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House Session - November 30, 2010
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  • 10:31:14 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:31:23 AM

    THE CLERK

    THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. NOVEMBER 30, 2010. I HEREBY APPOINT…

    THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. NOVEMBER 30, 2010. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE JOHN T. SALAZAR TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, NANCY PELOSI, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:31:43 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 6, 2009, THE CHAIR WILL NOW…

    PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 6, 2009, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES WITH EACH PARTY LIMITED TO 30 MINUTES AND EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. QUIGLEY, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 10:32:15 AM

    MR. QUIGLEY

    MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO RATIFY…

    MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO RATIFY THE STRATEGIC ARMS REDUCTION TREATY, OR START, IMMEDIATELY. BECAUSE EVERY DAY WE WAIT TO RATIFY START IS ONE MORE DAY THAT RUSSIA'S NUCLEAR ARSENAL GOES UNEXPECTED. WHEN OUR LAST NUCLEAR ARMS TREATY WITH RUSSIA EXPIRED LAST DECEMBER, WE COULD NO LONGER INSPECT THEIR NUCLEAR SITE. THIS MEANS NO AMERICANS HAVE INSPECTED THE FACILITIES FOR ALMOST A YEAR. DESPITE THE URGENT NEED TO RATIFY THIS VITAL TREATY WHICH ALSO REDUCES UNNEEDED NUCLEAR STOCKPILES, SOME MEMBERS IN THE OTHER BODY HAVE CONTINUED TO STALL PUTTING POLITICS BEHIND NATIONAL SECURITY. START HAS BEEN THROUGH 18 HEARINGS, IS ENDORSED BY DOZENS OF FOREIGN POLICY AND DEFENSE EXPERTS, AND PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE WITH STRONG BIPARTISAN MAJORITY. OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE CLAIM TO BE THE STRONGEST PROPONENTS OF NATIONAL SECURITY. RATIFICATION OF START IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO ACT ON THESE CLAIMS AND KEEP AMERICA AND OUR ALLIES SAFE. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:33:24 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. PENCE, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. PENCE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:33:32 AM

    MR. PENCE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:33:36 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:33:38 AM

    MR. PENCE

    I RISE TODAY THE DAY AFTER I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SPEAKING AT ONE OF THE…

    I RISE TODAY THE DAY AFTER I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SPEAKING AT ONE OF THE STORIED VENUES IN AMERICAN PUBLIC LIFE, THE DETROIT ECONOMIC CLUB FOR 75 YEARS HAS BEEN A PLACE WHERE AMERICAN LEADERS OF EVERY POLITICAL PERSUASION AND PHILOSOPHY HAVE COME TO TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMY OF THIS NATION. AND I HAD THE REAL PRIVILEGE OF BEING ABLE TO ADDRESS THAT GATHERING YESTERDAY AND I WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO THE ORGANIZERS AND THE BOARD FOR THAT. BUT I THOUGHT I MIGHT REFLECT FOR A FEW MINUTES THIS MORNING ON MY COMMENTS BECAUSE I -- WHAT I SOUGHT TO DO YESTERDAY WAS REALLY BROADEN THE DEBATE HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. WE LIVE IN NO ORDINARY TIMES. OUR ECONOMY IS STRUGGLING IN THE CITY AND ON THE FARM. UNEMPLOYMENT IS AT A HEARTBREAKING 9.6% NATIONALLY. 42 MILLION AMERICANS ARE ON FOOD STAMPS. AMERICA HAS SEEN BETTER DAYS. AFTER YEARS OF RUN AWAY FEDERAL SPENDING, BORROWING, AND BAILOUTS BY BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES, I BELIEVE THERE'S A BETTER WAY. I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN RENEW AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM BY RETURNING OUR NATIONAL POLICY TO THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES THAT MADE THIS COUNTRY AND OUR ECONOMY THE FREEST AND MOST PROSPEROUS IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. I BELIEVE IF WE RETURN TO THE PRACTICE OF THOSE PRINCIPLES AS I SAID YESTERDAY IN DETROIT THAT WE CAN RESTORE AND REBUILD OUR ECONOMY. FISCAL DISCIPLINE IS WHERE IT ALL BEGINS, THOUGH. WE HAVE TO PUT OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. AND CLEARLY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ON NOVEMBER 2 SENT A DEAFENING MESSAGE TO POLICYMAKERS HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., THAT THEY WANT A GOVERNMENT THAT LIVES WITHIN THEIR MEANS AGAIN. AND FORTUNATELY THERE IS NO SHORTAGE THESE DAYS OF IDEAS ABOUT PUTTING OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. ADMIRABLE SUGGESTIONS OF THE PRESIDENT'S DEBT COMMISSION THAT WE'LL LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS WEEK. THE REPUBLICANS PLEDGE TO AMERICA. THERE'S THOUGHTFUL PROPOSALS AND BLUEPRINTS BY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES AND I COMMEND THEM ALL. FOR MY PART I CO-AUTHORED LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH A CONSTITUTIONAL SPENDING LIMIT AMENDMENT. I THINK IT'S TIME WE LIMITED FEDERAL SPENDING TO 20% OF OUR ECONOMY AND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE HAVE THE SAME BACK IN INDIANA, MR. SPEAKER, THAT GOOD FENCES MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS. I THINK WE OUGHT TO USE THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE YEARS AHEAD TO PUT FENCE LINES AROUND SPENDING TO GIVE THIS AND FUTURE CONGRESSES A CLEAR GUIDELINE OF JUST HOW MUCH OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY THIS GOVERNMENT CAN CONSUME AND GIVE THEM A INCENTIVE FOR GROWTH. LET ME SAY FISCAL DISCIPLINE ALONE WILL NOT BE ENOUGH TO BRING JOBS AND PROSPERITY BACK TO AMERICA. WE NEED AN AGENDA FOR GROWTH. AND THAT'S WHAT'S BROUGHT ME TO DETROIT YESTERDAY. AND WHAT I DESCRIBE OR SOUGHT TO DESCRIBE WERE THE BUILDING BLOCK, THE TRADITIONAL AMERICAN BUILDING BLOCKS OF GROWTH, A INCENTIVE-BASED AGENDA AND I THINK IT'S FIVEFOLD. FIRST IS SOUND MONETARY POLICY. SECOND IS NOT ONLY TAX RELIEF BUT TAX REFORM. THIRDLY IS ACCESS TO ALL AMERICAN RESOURCES IN ENERGY. THIRDLY IS REGULATORY RELIEF AND REFORM. AND FINALLY, IT'S EXPANDED INTERNATIONAL TRADE. -S-T A--R-T. WHEN I EXPANDED ON YESTERDAY WAS MY BELIEF IF WE WILL IN THIS NEXT CONGRESS THAT WILL GATHER JUST WEEKS FROM NOW, IF WE FROM BOTH ENDS OF PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE WILL REPAIR TO THESE IDEAS AND SEEK TO ADVANCE NOT THE ARGUMENTS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN WASHINGTON EVEN AT THIS VERY HOUR AT THE WHITE HOUSE OR WE PRESERVE TAX RATES, WE LET SOME TAX RATES EXPIRE AND BECOME TAX INCREASES, BUT RATHER HOW WE REALLY PURSUE POLICIES THAT WILL RELEASE THE TRAPPED ENERGY IN THIS ECONOMY. SOME EXPERTS SUGGEST THAT THERE'S MORE THAN $2 TRILLION IN PROFITS ON THE SIDELINES IN THIS ECONOMY. AND I BELIEVE THAT BY PURSUING SOUND MONETARY POLICY OF THE FED, HAVING THEM FOCUS ON PRICE STABILITY, BY PRESERVING ALL CURRENT TAX RATES BUT EMBRACING TAX REFORM LIKE A FLAT TAX, I BELIEVE THAT THE TIME HAS COME TO ABANDON OUR PROGRESSIVE TAX RATES AND HAVE THE SAME FLAT RATE AFTER A GENEROUS ALLOWANCE ON INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES. WHAT COULD BE MORE FAIR THAT THE MORE MONEY YOU MAKE THE MORE MONEY YOU PAY TO THE GOVERNMENT, BUT EVERYBODY PAYS THE SAME FLAT RATE? WE NEED TO DEVELOP AN ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE ENERGY STRATEGY THAT GIVES AMERICAN PEOPLE ACCESS TO NEW TECHNOLOGIES, NEW RESOURCE THAT IS ARE IN OUR OWN MAKING AND REACH. WE NEED TO BRING REGULATORY REFORM TO LESSEN THE BURDEN ON SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND FAMILY FARMERS THAT REGULATORY RED TAPE PROVIDES. I THINK IT'S TIME FOR REGULATORY PAY-GO, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK IF WE ARE GOING TO RAISE REGULATION IN ONE AREA, WE OUGHT TO LOWER ANOTHER. HOW ABOUT A 10-YEAR TIME LINE ON ANY NEW REGULATION AND EXPANDED TRADE HAS TO BE A CRITICAL PART OF ANY GROWTH AGENDA. WITH THAT I WOULD SEND THOSE LOOKING INTO MY WEBSITE AT MIKEPENCE.HOUSE.GOV LOOK AT THE SPEECHES AT THE ECONOMIC CLUB YESTERDAY. I HOPE IT STARTS A CONVERSATION IN THIS AND THE NEXT CONGRESS ABOUT GROWTH BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT AS WE PUT OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER ITS IMPERATIVE THAT WE RETURN TO THE PRACTICES AND PRINCIPLES THAT HAVE MADE THIS THE MOST PROSPEROUS NATION IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD AND I BELIEVE WITH ALL MY HEART WILL MAKE THIS NATION THE MOST PROSPEROUS NATION FOR DECADES AND DECADES TO COME. SO HELP US GOD. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 10:39:24 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 12:02:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:02:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, CONGRESSMAN POE.

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  • 12:03:17 PM

    MR. POE

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

    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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  • 12:03:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT…

    THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 12:03:47 PM

    MS. WATSON

    SPEAKER, STANDING IN OUR WAY ARE THOSE WHO WILL BE HOLDING THE MIDDLE…

    SPEAKER, STANDING IN OUR WAY ARE THOSE WHO WILL BE HOLDING THE MIDDLE CLASS HOSTAGE IN FAVOR OF GIVING ADDED TAX BREAKS TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES EVEN THOUGH THE BONUS TAX BREAKS WOULD ADD $700 BILLION TO THE NATIONAL DEBT. 98% OF AMERICANS FACE A TAX INCREASE JANUARY 1. FOR THE TYPICAL MIDDLE CLASS AMERICAN FAMILY, THAT COULD MEAN THE LOSS OF $2,000 NEXT YEAR. THE REPUBLICAN DEMANDS WOULD MEAN THAT THOSE MAKING MORE THAN $1 MILLION A YEAR WOULD RECEIVE AN AVERAGE CUT OF $100,000 ANNUALLY AND THE MIDDLE CLASS WOULD BE SADDLED WITH $700 BILLION IN NEW DEBT TO PAY FOR THE MULTIMILLION DOLLAR TAX CUTS FOR BILLIONAIRES. BUT THAT'S THE EXACT POLICY CHOICE CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS WOULD HAVE US MAKE. CITING CONCERNS ABOUT THE DEFICIT WHEN IT COMES TO AMERICA'S FAMILIES. BUT NOT WHEN IT COMES TO TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHIEST FEW.

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  • 12:04:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

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

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  • 12:05:03 PM

    MR. POE

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 12:05:07 PM

    MR. POE

    MADAM SPEAKER, THE BORDER WAR CONTINUES TO ESCALATE. OVER 2,200 PEOPLE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, THE BORDER WAR CONTINUES TO ESCALATE. OVER 2,200 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED JUST THIS YEAR IN DRUG RELATED VIOLENCE IN MEXICO. THE BATTLES ARE SPILLING OVER INTO AMERICAN COMMUNITIES. THE DRUG CARTELS ARE SHOOTING THEIR WAY ACRIME SCENE THE RIO GRANDE -- THEIR WAY ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE RIVER. WARNING, KEEP OUT OF PARTS OF AMERICA IT'S TOO DANGEROUS. NOW THERE ARE REPORTS THE HANDFUL OF NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS ON THE BORDER ARE GOING TO BE REDUCED. THAT IS NO ANSWER. THE NATIONAL GUARD BORDER ENFORCEMENT ACT WILL CHANGE ALL THAT T WILL AUTHORIZE 10,000 NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS TO BE PUT ON THE BORDER. THE TROOPS WILL BE PAID FOR BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS. THAT'S A PLAN WE CAN LIVE WITH. OTHERWISE THE BORDER WAR WILL CONTINUE AND THE VALLEY OF THE GUN AND LAND OF LAWLESS DAYS. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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  • 12:06:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:06:06 PM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:06:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:06:12 PM

    MR. BACA

    PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK OFFICE HE INHERITED A $1.2 TRILLION DEFICIT, TWO…

    PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK OFFICE HE INHERITED A $1.2 TRILLION DEFICIT, TWO WARS, THE RECESSION, MOUNTING JOB LOSSES THAT PUSHED OUR ECONOMY TO THE BRINK. SINCE THEN WE HAVE MADE STEADY PROGRESS TOWARDS RECOVERY AND LAID THE GROUNDWORK TO CREATE NEW JOBS. BUT DURING THESE TOUGH TIMES, WE MUST ACT DECISIVELY TO EXTEND THE TAX RELIEF FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. IF CONGRESS DOES NOT ACT SOON, 98% OF THE AMERICANS WILL FACE A TAX INCREASE IN JANUARY 1. FOR THIS TYPICAL MIDDLE CLASS FAMILY, THIS MEANS THE LOSS OF 2,000 NEXT YEAR. THAT'S A LOT TO MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES. THE REPUBLICANS MUST STOP HOLDING THESE TAX CUTS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS HOSTAGE. EXTENDING THE TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH WILL NOT CREATE JOBS AND STIMULATE THE ECONOMY. BUT IT WILL ADD, I STATE, IT WILL ADD, $700 BILLION TO OUR NATIONAL DEFICIT. $700 BILLION TO OUR NATIONAL DEFICIT. THE TIME FOR SIMPLY SAYING NO IS OVER. LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE JOBS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:07:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:07:25 PM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:07:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:07:32 PM

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    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO ONE OF NEW JERSEY'S GREAT…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO ONE OF NEW JERSEY'S GREAT PUBLIC SERVANTS, W. KERRY EDWARDS, WHO PASSED AWAY IN OCTOBER AT THE AGE OF 66. OFFER THE COURSE OF FOUR DECADES IF PUBLIC LIFE, KERRY SERVED AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF NEW JERSEY GOVERNMENT. INCLUDING AS STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, CHIEF COUNSEL TO THE GOVERNOR AND STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL. THE TIME OF HIS DEATH HE WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE NEW JERSEY STATE COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATION. TO ME HE WAS A WONDERFUL MENTOR AND GOOD FRIEND. I HAD THE HONOR OF WORKING UNDER HIM AND LEARNING FROM HIM WHEN HE SERVED AS GOVERNOR CANE'S CHIEF COUNSEL IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE 1980'S. KERRY EDWARDS INSPIRED A WHOLE GENERATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE FIELD OF LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY. HE WILL BE REMEMBERED AS AN INSPIRING LEADER IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY. TO HIS WONDERFUL WIFE, LYNN, HIS DAUGHTERS AND SISTER, AND TO THE ENTIRE EDWARDS FAMILY, WE EXTEND OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY. W. KERRY EDWARDS OF OAKLAND,BERGEN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY, WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY THE PEOPLE OF OUR STATE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:08:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:08:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:08:53 PM

    MR. COHEN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. TODAY THE UNITED STATES RECEIVED GOOD NEWS…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. TODAY THE UNITED STATES RECEIVED GOOD NEWS CONCERNING EDUCATION IN AMERICA. NATIONWIDE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION ROSE 2%. EVEN BETTER MY STATE OF TENNESSEE THE RATES ROSE 15%. THE NUMBER ONE INCREASE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THOSE ARE STATISTICS FROM THE YEAR 2002 TO 2009. AS DETERMINED BY THE INSTITUTE THAT COLIN POWELL HEADED. AS PART OF THAT I'M HAPPY TO ATTRIBUTE IT TO IS THE LOTTERY THE HALLMARK LEGISLATION AS A STATE SENATOR. IT PASSED IN 2002 AND THE EDUCATION LAW WENT INTO EFFECT IN 2003. GIVING CHILDREN THE INCENTIVE TO GO TO COLLEGE THAT THEY CAN HAVE A BETTER LIFE. GIVING THEM HOPE WITH HOPE SCHOLARSHIPS HAS HELPED KIDS MAKE BETTER GRADES IN HIGH SCHOOL AND TURN OUT BETTER GRADUATES IN TENNESSEE. I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT TENNESSEE HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED TODAY AS THE COUNTRY'S EDUCATION IS GREAT AND SCORES HAVE GONE UP. WE NEED TO CONTINUE WORKING ON THIS AND IF EVERY STATE GAVE THEIR STUDENTS HOPE WE WOULD HAVE A BETTER NATION.

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  • 12:09:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:09:57 PM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:10:00 PM

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    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. TIME AND TIME AGAIN MEMBERS FROM BOTH SIDE OF…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. TIME AND TIME AGAIN MEMBERS FROM BOTH SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE SPOKEN ON THE NEED TO CREATE JOBS.

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  • 12:10:07 PM

    MR. SMITH

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT AND IT'S PASSED TIME FOR WASHINGTON TO START…

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT AND IT'S PASSED TIME FOR WASHINGTON TO START LISTENING. WE HAVE JUST A FEW SHORT WEEKS TO TAKE THAT MESSAGE TO HEART AND STOP A $3 TRILLION TAX HIKE SET TO TAKE EFFECT ON JANUARY 1. OUR COUNTRY NEEDS REAL ECONOMIC GROWTH WHICH CAN'T HAPPEN IF WASHINGTON DOESN'T PREVENT THE TAX INCREASES ON FARMERS, RANCHERS, AND SMALL BUSINESSES. WE WON'T SOLVE OUR FISCAL CHALLENGES UNTIL WE CUT SPENDING, STOP THE GROWTH OF GOVERNMENT, AND EXTEND THE CURRENT TAX RATE. THE SOONER WE CAN PROVIDE CERTAINTY TO AMERICAN BUSINESS, THE SEENER THEY CAN GET OUR ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK AND START HIRING AGAIN. OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS WE HAVE THE CHANCE TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR OUR ECONOMY. LET'S MAKE IT SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:10:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:10:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:10:55 PM

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    MY CONSTITUENTS, 4HAND,000 NEW YORKERS, AND TWO MILLION AMERICANS WILL…

    MY CONSTITUENTS, 4HAND,000 NEW YORKERS, AND TWO MILLION AMERICANS WILL BEGIN TO LOSE THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT. BEFORE THANKSGIVING 143 REPUBLICANS AND 11 DEMOCRATS VOTED AGAINST EXTENDING UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. WITH THAT VOTE THEY SAID THE UNEMPLOYED MOTHER OR HUSBAND WHO LOST HIS JOB TO OUTSOURCING ARE THE ONES WHO SHOULD SHOULDER THE BURDEN OF REDUCING THE NATIONAL DEBT. IN THE SAME BREATH REPUBLICANS CALL ON CONGRESS TO PASS A TAX BREAK FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS, ADDING HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE DEFICIT. REPUBLICANS SAY WE CAN'T AFFORD UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS BUT THEY ARE ALONE IN THEIR LOGIC.

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  • 12:11:32 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    ECONOMISTS AGREE EXTENDING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS DOES FAR TO STIMULATE…

    ECONOMISTS AGREE EXTENDING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS DOES FAR TO STIMULATE ECONOMIC GROWTH THAN TAX BREAKS FOR MILLIONAIRES. AS WE ENTER THE WINTER SEASON AND HOME HEATING, GAS, AND OTHER BASIC COST ALSO RISE, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO HELP THOSE AMERICAN FAMILIES WHO ARE MOST IN NEED NOT THOSE WEALTHIEST WHO NEED IT THE LEAST. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:11:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:11:56 PM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:11:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:12:01 PM

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    TO CONGRATULATE THE WIZETTA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM ON WINNING THE…

    TO CONGRATULATE THE WIZETTA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM ON WINNING THE MINNESOTA STATE HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP THIS YEAR. SOPHOMORE CHAD UNDERHILL RAN FOR A REMARKABLE FOUR TOUCHDOWNS LEADING THE TOP RANKED TROJANS TO A 31-14 VICTORY. THE VICTORY GAVE THEM THEIR FOURTH STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. THE PERFECT SEASON INCLUDED AN OVERTIME VICTORY OVER LAST YEAR'S STATE CHAMPION IN THE FINAL GAME OF THE REGULAR SEASON AND A VERY GUTSY VICTORY OVER MIBBY TONGA -- MINNETONKA, WINNING THE GAME WITH NO TIME LEFT ON THE CLOCK.

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  • 12:12:37 PM

    MR. PAULSEN

    THEY HELD THEIR OPPONENTS SCORELESS FOR 15 STRAIGHT QUARTERS. THE STATE…

    THEY HELD THEIR OPPONENTS SCORELESS FOR 15 STRAIGHT QUARTERS. THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP CONTINUES IN AN OUTSTANDING TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE AT THE HIGH SCHOOL SINCE THE YEAR 2000. THEY HAVE NOW PRODUCED AN NFL PRO BOWLER AND RUNNING BACK MARION BARBER, A BUTKUS AWARD WINNER IN JAMES LORENITIS AND FOUR STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STUDENT ATHLETES, PARENTS, AND COACHES. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:13:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:13:07 PM

    MR. YARMUTH

    REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 12:13:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:13:12 PM

    MR. YARMUTH

    MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, WE ARE NOW IN THE SITUATION IN THIS COUNTRY…

    MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, WE ARE NOW IN THE SITUATION IN THIS COUNTRY IN WHICH WE HAVE THE GREATEST DISPARITY BETWEEN THE VERY WEALTHY PEOPLE AND EVERYBODY ELSE THAT WE HAVE HAD IN 100 YEARS. ALREADY THIS YEAR WITH THE TOP 1% OF THE INCOME EARNERS IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE EARNED 24% OF TOTAL INCOME. AND DESPITE ALL OF THIS, OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE WANT TO PRESERVE TAX CUTS FOR THOSE VERY, VERY FORTUNATE PEOPLE WHO HAVE MORE NOW AS A PERCENT OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY THAN THEY HAVE EVER HAD. MEANWHILE, THEY ARE GOING TO DENY TWO MILLION AMERICANS EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS WHICH EVERY ECONOMIST AGREES IS THE BEST WAY TO CREATE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE RIGHTLY WONDER WHOSE SIDE THEIR GOVERNMENT IS ON AND THE PROBLEM, JUXTAPOSITION OF THESE ISSUES WE FACE THIS WEEK, QUESTION OF TAX CUTS FOR THE VERY WEALTHIEST OF AMERICANS OR EXTENDING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING IS A CLEAR DELINEATION OF WHOSE SIDE THIS GOVERNMENT IS ON. WE ARE ON THE SIDE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:14:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:14:24 PM

    MS. FOXX

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:14:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AS I SIT HERE AND LISTEN TO MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AS I SIT HERE AND LISTEN TO MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE, I WANT TO REMIND THEM THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOWED ON NOVEMBER 2 THEY ARE NOT BUYING THE CLASS WARFARE THAT OUR FRIENDS ARE STILL TRYING TO SELL. WE ARE A MONTH AWAY FROM TAX INCREASE THAT IS WILL HIT EVERY AMERICAN TAXPAYER. THE OBAMA-PELOSI-REID SPENDING SPREE THAT'S RACKED UP $6.1 TRILLION IN FEDERAL SPENDING IN 22 MONTHS IS ABOUT TO HAND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A MASSIVE TAX INCREASE. DEMOCRATS HAD JORTS IN BOTH HOUSES IN CONGRESS UNTIL JANUARY AND THERE IS TIME FOR THEM TO DO SOMETHING TO STOP THE $3.9 TRILLION TAX INCREASES. BUT SO FAR ALL WE ARE SEEING ON THE AGENDA IS MORE SPENDING. REPUBLICANS ARE READY TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO STOP THESE TAX INCREASES AND CUT SPENDING. BUT THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS DON'T TAKE ACTION BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR TO STOP ALL -- THE NEW HOUSE MAJORITY WILL IN JANUARY.

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

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

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. . AMERICAN FAMILIES MR.

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    MR. BUTTERFIELD

    OF AMERICAN FAMILIES WILL HAVE A TAX INCREASE. OUR RECOVERY DEMANDS,…

    OF AMERICAN FAMILIES WILL HAVE A TAX INCREASE. OUR RECOVERY DEMANDS, KEEPING AS MUCH INCOME AS POSSIBLE IN THE HANDS OF THOSE WHO NEED IT THE MOST, AMERICA'S MIDDLE CLASS. BY EXTENDING MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CUTS WE CAN PROTECT AMERICAN FAMILIES AND STRENGTHEN OUR ECONOMY. BUT WITH THE NATIONAL DEBT ALREADY EXCEEDING $13 TRILLION WE CANNOT SIMPLY BORROW $78 BILLION TO -- FOR THE 2% RICHEST FAMILIES IN IN AMERICA. THEY WILL RECEIVE SUBSTANTIAL TAX CUTS ON THE FIRST $250,000 OF THEIR INCOME. THIS IS NOT CLASS WARFARE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT PERMANENT TAX CUTS FOR AMERICA'S MIDDLE CLASS. DON'T HOLD TAX CUTS HOSTAGE TO HELP 2% OF AMERICA'S FAMILIES. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. KAGEN

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. KAGEN

    MADAM SPEAKER, EARLIER THIS MORNING I JOINED MY CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ON A…

    MADAM SPEAKER, EARLIER THIS MORNING I JOINED MY CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ON A TOUR OF OUR CAPITOL. WHAT A WONDERFUL PLACE THIS IS. IF THERE IS ANY LESSON WE SHOULD LEARN FROM OUR CAPITOL, OUR NATION'S HISTORY IS THAT OUR FREEDOM IS OURS FOR AS LONG AS WE CAN HANG ON TO IT. IT WASN'T THAT LONG AGO THAT THE DEMOCRATS LED AMERICANS IN THE FIVE NEW ESSENTIAL FREEDOMS. WE ARE NOW FREE FROM DISCRIMINATION DUE TO ANY PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITION. AND WE'RE FREE FROM GOING BROKE JUST BECAUSE A CHILD HAS AN ACCIDENT OR BECOMES SERIOUSLY ILL. WE ARE FREE TO CHOOSE OUR OWN DOCTOR AND CAN GO TO THE CLOSEST EMERGENCY ROOMS. THESE WILL BE FOR YOURS AS LONG AS YOU CAN HANG ON TO THEM. WE AS DEMOCRATS FOUGHT VERY HARD TO SECURE THEFMENT WE ARE GOING TO WORK VERY HARD TO HOLD ON TO THESS NEW FOUND FREEDOMS. YOUR FREEDOMS ARE YOURS FOR AS LONG AS YOU CAN HANG ON TO THEM. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:17:58 PM

    MS. CHU

    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. CHU

    WE BE GIVING HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE RICH? NO. INSTEAD WE…

    WE BE GIVING HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE RICH? NO. INSTEAD WE SHOULD REIGNITE THE ECONOMY AND FOCUS ON PROTECTING THE MIDDLE CLASS. THAT'S WHY I SUPPORT EXTENDING TAX CUTS FOR THEM FOR 98% OF AMERICAN FAMILIES. BUT SOME IN CONGRESS ARE HOLDING THE MIDDLE CLASS HOSTAGE IN ORDER TO CUT TAXES FOR THE WEALTHIEST 2%. IN TOUGH TIMES LIKE THESE, MILLIONAIRES SHOULD BE GIVING TO CHARITY, NOT GETTING IT. THIS WILL FORCE OUR CASH-STRAPPED GOVERNMENT TO LOSE $700 BILLION OVER THE NEXT DECADE. AND WHERE WILL THIS MONEY GO? STRAIGHT INTO THE POCKETS MAKING HALF A MILLION A YEAR. WHAT'S WORSE, THE WEALTHY ARE LESS LIKELY TO SPEND THIS MONEY DOING NOTHING TO HELP OUR ECONOMY. LET'S PUT OUR MONEY TO CREATE JOBS AND HELPS THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT. LET'S EXTEND MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CUTS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RISE?

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 12:19:05 PM

    MR. MORAN

    MADAM SPEAKER, I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS CHOSEN TO FREEZE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS CHOSEN TO FREEZE FEDERAL PAY FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS. FROM A POLITICAL STANDPOINT, IT PREEMPTS WHAT THE REPUBLICANS WOULD HAVE TRIED TO DO NEXT YEAR ANYWAY AND IT RESPONDS TO AN ANTI-GOVERNMENT ATTITUDE THAT WAS MOST PROFOUNDLY REFLECTED IN THIS MONTH'S CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS. FROM A POLICY STANDPOINT, THOUGH, IT IS AS THEY SAY PENNY-WISE AND POUND FOOLISH. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN SUBJECTED TO A BRAIN DRAIN OVER THE LAST DECADE WHERE THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST FOLKS AND PROCUREMENT, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AND INFORMATION, TECHNOLOGY, PROGRAM MANAGEMENT, AND A HOST OF OTHER ESSENTIAL SKILL SETS HAVE GONE OVER TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR FOR MORE PAY AND IN ANY -- MANY CASES OTHER THINGS. THIS MOVE SENDS A SIGNAL INDIVIDUALLY AND COLLECTIVELYLY TO ACCELERATE THEREBY LEAVING OUR ECONOMY AND OUR SOCIETY IN A WEAKER POSITION TO COMPETE GLOBALLY AND TO PROSPER DOMESTICALLY. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.

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

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

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. BRALEY

    MADAM SPEAKER, AS THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS CONTINUES TO ENDURE TOUGH…

    MADAM SPEAKER, AS THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS CONTINUES TO ENDURE TOUGH ECONOMIC CHALLENGES, THE DEADLINE LOOMS FOR EXTENDING MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CUTS THAT WILL PROVIDE CONTINUED RELIEF WHEN IT'S NEEDED THE MOST. STANDING IN OUR WAY ARE REPUBLICANS WHO ARE HOLDING THE MIDDLE CLASS HOSTAGE IN FAVOR OF GIVING ADDED TAX BREAKS TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. EVEN THOUGH THESE BONUS TAX BREAKS WOULD ADD $700 BILLION TO THE NATIONAL DEFICIT. SO WHAT'S AT STAKE? THESE MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CUTS WILL PROVIDE 98% OF AMERICANS WHO PASS A TAX INCREASE ON JANUARY 1 THE MUCH-NEEDED RELIEF THAT THEY DESERVE. FOR THE TYPICAL MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILY THAT WOULD MEAN THE LOSS OF $2,000 NEXT YEAR. OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS CAN HE MANNED THAT THAT WOULD BE MORE THAN $1 MILLION A YEAR -- DEMAND THAT THAT WOULD BE MORE THAN $1 MILLION A YEAR. THEY WOULD RECEIVE A CUT OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. IN TOUGH TIMES LIKE THESE, MILLIONAIRES SHOULD BE GIVING CHARITY, NOT GETTING IT, AND THAT'S THE CHOICE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD BE DEMANDING THAT WE MAKE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:21:45 PM

    MS. BERKLEY

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

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. BERKLEY

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THE INCOMING HOUSE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THE INCOMING HOUSE LEADERSHIP HAS SIGNALED THAT THEY ARE ONCE AGAIN RESURRECTING YUCCA MOUNTAIN AS A SOLUTION TO THIS NATION'S NUCLEAR WASTE PROBLEM. THIS IS THE HEIGHT OF INSANITY. LET ME REMIND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SHIPPING 77,000 TONS OF LETHAL RADIOACTIVE NUCLEAR WASTE ACROSS 43 STATES TO BE BURIED IN A HOLE IN THE NEVADA DESERT WHERE WE HAVE GROUNDWATER ISSUES, SEISMIC ISSUES AND VOLCANIC ACTIVITY AND IS NEAR LAS VEGAS. THERE ARE NO E.P.A. RADIATION STANDARDS. THERE'S NO WAY TO PROTECT THE SHIPMENTS FROM TERRORIST ATTACKS. IT REQUIRES MILLIONS OF GALLONS OF WATER. WE'RE IN THE DESERT. THERE IS NO WATER. WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A DROUGHT. THIS IS A WASTE OF TAXPAYERS' MONEY. LET'S BURY THIS RIDICULOUS IDEA AND FIGURE OUT WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO WITH THIS NATION'S NUCLEAR WASTE BEFORE WE CONTINUE TO PRODUCE MORE NUCLEAR WASTE THAT WE STILL DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH. LET'S FORGET THIS NONSENSE AND FIGURE OUT HOW THIS NATION IS GOING TO BECOME ENERGY INDEPENDENT. NUCLEAR IS NOT THE WAY TO GO.

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    MS. SHEA-PORTER

    THE REPUBLICANS WILL TRY TO EXTEND TAX CUTS FOR MILLIONAIRES. THEY SAY…

    THE REPUBLICANS WILL TRY TO EXTEND TAX CUTS FOR MILLIONAIRES. THEY SAY LETTING TAX CUTS FOR THE VERY WEALTHY WILL EXPIRE WILL HURT SMALL BUSINESSES. IT IS NOT TRUE. 90% OF SMALL BUSINESSES WILL SEE NO TAX INCREASE UNDER THE DEMOCRATIC PLAN. IF THE REPUBLICANS THINK THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT SMALL BUSINESSES, THEY ARE TRULY OUT OF TOUCH. WELL, MILLIONS OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS OF AMERICANS REELING FROM THE CRISIS THAT THE WALL STREET AND THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION CREATED, THEY'RE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO GIVE CHECKS TO MILLIONAIRES. THIS IS JUST ONE MORE EXAMPLE OF WHO THE REPUBLICANS ARE REALLY WATCHING OUT FOR. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:24:07 PM

    MR. PERLMUTTER

    GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM SPEAKER. BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES,…

    GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM SPEAKER. BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 1736 FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

  • 12:25:27 PM

    MR. PERLMUTTER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 12:25:48 PM

    MR. PERLMUTTER

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. PERLMUTTER

    MADAM SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 1736 PROVIDES FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 1736 PROVIDES FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 4783, THE CLAIMS RESOLUTION ACT OF 2010. IT MAKES IN ORDER A MOTION TO CONCUR TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT THEREON BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES, PROVIDES ONE HOUR OF DEBATE WITH 50 MINUTES OF DEBATE CONTROLLED BY THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE AND 10 MINUTES CONTROLLED BY THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. THE BILL CONTAINS A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT PROVISIONS, MANY OF WHICH HAVE ALREADY PASSED THE HOUSE. IT APPROVES SETTLEMENTS IN THE CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS BROUGHT AGAINST THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE BY AFRICAN-AMERICAN FARMERS AND AGAINST THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT BY NATIVE AMERICANS. THE BILL WILL FULLY FUND AMERICA'S OBLIGATIONS IN THESE CASES AND SETTLES BOTH THE COBLE AND PICKFORD CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS. BOTH OF THESE HAVE BEEN IN THE COURTS AND SETTLEMENT TALKS FOR YEARS AND YEARS. IN COBLE, THE INTERIOR WAS RULED AT FAULT FOR MISMANAGING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN GRAZING, LAND, GAS AND OTHER ROYALTIES OWED TO THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN INDIANS. THIS SETTLEMENT WILL PAY OFF ROUGHLY 500,000 PLAINTIFFS IN THE CASE. IN PIGFORD, THE AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT DISCRIMINATED AGAINST THOUSANDS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN FARMERS WHO APPLIED FOR LOANS AND OTHER ASSISTANCE DURING THE 1980'S AND 1990'S. THE PLAINTIFFS IN THESE CASES HAVE WAITED DECADES FOR A RESOLUTION OF THIS MATTER. JUSTICE MAY NOT BE DELAYED ANY FURTHER. PASSING THIS MEASURE WILL BRING CLOSURE FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN MISTREATED OR HAD THEIR RIGHTS VIOLATED BY THE GOVERNMENT. PASSAGE WILL ALSO APPROVE FOUR WATER RIGHTS SETTLEMENTS WITH AMERICAN INDIAN TRIBES PROVIDING THE TRIBES FUNDING WITH BUILDING WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS. THE HOUSE HAS ALREADY APPROVED THREE OUT OF FOUR OF THESE SETTLEMENTS. ANOTHER CRITICAL PROVISION IN THIS BILL IS THE EXTENSION OF TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE TO NEEDY FAMILIES, ALSO KNOWN AS TANF. THIS COMES AT A TIME WHEN SO MANY AMERICANS ARE STRUGGLING FINANCIALLY AND ARE DUE TO LOSE THE SUPPORT OF THIS PROGRAM IF THE HOUSE DOES NOT ACT. WHILE THE SENATE AMENDMENTS WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY INCUR MORE COSTS IN THE SHORT TERM, OVER 10 YEARS THIS BILL WILL ACTUALLY SAVE MONEY AND REDUCE THE DEFICIT. ON NOVEMBER 19, THE SENATE TOOK UP THE BILL, ADOPTED AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE, AND PASSED THE BILL ALL BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT. THE HOUSE MUST PASS THESE MEASURES WITHOUT ANY FURTHER DELAY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 12:28:55 PM

    MS. FOXX

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:29:07 PM

    MS. FOXX

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO FOR YIELDING ME…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO FOR YIELDING ME TIME. MADAM SPEAKER, I AM GOING TO TALK ABOUT THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL, BUT I HAVE TO SAY AGAIN IN RESPONSE TO MY COLLEAGUES WHO WAS SPEAKING JUST BEFORE WE BEGAN THIS DEBATE THOSE ACROSS THE AISLE WHO WERE IN THE MAJORITY BY AT LEAST 39 VOTES. THEY ARE IN THE MAJORITY IN THE SENATE ALSO. AND THEY CANNOT CONTINUE TO SAY THAT REPUBLICANS ARE HOLDING ANY BILL HOSTAGE. WE DO NOT HAVE THE CAPABILITY OF HOLDING BILLS HOSTAGE IN THIS HOUSE, AND IT IS REALLY A CONCERN OF MINE AND SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT OUR FRIENDS KEEP MAKING THAT COMMENT. THEY CAN BRING A BILL UP ANYTIME THEY WANT TO. JUST LIKE WE'RE GOING TO BE DEALING WITH THESE FIVE BILLS TODAY, SIX BILLS ANYTIME THEY WANT TO THEY CAN BRING IT UP. THEY CAN'T BLAME REPUBLICANS FOR THEIR INQUATSES. MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE SEVERAL CONCERNS WITH THE UNDERLYING BILL THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE BROUGHT BEFORE US TODAY. FOR START, THIS BILL IS OVER 270 PAGES AND COSTS OVER $5.7 BILLION. IT IS NOT -- IT IS NOT, IT IS NOT PAY-GO COMPLIANT. . IT WAS WRIT YEP BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, DOES NOT AFFORD REPUBLICANS THE OPPORTUNITY TO AMEND THE LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE THE BILL AND MAKE IT MORE RESPONSIBLE TO THE TAXPAYER. IT COMBINES SIX PIECES OF CONTROVERSIAL LEGISLATION OF CONCERN TO MY COLLEAGUES AND I ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE. WHILE THERE MAY BE MERIT IN ADDRESSING EACH OF THESE ITEMS INDIVIDUALLY, TO COMBINE THEM IN ONE SINGLE PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND FORCE A SINGLE VOTE WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE THAT MEMBERS AND THEIR CONSTITUENTS HAVE SEVERAL OUTSTANDING CONCERNS REPRESENTS IRRESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR. IT DOES NOT REPRESENT THE KIND OF GOVERNING THAT THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY DESERVE. I DO WANT TO SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE, REPUBLICANS ABHOR ANY TYPE OF DISCRIMINATION. AND INASMUCH AS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DISCRIMINATED IN THIS COUNTRY IN THE PAST, WE OBJECT TO THAT. WE ABHOR IT. SO OUR OBJECTIONS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH PAST DISCRIMINATION. BUT THE WAY THAT MONEY IS BEING SPENT AND BILLS ARE BEING BROUGHT UP CONTINUALLY UNDER A CLOSED RULE. THIS BILL CONTAINS TWO BILLS WHICH SETTLES TWO DIFFERENT CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS AND FOUR BILLS APPROVING FOUR DIFFERENT WATER RIGHTS SETTLEMENTS. IT PROVIDES $3.4 BILLION TO APPROVE A SETTLEMENT REACHED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AND NATIVE AMERICANS TO RESOLVE THE COBLE V. SALAZAR CASE CONCERNING ALLEGED MISMANAGEMENT OF OIL FEES OWED TO NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR. THERE IS MERIT TO REACHING A RESOLUTION TO THIS LONG-STANDING CASE. HOWEVER INDIVIDUAL NATIVE AMERICANS AND RESPECTED NATIVE AMERICANS HAVE OUTSTANDING CONCERNS WHICH THEY BROUGHT TO CONGRESS. DEMOCRATS HAVE BROUGHT THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR UNDER A STRUCTURED RULE THAT DOES NOT ALLOW MEMBERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIX THE CONCERN. ONE OF THE MAJOR CONCERNS WITH THIS SETTLE IT IT ALLOWS PLAINTIFF ATTORNEYS TO BE PAID IN EXCESS OF $100 MILLION. SINCE EVERY DOLLAR PAID TO ATTORNEYS COMES FROM THE POCKET OF INDIVIDUAL NATIVE AMERICANS, RANKING MEMBER DREIER OFFERED AN AMENDMENT LAST NIGHT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE TO LIMIT ATTORNEYS' FEES TO $50 MILLION BUT HIS AMENDMENT WAS REJECTED BY THE RULING DEMOCRAT SO WE ARE UNABLE TO CONSIDER IT ON THE FLOOR TODAY. THE SECOND INDIVIDUAL BILL CONTAINED IN THIS LEGISLATION PROVIDES $1.15 BILLION TO APPROVE THE PICKFORD V. GLICKMAN LEGAL CASE IN WHICH AFRICAN-AMERICAN FARMERS ALLEGED DISCRIMINATION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE WHEN APPLYING FOR LOANS IN THE 1980'S AND 1990'S. ALARMINGLY WHEN THIS CASE WAS ORIGINALLY BROUGHT FORWARD IN 1997, IT WAS THEN ESTIMATED THAT 2,000 FARMERS MAY HAVE SUFFERED FROM DISCRIMINATION BY THE USDA. TODAY WHILE THE NUMBER WIDELY VARIES, IT'S ESTIMATED THAT APPROXIMATELY 65,000 POTENTIAL CLAIMS EXIST. FORMER AGRICULTURE SECRETARY ED SCHAFFER STATED WHILE THOSE WHO WERE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST SHOULD BE REIMBURSED, BUT THERE ARE OTHER HANGERS ON TRYING TO GAME THE SYSTEM. ACCORDING TO FORMER SECRETARY SCHAFFER, THE PROBLEM YOU HAVE WITH CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS IS A LOT OF PEOPLE JUMP IN THAT MAY BE ON THE FRINGE THAT MAY BE DON'T DESERVE IT. IT SOUNDED GOOD BECAUSE THEIR NEIGHBOR GOT A CHECK. IT IS VERY EXPENSIVE, VERY TIME CONSUMING. SOME PEOPLE WILL GET PAID PROBABLY DON'T DESERVE IT. I DON'T LIKE THAT KIND OF THING. I LIKE TO SETTLE ON MERIT, END QUOTE. THEREFORE THE $1.15 BILLION PROVIDED IN THIS BILL MAY GO TO CLAIMANTS WHO DO NOT HAVE A VALID CLAIM BUT DUE TO THE GROSS INCOMPETENCY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MAY NOW RECEIVE A FAST TRACK PAYMENT FOR UP TO $50,000 IN TAXPAYER MONEY. APPROVAL OF THE PICKFORD V. GLICKMAN SETTLEMENT IS NOT PAY-GO CLIENT AND IS IN ADDITION TO THE $100 MILLION ALREADY PROVIDED FOR THIS CASE BY THE 2008 FARM BILL. THE NEXT FOUR BILLS CONTAINED IN THIS LEGISLATION ARE FOUR SEPARATE WATER RIGHT SETTLEMENTS WITH NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES. TAKEN TOGETHER THEY DIRECT THE GOVERNMENT TO FUND NEARLY $1 BILLION AND PARTICIPATE IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE SPECIFIED LOCAL WATER SYSTEM. THE FIRST WATER RIGHTS SETTLEMENT INCLUDING THIS BILL PROVIDES $324.5 MILLION TO CREATE A NEW RURAL WATER SYSTEM WITH THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBE IN ARIZONA. THE SECOND WATER RIGHT SETTLEMENT INCLUDED IN THIS BILL PROVIDES $136 MILLION TO APPROVE A SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AMONG THE TAOS PUEBLO, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND STATE OF NEW MEXICO. THE THIRD WATER RIGHTS SETTLEMENT INCLUDING THIS BILL PROVIDES $465 MILLION TO APPROVE THE 1999 SETTLEMENT BETWEEN THE CROW NATION AND THE STATE OF MONTANA. THE FOURTH WATER RIGHT SETTLEMENT INCLUDED IN THIS BILL AUTHORIZES $199 MILLION TO APPROVE THE CONTROVERSIAL AMOT LITIGATION SETTLEMENT IN NEW MEXICO. ALTHOUGH SOME OF THESE SETTLEMENTS ARE WELL INTENDED THERE ARE FISCAL CONCERNS AND MULTITUDE OF UNANSWERED QUESTIONS THAT STILL NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. IT'S UNCLEAR WHAT THE SETTLEMENT AMOUNTS ARE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF U.S. TAXPAYERS. THE REPUBLICANS ON THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE ASKED THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE MONTHS AGO WHETHER THESE SETTLEMENT AMOUNTS REPRESENT A NET BENEFIT TO TAXPAYERS AS COMPARED TO THE CONSEQUENCES AND COST OF LITIGATION. BUT WE HAVE NOT YET RECEIVED A RESPONSE. VOTING TO APPROVE THESE WATER RIGHT SETTLEMENTS FORCES CONGRESS TO BE AN ARBITRATOR BETWEEN SIDES INVOLVED IN LITIGATION. THAT IS NOT A ROLE THE CONGRESS SHOULD BE FORCED TO ASSUME WITHOUT SUFFICIENT INFORMATION. INFORMATION WHICH STILL HAS NOT BEEN PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. THESE SETTLEMENTS WOULD BE BETTER RESOLVED AT THE LOCAL LEVEL. AS REPRESENTATIVES WE OWE IT TO OUR CONSTITUENTS TO MAKE SURE SETTLEMENTS ARE NOT BEING MADE TO OVERCOMPENSATE A GROUP OR LOCALITY AT THE EXPENSE OF THE TAXPAYER. THERE IS NO DOCUMENTATION THAT THESE SETTLEMENTS WOULD SAVE THE TAXPAYER MONEY, AND THEREFORE IT IS UNCLEAR WHETHER CONGRESS IS FULFILLING ITS RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE TAXPAYER. BUT AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO SAID A LITTLE BIT AGO, THE PHILOSOPHY OF OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE IS SPENDING SAVES MONEY. THAT ISN'T AN ARGUMENT THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE BUYING ANYMORE. AS YOU CAN SEE, MADAM SPEAKER, THESE SIX BILLS EACH HAVE INDIVIDUAL CONCERNS THAT MUST BE ADDRESSED ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. INSTEAD OF AFFORDING MEMBERS OF OPPORTUNITY TO FIX THESE BILLS, HOWEVER, THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY IS ANOTHER REPRESENTATION OF THE FAILED DEMOCRAT STRATEGY FOR PASSING LEGISLATION. THROW NUMEROUS BILLS TOGETHER INTO ONE CUMBERSOME LEGISLATIVE VEHICLE, SLAP AN OUTRAGEOUS PRICE TAG ON IT, WAIVE PAY-GO, AND CALL FOR AN IMMEDIATE VOTE UNDER A STRUCTURED RULE WHICH DOES NOT ALLOW FOR ANY AMENDMENT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE GROWN TIRED OF WAITING FOR REAL SOLUTIONS TO THEIR PROBLEMS. FORTUNATELY, HELP IS ON THE WAY. AND IN JANUARY, THIS HOUSE WILL SET A NEW COURSE TOWARD PROTECTING INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY AND SHRINKING THE UNENDING EXPANSION OF THE SUFFOCATING FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY. THAT'S WHY I WILL URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS IRRESPONSIBLE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. PERLMUTTER

    THE SPEAKER. AND IN RESPONSE TO MY FRIEND FROM NORTH CAROLINA, I WOULD SAY…

    THE SPEAKER. AND IN RESPONSE TO MY FRIEND FROM NORTH CAROLINA, I WOULD SAY THAT THE REPUBLICANS IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE ARE THE ONES WHO HAVE BEEN HOLDING UP LEGISLATION JUST AS THIS UNTIL THEY GET WHAT THEY WANT. THEY PUT ALL THESE THINGS TOGETHER, SEND IT BACK TO THE HOUSE. WITH THAT I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLAY.

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    MR. CLAY

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO URGE THE ADOPTION…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO URGE THE ADOPTION OF THIS RULE AS WELL AS THE UNDERLYING BILL. THIS FUNDING -- I SUPPORT THIS FUNDING TO RIGHT TWO HISTORIC WRONGS THAT HAVE TARNISHED OUR NATION FOR FAR TOO LONG. THE PICKFORD AND COBELL SETTLEMENTS. IT IS A SAD TRUTH THAT THE USDA UNDER BOTH REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATIONS PREVIOUSLY ENGAGED IN WELL DOCUMENTED DISCRIMINATION IN LOAN, GRANT, AND TRUST PROGRAMS. THESE INDEFENSIBLE ACTIONS ADVERSELY AFFECTED THOUSANDS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND NATIVE AMERICAN FARMERS. PATTERNS OF DISCRIMINATION RESULTED IN FORECLOW SURE, OF FAMILY FARMS AND SEVERE FINANCIAL HARDSHIPS. SOME OF WHICH ARE STILL BEING FELT TO THIS DAY. IN MY HOME STATE OF MISSOURI I HAVE PERSONALLY MET WITH NUMEROUS AFRICAN-AMERICAN FARMERS WHO WERE MISLED, DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, AND IN SOME CASES DELIBERATELY DECEIVED BY THE USDA. NOW, THESE DESEDENTS OF FREED SLAVES WERE VICTIMIZED BY THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT TIME AND TIME AGAIN. IN CONGRESS, COMPENSATION FOR PICKFORD ONE, PICKFORD TWO, AND COBELL HAVE BEEN BLOCKED BY PARTISAN ATTEMPTS TO POLITICIZE THIS ISSUE. THIS DELAY IS INEXCUSABLE. THIS IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS. IT IS A TEST OF OUR COMMITMENT TO HONESTY, FAIRNESS, AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. TODAY WE HAVE A BIPARTISAN OPPORTUNITY TO END THIS OBSTRUCTION. FINALLY, DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THOSE WHOM THIS GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO EXERCISE OUR SHARED SENSE OF AMERICAN DECENCY TO SWIFTLY PASS THIS BILL AND THE RULE AS WE TAKE FINAL ACTION TOGETHER TO RESOLVE THIS GRAVE INJUSTICE. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. FOXX

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I NOW WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I NOW WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM IOWA, MR. KING.

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    MR. KING

    MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR YIELDING. I…

    MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR YIELDING. I COME TO THE FLOOR TROUBLED, CONSIDERABLY TROUBLED BY -- AND IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE BY THIS PICKFORD SETTLEMENT PROPOSAL THAT WE HAVE HEARD ABOUT JUST NOW. AND IT WAS BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION SOME TIME AFTER I WAS ELECTED TO CONGRESS I HAD A NUMBER OF IOWA USDA EMPLOYEES THAT WERE EMPLOYED TO WASHINGTON, D.C., AND OTHER LOCATIONS TO ASSIST IN ADMINISTERING THE PICKFORD ONE SETTLEMENT. THEY CONTRIBUTED $1.05 BILLION TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN FARMERS WHO -- SOME OF WHOM WERE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, ALL OF THOSE THAT WERE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST I WOULD AGREE I THINK WITH ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES THEY SHOULD BE COMPENSATED TO THE DEGREE THAT'S PRACTICABLE BY LAW. HOWEVER, AS I SAT DOWN WITH THE INDIVIDUALS THAT WERE ADMINISTERING THE PICKFORD ONE SETTLEMENT AND ONE CAME BACK WITH A BOX OF FILE FORMS AND APPLICATIONS SICK TO HIS STOMACH AND TOLD ME HE HAD BEEN COMPELLED TO ENGAGE IN A PRACTICE THAT HE BELIEVED WAS 75% FRAUDULENT AT A MINIMUM. I THOUGHT THAT WAS A HIGH AND SHOCKING NUMBER AND PUT THE INFORMATION AWAY. UNTIL IT EMERGED AGAIN AND AGAIN IN THIS CONGRESS. IT EMERGED BEFORE THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND HEARINGS, BEFORE THE COMMITTEE ON PICKFORD TWO TO OPEN IT UP AGAIN. AND THERE THE PRESIDENT OF THE BLACK FARMERS ORGANIZATION, JOHN BOYD, TESTIFIED UNDER OATH THERE ARE 18,000 BLACK FARMERS. I WENT BACK THROUGH THE USDA RECORDS I COULD FIND A PEEK OF PERHAPS AS MANY AS 36,000. HIS NUMBER OF 18 STICKS IN MY MIND. WE ARE UP TO 94,000 CLAIMS, MADAM SPEAKER. AND 18,000 BLACK FARMERS. IF YOU PRESUMED THAT EVERYONE WAS DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, WHICH I REJECT ON ITS FACE, WE ARE LOOKING AT SOMETHING HERE THAT IS A MULTIPLIER BEYOND THIS CONGRESS EVER INTENTIONED. AS THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA SAID, ANTICIPATE A COUPLE THOUSAND APPLICANTS TURNS INTO NOW 90-PLUS THOUSAND AM CANTHS, OF WHICH PERHAPS 2/3 MAY BE SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR $50,000 SIPHON. THERE WAS A STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS. A CONSENT DECREE WAS CLOSED APRIL 14, 1999. SINCE THAT TIME IT'S BEEN OPENED UP A SECOND TIME. THE AG COMMITTEE IS THE OTHER COMPONENT OF THIS. MYSELF AND CONGRESSMAN GOODLATTE OF VIRGINIA IS THE ONLY TWO THAT SERVED ON JUDICIARY AND AG. THERE IN THE 2008 FARM BILL THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AG COMMITTEE, MR. PETERSON, PUT IN $100 MILLION TO BE THE END, THE SETTLEMENT OF PICKFORD. THAT WAS THE END FOR ALL TIMES. WE HAD AN INTENSE CONVERSATION ON THAT. I SAID IT WILL BE AN ADDITIONAL $1.3 BILLION. HE INSISTED THAT $100 MILLION WOULD END IT. I HAVE THE LANGUAGE HERE, MADAM SPEAKER, AND I'LL ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INTRODUCE IT INTO THE RECORD, THAT PUTS THE CAP ON $100 MILLION. HERE WE ARE TWO SHORT YEARS LATER WITH $1.3 BILLION AND THE PEOPLE THAT I'M TALKING TO THAT ADMINISTERED THIS AT HIGHER LEVELS, YES AND NOES, FIRST BROUGHT TO TO MY ATTENTION TELLS ME THE LEVELS OF FRAUD ARE HIGHER YET. IT'S NOT JUST $50,000. IT'S $50,000 PLUS THE 25% OF THAT CHECK THAT GOES TO THE I.R.S. TO PAY THE TAX LIABILITY. SO THERE'S ANOTHER $12,500. JUDGE PAUL FRIEDMAN ESTIMATED THE DEBT THAT WOULD BE FORGIVEN WOULD BE AN AVERAGE OF $100,000 PER BLACK FARMER. AND ANOTHER 25% I.R.S. CHECK. OTHER WE ARE AT $187,500 AND STILL THIS CONGRESS HAS NO ACCESS TO THE RECORDS OTHER THAN THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN SPIRITED OUT OF THE USDA. SO IT ISN'T JUST THAT WE SHOULD NOT FUND THIS, THERE IS NO DEAL. THERE WAS NO CONGRESS DIRECTIVE THAT SENT ERIC HOLDER AND TOM VILSACK TO SIT DOWN WITH JOHN BOYD OF THE BLACK FARMERS AND MAKE A NEW DEAL AND COME TO THIS CONGRESS AND SAY APPROPRIATE $1.15 BILLION ADDITIONAL DOLLARS TO FUND THE PICKFORD TWO. THAT WAS THEIR ELECTIVE. THAT WAS THEIR ELECTIVE IN THE FACE OF CONGRESS' DIRECTION THAT IT WOULD BE CAPPED AT $100 MILLION IN THE 2008 FARM BILL. THERE IS NO DEAL UNLESS CONGRESS AUTHORIZES THIS TODAY. AND IF WE DO SO, WE ARE ASKING MEMBERS THAT HAVEN'T HAD ACCESS TO THE INFORMATION TO RATIFY AN AGREEMENT THAT WAS PUT TOGETHER BY ERIC HOLDER AND TOM VILSACK AT THEIR OWN VOLELIGS NOT BY THE DIRECTION OF CONGRESS. AND THE NEXT CONGRESS HAS AN OBLIGATION TO LOOK INTO THESE RECORDS AND CHECK THE DATA AND FOLLOW THROUGH THE THREADS OF FRAUD AND BE HONEST WITH THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS AND MAKE SURE THAT THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN DISCRIMINATED AGAINST ARE COMPENSATED. BUT THE SIMPLE POINT HERE IS THIS, MADAM SPEAKER, THERE HASN'T BEEN ONE, FOR ALL TOGETHER, $2.3 BILLION THAT THE TAXPAYERS HAVE ACCEPTED THIS LIABILITY, THERE HASN'T BEEN ONE USDA EMPLOYEE THAT HAS BEEN FIRED OR DISCIPLINED. NOT ONE. THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TELLS ME HE'S NOT WILLING TO RELITIGATE PICKFORD ONE, HE'S NOT WILLING TO OPEN UP THE RECORDS TO ALLOW US TO LOOK AT IT, AND HE'S NOT WILLING TO ALLOW US TO LOOK OVER HIS SHOULDER TO ASSURE PICKFORD TWO IS LESS FRAUDULENT THAN PICKFORD ONE. FOR ALL THESE REASONS I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE RULE AND BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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    MR. PERLMUTTER

    YOU. I'D SAY TO MY FRIEND FROM IOWA THAT THE SETTLEMENT NOW APPLIES TO ALL…

    YOU. I'D SAY TO MY FRIEND FROM IOWA THAT THE SETTLEMENT NOW APPLIES TO ALL AFRICAN-AMERICAN FARMERS WHO WERE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, NOT JUST THOSE THAT FILED THEIR CLAIM BY 1997. AND AS A CONSEQUENCE, IT'S A MUCH BROADER CLASS THAT IS BEING SETTLED WITH, AND WE JUST CAN'T HAVE THIS KIND OF DISCRIMINATION GOING ON IN THIS COUNTRY, AND AMERICA NEEDS TO PAY ITS DEBTS AND NOT ALLOW THIS KIND OF DISCRIMINATION TO GO FORWARD. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM OHIO, CONGRESSWOMAN FUDGE.

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    MS. FUDGE

    VERY MUCH, AND THANK YOU FOR THE TIME. MADAM SPEAKER, HERE WE GO AGAIN.…

    VERY MUCH, AND THANK YOU FOR THE TIME. MADAM SPEAKER, HERE WE GO AGAIN. IT'S JUST A MATTER OF DELAY, DELAY, NO, NO, NO. 11 YEARS AGO TENS OF THOUSANDS OF BLACK FARMERS SETTLED A LANDMARK COURT CASE WHICH ADDRESSED YEARS AND YEARS OF DISCRIMINATION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. FINALLY, FINALLY TODAY, MADAM SPEAKER, THESE FARMERS, THESE MEN AND WOMEN WHO LITERALLY PUT FOOD ON OUR TABLES ARE RECEIVING JUSTICE. WHILE LITIGATION AGAINST THE USDA FOR DISCRIMINATION AGAINST BLACK FARMERS BEGAN IN AUGUST OF 1997, WITH THE PIGFORD AND GLICKMAN CASE, THE INJUSTICE HAS SPANNED FOR DECADES. OVER 66,000 BLACK FARMERS WERE ROUTINELY DENIED USDA FARM LOANS OR FORCED TO WAIT, TO WAIT AND WAIT FOR LOAN APPROVALS MUCH LONGER THAN NONMINORITIES. THESE FARMERS FACED FORECLOSURE, FINANCIAL RUIN BECAUSE OF USDA'S DISCRIMINATORY DENIALS AND UNCONSCIONABLE ACTIONS. MANY OF THESE FARMERS DIED HELPLESSLY, HOPELESSLY WAITING FOR JUSTICE. TODAY, FINALLY THIS CONGRESS WILL PASS THE FUNDING LEGISLATION WHICH IS ABOUT MORE THAN JUST MONEY. TODAY'S VOTE IS ABOUT JUSTICE. NOW, MAKE NO MISTAKE. I DO INDEED TAKE ISSUE WITH REDIRECTING MONEY FROM OUR NATION'S NEEDY INFANTS AND CHILDREN TO RIGHT THIS WRONG. HOWEVER, JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE WHO KEEP TALKING ABOUT FRAUD, WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT PIGFORD FOR YEARS. IF THERE IS FRAUD WHERE IS YOUR PROOF? MADAM SPEAKER, I SAY TODAY THAT THERE IS NO FRAUD. THE COURTS HAVE PUT IN EVERY SINGLE THING THEY CAN PUT IN FOR BLACK FARMERS -- EVERY SINGLE HOOP THEY CAN PUT IN FOR BLACK FARMERS TO JUMP THROUGH. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. FOXX

    MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I THINK THE DEBATE ON THIS BILL TODAY POINTS…

    MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I THINK THE DEBATE ON THIS BILL TODAY POINTS OUT WHY WE HAVE SUCH A BROKEN SYSTEM IN THIS COUNTRY RIGHT NOW. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS NO BUSINESS BEING IN THE FARM BUSINESS. WE NEED TO GET OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BACK TO THE INTENDED PURPOSES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WHICH ARE VERY LIMITED IN OUR CONSTITUTION. WE -- EVERY TIME THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GETS INVOLVED IN THINGS THAT HAS NO BUSINESS GETTING INVOLVED IN THEY GO AWRY AND I THINK THE ARGUMENTS FROM OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE POINT THAT OUT. I ALSO WANT TO POINT OUT THAT CONTRARY TO STATEMENTS REPEATED OVER AND OVER AGAIN BY OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE, AMERICANS HAVE NOT ENJOYED ANY TAX CUTS IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS SINCE THEY HAVE BEEN IN CHARGE OF THIS CONGRESS. TO THE CONTRARY, THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE HAS HIGHLIGHTED MORE THAN $680 BILLION IN TAX INCREASES THAT HAVE BEEN IMPOSED ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SINCE THE RULING LIBERAL DEMOCRATS TOOK CONTROL OF WASHINGTON IN JANUARY OF 2009. NOW BECAUSE OF DEMOCRATS' INACTION, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT THE LARGEST TAX INCREASE IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY, WHICH WOULD AFFECT ALL MARRIED COUPLES, ALL FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN, SENIORS AND SMALL BUSINESSES. THAT WOULD DESTROY AN AVERAGE OF 693 JOBS EVERY YEAR UNTIL 2020, DRAIN $626 BILLION FROM DISPOSABLE INCOME, $38 BILLION FROM PERSONAL SAVINGS AND $33 BILLION FROM BUSINESS INVESTMENT. THAT WOULD RAISE TAXES ON THE 55% OF ALL JOINT FILERS EARNING MORE THAN $250,000 WHO RUN SMALL BUSINESSES THAT EMPLOY OTHERS, COST THE AVERAGE NONFARM SMALL BUSINESS OWNER $3,500 MORE IN TAXES, COST THE 49% OF ALL SENIORS WITH INCOME BELOW $250,000 $525 MORE IN ADDITIONAL DIVIDEND TAXES AND COST 25% OF ALL SENIORS WITH INCOME BELOW $250,000 $742 IN HIGHER TAXES. SO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PLAN TO ALLOW PORTIONS OF THE 2001, 2003 TAX RATE TO EXPIRE RESULTING IN STEEP TAX HEIGHTS BEGINNING IN JANUARY, 2011, FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND THOSE EARNING $250,000 OR MORE WOULD SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECT THE ECONOMY IN NORTH CAROLINA. MOST NOTABLY IN THE NUMBER OF JOBS AND CHANGES IN PERSONAL INCOME. ACCORDING TO THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION FROM 2011 TO 2020, NORTH CAROLINA'S FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WOULD LOSE ON AVERAGE 1,577 JOBS ANNUALLY, LOSE PER HOUSEHOLD $4 6 -- $4,647. THE JOB-KILLING CONSEQUENCES CONTINUE WITH EVIDENCE BASED ON THE STIMULATION OF THE MOODY'S AN LYTICS MACROECONOMIC MODEL WHICH HAS AN ACROSS THE BOARD TAX INCREASE WOULD PRECIPITATE A DOUBLE-DIP RECESSION DURING 2011, LEAVE UNEMPLOYMENT ULTIMATELY LEADING TO 8.6 MILLION FEWER JOBS THAN WE HAD IN 2007, AGGRAVATE THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WHICH WOULD REMAIN ABOVE 10% THROUGH LATE 2012, PROMOTE A SLUGGISH G.D.P. GROWTH OF 9% --.9% IN 2011 AND PREVENT A RETURN TO FULL EMPLOYMENT UNTIL 2015. ALTHOUGH THE PROPOSAL TO INCREASE INCOME TAXES FOR THOSE EARNING $250,000 TECHNICALLY APPLIES TO 2% OF TAXPAYERS, THE TRUTH IS THAT THE TOP 2% TAX BRACKET PLAYS A CRITICAL ROLE IN KEEPING THE ECONOMY RUNNING. THEY SPEND 25% OF PERSONAL OUTLAYS AND GENERATE 50% OF SMALL BUSINESS INCOME. THOSE WITH INCOME UNDER $250,000 WILL BE IMPACTED BY THE INCREASE IN DIVIDEND AND CAPITAL GAINS TAXES AS 24% OF TAX FILERS WITH INCOMES LESS THAN $250,000 WOULD BE HIT BY INCREASED DIVIDEND TAXES AND 10% BY INCREASED CAPITAL GAINS TAXES. FURTHERMORE, HALF OF SENIORS EARNING $250,000 WOULD HAVE TO PAY HIGHER TAXES FROM DIVIDENDS, CAPITAL GAINS OR BOTH. OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS, THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION PROJECTS A THERE ARE 1.1 TRILLION G.D.P. LOSS OF CURRENT -- IF CURRENT TAX RATES ARE NOT EXTENDED. THE CASE IS CLEAR, THE DEMOCRATS' MISGUIDED TAX PLAN IS MOTIVATED BY CLASS WARFARE, NOT SOUND ECONOMIC POLICY. FORTUNATELY, AMERICANS REJECTED THIS INCOMPETENT GOVERNANCE AND AMERICANS STAND READY TO RESTORE AMERICA'S ECONOMIC VITALITY. WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. PERLMUTTER

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I REMIND THE BODY THAT WE'RE HERE TO DISCUSS…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I REMIND THE BODY THAT WE'RE HERE TO DISCUSS COBELL VS. SALAZAR, PIGFORD V. GLICKMAN AS WELL AS THE SETTLEMENT OF A NUMBER OF WATER RIGHTS CASES AND -- BUT EVEN HAVING SAID THAT, I'D LIKE TO RESPOND TO MY FRIEND FROM NORTH CAROLINA THAT NOT EVEN A REPUBLICAN CONGRESS THAT SET FORTH THESE TAX CUTS FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES THOUGHT THEY WOULD GO ON FOREVER. THEY SET THEM SO THEY'D EXPIRE AT THE END OF THIS YEAR SO THAT THIS NATION WOULD HAVE THE REVENUE THAT IT NEEDS TO PAY ITS BILLS. BUT THE REPUBLICANS WHO HAVE NOW TAKEN THIS HOUSE WANT TO CONTINUE THOSE TAX CUTS FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES SO THAT THIS COUNTRY CAN'T PAY ITS BILLS AS IT'S SUPPOSED TO. SO THE TAX CUTS PROSECUTING TWO WARS WITHOUT PAYING FOR THEM, ALLOWING THE BOTTOM TO FALL OUT OF WALL STREET WITHOUT ANY REGULATION SENT THIS COUNTRY INTO A HUGE DEFICIT WHICH HAS TO STOP AND IT HAS TO STOP NOW. NOW, WE'VE SEEN SINCE WE PASSED THE RECOVERY ACT GROWTH IN THE ECONOMY, NOT THAT LOSS OF 6% AS WE SAW IN THE FINAL QUARTER OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, BUT WE'VE SEEN FIVE CONSECUTIVE QUARTERS OF GROWTH. WE'VE SEEN INCREASED EMPLOYMENT FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR. WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO, AND TAX CUTS FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES ARE NOT THE WAY TO DO IT. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD 3 1/2 MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS, CONGRESSWOMAN JACKSON LEE.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    ASK TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE. LET ME THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM COLORADO, AND I…

    ASK TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE. LET ME THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM COLORADO, AND I WILL AGREE WITH YOU THAT THIS UNDERLYING BILL IS NOT A BILL ABOUT BILLIONAIRES AND MILLIONAIRES. I AM DELIGHTED TO RISE NOW AND SUPPORT H.R. 4783 WHICH HAS BEEN AMENDED BY THE SENATE, AND I WILL TELL YOU THAT THIS BILL IS NOT AN ENTITLEMENT. IT IS A BILL THAT IS EARNED BY THE SWEAT AND TEARS AND THE LOSS OF LAND AND THE DEATH OF MANY WHO STOOD FOR THE EMPOWERMENT ON THE BASIS OF THE OWNERSHIP OF LAND THAT WOULD GENERATE A LEGACY FOR THOSE WHO HAPPEN TO BE NATIVE AMERICANS AND AS WELL AS JUSTICE FOR THOSE WHO HAPPEN TO BE AFRICAN-AMERICAN. I AM DELIGHTED THAT WE HAVE COME TO A CONCLUSION ON THE COBELL SETTLEMENT AND THE PIGFORD SETTLEMENT. ONE DEALING WITH THE TRUST LANDS OF NATIVE AMERICANS AND THE OTHER DEALING WITH THE INEQUITIES IN THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE DEALING WITH BLACK FARMERS. THIS IS THE WORK OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE AND IT IS THE WORK OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATION. HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE STOOD ALONGSIDE A FARMER WHO HAVE HAD TEARS IN THEIR EYES BECAUSE THE ONLY THING THEY WANTED TO DO IS TO TOIL THE SOIL AND TO PRODUCE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? THIS HAS HAPPENED ACROSS AMERICA. IN THE NAME OF SHIRLEY SHIRAT WHO ATTEMPTED IN HER NEW APPOINTMENT TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL FARMERS WERE INCLUDED AS RELATED TO THE RESOURCES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE HEARD OF STORIES WHERE ONE FARMER WOULD GET A SMALL PITTANCE OF A LOAN AND ANOTHER FARMER WOULD NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN AND THEY WOULD RESULT IN A BANKRUPTCY, A LOSS OF LAND? AMERICA IS THE PLACE OF EQUALITY, AND SO TO THE APRATCHY TRIBE AND THE CROW TRIBE, THE AAMODT TRIBE DEALING WITH WATER RIGHTS, LEGITIMATE ISSUES ADDRESSING NATIVE LANDS HAVE NOW BEEN RESOLVED. THIS IS NOT A HANDOUT. THE COURTS DETERMINED THAT THE NATIVE AMERICAN PREVAILS AND THEY DETERMINED OVER TWO OR THREE YEARS AGO THAT THE BLACK FARMERS PREVAILED AS WELL. THERE WAS AN INEQUITY IN ADDRESSING THE QUESTION OF TREATMENT UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. AND SO WHO ARE WE AS A NATION? WE ARE PROUD AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PRODUCE OUR OWN FOOD. THAT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE ELEMENTS OF OUR GREATNESS. THESE FARMERS SIMPLY WANTED TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT BY AMERICA AND THEY WERE NOT ALLOWED TO DO SO. WITH RESPECT TO NATIVE AMERICAN LANDS AND THE TRUST DEALING WITH SPECIFICALLY WATER RIGHTS, THESE WERE LANDS OWNED AND DESIGNATED HISTORICALLY BY LAW, BUT THEY WERE NOT TREATED RIGHT AND WE HAVE NOW ADDRESSED THAT QUESTION. THIS LEGISLATION IS PAID FOR, SO I SUPPORT THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL, BUT I DON'T WANT MY COLLEAGUES TO RISE MISTAKENLY TO THE FLOOR AND SUGGEST WE ARE HANDING OUT DOLLARS THAT WE'RE NOT PAYING FOR DOLLARS, THAT WE ARE NOT BEING FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE. WE ARE. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS. JUSTICE HAS FINALLY ARRIVED, AND IT'S TIME FOR US TO ACCEPT THE CALL TO JUSTICE AND PROVIDE FOR THOSE WHO SIMPLY WANT TO PROVIDE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THEIR OWN WAY. THANK YOU FOR THIS SETTLEMENT FOR BLACK FARMERS AND NATIVE AMERICANS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MISS FORKS

    TO I CHOIR OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IF HE HAS MORE SPEAKERS OR IF…

    TO I CHOIR OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IF HE HAS MORE SPEAKERS OR IF HE'S READY TO CLOSE.

