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House Session - December 7, 2010
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  • 12:31:56 PM

    MRS. MILLER

    SINCE WIKILEAKS HAS BEGUN RELEASING TOP-SECRET INFORMATION THAT WAS…

    SINCE WIKILEAKS HAS BEGUN RELEASING TOP-SECRET INFORMATION THAT WAS OBTAINED ILLEGALLY, THERE HAS BEEN A DEBATE OF HOW OUR NATION SHOULD RESPOND TO THIS. I BELIEVE THE -- IT SHOULD BE TREATED AS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION. . WELL, CONSIDER FOR A MOMENT BY THE FOUNDER OF WIKILEAKS WHICH SHOWS EXACTLY WHAT HE IS, A TERRORIST. HE HAS SPREAD ACROSS THE WORLD AN ENCRYPTED DOCUMENT WHICH HE CLAIMS HAS EVEN MORE VITAL NATIONAL SECRETS THAT HE'S GOING TO RELEASE. AND HE CALLS THESE FILES HIS INSURANCE FILES AND HE'S THREATENED TO RELEASE THIS INFORMATION IF HE'S CAPTURED OR IF HE'S CHARGED WITH ANY VIOLATION OF LAW. THOSE, MR. SPEAKER, ARE NOT THE ACTIONS OF A JOURNALIST. THOSE ARE THE ACTIONS OF A TERRORIST. EVEN PRESIDENT CLINTON RECENTLY SAID THAT LIFE WILL BE LOST BECAUSE OF THE RELEASE OF THIS INFORMATION, BUT STILL, MR. SPEAKER, WE STILL HAVE NOT HEARD ANYTHING ON THIS ISSUE FROM OUR CURRENT COMMANDER IN CHIEF, PRESIDENT OBAMA. THE SILENCE FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA, OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF, IS ABSOLUTELY BAFFLING. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:33:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. YARMUTH, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. YARMUTH, FOR FIVE MINUTES. .

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  • 12:33:37 PM

    MR. YARMUTH

    MR. SPEAKER, THERE WAS A TIME THAT THE GORGEOUS WATERFRONT PARK IN MY…

    MR. SPEAKER, THERE WAS A TIME THAT THE GORGEOUS WATERFRONT PARK IN MY HOMETOWN OF LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, WAS A JUNKYARD. IT WAS A TIME JUST 25 YEARS AGO IF YOU FOUND YOURSELF DOWNTOWN AFTER DARK YOU WERE EITHER WORKING LATE OR LOST. THIS WAS A TIME, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THAT THE LOUISVILLE SLUGGER WAS IN INDIANA. YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP. NO, THESE DAYS IT'S HARD TO PICTURE LOUISVILLE BEFORE 1985. HARD TO BELIEVE HOW MUCH HAS CHANGED IN THE LAST QUARTER CENTURY. HARD TO IMAGINE LOUISVILLE WITHOUT THE MAYOR. YOU KNOW, JANUARY 3, 2011, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WILL BE WHEN WE SAY GOODBYE WITH GRATITUDE TO THE MAN FOR WHOM THE TITLE MAYOR FOR LIFE PROVED JUST A LITTLE TOO OPTIMISTIC. DON'T GET ME WRONG. WITH OUR DIVERSE AND STORIED NEIGHBORHOODS ALONG WITH OUR HARDWORKING COMMUNITY ORIENTED FAMILIES, THE DERBY CITY, THE TOWN OF MOHAMMED ALI, HAS LONG BEEN A SOURCE OF PRIDE. IF YOU COULD HAVE DREAMED IT WOULD BE A WORLD CLASS 21ST CENTURY CITY IT HAS BECOME. %%%. AM, BUT IN REALITY TARP IS NOT DEAD. AND AMERICAN TAXPAYERS STILL FACE A DAUNTING ECONOMIC RECOVERY WITH THE FEDERAL RESERVE NOW DOWNGRADING THEIR -- AS IT SIMULTANEOUSLY ENGAGES IN A DANGEROUS QUANTITATIVE EASING PLAN WHICH IS A MONETARY POLICY USED TO INCREASE THE MONEY SUPPLY BY SIMPLY BUYING UP GOVERNMENT SECURITIES. THIS COULD FURTHER DAMAGE OUR FINANCIAL RECOVERY. . THE SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE TARP, WHICH IS CALLED SIG TARP, QUOTE, REMAINS VERY MUCH ALIVE, END QUOTE. IN FACT, HIS REPORT STATES, QUOTE, AS OF OCTOBER 3, $180 BILLION IN TARP FUNDS WERE STILL OUTSTANDING. AND ALTOGETHER NO NEW TARP OPERATIONS CAN BE MADE. MONEY ALREADY GLATED TO OTHER PROGRAMS -- OBLIGATED TO OTHER PROGRAMS MAY STILL BE EXTENDED. DIVIDENDS REMAIN OUTSTANDING AND UNPAID. THIS IS MONEY THAT IS OWED TO THE TAXPAYERS. THE NOVEMBER REPORT ALSO CRITICIZED TREASURY'S TARP PROGRAM FOR FAILING TO SAVE HOMEOWNERS FROM FORECLOSURE. OUT OF THE $1.7 MILLION AMERICAN HOMES THAT HAVE BEEN FORECLOSED ON JANUARY -- SINCE JANUARY, 2009, TARP HAS ONLY SUPPORTED A LITTLE OVER 200,000 PERMANENT -- NOW, THAT'S LESS THAN 12% -- OF THE MORTGAGE MODIFICATION. DISSERVINGLY, THE REPORT ALSO INDICATES THAT TREASURY CONCEALED $40 BILLION IN TAXPAYERS' LOSSES ON THE A.I.G. BAILOUT BY CHANGING ITS VALUATION METHOD. OUR UNITED STATES TREASURY IS NOW SAYING THAT TAXPAYERS WILL ONLY LOSE $5 BILLION ON A.I.G. WHEN IT PREVIOUSLY STATED THAT TAXPAYERS WOULD LOSE $45 BILLION. MR. SPEAKER, THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT SEEMS INCLINED TO PAINT AN ARTIFICIAL PICTURE OF TAXPAYERS' LOSSES AND CLEARLY SHOWS THE BALLPARKS ISN'T BEING STRAIGHTRD -- THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ISN'T BEING STRAIGHTFORWARD. ON NOVEMBER 3, THE FED ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL PURCHASE $600 BILLION IN GOVERNMENT DEBT, TREASURIES, OVER THE NEXT EIGHT MONTHS, INITIATING THE SECOND ROUND OF QUAN STAY TIF EASING. -- QUAN TATIVE EASING. THEY -- QUANTITATIVE EASING. QUANTITATIVE EASING IS A DANGEROUS GAMBLE AND IN MANY WAYS IS AKIN TO THE CREATION OF SIMPLY ANOTHER TARP PROGRAM. BUT WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL AND WITHOUT TRANSPARENCY FOR AMERICAN TAXPAYERS. WITH THIS Q-2, THE SECOND ROUND OF QUANTITATIVE EASING, OUR NATION'S CENTRAL BANK WILL BECOME THE LARGEST HOLDER OF THE NATIONAL DEBT IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. THE FED ALREADY HOLDS $834 BILLION OF TREASURY, AND IS ON PACE TO HAVE OVER $1 TRILLION IN TREASURIES BY AUGUST, 2011. THAT'S MORE THAN CHINA, JAPAN OR ANY OTHER FOREIGN CREDITOR. THE PRINTING OF NEW MONEY AS A WAY TO DEAL WITH OUR ECONOMIC ISSUES IS JUST AS WORRYSOME AND MISGUIDED AS THE CREATION OF THE TARP PROGRAM. THE FED'S Q.E.T. PROGRAM COULD LEAD TO TRADE DISPUTES TO OTHER COUNTRIES. IT COULD LEAD BOND TRADERS TO BELIEVE THAT INFLATION WILL RUN WILD AND THEY COULD THEN THEMSELVES DERAIL THE FED'S EFFORTS BY PUSHING RATES EVEN HIGHER. IT COULD ALSO CREATE BUBBLES AS HEDGE FUNDS AND OTHER SPECULATORS BORROW CHEAPLY AND MAKE EVEN BIGGER BETS ON STOCKS AND COMMODITIES. THE TWO COSTS OF TARPS ARE NOT KNOWN. AS ARE THE DANGEROUS MONETARY POLICY THE FED IT PURSUING. EVEN IN THE IMPROBABLE EVENT THAT THE TARP PROGRAM WILL RECOVER ALL OF ITS FUNDS, AMERICAN TAXPAYERS WILL CONTINUE TO BEAR THE COST OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S DEMONSTRATION THAT CERTAIN FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE JUST TOO BIG TO FAIL AND LIKEWISE THE COST TO THE ECONOMY ARE THE FED'S SECOND ROUND OF QUANTITATIVE EASING WILL BE UNKNOWN AS THE FED CONTINUES TO OPERATE BEHIND A VEIL OF SECRECY. THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS ARE ONLY FINDING OUT ABOUT THE FED WHERE IT SPENT OVER $3.3 TRILLION IN EMERGENCY PROGRAMS PROPPING UP BANKS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ALL OVER THE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, THE INCOMING NEW REPUBLICAN MAJORITY, WHICH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE RESOUNDINGLY VOTED IN ON NOVEMBER 2, IS POISED TO TAKE CONTROL OF OUR DISASTROUS ECONOMIC SITUATION BY DRAMATICALLY REDUCING FEDERAL SPENDING AND CREATING JOBS THROUGH THE ELIMINATION OF THIS ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY THAT EXISTS TODAY AND IMPLEMENTING PRO-BUSINESS POLICIES. WE ARE COMMITTED TO REDUCING THE COST OF GOVERNMENT AND THE PROLIFERATION OF BURDENSOME REGULATIONS AND WE WILL USHER IN AN AREA OF GROWTH THAT BENEFITS ALL AMERICANS.

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  • 12:44:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. FRANK, FOR FIVE MINUTES. .

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  • 12:44:11 PM

    MR. FRANK

    MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE PROCEEDING TO THE TOPIC I PLAN TO DISCUSS, I DO HAVE…

    MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE PROCEEDING TO THE TOPIC I PLAN TO DISCUSS, I DO HAVE TO COMMENT ON THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. IT'S STRIKING TO WHICH REPUBLICANS ARE SIDING WITH THE CENTRAL BANK OF CHINA AND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT AND OBJECTING TO AMERICAN FEDERAL RESERVE ACTIONS TAKEN IN OUR SELF-DEFENSE. THERE WAS SOME DEBATE WHAT THE FED IS DOING. THIS COULD LEAD TO TRADE DISPUTES WITH OTHER NATIONS BECAUSE OF THE AFFECT ON OUR CURRENCY. YES, THE NATION MAKING THE ARGUMENT IS CHINA WHICH UNDERVALUES ITS CURRENCY AND IS OBJECTING BECAUSE OF A POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECT WHAT THE FED IS DOING TO STIMULATE EMPLOYMENT COULD BE TO REDUCE OUR CURRENCY VIS-A-VIS THEIRS. THIS NOTION THAT TAKING THE SIDE OF THESE OTHER COUNTRIES IN TRADE DISPUTES, GIVEN THE EXTENT TO WHICH MANY OF THEM HAVE UNFAIRLY ABUSED TRADE RULES SEEMS TO ME QUITE SHOCKING AND I'M CONTINUALLY SURPRISED THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SIDE WITH CHINA, WITH GERMANY AND WITH OTHER FOREIGN CENTRAL BANKS IN THEIR CRIT SIMPLE OF THE FED BECAUSE -- CRITICISM OF THE FED BECAUSE OF THE EFFECT IT COULD HAVE ON OUR CURRENCY. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE CENSURE OF OUR COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, MR. RANGEL, BECAUSE I VOTED FOR A RESOLUTION AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE HAD HIM REPRIMANDED. MR. RANGEL DID THINGS HE SHOULD NOT HAVE DONE AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN RECOMMENDRY MANNEDED. I DO NOT BELIEVE, HOWEVER, THAT THEY ROSE TO THE VERY SEVERE LEVEL OF CENSURE. IN MY MIND, A REPRIMAND IS THE HOUSE TELLING A MEMBER THAT HE OR SHE HAS DONE THINGS THAT WERE WRONG. BUT WHEN YOU GET TO CENSURE, IF YOU LOOK AT THE HISTORICAL PRECEDENCE HERE, YOU GO BEYOND SIMPLE BAD ACTS. YOU TALK ABOUT A SERIOUS CHARACTER DEFECT. YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT SOMEONE WHO IS A BAD PERSON. THE ETHICS COMMITTEE ITSELF SAID THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. RANGEL, WAS NOT TRYING TO ENRICH HIMSELF. HE WAS CARELESS, HE WAS SLOPPY, HE WAS TOO ZEALOUS IN TRYING TO GET MONEY AT A PUBLIC UNIVERSITY FOR A CENTER IN HIS NAME, BUT IT WAS NOT TO HIM PERSONALLY, FINANCIALLY. SO I DO AGREE HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN REPRIMANDED. GIVEN THAT HE WAS NOT ENRITCHING HIMSELF HE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CENSURE. I HONOR THE MEMBERS OF THE ETHICS COMMITTEE. THEY DO A VERY DIFFICULT JOB. THEY WERE FAIR WITH THE PROCEDURES. I HONOR THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA. HE SAID IF MR. RANGEL HAD COMPORTED HIM SELF-DIFFERENTLY -- GO BACK AND LOOK AT THIS -- HE MIGHT HAVE BEEN REPRIMANDED INSTEAD OF CENSURED. THAT'S INAPPROPRIATE. THE PUNISHMENT VOTED FOR BEHAVIOR SHOULD NOT BE AFFECTED BY WHAT GOES BEFORE. BUT THERE'S ANOTHER ELEMENT OF WHAT GOES BEFORE IN THE PROCESS. BUT THERE'S ANOTHER ELEMENT TO THIS THAT I NEED TO ADDRESS. I THINK I'M THE ONLY MEMBER STILL IN THE HOUSE WHO WAS NOT IN FACT REPRIMANDED. I WANT TO DEAL WITH THOSE WHO CONSIDER REPRIMAND A SLAP ON THE WRIST SAYING, WELL, A REPRIMAND WAS A NO BIG DEAL. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS A BIG DEAL. I'M VERY PROUD OF MY SERVICE IN THIS HOUSE. I AM ABOUT TO START MY 31ST YEAR OF SERVICE AND I'M VERY PROUD OF THE MANY THINGS I HAVE DONE. BUT REPORTS OF MY SERVICE WILL INCLUDE THE FACT THAT I WAS REPRIMANDED 20 YEARS AGO FOR THINGS THAT WERE DONE 24, 25 YEARS AGO AND THAT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT ANYONE OUGHT TO CONSIDER SIMPLY A SLAP ON THE WRIST. I BEAR THE STIGMA OF BEING REPRIMANDED. I AM ENORMOUSLY PROUD OF SERVING IN THIS BODY THAT EMBODIES DEMOCRACY. IT IS AN ENORMOUS SOURCE OF PRIDE TO ME THAT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF MY CONSTITUENTS CHOOSE ME TO SERVE ON THEIR BEHALF AND TO HAVE MARRED THAT RECORD WHICH I AM GENERALLY PROUD WITH A REPRIMAND MEANS A GREAT DEAL TO ME. SO I WOULD JUST SAY IN SUMMARY THAT GIVEN WHAT MR. RANGEL DID, GIVEN THAT HE DID THINGS HE SHOULD NOT HAVE DONE BUT NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENRICHING HIMSELF. THEY WERE CARELESS, THERE WERE OCCASIONALLY OVERREACHES BUT NOT FOR HIS PERSONAL ENHANCEMENT FINANCIALLY. GIVEN WHAT WE HAVE TRADITIONALLY REPRIMANDED PEOPLE FOR AND WHAT WE HAVE CENSURED PEOPLE FOR, REPRIMANDED WAS THE APPROPRIATE RESPONSE. I VOTED FOR AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE MADE IT REPRIMAND. I DO NOT THINK YOU SHOULD TRIVIALIZE CENSURE BY CENSURING SOMEONE BY ENGAGING IN THE BEHAVIOR THAT MR. RANGEL TOOK PART IN. ALTHOUGH HE'S NOT HERE, I'M SURE THAT FORMER SPEAKER GINGRICH, WHO WAS ALSO REPRIMANDED, WOULD SHARE MY VIEW THAT BEING REPRIMANDED IS NOT A SLAP ON THE WRIST. I DON'T KNOW HOW ANYONE WHO SERVES THE PRIDE THAT I FEEL SERVING IN BODY AND SELECTED BY AMERICAN CITIZENS TO MAKE THE LAWS OF THIS COUNTRY COULD I TRIVIALIZE SOMETHING LIKE REPRIMAND. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:49:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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  • 12:49:28 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    SPEAKER, LAST WEEK THE DEMOCRATS FOUGHT BACK THE DEATH TAX. NOW, THIS…

    SPEAKER, LAST WEEK THE DEMOCRATS FOUGHT BACK THE DEATH TAX. NOW, THIS CALENDAR YEAR THERE HAS BEEN NO ESTATE TAX, AND I GUESS IN SOME WAYS IT WAS THE YEAR TO DIE. BUT ON JANUARY 1 BECAUSE OF THE ACTIONS OF THE HOUSE DEMOCRATS, THE DEATH TAX ROARS BACK AT A RATE OF 55% AFTER THE FIRST $1 MILLION. THAT MEANS THAT YOUR HARES PAY NOTHING ON THE FIRST $1 MILLION YOU LEAVE THEM BUT THEY PAY 55% TAX ON EVERY DOLLAR BEYOND THAT. I TALKED TO A CONSTITUENT RECENTLY WHO SAID HIS FAMILY HAD JUST DURING HIS LIFETIME, HE AND HIS FAMILY HAS BOUGHT THE FAMILY BUSINESS BACK FROM THE GOVERNMENT THREE TIMES. EVERY TIME A GENERATION PASSED AWAY. IN OTHER WORDS, THE HARES HAVE HAD TO ESSENTIALLY BUY BACK THAT FAMILY BUSINESS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. A MILLION DOLLARS SOUNDS LIKE A LOT OF MONEY TO MOST OF US, BUT WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT ACREAGE OR BUILDINGS OR EQUIPMENT HOMES, INVENTORY, EVEN LIVESTOCK IF YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT A FAMILY FARM, IT ISN'T HARD TO EXCEED THE FIRST EXEMPTION. SMALL BUSINESSES CAN EASILY BE PUNISHED BY THIS TAX. WHY IS IT FAIR TO ESECTIONLY ASK PEOPLE TO BUY BACK -- ESECTIONLY -- ESSENTIALLY ASK PEOPLE TO BUY BACK FAMILY FARMS OR BUSINESSES WHICH THEY ALREADY PAID TAXES? I YIELD BACK. PURSUANT DO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL 2:00 P.M.

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  • 12:51:14 PM

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    A SHORT BREAK NOW BEFORE STARTING LEGISLATIVE WORK AT 2:00 P.M. EASTERN. A…

    A SHORT BREAK NOW BEFORE STARTING LEGISLATIVE WORK AT 2:00 P.M. EASTERN. A NUMBER OF BILLS ON THE CALENDAR INCLUDING ONE SUPPORTING RUN AWAY PREVENTION

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  • 02:03:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HER APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE HOUSE MAY BE SEATED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, CONGRESSMAN WILSON.

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  • 02:03:41 PM

    MR. WILSON

    EVERYONE, INCLUDING OUR GUESTS IN THE GALLERY, PLEASE JOIN IN. I PLEDGE…

    EVERYONE, INCLUDING OUR GUESTS IN THE GALLERY, PLEASE JOIN IN. 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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  • 02:03:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTES AND THE HOUSE MAY BE…

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTES AND THE HOUSE MAY BE SEATED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA RISE?

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  • 02:04:10 PM

    MR. WILSON

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

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

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  • 02:04:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SO ORDERED, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:04:18 PM

    MR. WILSON

    BEAUFORD, SOUTH CAROLINA, IS HOME TO THE MARINE CORPS AIR STATION…

    BEAUFORD, SOUTH CAROLINA, IS HOME TO THE MARINE CORPS AIR STATION PROFESSIONALLY COMMANDED BY JOHN SNYDER. IT PLAYS A CRITICAL ROLE IN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY OPERATIONS AND IS HOME TO SIX MARINE SQUADRONS AND ONE NAVY SQUADRON WITH AN ECONOMIC IMPACT OF $600 MILLION ANNUALLY. I HOPE THE FUTURE IS ABOUT TO GROW EVEN BRIGHTER FOR THE TOWN THIS WEEK AS WE ARE OPTIMISTIC THAT THE FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY PROMOTES F-35B SQUADRONS IN THIS GREAT COMMUNITY. IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH SENATOR GRAHAM TO HIGHLIGHT BEAUFORD'S COMMUNITY, CLIMATE AND EXISTING FACILITIES WHICH PROVIDE FOR YEAR-ROUND TRAINING FOR SOLDIERS. BEAUFORD CAN EXPECT TO SEE OVER 1,500 NEW JOBS AND HUNDREDS OF PRIVATE SECTOR HIGH-TECH JOBS AS PROMOTED BY BEAUFORD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THE MILITARY ENHANCEMENT COMMITTEE.

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  • 02:05:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 02:05:29 PM

    MR. WILSON

    I LOOK FORWARD TO EXPANDING THE SOUND OF FREEDOM IN THE LOW COUNTRY.

  • 02:05:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

  • 02:05:36 PM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:05:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:05:49 PM

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    THE NOBEL COMMITTEE WILL BE AWARDED. THE RECIPIENT'S SEAT WILL BE EMPTY…

    THE NOBEL COMMITTEE WILL BE AWARDED. THE RECIPIENT'S SEAT WILL BE EMPTY BECAUSE HE IS IN PRISON FOR PETITIONING HIS GOVERNMENT PEACEFULLY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. I WAS PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE FOR NOMINATING HIM FOR THE PEACE PRIZE AND EVEN NOW THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT IS SENSOR -- CENSORING NEWS OF THIS. SADLY SOME NATIONS HAVE BOWED TO THE WISHES OF THE COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT. I'M SORRY TO HEAR THAT KAZAKHSTAN AND IRAQ WILL NOT SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO THE CEREMONY. THESE NATIONS SHOULD KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO HAVE BASIC RIGHTS DENIED BY THE GOVERNMENT. IT'S NOT TOO LATE. I CALL ON ALL NATIONS TO ARE RECOGNIZE THE PEACEFUL STRUGGLE OF A MAN WHO HAS NO HATRED, EVEN FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DENIED HIM AND HIS PEOPLE BASIC FREEDOMS OF THIS DISTINGUISHED HONOR. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:06:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:06:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:07:00 PM

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    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. OVER TWO WEEKS AGO, SERGEANT KEVIN MATHEW POPPY…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. OVER TWO WEEKS AGO, SERGEANT KEVIN MATHEW POPPY WAS INJURED IN A FIRE FIGHT IN AFGHANISTAN. BORN ON FEBRUARY 5, 1980, HE ENLISTED IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY IN SEPTEMBER OF 2005 FROM HIS HOMETOWN OF FORT WAYNE. AS SQUAD LEADER ASSIGNED TO THE FIRST BATTALION 75TH RANGER REGIMENT, HE WAS ON A REMARKABLE SIX DEPLOYMENTS, WITH THREE PREVIOUS DEPLOYMENTS TO IRAQ AND TWO TO AFGHANISTAN. HIS AWARDS AND DECORATIONS FROM HIS SERVICE ARE TOO NUMEROUS TO LIST HERE. HE WAS AWARDED THE BRONZE STAR AND THE PURPLE HEART. HE'S SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, HIS DAUGHTER, AND HI FATHER AND SISTER. HE SELFLESSLY LIVED HIS LIFE FOR OTHERS DISTINGUISHING HIMSELF AS AN ARMY RANGER WHILE SUPPORTING OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM AND ENDURING FREEDOM FOLLOWING THE RANGER CREED. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:08:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:08:13 PM

    MRS. BACHMANN

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

  • 02:08:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 02:08:27 PM

    MS. MCCOLLUM

    GIRLS WILL BE ROBBED OF THEIR FUTURE WHEN THEY ARE FORCED TO MARRY OLDER…

    GIRLS WILL BE ROBBED OF THEIR FUTURE WHEN THEY ARE FORCED TO MARRY OLDER MEN. IT'S NOT MARRIAGE WHEN A 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL IS GIVEN TO A 40-YEAR-OLD MAN. THIS IS CHILD ABUSE. THE UNITED STATES MUST TAKE A STRONG STAND AGAINST CHILD MARRIAGE. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS MUST COME TOGETHER AND PASS THE INTERNATIONAL PROTECTING GIRLS BY PREVENTING CHILD MARRIAGE ACT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. EVERY SENATOR AGREED TO THIS BILL WHEN IT PASSED LAST WEEK. IT PASSED UNANIMOUSLY. THERE'S A LOT OF TALK IN CONGRESS ABOUT THE NEED TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM ABUSE. IT'S TIME FOR ACTION. IT'S TIME FOR A VOTE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:09:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING COMMUNICATION.

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  • 02:09:11 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, MADAM, PURSUANT OTO THE PERMISSION…

    THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, MADAM, PURSUANT OTO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SEC ARE RETEAR OF THE SENATE ON DECEMBER 3, 2010, AT 4:15 P.M. THAT THE SENATE PASSED WITHOUT AMENDMENT H.R. 3237, THAT THE SENATE PASSED WITH AMENDMENT H.R. 3231, THAT THE SENATE PASSED SENATE 1774, THAT THE SENATE PASSED SENATE 124. APPOINTMENT, UNITED STATES COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON DECEMBER 6, 2010, AT 1:24 P.M. THAT THE SENATE PASSED WITHOUT AMENDMENT H.R. 6399, THAT THE SENATE PASSED SENATE 3860, THAT THE SENATE PASSED SENATE 3817. PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2H OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE OFROM THE SEC ARE RETEAR OF THE SENATE ON DECEMBER 10, 2010, AT 9:50 A.M., THAT THE SENATE PASSED WITHOUT AMENDMENT, HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 259, THAT THE SENATE PASSED SENATE 4010, LETTER OF TRANSMITAL. THE SENATE INFORMS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT THE SENATE WILL RESUME CONSIDERATION OF THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST JUDGE G. THOMAS PORTS YOU, WITH BEST WISHES, I AM, SIGNED SINCERELY, LORRAINE C. MILLER, CLERK OF THE HOUSE.

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  • 02:11:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FOURTH…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FOURTH 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 IS OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. RECORD VOTES ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN AFTER 6:00 P.M. TODAY. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE?

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  • 02:11:31 PM

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    MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL HOUSE RESOLUTION 1687.

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  • 02:11:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL ARE REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

  • 02:11:40 PM

    THE CLERK

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 1687. RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING AND SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 1687. RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING AND SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF NATIONAL RUNAWAY PREVENTION MONTH.

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  • 02:11:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLAY, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLAY, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MRS. BIGGERT, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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  • 02:12:01 PM

    MR. CLAY

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

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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  • 02:12:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:12:10 PM

    MR. CLAY

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:12:16 PM

    MR. CLAY

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. ON BEHALF OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. ON BEHALF OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM, I AM PLEASED TO PRESENT HOUSE RESOLUTION 1687 FOR CONSIDERATION. THIS RESOLUTION RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUTH RUNAWAY PREVENTION AND AT RISK YOUTH PROGRAMS. HOUSE RESOLUTION 1687 WAS INTRODUCED BY OUR COLLEAGUE, REPRESENT ARIVE JUDY BIGGERT, OF ILLINOIS, ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2010, NOTABLY, THIS MEASURE ENJOYS THE SUPPORT OF 55 CO-SPONSORS. MADAM SPEAKER, ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL RUNAWAY SWITCHBOARD, BETWEEN 1.6 MILLION AND 2.8 MILLION YOUTH RUN AWAY FROM HOME EVERY YEAR. NOTABLY, THE NATIONAL RUNAWAY SWITCHBOARD REPORTS THAT AMONG THOSE YOUTH AT GREATEST ARE RISK OF RUNNING AWAY AND FACING HOMELESSNESS ARE THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN EXPELLED FROM HOME, THOSE THAT HAVE SUFFERED DOMESTIC ABUSE, AND THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED BY STATE CUSTODIAL SYSTEMS WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF ADEQUATE TRANSITIONAL PLANNING. ADDITIONALLY, YOUTH THAT HAVE BEEN SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS BY DEATH OR DIVORCE, LIVE IN POVERTY, AND ARE UNABLE TO ACCESS ADEQUATE MEDICAL OR MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES ARE SIMILARLY AT RISK OF RUNNING AWAY AND BECOMING HOMELESS. MADAM SPEAKER, IN LIGHT OF THE PREVALENCE OF THE PROBLEM OF RUNAWAY YOUTH AS WELL AS YOUTH HOMELESSNESS, LET US TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO PASS HOUSE RESOLUTION 1687 AND RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANT ROLE THAT YOUTH RUNAWAY PREVENTION AND AT-RISK YOUTH PROGRAMS PLAY IN ADDRESSING THESE ISSUES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN IN SUPPORTING IT AND I ARE RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:14:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS.

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    MRS. BIGGERT

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

  • 02:14:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDER.

  • 02:14:36 PM

    MRS. BIGGERT

    TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1687 EXPRESSING SUPPORT OF THE…

    TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1687 EXPRESSING SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF NATIONAL RUNAWAY PREVENTION MONTH. STUDIES SUGGEST THAT NEARLY THREE MILLION CHILDREN ARE LIVING ON THE STREET EACH YEAR. MANY OF THESE INDIVIDUALS COME FROM EVERY SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC BACKGROUND HAVE BEEN KICKED OUT OF THEIR HOME, SEPARATED IF THEIR PARENTS OR PHYSICALLY ABUSED. WORSE, THEY FIND IT INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT OR EVEN IMPOSSIBLE TO ACQUIRE THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES TO DEVELOP INTO SAFE, HEALTHY, PRODUCTIVE ADULTS. THAT'S WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT WE PASS THIS RESOLUTION TODAY TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE PLIGHT OF RUNAWAY YOUTH AND INCREASE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF THE ROLE INDIVIDUAL AMERICANS CAN PLAY IN HELPING TO PREVENT YOUTH FROM RUNNING AWAY FROM HOME. AS CO-CHAIR OF THE MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN'S CAUCUS, I WORKED WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO HELP ADDRESS MANY OF THE ISSUES THAT FACE RUNAWAYS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THE CAUCUS HAS DONE GREAT WORK AND I'D LIKE TO EXTEND TO ALL MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE AN INVITATION TO JOIN US IN EXPLORING WAYS TO IMPROVE THE WELL-BEING OF DISTRESSED YOUTH AND REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF RUNAWAYS AND IN ADDITION I'D LIKE TO COMMEND THE WORK DONE BY ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN AND THE NATIONAL RUNAWAY SWITCHBOARD AS WELL AS SIMILAR ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT HELP ENSURE RUNAWAYS AND HOMELESS KIDS IN OUR COMMUNITIES AREN'T DEPRIVED OF A CHANCE FOR A FUTURE. IN MY HOME STATE OF ILLINOIS, ALMOST 5,900 WERE PLACED TO THE RUNAWAY SWITCH BOARD. THEY FIELDED OVER 117,000 CALLS. AND FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES, THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN HAVE WORKED WITH THE COMMUNITIES TO COORDINATE STRATEGIES TO REUNITE CHILDREN WITH THEIR FAMILIES. WITH SO MANY CHILDREN LIVING ON THE STREET AND THE RISK THAT RUNAWAY YOUTH POSE TO THEMSELVES IN THE COMMUNITIES IT'S CLEAR THAT MUCH WORK STILL REMAINS. BUT BY HIGHLIGHTING THE PROBLEM AND EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR THE VALUABLE WORK DONE BY COMMUNITIES AND YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS, WE CAN MAKE SIGNIFICANT PROCESS -- PROGRESS TOWARDS PREVENTING INSTANCES OF CHILDREN RUNNING AWAY FROM HOME AND CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH OUR NATION'S AT-RISK YOUTH HAVE ACCESS TO THE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR A LIFETIME OF SUCCESS. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION AND WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:17:18 PM

    MR. CLAY

    MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE -- MADAM SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE -- MADAM SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS WILLING TO YIELD BACK I WILL YIELD BACK ALSO.

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  • 02:17:26 PM

    MRS. BIGGERT

    THEN YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

  • 02:17:33 PM

    MR. CLAY

    MADAM SPEAKER, AGAIN, LET ME THANK OUR COLLEAGUE, MRS. BIGGERT OF…

    MADAM SPEAKER, AGAIN, LET ME THANK OUR COLLEAGUE, MRS. BIGGERT OF ILLINOIS, FOR INTRODUCING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, AND LET ME AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS MEASURE, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:17:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS -- THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE…

    THE QUESTION IS -- THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1687. 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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  • 02:18:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE?

  • 02:18:12 PM

    MR. CLAY

    MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6400,…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6400, WHICH DESIGNATES THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 111 NORTH 6TH STREET IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, AS THE EARL WILSON JR. POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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  • 02:18:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 02:18:34 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 6400, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

    H.R. 6400, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 111 NORTH 6TH STREET IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, AS THE EARL WILSON, JR. POST OFFICE.

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  • 02:18:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLAY, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLAY, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MRS. BIGGERT, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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  • 02:19:00 PM

    MR. CLAY

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO…

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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  • 02:19:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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  • 02:19:12 PM

    MR. CLAY

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND ONCE AGAIN, I STAND AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND ONCE AGAIN, I STAND AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 6400. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD NAME THE U.S. POST OFFICE FACILITY AT 111 NORTH 6TH VOTE IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, AFTER A MAN WHO TRANSFORMED HIS COMMUNITY WHILE GIVING HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY TO HUNDREDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE. A TRUE GIANT OF PHILANTHROPY, THE LATE EARL WILSON JR. -- THE MEASURE BEFORE US WAS FIRST INTRODUCED ON NOVEMBER 15, 2010. I AM PROUD TO SAY THAT THE BILL NOW ENJOYS THE SUPPORT AND CO-SPONSORSHIP OF 18 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, INCLUDING THE ENTIRE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION FROM MY HOME STATE OF MISSOURI. MADAM SPEAKER, EARL WILSON JR.'S LIFETIME OF ACHIEVEMENT IN THE CORPORATE WORLD AS THE FOUNDER OF THE ST. LOUIS GATEWAY CLASSIC FOUNDATION, AS A PROUD VETERAN OF THE U.S. ARMY, AS A FATHER, HUSBAND AND FRIEND TO SO MANY WILL LIVE FOREVER. EARL WILSON JR. WAS BORN IN ST. LOUIS ON OCTOBER 9, 1932. HE GREW UP ON 11TH STREET, JUST A FEW BLOCKS AWAY FROM THE U.S. POST OFFICE THAT WILL HOPEFULLY BEAR HIS NAME. HE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND RECEIVED HIS B.S. IN EDUCATION FROM LINCOLN UNIVERSITY IN 1957. AFTER GRADUATION, HE PROUDLY SERVED AS A CAPTAIN IN THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. IN 1963, HE BECAME A CORPORATE TRAILBLAZER AT I.B.M. WHERE HE WAS A STELLAR PERFORMER FOR THREE DECADES. TOWARDS THE END OF HIS I.B.M. CAREER, MR. WILSON HELPED RESCUE HIS ALMA MATER FROM FINANCIAL STRAITS WHICH HE SUCCESSFULLY ACCOMPLISHED. EARL WILSON JR. LATER FOUNDED THE ST. LOUIS GATEWAY CLASSIC FOUNDATION, AN ANNUAL FOOTBALL CONTEST THAT HELPED TO FUND THE DREAMS OF DESERVING STUDENTS. WITHOUT A DOUBT. HIS IMPACT ON THE LIVES OF SO MANY YOUNG ST. LOUISANS WILL ENDURE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. OVER THE LAST 16 YEARS, THE ANNUAL GRIDIRON CLASSIC FEATURED TOP HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. THE GAME ITSELF WAS A CELEBRATION OF FOOTBALL TRADITION AND A BATTLE OF THE BANDS, BUT AS EARL WILSON OFTEN REMINDED US, IT WAS MORE THAN JUST A GAME. THE ST. LOUIS GATEWAY CLASSIC FOUNDATION EFFECTIVELY RAISED $2.6 MILLION TO SEND AVERAGE C-GRADE STUDENTS TO COLLEGE ON FULL FOUR-YEAR SCHOLARSHIPS. THE FOUNDATION'S BUSY YEAR-ROUND SCHEDULE, A FUNDRAISING AND COMMUNITY EVENTS HELPED FUEL ITS SUCCESS. TO RAISE MONEY, WILSON ORCHESTRATED GOLF TOURNAMENTS, BASKETBALL SHOOTOUTS, BASEBALL GAMES, A BOXING SHOWCASE, PAGEANTS AND CONCERTS. TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, THE FOUNDATION PROVIDED QUALITY AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS AND ADULT DAYCARE, HOLIDAY MEALS FOR PEOPLE IN NEED AND NEIGHBORHOOD LUNCHES. HE ALSO CREATED A WALK OF FAME THAT HONORS LOCAL AFRICAN-AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN PIONEERS IN ST. LOUIS. WHEN EARL WILSON JR. PASSED AWAY ON OCTOBER 29 OF THIS YEAR, IT WAS NOT ONLY AN ENORMOUS PERSONAL LOSS FOR MY FAMILY AND I, HIS DEATH WAS MORE -- MOURNED THROUGHOUT ST. LOUIS AND OUR NATION. MADAM SPEAKER, I'VE BEEN BLESSED TO EXPERIENCE AND WITNESS FIRSTHAND HIS COMMITMENT TO OPENING THE DOORS OF HIGHER EDUCATION TO YOUNG PEOPLE. HE SELFLESSLY INVESTED HIS IMMENSE TALENTS AND BOUNDLESS ENERGY TO BUILD UP HIS COMMUNITY AND HIS COUNTRY. AND AS WE MOVE TO RECOGNIZE THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THIS GREAT HUMANITARIAN, FATHER AND FRIEND TO MANY, I ASK THAT WE PASS THE UNDERLYING BILL WITHOUT RESERVATION AND PAY TRIBUTE TO A GREAT AMERICAN, EARL WILSON JR. AND I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 6400 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:24:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:24:16 PM

    MRS. BIGGERT

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

  • 02:24:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:24:23 PM

    MRS. BIGGERT

    IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6400, TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES…

    IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6400, TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 111TH NORTH 6TH STREET IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, AS THE EARL WILSON JR. POST OFFICE. MADAM SPEAKER, MR. WILSON DID SO MUCH FOR HIS COUNTRY AND COMMUNITY THROUGHOUT HIS 78 YEARS, AS MR. CLAY HAS SPOKEN SO ELOQUENTLY. AND HE'S A MAN DEDICATED TO HELPING AND IMPROVING THE LIVES OF OTHERS THAT IS PROPER AND FITTING THAT WE NAME THIS POST OFFICE TO HONOR MR. WILSON. I WOULD URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN MR. CLAY AND THE ENTIRE MISSOURI DELEGATION IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL, AND I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, AND I WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:25:08 PM

    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 MISSOURI.

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  • 02:25:12 PM

    MR. CLAY

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, AND,…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, AND, AGAIN, I'D JUST LIKE TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THE UNDERLYING BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:25:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TIME BEING YIELDED BACK, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES…

    TIME BEING YIELDED BACK, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6400. 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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  • 02:25:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:26:13 PM

    MR. CLAY

    MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL HOUSE RESOLUTION 1642.

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  • 02:26:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

  • 02:26:24 PM

    THE CLERK

    RESOLUTION 1642, RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE CENTENNIAL OF THE CITY OF…

    RESOLUTION 1642, RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE CENTENNIAL OF THE CITY OF LILBURN, GEORGIA AND SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF A CITY OF LILBURN DAY.

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  • 02:26:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLAY, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLAY, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MRS. BIGGERT, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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  • 02:26:45 PM

    MR. CLAY

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO…

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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  • 02:26:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:26:55 PM

    MR. CLAY

    NOW YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 02:26:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:27:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:27:04 PM

    MR. CLAY

    ON BEHALF OF THE COMMITTEE OF GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM,…

    ON BEHALF OF THE COMMITTEE OF GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM, I AM PLEASED TO PRESENT HOUSE RESOLUTION 1642 FOR CONSIDERATION. THIS MEASURE RECOGNIZES THE CENTENNIAL OF THE CITY OF LILBURN, GEORGIA. HOUSE RESOLUTION 1642 WAS INTRODUCED BY OUR COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, HANK JOHNSON, ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2010. THE MEASURE ENJOYS THE SUPPORT OF OVER 50 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE. MADAM SPEAKER, THE CITY OF LILBURN WAS FOUNDED IN 1890 BY THE SEABOARD AIRLINE RAILWAY AND INCORPORATED IT IN 1910 BY THE GEORGIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY. THIS HISTORIC CITY HAS FACED DRAMATIC CHANGES AND TOUGH TIMES SINCE ITS INCORPORATION. ITS BUSINESS DISTRICT WAS LARGELY DESTROYED IN A FIRE ON NOVEMBER 15, 1920, AND THE GREAT DEPRESSION NEARLY WIPED THE CITY OUT FOR GOOD. THE CITY DWRADUALLY RELOCATED TO AN -- GRADUALLY RELOCATED TO AN AUTO FRIENDLY LOCATION AS WIDESPREAD TRAVEL BY CAR BECAME AN ALTERNATIVE TO RAIL TRAVEL. IN 1976, LILBURN CITY HALL WAS BUILT IN THE CITY'S ORIGINAL LOCATION, ANCHORING ITS OLD TOWN DISTRICT WITH SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS. MADAM SPEAKER, TODAY LILBURN IS A VIBRANT SMALL CITY WITH AN ACTIVE ARTS COMMUNITY, A LARGE AND DIVERSE COLLECTION OF CHURCHES AND TEMPLES AND GROWING SOUTH ASIAN AND LATINO POPULATION. MADAM SPEAKER, LET US NOW CONGRATULATE THE STILL OF LILBURN ON ITS CENTENNIAL THROUGH THE PASSAGE OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1642, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING IT. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:29:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:29:09 PM

    MRS. BIGGERT

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

  • 02:29:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:29:15 PM

    MRS. BIGGERT

    I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT H. RESOLUTION 1642 WHICH RECOGNIZES THE CENTENNIAL…

    I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT H. RESOLUTION 1642 WHICH RECOGNIZES THE CENTENNIAL OF LILBURN, GEORGIA, LOCATED JUST OUTSIDE OF ATLANTA, THE CITY OF LILBURN WAS INCORPORATED BY THE GEORGIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN 1910. I UNDERSTAND THAT LILBURN CELEBRATED THE CENTENNIAL ON SEPTEMBER 25, AND I WISH TO CONGRATULATE THE CITY AND EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING AND EXECUTION OF THE FESTIVITIES. MADAM SPEAKER, I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:29:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

  • 02:29:52 PM

    MR. CLAY

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ONE OF THE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ONE OF THE ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS OF THIS RESOLUTION AND THE GENTLEMAN WHO HAS REPRESENTED THE CITY OVER TIME, MY GOOD FRIEND FROM THE GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA, MR. DAVID SCOTT.

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  • 02:30:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR HOW MUCH TIME?

  • 02:30:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 02:30:20 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. CLAY, FOR YOUR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP ON THE COMMITTEE AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. CLAY, FOR YOUR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP ON THE COMMITTEE AND FOR YOUR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING FORWARD THIS VERY, VERY, VERY APPROPRIATE AND EXTRAORDINARY RESOLUTION FOR A VERY EXTRAORDINARY CITY THAT I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING FOR MANY YEARS THAT IS NOW BEEN REDISTRICTED OVER THE YEARS AND MY COLLEAGUE, HANK JOHNSON, NOW REPRESENTS IT. BUT ONCE YOU REPRESENT LILBURN YOU ALWAYS REPRESENT THE CITY OF LILBURN. IT IS A FANTASTIC CITY. IT'S MADE UP OF TREMENDOUS PEOPLE WHO ARE VERY COURAGEOUS, VERY SMART AND MAKE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO EVERY ASPECT OF THE FORWARD PROGRESS OF OUR GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA. SO I'M PROUD, AS A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS RECOGNITION -- RESOLUTION, WHICH RECOGNIZES THE HISTORY, THE PROMINENCE, AND RETHE RESILIENCE, ESPECIALLY THE RESILIENCE, BECAUSE YOU MEASURE GREATNESS NOT BY THE EASY TIMES. YOU MEASURE GREATNESS BY THE TOUGH TIMES YOU GO THROUGH AND THAT YOU OVERCOME. SUCH AS THE STORY OF THIS GREAT CITY OF LILBURN, GEORGIA. AS MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES KNOW ANDS AMENTIONED BEFORE, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING LILBURN AS -- IN MY FIRST TIME AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. HAD MY DISTRICT OFFICE OUT THERE AND GREW TO LOVE THE PEOPLE OF LILBURN AND STILL DO. I CAN PROUDLY SAY THAT THE MEN AND WOMEN OF LILBURN ARE STILL UPLIFTING AND COURAGEOUS TODAY AS THEY WERE WHEN I HAD THE HONOR OF REPRESENTING THAT EXTRAORDINARY CITY. IT WAS FIRST INHABITED BY NATIVE AMERICANS, MADAM SPEAKER, THE NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES IN 1817, THE CITY OF LILBURN HAS SINCE BLOSSOMED TO A COMMUNITY NOW OF OVER 11,000 PEOPLE THIS COMMUNITY NOW HAS EIGHT ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, THREE MIDDLE SCHOOLS, THREE HIGH SCHOOLS AND FIVE PRIVATE SCHOOLS. I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT THE EDUCATION SYSTEM WITHIN THE CITY OF LILBURN IS CREATING THE FUTURE LEADERS OF MY GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA, NATION, AND INDEED, THE WORLD. MADAM SPEAKER, THE CITY OF LILBURN HAS TRULY BEEN TESTED, AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, AND AS MY COLLEAGUES HAVE MENTIONED, OF THE TREMENDOUS CHALLENGES FACING THIS CITY. ON THAT DEVASTATING DAY OF NOVEMBER 15, 1920, THE CITY BUSINESS SECTION WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED BY A FIRE. WHILE THE PULSE OF THE CITY WAS TESTED BY THIS FIRE, THE GREAT PEOPLE OF LILBURN ROSE TO THE CHALLENGE TO RECLAIM THEIR SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND PARTNERSHIP, ROLLED THEIR SLEEVES UP AND WENT TO WORK AND REBUILT THIS GREAT CITY. TODAY, I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT THE CITY OF LILBURN IS LARGELY ASSOCIATED WITH THE BEGIN ET COUNTY -- WITH THE GWINNETT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WHICH BOASTS A THRIVING BUSINESS SECTION WHERE BUSINESSES OFFER ANTIQUES, CRAFTS, CLOTHING AND RESTAURANTS, ALL IN AN INVITING ATMOSPHERE, THE CULTURE, ARTS, BUSINESS, EDUCATION, THESE ARE AREAS OF GREAT CONTRIBUTION OF THIS GREAT CITY. THAT'D CITY OF LILBURN IS REPRESENTED BY MAYOR DIANA PRESTON, COUNCILMAN SCOTT BATTERTON, COUNCILMAN JOHN KRIS, CONSUL MINUTE TIM DUNN AND COUNCILMAN EDDIE PRICE. GREAT PEOPLE DOING A GREAT JOB. TOGETHER THESE OUTSTANDING PUBLIC LEADERS ARE CONTINUING TO ADVANCE THE CITY OF LILBURN IN AN ECONOMICALLY AND CULTURALLY VIBRANT AND HEALTHY WAY. THE LEADERS OF THIS GREAT CITY HAVE INITIATED PROJECTS SUCH AS DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, THE LILBURN COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT, THE LILBURN COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AND THE CENTENNIAL GATEWAY TRAIL. MADAM SPEAKER, GREATNESS IS HERE AND IT IS IN THE POSSESSION OF THE GREAT CITY OF LILBURN. I ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO UNANIMOUSLY PASS THIS RESOLUTION IN HONOR OF THIS GREAT AND HISTORIC CITY, LILBURN, GEORGIA. THANK YOU.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS.

