The House Will Convene At 10:00 AM Today
House Session - January 6, 2011

Members of the House read the Constitution aloud beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:31 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:00:38 AM

    THE CLERK

    ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JANUARY 6, 2011. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE…

    ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JANUARY 6, 2011. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE MICHAEL K. SIMPSON TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, JOHN A. BOEHNER, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:00:54 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE

  • 10:02:22 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:02:39 AM

    MR. GOWDY

    WE RECITE THE PLEDGE. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES…

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

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  • 10:02:57 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 10 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES FROM…

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 10 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES FROM EACH SIDE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA RISE?

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  • 10:03:08 AM

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

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

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  • 10:03:11 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:03:14 AM

    MR. WILSON

    I AM GRATEFUL TO WELCOME THE FOUR NEW MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA…

    I AM GRATEFUL TO WELCOME THE FOUR NEW MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA DELEGATION TO THE 112TH CONGRESS. THIS PAST ELECTION, THE VOTERS OF SOUTH CAROLINA LED THEIR -- LET THEIR VOICES BE HEARD. THE MESSAGE WAS LOUD AND CLEAR, LIMIT SPENDING WITH THE LARGEST REPUBLICAN SOUTH CAROLINA DELEGATION IN OVER 130 YEARS. THE VOTERS CAN REST ASSURE THE MESSAGE WAS HEARD IN WASHINGTON. THESE FOUR CONSERVATIVE, SUCCESSFUL SMALL BUSINESS LEADERS WERE ELECTED BASED ON THEIR PRINCIPLES. PROMISES TO REDUCE SPENDING, LIMIT GOVERNMENT AND ATTAIN FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY WILL NOW BE REAL PRIORITIES. THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH CAROLINA WILL BENEFIT THE MOST FROM THIS DYNAMIC YOUNG TEAM. THE ENTHUSIASM THEY BRING IS ENERGIZING. CONGRESSMAN TIM SCOTT, JEFF DUNCAN, TREY GOWDY AND MICHAEL MULVANEY WILL WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL AND ACCOUNTABLE DELEGATION FOR THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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  • 10:04:20 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT RISE?

  • 10:04:23 AM

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    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

  • 10:04:26 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:04:29 AM

    MR. HIMES

    READ THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, WHICH IS A GOOD THING. I CAN AND DO…

    READ THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, WHICH IS A GOOD THING. I CAN AND DO READ IT FOR MYSELF AND I DID IT THIS MORNING AND I CAME ACROSS, PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE. NEXT WEEK THE REPUBLICAN WILL REPEAL THE HEALTH CARE REFORM, TO TELL SENIORS, GO BACK TO A WORLD WHERE YOU CAN CHOOSE BETWEEN YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS AND YOUR FOOD. GO BACK TO OUR CHILDREN, GO BACK TO A WORLD WHERE AN INSURANCE COMPANY CAN DENY YOU COVERAGE BECAUSE YOU HAD THE MISFORTUNE TO BE BORN WITH A DISEASE. THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE DOING NEXT WEEK. LISTEN HARD. LISTEN HARD TODAY TO THOSE WORDS, PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:05:13 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

  • 10:05:16 AM

    MR. POE

    I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:05:19 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:05:21 AM

    MR. POE

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS NEW CONGRESS MUST BE COMMITTED TO LISTENING TO THE WILL…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS NEW CONGRESS MUST BE COMMITTED TO LISTENING TO THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE AND FOLLOWING THE CONSTITUTION. IMMEDIATELY WE MUST RIGHT A WRONG THAT HAS BEEN FORCIBLY PLACED LIKE CHAINS ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE UNHEALTHY NATIONAL HEALTH CARE BILL BRUISES THE DOCTRINE OF THE CONSTITUTION. THE PEOPLE DON'T WANT THE GOVERNMENT STEALING THEIR INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY TO MAKE HEALTH DECISIONS. CONGRESS MUST REPEAL THIS TOTALITARIAN ACT. IN A FEW MOMENTS CONGRESS THIS DAY ON THIS NEW DAY WILL READ THE CONSTITUTION ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE SACRED RULE OF LAW FOR THIS NATION. NOWHERE IN THIS DOCUMENT OF WISDOM DOES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO FORCE ANY AMERICAN TO BUY ANY PRODUCT OR FACE CRIMINAL PENALTIES. WHETHER IT'S A CAR, HEALTH INSURANCE OR A BOX OF DOUGHNUTS. THE NATIONALIZED HEALTH CARE BILL IS AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL OPPRESSION OF THE AMERICAN CITIZEN. WE WILL REPEAL THIS INJUSTICE AND ON THIS NEW DAY WE STEWARDS OF THE CONSTITUTION MUST RIGHT THIS WRONG, THIS ILLEGAL LAW THAT HAS BEEN COERCED UPON THE PEOPLE WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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  • 10:06:30 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

  • 10:06:36 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:06:38 AM

    MR. SIRES

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONDEMN THE HEINOUS ATTACK THAT TOOK PLACE ON…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONDEMN THE HEINOUS ATTACK THAT TOOK PLACE ON NEW YEAR'S DAY IN ALEXANDER, EGYPT. THE SUICIDE BOMBING THAT TOOK 20 MINUTES -- THAT TOOK PLACE 20 MINUTES INTO 2011 TOOK THE LIVES OF 23 CHRISTIANS AND WOUNDED MORE THAN 90 OTHERS. ALTHOUGH NO ONE HAS CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACT, THE EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT HAS LINKED THE AL QAEDA ORGANIZATION TO THIS BRUTAL ACT. WHOEVER THE PERPETRATORS MAY BE, THEY EPITOMIZE THE DEFINITION OF EVIL AND THE STRUGGLE AGAINST TERRORISM. SECURITY MUST REMAIN A PRIORITY IN EGYPT AND ALL FREEDOM NATIONS. THIS EVENT THAT ILLUMINATES THE UNPRECEDENTED PREJUDICE FACING THE INTERRELIGIOUS STRUGGLE AND THE VIOLENCE THAT'S PLAGUING EGYPT. THIS ACT IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE ESCALATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST EGYPT CATHOLIC CHRISTIANS WHO MAKE UP ABOUT 10% OF THE POPULATION. I OFFER MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILIES WHO PERISHED. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:07:45 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

  • 10:07:48 AM

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

  • 10:07:51 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:07:55 AM

    MR. MURPHY

    WELL, HERE WE GO AGAIN, GASOLINE, $3, $4 A GALLON. WE TOTAL 420 BILLION…

    WELL, HERE WE GO AGAIN, GASOLINE, $3, $4 A GALLON. WE TOTAL 420 BILLION BARRELS OF OIL. ENOUGH OIL TO REPLACE IMPORTS FROM SAUDI ARABIA AND VENEZUELA FOR THE NEXT 80 YEARS. BUT THE ADMINISTRATION'S MORATORIUM SAYS NO TO AMERICAN OIL AND YES TO OPEC. WE DON'T HAVE TO BORROW $900 BILLION FROM CHINA, RUN A MASSIVE TRADE DEFICIT OR RAISE TAXES. THE REVENUES AND LEASES FROM OFFSHORE EXPLORATION CAN BRING UP TO $3.7 TRILLION IN FEDERAL REVENUE, SLASH OUR DEFICITS, CLEAN UP OUR AIR AND WATER, INCREASE RENEWABLES AND REBUILD OUR CRUMBLING HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES ALL WHILE CREATING MILLIONS OF JOBS AND TRILLIONS IN ECONOMIC OUTPUT. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME AS I REINTRODUCE THE CLEAN ENERGY INDEPENDENCE ACT SO WE CAN WORK ON SECURING AMERICAN JOBS USING AMERICAN RESOURCES. STOP TALKING, START BUILDING. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:08:58 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

  • 10:09:03 AM

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    FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

  • 10:09:05 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:09:14 AM

    MRS. CAPPS

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

  • 10:10:27 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

  • 10:10:30 AM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:10:34 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:10:37 AM

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    IS MY FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE, THIS IS NOT THE LAST. THE…

    IS MY FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE, THIS IS NOT THE LAST. THE PEOPLE OF OHIO SENT ME HERE TO BE THEIR VOICE AND ON THEIR BEHALF I WILL SPEAK OUT LOUD AND CLEAR ON ISSUES THAT WILL MATTER TO THE PEOPLE OF MY WORKING DISTRICT. PEOPLE SENT ME HERE FOR ONE PRIMARY REASON. THEY THING CONGRESS HAS LOST ITS WAY AND MY CONSTITUENTS GAVE ME A MAP HE HAD WANT US TO USE TO GET BACK ON A RIGHT MAP. IT'S A MAP.