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  • 01:00:52 PM

    MR. PERLMUTTER

    WE HAVE MR. INSLEE BUT I DON'T KNOW WHERE HE WENT. I HAVE ONE MORE IF HE'S…

    WE HAVE MR. INSLEE BUT I DON'T KNOW WHERE HE WENT. I HAVE ONE MORE IF HE'S IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

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  • 01:01:00 PM

    MS. FOXX

    THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE JAL RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER -- THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE…

    THE JAL RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER -- THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME.

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  • 01:01:14 PM

    MR. PERLMUTTER

    HE'S NOT HERE SO WHY DON'T WE CLOSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. FOXX

    MADAM SPEAKER. I REALIZE THAT WE ARE HERE TO DEBATE SOMETHING OTHER THAN…

    MADAM SPEAKER. I REALIZE THAT WE ARE HERE TO DEBATE SOMETHING OTHER THAN THE CONTINUATION OF THE TAX CUTS AND STAVING OFF THE TAX INCREASES WHICH ARE COMING RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. HOWEVER IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE CONTINUE TO REMIND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE CONTINUE TO REFUSE TO DEAL WITH WHAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE THAT WE NEED TO BE DEALING WITH. INSTEAD WE ARE HERE DAY AFTER DAY, DAY AFTER DAY, NAMING POST OFFICES AND CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARIES OF SPORTS FIGURES WHEN OUR COLLEAGUES HAVE KNOWN THAT THE TAX INCREASES WERE GOING TO OCCUR ON JANUARY 1, 2011 SINCE THAT BILL WAS PASSED. THEY HAVE BEEN IN CONTROL FOR FOUR YEARS AND THEY HAVE REFUSED TO DEAL WITH IT. FURTHERMORE, WE HAVEAL PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS OF THE SAME PARTY. THEY BOTH KNOW THIS HAD TO BE DEALT WITH BUT THEY SEEM TO WANT TO LEAVE EVERYTHING UNTIL THE LAST POSSIBLE MINUTE AND THEN BLAME REPUBLICANS BECAUSE SOMETHING ISN'T BEING DONE. WELL, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THAT IS JUST NOT THE CASE. OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE, THE DEMOCRATS, ARE IN CONTROL. THEY COULD HAVE BROUGHT THIS TAX INCREASE BILL UP ANY TIME THEY WANTED TO. THEY REFUSED TO DO IT. THEY LEFT IT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. WE NEED TO REMIND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OF THAT AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE TOLD THAT WE ARE HOLDING SOMETHING HOSTAGE. I'D ALSO LIKE TO POINT OUT TO MY COLLEAGUES FROM COLORADO THAT WHEN THE STIMULUS BILL WAS PASSED, WHAT YOU CALL THE RECOVERY ACT, WE WERE PROMISED, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WERE PROMISED THAT UNEMPLOYMENT WOULD NOT GO ABOVE 8%. THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT RECENTLY ISSUED ITS NINAL MONTHLY TREASURY STATEMENT FOR -- FINAL MONTHLY TREASURY STATEMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2010. THE DEFICIT FOR THAT FISCAL YEAR TOTALED $1.294 TRILLION, OR 8.9% OF G.D.P. IT'S ONLY THE SECOND TIME IN HISTORY AN ANNUAL DEFICIT HAS EXCEEDED $1 TRILLION. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME? LAST YEAR , WHEN AGAIN, WE HAD A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT AND DEMOCRATS IN CONTROL OF THE CONGRESS. OVER THE PAST 22 MONTHS PRESIDENT OBAMA AND CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS HAVE EMBARKED ON AN UNPRECEDENTED SPENDING SPREE THAT HAS LOWERED ECONOMIC GROWTH, REDUCED INVESTMENT, INCREASED THE COST OF BORROWING, AND KILLED AMERICAN JOBS. NOW RATHER THAN REDUCING SPENDING, DEMOCRATS HOPE TO MOVE A $1.11 TRILLION OMNIBUS DISCRETIONARY BILL THAT WOULD INCREASE EXPENDITURES BY HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. IN DOING SO, THE DEMOCRATS ARE IGNORING THE CLEAR MESSAGE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND ENDANGERING THE WELL-BEING OF FUTURE GENERATIONS. SINCE PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK OFFICE IN JANUARY, 2009, THE LIBERALS RULING OVER WASHINGTON HAVE IMPLEMENTED AN AGENDA OF RECORD SPENDING AND DEFICITS THAT'S UNPRECEDENTED IN THIS COUNTRY'S HISTORY. SINCE THE LIBERAL CONTROLLED THE WHITE HOUSE AND CONGRESS LAST YEAR, PROVE WILL I GATT -- PROFLIGATE SPENDING HAS LED TO DEFICITS. THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF DEFICIT SPENDING IN THE FIRST 22 MONTHS OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATION IS MORE THAN THE COMBINED DEFICITS OF PRESIDENT BUSH 43 ADMINISTRATION OVER EIGHT YEARS, WHICH WERE PREVIOUSLY THE HIGHEST DEFICITS OF ANY PRESIDENT IN HISTORY. IN THE 22 MONTHS SINCE PRESIDENT OBAMA MOVED INTO THE WHITE HOUSE, DEMOCRATS HAVE SPENT $6.1 TRILLION WHICH IS MORE THAN THE FIRST 22 MONTHS OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF PRESIDENT CLINTON AND BUSH 43 COMBINED. THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT REPORTED THAT IN OCTOBER, 2010 ALONE THE GOVERNMENT SPENT $24.1 BILLION TO MAKE INTEREST PAYMENTS ON THE MONEY IT BORROWED. IN F.Y. 2010 THE GOVERNMENT HAS SPENT $414 BILLION ON INTEREST PAYMENTS. AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO 32% OF OUR DEFICIT. AMERICANS MADE IT VERY CLEAR THEY WANT THE WASHINGTON SPENDING SPREE TO END. DEMOCRATS, HOWEVER, TURNED A DEAF EAR AND STILL WANT TO PASS A DISASTROUS $1.1 TRILLION SPENDING BILL IN THE LAME DUCK SESSION OF CONGRESS. THE GROWING DEFICITS UNDER THE DEMOCRATS' LEADERSHIP WILL ULTIMATELY LEAD TO LOWER STANDARD OF LIVING AND LESS OPPORTUNITY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS. AS SPENDING BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GROWS TO UNSUSTAINABLE LEVELS, THE U.S. WILL SACRIFICE ITS SOVEREIGNTY BY BECOMING DEPENDENT ON DEBT BORROWED FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES. AS THE NATION'S DEBT GROWS, CONFIDENCE IN FINANCIAL MARKETS WILL ERODE ANDPROPEL THE U.S. INTO PERPETUAL ECONOMIC SPIRAL. EVERYTHING FROM A SENSELESS ENERGY TAX, GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE, BAILOUTS OF THE AUTO INDUSTRY, MEGABANKS, AND THE EUROPEAN UNION COMBINED WITH ENDLESS TAX AND SPENDING INCREASES LEAVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SITTING IN AMAZEMENT WONDERING WHERE THE IMAGINATION OF THESE EUROPEAN WANNABES WILL LEAD US NEXT. AS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SCARED TO DEATH WITNESSING THE DETERIORATION OF EVERYTHING FROM THE ECONOMY, FOREIGN POLICY, AND NATIONAL SECURITY, THEY SHOULD KNOW THAT FORTUNATELY THERE IS A CHOICE BETWEEN THE SAME OLD TIRED LIBERAL AGENDA AND NEW INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS BEING OFFERED BY THE G.O.P. IN SEPTEMBER, HOUSE REPUBLICANS PUT FORWARD A PLEDGE THAT WILL PUT AMERICA ON A PATH TOWARDS ECONOMIC PROSPERITY. THE PLEDGE INCLUDES ACTIONS THAT WILL CREATE JOBS AND ECONOMIC -- END ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY AND MAKE AMERICA MORE COMPETITIVE. PHYSICALLY THE PLEDGE WOULD PERMANENTLY STOP ALL JOB KILLING TAX HIKES, ALLOW SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS A 20% TAX DEDUCTIONS AGAINST INCOME TO ALLOW CAPITAL FORMATION AND INVESTMENT WHICH WILL STIMULATE BUSINESS EXPANSION AND NEW HIRINGS. REQUIRE CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL OF COSTLY REGULATIONS TO REDUCE THE COST BURDEN THAT GOVERNMENT GROWTH IMPOSES ON BUSINESSES. REPEAL THE OBAMACARE 1099 REQUIREMENT TO ELIMINATE THE WASTEFUL AND EXPENSIVE MANDATE ALL BUSINESSES REPORT VENDOR PURCHASES OF -- IN EXCESS OF $600 ANNUALLY IMMEDIATELY TO GOVERNMENT SPENDING TO PREBAILOUT LEVELS TO SAVE AT LEAST $100 BILLION IN THE FIRST YEAR AND PUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON A PATH TO BALANCE THE BUDGET AND PAY DOWN THE DEBT, MOVING AWAY FROM ITS DEBT DRIVEN ECONOMY AND ELIMINATING THE FEAR THAT UNSUSTAINABLE SPENDING IS CREATED. THE EVIDENCE IS IN, MADAM 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 THEIR REAL PROBLEMS. THIS ISN'T THE TIME TO DITHER AND BLAME THE REPUBLICAN MINORITY FOR THE DISAPPOINTING COLLAPSE OF GOVERNANCE. WE HAVE SEEN SINCE THE LIBERAL MAJORITY SEIZED CONTROL OF CONGRESS IN 2007. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO FORCE THE RULING LIBERAL DEMOCRATS TO RETHINK THEIR MISGUIDED PROPOSALS BY REJECTING THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL TO PROTEST THE LIBERAL AGENDA THAT CONTINUES TO DISTRACT FROM PRIVATE SECTOR JOB CREATION AND GETTING THE ECONOMY BACK ON ITS FEET. AND WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:09:06 PM

    MR. PERLMUTTER

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I GUESS I HAVE A COMPLETELY OPPOSITE VIEW OF MY…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I GUESS I HAVE A COMPLETELY OPPOSITE VIEW OF MY FRIEND FROM NORTH CAROLINA AS TO THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS BILL. THE PAYMENT FOR A WRONG AGAINST THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE THAT WERE DELAYED UNDER REPUBLICAN CONGRESSES, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT, IT IS ABOUT TIME THAT WE SETTLE THESE CASES AND PAY THE BILL TO PEOPLE WHO WERE EITHER DISCRIMINATED AGAINST OR HAD THEIR TRUST MONEY BUNGLED BY THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT. WE ACTUALLY THROUGH THE COURSE OF ALL THIS HAD ONE INTERIOR SECRETARY UNDER REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT WHO GOT HERSELF IN TROUBLE. ULTIMATELY IT WAS ALL RESOLVED. NOW IT'S TIME TO SETTLE THESE PARTICULAR CASES. DECADES OF LITIGATION, DECADES OF SETTLEMENT TALK. IT IS A RED LETTER DAY. THAT THE DISCRIMINATION AND THE MISMANAGEMENT THAT HARMS SO MANY PEOPLE ARE RESOLVED. AND THAT'S THE PURPOSE. THAT'S WHY THIS HAS BEEN A BIPARTISAN BILL AND I HOPE WILL BE A BIPARTISAN VOTE LATER TODAY WHEN WE TAKE UP THE BILL. THERE ARE 500,000 NATIVE AMERICANS WHOSE COMMUNITIES WERE DEPRIVED OF REVENUE RIGHTFULLY AND LEGALLY OWED TO THEM FOR COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR LAND. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF OTHER NATIVE AMERICANS WHOSE COMMUNITIES WILL BENEFIT BY COMPLETELY LONG OVERDUE WATER PROJECTS. THERE ARE ALSO 70,000 FARMERS IN THE PIGFORD CASE WHO WERE DEPRIVED OF THEIR ABILITY TO FARM BECAUSE OF THEIR RACE. OUT AND OUT DISCRIMINATION. AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WILL RECEIVE SOME HELP THIS HOLIDAY SEASON BECAUSE WE WILL EXTEND TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES. MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS, THEY LIKE TO TALK ABOUT TAX CUTS FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. TAX CUTS THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO EXPIRE HAVE BEEN PLANNED TO EXPIRE BY A REPUBLICAN CONGRESS FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE DECADE. THIS ISN'T SOMETHING NEW. THIS ISN'T SOME BIG SURPRISE. BUT THE REPUBLICANS IN THIS HOUSE AND THE REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE WOULD LIKE TO HOLD UP AND DO NOTHING UNTIL THEIR FRIENDS, THE MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES, CONTINUE THESE TAX CUTS. AT THE SAME TIME STOP PAYMENT AND SATISFACTION OF CLAIMS THAT HAVE BEEN LONG OVERDUE TO THESE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF NATIVE AMERICANS AND THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF BLACK FARMERS, AS WELL AS MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO NEED ASSISTANCE UNDER THE TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE TO NEEDY FAMILIES. THIS COUNTRY PAYS ITS BILLS. DOESN'T JUST GIVE TAX CUTS TO THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS AMONG US. THAT'S WHAT THIS DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS IS ABOUT. THAT'S WHAT THE DEMOCRATIC SENATE AND THIS PRESIDENT IS ABOUT. IS ABOUT HONORING OUR COMMITMENT AND STOPPING DISCRIMINATION. I'M PLEASED WE ARE GOING TO PASS THIS BILL TODAY. AND I HOPE THAT ALL MEMBERS SUPPORT IT. AND NOT DELAY ANY FURTHER THESE RIGHTFUL CLAIMS THAT HAVE EXISTED FOR SO LONG. WITH THAT, I URGE A YES VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND ON THE RULE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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  • 01:13:04 PM

    MS. FOXX

    ON THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. SEEING A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 01:42:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 223. THE NAYS ARE 168. THE RESOLUTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 223. THE NAYS ARE 168. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION A MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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  • 01:44:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WILL ALL MEMBERS CLEAR THE WELL AND TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR.…

    WILL ALL MEMBERS CLEAR THE WELL AND TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. WILL ALL MEMBERS TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR.

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  • 01:45:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL MEMBERS, TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR.

  • 01:46:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 01:46:26 PM

    MR. RAHALL

    MADAM SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1736, I MOVE TO --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:46:41 PM

    MR. RAHALL

    MADAM SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1736, I MOVE TO TAKE FROM THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1736, I MOVE TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL H.R. 4783 WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENTS THERETO AND I HAVE A MOTION AT THE DESK.

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  • 01:46:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 01:47:00 PM

    THE CLERK

    ACT TO ACCELERATE THE INCOME TAX BENEFITS FOR CHARITABLE CASH…

    ACT TO ACCELERATE THE INCOME TAX BENEFITS FOR CHARITABLE CASH CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE RELIEF OF VICTIMS OF THE EARTHQUAKE IN CHILE AND TO EXTEND THE PERIOD FROM WHICH SUCH CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE REREEF OF VICTIMS OF THE EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI MAY BE ACK SECRETARY RATED. MR. RAHALL MOVES THE SENATE AMENDMENTS TO H.R. 4783.

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  • 01:47:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. WILL ALL MEMBERS TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF…

    THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. WILL ALL MEMBERS TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR? ALL MEMBERS. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1736, THE MOTION SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR WITH 50 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES, AND 10 MINUTES EQUALLY -- THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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  • 01:48:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

  • 01:49:33 PM

    MR. RAHALL

    SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE…

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

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  • 01:49:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 01:49:42 PM

    MR. RAHALL

    MADAM SPEAKER, TODAY WE ARE CONSIDERING A MEASURE WHICH WILL SETTLE OVER A…

    MADAM SPEAKER, TODAY WE ARE CONSIDERING A MEASURE WHICH WILL SETTLE OVER A COMBINED CENTURY OF LITIGATION. THE BILL WILL BRING TO CLOSURE SOME SHAMEFUL ACTS UNDERTAKEN BY THE UNITED STATES AND WILL ALLOW SEVERAL COMMUNITIES TO MOVE FORWARD IN REBUILDING THEIR COMMUNITIES AND THEIR TRUST IN THE UNITED STATES. WITH PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION, CONGRESS WILL RESOLVE SIX OUTSTANDING LITIGATION MATTERS CONSISTING OF TWO CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS AND FOUR WATER SETTLEMENTS. IN ADDITION, THE BILL INCLUDES THE INITIAL INSTALLMENT TO FUND ANOTHER WATER SETTLEMENT PASSED EARLIER THIS CONGRESS. FIRST CLAIMS BY INDIVIDUAL INDIANS FOR HISTORICAL ACCOUNTING AND MISMANAGEMENT OF INDIVIDUAL INDIAN MONEY ACCOUNTS IN COBELL V. SALAZAR WILL BE RESOLVED. AFTER A CENTURY OF MISMANAGEMENT BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT WAS INITIATED BY INDIVIDUAL INDIANS --

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  • 01:51:00 PM

    MR. RAHALL

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:54:13 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

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

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

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  • 01:54:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:54:19 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MADAM SPEAKER, THE PROCESS BY WHICH CONGRESS CONDUCTS AMERICA PEOPLE'S…

    MADAM SPEAKER, THE PROCESS BY WHICH CONGRESS CONDUCTS AMERICA PEOPLE'S BUSINESS MATTERS. FOR A LONG TIME BELTWAY INSIDERS CLAIMED THAT AMERICANS DON'T CARE ABOUT PROCESS. IT WAS A SELF-COMFORTING EXCUSE TO CONDUCT BUSINESS OUT OF THE PUBLIC VIEW AND TO SHUT DOWN DEBATE. HOWEVER, THE MESSAGE FROM THE VOTERS IN NOVEMBER'S ELECTION WAS UNMISTAKABLE. IT IS VERY CLEAR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO CARE ABOUT CONGRESS ACTING IN A TRANSPARENT, OPEN AND FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE MANNER. UNFORTUNATELY, MADAM SPEAKER, NOT EVERYONE IN CONGRESS HAS HEEDED THIS MESSAGE AND THIS EVIDENCE TODAY BY THE MANNER IN WHICH THE DEMOCRATS ARE SEEKING TO PASS THIS BILL. WHEN THIS BILL ORIGINALLY PASSED THE HOUSE IN MARCH, H.R. 4783 WAS AIMED AT ADDRESSING INCOME TAX BENEFITS TO CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE RELIEF OF VICTIMS OF DISASTERS IN HAITI AND CHILE. TWO WEEKS AGO THIS BILL EMERGED IN THE SENATE AND LOOKED COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. THE SENATE SECRETLY REWROTE THE BILL BEHIND CLOSED DOORS TO CREATE AN OVER 270-PAGE BILL, A $5.78 BILLION OMNIBUS PACKAGE OF LARGELY INDIAN SETTLEMENTS. AND THE HOUSE IS NOW SLATED TO DEBATE THIS PACKAGE WITHOUT A SINGLE HOUSE MEMBER, MADAM SPEAKER, NOT ONE HOUSE MEMBER, REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT, HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO IMPROVE IT. AS I HAVE STATED SEVERAL TIMES ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AS WELL AS IN THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, I BELIEVE THERE IS REAL MERIT IN RESPONSIBLY SETTLING LEGITIMATE LEGAL CLAIMS. ESPECIALLY WHEN SETTLEMENT REDUCES THE POTENTIAL RISKS AND COSTS POSED TO TAXPAYERS BY LENGTHY UNCERTAIN LITIGATION. IT IS WITH THIS VIEW THAT I LIKE TO REVIEW TWO PIECES IN THIS OMNIBUS PACKAGE. THE COBELL V. SALAZAR SETTLEMENT AND THE SETTLEMENTS OF THE INDIAN WATER RIGHTS CLAIMS WITH FOUR TRIBES. FIRST, IN THE COBELL CASE, I AGREE THAT THE LAWSUIT HAS GONE ON FAR TOO LONG AND THAT IT IS IMPORTANT FOR INDIVIDUAL INDIANS TO BE TREATED FAIRLY BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. YET, SINCE THE PROPOSED TERMS OF THE SETTLEMENT WERE FIRST PUBLICLY REVEALED, THE CONGRESS HAS BEEN PETITIONED BY SEVERAL INDIANS AND RESPECTED INDIAN ORGANIZATIONS EXPRESSING REAL CONCERN WITH THE DETAILS OF THAT SETTLEMENT. IT IS VERY DISAPPOINTING THAT THESE VERY LEGITIMATE CONCERNS BY CORRECTLY AFFECTED INDIANS ARE BEING DISMISSED BY THIS CONGRESS. IN PARTICULAR, MADAM SPEAKER, THE CONCERNS OVER THE POSSIBLE PAYMENT OF OVER $100 MILLION TO LAWYERS IN THE HANDLING OF DAMAGES CLAIMS DESERVES THE RESPONSE BY THIS CONGRESS. THE SENATE BILL MAKES MODIFICATIONS IN BOTH AREAS. BUT TO BE VERY BLUNTLY HONEST ABOUT IT, MADAM SPEAKER, THE NEW TEXT IS NOTHING MORE THAN WINDOW DRESSING BECAUSE IT CAN BE COMPLETELY DISREGARDED BY THE JUDGE. TO ADDRESS ONE OF THESE CONCERNS, I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE YESTERDAY TO CAP THE COBELL ATTORNEY FEES AT $50 MILLION. THE RULES COMMITTEE BLOCKED THE HOUSE IN VOTING ON THIS SIMPLE AMENDMENT. UNDER THIS BILL, A LITERAL HANDFUL OF PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEYS MAY BE PAID OVER $100 MILLION. THIS EQUATES TO 1/3 OF THE AMOUNT IN THE SETTLEMENT. LET ME REPEAT THAT, MADAM SPEAKER. THIS EQUATES TO 1/3 OF THE AMOUNT LITIGATED BY THESE ATTORNEYS. THIS IS SIMPLY TOO HIGH. SOME HAVE ARGUED THE LAWYER FEES ARE JUST 3% OF THE SETTLEMENT, BUT SUCH A CALCULATION WOULD REQUIRE PROPOSING TO PAY LAWYERS A SHARE OF FUNDS FROM WHICH CASES THEY HAD ABSOLUTELY NO INVOLVEMENT IN REPRESENTING. IT ALSO SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE $50 MILLION CAP ON FEES IS NOT ARBITRARY. IT REFLECTS AN AMOUNT PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEYS CLAIM THEY CAN LIVE WITH UNDER THEIR SIGNED AGREEMENT WITH THE DEPOFT. THIS LEGISLATION SHOULD BE ABOUT FAIRNESS TO INDIVIDUAL INDIANS, BUT THOSE WHO CONTROL CONGRESS RIGHT NOW ARE BENDING OVER BACKWARDS TO PROTECT $100 MILLION PAYOUT TO A FEW LAWYERS. SO LET'S BE CLEAR. EVERY DOLLAR PAID TO ATTORNEYS IS A DOLLAR THAT COMES OUT OF THE POCKET OF INDIVIDUAL INDIANS IN THIS SETTLEMENT. CONGRESS HAS AN OBLIGATION TO ENSURE THAT INDIVIDUAL INDIANS, NOT LAWYERS -- SADLY, THIS BILL, THAT IS NOT HAPPENING. IN REGARD TO THE FOUR INDIAN WATER RIGHT SETTLEMENTS INCLUDED IN THIS BILL, THREE OF THESE HAVE PREVIOUSLY PASSED THE HOUSE. AT THAT TIME I EXPRESSED MY SYMPATHY WITH SUCH SETTLEMENTS. HOWEVER, AT A TIME OF RECORD DEFICIT SPENDING AND RECORD FEDERAL DEBT IS THE DUTY OF CONGRESS TO ASK QUESTIONS TO ENSURE THAT THESE SETTLEMENTS ARE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE TAXPAYERS. OVER THE PAST YEAR, CONGRESSMAN TOM MCCLINTOCK OF CALIFORNIA, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE WATER AND POWER SUBCOMMITTEE, HAS SENT WRITTEN INQUIRIES TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ASKING THE BASIC QUESTION AND THAT BASIC QUESTION IS -- DO THESE SETTLEMENT AMOUNTS REPRESENT A NET BENEFIT TO TAXPAYERS AS COMPARED TO THE CONSEQUENCES IN COST OF LITIGATION? VERY SIMPLE QUESTION. TO DATE, THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAS REGRETTABLY NOT ANSWERED THESE QUESTIONS. EVEN THOUGH THEY DID ANSWER SIMILAR QUESTIONS WITH RESPECT TO THE COBELL SETTLEMENT. IT IS FOR THIS PRIMARY -- THIS REASON THAT I WAS COMPELLED TO OPPOSE THOSE SETTLEMENTS WHEN THEY PASSED THE HOUSE. NOW, THERE ARE FOUR SUCH SETTLEMENT AND THE PRICE TAG FOR THEM IS $1.23 BILLION. IF CONGRESS IS GOING TO SPEND THIS MUCH MONEY, IT SEEMS TO ME IT'S A DUTY FIRST TO SHOW WHETHER THIS IS A FAIR DEAL. WITHOUT ANSWERS FROM THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, INFORMED DECISIONS CANNOT BE MADE AND IT ISN'T RESPONSIBLE -- IT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE, IN MY VIEW, THEN, TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. FOR THESE REASONS I RECOMMEND THAT MY COLLEAGUES OPPOSE THESE BILLS UNTIL THESE QUESTIONS CAN BE ANSWERED. AND, MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE BALANCE OF MY TIME BE CONTROLLED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, AND THAT HE MAY CONTROL THAT TIME AS HE SEES FIT. . THE SPEAK PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR.

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  • 02:00:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:01:01 PM

    MR. RAHALL

    MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED MAJORITY WHIP, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH…

    MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED MAJORITY WHIP, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. CLYBURN.

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    MR. CLYBURN

    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN…

    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 4783, THE CLAIMS RESOLUTION ACT OF 2010, AND ASK PERMISSION TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. MADAM SPEAKER, TODAY IS A GREAT DAY FOR OUR NATION'S BLACK FARMERS. AND NATIVE AMERICANS WHO WERE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BY THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT. OUR GOVERNMENT. FOR YEARS. THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES HAVE WAITED FOR YEARS TO RECEIVE THE SETTLEMENTS AWARDED TO THEM IN TWO CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS THAT HAVE GONE UNRESOLVED BECAUSE OF POLITICAL GAMESMANSHIP. IN THIS CONGRESS ALONE WE HAVE TWICE PASSED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD HAVE RESOLVED THIS ISSUE. TODAY THE GAMES HAVE COME TO AN END. TODAY WE WILL MEET -- METE OUT A MODICUM OF JUSTICE. AFTER MORE THAN A DECADE, THIS BILL FINALLY IN SOME SIGNIFICANT MEASURE RESOLVE THE CASES, A LAWSUIT WHICH WAS SETTLED BACK IN 1999. THAT LAWSUIT WAS FILED BY AFRICAN-AMERICAN FARMERS AGAINST THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOR DISCRIMINATING AGAINST BLACK FARMERS WHO APPLIED FOR ACCESS TO LOANS AND OTHER ASSISTANCE. THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HAS ADMITTED THAT THE DISCRIMINATIONS TOOK PLACE AND REPEATEDLY URGED THIS BODY TO COMPENSATE THOSE FARMERS WHO WERE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST. NOTHING IN THE PIGFORD SETTLEMENT WOULD PREVENT THE GOVERNMENT FROM PROSECUTING FRAUD RENT CLAIMS. -- FRAUDULENT CLAIMS. AND THIS BILL WHICH IS FULLY PAID FOR INCLUDES STRICT PROVISIONS DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT PAYMENTS ARE DISTRIBUTED TO ONLY DESERVING CLAIMANTS. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO ADDRESS TWO ISSUES. THE ISSUES OF NEUTRAL, ADJUDICATOR, AND PERFORMANCE AUDITS, BOTH OF WHICH ARE FOUND IN THIS BILL. AND CAUSE ME GREAT CONCERN AS TO WHETHER OR NOT WE ARE SETTING UP A PROCESS BY WHICH INTIMIDATIONS WILL TAKE PLACE. NOW, I WANT THE RECORD TO SHOW THAT THESE TWO PROCESSES ARE NOT FOUND ANYWHERE ELSE BUT THEY ARE IN THIS BILL. I'M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THAT BECAUSE I THINK IT OPENS THE DOOR FOR WITCH-HUNTS TO TAKE PLACE AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THESE FARMERS ARE IN FACT DESERVING. AND WHETHER OR NOT INTIMIDATION MAY TAKE PLACE AS TO WHETHER OR NOT WE WILL KILL ACTIVITIES ON A PLOT OF FARMERS WHO SHOULD BE FILING CLAIMS I DON'T WANT ANYBODY TO BE UNJUSTLY ENRICHED , BUT I HOPE THAT NOBODY WILL BE INTIMIDATED BY THE PROCESS. I USED TO RUN THE SOUTH CAROLINA COMMISSION FOR FARM WORKERS AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT FROM 1968 WHEN I BECAME DIRECTOR OF THAT AGENCY, I SAW THE DISCRIMINATION TAKING PLACE NOT JUST IN FARM LOANS BUT IN HOUSING LOANS AS WELL. AND THE INTIMIDATION FACTOR WAS GREAT AMONG THESE RURAL FAMILIES THAT DID NOT FEEL EQUIPPED TO FIGHT THE PROCESS. WE HAVE PUT THESE TWO PROCEDURES IN THIS BILL. I WANT THE RECORD TO SHOW THAT WE DO NOT PUT THEM THERE FOR PEOPLE TO BE INTIMIDATED BUT ONLY TO PROVIDE A PROCESS BY WHICH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN FIND OUT WHETHER OR NOT PEOPLE ARE DESERVING OF THE SERVICE AND OF THE RESOLUTION. I WOULD HOPE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT AS WE CARRY FORTH THIS SETTLEMENT THAT WE WILL NOT ONCE AGAIN VISIT UPON THESE FAMILIES THE INTIMIDATION FACTOR THAT SO MANY OF THEM EXPERIENCED FOR YEARS NOW. NOW, THIS GOES BACK TO 1981, BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT THESE CASES GO BACK FOR NEARLY A CENTURY AND THEY OUGHT NOT BE INTIMIDATED AT THIS POINT IN THE PROCESS. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TODAY WITH…

    SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TODAY WITH STRONG CONCERNS ABOUT TWO PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL RELATED TO THE FAY FORS. FIRST SOME OF THE POLICIES IN THIS BILL MAKE SENSE SUCH AS EXTENDING WELFARE PROGRAMS OR BETTER PREVENTING INCORRECT UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PAYMENTS, BUT BEYOND THIS, CONSIDER USING THE U.I. AND TRADE SAVINGS IN THIS BILL TO REDUCE OUR NATION'S STAGGERING DEFICIT OR PAY FOR EXTENDING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS OR PROMOTING JOB CREATING TRADE, DEMOCRATS WANT TO USE THESE SAVINGS FOR NEW UNRELATED SPENDING. GOING ON A SPENDING SPREE NOW WILL MAKE THE JOB OF HELPING THE UNEMPLOYED, PROMOTING JOB CREATING TRADE, AND BALANCING THE BUDGET NEXT YEAR EVEN HARDER. FOR EXAMPLE, BY BETTER PREVENTING THE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS OVERPAYMENT, THIS BILL SAVES ABOUT $3 BILLION OVER THE NEXT DECADE. AT A TIME OF RECORD BUDGET DEFICIT WHEN IS MANY STATES AND FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS ARE BANKRUPT AND DEEPLY IN DEBT, THAT MONEY WILL NOT BE USED TO STRENGTHEN UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAMS. OR EVEN TO PAY FOR AN EXTENSION OF THESE BENEFITS. INSTEAD THIS LEGISLATION DIVERTS THAT MONEY OUTSIDE OF THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE SYSTEM FOR UNRELATED SPENDING. HOW THAT MAKES SENSE IS BEYOND ME. WHILE WE ARE ON THE ISSUE OF DIVERSION, THIS BILL USES CUSTOM USERS FEES WHICH ARE FEES ASSOCIATED WITH THE IMPORT PROCESS WHICH TYPICALLY ARE USED WHEN WE ARE PASSING TRADE LEGISLATION TO BENEFIT U.S. MANUFACTURERS, FARMERS, RANCHERS, AND WORKERS SUCH AS THE MISCELLANEOUS TRADE BILL, PREFERENCE PROGRAMS FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, AND TRADE PROMOTION AGREEMENT. THE FACT THIS BILL DIVERTS THE FEES TO OFFSET A NONTRADE PROGRAM LIMITS OUR ABILITY TO PASS TRADE LEGISLATION THAT HELPS CREATE AMERICAN JOBS AND LEVELS THE PLAYING FIELD ABROAD FOR OUR U.S. FARMERS, MANUFACTURERS, AND SERVICE COMPANIES. I HAVE GROWN TIRED, FRANKLY, MR. SPEAKER, OF THIS CONGRESS USING THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT ITS SPENDING SPREE. WHEN WE SPEND MONEY ON A NEW PROGRAM, WE SHOULD OFFSET THAT WITH SPENDING CUTS NOT BY USING FUNDS ALREADY DESIGNATED FOR A PRO-GROWTH, PRO-JOB PURPOSE. IN FACT, I WOULD, MR. SPEAKER, YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WILL CONTROL THE TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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    MR. RAHALL

    TO OUR DISTINGUISHED MAJORITY LEADER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR.…

    TO OUR DISTINGUISHED MAJORITY LEADER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. STENY HOYER.

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    MR. HOYER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. THIS LEGISLATION IS YEARS LATE IN PASSING. THE INJUSTICES THAT IT ADDRESSES ARE LONG TERM IN BEING. TODAY THE HOUSE HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRING AN END TO TWO HISTORIC INJUSTICES. THEY CAN DO SO BY IMPROVING THE SET MANYMENT IN THE PIGFORD AND COBELL CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS, HELPING TO MAKE AMENDS TO AFRICAN-AMERICANS, FARMERS, AND MORE THAN 300,000 NATIVE AMERICANS. FEW PEOPLE IN THIS NATION HAVE BEEN TREATED AS POORLY BY THEIR NATION AS HAVE AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND NATIVE AMERICANS. THIS WAS A CONTINUING INJUSTICE THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED DECADES AGO. AND INDEED OF COURSE SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED. THE PIGFORD SETTLEMENT CONCERNS A DECADES OLD PATTERN OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IN THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ALONE TO BLACK FARMERS. FOR TOO LONG FARMERS WERE DENIED LOANS BECAUSE OF THEIR RACE, EVEN BLACK FARMERS WHO RECEIVED LOANS WERE PAID SIGNIFICANTLY LESS THAN THEIR WHITE COUNTERPARTS. IN SOME CASES I'M TOLD THAT THE AMOUNT OF THE LOAN ON PAPER DID NOT REFLECT THE PROCEEDS THAT WERE RECEIVED. IN FACT, THE PROCEEDS WERE FAR BELOW THE FACE AMOUNT OF THE LOAN. THE COBELL SETTLEMENT CONCERNS MISMANAGEMENT OF FEDERAL TRUST FUNDS IN WHICH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN FEES AND ROYALTIES ON RESERVATION LAND WERE UNACCOUNTED FOR. THE BILL CAN ENSURE THAT THE INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNT HOLDERS ARE PROPERLY PAID. NOW, I JUST SAID THAT BUT UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE SOME WHO WE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO PROPERLY PAY BECAUSE THEY DIED BEFORE THIS INJUSTICE WAS RIGHTED. WHICH WILL PREVENT SIMILAR MISMANAGEMENT, HOPEFULLY, FROM REOCCURRING. AND RESOLVE OTHER OUTSTANDING LAND AND WATER RIGHTS DISPUTES THAT ARE DEEPLY CONCERNING TO TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS. ABOVE ALL, PASSING THIS BILL MEANS LIVING UP TO OUR OBLIGATION TO THOSE WHO HAVE DESERVED BETTER FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THESE SETTLEMENTS HAVE BEEN REACHED IN COURT AND NOW IT IS OUR JOB TO ENSURE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LIVES UP TO ITS END OF THE BARGAIN. I'M GLAD THAT THIS BILL FUNDS THE PIGFORD AND COBELL SETTLEMENTS WITHOUT ADDING TO THE DEFICIT AND I'M ALSO GLAD THIS BILL CAN BRING TO A CLOSE AN UNFORTUNATE BLEMISH ON THE RECORD OF THIS GOVERNMENT IN DEALING WITH ITS PEOPLE. IT CLOSES AN UNFORTUNATE CHAPTER IN OUR HISTORY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES HOPEFULLY UNANIMOUSLY TO PASS THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. WE DID THE WRONG THING. BUT ALL OF US ACKNOWLEDGE IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO DO THE RIGHT THING. SO THAT ALTHOUGH THIS IS LATE, THIS LEGISLATION IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. LET US DO IT NOW. I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. LUCAS, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE…

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. LUCAS, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE.

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    MR. LUCAS

    I MUST RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. IT BILL INCLUDES MORE THAN $1…

    I MUST RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. IT BILL INCLUDES MORE THAN $1 BILLION TO SETTLE THE PIGFORD DISCRIMINATION SUIT AGAINST THE USDA IN ADDITION TO THE MONEY WE SPENT. I WANT TO SEE A RESOLUTION TO THIS SETTLEMENT, I CANNOT IN GOOD CONSCIENCE SUPPORT THE PROCESS IN WHICH WE ATTEMPTED TO ADDRESS THESE PROBLEMS. THE HOUSE PASSED H.R. 4783, A BILL INTENDED TO ENCOURAGE CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS BY VOICE VOTE IN MARCH. WHAT WE HAVE RECEIVED BACK FROM THE SENATE INSTEAD IS A BILL THAT WILL COST THE TAXPAYERS MORE THAN $5 BILLION. BY USING THIS PROCEDURE, WE ARE UNABLE TO OFFER A MOTION TO RECOMMIT TO CHANGE THE BILL. ADDITIONALLY WE ARE CONSIDERING THIS LEGISLATION UNDER A CLOSED RULE WHICH PREVENTS ANY MEMBER FROM OFFERING AN AMENDMENT. WE ARE RUSHING THROUGH CONSIDERATION OF A MASSIVE SPENDING BILL. THE SENATE ACTED ON THIS 269-PAGE BILL 10 DAYS AGO AND WE ARE ALREADY BRINGING IT TO THE FLOOR. LET'S SLOW DOWN AND ENSURE THAT WE CONSIDER THIS MASSIVE BILL IN A THOROUGH AND DELIBERATIVE PROCESS. SADLY I MUST URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. LEVIN

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. LEVIN

    AND MEANS AND FINANCE TO SUPPORT THIS BILL? THE ANSWER IS VERY CLEAR,…

    AND MEANS AND FINANCE TO SUPPORT THIS BILL? THE ANSWER IS VERY CLEAR, THERE IS NO ESCAPE. THERE IS A MORAL COMPULSION TO ACT ON THIS LEGISLATION. AND NO ONE SHOULD HIDE BEHIND ISSUES OF JURISDICTION. WE HAVE TRIED TO DO THIS FOR YEARS, THE FINANCE COMMITTEE DECIDED THERE WAS A WAY TO FINANCE IT. THIS IS A MORALLY RIGHT THING TO DO. . THE BILL ALSO PERIOD. THE BILL ALSO EXTENDS THE PROGRAM THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30 OF NEXT YEAR. I GREATLY REGRET THAT THE PROVISIONS INCLUDED IN THIS BILL DO NOT INCLUDE AN EXTENSION OF THE EMERGENCY FUND. THIS WILL HELP UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES FIND WORK AND ASSISTED LOCAL ECONOMIES IN COPING WITH THE RECESSION. ROUGHLY 250,000 JOBS WERE CREATED. MOST OF THEM IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. UNFORTUNATELY REPUBLICAN OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE HAS REPEATEDLY BLOCKED OUR EFFORTS TO EXTEND THIS PROGRAM. THIS IS CRITICAL LEGISLATION. I URGE ITS SUPPORT AND I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF THE WAYS AND MEANS TEAM -- TIME TO MR. MCDERMOTT.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA WILL CONTROL THE TIME.…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA WILL CONTROL THE TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED, WILL CONTROL THE TIME.

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  • 02:16:27 PM

    MR. RAHALL

    MR. SPEAKER, PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. MR. SPEAKER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. MR. SPEAKER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN'S TIME WAS HIS OWN TIME. NOT MY TIME. CORRECT?

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    THAT'S CORRECT. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDED TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON. THAT IS CORRECT.

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    MR. MCDERMOTT

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE CLAIMS RESOLUTION ACT TO REMEDY A PAST INJUSTICES…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE CLAIMS RESOLUTION ACT TO REMEDY A PAST INJUSTICES AGAINST NATIVE AMERICANS AND AFRICAN-AMERICANS. THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE A RESOLUTION TO RESPOND TO PAST MISMANAGEMENT IN TRIBAL LANDS AND TO DISCRIMINATION AGAINST AFRICAN-AMERICAN FARMERS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. IN SHORT WE ARE TAKING AT LEAST A PARTIAL STEP TO RIGHT OLD, OLD, OLD WRONGS. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO EXTENDS THROUGH FISCAL YEAR 2011. THE BASIC TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES, THAT'S THE TANF PROGRAM, THE EXTENSION OF THIS PROGRAM IS WELCOME BUT IT'S NOT ENOUGH. THIS BILL DOES NOT INCLUDE THE TANF EMERGENCY FUND WHICH PROVIDES FUNDS TO OUR STATES TO HELP NEEDY FAMILIES AND TO ESTABLISH OR EXPAND EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS FOR JOBLESS AMERICANS. ROUGHLY 250,000 JOBS ARE CREATED BY THE PROGRAM PRIMARILY THROUGH PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYERS. THE HOUSE PASSED THE EXTENSION OF THESE JOB PROGRAMS ON TWO SEPARATE OCCASIONS. EARLIER THIS YEAR. BUT REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE HAVE REPEATEDLY BLOCKED THE EXTENSION. ADDITIONALY THE BILL BEFORE US FAILS TO MAINTAIN FULL FUNDING FOR THE CHILD SUPPORTED PERSONS PROGRAM WHICH MEANS LESS SUPPORT WILL BE ULTIMATELY COLLECTED AND SENT TO CHILDREN. THE FACT THAT THESE IMPORTANT SUPPORTS ARE EXPIRING SHOULD BE A WAKEUP CALL TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. WATCH THE REPUBLICANS CONTROL THIS HOUSE. THEY NEED TO KNOW THAT REPUBLICANS ARE ACTIVELY WORKING TO SHRED AMERICA'S SAFETY NET JUST WHEN IT'S NEEDED MOST. IN CLOSING, I SUPPORT THIS BILL'S RESPONSE TO THOSE WHO SUFFERED IN THE PAST. IT SAID THAT JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUST DENIED. BUT IT'S BETTER TO GET IT LATE THAN NEVER. BUT I FIND IT REGRETBLE THAT THIS BILL DOES SO LITTLE -- REGRETTABLE THAT THIS BILL DOES SO LITTLE TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING TODAY. THIS IS ABOUT WHAT WENT ON A LONG TIME AGO. IT IS NOT DEALING WITH WHAT'S HAPPENING TODAY. I URGE THE SUPPORT OF THIS ACT, AND THE OTHER ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE DEALT WITH IN THE NEAR FUTURE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. MCDERMOTT

    BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME -- YIELDS BACK?

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    MR. MCDERMOTT

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME FOR…

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME FOR THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE.

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

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    IT DEALS WITH ACCUMULATED MISTAKES AND MISDEEDS FROM THE AMERICAN…

    IT DEALS WITH ACCUMULATED MISTAKES AND MISDEEDS FROM THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT FROM 1887 TO THE PRESENT. WE HAVE TWICE IN THE COURSE OF THIS LAWSUIT HAD FEDERAL OFFICIALS HELD IN CONTEMPT OF COURT IN TWO DIFFERENT ADMINISTRATIONS, ONE REPUBLICAN AND ONE DEMOCRAT, AND FRANKLY THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION THOUGHT WE SHOULD SET THIS WILL BILL BETWEEN $8 BILLION AND 11 BILLION -- $11 BILLION. SO THIS SETTLEMENT IS A BARGAIN FOR THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS. WE'RE GOING TO HEAR LOOT OF ARGUMENTS AGAINST THIS PARTICULAR PIECE -- A LOT OF ARGUMENTS AGAINST THIS PARTICULAR PIECE OF LEGISLATION. THE REALITY IS, NUMBER ONE, IT'S FULLY PAID FOR AND PASSED BY THE UNITED STATES SENATE BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT WHICH MEANS SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES OVER THERE WHO ARE FAMOUS FOR BEING FRUGAL SIGNED OFF ON IT. SECOND, WE OUGHT TO THINK ABOUT THE COST OF NOT SETTLING IT. THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT HAS SPENT OVER $1 BILLION, ALMOST $1 BILLION ON THIS LAWSUIT IN THE COURSE OF 14 YEARS. AND IF WE DO NOT PASS THIS LEGISLATION, WE WILL BE IN COURT AGAIN AND IF THE PLAINTIFFS PREVAIL, THE COST COULD BE WELL BEYOND WHAT'S BEEN NEGOTIATED BY THE ADMINISTRATION. WE'LL HEAR ARGUMENTS ABOUT PROCESS AND MY COLLEAGUES, I'VE GOT TO ASK YOU, HOW MUCH PROCESS DO YOU WANT WHEN YOU'VE BEEN WAITING SINCE 1887 TO DEAL WITH A BILL? THIS BILL HAS BEEN AROUND 14 YEARS. IT'S BEEN IN THIS CONGRESS YEARS AND YEARS. I'VE BEEN TO MANY HEARINGS ABOUT THIS LAWSUIT. AND FRANKLY WE'VE SEEN IT, YOU KNOW WE PASSED IT TWICE IN THIS CONGRESS ALREADY. SO THE IDEA THAT IT HASN'T BEEN THOROUGHLY VETTED I THINK IS NOT TRUE. AND FINALLY, YOU KNOW, WE'RE GOING TO HEAR ABOUT LEGAL FEES. I GOT TO TELL YOU, IF YOU CAN GET LAWYERS FOR THREE CENTS ON THE DOLLAR, TAKE THE DEAL. THAT IS THE BEST LEGAL DEAL I HAVE EVER SEEN IN FRONT OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. FAR BELOW WHAT YOU WOULD NORMALLY EXPECT CONTINGENCY FEES TO BE. THE ADMINISTRATION FRANKLY HAS DONE A GOOD JOB IN NEGOTIATING THIS SETTLEMENT, BRINGING IT TO US. WE NEED TO DO A GOOD JOB AS WELL AND PASS IT AND RECOGNIZE THAT WE ARE GETTING A GOOD DEAL FOR THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER BUT MUCH MORE IMPORTANTLY WE ARE CORRECTING HISTORIC WRONGS THAT SHOULD NEVER HAVE OCCURRED IN THE FIRST PLACE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. COLE

    THE FIRST PLACE. I YIELD BACK.

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

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  • 02:22:35 PM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THE TIME THAT I HAVE REMAINING TO MR. RAHALL.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA WILL CONTROL THE TIME.

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    MR. RAHALL

    A COUNT CHECK? MAY I HAVE THE AMOUNT OF TIME REMAINING ON BOTH SIDES,…

    A COUNT CHECK? MAY I HAVE THE AMOUNT OF TIME REMAINING ON BOTH SIDES, PLEASE?

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    16 MINUTES.

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    MR. RAHALL

    ON MY SIDE. AND OVER THERE?

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    AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 17 1/2.

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    MR. RAHALL

    OK. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM…

    OK. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. KILDEE.

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    MR. KILDEE

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 4783, THE CLAIMS RESOLUTION ACT OF 2010. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN NICK RAHALL AND CONGRESSMAN TOM COLE, MY FELLOW CO-CHAIR OF THE NATIVE AMERICAN CAUCUS, FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. IN THE PAST, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT MISMANAGED OVER 300,000 INDIVIDUAL INDIAN TRUST ACCOUNTS, CAUSING UNNEEDED HARDSHIP AND STRAIN. H.R. 4783 WILL GO A LONG WAY TOWARD RIGHTING THIS TERRIBLE WRONG. THIS LEGISLATION AUTHORIZES AND APPROVINGS THE SETTLEMENT, THE 14-YEAR LONG LITIGATION. THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT PROVIDES FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF $1.5 BILLION DIRECTLY TO INDIVIDUAL INDIANS AND FOR THE CREATION OF A $1.9 BILLION FUND TO PURCHASE HIGHLY INTERESTS IN TRUST LANDS. IT ALSO SETS UP $60 MILLION FOR EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS TO INDIAN CHILDREN. THIS WIN-WIN AGREEMENT WAS ALREADY PASSED BY THE SENATE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON H.R. 4783, TO TURN THE PAGE ON THIS SAD CHAPTER OF FEDERAL NATIVE AMERICAN RELATIONS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING.

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    MR. KING

    MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING. AND I…

    MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING. AND I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. IT IS I THINK SOMETHING THAT EVEN THOUGH IT'S BEEN VETTED FAIRLY WELL AND THOSE THAT ARE PAYING ATTENTION, IT HASN'T BEEN VETTED VERY WELL BY THIS CONGRESS AND FOR MY STANDPOINT, I'M ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO'S READ THE CONSENT DECREE FROM PIGFORD ONE. IT STARTS OUT WITH THESE WORDS. 40 ACRES AND A MULE. NOW, WE KNOW WHAT THAT STARTED OUT TO BE IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE CIVIL WAR. A PROMISE FROM THE GOVERNMENT THAT WILL WOULD BE 40 AIRCRAFTS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, NEWLY FREED -- 40 ACRES FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, NEWLY FREED SLAVES, PROVIDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BY LAND THAT HAD BEEN CONFISCATED BY THE UNION AND THERE WOULD BE A RENTED MULE OR A LOANED MULE. THAT'S BEEN THE PROMISE OF SLAVERY REPARATIONS AND OF COURSE IT DIDN'T COME TO PASS AND A FEW CASES IT DID BUT NOT MANY. BUT IN TRUTH WE HAVE HERE THE MODERN DAY VERSION OF REPARATIONS THAT ARE GOING ON. PIGFORD ONE ALLOWED FOR THOSE WHO HAD A LEGITIMATE CLAIM OF DISCRIMINATION TO FILE THAT CLAIM. MANY WHO DIDN'T HAVE LEGITIMATE CLAIMS ALSO FILED CLAIMS. WHAT I'M SEEING, IN INFORMATION THAT COMES FROM ME, BOXES AND STACKS OF DATA, PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED TO ADMINISTER THE FIRST $1.05 BILLION AND THEY SAY TO ME THEY'RE SICK TO THEIR STOCK AM. THEY'RE SICK BECAUSE OF ALL THE -- STOMACH. THEY'RE SICK BECAUSE OF ALL THE FRAUD THEY SEE. 75% IS THE LOW NUMBER. I'M HEARING NUMBERS INTO THE HIGH 90%. WE DON'T SEE THE DATA, WE DON'T SEE THE APPLICATIONS WE DON'T SEE HOW IT MATCHES UP WITH THE DECISION ON THE FIRST DECREE WHERE HE SAYS IT'S NOT $50,000, IT'S $183,500. MR. SPEAKER, THIS HAS BECOME A MODERN DAY REPARATIONS COMPONENT AND IT'S WRONG. THE $R50,000 WAS ESSENTIALLY AUTOMATIC TO -- THE $50,000 WAS ESSENTIALLY AUTOMATIC TO WHOEVER APPLIED. THEY NEEDED A FRIEND WHO WOULD SIGN AN AFFIDAVIT THAT SAID THAT THEY KNEW AT ONE TIME THAT THEY WERE OR WANTED TO BE A FARMER AND THAT THEY MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE SPOKEN TO ANYONE AT THE USDA BUT THAT THEY HAD COMPLAINS WITH SOMEONE WHO WAS EITHER AN EMPLOYEE OF THE USDA OR PERHAPS THEY WERE A MEMBER OF CONGRESS OR A COUPLE OF OTHER CATEGORIES. THIS ISSUE NEEDS TO BE EXAMINED FAR MORE THOROUGHLY. THE SHIRLEY WHAT ROD CASE COMES INTO THIS. IT'S CURIOUS THAT SHE'S THE NUMBER ONE RECIPIENT IN THE LARGEST CASE IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICA. PIGFORD FARMS. SHIRLEY, THE INDIVIDUAL WHO BECAME SO WELL KNOWN IN THE MEDIA A FEW MONTHS AGO, WHEN THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE FIRED HER FOR A LITTLE CLIP OF A SPEECH THAT SHE GAVE BEFORE THE NAACP. IT'S CURIOUS TO ME, AND I DON'T TAKE ISSUE WITH THE TOTALITY OF THE STATEMENT THAT SHE MADE, MR. SPEAKER MR. SPEAKER, BUT IT'S CURIOUS TO ME THAT -- MR. SPEAKER, BUT IT'S CURIOUS TO ME THAT SHE GOT THE NOTICE THAT SHE WAS GOING TO RECEIVE $13 MILLION FROM PIGFORD FARMS, 22 OF JULY, 2009, 25 OF JULY, 2009, SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE HIRED HER TO BE THE HEAD OF USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN, MR. SPEAKER? WELL, I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT YET BUT I KNOW THIS. A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF DATA, 94,000 CLAIMS, 18,000 BLACK FARMERS, 4 1/2 CLAIMANTS FOR EVERY BLACK FARMER. IT HAS TO BE FRAUD. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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  • 02:28:20 PM

    MR. RAHALL

    ON OUR COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES, WE HAVE A SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR WHO…

    ON OUR COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES, WE HAVE A SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR WHO HAS BEEN INTIMATELY AND POWERFULLY INVOLVED WITH THESE ISSUES OVER A NUMBER OF YEARS. SHE'S THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. NAPOLITANO, FOR WHOM I YIELD THREE MINUTES.

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  • 02:28:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 02:28:36 PM

    MRS. NAPOLITANO

    MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I AM VERY HAPPY TO RISE IN STRONG…

    MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I AM VERY HAPPY TO RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT AND APPROVAL OF H.R. 4783. TITLE 3 AND 6 SETTLES THE WATER RIGHTS CLAIMS FOR SEVEN TRIBES IN THE STATE OF ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO AND MONTANA. IN THE CASE OF THE FIVE NEW MEXICO PUEBLOS THIS LEGISLATION WOULD END A COMBINED TOTAL OF 84 YEARS OF PROTRACTED AND EXPENSIVE LITIGATION. THIS LEGISLATION IS FULLY PAID FOR AS HAS BEEN STATED REPEATEDLY. MOST OF THE SETTLEMENTS INVOLVE EITHER THE REHABILITATION OF FACILITIES OR THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF MUCH-NEEDED DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS. HAVING AN OFFSET FOR THE ENTIRE COST OF THIS LITIGATION ALLOWS FOR PROJECT CONSTRUCTION TO START EARLIER AND TO STAY ON SCHEDULE, SAVE MONEY, ULTIMATELY SAVING TAXPAYERS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN CONSTRUCTION COSTS THAT ARE SUBJECT TO INFLATION INCREASES. IN THE CASE OF THE HOO MINOR FLATS PROJECT, IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THESE SAVINGS ARE AS MUCH AS A SAVING OF $7 MILLION ANNUALLY. THE WATER IN THE WEST AND THE LONG RUNNER EFFORT TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE TRIBAL COMMUNITIES HAS REQUIRED COMPROMISE AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE TRUST IN THE PROCESS. THE TRIBES HAVE NEGOTIATED IN GOOD FAITH AND ULTIMATELY HAVE SETTLED FOR WATER RIGHTS THAT IS FAR LESS THAN WHAT THEY INITIALLY -- THEIR INITIALLY CLAIMS ASSERTED -- THEIR INITIAL CLAIMS ASSERT. . IN THEIR LITIGATION AGAINST THE WE DID SO WITH A COMMITMENT TO SUPPLY THE TRIBES WITH WATER. THE BEAUTY OF THESE FOUR SETTLEMENTS THAT THE TRIBAL, FEDERAL, AND LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS SEE THE BEEN FIT AS NOT JUST FOR THE TRIBAL MEMBERS BUT THE COMMUNITY AND REGIONS AS A WHOLE. ALL FOUR SETTLEMENTS HAVE RECEIVED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND BEEN CONSIDERED AND DEBATED BY OUR HOUSE EITHER AT THE SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING OR HOUSE PASSAGE. TITLE 7 OF THIS LEGISLATION PROVIDES ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO THE FUND ESTABLISHED IN PUBLIC LAW 111-11 DATED 3/30/2009. THIS WOULD GO TOWARDS THE SCIENCE, PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE NAVAJO PROJECT T WILL BRING WATER TO THE NAVAJO NATION AND NON-INDIAN NEIGHBORS. IT IS TIME WE IN THE UNITED STATES AND THIS CONGRESS PROVIDE THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THESE PEOPLE SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO WAIT FOR A WATER TRUST TO GET THE UNMAIN TAINT ROADS TO DELIVER WATER. WATER IS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT AND SHOULD BE PROVIDED TO ALL OUR CITIZENS. IT IS TIME U.S. CONGRESS STEPPED UP TO OUR COMMITMENT. NONE OF US WOULD WANT TO HAVE THIS SITUATION IN OUR DISTRICTS. I WOULD LIKE TO COMMEND ALL OF THE PARTIES INVOLVED IN NEGOTIATION OF THESE SETTLEMENTS FROM THE TRIBES AND THE PUEBLOS, THEIR NON-TRIBAL NEIGHBORS AND ENTITIES THAT SPENT COUNTLESS HOURS BRINGING WATER CERTAINTY TO THEIR COMMUNITY. WE COMMEND THE ADMINISTRATION AND THEIR REDEDICATION TO THE PROCESS AND TO OUR RESPECTIVE STAFFS. IT IS TO THE ADMINISTRATION'S CREDIT THAT WE HAVE IN FRONT OF US FOUR SETTLEMENTS THAT WE CAN FULLY SUPPORT. IT IS TIME THAT WE GIVE THESE SETTLEMENTS THEIR FULL SUPPORT AND PROVIDE WATER CERTAINTY AND MORE IMPORTANTLY A WATER FEW TOUR FOR THEIR TRIBES AND NEIGHBORS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    TIME OVER TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    TIME OVER TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 02:32:04 PM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA, MRS. BACHMANN, MAKE…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA, MRS. BACHMANN, MAKE THAT THREE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 02:32:12 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU TO MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU TO MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING. TO ME ONE OF THE MOST OBVIOUS PROBLEMS WITH THIS BILL THAT WE ARE BEING CALLED UPON TO VERIFY TODAY AND TO VOTE FOR IS SIMPLY A NUMBERS PROBLEM. IF WE ARE LOOKING AT THIS PIGFORD CLAIM WHEREBY WE HAVE BLACK FARMERS WHO ARE STATING THAT THEY ARE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, WE HAD APPROXIMATELY 14,500 CLAIMS THAT WERE PAID OUT IN THE FIRST PIGFORD ONE CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT. BUT NOW WHAT'S VERY INTERESTING IS THE BLACK FARMERS THEMSELVES ARE SAYING, WE ARE LOOKING AT A POTENTIAL UNIVERSE OF ABOUT 18,000 BLACK FARMERS. THE PERIOD IN QUESTION WHEN THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IS ALLEGED TO HAVE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BLACK FARMERS IS BETWEEN 1981 AND 1997. BETWEEN THAT 16-YEAR PERIOD ACCORDING TO THE NUMBERS THAT PEOPLE AGREE ON, THERE IS A UNIVERSE OF ABOUT 18,000 BLACK FARMERS. WELL, IN THE PIGFORD ONE SETTLEMENT, 14,500 BLACK FARMERS RECEIVED CLAIMS. WHAT THIS MEANS THEN IS WE WOULD HAVE TO PRESUME THAT NEARLY EVERY BLACK FARMER IN THE UNITED STATES APPLIED FOR A LOAN FROM THE USDA. THEN WE WOULD HAVE TO PRESUME THAT EVERY BLACK FARMER QUALIFIED FOR RECEIVING THAT LOAN FROM THE USDA. THEN WE HAVE TO PRESUME THAT EVERY BLACK FARMER WHO APPLIED, WHO CALL FIDE WAS TURNED DOWN FOR A LOAN AND THEN FINALLY WE'D HAVE TO PRESUME THAT EVERY BLACK FARMER IN THE UNITED STATES WAS ALSO DISCRIMINATED AGAINST AND THAT'S WHY THEY WERE TURNED DOWN. IT WOULDN'T JUST BE ONE OFFICE OF THE USDA. THIS WOULD BE RAMPANT DISCRIMINATION ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. WHAT'S UNBELIEVABLE IS THAT IN THE FACE OF THIS ALLEGED GROSS DISCRIMINATION BY WHICH THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS COUNTRY HAVE ALREADY PAID OUT $1 BILLION IN PAYMENTS, NOT ONE USDA EMPLOYEE IN THE COUNTRY HAS BEEN FIRED FOR DISCRIMINATION. NOT ONE EMPLOYEE HAS EVEN BEEN SUSPENDED OR REPRIMANDED OR FINED. HOW COULD THIS BE? AND NOW IN THE PIGFORD TWO SETTLEMENT, WHICH ISN'T EVEN A LAWSUIT, WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER AND AG SECRETARY TOM VILSACK CAME TOGETHER AND JUST CAME UP WITH AN IDEA THAT THEY WOULD HAVE A SECOND SETTLEMENT BECAUSE APPARENTLY THERE WERE EVEN MORE CLAIMANTS THAT WANTED THEIR SEED MONEY. NOT ONLY A UNIVERSE THAT WILL BE PAID OUT IN THIS SETTLEMENT TODAY OF 94,000 CLAIMANTS. HOW IN THE WORLD, MR. SPEAKER, CAN YOU HAVE 94,000 CLAIMANTS IN ADDITION TO THE PREVIOUS 14,500 CLAIMANTS IF THERE WERE ORIGINALLY ONLY 18,000 BLACK FARMERS IN THE COUNTRY? THIS IS A SIMPLE MATH PROBLEM. THAT'S WHY WE ARE SAYING BEFORE ONE MORE DIME GOES OUT OF THE U.S. TREASURY FOR A CLAIM, WE HAVE TO INVESTIGATE BEFORE THE CHECKS GO OUT TO CLAIMANTS NOT AFTER. WE AREN'T EVEN TALKING ABOUT SUBSEQUENT INVESTIGATION. THIS IS AN OUTRAGE AND ONE VOTE THAT NO MEMBER OF THIS CONGRESS SHOULD VOTE FOR. THIS WILL BE AN ALBATROSS AROUND THE NECK OF ANY MEMBER OF CONGRESS THAT VOTES TO FUND THIS OBVIOUSLY FRAUDULENT CLAIM. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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  • 02:35:53 PM

    MR. RAHALL

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SIX MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SIX MINUTES.

  • 02:36:10 PM

    MR. CONYERS

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REMARKS.

  • 02:36:20 PM

    MR. CONYERS

    TO LET THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA KNOW THAT I WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH…

    TO LET THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA KNOW THAT I WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH HER ON GETTING THESE NUMBERS STRAIGHTENED OUT BECAUSE THERE WERE SOME ERRONEOUS CONCEPTIONS INVOLVED HERE. BUT I'D LIKE TO BEGIN BY RECOGNIZING THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON CRIME AND JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF, MY DEAR FRIEND, BOBBY SCOTT.

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    MR. RAHALL

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN'S SIX MINUTES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: IS THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN'S SIX MINUTES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: IS THE GENTLEMAN MERELY YIELDED FOR DEBATE?

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  • 02:37:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN MERELY YIELDED FOR DEBATE?

  • 02:37:27 PM

    MR. RAHALL

    NOT YIELDING ANY ADDITIONAL TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS YIELDING…

    NOT YIELDING ANY ADDITIONAL TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS YIELDING OUT OF HIS TIME. IS THAT NOT IN ORDER?

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  • 02:37:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN WILL CONTROL SIX MINUTES.

  • 02:37:44 PM

    MR. CONYERS

    I YIELD TO BOBBY SCOTT OF VIRGINIA 1 1/2 MINUTES.

  • 02:37:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:37:51 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4783 WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO…

    MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4783 WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO THE PIGFORD CLAIMS PROVISION REGARDING CLAIMS OF WIDESPREAD RAMPANT RACIAL DISCRIMINATION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AGAINST BLACK FARMERS. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE HEARD ABOUT THE 18,000 FARMS, 18,000 MANY MORE THAN 18,000 FARMERS, MANY OF THEM LOST THEIR FAMILIES AND OTHERS TRIED AND THEY WERE SUBJECTED TO RACIAL DISCRIMINATION. IN 1999 THE COURT RULE THAT BLACK FARMERS BETWEEN 1981 AND 1996 AND FILED A COMPLAINT AGAINST THE DEPARTMENT BY JULY 1, 1997 WERE ELIGIBLE TO SEEK MONETARY COMPENSATION FROM THE GOVERNMENT IF THEY COULD PROVE THEIR CASE. UNFORTUNATELY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF BLACK FARMERS COMPLAINED THEY WERE NOT MADE AWARE OF THE JULY 1997 CUTOFF DATE AND TO PROVIDE RELIEF FOR THOSE FARMERS LEFT OUT OF THE ORIGINAL ACTION CONGRESS AUTHORIZED THE CAUSE OF ACTION FOR THOSE LATE FILERS WHO WERE DENIED A DETERMINATION ON THE MERITS OF THEIR DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS AND THOSE CLAIMS HAVE NOW BEEN SETTLED CONDITIONED UPON CONGRESSIONAL APPROPRIATION OF $1.15 BILLION. THIS BILL PROVIDES THE FUNDING FOR THE RESOLUTION OF THE LONG-STANDING CLAIMS OR THOSE WHO CAN PROVE IT. THIS SETTLEMENT IS LONG OVERDUE AND I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL APPROVE THIS MATTER AS WE HAVE TWICE BEFORE TO BRING THIS LONG-STANDING MATTER TO A CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, FINALLY I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY FELLOW VIRGINIAN, JOHN BOYD, THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL BLACK FARMERS ASSOCIATION, FOR HIS HARD WORK OVER MANY YEARS ON BEHALF OF BLACK FARMERS. I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:39:36 PM

    MR. CONYERS

    SO ORDERED.

