House Defeats Goodlatte-McCaul Bill, 193-231
House Session - July 29, 2010

The House approved a fiscal year 2011 spending bill for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development. Another bill, which guarantees health care for first responders to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, failed to get enough votes after concerns about its cost.

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  • 10:01:32 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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  • 10:01:42 AM

    THE CLERK

    THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 29, 2010. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

    THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 29, 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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  • 10:01:59 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, REVEREND BRUCE SCOTT OF…

    THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, REVEREND BRUCE SCOTT OF PENT SCOSTAL OF SOUTH FLAKE MERRIVILLE, INDIANA.

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  • 10:02:14 AM

    THE CHAPLAIN

    GOD, THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO COME INTO YOUR PRESENCE. WE ACKNOWLEDGE…

    GOD, THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO COME INTO YOUR PRESENCE. WE ACKNOWLEDGE YOU IN ALL OUR WAYS YOU WILL DIRECT OUR STEPS. THANK YOU FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I ASK YOU TO DIRECT YOUR STEPS TODAY. GRANT YOU THE WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING. LET THEM MAKE RIGHT DECISIONS BASED ON CIVIC PRINCIPLES. LORD, JUST AS YOU PAID A PRICE FOR OUR SALVATION, THERE IS A PRICE BEING PAID TODAY FOR OUR NATION AND FREEDOM. I ASK YOU TO BE WITH OUR MILITARY PERSONNEL ALL OVER THE WORLD, PROTECT THOSE IN HARM'S WAY, STRENGTHEN AND ENCOURAGE EVERY SPOUSE AND CHILD AS THEY WAIT FOR THE RETURN OF THEIR LOVED ONE. BLESS OUR PRESIDENT AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WITH WISDOM AND PROTECTION TODAY. SURROUND OUR NATION WITH YOUR PRESENCE. THIS I ASK IN THE NAME ABOVE EVERY NAME IN JESUS NAME. AMEN.

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  • 10:03:20 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HER APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1 THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, CONGRESSWOMAN ROS-LEHTINEN.

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  • 10:03:34 AM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THE VISITORS IN THE GALLERY TO RISE AND JOIN US IN OUR PLEDGE. I PLEDGE…

    THE VISITORS IN THE GALLERY TO RISE AND JOIN US IN OUR PLEDGE. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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  • 10:03:55 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, CONGRESSMAN VISCLOSKY, IS…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, CONGRESSMAN VISCLOSKY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 10:04:04 AM

    MR. VISCLOSKY

    THE SPEAKER. IT IS MY HONOR TO WELCOME TO THE CHAMBER REVEREND RANDY…

    THE SPEAKER. IT IS MY HONOR TO WELCOME TO THE CHAMBER REVEREND RANDY SCOTT, WHO HAS LED US IN THE OPENING PRAYER. REVEREND SCOTT HAS DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO THE COMMUNITY OF -- AND CITIZENS OF NORTHWEST INDIANA. BEFORE THE CHURCH, RANDY SPENT 37 YEARS OF HIS LIFE AT LOCAL 374 IN HAMMOND, INDIANA. AFTER HIS RETIREMENT, REVEREND SCOTT WAS TOUCHED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT AND REALIZED THAT HIS LIFE WAS DESTINED FOR A HIGHER PURPOSE. HE PUT HIS LIFE IN THE HANDS OF THE LORD WHO DIRECTED HIM TO BECOME A SHEPRD OF HIS FLOCK. 24 YEARS AGO, REVEREND SCOTT BEGAN MINISTERING WITH THE UNITED PENTACOSTAL. HE HAS BEEN REVEREND IN MERRIVILLE, INDIANA, WHERE HE HAS BEEN THERE FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS, ENRICHING THOSE WHO PASS THROUGH ITS DOORS. REMPED SCOTT HAS DEDICATED HIMSELF TO THE M -- REVEREND SCOTT HAS DEDICATED HIMSELF TO THE MERRIVILLE REVEREND ASSOCIATION. I WOULD LIKE TO PERSONALLY THANK REVEREND SCOTT FOR OFFERING THIS MORNING'S PRAYER.

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  • 10:05:28 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN UP TO 10 FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE…

    THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN UP TO 10 FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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  • 10:05:40 AM

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

  • 10:05:43 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 10:05:49 AM

    MS. SCHWARTZ

    THIS MARKS THE THREE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HIKERS BEING DETAINED IN IRAN.…

    THIS MARKS THE THREE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HIKERS BEING DETAINED IN IRAN. THEY WERE VISITING A MOUNTAINOUS REGION IN NORTHERN IRAQ AND INNOCENTLY STRAYED ACROSS THE UNMARKED FRONTIER INTO IRAN. THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT LOCKED THEM UP, ACCUSED THEM OF ESPIONAGE. SENATOR SPECTER AND I CALLED ON IRAN TO RELEASE THE HIKERS. I STAYED IN TOUCH WITH JOSH'S MOTHER, WHO LIVES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. THIS WEEKEND THEY WILL GATHER AT THE LIBERTY BELL IN PHILADELPHIA TO HOLD A VIGIL FOR JOSH AND SHANE AND SARAH. I'M DEEPLY TAKEN BY THE SPIRIT OF THE FAMILIES AS THEY ADVOCATE FOR THEIR CHILDREN'S HEALTH, SAFETY AND RELEASE. THE HIKERS HAVE BEEN DETAINED FAR TOO LONG, AND IRAN SHOULD DEMONSTRATE COMPASSION AND RELEASE THEM BACK TO THEIR FAMILIES HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN IN ACKNOWLEDGING AND SYMPATHIZING WITH THESE THREE YOUNG AMERICANS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND CALLING ON THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN TO RELEASE THEM NOW. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:06:52 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

  • 10:06:55 AM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:06:58 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 10:07:01 AM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR SEES AR ALVERY HE IS, A…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR SEES AR ALVERY HE IS, A WORLD-CLASS -- CESER ALVEREZ, A WORLD-CLASS LAWYER. THEY ARE BESTOWING A HIGHEST MEDAL, THE SCOPIST AWARD. IT HONORS THOSE WHO ARE TRUE HUMANITARIANS. CAESAR HAS SHOWN IMPECCABLE LEADERSHIP IN HIS BOTH HIS CHARITYIBLE AND INDIVIDUAL ENDEAVORS. THROUGH HIS LAW FIRM AND SO MANY CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS, CAESAR HAS HAD A SIGNIFICANT AND POSITIVE IMPACT UPON SOUTH FLORIDA. FOR MANY YEARS CAESAR HAS WORKED TO FORGE ALLIANCES BETWEEN OUR LOCAL JEWISH AND CUBAN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES, SO IT'S PARTICULARLY BEFITTING THAT THESE TWO COMMUNITIES HAVE COME TOGETHER TO HONOR HIM. CAESAR, CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS MOST RECENT OF MANY RECOGNITIONS. YOUR HARD WORK AND LEADERSHIP ARE TRULY WORTH HONORING AND IMMOLATING. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.

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  • 10:08:04 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

  • 10:08:08 AM

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

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

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  • 10:08:13 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 10:08:15 AM

    MR. COSTA

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AS WE RETURN TO OUR DISTRICTS FOR THE AUGUST…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AS WE RETURN TO OUR DISTRICTS FOR THE AUGUST RECESS, I WANT TO CALL OUR ATTENTION TO THE ONGOING WATER CHALLENGES THAT'S FACING THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, THE DISTRICT I REPRESENT. WE PUSH THE ADMINISTRATION TO INCREASE PUMPING TO MOVE WATER TO THE VALLEY WE PUSH TO FIND ADDITIONAL WATER SUPPLIES THAT WERE NOT PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE AT CONTRACT RATES AS WE WERE ABLE TO INCREASE WATER ALLOCATIONS FOR FARMERS IN OUR VALLEY SIGNIFICANTLY. WE ALSO PUSHED TO BRING CRITICAL WATER INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS, LIKE THE INTERTIE, THAT WE WILL HAVE GROUNDBREAKING NEXT MONTH. OUR EFFORTS TO PRODUCE MORE THAN FOUR TIMES THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WE RECEIVED LAST YEAR, BUT OUR FIGHT FOR WATER, FOR THE VALLEY JOBS AND FOR OUR ECONOMY IS FAR FROM OVER. UNEMPLOYMENT IS STILL UNACCEPTABLE. THIS ADMINISTRATION AND CONGRESS MUST CONTINUE TO STEP UP ITS SUPPORT TO THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, ITS FARMERS AND FARM COMMUNITIES NEED A SUSTAINABLE WATER SUPPLY TO GROW THE COUNTRY'S FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, OUR NATION'S FOOD SUPPLY. THAT IS WHY IT'S MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER THAT NEXT YEAR'S WATER YEAR FOR STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES TO USE EVERY TOOL IN THE WATER TOOLBOX TO MAKE SURE THAT WATER FLOWS. THAT MEANS WE WORK TOGETHER WITH OUR LOCAL WATER AGENCIES.

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  • 10:09:26 AM

    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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  • 10:09:31 AM

    MR. POE

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:09:34 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 10:09:36 AM

    MR. POE

    MADAM SPEAKER, EVERYBODY OUTSIDE OF WASHINGTON, D.C., UNDERSTANDS…

    MADAM SPEAKER, EVERYBODY OUTSIDE OF WASHINGTON, D.C., UNDERSTANDS GOVERNMENT SPENDING IS OUT OF CONTROL. FOR THOSE INSIDE THE BELTWAY WHO DON'T GET IT, THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE PUT OUT A REPORT THAT EXPLAINS IT LOUD AND CLEAR. THE REPORT SAYS DEFICITS WILL CAUSE DEBT TO RISE TO UNSUPPORTABLE LEVELS. THAT'S RIGHT. UNSUPPORTABLE LEVELS. EVERY FAMILY STRUGGLING RIGHT NOW THAT TRIES TO MAKE ENDS MEET UNDERSTANDS YOU CAN'T SPEND MORE THAN YOU MAKE. IN 55 B.C., THE ROMAN STATESMAN AND PHILOSOPHER, CICERO, WARNED ROME BEFORE IT CRASHED AND BURNED, QUOTE, THE BUDGET SHOULD BE BALANCED, THE TREASURY SHOULD BE FILLED, PUBLIC DEBT SHOULD BE REDUCED AND THE ARROGANCE SHOULD BE TEMPERED AND CONTROLLED. THE ASSISTANCE TO FOREIGN LANDS SHOULD BE HELD. AND PEOPLE SHOULD NOT LIVE OFF OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE. SO WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED, APPARENTLY GOVERNMENT GONE WILD BIG SPENDERS HAVEN'T LEARNED A THING AND THAT'S THE WAY IT IS.

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  • 10:10:41 AM

    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 NEW YORK RISE?

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  • 10:10:45 AM

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    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

  • 10:10:48 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 10:10:50 AM

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    SPEAKER, TODAY WE CONSIDER THE 9/11 HEALTH AND COMPENSATION ACT. TODAY IN…

    SPEAKER, TODAY WE CONSIDER THE 9/11 HEALTH AND COMPENSATION ACT. TODAY IN MY DISTRICT, JOHN IS COUNTING ON US TO PASS THIS BILL. JOHN WATT AT GROUND ZERO CLEARING RUBBLE AND REMOVING DEBRIS. AND TODAY HIS BREATHING IS LABORED AND HIS HEALTH IS PRECARIOUS. THERE IS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOHNS IN THIS FAMILY. 13,000 WHO ARE ILL. 53,000 WHOSE HEALTH IS BEING MONITORED. EXPOSED TO POISONOUS TOXINS. NOW, SOME ARE SAYING LET'S WAIT, LET'S DEBATE, LET'S SLOW DOWN.

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  • 10:11:25 AM

    MR. ISRAEL

    WHEN THE TOWERS FELL DOWN JOHN SAID LET'S DEBATE, LET'S SLOW -- DIDN'T SAY…

    WHEN THE TOWERS FELL DOWN JOHN SAID LET'S DEBATE, LET'S SLOW -- DIDN'T SAY LET'S DEBATE, LET'S SLOW DOWN. WE ARE BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR UNDER THE SAME EXPEDITED CONSIDERATION THAT WE USE TO NAME POST OFFICES. CERTAINLY JOHN AND TENS OF THOUSANDS OF 9/11 RESPONDERS ARE WORTH AT LEAST AS MUCH EXPEDITIOUS CONSIDERATION AS WE USE TO NAME POST OFFICES. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:11:53 AM

    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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  • 10:11:57 AM

    MR. SMITH

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

  • 10:12:01 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:12:04 AM

    MR. SMITH

    SPEAKER, YESTERDAY A FEDERAL JUDGE SIDED WITH THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION…

    SPEAKER, YESTERDAY A FEDERAL JUDGE SIDED WITH THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AGAINST ARIZONA'S IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT LAW. THE RULING WILL BE SEEN BY ARIZONANS AND THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WHO SUPPORT THE LAW AS JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THIS ADMINISTRATION'S FAILURE TO DEAL WITH ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND BORDER SECURITY. LIKE THE ADMINISTRATION, THE NATIONAL MEDIA HAS SHOWN A CLEAR BIAS AGAINST THE ARIZONA LAW. NETWORK NEWS COVERAGE HAS BEEN SLANTED AGAINST THE ARIZONA LAW BY A MARGIN OF 10-1, ACCORDING TO AN ANALYSIS BY THE MEDIA RESEARCH CENTER. ONLY ONE IN SIX STORIES MENTION PUBLIC OPINION POLLS SHOWING AMERICANS SUPPORT THE LAW. THE NATIONAL MEDIA SHOULD GIVE AMERICANS THE FACTS ABOUT ARIZONA'S ENFORCEMENT LAW, NOT GIVE THE COVER FOR THE ADMINISTRATION'S FAILURE TO SECURE THE BORDER.

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  • 10:13:01 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE?

  • 10:13:07 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SO ORDERED.

  • 10:13:09 AM

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    RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE 9/11 HEALTH AND COMPENSATION ACT, WHICH WE…

    RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE 9/11 HEALTH AND COMPENSATION ACT, WHICH WE WILL BE CONSIDERING LATER THIS MORNING. CONSIDERATION OF THIS LEGISLATION IS LONG OVERDUE. THOUSANDS OF BRAVE AMERICANS ARE SUFFERING FROM DEBILITATING ILLNESSES AFTER BEING EXPOSED TO HARMFUL TOXINS RELEASED BY THE DEI BREE OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. THE -- DEBRIS OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. THE BILL HELPS THOSE WHO WORKED OR LIVED IN DOWNTOWN MAN HATTEN ON 9/11.

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  • 10:13:38 AM

    MR. BISHOP

    9/11 COMPENSATION FUND TO COMPENSATE THOSE AFFECTED. THIS LEGISLATION WILL…

    9/11 COMPENSATION FUND TO COMPENSATE THOSE AFFECTED. THIS LEGISLATION WILL HELP THOUSANDS OF NEW YORKERS, COURAGEOUS FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS, E.M.T.'S AND CLEANUP WORKERS AS WELL AS THE THOUSANDS OF SELFLESS INDIVIDUALS WHO RUSHED FROM EVERY STATE TO LEND A HAND IN THE RESCUE, RECOVERY AND CLEANUP EFFORTS AT GROUND ZERO. MANY OF THEM ARE MY CONSTITUENTS, LIKE JOHN FIELD, WHO FOUNDED THE FEEL GOOD FOUNDATION AND ANSWERED THE NATION'S CALL UPON LEARNING OF THE ATTACKS ON LOWER MAN HATTEN. IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT WE AFFIRM OUR COMMITMENT TO FIRST RESPONDERS AND SURVIVORS BY ENSURING THEY HAVE ACCESS TO TREATMENT AND CARE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:14:18 AM

    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 LOUISIANA RISE?

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  • 10:14:25 AM

    MR. FLEMING

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:14:27 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:14:30 AM

    MR. FLEMING

    2010, LEGISLATION ENACTING A MEANINGFUL MEDICAL LIABILITY REFORM. UNLIKE…

    2010, LEGISLATION ENACTING A MEANINGFUL MEDICAL LIABILITY REFORM. UNLIKE OBAMACARE, THIS LEGISLATION WILL INCREASE ACCESS AND LOWER HEALTH CARE COSTS FOR PATIENTS, PHYSICIANS AND OUR GOVERNMENT BY REDUCING NEEDLESS COSTS INCURRED BECAUSE OF DEFENSIVE MEDICINE. FURTHERMORE, THIS REFORM WILL STRENGTHEN THE DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP BY ENCOURAGING COLLABORATION BETWEEN PARTIES WHEN A MEDICAL INCIDENT OCCURS. REPEALING OBAMACARE AND REPLACING IT WITH PATIENT-CENTERED REFORMS CONTINUES TO BE OUR PRIMARY GOAL, A GOAL THAT OUR CONSTITUENTS SENT US HERE TO ACHIEVE. THUS, WE REMAIN COMMITTED TO PASSING COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL LIABILITY REFORM AS PART OF THE SOLUTION. WITH THE SAVINGS OF AT LEAST $200 BILLION ANNUALLY IN DEFENSIVE MEDICINE COSTS, THERE IS NO REASON NOT TO ACT IMMEDIATELY. I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 10:15:41 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RISE?

  • 10:15:47 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    MADAM SPEAKER, THE YOU CURRENT ARTICLE OF THE NEW YORKER -- THE CURRENT…

    MADAM SPEAKER, THE YOU CURRENT ARTICLE OF THE NEW YORKER -- THE CURRENT ARTICLE FROM "THE NEW YORKER" MAGAZINE HAS A THOUGHTFUL ARTICLE, WHAT MEDICINE CAN DO WHEN IT CAN'T SAVE YOUR LIFE. IT FOCUSES ON THOSE CRITICAL AREAS OF END OF LIFE. IT DEALS WITH FASCINATING STUDIES THAT SHOW PEOPLE WHO DEAL -- WHO ARE IN HOSPICE CARE RATHER THAN THE MOST AGGRESSIVE MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS ACTUALLY IN MANY CASES LIVE AS LONG OR IN SOME CASES EVEN LONGER. BUT MORE IMPORTANT, MADAM SPEAKER, IS THE NOTION OF CONTROL FOR THESE PATIENTS. HAVING THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUBSTANDIVE DISCUSSIONS -- SUBSTANTIVE DISCUSSION WAS THEIR DOCTOR ABOUT END OF LIFE PREFERENCES WERE MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN PEACE AND IN CONTROL OF THEIR SITUATION AND SPARE THEIR FAMILY ANGUISH. THIS IS EXACTLY WHY I HAVE INTRODUCED PERSONALIZE YOUR CARE ACT, H.R. 5795, TO MAKE SURE THAT PATIENTS' WISHES ARE OBSERVED. THAT THE GOVERNMENT HELPS PROMOTE THAT CONVERSATION, AND THAT WE ALLOW PEOPLE TO END THEIR LIFE THE WAY THEY WANT TO.

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  • 10:16:57 AM

    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 LOUISIANA RISE?

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  • 10:17:02 AM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:17:04 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:17:09 AM

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    SPEAKER. NORTHRUP GRUMMAN RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THEY WOULD CONSOLIDATE THE…

    SPEAKER. NORTHRUP GRUMMAN RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THEY WOULD CONSOLIDATE THE SHIPYARD BY 2013. IN THE MIDST OF ECONOMIC DOWNTURN, THE GULF OIL SPILL, THE DRILLING MORATORIUM, LAYOFFS FROM THE PROGRAM, THE DECISION TO CLOSE AVONDALE WILL HAVE A DEVASTATING EFFECT ON THE STATE OF LOUISIANA. WE MUST FIND A SOLUTION TO HELP THOSE 5,000 EMPLOYEES THAT WOULD BE AFFECTED. ARTICLE 1, SECTION 9 OF THE CONSTITUTION STATES THAT, NO PREFERENCE SHALL BE GIVE BY ANY REGULATION OF COMMERCE OR REVENUE TO PORTS OF ONE STATE OVER ANOTHER. IF AVONDALE WERE MAKING CRUISE SHIPS, THIS WOULDN'T BE A FEDERAL JURISDICTION. BUT NORTH REPUBLIC GRUMMAN HAS BUILT OVER 70% OF THE NAVY'S FLEET. I BELIEVE THIS IS A TIME TO EXERCISE SOME INTERVENTION INTO THIS CONSOLIDATION PROCESS. WE MUST ASSIST THE STATE IN FINDING ALTERNATIVE ISSUES FOR THE SHIPYARD IN LOUISIANA. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:18:15 AM

    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 VERMONT RISE?

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  • 10:18:22 AM

    MR. WELCH

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:18:26 AM

    MR. WELCH

    TODAY 40 OF MY COLLEAGUES ARE JOINING ME TO CALL ON THE WALL STREET BANKS…

    TODAY 40 OF MY COLLEAGUES ARE JOINING ME TO CALL ON THE WALL STREET BANKS THAT ARE CONTINUING TO TOTALLY DISRESPECT THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER, TO DO THE RIGHT THING. THE REPORT ISSUED LAST WEEK, COMPENSATION MASTER KENNETH FINEBERG IDENTIFIED 17TH BANKS WHICH PAID OUT QUESTIONABLE BONUS, QUESTIONABLE IN THE SENSE IT WAS MULTIMILLION DOLLAR PAYMENTS FOR NO GOOD VALUABLE WORK. THESE ARE BANKS THAT DID THIS AFTER ACCEPTING TAXPAYER ASSISTANCE. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, SIX OF THOSE 17 FIRMS HAVE YET TO PAY BACK THE TAXPAYER MONEY THAT WAS THE LIFELINE TO KEEP THEM GOING. WHEN THE AMERICAN PUB LICK THREW THE LIFELINE IT WAS NOT FOR THOSE BANKS AND THE BENEFIT OF THE BANKERS, IT WAS TO STABILIZE THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM AND REVIVE MAIN STREET. WHY IS IT THAT WHEN IT COMES TO COMPENSATION ON WALL STREET TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH? TODAY MY COLLEAGUES ARE CALLING ON THESE BANKS TO PUT PAYING BACK THE TAXPAYER AHEAD OF PAYING OFF THEIR EXECUTIVES. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:19:30 AM

    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 WASHINGTON RISE?

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

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

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  • 10:19:40 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SO ORDERED.

  • 10:19:43 AM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MADAM SPEAKER, INSTEAD OF DIRECTLY ADDRESSING THE GULF OIL SPILL TRAGEDY,…

    MADAM SPEAKER, INSTEAD OF DIRECTLY ADDRESSING THE GULF OIL SPILL TRAGEDY, CONGRESS IS VOTING THIS WEEK ON LEGISLATION, THE CLEAR ACT, THAT IS STUFF FULL OF UNRELATED ITEMS. LEGISLATION THAT WILL KILL AMERICAN JOBS AND RAISE ENERGY PRICINGS. SIMPLY PUT, DEMOCRATS ARE USING THE OIL SPILL AS AN EXCUSE TO RAISE TAXES AND INCREASE SPENDING. THE BILL IMPOSES A NEW $22 BILLION ENERGY TAX AND HAS OVER $30 BILLION OF NEW UNRELATED MANDATORY SPENDING. WHAT THE DEMOCRATS ARE DOING, MADAM SPEAKER, IS RUSHING AHEAD OF THE FACTS AND WRITING LAWS BEFORE INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE SPILL ARE FINISHED. REFORMS ARE NEEDED TO MAKE AMERICA OFFSHORE DRILLING THE SAFEST IN THE WORLD. BUT THAT DOESN'T REQUIRE TAX INCREASES OR BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF UNRELATED SPENDING AND INFLICTING GREATER ECONOMIC PAIN AND LOST JOBS ON AMERICANS. I OPPOSE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE CLEAR ACT.

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  • 10:20:41 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

  • 10:20:45 AM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:20:47 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:20:49 AM

    MRS. DAHLKEMPER

    SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO APPLAUD THE EXEMPLARY HEALTH CARE INSTITUTION IN…

    SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO APPLAUD THE EXEMPLARY HEALTH CARE INSTITUTION IN MY DISTRICT, HAMET MEDICAL CENTER IN EAR -- ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA. THEY HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THE EXLEAPT QUALITY CARE AT THE CENTER. THIS WEEK THEY ARE BEING RECOGNIZED AGAIN FOR THEIR HIGH STANDARDS OF QUALITY AND EXCELLENT PATIENT CARE. "U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT" ANNOUNCED THAT THE CENTER HAS BEEN RANKED AMONG THE TOP MEDICAL FACILITIES IN THE NATION AND A SPECIALTY OF PULMONARY MEDICINE WHICH TREATS DISEASES OF THE LUNGS. "U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORTS" BEST HOSPITALS 2010 INCLUDES 122 CENTERS NATIONWIDE ON TOUGH STANDARDS OF CARE AND NUMBER OF PATIENTS SERVED. I WANT TO CONGRAT RATE THEM FOR ITS COMMITMENT -- CONGRATULATE THEM FOR ITS COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:21:44 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA RISE?

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

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

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  • 10:21:54 AM

    MR. PENCE

    YOU. THOMAS JEFFERSON SAID, WHEN THE PEOPLE FEAR THEIR GOVERNMENT, THERE…

    YOU. THOMAS JEFFERSON SAID, WHEN THE PEOPLE FEAR THEIR GOVERNMENT, THERE IS TYRANNY. WHEN THE GOVERNMENT FEARS THE PEOPLE, THERE IS LIBERTY. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT. THERE IS FEAR IN THE AIR. NOW, LEADERS IN WASHINGTON, D.C., WOULD HAVE US BELIEVE THE RISING VOICE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE BASED ON FEAR. BUT IT'S EVIDENT THE REAL FEAR IS COMING FROM DEMOCRAT ELITIST HERE IN WASHINGTON WHO REALIZE THE PEOPLE WILL NOT BE SILENCED. YESTERDAY WE LEARNED OF A NEW EFFORT BY DEMOCRATS IN WASHINGTON TO ATTACK AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO SPEAK THEIR MIND AND PEACEABLY ASSEMBLE AS EXTREMIST OR RADICALS. DEMEANING TEA PARTY CITIZENS OR OTHER AMERICANS OR SIMPLY SAYING NO TO RUN AWAY SPENDING, TAKEOVERS, AND BAILOUTS IS BENEATH THE DIGNITY OF THE GREAT POLITICAL PARTY. THE VOICES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHETHER THE LEFT, RIGHT, OR MIDDLE SHOULD NEVER BE MUTED OR DEMEAN BY THE LEADERS WHO SERVED THEM. WHEN WE SEE BASELESS SMEARS OF GOOD AMERICANS, WHOSE ONLY OFFENSE IS THE EXERCISE OF THEIR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF FREE SPEECH AND FREE ASSEMBLY, WE SHOULD SEE THE FEAR FOR WHAT IT IS. THE FEAR OF LOSING AN ELECTION.

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

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:23:13 AM

    MR. COHEN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. YESTERDAY IN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, A TRAGEDY WAS…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. YESTERDAY IN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, A TRAGEDY WAS DISCOVERED THAT'S AFFECTED OUR CITIZEN AND PROFESSIONAL SPORTS WORLD. A GREAT BASKETBALL PLAYER, LORENZIN WHITE WAS FOUND MURDERED. HE WAS THE 14 YEAR NBA STAR WHO PLAYED FIVE YEARS WITH THE MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES, AND BEFORE THAT TWO YEARS WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS, TAKING OUR TEAM TO THE GREAT EIGHT IN SKIT. HE WAS A FAMILY MAN. HE WAS LOVED IN MEMPHIS. HE WAS AN OUTSTANDING CITIZEN WHO CARED ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE. LOVED HIS CHILDREN. AND THE CITY GRIEVES WITH HIM TODAY. IT'S A GREAT LOSS TO OUR CITY AND THE BASKETBALL WORLD. I MISS HIM AS A FRIEND. I APPRECIATE ALL HE DID FOR MY CITY. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.

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  • 10:24:05 AM

    MS. FOXX

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, MADAM SPEAKER.

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    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. $6.1 TRILLION, THAT'S HOW MUCH MONEY THE FEDERAL…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. $6.1 TRILLION, THAT'S HOW MUCH MONEY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS SPENT IN JUST THE FIRST 18 MONTHS OF THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY. WASHINGTON IS SPENDING $7 MILLION EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY HOUR OF EVERY DAY. THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO FEED THAT KIND OF DESTRUCTIVE HABIT, WASHINGTON NEEDS MORE OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS. THAT'S WHAT DEMOCRATS HERE ON CAPITOL HILL AND THE WHITE HOUSE ARE TALKING ABOUT. THE LARGEST TAX INCREASE IN AMERICAN HISTORY. AND IT'S NO SURPRISE WHEN THIS DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED CONGRESS IS ON THE VERGE OF A SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR OF CREATING A RECORD ANNUAL DEFICIT. INSTEAD OF WORKING WITH REPUBLICANS TO MAKE THE HARD CHOICES TO CUT SPENDING, DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO KEEP RIGHT ON WITH OUT-OF-CONTROL SPENDING AND THEY'LL SEND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE BILL. AT A TIME WHEN AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE STRUGGLING AND WHEN NEARLY 15 MILLION PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR WORK, WASHINGTON DEMOCRATS ARE POISED TO HIT EVERY SINGLE TAXPAYER WITH A TAX INCREASE TO PAY FOR THEIR RECKLESS SPENDING. MADAM SPEAKER, HOUSE REPUBLICANS WILL WORK TO STOP DEMOCRATS' OUT-OF-CONTROL SPENDING. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    IT'S ALWAYS A TRAGEDY WHEN CHILDREN ARE TAKEN BEFORE THEY HAVE HAD A…

    IT'S ALWAYS A TRAGEDY WHEN CHILDREN ARE TAKEN BEFORE THEY HAVE HAD A CHANCE TO GROW AND LEAVES US WONDERING, WHY DID THIS HAPPEN? HOPE WAS 12, PAGE WAS 8, LEWIS WAS 7, MCKENZIE WAS 6, EMILY WAS 3, AND ABIGAIL WAS JUST 1 YEARS OLD. OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THEIR PARENTS AND TODAY I RISE TO REMEMBER THE SIX CHILDREN WHO LOST THEIR LIVES ON THAT TRAGIC NIGHT. OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY GRIEVES THEIR LOSS AND KEEPS THE MEMORY OF THEIR LIVES CLOSE TO OUR HEART.

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  • 10:26:13 AM

    MR. MURPHY

    LIVES CLOSE TO OUR HEART.

  • 10:26:50 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RISE?

  • 10:26:54 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:26:56 AM

    MR. FLAKE

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WANT TO SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT MISSED…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WANT TO SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT MISSED OPPORTUNITIES AND MISPLACED PRIORITIES. THIS IS THE APPROPRIATION SEASON, THIS IS ONLY OUR FIRST -- SECOND APPROPRIATION BILL, MAYBE FINAL APPROPRIATION BILL THAT WE DO ALL YEAR. WE TYPICALLY HAVE AN OPEN RULE WHERE ANY MEMBER CAN BRING ANY MEMBER TO THE FLOOR AS LONG AS IT'S GERMANE TO STRIKE SPENDING, TO SAVE MONEY FOR THE TAXPAYERS. YET THIS YEAR THE RULES COMMITTEE ONLY SAW FIT TO ALLOW 22% OF THE AMENDMENTS OFFERED TO GO ON TODAY, GO ON TO THE FLOOR TODAY. TYPICALLY ANY MEMBER CAN OFFER ANY MEMBER THEY WOULD LIKE TO AS LONG AS IT SAVES MONEY. BUT INSTEAD OF SAVING MONEY THIS YEAR, WE DECIDED TO SPEND TIME DOING THINGS LIKE H.R. 1460, RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF POLLENATORS, OR SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF RAILROAD RETIREMENT DAY, OR CONGRATULATING THE SARATOGA RACE COURSE. THESE ARE SUSPENSION BILLS THAT TAKE 10 MINUTES TO DEBATE ON THE FLOOR. THAT'S THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME WE GET FOR AMENDMENTS. INSTEAD OF DOING AMENDMENTS TO SAVE MONEY, WE ARE ACTUALLY HONORING RACEHORSES AND THINGS LIKE THAT. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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

  • 10:28:17 AM

    MR. NEAL

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, IN DECEMBER AND AGAIN IN MAY THIS…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, IN DECEMBER AND AGAIN IN MAY THIS HOUSE PASSED LEGISLATION TO EXTEND A SET OF EXPIRING TAX PROVISIONS, PROVIDING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TAX RELIEF TO MILLIONS OF AMERICAN FAMILIES. THAT TAX BILL PASSED THE HOUSE AND HAS BEEN STYMIED IN THE OTHER BODY, WHERE ONLY TWO REPUBLICAN SENATORS STOOD UP TO THEIR PARTY'S FILIBUSTER AGAINST THESE TAX CUTS. THE $250 DEDUCTION FOR TEACHERS IS AN IMPORTANT SMEFF FOR PEOPLE WHO EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN AND BUY CLASSROOM SUPPLIES OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKETS. IT HAS EXPIRED. LET ME TELL YOU WHO IS SUFFERING IN THE MEANTIME. 124,000 TEACHERS IN GEORGIA CANNOT DEDUCT $31 MILLION IN CLASSROOM SUPPLIES FOR OUR CHILDREN. 26,000 TEACHERS IN NEVADA CANNOT DEDUCT $6.6 MILLION IN EXPENSES. 113,000 TEACHERS IN NORTH CAROLINA CANNOT DEDUCT $28 MILLION OF CLASSROOM COST. 314,000 TEACHERS IN TEXAS CANNOT DEDUCT $81 MILLION IN EXPENSES TO EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN. MORE THAN 3.5 ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY TEACHERS CANNOT DEDUCT MORE THAN $908 MILLION THEY WILL SPEND THIS YEAR.

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  • 10:29:31 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MADAM SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MADAM SPEAKER.

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  • 10:29:42 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 THE SENATE CONCURS IN THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO S. 1749, CITED AS THE CELL PHONE ACT OF 2010. RECALL

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  • 10:30:19 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 10:30:22 AM

    MR. ARCURI

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

    BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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  • 10:30:29 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 228. HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 228. HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER THE ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 5850, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF TRANSPORTATION, AND HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2011, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED EXCEPT THOSE ARISING UNDER CLAUSE 9 OR 10 OF RULE 21. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ THROUGH PAGE 171, LINE 17. POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21 ARE WAIVED. NOTWITHSTANDING CLAUSE 11 OF RULE 18, EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SECTION 2, NO AMENDMENT SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT, ONE, THE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN PART A OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. AND TWO, NOT TO EXCEED FOUR OF THE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN PART B OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES IF OFFERED BY REPRESENTATIVE FLAKE OF ARIZONA OR HIS DESIGNEE. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR 10 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED EXCEPT THOSE ARISING UNDER CLAUSE 9 OR 10 OF RULE 21. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. IN CASE OF SUNDRY AMENDMENTS REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE, THE QUESTION OF THEIR ADOPTION SHALL BE PUT TO THE HOUSE EN GROS AND WITHOUT DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 2, AFTER DISPOSITION OF THE AMENDMENTS SPECIFIED IN THE FIRST SECTION OF THE RESOLUTION, THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS OR THEIR DESIGNEES EACH MAY OFFER ONE PRO FORMA AMENDMENT TO THE BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE, WHICH SHALL BE CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT. SECTION 3, THE CHAIR MAY ENTERTAIN A MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE ONLY IF OFFERED BY THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS OR HIS DESIGNEE. THE CHAIR MAY NOT ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO STRIKE OUT THE ENACTING WORDS OF THE BILL AS DESCRIBED IN CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 18.

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  • 10:33:44 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RISE?

  • 10:33:48 AM

    MR. FLAKE

    I RAISE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST H.R. 1569 BECAUSE IT VIOLATES SECTION…

    I RAISE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST H.R. 1569 BECAUSE IT VIOLATES SECTION 426-A OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT. THE RESOLUTION CONTAINS A WAIVER OF ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL WHICH INCLUDES A WAIVER OF SECTION 425 OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT WHICH CAUSES A VIOLATION OF SECTION 426-A.

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  • 10:34:06 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA MAKES A POINT OF ORDER THAT THE RESOLUTION…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA MAKES A POINT OF ORDER THAT THE RESOLUTION VIOLATES SECTION 426-A OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT OF 1974. THE GENTLEMAN HAS MET THE THRESHOLD BURDEN UNDER THE RULE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL 10 MINUTES OF THE DEBATE ON THE QUESTION OF CONSIDERATION. AFTER THAT DEBATE THE CHAIR WILL PUT THE QUESTION OF CONSIDERATION AS THE STATUTORY MEANS OF DISPOSING AT THE POINT OF ORDER. SO THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 10:34:38 AM

    MR. FLAKE

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. I RAISE THIS POINT OF ORDER TODAY NOT TO DEBATE…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. I RAISE THIS POINT OF ORDER TODAY NOT TO DEBATE UNFUNDED MANDATES, ALTHOUGH THERE ARE PROBABLY SOME IN THE LEGISLATION. IT'S SIMPLY THE ONLY OPPORTUNITY THAT MEMBERS OF THE MINORITY HAVE TO STAND UP AND TALK ABOUT THIS PROCESS. WE ARE ONLY GIVEN A MINIMAL TIME ON THE RULE AND THE BILL, JUST AN HOUR OF DEBATE AND AMENDMENT DEBATE. UNFORTUNATELY, WE'VE HAD -- ALTHOUGH WE'VE HAD AN OPEN PROCESS IN TERMS OF AMENDMENTS ON APPROPRIATION BILLS FOR AS LONG AS ANY OF US CAN REMEMBER, FORE DECADES AND DECADES -- FOR DECADES AND DECADES AND DECADES, WE'VE HAD STRUCTURED RULES WHERE MEMBERS OF THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY AREN'T ALLOWED TO OFFER AMENDMENTS THAT THEY WOULD LIKE. TRADITIONALLY, MEMBERS WOULD BE ABLE TO SUBMIT AMENDMENTS, BUT THIS YEAR AND LAST YEAR FOR THE FIRST TIME MEMBERS CAN BRING THE -- THEY CAN'T BRING TO THE FLOOR. THEY HAVE TO SUBMIT THEM TO THE RULES COMMITTEE. THEN, THE RULES COMMITTEE DECIDES WHICH ONES THEY WANT TO ALLOW ON THE FLOOR AND WHICH ONES THEY DON'T OR DECIDE, YOU'VE OFFERED 12 AMENDMENTS, YOU CAN ONLY OFFER FOUR, AND LIMIT THE ABILITY OF THE MINORITY, IN PARTICULAR, TO ACTUALLY STAND UP AND TRY TO SAVE MONEY IN THE LEGISLATION. WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT EVERY BILL WE CONSIDER THIS YEAR, EVERY APPROPRIATION BILL AND UNFORTUNATELY PROBABLY ALL YOU'RE GOING TO CONSIDER TWO UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION, BUT OF THE ONES WE CONSIDER, 42 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR WE SPEND WE ARE BORROWING, WE'RE BORROWING 42 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR WE ARE SPENDING FOR WHATEVER WE SPEND IT ON. NOW, I THINK IT'S PERFECTLY RIGHT AND PROPER TO SAY, IS THIS RIGHT TO SPEND, FOR EXAMPLE, MONEY ON -- WELL, IN THIS CASE, 461 EARMARKS IN THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION ALONE, SOME OF THEM FOR BIKE PATHS, FOR STREET BEAUTIFICATION. THESE ARE ALL GOOD THINGS BUT THEY HAVE NO FEDERAL NEXUS, SHOULDN'T BE PAID FOR BY THE FEDERAL TAXPAYER. YET, WHEN RETRY TO BRING THESE AMENDMENTS TO THE FLOOR TO DEBATE THEM ONLY A FEW -- YET, WHEN WE TRY TO BRING THESE AMENDMENTS TO THE FLOOR TO DEBATE THEM ONLY A FEW ARE ACCEPTED. CAN THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE RULES COMMITTEE TELL US WHY? WE ARE ONLY ABLE TO CONSIDER A COUPLE OF AMENDMENTS, 22% OF THOSE THAT WERE OFFERED. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:37:14 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:37:19 AM

    MR. ARCURI

    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 10:37:25 AM

    MR. ARCURI

    IT IS CLEAR THAT THIS POINT OF ORDER HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH UNFUNDED…

    IT IS CLEAR THAT THIS POINT OF ORDER HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH UNFUNDED MANDATES. TECHNICALLY, THIS POINT OF ORDER IS ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT TO CONSIDER THIS RULE AND ULTIMATELY THE UNDERLYING BILL. IN REALITY, IT'S ABOUT PREVENTING THE BILL FROM MOVING FORWARD WITHOUT ANY OPPORTUNITY FOR DEBATE AND WITHOUT ANY OPPORTUNITY FOR AN UP OR DOWN VOTE ON THE LEGISLATION ITSELF. IT'S ABOUT SLAMMING THE DOOR ON THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. I THINK THAT'S WRONG AND I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL VOTE YES SO THAT WE CAN CONSIDER THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION ON ITS MERITS AND NOT STOP IT ON A PROCEDURAL MOTION. LET'S STOP WASTING TIME ON PARLIAMENTARY ROADBLOCKS AND GET TO THE DEBATE ON THIS LEGISLATION ITSELF. IT'S A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT HAS CRITICAL FUNDING PIECES IN THERE FOR TRANSPORTATION AND FOR HOUSING. THOSE WHO OPPOSE THE BILL CAN VOTE AGAINST IT ON FINAL PASSAGE, BUT WE MUST CONSIDER THIS RULE AND WE MUST PASS THE BILL TODAY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:38:24 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. FLAKE

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

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

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  • 10:44:24 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

  • 10:44:28 AM

    MR. ARCURI

    AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

  • 10:44:38 AM

    MR. FLAKE

    AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR WILL REMIND ALL MEMBERS THAT REMARKS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE…

    THE CHAIR WILL REMIND ALL MEMBERS THAT REMARKS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE CHAIR AND NOT THE TELEVISION AUDIENCE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 10:46:53 AM

    MR. ARCURI

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA YIELDED BACK.

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  • 10:47:02 AM

    MR. ARCURI

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IT'S CLEAR THIS POINT OF ORDER HAS NOTHING TO DO…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IT'S CLEAR THIS POINT OF ORDER HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH UNFUNDED MANDATES. MY FRIEND FROM ARIZONA TALKS ABOUT THE INABILITY TO MAKE AMENDMENTS, YET HE TALKED ABOUT FOUR AMENDMENTS THAT HE WOULD BE OFFERING TODAY. SO CLEARLY HE HAS -- HE WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE HIS POINT. AGAIN I WOULD JUST SAY THAT THIS POINT OF ORDER HAS NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH UNFUNDED MANDATES. I WANT TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE MOTION TO CONSIDER SO THAT WE CAN DEBATE AND PASS THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION TODAY. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:47:36 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE POINT OF ORDER WILL…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE POINT OF ORDER WILL BE DISPOSED OF BY THE QUESTION OF CONSIDERATION. THE QUESTION IS, SHALL THE HOUSE NOW CONSIDER THE RESOLUTION. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE QUESTION OF CONSIDERATION IS DECIDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE AND WITHOUT OBJECTION A MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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  • 10:48:10 AM

    MR. ARCURI

    MADAM SPEAKER. FOR PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30…

    MADAM SPEAKER. FOR PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DIAZ-BALART. ALL TIME YIELDED DURING CONSIDERATION OF THE RULE IS FOR DEBATE ONLY. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AND I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569.

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  • 10:48:35 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 10:48:40 AM

    MR. ARCURI

    MADAM SPEAKER. HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569 PROVIDES A STRUCTURED RULE FOR…

    MADAM SPEAKER. HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569 PROVIDES A STRUCTURED RULE FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5850, THE TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING, AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2011. THE RULE PROVIDES ONE HOUR OF GENERAL DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS. THE RULE WAIVES ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL EXCEPT THOSE ARISING UNDER CLAUSE 9 OR 10 OF RULE 21. THE RULE WAIVES ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21. THE RULE MAKES IN ORDER ONE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART A OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. NOT TO EXCEED FOUR AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN PART B OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES IF OFFERED BY REPRESENTATIVE FLAKE OF ARIZONA OR HIS DESIGNEE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENTS EXCEPT FOR RULE 21 ARE WAIVED. THE PROPROVEEDS FOR THOSE AMENDMENTS REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE THE QUESTION OF ADOPTION SHALL BE PUT TO THE HOUSE ENGROSS AND WITHOUT DIVISION ON THE QUESTION. THE RULE PROVIDES ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. THE RULE PROVIDES THAT AFTER DISPOSITION OF AMENDMENTS THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS EACH MAY OFFER ONE PRO FORMA AMENDMENT TO THE BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE WHICH SHALL BE CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT. THE CHAIR MAY ENTERTAIN A MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE ONLY IF OFFERED BY THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS OR HIS DESIGNEE. FINALLY, THE RULE PROVIDES THE CHAIR MAY NOT ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO STRIKE OUT THE ENACTING WORDS OF THE BILL. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE AS A MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE AND ALSO OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5850, THE FISCAL YEAR 2011 SPRORGS H.U.D. APPROPRIATIONS ACT BECAUSE HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION ARE TWO AREAS THAT MUST BE PRIORITIES, ESPECIALLY IN TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES SUCH AS WE ARE IN. BECAUSE WE GET THE DOUBLE RETURN ON OUR INVESTMENT. AS WE HAVE SEEN WITH THE RECOVERY BILL, INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE NOT ONLY GENERATES ECONOMIC RECOVERY BY PUTTING PEOPLE BACK TO WORK, BUT THOSE CONSTRUCTION JOBS STRENGTHEN OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM AND IMPROVE OUR HOUSING STOCK. THEY MAKE OUR ROADS SAFER, OUR BRIDGES SAFER FOR OUR FAMILIES AND OUR FRIENDS FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS TO TRAVEL ON. THE TRANSPORTATION-H.U.D. APPROPRIATIONS BILL CONTINUES THIS INVESTMENT IN OUR COMMITMENT TO USING ALL THE TOOLS AVAILABLE TO CONTINUE THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY THAT HAS TAKEN HOLD. IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE LEGISLATION CONTINUES THESE IMPORTANT PROGRAMS BUT IN A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE WAY. OVERALL THE BILL SPENDS $500 MILLION LESS THAN WAS APPROPRIATED DURING THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR. THE AMOUNT PROVIDED OVERALL IS $1.3 BILLION BELOW THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST. I COMMEND THE COMMITTEE FOR ITS WORK IN CRAFTING A BILL THAT SPENDS LESS OVERALL AND STILL MANAGES TO INCREASE THE FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR KEY PROGRAMS THAT ARE AT THE HEART OF OUR NATION'S ECONOMIC RECOVERY. THE COMMITTEE HAS DONE SO BY SCALING BACK SPENDING ON OTHER PROGRAMS WHICH IS NEVER A POPULAR OR EASY, BUT IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. INCLUDED IN H.R. 5850 IS $45.2 BILLION TO IMPROVE AND REPAIR OUR NATION'S AGING HIGHWAY INFRASTRUCTURE. THE BILL INCLUDES MORE THAN $11.3 BILLION FOR THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION WHICH WILL SUPPORT BUS AND RAIL PROJECTS AND AN ESTIMATED 20,000 ADDITIONAL JOBS FOR TRANSIT WORKERS NATIONWIDE. THIS IS NOT WE PROVIDE MORE TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS TO AMERICANS DURING ECONOMIC TIMES, IT ALSO DECREASES TRAFFIC CONGESTION, REDUCES OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL, AND MAKES OUR ROAD SAFER FOR OUR COMMUTERS. THIS BILL ADDS ANOTHER $1.4 BILLION TO CONTINUE DEVELOPING AND BUILDING A NATIONAL SYSTEM OF HIGH SPEED RAIL. HIGH SPEED RAIL MOVES MORE PEOPLE AT A LOWER COST AT A FASTER SPEED AND WITH LESS IMPACT ON OUR ENVIRONMENT THAN ROAD TRANSPORTATION. WE HAVE DEVELOPED THE MOST ADVANCED HIGHWAY AND AVIATION SYSTEM IN THE WORLD OVER THE LAST 60 YEARS, BUT IN COMPARISON THE RAIL SYSTEM AND OTHER NATIONS SUCH AS GERMANY, FRANCE, AND EVEN CHINA HAVE -- WE HAVE CLEARLY FALLEN BEHIND. THIS BILL CONTINUES OUR COMMITMENT TO CORRECTING THAT SITUATION AND DEVELOPING A ROBUST NATIONAL INTERCITY RAIL NETWORK. RELATED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, H.R. 5850 MAKES CRITICAL INVESTMENTS TO HELP COMMUNITIES CONTINUE TO ADDRESS THE FALLOUT FROM HOUSING AND FORECLOSURE CRISIS THAT WE SEE NATIONWIDE. THE BILL PROVIDES COMMUNITIES WITH THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO BUILD, PURCHASE, OR RENT AFFORDABLE HOUSING. IT PROVIDES RENTAL ASSISTANCE TO LOW-INCOME FAMILIES, HOMELESS VETERANS, AND OTHER AT-RISK GROUPS, AND SUPPLIES FUNDING FOR REPAIRS AND RENOVATION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING ACROSS AMERICA. THE BILL PROVIDES $4 BILLION FOR THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM WHICH SENDS FUNDING DIRECTLY TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FOR PROJECTS THAT ADDRESS HOUSING, SOCIAL SERVICES, AND OTHER ECONOMIC CHALLENGES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS IS JUST THE SAMPLE OF THE IMPORTANT PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES THAT THE TRANSPORTATION-H.U.D. APPROPRIATIONS ACT WILL FUND IN FISCAL YEAR 2011. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. THANK YOU. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. LE

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    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ARCURI, FOR THE TIME. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MINUTE FIRST TO THANK CAESAR, HE IS MY RULES ASSOCIATE GENERAL COUNSEL, LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR. THIS IS THE LAST RULE WE'LL BE WORKING ON TOGETHER. CONGRESSMAN MARIO DIAZ-BALART WHO IS AWARE OF CAESAR'S TALENT HAS MADE WHAT I CONSIDER A VERY WISE DECISION. IN HIRING CAESAR AS HIS CHIEF OF STAFF. AND SO WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE WORKING ON RULES TOGETHER BUT WE'LL ALWAYS BE FRIEND AND I'M DEEPLY GRATEFUL FOR HIS FRIENDSHIP AND FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY ASSISTANCE THAT HE HAS GIVEN ME AND OUR OFFICE AND OUR CONSTITUENTS DURING ALL THE TIME THAT HE HAS HONORED US BY WORKING WITH US. SO, CAESAR, THANK YOU. MADAM SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE MAJORITY BROUGHT TO THIS FLOOR THE FIRST FISCAL YEAR 2011 APPROPRIATIONS BILL. I KNOW IT'S ALMOST AUGUST, BUT THAT'S THE CASE. THE FIRST APPROPRIATIONS BILL WAS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR YESTERDAY BY THE MAJORITY. AND THEY BROUGHT IT FORTH UNDER A RESTRICTIVE PROCESS. THAT BLOCKS MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FROM INTRODUCING AMENDMENTS. AND TODAY THE MAJORITY CONTINUES THAT PROCESS, THAT UNFORTUNATE PROCESS, WITH YET ANOTHER RESTRICTIVE RULE. THIS TIME ON THE SECOND APPROPRIATIONS BILL THAT THEY ARE BRINGING TO THE FLOOR, THE TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS BILL. AND THEY BRING IT FORTH WITH A RULE THAT ALLOWS 24 OUT OF THE 108 AMENDMENTS THAT WERE SUBMITTED TO BE DEBATED. THAT'S 22% OF THE AMENDMENTS SUBMITTED. AS YOU KNOW, MADAM SPEAKER, THAT USED TO NOT BE THE CASE. ALWAYS THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF THE REPUBLIC APPROPRIATIONS BILLS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT FORTH UNDER OPEN RULES. AND, YOU KNOW, MADAM SPEAKER, WE HAVE BEEN HERE FOR SOME YEARS NOW, SOMETIMES THE PROCESS OF DEBATE ON APPROPRIATIONS BILLS GOT UNRULE AND -- UNRULY AND LONG AND FRUSTRATING BUT THAT'S THE WAY DEMOCRACY IS SUPPOSED TO WORK. THE WAY WE USUALLY -- THE WAY FOR CENTURIES WE WORKED OUT THAT PROCESS, CONGRESS HAS WORKED OUT THAT PROCESS, IS THAT THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE FLOOR, THEY, AFTER A WHILE, AFTER DAYS, THEY COME TOGETHER WITH A UNANIMOUS CONSENT AGREEMENT. AND THEY LIMIT DEBATE. THE CONGRESS, WE, LIMIT DEBATE BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT. THAT'S THE WAY IT'S WORKED OUT. YOU DON'T CLOSE THE PROCESS AT THE BEGINNING. AT LEAST WE DIDN'T BEFORE. STARTING LAST YEAR THIS MAJORITY DECIDED TO, HOWEVER, AND THAT'S UNFORTUNATE. NOW, UNDER THE TRADITIONAL PROCESS, IT WAS FOLLOWED FOR -- SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE REPUBLIC, NO ONE FROM THE MAJORITY LEADERSHIP OR THE RULES COMMITTEE GOT TO PICK AND CHOOSE WHAT AMENDMENTS THE HOUSE COULD DEBATE ON APPROPRIATIONS BILLS, AS LONG AS THEY WERE GERMANE. IN OTHER WORDS, AS LONG AS THEY WERE CONNECTED, THE ISSUE WAS CONNECTED TO THE BILL AT HAND. NOW, THAT'S WHAT AN OPEN RULE IS. AN OPEN PROCESS. AS I SAY IT'S BEEN THE TRADITION OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO DEBATE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS UNDER AN OPEN PROCESS, OPEN RULES. I OUTLINE WHAT AN OPEN RULE IS BECAUSE IT'S BEEN SO LONG SINCE THE HOUSE HAS CONSIDERED AN OPEN RULE. AND I'M SORRY FOR OUR NEW MEMBERS BECAUSE THEY HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED AN OPEN RULE. BUT I -- THAT'S WHY I OUTLINED WHAT AN OPEN RULE PROCESS IS. THE LAST TIME WE SAW ONE ON AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL WAS JULY 31, 2007. ALMOST EXACTLY THREE YEARS AGO TO THE DAY. EVEN ON THAT BILL THE MAJORITY CAME BACK AND CLOSED THE PROCESS. AT LEAST THEY INITIALLY CAME TO THE FLOOR WITH AN OPEN RULE THREE YEARS AGO ON AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL. FOR A NONAPPROPRIATIONS BILL, FEBRUARY 8, 2007. THE MONTH AFTER THEY TOOK THE MAJORITY. THAT WAS THE LAST OPEN RULE. THE LAST OPEN RULE THIS MAJORITY PERMITTED TO THE MEMBERSHIP IN THIS CONGRESS. THAT'S SAD. BUT ESPECIALLY IT'S UNNECESSARY. EXTRAORDINARY POWER OF THE MAJORITY, THEIR FRIENDS ON THE MAJORITY SIDE ARE SHOWING US EVERY DAY. HOW THEY EXERCISE THAT POWER. IT'S A RECORD NO ONE SHOULD BE PROUD OF, BUT IT IS THE LEGACY OF THIS MAJORITY. NOW, WHAT IS THE REASON FOR THE MAJORITY TO USE SUCH A RESTRICTIVE PROCESS? LAST YEAR THEY TOLD US THAT IT WAS TO CURB THE CONSIDERATION OF AMENDMENTS IN ORDER TO PROVE THE PROCESS FORWARD IN A TIMELY MANNER. IF THEY WANTED TO AVOID AN OMNIBUS APPROPRIATION BILL. BUT THEY DIDN'T. WE STILL HAD ONE AND IT WAS TWO WEEKS BEFORE CHRISTMAS. . AS I SAID LAST YEAR, AS I SAID, AS I SAY NOW, THIS PROCESS IS UNJUST AND IT'S UNNECESSARY. IT WAS A MISTAKE LAST YEAR. IT WAS A MISTAKE YESTERDAY. IT'S A MISTAKE TODAY. IT'S A COLOSSAL MISTAKE THAT THE MAJORITY WILL COME TO REGRET. I YIELD BACK -- I'M SORRY, I RESERVE, MADAM SPEAKER. I RESERVE OUR TIME.

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    MR. ARCURI

    MADAM SPEAKER. I WOULD YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON,…

    MADAM SPEAKER. I WOULD YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER.

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    MR. BLUMENAUER

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COURTESY IN PERMITTING ME TO SPEAK ON THIS…

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COURTESY IN PERMITTING ME TO SPEAK ON THIS RULE. MADAM SPEAKER, EMBEDDED HERE IN THIS LEGISLATION FOR TRANSPORTATION-H.U.D., IS THE LIVING COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE, A VISIONARY, POPULAR AND IMPORTANT PROGRAM OF THE ADMINISTRATION. IN FACT, HOWEVER, IT BEGAN IN THE LAST CONGRESS WHERE THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF TRANSPORTATION AND H.U.D., UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN OLVER, PROMOTED THESE INITIATIVES. IT WAS ALSO PART OF A PARTNERSHIP WITH MR. OBERSTAR, THE CHAIR OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, WHO HAS LONG CHAMPIONED THESE EFFORTS TO HAVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BE A BETTER PARTNER WORKING WITH COMMUNITIES ON CRITICAL AREAS OF TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING. THIS BILL HAS BUILT ON THIS APPROACH. IT IS TAKING CRITICAL ELEMENTS THAT STRENGTHEN COMMUNITY, REVITALIZE THE ECONOMY AND HELP PROTECT THE PLANET. I MUST, HOWEVER, SPEAK AGAINST A COUPLE OF ILL-ADVISED ATTACKS ON THE LIVABLE COMMUNITIES PROGRAM OF THE ADMINISTRATION. IN PARTICULAR, THERE IS AN AMENDMENT BY MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO, THAT WOULD STRIP OUT OF TRANSPORTATION ELEMENTS OF LIVABILITY. THE IRONY IS THAT THE RE-AUTHORIZATION THAT MR. DEFAZIO IS WORKING ON, WHICH WE ALL HOPE WILL HAPPEN SOONER RATHER THAN LATER, ACTUALLY WILL PROMOTE A NUMBER OF THESE APPROACHES AND THE MONEY THAT HE WOULD STRIP OUT WOULD ACTUALLY HAVE GONE TO HELP GET A HEAD START ON THE IMPORTANT PROGRAM THAT ACTUALLY WILL BE A PART OF THE LEGISLATION THAT I'M CONFIDENT WILL BE PRODUCED BY HIS SUBCOMMITTEE AND ULTIMATELY BY THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE. THESE ARE NOT AREAS THAT ARE INSIGNIFICANT. THERE IS GREAT PUBLIC SUPPORT. FOR EXAMPLE, THE TIGER GRANTS RECEIVED 40 TIMES MORE REQUESTS THAN THE ADMINISTRATION HAD MONEY FOR. AND I MUST POINT OUT THAT THIS IS NOT TAKING ANY MONEY AWAY FROM THE TRANSPORTATION TRUST FUND BECAUSE IF IT'S NOT AUTHORIZED IT COMES FROM THE GENERAL FUND. EQUALLY SAD, AND I THINK MISCOMBIDED, IS AN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MY COLLEAGUES, PETER, ADLER, HIMES AND WELCH, THAT WOULD STRIKE OR REDUCE FUNDING FOR A NUMBER OF CRITICAL PROGRAMS WHERE THE COMMITTEE HAS ADJUSTED IT EVEN ABOVE WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION REQUESTED. THESE ARE PROGRAMS FOR HIGH-SPEED RAIL, INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT GRANTS, HOPE 6, RAILROAD SAFETY TECHNOLOGY, VETERANS AFFAIRS-SUPPORTED HOUSING. I COULD GO ON. TIME DOESN'T PERMIT. BUT THESE ARE PRECISELY THE TYPE OF PROGRAMS --

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    MR. ARCURI

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    MR. BLUMENAUER

    THESE ARE PRECISELY THE TYPES OF PROGRAMS THAT WE SHOULD BE CONCENTRATED…

    THESE ARE PRECISELY THE TYPES OF PROGRAMS THAT WE SHOULD BE CONCENTRATED ON BECAUSE THEY STRETCH DOLLARS, BECAUSE THEY HELP PROMOTE THE ACTIVITIES BACK ON THE GROUND IN OUR DISTRICTS AND IN FACT THEY ARE SUPPORTED BY THE PEOPLE WHO SENT US HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. I WOULD STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT MY COLLEAGUES LOOK CAREFULLY AT THESE PROVISIONS. WHAT CHAIRMAN OLVER AND HIS SUBCOMMITTEE HAVE DONE IS REBALANCE EFFORTS THAT WERE OFFERED BY THE ADMINISTRATION. IN SOME CASES THEY WERE REDUCED. IN SOME CASES THEY WERE INCREASED. BUT THERE IS A PACKAGE HERE THAT WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR EVERY COMMUNITY, RURAL AND URBAN, FROM COAST TO COAST, MAKING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT A BETTER PARTNER, PROMOTING THE LIVABILITY OF OUR COMMUNITIES WHERE EVERY FAMILY IS SAFER, HEALTHIER AND MORE ECONOMICALLY SECURE. WHILE I WILL SUPPORT THE RULE, I STRONGLY URGE IF THESE PRO AMENDMENTS ARE OFFERED -- TWO AMENDMENTS ARE OFFERED THAT THEY BE REJECTED. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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

    MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA, MY CLASSMATE. IT'S AMAZING HOW THE YEARS HAVE PAST. JOHN LINDER.