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  • 10:11:05 AM

    MR. JOHNSON

    WANTS US TO BE TRUE FOR OUR FOUNDING PRINCIPLES. MOST OF ALL, THIS ROAD…

    WANTS US TO BE TRUE FOR OUR FOUNDING PRINCIPLES. MOST OF ALL, THIS ROAD MAP WAS MADE IN AMERICA AND PAID FOR UPFRONT. THAT'S HOW OUR SPENDING MUST BE. WE OWE IT TO THE TAXPAYERS TO DISCLOSE WHAT OUR VOTES WILL COST AND BE CLEAR ABOUT HOW THEY'RE PAID FOR. AND FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, THE MAP MY CITIZENS GAVE ME LEADS IN ONE VERY CLEAR DIRECTION, TOWARD ECONOMIC RECOVERY FOR EVERY AMERICAN. THAT'S THE WAY I'M HEADED AND I WILL COST MY VOTE HERE WITH THAT IN MIND. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:11:35 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

  • 10:11:38 AM

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

  • 10:11:41 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:11:43 AM

    MR. BACA

    ALL THROUGHOUT CONGRESS, THE REPUBLICANS CONWANTLY ASK, WHERE ARE THE…

    ALL THROUGHOUT CONGRESS, THE REPUBLICANS CONWANTLY ASK, WHERE ARE THE JOBS, THEY ASKED THIS LAST YEAR, YET IN THEIR FIRST MAJOR ACTION THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE SHOWING THEIR TRUE COLORS, PLAYING POLITICS AT THE EXPENSE OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS. UNDER THE REPUBLICAN PLAN TO REPEAL THE HEALTH REFORM, SMALL BUSINESSES WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RECEIVE $40 BILLION IN TAX CREDITS THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO COVER EMPLOYEES. INSURANCE PREMIUMS WILL CONTINUE TO RISE FORCING BUSINESSES TO CUT BENEFITS AND LAY OFF EMPLOYEES. AND THEY WILL ADD TO THE DEFICIT EXPLODING TO $1 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS, CREATING MORE UNCERTAINTY IN OUR ECONOMY. INSTEAD OF SERVING HARDWORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES, REPUBLICANS WOULD RATHER HAVE AMERICAN SMALL BUSINESSES SERVE GREEDY HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES. REPUBLICANS ARE PROVING YET AGAIN THAT THEY ARE INDEED THE PARTY OF NO, NO RELIEF, NO HEALTH CARE, NO JOBS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND WITH THE AMERICAN SMALL BUSINESSES AND WORKERS AND RESIST ANY ATTEMPT TO REPEAL HEALTH REFORM. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:12:44 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RISE?

  • 10:12:50 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:12:53 AM

    MR. FRANKS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IN A FEW MOMENT THE UNITED STATES…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IN A FEW MOMENT THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION WILL BE READ FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME IN THIS CHAMBER, AND I FOR ONE, MR. SPEAKER, AM GLAD TO SEE THIS WELCOMED DAY COME. I KNOW THERE ARE THOSE THAT WILL KISS MISS IT AS SYMBOLIC. I REMEMBER THE WORDS OF DANIEL WEBSTER WHEN HE SAID, HOLD ON, MY FRIENDS, TO THE CONSTITUTION, AND FOR THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, FOR MIRACLES DO NOT CLUSTER. AND WHAT HAS HAPPENS IN 1/6 OF 1,000 YEARS MAY NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. FOR WILL THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION WILL FALL, THERE WILL BE ANARCHY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. I HOPE WE HOLD MR. WEBSTER'S WORDS IN OUR HEARTS. THANK YOU.

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  • 10:13:38 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT RISE?

  • 10:13:43 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:13:46 AM

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    MR. SPEAKER, DESPITE REPEATED WARNING YESTERDAY FROM GROUPS AS DIVERSE AS…

    MR. SPEAKER, DESPITE REPEATED WARNING YESTERDAY FROM GROUPS AS DIVERSE AS THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE LABORERS, THE AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATION, EVEN THE MOTORCYCLE RIDERS OF AMERICA, THE REPUBLICANS ADOPTED A NEW RULE THAT WILL ALLOW US TO TAMPER WITH THE TRANSPORTATION TRUST FUND. AND DESPITE THE PROTEST THAT IT WASN'T DOING IT, U.B.S., PAYNE-WEBBER, PUT OUT A STOCK ADVISORY SAYING THAT CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES WILL BE DOWNGRADED BECAUSE OF THE DAMAGE THAT CONGRESS DID YESTERDAY. MR. SPEAKER, THE TRANSPORTATION AND CONSTRUCTION SECTOR OF OUR COUNTRY IS IN A DEPRESSION. 25% UNEMPLOYMENT. THE LAST THING THIS COUNTRY NEEDS IS TO TAMPER WITH THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND. AND YESTERDAY THAT'S WHAT THE NEW MAJORITY DID. THE DEMOCRATS WILL FIGHT TO RESTORE THE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORIZATION FUND, MAKE SURE THAT AMERICA HAS THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM THAT IT NEEDS AND GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK IN THE HARDEST HIT SECTOR IN THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:14:41 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE?

  • 10:14:45 AM

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

  • 10:14:48 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:14:50 AM

    MRS. MILLER

    MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY WE BEGAN A VERY IMPORTANT NEW CHAPTER IN THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY WE BEGAN A VERY IMPORTANT NEW CHAPTER IN THE HISTORY OF THIS GREAT NATION AS WE BEGAN THE 112TH CONGRESS. AND I WAS SO PROUD TO JOIN SO MANY OF OUR NEW MEMBERS IN TAKING THE OATH OF OFFICE AND THE ENTHUSIASM AND THE COMMITMENT THAT WAS SHOWN BY OUR NEW COLLEAGUES AS WELL AS THOSE OF US WHO WERE HONORED ENOUGH TO BE RE-ELECTED TO TAKE ON THE GREAT CHALLENGES FACING OUR NATION, I THINK WILL BE REMEMBERED AS A HISTORIC PIVOT FOR OUR COUNTRY. THE CONSTITUTION, WHICH WE WILL SOON READ HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE, STATES THAT ONE OF THE PRIMARY PURPOSES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS TO PRESERVE THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY FOR OURSELF AND OUR PROSPERITY. AND FOR FAR TOO LONG, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN MORTGAGING THOSE BLESSINGS OF OUR PROSPERITY BY BEARING THEM UNDER A MOUNTAIN -- BURYING THEM UNDER A MOUNTAIN OF DEBT AND THAT MUST END. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY, MR. SPEAKER, TO MAKE THE TOUGH DECISION TO CUT SPENDING, TO ELIMINATE THE FEDERAL DEFICIT AND TO BEGIN TO PAY DOWN THE IMMENSE DEBT THAT THREATENS THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN. OUR WORK WILL BE DIFFICULT BUT IT MUST BE DONE. LET US ALL FACE UP TO THESE CHALLENGES AND GET TO WORK. I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 10:15:59 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

  • 10:16:04 AM

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    YESTERDAY A NEW CONGRESS WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE AND JUST LIKE THE ONE…

    YESTERDAY A NEW CONGRESS WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE AND JUST LIKE THE ONE BEFORE IT A TOP PRIORITY IS TO GET OUR ECONOMY MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

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  • 10:16:12 AM

    MR. WALZ

    DISAPPOINTED THAT THE NEW MAJORITY OF THE REPUBLICANS HAS DECIDED TO TAKE…

    DISAPPOINTED THAT THE NEW MAJORITY OF THE REPUBLICANS HAS DECIDED TO TAKE THE OPPOSITE APPROACH. SCROBALINGTING DEBT, MAKING SURE WE KILL JOBS. SENIORS IN MY DISTRICT HAVE BETTER MEDICAL CARE. AMERICANS HAVE WORKED LONG THROUGH THEIR LIVES HAVE EARNED THAT PEACE OF MIND. YOUNG PEOPLE ARE BEING PUT BACK ON THEIR PARENTS' INSURANCE AFTER BEING DENIED FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. REPEALING THE HEALTH CARE BILL WILL TAKE THOSE BENEFITS AWAY, KILL JOBS, SKYROCKET THE DEBT, AND ENSURE THAT INSURANCE COPS C.E.O.'S MAKE HEALTH INSURANCE DECISIONS FOR YOU NOT YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR. MANY OF YOU MAY I REPRESENT THE MAYO CLINIC IN MY DISTRICT. THEY PROVIDE THE HIGHEST QUALITY, PATIENT CENTERED, AND AFFORDABLE CARE THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN. I WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE YOU WITH A SHORT QUOTE THEY PUT OUT. REFORMING HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA IS ESSENTIAL. THE STATUS QUO IS NOT SUSTAINABLE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:17:06 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA RISE?

  • 10:17:09 AM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:17:16 AM

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    SPEAKER, YESTERDAY AFTERNOON A SUSPENDED STUDENT AT MILLARD SOUTH HIGH…

    SPEAKER, YESTERDAY AFTERNOON A SUSPENDED STUDENT AT MILLARD SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL IN SUBURBAN OMAHA OPENED FIRE. ASSISTANT PRINCIPLE PAL, WAS KILLED, AND PRINCIPAL CURTIS CASE REMAINS IN SERIOUS CONDITION AFTER FLEEING THE SCHOOL THE STUDENT KILLED HIMSELF.

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  • 10:17:36 AM

    MR. FORTENBERRY

    MORNING NEBRASKA HAS BEEN BLANKETED BY A PROFOUND WAVE OF SHOCK AND…

    MORNING NEBRASKA HAS BEEN BLANKETED BY A PROFOUND WAVE OF SHOCK AND SORROW. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE VICTIMS AND FAMILIES AND THE SCHOOL CHILDREN WHOSE FIRST DAY BACK AT SCHOOL WAS SHATTERED BY THIS NIGHTMARISH ACT. TODAY SCHOOL IS CLOSED AS COUNSELORS BEGIN TO HELP THE COMMUNITY TO TRY AND COPE AND MAKE SENSE OUT OF WHAT CAN BE CONSIDERED A SENSELESS ACT OF VIOLENCE. I ASK FOR THIS BODY'S THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS, MR. SPEAKER, TO BE WITH THOSE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS, THEIR FAMILIES, AND ALL MEMBERS OF THE MILLARD SOUTH COMMUNITY IN THE AFTERMATH OF THIS HORRIFIC TRAGEDY.