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    MRS. BIGGERT

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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    MR. CLAY

    GEORGIA, AND THE CHIEF SPONSOR OF THE RESOLUTION, MR. HANK JOHNSON.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. TODAY I'M PLEASED ON BEHALF OF THE CITIZENS OF…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. TODAY I'M PLEASED ON BEHALF OF THE CITIZENS OF THE GREAT CITY OF LILBURN, GEORGIA, TO USHER THROUGH WITH THE HELP OF MY FRIENDS THIS RESOLUTION WHICH SPEAKS TO THE PROMINENCE AND RESILIENCE OF THE PEOPLE OF LILBURN. MY COLLEAGUE, DAVID SCOTT, HAS SAID IT ALL, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. I DO APPRECIATE HIM FOR HIS VERY ELOQUENT WORDS ON BEHALF OF THIS RESOLUTION. ALL HAS BEEN SAID, IT'S TOUGH TO FOLLOW A BAPTIST PREACHER, AND I WON'T EVEN TRY AT THIS TIME. BUT I WOULD ASK THAT MY COLLEAGUES GIVE THIS DUE CONSIDERATION AND PLEASE VOTE YES ON THIS RESOLUTION, H.RES. 1642, RECOGNIZING THE CENTENNIAL OF THE CITY OF LILBURN, GEORGIA. WITH THAT, I SHALL YIELD. -- I SHALL YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    MRS. BIGGERT

    I ASK FOR SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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    MR. CLAY

    I AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS MEASURE AND I…

    I AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    ALL TIME BEING YIELDED BACK, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

    ALL TIME BEING YIELDED BACK, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE RESOLUTION, HOUSE RESOLUTION 1642. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE?

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    MR. CLAY

    MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL HOUSE RESOLUTION…

    MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL HOUSE RESOLUTION 1727.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    ROTARY INTERNATIONAL FOR 105 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE WORLD AND COMMENDING…

    ROTARY INTERNATIONAL FOR 105 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE WORLD AND COMMENDING MEMBERS ON THEIR DEDICATION TO THE MISSION AND PRINCIPLES OF THEIR ORGANIZATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLAY, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLAY, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MRS. BIGGERT, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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    MR. CLAY

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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    MR. CLAY

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

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS ARE RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. CLAY

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1727, A…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1727, A MEASURE RECOGNIZING ROTARY INTERNATIONAL FOR 105 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE WORLD AND COMMENDING MEMBERS ON THEIR DEDICATION TO THE MISSION AND PRINCIPLES OF THEIR ORGANIZATION. HOUSE RESOLUTION 1727 WAS INTRODUCED BY OUR COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, ARE REPRESENTATIVE LAMAR SMITH, ON NOVEMBER 18, 2010. THE MEASURE ENJOYS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FROM OVER 60 CO-SPONSORS. MADAM SPEAKER, MOST OF US HERE ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE WORK OF OUR LOCAL ROTARY CLUBS. THEIR DEVOTION TO SERVICE MAYBES A TREMENDOUS DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES AND IN COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD. THE PROJECTS THAT THE OVER 34,000 ROTARY CLUBS SPONSOR ARE TOO NUMEROUS TO LIST HERE BUT SOME OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL'S HIGHEST PROFILE UNDERTAKINGS INCLUDE POLE YOW PLUS, AN EFFORT TO ELIMINATE POLE YOW AROUND THE WORLD, THEY HAVE RAISED HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR THAT EFFORT. ANOTHER GLOBAL UNDERTAKING HAS BEEN AN AGGRESSIVE EFFORT TO HELP SOLVE THE GLOBAL WATER AND SANITATION CRISIS WHICH CLAIMED OVER TWO MILLION LIVES EACH YEAR. INCLUDING 4,000 CHILDREN EVERY DAY. EARLIER THIS YEAR, ROTARY INTERNATIONAL ENTERED INTO A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO IMPLEMENT SUSTAINABLE LONG-TERM WATER SANITATION AND HYGIENE PROJECTS IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, GHANA, AND THE PHILIPPINES. ROTARIANS HAVE ALSO ASSISTED IN DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS FROM INDONESIA AND PAKISTAN TO NEW ORLEANS, HELPING TO DISTRIBUTE FOOD, CLEAN WATER, SHELTER, AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES. THESE ARE JUST A FEW EXAMPLES OF SOME OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL'S SERVICE PROJECTS. IN ADDITION TO SUPPORTING PROJECTS LIKE THESE AROUND THE WORLD, ROTARY INTERNATIONAL SUPPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS, EXCHANGE PROGRAMS, AND HUMANITARIAN GRANTS. MADAM SPEAKER, LET US TAKE THE TIME NOW TO THANK ROTE ARERY INTERNATIONAL FOR ALL THAT THEY CONTINUE TO DO TO FULFILL THEIR MISSION OF PROVIDING SERVICE TO OTHERS, PROMOTING INTEGRITY, AND ADVANCING WORLD UNDERSTANDING, GOOD WILL, AND PEACE. I WOULD THEREFORE URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THE RESOLUTION WHICH RECOGNIZES ROTARY INTERNATIONAL FOR 105 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE WORLD AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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    MRS. BIGGERT

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME, I WOULD YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME, I WOULD YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE SPONSOR OF THIS RESOLUTION, MR. LAMAR SMITH. FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. SMITH

    THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS FOR YIELDING ME TIME AND I'D LIKE TO…

    THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS FOR YIELDING ME TIME AND I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMITTEE ITSELF FOR GIVING THIS RESOLUTION BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. MADAM SPEAKER, RESOLUTION HONORS ROTARY INTERNATIONAL FOR 105 YEARS OF SERVICE AND COMMENDS MEMBERS FOR THEIR DEDICATION TO THE MISSION AND PRINCIPLES OF ROTE ARERY. THE MISSION OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL IS TO PROVIDE SERVICE TO OTHERS, PROMOTE INTEGRITY AND ADVANCE WORLD UNDERSTANDING, GOOD WILL, AND PEACE THROUGH ITS FELLOWSHIP. ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BUSINESS, PROFESSIONAL, AND COMMUNITY LEADERS BETTER THEIR COMMUNITIES BY PARTICIPATING IN THEIR LOCAL ROTARY CLUBS. FOUNDED IN 1905 IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, ROTARY INTERNATIONAL IS THE WORLD'S FIRST SERVICE CLUB AND ONE OF THE LARGEST NONPROFIT SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS. ROTARY INTERNATIONAL PROMOTES INTERNATIONAL UNDERSTANDING THROUGH SCHOLARSHIPS, EXCHANGE PROGRAMS, HUMANITARIAN GRANTS, AND SERVICE PROJECTS. THEIR MOTTO IS, SERVICE ABOVE SELF-. ROTE ARERY INTERNATIONAL ALSO PROMOTES UNIVERSAL VALUES WITH THEIR FOUR-PART TEST THAT ASKS THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS. OF THE THINGS WE THINK, SAY, OR DO, IS IT THE TRUTH, IS IT FAIR TO ALL CONCERNED, WILL IT BUILD GOOD WILL AND BETTER FRIENDSHIPS, AND WILL IT BE BENEFICIAL TO ALL CONCERNED? IT IS A PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE ROTE ARERY INTERNATIONAL FOR 10 -- ROTARY INTERNATIONAL FOR 105 YEARS OF SERVICE. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME IN HONORING THEM ON THIS ACHIEVEMENT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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    MR. CLAY

    AT THIS TIME, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE…

    AT THIS TIME, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GREAT STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, MR. ALTMIRE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS ARE RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. ALTMIRE

    I RISE TODAY TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN COMMEMORATING THE ROTARY…

    I RISE TODAY TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN COMMEMORATING THE ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CLUB FOR 105 YEARS OF SERVICE. LIKE MANY MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE, I'VE BEEN A LOCAL -- A MEMBER OF MY LOCAL ROTARY CLUB. I'VE SERVED IN MANY OF THE CLUB'S OFFICES, INCLUDING A TERM AS ITS PRESIDENT. I'VE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE GREAT WORK THAT ROTARY CLUBS PROVIDE FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES AND LITERALLY AROUND THE WORLD. FOUNDED IN 1905 IN CHICAGO, ROTARY INTERNATIONAL IS THE WORLD'S FIRST FORMAL SERVICE CLUB AND HAS GROWN INTO ONE OF THE LARGEST NONPROFIT SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS IN THE WORLD. THE MISSION OF ROTARY IS TO SERVE OTHERS, PROMOTE INTEGRITY AND ADVANCE WORLDWIDE UNDERSTANDING, GOOD WILL, AND PEACE THROUGH ITS FELLOWSHIP NETWORK OF BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS. TODAY THERE ARE 1.2 MILLION ROTARIANS IN MORE THAN 34,000 CLUBS ACROSS SIX CONTINENTS. THE DISTRICT THAT I REPRESENT IS HOME TO 25 OF THOSE CLUBS. WITH A WELL-KNOWN MOTTO OF SERVICE ABOVE SELF, ROTARY INTERNATIONAL PROMOTES UNDERSTANDING THROUGH SCHOLARSHIPS, STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMS, HUMANITARIAN GRANTS AND OTHER SERVICE PROJECTS. I'M SURE EVERY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE HAS AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER ATTENDED A ROTE ARERY MEETING OR SPOKEN TO A ROTARY GROUP. THE RESOLUTION WE ARE DEBATING TODAY RECOGNIZES ROTARY INTERNATIONAL FOR 105 A YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE WORLD AND COMMENDS ITS MEMBERS ON THEIR DEDICATION TO THE MISSION AND PRINCIPLES OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL'S ORGANIZATIONS. I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION AND YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS.

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    MRS. BIGGERT

    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 FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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    MRS. BIGGERT

    BUT EMPHASIZE THAT ROTRY WAS FOUNDED IN THE GREAT STATE OF ILLINOIS IN…

    BUT EMPHASIZE THAT ROTRY WAS FOUNDED IN THE GREAT STATE OF ILLINOIS IN CHICAGO IN 1905 AND IT IS THE WORLD'S FIRST SERVICE CLUB AND ONE OF THE LARGEST NONPROFIT SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS, AND ITS MOTTO, SERVICE ABOVE SELF, HELPS ENCOURAGE MEMBERS TO PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN SERVICE MEET HIGH ETHICAL STANDARDS AND PROMOTE INTERNATIONAL GOOD WILL AND PEACE. SO WE SALUTE ALL MEMBERS OF THE ROTARY INTERNATIONAL FOR THEIR GREAT CIVIC WORK AS THEY CELEBRATE THIS ANNIVERSARY. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR SPONSORING THIS RESOLUTION, AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN IN SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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    MR. CLAY

    I, AGAIN, URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS MEASURE, AND I…

    I, AGAIN, URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS MEASURE, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME BEING YIELDED BACK, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

    ALL TIME BEING YIELDED BACK, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1727. 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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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE?

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    MR. CLAY

    MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL HOUSE RESOLUTION 1264.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    SUPPORT FOR THE DESIGNATION OF MARCH AS NATIONAL ESSENTIAL TREMOR…

    SUPPORT FOR THE DESIGNATION OF MARCH AS NATIONAL ESSENTIAL TREMOR AWARENESS MONTH.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLAY, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLAY, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MRS. BIGGERT, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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    MR. CLAY

    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.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. CLAY

    MADAM SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE CHIEF…

    MADAM SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE CHIEF SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION, MR. MOORE OF KANSAS.

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    MR. MOORE OF KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. MOORE

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

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1264, A HOUSE RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE DESIGNATION OF MARCH AS ESSENTIAL TREMENDOUSOR AWARENESS MONTH. AS YOU KNOW, ESSENTIAL TREMENDOUSOR, ALSO KNOWN AS E.T., IS A PROGRESSIVE NEUROLOGICAL CONDITION THAT CAUSES TREMBLING OF THE HANDS, HEAD, VOICE, LEGS OR TRUNK. IT'S OFTEN CONFUSED WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE AND DYSTONIA. IT AFFECTS 10 MILLION AMERICANS, INCLUDING 90% OF PEOPLE AGE 60 AND OLDER. E.T. CAN INTERFERE WITH A PERSON'S ABILITY TO PERFORM ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING SUCH AS GROOMING AND WRITING AND IN APPROXIMATELY 5% OF CASES IS TOTAL LOEDIS ABLING. ADDITIONALLY, RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT PEOPLE WITH E.T. HAVE A HIGHER INCIDENCE OF DEPRESSION THAN THE GENERAL POPULATION. AND A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF THESE PEOPLE ISOLATE THEMSELVES IN THEIR HOMES. BECAUSE OF STEREOTYPES AND LACK OF AWARENESS, MANY PEOPLE WITH E.T. NEVER SEEK MEDICAL CARE. WHILE NO MEDICATIONS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED WITH PEOPLE WITH E.T. SPECIFICALLY, THE MEDICATIONS CURRENTLY USED IN OTHER CONDITIONS MAY HELP THOSE WITH E.T. CLEARLY MORE RESEARCH IS NEEDED TO DEVELOP TREATMENTS FROM WHICH ALL PEOPLE WITH E.T. CAN BENEFIT. ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE INTERNATIONAL ESSENTIAL TREMENDOUSOR FOUNDATION, HEAD -- TREMOR FOUNDATION, THEY ARE LEADING THE RESEARCH AND TREATMENT AND SUPPORT TO INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES AFFECTED BY E.T. TO BOLSTER THESE EFFORTS AND TO CREATE MORE AWARENESS ABOUT ESSENTIAL TREMOR AS WELL AS THE NEED FOR GREATER RESEARCH, PLEASE JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE DESIGNATION OF MARCH AS NATIONAL ESSENTIAL TREMOR AWARENESS MONTH. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS.

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    MRS. BIGGERT

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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    MRS. BIGGERT

    TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 1264, WHICH EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR THE…

    TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 1264, WHICH EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR THE DESIGNATION OF MARCH AS NATIONAL ESSENTIAL TREMOR AWARENESS MONTH. E.T. IS CERTAINLY THE MOST COMMON MOVEMENT DISORDER AFFLICTING NEARLY 10 MILLION AMERICANS AND, OF COURSE, THOSE WHO HAVE THIS DISEASE, EVERYDAY LIFE CAN PRESENT SOME FRUSTRATING CHALLENGES. AND UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO LACK OF AWARENESS AND STEREOTYPES, MANY SUFFERING FROM ESSENTIAL TREMOR DO NOT SEEK MEDICAL CARE. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE ARE NO MEDICATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED FOR PEOPLE WITH THESE TREMORS, SO I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS FOR BRINGING THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE BEFORE US TODAY TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT E.T. BUT I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MOORE, FOR HIS HARD WORK, YEARS OF SERVICE, 12 YEARS, I THINK IT IS, SINCE WE CAME IN AT THE SAME TIME, OF SERVICE IN THIS BODY AND FOR HIS WORK AS CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS WHICH I HAVE THE HONOR OF SERVING WITH HIM AS THE RANKING MEMBER. SO REALLY APPRECIATE EVERYTHING THAT HE'S DONE IN THIS BODY AND WISH HIM WELL. I WILL MISS HIM. SO WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION AND PROBABLY SEEING NO FURTHER SPEAKERS I WOULD 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 MISSOURI.

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  • 02:52:02 PM

    MR. CLAY

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I, TOO, LIKE MY COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS, WANT TO…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I, TOO, LIKE MY COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS, WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND AND NEIGHBOR FROM KANSAS, MR. MOORE, FOR INTRODUCING THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. BUT MORE THAN THAT, FOR HIS LEVEL OF SERVICE HERE IN THIS INSTITUTION AND FOR SOMEONE THAT I CAN TRULY LOOK TO AND CALL A FRIEND. IT HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL 10 YEARS, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO YOUR STATE AND TO YOUR COUNTRY, MR. MOORE. AND WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS MEASURE WHICH SUPPORTS THE DESIGNATION OF MARCH AS NATIONAL ESSENTIAL TREMOR AWARENESS MONTH, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    ALL TIME HAVING BEEN YIELDED BACK, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND…

    ALL TIME HAVING BEEN YIELDED BACK, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1264. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL 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.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE?

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    MR. CLAY

    SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.RES.…

    SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.RES. 1531.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    BRING ATTENTION TO AND SHOW APPRECIATION FOR THE VETERINARY PROFESSION ON…

    BRING ATTENTION TO AND SHOW APPRECIATION FOR THE VETERINARY PROFESSION ON ITS 250TH ANNIVERSARY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLAY, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CLAY, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MRS. BIGGERT, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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    MR. CLAY

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

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. CLAY

    AT THIS TIME, MADAM SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE, MR.…

    AT THIS TIME, MADAM SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE, MR. SCHRADER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. SCHRADER

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND I APPRECIATE MR. CLAY FOR YIELDING TIME FOR…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND I APPRECIATE MR. CLAY FOR YIELDING TIME FOR ME. I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT HERE AND THANK CHAIRMAN TOWNS AND RANKING MEMBER ISSA AND THEIR STAFFS ON THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE FOR HELPING BRING THIS RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR VERY MUCH. AS A VETERINARIAN AND MEMBER OF CONGRESS MYSELF, I INTRODUCED THIS RESOLUTION TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE VETERINARY PROFESSION. AT A TIME TO HONOR THE CONTRIBUTION THAT VETERINARY HAS BROUGHT TO WELFARE AND FOOD SAFETY. NEXT YEAR WILL MARK THE 250TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST VETERINARY SCHOOL IN LEON, FRANCE, AND THE BEGINNING OF OUR VETERINARY PROFESSION. IT WAS AUTHORIZED BY KING LOUIE 14, AUGUST 4, 1761, BASED UPON THE PRINCIPLES AND METHODS OF CURING LIVESTOCK. STUDENTS FROM ALL OVER EUROPE ATTENDED AND THESE STUDENTS BECAME THE LEADING LIGHTS OF VETERINARY SCIENCE WHEN THEY RETURNED TO THEIR OWN COUNTRY. A SECOND SCHOOL WAS ESTABLISHED IN FRANCE AND SOON VETERINARY SCHOOLS WENT TO GERMANY, AND OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES. SINCE THE HUMBLE BEGINNINGS IN 1761, THE VETERINARY PRACTICE HAS SPREAD AROUND THE GLOBE FOR THE BETTERMENT OF ANIMALS AND HUMAN BEINGS. AS A RESULT, VET NAIRIANS HELPED US -- VETERINARIANS HELPS US DEAL WITH BIOTERRORISM, FOOD SAFETY ISSUES ON OUR FRONT LINES. AND LEADERS IN RESEARCH AND SCIENTIFIC INNOVATION. AS WELL AS THE SOCIETAL BENEFITS OF THE ANIMAL-HUMAN COMPANION BOND. VETERINARIANS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AN INTEGRAL PART OF THEIR COMMUNITIES AND IS EXPECTED TO COMMUNITY LEADERS. I MAY HAVE CARRIED THAT TO THE EXTREME. IN MY LIFETIME I AM BLESSED TO SEE SOME EXPONENTIAL GROWTH IN THE VETERINARY MEDICAL FIELD. WE WENT FROM THE JAMES HARRIET ERA OF POTIONS TO THE ONGOING USE OF STEROIDS, ADVANCES IN DIAGNOSTIC AND TREATMENTS INCLUDING I.V. THERAPY, DENTISTRY. THIRD GENERATION ANTIBUY OTTICS AND STEROIDS, TREATMENTS FOR DIABETES, DISEASES WE SEE BOTH IN HUMANS AND IN ANIMALS. AND ADVANCES IN NUTRITION THAT OUR HUMAN COLLEAGUES COULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES JOIN ME IN COMMEMORATING THE IMPORTANT MILESTONE BY SUPPORTING H.RES. 1531, PROCLAIMING 2011 AS WORLD VETERINARY YEAR IN HONOR OF THE 250TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VETERINARY PROFESSION. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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    MRS. BIGGERT

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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    MRS. BIGGERT

    TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 1531 WHICH EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR DESIGNATION…

    TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 1531 WHICH EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR DESIGNATION OF 2011 AS WORLD VETERINARY YEAR WITH THE GOAL OF HELPING BRING ATTENTION TO AND SHOW APPRECIATION FOR THE VETERINARY PROFESSION ON ITS 250TH ANNIVERSARY. I BELIEVE THAT THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO ENTER INTO THE MEDICAL PROFESSION DESERVE OUR GRATITUDE FOR ENTERING INTO LIFE WHERE THEY WORK TO HELP HEAL THE SICK, BE IT HUMAN OR ANIMAL, AND FOR MANY OF US OUR PETS BECOME A HUGE PART OF OUR FAMILY AND OUR NATION'S VETERINARIANS HELP ENSURE OUR FURY FAMILY MEMBERS LIVE LONG AND REWARDING LIVES. SO, MADAM SPEAKER, I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. IF THERE ARE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. I WILL RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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    MR. CLAY

    MADAM SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MADAM SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. SCOTT, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. SCOTT

    MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. CLAY, ONCE AGAIN. AND CERTAINLY I…

    MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. CLAY, ONCE AGAIN. AND CERTAINLY I WANT TO THANK THE OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP OF MY COLLEAGUE, MR. KURT SCHRADER OF OREGON, WHO IS THE CHIEF SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, FOR THIS IS INDEED A VERY IMPORTANT BILL. I WANT TO THANK, TOO, MRS. BIGGERT, FOR HER HELP ON THIS, THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS, AND MR. TOWNS, CHAIRMAN OF OUR OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, FOR ASSISTING US WITH MAKING SURE THIS BILL GOT ON THE SUSPENSION CALENDAR. MADAM SPEAKER, H.R. 1531, DESIGNATING 2011 AS WORLD VETERINARIAN YEAR, IS A SIMPLE BUT IT IS AN EXTRAORDINARILY IMPORTANT GESTURE. OFFERING RECOGNITION FOR AN OFTEN OVERLOOKED YET INCREASINGLY VERY IMPORTANT PROFESSION, AND THAT IS THE FIELD OF VETERINARY MEDICINE. WE ALL KNOW THE ROLE THAT VETERINARIANS PLAY IN KEEPING OUR PETS HEALTHY. AS A PET OWNER MYSELF, I COME TO DEPEND UPON THE EXPERTISE AND SKILL OF MY VET TO KEEP MY PRECIOUS DOG, JAZZ, VERY HEALTHY. BUT THE WORK OF VETERINARIANS IS SO MUCH MORE VITAL THAN JUST GIVING RAINIES SHOTS AND PASSING OUT -- RABIES SHOTS AND PASSING OUT VACCINATIONS. ON THE COMMITTEE OF LIVESTOCK, DAIRY AND POULTRY, WHAT I'D LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT TODAY, MADAM SPEAKER, IS THE CRUCIAL ROLE THAT OUR VETERINARIANS PLAY IN KEEPING OUR FOOD SUPPLY SAFE, NOT JUST KEEPING OUR ANIMALS SAFE AND HEALTHY, BUT KEEPING OUR FOOD SUPPLY SAFE AND HEALTHY. THEY ARE THE ONES THAT WE ARE GROWING MORE AND MORE TO DEPEND UPON MORE AND MORE FOR THIS IMPORTANT ROLE. RATHER ANTIBIOTICS OR FARM ANIMAL SAFETY WHO BETTER TO PROVIDE THE LEADERSHIP ON THESE CRITICAL ISSUES THAN THE VETERINARIANS, THE PHYSICIANS FOR THE ANIMALS. VETERINARIANS HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PREVENT CONTAMINATION FROM BACTERIA AND DISEASES. FOOD ANIMAL VETERINARIANS SERVE A CRUCIAL ROLE IN PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY FROM SERIOUS FOOD BORNE ILLNESSES FROM BIOLOGICAL HAZARDS FROM PATHOGENS. VETERINARIANS WORK TO CUSH BACTERIAL INFECTIONS AND DIAGNOSE CONDITIONS SUCH AS FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE AND AVIAN FLU BEFORE THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO BECOME A THREAT TO OUR FOOD SUPPLY. HAVING SOMEONE IN THE FIELD TO MONITOR THESE DANGERS IS CRITICAL FOR OUR SAFETY IN A WORLD OF GLOBAL TRADE AND PARTICULARLY CONSTANT TRADING IN AND OUT OF DIFFERENT COUNTRIES OF FOOD AND ANIMALS OVER A WIDE INCREDIBLE DIFFERENCES. WHAT WORRIES ME THE MOST AND WORRIES ME GREATLY IS THAT OUR NATION IS NOW IN DIRE NEED OF MANY MORE VETERINARIANS TO PROVIDE US WITH THIS UNDENIABLY VITAL SERVICE. THE AMERICAN VETERINARIAN ASSOCIATION HAS FOUND SEVERAL VAST REGIONS OF THE COUNTRY THAT CURRENTLY LACK SUFFICIENT FOOD ANIMAL VETERINARIANS. THROUGHOUT THE CENTER OF THE COUNTRY FROM TEXAS TO NORTH DAKOTA, NUMEROUS COUNTIES DON'T EVEN HAVE A SINGLE FOOD ANIMAL VETERINARIAN, DESPITE HAVING MORE THAN 25,000 ANIMALS. SOME AREAS HAVE MORE THAN 100,000 ANIMALS WITH NO FOOD ANIMAL VETERINARIAN NEARBY. WITHOUT A SERIOUS ENDEAVOR TO TRAIN MORE LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARIANS -- MAY I HAVE A COUPLE MORE MINUTES PLEASE? WITHOUT A SERIOUS ENDEAVOR TO TRAIN MORE LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARIAN THE COUNTRY COULD BE IN A POSITION WHERE DANGEROUS PATHOGENS AND DISEASES GO UNCHECKED, LEADING TO A MAJOR, MAJOR FOOD SAFETY HAZARD. WE'VE COME CLOSE IN NUMEROUS THREATS AND WE'VE GOT TO KEEP OUR FOOD SUPPLY SAFE AND AT THE FOREFRONT OF THAT ARE OUR VETERINARIANS. EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE HOUSE PASSED H.R. 3519, THE VETERINARIAN SERVICE INVESTMENT ACT WHICH CREATES GRANTS TO DEVELOP SUSTAINED SERVICES AND PROVIDE CURRENT AND FUTURE ANIMAL PHYSICIANS WITH THE RESOURCES THEY NEED. WHILE SENATE PROSPECTS FOR THIS BILL ARE UNCERTAIN, UNFORTUNATELY, AS THE REMAINING LEGISLATIVE YEAR DWINDLES, I'M HOPEFUL THE SENATE WILL ACT SOON. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE ADDRESS THIS DIRE SHORTAGE OF VETERINARIANS BY SUPPORTING THE TRAINING OF NEW VETS AND HELPING THOSE ALREADY IN THE FIELD BY EQUIPING THEM WITH THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO MAINTAIN SUCCESSFUL PRACTICES SYSTEM OF I WELCOME THIS RESOLUTION, I COMMEND MR. SCHRADER FOR OFFERING IT, AND ANY CHANCE WE HAVE TO MENTION THE CRUCIAL WORK OF OUR VETERINARIANS AND HIGHLIGHT THE NEED TO TRAIN AND EMPLOY MORE OF THEM IS A CHANCE WE MUST TAKE TO DO JUST THAT. SO ONCE AGAIN, MADAM SPEAKER, I OFFER MY WHOLE HEARTED SUPPORT FOR THIS RESOLUTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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    MRS. BIGGERT

    THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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    MR. CLAY

    MADAM SPEAKER, AGAIN, LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, DR.…

    MADAM SPEAKER, AGAIN, LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, DR. SCHRADER, FOR INTRODUCING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND IN CLOSING, I THEREFORE ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING HOUSE RESOLUTION 1541, SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF WORLD VETERAN -- VETERINARY YEAR AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1531? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

    SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1531? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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    MR. CLAY

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

    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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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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

    MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE RESOLUTION, H.RES. 1704, 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

    1704, RESOLUTION HONORING THE 2500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF MARATHON.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. KLEIN, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. KLEIN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. KLEIN

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

    YOU, MADAM 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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    MR. KLEIN

    I RISE IN STRONG SPRORT OF THIS RESOLUTION AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I…

    I RISE IN STRONG SPRORT OF THIS RESOLUTION AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. KLEIN

    HONORS THE 2,500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF MARATHON, A WATERSHED…

    HONORS THE 2,500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF MARATHON, A WATERSHED EVENT IN THE FORMATION OF THE TYPE OF GOVERNMENT WE STILL PRACTICE TODAY, DEMOCRACY. A RUNNER RAN -- RAN 26 MILES TO DELIVER A MESSAGE A FEAT COMMEMORATED THROUGH THE RUNNLING OF MARE THONS. IN THIS AN VERSE ARERY YEAR, THE SISTER CITY OF MARATHON, GREECE, IS CONNECTING MARATHONERS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. THE FLAME FROM MARATHON WAS BROUGHT TO THE CITY TWO YEARS AGO. AS PART OF THE CELEBRATION OF THE 2,500TH ANNIVERSARY, THE MARINE CORPS MARATHON IN WASHINGTON CELEBRATED ITS MILITARY ROOTS OF LONG DISTANCE RUNNING BY RECEIVING THE FLAME IN OCTOBER. WE COMMEND THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF MARATHON RUNNERS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD WHO EXEMPLITY IF -- EXEMPLIFY THE WORDS OF THE PHILOSOPHER CONFUCIUS, WHO SAID, I HEAR AND I FORGET, I SEE AND I REMEMBER, I DO AND I UNDERSTAND. WE JOIN TOGETHER WITH MARATHONERS AROUND THE WORLD IN CELEBRATING THE 2,500TH AN VERSE ARERY OF THE BATTLE OF THE MARATHON. MADAM SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN, FOR INTRODUCING THIS RESOLUTION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SMITH

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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

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    MR. SMITH

    THIS RESOLUTION CELEBRATES THE VICTORY IN THE BATTLE AGAINST ALL ODDS OF…

    THIS RESOLUTION CELEBRATES THE VICTORY IN THE BATTLE AGAINST ALL ODDS OF THE GREEK OTHER THE PERSIAN FORCES IN 54 B.C. IT'S BEEN CITED BY HISTORIANS AS ONE OF THE PIVOTAL EVENTS IN ANCIENT EUROPEAN HISTORY. THE VICT ARERY AT MARATHON MARKED THE END OF THE PERSIAN INVASION OF GREECE. THE FOLLOWING YEARS OF PEACE TO ALLOWED THE GREEK CITY STATES TO CREATE THE PHILOSOPHY OF DEMOCRATIC RULE AND ESTABLISH THE ARTS AND SCIENCES FOR WHICH CLASSICAL GREECE VE NOUNED TO THIS DAY. THE COMMITMENT OF GREEK WARRIORS TO PROTECT THEIR HOMELAND FROM PERSIAN INVASION SUMMONED WITHIN THEM THE WILL TO WITHSTAND THE ATTACK THROUGH FIVE LONG DAYS OF BATTLE. IT WAS THAT SAME COMMITMENT TO VICT ARERY, MADAM SPEAKER THAT PROPELED A GREEK WELL OVER 26 MILES WITHOUT A BREAK IN ORDER TO DELIVER THE GOOD NEWS THE VICTORY TO THE PEOPLE OF ATHENS. THAT INCREDIBLE FEAT HAS INSPIRED MANY IN THE MODERN AGE TO EMULATE THE RUNNER'S ACHIEVEMENT. I'VE RUN ONE MARATHON, MADAM SPEAKER, WITH DIVERSE RACES BEGUN IN 1896. FOLLOWING THAT RUNNER'S COURSE FROM MARATHON TO ATHENS. I'M GOING TO THANK MR. MCGOVERN FOR SPONSORING THIS TIMELY RESOLUTION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. KLEIN

    I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, THE AUTHOR OF…

    I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, THE AUTHOR OF THE BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS ARE RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA NOT ONLY FOR YIELDING ME TIME…

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA NOT ONLY FOR YIELDING ME TIME BUT FOR HIS SERVICE HERE IN CONGRESS. HE'S BEEN AN INCREDIBLE MEMBER AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HIS RETURN. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY, FOR HIS COMMENTS. I WOULD LOO ALSO LIKE TO THANK, MADAM SPEAKER, CHAIRMAN BERMAN AND RANKING MEMBER ROS-LEHTINEN FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND I APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT OF SPEAKER PELOSI, MAJORITY LEADER HOYER AND THE BIPARTISAN CO-CHAIRS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS ON HELLENIC ISSUES, REPRESENTATIVES MULRONEY AND BILIRAKIS. I WAS PLEASED TO INTRODUCE THIS RESOLUTION ALONG WITH MY COMPLETION FROM MARYLAND TO HONOR THE 2,500TH AN VERSE ARERY OF THE GREEG VICTORY AT MARATHON. EVERY TIME SOMEONE RUNS A MARATHON RACE, THEY ARE COMMEMORATING ONE OF THE GREATEST VICTORIES IN HISTORY. A FEW THOUSAND GREEK SOLDIERS DESTROYED A HUGE FORCE OF INVADING PERSIAN FORCES, A VICTORY WIDELY THOUGHT TO ENSURE THE DEMOCRATIC LEGACY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION. A SOLDIER LITERALLY RAN HIS HEART OUT TO DELIVER THAT MESSAGE. SO THE SPIRIT OF MARATHON WAS BORN. THERE IS IS A DEEP CONNECTION BETWEEN THE NATION OF GREECE, THE CITY OF MARATHON, GREECE, AND THE MASSACHUSETTS TOWN OF HOP KIN PTON AND THE CITY OF BOSTON. HOP KINTON IS WHERE EACH YEAR THE BOSTON MARATHON BEGINS. IN 2008, IN PREPARATION FOR THE 2,500TH ANNIVERSARY, THE CITY OF MARATHON ASKED HOP KINTON TO BE THE GUARDIAN OF THE MARATHON FLAME AND BROUGHT IT TO ITS SISTER CITY IN ORDER TO EMBODY THE SPIRIT OF MARATHON ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES. THIS YEAR, AS PART OF THE 2010 MARINE CORPS MARATHON, THE FLAME OF OF MARATHON WAS BROUGHT FROM THERE TO WASHINGTON, D.C. TO HONOR THE 35TH AN VERSE ARE THROIF MARINE CORPS MARATHON. I RECENTLY HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF HONORING THAT RACE DIRECTOR IN MASSACHUSETTS, CELEBRATING THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE TOWN OF HOP KINTON, THE TOWN OF BOSTON AND THE MARINE CORPS MARATHON. THE BOSTON MARATHON, THE MARINE CORPS MARATHON AND THE NEW YORK MARATHON ARE AMONG THE THREE STELLAR RACES ORGANIZED EACH YEAR IN THE UNITED STATES. OVER 500 RACES TAKE PLACE EVERY YEAR AROUND THE WORLD, INCLUDING SCORES IN THE UNITED STATES INVOLVING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN AND FOREIGN ATHLETES, ALL SEEKING TO EMULATE THE SPIRIT OF THAT FIRST MARATHON RUN 2,500 YEARS AGO THIS YEAR. MADAM SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK TIMOTHY KILL DUFF AND -- KILDUFF AND OTHERS FOR THEIR SUPPORT. I WANT TO THANK THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN FOR THEIR STEADFAST SUPPORT OF THE PROUD TRADITION AS THE STARTING PLACE FOR THE BOSTON MARATHON EACH YEAR AND THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. I WANT TO EXPRESS A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE EMBASSY OF GREECE, MOST NOTABLY AMBASSADOR CASCARILAS, AND THE COUNCIL GENERAL FOR GREECE OF THE COUNCIL IN BOSTON. I'VE BEEN A LONGTIME SPECTATOR BUT NEVER A PARTICIPANT OF THE BOSTON MARATHON AND THE MARINE CORPS MARATHON AND I'M HONORED TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION THAT HONORS THESE TWO EVENTS THAT ARE SUCH A SOURCE OF PRIDE TO THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE AND WORK IN MASSACHUSETTS AND THE NATION'S CAPITAL AND TO HONOR THE PEOPLE OF GREECE, THE CITY OF MARATHON AND THE MEMORY OF THE BATTLE OF THE MARATHON. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL WE HONOR THE 500TH AN VERSE THROIF BATTLE OF MARATHON AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF WESTERN DEMOCRACY. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD THE REMARKS OF THE GREEK AMBASSADOR AT THE MARINE CORPS PRESS CONFERENCE ON OCTOBER 29, 2010, AND WITH THAT, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COURTESY AND YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME.

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    MR. SMITH

    YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. KLEIN

    LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, FOR HIS…

    LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, FOR HIS CO-SPONSORING OF THE BILL AS WELL. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO MR. SMITH, MR. MCGOVERN AND ME ALL PLANNING FOR NEXT YEAR'S MARATHON AND GETTING READY FOR THE BIG RACE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:14:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESOLUTION 1704 AS AMENDED? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN…

    RESOLUTION 1704 AS AMENDED? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 03:15:05 PM

    MR. KLEIN

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

    I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PROINT AND MAKE A-POUND OFED ORER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 03:15:18 PM

    MR. KLEIN

    MAMINGS. I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO RESOLUTION H.RES. 1402…

    MAMINGS. I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO RESOLUTION H.RES. 1402 AS AMENDED.

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  • 03:15:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR…

    RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR INTERNATIONAL VISITORS AND EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR DESIGNATION OF FEBRUARY 16, 2011, AS CITIZEN DIME MACY DAY. -- DIPLOMACY DAY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. KLEIN, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. KLEIN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 03:15:55 PM

    MR. KLEIN

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

    THANK YOU, MADAM 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 RESOLUTION UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 03:16:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. KLEIN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION AND…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. KLEIN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. FOR 50 YEARS THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. FOR 50 YEARS THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR INTERNATIONAL VISITORS HAS OPERATED ON THE CONVIGS THAT EVERYDAY AMERICAN CITIZENS CAN -- CONVICTION THAT EVERYDAY AMERICAN CITIZENS CAN BE OUR GREATEST DIPLOMATS FROM OUR COUNTRY. THE RICH FACILITATION OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S INTERNATIONAL VISITORS LEADERSHIP PROGRAM AND OTHER EXCHANGE PROGRAMS, THE NCIV HAS BEEN AN ESSENTIAL PART OF AMERICAN DIPLOMACY. IN ORDER TO WELCOME INTERNATIONAL VISITORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THE NCIV REQUIRES THE ENERGY AND COMMITMENT OF MORE THAN 80,000 VOLUNTEERS EVERY YEAR. THESE VOLUNTEERS CREATE AND IMPLEMENT PROFESSIONAL AND CULTURAL PROGRAMS FOR THE VISITORS AND THEY ALSO OPEN THEIR HOMES. OVER 190,000 FOREIGN LEADERS, INCLUDING 286 CURRENT AND FORMER HEADS OF STATE, HAVE COME TO THE UNITED STATES THROUGHOUT THE INTERNATIONAL VISITOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM AND BENEFITED FROM THIS HOSPITALITY. THE EXPERIENCES THEY HAVE HAD AND RELATIONSHIPS THEY HAVE BUILT IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE LEFT A LASTING IMPRESSION OF THE VALUES AND STRENGTH OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IN AN INCREASINGLY INTERCONNECTED WORLD, TECHNOLOGY CAN UNITE US, BUT FACE-TO-FACE INTERACTION CAN BOND US. OUR CITIZEN DIPLOMATS HELP TO DISPEL MYTHS ABOUT THE UNITED STATES AND CONVEY POENT MESSAGES ABOUT GOOD WILL. THEY UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE WORLD. THE SERVICES OUR CITIZEN DIPLOMATS HAVE PROVIDED HAVE BEEN INVALUABLE TO OUR COUNTRY AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION, WHICH DESIGNATES FEBRUARY 16, 2011, AS CITIZENS DIPLOMACY DAY. OF COURSE, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE AUTHOR OF THE RESOLUTION, CONGRESSMAN MORAN. AND AT THIS TIME, MADAM SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:18:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 03:18:07 PM

    MR. SMITH

    YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 03:18:13 PM

    MR. SMITH

    MUCH. MADAM SPEAKER, FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MUCH. MADAM SPEAKER, FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. MORAN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. MANZULLO, FOR PROVIDING US THIS OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR INTERNATIONAL VISITORS, PARTICULARLY ON THIS 50TH ANNIVERSARY, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF CITIZEN DIPLOMACY TO THE UNITED STATES. WHILE TAKING THE PERSON-TO-PERSON CONTACTS, MADAM SPEAKER, WHEN THEY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE AND WORK ALONGSIDE AMERICANS IS OFTEN MORE THAN OPINION CHANGE GSING, THEY CAN BE LIFE CHANGING. THE DIVERSITY, INDUSTRY OF OUR PEOPLE CAN SHATTER STEREOTYPES AND SHATTER PRESTIGIOUS FAR MORE EFFECTIVELY THAN PRESS STATEMENTS AND MEDIA CAMPAIGNS. FOR THESE REASONS, CITIZEN DIPLOMACY IS AN IMPORTANT TOOL FOR INCREASING GLOBAL UNDERSTANDING OF AMERICAN VALUES. ONE SIGNIFICANT COMPONENT OF OUR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY ACTIVITIES HAS BEEN THE INTERNATIONAL VISITOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM, A STATE DEPARTMENT PROGRAM THAT BRINGS THOUSANDS OF CURRENT AND EMERGING PROFESSIONAL LEADERS TO THE U.S. EVERY YEAR FOR CAREFULLY DESIGNED SHORT-TERM VISITS. HAVING MET WITH MANY OF THOSE WHO HAVE COME IN FROM ABROAD, THEY ARE VERY, VERY USEFUL VISIT AND THEY GET TO SEE A BROAD ARRAY OF AMERICA AND AMERICANS WHEN THEY DO VISIT. NUMEROUS INTERNATIONAL VISITORS ALUMNI HAVE GONE ON TO BECOME HEADS OF STATE, KEY OFFICIALS AND INDUSTRY LEADERS IN THEIR HOME COUNTRIES. FOR THE PAST 50 YEARS, THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR INTERNATIONAL VISITORS HAS BEEN A CRITICAL PARTNER IN THE SUCCESS OF THAT PROGRAM. AS A NONPROFIT PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION, NCIV HELPS COORDINATE THE COMMUNITY BASED GROUPS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, DRAWING ON THE ENERGY OF NEARLY 80,000 AMERICAN VOLUNTEERS EVERY YEAR. DURING ITS 50 YEARS, NCIV HAS ORGANIZED PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS, CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AND HOME VISITS FOR MORE THAN 190,000 FOREIGN VISITORS. TO THAT WE SAY THANK YOU, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:20:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. KLEIN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, THE AUTHOR OF THE RESOLUTION, MR. MORAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

  • 03:20:30 PM

    MR. MORAN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES, MR.…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES, MR. KLEIN FROM FLORIDA, AND MR. SMITH FROM NEW JERSEY. I APPRECIATE THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT RESOLUTION. IT'S NOT ONE THAT WILL EFFECT THE COURSE OF WORLD EVENTS IMMEDIATELY BUT IT HAS INPUT. WHAT THE COUNCIL OF INTERNATIONAL VISITORS SPONSORS DAY IN AND DAY OUT'S LONG-TERM IMPACT CANNOT BE OVERSTATED WITHIN OUR COUNTRY OR AROUND THE GLOBE. THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR INTERNATIONAL VISITORS, MADAM SPEAKER, IS A NONPROFIT MEMBERSHIP ASSOCIATION CURRENTLY MARKING 50 YEARS OF LEADERSHIP IN CITIZEN DIPLOMACY. IT EMBODIES THE CONCEPT THAT INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS HAVE THE RIGHT AND THE RESPONSIBILITY TO HELP SHAPE U.S. FOREIGN RELATIONS. IN OTHER WORDS, ONE HANDSHAKE AT A TIME. THE NCIV NETWORK CONSISTS OF 92 COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AS WELL AS PROGRAM AGENCIES, ASSOCIATE MEMBERS. EACH YEAR THE AGGREGATE MEASURES OF NCIV MEMBERS INVOLVE MORE THAN 80,000 VOLUNTEERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WITH LEADERSHIP AND TRAINING PROVIDED BY NCIV, ITS MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTED PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS, IT PROVIDED ACTIVITIES AND PROVIDED THE ACTUAL EXPERIENCE OF LIVING WITHIN AN AMERICAN FAMILY AND AMERICAN COMMUNITY. FOR FOREIGN LEADERS AND SPECIALISTS PARTICIPATING IN THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE'S INTERNATIONAL VISITOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM AND OTHER EXCHANGE PROGRAMS. FOR THE LAST 50 YEARS, NCIV HAS BUILT A NETWORK OF CITIZEN DIPLOMATS COMMITTED TO BRIDGING INTERNATIONAL CULTURE GAPS AND BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS. MORE THAN 285 -- ALTHOUGH MR. KLEIN SAID 286 -- APPARENTLY IN THE LAST FEW DAYS ANOTHER PERSON WHO WAS INVOLVED WITH THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN ELECTED AROUND THE WORLD AS A WORLD LEADER. BUT REGARDLESS OF THE NUMBER WE KNOW IT'S SUBSTANTIAL. PEOPLE WHO LEAD OTHER COUNTRIES BUT HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF WHO WE ARE AS A NATION IN THE UNITED STATES AND OUR VALUES AND BELIEFS. THERE HAVE BEEN MORE THAN 1,700 CABINET LEVEL MINISTERS AND SO MANY OTHER DISTINGUISHED WORLD LEADERS THAT YOU CAN'T EVEN COUNT THEM BUT THEY HAVE ALL BENEFITED FROM FIRSTHAND EXPOSURE TO THE UNITED STATES THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL VISITOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM AND THE NCIV NETWORK. WITH ITS COMMITMENT TO BUILDING LONG-TERM PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS, NCIV WILL CONTINUE TO BE AN ASSET FOR AMERICAN PUBLIC DIPLOMACY AND INDEED FOR NATIONAL SECURITY EFFORTS AS IT MOVES INTO ITS SECOND HALF CENTURY. SO THE EXAMPLES THAT I THINK BEAR CITING, TONY BLAIR, FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, PARTICIPATED IN THIS PROGRAM. ANWR SAD AT, WHO WAS SO -- ANWAR SADAT, PARTICIPATED IN THIS PROGRAM. NICOLAS SARKOZY, PRESIDENT OF FRANCE. KIM DAE-JUNG, WHO WAS THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF SOUTH KOREA. THE CURRENT PRESIDENT OF INDIA. ABDULLAH GUL, THE PRESIDENT OF TURKEY, OF COURSE. MORGAN TSVANGARAI, WHO WAS THE PRIME MINISTER OF ZIMBABWE. NOW, IT'S ALSO WORTH NOTING THAT NEARLY THE INTERNATIONAL VISITOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM IN THE STATE DEPARTMENT SPENDS ITS BUDGET HERE IN COMMITTEES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES. AND THAT BY IMPLANTING ITS PROGRAMS IN THOSE COMMUNITIES, THE IVLP IS ALSO IMPORTANT FOR GENERATING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND CULTIVATING A GLOBALLY LIT RATE WORK FORCE IN OUR U.S. -- LITERATE WORK FORCE IN OUR U.S. COMMUNITIES. NOTHING IS MORE INSTRUCTIVE THAN HAVING A FOREIGN VISITOR ACTUALLY LIVE IN AN AMERICAN HOME TO UNDERSTAND OUR CULTURE, VALUES AND BELIEFS. SO LASTLY, MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S CLEAR THAT IN CONTRIBUTING TO THE QUALITY OF OUR INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT, THE INTERNATIONAL VISITOR PROGRAM IS AN INVESTMENT IN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. IT'S IMPERATIVE TO CONTINUE REBUILDING THE IMAGE OF THE UNITED STATES ABROAD AND TO BUILD STRONGER, LONG-TERM PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN FOREIGN LEADERS, U.S. DECISIONMAKERS BUT ALSO PEOPLE WHO SIMPLY REPRESENT WHAT AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT DAY IN AND DAY OUT. THE ORGANIZATION RANKS THE INTERNATIONAL VISITOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM AS THE MOST IMPORTANT AMONG ALL 63 U.S. DIPLOMACY PROGRAMS. IN CLOSING, AS WELL AS MR. SMITH AND HIS STAFF, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HOWARD BERMAN AND HIS STAFF, KATHRYN BROWN FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN HIGHLIGHTING THE IMPORTANT WORK OF CITIZEN DIPLOMATS AND THE NCIV. OBVIOUSLY MR. KLEIN, HIS STAFF, AND I ALSO WANT TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO THE INTERNATIONAL -- NATIONAL COUNCIL OF INTERNATIONAL VISITORS, ESPECIALLY SHERRY MILLER, AND HER STAFF, CHRIS BASSETT AND ED THOMPSON, WHO WORKED SO HARD WITH MY STAFF ON THIS RESOLUTION. TOM, THE FORMER HEAD OF SISTERS INTERNATIONAL, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN PROMOTING THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR INTERNATIONAL VISITORS. AND TOM OF MY STAFF, WHO IS HERE AS WELL. AND HIS STEERED THIS THROUGH THE CONGRESS. I HOPE WE'LL GET IT DONE. TRUST US WE'LL GET UNANIMOUS CONSENT SUPPORT FOR THIS AND LET THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR INTERNATIONAL VISITORS KNOW WE APPRECIATE THEIR EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND SHALL I YIELD BACK -- I'LL YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 03:26:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. SMITH

    WE YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 03:26:49 PM

    MR. KLEIN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AGAIN, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN WHO BROUGHT THIS…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AGAIN, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN WHO BROUGHT THIS FORWARD TO US AND MR. MANZULLO AS WELL AND MR. SMITH. AT THIS TIME WE HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:26:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1402 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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  • 03:27:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. KLEIN

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

    MADAM 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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  • 03:27:22 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. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 03:27:34 PM

    MR. KLEIN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE HOUSE RESOLUTION H.RES. 1717, AS AMENDED.