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    MR. LINDER

    MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION…

    MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION TO ORDER THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. I OPPOSE IT SO THAT THE MINORITY MIGHT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER LEGISLATION THAT HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THROUGH THE YOUCUT PROGRAM, LEGISLATION THAT IS STRONGLY SUPPORTED BY MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. THAT LEGISLATION IS H.R. 5885, A BILL INTRODUCED TO TERMINATE THE ADVANCED EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT, SAVING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS MORE THAN $1 BILLION OVER THE NEXT DECADE. AN AUGUST 10, 2007, REPORT BY THE G.A.O. REVEALED SIGNIFICANT NONCOMPLIANCE AND FRAUD WITH THE ADVANCED EIPC. THE G.A.O. FOUND THAT 20% OF THE RECIPIENTS DON'T HAVE A VALID SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. ALMOST 40% OF THE RECIPIENTS DID NOT FILE A TAX RETURN, AND 80% OF THE RECIPIENTS FAILED TO COMPLY WITH AT LEAST ONE PROGRAM REQUIREMENT. AND YET, DESPITE EVIDENCE OF SIGNIFICANT FRAUD, ABUSE AND GENERAL NONCOMPLIANCE, G.A.O. FOUND OUT THAT ONLY 3% OF THE EITC ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS USED THE ADVANCED OPTION. GIVEN THE LOW LEVEL OF UTILIZATION AND THE HIGH ERROR RATES AMONG THOSE WHO DO USE IT, SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE MAJORITY PARTY HAVE PROPOSED TO TERMINATE THE ADVANCED EITC OPTION. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS PROPOSED TO REPEAL IT IN BOTH OF HIS ANNUAL BUDGETS. EARLIER THIS WEEK, SENATE MAJORITY LEADER REID HAD THIS AS AN OFFSET IN THE SENATE FLOOR. AND LAST WEEK FOUR OF OUR COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE HOUSE INTRODUCED DEFICIT REDUCTION AUTHORIZATION THAT INCLUDED THE VERY SAME LANGUAGE ON REPEALING THE ADVANCED EITC THAT IS THE SUBJECT OF MY LEGISLATION. REPUBLICANS AGREE WITH OUR DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES THAT THE ADVANCED EITC IS A WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY AND SHOULD BE TERMINATED. I ASK MY CLOSING TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO THAT WE MAY CONSIDER THIS LEGISLATION ON THE FLOOR TODAY, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE, MADAM SPEAKER.

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    I'M SORRY, FOR HOW MANY MINUTES?

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IS RECOGNIZED -- FROM TEXAS IS REBLINGD FOR FOUR MINUTES. -- RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    MR. HENSARLING

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS ILLED A-ADVISED RULE. MILLION ONE, WE HAVE A…

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS ILLED A-ADVISED RULE. MILLION ONE, WE HAVE A -- ILL-ADVISED RULE. NUMBER ONE, WE HAVE AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL BEFORE WE HAVE A BUDGET. THERE IS NO BUDGET, MADAM SPEAKER. MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THE DEMOCRATS, DON'T EVEN WANT A SPEED BUMP AS THEY DRIVE DOWN THE NATIONAL ROAD TO BANKRUPTCY. WE ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE A BUDGET BEFORE WE HAVE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. AND IN FACT I THINK THE DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE SAID IT BEST WHEN HE SAID, QUOTE, IF YOU CAN'T BUDGET YOU CAN'T GOVERN. WELL, ACCORDING TO THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE, THE DEMOCRATS CLEARLY CAN'T GOVERN. THIS YEAR WILL MARK THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY THAT THE HOUSE HAS FAILED TO EVEN CONSIDER, MUCH LESS PASS, A BUDGET, AND YET WE HAVE A RULE ALLOWING US TO SPEND YET MORE OF THE PEOPLE'S MONEY. IT ALSO MARKS THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW WHERE THE DEMOCRATS HAVE CHOSEN TO BRING THESE BILLS UNDER CLOSED RULES. I, MYSELF, HAD SIX DIFFERENT AMENDMENTS. AND WHEN WE'RE SPENDING THE PEOPLE'S MONEY, THE PEOPLE'S REPRESENTATIVES OUGHT TO BE HEARD. NONE OF MY SIX AMENDMENTS WILL BE HEARD, MADAM SPEAKER, BECAUSE THE RULES COMMITTEE DECIDED THEY WOULD HAVE A CLOSED RULE AND THEY DIDN'T WANT TO HEAR FROM MY AMENDMENTS. SO HAD I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY, MADAM SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON THIS PRACTICE OF EARMARKING. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE TAKEN AN EARMARK MORATORIUM. WE SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT, THE PROCESS IS BROKEN. NOW, NOT EVERY EARMARK IS BAD, MADAM SPEAKER, BUT THE PROCESS IS BROKEN. AND YET THE DEMOCRATS CONTINUE TO BRING THEM. AND HAD I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY I WOULD HAVE BROUGHT AN AMENDMENT SAYING, YOU KNOW WHAT, MAYBE WE SHOULD STRIKE THE EARMARK THAT THE BUDGET COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, CHAIRMAN SPRATT, HAS FOR A NEIGHBORHOOD COMMUNITY CENTER IN YORK COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA. I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT GOOD THINGS CAN BE DONE WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, BUT DOES THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE AND DOES THIS BODY REALLY BELIEVE IT'S WORTH BORROWING 41 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR, MAINLY FROM THE CHINESE, AND SENDING THE BILL TO OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN? I HOPE NOT. BUT THIS BODY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WORK ITS WILL. I WOULD HAVE INTRODUCED AN AMENDMENT TO STRIKE THE EARMARK FROM THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, REPRESENTATIVE KILROY, WHO THOUGHT IT WAS WORTH BORROWING 41 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR, MAINLY FROM THE CHINESE, AND TO BILL OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TO PUT IN THE COLUMBUS BICENTENNIAL BIKEWAYS IN COLUMBUS, OHIO. MADAM SPEAKER, AT SOME POINT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW, DOES THEIR PRESIDENT, DOES THEIR CONGRESS, WHAT PART OF BROKE DON'T THEY UNDERSTAND? EARMARK AFTER EARMARK AFTER EARMARK -- AND I COULD GO THROUGH THE LI THAT I TRIED TO -- LIST THAT I TRIED TO OFFER AND COULDN'T OFFER, AND FINALLY, IT GIVES THE COMBRECKS THAT THE EARMARKS ARE BEING -- IMPRESSION THAT THE EARMARKS ARE BEING ALLOWED TO THOSE IN THE LEADERSHIP AND THOSE WHO HAVE VERY CHALLENGING RACES COME NOVEMBER. I HAVE NO A DOUBT BUT NO AMENDMENTS CAN BE OFFERED. AND WHEN THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SAYS HE'S BRINGING A RULE THAT WILL ALLOW US TO DEBATE A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE BILL, HE FAILED TO NOTE THAT IT'S 41% ABOVE THE 2008 LEVEL. THIS IS PART OF THE SPENDING SPREE THAT'S BANKRUPTING AMERICA. HE LOOKS ON A ONE-TERM BASIS, YET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE TO PAY ON A MULTIYEAR BASIS. ONE MINUTE?

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    ONE MORE MINUTE.

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    MR. HENSARLING

    YOU WOULD THINK, MADAM SPEAKER, THAT AFTER THIS PRESIDENT AND THIS…

    YOU WOULD THINK, MADAM SPEAKER, THAT AFTER THIS PRESIDENT AND THIS CONGRESS INCREASED WHAT WE CALL NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING, WHICH IS REALLY GARDEN VARIETY GOVERNMENT, NOT THE ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS, NOT THE PENTAGON, HAS INCREASED 84% IN JUST TWO YEARS. AT WHAT POINT DO YOU SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH? AND THAT'S WHY REPUBLICANS EVERY WEEK ARE BRINGING FORTH ANOTHER PROPOSAL UNDER THE YOUCUT PROGRAM TO SAY LET'S START SAVING SOME MONEY. AND SO AS YOU HEARD FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, TODAY IS THE ADVANCED EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT, FRANKLY BROUGHT BY A DEMOCRAT, WHO NOW APPARENTLY HAS DECIDED TO ABANDON HIS OWN CHILD AND MAKE IT AN ORPHAN, BUT THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT COULD SAVE TAXPAYERS $1.1 BILLION. WE NEED TO VOTE DOWN THE RULE, VOTE DOWN THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. ALLOW US TODAY TO MAKE ONE SMALL SAVINGS. AGAIN, AT LEAST ONE SMALL SPEED BUMP ON THE ROAD TO NATIONAL BANKRUPTCY BROUGHT COURTESY OF OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. WE JECT THE -- REJECT THE RULE.

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    MR. ARCURI

    MADAM SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON,…

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

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED FOR, MR. DENAZZIO, FOR THREE -- DEFAZIO, FOR THREE MINUTES.

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  • 11:14:04 AM

    MR. DEFAZIO

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK AND THE RULES COMMITTEE AND CHAIRWOMAN…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK AND THE RULES COMMITTEE AND CHAIRWOMAN SLAUGHTER FOR MAKING MY AMENDMENT IN ORDER WHICH WAS REFERENCED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, EARLIER. WE NEED A NEW TRANSPORTATION POLICY FOR THIS COUNTRY. WE NEED A 21ST CENTURY TRANSPORTATION POLICY. WE'RE LIVING UNDER THE BUSH ERA PRIORITIES AND POLICIES AND INADEQUATE FUNDING. WE HAVE A SYSTEM WITH 150,000 BRIDGES THAT ARE WEIGHT LIMITED OR FUNCTIONALLY OBSOLETE. WE HAVE TRANSIT SYSTEMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT HAVE AN $80 BILLION BACKLOG JUST TO BE IN STATE OF GOOD REPAIR. LET ALONE BUILDING NEW TRANSIT OPTIONS FOR AMERICANS, AND PEOPLE ARE DYING BECAUSE OF THAT CAPITAL BACKLOG. THEY'RE DYING HERE IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL WHERE THEY'RE RUNNING OBSOLETE, CRUMMY OLD RAILCARS THAT AREN'T SAFE. WE HAVE A TRANSPORTATION CRISIS , AND I'VE WRITTEN A BILL, ALONG WITH CHAIRMAN OBERSTAR, THAT WILL ADDRESS MORE ROBUSTLY THAN A PROVISION STUCK IN HERE BY THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE THE ISSUES OF LIVABILITY AND PLANNING IN A COORDINATED WAY FOR A BETTER TRANSPORTATION FUTURE, MORE OPTIONS FOR PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN CONGESTED METROPOLITAN AREAS. BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, IF YOU TAKE THAT AND CREATE THAT, TAKE $200 MILLION -- AND MY COLLEAGUE WAS WRONG. IT'S $200 MILLION THAT COMES OUT OF THE TRUST FUND. THAT MEANS IT'S $200 MILLION THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO HELP DEAL WITH THOSE 150,000 BRIDGES THAT NEED TO BE REPAIRED OR REPLACED. THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY. AND IT WILL BE KIND OF LIKE PUTTING A GREAT NEW SHINY COAT OF PAINT ON AN OLD JALOPY THAT'S RIDDLED WITH RUST AND BURNING OIL BY THE QURT EVERY TIME YOU DRIVE IT -- QUART EVERY TIME YOU DRIVE IT. THAT'S WHEN YOU CREATE THIS POLICY. A TRANSPORTATION BILL WAS DUE LAST OCTOBER. THEY SAID, WE'RE GETTING TO IT. IT'S A VERY HIGH PRIORITY. THE PRESIDENT IS A REALLY BIG INFRASTRUCTURE GUY. WELL, WHERE'S THE DOUGH? WHERE'S THE POLICY? NOTHING. NOW, THEY DO WANT TO CHERRY PICK. THEY WANT TO TOUT THAT THROUGH THE NEXT ELECTION AND WE'LL NEVER GET A TRANSPORTATION BILL. . IF THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH I'M TAKING IN MY BILL FOR LIVABILITY, CONGESTION MANAGEMENT, 21ST CENTURY POLICY OF TRANSPORTATION THAT TAKES INTO ACCOUNT LIVABILITY, QUALITY OF LIFE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, REDUCING FUEL, LET'S HAVE THAT CONVERSATION. GUESS WHAT? WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO INVEST A LITTLE MORE MONEY TO DO IT AND THIS ADMINISTRATION IS PETRIFIED. TAX THE OIL INDUSTRY, OIL SPECULATORS. A WHOLE BUNCH OF THINGS. THEY WON'T EVEN BEGIN THE DISCUSSION. IF MY COLLEAGUES LEAD A SUCCESSFUL FIGHT AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT TODAY, WE WILL NEVER HAVE THAT DISCUSSION DURING THE TERM OF THIS PRESIDENT. NEVER. I'VE GOT TO URGE IN THE STRONGEST WORDS POSSIBLE TO MY COLLEAGUES, IF YOU -- COULD I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL ONE MINUTE?

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    MR. ARCUREY

    ADDITIONAL MINUTE. --

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS FALLING BEHIND BECAUSE…

    ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS FALLING BEHIND BECAUSE OF THE STATE OF DISREPAIR OF OUR SYSTEM, THE DELAY FOR OUR BUSINESSES AND INDUSTRY, THE LACK OF COMPETITIVENESS BECAUSE OF THAT SYSTEM, IF WE LOOK AT WHAT OUR COMPETITORS ARE DOING TO BUILD OUT NEW SYSTEMS, IF YOU CARE ABOUT THOSE THINGS, YOU WILL VOTE FOR MY AMENDMENT, STRIP THE $200 MILLION FROM AN UNAUTHORIZED PROGRAM. REMEMBER, THIS IS AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL. YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO CREATE NEW PROGRAMS OR AUTHORIZE THINGS. ALL WE SAY IS, IT'S SUBJECT TO AUTHORIZATION. THAT IS, I'M HAPPY TO LOOK AT THE $200 MILLION OR EVEN MORE FOR AN OFFICE OF LIVABILITY IN AN AUTHORIZING BILL. LET'S HAVE MEANINGFUL DISCUSSIONS. LET'S GET IT DONE. DON'T LET THE ADMINISTRATION CHERRY PICK.

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    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES, BECAUSE HE DOESN'T…

    MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES, BECAUSE HE DOESN'T SEEK MORE, TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED LEADER, THE WHIP, REPUBLICAN WHIP, MR. CANTOR.

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    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL AND ASK THAT FINALLY WE IN THIS HOUSE TURN TOWARDS THE MATTER OF CONCERN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THAT IS THE GROSS, INCREDIBLE GROWTH AND SIZE OF WASHINGTON AND THIS GOVERNMENT. WITH 1.5 MILLION VOTES CAST, MADAM SPEAKER, THE YOUCUT MOVEMENT CONTINUES TO GIVE AMERICANS A VEHICLE TO HELP PUT A STOP TO WASHINGTON'S NEVER-ENDING SHOPPING SPREE. HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE ALREADY OFFERED MORE THAN $120 BILLION IN COMMONSENSE BUDGET CUTS. YET WE -- WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE VOTED AGAINST THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE. MADAM SPEAKER, MAYBE TODAY IS THE DAY THAT CHANGES. THIS WEEK'S LEADING VOTE GETTER IS A PROPOSAL SPONSORED BY CONGRESSMAN JOHN LINDER OF GEORGIA T WOULD SAVE THE TAXPAYERS $1.1 BILLION BY ELIMINATING THE ADVANCE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT, A PROGRAM PLAGUED BY WASTE, FRAUD, AND ABUSE. THE IDEA WAS FIRST PERFORMED BY OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, MADAM SPEAKER, AND FOR MANY OF US IN THE MINORITY IT WAS HEARTENING TO SEE OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS EMBRACING THE COMMONSENSE SPENDING CUTS THAT THIS CONGRESS SO PERSISTENTLY REFUSED. ADDRESSING OUR STAGGERING NATIONAL DEBT IS NOT A PARTISAN CALLING. IT IS A NATIONAL IMPERATIVE BECAUSE OUR COUNTRY STANDS AT A CROSSROADS. MADAM SPEAKER, I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES OBJECT BOTH -- ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO VOTE TO BRING THIS WEEK'S YOUCUT PROPOSAL TO THE FLOOR. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:20:05 AM

    MR. ARCURI

    I INQUIRE AS TO THE AMOUNT OF TIME REMAINING?

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS 16 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS 15 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 11:20:20 AM

    MR. ARCURI

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON,…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. INSLEE.

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    MR. INSLEE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 11:20:33 AM

    MR. INSLEE

    THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER HAD A CUTE POSTER SHOWING UNCLE SAM TALKING ABOUT…

    THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER HAD A CUTE POSTER SHOWING UNCLE SAM TALKING ABOUT CUTS. WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE A LONG-TERM DEFICIT ISSUE TO DEAL WITH. BUT I THINK IT'S APPROPRIATE TO LOOK AT THE NUMBERS AND THE SIMPLE NUMBERS ARE THINGS WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO AGREE ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. AND THE NUMBERS SHOW THAT THIS YEAR'S BILL THAT WE WILL PASS TODAY SPENDS $500 MILLION, $500 MILLION LESS THAN LAST YEAR'S BILL. I WANT TO REPEAT THAT. $500 MILLION CUT COMPARED TO LAST YEAR'S BILL. WE ARE AWARE OF THE SITUATION AND WE ARE REDUCING THIS EXPENDITURE BY $500 MILLION. THAT'S THE MATH. IT SHOULD BE BIPARTISAN MATH. AND THERE'S NO QUESTION ABOUT IT NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF PICTURES YOU WANT TO BRING OUT ON YOUR POSTERS. BUT I ALSO WANT TO POINT OUT THIS BILL HAS DONE SOME THINGS THAT ARE SMART, LOOKING TO OUR FUTURE. NUMBER ONE, IT MAKES AN INVESTMENT IN TRYING TO MOVE TO CLEANER AVIATION FUELS SO THAT WE CAN REDUCE CARBON POLLUTION FROM OUR AVIATION INDUSTRY, TO INVEST IN BIOFUELS. WE JUST FLEW THE FIRST ALGAE FUEL, A GREEN HORNET, AT SUPERSONIC SPEEDS. WE THINK WE CAN REPLACE FOSSIL FUELS WITH GREEN FUELS. THIS BILL MAKES AN INVESTMENT IN MOVING TO THE ELECTRIFICATION OF OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. AMERICANS FOR THE FIRST TIME ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO BUY AMERICAN MADE CARS. WE NEED A PLACE TO PLUG THEM IN. THIS BILL MOVES TO HELPING PLUG-IN STATIONS. WE ARE STARTING THE EFFORT ON THE I-5 CORRIDOR IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON AND OREGON. THIS BILL WILL EXTEND THOSE EFFORTS TO WORK WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES SO AMERICANS WILL HAVE A CHOICE TO BUY AMERICAN MADE ELECHTRY POWERED PROPULSION SYSTEMS, PLUG THEM IN WITH AMERICAN MADE PLUG-IN STATIONS. THIS IS A VISION FOR THE FUTURE. WE ARE STARTING WITH CUTS TO THIS BILL AND MOVING WITH TARGETED INVESTMENT TO MOVE TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF VEHICLES. GOOD PLAN FOR AMERICA.

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    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HERGER.

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    MR. HERGER

    I URGE THE HOUSE TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RULE SO WE CAN…

    I URGE THE HOUSE TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RULE SO WE CAN VOTE TO END THE ADVANCED EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT. THIS YEAR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS RUNNING A $1.5 TRILLION DEFICIT WITH 43 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR WE ARE SPENDING BEING BORROWED MONEY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT US TO GET SPENDING UNDER CONTROL AND THE REPUBLICAN YOUCUT INITIATIVE ENABLES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO ACTUALLY VOTE ON SPECIFIC SPENDING CUTS. THIS WEEK YOUCUT PARTICIPANTS HAVE ASKED CONGRESS TO CONSIDER ELIMINATING THE ADVANCED EITC, A GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTING OFFICE REPORT FOUND THAT THE ADVANCED EITV IS UNPOPULAR WITH ELIGIBLE TAXPAYERS AND DISPROPORTIONATELY SUBJECT TO FRAUD WITH 20% OF THE CLAIMANTS LACKING EVEN A VALID SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. REPEALING THE ADVANCED OPTION WOULD NOT AFFECT LOW-INCOME WORKERS' ELIGIBILITY FOR THE EITC, BUT IT WOULD SAVE TAXPAYERS NOT THE $500 MILLION THAT IS LESS THAN LAST BUDGET AS MY FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON JUST STATED, BUT DOUBLE THAT. MORE THAN DOUBLE THAT, $1.1 BILLION BY CUTTING DOWN ON FRAUD AND ABUSE. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS IS A BIPARTISAN MEASURE. IN FACT, PRESIDENT OBAMA INCLUDED IT IN HIS BUDGET FOR THIS YEAR. BY TAKING OUT THIS COMMONSENSE PROPOSAL, WE CAN CUT MORE THAN $1 BILLION WORTH OF FRAUD ON UT OF THE FEDERAL BUDGET. LET'S TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT CONGRESS IS FINALLY SERIOUS ABOUT TACKLING THE DEFICIT. VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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    MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GREAT LEADER…

    MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GREAT LEADER FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. MILLER.

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  • 11:25:29 AM

    MRS. MILLER

    MADAM SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT OUT-OF-CONTROL…

    MADAM SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT OUT-OF-CONTROL WASHINGTON SPENDING AND THEY ARE DEMANDING ACTION. OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS, THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS -- CONFERENCE HAS ENGAGED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THIS EFFORT THROUGH OUR YOUCUT PROGRAM AND WE HAVE OFFERED LITERALLY TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN CUTS. AND ALL OF THOSE CUTS HAVE BEEN REJECTED BY THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY. TODAY WE ARE GOING TO OFFER ANOTHER CUT, AND THIS ONE IS SO RIPE WITH ABUSE THAT IT HAS EVEN BEEN IDENTIFIED BY A DEMOCRAT WORKING GROUP AS A COMMONSENSE CUT THAT WILL HELP TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT. THE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP HAS NOT OFFERED AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THIS CUT, BUT THE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE WILL. AND HERE'S A CHANCE FOR MANY OF OUR DEMOCRAT FRIENDS TO STAND UP AND PUT THEIR VOTE WHERE THEIR RHETORIC HAS BEEN. TODAY THEY ARE EITHER GOING TO HIDE HYPED THEIR LEADERSHIP ON PROCEDURAL GROUNDS AND OPPOSE THIS COMMONSENSE CUT THAT MANY OF THEM HAVE PUBLICLY SUPPORTED, OR THEY ARE GOING TO STAND WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND JOIN US IN BEGINNING THE PROCESS OF BRINGING THIS DEFICIT UNDER CONTROL, MADAM SPEAKER. THE PROOF IS IN THE VOTE. NO HIDING, NO EXCUSES, NO MORE RHETORIC, WE ARE CALLING THEIR BLUFF. VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND LET'S START CUTTING THIS OUT-OF-CONTROL FEDERAL DEFICIT AND FEDERAL SPENDING. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:26:53 AM

    MR. ARCURI

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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  • 11:26:58 AM

    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    I THANK --

  • 11:27:08 AM

    MS. FOXX

    COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE…

    COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING TIME. I SAT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE YESTERDAY AND HEARD FROM OUR COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE ABOUT THIS BILL, AND I WAS REALLY STRUCK BY SOMETHING, MADAM SPEAKER, I WAS STRUCK BY THE FACT THAT MANY OF OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE HAVE OBVIOUSLY BEEN ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS, LATELY. BECAUSE ALL OF A SUDDEN AFTER RUNNING UP THE LARGEST DEFICIT IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY, AS MY COLLEAGUES BEFORE ME HAVE SAID, WE ARE BORROWING 43 CENTS FOR EVERY DOLLAR WE SPEND. WE HAVE A $1.5 TRILLION DEFICIT. AFTER HELPING TO DO THAT, SUDDENLY WE SEE DEMOCRAT AMENDMENTS TO CUT SPENDING. OBVIOUSLY SOME PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE PAYING ATTENTION TO WHAT MOST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SAYING. IN FACT, 95% OF THE PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT THINK THAT SPENDING IS THE BIGGEST PROBLEM FACING THIS COUNTRY. THERE WERE 31 DEMOCRAT AMENDMENTS OFFERED, 12 OF THEM CUT SPENDING. FIVE OF THOSE AMENDMENTS TOOK CUT SPENDING WERE MADE IN ORDER. AGAIN, MADAM SPEAKER, I THINK THIS IS A SENICAL PLOY, PRACTICED -- CYNICAL PLOY, PRACTICED BY MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THEY ARE DOING SOMETHING THAT THEY AREN'T. WHICH IS TO PAY ATTENTION TO CUTTING SPENDING. WE NEED TO VOTE DOWN THIS RULE. WE NEED TO VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. AND WE NEED TO BRING BACK SERIOUS ISSUES WHERE WE ARE CUTTING SPENDING AND LISTENING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK CONTINUES TO RESERVE HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 11:29:12 AM

    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY DEAR FROM FRIEND FROM…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY DEAR FROM FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. DREIER.

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  • 11:29:32 AM

    MR. DREIER

    VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MIAMI FOR HIS…

    VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MIAMI FOR HIS TYPICAL SPECTACULAR JOB. I HAVE TO SAY AS I STAND HERE I'M THINKING ABOUT THE FACT THERE ARE PROBABLY NOT GOING TO BE TOO MANY MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR HIM TO BE HERE AS WE LOOK TOWARDS THE WANING WEEKS OF THIS CONGRESS. I WANT TO SAY THAT IT'S BEEN A WONDERFUL PRIVILEGE FOR ME TO SERVE WITH HIM. HE HAS DONE SUCH AN IMPORTANT JOB AND OF COURSE IS BEST KNOWN FOR BEING THE CHAMPION IN THE STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY IN THIS HEMISPHERE. AND I THOUGHT ABOUT THAT WHEN I STOOD UP. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT. IT'S ALSO RATHER SAD, MADAM SPEAKER, THAT MY FRIEND HAS TO PRESIDE OVER A RULE WHICH HAS THIS INSTITUTION MOVING IN THE DIRECTION OF MORE RESTRICTIONS, MORE CONTROL, LESS LIBERTY, LESS OPPORTUNITY. . AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'VE SEEN HAPPEN IN THE PAST -- IN THE PAST YEAR ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. BY TRADITION, APPROPRIATIONS HAVE BEEN SACROSANCT WHEN IT'S COME TO THE AMENDMENT PROCESS. WE'VE HAD PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD AMENDMENTS THAT I WOULD VIGOROUSLY DISAGREE WITH, AND WE ALWAYS, ALWAYS ALLOWED FOR AN OPEN AMENDMENT PROCESS WITH ONLY ONE OR TWO EXCEPTIONS AND THAT WAS USUALLY DONE WHEN THERE WAS A BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS TO HAVE SOME KIND OF STRUCTURE TO AN APPROPRIATIONS DEBATE. BUT NOW IT HAS TRAGICALLY WITH WHAT TOOK PLACE LAST YEAR AND WHAT'S TAKING PLACE THIS YEAR HAS BECOME A NORM FOR US TO SHUT DOWN THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO BE HEARD THROUGH THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES, DENYING BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ALIKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE. I NOTE THAT THERE ARE SOME NEW MEMBERS OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, LOTS OF NEW MEMBERS OF THIS INSTITUTION, AND, MADAM SPEAKER, I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THE NUMBERS ARE BUT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO NEVER ONCE WITNESSED THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE ENGAGING IN AN OPEN DEBATE, AN OPEN RULE DEBATE. NOW, WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT FOR US TO PURSUE OPENNESS ON THIS? BECAUSE, AS MY FRIEND FROM GRANDFATHER COMMUNITY, NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX, JUST SAID THE PRIORITY OF HER CONSTITUENTS AND I BELIEVE MOST AMERICANS, CERTAINLY THE PEOPLE WHOM I REPRESENT IN CALIFORNIA, IS THE NEED FOR US TO REDUCE THE SIZE AND SCOPE AND REACH OF GOVERNMENT SO WE CAN CREATE RESPONSIBILITY AND WE ARE DENYING DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ALIKE A CHANCE TO OFFER THESE AMENDMENTS THROUGH THE OPEN AMENDMENT PROCESS. FOR EXAMPLE, TWO OF MY VERY DISTINGUISHED, HARDWORKING COLLEAGUES, WHO HAVE BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT TO REDUCE SPENDING, MY CALIFORNIA COLLEAGUE, MR. CAMPBELL, OUR TEXAS COLLEAGUE, MR. HENSARLING, BOTH WERE DENIED AN OPPORTUNITY, DENIED AN OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER AMENDMENTS. NOW, IF WE HAD AN OPEN AMENDMENT PROCESS, THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO OFFER THEIR AMENDMENTS THAT WOULD BRING ABOUT REDUCTIONS IN SPENDING SO THAT WE CAN GET OUR ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK AND EXERCISE THE KIND OF FISCAL RESTRAINT WHICH IS ESSENTIAL IF WE'RE GOING TO SUCCEED. SO, MADAM SPEAKER, THAT'S WHY WE'RE GOING TO ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN BRING ABOUT A PROPOSAL THAT WILL ALLOW US TO CUT SPENDING UNDER OUR YOUCUT PROGRAM, THE PROPOSAL THAT MR. LINDER HAS BROUGHT FORWARD. AND WE ALSO WANT TO DEFEAT THIS RULE AND I WAS JUST REMINDED BY ONE OF MY STAFF MEMBERS THAT THIS MAY BE THE LAST APPROPRIATIONS BILL WE MAY CONSIDER. GUESS WHAT NUMBER IT IS OF THE 12? IT'S THE SECOND APPROPRIATIONS BILL, AND YET THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HAS NOT EVEN ENGAGED IN MARKUPS THAT WERE PROMISED. WE'VE GONE WELL BEYOND THE DEADLINE, AS WE ALL KNOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE 1974 BUDGET. WE HAVE NOT HAD A BUDGET RESOLUTION HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SO BEING PROMISED THE MOST OPEN CONGRESS IN HISTORY IS SOMETHING THAT HAS CLEARLY BEEN THROWN OUT THE WINDOW, MADAM SPEAKER, AND I HOPE VERY MUCH THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO DEFEAT THIS RULE -- TO FIRST DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN HAVE A CHANCE TO VOTE TO CUT SPENDING AND THEN DEFEAT THIS RULE AND COME DOWN WITH A PROCESS THAT WILL ALLOW DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TO VOICE -- CARRY THE VOICE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO THE FLOOR OF THIS INSTITUTION. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:34:21 AM

    MR. ARCURI

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK MY FRIEND IF HE HAS ANY ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS.

  • 11:34:39 AM

    MR. ARCURI

    NO, MADAM SPEAKER, I'M READY TO CLOSE.

  • 11:34:42 AM

    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    WELL, I THANK HIM ONCE AGAIN FOR HIS COURTESY AND I THANK YOU, MADAM…

    WELL, I THANK HIM ONCE AGAIN FOR HIS COURTESY AND I THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND I THINK IT'S BEEN A GOOD DEBATE. MADAM SPEAKER, ON TUESDAY OF THIS WEEK THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE RELEASED A REPORT TITLED "FEDERAL DEBT AND THE RISK OF A FISCAL CRISIS," AND THE REPORTS FOUND -- SOUNDED AN ALARM ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S OUT-OF-CONTROL DEBT AND THE CONSEQUENCES IF WE FAIL TO ADDRESS THE DEBT. IT SAID, AND I QUOTE, GROWING BUDGET DEFICITS WILL CAUSE DEBT TO RISE TO UNSUPPORTABLE LEVELS, END QUOTE. AND WE'RE SEEING IN OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD THAT THIS IS NOT A THEORETICAL PROBLEM. I MEAN, THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS, PRACTICAL PROBLEM THAT CAN DEVESTATE COUNTRIES AND TRULY HURT PEOPLE. AND SO WE HAVE TO -- WE HAVE TO REALIZE THAT AS A NATION WE HAVE TO CHANGE COURSE. I KNOW THAT'S GOING TO REQUIRE BIPARTISANSHIP. I HOPE THAT WE SEE IT SOON, BUT WE'RE NOT SEEING IT YET AND IT'S VERY WORRYSOME. ON THE CONTRARY -- WORRISOME. ON THE CONTRARY, AS THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE HAS SAID, IT'S NOT SUPPORTABLE. SO ONE WAY TO HELP REIN IN FEDERAL SPENDING AND, OF COURSE, NONE OF THIS IS GOING TO BE PLEASANT, BUT IT'S NECESSARY. AND I KNOW THAT ACTION IS REQUIRED AND IS APPROACHING. ONE WAY IS TO CUT SPENDING THAT'S NOT ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY, THAT CAN BE CONSIDERED WASTEFUL. OVER THE LAST WEEK PARTICIPANTS IN MINORITY WHIP CANTOR'S YOUCUT INITIATIVE -- THEY VOTED ON PROGRAMS FOR US TO SUGGEST, BRING TO THIS FLOOR FOR CUTTING. TO DATE PARTICIPANTS IN THAT PROGRAM HAVE VOTED TO CUT $120 BILLION IN SPENDING. THIS WEEK THE PARTICIPANTS IN THAT PROGRAM CUT -- THEY VOTED TO CUT THE ADVANCED EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT PROGRAM, AND THAT PROGRAM ALLOWS ELIGIBLE TAXPAYERS TO RECEIVE A PORTION OF THEIR EARNED INCOME TAX THROUGHOUT THE YEAR IN THEIR PAYCHECKS. THERE WAS A RECENT AUDIT OF THE PROGRAM THAT FOUND THAT 80% OF THE RECIPIENTS DID NOT COMPLY WITH AT LEAST ONE PROGRAM RERMENT. ANOTHER 20% HAD -- REQUIREMENT. ANOTHER 20% HAD INVALID SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS AND THUS MAY NOT HAD BEEN ELIGIBLE FOR THE CREDIT AND 40% FAILED TO FILE THE RIGHT TAX RETURN. SUFFICE IT TO SAY, THE PROGRAM IS SUSCEPTIBLE TO WASTE AND ABUSE AND CUTTING IT WOULD SAVE MORE THAN A BILLION DOLLARS. SO I WILL BE ASKING MEMBERS TO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO THAT WE CAN HAVE A VOTE ON THAT ISSUE, ON CUTTING THE ADVANCED EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT PROGRAM. AND SO I'D LIKE TO REMIND THE MEMBERSHIP THAT A NO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL NOT PRECLUDE CONSIDERATION OF THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY, THE TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING, URBAN DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS BILL. MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT AND EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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  • 11:38:42 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    AND AT THIS POINT I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 11:38:50 AM

    MR. ARCURI

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

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR HIS HANDLING OF THIS RULE. IT'S ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO PARTICIPATE IN A DEBATE ON A RULE ON THE FLOOR WITH YOU, MR. DIAZ-BALART. MADAM SPEAKER, WE HEARD A LOT TODAY, AND I THINK IT WAS VERY GOOD TO LISTEN TO THE DEBATE TO GO BACK AND FORTH, AND CERTAINLY MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TALKED A GREAT DEAL ABOUT SPENDING. AND CLEARLY SPENDING IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT WE ARE DEALING WITH HERE IN CONGRESS. IN PARTICULAR, MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM THE RULES COMMITTEE, MS. FOXX, TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT IT IS -- I THINK SHE SAID THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE THAT FACES CONGRESS. I SAY IT'S CLEARLY ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT FACE CONGRESS, BUT WHEN YOU TALK TO PEOPLE, WHEN YOU TALK TO AMERICANS, THEY THINK THAT THE VERY MOST IMPORTANT, THEY THINK THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ISSUE THAT WE IN CONGRESS NEEDS TO DEAL WITH IS THE ECONOMY, IS JOBS AND PUTTING PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. AND EQUALLY IMPORTANT, MAKING SURE THAT THE PEOPLE DO HAVE JOBS CONTINUE TO HAVE JOBS. AND I THINK THIS BILL IS -- REALLY IS INDICATIVE OF WHAT THE DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO DO. WE RECOGNIZE THE FACT THAT IT'S NECESSARY TO BEGIN TO MAKE CUTS, AND THAT'S WHY THIS BILL HAS CUT $500 MILLION FROM THE AMOUNT THAT WE SPENT LAST YEAR. BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, WHEN YOU LISTEN TO ECONOMISTS, THEY ARE VERY CLEAR IN SAYING THAT WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL IN HOW QUICKLY AND HOW DRASTICALLY REMAKE CUTS BECAUSE WE ARE STARTING TO SEE THE -- DRASTICALLY MAKE CUTS BECAUSE WE ARE STARTING TO SEE THIS ECONOMY AROUND. IF WE CUT TOO QUICKLY IT WILL JEOPARDIZE THE RECOVERY THAT'S BEGINNING TO TAKE HOLD, BEGINNING TO TAKE FOOT. I THINK THIS BILL TAKES EXACTLY THE RIGHT APPROACH IN BEGINNING TO CUT BUT NOT DOING IT IN SUCH A DRASTIC WAY THAT WE WILL AFFECT OR DETRIMENTLY HURT THE ECONOMY THAT'S BEGINNING TO TAKE EFFECT. THE TRANSPORTATION-H.U.D. APPROPRIATIONS ACT FUNDS SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT INITIATIVES THAT PAYS EVERYTHING FROM ROADS, BRIDGES AND RAILROADS TO HOUSING FOR VETERANS AND LOW-INCOME FAMILIES. IN MY OPENING REMARKS, I DISCUSSED THE CRITICAL INVESTMENTS THAT THIS BILL MAKES IN OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. THE BILL ALSO VESTS IN HOUSING PROGRAMS FOR VULNERABLE -- INVESTS IN HOUSING PROGRAMSES FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS, VETERANS AND EVEN CHILDREN. THE FUNDING IS EVEN MORE ESSENTIAL DURING THESE VERY TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES. THE BILL INCLUDES FUNDING TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM OF HOMELESSNESS AMONG OUR VETERANS. ALL TOO OFTEN MEN AND WOMEN WHO SACRIFICE THE MOST FOR OUR FREEDOMS ARE HIT THE HARDEST IN TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES. WE OWE OUR VETERANS THE UTMOST RESPECT AND GRATITUDE FOR THEIR SERVICE, AND WE MUST HONOR THE COMMITMENT MADE TO THEM. THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO RETURN HOME TO BE CONFRONTED BY THE POSSIBILITY OF POVERTY OR HOMELESSNESS. TO ADDRESS THIS H.R. 5850 INCLUDES FUNDING FOR AN ADDITIONAL 10,000 VOUCHERS THROUGH THE VETERANS AFFAIRS SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROGRAM, ADMINISTERED BY H.U.D. IN CONVUNKS WITH THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION. -- CONJUNCTION WITH THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION. AND IT INCLUDES ANOTHER $825 MILLION TO REHABILITATE AND BUILD NEW HOUSING FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORS. CURRENTLY, THERE ARE 10 ELIGIBLE SENIORS ON WAITING LISTS FOR EACH UNIT OF AVAILABLE HOUSING. IN AMERICA IT IS UNACCEPTABLE THAT OUR GREATEST GENERATION IS FACED WITH THIS SHORTAGE. H.U.D. SECTION 202 PROGRAM IS THE LARGEST HOUSING PROGRAM SPECIFICALLY DEDICATED TO SERVING THE ELDERLY WITH OVER 268,000 UPETS FOR SENIORS -- UNITS FOR SENIORS. MADAM SPEAKER, HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION ARE TWO AREAS THAT ABSOLUTELY MUST BE PRIORITIES ESSENTIALLY DURING A RECOVERY. THE FUNDING THAT H.R. 5850 PROVIDES FOR THESE PROGRAMS WILL ENSURE THAT OUR ECONOMY CONTINUES TO REBOUND IN AND THAT OUT-OF-WORK AMERICANS -- REBOUND AND THAT OUT-OF-WORK AMERICANS ARE ABLE TO FIND WORK AND HOUSING. THIS BILL MAKES CRITICAL INVESTMENTS THAT HAVE HIGHLIGHTED AND MANAGES TO DO SO WHILE AT THE SAME TIME SPENDING $500 MILLION LESS OVERALL ON THESE AGENCIES DURING THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR. DURING THESE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES, AMERICAN FAMILIES HAVE BEEN FORCED TO CUT BACK AND TIGHTEN THEIR BELTS. WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND AGENCIES ARE FOLLOWING THEIR EXAMPLE AND DOING SO WELL. H.R. 5850 HOLDS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO THAT STANDARD, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES, DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN, TO SUPPORT IT. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND ON THE RULE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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  • 11:43:42 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS NOW ON ORDERING THE…

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

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  • 11:43:58 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE AN ENROLLED BILL.

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  • 11:44:32 AM

    THE CLERK

    ACT TO PROVIDE A TECHNICAL ADJUSTMENT WITH RESPECT TO FUNDING FOR…

    ACT TO PROVIDE A TECHNICAL ADJUSTMENT WITH RESPECT TO FUNDING FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTERS UNDER THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973 IN ORDER TO ENSURE STABILITY FOR SUCH CENTERS.

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  • 11:45:03 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE? MR.

  • 11:45:09 AM

    MR. HASTINGS

    OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 1658 AND ASK FOR ITS…

    OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 1658 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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  • 11:45:15 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

  • 11:45:19 AM

    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 227, HOUSE RESOLUTION 1568, RESOLVED THAT UPON THE ADOPTION OF THIS…

    NUMBER 227, HOUSE RESOLUTION 1568, RESOLVED THAT UPON THE ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL, H.R. 5893, TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO CREATE JOBS THROUGH INCREASED INVESTMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE, TO ELIMINATE LOOPHOLES WHICH ENCOURAGE COMPANIES TO MOVE OPERATIONS OFFSHORE, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSESES. -- FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED EXCEPT THOSE ARISING UNDER CLAUSE 9 OR 10 OF RULE 21. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS. AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. SECTION 2, THE REQUIREMENT OF CLAUSE 6-A OF RULE 13 FOR A 2/3 VOTE TO CONSIDER A REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ON THE SAME DAY IT IS PRESENTED TO THE HOUSE IS WAIVED WITH RESPECT TO ANY RESOLUTION REPORTED THROUGH THE CALENDAR DAY OF AUGUST 1, 2010.

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  • 11:46:37 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

  • 11:46:41 AM

    MR. HASTINGS

    YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE…

    YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES, TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN FROM, MY FRIEND, DR. FOXX. AND ALL TIME YIELDED DURING CONSIDERATION OF THE RULE IS FOR DEBATE ONLY. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL INTO THE RECORD.

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  • 11:47:05 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 11:47:07 AM

    MR. HASTINGS

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

  • 11:47:11 AM

    MR. HASTINGS

    THIS RESOLUTION PROVIDES A CLOSED RULE FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5893, THE…

    THIS RESOLUTION PROVIDES A CLOSED RULE FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5893, THE INVESTING IN AMERICA JOBS AND CLOSING TAX LOOPHOLES ACT OF 2010. THE RULE WAIVES ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL EXCEPT THOSE ARISING UNDER CLAUSE 9 OR 10 OF RULE 21, AND AGAINST THE BILL ITSELF. THE RULE PROVIDES THAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE HOUR OF DEBATE FOR THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE AND ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. THE RULE ALSO PROVIDES SAME DAY AUTHORITY FOR RESOLUTION REPORTED FROM THE RULES COMMITTEE THROUGH SUNDAY, AUGUST 1, 2010. MADAM SPEAKER, H.R. 5893 INVESTING IN AMERICAN JOBS AND CLOSING TAX LOOPHOLES ACT OF 2010 CREATES AND PROTECTS AMERICAN JOBS THROUGH INCREASED INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE AND BY CLOSING TAX LOOPHOLES THAT ENABLE COMPANIES TO MOVE THEIR OPERATIONS OFFSHORE. THIS IS ANOTHER PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO ADD TO THE LONG LIST OF BILLS THAT DEMOCRATS HAVE PASSED THIS CONGRESS TO SPUR OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT AMERICAN JOBS, AMERICAN MANUFACTURING, AND AMERICAN FAMILIES. DEMOCRATS ARE HELPING AMERICANS DIG OUT OF THE WORST RECESSION IN DECADES. WE ARE MAKING STEADY ALBEIT TOO SLOW FOR ME, GAINS IN OUR ECONOMY. THE STRUGGLE IS NOT OVER, BUT WE ARE ON THE RIGHT PATH. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS LEGISLATION FUNDS THE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL BUILD AMERICA BONDS PROGRAM, RECOVERY ZONE BOND, THE EMERGENCY STATE JOBS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, AND CLOSES UNFAIR TAX LOOPHOLES THAT ALLOW CORPORATIONS TO SEND AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS. THIS BILL PROVIDES CRITICAL FUNDING FOR OUR INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT THAT WILL CREATE JOBS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES AND PUT MONEY IN THE POCKET OF PEOPLE WHO BADLY NEED IT. AND YET STILL THE REPUBLICANS ARE AGAINST IT. MR. SPEAKER, -- MADAM SPEAKER, IT SEEMS EVERY OTHER DAY AROUND HERE WE HAVE TO DRAG OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES KICKING AND SCREAMING TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TO TRY TO HELP HARDWORKING AMERICANS AND THEY CONTINUE TO SAY NO. EVERY OTHER DAY WE HAVE TO TRY TO PERSUADE OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT IT'S NOT CRAZY FOR THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT TO INVEST IN THE AMERICAN ECONOMY, TO BENEFIT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. EVERY OTHER DAY WE HAVE TO HEAR THE SAME OLD ARGUMENTS FROM THE REPUBLICANS ABOUT SPENDING AND DEFICITS AND TAXES AND THE BAD OLD GOVERNMENT STIFLING OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY. I REMIND THIS BODY THAT THE REPUBLICANS WERE AGAINST THE LARGEST STIMULUS IN HISTORY, WHICH WAS NOT LARGE ENOUGH FOR ME AND SOME OF US IN THIS BODY. BUT THEY WERE AGAINST THIS STIMULUS, AN EFFORT THAT DEMONSTRABLY HAS SAVED AMERICAN JOBS. AND I'LL REMIND THIS BODY THAT 95% OF THE REPUBLICANS IN THIS HOUSE HAVE SIGNED A PLEDGE TO PROTECT TAX BREAKS FOR COMPANIES THAT SHIFT AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS. AND I REMIND THIS BODY THAT REPUBLICANS HAVE CONSISTENTLY VOTED AGAINST JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MEASURES THAT DIRECTLY BENEFIT, DIRECTLY BENEFIT HARDWORKING AMERICANS TRYING TO SECURE ENOUGH INCOME TO FEED THEIR FAMILIES AND KEEP THEIR HOMES. EVERY SINGLE TIME DEMOCRATS TRY TO PASS ESSENTIAL LEGISLATION IN THIS BODY AND THE OTHER BODY, REPUBLICANS COMPLAINED ABOUT THE NUMBERS. IF IT'S SPENDING ON INVESTMENTS AND OUR ECONOMY, REPUBLICANS COMPLAIN THE NUMBERS ARE TOO HIGH. BUT IF IT'S SPENDING ON TAX CUTS FOR THE EXTREMELY 1% WEALTHY OF AMERICANS, THE REPUBLICANS COMPLAIN THE NUMBERS ARE TOO LOW. HERE'S A NUMBER. AND A LETTER WE SHOULD BE MINDFUL OF. $2.2 TRILLION AND THE LETTER D. D IS THE GRADE GIVEN TO AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE BY THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS IN 2009. AND $2.2 TRILLION IS THE AMOUNT THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS ESTIMATES THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO SPEND OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS TO REPAIR OUR CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE. MADAM SPEAKER, IN RECENT YEARS WE HAVE SEEN LEFFEES -- LEVEES FAIL, BRIDGES COLLAPSE. WE SAW A LEVEE FAIL LAST WEEK IN IOWA. BRIDGES COLLAPSED. I ASKED ONE OF OUR COLLEAGUES YESTERDAY THAT APPEARED BEFORE THE RULES COMMITTEE HOW DID HE FEEL WHEN THE BRIDGE COLLAPSED IN MINNESOTA? HE REFERENCED IT AS A NATIONAL TRAGEDY AS ALL OF US DO AND DID. BUT WHEN I CAME TO THIS CONGRESS IN 1992 THERE WERE 14,000 BRIDGES THAT WERE IN DISREPAIR IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND I DARE SAY THAT WE HAVE NOT EVEN COME CLOSE AND LIKELY THERE ARE MANY MORE. AND WHAT I SAID FROM HIM WAS I WANTED HIS DAUGHTER, WHO I KNOW, TO TRAVEL ON A SAFE BRIDGE AND I WANTED MY CHILDREN AND ALL THE CHILDREN OF ALL AMERICANS WHEN THEY CROSS A BRIDGE TO KNOW THAT THAT BRIDGE IS SAFE. MILLIONS OF TONS OF HAZARDOUS WASTE HAVE WRECKED OUR FRAGILE ECOSYSTEM. AND BILLIONS OF DOLL -- GALLONS OF WASTEWATER HAVE POURED FROM OUR BURST PIPES AND WE SAW THAT HAPPEN THIS WEEK IN AMERICA. BEYOND THE DISASTERS IS A STEADY RISING GRIDLOCK ON OUR HIGHWAYS, ROADS, AIRPORTS, AND RAILS. THE CONSTANT EROSION OF OUR WATER SYSTEM RIGHT HERE IN THE METROPOLITAN WATER -- WASHINGTON AREA, PEOPLE ARE ON BOILED WATER ADVISORY AND LUMENTED USES, INCLUDING FOR SHOWERS. DECLINING PARK LAND IN URBAN AREAS AND MAINTENANCE BACKLOGS IN OUR SCHOOLS AMOUNT TO HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. BUDGET CUTS ARE NOT GOING TO REPAIR BRIDGES, REPLACE WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES, OR MAINTAIN CLASSROOMS. STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS DESPERATELY NEED FEDERAL FUNDING TO ENGAGE AMERICAN SMALL BUSINESSES AND PUT PEOPLE TO WORK. THIS LEGISLATION PROVIDES BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN INFRASTRUCTURE BONDS AND OTHER SUPPORTS SO COMMUNITIES CAN HIRE THE NECESSARY WORKERS TO MAKE SURE THAT WHILE WE ARE ARGUING ABOUT PROCESS HERE, WHETHER OR NOT IT'S A CLOSED RULE, OPEN RULE, ARGUING PROCESS IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, MORE DAMS FAIL. THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN. DOLLARS THAT GO TO INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS GET RETURNED TO THE ECONOMY AT HIGHER RATES. INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING IS IMPACTFUL, ESSENTIAL, AND WORTHWHILE PUMPING IN CASH THAT GOES RIGHT TO THE AMERICAN WORKER. THE FUNDING IN THIS LEGISLATION IS PAID FOR. IT DOES NOT ADD TO THE DEFICIT. IT IS REVENUE NEUTRAL. AND THERE IS NO WASTEFUL SPENDING IN HERE. WHAT REPUBLICANS -- WASTEFUL I SAY IS PREVENTING MILLIONS OF AMERICANS FROM FALLING INTO DESTITUTION. FOR EVERY ONE JOB OPENING IN OUR GREAT COUNTRY, THERE ARE FIVE APPLICANTS. UNEMPLOYMENT REMAINS UNBEARABLY HIGH, AND ALL THE ECONOMISTS IPPED KATE IT IS GOING TO REMAIN THAT WAY FOR SOME TIME TO COME. I DARE SAY THAT WHAT AMERICA NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND, AND WHAT MY COLLEAGUES HERE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE CONTINUE TO SAY, IS THAT IT HAPPENED ON THIS PRESIDENT'S WATCH, OR IT HAPPENED ON THAT PRESIDENT'S WATCH. THE REAL TRUTH IS, THE ECONOMY IN THIS COUNTRY TRANSITIONED AS WELL AS GLOBALLY OVER ABOUT A 45-YEAR PERIOD OF TIME. I'M GET TO THAT ONE DAY SO THERE'S A BETTER UNDERSTANDING THAN ALL OF THIS FINGER POINTING ABOUT WHO CAUSED THIS DEFICIT AND I CERTAINLY HOPE WE HAVE A DEBATE ABOUT HOW MUCH THE WAR IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN CAUSED. I CAN TELL YOU IT'S ABOUT $1 TRILLION. AND GUESS WHERE OUR DEFICIT IS, JUST A LITTLE MORE THAN $1 TRILLION. MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S FAR PAST TIME TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FAVORABLY ON THIS RULE AND ON THE FINAL PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:56:59 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 11:57:04 AM

    MS. FOXX

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

  • 11:57:08 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 11:57:10 AM

    MS. FOXX

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:02:17 PM

    MS. FOXX

    MR. SPEAKER. LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT THIS BILL DOES, MR. SPEAKER. WE ARE…

    MR. SPEAKER. LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT THIS BILL DOES, MR. SPEAKER. WE ARE SPENDING MORE OF TAXPAYERS' MONEY ON PLANS THAT WILL KILL PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS. WE KNOW WE HAVE THE LARGEST DEFICIT IN HISTORY, AND WE NEED TO STOP THIS SPENDING. LET ME SAY TO YOU AGAIN, THERE ARE FOUR PARTS TO THIS BILL, AND LET ME MENTION WHAT THEY ARE IN TERMS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN UNDERSTAND. NUMBER ONE, IT PROVIDES FOR UP TO $5 BILLION FOR THE WELFARE EMERGENCY FUND, DOUBLING A NEW WELFARE PROGRAM THAT DEMOCRATS CREATED IN THE 2009 STIMULUS. THE BILL HAS $31.8 BILLION IN REVENUE INCREASES THAT WILL HURT AN ALREADY WEAKENED ECONOMY AND COULD THREATEN OUR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIVENESS. THE BILL SPENDS $25.6 BILLION ON STATE INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAMS, WHILE ABANDONING SMALL BUSINESSES AND WILL NOT CREATE THE PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS WE NEED. ALSO, WE KNOW THAT THIS BILL WOULDN'T BE NEEDED AT ALL IF THE STIMULUS THAT OUR FRIENDS TOUT SO MUCH HAD NOT BEEN THE HUGE FAILURE IT HAS BEEN AND HAD ACTUALLY WORKED. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS RULE AND REJECT THIS BILL SO WE CAN BEGIN TO RESTORE A SEMBLANCE OF SANITY IN THIS NOBLE INSTITUTION. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:04:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

  • 12:04:19 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS, THE…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY, SHEILA JACKSON LEE, FOUR MINUTES.