  • 02:42:35 PM

    MR. CONYERS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS MUCH AS I APPRECIATE THE SECRETARY OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS MUCH AS I APPRECIATE THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE FOR HIS WORK IN THIS, AND AS MUCH AS I APPRECIATE THOSE THAT ARE GOING TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE I AM SORRY TO SAY THAT THIS MATTER OF FAIRNESS TO FARMERS OF COLOR, HISPANICS, AND WOMEN ARE NOT YET RESOLVED. AND THERE ARE BLACK FARMERS WHO, BECAUSE THEY WERE LATE FILERS, HOW CAN YOU BE SOMEWHERE OUT IN GOD KNOWS WHERE AND YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO KNOW WHEN THE FILING DATE FOR THINGS ARE. THERE ARE OVER 12,000 AFRICAN-AMERICAN FARMERS THAT HAVE BEEN EXCLUDED FROM THE PIGFORD SETTLEMENT MERELY BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T DO IT ON TIME. YOU THINK THEY GOT A LAWYER OUT THERE? OF COURSE THEY DON'T. AND SO I WANT THE SECRETARY -- MAY I GET -- YOU'RE OUT OF TIME. ALL RIGHT. I'LL JUST CONCLUDE BY SAYING THAT THE CLAIMS OF LATINO FARMERS, LATE FILERS, AND WOMEN FARMERS ARE STILL NOT RESOLVED EVEN WHEN WE FINALLY PASS THIS MEASURE. I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 02:44:19 PM

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    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    I YIELD MYSELF FOUR MINUTES. TITLES 3 AND 4 PURR PROPERTY TO SETTLE FOUR…

    I YIELD MYSELF FOUR MINUTES. TITLES 3 AND 4 PURR PROPERTY TO SETTLE FOUR WATER CLAIMS BY SIGNING AWAY THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO NEARLY $300 BILLION GALLONS OF WATER EVERY YEAR IN PERPETUITY. IN ADDITION, THEY ARE SPENDING MORE THAN $1 BILLION. NOW, THE PROPONENTS OF THE BILL ARE CORRECT. THAT IF THE TAXPAYERS ARE GOING TO END UP PAYING MORE, IF THESE CLAIMS GO TO TRIAL, WE SHOULD SETTLE THEM OUT OF COURT. THAT'S SIMPLY NOT THE CASE. FOR THE BETTER PART OF A YEAR I ASKED FOR A LEGAL OPINION FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ON THIS QUESTION TO NO AVAIL. UNTIL A DAY BEFORE THE ISSUE WAS FIRST BROUGHT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR AND WHAT WE RECEIVED WAS NOT A LEGAL OPINION ASSESSING THE VALIDITY OF THE CLAIMS OR THE EXTENT OF THE TAXPAYERS' LIABILITY, IT WAS A GENERAL STATEMENT OF THEIR PREFERENCE FOR SETTLING CLAIMS THAN LITIGATING THEM. IT IS UNDERMINED BY VERY MANY SPECIFIC OBJECTIONS RAISED BY THE ADMINISTRATION OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST TWO YEARS. . FOR EXAMPLE, WITH THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE SETTLEMENT, IT WAS WRITTEN, QUOTE, THIS AUTHORIZES FEDERAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR NUMEROUS TRIBAL PROJECTS THAT ARE EXTRANEOUS, ARE EXTRANEOUS TO THE SETTLEMENT. AND THEY URGED, QUOTE, THESE PROJECTS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ON THEIR OWN MERITS IN SEPARATE AUTHORIZING LEGISLATIONS. LAST YEAR I HAD WARNED THAT FUNDING WOULD, QUOTE, BE EXCESSIVE, BE EXCESSIVE, IF IT WERE VIEWED AS SETTLEMENT CONSIDERATION. THEY ALSO WARNED A YEAR AGO OF LANGUAGE THAT IS STILL IN THE BILL WHICH WAVES THE SOVEREIGN IMMUNE -- WAIVES THE SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY OF THE UNITED STATES. THIS PROVISION WILL ENGENDER ADDITIONAL ELLE LITIGATION AND LIKELY IN COMPETING STATE AND FEDERAL FORUMS RATHER THAN RESOLVING THE WATER RIGHTS DISPUTES. IN GENDER ADDITIONAL LITIGATION, EXTRANEOUS TEAT -- EXTRANEOUS TO THE SETTLEMENT, THESE ARE THE ADMINISTRATION'S OWN WORDS. IN FACT, THE ADMINISTRATION EXPRESSED SO MANY RESERVATIONS ABOUT ASPECTS OF THESE SETTLEMENTS THAT WE CAN ONLY CONCLUDE THAT THEY ARE NOT SETTLEMENTS NEGOTIATED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND PRESENTED TO THE CONGRESS, BUT RATHER THEY ARE A GRAB BAG WRITTEN BY THE CONGRESS ITSELF AND NOW RUBBER STAMPED BY THE ADMINISTRATION ON POLITICAL AND NOT LEGAL GROUNDS. WE WERE INITIALLY TOLD THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL NEVER COMMENTS ON THE VALIDITY OF CLAIMS BUT WE FOUND THIS TO BE FALSE. FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE COBELL CASE IN 1994 WHEN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE BELIEVED THAT WE NEEDED TO SETTLE OUT OF COURT, THEY SAID SO. THEY SAID THAT WE'RE, QUOTE, NOT WELL POSTURED FOR A VICTORY ON THIS CLAIM. THEY WARNED, QUOTE, THE OUTCOME COULD EASILY BE A SIGNIFICANT COST TO THE TAXPAYERS AND THE PUBLIC AND THAT IT'S NOT WHAT THEY'RE SAYING NOW WITH RESPECT TO THESE FOUR SETTLEMENT CLAIMS. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE MANY MORE INDIAN WATER SETTLEMENTS PENDING FOR VAST QUANTITIES OF WATER AND SUBSTANTIAL SUMS OF MONEY. WE NEED TO GET OUR ACT TOGETHER ON THIS. I BELIEVE CONGRESS NEEDS TO DEMAND THAT THE ADMINISTRATION BE CANDID AND FORTH COMING ON ALL CLAIMS FOR SETTLEMENT AND THAT CONGRESS INSIST THAT BEFORE IT BEGINS DELIBERATING ON A SETTLEMENT THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS CONDUCTED AND COMPLETED THE NEGOTIATIONS, DETERMINED ALL OF THE DETAILS, CERTIFIED THAT THE SETTLEMENT IS WITHIN THE LEGAL LIABILITY OF THE GOVERNMENT AND ONLY THEN SUBMITS THAT SETTLEMENT FOR CONSIDERATION BY CONGRESS. ANYTHING LESS IS BREECHING THE FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY THAT WE HOLD TO ALL OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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  • 02:48:30 PM

    MR. RAHALL

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:48:38 PM

    MR. DAVIS

    MR. SPEAKER. I ASK TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS IN STRONG SUPPORT OF…

    MR. SPEAKER. I ASK TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS IN STRONG SUPPORT OF 4783, THE CLAIMS RESOLUTION ACT.

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  • 02:48:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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    MR. RAHALL

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO.

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    MR. HENSARLING

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER --

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    MR. HEEN RICK

    SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. THESE CASES HAVE BEEN IN FEDERAL COURT FOR MANY…

    SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. THESE CASES HAVE BEEN IN FEDERAL COURT FOR MANY DECADES. THESE CASES SOUGHT TO BRING JUSTICE TO NATIVE PUEBLOS WHO LIKE ANY OTHER WESTERN COMMUNITIES DEPEND ON WATER AS THEIR LIFE BLOOD. AFTER MANY DECADES, THE CLAIMS RESOLUTION ACT WILL BRING MUCH NEEDED CERTAINTY TO THE PUEBLOS OF NORTHERN NEW MEXICO BY RESTORING THEIR RIGHT TO CLEAN, RELIABLE WATER. COOPERATION AND COLLABORATION ARE FAR TOO RARE WHEN IT COMES TO MANAGING WATER RESOURCES IN THE WEST. THE INDIAN WATER BILLS ARE AN EXAMPLE OF HOW WE CAN MANAGE THIS PRECIOUS RESOURCE, WITHOUT PITTING TOWNS AGAINST FARMS AND FARMS AGAINST TRIBES. THE LEGISLATION HAS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND WAS PASSED BY THE SENATE BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT. I COMMEND PRESIDENT OBAMA AND SECRETARY SALAZAR FOR UPHOLDING OUR NATION'S RESPONSIBILITY TO NATIVE AMERICANS. AND WE SHOULD FINISH THAT WORK TODAY BY RADIFYING THESE SETTLEMENTS. I YIELD BACK -- RATIFYING THESE SETTLEMENTS. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

  • 02:50:20 PM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I'D LIKE TO ASK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST…

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I'D LIKE TO ASK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA HOW MANY MORE SPEAKERS HE ANTICIPATES?

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  • 02:50:27 PM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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  • 02:50:35 PM

    MR. RAHALL

    FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT ONLY, MR. SPEAKER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:50:42 PM

    MR. FATTAH

    WITH CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS IN SUPPORT OF THIS SETTLEMENT…

    WITH CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS IN SUPPORT OF THIS SETTLEMENT AND TOWARD A MORE PERFECT UNION. THANK YOU.

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  • 02:50:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:50:50 PM

    MR. RAHALL

    ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. INSLEE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. INSLEE

    MR. SPEAKER, GEORGE WASHINGTON SAID SOMETHING I THOUGHT WAS APPROPRIATE TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, GEORGE WASHINGTON SAID SOMETHING I THOUGHT WAS APPROPRIATE TO THE COBELL SETTLEMENT. HE SAID THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE IS THE FURTHEST PILLAR OF GOVERNMENT. AND TODAY THAT'S WHERE WE'RE ADMINISTERING SOME JUSTICE. FOR THE 50,000 INDIVIDUAL NATIVE AMERICANS AND MORE THAN 100 TRIBES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. AND WE HAVE KNOWN AND KNOWN IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS THAT THERE HAVE BEEN AN INJUSTICE TO THOUSANDS OF THESE AMERICANS FOR DECADES. AND WE HAVE STRUGGLED MIGHTILY TO FIND THE RIGHT RESOLUTION OF THAT AND WE HAVE FOUND A SETTLEMENT THAT IN FACT ACHIEVES THAT. BUT THE POINT I WANT TO MAKE ABOUT THIS IS WE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THIS HAS BEEN TO NATIVE AMERICANS. WE KNOW THEIR ATTACHMENT TO THE LAND AND THE ABUSES THEY'VE SUFFERED AT THE HAND OF THEIR GOVERNMENT. AND CONSERVATIVES SHOULD LIKE THE FACT THAT WE ARE FORCING A GOVERNMENT THAT ACTED INAPPROPRIATELY TO ITS CITIZENS TO PAY FOR THE DAMAGE THEY DID TO THEIR CITIZENS. BUT I JUST WANT TO POINT OUT, THIS IS NOT JUST JUSTICE FOR NATIVE AMERICANS. A JUSTICE FOR ANY IS A JUSTICE FOR ALL. AND JUSTICE FOR NATIVE AMERICANS TODAY IS JUSTICE FOR ALL AMERICANS. WE ALL OUGHT TO FIELD PROUD THAT WE'RE TAKING A STEP FORWARD TO MAKE THIS A MORE JUST NATION. THANK YOU.

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    MR. RAHALL

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, A VALUED…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, A VALUED MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES, MR. BACA.

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  • 02:52:28 PM

    MR. BACA

    I RISE TODAY TO VOICE MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR H.R. 4783. I WANT TO THANK THE…

    I RISE TODAY TO VOICE MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR H.R. 4783. I WANT TO THANK THE CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP RAHALL AND THE WHITE HOUSE FOR THE COMMITMENT TO ENSURE JUSTICE FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITIES WE HAVE WRONGED IN THE PAST. THE CHEEFMENT OF MINORITY FARMERS BY USDA REMAINS A DARK STAIN IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY. WHEN I FIRST CAME TO CONGRESS, I WORKED EXTENSIVELY IN THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE WITH MY FORMER COLLEAGUE, EVA CLAYTON, TO BRING JUSTICE TO THE AFRICAN-AMERICANS, HISPANICS, NATIVE AMERICAN AND FEMALE FARMERS. WE HOSTED SEVERAL MEETINGS, WROTE LETTERS, SHARED SUBCOMMITTEE HEARINGS ON THIS ISSUE TO ADDRESS PAST DISCRIMINATION. TODAY I AM PLEASED TO SAY THAT WE ARE TAKING AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD IN WRITING THOSE -- RIGHTING THOSE PAST WRONGS OF INJUSTICE BY THIS COUNTRY. H.R. 4783 PROVIDES THE ADDITIONAL FUNDING REQUIRED TO SETTLE THE PIGFORD LAWSUIT FILED BY THE AFRICAN-AMERICANNER. IT ALSO INCLUDES FUNDS TO SETTLE THE COBELL CASE AND PROVIDE TO NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES WITH TRUST ACCOUNTS THAT WERE MISHANDLED BY THE GOVERNMENT. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN AFFECTED WHO STILL BEAR THE WOUNDS OF THE PAST DISCRIMINATION. THEY'VE WAITED TOO LONG. THE LEGISLATION ALSO INCLUDES IMPORTANT MEASURES TO SETTLE THE WATER RIGHTS CLAIMS TO MANY TRIBES, INCLUDING THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE, THE COLD MOUNTAIN, THE NAVAJO NATION, AT THAT TIME HOE PUEBLO TRIBES. WE STILL HAVE A LONG ROAD AHEAD BEFORE WE BRING JUSTICE, INCLUDING HISPANIC FARMERS AND FEMALE FARMERS. BUT WE ARE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. RAHALL

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOR U.C. ONLY TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOR U.C. ONLY TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. SHEILA JACKSON LEE.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MEEKS, I RISE ENTHUSIASTICALLY TO SUPPORT THE…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MEEKS, I RISE ENTHUSIASTICALLY TO SUPPORT THE PIGFORD-COBELL SETTLEMENT AND I ASK THAT WE CONTINUE TO SEEK JUSTICE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN DENIED IT. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE MY STATEMENT INTO THE RECORD.

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  • 02:54:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:54:41 PM

    MR. RAHALL

    ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. BARROW

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING AND HIS LEADERSHIP…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING AND HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS COUNTRY HAS A PROUD HERITAGE OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN FARMERS WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED MORE THAN THEIR FAIR SHARE TO OUR NATIONAL ECONOMY BUT OUR GOVERNMENT HAS NOT GIVEN THEM THEIR FAIR SHARE OF SUPPORT. IT'S SHAMEFUL. THAT MANY OF THOSE FARMERS HAVE FACED DISCRIMINATION BY THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT. I APPLAUD THIS EFFORT TO FINALLY RIGHT SOME OF THOSE WRONGS AND I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. HOWEVER, I FEEL COMPELLED TO MAKE THE POINT THAT WHILE THIS IS PROGRESS, IT WON'T BE PROVIDING RELIEF FOR EVERYONE WHO NEEDS IT. I ASK HAVE A CONSTITUENT AND AN ORIGINAL PLAINTIFF IN THE PIGFORD SUIT AND BECAUSE OF BAD LAWYERING AND JUDGING, HE'S NEVER HAD SO MUCH AS A HEARING ON HIS DISCRIMINATION CASE. THIS WILL LIKELY DO HIM NO GOOD. I HATE TO THINK HOW MANY OTHER FOLKS ARE LEFT OUT WHO MIGHT STILL BE LEFT OUT OF THEIR RIGHTS IN THIS INSTANCE. I HOPE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL CAN BE A FIRST STEP TOWARD RIGHTING SOME OF THOSE WRONGS AS WELL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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  • 02:55:47 PM

    MR. RAHALL

    MAY HAVE A TIME CHECK, PLEASE, MR. SPEAKER?

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    TWO MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MR. RAHALL

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, A MEMBER OF OUR…

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, A MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES, MRS. KIRKPATRICK.

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  • 02:55:58 PM

    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE CLAIMS RESOLUTION ACT. THIS LEGISLATION WILL MAKE…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE CLAIMS RESOLUTION ACT. THIS LEGISLATION WILL MAKE AN AE-- ENORMOUS IMPACT ON INDIAN COUNTRY AND ALSO HELP MEET OUR TRUST OBLIGATIONS TO TRIBAL NATIONS. INCLUDED IN THIS LEGISLATION IS THE WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE SETTLEMENT THAT RESOLVES THE WATER RIGHTS OF THE TRIBE AND COMMUNITIES IN THE MOUNTAINS OF ARIZONA. GROWING UP IN THAT AREA, I REMEMBER HAVING TO BOIL WATER BEFORE USING IT. THAT IS SIMPLY NOT ACCEPTABLE IN THE 21ST CENTURY. THIS LEGISLATION IS CRITICAL AND I WAS PROUD TO HAVE IT BE THE FIRST BILL I INTRODUCED. I WANT TO THANK TRIBAL CHAIRMAN LUPEE,, SENATOR KYLE AND THE OTHER STAKEHOLDERS INVOLVED IN THIS PROCESS. IT WAS A COLLABORATION OF MANY PARTNERS AND MANY YEARS. I AM PROUD TO SEE IT PASSED INTO LAW TODAY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THE CLAIMS RESOLUTION ACT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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    MR. RAHALL

    YIELDED BACK?

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    WE'RE READY TO CLOSE.

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    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    WE'RE READY TO CLOSE.

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    MR. RAHALL

    HAVE ONE LAST SPEAKER. DO I HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE?

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA HAS THE RIGHT TO CLOSE. THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA HAS THE RIGHT TO CLOSE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 02:57:23 PM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    YOU. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS THAT DOUBT THAT AMERICANS OF AFRICAN DISSENT,…

    YOU. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS THAT DOUBT THAT AMERICANS OF AFRICAN DISSENT, NATIVE AMERICANS, HAVE SUFFERED GRAVE INJUSTICES OVER THE YEARS AT THE HANDS OF THIS GOVERNMENT AND THEY DESERVE JUSTICE. NO MORE, NO LESS. BUT IF WE ARE EXCESSIVE IN OUR ZEAL TO DO JUSTICE TO ONE GROUP, WE END UP NECESSARILY DOING INJUSTICE TO OTHERS. AND THAT IS THE CONCERN THAT IS RAISED IN THIS BILL. LEGAL SETTLEMENTS, AND THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL PURPORTS TO BE, LEGAL SETTLEMENTS SHOULD BE SETTLED ON LEGAL GROUNDS. THERE IS SERIOUS QUESTION INCLUDING SERIOUS QUESTION OBVIOUSLY WITHIN THE ADMINISTRATION USING THEIR OWN WORDS AS TO WHETHER THESE SETTLEMENTS ARE IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE, ARE IN THE INTEREST OF ALL THE PEOPLE OF OUR LAND. IN ONE HOUR OF DEBATE, THE PROPONENTS HAVE NOT CITED ONE ARGUMENT, NOT ONE WORD ON THE LEGAL ISSUES OF A BILL THAT PURPORTS TO SETTLE LEGAL ISSUES AND THAT OUGHT TO TELL US A VERY GREAT DEAL RIGHT THERE. THAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH THIS BILL AND THAT IS WHY ACTION SHOULD BE DEFERRED ON THIS BILL UNTIL THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTUALLY CONDUCTS GOOD FAITH NEGOTIATIONS ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES. I WILL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. RAHALL

    MR. SPEAKER, TO CONCLUDE DEBATE ON THE MAJORITY SIDE, I YIELD ALL THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, TO CONCLUDE DEBATE ON THE MAJORITY SIDE, I YIELD ALL THE REMAINING TIME TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. MAXINE WATERS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. WATERS WATERS THANK YOU…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. WATERS WATERS THANK YOU VERY MUCH,

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  • 02:59:05 PM

    MS. WATERS

    MUCH. TODAY WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RIGHT THE WRONGS PERPETRATED ON…

    MUCH. TODAY WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RIGHT THE WRONGS PERPETRATED ON BOTH BLACK FARMERS AND NATIVE AMERICANS IN THIS COUNTRY. THE HISTORY OF SHAMEFUL AND RAMPANT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST BLACK FARMERS AND THE SHAMEFUL MISMANAGEMENT OF NATIVE AMERICANS, OIL, GAS AND WATER RIGHTS ARE BEING ADDRESSED HERE TODAY. TODAY WE VOTE TO SETTLE THE PIGFORD TWO BLACK FARMERS CASE AGAINST THE USDA AND THE COBELL CASE ON MISHANDLED NATIVE AMERICAN OIL AND GAS CLAIMS, AGAINST INTERIOR AND SEVERAL TRIBAL WATER RHYMES -- RIGHTS CLAIMS. THE BLACK FARMERS CASE AGAINST USDA GOES BACK DECADES. I WAS A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS 1996 TO 1998 WHERE WE WORKED WITH THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION AND WE WERE ABLE TO WEIGH THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS SO THAT WE COULD GET PIGFORD ONE UP BEFORE US. BUT THOUSANDS OF BLACK FARMERS LOST THEIR FARMS, MANY ARE DEAD AND MANY OF THEM DID NOT GET THEIR PAPERWORK FILED. THIS BILL PROVIDES $1.15 BILLION TO SETTLE THE BLACK FARMERS CASE AND $3.4 BILLION TO SETTLE THE COBELL CLAIMS. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS INSTITUTIONAL RACISM MUST BE AGGRESSIVELY FOUGHT AND ELIMINATED. I AM SO PROUD OF JOHN VOIT AND ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF THIS CONGRESS WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD. MR. RAHALL AND THE REST OF THEM, TO DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. I AM PLEASED AND HONORED TO SERVE AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHERE WE'RE DEALING WITH JUSTICE AND FAIRNESS AND EQUALITY TODAY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME ON THE DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1-C OF RULE 19,…

    ALL TIME ON THE DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1-C OF RULE 19, FURTHER CONSIDERATION ON THIS MOTION IS POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON THE MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH THE RECORDED VOTE OR ON WHICH THE VOTE INCURS OBJECTION UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. RECORD VOTES ON THE POSTPONED QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN LATER.

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  • 03:01:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. GARAMENDI

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1585 AS AMENDED.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    RESOLUTION 1585, RESOLUTION HONORING AND RECOGNIZING THE EXEMPLARY SERVICE…

    RESOLUTION 1585, RESOLUTION HONORING AND RECOGNIZING THE EXEMPLARY SERVICE AND SACRIFICE OF THE 60TH AIR MOBILITY WING, THE 349TH AIR MOBILITY WING, THE 15TH EXPEDITIONARY MOBILITY TASK FORCE, AND THE 615TH CONTINGENCY RESPONSE WING CIVILIANS AND FAMILIES SERVING AT TRAVIS AIR, -- AIR FORCE BASE, CALIFORNIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, AND…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. ROGERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. GAREGARE MR. SPEAKER, I --

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  • 03:02:35 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I ASK UNANIMOUS…

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

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  • 03:02:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 03:02:48 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1585, A…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1585, A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE APPRECIATION OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE SERVICES AND SACRIFICE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE 60TH AIR MOBILITY WING, THE 349TH AIR MOBILITY WING, THE 15TH EXPEDITIONARY MOBILITY TASK FORCE AND THE 615TH CONTINGENCY RESPONSE WING AND TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE. AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN AS TEAM TRAVIS, THE TEAM INCLUDES 13,900 ACTIVE DUTY RESERVISTS AND CIVILIANS OF THE WINGS. TRAVIS WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1942, ORIGINALLY NAMED THE FAIRFIELD ARMY AIRBASE. IN 1951 IT WAS RENAMED TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, AND ITS VITAL MISSIONS HAVE CONTINUED. TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE HAS BEEN CALLED THE GATEWAY TO THE PACIFIC, AND BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE SERVED AT TRAVIS, KNOW A THING OR TWO ABOUT THEIR NEIGHBORS, ACROSS THE PACIFIC AND EVERY CORNER OF THE GLOBE. BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN AT THE TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE HAVE FOUGHT IN WORLD WAR II, THE KOREAN WAR, CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS, THE GULF WAR, THE PERSIAN WAR, AND THEY HAVE PROVIDED AIRLIFT, REFUELING, AERO MISSIONS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. FLYING 1,581 HOURS FOR OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM AND 70,940 HOURS FOR OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. THAT'S A LOT OF FLIGHT TIME. THEY CARRIED OUT HUMANITARIAN MISSIONS IN BERLIN, DARFUR, RWANDA, HAITI. THEY'VE ISSUED AND INDEED AFTER THE 7.0 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE THAT WAS STRUCK IN HAITI, 2010, TEAM TRAVIS CONDUCTED THE FIRST HUMANITARIAN AIRLIFT MISSION, PROVIDED SEARCH AND RESCUE PERSONNEL, MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND DELIVERED CARGO DURING THE DURATION OF THE HAITIAN RELIEF EFFORT AND THEY ALSO SET UP THE LOGISTICS AT THE AIRPORT WHICH WAS DESTROYED. AFTER THE TRAGIC 2004 TSUNAMI THAT DEVASTATED MUCH OF SOUTH ASIA, TRAVIS DELIVERED MOST THAN -- MORE THAN TWO MILLION POUBDS OF SUPPLY, PROVIDE -- POUNDS OF SUPPLY. GIVEN THE BROAD CONTRIBUTION TO HUMANITARIAN CAUSES AROUND THE WORLD, IT'S CLEAR THAT THE 60TH AIR MOBILITY WING AND TEAM TRAVIS VALIANTLY FULFILL THEIR MISSION OF BEING AMERICA'S FIRST CHOICE. NOT ONLY IS TRAVIS A VITAL AND VALUE BASE FURTHERING HUMANITARIAN ABROAD, IT'S ALSO A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE SOLANO COUNTY ECONOMY. THEY SPEND ROUGHLY $339 MILLION IN THE COUNTY. THEY ARE THE LARGEST SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY AND AT LEAST 5,600 JOBS OUTSIDE OF THE AIRBASE ARE INCLUDED. FOR THE PAST 12 YEARS, OUR GOOD FRIEND, IKE SKELTON, HAS BEEN A CONSISTENT SUPPORTER OF TRAVIS, AND I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR THE HONOR OF PRESENTING THIS BILL TODAY AND FOR HIS SUPPORT IN MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR THIS BILL TO MOVE BEYOND ITS COMMITTEE. HE'S BEEN AN EXTRAORDINARY LEADER. LET'S HONOR THE ENTIRE TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE FAMILY AND HONOR THE BRAVE SERVICE MEMBERS OF TEAM TRAVIS AND ALL THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE DEFENSE OF THE UNITED STATES. TRAVIS IS HOME TO THOUSANDS OF HEROES, AND IT'S MY PRIVILEGE AND HONOR TO REPRESENT THEM IN CONGRESS. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 1585. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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  • 03:06:36 PM

    MR. ROGERS

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

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ROGERS

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1585, AS AMENDED,…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1585, AS AMENDED, WHICH HONORS THE SERVICE AND SACRIFICE OF THE 60TH AIR MOBILITY WING, THE 15TH EXPEDITIONARY MOBILITY TASK FORCE AND THE 615TH CONTINGENCY RESPONSE WING CIVILIANS AND FAMILIES SERVING AT TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE IN CALIFORNIA. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR INTRODUCING THIS RESOLUTION. I'M HONORED TO PAY TRIBUTE TO TEAM TRAVIS AND THE 13,900 ACTIVE DUTY, RESERVISTS AND CIVILIANS AN INTEGRAL PART OF OUR AIR FORCE AND OUR NATION'S SECURITY. THE 60TH AIR MOBILITY WING IS ONE OF THE LARGEST MOBILITY ORGANIZATIONS AND HAS SUPPORTED OPERATIONS DURING WORLD WAR II, THE KOREAN WAR AND THE PERSIAN GULF WAR. AFTER SEPTEMBER 11, THE AIR MOBILITY WING PROVIDED CLOSE TO 175,000 HOURS OF AIRLIFT, REFUELING AND AEROMEDICAL EVACUATION SUPPORTS DURING OPERATIONS ENDURING FREEDOM AND IRAQI FREEDOM. MORE RECENTLY, THE 60TH AIR MOBILITY WING SUPPORTED HUMANITARIAN AND AID OPERATIONS IN DARFUR. AFTER THE DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE STRUCK HAITI EARLIER THIS YEAR, TEAM TRAVIS WAS FIRST TO PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN AIRLIFT AND CONTINUED SUPPORT WITH SEARCH AND RESCUE, MEDICAL EFFORTS AND THE DELIVERY OF MORE THAN ONE MILLION POUNDS OF CARGO. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DID NOT ALSO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE INCREDIBLE FAMILIES OF THESE BRAVE AIRMEN WHO WAITED AT HOME WHILE THEIR LOVED ONES ANSWERED OUR NATION'S CALL. SOME OF THESE AIR MEN HAVE PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE. WE ARE PROUD OF TEAM TRAVIS. THEREFORE, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS NOW WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1585 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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    MR. ROGERS

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE QUESTION WILL…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:09:07 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1740 AS INTRODUCED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    ON THE OCCASION OF ITS 374TH ANNIVERSARY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, AND…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. ROGERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME AND ASK UNANIMOUS…

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

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  • 03:09:52 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1740, INTRODUCED BY OUR…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1740, INTRODUCED BY OUR COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO, MR. LATTA, WHICH RECOGNIZES THE 374TH BIRTHDAY OF THE NATION'S MILITARY FIRST RESPONDER, OUR NATIONAL GUARD. I LOOKED AT THAT, TOO, AND SAID 374. HOW COULD THAT BE? WELL, ON DECEMBER 13, 2010, WE WILL CELEBRATE THE ENORMOUS CONTRIBUTIONS THAT OUR NATION'S CITIZEN SOLDIERS AND AIRMEN HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE FOR OVER 300 YEARS. OUR FOREFATHERS RELIED ON ITS CITIZEN SOLDIERS TO PROTECT THIS YOUNG NATION. TODAY, WE CONTINUE TO RELY ON OUR CITIZEN SOLDIERS TO PROTECT THE VALUES AND INALIENABLE RIGHTS THAT OUR CITIZENS ENJOY TODAY. OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN THE NATIONAL GUARD NOT ONLY VOLUNTEER TO SERVE OVERSEAS IN OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE BUT THEY ARE ALSO AN INTEGRAL PART OF OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES PROVIDING ASSISTANCE, SUPPORT AND PROTECTION TO THEIR NEIGHBORS AND LOVED ONES IN CASES OF NATURAL AND MAN-MADE DISASTERS WITHIN THE UNITED STATES. THE HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL GUARD BEGAN BACK DURING THE EARLIEST DAYS OF OUR NATION. THE COLONNISTS, WHICH REQUIRED ALL MALES BETWEEN THE AGES OF 16 AND 60, TO BARE ARMS AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEFENSE OF THEIR COMMUNITIES. IN THOSE EARLY DAYS THE MILITIA PROVIDED THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE IN OUR NATION AND IT CONTINUES TO DO SO TO THIS VERY DAY. THROUGHOUT OUR NATION'S CONFLICTS, THE NATIONAL GUARD HAS BEEN AN INTEGRAL PART OF OUR COUNTRY'S NATIONAL DEFENSE. DURING WORLD WAR I, THE NATIONAL GUARD MADE UP 40% OF AMERICA'S COMBAT DIVISIONS. THE NATIONAL DEFENSE OF 1933 ESTABLISHED THE NATIONAL GUARD AS A RESERVE COMPONENT OF THE ARMY. AND IN 1947, THE NATIONAL SECURITY ACT ESTABLISHED THE AIR COMPONENT OF THE NATIONAL GUARD AS A RESERVE COMPONENT OF THE AIR FORCE. MORE THAN 300,000 MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD PARTICIPATED IN WORLD WAR II, AND OVER 180,000 MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD PARTICIPATED IN THE KOREAN WAR. AND NEARLY 23,000 DEPLOYED IN SUPPORT OF THE VIETNAM WAR. MORE THAN 50,000 MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD WERE DEPLOYED IN THE GULF STATES IN SUPPORT OF HURRICANE KATRINA. TODAY, ALMOST A QUARTER OF A MILLION MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD HAVE MOBILIZED IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION NOBLE EAGLE, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM AND OPERATION NEW DAWN. TODAY WE ARE HERE TO EXPRESS OUR APPRECIATION TO THOSE WHO SERVED IN THE NATIONAL GUARD AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO ARE ALSO MAKING A CONTRIBUTION IN DEFENSE OF THIS NATION. WE ARE HERE TO EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE AND RESPECT FOR THOSE OF THE NATIONAL GUARD WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES IN DEFENSE OF OUR NATION. OUR SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES. THEIR SACRIFICE IS NOTED AND WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 1740 AND JOIN US AS WE WISH AMERICA'S NATIONAL GUARD A HAPPY 374TH BIRTHDAY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ROGERS

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO, MR. LATTA.

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    MR. LATTA

    MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I APPRECIATE IT. MR.…

    MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I APPRECIATE IT. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY HOUSE RESOLUTION 1740, A RESOLUTION HONORING THE NATIONAL GUARD ON THEIR 374TH ANNIVERSARY. AND AS THE GENTLEMAN ALLUDED TO, 374 YEARS, LONG PREDATES THIS NATION. THE NATIONAL GUARD ORIGINS DATE TO DECEMBER 13, 1636 WITH A GENERAL COURT OF THE MASSACHUSETTS COLONY ISSUED MILITIA TO BE ORGANIZED IN THREE REGIMENTS. THEY HAVE FOUGHT IN EVERY WAR AND CONFLICT. AND FROM THE SHOCK AROUND THE WORLD 1775 ON LEXINGTON, THE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE STOOD STRONG AND ALSO WERE FIGHTING IN AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ, THE NATIONAL GUARD AND THE CITIZEN SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN THERE FOR US NO MATTER WHAT ALWAYS READY, ALWAYS THERE. AND GOING BACK TO THAT DAY ON APRIL 19, 1775, IT WAS ONE OF THOSE DAYS THAT WE HAVE TO REMEMBER IT WAS ON APRIL 18, 1775 THAT PAUL REVERE AND TWO OTHERS LEFT BOSTON TO GO TO THE COUNTRYSIDE NOT THAT THE RED COATS WERE OUT BUT THAT THE RIGS WERE OUT. AND AS REVERE RODE -- BECAME KNOWN LATER AS BATTLE ROAD FROM BOSTON ACROSS TO LEXINGTON AND CONCORD, HE WAS ALERTING THE COUNTRYSIDE AND THE COUNTRYSIDE WAS ALARMED AND THE PEOPLE AWOKE. AND THOSE -- THE EARLY NATIONAL GUARD OR MILITIA THAT RESPONDED. THEY WERE THE ONES THAT STOOD UP ON APRIL 19, 1775, ON LEXINGTON GREEN TO THE COMMANDS TO STAND DOWN FROM THE BRITISH. AND THOSE WHO FIRED THAT FAITHFUL FIRST SHOT, THAT WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE REVOLUTION AIR WAR, AND IT WAS THE MILITIA NOW OUR NATIONAL GUARD THAT WAS THERE FOR US AND ARE STILL THERE FOR US TODAY. THE NATIONAL GUARD IS THE OLDEST COMPONENT OF THE FORCES IN THE UNITED STATES. THEIR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS SECURITY IN THE DEFENSE OF OUR HOMELAND AT HOME AND ABROAD. AMERICANS RELIED ON THE NATIONAL GUARD FOR MORE THAN 3 1/2 CENTURIES, LONG BEFORE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THESE UNITED STATES. I WANT TO THANK ALL PAST AND PRESENT MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARDER TO THEIR SERVICE IN RESPONSE TO THE ATTACKS ON OUR HOMELAND ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, AND THEIR CONTINUING ROLE IN THE HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY OPERATIONS. IN TODAY'S WORLD, WE HONOR AND SUPPORT ALL OF OUR SERVICE MEMBERS WHO HAVE SACRIFICED SO MUCH TO ENSURE OUR FREEDOMS AND LIBERTIES THAT WE CHERISH SO DEALER IN THESE UNITED STATES. WE NEED TO SUPPORT AND PROVIDE OUR MEN AND WOMEN OF THE NATIONAL GUARD AND ALL OF THE ARMED FORCES WITH ENOUGH RESOURCES TO ENSURE THE READINESS AND SUCCESS. AS THE NATIONAL GUARD'S OFFICIAL SONG GOES, DEFENDING FREEDOM, PROTECTING DREAMS, THIS IS A SPIRIT OF WHAT IT MEANS TO ME. FOR MY GOD AND MY HOME THAT I LOVE, I GUARD AMERICA, GUARDING AMERICA, AMERICA. I URGE PASSAGE OF THE RESOLUTION AND, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    FOR MORE THAN 300 YEARS THE NATIONAL GUARD HAS DEMONSTRATED ITS WORT AND…

    FOR MORE THAN 300 YEARS THE NATIONAL GUARD HAS DEMONSTRATED ITS WORT AND VALUE TO THIS NATION IN THE CRISES OF PEACE AND WAR. THE COURAGE AND COMMITMENT AND SACRIFICES OF THE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS HAVE BEEN AN INTEGRAL PART OF EVERY WAR THIS NATION HAS FOUGHT. THESE CIVILIAN CITIZEN SOLDIERS MOST RECENTLY HAVE ACCEPTED AN ENTIRELY NEW ROLE IN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND ENTHUSIASTICALLY TRANSFORMED THEMSELVES AND THEIR UNITS FROM A READY RESERVE TO AN OPERATIONAL RESERVE WHERE REPEATED DEPLOYMENTS TO COMBAT HAVE BECOME THE NORM, NOT THE EXCEPTION. WHILE PROVIDING SIGNIFICANT COMBAT POWER TO SUPPORT ONGOING WARS, THE GUARD HAS REMAINED TRUE TO ITS MISSION TO SUPPORT THE INDIVIDUAL STATES IN TIMES OF NATURAL DISASTERS. WITH THIS REQUIREMENT TO SUPPORT NOT ONLY THE NATION BUT ALSO THE PEOPLE OF THE STATES FROM WHICH THEY COME, THE NATIONAL GUARD IS ININCIDENCE PENCEBLE TO THE WELL-BEING, SAFETY AND SECURITY OF ALL AMERICANS. THIS IS WHY IT IS THEREFORE RIGHT AND PROPER THAT WE RECOGNIZE THE NATIONAL GUARD FOR 374 YEARS OF OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ROGERS

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

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

    AT THIS TIME I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AFTER A QUICK CLOSE HERE.

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO FOR OFFERING THIS RESOLUTION. I THINK…

    TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO FOR OFFERING THIS RESOLUTION. I THINK EVERY MEMBER ON THIS FLOOR UNDERSTANDS THE CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF THE NATIONAL GUARD IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES AND IN THEIR STATE AND IT'S CERTAINLY APPROPRIATE THAT WE RECOGNIZE THE 374TH BIRTHDAY OF THE NATIONAL GUARD. YOU HAD ME ON THAT ONE. I DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS 374 UNTIL THIS MOMENT. BUT I DO KNOW THE HISTORY IN MY OWN STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND THE CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF THE NATIONAL GUARD. NOT ONLY IN ALL OF THE TRAUMAS THAT OCCUR IN OUR STATE BUT OVERSEAS IN THE WARS. SO WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS NOW, MEMBERS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1740. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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    MR. ROGERS

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

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

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1217 AS AMENDED.

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    HOUSE RESOLUTION 1217, A RESOLUTION HONORING FORT DRUM SOLDIERS OF THE…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 1217, A RESOLUTION HONORING FORT DRUM SOLDIERS OF THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION FOR THEIR PAST AND CONTINUING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES.

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. OWENS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. ROGERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. OWENS

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON THE RESOLUTIONS UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    MR. OWENS

    THE UNITED STATES ARMY'S 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION STATIONED ON FORT DRUM,…

    THE UNITED STATES ARMY'S 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION STATIONED ON FORT DRUM, NEW YORK, HAS A LONG AND STORIED HISTORY OF DEFENDING THE U.S. WAY OF LIFE. THEY WERE FIRST ACTIVATED AS THE 10TH WHITE DIVISION ON JULY 13, 1943, AT CAMP HALI, COLORADO. FROM THERE THE -- CAMP HALE, COLORADO. FROM THERE THEY BEGAN A RIGOROUS TRAINING REGIMENT DESIGNED TO PREPARE FOR THE INVASION OF AXIS CONTROLLED EUROPE. THEY ENTERED COMBAT IN JANUARY OF 1945 AS THEY WERE DEPLOYED TO THE NORTH MOUNTAINS IN ITALY OPPOSITE BATTLE-HARDENED GERMAN TROOPS WHICH MARKED THE BEGINNING OF THE RELENTLESS DRIVE TO LIBERATE ITALY. AS THE NATURE OF WARFARE HAS CHANGED THROUGHOUT THE DECADES, THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION HAS ADAPTED TO DEFEND THE NATION AGAINST FOREIGN THREATS. FROM ITS WORK AS A TRAINING DIVISION PREPARING SOLDIERS FOR WAR SERVICE TO DEPLOYMENTS IN WEST GERMANY, SOMALIA, MOGADISHU AND HAITI, AND THE CURRENT WAR AND TERROR IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION HAS SERVED TO MAINTAIN BOTH NATIONAL AND GLOBAL STABILITY. ON FEBRUARY 13, 1985, THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION WAS ACTIVATED IN THE HEART OF THE NORTH COUNTRY AT FORT DRUM. FOLLOWING THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS, UNITS OF THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION WERE DEPLOYED IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. SINCE THEN THE UNIT HAS PLAYED A ROLE IN MAJOR OFFENSES THROUGHOUT THE WAR ON TERROR THAT HAVE BROUGHT STABILITY TO EMBATTLED AREAS IN THE MIDDLE EAST. FOR MORE THAN 65 YEARS, THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO MAKE UP THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION HAVE ENDURED UNTOLD SACRIFICES TO MAKE THE NATION SAFER AND MORE SECURE. MR. SPEAKER, I STAND HERE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE SOLDIERS SERVING IN THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION AS WELL AS CITIZEN SOLDIERS OF THE ARMY RESERVE AND NATIONAL GUARD WHO HAVE FOUGHT WITH THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION DURING ITS 60-YEAR HISTORY. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE 10TH MOUNTAIN FOR THEIR TIRELESS SERVICE AND SACRIFICE ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES. AND I COMMEND THE NORTH COUNTRY COMMUNITY FOR THEIR UNWAIVERING SUPPORT OF FORT DRUM AND THE MEN AND WOMEN SERVING IN UNIFORM. FINALLY, I SPEAK FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WHEN I OFFER MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION SOLDERS WHO HAVE GIVEN THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN THE DEFENSE OF FREEDOM. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ROGERS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. ROGERS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1217 AS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1217 AS AMENDED WHICH HONORS THE FORT DRUM SOLDIERS OF THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES. I AM HONORED TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS OF THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION WHO HAVE COURAGEOUSLY DEFENDED AND SERVED THIS GREAT COUNTRY ON OUR SHORES AND IN DISTANT LANDS. FIRST ACTIVATED IN COLORADO IN 1943 DURING THE EARLY STAGES OF WORLD WAR II, THE DIVISION KNOWN AS THE 10TH LIGHT DIVISION PREPARED TO JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE AXIS IN EUROPE. WHEN IT FINALLY ENTERED COMBAT IN 1945, THE DIVISION BROKE THROUGH BATTLE-HARDENED GERMAN MOUNTAIN TROOPS IN THE ITALIAN NORTH MOUNTAINS. VICTORY WAS WON IN HARD-FOUGHT BATTLES IN PLACES WHERE THE DIVISION SUFFERED TREMENDOUS CASUALTIES. IT WAS DURING THE CAMPAIGN IN ITALY THAT THE DIVISION'S OWN PRIVATE FIRST CLASS WAS AWARDED THE MEDAL OF HONOR. FOLLOWING WORLD WAR II, THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION TRAINED SOLDIERS AT KANSAS AND WAS DEPLOYED TO WEST GERMANY TO PROTECT NATO IN 1985 THE DIVISION BEGAN ITS LONG RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PEOPLE OF THE NORTH COUNTRY WHEN IT WAS LOCATED ON FORT DRUM, NEW YORK. SINCE THEN THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION HAS PARTICIPATED IN OPERATION DESERT STORM, OPERATION CONTINUED HOPE IN SOMALIA, WHERE IT FOUGHT THROUGH STREETS OF MOGADISHU TO ASSIST RANGERS WHO WERE SURROUNDED IN THE CITY AND THE OPERATION UPHOLD DEMOCRACY IN HAITI. IN LATE 2001, FOLLOWING THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS, THE DIVISION DEPLOYED TO -- IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM TO OUT OF THE TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN. SUBSEQUENTLY THE -- OUST THE TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN. SIOUX SUBSEQUENTLY THEY'VE RETURNED IN 2003, 2006 AND 2009. AT THE SAME TIME, THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION HAS PLAYED A VITAL ROLE IN THE SUCCESSES OF OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, DEPLOYING TO IRAQ IN 2005, 2007 AND 2009. TODAY THE INCREDIBLE SOLDIERS CONTINUE TO SERVE IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. SADLY THE VALIANT SERVICE OF THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION HAS NOT BEEN WITHOUT ENORMOUS SACRIFICE. MEMBERS OF THE DIVISION HAVE PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE TO ENSURE OUR FREEDOM. MR. SPEAKER, I'D BE REMISS IF I DID NOT ALSO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE INCREDIBLE FAMILIES OF THESE BRAVE SOLDIERS WHO WAITED AT HOME WHILE THEIR LOVED ONES ANSWERED OUR NATION'S CALL. THE ENTIRE NATION OWES THE SOLDIERS AND VETERANS OF THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION A.NET OF GRATITUDE. I SAY -- A DEBT OF GRATITUDE. WE ARE PROUD OF THEIR SERVICE AND THEREFORE, MR. SPEAKER, I STRONGLY URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. OWENS

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

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

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1217 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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    MR. ROGERS

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

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

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1724 AS AMENDED.

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    HOUSE RESOLUTION 1724, RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE CITY OF JACKSONVILLE,…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 1724, RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE CITY OF JACKSONVILLE, ARKANSAS, FOR ITS OUTSTANDING SUPPORT IN CREATING A UNIQUE AND LASTING PARTNERSHIP WITH LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE. MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES STATIONED THERE AND THEIR FAMILIES AND THE AIR FORCE.

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. SNYDER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. ROGERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

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    MR. SNYDER

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

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SNYDER

    IN -- PEOPLE IN AMERICA, MR. SPEAKER, SUPPORT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN…

    IN -- PEOPLE IN AMERICA, MR. SPEAKER, SUPPORT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. EVERYWHERE FROM COAST-TO-COAST, REGARDLESS OF POLITICAL VIEW, AMERICANS SUPPORT OUR MILITARY. NOWHERE IS THIS MORE TRUE THAN IN ARKANSAS. NOWHERE IS THIS MORE TRUE THAN IN THE CITY OF JACKSONVILLE, ARKANSAS. ANY ARKANSAN CAN TELL YOU THE LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASIS NOT IN LITTLE ROCK. UNTIL THIS DEBATE TODAY, HOWEVER, I WOULD GUESS THAT MOST MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ASSUME THE LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE IS IN THE TOWN OF LITTLE ROCK. IT IS NOT, ALTHOUGH ALL OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS, INCLUDING THE PEOPLE OF LITTLE ROCK, ARE SUPPORTIVE OF THE LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE. RECOGNITION OF THE GREAT WORK DONE BY THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE IN JACKSONVILLE, ARKANSAS, IS APPARENT TO ANYONE FAMILIAR WITH THE C-130 MISSION. ANY MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHO HAS FLOWN IN A C-130 RELIED ON THE TRAINING DONE AT THE LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE IN JACKSONVILLE, ARKANSAS. YELTSIN COMPLIMENTS DON'T TELL THE FULL STORY -- YET THE COMPLIMENTS DON'T TELL THE FULL STORY. COMMUNITY ACCESS TO ALL OUR MILITARY BASES WAS DISRUPTED, INCLUDING ACCESS TO ON-BASE COLLEGE CLASSES BY THE CIVILIAN FACULTY AND STUDENTS. WE ALL KNOW HIGHER EDUCATION IS ESSENTIAL TO OUR MILITARY. ANTICIPATING A SOLUTION, THE -- A SOLUTION, THE CITY OF JACKSONVILLE, ARKANSAS, CAME UP WITH PLAN TO BUILD A JOINT EDUCATION CENTER ON BASE PROPERTY BUT OUTSIDE THE PERIMETER. TIME WENT BEEBE THE CITY OF JACKSONVILLE, ARKANSAS, DID ITS PART. TAX VOTES IN A COMMUNITY ARE DIFFICULT BUT THE CITY OF JACKSONVILLE TAXED ITSELF THROUGH A VOTE OF THE PEOPLE AND RAISED $5 MILLION TO DONATE TO THE AIR FORCE TO HELP BUILD THE JOINT EDUCATION CENTER. SOON AFTER THAT VOTE, THE MONEY BEGAN ACCUMULATING. UNAWARE OF THE FACT THAT THERE WOULD BE A DELAY IN CONSTRUCTION APPROVAL, THE $5 MILLION SAT IN THE ACCOUNT FOR QUITE A LONG TIME. LEGALLY PERMISSION FINALLY WAS GIVEN FOR THE $5 MILLION TO BE TRANSFERRED TO THE AIR FORCE. LONG AFTER THE VOTE IN JACKSONVILLE, CONSTRUCTION BEGAN. YOU WOULD BE VERY PLEASED, MR. SPEAKER, TO SEE THE ALMOST COMPLETE JOINT EDUCATION CENTER UNDER WAY. IT IS ABOUT READY. AND IT CAME ABOUT BECAUSE OF THE PEOPLE OF JACKSONVILLE, ARKANSAS, AND THEIR WILLINGNESS TO DONATE $5 MILLION TO THE AIR FORCE. THEY'VE ALSO RAISED MONEY FOR THE AIR SHOW WHICH I ATTENDED WITH MY LITTLE BOYS THIS YEAR, AND FOR THE RODEO TEAMS. THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL HAS BEEN ACTIVE THROUGHOUT THE YEARS AND IN FACT THE CITY OF JACKSONVILLE ORIGINALLY PUT TOGETHER THE LAND THAT WAS DONATED TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND AIR FORCE ON WHICH THE AIR FORCE BASE IS LOCATED TODAY. THIS PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE CITY OF JACKSONVILLE, ARKANSAS, AND THE LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE HAS GONE ON FOR OVER HALF A CENTURY AND PARTICULAR IN VIEW OF THEIR WILLINGNESS TO TAX THEMSELVES, DONATE $5 MILLION TO THE AIR FORCE, IT SEEMED APPROPRIATE TO RECOGNIZE THEIR WORK TODAY AND I RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF H.RES. 1724. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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    MR. ROGERS

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ROGERS

    IN STRONG SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1724 WHICH COMMENDS THE CITY OF…

    IN STRONG SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1724 WHICH COMMENDS THE CITY OF JACKSONVILLE, ARKANSAS, FOR ITS OUTSTANDING SUPPORT AND THE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE. I WANT TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE VIC SNYDER, FOR SPONSORING THIS RESOLUTION. THEY HAVE LONG EMBRACED THE MEMBERS STATIONED AT THE AIR FORCE BASE. ONE RECENT ACTION WAS UNUSUAL, RECOGNIZING THE NEED FOR A NEW EDUCATIONAL FACILITY, THE VOTERS OF JACKSONVILLE OVERWHELMINGLY AGREED TO RAISE THEIR OWN TAXES TO DONATE $5 MILLION FOR THAT PURPOSE. IT'S NO SURPRISE THAT THE CITY OF JACKSONVILLE WAS AWARDED OF THE ABILENE TROPHY FOR THE CITY'S EXCEPTIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE. I ASK ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

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    MR. SNYDER

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. I…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. I APPRECIATE THE KIND WORDS OF THE GENTLEMAN. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1724 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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    MR. ROGERS

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE QUESTION WILL…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WILL RESUME ON H.R. 4783.

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    THE CLERK

    BILL TO SK SELL RATE THE INCOME TAX BENEFITS FOR CHARITABLE CASH…

    BILL TO SK SELL RATE THE INCOME TAX BENEFITS FOR CHARITABLE CASH CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE RELIEF OF VICTIMS OF THE EARTHQUAKE IN CHILE, AND TO EXTEND THE PERIOD FROM WHICH SUCH CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE RELIEF OF VICTIMS OF THE EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI MAY BE ACCELERATED, WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENTS THERETO, AND TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE, WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER, A SINGLE MOTION OFFERED

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1736, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1736, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. RAHALL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO. WITHOUT OBJECTION --

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    MR. ROGERS

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA OBJECTS TO THE GROUND THAT A QUORUM IS NOT…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA OBJECTS TO THE GROUND THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKES A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT. UNDER THE RULE, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO CONCUR WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON SUSPENDING THE RULES WITH REGARD TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1585 AND HOUSE RESOLUTION 1740. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE, MEMBERS. 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 256 AND THE NAYS ARE 152. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 256 AND THE NAYS ARE 152. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER. A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THE SECRETARY:

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    MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I AM DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE…

    MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I AM DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO DELIVER TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES A MESSAGE IN WRITING.

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    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THIS BODY TO INFORM THEM…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THIS BODY TO INFORM THEM OF THE DEATH OF A FORMER MEMBER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS. MEMBERS, PLEASE CLEAR THE WELL. THE…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS. MEMBERS, PLEASE CLEAR THE WELL. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. RANGEL

    I WOULD REPORT TO THIS BODY THE LOSS OF A GREAT MEMBER, CONGRESSMAN STEVE…

    I WOULD REPORT TO THIS BODY THE LOSS OF A GREAT MEMBER, CONGRESSMAN STEVE SOLIS, WHO JUST LEFT US AND PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 70 YEARS OLD. HE SERVED IN THIS BODY FROM 1975 TO 1992. REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT, HE LOVED THIS COUNTRY. AND AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN JERRY NADLER, WHOSE DISTRICT NOW TAKES IN A GREAT PART OF FORMER CONGRESSMAN SOLIS' DISTRICT.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. NADLER

    MEMBERS. YOU MAY PROCEED.

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    MR. NADLER

    AND WISHES THEM WELL. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. RANGEL

    I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE A COLLEAGUE, PETER KING.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KING.

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    MR. KING

    EXPRESS CONDOLENCES ON THE DEATH OF STEVE. FOR MANY YEARS HERE IN…

    EXPRESS CONDOLENCES ON THE DEATH OF STEVE. FOR MANY YEARS HERE IN CONGRESS, HE EARNED A BIPARTISAN REPUTATION FOR HIS EXPERTISE IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND IN PARTISANSHIP, I WILL SAY IN A BIPARTISAN NATURE HE WORKED WITH PRESIDENT BUSH 41. WAS ALSO A PRINCIPAL ADVISOR TO PRESIDENT CLINTON IN HIS CAMPAIGN FOR PRESIDENT IN 1992. HE TRANSCENDED PARTY POLITICS. ALL OF US IN NEW YORK MOURN HIS PASSING. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. RANGEL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. MEMBERS AND GUESTS OF THE HOUSE, PLEASE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. MEMBERS AND GUESTS OF THE HOUSE, PLEASE RISE TO OBSERVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON SUSPENDING THE RULES AND AGREEING TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1585 AS AMENDED. WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 1585, RESOLUTION HONORING AND RECOGNIZING THE EXEMPLARY…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 1585, RESOLUTION HONORING AND RECOGNIZING THE EXEMPLARY SERVICE AND SACRIFICE OF THE 60TH AIR MOBILITY WING, THE 349TH AIR MOBILITY WING, THE 15TH EXPEDITIONARY MOBILITY TASK FORCE, AND THE 615TH CONTINGENCY RESPONSE WING CIVILIANS AND FAMILIES SERVING AT TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, CALIFORNIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE RESOLUTION AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    THIS ISSUE I WOULD REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE, MEMBERS. FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 408, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS ON THE QUESTION ON SUSPENDING THE RULES AND AGREEING TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1740, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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    RESOLUTION 407B NORING THE NATIONAL GUARD ON THE OCCASION OF ITS 374TH…

    RESOLUTION 407B NORING THE NATIONAL GUARD ON THE OCCASION OF ITS 374TH ANNIVERSARY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE RESOLUTION? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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    TO ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 404 THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER. I SEND TO THE DESK TWO PRIVILEGE RED PORTS FROM THE COMMITTEE…

    MR. SPEAKER. I SEND TO THE DESK TWO PRIVILEGE RED PORTS FROM THE COMMITTEE ON RULES FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 1741, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

    REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 1741, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION, HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 101, MAKING FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ARE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 1742, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL SENATE 3307, TO RE-AUTHORIZE CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAMS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN…

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. 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 PROPOSE -- POSTPONED QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN LATER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL KINDLY TAKE THEIR SEATS AND REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1430 AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    1430, RESOLUTION HONORING AND SALUTING GOLF LEGEND JUAN ANTONIO CHI CHI'…

    1430, RESOLUTION HONORING AND SALUTING GOLF LEGEND JUAN ANTONIO CHI CHI' RODRIGUEZ FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO LATINO YOUTH PROGRAMS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS INSTITUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WOOLSEY, AND…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WOOLSEY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROW, -- MR. ROE, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 04:32:29 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THAT THE HOUSE COME TO ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLELADY DESERVES TO BE HEARD. MEMBERS…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLELADY DESERVES TO BE HEARD. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE CEASE THEIR CONVERSATIONS, TAKE THEIR SEATS, REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR.

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  • 04:32:52 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1430 WHICH HONORS AND SALUTES…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1430 WHICH HONORS AND SALUTES GOLF LEGEND JUAN ANTONIO RODRIGUEZ, WIDELY KNOWN AS CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ, FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO THE LATINO YOUTH PROGRAMS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS INSTITUTE OR CHI CHI, AS HE'S KNOWN. MR. RODRIGUEZ IS AN EXTRAORDINARILY ACCOMPLISHED GOLFER. WITH 38 PROFESSIONAL WINS, INCLUDING EIGHT PGA TOUR AND 22 SENIOR PGA TOUR VICTORIES, IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT HE WAS INDUCTED IN 1992 IN THE WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME, THE FIRST PUERTO RICAN EVER TO EARN THIS HONOR. CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ WORKED HARD FOR HIS SUCCESS AND HAS NEVER FORGOTTEN IN PUERTO RICO, WHERE HE WORKED FOR A DOLLAR A DAY TO CUT DOWN SUGAR CANE. HE USED A TREE BRANCH AS A GOLF CLUB AND A METAL CAN AS A GOLF BALL. CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ HAS WORKED AS TIRELESSLY OFF THE COURSE AS WELL AS ON IT THROUGH HIS DEDICATED SUPPORT OF YOUTH IN THEIR EDUCATIONAL ASPIRATIONS. OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS, HE'S RAISED OVER $824,000 FOR CHI CHI'S SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS PROGRAMS TO ASSIST LATINO YOUTH IN THEIR PURSUIT OF HIGHER EDUCATION. THESE HAVE RESULTED IN FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR OVER 430 SCHOLARSHIPS. MOREOVER, MR. RODRIGUEZ CONTINUES TO CONTRIBUTE TO HIS OWN CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ YOUTH FOUNDATION WHICH FUNDS THE CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ ACADEMY. THE CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ ACADEMY ASSISTS AT-RISK CHILDREN BY IMPROVING THEIR SELF-ESTEEM CHARACTER WORK ETHIC, SOCIAL ADJUSTMENT AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE USING THE GOLF COURSE AS A LIVING CLASSROOM. MR. RODRIGUEZ HAS RAISED MORE THAN $4 MILLION FOR HIS ACADEMY WHICH EVERY YEAR BRINGS 600 CHILDREN FROM LOW-INCOME FAMILIES OR BROKEN HOMES TO A GOLF COURSE TO LEARN RESPONSIBILITY AND DISCIPLINE THROUGH THE GAME OF GOLF. CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ'S WORK FOR CHI CHI AND HIS FOUNDATION HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED NUMEROUS TIMES INCLUDING AN INDUCTION INTO THE WORLD'S HUMANITARIAN SPORTS HALL OF FAME IN 1994 AND RECEIVING THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS INSTITUTE RENOWNED SERVICE AWARD IN THE YEAR 2010. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS RESOLUTION TO HONOR AND SALUTE GOLF LEGEND JUAN ANTONIO "CHI CHI" RODRIGUEZ FOR HIS COMMITMENT OF LATINO YOUTH PROGRAMS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS.

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  • 04:36:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLELADY RESERVE THE BALANCE OF HER TIME?

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:36:24 PM

    MR. ROE

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ WAS BORN INTO A POOR FAMILY, AND I…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ WAS BORN INTO A POOR FAMILY, AND I WILL YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ WAS BORN INTO A POOR FAMILY IN PUERTO RICO AND BY THE TIME HE WAS 9 YEARS OLD HE WAS PROFICIENT AT GOLF. AND IN 1947 AT THE AGE OF 12 HE SCORED A REMARKABLE 67 WHICH I DO MANY TIMES BUT I HAVEN'T COMPLETED 18 HOLES OF GOLF AT THAT TIME. RODRIGUEZ TURNED PROFESSIONAL IN 1960. IN 1963 AT AGE 28 HE WON THE DENVER OPEN WHICH HE CONSIDERS IS HIS FAVORITE WIN. IN TOTAL HE WON EIGHT TITLES ON THE PGA TOUR BETWEEN 1963 AND 1979. AND RODRIGUEZ BECAME ELIGIBLE TO PLAY ON THE SENIOR TOUR, NOW KNOWN AS THE CHAMPIONS TOUR, IN 1985, AND DID SO FOR MANY YEARS WITH GREAT SUCCESS ACCUMULATING 22 TOURNAMENT VICTORIES BETWEEN 1986 AND 1993. HE WAS THE FIRST PLAYER ON THE SENIOR PGA TOUR TO WIN THE SAME ECONVENIENT IN THREE CONSECUTIVE -- EVENT IN THREE CONSECUTIVE TOURS. IN 1989 HE WAS VOTED THE BOBBY JONES AWARD, THE HIGHEST HONOR GIVEN BY THE UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION IN RECOGNITION OF DISTINGUISHED SPORTSMANSHIP IN GOLF. IN 1991 HE LOST AN 18-HOLE PLAYOFF TO THE LEGENDARY JACK NICKLAUS IN THE U.S. SENIOR OPEN. IN 1992 CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ WAS INDUCTED INTO THE WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME, THE FIRST PUERTO RICAN SO HONORED. HE SAYS A MEETING WITH MOTHER TERESA WAS THE GREATEST EVENT IN HIS LIFE. TODAY WITH FORMER GOLF PRO BILL HAYES AND BILL HOLMES, CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ ESTABLISHED A FOUNDATION WHICH FUNDS THE CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ FOUNDATION WHICH HELPS YOUTH IMPROVE THEIR SELF-ESTEEM, SOCIAL ADJUSTMENT USING THE GOLF COURSE AS A LIVING CLASSROOM. RODRIGUEZ'S HELPED RAISE MORE THAN $4 MILLION FOR HIS FOUNDATION WHICH ANNUALLY BRINGS 600 CHILDREN FROM LATINO AND NON-LATINO LOW-INCOME FAMILIES FROM BROKEN HOMES TO WORK WITH GOLF. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AND I YIELD BACK -- EXCUSE ME -- RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    SPEAKER, I YIELD AS MUCH TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,…

    SPEAKER, I YIELD AS MUCH TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, CONGRESSMAN BACA,.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BACA, IS YIELDED AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BACA, IS YIELDED AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSOUM.

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    MR. BACA

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    I APPRECIATE IT. MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC…

    I APPRECIATE IT. MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS INSTITUTE, THAT YOU'RE ACTUALLY A BOARD MEMBER OF THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC INSTITUTE, IS THAT CORRECT?

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT 13 OF THE 28 SPONSORS OF THIS BILL ARE ON THE…

    MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT 13 OF THE 28 SPONSORS OF THIS BILL ARE ON THE BOARD OF THIS, IS THAT CORRECT?

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    MR. BACA

    YES. AND THERE'S -- WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN -- WE'D HAVE YOU JOIN AND BE…

    YES. AND THERE'S -- WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN -- WE'D HAVE YOU JOIN AND BE PART OF THE SPONSOR AS WELL BECAUSE WE ALSO HAVE FROM YOUR SIDE A MEMBER OF OUR BOARD THAT'S ON THAT BOARD AS WELL. CLAFFCHAFF MY -- MY UNDERSTANDING --

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS INSTITUTE IS…

    UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS INSTITUTE IS ACTUALLY AN INDEPENDENT 501-C-3.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    MY QUESTION, MY CONCERN ABOUT THIS -- I HAVE ONE ABOUT RECOGNIZING SPORTS…

    MY QUESTION, MY CONCERN ABOUT THIS -- I HAVE ONE ABOUT RECOGNIZING SPORTS FOLKS AND THAT'S A SEPARATE ISSUE. HE CERTAINLY ACCOMPLISHED SO MUCH ON THE GOLF COURSE AND OFF THE GOLF COURSE. I ADMIRE THE WORK YOU HAVE DONE IN THIS CONGRESS, BUT IT DOES SEEM TO BE A HUGE CONFLICT OF INTEREST TO SPONSOR A BILL RECOGNIZING CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ WHO THEN IN TURN FOR HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR YOUTH PROGRAMS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS INSTITUTE, ISN'T THAT A CONFLICT OF INTEREST?

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    MR. BACA

    NO, IT'S NOT. IT'S SOMEONE WHO HAS CONTRIBUTED AND IT'S A BIPARTISAN…

    NO, IT'S NOT. IT'S SOMEONE WHO HAS CONTRIBUTED AND IT'S A BIPARTISAN INDIVIDUAL -- THOSE WHO BELONG TO THE CHCI BOARD AS WELL AND WE WELCOME THOSE WHO JUST GOT ELECTED TO BECOME PART OF THAT BOARD TO SAY, WE GOT TO AWARD INDIVIDUALS. IT'S NOT ABOUT CONFLICT OF INTEREST. IT'S ABOUT DOING SOMETHING THAT'S POSITIVE FOR INDIVIDUALS. WHEN SOMEONE IS GOING TO RECEIVE SOMETHING IN RETURN THEN IT BECOMES A CONFLICT OF INTEREST. WE ARE NOT RECEIVING ANYTHING IN RETURN. ALL WE'RE DOING IS HONORING AN INDIVIDUAL. WITH THAT I RECLAIM MY TIME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN, MR. CHAFFETZ, OF UTAH.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    FROM CALIFORNIA WOULD ENGAGE WITH ME HERE, I HAVE A FEW MORE QUESTIONS. I…

    FROM CALIFORNIA WOULD ENGAGE WITH ME HERE, I HAVE A FEW MORE QUESTIONS. I APPRECIATE THE DIALOGUE AND THE PASSION YOU HAVE FOR THIS. ONE OF MY CONCERNS IS THAT IT ACTUALLY, I THINK, DETRACTS FROM THE IDEA OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ AND THE GOOD WORK THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS INSTITUTE HAS TONE. TO SAY THERE'S NOTHING IN RECEIPT, THAT IT'S ALL ABOUT GIVING, NO RECEIVING, IT SEEMS TO ME, ON THE APPEARANCE OF IT, THAT THERE'S A HUGE CONFLICT OF INTEREST FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO SERVE INDEPENDENTLY ON A 501C3, THEY SERVE INDEPENDENTLY WITH THIS ORGANIZATION, WITH A FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY TO THAT ORGANIZATION TO USE THE OFFICE OF BEING A MEMBER IN CONGRESS TO ADVANCE LEGISLATION THAT IS SURELY, SURELY GOING TO BENEFIT THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS INSTITUTE. I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE TO ADDRESS THIS.

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  • 04:48:50 PM

    MR. BACA

    THIS IS ABOUT CHILDREN. MR.

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    MR. CHAYFELINGTS

    RECLAIMING MY TIME.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I WANT -- FOR THE RECORD, I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT THAT THE…

    I WANT -- FOR THE RECORD, I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT THAT THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS INSTITUTE DOES GOOD. YOU MENTIONED SOME SCHOLARSHIP, I'VE LOOKED AT THE WEBSITE, THERE'S NO DOUBT, NO QUESTION IN MY MIND, MY QUESTION IS WHY THIS PARTICULAR FOUNDATION? ONE THAT YOU SERVE ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS? THIS COUNTRY HAS THOUSANDS OF FOUNDATIONS THAT DO GOOD WORK. IF THE THRESHOLD HERE AND MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE INSTITUTE RAISES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF $6 MILLION TORE $7 MILLION.

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    MR. BACA

    TO HONOR OTHER FOUNDATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS AS WELL. THIS IS ONLY ONE OF…

    TO HONOR OTHER FOUNDATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS AS WELL. THIS IS ONLY ONE OF MANY WE SHOULD RECOGNIZE, JUST AS I'M HONORING ARNOLD PALMER WE GAVE THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL, I HOPE YOU'RE HERE TO CELEBRATE WHEN WE HAVE THE GOLD MEDAL WE'LL PRESENT UNDER YOUR LEADERSHIP WE'LL DO LATE OWN NEXT YEAR, BECAUSE IT WON'T HAPPEN NOW.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    MY TIME. I FEEL LIKE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THIS IS A COLOSSAL WASTE OF TIME…

    MY TIME. I FEEL LIKE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THIS IS A COLOSSAL WASTE OF TIME TO RECOGNIZE SPORTS HEROES. THAT'S A SEPARATE SUBJECT. LAST WEEK, I VOTED AGAINST JOE PATERNO, FOR GOODNESS SAKE, ONE OF THE GREAT FOOTBALL COACHES, CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ ACCOMPLISHED GREAT FEATS, NO DOUBT IN MY MIND ABOUT THAT, BUT I FEEL LIKE THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS BEING USED FOR MEMBERS' OWN PERSONAL BENEFITS TO MOVE FORWARD THEIR OWN FOUNDATION AND THAT'S THE CONCERN. THERE ARE THOUSANDS, AS YOU JUST AGREED TO, THOUSANDS OF FOUNDATIONS WHO DO GREAT WORK, WHO INSPIRE KIDS AND YOUTH AND DO -- THAT'S PART OF WHAT MAKE THIS IS COUNTRY SUCH A GREAT COUNTRY. BUT THE ONLY REASON THIS BILL IS MOVING FORWARD TODAY, THE REASON IT'S COMING TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE IS WE HAVE 13 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO SERVE ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THIS, WHICH SEEMS LIKE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST. I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD MY TIME. IF YOU WANT TO ADDRESS THAT.