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  • 03:27:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

  • 03:27:45 PM

    THE CLERK

    IMPRISONED CHINESE DEMOCRACY ADVOCATE LIU XIAOBO ON THE AWARD OF THE 2010…

    IMPRISONED CHINESE DEMOCRACY ADVOCATE LIU XIAOBO ON THE AWARD OF THE 2010 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE.

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  • 03:27:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. KLEIN, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. KLEIN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 03:28:08 PM

    MR. KLEIN

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

    THANK YOU, MADAM 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 RESOLUTION UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 03:28:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 03:28:19 PM

    MR. KLEIN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION AND…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 03:28:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 03:28:29 PM

    MR. KLEIN

    MADAM SPEAKER. THIS RESOLUTION CONGRATULATES CHINESE DEMOCRACY ACTIVIST…

    MADAM SPEAKER. THIS RESOLUTION CONGRATULATES CHINESE DEMOCRACY ACTIVIST LIU XIAOBO IN BEING AWARDED THIS YEAR'S NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, AND CALLS FOR HIS IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM IMPRISONMENT FROM THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, FOR SPONSORING THIS RESOLUTION, BRINGING IT FORWARD, DISCUSSED WITH MANY OF US AS WELL AS THE OTHER SIX MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO WERE ORIGINALLY NOMINATED MR. LIU THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. HE WAS THE CHARTER OF DOCUMENT 08, SIGNED BY OVER 300 CHINESE INTELLECT ULES THAT CALLED FOR -- INTELLECTUALS THAT CALLED FOR POLITICAL REFORM. AS A RESULT OF THIS ACTIVISM, THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT CHARGED LIU WITH THE PHONY OFFENSE OF, QUOTE, INCITING POWER. HE WAS SENTENCED TO 11 YEARS IN PRISON, A SENTENCE THAT HAS BEEN WIDELY REGARDED AS UNUSUALLY HARSH. THIS PAST OCTOBER, MR. LIU BECAME THE FIRST CHINESE CITIZEN RESIDING IN CHINA TO WIN THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE AND ONE OF THREE LAUREATES TO HAVE RECEIVED IT WHILE IN PRISON. THE NOBEL COMMITTEE AWARDED THE PRIZE FOR MR. LIU, QUOTE, FOR HIS LONG AND NONVIOLENT STRUGGLE FOR FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA, CLOSED QUOTE. MR. LIU'S WIFE VISITED HIM IN PRISON SHORTLY AFTER HE LEARNED OF WINNING THE PRIZE, AND DURING THEIR VISIT, HE WAS MOVED TO TEARS AND SAID THE PRIZE WAS FOR THE LOSS SOULS OF JUNE 4. MR. LIU REMAINS LOCKED AWAY IN A CHINESE CELL AND HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO RECEIVE THE PRIZE IN PERSON. THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT HAS PLACED HIS WIFE UNDER HOUSE ARREST AND IS PREVENTING HER AND MR. LIU'S OTHER FAMILY, FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS FROM LEAVING CHINA TO ATTEND THE AWARD CEREMONY IN NORWAY. THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT DENOUNCED THE PRIZE AS A POLITICAL TOOL OF THE WEST, TRYING TO BULLY FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS FROM SENDING REPRESENTATIVES TO THE AWARDS CEREMONY LATE THEY ARE WEEK. CHINA'S BOORISH AND ARROGANT BEHAVIOR WON'T PRODUCE THE GLOBAL RESPECT AND CLOUT THAT CHINESE AUTHORITIES SO DESPERATELY CRAVE AND ITS TACTICS ONLY UNDERSCORE CHINA'S FAILURE TO UPHOLD THE PRINCIPLES TO WHICH MR. LIU HAS DEDICATED HIS LIFE AND WORK AND FOR WHICH HE'S BEING RECOGNIZED BY THE NOBEL PRIZE COMMITTEE. TODAY, THE UNITED STATES STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH MR. LUI AND -- MR. LIU AND OTHERS LIKE HIM. WE CALL ON CHINA TO RELEASE HIM FROM BUSINESS AND CEASE ITS DETENTION AND HARASSMENT OF MR. LIU'S WIFE AND SUPPORTERS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:31:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    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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  • 03:31:38 PM

    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:31:44 PM

    MR. SMITH

    I THANK THE SPEAKER AND MAJORITY LEADER FOR BRINGING THIS TO THE FLOOR AND…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER AND MAJORITY LEADER FOR BRINGING THIS TO THE FLOOR AND TO MR. BERMAN AND MS. ROS-LEHTINEN FOR THEIR SUPPORT AS WELL. FOR FAR TOO LONG, THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT HAS EVADED VIRTUALLY ALL SERIOUS SCRUTINY OF ITS HORRIFIC HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD, USUALLY BY EMPLOYING BULLYING TACTICS, INCLUDING THREATS TO NATIONS AND TO INDIVIDUALS TODAY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT BRUTALIZES WOMEN AND CHILDREN THROUGH FORCED ABORTION AND COERCED STERILIZATION AS PART OF ITS BARBARIC ONE CHILD PER COUPLE POLICY. IT TORTURES AND HARMS FALAN GONG AND UIGHURS AND HAS TRONS FORMED THE INTERNET INTO A FOOL FOR SURVEILLANCE AND CENSORSHIP. I KNOW THAT IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE OLYMPICS, MR. WOLF AND I VISITED BEIJING, ONE OF MANY HUMAN RIGHTS CHIPS -- TRIPS TO CHINA. WHILE WE WERE THERE, WE SOUGHT TO MEET WITH HOUSE CHURCH LEADERS WHO WANTED TO MEET WITH US AND PRAY WITH US. ALL BUT ONE WERE ARRESTED AND DETAINED AND AFTER WE LEFT THAT PARTICULAR PASTOR WAS ARRESTED AND DETAINED AND INTERROGATED AS WELL. MADAM SPEAKER, THE NAMING OF MR. LIU AS THE 2011 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE LAUREATE AND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT'S OUTRAGEOUS RESPONSE TO THAT NAMING INCLUDING THE WAY THEY HAVE TREATED HIS WIFE AND FRIENDS WHO CAN'T TRAVEL TO OSLO TO BE PART OF THE CEREMONY, THAT REACTION, OF COURSE THE UNDERLYING PROBLEM, THE UNDERLYING ABUSES THAT ARE COMMITTED, OBLIGES US TO SUSTAIN SCRUTINY AND MEANINGFUL ACTION. NEWS REPORTS SUGGEST THAT OVER 1.5 DOZEN COUNTRIES HAVE BEEN SO INTIMIDATED BY BEIJING THAT THEY WON'T SEND A DELEGATION TO OSLO AND I THINK THAT'S OUTRAGEOUS SYSTEM OF TODAY, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ADOPT H.RES. 1717, EXPRESSING CONGRESS' PROFOUND RESPECT FOR AND SOLIDARITY WITH LIU XIAOBO AND ALL THOSE WHO FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY AND PEACE. MR. LIU HAD A BRILLIANT ACADEMIC CAREER IN FRONT OF HIM IN CHINA. WHEN THE TIANANMEN SQUARE PROTESTS HAPPENED, HE WAS AN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN NEW YORK CITY HE GAVE ALL OF THAT UP TO JOIN THE STUDENTS FIGHTING FOR DEMOCRACY WHERE HE -- ON THE SQUARE WHERE HE INSISTED THE STUDENTS THEMSELVES ADHERE TO DEMOCRATIC TENETS. HE HAS BEEN WORKING FOR DEMOCRACY EVER SINCE. HE HAS BEEN IMPRISONED NO LESS THAN FOUR TIMES. OUR RESOLUTION HIGHLIGHTS THE DEMOCRACY PROCLAMATION HE PLAYED A LEADING ROLE IN ORGANIZING, DRAFTING AND OF WHICH HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST SIGNERS. IT'S AN ASTONISHING DOCUMENT, A WORTHY HEIR OF THE GREAT MODELS IT'S BASED UPON, THE UNITED STATES BILL OF RIGHTS, THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND OTHERS THAT CONTRIBUTED TO THE REBIRTH OF CONSCIENCE AND REBIRTH OF JUST LAW IN CAPTIVE NATIONS AND ULTIMATELY TO THEIR PEACEFUL DEMOCRATIZATION. THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT SAW ONLY A CRIME IN THIS MAGNIFICENT DOCUMENT. AS MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE POINTED OUT EARLIER, IN CITE -- INCITING SUBVERSION OF STATE POWER. THE GOVERNMENT ARRESTED HIM IN DECEMBER OF 2008 AND IN DECEMBER OF 2009, SENTENCED HIM TO 11 YEARS IN PRISON. MADAM SPEAKER IN FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR, I LED A GROUP OF SOME SIX MEMBERS IN PETITIONING THE PEACE PRIZE COMMITTEE TO NAME MR. LIU AND TWO OTHER CHINESE DISSIDENTS FOR THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. OUR NOMINATION NOMINATED HIM AS A VISIONARY LEADER, REMARKABLE FOR HIS PATRIOTISM AND CIVIC COURAGE AND THE GENEROUS TONE OF HIS WORK THIS MAN IS ABSOLUTELY NONVIOLENT. TODAY, WE DIDN'T KNOW THIS AT THE TIME, BUT MANY OTHER PEOPLE HAD THE EXACT SAME IDEA. MR. LIU WAS NOMINATED BY TWO NOBEL PEACE PRIZE LAUREATES, THE 14TH DALAI LAMA AND BISHOP DESMOND TUTU AND MANY MEMBERS OF THE CZECH AND SLOW VACK PARLIAMENTS, AND A NUMB OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND ALSO PEOPLE IN THE FIELDS OF PHILOSOPHY, LITERATURE AND FINANCE. H.RES. 1717 UNDERSCORES AND POINTS UP THE WORDS OF THE NORWEGIAN NOBEL COMMITTEE SAID, AND I QUOTE, THE CAMPAIGN TO ESTABLISH HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA IS BEING WAGED BY MANY CHINESE THROUGH THE SEVERE PUNISHMENT MEETED OUT TO HIM, -- METED OUT TO HIM, HE'S BECOME THE SYMBOL FOR IT. IT SAYS THAT IN HONOR NORING LIU XIAOBO THEY'RE HONORING EVERYBODY. HIS WIFE SAID HE WEPT AND DEDICATED THE PRIZE TO THE TIANANMEN MARTYRS. THE RESOLUTION MAKES IT CLEAR THAT MR. LIU IS A POLITICAL PRISONER, EMPA SIZE -- EMPHASIZES THAT VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS INCLUDING HIS PERSECUTION ARE MATTERS OF LEGITIMATE CONCERN OF OTHER GOVERNMENTS BAUDS WE ARE HEARING THE TIRED OLD REFRAIN FROM THE GOVERNMENT IN BEIJING THAT THIS IS PURELY AN INTERNAL MATTER. SIMILARLY THE RESOLUTION CALLS ON THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO CEASE CENSORING GOVERNMENT AND AS A TRAIT OROUS -- TRAITOROUS OPERATIVE. THE DICTATORIAL GOVERNMENT'S FALLACIOUS EQUATION OF ITSELF WITH THE CHINESE NATION SO THAT WHOEVER OPPOSES THE DICTATORSHIP IS TREATED AS AN ENEMY OF THE STATE. I WILL CLOSE WITH THIS, LIU XIAOBO'S CLOSING STATEMENT, ONLY A SMALL PART OF IT, I HOPE ALL WILL READ IT THIS SHOWS HIS GENTLENESS OF SOUL, I WANT TO SAY TO THIS REGIME WHICH IS DEPRIVING ME OF MY FREEDOM THAT I STAND BY THE CONVICTIONS I EXPRESSED IN MY JUNE 2 HUCKER STRIKE DECLARATION 20 YEARS AGO. I HAVE NO ENEMIES AND IN HATRED. NONE OF THE POLICE WHO MONITORED, ARRESTED AND INTERROGATED ME, NONE OF THE PROSECUTORS WITH INDICTED ME, AND NONE OF THE JUDGES WHO JUDGED ME ARE MY ENEMIES. HATRED, HE GOES ON TO SAY, CAN ROT AWAY AT A PERSON'S INTELLIGENCE AND CONSCIENCE. ENEMY MENTALITY WILL POISON THE SPIRIT OF A NATION AND THROUGH MORAL STRUGGLES DESTROY A SOCIETY'S TOLERANCE AND HUMANITY AND HINDER PROGRESS TOWARD FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY. THAT'S WHY I HOPE TO TRANSCEND MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCES TO COUNTER THE REGIME'S HOSTILITY WITH UTMOST GOOD WILL AND DISPEL PAY HEY TREAD WITH LOVE. TO HIS WIFE, HE SAID MY DEAR WORK YOUR LOVE I CAN CALMLY FACE MY IMPENDING TRIAL, HAVING NO REGRETS ABOUT THE CHOICES I'VE MADE AND AM OPTIMISTCALLY REAWAITING TOMORROW. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY WHERE THE SPEECH OF EVERY CITIZEN WILL BE TREATED EQUALLY WELL THIS MAN IS A MORAL GIANT, ABSOLUTELY WORTHY OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE AND HE IS THE FUTURE OF CHINA. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME

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    MR. KLEIN

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    MR. WU

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT RESOLUTION…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT RESOLUTION 1717, CONGRATULATING IMPRISONED CHI NICE DEMOCRACY ADVOCATE LIU XIAOBO ON THE AWARD OF THE 2010 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. I THANK CONGRESSMAN SMITH FOR INTRODUCING THIS RESOLUTION. CHINA IS AN APPROPRIATELY PROUD NATION WITH MORE THAN 5,000 YEARS OF RECORDED HISTORY, A HISTORY FILLED WITH GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS. CHINESE IS PERHAPS THE WORLD'S OLDEST ACTIVELY CONTINUOUSLY USED WRITTEN LANGUAGE. MORE RECENTLY, THE NATION HAS ACHIEVED NEAR UNIVERSAL LITERACY AND HAS FED ITS 1.3 BILLION PEOPLE MOST ADEQUATELY AND MOST RECENTLY, CHINA HAS ACHIEVED HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT, JOINING THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY OF SPACE FARING NATIONS. ON THIS FRIDAY, ANOTHER FIRST. THE FIRST NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. BUT INEXPLICABLY, THIS ACHIEVEMENT HAS BEEN MET BY THIS CHINESE GOVERNMENT WITH OPPOSITION AND OUTRIGHT HOSTILITY. IT IS AN INCOMPREHENSIBLE FAILURE OF NATIONAL PRIDE AND PATRIOTISM. I CALL UPON THIS CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO BE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY. I KNOW THAT CHINESE HISTORY WILL SOMEDAY VINDICATE LIU XIAOBO AS IT HAS DONE WITH OTHER GREAT FIGURES IN CHINESE HISTORY. IN A CITY NEAR MY ANCESTRAL HOME WHERE MY FAMILY HAS LIVED FOR 5500 TO 600 YEARS, IT WAS THE SCENE OF CONFLICT BETWEEN THE SUNG DYNASTY AND NORTHERN TRIBES. IN THAT CITY IS A MEMORIAL PARK TO HONOR A GENERAL OF THE SUNG DYNASTY, WHO IS NOW CONSIDERED A NATIONAL HERO. HE WAS EXECUTED BY A JEALOUS EMPEROR AND TODAY HIS STATUE, HE STANDS UPON THAT JEALOUS EMPEROR'S NECK, TALL AND PROUD. HISTORY HAS A A WAY OF SETTING THINGS RIGHT. BY FAILING TO HONOR THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS GUARANTEED BY ITS OWN CONSTITUTION, THE CURRENT CHINESE GOVERNMENT NOT ONLY FAILS THE CHINESE PEOPLE, IT IS ALSO FAILING TO LIVE UP TO CHINA'S 5,000-YEAR HISTORY AS ONE OF THE GREAT CIVILIZATIONS ON THIS PLANET. PEOPLE LIKE LIU XIAOBO ARE THE FUTURE OF CHINA. HE'S A PROLIFIC WRITER AND LONG STANDING ADVOCATE FOR PEACEFUL ADVOCACY, BUT HE'S UNABLE TO ATTEND THE PEACE PRIZE CEREMONY IN OSLO. THE SPOTLIGHT WILL SHINE ON AN EMPTY CHAIR. I AND OTHERS FROM THIS BODY WILL BE THERE AND WE HOPE TO UNDERSCORE BOTH THE UNIVERSALITY OF THE STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM AND THE SING LAIRITY, NOT ONLY -- SINGULARITY NOT ONLY OF THE STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM BUT CHINA'S INCOMPREHENSIBLE ACTIONS. MADAM SPEAKER, IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE. WITH PROPER RECOGNITION AND PROPER ACTION, CHINA CAN TAKE ANOTHER IMPORTANT STEP AND EVOLVE PEACEFULLY TOWARD ITS FUTURE. THE ALTERNATIVE WILL BE A HARSH JUDGMENT OF HISTORY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN, MR. WOLF, A GREAT ADVOCATE OF HUMAN…

    I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN, MR. WOLF, A GREAT ADVOCATE OF HUMAN RIGHTS ALL OVER THE WORLD INCLUDING AND ESPECIALLY CHINA.

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    MR. WOLF

    I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. SMITH OF NEW JERSEY, FOR INTRODUCING…

    I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. SMITH OF NEW JERSEY, FOR INTRODUCING THIS RESOLUTION. CONGRESSMAN SMITH, AND I THINK ALL THE COLLEAGUES OF THIS HOUSE ON BOTH SIDES, SHOULD KNOW HE'S ONE OF THE GREATEST HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES IN THIS CONGRESS AND HIS RECORD ON THIS ISSUE IS ONE OF THE FINEST SERVED WITH SINCE I HAVE BEEN HERE IN CONGRESS. I WANT TO SAY PARENTHETICALLY, WHY HASN'T THE CHURCH IN THE WEST AND IN THE UNITED STATES ALSO SPOKEN OUT ON SOME OF THESE MORE PROFOUND ISSUES OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM? THE SILENCE OF THE CHURCH IN THE WEST IS QUITE DISTURBING. ON FRIDAY THE AWARD CEREMONY WILL BE HELD WITH AN EMPTY CHAIR AS MY COLLEAGUE SAID, MR. WU, AS A SOLEMN REMINDER THAT THIS YEAR'S NOBEL LAUREATE REMAINS LANGUISHING IN PRISON. CHINESE AUTHORITIES HAVE PLACED HIS WIFE UNDER HOUSE ARREST TO ENSURE THAT SHE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCEPT THE PRIZE ON HIS BEHALF. SINCE 1901, ONLY THREE OTHER NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS HAVE BEEN PREVENTED FROM ATTENDING THE CEREMONY FROM ACCEPTING THE PRIZE. A GERMAN PEACE ACTIVIST WAS PREVENTED FROM RECEIVING THE PRIZE BY THE NAZI GOVERNMENT. IN 1975, A RUSSIAN NUCLEAR SCIENTIST WAS BARRED FROM LEAVING THE COUNTRY FROM ACCEPTING THE PRIZE. AND ANOTHER WAS NOT ABLE TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY BY THE BRUTAL JUNTA. CHINA SHOULD BE ASHAMED AND EMBARRASSED TO BE IN THE COUNTRY OF NAZI GERMANY, THE SOVIET UNION AND BURMA. INSTEAD, THEY HAVE LAUNCHED A DIPLOMATIC CAMPAIGN TO ENCOURAGE OTHER NATIONS TO BOYCOTT FRIDAY'S CEREMONY. IN A PUBLIC STATEMENT, THE VICE MINISTER SAID, QUOTE, IF THEY MAKE THEIR OWN CHOICE THEY HAVE TO BEAR THE CONSEQUENCES. THE 18 COUNTRIES THAT HAVE SIDED WITH CHINA WHO WILL NOT ATTEND FRIDAY'S CEREMONIES IS AFGHANISTAN, COLOMBIA, EGYPT, RUSSIA, KAZAKHSTAN, CUBA, MOROCCO, IRAQ, IRAN, PAKISTAN, THE PHILIPPINES, SAUDI ARABIA, SERBIA, SUDAN, THE GENOCIDE GOVERNMENT OF SUDAN, TUNISIA, UKRAINE AND VENEZUELA AND VIETNAM. AND WHEN THEIR LOBBYISTS COME UP HERE NEXT YEAR BEGGING FOR HELP, REMEMBER, THEY WERE NOT WILLING TO GO TO OSLO EVEN TO STAND UP FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. HERE WE'RE GIVING THE MOROCCAN GOVERNMENT $9 -- $697 MILLION IN A GRANT AND WILL NOT GO TO OSLO. SOME WILL JOIN CHINA IN A SHAMEFUL BOYCOTT. THIS YEAR NOBEL PRIZE WINNER IS REPRESENTATIVE, NOT JUST OF IT BUT OF THE THOUSANDS OF CHINESE PRISONERS THAT REMAIN LANGUISHING IN PRISON AND LABOR CAMPS DUE TO THEIR POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. CHINESE AUTHORITIES CONTINUE TO CRACK DOWN ON THE PROTESTANT HOUSE CHURCH, ON CATHOLICS, ON TIBETANS, ON BUDDHISTS, ON MUSLIM UIGHURS AND MEMBERS OF THE FALL UNGONG. THEY -- FALUM GONG. THEY ARE SENDING A MESSAGE FOR THOSE BEING PERSECUTED AROUND THE WORLD. THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES STAND WITH THOSE IN A JAIL CELL DAY AFTER DAY, WEEK AFTER WEEK, YEAR AFTER YEAR IN THE QUEST FOR FREEDOM. ROBERT F. KENNEDY SAID, QUOTE, EACH TIME A MAN STANDS UP FOR AN IDEA OR ACTS TO IMPROVE THE LIFE OF OTHERS, WHO STRIKES OUT AGAINST INJUSTICE, HE SENDS A RIPPLE OF HOPE. AND THOSE RIPPLES BUILD A CURRENT WHICH CAN SWEEP DOWN THE MIGHTIEST WALLS OF OPPRESSION AND RESIST SENS. THE AWARDING OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE OF LIU XIAOBO CANNOT BE STOPPED. AND I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE THAT IN MY LIFETIME, AND REMEMBER THE BERLIN WALL FELL LIKE THAT, IN MY LIFETIME, THE CHINESE PEOPLE WILL KNOW TRUE FREEDOM AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CELEBRATING THAT DAY. I THANK MR. SMITH, AGAIN, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS AND SO MANY OTHER ISSUES AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. KLEIN.

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    MR. KLEIN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AS WE'VE BEEN DISCUSSING, THIS IS A TRAVESTY OF…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AS WE'VE BEEN DISCUSSING, THIS IS A TRAVESTY OF GREAT MAGNITUDE. THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT HAS SHOWN OVER AND OVER AGAIN ITS LACK OF RESPECT AND DIGNITY FOR HUMAN LIFE AND CERTAINLY SOMEONE WHO HAS SUCH GREAT RESPECT IN THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY AND WORLDWIDE IS A LEADER IN THE VIEWS OF NONVIOLENCE TO BE LOCKED UP AND PUT AWAY WHEN THE REST OF THE WORLD RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF HIS RESPECT AND HIS LEADERSHIP IN THIS IMPORTANT ENDEAVOR IS OBVIOUSLY MORE THAN DISGUSTING. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TODAY TO CREATE A RESOLUTION AND SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES AND OUR PEOPLE WHO WE BELIEVE ARE HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE RESPECT SHOULD BE GIVEN TO ONE WHO WON THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. MADAM SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROHRABACHER, RANKING MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND OVERSIGHT AND HE, TOO, HAS BEEN OUTSPOKEN ON BEHALF OF THE DISSIDENTS IN CHINA.

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    MR. ROHRABACHER

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND LET ME FIRST SUGGEST THAT I AM HONORED TO BE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND LET ME FIRST SUGGEST THAT I AM HONORED TO BE HERE IN THE PRESENCE OF CHRIS SMITH, WHO'S DONE SO MUCH, AND SPEAKER PELOSI, WHO OVER THE YEARS, OVER THESE LAST TWO DECADES WHILE I'VE BEEN IN CONGRESS, HAVE PROVEN TO ME OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT THEY ARE THE TYPE OF MORAL AND HONEST PEOPLE THAT I EMULATE AND WOULD SEEK TO STRIVE TO MEET YOUR STANDARDS. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE LEADERSHIP BOTH OF YOU HAVE SHOWN. AND NOWHERE IS THAT MORE EVIDENT THAN WHEN IT COMES TO OUR RELATIONS WITH CHINA. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H. RESOLUTION 1717, WHICH URGES PRESIDENT OBAMA TO WORK FOR THE RELEASE OF NOBEL PRIZE LAUREATE, PEACE PRIZE NOBEL LAUREATE, LIU XIAOBO. I GUESS I PRONOUNCED IT RIGHT. I UNDERSTAND. AS WELL AS THE RELEASE OF ALL THE HEROIC SIGNERS OF CHARTER 8. THEY ARE NOW IN DETENTION AND HOUSE ARREST FOR BEING SO COURAGEOUS WITH THEIR NAME ON A DEMOCRAT DOCUMENT. THERE IS NOTHING AS LOW IN THE ARENA OF GLOBAL POLITICS AS OFFICIALS OF A REGIME WHO ORDER THE ARREST AND IMPRISONMENT OF A NOBEL PEACE WINNER. THEY DESERVE A PRIZE FOR THEIR OWN. A PRIZE FOR BRUTALITY. THIS YEAR'S PRIZE WOULD THEN GO AGAIN TO THE CHINESE LEADERSHIP WHO HAVE AWARDED THEMSELVES THIS PRIZE OF INFAMY. MORE PERPLEXING THAN GANGSTERS ACTING LIKE GANGSTERS ARE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WHO INSIST ON TREATING THE COMMUNIST DICTATORSHIP AS IF IT IS MORALLY EQUIVALENT TO DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT, THUS, WORTHY OF RESPECT, TRUST AND COOPERATION. FOR 30 YEARS OUR STATE DEPARTMENT HAS PUSHED A POLICY OF OPEN DOORS OF TRADE AND COMMERCE WITH COMMUNIST CHINA. AND WE HAVE, OF COURSE, SHARED OUR TECHNOLOGY WITH COMMUNIST CHINA, INVESTED IN COMMUNIST CHINA. WE CLOSED FACTORIES HERE AND OPENED THEM UP IN CHINA. WE HAVE TRAINED VERY YOUNG PEOPLE AND EQUIPPED THEM AND WE WERE TOLD THAT IF WE SO OUTREACHED THAT OUR GOOD WILL WOULD THEN CIVILIZE THE BRUTAL THUGS IN THE COMMUNIST CHINESE PARTY. NOW THAT ALL OF OUR JOBS AND FACTORIES HAVE BEEN SENT TO COMMUNIST CHINA, THEY STILL REPRESS THEIR PEOPLE EVEN NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS. YET, WE MUST WATCH OUT HOW HEAVILY WE CRITICIZE. THEY MIGHT TURN DOWN OUR REQUEST FOR LOAN EXTENSIONS OUR OWN C.E.O.'S MIGHT FEEL THREATENED THAT THEIR FACTORIES THAT THEY PUT OVER THERE MIGHT BE EXAPPROPRIATED. MADAM SPEAKER, WE NEED TO RAISE OUR VOICES FOR IMPRISONMENT IN CHINA OF A NOBEL PRIZE WINNER. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY WE NEED TO IDENTIFY THE CHINESE REGIME AS A MILITARYISTIC DICTATORSHIP AS IT THREATENS THE PEACE OF THE WORLD AND THREATENS ALL FREEDOM-LOVING PEOPLE OF THE WORLD AND THEN ACT ACCORDINGLY. THEREFORE, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION, JOINING WITH SPEAKER PELOSI AND CONGRESSMAN SMITH AND MY OTHER COLLEAGUES WHO KNOW IF WE DO NOT STAND FOR THESE TRUTHS THAT OUR COUNTRY SUPPOSEDLY BELIEVES IN IT WILL COME BACK AND HURT US LATER. THEREFORE, I RISE IN SUPPORT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO WAKE UP AND STOP TREATING CHINA LIKE IT WILL -- LIKE AS IF WE TREAT THEM WELL AND IGNORE THEIR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY THAT THEY WILL CHANGE. THOSE MAY BE WHAT YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE COMPLAINING TO A DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT AND YOU SUGGEST THAT THEY MADE A MISTAKE, THEY'RE DOING SOMETHING WRONG. YES, AND THEN FOLLOW THROUGH WITH GOOD WILL GESTURES. THAT IS SEEN AS WEAKNESS ON THE PART OF DICTATORSHIPS. AND IT IS NOW TIME THAT AMERICA STANDS STRONG AND BE SEEN AS A COURAGEOUS VOICE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD FOR FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY AND PEACE AND ESPECIALLY AS WE SEND THAT MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF CHINA.

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    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND THANK THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE FOR HER LEADERSHIP AND THE FIGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE.

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    MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND THANK YOU FOR GIVING…

    MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT LIU XIAOBO ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE TODAY. I ESPECIALLY WANT TO THANK CHRIS SMITH, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, FRANK WOLF, DANA ROHRABACHER, THREE MEMBERS WHOM I HEARD SPEAK ON THIS MATTER. AS WELL AS OTHERS. DAVID WU, WHO IS WITH US ON THIS SIDE, FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO DEMOCRACY -- DEMOCRATIC FREEDOMS IN CHINA. MADAM SPEAKER, MR. SMITH, MR. ROHRABACHER AND MR. WOLF AND I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS ISSUE FOR DECK BASED. EVEN -- DECADES. EVEN BEFORE TIANANMEN SQUARE, WE MET WITH OUR FORMER COLLEAGUE, NOW GONE FROM US, TOM LANTOS, TO MEET WITH THE DALAI LAMA IN 1987, I THINK IT WAS. A COUPLE YEARS LATER WE SAW WHAT HAPPENED IN TIANANMEN SQUARE AND AT THAT TIME AS ADVOCATES FOR HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD WE WERE ADVOCATING FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA AS WELL. FOR A LONG TIME WE HAD THAT DEBATE. WAS JOINED THEN BY OUR COLLEAGUE, DAVID WU, AND OTHERS IN THIS IMPORTANT STATEMENT. IT SAID, IF WE ARE ADVOCATING FOR HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD WHICH THIS CONGRESS HAS DONE OVER AND OVER AGAIN, WE LOSE ALL MORAL AUTHORITY TO TALK ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS TO THE REST OF THE WORLD IF WE DO NOT TALK ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA. DESPITE THE COMMERCIAL INTERESTS WE HAVE IN CHINA, DESPITE A NUMBER OF OTHER ISSUES THAT HAVE BEEN CALLED TO OUR ATTENTION. AND SO THE NEWS IS THAT THE NOBEL COMMITTEE HAD AWARDED THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE TO LIU XIAOBO CAME AS GOOD NEWS TO THOSE OF US WHO HAD BEEN CALLING ATTENTION TO THIS ISSUE FOR A VERY LONG TIME. CONGRESSMAN SMITH WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN NOMINATING LIU XIAOBO FOR THE NOBEL PRIZE. HE HAS BEEN A FIGHTER -- HE AND FRANK WOLF, HOW MANY TIMES DID YOU GO TO CHINA, VISIT THE PRESIDENT AND THE REST? MR. ROHRABACHER HAS BEEN RELENTLESS. AND SO FOR US THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT OCCASION. NOT ONLY THAT HE'S BEING -- RECEIVING THE NOBEL PRIZE, BUT THAT THIS CONGRESS IS RECOGNIZING THAT PRIZE AS WELL. IT IS APPROPRIATE. THE NOBEL PRIZE HAS BEEN CALLED THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS PRIZE IN THE WORLD. IT IS APPROPRIATE THAT IN 2010 CHINESE DEMOCRACY ADVOCATE LIU XIAOBO JOINS THE ILLUSTRIOUS GROUP OF FORMER RECIPIENTS. ON CHRISTMAS DAY, 2009, CHINESE AUTHORITIES SENTENCED LIU XIAOBO TO 11 YEARS IN PRISON FOR INSIDING SUBVERSION OF STATE POWER. IT WAS A HARSH SENTENCE THAT DISRESPECTS THE RULE OF LAW AND THE FREEDOM OF CHINESE CITIZENS TO EXPRESS THEIR OPINIONS WHICH IS EVEN GUARANTEED IN THE CHINESE CONSTITUTION. LIU XIAOBO IS STILL IN PRISON TODAY AND HIS WIFE HAS BEEN PUT UNDER HOUSE ARREST. LIU XIAOBO IS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL SIGNERS OF CHARTER 8, AN ONLINE PETITION CALLING FOR NEW POLICIES TO IMPROVE HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY IN CHINA. MR. WU WROTE, THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF DEMOCRACY IS THAT PEOPLE ARE SOVEREIGN AND THAT THE PEOPLE SELECT THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT. CHARTER 8 NOW HAS OVER 10,000 SIGNATURES, MANY OF WHOM HAVE BEEN HARASSED AND INTIMIDATED BY THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES. THE COURAGEOUS EFFORTS BY THE SIGNATURORS OF CHARTER 08 TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES IN THE FACE OF ARREST AND DETENTION ARE TRULY AN INSPIRATION AROUND THE WORLD. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE DONE IN THE PAST DECADE IS TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR EXPRESSING THEIR VIEWS, WHETHER THEY BE RELIGIOUS OR POLITICAL, IS THAT THEY ARE NOT FORGOTTEN. THE -- ONE OF THE TECHNIQUES OF IMPRISONMENT IS TO TELL THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ARRESTED THAT ON THE OUTSIDE NOBODY EVEN REMEMBERS YOU, NOBODY CARES THAT YOU ARE HERE, THEY HAVE FORGOTTEN YOU AND ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE. AND, OF COURSE, WITH THE AWARDING OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, WHAT GREATER SPOTLIGHT COULD THERE BE PLACED ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN CHINA? THE AWARDING OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE FOR THE FIRST TIME TO A CHINESE CITIZEN IS A MOMENT US OCCASION FOR THE TIANANMEN DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT. LIU XIAOBO WAS ARRESTED IN TIANANMEN SQUARE IN 1989 AT THE TIME HE WAS ON A HUNGER STRIKE TO PROTEST MARSHAL LAW AND TO PROMOTE A PEACEFUL NEGOTIATION WITH THE CHINESE STUDENTS. HE SPENT MANY YEARS IN CHINESE PRISON CAMPS FOR ONLY EXERCISING HIS RIGHT TO FREE EXPRESSION. THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE IS A TESTAMENT NOT ONLY TO LIU XIAOBO BUT CHINESE DISSIDENTS, MANY, MANY CHINESE DISSIDENTS WHO HAVE SACRIFICED SO MUCH IN PURSUIT OF FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY IN CHINA. TODAY, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS CONGRATULATING LIU XIAOBO ON THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE AND SENDING A CLEAR MESSAGE OF SUPPORT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY IN CHINA. WE DO THIS IN RECOGNITION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHI NAND THE UNITED STATES THAT WE HAVE MANY ISSUES WHERE WE HAVE COMMON GROUND OR WHERE WE COULD SEEK COMMON GROUND, BUT ALL OF THAT IS BETTER SERVED BY CANDOR IN OUR FRIENDSHIP, NOT IGNORING SORE SPOTS. WE CONTINUE TO CALL FOR LIU XIAOBO'S IMMEDIATE AND UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE AND FOR THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO LISTEN TO THE MANY CLY THESE CITIZENS CALLING FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND FREEDOM IN CHINA. ONCE AGAIN, I THANK CONGRESSMAN SMITH FOR HIS SUPPORT OVER THE YEARS, FOR HIS NOMINATION OF LIU XIAOBO, AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. PITTS

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER AND THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN SMITH FOR YOUR…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER AND THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN SMITH FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. HERE'S A PICTURE OF LIU XIAOBO A MODERN DAY HUMAN RIGHT HE'S ROE WHO IS SUFFERING AND LANGUISHING IN PRISON AS WE SPEAK. THIS RESOLUTION CELEBRATES THE FACT THAT THE CHINESE DISSIDENT LIU XIAOBO HAS BEEN AWARDED THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE AND NOTES WITH SADNESS THE FACT THAT HE REMAINS IN PRISON BECAUSE OF HIS COMMITMENT TO FREEDOM AND HUMAN RIGHTS. HE'S BEEN A TRUE HERO, DEFENDING THOSE WHO CANNOT DEFEND THEMSELVES AND LENDING A VOICE TO THOSE WHO HAVE NO VOICE. HE'S WORKED TIRELESSLY TO PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS BUT HAS BEEN REPEATEDLY DETAINED, SENT THROUGH ARE RE-EDUCATION THROUGH LABOR CAMPS, PLACED UNDER HOUSE ARREST, HARASSED AND MONITORED FROM THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT. HE'S WITHSTOOD THE BRUTAL ATTACKS OF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT. IN 2008, HE HELPED DRAFT CHARTER 2008 CALLING FOR GREATER RESPECT FOR FREEDOM AND FREE ELECTIONS. BECAUSE OF HIS ROLE IN DRAFTING AND CIRCULATING THE CHARTER, HE WAS ARRESTED AND SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS IN PRISON A TERM HE CONTINUES TO SERVE. HIS LONG AND PEACEFUL STRUGGLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS HAS MADE HIM MOST DESERVING OF THIS AWARD AND WE RECOGNIZE HIM BUT WE ALSO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CALL ON THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO RESPECT BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS OF ITS PEOPLE AND TO RELEASE LIU FROM PRISON. UNFORTUNATELY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSE TO THE NOBEL PRIZE COMMITTEE'S DECISION WAS SHAMEFUL. NEWS ABOUT THE AWARD WAS CENSORED, A STATEMENT WAS ISSUED THAT IT WAS CRIMINAL AND HIS WIFE WAS PLACED UNDER HOUSE ARREST. CHINA HAS DECLINED TO ATTEND THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE CEREMONY FOR THE AWARD AND NEW IT'S BEING BOYCOTTED BY SUCH NATIONS, SURPRISINGLY AS --

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. PITTS

    I HAVE ONE MORE MINUTE?

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    MR. SMITH

    HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE LEFT?

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    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN 30 SECONDS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS YIELDED 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. PITTS

    THE COUNTRIES OF CO-ZACK STAN, EGYPT AND IRAQ ARE BOYCOTTING, THAT'S…

    THE COUNTRIES OF CO-ZACK STAN, EGYPT AND IRAQ ARE BOYCOTTING, THAT'S SHAMEFUL. IT'S MY HOPE THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF CHINA WILL RELEASE HIM FROM PRISON AND WHEN THE PRESIDENT OF CHOO IN A COMES NEXT MONTH WILL RAISE THIS ISSUE VIGOROUSLY AND URGE HIM TO BE RELEASED. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. KLEIN

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS ONE MINUTE TO CLOSE, I'LL BE HAPPY TO YIELD ONE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS ONE MINUTE TO CLOSE, I'LL BE HAPPY TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO CLOSE IF YOU NEED IT.

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    MR. SMITH

    ME CLOSE WITH THE STATEMENT OF LIU XIAOBO HIMSELF, THIS WAS STATED AT HIS…

    ME CLOSE WITH THE STATEMENT OF LIU XIAOBO HIMSELF, THIS WAS STATED AT HIS TRIAL IN 2009 HE SAID IN PART, I HOPE I WILL BE THE LAST VICTIM OF CHINA'S ENDLESS INQUISITIONS AND THAT FROM NOW OWN, NO ONE WILL BE INCRIMINATED BECAUSE OF SPEECH HE WENT ON TO SAY FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS THE FOUNDATION OF HUMAN RIGHT THE SOURCE OF HUMANITY, THE MOTHER OF ALL TRUTH TO STRANGLE FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS TO TRAMPLE ON HUMAN RIGHTS, STIFLE HUMANITY AND SUPPRESS TRUTH HE SAID, THERE IS NOTHING CRIMINAL IN ANYTHING I HAVE DONE, BUT IF CHARGES ARE BROUGHT AGAINST ME -- AND THEY WERE -- BECAUSE OF THIS, I HAVE NO COMPLAINTS. LIEU YOU -- LIU XIAOBO HAD CHARGES LEVELED AGAINST HIM AND HE IS NOW IN PRISON. HE STANDS WITH ALL THE OPPRESS -- CONGRESS STANDS WITH THE OPPRESSED IN CONGRESS. WE STAND WITH HIM AND AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR. WE ARE UNITED, DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS, LIBERALS, MODERATES AND CONSERVATIVES, AND WE THANK THE NOBEL COMMITTEE FOR NAMING THIS MAN, ONE OF THE GREATEST HUMAN RIGHTS LEADERS OF OUR TIME, AS THE PEACE PRIZE REZIP YENT.

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    MR. KLEIN

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS ELOQUENT PRESENTATION AND ALL THE SPEAKERS TODAY,…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS ELOQUENT PRESENTATION AND ALL THE SPEAKERS TODAY, INCLUDING THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE AND WE RECOGNIZE THAT ALL OF US FIGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS NO MATTER THE SITUATION POLITICALLY OR OTHERWISE. AT THIS POINT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1717 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING --

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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    MR. KLEIN

    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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    MR. KLEIN

    THE RULES AND AGREE TO THE RESOLUTION, H.RES. 1751.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    TRAGIC FOREST FIRE IN ISRAEL THAT BEGAN ON DECEMBER 2, 2010.