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  • 12:04:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES. MS. JACKSON

  • 12:04:35 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LEE: I WAS LISTENING TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA AND I WANT TO THANK HIM…

    LEE: I WAS LISTENING TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA AND I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR FRAMING THE DISCUSSION AS HE HAS DONE. REALLY, SPEAKING TO OUR COLLEAGUES AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, I WAS TRYING TO DISCERN WHAT MY COLLEAGUE WAS SAYING, MY GOOD FRIEND FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. THE ONLY PEOPLE SHAKING THEIR HEADS ARE THOSE WHO ARE TRYING TO PAY THEIR MORTGAGES, WHO ARE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR INCOMING FRESHMEN OR UPPER CLASSMAN -- FRESHMAN OR UPPER CLASSMAN HAS THE TUITION THEY NEED TO FINISH SCHOOL. AMERICANS ARE ASKING US TO STOP THE CHATTER ABOUT PROCEDURES AND BEGIN TO DO THE WORK THEY NEED TO REBUILD THIS NATION. THAT'S THE MISS OF THIS DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP, WHICH I AM PROUD TO ASSOCIATE WITH. MY FRIENDS TALK ABOUT THE STORY OF THE RECOVERY ACT AND THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. WE HAVE BEEN SO BUSY WITH OUR ELBOW TO THE GRINDSTONE THAT WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO TELL THE STORY OF THE MANY, MANY JOBS CREATED BY THE RECOVERY ACT. WATCH US IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST WHEN WE GO HOME AND SHINE THE LIGHT ON THE MANY, MANY JOBS. IN THE 18TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, JOB CREATING, BRIDGE MAKING PROGRAMS TO HELP THOSE IN THAT DISTRICT SYSTEM OF TODAY, WE TAKE ANOTHER LEAP OF FAITH AND I HOPE THAT WE CAN GET AN UNDERSTANDING ABOUT WHAT THIS BILL DOES. THE BILL CLOSES THE LOOPHOLE, SOMETHING AMERICANS ARE VERY CLEAR ABOUT THAT ARE GIVEN TO CORPORATIONS TO TAKE JOBS OVERSEAS. IF THEY CAN DO THEIR BUSINESS HERE, THEY NEED TO DO IT. BUT IN THE MEANTIME, WHAT DO WE GIVE YOU? FIRST OF ALL WE ALL KNOW THAT THE GOVERNMENT CANNOT USE ALL THE DOLLARS THAT ARE ISSUED. WHEN YOU GIVE MONEY TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WHAT DO THEY DO? THEY CONTRACT WITH SMALL BUSINESSES IN THAT COMMUNITY WHO THEN EITHER KEEP THE EMPLOYEES THEY HAVE OR THEY EXPAND AND NEED TO HIRE. LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE. BUILD AMERICA BONDS IS PART OF THIS LEGISLATION. AN EXCITING WAY TO INVEST IN AMERICA. MORE THAN $106 BILLION OF INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS NATIONWIDE WILL COME ABOUT BECAUSE OF THIS. IT WILL NOT BE GOVERNMENT WORKERS THAT WILL BE NAILING AND CEMENTING AND DESIGNING. IT WILL BE LOCAL BUSINESSES THAT WILL BE PART OF THIS EXCITING OPPORTUNITY. RECOVERY ZONE BONDS THAT WILL PROVIDE $10 BILLION IN RECOVERY ZONE ECONOMIC BONDS AND $15 BILLION IN RECOVERY ZONE FACILITY BONDS, HELPING BRING IN SMALL BUSINESSES. IN MY OWN COMMUNITY OF HOUSTON, WE ARE LOOKING AT WAYS TO IMPROVE WATER AND SUER. -- AND SEWER. THERE'S USUALLY BEEN A CAP ON HOW MUCH MONEY A STATE CAN SPEND ON WATER AND SEWAGE. WE'RE LIFTING THOSE CAPS SO BONDS CAN BE ISSUED SO THAT THE BURDEN DOES NOT FALL RIGHT AWAY ON THE TAXPAYER. THESE ARE WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO TO INFUSE CAPITAL NOT IN THE POCKETS OF THE GOVERNMENT, BUT IN THE POCKETS OF OUR BUSINESSES THAT WILL IN TURN REINVEST IN THE COMMUNITY AND IN THE GOVERNMENT BY WAY OF THE GENERAL CHURNING OF THE ECONOMY. BUILDING, EXPANDING, IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE THAT IS NECESSARY. THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED OF THINGS WILL BE HELPED. THEN WHAT I THINK IS ENORMOUSLY IMPORTANT, WE WILL BE INVESTING IN REAL AMERICAN JOBS. BECAUSE WE WILL EXTEND THE EMERGENCY FUND FOR JOB CREATION AND ASSISTANCE. THESE PROGRAMS PROVIDE FOR SHORT-TERM, ONE-TIME AID FOR NEEDY FAMILIES AND SUBSIDIZE EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS, HELP THESE FAMILY PUS MONEY BACK INTO THE ECONOMY. I WOULD ARGUE THAT WE CAN CHATTER ABOUT PROCEDURES AND THAT'S A GOOD TALK FOR INSIDE THIS AUGUST BODY, BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT IF ANYBODY IS SCRATCHING THEIR HEAD AT THE KITCHEN TABLE, HOW AM I GOING TO MAKE NEXT MONTH'S PAYMENT OR TOMORROW'S PAYMENT. MR. HASTE

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  • 12:09:06 PM

    MR. HASTE K

    K: I YIELD THE GENTLELADY AN --

  • 12:09:09 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD THE GENTLELADY AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LEE: IF ANYBODY IS CONFUSED, IT'S ABOUT HOW TO MOVE FORWARD. THEY'LL BE…

    LEE: IF ANYBODY IS CONFUSED, IT'S ABOUT HOW TO MOVE FORWARD. THEY'LL BE READY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE CONSTRUCTIVE, FINANCE LRBLELY AND FISCALLY SOUND PAID FOR VEHICLES WHICH THEY CAN USE TO REBUILD THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES, BOTH RURAL AND URBAN. THAT'S WHAT AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT. THAT'S WHAT THIS DEBATE WILL BE ABOUT TODAY. IN CONCLUSION, I WOULD SAY, ADDING TO A GRAND AND GREAT TRANSPORTATION H.U.D. BILL, ONE OF THE GREATEST ONES THAT WILL PROVIDE FOR MASSIVE MOBILITY AND HOUSING IN THIS NATION, THAT'S WHAT AMERICANS ARE LOOKING FOR FOR US TO STAND UP AND BE COUNTED AND MOVE THIS NATION FORWARD. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE TIME AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, MR. DREIER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:10:17 PM

    MR. DREIER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONDITION SONET TO REVISE AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONDITION SONET TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:10:23 PM

    MR. DREIER

    TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GRANDFATHER COMMUNITY, NORTH CAROLINA, FOR DOING…

    TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GRANDFATHER COMMUNITY, NORTH CAROLINA, FOR DOING HER TYPICAL SPECTACULAR JOB IN DESCRIBING THIS AS AN OUTRAGEOUS RULE. SHE'S RIGHT ON TARGET. I REALLY SAY PATHETIC WHEN I LOOK AT BOTH PROCESS AND SUBSTANCE. IT IS ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC. SOMEBODY SAID TO ME, YOU CAN SAY OUTRAGEOUS, I CAN SAY PATHETIC, WE CAN CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF. WE WOULD BE BETTER IF WE DIDN'T CONSIDER THIS RULE. WHILE MY FRIEND FROM HOUSTON SAY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO GET ASSISTANCE, NOT A HANDOUT, BUT ASSISTANCE, SO THAT WE CAN GET THE ECONOMY MOVING, WE ALL GET THAT, BUT THEY ALSO WANT US TO DO IT WITH A KIND OF OPENNESS AND FAIRNESS AND TRANSPARENCY THAT WE WERE PROMISED IN THIS GREAT DOCUMENT, A NEW DIRECTION FOR AMERICA. WE'VE GOTTEN ANYTHING BUT THAT. THE REASON THE SUBSTANCE IS PATHETIC, ALONG WITH PROCESS ITSELF, THIS IS NOT GOING TO CREATE JOBS. WHILE IT WASN'T DIRECTLY SAID, I INFERRED IT FROM THE TESTIMONY WED A HAD IN THE RULE COMMITTEES LAST NIGHT, EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE A CHANCE TO VOTE ON JOB CREATION BEFORE WE ADJOURN IN AUGUST, SO THAT'S WHY THE RUSH. IT'S DONE CLEARLY, CLEARLY IN THE MOST INAPPROPRIATE WAY WHEN IT COMES TO THE DELIBERATIVE NATURE. IT WAS BASICALLY NO CONSULTATION WHATSOEVER WITH THE RANKING MIGHT BE ON THE COMMITTEE. WHEN I ASKED THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS HE COMMITTEE WHETHER OR NOTTED THERE BEEN ANY CONDITION SULTATION SEEKING BIPARTISAN APPROACH HE SAID HE HOPED IT WOULD HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AT THE END OF THE DAY HE SAID THE ONLY DISCUSSION HE HAD WAS WITH MR. BACHUS. NO CONSULTATION WHATSOEVER. THE BILL WAS INTRODUCED AT 3:30 YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND THE RULES COMMITTEE MET 90 MINUTES LATER TO BRING UP THIS MEASURE. AS I RECALL LOOKING AT THE RULES, WE SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST HAD A 24-HOUR LAYIVEOVER. I SAY TO MY FRIEND FROM -- LAYOVER. I SAY TO MY FRIEND FROM FORT LAUDERDALE WE KNOW WE'RE IN SESSION ON FRIDAY, THE SENATE IS SCHEDULED TO MEET NEXT WEEK IS THERE ANY REASON FOR US NOT TO EALLOW THIS TO BE INTRODUCED, ALLOW IT TO SIT FOR 24 HOURS, ALLOW REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ALIKE TO LOOK AT IT, AND THEN HAVE A RULES COMMITTEE MEETING? I DON'T KNOW WHY WE DIDN'T DO THAT. I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND IF HE'D LIKE TO RESPOND AS TO WHY IT WASN'T INTRODUCED WITH A 24-HOUR PERIOD TO ALLOW US TO HAVE IT LAY OVER.

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  • 12:13:07 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I BELIEVE THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE ANSWERED…

    I BELIEVE THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE ANSWERED MY GOOD FRIEND ON YESTERDAY WITH REGARD TO THE IMMEDIACY AMONG THE THINGS THAT HE SAID TO YOU WAS, WE HAD WAITED FOR THE UNITED STATES SENATE, WHICH IF YOU RECALL, MUCH OF WHAT IS IN THIS PROVISION, AND HE SAID TO YOU THERE IS NOTHING NEW IN HERE THAT WE HAVE VOTED ON BEFORE.

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  • 12:13:38 PM

    MR. DREIER

    DID WE NOT VOTE ON THE MEASURES IN THIS --

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    MR. HASTINGS

    DID WE NOT VOTE ON THE MEASURES IN THIS --

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    MR. DREIER

    NO, WE HAVE NOT VOTED ON THIS PACKAGE OF ITEMS. I DON'T BELIEVE THAT THE…

    NO, WE HAVE NOT VOTED ON THIS PACKAGE OF ITEMS. I DON'T BELIEVE THAT THE LITANY OF ITEMS INCLUDED IN THIS BILL, WHICH WE'RE JUST STARTING TO LOOK AT, HAVE IN FACT HAD AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CONSIDERATION. THERE WAS SOMEBODY WHO TOOK A GLANCE AT IT YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND SAID TO ME, THIS IS NOT WHAT WE NEED TO BE DOING TO CREATE JOBS. WHAT WE NEED TO BE DOING IS FOCUSING ON REDUCING THE CAPITAL GAINS RATE AND THE DIVIDEND TAX, RIGHT NOW, TAX RATE, THAT WOULD DO MORE TO STIMULATE JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH THAN ANYTHING WE'VE GOT IN THIS PIECEMEAL PACKAGE THAT HAS BEEN PUT TOGETHER AND THE TRANSPARENCY, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, IS BASED ON THE FOLLOWING. IT'S A DESIRE TO SAY WE TRY TO DO SOMETHING TO CREATE JOBS. MR. SPEAKER, I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WANT TO DO THAT. WE'VE COME FORWARD REPEATEDLY WITH PROPOSALS TO DO JUST THAT. AND WE HAVE TRIED TO -- WE HAVE TRIED THE POLICY OF DRAMATICALLY INCREASING SPENDING AND THE SIZE AND SCOPE AND REACH OF GOVERNMENT. GUESS WHAT, WE WERE PROMISED THAT THE RATE WOULDN'T EXCEED -- THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WOULDN'T EXCEED 8% IF WE PASSED THE STIMULUS BILL. WE ALL KNOW IT'S AT 9.5% NATIONWIDE. I SEE MS. CHU HERE FROM CALIFORNIA. WE HAVE A 12.3% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY. THE ASIA THAT I REPRESENT TO THE EAST, IT'S 4.4% IN PARTS OF SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY. WE HAVE AN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FAR IN EXCESS OF WHAT WE WERE PROMISED IF WE PASSED THE STIMULUS BILL. WE HAVE TRIED THAT. LET'S FOCUS ON JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH WITH A RESPONSIBLE PACKAGE, NOT THIS PATHETIC, PATHETIC PIECEMEAL APPROACH WHICH IS OUTRAGEOUS AND TO DO IT WITHOUT ANY KIND OF CONSULTATION WHATSOEVER WITH THE MINORITY IS BEYOND THE PALE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS MEASURE, LET'S DO WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. LET'S HAVE AN OPEN DEBATE AND LET'S PUT INTO PLACE PRO-GROWTH ECONOMIC POLICIES WHICH HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO BE SUCCESSFUL UNDER PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY A GREAT DEMOCRAT, AND UNDER PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN A GREAT REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. . MR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. CHU.

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  • 12:16:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 12:16:23 PM

    MS. CHU

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I WANT TO SPEAK TO THE IMPORTANCE OF PASSING THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I WANT TO SPEAK TO THE IMPORTANCE OF PASSING THE INVESTING IN AMERICAN JOBS ACT AND CLOSING TAX LOOPHOLES MUCH THE IMPORTANT OF PASSING THIS BILL NOW. THIS BILL CREATES JOBS, REBUILDS INFRASTRUCTURE, AND PROMOTES I VESTMENTS THAT GETS OUR ECONOMY GOING AGAIN. I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO TALK ABOUT ONE SPECIFIC ASPECT OF THIS BILL. THE EXTENSION OF THE EMERGENCY FUND FOR JOB CREATION AND ASSISTANCE. IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY, THE AREA I REPRESENT, ONE OUT OF EVERY EIGHT RESIDENTS IS UNEMPLOYED. IN ONE AREA OF MY DISTRICT, EAST L.A., THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS 16.75%. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. A WHILE BACK, L.A. COUNTY INSTITUTED A NEW PROGRAM, IT USES TANF FUNDS TO PLACE UNEMPLOYED WORKERS IN POSITIONS FOR UP TO A YEAR. IT CREATED OVER 11,000 JOBS IN L.A. COUNTY AND ALMOST 250,000 ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN PALMDALE, CALIFORNIA, THIS PROGRAM HELPED JODY, A SINGLE MOTHER OF TWO, FIND WORK AT A LOCAL COFFEEHOUSE. THERE, JODY SO IMPRESSED HER NEW BOSS HE PLANS TO PERMANENTLY HIRE HER AND THREE OTHERS FROM THE PROGRAM. BUT THIS PROTCH JOB CREATION PROGRAM EXPIRES IN SEPTEMBER. -- PROTCH JOB CREATION PROGRAM EXPIRES IN SEPTEMBER. THE CLOCK IS TICKING. IF WE DON'T ACT THOSE 250,000 TAR HEELS OF SUCK -- TALES OF SUCCESS BECOME HORROR STORIES. TODAY'S BILL WILL KEEPS THOSE AMERICANS WORKING. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE INVESTING IN AMERICAN JOBS AND CREATING TAX LOOPHOLES ACT.

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  • 12:18:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

  • 12:18:11 PM

    MS. FOXX

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

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    MS. FOXX

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EVERY TIME OUR COLLEAGUES COME HERE AND TALK ABOUT THE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EVERY TIME OUR COLLEAGUES COME HERE AND TALK ABOUT THE HORRIBLE UNEMPLOYMENT IN THEIR DISTRICTS, THEY CONDEMN THEMSELVES. THEY CONDEMN THEIR OWN POLICIES AND THE POLICIES OF THEIR PRESIDENT BECAUSE THEY PROMISED WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA CAME TO OFFICE AND PUSHED THROUGH THE STIMULUS PACKAGE, THAT UNEMPLOYMENT WOULD NEVER GO ABOVE 8%. IT'S BEEN A FAILURE. EVERYTHING THEY HAVE DONE HAS BEEN A FAILURE, MR. SPEAKER. BUT THEY KEEP TRYING. AGAIN I WANT TO SAY, I SAID THE DEFINITION OF INSANITY IS DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND EXPECTING A DIFFERENT RESULT. THAT'S WHAT OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE KEEP DOING. THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS. THIS BILL IS NOT GOING TO CREATE PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS. IT IS ONLY GOING TO PUT US DEEPER IN DEBT AND CAUSE US TO LOSE MORE JOBS. MY COLLEAGUES ALSO FROM TEXAS MENTIONED THE LOOPHOLES THAT THIS BILL'S GOING TO CLOSE LOOPHOLES. THAT IS CONVENIENT LANGUAGE FOR OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE. IT'S DOUBLESPEAK. LANGUAGE MEANS SOMETHING. WHEN OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE TALK ABOUT A LOOPHOLE, THEY ARE SAYING, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT GIVES US AN EXCUSE TO RAISE TAXES. LOOPHOLES THAT THEY TALK ABOUT ARE LEGAL ENTITIES IN OUR TAX STRUCTURE THAT PROBABLY MOST OF THEM VOTED FOR. BUT WHEN IT'S CONVENIENT FOR THEM THEY CALL IT A LOOPHOLE. THE STAFF FROM THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE SAID THIS BILL IS DEFINITELY NOT THE SAME AS BILLS WE HAVE SEEN BEFORE. THERE ARE ITEMS IN HERE THAT HAVE NOT BEEN IN ANY OTHER LEGISLATION IN THIS SESSION. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, IF WE LOOKED AT THE RULE BEFORE US, WE MIGHT WONDER WHAT MISSICAL LEGISLATION WOULD PROMPT THE RULING LIBERAL -- MYSTICAL LEGISLATION WOULD PROMPT THE RULING LIBERAL REGIME TO RESORT TO THIS. UNFORTUNATELY THE ANSWER ISN'T ANYTHING AMERICAN JOB SEEKERS WANT TO HEAR, BUT RATHER A REHASH OF THE TIRED OLD FAILED DESTRUCTIVE POLICIES OF THIS REGIME WHO ARE APPARENTLY SCARED TO DEATH THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SEEING THROUGH THEIR PARTISAN SCHEMES. WHILE THIS BILL DOES CONTAIN SOME FEDERAL TAXPAYER FUNDS, THE BAILOUT STATES FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, COUPLED WITH TAX INCREASES THAT WILL BE ADDED TO THE UNCONSCIONABLE LIBERAL TAX POLICY THAT WILL BLEED THE AMERICAN ECONOMY OF DESPERATELY NEEDED PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS. NOT ONLY DOES THE BILL WRITE A BLANK CHECK BY AUTHORIZING SUCH FUNDS AS NECESSARY, AND LET ME POINT OUT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, SUCH SUMS MEANS A BLANK CHECK. IT MEANS THEY CAN SPEND AS MUCH AS THEY WANT TO. HERE WE HAVE THE LARGEST DEFICIT IN OUR HISTORY, AND YET THEY ARE WRITING ANOTHER BLANK CHECK TO BUREAUCRATS. BUT ONE OF THE MOST TELLING PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL SIMPLY ASSIGNS A MORE POLITICALLY TIGHT -- TITLE TO AN EXPENSIVE FEDERAL WELFARE FUND. IN TITLE 2, SECTION 201-A-1 OF THE BILL, CHANGES THE NAME OF THE EMERGENCY CONTINGENCY FUND FOR STATE TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILY PROGRAM TO THE EMERGENCY FUND FOR JOB CREATION AND ASSISTANCE. AND AGAIN FOR THOSE NOT VERSED IN WASHINGTON DOUBLESPEAK, STATE TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES PROGRAMS IS WASHINGTON DOUBLESPEAK FOR WELFARE MONEY. THIS WAS A WELFARE BILL, PART OF IT WAS, AND IT CONTINUES TO BE ONE NO MATTER THE TITLE. APPARENTLY OUR LIBERAL FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE SO MOTIVATED TO CREATE ANOTHER PERMANENT FEDERAL WELFARE BENEFIT THEY SIMPLY CANNOT TOLERATE THE WORD TEMPORARY BEING IN THE TITLE OF THEIR BELOVED WELFARE FUND. THE NEW TITLE ALSO HIGHLIGHTS THE MISNOMER OF SUGGESTING THAT INCREASING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS WILL INCREASE EMPLOYMENT. OR SPEAKER PELOSI RECENTLY PUT IT, GROWING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, QUOTE, CREATES JOBS FASTER THAN ALMOST ANY OTHER INITIATIVE YOU CAN NAME. RENOWNED ECONOMIST WROTE IN THE JALL 8, 2010 "WALL STREET JOURNAL" THAT, THE DEMOCRAT ARGUMENT ALSO IGNORES THE IMPACT OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS ON EMPLOYER COST. EMPLOYERS DON'T USUALLY HIRE PEOPLE TO ASSUAGE THEIR CONSCIOUSNESS. THEY HIRE PEOPLE TO MAKE AFTER-TAX PROFITS. IF WORKERS REQUIRE MORE PAY BECAUSE OF HIGHER UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, EMPLOYERS WILL HIRE FEWER EMPLOYEES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS GOING TO REDISTRIBUTE WEALTH. THAT IS WHAT OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE ARE SO GOOD AT DOING. AND AGAIN AS WAS POINTED OUT, THE GOVERNMENT DOESN'T CREATE RESOURCES. THERE'S ALWAYS A ZERO SUM GAME. THERE IS NO STIMULUS GIVEN FROM UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. TO SEE THESE EFFECTS CLEARLY, IMAGINE A TWO-PERSON ECONOMY IN WHICH ONE OF THE TWO PEOPLE HAS PAID FOR BEING UNEMPLOYED. FROM WHOM DO YOU THINK THE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS ARE TAKEN? THE OTHER PERSON, OBVIOUSLY. WHILE THE ONE PERSON WHO IS UNEMPLOYED MAY BUY MORE AS A RESULT OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, THE OTHER PERSON FROM WHOM THE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS ARE TAKEN WOULD BUY LESS. THERE IS NO STIMULUS FOR THE ECONOMY. IF UNENDING EXPANSION OF FEDERAL WELFARE BENEFITS IS THE LIBERAL PLAN FOR CREATING PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS, I'M FRIGHTENED TO IMAGINE WHAT SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE TO THEM. IT'S MY HOPE THAT THIS ELECTION DAY IS THE RULING LIBERAL DEMOCRATS LEARN THE LESSON THAT WHEN YOU ARE IN A HOLE YOU STOP DIGGING. MR. SPEAKER, LAST BUT NOT LEAST AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO SAY THE "WASHINGTON TIMES" HAD IT RIGHT ON MARCH 3, 2010. EVERY BILL THAT COMES BEFORE THE HOUSE THESE DAYS IS CALLED A JOBS BILL. THE TITLE WAS LAWMAKERS CRY JOBS TO PUSH THROUGH BILLS. THAT'S WHAT WE SEE HAPPENING OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN BY OUR COLLEAGUES. AGAIN THEY CAN'T STAND TO SAY THAT THEIR INCREASING -- THEY ARE INCREASING WELFARE IN THIS COUNTRY. THEY ARE TRYING TO SAY THIS IS CREATING JOBS. IT'S NOT GOING TO CREATE JOBS, MR. SPEAKER. WE CAN START TODAY, THOUGH, BY REJECTING THIS RULE, REJECTING THE UNDERLYING BILL, AND DOING SOMETHING ABOUT REAL JOBS. AND, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO INSERT THE "WASHINGTON TIMES" ARTICLE INTO THE RECORD.

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  • 12:25:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 12:25:50 PM

    MS. FOXX

    THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 12:25:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

  • 12:25:55 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I INQUIRE OF THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN IF SHE HAS ANY REMAINING…

    I INQUIRE OF THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN IF SHE HAS ANY REMAINING SPEAKERS. I'M THE LAST SPEAKER FOR THIS SIDE AND I'M PREPARED TO RESERVE MY TIME UNTIL THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS CLOSED FOR HER SIDE AND HAS YIELDED BACK HER TIME.

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  • 12:26:09 PM

    MS. FOXX

    I'M NOT SURE IF I'M GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER SPEAKER. I CAN GO AHEAD AND USE…

    I'M NOT SURE IF I'M GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER SPEAKER. I CAN GO AHEAD AND USE SOME OF MY TIME AND THEN ALLOW THE GENTLEMAN TO RESERVE TO CLOSE.

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  • 12:26:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME OF THE THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

  • 12:26:27 PM

    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WANT TO GO BACK TO MY COMMENT ABOUT WELFARE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WANT TO GO BACK TO MY COMMENT ABOUT WELFARE BECAUSE I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT WELFARE WAS DONE AWAY WITH MANY YEARS AGO IN THIS COUNTRY. BUT THAT SIMPLY ISN'T THE CASE. A DOCUMENT THAT WAS PREPARED BY THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION AND RELEASED SEPTEMBER 16, 2009, PROVIDES A VALUABLE PERSPECTIVE ON THE CURRENT STATE OF WELFARE SPENDING. AND I'M GOING TO BE QUOTING FROM THAT DOCUMENT FOR SEVERAL MOMENTS. WELFARE SPENDING HAS GROWN ENORMOUSLY SINCE PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON LAUNCHED THE WAR ON POVERTY. WELFARE SPENDING WAS 13 TIMES GREATER IN F.Y. 2008 AFTER ADJUSTING FOR INFLATION THAN IT WAS WHEN THE WAR ON POVERTY STARTED IN 1964. MEANS TESTED WELFARE SPENDING WAS 1.2% OF THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT, THE G.D.P., WHEN PRESIDENT JOHNSON BEGAN THE WAR ON POVERTY. IN 2008 IT REACHED 5% OF G.D.P. SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE WAR ON POVERTY, TAXPAYERS HAVE GIVEN $15.9 TRILLION IN INFACIAL ADJUSTED 2008 DOLLARS TO MEANS TESTED WELFARE IN COMPARISON THE COST OF ALL OTHER WARS IN U.S. HISTORY WAS $6.4 TRILLION IN INFLATION ADJUSTED 2008 DOLLARS. MY COLLEAGUE ACROSS THE AISLE WANTS TO BLAME OUR DEFICIT ON THE WAR AND YET WE ARE SPENDING MUCH, MUCH MORE ON WELFARE THAN WE ARE SPENDING ON WAR. AND WE HAVE DONE THAT SINCE THE 1960'S. IN HIS FIRST TWO YEARS IN OFFICE, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WILL INCREASE ANNUAL FEDERAL WELFARE SPENDING BY 1/3 FROM $522 BILLION TO $697 BILLION. THE COMBINED TWO-YEAR INCREASE WILL EQUAL ALMOST $263 BILLION. AFTER ADJUSTING FOR INFLATION, THIS INCREASE IS 2.5 TIMES GREATER THAN ANY PREVIOUS INCREASE IN FEDERAL WELFARE SPENDING IN U.S. HISTORY. AS A SHARE OF THE ECONOMY, ANNUAL FEDERAL WELFARE SPENDING WILL RISE BY ROUGHLY 1.2% OF G.D.P. AMERICANS ARE ALREADY FRIGHTENED TO DEATH OF OUR DEFICIT. NOW THEY ARE GOING TO SEE WHY A LARGE PART OF THAT DEFICIT IS HERE. WHILE CAMPAIGNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, OBAMA LAMENTED THAT THE WAR IN IRAQ IS COSTING EACH HOUSEHOLD ABOUT $100 PER MONTH. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN, THE WAR IN IRAQ IS COSTING EACH HOUSEHOLD ABOUT $100 PER MONTH, PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID. APPLYING THE SAME STANDARD THE MEANS TESTED WELFARE SPENDING REVEALS THAT WELFARE WILL COST EACH HOUSEHOLD $560 PER MONTH IN 2009 AND $638 PER MONTH IN 2010. GO ON AND MAKE ALL YOUR COMPARISONS YOU WANT TO ABOUT HOW MUCH IS BEING SPENT ON THE WAR. KEEPING THIS NATION SAFE IS THE ROLE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. MOST OF OBAMA'S INCREASES IN WELFARE SPENDING ARE PERMANENT, PERMANENT EXPANSIONS OF THE WELFARE STATE NOT TEMPORARY INCREASES IN RESPONSE TO THE CURRENT RECESSION. ACCORDING TO THE LONG-TERM SPENDING PLAN SET FORTH IN OBAMA'S F.Y. 2010 BUDGET, COMBINED FEDERAL, STATE SPENDING WILL NOT DROP SIGNIFICANTLY AFTER THE RECESSION ENDS. IN FACT, BY 2014 WELFARE SPENDING IS LIKELY TO EQUAL $1 TRILLION PER YEAR. . ACCORDING PRESIDENT OBAMA'S BUDGET PROJECTIONS, WELFARE SPENDING WILL TOTAL $10.3 -- 2.3 TRILLION PER YEAR. THIS WILL EQUAL $250,000 FOR EACH PERSON CURRENTLY LIVING IN POVERTY IN THE U.S. OR $1 MILLION FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR. OVER THE NEXT DECADE, FEDERAL SPENDING WILL EQUAL $7.5 TRILLION WHILE STATE SPENDING WILL REACH $2.8 TRILLION. THESE FIGURES DON'T EVEN INCLUDE INCREASES IN THE HEALTH CARE EXPENDITURES. CURRENTLY BEING DEBATED IN CONGRESS. THIS WAS WRITTEN IN 2009 BEFORE THE HEALTH CARE BILL WAS PASSED. IN THE YEARS AHEAD, AVERAGE ANNUAL WELFARE SPENDING WILL BE ROUGHLY TWICE THE SPENDING LEVEL UNDER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON AFTER ADJUSTING FOR INFLATION. TOTAL MEAN SPENDING IS LIKELY TO AVERAGE ROUGHLY 6% OF G.D.P. FOR THE NEXT DECADE. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, I'M ENDING MY QUOTE OF THE HERITAGE ARTICLE. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE FRIGHTENED TO DEATH. THAT'S WHAT I HEAR EVERY WEEKEND WHEN I GO HOME. FRIGHTENED TO DEATH ABOUT THE DIRECTION OF THIS COUNTRY. THEY CAN IDENTIFY THE FACT THAT WE ARE SPENDING TOO MUCH. IT'S HELP TO FEEL SHOW THEM WHERE SOME OF THAT MONEY IS GOING AND TO BALANCE OUT THE MISINFORMATION OUR COLLEAGUES ARE GIVING OUT ACROSS THE AISLE ABOUT THIS ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS RULE AND THIS BILL NEED TO BE REJECTED. I COULD GO ON AND ON ABOUT THE JOB SITUATION. WE KNOW FULL WELL THAT OUR COLLEAGUES LIKE TO BRAG ABOUT HOW MANY JOBS THEY'VE CREATED. I'M ONLY GOING TO SHOW A COUPLE OF POSTERS BECAUSE WE TALK ABOUT THIS A LOT BUT I THINK IT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT TO DO IT. I'D LIKE TO SHOW THE JOB INCREASES AND JOBS LOST ACROSS THE PRESIDENCIES OF PRESIDENT BUSH AND POTH BECAUSE MA. IF WE LOOK AT THIS, WE'LL SEE THAT FROM THE TIME PRESIDENT BUSH CAME IN, THERE WAS A DROP IN JOB GROWTH DURING THE -- RIGHT AFTER 9/11, BUT THEN THERE WAS A 46-MONTH STEADY INCREASE OF JOBS UP TO 8.1 MILLION. IF YOU LOOK AT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATION, THERE'S BEEN A LOSS OF OVER THREE MILLION JOBS. NOW I KNOW OUR FRIENDS CAN COUNT THIS LOTS OF DIFFERENT WAYS. ANOTHER WAY THAT SCOTT HENNESSY HAS SAID WE SHOULD DO IT IS TO LOOK AT THE AVERAGE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DURING A PRESIDENT'S TIME IN OFFICE. AND THIS CLEARLY SHOWS THAT UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA, OUR AVERAGE UNPLACE OF EMPLOYMENT -- UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAS BEEN 95%. -- 9.5%. UNDER PRESIDENT BUSH, 5.3%. I THINK THATTLE TELLS THE TALE. THEY CAN TALK ABOUT -- I THINK THAT TELLS THE TALE. THEY TAN CAULK ABOUT -- THEY CAN TALK ABOUT CREATING JOBS BUT ALL THEIR WONDERFUL POLICIES HAVE CREATED THE HOLE WE'RE IN. THEY SHOULD STOP DIGGING INSTEAD OF CONTINUING TO DIG. THE EVIDENCE IS HERE, MR. SPEAKER. THE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT AGENDA HAS FAILED. THEY NEED TO GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD AND COME BACK TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH REAL SOLUTIONS TO THE REAL PROBLEMS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS ISN'T TIME TO DITHER AND BLAME THE REPUBLICAN MINORITY FOR THE DISAPPOINTING COLLAPSE OF GOVERNANCE WE'VE SEEN SINCE THE LIBERAL REGIME SEIZED CONTROL OF CONGRESS IN 2007 OR BLAMED PRESIDENT BUSH FOR EVERYTHING BAD THEY HAVE DONE. MR. SPEAKER, I POINT OUT AGAIN THAT THIS BILL IS A WELFARE EMERGENCY FUND EXPANSION. H.R. 5893 WILL ADD $5 BILLION TO THE WELFARE EMERGENCY FUND, DOUBLING THIS FUND THE DEMOCRATS CREATED IN THEIR 2009 STIMULUS BILL. AGAIN, AN EXAMPLE OF THE FACT THAT THE STIMULUS HAS FAILED MISERABLY. THE DEMOCRATS' WELFARE EMERGENCY FUND EXPANSION WOULD ESPECIALLY BENEFIT STATES THAT HAVE INCREASED WELFARE CASE LOADS AND SPENDING ON WELFARE MOST. THE NEW WELFARE MONEY WILL BE PAID TO STATES IN F.Y. 2011 A THIRD FISCAL YEAR SINCE THIS WELFARE EMERGENCY FUND STARTED. DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO REBRAND THIS WELFARE EMERGENCY FUND TO SEEM TO BE ALL ABOUT JOBS. IT'S NOT. AFTER CALLING IT THE EMERGENCY CONTINGENCY FUND FOR STATES TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY SADDAM I -- FAMILIES, DEMOCRATS NOW PROPOSE TO RENAME THE PROGRAM THE EMERGENCY FUND FOR JOB CREATION AND ASSISTANCE. BUT ONLY 25% OF THE $4 BILLION IN WELFARE EMERGENCY FUNDS HAVE BEEN SPENT ON JOBS. I URGE THE NO VOTE ON THE BILL, MR. SPEAKER, AND ON THE RULE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    WILL YOU BE KIND ENOUGH TO TELL ME HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE REMAINING?

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    THAT'S ENOUGH. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    QUESTION ON THE

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    GROWTH.

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    MR. OBEY

    BY A MODEST $4.5 BILLION OVER FISCAL 2010, AND OVER THE PRESIDENT'S…

    BY A MODEST $4.5 BILLION OVER FISCAL 2010, AND OVER THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST, EVEN AS WE COME IN UNDER LAST YEAR AND UNDER THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST OVERALL. ACCORDING TO D.O.T.'S JOB MODEL ESTIMATES, THIS INCREASE WILL SUPPORT MORE THAN 150,000 TRANSPORTATION JOBS. IN ADDITION, VULNERABLE POPULATIONS AFFECTED BY THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN SUCH AS THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED ARE ALSO SUPPORTED IN THIS BILL THROUGH PROGRAMS SUCH AS FUNDING FOR SECTION 8 HOUSING VOUCHERS. WE HAVE 113 MILLION FOR FORECLOSURE MITIGATION COUNSELING. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES $75 MILLION OR 10,000 ADDITIONAL VOUCHERS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS. SUPPORT FOR THE HOMELESS WITH $2.2 BILLION ALLOCATED FOR HOUSING CONCERNS, AND NEW DEMONSTRATION LINKING HUD AND H.H.S. FUNDING TO BETTER SUPPORT THESE FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS. LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS HAVE DISPROPORTIONATELY BEEN AFFECTED BY THIS ECONOMIC CRISIS. WE NEED TO FOCUS INSTEAD ON THE RIGHT KIND OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR SENIORS, THE DISABLED, AND HOMELESS. THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES THAT I URGE SUPPORT OF.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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    MR. LATHAM

    I WOULD BE PLEASED TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE RANKING…

    I WOULD BE PLEASED TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE RANKING MEMBER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LEWIS.

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    MR. LEWIS

    MUCH APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE YIELDING. I'D LIKE TO START MY REMARKS BY…

    MUCH APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE YIELDING. I'D LIKE TO START MY REMARKS BY PAYING TRIBUTE TO ONE OF THE GREAT STAFF MEMBERS WE HAVE AROUND HERE. DEAN -- DEANA BARON WANTS US TO GET THROUGH QUICKLY. SHE'S JUST ABOUT READY TO GIVE DELIVERY TO HER SECOND CHILD. FOR THOSE WHO ARE CURIOUS, ABOUT ALL OF THAT, DEANA IS PLANNING TO DELIVER US A BABY GIRL. AND DEANA IT'S A DELIGHT. I VERY MUCH WANT TO EXPRESS, MR. SPEAKER, MY APPRECIATION AND THANKS TO CHAIRMAN OLVER AND HER RANKING MEMBER LATHAM FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN PRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION. WHILE THEY MAY NOT AGREE ON THE OVERALL SPENDING LEVELS FOR THIS BILL, THEY HAVE WORKED TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. WHILE THEY HAVE REAL POLICY DIFFERENCES, CHAIRMAN OLVER AND LATHAM KNOW IT'S THE BEST INTEREST OF THE HOUSE AND AMERICAN PUBLIC TO GET THIS BILL DONE. YESTERDAY'S PASSAGE OF THE MILCON-VA BILL MARKED THE SECOND LATEST DATE IN THE LAST 15 YEARS THAT THE HOUSE PASSED ITS FIRST REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS BILL. THE ONLY OTHER YEAR IN RECENT HISTORY WITH A MORE DISMAL RECORD WITH -- WAS TWO YEARS AGO WHEN MILCON-VA WAS THE FIRST AND ONLY APPROPRIATIONS BILL BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR ON AUGUST 1. . IT'S ASTONISHING THAT WE ARE NOW TWO MONTHS AWAY BEGINNING THE NEW FISCAL YEAR AND ONLY ONE DAY AWAY FROM THE SIX-WEEK AUGUST CONGRESSIONAL RECESS AND WE ARE ONLY CONSIDERING THE SECOND OF 12 ANNUAL SPENDING BILLS. SO FOR THIS YEAR 11 OF THE 12 FUNDING BILLS HAVE BEEN MARKED UP IN SUBCOMMITTEE AND YET ONLY TWO OF THE 12 BILLS HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED BY THE FULL APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. THOSE TWO BILLS, THE BILL WE PASSED YESTERDAY AND THE BILL WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY, ARE LIKELY TO BE THE ONLY -- THE ONLY BILLS PASSED BY THE HOUSE THIS YEAR. THE FULL APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE WAS SCHEDULED TO MARK UP THE AGRICULTURE AND HOMELAND SECURITY BILLS TWO DAYS AGO. AS MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE BEGAN TO ENTER THE ROOM FOR THOSE MARKUPS AT 3:00 P.M., THE SESSION WAS ABRUPTLY POSTPONED AND AS OF THIS MOMENT THERE HAS BEEN NO EXPLANATION. LET ME STATE THE OBVIOUS AS CLEARLY AS I CAN. THIS YEAR'S APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS HAS BEEN A COMPLETE AND UTTER FAILURE. MEMBERS OF BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HAVE VOICE FRUSTRATION FOR MONTHS OF THE COMMITTEE GETTING ITS WORK DONE. TRADITIONALLY JUNE AND JULY ARE THE MONTHS WHERE WE'RE DEBATING AND PASSING OUR SPENDING BILLS. NOT THIS YEAR, MR. SPEAKER. NOT THIS YEAR. AS MR. WOLF POINTED OUT LAST NIGHT, THIS HAS BEEN A SUSPENSION CONGRESS. THIS YEAR THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, ONCE KNOWN AS THE WORKHORSE COMMITTEE, HAS DONE VIRTUALLY NOTHING. THE HOUSE ITSELF HAS DONE VERY LITTLE IN THE WAY OF SUBSTANTIVE WORK. INSTEAD, DEBATING FRIVOLOUS BILLS ON THE SUSPENSION CALENDAR. WEEK AFTER WEEK THE MAJORITY LEADER HAS BEEN -- HAS GIVEN AWAY FRIDAY LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS BECAUSE THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY REFUSES TO MOVE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS, AND BECAUSE THERE IS NO OTHER LEGISLATIVE WORK TO KEEP MEMBERS IN TOWN. IT'S ALSO WORTH NOTING, MR. SPEAKER, THAT ON THE VERY RARE OCCASION WHEN OUR APPROPRIATIONS BILLS ARE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR THEY ARE BROUGHT UP UNDER A CLOSED RULE TO STIFLE DEBATE ON ISSUES THAT THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY WOULD PREFER TO IGNORE UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION. ALL MEMBERS, WHETHER THEY'RE REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS, HAVE A LEGITIMATE RIGHT TO OFFER AND DEBATE AMENDMENTS UNDER THE LONGSTANDING TRADITIONAL OPEN RULES PROCESS. THIS INCLUDES THOSE AMENDMENTS THAT WOULD STRIKE WHAT MEMBERS BELIEVE TO BE EXCESSIVE LEVELS OF SPENDING. HAD REPUBLICANS BEEN AFFORDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER AMENDMENTS UNDER OPEN RULES, THERE'S LITTLE DOUBT THAT MUCH OF OUR EFFORT WOULD BE GEARED TOWARDS REDUCING SPENDING. IT WAS JUST LAST WEEK THAT DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE REJECTED AN APPROPRIATIONS OR REPUBLICAN'S AMENDMENT -- A REPUBLICAN AMENDMENT TO THE FULL COMMITTEE THAT WOULD HAVE PARE D'BACK OVER DISCRETIONARY SPENDING THIS YEAR BY -- THAT WOULD HAVE PARED BACK OVER DISCRETIONARY SPENDING THIS YEAR. IN ADDITION, REPUBLICANS HAVE OFFERED AMENDMENTS IN COMMITTEE THIS YEAR TO REDUCE SPENDING BY OVER $70 BILLION. EACH AND EVERY AMENDMENT TO REDUCE THE RATE OF GROWTH OF SPENDING HAS BEEN DEFEATED ON A PARTY LINE VOTE. UNFORTUNATELY, MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES HAVE NOT OFFERED A SINGLE VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THOSE CUTS. ACCORDINGLY, THE MID SEASON BUDGET REVIEW, THE ANNUAL DEFICIT IS PROJECTED TO GET TO $1.47 TRILLION THIS YEAR. AS A PERCENTAGE OF THE DEFICIT, IT'S THE LARGEST DEFICIT SINCE WORLD WAR II. WITH THE GOVERNMENT NOW BORROWING 41 CENTS ON EVERY DOLLAR IT SPENTS AND WITH SPENDING CONTINUING AT RECORD -- SPENDS, AND WITH SPENDING CONTINUING AT RECORD LEVELS, THERE IS NO RELIEF IN SIGHT. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SAYS THAT THESE DEFICITS WILL CONTINUE TO SAY. THE DEBT WHICH WAS $5 TRILLION AT THE END OF 2008, WILL SOAR TO $18.5 TRILLION BY THE END OF THE DECADE. THESE FUTURE DEFICITS ARE DRIVEN ALMOST ENTIRELY BY RISING LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT SPENDING. I KNOW THERE'S A TENDENCY AMONG SOME OF MY FRIENDS TO BLAME PRESIDENT BUSH FOR EVERYTHING, BUT THE FACT IS THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S BUDGET WOULD PUSH INFLATION ADJUSTMENT ON FEDERAL SPENDING OVER $37,000 PER HOUSEHOLD BY THE YEAR 2020. THIS IS $12,000 ABOVE THE LEVEL PER HOUSEHOLD THAT EXISTED UNDER PRESIDENT BUSH. EVEN PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ENORMOUS $3 TRILLION TAX INCREASE PROPOSAL WON'T STOP THIS SPENDING FROM PUSHING THE NATIONAL DEBT TO EVEN MORE DANGEROUS LEVELS. WITH THE MID SEASON BUDGET REVIEW, THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE HAS NOW CONFIRMED WHAT COMMITTEE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN SAYING ALL YEAR, THAT DEMOCRAT MAJORITY'S AGENDA OF RUNAWAY SPENDING, SURGING TAXES AND SOARING BUDGET DEFICITS IS LEADING TO HISTORIC DEFICITS AND RECORD LEVELS OF DEBT. THE ONLY WAY OUT OF THIS DEFICIT AND DEBT NIGHTMARE IS TO CURB UNCLE SAM'S APPETITE FOR SPENDING. WE MUST SIMPLY DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE RISING TIDE OF RED INK BEFORE WE'RE OVERCOME BY IT. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, HOW MANY MORE SHOCKING BUDGET PROJECTIONS DO WE NEED BEFORE YOU JOIN US IN SAYING ENOUGH IS ENOUGH? AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE A NO VOTE ON FINAL PASSAGE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:21:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. OLVER

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MS. KILPATRICK, A…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MS. KILPATRICK, A VERY VALUED MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MS. KILPATRICK

    MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. OLVER. I WANT TO THANK KATE AND THE REST OF…

    MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. OLVER. I WANT TO THANK KATE AND THE REST OF THE STAFF FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR FOR US. IT IS A COMPLICATED BILL BUT IT WILL PUT AMERICA BACK TO WORK. REBUILDING OUR CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE, PROVIDING JOBS ACROSS AMERICA, DOING THE THINGS THAT'S NECESSARY SO WE TAKE CARE OF AMERICANS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS, HELPING THE INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING THAT THEY TRAIN AND BE ABLE TO KEEP THEIR TUITIONS LOWER SO THAT OUR CHILDREN CAN BUILD A BETTER AMERICA AS WE GO FORWARD. THIS IS A GOOD BILL. IT'S A BILL THAT'S BEEN WORKED FOR THE BETTERMENT OF AMERICA. IT'S AN ARTISTIC COMPILATION OF IDEAS AND INVESTMENT THAT WILL MAKE AMERICA STRONG AGAIN AS WE MOVE INTO THE 21ST CENTURY. CHAIRMAN OLVER AND MS. HALLIHAN AND THE STAFF SHOULD BE COMMENDED. WE WISH WE HAD MORE. THIS BILL IS $1 BILLION LESS THAN WHAT THE PRESIDENT GAVE US BECAUSE WE RECOGNIZE THAT OUR NATION IS IN CRISIS. SO WE HAD TO WORK WITH WHAT WE HAD AND HAD SOME OUTSTANDING PROGRAMS PUT TOGETHER IN AN ARTISTIC WAY THAT AMERICA IS INVESTED IN AGAIN, THAT OUR CRUMBLING ROADS AND BRIDGES CAN BE FIXED AND WE PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK, HELP OUR HIGHER INSTITUTIONS OF EDUCATION AND BUILD A BETTER AMERICA. THERE ARE SEVERAL THINGS IN THE BILL I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT BRIEFLY. MOST OF US KNOW THAT OUR VETERANS POLL LAKES GIVEN THEIR LIVES TO THIS COUNTRY. MAYBE HAVE RETURNED HOME AND RETURNED UNEMPLOYED. MANY ARE HOMELESS. THERE'S BEEN STUDIES ALL OVER AMERICA NOW FROM VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS HOW HOMELESS VETERANS MUST HAVE HOUSING, JOBS. THIS CONGRESS HAS PASSED THE BEST VETERANS BILL IN SEVERAL DECADES, AND WE'RE GETTING TO GET TO THAT SO THAT OUR VETERANS CAN HAVE THOSE OPPORTUNITIES. WE PROVIDE IN OUR TRANSPORTATION-H.U.D. BILL RESOURCES FOR VETERANS WHO ARE NOW HOMELESS. IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO SHOW TO OUR VETERANS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THEY WORKED SO HARD TO SECURE IS IN THEIR CORNER. LET'S NOT ACCEPT ANY AMENDMENT THAT WILL -- THAT WOULD REDUCE THAT.

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  • 02:24:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MS. KILPATRICK

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    MS. KILPATRICK

    A PROGRAM CALLED REINVESTING IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, TIGER GRANTS. TIGER IS…

    A PROGRAM CALLED REINVESTING IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, TIGER GRANTS. TIGER IS AN ACRONYM THAT ALLOWS US TO INVEST MONEY. THERE WAS $50 MILLION ASKED FOR. OUR BILL HAS UNDER $2 BILLION. SO IN TIGER ONE, MANY COMMUNITIES WERE NOT ABLE TO PARTAKE. THESE TIGER GRANTS GO RIGHT FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO COMMUNITIES TO HELP YOU BUILD ALL KINDS OF PROGRAMS THAT ARE RELATED TO TRAPS AND H.U.D. PUTTING -- TO TRANSPORTATION AND H.U.D. LET'S NOT ACCEPT ANY AMENDMENT THAT WILL MAKE IT MORE HARD, MORE DIFFICULT FOR COMMUNITIES TO COMPETE FOR THESE LIMITED DOLLARS. TIGER GRANTS, VETERANS HOMELESS ASSISTANCE AND OTHER THINGS WITHIN THIS BILL, ROADS, BRIDGES, TRAINING DOLLARS, IS IN THIS BILL. I COMMEND MS. HALLIHAN, THE CHAIRMAN. THE OTHER SIDE HAS BEEN WORKING WITH US PRETTY WELL. YES, WE NEED TO FIX THE DEFICIT. MR. CHAIRMAN, I HOPE WE WILL PASS THIS BILL AND MOVE IT ON TO THE SENATE. A GOOD BILL BEGINNING TO PUT AMERICA BACK TO WORK. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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  • 02:25:44 PM

    MR. LATHAM

    I WOULD YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. PENCE.

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    MR. PENCE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. PENCE

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WELL, IT'S TRULY REMARKABLE TO COME TO THE FLOOR ON WHAT…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WELL, IT'S TRULY REMARKABLE TO COME TO THE FLOOR ON WHAT MAY BE THE SECOND OF THE LAST DAY OF A LONG SUMMER SESSION AND ONLY BE CONSIDERING THE SECOND OUT OF THE 12 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS THAT CONGRESS HISTORICALLY HAS SPENT THE ENTIRE SUMMER CONSIDERING. AS THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE SAID MOMENTS AGO, THIS IS THE SECOND, ONLY THE SECOND OF -- WE DID THE FIRST OF 12 YESTERDAY. AND AS WE COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, MR. SPEAKER, I CAN'T EVEN TELL YOU THAT THIS BILL IS OVER THE BUDGET BECAUSE NOT ONLY HAVE WE SPENT THE ENTIRE SUMMER NOT APPROPRIATING THE FEDERAL BUDGET, AS CONGRESS IS OBLIGATED TO DO, BUT THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY DIDN'T EVEN PASS A BUDGET. DIDN'T EVEN TRY TO PASS A BUDGET. IT REALLY IS EXTRAORDINARY. I'M NOT -- YOU CAN'T SAY THIS BILL EXCEEDS THE BUDGET BECAUSE THE MAJORITY DIDN'T EVEN PASS A BUDGET. BUT NOW I HEARD THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, WHO HAS MY RESPECT, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, REFER TO THIS BILL AS FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE. AND I RESPECT THE GENTLEMAN. I MAY BE GRADING ON THE CURVE THAT HE'S GRADING ON, MAYBE IT IS, BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT THIS BILL. IT IS IN FACT -- THIS BILL DOES SPEND LESS THAN 1% LESS THAN LAST YEAR'S BILL. WHAT THEY'RE KIND OF LEAVING OUT OF FINE PRINT IS LAST YEAR'S BILL WAS A 23% INCREASE FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR. AND THAT DIDN'T EVEN INCLUDE THE $62 BILLION IN RELATED FUNDING THAT WAS INCLUDED IN THE SO-CALLED STIMULUS BILL THAT'S ONLY STIMULATED MORE DEFICITS AND MORE DEBT. IT REALLY IS INCREDIBLE. THIS BILL, AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED BY OUR COLLEAGUES IN THIS DEBATE, THIS BILL IS AN EARMARK FACTORY. 966 EARMARKS IN THIS BILL. LESS THAN.1% ARE RELATED TO REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. IN FACT, THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS MADE A DECISION TO REFRAIN FROM SUBMITTING EARMARKS ALTOGETHER BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF BORROWING AND SPENDING AS USUAL IN WASHINGTON, D.C. THEY'RE TIRED OF AN EARMARKING CULTURE AND OF A FAVOR FACTORY HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. THE TRUTH IS AS I LOOK AT THIS EXTRAORDINARY PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I THINK OF A $1.47 TRILLION DEFICIT THIS YEAR, THIS MASSIVE SPENDING BILL JUST SEEMS TO BE EMBLEMATIC OF THE FACT THAT THIS MAJORITY JUST DOESN'T GET IT. THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE BONE WEARY OF DEFICITS AND DEBT AND SPENDING AS USUAL AND THEY LONG FOR LEADERSHIP IN WASHINGTON, D.C., THAT'S WILLING TO PLAY IT STRAIGHT AND THIS FALL THEY'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ELECT A MAJORITY THAT WILL DO JUST THAT.

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  • 02:29:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO FOLLOW THE LIMITS ON TIME, PLEASE. BE GLAD TO GET…

    MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO FOLLOW THE LIMITS ON TIME, PLEASE. BE GLAD TO GET THE RANKING MEMBER TO YIELD ADDITIONAL TEAM. DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 02:29:36 PM

    MR. OLVER

    WOULD YOU TELL ME HOW MUCH TIME EACH SIDE HAS?

  • 02:29:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HAS 15 MINUTES.

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    MR. OLVER

    15 MINUTES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE…

    15 MINUTES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, WHOM I THINK YOU KNOW -- FROM NEW YORK, MR. ISRAEL, WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE.

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  • 02:30:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. ISRAEL

    THE DISTINGUISHED FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR RECOGNIZING ME. MR. SPEAKER, I'VE…

    THE DISTINGUISHED FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR RECOGNIZING ME. MR. SPEAKER, I'VE LISTENED TO THE POINTS FROM THE OTHER SIDE AND, MR. SPEAKER, MY FRIEND FROM INDIANA SAID THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF BORROWING AND SPENDING. YEAH, THEY ARE TIRED OF IT. THEY HAD EIGHT YEARS OF IT UNDER THE OTHER SIDE. THE OTHER SIDE WHEN THEY TOOK CONTROL, WE HAD A $5.6 TRILLION SURPLUS. THEY SQUANDERED US AND LEFT US $10 TRILLION IN DEBT. I THINK LECTURES NEED TO BE FACT-BASED AND NOT -- AND WE HAVE AN AGING DEFICIENT INFRASTRUCTURE AND WE NEED JOBS. THIS BILL ADDRESSES BOTH. 150,000 BRIDGES IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE BEEN RATED FUNCTUALLY OBSOLETE OR DEFICIENT. TRAFFIC DELAYS ARE COSTING AMERICA'S SMALL BUSINESSES AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE $78 BILLION EVERY YEAR. . AVIATION DELAY HAS COST OUR LOCAL ECONOMY. THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS DOES AN ANNUAL REPORT CARD ON INFRASTRUCTURE AND ROUTINELY THE GRADES OF C, D, AND F TO TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS, BROADBAND, AND OUR PORTS. MEANWHILE, MR. SPEAKER, MEANWHILE IN CHINA THEY ARE GOING TO BUILD 97 NEW AIRPORTS OVER THE NEXT 12 YEARS N SPAIN THEY ARE GOING TO MAKE A $150 BILLION I VESTMENT -- INVEST N-HIGH SPEED RAIL. IN INDIA 276 PORT PROJECTS, $12 BILLION INVESTMENT TO DOUBLE PORT CAPACITY. THIS BILL STOPS THE SURRENDER OF INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT TO CHINA AND TO SPAIN AND TO INDIA. THIS BILL MAKES US MORE COMPETITIVE IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY. THIS BILL CREATES JOBS. EVERY BILLION THAT WE INVEST IN INFRASTRUCTURE CREATES 47,500 JOBS AND RETURNS $6 BILLION TO OUR ECONOMY. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS HAVE ALWAYS DONE BEST WHEN WE BUILD AMERICA. THE ERIE CANAL, THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD, THE FEDERAL INTERSTATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM. WE ARE ALWAYS AT OUR BEST WHEN WE ARE BUILDING MANUFACTURING -- 30 SECONDS?

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  • 02:32:19 PM

    MR. OLVER

    AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    MR. ISRAEL

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. WE ALWAYS DO BEST WHEN WE ARE BUILDING WITH OUR…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. WE ALWAYS DO BEST WHEN WE ARE BUILDING WITH OUR HANDS. WHEN WE ARE EXPANDING AND GROWING THIS ECONOMY, PUTTING PEOPLE TO WORK, MANUFACTURING FOR A BETTER ECONOMY. AND THIS BILL TURNS AWAY EIGHT YEARS OF NEGLIGENT ON INFRASTRUCTURE AND STARTS TO REBUILD AMERICA AGAIN AND CREATE JOBS IN THIS PROCESS. THIS IS A JOBS BILL. VOTE NO ON THIS BILL, ARE YOU KILLING JOBS AND SURRENDERING TO CHINA AND SPAIN AND OTHER COUNTRIES. VOTE YES YOU ARE CREATING JOBS, INVESTING IN THIS INFRASTRUCTURE, AND STRENGTHENING AMERICA AGAIN. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS TIME AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:32:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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    MR. LATHAM

    THE GENTLEMAN. I YIELD MYSELF A MINUTE HERE. I JUST WANT TO TELL THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN. I YIELD MYSELF A MINUTE HERE. I JUST WANT TO TELL THE GENTLEMAN, AND I DON'T WANT TO GET INTO A PARTISAN FIGHT HERE, BUT THERE IS NOT ONE PERSON ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO VOTED TO DOUBLE INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING IN THE STIMULUS BILL, SPEND HALF AS MUCH MONEY OVERALL, AND BY THE PRESIDENT'S OWN TOP ECONOMIC ADVISOR, WOULD HAVE CREATED TWICE AS MANY JOBS AS WHAT THE STIMULUS BILL THAT WAS ACTUALLY PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW. OUR MOTION TO RECOMMIT WAS TO DOUBLE THE FUNDING FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, IF ANYBODY'S FORGOTTEN THAT. THAT WAS EXACTLY WHAT IT WAS SO THAT WE COULD HAVE ACTUALLY CREATED JOBS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. THE GENTLEMAN APPARENTLY FORGETS HE VOTED AGAINST THAT. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:33:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. MR. OLVER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 02:34:04 PM

    MR. OLVER

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, I THINK I GOT THAT ONE…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, I THINK I GOT THAT ONE RIGHT, MR. BLUMENAUER.

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  • 02:34:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. BLUMENAUER

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COURTESY. I COMMEND THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON ITS…

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COURTESY. I COMMEND THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON ITS WORK TO REFINE THE ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSAL, REDUCE IT $1 BILLION, BUT NONETHELESS DEAL WITH THE CHALLENGES THAT FACE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN -- MR. OLVER IS RIGHT AND MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK IN TALKING ABOUT HOW WE ARE LOSING AND INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGE GLOBALLY IS APPARENT TO ANYBODY WHO TRAVELS OVERSEAS. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT STRUGGLES TO HELP MAKE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT A BETTER PARTNER IN REBUILDING AND RENEWING AMERICA. I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR MY GOOD FRIEND FROM IOWA, BUT I MUST RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE. THE PROGRAMS DEALING WITH LIVABILITY ARE IN FACT REFINED AND TESTED. THAT'S WHY THERE WAS SUCH AN OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT FOR THINGS LIKE THE TIGER GRANTS. THEY ARE POPULAR AND THEY ARE ALREADY MAKING A DIFFERENCE AS WE SEE AROUND THE COUNTRY. HIGH SPEED RAIL, GIVE ME A BREAK. YES, THE ADMINISTRATION DID MOVE FORWARD WITH $8 BILLION FOR HIGH SPEED RAIL WHICH TAKES A LITTLE TIME TO WORK THROUGH THE PROCESS, BUT CHINA IS GOING TO SPEND MORE IN THE NEXT COUPLE MONTHS THAT WE WILL IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS ILLUSTRATING LOSING THAT EFFORT. LIVABLE COMMUNITIES WERE ACTUALLY DEVELOPED BY THIS SUBCOMMITTEE IN THE LAST CONGRESS. THE ADMINISTRATION TOOK THE WORK THAT YOU DEVELOPED, THEY REFIND IT, THEY EXPANDED IT, AND I THINK IT'S TO YOUR CREDIT FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE. I AM SADDENED BY AN ILL-ADVISED AMENDMENT BY MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, MR. DEFAZIO FROM OREGON, TARGETING TRANSPORTATION LIVABILITY PROGRAMS THAT IN FACT IF THEY WERE ALLOWED TO MOVE FORWARD WOULD GIVE US A HEAD START ON WHAT I THINK THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE WANTS TO HAPPEN WITH THEIR RE-AUTHORIZATION. THEY KNOW THAT'S IMPORTANT. THIS WOULD ALLOW A HEAD START ON COMMUNITIES LARGE AND SMALL, RURAL AND URBAN, TO BE ABLE TO GET AHEAD OF THE CURVE AND MAKE THOSE PROGRAMS WORK BETTER. EVEN MORE ILL-ADVISED, I THINK, IS AN AMENDMENT FROM PETER HIMES TO CUT SOME OF THE CUTS OF THIS TIGER GRANTS, HIGH SPEED RAIL, BROWNFIELDS, HOPE 6, HOUSING FOR VETERANS. THESE ARE PROGRAMS THAT IN COMMUNITY AFTER COMMUNITY PEOPLE HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED ARE IMPORTANT. THEY HAVE ECONOMIC VITALITY. THEY GIVE COMMUNITIES TOOLS. THEY LEVERAGE FAR MORE THAN THE FEDERAL INVESTMENT. I WOULD SUGGEST THAT RATHER THAN TARGETING PRODUCTS OF A THOUGHTFUL REBALANCING THAT CAME OUT OF THIS COMMITTEE, OUR GOAL INSTEAD SHOULD BE TO SUPPORT THE COMMITTEE IN ITS OF THE, REFINING THE ADMINISTRATION -- IN ITS EFFORT, REFINING THE 5D MCMORRIS RODGERS' PROPOSAL, HELP REBUILD AND RENEW AMERICA WITH INFRASTRUCTURE THAT IS FAILING AND OUT OF DATE AND LOSING COMPETITIVENESS. WE SHOULD RE-AUTHORIZE --

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  • 02:37:31 PM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    SUPPORT THE EFFORTS.

  • 02:37:34 PM

    MR. OLVER

    AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN.

  • 02:37:38 PM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    IS THE HOME STRETCH. WE HAVE HAD EXAMPLES FOR THE LAST 14 YEARS THAT I…

    IS THE HOME STRETCH. WE HAVE HAD EXAMPLES FOR THE LAST 14 YEARS THAT I HAVE BEEN IN CONGRESS WHERE COMMUNITIES ARE STRUGGLING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO PUT THE PIECES TOGETHER. I COMMEND THE COMMITTEE FOR ITS WORK TO TRY AND GIVE THE TOOLS THE COMMUNITIES NEED TO STRETCH FEDERAL DOLLARS, TO BE ABLE TO ENCOURAGE PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTMENT, TO BUILD ON MODELS OF PROVEN SUCCESS, THE CUTTING EDGE OF ARCHITECTURE OF CONSTRUCTION, OF ENERGY CONSERVATION, WATER, THESE ARE AREAS THAT AMERICA DESPERATELY NEEDS. I THINK IT WOULD BE SHORTSIGHTED TO CUT BACK ON THIS FINE WORK. I WILL GUARANTEE YOU OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT DECADE THAT CONGRESSES AND FUTURE ADMINISTRATIONS ARE GOING TO BUILD ON THE FOUNDATION THAT YOU ESTABLISHED. I HOPE THAT THIS CONGRESS DOES ITS PART BY MOVING THIS FORWARD AND SUPPORTING THE SUBCOMMITTEE'S IMPORTANT WORK.

