINING CONGLOMERATES HAVE DONE OR NOT DONE TO DISCOURAGE SAFE MINING PRACTICES. THAT'S WHY I HOPE OUR OVERSIGHT WILL BENEFIT FROM THE AUTHORITY TO HELD AND COMPEL WITNESSES HELD AT DEPOSITIONS. DEPOSITION AUTHORITY IS A POWERFUL TOOL FOR MANY INVESTIGATIONS, BUT SOME INVESTIGATIONS WOULD PARTICULARLY BENEFIT FROM THE TOOL. LAST CONGRESS RAN THE DEPOSITION AUTHORITY IN OUR INVESTIGATION OF THE CRANDALL CANYON MINE DISASTER IN UTAH. THIS SUCCESSFUL INVESTIGATION LED TO A CRIMINAL REFERRAL TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IN LARGE PART BECAUSE OF THE EVIDENCE THAT OUR STAFF OBTAED IN THOSE DEPOSITIONS. I UNDERSTAND THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CONTINUES TO INVESTIGATE OUR REFERRAL. I BELIEVE THAT THE DEPOSITION AUTHORITY IS EQUALLY JUSTIFIED IN THIS CASE. A DEPOSITION CAN SERVE AS AN INTERMEDIATE STEP BETWEEN A FULL PUBLIC HEARINGS AND EXECUTIVE SESSION AND INFORMAL STAFF REVIEWS. IT CREATES A FORMAL RECORD, YET, IT ALLOWS US TO EXPLORE ISSUES IN A MORE SUSTAINED MATTER. INDEED, IT ALLOWS US TO REALIZE THAT THE POTENTIAL WITNESSES DOES NOT HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF PARTICULAR ISSUES TO JUSTIFY CALLING THEM AT A HEARING. IT WAS BECAUSE OF THE USEFULNESS OF THIS INVESTIGATIVE TOOL THAT OUR COMMITTEE, THIS CONGRESS APPROVED THE COMMITTEE RULE TO PACKAGE TO INCLUDE DEPOSITION PROCEDURAL RULES. WE WANTED TO BUILD ON OUR SUCCESSES AND OUR EXECUTION OF THE DEPOSITION AUTHORITY GRANTED LAST CONGRESS, AND WE WANTED TO -- AND WANTED TO BE READY SHOULD THE CIRCUMSTANCES JUSTIFY IT SHOULD WE NEED IT AGAIN. UNFORTUNATELY, THE DEATHS AT UPPER BIG BRANCH HAVE HIGHLIGHTED OUR WORK ON MINE SAFETY AND OUR COMMITTEE INVESTIGATE THE ISSUES RELATED TO MINE SAFETY. THE COMMITTEE'S DEPOSITION RULES RESPECTS AND AFFIRMS THE RIGHT OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS BEING DEPOSED AND RESPECTS THE RIGHTS OF THE MINORITY ON OUR COMMITTEE IT HAS BEEN WORKED OUT WITH THE MINORITY ON OUR COMMITTEE. IT IS THE RESULT OF A BIPARTISAN PROCESS BEGAN LAST CONGRESS AND REAFFIRMED WITH THE ADOPTION OF OUR COMMITTEE RULE THIS CONGRESS. WE HAVE USED THE TOOLS SPARINGLY AND EFFECTIVELY IN THE PAST, AND I ASSURE THE COMMITTEE WE WILL USE IT SPARINGLY AND EFFECTIVELY IN THIS INVESTIGATION. NEXT WEEK, MY COMMITTEE WILL BE CONDUCTING A FIELD HEARING IN WEST VIRGINIA WITH CONGRESSMAN RAHALL. WE WILL BE HEARING FROM THE FAMILIES AND THE VICTIMS OF THE UPPER BIG BRANCH MINE EXPLOSION. JUST AS WE MAY SURE TO HEAR FROM THE FAMILIES OF THE SAGO AND THE CRANDALL CANYON, WE WILL HEAR THE CONCERNS OF THESE FAMILIES. WITH EVERY HEARING, WE PLEDGE TO THE FAMILIES TO NEVER TURN A DEAF EAR TO THEIR CONCERNS, THEIR KNOWLEDGE, TO MAKE SURE THAT MINING IS SAFER. I INTEND TO KEEP THAT PLEDGE AND THE RESOLUTION BEFORE US IS PART OF KEEPING THAT PLEDGE. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING REPUBLICAN ON OUR COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN KLINE AND HIS STAFF, TO WORK CLOSELY AND EFFECTIVELY WITH ME AND MY STAFF IN FRAMING THE DEPOSITION RULE AND FRAMING OUR FUTURE INVESTIGATIONS AND GOING BEFORE THE RULES COMMITTEE TO ASK FOR THIS AUTHORITY FROM THE RULES COMMITTEE. AND, AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIR AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR BRINGING THIS MATTER TO THE FLOOR AND THANK CONGRESSMAN RAHALL FOR HIS SUPPORT FOR OUR COMMITTEE HAVING THIS AUTHORITY, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. DREIER

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME THANK MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA,…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME THANK MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MILLER, FOR HIS THOUGHTFUL REMARKS. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA, WHO HAS CLEARLY SUFFERED GREATLY THROUGH THIS EXTRAORDINARY TRAGEDY, TWO MINUTES, MRS. CAPITO.

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    MRS. CAPITO

    THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME TIME. THERE IS…

    THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME TIME. THERE IS NO CONTROVERSY ON THIS UNDERLYING RESOLUTION. I THINK WE COULD HAVE DONE IT SEVERAL DAYS EARLIER UNDER UNANIMOUS CONSENT. I WISH THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE DIRECTION WE'VE GONE. ON APRIL 5, 2010, AN EXPLOSION OCCURRED AT THE UPPER BIG BRANCH MINE IN WEST VIRGINIA, KILLING 29 MINERS. OUR HEARTS ARE WITH THE FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY. THIS MINE WAS THE WORST MINE DISASTER IN WEST VIRGINIA AND THE THIRD WORST MINING DISASTER. IN 2006 IN MY DISTRICT, 13 COAL MINERS WERE TRAPPED FOR NEARLY TWO HOURS AT THE SAGO MINE, AND ONE MINER MIRACULOUSLY SURVIVED. I AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUES THAT CONGRESS HAS A VERY IMPORTANT OVERSIGHT ROLE TO ENSURE THAT THE LAWS ARE PROPERLY EXECUTED AND TO PREVENT FUTURE MINING ACCIDENTS. THERE MUST BE A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION BY CONGRESS TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AGENCIES CHARGED WITH PROTECTING MINERS ARE PERFORMING THEIR JOB AND WHETHER CHANGES NEED TO BE MADE TO ENSURE THAT THOSE AGENCIES FULFILL THEIR OBLIGATIONS TO THE MINERS, THEIR FAMILIES AND THE PUBLIC. ALSO, THE CONGRESS NEEDS TO HAVE A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION INTO THE COMPANY PRACTICES AND WHETHER SAFETY IS THE TOP PRIORITY AND THE ONE PRIORITY FIRST CONSIDERED WHENEVER BEGINNING OR STARTING TO PURSUE COAL MINING WHILE IT'S IN OPERATION. CONGRESS, HOWEVER, MUST BE WEARY NOT TO COMPROMISE THE INTEGRITY OF ANY PENDING OR FUTURE INVESTIGATIONS AND POTENTIALLY JEOPARDIZE THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH'S ABILITY TO ENFORCE AND HOLD VIOLATORS ACCOUNTABLE. KEEPING OUR MINERS SAFE REQUIRES ALL OF US TO WORK TOGETHER TO PREVENT MINE DISASTERS FROM HAPPENING IN THE FIRST PLACE. I SUPPORT THIS RULE AND I WILL VOW TO TAKE WHATEVER MESSAGE -- EXCUSE ME -- I VOW TO TAKE WHATEVER MEASURES ARE NECESSARY TO ENSURE THE SAFETY AND HEALTH OF ALL MINERS. I YIELD BACK.

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    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WOOLSEY.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR ALLOWING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR ALLOWING ME THIS TIME AND I APPRECIATE THE COOPERATION WE'RE GETTING FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. ON APRIL 5, 29 MINERS WERE KILLED AND TWO INJURED IN A MASSIVE EXPLOSION WHICH RIPPED THROUGH MAS SEE ENERGY'S UPPER -- MAS SEE ENERGY'S BIG BRANCH MINE IN WEST VIRGINIA. IT WAS A SHOCK TO ALL OF US. UNFORTUNATELY, SINCE THEN, THERE HAVE BEEN TWO OTHER MINE ACCIDENTS, ONE IN KENTUCKY, ANOTHER IN WEST VIRGINIA, THAT HAVE RESULTED IN EVEN MORE FATALITIES. THE EXPLOSION AT THE UPPER BIG BRANCH MINE WAS THE WORST MINE ACCIDENT SINCE 1970, WHEN 38 MINERS WERE KILLED IN AN EXPLOSION AT A MINE IN KENTUCKY. WE ARE NOW, MR. SPEAKER, IN THE 21ST CENTURY, AND THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE FOR THESE TRAGEDIES. THERE ARE ONGOING INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE EXPLOSION AT THE UPPER BIG BRANCH MINE, WE DON'T YET KNOW EXACTLY WHAT CAUSED THIS BLAST, BUT WE DO KNOW THAT MASSEY ENERGY HAS A LONG, LONG HISTORY OF HEALTH AND SAFETY VIOLATIONS AT THIS MINE AND OTHERS OF THEIRS AND THAT IT HAS RECEIVED HUNDREDS, NOT A FEW, BUT HUNDREDS OF CITATIONS BEFORE THE BLAST OCCURRED. THIS TRAGEDY AND THE CONDUCT OF THIS MINE OWNER TOWARD THE SAFETY OF ITS WORKERS FURTHER HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED FOR THE EDUCATION AND LABOR COMMITTEE TO FULLY PERFORM OVERSIGHT FUNCTION. WE OWE THIS MUCH TO THE FAMILIES OF THE FALLEN MINERS AND TO THOSE MINERS WHO GO TO WORK EACH AND EVERY DAY SO THEY CAN COME HOME SAFELY TO THEIR FAMILIES EVERY NIGHT. THE DEPOSITION AUTHORITY PROVIDED BY THIS RESOLUTION WHICH IS THE PRODUCT OF A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT, AS WE'VE ALL -- AS WE ALL KNOW, IS A VITAL TOOL FOR THE COMMITTEE AND I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS RESOLUTION BY EVERY MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. DREIER

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

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I'M HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CO-AUTHOR OF THE VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE THAT'S GOING TO BRING BACK ACCOUNT TO BELIEVE T WELFARE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. PRICE.

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    MR. PRICE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. WE ALL STRONGLY -- ARE STRONGLY SYMPATHETIC AND…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. WE ALL STRONGLY -- ARE STRONGLY SYMPATHETIC AND UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING RESOLUTION AND OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE VICTIMS AND FAMILIES FROM ALL MINE DISASTERS. WE SHOULD TAKE THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY, HOWEVER, TO DECREASE SPENDING. EVERYONE ACROSS THE LAND KNOWS WASHINGTON SPENDS TOO MUCH, BORROWS TOO MUCH AND TAXES TOO MUCH. WASHINGTON HAS GROWN FAT ON BLOATED, WASTEFUL SPENDING FOR FAR TOO LONG. IT'S COLLAPSING OUR FISCAL HOUSE, IT'S JEOPARDIZING OUR KIDS' AND GRANDKIDS' FUTURE. IT'S HIGH TIME WE PUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON A TITE AND THAT CAN BEGIN TODAY. WITH THE YOUCUT PROGRAM, REPUBLICANS ARE PARTNERING WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO RESTORE FISCAL SANITY. THIS IS A UNIQUE INITIATIVE WHERE WE ARE ASKING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO HELP PRIORITIZE WHICH SPECIAL INTEREST HANDOUTS AND OTHER WASTEFUL SPENDING THEY WANT TO TARGET FOR ELIMINATION THIS YOUCUT INITIATIVE COMBINES TWO CRUCIAL COMPONENTS OF COMMON SENSE GOVERNING, LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE AND CUTTING WASTE FROM GOVERNMENT SPENDING. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE HUGE PARTICIPATION WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN. OVER 281,000 VOTES CAST, OF WHICH LESS THAN 1% ARE FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, SO AMERICANS ACROSS THE LAND ARE PARTICIPATING. THE SPENDING REDUCTION THAT REPRESENTATIVE JORDAN AND I PROPOSED RECEIVED MORE THAN 81,000 VOTES. WE IDENTIFIED AND AMERICA SUPPORTED THE REPEAL OF A $2.5 BILLION A YEAR PROGRAM THAT'S GUTTED THE POSITIVE, BIPARTISAN WELFARE REFORMS OF THE 1990'S. AS PART OF THEIR FAILED STIMULUS PACKAGE, DEMOCRATS ADDED A NEW PROGRAM TO INCENTIVIZE STATES TO INCREASE, YES, INCREASE, MR. SPEAKER, THEIR WELFARE CASE LOAD WITHOUT REQUIRING WORK FROM THOSE ABLE TO WORK OR GET JOB TRAINING OR MAKE OTHER EFFORTS TO MOVE OFF TAXPAYER ASSISTANCE. WELFARE REFORM WAS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE LAST TWO DECADES. IT'S BEEN TERRIBLY UNDERMINED BY THIS LITTLE NOTICED PROVISION. RATHER THAN TAKE OUR NATION BACKWARDS WE NEED TO VOTE TODAY TO RESTORE WELFARE REFORM BY REFOCUSING TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE ON PEOPLE GETTING BACK ON THEIR FEET AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. I HOPE OUR DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES WILL FOLLOW OUR LEAD AND YES, THE LEAD OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, IN WORKING TOGETHER TO PUT WASHINGTON'S FISCAL HOUSE BACK IN ORDER. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE TRIED TO PARTNER WITH OUR DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES TO REIN IN WASTEFUL SPENDING BUT THEIR HELP HAS NOT BEEN FORTHCOMING. THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO EXPAND THE DEFICITS TO OVER $1 TRILLION AND PROPOSED TAX HIKES THAT STAND IN THE WAY OF JOB CREATION. LET'S START TODAY, TOGETHER, TO BEGIN THE JOB OF GETTING THE NATION BACK ON TRACK. VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, VOTE FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. SLALLINGTER

    TO YIELD TWO -- MS.

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

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. HOLT.

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    MR. HOLT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY, THE CHAIR OF THE RULES…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY, THE CHAIR OF THE RULES COMMITTEE. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.RES. 1363, WHICH GIVES THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR, ON WHICH I SIT, THE ABILITY TO INVESTIGATE THE UPPER BIG BRANCH MINE DISASTER THIS RESOLUTION ALLOWS US TO DO OUR WORK AND I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK ABOUT THAT SUBJECT. IN A GREATER SENSE, RESOLUTION HONORS THE COAL MINERS WHO PERISHED IN THE TRAGEDY AND WORKS TO ENSURE THAT SUCH A TRAGEDY NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN. WE OWE IT TO THE REMAINING FAMILIES AND TO ALL MINING FAMILIES. I FEEL STRONGLY AND PERSONALLY ABOUT THE CONCERNS OF MINERS BECAUSE I WAS BORN AND REARED IN WEST VIRGINIA. WHERE MY FATHER, THE LATE U.S. SENATOR, MANY DECADES AGO, WAS KNOWN AS ONE OF THE BEST FRIENDS A MINER EVER HAD. THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT MINING HAS BEEN A DANGEROUS JOB. ALTHOUGH THE NUMBER OF DEATHS IN AMERICA'S MINES HAS BEEN REDUCED, TODAY, COAL MINING IS RATED, STILL, AMONG THE MOST DANGEROUS JOBS IN AMERICA. AND IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE THAT WAY. I SUPPORT THE EDUCATION AND LOY BOAR COMMITTEE'S WORK TO INVESTIGATE ANY POSSIBLE HEALTH AND SAFETY VIOLATIONS AT UPPER BIG BRANCH AND TO SEE IF LAWS WERE CIRCUMVENTED AND MINERS' LIVES WERE PUT RECKLESSLY AT RISK. THOSE RESPONSIBLE MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. TOO MANY FAMILIES HAVE SUFFERED THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE IN A MINING DISASTER. WE IN CONGRESS NEED TO INVESTIGATE FULLY THE FACTORS THAT LED TO THESE TRAGEDIES. WE NEED TO INVESTIGATE THE DEFICIENCIES IN LAWS AND ENFORCEMENT THAT MAY HAVE CONTRIBUTED. WE OWE IT TO THE FAMILIES OF THE MINERS LOST AND THE MINERS WHO WORK EVERY DAY TO TAKE ACTION. WE MUST PREVENT THESE ACCIDENTS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.RES. 1463. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. DREIER

    I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LINDER.

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    MR. LINDER

    EXPRESS MY SINCERE SORROW TO THE FAMILIES OF THOSE KILLED OR WOUNDED IN…

    EXPRESS MY SINCERE SORROW TO THE FAMILIES OF THOSE KILLED OR WOUNDED IN THAT ACCIDENT AND IN ALL MINING ACCIDENTS THIS COULD HAVE BEEN DONE UNDER UNANIMOUS CONSENT WITHOUT A RULE, BUT SINCE THE RULE IS HERE, I PROPOSE DEFEATING THE RULE TO CONSIDER MR. PRICE'S MOTION. THE WELFARE REFORM ACT SUCCESSFULLY REDUCED WELFARE DEPENDENCE AND POVERTY AND INCREASED WORK AND EARNINGS. BUT DESPITE THAT SUCCESS, CONGRESS HAS SPENT YEARS TO UNDERMINE WELFARE REFORM. THEY SAW AN OPENING IN THE 2009 STIMULUS LAW. THEY CREATED A NEW $5 BILLION WELFARE EMERGENCY FUND DEREK SINED TO PROMOTE WELFARE DEPENDENCE ALL OVER AGAIN. THE NEW FUND PAYS STATES IF THEY INCREASE WELFARE CASE LOADS, AMONG OTHER OUTCOMES. STATES HAVE BEEN LESS THAN EAGER TO COLLECT. BY MID MAY, LESS THAN HALF, $2.4 BILLION, HAD BEEN CLAIMED BY STATES. ONLY THREE STATES RECEIVED FULL SHARES. YOU KNOW SOMETHING IS WRONG WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS TROUBLE GIVING AWAY MONEY. MR. PRICE'S MOTION WOULD END THIS PROGRAM RIGHT HERE AND RIGHT NOW. THAT IS THE RIGHT POLICY FOR A PROGRAM THAT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN BEGUN. JUST CONSIDER HOW THIS EMERGENCY MONEY HAS BEEN SPENT SO FAR. ONE OF THE LARGEST CHUNKS HAS BEEN SPENT ON SOMETHING CALLED NONRECURRENT SHORT-TERM ASSISTANCE. A PROGRAM OPERATED IN NEW YORK LAST SUMMER OFFERS AN EXAMPLE. NEW YORK USED THESE FUNDS TO MAKE ONE-TIME $200 PAYMENTS TO WELFARE AND FOOD STAMP RECIPIENTS, SUPPOSEDLY FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL PURPOSES. BUT THAT'S NOT HOW THE MONEY WAS REALLY USED VOSME SIP YENTS USED THE MONEY, AS CBS NEWS PUT IT TO BUY FLAT SCREEN TV'S, IPODS AND GAMING SYSTEMS. CONVENIENCE STORES IN POOR AREAS NOTD AN INCREASE IN BEER, GUM, AND CIGARETTE SALES. I ASK ANNAPOLIS CONSENT THE ARTICLE BE INSERTED IN THE RECORD FOLLOWING MY REMARKS. THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON WHICH I SERVE HAD A HEARING ON THIS THIS. ONE WITNESS NOTED TAXPAYERS SPENT AN INCREDIBLE $950 BILLION ON WELFARE AND OTHER LOW INCOME PROGRAMS. I ASKED IS IT YOUR TESTIMONY THAT $953 BILLION IS NOT ENOUGH? HER ANSWER IS TELLING WHO IS TO SAY WHAT'S ENOUGH? IT'S TIME THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SAYING, THIS IS ENOUGH. SO SHOULD WE.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. DREIER

    MAY I INQUIRE OF THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES HOW…

    MAY I INQUIRE OF THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES HOW MANY SPEAKERS SHE HAS REMAINING? MS. SLAUGHTER SPM I'M TOLD WE HAVE SOME PEOPLE COMING TO THE FLOOR. AT THIS TIME ON THE FLOOR, I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS.

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    AT THIS TIME, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CO-AUTHOR OF THE…

    AT THIS TIME, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CO-AUTHOR OF THE AMENDMENT, WHO JOIN POLICE DEPARTMENT PRICE IN BRICKING ABOUT WELFARE ACCOUNTABILITY, M JORDAN.

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    MR. JORDAN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN, THEY SAID, STOP THE RIDICULOUS…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN, THEY SAID, STOP THE RIDICULOUS SPENDING, WITH THE YOUCUT PROPOSAL THEY SAID STOP THE RIDICULOUS SPENDING THAT INCENTIVIZES WRONG BEHAVIOR. TALK ABOUT THE OLD WELFARE SYSTEM, WHAT IT SAID TO THE SINGLE MOTHER, DON'T GET A JOB, DON'T GET MARRIED, HAVE MORE CHILDREN, WE'LL GIVE YOU MORE MONEY. THAT'S NOT THE MESSAGE WE WANT TO SEND. OUR AMENDMENT WOULD CHANGE THAT. THE DEMOCRATS WANT TO MOVE IN THE WRONG DIRECTION, WE THINK IT'S COMPLETELY THE WRONG WAY TO GO, PARTICULARLY AT A TIME WHEN WE HAVE A $1.4 TRILLION DEFICIT A $12 TRILLION NATIONAL DEBT, IT IS THE WRONG THING TO O. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKES OUR COUNTRY SO SPECIAL, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKES AMERICA THE GREATEST NATION IN HISTORY IS THIS SIMPLE CONCEPT. PARENTS MAKE SACRIFICES FOR THEIR CHILDREN SO WHEN THEY GROW UP, THEY HAVE LIFE BETTER THAN WE DID. AND THEY GROW UP AND DO THE SAME FOR THEIR KIDS. EACH GENERATION IN THIS COUNTRY HAS DONE THAT FOR THE NEXT. NOW WE FIND OURSELVES WHERE THE POLICYMAKERS, THE POLITICAL CLASS ARE MAKING DECISIONS THAT SPEND NOW, FOCUS ON THE MOMENT AND SEND THE BILL TO SOMEBODY ELSE. IT IS WRONG. IT IS WRONG TO TRAP PEOPLE IN THIS WELFARE SYSTEM. IT'S WRONG TO KEEP SPENDING AND SPENDING. IT IS WRONG FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS. THAT IS WHY, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    SPEAKER, MR. PERLMUTTER IS HERE TO SPEAK, I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD TWO…

    SPEAKER, MR. PERLMUTTER IS HERE TO SPEAK, I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR.

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  • 03:15:23 PM

    MR. PERLMUTTER

    LET'S TALK ABOUT JOBS. MY FRIEND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE…

    LET'S TALK ABOUT JOBS. MY FRIEND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN WHAT THE SUBJECT OF TODAY'S PRESENTATION IS AND THAT'S ABOUT MINE SAFETY, ABOUT PROTECTING THE PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING DEEP UNDER GROUND TO HELP FOUL THIS COUNTRY, COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN ABOUT THAT. THAT'S NOT OF ANY INTEREST TO THEM, BECAUSE THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT OTHER THINGS.

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  • 03:15:48 PM

    MR. DREIER

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. PERLMUTTER

    I WILL NOT YIELD. I WILL NOT YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA BECAUSE…

    I WILL NOT YIELD. I WILL NOT YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA BECAUSE WHAT THEY WANT TO COME IN HERE AND TALK ABOUT IS COMMEETLY OFF TOPIC. THEY LIKE AMERICA TO CONTINUE TO BE AFRAID, TO CONTINUE TO BE IN DOOM AND GLOOM. THAT'S THEIR WHOLE ARGUMENT. WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE -- AND THEY'D LIKE EVERYBODY TO FORGET ABOUT IT. THEIR PRESCRIPTION IS MASS AMNESIA. THEY WANT TO FORGET ABOUT THE FACT THAT UNDER GEORGE BUSH THIS COUNTRY WAS DROPPING INTO THE ABYSS IN TERMS OF JOBS. THE LAST MONTH OF GEORGE BUSH, THIS COUNTRY LOST 780,000 JOBS IN THAT MONTH ALONE. LAST MONTH IN APRIL, 14 MONTHS LATER, WE GAINED 290,000 JOBS. THAT'S A SWING OF OVER A MILLION JOBS A MONTH IN ONE MONTH, A MILLION-JOB SWING. BUT, NO, THEY DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT. THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT, HEY, WE HAVE TOO MANY PROBLEMS. WE DON'T WANT TO PUT THE EIGHT MILLION PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR JOBS, WE DON'T WANT TO PUT THEM BACK TO WORK, WE DON'T WANT TO CARE ABOUT THEM. WELL, THIS COUNTRY GETS BACK ON ITS FEET. ITS ECONOMY STARTS BOOMING. IT TAKES CARE OF A LOT OF WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT IN TERMS OF DEBT AND DEFICIT. BUT ONCE WE'RE BACK ON OUR FEET THEN WE CAN LOOK AT THE NUMBERS THAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT BUT WE HAVE TO GET THIS COUNTRY BACK ON ITS FEET. IT'S GOT TO BE STRONG. SO WE SHOULDN'T BE HERE DEALING WITH A SERIOUS SUBJECT LIKE MINE SAFETY AND ALL THOSE MEN AND WOMEN THAT COMPRILLED A FEW MONTHS -- A COUPLE MONTHS AGO -- WERE KILLED A FEW MONTHS -- A COUPLE MONTHS AGO AND WE ARE NOT DISCUSSING THAT. IS MY TIME UP?

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    MR. DREIER

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD ON THAT?

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  • 03:17:51 PM

    MR. DREIER

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    MR. PERLMUTTER

    I'LL JUST FINISH HERE. LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED. UNDER GEORGE BUSH…

    I'LL JUST FINISH HERE. LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED. UNDER GEORGE BUSH THIS ECONOMY FELL OFF THE PLANET. DROPPED 6.4% THE LAST QUARTER OF 2008. WE HAVEN'T SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THAT SINCE 1929. OK. DURING THE LAST NINE MONTHS, ALL OF A SUDDEN OUR COMBPPED IS GOING UP SO THAT -- G.D.P. IS GOING UP SO THAT THIS UNTRY IS GETTING BACK ON ITS FEET AND HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. JOB LOSS, AS I SAID, WAS AT A LEVEL UNSEEN BEFORE. WE ARE REVERSING THAT BUT WE'VE GOT A LONG WAY TO GO AND TODAY WE SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT MINE SAFETY.