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. KLEIN, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. KLEIN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. KLEIN

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

    YOU, 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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    MR. KLEIN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I I MIGHT CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. KLEIN

    ARE AWARE, LAST WEEK, THE STATE OF ISRAEL FACED THE WORST NATURAL DISASTER…

    ARE AWARE, LAST WEEK, THE STATE OF ISRAEL FACED THE WORST NATURAL DISASTER IN ITS HISTORY. A FOREST FIRE RAVAGED THE CARMEL FOREST, KILLING 30 PEOPLE, DISPLACING 17,000 ISRAELIS AND BURNING FOUR MILLION TREES. PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVE PLANTED TREES IN FORESTS THROUGHOUT ISRAEL TO MAKE IT GREENER AND MAKE THE DESERT BLOOM. THIS IS A TRAGEDY BECAUSE OF THE LOSS OF THESE FORESTS THAT IS REALLY SOMETHING THAT HAS TO BE RECOGNIZED BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY,S THAT MOMENT THAT WE AS AMERICANS WANT TO SEND A MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE TO THE ISRAELI PEOPLE FOR THE LOSS OF LIFE, LOSS OF PROPERTY, AND TO MAKE AN IMPORTANT STATEMENT OF SUPPORT AND SOLIDARITY WITH OUR ALLY AND FRIEND, THE STATE OF ISRAEL. THANKFULLY, OVER THE LAST DAY OR SO, THE FIRE HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY CONTAINED AND HOPEFULLY IT WILL SOON BE FULLY EXTINGUISHED. WITH THE HELP OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, ISRAEL WILL NOW BE ABLE TO REBUILD. THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANT THAT AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME WE RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS INTERNATIONAL EFFORT FROM COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD WHO OFFERED OR PROVIDED ASSISTANCE TO FIGHT THE FIRE. THOSE COUNTRIES INCLUDE AUSTRALIA, AUSTRIA, AZERBAIJAN, BULGARIA, CREE ASIA, -- CROATIA, CYPRESS, ITALY, JORDAN, NORWAY, THE NETHERLANDS, THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY, RUSSIA, SPAIN, SWITZERLAND, TURKEY, UKRAINE AND THE UNITED KINGDOM. WE'RE ALSO PROUD OF OUR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES WHO SELFLESSLY MOBILIZED TO SEND FIRE FIGHTING SUPPLIES AND FIRE FIGHTING EXPERTS TO ISRAEL. I WOULD LIKE TO ESPECIALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE ROUND-THE-CLOCK EFFORTS BY USAID, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL, U.S. FIRE SERVICE PROFESSIONALS, AS WELL AS OUR EMBASSY, PERSONNEL -- AS WELL AS OUR EMBASSY PERSONNEL IN TEL AVIV WHO WERE CONSTANTLY IN CONTACT WITH THEIR ISRAELI COUNTERPARTS OFFERING ASSISTANCE AT EVERY JUNCTURE. WE MUST NOTE THAT TIME AND AGAIN, ISRAEL SENDS ITS SUPPLIES AND EXPERTS TO DISASTERS AROUND THE WORLD. IT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST COUNTRIES THAT PROVIDED SUPPORT TO THE PEOPLE OF HAITI AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE. CERTAINLY WE KNOW IN THE AFTERMATH OF FLOODS, EARTHQUAKES, TERRORIST ATTACKS AND OTHER NATURAL AND MANMADE DISASTERS, ISRAEL OFFERS ITS PECKSER -- EXPERTISE. NOW ISRAEL KNOWS IT CAN RELY ON OTHERS AS WELL. ARE RESTORATION WILL BE A LONG-TERM EFFORT AFTER THIS FIRE AND WILL REQUIRE COOPERATION ON MANY FRONTS. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND THE IMPORTANT EFFORTS OF THE JEWISH NATIONAL FUND WHICH HAS TAKE AN LEADING ROLE IN THE REPLANTING EFFORT IT HAS OPERATED FOR DECADES. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY PARTNER IN THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, CONGRESSMAN PETER KING, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FIRE FIGHTERS CAUCUS AND OTHERS, AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN BERMAN AND RANKING MEMBER ROS-LEHTINEN FOR QUICKLY BRINGING THIS MATTER TO THE FLOOR. THIS ALLOWS US TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, WE STAND WITH YOU IN YOUR TIME OF NEED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SMITH

    YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AS MY COLLEAGUE POINTED OUT, THE…

    YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AS MY COLLEAGUE POINTED OUT, THE WORST FIRE IN ISRAEL'S HISTORY ERUPTED IN THE FOREST OF ISRAEL IT DESTROYED OVER 250 HOMES. IT ALSO BURNED OVER FOUR MILLION TREES AND 12,000 ACRES OF FOREST, RESULTING IN DAMAGES TOY TALLING ALMOST $55 MILLION. AFTER ISRAEL HAD EXHAUSTED ITS RESOURCES TO FIGHT THE FIRE, IT APPEALED TO THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER NATIONS TO HELP IT AND HELP WE DID. U.S. C-130 AIRCRAFT FLYING FROM THE EUROPEAN COMMAND FLYING FROM THE AIR FORCE BASE IN GERMANY DELIVERED 20 TONS OF FIRE RETARDANT AND 38,000 GALLONS OF FIRE RETARDANT CONCENTRATE. THE U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT BROUGHT FIRE FIGHTING SUPPLIES INCLUDING 27 METRIC TONS OF FIRE RETARDANT AND 42 METRIC TONS OF FIRE RETAR -- FIRE FIGHTING FOAM. THEY ALSO PROVIDED TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND DISCUSSED LESSONS LEARNED. COUNTLESS INDIVIDUAL AMERICANS PROVIDED CHARITABLE DONATIONS TO HELP ISRAEL FIGHT AND RECOVER FROM THE FIRE. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THEIR GOVERNMENT HAVE ONCE AGAIN STOOD WITH OUR GREAT FRIEND AND ALLY ISRAEL IN THEIR TIME OF NEED AS THEY HAVE DONE WITH US ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS. THIS IS ONE MORE EXAMPLE OF THE ROCK SOLID FRIENDSHIP AND ILICENSE BETWEEN THE U.S. AND STATE OF ISRAEL. THANKS TO THE PEOPLE OF THE GOVERNMENT OF ISRAEL AND THE CRICKS OF THE U.S., OUR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND OVER TWO DOZEN OTHER COUNTRIES, ISRAEL WAS ABLE TO FULLY CONTAIN THE FIRE ON DECEMBER 5. IT WILL LIKELY TAKE MANY YEARS FOR ISRAEL TO REHABILITATE ITS FORESTS WHICH HAVE LONG BEEN A SYMBOL OF ISRAEL AND THE REBIRTH OF THE JEWISH STATE IN THE ANCESTRAL HOMELAND OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. KLEIN, FOR AUTHORING THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION AND FOR OTHERS FOR CO-SPONSORING IT. IT'S AN EXCELLENT RESOLUTION. I URGE ITS PASSAGE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. KLEIN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION. I THINK WE ALL…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION. I THINK WE ALL UNDERSTAND WHEN IT COMES TO DISASTERS, WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. WHETHER IT'S PEOPLE IN THE STATE OF ISRAEL, PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES, OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD, CERTAINLY AFTER WATCHING ISRAEL COME TO THE AID OF OTHER COUNTRIES IN THEIR TIME OF NEED, IT'S OBVIOUSLY IMPORTANT ON A HUMANITARIAN LEVEL, LOGISTICAL LEVEL AND RESPECT LEVEL THAT WE ALL HELP THE STATE OF ISRAEL IN ITS TIME OF NEED AS WELL IN THIS TIME OF NATURAL DISASTER. I ASK THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES…

    ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 17 A 1. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE THE RULES ARE SPU SPENDED AND THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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    MR. KLEIN

    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.CON.RES. 267 AS AMENDED.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CON CURRENT RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    CONCURRENT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING THE BALTIC NATIONS OF ESTONIA, LATVIA…

    CONCURRENT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING THE BALTIC NATIONS OF ESTONIA, LATVIA AND LITHUANIA ON THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF THEIR FULL INDEPENDENCE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. KLEIN, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. KLEIN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. KLEIN

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY 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, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. KLEIN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION THAT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION THAT CONGRATULATES ESTONIA, LATVIA AND LITHUANIA ON THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR DECLARATIONS ON THE RESTORATION OF INDEPENDENCE FROM THE SOVIET UNION AND I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. KLEIN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WISH TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE SHIMKUS, THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WISH TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE SHIMKUS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, AND A GOOD FRIEND OF THE BALTIC PEOPLE, FOR INTRODUCING THIS MEASURE TODAY. IN JUNE, 1940, SOVIET TROOPS OCCUPIED THE BALTIC STATES AND YOU THE AUSPICES OF THE PACT AND THEN FORCIBLY INCORPORATED THEM INTO THE SOVIET UNION. THE FOLLOWING YEAR NAZI GERMANY INVADED THE BALTIC STATES AND ILLEGALLY INCORPORATED THEM INTO THE THIRD RIKET. THE SOVIET UNION REOCCUPIED THE BALTIC STATES IN 1945 UNTIL THEY REGAINED THEIR INDEPENDENCE IN 1991. DURING THIS PERIOD OF FOREIGN DOMINATION, THOUSANDS OF ESTONIANS, LAT I HAVEANS AND LITHUANIANS WERE SUBJECT TO BRUTAL REPRESSION AND EVEN EXECUTED. THE UNITED STATES NEVER RECOGNIZED THE INCORPS RATION OF THE BALTIC STATES INTO THE SOVIET UNION AND I HAD THE CHANCE A FEW YEARS AGO TO VISIT THESE STATES WITH NAM OF OTHER MEMBERS AND WE HEARD DIRECTLY FROM THE PEOPLE, THE GOVERNMENT LEADERS, ABOUT THEIR LEVEL OF APPRECIATION TO THE UNITED STATES FOR TAKING THAT POSITION THAT THEY WERE NEVER RECOGNIZED AS BALTIC STATES UNDER THE SOVIET UNION. THIS POLICY GAVE RISE TO THE PRINCIPLE OF LEGAL CONTINUITY WHICH HELD THAT THEY REMAIN INDEPENDENT DURING THE PERIOD OF ILLEGAL OCCUPATION. FURTHERMORE THE PEOPLE OF ESTONIA, LATVIA AND LITHUANIA NEVER RELINQUISHED THEIR HOPE FOR FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY. IN AUGUST, 1989, THE WORLD WATCHED AS AN ESTIMATED TWO MILLION BALTS FROM OVER ONE QUARTER OF THE TOTAL POPULATION FORMED A 370-MILE HUMAN CHAIN THAT SPANNED THE THREE CAPITALS IN A PEACEFUL ACT OF SOLIDARITY AND DEFINES OF SOVIET RULE. JUST OVER SIX MONTHS LATER IN MARCH, 1990, LITHUANIA BECAME THE FIRST OF THE SOVIET REPUBLICS TO DECLARE INDEPENDENCE. ESTONIA AND LATVIA FOLLOWED SUIT WITHIN WEEKS. ALL THREE GAINED THEIR FULL INDEPENDENCE IN LATE AUGUST, 1991, WHICH WAS RECOGNIZED BY THE SOVIET UNION ON SEPTEMBER 6. IN THE INTERVENING 20 YEARS, THESE STATES HAVE MADE REMARKABLE PROGRESS IN REFORMING THEIR POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC SYSTEMS. THEY HAVE JOINED THE FAMILY OF EUROPEAN DEMOCRACIES, BECOME MEMBERS OF NATO AND THE EUROPEAN UNION. INDEED, ALL THREE BALTIC STATES ARE VALUED PARTICIPANTS IN THE EYE SELF MISSION IN AFGHAN AND HAVE WORKED TO BUILD STABILITY AND PROSPERITY THROUGHOUT EASTERN EUROPE. MR. SPEAKER, I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION THAT CELEBRATES AN IMPORTANT ANNIVERSARY OF OUR BALTIC ALLIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING THE CLOSE RELATIONS THAT OUR NATIONS HAVE CONTINUED TO ENJOY AND, MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES THE BAFFLE HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES THE BAFFLE HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SMITH

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

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    MR. SMITH

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H. CON RURNT RESOLUTION 267, CONGRATULATING…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H. CON RURNT RESOLUTION 267, CONGRATULATING THE BALTIC NATIONS ON THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR DECLARATION ON THE RESTORATION OF INDEPENDENCE FROM THE SOVIET UNION. IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT TWO DECADES HAVE PASSED SINCE THE WORLD WITNESSED THE TREMENDOUS EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE IN EASTERN EUROPE AND THE FORMER SOVIET UNION. WE SAW COUNTRIES THAT IN THAT REGION EMERGED FROM DECADES OF COMMUNIST BRUTALITY, SHAKE OFF THE SHACKLES OF THE SOVIET OPPRESSION. THOSE EVENTS FOREVER CHANGED THE WORLD. ALONG WITH THE MEMORIES OF FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL AND THE VICTORY OF THE TRADE UNION SOLIDARITY AND OF COURSE THE LIBERATION OF ROMANIA IS THE HISTORIC ELECTION -- WE RECALL THE INSPIRATION BY TWO MILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN ESTONIA, LATVIA AND LITHUANIA WHO ACTUALLY LINKED HANDS TO FORM A HUMAN CHAIN ALMOST 400 MILES LONG IN A PEACEFUL PROTEST AGAINST SOVIET RULE. AFTER DECADES OF OPPRESSIVE SOVIET OCCUPATION, THE BALTIC PEOPLES REMAINED COMMITTED TO ONE DAY REGAINING INDEPENDENCE AND LIVING IN FREEDOM. THAT DREAM, OF COURSE, BECAME A REALITY IN 1991 WHEN THE THREE BALTIC NATIONS GAVE FULL -- GAINED FULL INDEPENDENCE. THOSE FINAL DAYS LEADING UP TO THE INDEPENDENCE, I'LL NEVER FORGET, BEING IN VILNIUS WITH STENY HOYER AND OTHER MEMBERS, WE WERE THERE TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH PRESIDENT BURGESS WHO WAS UNDER A EVER-PRESENT THREAT THAT THE BLACK BERETS, THE SOVIET STORM TROOPERS, WERE POISED TO TAKE OVER THE PARLIAMENT BUILDING AND TO TAKE OVER THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. THEY KILLED PEOPLE AT A TV TOWER. THERE WAS ACTUALLY A GUN THERE, THERE WAS A TANK. WE WENT UP AND VISITED, PAY OUR RESPECTS TO THE PEOPLE WHO HAD BEEN SLAIN JUST DAYS BEFORE. I'LL NEVER FORGET AS THE GUN MOVED IN THE DIRECTION OF OUR DELEGATION AND ESPECIALLY DON RITTER, WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THAT DELEGATION, WHO HAD THE AUDACITY TO GET TOO CLOSE TO THE TANK. THAT'S HOW MUCH OF A HAIR TRIGGER THE SOVIET TROOPS WERE IN FEBRUARY OF 1991. AND I AGAIN WANT TO THANK MR. HOYER WHO HE AND I AND OTHERS ON THAT DELEGATION, HE WAS THE LEADER THAT HAVE DELEGATION, BECAUSE WE WERE THERE LIKE FREEDOM RIDERS, TO BE THERE PHYSICALLY PRESENT TO TRY TO CHILL ANY ATTACK ON PRESIDENT BURGESS' GOVERNMENT. OF COURSE IT WAS THE PEOPLE THEMSELVES IN LITHUANIA, LATVIA AND THE BALTIC STATES WHO WERE THE ONES THEMSELVES WHO TOOK IT UPON THEMSELVES TO STAND UP TO THE TYRANNY AND THEY PREVAILED KS AS DID THE OTHERS IN EASTERN EUROPE AND THE SOVIET UNION. WE RISE TO CONGRATULATE THEM AND TO PAY OUR PROFOUND RESPECTS FOR THEIR COURAGE IN BRINGING ABOUT DEMOCRACY TO THOSE GREAT COUNTRIES. THEY ARE CAPTIVE NATIONS NO MORE. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:22:29 PM

    MR. KLEIN

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 04:22:37 PM

    MR. KLEIN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I THINK THAT WE THINK BACK OF EASTERN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I THINK THAT WE THINK BACK OF EASTERN EUROPE FROM DECADES AGO, THE TYPE OF PLACE THAT IT WAS UNDER SOVIET DOMINANCE AND OCCUPATION, THIS IS A DIFFERENT PLACE TODAY. AND THOSE OF US THAT HAD THE CHANCE AS AMERICANS TO TRAVEL TO THESE THREE CHRIS HAVE SEEN TREMENDOUS CHANGE. WE KNOW THAT THE FIGHT THAT THEY HAVE AND THE RESPECT THEY HAVE FOR THE UNITED STATES IS STRONG BECAUSE WE HELD AND STOOD WITH THEM DURING THE TIME OF THE SOVIET OCCUPATION AND WE APPRECIATE THEIR BELIEF IN PEOPLE ARE AND -- FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY AND OF COURSE WE SHARE THAT WITH THEM. ONE LITTLE SIDE NOTE, I KNOW WHEN I WAS IN LITHUANIA, A NUMBER OF US WERE INTERESTED IN ENCOURAGING LITHUANIA TO CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD QUICKLY WITH HOLOCAUST RESTITUTION, WHICH HAS BEEN LANGUISHING FOR QUITE SOME TIME AND OF COURSE WE CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO MOVE QUICKLY BEFORE MANY OF THEEM THESE SURVIVORS PERISH BY NATURAL CAUSES. BUT IN ANY EVENT, WE'RE HERE TODAY TO CELEBRATE. THIS IS A VERY BIG MILESTONE AND OF COURSE WE ASK THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE 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 RST CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 267 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 AND THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO 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 NEW JERSEY RISE?

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    THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL S. 3987.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    THE APPLICABILITY OF IDENTITY THEFT GUIDELINES TO CREDITORS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. ADLER, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. ADLER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, MR. SIMPSON, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. ALEDALED MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON THIS LEGISLATION AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL THEREON.

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  • 04:24:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 04:24:52 PM

    MR. ADLER

    AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE ACT OF 2010.…

    AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE ACT OF 2010. THIS LEGISLATION, WHICH I INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE, WILL NARROW THE SCOPE OF THE FAIR AND ACCURATE CREDIT TRANSACTION ACT OF 2003. THE FACT ACT DIRECTED THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION TO PROMULGATE RULES REQUIRING CREDITORS TO IMPLEMENT PROGRAMS TO DETECT AND RESPOND TO SO-CALLED RED FLAGS THAT COULD INDICATE IDENTITY THEFT. CLEARLY WE ALL AGREE THAT IDENTITY THEFT IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM AND WE MUST RESPOND WITH STRONG REGULATIONS TO PROTECT CONSUMERS. THAT WAS THE INTENT OF CONGRESS IN 2003. THIS CONGRESS SHARES THAT INTENT. HOWEVER, WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL THAT THE LAWS WE PASS ADDRESS THE PROBLEM AND DO SO IN A WAY THAT DOESN'T ADVERSELY AND UNFAIRLY IMPACT SMALL BUSINESSES. AMERICA'S SMALL BUSINESSES ARE STRUGGLING IN TODAY'S TOUGH ECONOMY. CONGRESS NEEDS TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO FIND COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS TO HELP AMERICA'S SMALL BUSINESSES REMAIN AS COMPETITIVE AS POSSIBLE SO THEY CAN CREATE GOOD-PAYING JOBS. I AM PLEASED THAT THE HOUSE IS TAKING UP MY LEGISLATION THAT WILL REDUCE BURDENSOME REGULATIONS ON SMALL BUSINESSES. THE PURPOSE OF THE RED FLAG PROGRAM CLARIFICATION ACT IS TO LIMIT THE TIME OF CREDITOR THAT MUST BE COVERED BY THE FT -- F.T.C.'S RED FLAG RULE. WHEN I THINK OF THE WORD CREDITOR, DENTISTS, ACCOUNTING FIRMS AND LAW FIRMS DO NOT COME TO MIND. HOWEVER, THE FACT ACT HAS, AS READ BY THE F.T.C. STATES THAT THESE PROFESSIONS AND OTHERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH THE REGULATIONS. IT IS CLEAR THAT WHEN CONGRESS WROTE THE LAW THEY NEVER CONTEMPLATED INCLUDING THESE TYPES OF SMALL BUSINESSES WITHIN THE BROAD SCOPE OF THAT LAW. THE F.T.C., TO ITS GREAT CREDIT, HAS ALREADY DELAYED IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RED FLAG'S RULE NUMEROUS TIMES BECAUSE OF THIS ISSUE. I WANT TO THANK SPECIFICALLY F.T.C. CHAIRMAN FOR HIS UNDERSTANDING THAT CONGRESS IN THAT WAY INTENDED BACK IN 2003 TO INCLUDE THESE SORTS OF BUSINESSES IN THE BROAD SCOPE OF THE FACT ACT. WE MUST ACT BY THE END OF THIS YEAR TO HELP THE POTENTIALLY DAMAGING IMPACT OF THIS RULE AND I'M PLEASED THAT THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WILL PROVIDE A PERMANENT SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM. THE SENATE PASSED THIS BILL UNANIMOUSLY. THE HOUSE PASSED SIMILAR LEGISLATION WHICH I CO-WROTE WITH MR. BROUN AND SITCHSON LAST YEAR BY A NARROW VOTE OF ONLY 400-0. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, PARTICULARLY CONGRESSMAN BROUN AND SIMPSON, ALONG WITH MR. MAFFEI AND MR. LEE, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I ALSO WISH TO THANK CHAIRMAN FRANK AND RANKING MEMBER BACHUS FOR ALLOWING THIS BILL TO COME TO THE FLOOR. WE WORK TOGETHER ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO SOLVE A PROBLEM. TODAY WE ACHIEVE A WORTHY BALANCE THE RIGHT WAY. A BIPARTISAN SOLUTION TO A NONPARTISAN PROBLEM. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I URGE PASSAGE OF THE LEGISLATION THAT IS SO IMPORTANT TO OUR SMALL BUSINESSES. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SIMPSON

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

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    MR. SIMPSON

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF S. 3987, THE RED FLAG PROGRAM CLARIFICATION ACT…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF S. 3987, THE RED FLAG PROGRAM CLARIFICATION ACT OF 2010. THIS BILL AS WAS MENTION SAD BIPARTISAN COMMONSENSE APPROACH TO PROTECTING OUR NATION'S SMALL BUSINESSES FROM NEEDLESS BURDENSOME GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS. THIS LEGISLATION CLARIFIES THE DEFINITION OF CREDITOR FOR THE PURPOSES OF COMPLYING WITH THE RED FLAG RULE. YOU UNDERSTAND THIS LAW A CREDITOR WOULD INCLUDE ONLY THOSE ENTITIES THAT REGULARLY USE CONSUMER REPORTS OR FURNISH INFORMATION TO CONSUMER REPORTING AGENCIES. MR. SPEAKER, OUR DOCTORS AND DENTISTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE NOT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, DO NOT PRESENT BE A IDENTITY THEFT RISK AND SHOULD NOT BE TREATED AS SUCH. UNDER THE OLD RULE, MANY OF THESE MEDICAL AND DENTAL OFFICES WERE CONSIDERED CREDITORS BECAUSE THEY WORKED WITH PATIENTS TO DEVELOP PAYMENT PLANS THAT THEY COULD AFFORD. THIS RULE ACTUALLY DISCOURAGES EFFORTS TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO CARE FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY. THIS GOES AGAINST ALL OF OUR EFFORTS TO IMPROVE OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. CONGRESS NEVER MEANT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES SUCH AS DOCTORS, DENTISTS, ACCOUNTANTS AND OTHERS TO BE INCLUDED IN THIS DEFINITION. THIS LEGISLATION IS A GOOD COMPROMISE IN ADDRESSING THE CONCERNS OF IMPACTED BUSINESSES AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS WHILE STILL PROTECTING INDIVIDUALS FROM THE RISK OF IDENTITY THEFT. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY GOOD FRIENDS, CONGRESSMAN ADLER, CONGRESSMAN BROUN, I'VE ENJOYED WORKING WITH YOU ON THIS LEGISLATION, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE WORK OF CHAIRMAN FRANK AND RANKING MEMBER BACHUS TO CRAFT A BALANCED BILL THAT ADDRESSES EVERY EVERYONE'S CONCERNS AS WELL AS SENATORS FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS ISSUE. FINALLY I'D LIKE TO THANK THE F.T.C. CHAIRMAN, CHAIRMAN LEAVEWOMEN WHICH IT'S, FOR WORKING WITH US TO -- SO DILIGENTLY ON THIS ISSUE THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I DON'T BELIEVE WE HAVE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS AND I WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:29:51 PM

    MR. ADLER

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SIMPSON AND I AGREE. WE AGREE ON LOTS OF THINGS AND…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SIMPSON AND I AGREE. WE AGREE ON LOTS OF THINGS AND WE AGREE THAT THIS CHAMBER SHOULD SEE MORE BILLS AND PROCESSES LIKE THIS. THE HOUSE AND SENATE COOPERATED AND GOT SOMETHING GOOD DONE THAT HELPS OUR SMALL BUSINESSES, HELPS AMERICANS ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, BRINGS A LITTLE BIT OF COMMON SENSE. A FEW YEARS AGO CONGRESS TRIED TO DO A GOOD THING AND OVERREACHED JUST A LITTLE BITWORKS GOOD INTENT BUT OVERREACH AD LIB. WE SAW THE PROBLEM, AS MR. SIMPSON ACKNOWLEDGED, CHAIRMAN LEAVE WHICH IT'S ALSO SAW THE PROBLEM, AND WE WORKED TOGETHER. THE BUREAUCRACY WAS NOT INFLEXIBLE. IT SHOWED SOME RESTRAINT AND DID NOT POSE AN ADDITIONAL BURDEN ON THE DOCTORS AND DENTISTS AND LAWYERS AROUND THE COUNTRY. SO FOR ONCE THE PROCESS KIND OF WORKED. THIS GIVES HOPE TO THE PEOPLE WHO WILL BE SERVING IN THE NEXT CONGRESS. THEY CAN WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN BASIS. THIS GIVES HOPE TO PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO ARE LEAVING THAT CONGRESS CAN CONTINUE TO FUNCTION IN SOME WAY IN A BIPARTISAN, COMMONSENSE MANNER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME WITH SATISFACTION THAT WE'VE DONE A GOOD JOB HERE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAVING…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 3987. 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 UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RISE?

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    THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE RESOLUTION 1540 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

    WAITING ILLICIT MARIJUANA CULTIVATION ON FEDERAL LANDS AND ED ORERING THE…

    WAITING ILLICIT MARIJUANA CULTIVATION ON FEDERAL LANDS AND ED ORERING THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO PREVENT GROWING MARIJUANA ON FEDERAL LANDS.

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    REMARKS AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:32:18 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    THIS BILL CALLS ON THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF FEDERAL -- OF NATIONAL…

    THIS BILL CALLS ON THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF FEDERAL -- OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL FOLCY TO DEVELOP A COORDINATED STRATEGY TO DEFEAT MEXICAN DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATIONS AND OTHER CRIMINAL GROUPS. MARIJUANA GROWERS HAVE BEGUN TO USE PUBLIC LANDS BECAUSE OF THEIR REMOTENESS AND DIFFICULTY IN SEIZING OR TRACING THE DRUGS TO ANY SPECIFIC OWNER. THESE LARGE-SCALE PLANTATIONS ARE BEING OPERATED BY WELL-ARMED, FINANCED MEXICAN DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATIONS AND GROUPS. IT'S REPORTED THAT DRUG ORGANIZATIONS GROWING ON PUBLIC LANDS WILL SHOOT AT POLICE AND OTHERS TO PROTECT THEIR CROPS. A NATIONAL DRUG THREAT ASSESSMENT WAS ISSUED IN FEBRUARY IN WHICH IT WAS REPORTED THE NUMBER OF MARIJUANA PLANTS REMOVED FROM PUBLIC LANDS WILL DECREASE. THIS IS SPREAD PRIMARILY BY THOSE OVERSEEN BY MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS. A SEPARATE REPORT FOUND THAT THE FEDERATION AND OTHER UNDETERMINED CARTELS WERE ACTIVE IN OREGON. IN ADDITION A RECENT DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY INVESTIGATION ON GROWERS CULTIVATING DRUGS ON LAND IN OREGON AND CALIFORNIA. THE GOAL IS TO BRING ATONINGS THIS ILLICIT DRUG ACTIVITY AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO STOP DRUG CARTELS FROM USING FEDERAL LAND FOR ILLEGAL DRUG CROP OPERATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 04:34:08 PM

    MR. BERMAN

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:34:14 PM

    MR. BERMAN

    OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1540 AS ONE OF THE CO-SPONSORS THIS DRAWS MUCH-NEEDED…

    OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1540 AS ONE OF THE CO-SPONSORS THIS DRAWS MUCH-NEEDED ATTENTION TO A PROBLEM AS SUGGESTED BY MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. THE CULTIVATION OF MARIJUANA ON OUR FEDERAL LANDS. THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT 15 YEARS AGO, WHEN I WAS ATTORNEY GENERAL OF CALIFORNIA, WE SAW THE FACT THAT MEXICAN CARTELS HAD BASICALLY TAKEN OVER THIS TRADE IN OUR STATE AND THAT THEY WERE LARGELY OPERATING ON FEDERAL LANDS, NONPRIVATE LANDS. OF COURSE IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, I BELIEVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OWNS ABOUT 49% OF OUR STATE. A LOT OF THAT FOREST LANDS, WILDERNESS AREAS. AND THOSE ARE THE AREAS THAT THESE CARTELS ARE CONVERTING INTO FARMS FOR ILLEGAL MARIJUANA CROPS. THEY'RE DAMAGING OUR PROTECTED ECOSYSTEMS THERE AND THREATENING THE SAFETY OF VISITORS AND EMPLOYEES. IN FACT, THE D.E.A. CALLS MARIJUANA THE CASH CROP THAT FINANCES DRUG CARTELS, DRUG TRAFFICKING OPERATIONS. MARIJUANA IS GROWN IN REMOTE AREAS OF PUBLIC LANDS WHERE THERE'S A LIMITED LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE. TWO PRIMARY REGIONS FOR THESE SITES ARE THE WESTERN REGION, COMPRISED OF CALIFORNIA, HAWAII, OREGON, AND WASHINGTON, AND THE APPALACHIAN REGION INCLUDING KENTUCKY, TENNESSEE AND WEST VIRGINIA. WHEN I WAS VISITING ONE OF MY COUNTY THE SMALLEST POPULATION COUNTY IN CALIFORNIA, ALPINE COUNTY, WHICH HAS SEVERAL -- OR PARTS OF SEVERAL U.S. FORESTS IN THERE AND A COUPLE OF WILDERNESS AREAS, THE UNDERSHERIFF TOLD ME IF SOME OF THE LARGEST FINDS THEY HAD MADE IN THOSE AREAS. THEY WERE FINDS THAT WERE UNEXPECTED AND DIFFICULT TO DISCOVER PRECISELY BECAUSE THERE'S SO FEW PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THESE AREAS. OF COURSE WE DESIGNATE THEM AS WILDERNESS AREAS AND FOREST LANDS, IN MANY CASES THEY ARE NOT THAT OFTEN VISITED BY CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES. THE PEOPLE WHO RECREATE IN THESE AREAS DO SO ENJOYING THE ENVIRONMENT AND THESE PRISTINE LANDS OF THE NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM ARE THEREFORE PARTICULARLY ENTICING TO THE DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATIONS. DENSE, EXPANSIVE FOREST WE FIND IN THESE AREAS PROVIDE OPTIMUM MARIJUANA GROWING CONDITIONS WITH LITTLE RISK OF DETECTION. AMERICA'S NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT OF THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE IS COMPRISED OF 193 MILLION ACRES OF LAND WITH 153,000 MILES OF TRAILS AND NEARLY 18,000 RECREATIONAL SITES. BUT WE ONLY HAVE -- WE HAVE A LITTLE UNDER 200 SWORN OFFICERS AND DETECTIVES THAT PATROL THIS VAST EXPANSE OF LAND, INCLUDING 36 MILLION ACRES OF WILDERNESS AREA. THE CARTELS, THE EMPLOYEES, THE MEMBERS OF THESE CARTELS HIKE DEEP INTO THE FOREST THEY FELL TREE, CLEAR AWAY BRUSH TO PLANT THEIR MARIJUANA CROP THEY CONSTRUCT RUDIMENTARY IRRIGATION SYSTEM THEY DICRERT THEIR WATTER FROM LOCAL CREEKS OR STREAMS AND THEY USE THESE TO PLANT -- TO WATER THE PLANTS. THEY USE MIRACLE GRO AND OTHER FERTILIZERS AND LACE THE AREA WITH ANIMAL KILLING CHEMICALS AND OBVIOUSLY THEY DON'T FILE FOR E.P.A. PERMITS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. THEY ARE DESTROYING MUCH OF THE BEAUTIFUL NATURAL RESOURCES WE HAVE IN THESE AREAS. WE DISCOVERED THAT THE CARTEL MEMBERS SET UP CAMP NEARBY AND PATROL THE AREAS FOR INTRUDERS. SOMETIMES WHEN INNOCENT AMERICAN CITIZENS ARE TRAVELING THROUGH THESE AREAS, THEY ARE ENCOUNTERED BY THESE INDIVIDUALS AND MORE AND MORE WE SEE THAT THESE MEMBERS OF THE CARTEL HAVE LETHAL WEAPONS WITH THEM, EVEN AUTOMATIC WEAPONS. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THAT THESE CARTELS, PARTICULARLY IN THE STATES OF WASHINGTON AND CALIFORNIA ARE BECOMING INCREASINGLY AGGRESSIVE IN PROTECTING THE MARIJUANA FIELDS. WE HAVE FOUND ASSAULT RIFLES AND WE HAVE FOUND THEM ENGAGING IN STAND OFFS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. I WOULD SAY THAT IN MY MOST RURAL COUNTIES, WE DO NOT HAVE THE LARGEST LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPARTMENTS, AND THAT COMBINED WITH THE VERY FEW PEOPLE WE HAVE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S LAW ENFORCEMENT ESTABLISHMENT MAKE IT A PRIME AREA FOR THESE DRUG CARTELS TO TAKE OVER AND MAKE IT DANGEROUS FOR LAW-ABIDING AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO WANT NOTHING BUT TO RECREATE IN THESE AREAS AND UTILIZE THESE FACILITIES. I WILL SAY THAT LATE THIS SUMMER, EARLY THIS FALL, WE GOT TREMENDOUS SUPPORT FROM THE FOREST SERVICE AND OTHER ELEMENTS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN SUPPORT OF OUR EFFORT TO TRY AND CLEAN OUT THESE AREAS AND ALSO TO PROTECT OUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AS THEY WERE WORKING ON IT. IN 2010, MORE THAN THREE MILLION MARIJUANA PLANTS WERE SEIZED FROM FOREST SERVICE LANDS IN PRACTICALLY EVERY REGION OF THE COUNTRY. S THAT DRAMATIC INCREASE FROM 2004 WHEN FEWER THAN 750,000 PLANTS WERE SEIZED. ONCE AN INLEGAL CROP IS HARVESTED, THE GROWERS ABANDON THE SITE AND LEAVE GARBAGE AND DESTRUCTION BEHIND. THESE FIELDS ARE EASY TO PLANT, EASY TO HARVEST BUT DIFFICULT TO ERADICATE. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MUST PATROL THE THICK FORREST CANOPY FROM THE SKY, HOPING TO GLIMPSE A MARIJUANA GROW SITE AND THEY MUST THEN HIKE INTO THE SITE HOPING NOT TO BE CON FRONT BY ARMED GUARDS OR BOOBY TRAPS. IT NOT ONLY POSES A DANGER TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND VISITORS BUT ALSO TO THE NATURAL DESIGNATION IT'S INTENDED TO PROTECT. MARIJUANA FIELDS CAUSE EXTENSIVE LONG-TERM DAMAGE TO THE FOREST ECOSYSTEMS AND DEPLETE THE DRINKING WATER SUPPLIES FOR NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIES. JUST LAST MONTH, THE FOREST SERVICE REMOVED MORE THAN 10 CUBIC YARDS OF GARBAGE FROM SIX ABANDONED MARIJUANA GROW SITES FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. FOREST SERVICE REPORTS IT COSTS APPROXIMATELY 30,000 TO -- MORE THAN $30,000 FOR EACH OF THE SITES DISCOVERED IN THE NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM. THAT'S A COST OF OVER $18 MILLION IN TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO RID OUR FOREES OF THESE ILLEGAL MARIJUANA GROVES. IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT CONGRESS MAKE A COMMITMENT TO PUT AN END TO THE MARIJUANA SITES ON FEDERAL LAND AND PROTECT OUR PRECIOUS NATURAL RESOURCES FROM ANY FURTHER DESTRUCTION. I MEND MR. HERGER FOR HIS DEVOTION TO ADDRESS THIS GROWING PROBLEM AND I WAS PROUD TO JOIN HIM AS A SUPPORTER OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 1540. AT THIS TIME, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN, THE AUTHOR OF THE BILL, MR. HERGER, FOR FIVE MINUTES

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:41:29 PM

    MR. HERGER

    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME AND MR.…

    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME AND MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 1540 WHICH I INTRODUCED TO EXPOSE A GROWING CRISIS ON PUBLIC HANDS IN MY NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND ACROSS THE NATION. MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS ARE OPERATING LARGE-SCALE MARIJUANA PLANTATIONS ON THESE LANDS AND THE PROBLEM IS GETTING WORSE BY THE DAY. I RECENTLY JOINED LAW ENFORCEMENT IN A MARIJUANA ERADICATION RAID IN THE FOREST OF SHASTA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, AND SAW FIRSTHAND THE FLOURISHING PRODUCTIVITY OF THESE FOREIGN DRUG TRAFFICKERS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS NOT TAKEN THE SUFFICIENT ACTION TO DISMANTLE THEM AND A COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY IS LONG OVERDUE. THESE FOREIGN DRUG CARTELS POSE A SEVERE THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY. THEY ARE HEAVILY ARMED AND HAVE REPEATEDLY FIRED AT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS TO PROTECT THEIR ILLEGAL CROPS. THEY ENDANGER THE LIVES OF OUTDOORSMEN WHO TOO FREQUENTLY HAVE BEEN CONFRONTED BY VIOLENT CRIMINALS WHILE SIMPLY TRYING TO ENJOY THEIR PUBLIC LANDS. THEY USE THE DRUG PROFITS TO FUND A MULTITUDE OF VIOLENT CRIMES AND PROVOKE THE POLITICAL UNREST IN MEXICO THAT COULD THREATEN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THEY CAUSE GRAVE AND COSTLY DAMAGE TO OUR ENVIRONMENT LEAVING BEHIND TONS OF TRASH AND DANGEROUS CHEMICALS AND COSTING TAXPAYERS AN ESTIMATED $11,000 TO RESTORE EACH ACRE OF FOREST DAMAGED BY MARIJUANA CULTIVATION. MR. SPEAKER, OUR NATIONAL FOREST SHOULD BE A A SAFE HAVEN FOR FAMILIES AND RECREATION AND -- FAMILIES AND RECREATION ENTHUSIASTS, NOT MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO FEAR FOR THEIR SAFETY WHILE ON A FAMILY CAMPING TRIP. TAXPAYERS IN OUR NATION SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BEAR THE FINANCIAL BURDEN OF THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY DRUG TRAFFICKERS. AND THE UNITED STATES SHOULD NEVER ALLOW FOREIGN CARTELS TO REIGN FREE ON THE SOVEREIGN TERRITORY OF OUR NATION. LET ME SAY EMPHATICALLY THAT THESE DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATIONS MUST BE PURSUED RELENTLESSLY, SHUT DOWN PERMANENTLY, AND BROUGHT TO JUSTICE UNCONDITIONALLY. HOUSE RESOLUTION 1540 SPELLS OUT THE CRISIS OCCURRING ON OUR PUBLIC LANDS AND AFFIRMS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST DO MORE TO CONFRONT THIS THREAT. IT CALLS UPON THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY TO WORK IN CONJUNCTION WITH FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE AND COORDINATED STRATEGY TO PERMANENTLY DISMANTLE THE FOREIGN DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE FOUND A SANTH CHAIR IN THESE LANDS. -- A SANK CHAIR IN THESE LANDS. -- A SANTH EWE WARE IN THESE LANDS. IT IS IMPORTANT TO SHINE A LIGHT ON THIS SUN EPABLE MENACE AND DEMAND THAT FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TAKE MORE AGGRESSIVE, MORE PERSISTENT AND MORE EFFECTIVE ACTION TO SHUT THEM DOWN FOR GOOD. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN CONYERS AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO ADDRESSING THIS SERIOUS THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY AND TO OUR NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS RESOLUTION.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME?

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. POLIS

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS RESOLUTION IS SEEMINGLY INOCK LOUIS FOR WHO IN THIS BODY…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS RESOLUTION IS SEEMINGLY INOCK LOUIS FOR WHO IN THIS BODY WOULD BE AGAINST ILLICIT AGRICULTURE ON OUR FEDERAL LANDS? AND YET IT GIVES YOU REASON TO WONDER WHY WE'RE NOT FACING A CRISIS OF ILLICIT COLOR ENPRODUCTION, ILLICIT POTATO PRODUCTION, ILLICIT TOBACCO PRODUCTION ON OUR FEDERAL LANDS OF THE MAGNITUDE OF THE CRISIS IN MARIJUANA PRODUCTION INVOLVED WITH CRIMINAL ENTERPRISES ON OUR FEDERAL LANDS. AND THIS RESOLUTION ONLY SERVES TO PERPETUATE THIS FAILED POLICY OF PROHIBITION. WHICH HAS LED TO THE RISE OF THE CRIMINAL PRODUCTION OF MARIJUANA ON FEDERAL LANDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SAID THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST DO MORE TO CONFRONT THIS THREAT. I WOULD SUBMIT THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN DO MORE BY DOING LESS. MY HOME STATE OF COLORADO, THE GENTLEMAN'S HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA, MANY OTHER STATES HAVE LEGALIZED AND ALLOWED FOR THE MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA, THE PRODUCTION OF MARIJUANA AND THE REGULATED CAPACITY. AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IS SPLIT IN AND A NUMBER OF STATES CONTINUE TO CONSIDER LEGALIZATION FOR OTHER USES AS WELL. BUT AS LONG AS IT REMAINS ILLEGAL AND AS LONG AS THERE IS A MARKET DEMAND, THE PRODUCTION WILL BE DRIVEN UNDERGROUND. NO MATTER HOW MUCH WE THROW AT ENFORCEMENT, IT WILL CONTINUE TO BE A THREAT, NOT ONLY TO OUR FEDERAL LANDS, BUT TO OUR BORDER SECURITY AND TO OUR SAFETY WITHIN OUR COUNTRY. THE RESOLUTION STATES THAT WHEREAS MEXICAN DRUG TRAFFICKERS USED REVENUE GENERATED FOR MARIJUANA PRODUCTION ON FEDERAL LANDS TO SUPPORT CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES INCLUDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND ILLICIT WEAPON SMUGGLING AND TO FOSTER POLITICAL UNREST IN MEXICO. IT'S ESTIMATED THAT ABOUT HALF OF THE MONEY THAT THE MEXICAN CARTELS CONTAIN IS THROUGH THE MARIJUANA. YES. REPLACING IT WITH REGULATION, WE CAN CUT THE MONEY TO THE CRIMINAL GANGS BY HALF. HALF THE HUMAN TRAFFICKING, HALF THE ILLICIT WEAPON TRAFFICKING, HALF THE CASUALTIES OF THE DRUG WAR. BY FOCUSING ON THE HARD NARCOTICS SUBSTANCES THAT ARE ADDICTIVE AND ENSLAVED A GENERATION OF YOUTH. I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT MARIJUANA PLANTATIONS THAT THE RESOLUTION STATES POSE A THREAT TO THE ENVIRONMENT HEALTH OF FEDERAL LANDS, THAT DRUG STRASKERS SPRAY UNREGULATED CHEMICALS, PESTICIDES AND FERTILIZEDERS, BUT I SUBMIT THAT THE BEST WAY TO ADDRESS THAT IS TO INCORPORATE THIS INTO A MEANINGFUL AND ENFORCEABLE AGRICULTURAL POLICY FOR THE COUNTRY WITH REGARD TO THE REGULATORY STRUCK TIERTURE -- STRUCTURE FOR THE PRODUCTION OF MARIJUANA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SCOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. LUNGREN

    I SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. THE CONCERN IS A CONSIDERABLE ONE. THESE…

    I SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. THE CONCERN IS A CONSIDERABLE ONE. THESE CARTELS ARE IN FACT VIOLENT AND VICIOUS AND THEY'RE VIOLENCE HAS GONE UP OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. I MIGHT SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN WHO JUST SPOKE THAT WE HAVE TO BE ONE OF THE STATES THAT ALLOWS MEDICINAL MARIJUANA AND IT'S NOT VERY DIFFICULT TO GET A MEDICINAL PURPOSE FOR MARIJUANA. BUT WE ALSO HAD JUST BEFORE THE VOTERS IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AN OPPORTUNITY TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANTED TO MAKE IT LEGAL AND IT WAS VOTED DOWN BY A SUBSTANTIAL MARGIN. THAT BEING THE CASE, I THINK THIS RESOLUTION NEEDS TO GO FORWARD AND I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND WITH THAT I'D YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    MR. SCOTT

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME, JUST TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HERGER AND MR. LUNGREN, FOR THEIR ADVOCACY ON THIS ISSUE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 1540 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, TITLE IS AMENDED.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I'M SORRY, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. HERGER

    I ASK FOR 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RISE?

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    MR. SCOTT

    THE RULES AND PASS SENATE BILL S. 3998.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    TO EXTEND THE CHILD SAFETY PILOT PROGRAM.

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LUNGREN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. SCOTT

    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 BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. SCOTT

    AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SCOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, S. 3998, THE CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECKS PILOT…

    MR. SPEAKER, S. 3998, THE CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECKS PILOT EXTENSION ACT OF 2010, WILL EXTEND THE NATIONAL CHILD SAFETY PILOT PROGRAM FOR AN ADDITIONAL 12 MONTHLESS. MANY AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY GRACIOUSLY GIVE THEIR TIME AND ENERGY TO VOLUNTEER AND MENTOR CHILDREN. WHILE MOST OF THESE VOLUNTEERS ACT WITH GOOD INTENTIONS, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE ARE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THOSE WHO MAY MISUSE THE OPPORTUNITIES TO HARM CHILDREN. NATIONAL CHILD SAFETY PILOT PROGRAM WAS PASSED IN 2003 AS PART OF THE PROTECT ACT. THIS PROGRAM ASSISTS ORGANIZATIONS IN CHECKING THE CRIMINAL RECORDS OF VOLUNTEERS BEFORE PLACING THEM WITH CHILDREN. IN 2003 THE NATIONAL CHILD SAFETY PILOT PROJECT HAS ENAGED STATE GOVERNMENTS TO WORK WITH YOUTH-SERVING ORGANIZATIONS, TO ACCESS F.B.I.'S NATIONAL FINGERPRINT-BASED BACKGROUND CHECKS SYSTEM. THE PILOT PROGRAM HAS HELPED PREVENT CHILD PREDATORS AND SEX OFFENDERS FROM GETTING ACCESS TO CHILDREN THROUGH LEGITIMATE MENTORING PROGRAMS BY PROVIDING ACCESS TO THE MORE COMPREHENSIVE DATA IN THE F.B.I.'S DATABASE. WE HAVE AUTHORIZED THIS NONCONTROVERSIAL FEE-BASED PROGRAM ON THREE OTHER OCCASIONS IN ANTICIPATION OF CREATING A PERMANENT PROGRAM. THIS PILOT PROGRAM HAS PROVIDED EXTREMELY IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO MENTORING ORGANIZATIONS AT NO COST TO TAXPAYERS. WE HOPE THIS 12-MONTH EXTENSION WILL GIVE US MORE TIME TO WORK WITH THE SENATE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO PERMANENTLY AUTHORIZE THIS PROGRAM. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS LEGISLATION AND HIS COMMITMENT TO KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. LUNGREN

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

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    MR. LUNGREN

    TODAY THE HOUSE CONSIDERS S. 3998, THE CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECKS…

    TODAY THE HOUSE CONSIDERS S. 3998, THE CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECKS PILOT EXTENSION ACT OF 2010. THIS BILL WAS INTRODUCED BY SENATOR SCHUMER OF NEW YORK AND RECENTLY PASSED THE SENATE BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT. I MIGHT JUST SAY IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD THAT I FINALLY FOUND A BILL SPONSORED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK THAT I COULD SUPPORT. THIS BILL EXTENDS THE CHILD SAFETY PILOT PROGRAM WHICH PROVIDES BACKGROUND CHECKS -- BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS THAT WORK WITH CHILDREN FOR AN ADDITIONAL YEAR. IT ORIGINALLY CREATED AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SAID IN 2002, UNDER THE PROTECT ACT. THE CHILD SAFETY PILOT PROGRAM HAS PROVEN ITSELF TO BE AN EFFECTIVE RESEARCH FOR PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN. THROUGH THE PILOT PROJECT, NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROVIDE YOUTH-BASED CARE MAY REQUEST CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECKS FROM THE F.B.I. ON APPLICANTS FOR POSITIONS THAT INVOLVE WORKING WITH CHILDREN. A STUDY BY THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN PROVIDED DATA THAT UNDERSCORES THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PRILET PROGRAM. THE NATIONAL CENTER FOUND THAT ALMOST 90,000 BACKGROUND CHECKS PERFORMED THROUGHOUT THE PILOT PROGRAM, 6% OF THE VOLUNTEER APPLICANTS WERE FOUND TO HAVE A CRIMINAL HISTORY OF CONCERN. THESE INCLUDED SERIOUS OFFENSES SUCH AS SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINORS, ASSAULT, CHILD CRUELTY, DRUG OFFENSES AND EVEN MURDER. FURTHER, OVER 42% OF THOSE WITH CRIMINAL HISTORIES HAD CONVICTIONS IN A STATE OTHER THAN THE STATE IN WHICH THEY THEN WERE APPLYING TO VOLUNTEER. IF THE VOLUNTEER GROUP HAD PERFORMED A SEARCH ONLY OF THE IN-STATE RECORDS, MANY OF THE CONVICTION WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED. ONE ORGANIZATION THAT RECEIVED 1,600 APPLICATIONS FOR VOLUNTEER POSITIONS FOUND THAT OVER 50% OF THE APPLICANTS LIED ABOUT HAVING A CRIMINAL HISTORY. EVEN THOUGH THEY KNEW IT WOULD BE SUBJECTED TO A BACKGROUND CHECK. OF THE APPLICANTS WITH CRIMINAL RECORDS, 23% HAD A DIFFERENT NAME REFLECTED ON THEIR RECORD THAN THE ONE OOSED TO APPLY TO VOLUNTEER. WITHOUT ACCESS TO THE NATIONAL CRIMINAL DATABASE, MANY OF THESE DANGEROUS INDIVIDUALS MAY HAVE SLIPPED THROUGH THE CRACKS. SO, MR. SPEAKER, VOLUNTEER AND OTHER CHILD-SERVING ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE WORKING HARD TO PROVIDE SAFE LEARNING AND GROWING ENVIRONMENTS FOR OUR CHILDREN. THAT MEANS HIRING PROFESSIONAL AND RESPONSIBILITY EMPLOYEES. THIS BILL WILL HELP AND CONTINUES TO HELP THESE GROUPS TO DO JUST THAT BY EXTENDING THE PILOT PROGRAM. THE CHILD SAFETY PILOT PROGRAM IS SUPPORTED BY THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA, THE WMCA, THE SALVATION ARMY, BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF AMERICA AND VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA AS WELL AS MANY OTHER IMPORTANT ORGANIZATIONS. MANY MEMBERS OF THIS BODY ARE PARENTS FIRST AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SECOND. THIS LEGISLATION IS CRITICAL TO KEEPING OUR CHILDREN SAFE FROM CRIMINALS. IF JUST A SINGLE CHILD, A SINGLE CHILD DOES NOT BECOME A VICTIM OF CRIME BECAUSE OF THIS PROGRAM, THEN OBVIOUSLY IT WILL HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND I THANK THE MANAGER OF THIS BILL FOR…

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND I THANK THE MANAGER OF THIS BILL FOR HIS CONTINUING LEADERSHIP ON ISSUES OF ENSURING THE SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN, TO THE MANAGER FOR OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AND LIKEWISE, I THANK HIM FOR HIS LONG RECORD IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FOR SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION IN WHICH I RISE TO SUPPORT S. 3998, THE CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECKS PILOT EXTENSION ACT. MR. SPEAKER, OUR CHILDREN PERMEATE OUR LIVES AND OUR SOCIETY. NOT ONLY ARE OUR CHILDREN ENGAGED IN WHAT WE CALLED ORGANIZED ACTIVITIES SUCH AS THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, WHICH PERMEATE ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES AND DISTRICTS FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, OR LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL AND FOOTBALL, SOCCER AND BASKETBALL IN SCHOOLS AND AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS, BUT THEY ALSO DO AD HOC THINGS SUCH AS DOING THEIR OWN VOLUNTEER WORK AND WORKING WITH ORGANIZATIONS THAT ACT -- ASK FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO VOLUNTEER. I RISE ENTHUSIASTICALLY TO SUPPORT THE OPPORTUNITY FOR NONPROFITS AND OTHERS TO BE ABLE TO ACCESS THESE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS AND APPLAUD THE NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR EXPLOITED CHILDREN THAT I'VE WORKED WITH OVER THE YEARS. WE ARE ALWAYS SADDENED WHEN WE HEAR OF A MISSING CHILD, AN ABUSED CHILD OR A CHILD THAT HAS BEEN MURDERED. OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS AND IN THE LAST YEAR WE'VE SEEN CHILDREN THAT HAVE BEEN DISMEMBERED, WE'VE SEEN CHILDREN THAT HAVE BEEN LOST, WE'VE SEEN CHILDREN THAT HAVE BEEN BRUTALLY ABUSED. CERTAINLY SOME AT THE HANDS OF THEIR RELATIVES OR PARENTS. BUT IF WE CAN PROTECT THESE CHILDREN WHEN THEY LEAVE OUR HOME, TO ENSURE THAT THEY DO HAVE THE SAFETY OF THE ADULT LEADERSHIP THAT IS WORKING WITH THEM, WE WILL HAVE MADE A GIANT STEP FORWARD. OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR MOST PRECIOUS RESOURCE AND IF WE LOOK AT THE CRIME STATISTICS WE'LL SEE THAT THEY REPRESENT A SIZABLE PROPORTION OF THOSE CHILDREN THAT HAVE EITHER BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED OR IN FACT SUFFERED A VIOLENT ACT. SO I THINK THAT THIS EXPANSION IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND I'D ALSO COMMEND TO MY COLLEAGUES MY INTEREST IN SEEING MY LEGISLATION ON THE D.N.A. DATA BANK ON SEXUAL PREDATORS TO BE ACCESSIBLE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PARTICULARLY ISOLATED TO THOSE WHO ARE SEXUAL PREDATORS AS IT RELATES TO CHILDREN. I'VE SPOKEN TO MANY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO BELIEVE THAT THIS WOULD BE ANOTHER EXPEDITED SOURCE OF ASSISTANCE TO THEM. OBVIOUSLY THIS WOULD BE A GRIM SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT THEY WOULD HAVE IN THEIR POSSESSION A CASE THAT EITHER A CHILD WAS SEXUALLY MOLESTED AND LIVED OR A CHILD WAS SEXUALLY MOLESTED AND DID NOT LIVE. BUT ANYTHING THAT WE CAN DO TO ENSURE THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT WITHIN THE GUIDELINES OF OUR OWN CONSTITUTION AND BELIEFS HAVE ALL THE RESOURCES THAT THEY NEED TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN I BELIEVE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO MOVE THIS LEGISLATION, TO HOLD HEARINGS ON THIS LEGISLATION AND TO ENSURE THAT WE GIVE EVERY TOOL TO LAW ENFORCEMENT TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. BUT IN THE INSTANCE OF THIS LEGISLATION, THIS IS IN FACT A VERY IMPORTANT STATEMENT, IF YOU WILL, ABOUT OUR COMMITMENT TO PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN. I CONGRATULATE SENATOR SCHUMER AND TO ALL THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT EVERY DAY ENCOUNTER ADULTS THAT WORK WITH CHILDREN THIS GIVES YOU AN ADDED EXTRA TOOL THAT I KNOW THAT YOU WILL USE TO BE ABLE TO ENSURE THAT OUR CHILDREN HAVE A FULL AND COMPLETE QUALITY OF LIFE, ENJOY THE ACTIVITIES THAT YOU PROVIDE FOR THEM AND YET HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOLUNTEER THEMSELVES AND WORK WITH ADULTS WHO THEY KNOW ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR BEST INTERESTS AND NOT THOSE WHO MAY HAVE A RECORD THAT WOULD UNDERMINE THE PURPOSE AND GOALS OF THE ORGANIZATION IN WHICH THEY WORK. SO IN CONCLUSION LET ME THANK THOSE WHO HAVE SUPPORTED THIS LEGISLATION AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO ENTHUSIASTICALLY SUPPORT S. 3998, CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECKS PILOT EXTENSION ACT, AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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    MR. LUNGREN

    I REITERATE MY SUPPORT FOR THIS LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF…

    I REITERATE MY SUPPORT FOR THIS LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELD IT'S BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELD IT'S BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SCOTT

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    U.A.B. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE…

    U.A.B. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 3998. 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 --

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. SCOTT

    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 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 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 VIRGINIA RISE?