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  • 02:38:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

  • 02:38:47 PM

    MR. LATHAM

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I WOULD YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I WOULD YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING.

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  • 02:38:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 02:38:55 PM

    MR. HENSARLING

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE ASKING THIS CONGRESS AND THIS PRESIDENT WHAT PART OF BROKE DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND? ALREADY WE HAVE SEEN ON JUNE 30 THE THIRD LARGEST ONE-DAY INCREASE IN THE NATIONAL DEBT IN OUR HISTORY. $166 BILLION, LARGER THAN THE ENTIRE ANNUAL DEFICIT OF 2007. ALREADY THIS YEAR THE DEFICIT HAS CROSSED THE TRILLION DOLLAR MARK FOR ONLY THE SECOND TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY. OF COURSE THE FIRST TIME, AS WE KNOW, WAS LAST YEAR. WE ARE LOOKING AT THE LARGEST NATIONAL DEBT IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY. AS A PERCENTAGE OF OUR ECONOMY, IT RIVALS THAT OF WORLD WAR II. AND IT'S ONLY DUE TO GET WORSE. AND YET SINCE THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY HAS COME IN, PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS BEEN ELECTED, THIS BODY HAS GONE ON A SPENDING SPREE. TODAY BORROWING 41 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR MAINLY FROM THE CHINESE TO SEND A BILL TO OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. AT ONE TIME THE HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER, NOW MR. HOYER OF MARYLAND, SAID TO RUN DEFICIT WHEN THEY CAN TO FISCAL CHILD ABUSE. NOW WE SEEMINGLY HEAR FROM THE OTHER SIDE THE REFRAINING CASE OF A A A A -- SARASARA. FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE HOUSE THE HOUSE HASN'T EVEN ATTEMPTED TO PASS A BUDGET. MR. SPEAKER, I GUESS THE ONLY REASON YOU WANT A BUDGET IS BECAUSE YOU WANT A LIMIT ON SPENDING. IF YOU DON'T WANT TO LIMIT YOUR SPENDING, YOU DON'T NEED A BUDGET. SO WE HAVE NO BUDGET. WE ARE GOING DIRECTLY TO THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL. IN THIS CASE THE THUD BILL IS 38% LARGER THAN IT WAS IN FISCAL 2008, THE YEAR BEFORE THE DEMOCRATS WENT ON THEIR SPENDING SPREE. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN HOW MUCH OF THIS SPENDING MEETS THE TEST OF BORROWING 41 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR, MAINLY FROM THE CHINESE, SENDING THE BILL TO OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN? I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF SERVING ON THE PRESIDENT'S FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY COMMISSION. IT'S CHAIRED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF TO PRESIDENT CLINTON, HE LIKENS THE NATIONAL DEBT, QUOTE, THIS DEBT IS LIKE A CANCER. IT'S TRULY GOING TO DESTROY THE COUNTRY FROM WITHIN AND YET, MR. SPEAKER, OUR DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY BRINGS TO THE FLOOR A BILL SPENDING 38% MORE THAN JUST A FEW YEARS AGO. RECENTLY IT WAS REPORTED IN THE HILL THAT OUR CHAIRMAN AND THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF SAID THE NATION'S DEBT IS THE BIGGEST THREAT TO U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY. WE HAVE THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY BRINGS A BILL TO THIS FLOOR SPENDING 38% MORE ON THUD THAN JUST THREE YEARS AGO.

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  • 02:42:12 PM

    MR. LATHAM

    I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:42:17 PM

    MR. HENSARLING

    DIRECTOR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, DEMOCRATIC APPOINTEE, HAS…

    DIRECTOR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, DEMOCRATIC APPOINTEE, HAS SAID, QUOTE, U.S. FISCAL POLICY IS UNSUSTAINABLE. UNSUSTAINABLE TO AN EXTENT THAT IT CAN'T BE SOLVED THROUGH MINOR CHANGES. YET, THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY BRINGS A BILL SPENDING 38% MORE SINCE WHEN THEY CAME INTO OFFICE. ECONOMIST ROBERT SAMUELSSON SAID THE SPENDING COULD, QUOTE, TRIGGER AN ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL DEATH SPIRAL. YET THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY BRINGS A BILL SPENDING 38% MORE FROM WHEN THEY TOOK OVER. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS HAVE SEEN WHAT HAS GONE ON IN GREECE. THEY HAVE SEEN THE RIOT IN THE STREET. GREECE IS HAVING TO SELL SOVEREIGN TERRITORY. THEIR DEBT IN RELATION TO THEIR ECONOMY IS ABOUT 112%. OURS IS AT 90%. WE ARE TRULY AT A TIPPING POINT WHICH IS WHY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SAYING, WHAT PART OF BROKE DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND? NO NATION CAN BORROW, SPEND, OR BELL UP ITS WAY TO ECONOMIC PROSPERITY. THIS BILL NEEDS TO BE REJECTED.

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  • 02:43:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 02:43:33 PM

    MR. OLVER

    YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. BEAN, FOR A…

    YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. BEAN, FOR A COLLOQUY.

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  • 02:43:40 PM

    MS. BEAN

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING AND YOUR THOUGHTFUL LEADERSHIP AND…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING AND YOUR THOUGHTFUL LEADERSHIP AND STEWARDSHIP ON OUR NATION'S TRANSPORTATION RESOURCES AND YOUR COMMITMENT TO AMERICA'S COMPETITIVENESS. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE RENEWED FOCUS AND INVESTMENT IN OUR CRITICAL RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE AND I CONTINUE TO HAVE GRAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THE IMPACT OF FREIGHT RAIL TRAFFIC ON COMMUNITIES WHOSE ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE WAS NOT DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE INCREASED LEVELS OF RAIL TRAFFIC. IN COMMUNITIES IN MY DISTRICT IN ILLINOIS, THOSE CONCERNS INCLUDE BLACK CROSSINGS THAT CAUSE TRAFFIC BOTTLE NEXT, A SAFETY ISSUE DUE TO INCREASED CAR VOLUMES AND SPEEDS, NOISE AND AIR POLLUTION, AND INTERFERENCE WITH PROPOSED COMPUTER RAIL EXPANSION. THE RECENT ACQUISITION OF THE EJ AND E PROMISES TO SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE DAILY RAIL TRAFFIC. THIS WOULD NECESSARY STATE CONSTRUCTION OF OVER A DOZEN GRADE SEPARATIONS LIKE UNDERPASSES AND OVERPASSES TO ENSURE ADEQUATE SAFETY AND TRAFFIC FLOW. WITH EACH CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ESTIMATED AT TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, THE IMPACT OF THIS FEDERALLY APPROVED RAIL TRANSACTION RISES TO THE LEVEL OF REGIONAL AND NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE. THEY NEED D.O.T. FUNDING TO HELP THEIR COMMUNITIES CONTINUE TO FUNCTION WHICH IS WHY WE NEED A MULTIYEAR SURFACE TRANSPORTATION RE-AUTHORIZATION MOVING FORWARD TO ADDRESS SUCH NEEDS NATIONWIDE. FUNDING FOR GRADE SEPARATION CONSTRUCTION WILL COME FROM THE F.H.A. IN THIS BILL, THE FRA AND S.T.B. MUST CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER TO ALLOW TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY PRIORITIES, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS CANNOT BE EXPECTED TO BEAR THE BURDEN OF ACCOMMODATING REGIONALLY AND NATIONALLY SIGNIFICANT FREIGHT MOVEMENT. IT'S IN EVERYONE'S INTEREST THE FEDERAL AGENCIES PARTNER WITH COMMUNITIES TO ENSURE THE IMPACTS MUCH SUCH FREIGHT ARE MITIGATED TO A REASONABLE AND PRACTICAL EXTENT. I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT CROSSING HEADARDS REDUCTION EFFORTS SHOULD NOT BE LIMITED TO HIGH SPEED RAIL CORRIDORS. THE VAST MAJORITY OF RAIL NETWORK CONTINUES TO BE COMPRISED OF NONHIGH SPEED RAIL. HAZARDS MUST BE SAFE BARREDED NATIONALLY REGARDLESS OF MAXIMUM POTENTIAL TRAIN SPEED. I YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN. .

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  • 02:45:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 02:45:58 PM

    MR. OLVER

    CHAIRMAN, I AM -- WELL, I YIELD FOR THIS COL KEY AN ADDITIONAL TWO MINUTES…

    CHAIRMAN, I AM -- WELL, I YIELD FOR THIS COL KEY AN ADDITIONAL TWO MINUTES -- COLLOQUY AN ADDITIONAL TWO MINUTES THEN.

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  • 02:46:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:46:09 PM

    MR. OLVER

    TO WORK WITH THE GENTLELADY ON THE IMPACTS OF THIS. THE PROBLEM YOU…

    TO WORK WITH THE GENTLELADY ON THE IMPACTS OF THIS. THE PROBLEM YOU DESCRIBED IS EXACTLY THE TYPE OF PROJECT THAT SHOULD BE ADDRESSED IN THE TIGER GRANT PROGRAM WHICH WORKS TO ADDRESS TRANSPORTATION ISSUES OF REGIONAL AND NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE AND PARTICULARLY ONES WHICH ARE INTERMODAL IN NATURE.

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  • 02:46:35 PM

    >>

    FOR WORKING WITH ME ON THIS. I YIELD BACK.

  • 02:46:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

  • 02:46:53 PM

    MR. OLVER

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MS.…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MS. MOORE, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A COLLOQUY.

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  • 02:46:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 02:47:01 PM

    MS. MOORE

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND THANK YOU, DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OLVER. I…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND THANK YOU, DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OLVER. I RISE TO BRING YOUR ATTENTION TO A CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE NEED IN THE FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN. THE HOME BRIDGE, A VITAL THOROUGHFARE IN MY COMMUNITY, CONNECTS DOWNTOWN MILWAUKEE TO THE NEAREST SOUTH SIDE, SOUTHERN SUBURBS, ONTO THE AIRPORT AND BEYOND TO OTHER STATES. BUT IT'S RAPIDLY DETERIORATING. CHUNKS OF CONCRETE HAVE BEEN FALLING OFF THE BRIDGE, AND, OF COURSE, THAT HAS CREATED A SIGNIFICANT SAFETY HAZARD. MY CONSTITUENTS REALLY RELY ON THE HOME BRIDGE, AND IT ACOME DATES ABOUT 43 -- ACOME DATES ABOUT 43 -- ACCOMMODATES ABOUT 43,000 VEHICLES PER DAY. I HOPE YOU'LL ENSURE THE STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY AND SAFETY OF MY CONSTITUENTS IS OF URGENT IMPORTANCE.

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  • 02:48:02 PM

    MR. OLVER

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN FOR RAISING THIS ISSUE, AND I COME TO…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN FOR RAISING THIS ISSUE, AND I COME TO REALIZE AND I APPRECIATE HOW IMPORTANT THIS BRIDGE IS TO YOU AND TO YOUR CONSTITUENTS. THE COMMITTEE WHICH LOOKS AT MANY CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES, LIKE THE ONE -- THIS ONE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, STANDS READY TO WORK WITH YOU ON THIS PROJECT IN THE FUTURE.

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  • 02:48:22 PM

    MS. MOORE

    YOU, REPRESENTATIVE OLVER. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU, AS WELL, TO…

    YOU, REPRESENTATIVE OLVER. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU, AS WELL, TO ENSURE THE VIABILITY OF THIS IMPORTANT BRIDGE, THE HOME BRIDGE. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:48:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

  • 02:48:38 PM

    MR. LATHAM

    IF I COULD JUST INQUIRE OF THE CHAIRMAN IF HE HAS ANY MORE SPEAKERS.

  • 02:48:46 PM

    MR. OLVER

    I THINK, MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M -- I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. I'M READY TO…

    I THINK, MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M -- I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. I'M READY TO YIELD BACK IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:48:53 PM

    MR. LATHAM

    I WILL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 02:48:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

  • 02:49:00 PM

    MR. OLVER

    I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AND THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ THROUGH PAGE 171, LINE 17. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR 10 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDE AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. AFTER DISPOSITION OF THE AMENDMENT PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569 THE CHAIR AND RECLAIMING MY TIME OR THEIR DESIGNEES MAY -- CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OR THEIR DESIGNEES MAY OFFER ONE PRO FORMA DEBATE WHICH SHALL BE OFFERED BY THE PROPONENT. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 111-578. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:50:06 PM

    MR. BOEHNER

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    PART A, AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MR.…

    PART A, AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MR. BOEHNER OF OHIO.

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  • 02:50:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. BOEHNER, AND A…

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. BOEHNER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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  • 02:50:26 PM

    MR. BOEHNER

    I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR THE RECOGNITION AND SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES…

    I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR THE RECOGNITION AND SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES THAT THERE'S NO SURPRISE TO ANYONE IN THIS CHAMBER OR TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT SPENDING IN WASHINGTON IS OUT OF CONTROL. LAST YEAR WE HAD A BUDGET DEFICIT OF SOME $1.5 TRILLION. THIS YEAR WE HAVE A BUDGET DEFICIT ESTIMATED TO BE AT $1.4 TRILLION. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SCREAMING AT THE TOP OF THEIR LUNGS, STOP, YET HERE WE ARE MOVING APPROPRIATION BILLS THAT I DON'T THINK HAVE BEEN THOROUGHLY SCRUBBED. I'VE MADE IT PRETTY CLEAR TO MY COLLEAGUES THAT ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE TO DO IF WE'RE GOING TO GET SPENDING UNDER CONTROL IS GO THROUGH EVERY LINE ITEM IN THE FEDERAL BUDGET AND ASK THIS QUESTION -- IS THIS SPENDING SO IMPORTANT THAT WE'RE WILLING TO ASK OUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS TO PAY FOR IT? BECAUSE THIS YEAR 43 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENDS WE HAVE TO BORROW, AND IT'S GOING TO BE OUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS THAT ARE GOING TO HAVE TO FOOT THE BILL. AND, MR. CHAIRMAN, UNDER THIS AMENDMENT IT ADDRESSES A PROGRAM THAT DOLES OUT APPROXIMATELY $300,000 TO FUND 12 DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS ON HOUSING POLICY. NOW, THIS IS NOT FUNDING THEIR TUITION. IT'S FUNDING THE DISSERTATION ITSELF. I DON'T THINK OUR KIDS SHOULD HAVE TO PAY $300,000 TO FUND RESEARCH ON HOUSING POLICY WHEN THE DEPARTMENT HAS 10,000 EMPLOYEES WHO ARE CHARGED WITH DEVELOPING HOUSING POLICY. AND SO I DON'T THINK THAT THIS -- THIS MAY BE WELL INTENDED. SOME MAY HAVE A GREAT PURPOSE FOR IT, BUT AS I GO THROUGH THIS BILL -- I'LL BE HAPPY TO YIELD.

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  • 02:52:21 PM

    MR. OLVER

    THE DISTINGUISHED MINORITY LEADER, I UNDERSTAND THAT THE DISTINGUISHED…

    THE DISTINGUISHED MINORITY LEADER, I UNDERSTAND THAT THE DISTINGUISHED MINORITY LEADER HAS THIS AMENDMENT WHICH WILL TERMINATE THE DOCTORAL DISSERTATION RESEARCH PROGRAM AT H.U.D. EVEN THOUGH I BELIEVE STRONGLY IN THE VALUE OF GOOD RESEARCH AND WHAT THIS SUCH GOOD RESEARCH CAN PLAY IN IMPROVING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS OVER TIME, I'M WILLING TO ACCEPT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT IN THE SPIRIT OF COMITY.

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  • 02:53:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE RESOLUTION -- HOUSE REPORT 111-578. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED?

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  • 02:53:28 PM

    MR. BOEHNER

    HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    PART A, AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MR.…

    PART A, AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MR. BOEHNER OF OHIO.

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  • 02:53:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. BOEHNER, AND A…

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. BOEHNER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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  • 02:53:45 PM

    MR. BOEHNER

    LINE ITEM IN THE BUDGET, IS THIS SPENDING SO IMPORTANT THAT WE'RE WILLING…

    LINE ITEM IN THE BUDGET, IS THIS SPENDING SO IMPORTANT THAT WE'RE WILLING TO ASK OUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS TO PAY FOR IT, I BRING MY COLLEAGUES' ATTENTION TO A PROGRAM CALLED THE TRANSFORMATION INITIATIVE THAT IS DESIGNED TO TRAIN COMMUNITIES THAT RECEIVE H.U.D. FUNDS ON HOW TO USE THE MONEY. NOW, LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT. WE ARE GOING TO SPEND $40 MILLION, MONEY WE DON'T HAVE, TO TRAIN COMMUNITIES ON HOW THEY CAN SPEND OUR MONEY? I WOULD THINK THAT IF WE'RE GOING TO SEND MONEY TO A COMMUNITY THAT WE WOULD KNOW WHAT THE MONEY IS FOR, THAT THE COMMUNITY WOULD KNOW WHAT IT'S FOR AND THAT SPENDING $40 MILLION TO TRAIN THEM ON HOW TO SPEND OUR MONEY IS A GIANT WASTE OF TIME. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE ELIMINATION OF THE TRANSFORMATION INITIATIVE AND SAVE OUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS $40 MILLION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:55:00 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RISE?

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  • 02:55:05 PM

    MR. OLVER

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT BY THE DISTINGUISHED…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT BY THE DISTINGUISHED MINORITY LEADER.

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  • 02:55:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. OLVER

    BEFORE US INCLUDES $40 MILLION FOR H.U.D. TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE…

    BEFORE US INCLUDES $40 MILLION FOR H.U.D. TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, CITIES, STATES ON HOW TO USE H.U.D. FUNDING EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY. THE AMENDMENT REMOVES EVERY PENNY, EVERY PENNY OF THIS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FUNDING FROM THE H.U.D. DEPARTMENT. IT CUTS FUNDING FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE DOES NOTHING BUT MAKE THE PROGRAM LESS EFFECTIVE WHICH I DOUBT IS THE GENTLEMAN'S INTENT. IN FACT, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE IS THE ONLY WAY THAT COMMUNITIES CAN INCREASE THEIR CAPACITY AND IMPROVE PROGRAM DELIVERY TO THEIR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS WHO NEED ASSISTANCE. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FUNDING ALLOWS H.U.D. TO TRAIN COMMUNITIES' OWN STAFF ON THE ISSUES THAT MOST AFFECT THEIR PARTICULAR POPULATION. FOR EXAMPLE, IF TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FUNDS ARE USED TO RESPOND TO THE FORECLOSURE CRISIS WHEN H.U.D. PROVIDES COUNSELING. THESE ARE RESPONSIVE TO NEEDS. THEY ADDRESS BROADER SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC IMPAIR TIFFS, SUCH AS THE RECENT INCREASE IN THE HOMELESS POPULATION, WHICH HAS BEEN BROUGHT ON BY THE LONGEST AND DEEPEST RECESSION SINCE THE SECOND WORLD WAR. TO DENY COMMUNITIES TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE IS TO RENDER THE H.U.D. PROGRAMS LESS EFFECTIVE THAN THEY CAN AND SHOULD BE, AND THAT VERY SIMPLY PROLONGS THE SLOWDOWN AND SLOWS DOWN THE RECOVERY. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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  • 02:57:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    MR. BOEHNER

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    MR. BOEHNER

    I THINK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS MAKES MY POINT FOR ME. WHY WOULD…

    I THINK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS MAKES MY POINT FOR ME. WHY WOULD WE BE SENDING MONEY TO COMMUNITIES THAT DON'T HAVE A PLAN TO USE IT, THAT MAY NOT USE IT EFFECTIVELY? I WOULD THINK BEFORE THE DECISION IS MADE TO GRANT THE FUNDS TO THE COMMUNITY THAT THEY WOULD HAVE DEMONSTRATED A NEED, THEY WOULD HAVE DEMONSTRATED A CAPACITY TO USE IT EFFECTIVELY BEFORE THE GRANT WAS MADE AND TO PROVIDE $40 MILLION FOR MET RICKS, RESEARCH, -- METRICS, RESEARCH, DEMONSTRATION, CAPACITY BUILDING, WHY WOULDN'T ALL OF THESE THINGS BE IN PLACE BEFORE THE GRANT WAS MADE? IN CONSIDERATION FOR THE FUTURE OF MY KIDS AND MAYBE SOMEDAY MY GRANDKIDS I THINK THIS IS SPENDING THAT CAN BE ELIMINATED FROM THIS BILL. AND I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:58:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE…

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

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  • 02:58:39 PM

    MR. BOEHNER

    A QUORUM AND ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 WILL NOT BE OFFERED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 111-578. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:59:06 PM

    MR. BOEHNER

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    PART A, AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MR.…

    PART A, AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MR. BOEHNER OF OHIO.

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  • 02:59:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. BOEHNER, AND A…

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. BOEHNER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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  • 02:59:28 PM

    MR. BOEHNER

    CHAIRMAN, WE ALL KNOW THAT WE HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM. WE ALL KNOW THAT WE…

    CHAIRMAN, WE ALL KNOW THAT WE HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM. WE ALL KNOW THAT WE HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE. SOME MAY SUGGEST THAT THESE AMENDMENTS I'M BRINGING UP ARE NOT GOING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. BUT I WILL SUGGEST THAT WE'VE GOT TO START THIS PROCESS SOMEWHERE. WE'VE GOT TO FIND WAYS TO ELIMINATE WASTEFUL SPENDING THAT WE ALL KNOW EXIST. AND THIS AMENDMENT ADDRESSES THE CREATION OF 11 BUREAUCRATIC POSITIONS AND SIX FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT AT THE BUDGET OFFICE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. I WANT TO MAKE SURE I UNDERSTAND IT. IT'S $1.6 MILLION TO HIRE A BUNCH OF BUREAUCRATS TO MONITOR THE SPENDING OF AGENCIES THAT ALREADY HAVE THEIR OWN BUDGET OFFICES. THIS IS THE KIND OF REDUNDANT SPENDING THAT WE JUST DON'T NEED TO HAVE. I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD.

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  • 03:00:29 PM

    MR. OLVER

    THE AMENDMENT BY THE DISTINGUISHED MINORITY LEADER WOULD CUT THE D.O.J.…

    THE AMENDMENT BY THE DISTINGUISHED MINORITY LEADER WOULD CUT THE D.O.J. BUDGET OFFICE TO BELOW LAST YEAR'S LEVEL. EVEN THOUGH I BELIEVE THE FUNDS ARE NEEDED AT THE DEPARTMENT AND THAT WE HAVE ADDED MUCH NEW WORK TO THE LOAD IN THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION THUT RECOVERY LEGISLATION, WITH SOME MISGIVING, I WILL AGAIN IN AN EFFORT AT COMITY AND BIPARTISANSHIP ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 03:01:06 PM

    MR. BOEHNER

    I GRACEFULLY ACCEPT.

  • 03:01:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS YIELD BACK?

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    MR. OLVER

    I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. ALL TIME -- THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED,…

    ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. ALL TIME -- THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED. TO -- IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER FIVE PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 111-578. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:02:44 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER FIVE OFFERED BY MS. KAPTUR OF OHIO.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    THAT THE AMENDMENT BE CONSIDERED AS READ.

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    THE CHAIR

    TO THE RULE, THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED…

    TO THE RULE, THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

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  • 03:03:09 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    THIS AMENDMENT ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND OTHER MEMBERS, INCLUDING MR.…

    THIS AMENDMENT ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND OTHER MEMBERS, INCLUDING MR. CARDOZA OF CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA OF CALIFORNIA, AS A WAY TO AWAKEN H.U.D. FROM ITS SLUMBER. ESSENTIALLY WE TAKE AWAY H.U.D.'S TRAVEL BUDGET. WE WANT THEM TO BE DOING AGGRESSIVE AT DOING MORTGAGE WORKOUTS, NOT TRAVELING AROUND THE WORLD AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE. OUR NATION MUST AGGRESSIVELY CONFRONT THE MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE -- FORECLOSURES AND DEAD REAL ESTATE MARKETS IN THE COUNTRY. AS THE CRISIS SPRENDS FROM TOXIC SUBPRIME MORTGAGES TO SOLID MORTGAGES HELD BY THE MIDDLE CLASS. WHERE IS H.U.D.? HOUSING WORKOUTS ARE IMPOSSIBLE WITHOUT THEM. WE KNOW WALL STREET COMMITTED THE PERFECT CRIME, EXECUTING THE LARGEST TRANSFER OF WEALTH FROM MAIN STREET TO WALL STREET BY WASHING OUT OUR MIDDLE CLASS, OVER 7.5 MILLION FAMILIES ARE SCHEDULED TO LOSE THEIR HOMES AND THEN PUTTING THEIR BILL, ANY LOSSES THAT THE BIG SIX HAD UP THERE ON WALL STREET, RIGHT BACK ON OUR TAXPAYERS AND THEN BEING REIMBURSED BY THE TAXPAYERS 100 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR. WALL STREET'S SIX MEGA BANKS, BANK OF AMERICA, J.P. MORGAN CHASE, WELLS FARGO, CITIGROUP, HSBC, INCLUDE 2/3 OF THE WEALTH IN OUR COUNTRY, INCLUDING MORTGAGES TWISTED UP IN THE HAZARD OF SECURITIZATION. THEY CONTINUE TO BE REWARDED AS WE STAND HERE TODAY. RATHER THAN LET H.U.D. STAFF USE OUR PUBLIC DOLLARS TO TRAVEL TO PLACES LIKE RYE YOW DEJANNERO WHEN PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY -- RIO DE JANEIRO WHEN PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY ARE LOSING THEIR HOMES, LET H.U.D. USE ITS POWER AND AUTHORITY TO BRING THE WORST OFFENDERS AND THEIR BUD I DIS TO FOCUS ON PLACES LIKE TOLEDO, OHIO, CLEVELAND, BOISE, IDAHO, LAS VEGAS, SACRAMENTO. WE OUGHT TO BE DOING MORTGAGE WORKOUT, NOT TAKING WHAT LOOK LIKE VACATIONS TO RIO DE JANEIRO. SO I THINK OUR AMENDMENT IS VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD. IT SENDS A STRONG VOLLEY OVER TO H.U.D. AND IT ASKS THEM TO DO THEIR JOB. TO BE AGGRESSIVE AND TO REALLY HELP US AS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO RESOLVE THIS TREMENDOUS HOUSING FORECLOSURE CRISIS THAT IS EATING AWAY AT COMMUNITIES FROM COAST TO COAST AND SPREADING AS WE STAND HERE TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:05:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RISE?

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  • 03:06:02 PM

    MR. OLVER

    TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT BUT I DON'T PLAN TO OPPOSE IT.

  • 03:06:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. OLVER

    BECAUSE I RECOGNIZE THAT WHILE THIS AMENDMENT HAS BEEN SIGNED BY EIGHT OR…

    BECAUSE I RECOGNIZE THAT WHILE THIS AMENDMENT HAS BEEN SIGNED BY EIGHT OR 10 MEMBERS, THAT THERE ARE A GOOD MANY OTHER MEMBERS WHO COULD HAVE SIGNED THE AMENDMENT. WHO HAVE DISTRICTS WHERE ANYWHERE FROM 20% TO 30% AND SOMETIMES HIGHER PERCENTAGES OF THE HOUSING IN THOSE DISTRICTS HAVE EITHER GONE THROUGH FORECLOSURE AND ACTUALLY FORECLOSED OR ARE IN FORECLOSURE PROCESSES OR IN A THIRD CASE, MAYBE IT'S A FOURTH CASE, ARE UNDER WATT EVERY IN THE SENSE THAT -- IN THE SENSE THAT THE VALUE OF THEIR HOMES IS LESS BY SOMETIMES SUBSTANCEABLE AMOUNTS THAN THE REMAINING -- SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNTS THAN THE REMAINING MORTGAGE PRINCIPAL. I UNDERSTAND THIS AMENDMENT IS DESIGNED TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE NATIONAL FORECLOSURE CRISIS. WHICH IS STILL RAGING IN TOO MANY COMMUNITIES. AND WHICH BEGAN MORE THAN THREE YEARS AGO, ACTUALLY, IT PROBABLY THE SEEDS WERE SOWN FOR THE FORECLOSURE CRISIS EARLIER IN THE DECADE AND SOME WOULD SAY ALL THE WAY BACK THE 1980'S. MUCH MORE THAN A DECADE AWAY. I AGREE THAT THERE NEEDS TO BE -- MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE TO HELP FAMILIES STRUGGLING WITH FORECLOSURE AND I WOULD HOPE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY, WHICH HAS BEEN SPEARHEADING THE ADMINISTRATION'S EFFORTS THUS FAR, WOULD INCREASE COLLABORATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND FDIC AND THE NEWLY CREATED FORECLOSURE TASK FORCE, WHICH THE GENTLEWOMAN AND THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE -- WHO ARE SIGNERS, ARE MEMBERS OF. I BELIEVE THE SECRETARY OF H.U.D. IS THE RIGHT PERSON TO BE HELPING US THROUGH THIS CRISIS. SO I'LL BE HAPPY TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEWOMAN AND THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE IN ORDER TO -- IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT THE HARDEST HIT AREAS OF THE COUNTRY RECEIVE THE FUNDING THROUGH WHAT ARE THE REMAINING SOURCES OF POTENTIAL FUNDING. NUMBER ONE, THE THIRD ROUND OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD STABILIZATION PROGRAM THAT WAS FUNDED WITH -- WITHIN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES REFORM LAW SIGNED JUST LAST WEEK. AND ALSO, IN THE REMAINDER OF FUNDS THAT ARE TO BE BROUGHT BACK FROM THE NATIONAL -- THE NEIGHBORHOOD STABILIZATION PROGRAM WHICH WAS FIRST PASSED IN 2008 IN THE HERA BILL AND WHICH CLEARLY GAVE OUT MORE MONEY THAN THEY WERE ABLE TO EFFECTIVELY EXPEND WHEN THAT WAS GIVEN OUT LAETTNER 2008. IN THE END THIS AMENDMENT CUTS ALL TRAVEL WHICH WOULD ELIMINATE CRITICAL OVERSIGHT AND MONITORING HOUSING PROGRAMS FOR LOW-INCOME AMERICANS. THAT'S NOT THE GENTLEMAN'S OR THE OTHER SIGNERS OF THE AMENDMENTS, THAT'S NOT THEIR INTENT. I'M WILLING TO ACCEPT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT, THE GENTLEWOMAN'S AMENDMENT AS OFFERED AT THIS TIME, GOING FORWARD I'LL WORK WITH THE GENTLEWOMAN AND THE SIGNERS OF THE AMENDMENT TO ENSURE THAT HOUSING FOR LOW INCOME INDIVIDUALS IS NOT JEOPARDIZED DOWN THE ROAD. I RETAIN THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:10:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    THE SPEAKER VERY MUCH AND THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS VERY HELPFUL OFFER. I WOULD…

    THE SPEAKER VERY MUCH AND THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS VERY HELPFUL OFFER. I WOULD INQUIRE OF THE CHAIR HOW MUCH REMAINING TIME I HAVE?

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  • 03:10:40 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    TO STATE FOR THE RECORD CONGRESSMAN DENNIS CARDOZA WILL BE SPEAKING AS…

    TO STATE FOR THE RECORD CONGRESSMAN DENNIS CARDOZA WILL BE SPEAKING AS WELL AS CONGRESSMAN MCNERNEY AND CONGRESSMAN COSTA OF CALIFORNIA. I WOULD LIKE TO REMAIN -- YIELD THE REMAINING 2 1/2 MINUTES TO MR. CARDOZA AND TO SHARE.

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  • 03:11:00 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY FROM OHIO MUST CONTROL THE TIME. MS.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    ALL RIGHT A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. CARDOZA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK MS. KAPTUR FOR CALLING UP MY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK MS. KAPTUR FOR CALLING UP MY AMENDMENT, IT BEAT US A LITTLE BIT IN OUR ANTICIPATION THAT IT WAS COMING FORWARD. I WILL TELL YOU THE H.U.D. PROGRAMS HAVE NOT WORKED FOR THE CENTRAL VALLEY OF CALIFORNIA. THEY HAVE NOT -- THE FORECLOSURE PROGRAMS BY H.U.D. HAVE NOT WORKED FOR THE UNITED STATES PEOPLE. AND MANY OF US IN CONGRESS WARNED THE ADMINISTRATION THAT THEY WOULDN'T WORK AND THEY CONTINUED TO PURSUE THEM AND THEY HAVE SIMPLY FAILED THE JOB. 30% OF THE HOUSING UNITS IN MY DISTRICT HAVE BEEN FORECLOSED ON. IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE THAT WE HAVE COULD NOT HAVE DONE MORE TO STEP IN AND ASSIST THE PEOPLE OF MY DISTRICT, THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA, OF OHIO, OF FLORIDA, OF NEVADA AND I THINK THAT THE SECRETARY SHOULD GIVE HIS FULL ATTENTION TO THIS PROBLEM. LAST MARCH HE TOOK A TRIP TO RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, TOOK A WHOLE DELEGATION ON AN INTERNATIONAL HOUSING STUDY CONFERENCE. I THINK HE SHOULD HAVE STAYED HERE IN THE UNITED STATES AND FOE FAUX CUSED ON THE PROBLEM OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS LOSING THEIR HOMES. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, I THINK IT'S TIME FOR H.U.D. TO STAY AT HOME, DO THEIR JOBS AND IF IT REQUIRES US TO ELIMINATE THEIR TRAVEL FUNDS TO GET THEIR ATTENTION TO FOCUS ON THE HOUSING CRISIS SO BE IT.

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  • 03:12:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. CARDOZA TEXAS SPAUNG, --

  • 03:13:06 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS OFFERED 30 ADDITIONAL SECONDS.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO CONTROLS THE TIME.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    LIKE TO YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CARDOZA.

  • 03:13:21 PM

    MR. CARDOZA

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    THE CHAIR

    FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. OLVER

    HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE LEFT.

  • 03:13:54 PM

    MR. OLVER

    I YIELD MY REMAINING MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCNERNEY.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MCNERNEY

    WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MR. CARDOZA FOR HIS WORK ON THIS ISSUE. WE BOTH…

    WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MR. CARDOZA FOR HIS WORK ON THIS ISSUE. WE BOTH REPRESENT PARTS OF THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, WHICH UNFORTUNATELY HAS EXPERIENCED SOME OF THE HIGHEST FORECLOSURE RATES IN THIS NATION. IT IS TIME TO FIND EFFECTIVE MEASURES TO ALLEVIATE THIS CRISIS. THEIR EFFORTS TO DATE HAVE FALLEN FAR SHORT AND I HEAR FROM TOO MANY PEOPLE WHO CONTINUE TO SUFFER FROM UNFAIRBANKING PRACTICES. THIS IS MEANT TO DELIVER A CLEAR MESSAGE TO SECRETARY DONOVAN, GET TO WORK AND FIND REAL SOLUTIONS. THE ADMINISTRATION OWES THIS TO THE FAMILIES ON THE VERGE OF LOSING THEIR HOMES AND THE BUSINESSES AND WORKERS WHOSE ECONOMIC FUTURES DEPEND ON THE HOUSING MARKET RECOVERY. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:14:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY.

  • 03:15:00 PM

    MR. OLVER

    WHATEVER TIME IS LEFT TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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    MR. COSTA

    THE ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO RESET ITS HOUSING POLICY. ITS FORECLOSURE…

    THE ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO RESET ITS HOUSING POLICY. ITS FORECLOSURE RATES ARE ABOVE AND JOND THE PALE IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY.

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  • 03:15:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY HAS 45 SECONDS REMAINING.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE REMAINING TIME. I WANT TO THANK…

    TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE REMAINING TIME. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN CARDOZA WHO HAS LIVED THIS HELL WITH THE PEOPLE OF HIS REGION AND ALL THESE MEMBERS FROM CALIFORNIA WHO HAVE STOOD UP HERE TO TRY TO PUT A BRAKE ON H.U.D. AND SAY, PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT'S HAPPENING ACROSS CALIFORNIA, AND ACROSS OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, NEVADA, IDAHO, ALL OF THESE STATES WHERE THE MIDDLE CLASS IS BEING WASHED OUT AND OUR MONEY AND OUR EQUITY OF OUR HOME IS BEING TRANSFERED TO WALL STREET WHO CONTROLS 2/3, SIX BANKS, 2/3 OF THE WEALTH OF THE COUNTRY. SOMETHING IS FUNDAMENTALLY WRONG AND H.U.D. HAS TO STAND UP AND DO ITS JOB. WE OFFER OUR AMENDMENTS IN ALL GOOD FAITH AND WE SAY TO SECRETARY GEITHNER AT TREASURY, WAIT UNTIL THE TREASURY BILL COMES ON THE FLOOR, THERE'S MORE TO COME. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION HOUSING AND YOU ARE WAN DEVELOPMENT SUBCOMMITTEE FOR HIS GRACIOUSNESS AND WILLINGNESS TO WORK WITH US.

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  • 03:16:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRE. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRE. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT, THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY.

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  • 03:16:39 PM

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    ON PAGE 56 OF THE BILL CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION AT THE BOTTOM…

    ON PAGE 56 OF THE BILL CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION AT THE BOTTOM BEGINNING ON THE LAST PARTIAL WORD ON LINE 19 AND THEN PROCEEDING THROUGH LINES 1 THROUGH 4 ON PAGE 57, IT CONSTITUTES LEGISLATION AND AUTHORIZING ON APPROPRIATIONS BILL. MR.

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  • 03:17:00 PM

    MR. LATOURETTE

    IN THAT IT CREATES A NEW PROGRAM. BASICALLY A GRANTS PROGRAM TO THE…

    IN THAT IT CREATES A NEW PROGRAM. BASICALLY A GRANTS PROGRAM TO THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION AND IT SETS A DOLLAR AMOUNT OF $250 MILLION AND IT FURTHER HAS A LIMITATION CLAUSE IN TERMS OF THE TIME WHEN THAT WOULD BECOME EFFECTIVE. I AM AWARE THAT THE RULE WAIVES ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THIS LEGISLATION FOR VIOLATIONS OF RULE 21, PARAGRAPH 2-A. I WOULD ASSERT MY PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY THAT THIS IN FACT IS IN VIOLATION OF THE HOUSE RULES THAT THE RULES COMMITTEE HAS WAIVED. I UNDERSTAND THAT. I UNDERSTAND THAT THE PRECEDENCE OF THE HOUSE INDICATE THAT WHEN A LEGISLATIVE PROVISION IS INSERTED INTO AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL THAT -- AND THAT PIECE OF AUTHORIZING LANGUAGE IS PERMITTED TO GO, OWE FEPPEDING THE HOUSE RULES, EITHER -- OFFENDING THE HOUSE RULES, EITHER NOBODY GETS UP AND HAS A POINT OF ORDER OR IF THE RULES COMMITTEE, AS THEY HAVE DONE IN THIS CASE, ISSUES A BLANKET WAIVER, WAIVING ALL VIOLATION OF THE -- OF THAT PARTICULAR SECTION OF THE HOUSE RULES, THAT IT THEN RIPENS AND ONLY AT THAT MOMENT IN TIME DOES IT RIPEN WHEN THE RULE IS ADOPTED OR THE PROVISION IS READ AND A MEMBER OF THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE DOESN'T STAND UP AND EXERCISE HIS OR HER COMMITTEE'S JURISDICTION THAT IT THEN RIPENS FOR THERE TO BE A PERFECTING AMENDMENT. AND I AM FURTHER AWARE THAT THE RULE BY WHICH THIS BILL CAME TO THE FLOOR ALSO ONLY MAKES IN ORDER 24 AMENDMENTS, NOT THE HISTORIC OPEN RULE ON APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. SO MY QUESTION TO THE CHAIR IS, AT WHAT MOMENT IN TIME WOULD IT BE APPROPRIATE TO OFFER A PERFECTING AMENDMENT TO THE LANGUAGE THAT I HAVE JUST INDICATED ON PAGES 56 AND 57 IN LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT THIS MATTER ONLY RIPENED WHEN THE RULE WAS PASSED? AND I WOULD BE DISAPPOINTED, AND JUST BY WAY OF MAKING AN OBSERVATION BEFORE THE CHAIR GIVES HIS ANSWER, IF YOU THINK ABOUT THE OPERATION OF THIS RULE, THERE ARE NO PERFECTING AMENDMENTS AVAILABLE TO AUTHORIZING LANGUAGE IN THE BILL UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THE HOUSE HAS PERMITTED THE OFFENSE. THE HOUSE DENT PERMIT THE OFFENSE, THAT -- DIDN'T PERMIT THE OFFENSE, THAT IS THE WAIVER OFTH RULES, UNTIL THE RULES COMMITTEE WAS SUCCESSFUL IN ACHIEVING THE PASSAGE OF THIS RULE. SO MY PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY IS, WHEN WOULD A MEMBER WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN MODIFYING OR PERFECTING THIS OFFENDING LANGUAGE IN VIOLATION OF THE HOUSE RULES HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT?

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  • 03:20:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    AMENDMENT NOT SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES WOULD BE…

    AMENDMENT NOT SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES WOULD BE PRECLUDED, INCLUDING SECOND-DEGREE AMENDMENTS. MR.

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  • 03:20:22 PM

    MR. LATOURETTE

    JUST IN CASE I AM CLEAR ON THE CHAIR'S RULING. WHEN THE RULES COMMITTEE…

    JUST IN CASE I AM CLEAR ON THE CHAIR'S RULING. WHEN THE RULES COMMITTEE PASSES A RULE WAIVING THE RULES OF THE HOUSE AND PROTECTING LANGUAGE THAT IS CLEARLY IN VIOLATION OF HOUSE RULE 21-2-A, THAT IF THEY FURTHER COMPOUNDS IT BY ANNOUNCING A RULE THAT ONLY A SUBSET OF AMENDMENTS ARE GOING TO BE MADE IN ORDER THAT NO MEMBER, NOT JUST MAJORITY LEADERS OR THE CHAIRMAN, NO MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT THAT OFFENDING LANGUAGE, AM I CORRECT IN THAT? -- ON THAT?

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  • 03:20:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PARLIAMENTARIANS ARE CONFERING.

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    THE CHAIR

    RESOLUTION 1569 WAIVES POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL FOR…

    RESOLUTION 1569 WAIVES POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH CAUSE 2 OF RULE 21 AND SPESS -- CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21 AND SPECIFIES THE AMENDMENTS THAT MIGHT BE OFFERED.

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  • 03:21:38 PM

    MR. LATOURETTE

    FURTHER PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. THAT WAS A LONG SENTENCE.

  • 03:21:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 03:21:52 PM

    MR. ARCURI

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

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    THE CHAIR

    NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE…

    NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 111-578. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 03:22:03 PM

    THE CLERK

    PART A, AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED ABOUT…

    PART A, AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED ABOUT MR. ARCURI OF NEW YORK.

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  • 03:22:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ARCURI, AND A…

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ARCURI, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 03:22:20 PM

    MR. ARCURI

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 5850, THE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 5850, THE TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS ACT, WHICH WOULD REDUCE FUNDING FOR H.U.D.'S OFFICE OF POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH BY NEARLY $3 MILLION WHICH IS 2.5% OF THE AMOUNT CURRENTLY APPROPRIATED IN FISCAL YEAR 2010. THE OFFICE OF POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH PERFORMS POLICY ANALYSIS, RESEARCH, SURVEYS, STUDIES AND EVALUATIONS OF --

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  • 03:22:50 PM

    MR. OLVER

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD FOR A MOMENT?

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    MR. OLVER

    I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS AMENDMENT WILL REDUCE MONEY FOR RESEARCH STAFF AT…

    I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS AMENDMENT WILL REDUCE MONEY FOR RESEARCH STAFF AT H.U.D. BY $2,978,450. EVEN THOUGH, AS I SAID EARLIER, IN COMMENTS TO THE DISTINGUISHED MINORITY LEADER THAT I BELIEVE STRONGLY IN THE ROLE OF RESEARCH. I WILL WITH SOME MISGIVINGS ACCEPT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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  • 03:23:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 03:23:37 PM

    MR. ARCURI

    RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    WHILE I AM NOT OPPOSED TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO…

    WHILE I AM NOT OPPOSED TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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  • 03:23:45 PM

    MR. LATHAM

    OPPOSED TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    OPPOSED TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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  • 03:23:53 PM

    MR. LATOURETTE

    ON THIS PARTICULAR AMENDMENT, MR. CAR CUREY, I CONGRATULATE YOU -- MR.…

    ON THIS PARTICULAR AMENDMENT, MR. CAR CUREY, I CONGRATULATE YOU -- MR. ARCURI, I CONGRATULATE YOU FOR COMING UP WITH A BEAUTIFUL AMENDMENT THAT'S APPARENTLY GOING TO BE ADOPTED BY BOTH SIDES. NOW THAT I TALKED ABOUT THE AMENDMENT, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY I ASKED A FEW MINUTES AGO AND DISCUSS WHAT'S AT STAKE HERE AND ASK THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE TO RECONSIDER WHAT I CONSIDER TO BE A SAD DECISION. WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME TALKING ABOUT JOBS IN THIS PLACE. SOME PEOPLE SAY THEY'RE CREATING JOBS, OTHERS SAY THEY'RE NOT, A LOT OF PEOPLE WANDERING AROUND SAYING WHERE ARE THE JOBS, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY WHAT IS IRREFUTABLE AND I BELIEVE IT'S INCLUDED IN THE COMMITTEE'S REPORT ON THIS BILL IS THAT ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND 84% OF THE TRANSIT AUTHORITIES IN THIS NATION, BECAUSE OF THE WAY THAT THE CURRENT FORMULA IS STRUCTURED, TRANSIT COMPANIES AROUND THE COUNTRY HAVE PLENTY OF MONEY TO BUY BUSES. THEY DON'T HAVE ANY MONEY TO HIRE OR RETAIN PEOPLE TO DRIVE THEM. AND THE LAST TOTAL THAT I SAW SINCE THIS SITUATION BEGAN IS THAT 10,000 PEOPLE, 10,000 AMERICANS WHO WORK FOR TRANSIT COMPANIES AND DRIVE BUSES IN THIS COUNTRY AND RAILCARS AND EVERYTHING ELSE ARE CURRENTLY OUT OF WORK. NOW, THE TRANSIT AUTHORITIES OF THIS COUNTRY HAVE COME TO OUR ATTENTION, AND I ASSUME THEY VISITED ALL MEMBERS ON THE HILL THAT HAVE TRANSIT AUTHORITIES AND THEY HAVE SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT, JUST FOR THIS YEAR IF WE COULD TAKE SOME OF THAT CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT MONEY THAT WE HAVE SITTING AROUND, IT'S STUPID FOR US TO BUY A NEW BUS BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE TO DRIVE THE BUSES THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE. SO IF WE COULD JUST TAKE THE COST OF FUEL AND MOVE IT FROM THE OPERATION SIDE OVER TO THE CAPITAL SIDE, WE COULD BRING BACK THE PEOPLE WE HAVE LAID OFF. SO IT BOGGLES THE MIND -- AND WHEN I OFFERED THIS IN THE SUBCOMMITTEE, THE CHAIRMAN SHOT IT DOWN. WHEN I OFFERED IT IN THE FULL COMMITTEE, THE CHAIRMAN HAD A SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT THAT CAUSES THE OFFENDING LANGUAGE TO RULE 212-A THAT'S CONTAINED ON PAGES 56 AND 57. AND LET ME JUST TELL YOU WHY ANYBODY THAT CARES ABOUT A TRANSIT WORKER SHOULD BE UPSET BY THIS SUBSTITUTE LANGUAGE. FIRST OF ALL, IT'S $250 MILLION. IT DOESN'T HELP EVERY TRANSIT AUTHORITY IN THE COUNTRY. IT MAKES IT A GRANT PROGRAM. SO SECRETARY RAY LAHOOD CAN CHOOSE, PICK AND CHOOSE WHICH TRANSIT AUTHORITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY HE WOULD CHOOSE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS GRANT PROGRAM. BUT WORSE, WORSE THAN THAT IS THE RESTRICTIVE LANGUAGE THAT INDICATES THAT IT ONLY GOES INTO EFFECT IF THE HIGHWAY BILL COMES INTO PLAY ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30 OF 2011. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, I SPENT 12 YEARS ON THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, AND I KNOW HOW THE HIGHWAY BILL WORKS. I PARTICIPATED IN WRITING TWO OF THOSE HIGHWAY BILLS. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, THROUGH HIS SECRETARY, HAS INDICATED THEY DON'T EVEN WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE RE-AUTHORIZATION UNTIL MARCH OF 2011. NOW, EVEN IF JIM OBERSTAR, WHO IS A SKILLED CHAIRMAN AND HAS THE ABLED ASSISTANCE OF PEOPLE LIKE MR. ARCURI, IS ABLE TO WORK A MIRACLE AND PUT ON THIS FLOOR THE RE-AUTHORIZATION AND THE SENATE EVER GETS THEIR ACT TOGETHER ENOUGH TO PASS SUCH A THING AND HAVE IT SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, YOU ARE LOOKING AT OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY AND MARCH. WHY DON'T WE CARE ENOUGH TO PUT DOWN THE PARTISAN NONSENSE AND SIMPLY SAY WE CARE ABOUT THE 10,000 TRANSIT WORKERS IN THIS COUNTRY WHO ARE OUT OF WORK? IT DOESN'T SPEND ANY MORE MONEY. IT HAS ALL THE INCENTIVES OF THE GREEN FUEL INITIATIVES THAT ACTUALLY THE CHAMPION OF THIS IS MR. CARNAHAN OF MISSOURI, HAS BAIL WITH A LOT OF CO-SPONSORS ON IT HAS A -- HAS A BILL WITH A LOT OF CO-SPONSORS ON IT. WHY DON'T YOU LET THESE PEOPLE COME BACK TO WORK? THE PRESIDENT AND THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES COULD BE CREDITED FOR SAVING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS WITH A STROKE OF A PEN. I DON'T KNOW WHY HE WOULDN'T DO IT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:28:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. ARCURI

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D JUST LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D JUST LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA'S LANGUAGE THAT HE'S REFERRING TO WAS NOT THE LANGUAGE OF OUR AMENDMENT, OF THE AMENDMENT THAT I HAVE OFFERED. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR ACCEPTING MY AMENDMENT. AND THE POINT THAT I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE IS CLEARLY THE OFFICE OF POLICY AND DEVELOPMENT DOES A VERY GOOD JOB AND WE WANT TO CONTINUE THE WORK BUT WE FELT THAT OUR CUT WAS SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL. I THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:29:01 PM

    MR. LATOURETTE

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BEFORE HE YIELDS BACK JUST REAL QUICK?

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    MR. LATOURETTE

    THANK YOU. SOMETIMES I SAY SUCH NICE THINGS ABOUT THE GENTLEMAN. I AM FROM…

    THANK YOU. SOMETIMES I SAY SUCH NICE THINGS ABOUT THE GENTLEMAN. I AM FROM OHIO, NOT PENNSYLVANIA. I CONTINUE TO THINK YOU'RE A VALUED MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE.

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  • 03:29:15 PM

    MR. ARCURI

    THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 03:29:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 111-578. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:29:42 PM

    MR. PERLMUTTER

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    PART A, AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MR.…

    PART A, AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MR. PERLMUTTER OF COLORADO.

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  • 03:29:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR.…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. PERLMUTTER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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  • 03:30:01 PM

    MR. PERLMUTTER

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I FIRST WANT TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN OLVER AND RANKING…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I FIRST WANT TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN OLVER AND RANKING MEMBER LATHAM ON -- AND THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE FOR PUTTING FORTH A GOOD BILL WHICH MAKES WISE INVESTMENTS IN OUR NATION'S TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS, OUR HOUSING INDUSTRY AND OUR URBAN DEVELOPMENT. INVESTMENTS WHICH WILL GO A LONG WAY TO HELPING AMERICA RETURN TO A PROSPEROUS FUTURE. TODAY I OFFER AN AMENDMENT WHICH SAVES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE $50 MILLION BY CUTTING A FEDERAL GRANT PROGRAM WHICH FEW STATES IF ANY, WILL PARTICIPATE IN THIS YEAR. IT'S A SMALL STEP TOWARD DEFICIT REDUCTION BUT IT IS A WISE STEP. I WANT TO SAY AT THE ONSET, I SUPPORT EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD TO USE SEAT BELTS. THEY SAVE LIVES AND REDUCE HEALTH CARE COSTS. MOST STATES HAVE DONE THE RIGHT THING AND PASSED LAWS WHICH MAKE IT A TRAFFIC VIOLATION TO NOT WEAR A SEAT BELT. THIS MEANS IF A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER SEES SOMEONE IN A CAR NOT WEARING A SEAT BELT THEY CAN PULL THAT PERSON OVER JUST FOR THAT OFFENSE. THE SAFE BY -- SAFETY BELT PERFORMANCE GRANT THIS YEAR WILL SPEND UP TO $124.5 MILLION AS INCENTIVES FOR STATES TO PASS SUCH LAWS. 37 STATES AND TERRITORIES ALREADY HAVE THOSE LAWS, THEY'VE ALREADY RECEIVED THEIR ONE-TIME PAYMENTS UNDER THE PROGRAM. BUT FOR THE REMAINING STATE THE INCENTIVE PROGRAM GENERALLY DOES NOT SEEM TO BE ATTRACTIVE OR WORKABLE. RIGHTLY OR WRONGLY, MOST STATES WHICH DON'T HAVE THESE PRIMARY SEAT BELT LAWS DON'T SEEM TO WANT TO PASS THESE NEW LAWS SYSTEM OF WHY AFTER FIVE YEARS DO WE CONTINUE TO FULLY FUND THE PROGRAM UNDER WHICH ONLY A COUPLE OF STATES MIGHT GET MONEY? MY AMENDMENT CUT THIS IS PROGRAM BY $50 MILLION, LEAVING ABOUT $75 MILLION SO IF A FEW STATES DO PASS NEW ENHANCED SEAT BELT LAWS, NHTSA WILL PROVIDE THEM THE GRANT AS INTENDED. BUT MY AMENDMENT CUTS THE EXCESS WHICH ALMOST CERTAINLY WON'T BE SPENT THIS YEAR. I APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ADOPT THIS AMENDMENT. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:32:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

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    MR. OLVER

    I CLAIM TIME KNOPP SIGS THOUGH I'M NOT OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. OLVER

    I APPRECIATE THE WORK THE GENTLEMAN HAS DONE, AND I ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT.…

    I APPRECIATE THE WORK THE GENTLEMAN HAS DONE, AND I ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 03:32:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

  • 03:32:45 PM

    MR. PERLMUTTER

    I URGE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION SON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.…

    THE QUESTION SON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER EIGHT PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 111-578. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:33:12 PM

    MR. LATHAM

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER EIGHT OFFERED BY MR. LATHAM OF IOWA.

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    THE CHAIR

    FROM IOWA, MR. LATHAM AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.…

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

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  • 03:33:33 PM

    MR. LATHAM

    THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND I WOULD HOPE THAT SINCE WE'VE DONE VERY WELL IN…

    THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND I WOULD HOPE THAT SINCE WE'VE DONE VERY WELL IN ACCEPTING THESE AMENDMENT THIS IS WOULD BE ONE THAT'S CHAIRMAN WOULD ACCEPT ALSO. I KNOW HOW SUPPORTIVE HE IS OF THIS. I REALLY HOPE WE FIND SOME CONSENSUS AND COMMON GROUND ON CUTTING SPENDING IN THIS HOUSE. MY AMENDMENT WOULD REDUCE OR ELIMINATE FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA, AGAIN, THIS IS WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS SAID AND HIS SIGNALED TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING OR THERE'S FUNDING IN THIS BILL THAT'S DUE LICK -- DUPLICATIVE OF OTHER FEDERAL PROGRAMS. WE'RE GOING WITH WHAT THE PRESIDENT ASKED FOR OR CUTTING PROGRAMS THAT WERE NOT REQUESTED AND CERTAINLY ARE NOT EVEN AUTHORIZED. THIS AMENDMENT WAS SAVE -- WOULD SAVE THE TAXPAYER $1.8 BILLION WITHOUT GOING UNDER THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET ON ANY OF THE ACCOUNTS TARGETED FOR THE REDUCTION. THE REDUCTION OF $1.8 BILLION WOULD MAKE THIS BILL SIMPLY JUST 3.4% LOWER THAN THE FISCAL YEAR 2010 LEVEL AND YOU REMEMBER THAT BILL WAS 23% HIGHER THAN THE YEAR BEFORE THAT. AND IT WOULD SEND AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT CONGRESS CAN TAKE CARE OF THE NATION'S HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION NEEDS WITHOUT FURTHER JEOPARDIZING OUR NATION'S FISCAL HEALTH. I WOULD HOPE THAT MY COLLEAGUES WOULD JOIN ME IN CUTTING THE MERE THREE CENTS ON THE DOLLAR OUT OF THIS BILL WITH AN ATTEMPT TO PUT THIS BILL BACK ON THE PATH TOWARD FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:35:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:35:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:35:27 PM

    MR. OLVER

    THIS WOULD CUT $1.8 BILLION IN AREAS THAT INCREASE IMPORTANT INCREASES…

    THIS WOULD CUT $1.8 BILLION IN AREAS THAT INCREASE IMPORTANT INCREASES ABOVE THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. LET ME SIMPLY REMIND PEOPLE THAT OUR BUDGET AS BROUGHT FORWARD IS $1.3 BILLION BELOW THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST. THIS PROPOSES TO REMOVE ANOTHER $1.8 BILLION. IT IS THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH'S CLEARLY STATED CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO APPROPRIATE THE PROPER ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES AND THAT RESPONSIBILITY MUST NOT BE CEDED TO THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD RESULT IN CUTS TO A NUMBER OF PROGRAMS THAT ARE CRITICAL TO CREATING JOBS, INCREASING TRANSPORTATION SAFETY, RESTORING SUPPORT TO PROGRAMS SERVING VULNERABLE AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IT REMOVES $400 MILLION FROM THE TIGER GRANT PROGRAM, WHERE FOR THE $1.5 BILLION RECOVERY ACT TIGER GRANT PROGRAM THE REQUEST COMING FROM ALL THE 50 STATES WERE ALMOST $57 BILLION, SHOWING HOW MUCH THIS KIND OF INFRASTRUCTURE WAS NEEDED. THIS FUNDING WOULD HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY AND CREATE THOUSANDS OF JOBS AND OCCUR OVER A SEVERAL-YEAR PERIOD, THEREBY SEVERNING AS A -- A -- A SLOW-RELEASE REMEDY TO THE -- TO THE -- TO KEEP THE RECOVERY GOING AS IT OUGHT TO DO. THE AMENDMENT ALSO CUTS $400 BILLION FROM THE HIGH SPEED RAIL PROGRAM WHICH -- WHICH IS DESIGNED TO CONTINUE BUILDING A HIGH SPEED PASSENGER RAIL NETWORK. THIS AGAIN WOULD CREATE THE JOBS AND HELP REINVIGORATE OUR MANUFACTURING BASE. THAT, AGAIN, FOR MONEYS FOR APPROPRIATIONS IN THE RECOVERY ACT RECEIVED 259 APPLICATIONS TOE LALING $56 BILLION FOR THE $8 BILLION THAT WAS PROVIDED IN THE RECOVERY ACT. AND THE ADDITIONAL MONEYS ARE NEEDED TO KEEP INVESTMENTS NOT THAT WE PUT INVESTMENTS IN THESE CASES AND NOT PRODUCE SOMETHING THAT THOSE CONTINUE SO THAT YOU CAN COMPLETE JOBS THAT WILL ALLOW FOR HIGH SPEED RAIL PROGRAMS IN THIS COUNTRY AS OTHERS HAVE ALREADY SPOKEN OF. THE AMENDMENT WOULD CUT $178 MILLION FROM THE F.T.A.'S CAPITAL INVESTMENT FUNDS, THE NEW START AND SMALL START PROGRAM, CUT THAT BACK TO THE 2010 LEVEL. IT WOULD CUT $24 MILLION FROM F.T.A. SAFETY ACTIVITIES, IF THOSE ARE AUTHORIZED AND I NEED TO POINT OUT THAT IF THE -- WHILE THE FUNDS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE TO THE F.T.A., IF THE AUTHORIZATION -- AUTHORIZING LEGISLATION IS ENACTED, THE NEED FOR ADDITIONAL TRANSIT SAFETY OVERSIGHT IS IMMENSE. WE HAVE HAD SEVERAL ACCIDENTS ON SEVERAL OF OUR MAJOR TRANSIT SYSTEMS AND D.O.T. NEEDS THE ABILITY TO HIRE SAFETY PERSONNEL TO PROVIDE OVERSIGHT. THE AMENDMENT WOULD CUT $456 MILLION FROM THE PUBLIC HOUSING CAPITAL FUND. AGAIN, THAT SUPPORTS RENOVATION AND CONSTRUCTION OF PUBLIC HOUSING UNITS WHERE THERE'S A BACKLOG OF $25 BILLION IN NEED THAT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED IN THAT PROGRAM. IT WOULD CUT $175 MILLION FROM THE HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM TO RESTORE FUNDING TO THE 2010 LEVEL. REMOVE THE LARGEST FEDERAL BLOCK GRANT TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS DESIGNED EXCLUSIVELY TO CREATE HOUSING FOR LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS, IT IS A HOME OWNERSHIP PROGRAM FOR LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS AMENDMENT. ALL OF THESE ARE JOB-CREATING INVESTMENTS IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE AND PROVIDE CRITICAL CONSTRUCTION JOBS IN AN INDUSTRY THAT'S BEEN DECIMATED. WHILE THEY ARE NOT ALL FAST RELEASE, THEY ARE LONG-TERM REMEDIES, AS I SUGGESTED, FOR THE LONGEST RECESSION SINCE WORLD WAR II.