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    MR. BACA

    ONCE AGAIN I'D LIKE TO STATE FOR THE RECORD THAT THIS IS NOT A CONFLICT OF…

    ONCE AGAIN I'D LIKE TO STATE FOR THE RECORD THAT THIS IS NOT A CONFLICT OF INTEREST. THIS IS ABOUT BIPARTISAN INDIVIDUALS WHO SIT ON THE BOARD WHO CONTINUE TO WANT TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO MANY INDIVIDUAL WHORS IN NEED OF HELP, WHETHER IT'S THIS ORGANIZATION OR ANY OTHER ORGANIZATION, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE DO RECOGNIZE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE WILLING TO GIVE OF THEIR TIME AND EFFORT TO MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR SOMEONE ELSE. THIS IS A HUMANITARIAN INDIVIDUAL --

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    RECLAIMING MY TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I DO APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN ADDRESSING…

    RECLAIMING MY TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I DO APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN ADDRESSING THE QUESTION, I REALLY DO. ONE OF THE CONCERNS THAT IS THERE IS IF YOU LOOK AT THE OPPORTUNITY, YOU WILL TO ATTRACT CORPORATE MONEY TO THIS, I WENT TO THE WEBSITE TODAY, THESE COMPANIES DONATE IN EXCESS OF $200,000 TO THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS INSTITUTE. ASTRAZENECA, EXN MOBILE, TOYOTA, WAL-MART, THEY DONATE OVER $100,000, ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE, AFL-CIO AND AFFILIATE UNIONS, ALTRIA GROUP, ANNHEUSER-BUSCH, AT&T, COMCAST CORPORATION, DELL, LOCKHEED MARTIN, MOTOROLA, STATE FARM INSURANCE, TO TELEMONEY DOE, TIME WARNER CABLE, THE COCA-COLA COMPANY, UNIVISION, U.P.S. THE PURPOSE OF THIS BILL, ACCORDING TO THE RESOLUTION, THE VERY LAST LINE HERE IS TO DIRECT THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO MAKE AVAILABLE AN ENROLLED COPY OF THIS RESOLUTION TO THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS INSTITUTE, OF WHICH 13 MEMBERS OF THIS BODY SIT ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND TO THE CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ YOUTH FOUNDATION. MY PERSONAL READING OF --

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    RECOGNIZED AN ADDITIONAL THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    AT LEAST FROM MY VANTAGE POINT, AND I'D BE HAPPY TO HAVE -- I WOULD HOME…

    AT LEAST FROM MY VANTAGE POINT, AND I'D BE HAPPY TO HAVE -- I WOULD HOME YOU WOULD ADDRESS THIS, THE REASON THIS RESOLUTION IS MOVING FORWARD IS THAT THERE IS A BENEFIT TO THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS INSTITUTE THEY CAN USE THIS AS A TOOL TO GO OUT AND SOLICIT MORE MONEY, MORE SUPPORT AND GROW THEIR OWN PERSONAL FOUNDATION. IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT'S AFFORDED TO OTHER FOUNDATIONS. AND THE ONLY REASON THIS IS MOVING FORWARD IS BECAUSE WE HAVE 13 MEMBERS OF THIS BODY THAT ARE CO-SPONSORS OF THIS LEGISLATION THAT SIT ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. AND THAT IS A DEEP CONCERN. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RESERVES, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RESERVES, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:54:02 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BACA, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. BACA

    ON THE SUBJECT OF RECOGNIZING THE SPORTS INDIVIDUAL AND I WOULD LIKE TO…

    ON THE SUBJECT OF RECOGNIZING THE SPORTS INDIVIDUAL AND I WOULD LIKE TO SAY MY COLLEAGUE THAT JUST SPOKE SUPPORTED A RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT A SPORTS INDIVIDUAL AS WELL AND THAT WAS H.R. 942, FOR THE RECORD SO IF WE'RE GOING TO BE CONSISTENT, LET'S BE CONSISTENT ON BOTH ANGLES. I'VE ONLY GOT A MINUTE. YOU CAN USE YOUR TIME. WITH THAT, I'D LIKE TO ONCE AGAIN STATE THAT MANY CORPORATIONS AND MANY INDIVIDUALS GIVE BECAUSE THEY'RE GOOD CORPORATE CITIZENS, THEY WANT TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES BETTER, THEY WANT TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR INDIVIDUALS TO ENHANCE THEIR EDUCATION, FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION, BE PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS AND SOMETIMES MANY INDIVIDUALS CANNOT AFFORD TO GO ON TO A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY. IT'S THAT ASSISTANCE WE GIVE TO INDIVIDUALS THAT WOULD ALLOW AN INDIVIDUAL TO FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION, BECOMING BETTER INDIVIDUALS THARNINGS INDIVIDUAL THAT HELPED IN THAT ENDEAVOR, MAKE SURE WE RAISE ADDITIONAL MONEY, WHETHER FOR THIS INSTITUTION OR OTHER INSTITUTIONS. I BELONG TO A NUMBER OF INSTITUTIONS TO RAISE MONEY -- WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    I'D LIKE TO KNOW HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE ON BOTH SIDES, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 7 1/2 MINUTE THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 7 1/2 MINUTE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE HAS 12 MINUTES.

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  • 04:55:46 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE HAVE FURTHER SPEAKERS?

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    MR. ROE

    ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA POINTED OUT, IT IS TRUE, PREVIOUSLY I…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA POINTED OUT, IT IS TRUE, PREVIOUSLY I SPONSORED, VOTED FOR RESOLUTIONS REGARDING SPORTS FOLKS, I FINALLY REALIZED IT WAS A COLOSSAL WASTE OF TIME. I VOWED NOT TO DO IT ANYMORE. WE HAVE PEOPLE UNEMPLOYED. I THINK THEY'RE A KLOSSAL WASTE OF TIME. A LOT OF GOOD PEOPLE BUT WE'RE NOT RECOGNIZING AND TAKING CARE OF THE PEOPLE WE NEED TO. THAT'S MY PERSONAL TPWHREESM CLARIFY THE QUESTION, I DID DO IT IN THE PAST, BUT I'M A FRESHMAN, I LEARNED.

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  • 04:56:40 PM

    MR. BACA

    YOU DOING IT IN THE PAST AND I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR SUPPORT IN THE FUTURE.

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

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE FURTHER SPEAKERS?

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    MR. ROE

    FURTHER SPEAKERS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS RESOLUTION TO HONOR AND…

    I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS RESOLUTION TO HONOR AND SALUTE GOLF LEGEND JUAN ANTONIO "CHI CHI" RODRIGUEZ FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO YOUTH GOLF PROGRAMS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS INSTITUTE. HE HELPS DISADVANTAGED YOUTH TO HELP THEM REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. I THANK REPRESENTATIVE BACA NIRS LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING THIS RESOLUTION FORWARD AND RESERVE THE BALANCE -- I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ROE

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

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

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS NOT TIMELY. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS NOT TIMELY. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1430 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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    MR. ROE

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

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

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    FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE…

    FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECK NEWS?

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  • 04:58:41 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1638.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 1638, RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 1638, RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF NATIONAL GEAR UP DAY.

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WOOLSEY AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WOOLSEY AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROE, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 04:59:07 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1638, WHICH…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1638, WHICH RECOGNIZES THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF NATIONAL GEAR UP DAY, CELEBRATED ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2010. GEAR UP, OR GAINING EARLY AWARENESS AND READINESS FOR UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS, WAS CREATED BY CONGRESS IN 1998 TO HELP INCREASE THE NUMBER OF LOW INCOME AND UNDERSERVED STUDENT WHORS PREPARED FOR AND SUCCEED IN POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION. THIS YEAR, THE GEAR UP PROGRAM PROVIDED COLLEGE PREP SERVICE TO OVER 670,000 STUDENTS IN OVER 5,000 SCHOOLS ACROSS 46 STATES. THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, AMERICAN SAMOA, MICRONEARBYA AND PUERTO RICO. NATIONAL GEAR UP DAY SPONSORED BY THE COMMUNITY FOR EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS IS AN FOR US TO RECOGNIZE THE CONTINUED SUCCESS OF GEAR UP PROGRAMS NATIONWIDE. IT GUARANTEES AN ENTIRE COHORT OF STUDENTS BEGIN NOTHING LATER THAN THE SEVENTH GRADE AND FOLLOWS THAT GROUP THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL. GEAR UP FUNDS ARE ALSO USED TO PROVIDE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS TO LOW INCOME STUDENTS, STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN THE GEAR UP PROGRAM, MR. SPEAKER, ARE ENCOURAGED IN A VARIETY OF WAYS TO ENTER AND COMPLETE POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION. THEY MAY VISIT POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS AND SURVEY CLASSES THAT INTEREST THEM, LEARN ABOUT FINANCIAL AID AND SCRARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES OR MEET WITH A COUNSELOR FOR CAREER PLANNING. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE FATTAH FOR INTRODUCING THIS RESOLUTION AND ONCE AGAIN EXPRESS MY SUPPORT FOR RESOLUTION 1638 WHICH CELEBRATES NATIONAL GEAR UP DAY. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ROE

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

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ROE

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1638, SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1638, SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF NATIONAL GEAR UP DAY. FAR TOO MANY STUDENTS WHO ENTER COLLEGE FAIL TO COMPLETE PROGRAMS AND ATTAIN CREDENTIALS. THE GEAR UP PROGRAM IS TO ADDRESS BOTH ACCESS AND SUCCESS CHANGES TO ENSURE A MORE LOW-INCOME STUDENTS SUCCEED IN THE WORK FORCE. GEAR UP PROVIDES A SIX-YEAR GRANT TO STATES AND PARTNERSHIPS AT HIGH POVERTY MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND HIGH SCHOOLS. GEAR UP GUARANTEES SERVES AS AN ENTIRE COHORT OF STUDENTS BEGINNING NO LATER THAN THE SEVENTH GRADE AND FOLLOW THEM THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL OR THROUGH THEIR FIRST YEAR OF COLLEGE. GEAR UP FUNDS PROVIDES SCHOLARSHIPS TO LOW-INCOME STUDENTS. NEARLY 77 MILLION AMERICANS WILL RETIRE OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DECADES, AND THE UNITED STATES WILL FACE A WORKER GAP. A SKILLS GAP AND A WAGE GAP. FILLING THESE GAPS WILL REQUIRE DEVELOPING BETTER TRAINED AND MORE SKILLED WORKERS FOR PRODUCTIVE JOBS WITH UPPER MOBILITY -- UPWARD MOBILITY. ENSURING YOUTH IN THE ADULTHOOD ARE ABLE TO TO INTEGRATE INTO SOCIETY WILL ENSURE THAT WE'RE ABLE TO FULFILL THESE GAPS. THE GEAR UP PROGRAM PROVIDES PREPARATORY SERVICES TO APPROXIMATELY 67 O,000 STUDENTS AND -- 780,000 IN OVER 5,000 SCHOOLS TROUT THE COUNTRY. TODAY WE SUPPORT THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF NATIONAL GEAR UP DAY, RECOGNIZE THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF TEACHERS, COUNSELORS AND PROGRAM STAFF THAT ENCOURAGE AND PREPARE STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS IN COLLEGE AND BEYOND. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, CONGRESSMAN FATTAH, THE AUTHOR OF THIS RESOLUTION, AND THE AUTHOR OF GEAR UP, FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES. FREE TRADE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES. FREE TRADE AGREEMENT I THANK THE GENTLELADY AND -- MR. FATTAH: I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TO ME. THE GEARUP PROGRAM HAS HAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. ON NATIONAL GEAR UP DAY WE HAD GOVERNORS LIE HALEY BARBOUR IN MISSISSIPPI AND GOVERNORS THROUGHOUT THE NATION AND WE HAD MAYORS AND SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS AND COLLEGE ASSOCIATION ALL ACROSS OUR COUNTRY CELEBRATE THE GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN PART OF THIS PROGRAM AND THE ADULTS WHO HAVE WORKED WITH THEM. THE FEDERAL PARTNERSHIP WITH STATES AND WITH HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS AND WHAT I CALL AN ENLONG ATED CONVERSATION WITH YOUNG PEOPLE OVER -- ELONGATED CONVERSATION WITH YOUNG PEOPLE, WE'VE ADDED A SEVENTH YEAR, HAS PROVEN TO BE SUCCESSFUL OVER ITS FIRST DECADE OF WORK. GIVEN THE RESEARCH THAT'S BEEN DONE AND IT HAS SHOWN THAT THERE'S BEEN A REMARKABLE SUCCESS ACROSS THE 40-PLUS STATES. AND NOW 46 STATES. AND COMMUNITIES OF OUTREACH STRIFE, GEAR UP HAS WORKED TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL, TAKING RIGOROUS COURSES AND GOING ON TO COLLEGE. WE SAW A MULTIDAY SERIES HERE IN "THE WASHINGTON POST" POE CUSSING ON STUDENTS FROM VIRGINIA AND THANKFULLY GOING TO COLLEGE IN PENNSYLVANIA FROM GEAR UP. I VISITED WITH GEAR UP YOUNGSTERS IN WICHITA, KANSAS, AND OKLAHOMA CITY, IN CALIFORNIA, ALL ACROSS OUR LAND. IT'S AN AMAZING AND EXTRAORDINARY FEAT TO SEE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO STATISTICALLY OTHERS WOULD HAVE WRITTEN OFF BUT NOW BECAUSE OF THE WORK OF THE GEAR UP PROGRAM AND BECAUSE OF THEIR OWN WORK AND PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT THEY HAVE BEEN WRITTEN BACK IN. THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID WE NEED TO RETURN OUR COUNTRY TO LEADERSHIP IN THE WORLD BY 2020 WITH THE NUMBER OF ADULTS WITH A COLLEGE DEGREE. WE NOW ARE NINTH IN THE WORLD IN A NUMBER OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE GRADUATING FROM COLLEGE. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PROGRAM. IT IS THE LARGEST COLLEGE PROGRAM IN OUR COUNTRY AND IN OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY. AND IT BEGAN WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. IT CONTINUES TO HAVE THAT SUPPORT BECAUSE IT IS LOCALLY ADMINISTERED. IT IS A PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM INVOLVING HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS AND IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND HIGH SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY AND CIVIC ASSOCIATIONS. IT'S WORKED WELL IN NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES, IN RURAL COMMUNITIES AND URBAN CITIES. IT HAS HELPED IN TERMS OF YOUNGSTERS WHO HAVE ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE. AND MY GREAT PARTNER IN THIS, CONGRESSMAN HINOJOSA, WHO WILL BE WORKING AND MANY OTHERS IN THIS CONGRESS HAVE BEEN STRONG SUPPORTERS OF GEAR UP. SO I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING ME THIS AMOUNT OF TIME. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO MAKE IT CLEAR, DID THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO MAKE IT CLEAR, DID THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELD HIS TIME?

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    THANK YOU. SO NOW WE KNOW. I AM PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU. SO NOW WE KNOW. I AM PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HINOJOSA, FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. HINOJOSA

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN -- MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN -- MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1638, A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF NATIONAL GEAR UP DAY. AS SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, LIFELONG LEARNING AND COMPETITIVENESS, I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE CHAKA FATTAH, THE FATHER OF THE GEAR UP PROGRAM, FOR HIS OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AND UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO ENSURE THAT LOW-INCOME STUDENTS ENTER AND SUCCEED IN POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION AS WELL AS IN LIFE. I AM PROUD TO HAVE JOINED CONGRESSMAN FATTAH ON THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE BACK IN 1998 TO BE AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THIS GREAT GEAR UP PROGRAM THAT HE INTRODUCED. IN SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF NATIONAL GEAR UP DAY, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE RECOGNIZE GEAR UP TEACHERS AND COUNSELORS AND PROGRAM STAFF FOR THEIR TIRELESS WORK ON BEHALF OF OUR NEEDIEST STUDENTS. THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, THESE EXTRAORDINARY INDIVIDUALS PROVIDE ESSENTIAL COLLEGE PREPARATORY SERVICES TO OVER 670,000 STUDENTS IN OVER 5,000 SCHOOLS ACROSS 46 STATES AS WELL AS IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND SAMOA AND MICRONESIA AND PUERTO RICO. I'M EXTREMELY PROUD OF GEAR UP STUDENTS IN THE RIO GRAUNDA VALLEY OF SOUTH -- GRANDE VALLEY OF SOUTH TEXAS FOR MAKING THEIR EDUCATION A TOP PRIORITY. OUR REGION SERVES APPROXIMATELY 18,000 STUDENTS, AND THESE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE STUDYING HARD, TAKING RIGOROUS COURSES, GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND PREPARING THEMSELVES TO EARN A COLLEGE DEGREE. IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WE ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE TALENTED AND COMMITTED INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE MADE GEAR UP A HUGE SUCCESS. I PERSONALLY WANT TO THANK TEEN EA ATKINS, THE DIRECTOR OF THE REGION ONE EDUCATION SERVICE PROGRAM AS WELL AS DR. MARTHA CANTU, THE DIRECTOR OF THE GEAR UP PROGRAM. AND BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS IN OUR REGION WHO HAVE DONE A TERRIFIC JOB IN EDUCATING AND ENCOURAGING GEAR UP STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO REACH FOR THE STARS. ON MARCH 30, 2010, PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED THE HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION RECONCILIATION ACT OF 2010 INTO LAW. WITH THE ENACTMENT OF THIS LAW, PRESIDENT OBAMA AND CONGRESS ARE TAKING BOLD STEPS TO ENSURE ACCESSIBILITY AND AFFORDABILITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION. THESE INVESTMENTS -- MAY I HAVE A MINUTE AND A HALF MORE?

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN A MINUTE AND A HALF.

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    MR. HINOJOSA

    THESE INVESTMENTS IN EDUCATION WILL UNDOUBTEDLY PROVIDE THOUSANDS OF GEAR…

    THESE INVESTMENTS IN EDUCATION WILL UNDOUBTEDLY PROVIDE THOUSANDS OF GEAR UP STUDENTS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY WITH THE FINANCIAL AID AND SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED TO SUCCEED IN COLLEGE. AS OUR NATION STRIVES TO BUILD A WORLD-CLASS EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM, INCREASED GRADUATION RATES AT ALL LEVELS, AND TO MEET THE WORLD IN THE PROPORTION OF COLLEGE GRADUATES BY THE YEAR 2020 IT'S CRITICAL THAT WE CONTINUE TO INVEST IN SUCCESSFUL FEDERAL PROGRAMS LIKE GEAR UP. TODAY, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 1638, AND OUR NATION TO ENCOURAGE GREATER NUMBERS OF LOW-INCOME STUDENTS TO PURSUE THEIR DREAMS BY SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF A NATIONAL GEAR UP DAY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE FATTAH AND REPRESENTATIVE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE FATTAH AND REPRESENTATIVE HINOJOSA FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION IN INTRODUCING THIS RESOLUTION AND ONCE AGAIN I WANT TO EXPRESS MY SUPPORT FOR HOUSE RESOLUTION 1638 WHICH CELEBRATES NATIONAL GEAR UP DAY, A CHANCE FOR ALL OF US TO RECOGNIZE THE GEAR UP PROGRAM'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ITS SUCCESS IN INCREASING THE ACCESSIBILITY OF COLLEGE FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO NEED IT THE MOST. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS RESOLUTION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1638. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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    MR. ROE

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

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

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    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1598.

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    HOUSE RESOLUTION 1598, RESOLUTION EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR THE DESIGNATION…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 1598, RESOLUTION EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR THE DESIGNATION OF THE MONTH OF OCTOBER AS NATIONAL WORK AND FAMILY MONTH.

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WOOLSEY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROE, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

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

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1598, WHICH…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1598, WHICH EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR DESIGNATING OCTOBER AS NATIONAL WORK AND FAMILY MONTH. OVER THE PAST 40 YEARS, THE FAMILY DYNAMIC HAS CHANGED. WOMEN COMPRISE NEARLY HALF OF THE UNITED STATES WORK FORCE. FOR MOST WORKING WOMEN, THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES DO NOT SEIZE AT THE END OF THE WORK DAY BUT CONTINUE ON AT HOME AS MOST WOMEN SERVE AS THEIR FAMILY'S PRIMARY CAREGIVER. AND BEYOND CARING FOR THEIR OWN FAMILY, WORKING WOMEN OFTEN TAKE AN ADDITIONAL CAREGIVER RESPONSIBILITY BY CARING FOR THEIR PARENTS AND/OR THEIR SPOUSE'S PARENTS. BUT IT ISN'T JUST WOMEN WHO FACE THE CHALLENGE OF BALANCING WORK AND FAMILY, MR. SPEAKER. MORE THAN EVER BEFORE MEN HAVE TAKEN ON A GREATER SHARE OF FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES IN ADDITION TO THEIR WORKPLACE DUTIES. WITH WORKING FAMILIES FAKING ON EXTRA HOURS TO MAKE ENDS MEET -- TAKING ON EXTRA HOURS TO MAKE ENDS MEET, THE NEED FOR A WORK-LIFE BALANCE IS MORE CRUCIAL THAN EVER. EMPLOYERS WHO AFFORD THEIR EMPLOYEES WITH POLICIES THAT HELP TO BALANCE WORK AND FAMILY REAP SUBSTANTIAL BENEFITS RANGING FROM IMPROVING THE EMPLOYER'S BOTTOM LINE, INCREASING RETENTION RATES, DECREASING ABSENTEEISM AND IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY AND IMPROVING MORALE. A 2008 REPORT BY THE FAMILIES AND WORK INSTITUTE FOUND THAT WORKERS WHO WERE ABLE TO BALANCE WORK AND FAMILY ARE MORE HIGHLY ENGAGED IN THEIR WORK AND LESS LIKELY TO LOOK FOR A JOB IN THE NEXT YEAR. THEY ALSO ENJOY BETTER OVERALL HEALTH, BETTER MENTAL HEALTH AND LOWER LEVELS OF STRESS. FINDING A GOOD BALANCE BETWEEN WORK AND FAMILY IS IMPORTANT TO MOST IMPORTANT. A 2009 SURVEY OF STUDENTS FOUND THAT 2/3 OF RESPONDENTS CITED A HEALTHY WORK-LIFE BALANCE WAS AN IMPORTANT CAREER GOAL. IN ADDITION, RESEARCH BY THE RADCLIFFE PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE FOUND THAT WOMEN IN THEIR 20'S, 30'S, AND 40'S, AND MEN IN THEIR 20, 30'S, AND 40'S, IDENTIFIED THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB CHARACTERISTIC TO BE A JOB SCHEDULE THEY -- THAT ALLOWS THEM TO SPEND TIME WITH THEIR FAMILIES. ACCORDING TO RESEARCH BY THE SLOAN CENTER FOR AGING AND WORK, A MAJORITY OF WORKERS AGE OVER ATTRIBUTE THEIR SUCCESS AS AN EMPLOYEE TO JOB FLEXIBILITY, WHICH CONTRIBUTES TO AN OVERALL HIGHER QUALITY OF LIFE. JOB FLEXIBILITY OFTEN ALLOWS PARENTS TO BE MORE INVOLVED IN THEIR CHILDREN'S LIVES AND PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IS ASSOCIATED WITH HIGHER CHILD ACHIEVEMENT IN LANGUAGE AND MATHEMATICS, IMPROVED BEHAVIOR, GREATER ACADEMIC PERSISTENCE AND LOWER DROPOUT RATE. FAMILIES WITH WORKING PARENTS FACE MANY CHALLENGES WHEN IT COMES TO BALANCING FAMILY TIME WITH WORKING HARD TO PROVIDE FOR THE FAMILY AND IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT WE RECOGNIZE THIS EVERY DAY BECAUSE IT IS SUCH A CHALLENGE. BUT IT'S EQUALLY IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE SUBSTANTIAL BENEFITS ACCORDED AND AFFORDED TO PARENTS, CHILDREN, AND EMPLOYERS WHEN WORK VERSE ACCESS TO POLICIES OF SUPPORT LEAD TO A MUCH HEALTHIER WORK-LIFE BALANCE. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ROE

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

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    MR. ROE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1458 AS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1458 AS SUPPORT OF DESIGNATING OCTOBER AS NATIONAL WORK AND FAMILY MONTH. ESTABLISHING A BALANCE BETWEEN WORK AND FAMILY IS SOMETHING MEN AND WOMEN STRUGGLE WITH AT SOME POINT IN THEIR CAREERS. THOSE WHO ARE ABLE TO BALANCE FAMILY AND WORK ARE LESS LIKELY TO REPORT MAKING MISTAKES OR FEELING RESENTMENT TO EMPLOYERS OR CO-WORKERS. 85% OF WORKPLACE EMPLOYEES HAVE OBLIGATIONS OUTSIDE OF THEIR WORK. TODAY WORK THIS RESOLUTION, WE SUPPORT THE DESIGNATION OF THE MONTH OF OCTOBER AS NATIONAL WORK AND FAMILY MONTH. THROUGH THIS DESIGNATION, WE RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF BALANCING WORK AND FAMILY AND URGE PUBLIC OFFICIALS, EMPLOYERS, EMPLOYEES, AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO WORK TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE MORE BALANCE BETWEEN WORK AND FAMILY. WITH THAT, I STAND IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR SUPPORT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THEWOMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK,…

    PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THEWOMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, CONGRESSMAN MCCARTHY, THE AUTHOR OF THIS RESOLUTION, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MS. MCCARTHY

    I WANT TO THANK MS. WOOLSEY, MY COLLEAGUE ON THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE WHO…

    I WANT TO THANK MS. WOOLSEY, MY COLLEAGUE ON THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE WHO HAS BEEN WORKING WITH ME ON THIS ALSO AND I THANK MR. ROE ON TENNESSEE FOR BRINGING THIS UP. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H. RESOLUTION 1598 A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL WORK AND FAMILY MONTH. I THINK MY COLLEAGUE, MS. WOOLSEY, REALLY SPOKE ABOUT THE ESSENCE OF THE BILL SO I'M GOING TO SPEAK A LITTLE BIT SHORTER ON THIS. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE PLATTS FOR INTRODUCING THIS RESOLUTION WITH ME AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN MILLER AND RANKING MEMBER KLEIN FOR BRINGING THE RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR TODAY UNDER SUSPENSION. THIS RESOLUTION HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED TO FOCUS ON HEALTHY WORK AND FAMILY BALANCE. STUDY AFTER STUDY HAS SHOWN THAT FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN WORK RESPONSIBILITIES AND FAMILY OBLIGATIONS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS FOR ALL OF OUR WORKERS. WORKERS WHO HAVE A BETTER WORK-FAMILY BALANCE HAVE BETTER OVERALL HEALTH, IMPROVED MENTAL HEALTH AND LESS STRESS. CHILDREN ALSO BENEFIT FROM HAVING THEIR PARENTS AVAILABLE MORE OFTEN. EMPLOYEES WHO ARE ABLE TO SPEND ENOUGH TIME WITH THEIR FAMILIES ARE HAPPIER AT WORK AND MORE PRODUCTIVE THAN THOSE EMPLOYEES WHO DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO SPEND WITH THEIR FAMILY. ACHIEVING A WORK-FAMILY BALANCE IS GOOD FOR ALL EMPLOYERS, EMPLOYEES, AND THEIR FAMILIES THIS RESOLUTION BASICALLY ASKS ALL AMERICANS TO CONSIDER HOW TO ACHIEVE A HEALTHIER WORK-FAMILY BALANCE TO INCREASE THE QUALITY OF THE LIFE OF OUR EMPLOYEES AND THEIR FAMILIES AND IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY FOR ALL EMPLOYERS. THANK YOU AND I URGE ME PASSAGE OF THIS RESOLUTION. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    I'M RESERVING THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, THANK YOU.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ROE

    I WILL SIMPLY SAY ONE OF THE GREAT CHALLENGES OF MY LIFE IS TO BALANCE A…

    I WILL SIMPLY SAY ONE OF THE GREAT CHALLENGES OF MY LIFE IS TO BALANCE A PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE WITH MY FAMILY AND I WILL SAY ALSO THAT YOU WILL NEVER REGRET ONE MINUTE YOU SPEND WITH YOUR CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN. SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE SUPPORT OF THIS, I I THINK THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA AND FROM NEW YORK FOR SPEAKING ABOUT THIS. I THINK IT'S ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES WE HAVE TODAY IS TIME WITH OUR FAMILIES AS OUR FAMILIES BREAK DOWN, OUR CHILDREN ARE LEFT ALONE SO MUCH, I WOULD ENCOURAGE EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY AT THIS TIME OF YEAR, TO SPEND AS MUCH TIME WITH THEIR FAMILIES AS THEY COULD. IT WOULD BE THE BEST INVESTMENT YOU'VE EVER MADE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    MR. SPEAKER. MOST CHILDREN ARE LUCKY IF THEY HAVE A TWO-PARENT FAMILY…

    MR. SPEAKER. MOST CHILDREN ARE LUCKY IF THEY HAVE A TWO-PARENT FAMILY THESE DAYS, BUT IF THEY EVEN HAVE ONE PARENT OR TWO PARENTS, BOTH OF THOSE PARENTS ARE IN THE WORK FORCE. THEY WORK LONG HOUR THEY COMMUTE LONG DISTANCES TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE AND QUITE OFTEN, THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO SIT AT THAT TABLE AND SHARE THAT FOOD WITH THEIR FAMILIES BECAUSE THEY'RE -- THEIR WORK LIFE BALANCE IS SO UNBALANCED. SO FAMILIES WITH WORKING PARENTS FACE MANY, MANY CHALLENGES WHEN IT COMES TO BALANCING FAMILY TIME WITH WORKING TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE RECOGNIZE THIS AS AN EVERYDAY CHALLENGE. IT'S EQUALLY IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE SUBSTANTIAL BENEFITS ARE AFFORDED TO PARENTS, CHILDREN, AND EMPLOYERS WHEN WORK VERSE ACCESS TO POLICIES THAT SUPPORT A HEALTHY WORK-LIFE BALANCE. SO I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE MCCARTHY FOR SPONSORING THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION AND I THANK CONGRESSMAN ROE FOR BEING PART OF THIS WITH US AND I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1598. WITH THAT, I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- BOTH PARTIES HAVE YIELDED BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1598. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE ARE SUSPENDED AND THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 05:23:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MR. ROE

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

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

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  • 05:23:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEC RECK -- SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:23:37 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1576 AS…

    THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1576 AS AMENDED.

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  • 05:23:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

  • 05:23:49 PM

    THE CLERK

    RESOLUTION 1576, RESOLVING THAT A DAY TO RECOGNIZE PARENTS OF SPECIAL…

    RESOLUTION 1576, RESOLVING THAT A DAY TO RECOGNIZE PARENTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED.

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  • 05:24:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    I REQUEST FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH MEMBER MACE REVISE AND EXTEND AND…

    I REQUEST FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH MEMBER MACE REVISE AND EXTEND AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 1576 INTO THE RECORD.

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  • 05:24:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION SO ORDERED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:24:27 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1576 WHICH SUPPORTS THE…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1576 WHICH SUPPORTS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NATIONAL DAY OF RECOGNITION FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS SEAVERB CRITICAL ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR CHILDREN AND IN PREPARING THEM TO SUCCEED IN SCHOOL AND IN LIFE. THROUGH SELFLESS DEDICATION AND SACRIFICE, THESE PARENTS WORK WITH THEIR SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES TO ENSURE THEIR CHILDREN ARE GRANTED EQUAL ACCESS TO A FREE AND APPROPRIATE EDUCATION THAT RECOGNIZES THEIR INDIVIDUAL LEARNING BEHAVIOR AND MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS IN A HEALTHY AND SUPPORTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT. WE KNOW THAT THE NUMBER OF PARENTS RAISING CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS IS SIGNIFICANT AND IT IS GROWING. A NATIONAL DAY OF RECOGNITION FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS NOT ONLY SERVES TO HONOR THE DEDICATION OF THESE PARENTS, BUT TO HIGHLIGHT RESOURCES THAT THEY CAN TURN TO FOR INFORMATION AND SUPPORT. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE BURTON FOR -- OF INDIANA FOR INTRODUCING THIS RESOLUTION AND ONCE AGAIN EXPRESS MY SUPPORT FOR HOUSE RESOLUTION 1576, WHICH SUPPORTS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NATIONAL DAY OF RECOGNITION FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS RESOLUTION. WITH THAT, I RESERVE MY TIME.

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  • 05:25:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:26:01 PM

    MR. ROE

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:26:07 PM

    MR. ROE

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 1576, EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 1576, EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT A NATIONAL DAY OF RECOGNITION FOR PARENTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED. PARENTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN MUST BE GIVEN THEIR CHILDREN -- MUST GIVE THEIR CHILDREN EXTRA TIME, ATTENTION, CARE AND LOVE FOR THE REASON THEY DESERVE RECOGNITION FOR THEIR SELFLESS DEDICATION AND COMPASSION AND SACRIFICE. ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, 14% OF CHILDREN BETWEEN AGE 1 AND 17 YEARS OF AGE IN THE UNITED STATES ARE DIAGNOSED AS HAVING SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS. CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS ARE DEFINED AS THOSE THAT HAVE A CHRONIC PHYSICAL, DEVELOPMENTAL, BEHAVIORAL OR EMOTIONAL CONDITION THAT REQUIRE SPECIAL SERVICES OF A TYPE OR AMOUNT BEYOND THAT REQUIRED BY CHILDREN GENERALLY. THOSE OF US WHO HAVE CHILDREN RECOGNIZE THE TIME, EFFORT, AND SACRIFICE HAVING A CHILD REQUIRES, HOWEVER HAVING A CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS REQUIRES ADDITIONAL TIME AND EFFORT. PARENTS MUST FIND AND MANAGE TREATMENT, ATEND DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS, HANDLE CONFLICTS AT DAY CARE OR SCHOOL AND MOST IMPORTANTLY SEEK THE RIGHT EDUCATIONAL CHOICES FOR THEIR CHILDREN. IN ADDITION THE ADVOCATE FOR THE CHILD MUST BE PROACTIVE AND TAKE NECESSARY STEPS TO MAKE SURE THEIR CHILD RECEIVES APPROPRIATE SERVICES. ACTIVE AND SUPPORTIVE PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS PLAY AN INTEGRAL ROLE IN THEIR CHILDREN'S DEVELOPMENT AND PREPARING THEM FOR SCHOOL AND LIFE. PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS OFTEN WORK TIRELESSLY ON BEHALF OF THEIR CHILDREN IN THE FACE OF FINANCIAL HARDSHIP AND MAINTAINING A WORK-LIFE BALANCE. ALTHOUGH THESE PARENTS OFTEN HAVE ADDITIONAL STRESS, IT IS INDEED A LABOR OF LOVE IN WHICH THE REWARDS ARE MANY. IN RECOGNITION OF THE DAY-TO-DAY LOVE AND SACRIFICE BY THE PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AND FOR THE EXEMPLARY EXAMPLE OF COURAGE AND DEVOTION THESE PARENTS PROVIDE, IN MANY INSTANCES A LIFETIME OF CARE FOR THEIR CHILDREN, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:28:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 05:28:16 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN LIKE TO CLOSE, ANY OF FURTHER SPEAKERS.

  • 05:28:22 PM

    MR. ROE

    WOULD JUST CLOSE BY SAYING IN 30-PLUS YEARS OF PRACTICING MEDICINE AND…

    WOULD JUST CLOSE BY SAYING IN 30-PLUS YEARS OF PRACTICING MEDICINE AND DELIVER MANAGE THOUSANDS OF BABIES, MANY OF THOSE SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN IN THE SMALL COMMUNITY WHERE I'M FROM, I'VE SEEN THE STRESSES PERSONALLY THAT THIS HAS PUT ON FAMILIES AND HAVE SO MUCH RESPECT FOR THESE FAMILIES AND WHAT THE CHILDREN OFFER THE PARENTS AND THE COMMUNITY AND I'VE HAD MY OWN DAUGHTER WORK IN HIGH SCHOOL IN THE SPECIAL NEEDS CLASSROOM, I'VE ATTENDED MANY SPECIAL NEEDS CLASSROOMS WHILE I'VE BEEN IN CONGRESS AND SO I WOULD URGE SUPPORT FOR THIS, IT'S A TERRIFIC RESOLUTION AND I APPRECIATE VERY MUCH THE SUPPORT OF THIS HOUSE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:29:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:29:07 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    I WANT TO THANK AGAIN REPRESENTATIVE BURTON OF INDIANA FOR INTRODUCING…

    I WANT TO THANK AGAIN REPRESENTATIVE BURTON OF INDIANA FOR INTRODUCING THIS RESOLUTION AND REPRESENTATIVE ROE FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION AND I WANT TO EXPRESS MY SUPPORT FOR HOUSE RESOLUTION 1576. WHICH SUPPORTS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NATIONAL KAY OF RECOGNITION FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:29:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS --…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 15 6 -- 1576 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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  • 05:30:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:30:14 PM

    MR. ROE

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

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

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  • 05:30:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 FURTHER PROCEED THONINGS QUESTION WILL BE…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 FURTHER PROCEED THONINGS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:30:32 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1313.

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  • 05:30:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

  • 05:30:39 PM

    THE CLERK

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 1313, RESOLUTION EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR DESIGNATION OF…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 1313, RESOLUTION EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR DESIGNATION OF MAY AS CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER MONTH AND COMMENDING THE NATIONAL CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER IN HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA, ON THEIR 25TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2010.

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  • 05:30:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WOOLSEY, AND…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WOOLSEY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROE, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 05:31:05 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS DURING WHICH MEMBERS MAY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS DURING WHICH MEMBERS MAY REVISE AND EXTEND AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 1313 INTO THE RECORD.

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  • 05:31:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 05:31:17 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

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

  • 05:31:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:31:23 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1313, WHICH…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1313, WHICH SUPPORTS THE DESIGNATION OF THE MONTH OF MAY AS CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER MONTH AND COMMENDS THE NATIONAL CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER FOR 25 YEARS OF SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP IN CONFRONTING THE EPIDEMIC OF CHILD ABUSE. TRAGICALLY, MR. SPEAKER, FIVE CHILDREN DIE EACH DAY AS A RESULT OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IN 2008, A TOTAL OF 1,740 CHILDREN DIED AS A RESULT OF SUCH ABUSE. THE NATIONAL CHILET ADVOCACY CENTER PROVIDES CRITICAL TRAINING, PREVENTION, INTERVENTION AND TREATMENT SERVICES TO FIGHT THIS URGENT NATIONAL PROBLEM. IN MAY OF 1985, THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER IN HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA, WAS FOUNDED BY A YOUNG DISTRICT ATTORNEY FROM MADISON COUNTY NAMED ROBERT CRAMER JR. MR. KRAMER, WHO WENT ON TO BE A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, FROM 1991 TO 2009, ORGANIZED THE CENTER TO IMPROVE ASSISTANCE TO ABUSED CHILDREN AND WORKED TO END CHILD ABUSE. SINCE THEN THE NATIONAL CHILD CHIRN'S ADVOCACY CENTER HAS BECOME A NATIONAL LEADER FOR TRAINING CHILDREN -- TRAINING CHILD ABUSE SPECIALISTS SINCE THEIR DOORS OPENED. AFTER THAT THE CENTER HAS TRAINED MORE THAN 54,000 PROFESSIONALS FROM THE UNITED STATES AND 20 OTHER COUNTRIES ALTOGETHER. THE WORK OF THE CENTER HAS HELPED MANY CHILDREN OVERCOME THE EMOTIONAL DISTRESS THAT RESULTS FROM THE FRIGHTENING EXPERIENCE OF ABUSE. THIS YEAR CHILD ADVOCACY CENTERS NATIONWIDE WILL CELEBRATE OVER 25 YEARS OF PROVIDING INVALUABLE SERVICE TO THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CHILD ABUSE VICTIMS EACH YEAR AND -- WHICH IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US ALL TO RECOGNIZE THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF CHILD ADVOCACY CENTERS. MR. SPEAKER, I EXPRESS MY SUPPORT FOR CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER MONTH AND THANK REPRESENTATIVE GRIFFITH FOR BRINGING THE BILL FORWARD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:33:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:33:45 PM

    MR. ROE

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

  • 05:33:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:33:51 PM

    MR. ROE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1313,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1313, RECOGNIZING THE MONTH OF MAY AS CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER MONTH AND COMMENDING THE NATIONAL CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER IN HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA, ON ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY. RECOGNIZING CHILD'S ADVOCACY CENTER MONTH ALLOWS US TO NOT ONLY RAISE AWARENESS OF THE ABUSE AND NEGLECT OUR CHILDREN FACE EVERY DAY BUT ALSO RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANT WORK THAT CHILD ADVOCACY CENTERS DO IN PROVIDING TRAINING, PREVENTION, INTERVENTION AND TREATMENT SERVICES TO COMBAT CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT SO THAT OUR NATION'S CHILDREN CAN LIVE WITHOUT FEAR. CHILD ABUSE MAY INCLUDE PHYSICAL ABUSE, NEGLECT, SEXUAL ABUSE AND EMOTIONAL ABUSE AND OFTEN CHILDREN ARE THE VICTIMS OF MULTIPLE FORMS OF ABUSE. ONE IN FOUR GIRLS AND ONE IN SEVEN BOYS WILL BE SEXUALLY ABUSED BEFORE AGE 18. THIS HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED FOR CHILD ADVOCACY CENTERS AND WILL PROVIDE A PLACE FOR VARIOUS MEMBERS FROM THE COMMUNITY TO PROVIDE THE ABUSED CHILD WITH APPROPRIATE TREATMENT AND PREVENT FURTHER VICTIMIZATION WHILE ALSO DECIDING THE BEST WAYS TO INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE CHILD ABUSE CASES. IN MAY OF 1985, THE NATIONAL CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER OPENED IN HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA. IT WAS THE FIRST CENTER TO UTILIZE THE RESOURCES OF NOT ONLY LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROFESSIONALS BUT ALSO CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES AND MEDICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS IN ONE COMPREHENSIVE GROUP. IN THE 25 YEARS SINCE THE CREATION OF THE CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER MODEL, MORE THAN 900 CENTERS FOLLOWED IN THOSE IMPORTANT FIRST FOOTSTEPS. RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT EDUCATION AND SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITIES HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN PREVENTING CHILD ABUSE. THEREFORE, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT AS MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WE KNOW HOW WE CAN HELP PREVENT AND STOP ONGOING CHILD ABUSE. CHILD ADVOCACY CENTERS PROVIDE AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT IN THESE PREVENTION ACTIVITIES. THIS IS WHY I STAND IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION AND ASK FOR MY COLLEAGUES' SUPPORT, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:36:07 PM

    MR. ROE

    RESOLUTION. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 05:37:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:37:22 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I ONCE AGAIN WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I ONCE AGAIN WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE GRIFFITH FOR BRINGING THIS BILL FORWARD AND FOR REPRESENTATIVE ROE FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THIS INITIATIVE. AND I SUPPORT IT. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF RESOLUTION 1313. WITH THAT I RESERVE -- I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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  • 05:37:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO RESOLUTION 1313. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 05:38:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:38:10 PM

    MR. ROE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM…

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

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  • 05:38:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:38:35 PM

    MR. MCCARTHY

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO H.CON.RES…

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO H.CON.RES 323.

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  • 05:38:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

  • 05:38:43 PM

    THE CLERK

    CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 323, SUPPORTING THE GOAL OF ENSURING THAT ALL…

    CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 323, SUPPORTING THE GOAL OF ENSURING THAT ALL HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE ABLE TO LIVE WITH DIGNITY, COMFORT AND SECURITY IN THEIR REMAINING YEARS.

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  • 05:38:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MRS. MCCARTHY, AND…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MRS. MCCARTHY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROE, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 05:39:02 PM

    MR. MCCARTHY

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 05:39:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 05:39:18 PM

    MRS. MCCARTHY

    YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 05:39:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:39:22 PM

    MRS. MCCARTHY

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:41:20 PM

    MR. ROE

    AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 05:44:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:44:46 PM

    MRS. MCCARTHY

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, WHO IS THE AUTHOR OF THIS RESOLUTION, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 05:44:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 05:45:01 PM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO OFFER HOUSE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO OFFER HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 323, ENSURING THE HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS LIVE WITH DIGNITY, COMFORT AND SECURITY. THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION RECOGNIZES THE PLIGHT OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS, HONORS THEIR UNIQUE NEEDS AND PLEDGES TO HELP SURVIVORS ATTAIN THE UTMOST COMFORT DURING THEIR REMAINING YEARS. AT THE END OF WORLD WAR II, JUTISH POPULATION OF EUROPE HAD BEEN -- THE JEWISH POPULATION OF EUROPE HAD BEEN DECIMATED. THE ATROCITIES PERPETRATED BY THE NAZIS TO OTHER MINORITY POPULATION, IT WAS PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN TO THIS WORLD. HOLT 'CAUSE IS A STAIN ON OUR HISTORY WHICH OUR SOCIETY HAS PLEDGED TO NEVER FORGET. THE JEWISH POPULATION AROUND THE WORLD IS STILL GRIEVE NEG LESS OF SIX MILLION. IN THE WAKE OF THIS INCOMPARABLE HUMAN DESTRUCTION, THOUSANDS OF SURVIVORS IMMIGRATED TO AMERICA, HERE THEY HOPED TO SECURE A BETTER FUTURE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN. THEY SAW IT AS A GLOBAL EXAMPLE OF FREEDOM, LIBERTY AND JUSTICE. THEY LEFT THE WRECKAGE OF THE -- OF THE HOLOCAUST AND SOUGHT FREEDOM ON OUR SHORES. TO THESE BRAVE SURVIVOR -- THESE BRAVE SURVIVORS EMBRACED THE AMERICAN CREAM AND ENRICHED OUR SOCIETY IN FIELDS FROM ACADEMIA TO ARTS AND GOVERNMENT. OUR COUNTRY IS STRONGER FROM THEIR CONTRIBUTION AND OUR CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED MUCH FROM HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS. NOW THERE IS MORE WE CAN AND MUST DO TO ENSURE THAT THOSE WHO SURVIVED SUCH ATROCITIES LIVE OUT THEIR REMAINING YEARS IN PEACE. THERE ARE MORE THAN 127,000 HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS IN OUR NATION TODAY. WITH MORE THAN 3/4 OF THEM OVER AGE 75 AND A MAJORITY OF THEM IN THEIR 80'S AND 90'S. ROUGHLY 2/3 OF ALL SURVIVORS IN AMERICA LIVE ALONE AND MANY LACK FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR THE MOST BASIC NECESSITIES, INCLUDING PROPER HOUSING AND HEALTH CARE. MANY FALL BELOW THE FEDERAL POVERTY LINE, MAKING THIS FRAGILE COMMUNITY MOST AT RISK FOR BEING FORCED INTO A GROUP LIVING SITUATION. IT'S A LITTLE-KNOWN TRAGEDY THAT SO MANY SURVIVORS OF THE DEATH CAMP HAVE AGED IN POVERTY AND DESTITUTION IN THE UNITED STATES. AS A NATION THAT SO STRONGLY UPHOLDS THE VALUES OF FREEDOM AND JUSTICE, WE HAVE A MORAL ONLY DATION -- OBLIGATION TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE PLIGHT OF THESE SURVIVORS AND UPHOLD THEIR WELL BEING IN THEIR REMAINING YEARS. WE NEED TO FULFILL THE PROMISE OF JUSTICE THEY SOUGHT IN THE UNITED STATES. AS VICTIMS OF TERROR AND TORTURE, THEY HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS THAT WOULD BENEFIT FROM FURTHER WORK TO TO THE ALLOW THEM TO AGE IN PLACE. INSTITUTIONALIZED SETTINGS HAVE A DISPROPORTIONATELYA ADVERSE AFFECT -- EFFECT ON HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AS THEY ARE REMINISCENT OF EXPERIENCES IN THE HOLOCAUST. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO IMAGINE THE TRAUMATIC NIGHTMARE THEY STILL EXPERIENCE. THAT IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR US TO SECURE ALTERNATIVES TO INSTITUTIONALIZATION TO AGING IN PLACE WHICH MAY BE MORE APPROPRIATE FOR A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR. IN INTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION, WE APPLAUD THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT DEDICATE THEIR TIRELESS EFFORTS TO ASSISTING HOLOCAUST SURVIVES -- SURVIVORS IN THEIR COMMUNITY. THEY STRIVE EVERY DAY TO IMPROVE THE DIFFICULT SITUATIONS FACING VIVERORS IN OUR COMMUNITY. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT CONGRESS WORK WITH THE ADMINISTRATION TO PROVIDE HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS WITH NEEDED SOCIAL SERVICES THROUGH PROGRAMS SUCH AS THE ADMINISTRATION ON AGING. IT IS FORTUITOUS THAT THIS RESOLUTION COMES TO THE FLOOR THEY THE SAME WEEK WE CELEBRATE HANUKKAH. THIS DAY IS A TIME TO DEDICATE OURSELVESES TO IDEALS OF JUSTICE. WE MUST REMEMBER THOSE IN OUR SOCIETY WHO HAVE HAD SO MUCH TAKEN FROM THEM IN THEIR LIFETIME. WE MUST SHARE THESE STORIES AND PROCLAIM THESE LESSONS IN PUBLIC THAT OURS IS A NATION OF FREEDOM AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. OUR CHILDREN'S GENERATION WILL BE THE LAST TO KNOW A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR AND HEAR THEIR STORIES FIRSTHAND. WE MUST DO ALL WE CAN TO HONOR THEIR STRUGGLES AND LIVES BY GRANTING THEM THE UTMOST PEACE IN THEIR REMAINING YEARS. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THEIR AISLE FOR THEIR STRONG SUPPORT. 102 MEMBERS ARE CO-SPONSORS OF THIS RESOLUTION. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MR. ROE

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE, MR. WOLF, FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. WOLF

    MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE FOR THE RECOGNITION. I…

    MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE FOR THE RECOGNITION. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT HOFF H.CON.RES. 37323 AND THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I BELIEVE WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO ENSURE THAT ALL MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY ARE ABLE TO AGE WITH GRACE AND DIGNITY AND TO SPEAK OUT, TO SPEAK OUT IF WE NOTICE A PARTICULAR GROUP WITHIN OUR SOCIETY IS FACING UNIQUE BARRIERS TOWARD THIS GOAL. AS MANY HAVE NOTED EARLIER, THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 127,000 HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY. DESPITE BEING VICTIMS OF UNFA NO, MA'AM -- UNFATHOMABLE CRIMES AND CRIMES THAT UNFORTUNATELY THE WORLD STOOD BY AND LOOKED THE OTHER WAY FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS, THESE INDIVIDUALS IMMIGRATED INTO THE UNITED STATES TO BECOME VAM USUAL MEMBERS AND CONTRIBUTORS TO OUR SOCIETY. NURSING HOMES AND ASSISTED CARE SETTINGS PROVIDE MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS WITH INVALUABLE SERVICES, HOWEVER WE ARE NOTICING THAT A DISPROPORTIONATE NUMBER OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORSMARK OF THEM IN THEIR 80'S AND 90'S ARE NOT ABLE TO TRANSITION TO THESE FACILITIES. THIS IS SPECIFICALLY DUE TO THEIR HORRIFIC PAST EXPERIENCES. JUST REMEMBER THE MOVIE "SCHINDLER'S LIST." MANY FACILITIES DON'T HAVE THE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES NECESSARY TO CARE FOR MOST OF THESE SURVIVORS. GHIVEN CHALLENGE, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE WORK TO RAISE AWARENESS OF EXISTING OPPORTUNITIES TO MINIMIZE THIS EMERGING SITUATION. MANY HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND AGENCIES THAT WORK WITH THEM DAILY HAVE FOUND THAT AGING IN PLACE PROGRAMS HELP ALLEVIATE THE PROBLEM. I URGE THE ADMINISTRATION, THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ADMINISTRATION OF AGING, NONPROFIT GROUPS TO WORK WITH THE HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS TO ADDRESS THEIR NEEDS THROUGH EXISTING PROGRAMS AND ALSO TO WORK ON DEVELOPING INNOVATIVE AND EFFICIENT SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS THIS CHALLENGE. I'M PLEASED TO WORK AGAIN WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ TO INTRODUCE THIS LEGISLATION TO HIGHLIGHT THIS ISSUE. AGAIN, AS I SAID, FOR THE LONGEST TIME, IN THE 1930'S AND 1940'S, THE WORLD LOOKED THE OTHER WAY, JUST GO TO THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM AND SEE. MANY TIMES, PEOPLE WERE CRYING OUT AND THE WORD WAS COMING OUT OF GERMANY AND PEOPLE WERE LOOKING THE OTHER WAY. I STRONGLY URGE SUPPORT OF THIS AND I HOPE WHEN IT IS VOTED ON IF THERE IS A ROLL CALL VOTE, IT IS UNANIMOUS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MRS. MCCARTHY

    I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. SCHAKOWSKY,…

    I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. SCHAKOWSKY, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION TO URGE THAT ALL HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS IN THE…

    IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION TO URGE THAT ALL HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE ABLE TO LIVE WITH DIGNITY, COMFORT AND SECURITY AND CONGRATULATE CONGRESSMAN WASSERMAN SCHULTZ ON ITS INTRODUCTION. AN ESTIMATED 120,000 HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY, INCLUDE MANAGE IN THE CHICAGO AREA. THE VILLAGE OF SKOKIE IS ONE OF THE -- HOME TO ONE OF THE LARGEST GROUPS IN THE COUNTRY. HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS ARE FIVE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE LIVING BELOW THE POVERTY LEVEL THAN OTHER OLDER AMERICANS. THESE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE SURVIVED THE WORST OF HUMAN ABUSES -- ABUSES AND MANY HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS AS THEY AGE. IT IS CRITICAL WE UPHOLD THE DIGNITY OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND ENSURE THEIR WELL BEING IN THEIR REMAINING YEARS. I WOULD LIKE TO APPLAUD THE EFFORTS OF THIS THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF METROPOLITAN CHICAGO AND OTHER SUCH ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE WORKING TIRELESSLY TIE CYST HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE MUST DO MORE TO ENSURE THAT HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS CAN SPEND THEIR REMAINING YEARS IN COMFORT, DIGNITY AND SECURITY.

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    MRS. MCCARTHY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MR. QUIGLEY FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. QUIGLEY

    THIS RESOLUTION AND THANK ITS SPONSOR, THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, AND…

    THIS RESOLUTION AND THANK ITS SPONSOR, THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, AND CALL FOR ITS QUICK PASSAGE. THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION HIGHLIGHTS THE OFTEN FORGOTTEN SPECIAL NEEDS OF THE FEW REMAINING HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND CALLS FOR ASSURANCES THAT THEIR FINAL YEARS WILL BE COMFORTABLE AND DIGNITIED -- DIGNIFIED. OVER 100,000 HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES WITH OVER 100,000 OF THEM LIVING IN MY CITY, CHICAGO. 3/4 OF THOSE ARE IN THEIR 80'S AND 90'S. A MAJORITY LIVE ALONE AND MORE THAN HALF LIVE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE. AS THESE INDIVIDUALS WHO SURVIVED TORTURE, STASHATION AND OTHER UNSPEAKABLE TERRORS AGE, THEY DESERVE TO DO SO IN THEIR OWN HOMES RATHER THAN AN INSTITUTIONAL SETTING. AFTER ALL THEY'VE ENDURED AND OVERCOME THEY DESERVE ACCESS TO SOCIAL SERVICE PROGRAMS SENSITIVE TO THEIR UNIQUE NEEDS THIS RESOLUTION WILL ENSURE THEY SPEND THEIR LAST YEARS WITH THE SAME DIGNITY WITH WHICH THEY LIVED. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ROE

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MRS. MCCARTHY

    I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. ENGEL

    I THANK MY FELLOW NEW YORKER FOR RECOGNIZING ME AND I RISE TO SUPPORT THIS…

    I THANK MY FELLOW NEW YORKER FOR RECOGNIZING ME AND I RISE TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. EVERYONE HAS SPOKEN ELOQUENTLY AND I CONCUR WITH EVERYTHING THAT'S BEEN SAID. WHEN I WAS LOOKING AT THE RESOLUTION AND THE REASONS FOR SUPPORTING IT, I WAS ABSOLUTELY SHOCKED TO SEE THAT THERE WERE STILL 127,000 HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS LEFT IN THE UNITED STATES. I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT WAS MUCH, MUCH LESS. AND OF COURSE AS PEOPLE ARE SAYING, MANY OF THEM ARE IN THEIR 80'S AND 90'S AND THE SERVE A LITTLE ED -- ADDED HELP. THIS GREAT COUNTRY HAS BEEN A REFUGE FOR SO MANY PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE YEARS OF THE GREAT REPUBLIC AND CERTAINLY THE HOLCAUS SURVIVORS THAT -- HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS THAT CAME HERE AFTER THE HOLOCAUST HAVE BEEN TREATED WITH DIGNITY, HAVE MOVED INTO AMERICAN SOCIETY, THEIR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN HAVE ACHIEVED GREAT HEIGHTS BUT UNFORTUNATELY, TOO MANY OF THEM TODAY ARE STILL LIVE ALONE, ARE IN THEIR 80'S AND 90'S, AND IMMEDIATE OUR HELP. I RISE TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. I THINK THIS IS THE MOST NOBLE THING WE CAN DO. IT'S A GREAT TESTIMONY TO OUR GREAT NATION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ROE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO ASSOCIATE MY LAST REMARKS WITH THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO ASSOCIATE MY LAST REMARKS WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK AND THE REMARKS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE. I THINK ONE OF THE GREATEST BLIGHTS IN WORLD HISTORY IS THE HISTORY OF THE HOLOCAUST. THE WORLD STOOD BY AND WATCHED THE MURDER OF MILLIONS OF INNOCENT MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN. WE JUST A MOMENT AGO SPOKE ABOUT CHILD ADVOCACY AND LOOK AT THE FAMILIES THAT WERE DISLODGED, DISPLACED, IT'S ONE OF THE MOST HORRIFIC EVENTS IN WORLD HISTORY, I BELIEVE, AND SHOULD NEVER, EVER BE ALLOWED TO BE REPEATED ON THIS EARTH. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS RESOLUTION. IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO BE HERE AND BE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THAT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. MCCARTHY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THAT. SO THE OTHER SIDE YIELDS BACK?…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THAT. SO THE OTHER SIDE YIELDS BACK? THE HOLOCAUST WAS ONE OF THE MOST UNSPEAKABLE TRAGEDIES IN HISTORY. THE AMOUNT OF PAIN AND SUFFERING IN THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO ENDURED THE TERROR OF THE NAZI REGIME CAN NEVER BEEN QUANTIFIED. H.CON.RES. LUTION 1413 CALLS ON THE NATION TO ASSURE HOLOCAUST PROVIDERS HAVE THE MEANS TO LIVE OUT THEIR REMAINING YEARS IN DECENCY. I'M PROUD TO LIVE IN A COUNTRY THAT PROMOTES FREEDOM AND HAS AN UNBREAKABLE BOND WITH ISRAEL. WITH THIS IN MIND, I WAS PROUD TO INTRODUCE H.R. 6363, THE SUPPORTING LAW ENFORCEMENT THROUGH LESSONS OF -- OF THE HOLOCAUST ACT EARLIER THIS CONGRESS. THIS LEGISLATION CREATES A NEW FOUR-YEAR GRANT AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO CARRY OUT THE PROGRAMS THAT WILL TEACH THESE OFFICERS ABOUT THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE HOLOCAUST FOR MODERN DAY LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS. STORIES OF PERSONAL STRUGGLE FROM THE HOLOCAUST LIVE ON THROUGH OUR HISTORIC RECORDS, FAMILIES, FRIENDS AND SURVIVORS OF THAT HORRIFIC TIME. OUR NATION OWES IT TO THE SURVIVORS TO ASSURE THEIR SECURITY AND SAFETY OF THE UTMOST VARIETY. WITH THAT -- I YIELD -- WITH THAT, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. KLEIN.

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    MR. KLEIN

    TO SUPPORT H.CON.RES. 323, A RESOLUTION THAT CALLS ATTENTION TO THE…

    TO SUPPORT H.CON.RES. 323, A RESOLUTION THAT CALLS ATTENTION TO THE THOUSANDS OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS LIVING BEYOND THE POVERTY LINE. WE KNOW IN FLORIDA WE HAVE A TREMENDOUS NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE COME FROM THAT BACKGROUND, THEY DESERVE TO LIVE THEIR LIVES IN DIGNITY. HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS HAVE ENDURED TORTUOUS AND UNIMAGINABLE NIGHTMARES. ALL THE MORE SO THEY SHOULD BE ASSURED A LIFE OF COMFORT AND SECURITY. IT'S TRULY TRAGIC THAT HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS ARE FIVE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO LIVE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE THAN OTHER OLDER AMERICANS. WE ARE COMING TOGETHER TODAY TO SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT WE NEED TO LIFT HOLOCAUST SURVIVE OORS OUT OF POVERTY. WE ARE HUMAN AND MUST NOT ALLOW SUFFER LIKE THIS TO REACH THOSE WHO HAVE SUFFERED SO MUCH. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK PLI COLLEAGUE, DEBBIE WOSSERMAN SCHULTE. SOUTH FLORIDA IS LUCKY TO HAVE YOU. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND THE MANY GOOD ORGANIZATIONS IN FLORIDA AND AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT PROVIDE STELLAR SOCIAL SERVICES TO HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS. THEY UNDERSTAND THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF THE SURVIVOR POPULATION AND THE URGENT IMPERATIVE TO SOLVE THIS CRISIS. I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO SWIFTLY PASS THIS RESOLUTION TO TELL HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I THANK THE SPEAKER.

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    MRS. MCCARTHY

    MR. SPEAKER, AS WE UNDERSTAND THE OTHER SIDE STILL YIELDS BACK. WITH THAT,…

    MR. SPEAKER, AS WE UNDERSTAND THE OTHER SIDE STILL YIELDS BACK. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 323. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.

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    MRS. MCCARTHY

    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. MCCARTHY

    MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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

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

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    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO H.RES. 1690, HONORING…

    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO H.RES. 1690, HONORING AMERICAN DIABETES MONTH AS AMENDED.

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    THE CLERK

    THE OBSERVANCE OF AMERICAN DIABETES MONTH.

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    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 NEBRASKA, MR. TERY, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. PALLONE

    SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE…

    SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE RECORD.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. PALLONE

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO MYSELF SUFFICIENT TIME AS I MAY CONSUME -- MYSELF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO MYSELF SUFFICIENT TIME AS I MAY CONSUME -- MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.RES. 1690, EARLIER THIS YEAR THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE HELD A HEARING ON OUR COLLECTIVE BATTLE AGAINST DIABETES. THE PROGRESS WE'VE MADE SO FAR AND THE CHALLENGES THAT REMAIN. OVER 30 YEARS AGO CONGRESS PASSED THE NATIONAL DIABETES RESEARCH AND EDUCATION ACT, THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATION DIRECTED AT COORDINATING AND EXPANDING THE GOVERNMENT'S RESEARCH AND PREVENTION EFFORTS RELATED TO DIABETES. WHILE WE'VE MADE TREMENDOUS PROGRESS IN UNDERSTANDING AND TREATING DIABETES, IT REMAINING A SIGNIFICANT PUBLIC HEALTH EPIDEMIC. IT'S STAGGERING TO REALIZE THAT OVER 23 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE SOME FORM OF DIABETES TODAY AND THE NUMBER IS GROWING. EVEN MORE TROUBLING IS THAT 57 MILLION AMERICANS ARE AT SERIOUS RISK FOR DEVELOPING TYPE TWO DIABETES, INCLUDING WOMEN WITH GESTATIONAL DIABETES. UNTIL RECENTLY, KIDS WERE RARELY DIAGNOSED WITH ANYTHING BUT TYPE ONE DIABETES. BUT THE INCREASING RATE OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY IS CHANGING THE FACE OF DIABETES AND CERTAINLY NOT FOR THE BETTER. FURTHERMORE, DIABETES IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF HEART DISEASE, STROKE, BLINDNESS AND KIDNEY FAILURE. AS IS OFTEN THE CASE, DIABETES DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTS RACIAL AND ETHNIC MINORITIES. AMERICAN INDIANS HAVE THE HIGHEST PRIVILEGE LANCE OF DIABETES NATIONWIDE -- PREVALENCE OF DIABETES NATIONWIDE AND HISPANICS AND AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE CLOSE BEHIND. MOREOVER THERE'S CLEAR ECONOMIC COST. OVER $220 BILLION IN MEDICAL EXPENSES IN 2007 CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO DIABETES. THERE ARE SERIOUS PROBLEMS WHICH NEED AGGRESSIVE AND INNOVATIVE ACTION. THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DIABETES AND KIDNEY DISEASE AND THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL ARE BOTH DOING LANDMARK RESEARCH AND SURVEILLANCE WORK RELATED TO DIABETES AND HAVE TRANSLATED THIS INTO MORE EFFECTIVE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT STRATEGIES. INCLUDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF KEY THERAPIES AND TECHNOLOGIES. I WANT TO COMMEND THE SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM COLORADO, NOT ONLY FOR THE WORK ON THIS BILL BUT ALL THE WORK SHE DOES ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND ALSO AS THE CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL DIABETES CAUCUS. I KNOW I'M A MEMBER OF IT, IT HAS WELL OVER 200 MEMBERS, AND IT DOES A LOT TO RAISE AWARENESS AND INCREASE EDUCATION ABOUT THE DISEASE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUE DOES SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION -- TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:06:56 PM

    MR. TERRY

    I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS A…

    I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS A MEMBER OF THE DIABETES CAUCUS AND A FORMER VICE CHAIR AND MEMBER OF THE REGIONAL BOARD THAT INCLUDED NEBRASKA FOR THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION BEFORE I CAME TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1690, SUPPORTING THE OBSERVANCE OF AMERICAN DIABETES MONTH. DIABETES TOUCHES NEARLY EVERY LIFE IN THIS COUNTRY. THERE ARE AN ESTIMATED 24 MILLION AMERICANS TODAY AFFLICTED WITH DIABETES. AND THAT NUMBER IS PROJECTED TO DOUBLE IN THE NEXT 25 YEARS. DIABETES IS A GROUP OF DISEASES CHARACTERIZED BY HIGH BLOOD GLUCOSE. IT RESULTS WHEN THE BODY DOES NOT PRODUCE SUFFICIENT INSULIN OR IS UNABLE TO PROCESS INSULIN, A HORMONE THAT IS NEEDED TO CONVERT SUGAR, STARCHES AND OTHER FOOD INTO NEEDED ENERGY FOR DAILY LIFE. TYPE ONE DIABETES RESULTS FROM THE BODY'S FAILURE TO PRODUCE INSULIN WHICH ALLOWS GLUCOSE TO ENTER AND FUEL THE CELLS OF THE BODY. THE MOST COMMON FORM OF TYPE ONE DIABETES IS MEDIATED DIABETES IN WHICH THE BODY'S IMMUNE SYSTEM ATTACKS AND DESTROYS THE INSULIN PRODUCING THE CELLS OF THE PANCREATIC RUSS. THE COMMON NAME FOR TYPE ONE DIABETES IS JUVENILE DIABETES. EVEN THOUGH JUVENILE DIABETES IS TYPICALLY DIAGNOSED DURING CHILDHOOD OR ADOLESCENTS, IT'S A DISEASE INDIVIDUALS MUST MANAGE THEIR ENTIRE LIFE. TYPE TWO DIABETES SOMETIMES KNOWN AS ADULT ONSET DIABETES RESULTS FROM THE BODY'S INABILITY TO MAKE ENOUGH OR PROPERLY USE INSULIN. TYPE TWO DIABETES IS THE MOST COMMON FORM OF DIABETES AND IS RISING IN NUMBER EVERY YEAR. APPROXIMATELY 57 MILLION AMERICANS ARE THOUGHT TO HAVE PRE-TYPE TWO DIABETES. THE COMPLICATIONS FROM BOTH FORMS OF DIABETES CAN BE DEVASTATING, LIFE ALTERING, RANGING FROM HEART DISEASE, STROKE AND BLINDNESS TO KIDNEY DISEASE. IN THE CASE OF TYPE TWO DIABETES, PEOPLE CAN TAKE STEPS TO AVOID THE ONSET OF THE DISEASE AND MITIGATE ITS AFFECTS. AMERICANS MUST UNDERSTAND THAT THEIR HEALTH AND THE HEALTH OF THEIR FAMILIES ARE IN THEIR HANDS. BALANCED DIETS AND INCREASED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CAN PREVENT THE DISEASE AND ITS COMPLICATIONS. THOSE WITH HISTORIES OF DIABETES IN THEIR FAMILIES MUST BE ESPECIALLY VIGILANT. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE AUTHOR OF THIS RESOLUTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM DENVER, THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN STATE, COLORADO, FOR HER EFFORTS TO IMPROVE AWARENESS OF THIS DISEASE AND SUPPORTING ALL THE EDUCATION EFFORTS. SHE'S VERY VIGILANT ON THIS ISSUE, AS I KNOW, WE'RE ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE TOGETHER. THE ISSUE AND WHY IT'S SO NECESSARY TO EDUCATE IS TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF EARLY DETECTION. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:10:37 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    I'D LIKE TO NOW YIELD SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    I'D LIKE TO NOW YIELD SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM COLORADO WHO IS THE AUTHOR OF THE RESOLUTION AND ALSO THE CO-CHAIR OF THE DIABETES CAUCUS.