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  • 03:18:49 PM

    MR. DREIER

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECOND TO SAY WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO MY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECOND TO SAY WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO MY VERY GOOD FRIEND AND RULES COMMITTEE COLLEAGUE THAT HE OBVIOUSLY HAS NOT FOLLOWED THE DEBATE. WE APPROACHED THE MAJORITY AND SAID UNDER UNANIMOUS CONSENT WE WANTED THIS KIND OF AUTHORITY TO BE GRANTED SO THAT WE CAN ENSURE THAT NEVER EVER AGAIN WILL WE SEE THE KIND OF TRAGIC LOSS OF LIFE BECAUSE OF A MINE DISASTER THAT WE HAVE FACED. NOW, MY FRIEND SAID WE WERE TALKING ABOUT SOME EXTRANEOUS ISSUE, THEN HE TAKES THE WELL AND TALKS ABOUT JOBS UNDER GEORGE BUSH WHEN IN FACT WE'RE DEALING WITH THE ISSUE THAT WE ALL SAID THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED AND THAT IS FROM THE VERY OUTSET, MR. SPEAKER, FROM THE VERY OUTSET, MR. SPEAKER, WE CONCURRED WITH THE DESIRE TO ENSURE THAT THIS AUTHORITY EXISTS. AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YIELD A MINUTE TO MY VERY,ERY GOOD FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN, A HARDWORKING, VERY, VERY THOUGHTFUL MEMBER, MRS. MILLER.

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    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND, MR. SPEAKER, ALL AMERICANS, ALL…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND, MR. SPEAKER, ALL AMERICANS, ALL AMERICANS SHARE THE GRIEF OF THE FAMILIES OF THE MINERS OF WEST VIRGINIA. MR. SPEAKER, SPENDING BY THIS CONGRESS IS OUT OF CONTROL. IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS OUR NATIONAL DEBT WILL SURPASS $13 TRILLION, AND TODAY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BORROWS ABOUT 40 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR THAT IS SPENT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SPEAKING OUT SAYING THAT THIS OUT-OF-CONTROL SPENDING IS NOT SUSTAINABLE. THEY'RE VERY FRUSTRATED THAT WASHINGTON AND THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY IS NOT LISTENING. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE LISTENING. WE'VE HEARD THEIR VOICES. YOU CUT ALLOWS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO VOTE ON SPECIFIC SPENDING CUTS. WE ACTUALLY HAD OVER 300,000 FOLKS VOTE THIS WEEK. AND THE GOAL OF YOU CUT IS SIMPLE AND IT SHOULD NOT BE A NOVEL CONCEPT ON CAPITOL HILL. STOP SPENDING AND START CUTTING. THE QUESTION AGAIN IS WILL WASHINGTON LISTEN? CAN YOU HEAR THEM NOW? A NO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL ALLOW US TO DEBATE THIS SPENDING CUT PUT FORWARD BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK? I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:20:57 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWMORE MINUTES TO MR. PERLMUTTER FROM COLORADO.

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    MR. PERLMUTTER

    YEAH. I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN, AND SHE PROBABLY…

    YEAH. I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN, AND SHE PROBABLY KNOWS AS MUCH AS ANYBODY THE TRAUMA THAT SO MANY FAMILIES HAVE FELT BY THE ECONOMY BY THE RECESSION BY THE LAYOFFS. AND AS WE START MOVING FORWARD WE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR JOBS FIND EMPLOYMENT. NOW, THEY SAY WASHINGTON'S NOT LISTENING ABOUT CUTS. WE KNOW SPENDING NEEDS TO BE MANAGED. WE NEED TO BE SMART IN HOW WE SPEND. BUT I'D SAY TO MY FRIENDS ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE, THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT THIS BACK IN 2001 WHEN THEY CUT THE TAXES FOR THE WEALTHIEST OF AMERICANS, PROSECUTE TWO WARS WITHOUT PAYING FOR THEM, FAILED TO POLICE WALL STREET AND LEAVE THIS COUNTRY IN THE WORSE FINANCIAL SHAPE IT'S BEEN SINCE 1929. GEORGE BUSH LEFT, OBAMA RECEIVED A $1.3 TRILLION DEFICIT. NOW, THEY WANT TO COMPLAIN ABOUT IT. OK. GO AHEAD AND COMPLAIN ABOUT IT BUT TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELVES. THAT'S WHAT I'D SAY TO MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. AND I'D SAY ON TUESDAY THEY MADE ALL OF THESE ARGUMENTS. THE ONE RACE THAT WAS UP BETWEEN DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, PEOPLE WERE WORRIED ABOUT JOBS. THE DEMOCRAT WON. THEY'RE WORRIED ABOUT JOBS AND THAT'S WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS IS TO GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. AND WITH THAT I'D YIELD BACK.

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    MR. DREIER

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M FRIEND TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY FRIEND FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M FRIEND TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY FRIEND FROM DALLAS, MR. HENSARLING.

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    MR. HENSARLING

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MINE SAFETY IS A VERY SERIOUS ISSUE,…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MINE SAFETY IS A VERY SERIOUS ISSUE, SO IS NATIONAL BANKRUPTCY. UNDER DEMOCRATIC CONTROL, THE DEFICIT HAS EXPLODED 10-FOLD IN JUST TWO YEARS. WE'VE SEEN THE NATIONAL DEFICIT TRIPLE BEFORE OUR EYES. WE'RE BORROWING 40 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR FROM THE CHEAPS AND SENDING THE BILL TO OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. THE DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN ON A SPENDING SPREE THAT PUTS US ON THE ROAD TO BECOMING GREECE. HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE FIGHTING BACK. WITH A NEW PROGRAM CALLED YOU CUT WHERE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN PARTICIPATE IN VOTING THEMSELVES TO CUT SPENDING AND TO SAVE THEIR CHILDREN MONEY. AND IN JUST THIS WEEK ALONE, 280,000 VOTED TO CUT A WASTEFUL WELFARE PROGRAM THAT'S BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH FRAUD. MR. SPEAKER, THE CHOICE IS SIMPLE. EITHER YOU CUT OR YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN GO BANKRUPT PAYING THE NATIONAL DEBT. VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND VOTE YES FOR FISCAL SANITY, VOTE YES FOR SAVING YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN $2.5 BILLION THAT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE BORROWED FROM THE CHEAPS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. ANDREWS.

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    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. ANDREWS

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRLADY FOR YIELDING. I THINK IT'S…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRLADY FOR YIELDING. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE HOUSE TO REFLECT WHAT WE ARE AND ARE NOT DOING. WHAT WE ARE DOING IS CONSIDERING A PROCEDURE BY WHICH THE CONGRESS CAN INVESTIGATE WHAT MAY OR MAY NOT HAPPEN IN THE TRAGEDIES THAT OCCURRED IN WEST VIRGINIA THAT COST THE MINERS THEIR LIVES. SETTING THAT PROCESS IN MOTION. BUT THE MINORITY IS -- WHAT THE MINORITY IS DOING IS TRYG TO BRING TO THE FLOOR A VOTE ON A DIFFERENT MATTER REGARDING THE TANF PROGRAM. THAT'S WELL IN THEIR RIGHT. I WILL NOT OBJECT TO THEIR PROCEDURAL METHODS TO DO THAT. WHEN I'M FINISHED. I AM GOING TO OBJECT TO THE SUBSTANCE OF THEIR ARGUMENT. IF I UNDERSTAND IT CORRECTLY THAT THE CUT THAT THEY'RE INTERESTED IN MAKING IS IN A PROGRAM THAT I THINK MOST AMERICANS THINK MAKES PRETTY GOOD SENSE AND WHAT IT ESSENTIAL LISA IS IF YOU'RE ABLED BODIED AND YOU RECEIVE WELFARE BENEFITS YOU SHOULD WORK. MOST AMERICANS WHEN THEY HEAR THAT SAY IT'S A PRETTY GOOD IDEA. I WANT TO READ TO THE MINORITY THIS PROGRAM THEY WANT TO DEBATE TODAY WAS COMMENTED ON BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM A THINK TANK IN WASHINGTON SAID GIVEN THE STATE OF THE LABOR MARKET, IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE HOW ANY SENSIBLE PERSON COULD OPPOSE EXTENDING THE EMERGENCY FUND THAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT. THIS WAS NOT FROM THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OR ONE OF THE MORE LIBERAL GROUPS IN TOWN. IT WAS KEVIN HASTERT FROM THE AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE. SO I'D SAY TO THE MAJORITY THAT THE THRIRS FOR SPENDING CUTS WAS -- THIRST FOR SPENDING CUTS WAS SOMEHOW MISSING WHEN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION LAUNCHED TWO WARS ON BORROWED MONEY, WHEN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION CUT TAXES FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS AND PAID FOR IT BY BORROWING MONEY FROM THE CHINESE. THERE IS A RECORD ON SPENDING CUTS IN RECENT HISTORY. SPENDING I SHALL CRUISES IN RECENT HISTORY. DURING THE CLINTON YEARS, FEDERAL SPENDING INCREASED 4% A YEAR ON AVERAGE. DURING THE BUSH YEARS SPENDING INCREASED 8% PER YEAR ON AVERAGE. SPENDING HAS INCREASED 7% GIVEN THE ECONOMIC EMERGENCY. BUT DURING PRESIDENT REAGAN'S TERM SPENDING INCREASED 7% PER YEAR. SO I'M WITH THE MINORITY, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK SPENDING RESTRAINT IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO HAVE WHICH IS WHY WE SHOULD MAKE SURE WE NEVER HAVE ANOTHER REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:27:15 PM

    MR. DREIER

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY --

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    MPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY…

    MPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELD TIME?

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  • 03:27:24 PM

    MR. ANDREWS

    BE HAPPY TO ENGAGE ON YOUR TIME.

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    MR. DREIER

    JUST YIELDED TO ME, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. DREIER

    I'LL SAY THAT THE CLOSING WAS VERY, VERY INAPPROPRIATE BECAUSE THE…

    I'LL SAY THAT THE CLOSING WAS VERY, VERY INAPPROPRIATE BECAUSE THE SOLUTION THAT THE GENTLEMAN HAS OFFERED TO THE 8% INCREASE THAT EXISTED DURING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION IS TO HAVE AN 85% INCREASE IN NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING TAKEN IN THE LAST TWO YEARS.

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    MR. ANDREWS

    45 SECONDS.

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    MR. ANDREWS

    ASK MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA IF IT'S TRUE OR FALSE THAT SPENDING…

    ASK MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA IF IT'S TRUE OR FALSE THAT SPENDING INCREASES WAS 8% DURING T BUSH YEARS?

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  • 03:28:16 PM

    MR. DREIER

    SEE 8% FOR DEFENSE, HOMELAND SECURITY AND VETERANS SECURITY.

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    MR. DREIER

    NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING.

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    MY TIME. IF I UPS IT CORRECTLY, THE GENTLEMAN IS DENYING THAT THE SPENDING…

    MY TIME. IF I UPS IT CORRECTLY, THE GENTLEMAN IS DENYING THAT THE SPENDING INCREASES AVERAGE 8% DURING THE BUSH YEARS, IS THAT CORRECT?

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    MR. DREIER

    CORRECT. I AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN. I AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN.

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    MR. ANDREWS

    AGREEING WITH ME, NOT DENYING IT?

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    MR. DREIER

    IT INCREASED 8% DURING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION BUT 85% IN NONDEFENSE…

    IT INCREASED 8% DURING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION BUT 85% IN NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING DURING THE --

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  • 03:28:50 PM

    MR. ANDREWS

    BEST INSURANCE POLICY IS UNDER DEMOCRATIC CONTROL.

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    MR. DREIER

    MYSELF 10 SECONDS TO SAY TO MY FRIEND THAT WE HAVE AN 85% INCREASE IN…

    MYSELF 10 SECONDS TO SAY TO MY FRIEND THAT WE HAVE AN 85% INCREASE IN NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING SINCE PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS BEEN IN OFFICE. MR.

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    MR. ANDREWS

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. ANDREWS

    HOW MUCH OF THAT WAS THE RECOVERY ACT?

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    MR. DREIER

    SPENDING AND WE LOOK --

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    YOU LOOK AT THE MARKETS NOW WE CAN SEE IT'S FAILED. I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD…

    YOU LOOK AT THE MARKETS NOW WE CAN SEE IT'S FAILED. I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM WHEATON, ILLINOIS, MR. ROSKAM.

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I FOUND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY'S LOGIC DIZZYING. IT TOOK 43 AMERICAN PRESIDENTS FROM GEORGE WASHINGTON TO GEORGE W. BUSH FOR US TO ACCUMULATE LATE $5 TRILLION IN DEBT. THIS CONGRESS AND THIS ADMINISTRATION UNAMBIGUOUSLY ARE TRIPLING THAT NUMBER IN A DECADE. I ALSO FOUND IT SOBERING AND KIND OF SURPRISING THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO A COUPLE MINUTES AGO -- AND I WROTE IT DOWN IMMEDIATELY -- SAID ONCE WE'RE BACK ON OUR FEET THEN WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT, OR WORDS TO THAT EFFECT. ONCE WE'RE BACK ON OUR FEET THEN WE CAN TALK ABOUT CUTTING SPENDING? IT IS THIS BLOATED BUDGET THAT IS THE RESTRAINING INFLUENCE ON PROSPERITY IN THIS COUNTRY. IT IS THE HIDE BOUND ORTHODOXY ON THE OTHER SIDE THAT SAYS WE CAN BORROW OR SPEND OUR WAY INTO PROSPERITY AND THAT IS A FOOL'SER RAND. S THE SINK HOLE OF SELF-ABSORPS IN THIS CONGRESS THAN -- OF SELF-ABSORPTION IN THIS CONGRESS THAN GENERATION THAT TELLS US TO SPEND, SPEND, SPEND. WE NEED TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT CUTS.

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    MR. DREIER

    I HAVE ONE.

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    IS REMAINING, MR. SPEAKER.

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    I RESERVE THEY BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    AGAIN, THANK THE CHAIRWOMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE. I THINK WHAT IS KEY…

    AGAIN, THANK THE CHAIRWOMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE. I THINK WHAT IS KEY HERE IS THIS COUNTRY NEEDS TO GET BACK ON ITS FEET. WE'RE MOVING IN THAT DIRECTION. --

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    MR. PERLMUTTER

    WE HAD A BILL UP THIS WEEK CALLED THE AMERICA COMPETES ACT WHICH IS ABOUT…

    WE HAD A BILL UP THIS WEEK CALLED THE AMERICA COMPETES ACT WHICH IS ABOUT INVESTING IN THIS COUNTRY'S FUTURE THROUGH GRANTS AND FUNDING OF OUR NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH, THOSE KINDS OF INVESTMENTS, WHICH ARE JOBS TODAY AND INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE SO THAT THIS COUNTRY IS ON THE BEST FOOTING TO COMPETE WITH EVERY OTHER COUNTRY ON THE GLOBE MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE HAVE NOW, TWICE, UNDERCUT THAT WHOLE OPERATION. THAT WHOLE BILL. BUT THIS CONGRESS IS GOING TO KEEP THIS COUNTRY MOVING FORWARD SO WE HAVE JOBS TODAY AND INVEST IN THE FUTURE SO WE DON'T HAVE THE KIND OF JOB LOSS WE SAW AT THE END OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY, AS MUCH AS MY FRIENDS WOULD LIKE IT TO BE DOOM AND GLOOM AND BLAME, WHAT THEY WANT IS THEY WANT A CAN-DO APPROACH BECAUSE THE SPIRIT OF AMERICA IS THAT WE CAN DO THIS. WE CAN MAKE THIS BETTER. WE WILL MAKE THIS BETTER. WE'RE NOT TAKING NO FOR AN ANSWER. FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION. WE ARE GOING TO INVEST IN THIS COULDN'T ARERY TODAY, HELP PEOPLE GET BACK TO WORK AND WE WILL BE A STRONGER NATION FOR IT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK TO MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK.

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

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM LUBBOCK, TEXAS, MR. NEUGEBAUER.

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    MR. NEUGEBAUER

    IN A MINUTE, WE'LL HAVE A VOTE ON THE PREOUS QUESTION. IF YOU VOTE YES, I…

    IN A MINUTE, WE'LL HAVE A VOTE ON THE PREOUS QUESTION. IF YOU VOTE YES, I THINK A LOT OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE WILL DO THAT IT MEANS YES, KEEP ON SPENDING MONEY WE DON'T HAVE. I'M GOING TO VOTE NO BECAUSE I BELIEVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SPEAKING OUT, THEY'RE LISTENING, AND -- I'M LISTENING, AND THEY'RE TIRED OF OUR SPENDING. THERE'S A PICTURE IN THE CLOAKROOM OF A LITTLE GIRL STANDING OUTSIDE A DOLL HOUSE, SHE SAYS, I OWE $41,000 AND ALL I OWN IS A DOLL HOUSE. THIS IS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. TODAY WE HAVE ALMOST $13 TRILLION IN DEBT. WE'RE ON COURSE TO DOUBLE THAT DEBT IN FIVE YEARS, TRIPLE IT IN 10 YEARS. ER WHAT GOING TO SAY TO OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WHEN WE LEAVE THEM WITH A LEGACY THAT BASICALLY ALL THEY GET TO DO IS SERVICE THE DEBT SERVICE. WE'VE GOT TO STOP IT. SO THAT'S THE REASON THE RIGHT VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS YES. IF YOU WANT TO KEEP ON SPENDING. BUT IF YOU WANT TO STOP SPENDING, IF YOU WANT TO BRING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY TO THIS COUNTRY, IF YOU WANT TO LEAVE A LEGACY OF OPPORTUNITY AND EMPOWERMENT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS, YOU'RE GOING TO VOTE NO. IT'S TIME TO LISTEN TO THE 280,000 PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED IN YOUCUT LAST WEEK THAT SAID, STOP THE SPENDING, VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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  • 03:35:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 03:35:17 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME.

  • 03:35:21 PM

    MR. DREIER

    I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE, MADAM CHAIRMAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN HAS 2 1/4 MINUTES REMAINING.

  • 03:35:32 PM

    MR. DREIER

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME CLOSE, AS I BEGAN, SAYING, FIRST,…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME CLOSE, AS I BEGAN, SAYING, FIRST, THAT WE COULD HAVE DONE THIS UNDER ANNAPOLIS CONSENT. WE ALL CONCUR WITH THE NEED TO ENSURE THAT WE TAKE STEPS TO ENSURE ADEQUATE OVERSIGHT TO ENSURE WE NEVER, EVER, EVER SEE THE KIND OF LOSS OF LIFE WE SAW IN WEST VIRGINIA OR ANY OTHER MINE DISASTER. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO WANT US TO REIN IN FEDERAL SPENDING HAVE UNFORTUNATELY, BECAUSE OF THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY, THEY'VE BEEN DENIED A VOICE HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. THEY'RE SAYING, TRY AND BRING DOWN THE SIZE AND SCOPE AND REACH OF GOVERNMENT. MY FRIEND DENNIS PRAGER SAYS, CORRECTLY, THE BIGGER THE GOVERNMENT GROWS, THE SMALLER THE INDIVIDUAL BECOMES. WE DECIDED TO UTILIZE A PROCEDURE HERE KNOWN AS DEFEATING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND WE SAID, WHY DON'T WE LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ACTUALLY HAVE A CHANCE TO BE HEARD. SO WE DID IT, WE PUT FIVE PROPOSALS OUT THERE ON THE REPUBLICAN WHIP'S WEBSITE AND ASKED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO VOTE NEARLY -- TO VOTE. NEARLY 300,000 AMERICANS CAST VOTES. THEY ENDED UP WITH 81,000 VOTES BEING CAST IN FAVOR OF A MEASURE THAT SAID, GOSH, SHOULD PEOPLE BE REQUIRED TO WORK FOR WELFARE? OR SHOULD WE HAVE AN OPEN-ENDED POLICY THAT ALLOWS THEM, WITHOUT ANY KIND OF ACCOUNTABILITY, TO BE -- TO BE REWARDED FOR NOT HAVING PEOPLE -- STATES ARE REWARDED FOR NOT HAVING PEOPLE HAVE A WORK COMPONENT IN THE RECORD. WE SAID WITH THAT OVERWHELMING VOTE THAT WE WOULD USE THIS PROCEDURE TO ENSURE THAT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ALIKE WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DECISION WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANT TO GO DOWN THE ROAD TOWARD CONTINUED SPENDING, WHERE AGAIN WE'VE HAD AN 85% INCREASE IN NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING SINCE PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS BEEN IN OFFICE. THAT'S WHY I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY MY FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY WAS ARGUING WE HAD AN 8% INCREASE WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH WAS THERE HIS ANSWER IS A 10-FIELD INCREASE. THAT'S GOING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM? WE KNOW THAT WE ARE DEEPER IN THE HOLE. WE HAVE MORE SERIOUS PROBLEMS NOW AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT US TO CUT FEDERAL SPENDING AND EVERY DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN WILL HAVE A CHANCE WHEN WE MOVE TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION TO DO JUST THAT. SO MR. SPEAKER, I ASK ANNAPOLIS CONSENT THAT THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT AND EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL BE INCLUDED IN THE RECORD JUST BEFORE THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND WITH THAT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR REDUCED SPENDING BY DEFEATING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:38:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 03:38:22 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS HAS BEEN A MOST INTERESTING DEBATE. I AM, AS I STARTED,…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS HAS BEEN A MOST INTERESTING DEBATE. I AM, AS I STARTED, TERRIBLY CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT CAUSED THE AWFUL MINE DISASTER IN WEST VIRGINIA. I LOOK FORWARD TO FINDING OUT WHY THAT WAS. LACK OF GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT, WITHOUT ANY QUESTION IN MY MIND LRK A LARGE PART OF IT. THIS IS WHAT WE'RE FINDING OUT WITH THE OIL SPILL. THIS HAS ALSO BEEN AN INTERESTING AFTERNOON OF CHARADES. I HAVE A 6-YEAR-OLD GRANDDAUGHTER WHO PLAYS A GAME WITH ME. SHE'LL TELL ME A TALL TALE, I PRETEND TO BELIEVE IT, AT A MOMENT OF HER CHOOSE, SHE SAYS, GOT YOU! DON'T LET THEM GET YOU TODAY. WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN DOING HERE IS TOTALLY NONGERMANE ON THIS BILL. IF YOU VOTE NO ON THIS QUESTION, THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BRING THIS UP BECAUSE THEY CAN. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DID NOT CREATE THIS AWFUL PROBLEM BUT WE HAVE UNDERTAKEN RESPONSIBILITY TO CLEAN IT UP AND WE ARE GOING TO DO THAT. AS SOON AS THE SUPPLEMENTAL BILL COMES, WE'LL HAVE ONE OF THE BEST CHANCES IN THE WORLD IF WE START TO CUT BACK THE MONEY WE ARE SPENDING ON WARS IN IRAQ, IN AFGHANISTAN, WHERE WE'VE ALREADY SPENT $1 TRILLION . LAST ENORMOUS NUMBERS OF OUR -- LOST ENORMOUS NUMBERS OF OUR YOUNG SOLDIER, MAIMED MANY, MANY MORE. IT IS TIME FOR US TO CUT THAT OUT. THAT, AGAIN, WILL START, ALONG WITH OTHER THINGS WE ARE DOING TO GET THIS COUNTRY BACK ON SOME SOLID FOOTING. LET ME SAY TO YOU ONCE AGAIN, COME DOWN HERE AND VOTE YES. DON'T BE FOOLED BY THIS I IMAGINE THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF EVERY CHARADE EVERY WEEK, SORT OF LIKE WHAT MR. PERLMUTTER SAID ABOUT THE COMPETE ACT. PLEASE DON'T FORGET, MY COLLEAGUES, THAT TWICE WE TRIED TO VOTE OUT THAT BILL. TO CREATE JOBS FOR PEOPLE -- TO PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK AND PROCEDURAL GAMES HAVE KILLED IT. TO THE GREAT CONCERN OF NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURES AND THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO NAME A COUPLE. SO THIS AFTERNOON, I WANT YOU TO COME DOWN HERE AS QUICK AS YOU CAN, WHEREVER YOU ARE AND PUT YOUR YES IN HERE SO THAT WE CAN GET THIS DONE AND TO GE CHAIRMAN MILLER THE OPPORTUNITY TO USE THIS DEPOSITION AUTHORITY WITH HIS STAFF. TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS MINE DISASTER. WE HAVE MANY DISASTERS OF ALL STRIPES THAT WE'RE WORKING ON. AS YOU KNOW. AND DON'T BE HELD UP BY WHAT WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH HERE TODAY. THERE'S NO QUESTION ABOUT IT, IT'S NONGERMANE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I CALL THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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  • 03:41:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME AND…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME AND ORDERS THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE EVIOUS QUESTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE HENRY HAPPENARNOLD AND OMAR BRADLEY. ALUMNI OF FORT KANSAS, TO COINCIDE WITH THE CELEBRATION OF T 102ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY COMMAND ANGENERAL STAFF COLLEGE.

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  • 04:25:15 PM

    THE CLERK

    RESOLUTION 1339, RESOLUTION EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR DESIGNATION OF MAY AS…

    RESOLUTION 1339, RESOLUTION EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR DESIGNATION OF MAY AS NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH AND ACKNOWLEDGING THE RESPONSIBILITY THAT CONGRESS HAS TO PROMOTE SAFETY, WELL-BEING, IMPROVINGED OUTCOMES AND PERMANENCY FOR E NATION'S COLLECT OF CHILDREN.

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  • 04:25:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF SUSPENDING THE RULES AND AGREEING TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1324 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 04:25:54 PM

    THE CLERK

    RESOLUTION 1324, RESOLUTION EXPRESSING CONDOLENCES AND SYMPATHIES FOR THE…

    RESOLUTION 1324, RESOLUTION EXPRESSING CONDOLENCES AND SYMPATHIES FOR THE PEOPLE OF CHINA FOLLOWING THE TRAGIC EARTHQUAKE IN THE QINGHAI PROVINCE OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA.

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  • 04:26:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 04:28:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE FOR THE PURPOSE OF INQUIRING ABOUT NEXT WEEK'S…

    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE FOR THE PURPOSE OF INQUIRING ABOUT NEXT WEEK'S SCHEDULE.

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  • 04:28:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 04:28:42 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    THE SPEAKER AND I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THE MAJORITY…

    THE SPEAKER AND I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THE MAJORITY LEADER, FOR THE PURPOSES OF ANNOUNCING NEXT WEEK'S SCHEDULE.

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  • 04:28:47 PM

    MR. HOYER

    I THANK THE REPUBLICAN WHIP FOR YIELDING. ON MONDAY THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT…

    I THANK THE REPUBLICAN WHIP FOR YIELDING. ON MONDAY THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT 12:30 P.M. FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE AND 2:00 P.M. FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS WITH VOTES POSTPONED UNTIL 6:30 P.M. ON TUESDAY THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT 10:30 A.M. FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE AND 12:00 P.M. FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT 10:00 A.M. FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS AND ON FRIDAY THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT 9:00 A.M. WE WILL CONSIDER SEVERAL BILLS UNDER SUSPENSION OF THE RULES AS IS USUAL AND THE COMPLETE LIST OF SUSPENSION BILLS WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS TOMORROW. IN ADDITION WE WILL CONSIDER SENATE AMENDMENTS TO H.R. 4213, THE AMERICAN JOBS CLOSING TAX LOOPHOLES AND PREVENTING OUTSOURCING ACT, AND H.R. 5136, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011. AND WE WILL TAKE FURTHER ACTION ON THE AMERICAN COMPETES LEGISLATION TO MAKE OUR ECONOMY MORE VIBRANT AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:29:45 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I'D ASK WITH THE MEMORIAL DAY RECESS BEGINNING…

    THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I'D ASK WITH THE MEMORIAL DAY RECESS BEGINNING THE WEEK AFTER NEXT, DOES THE GENTLEMAN EXPECT THE HOUSE TO BE IN SESSION NEXT FRIDAY? AND I YIELD.