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  • 03:40:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRE THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

  • 03:40:43 PM

    MR. LATHAM

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN…

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN FOR SPENDING. I JUST WANT TO -- IF WE COULD JUST STEP BACK FOR A SECOND. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A $1.47 TRILLION DEFICIT THIS YEAR. 43 CENTS ON EVERY DOLLAR WE'RE SPENDING IS BORROWED MONEY AND OUR KIDS, OUR GRANDCHILDREN, ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PAY FOR IT. OR OUR GREAT-GREAT GRANDCHILDREN, THE WAY WE'RE GOING. AND IT SIMPLY IS NOT SUSTAINABLE. THIS IS AN EXTRAORDINARILY MODEST AMENDMENT AND THE GENTLEMAN SAYS THAT THIS IS CRITICAL FUNDING, ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY THAT WE HAVE TO FUND THESE THINGS, MAYBE YOU SHOULD TELL YOUR PRESIDENT, THE PRESIDENT OF YOUR OWN PARTY, THAT HE SHOULD HAVE ASKED FOR THESE THINGS. THESE ARE NOT MY REDUCTIONS. THIS IS WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID IS NEEDED FOR THESE PROGRAMS. THE HIGH SPEED RAIL, THERE'S $1 BILLION IN THIS BILL. WOULD BE AFTER THE CUT. HE'S GOT $1347B9, WE'RE TAKING $400,000,000. THE PRESIDENT ASKED FOR $12 BILLION, HE HAD $12 BILLION IN TOTAL WITH $8 BILLION IN THE STIMULUS PACKAGE, $2.5 BILLION LAST YEAR, ANOTHER $1 BILLION THIS YEAR AND THE MONEY HASN'T BEEN SPENT YET. HASN'T EVEN BEEN ALLOTTED OR CONTRACTS SIGNED. THERE'S NO NEED FOR THIS SPENDING HERE TO HAVE CURRENT CONTRACTS GO ON. IT JUST GOES BEYOND RATIONAL, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED. WHEN WE ARE DIGGING OURSELVESES IN A FINANCIAL HOLE LIKE WE ARE AND WE CONTINUE TO KEEP DIGGING, WHY DON'T WE SAY, STOP, LET'S CUT SOME SPENDING. THIS IS A VERY MODEST CUT THAT THE PRESIDENT DIDN'T REQUEST AND SEVERAL OF THESE PROGRAMS ARE NOT EVEN AUTHORIZED OR REQUESTED BY THE PRESIDENT. I GUESS IT'S GREAT IF WE JUST GO AHEAD AS THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, YOU KNOW, SAY, HECK WE DON'T NEED AUTHORIZATION FOR ANYTHING THIS WHOLE BILL, THERE'S VERY LITTLE THAT IS AUTHORIZED IN THIS BILL. FOLKS, WE'VE GOT TO JUST STOP. DOES ANYBODY GO HOME AND LISTEN ANYMORE? LISTEN TO YOUR CONSTITUENTS AND HEAR WHAT THEY'RE SAYING. CAN WE AFFORD THIS KIND OF SPENDING? NO WE CANNOT. IF WE'LL LISTEN AND DO WHAT THE PEOPLE ARE TELLING US TO AND THAT'S TO MODESTLY REDUCE SPENDING, CUT SPENDING, AND IF WE CAN'T DO IT HERE IN THIS VERY SMALL AMENDMENT ON THIS HUGE BILL, WE'RE NEVER GOING TO SAVE OUR FISCAL FUTURE FOR OUR KIDS AND GRANDCHILDREN. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:43:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION SON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA. THOSE…

    THE QUESTION SON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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  • 03:43:37 PM

    MR. LATHAM

    I ASK FOR A ROLL CALL.

  • 03:43:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE IN

  • 03:43:44 PM

    MR. LATHAM

    ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 03:43:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN OF IOWA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN OF IOWA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:44:02 PM

    MR. DEFAZIO

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 03:44:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 03:44:07 PM

    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 9, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578, OFFERED BY MR. DEFAZIO OF…

    NUMBER 9, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578, OFFERED BY MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON.

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  • 03:44:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO AND A MEMBER…

    RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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  • 03:44:25 PM

    MR. DEFAZIO

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR.

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    WE NEED A 21ST CENTURY TRANSPORTATION POLICY FOR AMERICA. WE NEED TO MOVE…

    WE NEED A 21ST CENTURY TRANSPORTATION POLICY FOR AMERICA. WE NEED TO MOVE BEYOND THE CONSTIPATED TRANSPORTATION POLICIES OF THE BUSH ERA THAT HAVE ALOUD OUR SYSTEM TO DETERIORATE. 150,000 BRIDGES IN NEED OF SUBSTANTIAL REPLACEMENT OR REPAIR. TRANSIT SYSTEMS WITH AN $80 BILLION BACKLOG FOR EQUIPMENT, RUNNING OBSOLETE RAIL CARS RIGHT HERE IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL THERE ARE KILLING PEOPLE. THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN RETIRED YEARS AGO. THEY NEED TO BE REPLACED. WE HAVE FRUSTRATED COMMUTERS WASTING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF HOURS, BILLIONS OF GALLONS OF FUEL CAUGHT IN CONGESTION. BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIES RYE CYING OUT, THEY NEED HELP FOR JUST IN TIME DELIVERY AND THE TRUCKS ARE DELAYED AND DETOURED. ON OCTOBER 1, WE WERE SUPPOSED TO DO A SIX-YEAR BILL TO DIRECT THE INVESTMENT IN THE SYSTEM AND ENHANCE THE INVESTMENT. AND THAT BILL WOULD HAVE INCLUDED A MAJOR NEW PROGRAM FOR METROPOLITAN MOBILITY AND ACCESS AND HAD AN OFFICE OF LIVABILITY. BUT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION STOPPED THE BILL AND THEY'VE REFUSED TO COME TO THE TABLE AND DISCUSS HOW WE CAN MOVE FORWARD AND MAKE THESE NEEDED INVESTMENTS. BUT NOW, THE SECRETARY WOULD LIKE A LITTLE CHERRY, WHICH WOULD BE LIKE AN OFFICE OF LIVABILITY, NOT DEFINED, AND HE'D LIKE $200 MILLION AT HIS DISCRETION, WHATEVER HE DEFINES LIVABILITY AS, TO GIVE GRANTS TO WHOMEVER HE WISHES UNDER WHATEVER CRITERIA HE MIGHT IN THE FUTURE PROPOSE. NOW, THIS WOULD BE, GIVEN THE STATE OF DISREPAIR OF OUR SYSTEM AND THE DETERIORATION OF OUR SYSTEM, A LOT LIKE BUYING A BRAND NEW TIRE AND RIM TO PUT ON A JUNK CAR THAT'S UP ON BLOCKS. IT'S NOT GOING TO GET ANYBODY ANYWHERE. IT'S NOT GOING TO MEANINGFULLY ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS OF THE SYSTEM. WE NEED A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH. RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:46:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 03:46:31 PM

    MR. OLVER

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE BILL -- TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    MR. OLVER

    I WILL YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. LATHAM

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN VERY MUCH FOR CLAIMING TIME IN OPPOSITION WHILE I'M…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN VERY MUCH FOR CLAIMING TIME IN OPPOSITION WHILE I'M SUPPORTING THE AMENDMENT. AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE DEFAZIO AMENDMENT FOR TWO REASONS. FIRST, WHAT THE STRESSES ON THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND AND THE DEPENDENT ON OUR STATES OF THE MONEY IN THAT FUND, WE'RE VIOLATING THE RESPONSIBILITY BY TAKING $200 MILLION -- MUCH-NEEDED MONEY. SECOND, AS NOTED IN THE MINORITY VIEWS ACCOMPANYING THIS BILL, THE CONCEPT OF LIVABLE COMMUNITIES IS JUST THAT. IT'S A CONCEPT. I'VE NEVER SEEN A DEFINITION OF A LIVABLE COMMUNITY. THERE'S NOTHING DEFINED AS WHAT A, QUOTE, LIVABLE COMMUNITY, IS. THE ISSUES THAT WOULD BE FUNDED UNDER THIS CONCEPT WITH THE $200 MILLION INVOLVE ACTIVITIES THAT ARE RIGHTLY PART OF THE JURISDICTIONS OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND METROPOLITAN PLANNING COMMISSIONS. AGAIN, I'D RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 03:47:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 03:47:57 PM

    MR. OLVER

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    MR. CHAIRMAN, IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE CHAIRMAN IS GOING TO ACCEPT…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE CHAIRMAN IS GOING TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT?

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  • 03:48:11 PM

    MR. DEFAZIO

    GIVEN THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YEBLE.

  • 03:48:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME --

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    GIVEN THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 03:48:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.…

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 111-578. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:48:44 PM

    MR. CULBERSON

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    PART A, AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MR.…

    PART A, AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MR. CULBERSON OF TEXAS.

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  • 03:48:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CULBERSON, AND A…

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CULBERSON, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 03:49:07 PM

    MR. CULBERSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE RELEASED A REPORT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE RELEASED A REPORT THIS WEEK THAT SHOWS WE ARE ON THE BRINK OF AN UNPRECEDENTED DEBT CRISIS IN THIS COUNTRY WHICH COULD IN AND OF ITSELF TRIGGER A NEW FINANCIAL CRISIS BECAUSE IF THE CREDIT MARKETS BECOME CONCERNED THAT WE AS A NATION MAY BE OVERSTRETCHED AND UNABLE TO REPAY IN FULL, THE UNPRECEDENTED NATIONAL DEBT THAT'S OUT THERE OWNED BY THE PUBLIC, OWNED BY SOVEREIGNED WELL FUNDS, THE CREDIT MARKETS WILL TURN ON US QUICKLY AS THEY DID IN GREECE, AS THEY DID IN ARGENTINA. MOODY'S HAS ALREADY WARNED BECAUSE OF THE EXCESSIVE SPENDING BY THIS PRESIDENT, BY THIS CONGRESS, THE -- MOODY'S HAS ESTIMATED THAT WE MIGHT LOSE OUR A.A.A. BOND RATING BY 2018, PERHAPS AS EARLY AS 2013. CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATIVES SUCH AS MYSELF HAVE BEEN WORKING HARD TO FIND WAYS TO SAVE MONEY, TO BRING SPENDING LEVELS UNDER CONTROL TO AVOID CRUSHING OUR CHILDREN UNDER THE LOAD OF DEBT, THE DEFICITS, THE BURDEN THAT THESE LEVELS OF DEBT AND DEFICIT WILL IMPOSE ON OUR KIDS WILL UNDOUBTEDLY RESULT IN MASSIVE TAX INCREASES OF, OF DRAMATIC CUTS IN SOCIAL PROGRAMS. AND EVERY CHANCE WE GET, MR. SPEAKER, ON EVERY BILL WE WANT TO TRY TO SAVE MONEY. SO MY AMENDMENT TODAY WOULD CUT THE TOTAL SPENDING LEVEL IN THIS BILL BY 18%. REMEMBER THAT THIS LEGISLATION, THE TRANSPORTATION APPROPRIATIONS BILL, RECEIVED A 23% INCREASE IN FISCAL YEAR 2010, THAT THE STIMULUS BILL, WHICH I VOTED AGAINST, IS ALL BORROWED MONEY, THE STIMULUS BILL PUT $62 BILLION INTO TRANSPORTATION AND OF THAT $62 BILLION THERE'S STILL $10 BILLION UNSPENT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I UNDERSTAND. MR. NEUGEBAUER HAS AN AMENDMENT TO RETURN THAT MONEY TO THE TAXPAYERS TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT. SO MY AMENDMENT OFFERED TODAY IS TO CUT $12 BILLION OUT OF THIS TRANSPORTATION BILL. I'D PREFER TO RETURN IT BACK TO SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND LET CHAIRMAN OLVER AND MY DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER WHERE TO CUT IT. BUT THIS IS AN 18% ACROSS-THE-BOARD CUT, AN IMPORTANT STEP MOVING BACK TOWARDS A BALANCED BUDGET. IF ELECTED IN NOVEMBER, BEGINNING IN JANUARY, WE'LL IMPOSE STRICT SPENDING DISCIPLINE EVERYWHERE WE CAN. THIS AMENDMENT IS DESIGNED TO BEGIN THAT PROCESS. THE CURRENT LEVEL OF DEBT OUT THERE TODAY OWNED BY THE PUBLIC OWNED BY SOVEREIGN WELL FUNDS IS OVER $12 TRILLION. IT'S DANGEROUS TO OVERWHELM OUR CHILDREN BY THIS DEBT. SINCE OUR TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS JUST GOT A $62 BILLION INCREASE IN THE STIMULUS, SINCE OUR TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS JUST GOT A 23% INCREASE IN FISCAL YEAR 2010, SURELY WE CAN CUT $12 BILLION OUT OF THIS BILL AND SAVE OUR KIDS AND PREVENT OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN FROM PAYING THAT OFF BECAUSE EVERY DOLLAR WE SPEND HERE TODAY IS BORROWED MONEY. 100% OF THE MONEY BROUGHT INTO THE TREASURY IN REVENUE GOES RIGHT OUT THE DOOR FOR SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND INTEREST ON THE NATIONAL DEBT. SO THIS IS BORROWED MONEY, MR. SPEAKER. I'D ASK WE MOVIE PASSAGE, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. -- I'D ASK WE MOVE PASSAGE, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:52:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RISE IN…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE BILL?

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  • 03:52:45 PM

    MR. OLVER

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE BILL.

  • 03:52:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. OLVER

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE BILL. THIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE BILL. THIS ABOUT THE WORST KIND OF AMENDMENT THAT YOU CAN HAVE BECAUSE IT PROVIDES NO INDICATION OF PRIORITIES WHATSOEVER. IT JUST CUTS EVERYTHING IN THE WHOLE GOVERNMENT AN EQUAL PERCENTAGE AMOUNT AND GIVES NO PRIORITY INDICATION WHATSOEVER. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT THIS AMENDMENT ENDS UP DOING. IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, THIS AMENDMENT WOULD MEAN A REDUCTION OF MORE THAN $3 BILLION FOR SECTION 8 TENANT-BASED VOUCHERS. IT SIMPLY MEANS THAT 450,000 OF THIS COUNTRY'S LOWEST INCOME CITIZENS WOULD NO LONGER BE ABLE TO AFFORD THEIR MONTHLY RENT. IN ADDITION, THE PROJECT-BASED SECTION 8 PROGRAM WOULD SEE ABOUT $1.7 BILLION REDUCTION RESULTING IN HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS THERE INELIGIBLE FOR A ROOF OVER THEIR HEAD. HOMELESSNESS WOULD BE INCREASED DRAMATICALLY AND MORE AMERICANS WOULD REQUIRE ASSISTANCE THROUGH H.U.D.'S HOMELESS PROGRAM. UNFORTUNATELY, THE HOMELESSNESS PROGRAM WOULD ITSELF BE RECEIVING A MASSIVE CUT OF NEARLY $400 MILLION, MAKING SERVICE AT THE CURRENT LEVELS QUITE IMPOSSIBLE. THAT'S AT THE SAME TIME INCREASING HOMELESS PEOPLE. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ELIMINATE MORE THAN $300 BILLION WORTH OF FUNDING FROM THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION. THAT WOULD JUST ABOUT ASSURE A PART-TIME AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM, WHICH WOULD PUT US IN SEVERE SAFETY JEOPARDY. ADD TO THAT MORE THAN $2 BILLION WHICH WOULD BE CUT FROM FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION, ELIMINATING SOME OF THE BEST TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. AND EVERYONE HERE CAN TRULY SEE THE REPERCUSSIONS OF THIS AMENDMENT. FISCAL PRUDENCE SIMPLY CANNOT MEAN TURNING HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR HOMES, ELIMINATING ALMOST A QUARTER OF A MILLION JOBS AND CREATING REAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY CONCERNS. THIS BILL IS WISELY BALANCED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF CITIZENS WITHIN CURRENT FISCAL CONSTRAINTS. IN FACT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I MUST -- I'M ASKING YOU A QUESTION, IF I MAY. IS THIS AMENDMENT, SINCE I'M SUPPOSED TO ADDRESS ALL COMMENTS THROUGH THE CHAIR, IS THIS AMENDMENT DELIBERATELY DESIGNED TO PROLONG A GREAT RECESSION AND SEND AMERICA BACK INTO A DOUBLE-DIP RECESSION OR A GREAT DEPRESSION BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED. IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION WE WENT INTO A DOUBLE-DIP RECESSION OR DEPRESSION AND ENDED UP WITH THAT DEPRESSION BEING TWICE AS LONG AS IT WOULD HAVE BEEN. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:56:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 03:56:19 PM

    MR. CULBERSON

    MR. CHAIRMAN, LISTENING TO THE WAY THE DEMOCRATS APPROACH THIS ISSUE AND…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, LISTENING TO THE WAY THE DEMOCRATS APPROACH THIS ISSUE AND EVERY ISSUE ON SPENDING REMINDED OF WINSTON CHURCHILL SAYING TO TAX AND SPEND YOURSELF IN PROSPERITY IS LIKE A MAN TRYING TO RAISE HIMSELF UP WHILE IN A BUCKET. IT IS ILLOGICAL. IT'S DISPROVEN BY HISTORY THAT YOU CAN RAISE TAXES AND EXPECT THE ECONOMY TO IMPROVE. IT'S ILLOGICAL. IT'S DEFIES A HISTORICAL FACT THAT YOU TAKE MONEY FROM ONE GROUP OF PEOPLE AND PUT IT IN ORDER. THIS IS A MODEST 18% CUT IN A BILL THAT HAS SEEN A 23% INCREASE IN FISCAL YEAR 2010 IN PROGRAMS THAT GOT $62 BILLION ADDITIONAL FUNDING THROUGH THE STIMULUS OF WHICH $10 BILLION IS STILL SITTING THERE UNSPENT. HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? I'M STILL WAITING TO MEET THE FIRST DEMOCRAT THAT SAYS THAT'S ENOUGH MONEY, DON'T SPEND ANY MORE. I'M STILL WAITING. I HAVE NOT MET HIM YET. THERE IS NEVER ENOUGH MONEY. THERE IS ALWAYS SOME NEED OUT THERE THAT NEEDS TO BE FILLED BUT NO BETTER WAY TO MEET THAT NEED THAN TO INCREASE PROSPERITY BY LETTING AVERAGE AMERICANS KEEP MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY TO INVEST AND SPEND AND SAVE AS THEY WISH, TO LET BUSINESS OWNERS HIRE PEOPLE BY GIVING THEM THE CERTAINTY THAT THEIR TAXES AREN'T GOING TO GO UP AND THEY WEREN'T GOING TO BE TORN UP BY TRIAL LAWYERS. WE NEED TO LIFT UP THE WHOLE ECONOMY BY SPENDING LESS MONEY IN WASHINGTON. WE NEED TO CUT TAXES AND CUT SPENDING. AND IF WE CAN'T CUT 18% HERE IN A BILL THAT'S GOT A 23% INCREASE AND GOT A 90% INCREASE LAST YEAR --

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  • 03:57:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 03:58:04 PM

    MR. OLVER

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS MADE SOME COMMENTS. HE'S ENTITLED TO HIS OPINIONS BUT HE…

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS MADE SOME COMMENTS. HE'S ENTITLED TO HIS OPINIONS BUT HE CANNOT CREATE HIS OWN HISTORY. HE HAS SAID THAT HISTORY SHOWS THEY CANNOT RAISE TAXES AND HAVE A GROWING ECONOMY. THAT IS COMPLETELY NOT TRUE BY PRESIDENT CLINTON'S INCOME -- HIS ECONOMIC PROGRAM IN THE EARLY 1990'S WHEN TAXES WERE RAISED WITH REPUBLICANS FROM HIS -- THE GENTLEMAN'S PARTY CLAIMING THAT WOULD DESTROY THE ECONOMY. AND YET THE ECONOMY GREW THE FASTEST THAT IT'S DONE. IT CREATED 20 MILLION JOBS DURING THE REST OF THE CLIPON ADMINISTRATION. THAT -- CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. THAT COMPARES WITH THE PUNEY NUMBER OF JOBS -- A QUARTER OF THAT NUMBER THAT WERE CREATED DURING THE TIME THAT MR. BUSH WAS IN THE WHITE HOUSE THE SAME NUMBER OF YEARS. SO THAT I JUST MUST POINT OUT THAT THE GENTLEMAN IS TRYING TO RE-CREATE AND CREATE HIS OWN HISTORY. AND WITH THAT I YOLD BACK WITH AN ADMONITION THAT WE SHOULD DE-- YIELD BACK WITH AN ADMONITION THAT WE SHOULD DEFEAT THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 03:59:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE OF THE AMENDMENT WILL SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.…

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

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  • 03:59:48 PM

    MR. CULBERSON

    I REQUEST A "ROLL CALL" ON THIS.

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    MR. CULBERSON

    I REQUEST A ROLL CALL VOTE ON THIS. CHAPE PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18,…

    I REQUEST A ROLL CALL VOTE ON THIS. CHAPE PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER THAT THE HOUSE CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 11. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 04:00:10 PM

    MS. JOHNSON

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

  • 04:00:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 04:00:14 PM

    THE CLERK

    PART A, AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MS.…

    PART A, AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MS. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON OF TEXAS.

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  • 04:00:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, AND…

    RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS.

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  • 04:00:34 PM

    MS. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK FOR THESE FUNDS TO BE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK FOR THESE FUNDS TO BE DIVERTED WHILE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GRANTS FROM MINORITY SERVING UNIVERSITIES AND HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. . THIS EXPANDS THEIR ROLE IN ADDRESSING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT NEEDS IN THEIR LOCALITIES. AN INCREASE OF $10 MILLION WOULD DOUBLE THE BUDGET NOW AND ALLOW FOR AN ADDITIONAL 12 TO 20 MINORITY-SERVED INSTITUTIONS. I KNOW THEY ARE NEEDED AT OUR NATION'S HISTORIC BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT INVESTMENT FOR THESE SCHOOLS. IT BUILDS A STRONG RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY TO PROMOTE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES. IT WILL CREATE JOBS AND HELP STRUGGLING NEIGHBORHOODS. MANY OF OUR URBAN HBCU'S ARE LOCATED IN AREAS THAT ARE BRIGHTED AND STRUGGLING ECONOMICALLY. THIS PROGRAM CREATES A PARTNERSHIP RAISING STANDARDS OF EXPECTATIONS OF THE NEXT GENERATION. WE WANT TO CREATE NEIGHBORHOODS THAT ARE PLACES PEOPLE WANT TO RESIDE AND FEEL A CONNECTION. YOU OFTEN HEAR THE PHRASE UNIVERSITY TOWN ASSOCIATED WITH OTHER INSTITUTIONS. WE WANT UNIVERSITY TOWNS FOR THESE COLLEGES AS WELL. AREAS WHERE THE UNIVERSITY IS THE CENTER OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL LIFE AND PEOPLE ARE PROUD TO BE A PART OF IT. WE WANT NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE COLLEGE EDUCATION IS VALUED AND SEEN AS A COMMON PRACTICE. THE PROGRAM HAS MADE AN IMMENSE IMPACT ON BENEDICT COLLEGE IN COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, LOCATED 10 MINUTES FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA. BENEDICT COLLEGE IS IN AN ECONOMICALLY DEPRIVED NEIGHBORHOOD. WITH FUNDING FROM THIS GRANT, BENEDICT COLLEGE HAS CREATED A PARTNERSHIP AND BEEN ABLE TO BUILD AND RENOVATE HOMES, CONSTRUCT A COMMUNITY RECREATIONAL PARK AND BUILD A BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER. SIMILAR SUCCESS HAS BEEN SEEN IN WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY IN NORTH CAROLINA, WHERE FUNDS HAVE BEEN USED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT, SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUP. THIS GRANT CREATES PARTNERSHIPS THAT ENABLE STUDENTS, FACULTY AND NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATIONS TO WORK TOGETHER TO REVITALIZE THE ECONOMY, GENERATE JOBS AND REBUILD HEALTHY COMMUNITIES. FUNDING THIS PROGRAM WITH AN ADDITIONAL $10 MILLION WOULD MAKE AN IMMENSE DIFFERENCE FOR SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES. I HAVE USED THE REVERSE MORTGAGE FUNDS TO OFFSET THIS FUNDING. THIS PROGRAM IS NOT WITHOUT CONTROVERSY. MANY DO NOT UNDERSTAND THAT PROCEEDS RECEIVED ON A REVERSE MORTGAGE MAY IMPACT MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY. AT A TIME WHEN PROPERTY VALUES REMAIN LOW, A REVERSE MORTGAGE MAY NOT BE THE BEST ROUTE FOR MANY INDIVIDUALS. THE VALUE THAT ONE GETS FROM REVERSE MORTGAGE BASED ON THE CURRENT APPRAISED VALUE OF THE PROPERTY. I HAVE CHOSEN THIS OFFSET DUE TO THE CURRENT SLUMP IN THE REAL ESTATE MARKET. I THANK THE LEADERSHIP FOR ALLOWING THIS AMENDMENT TO BE CONSIDERED. AND I WOULD ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:04:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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    MR. OLVER

    TIME TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION BUT I DO NOT OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. OLVER

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA FOR COMMENTS.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. LATHAM

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING. ACTUALLY, I DO OPPOSE THIS.…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING. ACTUALLY, I DO OPPOSE THIS. I UNDERSTAND -- I AGREE WITH THE IDEA OF PUTTING MORE MONEY INTO WHERE YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE MONEY GO. MY CONCERN IS THAT THIS IS TAKING MONEY OUT OF REVERSE MORTGAGES FOR SENIORS. AND WHILE THE PRESIDENT REQUESTED $250 MILLION IN HIS BUDGET, IT'S FUNDED AT $150 MILLION. THIS WOULD TAKE ANOTHER $10 MILLION OUT OF THAT. THE PROBLEM IS IF THERE IS INCREASED DEMAND, IF MORE SENIORS WANT TO HAVE REVERSE MORTGAGES, THEN IT SIMPLY CANNOT HAPPEN WITHOUT THE FUNDING. SO I WOULD JUST OPPOSE IT, NOT BECAUSE OF THE PURPOSE WHERE SHE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE MONEY GO, BUT WE ARE TAKING MONEY AWAY FROM SENIORS WHO MAY WANT TO HAVE A REVERSE MORTGAGE ON THEIR HOME. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING.

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  • 04:05:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. OLVER

    I WOULD JUST SAY TO MY RANKING MEMBER THAT I HAVE EXACTLY THE SAME…

    I WOULD JUST SAY TO MY RANKING MEMBER THAT I HAVE EXACTLY THE SAME REACTION TO THIS AND WAS ALL PREPARED TO GET VERY EXCITED AND OPPOSE THIS ONE ADAMANTLY, BUT WE WERE ASSURED THAT A RELOOK AT THE SITUATION AND THE NEEDS THERE INDICATED THAT IT COULD YIELD THIS $10 MILLION OFFSET. SO, WITH THAT, I WOULD YIELD --

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  • 04:06:05 PM

    MR. LATHAM

    GENTLEMAN YIELD? WHEN WE START GETTING PHONE CALLS, WE'LL REFER THEM TO…

    GENTLEMAN YIELD? WHEN WE START GETTING PHONE CALLS, WE'LL REFER THEM TO YOUR OFFICE. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN -- AND AGAIN, I THINK THE PURPOSE HAS MERIT WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING, BUT I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE LIMITATION HERE.

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  • 04:06:21 PM

    MR. OLVER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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    THE CHAIR

    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO.

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  • 04:06:35 PM

    MR. OLVER

    I MOVE THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

  • 04:06:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS ON THE MOTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE…

    IS ON THE MOTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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  • 04:07:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE

  • 04:07:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 5850 AND HAS…

    REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 5850 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

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  • 04:07:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I'M DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED…

    MR. SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I'M DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO DELIVER TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES A MESSAGE IN WRITING.

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  • 04:07:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    OFFER A RESOLUTION OF THE QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE. THE…

    OFFER A RESOLUTION OF THE QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE. THE FORM OF MY RESOLUTION IS AS FOLLOWS. RESOLUTION PLEDGING NOT TO ASSEMBLE ON OR BETWEEN THE DATE OF NOVEMBER 2, 2010 AND JANUARY 3, 2011, EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF AN UNFORESEEN SUDDEN EMERGENCY REQUIRING IMMEDIATE ACTION FROM CONGRESS. WHEREAS THE 111TH CONGRESS HAS FAILED AND LOST THE PUBLIC'S TRUST BY ENGAGING IN UNPRECEDENTED POLITICAL PROCEDURES TO ADVANCE A PARTISAN AGENDA. WHEREAS ON JANUARY 18, 2006, HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI STATED IN PREPARED REMARKS, QUOTE, DEMOCRATS ARE LEADING THE EFFORT TO TURN THE MOST CLOSED CORRUPT CONGRESS IN HISTORY INTO THE MOST OPEN AND HONEST CONGRESS IN HISTORY. ON NOVEMBER 7, 2006, HOUSE MINORITY LEADER STATED QUOTE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE VOTED TO RESTORE INTEGRITY AND HONESTY IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AND THE DEMOCRATS INTEND TO LEAD THE MOST HONEST, MOST ETHICAL CONGRESS IN HISTORY, UNQUOTE. ON NOVEMBER 16, 2006, INCOMING SPEAKER HOUSE SPEAKER NANCE NANCY PELOSI STATED, QUOTE, THIS LEADERSHIP TEAM WILL CREATE THE MOST HONEST, MOST OPEN, MOST ETHICAL CONGRESS IN HISTORY, UNQUOTE. WHEREAS ON DECEMBER 6, 2006, INCOMING HOUSE SPEAKER STATED, QUOTE, WE PROMISED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE WOULD HAVE THE MOST HONEST AND OPEN GOVERNMENT AND WE WILL, UNQUOTE. WHEREAS INCOMING MAJORITY WHIP CLYBURN STATED ON DECEMBER 8, 2006, THAT, QUOTE, DEMOCRATS WILL EXERCISE BETTER LEADERSHIP IN THE NEW CONGRESS AND WORK TO RAISE THE STANDARDS OF ETHICS IN THIS BODY, UNQUOTE. WHEREAS SPEAKER PELOSI SPOKE OF INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS' ETHICS. ON JANUARY 31, 2007, WHEN SHE STATED, QUOTE, THESE STRONG ETHICS RULES ARE SIGNIFICANT STEPS TOWARD HONEST LEADERSHIP AND FORCING THESE RULES IS CRITICAL TO ENSURING EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS LIVES UP TO THE HIGHEST ETHICAL STANDARD, UNQUOTE. WHEREAS ON JANUARY 5, 2010, WHILE AT A PRESS CONFERENCE DURING THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE, SPEAKER PELOSI STATED, QUOTE, THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A MORE OPEN PROCESS FOR ANY LEGISLATION, UNQUOTE. WHEREAS THIS STATEMENT WAS REITERATED BY THE SPEAKER WHILE AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON FEBRUARY 26, 2010 WHEN A REPORTER PRESSES THE QUESTION ABOUT RANGEL, BY NOTING THAT SPEAKER PELOSI HAD PROMISED TO RUN QUOTE, THE MOST ETHICAL AND HONEST CONGRESS IN HISTORY. SHE INTERRUPTED HIM TO SAY AND WE ARE. WHEREAS MORE BILLS WERE CONSIDERED UNDER CLOSED RULES, 64 TOTAL IN THE 110TH CONGRESS. UNDER DEMOCRAT CONTROL THAN IN THE PREVIOUS CONGRESS, 49 TUNED REPUBLICAN CONTROL. WHEREAS FEWER BILLS WERE CONSIDERED UNDER OPEN RULES, 10 IN TOTAL IN THE 110TH CONGRESS UNDER DEMOCRAT CONTROL THAN IN THE PREVIOUS CONGRESS, 22 UNDER REPUBLICAN CONTROL. WHEREAS ZERO BILLS HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED IN THE 111TH CONGRESS UNDER AN OPEN RULE. 26 BILLS HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED SO FAR IN THE 111TH CONGRESS UNDER A CLOSED RULE, UNDER DEMOCRAT CONTROL. WHEREAS THIS CONGRESS IS THE HIGHEST SPENDING CONGRESS IN UNITED STATES HISTORY. WHEREAS THIS CONGRESS HAS PRESIDED OVER THE TWO HIGHEST BUDGET DEFICITS IN UNITED STATES HISTORY AT A TIME WHEN THE PUBLIC DEBT IS HIGHER THAN AT ANY TIME IN HISTORY. WHEREAS THIS CONGRESS BEGAN ITS MORTGAGE OF THE NATION'S FUTURE WITH A QUOTE, STIMULUS, UNQUOTE PACKAGE COSTING $1.1 TRILLION THAT FAILED TO LOWER UNEMPLOYMENT, SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH OR ACTUALLY ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF STRUGGLING AMERICAN BUSINESSES AND FAMILIES. WHEREAS THIS CONGRESS CONTINUED ITS FREE-FLOWING SPENDING WITH AN INCREASE OF $72.4 BILLION IN NONEMERGENCY DISCRETIONARY SPENDING IN FISCAL YEAR 2009 TO REACH A TOTAL SPENDING LEVEL OF $1.01 TRILLION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN UNITED STATES HISTORY. WHEREAS THIS CONGRESS APPROVED A BUDGET RESOLUTION IN 2009 THAT PROPOSED THE SIXTH LARGEST NOMINAL DEFICITS IN AMERICAN HISTORY AND INCLUESED TAX INCREASES OF $423 BILLION DURING A PERIOD OF SUSTAINED HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT. WHEREAS THIS CONGRESS DISREGARDED THE NEEDS AND OPINIONS OF EVERY DAY AMERICANS BY PASSING A NATIONAL ENERGY TAX BILL THAT WOULD INCREASE COSTS ON NEARLY EVERY ASPECT OF AMERICAN LIVES BY UP TO $3,000 PER YEAR, ELIMINATE MILLIONS OF JOBS, REDUCE WORKERS' INCOME AND DEVASTATE ECONOMIC GROWTH. WHEREAS THIS CONGRESS DISREGARDED THE NEEDS AND OPINIONS OF EVERY DAY AMERICANS BY PASSING A MASSIVE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE THAT WILL FORCE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS FROM THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS, INCREASE PREMIUMS AND COSTS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND EMPLOYERS, RAISE TAXES BY $569.2 BILLION AND FUND ABORTIONS AT A COST OF $2.64 TRILLION OVER THE FIRST 10 YEARS OF FULL IMPLEMENTATION. WHEREAS THIS CONGRESS, NATIONALIZED THE STUDENT LOAN INDUSTRY WITH A POTENTIAL COST OF 30,000 PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS AND $50.1 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS. WHEREAS THIS CONGRESS PASSED THE DISCLOSE ACT IN VIOLATION OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT HINDERING ORKSES, FREE SPEECH WHILE LEAVING UNIONS EXEMPT FROM MANY OF THE NEW REQUIREMENTS IN ORDER TO INFLUENCE THE OUTCOME OF THE 2010 ELECTION. WHEREAS IN SPITE OF THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE'S CHAIRMAN 2006 STATEMENT THAT, QUOTE, IF YOU CAN'T BUDGET, YOU CAN'T GOVERN, UNQUOTE, THE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP HAS FAILED TO INTRODUCE A BUDGET RESOLUTION IN 2010 AS MANDATED BY LAW, BUT INSTEAD, SELF-EXECUTED, A, QUOTE, DEEMING RESOLUTION, UNQUOTE THAT INCREASES NONEMERGENCY DISCRETIONARY SPENDING IN FISCAL YEAR 2011 BY $30 BILLION TO 1.21 TRILLION, SETTING ANOTHER NEW RECORD FOR THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN UNITED STATES HISTORY. WHEREAS THIS CONGRESS HAS FAILED MAIN STREET THROUGH PASSAGE OF A FINANCIAL SYSTEM TAKEOVER THAT FAILS TO END THE MORAL HAZARD OF TOO BIG TO FAIL AND DOESN'T ADDRESS FREDDIE MAC AND FANNIE MAE AND CREATES NUMEROUS NEW BOARDS AND COUNCILS WITH UNCONSTITUTIONAL BROAD AUTHORITIES THAT WILL INTERFERE WITH THE CREATION OF WEALTH AND JOBS. WHEREAS THIS CONGRESS HAS WASTED TAXPAYER FUNDS ON AN UNNECESSARY AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL AUTO BAILOUT, A CASH FOR CLUNKERS' PROGRAM, A HOME REMODIFICATION PROGRAM AND COUNTLESS OTHER PORK BARREL PROJECTS WHILE ALLOWING THE PUBLIC DEBT TO REACH ITS HIGHEST LEVEL IN UNITED STATES HISTORY. WHEREAS DEMOCRATS HAVE INSIN YOU YATED THAT LEGISLATIVE MATTERS WOULD DELIBERATELY NOT BE ADDRESSED DURING THE 111TH CONGRESS UNTIL AFTER THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS OF NOVEMBER, 2010. WHEREAS THE "NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTED ON JUNE 19, 2010, THAT, QUOTE, FOR ALL THE FOCUS ON THE HISTORIC FEDERAL RESCUE OF THE BANKING INDUSTRY, IT IS THE GOVERNMENT'S DECISION TO SEIZE FREDDIE MAC AND FANNIE MAE IN SEPTEMBER OF 2008 THAT IS LIKELY TO COST TAXPAYERS THE MOST MONEY. REPUBLICANS WANT TO SEVERE TIES WITH FANNIE AND FREDDIE. THE CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS HAVE INSISTED ON POSTPONING THE ARGUMENT UNTIL AFTER THE MID-TERM ELECTION. WHEREAS THE "WASHINGTON TIMES" REPORT ODD JUNE 22, 2010 THAT HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER STENY HOYER STATED, QUOTE, A BUDGET THAT SETS OUT BINDING ONE-YEAR TARGET IS USELESS THIS YEAR BECAUSE CONGRESS HAS SHOULDN'TED KEY QUESTIONS ABOUT DEFICITS TO THE INDEPENDENT DEBT COMMISSION CREATED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA WHICH IS DUE TO REPORT BACK BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, UNQUOTE. . TOM HARKIN SUGGESTED THAT DEMOCRATS, QUOTE, MIGHT ATTEMPT TO MOVE CAR CHECK LEGISLATION THIS YEAR, PERHAPS DURING A LAME DUCK SESSION. A LOT OF THINGS CAN HAPPEN IN A LAME DUCK SESSION, TOO, HE SAID, IN REFERENCE TO EFCA. WHEREAS "THE NEW YORK TIMES" PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE ON JUNE 28, 2010, TITLED, LAME DUCK SESSION EMERGES AS POSSIBILITY FOR CLIMATE BILL CONFERENCE. THAT DECLARES, QUOTE, MANY EXPECT THE FINAL ENERGY OR CLIMATE BILL TO BE WORKED OUT DURING THE LAME DUCK SESSION BETWEEN THE NOVEMBER ELECTION AND THE START OF THE NEW CONGRESS IN JANUARY, UNQUOTE. WHEREAS "THE HILL" REPORTED ON JULY 1, 2010, THAT, QUOTE, DEMOCRATIC LEADERS ARE LIKELY TO PUNT THE TASK OF RENEWING BUSH ERROR TAX CUTS UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION. VOTERS IN NOVEMBER'S MIDTERMS THUS BE LEFT WITHOUT A CLEAR IDEA OF THEIR FUTURE TAX RATES WHEN THEY GO TO THE POLLS, UNQUOTE. WHEREAS "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL" REPORTED ON JULY 13, 2010, THAT, QUOTE, THERE HAVE BEEN SIGNS IN RECENT WEEKS THAT PARTY LEADERS ARE PLANNING AMBITIOUS LAME DUCK SESSION TO MUSCLE THROUGH BILLS IN DECEMBER THEY DON'T WANT TO DEFEND BEFORE NOVEMBER. RETIRING OR DEFEATED MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WOULD THEN BE ABLE TO VOTE FOR SWEEPING LEGISLATION WITHOUT ANY FEAR OF VOTER RETALIATION, UNQUOTE. WHEREAS "THE HILL" REPORTED ON JULY 27, 2010, THE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID SAID AT THE RECENT NET ROOTS NATION CONFERENCE OF LIBERAL BLOGGERS IN REFERENCE TO DEMOCRATS' UNFINISHED PRIORITIES, QUOTE, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A LAME DUCK SESSION SO WE'RE NOT GIVING UP, UNQUOTE. WHEREAS "THE HILL" REPORTED IN THE SAME PIECE ON JULY 27, 2010, THAT THE LAME DUCK SESSION WILL INCLUDE PRIORITIES SUCH AS, QUOTE, COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM, CLIMATE CHANGE LEGISLATION AND A WHOLE HOST OF OTHER ISSUES, UNQUOTE. WHEREAS THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE NOTES THAT GOVERNMENTS, QUOTE, DERIVE THEIR JUST POWERS FROM THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED, UNQUOTE. WHEREAS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE EXPRESSED THEIR LOSS OF CONFIDENCE THROUGH SELF-ORGANIZED AND SELF-FUNDED TAXPAYER MARCHES ON WASHINGTON, AT COUNTLESS TEA PARTY EVENTS, AT TOWN HALLS AND SPEECHES AND WITH NUMEROUS LETTERS, EMAILS AND PHONE CALLS TO THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES. WHEREAS A RECONVENING OF CONGRESS BETWEEN THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED FEDERAL ELECTION IN NOVEMBER AND THE START OF THE NEXT SESSION OF CONGRESS IS KNOWN AS A LAME DUCK SESSION OF CONGRESS. WHEREAS THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY HAS ALL BUT ANNOUNCE -- ANNOUNCED PLANS TO USE ANY LAME DUCK CONGRESS TO ADVANCE CURRENTLY UNATTAINABLE PARTISAN POLICIES THAT ARE WIDELY UNPOPULAR WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OR THAT FURTHER INCREASE THE NATIONAL DEBT AGAINST THE WILL OF MOST AMERICANS. WHEREAS ANY SUCH ACTION WOULD BE A REPUTEATION OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S EXPRESSED WILL AND WOULD NOT COMPORT WITH THE DEMOCRATS' PUBLIC STATEMENTS PROMISING TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY. WHEREAS UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF SPEAKER PELOSI AND THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY AND LARGELY DUE TO THE CURRENT TRENDS OF GOVERNMENT EXPANSION AND FREEDOM RETRENCHMENT, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE LOST CONFIDENCE WITH THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS AND THAT FAITH MUST BE RESTORED. NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, ONE, REAFFIRMS THE PRINCIPLES EXPRESSED IN THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE THAT GOVERNMENT, QUOTE, DERIVE THEIR JUST POWERS FROM THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED, UNQUOTE. TWO, RECOGNIZES THE FUNDAMENTAL IMPORTANCE OF TRUST EXISTING BETWEEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS. THREE, CONFIRMS THAT ADHERING TO THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE IS IMPERATIVE TO UPHOLDING THAT PUBLIC TRUST. FOUR, STATES THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW WHERE THEIR CURRENT ELECTED OFFICIALS STAND ON KEY LEGISLATIVE ISSUES BEFORE ELECTION DAY. FIVE, STATES THAT DELAY CONTROVERSIAL UNPOPULAR VOTES UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION GIVES FALSE IMPRESSIONS TO VOTERS AND DELIBERATELY HIDES THE TRUE INTENTIONS OF THE MAJORITY WHILE DENYING VOTERS THE ABILITY TO MAKE FULLY INFORMED CHOICES ON ELECTION DAY. AND, SIX, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PLEDGES NOT TO ASSEMBLE ON OR BETWEEN THE DATES OF NOVEMBER 2, 2010, AND JANUARY 3, 2011, EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF AN UNFORESEEN SUDDEN EMERGENCY REQUIRING THE IMMEDIATE ACTION OF CONGRESS.

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  • 04:20:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    UNDER RULE 9 THE RESOLUTION OFFERED FROM THE FLOOR BY A MEMBER OTHER THAN…

    UNDER RULE 9 THE RESOLUTION OFFERED FROM THE FLOOR BY A MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY LEADER OR THE MINORITY LEADER AS A QUEST PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE HAS IMMEDIATE PRECEDENT ONLY AT A TIME DESIGNATED BY THE CHAIR WITHIN TWO LEGISLATIVE DAYS AFTER THE RESOLUTION IS PROPERLY NOTICED. PENDING THE DESIGNATION, AND THE FORM OF THE RESOLUTION NOTICED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, WILL APPEAR IN THE RECORD AT THIS POINT. THE CHAIR WILL NOT AT THIS POINT DETERMINE WHETHER THE RESOLUTION CONSTITUTES A QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE. THAT DETERMINATION WILL BE MADE AT TIME DESIGNATED FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE RESOLUTION.

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  • 04:21:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A MESSAGE.

  • 04:21:27 PM

    THE CLERK

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    PURSUANT TO H.RES. 1568, I CALL UP H.R. 5893, THE INVESTING IN AMERICAN…

    PURSUANT TO H.RES. 1568, I CALL UP H.R. 5893, THE INVESTING IN AMERICAN JOBS AND CLOSING TAX LOOPHOLES ACT OF 2010 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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  • 04:23:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 5893, A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO CREATE…

    H.R. 5893, A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO CREATE JOBS THROUGH INCREASED INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE, TO ELIMINATE LOOPHOLES WHICH ENCOURAGE COMPANIES TO MOVE OPERATIONS OFFSHORE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE PREVIOUS MESSAGE RECEIVED FROM THE HOUSE -- FROM THE WHITE HOUSE WILL…

    THE PREVIOUS MESSAGE RECEIVED FROM THE HOUSE -- FROM THE WHITE HOUSE WILL BE REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1568, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED READ, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN.

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  • 04:24:07 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL INTO THE RECORD.

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  • 04:24:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. LEVIN

    I YIELD MYSELF THREE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. LEVIN

    TO STIMULATE JOBS HERE NOT OVER THERE. TO CREATE AMERICAN JOBS AND CLOSE…

    TO STIMULATE JOBS HERE NOT OVER THERE. TO CREATE AMERICAN JOBS AND CLOSE TAX LOOPHOLES THAT ENCOURAGE COMPANIES TO SHIP OVERSEAS. THERE IS NO EXCUSE TO VOTE NO. IT'S NOTEWORTHY THAT WE'RE IN A PACE TO GAIN MORE THAN -- MORE PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS IN THE FIRST EIGHT MONTHS OF 2010 THAN WERE ADDED IN THE FULL EIGHT YEARS OF THE BUSH PRESIDENCY. THERE HAS BEEN PRIVATE SECTOR JOB GROWTH EVERY MONTH OF 2010, BUT THERE'S STILL A LOT OF WORK TO DO. THERE ARE FIVE UNEMPLOYED WORKERS FOR EVERY NEW JOB OPENING. THIS BILL HIGHLIGHTS INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS, THE BUILD AMERICA BONDS ARE THE CORNERSTONE OF THIS BILL'S INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS. WHEN THE RECESSION HIT, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS COULD NOT GET CREDIT, THAT HELPED FILL THIS DEMAND BY ACCESSING CORPORATE TAX BONDS AND DOING SO VERY SUCCESSFULLY. AS OF MARCH 1, IT HAS FINANCED MORE THAN $115 BILLION IN LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAMS, PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS. ALSO WE PROVIDE FOR AN EMERGENCY FUND FOR JOB CREATION. BY EXTENDING THIS PROGRAM THAT SOON EXPIRES FOR ONE YEAR AT A COST OF $3.5 BILLION, IT WILL HELP STATES TO STAY -- TO SUSTAIN LOW INCOME FAMILIES AND EXPAND SUBSIDIZED JOB PROGRAMS THAT CREATE JOBS FOR THE UNEMPLOYED. I WANT TO EMPHASIZE, THIS PROGRAM HAS LED TO THE CREATION OF 247,000 JOBS AND THAT'S WHY IT HAS BROAD SUPPORT. THERE'S A LETTER FROM THE NATIONAL GOVERNOR'S ASSOCIATION, FROM THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES AND THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES AND THE AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE HAS SAID, AND I QUOTE, IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE HOW ANY SENSIBLE PERSON COULD OPPOSE IT. AND WE PAY FOR IT. WE PAY FOR IT THROUGH CLOSING A LOOPHOLE. WE HAVE A FOREIGN TAX CREDIT, THE F.T.C., TO HELP BUSINESSES AVOID DOUBLE TAXATION OF FOREIGN-SOURCED INCOME. SOME CORPORATIONS HAVE FOUND WAYS TO USE THAT CREDIT TO OFFSET OTHER INCOME WHILE LEAVING THEIR FOREIGN-SOURCE PROFITS OVERSEAS PERMANENTLY. AS A RESULT, AND I EMPHASIZE THIS, AMERICAN TAXPAYERS ARE EFFECTIVELY SUBSIDIZING THESE COMPANIES OVERSEAS -- COMPANIES' OVERSEAS OPERATIONS. THIS HAS BEEN BEFORE US BEFORE. NO EXCUSE THAT YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THEM BEFORE. AND YOU KNEW THIS WAS COMING. THIS IS COMING BA BECAUSE OF THE URGENCY OF THE -- COMING BECAUSE OF THE URGENCY OF JOB CREATION. I YIELD MYSELF AN ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS. IT'S URGENT. SO THIS INVEST IN AMERICA JOBS ACT OF 2010 WILL CREATE THE JOBS WE NEED TO KEEP MOVING AMERICA FORWARD. TO VOTE NO IS TO VOTE AMERICA MOVING BACKWARDS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN.

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    MR. LEVIN

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO HAVE ENTERED INTO THE RECORD A LETTER OF MARCH…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO HAVE ENTERED INTO THE RECORD A LETTER OF MARCH 3, 2010 FROM THE NATIONAL GOVERNORS' ASSOCIATION SIGNED BY A REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR ON BEHALF OF THE ENTIRE ASSOCIATION.

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    THREE MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM STATE OF WASHINGTON, WHO'S BEEN SO…

    THREE MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM STATE OF WASHINGTON, WHO'S BEEN SO INVALUABLE IN DEVELOPING THIS LEGISLATION, MR. MCDERMOTT.

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    MR. MCDERMOTT

    PERMISSION TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    MR. MCDERMOTT

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF INVESTING IN AMERICAN JOBS AND CLOSING LOOPHOLES ACT…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF INVESTING IN AMERICAN JOBS AND CLOSING LOOPHOLES ACT OF 2010. IT DOES JUST THAT. IT CREATES JOBS AND PAYS FOR IT BY CREATING A FAIRER PLAYING FIELD BY CLOSING DOWN LOOPHOLES USED BY MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS. WE HAVE TAKEN ACTION TO DO WHAT'S REQUIRED OF GOVERNMENT, THAT IS TO WORK WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO REPAIR AN ECONOMY LEFT IN AT THAT TIMERS BY THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION. THE GOAL OF THIS JOBS BILL IS SIMPLE. IT IS TO BRING MUCH NEEDED SUPPORT TO AMERICAN FAMILIES WHO DESPERATELY NEED IT. TODAY'S BILL WILL EXTEND JOB CREATION MEASURES THAT WE KNOW WILL WORK. ALONG WITH EXTENDING A NUMBER OF HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL BOND PROGRAMS LIKE BUILD AMERICA BONDS OR RECOVERY ZONE BONDS, THIS BILL ALSO EXTENDS THE EMERGENCY FUND FOR JOB CREATION AND ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS THAT IT SUCCESSFULLY CREATED 240,000 JOBS. UNDER THIS PROGRAM, EMPLOYERS RECEIVE SUBSIDIES TO PAY ALL OR A PORTION OF A NEW WORKER'S WAGES IF THEY HAVE AN UNEMPLOYED WORKER, WELFARE RECIPIENT OR LOW-INCOME YOUTH. WITHOUT AN EXTENSION, THIS FUND WILL END ON SEPTEMBER 30. THE EMERGENCY FUND HAS BEEN PRAISED BY REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS, INCLUDING HALEY BARBOUR OF MISSISSIPPI, WHO SAYS IT SHOULD BE EXTENDED AND REQUESTS FOR AN EXTENSION HAS COME FROM REPUBLICAN LEGISLATORS IN STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND COUNTY LEADERS AROUND THE COUNTRY. SO YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF, WHY REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE ARE NOT SUPPORTING THIS JOB CREATION THAT REPUBLICANS OUTSIDE OF WASHINGTON ARE PLEADING FOR US TO EXTEND. A CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICAN HOPELESSLY OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE NEEDS OF ORDINARY AMERICANS? WELL, MAYBE. BUT I FEAR THE ANSWER IS THAT CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS WANT PRESIDENT OBAMA TO FAIL AT ANY COST, EVEN IF IT MEANS THAT STRUGGLING AMERICANS HAVE TO SUFFER AS A RESULT. WE SAW THIS SAME STRATEGY PLAY OUT OVER THE LAST TWO MONTHS IN THE OTHER BODY WHERE SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCKED AN EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS TO WORKERS WHO LOST THEIR JOBS THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. TODAY, REPUBLICANS IN THIS HOUSE ARE ONCE AGAIN OPPOSING AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE JOBS TO THOSE SAME UNEMPLOYED WORKERS. AND LET'S NOT FORGET THAT EVERY JOB CREATION PROVISION IN THIS BILL IS FULLY, FULLY PAID FOR BY ELIMINATING TAX BREAKS FOR SHIPPING JOBS OVERSEAS. SO THE BOGUS TALK WE'LL HEAR ABOUT DEFICITS AND DEFICIT CREATION IS SIMPLY THAT, IT'S BOGUS. NO HELP, NO JOBS, NO HOPE. THAT'S WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE OFFERING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME BEFORE YIELDING TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME BEFORE YIELDING TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THE LIBERAL CENTER ON PRIORITY AND BUDGET SAID THESE FUNDS WILL LAST AND HALF THE JOBS THAT DEMOCRATS CLAIM HAVE BEEN CREATED ARE SUMMER JOBS ARE OVER OR ABOUT TO BE. AND IT'S PRETTY WELL KNOWN HERE THAT GOVERNORS OF EVERY POLITICAL STRIPE ARE OBVIOUSLY LOOKING TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR CASH. BUT THE FACT IS, WE'RE BROKE. AND AT THIS TIME, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.

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    MR. HERGER

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. IT'S NOW BEEN ALMOST A YEAR AND…

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. IT'S NOW BEEN ALMOST A YEAR AND A HALF SINCE THE STIMULUS BECAME LAW AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CONTINUE TO ASK WHERE ARE THE JOBS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT THEY WANT CONGRESS TO MOVE IN A NEW DIRECTION AND FOCUS ON CREATING STABLE, PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS. YET, THIS MAJORITY CONTINUES TO OFFER UP MORE OF THE SAME. THE BILL BEFORE US DOES NOTHING TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES AND IT ACTUALLY RAISES TAXES ON THE WORLDWIDE AMERICAN COMPANIES THAT HAVE CREATED MILLIONS OF AMERICAN JOBS. INSTEAD, VIRTUALLY ALL OF THE MONEY, SOME $30 BILLION IN TOTAL IS DIRECTED TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. THERE ARE A FEW PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL THAT HAVE MERIT AND THAT MIGHT BE WORTH CONSIDERING IN A DIFFERENT CONTEXT, BUT THE BASIC PREMISE OF THIS BILL IS THAT WE ARE GOING TO TAKE ANOTHER $30 BILLION OUT OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND USE IT TO FINANCE MORE GOVERNMENT SPENDING. THAT IS NOT THE PATH TO ECONOMIC RECOVERY. IT IS THE PATH TO GREECE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF THE SAME OLD TAX AND SPEND AGENDA. IT'S TIME FOR MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE TO STAND ALONGSIDE THE PEOPLE WE REPRESENT AND SAY NO MORE. LET'S VOTE DOWN THIS BILL AND GET TO WORK ON REAL, PRIVATE SECTOR JOB CREATION.

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    MR. LEVIN

    GOVERNMENTS FOR PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS, LIKE THE HIGHWAY BILL. SMALL…

    GOVERNMENTS FOR PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS, LIKE THE HIGHWAY BILL. SMALL BUSINESS, YOU VOTED AGAINST THE SMALL BUSINESS BILL. SUMMER JOBS, YOU VOTED AGAINST SUMMER JOBS. AND NOW YOU SAY THIS CREATED SUMMER JOBS. IT IS SO HYPOCRITICAL. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCRELL.

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    MAKE THE COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE SHORT MEMORIES HERE.…

    MAKE THE COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE SHORT MEMORIES HERE. 10 YEARS IS A LONG TIME TO REMEMBER. I WILL ADMIT THAT. BUT IT TOOK THE LAST ADMINISTRATION IN 2001 AND 2002, THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF THAT ADMINISTRATION TO FINALLY GET US INTO THE PLUS ON PRIVATE JOBS. YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE SELECTIVE MEMORY HERE. THIS LEGISLATION IS ABOUT PRIVATE JOBS. THEY VOTED NO ON EVERYTHING. THEY VOTED NO ON THE STIMULUS, AND YET THE REPORTS IN THE LAST TWO DAYS INDICATE THAT WITHOUT THAT STIMULUS, WE WOULD HAVE BEEN DEEP NOT ONLY IN RECESSION, BUT DEPRESSION. NOT OUR ECONOMISTS -- OUR ECONOMISTS INCLUDED THAT. THERE NOW HAS BEEN SIX STRAIGHT MONTHS OF PRIVATE SECTOR JOB GROWTH. CHALLENGE THEM. I'LL WAIT 10 SECONDS. NOW THAT I HAVE WAITED 10 SECONDS, THE DATA IS CLEAR. WE ALL KNOW THAT THERE IS MORE WORK TO BE DONE. NO ONE IS SAYING THAT THIS IS A PERFECT PLACE FOR US ALL TO BE. THAT IS WHY I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE INVEST IN AMERICA JOBS ACT. THIS BILL WOULD DIRECTLY CONTRIBUTE TO PRIVATE-PUBLIC PARTNERSHIPS THAT CREATE AMERICAN JOBS. WHY DON'T YOU BE FOR SOMETHING. COME UP WITH YOUR OWN IDEA. WHILE THIS ENTIRE BILL HAS SEEN MANY CRITICAL JOB-CREATING PROVISIONS, I'M GOING TO TALK ABOUT JUST ONE PART OF THE LEGISLATION, EXCLUDING BONDS FROM STATE VOLUME CAPS. THIS YEAR, THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS GAVE THE NATION'S WATER AND WASTEWATER SYSTEMS THE WORST GRADE OF ANY INFRASTRUCTURE CATEGORY. THEY GAVE IT A D-MINUS.