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  • 06:10:50 PM

    MS. DEGETTE

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MR. PALLONE, THE CHAIRMAN…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MR. PALLONE, THE CHAIRMAN OF MY SUBCOMMITTEE, WHO DOES SUCH WONDERFUL WORK ON THESE DIABETES ISSUES, AND ALSO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA. WE'VE SERVED FOR MANY, MANY YEARS TOGETHER ON THE COMMITTEE. I'M VERY PLEASED THAT WE'RE ABLE TO BRING THIS RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR WHILE IT IS STILL IN FACT DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH, NOVEMBER. BECAUSE DIABETES IS ONE OF THE TOP PUBLIC HEALTH THREATS IN OUR COUNTRY TODAY. ABOUT 70,000 PEOPLE ARE THOUGHT TO HAVE DIED FROM UNDERLYING CAUSES OF DIABETES ON AN ANNUAL BASIS, WITH TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MORE DEATHS RELATED TO THE DISEASE. THE C.D.C. ESTIMATES THAT RIGHT NOW ABOUT 81 MILLION AMERICANS EITHER HAVE DIABETES OR PRE-DIABETES AND WE KNOW THAT MANY MORE WILL GET IT. WITH BETTER RESEARCH, WE CAN DETERMINE HOW PEOPLE LOSE THEIR LIVES TO THIS DISEASE AND WE CAN BOTH CURE, WE HOPE FIND A CURE FOR THE DISEASE AND ALSO TO MITIGATE THE LOSSES. AS WELL AS A TERRIBLE PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT IN THIS COUNTRY, DIABETES IS ALSO AN IMPORTANT ECONOMIC ISSUE. WHICH IS WHY THE DIABETES CAUCUS WORKS SO HARD TO RAISE AWARENESS IN THIS BODY. DIABETES WILL COST THIS NATION ALMOST $3.4 TRILLION THROUGH 2020, ACCORDING TO A RECENT STUDY RELEASED BY THE UNITED HEALTH GROUP. ONE IN EVERY 10 -- $1 IN EVERY $10 IN HEALTH CARE IN THIS COUNTRY IS ATRNTED TO DIABETES AND ITS COMPLICATIONS AND DIABETES TAKES UP MORE THAN 30% OF OUR MEDICARE DOLLARS. WHAT'S MORE DISTURBING, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT TYPE TWO DIABETES IS INCREASING TO EPIDEMIC LEVELS AND AS PREVIOUS SPEAKERS HAVE MENTIONED, THREATENS TO TAKE UP AN EVEN BIGGER BUDGET, PART OF OUR BUDGET IN THE YEARS TO COME AND TO AFFECT MILLIONS MORE AMERICANS. FAMILIES LIKE MY FAMILY SEE DIABETES UP CLOSE EVERY DAY. WE HAVE BEEN TOUCHED JUST IN MY FAMILY BY TYPE ONE DIABETES, TYPE TWO DIABETES AND GESTATIONAL DIABETES. THIS IS NOT UNCOMMON IN AMERICA. AS MORE AND MORE FAMILIES, PARTICULARLY HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH TYPE TWO DIABETES. EVEN THOUGH DIABETES IS INCREASING SO DRAMATICALLY, THOUGH, BECAUSE OF THE RESEARCH THAT WE HAVE DONE AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, AT THE C.D.C. AND IN THE STATES, THE PERSONAL DIABETES -- TOLL OF DIABETES IS BECOMING MORE MANAGEABLE, AS WE DISCOVER WAYS BOTH TO PREVENT TYPE TWO DIABETES AND TO TREAT AND EVEN FIND CURES FOR TYPE ONE AND TYPE TWO DIABETES. ADVANCEMENTS IN LIFESTYLE INTERVENTIONS, SCREENING AND TESTING CAN SAVE MONEY AND SAVE EVEN MORE LIVES. THIS YEAR MARKED THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DIABETES AND DIGESTIVE AND KIDNEY DISEASES, WHICH IS THE LEADING RESEARCH ORGANIZATION AT THE N.I.H. DEDICATED TO TACKLING THIS DEVASTATING DISEASE. AND SO SIX DECADES LATER WE CONTINUE TO FIND DIFFERENT WAYS TO APPROACH THIS DISEASE AND HELP THE MILLIONS OF FAMILIES THAT ARE AFFECTED BY IT. AND SO THIS YEAR, AS WE SUPPORT THE GOALS OF NATIONAL DIABETES MONTH, LET'S ALSO PASS A BILL SEPARATE FROM THIS BILL THAT MANY OF US HAVE CO-SPONSORED TO FUND THE SPECIAL DIABETES PROGRAM. AS WITH ALL THINGS, THIS RESEARCH MUST BE PAID FOR. BUT THE COST OF INACTION, BOTH PHYSICALLY AND ECONOMICALLY, IS TOO HIGH. DIABETES ISSUES HAVE CONSISTENTLY BEEN ADDRESSED BY THIS BODY WITH INTEREST AND PASSIONS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND WE EXPECT IN THE 11TH CONGRESS THAT THIS WILL CONTINUE. THE DIE -- 112TH CONGRESS THAT THIS WILL KAY CUSS. THE DIABETES CAUCUS IS IN FACT THE LARGEST CAUCUS IN CONGRESS WITH CLOSE TO 250 MEMBERS AND I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT JUST NOW BECAUSE TWO OF OUR GREAT LEADERS IN THIS BODY ON THIS ISSUE ARE GOING TO BE LEAVING US AT THE END OF THIS SESSION. MIKE CASTLE WHO HAS BEEN AN EXTRAORDINARY CO-CHAIR OF THE DIABETES CAUCUS IS LEAVING AS WELL AS ZACH SPACE, A BELOVED MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE. WHO IS THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE DIABETES CAUCUS. I INVITE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN THIS CAUCUS AND ALSO IF ANYONE'S INTERESTED IN BEING A CO-CHAIR, LET ME KNOW BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT, IMPORTANT WORK THAT WE DO. DO. SO IN THE SPIRIT OF THE BIPARTISAN COMMITMENT THAT ALL OF US HAVE MADE, WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AND NOT JUST TALK ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT RESEARCH IS, BUT ACTUALLY COMMIT OURSELVES IN THE NEXT SESSION OF CONGRESS TO WORKING TOGETHER ON LEGISLATION. WE CAN WORK TOGETHER NOT JUST ON RECOGNIZING DIABETES MONTH BUT ALSO WORKING TOGETHER ON THE SPECIAL DIABETES PROGRAM WHICH WILL HELP SAVE COUNTLESS AMERICAN LIVES AND NOT LEAVE THIS CRITICAL INITIATIVE ON THE TO-DO LIST FOR YET ANOTHER YEAR. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:15:58 PM

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  • 06:16:03 PM

    MR. TERRY

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND I THANK HIM FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO RISE…

    SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND I THANK HIM FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1690 AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. TO ME, IT'S BEEN AN HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO BE INVOLVED WITH MANY DIABETES GROUPS, INCLUDING THE JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION. THIS IS A PERSONAL ISSUE WITH MY FAMILY. MY SON, WILL, IS DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE ONE DIABETES AND I WILL NEVER FORGET THE DAY BEING RUSHED TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM AS I HAD TO HOLD HIM DOWN AND LOOK AT HIM IN THE EYES, WHY ARE YOU HOLDING ME AND LETTING THE DOCTORS HURT ME. WE WERE DOING IT IN HIS BEST INTEREST TO TAKE CARE OF HIS SITUATION. WE HAVE BEEN LIVING WITH THIS DISEASE FOR WELL OVER SIX YEARS. AND I WATCH MY WIFE EVERY NIGHT GET UP AT 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 IN THE MORNING, TESTING HIS BLOOD GLUE COAST LEVELS TO MAKE SURE HE IS MONITORED. IMPORTANT FOR ME TO STAND UP AND RECOGNIZE THERE IS NO CURE AT THIS POINT IN TIME FOR JUVENILE DIABETES OR DIABETES ITSELF. I HOPE IN THE NEAR FUTURE AND IN MY TENURE AS A MEMBER OF THIS CHAMBER THAT THAT CURE WILL BE FOUND. IN THE MEANTIME, I DO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN EXPRESSING MY CONCERN FOR THE OVER 24 MILLION CHILDREN AND ADULTS THAT ARE LIVING WITH THIS DISEASE AND THE ESTIMATED 57 MILLION AMERICANS THAT ARE AT RISK. TODAY, WE MUST BECOME AWARE OF THIS DISEASE AND ITS SYMPTOMS TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE WHO SUFFERS THESE SYMPTOMS OF FREQUENT URINEATION, EXTREME THIRST AND UNUSUAL WEIGHT LOSS, CHECK WITH THEIR MEDICAL PROVIDERS AND MAKE SURE THEY ARE CHECKED FOR DIABETES BECAUSE IT HAS LIFE-THREATENING AND LIFE IMPACTS THAT CAN BE NEGATIVE IN REGARDS TO BLINDNESS, AMPUTATION AND KIDNEY FAILURE. I AM HERE TODAY TO STAND IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE AND I WILL DO WHATEVER IS IN MY POWER TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR DIABETES AND FINDING ITS CURE AS MY TENURE IN THE HOUSE SO ALLOWS. THANK YOU.

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  • 06:19:00 PM

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK.

  • 06:19:05 PM

    MR. TERRY

    RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:19:10 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, WHO IS THE…

    I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, WHO IS THE SPONSOR OF THE GESTATIONAL DIABETES ACT WHICH PASSED THE HOUSE EARLIER THIS YEAR, MR. ENGEL.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:19:31 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY, CHAIRMAN OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE WHO DOES AN…

    GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY, CHAIRMAN OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE WHO DOES AN EXCELLENT JOB FOR YIELDING TO ME AND I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H. RES. 1690, A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE OBSERVEANCE OF AMERICAN DIABETES MONTH. AS A MEMBER OF THE CONGRESSIONAL DIABETES CAUCUS AND CO-SPONSOR OF THIS RESOLUTION, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF H. RES. 1690. MY COLLEAGUES MAY BE AWARE, ONE OUT OF EVERY 10 AMERICANS SUFFERS FROM DIABETES. THIS IS NEARLY 24 MILLION PEOPLE. ADDITIONALLY, ACCORDING TO THE SINTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, THERE ARE 57 MILLION AMERICANS WITH PRE-DIABETES. EVEN MORE TROUBLING, THE STAGGERING NUMBERS WILL CONTINUE TO GROW IF WE DO NOTHING. WE MUST CONTINUE TO RAISE AWARENESS AND FIND NEW TREATMENTS AND PREVENTATIVE MEASURES. IN OCTOBER, THE C.D.C. ISSUED A REPORT WHICH STATES IF CURRENT TRENDS CONTINUE ONE IN THREE AMERICAN ADULTS COULD HAVE DIABETES BY THE YEAR 2050. THE REPORT STATES THAT THE 174 BILLION CURRENTLY SPENT ON DIABETES WILL AT LEAST DOUBLE BY 2050. THESE ARE COSTS THAT WE CANNOT AFFORD BOTH FINANCIALLY AND PHYSICALLY AND THE PROSPECT OF THESE STATISTICS JUMPING FROM ONE IN 10 TO ONE IN THREE IS FRIGHTENING, BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS IT IS PREVENTABLE. I INTRODUCED THE GESTATIONAL DIABETES ACT. THE ACT FORCES RESEARCH, RESOURCES ON REDUCING THE INSID DENS OF GESTATIONAL DIABETES IN A PREGNANCY FOR BOTH THE MOTHER AND CHILD. IT PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN SEPTEMBER AND I CALL UPON OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE OTHER BODY TO PASS MY LEGISLATION IN THE 111TH CONGRESS SO WE CAN TURN THE TIDE AWAY FROM THESE DIRE PREDICTIONS. GENETIC RISK FACTORS OR THE AGING PROCESS, WE CAN FIGHT THE NEW CAUSES OF DIABETES. WE HAVE THE ABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY TO RAISE PUBLIC AWARENESS ABOUT THE IMPLICATION OF DIABETES AND HOW TO PREVENT IT. THAT'S WHY I STAND IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H. RES. 1690. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:21:43 PM

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

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

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  • 06:21:49 PM

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    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 IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:21:54 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES NOW TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, WHO IS ALSO A…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES NOW TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, WHO IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE.

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  • 06:22:00 PM

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  • 06:22:02 PM

    MR. SPACE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I SYMPATHESIZE WITH THE NEW MEMBER FROM NEW YORK AND HE AND I HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON. WE ALL HAVE CHILDREN WHO SUFFER FROM TYPE I DIABETES. AND ALTHOUGH IT IS A FAMILY TRAGEDY WHEN IT HAPPENS AND WE ALL HAVE THOSE STARK MEMORIES OF BEING TOLD THAT YOUR CHILD IS GOING TO BE FOR THE REST OF HIS OR HER LIFE DEPENDENT UPON INSULIN AND IT IS LIFE CHANGING BUT IT TRANSCENDS THE PERSONAL TRAGEDY THAT IT AFFLICTS ON MILLIONS OF FAMILIES. AND WE HAVE HEARD THE NUMBERS. THE DIABETES ASSOCIATION ESTIMATES NORTH OF $200 BILLION A YEAR SPENT ON DIABETES ON THIS COUNTRY. THAT IS BILLION WITH A B. THOSE ARE WAR-LIKE NUMBERS AND THE REAL TRAGEDY IS WE COULD AVOID THAT IF WE HAD ANY KIND OF FORESIGHT ENVISIONED AS A NATION, WE WILL INVEST IN A CURE FOR A FRACTION OF WHAT WE SPEND IN THIS COUNTRY ON DIABETES EVERY YEAR, WE COULD CURE THE DISEASE. IT'S WITHIN REACH. THIS ISN'T CANCER OR SOME COMPLICATED DISEASE OF THE BRAIN. THIS IS AN AUTO IMMUNE DISORDER THAT AFFECTS THE PANCREAS. WE HAVE A SMALL FRACTION ON WHAT WE SPEND ON DIABETES EVERY YEAR, WE COULD GIVE EVERY TYPE I PERSON IN AMERICA A CLOSE-LOOP SYSTEM, INSULIN PUMP, GLUCOSE MONITOR THAT WORKS LIKE A PAN CREE AS. AND WE COULD SAVE TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS BECAUSE AS PARENTS OF CHILDREN, WE KNOW WHAT OUR CHILDREN FACE. BY THE TIME MY SON IS MY AGE, HE WILL BE FACING THE PROSPECT OF BLINDNESS, KIDNEY DISEASE, AMPUTATION AND OUR GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO PAY FOR IT. THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE. AND I URGE THIS BODY IN THE 112TH CONGRESS TO STRONGLY CONSIDER INVESTING HERE FOR EVERY DOLLAR YOU PUT IN, YOU WILL RECEIVE HUNDREDS BACK AND YOU WILL SAVE LIVES AND ADVANCE HUMAN LIFE IN WAYS THAT ARE DIFFICULT TO EVEN CONCEIVE RIGHT NOW. AGAIN, I WANT TO TCHANCHING MY COLLEAGUE FROM -- TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO AND MY CHAIRMAN, MR. PALLONE, FOR THIS TIME.

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  • 06:25:03 PM

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

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

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  • 06:25:09 PM

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    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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  • 06:25:14 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 06:25:21 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE HOUSE, WITH NEARLY 23 MILLION CHILDREN AND…

    LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE HOUSE, WITH NEARLY 23 MILLION CHILDREN AND ADULTS IN THE UNITED STATES LIVING WITH THIS DISEASE, IT IS TIME TO REASSESS OUR OWN FITNESS AND NUTRITION CHOICES TO EDUCATE OURSELVES ON THE RISK FACTORS AND THEN COURAGE EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY OUR LOVED ONES TO GET TESTED. IN MY HOME STATE OF GEORGIA, APPROXIMATELY 700,000 CHILDREN AND ADULTS OR 7.8% OF GEORGIA'S ENTIRE POPULATION HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH DIABETES. RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT THIS DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF DIABETES COULD HAVE ON PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES MUST NOT GO OVERLOOKED. MANY PEOPLE DO NOT REALIZE THAT DIABETES IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF BLINDNESS AMONG ADULTS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 20 AND 74 YEARS OLD AND CONTRIBUTES TO SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS SUCH AS HEART DISEASE, STROKE AND KIDNEY FAILURE. NATIONWIDE, 23.6 MILLION PEOPLE OR 7.8% OF THE NATION'S ENTIRE POPULATION HAVE DIABETES. FURTHER, 17.9 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED. 5.7 MILLION ARE UNDIAGNOSED AND AT LEAST 57 MILLION PEOPLE ARE PRE-DIABETIC IN THIS COUNTRY AND 220 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE DIABETES WORLDWIDE. THESE ARE STARTLING STATISTICS AND THE NUMBERS CONTINUE TO RISE. SADLY, THOUSANDS MORE ARE AT INCREASED RISK OF GETTING DIABETES BECAUSE OF ADVANCING AGE AND OBESITY AND SED TEN TEAR LIFESTYLES AND INSUFFICIENT PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES. DIABETES NOT ONLY AFFECTS THE HEALTH OF OUR NATION BUT OUR ECONOMIC WELL-BEING AS WELL. IN MY STATE OF GEORGIA, THE COST OF DIABETES DUE TO MEDICAL CARE, LOST PRODUCTIVITY AND PREMATURE DEATH IS OVER $5.1 BILLION PER YEAR. WITH 357 MILLION LOST IN MY OWN CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT ALONG. EARLY TESTING IS CRUCIAL TO SAVING LIVES AND EVEN PREVENTING THE ONSET OF DISEASE IN THE FIRST PLACE. WHEN DIABETES IS DIAGNOSED IN LATER STAGES, THE TREATMENTS ARE MORE EXTREME, MORE DIFFICULT AND HOSPITAL VISITS MORE FREQUENT. CATCHING THE DISEASE IN ITS EARLY STAGES HELPS PATIENTS MITIGATE THE HARMFUL EFFECTS EARLY. I WANT TO DO EVERYTHING IN MY POWER, ALONG WITH ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES, TO ENSURE THAT AMERICANS ARE EMPOWERED TO TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR HEALTH AND GET TESTED. I WILL ALSO CONTINUE TO WORK --

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  • 06:28:06 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ADDITIONAL MINUTE IS GRANTED.

  • 06:28:12 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    I APPRECIATE THAT. I ALSO WANT TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN…

    I APPRECIATE THAT. I ALSO WANT TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS TO ADDRESS JUVENILE DIABETES. ESPECIALLY WITH OUR CHILDREN, BECAUSE IT CAN BE PREVENTED AT AN EARLY STAGE, WHICH IS TESTING AND CARE AND INCREASED FUNDING FOR ADDITIONAL RESEARCH AS A NUMBER OF CASES CONTINUE TO STEADILY INCREASE. AGAIN, I'M HONORED TO OBSERVE NOVEMBER AS AMERICAN DIABETES MONTH AND I'M HOPEFUL WITH THIS INCREASED AWARENESS OF THIS DEVASTATING DISEASE, WE CAN SAVE MORE PEOPLE FROM BEING DIAGNOSED WITH DIABETES. WE CAN LICK THIS. THERE IS A CURE. ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS PUT IT AS A PRIORITY. IT NEEDS TO BE. AND WE WILL SAVE LIVES, MILLIONS OF LIVES. AND I CERTAINLY APPRECIATE AND COMMEND MR. PALLONE AND THE GENTLELADY FROM COLORADO FOR AUTHORIZING THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:29:21 PM

    MR. TERRY

    IF I CAN INQUIRE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, HOW MANY SPEAKERS DO…

    IF I CAN INQUIRE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, HOW MANY SPEAKERS DO YOU HAVE LEFT?

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  • 06:29:26 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. I WOULD YIELD

  • 06:29:30 PM

    MR. BACA

    MY TIME. AND URGE PASSAGE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS AND -- AGREE TO WHOSE RESOLUTION 1690. I'M SORRY, AS AMENDED. WE'LL DO THAT AGAIN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO. AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 06:30:11 PM

    MR. TERRY

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

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

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

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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  • 06:30:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO S. 2847,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO S. 2847, THE COMMERCIAL ADVERTISEMENT LOUDNESS MITIGATION ACT. BETTER KNOWN AS THE CALM ACT.

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  • 06:31:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 06:31:07 PM

    THE CLERK

    SENATE 2847, AN ACT TO REGULATE THE VOLUME OF AUDIO ON COMMERCIALS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. ESCHEW, AND…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. ESCHEW, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. TERRY, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 06:31:24 PM

    MS. ESHOO

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

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

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  • 06:31:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 06:31:36 PM

    MS. ESHOO

    I YIELD TO MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:31:43 PM

    MS. ESHOO

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY OR THIS EVENING TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY OR THIS EVENING TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF A BILL DESIGNED TO ELIMINATE THE EAR-SPLITTING LEVELS OF TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENTS AND RETURN CONTROL OF TELEVISION SOUND MODULATION TO THE AMERICAN CONSUMER. A VOTE FOR THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WITH 90 CO-SPONSORS WILL SEND IT ON TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS SIGNATURE AND WHEN HE SIGNS IT IT WILL BRING RELIEF TO MILLIONS OF TELEVISION VIEWERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I FIRST INTRODUCED THE CALM ACT MORE THAN THREE YEARS AGO. IN THE PREVIOUS CONGRESS. THE PREMISE OF THE BILL THEN AS NOW WAS SIMPLE. TO MAKE THE VOLUME OF COMMERCIALS AND REGULAR PROGRAMMING UNIFORM SO CONSUMERS CAN CONTROL SOUND LEVELS. THE PROBLEM OF EAR-SPLITTING TV ADVERTISEMENTS HAS EXISTED FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS. NOT FIVE, 50. TELEVISION ADVERTISERS FIRST REALIZED THE CONSUMERS OFTEN LEFT THE ROOM DURING COMMERCIALS SO THEY USED LOUD COMMERCIALS TO GRAB THEIR ATTENTION AS THEY MOVED TO OTHER PARTS OF THEIR HOME. THIS HAS BEEN ONE OF THE TOP COMPLAINTS TO THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION FOR DECADES. THE BILL DIRECTS THE F.C.C. TO ADOPT THE ENGINEERING STANDARDS RECOMMENDED BY THE BODY THAT SETS TECHNICAL STANDARDS FOR DIGITAL TELEVISION WITHIN ONE YEAR. THESE STANDARDS WERE DEVELOPED WHEN I INTRODUCED THE LEGISLATION IN THE LAST CONGRESS. SO NOW WE DON'T HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER 50 YEARS FOR A SOLUTION. WITH THE PASSAGE OF THIS LES LEGISLATION, WE'LL END THE PRACTICAL -- LEGISLATION, WE'LL END THE PRACTICE OF CONSUMERS BEING SUBJECTED TO ADVERTISEMENTS THAT ARE RIDICULOUSLY LOUD AND WE CAN PROTECT PEOPLE FROM NEEDLESSLY LOUD NOISE SPIKES THAT CAN ACTUALLY HARM THEIR HEARING. THIS TECHNICAL FIX IS LONG OVERDUE AND UNDER THE CALM ACT, AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE, CONSUMERS WILL BE IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE ENACTMENT OF THIS BILL BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY SO DO MILLIONS OF CONSUMERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SO I URGE MY -- EXCUSE ME -- MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THE BILL AND -- LET'S SEE, I WILL -- I DON'T THINK -- I DON'T KNOW IF THERE'S ANYONE HERE THAT WANTS TO SPEAK ON MY SIDE SO I WILL YIELD THE BALANCE OF -- PARRED ME, I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME -- PARDON ME, I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, THANK YOU.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:34:28 PM

    MR. TERRY

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

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  • 06:34:35 PM

    MR. TERRY

    MANY TIMES A NIGHT DOES THIS SCENARIO PLAY OUT? YOU'RE ON YOUR COUCH,…

    MANY TIMES A NIGHT DOES THIS SCENARIO PLAY OUT? YOU'RE ON YOUR COUCH, YOU'RE WATCHING A NICE PROGRAM AND THE PROGRAM HAS PEOPLE CONVERSING AND IT'S GETTING TO THAT PINNACLE POINT IN THE SHOW AND IT FADES AND THE COMMERCIAL COMES ON AND IT'S REALLY LOUD AND YOU REACH FOR YOUR REMOTE AND YOU CAN'T FIND THE REMOTE, YOUR SPOUSE IN THE OTHER ROOM WITH HER IMPATIENT VOICE SAYS, TURN THAT DOWN, BUT YOU CAN'T FIND THE REMOTE, YOU SAY, WHERE IS THAT BLANKETY BLANK REMOTE? AND THEN YOU LOOK BETWEEN THE CUSHIONS AND THERE IT IS AND YOU HIT THE MUTE BUTTON AND PEACE AND CALM IS NOW RESTORED IN THE LIVING ROOMS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN HOUSEHOLDS. SEVERAL OF MY COLLEAGUES, PEOPLE IN THIS HOUSE, HAVE SAID THAT THIS ACT ISN'T NEEDED, BUT FOR THAT LIVING ROOM ON THAT NIGHT, IT WAS SURE HELPFUL TO RESTORE CALM. THE COMMERCIAL ADVERTISEMENT LOUDNESS MITIGATION OR CALM ACT IS WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY. SOME SAY, ESPECIALLY COMING ON THE HEELS OF THE LAST BILL, A DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH BILL, THAT MAYBE THERE'S MORE IMPORTANT ISSUES TO DEAL WITH. WELL, NOT FOR THAT FAMILY AND THAT -- IN THAT LIVING ROOM ON THAT NIGHT. I DO WANT TO POINT OUT ONE POINT OR ONE THING HERE AND THAT THE INDUSTRY HAS RECOGNIZED THERE'S AN ISSUE WITH THE LOUDNESS OF THE COMMERCIALS. ON NOVEMBER 5, 2009, THE ADVANCED TELEVISION SYSTEMS COMMITTEE, ATSC, ANNOUNCED THE APPROVAL OF AN INDUSTRY STANDARD, THE ATSC RECOMMENDED PRACTICE TECHNIQUE FOR ESTABLISHING AND MAINTAINING AUDIO LOUDNESS FOR DIGITAL TELEVISION, WHICH PROVIDES GUIDANCE TO CREATORS AND DISTRIBUTORS OF TV CONTENT, FOCUSING ON AUDIO MEASUREMENT, AUDIO MONITORING TECHNIQUES AND METHODS TO CONTROL LOUDNESS. IT'S NOT AS EASY AS WE MAY THINK TO CONTROL THAT, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU COME OFF OF A CALM SHOW INTO A MORE BOISTEROUS COMMERCIAL. NOW, THIS BILL HAS BEEN AMENDED IN THE SENATE TO CODIFY THAT STANDARD THAT HAS BEEN DEVELOPED BY THE EXPERTS. THE INDUSTRY WILL MOVE TO SOLVE THE PURPORTED CONCERNS BY SIMPLY MOVING TO COMPLY WITH THAT CONSENSUS STANDARD AND FURTHERMORE THE ACT WOULD CREATE A KIND OF SAFE HARBOR BY DEEMING AN OPERATOR THAT INSTALLS, UTILIZES AND MAINTAINS THE PROPER EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE IN COMPLIANCE -- IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE ACT. NOW, WHILE MANY MEMBERS MAY FEEL THAT THERE ARE MORE IMPORTANT ISSUES FOR THIS CONGRESS TO DEAL WITH, THIS IS THE ISSUE AT HAND AND AS A MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE WHERE THIS WENT THROUGH REGULAR ORDER, A SUBCOMMITTEE AND COMMITTEE, WE STAND IN SUPPORT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME -- WELL, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, CORRECT?

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  • 06:37:59 PM

    MR. TERRY

    AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK OUR TIME.

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    MS. ESHOO

    THAT HAVE WORKED HARD ON THIS BILL OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS. I'D LIKE TO…

    THAT HAVE WORKED HARD ON THIS BILL OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS. I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. TERRY FOR THE REMARKS THAT HE MADE ABOUT THE LEGISLATION. THIS REALLY IS A REALLY VERY SIMPLE BILL. IT STARTED OUT AS A ONE-PAGE BILL. IT'S NOW MAYBE TWO AND A FEW LINES. IT WAS NEVER DRAFTED WITH THE INTENT THAT IT WOULD SOLVE SOME OF THE GREAT, GREAT CHALLENGES THAT ARE FACING OUR COUNTRY. IT'S A SMALL BILL, BUT IT IS CONSUMER FRIENDLY AND IT DOES RECOGNIZE THE COMPLAINTS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE REGISTERED WITH THE F.C.C. OVER THE LAST 50 YEARS. IN FACT, IT'S BEEN THE TOP COMPLAINT. I WANT TO THANK THE BROADCASTERS FOR WORKING WITH US, FOR THOSE THAT CAME UP WITH THE TECHNOLOGY, THE TECHNOLOGY STANDARDS THAT WILL BE THE NATIONAL STANDARD FOR BROADCASTERS, SATELLITE AND CABLE AND WITH THAT, AGAIN, I'D LIKE TO THANK ALL THAT WERE INVOLVED IN THIS AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL AND I THINK THAT WE'LL HAVE SOME MORE PEACE IN HOMES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AS MR. TERRY DESCRIBED IT. SO I WILL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:39:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 2847. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER --

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  • 06:39:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 06:40:02 PM

    MR. TERRY

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

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

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  • 06:40:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 06:41:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE RESOLUTION,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE RESOLUTION, H.RES. 1735.

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  • 06:41:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

  • 06:41:37 PM

    THE CLERK

    MILITARY ATTACK AGAINST SOUTH KOREA ON NOVEMBER 23, 2010.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERMAN, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERMAN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 06:42:00 PM

    MR. BERMAN

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

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

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  • 06:42:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 06:42:12 PM

    MR. BERMAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION AND YIELD MYSELF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION AND YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 06:42:20 PM

    MR. BERMAN

    OVER A WEEK AGO, ON NOVEMBER 23, NORTH KOREA LAUNCHED A BRAZEN DAY-TIME AR…

    OVER A WEEK AGO, ON NOVEMBER 23, NORTH KOREA LAUNCHED A BRAZEN DAY-TIME AR TILLARY BARRAGE ON THE -- SOUTH KOREAN ISLAND INHABITED BY CIVILIANS. NORTH KOREA FIRED OVER 100 ROUNDS AT THE ISLAND, KILLING TWO SOUTH KOREAN CIVILIANS, TWO YOUNG MARINES, INJURING 19. THE SHELLING ALSO CAUSED CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO THE ISLAND. THIS PROVOCATIVE MILITARY ACT BY NORTH KOREA WAS ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUS ATTACKS INVOLVING CIVILIANS SINCE THE END OF THE KOREAN WAR AND IS IN VIOLATION OF THE ARMISTICE AGREEMENT. THIS BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION STRONGLY CONDEMNS NORTH KOREA'S UNPROVOKED ATTACK, CALLS ON THE NORTH TO ANNOUNCE FURTHER ACTS OF AGGRESSION AND ABIDE BY THE TERMS OF THE ARMISTICE AGREEMENT. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST SYMPATHIES AND CONDOLENCES TO THE SOUTH KOREAN VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THIS RESOLUTION EXPRESSES THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES' FIRM SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE AND THE GOVERNMENT OF SOUTH KOREA. WE STAND SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WITH THEM AT THIS TIME OF NATIONAL CRISIS. THIS RESOLUTION ALSO EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR THE CONTINUED CLOSE SECURITY COOPERATION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND SOUTH KOREA AND FOR THE ALLIANCE BETWEEN OUR TWO NATIONS. INDEED, A U.S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER STRIKE GROUP IS CURRENTLY CONDUCTING COMBERSICES WITH THE SOUTH KOREAN NAVY IN WATERS WEST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA. THIS EXERCISE DEMONSTRATES THE STRENGTH OF THE ALLIANCE AND OF U.S. COMMITMENT TO REGIONAL STABILITY THROUGH DETERRENCE. THE UNITED STATES IS COMMITTED TO THE SECURITY OF SOUTH KOREA, MAINTAINING STABILITY ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA AND ENSURING PEACE IN NORTHEAST ASIA. WE ARE READY TO ENCOURAGE COOPERATION AND DIALOGUE WITH OUR ALLIES AND OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE TRIEGE PROMOTE PEACE AND SECURITY IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC. LAST WEEK'S AR TILL RRRY ATTACK WAS JUST THE LATEST IN A LONG LINE OF PROCKCATIONS BY NORTH KOREA. THE RECENT REVELATIONS ABOUT A NEW NORTH KOREAN URANIUM ENRICHMENT FACILITY ARE VERY TROUBLING AS IT WILL ENABLE NORTH KOREA TO AGAIN EXPAND ITS NUCLEAR ARSENAL. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS ENRICHMENT FACILITY IS A CLEAR VIOLATION -- VIOLATION OF SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS THAT WERE PASSED IN 2006 AND 2009. WE CALL ON NORTH KOREA TO CEASE ITS URANIUM ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES, TAKE CONCRETE STEPS TO DISMANLTLE AWFUL ITS SENSITIVE NUCLEAR FACILITIES AND ABIDE BY THE RELEVANT SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS. FINALLY, THIS RESOLUTION URGES CHINA TO RESTRAIN NORTH KOREA FROM FURTHER ACTS OF BLIDGERANS AND TO WORK CONSTRUCTIVELY WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD TO PROMOTE LASTING PEACE ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA AND STABILITY IN NORTHEAST ASIA. A LONG-TIME TREATY ALLY OF THE NORTH, CHINA CAN CLEARLY EXERCISE SIGNIFICANT LEVERAGE ON THAT NATION. NO ONE WANTS TO SEE ANOTHER WAR ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA. BUT NORTH KOREA MUST UNDERSTAND THAT ITS ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES, THAT IT CANNOT VIOLATE THE ARMISTICE, KILL INNOCENT CIVILIANS AND BREAK ITS INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. TIME.

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  • 06:45:44 PM

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

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

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  • 06:45:51 PM

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  • 06:45:53 PM

    MR. POE

    STRONG VIGOROUS SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION CONDEMNING THE CONTINUED…

    STRONG VIGOROUS SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION CONDEMNING THE CONTINUED BEHAVIOR OF NORTH KOREA. PYONGYANG THREATENS THE PEACE AND SECURITY OF NOT ONLY THE KOREAN PENINSULA, BUT THE WHOLE REGION. THE SHELLING OF A SOUTH KOREAN ISLAND LAST WEEK WAS THE FIRST SUCH ATTACK DIRECTED AT CIVILIANS SINCE THE KOREAN WAR IN THE 1950'S. WE JOIN OUR SOUTH KOREAN ALLIES IN MOURNING THE DEATHS OF CIVILIANS AND YOUNG MARINES AND CONDOLENCES TO THE VICTIMS' FAMILIES. IN ADDRESSING ANOTHER KOREAN CRISIS, AS A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE ALMOST SIX DECADES AGO, DWIGHT EISENHOWER SAID IN THIS ANXIOUS AUTUMN OF AMERICA, ONE FACT LOOMS ABOVE ALL OTHERS IN OUR PEOPLE'S MINDS, ONE TRAGEDY CHALLENGES ALL MEN DEDICATED TO THE WORK OF PEACE. THIS WORD IS KOREA. WHEN THE SHELLING WHICH WE CONDEMN TODAY IN THE ATTACK ON CIVILIANS IS MERELY THE TIP OF THE NORTH KOREAN SPHERE OF HOSTILITY. ONE CAME A WEEK EARLIER OF A SECRET NUCLEAR URANIUM ENRICHMENT PLANT AND ONE DESCRIBED IT AS STUNNING. THE PLANT ALSO LAID BARE THE DECEIT AND TRETCH ERIE WHICH NORTH KOREA HAS APPROACHED THE WHOLE ISSUE FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS. THE UNCONSCIONABLE REVELATIONS OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION BY WIKILEAKS HAS OPENED OUR EYES TO THE FULL EXTENT OF NORTH KOREAN COOPERATION WITH THE LITTLE TYRANT FROM THE DEDS EARTH AHMADINEJAD AND THE IRANIAN REGIME. THANKS TO PYONGYANG'S PROLIFERATION, YIRIAN WARHEADS CAN NOW REACH AMERICAN JILE EYES IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND EVEN AS FAR AWAY AS EUROPE. WE HAVE LEARNED THAT AIR IRAN TRANSPORTS LANDED AT THE AIRPORT TO CARRY MISSILE EQUIPMENT FROM NORTH KOREA TO IRAN. THERE IS A NORTH KOREAN-IRANIAN AXIS OF EVIL WITH MALICE TOWARD MANKIND AND RUNS THROUGH THE HEART OF BEIJING, CHINA. CHINA, A PERMANENT OF THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL HAVE NO SHAME WHEN IT DISREGARDS THE SANCTIONS DIRECTED AT PYONGYANG AND TEHRAN? AND IN THAT ANXIOUS AUTUMN OF 1952, PRESIDENT EISENHOWER POINTED TO HIS WORLD WAR II EXPERIENCE AS A ROAD MAP FOR DEALING WITH THE DICTATORS OF PYONGYANG. HE SAID, I KNOW SOMETHING OF THE TOTALITARIAN MIND, HE SAID. THROUGH THE YEARS OF WORLD WAR II, I CARRIED THE DECISION AND THE FREE WORLD'S CRUSADE AGAINST TYRANNY THREATENING ALL OF US. WORLD WAR II SHOULD HAVE TAUGHT US A LESSON. THE LESSON IS THIS, TO FACILITATE, TO APIECE BY FEEDING THE DICTATOR'S CONQUEST AND INVITE WAR ITSELF. WITHOUT FIRM RESOLVE, MORE SIX-PARTY TALKS AS PROPOSED BY CHINA WILL PROVE AS MEANINGLESS AS THOSE THAT HAVE OCCURRED IN THE PAST. BEIJING MUST COME TO UNDERSTAND AND CLEARLY DEMONSTRATE THAT IT WILL NO LONGER PROVIDE ECONOMIC AND MILITARY COVER FOR PYONGYANG'S DANGEROUSLY RECKLESS BEHAVIOR. FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN THROUGH MISSILES AND ARTILLERY, NORTH KOREA IS A THREAT TO PEACE AND STABILITY OF ALL NATIONS. CHINA MUST REIN BEFORE IT GOES OUT OF CONTROL. THE RISKS ARE GAVE. OUR RESOLVE MUST BE FIRM AND AND STAND WITH OUR ALLIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO GIVE THEIR SUPPORT TO THIS RESOLUTION, WHICH I'M PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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  • 06:50:22 PM

    MR. BERMAN

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A VERY DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF OUR…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A VERY DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, MR. TANNER.

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  • 06:50:37 PM

    MR. TANNER

    MY APPRECIATION FOR THIS RESOLUTION AND I'M PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR .…

    MY APPRECIATION FOR THIS RESOLUTION AND I'M PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR . AFTER THIS EVENT HAPPENED, THIS UNPROVOKED ATTACK BY THE NORTH ON THE ISLAND, MY SON AND I COMMUNICATED WITH A GOOD FRIEND OF OURS IN KOREA AND LEARNED OF SOME OF THE DEVASTATION AND SO ON. THIS IS A SERIOUS MATTER. THIS RESOLUTION SPEAKS IN, I THINK, EXCELLENT DETAIL AS TO WHAT WE EXPECT IN TERMS OF ACTIVITY BY THE NORTH AND I WANT TO AGAIN THANK CHAIRMAN BERMAN AND MR. POE AND OTHERS WHO HAVE BROUGHT THIS TO THE FLOOR. THANK YOU.

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  • 06:51:24 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 TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:51:30 PM

    MR. POE

    TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM HAWAII, MR. DJOU.

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    MR. DJOU

    IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. WE ARE IN THE ARC OF NORTH KOREA'S…

    IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. WE ARE IN THE ARC OF NORTH KOREA'S BALLISTIC MIVELS. SHOULD ANYTHING HAPPEN TO OUR SOLDIERS, THEY WILL BE THE FIRST ONE CALLED TO ACTION. UNITED STATES MUST MAKE A FIRM AND CLEAR COMMITMENT NOT ONLY TO CONDEMN THESE ACTS BY NORTH KOREA AND COMMIT OUR NATION TO UNIFY KOREAN PENINSULA UNDER A FREE AND DEMOCRATIC REGIME. OUR NATION MUST FREE KOREA IN THE SAME FASHION WE COMMITTED TO A UNITED, FREE AND CAPITALIST GERMANY. THE KOREAN -- NORTH KOREAN GOVERNMENT HAS SHOWN UNPROVOKED ATTACKS BY SEIZING A FISHING VESSEL AND ILLEGALLY SINKING A VESSEL AND SHELLING AN ISLAND SHOWS THAT THE NORTH KOREAN REGIME CANNOT BE TRUSTED AND MUST BE CHANGED. THIS IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT THE UNITED STATES PASS THE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND SOUTH KOREA AND TO THE PASSAGE OF THIS RESOLUTION AND STRENGTHEN OUR BONDS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND SOUTH KOREA AGAINST THE NORTH KOREAN GOVERNMENT. I THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK AND I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM HAWAII YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. BERMAN

    AND COLLEAGUE FROM THE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. SCOTT,…

    AND COLLEAGUE FROM THE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. SCOTT, ONE MINUTE.

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  • 06:53:23 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CHAIRMAN BERMAN. THIS UNWARRANTED ATTACK BY NORTH…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CHAIRMAN BERMAN. THIS UNWARRANTED ATTACK BY NORTH KOREA ON SOUTH KOREA DEMONSTRATES MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE THE DANGEROUS STATE THAT OUR WORLD IS IN. IT IS EXTRAORDINARILY IMPORTANT THAT WE HERE IN CONGRESS CONDEMN IN STRONGEST POSSIBLE WAY THIS ACT, UNPROVE INDICATED ON THE PART OF NORTH KOREA AND TO LET THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH KOREA AND THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD KNOW JUST WHERE THE UNITED STATES STANDS. WE STAND STRONGLY AND FIRMLY WITH OUR ALLY, SOUTH KOREA, AND CONDEMN THIS UNWARRANTED GROSS, UNJUSTIFIED ATTACK ON SOUTH KOREA. AND I COMMEND CHAIRMAN BERMAN FOR BRINGING THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR.

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

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  • 06:54:23 PM

    MR. POE

    I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, WHO…

    I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, WHO IS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON AFRICA AND GLOBAL HEALTH.

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  • 06:54:36 PM

    MR. SMITH

    IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H. RES. 1735 CONDEMNING NORTH KOREA'S UNPROVOKED…

    IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H. RES. 1735 CONDEMNING NORTH KOREA'S UNPROVOKED SHELLING OF THE SOUTH KOREAN ISLAND ON NOVEMBER 23. I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CHAIRMAN BERMAN AND CONGRESSWOMAN ROS-LEHTINEN AND I TOO WITH OTHERS AM A PROUD CO-SPONSOR. WITH THIS RESOLUTION, WE EXTEND OUR DEEP CONDOLENCES AND SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY OF THOSE KILLED AND INJURED IN THE ATTACK. IT IS FITTING THAT WE AS AMERICANS DO THIS WITH THE TREMENDOUS SACRIFICES MADE BY THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH KOREA. WE HAVE LOST TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS IN THAT SAME CAUSE. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE THE SHELLING OF THE ISLAND, IT WAS AN ACT OF AGGRESSION COMMITTED AGAINST AN ALLY AND REAFFIRMS OUR ALLIANCE WITH SOUTH KOREA AND SUPPORTS FURTHER COOPERATION ON SECURITY MATTERS AND CALLS ON CHINA TO USE ITS INFLUENCE TO RESTRAIN NORTH KOREA. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT NORTH KOREA'S AGGRESSION TOWARDS SOUTH KOREA HAS ALMOST BEEN NONSTOP SINCE 1950. IT HAS TAKEN THE FORM OF EITHER FULL-SCALE WAR OR SINCE 1953, SPORADIC SHELLING, SHOOTING NEAR THE D.M.Z. OR TUNNELING NEAR THE DMZ OR SEIZING THE PUEBLO IN 1968 OR KIDNAPPING VOUTH KOREANS ABROAD OR SEIZING THE SOUTH KOREAN VESSEL IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR. THE NORTH KOREAN GOVERNMENT HAS TREATED ITS OWN PEOPLE WITH PROFOUND DISRESPECT AND OUTRIGHT HOSTILITY. IT MAKES NORMAL HUMAN RELATIONS IMPOSSIBLE FOR THEM BY CREATING A SYSTEM IN WHICH PARENTS AND CHILDREN, FRIENDS AND RELATIVES ARE FORCED TO SPY AND REPORT ON EACH OTHER, AN ATMOSPHERE OF TOTAL DISTRUST, TOTAL FEAR AND IT TERRORIZES THEM INTO WORE SHIPPING, FATHER AND SON AS IF THEY WERE GOD, THEIR PERSONALITY CULT IS THE ONLY RELIGION PERMITTED IN NORTH KOREA. ECONOMIC LIFE IS SUCH MADNESS THAT ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO, AS MANY AS TWO MILLION NORTH KOREANS STARVED TO DEATH. WITHIN THIS LARGE GHOUL AG, THE KIM FAMILY HAS CREATED MORE SEVERE PRISON CAMPS AND SENT AN ESTIMATED 200,000 PEOPLE TO LIVE OR SURVIVE IN THEM. REMOVED FROM THE NIGHTMARE OF EVERY DAY LIFE INTO HELL OL EARTH WHERE FORCED LABOR, NEAR STARVATION, RAPE AND THE CRUELEST FORMS OF TORTURE PREVAIL AND FORCED ABORTION AND CHEMICAL EXPERIMENTATION ON INMATES IS COMMONPLACE. OUR GOVERNMENT MUST CONTINUE TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH ALL THOSE THREATEND AND TERRORIZED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF NORTH KOREA AND WITH THE RESIDENTS OF THE ISLAND AND WITH ALL THE PEOPLE OF BOTH NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA AND I URGE STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK TO MR. POE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BERMAN

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. POE

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, DOCTOR ROE.

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    MR. ROE

    CONDEMNING NORTH KOREA'S ACT OF AGGRESSION TOWARDS SOUTH KOREA. 37 YEARS…

    CONDEMNING NORTH KOREA'S ACT OF AGGRESSION TOWARDS SOUTH KOREA. 37 YEARS AGO, I WAS STATIONED IN KOREA WITHIN AN ARTILLERY SHELL OF THE D.M.Z. I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND WHAT FREEDOM CAN DO. AND WHEN I ARRIVED IT WAS A MILITARY DICTATORSHIP AND YOU HAVE A MARKET ECONOMY WITH A FREELY MARKET DEMOCRACY IS BEING ATTACKED BY THE ROWING NATION IN THE NORTH. I CAN'T EMPHASIZE STRONG ENOUGH HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO ACT DECISIVELY AGAINST THIS ACT OF AGGRESSION AGAINST A FREE NATION AND I ASSOCIATE MY REMARKS WITH ALL THE SPEAKERS HERE TODAY AND I CALL ON CHINA TO EXERT EVERY BIT OF PRESSURE ON NORTH KOREA AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. BERMAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND IF THE OTHER SIDE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND IF THE OTHER SIDE YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF ITS TIME, I WILL AS WELL.

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  • 06:59:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. POE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. POE

    IN CLOSING, MR. SPEAKER, THE UNITED NATIONS REPORTS THAT NORTH KOREA…

    IN CLOSING, MR. SPEAKER, THE UNITED NATIONS REPORTS THAT NORTH KOREA TRADES IN MISSILES AND NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY WITH NOT ONLY SYRIA AND IRAN, BUT EVEN BURMA. AND THIS IS A GRAVE SITUATION SINCE CHINA WON'T DO ANYTHING AND NORTH KOREA TAKES OUR WESTERN MONEY WITH THE EMPTY PROMISES OF PEACE BUT STILL RATTLES ITS SABERS AND WILL RATTLE ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THE UNITED STATES MUST ADOPT A POLICY THAT HOLDS NORTH KOREA AND CHINA FOR ITS ACTIONS AGAINST SOUTH KOREA AND THE FREE WORLD. I DO WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR BRINGING THIS STRONG RESOLUTION TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. AND I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO ADOPT THIS RESOLUTION. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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    MR. BERMAN

    I JOIN IN ASKING FOR AA VOTE AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. POE

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    AT THE DESK, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO H.R. 6411.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    TO PROPE PROVIDE FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT…

    TO PROPE PROVIDE FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF AUSTRALIA CONCERNING PEACEFUL USES OF NUCLEAR ENERGY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. TANNER, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. TANNER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MR. TANNER

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. TANNER

    H.R. 6411 APPROVES THE U.S.-AUSTRALIA AGREEMENT FOR PEACEFUL NUCLEAR…

    H.R. 6411 APPROVES THE U.S.-AUSTRALIA AGREEMENT FOR PEACEFUL NUCLEAR COOPERATION, WHICH REPLACES THE CURRENT U.S.-AUSTRALIA AGREEMENT THAT EXPIRES IN JANUARY. I KNOW EVERYONE HERE AGREES THAT AUSTRALIA'S A CLOSE FRIEND AND VALUED ALLY TO OUR COUNTRY. MOREOVER, AUSTRALIA PROVIDES OVER 20% OF THE URANIUM USED BY U.S. DOMESTIC NUCLEAR POWER REACTORS. WHILE THE UNITED STATES DOES NOT NEED A FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT FOR PEACEFUL NUCLEAR COOPERATION IN FORCE TO PURCHASE AND RECEIVE URANIUM FUEL SUPPLIES, AUSTRALIAN LAW DOES REQUIRE SUCH AN AGREEMENT IN ORDER TO EXPORT URANIUM. IF A NEW AGREEMENT IS NOT PASSED AND COME INTO EFFECT THIS YEAR, IT WILL HAVE TO BE RESUBMITTED TO THE NEXT CONGRESS, GIVEN THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENT FOR 90 DAYS OF CONTINUOUS SESSION TO ELAPSE, IT WOULD LIKELY BE MAY BEFORE THE NEW AGREEMENT COULD COME INTO EFFECT. IF AUSTRALIA'S THEREFORE FORBIDDEN BY ITS OWN LAW TO EXPORT URANIUM TO THE UNITED STATES, IT WOULD STAND TO LOSE SOME $250 MILLION IN REVENUE, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY THE BILL WOULD ENSURE THAT THIS NEW AGREEMENT COMES INTO FORCE AND THAT WE, THE UNITED STATES, CAN CONTINUE TO PURCHASE WHAT WE REQUIRE IN THIS NUCLEAR DOMESTIC POWER REACTION FIELD. WITH THAT, I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. POE

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

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    MR. POE

    THIS -- THIS IS COMPANION BILL TO S. 3844, AND ENSURES THAT THE PROPOSED…

    THIS -- THIS IS COMPANION BILL TO S. 3844, AND ENSURES THAT THE PROPOSED NUCLEAR COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH AUSTRALIA IS APPROVED BEFORE THE EXISTING AGREEMENT EXPIRES AT THE END OF THIS CALENDAR YEAR. SINCE THE AUSTRALIA AGREEMENT WAS SUBMITTED ON MAY 5, CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED HOUSE SCHEDULE CREATED THE POSSIBILITY THAT CONGRESS MIGHT POSSIBLY ADJOURN BEFORE THE AGREEMENT MET THE ATOMIC ENERGY ACT'S REQUIREMENT OF A REVIEW PERIOD OF 90 DAYS OF CONTINUOUS SESSION. THE DIRECT RESULT WOULD HAVE BEEN A DISRUPTION OF SEVERAL MONTHS OF OUR NUCLEAR TRADE AND COOPERATION WITH AUSTRALIA, WHICH SUPPLIES THE UNITED STATES 25% OF ITS EWE RAGE RAINUM. BUT NOW -- URANIUM. BUT NOW IT APPEARS THAT THE LAME DUCK SESSION WILL BE SUFFER TO MEET THE 90-DAY REQUIREMENT. THERE ARE SEVERAL REASONS THE HOUSE SHOULD VOTE TO PASS THIS BILL. THE MOST IMPORTANT IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS OUR STRONG SUPPORT AND ADMIRATION FOR OUR CLOSE ALLY, AUSTRALIA. FOR SEVEN DECADES, UNITED STATES AND AS YOU TRAILY HAVE DEVELOPED EVER CLOSER TIES -- AND AUSTRALIA HAVE DEVELOPED EVER CLOSER TIES. BEGINNING IN WORLD WAR II, AND EXTENDING THROUGH KOREA, VIETNAM, IRAQ AND NOW AFGHANISTAN, UNITED STATES AND AUSTRALIAIA -- AUSTRALIAN TROOPS HAVE FOUGHT SIDE BY SIGH. IN FACT, MR. SPEAKER -- SIDE. IN FACT, MR. SPEAKER, THEY'VE BEEN IN EVERY WAR THAT WE'VE FOUGHT IN WITHOUT ITS BEDROCK SUPPORT, THE DEFENSE OF OUR INTEREST IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND ASIA WOULD BE UNDERMINED. RELIABLE ALLIES ARE RARE IN THIS WORLD AND CLOSE FRIENDS ARE EVEN RARER. THIS BILL ALSO IS A RECOGNITION OF AUSTRALIA'S EXEMPLARY RECORD IN PREVENTING THE PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS WORLDWIDE. IT HAS TAKEN RESPONSIBILITY VERY SERIOUSLY AND COOPERATED CLOSELY WITH THE UNITED STATES ON NONPROLIFERATION ISSUES ACROSS THE BOARD, MOST RECENTLY BY JOINING WITH US TO IMPOSE NEW AND TOUGHER SANCTIONS ON IRAN. THERE IS ANOTHER AND EQUALLY IMPORTANT REASON THE HOUSE SHOULD VOTE FOR THIS BILL, NAMELY TO DEMONSTRATE THE CONTRAST BETWEEN THIS NUCLEAR COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH AUSTRALIA AND THAT PROPOSED FOR RUSSIA, WHICH IS ALSO BEFORE CONGRESS AND WHICH ALSO FACES AN EXPIRATION OF THE 90-DAY DEADLINE. WHILE AUSTRALIA HAS BEEN A RELIABLE ALLY AND A PARTNER AND HONEST WITH THE UNITED STATES, RUSSIA HAS WORKED TO UNDERMINE OUR INTERESTS AROUND THE WORLD FROM IRAN TO EUROPE AND VENEZUELA, TO SYRIA. MOSCOW'S OVERT AND COVERT SNINTS -- ASSISTANCE TO IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM HAS BEEN CRUCIAL TO TEHRAN'S PROGRESSING AND DEVELOPING -- DEVELOPING A NUCLEAR WEAPON'S CAPABILITY. IT HAS BUILT THE NUCLEAR FACILITY WHICH IS SCHEDULED TO COME ONLINE IN JANUARY. AND THE RUSSIANS HAVE SAID THEY ARE READY TO CONSTRUCT SEVERAL MORE. AND RUSSIA HAS REPEATEDLY ACTED TO PROTECT IRAN FROM INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE AIMED AT HALTING ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM. ITS REPEATED THREATS TO VETO ANY SIGNIFICANT U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL EFFORT TO IMPOSE MEANINGFUL SANCTIONS ON IRAN HAVE ENSURED THAT ONLY WEAK MEASURES HAVE BEEN ADOPTED WHICH TEHRAN HAS LAUGHED AT ATH AND IGNORED. RUSSIA HAS ALSO SIGNED NUCLEAR COOPERATION AGREEMENTS WITH THE ROWING REGIMES IN BURMA AND EVENTS -- ROGUE REGIMES IN BURMA AND VENEZUELA AND SELLS TO ANYONE WHO HAS A LITTLE MONEY TO SPEND. GIVEN THIS RECORD, AN INTELLIGENT OBSERVER MIGHT WONDER WHY WE ARE EVEN CONSIDERING A NUCLEAR COOPERATION WITH THE COUNTRY SO DETERMINED TO UNDERMINE OUR INTERESTS THAT CONSISTENTLY DOES NOT TELL THE TRUTH. WELL, THE ANSWER IS THAT THIS NUCLEAR COOPERATION AGREEMENT WAS OFFERED TO RUSSIA FIRST BY THE PREVIOUS AND THEN BY THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION AS ONE OF A SERIES OF GIFTS IN AN EFFORT TO BRIBE MOSCOW INTO COOPERATING ON IRAN. THE STRATEGY OBVIOUSLY HAS NOT WORKED AND THE AGREEMENT CERTAINLY CANNOT BE SOLD ON ITS MERIT. MOSCOW SEES THIS AS WAY TO MAKE MONEY, BUT IT IS DIFFICULT TO IDENTIFY HOW THE UNITED STATES MIGHT BENEFIT FROM THE AGREEMENT. BY VOTING FOR THIS BILL, THE HOUSE WILL REAFFIRM ITS STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE UNITED STATES ALLIANCE WITH OUR FRIENDS AND ALLIES, THE AUSTRALIANS. IT WILL THEREBY DEMONSTRATE THAT WE WILL SUPPORT NUCLEAR COOPERATION AGREEMENTS ONLY WITH THOSE COUNTRIES WHICH HAVE EARNED OUR TRUST, WHICH HAVE NOT AIDED OUR ENEMIES AND WHICH HAVE CONSISTENTLY ACTED TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. RUSSIA MEETS NONE OF THESE CONDITIONS AND WE MUST NOT REWARD IT FOR ITS ACTIONS. EITHER RECKLESSLY OR DELIBERATELY. THEY HAVE GREATLY UNDERMINED THE SECURITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THAT OF THE WORLD AS A WHOLE. I YIELD BACK OR I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. POE

    WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL ADDRESS THE CHAIR.

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    MR. POE

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    MR. TANNER

    WE HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS, EITHER, MR. SPEAKER, AND WE WOULD DO LIKEWISE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6411. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 07:09:39 PM

    MR. TANNER

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE RESOLUTION, H.RES. 527, AS…

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE RESOLUTION, H.RES. 527, AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    527, RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE NATO SCHOOL FOR ITS CRITICAL SUPPORT OF…

    527, RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE NATO SCHOOL FOR ITS CRITICAL SUPPORT OF NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION EFFORTS TO PROMOTE GLOBAL PEACE, STABILITY AND SECURITY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. TANNER, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. TANNER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MR. TANNER

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE RESOLUTION UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. TANNER

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE NATO SCHOOL FOR ITS CRITICAL…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE NATO SCHOOL FOR ITS CRITICAL EFFORTS TO PROMOTE PEACE, STABILITY AND SECURITY IS SOMETHING LONG OVERDUE IN MY OPINION. LAST YEAR I HAD THE HONOR OF PARTICIPATING IN A VISIT OF THE BIPARTISAN HOUSE DELEGATION TO THE NATO PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY, TO THE NATO SCHOOL IN GERMANY. THE NATO SCHOOL'S MISSION IS TO PROVIDE COURSES IN SUPPORT OF THE CURRENT AND DEVELOPING NATO STRATEGY AND POLICY, INCLUDING COOPERATION AND DIALOGUE WITH MILITARY AND CIVILIAN PERSONNEL FROM NON-NATO COUNTRIES. AS SUCH, THE SCHOOL SERVES AS NATO'S PREMIER OPERATIONAL LEVEL EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTER AND IT PLAYS, I CAN TELL YOU, A CRUCIAL ROLE IN PREPARING THE UNITED STATES AND ITS ALLIES TO FACE THE EVOLVING SECURITY CHALLENGES OF THE 21ST CENTURY. SINCE 1953, MORE THAN 185,000 OFFICERS, NINE COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND CIVILIANS FROM ALL ALLIED AND NATIONAL MILITARY COMMANDS WITHIN THE NATO ALLIANCE HAVE ATTENDED COURSES AT THE SCHOOL. IN ADDITION, STUDENTS FROM THE ALLIANCE'S PARTNERSHIP FOR PEACE PROGRAM AND THE MEDITERRANEAN DIALOGUE ATTEND THE SCHOOL. I'M PROUD TO REPORT THAT OURS WAS THE FIRST U.S. CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO VISIT THE NATO SCHOOL IN ITS 57-YEAR HISTORY. THE CURRICULUM TAUGHT AT THE NATO SCHOOL OFFERS OUR SOLDIERS, CIVILIAN LEADERS AND ALLIES OVER 90 DIFFERENT SPECIALIZED COURSES ON SUBJECTS SUCH AS ARM CONTROL STRATEGIES, COUNTERINSURGENT TRAINING, INTELLIGENCE GATHERING, SPECIAL OPERATIONS AND A HOST OF OTHER PROGRAMS. COURSES ARE CONTINUALLY REVISED AND UPDATED TO REFLECT CURRENT OPERATIONS AND DEVELOPMENTS IN NATO AND IN SO DOING, THE SCHOOL STRIVINGS FOR TOP-DOWN CLARITY OF VISION IN THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS. WITH THE UNVEILING OF NATO'S NEW STRATEGIC CONCEPT EARLIER THIS MONTH IN LISBON, WHICH DETAILS NATO'S EVOLVING ROLE IN GLOBAL AFFAIRS, IT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE STOP, TAKE A MOMENT TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND SUPPORT THE WORK OF THE NATO SCHOOL SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO OPERATE AS A TRULY UNIFIED ALLIANCE. I WOULD ASK OUR COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:12:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. POE

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

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. POE

    MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO FIRST CONGRATULATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE,…

    MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO FIRST CONGRATULATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. TANNER, FOR SPONSORING THIS LEGISLATION AND I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 527 WHICH COMMENDS THE NATO SCHOOL IN GERMANY FOR ITS CRITICAL SUPPORT OF NATO'S ALLIANCE EFFORTS TO PROMOTE GLOBAL PEACE, STABILITY AND SECURITY. THE NATO SCHOOL IN GERMANY PROVIDES SUPPORT AND TRAINING FOR NATO'S OPERATIONS, INCLUDING THE STABILIZATION MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN AND THE TRAINING OF IRAQI OFFICERS. THE SCHOOL OFFERS COURSES AND PROGRAMS TO INDIVIDUALS FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, FOCUSING ON PEACE SUPPORT OPERATIONS, ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION, CIVIL MILITARY COOPERATION, GOVERNANCE AND THE BUILDING OF MILITARY CAPACITY IN ASPIRING NATO MEMBER STATES. AS WE ALL KNOW, THE NATO ALLIANCE WAS THE HEART OF TRANSATLANTIC SECURITY DURING THE COLD WAR AND IS NOW TRANSFORMING ITSELF TO ADDRESS NEW SECURITY CHALLENGES. THERE IS INDEED A MULTITUDE OF EMERGING THREATS AND CHALLENGES THAT THE ALLIANCE MUST PLAY A ROLE IN ADDRESSING INCLUDING THE PROLIFERATION OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND PIRACY AND THE CHALLENGE NATO FACES IN THE STABILIZATION MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN. INDEED, NATO'S PERFORMANCE IN AFGHANISTAN WILL SERVE AS A TEST WITH REGARD TO THE ALLIANCE'S EFFECTIVENESS AND RELEVANCE IN ADDRESSING THE SECURITY CHALLENGES OF THE 21ST CENTURY. AS THE MEASURE NOTE, THE NATO SCHOOL ITSELF HAS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN ENSURING THAT THE NATO MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN IS A COMPLETE SUCCESS. AGAIN, I WOULD RIKE LOW -- LIKE TO EXPRESS MY SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT IT AS WELL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. TANNER

    THANK YOU, MR. POE. AT THIS TIME IT'S A GREAT DEAL OF PLEASURE -- WITH A…

    THANK YOU, MR. POE. AT THIS TIME IT'S A GREAT DEAL OF PLEASURE -- WITH A GREAT DEAL OF PLEASURE I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE, DAVID SCOTT FROM GEORGIA. MR. SCOTT IS A MEMBER OF THE NATO PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION FROM THE CONGRESS TO THE NATO PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY HEADQUARTERED IN BRUSSELS AND HE'S MADE ENORMOUS CONTRIBUTION IN THAT AREA. SO, MR. SCOTT, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO YOU.

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    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. TANNER, I APPRECIATE THAT. I RISE TODAY IN HONOR TO COMMEND…

    THANK YOU, MR. TANNER, I APPRECIATE THAT. I RISE TODAY IN HONOR TO COMMEND THE NATO SCHOOL FOR ITS CRITICAL SUPPORT OF NATO'S EFFORTS TO PROMOTE GLOBAL PEACE, STABILITY AND SECURITY. AS A MEMBER OF THE NATO PARLIAMENTARY GROUP I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND AND SUPPORT THE MANY GREAT EFFORTS OF THE NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION TO MAINTAIN SECURITY AND FAVORABLE RELATIONS BETWEEN NOT ONLY THE NATO MEMBER STATES BUT THOSE STATES THAT ARE OUTSIDE OF THE REGION AND OUR 28 NATION ALLIANCE. MR. SPEAKER, FOR OVER 60 YEARS, NATO HAS BEEN THE FOUNDATION IN MAINTAINING TRANSATLANTIC SECURITY AND DEFENSE. IT HAS SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED THE TERRITORIES OF ITS NORTH AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN MEMBER STATES FROM NUMEROUS EXTERNAL THREATS WHILE PROMOTING DEMOCRACY AND ITS VALUES THROUGHOUT THE WESTERN WORLD AND EURASIA. NATO'S BEGINNING THE NATO SCHOOL IN GERMANY HAS SERVED AS A PREMIER EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY AND SUPPLEMENTED THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE OF OVER 185,000 OFFICERS. NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS. AND CIVILIANS FROM NATO ALLIED AND PARTNER NATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE VISITED THE NATO SCHOOL PERSONALLY DURING A RECENT TRIP TO GERMANY AND I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE EXTRAORDINARY AND EFFECT I JOB THEY ARE DOING. AS NATO CONTINUED TO -- CONTINUES TO EVOLVE, THE NATO SCHOOL'S IMPORTANCE IS ALL THE MORE EMPHASIZED. ITS SUPPORT ROLE IS CRITICAL TO NATO'S ONGOING OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ, KOSOVO AND ELSE. WHERE THE NATO SCHOOL CONTINUES TO PROVIDE MUCH OF THE TRAINING FOR PERSONNEL SERVING IN NATO'S STABILIZATION MISSION IN AFGHAN STAND -- AFGHANISTAN AND CONDUCTS MUCH OF NATO'S TRAINING OF AFGHAN MILITARY OFFICERS. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE TRAINING AND EDUCATION THE SCHOOL PROVIDES BEYOND STRICTLY MILITARY STRATEGIES, INCLUDING CIVIL MILITARY COOPERATION, CRISIS MANAGEMENT, AND PEACE SUPPORT OPERATIONS AND ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION, ISSUES THAT DRAW UPON A RANGE OF MILITARY, DEVELOPMENT, AND GOVERN -- MILITARY, DEVELOPMENT AND GOVERNANCE TOOLS. OUR RECOGNITION OF THE NATO SCHOOL TODAY FALLS TWO DAYS AFTER CONFIRMATION THAT SIX NATO TROOPS FOR KILLED DURING TRAINING OPERATIONS IN EASTERN AFGHANISTAN. THEIR SACRIFICES UNDERSCORE THE CONTINUED IMPORTANCE AND RELEVANCE OF NATO AND THE NATO SCHOOL HAS EINVOLVED IN THE 21ST CENTURY, MAKING OUR NATION'S COMMITMENT TO ITS ORGANIZATION AND EFFORTS TO PROMOTE GLOBAL PEACE AND DEMOCRACY ALL THE MORE IMPORTANT. SO IT IS VERY IMPORTANT, THIS RESOLUTION, AND I COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. TANNER, WHO IS ALSO THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATO PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY, AND I COMMEND HIM NOT ONLY FOR THIS RESOLUTION BUT I COMMEND MR. TANNER ALSO FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE THAT HE HAS GIVEN OVER THE YEARS TO NATO WITH. THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:18:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRE. THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 07:18:57 PM

    MR. POE

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 07:19:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:19:06 PM

    MR. TANNER

    FURTHER SPEAKERS.

  • 07:19:09 PM

    MR. POE

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 07:19:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK.

  • 07:19:14 PM

    MR. TANNER

    WE HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS, MR. SPEAKER, WE YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS AS WELL. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS AS WELL. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 527 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE --

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  • 07:19:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:19:38 PM

    MR. POE

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

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

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  • 07:19:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:20:00 PM

    MR. TANNER

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE RESOLUTION, H.RES. 528.

  • 07:20:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

  • 07:20:07 PM

    THE CLERK

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 528, RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE GEORGE C. MARSHALL…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 528, RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE GEORGE C. MARSHALL EUROPEAN CENTER FOR SECURITY STUDIES FOR ITS EFFORTS TO PROMOTE PEACE, STABILITY, AND SECURITY THROUGHOUT NORTH AMERICA, EUROPE, AND EURASIA.

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  • 07:20:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. TANNER, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. TANNER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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  • 07:20:35 PM

    MR. TANNER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I MAKE THE USUAL REQUEST FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I MAKE THE USUAL REQUEST FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE MATERIAL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 07:20:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    NO OBJECTION.

  • 07:20:50 PM

    MR. TANNER

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER THIS RESOLUTION DUOS -- GOES HAND…

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER THIS RESOLUTION DUOS -- GOES HAND IN GLOVE WITH THE ONE WE JUST TOOK UP AND IT COMMENDS THE GEORGE MARSHALL EUROPEAN CENTER FOR SECURITY STUDIES. LAST YEAR, WHEN WE VISITED THE NATO SCHOOL, WE WENT THEN TO THE MARSHALL CENTER WHICH IS LOCATED IN -- NOT FAR FROM THE NATO SCHOOL IN GERMANY TO HIGHLIGHT OUR INTEREST AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN WHAT WAS HAPPENING AND TAKING PLACE IN BOTH THE NATO SCHOOL AND THE MARSHALL CENTER THERE. THE MARSHALL CENTER WAS FORMED IN 1993 AS A GERMAN-AMERICAN PARTNERSHIP. THE MARSHALL CENTER IS A WORLD RENOWNED INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AND DEFENSE STUDIES INSTITUTE WITH THE MISSION OF CREATING MORE STABLE SECURITY ENVIRONMENT BY ADVANCING DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS,EST PRBLE HE -- ESPECIALLY IN THE FIELD OF EVENTS PROMOTING PEACEFUL SECURITY AND COOPERATION AND STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS ALONG -- AMONG NATIONS OF NORTH AMERICA, EUROPE AND EURASIA. IT'S NAMED AFTER THE LEGACY AND VISION OF GEORGE C. MARSHALL, THE MARSHALL PLAN, AS WE ALL REMEMBER, AFTER WORLD WAR II IS A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL EVENT, BUT THIS MARSHALL CENTER HAS A VARIETY OF UNIQUE COURSES AND PROGRAMS WHICH INVOLVE OFFICIALS FROM MORE THAN 110 COUNTRIES. THE CENTER -- CENTER CONTRIBUTES IN OUR VIEW TO THE NATIONAL STRATEGY OF SECURITY AND COOPERATION THROUGHOUT THE REGION THROUGH PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION, RESEARCH, DIALOGUE AND THE DETAILED AND THOUGHTFUL EXAMINATION OF ISSUES THAT CONFRONT NATIONS TODAY. I AM PROUD OF RECOGNIZING THESE INSTITUTIONS, PARTICULARLY THE NATO SCHOOL AND THE MARSHALL CENTER BECAUSE I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT NOW, IN THIS UNCERTAIN TIME INTERNATIONALLY, WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT NOW FOR 30 MINUTES ABOUT THE UNCERTAINTY IN THE WORLD TODAY, THAT WE AS THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, RECOGNIZE AND APPLAUD WHAT IS TAKING PLACE THERE IN GERMANY IN THESE TWO INSTITUTIONS. I THINK THAT IT IS TIME WELL SPENT FOR US TO DEBATE AND THE CRITICAL ROLE THAT THE MARSHALL CENTER IS PLAYING, PARTICULARLY IN FOSTERING PEACEFUL TRANSITION TO STABLE DEMOCRACY IN THE FORMER WARSAW PACT COMMUNIST STATES OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE AND EWE RASHEA, IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TODAY. SO WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF ME TIME AND URGE PASSAGE.

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  • 07:23:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

  • 07:24:02 PM

    MR. POE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:24:11 PM

    MR. POE

    OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 528 A MEASURE THAT COMMENDS THE GEORGE C. MARSHALL…

    OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 528 A MEASURE THAT COMMENDS THE GEORGE C. MARSHALL EUROPEAN CENTER FOR COMMUNITY STUDIES FOR ITS EFFORTS TO PROMOTE PEACE, STABILITY, AND SECURITY THROUGHOUT NORTH AMERICA, EUROPE AND EURASIA. THE MARSHALL CENTER IS NAMED AFTER GEORGE C. MARSHALL, A GENERAL IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY WHO SERVED AS U.S. ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF IN WORLD WAR II AND LATER AS SECRETARY OF STATE UNDER HARRY TRUMAN. HE IS MOST REMEMBERED FOR HIS ROLE IN FORMULATING THE FAMOUS MARSHALL PLAN WHICH SOUGHT TO REBUILD AND STRENGTHEN EUROPE AFTER WORLD WAR II. THE CENTER PLAYS A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN HELPING THE FORMER COMMUNIST COUNTRIES OF EUROPE AND EURASIA TO STRENGTHEN THEIR DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS WHILE STRENGTHENING THEIR TIES TO OTHER COMMUNITIES. THOUSANDS OF OFFICERS FROM DOZENS OF COUNTRIES HAVE PARTICIPATED IN PROGRAMS AND COURSES FOCUSING ON COMMON SECURITY THREAT THE BUILDING OF DEFENSE INSTITUTIONS, AND THE FOSTERING OF PARTNERSHIPS AAMONG THE NATIONS OF NORTH AMERICA, EUROPE, AND EURASIA. THROUGH ITS PROGRAM THE MARSHALL CENTER SERBS AS AN IMPORTANT TOOL IN STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS AIMED AT ADDRESSING NEW AND EMERGING CHALLENGES INCLUDING THE PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR, BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL WEAPONS. AMONG OTHER THINGS THIS MEASURE PROMOTES -- COMMENDS THE MARSHALL CENTER FOR ITS WORK THROUGHOUT EUROPE AND INJURE ARAB YASM I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:25:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

  • 07:25:59 PM

    MR. TANNER

    I DON'T HAVE ANY MORE REQUESTS.