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  • 10:18:12 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS RISE?

  • 10:18:16 AM

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:18:18 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:18:21 AM

    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY ON BEHALF OF MY CONSTITUENTS, DAVID REGULARRER,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY ON BEHALF OF MY CONSTITUENTS, DAVID REGULARRER, 33 YEARS OLD, WHO NOW HAS COVERAGE UNDER ILLINOIS' PRE-EXISTING CONDITION PLAN THANKS TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. DAVID HAS DIABETES AND BECAUSE OF HIS PRE-EXISTING CONDITION HE COULDN'T GET INSURANCE FOR OVER TWO YEARS AFTER LOSING HIS JOB. DAVID IS ABSOLUTELY ELATED THAT HE NO LONGER HAS TO WAIT FOR HOURS IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM TO GET LIFESAVING INSULIN. WITHOUT COVERAGE THE E.R. WAS HIS OWN OPTION. INSTEAD, HE NOW HAS -- ONLY OPTION. INSTEAD HE HAS REGULAR VISITS WITH THE DOCTOR THAT COULD AVOID THE MEDICAL CRISES THAT HAS BECOME A FREQUENT NIGHTMARE. WHAT HAPPENS TO DAVID UNDER THE REPEAL OF THE BILL? HE LIKE SO MANY OTHERS WOULD LOSE COVERAGE AND ONCE AGAIN BE AT THE MERCY OF INSURANCE COMPANIES. WE CANNOT GO BACK. WE MUST REJECT THE REPUBLICAN CALL FOR REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:19:16 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA RISE?

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  • 10:19:26 AM

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    HOUSE. REVISE AND EXTEND.

  • 10:19:28 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR.

  • 10:19:36 AM

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    WHO WAS SUSPENDED RETURNED WITH A GUN, WALKED INTO THE ASSISTANT…

    WHO WAS SUSPENDED RETURNED WITH A GUN, WALKED INTO THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE, SHOT HER,, MS. CASPER. SHE LATER DIED.

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  • 10:20:03 AM

    MR. TERRY

    SORROW THIS INCIDENT, ULTIMATE PARENTS' NIGHTMARE. MY KIDS ATTEND THAT…

    SORROW THIS INCIDENT, ULTIMATE PARENTS' NIGHTMARE. MY KIDS ATTEND THAT SCHOOL DISTRICT. SO WE ARE GETTING THE CALL OF LOCKDOWN AND -- I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYTHING MORE DISTURBING TO A PARENT ANYWHERE THAN WHEN THE VAIL OF SAFETY OF THE SCHOOL HAS BEEN PIERCED BY SUCH VIOLENCE. THE PRINCIPAL THAT WAS ALSO SHOT IS GOING TO SURVIVE. HE'S ALSO A NEIGHBOR OF OURS. SO I'M GLAD THAT HE'LL BE FINE. I ASK THIS FLOOR AND OUR COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO JOIN THE OMAHA COMMUNITY IN EXPRESSING THE DEPTH OF OUR SORROWS AND ASK FOR YOUR PRAYERS FOR NOT ONLY THE STUDENTS OF THAT SCHOOL BUT ALL OF THE TEACHERS AND THE FAMILY OF THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL WHO DIED AND THE PRINCIPAL WHO IS FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE RIGHT NOW. APPRECIATE EVERYONE'S CONCERN. YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:21:10 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RISE?

  • 10:21:15 AM

    MR. MORAN

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

  • 10:21:19 AM

    MR. MORAN

    MR. SPEAKER, THE HORRIBLE TRAGEDIES LIKE THIS REMIND US THAT THERE ARE…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE HORRIBLE TRAGEDIES LIKE THIS REMIND US THAT THERE ARE SIMPLY TOO MANY GUNS, TOO READILY AVAILABLE, TO TOO MANY CHILDREN. IT'S GOT TO STOP. MR. SPEAKER, RONALD REAGAN RAN FOR PRESIDENT, HE SAID THAT ANY PRESIDENT WHO DOES NOT SUBMIT A BALANCED BUDGET SHOULD BE IMPEACHED. HE NEVER DID BALANCE A BUDGET. IN FACT THE ONLY TIMES THAT OUR BUDGET HAS BEEN BALANCED WAS DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. AS A RESULT OF WHAT'S CALLED PAY-GO. YOU DON'T INCREASE SPENDING WITHOUT INCREASING AN AMOUNT OF REVENUE. IN FACT, YOU DON'T CUT TAXES WITHOUT IMMEDIATELY CUTTING THE SAME AMOUNT OF SPENDING. THAT WORKED. WE HAD THREE SUCCESSIVE YEARS OF BUDGET SURPLUSES, PASSED ON A $5.6 TRILLION PROJECTED SURPLUS TO THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. BUT AS SOON AS THE NEW REPUBLICAN CONGRESS CAME IN AT THE BEGINNING OF THE 21ST CENTURY, THEY ELIMINATED PAY-GO. AND AS A RESULT WE HAD A $9 TRILLION FISCAL REVERSAL. WHEN THE DEMOCRATS CAME BACK IN WE REINIT STATED IT, BUT YESTERDAY WE EXEMPTED $5 TRILLION FROM PAY-GO. $4 TRILLION OF UNPAID FOR BUDGET TAX CUTS --

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  • 10:22:36 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 10:22:40 AM

    MR. MORAN

    OF SAVINGS WE COULD HAVE GOTTEN FROM HEALTH CARE REFORM. THANK YOU, MR.…

    OF SAVINGS WE COULD HAVE GOTTEN FROM HEALTH CARE REFORM. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S THE HEIGHT OF HYPOCRISY.

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  • 10:22:46 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RISE?

  • 10:22:49 AM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. POLIS

    I FIRST WANT TO EXTEND THE SYMPATHIES OF COLORADO AND THE REPRESENTATIVES…

    I FIRST WANT TO EXTEND THE SYMPATHIES OF COLORADO AND THE REPRESENTATIVES TO OUR FRIENDS FROM NEBRASKA. WE SUFFERED THE COLUMBINE TRAGEDY A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO. WE DEFINITELY UNDERSTAND HOW PAINFUL SOMETHING LIKE THIS IS. THE PURPOSE FOR ME TO RISE TODAY IS TO TALK ABOUT WHAT'S BEEN GIVEN TO THIS COUNTRY IN THE FORM OF THE CONSTITUTION AND PARTICULARLY THE 14TH AMENDMENT, I WOULD SAY TO MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS, NOR SHALL ANY STATE DERIVE ANY PERSON OF LIFE, LIBERTY, OR PROPERTY WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OF LAW, NOR DENY TO ANY PERSON WITHIN ITS JURISDICTION THE EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAWS. UNTIL WE PASS THAT AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT, PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WERE BEING DENIED EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAWS. WE PASSED THAT. THEY NOW HAVE FREEDOM FROM DISCRIMINATION. BUT MY FRIENDS ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE WANT TO TAKE AWAY THAT FREEDOM. THAT'S WRONG. AND THAT'S WRONG FOR PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT, FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY BECAUSE THEIR KIDS AND THEY AND THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR FRIENDS HAVE DIFFERENT PHYSICAL CONDITIONS THAT REQUIRE ATTENTION AND MUST BE COVERED AND NOT DISCRIMINATED AGAINST. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 10:24:08 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RISE?

  • 10:24:12 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN A FEW MINUTES WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THE READING OF THE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN A FEW MINUTES WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THE READING OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. MR.

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  • 10:24:22 AM

    MR. COHEN

    THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. FOR ANYBODY WHO KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT CONSTITUTION LAW…

    THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. FOR ANYBODY WHO KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT CONSTITUTION LAW KNOWS IT'S UP TO NINE MEN AND WOMEN WHAT THE CONSTITUTION SAYS. WHEN THE CONSTITUTION WAS ORIGINALLY DRAFTED I LOVE IT AND DEFEND IT, IT DIDN'T GIVE WOMEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE AND SLAVERY WAS ADMISSIBLE. AND IN BROWN VS. ORDER OF EDUCATION, THEY SAID SEPARATE WAS EQUAL AND WE KNEW IT WASN'T. AND AFRICAN-AMERICANS WERE HELD BACK WITH JIM CROW LAWS. BUT FIVE PEOPLE, NOT THE WHOLE NINE, FIVE CAN MAKE DECISIONS THAT CHANGE THE WAY THE SUPREME COURT IS INTERPRETED. BUSH V. GORE AN ABOMINATION OF A CASE THAT DETERMINED THE PRESIDENCY FOR EIGHT YEARS AND TOOK AWAY STATES' RIGHTS. AND THE CITIZENS UNITED CASE THAT FUNDED THE OPPOSITION THAT TURNED INTO THE MAJORITY THAT THE REPUBLICANS NOW HAVE MAKING CORPORATIONS EQUAL TO PEOPLE AND PUTTING MONEY INTO POLITICS, POISONED THE POLITICAL SYSTEM. THE SUPREME COURT SHOULD BE WHO READS THE CONSTITUTION. THEY NEED A LESSON. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 10:25:24 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CHAIR WOULD REMIND ALL PERSONS IN THE GALLERY THAT THEY ARE HERE AS GUESTS…

    CHAIR WOULD REMIND ALL PERSONS IN THE GALLERY THAT THEY ARE HERE AS GUESTS OF THE HOUSE AND THAT ANY MANIFESTATION OF APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL OF PROCEEDINGS IS A VIOLATION OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 10:25:40 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    UNDER CLAUSE 7-B OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR CONFERS RECOGNITION FOR THAT…

    UNDER CLAUSE 7-B OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR CONFERS RECOGNITION FOR THAT PURPOSE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE CALL OF THE HOUSE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR PRESENCE BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. MEMBERS WILL HAVE 15 MINUTES TO RECORD THEIR PRESENCE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.] GOODLATTE, FOR THE READING OF THE CONSTITUTION. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE SEATS. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE SEATS. CLEAR THE AISLES. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS IN THE REAR OF THE CHAMBER PLEASE TAKE SEATS. THE CHAIR WOULD REMIND ALL MEMBERS THAT THEY SHOULD NOT TRAFFIC THE WELL WHILE MEMBERS ARE UNDER RECOGNITION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE READING OF THE CONSTITUTION. THE GENTLEMAN MAY INQUIRE.