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  • 04:29:57 PM

    MR. HOYER

    RESERVE THAT DAY FOR SESSION AND I'VE URGED MEMBERS -- WOULD URGE MEMBERS…

    RESERVE THAT DAY FOR SESSION AND I'VE URGED MEMBERS -- WOULD URGE MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES NOW TO RESERVE THAT DAY, NOT TO PLAN FOR THAT DAY. CARLY IF WE CAN COMPLETE THE WEEK'S BUSINESS THEN WE WILL NOT HAVE TO MEET BUT I REMIND THE GENTLEMAN, AS I'M SURE HE KNOWS, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF ITEMS THAT HAVE EXPIRATION DATES EITHER ON THE 31ST OF MAY OR THE FIRST OF JUNE. UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, COBRA HEALTH INSURANCE, THE SUSTAINABLE GROWTH RATES FOR DOCTORS' REIMBURSEMENT FOR SERVICES AND OTHER ITEMS THAT ARE CRITICAL TO CONTINUE. SO THAT I DO NOT WANT TO GIVE AWAY FRIDAY BECAUSE IT IS THE LAST DAY WE'LL BE HERE FOR 10 DAYS AND THEREFORE WE NEED TO ADDRESS THOSE ISSUES AND I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 04:31:00 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL IS UP NEXT WEEK AND MEMBERS EXPECT DEBATE…

    THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL IS UP NEXT WEEK AND MEMBERS EXPECT DEBATE ON AMENDMENTS AND THERE ARE A LARGE NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER. DOES THE GENTLEMAN EXPECT TO FOLLOW THAT PRECEDENT AND LENGTHY NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS AND DISCUSSION ON THE HOUSE FLOOR NEXT WEEK?

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  • 04:31:23 PM

    MR. HOYER

    TO TAKE SUCH TIME AS IS NECESSARY TO COMPLETE THE APPROPRIATE DEBATE ON…

    TO TAKE SUCH TIME AS IS NECESSARY TO COMPLETE THE APPROPRIATE DEBATE ON THAT BILL. IF WE CAN DO IT IN ONE DAY, IF IT TAKES MORE THAN THAT, WE WILL ALLOT MORE TIME.

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  • 04:31:35 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    DID NOT MENTION IN NEXT WEEK'S SCHEDULE, A BUDGET RESOLUTION AS WELL AS…

    DID NOT MENTION IN NEXT WEEK'S SCHEDULE, A BUDGET RESOLUTION AS WELL AS TROOP FUNDING SUPPLEMENTAL AND WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE GENTLEMAN WHETHER HE EXPECTS EITHER OF THESE TWO ITEMS TO COME TO THE FLOOR NEXT WEEK, AND I YIELD?

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  • 04:31:54 PM

    MR. HOYER

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS QUESTION. WITH RESPECT TO THE BUDGET, AS THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS QUESTION. WITH RESPECT TO THE BUDGET, AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS, I WANT TO SEE A BUDGET MOVE FORWARD. MR. SPRATT HAS BEEN WORKING VERY HARD TO TRY TO SEE IF WE CAN REACH CONSENSUS ON THE PARAMETERS OF SUCH BUDGET. HE CONTINUES TO DO THAT. I FRANKLY WANT TO TELL THE GENTLEMAN HONESTLY THAT MY ASSESSMENT IS THAT PROBABLY WILL NOT BE DONE BY THURSDAY OR WEDNESDAY OF NEXT WEEK AND THEREFORE, EVEN IF IT WAS COMPLETED WEDNESDAY, NOT APPROPRIATE TIME FOR NOTICE TO BE GIVEN SO THAT MY EXPECTATION IS IT WILL NOT BE DONE NEXT WEEK. BUT MY EXPECTATION IS THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK ON THAT AND DO THAT SHORTLY AFTER WE RETURN.

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  • 04:32:39 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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    MR. HOYER

    ASKED ANOTHER QUESTION. ON THE WAR SUPPLEMENTAL, VERY IMPORTANT BILL THAT…

    ASKED ANOTHER QUESTION. ON THE WAR SUPPLEMENTAL, VERY IMPORTANT BILL THAT THE GENTLEMAN AND I ARE VERY INTERESTED IN. THE SENATE HAS MARKED UP. CHAIRMAN OBEY IS WORKING TO GET THE BILL READY FOR COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION AND IT IS POSSIBLE THAT WE WOULD CONSIDER THAT NEXT WEEK IF, IN FACT, MR. OBEY AND THE COMMITTEE ARE READY TO REPORT THAT OUT.

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  • 04:33:08 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE VOTED TODAY ON THE FIRST YOU…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE VOTED TODAY ON THE FIRST YOU CUT PROPOSAL, A SPENDING CUT SELECTED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. UNFORTUNATELY, ONLY NINE MEMBERS FROM THE GENTLEMAN'S SIDE OF THE AISLE JOINED WITH ALL REPUBLICANS IN VOTING TO SAVE THE TAXPAYERS $2.5 BILLION. I WISH MORE HAD VOTED WITH REPUBLICANS. THE GOOD NEWS IS, MEMBERS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON ANOTHER CUT AGAIN NEXT WEEK. RIGHT NOW AS WE SPEAK, MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS ARE CASTING THEIR VOTES AT THE YOU CUT WEBSITE WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE THE HOUSE TO CUT NEXT WEEK. IN KEEPING WITH THE GENTLEMAN'S ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT NEXT WEEK'S FLOOR SCHEDULE. THE HOUSE WILL VOTE ON ONE OF THESE FIVE SPENDING CUT PROPOSALS NEXT WEEK. FIRST, TO ELIMINATE THE BYRD HONOR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. SECOND, STOP THE PROPOSED FEDERAL EMPLOYEE PAY RAISE NEXT YEAR, A POTENTIAL $30 BILLION WORTH OF SAVINGS. THIRD, TO SUSPEND THE FEDERAL LAND PURCHASES, A $2.6 BILLION POTENTIAL SAVINGS, MR. SPEAKER. FOURTH, ABILITY TO TERMINATE U.S. FUNDING FOR UNESCO FOR $810 MILLION WORTH OF SAVINGS OR FIFTH, A MOVE TO ELIMINATE MO HAIR SUBSIDIES, SOMETHING THAT WOULD SAVE THE TAXPAYERS $10 MILLION. THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS ABOUT THIS PROGRAM. IT IS NOTHING BUT AN ATTEMPT FOR US TO TRY AND CHANGE THE CULTURE HERE IN WASHINGTON TOWARDS ONE OF SAVING TAXPAYER DOLLARS, REDUCING THE DEFICIT SHOULD BE A BIPARTISAN EFFORT AND WE WOULD HOPE THE GENTLEMAN AND HIS COLLEAGUES WOULD JOIWITH US AS WE BRING UP THE NEXT YOU CUT PROPOSAL NEXT WEEK.

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  • 04:35:05 PM

    MR. HOYER

    GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. HOYER

    DID ATTEMPT TO PURSUE SOME MEANINGFUL RESTRAINTS LAST WEEK AND…

    DID ATTEMPT TO PURSUE SOME MEANINGFUL RESTRAINTS LAST WEEK AND UNFORTUNATELY WE COULDN'T GET AGREEMENT TO DO SO ON YOUR SIDE OF THE AISLE. HAVING SAID THAT, WE CERTAINLY AGREE THAT WE NEED TO GET A HANDLE ON THE EXTRAORDINARY DEFICIT PICTURE THAT CONFRONTS US. I KNOW I'M REPETITIVE, BUT IN 2001, PRESIDENT BUSH CAME BEFORE THE CONGRESS AND SAID WE HAVE A $5.6 TRILLION SURPLUS. UNFORTUNATELY, THAT $5.6 TRILLION SURPLUS WAS ELIMINATED. AND, IN FACT, $5 TRILLION OF ADDITIONAL DEFICIT WAS INCURRED GIVING US A $10 TRILLION DEFICIT WHEN THIS ADMINISTRATION TOOK OVER. THAT'S UNFORTUNATE. I WILL TELL THE GENTLEMAN AND AS HE KNOWS, HE AND OTHERS HAVE VOTED FOR TRILLIONS, THAT'S WITH A T OF DOLLARS OF UNFUNDED LIABILITIES FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, EITHER REDUCTION IN REVENUES, WHICH YOU SAY WILL GROW THE ECONOMY. UNFORTUNATELY, IT DID NOT. OR PRESCRIPTION DRUG BILL, WHICH WAS NOT PAID FOR, WHICH WAS HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, NOT MINIMAL DOLLARS. BUT WE ARE INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH YOU IN A MEANINGFUL WAY, NOT IN PROCEDURAL VOTE WAYS, BUT IN MEANINGFUL WAYS TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT THAT CONFRONTS US, INCLUDING REDUCING AREAS OF SPENDING, WHICH WE THINK IS APPROPRIATE. WITH RESPECT TO THE MOTION THAT YOU MADE TODAY, A PROCEDURAL MOTION, MAYBE A REAL MOTION AND OF COURSE MANY OF THOSE PROGRAMS WERE IN EXISTENCE FOR THE 12 YEARS THAT YOU CONTROLLED THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES AS THE GENTLEMAN WELL KNOWS. THE MOTION TODAY, OF COURSE, WOULD HAVE AFFECTED THE PROGRAM WHICH WE BELIEVE WOULD HAVE CREATED 185,000 JOBS. WE THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT IN AN ECONOMY THAT IS STILL STRUGGLING TO GET JOBS BACK. BUT WE APPLAUD THE EFFORTS TO BRING FORWARD MEANINGFUL, IMPORTANT IDEAS. UNFORTUNATELY, THAT HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN OUR EXPERIENCE. I'M SURE YOU READ THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF MOTIONS TO RECOMMIT THAT HAVE BEEN MADE. NOW WE ARE ON TO PREVIOUS QUESTIONS NOW. BUT MOTIONS TO RECOMMIT, NORM ORNSTEIN WROTE AN ARTICLE THE OTHER DAY AND SAID THE UNFORTUNATE FACT IS THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH INSTRUCTIONS HAS FOR MORE THAN A DECADE BEEN A HOLLOW VEHICLE AND FARCE. THE AMERICAN PUBLIC DOESN'T WANT TO SEE US PARTICIPATE IN HOLLOW VEHICLES. WHAT THEY WANT US TO SEE IS WORK TOGETHER IN REAL WAYS TO AFFECT THE KIND OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY THAT WE HAD IN THE 1990'S. AND UNFORTUNATELY, WE DID NOT HAVE IN THE LAST DECADE. WE NEED TO RETURN TO THAT. WE HAVE, AS YOU KNOW, TAKEN VERY SUBSTANTIVE STEPS. ONE WAS TO PAY FOR WHAT WE BUY, NOT A PREVIOUS QUESTION. LEGISLATION ON THIS FLOOR THAT SAID WE WERE GOING TO PAY FOR WHAT WE BUY. PUT IN PLACE IN A BIPARTISAN WAY WITH MR. BUSH AND MR. GEPHARDT LEADING THE WAY AND OTHERS. AGAIN ADOPTED IN A BIPARTISAN WAY WITH MR. GINGRICH AND MR. CLINTON, PRESIDENT CLINTON WORKING TOGETHER. AND THEN, JETTISON, NOT UNDER YOUR PERSONAL LEADERSHIP, BUT THE LEADERSHIP OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN 2001, 2002 AND 2003 IN WHICH WE SAID NO, WE DON'T BELIEVE PAYING FOR WHAT WE BUY IS THE POLICY WE ARE GOING TO PURSUE. YOU DIDN'T PURSUE. YOU CREATED LARGE DEFICITS EVERY YEAR YOU CONTROLLED THE HOUSE, SENATE, PRESIDENCY, EVERY YEAR, WITHOUT FAIL. SO I TELL MY FRIEND THAT WE WANT TO JOIN TOGETHER IN REAL EFFORTS. WE'RE SORRY IN A PARTISAN WAY PAY-GO WAS JETTISONED. THE COMMISSION THAT THE PRESIDENT ESTABLISHED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER DIDN'T PASS BECAUSE SO MANY OF THE COLLEAGUES WHO SAID THEY WERE FOR THE IDEA TO PROPOSE REAL RESTRAINT IN SPENDING, NOT ONLY IN TERMS OF DISCRETIONARY DOLLARS BUT IN TERMS OF ENTITLEMENT DOLLARS THAT SO MANY OF YOUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE OPPOSE THAT AND AS A RESULT, WE DON'T HAVE A STATUTORY COMMISSION, WE HAVE A PRESIDENTLY APPOINTED COMMISSION. I'M HOPEFUL THEY WILL MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS, OUR MEMBERS AND YOUR MEMBERS WILL JOIN TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS. MR. REID, THE LEADER IN THE SENATE AND SPEAKER PELOSI HAVE INDICATED THEY WILL PUT THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE FLOOR. THE SENATE PASSES THEM, WE'LL PUT THEM ON THE FLOOR HERE. HOPEFULLY WE WILL WORK TOGETHER, EVEN THOUGH THERE MAY BE DISAGREEMENT ON THE PROCESS THAT IS BEING PURSUED. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:40:54 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, THE GENTLEMAN LOVES TO TALK ABOUT…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, THE GENTLEMAN LOVES TO TALK ABOUT SPENDING UNDER THE BUSH YEARS AND UNDER THE YEARS THAT OUR PARTY CONTROLLED CONGRESS. I FIND IT IRONIC AT THIS POINT TO TALK ABOUT THE INABILITY TO CONTROL SPENDING WHEN IT IS HIS PARTY AND THE MAJORITY CURRENTLY THAT IS UNABLE TO PRODUCE A BUDGET. AND HE AND I HAVE HAD DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE INABILITY OF THIS HOUSE TO DO ITS WORK AND I KNOW THE GENTLEMAN RECALLS BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN REPORTED BEFORE THAT HE HIMSELF SAYS THAT WHEN WE ARE UNABLE TO PASS THE BUDGET AND I QUOTE, IT IS FAILING TO MEET THE MOST BASIC RESPONSIBILITY OF GOVERNING, THAT IS ENACTING A BUDGET. IN THE SAME WAY THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. SPRATT, SAID, QUOTE, IF YOU CAN'T BUDGET, YOU CAN'T GOVERN. IN A PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM, IT IS MORE THAN AN ADDAGE.

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  • 04:41:56 PM

    MR. HOYER

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? . CANTOR: NOT YET.

  • 04:42:01 PM

    MR. HOYER

    WITH BOTH OF THOSE STATEMENTS.

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    MR. CANTOR

    INSTEAD OF CASTING STONES AND POINTING BLAME AND SAYING YOU DID THIS, I…

    INSTEAD OF CASTING STONES AND POINTING BLAME AND SAYING YOU DID THIS, I BELIEVE IT IS MOST IMPORTANT FOR US TO RECOGNIZE NOW THE FAILURE OF THIS BODY TO DO WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT US TO DO TO CONTROL SPENDING AND THAT IS TO PRODUCE A BUDGET. MR. SPEAKER, I GO ON TO SAY, THE GENTLEMAN WAS QUICK TO -- IF I COULD SAY MALIGN THE ATTEMPT TO REDUCE THE $2.4 BILLION PROGRAM UNDER THE EXPANDED WELFARE PROGRAM UNDER THE STIMULUS BILL THAT WE JUST HAD A VOTE ON. THERE WERE NINE MEMBERS, MR. BRIGHT, MR. DONNELLY, MS. KIRKPATRICK, MR. MITCHELL, MR. NYE AND MR. TAYLOR, THESE INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS FELT THAT PERHAPS WE WERE AND DID HAVE A VALID POINT TO MAKE THAT WE OUGHT TO BE CUTTING SPENDING RIGHT NOW. AND I WOULD SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN, PERHAPS HE'S SUGGESTING THAT THESE INDIVIDUALS VOTED TO KILL 185,000 JOBS. I WOULDN'T SAY THAT THOSE MEMBERS DID TRY TO DO THAT IN THAT VOTE. AGAIN, I WOULD JUST ASK THE GENTLEMAN WHETHER THAT WAS HIS INTENTION. I WOULDN'T THINK HIS MEMBERS WOULD VOTE TO KILL JOBS. I WOULD SAY MORE,

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  • 04:43:25 PM

    MR. HOYER

    I YIELD.

  • 04:43:29 PM

    MR. HOYER

    IS A LOT OF CONCERN AND WE ALL KNOW THIS, 70-SECOND GOTCHA ADS ON…

    IS A LOT OF CONCERN AND WE ALL KNOW THIS, 70-SECOND GOTCHA ADS ON TELEVISION WHICH DON'T DISCUSSION THE RAMIFICATIONS OF ACTIONS. THE BILL THAT PASSED, PASSED OVERWHELMINGLY. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WOULD HAVE STOPPED THAT BILL GOING FORWARD. OBVIOUSLY WHEN YOU WERE IN CONTROL, YOU WANTED THE PREVIOUS QUESTION PASSED SO YOU COULD MOVE YOUR SUBSTANTIVE LEGISLATION FORWARD. NO DIFFERENCE OVER HERE, BUT THE GOTCHA ADS ARE SOMETHING IN THE MINDS OF EVERYBODY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE.

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  • 04:44:11 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    MY TIME. THERE IS NO GOTCHA ADS. THERE WAS A STATEMENT THAT SAID THAT…

    MY TIME. THERE IS NO GOTCHA ADS. THERE WAS A STATEMENT THAT SAID THAT THPROGRAM WE WERE ATTEMPTING TO CUT WAS A PROGRAM THAT COULD CREATE OR HAS CREATED 185,000 JOBS. AND I WOULD SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN NINE OF HIS MEMBERS VOTED WITH US ON THAT VOTE. I WOULD ASK THE GENTLEMAN DID THOSE NINE MEMBERS VOTED TO KILL 185,000 JOBS THE WAY IN HIS STATEMENT THAT HE IMPLIED THAT'S WHAT THE REPUBLICANS INTENDED TO DO?

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  • 04:44:48 PM

    MR. HOYER

    DON'T BELIEVE THIS IS A REAL VOTE. WE ARE COGNIZANT OF WHY IT'S BEING…

    DON'T BELIEVE THIS IS A REAL VOTE. WE ARE COGNIZANT OF WHY IT'S BEING DONE. BUT THE 185,000 JOBS CLEARLY, THOSE NINE MEMBERS THAT YOU REFERENCED DID NOT VOTE TO ELIMINATE 185,000 JOBS. BUT ALL YOUR MEMBERS DID. AND THE REASON THE DIFFERENCE IS BECAUSE YOU AREN'T GOING TO RUN ADS AGAINST YOUR MEMBERS. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, IF YOU WANT TO DO REAL THINGS TO CREATE REAL JOBS, WE'RE PREPARED TO WORK WITH YOU. WE BELIEVE THE PROGRAM YOU WANT TODD ELIMINATE DOES IN FACT SCORE AT CREATING 185,000 JOBS. YOU CALL IT WELFARE. WE CALL IT WORK. WE THINK IT WAS AN APPROPRIATE EXPENDITURE. AS THE GENTLEMAN MAY KNOW, WE HAVE THAT EXPENDITURE IN OUR JOBS BILL. WHY? BECAUSE IT'S SCORED TO CREATE 185,000 JOBS, PUT PEOPLE TO WORK, ALLOW THEM TO SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES, ALLOW THEM TO LIVE WITH SOME DEGREE OF DIGNITY AND WE THINK THAT'S APPROPRIATE IN A VERY, VERY STRAINED ECONOMY TO THIS DATE. WE'RE COMING BACK, BUT AS WE HAVE SEEN LATELY, IT IS FRAGILE AND OIL CAUSES PROBLEM IN TERMS OF CONFIDENCE AND WE NEED TO KEEP CONFIDENCE UP AND NOT MAKE THE MISTAKES MADE IN THE PAST. .

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  • 04:46:22 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    OF DEBATE THAT WE ARE HAVING SHOULD BE THE KIND OF DEBATE WE ARE HAVING ON…

    OF DEBATE THAT WE ARE HAVING SHOULD BE THE KIND OF DEBATE WE ARE HAVING ON THIS FLOOR EVERY DAY, NOT VOTING FOR POST OFFICES AND NAMING FEDERAL BUILDINGS. THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS THE REASON --

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  • 04:46:36 PM

    MR. HOYER

    I YIELD.

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    MR. HOYER

    WANT ME -- AS YOU KNOW, I SCHEDULE THE LEGISLATION. ARE YOU ASKING ME NOT…

    WANT ME -- AS YOU KNOW, I SCHEDULE THE LEGISLATION. ARE YOU ASKING ME NOT TO SCHEDULE THE 40% OF THOSE POST OFFICE BUILDINGS THAT YOUR MEMBERS ARE REQUESTING? IF YOU ARE, I WILL NOT SCHEDULE THEM. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:46:54 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    WHAT I AM ASKING THE GENTLEMAN TO DO IS TO WORK WITH US IN BRINGING TO THE…

    WHAT I AM ASKING THE GENTLEMAN TO DO IS TO WORK WITH US IN BRINGING TO THE FLOOR AND SCHEDULING BILLS THAT ACTUALLY REDUCE SPENDING HERE IN WASHINGTON. BECAUSE THE GENTLEMAN INDICATED THAT HE KNOWS WHY ALL THIS IS BEING DONE. AND I THINK THAT PERHAPS MAYBE HE'S THINKING IT'S BEING DONE UNDER THE OLD NSTRUCT. WHERE WE ARE NOW, MR. SPEAKER, IN MY OPINION IS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT SOME ACCOUNTABILITY HERE IN WASHINGTON. THEY WANT TO US STOP SPENDING MONEY WE DON'T HAVE. THE REASON WHY WE LAUNCHED THE PROGRAM IS, NUMBER ONE, WE WANT TO SAY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE'RE LISTENING. THAT WE'RE NOT SETTING ASIDE THEIR WISHES AND THEIR DESIRES THAT WE CARE ABOUT WHAT THEY THINK. THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT. IT'S ABOUT EMPOWERING FOLKS TO GO ONLINE AND TO TELL US WHAT THEY THINK, GIVEN THE OPTIONS PRESENTED, TO CUT THE FEDERAL BUDGET DEFICIT. THAT'S WHY WE'RE DOING THIS PROGRAM, MR. SPEAKER. AND THAT'S WHAT YOU CUT IS ALL ABOUT. NOW, I WOULD SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN, NOT ONE BILL ON THE FLOOR THIS WEEK CUT A SINGLE DOLLAR FROM THE FEDERAL DEFICIT. THAT'S WHY WE BROUGHT THIS PROPOSAL UP. NOW, WHY WE CHOSE THE P.Q.? I THINK THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS THAT THE RULES PUT IN PLACE MAKE IT SO THAT THE MINORITY HAS NO OTHER WAY TO DEPOSIT THEIR ALTERNATIVES OR DEPOSIT WISHES THAT WE MAY HAVE OTHER THAN TO USE THE P.Q. AND THAT'S WHY WE ELECTED THIS. IF THE GENTLEMAN WANTS TO SCHEDULE A BILL THAT WE ARE DISCUSSING ON SUBSTANTIVE GROUNDS, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE ABOUT. BRING THESE BILLS TO THE FLOOR FOR OPEN AND FAIR DEBATE. AND LASTLY, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN, HE MENTIONS THE DISAPPOINTMENT THAT HE HAD OVER SOME ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE AND SOME ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BUILDING NOT SUPPORTING THE PRESIDENT'S COMMISSION, TRUSTING THE FCAL OUTLOOK FOR THIS COUNTRY. THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS WELL THE REASON WHY MANY MEMBERS ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE REFUSE TO PARTICIPATE IN THAT VOTE WAS BECAUSE IN FACT THE FOCUS WAS NOT GOING TO BE ON THAT COMMISSION CUTTING SPENDING. WE THINK THAT WASHINGTON DOESN'T HAVE A REVENUE PROBLEM. WE HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM HERE. SO WHY COULDN'T WE JUST SET ASIDE THE NEED FOR ADDITIONAL REVENUES, PUT THAT OFF THE TABLE AND FOCUS ON SPENDING? AGAIN, THAT'S WHAT THE YOU CUT PROGRAM IS ABOUT, THAT'S WHY WE'RE BRINGING THESE THINGS TO THE FLOOR AND I WOULD HOPE THAT THE GENTLEMAN COULD JOIN US IN DEMONSTRATING THAT WE'RE LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE AND ACTUALLY MOVING TOWARDS A SENSE OF FISCAL DISCIPLINE HERE IN WASHINGTON.

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  • 04:49:35 PM

    MR. HOYER

    I YIELD.

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    MR. HOYER

    THE GENTLEMAN, THERE IS A MEMBER ON YOUR SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO HAS IN MY…

    THE GENTLEMAN, THERE IS A MEMBER ON YOUR SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO HAS IN MY OPINION A VERY THOUGHTFUL, COURAGEOUS AND SUBSTANTIVE PROPOSAL. I HAPPEN NOT TO AGREE WITH IT. BUT I THINK IT IS A COURAGEOUS, HONEST, INTELLECTUALLY HONEST PROPOSAL. AND THAT IS MR. RYAN WHO'S THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE. IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD LIKE TO US PUT THAT BUDGET ON THE FLOOR, WHICH IS FROM HIS CHAIR, WHEN HE WAS IN THE MAJORITY, OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, THAT IS A REALLY SUBSTANTIVE PROPOSAL. AGAIN, I DON'T AGREE WITH IT BUT I THINK IT INTELLECTUALLY IS AN HONEST, EFFECTIVE PROPOSAL TO DEAL WITH A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM. NOT A LITTLE PROBLEM. BUT A $1 TRILLION PROGRAM -- PROBLEM. NOT A LITTLE PROBLEM THAT SOUNDS GOOD IN SOUND BITES BUT IS NOT GOING TO GET TO US WHERE WE NEED TO BE. I THINK MR. RYAN HAS SUCH A PROPOSAL AND I CERTAINLY WOULD URGE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE TO AGREE TO MAKE SURE THAT'S ON THE FLOOR BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT IS A SUBSTANTIVE PROPOSAL. THE GENTLEMAN SAYS WE DON'T PUT SUBSTANTIVE PROPOSALS ON THE FLOOR. THAT'S MADE BY THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, ONE OF THE LEADERS OF HIS PARTY, REPRESENTING YOUR PARTY ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE AND I WOULD BE GLAD TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE THAT PROPOSAL ON THE FLOOR.