  • 07:26:06 PM

    MR. POE

    BEFORE I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, I WANT TO COMMEND MR. TANNER…

    BEFORE I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, I WANT TO COMMEND MR. TANNER FOR THIS RESOLUTION AND THE PREVIOUS RESOLUTION AND HIS LONGTIME WORK WITH NATO AND HIS 22 YEARS' EXPERIENCE HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, MUCH OF THAT TIME SERVING ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:26:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

  • 07:26:33 PM

    MR. TANNER

    REQUESTS FOR TIME, WE WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO YIELD BACK AS WELL.

  • 07:26:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 528? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 07:26:59 PM

    MR. POE

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

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

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  • 07:27:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 07:27:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    >>

    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SPRUELINGS AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6398 AS AMENDED.

  • 07:28:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 07:28:04 PM

    THE CLERK

    TO REQUIRE THE FEDERAL DEPOSIT AND INSURANCE CORPORATION TO FULLY INSURE…

    TO REQUIRE THE FEDERAL DEPOSIT AND INSURANCE CORPORATION TO FULLY INSURE INTEREST IN LAWYERS' TRUST ACCOUNTS.

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  • 07:28:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOGETTE, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MRS. BIGGERT, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 07:28:27 PM

    MR. DOGGETT

    SKI UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO…

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

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  • 07:28:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:28:41 PM

    MR. DOGGETT

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. FRANK AND MR. BECAUSE COMMIRKS COLLEAGUE ON THE COMMITTEE, MRS. BIGGERT, AS WELL AS LEADERS HOYER AND BAY FOR THE FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN EXPEDITE -- AND BOEHNER FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN EXPEDITING THIS. WHEN A LAWYER RECEIVES FUNDS ON BEHALF OF A CLIENT, THE LAWYER -- THE FUNDS ARE DEPOSITED IN A TRUST ACCOUNT. MANY YEARS AGO, THEY DETERMINED THAT INTEREST COULD BE EARNED ON SUCH ACCOUNTS AND AFLIDE FINANCE LEGAL SERVICES FOR THOSE WHO OTHERWISE MIGHT HAVE NO ACCESS TO OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM. THEY RECOGNIZED, AS WE DO TODAY, THE WISDOM OF LEARNED HANDS WRITING, IF WE ARE TO KEEP OUR DEMOCRACY, THERE MUST BE ONE COMMANDMENT -- THOU SHALL NOT RATION JUSTICE. FOR DECADES, THE INTEREST ON LAWYERS' TRUST ACCOUNTS HAVE PROVIDED A KEY FUNDING SOURCE FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR THE DISADVANTAGED IN ALL 50 STATES. BEFORE COMING TO CONGRESS, I SERVED AS A JUSTICE ON THE TEXAS SUPREME COURT WHICH SETS FORTH THE RULES AND OVERSEES THE OPERATIONS OF THESE ACCOUNTS IN MY STATE. I SAW FIRSTHAND THE BENEFITS OF THESE PROGRAMS IN ENSURING ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR THOSE WHO OTHERWISE MIGHT BE UNABLE TO SECURE JUSTICE. SOME OF THOSE WHO NEED LEGAL ASSISTANCE THE MOST, VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED HONORABLY, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, ARE TOO OFTEN THE LEAST ABLE TO OBTAIN IT. IN SOME STATES THE FUNDS ARE ALSO USED TO REDUCE LITIGATION BY ENCOURAGING CONFLICT RESOLUTION OUTSIDE OF THE COURT SYSTEM. AFTER HEARING A FEW WEEKS AGO FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS AND FROM A NUMBER OF OTHER LOCAL LEADERS, I INTRODUCED THIS BILL TO ASSURE CONTINUED FULL FDIC PROTECTION FOR THESE TRUST ACCOUNTS. THIS PROTECTION, WHICH EXISTS TODAY UNDER EXISTING LAW, WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE EXPIRED FOR THESE ACCOUNTS AT THE END OF THE YEAR, WHEN THE EXISTING LAW IS FULLY REPLACED BY THE EXTENSIVE NEW WALL STREET REFORM LAW. TODAY'S LEGISLATION SIMPLY EXTENDS EXISTING FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION PROTECTION INTO THE FUTURE. AT A TIME WHEN INTEREST RATES ARE AT AN ALL-TIME LOW, IT IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT THAT THERE BE A COMPLETE GOVERNMENT GUARANTEE AGAINST ANY LOSS ON THESE TRUST ACCOUNTS. SUCH PROTECTION ALSO ENSURES THAT SMALL INDEPENDENT BANKS ARE ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD WITH THEIR LARGER COMPETITORS IN SECURING THESE TRUST FUND DEPOSITS. THIS BILL IS SUPPORTED BY A BROAD RANGE OF GROUPS INCLUDING THE INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY BANKERS OF AMERICA AND THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO APPROVE IT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:31:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:31:53 PM

    MRS. BIGGERT

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

  • 07:31:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:32:01 PM

    MRS. BIGGERT

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6398 WHICH WOULD EXTEND THE CURRENT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6398 WHICH WOULD EXTEND THE CURRENT FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION, THE FDIC, GUARANTEE OF INTEREST ON LAWYERS' TRUST ACCOUNTS, ALSO CALLED AOLA. I ALSO THANK MR. DOGGETT FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL. THIS REPRESENTS A SIGNIFICANT SOURCE OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR LEGAL AID PROGRAMS FOR THE POOR. THESE PROGRAMS OPERATE IN ALL 50 STATES, IN 37 STATES, INCLUDING MY HOME STATE OF ILLINOIS, THEY ARE MANDATORY. IOLTAS CONTAIN CLIENT FUNDS HELD BY A LAWYER FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. INTEREST GENERATED FROM THESE ACCOUNTS IS PAID TO CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS, NOT THE LAWYER OR THE CLIENT. IN 1978 FLORIDA WAS THE FIRST STATE TO ESTABLISH AN IOLTA PROGRAM. ILLINOIS BECAME THE 11TH STATE TO ESTABLISH IOLTAS AND IN 1983 THE SUPREME COURT OF ILLINOIS REQUIRED INTEREST FROM THESE ACCOUNTS TO BE COLLECTED AND ADMINISTERED BY THE LAWYERS' TRUST FUND, A NONFOR PROFIT COOPERATION CREATED IN 1991 BY THE ILLINOIS BAR ASSOCIATION AND THE CHICAGO BAR ASSOCIATION. SINCE THEN THESE FUNDS HAVE SUPPORTED CIVIL LEGAL ASSISTANCE TO THE IMPOVERISHED IN ILLINOIS. WHEN STATE LEGISLATORS AND STATE SUPREME COURTS CREATED IOLTA, THE FDIC CARVED OUT AN EXCEPTION TO REGULATION D THAT ALLOWED PAYMENT OF INTEREST ON THESE DEMAND ACCOUNTS. THE CURRENT TERM ASSET GUARANTEE PROGRAM OR TAG PROGRAM, UNDER WHICH THE FDIC GUARANTEES THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF CLIENT FUNDS MAINTAINED IN IOLTAS, EXPIRES DECEMBER 31, 2010. THE DODD-FRANK ACT CREATES AN EQUIVALENT PROGRAM RUNNING FOR TWO YEARS, BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2011. BUT MADE SEVERAL CHANGES INCLUDING A MORE NARROW DEFINITION OF A COVERED AMOUNT. IN WHAT APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN A DRAFTING ERROR, IOLTS WERE NOT COVERED UNDER THE -- IOLTAS WERE NOT COVERED UNDER THE NEW PROGRAM AND THIS BILL CORRECTS THAT OMISSION SO THAT IOLTAS ARE FULLY ENSURED. IF THE CURRENT GUARANTEE WERE ALLOWED TO LAPSE, ATTORNEYS IN 37 STATES WITH IOLTAS ACTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR DUTIES TO MAINTAIN THE SECURITY OF CLIENT FUNDS MIGHT BE FORCED TO TRANSFER IOLTA ACCOUNTS FROM LOCAL COMMUNITY BANKS TO LARGER, SAFER INSTITUTIONS. AND ATTORNEYS IN OTHER JURISDICTIONS MIGHT BE FORCED TO TRANSFER FUNDS FROM IOLTA ACCOUNTS TO NONINTEREST-BEARING ACCOUNTS TO QUALIFY FOR THE UNLIMITED FDIC COVERAGE. IF THE COVERAGE FOR THESE ACCOUNTS IS NOT EXTENDED, A CRITICAL SOURCE OF CIVIL, LEGAL RIGHTS -- CIVIL LEGAL AID MIGHT UNNECESSARILY AND INAPPROPRIATELY SHRINK. IN ADDITION, ACCORDING TO THE INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY BANKERS OF AMERICA, AND I QUOTE, WITHOUT THIS COVERAGE, POTENTIALLY HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WILL BE WITHDRAWN FROM IOLTAS, ADVERSELY IMPACTING LIQUIDITY IN THE BANKING SYSTEM WITH A DISPROPORTION IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY BANKS, END QUOTE. THIS BILL IS SUPPORTED BY THE ICBA AND THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION AND THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE HAS DETERMINED THAT ALTHOUGH THE BILL COSTS $15 MILLION OVER A PERIOD OF FIVE YEARS, THE BILL WOULD RAISE $2 MILLION OVER A 10-YEAR PERIOD. I AGAIN URGE SUPPORT FOR THE LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:36:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 07:36:11 PM

    MR. DOGGETT

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND WOULD CLOSE BRIEFLY IF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND WOULD CLOSE BRIEFLY IF JEAMENT IS PREPARED TO YIELD BACK -- IF THE GENTLELADY IS PREPARED TO YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:36:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS YIELDED BACK. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:36:25 PM

    MR. DOGGETT

    MR. SPEAKER, OUR COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS HAS PROVIDED FURTHER EXPLANATION…

    MR. SPEAKER, OUR COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS HAS PROVIDED FURTHER EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THIS BILL. IT IS A CLEAN PROPOSAL. IF WE DO NOT GET THIS INTO LAW BEFORE THE END OF DECEMBER, THERE WILL BE SOME PROBLEMS PRESENTED, SO I WOULD HOPE NOT ONLY THAT WE WOULD APPROVE IT HERE, BUT THAT THE SENATE WOULD ACT PROMPTLY TO APPROVE THIS NARROW BILL WITHOUT ATTACHING ANY OTHER EXTRANEOUS MATTER TO IT. IN CLOSING I WOULD ALSO EXTEND MY THANKS TO THE STAFF OF BOTH THE DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN STAFF ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE FOR WORKING WITH US TO SEE THAT THIS MEASURE IS PROMPTLY APPROVED. AND I WOULD MOVE ADOPTION OF THE BILL. AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:37:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6398 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:37:40 PM

    >>

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 325.

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  • 07:37:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

  • 07:37:49 PM

    THE CLERK

    NATIONAL HOMELESS PERSONS' MEMORIAL DAY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. PETERS, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MRS. BIGGERT, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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  • 07:38:13 PM

    MR. PETERS

    SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE…

    SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITH WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON THIS LEGISLATION AND INSERT ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL THEREIN.

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  • 07:38:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:38:28 PM

    MR. PETERS

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

  • 07:38:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:38:34 PM

    MR. PETERS

    STRONG SUPPORT OF HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 325S WHICH SUPPORTS THE…

    STRONG SUPPORT OF HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 325S WHICH SUPPORTS THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF NATIONAL HOMELESS PERSONS' MEMORIAL DAY AND I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN HASTINGS FOR INTRODUCING THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION. AN ESTIMATED TWO MILLION PEOPLE EXPERIENCE HOMELESSNESS IN THE UNITED STATES EACH YEAR AND EVERY NIGHT MORE THAN A HALF A MILLION PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS. THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE AT A HIGH RISK FOR MORTALITY, SICKNESS AND MENTAL ILLNESS. THE MORTALITY RATE AMONG HOMELESS PERSONS IS FOUR TIMES GREATER THAN THAT OF THE GENERAL POPULATION. FURTHERMORE, ACCORDING TO A 2010 STUDY, PUBLISHED IN THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, OVER 70% OF THE HOMELESS POPULATION HAS AT LEAST ONE UNMET HEALTH NEED AND ALMOST HALF TWO OR MORE. IN PARTICULAR APPROXIMATELY TWO MILLION YOUTH EXPERIENCE HOMELESSNESS OVER THE COURSE OF A YEAR. AND NEARLY 200,000 CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WERE HOMELESS ACCORDING TO A RECENT ONE-NIGHT COUNT OF HOMELESSNESS BY THE URBAN INSTITUTE. THE PROBLEM FACING THE HOMELESS IS ALSO WHY HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 325 IS SO IMPORTANT. IT WILL RECOGNIZE DECEMBER 21, 2010, AS NATIONAL HOMELESS PERSONS' MEMORIAL DAY AND RE-AFFIRM THE COMMIT -- REAFFIRM THE COMMITMENT OF CONGRESS TO END HOMELESSNESS BY CREATING A COMPREHENSIVE, NATIONAL RESPOND TO ADDRESS THE HOUSING, HEALTH AND ECONOMIC CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF EXTREME POVERTY. PREVENTING HOMELESSNESS HAS BEEN A LONG-TIME PRIORITY FOR CONGRESS AND THIS ADMINISTRATION. ON MAY 20, 2009, PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED INTO LAW S. 896, THE HELPING FAMILIES SAVE THEIR HOMES ACT, WHICH INCLUDED THE HOMELESS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE AND RAPID TRANSITION TO HOUSING ACT. HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 325 FURTHERS THE MISSION OF CONGRESS TO HELP PREVENT AND END HOMELESSNESS IN THE UNITED STATES. I COMMEND CONGRESSMAN HASTINGS FOR INTRODUCING THIS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 325. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 07:40:46 PM

    MRS. BIGGERT

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

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    MRS. BIGGERT

    I RISE TODAY AS AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 325,…

    I RISE TODAY AS AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 325, SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF NATIONAL HOMELESS PERSONS MEMORIAL DAY ON DECEMBER 21, 2010. I THANK MR. PETERS OF MICHIGAN FOR MANAGING THIS BILL AND I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, MR. HATE HAVETTINGS OF FLORIDA, MR. DAVIS OF -- MR. HASTINGS OF FLORIDA, MR. DAVIS OF KENTUCKY, AND MRS. BERNICE JOHNSON OF TEXAS, WHO ALL WORKED TO BRING THIS IMPORTANT MEASURE TO THE FLOOR. AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, THE FOUR OF US JOINED TOGETHER THIS MAY TO FORM THE BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS ON HOMELESSNESS. AS PART OF THAT EFFORT, WE AIM TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTING AND ENDING HOMELESSNESS IN OUR COUNTRY THROUGH SEVERTS -- EFFORTS SUCH AS THE REVOLUTION BEFORE US TODAY. I WOULD STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ANY MEMBER WHO HASN'T ALREADY DONE SO TO CONSIDER JOINING THIS IMPORTANT NEW CAUCUS. FOLLOWING OUR INITIAL LAUNCH, WE HELD A SUCCESSFUL BRIEFING IN OCTOBER TO DISCUSS ENDING VETERANS' HOMELESSNESS. DURING THE 112TH CONGRESS WE HOPE TO HOLD SIMILAR FORUMS TO HELP FACILITATE CHANGES AMONG INTERESTED STAKE HOLDERS TO RAISE NATIONAL ATTENTION AND DISCUSS SOLUTIONS TO THE CHALLENGES FACING HOMELESS FAMILIES, VETERANS AND ESPECIALLY CHILDREN AND YOUTH. TODAY WAS -- WITH THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION WE BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF OUR COLLEAGUES ONE OF THE MOST TRAGIC REALITIES THAT TWO OFTEN GOES UNNOTICED AMONG HOMELESS AMERICANS. THE LOSS OF LIFE. EACH YEAR THE NATIONAL COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS ORGANIZES MEMORIAL EVENTS ON THE FIRST DAY OF WINTER TO RECOGNIZE THOSE AMERICANS WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY. LAST YEAR OVER 150 CITIES HELD EVENTS TO HONOR THOSE HOMELESS CHILDREN AND ADULTS WHO DIED, MANY WITHOUT ANY FAMILY, FRIENDS OR LOVED ONES BEING GIVE AN CHANCE TO BEAR WITNESS TO THEIR FINAL MOMENTS OR TO MOURN THEIR LOSS. AND WHILE HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS TOO OFTEN DIE IN ANANYMORITY, THEIR LIVES EACH HELD MEANING, PURPOSE AND VALUE. THIS RESOLUTION IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE THE FACT AND REFLECT ON THE LIVES THAT HAVE BEEN LOST. THIS WINTER IN THE CHICAGO AREA, CHURCH OFFICIALS AND MEMBERS, HOMELESS PROVIDERS, VOLUNTEERS, GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND OTHERS WILL GATHER ON NATIONAL HOMELESS PERSONS' MEMORIAL DAY. IN MY HOME DISTRICT, IN DUE PAGE PUBLIC ACTION TO DELIVER VELTER -- SHELTER OR DUPAGE PADS WILL HOST AN EVENT TO RECOGNIZE THE LIVES OF SIX HOMELESS PEOPLE IN DUPAGE COUNTY WHO PASSED AWAY IN 2010. IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO WHERE AN ESTIMATED 25 HOMELESS PEOPLE HAVE PASSED AWAY THIS YEAR, THE SPIRITUALITY PROJECT WILL SPONSOR A MEMORIAL SERVICE AT ST. PATRICK'S CHURCH. WHETHER IN PUBLIC OR IN PRAYER, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS AS WELL AS AMERICANS ACROSS OUR GREAT COUNTRY TO TAKE A MOMENT DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON TO REMEMBER OUR HOMELESS NEIGHBORS WHO HAVE PASSED ON. I ALSO ENCOURAGE EVERY AMERICAN TO JOIN TOGETHER AT LOCAL EVENTS THIS WINTER AS WE CONTINUE OUR NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT AND END HOMELESSNESS. WITH THAT I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. PETERS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND YIELD BACK…

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

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 325. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 07:44:54 PM

    MRS. BIGGERT

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

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

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

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

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    MR. TANNER

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS --

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    TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1566 AS AMENDED.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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    THE CLERK

    BILL TO AMEND THE ENERGY POLICY ACT OF 2005, REQUIRING THE SECRETARY OF…

    BILL TO AMEND THE ENERGY POLICY ACT OF 2005, REQUIRING THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY TO MAKE NUCLEAR ENERGY SYSTEMS MORE COMPETITIVE TO INCREASE EFFICIENCY AND SAFETY OF CIVILIAN NUCLEAR POWER AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. GORDON, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. GORDON, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MRS. BIGGERT, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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  • 07:46:07 PM

    MR. GORDON

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 5866, THE BILL NOW UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. GORDON

    SUCH TIME AS MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 07:46:27 PM

    MR. GORDON

    THE ONGOING DISCUSSION ON OUR PATH TOWARD A COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY STRATEGY…

    THE ONGOING DISCUSSION ON OUR PATH TOWARD A COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY STRATEGY RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, ECONOMIC STABILITY AND SECURITY. MOST EXPERTS HAVE COME TO AGREE ANY REALISTIC STRATEGY WILL REQUIRE A DIVERSE PORTFOLIO OF SOURCES, RENEWABLES, CLEAN COAL AND GAS AND NUCLEAR POWER MUST ALL PLAY A ROLE WHILE BALANCING OUR NATION'S ECONOMIC INTERESTS. BEFORE US TODAY IS H.R. 5866, WHICH AMENDS THE ENERGY POLICY ACT OF 2005 TO MODERNIZE AND IMPROVE OUR FEDERAL NUCLEAR ENERGY R&D PROGRAM. I INTRODUCED THIS LEGISLATION WITH CLOSE COLLABORATION WITH MY FRIENDS FROM TEXAS, MR. RALPH HALL, MRS. BIGGERT AND OTHERS. IT IS MY BELIEF WE MUST CONTINUE TO SEEK ANSWERS TO THE CHALLENGES OF HIGH CAPITAL COSTS FOR NUCLEAR POWER IN MANAGEMENT AND RECYCLING OF NUCLEAR WASTE. OUR NATION'S 104 COMMERCIAL REACTORS PRODUCE 20% OF OUR ELECTRICITY, 70% OF OUR EMISSIONS FREE ENERGY. CLEARLY IF WE ARE TO INCREASE OUR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE, NUCLEAR MUST CONTINUE TO BE A LARGE PART OF OUR NATION'S ENERGY MIX. ONCE THE WORLD'S LEAD FOR THE NUCLEAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGY, THE U.S. IS LOSING ITS COMPETITIVE EDGE AFTER DECADES OF DOM NAN -- OF BEING DORMANT. OF THE NEARLY 60 REACTORS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION WORLDWIDE, MOST ARE IN ASIA WORK CHINA MAKING UP THE BULK OF THE -- OF THAT USING ITS ON CPR-1,000 REACTOR TECHNOLOGY THIS TREND WILL REPRESENT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN FOREGONE -- IN FOR GONE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE U.S. -- IN FORGONE STUNTS FOR THE U.S. THIS IS THE RESULT OF A BIPARTISAN EFFORT OVER THE LAST EIGHTH MONTHS THAT'S WON THE SUPPORT OF NUCLEAR ENERGY SUPPLIERS AND NUMEROUS TRADE ASSOCIATIONS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE COMMITTEE STAFF WHO WORKED ON THE BILL, SPECIFICALLY ROB WALKER AND KRIS KING OF THE MAJORITY SIDE AND DAN BYERS ON THE MINORITY SIDE. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK RANKING MEMBER INGLISS AND COMMITTEE CHAIR BAIRD FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO BRING THIS BEFORE US TODAY AND I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5866 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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  • 07:48:53 PM

    MRS. BIGGERT

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

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  • 07:49:00 PM

    MRS. BIGGERT

    TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF H. REFORM 5866 AND I THANK CHAIRMAN GORDON AND…

    TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF H. REFORM 5866 AND I THANK CHAIRMAN GORDON AND RANKING MEMBER HALL FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP DUSME TO POPULATION, AND ESTIMATED ECONOMIC GROWTH OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS, UNITED STATES DEMAND FOR ELECTRICITY IS EXPECTED TO RISE BY 30%. TO MEET RISING DEMAND FOR POWER FOR HOMES AND BUSINESSES, WE NEED TO EXPAND OUR DOMESTIC ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION AND CREATE AFFORDABLE, RELIABLE ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION IN A ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE WAY. NUCLEAR POWER IS THE ONLY WAY TO DO THIS. MY HOME STATE OF ILLINOIS ALREADY LEADS THE WAY, DERIVING HALF OF ITS ELECTRICITY FROM NUCLEAR ENERGY, BUT WE NEED TO DO MORE TO EXPAND NUCLEAR HERE AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THAT'S WHY I CO-SPONSORED THIS LEGISLATION WHICH SUPPORTS THE DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT OF SMALL, MODULAR NUCLEAR REACTORS AND RE-AUTHORIZES NUCLEAR R&D ACTIVITIES AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. A CLEMENT TO -- COMPLEMENT TO EXISTING LARGE-SCALE REACTORS, SMALL MODULAR REACTORS TAKE LESS TIME AND MONEY TO CONSTRUCT AND ARE BASED ON CURRENT REACTOR DESIGNS, THEREBY REDUCING THE BURDENSOME LICENSING PROCESS. THIS IS AN IDEAL SOLUTION FOR GROWING COMMUNITIES AND CASH-STRAPPED UTILITIES THAT NEED EXTRA GENERATION CAPACITY AT A FRACTION OF THE COST. MORE IMPORTANTLY, H.R. 5866 EXTENDS AND MODIFIES R&D ACTIVITIES THAT PROMOTE ADVANCED RESEARCH TO CLOSE THE NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND RECYCLE SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL. MY DISTRICT SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS AT ARGON NATIONAL LABORATORY LEAD THE NATION IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR NUCLEAR FUEL RECYCLING. RECYCLING IS NOT JUST IMPORTANT FOR THERY DUCKS OF WASTE CREATE BUT ALSO FOR THE CONSERVATION OF WORLDWIDE URANIUM RESOURCES. IT WILL ALSO ENCOURAGE THE DEPLOYMENT OF EXPANDED NUCLEAR POWER FOR INDUSTRIES IN STATES THAT WANT TO PROVIDE AFFORDABLE ELECTRICITY WITHOUT UNNECESSARY LIABILITY. IN SUMMARY, H.R. 5866 IS A STRONG, BIPARTISAN BILL. IT WILL COMPLEMENT THE CURRENT REVIVAL OF THEY HAVE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY BY EXTENDING B.O.E.'S RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES TO PURSUE LONGER TERM ADVANCES IN THREE DAYS. REACTOR DESIGN, FUEL CYCLE R&D AND CROSS-CUTTING AREAS SUCH AS MATERIALS AND COMPUTER MOLDING AND SIMULATION. I WANT TO NOTE THERE ARE A FEW MINOR CHANGES MADE TO THE BILL THAT WAS REPORTED BY THE COMMITTEE IN SECTION FOUR AND SECTION 15. THESE CHANGES SHOULD IN NO WAY BE INTERPRETED TO CHANGE THE INTENT OR PURPOSE OF THE LANGUAGE. THIS BILL IS ENDORSED BY COMPREHENSIVE GROUP OF KEY STAKE HOLDERS, INCLUDING THE NUCLEAR ENERGY INSTITUTE, THE NEXT GENERATION NUCLEAR PLANT INDUSTRY ALLIANCE, THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, TOSHIBA, WESTINGHOUSE AND G.E.-HITACHI. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT H.R. 5866 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 07:52:18 PM

    MR. GORDON

    I YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROHRABACHER, SUCH TIME AS HE MAY…

    I YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROHRABACHER, SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME WITHIN REASON ARE.

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  • 07:52:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:52:28 PM

    MR. ROHRABACHER

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO EXPRESS MY DEEP APPRECIATION OF THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO EXPRESS MY DEEP APPRECIATION OF THE RANKING MEMBER AS WELL AS THE CHAIRMAN NOW OF THE COMMITTEE. YOU'VE HEARD THESE ACCOLADES MANY TIMES BUT YOU'LL BE MISSED IN THE NEXT CONGRESS. WE WORKED TOGETHER IN A VERY BIPARTISAN WAY FOR -- TO ACCOMPLISH THINGS THROUGH TECHNOLOGY THROUGH OUR COUNTRY AND OUR PEOPLE AND THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5866. NUCLEAR POWER HAS BEEN A CORNERSTONE OF AMERICAN DOMESTIC ENERGY POLICY FOR DECADES AND IT COULD HAVE HAD A GREATER POSITIVE IMPACT HAD WE NOT SUCCUMBED TO IRRATIONAL ATTACKS BY ENVIRONMENTAL RADICALS WHO OPPOSE ANY ENERGY. THEY ENDED UP COSTING US HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR IMPORTS WE ORS WOULD NOT HAVE NEEDED. WE NOW, HOWEVER, HAVE A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY TO USE THE LATEST NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENTS TO PRODUCE SAFE, CLEAN, COST EFFECTIVE ENERGY FOR OUR COUNTRY AND THE WORLD THIS BILL UPDATES AMERICA'S NUCLEAR ENERGY RESEARCH AND FUNDS THOSE TECHNOLOGIES THAT SHOW THE GREATEST POSSIBILITIES. WE'RE ON THE CUSP OF A NEW ERA A NEW ERA OF NUCLEAR ENERGY. SMALL, MODULAR REACTOR PROSSVIDE COST EFFECTIVE ELECTRICITY WITHOUT THE RISKS EVIDENT IN THE CURRENT LARGE-SCALE REACTOR SYSTEM. THE NEXT GENERATION OF REACTORS WILL BE USING AS FUEL THE WASTE OF TODAY'S REACTORS. THUS AMERICA'S WASTE STORAGE NEEDS WILL BE DRASTICALLY CUT. ADVANCED GAS COOLED NUCLEAR SYSTEMS WILL MEET INDUSTRIAL NEEDS WITHOUT RELYING ON A LOT OF WATER SORS, LIMB NATING CONFLICT OVER WATER USE AND LEFTOVER WASTE AND OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS. NEW HIGH TEMPERATURE GAS-COOL RED ACTOR SYSTEMS WILL LEAVE BEHIND LESS WASTE AND IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR THEM TO MELT DOWN THIS BASED ON THEIR PEBBLE BED DESIGN. INVESTMENTS IN SUCH INNOVATION NOW WILL PROVIDE LONG-TERM BEN FITS OF ENERGY PRODUCTION, WASTE DISPOSAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP, ALL OF THESE ENHANCED BY THIS LEGISLATION AND THE USE OF THESE REACTORS. THE SECURITY IMPLICATIONS, OF COURSE, OF WEANING OURSELVES OFF OF FOREIGN OIL, IS EVIDENT TO ALL AMERICANS. OBVIOUSLY, A SUSTAINABLE, LONG-TERM DOMESTICALLY PRODUCED CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF ALL AMERICANS, INVESTING IN NEW NUCLEAR TECHLING INS CAN ACCOMPLISH THIS AND WILL PUT OUR COUNTRY BACK ON THE PATH TO ENERGY SELF-SUFFICIENCY. WHEN ADMONITION, HOWEVER. POWERFUL INTERESTS WOULD HAVE US WASTE MONEY ON OLD TECHNOLOGIES, LIKE LIGHT WATER REACTORS OR ON NUCLEAR FUSION, WHICH HAS HAD LITTLE DEMONSTRABLE PROGRESS AFTER DECADES OF MASSIVE INVESTMENT. SO IT IS TIME FOR US TO START BUILDING WHAT IS POSSIBLE FOR US TO BUILD. ESPECIALLY WHEN IT HAS COME SO FAR ALREADY. AND IS READY TO GO. IT IS FOR THESE REASONS THAT I STRONGLY ENDORSE THE AMERICAN NUCLEAR ENERGY INDUSTRY AND I ASK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5866. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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  • 07:55:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. GORDON

    I HAVE NO FURTHER -- I ASK THE GENTLELADY IF SHE HAS FURTHER SPEAKERS?

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    MRS. BIGGERT

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I WILL -- I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY BEFORE I…

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I WILL -- I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY BEFORE I YIELD BACK TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR ALL THE WORK HE HAS DONE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE AND THIS BILL IS JUST ANOTHER -- SHOW WHAT IS YOU'VE BEEN ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, THE BASIC SCIENCE AND HOW THIS WILL BENEFIT SO MUCH OF OUR COUNTRY AND WE THANK YOU FOR THE WORK YOU'VE PUT INTO THIS I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. GORDON

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I CONCLUDE BY SAYING IT'S WE, NOT YOU, MRS.…

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I CONCLUDE BY SAYING IT'S WE, NOT YOU, MRS. BIGGERT AND MR. ROHRABACHER HAVE BEEN A STRONG PART AND AGAIN A BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO BRING FORTH GOOD LEGISLATION AND I'M PROUD OF THE FACT,S THE 151ST BILL AND RESOLUTION WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO BRING FORTH HERE IN A BIPARTISAN WAY OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS, THAT'S A RECORD AND I THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF THAT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF HE TIME.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5866 AS AMENDED? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND THE AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 162 2.

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  • 07:58:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    THROUGHOUT ALL CONFLICTS INVOLVING THE UNITED STATES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. FILNER, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. FILNER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RICK NICES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 07:58:36 PM

    MR. FILNER

    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 INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 162 2.

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  • 07:58:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. FILNER

    IS RECOGNIZED -- I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:58:55 PM

    MR. FILNER

    WEEKS AGO WE CAME TOGETHER FOR VETERANS DAY, WE HAVE A PROUD LEGACY OF…

    WEEKS AGO WE CAME TOGETHER FOR VETERANS DAY, WE HAVE A PROUD LEGACY OF COMMITMENT TO THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE WORN THE UNIFORM AND MADE GREAT SACRIFICES. WE KNOW WE OWE THE SECURITY OF THIS NATION TO THOSE WHO DEFENDED IT. THIS RESOLUTION BEFORE US ENCOURAGES AMERICANS TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR SUPPORT FOR VETERANS ALSO. NO OTHER GROUP OF AMERICANS HAS STOOD STRONGER AND BRAVER FOR OUR DEMOCRACY THAN OUR TROOPS AND VETERANS. I BELIEVE THAT VETERANS DAY SHOULD NOT BE OBSERVED FOR JUST ONE DAY A YEAR BUT THAT OUR NATION'S HEROES MUST BE CELEBRATED, HONORED AND REMEMBERED FOR THEIR SERVICE TO OUR NATION THE WHOLE YEAR THROUGH. SO I ENCOURAGE ALL AMERICANS TO REACH OUT TO VETERANS, THANK THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES FOR THEIR AMAZING SACRIFICE, LEARN P MORE ABOUT THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE NATION AND GAIN THE WISDOM OF THEIR PERSONAL STORIES OF THE NATION'S HISTORY. THIS YEAR, LIKE THE LAST, WE OBSERVED VETERANS DAY WHILE ENGAGED IN CONFLICTS ABROAD THAT REQUIRED THE DEDICATION OF OUR UNIFORMED TROOPS. OUR THOUGHTS REMAIN WITH THOSE IN UNIFORM ENGAGED IN CONFLICTS APROUD. WE MUST BE UNITED IN MAKING SURE EVERY SOLDIER, SAILOR, AIRMAN AND MARINE IS WELCOMED BACK WITH ALL THE COMPASSION WE CAN. WE MUST SUPPORT THEM BECAUSE OUR FREEDOM AND LIBERTY DEPEND ON IT. THIS VETERANS DAY AND ALL YEAR THROUGH SHOW YOUR GRATITUDE TO THOSE WHO RESPONDED TO THE CALL OF DUTY.

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  • 08:00:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ROE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ROE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1622, A BILL…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1622, A BILL HONORING THE HISTORIC CONTRIBUTIONS OF VETERANS THROUGHOUT ALL CONFLICTS INVOLVING THE UNITED STATES. ALL OF OUR VETERANS HAVE PROVIDED A GREAT SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY THROUGH THEIR PERSONAL SACRIFICE. AS A NATION WE OWE THEM OUR GRATITUDE FOR THEIR SERVICE. SECTION 6103 OF TITLE 5 UNITED STATES CODE PROVIDES THAT VETERANS DAY, NOVEMBER 1 1, IS A LEGAL PUBLIC -- 11, IS A LEGAL PUBLIC HOLIDAY. IT REAFFIRMS THE NATION'S OBLIGATIONS TO SUPPORT OUR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES. H.R. 1622 WOULD RESOLVE THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES RECOGNIZE THE HONOR, COURAGE, SACRIFICE AND -- OF ALL VETERANS AND THEIR HISTORIC CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE UNITED STATES. IT ENCOURAGES THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR SUPPORT FOR VETERANS DAY EACH YEAR BY TREATING THAT DAY AS A SPECIAL DAY OF REFLECTION. IT ENCOURAGES SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS TO EDUCATE STUDENTS ON THE HISTORIC CONTRIBUTIONS HAVE VET ADVANCE HAVE MADE TO THE COUNTRY AND ITS HISTORY, BOTH WHILE SERVING AS MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES AND AFTER COMPLETING THEIR SERVICE AND REQUEST THAT THE PRESIDENT ISSUE A PROCLAMATION EACH YEAR IN CONNECTION WITH THE OBSERVANCE OF VETERANS DAY. CALLING ON THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES TO RECOGNIZE THE HISTORIC CONTRIBUTION OF ALL VETERANS BY DESERVING -- OBSERVER THAT DATE WITH APPROPRIATE CEREMONIES AND ACTIVITIES. HOWEVER, I AM SADDENED THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WAS UNABLE TO PASS THIS WORTHY RESOLUTION BEFORE VETERANS DAY, NOVEMBER 11. AGAIN, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 1622 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. FILNER

    I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND AM PREPARED TO YIELD BACK IF HE IS.

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    MR. FILNER

    YIELDED BACK, I SAID I'M PREPARED TO YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MR. ROE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO WANT TO AGAIN SAY THAT IN OUR DISTRICT AND IN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO WANT TO AGAIN SAY THAT IN OUR DISTRICT AND IN MANY DISTRICTS AROUND THE COUNTRY IT'S NOT JUST VETERANS DAY, IT'S VETERANS WEEK. WE SPEND AN ENTIRE WEEK CELEBRATING THE SERVICE AND SACRIFICE MADE BY OUR VETERANS. DURING THIS PAST -- TWO WEEKS AGO WE HAD VETERANS DAY, DURING THE ENTIRE WEEK, BECAUSE MOST OF US AS CONGRESSMEN LIKE TO ATTEND AS MANY OF THESE AS WE CAN, TO SHOW THE SUPPORT IN ONE SMALL COMMUNITY OF TENNESSEE, THERE WERE ALMOST 6,000 PEOPLE IN THE EVENT FOR VETERANS. OUR KEY NOTE SPEAKER WAS GENERAL LIVINGSTON, A MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER, A MARINE. I ATTENDED CHILDREN THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY WITH A COLONEL WHO LOST HIS ARM IN VIETNAM, WHO IS A BAPTIST PASTOR THERE. AND ON AND ON WE SEE STORIES OF THESE HEROES WHO HAVE SERVED OUR NATION. SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE ALL OF US TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. FILNER

    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 1622 AND…

    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 1622 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. AND THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1622. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 08:04:02 PM

    MR. FILNER

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5953 AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 5953, A BILL TO CORRECT THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO DISPLAY…

    H.R. 5953, A BILL TO CORRECT THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO DISPLAY IN EACH FACILITY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS A WOMEN VETERANS BILL OF RIGHTS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. FILNER, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. FILNER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 08:04:31 PM

    MR. FILNER

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 5953 AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. FILNER

    AND I WOULD YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. FILNER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL BEFORE US IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL BEFORE US IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING A BILL OF RIGHTS ON THE ONE HAND FOR WOMEN VETERANS AND ON THE OTHER HAND FOR INJURED AND AMP TEE VETERANS -- AMPITY VETERANS. THIS HAS BEEN A SUBJECT OF OVER A YEAR OF DISCUSSION. TO TRY TO REFINE THE LEGISLATION TO ONE THAT EVERYONE CAN SUPPORT. LET ME SPEAK ON THE FIRST HALF AND THAT IS WOMEN VETERANS. THERE ARE ALMOST TWO MILLION WOMEN VETERANS NOW, MR. SPEAKER, AND THEY ARE ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING SUBGROUPS OF VETERANS IN OUR NATION. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THE NUMBER OF FEMALE VETERANS WHO USE THE V.A. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WILL DOUBLE, ASSUMING THAT THE CURRENT ENROLLMENT RATES REMAIN CONSTANT. THE V.A. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AS WE KNOW IT WAS BUILT TO ACCOMMODATE THE WAR-RELATED ILLNESSES AND INJURIES OF MALE VETERANS. IT'S A MALE INSTITUTION AS WAS CREATED. IN FACT, MANY OF THE V.A. PROVIDERS, MANY OF THE V.A. CUSTOMERS ARE VETERANS, HAVE LITTLE OR NO EXPOSURE TO WOMEN VETERANS. AS WOMEN ARE SERVING IN COMBAT CONDITIONS ALONGSIDE THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE DEPARTMENT EMBRACE AND RECOGNIZE THE NEEDS OF ALL VETERANS, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN ALIKE. THROUGH HEARINGS AND ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS THAT WE HAVE HELD DURING THIS YEAR, WOMEN VETERANS HAVE COME FORWARD TO SHARE THEIR PERSONAL STORIES FROM THEIR ACCOUNTS, IT IS CLEAR THAT WHILE THE V.A. HAS MADE SOME STRIDES IN CARING FOR WOMEN VETERANS, SIGNIFICANT GAPS REMAIN. THE VETERANS TESTIFYING BEFORE THE COMMITTEE HAVE SHARED STORIES OF FEELING UNWELCOME, ALIENATED, DISRESPECTED IN SOME OF OUR V.A. MEDICAL CENTERS, SO THAT THEY ARE NOW RELUCTANT TO PURSUE THE BENEFITS AND SERVICES THAT THEY HAVE EARNED, WITH SERVICE TO THEIR COUNTRY. WE HAVE HEARD ABOUT WOMEN VETERANS WALKING INTO THE LOBBY OF MADECAL CENTER AND HAVING CAT CALLS COME FROM ALL CORNERS THAT HAVE LOBBY. WE HAVE HEARD THAT A WOMAN WHO HAD HER ARM AMPUTATED FROM A BATTLE THERE FALLUJAH WHEN SHE APPEARED BEFORE A DOCTORATE HER V.A., THE DOCTOR THOUGHT SHE HAD CANCER. HE COULDN'T IMAGINE HER HAVING LOST AN ARM DUE TO COMBAT CONDITIONS. WE HAVE HAD SINGLE WOMEN WHO HAVE HAD TO BRING THEIR CHILDREN BECAUSE THEY COULD NOT GET CHILD CARE AND DOCTORS REFUSING TO SEE THEM. WE HAVE GOT TO CHANGE THIS INSTITUTION TO MEET THE NEEDS, THE REAL NEEDS OF THE WOMEN VETERANS OF OUR NATION. THE V.A. MUST RECOGNIZE AND BE EQUIPPED TO TREAT THE UNIQUE MEDICAL CONCERNS THAT WOMEN VETERANS HAVE. THEY MUST RESPECT PRIVACY CONCERNS AND ELIMINATE CULTURAL INCENSITYTIVE -- INSENSITIVITY. IN MOST OF THE V.A. MEDICAL CENTERS, THEY'RE NOT EVEN CHANGING IN PRIVACY CURTAINS SO THAT WOMEN MAY HAVE THAT DESERVED PRIVACY. WE MADE A LOT OF PROGRESS THIS CONGRESS IN ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF WOMEN VETERANS WITH THE ENACTMENT OF S. 1963, THE CAREGIVERS AND VETERANS OMNIBUS HEALTH SERVICES ACT OF 2010. THIS BILL, H.R. 5953, WOULD BRING THE V.A. ANOTHER STEP CLOSER TO PROVIDING EQUAL CARE FOR WOMEN AND THEIR -- TO THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS. MY BILL WOULD REQUIRE THE V.A. TO DISPLAY IN ALL OF ITS FACILITIES THE 24 FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES GOVERNING THE TREATMENT OF WOMEN VETERANS AS WELL AS REQUIRE V.A. TO WIDELY DISTRIBUTE THE BILL OF RIGHTS TO WOMEN VETERANS. AMONG THE KEY PRINCIPLES OF THIS BILL OF RIGHTS IS THE RIGHT TO COORDINATED, COMPREHENSIVE PRIMARY WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE AT EVERY V.A. MEDICAL CENTER. THE RIGHT TO RECEIVE CARE FROM CLINICIANS WHO HAVE SPECIAL TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE IN WOMEN HEALTH ISSUES. AND GENDER EQUITY IN ACCESSING ALL CLINICAL SERVICES. MY HOPE IS THAT THIS LEGISLATION WILL LEAD TO BOLD CHANGES THAT WILL EFFECTIVELY TACKLE THE NEEDS OF OUR BRAVE AND HONORED WOMEN VETERANS. THIS BILL AS AMENDED MANDATES ALSO ANOTHER BILL OF RIGHTS. LET ME JUST SAY ONE LAST THING, THOUGH, ON THE WOMEN'S BILL OF RIGHTS. THERE WAS SOME CONCERN RAISED IN RECENT DAYS ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP TO THIS BILL AND THE RIGHTS CONFERRED ON WOMEN VETERANS AND THEREFORE THE BRINGING OF ABORTION SERVICES INTO THE V.A. MEDICAL FACILITIES. THIS BILL DID NOT DO THAT. IT MADE NO REFERENCE TO ALL THE LAWS ON THE BOOKS THAT PREVENT FEDERAL FACILITIES FROM DOING THAT BUT IN A DISCUSSION WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, WHO PREVIOUSLY CHAIRED THIS V.A. COMMITTEE, WHO IS A LEADER OF THE SO-CALLED PRO-LIFE FORCES IN THIS CONGRESS, HE SAID, WE CAN FIX THAT FOR YOU. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ADD A LINE THAT HE GAVE US AND WE HAVE PUT IN THIS BILL. SO NOBODY NEED BE CONCERNED THAT THIS BILL SOMEHOW OVERRIDES ALL PREVIOUS LAWS AND MANDATES ABORTION SERVICES IN THE V.A. CLINICS. IT SAYS AND IT IS INCLUDED IN THIS BILL BY MANAGER'S AMENDMENT, THAT NOTHING IN THIS ACT SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO ESTABLISH A RIGHT TO ANY SERVICE EXCLUDED UNDER 38 CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS 17.38 AS AN EFFECT ON THE DATE OF ENACTMENT OF THIS ACT. THAT IS, THAT'S THE REGULATIONS THAT BAN ABORTIONS IN FEDERAL FACILITIES. SO JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE FEEL THAT THEY CAN VOTE FOR THIS WITHOUT VIOLATING SOME OTHER PRINCIPLES, THIS SENTENCE IS IN THERE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY FEELS THAT THAT ADEQUATELY ELIMINATES THAT PROBLEM THAT HAD BEEN BROUGHT UP IN RECENT DAYS. LET ME, IF I MAY, MR. CHAIRMAN, -- MR. SPEAKER, GO ON TO THE INJURED AND AMPUTEE BILL OF RIGHTS. THERE'S NOT MANY OF WHITE HOUSE HAVE NOT HEARD OF THE HORRIFIC BATTLEGROUND STORIES OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN IN OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. THESE TALES REVEAL A GRUSE SOME WAR IN WHICH -- GRUSE AM WAR -- GRUESOME WAR. NONE IS MORE DEAFENING THAN THE AMPUTATIONS UNDERGONE BY SERVICE MEN MEMBERS AS A DIRECT RESULT OF A WIDESPREAD USE OF THE ROADSIDE BOMBS OTHERWISE KNOWN AS I.E.D.'S, IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES. THIS CLASS OF INJURY WHICH HAS SPIKED DRASTICALLY SINCE THE ONSET OF OPERATION NEW DAWN REQUIRES SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. THESE INDIVIDUALS MUST EMBARK UPON A LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY THAT INCLUDES EXTENSIVE REHABILITATION AND SPECIALIZED TREATMENT. THIS BILL INSTRUCTS THE V.A. TO INFORM VETERANS AND EDUCATE EMPLOYEES AT EACH V.A. CLINIC THAT THERE IS AN INJURED AND AMPUTEE VETERANS BILL OF RIGHTS. IT REQUIRES THE V.A. TO MONITOR AND RESOLVE COMPLAINTS OF AMPUTEE VETERANS ALLEGING MISTREATMENT. I BELIEVE THIS BILL WILL DO MUCH TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF OUR AMPUTEE VETERANS AND BOLSTER THE CONSISTENCY OF CARE THROUGHOUT THE V.A. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THESE BILLS FOR A LONG, LONG TIME. AND I'M PLEASED THAT WE HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO BRING THESE BILLS EVEN IN THIS LAME DUCK SESSION, TO ALLOW THE V.A. TO MOVE INTO THE 21ST CENTURY IN TERMS OF TREATMENT OF OUR WOMEN VETERANS AND IN TREATMENT OF OUR VETERANS WHO HAVE UNDERGONE AMPLETATIONS. I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MR. ROE

    MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE VOICED. ROADWAY ROW I THANK THE SPEAKER --

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    MR. ROE

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. THIS IS AMENDED TO DISPLAY IN EACH V.A. FACILITY A…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. THIS IS AMENDED TO DISPLAY IN EACH V.A. FACILITY A WOMEN'S VETERANS BILL OF RIGHTS, INCLUDED AS PART OF THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT IS LANGUAGE, A BILL TO DIRECT V.A. TO CREATE EDUCATE AND INFORM STAFF AND VETERANS ABOUT INJURED AND AMP TEE VETERANS BILL OF RIGHTS. UNTIL THE BILL IS LAUDABLE, THE SACRIFICES OF WOMEN INJURED AND AMPUTEE VETERANS SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED AND RESPECTED AND UNQUESTIONABLY THEY HAVE UNIQUE NEEDS THAT REQUIRE SPECIALIZED CARE AND SERVICES. BUT H.R. 5953 IS A FLAWED BILL THAT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR UNDER FLAWED PROCESS. IN CONGRESS, CERTAIN PROCEDURES ARE PUT IN PLACE TO ENSURE THAT POLICY IS DONE CORRECTLY. UNDER REGULAR ORDER, ONCE A BILL HAS BEEN INTRODUCED, IT'S REFERRED TO A COMMITTEE OF JURISDICTION. ONCE IN COMMITTEE, IT MAY BE REFERRED TO A PARTICULAR SUBCOMMITTEE OR HELD IN FULL COMMITTEE WHERE HEARINGS AND MARKUPS AND THAT FOR THE PUBLIC WOULD BE VOTES ARE HELD AND MEMBERS AND INTERESTED STAKEHOLDERS ARE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXAMINE LEGISLATION FOR SOUND POLICY AND UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. IF MEMBERS DESIRE THEY MAY OFFER AMENDMENTS TO IMPROVE A BILL BEFORE IT'S VOTED OUT OF COMMITTEE AND BROUGHT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR FOR FURTHER DEBATE BEFORE BEING VOTED ON BY THE FULL HOUSE. THIS IS A TIME-TESTED DEMOCRATIC PROCESS AND I'VE SEEN NUMEROUS BILLS MADE BETTER WHEN WE FOLLOW REGULAR ORDER. INSTEAD THIS BILL IS BEING BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR IN A CLOSED PROCESS, IT BYPASSES REGULAR ORDER IN SPITE OF NUMEROUS AND SERIOUS OBJECTIONS, INCLUDING THOSE OF OUR RANKING MEMBER, CONGRESSMAN BUYER. WHO WERE SUPPOSED TO HAVE DEBATED AND VOTED ON IT YESTERDAY BUT IT WAS PULLED FROM THE CONSIDERATION AT THE VERY LAST MINUTE AFTER GRAVE CONCERNS WERE RAISED BY THE PRO-LIFE CAUCUS, NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE COMMITTEE, THE CONCERNED WOMEN OF AMERICA AND THE UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS, AMONG OTHERS, OVER LANGUAGE THAT COULD HAVE CREATED A LEGAL BASIS TO REQUIRE GOVERNMENT-FUNDED ABORTIONS AT V.A. MEDICAL CENTERS. I AM PLEASED THAT A NEW SECTION WAS ADDED TO THE BILL, WE'LL CONSIDER TODAY, AND IT IS INTENDED TO ADDRESS THESE PARTICULAR CONCERNS AND I HAVE THE COPY OF THE PART OF THE -- RIGHT. HOWEVER, H.R. 5953 IS AMENDED STILL CONTINUES TO RAISE SIGNIFICANT POLICY QUESTIONS CONSIDERING WHETHER RIGHTS ARE CONSISTENT WITH CURRENT VETERANS HEALTH CARE ELIGIBILITY UNDER TITLE 38 OF THE UNITED STATES CODE, AMONG THESE RIGHTS IN QUESTION ARE THE RIGHT TO EQUAL CONSIDERATION THIS HIRING AND EMPLOYMENT. THIS RIGHT SEEMS TO CREATE AN UNFOUNDED EXPECTATION REGARDING EMPLOYMENT IN BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS. BUT LEAVES REMAINING OF EQUAL CRUCIAL UNKNOWN. EQUAL TO WHOM OR WHAT? DO EXISTING EMPLOYMENT LAWS AND REGULATIONS MEET THIS NEW UNDEFINED STANDARD OR WILL ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS BE REQUIRED?9MBE REQUIRED. THE RIGHT TO HAVE FEMALE VETERANS ASSIST THEM IN THEIR CLAIMS PROCESS. IT IS UNCLEAR WHETHER IT REFERS TO VETERANS' SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND OTHERS WHO MAY ASSIST IN FILING A CLAIM OR ALL OF THE ABOVE GROUPS, BUT V.A. HAS NO CONTROL OVER THE GEPPEDER OF THIRD PARTIES THAT REPRESENT CLAIMANTS BEFORE THE V.A. THE RIGHT FOR FEMALE COMPENSATION TO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO WOMEN VETERANS IS PROBLEMATIC. THERE ARE SEVERAL LOCATIONS WHERE A FEMALE EXAMINER MAY NOT BE PRESENT AND MAY PLACE THE CLAIMANT AT A DISADVANTAGE. CORRECTING ISSUES LIKE THESE IS WHY WE HAVE A HEARING PROCESS. THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AFFAIRS HAS NEVER HELD A HEARING ON H.R. 5953. CONSEQUENTLY MEMBERS HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO AMEND THE LEGISLATION TO RECKTIVE EYE -- RECTIFY. THE V.A. HAS NOT BEEN PROVIDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT THEIR OFFICIAL VIEWS AND NONE OF THE VETERAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON THE BILL WHICH COULD DIRECTLY IMPACT SO MANY OF THEIR DAILY LIVES. ADDITIONALLY, WE ARE GOING TO VOTE ON THE BILL WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT IT WILL COST BECAUSE THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE WAS NOT GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO PREPARE A COST ESTIMATE. YESTERDAY, A LAST-MINUTE FIX WAS NEEDED TO ENSURE THIS BILL WOULD NOT PROVIDE A BASIS FOR FEDERALLY-FUNDED ABORTIONS. WHAT ELSE IS IN THE BILL? WE DON'T KNOW, BECAUSE WE WEREN'T ABLE TO PROPERLY VET IT BEFORE IT WAS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR. HOW WOULD THIS BILL OF RIGHTS BE ENFORCED? WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE PERSONNEL DIDN'T COMPLY? WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE V.A. HAS A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF PATIENTS' RIGHTS IN EACH FACILITY. EXISTING BILL OF RIGHTS APPLIES TO EACH AND EVERY VETERAN AND INCLUDES THE RIGHT TO BE TREATED WITH DIGNITY, COMPASSION AND RESPECT. THE V.A. BENEFITS TO WHICH THEY MAY BE ENTITLED AND OTHER RIGHTS INCLUDING WOMEN VETERANS AND A.M. PEW TEES, WE ARE COMMITTED TO MEANINGFUL OVERSIGHT FOR THE BENEFITS AND SERVICES WE PROVIDE FOR OUR VETERANS. I WOULD HAVE APPRECIATED THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A VOICE IN THE PROCESS OF BRINGING H.R. 5953 TO THE FLOOR TODAY. THAT IS WHY THE VOTERS OF TENNESSEE SENT ME TO CONGRESS AND I INFEND TO ASK FOR HEARINGS ON THESE QUESTIONS. AND I JUST WANT TO SAY THE CHAIRMAN HAS -- WE HAVE WORKED ON MANY THINGS TOGETHER, MANY GOOD ISSUES. I'M A VETERAN AND I'M AN OB-GYN PHYSICIAN WHO HAS TREATED VETERAN PATIENTS OVER 30 YEARS IN MY COMMUNITY WHICH HAS A VETERANS' HOSPITAL. I'M AWARE OF THESE ISSUES. BUT I CERTAINLY AGREE WITH A BILL OF RIGHTS. THE PROBLEM IS WE HAD NO WAY AND NO PROCESS IN WHICH TO LOOK THROUGH THIS. SO I UNDERSTAND WHAT THE CHAIRMAN -- IT'S LAUDABLE WHAT HE WANTS TO DO AND I AGREE WITH MANY OF THE ISSUES AND I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THAT. I'M DISCUSSING THE PROCESS OF HOW WE GOT HERE TO THE FLOOR. AND I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. FILNER

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO WANT TO ASSURE THE GENTLEMAN AS HE KNOWS, WE HAVE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO WANT TO ASSURE THE GENTLEMAN AS HE KNOWS, WE HAVE HAD SEVERAL ROUND TABLES. WE CALL THEM ROUND TABLES RATHER THAN HEARINGS, BECAUSE WE SIT AROUND THE TABLE AND HAVE DISCUSSION RATHER THAN JUST HAVE PEOPLE QUESTIONING. AND WE HAVE HAD PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TESTIFY ON THIS BILL. WE HAVE SENT THE BILL TO EVERY SINGLE SET SET VAN SERVICE ORGANIZATION, TO -- VETERAN SERVICE ORGANIZATION, TO EVERYONE WHO HAS COMPLAINED ABOUT TREATMENT AND HAD ENORMOUS INPUT FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY PROBABLY MORE THAN ANY OTHER BILL WE HAVE DONE AND THIS BILL HAS UNDERGONE A WHOLE LOT OF CHANGES AND HAS RESPONDED TO A LOT OF THE INPUT THAT WE HAD. INCLUDING FROM MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITE PARTY, WHO HAVE BEEN AT SOME OF THE ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS. IT IS TIME TO MOVE INTO THE 21ST CENTURY ON THIS. THE V.A. HAS BEEN A MALE INSTITUTION. WE CANNOT KEEP WAITING FOR CHANGE. IT HAS TO COME. THE WOMEN ARE PERFORMING AN INCREDIBLE ROLE IN THE CONFLICTS THAT WE HAVE ONGOING. WE SHOULD NOT SAY THANK YOU BY AN UNWELCOMED RESPONSE TO THEIR COMING TO A V.A. FACILITY. IT'S TIME THAT WE HAD A BILL OF RIGHTS FOR WOMEN VETERANS. AND I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 08:20:41 PM

    MR. ROE

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. AGAIN, THIS BILL, 5953 DID NOT COME IN FRONT OF THE…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. AGAIN, THIS BILL, 5953 DID NOT COME IN FRONT OF THE FULL VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, WHICH OTHER BILLS I HAVE SEEN -- AGAIN I'M NEW AS YOUR I'M HERE AS YOU ARE. THESE BILLS COME UP AND WE HAVE A MARKUP AND THAT'S TO VOTE ON THE BILL AND THEN THE CHAIRMAN WILL ASK, ARE THERE ANY AMENDMENTS AT THE TABLE? WE'LL DISCUSS THOSE AMENDMENTS AND VOTE THEM UP OR DOWN. WE DIDN'T HAVE A CHANCE TO VET THAT WITH THIS PROCESS AND I THINK IT'S A LAUDABLE THING TO DO. I CERTAINLY SEE MANY THINGS IN HERE AND I HAVE GOT THE BILL OF RIGHTS RIGHT HERE THAT THE V.A. HAS POSTED ON THE WALL. AND I WOULD HAVE LIKED THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO OVER THE BILL OF RIGHTS. THIS PARTICULAR BILL WAS INTRODUCED JULY 29, 2010, BUT IT NEVER DID MAKE -- I WAS AT ALL THE VETERANS' MARKUPS AND I CERTAINLY DIDN'T MISS THIS ONE AND DIDN'T COME THROUGH THE REGULAR ORDER AND THAT'S MY COMPLAINT, NOT THE CONTENT SO MUCH. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:21:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 08:21:47 PM

    MR. FILNER

    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5953 AS AMENDED AND I HAVE NO FURTHER…

    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5953 AS AMENDED AND I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:21:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. SO THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. SO THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5953 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 08:22:29 PM

    MR. FILNER

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1644.

  • 08:22:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

  • 08:22:39 PM

    THE CLERK

    EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR DESIGNATION OF A NATIONAL VETERANS HISTORY PROJECTS…

    EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR DESIGNATION OF A NATIONAL VETERANS HISTORY PROJECTS WEEK.

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  • 08:22:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. FILNER AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. FILNER AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROWE EACH WILL -- ROE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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  • 08:22:59 PM

    MR. FILNER

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE…

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS REMARKS ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 1644.

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  • 08:23:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 08:23:14 PM

    MR. FILNER

    BILL, THE NATIONAL VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT WEEK COMES TO US FROM OUR…

    BILL, THE NATIONAL VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT WEEK COMES TO US FROM OUR COLLEAGUE, MR. KIND, TO HONOR THE NATION'S VETERANS AND INTRODUCE THE RESOLUTION. I YIELD TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 08:23:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED. QUIND KIND I THANK MY --

  • 08:23:40 PM

    MR. KIND

    FRIEND FOR YIELDING ME TIME. AND AS THE AUTHOR OF THE VETERANS HISTORY…

    FRIEND FOR YIELDING ME TIME. AND AS THE AUTHOR OF THE VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION BEFORE US THIS EVENING. THE VETERANS' HISTORY PROJECT ISN'T NEW AND HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR 10 YEARS AND CELEBRATED ITS 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR. IT IS THE LAST TASK TO ASK US TO PRESERVE WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO SERVE OUR NATION DURING TIMES OF CONNICT AND DURING TIMES OF PEACE. SINCE THE CREATION OF THE VETERANS' HISTORY PROJECT WE HAVE HAD 80,000 STORIES BEING COLLECTED AND PROBABLY IN THE BEST PLACES IN THE WORLD AT OUR OWN LIBRARY OF CONGRESS HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. THE VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT OCCURRED AT FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND BACK HOME IN MY HOME CITY OF LACROSSE, WISCONSIN. I WAS SITENING AROUND THE TABLE WITH MY FATHER AND HIS BROTHER, MY UNCLE, DON KIND, A BOMBER AND THEY STARTED SHARING WITH ME THEIR EXPERIENCES OF SERVING OUR NATION AND I TOLD THEM THE WAY SINCE MY TWO LITTLE BOYS WERED TOLERS AND WOULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY WERE SAYING, AS I RAN INTO THE HOUSE AND GRABBED THE VIDEO CAMERA AND ASKED THEM TO CONTINUE TALKING ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE SERVING OUR NATION. AND I GOT TO THINKING GIVEN THE ADVENT OF MODERN TECHNOLOGY HOW ACCESSIBLE IT IS, WE SHOULD BE DOING THIS NATIONWIDE. THAT WAS THE HISTORY. TODAY IT IS THE LARGEST ORAL HISTORY COLLECTION IN THE UNITED STATES AND I BELIEVE IT'S THE WORLD'S LARGEST ORAL HISTORY COLLECTION. I COMMEND THE LEADERSHIP OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS UNDER COLONEL BOB PATRICK WHO HEADS UP THE PROJECT AND HIS 25-PERSON STAFF AND OUR LOAN LIBRARIAN OF CONGRESS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS AS WELL. WHAT I HAVE DISCOVERED THROUGHOUT THE YEARS IN CONDUCTING MANY OF THE INTERVIEWS MYSELF AND READING MANY OF THE TRANSCRIPTS OF THESE VETERANS' HISTORY PROJECT IS A COMMON THEME THAT RUNS THROUGH MOST OF THE STORIES. FIRST, MOST OF THE VETERANS DON'T FEEL THEY DID ANYTHING SPECIAL AND DOING THEIR DUTY, ANSWERING THE CALL TO SERVICE. AND SECONDLY, ONE OF THE GREAT MOTIVATEORS, ESPECIALLY IN TIMES OF CONFLICT, WAS NOT LETTING THEIR COLLEAGUES DOWN AND YET THESE ARE ORDINARY AMERICANS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, FROM EVERY CORNER OF AMERICA WHO WENT ON TO DO EXTRAORDINARY THINGS AND EACH OF THEM HAD A ROLE TO PLAY. IN TIMES OF CONFLICT AND TIMES OF PEACE. SOMETIMES IT'S DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO COME FORWARD AND SHARE THEIR STORIES BECAUSE THEY DON'T FEEL THEY HAVE MUCH TO CONTRIBUTE BUT EACH OF THEM DO IN THEIR OWN WAY. I THANK THE TREMENDOUS SUPPORT AND CONTRIBUTION OF SO MANY ORGANIZATIONS AND ENTITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY WHO HAVE BEEN GETTING THE WORD OUT OF THIS VETERANS' HISTORY PROJECT EXISTS, V.F.W., AARP HAS BEEN A MAJOR SPONSOR, COUNTLESS SOCIAL COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND ALL OF OUR TOWNS AND COMMUNITIES AND THAT'S BEEN ONE OF THE DEBATE CHALLENGES BECAUSE THE CLOCK IS TICKING AND TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. WE ARE LOSING CLOSE TO 1,700 VETERANS A DAY WHO ARE PASSING AWAY AND IF WE DON'T TALK TO THEM AND RECORD THEIR STORIES, THEY TAKE WITH THEM AN IMPORTANT PART OF AMERICAN HISTORY, THEIR SERVICE TO OUR NATION AND THAT'S WHY THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS HAS BEEN WORKING TO TRY TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT THE EXISTENCE OF THIS PROJECT AND THEY HAVE DONE A COMMENDABLE JOB IN DOING IT. THIS RESOLUTION IS NECESSARY TO HAVE THE CONGRESS CONSIDER DESIGNATING A WEEK FOR THE VETERANS' HISTORY PROJECT, WHICH WILL HELP US GET INFORMATION OUT TO EVEN MORE PEOPLE. AND IT'S AS SIMPLE AS A PERSON JUST APPROACHING THEIR OWN FAMILY MEMBER, FRIEND, NEIGHBOR, LOVED ONE IN THEIR LIFE AND ASKING THEM TO SHARE THEIR STORY AND SETTING UP THE VIDEO CAMERA ACROSS THE KITCHEN TABLE AND LETTING THEM GO, IT COULD BE 10 MINUTES, TWO HOURS, DEPENDING ON HOW MUCH THE VETERAN WANTS TO SHARE AND THAT'S WHAT MAKES THESE STORIES SO REMARKABLE. I HAD AN AT-RISK HIGH SCHOOL WHO HAVE TAKEN THE LEAD AND THEY HAVE GONE OUT AND CONTACTED THESE VETERANS. THEY ARE AT RISK OF DROPPING OUT AND YET, THIS IS A PROJECT THAT HAS CREATED THE HISTORY TO COME TO LIFE IN THEIR OWN LIVES. THEY HAVE TO DO RESEARCH AND BACKGROUND ON THE VETERANS AND THE TIME PERIOD IN WHICH THEY ARE GOING TO CONDUCT THE INTERVIEW AND GIVES THEM A CHANCE TO CONNECT WITH THE VETERANS. GREAT BRIDGE BETWEEN THE OLDER AND YOUNGER GENERATION. I ASKED ONE OF THE STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE PROGRAM AND WHAT HE THOUGHT OF IT. HE SAID, I DON'T LIKE TO DO A LOT OF READING AND HISTORY BORES ME TO DEATH BUT I FELT I WAS PRESERVING AMERICAN HISTORY. IT'S ABOUT PRESERVING STORIES SO FUTURE GENERATIONS NEVER FORGET. IF I HAD A NICKEL EVERY SOME STRANGER WALKS UP TO ME AND SAID, I WISH I TALKED TO MY FATHER, MOTHER, GRANDFATHER, I WOULD BE THE RICHEST PERSON IN THE WORLD. THERE IS A LOT OF REGRET BUT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY WITH THE HELP AND COOPERATION OF SO MANY PEOPLE. I'M PLEASED WITH THE STRONG BIPARTISAN THAT THIS AND PREVIOUS CONGRESSES HAVE SHOWN BUT THERE IS MUCH MORE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE ESPECIALLY NOW WITH SO MANY OF OUR VETERANS RETURNING HOME FROM CONFLICTS WHETHER IT'S IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN OR WHEREVER OUR TROOPS ARE SERVING THROUGHOUT THE GLOBE. I WOULD ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION, TO SUPPORT THE VETERANS' HISTORY OVERALL AND HELP GET THE WORD OUT AND THOSE LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT THIS IS AND HOW THEY CAN PARTICIPATE, THEY CAN GO TO THE LIBRARY CONGRESS' WEB SITE LOC.GOV OR CONTACT ANY ONE OF OUR CONGRESSIONAL OR SENATE OFFICES OR GET IN TOUCH WITH A VETERANS' ORGANIZATION WHO WOULD HAVE THIS INFORMATION. 10 YEARS AND ONE FINAL NOTE, I COMMEND THE NATIONAL COURT REPORTERS'S ASSOCIATION AND MY WIFE WHO IS A COURT REPORTER APPROACHED THEM TO SEE IF THEY COULD VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME IN TRANSCRIBING A LOT OF THESE VIDEO INTERVIEWS AND MANY HAVE STEPPED UP THROUGHOUT THE NATION AND DONATED COUNTLESS HOURS TORE TRANSCRIBE THESE COUNTLESS HOURS. THE LIBRARY IS PRODUCING BOOKS AND DOCUMENTARIES AND THEY HAVE A PLACE TO GO TO RECEIVE HISTORICAL RESEARCH ON BOOKS AND ARTICLES THEY ARE WRITING AND IT HAS TURNED INTO A TREASURE OF INFORMATION AND AN IMPORTANT PART OF AMERICAN HISTORY, WHAT IT WAS LIKE FOR OUR VETERANS TO SERVE OUR NATION DURING TIMES OF PEACE AND ALSO AT TIMES OF WAR. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION. I THANK CHAIRMAN FILNER FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE AND ENCOURAGE ITS PASSAGE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:31:13 PM

    MR. FILNER

    YOUR LEADERSHIP, MR. KIND. YOU'VE DONE AN INCREDIBLE JOB. I HAPPEN TO BE…

    YOUR LEADERSHIP, MR. KIND. YOU'VE DONE AN INCREDIBLE JOB. I HAPPEN TO BE AN HISTORIAN MYSELF. I'VE DONE A LOT OF WORK IN ORAL HISTORY. YOU DESCRIBED IT SO ELOQUENTLY. I WISH MY FATHER WHO WAS IN WORLD WAR II, WE COULD HAVE TAPED BEFORE HE DIED. JUST A COUPLE WEEKS AGO WHIFFS BACK HOME, I MET WITH A GROUP OF BLACK SOLDIERS WHO IN 1946 TWO YEARS BEFORE THE EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT IMMIGRATED OUR ARMED FORCES, THE BLACK SOLDIERS HAD BEEN APPROACHED BY GENERAL EISENHOWER TO SAY, HEY, THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE, IT'S TAKEN SO MANY INFRANTRYMEN, WHO WILL VOLUNTEER TO JOIN THE WHITE INFANTRY? AND ABOUT 5,000 VOLUNTEERED TO. HEAR THEIR STORY, AND I REFERRED TO THEM, I SAID, GET RIGHT OVER TO OUR PROJECT, BECAUSE WE NEED TO HEAR THAT. BECAUSE MOST OF US DON'T KNOW ABOUT THAT LITTLE HISTORY ITSELF. AND THAT ITSELF IS VERY INSPIRING TO SEE WHAT THEY WERE ABLE TO DO. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. I THINK AS YOU SAID, IT HAS NOT ONLY TO MAINTAIN OUR OWN HISTORY BUT BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN GENERATIONS. SO I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. ONCE AGAIN, I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:32:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

  • 08:32:33 PM

    MR. ROE

    MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 08:32:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 08:32:38 PM

    MR. ROE

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1644, EXPRESSING…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1644, EXPRESSING THE SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE DESIGNATION OF A NATIONAL VETERANS HISTORY WEEK. ON OCTOBER 27, 2000, PUBLIC LAW 106380 WAS SIGNED BY PRESIDENT WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON TO ESTABLISHED VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT. THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US SUPPORTS THE DESIGNATION OF A NATIONAL VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT WEEK, RECOGNIZES NATIONAL VETERANS AWARENESS WEEK AND CALLED ON THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES TO INTERVIEW AT LEAST ONE VETERAN AND THEIR FAMILIES OR COMMUNITIES ACCORDING TO GUIDELINES PROVIDED BY THE VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT. AND ENCOURAGING LOCAL, STATE AND NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS ALONG WITH FEDERAL, STATE, CITY AND COUNTY GOVERNMENTAL INSTITUTIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN SUPPORT OF THE EFFORT, TO DOCUMENT, PRESERVE AND HONOR THE SERVICE OF UNITED STATES WAR TIME VETERANS. THE VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT IS MAINTAINED BY THE AMERICAN CENTER AND THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, COLLECTS, PRESERVES AND MAKES ACCESSIBLE THE PERSONAL ACCOUNTS OF AMERICAN WAR VETERANS SO THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS MAY HEAR DIRECTLY FROM VETERANS AND BETTER UNDERSTAND REALITIES OF WAR. THE COLLECTION FEATURES FIRSTHAND ACCOUNTS OF VETERANS WHO SERVED IN WORLD WAR I, WORLD WAR II, THE KOREAN WAR, VIETNAM WAR, PERSIAN GULF WAR IN 1990 TO 1995 OR AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ CONFLICTS 2001 TO PRESENT. IT ALSO CONTAINS THE ACCOUNTS OF U.S. CITIZEN CIVILIANS WHO ACTIVELY SUPPORTED WAR EFFORTS SUCH AS WAR INDUSTRY WORKERS, U.S.O. WORKERS, FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS, MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS, DEFENSE CONTRACTORS AND SO ON. CITIZENS CAN PARTICIPATE BY OBTAINING A FIELD KIT FROM THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, WHICH CONTAINS THE TOOLS NECESSARY TO CONDUCT INTERVIEWS OR HELP VETERANS WITH THE INTERVIEW PROCESS. SEVERAL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE ALREADY PARTICIPATED IN INTERVIEWS RELATING TO THEIR MILITARY SERVICE. I'M AMONG ONE OF THEM. AMONG THEM ARE CLIFF STEARNS, THE DEPUTY RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE WHO REPORTED HIS EXPERIENCE AS AN AIR FORCE CAPTAIN DURING THE VIETNAM WAR, AND RANKING REPUBLICAN STEVE BUYER WHO RECORDED HIS EXPERIENCES DURING THE PERSIAN GULF WAR IN IRAQ. AGAIN, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 1644 AND JUST TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN, WE HAD THE TRAVELING VIETNAM WAIL IN -- WALL IN MY HOMETOWN A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO. WE HAD THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE COME BY AND I WAS ABLE TO PARTICIPATE MYSELF AS A VETERAN. WE GOT HUNDREDS OF STORIES DURING THE VIETNAM WAR. AND A SMALL CHURCH, A SMALL BAPTIST CHURCH, THERE ARE 15 YOUNG MEN WHO WENT OFF TO WORLD WAR II AND THREE DID NOT RETURN. AND I ASKED THEM TO RECORD THIS HISTORY FOR THEIR CHURCH AND COMMUNITY. WE HAD MY HISTORY PROFITSER IN COLLEGE, WROTE A BOOK, APOCKLIPTS UNDONE, RECOUNTING HIS CAPTURE IN THE PHILIPPINES, THE DEATH MARCH AND TIME AS A SLAVE LABOR IN JAPAN FOR FOUR YEARS. AN INCREDIBLE ACCOUNT. I SPOKE RECENTLY TO A 96-YEAR-OLD VETERAN AT THE MOUNTAIN HOME V.A. MEDICAL CENTER IN JOHNSON CITY ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE BEFORE THERE WAS WORLD WAR II, WHEN THE U-BOATS WERE SINKING OUR SHIPS, TAKING SUPPLIES TO ENGLAND. HE FLEW MISSIONS TO BOMB THOSE BEFORE THERE WAS A WAR AND I LOOKED AT HIS RECORD AND THAT PART WAS INKED OUT. THAT'S A HISTORY THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN LOST WITHOUT THIS. MY OWN FATHER-IN-LAW FLEW COMBAT MISSIONS IN BURMA SUPPORTING DURING WORLD WAR II. I WAS IN A HARDY'S ONE MORNING CAMPAIGNING, SHAKING HANDS, AND SAT DOWN TO TALK TO TWO GENTLEMEN AND WHO DID I TALK TO BUT TWO VETERANS WHO HAD SURVIVED THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE AND THEY SHARED THEIR STORIES WITH ME. AND ONE VETERAN IN THE SAME BLINGT, THE VERY SAME DAY HAD, WON A SILVER STAR AFTER HAVING A SEVERE HEAD INJURY AND I ASKED HIM HOW HE WAS DOING AND HE SAID, WELL, HE WAS CUTTING BACK ON HIS FARMING A LITTLE BIT, HE WAS 87 YEARS OLD. THAT'S THE GENERATION THAT BUILT THIS NATION AND TO LOSE THOSE HISTORIES AND I AGREE WITH YOU COMPLETELY, HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE SAID, I WISH I HAD TAKEN NOTE OF IT, I TALKED TO MY GRANDFATHER, I TALKED TO SOMEONE WHO SERVED AND GOTTEN THEIR STORY. NOW IT'S NOT ALL, MOST OF US VETERANS WON'T SHARE EVERYTHING WE DID. I WANT TO MAKE THAT CLEAR, TOO, FOR THE HOUSE TONIGHT. THERE'S SOME THINGS THAT WE PROBABLY JUST NEED TO BE LEFT UNSAID. BUT THOSE STORIES MEANT A LOT TO ME AND MY FAMILY AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE NOW THAT WE HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL THE VETERANS WHO CAN AND ARE ABLE TO AND ARE WILLING TO, TO SHARE THESE STORIES AND DOCUMENT THEM. THEY'RE VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE AS WAS STATED, WE'RE LOSING 1,500 TO 1,700 WORLD WAR II RECEIPT ADVANCE PER DAY. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES AND I'LL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. TO VOTE FOR THIS RESOLUTION.