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  • 10:55:53 AM

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    YOU. MR. SPEAKER, APPRECIATE THE LEADERSHIP SHOWN TO BRING THIS DOCUMENT…

    YOU. MR. SPEAKER, APPRECIATE THE LEADERSHIP SHOWN TO BRING THIS DOCUMENT FOR READING TODAY, BUT I DO WANT TO INQUIRE OF THE CHAIR AND PERHAPS THE GENTLEMAN WHO IS THE AUTHOR OF THIS EFFORT TODAY, MR. GOODLATTE, THE LANGUAGE AS I UNDERSTAND IT THAT WE WILL BE READING TODAY DOES NOT INCLUDE SOME OF THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.

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  • 10:56:17 AM

    MR. INSLEE

    MULTIPLE OCCASIONS AMENDMENTS HAVE PURPORTED TO CHANGE SOME OF THE INTENT…

    MULTIPLE OCCASIONS AMENDMENTS HAVE PURPORTED TO CHANGE SOME OF THE INTENT OF THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT.

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  • 10:56:24 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A PARLIAMENTARYRY INQUIRY?

  • 10:56:27 AM

    MR. INSLEE

    I DO. WILL WE BE READING THE ENTIRE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT WITHOUT DELETION, OR…

    I DO. WILL WE BE READING THE ENTIRE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT WITHOUT DELETION, OR WILL WE BE READING A DOCUMENT WITH DELETIONS THAT MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BEEN ACCOMPLISHED BY RESPECTIVE AMENDMENTS?

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  • 10:56:43 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO SECTION 5-A OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 5, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

    PURSUANT TO SECTION 5-A OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 5, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA TO READ THE CONSTITUTION. OF THE UNITED STATES.

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  • 10:56:57 AM

    MR. INSLEE

    THE GENTLEMAN, IF I MAY INQUIRE, BEFORE WE START THIS PROCESS, OF THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN, IF I MAY INQUIRE, BEFORE WE START THIS PROCESS, OF THE GENTLEMAN, IF HE WOULD EXPLAIN TO US SO THAT WE WILL ALL BE ON THE SAME PAGE --

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  • 10:57:06 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS NOT RECOGNIZED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

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    MR. INSLEE

    ASK GENTLEMAN -- UNANIMOUS CONSENT IF I MAY ASK THE GENTLEMAN THE…

    ASK GENTLEMAN -- UNANIMOUS CONSENT IF I MAY ASK THE GENTLEMAN THE QUESTION. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ASK THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD.

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  • 10:57:18 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS NOT RECOGNIZED FOR DEBATE. THIS IS NOT A…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS NOT RECOGNIZED FOR DEBATE. THIS IS NOT A DEBATE.

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  • 10:57:32 AM

    MR. INSLEE

    MR. GOODLATTE IS RECOGNIZE THE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE READING OF THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE READING OF THE CONSTITUTION, NOT DEBATE.

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  • 10:57:39 AM

    MR. I.N.S. LN

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ASK MR. GOODLATTE TO YIELD FOR JUST A QUESTION SO…

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ASK MR. GOODLATTE TO YIELD FOR JUST A QUESTION SO WE ALL UNDERSTAND THE READING.

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  • 10:57:46 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAVE A PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY?

  • 10:57:50 AM

    MR. I.N.S. LN

    ASK THE GENTLEMAN --

  • 10:57:55 AM

    MR. INSLEE

    THE GENTLEMAN TO YIELD TO ASK A QUESTION ABOUT THIS LANGUAGE WE WILL ALL…

    THE GENTLEMAN TO YIELD TO ASK A QUESTION ABOUT THIS LANGUAGE WE WILL ALL BE READING IN GOOD FAITH AND SPIRIT TODAY?

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  • 10:58:02 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THAT IS NOT IN ORDER AT THIS POINT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

  • 10:58:05 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, AS A PART OF THE OPENING REMARKS I WILL EXPLAIN AND I HOPE…

    MR. SPEAKER, AS A PART OF THE OPENING REMARKS I WILL EXPLAIN AND I HOPE ANSWER THE QUESTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON. THIS MORNING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WE ARE READ ALLOWED THE FULL TEXT OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. WE HOPE THIS WILL INSPIRE MANY MORE AMERICANS TO READ THE CONSTITUTION. THE TEXT WE ARE READING TODAY REFLECTS THE CHANGES TO THE DOCUMENT MADE BY THE 27 AMENDMENTS TO IT. THOSE PORTIONS SUPERSEDED BY AMENDMENT WILL NOT BE READ. IN ORDER TO ENSURE FAIRNESS FOR ALL THOSE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING, WE HAVE ASKED MEMBERS TO LINE UP ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. I WILL RECOGNIZE MEMBERS BASED ON THIS GUIDANCE IN ORDER TO ASSURE RELATIVE PARITY AND FAIRNESS, I MAY RECOGNIZE MEMBERS OUT OF ORDER TO ENSURE BIPARTISANSHIP AND BALANCE. TWO MEMBERS, ONE FROM EACH PARTY, WILL BE RECOGNIZED OUT OF ORDER. EACH MEMBER WILL APPROACH THE PODIUM AND READ THE PASSAGE LAID OUT FOR HIM OR HER. THE SPEAKER AND TWO MEMBERS OF THE LEADERSHIP OF EACH PARTY, WILL BEGIN THE READING AND THEN I WILL RECOGNIZE MEMBERS IN ORDER. I THANK THE MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES IN ADVANCE FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THIS HISTORIC EVENT, AND I THANK --

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  • 10:59:19 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

  • 10:59:31 AM

    MR. HONDA

    MR. CHAIRMAN. POINT OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE. NOW THAT THE PROCESS HAS…

    MR. CHAIRMAN. POINT OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE. NOW THAT THE PROCESS HAS STARTED, WOULD THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON'S ORIGINAL QUESTION ABOUT PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE, WOULD HIS QUESTION BE IN ORDER AT THIS TIME?

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  • 10:59:49 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IN LIGHT OF THE GENTLEMAN'S MODICUM OF DEBATE, THAT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE.

  • 10:59:58 AM

    MR. INSLEE

    MAY MAKE A UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ASK MR. GOODLATTE A QUESTION SO THAT WE…

    MAY MAKE A UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ASK MR. GOODLATTE A QUESTION SO THAT WE ALL DO UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF THE LANGUAGE THAT WE WILL BE READING. I THINK IT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL TO US ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK MR. GOODLATTE IF HE COULD --

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  • 11:00:13 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA MAY YIELD FOR THAT PURPOSE.

  • 11:00:18 AM

    MR. INSLEE

    COULD YOU EXPLAIN TO US THE DECISIONMAKING PROCESS ABOUT WHICH LANGUAGE TO…

    COULD YOU EXPLAIN TO US THE DECISIONMAKING PROCESS ABOUT WHICH LANGUAGE TO READ TODAY? THE REASON I ASK IS THROUGHOUT AMERICAN HISTORY WE HAD A SERIES OF AMENDMENTS THAT WERE INTENDED TO CHANGE THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT. BUT THE AMENDMENTS DO NOT MAKE SPECIFIC DELETIONS TO SPECIFIC LANGUAGE IN THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT. AND IT'S BEEN UP TO US TO ASCERTAIN TO FIND OUT WHICH LANGUAGE IS OPERATIVE OR NOT. BUT THE LANGUAGE HAS NOT BEEN SPECIFICALLY DELETED BY THE AMENDMENT. SO IT COULD BE SUBJECT TO SOME INTERPRETATION OF WHICH LANGUAGE REALLY HAS BEEN REMOVED AND WHICH HAS NOT. AND SO I THINK IT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO THE MEMBERS IF YOU WOULD EXPLAIN TO US HOW THE DETERMINATIONS OF WHAT TO READ HAS BEEN MADE OR NOT MADE SO THAT WE ALL BE ON THE SAME PAGE AS TO CONGRESSIONAL INTENT.

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  • 11:01:11 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS QUESTION. WE HAVE CONSULTED WITH THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS QUESTION. WE HAVE CONSULTED WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS ACTUALLY MAINTAINS A COPY OF THE CONSTITUTION WHICH INCLUDES THOSE SECTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN SUPERSEDED BY AMENDMENTS, SO WE ARE NOT READING THOSE SECTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN SUPERSEDED BY AMENDMENT, AND WE HAVE ARRIVED AT THAT DETERMINATION BASED UPON OUR CONSULTATION WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE.