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  • 05:01:48 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3353.

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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. 3353, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR AMERICAN SAMOA AND THE COMMONWEALTH OF…

    H.R. 3353, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR AMERICAN SAMOA AND THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANAS TO BE TREATED AS STATES FOR CERTAIN CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAMS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LUNGREN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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  • 05:02:15 PM

    MR. SCOTT

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. SCOTT

    AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:02:28 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 3353 WILL ALLOW THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA…

    MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 3353 WILL ALLOW THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS AND AMERICAN SAMOA TO BE TREATED AS TWO SEPARATE ENTITIES FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE TOWARD BYRNE MEMORIAL ASSISTANCE JUSTICE PROGRAM. CURRENTLY, THESE TWO AREAS ARE TREATED AS ONE STATE FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF FEDERAL BYRNE GRANTS. THE BYRNE JUSTICE ASSISTANT GRANTS FUND LOCAL JURISDICTIONS. THE PROGRAM PROVIDES STATES, TRIBES, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WITH CRITICAL FUNDING NECESSARY TO SUPPORT A RANGE OF PROGRAM AREAS, INCLUDING LAW ENFORCEMENT, PROSECUTION, COURTS, PREVENTION, EDUCATION, CORRECTIONS AND CRIME WITNESS INITIATIVES. ALTHOUGH THE BILL DOES NOT CHANGE THE GRANT FORMULA, PARTICULARLY THE STATUTORY MINIMUM AMOUNT OF THE.25% OF EACH STATE OR TERRITORY IS ENTITLED, IT DOES CHANGE HOW THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS AND AMERICAN COMMOW C.I.A. WILL BE GIVEN FUNDING UNDER -- SAMOA WILL BE GIVEN UNDER THE GRANT PROGRAM. BYRNE GRANT FUNDING INCREASES IF THE STATE HAS LARGER POPULATIONS AND HIGHER CRIME RATES. THE THREE OTHER TERRITORIES, PUERTO RICO, GUAM AND THE UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS ARE PRESENTLY ENTITLED TO THE MINIMAL FUNDED AS WELL AS ALL 50 STATE. THE OBJECTIVE THIS RESOLUTION IS TO ALLOW THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS AND THE AMERICAN SAMOA TO THE ENTITLEMENT. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. LUNGREN

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, 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. LUNGREN

    TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3353, WHICH DOES PROVIDE FOR…

    TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3353, WHICH DOES PROVIDE FOR AMERICAN SAMOA AND THE COMMONE WEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS TO BE TREATED AS STATES FOR CERTAIN CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAMS. THIS IS SPONSORED BY MR. SABLAN FROM THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS. WE THANK HIM FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD TO US, AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SAID, THIS WILL ALLOW THESE TWO TERRITORIES TO BE TREATED INDIVIDUALLY FOR THE BYRNE GRANT PROGRAM. THIS WILL ASSIST BOTH OF THEM IN DEALING WITH SOME OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT CHALLENGES THAT THEY HAVE. THIS INCREASE IN FORMULA GRANT FUNDING WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO TERRITORIAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS TO HELP THEM COMBAT CRIME. FOR EXAMPLE, THIS ADDITIONAL FUNDING WILL HELP OFFICIALS COVER THE COST OF PURCHASING AND MAINTAINING POLICE VEHICLES AND OTHER EQUIPMENT HAVE HAS TO BE SHIPPED TO THE ISLAND. H.R. 3353 WILL ALSO HELP THE TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE MUCH-NEEDED SERVICE TO THE VICTIMS OF THE CRIME. BECAUSE THE REMOTENESS OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS AND AMERICAN SAMOA, RESOURCES ARE LIMITED. THE THREE INHABITED ISLANDS IN AMERICAN SAMOA BUT ONLY ONE SHELTER THAT PROVIDES SHELTER FOR THOSE OF VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. IT WILL BUILD CAPACITY TO SERVE CRIME VICTIMS. AS THERE ARE LIMITED NUMBER OF CRIME VICTIM SPECIALISTS AND ADVOCATES IN THE TERRITORIES, THIS WILL HIRE THOSE ON THE MAINLAND. THIS IS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS IN THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS AND AMERICAN SAMOA TO ACCOMPLISH THEIR MISSIONS. SO I SUPPORT THIS BILL. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF ITS ADOPTION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 05:05:59 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS, MR. SABLAN.

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  • 05:06:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. SABBY PISCITELLI THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER -- MR. SABLAN WILL BE THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3353. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN JOHN CONYERS AND CHAIRMAN BOBBY SCOTT AND THEIR STAFF FOR THEIR HELP IN GETTING AND BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE FOR THEIR SUPPORT FOR MY BILL TO BRING THIS UNDER SUSPENSION OF THE RULES. APPROVAL OF H.R. 3353 WILL FURTHER NATIONAL POLICY TO SUPPORT A BROAD RANGE OF ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT BY STATE OF TERRITORY GOVERNMENTS TO PREVENT AND CONTROL CRIME AS WELL AS TO IMPROVE THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS. PROGRAM FUNDS ARE ALLOCATED USING A FORMULA THAT PROVIDES A MINIMUM AMOUNT OF JURISDICTION TO ACCOMPLISH THESE GOALS. THE EXCEPTIONS ARE THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS AND AMERICAN SAMOA WHICH IS FUNDED UNDER SINGLE JURISDICTION DESPITE THAT THESE TWO ARE SEPARATE JURISDICTIONS WITH ENTIRELY SEPARATE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. AND EACH OF THE GOVERNMENTS HAVE THEIR RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SAME BASIC CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AS WELL AS ANY OTHER STATE OR TERRITORY. IN THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS, THIS INCLUDES THE SYSTEM OF DISTRICTS, SUPERIOR AND SUPREME COURTS, A PROVISION SYSTEM, A PRISON FOR LONG-TERM INCARS NATION, JUVENILE FACILITY. THIS IS THE SAME RANGE OF ACTIVITY THAT'S FALLEN IN ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN AMERICA. YET, AS CURRENTLY STRUCTURED, THE J.A.G. PROGRAM PROVIDES ONLY A PORTION OF THE FUNDING LEVELS. H.R. 3353 RECTIFIES THAT DIFFERENCE. SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1988, THE BYRNE J.A.G. PROGRAM HAS PROVIDED CRIME VICTIM INITIATIVES IN ALL STATES AND TERRITORIES BUT NOT TO THE SAME DEGREE. H.R. 3353 WILL FINALLY BRIDGE THAT GAP FOR THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS AND FOR AMERICAN SAMOA TO HELP CREATE SAFER AND JUSTICE FOR COMMUNITIES FOR ALL. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 3353. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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  • 05:08:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. SCOTT

    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. RICHARDSON.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

  • 05:08:43 PM

    MS. RICHARDSON

    AS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DISTRICT OF 28,000 AMERICAN SMOWANS, I RISE IN…

    AS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DISTRICT OF 28,000 AMERICAN SMOWANS, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3353, WHICH WILL PROVIDE FOR AMERICAN SAMOA AND THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS TO BE TREATED AS STATES FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE FUNDING. THIS LEGISLATION WILL PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF THESE ISLANDS BY SECURING THE RESOURCES NECESSARY TO EMPLOY CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAMS THAT ARE MOST CAPABLE OF ADDRESSING THE SPECIFIC NEEDS IN THEIR AREA. IT'S KIND OF LIKE ASKING WHY I WOULDN'T THINK THAT THE CITY OF LONG BEACH AND THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES WOULDN'T GARNER EQUAL FUNDING APPROPRIATELY. I THANK CHAIRMAN CONYERS AND MR. SCOTT, CHAIRMAN SCOTT AS WELL FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING FORTH THIS BILL. I ALSO APPLAUD CONGRESSMAN SABLAN FOR THE SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION FOR HIS DEDICATED LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND MANY OTHERS THAT HAVE BEEN PROMOTING THE INTEREST AND SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS AND THE AMERICAN SAMOA WHICH IS REPRESENTED BY ENI FALEOMAVAEGA. WHEN WE AMEND THE OMNIBUS CRIME CONTROL AND SAFE STREETS ACTS OF 1968 TO TREAT AMERICAN SAMOA AND THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS AS SEPARATE STATES, WE WILL ALLOW THE APPROPRIATION FUNDING FOR VITAL IMPORTANT CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAMS THAT WILL KEEP THESE COMMUNITIES SAFE AND THEY DESERVE THEM. THERE ARE OVER 60,000 -- 66,000 PEOPLE LIVING IN AMERICAN SAMOA AND THERE ARE OVER 48,000 PEOPLE LIVING IN THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS. EACH OF THESE ISLANDS HAS THEIR OWN UNIQUE CULTURE, HISTORY AND THEIR OWN WAY OF DEALING WITH THINGS, INCLUDING THEIR CHALLENGES. THE PEOPLE OF THESE ISLANDS DESERVE SEPARATE FUNDING UNDER THIS LEGISLATION THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO APPROPRIATELY AND INNOVATIVELY ADDRESS THEIR SPECIFIC CRIMINAL JUSTICE ISSUES. PROTECTING COMMUNITIES AND FIGHTING CRIME REQUIRES NOT JUST A FAIR SHARE OF FUNDING BUT IT ALSO REQUIRES FLEXIBILITY TO APPLY FOR THE FUNDING IN THE WAY THAT SUITS THAT SPECIFIC COMMUNITY. I'VE TRAVELED TO AMERICAN SAMOA. I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO THERE THIS YEAR, AND WE WORKED ON THE EARTHQUAKE AND THE SUBSEQUENT TSUNAMI. MANY PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT HELPED TO BRING TONS AND TONS OF ITEMS, OVER 90 TONS TO HELP PEOPLE IN THEIR COMMUNITY. I AM CERTAIN THAT PASSING THIS BILL IS THE RIGHT THING AND THE FAIR THING TO DO. AGAIN, AS REPRESENTATIVE OF THIS DISTRICT, I STAND IN FULL SUPPORT OF THE EFFORTS TODAY. IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT WE PASS THIS LEGISLATION NOW WITHOUT DELAY AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 3353. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:11:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 05:11:24 PM

    MR. LUNGREN

    MR. SPEAKER, I, AGAIN, REITERATE MY SUPPORT FOR H.R. 3353. WITH THAT I…

    MR. SPEAKER, I, AGAIN, REITERATE MY SUPPORT FOR H.R. 3353. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:11:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 05:11:35 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3353. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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  • 05:11:50 PM

    MR. SCOTT

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

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  • 05:11:56 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 VIRGINIA RISE?

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  • 05:12:03 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6412.

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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. 6412, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 28, UNITED STATES CODE, TO REQUIRE THE…

    H.R. 6412, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 28, UNITED STATES CODE, TO REQUIRE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO SHARE CRIMINAL RECORDS WITH STATE SENTENCING COMMISSIONS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 05:12:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LUNGREN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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  • 05:12:30 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO…

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

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  • 05:12:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 05:12:39 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 05:12:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:12:43 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6412 IS A SHORT BUT VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION.…

    MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6412 IS A SHORT BUT VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. THE BILL WILL ALLOW STATE SENTENCING COMMISSIONS TO OBTAIN DIRECT ACCESS TO NATIONAL CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD INFORMATION MAINTAINED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. THESE COMMISSIONS, THE STATE COMMISSIONS PERFORM CRITICAL FUNCTIONS. THEY SHAPE STATE POLICIES, THEY PROMOTE FAIR, MORE CONSISTENT SENTENCING PRACTICES, THEY PROTECT PUBLIC SAFETY AND ADDRESS THE IMPACTS OF CRIME ON VICTIMS AND THE COMMUNITY. THEY DEVELOP TOOLS TO ASSIST THE SERIOUSNESS AND RISK OF DEFENDERS SO THAT HIGH-RISK DANGEROUS OFFENDERS WILL BE HANDLED APPROPRIATELY AND LOW-LEVEL OFFENDERS WILL BE PLACED IN EVIDENCE-BASED PROGRAMS. THEY PROTECT THE STATE -- THEY PROJECT THE STATE LEGISLATION REGULATION AND POLICIES ON CORRECTIONAL POPULATIONS, PERSONNEL NEEDS AND FISCAL REQUIREMENTS. THEY REQUIRE -- THEY EVALUATE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE SENTENCING AND CORRECTIONS PROGRAMS, PARTICULARLY IN TERMS OF OUTCOMES OF OFFENDER RECIDIVISM AND COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS. THE STATE COMMISSIONS ARE ONLY ABLE TO RECEIVE OUT-OF-STATE AND CRIMINAL HISTORY INFORMATION THROUGH THIRD PARTIES, IF AT ALL. THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE WORK OF THESE COMMISSIONS IS CONSEQUENTLY UNDERMINED BY MISSING OR INCOMPLETE INFORMATION, PARTICULARLY WITH RESPECT TO RESEARCH RELATING TO RECIDIVISM AND INJURIES -- IN JURISDICTIONS WITH LARGE POPULATIONS NEAR STATE BORDERS. ALLOWED STATE COMMISSIONS TO GET ACCURATE AND COMPLETE INFORMATION WILL APPROVE THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE OF ENHANCING PROGRAM PLACEMENTS. ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION WILL ALSO IMPROVE RESEARCH CONCERNING SENTENCING OUTCOMES AND RECIDIVISM. THIS BILL WILL SIMPLY PUT STATE COMMISSIONS IN THE SAME POSITION AS THE FEDERAL SENTENCING COMMISSION IN TERMS OF ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. THE UNITED STATES SENTENCING COMMISSION IS ALREADY AFFORDED ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION, SUBJECT TO A TRANSFER AGREEMENT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WHICH PROTECTS CONFIDENTIALITY OF THESE RECORDS. I WOULD EXPECT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO TREAT STATE COMMISSIONS THE SAME WAY ONCE THE LEGISLATION IS ENACTED. I APPRECIATE THE ASSISTANCE OF CHAIRMAN CONYERS AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL, AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:15:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 05:15:12 PM

    MR. LUNGREN

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:15:17 PM

    MR. LUNGREN

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6412, THE ACCESS TO CRIMINAL…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6412, THE ACCESS TO CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS FOR STATE SENTENCING COMMISSIONS ACT OF 2010. THIS AMENDS THE FEDERAL LAW TO DIRECT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO SHARE CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS WITH STATE SENTENCING COMMISSIONS. I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT ALTHOUGH IT'S NOT AS RARE AS THE CHANCES I HAVE TO AGREE WITH THE SENATOR FROM NEW YORK, I DO AGREE WITH MY FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA MORE OFTEN THAN THAT, AND IT IS GOOD TO BE ABLE TO BE HERE IN SUPPORT -- AND SUPPORT LEGISLATION THAT HE BRINGS TO THE FLOOR. OVER A DOZEN STATES OPERATE SENTENCING COMMISSIONS. THAT SIMILAR TO THE U.S. SENTENCING COMMISSION PROMULGATE GUIDELINES. MANY STATE SENTENCING COMMISSIONS ALSO COLLECT AND REPORT STATISTICS ON THE TYPES OF CRIMES, THE LENGTHS OF SENTENCES, THE RATES OF RECIDIVISM AND OTHER IMPORTANT PUBLIC SAFETY DATA. FEDERAL LAW HAS REQUIRED THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO COLLECT CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS AND SHARE SUCH RECORDS WITH STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, INDIAN TRIBES, PENAL INSTITUTIONS AND THE U.S. SENTENCING COMMISSION. HOWEVER, INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, STATE SENTENCING COMMISSIONS ARE NOT CURRENTLY ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EXCHANGE. H.R. 6412 CORRECTS THIS SUBMISSION BY AMENDING THE FEDERAL LAW TO ADD STATE SENTENCING COMMISSIONS TO THE LIST OF ENTITIES AUTHORIZED TO OBTAIN CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS. THERE'S AN OLD ADAGE THAT ALL CRIME IS LOCAL AND IN MANY RESPECTS THAT'S TRUE TODAY. A LOT OF CRIMES MAY BE LOCAL BUT OFTEN TIMES THE CRIMINAL IS NOT. TODAY MORE THAN EVER CRIMINALS MOVE FROM ONE STATE TO THE NEXT OR ACROSS THE COUNTRY, LEAVING A TRAIL OF CRIMINAL RECORDS BEHIND THEM. PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS RELY UPON SHARED CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS TO APPREHEND FUGETIFICS AND TO IDENTIFY DANGEROUS CRIMINALS. PROSECUTORS IN THE COURTS DEPEND ON THESE RECORDS TO ASSESS PENALTIES AND SENTENCING COMMISSIONS NEED THIS DA TO ACCURATELY REPORT SENTENCING DATA AND TO ENSURE THAT THEIR SENTENCING GUIDELINES PROVIDE FAIR AND APPROPRIATE PUNISHMENT. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL BROUGHT TO US BY MR. SCOTT OF VIRGINIA AND IF HE HAS NO MORE SPEAKERS, I WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 05:17:27 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    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. SCOTT

    TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR SUPPORTING BILLS INTRODUCED BY…

    TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR SUPPORTING BILLS INTRODUCED BY THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE IN LIGHT OF THE CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP NEXT YEAR, I HOPE HE CONTINUES IN THAT GREAT TRADITION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6412. THOSE THOSE -- THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RISE?

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  • 05:18:08 PM

    MR. SCOTT

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

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  • 05:18:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8…

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. H.R. 6400, HOUSE RESOLUTION 1642, AND HOUSE RESOLUTION 1264, IN EACH CASE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. REMAINING POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME LATER IN THE WEEK. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES.

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  • 06:02:53 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 6400 A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

    H.R. 6400 A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 111 NORTH SIXTH STRAIGHT IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, AS THE EARL WILSON JR. POST OFFICE.

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  • 06:03:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL?…

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL? MEMBERS AND STAFF, PLEASE CLEAR THE WELL AND THE CENTER AISLE.

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  • 06:48:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE CLEAR THE WELL AND THE CENTER AISLE. WILL MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS TO THE CLOAKROOM. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    CLAUSE 2 A 1 OF RULE 9, I HEREBY NOTIFY THE HOUSE OF MY INTENTION TO OFFER…

    CLAUSE 2 A 1 OF RULE 9, I HEREBY NOTIFY THE HOUSE OF MY INTENTION TO OFFER A RESOLUTION AS A QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE. THE FORM OF MY RESOLUTION IS AS FOLLOWS. AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE SPEAKER TO APPOINT A BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE TO INVESTIGATE THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND CAUSE OF THE DECISION --

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  • 06:49:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS PLEASE CLEAR…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS PLEASE CLEAR THE WELL AND TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS TO THE CLOAKROOM. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS ENTITLED TO BE HEARD.

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  • 06:49:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:49:37 PM

    MS. WATERS

    AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE SPEAKER TO APPOINT A BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE…

    AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE SPEAKER TO APPOINT A BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE TO INVESTIGATE THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND CAUSE OF THE DECISION TO PLACE PROFESSIONAL STAFF OF THE COMMITTEE ON STANDARDS OF OFFICIAL CONDUCT ON INDEFINITE ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. WHEREAS THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AUTHORIZES THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO DETERMINE THE RULES OF ITS PROCEEDINGS, PUNISH ITS MEMBERS FOR DISORDERLY BEHAVIOR AND WITH THE CONCURRENCE OF 2/3, EXPEL A MEMBER. WHEREAS IN 1968 IN COMPLIANCE WITH THIS AUTHORITY AND TO UPHOLD ITS INTEGRITY AND ENSURE THAT MEMBERS ACT IN A MANNER THAT REFLECTS CREDIT ON THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE COMMITTEE ON STANDARDS OF OFFICIAL CONDUCT WAS ESTABLISHED. WHEREAS, THE ETHICS PROCEDURE IN EFFECT DURING THE 111TH CONGRESS, WHEN ACTED IN 19997 WHEN ACTING IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER, UPON THE BIPARTISAN RECOMMENDATION OF THE 10-MEMBER ETHICS REFORM TASK FORCE WHICH CONDUCTED A THOROUGH AND LENGTHY REVIEW OF THE ENTIRE ETHICS PROCESS. AND WHEREAS THE COMMITTEE ON STANDARDS OF OFFICIAL CONDUCT ADOPTED RULES FOR THE 111TH CONGRESS AND WHEREAS RULE 6A OF THE RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON STANDARDS OF OFFICIAL CONDUCT STATES, THE STAFF IS TO BE ASSEMBLED AND RETAINED AS PROFESSIONAL NONPARTISAN STAFF. WHEREAS RULE 6 DELNCH C STATES THE STAFF AS A WHOLE AND EACH INDIVIDUAL MEMBER OF THE STAFF SHALL PERFORM ALL OFFICIAL DUTIES IN A NONPARTISAN MANNER. WHEREAS RULE 6F OF THE RULES OF THE COMMITTEE OF OFFICIAL CONDUCT STATES ALL SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE, SUCH A VOTE SHALL OCCUR AT THE FIRST MEETING OF THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMITTEE DURING EACH CONGRESS AND AS NECESSARY DURING THE CONGRESS. WHEREAS ON NOVEMBER 19, 2010, TWO MEMBERS OF THE PROFESSIONAL STAFF OF THE COMMITTEE ON STANDARDS OF OFFICIAL CONDUCT WERE PLACED ON INDEFINITE ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE AND WHEREAS ON NOVEMBER 19, 2010, THE COMMITTEE ON STANDARDS AND OFFICIAL CONDUCT CANCELED AND HAS NOT RESCHEDULED THE ADJUDICATORY HEARING FOR A MEMBER OF CONGRESS PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 29, 2010. AND WHEREAS ALL OF THESE ACTIONS HAVE SUBJECTED THE COMMITTEE TO PUBLIC RIDICULE AND WEAKENED THE ABILITY OF THE COMMITTEE TO PROPERLY CONDUCT ITS INVESTIGATIVE DUTIES, ALL OF WHICH HAS BROUGHT DISCREDIT TO THE HOUSE. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, THAT THE SPEAKER SHALL APPOINT A BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE WITH EQUAL REPRESENTATION OF THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY PARTY TO INVESTIGATE THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND THE CAUSE OF THE DECISION TO PLACE PROFESSIONAL STAFF OF THE COMMITTEE OF STANDARDS -- ON STANDARDS OF OFFICIAL CONDUCT ON INDEFINITE ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE AND TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO RESTORE PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN THE ETHICS PROCESS, INCLUDING DISCIPLINARY MEASURES FOR BOTH STAFF AND MEMBERS WHERE NEEDED AND THE TASK FORCE REPORT ITS FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DURING THE SECOND SESSION OF THIS CONGRESS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:54:39 PM

    MR. NYE

    I RISE TODAY TO HONOR MY GOOD FRIEND AND DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE CHAIRMAN…

    I RISE TODAY TO HONOR MY GOOD FRIEND AND DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE CHAIRMAN IKE SKELETON. IKE HAS DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO THE CITIZENS OF MISSOURI. IC HAS BEEN A STEADY MODERATE VOICE DURING THE GREATEST CHALLENGES THIS WILL HALLOWED BODY HAS EVER FACED. I HAVE SERVED WITH CHAIRMAN IKE SKELTON ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. I'M IMPRESSED THAT HE KEEPS HYPERBOLE OUT OF THE COMMITTEE PROCEEDINGS. TO OUR FAMILIES AND NATIONAL SECURITY ALWAYS SUPERSEDES PETTY POLITICS. HE SHEPARDED MOST IMPORTANT LEGISLATION THROUGH A MINEFIELD OF DISS PAR ATE INTERESTS AND MOTIVES WHILE MAINTAINING AN EVEN HAND, FAIR DISPOSITION AND UNWAVERING DISPOSITION TO HIS CRAFT. IT IS A PRIVILEGE TO SERVE ALONGSIDE A PUBLIC SERVANT SUCH AS IKE SKELETON. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:55:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RISE? THE GENTLEMAN IS…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RISE? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE? THE…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE? THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 06:57:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE? THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

    GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE? THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    AMNESTY. THE DREAM ACT IS JUSTICE. AMNESTY IS DEFINED AS A GOVERNMENT…

    AMNESTY. THE DREAM ACT IS JUSTICE. AMNESTY IS DEFINED AS A GOVERNMENT PARDON BUT HOW CAN YOU BE PARDONNED IF YOU DO NOTHING WRONG. HAVING NO CHOICE AND NO SAY IN HOW THEY ARRIVED. THEY GREW UP HERE WENT TO SCHOOL HERE AND WANT TO SERVE IN THE UNITED STATES. BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE, THESE STUDENTS WILL NOT HAVE IT EASY. THEY WILL HAVE TO WORK HARD, WAIT AN ENTIRE DECADE AND CONTINUE TO PROVE THEY MEET ALL THE CRITERIA TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A GREEN CARD MUCH LESS CITIZENSHIP. THEY MUST BE ABLE TO READ, WRITE AND SPEAK ENGLISH AND SHOW KNOWLEDGE OF THE UNITED STATES. WHEN THEY HAVE DONE ALL THAT, THEY WILL BE ALLOWED TO PURSUE THEIR DREAMS. THAT IS JUSTICE, THE AMERICAN WAY.

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  • 06:58:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS RISE? THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS RISE? THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 06:58:15 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    BEFORE I START MY ONE MINUTE, I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY…

    BEFORE I START MY ONE MINUTE, I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY OF ELIZABETH EDWARDS WHO PASSED TODAY, A WOMAN WHO I GOT TO KNOW AND WHO I ADMIRE GREATLY. I WISH FOR HER FAMILY LOVING MEMORIES AND I OFFER PUBLICLY MY DEEPEST SYMPATHIES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMIND MEMBERS OF WHAT OPPORTUNITY MEANS IN THIS COUNTRY. OPPORTUNITY IS FOCUSED IN MANY WAYS, EQUALITY AND JUSTICE, FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS THAT YOU CAN FIND IN THE CONSTITUTION IN SOME WAY. BUT EDUCATION IS ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY AND A RIGHT IN THIS COUNTRY. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE DREAM ACT SO THAT MILLIONS OF CHILDREN WHO LIVED IN THIS COUNTRY SPEAK THE LANGUAGE, MANY OF THEM SERVE IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY, WHO ARE SEEKING A SIMPLE EDUCATION, CAN DO SO AND THEN IN TURN INVEST $1 TRILLION IN CONTRIBUTIONS TO AMERICA. I SPEAK TODAY IN TRIBUTE TO MS. MARTINEZ WHO IS ON A 28-DAY HUNGER STRIKE FROM SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS. I HOPE WE WILL PASS THE DREAM ACT BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN WILLING TO SACRIFICE. WE SHOULD PASS THE DREAM ACT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:59:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MEMBERS SHOULD ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT OUTSIDE…

    MEMBERS SHOULD ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT OUTSIDE OBSERVERS IN THE TELEVISION AUDIENCE. ARE THERE FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTES? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE.

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

  • 06:59:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 07:00:02 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONDEMN THE ACTIONS OF…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONDEMN THE ACTIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF BRAZIL, ARGENTINA AND URUGUAY FOR RECOGNIZING PALESTINE AS AN INDEPENDENT STATE BEFORE THERE ARE CONCLUSIVE NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS. THE PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL GAVE A 10-MONTH MORATORIUM ON ANY KIND OF A BUILDING OF ADDITIONAL SETTLEMENTS OR HOUSES OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, IN EXCHANGE FOR TALKING WITH THE PALESTINIANS. THE PALESTINIANS WAITED NINE MONTHS AND DIDN'T TALK AND IN THE 10TH MONTH THEY TALKED AND NOW IT RAN OUT AND THE PALESTINIANS ARE AGAIN PLACING PRECONDITIONS AND REFUSING TO TALK. PALESTINIANS MUST KNOW THAT A PEACE AGLEEMENT WITH ISRAEL IS THE ONLY WAY THEY CAN HAVE THEIR PALESTINIAN STATE. IT CAN'T BE DONE UNILATERALLY AND WHAT BRAZIL, ARGENTINA AND YOU'RE GUY DID -- AND URUGUAY DID IS NOT SOMETHING THAT CAN BE SUPPORTED. THIS IS SOMETHING WRONG AND SHOULD BE CONDEMNED. IT GIVES THE PALESTINIANS NO INCENTIVE TO SIT DOWN AND TALK WITH ISRAEL AND BARGAIN IN GOOD FAITH. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:01:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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    HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

  • 07:01:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:01:34 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MOST --

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MOST AMERICANS ARE LOOKING AT IRELAND AND SPAIN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MOST AMERICANS ARE LOOKING AT IRELAND AND SPAIN AND AT THE SAME TIME THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAS A DEBT WHICH IS 96% OF G.D.P., OUR SPENDING LEVEL IS 24% OF G.D.P.

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  • 07:02:00 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    MOST STATES IN OUR COUNTRY HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT THAT KEEPS…

    MOST STATES IN OUR COUNTRY HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT THAT KEEPS THEM FROM GOING IN THE RED. THERE'S ANOTHER THING WE COULD DO, THOUGH, THAT WOULD BE TO MODERNIZE THE GRAMM-RUDDMAN-HOLLINGS ACT WHICH CALLED FOR DEFICIT REDUCTION TARGETS. I THINK IT WOULD BE BETTER TO HAVE A SPENDING CAP TIED INTO G.D.P. TIED INTO 18% WHICH WOULD GIVE CONGRESS YEAR AFTER YEAR A TARGET AND IF WE FAILED TO MEET THAT TARGET IT WOULD HAVE AN AUTOMATIC TRIGGER SO THAT WE COULD GET IN THE RIGHT LEVEL OF SPENDING BECAUSE WE DO NOT WANT TO HAVE THE SAME PROBLEMS AS GREECE, IRELAND, AND SPAIN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 07:02:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE? WITHOUT…

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

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    CONFERENCE I URGE SUPPORT OF THE DREAM ACT. IT WOULD SUPPORT STUDENTS IN…

    CONFERENCE I URGE SUPPORT OF THE DREAM ACT. IT WOULD SUPPORT STUDENTS IN OUR COUNTRY.

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  • 07:03:13 PM

    MR. HONDA

    STUDENTS HAVE OVERCOME NUMEROUS BARRIERS IN THEIR LIVES AND ARE ON TRACK…

    STUDENTS HAVE OVERCOME NUMEROUS BARRIERS IN THEIR LIVES AND ARE ON TRACK TO FINISH COLLEGE. THESE STUDENTS ALREADY CONTRIBUTE TO OUR COUNTRY AND WE OWE THEM A CHANCE AT THE DREAM -- THE AMERICAN DREAM. WE MUST ACT AND WE MUST MAKE THE DREAM ACT A REALITY FOR STUDENTS LIKE THEM. IT'S A GOOD INVESTMENT AND LET'S GET RETURN ON THE INVESTMENT. THANK YOU.

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  • 07:03:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ANY FURTHER ONE-MINUTES? THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING…

    ANY FURTHER ONE-MINUTES? THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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  • 07:03:57 PM

    THE CLERK

    OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. CULBERSON OF TEXAS FOR TODAY, MS. MCMORRIS…

    OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. CULBERSON OF TEXAS FOR TODAY, MS. MCMORRIS ROGGERS FOR TODAY AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK, MR. POE OF TEXAS FOR TODAY.

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  • 07:04:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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    FOLLOWING MEMBERS MAY BE PERMITTED TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE, REVISE AND EXTEND…

    FOLLOWING MEMBERS MAY BE PERMITTED TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE, REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE THEREIN EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL. MR. POE, TODAY AND DECEMBER 13 AND 14TH FOR FIVE MINUTES EACH. MR. JONES, TODAY AND DECEMBER 13 AND 14 FOR FIVE MINUTES EACH, MRS. ROS-LEHTINEN TODAY, DECEMBER 8 AND 9 FOR FIVE MINUTES EACH, MR. GARRETT TODAY, DECEMBER 8 AND 9 FIVE MINUTES EACH, MR. LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART TODAY AND DECEMBER 8 FOR FIVE MINUTES EACH, MR. PAUL FOR DECEMBER 8 AND 9, FIVE MINUTES EACH, MR. BURTON TODAY, DECEMBER 8, AND 9 FOR FIVE MINUTES EACH.

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  • 07:05:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT SEEK RECOGNITION.

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    THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES AND REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS, MS. KAPTUR…

    THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES AND REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS, MS. KAPTUR OF OHIO FOR FIVE MINUTES, MR. SHERMAN OF CALIFORNIA FOR FIVE MINUTES, MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON FOR FIVE MINUTES, MS. WOOLSEY OF OREGON FOR FIVE MINUTES, MR. GRAYSON OF FLORIDA FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 07:05:42 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 OORDER OF THE HOUSE, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS ARE RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES EACH. MR. POE OF TEXAS.

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    CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER.

  • 07:06:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:06:09 PM

    MR. JONES

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I HAVE TO MY SIDE FACES OF MARINES WHO HAVE GIVEN…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I HAVE TO MY SIDE FACES OF MARINES WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIFE FOR THIS COUNTRY, THEY'RE FROM CAMP LEJEUNE, IN THE DISTRICT I REPRESENT. THESE ARE THE FACES OF THOSE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIFE FOR THIS COUNTRY. I COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY BECAUSE I JOINED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, I'M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT COMMITTING OUR TROOPS TO FOUR MORE YEARS IN AFGHANISTAN. AFGHANISTAN IS A VAST COUNTRY, IT'S NEVER BEEN A NATION, DOESN'T HAVE A GOVERNMENT, AND WE ARE TRYING TO BUILD A GOVERNMENT IN AFGHANISTAN. I WANT TO SHARE JUST A COUPLE OF COMMENTS, THIS IS FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER, IT SAYS, CATCH AND RELEASE -- THE CATCH AND RELEASE OF TALIBAN FIGHTERS IN AFGHANISTAN ANGERS TROOPS. MORE THAN 500 SUSPECTED TALIBAN FIGHTERS DETAINED BY UNITED STATES FORCES HAVE BEEN RELEASED FROM CUSTODY AT THE URGING OF AFGHAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS,ING ANERING BOTH AMERICAN TROOPS AND SOME AFGHANS WHO OPPOSE THE POLICY ON THE GROUNDS THAT MANY OF THOSE RELEASED RETURN TO THE BATTLEFIELDS TO KILL NATO SOLDIERS AND AFGHAN CITIZENS. RECENTLY, ON NOVEMBER 28, THIS YEAR, IT WAS A 60 MINUTES SEGMENT BY ANDERSON COOPER CALLED GOOD COP, BAD COP, AFGHANISTAN NATIONAL POLICE. I WANT TO READ A COUPLE OF EXCERPTS FROM THIS. WHILE THE AFGHAN ARMY HAS MADE STRIDES IN RECENT YEARS, THE NATIONAL POLICE FORCE HAS DEVELOPED A REPUTATION FOR DRUG ABUSE, ILLITERACY AND DESERTION. EARLIER THIS MONTH, "THE NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTED THAT UP TO 19 AFGHAN POLICE OFFICERS FROM SOUTHWEST OF KABUL DEFECTED TO THE TALIBAN EN MASSEE -- EN MASSE, TAKING THEIR GUNS WITH THEM AND BURNING DOWN THE STATION HOUSE. JUST ANOTHER PART OF THAT 60 MINUTES, WHAT IS SENCH IS THE UNITED STATES HAS SPEND NINE YEARS AND MORE THAN $7 BILLION TRAINING THE AFGHAN POLICE FORCE. THEY WANTED TO FIND OUT WHAT HAS BEEN THE SUCCESS, I'M GOING TO PARAPHRASE VERY QUICKLY, THERE'S BEEN VERY LITTLE SUCCESS, THE AFGHAN POLICE ARE STILL NINE YEARS BEHIND IN TRAINING AND WE'VE SPENT NINE YEARS TRAINING THEM. I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT ADDS UP TO ANYTHING POSITIVE. I'M GOING TO SAVE SOME OF THE OTHER COMMENTS FROM THE 60 MINUTES SEGMENT TO USE LATER ON THIS WEEK AND CERTAINLY NEXT YEAR WHEN WE COME BACK. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE SIGNED OVER 9,747 LETTERS TO FAMILIES AND EXTENDED FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOST LOVED ONES IN THE WARS IN IRAQ AND A AFGHANISTAN AND THAT DOESN'T INCLUDE EXTENDED FAMILIES AS WELL. I DO THAT EVERY WEEKEND SO I CAN BE REMINDED OF MY MISTAKE OF VOTING TO GIVE PRESIDENT BUSH THE AUTHORITY TO GO INTO IRAQ A WAR WE NEVER HAD TO FIGHT. IT WAS MANIPULATED BY THOSE WITHIN THE ADMINISTRATION AND IT WAS -- IT NEVER HAD TO BE. YES, WE LOST YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN IN THAT BATTLE. MR. SPEAKER, ON AFGHANISTAN WHAT I AM OPPOSED TO, AND I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH THE DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN SIDE TO SAY WHAT IS THE END POINT, WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF VICT ARERY? WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO ACHIEVE. YOU CAN NEVER GET A STRAIGHT ANSWER. I DON'T CARE WHO GIVES YOU AN ANSWER, YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THE END POINT IS. THERE WE ARE SPENDING $6 BILLION OR $7 BILLION A MONTH IN AFGHANISTAN, CAN'T FIX THE STREETS IN AMERICA, CAN'T BUILD THE SCHOOL DEMS AMERICA, YET WE HAVE BORROWED THAT $6 BILLION OR $7 BILLION FROM OUR CHINESE FRIENDS AND OWED THEM THE MONEY WHILE WE SPEND IT IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY AND WE CAN'T TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN THESE FACES OF THESE YOUNG MARINES AND THEY COULD BE SOLDIERS, THEY COULD BE AIRMEN, THEY COULD BE NAVY BUT THESE YOUNG MARINES WHO DIED AT 20 AND 21, THE ONLY THING THEIR PARENTS CAN DO IN THE YEARS AHEAD FOR THEIR LOVED ONES IS TO SHOW THE FACE OF A 21-YEAR-OLD MARINE THAT DIED AT 21 AND WILL ALWAYS BE SEEN AS A YOUNG MAN WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR THIS COUNTRY. IT'S TIME FOR THIS CONGRESS TO COME TOGETHER AND SAY TO PRESIDENT OBAMA WE DON'T NEED FOUR MORE YEARS OF SPENDING MONEY AND MORE IMPORTANT THAN MONEY IS THE BLOOD OF THE AMERICAN SOLDIER AND MARINE AND SERVICEMAN THAT'S DYING FOR THIS COUNTRY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WILL AS I ALWAYS DO, I WILL ASK GOD TO PLEASE BLESS OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, PLEASE BLESS THE FAMILIES OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM TO BLESS THE FAMILIES WHO HAVE GIVEN A CHILD DIING FOR FREEDOM IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ AND I ASK GOD TO PLEASE BLESS THE HOUSE AND SENATE THAT WE WILL DO WHAT IS RIGHT IN THE EYES OF GOD AND I WILL ASK GOD TO PLEASE GIVE WISDOM, STRENGTH AND COURAGE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA, THAT HE WILL DO WHAT IS RIGHT IN THE EYES OF GOD FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW'S GENERATION AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WILL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:11:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL COMMUNICATION.

  • 07:11:24 PM

    THE CLERK

    LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. DANNY DAVIS OF ILLINOIS FOR TODAY.

  • 07:11:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS APPROVED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES MR.…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS APPROVED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES MR. MURPHY OF CONNECTICUT.

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  • 07:11:41 PM

    MR. MURPHY

    MR. SPEAKER. THE MORE THAT I LEARN ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE'S…

    MR. SPEAKER. THE MORE THAT I LEARN ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE'S PROCUREMENT POLICIES AND PROCUREMENT POLICIES OF OTHER AGENCIES, THE MORE ANGRY I GET, THE MORE ANGRY THAT CONGRESS SHOULD GET, AND THE MORE ANGRY THAT THE AMERICAN CITIZENRY SHOULD GET. MY HOME STATE OF CONNECTICUT, WE PIONEERED AMERICA'S SHIPBUILDING AND AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES. HUFFER, TODAY, AS MORE AND MORE OF U.S. TAXPAYER DOLLARS GO OVERSEAS TO BUY EQUIPMENT AND PARTS AND MACHINERY FOR THE U.S. MILITARY, SHOWS SHOPS, ONCE BUSTLING WITH WORKERS, ARE YOU SILENT. WE HAVE EXAMPLE AFTER EXAMPLE OF HOW OUR PROCUNALT POLICY HAS GONE WRONG. YOU HAVE BIG TICKET, HIGH PROFILE EXAMPLES LIKE THE AIR FORCE CKX TANKER WHICH WENT TO AIRS BE BUS RATHER THAN AN AMERICAN-BASED BID. YOU HAVE THE 21 HELICOPTERS THAT WE ARE SUPPLYING TO THE AFGHAN MILITARY TODAY THAT WE ARE BUYING NOT FROM AN AMERICAN MANUFACTURER BUT FROM A RUSSIAN MANUFACTURER. THEN YOU HAVE THE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF SMALLER EXAMPLES ON SEEMINGLY A DAILY BASIS IN WHICH AMERICAN COMPANIES COME UP SHORT. WHEN WE BUY CHINESE-MADE DOORKNOBS FOR THE RENOVATIONS AT CAMP PENDLETON WHEN THERE'S AN AMERICAN COMPANY THAT CAN DO THE SAME WORK. WHEN WE BUY COPPER AND NICKEL TUBING FOR OUR SUBS FROM A GERMAN MANUFACTURER WHEN THERE'S AN AMERICAN FIRM THAT CAN DO THE SAME WORK. WE'RE WASTING BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF AMERICAN DOLLARS, SENDING OUR JOBS OVERSEAS. I'M HERE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, TO TALK ABOUT THE LATEST AFFRONT ON THIS ISSUE. THE ARMY LAST MONTH OFFERED A SOLICITATION FOR 96 MACHINES TO MAKE DOG TAGS FOR OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN. THESE ARE AIM INTOLBOL OF THE LIFE AND DEATH FACED BY OUR SOLDIERS. THEY SERB A CRUCIAL FUNCTION IN THE FIELD. LITTLE ELSE EMBODIES THE AMERICAN TRADITION THAN THOSE LITTLE PLATHES THAT HANG FROM A SERVICEMAN'S NECK. AN AMERICAN COMPANY LOST ITS BID TO A COMPANY THAT MANUFACTURES THAT MACHINES IN ITALY. WHILE THE NEUBOLD WAS MARGINALLY ONLY ABOUT 4% MORE EXPENSIVE THEY STILL OFFERED ROUND THE CLOCK TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR SOLDIERS IN THE FIELD, EVEN AFTER THEY FILED A PROTEST, AND UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO THIS LOSS, NEUBOLD HAS TO LAY OFF PEOPLE AND THE 4% WE SAVED WILL BE OFFSET BY LOST TAXES, THE LOST PAYROLL TAXES AND INCREASED SOCIAL COSTS LIKE UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION. THIS IS INSANITY. NOT ONLY ARE WE NOW RELYING ON AN ITALIAN-MADE MACHINE TO MAKE ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC PIECES OF OUR MILITARY TUNE I DON'T REMEMBER, -- UNIFORM, ALL TO SAVE A FEW DOLLARS ON THE CONTRACT, IT'S GOING TO COST THE TAXPAYERS ADDITIONAL EXPENSE. WE CAN'T ALLOW THIS TO CONTINUE, MR. SPEAKER AND MY COLLEAGUES. FOR THE LAST YEAR I'VE BEEN WORKING WITH A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF MEMBERS, INCLUDING THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER, CONGRESSMAN JONES OF NORTH CAROLINA, SO WE CAN SHORE UP THE LOOPHOLES IN OUR BUY AMERICAN POLICIES AND MAKE SURE MORE TAXPAYER DOLLARS STAY HERE AT HOME. I'VE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION THAT WILL DO JUST THAT, THAT WILL BEGIN TO REORIENT OUR MONEY HERE TO AMERICAN-MADE PRODUCTS FOR OUR U.S. MILITARY. I'VE HAD ENOUGH. THIS COUNTRY HAS HAD ENOUGH. AS WE BLEED MANUFACTURING JOBS OUT OF THIS COUNTRY, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT CANNOT CONTINUE TO EXACERBATE THAT PROBLEM BY SENDING U.S. TAXPAYER DOLLARS OVERSEAS. IT'S TIME FOR THIS CONGRESS TO DEEM THIS PRACTICE UNACCEPTABLE, TO STRENGTHEN THE BUY AMERICAN PROVISIONS AND TO BRING OUR TAXPAYER DOLLARS BACK HOME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:15:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES MS. ROS-LEHTINEN FROM FLORIDA.