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  • 04:51:10 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    SPEAKER THAT THE GENTLEMAN SUGGESTS THAT OUR RANKING MEMBER ON THE BUDGET…

    SPEAKER THAT THE GENTLEMAN SUGGESTS THAT OUR RANKING MEMBER ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MR. RYAN, WROTE THAT PROPOSAL AS THE BUDGET. THAT'S NOT THE BUDGET. THAT'S A 75-YEAR DOCUMENT. THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS, IF HE'S LOOKED AT THAT, IS A PLAN TO TRY AND ADDRESS THE VERY REAL FISCAL CHALLENGES THAT THIS COUNTRY FACES.

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  • 04:51:33 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    THIS CONGRESS IS TO GO ABOUT TRYING TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS THROUGH THE…

    THIS CONGRESS IS TO GO ABOUT TRYING TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS THROUGH THE PROCESSES THAT HIS PARTY HAS PUT IN PLACE. RIGHT NOW PRIORITY ONE SHOULD BE A BUDGET. OK? SO IF THE GENTLEMAN IS SUGGESTING THAT PERHAPS WE BRING MR. RYAN'S ROAD MAP BILL TO THE FLOOR, 75-YEAR DOCUMENT, HOW IS THAT EVEN SOMETHING THAT WE COULD EECT IS A SERIOUS GESTURE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE FISCAL NEEDS THIS COUNTRY HAS WHEN HIS PARTY CAN'T EVEN PRODUCE A BUDGET FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR? SO, AGAIN, I SAY, MR. SPEAKER, LET'S GET SERIOUS NOW. WE CAN AGREE, THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS WE CAN AGREE ON. THE BUDGET CUT THAT WE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR TODAY IS SOMETHING THAT I BELIEVE UP OR DOWN, IF HIS MEMBERS WERE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON AGAIN AND THINK ABOUT WITHOUT BEING TAINLTED BY SOME ACCUSATION THAT IT MAY NOT BE FOR REAL, THESE ARE CUTS THAT ARE SERIOUS. WE'VE GOT TO START SOMEWHERE. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SAID, START HERE. SO THIS IS WHAT WE'RE ABOUT, MR. SPEAKER. AND I'D ASK THE GENTLEMAN TO WORK WITH US AND BRING THESE TYPES OF CUTS TO THE FLOOR. IF THE GENTLEMAN'S REALLY SAYING THAT $2.5 BILLION IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WE COULD START WITH, AS IF THAT'S NO MONEY, I KNOW HE DOESN'T MEAN THAT, AND ONLY IN WASHINGTON SOMEHOW HAS THAT BECOME A SENSE THAT $2.5 BILLION IS NOT REAL MONEY. OF COURSE IT IS. BUT WE'VE GOT TO FIND WAYS TO WORK TOGETHER AND IF THE GENTLEMAN SAYS HE'LL BRING UP, YOU KNOW THIS BILL IS UP BUT HE CAN'T SUPPORT IT, THEN THE PURPOSE IS NOT FOR US TO WORK TOGETHER. WE'VE GOT TO WORK TOGETHER TO FIND A WAY TO SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS AND I YIELD.

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  • 04:53:21 PM

    MR. HOYER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I TAKE THAT AS A NO. THAT YOU'RE NOT…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I TAKE THAT AS A NO. THAT YOU'RE NOT INTERESTED IN HAVING THAT BILL BROUGHT UP. BUT, $2.5 LLION IS A LOT OF MONEY. AND TO THE EXTENT WE CUT $2.5 BILLION OR $2.5 MILLION, WE OUGHT TO DO IT. YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON THAT $2.4 BILLION, 185,000 JOB CREATION BILL PROBABLY NEXT WEEK. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE IT ON THE FLOOR. SO YOU'LL HAVE A CHANCE TO VOTE ON THAT, I TELL MY FRIEND. WE DO WANT TO WORK TGETHER. AND THE REASON I KEEP BRINGING UP NOT IS TO BLAME. I SAID THIS A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO. NOT TO BLAME BUT TO POINT OUT THE FAILURE OF THE PREMISE UNDER WHICH YOU HAVE OPERATED TO DO WHAT YOU SAID IT WAS GOING TO DO. CREATE JOBS, LOWER THE DEFICIT. IN FACT, IT DID THE OPPOSITE. WE FOLLOWED THAT ECONOMIC POLICY FOR SIX YEARS, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC SAID, WE DON'T LIKE THIS. AND WE COULDN'T CHANGE IT BECAUSE PRESIDENT BUSH DIDN'T WANT TO CHANGE IT. IN 2008 THEY SAID, WE WANT NEW LEADERSHIP. UNFORTUNATELY THE LEGACY WE WERE LEFT WAS A -- THE DEEPEST ECONOMIC RECESSION AS A RESULT OF THOSE POLICIES THAT THIS COUNTRY HAS SEEN IN 75 YEARS. WE'RE TRYING TO DIG OUT. IT'S DIFFICULT TO DIG OUT. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY, HOWEVER, TO MAKE THE TOUGH DECISIONS TO DIG OUT. YOU AND I MADE A TOUGH DECISION AT PRESIDENT BUSH'S REQUEST IN SEPTEMBER. IN FEBRUARY WE HAD TO MAKE ANOTHER TOUGH DECISION, YOU AND I DISAGREED ON THAT. AND THAT WAS TRYING TO PUT MONEY INTO THE ECONOMY, TRY TO STABILIZE IT, BRING JOBS BACK. I SUGGEST TO THE GENTLEMAN THAT THAT IS WORKING. IT'S NOT WORKING AS WELL AS WE WOULD HAVE LIKED, BUT WE'VE HAD FOUR MONTHS OF JOB GROWTH. THOSE FOUR MONTHS, IF THEY'RE REPLICATED OVER THE NEXT 2/3 OF THE YEAR, WOULD CREATE MORE JOBS, MORE JOBS THAN WERE CREATED IN THE 96 MONTHS OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. 1.7 MILLION JOBS. ONE MILLION WERE CREATED DURING THE ENTIRE EIGHT YEARS OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION NET. WE HAVE A HOLE, WE NEED TO DIG OUT. THE GENTLEMAN IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. TO THE EXTENT THAT WE DIG TOGETHER, AMERICA WILL GET BETTER. WE WANT TO DO THAT.

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  • 04:55:47 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND AGAIN I WOULD RESPOND BY SAYING IT IS JUST NOT…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND AGAIN I WOULD RESPOND BY SAYING IT IS JUST NOT ALL THAT BLACK AND WHITE AND HE KNOWS IT. THERE IS NO WAY THAT THE BLAME FOR WHAT HAPPENED CAN GO SINGLY TO ONE PARTY, ONE ADMINISTRATION OR WHAT HAVE YOU. WE ALL HAVE TO COME HERE WITH THE BEST OF INTENTIONS TO WORK TOGETHER AND TO POINT TO THE GOOD IN THIS COUNTRY AND WHAT MADE US WHO WE ARE AND THAT IS THE FREEDOM AND THE ECONOMIC FREEDOM AFFORDED BY OUR SYSTEM, THAT IS THE PRINCIPLES BY WHICH WE COME TO THIS BUILDING, MR. SPEAKER, AND SOME OF US HAVE A STRONG OBJECTION TO THE INCREASING SENSE THAT SOMEHOW WE'VE GOT ALL THE ANSWERS HERE IN WASHINGTON, THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE. I'M GLAD TO HEAR THAT THE GENTLEMAN'S GOING TO BRING SOME YOU CUT PROPOSALS TO THE FLOOR. THAT'S A GREAT START. WE NEED TO KEEP GOING, LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE, DOING WHAT IT IS THEY EXPECT WHICH IS TO GET THIS FEDERAL SPENDING UNDER CONTROL. MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING I WOULD -- I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING -- I YIELD.

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  • 04:56:52 PM

    MR. HOYER

    BRING THE PROPOSAL TO CREATE THOSE JOBS TO THE FLOOR. NOT TO CUT IT, BUT…

    BRING THE PROPOSAL TO CREATE THOSE JOBS TO THE FLOOR. NOT TO CUT IT, BUT TO SPEND IT BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THAT THAT WILL CREATE 185,000 JOBS. I JUST DIDN'T WANT TO BE MISCONSTRUED IN WHAT I SAID. THE GENTLEMAN WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOTAGAINST THAT, OF COURSE.

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  • 04:57:09 PM

    MR. CANTOR

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RISE?

  • 04:58:06 PM

    MR. HOYER

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TOMORROW IT ADJOURN…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TOMORROW IT ADJOURN TO MEET AT 12:30 P.M. ON MONDAY NEXT FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE AND WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS ON THAT DAY IT ADJOURN TO MEET AT 10:30 A.M. ON TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2010, FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE.

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  • 04:58:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

  • 04:58:42 PM

    THE CLERK

    REPRESENTATIVES, MADAM, THIS LETTER IS TO INFORM YOU THAT I HAVE SENT THE…

    REPRESENTATIVES, MADAM, THIS LETTER IS TO INFORM YOU THAT I HAVE SENT THE ENCLOSED LETTER TO GOVERNOR MITCH DANIELS OF INDIANA, RESIGNING MY OFFICE AS THE UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE THIRD DISTRICT OF INDIANA, EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010. IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR AND A PRIVILEGE TO SERVE THE PEOPLE OF INDIANA. SIGNED SINCERELY, MARK E. SOUDER, MEMBER OF CONGRESS.

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  • 04:59:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

  • 04:59:16 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, MADAM, I WRITE TO…

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, MADAM, I WRITE TO FORMALLY NOTIFY YOU THAT I HAVE BEEN SERVED WITH A SUBPOENA FOR TESTIMONY ISSUED BY THE U.S. DISTCT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS IN A CRIMINAL CASE PENDING THERE. WHILE IT IS UNCLEAR AT THIS TIME WHETHER THE TESTIMONY SOUGHT RELATES TO THE OFFICIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE HOUSE, WITHIN THE MEANING OF RULE 8.1 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES I AM ELECTING TO NOTIFY THE HOUSE OF THE SUBPOENA OUT OF AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION. AFTER CONSULTATION WITH COUNCIL, I HAVE DETERMINED THAT COMPLIANCE WITH THE SUBPOENA IS CONSISTENT WITH THE PRIVILEGES AND RIGHTS OF THE HOUSE. SIGNED SINCERELY, JESSE L. JACKSON JR., MEMBER OF CONGRESS.

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  • 05:00:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN ONE MINUTES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN ONE MINUTES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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  • 05:00:21 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

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

  • 05:00:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:00:29 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK MARKS THE 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK MARKS THE 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF BROWN VS. THE BOARD OF EDUCATION. IT WAS A LANDMARK CASE KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY TO PUTTING AN END TO SEGREGATED SCHOOLS. THE CASE WAS ARGUED BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT, BEFORE THE PRESIDENT OF THE NAACP. IT IS THAT SEPARATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR BLACKS AND WHITES WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. IN 1965 CONGRESS PASSED THE ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY ACT WHICH ESTABLISHED HIGH STANDARDS AND ACCOUNTABILITY IF SCHOOLS. 56 YEARS AFTER BROWN AND 45 YEARS AFTER THE FIRST ESEA WE ARE NOT FINISHED WITH OUR COMMON GOAL EQUITY FOR ALL STUDENTS, WHERE THEY ATTEND CITY SCHOOLS OR RURAL SCHOOLS. AS WE CONTEMPLATE THIS, I CALL UPON MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT A WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION SYSTEM THAT PROVIDES EVERY STUDENT WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE UP TO HIS OR HER POTENTIAL REGARDLESS OF RACE, CLASS OR GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION. THIS WOULD BE THE BEST REMEMBRANCE OF THIS LANDMARK CASE, AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:01:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    ARE THERE FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS RISE?

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  • 05:01:55 PM

    MR. BOOZMAN

    I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 05:02:01 PM

    MR. BOOZMAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR PASTOR BOBBY L. JOHNSON FOR 30 YEARS OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR PASTOR BOBBY L. JOHNSON FOR 30 YEARS OF LEADERSHIP AT VANBUREN'S FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD. UNDER PASTOR JOHNSON'S GUIDANCE, FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD HAS ENJOYED MUCH SUCCESS AND IT CONTINUES TO REACH NEW HEIGHTS, FROM RERIFLES AND YOUTH CAMPS TO MINISTER'S RETREATS AND MISSION CREW SIDES -- CREW SIDES, PASTOR JOHNSON'S MESSAGE RESONATES WITH PEOPLE BOTH YOUNG AND OLD. THE SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM, WHICH STARTED WITH 72 STUDENTS, NOW HAS MORE THAN 2,000 STUDENTS. ITS CAMPUS HOUSES A RETIREMENT CENTER WHICH ENABLES IT TO REACH MORE SENIORS. PASTOR JOHNSON HAS SERVED IN THE MINISTRY FOR MANY YEARS AND HAS TOUCHED THE LIVES OF COUNTLESS INDIVIDUALS INCLUDING MYSELF. IN ADDITION TO BEING PASTOR OF FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD, PASTOR JOHNSON SERVES AS GENERAL PRESBYTERIAN FOR THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD. PRIOR TO JOINING THE FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD OF VANBUREN, HE SERVED AS THE ARKANSAS DISTRICT ASSEMBLY OF GOD YOUTH DIRECTOR. MR. SPEAKER, PASTOR JOHNSON'S DEDICATION TO SPREADING THE GOSPEL IS UNPAIR LELLED. HIS LEADERSHIP IS UNSURPASSED. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO RECOGNIZE PASTOR JOHNSON FOR HIS COMMITMENT AND SERVICE TO THE MINISTRY AND CONTINUED SUCCESS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:03:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 05:03:41 PM

    MS. BEAN

    WORLD TRADE WEEK, IT'S IMPORTANT FOR AMERICA TO DEMONSTRATE OUR COMMITMENT…

    WORLD TRADE WEEK, IT'S IMPORTANT FOR AMERICA TO DEMONSTRATE OUR COMMITMENT TO COMPETING AND LEADING IN THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE. TO BOLSTER ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND BUILD SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES, AMERICA CANNOT SEE EMERGING MARKETS TO OUR GLOBAL COMPETITORS. INSTEAD, WE MUST RECOGNIZE, TARGET IN SUSTAINING HIGH-GROWTH, HIGH-POPULATION MARKETS. GIVING PEOPLE ACCESS TO GREATER MARKETS AND GREATER SHARE ARE CRITICAL TO REMOVING STABLE GROWTH AND COMPETITIVENESS. BY ENSURING THESE AGREEMENTS DO NOT DISADVANTAGE AMERICAN EMPLOYERS BUT INSTEAD CREATE A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD AND ENFORCE AMERICAN INNOVATION AND WORK ETHIC CAN PREVAIL IN THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. I APPLAUD AND SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT'S NATIONAL EXPORT INITIATIVE TO DOUBLE OUR EXPORTS IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS AND I ENCOURAGE THE ADMINISTRATION AND CONGRESS TO RESOLVE REMAINING ISSUES AND MOVE FORWARD ON PASSAGE OF THE PENDING TRADE AGREEMENTS. NEW DEMS LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE ADMINISTRATION TO DO JUST THAT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:04:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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    ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 05:04:54 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY IN THE RULES COMMITTEE WE MET THE NEWEST PLOY OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY IN THE RULES COMMITTEE WE MET THE NEWEST PLOY OF THE REPUBLICANS, YOU CUT. THE RULE UNDER CONSIDERATION WAS TO GRANT DEPOSITION AUTHORITY TO THE STAFF OF ED AND LABOR REGARDING THE SAFETY ISSUES SURROUNDING THE TRAGIC LOSS OF LIFE AND LIMB OF COAL MINERS. ENTER YOU CUT. SO-CALLED 240,000 AMERICANS VOTED ON THE INTERNET. THE REPUBLICANS THEN CHOSE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO THAT WE COULD NOT GO FORWARD ON SUBSTANTIVE BUSINESS AND TO CUT POOR PEOPLE'S OPPORTUNITIES. FIRST, THIS IS NOT "AMERICAN IDOL" OR "DANCING WITH THE STARS." THIS IS AMERICA'S LEGISLATURE. FOR ALL WE KNOW ON YOU CUT OSAMA BIN LADEN COULD BE VOTING. PLEASE NOTE THAT NOT A HANDFUL OF ORGANIZED GOTCHA REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO CONTROL THIS LEGISLATURE.

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  • 05:05:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ARE THERE FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS? THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE…

    ARE THERE FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS? THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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  • 05:06:10 PM

    THE CLERK

    LEAVE OF BE A REQUESTED FOR MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS FOR TODAY AND FOR THE…

    LEAVE OF BE A REQUESTED FOR MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS FOR TODAY AND FOR THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK.

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  • 05:06:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS HONORED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS HONORED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 05:06:25 PM

    MR. POE

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT TODAY FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT TODAY FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS AND ANY SPECIAL ORDERS HERETOFORE ENTERED INTO THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS MAY BE PERMITTED TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE, REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE THEREIN EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL. MR. MCCLINTOCK FOR TODAY FOR FIVE MINUTES. MYSELF, MR. POE, FOR MAY 27 FOR FIVE MINUTES. AND MR. JONES FOR MAY 27 FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 05:06:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT TODAY FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS AND ANY SPECIAL ORDERS HERETOFORE ENTERED INTO THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS MAY BE PERMITTED TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES, TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE THEREIN EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL.

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  • 05:07:13 PM

    MR. GREEN

    GREEN OF TEXAS. MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA. MS. KAPTUR OF OHIO. MR. SCHIFF…

    GREEN OF TEXAS. MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA. MS. KAPTUR OF OHIO. MR. SCHIFF OF CALIFORNIA. MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON. MR. GRAYSON OF FLORIDA. AND MR. CUMMINGS OF MARYLAND.

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  • 05:07:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6,…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. 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 -- MR. GREEN OF TEXAS.

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  • 05:07:49 PM

    MR. GREEN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE BECAUSE I LOVE AMERICA. NO ONE LOVED…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE BECAUSE I LOVE AMERICA. NO ONE LOVED THE -- LOVES THE CONSTITUTION MORE THAN I. NO ONE RESITES THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WITH GREATER SPIRIT THAN I. NO ONE LOVES THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE MORE THAN I. AND I MUST TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THAT I WAS SHOCKED LAST NIGHT BEYOND BELIEF WHEN I HEARD THE COMMENTS OF A PERSON WHO HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I HEARD THE COMMENTS OF ONE MR. PAUL AND HIS COMMENTS WERE SHOCKING BECAUSE HIS COMMENTS CAUSED ME TO REFLECT ON A BYGONE ERA THAT I WOULD HATE TO SEE US RETURN TO. YOU SEE, MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE SAT IN THE BACK OF THE BUS, EVEN WHEN THERE WERE SEATS AVAILABLE UP NEAR THE FRONT. I HAVE HAD TO GO TO THE BACK DOOR TO GET MY FOOD EVEN WHEN THERE WAS A FACILITY WITH NO ONE INSIDE. I HAVE HAD TO DRINK MY WATER FROM COLORED WATER FOUNTAINS EVEN WHEN THERE WERE OTHER WATER FOUNTAINS AVAILABLE AND WE HAD TO HAVE A LINE TO GO THROUGH THE COLORED WATER FOUNTAINS. I HAVE HAD TO SUFFER THE INDIG NATION AND HUMILIATION THAT SEGREGATION IMPOSES UPON A PERSON. I WAS SHOCKED BECAUSE I COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT A PERSON NOMINATED FOR THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERA COULD NOT SAY THAT HE WOULD SUPPORT CONTINUING WHAT WE'VE ALREADY FOUGHT FOR AND WON AND THAT IS TO HAVE PERSONS OF COLOR GO THE FRONT DOOR AT A PRIVATE FACILITY. I WAS SHOCKED. I AM STILL SHOCKED. AND I COME BEFORE THIS HOUSE TODAY, NOT TO CONDEMN THE PERSON -- I DON'T CONDEMN PEOPLE BUT I CONDEMN WHAT THEY DO, I CONDEMN WHAT THEY SAY. I COME BEFORE THIS HOUSE TODAY NOT TO CONDEMN HIM BUT RATHER TO GIVE HIM THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLAIN HIMSELF. AND I ADMONISH HIM THAT IF HE DOES NOT EXPLAIN HIMSELF OTHERS WILL EXPLAIN HIS POSITION. EVEN HE WILL EXPLAIN HIS POSITION OR OTHERS WILL DO IT FOR HIM. I BELIEVE THAT HE SHOULD EXPLAIN IT AND HE SHOULD DO IT WITH WORDS THAT ARE CLEAR AS CLEAR AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE WHAT HE HAS SAID IS PAINFUL TO THOSE OF US WHO HAS TO ENDURE THESE INDIGNATIONS AND THESE HUMILIATIONS. I WAS ONE OF THOSE PERSONS WHO GREW UP IN THE 1960'S. I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO HAVE TO DO THE THINGS THAT WE WOULD HAVE TO REVISIT SHOULD HE HAVE HIS WAY BASED UPON WHAT I HAVE HEARD. BUT MAYBE HE WAS NOT GIVEN A FAIR OPPORTUNITY, AND THERE IS TIME NOW FOR HIM TO DO FOR HIMSELF WHAT OTHERS WILL DO FOR HIM IF HE DOES NOT. I DO NOT KNOW THE PERSON WHO HOST THE SHOW "MORNING JOE," BUT I THINK HE MADE A SIGNIFICANT POINT. HE SAID HE HAS 24 HOURS TO EXPLAIN HIMSELF. I ACCEPT THE 24-HOUR PRONOUNCEMENT, AND I BEG THAT WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS THAT HE WILL EXPLAIN HIMSELF SO THAT WE WILL NOT MISUNDERSTAND THAT ON ONE HAND HE SAYS HE WOULD MARCH WITH DR. KING BUT ON THE OTHER HAND HE DOES NOT SAY THAT HE WOULD ALLOW ME, A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, TO CONTINUE TO ENTER THE FRONT DOOR OF A PRIVATE BUSINESS. IT'S A PAINFUL REVELATION, IT IS A PATH THAT WE DON'T LIKE TALKING BUT IT'S A PATH THAT I HAD TO SUFFER AND LIVE THROUGH. AND I BEG THAT MY COLLEAGUES UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS NO ATTEMPT TO DEFEAT HIM IN HIS ELECTION. THAT'S FOR THE PEOPLE OF KENTUCKY. BUT THERE IS AN ATTEMPT TO GIVE A PERSON THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK UP, TO STAND UP AND STAND FOR WHAT THIS COUNTRY HAS MADE POSSIBLE BY VIRTUE OF THE GREAT AND NOBLE IDEALS PRESENTED IN THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. ALL PERSONS ARE CREATED EQUAL AND ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN UNALIENABLE RIGHTS, LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I BEG THE GENTLEMAN WILL HONOR MY REQUEST, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:13:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. MR. BURTON OF INDIANA. MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA.…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. MR. BURTON OF INDIANA. MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 05:13:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 05:13:24 PM

    MR. SCHIFF

    IN THE SHORT TIME I SPEAK HERE TODAY, THOUSANDS OF GALLONS OF OIL BROKE…

    IN THE SHORT TIME I SPEAK HERE TODAY, THOUSANDS OF GALLONS OF OIL BROKE OUT ON THE FLOOR OF THE GULF OF MEXICO. THAT OIL IS NOW SPREADING ACROSS A WIDE SWATH OF OCEAN, COMING ACROSS THE STATE OF LOUISIANA AND GOING ACROSS THE GULF COAST. EVERY ATTEMPT TO CAP THE GUSHER HAS FAILED AND WE CAN ANTICIPATE SEVERAL MORE MONTHS OF DAMAGE TO OUR COASTLINE, OUR FISHERIES. WE HAVE BEEN ON AN OIL BINGE SINCE THE 1850'S SINCE WE STARTED RUNNING OUT OF WHALE OIL. THE WIDE SCALE DESTRUCTION OF THE WHALES IS NOW REVISITS US. CONGRESS FIRST RECOGNIZED THE DANGERS OF OFFSHORE DRILLING AND PASSED THE MORATORIUM. IN CALIFORNIA MANY WILL REMEMBER THE 1969 SANTA BARBARA OIL SPILL THAT SPEWED OUT ALMOST 100 BILLION BARRELS. THE GULF SPILL SHOWS THAT EVEN WITH TODAY'S ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY, OFFSHORE DRILLING IS FUNDAMENTALLY DANGEROUS. THOUSANDS OF GALLONS OF OIL IS SPILLED EACH YEAR DURING NORMAL OPERATIONS. HURRICANES KATRINA AND RITA SENT OVER HALF A MILLION GALLONS INTO THE GULF. AND EVEN WITHOUT SPILLS, PIPING AND ONSHORE OPERATIONS DESTROY WETLANDS, DESTEROID WILDLIFE AND DESTROY TOURISM. CALIFORNIANS IS NOT RISK TO RISK OUR TOURISM OR OUR PRISTINE ENVIRONMENT WITH OFFSHORE DRILLING AND I'M HAPPY THE GOVERNOR HAS STEPPED BACK FOR DRILLING OFF THE COAST OF SANTA BARBARA. INSTEAD OF MORE DRILLING AND MORE SPILLS, CALIFORNIANS ARE LEADING THE WAY TO A HIGH-TECH CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE. A FEW BLOCKS FROM MY OFFICE IN PASADENA, YOU WILL FIND A BUSINESS INC. BAITOR THAT HAS TURNED THEM INTO SUCCESSFUL COMPANIES EMPLOYING HUNDREDS OF AMERICANS. ONE OF THESE COMPANIES IS NOW DEPLOYING MODULAR CONCENTRATED AREAS IN THE MOHAVE DESERT USING MODERN TECHNIQUES TO CREATE SOME OF THE CHEAPEST SOLAR POWER IN THE WORLD. OTHERS ARE WORKING ON MORE SOLAR CELLS FOR ROOFTOPS AND MANY OTHER REVOLUTIONARY TECHNOLOGIES. THIS KIND OF TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION ISN'T LIMITED TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. RENEWABLE ENERGY IS BOOMING IN TEXAS AND MASSACHUSETTS, SOUTH DAKOTA AND GEORGIA. AND WITH THE FIRST PLUG-IN HYBRID CARS THIS FALL, CLEAN ENERGY WILL SOON BE FUELING OUR VEHICLES AS WELL. BUT OUR BOOM IS THREATENED BY SUBSIDIES THAT KEEP FOSSIL FUEL PRICES ARTIFICIALLY LOW, STIFLING COMPETITION. SOME OF THOSE SUBSIDIES ARE DIRECT, LIKE TAX BREAKS FOR OIL COMPANIES. THE ADMINISTRATION'S BUDGET PROPOSES ENDING $45 BILLION WORTH OF SUBSIDIES THAT TILT THE PLAYING FIELD AWAY FROM CLEAN ENERGY. OTHER SUBSIDIES ARE INDIRECT LIKE LIMITED LIABILITY FOR OIL SPILLS AND POLLUTION. IN THE L.A. BASIN, SMOG CAUSED BY FOSSIL FUELS IS A HIDDEN TAX ON EVERY RESIDENT, CAUSING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN ADDITIONAL HEALTH CARE AND LOST WORK HOURS. LAST YEAR THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ESTIMATED THAT HEALTH CARE AND OTHER COSTS CREATED BY GASOLINE CONSUMPTION COME TO ABOUT 30 CENTS A GALLON, WITHOUT CONSIDERING GLOBAL WARMING. THAT COST IS ABSORBED BY ALL OF US IN THE FORM OF HOSPITAL BILLS AND ASTHMA ATTACKS. WE MUST REBALANCE OUR SUBSIDY ENERGIES SO THAT CLEAN ENERGY CAN COMPETE ON AN EQUAL FOOTING WITH OIL, COAL AND NATURAL GAS. AND WE NEED TO ACT QUICKLY. BECAUSE CHINA IS NOW A LEADER IN CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY. IN A FEW SHORT YEARS THE CHINESE HAVE DEVELOPED A VIBRANT INDUSTRIAL BASE THAT PRODUCES MORE PHOTO VOLUME TAKE CELLS THAN ANY OTHER NATION. MEANWHILE CHINA'S DEMAND CONTINUES TO GROW, IT'S THE WORLD LEADER IN HYDROPOWER, SECOND IN WIND POWER, STIMULATING A JOB INTENSIVE DOMESTIC INDUSTRY TO MEET THE DEMAND. TO BOOST ITS GREEN ECONOMY, CHINA'S CREATED A STIMULUS PACKAGE WORTH HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. AND CHINESE UNIVERSITIES AND RESEARCH CENTERS ARE GAINING EXPERTISE IN DEVELOPING THE GREEN TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL POWER ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR UPCOMING DECADES. WE CAN RECAPTURE OUR LEADERSHIP ROLE BY SUPPORTING RENEWABLE ENERGY COMPANIES HERE AT HOME, REALIGNING OUR ENERGY INITIATIVES AND INCENTIVES AND INVESTING IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT THAT WILL CREATE NEW TECHNOLOGIES. THIS WEEK WE CONSIDER THE AMERICAN COMPETES ACT WHICH OUTLINES A DOUBLING OF FEDERAL RESEARCH OVER THE NEXT DECADE. ALTHOUGH THIS BILL IS OPPOSED BY THOSEHAT FAVOR THE SAME ENERGY SOURCES NOW DEVASTATING THE GULF, I AM CONFIDENT WE WILL PASS THIS CRITICAL MEASURE AND WITH THIS INVESTMENT WE WILL ENSURE THAT NEW ENERGY IDEAS ARE CREATED HERE AT HOME BY AMERICAN STUDENTS AND AMERICAN ENTREPRENEURS. WE MUST ALSO ENSURE THAT THESE IDEAS ARE TURNED INTO AMERICAN COMPANIES. PROVIDING GREEN TECH BUSINESS WITH THE TOOLS IT NEEDS TO GROW, TRAIN AND HIRE WORKERS. WE MUST ESTABLISH RENEWABLE ENERGY STANDARDS LIKE THE ONE IN CALIFORNIA THAT IS STIMULATING INVESTMENT UP AND DOWN OUR STATE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:18:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. MR. POE OF TEXAS. THE GENTLEMAN'S RECOGNIZED FOR…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. MR. POE OF TEXAS. THE GENTLEMAN'S RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 05:18:43 PM