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  • 11:01:41 AM

    MR. INSLEE

    AND WOULD THE GENTLEMAN ACCEPT THE PREMISE THAT SINCE WE HAVE NOT BEEN…

    AND WOULD THE GENTLEMAN ACCEPT THE PREMISE THAT SINCE WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO REVIEW THE EXACT LANGUAGE WE WILL BE READING TODAY, THAT THIS IS NOT -- THIS IS NOT -- THANK YOU, GENTLEMAN, BUT, MR. GOODLATTE, I'LL WAIT FOR A MOMENT, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 11:01:59 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

  • 11:02:01 AM

    MR. INSLEE

    WE DO WANT TO HAVE A GOOD, BIPARTISAN SUCCESS FOR US TODAY. THIS IS A…

    WE DO WANT TO HAVE A GOOD, BIPARTISAN SUCCESS FOR US TODAY. THIS IS A SPECIAL MOMENT FOR US ALL. SO I GUESS THE QUESTION IS, I TAKE IT SINCE WE HAVE NOT HAD DISCUSSION ABOUT WHICH LANGUAGE TO READ OR NOT THAT THIS IS NOT INTENDED TO CREATE ANY STATEMENT OF CONGRESSIONAL INTENT ABOUT THE LANGUAGE BUT RATHER TO DO OUR BEST TO HAVE A MOMENT OF COMITY TO READ THE LANGUAGE AS BEST AS WE CAN, IS THAT CORRECT?

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  • 11:02:27 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I THAT I THE GENTLEMAN STATED THAT WELL.

  • 11:02:31 AM

    MR. INSLEE

    THANK YOU FOR BRINGING IT TO OUR ATTENTION TODAY.

  • 11:02:35 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RISE?

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  • 11:02:39 AM

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    LIKE TO ASK MR. GOODLATTE A PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY.

  • 11:02:43 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THE GENTLEMAN ASKING UNANIMOUS CONSENT?

  • 11:02:48 AM

    MR. JACKSON

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 11:02:51 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 11:02:55 AM

    MR. JACKSON

    EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY IS APPROACHING THE READING OF THIS CONSTITUTION…

    EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY IS APPROACHING THE READING OF THIS CONSTITUTION WITH THE MOST SACRED POSSIBLE SPIRIT IN WHAT IS CLEARLY AN UNPRECEDENTED MOMENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. AND I DON'T TAKE IT VERY LIGHTLY WHEN MY COLLEAGUE OR WHEN OTHERS BEFORE WE BEGIN THE READING OF OUR SACRED DOCUMENT ARE RAISING QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT WE WILL SPECIFICALLY BE READING, WHAT SPECIFICALLY WILL BE DACTED BASED UPON AMENDMENTS OR BASED UPON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF LIBRARIES OF CONGRESS, BUT I ALSO WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR, MR. SPEAKER, AND MR. GOODLATTE, I RECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS A REQUEST, THAT IN READING THOSE DEDACTED -- THIS IS VERY EMOTIONAL FOR ME. THIS IS VERY EMOTIONAL FOR MANY MEMBERS GIVEN THE STRUGGLE, AND I AM NOT TRYING TO TAKE A SHOT AT THE PROCESS. MR. GOODLATTE KNOWS ME AND HE KNOWS THE SPIRIT WHICH I AM APPROACHING THIS. GIVEN THE STRUGGLE OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, GIVEN THE STRUGGLE OF WOMEN, GIVEN THE STRUGGLE OF OTHERS TO CREATE A MORE PERFECT DOCUMENT WHILE NOT PERFECT A MORE PERFECT DOCUMENT TO HEAR THAT THOSE ELEMENTS OF THE CONSTITUTION THAT HAVE BEEN DEDAKOTAED BY AMENDMENT ARE NO LESS -- DEDACTED BY AMENDMENT ARE NO LESS SERIOUS TO IMPROVE THE COUNTRY AND TO MAKE THE COUNTRY BETTER AND OUR SENSE IN OUR STRUGGLE IN WHOM WE ARE AT THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES AT THIS POINT IN AMERICAN HISTORY AND OUR DESIRE TO CONTINUE TO IMPROVE THE CONSTITUTION, MANY OF US DON'T WANT THAT TO BE LOST UPON THE READING OF OUR SACRED -- OF OUR SACRED DOCUMENT. AND SO WITH THAT SAID, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING, AND I JUST WANTED TO INDICATE THAT THIS IS DONE WITH SINCERITY. IT IS NOT DONE TO TAKE A SHOT AT THE IDEA OF READING THE CONSTITUTION, BUT CERTAINLY WHEN WE WERE INFORMED, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT THE 3/5 CLAUSE WOULD NOT BE MENTIONED AND THAT OTHER ELEMENTS OF THE CONSTITUTION WHICH JUSTIFY WHY SOME OF US FIGHT FOR PROGRAMS IN THE CONGRESS WILL NOT BE WRITTEN IN THE DEDACTED VERSION, IT'S A CONSEQUENCE OF WHO WE ARE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 11:05:06 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENT AND I TAKE THEM VERY MUCH TO HEART…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENT AND I TAKE THEM VERY MUCH TO HEART AS OUR LEADERSHIP. IN RECOGNITION OF THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN, I MENTIONED IN MY COMMENT THAT ONLY TWO MEMBERS WOULD BE RECOGNIZED OUT OF ORDER TO READ SECTIONS. ONE IS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, WHO WILL READ THE FIRST ARTICLE OF SECTION 3 DEALING WITH THE JUDICIARY. THE OTHER IS THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LEWIS, WHO MANY REGARD AS THE FOREMOST ADVOCATE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS IN THE CONGRESS, HE WILL READ THE 13TH AMENDMENT. AND IN THAT REGARD, WE HOPE TO ADDRESS THE CONCERNS THAT YOU RAISE.

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  • 11:05:46 AM

    MR. GOHMERT

    GENTLEMAN TO YIELD FOR A MOMENT.

  • 11:05:52 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT?

  • 11:05:57 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 11:06:00 AM

    MR. GOHMERT

    OUT OF RESPECT FOR THIS DOCUMENT THAT WE REVERE, I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT…

    OUT OF RESPECT FOR THIS DOCUMENT THAT WE REVERE, I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE USE THE LANGUAGE OF THE CONSTITUTION ITSELF. THEY ARE NOT DELETIONS. THEY ARE AMENDMENTS. AND IN THAT RESPECT WE GO BY THE AMENDED DOCUMENT, NOT BY THE DELETED DOCUMENT. THERE ARE TOO MANY THAT HAVE FOUGHT AND DIED FOR THOSE AMENDMENTS TO CALL THEM DELETIONS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:06:25 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, IN ORDER TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION,…

    WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, IN ORDER TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION, ESTABLISH JUSTICE, INSURE DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY, PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE, PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE, AND SECURE THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY TO OURSELVES AND OUR POSTERITY, DO ORDAIN AND ESTABLISH THIS CONSTITUTION FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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  • 11:07:21 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE MINORITY LEADER, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. PELOSI. MS.

  • 11:07:30 AM

    MS. PELOSI

    1, SECTION 1, ALL LEGISLATIVE POWERS HEREIN GRANTED SHALL BE VESTED IN A…

    1, SECTION 1, ALL LEGISLATIVE POWERS HEREIN GRANTED SHALL BE VESTED IN A CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, WHICH SHALL CONSIST OF A SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 11:07:46 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    YIELD TO THE MAJORITY LEADER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CANTOR. MR.

  • 11:07:53 AM

    MR. CANTOR

    ARTICLE 1, SECTION 2. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SHALL BE COMPOSED OF…

    ARTICLE 1, SECTION 2. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SHALL BE COMPOSED OF MEMBERS CHOSEN EVERY SECOND YEAR BY THE PEOPLE OF THE SEVERAL STATES, AND THE ELECTORS IN EACH STATE SHALL HAVE THE QUALIFICATIONS REQUISITE FOR ELECTORS OF THE MOST NUMEROUS BRANCH OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE. NO PERSON SHALL BE A REPRESENTATIVE WHO SHALL NOT HAVE ATTAINED TO THE AGE OF 25 YEARS AND BEEN SEVEN YEARS A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES, AND WHO SHALL NOT, WHEN ELECTED, BE AN INHABITANT OF THAT STATE IN WHICH HE SHALL BE CHOSEN. THE ACTUAL ENUMERATION SHALL BE MADE WITHIN THREE YEARS AFTER THE FIRST MEETING OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES AND WITHIN EVERY SUBSEQUENT TERM OF 10 YEARS IN SUCH MANNER AS THEY SHALL BY LAW DIRECT.

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  • 11:08:44 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE MINORITY WHIP, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER.

  • 11:08:50 AM

    MR. HOYER

    ARTICLE 1, CONTINUATION OF SECTION 2. THE NUMBER OF REPRESENTATIVES SHALL…

    ARTICLE 1, CONTINUATION OF SECTION 2. THE NUMBER OF REPRESENTATIVES SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE FOR EVERY 30,000, BUT EACH STATE SHALL HAVE AT LEAST ONE REPRESENTATIVE, AND UNTIL SUCH ENUMERATION SHALL BE MADE, THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE SHALL BE ENTITLED TO CHOOSE THREE, MASSACHUSETTS EIGHT, RHODE ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS ONE, CONNECTICUT FIVE, NEW YORK SIX, NEW JERSEY FOUR, PENNSYLVANIA EIGHT, DELAWARE ONE, MARYLAND SIX, VIRGINIA 10, NORTH CAROLINA FIVE, SOUTH CAROLINA FIVE, AND GEORGIA THREE. WHEN VACANCIES HAPPEN IN THE REPRESENTATION FROM ANY STATE, THE EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY THEREOF SHALL ISSUE WRITS OF ELECTION TO FILL SUCH VACANCIES. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SHALL CHOOSE THEIR SPEAKER AND OTHER OFFICERS, AND SHALL HAVE THE SOLE POWER OF IMPEACHMENT.