  • 07:15:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

  • 07:15:54 PM

    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:15:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:15:59 PM

    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER IN RECENT WEEKS WE HAVE SEEN THE ISSUE OF…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER IN RECENT WEEKS WE HAVE SEEN THE ISSUE OF THE WESTERN SAHARA RECEIVE A GREAT DEAL OF COVERAGE IN THE WORLD PRESS. UNFORTUNATELY THE PRESS COVERAGE HAS OFTEN BEEN BIASED. IN FACT, I'VE SEEN CYNICAL ATTEMPTS AT PURPOSEFUL DISINFORMATION. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE REMEMBER HISTORY. LET'S NOT FORGET THAT WHILE THE SAHARA WAS UNDER SPANISH COLONIAL RULE, ONLY MOROCCO LAID CLAIM TO THAT TERRITORY AS ITS OWN. THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO REPEATEDLY CLAIMED THE WESTERN SAHARA AND DEMANDED THE END OF SPANISH COLONIAL RULE. IT WAS WHONAL MOROCCO'S EFFORTS AT RECOVERING THE SAHARA BEGAN TO BE SEEN AS MAKING SERIOUS PROGRESS IN THE EARLY 197S TO THAT THE SO-CALLED FRONT CAME INTO BEING. THEN AS NOW, THE GROUP IS FINANCED BY ALGERIA AND IS PROPPED UP BY CASTRO'S COMMUNIST DICTATORSHIP IN CUBA. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THIS? BECAUSE IN MOROCCO, OUR ALLY IN NORTH AFRICA IN THE STRUGGLE AGAINST INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM, THE ISSUE OF THE SAHARA IS THE DECISIVE ISSUE. THE REALITY OF SOVEREIGNTY OVER THE SAHARA ENJOYS THE SUPPORT OF THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF MOROCCO, INCLUDING THE SAHARA ITSELF. IN OTHER WORDS, THE ISSUE OF THE SAHARA IS THE NECESSARY INGREDIENT FOR STABILITY AND PEACE IN THAT COUNTRY OF STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE IN NORTH AFRICA, OUR FRIEND AND ALLY, MOROCCO. KING MUHAMMAD VI AND HIS NEGOTIATINGTIME TEAM HAVE DEMONSTRATED GREAT COURAGE AND PATIENCE IN DEALING WITH THIS CRITICAL ISSUE SO CLOSELY TIED TO THE SECURITY OF THE ENTIRE REGION. LET US NEVER FORGET THAT A MAKE BELIEVE AND A FAKE MICROSTATE IN NORTHERN AFRICA WOULD BE LED BY A CASTRO CUBAN-FORMED POLITICAL CLASS WHICH WOULD INSTITUTE A MINORITY OF THE POPULATION, EVEN WITHIN THE FAKE MICROSTATE, BUT WOULD CONTROL IT THROUGH CASTRO-STYLE REPRESSION. LET US NEVER FORGET THAT SUCH A MICROSTATE WOULD SERVE AS A FOCAL POINT OF REGIONAL INSTABILITY AND DESTABILIZATION AS WELL AS AN EXPORTER OF TERRORISM. FOR OVER A DECADE, MR. SPEAKER, MOROCCO HAS AGREED TO GRANT A GENUINE AND PROFOUND AUTONOMY TO THE SAHARA UNDER MOROCCAN SOVEREIGNTY TO REACH A REALISTIC AND DEDEFINITIVE SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM. BUT ALGERIA AND THE SO-CALLED POLICARIO CONTINUE THE FAKE MICROSTATE. MAJORITIES IN THIS CONGRESS, COMPRISING BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, HAVE SPOKEN CLEARLY AND SUPPORT OF OUR ALLY MOROCCO'S POSITION ON THIS CRITICAL ISSUE AND LETTERS WE HAVE SENT FIRST TIT -- FIRST TO PRESIDENT BUSH AND THEN TO PRESIDENT OBAMA. THE UNITED STATES DURING BOTH ADMINISTRATIONS AND WITH THE STRONG LEADERSHIP OF SECRETARY OF STATE RICE AND SECRETARY OF STATE CLINTON HAS AGREED WITH THE POSITION EX PEXED BY THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY -- EXPRESSED BY THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THIS CONGRESS. THE FUTURE OF AMERICA'S STRUGGLE AGAINST INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM AND THE STABILITY OF NORTHERN AFRICA REQUIRE THAT THE GOVERNMENT AND THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES CONTINUE TO STAND FIRMLY AND CLEARLY WITH OUR FRIEND AND ALLY, THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:19:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MS. KAPTUR OF OHIO.

  • 07:19:42 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    YOU. MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE ALLOW ME TO EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENS WHEN FLAWED FREE…

    YOU. MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE ALLOW ME TO EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENS WHEN FLAWED FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS ARE IMPLEMENTED AND OUTSOURCED -- AND OUTSOURCE MORE U.S. JOBS. OUR NATION HAS NOT HAD BALANCED TRADE ACCOUNTS FOR OVER 25 YEARS. IN FACT, EVERY TIME WE SIGN ONE OF THESE SO-CALLED FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS, WE LOSE MORE AND MORE JOBS IN OUR COUNTRY. IN ITS ATTEMPT TO MOVE FORWARD, THE GEORGE W. BUSH-NEGOTIATED U.S.-KOREA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT, IT APPEARS THE OBAMA NEGOTIATORS MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN THE REAL COSTS OF SO-CALLED FREE TRADE. WITH KOREA IT HAS BEEN MORE THAN A DOZEN YEARS ALREADY SINCE THE UNITED STATES HELD A TRADE SURPLUS WITH KOREA. WE'RE ALREADY IN THE RED. IN 1997 AMERICA ACTUALLY HELD A SMALL TRADE SURPLUS WITH KOREA OF A LITTLE OVER $1 BILLION. SINCE THEN WE'VE ACCUMULATED $161 BILLION WORTH OF TRADE DEBT AND THAT IS IN THE RED. THAT TRANSLATES INTO LOST JOBS, LOST OPPORTUNITY IN OUR COUNTRY. USING THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE'S ESTIMATE, EACH BILLION DOLLARS OF TRADE DEFICIT COSTS US 14,000 JOBS, OUR TRADE DEFICIT ALREADY ACCUMULATED WITH KOREA HAS COST US OVER TWO MILLION AMERICAN JOBS. AND EVERYBODY KNOWS WE'RE SHORT OVER 20 MILLION JOBS IN OUR COUNTRY. THE PROPOSED NEW KOREA-FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WILL MAKE OUR MARKETS MORE OPEN TO KOREAN INDUSTRIES BUT NOT -- BUT DOES NOT DO ENOUGH TO OPEN KOREAN MARKETS TO OUR PRODUCTS. EVERY TIME THE UNITED STATES IMPORTS MORE THAN WE EXPORT, IT LEAVES US WITH HIGHER TRADE DEFICITS AND MORE LOST JOBS. THIS NAFTA-INSPIRED KOREAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WILL LEAD TO JUST THAT, EVEN HIGHER TRADE DEFICITS AND LOST JOBS HERE WITH KOREA. SINCE NAFTA PASSED IN 1994, MORE THAN THREE MILLION AMERICAN MANUFACTURING JOBS HAVE BEEN LOST TO MEXICO AND CANADA. IN FACT, THE ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE ESTIMATES THE TRADE DEFICIT BETWEEN NAFTA COUNTRIES ALONE COULD HAVE LED TO ONE MILLION ADDITIONAL MANUFACTURING JOBS HERE IN OUR COUNTRY. WHY WOULD A NAFTA-INSPIRED FREE TRADE AGREEMENT LIKE THE KOREAN DEAL YIELD DIFFERENT RESULTS? IT WON'T. THE ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE PROJECTS 159,000 MORE JOBS WILL BE LOST IF THIS DEAL IS PUT FORWARD AND THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION PROJECTS INCREASES TO OUR TRADE DEFICIT WITH KOREA. HOW CAN THIS BE A PATHWAY TO ECONOMIC GROWTH IN OUR COUNTRY? JUST IN THE AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR IN 2009 KOREA SOLD 700,000 AMERICAN CARS -- SOLD 700,000 OF THEIR CARS IN THE AMERICAN MARKET COMPARED TO SALES OF U.S. CARS THERE OF 7,000. JUST A SMIDGEN. IT NOW -- AVERAGING THAT THE KOREAN POPULATION IS 1/6 OF THE UNITED STATES, A FAIR EQUIVALENT WOULD BE 113,000 CARS FROM OUR COUNTRY SOLD IN KOREA, NOT 7,000, 113,000. THAT WOULD REQUIRE A 1,514% INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF AMERICAN VEHICLES SOLD IN KOREA. WHY WOULDN'T WE WAIT FOR THEM TO OPEN THEIR MARKET TO OUR GOODS BEFORE WE GIVE AWAY THE STORE AGAIN? INSTEAD THE PROPOSED SOLUTION IN THE AUTO SECTOR, AND THIS IS WRITTEN IN THE AGREEMENT, SAYS, OUR AUTO COMPANIES CAN EXPECT TO EXPORT $25 -- 25,000 VEHICLES EACH SO IT'S 75,000 TO TEA -- TOTAL NOORKS THEIR MARKET, WHICH IS CERTAINLY BETTER THAN THE CURRENT 7,000, BUT IT ACCEPTS NO LIMIT ON THE AMOUNT OF KOREAN CARS THAT CAN BE SOLD INTO OUR MARKET, BUT THERE ARE LIMITS IMPOSED ON U.S. VEHICLE SALES TO KOREA. HOW IS THAT BALANCED? HOW IS THAT FAIR? THIS IS NEITHER FAIR TRADE NOR IS IT RECIPROCAL. IT IS A MANAGED TRADE ARRANGEMENT THAT ACCEPTS AN INFERIOR POSITION FOR U.S. PRODUCERS AND WHY WOULD WE DO THAT WHEN OUR ECONOMY IS HURTING SO VERY MUCH? AND IT'S NOT JUST IN AUTO, IT'S IN BEEF AND ELECTRONICS AND EVERY SINGLE CA CATEGORY. IN ORDER FOR THE UNITED STATES TO HAVE A SQUARE DEAL WITH KOREA, THIS IS WHAT SHOULD BE IN THE AGREEMENT. WE SHOULD ELIMINATE TAR ITCHES IN BOTH COUNTRIES -- TARIFFS IN BOTH COUNTRIES. WE SHOULD MAKE CERTAIN THAT DISCRIMINATORY NONTARIFF BARRIERS ARE ELIMINATED BY BOTH NATIONS, NOT GRADUALLY IMPLEMENTED OVER TIME. WE SHOULD INCLUDE PROVISIONS TO ADDRESS THEIR VALUE-ADDED TAX. WE SHOULD CONTAIN MECHANISMS THAT WILL PREVENT AND OFFSET CURRENCY MANIPULATION AND ELIMINATE PROVISIONS THAT WITH CAN TRADE REMEDY LAWS. THIS DEAL DOES NONE OF. THAT THE UNITED STATES CAN ILL-AFFORD TO CONTINUE JOB-KILLING TRADE POLICIES. WE SHOULD EMBRACE THE OLD ADAGE THAT IN FACT GEORGE BUSH ONCE USED, FOOL ME ONCE, SHAME ON YOU, FOOL ME TWICE, SHAME ON ME. CONGRESS CANNOT ALLOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO BE FOOLED AGAIN BY THE FALSE PROMISES OF FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS. WHEN HAVE WE HEARD THAT BEFORE? THE U.S.-KOREA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT SHOULD NOT BE RATIFIED UNTIL CHANGES ARE MADE TO MAKE IT TRULY FREE, TRULY FAIR AND TRULY RECIPROCAL BASED ON RESULTS, NOT DREAMS. THEN WE WOULD HOLD PROMISE TO CREATE JOBS AGAIN IN OUR NATION, AS WELL AS IN SOUTH KOREA AND ASIA IN GENERAL. BUT WHY SHOULD THE UNITED STATES KEEP COMING UP WITH THESE AGREEMENTS THAT MAKE US SECOND CLASS? AND THAT HALLOWS OUR OUT -- HOLLOWS OUT OUR MIDDLE CLASS? LET ME SAY IN CLOSING THIS EVENING, THE PEOPLE OF OUR REGION IN NORTHERN OHIO, IN FACT OUR WHOLE STATE, WISH TO OFFER DEEPEST CONDOLENCES IN THE DEATH OF ELIZABETH EDWARDS. HER PASSING TRULY TAKES FROM THE HORIZON ONE OF THE BRIGHT STARS IN OUR COUNTRY. I'VE MEAT MET MANY PEOPLE IN MY POLITICAL LIFE AND I CAN TELL YOU, HER INTELLIGENCE, HER HUMILITY, HER KINDNESS ARE VALUES THAT I KNOW HER CHILDREN AND HER FAMILY WILL LONG CHERISH AND WE SEND OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THEM, TO THE PEOPLE OF HER STATE AND ALL THOSE WHO HAD THE GREAT PRIVILEGE OF KNOWING HER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:26:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. SHERMAN OF CALIFORNIA. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MR. SHERMAN OF CALIFORNIA. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 07:26:24 PM

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    CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER.

  • 07:26:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:26:30 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    MR. SPEAKER, 69 YEARS AGO TODAY THE U.S. NAVAL BASE AT PEARL HARBOR WAS…

    MR. SPEAKER, 69 YEARS AGO TODAY THE U.S. NAVAL BASE AT PEARL HARBOR WAS ATTACKED. IN THE EPIC FOUR-YEAR WAR THAT FOLLOWED, MILLIONS OF AMERICANS SERVED WITH HONOR AND COURAGE. AND MORE THAN 400,000 LOST THEIR LIVES. I CAN ASSURE YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THAT MANY OF THEM WERE GAY. NEARLY SEVEN DECADES LATER IT APPEARS WE ARE FINALLY PREPARED TO ACKNOWLEDGE PUBLICLY WHAT WE HAVE KNOWN FOR SO VERY LONG. THAT GAY AND LESBIAN AMERICANS HAVE BEEN PART OF THE MILITARY, MAKING INVALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR NATION'S SECURITY FOR AS LONG AS WE'VE BEEN A NATION TO SECURE. WE APPEAR TO BE FINALLY ON THE CUSP OF REPEALING THE DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL POLICY THAT HAS ASKED THOSE WHO WEAR THE UNIFORM TO LIE ABOUT THEIR VERY IDENTITIES AS A PRECONDITION OF THEIR SERVICE. AS IF WE DON'T ASK ENOUGH OF THEM ALREADY. THOSE WHO HAVE CONTINUED TO BACK THIS POLICY SAID EARLIER THIS YEAR THAT THEY WANTED TO SEE THE RESULTS OF THE PENTAGON REVIEW BEFORE CONSIDERING THEIR POSITION. WELL, AN EMPIRICAL REVIEW WAS RELEASED LAST WEEK AND IT QUITE CLEARLY CONCLUDED THAT REPEALING THE POLICY WOULD HAVE MINIMAL IMPACT ON MILITARY READINESS OR COHESION. BUT GUESS WHAT, MR. SPEAKER? THAT WASN'T ENOUGH FOR THE SMALL MINORITY OF DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL SUPPORTERS. CLINGING TO A FRIDGE REACTIONARY EXTREMIST POSITION, THEY ARE UNMOVED BY THE PENTAGON'S FINDINGS. THEY SAY REPEAL WOULD BE PREMATURE, THAT TO DO ANYTHING BUT MAINTAIN THE DISCRIMINATORY STATUS QUO WOULD BE AN IRRESPONSIBLE RUSH TO JUDGMENT. A RUSH TO JUDGMENT. GAY SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN FORCED INTO THE CLOSET FOR THE ENTIRETY OF AMERICAN HISTORY. HOW MUCH LONGER DO WE NEED TO WAIT FOR FUNDAMENTAL FAIRNESS AND EQUAL TREATMENT? HOW MUCH LONGER MUST WE ENDURE A POLICY DAMAGING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND HOSTILE TO AMERICAN VALUES? REPEAL OF DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL IS ANYTHING BUT PREMATURE. IT'S LONG OVERDUE. DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL IS ALSO OVERWHELMINGLY POPULAR. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, A BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL MAJORITY, VETERANS GROUPS, NOT TO MENTION MOST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ALL SUPPORT REPEAL. AND NOW WE KNOW FROM THE PENTAGON REPORT THAT 92% OF SERVICE MEMBERS SAY THE PRESENCE OF A GAY PERSON WOULD NOT AFFECT THEIR UNIT'S ABILITY TO WORK TOGETHER. AND THAT LAST FACT REALLY SHOULDN'T BE SURPRISING. I DON'T IMAGINE THAT EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF OUR ARMED FORCES IS UNAMBIGUOUSLY ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT CHANGING THE POLICY, BUT DON'T -- BUT I DON'T THINK EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF OUR ARMED SERVICES IS UNAMBIGUOUSLY ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THE MEAL THEY WERE SERVED LAST NIGHT OR THIS MORNING. MY POINT IS, THESE MEN AND WOMEN ARE DEDICATED PROFESSIONALS. THEY ARE SWORN TO PROTECT THE NATION. THEY FOLLOW ORDERS AND DO THEIR JOBS AS THEY DID DURING THE DESEGREGATION OF THE MILITARY AND THEY DO THIS WITHOUT REGARD TO THEIR PERSONAL VALUES. WE CAN DO THIS. WE MUST DO IT. IT WILL BE FAR LESS DAUNTING THAN PRESIDENT TRUMAN'S DESEGREGATION OF THE MILITARY. THE NATION WAS FAR MORE RACIST IN 1946 THAN IT IS HOMOPHOBIC IN THE YEAR 2010. IT'S TIME TO REPEAL, MR. SPEAKER, DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL. THE NATION IS READY FOR IT. THE MILITARY CAN HANDLE IT. JUSTICE DEMANDS IT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:30:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. MR. GARRETT OF NEW JERSEY. MR. DEFAZIO OF…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. MR. GARRETT OF NEW JERSEY. MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON. MR. BURTON OF INDIANA. MR. GRAYSON OF FLORIDA. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. GINGREY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES. CLBCLB

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  • 07:31:43 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AS WE TRIED TO GET OUR ACT TOGETHER HERE THIS…

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AS WE TRIED TO GET OUR ACT TOGETHER HERE THIS EVENING, NOT REALIZING, OF COURSE, THAT HERE IT'S ALMOST CHRISTMASTIME THAT OUR PAGES HAVE ALL GONE HOME AND IT REMINDS ME OF WHAT A GREAT, GREAT JOB THESE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN DO FOR THE MEMBERS IN SO MANY WAYS, NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH, OF COURSE IS HELPING DURING THESE SPECIAL ORDER HOURS. BUT MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE. I WANT TO, OF COURSE, THANK MY LEADERSHIP ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE FOR ALLOWING ME AND MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE G.O.P. DOCTOR'S CAUCUS TO LEAD THIS SPECIAL ORDER FOR THE NEXT HOUR AND WE'RE GOING TO DO THAT, MR. SPEAKER, ON HEALTH CARE. AND ON THE RECENTLY PASSED, I SAY RECENTLY, 10 MONTHS AGO, MARCH OF THIS YEAR, THE PASSAGE OF OBAMACARE. I KNOW IT'S REFERRED TO AS PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. BUT THIS IS A PIECE OF LEGISLATION, MR. SPEAKER THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AT THE 60% PLURALITY LEVEL OPPOSED. AND HAVE REMAINED HERE, 10 MONTHS LATER, AS CERTAINLY WAS SEEN IN THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTION ON NOVEMBER 2, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT THAT THIS WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS FORCED UPON THEM AGAINST THEIR WISHES ALTHOUGH THEY HAD HAD A TWO-YEAR PERIOD OF TIME TO LET NOT JUST OUR DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY AND PRESIDENT OBAMA BUT EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE UNDERSTAND NOT ONLY THAT THEY WERE OPPOSED TO THIS BILL BUT WHY THEY WERE OPPOSED TO IT. AND IN FACT, DURING THIS CAMPAIGN, OUR REPUBLICAN PARTY MADE A PLEDGE TO AMERICA ON MANY THINGS, NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH, OF COURSE, WAS TO REPEAL THIS BILL. THIS 2,400 PAGE MONSTROSITY THAT HAS DONE LAIRD ANY OF THE THINGS THAT POTH BECAUSE MA HAD HOPED, WISHED, PROMISED THAT IT WOULD AFFECT. SO WE SAID TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, YOU GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY, YOU GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO ELECT TO CHOOSE, TO HAVE JOHN BAY FOR THE AS THE NEXT -- JOHN BOEHNER FOR THE NEXT SPEAK OF THE HOUSE AND GIVE THE REPUBLICANS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD AND WE'LL REPEAL THIS BILL. THIS EVENING, I AM VERY PROUD, AS CO-CHAIRMAN WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA, DR. TIMUR FI TO CHAIR THE HOUSE G.O.P. DOCTOR'S CAUCUS. THERE ARE ABOUT 11 -- DR. TIM MURPHY TO CHAIR THE HOUSE G.O.P. DOCTORS' CAUCUS. THERE ARE ABOUT 11 PEOPLE INVOLVED IN HEALTH CARE BEFORE THEY CAME TO THIS BODY AS A PROFESSION AND I'M TELLING YOU, I THINK MOST OF OUR COLLEAGUES KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE NUMBER OF YEARS OF CLINICAL EXPERIENCE AMONG THIS GROUP IS SOMETHING LIKE 350 YEARS. SEVERAL OF US HAVE GOT A LITTLE GRAY HAIR AROUND THE TEMPLES. BUT I THINK THAT WE HAVE SERVED A GREAT PURPOSE FOR OUR COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS, FROM A HEALTH CARE PERSPECTIVE, WHAT THIS BILL HAS DONE, THE HARMFUL EFFECT THAT IT'S HAD. HARMFUL EFFECT ON INDIVIDUALS, HARMFUL EFFECT ON THE PRACTICE AND PROFESSION OF MEDICINE, HARMFUL EFFECT ON COMPANIES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT TONIGHT. THE BURDEN THAT IS PLACED ON SMALL BUSINESS MEN AND WOMEN TRYING TO ABIDE BY THESE PROVISIONS OF OBAMA CARE. LAST BUT NOT -- OF OBAMACARE. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, THE HARMFUL EFFECTS IT'S HAD ON THE ENTIRE NATION IN REGARD TO OUR ECONOMY, THE LACK OF RECOVERY, THE JOBLESSNESS RATE, THE UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS CAME OUT JUST THIS PAST NOVEMBER, 9.8%. CREEPING A LITTLE HIGHER, NOT GETTING BETTER, DESPITE A TRILLION-DOLLAR STIMULUS PACKAGE WHICH HASN'T SAVED JOBS. BUT THIS BILL AND THE REASON WE WERE SO OPPOSED TO ITS PASSAGE EVEN TWO YEARS AGO, WHEN IT WAS FIRST INTRODUCED IN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE, WAS MEMBERS ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE UNDERSTOOD VERY CLEARLY THAT THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY FOR THIS COUNTRY WAS TO PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK, TO JUMP START THIS ECONOMY AND YET WE SPENT LITERALLY TWO YEARS, THESE FIRST TWO YEARS OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATION ON PASSING, TRYING TO PASS, AN ENERGY BILL, THANK GOD, MR. SPEAKER, IN MY PERSPECTIVE IT DID NOT PASS, A SO-CALLED OMINOUS CAP AND TRADE, WHICH WOULD HAVE INCREASED THE ENERGY COST FOR EVERY FAMILY IN THIS COUNTRY APPROXIMATELY $3,000 A YEAR. THANK GOODNESS THIS BILL AFTER PASSING IN THE SENATE GOT -- IN THE HOUSE BECAME BOGGED DOWN IN THE SENATE. HOPEFULLY IT WILL REMAIN THERE QUIETLY DYING. BUT UNFORTUNATELY, OBAMACARE DID PASS AND THE ECONOMY IS NO BETTER. WE JUST GOT OUR PRIORITIES A LITTLE BIT BACKWARDS. BUT I AM PLEASED TO SAY THAT A COUPLE OF OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE G.O.P. DOCTORS' CAUCUS, HOUSE G.O.P. DOCTORS' CAUCUS ARE WITH ME TONIGHT TO DISCUSS THIS ISSUE, CONGRESSMAN JOHN FLEMING, A FAMILY DOCTOR FROM SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA, AND CONGRESSMAN PAUL BROUN, MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA, ALSO A FAMILY PRACTICE DOCTOR, AND I WILL CALL ON THEM, I'LL DEFER TO THEM AS MUCH TIME AS THEY WANT TO TAKE AND WE'LL BASICALLY HAVE A COLLOQUY AND TALK ABOUT SOME OF THESE ISSUES TONIGHT IN REGARD TO OBAMACARE AND WHAT WE REPUBLICANS, THE NEW REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN THE NEXT CONGRESS, 112TH CONGRESS HAVE PLEDGED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WE WILL DO. OUR PLEDGE WAS TO REPEAL THIS BILL AND FIRST AND FOREMOST, WE ARE GOING TO MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO BE FAITHFUL TO OUR PLEDGE AND TO TRY TO REPEAL THIS BILL. UNDERSTANDING, OF COURSE, AND I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO UNDERSTAND THIS, PRESIDENT OBAMA IS PRESIDENT AND HE WILL BE PRESIDENT FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS. THE DEMOCRATS DO HAVE A CONTINUED MAJORITY IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. AND THEY WILL HAVE FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS. SO WHILE WE FEEL VERY CONFIDENT THAT WE CAN LEAD THE CHARGE, THE HOUSE G.O.P. DOCTORS' CAUCUS LEAVE THE EFFORT OF -- LEAD THE EFFORT OF REPEAL IN THIS BODY, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WE WILL SUCCEED IN DOING THAT AND FULFILL OUR PLEDGE TO AMERICA AND MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO DO THE SAME THING IN THE SENATE. ALTHOUGH WE KNOW THAT WE DON'T HAVE THE VOTES. BUT MAYBE WE CAN PERSUADE SOME OF OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES, ESPECIALLY SOME OF THOSE UP FOR RE-ELECTION IN 2012, MR. SPEAKER, TO UNDERSTAND, FINALLY, AT LONG LAST, WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAID ON NOVEMBER 2. THEN, OF COURSE, THE HURDLE OF GETTING A BILL PASSED A REPEAL BILL PASSED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA. HE HAS THE VETO PEN, THERE'S NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT, BUT YOU KNOW, HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL. I THINK THE NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE REPUBLICAN LEADERS A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO IN REGARD TO KEEPING THE TAX RATES THE SAME FOR EVERY AMERICAN TAXPAYER FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS SHEDS A LITTLE LIGHT ON MAYBE THE PRESIDENT'S ATTITUDE OF WORKING WITH THE HERETOFORE MINORITY AND SOON TO BE MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE AND KIND OF MODERATE HIS STANCE ON SOME OF THESE THINGS BECAUSE AS THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF SAID, MR. SPEAKER, ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES. THIS ELECTION ON NOVEMBER 2 CERTAINLY WOULD TELL PRESIDENT OBAMA THAT PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE THIS BILL AND THEY WANT IT REPEALED. SO MAYBE HE WON'T VETO, BUT IN THE LIKELY EVENT THAT EITHER WE'RE NOT ABLE TO GET THE BILL REPEAL -- BILL OF REPEAL PASSED THROUGH THE SENATE OR IF WE DO, THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA INDEED WOULD USE HIS VETO PEN, THEN OF COURSE THE OPTIONS THAT WE HAVE ARE A COUPLE THAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT. I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES WILL GET INTO THAT AS WELL, BUT THERE ARE SO MANY PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL THAT WE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY IN THIS HOUSE TO DEFUND, ABSOLUTELY PULL THE PLUG ON SOME OF THIS SPENDING SO THAT THIS BILL WILL NOT GO FORWARD. AND AGAIN, IN THE MEANTIME, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PARTS OF THE BILL THAT WE WILL HAVE INDIVIDUAL PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL STRIP THAT AWAY AND THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT TONIGHT. I WOULD LIKE AT THIS TIME TO CALL ON MY COLLEAGUE FROM LOUISIANA, REPRESENTATIVE JOHN FLEMING.

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  • 07:41:57 PM

    MR. FLEMING

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN, DR. GINGREY, AND OF COURSE DR. PAUL BROUN, MY OTHER…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN, DR. GINGREY, AND OF COURSE DR. PAUL BROUN, MY OTHER COLLEAGUE WHO IS HERE TONIGHT, BOTH GENTLEMEN FROM GEORGIA. I WANT TO THANK YOU BOTH FOR MY APPRECIATION FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP IN HOLDING THESE SPECIAL ORDERS. WE DID A TON OF THESE SPECIAL ORDERS BACK IN THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE AND I'VE GOT A FEELING WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING A BUNCH MORE BECAUSE IN MY OPINION, MY HUMBLE OPINION, I'M JUST ENDING MY FIRST TERM UP HERE, BUT I HAVE A FEELING THAT THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE IS JUST -- HAS JUST BEGUN, THAT THIS THING IS FAR FROM OVER. AS A PREFACE TO MY DISCUSSION ABOUT HEALTH CARE, I WANT TO POINT OUT AND REMIND EVERYONE AND CERTAINLY MR. SPEAKER THE FACT THAT WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF REVIVING OUR ECONOMY 9.8% UNEMPLOYMENT, AND AS I TRAVEL AROUND THE COUNTRY AND PARTICULARLY IN MY DISTRICT, THERE ARE THREE MAIN REASONS FOR THAT GIVEN TO ME BY EMPLOYERS. WHY AREN'T YOU HIRING PEOPLE? AND THIS IS WHAT THEY TELL ME. NUMBER ONE, OUR TAX SITUATION IS SO UNCERTAIN WE DON'T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT AND HOPEFULLY SOON WE'RE GOING TO PUT CERTAINTY BACK INTO OUR TAX POLICY BY NOT RAISING TAXES A SINGLE DIME ON ANY INDIVIDUAL IN THIS COUNTRY. NUMBER TWO, THEY TELL ME THAT BANKS ARE JUST NOT LENDING MONEY. AND THERE'S MANY REASON ARES FOR THAT. WE'RE NOT GOING TO GET INTO THAT TONIGHT. BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS, CREDIT IS NOT AVAILABLE TO BUSINESSES. FINALLY, AND I THINK MOST IMPORTANTLY, IS OBAMACARE. OBAMACARE HAS CREATED SUCH A MONKEY WRENCH INTO THE MACHINERY OF THE ECONOMY OF THIS COUNTRY, CREATING SUCH UNCERTAINTY AND DIFFICULTLY IN PLANNING THAT EMPLOYERS ARE JUST FROZEN WITH FARE. -- WITH FEAR. WE KNOW AS SOON AS IT WAS PASSED COMPANIES CAME OUT TO TALK ABOUT HOW IT WAS GOING TO EAT INTO THEIR EARNINGS. WE GET CONTINUOUS REPORTS OF HOW THE PREMIUMS WILL GO UP FOR THE EMPLOYEES AS WELL AS THE EMPLOYERS, ALL THINGS GUARANTEED TO US BY THE PRESIDENT WOULD NOT HAPPEN. I'LL JUST GIVE YOU A QUICK STORY. I SPOKE TO A GENTLEMAN WHO OWNS A SMALL COMPANY IN MY DISTRICT, THE NAME OF IT IS EXPLO AND THEY HAVE A UNIQUE KIND OF BUSINESS. WHAT THEY DO IS THEY HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE THAT EXPLOSIVE CHARGE THAT'S NORMALLY USED IN A CANNON THAT HAS FOR SOME REASON GROWN TOO OLD AND NO LONGER USABLE, THEY RECYCLE THAT, THEY TEAR IT DOWN AND TAKE THE VARIOUS PARTS AND OF COURSE IT IS AN EXPLOSIVE SO THEY DO HAVE SOME RISK AND ALL THIS. THEY HAVE A FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT TO DISMANTLE THOUSANDS, TENS OF THOUSANDS, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF THESE EXPLOSIVE CHARGES THAT ACTUALLY PROPEL THE SHELL FROM THE CANNON TO GO TO ITS DESTINATION. AND HE SAID, YOU KNOW, I'VE GOT A GOOD CONTRACT, DON'T HAVE A BIG MARGIN BUT I DO HAVE A MARGIN I CAN MAKE PROFIT. BUT HE SAID YOU KNOW WHAT, WITH OBAMACARE THAT MARGIN IS TOTALLY WIPED OUT. IF I STAY IN BUSINESS, I'M LIKELY TO GO OUT OF BUSINESS AND GO BANKRUPT SYSTEM OF JUST THAT UNCERTAINTY, JUST THAT ONE LITTLE FACTOR CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN A COMPANY FROM MAYBE $100,000, $200,000 A YEAR PROFIT TO LOSING $200 THUNDERSHOWER OR $300,000, WHICH A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER CAN DO MAYBE ONE YEAR, MAYBE TWO YEARS, MAYBE HE CAN BORROW MONEY TO GET BY BUT THIS IS THE REALITY THAT FACES AMERICANS AROUND THE COUNTRY, 700,000 SMALL BUSINESSES, WHEN YOU ENTER THIS UNKNOWN ABOUT OBAMACARE AND IT JUST SIMPLY FREEZES THE BUSINESSMEN, SO I CAN SAY THAT F.D.R., PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT, HAD IT RIGHT WHEN TALKING ABOUT THE GREAT DEPRESSION THAT THE ONLY THING WE HAVE TO FEAR IS FEAR ITSELF. AND RIGHT NOW SMALL BUSINESSES, BUSINESSES ACROSS THE LAND ARE IN DESPERATE FEAR, THEY'RE AFRAID TO MAKE THOSE VALUABLE INVESTMENTS BECAUSE THEY JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT NEXT WEEK, NEXT MONTH, NEXT YEAR IS GOING TO BE LIKE. AND I WOULD SAY THAT THE LARGEST CAUSE OF THIS IS HEALTH CARE. THE HEALTH CARE REFORM. SO JUST TO KIND OF REITERATE THAT BEFORE I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE THREE THINGS THAT BUSINESSES IDENTIFY AS ROAD BLOCKS TO SUCCESS AND TO HIRING. ONE IS LIFE OF CREDIT -- LACK OF CREDIT, NUMBER TWO IS UNCERTAINTY ABOUT TAXATION AND HEALTH CARE REFORM. AND WE'RE ABOUT TO TACKLE THE TAXES. I THINK THE BANKS ARE GOING TO BE TURNING THE CREDIT AROUND SO THAT ONE THING THAT WE HAVE AHEAD OF US IS OBAMACARE, WHICH IS, I THINK, A BIG STUMBLING BLOCK TO RECOVERY. AND I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES THIS EVENING CALLING FOR A REPEAL TO OBAMACARE AND A RETURN TO COMMONSENSE REFORM METHODS WHICH WE WILL DO WITH PIECE MEAL LEGISLATION, ONE STEP AT A TIME, INCREMENTAL REFORM, TESTING AND LISTENING FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO WHAT THEY WANT, RATHER THAN FORCING IT DOWN THE THROATS OF THOSE WHO HAVE TO PAY FOR THIS THING. THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:47:27 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    THANK YOU, AND THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US THIS EVENING. BEFORE I DEFER TO…

    THANK YOU, AND THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US THIS EVENING. BEFORE I DEFER TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA, DR. PAUL BROUN, I JUST WANTED TO MENTION SOMETHING, MR. SPEAKER, THAT CONGRESSMAN FLEMING JUST SAID IN REGARD TO THE TAXES, THE TAX SITUATION THAT WE HAVE AND HOPEFULLY THE COMPROMISE, OBVIOUSLY THE COMPROMISE WORKED OUT BETWEEN PRESIDENT OBAMA, HIS ADMINISTRATION, AND THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE, ALL OF THAT HAS TO BE APPROVED, MR. SPEAKER, AS YOU KNOW, BY THE ENTIRE SENATE AND BY THIS ENTIRE HOUSE. BEFORE IT BECOMES LAW. AND I HOPE THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO THAT BEFORE WE LEAVE HERE FOR ANY KIND OF A BREAK, EVEN A CHRISTMAS BREAK. BUT AS PART OF THAT COMPROMISE, THERE IS TO BE THIS CUT IN THE PAYROLL TAX FOR A FULL YEAR TO LITERALLY CUT THE EMPLOYEE PORTION OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY PAYROLL TAX FROM 6.2% DOWN TO 4.2%. I THINK, MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S A GOOD THING. JUST AS KEEPING THE TAX RATES THAT ARE CURRENTLY EXISTING AND HAVE FOR ALMOST THE LAST 10 YEARS, TO KEEP THEM ALL IN PLACE. NOT TO RAISE ANY, ESPECIALLY NOT ON THE JOB CREATORS, THE SMALL BUSINESS MEN AND WOMEN, THE SO-CALLED RICH. BUT THE IRONIC THING ABOUT THIS, MY COLLEAGUES, IS IN THIS BILL, PATIENT PROTECTION AFFORDABLE BILL ACT, OBAMACARE, IT CALLS FOR RAISING THE PAYROLL TAX, FOR RAISING THE PAYROLL TAX ON MEDICARE FOR ANYBODY THAT MAKES ABOVE A CERTAIN DOLLAR AMOUNT OF INCOME BY 3.7%. AND THAT'S GOING INTO EFFECT RIGHT NOW. BY 3.7%. TO INCREASE THE PAYROLL TAX. AND THAT'S WHY, MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE HERE ON THE FLOOR TONIGHT AS REPRESENTATIVE OF OUR LEADERSHIP, TO TRY TO POINT OUT SOME OF THESE THINGS AND SAY, GOSH, YOU KNOW, THAT REALLY MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL TO SAY THAT WE NEED TO CUT PAYROLL TAXES AND WE'RE GOING TO DO IT ON SOCIAL SECURITY FOR THE NEXT YEAR FOR EVERYBODY, NO MATTER WHAT THEIR INCOME MIGHT BE. WE'RE GOING TO CUT IT BY 1/3 IN FACT. AND THEN ON THIS BILL, TO RAISE THE MEDICARE TAXATION 3.7%, IT DOESN'T MAKE A LOT OF SENSE, AS A LOT OF THINGS ABOUT THIS BILL DON'T MAKE A LOT OF SENSE. WELL, BEFORE I CALL ON DR. BROUN AGAIN, I WANT MY COLLEAGUES TO LOOK AT THE EASEL TO MY LEFT, TO YOUR RIGHT, ON THE NUMBER-ONE PRIORITY, AS I MENTIONED AT THE OUTSET, OUR REPUBLICAN PRIORITY AND OUR PLEDGE TO AMERICA IS TO REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE. NOW, ON THIS SECOND SLIDE, AND I TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT AND WE'LL GET INTO THAT AS THE HOUR PROGRESSES, BUT PRIORITY NUMBER TWO, IN THE EVENT THAT WE'RE NOT ABLE TO REPEAL, BECAUSE WE JUST DON'T HAVE THE VOTES OR THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA USES BAD JUDGMENTS AND VETOES OUR REPEAL BILL, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY AND DR. BROUN WILL TALK ABOUT THIS TO DEFUND CERTAIN PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL AND WITH THAT I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM ATHENS AND MY GREAT FRIEND, DR. PAUL BROUN.

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  • 07:51:28 PM

    MR. BROUN

    DR. GINGREY. I GREAT PLI APPRECIATE YOUR YIELDING AND YOU'RE DOING THIS…

    DR. GINGREY. I GREAT PLI APPRECIATE YOUR YIELDING AND YOU'RE DOING THIS TONIGHT. SO WE CAN INFORM THE AMERICAN PUBLIC ABOUT HOW BAD THIS BILL IS AND WHAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO TRY TO DO IN THIS NEXT CONGRESS. WE HEARD ALL DURING THE DISCUSSION ON OBAMACARE, AS WELL AS THROUGH THE LAST TWO CONGRESSES SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE, I'M FINISHING UP MY SECOND TERM, THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE THE PARTY OF NO. WE ARE THE PARTY OF K-N-O-W BECAUSE WE KNOW HOW TO LOWER THE COST OF HEALTH CARE AND WE CAN DO IT IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. AND IN FACT DURING THE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT OBAMACARE, I CHALLENGED INDIVIDUAL DEMOCRATS TO INTRODUCE A BILL THAT I WOULD GIVE THEM THE LEGISLATIVE LANGUAGE, ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS WRITE THANE THEIR NAME IN A BLANK, -- WRITE THEIR NAME IN A BLANK, INTRODUCE IT AND IT WOULD BE A DEMOCRATIC BILL. THEY COULD CALL IT OBAMACARE. AND I WAS TOLD BY DEMOCRATS OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT THIS MAKES A WHOLE LOT MORE SENSE, PAUL, WHAT YOU'RE PROPOSING HERE, THAN THIS OBAMACARE BILL THAT WE DEALT WITH HERE IN THE HOUSE, THE PELOSI ORIGINAL BILL, AND THEN THE ONE THAT WE FINALLY PASSED THAT CAME FROM THE SENATE. BOTH OF THEM OBAMACARE. AND IN FACT, TWO COLLEAGUES ON OUR SIDE, REPUBLICANS, JOHN SHADEGG FROM ARIZONA AND CONGRESSMAN CHARLIE DENT FROM PENNSYLVANIA, AND I WROTE AN OP ED THAT WAS PUBLISHED IN "THE WASHINGTON TIMES" NEWSPAPER, CHALLENGING DEMOCRATS TO INTRODUCE THE BILL. AND IT WOULD DO FOUR THINGS. COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS THAT I TOLD THE DEMOCRATS INDIVIDUALLY, IF THEY WOULD INTRODUCE THE BILL, IT COULD BE THEIR BILL, A DEMOCRATIC BILL, THEY COULD TAKE CREDIT FOR IT, I'M CONCERNED ABOUT POLICY, NOT WHOSE NAME IS ON THE BILL, AND THEY COULD TAKE CREDIT FOR IT.

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  • 07:53:27 PM

    MR. GINGREY

  • 07:53:37 PM

    MR. BROUN

    ABSOLUTELY. I WAS GOING TO DO. THAT I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE, DR.…

    ABSOLUTELY. I WAS GOING TO DO. THAT I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE, DR. GINGREY, FOR REMINDING ME. BUT I HAVE A POSTER HERE WITH THESE FOUR COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS. AND ACTUALLY I INTRODUCED THE BILL WHEN THE DEMOCRATS WOULDN'T TAKE MY -- MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES WOULDN'T TAKE UP THE OFFER TO INTRODUCE IT, AFTER OBAMACARE WAS ACTUALLY PASSED INTO LAW, I INTRODUCED THE BILL THAT DOES FIVE THINGS. IT REPEALS OBAMACARE AND PUTS IN PLACE THESE FOUR COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS. IT'S NOT A COMPREHENSIVE BILL BECAUSE IT DOESN'T REALLY DEAL WITH MEDICARE AND THE PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE WITH THAT OR MEDICAID AND WE'LL MENTION THAT IN A MINUTE OR TWO. BUT THE FOUR THINGS ARE TO ALLOW ALL INDIVIDUALS TO DEDUCT 100% OF THEIR HEALTH CARE COSTS, INCLUDING THE COST OF THE INSURANCE OFF THEIR INCOME TAXES. THIS IN ITSELF WOULD CHANGE THE DYNAMICS OF HEALTH CARE FOR EVERYBODY IN THIS COUNTRY. IN FACT, THIS EVENTUALLY WOULD TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEMS THAT WE AS PHYSICIANS HAVE WITH MANAGED CARE. BECAUSE IT WOULD PUT PATIENTS IN CONTROL OF THEIR HEALTH CARE DECISIONS. BUT ALLOW EVERYBODY TO DEDUCT ALL OF THEIR HEALTH CARE COSTS. SECOND THING IT WOULD DO IS IT WOULD STRAIT STRENGTHEN AND EXPAND -- IS IT WOULD STRENGTHEN AND EXPAND REVENUES FOR AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR SICK AMERICANS THROUGH POOLS SET UP IN STATES. THERE ARE STATES LIKE COLORADO WHO HAVE ALREADY DONE THIS SUCCESSFULLY. MULTIPLE STATES HAVE ALREADY DONE SO. THE THIRD THING IT WOULD DO IS, AS THE CHART RIGHT HERE SAYS, IT WOULD EXPAND CHOICE AND COMPETITION BY ALLOWING CONSUMERS TO SHOP THE HEALTH CARE INSURANCE ACROSS STATE LINES. NOW, I'M AN ORIGINAL INTENT CONSTITUTIONALIST. THE COMMERCE CLAUSE IS ONE OF THE CLAUSES THAT'S BEEN PERVERTED SO MUCH TO ALLOW THE GREAT EXPANSION OF THE SIZE AND SCOPE OF GOVERNMENT. THE COMMERCE CLAUSE WAS SUPPOSED TO EXPAND COMMERCE, NOT TO CONTROL IT. AND IT'S TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO SHOP FOR ALL GOODS AND SERVICES ACROSS STATE LINES. AND SO BY THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THE COMMERCE CLAUSE, WE'RE JUST DOING EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE AND WHEN STATES LOCK UP THE INSURANCE POOLS JUST WITHIN THEIR STATE BORDERS, THEY'RE ACTUALLY DOING AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL CONTROL OF COMMERCE. AND THE FOURTH THING, CREATE AN ASSOCIATION POOL. SO ANYBODY IN THIS COUNTRY COULD JOIN A HUGE POOL AND THIS WOULD ALLOW PEOPLE TO BUY INSURANCE AT A MUCH LOWER COST THAN THEY HAVE TODAY. AND IT ACTUALLY WOULD ALLOW PEOPLE WHO NOT ONLY CANNOT AFFORD TO BUY HEALTH INSURANCE, BUT THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS TO BE IN ASSOCIATION POOLS SO THEY ACTUALLY COULD BUY HEALTH INSURANCE AT AN AFFORDABLE RATE. AND THESE FOUR COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED, I INTRODUCED THE BILL TO REPEAL OBAMACARE AND TO DO THESE FOUR THINGS. AND I'LL BE INTRODUCING THIS SAME BILL IN THE NEXT CONGRESS. THE BOTTOM LINE IS, REPUBLICANS ARE THE PARTY OF K-N-O-W. WE KNOW HOW TO LOWER THE COST OF HEALTH CARE, WE AS PHYSICIANS HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH ALL THESE PROBLEMS THAT OUR PATIENTS, PARTICULARLY LIKE DR. FLEMING ANDNY FAMILY MEDICINE, WE DEAL WITH THE INSURANCE COMPANY, WE TRY TO FIND OUR PATIENTS GOOD QUALITY CARE AT THE LOWEST PRICE, WHICH INCLUDES TRYING TO FIND THEM INSURANCE, MEDICINES, ALL HEALTH CARE PRODUCTS AT THE LOWEST PRICES, IT'S WHAT WE DO AS FAMILY DOCTORS. AND IT'S SOMETHING I'VE BEEN DEALING WITH FOR ALMOST FOUR DECADES OF PRACTICING MEDICINE AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESPERATELY NEED. OBAMACARE IS GOING TO DISTRIBUTE EXPERTS TELL US, IS GOING TO PUT 5 1/2 MILLION PEOPLE OUT OF WORK. DR. FLEMING TALKED ABOUT THE UNCERTAINTY IT CREATES IN EMPLOYERS. I HEAR THAT ALL THE TIME. I'VE GOT A SMALL BUSINESSMAN THAT WANTS TO DO A $31 MILLION EXPANSION OF HIS BUSINESS. IN MY DISTRICT. BUT HE'S SCARED TO. AND HE'S NOT GOING TO. BECAUSE -- HE DOESN'T HAVE THE PROBLEM WITH THE BANKS BECAUSE HE HAS $31 MILLION IN THE BANK RIGHT NOW, CASH MONEY, SO HE DOESN'T HAVE TO GO TO THE BANK TO THE MONEY, BUT HE'S SCARED OF THE TAXES, HE'S SCARED OF THE ENERGY TAX PARTICULARLY. THAT SCARES THE WILLIES OUT OF SMALL BUSINESS MEN AND WOMEN IN MY DISTRICT. HE'S VERY FRIGHTENED ABOUT OBAMACARE. SO WE MUST REPEAL OBAMACARE AND REPLACE IT WITH SOME COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS.