    MR. POE

    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, HEAVILY ARMED MEXICAN PIRATES HAVE BEEN SHAKING DOWN…

    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, HEAVILY ARMED MEXICAN PIRATES HAVE BEEN SHAKING DOWN U.S. BOATERS ON FALCON LAKE IN TEXAS. IT'S A RESERVOIR OF BASS FISHING HEAVEN THAT STRADDLED THE RIO GRANDE RIVER. THE INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY BETWEEN ZAPATA COUNTY, TEXAS, D MEXICO. ACCORDING TO RECENT SAN ANTONIO NEWS REPORTS, SEVERAL SUCH INCIDENTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED BY PIRATES ON FALCON LAKE SINCE APRIL 30. THE LATEST BEING THIS PAST SUNDAY. ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, IT ISSUED WARNINGS TUESDAY, THE ROBBERIES ARE LINKED TO NORTHERN MEXICO'S INCREASING LAWLESSNESS. ACCORDING TO DESCRIPTIONS OF THE INCIDENT, THE SPIRETS IN AT LEAST ONE CASE POSED AS MEXICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, THEY SEARCHED BOATS FOR DRUGS AND GUNS AND THEN DEMANDED CASH AT GUNPOINT. ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, THE ROBBERS ARE BELIEVED TO BE MEMBERS OF A DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION OR MEMBERS OF AN ENFORCER GROUP LINKED TO A DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION. THEY USE AK-47'S TO THREATEN THEIR VICTIMS. THEY APPEAR TO BE USING LOCAL MEXICAN FISHERMEN TO OPERATE THE BOATS TO ROB THE AMERICAN FISHERMEN. IT WAS UNCLEAR WHY SPORT FISHERMEN WERE TARGETED BUT THE WARNING COMES ONLY A FEW WEEKS BEFORE BASH FISHING TOURNAMENTS THAT ARE AMONG THE SOUTH TEXAS BORDER REGIONS BIGGEST TOUR DRAWS. THE WARNING WAS ISSUED IN PART BECAUSE OF THE UPCOMING BASS TOURNAMENTS. ZAPATA COUNTY SHERIFF GONZALEZ SAID HE WOULD BE REVIEWING PROTECTIVE MEASURES WITH THE D.P.S. BORDER SECURITY OPERATIONS CENTER AND THE REGION'S FUSION CENTER WHICH IS A FEDERAL INFORMATION CLEARING HOUSE FOR TERRORISM PREVENTION. REPORTED VICTIMS INCLUDED, ONE, FIVE PEOPLE IN TWO BOATS WRORP APPROACHED BY FOUR MEN ON APRIL 30, CLAIMING TO BE FEDERALIES NEAR A CHURCH. THAT IS NOW A SUB MERGED TOWN IN THE BOTTOM OF THE LAKE. THE MEN BOARDED THE BOATS, DEMANDED CASH AND WANTED TO KNOW WHERE THE DRUGS WERE. THEY THEN ROBBED THE AMERICANS. A SECOND INCIDENT, THREE FISHERMEN WERE APPROACHED ON MAY 6 BY A BOAT CONTAINING TWO MEN POINTING AR-15'S. THOSE ARE ASSAULT RIFLES, MR. SPEAKER. ONE BOARDED THE FISHING BOAT, SERVED FOR DRUGS, CASH AND GUNS, CHAMBERED AROUND IN THE RIFLE AND TOLD THE FISHERMEN HE WOULD SHOOT THEM IF THEY DID NOT GET ARE GIVE HIM THE MONEY IN ANOTHER PIRATE RAID, FISHERMEN WERE ROBBED OF THEIR MONEY AND BOAT AND CLOTHES AND LEFT NAKED ON THE MEXICAN SIDE OF THE LAKE. AND YET IN A FOURTH INCIDENT, BOATERS ON THE U.S. SIDE OF THE LAKE WERE APPROACHED BY A BOAT CONTAINING FIVE ARMED MEN. IT'S STILL UNCLEAR WHAT ELSE HAPPENED BECAUSE THIS JUST HAPPENED TWO DAYS AGO. FALCON LAKE IS APPROXIMATELY 60 MILES LONG, IT'S A RESERVOIR ON THE RIO GRANDE RIVER FRONTING STAR AND ZAPATA COUNTIES IN TEXAS AND IT IS SHARED BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO. IT IS FORMED BY A DAM IN 1953 TO CONSERVE WATER FOR AGRICULTURE AND CONTROL DOWNSTREAM FLOODING. MR. SPEAKER, PIRACY IS A CENTURIES' OLD PROBLEM THAT MANY NATIONS HAVE HAD TO DEAL WITH. IN THE 1800'S THOMAS JEFFERSON SENT THE UNITED STATES NAVY TO THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA WERE PIRATES ROAMED AT WILL AND ROBBED AMERICAN SHIPS. THAT PRESIDENT FOUGHT PIRACY ON THE HIGH SEAS. BUT THE DIFFERENCE NOW IS, OUR ADMINISTRATION WOULD RATHER CRITICIZE PEOPLE AND STATES LIKE ARIZONA THAT DEMAND MORE BORDER SECURITY RATHER THAN DO ANYTHING ABOUT ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSERS INUDING THE PIRATES ON FALCON LAKE. MEANWHILE, TODAY PRESIDENT CALDERON OF MEXICO ARROGANTLY LECTURED US IN A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS, CHASTISING THE UNITED STATES, ESPECIALLY ARIZONA, FOR PASSING LEGISLATION TRYING TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM ILLEGALLY COMING IN TO THE UNITED STATES. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN 65% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SUPPORT ARIZONA'S NEW LAW REGARDING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, HIS COMMENTS WERE DISINGENUOUS AND DISRESPECTFUL TO OUR NATION. I DO COMMEND, HOWEVER, PRESIDENT CALDERON FOR HIS FIGHTING THE INTERNATIONAL DRUG CARTELS IN HIS NATION. BUT THE PRESIDENT OF MEXICO SHOULD DEAL WITH HIS OWN ISSUES AND SOLVE MEXICO'S ECONOMIC PROBLEMS, HUMAN RIGHTS PROBLEMS, ORGANIZED CRIME PROBLEMS, VIOLENCE PROBLEMS, GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION PROBLEMS AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION PROBLEMS BEFORE PRESIDENT CALDERON LECTURES ANYBODY ABOUT ANYTHING. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:23:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. CAPTURE OF OHIO. -- MS. KAPTUR OF OHIO. WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE…

    MR. CAPTURE OF OHIO. -- MS. KAPTUR OF OHIO. WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. GRACE GRACE MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I INTRODUCE --

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  • 05:24:05 PM

    MR. GRAYSON

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I INTRODUCE THE WAR'S MAKING YOU POOR ACT. IT DOES…

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I INTRODUCE THE WAR'S MAKING YOU POOR ACT. IT DOES THREE THINGS. FIRST IT REQUIRES THE ADMINISTRATION TO CARRY OUT THE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN WONAL, THAT'S ONLY, THE $549 BILLION SET FORTH IN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET FOR DEFENSE SPENDING, WITHOUT THE ADDITIONAL $159 BILLION THE PRESIDENT HAS ASKED FOR SUPPORT THE SAKE OF THIS SO-CALLED EMERGENCY WAR WHICH STRETCHES ON TO NINE YEARS IN ONE CASE AND SEVEN YEARS IN THE OTHER. MY VIEW IS THAT $549 BILLION IS ENOUGH FOR THESE WARS OR ANY OTHER WARS THE PRESIDENT PLANS TO ENGAGE IN. WHAT THIS DOES SECONDLY IS THAT IT TAKES THE MONEY THAT IT SAVED FROM THE WAR SEPARATE ALLOCATION AND IT USES THAT FOR A VERY IMPORTANT PURPOSE WITH OUR ECONOMY THE WAY IT IS AND PEOPLE IN AMERICA SUFFERING. IT TAKES THAT MONEY OR 90% OF IT AND IT USES THAT TO MAKE $35,000 OF EVERYONE'S INCOME IN AMERICA TAX FREE. AND $70,000 FOR MARRIED COUPLES. LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT THAT. LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT I SAID. WITH THE MONEY THAT IS BEING SAVED BY THE WARS MAKING YOU POOR ACT, WE CAN GIVE $35,000 OF EVERY AMERICAN'S INCOME, WE CAN MAKE THAT TAX FREE AND $70,000 FOR MARRIED COUPLES. AND IN ADDITION TO THAT, IT TAKES THE REMAINING MONEY AND REDUCES THE FEDERAL DEFICIT AND THE FEDERAL DEBT. I THINK THOSE ARE THREE THINGS ALL OF WHICH NEED TO BE DONE, THIS BILL BRINGS THEM ALL TOGETHER. LET'S START WITH THE FACT THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS ASKED FOR $549 BILLION TO BASICALLY KEEP THE LIGHTS ON AT THE PENTAGON AND BEYOND THAT ASKS FOR ANOTHER $159 BILLION FOR THE WARS. LET'S SEE EXACTLY HOW MUCH THAT MEANS. ON THIS CHART HERE YOU CAN SEE THAT THE U.S. MILITARY SPENDING IS AS MUCH AS THE ENTIRE REST OF THE WORLD COMBINED. AS MUCH AS THE ENTIRE REST OF THE WORLD COMBINED. AND IN FACT THE ONES WHO COME IN SECOND ARE NATO ALLIES IN EUROPE WHO I DON'T EXPECT TO BE ATTACKING US IN ANY TIME SOON -- US ANY TIME SOON. BEYOND THAT YOU HAVE TO GO ALL THE WAY DOWN TO CHINA TO GET TO ANY COUNTRY THAT IS CONCEIVABLY EVER GOING TO BE A MILITARY ENEMY AND WE OUTSPEND CHINA BY OVER 5:1. BEYOND THAT WE GET INTO OUR ALLIES IN EAST ASIA AND AUSTRALIA AND YOU HAVE TO GO ALL THE WAY DOWN TO RUSSIA WHOM WE OUTSPEND BY ALMOST 10:1 BEFORE YOU GET TO ANY COUNTRY THAT COULD CONCEIVABLY BE A MILITARY OPPONENT. WHY IS THIS NECESSARY? IF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE MILITARY SPENDING THAT AMOUNTS TO THIS MUCH, HALF OF ALL THE MILITARY SPENDING IN THE WORLD, DO WE NEED TO HAVE ON TOP OF THAT, ON TOP OF THAT BASE BUDGET, ANOTHER $150 BILLION FOR THE WAR? I THINK NOT. PARTICULARLY HAD PEOPLE IN AMERICA ARE SUFFERING. SO I BELIEVE THAT THE THING WE NEED TO DO IS TO TAKE THAT $159 BILLION THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS SET ASIDE, WE'RE NOT SAYING HE HAS TO STOP THE WAR, WE'RE NOT GIVING A CUTOFF DATE FOR THE WAR, WE'RE SIMPLY SAYING, YOU NEED TO FUND THAT OUT OF THE BASE BUDGET OF $549 BILLION, AND WE TAKE 90% OF THAT MONEY AND GIVE IT BACK TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND I THINK MOST PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT THAT IS SO MUCH MONEY THAT WE'VE BEEN SPENDING ON THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN AND THE WAR IN IRAQ THAT EVERY SINGLE TAXPAYER IN AMERICA WILL BE ABLE TO GET HIS FIRST OR HER FIRST $35,000 OF INCOME COMPLETELY TAX FREE. YOU WON'T SEE DOLLAR ONE IN TAX UNTIL YOU MAKE NOR AN THAT. IN FACT, ALMOST 1/3 OF AMERICANS DON'T MAKE MORE THAT THAN THAT, SO THAT ALL -- MORE THAN THAT, SO THAT ALL BE EXCUSE -- EXCUSED FROM THE FEDERAL TAX INCOME. NOW, I'VE HEARD A LOT OF COMPLAINTS FROM THE OTHER SIDE AND MANY COMPLAINTS FROM PEOPLE ON OUR SIDE ABOUT THE FEDERAL DEBT AND THE FEDERAL DEFICIT. HERE'S SOMETHING CONCRETE THAT YOU CAN DO. IF THIS BILL PASSES, WE'LL BE ABLE TO REDUCE THE FEDERAL DEFICIT BY $16 BILLION. YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE MY WORD FOR IT, IT'S ALREADY BEEN SCORED BY THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION. THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXTATION STAFF HAS DETERMINED THAT THE TAX CUT THAT'S NEEDED TO GIVE EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN AMERICA $35,000 TAX FREE, THEIR FIRST $35,000, WOULD COST LESS THAN THE WARS AND LEAVE OVER AFTER THAT ANOTHER $16 BILLION. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME. IT'S TIME FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO SEE THAT THERE IS NO LONGER ANY NEED TO GO BEYOND THE BASE EXORBITANT DEFENSE BUDGET THAT'S PRESENTED TO US BY THE PRESIDENT, NOTWITHSTANDING THE FACT THAT THERE ARE WARS IN AFGHANISTAN AND A WAR IN IRAQ. IT'S SIMPLY NOT NECESSARY, YOU CAN SEE FOR YOURSELF, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. $549 BILLION IS PLENTY, PARTICULARLY WHEN WE'RE USING THE CHINESE CREDIT CARD TO PAY FOR IT ALL. SO I ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT, MR. SPEAKER, AND I HOPE THAT THE CHAIRMAN WILL CONSIDER THE H.R. 5353 WARS MAKING YOU POOR ACT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD.

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  • 05:29:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. JONES OF NORTH CAROLINA. MR. MORAN OF KANSAS. MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON.…

    MR. JONES OF NORTH CAROLINA. MR. MORAN OF KANSAS. MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RISE?

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    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 05:29:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO HONOR A GREAT AMERICAN AND…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO HONOR A GREAT AMERICAN AND TRUE LEADER, DR. CARTER SENIOR OF BALTIMORE. HIS DIVISION AND A MISSION GROUNDED IN A CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT OF 1960'S THAT HAS COMPELLING IMPORTANCE FOR OUR NATION TODAY.

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  • 05:29:54 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    THAN HALF A CENTURY AGO WHEN THE DOCTOR WAS STILL A YOUNG MAN IN SELMA,…

    THAN HALF A CENTURY AGO WHEN THE DOCTOR WAS STILL A YOUNG MAN IN SELMA, ALABAMA, AFTER RALPH ABERNATHY AND MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BOTH OFFERED HIS FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO THEIR CNGREGATIONS AS A NEWLY ORDAINED MINISTER. I WAS A YOUNG COLLEGE STUDENT AND THEY WANTED TO GIVE ME A BOOST FROM THE BEGINNING. DR. CARTER OBSERVED IN A 2005 ARTICLE WRITTEN BY SHAWN OF THE BALTIMORE AFRO-AMERICAN NEWSPAPER. MR. SPEAKER, IT WAS A STRONG, INSPIRING AND ENDURING BOOST INDEED. THE SAME VISIONARY FOUNDATION THAT INSPIRED DR. CARTER THROUGHOUT HIS MINISTRY, BOTH IN THE MISSION TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL TO WHICH HE HAD BEEN CALLED AND IN THE SOCIAL GOSPEL FOR THE WORK OF HIS BASE. AND I CAN SAY THAT NOT ONLY DOES HE PREACH THE WORD BUT HE LIVES IT. THIS YEAR DR. CARTER CELEBRATES 45 YEARS AS A PRINCIPLE SHEPARD OF BALTIMORE'S NEW SHY LOW BAPTIST CHURCH. IN HIS OWN WORDS, HE IS ABOVE ALL A GOD MAN, THE PRIMARY TRUSTEE OF HIS CONGREGATION'S SPIRITUAL LIFE. YET, AT A TIME WHEN OUR URBAN AREAS ARE IN DANGER OF CRUMBLING UNDER DECADES OF DISINVESTMENT, DR. CARTER AND HIS NEW SHY LOW CONGREGATION OFFER THE PEOPLE OF BALTIMORE BOTH HOPE AND A CONCRETE PLAN FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RENEWAL. PART OF THE LOCAL CHAPTER OF THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN, DR. CARTER HAS READILY ACKNOWLEDGED DR. KING'S VISION FOR COMMUNITY RENEWAL AS AN INTEGRAL ELEMENT OF HIS NEW SHY LOW MINISTRY. I LEARNED FROM HIM THAT WE HAVE TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR CONDITION, WHATEVER THAT MIGHT BE, DR. CARTER ONCE OBSERVED. PEOPLE IN POWER DO NOT CONCEDE ANYTHING TO OTHERS FREELY, SO WE HAVE TO EQUIP OURSELVES AND DO FOR OURSELVES BASED ON THE PRINCIPLES OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. THAT'S DR. HAROLD CARTER SR. AIDED BY THE STRENGTH AND TALENTS OF HIS WONDERFUL LIFE, THE LATE CARTER, WHOM I KNEW, HIS SON, CO-PASTOR, HAROLD CARTER JR., AND THE CONGREGATION GROWING TO THOUSANDS, NEW SHY LOW IS EQUIPPING ITS COMMUNITY TO MOVE FORWARD ON EMPOWERING PRINCIPLES. EVERY DAY PEOPLE FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD CAN FIND INSPIRATION AND OPPORTUNITY IN ITS BEAUTIFUL CHURCH AND FAMILY LIFE CENTER, SCHOOL OF MUSIC, THEOLOGICAL CENTER, CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER. THESE ARE PART OF THE SOCIAL GOSPEL, IMPORTANT ASPECT OF DR. CARTER'S VISION. BUT THEY ARE FAR FROM THE END. ALREADY UNDER WAY, ALAN FOR TECHNICAL TRAINING FOR THE COMMUNITY, A COMPUTER CENTER AND SIOR CENTER AND SENIOR HOUSING. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS MORE APPROPRIATE UNDER OUR CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM FOR ME TO LEAVE IT TO OTHERS TO COMMEND DR. CARTER FOR THE OTHER WONDERFUL MINUTE STEERS WHOM HE TRAINED, INCLUDING MY OWN PASTOR, BISHOP WALTER SKIPE THOMAS SR. AND MANY, MANY OTHERS. PEOPLE CAN ATTEST TO THE IMPORTANCE OF DR. CARTER'S SPIRITUAL WRITINGS, WHICH HAVE BEEN MANY. HOWEVER, I HAVE BEEN HONORED TO SERVE AS A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS TO OUR NATION'S FAITH COMMUNITIES AND IN THAT DUTY I HAVE GAINED A THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF FAITH-BASED INITIATIVES THAT ARE WORKING. A PART OF WHAT MY TEACHER, MY TEN TORE, MY FRIEND, DR. HAROLD CARTER SR., HAS TAUGHT ME IS THAT THE INSPIRATION FOR FAITH-BASED PROGRAMS THAT WORK CANNOT BE FOUND IN A STRATEGY TO TRANSFER PUBLIC RESPONSIBILITY FROM GREATER SOCIAL EQUITY TO THE FAITH CENTERS OF OUR COUNTRY. RATHER THAT MOTIVATING FORCE MUST FIRST ARISE FROM THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF PEOPLE OF FAITH THEMSELVES. THIS IS WHY I SUBMIT DR. HAROLD A. CARTER SR. SHOULD STAND AS AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL OF OUR CITIZENRY. WHENEVER OUR REPRESENTIVE -- RESPECTIVE FAITHS MAY BE, THIS IS WHAT DR. CARTER MEANS WHEN HE SPEAKS ABOUT HOW OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES MUST UNDERTAKE GREATER RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR NEIGHBORS AND HOW THEY MUST EQUIP THEMSELVES FOR OPPORTUNITY. UNLIKE OTHER MEGACHURCHES THAT HAVE LEFT THE INNER CITIES OF OUR NATION, NEW SHILOH HAS FOLLOWED DR. CARTER. IT HAS CONSTRUCTED ITS FOUNDATION ON THE UNWAVERING COMMITMENT OF THE PEOPLE OF OUR GREAT URBAN COMMUNITY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:34:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON. MR. MCCLINTOCK OF CALIFORNIA. THE GENTLEMAN IS…

    MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON. MR. MCCLINTOCK OF CALIFORNIA. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 05:34:58 PM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    YOU, MR. SPEAK. I RISE TO TAKE STRONG EXCEPTION TO THE SPEECH BY THE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAK. I RISE TO TAKE STRONG EXCEPTION TO THE SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF MEXICO HERE IN THIS CHAMBER TODAY. THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT HAS MADE IT VERY CLEAR FOR MANY YEARS THAT IT HOLDS AMERICANS' SOVEREIGNTY IN CONTEMPT AND PRESIDENT CALDERON'S GUEST OF THE CONGRESS TODAY CONFIRMS AND UNDERSCORES THIS ATTITUDE. IT'S HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE FOR THE PRESIDENT OF MEXICO TO LECTURE AMERICANS ON THEIR LAWS JUST AS IT WOULD BE INAPPROPRIATE FOR AMERICANS TO LECTURE THE MEXICANS ON THEIR LAW. UNLIKE MEXICO'S IMMIGRATION LAW, WHICH IS BRUTALLY EXCLUSIONARY, THE PURPOSE OF AMERICA'S LAW IS NOT TO KEEP PEOPLE OUT. IT IS TO ASSURE THAT AS PEOPLE COME TO THE UNITED STATES THEY DO SO WITH THE INTENTION OF BECOMING AMERICANS AND RAISING THEIR CHILDREN AS AMERICANS. UNLIKE MEXICO, OUR NATION EMBRACES LEGAL IMMIGRATION. AND WHAT MAKES THAT POSSIBLE IS ASSIMILATION. A CENTURY AGO, PRESIDENT TEDDY ROOSEVELT PUT IT THIS WAY. HE SAID, QUOTE, IN THE FIRST PLACE WE SHOULD INSIST THAT IF THE IMMIGRANT COMES HERE IN GOOD FAITH AND ASSIMILATES HIMSELF TO US, HE SHOULD BE PART OF US. WE SHOULD NOT DISGRACE SUCH MAN BECAUSE OF CREED OR BIRTHPLACE OR ORIGIN. BUT THIS IS PREDICATED UPON THIS PERSON'S BECOMING IN EVERY FAT AN AMERICAN AND NOTHING BUT AN AMERICAN. THERE CAN BE NO DIVIDED ALLEGIANCE HERE. ANY MAN WHO SAYS HE'S AMERICA BUT SOMETHING ELSE ALSO ISN'T AN AMERICAN AT ALL. WE HAVE ROOM BUT FOR ONE FLAG, THE AMERICAN FLAG. WE HAVE ROOM FOR BUT ONE LANGUAGE HERE AND THAT IS THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. AND WE HAVE ROOM BUT FOR ONE SOLE LOYALTY AND THAT IS A LOYALTY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. END OF QUOTE. THAT'S HOW WE CREATED ONE GREAT NATION FROM ALL THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD. THE LARGEST GRUCHE IMMIGRANTS NOW COMES FROM MEXICO. A RECENT STUDY SAID THAT DURING THE 20TH CENTURY WHEN OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS WERE ACTUALLY ENFORCED, ASSIMILATION WORKED AND IT MADE POSSIBLE THE SWIFT DETAINMENT OF THE AMERICAN DREAM FROM MILLIONS OF IMMIGRANTS SEEKING TO ESCAPE THE CONDITIONS OF MEXICO. THAT IS THE BROADER MEANING OF OUR NATION'S MOTTO, FOR MANY PEOPLE, ONE PEOPLE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BUT THERE'S NOW AN ELEMENT IN OUR POLITICAL STRUCTURE THAT SEEKS TO UNDERMINE THAT CONCEPT OF IT. IT SEEKS TO HYPNATE AMERICANS, TO DEVELOP LINGUISTIC DIVISIONS, TO ASSIGN RIGHTS AND PREFERENCES BASED ON RACE AND ETHNICITY AND TO ELEVATE DEVOTION TO FOREIGN IDEOLOGIES AND TRADITIONS WHILE AT THE SAME TIME DENIGRATING AMERICAN CULTURE, AMERICAN VALUES AND AMERICAN FOUNDING PRINCIPLES. IN ORDER TO DO SO THEY KNOW THAT THEY HAVE TO STOP THE PROCESS OF ASSIMILATION, AND IN ORDER TO DO THAT THEY HAVE TO UNDERMINE OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS. IT IS AN OUTRAGE THAT A FOREIGN HEAD OF STATE WOULD APPEAR IN THIS CHAMBER AND ACTIVELY SEEK TO DO SO. AND IT IS A DISGRACE THAT HE WOULD BE CHEERED ON FROM THE LEFT WING OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND FROM MANY DEMOCRATS HERE IN CONGRESS. ARIZONA HAS NOT ADOPTED A NEW IMMIGRATION LAW. ALL IT HAS DONE IS ENFORCE EXISTING LAW THAT THIS PRESIDENT REFUSES TO ENFORCE. IT'S HARDLY A RADICAL POLICY TO SUGGEST THAT IF AN OFFICER ON A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP ENCOUNTERS A DRIVER WITH NO DRIVER'S LICENSE, NO PASSPORT AND WHO DOESN'T SPEAK DEMRISH THAT MAYBE THAT INDIVIDUAL MIGHT BE HERE -- ENGLISH THAT MAYBE THAT INDIVIDUAL MIGHT BE HERE ILLEGALLY. AND TO SAY THOSE WHO SAY WE NEED TO REFORM OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS, WE DON'T NEED TO REFORM THEM. WE NEED TO ENFORCE THEM. JUST AS EVERY GOVERNMENT DOES, JUST AS MEXICO DOES. ABOVE ALL, THIS IS A DEBATE OF, FOR AND BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IF PRESIDENT CALDERON WISHES TO PARTICIPATE IN THAT DEBATE, I ASK HIM TO OBEY OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS, APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP, DO WHAT 600,000 LEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO OUR NATION ARE DOING RIGHT NOW, LEARN OUR HISTORY AND OUR CUSTOMS AND BECOME AN AMERICAN AND THEN HE WILL HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN THAT DEBATE. UNTIL THEN, I WOULD POLITELY INVITE HIM TO HAVE THE COURTESY WHILE A GUEST OF THIS CONGRESS TO ABIDE BY THE FUNDAMENTAL RULES OF DIPLOMACY BETWEEN CIVILIZED NATIONS NOT TO MEDDLE IN EACH OTHER'S DOMESTIC DEBATES. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:39:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2009, THE GENTLEMAN…