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  • 11:09:55 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE MAJORITY WHIP, MR. MCCARTHY.…

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE MAJORITY WHIP, MR. MCCARTHY. MR.

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  • 11:10:05 AM

    MR. MCCARTHY

    ARTICLE 1, SECTION 3. THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL BE COMPOSED OF…

    ARTICLE 1, SECTION 3. THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL BE COMPOSED OF TWO SENATORS FROM EACH STATE, CHOSEN BY THE LEGISLATURE THEREOF FOR SIX YEARS, AND EACH SENATOR SHALL HAVE ONE VOTE. IMMEDIATELY AFTER THEY SHALL BE ASSEMBLED IN CONSEQUENCE OF THE FIRST ELECTION, THEY SHALL BE DIVIDED AS EQUALLY AS MAY BE INTO THREE CLASSES.

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  • 11:10:29 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. ROTHMAN. I WOULD ASK…

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. ROTHMAN. I WOULD ASK MEMBERS TO READ THE PAGE RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM AND NOT CONTINUE.

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  • 11:10:41 AM

    MR. ROTHMAN

    OF THE SENATORS OF THE FIRST CLASS SHALL BE VACATED AT THE EXPIRATION OF…

    OF THE SENATORS OF THE FIRST CLASS SHALL BE VACATED AT THE EXPIRATION OF THE SECOND YEAR, OF THE SECOND CLASS AT THE EXPIRATION OF THE FOURTH YEAR, AND OF THE THIRD CLASS AT THE EXPIRATION OF THE SIXTH YEAR, SO THAT ONE THIRD MAY BE CHOSEN EVERY SECOND YEAR.

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  • 11:11:02 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CONAWAY.

  • 11:11:09 AM

    MR. CONAWAY

    OF THE UNITED STATES AND WHO SHALL NOT WHEN ELECTED BE AN INHABITANT OF…

    OF THE UNITED STATES AND WHO SHALL NOT WHEN ELECTED BE AN INHABITANT OF THAT STATE FOR WHICH HE SHALL BE CHOSEN.

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  • 11:11:28 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL BE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE,…

    THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL BE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, BUT SHALL HAVE NO VOTE, UNLESS THEY BE EQUALLY DIVIDED. THE SENATE SHALL CHOOSE THEIR OTHER OFFICERS, AND ALSO A PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE, IN THE ABSENCE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT, OR WHEN HE SHALL EXERCISE THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

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  • 11:12:02 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. WALBERG. MR.

  • 11:12:10 AM

    MR. WALBERG

    THE SENATE SHALL HAVE THE SOLE POWER TO TRY ALL IMPEACHMENTS. WHEN SITTING…

    THE SENATE SHALL HAVE THE SOLE POWER TO TRY ALL IMPEACHMENTS. WHEN SITTING FOR THAT PURPOSE, THEY SHALL BE ON OATH OR AFFIRMATION. WHEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRIED, THE CHIEF JUSTICE SHALL PRESIDE, AND NO PERSON SHALL BE CONVICTED WITHOUT THE CONCURRENCE OF TWO THIRDS OF THE MEMBERS PRESENT.

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  • 11:12:32 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. CRITZ. MR.

  • 11:12:47 AM

    MR. CRITZ

    IN CASES OF IMPEACHMENT SHALL NOT EXTEND FURTHER THAN TO REMOVAL FROM…

    IN CASES OF IMPEACHMENT SHALL NOT EXTEND FURTHER THAN TO REMOVAL FROM OFFICE, AND DISQUALIFICATION TO HOLD AND ENJOY ANY OFFICE OF HONOR, TRUST OR PROFIT UNDER THE UNITED STATES, BUT THE PARTY CONVICTED SHALL NEVERTHELESS BE LIABLE AND SUBJECT TO INDICTMENT, TRIAL, JUDGMENT, AND PUNISHMENT, ACCORDING TO LAW.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE.

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    MR. POE

    4. THE TIMES, PLACES, AND MANNER OF HOLDING ELECTIONS FOR SENATORS AND…

    4. THE TIMES, PLACES, AND MANNER OF HOLDING ELECTIONS FOR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES, SHALL BE PRESCRIBED IN EACH STATE BY THE LEGISLATURE THEREOF, BUT THE CONGRESS MAY AT ANY TIME BY LAW MAKE OR ALTER SUCH REGULATIONS, EXCEPT AS TO THE PLACES OF CHOOSING SENATORS.

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  • 11:13:39 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. WEINER. MR.

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    MR. WEINER

    5. EACH HOUSE SHALL BE THE JUDGE OF THE ELECTIONS, RETURNS, AND…

    5. EACH HOUSE SHALL BE THE JUDGE OF THE ELECTIONS, RETURNS, AND QUALIFICATIONS OF ITS OWN MEMBERS, AND A MAJORITY OF EACH SHALL CONSTITUTE A QUORUM TO DO BUSINESS, BUT A SMALLER NUMBER MAY ADJOURN FROM DAY TO DAY, AND MAY BE AUTHORIZED TO COMPEL THE ATTENDANCE OF ABSENT MEMBERS, IN SUCH MANNER, AND UNDER SUCH PENALTIES AS EACH HOUSE MAY PROVIDE.

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  • 11:14:11 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL. WAMACK, I APOLOGIZE.

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    MR. WOMACK

    DETERMINE THE RULES OF ITS PROCEEDINGS, PUNISH ITS MEMBERS FOR DISORDERLY…

    DETERMINE THE RULES OF ITS PROCEEDINGS, PUNISH ITS MEMBERS FOR DISORDERLY BEHAVIOR, AND, WITH THE CONCURRENCE OF TWO THIRDS, EXPEL A MEMBER.

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  • 11:14:34 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

  • 11:14:44 AM

    MS. EDWARDS

    SHALL KEEP A JOURNAL OF ITS PROCEEDINGS, AND FROM TIME TO TIME PUBLISH THE…

    SHALL KEEP A JOURNAL OF ITS PROCEEDINGS, AND FROM TIME TO TIME PUBLISH THE SAME, EXCEPTING SUCH PARTS AS MAY IN THEIR JUDGMENT REQUIRE SECRECY, AND THE YEAS AND NAYS OF THE MEMBERS OF EITHER HOUSE ON ANY QUESTION SHALL, AT THE DESIRE -- DISCRETION OF ONE FIFTH OF THOSE PRESENT, BE ENTERED ON THE JOURNAL.

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  • 11:15:09 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    NEITHER HOUSE, DURING THE SESSION OF CONGRESS, SHALL, WITHOUT THE CONSENT…

    NEITHER HOUSE, DURING THE SESSION OF CONGRESS, SHALL, WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE OTHER, ADJOURN FOR MORE THAN THREE DAYS, NOR TO ANY OTHER PLACE THAN THAT IN WHICH THE TWO HOUSES SHALL BE SITTING. .

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  • 11:15:36 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

  • 11:15:43 AM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    SECTION 6. THE SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES SHALL RECEIVE A COMPENSATION…

    SECTION 6. THE SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES SHALL RECEIVE A COMPENSATION FOR THEIR SERVICES, TO BE ASCERTAINED BY LAW, AND PAID OUT OF THE TREASURY OF THE UNITED STATES. THEY SHALL IN ALL CASES, EXCEPT TREASON, FELONY, AND BREACH OF THE PEACE, BE PRIVILEGED FROM ARREST DURING THEIR ATTENDANCE AT THE SESSION OF THEIR RESPECTIVE HOUSES, AND IN GOING TO AND RETURNING FROM THE SAME, AND FOR ANY SPEECH OR DEBATE IN EITHER HOUSE, THEY SHALL NOT BE QUESTIONED IN ANY OTHER PLACE. .

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  • 11:16:17 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    NO SENATOR OR REPRESENTATIVE SHALL, DURING THE TIME FOR WHICH HE WAS…

    NO SENATOR OR REPRESENTATIVE SHALL, DURING THE TIME FOR WHICH HE WAS ELECTED, BE APPOINTED TO ANY CIVIL OFFICE UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE UNITED STATES, WHICH SHALL HAVE BEEN CREATED, OR THE EMOLUMENTS WHEREOF SHALL HAVE BEEN INCREASED DURING SUCH TIME, AND NO PERSON HOLDING ANY OFFICE UNDER THE UNITED STATES, SHALL BE A MEMBER OF EITHER HOUSE DURING HIS CONTINUANCE IN OFFICE.

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  • 11:16:58 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCRELL.

  • 11:17:05 AM

    MR. PASCRELL

    SECTION 7, ALL BILLS FOR RAISING REVENUE SHALL ORIGINATE IN THE HOUSE OF…

    SECTION 7, ALL BILLS FOR RAISING REVENUE SHALL ORIGINATE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BUT THE SENATE MAY PROPOSE OR CONCUR WITH AMENDMENTS AS ON OTHER BILLS.

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  • 11:17:20 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. WILSON

    EVERY BILL WHICH SHALL HAVE PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE…

    EVERY BILL WHICH SHALL HAVE PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE, SHALL, BEFORE IT BECOME A LAW, BE PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IF HE APPROVE HE SHALL SIGN IT, BUT IF NOT HE SHALL RETURN IT, WITH HIS OBJECTIONS TO THAT HOUSE IN WHICH IT SHALL HAVE ORIGINATED, WHICH SHALL ENTER THE OBJECTIONS AT LARGE ON THEIR JOURNAL, AND PROCEED TO RECONSIDER IT.