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  • 08:37:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 08:37:39 PM

    MR. FILNER

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU CAN TELL ME HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE LEFT?

  • 08:37:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YOU HAVE 11 MINUTES.

  • 08:37:45 PM

    MR. FILNER

    TAKE A FEW SINCE WE'RE AT THE END OF OUR DAY HERE. I HAVE HAD, MR.…

    TAKE A FEW SINCE WE'RE AT THE END OF OUR DAY HERE. I HAVE HAD, MR. SPEAKER, THE HONOR AND PRIVILEGE OF CHAIRING THE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS. THE VOTERS OF THIS NATION HAVE CHANGED THE PARTY IN CHARGE SO I THINK THIS WILL PROBABLY BE MY LAST DAY ON THE FLOOR AS THE CHAIRMAN. AND I JUST WANT TO THANK THE VETERANS OF THIS NATION FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD. I MET WITH THEM, THEY HAVE CHANGED ME AS A PERSON, I HAVE LEARNED INCREDIBLE AMOUNTS FROM THEM. I HAVE LEARNED HOW MUCH WE HAVE TO DO TO FULFILL OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR NATION'S VETERANS. AND I THINK WE'VE DONE A LOT IN THIS COMMITTEE FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS. SOME OF OUR STAFF IS HERE AND I WANT TO THANK THEM BECAUSE THEY MADE IT ALL POSSIBLE. IN FACT, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE A FELLOW FROM THE MILITARY FELLOWS PROGRAM WHO WORKED WITH US FOR A YEAR THAT THE SPEAKER SET UP FOR TO US BRING IN THE MILITARY FOLKS FROM DIFFERENT SERVICES AND FROM DIFFERENT OCCUPATIONS TO BOTH HELP US AND TO HELP THEM WITH THE YEAR ON CAPITOL HILL. AND ONE OF THOSE IS COMPLETING HIS YEAR JUST ABOUT NOW, RICCO. WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR WORK. ASTHMA ARE IN, HE'S GOING TO BE DEPLOYED TO AFGHANISTAN AFTER CHRISTMAS. SO WE WISH HIM THE BEST BUT WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE WORK. YOU'VE TAUGHT US A LOT AND WE HOPE YOU WILL BRING BACK SOME OF OUR KNOWLEDGE TO YOUR FELLOW MARINES. WE HAVE IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS, MR. SPEAKER, ADDED ALMOST $25 BILLION TO THE HEALTH CARE NEEDS OF OUR VETERANS. THAT'S OVER A 65% INCREASE. THAT'S UNPRECEDENTED IN THE HISTORY OF THE V.A., TO HAVE SUCH AN INCREASE. AND WE NEEDED TO DO THAT. WE HAVE LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF NEW VETERANS, MANY WITH BRAIN INJURY, MANY WITH PTSD, POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, AND WE HAVE VETERANS AGING FROM VIETNAM AND EVEN EARLIER WARS, OBVIOUSLY. SO WE HAVE TREMENDOUS NEED AND WE PUT IN BILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO ESPECIALLY MENTAL HEALTH CARE OF OUR NATION'S VETERANS. WE WROTE A G.I. BILL FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. WHICH MATCHED THE G.I. BILL REALLY FROM 1944, THE ORIGINAL G.I. BILL. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, MR. SPEAKER, BUT I'M HEAR BECAUSE OF THE G.I. BILL. MY DAD CAME BACK FROM THE WAR, GOT SOME EDUCATION, WE WERE ABLE TO BUY A HOUSE. WE WERE MIDDLE CLASS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OUR LIFE BECAUSE OF THE G.I. BILL. LIKE EIGHT OTHER MILLION FAMILIES WHO TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THAT. SO WE HAVE BROUGHT THOSE BENEFITS IN LINE TO WHAT IT REALLY COST TO GO TO COLLEGE. WE HAVE WORKED ON HOMELESS VETERANS, WE HAVE WORKED ON WOMEN VETERANS, AS YOU'VE SEEN TODAY. WE HAVE TRIED TO IMPROVE ACCESS FOR RURAL VETERANS. SO WE HAVE DONE QUITE A BIT. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH OUR COUNTERPARTS IN THE NEW CONGRESS TO CONTINUE THE PROGRESS THAT WE HAVE MADE FOR VETERANS. WE INTEND TO COOPERATE FULLY, MR. ROE HAS BEEN VERY GOOD TO WORK WITH. I'M NOT SURE WHO THE CHAIRMAN WILL BE FROM YOUR SIDE, BUT WE HAVE ESTABLISHED, I THINK, GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIPS WITH VIRTUALLY EVERY MEMBER OF YOUR COMMITTEE. SO, AS WE CONCLUDE THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK AGAIN THE STAFF OF OUR COMMITTEE, I WANT TO THANK BOTH THE STAFFS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THEIR WORK IN DOING SO MUCH FOR VETERANS DURING THE LAST FOUR YEARS. SO I WOULD URGE PASSAGE OF THE KIND BILL, H.RES. 1644, AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:41:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. AND SO THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1644. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTES. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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  • 08:42:20 PM

    THE CLERK

    LEAVES OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. WU FOR TODAY AND FOR THE BALANCE OF…

    LEAVES OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. WU FOR TODAY AND FOR THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK, MR. DANNY DAVIS OF ILLINOIS FOR TODAY AND MR. BURTON OF INDIANA FOR TODAY.

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  • 08:42:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GANTED. -- GRANTED. THE CHAIR LAYS…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GANTED. -- GRANTED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A MESSAGE.

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  • 08:42:52 PM

    THE CLERK

    CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, THE LAW AUTHORIZES ME TO IMPLEMENT AN…

    CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, THE LAW AUTHORIZES ME TO IMPLEMENT AN ALTERNATIVE PAY PLAN FOR LOCATE PAY INCREASES FOR CIVILIAN FEDERAL EMPLOYEES COVERED BY THE GENERAL SCHEDULE AND CERTAIN OTHER PAY SYSTEMS IN JANUARY, 2011. IF ADVISE YOU TO THE ADJUSTMENTS THAT WOULD OTHERWISE TAKE EFFECT AS INAPPROPRIATE DUE TO NATIONAL EMERGENCY OR SERIOUS ECONOMIC CONDITIONS AFFECTING THE GENERAL WELFARE. OUR COUNTRY FACES SERIOUS ECONOMIC CONDITIONS AFFECTING THE GENERAL WELFARE. AS THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY CONTINUES, THE TIME HAS COME TO PUT FORTH OUR NATION BACK ON SUSTAINABLE FISCAL COURSE, AN EFFORT THAT REQUIRES TOUGH CHOICE AND SHARED SACRIFICE. ACCORDINGLY, I HAVE DETERMINED THAT IT IS APPROPRIATE TO EXERCISE MY STATUTORY ALTERNATIVES PLAN AUTHORITY, UNDER 5 U.S.C. TO SET ALTERNATIVE JANUARY, 2011, LOCALITY PAY RATES. THIS DECISION WILL NOT MATERIALLY AFFECT OUR ABILITY TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN A WELL-QUALIFIED FEDERAL WORK FORCE. UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF SECTION 5304-A OF TITLE 5 UNITED STATES CODE, I HAVE DETERMINED THAT THE CURRENT LOCALITY PAY PERCENTAGES IN SCHEDULE 9 OF EXECUTIVE ORDER 13525 OF DECEMBER 23, 2009, SHALL NOT INCREASE FROM THEIR 2010 LEVELS. PURSUANT TO THE NONFOREIGN AREA, RETIREMENT EQUITY ASSURANCE ACT OF 2009, SECTIONS 1911 THROUGH 1919, PUBLIC LAW 111-84, I AM ALSO ESTABLISHING APPLICABLE 2011 LOCALITY PAY RATES FOR ALASKA AND HAWAII THAT ARE BASED ON 2010 LOCALITY PAY LEVELS. THE LOCALITY PAY RATES ESTABLISHED IN 2010 AND CONTINUED IN 2011 UNDER THIS ALTERNATIVE PLAN ARE SHOWN IN THE ATTACHMENT. SIGNED, BARACK OBAMA, THE WHITE HOUSE, NOVEMBER 30, 2010.

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  • 08:44:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM. AND ORDERED…

    REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM. AND ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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  • 08:45:06 PM

    MS. FOXX

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT TODAY FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS AND ANY SPECIAL ORDERS HERETOFORE ENTERED INTO, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS MAY BE PERMITTED TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE, REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE THEREIN EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL. MR. POE, DECEMBER 7, FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. JONES DECEMBER 7 FOR FIVE MINUTES. MRS. MILLER OF MICHIGAN TODAY FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. FRANK TODAY, DECEMBER 1, 2, 3, FIVE MINUTES EACH. MS. FOXX TODAY FOR FIVE MINUTES. FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 08:45:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 08:45:51 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS AND ANY SPECIAL --

  • 08:45:55 PM

    MR. FILNER

    THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS MAY BE PERMITTED TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE…

    THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS MAY BE PERMITTED TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL, MR. FRANK FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MRS. RICHARDSON, MRS. CUPTTUR, MR. DEFAZIO AND MRS. WOOLSEY.

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  • 08:46:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2009…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2009 AND UNDER A PREVIOUS ORDER OF THE HOUSE, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS ARE RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES EACH. MR. JONES OF NORTH CAROLINA. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA SOAK RECOGNITION?

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  • 08:46:38 PM

    MS. FOXX

    SECRETARY PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR -- SEEK PERMISSION TO…

    SECRETARY PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR -- SEEK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 08:46:50 PM

    MS. FOXX

    HONOR THE RICH AND TRANSFORMATIVE LEGACY OF JERRY LONG. MR. LONG DIED…

    HONOR THE RICH AND TRANSFORMATIVE LEGACY OF JERRY LONG. MR. LONG DIED EARLIER THIS MONTH AFTER SERVING AS A LEADER IN WINSTON SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA CIVIC AND BUSINESS LIFE FOR DECADES. FROM HIS YEARS AS SERVING AT THE HEAD OF R.J. REYNOLDS AND THE HEAD OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OR HIS PHILANTHROPIC EFFORTS, JERRY LONG WAS NOTHING SHORT OF A CATALYST FOR DRAMATIC AND POSITIVE CHANGE FOR THE PEOPLE OF WINSTON-SALEM. THANKS FOR HIS ADVOCACY, THE AREA IS TODAY A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE THAN IT WOULD HAVE BEEN HAD JERRY LONG NOT TAKEN SUCH KEEN INTERESTS IN THE WELL-BEING OF THE PEOPLE AND PEOPLE. PASSING EARLIER AWAY THIS MONTH AT 82 YEARS OLD, JERRY LONG LEFT A LEGACY OF CARING, GENERAL ROSSITY AND A POSITIVE FORCE OF PERSONALITY THAT HELPED TRANSFORM WINSTON-SALEM INTO THE PLACE IT IS TODAY. HIS IMPACT ON THIS CORNER OF NORTH CAROLINA WILL NOT SOON BE FORGOTTEN. IN JERRY LONG'S INVESTMENT IN THE COMMUNITY WITH ONLY FACET OF HIS CHARACTER. HE WAS ALSO A DEDICATED HUSBAND OF 56 YEARS TO HIS WIFE AS WELL AS A FAITHFUL FATHER TO THEIR SIX CHILDREN AND GRANDFATHER TO 16 GRANDCHILDREN AND ONE GREAT-GRANDCHILD. HE WAS A MAN WHO KNEW HOW TO LIVE WELL AND SHAPE HIS WORLD FOR THE BETTER. I HOPE THAT UPON REFLECTING ON HIS RICH LIFE, MANY WILL BE INSPIRED TO INVEST IN AND GIVE BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITIES AND FAMILIES IN THE WAY THAT JERRY LONG FORGED HIMSELF INTO WINSTON-SALEM AND HIS OWN FAMILY. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:48:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. GARRETT OF NEW JERSEY. MS. KAPTUR OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. GARRETT OF NEW JERSEY. MS. KAPTUR OF OHIO. MR. BURTON OF INDIANA. MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON. MR. LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART OF FLORIDA. MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA. MS. ROS-LEHTINEN OF FLORIDA. MRS. MILLER OF MICHIGAN. MR. FRANKS OF ARIZONA.

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  • 08:50:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. FIVE MINUTE SPECIAL ORDER ORDERED IN FAVOR OF THE THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. FIVE MINUTE SPECIAL ORDER ORDERED IN FAVOR OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. FRANKS IS VACATED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2009, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. FRANKS IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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  • 08:50:39 PM

    MR. FRANKS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW THAT IT COMES AS NO SURPRISE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW THAT IT COMES AS NO SURPRISE OF THIS HOUSE THAT I HAVE BEEN ONE VERY CRITICAL OF THIS ADMINISTRATION'S POLICIES ON A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT FRONTS AND I SUPPOSE THAT WILL BE NO DIFFERENT TONIGHT. BUT MR. SPEAKER, I GUESS I WANTED TO START OUT TONIGHT BY ADDRESSING THE WIKILEAKS ISSUE. I KNOW THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE ACROSS AMERICA HAVE LOOKED UPON THIS WITH INTEREST AND I GUESS IT'S SIGNIFICANT IN MY MIND THAT WHAT WE HAVE SEEN ON THE WIKILEAKS ISSUE IS REALLY MORE CONFORMATORY. AND WAIT HAS DEMONSTRATED IS THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS PRACTICED FOR A LONG TIME A FOREIGN POLICY OF APEASEMENT AND HAS BEEN A DISASTER. THE MOST PRESSING QUESTION IS HOW A 22-YEAR-OLD PRIVATE FIRST CLASS IN A REMOTE LOCATION IN IRAQ COULD HAVE GAINED ACCESS TO SO MANY OF THESE DOCUMENTS ESPECIALLY SINCE THEY ARE FAR OUTSIDE HIS SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITIES AND REPRESENTS A GLARING FAILURE ON PARTS OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT AND EVEN PARTS OF THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT. AND SOME OF THESE COMMONSENSE SECURITY MEASURES COULD HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED PRIOR TO THIS. THE PENTAGON HAS SINCE ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL BE IMPLEMENTING NEW POLICIES, INCLUDING TECHNOLOGY THAT MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE TO COPY CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS TO PORTABLE STORAGE DEVICES. THE FACT IS THAT HAS TAKEN TOO LONG FOR A COMMONSENSE POLICY TO SINK IN AND THIS ADMINISTRATION CERTAINLY HAD LEAD TIME TO CONSIDER THIS LONG BEFORE NOW. BUT GUESS IT IS INDICATIVE WHY OUR BUREAUCRACIES ARE SO INEFFICIENT AND TOOK THE LEAK OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SENSITIVE DOCUMENTS BEFORE THIS GOVERNMENT DECIDED TO GET UP TO SPEED WITH THE UNIQUE RISKS POSED BY ONE OF THE MOST MODERN CONVENIENCES, THAT BEING THE COMPUTER. THE U.S. ARMY SOLDIER SUSPECTED OF LEAKING THE DOCUMENTS AND THE WIKILEAKS FOUNDER HID BEHIND THE CLAIM THAT THE GOVERNMENT'S SO-CALLED LACK OF TRANSPARENCY IS UNJUSTIFIED. THIS IS THEIR MAIN REASONS FOR JUSTIFYING THEIR OWN ACTIONS, MR. SPEAKER. AND UNFORTUNATELY IN THAT PROCESS, THEY HAVE PROVIDED A WEALTH OF AID AND COMFORT TO GROUPS THAT ARE AT WAR WITH THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND OF COURSE, THE CLAIMS TO BE FIGHTING FOR TRUTH AND TRANSPARENCY. THE REALITY HIS DESIRE TO PROMOTE HIMSELF HAS OUTWEIGHED FOR SCORES OF INNOCENT LIVES THAT HE HAS ENDANGERED WITH HIS RECKLESS PUBLICITY AND THIS KIND OF A STUNT IN THE GUISE OF SOME GREATER CAUSE. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S TELLING THAT THE FOREIGN MEDIA SOMETIMES IS MORE COMFORTING TO JUSTICE THAN THE AMERICAN MEDIA SOMETIMES. THE AMERICAN MEDIA WILLINGLY COMPLIED IN DISSEMINATING THIS INFORMATION AND THEY ARE COMPLICIT IN ANY HARM THAT WILL COME TO AMERICAN SERVICE MEMBERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS WELL. JUST TO GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE AS WELL. THE SAME "NEW YORK TIMES" THAT WAS RETT IS ENT TO COVER THE STORY THAT IS REFERRED TO AS CLIMATEGATE RAN THE WIKILEAKS' STORY ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THEIR STORY. THIS IS HYPOCRISY THAT IS ASTOUNDING. IN OTHER WORDS, JUST TO PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE, I'LL READ WITH ONE OF THE BLOGGERS OF THE "NEW YORK TIMES" SAID. ANDREW WEBB, A REPORTER, ONE OF THE FIRST ONES TO COVER CLIMATEGATE AND HIS FIRST STORY ONLY A MATTER OF A FEW HOURS AFTER THE CLIMATEGATE BLOG POSTED, HE STATES, QUOTE, THE DOCUMENTS -- AND THIS IS THE CLIMATEGATE DOCUMENTS APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN ACQUIRED ILLEGALLY AND CONTAIN ALL MANNER OF PRIVATE INFORMATION AND STATEMENTS THAT WERE NEVER INTENDED FOR THE PUBLIC EYE, SO THEY WILL NOT BE POSTED HERE. WELL, HOW GENTLELADY ANT, MAO NOBEL OF MR. REVKIN TO PROTECT PERHAPS SOME OF HIS LIBERAL FRIENDS FROM BEING EXPOSED IN THE OVER HYPED NOTION OF CLOBAL WARMING BUT YET WHEN PEOPLE'S LIVES ARE AT STAKE AND AMERICA NATIONAL SECURITY IS AT STAKE, THE "NEW YORK TIMES" IS ALL TOO WILLING TO PUBLISH THE WICKY LEAKS'S INFORMATION AND I FIND THAT -- WIKILEAKS'S INFORMATION AND I FIND THAT UNBELIEVABLE WHEN MEN AND WOMEN GIVE UP THEIR LIVES SO WE CAN SLEEP PEACEFULLY, IT'S A STRANGE TIME FOR THEM TO DO THAT. AND TO CAP IT ALL OFF, MR. SPEAKER. THE LEADING CANDIDATE FOR "TIME" MAGAZINE'S MAN OF THE YEAR IS NONE OTHER THAN THE FOUNDER OF WIKILEAKS. BEFORE I YIELD TO ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES HERE, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY UNLIKE OTHER REGIMES, DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENTS HOLD SECRETS BECAUSE SIT SENSE -- CITIZENS BELIEVE THEY SHOULD. THIS BREACH HAS ENDANGERED OUR ABILITY TO BUILD TRUST AND TRUST WITH OUR ALLIES AND DOES NOT SERVE THE PUBLIC'S INTEREST AND MOST OF ALL, IT HAS STRENGTHENED AND EMBOLDENDED OUR ENEMIES AND WIKILEAKS SHOULD BE ASHAMED AND SHOULD BE PURSUED WITH WHATEVER LEGAL ACTIONS CAN BE BROUGHT AND OF COURSE, THE "NEW YORK TIMES" FOR THEIR COME POLICITY IN THIS EFFORT SHOULD BE ASHAMED BEYOND MEASURE. WITH THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN LAMBORN, FROM COLORADO, TO SEE IF HE HAS ANY THOUGHTS.

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  • 08:57:28 PM

    MR. LAMBORN

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL DID NOT ACCEPT THE…

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL DID NOT ACCEPT THE DISSEMINATION -- OFFERED TO DISSEMINATE THIS LATEST ROUND FROM THE DIPLOMATIC ARENA AND THAT IS TO THEIR CREDIT AND UNFORTUNATELY THE "NEW YORK TIMES" DID NOT HAVE THE SAME SCRUPPLES, WHICH IS EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING TO ME. REPRESENTATIVE FRANKS, AS WE LOOK AT SOME OF THE REPORTS OF WHAT WERE CONTAINED IN THE DIPLOMATIC LEAKS, THERE ARE SOME REALLY TROUBLING NATIONAL SECURITY IMPLICATIONS THAT ARISE. ONE IS, WE FIND, FOR INSTANCE, THAT IT'S CONFIRMED THAT IRAN HAS RECEIVED 19 ADVANCED MISSILES FROM NORTH KOREA. WE HAVE LONG SUSPECTED THAT THERE HAS BEEN TIES ON A COVERT BASIS BETWEEN THOSE TWO COUNTRIES. WE HAVE SOME EVIDENCE OF THAT. THIS JUST MAKES IT MORE OF A GLARING ISSUE AND OUR ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO BE DOING MORE, NOT JUST TO STOP WIKILEAKS IN THE FUTURE FROM REVEALING OUR NATIONAL SECRETS BUT IN STOPPING IRAN AND NORTH KOREA FROM THE PROPAGATION OF DEADLY NUCLEAR AND MISSILE TECHNOLOGY THAT THEY SEEM TO BE DOING. AND THE FACT THAT IRAN IS NOW RECEIVING -- HAS RECEIVED 19 ADVANCED MISSILES FROM NORTH CREE, EACH OF WHICH IS CAPABLE OF REACHING WESTERN EUROPE OR EVEN MOSCOW IS TROUBLING TO ME. THESE ARE OUR NATO ALLIES THAT WE ARE BOUND TO DEFEND IF WE ARE ATTACKED AND I DON'T THINK OUR ADMINISTRATION IS DOING ENOUGH TO STOP THE PROPAGATION, THE DISSEMINATION OF DEADLY TECHNOLOGY FROM NORTH KOREA TO OTHER COUNTRIES. AND WHEN WE ARE DONE TALKING ABOUT WIKILEAKS, REPRESENTATIVE, I WOULD LIKE TO TALK MORE ABOUT SOME OF THESE NATIONAL SECURITY IMPLICATIONS AS WELL. AND I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD BACK AT THIS TIME.

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  • 08:59:26 PM

    MR. FRANKS

    MR. LAMBORN. I GUESS IT'S MY JUDGMENT THAT THIS PROBABLY WOULD BE A GOOD…

    MR. LAMBORN. I GUESS IT'S MY JUDGMENT THAT THIS PROBABLY WOULD BE A GOOD TIME TO TRANSITION TO THAT AND WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM CONGRESSMAN STEVE KING FROM IOWA. AND STEVE, DO YOU HAVE ANY THOUGHTS ABOUT SOME OF THESE NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES? I KNOW DOUG AND I ARE KIND OF OBSESSED WITH THEM FOR GOOD REASON, BUT WE KNOW THAT THEY CARE ABOUT NATIONAL SECURITY IN IOWA AS WELL.

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  • 08:59:56 PM

    MR. KING

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND BRINGING THIS SPECIAL ORDER HERE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND BRINGING THIS SPECIAL ORDER HERE TONIGHT AND BRINGING THIS ISSUE BEFORE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS IS A CRITICAL NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE. I AM SO GRATEFUL WE HAVE INDIVIDUALS HERE IN THIS CONGRESS, AS INTENDED BY THE FOUNDING FATHERS THAT FOCUSED ON A VARIETY OF ISSUES THAT CAN CLEARLY SEE AND BE FOCUSED ON THE INTELLIGENCE AND BRING IT BEFORE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SUCH THAT THEY UNDERSTAND, MR. SPEAKER THAT YOU WILL TURN YOUR FOCUS ON THIS SUBJECT MATTER. THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY ABOUT THE WIKI LEAKS ISSUE AND I LOOK AT THIS AND I THINK, JULIAN ASSANGE, AUSTRALIAN CITIZEN, MADE HIS LIVING AS A HACKER, PERSON WHO IS PROUD OF BEING ABLE TO CRACK ANYBODY'S SECURITY CODE AND GET IN THERE AND PULL INFORMATION OUT AND DUMP IT INTO THE PUBLIC ARENA, INTO THE PUBLIC MEDIA SPHERE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE? WHAT POSSIBLE CONSTRUCTIVE PURPOSE COULD BE ACHIEVED BY AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS A PRODUCT OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION POURING FORTH STATE SECRETS FROM WESTERN CIVILIZATION ITSELF? HAS TO BE FOR EITHER SELF-AGGRANDIZEMENT OR THE COMBINATION OF UNDERMINING WESTERN CIVILIZATION, AN ENEMY OF THE THINGS WE BELIEVE IN. I DON'T STAND HERE WITH THE INTENT TO INDICT THE AUSSIES, I LOVE THE AUSTRALIANS, THEY'RE A FREE-SPIRITED, STRONG, FREE MARKET, FREE-WILLED GROUP OF PEOPLE. THEY'VE HAD TO ALSO TAKE A CONTINENT AND SET THEY WILL CON FEINT -- CON INNOCENT ABOUT THE SIZE OF THE UNITED STATES ITSELF, MAKE A LIVING DOWN THERE IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT'S SOMETIMES BEAUTIFUL, SOMETIMES HARSH. THEY HAVE A SPIRIT OF THEIR OWN AND THEY REMIND ME THAT IN EVERY CONFLICT THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN IN, THEY GOT THEIR FIRST IN SOME OF THEM, THEY'VE BEEN IN ALL OF THEM, IT'S A PRETTY GOOD THING TO SAY ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND AUSTRALIA. IT'S NOT TO SAY MUCH ABOUT THEIR CITIZEN WHO I WISH WAS OUR SINT, HE COULD BE CHARGED WITH TREASON. I LOOKED INTO MY BOOK AND TOOK UP THE CONSTITUTIONAL DEFINITION OF TREASON, AND MANY HAVE CALLED FOR THE CHARGES TREASON TO BE APPLY. IT SAYS TREASON AGAINST THE UNITED STATES SHALL CONSIST ONLY IN LEVYING WAR AGAINST THEM OR ADHERING TO THEIR ENEMIES, WHICH CERTAINLY AL QAEDA AND THE TALIBAN AND THE ENEMIES OF THE TERRORISTS WHO ARE LINING UP AGAINST US ARE OUR ENEMIES, GIVING THEM AID AND COMFORT -- GIVING AID AND COMFORT TO THE ENEMIES. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, I THINK IT'S A SUBJECT WE WOULDN'T HAVE MUCH DEBATE ON HERE IN THIS CONGRESS THAT THIS HE HAS GIVEN AID AND COMFORT TO THE ENEMY, EMPOWERED THE ENEMY, PUT AMERICANS AT RISK, PUT THE ALLIES OF AMERICANS AT RISK AND IN THIS PRECARIOUS SITUATION AROUND THE GLOBE IN THIS GEOPOLITICAL MILITARY ECONOMIC CHESS GAME THAT GOES ON CONSTANTLY IN THE ENTIRE PLANET, HE'S TAKEN AWAY SOME OF OUR ADVANTAGE AND GIVEN IT TO OUR ENEMIES. I WISH AND HOPE THAT THERE'S A WAY WE CAN FIND A WAY TO PROSECUTE A MAN LIKE THAT, THAT WE CAN PROTECT OURSELVES AND IF WE FAIL TO DO THAT, OR EVEN IF WE'RE SUCCESSFUL IN THAT AND IT EXPOSES OTHER VULNERABILITIES, I SUGGEST, MR. SPEAKER THAT THIS CONGRESS TAKE A LOOK AT NEW LEGISLATION, A NEW STRUCTURE OF LAW, THAT'S REALLY NOT BROUGHT ABOUT BECAUSE OF THE ACTIONS OF MR. ASSANGE BUT BROUGHT ABOUT BECAUSE THE ACTIONS OF OUR ENEMIES, OUR TERRORIST ENEMIES. I'VE COME TO REALIZE AND I THINK THERE WILL BE A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO REALIZE THAT WE DON'T HAVE THE TOOLS TO FIGHT THESE ENEMIES. THAT THE IDEA THAT WE COULD CATCH TERRORISTS, LIKE, FRKS, OSAMA BIN LADEN'S CHAUFFEUR, WE CAN'T FIND A WAY TO TRY THAT CHAUFFEUR AND PUT HIM ON TRIAL WITH LEGITIMATE EXPECTATIONS OF AN EFFECTIVE PROSECUTION AND A CONVICTION AND PENALTY. THAT WE HAVE KHALID SHEIKH MUHAMMAD SITTING DOWN IN GUANTANAMO BAY YET TWO YEAR INTO THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID HE WAS GOING TO CLOSE GUANTANAMO BAY AND TRY THE TERRORISTS IN CIVILIAN COURTS. WE FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TRY THEM IN CIVILIAN COURTS, A WHOLE BUNCH OF INFORMATION CRITICAL TO THE PROSECUTION IS LEFT OUT SO THEY WERE NOT SUCCESSFUL. I LOOK AT THIS AND MAKE THE CHARGE, I THINK OUR MILITARY TRIBUNALS ARE A USEFUL WAY TO DO THIS AND GUANTANAMO BAY IS THE BEST PLACE ON THE PLANET TO KEEP THEM BUT WE DON'T QUITE HAVE THE LEGISLATIVE COOL TOOLES OR JUDICIAL TOOLS, AND I'M HOPE THFL CONGRESS WILL CONSIDER A PROPOSAL ROOTED IN THIS THOUGHT AND WE'LL SET UP A SPECIAL COURT A SPECIAL COURT LIKE THE FISA COURT, OR PERHAPS EVEN THE FISA COURT AND ASK THEM TO ADJUTE -- ADJUDICATE, WHEN WE CATCH SOMEBODY WORKING AGAINST THE UNITED STATES, PERPETRATING TERRORISM AGAINST THE UNITED STATES AND BE ABLE TO PROCESS THEM IMMEDIATELY THROUGH THE SPECIAL COURT AND HAVE THAT COURT BE ABLE TO RULE IF THIS WAS AN ATTACK AGAINST THE AMERICANS OR AN ATTACK AMERICAN CIVILIZATION THAT WAS DESIGNED TO SPREAD TERROR AND FEAR HERE RATHER THAN A CRIME THAT WAS COMMITTED AGAINST INDIVIDUAL AMERICANS. AND BE ABLE TO RULE THAT THAT INDIVIDUAL THAT FIT WITHIN THE CATEGORY OF AN ENEMY OF THE UNITED STATES, AN ENEMY IN THIS WAR ON TERROR WE HAVE, AND IT'S INSTANTLY MOVE THEM OFF THE SHORES OF THE UNITED STATES AND DOWN TO GUANTANAMO BAY OR ANOTHER JURISDICTION THAT'S EVEN FURTHER REMOVED FROM THESE COURTS AND UNDER ARTICLE 3, SECTION 2 STRIP THESE FEDERAL COURTS FROM THE JURISDICTIONAL RULING, IF WE DO THAT, AND IT'S A STICKY CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTION HOW WE WOULD DEAL WITH AMERICAN CITIZENS IN THAT CATEGORY BUT NOT SUCH A STICKY QUESTION WHEN WE TALK ABOUT HOW TO DEAL WITH JULIAN ASSANGE, AN AUSTRALIAN CITIZEN COULD BE MOVED SOMEWHERE OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES, MOVED OUTSIDE OF THE JURISDICTION OF THE FEDERAL CONSIDERATES OF THE UNITED STATES AND BE ADJUDICATED THROUGH A MILITARY TRIBUNAL. THAT'S WHAT I'M HOPEFUL WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO. I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE PURPOSE OF FACILITATING THIS DISCUSSION. MR. --

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  • 09:06:43 PM

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    CIVILIAN TRIAL OF THE PERSON IN GUANTANAMO BAY WHO WAS TRIED AND FOUND NOT…

    CIVILIAN TRIAL OF THE PERSON IN GUANTANAMO BAY WHO WAS TRIED AND FOUND NOT GUILTY OF ABOUT 250 COUNTS OF MURDER, THOUGH THAT'S ABOUT HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN THE TERRORIST ATTACK ON THE EMBASSY IN AFRICA, BUT WAS FOUND ONLY GUILTY OF CONSPIRACY TO DESTROY GOVERNMENT PROPERTY, WHEN OVER 200 PEOPLE WERE MURDERED IN THAT TERRORIST ATTACK.

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  • 09:07:05 PM

    MR. LAMB BORN

    TRIALING TO -- TRIALS TO TRY THESE TERRORIST WHORS COMMITTING ACTS OF WAR…

    TRIALING TO -- TRIALS TO TRY THESE TERRORIST WHORS COMMITTING ACTS OF WAR AGAINST THE COUNTRY AND THE WIKILEAKS DOCUMENTS SHOW THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN TRYING TO PLACE THESE GUANTANAMO DETAINEES IN OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD LIKE SAUDI ARABIA, THEY'RE OFFERING THEM MONEY, OFFERING THEM CONCESSIONS IF THEY'LL TAKE SOME OF THESE PEOPLE OFF OUR HANDS SO THAT THE PRESIDENT CAN MOVE CLOSER TO HIS GOAL OF CLOSING GUANTANAMO BAY. BUT THAT'S A MISGUIDED POLICY FROM DAY ONE. THESE PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE RELEASED, I THINK SAUDI ARABIA SAID IN ONE OF THE CABLES THAT WAS DISCLOSED THAT -- OR THEY SAID LATER ON THEY WOULD JUST RELEASE THE PEOPLE EVENTUALLY IF THEY WERE SENT TO THEIR COUNTRY AND THEY WOULD ULTIMATELY, AS WE KNOW FROM CASES IN THE PAST, MANY OF THEM WOULD FIND THEIR WAY BACK TO THE BATTLEFIELD WHERE THEY WOULD KILL AMERICANS OR AMERICAN ALLIES. I THINK THAT THE WHOLE MISGUIDED POLICY OF GUANTANAMO BAY BEING CLOSED IS EXPOSED BY SOME OF THE WIKILEAKS DOCUMENTS. BUT STILL, THESE SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN DISCLOSED IN THE FIRST PLACE, THIS ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO FIND A WAY TO PUNISH THOSE INVOLVED AND MAKE SURE IT NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 09:08:25 PM

    MR. FRANKS

    I'D LIKE TO AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO BECAUSE YOU KNOW, MANY…

    I'D LIKE TO AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO BECAUSE YOU KNOW, MANY OF US, INCLUDING THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, INCLUDING THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, WERE VERY VOCIFEROUS IN SAYING THAT THERE WOULD COME A TIME THEN IT WOULD BE OBVIOUS TO THE WORLD THAT THESE CIVILIAN TRIALS WOULDN'T WORK FOR ENEMY COMBATANTS THAT ARE TERRORISTS THAT WERE TAKEN OFF THE BATTLEFIELD IN AFGHANISTAN OR IRAQ OR WHEREVER IT MIGHT BE BECAUSE WE KNEW THAT THIS WOULD GIVE AL QAEDA AND OTHER TERRORIST GROUPS A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY, A STAGING GROUND, AS IT WERE TO BE ABLE TO MANIPULATE OUR SYSTEM. NOT ONLY DOES IT GIVE THEM THE ABILITY TO HAVE DISCOVERY WHERE THEY'RE ABLE TO POTENTIALLY UNDERMINE OUR ENTIRE SECURITY APPARATUS AND GAIN INFORMATION THAT IS CRITICAL TO PROTECTING OUR AGENTS IN THE FIELD BUT THIS ALSO GIVES THEM THE ABILITY TO CLAIM ALL KINDS OF THINGS BEFORE THE WORLD AND OF COURSE, THE SECURITY ELEMENTS OF IT ARE ASTONISHING, AND OF COURSE THEY USE OUR OWN COURT SYSTEM AND OUR OWN COURT RULES TO MAKE IT VERY POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO ESCAPE JUSTICE. I THOUGHT TO PARAPHRASE PRESIDENT BUSH, HE SAID SOMETHING LIKE THIS, HE SAID WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW OUR ENEMIES TO USE, DESTROY LIBERTY BY USING THE FORMS OF LIBERTY TO DESTROY LIBERTY ITSELF. THE REALITY IS THAT WE SOMETIMES CAN BECOME VIMS OF OUR OWN OSTONESABLE DECENCY THIS ADMINISTRATION IN ITS KOWTOWING TO TERRORISTS HAS BEEN MORE COMMITTED TO PROTECTING TERRORISTS' RIGHTS THAN IT HAS TO PROTECTING THE LIVES OF AMERICAN SINTS. I THINK THAT IS A PRO-- THAT IS PROFOUND BEYOND ANYTHING I CAN SUGGEST. IT TELLS ME THAT SOMEHOW THE ADMINISTRATION HAS A PHILOSOPHICAL BENT THAT IS GOING IN A WAY I THINK ENDANGERS AMERICAN FREEDOM AND FUTURE GENERATIONS. I'M HOPING THAT SOMEHOW THEY WOULD WAKE UP IN TIME. THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT, WIKILEAKS AMONG OTHER THINGS HAS EXPOSED THE ADMINISTRATION'S EFFORT TO TRY TO PUT THESE COMBATANTS IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES TO TRY TO AVOID THE TRAP THEY SET FOR THEMSELVES IN AMERICA BY INSISTING THIS BE DONE IN CIVILIAN TRIALS AND AGAIN IT IS A DISGRACE BEYOND WORDS THAT THE MAN WHO WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THE MURDER OF I THINK IT WAS 224 PEOPLE, MR. LAMB BORN, YET HE GETS CONSPIRACY TO DESTROY GOVERNMENT PROPERTY. AND THAT IS UNFORTUNATELY, SOMETIMES THE ADMINISTRATION THINKS OF THESE THINGS IN ACADEMIC TERMS BUT THIS IS REAL LIFE AND NATIONAL SECURITY IN THE 9/11 AGE IS SOMETHING WE SHOULD ALL BE FOCUSED ON AND THIS ADMINISTRATION SEEMS TO BE ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL. I WONDER IF MY COLLEAGUE FROM IOWA MIGHT HAVE THOUGHTS ON THAT.

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  • 09:11:14 PM

    MR. KING

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA AND I REFLECT ON A TRIP I MADE DOWN TO…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA AND I REFLECT ON A TRIP I MADE DOWN TO GUANTANAMO BAY HERE I BELIEVE IT WAS A YEAR AGO LAST EASTER. AND THE TRIP WAS DESIGNED TO FILL ME AND A HANDFUL OF OTHER MEMBERS ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS IN ON THE PRACTICES THEY HAD AT GUANTANAMO BAY. I THINK IT'S SOMETHING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE NOT HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO WITNESS OR HEAR ABOUT WITHIN THE NEWS IS THAT THERE'S A FACILITY THAT'S PERFECTLY STRUCTURED FOR THE JOB THAT WE HAVE. WHICH IS TO BRING THESE TERRORISTS TO A LOCATION AND LEGITIMATELY TRY THEM AND GIVE SOME RESOLUTION TO THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES. I DON'T REMEMBER THE EXACT NUMBER OF INMATES THEY HAD DOWN THERE AT THE TIME BUT IT WAS DOWN TO THE HARD CORE OF THE HARD CORE, THEY'D ALREADY RELEASED THOSE THAT COULD BE RELEASED AND THE REST OF THEM WERE A DANGER TO AMERICAN A DANGER TO FREE PEOPLE EVERYWHERE, A DANGER IF THEY'RE RELEASED TO COME BACK, AS MR. LAMB BORN SAID TO -- MR. LAMBORN SAID TO ATTACK TROOPS AND THE FREE WORLD. AS WE'RE LOOKING AT THAT FACILITY IT'S A PRETTY WONDERFUL FACILITY IF YOU WANT TO BE IN A JAIL AND BE A MUSLIM, FOR EXAMPLE. YOU WALK INTO THE CELLS, FIRST OF ALL, THE TEMPERATURE IS SET AT 75 DEGREES. MY HOUSE IS A LOT WARMER THAN THAT IN IOWA IN THE SUMMERTIME. BECAUSE 75 DEGREES, THEY ARGUED, WAS THEIR CULTURAL TEMPERATURE, AND I DON'T KNOW THAT THAT'S TRUE, I WOULD THINK IT'S 140 DEGREES IS MORE LIKELY SOME OF THEIR CULTURAL TEMPERATURE BUT IN ANY CASE IT'S SET AT 75 AND YOU OPEN THE DOOR TO ANY CELL, THEY HAVE THEIR OWN PERSONALIZED CELL, THEY HAVE AN ARROW THAT POINTS TOWARD MECCA, THEY DON'T HAVE TO GUESS WHICH DIRECTION TO PRAY, THEY GET A NICE, FANCY PRAYER RUG, IT'S A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF WORK AND THEY GET A SKULL CAP THAT'S ALSO HAND WORKED DND HAND WORKED AN DON'T THE KORANS THEY GET ARE CARRIED IN A IN A ZIP LOCK BAG SO THEY ARE NEVER TOUCHED BY THE HANDS OF A INFIDEL BECAUSE THAT MIGHT ANGER THE INMATES AT GITMO AND THEY HAVE THEIR NICE TELEVISION AND A BREAK ROOM THEY GOT TOGETHER AND HERE'S THIS FLAT SCREEN TV, THERE WAS, THAT WENT ON FINE FOR A WHILE. THEIR MEAL THEY GET A CHOICE OF NINE SELECTIONS A DAY OF ISLAMICALLY APPROVED MEALS THEY CAN PICK THREE SQUARES OUT OF THE NINE EVERY DAY THAT ARE -- THAT FIT WITHIN THEIR CULTURAL HERITAGE IN THEIR WAY. IT ISN'T LIKE AMERICANS ARE SERVING THEM HAM AND BEANS LIKE THEY'D GIVE ME OR YOU OR ANYBODY ELSE IN THERE THEY GET TO SELECT FROM A SPECIAL MENU A SPECIAL MENU FOR SPECIAL PEOPLE THEY GET A SPECIAL RUG A SPECIAL SKULL CAP A SPECIAL ZIP LOCK BAG DELIVERED KORAN NEVER TOUCHED BY AN INFIDEL AND THEY HAVE AS MANY AS 20 ATTACKS ON AMERICANS A DAY AT GUANTANAMO BAY. ABOUT HALF OF THEM ARE PHYSICAL ATTACKS WHERE THEY TRY TO GET ONE OF OUR GUARDS DOWN, USUALLY NAVY PERSONNEL, AND TRY TO GET THEIR HANDCUFF CHAINS AROUND THEIR THROATS AND STRANGLE THEM, THE OTHER HALF ARE THROWING HUMAN FECES IN THE FACE OF OUR TROOPS. WHAT IS THE PUNISHMENT? IF THERE HAPPENED TO BE A DOMESTIC PRISONER IN THE DOMESTIC PRISON IF YOU CONTINUED WITH THAT, YOU'D FIND YOURSELF IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT AND EVENTUALLY THE PUNISHMENT WOULD BE THAT YOU WOULD BE LOCKED UP IN PRISON FOR LIFE. BUT WHAT WE DO IS NOTHING. THERE IS NO PENALTY IF KHALID SHEIKH MOHAMMED ATTACKS A GUARD EVERY DAY, THE WORST WE CAN DO TO HIM IS CUT HIS OUTDOOR EXERCISE DOWN TO TWO HOURS A DAY. TWO HOURS A DAY OUTSIDE, THE REST OF THE DAY YOU'RE IN 75-DEGREE TEMPERATURE, MEALS YOU'VE CHOSEN AND THERE WAS ONE INMATE THAT WANTED A BIBLE HE CONVERTED TO CHRISTIANITY. BUT IT WAS FORBID TON BRING A BIBLE INTO GUANTANAMO BAY BECAUSE IT WOULD SET THE INMATES OFF. THE OTHER INMATES OFF WHO THOUGHT THE BIBLE WAS AN INSULT AND AFFRONT TO THEM AND THEY WERE WATCHING THEIR FLAT SCREEN TV AND A LADY CAME ON TO A COMMERCIAL SHE HAD A SHIRT SLEEVED SHIRT ON AND SHOWED HER ELBOW. I DON'T GET THAT WORKED UP OVER AN ELBOW BUT THEY GOT ALL WORKED UP OVER THE ELBOW AND TRASHED THE ROOM,ER TO UP THE FURNITURE, BROKE THE FLAT SCREEN TV, SCATTERED IT ALL, IT WAS A RIOT IN THEIR BREAK ROOM AND WHAT'S THEIR PUNISHMENT FOR THAT? NEW FURNITURE, NEW FLAT SCREEN TV. WE CODDLE THESE PRISONERS. WE DON'T HAVE A PUNISHMENT FOR THOSE THAT ATTACK OUR AMERICAN GUARDS. GUARDS AND WE SET UP THE TRIAL ROOM SO THAT THERE ARE MICROPHONES, SOUND SYSTEMS PLACES FOR FAMILY MEMBERS TO OBSERVE, A SOUND-PROOF GLASS, WHEN IT GETS DOWN TO THE TESTIMONY, WE HAVE AN OFFICER THAT IS ASSIGNED WITH THE JOB TO CUT OFF THE TESTIMONY UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THE WITNESSES THAT DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO CLASSIFIED ARE MARCHED OUT OF THE WITNESS CHAMBER AND PICK UP THE TESTIMONY. THIS FACILITY IS LAID OUT FOR THE PURPOSES OF TRYING PEOPLE WHERE NATIONAL SECURITY IS AN ISSUE. AND IF WE HAD BEEN TRYING INDIVIDUALS YOU TALKED ABOUT, MR. LAMBORN, I BELIEVE HE WOULD HAVE BEEN CONVICTED IN GUANTANAMO GUANTANAMO BAY BECAUSE THE EVIDENCE WOULD HAVE BEEN USED RATHER THAN HELD BACK FOR FEAR OF GIVING UP A NATIONAL SEE IS SECRET. THEY HAVE WOULD DO A LOT MORE. WHAT WOULD BE HELPFUL IF WE HAD A COMMANDER IN CHIEF WHO WAS ASKING THIS CONGRESS RATHER THAN TO PUSH THAT CHAIN UPHILL. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:16:54 PM

    MR. FRANKS

    KING. I SUPPOSE THERE IS A LOT OF DIFFERENT ISSUES WE COULD TALK ABOUT…

    KING. I SUPPOSE THERE IS A LOT OF DIFFERENT ISSUES WE COULD TALK ABOUT WITH RESPECT TO THE WIKILEAKS' SITUATION HERE, BUT I WOULD POINT OUT THAT PROBABLY ONE OF THE THINGS IT SHOWED IS THAT OUR APPESAEMENT TOWARDS OUR ENEMIES AND THE PASSIVE NATURE THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS SHOWN TOWARDS NORTH KOREA AND THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS POLICE STATES IN THE WORLD AND THEY AREN'T INTERESTED IN BECOMING A DIPLOMATIC PARTNER TO ANY MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AND CERTAINLY NOT THE UNITED STATES. AND A RECENT TIMELINE OF NORTH KOREA IS WORTH LOOKING AT HERE. IN MARCH OF 2010, THEY WERE INVOLVED IN THE SINKING OF A SOUTH KOREAN SUBMARINE. KILLED 46 SAILORS. IN NOVEMBER OF 2010 U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL REPORTS THAT REVEALED NORTH KOREA HAS BEEN PASSING FORBIDDEN NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY TO STATE SPONSORS OF TERRORISM. MR. LAMBORN TALKED ABOUT THE MISSILE TECHNOLOGY AND NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY, INCLUDING IRAN AND SYRIA. THE SYRIAN PLANT WAS A MIRROR IMAGE OF THE ONE IN NORTH KOREA AND OUR FRIENDS IN ISRAEL WERE ABLE TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT ONE DIDN'T WORK SO WELL ANYMORE AND THEY DID THE WORLD A GREAT FAVOR IN THAT REGARD BECAUSE NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN THE HANDS OF IRAN OR SYRIA WOULD BE A GREAT DANGER TO THE HUMAN FAMILIES TO SAY THE VERY LEAST. IN NOVEMBER OF 2010, NORTH KOREA SHELLED THE ISLAND, A GROUP OF SOUTH KOREAN ISLANDS AND CLAIMED THE LIVES OF TWO SOUTH KOREAN MARINES, TWO CIVILIANS WERE ALSO KILLED AND WOUNDED AROUND 15 MARINES AND THREE OTHER CIVILIANS AND OF COURSE THIS ADMINISTRATION, WHILE THEY HAVE SOME SHOWS OF RESOLVE HERE LATELY, A LOT OF THESE THINGS HAVE OCCURRED BECAUSE THEY HAVE STOOD BY AND LET NORTH KOREA GET AWAY WITH THIS SO LONG AND NORTH KOREA DOES THIS SOMETIMES TO GET ATTENTION AND THEY HAVE NO RESPECT FOR INNOCENT HUMAN LIVES SO BLOWING UP A FEW PEOPLE TO TRY TO GET ONE OF THE DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATIONS TO GIVE THEM MORE MONEY IS SOMETHING THEY DON'T HESITATE TO DO AND THEY HAVE DONE THIS ON A REGULAR BASIS. THE U.S., MR. SPEAKER, MUST MOVE TO RE-ENLIST NORTH KOREA AS A STATE SPONSOR TO RELIST THEM AS A STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM AND CALL ON ALL NATIONS TO ADOPT SANCTIONS. IT WILL COLLAPSE ON ITSELF IF CHINA AND OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD DO NOT CONTINUE TO PROP THEM UP. AND CHINA SHOULD BE ESPECIALLY CALLED UPON TO STOP ENABLING THIS REGIME AND JOIN RESPONSIBLE NATIONS AND SENDING A MESSAGE TO NORTH KOREA, ABANDON YOUR AGGRESSIVE AGENDA NOW. AND IT SHOULDN'T COME AS A SURPRISE TO US, BUT CHINA'S OBJECTIONS KEPT US FROM SEEING A SECURITY COUNCIL REPORT REVEALING THAT NORTH KOREA HAS BEEN PASSING BANNED TECHNOLOGY TO NATIONS LIKE SYRIA AND IRAN AND DELAYED THAT FOR SIX MONTHS. IN OTHER WORDS, BECAUSE OF CHINA, BECAUSE OF THEIR COMMITMENT TO DELAY THIS, IRAN WAS GIVEN SIX ADDITIONAL MONTHS TO ADOPT NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY AND NO TELLING HOW FAR THEY WERE WILLING TO GO TO ADVANCE THIS EFFORT, BUT THEY WERE EVENTUALLY FORCED TO RECEIVE INFORMATION. AND MR. SPEAKER, I JUST HAVE TO SAY, YOU KNOW, WEAKNESS AND PASSIVENESS IS PROVOCATIVE AND IT IS TIME THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THE UNITED STATES EMBARK ON ONE GOAL FOR NORTH KOREA, AND THAT IS TO SEE THAT NORTH KOREAN GOVERNMENT FALL AND NORTH KOREA BE REUNITED AND SOMEHOW, SOME SEMBLANCE OF FREEDOM COME TO THAT PEOPLE AND THAT THIS COUNTRY LIKE MANY OF ITS PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO BE REUNITED WITH THE WORLD COMMUNITY IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY AND TO PURSUE A LOT OF DIPLOMACY WITH NORTH KOREA IS WASTED EFFORTS AND WE SHOULD BE PURSUING NOW THE EFFORT TO SEE NORTH KOREA AND SOUTH KOREA REUNITED UNDER A FREE GOVERNMENT LIKE SOUTH KOREA. AND WOULD MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO HAVE ANY COMMENT?

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  • 09:21:48 PM

    MR. LAMBORN

    SAY THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS NOT DONE ENOUGH WITH NORTH KOREA. SOME…

    SAY THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS NOT DONE ENOUGH WITH NORTH KOREA. SOME GOOD EFFORTS HAVE BEEN MADE, BUT MUCH MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE. AND MUCH NEEDS TO BE DONE WITH IRAN. AND I'M PARTICULARLY APPALLED THAT WE DID NOTHING IN THE LAST YEAR WHEN THE GREEN REVOLUTION STARTED, WHEN THE FRAUDULENT ELECTION TOOK PLACE. AHMADINEJAD WAS RE-ELECTED AS PRESIDENT AND RAMPANT FRAUD THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. AND THE PEOPLE OF IRAN WERE OFFENDED AND RESENTED THAT AND THEY REBELED AND THEY TOOK TO THE STREETS. WE DID NOTHING TO SUPPORT THEM. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN AND MAYBE STILL IS THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE TO OVERTHROW THIS MURDEROUS REGIME IN TEHRAN. BUT WE ARE DOING NOTHING TO HELP THE OPPOSITION. AND THAT TYPE OF LACK OF EFFORT, I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT. IT'S OUR BEST SHOT AT FREING THE PEOPLE OF IRAN SO THEY CAN BECOME MORE DEMOCRATIC AND PEACE LOVING. THERE ARE MANY PRO-WESTERN IRANIANS, ESPECIALLY YOUNG PEOPLE. MANY OF THEM HAVE BEEN TO THE WEST AND THEY LIKE THE WEST, AND YET, WE ARE DOING NOTHING TO SUPPORT THOSE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS GOVERNMENT. AND TO FIND OUT FROM WIKILEAKS, TO HAVE THE CONFIRMATION THAT 19 OF INTERMEDIATE-RANGE MISSILES THAT COULD GO AS FAR AS WESTERN EUROPE HAVE BEEN SENT FROM NORTH KOREA TO IRAN AND IRAN IS WORKING ON A NUCLEAR WEAPON AT THE SAME TIME, THERE IS NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT, THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. THIS SHOULD NOT BE HAPPENING. WE SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWING NORTH KOREA TO SEND DEADLY ARMS TO COUNTRIES LIKE IRAN OR SYRIA. RUMORS HAVE IT THEY WANT TO DO THE SAME WITH BURMA OR VENEZUELA. WE HAVE TO NOT LET NORTH KOREA PROLIFERATE LIKE THIS. AND OUR ADMINISTRATION SHOULD AND NEEDS TO DO MORE. AND I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 09:23:55 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    BEFORE I YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM IOWA, I WOULD LIKE TO FOLLOW UP WHAT THE…

    BEFORE I YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM IOWA, I WOULD LIKE TO FOLLOW UP WHAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SAID. SOMETIMES WE ARE UNAWARE AND THIS ADMINISTRATION SEEMS OBLIVIOUS HOW SERIOUS A NUCLEAR -- WHAT A SERIOUS DANGER TO THE PEACE OF THE ENTIRE HUMAN FAMILY THAT WOULD REPRESENT. BUT LET'S CONSIDER THAT FOR A MOMENT. THE AHMADINEJAD GOVERNMENT, THE GOVERNMENT OF THE MUSCLEAS AND AHMADINEJAD THERE HAVE THROUGH THEIR BRAZEN, OPEN STATEMENTS HAVE CONDEMNED ISRAEL, THE UNITED STATES AND THREATEND BOTH OF OUR COUNTRIES IN FERMS WANTING TO SEE ISRAEL WIPED OFF THE UNITED STATES AND UNITED STATES ENDED AS A WORLD POWER AND BROUGHT TO OUR KNEES. IT'S HARD TO EVEN REPEAT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THIS IRANIAN ADMINISTRATION HAS SAID ABOUT AMERICA. AND IT'S VERY CLEAR WHAT THEIR INTENT IS. AND THERE ARE TWO ELEMENTS TO EVERY THREAT, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN IT COMES TO NATIONAL SECURITY. ONE IS THE INTENT OF A POTENTIAL ENEMY AND THE SECOND ONE IS THE CAPACITY OF THAT ENEMY TO CARRY THROUGH WITH THEIR THREATS. AND IF WE HAVE NOT UNDERSTOOD BY NOW THE INTENT OF JIHAD, THE INTENT OF STATE SPONSORS OF TERRORISM LIKE IRAN, THEN WE ARE NOT LISTENING VERY WELL, MR. SPEAKER. THE INTENT IS CLEAR, IRAN WOULD SEE AMERICA DESTROYED TOMORROW IF THEY COULD. NOT THE IRANIAN PEOPLE, BUT THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT AS IT STANDS NOW WOULD SEE AMERICA IN ASHES IF THEY COULD. SO THE IDEA OF ALLOWING THEM TO GAIN NUCLEAR CAPABILITY SEEMS TO BE ASTONISHING BEYOND WORDS TO ME, MR. SPEAKER. THIS ADMINISTRATION SEEMS TO HAVE EMBRACED SOME SORT OF A POLICY OF ALLOWING IRAN TO GAIN NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND PURSUING THE IDEA OF CONTAINMENT LIKE WE HAVE IN OTHER SITUATIONS WITH THE SOVIET UNION. BUT THAT WON'T WORK WITH A JIHADIST GOVERNMENT, BECAUSE WHEN WE WERE DEALING WITH THE SOVIET UNION, WE PUT OUR SECURITY IN A SENSE AND THEIR SANITY. WE KNEW THEY WANTED TO SURVIVE AND WE HAD THE CAPABILITY TO RESPOND IN SUCH AN OVERWHELMING WAY THAT THEY WERE DETERED FROM ATTACKING AMERICA. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE JIHADIST MINDSET, MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS NO LONGER A STRATEGY THAT CAN BE EMBRACED. LET ME JUST SAY, MR. SPEAKER. IF IRAN GAINS A NUCLEAR CAPABILITY, NUCLEAR WEAPONS, THIS WORLD WILL STEP INTO THE SHADOW OF NUCLEAR TERRORISM. TERRORISTS WILL HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND MR. SPEAKER, I CAN'T EXPRESS TO YOU THE DANGER THAT WILL REPRESENT AND THE CHANGE IT WILL REPRESENT TO ALL OF US IN THE FREE WORLD AND REALLY THROUGHOUT THE PLANET, BECAUSE IRAN HAS SHOWN THEMSELVES WILLING TO MAKE SOME OF THE MOST DEADLY WEAPONS WE FACED IN IRAQ AND BLOWING UP OUR SOLDIERS WITH THEIR EXPLOSIVE-FORM PENETRATEORS AND PAY MONEY TO SEE SOME OF THE TALIBAN KILL AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN. THEY HAVE DEMONSTRATED THEIR INTENT VERY CLEARLY AND THIS ADMINISTRATION SEEMS WILLING TO ALLOW THEM TO HAVE THE CAPACITY TO CARRY OUT THAT INTENT. AND WHILE I'M WALKING BY THIS NEIGHBORHOOD REMIND THIS ADMINISTRATION THAT ARE IRAN HAS DONE MILITARY EXERCISES THAT APPEAR TO EVERY REASONABLE MILITARY ANALYST TO BE PREPARATION FOR AN E.M.P. ATTACK AGAINST THIS COUNTRY OR SOME OTHER ENEMY THEY MIGHT HAVE. MR. SPEAKER, I THINK THIS ADMINISTRATION SEEMS WOULD HEFULLY UNPREPARED OR EVEN UNAWAY OF HOW SERIOUS AN ELECTROMAGNETIC PULLS OR A BLAST COULD BE TO THIS COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, IF IRAN GAINS A NUCLEAR CAPABILITY, IT WILL GIVE THEM THE ASYMMETRIC CAPABILITY TO LAUNCH AN E.M.P. ATTACK AGAINST THIS COUNTRY AND COULD CAUSE AN ALMOST INARCTIC CAN YOU LABEL DAMAGE TO THIS COUNTRY. A MAJOR ATTACK ON THIS COUNTRY COULD DEFEAT THE U.S. MILITARY. IT COULD SEE MORE THAN 60% OF THE POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES UNSUSTAINABLE. I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU WRAP YOUR MIND AROUND A NUMBER LIKE THAT. BUT YET, THAT IS THE PATH THAT WE ARE ON WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION CONTINUING TO ALLOW IRAN TO GAIN NUCLEAR WEAPONS. AND I WOULD CALL UPON THE SENATE, MR. SENATE -- SPEAKER, TO PASS THE GRID BILL, TO BEGIN TO PROTECT OUR ELECTRIC INFRASTRUCTURE FROM EITHER GEOMA MAGNETIC STORMS THAT COULD BE LAUNCHED AGAINST US. THIS TRATION ADMINISTRATION HAS PAID NO ATTENTION AND IT REPRESENTS A REAL, CREDIBLE THREAT AGAINST THE UNITED STATES AND IT IS THE WEAPON FOR TERRORISTS AND THEY KNOW IT. WE HAVE DISCOVERED THEIR WRITINGS. THEY UNDERSTAND THAT. AND YET, WE STAND BY AND THIS ADMINISTRATION EMBRACES THE NOTION THAT WE CAN ALLOW A JIHADIST, TERRORIST STATE LIKE IRAN TO GAIN THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS WEAPON AND TO BE ABLE TO POTENTIALLY LAUNCH AGAINST THIS COUNTRY, AN ATTACK THAT COULD BE ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATING TO OUR CIVILIZATION AND I CONTINUE TO BE ASTONISHED THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS FORESAKEN ITS CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY IN MAKING SURE THE PROTECTION OF THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY AND NATIONAL SECURITY OF THIS COUNTRY ARE JOB ONE. AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO ADD TO THAT EXCEPT MAYBE ASK MY FRIEND FROM IOWA TO COMMENT.

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  • 09:30:06 PM

    MR. KING

    MORE I'D SAY BUT I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

  • 09:34:57 PM

    MR. FRANKS

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

  • 09:35:02 PM

    MR. LAMBORN

    FROM ARIZONA AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, MR. KING FOR HIS REMARKS ABOUT…

    FROM ARIZONA AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, MR. KING FOR HIS REMARKS ABOUT IRAN AND THE MISTAKES MADE BY THIS ADMINISTRATION IN CANCELING THOSE MISSILES. I WAS PART OF A GROUP THAT WENT THERE, THEY PUT THE BEST FACE ON IT BUT THEY ARE NOT HAPPY. AND YES, THERE ARE ATTEMPTS TO CONTAIN IRAN WITH A THEATER DEFENSE. THAT'S GOOD, AS FAR AS IT GOES. BUT THEATER DEFENSE FOR MISSILES -- AGAINST MISSILES IS NOT THE SAME AS DEFENSE AGAINST INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILES. THAT'S WHAT WE WOULD HAVE HAD WITH THE GROUND BASED INTERCEPTORS IN POLAND. I LIKE THAT WE'LL HAVE THEATER SHIPS WITH MISSILES ON THEM IN PLACES AROUND IRAN. I'M TROUBLED BY THE ROLE OF TURKEY. I THINK THEY'RE NOT AS STABLE OF AN ALLY AS THEY ONCE WERE UNDER THEIR CURRENT LEADERSHIP. I'M NOT SURE THEY'RE DEPENDABLE THESE DAYS. BUT IRAN IS A DEVELOPING -- IS DEVELOPING THREATS THAT WILL GO BEYOND OUR THEATER DEFENSES FASTER THAN WE WILL HAVE INTERCONTINENTAL PROTECTION IN PLACE. SO THEY WILL -- THEY CAN GO -- THEY WILL BE ABLE TO GO BEYOND OUR THEATER DEFENSES BEFORE WE HAVE INTERCONTINENTAL DEFENSES. SO THEIR THREAT IS EMERGING FASTER THAN OUR DEFENSES WILL BE PUT INTO PLACE. AND THAT'S WHAT CONCERNS ME ABOUT THE PHASED ADAPTED APPROACH, THE THEATER DEFENSE AND THE ALTERNATIVE TO THE THIRD SITE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN IN POLAND. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA WHO IS AN EXPERT ON THESE ISSUES.