    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2009, THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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  • 05:40:14 PM

    MR. KING

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S A PRIVILEGE AND HONOR TO BE RECOGNIZED TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S A PRIVILEGE AND HONOR TO BE RECOGNIZED TO ADDRESS YOU HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND I LISTENED INTENTLY WITH THE DIALOGUE THAT TOOK PLACE BEFORE WITH MR. MCCLINTOCK OF CALIFORNIA AND MR. POE OF CALIFORNIA. AS I SAT BACK HERE AND LISTENED TOTAL SPEECH OF PRESIDENT CALDERON -- LISTENED TO THE SPEECH OF PRESIDENT CALDERON, I WISH TO IMPART HERE IN THE RECORD FOR YOUR ATTENTION, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST, I WANT TO SAY THAT ON THE PLUS SIDE OF THE SPEECH THAT WAS DELIVERED HERE TO THIS JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS BY PRESIDENT CALDERON OF MEXICO, THERE WAS SOME UPSIDES TO IT. HE MADE SOME POINTS THAT I THINK WERE CONSTRUCTIVE AND NEEDED TO BE SAID. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HE SAID, AND JUST GOING FROM MY SCRATCH NOTES, WAS THAT THEY ARE -- THEY'RE GOING TO RE-ESTABLISH THE RULE OF LAW, FINALLY RE-ESTABLISH THE RULE OF LAW IN MEXICO. IF I LOOK AT THE TEXT IT SAYS -- EXCUSE ME. I WANT TO MAKE SURE I'M ACCURATE. I HAVE THE TEXT OF THE SPEECH HERE. FIRMLY ESTABLISH THE RULE OF LAW IN MEXICO. THAT'S AN IMPORTANT POINT. AS I GO TO SOME OF THE WORST PLACES IN THE WORLD AND I GO THERE UNINTENTIONALLY BECAUSE I THINK TO HAVE THAT CONTRAST, TO UNDERSTAND WHERE IT'S THE TOUGHEST PLACE IN THE WLD TO OPERATE, THEN IT GIVES US THAT CONTRAST OF HOW BLESSED WE'RE HERE IN AMERICA AND UNDERSTANDS US THE FUNCTIONS OF THE INSTITUTION IN AMERICA AND THE PILLARS OF THOSE AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM NEED TO BE UNDERSTOOD AND POLISHED AND REFERBISHED. WE NEED TO DO THAT ON A DAILY BASIS HERE IN CONGRESS INSTEAD OF HAVING THEM CHIZZLED OUT BY THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, MR. SPEAKER. BUT THE CONTRAST OF HOW BAD IT MIGHT BE, AIDS VILLAGES IN SOUTHERN AFRICA, WHO THERE IS NO ONE OF REPRODUCTION AGE BECAUSE THEY'VE DIED. I GO TO IRAQ, I GO TO AFGHANISTAN, I GO TO THE PLACES IN THE WORLD WHERE POVERTY IS THE DOMINANT FORCE. UP IN TIBET, FOR EXAMPLE. AND MOST OF THOSE PLACES I GO TO, IN FACT, ALMOST EVERY PLACE I GO TO I CAN AT LEAST PUT TOGETHER A FORMULA ON HOW TO FIX IT. BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY WHAT'S WRONG AND PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES TO PUT IN PLACE TO PUT IT ON THE RIGHT TRACK. MOST OF US IN THIS CONGRESS BELIEVE WE CAN AT LEAST GATHER THE INFORMATION TO ADDRESS THESE SITUATIONS. I COME BACK FROM MEXICO, I HAVE THIS OTHER SENSE. I HAVE A DIFFERENT FEELING. IT'S ONE THAT I CAN SEE A LOT OF THE THINGS THAT ARE WRONG, BUT I DON'T KNOW HOW TO FIX IT BECAUSE THE CORRUPTION GOES SO DEEP. IT THREADS THROUGH SO MANY COMPONENTS OF OUR SOCIETY. UNLESS THERE'S A GOOD FORMULA TO FIX THE CULTURE OF CORRUPTION, I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU FIX THE REST OF THE INSTITUTIONS IN MEXICO. AND I WANT TO GIVE A HATS HALF TO PRESIDENT CALDERON OF TAKING ON THE DRUG CARTELS. I KNOW BEING PART OF THE EXCHANGE PROGRAM BEFORE HE WAS ELECTED TO OFFICE, ONE OF THE THINGS I WAS ADVISED WAS HE GOES -- HE'S GOING TO HAVE TO GO AGAINST THE PEOPLE THAT PUT HIM IN OFFICE. WHEN I SEE THE DRUG CARTEL WARS GOING ON AND THE FEDERAL OFFICERS LOST IN THAT BATTLE AND THE LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS THAT ARE EITHER AFRAID TO ENFORCE THE LAW OR ARE CORRUPT AND WRAPPED UP IN THE CARTELS, IT'S A VERY DIFFICULT TASK THAT HE'S FACED. SO I'LL GIVE ANOTHER POINT TO THE POINT THAT HE'S MADE THAT THE CONSUMPTION OF ILLEGAL DRUGS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES IS ONE OF THE HUGE FORCES THAT DRIVE THE LEGALITY OF MEXICO. I HAVE TO CONCEDE THAT POINT. WE NEED TO ADDRESS THE ILLY DRUG CONSUMPTION IN AMERICA. WE LACK THE ABLE TO DO IT. OUR CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION HAS ACCEPTED A CERTAIN LEVEL OF DRUG CONSUMPTION. WE'VE ACCEPTED THE VIOLENCE THAT GOES WITH IT. WE ACCEPTED THE CHILD ABUSE, THE DOMESTIC PROBLEMS THAT GOES WITH AS SIMPLE LOW A COMPONENT OF OUR SEW -- WITH A SIMPLE COMPONENT OF OUR SEW SIFMENTE WE START A NEW INSTIR ECONOMY THAT IS NOT -- INNER CITY ECONOMY. THOSE ARE THE PROBLEMS WE NEED TO ADDRESS. HE SPOKE TO THOSE LIGHTLY. HE SPOKE TO THOSE GENTLY. HE REFERENCED THEM, BUT PRESIDENT CALDERON CAME VERY STRONG AGAINST THE ARIZONA IMMIGRATION LAW. AND I AM WONDERING WHO BRIEFED HIM BEFORE HE GAVE THIS SPEECH HERE. IT ALMOST LOOKS AS THOUGH THE SPEECH WAS PREPARED BY THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE LANGUAGE THAT WAS USED AND THE LANGUAGE THAT HE EMPHATICALLY DISAGREES WITH ARIZONA'S IMMIGRATION LAW, S.B. 1070, THAT'S THE BILL, BE EMPHATICALLY DISAGREES WITH THE BILL EVEN THOUGH HE SAYS HE RECOGNIZES OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO PASS LAWS AND ESTABLISH IMMIGRATION LAWS AND ENFORCE THOSE IMMIGRATION LAWS. SO I'M WONDERING WHAT IT IS THAT OFFENDS PRESIDENT CALDERON ABOUT THE ARIZONA IMMIGRATION LAW SINCE IT MIRRORS THE FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAW? IS IT HE OFFENDED THEN BY THE FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAW? AND WHEN HE SAT DOWN IN THE OVAL OFFICE WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA, DID HE BRING THAT UP AND SAY TO HIM, MR. PRESIDENT, I THINK YOU OUGHT TO AMEND THE FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAW SO PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE AS LEGAL IMMIGRANTS DON'T PERHAPS HAVE TO CARRY THEIR PAPERS AFTER THE AGE OF 18? THAT'S THE LAW. IT'S BEEN THE LAW FOR A LONG TIME. IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT OFFENDED PEOPLE BEFORE. I HADN'T HEARD ABOUT IT UNTIL ARIZONA STEPPED FORWARD AND MADE IT PART OF THEIR STATE LAW. SO IF PRESIDENT CALDERON IS OFFENDED AND DISAGREE BY ARIZONA'S IMMIGRATION LAW AND IT MIRRORS FEDERAL IMGRADUATION LAW BEHE HASN'T VOICED -- BUT HE HASN'T VOICED OFFENSE TO THE FEDERAL IMGRADUATION LAW, HE'S ONLY OFFENDED BECAUSE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT IN ARIZONA WILL ENFORCE THE MIRROR OF THE IMMIGRATION LAW. HE WOULD ALSO BE OFFENDED BY THE FEDERAL IMGRADUATION LAW -- IMMIGRATION LAW. THAT'S A SIMILAR LAW OF DEDUCTIVE REASONING TO TAKE IT DOWN TO THAT I'M NOT SURE THAT THE PEOPLE THAT ARE ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE FROM US HAVE THAT CAPABILITY, TO DO THAT DEDUCTIVE REASONS ANYMORE. AND WHEN I LOOK AT THE PEOPLE IN THE ADMINISTRATION WHO HAVE TAKEN ON ARIZONA'S IMGRADUATION LAW AND WILLFULLY MISINFORMED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BY THE WAY, I WILL INCLUDE PRESIDENT CALDERON IN THIS CASE WILLFULLY MISINFORMING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ON THE ARIZONA IMGRADUATION LAW. BUT I LOOK AT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WHO MADE THIS COMMENT THAT THERE WAS A -- THERE COULD BE A WOMAN IN ARIZONA TAKING HER DAUGHTER OFF TO GET SOME ICE CREAM AND APPARENTLY BECAUSE OF THE WAY THEY LOOK THEY COULD BE CALLED OVER AND ASKED TO PRODUCE THEIR PAPERS. NOW, THAT WAS PLAYING THE RACE CARD. AND THAT DRIEDS THE -- DIVIDES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THAT RECOGNIZES THE STATEMENT THAT WAS MADE BY MR. MCCLINTOCK A FEW MINUTES AGO THAT THERE IS AN INTENTIONAL EFFORT TO DIVIDE PEOPLE, TO DIVIDE PEOPLE FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES. THE PRESIDENT HAS DONE IT. AND I CAN'T IMAGINE HE HAD READ THE BILL UNTIL LAST NIGHT HE SOUNDED A LITTLE MORE LIKE HE HAD. BUT HE COULDN'T HAVE READ IT IF HE WAS GOING TO BE ABLE TO SAY THE THINGS HE SAID. HE KNOWS ARIZONA LAW DOESN'T ALLOW FOR A WOMAN AND HER DAUGHTER TO BE STOPPED FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN THEIR SKIN COLOR WHEN THEY'RE GOING OFF TO GET SOME ICE CREAM. IT SPECIFICALLY STATES THAT IN THE BILL. NOT THE ICE CREAM PART. BUT IT SPECIFICALLY STATES THAT THERE HAS TO BE PROBABLE CAUSE AND IN ORDER TO INVESTIGATE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS THERE HAS TO BE A REASONABLE SUSPICION. WE UNDERSTAND REASONABLE SUSPICION. I HAPPEN TO HAVE WRITTEN REASONABLE SUSPICION LANGUAGE IN IOWA'S WORKPLACE DRUG TESTING LAW. AND WE DIDN'T ASK A TRAINED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER TO EVALUATE THE REASONABLE SUSPICION. WE JUST SIMPLY ASKED AN EMPLOYER TO EITHER APPOINT HIMSELF OR DESIGNATE AN EMPLOYEE TO TAKE TWO HOURS OF COURSE TRAINING AND IDENTIFY REASONABLE SUSPICION AND THEN WITH THAT TWO HOURS OF TRAINING AND ONE HOUR PER YEAR REFRESHING TRAINING, COULD BE ABLE TO DESIGNATE -- POINT TO AN INDIVIDUAL AND SAY, I HAVE A REASONABLE SUSPICION THAT YOU'RE A DRUG ABUSER, NOW YOU HAVE TO GO OFF AND PROVIDE A URINALYSIS. HERE'S THE CLINIC, HERE'S THE NURSE, GO IN THERE AND WE'RE GOING TO TEST YOU AND THAT'S BEEN 12 YEARS, FOR 12 YEARS ABOUT IT'S BEEN -- IT'S BEEN IN THE LAW IN IOWA AND I HEARD ALL OF THE SAME THINGS WHEN WE PASSED THAT LAW. THAT REASONABLE SUSPICION WOULD BE USED TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PEOPLE BECAUSE SOMEONE DIDN'T LIKE THEM. BECAUSE OF THEIR SKIN COLOR. BECAUSE OF THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION, BECAUSE OF THEIR GENDER IDENTITY. WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE. AND ALL OF THIS HYSTERIA THAT GETS BUILT UP AROUND THIS LEGISLATION, AND THE WILLFUL MISREPRESENTATION OF THE LANGUAGE AND THE EFFECT OF THE LAW TURNS OUT TO BE, WHAT DO WE CALL IT? A TELL PEST IN A TEAPOT ATED END. NOT SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO PRODUCE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS. THE LULL OF HYSTERIA IS PROPORTIONAL TO THE DEGREE WITH WHICH THEY ARE AFRAID THE LAW WILL WORK. AND ARIZONA WILL BE ABLE TO ENFORCE THE MIRROR OF FEDERAL IMGRADUATION LAW AND THEY WILL BE ABLE TO EFFECTIVELY OUTLAW SANCTION WEAR CITIES IN ARIZONA. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ABOUT -- SANCTUARY CITIES IN ARIZONA. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. PEOPLE WHO OBJECT TO THE ARIZONA IMMIGRATION LAW ARE LYING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAT IN THIS SEAT TODAY AND WHEN PRESIDENT CALDERON SAID THAT HE OBJECTED TO ARIZONA'S IMGRADUATION LAW, WHO HAD THE STANDING OVATION? THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES WHO CONFESSED TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS THAT HE DIDN'T READ THE BILL. BUT HE WOULD COMMIT THE RESOURCES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO INVESTIGATE ARIZONA FOR CONSTITUTIONALITY QUESTIONS, STATUTORY QUESTIONS, CASE LAW QUESTIONS THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ARIZONA'S IMMIGRATION LAW. NOT HAVING READ THE BILL, NOT HAVING EXAMINED THIS OR BEEN EVEN BRIEFED BY HIS OWN PEOPLE, BUT HAVING BEEN DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO USE THE FORCE OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO EXAMINE ARIZONA'S IMGRADUATION LAW AND COULD NOT, TO ME IN THAT SAME HEARING, RESPOND TO A QUESTION, COULD YOU POINT TO A SINGLE PLACE IN THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION THAT CAUSES YOU CONCERN? YOU CAN POINT TO A SINGLE STATUTE? YOU CAN POINT TO A SINGLE PIECE OF CASE LAW THAT WOULD SKEAT THAT ARIZONA DOESN'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ENFORCE FEDERAL IMGRADUATION LAW? HE COULD DO NOTHING OF -- NONE OF THOSE THINGS AND SUBSEQUENTLY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS WHOM I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO IN THIS MOMENT, ASK HIM IF HE'D READ THE BILL, THOUGHT THAT WHEN THAT QUESTION WAS ASKED THAT IT WAS A QUESTION TO SET UP SOMETHING ELSE BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WAS A GIVEN THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES WOULD HAVE READ THE BILL BEFORE HE MISREPRESENTED IT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, JUDGE POE.

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  • 05:51:25 PM

    MR. POE

    GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. REGARDING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL NOT READING THE…

    GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. REGARDING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL NOT READING THE BILL, HE IS A KNOWLEDGEBLE LAWYER. AND ANY KNOWLEDGEABLE LAWYER THAT HAD -- WOULD HAVE READ THE ARIZONA STATUTE WOULD KNOW WHAT HE WAS SAYING WAS INCORRECT. THAT IS WHY I ASKED HIM THE QUESTION, BECAUSE I BELIEVED THAT HE HASN'T READ THE LAW -- HADN'T READ THE LAW. IN FOUR PLACES IT STATES THAT ACIAL PROFILE SOMETHING PROHIBITED UNDER THE STATUTE. IN FOUR DIFFERENT PLACES. IT SAYS THAT. TO MAKE IT VERY CLEAR TO EVERYBODY IN ARIZONA AND THE WORLD THAT WILL READ THE LAW THAT RACIAL PROFILING IS PROHIBITED UNDER ARIZONA'S NEW ILLEGAL IMGRADUATION LAW THAT THEY HAVE PASS -- IMMIGRATION LAW THAT THEY HAVE PASSED WHICH YOU HAVE SAID IS A MIRROR COPY OF U.S. IMMIGRATION LAWS AND BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES ALL KINDS OF THINGS EXCEPT PROTECT THE BORDER, THEY ARE DESPERATE IN ARIZONA TO PROTECT THEIR CITIZENS AND THEREFORE THEY'VE PASSED THAT LEGISLATION. I JUST WANTED TO MENTION PART OF THE PROBLEM WITH THE BORDER PATROL IN ARIZONA AND OTHER PLACES ALONG THE TEXAS BORDER AND WHY STATES LIKE ARIZONA HAVE DECIDED THEY MUST ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAWS, BECAUSE OF WHAT IS OCCURRING. HERE'S ASSAULTS, A CHART OF ASSAULTS THAT HAVE OCCURRED AGAINST OUR BORDER PATROL AGENTS. BORDER PATROL AGENTS, AS YOU KNOW, THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, PATROL THE BORDER WITHIN 25 MILES TO 35 MILES OF OUR SOUTHERN BORDER. AND IN THE YEAR 2004 THERE WERE ABOUT 380 ASSAULTS ON OUR BORDER AGENTS WHICH I THINK IS A LOT. THEN IN 2005 THERE WERE 687 AND 2006 THERE WERE 752 AND THEN IN THE LAST THREE YEARS, 2007, 2008 AND 2009 THERE HAVE BEEN ALMOST 1,000 ASSAULTS ON BORDER AGENTS AND THOSE ARE FOLKS THAT PROTECT THE DIGNITY OF THE U.S., THESE ASSAULTS PRIMARILY COME FROM PEOPLE CROSSING THE BORDER ILLEGALLY AND THEY ASSAULT OUR BORDER PATROL AGENTS WHO ARE JUST TRYING TO PROTECT THE DIGNITY AND SOVEREIGNTY OF THE U.S., PEOPLE ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO COME HERE UNLESS THEY HAVE PERMISSION. THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO COME HERE LEGALLY. AND IT'S GOTTEN SO BAD DOWN ON THE BORDER, THEY HAVE NOW IMPROVISED, BEING IN THE CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS, MR. KING, YOU WOULD APPRECIATE THIS, THEY CALL THESE BORDER PATROL VEHICLES WHEEL WAGONS AND THE REASON THEY CALL THEM WAR WAGONS IS BECAUSE THESE PATROL RIGHT UP NEXT TO THE TEXAS-MEXICO BORDER, ALSO THE ARIZONA BORDER WITH MEXICO, AND PEOPLE CROSSING INTO THE UNITED STATES ILLEGALLY PELT THE BORDER PATROL WITH ROCKS. HEAVY ROCKS. AND SO THEY HAVE PUT ALL OF THESE MESHED WIRE CONTRAPTIONS ON THEIR VEHICLE TO PROTECT THE WINDOWS AND PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM BODILY HARM, FROTHE ROCK THROWERS WHO ARE ARROGANTLY COMING INTO THE UNITED STATES ILLEGALLY, THEY SEE THE BORDER PATROL, THEY START THROWING ROCKS AND THEY COME INTO THE UNITED STATES ANYWAY. AND SO THAT IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF WHY THE STATE OF ARIZONA AND OTHER STATES ARE IN DIRE STRAITS. THEY WANT TO PROTECT THE DIGNITY AND SOVEREIGNTY OF THEIR STATE, THEY WANT TO PROTECT IT FROM PEOPLE COMING IN. EVERYBODY, THE GOOD AND THE BAD AND THE LUG UGLY, AND RIGHT NOW WE'RE GETTING EVERYBODY. THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY. A LOT OF BAD AND A LOT OF UGLY. SO, IT JUST SEEMS TO ME THAT OUR GOVERNMENT, RATHER THAN CRITICIZING THE STATE OF ARIZONA, OUGHT TO BE SUPPORTING ARIZONA, OUGHT TO ENFORCE THE RULE OF LAW ON THE BORDER. IF OUR GOVERNMENT AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ENFORCED THE RULE OF LAW ON THE BORDER WE WOULDN'T BE HAVING ANY OF THESE DISCUSSIONS BUT IT DOESN'T. AND IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT OUR ATTORNEY GENERAL AND ALSO THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAVE TALKED ABOUT THIS LEGISLATION AND NEITHER ONE OF THEM, BEFORE THEY MADE ALL THESE STATEMENTS ABOUT HOW BAD THE LAW WAS, HAD READ THE LEGISLATION. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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  • 05:55:46 PM

    MR. KING

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR BRINGING THAT PERSPECTIVE IN. I HAVE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR BRINGING THAT PERSPECTIVE IN. I HAVE ALSO SPENT TIME DOWN TO THE BORDER AND RIDDEN IN THE WAR WAGONS AND WATCHED AS THEY HAVE THE SCREEN THAT'S HINGED THAT GOES OVER THE WIND SHIELD AND THEN YOU CAN TIP IT BACK DOWN OVER THE HOOD WHEN YOU GET AWAY FROM THE BORDER OUT OF ROCK RANGE. AND I'VE WATCHED THEM CLIMB THE -- I'VE WATCHED THEM CLIMB THE FENCE, COME INTO THE UNITED STATES, TAKE A LOOK AND WATCH THE BORDER PATROL MOVE TOWARDS THEM AND THEY JUST -- THEY RUN AT THE SPEED THEY NEED TO RUN TO CLIMB BACK OVER THE FENCE, HANG OVER THE FENCE AND SMILE AND WAVE AND SMIRK AND THEN SOMETIMES THE SAME INDIVIDUALS GET COLLAR AND THEY COME BACK. IT'S INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT THE BORDER PATROL IN THE NO GALS A AREA IN PARTICULAR, THEY PICK PEOPLE UP AND THEY HAVE A PRIVATE CONTRACTOR THAT COMES AND DOES THE TRANSPORT. SO THEY HAVE PARAMILITARY OR MILITARY-TYPE UNIFORMS ON THESE TYPES OF OFFICERS, GRAY UNIFORMS, RIDING A WHITE VAN THAT'S GOT -- IT'S GOT A CAGE BUILT INSIDE IT, THEY'LLOME ALONG AND PICK THEM UP EN A BORDER PATROL OFFICER PICKS THEM UP, THEY'LL CALL THE WAGON AND THE CONTRACTOR PICKS THEM UP AND DELIVERS THEM TO THE STATION AND THEY WALK IN THERE, THEY ALREADY KNOW THE DRILL, THEY'VE GOT THEIR PERSONAL ITEMS IN A ZIP LOCK BAG, THEY WALTZ IN, SOME OF THEM HAVE A SMIRK ON THEIR FACE, THEY KNOW THE CONSEQUENCES ARE ZERO AND THEY'LL SIT DOWN ON THE WALL AND KNOW THERE'S A LITTLE TIME WHILE THEY GET FINGERPRINTED AND DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPH, THEN THEY'LL BE SORTED INTO CELLS AND LOADED BACK INTO SOMETIMES THE SAME VAN WITHIN AN HOUR OR SO, GONE, TAKEN BACK DOWN TO THE PORT OF ENTRY AND THE BORDER, TURN THE VAN SWAYS, OPEN THE DOOR, THEY -- SIDEWAYS, OPEN THE DOOR, THEY WALK BACK INTO MEXICO TO COME BACK THE NEXT DAY OR THE NEXT HOUR. WE DON'T HAVE CATCH AND RELEASE ANYMORE THE WAY WE USED TO HAVE IT AND WE HAVE NOW CATCH AND RETURN. IT OCCURS TO ME THAT WE AREN'T REALLY MAKING PROGRESS, THAT THE MISSION STATEMENT DOWN THERE ON THE BORDER ISN'T THAT WE'RE GOING TO GET OPERATIONAL CONTROL OF THE BORDER, EVEN THOUGH JANET NAPOLITANO SEEMS TO THINK THEY ARE DOING SO BECAUSE THEY ARE FEWER INTERDICTIONS ON THE BORDER BUT I KNOW THAT YOU CAN -- YOU DON'T MEASURE BORDER CROSSINGS NECESSARILY BY HOW MANY PEOPLE YOU STOP COMING IN. YOU DO IT BY HOW MANY PEOPLE ACTUALLY MAKE THE ATTEMPT AND GET THROUGH. AND MAKE THE ATTEMPT AND/OR GET THROUGH. AND SO TO LOWER THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND INTERDICT FEWER PEOPLE DOESN'T MEAN THERE'S FEWER ATTEMPTS NECESSARILY. BUT THAT'S THE METRIC THAT WE'RE USING. SO I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO T GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA WHO HAS SOME COMMENTS ON THIS ISSUE.

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  • 05:58:25 PM

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    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA AND I WOULD LIKE TO STATE EMPHATICALLY…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA AND I WOULD LIKE TO STATE EMPHATICALLY HERE THIS EVENING, MR. SPEAKER, THAT I SUPPORT THE LAW OF ARIZONA.