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  • 11:18:07 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN.

  • 11:18:15 AM

    MR. GREEN

    EVERY BILL WHICH SHALL HAVE PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE…

    EVERY BILL WHICH SHALL HAVE PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE SHALL BE -- IF AFTER SUCH CONSIDERATION 2/3 OF THE HOUSE SHALL AGREE TO PASS THE BILL, IT SHALL BE SENT, TOGETHER WITH THE OBJECTIONS, TO THE OTHER HOUSE, BY WHICH IT SHALL LIKEWISE BE RECONSIDERED, AND IF APPROVED BY 2/3 OF THAT HOUSE, IT SHALL BECOME A LAW.

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  • 11:18:49 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA,…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. GOWDY.

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  • 11:19:00 AM

    MR. GOWDY

    CASES THE VOTES OF BOTH HOUSES SHALL BE DETERMINED BY YEAS AND NAYS, AND…

    CASES THE VOTES OF BOTH HOUSES SHALL BE DETERMINED BY YEAS AND NAYS, AND THE NAMES OF THE PERSONS VOTING FOR AND AGAINST THE BILL SHALL BE ENTERED ON THE JOURNAL OF EACH HOUSE RESPECTIVELY.

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  • 11:19:16 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. DAVIS.

  • 11:19:21 AM

    MRS. DAVIS

    BILL SHALL NOT BE RETURNED BY THE PRESIDENT WITHIN 10 DAYS, SUNS…

    BILL SHALL NOT BE RETURNED BY THE PRESIDENT WITHIN 10 DAYS, SUNS EXACCEPTED, AFTER IT SHALL HAVE BEEN PRESENTED TO HIM, THE SAME SHALL BE A LAW, IN LIKE MANNER AS IF HE HAD SIGNED IT, UNLESS THE CONGRESS BY THEIR ADJOURNMENT PREVENT ITS RETURN, IN WHICH CASE IT SHALL NOT BE A LAW.

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  • 11:19:47 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LOBIONDO. MR.

  • 11:19:56 AM

    MR. LOBIONDO

    ORDER, RESOLUTION, OR VOTE TO WHICH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE SENATE AND…

    ORDER, RESOLUTION, OR VOTE TO WHICH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MAY BE NECESSARY, EXCEPT ON A QUESTION OF ADJOURNMENT, SHALL BE PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND BEFORE THE SAME SHALL TAKE EFFECT, SHALL BE APPROVED BY HIM, OR BEING DISAPPROVED BY HIM, SHALL BE REPASSED BY 2/3 OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, ACCORDING TO THE RULES AND LIMITATIONS PRESCRIBED IN THE CASE OF A BILL.

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  • 11:20:26 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. LANGEVIN. MR.

  • 11:20:45 AM

    MR. LANGEVIN

    8, THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE POWER TO LAY AND COLLECT TAXES, DUTIES,…

    8, THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE POWER TO LAY AND COLLECT TAXES, DUTIES, IMPOSES, AND EXCISES, TO PAY THE DEBTS AND PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE AND GENERAL WELFARE OF THE UNITED STATES, BUT ALL DUTIES, IMPOSES, AND EXCISES SHALL BE UNIFORM THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES.

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  • 11:21:11 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE.

  • 11:21:22 AM

    MR. LANCE

    ON THE CREDIT OF THE UNITED STATES. , TO REGULATE COMMERCE WITH FOREIGN…

    ON THE CREDIT OF THE UNITED STATES. , TO REGULATE COMMERCE WITH FOREIGN NATIONS, AND AMONG THE SEVERAL STATES, AND WITH THE INDIAN TRIBES, TO ESTABLISH A UNIFORM RULE OF NATURALIZATION, AND UNIFORM LAWS ON THE SUBJECT OF BANKRUPTCIES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES.

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  • 11:21:45 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. KILDEE.

  • 11:21:58 AM

    MR. KILDEE

    THERE, AND OF FOREIGN COIN, AND FIX THE STANDARD OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES,…

    THERE, AND OF FOREIGN COIN, AND FIX THE STANDARD OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES, TO PROVIDE FOR THE PUNISHMENT OF COUNTERFEITING, THE SECURITIES AND CURRENT COIN OF THE UNITED STATES, TO ESTABLISH POST OFFICES AND POST ROADS.

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  • 11:22:21 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING.

  • 11:22:33 AM

    MR. HENSARLING

    THE PROGRESS OF SCIENCE AND USEFUL ARTS, BY SECURING FOR LIMITED TIMES TO…

    THE PROGRESS OF SCIENCE AND USEFUL ARTS, BY SECURING FOR LIMITED TIMES TO AUTHORS AND INVENTORS THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO THEIR RESPECTIVE WRITINGS AND DISCOVERIES.

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  • 11:22:54 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON,

  • 11:23:01 AM

    MR. INSLEE

    MR. INSLEE.

  • 11:23:05 AM

    MR. INSLEE

    CONSTITUTE TRIBUNALS INFERIOR TO THE SUPREME COURT, TO DEFINE AND PUNISH…

    CONSTITUTE TRIBUNALS INFERIOR TO THE SUPREME COURT, TO DEFINE AND PUNISH PIRACIES AND FELONIES COMMITTED ON THE HIGH SEAS, AND OFFENSES AGAINST THE LAW OF NATIONS.

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  • 11:23:24 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. DUNCAN. MR.

  • 11:23:33 AM

    MR. DUNCAN

    WAR, GRANT LETTERS OF MARQUEE AND REPRISAL, AND MAKE RULES CONCERNING…

    WAR, GRANT LETTERS OF MARQUEE AND REPRISAL, AND MAKE RULES CONCERNING CAPTURES ON LAND AND WATER, TO RAISE AND SUPPORT ARMIES, BUT NO APPROPRIATION OF MONEY TO THAT USE SHALL BE FOR A LONGER TERM THAN TWO YEARS.

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  • 11:23:50 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

  • 11:24:01 AM

    MR. HOLT

    PROVIDE AND MAINTAIN A NAVY, TO MAKE RULES FOR THE GOVERNMENT AND…

    PROVIDE AND MAINTAIN A NAVY, TO MAKE RULES FOR THE GOVERNMENT AND REGULATION OF THE LAND AND NAVAL FORCES, TO PROVIDE FOR CALLING FORTH THE MILITIA TO EXECUTE THE LAWS OF THE UNION, SUPPRESS INSURRECTIONS, AND REPEL INVASIONS.

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  • 11:24:20 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CANSECO. MR.

  • 11:24:28 AM

    MR. CANSECO

    FOR ORGANIZING, ARMING, AND DISCIPLINING, THE MILITIA, AND FOR GOVERNING…

    FOR ORGANIZING, ARMING, AND DISCIPLINING, THE MILITIA, AND FOR GOVERNING SUCH PART OF THEM AS MAY BE EMPLOYED IN THE SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES, RESERVING TO THE STATES RESPECTIVELY, THE APPOINTMENT OF THE OFFICERS, AND THE AUTHORITY OF TRAINING THE MILITIA ACCORDING TO THE DISCIPLINE PRESCRIBED BY CONGRESS.

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  • 11:24:52 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT. MR.

  • 11:25:02 AM

    MR. SCOTT

    EXCLUSIVE LEGISLATION IN ALL CASES WHATSOEVER, OVER SUCH DISTRICT, NOT…

    EXCLUSIVE LEGISLATION IN ALL CASES WHATSOEVER, OVER SUCH DISTRICT, NOT EXCEEDING 10 MILES SQUARE, AS MAY, BY SECESSION OF PARTICULAR STATES, AND THE ACCEPTANCE OF CONGRESS, BECOME THE SEAT OF GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND TO EXERCISE LIKE AUTHORITY OVER ALL PLACES PURCHASED BY THE CONSENT OF THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE IN WHICH THE SAME SHALL BE, FOR THE ERECTION OF 40'S, MAGAZINES, ARSENALS, DOCK YARDS, AND OTHER NEEDFUL BUILDINGS.

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  • 11:25:35 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. WEST. MR.

  • 11:25:45 AM

    MR. WEST

    ALL LAWS WHICH SHALL BE NECESSARY AND PROPER FOR CARRYING INTO EXECUTION…

    ALL LAWS WHICH SHALL BE NECESSARY AND PROPER FOR CARRYING INTO EXECUTION THE FOREGOING POWERS, AND ALL OTHER POWERS VESTED BY THIS CONSTITUTION IN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES, OR IN ANY DEPARTMENT OR OFFICE OF THERE.

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  • 11:26:05 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KEATING.

  • 11:26:16 AM

    MR. KEATING

    SECTION 9. THE MIGRATION OR IMPORTATION OF SUCH PERSONS AS ANY OF THE…

    SECTION 9. THE MIGRATION OR IMPORTATION OF SUCH PERSONS AS ANY OF THE STATES NOW EXISTING SHALL THINK PROPER TO ADMIT, SHALL NOT BE PROHIBITED BY THE CONGRESS PRIOR TO THE YEAR ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND EIGHT, BUT A TAX OR DUTY MAY BE IMPOSED ON SUCH IMPORTATION, NOT EXCEEDING $10 FOR EACH PERSON.

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  • 11:26:44 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MRS. BLACK.