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  • 09:36:45 PM

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    CORRECT, NOT THAT I'M AN EXPERT BUT THAT YOUR POINTS ARE ABSOLUTELY…

    CORRECT, NOT THAT I'M AN EXPERT BUT THAT YOUR POINTS ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. I WOULD SAY IT'S IMPORTANT TO REALIZE THAT THE EUROPEAN SITE WAS NOT ONLY A REDUNDANT PROTECTION TO THE UNITED STATES FROM POTENTIALLY ICBM'S COMING FROM IRAN BUT IT WAS ALSO SOMETHING THAT COULD HAVE CALCULATED OR FACTORED INTO THE CALCULUS OF IRAN IN MOVING TOWARD DEVELOPING NUCLEAR CAPABILITY IN THE FIRST PLACE. BECAUSE IN A SENSE, MR. SPEAKER, MISSILE DEFENSE IS THE -- IT'S THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE AGAINST AN INCOMING MILES. I THINK EVERYONE CAN UNDERSTAND THAT BASIC EQUATION. BUT IT'S ALSO THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE AGAINST NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION BECAUSE A ROGUE STATE LIKE IRAN KNOWS THAT THEY FACE GREAT CHALLENGES AND GREAT DANGERS BY PURSUING NUCLEAR WEAPONS BECAUSE THEY REALIZE THEIR NEIGHBORS UNDERSTAND THE AGGRESSIVE NATURE OF THAT ROGUE STATE OF IRAN AND CAN'T ABIDE THEM HAVING NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND THEY REALIZE THAT COULD POTENTIALLY INVITE SOME KIND OF PREEMPTIVE ATTACK. THEY CONTINUE TO DO THAT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTAND THE STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE THEY WOULD GAIN TO THREATEN THEIR NEIGHBORS WOULD BE OVERWHELMING. IF, INDEED, MR. SPEAKER, WE COULD HAVE BEEN IN A PLACE IN POLAND TO BE ABLE TO INTERCEPT OR KNOCK DOWN ANY MISSILES COMING TOWARD OUR ALLIES IN EUROPE OR THE UNITED STATES, IT COULD HAVE DEMONSTRATED TO IRAN THEY WOULD NOT HAVE GAINED ANY STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE BY CONTINUING FORWARD AND MAY SOMEDAY IN THE HISTORY BOOKS BE WRITTEN THAT THAT'S WHERE WE LOST THE BATTLE BECAUSE THAT'S MAYBE WHERE IRAN BEGAN TO SEE THEY WERE GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET AWAY WITH CREATING NUCLEAR CAPABILITY. BUT MR. SPEAKER, IT IS ASTONISHING THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION BETRAYED THE PEOPLE OF POLAND, BETRAYED THE PEOPLE OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC. WHEN WE HAD MADE PROMISES TO THEM, WE DID EVERYTHING WE COULD TO REACH OUT TO THEM TO HAVE COURAGE AND STAND WITH AMERICA IN THIS ENDEAVOR THEN OUR OWN ADMINISTRATION PULLS THE PLUG AND BETRAYS THEM AND IT MAKES IT DIFFICULT FOR OTHER ALLIES TO EXPRESS THE SAME COURAGE. OF COURSE THE PHASE ADAPTIVE APPROACH, IT'S A GOOD NAME, NOTHING WRONG WITH THE NAME, SOME OF OUR MILITARY LEADERS UNDERSTAND THERE ARE MANY, AS MR. LAMBORN SAID, MANY IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF THE PHASE AID DAPTIVE APPROACH, THE IRONY IS THAT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION WAS PURSUING THE PHASED ADAPTIVE APPROACH LONG BEFORE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION EVER EVEN UNDERSTOOD THAT THERE WAS SUCH A THING. AND THESE THINGS WERE ON THE BOOKS AND ALL THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION REALLY DID WAS CANCEL THE THIRD SITE AND UNFORTUNATELY THEN MAKE IT CLEAR THAT WE WOULD NOT HAVE REDUNDANT CAPABILITY TO INTERDICT ANY ICBM'S OR LONG-RANGE MISSILES IRAN COULD PLACE A NUCLEAR WEAPON ON BECAUSE WE SIMPLY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DO IT IN TIME. OUR CAPABILITY IS A WONDERFUL CAPABILITY, MR. SPEAKER, BUT THE PRESENT AEGIS CAPABILITY DOES NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY OR SPEED TO SHOOT DOWN ICBM'S UNLESS THEY'RE IN A PERFECT SPOT WHICH IS A RARE OCCURRENCE. I WOULD JUST SUGGEST THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION ONCE AGAIN HAS PLACED THEIR IDEOLOGICAL COMMITMENT TO THE LEFT ABOVE NATIONAL SECURITY. AND YOU KNOW, THERE MAY BE SOMEDAY WHEN WE WISH WE HAD THESE DAYS BACK AGAIN AND WITH ALL OF THE CHALLENGES THAT WE FACE, IT SEEMS LIKE THE ADMINISTRATION FORGETS ITS FIRST RESPONSIBILITY, ITS FIRST CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY OF DEFENDING THE CITIZENS AND THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF THIS COUNTRY. IT SHOULDN'T SURPRISE US THAT THEY FORGET THE IDEA OF PROPERTY RIGHTS AND IT SHOULDN'T SURPRISE US THAT THEY FORGET THE RIGHTS OF UNBORN CHILDREN, IT SHOULDN'T SURPRISE US THEY PUT PEOPLE ON THE COURT WHO WAS NO RESPECT FOR THE CONSTITUTION. IT SHOULDN'T SURPRISE US THAT SOMEHOW THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE NATION, THE RIGHT TO LIVE AND BE FREE AND PURSUE OUR DREAMS IS SUBORDINATED TO THE NOTION THAT WE WANT TO BUILD A LARGE STATE. THOSE THINGS SHOULDN'T SURPRISE US. BUT IF THIS ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES TO GO IN THE DIRECTION IT'S GOING, MR. SPEAKER, I AM AFRAID WE WILL ALL WISH WE HAD THESE DAYS BACK AGAIN WHEN WE COULD HAVE PREVENTED SOME GREAT TRAGEDIES THAT MAY BEFALL US BECAUSE OF THE IDEOLOGICAL COMMITMENT OF THIS ADMINISTRATION TO WEAKEN AMERICA. I WONDER IF MY GOOD FRIEND LOUIE GOHMERT OF TEXAS HAS ANY COMMENTS ON ALONG THESE LINES?

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  • 09:41:22 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    I HAVE THE SAME CONCERN MISGOOD FRIEND FROM ARIZONA HAS. AS HAS BEEN…

    I HAVE THE SAME CONCERN MISGOOD FRIEND FROM ARIZONA HAS. AS HAS BEEN DISCUSSED HERE, PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD, NATIONS AROUND THE WORLD, WATCH EVERYTHING WE DO. TO DETERMINE, ARE WE SERIOUS ABOUT PROVIDING FOR A DEFENSE FOR AMERICA? ARE WE SERIOUS ABOUT PROVIDING A DEFENSE FOR OUR ALLIES? ARE WE SERIOUS ABOUT STANDING UP AGAINST ROGUE NATIONS, AGAINST ATTACKS ON FREEDOM AND LIBERTY? AND I KNOW THERE'S SOME DISAGREEMENT AMONG HISTORIANS BECAUSE THERE ARE THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT WHEN THE SECRETARY OF STATE, 60 YEARS AGO, GAVE A SPEECH WHICH IN ESSENCE INDICATED THAT KOREA WAS REALLY OUTSIDE OUR SPHERE OF INFLUENCE, NORTH KOREA HAD BEEN MASSING AND THEY'D BEEN PREPARING, BUT IT HAPPENED THAT THEY BEGAN MOVING SOUTH. AFTER THAT SPEECH. PEOPLE NOTICE WHEN THERE IS A WEAKNESS EVIDENCED IN AMERICA'S LEADERSHIP AND OFTEN IT LEADS TO ACTS OF VIOLENCE. DO YOU THINK IT WAS ANY ACCIDENT THAT THE FLOTILLA WENT AGAINST THE ISRAELI BLOCKADE OF GAZA WHERE THOUSANDS OF ROCKETS HAD FLOWN INTO ISRAEL, DESTROYING, KILLING, TERRORIZING ISRAELIS? WE AEED ORIGINALLY THAT THE BLOCK -- WE AGREED ORIGINALLY THAT THE BLOCKADE WAS NECESSARY BECAUSE OF THE DEATH AND DESTRUCTION. WAS IT ANY ACCIDENT THAT THE FLOTILLA ENDS UP SETTING SAIL TO TRY TO AT LEAST CHALLENGE THAT BLOCKADE AFTER THIS WHITE HOUSE SNUBS THE PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL, TREATS THEM WORSE THAN CHAVEZ OR SOME THIRD WORLD DICTATOR, TREATS THEM SO SHABBILY AND BEGINS TO SIDE WITH ISRAEL'S ENEMIES, LIKE IN MAY, VOTING WITH ISRAEL'S ENEMIES TO MAKE THEM DISCLOSE ALL THEIR WEAPONRY. WAS IT ANY ACCIDENT THAT THAT'S WHEN THE -- THOSE WHO WANT TO CHALLENGE ISRAEL'S VERY EXISTENCE SENT THE FLOTILLA SOUTH? I DON'T THINK SO. WHEN IT COMES TO STRONG LEADERSHIP THAT PROTECTS AMERICA, I MEAN, MY FRIENDS HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING THIS ISSUE OF GUANTANAMO AND I KNOW YOU WOULD BE AS DELIGHTED AS I WAS TO READ THE HEADLINES, THE FIVE CHARGED IN THE 9/11 ATTACK SEEK TO PLEAD GUILTY. "NEW YORK TIMES" ARLINGTON. GUANTANAMO BAY, -- "NEW YORK TIMES" ARTICLE. GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA, THE DETAINEES CHARGED WITH PLANNING THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS SAID THEY WANTED TO CONFESS IN FULL A MOVE THAT SEEMED TO CHALLENGE THE GOVERNMENT TO PUT THEM TO DEATH AT THE START OF WHAT HAD BEEN LISTED AS ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS MONDAY, THE JUDGE SAID HE RECEIVED A WRITTEN STATEMENT FROM THE FIVE MEN, DATED NOVEMBER 4, SAYING THEY PLANNED TO STOP FILING LEGAL MOTIONS AND, QUOTE, TO ANNOUNCE OUR CONFESSIONS TO PLEA IN FULL, UNQUOTE. SPEAKING WHAT HAS BECOME A FAMILIAR HIGH-PITCHED TONE IN THE CAVERNOUS COURTROOM HERE, THE MOST PROMINENT OF THE FIVE SAID, WE DON'T WANT TO WASTE OUR TIME WITH MOTIONS. THAT WAS WHAT THEY SAID. AROUND THIS ADMINISTRATION, UNFORTUNATELY, CAME IN AFTER -- JUST A MONTH AFTER THIS, BECAUSE THIS IS DECEMBER 8, 2008. 2008. THESE GUYS WERE READY TO PLEAD GUILTY. THEY WERE READY TO BE PUT TO DEATH. THEY HAD ALREADY PROCLAIMED AS CLEED SHEIK MUHAMMAD DID, THEY WERE GOING TO PLEAD GUILTY AND TAKE THEIR PUNISHMENT. OH, NO, THE STRONG LEADERS IN THIS ADMINISTRATION SAID NO, NO, NO, NOT SO FAST. WE WANT TO GIVE YOU A SHOW TRIAL IN NEW YORK CITY, COST OURSELVES BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND PUT NEW YORKERS AT RISK SO YOU CAN HAVE A BIG SHOW AND WE CAN POUND OUR CHESTS AND TALK ABOUT HOW CIVILIZED WE ARE. WHAT CIVILIZED NATION WOULD NOT PROTECT ITSELF SO IT CAN REMAIN CIVILIZED INSTEAD OF BEING OVERTAKEN BY THESE PEOPLE. THE CIVILIZED THING TO DO IS TO PROTECT THE CIVILIZED PEOPLE THAT PUT YOU IN OFFICE. BUT THIS IS NOT WHAT THIS ADMINISTRATION DID. THEY CAME IN AND BASICALLY SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT? HOLD OFF ON THAT GUILTY PLEA. ONCE THESE GUYS HEARD THEY WERE GOING TO GET A SHOW TRIAL, WELL, FOR HEAVEN'S SAKES, THEY WERE PULLED BACK ON THEIR GUILTY PLEA AND TWO FULL YEARS LATER, THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS NOW ANNOUNCED, WE AREN'T SURE WHEN WE ARE GOING TO BRING THEM TO TRIAL AND IT HAS SHOWN WEAKNESS IN LEADERSHIP AND I JUST REMIND MY FRIEND AND I KNOW HE KNOWS THE QUOTE FROM JOHN STUART MILL WHO SAID, WAR IS AN UGLY THING, BUT NOT THE UGLIEST OF THINGS. THE DECAY AND DEGRADED STATE OF MORAL AND PATRIOTIC FEELING WHICH THINKS THAT NOTHING IS WORTH WAR IS MUCH WORSE. NOTHING WITH IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN HIS OWN PERSONAL SAFETY IS A MISERABLE CREATURE AND HAS NO CHANCE OF BEING FREE UNLESS MADE AND KEPT SO BY THE EXERTIONS OF BETTER MEN THAN HIMSELF. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. FRANKS

    KIND OF HARD TO TOP THAT. I GUESS TONIGHT THE MESSAGE THAT I WAS HOPING…

    KIND OF HARD TO TOP THAT. I GUESS TONIGHT THE MESSAGE THAT I WAS HOPING COULD BE RELAYED MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE IS THAT THERE HAS BEEN A GENERAL ASLEEP- AT THE WHEEL OF THIS ADMINISTRATION WHEN IT COOMS TO NATIONAL SECURITY. AND UNFORTUNATELY, WE LIVE IN A 9/11 WORLD AND THOSE WHO DON'T HOLD TO THE IDEALS OF FREEDOM. AND THIS ADMINISTRATION IS CONTINUING DOWN THIS PATH. MR. CHAIRMAN -- MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T WANT TO COME TO THIS FLOOR IN FUTURE DAYS AND HAVE TO DECRY WHAT WE FAILED TO DO. SO I THINK THERE IS STILL TIME FOR THIS ADMINISTRATION TO WAKE UP AND REALIZE THAT ALLOWING IRAN TO GAIN NUCLEAR WEAPONS, ALLOWING NORTH KOREA TO PROLIFERATE NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND ALLOWING TERRORISTS TO USE THE FORMS OF LIBERTY TO DESTROY LIBERTY ITSELF IN OUR CIVILIAN COURTS, ALLOWING THE POTENTIAL OF TERRORISTS TO GAIN CONTROL OF AN E.M.P. CAPABILITY THAT COULD THREATEN OUR WHOLE SOCIETY, STANDING BY WHILE THE SENATE SITS QUIETLY AND DOES NOTHING TO PASS THE GRID BILL PASSED IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THESE ARE VERY, VERY IMPORTANT THINGS, MR. SPEAKER. AND I JUST HOPE SOMEHOW THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION REALIZES THAT THEIR FIRST PURPOSE AND THEIR FIRST RESPONSIBILITY TO GOD, COUNTRY AND FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS IS TO PROTECT THE LIVES AND CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES. AND MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE THAT HAPPENS AND WITH THAT, WE WOULD YIELD BACK OUR TIME.

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  • 09:49:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S…

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

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  • 09:49:46 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    I HAVE SO MUCH RESPECT AND ABIDING LOVE AND AFFECTION FOR MY DEAR FRIEND…

    I HAVE SO MUCH RESPECT AND ABIDING LOVE AND AFFECTION FOR MY DEAR FRIEND FROM ARIZONA AND AS WELL AS MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO AND MY FRIEND WHO WAS HERE EARLIER FROM IOWA, MY DEAR FRIEND, STEVE KING. CONGRESSMAN KING AND I WERE DOWN IN GUANTANAMO GUANTANAMO TOGETHER AND I HEARD HIM EARLIER TALK ABOUT PULLING BACK THE PRIVILEGES AND PUNISHING ASSAULT AT GUANTANAMO GUANTANAMO BAY AGAINST OUR OWN SERVICE MEMBERS. I DID RECALL SOMETHING THAT HE MAY NOT HAVE RECALLED, THERE WAS ANOTHER SEVERE FORM OF PUNISHMENT WHEN SUCH AN ASSAULT IS COMMITTED ON OUR GUARDS AT GUANTANAMO, WHICH APPARENTLY IS PRETTY CUSTOMARY DOWN THERE OF THROWING URINE OR FECES ON OUR GUARDS AND THEY HAVE TO COME UP WITH CREATIVE WAYS TO DO THAT. BUT ONE OF THE OTHER WAYS AND IT'S THE ONLY OTHER WAY IN ADDITION TO TAKING SOME OF THEIR OUTDOOR EXERCISE TIME DOUB DOWN TO TWO HOURS, THE OTHER THING THAT THEY HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO DO IN ORDER TO REALLY PUNISH THEM, ACTUALLY TORTURE THEM IS TO TAKE AWAY SOME OF THEIR MOVIE-WATCHING TIME DURING THE DAY. IT'S JUST DEVASTATING TO THE GUANTANAMO GUANTANAMO DETAINEES TO HAVE SOME OF THEIR MOVIE-WATCHING PRIVILEGES TAKEN AWAY, BECAUSE THEY THREW FEES YES, SIR OR URINE -- FECES ON ONE OF OUR SERVICEMEN OR WOMEN. IT REALLY TEACHES THEM A LESSON. IT SHOWS THEM. IF YOU MESS WITH US, YOU AREN'T GOING TO WATCH AS MANY MOVIES AS YOU WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE. WE'LL SHOW THEM. AND I WAS HEARING ON THE NEWS TODAY ALSO THAT CHINESE MUSLIMS WHO HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED OUT OF GUANTANAMO GUANTANAMO HAVE GIVEN INTERVIEWS, INDICATING THEY WERE TREATED BETTER IN GUANTANAMO GUANTANAMO THAN THEY WERE IN THEIR HOME IN CHINA. SO DESPITE THE WAY THAT SOME PEOPLE HAVE TRIED TORL CHARACTERIZE THE PRISON IN GUANTANAMO GUANTANAMO, IT IS NOT QUITE AS BAD -- IN FACT, NOT BY A LONG SHOT, BETTER LIVING CONDITIONS THAN THESE PEOPLE EVER HAD IN THEIR LIVES. BUT THEN AGAIN, SOME OF THEM WANTED TO BLOW THEMSELVES UP AND THEY HAVEN'T HAD THAT OPPORTUNITY DOWN THERE. SO IF SOME VERSION OF A GREAT ABUNDANT LIFE IS TO BLOW THEMSELVES UP AND KILL A LOT OF INNOCENT PEOPLE, THEN YES, THEY HAVEN'T HAD THAT LIFE TO BLOW THEMSELVES UP AND KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE DOWN IN GUANTANAMO GUANTANAMO BAY. BUT THE MESSAGES THAT ARE COMING OUT OF THIS ADMINISTRATION ARE PARTICULARLY WORRYSOME WHEN OUR OWN ENEMIES PERCEIVE WEAKNESS IN THE PRESIDENT OF THIS COUNTRY OR HIS ADMINISTRATION. IT PROPELS THEM INTO ACTION. IT PROPELS THEM INTO ACTIONS THAT HARM THE UNITED STATES THAT THEY WOULD OTHERWISE BE AFRAID TO MOVE FORWARD WITH. IN FACT, WHEN ONE THINKS ABOUT PRESIDENT BUSH WITH SUPPORT FROM DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ALIKE GOING INTO IRAQ, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT CAME OUT OF THAT WAS A COUNTRY TEATERING ONCE AGAIN ON THE EDGE OF NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION, NUCLEAR PROGRAM GOING FORWARD, POTENTIAL TERRORISTS HARBORING STATE OF LIBYA. WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH ORDERED OUR TROOPS INTO IRAQ, LIBYA REALIZED, UH-OH, THIS PRESIDENT IS QUITE SERIOUS, HE IS WILLING TO COMMIT AMERICAN TROOPS IN HARM'S WAY TO TAKE OUT A RUTHLESS LEADER WHO SAYS HE SUPPORTS TERRORISM AND SUPPORTS THREATENING THE UNITED STATES. MAYBE I BETTER CANCEL OUR NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND MAKE PEACE WITH THE UNITED STATES. ONE OF THE BY-PRODUCTS ABOUT THE INVASION OF IRAQ THAT AT THAT TIME AT LEAST, THERE WAS A PRESIDENT WHO WOULD STEP UP AND WAS NOT AFRAID TO TAKE ACTION WHEN SOMEONE CONTINUED TO TRY TO THREATEN THE UNITED STATES. A FRIEND WHO PUBLISHES IN THE "JERUSALEM POST" AND I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY, HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO READ SOME OF CAROLYN GLICK'S WRITING HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR BEFORE, BUT HAS GREAT INSIGHT SO OFTEN INTO AREAS OF FOREIGN POLICY NOT ONLY WITH REGARD TO ISRAEL BUT WITH REGARD TO THE UNITED STATES AND OUR PLACE IN THE INTERNATIONAL STABILITY WHEN WE DO SHOW THAT WE CAN AND WILL BE STRONG. AND THERE WAS AN ARTICLE THAT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE "JERUSALEM POST" WRITTEN BY CAROLYN GLICK, NOVEMBER 26, 2010 AND THE THINGS SHE HAS TO SAY ARE IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO READ. CAROLYN'S PERSPECTIVE HERE INTO OUR RECORD, MR. SPEAKER, FOR ANYONE WHO MAY NOT OTHERWISE MAY HAVE BEEN PRIVY TO HER OBSERVATIONS. THIS IS HER ARTICLE, "CRISES ARE EXPLODING THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD IS MAKING THINGS WORSE." AND I'M QUOTING. ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA, NORTH KOREA JUST UPENDED EIGHT YEARS OF STATE DEPARTMENT BY SHOWING A TEAM OF NUCLEAR SCIENTISTS ITS COLLECTION OF THOUSANDS OF STATE -OF-THE-ART CENTRIFUGES. AND JUST TO OP OFF THE SHOW IS STEVEN BOSWORTH, WAS ARGUING THAT THIS REVELATION IS NOT A CRISIS. THE NORTH FIRED AN UNPROVOKED SHELLING AT SOUTH KOREA WHICH SAYS IT IS A CRISIS. BUT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION REMAINS UNMOVED. ON TUESDAY, DEFENSE SECRETARY ROBERT GATES, THANKED HIS SOUTH KOREAN COUNTERPART FOR SHOWING RESTRAINT. ON THURSDAY, KIM RESIGNED IN DISGAYS FOR THAT RESTRAINT. THE YOU HAS SPOKEN STRONGLY OF NOT ALLOWING NORTH KOREA'S AGGRESSION TO GO UNANSWERED, BUT IN PRACTICE, ITS ONLY ANSWER IS TO TRY TO TEMPT NORTH KOREA BACK TO MULTI LATERAL DISARMA MEANT TALKS THAT WILL GO NO WHERE BECAUSE NORTH KOREA SUPPORTS IT. CONTRARY TO WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA CLAIMS, CHINA DOES NOT SHARE THE U.S. INTEREST IN DENUCLEARIZING NORTH KOREA. CONSEQUENTLY BEIJING WILL NOT LIFT A FINGER TO ACHIEVE THAT GOAL. THEN THERE IS IRAN. THE NOW INARGUABLE FACT THAT PYONGYANG IS DEVELOPING NUCLEAR WEAPONS WITH ENRICHED URANIUM MAKES IT ALL BUT CERTAIN THAT THE HYPERACTIVE PROLIFERATE ATEORS ARE INVOLVED IN URANIUM-BASED NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM. THE NORTH KOREANS DON'T CARE THAT THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL PLACED SANCTIONS ON IRAN. AND THE PRESUMPTIVE ROLE IN IRAN'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM EXPOSE THE IDIOCY OF THE CONCEPT THAT THESE SANCTIONS CAN BLOCK NORTH KOREA'S PATH TO A NUCLEAR ARSENAL. EVERY DAY AS THE REGIME IN PYONGYANG AND TEHRAN ESCALATE THEIR AGGRESSION AND CONFRONTATIONAL STANCES, IT BECOMES MORE AND MORE CLEAR THAT THE ONLY WAY TO NEUTRALIZE THE THREAT THEY POSE TO INTERNATIONAL SECURITY IS TO OVERTHROW THEM. AT LEAST IN THE CASE OF IRAN, IT IS ALSO CLEAR THAT THE PROSPECTS FOR REGIME CHANGE HAVE NEVER BEEN BETTER. IRAN'S REGIME IS IN TROUBLE. SINCE THE FRAUDULENT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS 17 MONTHS AGO, THE REGIME HAS MOVED AGAINST ITS DOMESTIC FOES, BUT DISSENT HAS ONLY GROWN AND POPULAR RESENTMENT TOWARDS THE REGIME HAS GROWN, THE PRESIDENT, AHMADINEJAD AND THE REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS HAVE BECOME TERRIFIED OF THEIR OWN PEOPLE. IMPRISONED RAPPERS AND OUTLAWED WESTERN MUSIC. THEY HAVE PURGED THEIR SCHOOL BOOKS OF PERSIAN HISTORY. EVERYTHING THAT SMACKS OF ANYTHING NONISLAMIC IS VIEWED AS A THREAT. MEMBERS OF THE REGIME ARE SO FRIGHTENED BY THE PUBLIC THAT THIS WEAK, SEVERAL MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT TRIED TO BEGIN I AM PEEFMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST AHMADINEJAD. APPARENTLY THEY HOPE THATOUS ING HIM WILL END THE PUBLIC'S CALL TO END REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE. BUT COE MEE NEE HASST -- KHOMEINI IS STANDING BY HIS MAN. THE POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF ALL THIS ARE CLEAR. THE U.S. SHOULD DESTROY IRAN'S NUCLEAR INSTALLATIONS AND HELP THE IRANIAN PEOPLE OVERTHROW THE REGIME. BUT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WILL HAVE NONE OF IT. EARLIER THIS MONTH, GATES SAID, IF IT'S MILITARY SOLUTION, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, IT WILL BRING TOGETHER A DIVIDED NATION, UNQUOTE SYSTEM OF IN HIS VIEW, THE IRANIAN PEOPLE WHO RISKED DEATH TO DEFY THE REGIME EVERY DAY, THE IRANIAN PEOPLE WHO WOULD -- WHO REVILE AHMADINEJAD AS, QUOTE, THE CHIMPANZEE, UNQUOTE, AND CALL FOR KHOMEINI'S DEATH EVERY EVENING FROM THEIR ROOFTOP WILL, QUOTE, RALLY AROUND THE CHIMP, UNQUOTE, AND AROUND THE DICTATOR IF THE U.S. ATTACKS THE MILITARY INSTALLATION. CONTINUING THE ARTICLE, HE SAYS, DUE TO THIS THINKING, AS FAR AS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS CONCERNED, THE U.S. SHOULD STICK TO ITS FAILED SANCTIONS POLICY AND CONTINUE ITS FAILED ATTEMPTS TO CUT A NUCLEAR DEAL WITH THE MULLAHS. AS WAS NOTED LAST WEEK THIS BOILERPLATE ASSERTION BACKED BY NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER IS WHAT PASSES FOR STRATEGIC WISDOM IN WASHINGTON AS IRAN COMPLETES ITS NUCLEAR PROJECT. THIS U.S. REFUSAL TO UNDERSTAND THE POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF POPULAR REJECTION OF THE REGIME IS WHAT BRINGS STATE DEPARTMENT WISE MEN AND WOMEN TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE U.S. HAS NO DOG IN THIS FIGHT. A STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN, P.J. CROWLEY, SAID THE PARLIAMENT'S BID TO IMPEACH AHMADINEJAD WAS NOTHING MORE THAN THE PRODUCT OF, QUOTE, RIVALRIES IN THE GOVERNMENT, UNQUOTE. THEN THERE'S LEBANON. SINCE AHMADINEJAD'S VISIT LAST MONTH, IT IS OBVIOUS THAT IRAN IS NOW THE RULER OF LEBANON AND THAT IT EXERTS ITS AUTHORITY OVER THE COUNTRY THROUGH ITS HEZBOLLAH PROXY. HEZBOLLAH'S OPEN THREATS TO OVERTHROW THE PRIME MINISTER'S GOVERNMENT, HEZBOLLAH'S ROLE IN ASASS NATING HIS FATHER IN 2005 IS OFFICIALLY ACKNOWLEDGED, JUST MAKE THIS TRAGIC REALITY MORE UNDENIABLE. YET THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES TO DENY THAT IRAN CONTROLS LEBANON. A MONTH AFTER AHMADINEJAD'S VISIT, OBAMA CONVINCED THE LAME DUCK CONGRESS TO LIFT ITS HOLD ON $100 MILLION IN U.S. MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO THE HIS BOMB LA-DOMINATED LEBANESE MILITARY. AND THE U.S. CONVINCED ISRAEL TO RELINQUISH THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE BORDER TOWN OF GAZAR, DESPITE THE FACT THAT U.N. FORCES ARE HEZBOLLAH'S -- ARE AT HEZBOLLAH'S MERCY. IN THE MIDST OF THESE CRISES, OBAMA HAS MAINTAINED FAITH WITH HIS TWO CENTRAL FOREIGN POLICY GOALS, FORCING ISRAEL TO WITHDRAW TO THE INDEFENSIBLE 1949 AR MISTIES LINES AND SCALING BACK THE U.S. NUCLEAR ARSENAL WITH AN EYE TOWARD UNILATERAL DISARMAMENT. THAT IS, AS THE FORCES OF MAYHEM AND WAR ESCALATE THEIR THREATS AND AGGRESSION, OBAMA'S CENTRAL GOALS REMAIN WEAKENING THE U.S.' MOST POWERFUL REGIONAL ALLY IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND RENDERING THE U.S. INCOMPETENT TO DETER OR DEFEAT RAPIDLY PROLIVE RATING -- PROLIFERATING ROGUE STATES THAT ARE AT WAR WITH THE U.S. AND ITS ALLIES. HAVING SAID THAT, THE TRUTH IS THAT IN ADVANCING THESE GOALS OR BA UH -- OBAMA IS NOT OUT OF STEP WITH HIS PREDSESSORS. GEORGE H.W. BUSH AND BILL CLINTON BOTH ENACTED DRASTIC CUTS IN THE U.S. CONVENTIONAL AND NONCONVENTIONAL ARSENALS. CLINTON AND GEORGE W. BUSH ADOPTED APPEASEMENT POLICIES TOWARD NORTH KOREA. PEE I DON'T THINK YANG OWES ITS NUCLEAR ARSENAL TO THOSE PRESIDENTS' DESIRE TO BE PERCEIVED TO DO NOTHING. AND THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN MANY OTHER STATES OWES ITS EXISTENCE THAT THEN SECRETARY OF STATE CONDOLEEZZA RICE INSISTENCE THAT THEY NOT SEE -- SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THE IRANIAN BUILT AND FINANCED NUCLEAR REACTOR IN SYRIA IN 2007. AS FOR IRAN, OBAMA'S ATTEMPT TO APPEASE THE REGIME IS LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM HIS PREDECESSOR'S POLICIES. THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION REFUSED TO CONFRONT THE FACT THAT THE WARS IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ ARE IRANIAN PROXY WARS. THEY REFUSED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT LEBANON IS RUN BY TEHRAN AND THAT THE 2006 WAR IN ISRAEL IS NOTHING MORE THAN A PROXY WAR EXTENSION OF THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. OBAMA'S QUOTE, RESET, UNQUOTE POLICY IS NOTHING BUT A CONTINUATION OF THE BUSH POLICY, THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION SET THE STAGE FOR VLADIMIR PUTIN'S K.G.P. STATE BY SQUANDERING THE U.S.'S MASSIVE INFLUENCE OVER POST SOVIET RUSSIA AND ALLOWING BORIS GENTLEMAN STIN AND HIS CRONIES TO TRANSFORM THE COUNTRY INTO AN IMPOVERISHED CLEPPING TO BE RAHCY. -- KLEPTOCRACY. FINALLY THE BUSH POLICY OF GIVING AWAY LAND WAS SHARED WITH CLINTON AND THE SECOND PRESIDENT BUSH. IS OBAMA REALLY WORSE THAN EVERYONE ELSE OR JUST THE LATE NEST A LINE U.S. POTTS -- PRESIDENTS WHO HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO RUN AN EFFECTIVE FOREIGN POLICY? THE SHORT ANSWER IS HE IS FAR WORSE THAN HIS PREDECESSORS. A U.S. PRESIDENT'S MANEUVER ROOM IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS IS ALWAYS VERY SMALL. THE FOREIGN POLICY ESTABLISHMENT IN THE -- IN WASHINGTON IS ENTRENCHED AND UNIFORMLY OPPOSED TO BENDING TO THE WILL OF THE ELECTED LEADERS. THE ELITES IN THE STATE DEPARTMENT AND THE C.I.A. AND THEIR CRONIES IN ACADEMIA AND POLICY CIRCLES IN WASHINGTON ARE ALSO CONSISTENTLY UNMOVED BY REALITY. WHICH AS A RULE EXPOSES THEIR POLICIES AS RUES NOW. THE PRESIDENT HAS TWO WAYS TO SHIFT THE SHIP OF STATE. FIRST, HE CAN USE HIS BULLY PULPIT. SECOND, HE CAN APPOINT PEOPLE TO KEY POSITIONS IN THE FOREIGN POLICY BUREAUCRACY. SINCE ENTERING OFFICE, OBAMA HAS USED BOTH OF THESE POWERS TO ILL EFFECT. HIS TRAVEL ACROSS THE WORLD CONDEMNING AND APOLOGIZING FOR U.S. WORLD LEADERSHIP. IN SO DOING, HE HAS CONVINCED ALLY AND ADVERSARY ALIKE THAT HE IS NOT A CREDIBLE LEADER. THAT NO ONE CAN DEPEND ON U.S. SECURITY GUARANTEES DURING HIS WATCH. AND THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO ATTACK THE U.S., ITS ALLIES AND INTERESTS WITH IMPUNITY. OBAMA'S CALL FOR A NUCLEAR-FREE WORLD COMBINED WITH HISIVE STANCE TOWARD ISRAEL'S REPORTED NUCLEAR ARSENAL, HIS BID TO DISARM THE U.S. NUCLEAR ARSENAL AND HIS INEFFECTIVE RESPONSE TO NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR BRINKSMANSHIP AND IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROJECT HAVE SERVED TO CONVINCE NATIONS FROM THE PERSIAN GULL TO HAVE SOUTH AMERICA TO THE PACIFIC RIM THAT THEY SHOULD BEGIN DEVELOPING NUCLEAR WEAPONS. BY CALLING FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, HE HAS PROVOKED THE GREATEST WAVE OF NUCLEAR ARMAMENT IN HISTORY. GIVEN HIS OWN CONVICTIONS, IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT ALL HIS KEY FOREIGN POLICY APPOINTMENTS SHARE HIS DANGEROUS VIEWS. THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S LEGAL ADVISOR, HAROLD COVE, BELIEVES THE U.S. SHOULD SPORD NATE ITS LAWS TO AN ABSTRACT AND LARGELY UNFOUNDED NOTION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW. UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR POLICY BELIEVES TERRORISTS BECOME RATTLED BY US BECAUSE THEY'RE POOR. SHE IS ADVISED BY LEFTIST EXTREMIST, ROSA BROOKS, ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER HAS DECIDED TO OPEN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS AGAINST C.I.A. OPERATIVES WHO INTERROGATED TERRORISTS AND TRY ILLEGAL ENEMY COMBATANTS IN CIVILIAN COURTS. IN ALL THESE CASES AND COUNTLESS OTHERS, OBAMA'S SENIOR APPOINTEES ARE IMPLEMENTING POLICIES THAT ARE MORE RADICAL AND DANGEROUS THAN THE RADICAL AND DANGEROUS POLICIES OF THE WASHINGTON POLICY ESTABLISHMENT. NOT ONLY ARE THEY WEAKENING THE U.S. AND ITS ALLIES, THEY ARE DEMORALIZING PUBLIC SERVANTS WHO ARE DEDICATED TO DEFENDING THEIR COUNTRY BY SIGNALING CLEARLY THAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WILL LEAVE THEM HIGH AND DRY IN A CRISIS. WHEN A REPUBLICAN OCCUPIES THE WHITE HOUSE, HIS FOREIGN POLICIES ARE ROUTINE LIE HI CRITICIZED AND CONSTRAINED BY THE LIBERAL MEDIA. RADICAL DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTS LIKE WOODROW WILSON HAVE SEEN THEIR FOREIGN POLICIES REINED IN BY REPUBLICAN CONGRESSES. GIVEN THE THREATS OBAMA'S RADICAL POLICIES ARE PROVOKING, IT CAN ONLY BE HOPED THAT THROUGH HEARINGS AND OTHER MEANS THE REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WILL TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE IN CURBING HIS POLICIES. IF THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY WILL OWE THEM A DEBT OF GRATITUDE. THAT'S AS PUBLISHED IN "THE JERUSALEM POST," NOVEMBER 26, 2010. INTERESTING. IT IS QUITE DISCONCERTING WHEN WE REALIZE THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION IS SENDING OUT SIGNALS WE WON'T STAND BY OUR FRIENDS, AND THINKING THAT IF WE SEND A MESSAGE OUT, THAT WE WILL EMBRACE THOSE WHO WANT TO DESTROY OUR WAY OF LIFE, DESTROY OUR COUNTRY AND HAVE PLEDGED TO DO SO, IF WE JUST SHOW WE'RE WILLING TO BE COMPASSIONATE, THEY'LL BE DEEPLY MOVED AND COME AROUND TO OUR SIDE. HARDLY. HISTORY -- HISTORY TEACHES US VERY CLEARLY THAT WHEN PEOPLE WHO DESPISE ANOTHER NATION GET MESSAGES THAT THAT NATION THEY DESPISE IS WEAK OR WILL NOT DEFEND ITSELF, THEN THEY'RE PROVOKED TO ACTION TO DESTROY IT, TO TAKE IT OVER. NOW, HOPEFULLY WE'RE A LONG WAY FROM THAT HAPPENING BECAUSE THERE ARE ENOUGH PEOPLE HERE IN WASHINGTON THAT BELIEVE THAT STRENGTH AND A SHOWING OF STRENGTH AND A SHOWING OF WILLINGNESS TO DO WHAT IT TAKES TO KEEP OUR OATH TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE FOR THIS COUNTRY, THAT THAT IS WHAT KEEPS US AT PEACE. THAT IS WHAT HELPS PREVENT WARS. I BELIEVE IT WAS REAGAN WHO USED TO TALK ABOUT NO ONE WAS EVER ATTACKED BECAUSE PEOPLE BELIEVED THEY WERE TOO STRONG. THEY ATTACK BECAUSE THEY THINK THERE'S A WEAKNESS THAT THEY CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF. THAT'S WHY AFTER WE PULLED OUT OF VIETNAM AND THAT FOOTAGE REMAINS BEING SHOWN TO MUSLIMS IN AN ATTEMPT TO RADICALIZE THEM, SEE, AMERICA FLEES IN THE FACE OF DANGER. SEE WHAT HAPPENED IN 1983 AFTER THE MARINE BARRACKS WAS BLOWN UP AND NEARLY 300 MARINES WERE KILLED? THEY LEFT BEIRUT. SEE WHAT HAPPENED BACK IN 1979, WHEN AN ACT OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, WHAT INTERNATIONAL LAW WOULD SAY WAS AN ACT OF WAR, AMERICAN SOIL WAS ATTACKED WHEN OUR EMBASSY WAS ATTACKED, HOSTAGES TAKEN, WE DID NOTHING BUT BEG FOR TEHRAN TO LET THEM GO FOR OVER A YEAR. THAT WAS ANOTHER SIGN OF WEAKNESS. WHEN ANOTHER ACT OF WAR ON THE U.S.S. COLE WAS COMMITTED, WE RESPONDED BY LOBBING SOME ROCKETS, DOING VIRTUALLY NO DAMAGE TO PEOPLE WHO WERE AT WAR WITH US. SO WHAT ARE OUR ENEMIES WHO WANT TO SEE THE UNITED STATES DESTROYED, WHO HAVE SWORN TO DESTROY THIS COUNTRY AND OUR WAY OF LIFE, WHAT ARE THEY TO THINK WHEN REPEATEDLY WE SHOW WEAKNESS AND WE SHOW THAT THOSE WHO HAVE NOTHING BUT HATE, DISDAIN AND CONTEMPT FOR THIS COUNTRY WILL BE MET WITH A WARM EMBRACE, WHAT ARE THEY TO THINK BUT TO HAVE MORE CONTEMPT FOR THIS COUNTRY? NOW, CAROLYN GLICK MENTIONS INTERNATIONAL LAW AND THAT THIS PRESIDENT'S ADVISED BY PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE THE U.S. SHOULD SUBORDINATE ITS LAWS TO AN ABSTRACT AND LARGELY UNFOUNDED NOTION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW. I TOOK A COURSE IN INTERNATIONAL LAW AT BAYLOR LAW SCHOOL UNDER A VISITING PROFESSOR FROM JAPAN. I DID A RESEARCH PAPER, GOT AN A ON IT BY THE DEAN OF A JAPANESE LAW SCHOOL VISITING BAYLOR FOR THAT YEAR AND HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH HIM AFTER THE COURSE WAS OVER, I SAID, FOR ALL THE READING WE'VE DONE AND ALL THE STUDYING, ALL THE DISCUSSION, DEBATE, I COME BACK TO THE CONCLUSION THAT BASICALLY IN SHORT INTERNATIONAL LAW IS WHATEVER THE STRONGEST NATION AROUND SAYS IT IS. AND HE SAYS, IN ESSENCE, YOU'VE LEARNED FROM THIS COURSE WELL. THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT. INTERNATIONAL LAW IS WHATEVER THE STRONGEST NATION AROUND SAYS IT IS. SAYS IT IS. AND YET, IN RESPONSE TO ATTACKS, THREATENED ATTACKS, THREATENED EFFORTS TO DESTROY OUR WAY OF LIFE, WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IS AN EFFORT TO BOW BEFORE THOSE WHO WANT TO DESTROY US, THOSE WHO ARE NOT OUR FRIENDS. I FILED IN THE THREE CONGRESSES THAT I HAVE BEEN IN OFFICE HERE AND I WILL FILE IN THE FOURTH ONE NEXT YEAR, THE U.N. VOTING ACCOUNTABILITY ACT THAT SAYS A NATION THAT VOTES AGAINST US MORE THAN HALF THE TIME IN THE U.N., THEY ARE SOVEREIGN NATIONS, WE AREN'T GOING TO TELL THEM HOW THEY HAVE TO VOTE, ANY NATION WHO VOTES AGAINST US WON'T GET ANY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY PEOPLE TO HATE YOU, THEY'LL DO IT FOR FREE. AND IT'S STILL TRUE. AMERICA, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IS TRULY THE GREATEST NATION IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND. THERE ARE MORE LIBERTIES AND MORE FREEDOMS IN THIS COUNTRY THAN HAVE EVER BEEN OBSERVED BY THE CITIZENS OF ANY COUNTRY. AS GREAT AS SOLOMON'S ISRAEL WAS, THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE LIBERTIES FOR THE PEOPLE THAT THIS NATION HAS. THIS IS A NATION THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE GOVERNED BY THE PEOPLE WHO, ON ELECTION DAY, GO OUT AND ACTUALLY HIRE PEOPLE TO DO THEIR BIDDING FOR THE SUBSEQUENT YEARS. FOR TOO LONG, NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE HAVE COME OUT ON HIRING DAY TO MAKE SURE THAT THE BEST PEOPLE GOT HIRED. FOR TOO LONG, PEOPLE HAVE NOT STUDIED THE APPLICATIONS, THE RESUMES, DONE THE INTERVIEWS OF THOSE WHO ARE SEEKING TO BE HIRED AS THE SERVANTS TO GO DO THEIR BIDDING AS THE PEOPLE ARE THE GOVERNMENT. AND SO AS THE OLD ADDAGE PEOPLE ENSURE DEMOCRACY NO BOTHER THEY DESERVE. WE HAVE GOTTEN WHAT WE DESERVE WHETHER ANYONE LIKES IT OR NOT. THE NATION GOT WE DESERVED. WHETHER THIS NATION LIKES THIS PRESIDENT OR NOT, THE NATION GOT WHAT WE DESERVED AND ABSOLUTELY A TRUISM THAT YOU CAN TAKE TO THE BANK, MADAM SPEAKER, IS THAT IN 2012 ELECTIONS, WE WILL HAVE A PRESIDENT ELECTED OR RE-ELECTED, WHO IS NO BETTER THAN THE NATION DESERVES. NOW, THERE IS ONE AREA OF TREMENDOUS IGNORANCE IN THIS COUNTRY AND THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH IGNORANCE IN AN AREA OF SOMEONE'S KNOWLEDGE UNLESS THEY PERSIST IN THAT IGNORANCE AND REFUSE TO LEARN AND FILL THAT VOID. WE ARE TOLD BY OUR PRESIDENT THAT THIS IS NOT A CHRISTIAN NATION AND I WILL NOT DEBATE THAT. MAYBE WE'RE NOT. BUT I KNOW HOW THE NATION WAS FOUNDED. AND I KNOW ENOUGH HISTORY. AND THERE ARE SO MANY WONDERFUL BOOKS. THIS IS ANOTHER ONE BY WILLIAM FEDERER, "AMERICANS, GOD AND COUNTRY" AND I HAVE READ ALL THE THINGS THAT I'M ABOUT TO ENTER INTO HERE IN DIFFERENT AREAS AS I STUDIED HISTORY AS A HISTORY MAJOR, BUT FEDERALER -- FEDERER HAS PUT THESE TOGETHER TO I WILL UME ATE HOW WE GOT STARTED. GOING BACK TO JULY OF 1776, HOPEFULLY, MOST PEOPLE IN AMERICA WOULD KNOW JULY OF 1776 IS WHEN THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE WAS SIGNED. BUT IN JULY OF 1776, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WAS APPOINTED PART OF A COMMITTEE TO DRAFT A SEAL FOR THE NEWLY UNITED STATES, WHICH WOULD CHARACTERIZE THE SPIRIT OF THE NATION. NOW, THIS WAS NOT ADOPTED, BUT THIS WAS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN'S PROPOSAL. HE PROPOSED -- AND THIS IS A QUOTE, MOSES LIFTING UP HIS WAND AND DIVIDING THE RED SEA AND PHARAOH IN HIS CHAR YOT OVERWHELMED WITH THE WATERS, WITH THIS MOTTO, QUOTE, REBELION TO TYRANTS IS OBEDIENCE TO GOD, UNQUOTE. THAT WAS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN'S PROPOSAL FOR OUR NATIONAL SALE. AND -- SEAL. AND WHAT WE HAD, TWO-SIDED SEAL IS REFLECTED ON THE BACK OF EVERY DOLLAR BILL. ON THE ONE SIDE, THE EAGLE WITH THE RIBBON THROUGH HIS MOUTH WITH THE LATIN WORDS, OUT OF MANY, ONE. WE COME FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, IMMIGRANTS, LOVING IMMIGRATION, IMMIGRANTS COME FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, COME HERE TO THE UNITED STATES AND BECOME ONE, ONE IN LANGUAGE, ONE INTRAADDITION, ONE IN OUR HISTORY, ONE STRONG AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE INTENT WAS BACK THEN AS THEY CAME FROM ALL AREAS OF THE WORLD THAT THERE WOULD BE NO DIVIDED AMERICANS, WHETHER YOU CAME HERE FROM EUROPE, AFRICA, ASIA, YOU CAME HERE AND YOU WERE NO LONGER AFRICAN, EUROPEAN, ASIAN, SOUTH AMERICAN, YOU WERE AMERICAN. YOU WERE BROTHERS AND SISTERS TOGETHER IN THIS LAND. AND ALTHOUGH YOU CELEBRATE TRADITION, YOUR RICH CULTURE FROM WHEREVER YOUR IMMIGRANT ANCESTORS CAME FROM, STILL YOU WOULD BE HERE AND BECOME ONE PEOPLE. WELL, IN A LETTER THAT BEN FRANKLIN WROTE IN MARCH OF 1778, BEN FRANKLIN IS ATTRIBUTED WITH THIS WRITING, QUOTE, WHOEVER SHALL INTRODUCE IN THE PUBLIC AREA FAIRS THE PRINCIPLES OF PRESUMPTIVE CRIST TANITY WILL CHANGE THE FACE OF THE WORLD, UNQUOTE. ANOTHER QUOTE FROM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WAS, A BIBLE AND A NEWSPAPER IN EVERY HOUSE, A GOOD SCHOOL IN EVERY DISTRICT, ALL STUDIED AND APPRECIATED AS THEY MERIT ARE THE PRINCIPAL SUPPORT OF VIRTUE, MORALITY AND CIVIL LIBERTY. AND BEN FRANKLIN'S PAMPHLET ENTITLED "INFORMATION TO THOSE WHO WOULD MOVE TO AMERICA" WHICH WAS WRITTEN TO EUROPEANS WHO WERE CONSIDERING THE MOVE TO AMERICA OR INTENDING TO SEND THEIR YOUNG PEOPLE TO SEEK THEIR FORTUNE IN THIS LAND OF OPPORTUNITY, BEN FRANKLIN WROTE THE FOLLOWING, QUOTE, HENCE BAD EXAMPLES TOLL YOUTH ARE MORE RARE IN AMERICA, WHICH MUST BE A COMFORTABLE CONSIDERATION TO PARENTS. TO THIS MAY BE TRULY ADDED THAT SERIOUS RELIGION UNDER ITS VARIOUS DENOMINATIONS IS NOT ONLY TOLERATED, BUT RESPECTED AND PRACTICED. BEN FRANKLIN WENT ON TO SAY, QUOTE, ATHEISM, INFIDELITY, RARE AND SECRET. SO THAT PERSONS MAY LIVE TO A GREAT AGE IN THAT COUNTRY WITHOUT HAVING THEIR PIETY SHOT WITH EITHER MEETING WITH AN ATHEIST OR INFIDEL. AND THE DEFINE BEING SEEMS TO HAVE MANIFESTED THE MUTUAL FOREBEARANCE AND KINDNESS WITH WHICH THE DIFFERENT SEX TREAT EACH OTHER WITH THE REMARKABLE PROSPERITY WHICH HE HAS BEEN PLEASED TO FAVOR THE WHOLE COUNTRY, UNQUOTE. BEN FRANKLIN. HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE SECTS AND DENOMINATIONS, THEY WERE CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS HE WAS TALKING ABOUT. IN A LETTER, BEN FRANKLIN WROTE THIS, QUOTE, I'M NOW ENTERING IN MY 78TH YEAR, IF I LIVE TO SEE THIS PEACE CONCLUDED, I SHALL BEG LEAVE TO REMIND THE CONGRESS OF THEIR PROMISE THEN TO DISMISS ME. I SHALL BE HAPPY TO SING WITH OLD SIMIAN, QUOTE, LET OUR SERVANT DEPART IN PEACE FOR MY EYES HAVE SEEN THY SALVATION, UNQUOTE. IN ANOTHER LETTER THAT BEN FRANKLIN WROTE APRIL 17, 1787, HE SAID, QUOTE, ONLY A VIRT YOUOUS PEOPLE ARE CAPABLE OF FREEDOM AS NATIONS BECOME CORRUPT AND VICIOUS, THEY HAVE MORE NEED OF MASTERS, END QUOTE. THEN ON JUNE 28, 1787, BEN FRANKLIN DELIVERED A POWERFUL SPEECH TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONSTITUTION WHICH WAS IN A BITTER DEBATE OVER HOW EACH STATE WAS TO BE REPRESENTED IN THE NEW GOVERNMENT. THE HOSTILE FEELINGS CREATED BY THE SMALLER STATES BEING PITTED AGAINST THE LARGER STATES WAS SO BITTER THAT SOME DELEGATES ACTUALLY LEFT THE CONVENTION. BEN FRANKLIN, BEING THE PRESIDENT AND ZPWOFFER OF PENNSYLVANIA HOSTED THE REST OF THE 55 DELEGATES ATTENDING THE CONVENTION. BEING THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE CONVENTION AT 81 YEARS OF AGE, HE COMMANDED THE RESPECT OF ALL PRESENT. AND AS RECORDED IN JAMES MADISON'S DETAILED RECORDS, HE ROSE TO SPEAK IN THIS MOMENT OF CRISIS. THIS IS FROM THE BOOK, BUT THIS SPEECH THAT BEN FRANKLIN GAVE IN 1787 AT THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION TRULY WAS GIVEN AT A MOMENT IN CRISIS. IT HAD BEEN GOING FOR FIVE WEEKS AND NOTHING BUT ANGER AND BITTERNESS HAD PERSISTED IN THE CONVENTION. THEY WERE NO WHERE CLOSE TO COMING TO AGREEMENT ON ANYTHING, MUCH LESS A CONSTITUTION. NOW I WAS TAUGHT IN SCHOOL THAT BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WAS A DIEST THAT HE BELIEVED SOME POWER, SOMETHING, CREATED THE UNIVERSE, CREATED THE NATURE THAT WE HAVE COME TO KNOW AND THEN STEPS BACK AND NEVER INTERSEEDS AND NEVER DOES ANYTHING TO DEAL WITH THE WAYS OF MAN. YET, WHEN YOU READ HIS OWN WORDS, YOU READ LETTERS HE WROTE, THINGS HE SAID THAT'S QUITE CLEAR, A DIEST HE WAS NOT. HE WAS TWO YEARS AWAY FROM MEETING HIS MAKER AND SUFFERING FROM GOUT. AS THE SENIOR DELEGATE, GOVERNOR, PRESIDENT, WHATEVER YOU WISH TO CALL HIM AT THE CONVENTION AND CONSIDERED THE HOST, HE STILL HAD TO BE HELPED IN. HE WAS NOT DOING WELL PHYSICALLY, BUT MENTALLY, HE WAS SHARP AS EVER. HIS WITNESS WAS AMAZING AS EVER. -- HIS WITT WAS AMAZING AS EVER AND THIS IS THE SPEECH HE GAVE IN THIS TIME OF CRITICAL CRISIS IN THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION IN 1787. HE WAS ADDRESSING THE PRESIDENT OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION, PRESIDENT WASHINGTON, NOT PRESIDENT OF THE COUNTRY YET, BECAUSE THERE WAS NO CONSTITUTION AND NO PRESIDENT UNDER THAT, BUT HE SAID, MR. PRESIDENT, THE SMALL PROGRESS WE HAVE MADE AFTER FOUR OR FIVE WEEKS, CLOSE ATTENDANCE AND CONTINUAL REASONINGS WITH EACH OTHER OUR DIFFERENT SENTMENTS ON ALMOST EVERY QUESTION, SEVERAL OF THE LAST PRODUCING MANY NOS AS YEAS THINKS THERE IS PROOF OF THE I AM PERFECTION OF THE HUMAN UNDERSTANDING. WE SEEM TO FEEL OUR UNWANT OF POLITICAL WISDOM, SINCE WE HAVE BEEN RUNNING ABOUT IN SEARCH OF IT. WE HAVE GONE BACK TO ANCIENT HISTORY FOR MODERN GOVERNMENT AND EXAMINED THE FORM OF ANCIENT GOVERNMENT WHICH IS HAVING BEEN FORMED WITH THE SEEDS OF THEIR OWN DISSOLUTION NOW NO LONGER EXIST. AND WE VIEWED MODERN STATES ALL AROUND EUROPE BUT FIND NONE OF THEIR CONSTITUTIONS SUITABLE TO OUR CIRCUMSTANCES. IN THIS SITUATION, OF THIS ASSEMBLY, GROPING, AS IT WERE, IN THE DARK TO FIND POLITICAL TRUTH AND SCARCE ABLE TO DELISH IT WHEN PRESENTED TO US, HOW HAS IT HAPPENED, SIR, THAT WE HAVE NOT HITHERTO ONCE THOUGHT OF HUMBLY APPLYING TO THE FATHER OF LIGHTS TO ILLUMINATE OUR UNDERSTANDING? IN THE BEGINNING CONTEST WITH GREAT BRITAIN, WHEN WE WERE SENSIBLE OF DANGER, WE HAD DAILY PRAYER IN THIS ROOM FOR DIVINE PROTECTION. OUR PRAYERS, SIR, WERE HEARD AND THEY WERE GRACIOUSLY ANSWERED. ALL OF US WHO WERE ENGAGED IN THE STRUG. MUST HAVE OBSERVED FREQUENT INSTANCES OF A SUPERINTENDENTING PROVIDENCE IN OUR FAVOR. TO THAT KIND PROVIDENCE WE OWE THIS HAPPY OPPORTUNITY OF CONSULTING IN PEACE ON THE MEANINGS OF ESTABLISHING OUR FUTURE NATIONAL FELICITY. AND HAVE WE NOW FORGOTTEN THAT POWERFUL FRIEND, OR DO WE IMAGINE WE NO LONGER NEED HIS ASSISTANCE? BEN FRANKLIN GOES ON AND SAYS, I HAVE LIVED, SIR A LONG TIME AND THE LONGER I LIVE, THE MORE CONVINCING PROOFS I SEE OF THIS TRUTH, GOD GOVERNS IN THE AFFAIRS OF MEN. IF A SPARROW CANNOT FALL TO THE GROUND WITHOUT HIS NOTICE, IS IT POSSIBLE THAT AN EMPIRE COULD RISE WITHOUT HIS AID? WE'VE BEEN ASSURED, SIR, IN THE SACRED WRITINGS THAT, QUOTE, EXCEPT THE LORD BUILD A HOUSE, THEY LABOR IN VAIN THAT BUILD IT. UNQUOTE. FRANKLIN THEN SAYS, FIRMLY BELIEVE THIS, HE SAID, I ALSO BELIEVE THAT WITHOUT HIS CONCURRING AID WE SHALL SUCCEED IN THIS POLITICAL BUILDING NO BETTER THAN THE BUILDERS OF BABEL. WE SHALL BE DIVIDED BY A -- BY PARTIAL LOCAL INTERESTS, OUR PROJECTS WILL BE CONFOUNDED AND WE OURSELVES SHALL BE -- SHALL BECOME A REPROACH AND BYWORD DOWN TO FUTURE AGES. AND WHAT IS WORSE, MANKIND MAY HEREAFTER FROM THIS UNFORTUNATE INCIDENCE DESPAIR OF FORMING GOVERNMENTS BY HUMAN WISDOM AND LEAVE IT TO CHANCE. I MOVE THEREFORE THAT HENCEFORTH PRAYERS IMPLORING THE ASSISTANCE OF HEAVEN AND HIS BLESSINGS ON OUR DELIBERATIONS BE HELD IN THIS ASSEMBLY EVERY MORNING BEFORE WE PROCEED TO BUSINESS. AND THAT ONE OR MORE OF THE CLERGY OF THIS CITY BE REQUESTED TO EFFICIENT IN THAT SERVICE. -- TO OFFICIATE IN THAT SERVICE. FRANKLIN SAT TOWN. -- SAT DOWN. THERE ARE NOTES THE RESPONSE TO THE SPEECH BY BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, WAS REPORTED BY DELEGATE JONATHAN DAYTON OF NEW JERSEY HE WROTE THESE WORDS, QUOTE, WHEN HE SAYS THE DOCTOR, HE'S TALKING ABOUT BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, AS SOME AFFECTIONATELY CALLED HIM. DAYTON SAID, QUOTE, THE DOCTOR SAT DOWN, AND NEVER DID I BEHOLD A COUNTENANCE AT ONCE SO DIGNIFIED AND DELIGHTED AS WAS THAT OF WASHINGTON AT THE CLOSE OF THE ADDRESS, NOR WITH THE MEMBERS OF THE CONVENTION, GENERAL -- NOR WERE THE MEMBERS OF THE CONVENTION GENERALLYLESS AFFECT. THE WORDS OF THE VENERABLE FRANKLIN FELL ON OUR EARS WITH A WEIGHT AND AUTHORITY EVEN GREATER THAN WE MAY SUPPOSE AN ORACLE TO HAVE HAD IN THE ROMAN SENATE. UNQUOTE. FOLLOWING FRANKLIN'S HISTORICAL ADDRESS, JAMES MADISON MOVED, SECONDED BY ROGER SHERMAN OF CONNECTICUT, THAT DR. FRANKLIN'S APPEAL FOR PRAYER BE ENACTED. EDMUND JENNINGS RANDOLPH OF VIRGINIA FURTHER MOVED WITH THESE WORDS, QUOTE, THAT AER IS MONTH BE PREACHED AT THE REQUEST -- THAT A SERMON BE PREACHED AT THE REQUEST OF THE CONVENTION ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, THE ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE, AND THENCEFORWARD, PRAYERS BE USED IN YE CONVENTION ARE EVERY MORNING, UNQUOTE. THE CLERGY OF WASHINGTON RESPONDED TO THIS REQUEST -- ACTUALLY, THAT WAS PHILADELPHIA. RESPONDED TO THIS REQUEST AND AFFECTED A PROFOUND CHANGE IN THE CONVENTION WHEN THEY RECONVENED ON JULY 2, 1787, AND JONATHAN DAYTON, AGAIN RECORDS THESE WORDS, QUOTE, WE RE-- WE ASSEMBLED AGAIN AND EVERY UNFRIENDLY FEELING HAD BEEN EXPELLED. IN A SPIRIT OF CONCILIATION HAD BEEN CULTIVATED, UNQUOTE. ON JULY 4, THE ENTIRE CONVENTION ASSEMBLED IN THE REFORM CALVINISTIC CHURCH ACCORDING TO THE PROPOSAL BY EDMUND JENNINGS RANDOLPH OF VIRGINIA, AND HEARD A SERMON BY REVEREND WILLIAM ROGERS. HIS PRAYER REFLECTED THE HEARTS OF THE DELEGATES FOLLOWING FRANKLIN'S ADMONITION. THESE ARE HIS WORDS. QUOTE, WE FERVENTLY RECOMMEND TO THE FATHERLY NOTICE OUR FEDERAL CONVENTION, FAVOR THEM FROM DAY TO DAY WITH THY INSPIRING PRESENCE, FEED THEIR -- BE THEIR WISDOM AND STRENGTH, ENABLE THEM TO DEVISE SUCH MEASURES AS MAY PROVE HAPPY INSTRUMENTS IN HEALING ALL DIVISIONS AND PROVE THE GOOD OF THE GREAT WHOLE THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA MAY FORM ONE EXAMPLE OF A FREE AND VIRTUOUS GOVERNMENT. MAY WE CONTINUE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF REPUBLICAN VIRTUE -- AND THAT'S WITH A LITTLE R, NOT THIS REPUBLICAN PARTY TO PROTECT -- PARTAKE OF ALL THE BLESSINGS OF CULTIVATED AND CHRISTIAN SOCIETY. WITH THAT PRAYER, REVEREND WILLIAM JENNINGS CONCLUDED AS REQUESTED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, EDMUND JENNINGS RANDOLPH, AS A RESULT OF FRANKLIN'S SPEECH, AS A RESULT OF FOLLOWING THROUGH ON FRANKLIN'S REQUEST TO BEGIN WITH PRAYER, AS PHYSICAL LOWED BY RANDOLPH'S REQUEST FOR A SERMON AND ENDING WITH A POWERFUL PRAYER, WE GOT A CONSTITUTION. ALTHOUGH IT'S CERTAINLY IGNORED AROUND THIS TOWN SO OFTEN THAT EVEN BY THE SUPREME COURT AS THEY DID WHEN THEY IGNORED THE BANKRUPTCY LAW AND THE CONSTITUTION TO ALLOW THE TRAVESTY OF THE G.M. AND CHRYSLER DEBACLE TO BECOME LAW AS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND ILLEGAL AS IT WAS. WE STILL HAVEN'T -- WE STILL HAVE A CONSTITUTION WE HAVE GOT TO GET BACK TO. WE STILL HAVE A SITUATION THAT FRANKLIN NOTED THAT SO MANY IN OUR EARLY DAYS NOTED, CAN SUSTAIN US IF WE CONTINUE WITH A PRAYER, AS FRANKLIN SAW, AS IF WE CONTINUE TO HOLD TO THOSE VALUES ON WHICH THIS NATION WAS FOUNDED, BUT A NATION IN WHICH YOU DESTROY THE FAMILY, DESTROY THE NUCLEAR FAMILY, YOU'VE DESTROYED THE BUILDING BLOCK FOR ANY GREAT, TRULY GREAT SOCIETY, THAT'S BEEN BROKEN DOWN. YOU ENSLAVE PEOPLE BASICALLY OR MAKE THEM INDENTURED SERVANTS BY DOLING OUT MONEY FROM WASHINGTON, LEUERING YOUNG PEOPLE INTO RUTS FROM WHICH THEY CAN NEVER RISE, IT'S DISGRACEFUL. IT'S IMMORAL. THIS CONGRESS, THIS CITY, THIS GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE PROPELLING YOUNG PEOPLE, ENCOURAGING, INVIGORATING, INCENTIVIZING PEOPLE TO REACH THEIR GOD-GIVEN POTENTIAL, FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE, NOT LEUERING THEM INTO RUTS FROM WHICH THEY CAN NEVER ARISE. NOT LEUERING THEM INTO RUTS FROM WHICH THEY CAN -- NOT LEUERING THEM INTO RUTS FROM WHICH THEY CAN ONLY CLAMOR AND BIG FOR MORE HELP FROM WASHINGTON. THEY'RE TO BE EMPOWERED WITH OPPORTUNITY, NOT WITH HANDOUTS BUT WITH OPPORTUNITY TO REACH THEIR OWN GOD-GIVEN POTENTIAL. A MOTHER EAGLE DOES NOT CONTINUE TO FEET FEED HER BABIES INDEFINITELY. THE LITTLE HATCH LINGS ARE NOT -- HATCHLINGS ARE NOT FED FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. THEY'RE NURTURED, THEY'RE TAUGHT, THEN THEY'RE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPREAD THEIR WINGS AND FLY. IT DROVE ME FROM THE BENCH AS A JUDGE TO HAVE SEEN REPEATEDLY WHAT THIS CONGRESS' LAWS HAD DONE TO LURE PEOPLE INTO HOLES AND GIVE THEM NO WAY OUT. THAT WAS NEVER THE INTENTION OF THE FOUNDERS. THAT SHOULD NEVER BE THE INTENTION OF A MORAL SOCIETY. YOU HELP THOSE WHO TRULY CANNOT HELP THEMSELVES BUT FOR THOSE THAT CAN, YOU DON'T KEEP TELLING THEM TO GET IN THE WAGON AND CONTINUE TO MAKE FEWER AND FEWER PEOPLE PULL THE WAGON UNTIL THEY CAN NO LONGER BEAR THE LOAD AND THE WHOLE SYSTEM COLLAPSES OF ITS OWN WEIGHT. YOU CAN'T KEEP DOING THAT. WE'VE DONE SO MUCH DAMAGE TO THIS NATION, $1.6 TRILLION DEFICIT LAST YEAR, $1.3 TRILLION PROJECTED FOR THIS YEAR. $3 TRILLION IN TWO YEARS. INCREDIBLE. DO PEOPLE NOT KNOW, EVEN MODERN HISTORY? THE SOVIET UNION DIDN'T EVEN SPEND THAT KIND OF EQUIVALENT BUT THEY SPENT QUICKLY ENOUGH TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH OUR DEFENSIVE POSTURE THROUGH THE DEFENSE SYSTEM AND WITH THEIR OWN SOCIALISTIC PROGRAMS, THEY COULD NOT GET ANYONE TO LOAN THEM MORE MONEY. DOES THAT SOUND FAMILIAR? WE'RE HAVING TO BUY OUR OWN DEBT -- WE'RE NOT HAVING TO WE JUST WON'T QUIT SPENDING. IT'S IMMORAL. IT'S SO IRRESPONSIBLE. AND I HEAR PEOPLE SAYING, BUT IT'S JUST SO HARD TO MAKE THESE DIFFICULT CUTS. IT ISN'T. AS A FRESHMAN HERE IN 2005 AND 2006, STANDING ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE, I HEARD PEOPLE RIGHTFULLY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SAYING, YOU GUYS ARE RUNNING A DEFICIT BUDGET. BETWEEN $100 BILLION AND $200 BILLION. THAT'S IRRESPONSIBLE. AND THE DEMOCRATS WHO SAID THAT WERE RIGHT. WE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN RUNNING A DEFICIT BUDGET IN 2005 AND 2006. IT WAS IRRESPONSIBLE. IT NEEDED TO STOP. FRIENDS ON THAT SIDE OF THE AISLE SAID YOU PUT US IN THE MAJORITY, WE'LL END THIS CRAZY SPENDING IN SUCH A DEFICIT FORM. AND YET WHEN THE GAVEL WAS HANDED TO SPEAKER PELOSI, IN JANUARY OF 2007, WHAT WE BEGAN TO EXPERIENCE WAS SPENDING LIKE THIS NATION HAS NEVER KNOWN UNTIL JANUARY OF 2009 WHEN THE SPENDING WENT ON STEROIDS AND INSTEAD OF HAVING A $100 BILLION TO $200 BILLION DEFICIT IN ONE YEAR, WE WENT TO HAVING NEARLY -- BETWEEN A $1 TRILLION AND $2 TRILLION DEFICIT IN ONE YEAR. HOW LONG BEFORE WE FACE THE SAME CONSEQUENCE THAT THE SOVIET UNION FACED WHEN COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD SAID, LOOK, WE HAVE BEEN WARNING YOU THAT IF YOU DIDN'T GET YOUR SPENDING UNDER CONTROL, WE WOULDN'T LOAN YOU ANY MORE MONEY. WE WON'T. WE'RE DONE. YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN. AND THEN THE NATION REALIZES, YOU CAN'T PRINT ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY YOUR WAY OUT OF THE DEBT THE SOVIET UNION HAD CREATED AND THE VERY KIND OF DEBT WE'RE CREATING NOW. SO THEY HAD TO ANNOUNCE, WE'RE OUT OF BUSINESS. THE STATES WERE ON THEIR OWN. IT CAN HAPPEN HERE. IT'S GOT TO STOP. AND IT'S NOT THAT HARD. ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS GO BACK TO THE BUDGET OF 2006 OR EVEN 2007, THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS CREATED. AND SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, WE AS DEMOCRATS CONDEMNED THE REPUBLICANS FOR SPENDING TOO MUCH IN THE 2006-2007 BUDGET, AND SO LET'S GO BACK TO THAT BUDGET. WE CONDEMN THEM FOR SPENDING TOO MUCH IN 2006 AND 2007, LET'S GO BACK TO THAT BUDGET. LET'S USE THAT BUDGET. AND LET'S STOP THESE AUTOMATIC INCREASES EVERY YEAR. YEAR. I HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THAT BILL EVERY CONGRESS. IT'S TIME IT PASSED. I BROUGHT IT TO THE ATTENTION OF OUR LEADERS IN 2006, IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY OF 2006, YET NO ACTION WAS TAKEN BY THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS AND OBVIOUSLY THE LAST TWO DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSES HAVE HAD A SERO-BASED LINE BUDGET BILL. GO BACK TO 2006 AND 2007, NO AUTOMATIC INCREASES. WE GET SPENDING UNDER CONTROL AND WE TAKE CARE OF OUR INDEBTEDNESS AND STILL STRONG AND EVEN STRONGER. AND THEN WE SEND A MESSAGE LOUD AND CLEAR AND I HOPE SPEAKER BOEHNER DOES, INVITE PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU AND ADDRESS A JOINT SESSION SO BOTH SIDES CAN SEE STANDING AND APPLAUDING THE LEADER OF OUR GREAT FRIEND AND ALLY IN THE MIDDLE EAST, ISRAEL. LET THE NATION SEE THAT AND THEN THAT SYMBOLISM BE FOLLOWED BY ACTION WHERE WE DON'T REWARD OUR ENEMIES AND THE ENEMIES OF OUR DEAR FRIEND ISRAEL AND WE DON'T PUNISH OUR DEAR FRIENDS AND DEAR ALLIES. IF YOU ARE OUR FRIEND AND ALLY, WE WORK WITH YOU. IF NOT, YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN. WE AREN'T GOING TO CONTINUE PROPPING UP COUNTRIES THAT HATE US. THERE ARE SO MANY LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM HISTORY, BOTH OF OUR OWN NATION AND FOREIGN AND CURRENT HISTORY. AND MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON US IF WE DO NOT LEARN THOSE LESSONS. AND WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR A MOTION.

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    MR. GOHMERT

    I MOVE THAT WE DO NOW ADJOURN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE YEAS HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS AGREED

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115th Congress - House
Total Hours: 1270 (After 530 days)
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