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  • 07:58:28 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    MY TIME JUST FOR A SECOND FROM DR. BROUN, DR. BROUN, IF YOU DON'T MIND…

    MY TIME JUST FOR A SECOND FROM DR. BROUN, DR. BROUN, IF YOU DON'T MIND HOLDING THAT POSTER UP AGAIN, BECAUSE I WANTED TO ENTER, MR. SPEAKER, INTO A COLLOQUY WITH THE GENTLEMAN, MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA. AND THE FOUR POINTS ON HIS POSTER, ADDRESSING THAT FIRST ONE, ALLOWING INDIVIDUALS TO DEDUCT 100% OF THEIR HEALTH CARE EXPENSES, INCLUDING THE EXPENSE TO PURCHASE HEALTH INSURANCE, WHETHER IT'S SICKNESS COVERAGE OR LONG-TERM CARE, WHICH PEOPLE WHEN THEY GET OUR AGE, NEED TO START THINKING ABOUT. BUT UNDER CURRENT LAW, AND I WANT MY COLLEAGUES TO CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG ON THIS, BUT I THINK UNT CURRENT LAW, AN -- UNDER CURRENT LAW, AN INDIVIDUAL IN FILING THEIR TAX RETURN, IF THEY ITEMIZE THEIR DEDUCTIONS, THEY CAN ONLY DEDUCT HEALTH CARE EXPENSES THAT ARE MORE THAN 7.5% OF THEIR ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME. AND HARDLY ANYBODY REACHES THAT THRESHOLD AND I THINK THAT WHAT DR. BROUN, MR. SPEAKER, IS SUGGESTING IN REGARD TO THIS CHANGE IN THE I.R.S. CODE, OF COURSE THIS WOULD HAVE TO COME THROUGH THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, BUT WHAT A NOVEL AND A GREAT IDEA THAT HE AND MR. SHADEGG AND MR. DENT HAVE PROPOSED DURING THIS CONGRESS. I'M REFRESHED TO KNOW THAT DR. BROUN WILL BE -- WILL INTRODUCE THIS IN THE 112TH. BUT THE POINT HE WAS MAKING, I WILL YIELD BACK TO HIM IN JUST A SECOND, IS NOT ONLY THAT BULLET POINT, MR. SPEAKER, BUT ON HIS SLIDE, ON HIS POSTER, THE THREE OTHERS IN REGARD TO PURCHASING HEALTH INSURANCE ACROSS STATE LINES, FOR AN INDIVIDUAL, FOR A GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS, SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS AN ASSOCIATION, TO BE ABLE TO AVOID, MR. SPEAKER, THE MANDATES THAT SO MANY STATES HAVE PASSED IN REGARD TO WHAT A HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY HAS TO COVER. EVERY TIME YOU ADD A LITTLE MANDATE, A LITTLE TEST HERE, A LITTLE TEST THERE, THEN THE COST OF THE CHEAPEST HEALTH INSURANCE IN THE INDIVIDUAL STATES GOES UP. SO THAT'S WHY THIS IDEA OF SOME -- SOMEONE WHO NEED AS POLICY IN GEORGIA BEING ABLE TO GO ONLINE AND SEE WHAT'S OFFERED IN LOUISIANA IS AN EXAMPLE, IT'S A GREAT IDEA. AND WHAT DR. BROUN WAS SAYING. I'LL YIELD BACK TO HIM VERY QUICKLY. IS, WE HAD SOME IDEAS, WE WERE THE PARTY OF K-N-O-W, HE LIKES TO SAY, I LOVE THAT LINE, NOT THE PARTY OF N-O. AND PRESIDENT OBAMA KNOWS THAT. THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY KNEW THAT, KNOWS THAT, AND AS A RESULT THEY'RE SOON GOING TO BECOME, AT LEAST IN THIS BODY, THE DEMOCRATIC MINORITY. THANK YOU, DR. BROUN. I YIELD BACK TO YOU FOR OTHER COMMENTS BEFORE I CALL ON DR. FLEMING AGAIN.

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  • 08:01:51 PM

    MR. BROUN

    YOU FOR YIELDING. THIS FIRST BULLET ABOUT THE 100% DEDUCKSABILITY SOLVES…

    YOU FOR YIELDING. THIS FIRST BULLET ABOUT THE 100% DEDUCKSABILITY SOLVES THE PROBLEM OF PORTABILITY. RIGHT NOW, 87% OF AMERICA GETS THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH THEIR EMPLOYERS. IT'S BECAUSE EMPLOYERS CAN DEDUCT THE COST OF THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE THAT THEY PROVIDE TO THEIR EMPLOYEES AS A REGULAR BUSINESS EXPENSE AND THE EMPLOYEE CAN GET THAT MONEY AS A NONTAXABLE BENEFIT. BUT IF WE MAKE IT 100% DEDUCTIBLE FOR EVERYBODY, THEN THE EMPLOYER CAN GIVE THAT MONEY IN INCREASED WAGES TO THE EMPLOYEE, STILL A DEDUCTIBLE AMOUNT, WON'T COST THE EMPLOYER ANY MORE MONEY OUT OF THEIR BOTTOM LINE, BUT THEY CAN GIVE IT TO THE EMPLOYEE. AND THEN THE EMPLOYEE CAN TAKE THAT -- THOSE DOLLARS, INSTEAD OF HAVING TO BE SADDLED WITH WHATEVER INSURANCE POLICY THAT THE EMPLOYER PROVIDES FOR THEM, CAN GO BUY THEIR INSURANCE WHEREVER THEY WANT, WITH WHATEVER KIND OF COVERAGE THEY WANT. IN FACT, DR. GINGREY BROUGHT UP SOMETHING ABOUT THE MANDATES STATES HAVE PUT ON, MY FRIEND NEIL BORIS, WHO HAS A RADIO PROGRAM SYNDICATED ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, KEEPS TALKING ABOUT, HE AND HIS WIFE, BEYOND THE AGE OF HAVING ANY BABIES, HAVE TO BUY MATERNITY COVERAGE. THEIR INSURANCE POLICY MANDATES THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO PAY FOR SEX CHANGE OPERATIONS OR HAIR TRANSPLANTS OR A WHOLE LOT OF OTHER THINGS THAT EVERYBODY IN THAT POOL IS GOING TO HAVE TO PAY FOR THOSE WHETHER THEY WANT A SEX CHANGE OPERATION OR HAIR TRANSPLANT OR MATERNITY BENEFITS OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT DRIVES THE COST UP FOR EVERYBODY, AND ACROSS STATE LINE PURCHASING AND ASSOCIATION POOLS WILL HELP STOP THAT. WE HAVE MANAGED CARE TODAY BECAUSE THE EMPLOYERS WANT TO HAVE SOME FINITE AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR THEIR OWN BUDGETING PROCESS SO THEY KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DEALING WITH IN THEIR BUSINESS SO THEY GO AND BUY MANAGED CARE POLICIES FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES SO THAT THEY HAVE SOME FINITE NUMBER AND IT'S NOT JUST A BLANK CHECK. WHICH MAKES SENSE FROM A BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE BUT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE FOR A LOT OF EMPLOYEES. THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO CHOOSE THEIR DOCTOR, WANT TO BE ABLE TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL THEY DESIRE, THEY DON'T WANT TO BE DICTATED TO ABOUT WHAT KIND OF COVERAGE THAT THEY CAN HAVE AND THE FIRST POINT, WHERE EVERYBODY HAS 100% DEDUCTIBILITY OF ALL EXPENSES, WILL TAKE CARE OF THE PORTABILITY PROBLEMS, EMPOWER THE PATIENT AND THE DOCTOR TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS FOR THEIR PATIENTS. SO THOSE THINGS ARE JUST COMMON SENSE SOLUTIONS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:04:50 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    REPRESENTATIVE BROUN, THANK YOU. KEEP THAT POSTER HANDY, WE MAY WANT TO…

    REPRESENTATIVE BROUN, THANK YOU. KEEP THAT POSTER HANDY, WE MAY WANT TO REFER BACK TO THAT. WE'RE GOING TO GET INTO THE SUBJECT OF REPUBLICAN PRIORITY NUMBER THREE, AND THAT IS IN THIS POSTER TO MY LEFT, AGAIN, MY COLLEAGUES CAN SEE IT, ATTACK KEY COMPONENTS OF OBAMACARE UNTIL THE BILL CAN BE REPEALED. SO IN THE NEXT 15, 20 MINUTES OR SO, WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THESE KEY COMPONENTS OF OBAMACARE THAT WE CAN LEGISLATIVELY ATTACK. I'M GOING TO YIELD BACK TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM LOUISIANA, REPRESENTATIVE JOHN FLEMING, TO BEGIN THAT DISCUSSION OR ANY OTHER COMMENTS THAT HE WANTS TO MAKE BEFORE WE GET INTO THAT AND A I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 08:05:42 PM

    MR. FLEMING

    YOU, I DID WANT TO ENTER INTO A COUPLE OF IDEAS BEFORE WE MOVE RIGHT INTO…

    YOU, I DID WANT TO ENTER INTO A COUPLE OF IDEAS BEFORE WE MOVE RIGHT INTO THAT. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE OFTENTIMES SAYS TO US, WELL, NOW, YOU REPUBLICAN, YOU WANT TO REPEAL OBAMACARE, YOU MEAN TO SAY THAT YOU WANT TO STOP WHAT IS IN IT IN TERMS OF INCREASING INSURANCE COVERAGE UP TO AGE 26, DO YOU MEAN TO SAY YOU WANT TO BRING BACK PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS? THAT WOULD PREVENT SOME FROM GETTING HEALTH CARE COVERAGE BECAUSE OF OCHRONIC DISEASE? DO YOU MEAN THAT YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE INSURANCE EXPANDED? OF COURSE NOT. WE DON'T WANT TO SEE THOSE THINGS RETURN, THAT IS TO SAY, WE DON'T WANT TO SEE ONCE AGAIN THAT KIDS UP TO AGE 26 FOR SOME REASON CAN'T GET INSURANCE COVERAGE BY THEIR PARENTS. OF COURSE WE DON'T WANT TO SEE THAT. CERTAINLY WE DON'T WANT TO BRING BACK PRE-EXISTING ILLNESSES AS SOME WAY TO BLOCK PEOPLE FROM GETTING CARE. THOSE ARE THINGS WE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE CAN AGREE ON. THE PROBLEM IS THE STRUCTURE OF OBAMACARE THAT IS SO STEEPED IN BUREAUCRACY AND SO COSTLY AND SO , I GUESS, HANDCUFFING, IF YOU WILL, OF HEALTH CARE IN GENERAL AND HEALTH CARE DECISIONS MADE BY DOCTORS, BY THE PATIENTS THEMSELVES, THAT'S SO DIFFICULT THAT WHAT YOU'RE REALLY GETTING IS A SITUATION WHERE YOU'RE THROWING THE BABY OUT WITH THE BATH WATER. THE FEW BENEFITS IN OBAMACARE ARE WAY OUTWEIGHED BY ALL THE PROBLEMS. SO WE WOULD LOVE, AFTER REPEALING OBAMACARE TO BRING BACK SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE ON THIS FLOOR MAY HAVE UNANIMOUSLY -- UNANIMOUS AGREEMENT ON, THAT IS NEVER AGAIN WILL WE SEE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS THAT WOULD BLOCK SOMEONE FROM GETTING HEALTH CARE COVERAGE.

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  • 08:07:47 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD IN REGARD TO THAT LAST COMMENT, MR. SPEAKER, THE…

    GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD IN REGARD TO THAT LAST COMMENT, MR. SPEAKER, THE GENTLEMAN MADE IN REGARD TO PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND DR. BROUN REFERENCED IT JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO ON HIS FOUR COMMON -- COMMON SENSE SOLUTIONS IN REGARD TO THOSE HIGH-RISK POOLS THAT THE STATES CAN CREATE, CAN SET UP, CAN SAY TO HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES, WHETHER IT'S THE BLUES OR AETNA OR CIGNA OR SMALLER COMPANIES, THERE ARE LITERALLY 3,000 HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY OFFERING POLICIES, NOT JUST THE BIG, HUGE, MEGA COMPANIES, BUT TO SAY TO THE ONES DOING BUSINESS IN YOUR STATE, TO HAVE TO ABIDE BY A REQUIREMENT OF STATE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER OR GOVERNOR OF A STATE LIKE OUR GOVERNOR-ELECT IN GEORGIA, NATHAN DEAL WHO SPENT 18 YEARS IN THIS BODY AND LEFT HERE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, THESE GOVERNORS KNOW, WE'LL GET INTO A LITTLE BIT OF THEIR CONCERN ABOUT THE MEDICAID EXPANSION IN A FEW MINUTES, BUT THEY KNOW AND LIKE REPRESENTATIVE FLEMING WAS SAYING, MR. SPEAKER, THESE HIGH-RISK POOLS CAN BE SET UP IN STATES AND WE WON'T SPEND $6 BILLION OF THE TAXPAYERS' MONEY DOING IT. THAT WON'T EVEN BE ENOUGH WITH THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY TRYING TO RUN THESE HIGH-RISK POOLS SO I APPRECIATE THAT AND I'LL YIELD BACK. IF YOU WANT TO ENGAGE IN A COLLOQUY WITH DR. BROUN, CERTAINLY HE MAY WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT THAT AS WELL.

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  • 08:09:33 PM

    MR. FLEMING

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. YES, INDEED, THE BOTTOM LINE, WHAT WE'RE SAYING…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. YES, INDEED, THE BOTTOM LINE, WHAT WE'RE SAYING HERE IS, WE CAN ACHIEVE ALL THESE LAUDABLE GOALS WITHOUT THE COMPLEX BUREAUCRACY OF OBAMACARE. WE CAN EXPAND HEALTH CARE TO MANY MORE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WITHOUT CREATING AN INDIVIDUAL MANDATE AND AN EMPLOYER MANDATE, CERTAINLY THERE ARE FAR MORE EFFICIENT KAYS -- WAYS AS CONGRESSMAN BROUN POINTS OUT THAT WE CAN PROVIDE COVERAGE TO PEOPLE WHO MAY HAVE PRE-EXISTING ILLNESSES THAT ARE ALREADY IN PLAY IN MANY STATES, EXCELLENT PROGRAMS AND SO I'D LIKE TO INJECT JUST TWO MORE POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS TO THIS AND THEN SEGUE AGAIN INTO THE DISMANTLING OF OBAMACARE THAT YOU REFERRED TO, THE GENTLEMAN -- THE OTHER GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, AND THAT IS TWO THINGS, NUMBER ONE, HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, H.S.A.'S GREW BY 25% IN 2009, A TOTAL OF 10 MILLION AMERICANS. AMERICANS LOVE HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS. THEY ARE WORK, WE IMPLEMENTED THEM IN MY OWN COMPANIES BACK HOME, SIX YEARS AGO, IT HAS TOTEFULLY FLATTENED OUT OUR PREMIUMS. THE PROBLEM WITH THAT IS, OBAMACARE BEGINS TO TAX IT AS MUCH AS 10% TO 20% AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT, TODAY, OF COURSE, PRE-OBAMACARE, YOU CAN GO AND BUY ASPIRIN OR ANY TYPE OF OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATION, COLD MEDICATION YOU WANT, PAY FOR IT WITH YOUR HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT. HOWEVER, IN JANUARY, BEGINNING IN JANUARY, IN ORDER TO DO THAT, YOU'VE GOT TO GET A PRESCRIPTION FROM A DOCTOR FOR A NONPRESCRIPTION DRUG. HOW IS THAT GOING TO PLAY IN OUR OFFICES BACK HOME WHEN WE HAVE HUNDREDS AND MAYBE THOUSANDS OF CITIZENS AND PATIENTS CALLING US SAYING, I NEED A PRESCRIPTION FOR TYLENOL SO I CAN GET IT ON MY HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT. YOU SEE JUST HOW RIDICULOUS THAT'S GOING TO BE. PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO BE WILLING TO COME IN AND CERTAINLY PAY A DOCTOR'S VISIT JUST TO GET A PRESCRIPTION FOR TYLENOL. SO THAT'S NUMBER ONE AND I INTRODUCED H.R. 5126, THE HELPING SAVE AMERICANS HEALTH CARE CHOICES ACT, WHICH WOULD RESTORE FLEXIBLE SAVINGS ACCOUNT AND HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS. I'D LOVE TO SEE US FOLLOW THROUGH ON THAT. THE SECOND POINT, THE GENTLEMAN, CONGRESSMAN GINGREY, DR. GINGREY AND I WORKED ON, H.R. 5690, THE GENTLEMAN SHOWING GREAT LEADERSHIP ON THAT, WHICH IS THE MEANINGFUL END TO DEFENSIVE MEDICINE AND AIMLESS LAWSUITS ACT OF 2010. ONCE AGAIN, PRESIDENT OBAMA PROMISED US HE'D REFORM MEDICAL MALPRACTICE IN OBAMACARE AND OF COURSE THAT WAS LEFT ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR. ONCE AGAIN, REAL SOLUTIONS BEING IGNORED IN FAVOR OF BUREAUCRACY AND MANDATES. WITH THAT, I'LL SEGUE BACK.

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  • 08:12:29 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD BACK TO ME, AND THEN I'LL YIELD ADDITIONAL…

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD BACK TO ME, AND THEN I'LL YIELD ADDITIONAL TIME TO DR. BROUN. I WANTED TO COMMENT, MR. SPEAKER, ON REPRESENTATIVE FLEMING'S LAST REMARK IN REGARD TO MEDICAL LIABILITY REFORM. HE AND I HAVE WORKED VERY HARD ON. THIS IS MY FOURTH TERM AND EVERY YEAR THAT I'VE BEEN HERE AND EVEN BEFORE DR. FLEMING AND DR. BROUN JOINED US, THEY JOINED THE HOUSE G.O.P. DOCTORS' CAUCUS, I INTRODUCED MEDICAL LIABILITY REFORM LEGISLATION, SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS TORT REFORM, AND I WON'T GO INTO THE DETAILS OF IT, BUT BASICALLY, A FAIR AND BALANCED APPROACH SO THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE HURT BY PRACTICE BELOW THE STANDARD OF CARE, WHETHER IT'S THE PHYSICIAN OR THE HOSPITAL OR ANYBODY ASSOCIATED OR AFFILIATED WITH THEIR CARE WOULD CERTAINLY HAVE TO ANSWER FOR THAT AND THESE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THEIR REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES. WHEN WE SAY TORT REFORM, WE DON'T MEAN TAKING AWAY ANYBODY'S INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS. I WILL TELL MY COLLEAGUE THAT THE INCOMING CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE, REPRESENTATIVE LAMAR SMITH, HAS ALREADY INFORMED ME THAT HE WILL BE HAVING HEARINGS ON OUR LEGISLATION, REPRESENTATIVE FLEMING, AND OTHER PIECES OF LEGISLATION REGARDING THIS TYPE OF REFORM THAT THE C.B.O. SAYS VERY CONSERVATIVELY WOULD SAVE $54 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS. THE RAND CORPORATION SAYS IT WOULD SAVE MORE THAN THAT ON AN ANNUAL BASIS. I DID WANT TO LET MY COLLEAGUE KNOW THAT HOPE IS ON THE WAY. WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK HARD ON EITHER OUR LEGISLATION OR ANYBODY'S LEGISLATION, MAYBE, MR. SPEAKER, ONE OF OUR COLLEAGUES THAT'S ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF THE AISLE WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH US IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. MAYBE THEY'VE GOT EVEN BETTER IDEA IN REGARD TO THAT. I'D LIKE TO YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, DR. BROUN.

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  • 08:14:42 PM

    MR. BROUN

    THANK YOU, DR. GINGREY. LET'S GO AHEAD AND JUMP INTO SOME OF THE KEY…

    THANK YOU, DR. GINGREY. LET'S GO AHEAD AND JUMP INTO SOME OF THE KEY COMPONENTS AND SOME OF THE THINGS WE CAN DO. WHAT I LIKE TO FOCUS ON IS YOUR NUMBER THREE BULLET POINT ON YOUR CHART THERE, MEDICAID EXPANSION. MEDICAID EXPANSION OF OBAMACARE IS GOING TO BREAK THE BUDGET OF STATES, WHICH ARE ALREADY SUFFERING, BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO DRASTICALLY INCREASE THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO ARE GOING TO QUALIFY FOR MEDICAID. GOING TO QUALIFY FOR MEDICAID. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS THE PARTY OF K-N-O-W BECAUSE WE KNOW HOW TO DO -- DEAL WITH THIS. ONE THING I WILL DO ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND OTHERS ON THAT COMMITTEE TODAY ARE GOING TO PUSH FOR DEALING WITH MEDICAID IN A BLOCK GRANT TO THE STATES. AND LET'S JUST SEND THE MEDICAID MONEY TO THE STATES WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED. LET THE STATES, WHICH OUR FOUNDING FATHERS BELIEVED TO BE THE BEST LABORATORY FOR PUBLIC POLICY AND DEAL WITH PEOPLE WHO DESPERATELY NEED MEDICAID OR STATE CHILD HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAMS. LET'S SEND THOSE BACK TO THE STATES, AS THEY SHOULD BE, EVEN UNDER THE CONSTITUTION. THOSE FUNCTIONS SHOULD BE DEALT WITH BY THE STATES AND NOT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND LET'S HAVE THE STATES HAVE THE MONEY SO THEY CAN DEAL WITH THIS AND FIND THE BEST SOLUTION, INSTEAD OF US GENERATING ALL THE POLICY, THE REGULATIONS, ALL THE THINGS THAT DRIVE UP THE COST IN THE MEDICAID EXPANSION THAT OBAMACARE HAS PUT IN PLACE, WHICH IS LITERALLY GOING TO BREAK THE BANK IN STATE AFTER STATE AFTER STATE.

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  • 08:16:39 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    HAVE PUT UP AN ADDITIONAL POSTER THAT I WANTED TO CALL MY COLLEAGUES'…

    HAVE PUT UP AN ADDITIONAL POSTER THAT I WANTED TO CALL MY COLLEAGUES' ATTENTION TO THIS VERY IMPORTANT POINT THAT DOCTOR BROUN IS DISCUSSING. SO FAR 34 STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HAVE HAD TO CUT FUNDING FOR EDUCATION, K-12 GRADE. MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW, WE ALL KNOW THAT EDUCATION HAS ALWAYS BEEN NEAR AND DEAR TO THE HEARTS OF OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES. IT'S NEAR AND DEAR TO THE HEARTS OF ALL OF US ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, BUT IT HAS BEEN A SIGNATURE ISSUE FOR THE CURRENT MAJORITY, DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS MEDICAID EXPANSION MANDATE ON THE STATES, ALL OF WHICH HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENT TO BALANCE THEIR BUDGET. THEY CAN'T PRINT MONEY LIKE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY. THEY HAVE TO BALANCE THEIR BUDGET. AND IF THEY HAVE TO EXPAND MEDICAID, WHAT DO THEY DO? THEY CUT MONEY FOR PUBLIC DEFENDERS, FIRST RESPONDERS OR EDUCATION. IT'S JUST SO COUNTERPRODUCTIVE AND COUNTERINTUITIVE, IN 34 STATES HAVE HAD TO CUT THAT FUNDING AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:18:16 PM

    MR. BROUN

    EXACTLY RIGHT AND THANKS FOR BRINGING THAT UP BECAUSE WITH OBAMACARE, THE…

    EXACTLY RIGHT AND THANKS FOR BRINGING THAT UP BECAUSE WITH OBAMACARE, THE STATES ARE GOING TO HAVE TO CUT MORE. WE HAVE SEEN FIRST RESPONDERS, FIRE DEPARTMENTS, POLICE DEPARTMENTS BEING CUT IN THEIR FUNDING, EDUCATIONAL FUNDING CUTS ACROSS-THE-BOARD. IN MY HOME STATE IN GEORGIA, THEY HAD TO CUT THE BUDGET BECAUSE OF THESE MANDATES THAT ARE PUT ON THEM BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND REQUIREMENT BY THE STATE CONSTITUTIONALLY TO HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET. I INTRODUCED A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION IN CONGRESS AND I HOPE WE ARE GOING TO DO THAT, TOO AND I WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THAT. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO LIVE WITHIN ITS OWN MEANS ALSO. BUT JUST ON THE MEDICAID EXPANSION, IF WE COULD JUST DO BLOCK GRANTS BACK TO THE STATES. LET THEM BE THE LABORATORY OF PUBLIC POLICY AS OUR FOUNDING FATHERS TALKED ABOUT AND BELIEVED IN FIRMLY AND I BELIEVE IN THOSE SAME THINGS FOR MEDICAID AS WELL AS S-CHIP, IN GEORGIA WE CALL IT PEACH CARE. IF WE SEND THOSE DOLLARS BACK TO THE STATES, LET THE STATES BE ABLE TO UTILIZE THOSE FUNDS AND WHATEVER BEST SUITS THEIR STATE BUDGETS AND THEIR STATE NEEDS, WE WILL BE BETTER OFF. STATES WOULD BE BETTER OFF, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD BE BETTER, THE MEDICAID RECIPIENTS WOULD BE BETTER OFF AND WE COULD COVER MORE PATIENTS. BACK AGAIN, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS THE PARTY OF K-N-O-W. WE KNOW HOW TO SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS AND WE WILL TRY TO DO THAT.

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  • 08:20:07 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    TIME, I WILL YIELD TO DOCTOR FLEMING, BECAUSE I WOULD ON THIS POSTER, THIS…

    TIME, I WILL YIELD TO DOCTOR FLEMING, BECAUSE I WOULD ON THIS POSTER, THIS FIRST ITEM, THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE. I MEAN WE HAVE 12 DIFFERENT LINE ITEMS, BULLET POINTS ON THESE NEXT TWO POSSIBLE TERS. WE MAY NOT HAVE -- POSTERS TO GET TO THEM TONIGHT. BUT I WANT TO HEAR MY COLLEAGUES ABOUT INDIVIDUAL MANDATE, EMPLOYER MANDATE. REPRESENTATIVE BROUN HAS TALKED ABOUT THE EXPANSION. BUT THE CUTS IN MEDICARE.

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  • 08:20:47 PM

    MR. FLEMING

    YOU THROWING NUMBER FOUR TO ME BECAUSE THAT'S THE ONE THAT GETS ME THE…

    YOU THROWING NUMBER FOUR TO ME BECAUSE THAT'S THE ONE THAT GETS ME THE MOST, QUITE FRANKLY. MR. SPEAKER, YOU REALIZE THAT IN OBAMACARE, HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS IS TAKEN FROM MEDICARE. AND THIS IS NOT JUST WINDOW DRESSING. THIS IS REAL CUTS THAT ARE OCCURRING, ACTUALLY AS WE SPEAK OR ACTUALLY BEING SCHEDULED, STARTING WITH PSYCHIATRIC CARE, INCLUDING CARE FOR ASSISTED LIVING, HOME HEALTH CARE. VIRTUALLY NOTHING IS BEING TOUCHED. AND THAT SO-CALLED HALF A TRILLION IN SAVINGS THAT IS BEING TAKEN OUT OF MEDICARE IS BEING USED TO DO TWO THINGS, TO TASK ON THE END OF MEDICARE BECAUSE IT'S RUNNING OUT OF MONEY IN SIX YEARS AND I STILL AFTER A YEAR CANNOT GET AN SPLANGS HOW YOU GET THE MONEY OUT OF SOMETHING AND ADD IT BACK IN AND MAKE IT LAST LONGER. SECONDLY, THE SAME MONEY IS BEING COUNTED AGAIN IN THIS BOOKKEEPING SCAM THAT WILL SUBSIDIZE THE MIDDLE-CLASS, LOWER-INCOME CLASSES IN TERMS OF THEIR PRIVATE HEALTH CARE. SO THIS IS MORE WASHINGTON GIMMICKS.

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  • 08:22:15 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    GENTLEMAN YIELD? I KNOW THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA AND THE GENTLEMAN…

    GENTLEMAN YIELD? I KNOW THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA KNOW THIS, BUT TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES, THAT CUT TO MEDICARE THAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT IS $528 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS. IT'S ABOUT 10% TO 12% A YEAR CUT AND INCLUDES CUTTING MEDICARE ADVANTAGE $160 BILLION. IT INCLUDES HOSPITAL CUTS, CUTS TO HOSPICE THAT ORGANIZATION THAT TAKES CARE OF PEOPLE THAT ARE DYING OF CANCER, CUTS TO NURSING HOMES, HOME HEALTH CUTS. AGAIN, IT'S KIND OF EMBARRASSING ALMOST TO SEE THESE TELEVISION ADS, MR. SPEAKER, ABOUT MEDICARE OR GET SOME GLOSSY FLYER IN THE MAIL, THOSE OF US IN MEDICARE, TOUTING THE BENEFITS THAT OBAMACARE HAS BROUGHT IT TO THE PROGRAM AND HOW IT'S GOING TO MAKE IT SO MUCH BETTER, BUT IT CUTS $528 BILLION OUT OF THE PROGRAM. AND I YIELD TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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  • 08:23:34 PM

    MR. FLEMING

    WE GET TO THOSE CUTS, IT IS INCREASING THE PREMIUMS OF THE AVERAGE EVERY…

    WE GET TO THOSE CUTS, IT IS INCREASING THE PREMIUMS OF THE AVERAGE EVERY DAY CITIZENS. NO WAY YOU CAN COVER AN ADDITIONAL 32 MILLION AMERICANS. THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN INCREASE THE COVERAGE, ADD TO THE COVERAGE OF 732 MILLION AMERICANS AND RAISE THROUGH -- 32 MILLION AMERICANS AND NOT SEE THE COSTS GO UP. AND WHY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GET HOODWINKED INTO BELIEVING THAT AND I DON'T THINK THEY DID BECAUSE 60% IN THE POLLS, THEY WANT US TO CRUSH OBAMACARE AND REPLACE IT WITH SOMETHING THAT IS COMMON SENSE AND FREE-MARKET-BASED AND EFFICIENT RATHER THAN SOME GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED PROGRAM. WE KNOW THAT -- JUST A FINAL COMMENT BECAUSE WE ARE GETTING CLOSE TO THE END, BUT INCREASED COVERAGE DOES NOT MEAN INCREASED ACCESS TO CARE. WE KNOW THIS. THERE ARE COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. OUR NEIGHBOR TO THE NORTH, CAVENDA, 100% COVERAGE, BUT DO NOT HAVE 100% ACCESS TO CARE. THEY HAVE TO WAIT WELL PAST THE TIME FRAME IN WHICH IT TAKES TO ADEQUATELY TREAT A CONDITION. THEREFORE, NO ACCESS. WHAT GOOD IS COVERAGE IF YOU DON'T HAVE ACCESS. SO WE ARE GOING IN THAT DIRECTION. I SUGGEST, MR. SPEAKER, WE REPEAL OBAMACARE AND REPLACE IT WITH SOMETHING THAT WILL MATCH THE EFFICIENCIES OF THE SYSTEM, ALLOW IT TO BE PATIENT-DRIVEN AND PEOPLE GET TIMELY CARE AT AN AFFORDABLE COST.

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  • 08:25:15 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM LOUISIANA AND MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA MAY WANT…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM LOUISIANA AND MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA MAY WANT TO MAKE A FEW LAST COMMENTS.

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  • 08:25:27 PM

    MR. BROUN

    ARE MANDATED TO PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR THEIR PATIENTS. THEY HAVE A LOT OF…

    ARE MANDATED TO PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR THEIR PATIENTS. THEY HAVE A LOT OF MANDATES AND THOSE EMPLOYER MANDATES ARE GOING TO MEAN THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO LOSE THEIR JOBS. AND WE TALKED A BIT AGO ABOUT HOW EMPLOYERS ARE SCARED. I'VE GOT A LADY WHO RUNS A SMALL BUSINESS, SHE RUNS A BUSINESS WITH EIGHT EMPLOYEES AND NEEDS TO HIRE ONE OR TWO MORE. BUT BECAUSE OF EMPLOYER MANDATES, SHE ISN'T GOING TO HIRE ANYBODY. SHE IS GOING TO STRUGGLE ALONG HERSELF AND IS NOT GOING TO EXPAND HER BUSINESS. SHE COULD HIRE TWO NEW PEOPLE. EMPLOYER MANDATE IS GOING TO PREVENT THESE TWO PEOPLE WHO NEED JOBS TODAY FROM GOING TO WORK FOR THE SMALL BUSINESS. I MENTIONED THE GUY WITH A $31 MILLION EXPANSION, HE'S NOT GOING TO DO THAT AND NOT HIRE THE EMPLOYEES BECAUSE HE IS AFRAID OF OBAMACARE AND THE EMPLOYER MANDATES. ONE OTHER THING AND I WILL YIELD BACK TO GO ALONG WITH THESE CUTS IN MEDICARE, IN THE STIMULUS BILL, A LOT OF AMERICANS DON'T REALIZE THAT THEY PUT COMPARATIVE RESEARCH IN MEDICINE AND WE COMPARE THAT TO ONE TREATMENT VERSUS ONE ANOTHER. BREAST CANCER, IS IT RADIATION THERAPY, COMBINATION? BUT THIS ISN'T WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT. IT'S TO COMPARE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SPENDING THE DOLLAR AND AGE-RELATED. THOSE PEOPLE ON MEDICARE ARE JUST COMPARATIVE IF HE CANTIVENESS IS GOING TO MEAN -- EFFECTIVENESS IS GOING TO MEAN --

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  • 08:27:29 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS BROUGHT UP THE R WORD, RATIONING AND THAT'S WHAT WE ARE…

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS BROUGHT UP THE R WORD, RATIONING AND THAT'S WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IN REGARD TO ALL OF THESE BUREAUS AND BOARDS AND AGENCIES. I DON'T KNOW SOMETHING LIKE 40 -- I WISH I WOULD HAVE BROUGHT THAT CHART TO ME BUT COMPARATIVE EFFECTIVENESS RESEARCH, PAYMENT BOARD, THIS NEW BOARD, IPAB, THESE THING ARE GOING TO LEAD TO RATIONING AND THE FOLKS WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT, OUR SENIOR CITIZENS ARE THE ONES WE FEAR BECAUSE OF THIS LEGISLATION ARE GOING TO GET PUSHED UNDER THE BUS.

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  • 08:28:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. GINGREY

    MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND AS I PREDICTED WE WOULDN'T GET TO…

    MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND AS I PREDICTED WE WOULDN'T GET TO ALL THE BULLET POINTS. BUT THIS COLLOQUY, THIS SPECIAL ORDER IS TO BE CONTINUED. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:28:25 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 GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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  • 08:29:18 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

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    THANK YOU FOR BRING -- MR. TONKO: THANK YOU FOR BRINGING US TOGETHER THIS…

    THANK YOU FOR BRING -- MR. TONKO: THANK YOU FOR BRINGING US TOGETHER THIS EVENING. WE NEED TO STAY WELL-FOCUSED, EXTREMELY WELL-FOCUSED, ON WHAT'S AFFORDABLE, WHAT RETURN WE GET FOR SPENDING THAT'S CALLED FOR IN THE TAX CUTS. I KNOW, AS YOU POINTED OUT, THAT WHEN WE SAW THE BUSH TAX CUTS FOR WHICH WE BORROWED FROM CHINA TO PAY FOR, WE SAW THAT IT WAS VERY LITTLE RETURN. COMING FROM THAT INVESTMENT. THEAGE CEASE THAT HAVE FOLLOWED THOSE TAX -- THE ANALYSIS THAT HAVE FOLLOWED THOSE YEARS SHOW WE DID NOT GET THE TRICKLE DOWN. HOWEVER, CONVERSELY, WITH THE OBAMA TAX CUTS THAT WERE PART OF THE RECOVERY ACT, THE LARGEST SINGLE MIDDLE INCOME INCOME TAX CUT IN THIS NATION'S HISTORY, THE STRENGTH THAT CAME TO THE ECONOMY WAS VERY MUCH MEASURED. WE SAW WHERE THAT EFFORT TO ASSIST MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES PAID GREAT DIVIDENDS. THERE WERE THOSE EFFORTS MADE TO STOP THE BLEEDING OF THE RECESSION. PEOPLE BEGAN TO SPEND IN THEIR REGIONAL ECONOMY. PEOPLE WERE SPENDING ON THOSE DAY-TO-DAY NECESSITIES. AND SO I THINK IT WAS BENEFICIAL TO OUR AMERICAN ECONOMY, CERTAINLY TO OUR INDIVIDUAL STATES' ECONOMIES, AND CERTAINLY TO THE REGIONAL EFFECT IT HAD. SO I THINK WE CAN MAKE A VERY STRONG CASE ABOUT INVESTING IN THE MIDDLE STRATA, IN THAT INCOME DEMOGRAPHIC THAT WILL ALLOW FOR A GREAT RETURN SYSTEM OF WE NEED TO CONTRAST THERE THE OBAMA TAXES AND THE BUSH TAXES AND LOOK FIRST AT THE OUTCOMES THAT HAVE BEEN GENERATED, THE BENEFITS TO THE ECONOMY IN GENERAL. I THINK IT'S VERY CLEAR THAT WHEN WE ASSISTED THAT WORKING FAMILY ECONOMY, WHEN WE ASSISTED THE MIDDLE INCOME STRATA IN OUR COUNTRY, THERE WERE GREAT DIVIDENDS PAID BY THAT INVESTMENT. THEN TO THE AFFORDABILITY. $700 TO $900 BILLION WORTH OF INVESTMENT FOR SPENDING FOR A TAX CUT WHERE THERE MAY NOT BE A GREAT RETURN SIMPLY WILL COMPETE WITH OTHER FORCES. INVESTING IN JOB CREATION, JOB RETENTION, INVESTING IN RESEARCH SO THAT WE CAN COMPETE IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY. MAKING CERTAIN THAT OUR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE OPPORTUNITIES, THE STRETCHING OUT OF THAT DIVIDEND IS AFFORDABLE. MAKING CERTAIN THAT WE GO FORWARD AND ADDRESS THE DEFICIT SITUATION. PEOPLE WHO HAVE CALLED FOR DEFICIT RESPONSE ARE NOW LOOKING AT WHAT WE'RE DOING WITH THIS TAX CUT DISCUSSION. I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO HAVE THE PRIORITIES THAT WILL SPEAK TO DEFICIT REDUCTION, DEVELOPMENT OF AN INNOVATION ECONOMY, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENTS THAT ALLOW US TO STAY A WORLD-LEADING NATION IN THIS GLOBAL ECONOMY. AND AS TO YOUR POINT MADE ABOUT CITIZENS UNITED AS A CASE, I BELIEVE THAT AS WE GIVE BREAKS HERE TO THAT ECONOMY, YOU'RE GOING TO SEE MORE PROPENSITY, WE'RE DEVELOPING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO INVEST IN THESE CAMPAIGNS IN A WAY THAT WILL STOP PROGRESS BECAUSE THE VOICES OF PROGRESS ON THIS FLOOR AND DOWN THE HALL IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE WILL BE SNUFFED OUT BY THE COURT DECISION, THE SUPREME COURT DECISION, ABOUT CITIZENS UNITED THAT ENABLES PEOPLE TO INVEST IN CAMPAIGNS THAT ARE THE OPPOSITION TO SOUND HEALTH CARE REFORM, WALL STREET REFORM, JOB CREATION EFFORTS THAT WE'VE BEEN MAKING, THE SMALL BUSINESS LOAN ACTIVITY, ALL OF THIS WILL BE TURNED BACKWARD. IT WILL BE SNUFFED OUT IF WE CONTINUE TO ASSIST THESE EFFORTS LIKE CITIZENS UNITED'S CASE THAT ENABLES PEOPLE TO INVEST IN INDIVIDUAL CAMPAIGNS AND CORPORATIONS BOTH DOMESTIC AND FORTUNE THAT CONDITION GET INVOLVED IN THESE CAMPAIGNS. THINK OF IT, YOU TAKE ON BIG OIL, DO THE REFORMS ON THE FLOOR AND IN THE NEXT ELECTION YOU SHOULD EXPECT THAT THIS COURT DECISION ENABLES PEOPLE TO INVEST, THE SKY'S THE LIMIT, WHERE THEY CHOOSE. THE SAME WOULD BE TRUE WITH BIG BANKS AND BIG PHARMACEUTICALS. WE'RE, BY GIVING THESE OPPORTUNITIES TO THOSE WHO ARE GOING TO USE THOSE DIVIDENDS IN THAT MANNER, WE'RE AGAIN CHALLENGING AND THREATENING THE VOICE OF PROGRESS IN THIS HOUSE HOUSE AND IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. I THINK THERE ARE REALLY GOOD REASONS FOR US TO BE VERY ANALYTICAL, VERY THEORETICAL, VERY FOCUSED IN HOW WE PACKAGE THIS PROGRAM FOR TAX CUTS. AT THIS TIME, I THINK THE RECORD STANDS CLEAR THAT AFFORDABILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR WHAT WE INVEST AND WHAT RETURN IS REALIZED ARE ALL PART OF THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS AND HAVE TO BE FRONT AND CENTER AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

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  • 08:42:19 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    VERY MUCH. I WAS TAKING ONE LITTLE PIECE AND I WANT TO THEN TURN TO MR.…

    VERY MUCH. I WAS TAKING ONE LITTLE PIECE AND I WANT TO THEN TURN TO MR. MCDERMOTT. THE PROPOSAL THAT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY, THE REPUBLICAN-OBAMA TAX CUT PROPOSAL WOULD SEND $70 BILLION A YEAR TO THE WEALTHIEST BILLIONAIRES AND MILLIONAIRES IN AMERICA. WHAT COULD THAT $70 BILLION A YEAR BE USED FOR? NOW A TEACHER, LET'S JUST SAY A TEACHER GETS $50,000 A YEAR. IF YOU TOOK $50 BILLION OF THE $70 BILLION, YOU COULD HIRE A MILLION TEACHERS IN THE CLASSROOM BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2011. A MILLION TEACHERS. CHOICES ARE BEING MADE HERE. DO YOU WANT $70 BILLION TO GO TO THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN AMERICA, THE TOP 2% OF -- THE TOP 2%, OR WOULD YOU LIKE TO USE THAT $70 BILLION TO BUILD SCHOOLS. TAKE $20 BILLION OF IT AND BUILD SCHOOL, BRING TECHNOLOGY TO THE CLASSROOMS AND USE THE REMAINING $50 BILLION TO HIRE A MILLION TEACHERS IN OUR CLASSROOM. THERE'S AN INVESTMENT THAT WILL LAST. THAT'S THE KIND OF THING WE CAN DO. NOW THAT'S JUST AN OPTION. MR. MCDERMOTT, COULD YOU PLEASE JOIN US AND SHARE WITH US YOUR PERSPECTIVES ON THIS?

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  • 08:43:46 PM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATEFUL THAT REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI IS…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATEFUL THAT REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI IS TALKING TONIGHT ON THIS ISSUE BECAUSE IT'S ONE THAT WE'RE GOING TO ARGUE OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS AND PEOPLE OUGHT TO UNDERSTAND OR HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT REALLY IS GOING ON. I THINK THAT WHAT THE VALUE OF THESE KINDS OF HOURS IS WE CAN EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING. A MAN NAMED JACOB HACKER WROTE A BOOK WHICH IS NOW ON NEWSSTANDS CALLED "WINNER TAKE ALL POLITICS." IT REALLY IS A DESCRIPTION OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS. IF YOU JUST REMEMBER ONE FACT, IN 1980, THE TOP 5% OF PEOPLE HAD $8 TRILLION WORTH OF WEALTH. THAT'S 1980, 30 YEARS AGO. TODAY, THAT TOP 5% HAVE $40 TRILLION, THEY HAVE QUINTUPLED, THEY'VE GONE TIMES FIVE, WHAT THEY HAD IN 1980. THE MOVEMENT OF MONEY UP TO THE TOP BY THE TAX STRUCTURE HAS BEEN DRAMATIC. AND THE AVERAGE PEOPLE WHO ARE OUT THERE WORKING BOTH HUSBAND AND WIFE ARE WORKING AND THEY'VE STRUGGLED, THEY'VE BEEN WORKING MORE HOURS, THEY HAVE BARELY SEEN ANY INCREASE IN THEIR NET WORTH OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, ESPECIALLY WITH THE DROP IN REAL ESTATE PRICES AND THE FACT THAT PENSIONS ARE GONE AND ALL THESE THINGS ARE HAPPENING, THE PEOPLE ON THE BOTTOM HAVE NOT REAPED THE BENEFITS. WE ARE DOING HERE. THESE TAXES WERE PUT IN BEFORE YOU CAME TO THE CONGRESS. THEY WERE PUT IN IN 2001 IN ORDER TO EXPIRE IN 2010. IF ONLY THEY DEFINED THEM AS EXPIRING, THEY DIDN'T COUNT. THEY WERE JUST TEMPORARY. SO THEY PUT THIS HUGE GIVEAWAY FOR THE WHOLE SOCIETY AT THE TOP AND EXPECTED THAT THE PEOPLE WOULD COME IN IN THE YEAR 2010 AND RE-ENACT THEM. THE REPUBLICANS ARE FACED WITH A DILEMMA. IN THREE WEEKS, THE REPUBLICANS WILL HAVE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THEY WILL HAVE CONTROL OF THE SENATE THROUGH THE FILIBUSTER AND THE FACT THAT THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY IS REDUCED. SO THEY ARE GOING TO BE FORCED TO DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE IF WE DON'T. THEY WANT US TO DEAL WITH IT. THEY BULLIED THE PRESIDENT INTO PUTTING THIS PACKAGE TOGETHER AND TRYING TO GIVE HIM THE BUM'S RUSH TO GET IT DONE BEFORE THEY TAKE OVER IN JANUARY, BECAUSE THEY KNOW A SECRET. THEY HAVE OVER THERE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO RAN FOR ELECTION SAYING THEY WOULD NOT RAISE THE DEBT LIMIT AND THEY WOULD NOT INCREASE THE DEFICIT AND YET, THE FIRST BILL THAT WOULD BE PRESENTED TO THEM IS TO CUT TAXES AND INCREASE THE DEFICIT. AND THEY KNOW IT. AND WANT TO GET IT DONE. THE DEMOCRATS ARE BEING PUSHED INTO IT. HOW DID THEY DO IT? VERY SIMPLE. WE CARE ABOUT WORKERS. WE CARE ABOUT THE UNEMPLOYED. WE CARE ABOUT PEOPLE WHO DON'T GET A CHECK TO PUT FOOD ON THEIR TABLE AND PAY THE RENT AND KEEP THE LIGHTS ON. SO WE WANT TO TAKE CARE OF THE UNEMPLOYED. THE UNEMPLOYMENT PROGRAM RAN OUT THE FIRST OF DECEMBER AND IT'S RUNNING OUT BY THE END OF DECEMBER. YOU WILL HAVE TWO MILLION PEOPLE WHO WILL LOSE THEIR ABILITY TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE AT CHRISTMAS TIME. THEY SAID WE ARE GOING TO STOP IT AND WE ARE GOING TO USE IT AS THE LEVER BY WHICH WE FORCE THE DEMOCRATS TO GIVE US THE TAX BREAK FOR THE RICH. THE DECISION GOING TO BE MADE ON THIS FLOOR IS, SHALL WE GIVE -- THE BILL THAT THE PRESIDENT PUT OUT TODAY, I'M VOTING AGAINST IT. MAKE THAT REAL CLEAR. IT SAYS ONE YEAR OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR THE UNEMPLOYED IN THIS COUNTRY AND WE ARE GOING TO GIVE TWO YEARS $84 BILLION OR YOU SAY $70 BILLION, BUT UPWARDS OF $75 BILLION THAT GOES TO PEOPLE ON THE TOP WHO ALREADY ARE RICH BEYOND BELIEF. AND THE HOSTAGES IN THIS WHOLE THING ARE THE UNEMPLOYED. WHAT IS ABSOLUTELY UNCONSCIONABLE IS WHAT HAS BEEN DONE TO THE UNEMPLOYED. THIS IS THE SECOND TIME. LAST AUGUST, THEY LET IT DRAG THROUGH ABOUT 51 DAYS WHERE NOBODY GOT A CHECK BECAUSE THE PROGRAM HAD EXPIRED. AND UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN UNEMPLOYED, YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT MEANS. THAT MEANS, NOTHING COMES IN THE MAILBOX, NO CHECK. SO YOU HAVE NO WAY TO GO DOWN TO THE GROCERY STORE AND GET FOOD FOR YOUR FAMILY. WHAT DO YOU DO? PEOPLE SAY, GO ON WELFARE. THERE IS NO WELFARE PROGRAM TODAY. THE ONLY THING AVAILABLE FOR SOMEBODY WHO IS WITHOUT AN UNEMPLOYMENT CHECK IS FOOD STAMPS. OR THEY COULD GO TO THE FOOD BANKS. THE FOOD BANKS ARE PANICED THAT WE HAVE NOT EXTENDED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS BECAUSE THEY GAVE IT ALL AWAY AT THANKSGIVING AND IN DECEMBER, PEOPLE ARE COMING IN IN DROVES AND NOTHING TO GIVE THEM. AND THE PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE SAYING -- MITCH MCCONNELL, IF YOU LISTEN TO HIM, IT DRIVES YOU NUTS, BECAUSE HE SAID, IF YOU WON'T PASS THE TAX BREAK FOR THE MILLIONAIRES, NOTHING'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN HERE. THAT KIND OF ATTITUDE IS SIMPLY WRONG. AND WHAT YOU ARE DOING HERE TONIGHT, LETTING PEOPLE BE AWARE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING AND WHAT THE OPTIONS REALLY ARE AND WHAT THE IMPACT IS GOING TO BE IS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE BASE OF A DEMOCRACY IS AN INFORMED ELECTORATE. IF PEOPLE AREN'T PAYING ATTENTION, THEY ARE GOING TO SAY, HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? IT WILL HAPPEN BECAUSE WE DIDN'T PAY ATTENTION. THIS IS A REAL TURNING POINT FOR THE PRESIDENT AND THE DEMOCRATS THIS YEAR, BECAUSE WHAT WE DO HERE WILL SET THE STAGE FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS. WE WILL BE BACKING UP -- I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS A KID IN THE PLAYGROUND, BULLIES WILL MAKE YOU BACK UP. IF YOU BACK UP, YOU WILL BE BACKING UP ALL YOUR LIFE. YOU HAVE TO SAY NO. AND I THINK THE DEMOCRATS WOULD BE BETTER OFF TO FORCE THE REPUBLICANS TO PUT UP THE VOTES FOR THIS, NO MORE, I THINK WHAT YOU ARE DOING HERE IS TO PUT THE PRESSURE ON THE PROCESS MR.