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  • 05:58:37 PM

    MR. FLEMING

    THE GENTLEMAN SAID, IT IS REALLY A MIRROR IMAGE OF THE UNITED STATES LAW.…

    THE GENTLEMAN SAID, IT IS REALLY A MIRROR IMAGE OF THE UNITED STATES LAW. AND I ULD SAY THAT THOSE WHO ARE AGAINST THE LAW, WHO CRITICIZE IT, SOME UR OWN GOVERNMENT, DO SO FOR A VERY INTERESTING REASON. IT'S NOT REALLY THE LAW I THINK THAT THEY HAVE SUCH A PROBLEM WITH, THE FACT THAT WE'RE ENFORCING A LAW THAT ALREADY EXISTS. IF THAT WERE NOT THE CASE THEN WHY, MR. SPEAKER, DOES THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE AGAINST THIS ARIZONA LAW, WHY DON'T THEY JUST SIMPLY BRING A BILL TO THE FLOOR AND LET'S VOTE TO REPEAL THE EXISTING AMERICAN LAW? BUT THAT'S NOT HAPPENING. WHAT WE'VE HAD IS A WINK AND A NOD FOR MANY YEARS IN WHICH CASE WE HAVE ALONG THE BOOKS, I THINK IT'S A GOOD LAW, THE NOT A PERFECT LAW, BUT A LAW THAT IF WE ENFORCED IT WE WOULDN'T HAVE THE PROBLEMS WE HAVE TODAY. AND LET'S JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO UNDERSTAND WHY WE HAVE THE PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE. I LIVED IN THE SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, AREA SOME YEARS AGO AND IT WAS VERY INTERESTING, WHEN YOU WOULD LEAVE SAN DIEGO AND DRIVE ACROSS THE BORDER INTOITY HANNA, TO SEE THAT HERE WE ARE -- TO TIJUANA, HERE WE ARE, TWO CITIES THAT ARE SO CLOSE TOGETHER THAT THEY ABUTT ONE ANOTHER, AND YET ON ONE SIDE OF THE BORDER YOU HAVE BEAUTIFUL HOMES, MILLION-DOLLAR HOMES, YOU HAVE WONDERFUL BRIDGES AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND THEN AS YOU CROSS THE BORDER YOU FIND POVERTY, YOU FIND DIRT ROADS, YOU FIND PEOPLE IN SOME CASES LIVING IN THE STREETS. SO THERE'S SUCH A CHAS MUCH BETWEEN THE STANDARD OF LIVING BELOW THE BORDER THAN ABOVE THAT BORDER. NO WONDER PEOPLE TRY TO CROSS THE BORDER FOR OPPORTUNITY. CAN'T BLAME THEM FOR DOING THAT THE PROBLEM IS, IT'S A CULTURAL AND POLITICAL PROBLEM THAT EXISTS IN MEXICO TODAY. SO RATHER THAN POINTING HIS FINGER AT US, PRESIDENT CALDERON SHOULD, I THINK, ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS IN HIS COUNTRY, AND THAT IS THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE A HIGH LEVEL OF CORRUPTION, A HIGH LEVEL OF POVERTY. I DO AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA THAT HE'S DOING A MUCH BETTER JOB ABOUT THE DRUG CARTELS AND ENFORCING THOSE LAWS THAN ANY PRESIDENT IN MODERN TIMES FROM MEXICO. SO I DEFINITELY TIP MY HAT TO HIM FOR THAT. BUT THERE IS ALMOST NO MIDDLE CLASS IN MEXICO TODAY. LIKE MANY THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES, IT'S A COUNTRY WHERE PEOPLE ARE DESPERATE FOR WORK AND DESPERATE FOR OPPORTUNITIES. ON THE OTHER HAND, THERE'S A 10% OR SO OF THE POPULATION THAT LIVES A WEALTHY LIFESTYLE BUT THERE'S VERY FEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR UPWARD MOBILITY. LET'S FINALLY LOOK AT IT. WE'RE ALL DESCENDANTS OF IMMIGRANTS OF ONE FORM OR ANOTHER. OUR ANCESTORS CAME HERE BECAUSE THEY WERE LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITY. WE HAVE MANY PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD WHO COME HERE LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITY AND WE HAVE A WAY FOR THEM TO DO THAT. I THINK IT WAS THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA EARLIER THAT MENTIONED THAT 600,000 OR SO LEGAL IMMIGRANTS CAME TO THIS COUNTRY LAST YEAR. WE HAVE A WAY OF DOING THAT, THOUGH I THINK WE COULD MAKE IT BETTER, WE COULD MAKE IT MORE EFFICIENT, BUT THE TRUTH IS THERE IS A LEGAL WAY TO IMMIGRATE TO THE UNITED STATES. WE SHOULD MAKE THAT AVAILABLE AND WE DO MAKE THAT AVAILABLE. ON THE OTHER HAND, AND I WELCOME THOSE IMMIGRANTS. BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, THOSE WHO COME ACROSS OUR BORDERS ILLEGALLY, INAPPROPRIATELY, AND WHO IN MANY WAYS CREATE DANGER FOR OUR OWN SITH ZENS -- FOR OUR OWN CITIZENS, WHO CREATE NEEDS FOR THEIR EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE AND THEIR CHILDREN, DOING THAT ILLEGALLY IS NOT A SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM. IT MAY BE A SHORT-TERM SOLUTION FOR THEIR ECONOMIC PROBLEM BUS MEXICO HAS TO ADDRESS ITS OWN ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL PROBLEMS AND WE HAVE GOT TO TAKE CARE OF THE BORDERS, OUR SOVEREIGNTY HERE. I WOULD REITERATE, I DO SUPPORT ARIZONA'S BOLD MOVE. I THINK A NECESSARY MOVE TO PROTECT THE BORDERS, TO PROTECT THE ECONOMY. I BELIEVE IT'S PHOENIX THAT IS CONSIDERED THE KIDNAPPING CAPITAL OF AT LEAST THE UNITED STATES IF NOT THE WORLD. WHO CAN BLAME THE PEOPLE OF ARIZONA FOR DOING FOR THEMSELVES WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO DO EVEN THOUGH IT HAS AN OBLIGATION TO DO THAT. THEN, AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS POINTS OUT, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA AS WELL, WE HAD AN ATTORNEY GENERAL SITTING HERE TODAY, RIGHT IN FRONT OF THIS BODY, AND HAVING ALREADY ADMITTED, CONFESSED HE DIDN'T READ THE LAW TO BEGIN WITH, AND AFTER ALL, IT'S ESSENTIALLY THE SAME LAW HE'S AGREED TO UPHOLD AND DEFEND AS ATTORNEY GENERAL, AND SOMEHOW AGREEING WITH THE PRESIDENT FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY WHO SAYS WE SHOULD TURN A BLIND EYE TO THE ILLEGAL IMGRANTS COMING ACROSS THE BORDER SYSTEM OF I WOULD JUST SAY THAT I AGREE WITH THE TWO GENTLEMEN HERE TONIGHT. IT'S TIME SOMETHING IS DONE AND I AGREE WITH THE EFFORTS OF ARIZONA AND I DO THINK OTHER STATES ARE GOING TO TAKE UP THIS IS AS WELL. THEY COME UP WITH SIMILAR LAWS. I THINK WE HERE IN THE BODY OF THE U.S. CONGRESS SHOULD ALSO MOVE FORWARD WITH IMMIGRATION REFORM, BUT NOT IN THE FORM OF AMNESTY THAT WE HEAR ABOUT FROM THE OTHER SIDE, BUT A TRUE REFORM WHERE WE CAN MORE EFFICIENTLY ALLOW PEOPLE TO COME ACROSS THE BOARDER TO WORK HERE TEMPORARILY IF THEIR JOBS FOR THEM IN A LEGAL WAY, BUT MAKE SURE THEY RETURN WHEN THEY'RE DONE AND ON THE OTHER HAND, THOSE WHO ARE HERE ILLEGALLY RETURN AND NEVER COME BACK IN AN ILLEGAL STATUS. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:04:42 PM

    MR. KING

    MY TIME, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA. A NUMBER OF THINGS COME TO…

    MY TIME, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA. A NUMBER OF THINGS COME TO MIND AS I LISTEN TO THE DIALOGUE HERE. ONE OF THEM WAS LURKING IN THE BACK OF MY MIND THAT I HAD TO GO BACK AND FIND. IT WAS A STATEMENT MADE BY PRESIDENT CALDERON THAT I'D LIKE TO HAVE A SIT DOWN CONVERSATION WITH HIM ON WHEN HE SAID IN THE EARLY PART OF HIS SPEECH TODAY THAT AS YOU CAN SEE, MEXICO WAS FOUNDED ON THE SAME VALUES AND PRCIPLES AS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I DON'T THINK I CAN SEE THAT. I'D LIKE TO KNOW WHAT HE'S THINKING ABOUT AND TALKING ABOUT WHEN HE MAKES THAT STATEMENT. THERE ARE CERTAINLY PRINCIPLES THAT ARE SIMILAR AND PRINCIPLES THAT ARE IDENTICAL BUT THERE ARE PRINCIPLES ON THE WAY THE UNITED STATES WAS FOUNDED THAT ARE UNIQUE TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THAT'S A CONVERSATION FOR ANOTHER TIME. I POSE THAT QUESTION OUT THERE, IF ANYBODY HAS AN ANSWER TO THAT, I'M NOT ILLUMINATED ON THAT ENOUGH TO SEE INTO HIS MIND TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HE'S SAYING, I KNOW I DISAGREE WITH HIM UNTIL I CAN FIND A BETTER ESTIMATION. WITH WHEN MR. MCCLINTOCK TALKED ABOUT 600,000 LEGAL IMMIGRANT, HE MUST HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT 600,000 NATURALIZATIONS. WE'RE UP TO 1.5 MILLION COMING IN ON VISAS. THAT NUMBER AVERAGES ABOUT ONE MILLION A YEAR. THERE'S NO NATION IN THE WORLD THAT IS AS GENEROUS WITH ITS LEGAL IMMIGRATION AS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS, AND THERE'S NO NATION IN THE WORLD THAT WE'RE MORE GENEROUS TO WITH REGARD TO LEGAL IMMIGRATION THAN THE NATION OF MEXICO. THOSE ARE SIMPLY FACTS. WE SAW FACTS TODAY THATHOWED ABOUT 111,000 LEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM MEXICO ON AN ANNUAL BASIS. I REMEMBER SEEING SOME DATA THAT SHOWED THAT 14.5% OF THE LEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN THE UNITED STATES COME FROM MEXICO. THAT'S PRETTY GENEROUS. WE SAW ALSO OUR ECONOMY, WE HAVE HAD AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBERS OF UNEMPLOYMENT, UP TO 470,000 NEW APPLICATIONS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT. IT WAS INTERESTING THAT PRESIDENT CALDERON TALKED ABOUT THEIR ECONOMY CREATING 400,000 NEW JOBS IN THE LAST QUARTER IN MEXICO, HERE WE'RE WATCHING 470,000 NEW AP LIP CANTS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IF I GO BACK TO THE WORK FORCE IN THE UNITED STATES 10 YEARS AGO, THE WORK FORCE WAS 142 MILLION. TODAY IT'S A LITTLE OVER 153 MILLION IN THE WORK FORCE. IF YOU WOULD ADD UP THE LEGAL IMMIGRANTS THAT HAVE RECEIVED GREEN CARDS AND PROCESSED THROUGH THIS PROCESS OF SOME TO NATURALIZATION, SOME NOT TO NATURALIZATION, ABOUT HALF THAT COME TO THE UNITED STATES LEGALLY FOLLOW THROUGH ON THE CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION COMPONENT, BUT THE LEGAL IMMIGRATION OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS AND THE JOBS OPENED UP FOR PEOPLE THAT CAME HERE THAT RECEIVED GREEN CARDS OR WORKEST' VISAS ALMOST MIRRORS THE SIZE OF GROWTH IN OUR WORK FORCE. SO WE HAVE 15.4 MILLION UNEMPLOYEED IN AMERICA. WE HAVE ANOTHER FIVE MILLION TO SIX MILLION LOOKING FOR JOBS. AROUND 20 MILLION OR MORE IN AMERICA WOULD MEET MY DEFINITION OF UNEMPLOYMENT. PEOPLE THAT NEED WORK AND ARE LOOKING FOR IT. WE HAVE A WORK FORCE THAT COULD BE EXPANDED DRAMATICALLY IF WE WOULD SIMPLY TAKE THOSE OF WORKG AGE WHO ARE NOT ENGAGED IN THE WORK FORCE, THAT AREN'T WORKING FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER, THAT'S ABOUT 80 MILLION. SO WE HAVE 20 MILLION LOOKING FOR WORK IN AMERICA, UNEMPLOYED AND THOSE THAT HAVE GIVEN UP TRYING TO LOOK AND THEN YOU ADD ANOTHER 60 MILLION THAT ARE SIMPLY NOT IN THE WORK FORCE FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER THAT ARE OF WORKING AGE. THAT'S 80 MILLION AMERICANS WE CAN DRAW FROM. WE HAVE EIGHT MILLION ILLEGALS IN AMERICA AT LEAST THAT ARE GOING TO WORK ON A REGULAR BASIS. ENFORCING IMMIGRATION LAW WOULD OPEN UP EIGHT MILLION JOBS. THAT WOULD BE HALF OF THE UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM. ROUGHLY THAT 15.4 MILLION THAT ARE TECHNICALLY UNEMPLOYED. ABOUT HALF OF THOSE COULD GO TO THOSE LOOKING FOR WORK -- TO THOSE THAT ARE HELD BY ILLEGALS. THERE'S NOT A SINGLE JOB THAT AMERICANS WON'T DO I LOOKED INTO THAT WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH WAS SAYING THAT CONSTANTLY, THERE'S WORK AMERICANS WON'T DO, AND THE ILLEGAL ONES ARE THE ONES THAT FIRST SITCOM AND HE WANTS TO LEGALIZE THEM. I ASKED THE QUESTION, WHAT'S THE TOUGHEST, DIRTIEST, MOST DANGEROUS, DIFFICULT JOB THERE IS THAT ANY AMERICAN WOULD BE ASKED TO DO. AND THE ANSWER TO THAT AS I POLLED THE PEOPLE AROUND ME WOULD BE, WELL, ROOTING TERRORISTS OUT OF PLACES LIKE FALLUJAH WOULD BE ABOUT THE TOUGHEST JOB THERE IS. I SAID WHAT DO YOU PAY THE LOWEST RANKING MARINE TO GO INTO FALLUJAH, PUT HIS LIFE ON THE LINE TO ROOT THE TERRORIST OUT OF THERE. IF YOU PAID HIM A 40-HOUR WEEK, INSTEAD OST 60 OR 70 HOUR A WEEK OR MORE, BUT AT 40 HOURS A WEEK, IT'S $8.09 AN HOUR. IF A MARINE WILL ROOT TERRORISTS OUT OF FALLUJAH FOR HIS COUNTRY, GRANTED $8.09 AN HOUR, I DON'T THINK YOU CAN FIND A JOB PICKING LETTUCE THAT AMERICANS WON'T DO FOR THE GROWING RATE. OUR ECONOMY HAS GOTTEN SO DISTORTED, WE'VE BECOME SUCH A WELFARE STATE THAT ACCORDING TO ROBERT RICHTER OF THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION A STUDY THEY DID A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, TAKE A TYPICAL FAMILY OF FOUR HEADED BY A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT, WITHOUT REGARD TO THEIR IMMIGRATION STATUS, LEGAL OR ILLEGAL, AMERAN-BORN, NATURALIZED, TAKE A TYPICAL HOUSEHOLD, THE NET DRAW, FIRST I HAVE TO SAY THEY PAY TAXES. THEY PAY AN AVERAGE OF $9,000 IN TAXES. BUT THEY'LL DRAW DOWN AN AVERAGE OF $32,000 IN BENEFITS AND THE NET COST TO THE TAXPAYER THIS $22,449 A YEAR. THAT'S $1.5 MILLION OVER THE 50 YEARS OF HEADING THAT HOUSEHOLD. THE LOWER SKILLED PEOPLE, NATURAL BORN, NATURALIZED, LEGAL OR ILLEGAL, CAN'T SUSTAIN THEIR HOUSEHOLD IN THIS ECONOMY BECAUSE THEIR SKILL LEVEL ISN'T HIGH ENOUGH, AND WE ARGUE WE NEED MORE UNSKILLED LABOR IN AMERICA? BECAUSE THE PRESSURE ON THE JOBS AT THE LOWER SKILLSED JOBS IS SO THAT THE HIGHER PERCENTAGES OF UNFILLED JOBS IS THAT. I THINK WE NEED A WAY TO MAKE THE LOWER SKILLED WAGES COME UP SO THE TAXPAYERS DON'T HAVE TO SUBSIDIZE THAT HOUSEHOLD AND THE PEOPLE OF -- THE HOUSEHOLDS OF PEOPLE NOT WORKING AT ALL.

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  • 06:11:34 PM

    MR. FLEMING

    WE'RE MOVING RAPIDLY IN THIS COUNTRY TOWARD PAYING PEOPLE NOT TO WORK THAT…

    WE'RE MOVING RAPIDLY IN THIS COUNTRY TOWARD PAYING PEOPLE NOT TO WORK THAT CREATES THAT VACUUM YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT WHERE PEOPLE FROM MEXICO WANT TO COME ACROSS THE BORDER ILLEGALLY TO FIND JOBS. BUT WHAT'S VERY INTERESTING ABOUT PRESIDENT CALDERON IS, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, THAT THE RULES FOR IMMIGRATION INTO MEXICO FROM ITS SOUTHERN BORDER ARE FAR MORE ONEROUS THAN OUR OWN LAWS. IN FACT, OURS ARE MUCH MORE GENEROUS. YET HE'S CITE SIT -- CRITICIZING US. THAT REALLY MAKES NO SENSE, DOESN'T ADD UP, IT'S HYPOCRITICAL. SO I THINK YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, MR. KING, BECAUSE NOT ONLY SHOULD WE MAKE SURE THAT THE OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE FOR OUR OWN CITIZENS, BUT WE SHOULD TAKE AWAY, I THINK, ANY INCENTIVES FOR PEOPLE NOT TO WORK WHEN IN FACT THEY'RE FULLY ABLE BODIED TO DO SO.

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  • 06:12:28 PM

    MR. KING

    RECLAIMING MY TIME, I'D JUST MAKE THIS POINT, THAT WOULD BE THAT WHEN WE…

    RECLAIMING MY TIME, I'D JUST MAKE THIS POINT, THAT WOULD BE THAT WHEN WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT ARE BEING SUBSIDIZED, THEIR FAMILIES ARE BEING SUBSIDIZED BECAUSE THEY CAN'T MAKE ENOUGH WAGES TO SUSTAIN THEIR HOUSEHOLDS AND FOR EXAMPLE, WORKING IN THE PACKING PLANT IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD 20 YEARS AGO PAID ABOUT THE SAME AMOUNT THAT A TEACHER MAKES TODAY. IT PAID ABOUT THE SAME AS A TEACHER 20 YEARS AGO. BUT TODAY, A TEACHER MAKES ABOUT TWICE AS MUCH AS THE PERSON WORKING IN THE PACKING PLANT. THE PERSON IN THE PACKING PLANT HAS TROUBLE SUSTAINING THEMSELVES WITHOUT SOME KIND OF SUPPORT. THERE WAS A DAY WHEN A YOUNG PERSON GROWING UP IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD, IF THEY WANTED TO, THEY COULD GET A JOB IN THE PACKING PLANT AND THEY COULD BUY A MODEST HOUSE AND PAY FOR THE HOME AND PREPARE FOR RETIREMENT AND SEND THEIR KIDS OFF TO COLLEGE, THERE WOULD BE SOME STUDENT LOANS IN THAT, SIGNIFICANT ONES, BUT THEY COULD MANAGE THEIR LIFE AND GO TO WORK WITH RESPECT IN THE COMMUNITY, BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN THEIR FAMILY. TODAY THAT'S BEEN DRIVEN OUT BECAUSE OF AN OVERSUPPLY OF CHEAP LABOR. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 06:13:35 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    ONE THING PRESIDENT CALDERON SAID TODAY THAT I --

  • 06:13:41 PM

    MR. POE

    PRESIDENT CALDERON SAID TODAY THAT I AGREE WITH IS THAT THE RULE OF LAW IS…

    PRESIDENT CALDERON SAID TODAY THAT I AGREE WITH IS THAT THE RULE OF LAW IS IMPORTANT. HE SAID HE BELIEVES IN THE RULE OF LAW. SO DO I. I BELIEVE THE RULE OF LIEU LAU SHOULD BE ENFORCED IN NOT ONLY IN MEXICO BUT IN THE UNITED STATES. THE UNITED STATES IS THE MOST GENEROUS COUNTRY ON EARTH WHEN IT IT COMES TO LEGAL IMMIGRATION. IT IS A PLCY OF THIS COUNTRY -- A -- IT IS A POLICY OF THIS CLINT TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO COME HERE. IF YOU TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD, EVERYBODY WANTS TO COME TO THE UTED STATES. THAT'S A GOOD THING. THEY WANT TO COME FOR A LOT OF REASONS. AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA SAID, OPPORTUNITY IS ONE OF THOSE REASONS, BUT THEY WANT TO COME ALSO FOR OTHER REASONS, INCLUDING THE WORD LIBERTY THAT WE DON'T TALK ABOUT TOO MUCH. BUT IN ANY EVENT, WE ALLOW PEOPLE TO COME HERE THE RIGHT WAY. WHEN PEOPLE COME HERE THE RIGHT WAY, THEY APPRECIATE BEING HERE, ESPEALLY THOSE WHO HAVE GONE THROUGH THAT LONG PROCESS OF BECOMING CITIZENS. THEY MAKE FINE AMERICAN CITIZENS BECAUSE THEY ARE AMERICANS AFTER THEY TAKE THAT OATH TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION. BUT THE RULE OF LAW SHOULD ALSO APPLY IN THE AREAS WHERE PEOPLE WANT TO COME HERE ILLEGALLY. PEOPLE WHO CROSS OUR BORDERS ILLEGALLY DISRESPECT THE RULE OF LAW. THEY DISRESPECT OUR RULE OF LAW. AND THEY SHOULD COME HERE THE RIGHT WAY, THEY SHOULD GET IN LINE THE RIGHT WAY, AND THEY SHOULD NOT DISRESPECT NOT ONLY AMERICANS, BUT THOSE WHO DO IT THE RIGHT WAY. THEY'RE DISRESPECTED. ONE OF THE THINGS WE DO IN OUR OFFICE, AS BOTH OF YOU DO IN YOUR OFFICES WE HELP PEOPLE COME TO THE UNITED STATES LEGALLY. WE PROBABLY DO MORE ON CASE WORK, ON IMMIGRATION ISSUES, THAN EVERYTHING ELSE PUT TOGETHER EXCEPT MAYBE VETERANS AND MILITARY ISSUES. WE HELP PEOPLE COME HERE ALL THE TIME. WE GET THOSE CALLS, PEOPLE WANT TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES TO VISIT, TO WORK, TO BE A TOURIST, TO GO TO SCHOO OR TO BECOME CITIZENS. . I'M FOR LEGAL IMMIGRATION. BUT PEOPLE SHOULD NOT SIDESTEP THAT PROCESS AND IGNORE THE RULE OF LAW, AS PRESIDENT CALDERON SAYS HE'S FOR AND COME RUINED THAT PROCESS AND COME IN THE UNITED STATES ANYWAY THEY CAN AND TAKE THE BENEFITS OF BEING IN THE UBSE WITHOUT BEING HERE LEGAL -- IN THE UNITED STATES WITHOUT BEING HERE LEGALLY. WHEN IT COMES TO LEGISLATION, WE HEAR ABOUT COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM AND THAT IS ANOTHER WORD CALLED AMNESTY. WHY DON'T WE ENFORCE THE LAWS WE ALREADY HAVE? WE ALREADY HAVE LAWS THAT TALK ABOUT THE RULE OF LAW AND SECURING THE BORDER AND MAKING SURE PEOPLE DON'T COME IN HERE. WE JUST DON'T ENFORCE THOSE LAWS. AND I DON'T THINK THOSE LAWS ARE EN-- ARE NOT ENFORCED FOR POLITICAL REASONS. I YIELD BACK TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, BECAUSE I CAN TELL YOU WANT TO SAY SOMETHING.