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    AS A FORMER MAYOR, I UNDERSTAND THAT A STRONG WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IS…

    AS A FORMER MAYOR, I UNDERSTAND THAT A STRONG WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IS ESSENTIAL. MUNICIPALITIES DON'T HAVE THE MONEY. THIS PORTION OF THE LEGISLATION AIMS TO REPAIR OUR CRUMBLING WATER INFRASTRUCTURE WHILE LEVERAGING PRIVATE CAPITAL TO CREATE JOBS. EVERY DOLLAR INVESTED IN PUBLIC WATER AND SEWER INFRASTRUCTURE ADDS 8.90 TO THE NATIONAL ECONOMY. THAT WILL BE $2.5 TRILLION. AND I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. CAMP

    MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA -- LOUISIANA.

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    MR. CAMP

    AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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    THESE CHANGES ARE HURTING THE COMPETITIVENESS OF U.S. BUSINESSES. WE DON'T…

    THESE CHANGES ARE HURTING THE COMPETITIVENESS OF U.S. BUSINESSES. WE DON'T NEED TO DO THIS HARMFUL TAX REFORM AND NEED A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH. THE RESPONSIBLE APPROACH IS WHAT WE WOULD AGREE ON. A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH THAT IS GOING TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC GROWTH, PROMOTE AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS AND PRIVATE SECTOR JOB GROWTH. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. LEVIN

    MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, A MEMBER AND ACTIVE MEMBER OF…

    MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, A MEMBER AND ACTIVE MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, MR. BLUMENAUER.

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    MR. BLUMENAUER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I WANT TO USE THEM TO FOCUS ON THREE BASIC…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I WANT TO USE THEM TO FOCUS ON THREE BASIC POINTS. FIRST AND FOREMOST, IT IS TRUE THAT THE ADMINISTRATION ADVANCED AN ECONOMIC RECOVERY PACKAGE THAT WE HAD HOPED WOULD BE ABLE TO HOLD THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE LOWER THAN IT ULTIMATELY WENT. THEY WERE GUILTY OF, FRANKLY, ACCOMMODATING REPUBLICAN WISHES BY PUSHING MORE IN TAX REDUCTIONS THAT ALL THE ECONOMISTS SAY DO NOT CREATE AS MANY JOBS AS THE INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT AND OF COURSE THEY CONVENIENTLY IGNORED THE FACT THAT 95% OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC GOT TAX CUTS LAST YEAR AND THEY WILL GET TAX CUTS THIS YEAR, IGNORED. THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION JOB RECORD TOOK THEM EIGHT YEARS. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IN LESS THAN TWO YEARS HAS ALREADY CREATED MORE JOBS THAN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION IN ITS ENTIRE EIGHT YEARS. WE HAVE BEFORE US TODAY SPECIFIC PROVISIONS THAT ARE GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN EVERYBODY'S COMMUNITY. THE REFERENCE HAS BEEN MADE TO LIFTING THE VOLUME CAPS FOR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE, A PROBLEM IN EVERY STATE IN THE UNION THAT WILL CREATE JOBS AND HAVE A MULTIPLIER EFFECT ON AN ONGOING BASIS. THE NEW MARKET TAX CREDIT THAT WILL BE ALLOWED TO OFFSET AGAINST THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX MEANS THAT THE LEVERAGE FOR THE NEW MARKET TAX CREDIT, A VERY VALUABLE MECHANISM TO HELP CREATE JOBS IN RURAL AND MODERN INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS, IS GOING TO BE MAGAZINENYIFIED. MR. SPEAKER, -- MAGNIFIED. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS IMPORTANT BUSINESS. THERE IS NOTHING HERE IN TERMS OF THE PAY-FORS THAT ALREADY HASN'T PASSED THE HOUSE. THERE WAS AN IMPORTANT ADJUSTMENT TO GIVE THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY MORE TIME TO ADJUST SO IT IS LATER --

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    THAT THIS IS -- WE HEARD FEEDBACK. THE CHAIRMAN IN THE COMMITTEE RESPONDED…

    THAT THIS IS -- WE HEARD FEEDBACK. THE CHAIRMAN IN THE COMMITTEE RESPONDED TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO ACCOMMODATE IN THE FUTURE WHILE STILL MAKING THE BASIC OBJECTIVES. I STRONGLY URGE OUR COLLEAGUES TO LISTEN TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES, TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT, TO BUSINESSES THAT ARE INVOLVED WITH REBUILDING AND RENEWING AMERICA AND APPROVE THIS LEGISLATION.

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    MR. CAMP

    I JUST YIELD MYSELF 15 SECONDS. 47 OUT OF 50 STATES HAVE LOST JOBS. IF…

    I JUST YIELD MYSELF 15 SECONDS. 47 OUT OF 50 STATES HAVE LOST JOBS. IF THERE WAS SUCH GREAT JOB CREATION BECAUSE OF THIS STIMULUS BILL, WHY HAVE WE SEEN THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE CONTINUE TO HOVER AROUND 10%? AND, FRANKLY, ANY MINOR REDUCTION IN IT ARE BECAUSE PEOPLE HAVE STOPPED LOOKING FOR WORK. AT THIS TIME I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.

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    SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. IN HIS OPENING REMARKS THE…

    SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. IN HIS OPENING REMARKS THE CHAIRMAN SAID THAT THERE WAS NO EXCUSE TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL. WELL, I WANT TO US REVISIT THAT ASSERTION BECAUSE I THINK THERE MIGHT BE. I THINK THE EXCUSE MIGHT BE WHEN THE JOB CREATORS THEMSELVES, MR. SPEAKER, SAY THAT WE NEED TO BE WATCHFUL AND WARY AND OPPOSE THIS, WHEN THE JOB CREATORS USE WORDS LIKE THIS WILL JEOPARDIZE THE JOBS OF AMERICAN MANUFACTURING EMPLOYEES, WE HAVE AN EXCUSE TO VOTE NO. OR WHEN THEY SAY THIS WILL STIFLE OUR FRAGILE ECONOMY, WE HAVE AN EXCUSE TO VOTE NO. OR THAT THESE TAX INCREASES ARE DRACONIAN OR IT WILL HINDER JOB CREATION OR DECREASE THE COMPETITIVE OF AMERICAN BUSINESSES OR DETER ECONOMIC GROWTH OR HARM OUR WORLDWIDE AMERICAN ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS, ALL EXCUSES TO VOTE NO. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE SAID THAT WE'VE SEEN THESE IDEAS BEFORE AND THERE'S NO REASON TO VOTE AGAINST THEM BECAUSE WE'VE SEEN THEM BEFORE AND THAT'S TRUE. WE'VE SEEN THEM BEFORE. WE'VE HAD HEARING AFTER HEARING AFTER HEARING IN THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE ON SUBSTANTIVE SIDE SHOWS COMPARETIVELY THAT DON'T ADDRESS THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION OF THE DIFFICULTY OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. ON MONDAY MORNING OF THIS WEEK, MR. SPEAKER, I HOSTED A JOB FAIR IN ADDISON, ILLINOIS, AND IN FOUR HOURS' PERIOD OF TIME, 2,000 OF MY CONSTITUENTS WALKED THROUGH THOSE DOUBLE DOORS LOOKING FOR WORK. THEY ARE UNDERSERVED BY THIS CONGRESS, THEY ARE UNDERSERVED BY A TAX CODE THAT WE'RE SEVEN MONTHS INTO THAT IS COMPLETELY AC BIG WHITE HOUSE. I HAVE BUSINESS LEADERS IN MY DISTRICT -- AMBIGUOUS. I HAVE BUSINESS LEADERS IN MY DISTRICT, MR. SPEAKER, WHO HAVE SAID, WE'RE NOT GOING TO PUT MONEY INTO THIS ECONOMY, CONGRESSMAN, BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE GROUND RULES ARE. WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE GROUND RULES ARE ON THE TAX CODE, WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE GROUND RULES ARE ON ALL THE HEALTH CARE RULES. MR. SPEAKER, THEY SAY THEY DON'T KNOW THE GROUND RULES ON CAP AND TRADE WHERE THE E.P.A. IS DOING AN END RUN AROUND THIS CONGRESS AND THEY CERTAINLY DON'T KNOW THE GROUND RULES AS IT RELATES TO A WHOLE HOST OF OTHER ISSUES THAT ARE PENDING BEFORE THIS CONGRESS. UNCERTAINTY IS AS BAD AS BAD NEWS COMES. AND WHAT WE'VE GOT TO DO IS MAKE SURE WE'RE NOT THROTTLING WORLDWIDE AMERICAN COMPANIES AND THIS BILL WILL HAVE AN ADVERSE IMPACT DISPROPORTIONATELY ON AMERICAN COMPANIES, MR. SPEAKER. AMERICAN COMPANIES THAT ARE TRYING TO COMPETE IN THE WORLDWIDE MARKETPLACE. THERE'S PLENTY OF EXCUSES TO VOTE NO. THERE'S PLENTY OF EXCUSES TO TURN TO CERTAINTY AND NOT CREATE AN ALBATROSS ON COMPANIES THAT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THRIVE AND ARE DYNAMIC AND CREATE JOBS IN OUR ECONOMY. WE SHOULD VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, MR.…

    I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, MR. DAVIS OF ILLINOIS.

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    MR. DAVIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN THE ILLINOIS THAT I COME FROM, THERE IS NO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN THE ILLINOIS THAT I COME FROM, THERE IS NO EXCUSE TO VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL. OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE TO CHICAGO AND ILLINOIS IS THE EXTENSION OF KEY SAFETY NET PROGRAMS INCLUDING THE EMERGENCY FUND, THE EMERGENCY FUND HAS PROVIDED SIGNIFICANT RELIEF TO ILLINOIS, ESPECIALLY FOR CREATING JOB PROGRAMS THAT BENEFIT INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL BUSINESSES. TO DATE ILLINOIS HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR 72 -- $72.4 MILLION IN FUNDS. WITH THIS FEDERAL SUPPORT, THE STATE HAS LAUNCHED A SUBSIDIZED EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE CALLED PUT ILLINOIS TO WORK AND IT'S ANTICIPATING PLACING 22,000 LOW INCOME PARENTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN SUBSIDIZED JOBS. PASSAGE OF THIS BILL WILL GUARANTEE THIS MUCH-NEEDED ASSISTANCE TO LOW INCOME WORKING FAMILIES THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR. STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT WILL RECEIVE ASSISTANCE FOR INFRASTRUCTURE THROUGH BUILD AMERICA BONDS THAT WILL AID IN SUBSIDIZING THE REBUILDING OF SCHOOLS, SURES, HOSPITALS AND TRANS-- SEWERS, HOSPITALS AND TRANSIT PROJECTS. SINCE THE PASSAGE OF THE RECOVERY ACT, ILLINOIS HAS RECEIVED OVER $7 BILLION FOR THESE JOB CREATION EFFORTS. IN ADDITION, CRITICAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS AUTHORIZED WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE GUARANTEE TO SUSTAIN $119 MILLION IN FEDERAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS. THIS BILL IS CRITICAL TO CHICAGO, IT'S CRITICAL TO ILLINOIS AND IT'S CRITICAL TO THE NATION. I URGE ITS PASSAGE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. LUNGREN

    YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S INTERESTING TO LISTEN TO THIS DEBATE.…

    YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S INTERESTING TO LISTEN TO THIS DEBATE. IT'S ALMOST AS IF THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE HAVEN'T BEEN HOME AND HAVEN'T SEEN WHAT'S REALLY OCCURRING. THE FOLKS BACK HOME KNOW THAT WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF THE STIMULUS PACKAGE, IT HAS CREATED GOVERNMENT JOBS BUT WE HAVE LOST CONSIDERABLE JOBS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. IN FACT, THE OVERALL EMPLOYMENT NUMBERS ARE DOWN IN TERMS OF THE PEOPLE EVEN SEEKING JOBS, BY MORE THAN A MILLION. AND THAT'S PROGRESS? IF YOU REALLY WANT TO DO SOMETHING, GET RID OF THIS WHOLE BILL AND INSTEAD PASS A BILL THAT GETS RID OF ONE OF THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE THINGS WE HAVE WITH RESPECT TO SMALL BUSINESS. THAT IS SECTION 9006 OUT OF THE HEALTH CARE BILL. HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HEALTH CARE, HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH ADDING TREMENDOUS NEW BURDENS OF PAPERWORK ON BUSINESSES. IT REQUIRES ANYBODY INVOLVED IN A BUSINESS OR TRADE, ANY TIME THEY PURCHASE OVER $600 FROM ANY ENTITY OR INDIVIDUAL, CUMULATIVE, THEY HAVE TO FILE A 1099, A 1099. NOT BECAUSE YOU HAVE ANY OBLIGATION TO PAY PAYROLL TAX, BUT BECAUSE SOMEHOW WE THINK EVERYBODY CHEATS, BECAUSE SOMEHOW WE WANT TO HAVE A PAPER TRAIL FOR EVERY PURCHASE YOU MAKE. IT IS THE UNIVERSAL SNITCH ACT. WE DON'T TRUST FEDERAL AMERICANS. A GOVERNMENT THAT DOESN'T TRUST ITS CITIZENS IS A GOVERNMENT THAT THE CITIZENS WILL NOT TRUST. WHAT WE OUGHT TO DO IS JUST GET RID OF THIS BILL AND INSTEAD ELIMINATE 170 WORDS OUT OF THE 340,000 WORDS IN THE SO-CALLED HEALTH CARE BILL. TALK TO YOUR SMALL BUSINESS PEOPLE, ASK THEM WHAT THEY THINK WOULD HELP THEM INCREASE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE JOBS. THEY WILL TELL YOU THIS IS NUMBER ONE ON THEIR LIST. WE OUGHT TO BRING IT TO THE FLOOR IMMEDIATELY AND WE OUGHT TO GET RID OF THIS NONSENSE WHERE WE DON'T TRUST FELLOW CITIZENS. THIS IDEA -- JUST TO GIVE YOU ONE EXAMPLE, ONE PERSON WHO ACTUALLY DEALS IN THE SALE OF GOLD COINS SAID THAT HE WILL HAVE TO FILE BETWEEN 10,000 AND 20,000 1099'S NEXT YEAR. EVERY SINGLE --

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    MR. CAMP

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. LUNGREN

    EVERY SINGLE BUSINESS PERSON WILL YOU TALK TO WILL TELL YOU HOW INCREDIBLY…

    EVERY SINGLE BUSINESS PERSON WILL YOU TALK TO WILL TELL YOU HOW INCREDIBLY STUPID THIS IS, NUMBER ONE, AND NUMBER TWO, IT WILL CREATE A DISINCENTIVE FOR PEOPLE TO GO TO SMALL BUSINESS. IF YOU WANT TO DIMINISH THE NUMBER OF 1099'S YOU FILE, YOU WON'T GO TO YOUR LOCAL RESTAURANT, YOUR LOCAL HARDWARE STORE, YOU'LL ONLY GO TO THE BIG CHAINS. IT IS ABSOLUTELY DESTRUCTIVE. IF YOU REALLY WANT TO DO SOMETHING, GET RID OF THIS BILL AND INSTEAD SUPPORT THE REPEAL OF THAT SECTION OF THE HEALTH CARE BILL THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HEALTH CARE BUT HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH DAMAGING SMALL BUSINESS AND JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY.

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  • 04:56:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, WILL LEVIN.

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    MR. LEVIN

    MY -- MR. LEVIN.

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    MR. LEVIN

    NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF OUR…

    NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, MR. VAN HOLLEN.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. YOU KNOW, YOU WOULD…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. YOU KNOW, YOU WOULD THINK LISTENING TO OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT THE GREAT RECESSION BEGAN AFTER PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS SWORN IN. NOT RECOGNIZING THE FACT THAT THE DAY PRESIDENT BUSH LOST OFFICE THIS COUNTRY WAS LOSING JOBS AT THE RATE OF 700,000 JOBS A MONTH AND IN FACT DURING THE ENTIRE EIGHT YEARS OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION WE ENDED UP LOSING OVER 600,000 PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS. WE'VE BEEN WORKING VERY HARD TO DIG OURSELVES OUT THAT HAVE HOLE FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME SINCE THEN. THE LAST SIX MONTHS WE HAVE SEEN PRIVATE SECTOR JOB GROWTH. IN CONSECUTIVE MONTHS. S NO KNOT AS MUCH AS ANYBODY WOULD LIKE TO SEE BUT POSITIVE GROWTH AND IT'S INTERESTING TO LISTEN TO MY COLLEAGUES, MANY OF WHOM ARE SHOWING UP TO RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONIES AND GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONIES, TAKING CREDIT FOR JOBS THAT HAVE BEEN CREATED BY INVESTMENTS MADE THAT WOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED. IF THEY'D HAD THEIR WAY, IF THEIR VOTES HAD BEEN THE ONES THAT CARRIED THE DAY. NOW, THIS LEGISLATION IS AN EFFORT TO CHANGE A PERVERSE TAX POLICY. WE DO TWO THINGS IN THIS LEGISLATION. NUMBER ONE, WE MAKE IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS IN THE BUILD AMERICA BONDS PROGRAM AND INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE AND JOBS HERE AT HOME. AND WE PAY FOR IT, WE PAY FOR IT BY CUTTING DOWN, ELIMINATING THESE PERVERSE LOOPHOLES. YES, THERE ARE LOTS OF CORPORATIONS OUT THERE THAT DON'T LIKE THIS LEGISLATION. YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE THEY WILL NO LONGER BE REWARDED BY AMERICAN TAXPAYERS FOR SHIPPING AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS. BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES. RIGHT NOW OUR TAX CODE PENALIZES AMERICAN TAXPAYERS AND CREATES THESE INCENTIVES FOR CERTAIN CORPORATIONS TO SHIP AMERICAN JOBS, NOT AMERICAN GOODS, BUT AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS. AND I THINK MOST TAXPAYERS WOULD BE OUTRAGED IF THEY KNEW THAT IN ADDITION TO PAYING THEIR OWN TAXES THEY WOULD BE REQUIRED TO PAY THE TAXES THAT U.S. MULTINATIONALS OWE TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES FOR INCOME THOSE FOREIGN CORPORATIONS GENERATED OVERSEAS. THAT'S WHAT'S GOING ON. THROUGH A PROCESS CALLED CREDIT SPLITTING, U.S. MULTINATIONALS ARE ABLE TO USE THEIR FOREIGN TAX CREDITS TO REDUCE THEIR TAX LIABILITY HERE AT HOME, EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY NOT HAVE REPATRIATED THAT INCOME BACK TO THE UNITED STATES. THAT'S WHAT THIS PARTICULAR LOOPHOLE DOES. YOU CAN TALK ABOUT REFORMING OUR INTERNATIONAL TAX CODE AND YOU'RE RIGHT THERE ARE LOTS OF COMPLICATED ISSUES. BUT THIS ISSUE IS NOT COMPLICATED. THIS ISSUE IS VERY SIMPLE. DO YOU WANT TO REWARD AMERICAN CORPORATIONS WHO ARE SHIPPING AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS? AND THOSE THAT ARE OPPOSING THESE PROVISIONS UNDERSTANDABLY ARE BENEFITING FROM IT. BECAUSE RIGHT NOW AMERICAN TAXPAYERS ARE PAYING THE TAB FOR THE TAXES THAT THOSE CORPORATIONS ARE PAYING OVERSEAS. THAT'S NOT FAIR. AND IT CREATES AN INDUCEMENT TO SHIP THOSE JOBS OVERSEAS. LET'S STOP THIS LOOPHOLE AND USE THOSE FUNDS TO INVEST IN JOBS HERE IN AMERICA.

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    MR. CAMP

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I WOULD AGREE WITH MY FRIEND, IT'S NOT…

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I WOULD AGREE WITH MY FRIEND, IT'S NOT COMPLICATED. AMERICAN EMPLOYERS SAY THIS BILL WILL KILL JOBS. LOOK, THE DEMOCRATS PROMISED THAT THE STIMULUS WOULD CREATE MILLIONS OF JOBS. IT HASN'T. THEY PROMISED IT WOULD CREATE 3.7 MILLION JOBS. WELL, THAT HASN'T OCCURRED. INSTEAD, SINCE -- SINCE THE STIMULUS THROUGH JUNE OF 2010, THE U.S. HAS LOST 2.6 MILLION MORE PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS LEADING AMERICANS TO ASK, WHERE ARE THE JOBS? 47 OUT OF 50 STATES HAVE LOST JOBS. NO WONDER AMERICANS THINK ELVIS IS ALIVE THAN THINK THE STIMULUS CREATED JOBS. THE STIMULUS WAS SUPPOSED TO KEEP UNEMPLOYMENT BELOW 8%. IT HASN'T. IT IS NEAR 10% AND REMAIN STUCK AT THAT LEVEL TODAY. IN ADDITION TO THE HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT, THREE MILLION AMERICANS ARE DROPPED OUT OF THE LABOR FORCE, WHAT SOME CALLED THE MISSING UNEMPLOYED. AND THE FLOOD OF DEFICIT SPENDING FROM DEMOCRATS' POLICIES HAS DRIVEN THE DEBT TO AN ASTONISHING $13 TRILLION. THE DEBT IS SO HUGE IT IS ALREADY HURTING JOB CREATION. USING THE ADMINISTRATION'S OWN FORECASTS, THE SURGE IN DEBT CAUSED BY STIMULUS AND OTHER DEMOCRAT POLICIES HAS ALREADY DESTROYED ONE MILLION JOBS. UNEMPLOYMENT AND DEBT HAVE SOARED BY A COMBINED 60% SINCE THE PRESIDENT TOOK OFFICE. THAT'S AN OBAMA MISERY INDEX THAT SHOWS PRESENT AND FUTURE DAMAGE. AND WHILE THE JOB SITUATION SEEMS TO HAVE FINALLY STOPPED GETTING WORSE, THE TRICKLE OF PRIVATE SECTOR JOB CREATION IN 2010 IS SO ANEMIC THAT AT THE CURRENT RATE IT WOULD TAKE UNTIL 2017 TO RECOVER THE JOBS LOST DURING THIS RECESSION. THAT'S LONGER THAN IT TOOK TO RECOVER FROM THE DEPRESSION OF THE 1930'S. OTHERS SAY IT COULD TAKE UNTIL 2021 TO GET EMPLOYMENT BACK TO PRERECESSION LEVELS. HOWEVER, THE DEMOCRATIC INDUSTRY HAS HELPED ONE INDUSTRY, GOVERNMENT. MANAGING ALL THAT SPENDING HELPED GOVERNMENT JOBS GROW BY 201,000 SINCE STIMULUS. HELPING TO MAKE WASHINGTON, D.C., AND THE AREA THE NATION'S STRONGEST JOB MARKET. MEANWHILE, CONSTRUCTION, LOSS OF 853,000. MANUFACTURING, LOSS OF 707,000 JOBS. ACROSS -- JOBS ACROSS THE U.S. HAVE PLUMMETED DESPITE PROMISES THEY WOULD GROW BY 1.1 MILLION. AND I AT THIS TIME YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BRADY.

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    MR. BRADY

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RIGHT, THIS BILL IS MORE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RIGHT, THIS BILL IS MORE PROOF OF FAILED ECONOMIC POLICIES OF WASHINGTON DEMOCRATS, AND I THINK THEY'VE ACKNOWLEDGED, THEY'VE ADMITTED THAT THAT MASSIVE $860 BILLION STIMULUS BILL HAS FAILED. IT'S FAILED THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. IT'S FAILED 15 MILLION AMERICAN WORKERS WHO ARE OUT OF WORK. ABOUT A THIRD OF THEM HAVE ALMOST GIVEN UP ON EVER FINDING A JOB. WE WERE PROMISING WHEN THAT HUGE, WHEN -- WHEN THAT STIMULUS -- WHEN THAT HUGE STIMULUS BILL WOULD BE PASSED WE WOULD HAVE SEVEN MILLION JOBS THAN WE DO TODAY. THEY SAID IT WOULD COME FROM MAIN STREET AND SMALL BUSINESSES. AS IT TURNS OUT, AS MR. CAMP SAID, ALL THE NEW JOBS ARE IN GOVERNMENT. AND IT DOESN'T LAST. THAT'S WHY THIS RECOVERY IS ONE OF THE SLOWEST IN AMERICA'S HISTORY BECAUSE CONSUMERS, THEY'RE SCARED TO SPEND BECAUSE THEY SEE ALL THIS DEBT IN WASHINGTON. THEY WONDER -- THEY WONDER WHO'S GOING TO HAVE TO PAY IT ALL BACK. THEY KNOW IT'S THEM. BUSINESSES AREN'T BRINGING BACK NEW WORKERS, AREN'T HIRING NEW ONES BECAUSE THEY'RE AFRAID OF THE TYPES OF PROPOSALS LIKE THIS THEY SEE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. I REMEMBER THE PRESIDENT STANDING AT THE WHITE HOUSE SAY IF YOU PASS THE STIMULUS BILL IT WILL JUMP-START AND THE ECONOMY AND RESTORE CONSUMER CONFIDENCE. WELL, THE ECONOMY CERTAINLY ISN'T JUMP-STARTED, AND TODAY 90% OF AMERICANS, 90% BELIEVE THIS ECONOMY IS IN BAD SHAPE. MOST OF THEM THINK IT'S NOT GOING TO GET ANY BETTER ANYTIME SOON. AND FROM A JOBS STANDPOINT, THIS BILL MAY ACTUALLY DESTROY MORE JOBS THAN IT CREATES, AND THIS IS WHY. AMERICA HAS ONE OF THE WORST TAX CODES IN THE WORLD. YOU KNOW THAT IF YOU'VE HAD TO PAY TAXES. IT'S EVEN WORSE WHEN AMERICAN COMPANIES TRY TO SELL OUR AMERICAN GOODS AND SERVICES AROUND THE WORLD, WHEN YOU TRY TO COMPETE AROUND THE WORLD, WE DOUBLE TAX OUR AMERICAN BUSINESSES. WE'RE ONE OF THE FEW COUNTRIES THAT DO THAT. OFTENTIMES THEY LOSE OUT ON CONTRACTS. THEY CAN'T SELL THEIR PRODUCTS BECAUSE OF THIS HORRIBLE TAX CODE. WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS ENSURE THAT THEY ARE DOUBLE TAXED. IN THE PAST WHAT WE SAID IS WE SAID WE'LL TRY TO HELP YOU, AMERICAN BUSINESS, BY REMOVING ONE OF THOSE LAYERS OF TAX. THIS PUTS IT BACK. SO AT A TIME WHEN WE NEED TO SELL MORE U.S. GOODS AND SERVICES, CREATE MORE AMERICAN JOBS, THIS BILL ACTUALLY DOES THE OPPOSITE. IT TAXES OUR U.S. COMPANIES MORE WHEN THEY TRY TO SELL AND COMPETE. THAT MEANS OUR WORKERS LOSE OUT. THAT MEANS OUR WORKERS LOSE THEIR JOB. THAT MEANS OTHER FOREIGN COUNTRIES GAIN AND AMERICA LOSES. THIS BILL IS AGAIN ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THIS ANTI-JOB, ANTI-BUSINESS, ANTI-GROWTH CONGRESS AND WHITE HOUSE ARE HOLDING THIS ECONOMY BACK KEEPING US BACK FROM RECOVERING, HOLDING OUR HOPES HOSTAGE TO THIS LET'S TAX EVERYONE MENTALITY. AMERICANS ARE GENETICALLY DISPOSED FROM BOUNCING BACK FROM RECESSION.

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    MR. CAMP

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    MR. BRADY

    WELL, THANK YOU FOR THE ADDITIONAL TIME. THIS RECOVERY IS DIFFERENT.…

    WELL, THANK YOU FOR THE ADDITIONAL TIME. THIS RECOVERY IS DIFFERENT. AMERICA'S NOT BOUNCING BACK BECAUSE GOVERNMENT'S IN THE WAY, BECAUSE THIS CONGRESS IS THE OBSTACLE, THIS WHITE HOUSE IS THE OBSTACLE. STOP PASSING TAX INCREASES, STOP STANDING IN THE WAY OF OUR JOBS, OF OUR GROWTH, OF OUR PROSPERITY. THIS BILL KILLS MORE JOBS THAN IT CREATES. IT DOESN'T DESERVE TO GO ANY FURTHER. I'LL VOTE NO AND URGE MY MEMBERS TO VOTE NO. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. LEVIN

    I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE VERY DISTINGUISHED MAJORITY LEADER OF THE…

    I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE VERY DISTINGUISHED MAJORITY LEADER OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, STENY HOYER.

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    MR. HOYER

    SPEAKER. I'M AMUSED SOMETIMES WHEN I STAND ON THE FLOOR AND I HEAR MY…

    SPEAKER. I'M AMUSED SOMETIMES WHEN I STAND ON THE FLOOR AND I HEAR MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES DEBATE THE ECONOMY. FRANKLY, THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, OF COURSE, DID NOT HAPPEN, YOU UNDERSTAND. THAT EIGHT YEARS REALLY WASN'T THEIR ECONOMIC PROGRAM, AND THE DIRE CONSEQUENCES OF THAT ECONOMIC PROGRAM ARE ALL MR. OBAMA'S FAULT. COULD HAVE BLAMED IT ON COOLIDGE. COOLIDGE COULD HAVE BLAMED IT ON HARDIN. NOW, WE CAN THROW THESE ASSUMPTIONS BACK AND FORTH AND GENERALALITYS ABOUT THIS JOB -STOPPING CONGRESS AND PRESIDENT. BUT EVERY TIME I GET UP AND I START TALKING ABOUT THE FACTS, THE STATISTICS, I RARELY GET SOMEBODY STANDING UP ON YOUR SIDE OF THE AISLE SAYING, NO, THAT STATISTIC IS WRONG. NOW, I'VE BEEN HERE LONG ENOUGH, UNFORTUNATELY, FOR SOME OF YOU TO REMEMBER WHERE WE'VE BEEN, WHERE WE'VE COME AND WHERE WE ARE. I WAS HERE IN 1993 WHEN WE DEBATED THE ECONOMIC PROGRAM THAT WAS PUT ON THIS FLOOR BY THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS AND PRESIDENT CLINTON. AND ALTHOUGH I DON'T KNOW IT WAS ONE OF YOU WHO EITHER RECENTLY SPOKE OR SPOKEN ON THE FLOOR, YOUR LEADERS SAID IF WE ADOPTED THAT PROGRAM IT WOULD DESTROY THE ECONOMY. THE DEFICIT WOULD EXEMPLOYED -- EXPLODE AND UNEMPLOYMENT WOULD HAVE EXPLODED. AS YOU ARE TODAY YOU ARE 180 DEGREES WRONG. STATISTICALLY YOU CANNOT DENY THAT. STATISTICALLY YOU CANNOT DENY THAT DURING THE EIGHT YEARS UNDER WHICH WE HAD THE ECONOMIC PROGRAM IN PLACE WHICH YOU COULD NOT PUT ASIDE -- AND I'LL EXPLAIN WE COULDN'T PUT IT ASIDE IN 2007 AND 2008 -- THAT PROGRAM CREATED MORE JOBS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR THAN MR. REAGAN DID AND MR. BUSH I DID AND UNDER MR. BUSH II, OF COURSE WE ESSENTIALLY LOST JOBS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. ALMOST 21 MILLION JOBS CREATED UNDER THE CLINTON ECONOMIC PROGRAM, WHICH YOUR SIDE INDICATED WOULD RESULT IN HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT, DEEP DEFICITS AND WITH RESPECT TO DEFICITS, BILL CLINTON'S ECONOMIC PROGRAM AND THE PROGRAM PUT IN PLACE IN 1993 LED TO THE ONLY FOUR YEARS OF SURPLUS THAT ANYBODY IN THIS CHAMBER OR IN THE GALLERY HAS LIVED UNDER. FOUR YEARS OF SURPLUS. BILL CLINTON, THE ONLY PRESIDENT IN THE LIFETIME OF ANYBODY IN THIS CHAMBER WHO ENDED HIS TERM WITH A NET SURPLUS OF $62.9 BILLION. NOW, HOW DOES THAT COMPARE WITH THE ECONOMIC PROGRAM THAT WAS PUT IN PLACE IN 2001 AND 2003? NOT RHETORIC BUT STATISTICALLY. WELL, AS OPPOSED TO THOSE 216 ,000 JOBS PER MONTH PUT IN PLACE BY THE CLINTON ECONOMIC PROGRAM PUT IN PLACE IN 1993, THE ECONOMIC PROGRAM YOU PUT IN PLACE CREATED NOT 216,000 JOBS PER MONTH BUT 11,000 JOBS PER MONTH. NOW, YOU NEED ABOUT 125,000 TO STAY EVEN IN AMERICA. YOUR PEOPLE COMING -- NEW PEOPLE COMING INTO THE JOB MARKET. AND IF YOU DON'T CREATE THOSE 125,000, THEN THERE AREN'T JOBS COMING INTO THE MARKET AND YOU START HAVING UNEMPLOYMENT RISE. CLINTON, 216,000 JOBS PER MONTH. NOW, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE HOUSE, IF I'M WRONG ON THAT STATISTIC I'M SURE SOMEBODY WILL CALL MY ATTENTION TO IT. IT HAPPENED IN THE PAST. AND 11,000 UNDER THE ECONOMIC PROGRAM FRANKLY THAT YOU PUT IN PLACE AND IS STILL IN PLACE FROM A TAX STANDPOINT. TAX RATES STILL WHERE YOU SET THEM AND WHERE YOU SAID WOULD EXPLODE THE ECONOMY. AND YOU WERE WORRIED ABOUT PAYING OFF THE DEFICIT TOO SOON. WELL, YOU TOOK CARE OF THAT. THE NATIONAL DEBT WAS ABOUT $5.8 TRILLION WHEN YOU TOOK OVER. IT WAS ABOUT $10.4 TRILLION WHEN YOU LEFT. YOU ALMOST DOUBLED THE NATIONAL DEBT. BILL CLINTON, OF COURSE, DIDN'T BORROW ANY MONEY FROM FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS DURING HIS LAST FOUR YEARS. WE LOWERED THE DEBT, CAME UP A LITTLE BIT. NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. 37% AS OPPOSED TO 87% UNDER YOUR ECONOMIC PROGRAM. AND I SAY TO MY FRIEND WHO IS WORRIED ABOUT JOBS. YOUR ECONOMIC PROGRAM HAS NOT CHANGED YET. THE TAX RATE IS THE SAME AS YOU SET IT AND YOU SAID IF THE TAX RATE WAS THERE WE WOULD EXPLODE JOBS. AND THEN YOU SAY BUT BUSINESS IS DOING REALLY BADLY. $1.8 TRILLION CASH ONHAND IN AMERICAN BUSINESS AS WE SPEAK TODAY. $1.8 TRILLION, WHICH I TELL MY FRIEND, IS MORE THAN IT'S HAD IN FOUR DECADES CASH ON HAND, CASH ON HAND. SO APPARENTLY BUSINESS IS DOING PRETTY WELL WHICH IS WHY THE STOCK MARKET HAS GONE UP 60%, 60%, I TELL MY FRIENDS. THOSE OF US WHO HAVE A 401-K SAID SHORTLY AFTER THE PASSAGE OF THE RECOVERY ACT, THE DOW WENT UP FROM 6500 TO APPROXIMATELY 10,300 TO 10,400 YESTERDAY. I THINK IT'S CLOSE TO 10,500 TODAY. THAT'S 4,000 POINTS UP. NOW, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. THIS BILL HAS PASSED HERE BEFORE, I TELL MY FRIENDS. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PASS IT AGAIN. WHEN IT PASSED THE FIRST TIME PEOPLE WERE STILL NOT FOR TAXING PEOPLE WHO WERE SENDING JOBS OVERSEAS. THEY STILL TAKE THAT SAME POSITION. YESTERDAY SAW THE PUBLICATION OF A SIGNIFICANT REPORT ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSE TO THE GREATEST ECONOMIC CRISIS OF OUR LIFETIME, TOTALLY CONTRARY TO THE PROMISES MADE WHEN WE ADOPTED YOUR ECONOMIC PROGRAM IN 2001 AND 2003 WHICH I DID NOT VOTE FOR, BUT YOU WERE IN CHARGE, YOU HAD THE HOUSE, YOU HAD THE SENATE AND YOU HAD THE PRESIDENCY AND YOU PUT IT IN PLACE. LED TO THE WORST ECONOMY THIS COUNTRY HAS SEEN IN THE LIFETIME OF ANYBODY WHO IS NOT 90 YEARS OF AGE. THERE WAS AN ARTICLE, AS I SAID, IT WAS WRITTEN BY MARK ZANDY, FORMER ECONOMIC ADVISOR TO THE MCCAIN PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN. THE REPORT FOUND, AND I QUOTE, THAT, QUOTE, THE U.S. ECONOMY HAS MADE ENORMOUS PROGRESS SINCE THE DARK DAYS OF THE EARLY 2009, ENORMOUS PROGRESS. SAYS MARK ZANDY, ADVISOR TO JOHN MCCAIN. IT GOES ON TO FIND IN THIS ARTICLE THAT THE EFFECTS OF THE GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSE SINCE THE HEIGHT OF THE CRISIS, QUOTE, ARE HUGE AND PROBABLY AVERTED WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN CALLED A GREAT DEPRESSION 2.0. WITHOUT THE GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSE, G.D.P. WOULD BE ABOUT 6.5% LOWER. THAT'S NOT ME SAYING THAT. IT'S MARK ZANDY SAYING THAT. AND PAYROLL EMPLOYMENT, I KNOW MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS WANTS TO HEAR THIS FIGURE, PAYROLL EMPLOYMENT, IF WE HADN'T PASSED THAT BILL, WHICH I KNOW MY FRIEND DID NOT SUPPORT, MARK ZANDE, SAYS THAT PAYROLL EMPLOYMENT WOULD BE LESS BY SOME 8.5 MILLION JOBS. WHILE MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN SAYS, WHERE ARE THE JOBS, LET ME TELL YOU, IT'S UNFORTUNATE, WE MISCONSTRUED AND MADE A BAD ESTIMATE. WE DIDN'T THINK YOU COULD PUT THE ECONOMY POSSIBLY AS LOW AS YOU PUT IT. WE DIDN'T THINK IT COULD POSSIBLY BE THAT DEEP. BUT IT WAS. MUCH DEEPER THAN EVEN WE THOUGHT. WE KNEW IT WASN'T DOING WELL. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNEW IN 2006 IT WASN'T DOING WELL, SO THEY CHANGED HORSES TO RIDE THAT IT WAS SO DEEP THAT WE HAVE BEEN WORKING VERY HARD TO GET IT OUT AND WE ARE TRYING TO GET THERE. THIS BILL MOVES US FORWARD. THAT ARTICLE WENT ON TO SAY THE STIMULUS HAS DONE WHAT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO DO, END THE GREAT RECESSION AND SPUR RECOVERY. THAT IS PROGRESS. BUT WE UNDERSTAND THAT ALL AMERICANS KNOW IT'S NOT SUCCESS. AND SUCCESS WILL NOT COME UNTIL WE CREATE ENOUGH JOBS THAT THERE IS NOT UNEMPLOYMENT IN AMERICA ABOVE A FIGURE WHICH IS USUAL FOR THE TRANSITION FROM JOB TO JOB WHICH IS SOMEWHERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF 4.5%. THIS BEARS REPEATING. DEMOCRATS HAVE FOUGHT TO REBUILD THE ECONOMY AND PUT MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS BACK TO WORK. IN THE FACE OF EFFORTS TO GRIND OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY TO A HALT. LET ME SAY SOMETHING TO MY FRIENDS. THEY HAVE BEEN OPPOSING DEMOCRATIC PLANS TO CREATE JOBS AND GROW THE ECONOMY. TRAGICALLY, THE REPUBLICAN OBSTRUCTIONISMS, COLLATERAL DAMAGE HAS BEEN THOSE WHO REMAIN OUT OF A JOB. THIS LEGISLATION SEEKS TO RESPOND TO THAT PAIN. THAT DISLOCATION. THAT FAMILY FEAR THAT THEY WON'T BE TABLE PAY THE NEXT BILL, THE NEXT MORTGAGE PAYMENT, THE NEXT GROCERY BILL. THAT'S THE CASE WITH THE LEGISLATION WE'RE DEBATING TODAY WHICH PUTS OUR COMMON INTERESTS ABOVE CORPORATE INTERESTS AND WHICH CAN CONTINUE OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY. THE INVESTING IN AMERICAN JOBS AND CLOSING TAX LOOPHOLES ACT ENDS TAX BREAKS THAT ENCOURAGES COMPANIES TO OUTSOURCE AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS. YOU ASK AMERICANS WHETHER THEY THINK THAT'S A GOOD POLICY AND I'D BE SURPRISED IF YOU GOT LESS THAN EIGHT OF 10 THAT SAID, YEAH, THAT MAKES SENSE TO ME. THOSE WHO OPPOSE AND HELP SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS AND DEMOCRATS WANT TO CLOSE THEM. THIS HELPS BUILD THE AMERICAN -- -- FUND BUILD AMERICA BONDS ACT TO HELP BUILD CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. SO FAR, BUILD AMERICA BONDS HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE CONTRIBUTORS TO OUR RECOVERY, SUPPORTING TWO MILLION JOBS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IT HELPS CREATE JOBS PROGRAMS THAT HELP LOW INCOME FAMILIES FIND WORK. THEY ARE THE MOST STRESSED OUT, THEY LOST THEIR JOBS FIRST AND HAD THE LEAST TO RELY ON THEN THEY LOST THAT JOB. I WANT TO POINT OUT, THIS BILL SUPPORTS ALL OF THOSE JOBS WITHOUT RAISING THE DEFICIT. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS JOBS BILL. IT WON'T SOLVE THE PROBLEM. IT WILL NOT. BUT WILL IT MOVE US FORWARD? IT WILL. I CONGRATULATE CHAIRMAN LEVIN AND THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE FOR THE WORK THEY HAVE BEEN DOING. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES, TAKE THIS ADDITIONAL STEP TO HELP THOSE FOLKS IN AMERICA WHO WANT TO WORK, WHO HAVE WORKED, WHO WANT TO PUT FOOD ON THEIR TABLES, FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES, PASS THIS BILL AND SEND IT TO THE SENATE. LET'S KEEP FIGHTING FOR JOBS IN AMERICA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TO PLEASE DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN,

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    MR. CLARK

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    MR. CAMP

    BUDGET WAS BALANCED, THE REPUBLICANS WERE IN CHARGE. BUT PEOPLE ARE…

    BUDGET WAS BALANCED, THE REPUBLICANS WERE IN CHARGE. BUT PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT PROBLEMS TODAY NOT RELITIGATING WHAT MAY HAVE BEEN OR MIGHT HAVE BEEN. BACK HOME IN MICHIGAN, UNEMPLOYMENT IS NEARLY 14%. NATIONWIDE, NEARLY 10%. THE FACT IS, NOW, TODAY, NOT IN THE 1980'S, NOT IN THE 1990'S, NOT IN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, TODAY, WE'VE LOST 700,000 MANUFACTURING JOBS. AND THE FACT IS, EMPLOYERS IN AMERICA HAVE SAID, THIS BILL WILL HURT JOBS THIS WILL NOT HELP US CREATE PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS AND WE HAVE GROUP AFTER GROUP THAT HAS COME FORWARD AND SAID THIS BILL HURTS JOBS. THAT'S WHY I URGE A NO VOTE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:21:37 PM

    MR. HOYER

    30 SECONDS?

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    MR. LEVIN.

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    MR. HOYER

    MY FRIEND, HE IS MY FRIEND AND I BELIEVE HIM TO BE A POSITIVE MEMBER OF…

    MY FRIEND, HE IS MY FRIEND AND I BELIEVE HIM TO BE A POSITIVE MEMBER OF THE CONGRESS. I DON'T WANT TO RELITIGATE. I BELIEVE THAT THE ECONOMIC POLICIES YOU WANT TO PURSUE HAVE NOT WORKED AND I DON'T WANT TO PURSUE THEM AGAIN. IT'S NOT RELITIGATION, IT'S LEARNING FROM THE FAIL DWHROIFERS PAST THAT BROUGHT THIS -- FAILURES OF THE PAST THAT BRUTH THIS ECONOMY SO LOW. IT IS TIME TO INVEST IN THE CREATION OF JOB, I BELIEVE THIS BILL DOES THAT. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING.

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  • 05:22:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. LEVIN

    MYSELF 30 SECONDS. THE BUILD AMERICA BONDS, SIX ISSUES AS OF 6/30/2010,…

    MYSELF 30 SECONDS. THE BUILD AMERICA BONDS, SIX ISSUES AS OF 6/30/2010, TOTALING $2 BILLION, CREATING ALL KINDS OF PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS. WE LOOK BACKWARD TO LEARN LESSONS AND WE LOOK FORWARD, AND THE MINORITY WILL DO NEITHER. I NOW AM PRIVILEGED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. NEAL A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. NEAL

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. LEVIN

    THREE MINUTES TO MR. DOGGETT OF TEXAS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 05:25:35 PM

    MR. DOGGETT

    12 YEARS OF REPUBLICAN RULE, OUR TAX CODE IS RIDDLED WITH LOOPHOLES. THE…

    12 YEARS OF REPUBLICAN RULE, OUR TAX CODE IS RIDDLED WITH LOOPHOLES. THE SMALL BUSINESSES ON MAIN STREET, THE FAMILIES THAT ARE STRUGGLING TO GET BY WITH BOTH SPOUSES AS WAGE EARNERS, THEY ALL CONTINUE TO SHOULDER A MUCH HEAVIER TAX BURDEN PROPORTIONALLY THAN THE GIANT MULTINATIONALS THAT OPERATE AROUND THE WORLD THAT HAVE OPERATED HERE IN WASHINGTON TO LOBBY THEIR WAY INTO ONE BIT OF SPECIAL TREATMENT AFTER ANOTHER. MANY OF THESE LOOPHOLES SERVE ONLY TO ENCOURAGE MULTINATIONALS TO INVEST OVERSEAS INSTEAD OF INVESTING HERE AT HOME TO CREATE AMERICAN JOBS. FOR SOME OF THEM, THEIR NUMBER ONE EXPORT IS THE EXPORT OF AMERICAN JOBS INSTEAD OF CREATING THINGS HERE IN AMERICA THAT WE CAN THEN EXPORT TO THE WORLD. THIS PARTICULAR BILL PROMOTES JOBS IN AMERICA IN TWO WAYS. FIRST, IT RECOGNIZES THAT THERE IS IMPORTANT WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE HERE IN AMERICA. HARD WORK THAT IS WORTH DOING. IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, BUILD AMERICA BONDS WERE USED TO BUILD A POLICE SUBSTATION, TO BUILD A PUBLIC SAFETY TRAINING FACILITY, PUBLIC FACILITIES THAT WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR NEIGHBORHOODS. BUILT BY PRIVATE CONTRACTORS. PUTTING FOOD ON THE TABLE OF PRIVATE EMPLOYEES. THIS BILL WOULD ENCOURAGE MORE OF THE SAME FOR AMERICA. AND SECOND, THIS BILL REPRESENTS THE NEXT STEP IN A LONG-STANDING EFFORT THAT I'VE BEEN PART OF TO CRACK DOWN ON MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS THAT GET FEDERAL TAX BREAKS ONLY TO SHIP THEIR JOBS OFFSHORE. IT'S LONG PAST TIME TO STOP LETTING THESE THUGS PLAY GAMES WITH OUR TAX SYSTEM THAT ACTUALLY ENCOURAGING -- ENCOURAGE THE EXPORT OF JOBS. IT'S UNFAIR TO SMALL BUSINESSES, IT'S UNFAIR TO FAMILIES. THOSE WHO ARE FOLLOWING THE RULES AND PAYING THEIR TAXES IN ORDER TO FINANCE THE TAX BREAKS FOR THOSE THAT DODGE THEIR FAIR SHARE OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, FOR OUR HOMELAND SECURITY. AND MAKING THESE LARGE CORPORATIONS PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE, AVOID THE KIND OF DODGES THAT AREN'T AVAILABLE TO OUR SMALL INTIZZES -- BUSINESSES IS PRO-COMPETITION, IT LEVELS THE PLAYING FIELD FOR SMALL BUSINESSES ACROSS AMERICA. I THINK YOU CAN ASSESS THIS PARTICULAR PIECE OF LEGISLATION BY ITS FRIENDS AND BY ITS FOES. THOSE WHO BUILD AMERICA, GROUPS LIKE THE ENGINEERS HAVE ENDORSED THIS MEASURE. THOSE WHO WANT TO KEEP DODGING THEIR TAXES AND SHIFTING JOBS OVERSEAS, THEY'RE COUNTING ON REPUBLICANS TO DO THE SAME THING THEY ALWAYS DO AND THAT IS ASSURE SPECIAL TREATMENT FOR SPECIAL FOLKS. IT'S THE SAME KIND OF THINKING THAT GOT US THE REPUBLICAN BANK BAILOUT. IT'S THE SAME KIND OF THINKING BEING USED HERE TODAY TO DEFEND LOOPHOLES THAT ARE INDEFENSIBLE WHEN WHAT WE OUGHT TO BE DOING IS FOCUSING ON CREATING AMERICAN JOBS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:28:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CLARKE, CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CLARKE, CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN.

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  • 05:28:46 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ANOTHER VERY VIGOROUS MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    >>

    THEY WERE ABLE TO PUT THAT INTO THAT AIRPORT RECONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION…

    THEY WERE ABLE TO PUT THAT INTO THAT AIRPORT RECONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION THAT THEY'RE DOING. $1.1 BILLION TOTAL JOB. IT CREATED 1,200 JOBS IN THAT IMMEDIATE AREA. AND GAVE US THE TYPE OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND PUBLIC AIRPORT FACILITY THAT WILL GO ON TO CREATE JOBS TODAY AND TOMORROW AND ON INTO THE FUTURE. IT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. THE BUILD AMERICA BONDS, PART OF THIS BILL, IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. TWO AREAS IN MY DISTRICT RELIED ON THIS TO CREATE JOBS AND IMPROVED THE AIR DWHREASM NAPA COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM WAS ABLE TO USE $22 MILLION WORTH OF BUILD AMERICA BONDS TO DO IMPORTANT WORK IN THE SCHOOLS, RENOVATING THE CLASSROOMS AND EXPANDING THE CAMPUSES TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A GOOD SPOT FOR STUDENTS TO BE ABLE TO LEARN. CREATING JOBS TODAY AS THEY GO FORWARD. U.C. DAVIS, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA DAVIS, IN MY DISTRICT, THEY WERE ABLE TO USE BUILD AMERICA BONDS TO CREATE $48 MILLION WORTH OF EXPANSION, RENOVATION, AND DEFERRED MAINTENANCE ON THAT CAMPUS. THEY'VE DONE EVERYTHING FROM DEFERRED MAINTENANCE TO THE EXPANSION OF THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES BUILDING, CREATING JOBS AND IMPROVING THE CAMPUS AND INFRASTRUCTURE FOR MANY GENERATIONS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF. I YIELD --

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  • 05:29:36 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    TAKE ADVANTAGE OF. I YIELD --

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    MR. LEVIN

    I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    IS UP, SAY YES TO AMERICAN JOBS AND YES TO IMPORTANT INFRASTRUCTURE AND…

    IS UP, SAY YES TO AMERICAN JOBS AND YES TO IMPORTANT INFRASTRUCTURE AND SAY NO TO THE TAX DODGE THAT WOULD PRECLUDE US FROM BEING ABLE TO PUT GOOD JOB THOINS FOREFRONT TODAY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:31:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP.

  • 05:31:26 PM

    MR. CAMP

    I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS PREPARED TO CLOSE.

  • 05:31:32 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    GO AHEAD, MR. CAMP, AND THEN I'LL CLOSE.

  • 05:31:36 PM

    MR. CAMP

    THE FACTS ARE CLEAR. WITH UNEMPLOYMENT STUCK AT 10%, THE DEMOCRATS'…

    THE FACTS ARE CLEAR. WITH UNEMPLOYMENT STUCK AT 10%, THE DEMOCRATS' TRILLION DOLLAR STIMULUS BILL HAS FAILED. SO WHAT IS THE MAJORITY'S RESPONSE? RAISE TAXES ON AMERICAN JOBS AND GIVE MORE MONEY TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. THAT WON'T CREATE THE PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS AMERICANS NEED. AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. HERE IS WHAT SOME OF THE NATION'S LEADING AND LARGEST EMPLOYERS SAY ABOUT THIS BILL AND THE TAX INCREASES WITHIN IT. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS SAYS, AND I QUOTE, MANUFACTURERS FEEL STRONGLY THAT IMPOSING $11.5 BILLION IN TAX INCREASES ON THESE COMPANIES AS PROPOSED IN H.R. 5893 WILL JEOPARDIZE THE JOBS OF AMERICAN MANUFACTURING EMPLOYEES AND STIFLE OUR FRAGILE ECONOMY, END QUOTE. THE PACE COALITION, WHICH REPRESENTS EMPLOYERS WHO PROVIDE OVER 60 MILLION AMERICAN JOBS, SAYS, AND I QUOTE, THE $12 BILLION IN PROPOSED INTERNATIONAL TAX INCREASES IN H.R. 5893 WOULD FURTHER DISADVANTAGE U.S. COMPANIES, HARMING THEIR COMPETITIVENESS. AT A TIME WHEN OTHER COUNTRIES ARE TAKING A TIME TO ATTRACT BUSINESS, THIS LEGISLATION SENDS EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE MESSAGE WITH THE DISCOURAGING OF INVESTMENT AND JOB CREATION IN THE UNITED STATES, END QUOTE. AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE THE N.A.M. AND PACE COALITION LETTERS IN THE RECORD.

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  • 05:33:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. CAMP

    AND AS I NOTED EARLIER, THE UNITED STATES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAYS IT WILL…

    AND AS I NOTED EARLIER, THE UNITED STATES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAYS IT WILL IMPOSE DRACONIAN TAX INCREASES ON AMERICAN COMPANIES, DECREASE THE COMPETITIVENESS OF AMERICAN BUSINESSES AND DETER ECONOMIC GROWTH. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO LISTEN TO THESE JOB PROVIDERS AND JOB CREATORS, TO REJECT THESE JOB-KILLING TAX INCREASES AND TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:33:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN.

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  • 05:33:38 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS 4 1/2 MINUTES.

  • 05:33:50 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    SO IMPORTANT TO LOOK AT THE FACTS. THIS BILL DOES NOT BASICALLY CREATE…

    SO IMPORTANT TO LOOK AT THE FACTS. THIS BILL DOES NOT BASICALLY CREATE GOVERNMENT JOBS. THAT IS A TOTAL MYTH, AND YOU KNOW IT. THE INFRASTRUCTURE MONEY GOES TO STATE AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES LIKE HIGHWAY MONEYS DO. THIS ORANGE BARRELS, ORANGE AND WHITE IN MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP, ARE PUT UP BY PRIVATE CONTRACTORS WITH FEDERAL MONEY. SO WHY DEMEAN THE BUILD AMERICA BONDS PROVISIONS BY CALLING IT MONEY TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WHEN EVERYBODY KNOWS IT'S FOR INFRASTRUCTURE THAT GOES TO PRIVATE CONTRACTORS AND THEIR EMPLOYEES? YOU MENTIONED A NUMBER OF CONSTRUCTION WORKERS OUT OF WORK. THAT'S VERY TRUE, AND THEN YOU SUGGEST VOTE AGAINST THE LEGISLATION THAT WILL GIVE THEM JOBS. YOU SAY, WHERE ARE THE JOBS? AND THEN YOU COME DOWN HERE AND VOTE AGAINST BILLS TO CREATE JOBS. IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE. INSTEAD, WE GET THE SAME POLITICAL SPEECH AIMED AT NOVEMBER 2 INSTEAD OF AIMING AT CREATING JOBS FOR THE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. NOW, LET ME SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THE DOUBLE TAXATION SO PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS IS REALLY ALL ABOUT. WE HAVE A FOREIGN TAX CREDIT AS THERE SHOULD BE. AT LEAST IN THIS STRUCTURE. THIS IS A CREDIT THAT IS SUPPOSED TO RELATE TO THE INCOME BY AMERICAN COMPANIES CREATED OVERSEAS. SO WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING UNDER THIS LOOPHOLE IS THAT THE CREDIT HAS BEEN USED NOT IN RELATIONSHIP TO THAT INCOME BUT HAS BEEN USED RELATING TO OTHER INCOME SO IT ISN'T DOUBLE TAXATION. IT'S AN EFFORT TO AVOID ANY TAXATION, AND THE REST OF US PICK UP THE BILL. NOW, ONE COMPANY THAT HAS OBJECTED TO THIS HAS DRAMATICALLY INCREASED THEIR INVESTMENT OFFSHORE AND DIMINISHED THEIR JOBS IN THE UNITED STATES AND DIMINISHED THEIR R&D. SO THEY SAY CLOSE THE LOOPHOLE AND WE'LL PAY MORE TAXES. YES, WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS FOLLOW THE RULES, LIKE SMALL BUSINESS DOES IN THIS COUNTRY, AND LIKE ALL OF US INDIVIDUAL TAXPAYERS DO IN THIS COUNTRY. YOU CAN COME HERE AND SAY CLOSING A LOOPHOLE INCREASES TAXES. BY DEFINITION IT DOES BECAUSE IT SAYS TO PEOPLE WHO ARE SKIPPING PAYING TAXES, PAY YOUR FAIR SHARE. SO THIS IS A TWO FER. JOBS IN THE -- THE U.S. AND STOPPING THE SHIPMENT OF JOBS OVERSEAS AND PEOPLE WHO VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL, THEY CAN EXPECT TO HEAR FROM CONSTITUENTS, I THINK, THAT YOU HAVE VOTED TO HELP PEOPLE AND ENTITIES SHIP JOBS FROM THIS COUNTRY ELSEWHERE. WE SHOULD VOTE RESOUNDINGLY FOR THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:37:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1568 THE…

    ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1568 THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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  • 05:38:02 PM

    THE CLERK

    A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO CREATE JOBS THROUGH…

    A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO CREATE JOBS THROUGH INCREASED INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE, TO ELIMINATE LOOPHOLES WHICH ENCOURAGE COMPANIES TO MOVE OPERATIONS OFFSHORE, AND IF YOU WERE.

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  • 05:38:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-C OF RULE 19, FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5893 IS…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-C OF RULE 19, FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5893 IS POSTPONED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE FOLLOWING -- THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING ENROLLED BILL.

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  • 05:38:36 PM

    THE CLERK

    AN ACT TO AMEND THE HARMONIZED TARIFF SCHEDULE OF THE UNITED STATES TO…

    AN ACT TO AMEND THE HARMONIZED TARIFF SCHEDULE OF THE UNITED STATES TO MODIFY TEMPORARILY CERTAIN RATES OF DUTY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 05:38:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESOLUTION 1569 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE…

    RESOLUTION 1569 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5850. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. SNYDER, KINDLY RESUME THE CHAIR?

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  • 05:39:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5850 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 05:39:28 PM

    THE CLERK

    MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING…

    MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2011, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 05:39:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, AMENDMENT NUMBER A.

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    THE CHAIR

    PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATION OFF THE FLOOR. THE COMMITTEE WILL COME TO…

    PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATION OFF THE FLOOR. THE COMMITTEE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS AND STAFF, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOD. THE COMMITTEE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OUT OF THE AISLES, TAKE SEATS, SO WE MAY RESUME BUSINESS.