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  • 08:51:29 PM

    MS. SHEA-PORTER

    WE HEARD ABOUT OUR OPPONENTS TALK ABOUT BORROWING AND SPENDING AND THEY…

    WE HEARD ABOUT OUR OPPONENTS TALK ABOUT BORROWING AND SPENDING AND THEY HAVE TO GET CONTROL OF THE DEBT AND WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THAT. BUT THEY HAVE BLOWN THAT TO PIECES BECAUSE EVERYTHING IN THIS BILL IS GOING TO BE PAID FOR BY BORROWING THE MONEY SO THEY WILL NOW CARRY THE DEBT FOR THE VERY WEALTHY AND WILL GET HUGE, HUGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY, ALL BORROWED PROBABLY FROM CHINA AND WILL TELL THE MIDDLE CLASS, LOOK, THERE IS SOMETHING HERE FOR YOU, TOO. YOU ARE GOING TO GET A PIECE ALSO. BUT YOU ARE GOING TO BE PAYING FOR IT BECAUSE WE ARE BORROWING THE MONEY. IF YOU DON'T PAY FOR IT, YOUR CHILDREN WILL PAY FOR IT. SHAME ON ALL OF US IF WE ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN. AFTER TALKING ABOUT THIS DEBT AND SAYING WE ARE GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT THE DEBT. I CAMPAIGNED ON THIS IN 2005 AND WE BORROWED FROM THE CHINESE AND THAT WAS A NATIONAL SECURITY RISK AND FOR A YEAR AND-A-HALF ALL OF US WHO ARE DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN WHACKED BY THE REPUBLICANS FOR THIS DEBT THAT THEY RAN UP DURING THE BUSH ERA AND NOW THEY TURN AROUND SAYING, YOU KNOW FOR OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE UNINSURED ARE -- OR PEOPLE WHO DO NOT HAVE JOBS, THOSE AREN'T THE PEOPLE WE WANT TO FOCUS ON, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THE WEALTHIEST RECEIVE EVEN MORE AND THE MIDDLE CLASS TO PAY FOR IT. IT'S JUST WRONG ON SO MANY LEVELS. THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE DEBT, PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT ALL OF THIS MONEY TO PAY FOR IT WILL BE BORROWED. IT'S NOT A GIFT. IT'S BORROWED MONEY. AND IF WE DON'T PAY FOR IT, OUR CHILDREN WILL GET STUCK PAYING FOR IT, PLUS INTEREST, OF COURSE. AND WHY DO THEY NEED IT? I UNDERSTAND THE MIDDLE CLASS NEEDS IT, BUT WHY DO WE HAVE TO DO THIS FOR THE WEALTHIEST? AND THERE ARE MANY WHO SAYING WE SHOULDN'T GET THIS MONEY. SO WHY ARE THE REPUBLICANS DRIVING IT, ABSOLUTELY REFUSING TO GIVE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN VICTIMIZED BY THIS RECESSION NLTS WE ALSO TOOK CARE OF THE TOP. THE REPUBLICANS ARE QUITE CLEAR AND WE UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED IN THE LAST ELECTION AND IT'S DISGRACEFUL. THE OTHER PART THAT IS IMPORTANT IS THE PART THEY CARRIED ON WITH SOCIAL SECURITY. SOCIAL SECURITY IS AT RISK AND WE HAVE TO CHANGE SOCIAL SECURITY. WE SAID NO, YOU DON'T. YOU HAVE TO BRING MORE INCOME INTO IT AND STABILIZE. IT'S NOT JUST A SOCIAL SECURITY PROBLEM, BUT A RETIREMENT PROBLEM. THAT THERE ARE MANY, MANY MILLIONS OF REALM CANS WHO WILL NOT HAVE ADEQUATE RETIREMENT AND SOCIAL SECURITY IS THE FLOOR. WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE, KNOWING THAT SOCIAL SECURITY HAS TO HAVE MORE MONEY COMING IN. WE ARE CUTTING WHAT PEOPLE PAY INTO IT FOR A YEAR AND HOW ARE WE GOING TO MAKE UP THE MONEY? ARE WE GOING TO BORROW IT FROM THE GENERAL FUND? HOW WILL IT GET MONEY? WE'LL JUST BORROW IT. PROBABLY FROM CHINA. I THINK IT IS INSANITY AND FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE AND THE REPUBLICANS HAVE HELD THE UNEMPLOYED HOSTAGE AND WE MUST FIGHT THIS. WE HAVE TO FIGHT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THANK YOU FOR BRINGING ATTENTION TO THIS.

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  • 08:55:09 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, REPRESENTATIVE SHEA-PORTER FROM THE GREAT STATE OF."…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, REPRESENTATIVE SHEA-PORTER FROM THE GREAT STATE OF." -- NEW HAMPSHIRE. WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS IN THE PROPOSAL A SIGNIFICANT TAX CUT FOR THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE OUT THERE EVERY DAY, PUTTING IN 10 HOURS A DAY, BRINGING HOME THE PAY CHECK AT THE END OF THE WEEK. THE TAX PROPOSAL THAT WE PUT TOGETHER TAKES CARE OF CHILDREN, PROVIDING FOR CHILD CARE TAX CREDIT, IT BECOMES PERMANENT IN OUR PIECE OF LEGISLATION. IN THE ONE THAT HAS BEEN PROPOSED, IT EXPIRES IN TWO YEARS AND THEN WHAT HAPPENS TO TAKING CARE OF CHILDREN? YOU HAPPEN TO BE A STUDENT, IN OUR PROPOSAL, THE STUDENT LOAN, INTEREST DEDUCTION AND IT STAYS PERMANENT, IT STAYS THERE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION FOR THOSE KIDS THAT WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL, THEIR FAMILIES CAN GET THIS NOT JUST FOR TWO YEARS, BUT PERMANENTLY. WHAT WAS NEGOTIATED BY THE REPUBLICANS? A TWO-YEAR PROPOSAL IN WHICH THIS PARTICULAR TAX REDUCTION FOR THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN CEASES. YOU WANT TO GET MARRIED? WELL, YOU ARE MARRIED, GOOD FOR YOU. OUR PROPOSAL WOULD MAKE PERMANENT THE EXTENSION OF THE MARRIAGE TAX DEDUCTION. RIGHT NOW THERE WOULD BE A NEW PENALTY IMPOSED ON MARRIED PEOPLE UNLESS WE EXTEND IT. WE SAID, NO. MARRIED COUPLES AND THOSE WHO FILE AS COUPLES, WOULD GET A PERMANENT REDUCTION IN THEIR TAXES. SO YOU ARE A SMALL BUSINESS PERSON. YOU HAVE A COMPANY. YOU HAVE A FARM, YOU HAVE A RANCH AND YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY UNDER OUR PROPOSAL TO PERMANENTLY INTO THE FUTURE RECEIVE A LOWER CAPITAL GAINS TAX RATE IF YOU WERE TO SELL YOUR COMPANY. SO FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, THIS IS WHAT WE PROPOSED FOR THE SMALL BUSINESSES AND OTHER PEOPLE WHO MIGHT HAVE INVESTMENTS. THAT'S NOT FOR THE WEALTHY. IT PHASES OUT AT $200,000 OF INCOME FOR AN INDIVIDUAL OR $250,000 FOR A COUPLE. IN OUR PROPOSAL, NOT WHAT THE PRESIDENT NEGOTIATED WITH THE REPUBLICANS, BUT IN OUR PROPOSAL, THERE IS A TAX CUT FOR THOSE COUPLES WHO FILE AN ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME OF $250,000 OR LESS. AND THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX WOULD BE FOCUSED TO AVOID THE PENALTY THAT WOULD EXIST IN THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX. AND SO WHAT WE DID WAS TO VERY CAREFULLY CONSTRUCT A TAX REDUCTION PROPOSAL THAT FOCUSES ON THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN, THE GREAT MIDDLE CLASS, THE MIDDLE INCOME OF AMERICA, SO THEY WOULD HAVE THE BENEFITS, NOT THE VERY, VERY WEALTHY IN AMERICA. AND UNFORTUNATELY WHAT'S BEEN NEGOTIATED IS EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE. WHAT'S BEEN NEGOTIATED IS INSTEAD OF A PERMANENT REDUCTION THAT BENEFITS THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN, THE MIDDLE INCOME OF AMERICA, A PROPOSAL HAS BEEN PUT IN PLACE THAT TERMINATES IN TWO YEARS AND PROVIDES AN EXTRAORDINARY BENEFIT TO THE VERY, VERY WEALTHY TOP 2%, THE BILLIONAIRES, THOSE WHO HAVE AN ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME OF OVER $250,000, THE MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES IN AMERICA. HOW MUCH IS IT IN IT FOR THEM? BY A CALCULATION THAT MY STAFF AND I MADE EARLIER, WE SAID $70 BILLION WHICH, AS YOU SAID, MS. SHEA-PORTER, WOULD HAVE TO BE BORROWED. WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR IT? THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN IN THE YEARS AHEAD. WHAT WOULD THAT $70 BILLION BE USED FOR? WHAT'S THE ALTERNATIVE? THE MOST CRITICAL INVESTMENT ANY SOCIETY CAN MAKE IS THAT INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION. WE KNOW FROM THE REPORTS THAT JUST CAME OUT TODAY THAT THE AMERICAN EDUCATION SYSTEM IS NOT PRODUCING STUDENTS WHO ARE CAPABLE OF COMPETING IN TOMORROW'S ECONOMY. WE'RE IN THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE STUDENT'S ABILITY IN MATH AND SCIENCE, WHERE THE FUTURE LIES. WHAT IF WE TOOK THAT $70 BILLION THAT THE BILLIONAIRES DON'T NEED AND INSTEAD INVESTED IT IN EDUCATION? I SAID EARLIER, AVERAGE TEACHER PAY, $50,000, IS THAT WHAT IT IS IN YOUR AREA? STUDENT TEACHERS WOULD GET LESS. LET'S JUST SAY $50,000. IF WE TOOK $50 BILLION OF THE $70 BILLION, MAYBE $80 BILLION THAT THE EXTREMELY WEALTHY GET AND SAY NO, YOU AREN'T GOING TO GET IT BUT INVEST THAT MONEY IN OUR CHILDREN, IN THEIR EDUCATION, ONE MILLION TEACHERS, DO THE MATH, ONE MILLION TEACHERS, $50 BILLION COULD BUY ONE MILLION TEACHERS. CLASSROOM SIZE COULD BE REDUCED. ISN'T THAT BETTER FOR AMERICA THAN GIVING THE RICH, THE RICHEST OF THE RICH $70 BILLION? I THINK SO. BUY THE TECHNOLOGY, PUT THE COMPUTERS IN PLACE. $20 BILLION WOULD DO IT. AND THAT'S IN YEAR ONE. IT COULD BE REPEATED IN YEAR TWO. MR. PRESIDENT, MR. REPUBLICANS, YOU CUT A BAD DEAL FOR AMERICA. IT'S A BAD DEAL FOR AMERICA. A BETTER DEAL, INSTEAD OF GIVING THE RICH MORE, GIVE OUR CHILDREN SOMETHING. LET ME TURN TO MY FELLOW REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE GREAT STATE OF NEW YORK,

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  • 09:01:28 PM

    MR. TONKO

    THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI. FROM YOUR DISTRICT IN CALIFORNIA,…

    THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI. FROM YOUR DISTRICT IN CALIFORNIA, REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI, TO REPRESENTATIVE SHEA-PORTER'S DISTRICT IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, TO MY DISTRICT IN UPSTATE NEW YORK, THE MIDDLE INCOME COMMUNITY, THE WORKING FAMILIES ARE ALL RESONATING WITH THEIR MESSAGE, THAT IT'S THEIR TURN. WE BORROWED, AS WAS INDICATED BY MS. SHEA-PORTER, IN THE DECADE THAT PRECEDED THIS ADMINISTRATION FROM CHINA TO PAY NOT ONLY FOR TAX CUTS BUT FOR TWO WARS AND FOR MEDICARE PART D, FOR A DOUGHNUT HOLE THAT NOW IS DRIVING SENIORS TO THE BRINK OF POVERTY. WHERE WAS THE FAIRNESS IN ALL OF THAT? BECAUSE THEIR BEARING OF THE BURDEN IS FAR GREATER THAN A PERCENTAGE OF THEIR INCOME HOUSEHOLD-WISE THAN THE UPPER INCOME STRATA. SO THE CONSEQUENCES HERE ARE BORN -- BORNE UNFAIRLY. SO I THINK THAT WHAT YOU'VE DESCRIBED HERE IN THE CONTRAST IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO START ANEW, WITH A NEW FOCUS WHERE CHILDREN AND STUDENTS, MARRIED COUPLES, SENIORS, WORKING FAMILIES ALL ARE GIVEN HIGHEST PRIORITY. WHERE THEY CAN DREAM THE AMERICAN DREAM, WHERE THEY'RE EMPOWERED AND WHEN WE EMPOWER OUR MIDDLE INCOME COMMUNITY WE'RE EMPOWERING ALL OF US. SOMEONE NEEDS TO BUILD THE PRODUCT, SOMEONE NEEDS TO BUY THE PRODUCT. AND IF YOU DENY THE PURCHASING POWER OF OUR MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES, WE HAVE DESTROYED THE ECONOMY OF THIS NATION AND SO IT MAKES GREAT SENSE AND PROVIDES GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO GO FORWARD WITH THIS NEW THINKING. OTHERWISE WE REVISIT THE FAILED POLICIES OF PRESIDENT BUSH'S ADMINISTRATION. WHERE WE SAW NO JOB GROWTH, WHERE WE SAW THE DECLINE IN BUSINESS, MANUFACTURING BEGAN TO FOLD. WHERE WE LOST A GREAT BIT OF OUR -- 1/3 OF OUR MANUFACTURING BASE. AND WE NEED TO GO BACK TO THOSE POLICIES. WHAT'S DRIVING THE DEFICIT TODAY SUN EMPLOYMENT. AND IF WE CAN INVEST IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, IF WE CAN INVEST IN BASIC RESEARCH, IN THE INNOVATION ECONOMY, THEN WE WILL PROVIDE HOPE FOR OUR WORKING FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. YOU KNOW, I THINK WHAT'S OFTEN LOST IN THE DISCUSSION OUT OF THE GREAT PACKAGE THAT WE DID WAS THAT EVERYBODY, EVERYBODY WILL GET A BREAK, A TAX CUT ON A LEVEL OF INCOME, INCLUDING THOSE WHO ARE MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES, WILL GET A TAX BREAK ON THE FIRST $250,000 IN THAT HOUSEHOLD. SO IT'S NOT LIKE WE'RE DENYING ANYONE. WE'RE JUST SAYING, LET'S EMPOWER THAT MIDDLE INCOME CROWD, THAT COMMUNITY IN A WAY THAT GIVES THEM THEIR SHARE NOW OF A STAKE IN THE INVESTMENTS THAT ARE MADE HERE IN WASHINGTON AND THEN SHARED ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. AND THAT IS THE KIND OF SHOT IN THE ARM THAT'S REQUIRED RIGHT NOW. BECAUSE WE SEE THESE TREMENDOUSLY DIFFICULT STATISTICS OUT THERE AND, YOU KNOW, IT TOOK A LONG TIME TO GET INTO THIS MESS AND I KNOW THAT THE EXPRESSION MADE BY THE VOTERS IN THIS LAST ELECTION WAS THAT IT DIDN'T HAPPEN QUICK ENOUGH. THE RECOVERY DIDN'T HAPPEN QUICK ENOUGH. WELL, THIS IS A REVISITING OF THE FAILED POLICIES OF THE PAST THAT DROVE US INTO THE WORST TIMES SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION. WHEN, YOU KNOW, OUR COLLEAGUE SPOKE EARLIER ABOUT THE DIVIDE BETWEEN THOSE WHO ARE COMFORTABLE AND MOST COMFORTABLE , THAT HAS GROWN TO THE WIDEST THAT HAS BEEN KNOWN IN I THINK DAYS SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND WE HAVE SEEN MORE CONCENTRATION IN THE TOP 1% AND 2% OF WEALTH IN THIS COUNTRY OF THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY, OF PROFIT. WE JUST SAW A RECORD PROFIT STEAP ESTABLISHED IN THE LAST QUARTER -- ESTABLISHED IN THE LAST QUARTER SINCE RECORD KEEPING. THERE WAS MORE PROFITABILITY FOR OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN THE LAST QUARTER. WHEN YOU ANALYZE THAT IT BREAKS ALL RECORDS. SO WE NEED TO LOOK AT ALL THE STATISTICS OUT THERE. WE NEED TO BE VERY COGNIZANT OF WHAT'S HAPPENING AND WHAT ISN'T HAPPENING AND I THINK THE WAY WE DO THAT IS THROUGH THE SOUNDNESS OF THE POLICY THAT WE ADVANCE. THAT REALLY PROMOTES, I THINK, THE SORT OF EFFORT THAT ENABLES US TO STRENGTHEN THE PURCHASING POWER OF OUR MIDDLE INCOME COMMUNITY AND WE ALSO ATTEMPTED IN THIS HOUSE, WITHOUT HELP FROM THE REPUBLICANS, TO PROVIDE A STRETCH-OUT ON THAT UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM. SO WE ARE DOING THOSE ELEMENTS THAT RESPOND WITH GREAT SENSITIVITY TO THE UNEMPLOYED WHO ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR EMPLOYMENT. WE ATTEMPTED EVERY WHICH WAY TO STRETCH THAT OPPORTUNITY FROM THIS HOUSE. WE HAVE ADVANCED THE TAX CUT FOR THOSE HOUSEHOLDS OF COUPLES UNDER $250,000. EVERYBODY CAN QUALIFY IN THAT TAX CUT BECAUSE IT CAPS AT THAT THRESHOLD AND WORKS ITSELF THROUGH ACROSS ALL THE INCOME LEVELS OF FAMILIES IN THIS COUNTRY. SO WE HAVE DONE, I THINK, A VERY REASONABLE PACKAGE, WE HAVE DONE IT WITH GREAT FOCUS AND GREAT HOPE THAT IT WILL DRIVE THE GROWTH OF THE ECONOMY AND PRODUCE HOPE IN TERMS OF JOBS CREATED AND RETAINED AND WILL NOT BRING US BACK TO THOSE FAILED POLICIES WHERE I THINK WE HAVE FORGOTTEN THE TRILLIONS THAT WERE LOST. $18.5 TRILLION LOST IN THE LAST 18 MONTHS OF PRESIDENT BUSH'S TENURE. THAT WAS A HUGE DEVASTATING BLOW TO THIS COUNTRY. YOU KNOW, 8.2 MILLION JOBS LOST. WHICH IS TOUGH TO RECOVER FROM. BUT WE HAVE HAD MANY MONTHS OF PRIVATE SECTOR JOB GROWTH. SO WE NEED TO CONTINUE ALONG THE THOUGHTFUL SORT OF POLICIES AND THE PROGRESS THAT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED WHILE INCREMENTAL IS A STEEP KLINE TOWARD RECOVERY RATHER THAN FALLING DEEPER AS WAS THE CASE WHEN WE HIT ROCK BOTTOM IN MARCH OF 2009. SO WE HAVE BEEN RECOVERING AND I THINK NOW IS THE TIME TO JUST ADD TO THAT EFFORT, NOT LEAD US BACKWARD INTO THE FAILED POLICIES OF THE PAST.

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  • 09:07:54 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    MR. TONKO, YOU COULDN'T BE MORE CORRECT THAT THE POLICIES OF THE BUSH…

    MR. TONKO, YOU COULDN'T BE MORE CORRECT THAT THE POLICIES OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, THEIR TAX POLICIES CREATED A HUGE DEFICIT, TWO WARS THAT WERE NOT PAID FOR BUT RATHER MONEY BORROWED, MOST OF IT AGAIN FROM CHINA. AND A TOTAL BACKING AWAY FROM THE REGULATION OF THE FINANCIAL INDUSTRY LED TO AN EXTRAORDINARY CRASH OF THE AMERICAN AND INDEED THE WORLD ECONOMY. WHAT IS BEING ASKED OF US NOW IS TO PUT BACK IN PLACE THE TAX POLICY THAT WAS PART OF THAT GREAT DECLINE. AND A POINT THAT YOU MADE, IF I MIGHT JUST BRING IT OUT ONE MORE TIME HERE, IS THAT THAT TAX POLICY THAT WAS STARTED IN 2001 AND IS NOW BEING PROPOSED BY OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES AND OUR PRESIDENT IS A CONTINUATION OF THE DRIFT, EXCUSE ME, IT'S NOT A DRIFT, A CASCADE OF WEALTH FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS, FROM THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN TO THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS. IS THAT WISE POLICY? IT CERTAINLY DOESN'T CREATE JOBS. THERE ARE VERY FEW ECONOMISTS EXCEPT SOME VERY RIGHT WING REPUBLICAN ECONOMISTS WHO WOULD ARGUE THAT BY GIVING MORE MONEY, IN THIS CASE $150 BILLION MINIMUM, MAYBE $180 BILLION, TO THE WEALTHIEST IS GOING TO SOMEHOW CREATE JOBS. NOBODY WOULD RATIONALLY ARGUE THAT. HOWEVER, ON THE OTHER HAND, IT'S BEEN ARGUED VERY CLEARLY THAT ONE OF THE MOST STIMULUS, JOB CREATING ENCOURAGEMENTS TO THE ECONOMY IS UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. BUT OUR FRIENDS ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE HAVE SAID VERY CLEARLY THAT THEY'RE GOING TO PUT THEIR FOOT RIGHT ON THE NECK OF THE MOST UNFORTUNATE AMERICANS, THE UNEMPLOYED. AND HOLD THEM DOWN UNTIL THEY'RE ABLE TO GET THEIR BUDDIES, THE WEALTHIEST OF AMERICANS, AN ADDITIONAL TAX BREAK. THAT'S WHAT'S GOING ON HERE. THEY'RE USING THE MOST HARMED AMERICANS IN THIS ECONOMY, AN ECONOMY THAT COLLAPSED UNDER THE REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION, HOLDING THOSE UNEMPLOYED DOWN, PUTTING THEIR FOOT ON THEIR NECK AND SAYING, YOU CANNOT HAVE ANYTHING UNTIL OUR WEALTHY BACKERS HAVE MORE. SHAME ON THEM. SHAME ON THEM. THAT'S NOT GOOD AMERICAN POLICY. THAT IS NOT EVEN HUMANITARIAN. AND WE'RE UP AGAINST THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS, THEY'RE USING THIS AS A LEVER. IT IS WRONG, IT IS DEAD WRONG, IT IS INHUMANE, IT IS CRUEL AND IT SERVES NOT ONE EYE OATA OF COMPASSION -- IOTA OF COMPASSION. UNTIL THEY GET THEIR WEALTHY TAKEN CARE OF, THOSE PEOPLE THAT DON'T NEED ANYTHING MORE, THEY'RE GOING TO HOLD 2 1/2 MILLION AMERICANS ON THE GROUND WITHOUT FOOD, WITHOUT ANY GIFTS FOR THEIR FAMILY, WITHOUT EVEN A CHRISTMAS MEAL. THAT'S WHAT THE REPUBLICANS HAVE SAID, THAT'S THE DEAL THAT'S BEEN CUT AND IT'S ONE THAT WE SHOULD OPPOSE. DO I FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT THIS? YES, I DO. MS. SHEA-PORTER?

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  • 09:11:10 PM

    MS. SHEA-PORTER

    I WANTED TO SAY THAT THIS IS NOT JUST DEMOCRATS WHO ARE SAYING THIS.…

    I WANTED TO SAY THAT THIS IS NOT JUST DEMOCRATS WHO ARE SAYING THIS. REPUBLICANS WHO ARE NO LONGER IN POWER HAVE ALSO BEEN ATTACKING THESE PLANS. THE FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGER AND BUDGET DURING THE REAGAN ERA CALLED THESE TAX CUTS UNAFFORDABLE AND HE WAS JUST ONE OF MANY VOICES WHO SAID THIS. UNFORTUNATELY THE REPUBLICANS WHO ARE IN POWER NOW ARE NOT LISTENING. IT IS FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE. WE NEEDED THAT INCOME, WE HAD TO HAVE THAT REVENUE SO THAT WE COULD PAY OUR BILLS. NOW, IF WE HAD THAT REVENUE, WHAT COULD WE DO WITH IT? OR IF WE WERE GOING TO BORROW, WHAT SHOULD WE HAVE BORROWED FOR? TO BEGIN WITH, WE COULD START PAYING OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN MORE. THIS YEAR THEY'RE HAVING A VERY TINY INCREASE AND THEY ARE OUTRAGED AND I DON'T BLAME THEM. THEY HAVE BEEN SERVING THIS COUNTRY HONORABLY. WE HAVE BEEN AT WAR FOR EIGHT YEARS. THEY'RE EXHAUSTED AND NOW THEY ARE GETTING A VERY TINY PAY RAISE. WE COULD HAVE USED IT FOR THAT. WHAT ELSE COULD WE HAVE DONE? WE COULD HAVE HELPED SMALL BUSINESSES MORE. THE MOM AND POP BUSINESSES ON MAIN STREET THAT HAVE STRUGGLED FOR SO LONG. RATHER THAN GIVE THOSE TAX CUTS TO THE TOP 1% WE COULD HAVE USED THAT MONEY TO HELP OUR SMALL BUSINESSES THAT ARE STRUGGLING. WHAT ELSE COULD WE HAVE DONE? WE COULD HAVE PUD MONEY -- PUT MONEY INTO INFRASTRUCTURE. WE COULD HAVE CREATED JOBS. WE COULD HAVE BEEN BUILDING THINGS. YOU WALK AROUND WASHINGTON, YOU SEE BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS THAT WERE BUILT DURING THE DEPRESSION, THEY PUT MEN AND WOMEN TO WORK AND THEY LEFT SOMETHING BEHIND FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. AND I'VE SAID, IF YOU'RE GOING TO BORROW MONEY AND YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE THE NEXT GENERATION PAY FOR IT, YOU BETTER LEAVE THEM SOMETHING TO LOOK AT. WE COULD HAVE DONE THAT. WE COULD HAVE FIXED SOME OF OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. IT'S CRUMBLING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. WE HAVE DEFERRED MAINTENANCE AND NOT TAKEN CARE OF -- NOT JUST THAT, YOU TALKED ABOUT EDUCATION. WE KNOW HOW DIFFICULT IT IS AND WE KNOW THAT WE ARE FAILING OUR CHILDREN. WE COULD HAVE PUT MONEY THERE. WHERE ELSE? HOW ABOUT MONEY FOR RESEARCH? MONEY FOR BASIC MEDICAL CARE. YOU KNOW, EVERY TIME I HEAR THE REPUBLICANS IN POWER HERE SAY, EVERYBODY'S GOING TO HAVE TO FEEL THE PAIN, I SAY TO MYSELF, I KNOW WHO THEY MEAN. AND THEY DON'T MEAN THEM. AND THEY DON'T MEAN THOSE WHO ALREADY HAVE, THEY MEAN THE MIDDLE INCOME AND BELOW. THEY'RE THE ONES WHO ARE GOING TO FEEL THE PAIN. AND BY THE WAY, THEY'RE THE ONES WHO ARE ALSO GOING TO HAVE TO PAY FOR THIS. BECAUSE ONCE AGAIN, IT'S BORROWED MONEY. I THINK IT'S ABSOLUTELY DISGRACEFUL, I THINK GIVEN THE PAST CAMPAIGN THAT WE ALL EXPERIENCED, WHERE THE BORROW AND SPEND THEME, BORROW AND SPEND WAS JUST HAMMERED, ABSOLUTELY HAMMERED AS IF THE BUSH ERA HADN'T HAPPENED, AS IF GEORGE BUSH HADN'T CREATED THE GREATEST DEFICITS IN HISTORY, AS IF THE REPUBLICANS HADN'T BEEN IN CHARGE WHEN THAT HAPPENED, THEY SAID THEY WERE GOING TO FIX THAT. THEY'VE LEARNED THEIR LESSON. REMEMBER ON THE FLOOR? YOU HEARD MANY TIMES THEY HAD LEARNED THEIR LESSON. BUT THEY HADN'T. HERE THEY ARE HOLDING, HOLDING PEOPLE'S UNEMPLOYMENT HOSTAGE, TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR BEN FACTORS GET THEIR TAX CUTS -- BENEFACTORS GET THEIR TAX CUTS. I THINK IT'S OUTRAGEOUS, I THINK IT'S STUNNING, I THINK IT'S SO CYNICAL THAT IT'S UGLY TO WATCH AND I WILL NOT SUPPORT THAT.

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  • 09:14:31 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    MS. SHEA-PORTER, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THE MANY…

    MS. SHEA-PORTER, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THE MANY OPTIONS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO US, THE CHOICES THAT WE'RE MAKING, AND IN THIS TAX POLICY WE'RE MAKING A CHOICE TO INVEST IN AMERICA'S FUTURE, THAT IS THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN OF AMERICA , OR INVESTING IN THE VERY WEALTHY. ALL OF IT WITH BORROWED MONEY. IF AMERICA IS GOING TO MAKE IT, THEN WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO REBUILD AMERICA'S INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH. THESE ARE CHOICES. THERE ARE WAYS THAT WE CAN REBUILD AMERICA'S INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH. ONE OF THEM IS TO STOP EXPORTING JOBS. STOP EXPORTING JOBS. NOW, THE AMERICAN TAX CODE UNTIL JUST A MONTH AGO PROVIDED A $12 BILLION ANNUAL TAX BREAK TO AMERICAN CORPORATIONS WHO SENT JOBS OFFSHORE. YES, THAT'S RIGHT. HOW COULD THAT BE? WELL, IT WAS IN THE TAX CODE. THE DEMOCRATS SAID THAT'S WRONG. AND WE PASSED A TAX BILL THAT ENDED THAT USELESS JOB-HARMING TAX PROPOSAL AND BROUGHT MONEY BACK INTO THE TREASURY AND PUT A STOP TO THE INCENTIVE OF AMERICAN CORPORATIONS TO SHIFT THOSE JOBS OFFSHORE. DID THE REPUBLICANS SUPPORT THAT JOB-CREATING PROGRAM? THEY DID NOT. ONLY A HANDFUL. ONE HANDFUL ACTUALLY VOTED WITH THE DEMOCRATS TO END A TAX BREAK THAT ENCOURAGED THE OFFSHORING OF JOBS. AN EXAMPLE OF HOW WE CAN BRING JOBS BACK TO AMERICA IS TO SET OUR TAX POLICY IN PLACE SO WE DON'T ENCOURAGE THE OFFSHORING OF JOBS. ANOTHER PIECE OF THIS IS TO USE OUR TAX MONEY TO BUILD JOBS IN AMERICA. VERY QUICKLY AND THEN I WANT TO TURN TO MY COLLEAGUES IN THE FINAL 15 MINUTES OF THIS HOUR. WE SPEND A LOT OF MONEY, GASOLINE TAX, DIESEL FUEL TAX IS USED TO MAINTAIN OUR HIGHWAYS AND PROVIDE BUSES, TRAINS AND LIGHT RAIL SYSTEMS IN THINGS THAT MOVE PEOPLE. IT'S ALL WELL AND GOOD. BUT MUCH OF THAT TAX MONEY IS USED TO PURCHASE BUSES, LIGHT RAIL, TRAINS THAT ARE MADE IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES. MY PROPOSAL IS, HEY, THAT'S OUR TAX MONEY. LET'S SPEND IT ON EQUIPMENT THAT'S MADE IN AMERICA. YOU WANT TOO BUILD A BRIDGE. USE AMERICAN STEEL. YOU WANT TO BUY A BUS, OUR TAX MONEY. BUY AN AMERICAN-MADE BUS. YOU WANT TO BUILD A LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM WITH OUR TAX MONEY, BUY AN AMERICAN-MADE LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM. IF WE USE OUR TAX DOLLARS IN A WAY THAT PROMOTES AMERICAN INDUSTRY, WE CAN GROW AMERICA. I THINK OF WALT WHITMAN AND HIS POETRY ABOUT THE INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH OF AMERICA, THE WAY AMERICA WOULD GET UP IN AMERICA AND BUILD, I DON'T THINK WALT WHITMAN WOULD BE ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT AMERICAN INDUSTRY GIVEN OUR POLICIES. IF WE INSTITUTE POLICIES THAT ARE MAKE IT IN AMERICA SO THAT AMERICA CAN MAKE IT, ONCE AGAIN, THESE ARE CHOICES. WALT WHITMAN UNDERSTOOD THAT THE STRENGTH OF AMERICA WAS IN ITS INDUSTRIES. OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE WILLING TO GIVE THEM A TAX BREAK TO SHIFT JOBS OFFSHORE. THE DEMOCRATS ARE NOT. WE ENDED THAT. MR. TONKO, YOU AND I TALKED ABOUT THIS AND YOU AND I WERE THERE TO END THAT TAX BREAK.

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  • 09:18:30 PM

    MR. TONKO

    POLICY INTO A JOB FOCUS. MY QUESTION TO THE OPPOSITION PARTY HAS BEEN, THE…

    POLICY INTO A JOB FOCUS. MY QUESTION TO THE OPPOSITION PARTY HAS BEEN, THE MARKETING OF THE 2001 AND 2003 TAX CUTS WAS ALL AROUND JOBS. JOB-CREATING TAX CUTS. MY RHETORICAL QUESTION IS, WHERE ARE THE JOBS. WE HAVE SEEN ONE OF THE MOST DISMAL STRETCHES OF JOB LOSS AND JOB CREATION UNDER THAT BUSH PRESIDENCY THAN EVER RECORDED IN THE NATION. AND AS TO REPRESENTATIVE SHEA-PORTER'S POINT, AND LEFT US WITH A HISTORIC LARGE DEFICIT. THAT WAS COMPLICATIONS BEYOND BELIEF, A MUSCLE TITUDE OF PROBLEMS THAT HAVE BEEN ENDURED AND GRIPPED THE HOUSEHOLD BUDGET AND THE PROFITABILITY OF SMALL BUSINESSES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY TO THE POINT WHERE WE SUNK THE LOWEST IN MARCH OF 2009. OUR FOCUS SHOULD BE ABOUT JOB CREATION AND RETENTION. AND YOU KNOW, MY DISTRICT, THE 21ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN NEW YORK HOUSES THE EASTERN PORTION OF THE ORIGINAL ERIE CANAL, BARGE CANAL. IT GAVE BIRTH TO MILL TOWNS. AND THEY BECAME THE CENTERS OF INNOVATION AND INVENTION. SO THAT PIONEER SPIRIT IS IN THE AMERICAN D.N.A. I CANNOT ACCEPT FOR A MOMENT THAT OUR MANUFACTURING HEYDAY IS A THING OF THE PAST. WE CAN BE THE KINGPINS AND NEED TO INVEST SO THAT SMALL BUSINESSES AND MANUFACTURING CENTERS CAN BE THAT DRIVING FORCE FOR JOB CREATION AND RETENTION. HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN? YOU MODERNIZE WITH INVESTMENT. I SERVED AS PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. AT THE NEW YORK STATE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY AND I SAW WHAT HAPPENED WHEN WE PARTNERED WITH THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY TO ENABLE THEM TO CUT ENERGY PRODUCTION COSTS. WE HAVE SHELF-READY PROJECTS THAT CAN GO INTO MANUFACTURING CENTERS AND ENABLE THEM TO BE MORE EFFICIENT. AS PROFITABILITY, THE TRANSITIONING OVER TO MORE JOBS AND MORE IDEAS THAT CAN COME FROM THE MANUFACTURING ELEMENT IN OUR GIVEN NEIGHBORHOODS, OUR COMMUNITIES, IN OUR REGION, IN OUR CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS. IT CAN HAPPEN, BUT YOU NEED THIS PLAN OF ATTACK THAT WILL GO TO PUTTING AMERICAN WORKERS INTO DEEPLY ROOTED JOBS THAT WILL BE HERE TO GROW IN THIS COUNTRY. WE SAW WHAT HAPPENED WHEN WE HELPED BUSINESSES TAKE THEIR LARGE INDUSTRIES, TAKE THEIR JOBS OFFSHORE, AND WE PAID THEM TO DO THAT. AND SO I APPLAUD THE EFFORTS THAT YOU HAVE CREATED, THAT OTHERS HAVE JOINED IN IN THIS HOUSE TO CREATE THE PACKAGE THAT SAYS NO TO THAT INVESTMENT, BUT YES TO AMERICAN WORKERS AND WORKING FAMILIES, YES TO OUR SMALL BUSINESS COMMUNITIES, THE BACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY. IF WE BELIEVE THAT, LET'S ACT ACCORDINGLY AND NOT DO THIS STEP BACKWARDS THAT GIVES TAX BREAKS TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES AT THE EXPENSE OF INVESTMENTS IN THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMUNITY, INVESTMENTS IN THE WORKING HOUSEHOLDS OF FAMILIES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY AND CERTAINLY INVESTMENTS IN CHILDREN, IN STUDENTS, IN WORKING COUPLES, MARRIED COUPLES WHO WILL GET A BREAK FROM OUR TAX PACKAGE BILL AND SENIOR CITIZENS, ALL OF WHOM DESERVE OUR SENSITIVITY AND DO WHAT'S BEST FOR THE MIDDLE-INCOME COMMUNITY OF THIS COUNTRY. AGAIN TO REPEAT MYSELF, EMPOWERING THEM BY STRENGTHENING THEIR PURCHASING POWER STRENGTHENS ALL OF US FROM THE LEAST COMFORTABLE TO THE MOST COMFORTABLE. AND I THINK IT'S THE MAP, THE BLUEPRINT FOR A SUCCESSFUL COMEBACK FROM THE LOWEST, TOUGHEST ECONOMIC POINT THAT WE HAVE SEEN AS A NATION AND NOW TO CRAWL OUT OF THAT PIT, WE NEED TO DO IT THOUGHTFULLY AND WITH LASER-SHARP FOCUS AND OUR LEGISLATION ADVANCED IN THIS HOUSE DOES THAT. AND I HAVE ENJOYED WORKING WITH THE TWO OF YOU AND THE LEADERSHIP IN THIS HOUSE TO MAKE THAT EFFORT SO WE CAN DO THE SMARTEST AND MOST ANNUAL IT CALL RESPONSE.

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  • 09:23:11 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    SPEAK WITH GREAT WISDOM AND A SENSE OF HISTORY. IT'S ABOUT CHOICES.…

    SPEAK WITH GREAT WISDOM AND A SENSE OF HISTORY. IT'S ABOUT CHOICES. APPARENTLY THE REPUBLICANS AND THE PRESIDENT WANT US TO TAKE $140 BILLION AND GIVE IT TO THE WEALTHIEST OF AMERICANS, THE TOP 2%, AS IF THEY NEED HELP. WHAT IF WE TOOK THAT MONEY AND INVESTED IT IN -- I DON'T KNOW, HOW ABOUT GREEN TECHNOLOGY, IN WIND TURBINES, SOLAR, BUSES AND TRANSPORTATION. $150 BILLION, WHAT WOULD IT BUY? I SUGGESTED THE FIRST $70 BILLION, INVEST IN TEACHERS AND SCHOOL. THE NEXT $80 BILLION -- WELL, LET'S BUILD THE GREAT MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN THE NORTHEAST. 160 YEARS AGO, MIGRATE-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS LEFT THE TEXTILE TERRITORIES AND MOVED TO CALIFORNIA. IT WAS GOOD FOR THEM, BUT IT LEFT THE GREAT NORTHEAST WITHOUT THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY. YOU ARE TRYING TO REBUILD YOUR INDUSTRIES, HEALTH CARE TECHNOLOGIES, WHICH COULD USE THE INCENTIVE OF $70 MILLION. MS. SHEA-PORTER, WHY DON'T YOU TAKE FOUR MINUTES AND WE'LL WRAP IN THE LAST MINUTE.

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  • 09:24:33 PM

    MS. SHEA-PORTER

    IT'S IMPORTANT TO REITERATE WE ARE HAPPY WHEN AMERICANS DO WELL…

    IT'S IMPORTANT TO REITERATE WE ARE HAPPY WHEN AMERICANS DO WELL FINANCIALLY. WE WANT EVERY AMERICAN TO DO WELL FINANCIALLY. AND I HAVE SAID MANY TIMES BEFORE THAT EACH ONE OF US HOPES TO HAVE A LITTLE MORE MONEY AND MY KIDS TO HAVE A LITTLE MORE MONEY ALSO. IT'S NOT A QUESTION OF SUCCESS. WE WANT EVERYBODY TO BE SUCCESSFUL. BUT THE PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE HERE IS THAT WE ARE BORROWING MONEY THAT MIDDLE-INCOME TAXPAYERS WILL HAVE TO PAY BACK PLUS INTERESTS TO GIVE THOSE WHO ARE EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL, AND I'M GLAD THAT THEYR BUT GIVE THEM MONEY THAT THEY DON'T NEED AND WE'LL CARRY THE DEBT AND PUT THIS COUNTRY FURTHER AT RISK. WHEN WE WANT TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DEBT, THIS HAS TO BE PART OF THE STORY, THAT IT WAS PROPOSED AND I FEAR COULD BE PASSED THAT WE BORROWED MORE MONEY, PROBABLY FROM CHINA, AND WE GAVE IT TO THOSE WHO LEAST NEEDED IT WHILE WE IGNORED THE GREAT PRESSING NEEDS OF OUR COUNTRY. I FEEL FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. I KNOW WE GREW UP AT A TIME WHEN OUR PARENTS BELIEVED WE WOULD DO BETTER AND INDEED WE DID. I PUT MYSELF THROUGH COLLEGE, BUT I WAS ABLE TO WORK DOUBLE SHIFTS IN A FACTORY AND WORK THROUGH THE SCHOOL YEAR AND PAY FOR THAT. NOW, NO MATTER HOW HARD PEOPLE WORKED THROUGH THE SUMMER, WINTER, THEY COULDN'T AFFORD TO PAY COLLEGE TUITION. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO FOR THOSE CHILDREN? AND WHAT ARE WE GOING TO SAY TO THOSE FAMILIES? SORRY, YOU DO UNDERSTAND, WE BORROWED THE MONEY TO GIVE IT TO THE WESTIEST. ARE WE GOING TO CRUSH THEIR DREAMS AND THEIR HOPES AND THEIR POSSIBLE PATHS TO THE SAME KIND OF SUCCESS? THIS IS JUST WRONG ON EVERY LEVEL. IF YOU LOOK AT A CHILD TODAY AND YOU RECOGNIZE THAT CHANCES ARE THEY HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER UNDEREMPLOYED OR UNEMPLOYED, THAT THEIR FAMILY IS STRUGGLING TO PAY RENT OR PAY MORTGAGE, THAT THE COST OF EVERYTHING HAS GONE UP DRAMATICALLY AND FAMILIES CAN'T AFFORD TO SAVE FOR THEIR EDUCATION, WHAT DO WE SAY TO THEM LATER? YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND IT WAS SO IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE GAVE YOU THIS DEBT. AND WE INCREASED YOUR DEBT SO WE COULD TAKE CARE OF THOSE WHO DIDN'T NEED IT. I DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS AND I THINK MOST AMERICANS LOOKING AT THIS CAN'T UNDERSTAND IT EITHER, THAT WE CELEBRATE PEOPLE'S GOOD FORTUNE AND SUSAN WE ARE HAPPY THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL, BUT WE SHOULDN'T BORROW MONEY TO GIVE THEM WHAT THEY DON'T NEED. LET'S INVEST IN AMERICA AND LET'S INVEST IN THE NEXT GENERATION. LET'S HELP OUR SENIORS OUT. HOW MANY FALL IN THE DOUGHNUT HOLE AND SAY WE CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY FOR YOUR PRESCRIPTION. LET'S BUILD INFRASTRUCTURE. LET'S HELP SMALL BUSINESSES. LET'S CREATE JOBS. LET'S GET PEOPLE WORKING AGAIN. PEOPLE DON'T WANT UNEMPLOYMENT CHECKS, THEY WANT JOBS. HOW MANY JOBS DID WE PASS OUT OF THE HOUSE AND THEY SANK IN THE SENATE AND SO MUCH REPUBLICAN OPPOSITION TO CREATING JOBS. AND YET, HERE WE ARE SAYING THE ONLY WAY WE CAN HELP PEOPLE WITH UNEMPLOYMENT IS IF WE YIELD TO THE REPUBLICANS AND SAY OK WE'LL GIVE TAX CUTS TO THE VERY WEALTHIEST ALSO. THIS IS A VERY SAD MOMENT ON THIS FLOOR AND IN THE SENATE AND I HOPE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL RISE UP AND SAY NO, THIS IS NOT FAIR TO THE MIDDLE CLASS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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  • 09:28:29 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    YOU SO VERY, VERY MUCH. WE HAVE JUST A MINUTE LEFT. AND AS YOU WERE…

    YOU SO VERY, VERY MUCH. WE HAVE JUST A MINUTE LEFT. AND AS YOU WERE SPEAKING FROM YOUR HEART ABOUT THE STATUS OF AMERICANS TODAY, I WAS THINKING ABOUT LAST FALL WHEN I TOOK MY FAMILY DOWN TO THE ROOSEVELT MEMORIAL. AND ON ONE OF THE STONES IS HIS STATEMENT AND IT WAS THE TEST OF AMERICA'S PROGRESS IS NOT -- THOSE THAT HAVE MUCH HAVE MORE BUT THOSE WHO HAVE LITTLE SHOULD HAVE ENOUGH. ISN'T THAT WHERE WE ARE TODAY? ISN'T THAT WHAT F.D.R. WAS SAYING IN THE 1940'S DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION?

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  • 09:29:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 09:29:28 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE APPRECIATE THE HOUR TO DISCUSS THIS…

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE APPRECIATE THE HOUR TO DISCUSS THIS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE.

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  • 09:29:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE?

  • 09:29:41 PM

    MR. TONKO

    I MOVE NOW THAT THE HOUSE ADJOURN.

  • 09:29:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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