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  • 06:16:56 PM

    MR. KING

    IN MY MEMORY THAT OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS WERE BROKEN AND NEEDED TO BE…

    IN MY MEMORY THAT OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS WERE BROKEN AND NEEDED TO BE REPAIRED. I WANTED TO ADD TO THE DIALOGUE HERE ON AMNESTY. AMNESTY HAS BEEN THE CENTRAL WORD IN THE BEGINNING OF THE IMMIGRATION DEBATE. GO BACK TO 1986 WHEN PRESIDENT REAGAN SIGNED THE AMNESTY BILL AND EVEN THOUGH I DISAGREED WITH THAT, IT WAS ONE OF THE VERY FEW TIMES THAT PRESIDENT REAGAN LET ME DOWN BUT HE WAS IN A POSITION WHERE HE FELT HE HAD TO SIGN THE BILL AND THE BARGAIN WAS IF WE WOULD GRANT AMNESTY TO ONE MILLION PEOPLE WHO WERE IN THE UNITED STATES ILLEGALLY, THEN THEY WOULD TURN UP THE ENFORCEMENT OF IMMIGRATION LAW AND NEVER BE ANOTHER AMNESTY AGAIN. THAT WAS 24 YEARS AGO WHEN HE SIGNED THAT BILL, HE WAS AT LEAST HONEST ABOUT IT AND SAID IT WAS AMNESTY. I WATCHED THEM TRY TO CHANGE THE MEANING AND DEFITION OF THE WORD AMNESTY GOING BACK TO PRESIDENT BUSH'S IMMIGRATION SPEECH THAT HE GAVE IN JANUARY OF 2005. AND THROUGHOUT ALL OF THAT, I HEARD HIM ARGUE MANY PEOPLE FROM THAT ADMINISTRATION AND THEN THE CONCEPT WAS PUSHED FORWARD FROM THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION THAT IT'S NOT AMNESTY IF YOU MAKE THEM PAY A FINE, LEARN ENGLISH AND PAY BACK TAXES. WHAT IS IT YOU WOULDN'T REQUIRE OF AN AMERICAN CITIZEN, LEARNING ENGLISH IS SOMETHING WE WOULD REQUIRE OF SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO BECOME NATIONALIZED. THAT ISN'T THE PATH TO CITIZENSHIP. THEY HAVE TO DEMONSTRATE PROFICIENCY IN THE WRITTEN AND THE SPEAKING ENGLISH. PAYING BACK TAXES, WE WOULDN'T ACCEPT THAT. THAT'S AN OBLIGATION TO PAY YOUR TAXES. THE THING THAT MAKES IT NOT AMNESTY IN THE MINDS OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARGUE IS TO REQUIRE THEM TO PAY A FINE. SO THE FINE STARTED OUT AT $500 AND I POINTED OUT THAT THE COYOTES AVERAGE PRICE IS $1,500. IF THEY CAN PAY $1,500 TO BE SMUGGLED IN, COULDN'T THEY AT LEAST MATCH THE POT? RAISE IT TO $1,500. NOW IT'S THE THE GOING RATE. YOU CAN'T SELL CITIZENSHIP TO AMERICA. IT'S PRECIOUS, SAY CREDIT AND SOMETHING WHEN YOU -- SACRED AND WHEN YOU GO AND SPEAK AT A NATURALIZATION SERVICE, IT IS REWARDING THING TO DO. AND I RECALL ONE IN PARTICULAR IN THE OLD EXECUTIVE OFFICE BUILDING RIGHT ACROSS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE ITSELF IN THE OLD INDIAN ROOM. THIS IS PRESIDED OVER BY THE SERVICE AT THE TIME AND IF THERE WAS A SPEECH TO THE SEVERAL SCORE THAT RECEIVED THEIR NATURALIZATION THAT DAY, HE SAID, WHEN THEY ASK YOU, WHERE ARE YOU FROM, YOU TELL THEM, I'M FROM AMERICA, FROM THIS DAY FORWARD YOU SAY I'M FROM AMERICA. YOU TELL THEM YOU ARE THE FIRST AMERICAN. DON'T ANSWER YOU ARE FROM ANYWHERE ELSE. YOU ARE THE FIRST GENERATION OF AMERICANS AND THOSE WHO WILL FOLLOW FROM YOU. AND WHEN YOU LOOK OUT THAT WINDOW AND THINK OF THE PERSON WHO LIVES IN THAT HOUSE NEXT DOOR, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES -- HE DIDN'T SAY PRESIDENT, BUT THAT WAS THE SCENARIO, BUT REMEMBER FROM THIS DAY FORWARD YOU ARE AS MUCH OF AN AMERICAN AS HE IS. YOU NEVER HEARD IT SO ELOQUENTLY PUT HOW MUCH WE EMBRACE THE NATIONAL TRALIZED AMERICAN CITIZEN THAT COMES THROUGH AND FOLLOWS THROUGH THE RIGHT WAY. AND WHEN WE EMBRACE AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP, WE EMBRACE THE CONSTITUTION, THE HISTORY, THE RULE OF LAW, THE EXPERIENCES THAT BIND US TOGETHER AND WE SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT WORDS MEAN THINGS AND YOU CAN'T REDEFINE THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE INCONVENIENT AND THE WORD AMNESTY IS TO PARDON IMMIGRATION LAW BREAKERS AND REWARD THEM WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF THEIR CRIME. IF THEIR OBJECTIVE IS CITIZEN SHIP AND YOU GIVE THEM A PATH TO THAT, THAT'S THE REWARD. IF THEY WANT TO WORK IN THE UNITED STATES AND TELL THEM WE CAN DO SO AND WE ARE GOING TO LEAVE YOU ALONE, YOU HAVE REWARDED THEM. IF THEY HAVE FALSIFIED THEIR IDENTITY AND WAVE THAT, THEIR SECURITY -- WAIVE THAT, THEIR CONFIDENCE THAT THEY CAN BE SECURE IN THEIR PERSON AND YOU WAIVE THAT BECAUSE YOU WOULD GIVE THEM A PASS, THAT IS AMNESTY. REWARDING PEOPLE WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF THEIR CRIME. THEY MIGHT HAVE COME HERE JUST TO DEAL IN DRUGS. ARE WE GOING TO LET THEM FALSIFY THEIR IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS AND BECOME PART -- LAST TIME IT WAS 2/3 OF THOSE WHO CAME IN UNDER THE AMNESTY PLAN FALSIFIED THEIR RECORDS. -- ABOUT ONE MILLION THAT WERE DESIGNED TO RECEIVE THE AMNESTY AND FRAUD AND CORRUPTION EXPANDED THAT TO THREE MILLION IN THE 1986 AMNESTY ACT. REWARDED THEM FOR THE VIOLATION OF THEIR OBJECTIVES. WHEN I ASKED THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO COME INTO THE UNITED STATES, WE WANT TO DO A BACKGROUND CHECK ON YOU, HOW DO WE DO THAT? CAN YOU GIVE ME YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND THEIR ANSWER IS, I CAN GET A BIRTH CERTIFICATE. WHAT DO YOU WANT IT TO SAY? WHAT DO YOU WANT IT TO SAY? I WANT TO MAKE SURE I GET IT. HOW HOLD DO I NEED TO BE? AND YOU CAN'T TRUST THE DATA THAT COMES FROM A COUNTRY THAT ONLY HALF THE PEOPLE ARE BORN IN HOSPITALS AND DON'T HAVE BIRTH CERTIFICATES AS A RULE. THERE ARE MANY THINGS GOING ON THAT PEOPLE ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE PANDERING FOR POLITICAL POWER AND SOMEILL ARGUE THAT REPUBLICANS WANT CHEAP LABOR AND DEMOCRATS WANT ALL THE POLITICAL POWER. THERE ARE A LOT OF DEMOCRATS THINK THEY HAVE A BIRTHRIGHT. SOMETIMES THEY JUST SIMPLY HAVE TO COMPETE BECAUSE THE PEOPLE THAT THEY ARE COMPETING AGAINST THEY ARE HIRING CHEAP LABOR AND RATIONALIZE AND PRETTY SOON IT BECOMES A VIRUS THAT TAKES OVER THE ECONOMY AND THE RULE OF LAW IS THE VICTIM. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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  • 06:24:03 PM

    MR. FLEMING

    I HAVE SPOKEN TO A NUMBER OF BUSINESS OWNERS WHO HAVE SAID JUST THAT. THEY…

    I HAVE SPOKEN TO A NUMBER OF BUSINESS OWNERS WHO HAVE SAID JUST THAT. THEY REALLY DO NOT WANT TO HIRE ILLEGALS, BUT FEEL COMPELLED TO BECAUSE T ONLY WAY THEY CAN COMPETE IS TO DO THE VERY SAME THING THAT THEIR COMPETITORS ARE DOING AS WELL. SO EVEN THOSE WHO WISH NOT TO BE CORRUPT AND WISH NOT TO BREAK THE LAWS ARE FORCED EITHER OUT OF BUSINESS OR FORCED TO VIOLATE THOSE LAWS THAT WE SHOULD BE ENFORCING IN THE FIRST PLACE. BUT THE OTHER THING, JUST TO TOUCH ON AMNESTY AGAIN, IT SEEMS LIKE WE HAVE GONE THROUGH THIS CYCLE TWICE BEFORE. AND THE FIRST THING THAT WE DO TOWARDS A SOLUTION HAS BEEN TO GENERATE AMNESTY. AND WHERE HAS IT GOTTEN US? WE HAVE MORE ILLEGALS IN THIS COUNTRY AND MORE PROBLEMS WITH ILLEGALS THAN WE EVER HAD BEFORE. SO STARTING WITH AMNESTY, WITH OR WITHOUT A FINE, WAS THE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM, THE PROBLEM WOULD BE SOLVED ALREADY. SO OBVIOUSLY, AMNESTY IS NOT THE ANSWER. SO I OPPOSE AMNESTY. I SUPPORT THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAWS ON THE BOOKS, BOTH FEDERAL AND ARIZONA STATE LAWS AND PERHAPS OTHER STATES THAT WILL TAKE UP THOSE LAWS. AND THE OTHER THING, MR. SPEAKER THAT I SUPPORT IS THAT ENGLISH SHOULD BE OUR NATIONAL LANGUAGE. IT'S REALLY, I THINK, INSULTING WHEN YOU'RE IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY AND HAVE TO SORT THROUGH ALL SORTS OF PHONE MESSAGES JUST TO GET TO THE RIGHT LANGUAGE YOU SHOULD BE IN. IF SOMEONE IS SERIOUS ENOUGH ABOUT COMING TO THIS COUNTRY AND STAYING OR WORKING HERE, THEN I THINK THEY SHOULD AT LEAST MAKE THE EFFORT TO LEARN OUR LANGUAGE, AT LEAST THE BASICS OF OUR LANGUAGE. RATHER THAN CITIZENS BEING FORCED TO LEARN OTHER PEOPLE'S LANGUAGES BECAUSE THEY ARE COMING HERE ILLEGALLY OR IN SOME CASES LEGALLY. THOSE ARE THREE SOLID REQUIREMENTS WE SHOULD HAVE. THAT WE SHOULD HAVE ENGLISH AS OUR OFFICIAL NATIONAL LANGUAGE, THAT WE SHOULD NOT GRANT AMNESTY UNDER ANY SORT OF REFORM BILL. AND THAT WE ENFORCE THE LAWS THAT EXIST ON THE BOOKS TODAY. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:26:31 PM

    MR. KING

    GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA. AND I AGREE. AND I WOULD ADD TO THIS, IT IS ONE…

    GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA. AND I AGREE. AND I WOULD ADD TO THIS, IT IS ONE OF MY VERY SOLIDLY HELD BELIEFS IF YOU LOOK ACROSS HISTORY AND THE FORCES OF CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION THAT THE SINGLE MOST POWERFUL UNIFYING FORCE KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF THE COMMON LANGUAGE AND LOOK AT THE MOST SUCCESSFUL INSTITUTIONS IN THE LAST 200 STATES AND THE BORDERS HAVE BEEN HAPED AROUND THE LINES WHERE PEOPLE SPEAK A COMMON LANGUAGE. WHY IS FRANCE FRANCE? BECAUSE THEY SPEAK FRENCH THERE? WHY IS GERMANY GERMANY? THEY SPEAK GERMANY. SWITZERLAND IS A LONGER STORY. THEY DIDN'T HAVE AGREEMENT THERE UNTIL AFTER WORLD WAR II. IT'S A POWERFUL UNIFYING FORCE. IN CHINA, THERE WAS AN EMPEROR, FIRST EMPEROR OF CHINA, SOME SOMEBODY OUT THERE IS GOING TO CRINGE, BUT THE FIRST EMPEROR OF CHINA, ACTUALLY ABOUT 245 B.C. IS WHEN HE LIVED AND LOOK AT THAT VAST AREA OF CHINA AND THERE WERE 300 SOME LANGUAGES THAT WERE SPOKEN AND SEPARATE PROVINCES AND WEREN'T UNIFIED. HE LOOKED AROUND AND SAID THESE ARE SIMILAR PEOPLE, THEY LOOK THE SAME. THEY DON'T LOOK THE SAME. THEY LOOK THE SAME AND SIMILAR ETHNIC BACKGROUND BY LOOKS AND DECIDED HE WANTED TO UNIFY THE CHINESE PEOPLE SO HE HIRED SOME SUBSCRIBES TO -- SCRIBSE TO PRODUCE THE LANGUAGE. AND THEY ARE COMMON TO THE CHINESE AND 5,000 CHARACTERS. I MEAN THAT'S WHY IT'S PICTURE WRITING. THE PEOPLE HE HIRED ARE INTELLECTUALS. THEY DECIDED HOW TO MAKE SENSE. THEY DO PICTURES AND NOW WE HAVE THE CHINESE LANGUAGE AND THE GOAL TO UNIFY PEOPLE IS EFFECTIVE. HE IS THE ONE WHO UNIFIED OR STANDARDIZED THE AXELS ON THE OX CARTS AND STANDARDIZED A NUMBER OF OTHER THINGS. THERE IS A PEACE OF WISDOM THAT HAS BEEN HOLDING TOGETHER AND WE CAN'T FIGURE IT OUT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THAT DOESN'T HAVE AN OFFICIAL LANGUAGE. THAT'S MY RESEARCH AND OTHERS WILL DISAGREE. BUT THAT'S A LONGER STORY. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS TO ADD TO THIS WISDOM AS WE WATCH ABOUT 12 MINUTES LEFT ON THE CLOCK.

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  • 06:29:25 PM

    MR. POE

    THE COMMENT THAT WE SHOULD SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE. BEING FROM IOWA YOU…

    THE COMMENT THAT WE SHOULD SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE. BEING FROM IOWA YOU WOULD THINK THAT THOSE OF US IN TEXAS AND LOUISIANA DON'T SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE AS YOU DO EVEN THOUGH IT IS A VERSION OF ENGLISH THEY TELL US. I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE ONE MORE COMMENT ABOUT HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO LIVE ON THE BORDER. EVERYBODY IN THIS HOUSE NEEDS TO GO DOWN TO THE SOUTHERN BORDER AND TRAVEL THE BORDER AND JUST OBSERVE WASTE TAKING PLACE. THE BORDER -- WHAT'S TAKING PLACE. A RANGER TELLS ME, AFTER THE DARK, THE BORDER GETS WESTERN, WHAT HE MEANS IT GETS VIOLENT ON BOTH SIDES. GOOD PEOPLE IN MEXICO AND IN THE UNITED STATES LIVE IN FEAR IF THEY LIVE CLOSE TO THE BORDER, PRIMARILY THE DRUG CARTELS AND THE INTERNATIONAL GANGS THAT OPERATE FREELY BACK AND FORTH ACROSS THE BORDER. AND THE BURDEN OF THAT OCCURS FROM BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS TO SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA. . THERE ARE 14 COUNTIES IN TEXAS THAT ARE ON THE SOUTHERN BORDER -- THE NORTHERN BORDER OF MEXICO. PERIODICALLY, I WILL TELL THE -- CALL THE TEXAS SHERIFFS AND ASK THEM THIS QUESTION. I PICK THE SAME DAY EVERY MONTH AND I SAY, HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN INJURE JAIL TODAY THAT ARE FOREIGN NATIONALS? DON'T DISH BETWEEN LEGAL OR ILLEGAL OR WHERE THEY'RE FROM, BUT HOW MANY ARE FOREIGN NATIONALS? THE MOST RECENT CALL THAT I MADE, CALLED ALL 14 SHERIFFS ON THE SAME DAY, AND THEY TOLD ME HOW MANY PEOPLE, PERCENTAGE WISE, IN THEIR JAIL. IT GOS FROM TERRELL COUNTY, WHERE 100% OF THE PEOPLE IN THE JAIL ARE FOREIGN NATIONALS, TRUE, SMALL COUNTY, SMALL JAIL, BUT THE ARCH ACROSS THE SOUTHERN COUNTIES IN TEXAS ABOUT THREE WEEKS AGO, FOUR WEEKS AGO, WAS 37%. 37% OF THE PEOPLE, TEXAS BORDER COUNTY JAILS ARE FOREIGN NATIONALS. THAT'S EXPENSIVE TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE PEOPLE. THESE AREN'T PEOPLE CHARGED WITH IMMIGRATION VIOLATIONS. THESE ARE PEOPLE CHARGED WITH FELONIES AND MISDEMEANORS COMMITTED IN THE UNITED STATES. THESE ARE POOR COUNTIES. THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO PROSECUTE THESE FOLKS SYSTEM OF THAT IS JUST ONE OF THE PROBLEMS THAT OCCURS IN THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE UNITED STATES WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES NOT ENFORCE THE RULE OF LAW ON THE BORDER. SECURE THE BORDER SO THAT PEOPLE COME HERE WITH PERMISSION, OR THEY DON'T COME. THAT INCLUDES FOLKS WHO HUNT OVER HERE, NOT ALL, BY ANY MEAN BUT THOSE WHO COME OTHER HERE ILLEGALLY TO COMMIT CRIMES. BECAUSE THE BORDER IS PO ROUSE, MANY OF THE PEOPLE IN THE COUNTY JAILS, WHEN THEY MAKE BOND, THEY HEAD BACK SOUTH AND COMMIT CRIMES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER. IF THEY COMMIT A CRIME IN MEXICO, THEY HIDE IN THE UNITED STATES IF THEY COMMIT A CRIME IN THE UNITED STATES THEY RUN BACK TO MEXICO. THIS IS A, I THINK, A PHENOMENAL STATISTIC, 37% OF THE PEOPLE IN BORDER COUNTY JAILS IN TEXAS ON THIS ONE DAY WERE FOREIGN NATIONALS. SO I THINK THE OBLIGATION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS TO QUIT TALKING ABOUT THIS, GET RID OF THE POLITICS AND DO WHAT GOVERNMENTS ARE SUPPOSED TO DO, PROTECT THE PEOPLE. ESPECIALLY THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, NOT JUST THE ONES ON THE BORDER, BUT ALL THE PEOPLE ON THE UNITED STATES FROM THOSE WHO WISH TO COME HERE ILLEGALLY, PRIMARILY CRIMINAL GANGS AND DRUG CARTELS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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  • 06:33:20 PM

    MR. KING

    THE JUDGE FROM TEXAS. I CAME ACROSS THE LANGUAGE I SAID I WOULD LOOK FOR…

    THE JUDGE FROM TEXAS. I CAME ACROSS THE LANGUAGE I SAID I WOULD LOOK FOR IN PRESIDENT CALDERON'S SPEECH, HE SAID, I FULLY RESPECT THE RIGHT OF ANY COUNTRY TO ENACT AND ENFORCE ITS OWN LAWS BUT WHAT WE NEED TODAY IS TO FIX A BROKEN SYSTEM. I WOULD ARGUE, YES, THERE'S A LOT OF BURDEN ON THE SYSTEM BUT I'M NOT SEEING THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE COME TO US AND ASK FOR MORE MONEY FOR JUDGES, MORE MONEY FOR PROSECUTORS. WE ALSO HEARD IN OUR DIALOGUE TODAY THAT THEY'RE BRINGING CHARGES AND PROSECUTING IF SOMEONE HAS 500 OR MORE POUNDS OF MARIJUANA THEY'RE SMUGGLING INTO THE UNITED STATES. I HAVE PERSONALLY PULLED OUT OF THE FALSE BED OF A PICKUP ABOUT 240 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA. THAT WASN'T ENOUGH TO GET HIM PROSECUTED WHEN THE THRESHOLD WAS 250. IT'S ASTONISHING FOR ME TO THINK, HOW MUCH IS 500 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA? AND HOW YOU MIGHT LET SOMEBODY GO AND NOT PROSECUTE. NO WONDER THERE'S NOT A RESTRAINT THERE IF WE'RE NOT WILLING TO PUT THE RESOURCES. IN I'M NOT GETTING A NUMBER, WHEN I ASK, HOW MUCH MONEY ARE WE SPENDING ON THE SOUTHERN BOARDER TO DEFEND THE SOUTHERN BORDER, I WANT TO KNOW HOW MUCH A MILE. I CAN'T GET THAT ANSWER BACK FROM JANET NAPOLITANO BECAUSE THE BUDGET IS BLOKEN UP IN DIFFERENT CATEGORIES. WE PUT THIS TOGETHER AND TRACKED THE INCREASE BUT ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO, THE NUMBERS TURNED OUT TO BE ABOUT $8 BILLION ON THE SOUTHERN BORDER. NOW IT'S INCREASED AN ADDITIONAL 50%. ONE HAS TO PRESUME THAT EIGHT AND FOUR IS 12. $12 BILLION ON OUR SOUTHERN BORDER, INSTEAD OF $4 MILLION A MILE, NOW IT'S $6 MILLION A MILE. $12 BILLION. WITH ALL THE MONEY BEING SPENT, WITH BOOTS ON THE GROUND, WE'RE DOING CATCH AND RETURN AND NOT ABLE TO PROSECUTE, SOME OF THESE SECTORS OF THE BORDER, UNLESS THEY HAVE 500 OR MORE POUNDS OF MARIJUANA WITH THEM, HOW CAN WE EXPECT THAT THAT'S A DETERRENT OR THAT'S EFFECTIVE? I DON'T KNOW THAT THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN, BUT NEITHER CAN I SEE THAT WE'RE LOSING THE LAWS WE HAVE IN ENFORCING THEM TO THEIR FULLEST EFFECT AND NEITHER CAN I SEE THAT THERE'S A MISSION OF UNDERSTAND -- MISSION UNDERSTANDING ON THE BORDER ARTICULATED FROM THE WHITE HOUSE ON DOWN TO THE BORDER PATROL AGENTS WHO PUNCH THE CLOCK, DO THEIR JOB, SOME OF THEM DO A GREAT JOB BUT IT'S A DIFFICULT THING TO DO IF THERE'S NOT AN OVERALL MISSION UNDERSTANDING. WE'VE GOT ABOUT FIVE MINUTES AND I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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  • 06:35:46 PM

    MR. FLEMING

    THE GENTLEMAN. I WON'T NEED MUCH TIME TO CLOSE OUT MY REMARKS, THAT IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN. I WON'T NEED MUCH TIME TO CLOSE OUT MY REMARKS, THAT IS THAT, AGAIN, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED TO DO ITS JOB. FAILED TO PROTECT ITS CITIZENS, FAILED TO PROTECT ITS BORDERS, FAILED TO PROTECT ITS SOVEREIGNTY. WE HAVE A STATE, THE STATE OF ARIZONA, WHICH HAS STEPPED UP, VERY CAREFULLY CRAFTED A LAW THAT MIRRORS THAT OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT'S NOT BEING ENFORCED, THEY STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE AND SAID, THIS IS COSTING US IN TERMS OF HUMAN LIVES, REALLY, AND IN TERMS OF OTHER COSTS, FINANCIAL AND OTHERWISE, WE'RE BETTER OFF TO STEP FORWARD AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS, EVEN THOUGH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO SEND TROOPS OR WHATEVER PROTECTION WE NEED TO HAVE. SO I THINK THAT THAT IS THE BEAUTY OF THIS REPUBLIC AND THAT IS THAT EACH STATE HAS ITS OWN GOVERNMENT AND BECOMES A TEST TUBE FOR THE ENTIRE NATION. IT'S GOING TO BE VERY INTERESTING GOING FORWARD TO SEE WHAT THE RESULTS OF THIS IN ARIZONA, I THINK THE RESULTS WILL BE VERY GOOD AND I THINK VERY SOON, WE'LL SEE OTHER STATES REPLICATING THIS AND IT WILL FOE THE HAND OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO FINALLY STEP UP AND DO THE RIGHT THING. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:37:03 PM

    MR. KING

    ACLU AND A NUMBER OF OTHER LEFT WING ORGANIZATIONS HAVE FILED A LAWSUIT…

    ACLU AND A NUMBER OF OTHER LEFT WING ORGANIZATIONS HAVE FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST ARIZONA'S IMMIGRATION LAW AND THEY INTEND TO PRESS THAT IN THE COURTS. SO IF THEY'RE WORRIED ABOUT DISCRIMINATION TAKING PLACE, I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY'RE OUT THERE BEATING THE DRUM. WE'VE GOT OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE ANNOUNCED AS OF TODAY THAT THEY'RE GOING TO CONTINUE AND ACCELERATE CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE AGAINST ARIZONA'S IMMIGRATION LAW. ON TOP OF THAT, YOU HAVE SOME OF THE CITIES IN THE COUNTRY THAT ARE BOYCOTTING ARIZONA, YOU SAW THE BASKETBALL PLAYERS, THEY WEREN'T ABLE TO GO TO ARIZONA EVEN THOUGH THEY EARNED THEIR PLACE IN THE TOURNAMENT BECAUSE APPARENTLY THE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO MAKE A POLITICAL STATEMENT. ALL OF THESE HUGE MISTAKES THAT ARE MADE TO PIT AMERICANS AGAINST AMERICANS. WE STAND TOGETHER AND STAND BEHIND AND STAND WITH THE RULE OF LAW AND -- WHICH IS REPRESENTED SO WELL BY THE JUDGE FROM TEXAS. I OFFER A FINAL WORD TO.

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  • 06:38:00 PM

    MR. POE

    GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING BRIEFLY. I WANT TO COMMENT ABOUT OUR BORDER…

    GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING BRIEFLY. I WANT TO COMMENT ABOUT OUR BORDER PROTECTORS. THE BORDER PATROL, THE SHERIFFS ALONG THE BORDER, DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO SECURE THE SOVEREIGNTY AND PROTECT US FROM THOSE WHO COME INTO THE UNITED STATES ILLEGALLY. THE BORDER PATROL HAS ASKED, AND WE HAVE ASKED, MYSELF AND OTHERS, HAVE ASKED THE PRESIDENT TO GRANT THE REQUEST OF THE TEXAS GOVERNOR TO SEND THE NATIONAL GUARD TO THE BORDER. WE NEED MORE BOOTS ON THE GROUND, THE NATIONAL GUARD CAN DO THAT. THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT ANSWERED THAT REQUEST, A YES OR NO, OR WE'RE LOOKING AT YOUR LETTER. SO I WOULD HOPE THE NATIONAL GUARD CAN WORK TOGETHER WITH THE BORDER PATROL, THE SHERIFFS, SECURE THE BORDER, LET'S MEAN IT WHEN WE SAY WE WANT BORDER SECURITY AND PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES. I'LL YIELD BACK THE REMAINING TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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  • 06:38:52 PM

    MR. KING

    AND THANKING THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEMEN FROM TEXAS AND LOUISIANA…

    AND THANKING THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEMEN FROM TEXAS AND LOUISIANA FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT TO ADD SO MUCH TO THE DIALOGUE WE HAVE, WE'RE A NATION. WE CAN'T CALL OURSELVESES A NATION IF WE CAN'T DEFINE OURSELVESES BY BORDERS. AND THE BORDER MUST BE DEFENDED AND WE MUST PROTECT AND CONTROL WHO GOES IN AND WHO GOES OUT. THE CONSTITUTION HAS A COUPLE OF PLACES TO ADDRESS IMMIGRATION. I POINT THAT OUT IF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WERE SITTING IN THIS SEAT HERE, THAT WE'RE REQUIRED -- THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS REQUIRED TO PROTECT US FROM INVASION. THAT'S ONE OF THE COMPONENTS. THEN IN ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8, IT SAYS THAT CONGRESS SHOULD ESTABLISH A UNIFORM NATIONALIZATION LAW. WE HAVE DONE THAT FOR UNIFORM NATCH SALLATION. THAT MEANS WHATEVER -- NATURALIZATION. THAT MEANS WHATEVER COUNTRY YOU GO -- YOU COME FROM, YOU IMMEDIATE THE -- MEET THE SAME STANDARDS SO PEOPLE CAN BECOME AMERICANS UNDER A STANDARDIZED FORM LASM IT DOESN'T SAY ANYWHERE IN THE CONSTITUTION THAT THE STATES CANNOT SUPPORT FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAW AND I WOULD ADD THAT THERE WAS A LOT OF MISINFORMATION THAT WAS PRESENTED AROUND THIS COUNTRY AND IT CONTINUES TO BE PRESENTED AROUND THIS COUNTRY THAT ARGUES THAT LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT DOESN'T HAVE AUTHORITY TO ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAW. AND IT'S NEVER BEEN TRUE IN THIS COUNTRY, IT'S BEEN SOMETHING THAT'S A FABRICATION, BUT IT'S NEVER BEEN TRUE, CASE OF U.S. VERSUS SANTANA GARCIA, 2001, ESTABLISHES THE IMPLICIT AUTHORITY TO ENFORCE FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAW. I APPRECIATE THE ATTENDANCE AND THE DIALOGUE AND THE PARTICIPATION OF MY FRIENDS FROM LOUISIANA AND TEXAS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:40:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA FOR A MOTION.

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  • 06:40:49 PM

    MR. KING

    I MOVE THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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