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  • 06:27:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    COMMITTEE WILL PLEASE COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS AND STAFF ARE ADVISED TO TAKE…

    COMMITTEE WILL PLEASE COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS AND STAFF ARE ADVISED TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. SO THAT MEMBERS MAY BE HEARD. PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS SO THAT WE MAY RESUME THE CONSIDERATION OF THIS APPROPRIATIONS BILL. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 111-578. WE WILL RESUME CONSIDERATION OF THIS AMENDMENT WHEN THE HOUSE COMES TO ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. GRAVES, SEEK RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:28:54 PM

    MR. GRAVES

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 06:28:59 PM

    THE CLERK

    PART A AMENDMENT NUMBER 12, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MR.…

    PART A AMENDMENT NUMBER 12, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MR. GRAVES OF MISSOURI.

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  • 06:29:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR.…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. GRAVES, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI DESERVES TO BE HEARD. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. MEMBERS AND STAFF WILL PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. SO WE MAY RESUME THE CONSIDERATION OF THE APPROPRIATION BILL. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. GRAVES.

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  • 06:30:01 PM

    MR. GRAVES

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE GRAVES-BOSWELL AMENDMENT AND I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. BOSWELL, FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT WITH ME. AND FOR HIS SUPPORT. MR. CHAIRMAN, WHAT OUR AMENDMENT DOES IS IT PROHIBITS THE F.A. FROM USING FUNDS IN THIS ACT TO TERMINATE --

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  • 06:30:21 PM

    >>

    MR. CHAIRMAN, THE COMMITTEE IS NOT IN ORDER. I CAN'T HEAR THE MEMBER.

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    THE CHAIR

    PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS. .

  • 06:30:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:30:58 PM

    MR. GRAVES

    MR. CHAIRMAN, WHAT OUR AMENDMENT DOES IS PROHIBIT THE F.A.A. FROM USING…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, WHAT OUR AMENDMENT DOES IS PROHIBIT THE F.A.A. FROM USING FUNDS TO TERMINATE EXISTING RESIDENTIAL AGREEMENT AT PUBLIC USE AIRPORTS. IT ALSO PREVENTS THE F.A.A. FROM WITHHOLDING FUNDS FROM THE SPONSOR OF THE AIRPORT SOLELY BECAUSE THEY ENTER INTO A DEFENSE AGREEMENT. AND WHAT A SPONSOR IS, I'M GOING TO EXPLAIN THIS OUT. WHAT A SPONSOR IS, IT COULD BE THE MUNICIPALITY, THE COMMUNITY --

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  • 06:31:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MEMBERS ON THE MAJORITY SIDE, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE…

    MEMBERS ON THE MAJORITY SIDE, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS. PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS SO WE CAN RESUME BUSINESS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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  • 06:32:03 PM

    MR. GRAVES

    OVER. WHAT OUR AMENDMENT DOES IS PROHIBITS THE F.A.A. FROM USING FUNDS IN…

    OVER. WHAT OUR AMENDMENT DOES IS PROHIBITS THE F.A.A. FROM USING FUNDS IN THIS ACT TO TERMINATE AN EXISTING RESIDENTIAL DEFENSE AGREEMENT AT PUBLIC USE GENERAL AVIATION AIRPORTS. IT PREVENTS THE F.A.A. FROM WITHHOLDING FUNDS FROM A SPONSOR SOLELY BECAUSE THAT SPONSOR ENTERS A AGREEMENT. THE SPONSOR CAN BE THE AIRPORT AUTHORITY, MIGHT BE THE COMMUNITY, IT MIGHT BE THE MUNICIPALITY. IT MIGHT BE THE COUNTY IN MANY CASES. WHAT A RESS DETENTION THROUGH DEFENSE AGREEMENT IS IS AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE AIRPORT SPONSOR AND A APPROPRIATE OWNER. THESE AGREEMENTS PROVIDE THE PROPERTY OWNER AND THE AIRCRAFT ACCESS TO THE AIRPORT. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE, VERY IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT REQUIRE THE TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT. IF THAT AIRPORT, IF THEY FEEL SUCH AN AGREEMENT IS NOT BENEFICIAL TO THE AIRPORT OR DON'T LIKE THE IDEA, THEN THEY DON'T HAVE TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT. IT'S ALWAYS BEEN THAT. IT'S UP TO THOSE COMMUNITIES. THOSE COMMUNITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES, THEY OWN THE AIRPORT. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOESN'T. AND WHAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES IS KEEP THAT OPTION OUT THERE ON THE TABLE. MOST RECENTLY, THE F.A.A. BEGAN TARGETING PUBLIC-USE ARPTS THAT HAS RESIDENTIAL THROUGH THE FENCE AGREEMENTS. THE F.A.A. HAS HELD ANNUAL AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT FUNDS FROM THESE AIRPORTS SIP APPLY BECAUSE IT HAS A RESIDENTIAL THROUGH THE FENCE AGREEMENT. THOSE FUNDS THAT ARE DEPOSITTED IN THE GENERAL AVIATION TRUST FUND FROM TAXES ON AVIATION FUEL. THAT'S WHERE IT COMES FROM. THEY GO TO THESE AIRPORTS TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS TO EXPAND AIRPORTS, WHATEVER THE CASE MAY BE, BUT THE F.A.A. HAS WITHHELD THOSE FUNDS SIMPLY BECAUSE AN AIRPORT HAS ENTERED INTO ONE OF THESE AGREEMENTS. RESIDENTIAL THROUGH THE FENCE AGREEMENTS CAN CO-EXIST WITH G.A. AIRPORTS. AND THE POLICY BANNING ALL OF THESE RESIDENTIAL AIRPORTS IS UNJUSTIFIED. RATHER THAN WORK ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS, THEY FIND IT NECESSARY TO PROHIBIT THEM ALL TOGETHER. OUR AMENDMENT IS GOING TO PROHIBIT THE F.A.A. FROM ENFORCING THIS POLICY JUST IN FISCAL YEAR 2011. WHAT I'M TRYING TO DO IS GIVE US SOME TIME SO WE CAN FIND A MORE PERMANENT LONG-TERM SOLUTION. THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT PROHIBIT THE F.A.A. FROM DEEMING AN AIRPORT TO BE OUT OF COMPLIANCE. IF AN AIRPORT VIOLATES ANY OF THE CRITERIA OUT THERE, THEY CAN STILL HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE. THEY SIMPLY CAN'T DO IT SOLELY BECAUSE THE AIRPORT HAS ENTERED INTO A RESIDENTIAL THROUGH THE FENCE AGREEMENT. JUST TO PUT IT IN BASIC TERMS, THESE AIRPORTS BELONG TO THE CITIES AND COUNTIES AND DON'T BELONG TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND I THINK IT'S WRONG THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD WITHHOLD FUNDS. IT SHOULD BE UP TO THE CITY AND THE COMMUNITY OR WHOEVER THE AIRPORT AUTHORITY IS AND NOT UP TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. I RISE TO SUPPORT THE GRAVES-BOSWELL AMENDMENT AND I THANK MR. BOSWELL FROM IOWA FOR HELPING OUT ON THIS. HE HAS BEEN A STRONG AVIATION ADVOCATE FOR MANY YEARS AND VERY ACTIVE IN THIS ISSUE. I RESERVE.

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  • 06:35:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 06:35:50 PM

    MR. OLVER

    OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD TO MR. OBERSTAR FROM MINNESOTA.

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    MR. OBERSTAR

    VERY BENEFICIAL SUGGESTIONS. THEY DON'T DEAL SPECIFICALLY WITH THE ISSUES…

    VERY BENEFICIAL SUGGESTIONS. THEY DON'T DEAL SPECIFICALLY WITH THE ISSUES THAT I JUST CITED, BUT THOSE WILL BE THE SUBJECT OF THIS REVIEW BY THE F.A.A. WE'LL GIVE THEM A DEADLINE OF REPORTING TO US IN MID-SEPTEMBER, SCHEDULE A HEARING AND FASHION A LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL WE COULD THEN BRING TO THE FLOOR ON SUSPENSION OF THE RULES PENDING AN AGREEMENT. BUT I THINK THE GENTLEMAN INTRODUCED BILL IS A MUCH MORE THOUGHTFUL APPROACH TO THE ISSUE THAN TO JUST CUTTING OFF AND SAY THEY CAN'T TAKE ACTION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI HAS 30 SECONDS.

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  • 06:39:47 PM

    MR. GRAVES

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD LIKE TO -- AND I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN WILLING TO…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD LIKE TO -- AND I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN WILLING TO WORK WITH ME ON THIS AND TO MOVE FORWARD. AND I DO THINK THIS IS GOING TO BE A PROCESS THAT WILL TAKE SOME TIME AND WE NEED TO COME UP WITH THOUGHTFUL CONSIDERATION. WHAT I'M TRYING TO DO TODAY WITH THIS AMENDMENT IS JUST PREVENT US FROM US DOING IRREPARABLE DAMAGE TO THESE AGREEMENTS AND AGREEMENTS IN THE MEANTIME, JUST THIS YEAR, JUST FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR TO SLOW THE PROCESS DOWN AND ADDRESS SOME OF THE F.A.A.'S CONCERNS AND I HAVE HEARD WHEN IT COMES TO PETS, BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS --

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  • 06:40:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS .

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    MR. OLVER

    AGAIN TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE, MR. OBERSTAR WHATEVER…

    AGAIN TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE, MR. OBERSTAR WHATEVER TIME HE CONSUMES.

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  • 06:40:45 PM

    MR. OBERSTAR

    CONCLUDE THAT IT'S INAPPROPRIATE TO JUST IMPOSE THIS PENALTY ON THE F.A.A.…

    CONCLUDE THAT IT'S INAPPROPRIATE TO JUST IMPOSE THIS PENALTY ON THE F.A.A. THROUGH THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. A MUCH MORE APPROPRIATE WAY WOULD BE TO DEAL WITH IT THROUGH OUR COMMITTEE, COMMIT TO THE GENTLEMAN THAT WE WILL WORK THROUGH -- HOPEFULLY A LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION. CERTAINLY THE F.A.A. IS COMMITTED TO DO THAT AND I WILL TALK TO THE ADMINISTRATOR AND TELL HIM WE EXPECT TO HOLD A HEARING ON THIS ISSUE, MID-SEPTEMBER AND BE PREPARED TO REPORT TO US WHATEVER FINDINGS THEY HAVE FROM THE POLICY REVIEW TEAM AT THAT POINT. AND PREPARED TO DO THAT IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD CONSIDER WITHDRAWING HIS AMENDMENT OR NOT PRESSING IT TO A RECORDED VOTE. IF THE GENTLEMAN IS PRESSING FOR A VOTE, I WOULD BE CONSTRAINED.

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  • 06:41:45 PM

    MR. GRAVES

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD NOT WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT BUT JUST TAKE A VOICE…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD NOT WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT BUT JUST TAKE A VOICE VOTE. AND I WOULD LIKE TO SAY IF I CAN, I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN'S WILLINGNESS TO WORK WITH ME ON THIS AND I UNDERSTAND WHAT HE IS SAYING, TOO, AND I RESPECT IT.

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  • 06:42:02 PM

    MR. OBERSTAR

    I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    OLVER YIELDS BACK.

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    MR. OLVER

    HAS THE TIME BEEN YIELDED NOW ON THE OTHER SIDE?

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    THE CHAIR

    EXPIRED. QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    EXPIRED. QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE KNOWS HAVE IT AND THE -- NOES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 13 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 111-578. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:42:47 PM

    MS. MOORE

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    REPORT 111-578, OFFERED BY MS. MOORE OF WISCONSIN.

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1556, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MS.…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1556, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MS. MOORE AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 06:43:12 PM

    MS. MOORE

    THR TRANSPORTATION APPROPRIATIONS BILL IS A JOB CREATIONS BILL AND I'M…

    THR TRANSPORTATION APPROPRIATIONS BILL IS A JOB CREATIONS BILL AND I'M TOTALLY IN SUPPORT OF THAT. MY AMENDMENT HERE WOULD MOD ESSENTIALLY INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION EFFORTS TO HELP SMALL AND DISADVANTAGED BUSINESSES OBTAIN TRANSPORTATION CONTRACTS. IT WOULD ADD FUNDING BEYOND THE $14,000 INCREASE REQUESTED BY THE PRESIDENT FOR THE OFFICE OF SMALL AND DISADVANTAGE THE BUSINESS OUT LIZATION WITHIN THE SECRETARY'S OFFICE AND TO INCREASE THE CAPACITY FOR THE DEPARTMENT TO REACH OUT TO SMALL AND DISADVANTAGED BUSINESSES. WHEN I TALK ABOUT SMALL AND DISADVANTAGED BUSINESSES, IT'S JUST NOT ETHNIC MINORITY BUSINESSES, BUT VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESSES, IT'S WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES. THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT AFFECTS EVERY DISTRICT, BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. THIS AMENDMENT IS ABOUT STRENGTHENING THESE SMALL, BUT IMPORTANT PROGRAMS AND THE WORK THAT THEY DO AND SENDING A STRONG SIGNAL TO SMALL BUSINESSES AND TO THE SECRETARY ABOUT THE LEVEL OF IMPORTANCE THAT WE, AS A CONGRESS PLACE ON CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR AMERICAN BUSINESSES THAT ARE DIVERSE. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:44:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    GENTLELADY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RISE?

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  • 06:44:47 PM

    MR. OLVER

    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION BUT I'M NOT OPPOSED TO THE BILL.

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    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. OLVER

    SENSITIVE TO THE ISSUES THAT THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS RAISED. AND I THINK THESE…

    SENSITIVE TO THE ISSUES THAT THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS RAISED. AND I THINK THESE ARE VERY MODEST CHANGES AND I'M QUITE WILLING TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT THAT SHE HAS PROPOSED. AND I'M READY TO YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 06:45:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM WISCONSIN. MOORE

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    THE CHAIR

    QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM WISCONSIN.…

    QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM WISCONSIN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 14 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 111-578. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:45:44 PM

    MR. NEUGEBAUER

    HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MR. NEUGEBAUER OF TEXAS.

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    THE CHAIR

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. NEUGEBAUER AND A…

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. NEUGEBAUER AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. .

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  • 06:46:12 PM

    MR. NEUGEBAUER

    THAT HAD BEEN SITTING UNUSED, SOME OF THOSE FOR OVER 20 YEARS. THE SURFACE…

    THAT HAD BEEN SITTING UNUSED, SOME OF THOSE FOR OVER 20 YEARS. THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION EARMARKS PROVISION, SAVINGS AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT RESCINDED $1713 MILLION OF HIGHWAY CONTRACT AUTHORITY FOR 309-MEMBER DESIGNATED PROJECTS FOR THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORIZATION ACTS OF 2005. AFTER PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SHOULD BE APPLAUD FOR SUPPORTING THESE COMMONSENSE SPENDING CUTS. WE SET LONG-TERM ECONOMIC GROWTH AND RECOVERY CAN'T HAPPEN UNLESS WE CUT WASTEFUL GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND TACKLE OUR EXPLODING DEFICIT. WE AGREED THAT THESE EARMARKS WERE WASTEFUL TAXPAYER USES -- USE OF THE TAXPAYER MONEY. THE NUMBER OF UNUSED EARMARKS IN THIS BILL SHOWS THAT CONGRESS NEEDS A BETTER PROCESS OF DECIDING HOW TO SPEND THE TAXPAYERS AWE MONEY. WHILE MANY OF US ON THE OTHER --' -- TAXPAYERS' MONEY. WHILE MANY OF US WANT TO PRACTICE EARMARKING ON THEIR CONSTITUENTS' BEHALF, I CAN'T SUPPORT THIS RECKLESS SPENDING. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY INCLUDES 500 NEW EARMARKS THAT WE CANNOT SIMPLY AFFORD. MORE IMPORTANTLY THESE EARMARKS ARE POTENTIALLY CAUSING EVEN MORE GOVERNMENT INEFFICIENCY. WHILE I SUPPORTED THE BILL ON TUESDAY, WE ALSO NEED TO BE HONEST THAT IT DID NOT ACTUALLY REDUCE ANY SPENDING. THESE PROJECTS HAVE BEEN ON HOLD FOR A LONG TIME AND THIS MONEY WAS NEVER GOING TO BE USED AND NEVER WAS ALLOCATED. I AGREE THAT CONGRESS SHOULD REPEAL SPENDING THAT IS NOT GOING TO BE USED BUT WE DIDN'T REDUCE THE DEFICIT $700 MILLION BY TAKING OUT THESE OLD EARMARKS EVEN THOUGH WE TALKED LIKE WE WERE. TODAY WE GET TO VOTE ON AN AMENDMENT THAT ACTUALLY CUTS UN-- ACTUALLY CUTS UNSPENT FUNDS. MY AMENDMENT SAYS WE SHOULD TAKE THE UNSPENT MONEY FROM THE STIMULUS PACKAGE AND RETURN IT TO THE TAXPAYERS. MOST OF US AGREE THAT WE SHOULD TAKE UNSPENT MONEY OUT OF THE OLD TRANSPORTATION EARMARKS IN THE VOTE EARLIER THIS WEEK, MOST OF US SHOULD AGREE THEN THAT THIS BILL, THAT WE SHOULD TAKE AN GIVE BACK THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER THE STIMULUS MONEY THAT HAS NOT BEEN SPENT. MY AMENDMENT WOULD REDUCE THE F.Y. 2011 SPENDING BILL BY THE SAME AMOUNT THAT'S YET TO BE COMMITTED FROM THE $61.7 BILLION INCLUDED IN THE 2009 ECONOMIC STIMULUS BILL FOR TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING PROGRAMS. ACCORDING TO THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE REPORT, $10.52 BILLION WEPT TO PROGRAMS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN COMMITTED TO YET AND MUCH LESS THE MONEY HAS NOT BEEN SPENT OR IS NOT OUT THE DOOR. IF AMERICANS GO TO THE RECOVERY .GOV AND REVIEW THE AGENCY REPORTS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, THEY WILL LEARN THAT ONCE AGAIN DOUBLE DIPPING ON THE BACKS OF THEIR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. HERE ARE JUST A FEW EXAMPLES OF PROGRAMS RECEIVING MORE MONEY IN TODAY'S SPENDING BILL THAT HAVE MONEY LEFT FROM THE 2009 STIMULUS BILL. ONE OF THOSE IS THE BILL THAT BEFORE US TODAY, $2 BILLION FOR CAPITAL INVESTMENT GRANTS. WHILE THESE GRANTS MAY PROVIDE WORTHY INVESTMENTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE, THERE'S STILL $800 MILLION LEFT FROM THE STIMULUS THAT HAS NOT BEEN SPENT. TODAY'S BILL INCLUDES $3.5 BILLION IN GRANTS FOR AIRPORTS, HOWEVER THERE'S MORE THAN $1 BILLION LEFT FROM THE STIMULUS BILL. GRANTS TO AMTRAK SYSTEM THAT WAS SLATED TO RECEIVE $563 MILLION, ALREADY ALMOST $1.3 BILLION READY TO GO OUT THE DOOR AS WE'VE SO OFTEN HEARD BUT NOT SPENT. MOVING ON TO HOUSING, WE STILL HAVE $2.2 BILLION IN THE HOME INVESTMENT TO PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM TO SPEND, BUT -- FROM THE STIMULUS, BUT TODAY WE'RE POISED TO ADD ANOTHER $8.-- 1.8 BILLION ON TOP OF THE $2.2 BILLION THAT HASN'T BEEN SPENT. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE LEARNED ON TUESDAY, WE CAN RAISE -- RISE ABOVE THE PARTISAN DIFFERENCE AND PUT A STOP TO THOSE PROOGES THAT AREN'T WORKER, WON'T BE FUNDED AND AREN'T COMPLETED AND READY TO BE TAKEN OFF THE BOOKS. TODAY WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY ONCE AGAIN THIS TIME TO VOTE ACTUALLY TO REDUCE SPENDING AND THE DEFICIT. I RECALL THE PROPONENTS ARGUING ABOUT THIS STIM BILL AND HOW IT'S GOING TO CREATE NEW JOBS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE WERE GOING TO SPEND NEARLY $1 TRILLION, WE WERE GOING TO CREATE ALL THESE JOBS. UNFORTUNATELY UNEMPLOYMENT WAS NOT GOING TO GO ABOVE 8%. TODAY 9.5% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE OUT OF WORK. WE'VE LOST 2.7 MILLION JOBS SINCE THE STIMULUS BILL WAS PASSED. MR. CHAIRMAN, LET'S GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A BREAK HERE. LET'S GIVE THEM THEIR MONEY BACK. THIS IS MONEY WE DON'T HAVE, WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF THE MONEY THAT'S IN THIS BILL. FOR EVERY DOLLAR WE'RE GOING TO SPEND, WE'RE GOING TO BORROW 43 CENTS. WE'RE GOING TO CHARGE IT TO OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN AND QUIET HONESTLY IT'S NOT SUSTAINABLE. OUR NATIONAL DEBT IS $13 TRILLION TODAY. WE'RE HEADED TO $20 TRILLION, WE'RE HEADED TO HAVING DEBT ALMOST EQUAL TO 90% OF OUR TOTAL ECONOMY. MR. CHAIRMAN, LET'S GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A BREAK. LET'S GIVE THEM THEIR $10 BILLION BACK. A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY, WELL, IT'S JUST $10 BILLION, BUT THAT'S THE PROBLEM AROUND HERE. PEOPLE DON'T TAKE MONEY SERIOUSLY BECAUSE IT'S NOT MONEY THAT -- IT'S NOT REAL MONEY TO THEM BECAUSE WE'RE CHARGING IT TO OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WITH THINK A YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:51:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 06:51:15 PM

    MR. OLVER

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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    MR. OLVER

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. NEUGEBAUER

    IN THE CATEGORY YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, $116 MILLION IS STILL AVAILABLE,…

    IN THE CATEGORY YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, $116 MILLION IS STILL AVAILABLE, YOU'VE ONLY SPENT $6.9 MILLION YET YOU'RE ASKING FOR $1.4 BILLION. WE WERE TOLD THAT THIS MONEY WAS GOING TO GO OUT THE TCHOOR REAL QUICKLY TO CREATE JOBS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE YET WE HAVE A LOT OF THESE CATEGORIES THAT STILL HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF MONEY, WE'RE PLUSING UP WITH NEW MONEY WHEN WE HAVEN'T EVEN SPENT THE MONEY WE HAD BEFORE. I THINK THE SENSE OF URGENCY MUST HAVE GONE AWAY BECAUSE THESE PROMS, THE MONEY HAS NOT BEEN SPENT FOR -- PROJECTS, THE MONEY HAS NOT BEEN SPENT FOR.

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  • 06:54:47 PM

    MR. OLVER

    THE GENTLEMAN IS NOT TALK ABOUT THE AMENDMENT THAT IS BEFORE US. HE'S…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS NOT TALK ABOUT THE AMENDMENT THAT IS BEFORE US. HE'S TALKING ABOUT A DIFFERENT ISSUE ABOUT MONEY THAT HAS NOT EXPENDED IN FUNDS OR MONEY THAT -- OR THAT MONEY THAT HAS NOT YET BEEN EXPENDED IN THE 2010 -- I'M NOT QUITE SURE WHICH IT IS, BUT THE AMENDMENT THAT IS BEFORE US, AT LEAST AS WE HAVE UNDERSTOOD IT, AS WE HAVE IT GIVEN TO US, IS AN AMENDMENT THAT SIMPLY TAKES FROM THE BOTTOM LINE OF THE BILL BEFORE US, FROM THE DISCRETIONARY AMOUNT, A TOTAL OF $10.5 BILLION. AND I MUST SUPPOSE THAT PROPOSAL. -- OPPOSE THAT PROPOSAL. IN COMPLETING MY TIME, I JUST WANT TO REPEAT AGAIN THAT OUR BILL IS ALREADY $1.3 BILLION BELOW THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST, THAT AS I HAVE SAID EARLIER TODAY, AND HAVE SAID AT LEAST TWICE, THAT WE HAVE USED -- WE HAVE USED THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST, WE HAVE NOT FUNDED IN THE BASE BILL THAT IS HERE TODAY SEVERAL ITEMS THAT HAVE NEVER BEEN AUTHORIZED AND REALLY REQUIRE AUTHORIZATION, A TOTAL OF $4.8 BILLION AND WE HAVE USED THAT MONEY --

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  • 06:56:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

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

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  • 06:56:38 PM

    MR. NEUGEBAUER

    ON THAT I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO…

    6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 15 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 111-578. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:56:54 PM

    MR. BRALEY

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    PART A AMENDMENT NUMBER 15 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MR.…

    PART A AMENDMENT NUMBER 15 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MR. BRALEY OF IOWA.

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  • 06:57:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED…

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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  • 06:57:16 PM

    MR. BRALEY

    I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT THAT I HAVE OFFERED TO INCREASE…

    I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT THAT I HAVE OFFERED TO INCREASE FUNDS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT BY $20 MILLION TO BE USED FOR DISASTER RELIEF AND RECOVERY IN THE MIDWEST. BY REDUCING FUNDING FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT AND NONPERSONNEL EXPENSES IN THE BILL. THIS PAST WEEKEND HEAVY RAINS CAUSED MAJOR FLOODING IN PARTS OF MY DISTRICT, LAKE DELL HIGH, WHICH YOU SEE HERE ON THIS ILLUSTRATION, WAS A TREASURED SUMMER RETREAT. IT'S GONE. THE NINE-MILE-LONG LAKE DISAPPEARED AFTER SUDDEN FLOOD WATERS BREACHED ITS 92-YEAR-OLD DAM ON SATURDAY MORNING. I WAS STANDING AT THE SOUTH END OF THE DAM WATCHING THIS HAPPEN AT 1:00 IN THE AFTERNOON. OVER A DOZEN OTHER COMMUNITIES IN MY DISTRICT HAVE ALSO EXPERIENCING MAJOR FLOODING THIS WEEK. THIS $20 MILLION INCREASE TO CDBG WILL BE USED TO HELP A FLOOD RELIEF AND RECOVERY IN THE MIDWEST. THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR CDBG CLEARLY STATE THAT GRANT FUNDS CAN BE USED FOR PARTICULARLY URGENT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT NEEDS BECAUSE EXISTING CONDITIONS POSE A SERIOUS AND IMMEDIATE THREAT TO THE PUBLIC. DUE TO THE FLOODING, PARTS OF MY DISTRICT ARE CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING SERIOUS AND IMMEDIATE THREATS TO THE PUBLIC. PILES OF FLOOD-POLLUTED GARBAGE ARE PILING UP AND RAISING SERIOUS PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS. YOU CAN SEE THE DAMAGE THAT'S BEEN CAUSED AS THE LAKE HAS DRAINED. THE STENCH OF ROTTING FISH PERMEATES THE AIR AROUND THE LAKE. MANY OF THE HOMES AND BUSINESSES ARE EXPERIENCING MAJOR FLOOD DAMAGE WHILE VALUES OF THEIR PROPERTY ARE EXPECTED TO PLUMMET AS THE LAKE HAS DISAPPEARED. THE CDBG FUNDS HAVE BEEN USED IN THE PAST TO AID IN DISASTER RELIEF AND RECOVERY AND IN 1997 THEY WERE USED TO AID COMMUNITIES IN THE UPPER MIDWEST AFFECTED BY SEVERE FLOODING. IN 2002 EMERGENCY CDBG FUNDS WERE AWARDED TO THE STATE OF NEW YORK FOR ASSISTANCE FOR PROPERTIES AND BUSINESSES DAMAGED BY THE TERRORIST ATTACKS OF 9/11. THESE EMERGENCY FUNDS HELP THESE BUSINESSES WITH ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THAT DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT AS WELL AS THE STATE OF IOWA TO ENSURE THAT THESE CDBG FUNDS ARE PROPERLY USED TO AID FLOOD RECOVERY AND RELIEF. I URGE EVERYONE TO SUPPORT FLOOD RELIEF FOR THE MIDWEST AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:59:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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    OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. BUT I AM NOT OPPOSED TO THE…

    OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. BUT I AM NOT OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 06:59:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:59:54 PM

    MR. OLVER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    CHAIRMAN. I CERTAINLY RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT, THAT'S A DISASTER…

    CHAIRMAN. I CERTAINLY RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT, THAT'S A DISASTER THAT HAPPENED AND LIKE THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA SAID, JUST TO WATCH THAT DAM COLLAPSE AND ALL THE DAMAGE THAT WENT THROUGH AFTERWARDS WAS DEVASTATING TO SO MANY FOLKS AND SO I THINK THIS IS A GOOD AMENDMENT AND VERY PROUD TO SUPPORT IT.

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  • 07:00:30 PM

    MR. OLVER

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS AND I AGREE TOTALLY, THESE KINDS OF…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS AND I AGREE TOTALLY, THESE KINDS OF DISASTERS NEED TO BE TAKEN CARE OF AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER THEY OCCUR. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:00:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. BRALEY. THOSE IN…

    THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. BRALEY. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 16 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK RECOGNITION? DELOIP PART A, AMENDMENT NUMBER 16, PRINTED NO RUSS POE TRT 111-578, OFFERED BY MR. TURNER OF OHIO.

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  • 07:01:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. TURNER,…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. TURNER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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  • 07:01:28 PM

    MR. TURNER

    TO THANK THE RULE COMMITTEES FOR RULING MY AMENDMENT IN ORDERED AND FOR…

    TO THANK THE RULE COMMITTEES FOR RULING MY AMENDMENT IN ORDERED AND FOR PROVIDING THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ASSIST LOW INCOME SENIORS AN OUR NATION'S VETERANS WITH OBTAINING SAFE AND QUALITY HOUSING THIS AMENDMENT IS NARROWLY TAILORED, IT IS A PRO-VETERAN AMENDMENT WHICH ALLOWS THE V.A. TO MAINTAIN THEIR REQUIREMENTS OF A VETERAN'S PREFERENCE ON H.U.D. FINANCED HOUSING ON V.A. CAMPUSES. UNFORTUNATELY, H.U.D. HAS RULES THAT DON'T ALLOW FOR A VETERAN'S PREFERENCE FOR PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN FACILITIES BUILT WITH H.U.D. FUNDS EVEN IF THEY'RE BUILT ON V.A. PROPERTY. MY AMENDMENT SAYS NO FUNDS COULD GO TOWARD ENFORCING THESE RULES AGAINST A FACILITY BUILT ON A V.A. CAMPUS OR IS USING A V.A. ENHANCED LEASE.

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  • 07:02:37 PM

    MR. TURNER

    I APPRECIATE THAT. IT HELP OURS VETERANS AND OUR LOW-INCOME SENIORS.

  • 07:02:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    QUESTION QUE IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. THOSE…

    QUESTION QUE IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED. TO IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 17 PRINTED NO PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 111-578. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECK

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  • 07:03:14 PM

    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 17 IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 17 IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, MS. KIRK PATIC.

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  • 07:03:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA AND A MEMBER OOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA AND A MEMBER OOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. MS. KIRK PATIC: I RISE TO SUPPORT

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  • 07:03:40 PM

    MS. KIRK PATIC

    TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT TO CUT BY 5% ALL MONEY IN THE HOUSING AND URBAN…

    TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT TO CUT BY 5% ALL MONEY IN THE HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENTS APPROPRIATIONS ACT. I OFFER THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WASHINGTON TAKE NOTICE AND START ACTING TO COMBAT THIS YEAR'S RECORD BUDGET DEFICIT AND FAST GROWING NATIONAL DEBT. WHICH AT LAST COUNT AMOUNTED TO AN ASTOUNDING $13.2 TRILLION. JUST TWO WEEKS AGO, THE CO-CHAIRS OF THE NONSATURDAY PAN -- PARTISAN DEBT AND DEFICIT COMMISSION, FORMER REPUBLICAN SENATOR ALAN SIMPSON AND FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF TO PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON SAID IF THE GOVERNMENT FAILS TO TAKE ACTION, OUR DEBILITATING FEDERAL DEBT WILL DESTROY THE COMPANY FROM WITHIN. HE FURTHER DEZHRIBED DEBT AS A CANCER ON OUR NATION. THERE ARE PLENTY OF FOLKS IN MY DISTRICT AND ACROSS THE NATION WHO ARE FINDING AWAS -- WAYS TO RAISE FAMILIES AND PAY THEIR BILLS DESPITE HAVING LOST THEIR JOBS OR TAKING DEEP PAY CUTS IN THIS ECONOMIC DOWNTURN. IF THE FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TIGHTEN THEIR BELTS, THEN SURELY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN DO THE SAME. CONGRESS SHOULD BE LEADING BY EXAMPLE WHEN FACING TOUGH ECONOMIC DECISIONS. MY PROPOSED 5% CONGRESSIONAL PAY CUT IS JUST ONE WAY MEMBERS CAN SHOW THEY ARE SERIOUS ABOUT TACKLING THE LOOMING FISCAL CRISIS. THAT'S WHY I HAVE PREVIOUSLY SUPPORTED BUDGET CUTS TO FEDERAL PROGRAMS AND WILL DON'T SUPPORT SUCH CUTS AS OUR ECONOMY RECOVERS. THAT'S WHY I'M OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. I STRONGLY SUPPORT BUILDING OUR NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE, ROADS, AND BRIDGES, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, QUALITY EDUCATION, AND EXPANDING BROADBAND BUT OUR LONG-TERM FISCAL HEALTH DEPENDS ON CONGRESS MAKING HARD CHOICES TODAY TO PROTECT OUR ABILITY TO PROVIDE CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE TOMORROW. THIS AMENDMENT MAKES A 5% CUT TO THE PROGRAMS FUNDED IN THIS BILL BUT ORDINARY FAMILIES ARE SEEING MUCH BIGGER CUTS TO THEIR INCOME. I HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT IF THOSE FAMILIES CAN CONTINUE TO MAKE ENDS MEET IN THESE TOUGH TIMES, THE TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING DEPARTMENTS CAN KEEP THE IMPORTANT PROGRAMS GOING WITH 95 CENTS OUT OF EACH DOLLAR. WE ARE HERE TO REPRESENT THE FOLKS BACK HOME. THE FOLKS WHO UNDERSTAND THAT THE OLD WAYS OF WASHINGTON NO LONGER WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. PLEASE JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS CUT. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:06:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT AS PRESENTED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN.

  • 07:06:28 PM

    MR. OLVER

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT AS PRESENTED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. OLVER

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT PROVIDES A WRINKLE ON WHAT WE HAVE BEEN…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT PROVIDES A WRINKLE ON WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH EARLIER. AS WRITTEN, AGAIN, THIS IS SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT FROM WHAT THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS EXPRESSED. BUT AS WRITTEN, IT SAYS IT WILL TAKE A CERTAIN -- EACH AMOUNT -- IT READS EACH AMOUNT APPROPRIATED OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT THAT IS NOT REQUIRED TO BE APPROPRIATED OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE BY A PROVISION OF LAW IS HEREBY REDUCED BY 5%. NOW, WHAT THAT MEANS IS IT'S NOT JUST DISCRETIONARY EXPENDITURE BUT IT IS ALSO APPLIES TO THEEN IN DISCRETIONARY PART OF THIS BILL. IT'S NOT JUST ON THE $67 BILLION OF DISCRETIONARY EXPENDITURE THAT'S PART OF THIS UNDERLYING BILL, BUT THE WHOLE $126 BILLION WHICH COVERS ALL OF THE CONTRACT AUTHORITY FOR ALL OF THE SMALL SAFETY AGENCIES THAT GET MONEY OUT OF THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND AND ALSO APPLIES THE MONEY TO GO TO THE F.T.A., TO COME OUT OF THE TRANSIT PORTION OF THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND. SO THAT'S THE WAY THAT IS WRITTEN AND THERE IS A PROVISION AT THE END OF THE PART THAT I READ, OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE BY A PROVISION OF LAW, WHICH LEAVES C.B.O. UNABLE TO SCORE THIS AMENDMENT AT ALL AND THEY CANNOT TELL US WHAT IT REALLY IS MEANT TO DO. THEY -- IT SAYS IT CANNOT BE IMPLEMENTED IN THIS FORM SO I MUST OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT FOR ALL OF THOSE REASONS BECAUSE IT GOES FAR BEYOND THE DISCRETIONARY EXPENDITURE THAT IS DIFFERENT EACH OF THE EARLIER LARGE CUT AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN ONES THAT PURPORTED TO TAKE ONLY FROM THE DISCRETIONARY EXPENDITURE AND THIS ONE COVERS ALL OF WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THIS LEGISLATION BOTH THE DISCRETIONARY AND THE CONTRACT AUTHORITY SUPPORTED PARTS OF THE LEGISLATION. PLUS APPARENTLY SOME OTHER THINGS.

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  • 07:09:19 PM

    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? THE INTENT IS TO CUT ONLY DISCRETIONARY SPEND…

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? THE INTENT IS TO CUT ONLY DISCRETIONARY SPEND BIG 5%. I'D BE HAPPY TO WORK WITH YOU TO CLARIFY THAT LANGUAGE.

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  • 07:09:29 PM

    MR. OLVER

    THE LANGUAGE OF THE AMENDMENT AT THIS POINT. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO WORK WITH…

    THE LANGUAGE OF THE AMENDMENT AT THIS POINT. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR -- BETWEEN NOW AND WHEN THE BILL TAKES -- TO FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT WAS INTENDED TO BE DONE HERE AND TRY TO WORK WITH YOU BUT FOR THE MOMENT, I MUST OPPOSE THIS.

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  • 07:10:00 PM

    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

    I AGREE TO WORK WITH YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

  • 07:10:08 PM

    MR. OLVER

    TIME AS WELL. IT CANNOT BE AMENDED, IT CANNOT BE IMPLEMENTED AND IT CAN'T…

    TIME AS WELL. IT CANNOT BE AMENDED, IT CANNOT BE IMPLEMENTED AND IT CAN'T EVEN BE SCORED TO KNOW HOW MUCH IS REALLY INVOLVED IN IT.

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  • 07:10:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR CLARIFICATION, THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING IS…

    FOR CLARIFICATION, THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING IS NOT ASKING UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT?

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  • 07:10:36 PM

    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

    THAT'S CORRECT.

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    THE CHAIR

    SON THE AMENDMENT OF THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.…

    SON THE AMENDMENT OF THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED. TO IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 18 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 111-578. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:11:00 PM

    MR. JORDAN

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 07:11:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    18 IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MR. JORDAN OF OHIO.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

  • 07:11:19 PM

    MR. JORDAN

    WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT WE WOULD HAVE WITNESSED THE THINGS WE HAVE…

    WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT WE WOULD HAVE WITNESSED THE THINGS WE HAVE WITNESSED IN THIS COUNTRY OVER THE LAST YEAR? WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WOULD FIRE THE C.E.O. OF GENERAL MOTORS WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT WE WOULD SEE THE TAXPAYERS BAIL OUT THE FINANCIAL INDUSTRY OR THE AUTO INDUSTRY? WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT WE'D HAVE A PAY CZAR, A PAY CZAR TELLING PRIVATE AMERICAN CITIZENS HOW MUCH MONEY THEY CAN MAKE. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT WE'D HAVE A MAJOR POLICY CHANGE, THIS HEALTH CARE BILL, PASS WHEN A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WOULD OPPOSE IT AND IT WOULD BE DONE IN A COMPLETELY PARTISAN FASHION AND WHO WOULD HAVE EVER THOUGHT, AS O.M.B. POINTED OUT THIS PAST WEEK, THAT WE WOULD HAVE A $1.4 TRILLION DEFICIT, THE LARGEST DEFICIT IN AMERICAN HISTORY, A $13 TRILLION NATIONAL DEBT AND ON THE PATH WE ARE ON CURRENTLY, BY 2020, WE'LL HAVE A $26 TRILLION DEFICIT. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THOSE THINGS WOULD TAKE PLACE? MY AMENDMENT IS REAL SIMPLE. REAL SIMPLE. I WOULD ARGUE THAT ALTHOUGH THE OTHER SIDE IS GOING TO SAY THIS IS TERRIBLE WE CAN'T REDUCE THE SPENDING LEVEL IN THIS BILL TO THE AMOUNT THE GENTLEMAN WANTS TO, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THIS IS A MODEST FIRST STEP. THIS IS A MODEST INITIAL STEP TOWARD PROVIDING SOME FISCAL SANITY TO THIS TOWN AND TO THIS CONGRESS. MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE. IT SAYS THIS BILL SHOULD GO BACK AND WE SHOULD SPEND IT AT 2008 BASELINE LEVELS. AFTER ALL, A LOT OF FAMILIES ARE LIVING ON SOMETHINGLESS, A LOT OF FAMILIES HAVE HAD TO LIVE ON WHAT THEY WERE FUNCTIONING ON 2008. A LOT OF SMALL BUSINESSES ARE FUNCTIONING ON WHAT THEY HAD TO DO IN 2008. WHY CAN'T THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DO THE SAME THING? SO THIS AMENDMENT TAKES US BACK TO 2008 LEVELS BEFORE THE BAILOUT, BEFORE THE SO-CALLED STIMULUS, BEFORE THE OUT OF CONTROL SPENDING, LET'S -- REMEMBER WHAT WE'VE DONE SINCE 2008. A 38% INCREASE IN THIS BILL. THIS TAKES IT BACK TO A REASONABLE LEVEL AND I WOULD ARGUE A MODEST FIRST STEP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT US TO DO AND WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:13:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 07:13:32 PM

    MR. OLVER

    RISE TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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    MR. OLVER

    IS NOT A MODEST ONE BY ANY MEANS. IT IS A DOUBLE AX TAKEN TO THE…

    IS NOT A MODEST ONE BY ANY MEANS. IT IS A DOUBLE AX TAKEN TO THE LEGISLATION THAT IS INVOLVED. IT TAKES $18 BILLION OUT OF THE DISCRETIONARY, ONLY THE DISCRETIONARY AMOUNT OF THE FUNDING, BECAUSE IT'S PROVIDED IN THE UNDERLYING -- THAT IS PROVIDED IN THE UNDERLYING BILL. AS TOUCH, -- AS SUCH, THAT COMES TO -- TO BETWEEN 20% AND 25% OF THE REDUCTION IN THE UNDERLYING, FROM THE UNDERLYING BILL IN ALL OF THE DISCRETIONARY ACCOUNTS. WHOEVER THOUGHT, WHO EVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT WE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN SO DEEP IN DEREGULATION AND HAD OUR MAJOR FINANCIAL SERVICES REGULATING AGENCIES SO ASLEEP AT THE SWITCH THAT WE WOULD HAVE ENDED UP IN A -- IN A HOUSING CRISIS, A FORECLOSURE CRISIS THAT'S BEEN RAGING WHERE THERE ARE SIX MILLION OR EIGHT MILLION FORECLOSED HOMES, ALMOST BROUGHT NOT ONLY THE AMERICAN FINANCIAL SYSTEM TO ITS KNEES, BUT ALMOST THE WHOLE WORLD'S FINANCIAL SYSTEM TO ITS KNEES, AND ENDED UP WITH THE SECRETARY OF TREASURY UNDER THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE PREVIOUS PRESIDENT COMING TO THE CONGRESS AND ASKING FOR US, BEGGING US, BEGGING THE CONGRESS TO BAIL OUT THE BIGGEST BANKS IN THIS COUNTRY WHO HAD CAUSED THAT HOUSING CRISIS BY RUNNING A CASINO IN -- ON WALL STREET, AND IN THAT PROCESS, BY THAT TIME, BY THE TIME THEY CAME TO THE CONGRESS TO ASK FOR THAT BAILOUT, WE WERE ALREADY FOUR QUARTERS INTO A RECESSION IN THIS COUNTRY THAT RAGED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE OF THE YEAR 2008 AND ON INTO AT LEAST THE FIRST TWO QUARTERS OF 2009. WE HAVE BEGUN TO COME BACK OUT OF THAT RECESSION AND WE HAVE PASSED A STIMULUS BILL WITHIN ONE MONTH OF THE NEW PRESIDENT BEING INAUGURATED WHICH WITHIN ANOTHER MONTH TURNED FROM JOB LOSSES TO JOB GAINS, TO AT LEAST REDUCTION OF JOB LOSSES, FOR A SERIES OF MONTHS AND NOW IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS OR SO, JOB GAINS. WE ARE THEN OUT OF THE RECESSION BUT IT'S NOT RECOVERY THAT'S HAPPENING VERY QUICKLY. WHO EVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT ALL OF THOSE THINGS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED? WE HAVE A SERIES OF ECONOMISTS WHO HAVE POINTED OUT THAT IF WE HAD NOT DONE EXACTLY THOSE THINGS, FIRST THE BAILOUT OF THE BANKS IN THE FIRST PLACE, WHICH MOST OF US IN THE CONGRESS, I THINK FROM BOTH SIDES WHO VOTED ON IT, AND THERE WERE PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT VOTED FOR THAT LEGISLATION, MOST OF US EXPECTED THAT THERE WOULD BE SOME KIND OF EVEN-HANDED HANDLING OF THE LARGEST INVESTMENT BANKS AND ALSO THOSE WHO HAD BEEN BILL ED OUT OF THEIR MONEY IN THE HOUSING CRISIS AND GONE THROUGH FORECLOSURES BUT THE FORECLOSURE CRY HAS HAS GONE ON AND GONE ON AND GONE ON FAR FARTHER THAN IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO GO. WHO HAD EVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT ALL OF THOSE THINGS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IN AMERICA? AND WE ARE NOW COMING OUT OF THIS RECESSION AND AN AMENDMENT SUCH AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO HAS PROPOSED, IF IT WERE IMPLEMENTED, WOULD SEND US RIGHT BACK INTO THE RECESSION. WE CANNOT DO THIS, THOUGH I WONDER, AS I THINK I MAY HAVE ASKED YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, EARLIER, IS THIS A DELIBERATE EFFORT TO PULL US BACK INTO A DOUBLE-DIPPED RECESSION? THAT WOULD BE SO SIMILAR TO THE GREAT DEPRESSION WHERE THAT WAS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED IN 1937, FOUR YEARS AFTER THE INAUGURATION OF F.D.R., FOUR YEARS LATER WE WENT BACK INTO A RECESSION WHICH TOOK ANOTHER FOUR YEARS OF REALLY VERY, VERY BAD ECONOMY. WE ARE COMING OUT WITH THE RATHER PRUDENT ACTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN TAKEN BY THE CONGRESS AND THIS ADMINISTRATION AND WE MUST CONTINUE ON THAT PATH.

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  • 07:18:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 07:18:49 PM

    MR. JORDAN

    THINK JUST A COUPLE QUICK RESPONSES TO THE CHAIRMAN'S COMMENTS. FIRST OF…

    THINK JUST A COUPLE QUICK RESPONSES TO THE CHAIRMAN'S COMMENTS. FIRST OF ALL, I VOTED AGAINST THE BANK BAILOUT, IF MY MEMORY SERVES ME CORRECT, THE GENTLEMAN VOTED FOR THAT. THE CHAIRMAN'S COMMENTS ABOUT HOW THIS IS SUCH A DRAMATIC CUT ARE A GREAT EXAMPLE OF HOW OUT OF TOUCH THIS TOWN IS WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ALL THIS AMENDMENT DOES IS SAY, LET'S SPEND WHAT WE SPENT JUST TWO YEARS AGO, 2008. YOU GO TALK TO AVERAGE AMERICANS, THEY DON'T THINK -- THEY THINK THAT'S PROBABLY SOMETHING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COULD DO. SPEND WHAT WE WERE SPENDING TWO YEARS AGO. AND ALSO, REMEMBER, THIS BILL IS A 38% INCREASE OVER 2008. THAT'S ON TOP OF THE TRANSPORTATION SPENDING THAT WAS IN THE STIMULUS BILL. SO IT'S EVEN BIGGER THAN 38%, THIS INCREASE OVER 2008. AND FINALLY I WOULD SAY THIS, IF BIG GOVERNMENT -- IF BIG GOVERNMENT SPENDING, IF BIG GOVERNMENT TAXATION, IF BIG GOVERNMENT REGULATION WERE GOING TO GET US OUT OF THIS MESS, HECK, WE'D BE OUT OF IT A LONG TIME AGO BECAUSE THAT'S ALL THIS GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN DOING FOR TWO YEARS. MR. CHAIRMAN, I'LL JUST CLOSE WITH THIS. HOW BAD DOES IT HAVE TO GET BEFORE WE CAN BEGIN TO REDUCE SOME SPENDING AROUND HERE? DO WE HAVE TO HAVE A $2 TRILLION DEFICIT? DO WE HAVE TO GET TO $30 TRILLION IN DEBT? I MEAN, HOW BAD DOES IT HAVE TO GET BEFORE WE CAN START TO DO THOSE THINGS THAT MAKE ESSENTIAL AND THAT WILL GUARANTEE -- SENSE AND THAT WILL GUARANTEE A PROSPEROUS FUTURE FOR OUR KIDS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:20:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    YIELDS BACK. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE. IT THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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  • 07:20:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YES.

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    THE CHAIR

    PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO WILL BE…

    PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO WILL BE POSTPONED. AMENDMENT NUMBER 19 WILL NOT BE OFFERED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 20 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 111-578. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RISE?

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  • 07:21:16 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    OFFER THE AMENDMENT ON BEHALF OF CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN.

  • 07:21:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 07:21:22 PM

    THE CLERK

    PART A AMENDMENT NUMBER 20 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MR.…

    PART A AMENDMENT NUMBER 20 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MR. FLAKE OF ARIZONA.

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  • 07:21:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. FLAKE, AS THE DESIGNEE OF…

    RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. FLAKE, AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA, MRS. BACHMANN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 07:21:49 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD SIMPLY REDUCE FUNDING…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD SIMPLY REDUCE FUNDING THROUGH CAPITAL AND DEBT SERVICE GRANTS TO THE NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION FOR CAPITAL INVESTMENTS. BY $1.2 MILLION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:22:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 07:22:10 PM

    MR. OLVER

    CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

  • 07:22:14 PM

    MR. OLVER

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:22:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:22:34 PM

    MS. BROWN

    YOU. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS TERRIBLE AMENDMENT. RAIL IN…

    YOU. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS TERRIBLE AMENDMENT. RAIL IN AMERICA IS EXPERIENCING A RENAISSANCE THAT WE HAVEN'T SEEN IN 50 YEARS. ALL FORMS OF PASSENGER RAIL, INCLUDING AMTRAK, IS SEEING INCREASED RIDERSHIP NUMBERS. IN FACT, IN 2009 AMTRAK WELCOMED ABOARD OVER 27 MILLION PASSENGERS. THE SECOND LARGEST ANNUAL TOLL IN AMTRAK HISTORY. AN AVERAGE OF MORE THAN 74,000 PASSENGERS RIDE MORE THAN 300 AMTRAK TRAINS PER DAY. AND WITH GRIDLOCK ROADWAYS AND EVEN INCREASING PRICES IN GAS, RIDERSHIP IS THE ONLY INCREASE. AMTRAK PROVIDES A MAJORITY OF ALL PASSENGER RAIL IN THE UNITED STATESWORKS MORE STATES AND LOCATES ACROSS AMERICA TURNING TO PASSENGER RAIL TO MEET THE TRANSPORTATION NEEDS OF THEIR CITIZENS. AMTRAK REDUCED CONGESTION AND IMPROVED OUR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. ONE TRAIN CAN TAKE 250 CARS TO 350 CARS OFF THE ROAD. IT ALSO CONSUMES LESS ENERGY THAN BOTH AUTOMOBILES AND COMMERCIAL AIRLINES. MOREOVER, AMTRAK PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RECOVERY DURING KATRINA IN FACT, AM DRACK WAS THE ONLY ENTITY THAT COULD GET INTO NEW ORLEANS TO EVACUATE VICTIMS AND DELIVER FOOD, WATER AND SUPPLIES. AMTRAK HAD MADE SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN ITS SYSTEM OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS AS STEADY INCREASED RIDERSHIP NUMBERS PLAYED A VITAL ROLE IN DISASTER RECOVERY AND HAD THE AGENDA FOR FUTURE GROWTH. INDEED, IT WAS CONGRESSWOMAN -- REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES THAT PUT THIS COUNTRY IN THIS TERRIBLE DEBT AND FINANCIAL SITUATION THAT WE'RE IN RIGHT NOW BY RUBBERSTAMPING THE BUSH TAX CUT FOR THE RICH YEAR AFTER YEAR. WHAT I CALL REVERSE ROBIN HOOD, ROBBING FROM THE POOR AND WORKING PEOPLE TO GIVE TAX BREAKS TO THE RICH. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT YOUR CONSTITUENTS, SUPPORT AMTRAK AND VOTE NO ON THIS TERRIBLE AMENDMENT. I HAVE A LETTER THAT I WANT TO SUBMIT TO THE RECORD FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF AMTRAK AND I JUST WANT TO -- ONE STATEMENT. THE LIGHT OF CAPITAL FUNDS WOULD DENY INNER CITY PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE TO 29 MILLION PEOPLE IN OVER 500 COMMUNITIES IN 46 STATES. I WANT TO SUBMIT THAT TO THE RECORD. AND REMEMBER, FOLKS, IF IT'S FLAKE, IT'S NO. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:25:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 07:25:20 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    CHAIR. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION -- LET ME JUST SAY, I MISSPOKE…

    CHAIR. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION -- LET ME JUST SAY, I MISSPOKE EARLIER. I LEFT OFF THREE ZEROS. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD SAVE $1.2 BILLION, NOT $1.2 MILLION. IT'S EASY TO MESS THAT UP THESE DAYS, GIVEN ALL THE ZEROS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION CALCULATES THAT THE AVERAGE AMTRAK PASSENGER RECEIVES A $210 FEDERAL SUBSIDY FOR THEIR TICKET, LARGER SUBSIDIES OBVIOUSLY GO TO UNDERPERFORMING ROUTES AND THOSE TRAVELING IN FIRST CLASS OR SWEEPER CARS IN FACT, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS THAT IT COULD ACTUALLY SAVE MONEY BY BUYING A PLANE TICKET FOR EVERY PASSENGER ON SOME OF THE WORST PERFORMING ROUTES, LIKE THAT FROM ORLANDO TO L.A., FOR EXAMPLE. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR A LONG, LONG TIME AND WE'RE ALWAYS TOLD THAT AMTRAK WILL BE SELF-SUFFICIENT, JUST AROUND THE CORNER, OR THAT SOMETHING ELSE WILL HAPPEN AND IT SIMPLY NEVER DOES. IT'S KIND OF THE TRANSPORTATION VERSION OF CORN ETHANOL SUBSIDIES. SO, I DON'T WANT TO ANGER ANOTHER GROUP HERE, BUT, ANYWAY, IT JUST SEEMS TO NEVER, NEVER END. AND WE KEEP SUBSIDIZING ON AND ON. IT MIGHT BE ONE THING IF WE WERE RUNNING A BIG SUR PLUS TO DO THIS. WE'RE NOT -- SURPLUS TO DO THIS. WE'RE NOT. 42 CENTS ON EVERY DOLLAR WE SPEND THIS YEAR WILL BE BORROWED FROM FUTURE GENERATIONS FROM THE CHINESE, FROM OTHER BOND HOLDERS. WHEN WE'RE SPENDING, WHEN WE'RE BORROWING 42 CENTS ON EVERY DOLLAR, I THINK IT BEHOOVES US TO LOOK FOR AREAS WHERE WE CAN SAVE AND THIS IS A MODEST AREA HERE TO CUT SOME, JUST A SMALL PORTION OF THE SUBSIDY THAT WE CURRENTLY PROVIDE. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:26:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

  • 07:27:02 PM

    MR. OLVER

    MR. CHAIRMAN. DO I HAVE NO TIME LEFT TO EXPRESS --

  • 07:27:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I HAVE 2 1/2 MINUTES.

  • 07:27:26 PM

    MR. OLVER

    NOT GOING TO USE ALL OF THAT. I JUST WANT TO EXPRESS THAT THIS AMENDMENT…

    NOT GOING TO USE ALL OF THAT. I JUST WANT TO EXPRESS THAT THIS AMENDMENT FOR A PROGRAM WHICH IS TOTALLY AUTHORIZED AND WE ARE NOT RUNNING ABOVE THE AUTHORIZATION NUMBER ON AMTRAK BY ANY MEANS AT ALL, BUT THIS IS A KILLER AMENDMENT FOR AMTRAK, TO REMOVE ALL THEIR CAPITAL FUNDS AS THIS AMENDMENT PURPORTS TO DO. AND SO I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND URGE A NO VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT AND NOW I WILL YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 07:28:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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  • 07:28:14 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 07:28:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 111-578. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:28:34 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    AMENDMENT AT THE DESK DESIGNATED AT NUMBER TWO IN -- NUMBER 2 IN PART B.

  • 07:28:40 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MR. FLAKE OF…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MR. FLAKE OF ARIZONA.

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  • 07:28:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. FLAKE, AND A…

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. FLAKE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 07:28:55 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    THE CHAIR. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT $1 MILLION GOING TO THE RHODE…

    THE CHAIR. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT $1 MILLION GOING TO THE RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR THE BLACKSTONE RIVER BIKEWAY AND IT WOULD REDUCE THE OVERALL COST OF THE BILL BY A COMMENCE RAT AMOUNT. THIS AMOUNT WOULD FUND -- OR EARMARK WOULD FUND A PROJECT TO CONSTRUCT A 3 1/2 MILE ROUTE OR PORTION OF A BIKEWAY IN NORTH SMITHFIELD, INCLUDING THE CONSTRUCTION OF SECTIONS THAT WOULD CONNECT A PUBLIC LIBRARY, A PLANNED MIDDLE SCHOOL COMPLEX AND SEVERAL BRIDGES. HERE WE HAVE A PROJECT THAT IS DESCRIBED AS A CYCLIST'S PARADISE IN MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND. ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE OF THE PROJECT, THE BIKEWAY'S BEING DEVELOPED THANKS LARGELY TO FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION FUNDING AND IT'S AN EFFORT AMONG RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION AND ON AND ON AND ON, SOME OTHER ENTITIES AS WITH WELL, CERTAINLY FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION FUNDING IS RIGHT. THERE'S A LOT OF IT GOING HERE. AND A LOT OF EARMARKS HAVE GONE THIS WAY AS WELL. OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS THIS PROJECT HAS RECEIVED SEVERAL EARMARKS, IN FACT, CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT WASTES IN A THEIR WASTE PIG BOOK THIS PROJECT AND THEY NOTE IT'S RECEIVED FIVE EARMARKS IN TRANSPORTATION APPROPRIATION BILLS WORTH NEARLY $7 MILLION SINCE 2002, INCLUDING LAST YEAR, SAME PROJECT RECEIVED A $475,000 EARMARK IN 2005 A $500,000 EARMARK, 2004, A $1.5 MILLION EARMARK, 2003 A $3 MILLION EARMARK, 2002, A $1.5 MILLION EAR MEERK. WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? HERE WE ARE AS WE JUST MENTIONED RUNNING A DEFICIT OF ABOUT $1.4 TRILLION THIS YEAR. WE HAVE A NATIONAL DEBT OF -- NORTH OF $13 TRILLION, 42 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR THAT WE SPEND THIS YEAR WILL BE BORROWED AND YET WE CAN'T WEAN OURSELVES OFF OF THESE KIND OF EARMARKS. BIKE PATHS. I LOVE BIKING. I'LL GO HOME THIS WEEKEND AND BIKE. BUT WHY SHOULD THE TAXPAYERS AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL BE ON THE HOOK FOR AN EARMARK FOR A BIKE PATH IN RHODE ISLAND? WHY DID WE CHOOSE THIS ONE? THAT'S PART OF THE EARMARKING SYSTEM WE HAVE. IF YOU LOOK AT THIS CHART, THE CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE OF EARMARKING IS A CONTEMPORARY SPOIL SYSTEM. IF WE LOOK AT THE BILL WE'RE CONSIDERING NOW, THIS IS ONE OF THE LEAST EGREGIOUS OFFENDERS. IF WE LOOK AT THE RED AREA, THAT'S THE PERCENTAGE OF EARMARKED DOLLARS CLAIMED BY MEMBERS OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE OR MEMBERS OF LEADERSHIP OR MEMBERS OF -- OR CHAIRMEN OF COMMITTEES. THEY REPRESENT ABOUT 13% OF THIS BODY YET THEY CLAIM, LOOK AT THE RED, THE AG COMMITTEE, OR THE AG APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 76% OF ALL EARMARKS WILL GO TO 13% OF ALL MEMBERS. IN THIS BILL, 42%. HOW DO WE CHOOSE THIS BIKE PATH AS OPPOSED TO ONE IN UTAH OR SOMEWHERE ELSE? IT'S A SPOIL SYSTEM THAT HAS TO STOP. IF WE CAN'T STOP IT THIS YEAR WHEN WE'RE RUNNING A DEFICIT OF $1.4 TRILLION, WHEN WILL WE STOP IT? I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:32:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RISE?

  • 07:32:25 PM

    MR. OLVER

    RISE OOPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND URGE A NO VOTE AND I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO…

    RISE OOPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND URGE A NO VOTE AND I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. OBEY.

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  • 07:32:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. PL OBEY: MR. CHAIRMAN, TO HEAR THE…

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. PL OBEY: MR. CHAIRMAN, TO HEAR THE GENTLEMAN -- MR.

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  • 07:32:56 PM

    MR. OBEY

    HEAR THE GENTLEMAN TALK, YOU WOULD THINK THIS BILL IS BEING GOBBLED UP BY…

    HEAR THE GENTLEMAN TALK, YOU WOULD THINK THIS BILL IS BEING GOBBLED UP BY A HUGE NUMBER OF EARMARKS CAUSING THE DEFICIT TO EXPLODE. THE GENTLEMAN USED A CHART. I'VE GOT A CHART TOO. THAT BAR SHOWS THE TOTAL SPENDING IN THIS BILL. $67 BILLION. THIS BAR REPRESENTS THE PORTION OF THAT BILL REPRESENTED BY EARMARKS. MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE A TOUGH TIME FINDING IT. WITH THIS MAGNIFYING GLASS I CAN ALMOST SEE THE BARTHA REPRESENTS THE EARMARKS. LESS THAN ONE HALF OF ONE PERCENT OF THIS BILL ARE REPRESENTED BY EARMARKS. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? THE LAST TIME I LOOKED, THE CONSTITUTION GAVE TO CONGRESS THE POWER OF THE PURSE. NO CONGRESS HAS EVER CHANGED ANY PRESIDENT'S BUDGET BY MORE THAN 3% IN ALL THE TIME I'VE BEEN HERE. AND THAT 3% DIFFERENCE IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HAVING A PRESIDENT AND HAVING A KING. AND WHETHER THE PRESIDENT IS REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT, I WANT A PRESIDENT. I DON'T WANT A KING. SO ALL I WOULD SUGGEST TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS THAT HE KEEP THIS IN PERSPECTIVE. KEEP IT IN PERSPECTIVE. OR AS MY OLD FRIEND ARCHIE THE COCKROACH SAID ONCE LONG AGO, PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING, OF WHAT USE IS IT FOR A QUEEN BEE TO FALL IN LOVE WITH A BULL?

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  • 07:34:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RESERVES HIS TIME THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

  • 07:34:49 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    I DON'T THINK WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT BULL. I DON'T KNOW HOW IT IS IN…

    I DON'T THINK WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT BULL. I DON'T KNOW HOW IT IS IN WISCONSIN, BUT IN WISCONSIN, -- BUT IN ARIZONA, TO HAVE A BILL THAT HAS MORE THAN 400 EARMARKS -- I'M SORRY, 400 EARMARKS WORTH MORE THAN $300 MILLION IS NOT AN INSIGNIFICANT SUM. YOU CAN HAVE A CHART THAT TAKES THE OVERALL AMOUNT THE BILL SPENDS AND THEN MAKE $300 MILLION LOOK PRETTY SMALL BUT ONLY IN WASHINGTON WILL PEOPLE SAY, HEY, THAT LOOKS PRETTY SMALL. ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE COUNTRY, THEY'LL SAY, THAT'S A PRETTY BIG AMOUNT. EVERYBODY KNOWS HOW THE GAME WORKS HERE. EARMARKS AS HAS BEEN SAID BY MANY, THE GATEWAY DRUG TO SPENDING ADDICTION. ONCE YOU START GETTING EARMARKS YOU START APPROVING BLOATED APPROPRIATION BILLS WORTH $67 BILLION. IF YOU DIDN'T HAVE YOUR EARMARK IN THERE, YOU WOULDN'T BE LIKELY TO KEEP INCREASING THE AMOUNT WE SPEND EVERY YEAR. SOMEBODY MAY POINT OUT, WE'RE DOWN THIS YEAR FROM LAST YEAR. WE WERE UP 28% LAST YEAR FROM THE YEAR BEFORE. THAT'S WHAT GOT US IN THIS PROBLEM WHERE WE HAVE A DEFICIT OF $1.4 TRILLION AND WE'RE BORROWING 42 CENTS ON EVERY DOLLAR AND THEN WE DISMISS $300 MILLION AS INSIGNIFICANT. YOU CAN USE A MAGNY FIING GLASS, TRY TO -- A MAGNIFYING GLASS, TRY TO MAKE IT SOUND SMALL BUT IT'S $300 MILLION. PEOPLE ARE SAYING IF WE DON'T START HERE, WHERE ODO WE START? IF WE DON'T REFORM THIS, WILL WE EVER REFORM THE ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS WE HAVE TO REFORM.

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  • 07:36:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

  • 07:36:32 PM

    MR. OLVER

    I YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE…

    I YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. KENNEDY.

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  • 07:36:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:36:45 PM

    MR. KENNEDY

    MY COLLEAGUES, AS THE SAYING GOES, KNOW THE COST OF EVERYTHING BUT THE…

    MY COLLEAGUES, AS THE SAYING GOES, KNOW THE COST OF EVERYTHING BUT THE VALUE OF NOTHING. I THINK THE GENTLEMAN'S EXACTLY RIGHT. ENTITLEMENTS. THAT'S WHERE THE MONEY IS. WE ALL KNOW IT. AND YET MY COLLEAGUES HAVE NOT SEEN FIT TO INCREASE RESEARCH, BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH THAT COULD SHOW ENORMOUS OFFSETS IN THE COST OF CARE FOR PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER'S, AUTISM, PARKINSON'S, EPILEPSY, BUT THAT'S JUST THE COST. THINK ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES, THE RERGE -- RESEARCH HELPING PEOPLE LIVE MORE FUNCTIONAL LIVES. THE DIFFERENCE IN THE QUALITY OF LIFE THAT COULD MAKE. BUT ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT SAVINGS IN THOSE RESPECTS? NO, THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT DOLLARS AND CENTS THAT SEEM TO FIT ON A PIECE OF PAPER BUT NOT IN THE DIFFERENCE OF PEOPLE'S LIVES. HERE THEY TALK ABOUT A COUPLE OF MILLION DOLLARS ON A BIKE PATH. THEY SAY THAT'S SOMETHING WE SHOULDN'T CARE ABOUT. I'M THE CONGRESSMAN FROM THAT DISTRICT. I KNOW WHAT DOLLARS COME BACK HOME. I KNOW THE VALUE OF THIS BIKE PATH. IT HELPS GET PEOPLE TO ENJOY THE QUALITY OF THEIR LIFE. IN CASE PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND, THERE IS A PUBLIC HEALTH EPIDEMIC CALLED DIABETES, CALLED LACK OF EXERCISE. I THINK WE ACTUALLY OUGHT TO BE ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO BE OUTDOORS. IT IS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE. WE WILL BE PAYING FOR THIS PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM. PEOPLE DON'T EXERCISE. BUT THIS GENTLEMAN SEEMS TO DISMISS THE COST OF A BIKE PATH. THE POINT IS, ONCE AGAIN, COST OF EVERYTHING, VALUE OF NOTHING. SO WE'LL HEAR A BUNCH OF THESE AMENDMENTS COME DOWN THE PIKE. I JUST ASK PEOPLE TO KEEP IN MIND, THIS IS COMING UP ON THE SILLY SEASON, ELECTION TIME. PEOPLE WILL SOUND LIKE THEY CARE A LOT ABOUT YOUR BOTTOM LINE, BUT THE REAL ISSUE IS, DO THEY REALLY CARE ABOUT THE OTHER KINDS OF DEFICITS? THE DEFICITS IN EDUCATION? YOU CAN ONLY MAKE FIRST GRADE ONCE IN YOUR LIFE. SECOND GRADE ONCE, THIRD GRADE ONCE. IF YOUR KID'S IN A CLASSROOM WITH 35 KIDS THAT YEAR BECAUSE WE DECIDE TO SAVE MONEY, GUESS WHAT, TOO BAD FOR YOUR KID. NO DRESS REHEARSAL IN THEIR LIFE. SAVE MONEY THIS YEAR, TOO BAD FOR THAT KID. BECAUSE ALL OF A SUDDEN WE ALL OF A SUDDEN GOT SERIOUS ABOUT THE DEFICIT. FORGET THEIR DEFICIT THEY'LL LIVE WITH FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE IN HUMAN POTENTIAL BECAUSE THAT WASN'T ON THEIR BALLOT SHEET, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. THAT NEVER FACTORED INTO THEIR TIMETABLE, THEIR VALUE SYSTEM. THAT'S NOT THE G.N.P. THEY WERE LOOKING AT. LET'S START CHANGING THE WAY WE LOOK AT -- WE VALUE OUR ECONOMY AND WHAT IT IS WE VALUE WHEN WE'RE LOOKING AT DOLLARS AND COMMON SENSE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:39:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HAS EXPIRED. THE YES QUE IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    HAS EXPIRED. THE YES QUE IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. FLAKE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 07:40:00 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 07:40:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THE AMENDMENT OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT…

    ON THE AMENDMENT OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:40:17 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 07:40:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 07:40:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    B, AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 OFFERED BY MR. FLAKE OF ARIZONA.

  • 07:40:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM ARIZONA, MR. FLAKE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE…

    FROM ARIZONA, MR. FLAKE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 07:40:37 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RISE?

  • 07:44:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RISE?

  • 07:44:22 PM

    >>

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:44:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:44:29 PM

    >>

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, THE…

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, THE DOWNTOWN TACOMA STREET SCAPES IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IS A VITAL RECOVERY TOOL FOR THE CITY OF TA TOE COE MA AND MY DISTRICT. THE CITY HAS AN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF 9% AND THE LARGEST DOWNTOWN EMPLOYER RECENTLY ANNOUNCED PLANS TO MOVE. IN RESPONSE, THE COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER AND CREATED A REVITALIZATION PLAN TO REDEVELOP THE DOWNTOWN CORRIDOR. THE OVERALL PLAN IS ESTIMATED TO CREATE 500 NEW JOBS AND HELP TRANSFORM THE LOCAL ECONOMY. THIS PLAN HAS STRONG LOCAL SUPPORT THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE TACOMA-PIERCE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD, THE TACOMA-PIERCE COUNTY CHAIRMAN BEXAR OF COMMERCE, THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FOR A GREATER TACOMA AND THE STATE OF WASHINGTON. THE LOCAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND OTHER STAKE HOLDERS HAVE COME OUT IN FAVOR OF THE PROJECT. THE CITY IS DOING THEIR PART BY INVESTING APPROXIMATELY $35 MILLION IN LOCAL FUNDS TO IMPLEMENT THE DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION PLAN. FEDERAL INVESTMENTS SERVES AS AN IMPORTANT CATALYST TO ALLOWING THE LEVERAGE ON PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DOLLARS. THIS SPECIFIC FUNDING WILL BE USED TO DEVELOP COMPLETE STREETS WHICH WILL INVOLVE TRANSITIONING EXISTING RIGHT OF WAYS FOR MULTIMODELE USE, INCLUDING NEW BIKE PATHS, WIDENING SIDEWALKS AND INSTALLING IMMEDIATE YUMS ALONG THE CITY'S MAIN -- MEDIUMS ALONG THE CITY'S MAIN CORRIDOR. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN MY DISTRICT AND I STRONGLY OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT AND ASK THAT THE MEMBERS VOTE AGAINST IT. AND I WILL KEEP THE REST OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:46:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 07:46:18 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    MAY I INQUIRE THE TIME REMAINING.

  • 07:46:23 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. AGAIN, THIS BILL HAS 461 EARMARKS, $328 MILLION IN…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. AGAIN, THIS BILL HAS 461 EARMARKS, $328 MILLION IN THOSE EARMARKS. I WISH WE COULD CHALLENGE THEM ALL. WE CAN'T. WE'VE ONLY BEEN ALLOWED THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHALLENGE FOUR OF THEM. SO WE WILL HAVE A ROLL CALL VOTE ON FOUR AMENDMENTS TO STRIKE THESE EARMARKS SO MEMBERS WILL HAVE TO GO FROM THIS BODY BACK TO THEIR DISTRICTS THIS MONTH THIS NEXT MONTH, AND SAY WHY THEY VOTED AGAINST AN AMENDMENT TO STRIKE AN EARMARK FOR DOWNTOWN BEAUTIFICATION IN ONE CITY THAT WAS JUST PICKED BY THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND WHY IN THE WORLD IT'S BETTER TO BORROW 42 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR WE'RE SPENDING HERE FROM OUR KIDS AND OUR GRANDKIDS AND OUR FOREIGN DEBTORS, WHY THANKS A GOOD PLAN FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. WHY WOULDN'T IT BE BETTER TO ACTUALLY PAY DOWN THE DEBT, TO LESSEN THIS DEFICIT A BIT. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. SO DON'T THINK THAT WE CAN HIDE BEHIND, WELL, THESE WERE INSCRINT CUTS. THIS WAS A SPECIFIC CUT TO CUT A CERTAIN EARMARK FROM THE BILL, IN THIS CASE, THAT THE -- THAT WOULD CUT $800,000, I'M SORRY THIS WAS $1 MILLION, $1 MILLION. IT'S NOT INSIGNIFICANT. NOT TO ANYBODY OUTSIDE OF THE BELTWAY. THIS IS A SPECIFIC AMENDMENT TO STRIKE $1 MILLION IN SPENDING FOR A STREETSCAPE, FOR BEAUTIFICATION IN A CITY. I THINK WE OUGHT TO BEAUTIFY THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS A LITTLE BIT BY ACTUALLY HAVING FEWER EARMARKS AND SERVING A LAS VEGAS MILL WITH THINK A -- SAVING A LITTLE MONEY WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:47:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

  • 07:48:02 PM

    MR. DICKS

    A WORTHY AMENDMENT. I STRONGLY OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT AND I…

    A WORTHY AMENDMENT. I STRONGLY OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:48:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. THOSE…

    QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE. IT THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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  • 07:48:13 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    ON THAT I REQUEST ROORD VOTE.

  • 07:48:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA PLB POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:48:25 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK DESIGNATED AS NUMBER 10 PART B.

  • 07:48:30 PM

    THE CLERK

    IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MR. FLAKE OF ARIZONA.

  • 07:48:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. FLAKE, AND A…

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. FLAKE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 07:48:47 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    THIS AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT $1 MILLION FROM BEING USED FOR A RESTORATION…

    THIS AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT $1 MILLION FROM BEING USED FOR A RESTORATION AND IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AT THE HISTORIC DARWIN MARTIN HOUSE HOME AND COMPLEX AND WOULD REDULES THE OVERALL COST OF THE BILL BY A COMMENSURATE AMOUNT. ACCORDING TO THE SPONSOR'S WEBSITE, THE ENTITY THAT WOULD RECEIVE THE EARMARK IS CALLED THE MARTIN HOUSE RESTORATION CORPORATION WHOSE PURPOSE IS TO RESTORE A STRUCTURE DESIGNATED -- OR I'M SORRY, DESS DE-SIGNED BY FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY. THE WEBSITE SAYS THAT IT WAS FORMED IN 1992 WITH A CLEAR MANDATE. THE FIRST PART OF THIS MANDATE, RAISE THE MONEY TO RESTORE THE COMPLEX TO ITS 1907 GRANDEUR. THERE ARE A LOT OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS AROUND THE COUNTRY. A LOT OF THEM THAT NEED A LOT OF RESTORATION. MY OWN HOME NEED AS LOT OF IT. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE LOSING THEIR HOMES. THOSE HOMES NEED A LOT OF RESTORATION. A LOT OF THEM ARE LOSING THEM BECAUSE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENDING WAYS AND YET HERE WE ARE DESIGNATING ONE PROJECT TO RECEIVE $1 MILLION. AGAIN, LET ME SAY IT ONE MORE TIME, THIS IS NOT AS IF EVERY MEMBER COMES HERE AND HAS DESIGNATED $1 MILLION TO COME TAKE HOME AND SPEND IN THEIR DISTRICT ON RESTORING HOMES. THEY AREN'T. THE SPOILS SYSTEM RUNS WELL HERE. IF YOU'RE ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE OR YOU'RE IN LEADERSHIP YOU GET THE SPOILS. THAT'S WHY 42% OF THE EARMARKED DOLLARS IN THIS BILL ARE GOING TO JUST 13% OF THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY. SO, IN THAT SENSE, YOU CAN'T JUSTIFY IT, NOR YOU CAN JUSTIFY SPENDING $1 MILLION IN THIS WAY WHEN WE'RE BORROWING 42 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR THAT WE'LL SPEND THIS YEAR. WE HAVE A DEFICIT OF $1.47 TRILLION. WE HAVE A DEBT OF $13.2 TRILLION. HOW IN THE WORLD CAN WE CONTINUE TO DO THIS, TO EARMARK MONEY FOR PROJECTS LIKE THIS WHEN WE HAVE THAT KIND OF DEFICIT AND WE HAVE THAT KIND OF DEBT? I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:50:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 07:50:51 PM

    MR. OLVER

    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE BILL.

  • 07:50:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:50:57 PM

    MR. OLVER

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:51:02 PM

    MR. OBEY

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

  • 07:51:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

  • 07:51:43 PM

    MR. OLVER

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, MS. SLAUGHTER.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 07:51:53 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I NOW --

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO DIRECT THEIR COMMENTS TOWARD…

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO DIRECT THEIR COMMENTS TOWARD THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 07:54:23 PM

    MR. OLVER

    I NOW YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM BUFFALO, NEW…

    I NOW YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM BUFFALO, NEW YORK, MR. HIGGINS.

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  • 07:54:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 2 1/2 MINUTES.

  • 07:54:33 PM

    MR. HIGGINS

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE FLAKE AMENDMENT. THE BEST WAY TO REDUCE DEFICITS IS CREATE JOBS. DARWIN MARTIN HOUSE IN BUFFALO IS ONE OF FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S SIGNATURE ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECES. IT IS CURRENTLY UNDERGOING AN AMBITIOUS PROJECT TO RESTORE IT FROM A PERIOD OF NEGLECT TO ITS ORIGINAL GRANDEUR. THE REASON FOR INCLUSION IN THIS BILL BEFORE US TODAY IS BECAUSE RESTORATION OF THE MARTIN HOUSE IS IMPORTANT TO THE ECONOMIC FUTURE OF BUFFALO IN WESTERN NEW YORK. THE MARTIN HOUSE CURRENTLY ATTRACTS TOURISTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. THIS INVESTMENT WILL HELP CREATE 200 JOBS AND $18 MILLION IN ANNUAL ECONOMIC ACTIVITY. FOR $1 MILLION INVESTMENT. URBAN AREAS LIKE BUFFALO ARE LEVERAGING OUR VAST HISTORICAL AND ARCHITECTURAL RESOURCES TO CREATE A NEW ECONOMY IN CULTURAL TOURISM. THIS PROJECT WILL PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN ENHANCING THE ECONOMY AND LIFE QUALITY OF WESTERN NEW YORK. MR. CHAIRMAN, I STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT WESTERN NEW YORK AND JOIN ME IN OPPOSITION. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:55:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 07:55:53 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    THE CHAIR. I ALSO THANK THE GENTLELADY ON THE RULES COMMITTEE FOR MAKING…

    THE CHAIR. I ALSO THANK THE GENTLELADY ON THE RULES COMMITTEE FOR MAKING THIS AMENDMENT IN ORDER. AT LEAST A FEW OF MINE. I DO APPRECIATE THAT. BUT I'M JUST BAFFLED THAT THE OTHER SIDE WOULD CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT, LET'S GAIN PERSPECTIVE HERE, WE'RE JUST TALKING ABOUT A LITTLE MONEY. AND TO BASICALLY BELITTLE ANY ATTEMPT TO SAVE $1 MILLION HERE OR $1 MILLION THERE. I JUST THINK THAT SAYS WE'RE OUT OF TOUCH. COMPLETELY WITH WHAT THE COUNTRY IS GOING THROUGH. TO SAY, HEY, WE'VE GOT A $1.4 TRILLION DEFICIT THIS YEAR P WE'VE GOT A $13.2 TRILLION DEBT THAT WE'RE GOING TO NEED TO PAY OFF, OUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS WILL BE DOING THIS FOREVER, BUT WE SAY, WELL, WE CAN'T START HERE BECAUSE IT'S JUST TOO BIG. WE REALLY NEED TO TACKLE THOSE ENTITLEMENTS ALTHOUGH I DON'T SEE A PLAN BY ANYBODY HERE ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO HAS PRESENTED THIS BILL TO ACTUALLY TACKLE THE ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS. SOME OF US HAVE PRESENTED SOMETHING. THIS ROAD MAP THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, THE COLLEAGUE OF THE GENTLEMAN WHO SPOKE BEFORE, HAS INTRODUCED A GREAT PLAN TO ACTUALLY ADDRESS ENTITLEMENT SPENDING AS WELL. BUT WE ARE HERE TODAY, WE'RE HERE TODAY TO VOTE ON FOUR SPECIFIC AMENDMENTS TO SAVE SPECIFIC MONEY FROM SPECIFIC PROJECTS AND THAT'S WHAT YOU'LL HAVE TO GO AND ANSWER TO SPECIFIC CONSTITUENTS ABOUT. WHETHER YOU VOTED YES OR NO ON AMENDMENTS TO STRIKE $1 MILLION THAT COULD BE SAVED FROM A PROJECT LIKE THIS ONE. FROM AN EARMARK LIKE THIS ONE. AND I WOULD VENTURE TO GUESS THAT YOUR CONSTITUENTS AND MY CONSTITUENTS WOULD WANT YOU TO DO THAT. AND IT WILL BE TOUGH TO EXPLAIN BY SAYING, THIS IS JUST A LITTLE PART OF THE BUDGET, WE CAN'T SAVE HERE, WE'RE NOT ADDRESSING ENTITLEMENT SPENDING SO WE'RE NOT GOING TO ADDRESS DISCRETIONARY SPENDING EITHER. SO I WOULD URGE SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT AND REMEMBER, PEOPLE ARE WATCHING HERE. THEY'RE WATCHING WHAT WE'RE DOING. WHEN YOU GO HOME YOU'LL NEED TO EXPLAIN IF YOU VOTE AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT WHY YOU DIDN'T WANT TO SAVE THE TAXPAYER $1 MILLION. WHEN WE HAVE A DEFICIT OF $1.4 TRILLION AND A DEBT OF $13.4 TRILLION OR $13.2 TRILLION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:58:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 07:58:15 PM

    MR. OLVER

    NO VOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 07:58:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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  • 07:58:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA…

    6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:58:41 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK DESIGNATED AS NUMBER 11 IN PART B.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 111-578 OFFERED BY MR. FLAKE OF ARIZONA.

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. FLAKE,…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1569, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. FLAKE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 07:59:07 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    CHAIR. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT $150,000 FROM BEING SPENT ON THE…

    CHAIR. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT $150,000 FROM BEING SPENT ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF A CHILD PLAY GROUND. NOW, I AM THE FATHER OF FIVE CHILDREN. I UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A PLACE FOR KIDS TO PLAY. BELIEVE ME. KIDS NEED TO LET LOOSE AND EXPEND SOME ENERGY SOMEWHERE. BUT FEDERAL SPENDING HAS BEEN LET LOOSE, FAR TOO LOOSE. SO LOOSE THAT WE HAVE THIS YEAR A $1.4 TRILLION DEFICIT. WE'RE SPENDING, WE'RE BORROWING 42 CENTS ON EVERY DOLLAR THAT WE SPEND. AND WHEN WE'RE DOING THIS WE CAN'T JUST ALL OF A SUDDEN SAY WE'RE GOING TO BUILD PLAY GROUNDS EVERYWHERE. IT'S A MODEL FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OR ANYTHING ELSE. WE CAN'T CONTINUE TO SPEND MONEY THIS WAY. THIS IS ONE OF THE SMALLER EARMARKS. WE HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE. I WOULD URGE THOSE OF YOU WHO WANT TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT TO GO HOME TO YOUR CONSTITUENTS AND SAY, I WANTED TO PUT YOU $150,000 MORE IN DEBT BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT WE SPEND MONEY, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, MIND YOU, MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT, STATE GOVERNMENTS, THEY WANT TO SPEND MONEY ON PLAY GROUNDS, THAT'S GREAT BUT WHY IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOING IT HERE? WHY ARE WE DOING IT WHEN IN MAY OF 2010 THE NATIONAL DEBT HIT $13 TRILLION? IT'S NOW $13.2 TRILLION. ACCORDING TO THE "WASHINGTON POST," THAT WORKS OUT TO BE MORE THAN $40,000 IN DEBT FOR EVERY U.S. RESIDENT. $40,000 OF DEBT FOR EVERY U.S. RESIDENT. AND THEY ARE JUST SAYING THIS IS TOO SMALL, WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS. WE CERTAINLY DO. WE NEED TO START SOMEWHERE, AND THIS IS A GREAT PLACE TO START.

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  • 08:01:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RISE?

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    MR. OLVER

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 08:01:12 PM

    MR. OLVER

    AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MR. PIERLUISI FROM PUERTO RICO.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. PIERLUISI

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. I…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. I REQUESTED $150,000 TO PURCHASE EQUIPMENT FOR A COMMUNITY AND RECREATIONAL PARK FOR LOW INCOME CHILDREN IN PUERTO RICO. IT'S IN A CITY IN THE SOUTHWESTERN PART OF THE ISLAND. THE PARK WILL BE CONSTRUCTED SO IT IS COMPLIANT WITH AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT THIS FUNDING WILL SUPPLEMENT FUNDING ALREADY PROVIDED FOR THE PROJECT BY THE CITY. THIS IS ONE OF THE SMALLEST EARMARKS IN THIS BILL. IT IS UNQUESTIONABLY AN APPROPRIATE AND VIABLE USE OF FEDERAL FUNDS. THERE CURRENTLY IS NO RECREATIONAL PARK FOR CHILDREN IN THIS CITY WHICH IS HOME TO 50,000 RESIDENTS AND HAS A POVERTY RATE OF 56% AND HAS AN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF OVER 17%. FURTHERMORE, OVER 75,000 DISABLED CHILDREN IN PUERTO RICO, I'M ADVISED THERE IS NOT A SINGLE RECREATIONAL PARK IN THE ENTIRE SOUTHWESTERN REGION OF PUERTO RICO THAT IS A.D.A. COMPLIANT AND THUS MEANINGFULLY ACCESSIBLE TO CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES. EARLIER THIS WEEK, THE HOUSE PROUDLY COMMEMORATED THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE A.D.A.'S PASSAGE. WHAT BETTER WAY IS THERE TO PROMOTE THE GOALS OF THE LANDMARK FEDERAL LAW THAN TO PROVIDE A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF FUNDING TO HELP EQUIP A RECREATIONAL PARK THAT CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES CAN ENJOY, SIDE-BY-SIDE WORK THEIR ABLE-BODIED FRIENDS? THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT STATES THAT A CORE PART OF ITS MISSION IS TO BUILD INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES FREE FROM DISCRIMINATION AND H.U.D.'S E.D.I. PROGRAM REGULARLY FUNDS ACQUISITION OF EQUIPMENT FOR PUBLIC FACILITIES LIKE THE RECKLATIONAL PARK IN THIS CITY. IN CLOSING, I WOULD GENTLY REMIND MY FRIEND FROM ARIZONA THAT A STATE WITH PUERTO RICO'S POPULATION WOULD BENEFIT FROM CONGRESSIONALLY DIRECTED SPENDING REQUESTS FROM SIX REPRESENT ARIVES IN TWO SENATORS. HOWEVER, BECAUSE PUERTO RICO IS A TERRITORY, I ALONE AM RESPONSIBLE FOR PROTECTING THE INTERESTS OF FOUR MILLION AMERICAN CITIZENS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:03:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 08:03:51 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    CHAIR. YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE A FEDERAL NEXUS SOMEWHERE. YOU'RE SPENDING…

    CHAIR. YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE A FEDERAL NEXUS SOMEWHERE. YOU'RE SPENDING TAXPAYERS' MONEY, IT HELPS TO SAY WHY IN THE WORLD THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE INVOLVED AT ALL. I WOULD SUBMIT IF YOU ARGUE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE PAYING FOR PLAYGROUNDS AROUND THE COUNTRY, WHERE DOES IT STOP? WHERE IS THERE A -- WHAT IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR? HOW WOULD OUR DEFICITS STAY AT $1.47 TRILLION THIS YEAR IF WE SAY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS IN CHARGE OF ALL PLAYGROUND BUILDING AROUND THE COUNTRY? I REMIND MY COLLEAGUES, WHEN WE VOTE ON THESE AMENDMENTS, THESE ARE SPECIFIC AMENDMENTS TO SAVE SPECIFIC MONEY ON SPECIFIC EARMARKS AND YOU CAN'T GET BY WITH SAYING, THAT WAS INDISCRIMINATE CUTS AND WOULD HAVE AFFECTED THIS PROGRAM OR THAT. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE ON THESE FOUR AMENDMENTS SAVING MONEY ON STREET BEAUTIFICATION. WHERE IS THE FEDERAL NEXUS THERE? ON A BIKE PATH IN RHODE ISLAND. WHERE IS THE FEDERAL NEXUS, WHY IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOING THAT WHEN WE HAVE A DEFICIT OF $1.47 TRILLION AND A DEBT OF $13.4 TRILLION? WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD EVERY -- WHEN EVERY CITIZEN IN THIS COUNTRY IS IN DEBT MORE THAN $40,000, WHY SAY WE ARE GOING TO PALM MORE ON -- PILE MORE ON YOU BECAUSE WE CAN'T CONTROL OURSELVES HERE? I WOULD URGE YOU AGAIN, YOU'LL HAVE TO GO HOME AND NOT SAY, WELL, I VOTED AGAINST AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE CUT THAT PROGRAM INDISCRIMINATELY. THIS IS SPECIFIC AMENDMENTS FOR SPECIFIC PROGRAMS, SPECIFIC EARMARKS THAT THE COUNTRY KNOWS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT BE DOING. THAT THE CONGRESS SHOULD NOT BE DIRECTING MONEY TOWARD. WITH THAT, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:05:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. OLVER

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN ANOTHER MINUTE.

  • 08:05:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 08:05:55 PM

    MR. PIERLUISI

    BE BRIEF. LET ME JUST SAY THAT THERE ARE 435 MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE. THERE…

    BE BRIEF. LET ME JUST SAY THAT THERE ARE 435 MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE. THERE ARE FIVE DELEGATES REPRESENTING THE DISTRICTS, THE TERRITORIES. EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THESE DISTRICTS AND TERRITORIES HAS ITS OWN PECULIAR NEEDS AND THE MEMBERS SHOULD BE ENTITLED TO DO SOMETHING LIKE WHAT I'M TRYING TO DO. HELP A TOWN IN PUERTO RICO WITH THE LOWEST -- THE HIGHEST POVERTY RATE IN THE REGION, WHERE KIDS DO NOT EVEN HAVE A PLACE TO PLAY, PARTICULARLY MEETING THE NEEDS AND THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. THERE CANNOT BE A MORE JUSTIFIED EAR DTS MARK THAN THIS ONE. AND THE AMOUNT AT STAKE IS $150,000. SO URGE MY FRIEND FROM ARIZONA TO WITHDRAW THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE CLEARLY IT HAS NO MERIT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUE TO O-- COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE IT.

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  • 08:07:15 PM

    MR. OLVER

    COULD I REQUEST HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT?

  • 08:07:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS HAS 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MR. OLVER

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M VERY INTERESTED IN THIS LAST CONVERSATION. THE GENTLEMAN…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M VERY INTERESTED IN THIS LAST CONVERSATION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS USUALLY SO RATIONAL ABOUT THIS WHOLE EFFORT THAT HE PUTS FORWARD. HE'S GOING TO EARN A REPUTATION AS GRINCH FOR TAKING TIME TO -- FOR TRYING TO TAKE THE ONE MEMBER REPRESENTING FOUR MILLION PEOPLE IN PUERTO RICO, TAKING A PROGRAM THAT WOULD PROVIDE A.D. COMPLIANCE IN A VERY SMALL PARK IN A COMMUNITY WHERE -- THAT'S DONE FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS AND HE WANTS TO DENY THE REPRESENTATIVE FOR THOSE FOUR MILLION PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A VERY SMALL EARMARK. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:08:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED. TO

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  • 08:08:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DUDS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RISE?

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  • 08:08:50 PM

    MR. OLVER

    THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. CHIP THE MOTION HAS BEEN MADE THAT THE COMMITTEE…

    THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. CHIP THE MOTION HAS BEEN MADE THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES VISIT. THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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  • 08:09:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 5850 DIRECTS ME TO REPORT IT HAS COME TO NO CONCLUSION THEREON.

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  • 08:09:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIRMAN REPORTS THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 5850…

    THE CHAIRMAN REPORTS THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 5850 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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  • 08:09:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED OR ON WHICH THE VOTE INCURS OBJECTION UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. RECORDED VOTES ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN LATER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 08:11:00 PM

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    THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO H.R. 847, THE JAMES ZADROGA 9/11…

    THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO H.R. 847, THE JAMES ZADROGA 9/11 HEALTH AND COMPENSATION ACT AS AMENDED.

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  • 08:11:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 08:11:14 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO EXTEND AND IMPROVE PROTECTIONS AND…

    THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO EXTEND AND IMPROVE PROTECTIONS AND SERVICE TO INDIVIDUALS DIRECTLY IMPACTED BY THE TERRORIST ATTACK IN NEW YORK CITY ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 08:11:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BARTON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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  • 08:11:40 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MR. NADLER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MR. NADLER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE AND MR. -- EACH CONTROL 6.5 MINUTES OF MY TIME AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRA -- EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IN THE RECORD.

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  • 08:12:05 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. PALLONE

    IN SUPPORT OF THE JAMES ZADROGA 9/11 HEALTH AND COMPENSATION ACT OF 2010.…

    IN SUPPORT OF THE JAMES ZADROGA 9/11 HEALTH AND COMPENSATION ACT OF 2010. IT WAS REPORTED BY THE COMMITTEE BY A VOTE OF 33-12. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE REPRESENTATIVE'S SPON, CAROLYN MALONEY AND CAROLYN NADLER AS WELL AS ELIOT ENGEL AND ELIOT WIENER FOR THEIR TIRELESS WORK ON BEHALF OF THE LEGISLATION. TODAY, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING DEBILITATING ILLNESSES FROM ITS AFTERMATH THIS WOULD ESTABLISH THE WORLD TRADE CENTER HEALTH PROGRAM TO SCREEN, MONITOR AND TREAT ELIGIBLE RESPONDERS AND SURVIVORS SUFFERING FROM WORLD TRADE CENTER DISEASES MOST COMMONLY FROM THE MASSIVE TOXIC DUST CLOUD THAT ENVELOPED LOWER MANHATTAN. IT ALSO ALLOCATES MONEY TO BE SPEND FOR -- SPENT FOR RESEARCH. IT IS FULLY PAID FOR. THE VERSION BEFORE THE HOUSE IS MORE THAN $1 BILLION LESS EXPENSIVE THAN THAT REPORTED WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FROM THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. TODAY IS AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARD ENSURING THE APPROPRIATE RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE WHO RISK THEIR LIVES TO SAVE OTHERS ON SEPTEMBER 11. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:13:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 08:13:39 PM

    MR. BARTON

    MY STATEMENT, I WISH TO YIELD 11 OF MY 20 MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF…

    MY STATEMENT, I WISH TO YIELD 11 OF MY 20 MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, MR. SMITH OF TEXAS. AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME.

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  • 08:13:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 08:13:51 PM

    MR. BARTON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF THREE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. BARTON

    MR. SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS ARE NOT OPPOSED TO COMPENSATING THE VICTIMS IN…

    MR. SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS ARE NOT OPPOSED TO COMPENSATING THE VICTIMS IN THE FIRST -- AND THE FIRST RESPONDERS OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ATTACK. WE CREATED A COMPENSATION FUND WITH AN 1 -- WITHIN 11 DAYS AFTER THE ORIGINAL ATTACK BACK IN -- ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, HOWEVER, MR. SPEAKER, CREATES A BRAND NEW ENTITLEMENT FUND, ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM THAT COULD LAST AN ADDITIONAL 21 YEARS. CREATES SPECIAL COMPENSATION SYSTEM FOR HOSPITALS IN THE NEW YORK CITY AREA AT 140% OF MEDICARE RATES PRORKVIDSE SPECIAL PROTECTION FOR TRIAL LAWYERS, CREATES A HOST OF SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND SPECIAL PROTECTIONS. IT ALSO DOES NOT REQUIRE ANY KIND OF CITIZENSHIP TEST, MR. SPEAKER, TO RECEIVE A BENEFIT. IT IS IN FACT A -- APPARENTLY A $7.4 BILLION NEW ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM AT A TIME WHILE WE KNOW THERE ARE INNOCENT VICTIMS IN NEW YORK CITY THAT STILL NEED TREATMENT, AND WE KNOW THERE ARE SOME, PERHAPS THERE ARE SOME PARTICIPANTS WHO HAVE FALLEN THROUGH THE CRACKS OR NOT RECEIVED THE TREATMENT THAT THEY NEED, THIS BILL, QUITE FRANKLY IS NOT THE ANSWER. IN THE MARKUP IN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, REPUBLICANS OFFERED A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS THAT WOULD HAVE PROVIDED TREATMENT, WOULD HAVE MONITORED BENEFITS AND WOULD HAVE AUTHORIZED FUNDING FOR THE EXISTING PROGRAM AT THE LEVEL REQUESTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, PRESIDENT OBAMA. THAT AMENDMENT WAS REJECTED. H.R. 847 CAPS THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT CAN BE ENROLLED IN THE PROGRAM, AS I SAID EARLIER, IT DOESN'T REQUIRE THOSE ENROLLED TO VERIFY CITIZENSHIP. WE ALSO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO VERIFY CITIZENSHIP THAT AMENDMENT WAS NOT AGREED. TO EA WE ALSO OFFERED AN AMENDMENT TO MEANS TEST BENEFITS BASED ON INCOME AND ASSETS. . UNDER THIS BILL, SOMEBODY MAKING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IS TECHNICALLY ELIGIBLE FOR THIS PROGRAM. I DON'T THINK THAT'S FAIR WHEN WE HAVE A BUDGET DEFICIT OF $1.5 TRILLION. WE ALSO OFFERED AN AMENDMENT IN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE TO PAY FOR THE PROGRAM BY USING MONEY THAT HAS NOT BEEN SPENT OUT OF AN EXISTING PROGRAM. THAT AMENDMENT WAS ALSO REJECTED. IT'S NOT BEING WHAT THE MAJORITY WANTED. AS I SAID EARLIER, THE BILL BEFORE US WOULD REIMBURSE HOSPITALS IN NEW YORK AT 140% OF MEDICARE. WE THINK THAT'S NOT FAIR TO THE REST OF THE COUNTRY TO GIVE A SPECIAL RATE ABOVE MEDICARE RATES FOR THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM. I YIELD MYSELF AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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  • 08:17:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BARTON

    FINALLY, IN THE AMENDED BILL THAT WAS SENT TO THE RULES COMMITTEE…

    FINALLY, IN THE AMENDED BILL THAT WAS SENT TO THE RULES COMMITTEE YESTERDAY, MR. SPEAKER, THEY HAD CHANGED THE SPENDING PROFILE UNDER THE BILL BEFORE US THIS EVENING. THE PROGRAM, WHILE IT IS A GUARANTEED ENTITLEMENT, FUNDING WOULD BE CUT BY 2/3 IN 2019 AND ELIMINATED IN 2020. THAT IS SIMPLY A BUDGET GIMMICK AND UNFAIR TO THE PEOPLE. IT WOULD BE UNFAIR TO THE PEOPLE DEPENDENT ON THE PROGRAM. WE WOULD ASK FOR A NO VOTE ON THE BILL.

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  • 08:17:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 08:17:58 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    ONE MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, ONE OF THE…

    ONE MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, ONE OF THE CHAMPIONS OF THIS LEGISLATION.

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  • 08:18:08 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY FOR YIELDING TO ME. ON SEPTEMBER 11,…

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY FOR YIELDING TO ME. ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, I WAS NEVER PROUD TO BE A NEW YORKER. MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS RUSHED IN TO HELP AND WITHIN DAYS OF THE ATTACK, OVER 40,000 RESPONDERS FROM ACROSS THE NATION CAME UPON GROUND ZERO TO DO ANYTHING POSSIBLE TO HELP WITH THE RESCUE, RECOVERY AND CLEANUP. MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS WERE KILLED IN THE ATTACKS ON THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. THE PEOPLE THAT RUSHED IN DIDN'T PUT THEMSELVES FIRST BUT HELPED OTHERS AND THE QUESTION IS SHOULD WE PENALIZE THESE PEOPLE. WITHIN THE MINUTES, NEW YORK'S FIRST RESPONDERS MOBILIZED TO SAVE THOSE WHO WERE TRAPPED OR HURT. THEY THOUGHT THE SAFE WAS SAFE. THEY NEVER QUESTIONED THEIR OWN SAFETY WHEN THEY RAN IN TO HELP OTHERS AND PUT OTHERS IN FRONT OF THEMSELVES. THE STATEMENTS THAT THE AIR WAS SAFE TO BREATHE WERE FALSE. MANY BECAME SICK AND THE ILLNESSES ARE DIDLY. NEW YORK WAS ATTACKED BECAUSE IT'S A SYMBOL OF OUR COUNTRY AND NEW YORK WANTED TO MAKE A STATEMENT. THE RESPONSIBILITY TO HELP THESE SICK FIRST RESPONDERS IS AN AMERICAN PROBLEM AND WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO HELP THESE PEOPLE NO MATTER WHERE WE LIVE. PLEASE DON'T VOTE DOWN THE BILL FOR ANY OTHER EXCUSE YOU MAY GIVE. WHATEVER EXCUSE YOU MAY GIVE, A NO VOTE IS TO TURN YOUR BACK ON THE FIRST RESPONDERS. PLEASE VOTE YES ON THE BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:19:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM.

  • 08:19:46 PM

    MR. BARTON

    1/2 MINUTES TO MR. SHIMKUS OF ILLINOIS.

  • 08:19:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. SHIMKUS. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 08:19:55 PM

    MR. SHIMKUS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OUR COMMITTEE CAN DO GREAT WORK WHEN WE WORK…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OUR COMMITTEE CAN DO GREAT WORK WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER. THIS IS NOT ONE OF OUR FINEST TIMES. A NEW MANDATORY ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM AT $7.2 BILLION, THERE IS $130 MILLION IN THE FUND RIGHT NOW. THE PRESIDENT ASKED FOR $150 MILLION. THIS IS ON AVERAGE $700 MILLION A YEAR. IT'S MANDATORY. WE DON'T DO THIS FOR OUR VETERANS AND WE DON'T DO THIS FOR OUR MILITARY. THIS IS A MANDATORY PROGRAM. WHAT THIS IS IS POLITICS. WHAT THIS IS IS ENFRANCHISING A WHOLE BUNCH OF NEW YORK CITY HOSPITALS WHO WILL GET PAID 140% MEDICARE RATES WHEN WE ARE CUTTING MEDICARE RATES UNDER PART A. WE CAN DO THIS AND DO IT IN A BETTER MANNER THAN WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE AND IT'S ON A SUSPENSION CALENDAR. YOUR LEADERSHIP PUT IT ON THE SUSPENSION CALENDAR. YOU KNOW WHY? THEY CAN'T PASS IT UNDER REGULAR ORDER. IT'S YOUR LEADERSHIP THAT PUT YOU IN THIS POSITION, NOT HOUSE REPUBLICANS AND I'M EMBARRASSED ABOUT THIS TONIGHT.

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  • 08:21:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WILL BE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR, PLEASE. THE…

    WILL BE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR, PLEASE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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  • 08:21:22 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

  • 08:21:36 PM

    MR. ACKERMAN

    THE BILL, BUT YOU WON'T VOTE FOR IT. NONSENSE. NINE YEARS AGO, YOUR…

    THE BILL, BUT YOU WON'T VOTE FOR IT. NONSENSE. NINE YEARS AGO, YOUR COUNTRY WAS ATARKED. -- ATTACKED AND YOU ARE HERE QUIBBLING ABOUT POLITICS AND HERE TALKING ABOUT PERMANENT ENTITLEMENTS. WHO EASY IT IS TO COME DOWN TO THIS FLOOR AND I HAVE SEEN IT TIME AFTER TIME, PEOPLE PROVING HOW PATRIOTIC THEYR DETERMINED TO FIGHT AGAINST THE TERRORISTS AND DEFEND AMERICA. LEAVE NO SOLDIER BEHIND. WELL, WHERE I COME FROM, WE ARE LEAVING SOLDIERS BEHIND. WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO WERE ON THE BATTLEFIELD IN OUR HOSPITALS, WHO ARE DIING EVERY DAY, WHO ARE REACHING OUT AND GRASPING FOR THE LAST BREATH THAT THEY HAVE, AND YOU CALL THAT AN ENTITLEMENT? I DON'T QUESTION YOUR PATRIOTISM. I DON'T QUESTION YOUR NATIONALISM. I DON'T QUESTION YOUR STRATEGY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS TERRIBLE SITUATION. SURE YOU ARE PATRIOTS. SURE YOU HAVE GREAT ORATORY. BUT I HAVE ONE QUESTION, WHERE IS YOUR DECENCY?

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  • 08:22:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS YOUR TIME. MEMBERS WILL KINDLY ADDRESS THE REMARKS TO THE CHAIR.…

    YIELDS YOUR TIME. MEMBERS WILL KINDLY ADDRESS THE REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 08:23:26 PM

    MR. BARTON

    TO YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS…

    TO YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, MR. CAMP OF MICHIGAN, TWO MINUTES.

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  • 08:23:37 PM

    MR. CAMP

    OF 9/11 WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, NOR WILL WE EVER FORGET THE ACTIONS OF…

    OF 9/11 WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, NOR WILL WE EVER FORGET THE ACTIONS OF THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WITHOUT REGARD TO THEIR WELL-BEING RUSHED IN TO RECOVER THEIR FELLOW AMERICANS. THEIRS WAS ACTS OF PATRIOTISM THAT WOULD BE REPEATED IN THE DAYS AND MONTHS THAT FOLLOWED. TODAY, MANY OF THOSE WHO WERE AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER, PENTAGON AND SHANKSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE TERRORIST ATTACKS ARE STRUGGLING PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY. WHILE I HAVE GREAT SYMPATHY FOR PROVIDING ASSISTANCE TO THOSE AMERICANS, THE LEGISLATION IS IMPAIRED WITH A FUNDAMENTALLY IMPAIRED TAX INCREASE AND I WILL VOTE AGAINST IT. TO PAY FOR THIS IS A TAX INCREASE THAT HAS NO CHANCE OF BECOMING LAW AND WITH GOOD REASON. IT TAXES AMERICAN JOBS IN CLEAR VIOLATION OF OUR INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS. WHILE THE PROVISION CLOSELY TRACKS LEGISLATION THAT HAS PASSED THE HOUSE ON A PARTISAN BASIS, THE SENATE HAS REPEATEDLY REJECTED IT. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RAISES OBJECTIONS AS TO WE NEGOTIATE TAX TREATIES. THERE IS NEVER A GOOD TIME TO RAISE TAXES ON AMERICAN WORKERS BUT GIVEN THE CONTINUED WEAKNESS, NOW IS THE WORST TIME. DATA CONFIRMS THAT. 47 STATES HAVE LOST JOBS SINCE THE DEMOCRATS' STIMULUS PASSED. UNEMPLOYMENT REMAINS SUN SEPTEMBERBLY HIGH, 13% IN MY HOME STATE OF MICHIGAN. THE TAX HIKE IN THIS LEGISLATION IS UNACCEPTABLE. THE HARDSHIPS SUFFERED BY OUR FIRST RESPONDERS DO NOT CHANGE THAT BASIC FACT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:25:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 08:25:32 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON OUR SIDE? THE SPEAKER PRO…

    I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON OUR SIDE? THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: YOU HAVE 3

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  • 08:25:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YOU HAVE 3 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. HAVE 3 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. AND THE…

    YOU HAVE 3 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. HAVE 3 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS THREE MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 08:25:47 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    AT THIS TIME I WOULD YIELD 1 1/2 TO MR. WIENER, THE OTHER CHAMPION OF THIS…

    AT THIS TIME I WOULD YIELD 1 1/2 TO MR. WIENER, THE OTHER CHAMPION OF THIS BILL ON OUR COMMITTEE.

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  • 08:25:56 PM

    MR. WEINER

    I WOULD SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE TALKING ABOUT THE PAY-FOR AND THE TAX…

    I WOULD SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE TALKING ABOUT THE PAY-FOR AND THE TAX AND THE FINE PRINT, THIS IS A RELATIVELY SIMPLE MATTER. THIS IS A NONCONTROVERSIAL BILL. IF YOU BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE A DEBT TO THE PEOPLE THAT SERVED OUR COUNTRY TO REPAY. YOU TALK ABOUT GIVING A BENEFIT. WHAT BENEFIT OCCURS THAT SOMEONE WHO WENT DOWN ON 9/11 AND NOW BOUNCES THEIR GRAND TCHEP KID ON THEIR KNEE WITH A TOXIC DUST IN THEIR LUNGS, WHAT BENEFIT HAS OCCURRED FOR THEM. YOU ARE REPAYING A DEBT TO THESE PEOPLE THAT DESERVE IT. AND NOT SEPTEMBER 11, WE FORMED A FUND LIKE THIS ONE AND SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT, IF YOU DIED THAT DAY, YOU DIED A HERO. MY COLLEAGUES, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE DYING THIS MOMENT. ARE THEY LESS OF A HERO AND LESS DESERVING? ONE WORD I DO HEAR USED IS INAPPROPRIATE AND SAYS WE ARE CREATING AN ENTITLEMENT. THESE PEOPLE ARE ENTITLED TO OUR CARE. THEY ARE ENTITLED TO OUR INDEBTEDNESS AND INTITLED TO WHAT WE ARE DOING BUT THE DIFFERENCE IS NO MORE PEOPLE. IN FACT, THERE ARE FEWER AND FEWER EVERY SINGLE DAY BECAUSE THEY ARE DYING. THEY ARE DYING BECAUSE THEY WERE HEROES ON BEHALF OF THIS COUNTRY AND THIS IS A MOMENT. AN UP OR DOWN VOTE, IF YOU PUT YOUR CARD IN AND VOTE NO YOU ARE AGAINST 9/11 WORKERS AND IF YOU HIT THE GREEN BUTTON, YOU DOING WHAT IS LONG OVERDUE. DON'T BE THE PARTY OF NO TODAY.

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  • 08:27:46 PM

    MR. BARTON

    ONE MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. STEARNS. THEN I WOULD…

    ONE MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. STEARNS. THEN I WOULD LIKE TO INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING THAT I CONTROL AFTER MR. STEARNS' ONE MINUTE?

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  • 08:28:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THAT WOULD BE APPROXIMATELY TWO MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 08:28:09 PM

    MR. STEARNS

    ME SAY TO MY FRIEND ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE AND TO THE PEOPLE FROM NEW…

    ME SAY TO MY FRIEND ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE AND TO THE PEOPLE FROM NEW YORK CITY AND FROM NEW YORK, CAN YOU COME DOWN TO THIS HOUSE FLOOR AND QUESTION THIS SPENDING WITHOUT BEING ATTACKED ON YOUR CHARACTER? I MEAN, WHAT WE'RE ASKING ABOUT HERE, THERE'S NO STRATEGY WE HAVE DEVELOPED HERE OR TACTICS. WE ARE SAYING THE C.B.O., C.B. ON HAS SCORED THIS AT $11 BILLION AND IT IS A TEMPLATE FOR FUTURE TYPE OF PROGRAMS. THEY USED THE WORD ENTITLEMENT. AND CREATES ANOTHER MANDATORY TYPE OF PROGRAM. THIS ISN'T REPUBLICANS BUT THE C.B.O. FOR YOU TO QUESTION ANYBODY THAT QUESTIONS SPENDING IN THIS QUESTION, TAXPAYER'S MONEY AND DISSPEARGE OUR CHARACTER IS WRONG. THE PRESIDENT HAS CREATED A FISCAL COMMISSION. CONGRESS IS PUSHING AHEAD WITH YET ANOTHER SPENDING PROGRAM. WE CAN TALK ABOUT THIS INTELLIGENTLY WITHOUT YOU TALKING ABOUT THIS ISSUE. WE DON'T NEED TO CREATE THIS ENTITLEMENT AND DO A FIVE-YEAR PROGRAM WITH THE STANDARD REAUTHORIZE AGE AND APPROPRIATION PROCESS. WHY DO YOU OBJECT TO THE STANDARD APPROPRIATION PROCESS? IT'S A PROPER METHOD FOR FISCAL DISCIPLINE. IF WE ARE GOING TO PAY, IT SHOULD COME FROM REDUCING THE FRAUD AND WASTE. WE ARE ON YOUR SIDE. SHOW US WASTE AND FRAUD AND WE'LL PAY FOR IT THROUGH THAT.

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  • 08:29:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM.

  • 08:29:42 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION, WHO HAS WORKED SO…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION, WHO HAS WORKED SO TIRELESSLY LIKE I HAVE NEVER SEEN ON THIS LEGISLATION AND SO PROUD TO BE HERE TONIGHT FOR ITS PASSAGE. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN.

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  • 08:29:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 08:30:02 PM

    MRS. MALONEY

    VERY MUCH, CHAIRMAN PALLONE AND FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. THIS WEEK, THE HOUSE…

    VERY MUCH, CHAIRMAN PALLONE AND FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. THIS WEEK, THE HOUSE APPROVED BILLIONS IN NEW FUNDING FOR THE WAR IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, BUT CONGRESS HAS YET TO FULLY ADDRESS THE IMPACT OF THE EVENT THAT CAUSED THE WAR IN THE FIRST PLACE, THE 9/11 TERRORIST ATTACK. TODAY, WE WILL VOTE ON A BILL THAT PROVIDES GUARANTEED HELP FOR SURVIVORS OF 9/11 AND BRAVE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO RUSHED TO GROUND ZERO TO SAVE THE LIVES OF OTHERS. I THANK CONGRESSMAN NADLER AND KING AND MY COLLEAGUES IN THE NEW YORK DELEGATION, SPEAKER PELOSI, LEADER HOYER, FOR THEIR DEDICATION FOR THE HEROES AND SURVIVORS OF 9/11. ON 9/11, ROUGHLY 3,000 PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES. BUT THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS LOST THEIR HEALTH BECAUSE THEY RUSHED IN TO SAVE OTHERS. TO DATE, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS IDENTIFIED MORE THAN 20,000 INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE HEALTH PROBLEMS AS A DIRECT RESULT OF ATTACKS. CARING FOR THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING IS A NATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY. EVERY SINGLE STATE, 428 OF THE 435 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS HAVE SOMEONE ENROLLED IN THE FEDERAL WORLD TRADE CENTER HEALTH REGISTRY BECAUSE THEY WERE NEAR GROUND ZERO OR WORKED AT GROUND ZERO. THE 9/11 HEALTH AND COMPENSATION ACT MEETS OUR MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO HELP THOSE WHO WERE THERE TO HELP US. IT SEEMS INCONCEIVABLE TO ME THAT WE WOULD CHOOSE TO SPEND HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON WARS IN FOREIGN LAND AND NOT SPEND THIS MODEST AMOUNT RIGHT HERE AT HOME TO HELP THE WARRIORS, THE FIRST PEOPLE WHO WERE THERE, THOSE WHO WERE THERE FOR US ON 9/11, IN THE PLACE WHERE IT ALL BEGAN. THEY WERE THERE FOR US. WE NEED TO BE THERE FOR THEM. THIS IS THE VETERANS OF THE WAR OF 9/11. THOSE WHO SAVED THE LIVES OF OTHERS AND 9/11 WAS A GREAT TRAGEDY, BUT IT WAS ALSO A GREAT RESCUE EFFORT, ONE OF THE GREATEST IN HISTORY. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE HEROES, THE WARRIORS RIGHT HERE AT HOME, THE FIRST IN THE LINE OF FIRE AT GROUND ZERO WHERE IT ALL BEGAN. I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 08:32:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME AS EXPIRE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

  • 08:32:44 PM

    MR. BARTON

    A LONG 45 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZE.

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    AND WOMEN RUSH INTO BUILDINGS NOT CARING ABOUT THEIR SAFETY OR OTHERS.

  • 08:32:58 PM

    MR. LEE

    DEBRIS, NOT WORRIED ABOUT TOXINS. THINK PAY-FOR FOR THIS BILL IS IN…

    DEBRIS, NOT WORRIED ABOUT TOXINS. THINK PAY-FOR FOR THIS BILL IS IN JOB-KILLING TAXES. THERE WERE OPPORTUNITIES TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. THAT WAS MISSED. IT'S AN UNFORTUNATE SITUATION WHEN WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE GETTING PUT IN THE WAY OF POLITICS -- POLITICS GOT IN THE WAY OF PEOPLE WHO WERE BRAVE AND HONEST AND DOING THE RIGHT THING FOR NEW YORKERS. IT'S A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS, UNFORTUNATELY I WON'T BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:33:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    AS I MAY CONSUME. ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, OSAMA BIN LADEN ORCHESTRATED THE…

    AS I MAY CONSUME. ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, OSAMA BIN LADEN ORCHESTRATED THE DEADLIEST TERRORIST ATTACK IN AMERICAN HISTORY, KILLING ALMOST 3,000 PEOPLE AND WOUNDING THOUSANDS MORE. THE ATTACKS CREATED ENVIRONMENTAL NIGHTMARE AS HUNDREDS OF TONS OF EVERY CONTAMINANT CAME OUT INTO THE STREETS OF MANHATTAN AND BROOKLYN INTOOSM THIS TOXICS CROWD RAN FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS. FIRST RESPONDERS CAME FROM ALL 50 STATES TO AID IN RESCUE AND CLEANUP IN SUBSEQUENT DAYS. THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ADMINISTRATOR, DESPITE AMPLE EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY, KEPT FALSELY PREPRO CLAIMING THE AIR WAS SAFE TO BREATHE. IT WASN'T. THE TERRORIST CAUSED THE ENVIRONMENTAL CATASTROPHE BUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COMPOUND THE DAMAGE BY TELLING PEOPLE IT WAS SAFE WHEN IT WASN'T. NOW THOUSANDS ARE SAKE AND IN -- SICK AND IN NEED OF SPECIAL CARE. WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO TREAT THEM AND THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL IS ABOUT. FOR YEARS, REPRESENTATIVE MALONEY AND I WORKED TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. NOW IT'S TIME TO PASS IT. TIME AND AGAIN AS WE MOVED THE BILL THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS, WE ADJUSTED IT, LOWERED THE SIZE AND SCOPE, WE WORKED TO REOPEN THE VICTIM'S COMPENSATION FUND IN ORDER TO PROTECT CONTRACTORS FROM LIABILITY SO THEY WOULD NOT FIND THEY SACRIFICED THEIR BUSINESSES TO SERVE THEIR COUNTRIES. WE EVEN AGREED TO CAP ATTORNEYS' FEES. I KNOW SOME ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE COST OF THIS ASSISTANCE. THIS BILL IS FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE AND BALANCES THE NEEDS OF 9/11 HEROS WITH FISCAL RESTRAINTS. IT IS COMPLETELY PAID