  • 11:26:55 AM

    MRS. BLACK

    OF HABEAS CORPUS SHALL NOT BE SUSPENDED, UNLESS WHEN IN CASES OF REBELLION…

    OF HABEAS CORPUS SHALL NOT BE SUSPENDED, UNLESS WHEN IN CASES OF REBELLION OR INVASION, THE PUBLIC SAFETY MAY REQUIRE IT. NO BILL OF ATTAINDER OR EX-POST FACTO LAW SHALL BE PASSED.

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  • 11:27:14 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. PERLMUTTER. MR.

  • 11:27:26 AM

    MR. PERLMUTTER

    CAPITATION, OR OTHER DIRECT, TAX SHALL BE LAID, UNLESS IN PROPORTION TO…

    CAPITATION, OR OTHER DIRECT, TAX SHALL BE LAID, UNLESS IN PROPORTION TO THE CENSUS OR ENUMERATION HEREIN, BEFORE DIRECTED TO BE TAKEN. NO TAX OR DUTY SHALL BE LAID ON ARTICLES EXPORTED FROM ANY STATE.

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  • 11:27:44 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS.

  • 11:27:51 AM

    MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

    NO PREFERENCE SHALL BE GIVEN BY ANY REGULATION OF COMMERCE OR REVENUE TO…

    NO PREFERENCE SHALL BE GIVEN BY ANY REGULATION OF COMMERCE OR REVENUE TO THE PORTS OF ONE STATE OVER THOSE OF ANOTHER, NOR SHALL VESSELS BOUND TO, OR FROM, ONE STATE, BE OBLIGATED TO ENTER, CLEAR, OR PAY DUTIES TO ANOTHER. MR.

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  • 11:28:10 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HONDA. MR.

  • 11:28:25 AM

    MR. HONDA

    NO MONEY SHALL BE DRAWN FROM THE TREASURY, BUT IN CONSEQUENCE OF…

    NO MONEY SHALL BE DRAWN FROM THE TREASURY, BUT IN CONSEQUENCE OF APPROPRIATIONS MADE BY LAW, AND A REGULAR STATEMENT AND ACCOUNT OF THE RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES OF ALL PUBLIC MONEY SHALL BE PUBLISHED FROM TIME TO TIME.

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  • 11:28:44 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. GARVER.

  • 11:28:54 AM

    MR. GARVER

    NOBILITY SHALL BE GRANTED BY THE UNITED STATES AND NO PERSON HOLDING ANY…

    NOBILITY SHALL BE GRANTED BY THE UNITED STATES AND NO PERSON HOLDING ANY OFFICE OR PROFIT OR TRUST UNDER THEM SHALL WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE CONGRESS EXCEPT OF ANY PRESENT, OFFICE, OR TITLE OF ANY KIND WHATEVER, FROM ANY KING, PRINCE, OR FOREIGN STATE.

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  • 11:29:13 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MISS LORETTA SANCHEZ. MS.

  • 11:29:23 AM

    MS. SANCHEZ

    NO STATE SHALL ENTER INTO ANY TREATY, ALLIANCE, OR CONFEDERATION, GRANT…

    NO STATE SHALL ENTER INTO ANY TREATY, ALLIANCE, OR CONFEDERATION, GRANT LETTERS OF MARQUEE AND REPRISAL, COIN MONEY, EMIT BILLS OF CREDIT, MAKE ANYTHING BUT GOLD AND SILVER COIN A TENDER IN PAYMENT OF DEBTS, PASS ANY BILL OF ATTAINDER, EX-POST FACTO LAW, OR LAW IMPAIRING THE OBLIGATION OF CONTRACTS, OR GRANT ANY TITLE OF NOBILITY.

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  • 11:29:53 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. POMPEO.

  • 11:30:03 AM

    MR. POMPEO

    STATE SHALL, WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE CONGRESS, LAY ANY IMPOSES OR…

    STATE SHALL, WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE CONGRESS, LAY ANY IMPOSES OR DUTIES ON IMPORTS OR EXPORTS, EXCEPT WHAT MAY BE ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY FOR EXECUTING ITS INSPECTION LAWS, AND THE NET PRODUCE OF ALL DUTIES AND IMPOSES, LAID BY ANY STATE ON IMPORTS OR EXPORTS, SHALL BE FOR THE USE OF THE TREASURY OF THE UNITED STATES, AND ALL SUCH LAWS SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE REVISION AND CONTROL OF THE CONGRESS.

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  • 11:30:33 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK,

  • 11:30:37 AM

    MR. RANGEL

    SHALL, WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF CONGRESS, LAY ANY DUTY OF TONNAGE, KEEP…

    SHALL, WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF CONGRESS, LAY ANY DUTY OF TONNAGE, KEEP TROOPS, OR SHIPS OF WAR IN TIME OF PEACE, ENTER INTO ANY AGREEMENT OR COMPACT WITH ANOTHER STATE, OR WITH A FOREIGN POWER, OR ENGAGE IN WAR, UNLESS ACTUALLY INVADED, OR IN SUCH IMMINENT DANGER AS WILL NOT ADMIT OF DELAY.

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  • 11:31:07 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. HAYWORTH.

  • 11:31:22 AM

    MS. HAYWORTH

    ARTICLE 2, SECTION 1, THE EXECUTIVE POWER SHALL BE VESTED IN A PRESIDENT…

    ARTICLE 2, SECTION 1, THE EXECUTIVE POWER SHALL BE VESTED IN A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. HE SHALL HOLD HIS OFFICE DURING THE TERM OF FOUR YEARS, AND, TOGETHER WITH THE VICE PRESIDENT, CHOSEN FOR THE SAME TERM, BE ELECTED, AS FOLLOWS --

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  • 11:31:42 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PAYNE.

  • 11:31:53 AM

    MR. PAYNE

    IN SUCH MANNER AS THE LEGISLATURE THEREOF MAY DIRECT, A NUMBER OF…

    IN SUCH MANNER AS THE LEGISLATURE THEREOF MAY DIRECT, A NUMBER OF ELECTORS, EQUAL TO THE WHOLE NUMBER OF SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES TO WHICH THE STATE MAY BE ENTITLED IN THE CONGRESS, BUT NO SENATOR OR REPRESENTATIVE, OR PERSON HOLDING AN OFFICE OF TRUST OR PROFIT UNDER THE UNITED STATES, SHALL BE APPOINTED AN ELECTOR.

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  • 11:32:21 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. YOUNG.

  • 11:32:35 AM

    MR. YOUNG

    MAY CHOOSE THE ELECTORS AND THE DAY WHICH SHALL GIVE THEIR VOTE, THE SAME…

    MAY CHOOSE THE ELECTORS AND THE DAY WHICH SHALL GIVE THEIR VOTE, THE SAME WILL BE THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES.

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  • 11:32:48 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE.

  • 11:32:55 AM

    MR. PALLONE

    ADOPTION OF THIS CONSTITUTION SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE OFFICE OF THE…

    ADOPTION OF THIS CONSTITUTION SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT --

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  • 11:33:15 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ANY MANIFESTATION OF APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS IN…

    ANY MANIFESTATION OF APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS IN VIOLATION OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE. THE CHAIR NOTES THE DISTURBANCE IN THE GALLERY IN CONTRAVENGES OF THE LAW AND RULES OF THE HOUSE. THE SERGEANT AT ARMS WILL REMOVE PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DISTURBANCE AND RESTORE ORDER IN THE GALLERY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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  • 11:33:47 AM

    MR. PALLONE

    NEITHER SHALL ANY PERSON BE ELIGIBLE TO THAT OFFICE WHO SHALL NOT HAVE…

    NEITHER SHALL ANY PERSON BE ELIGIBLE TO THAT OFFICE WHO SHALL NOT HAVE ATTAINED TO THE AGE OF 35 YEARS AND HAVE BEEN 14 YEARS A RESIDENT WITHIN THE UNITED STATES.

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  • 11:34:02 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GRIFFITH. MR.

  • 11:34:12 AM

    MR. GRIFFITH

    THE PRESIDENT SHALL RECEIVE FOR HIS SERVICES A COMPENSATION WHICH SHALL…

    THE PRESIDENT SHALL RECEIVE FOR HIS SERVICES A COMPENSATION WHICH SHALL NEITHER BE INCREASED NOR DIMINISHED DURING THE PERIOD FOR WHICH HE SHALL HAVE BEEN ELECTED AND HE SHALL NOT RECEIVE WITHIN THAT PERIOD ANY OTHER MONEY FROM THE UNITED STATES OR ANY OF THEM. FWOOD GOODE I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. RICHARDSON. --

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  • 11:34:39 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. RICHARDSON.

  • 11:34:41 AM

    MS. RICHARDSON

    BEFORE HE ENTER ON THE EXECUTION OF HIS OFFICE, HE SHALL TAKE THE…

    BEFORE HE ENTER ON THE EXECUTION OF HIS OFFICE, HE SHALL TAKE THE FOLLOWING OATH OR AFFIRMATION. I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR OR AFFIRM THAT I WILL FAITHFULLY EXECUTE THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND WILL TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.

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  • 11:35:11 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. LATTA.

  • 11:35:27 AM

    MR. LATTA

    2. THE PRESIDENT SHALL BE COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE ARMY AND NAVY OF THE…

    2. THE PRESIDENT SHALL BE COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE ARMY AND NAVY OF THE UNITED STATES, AND OF THE MILITIA OF THE SEVERAL STATES, WHEN CALLED INTO THE ACTUAL SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES, HE MAY REQUIRE THE OPINION, IN WRITING, OF THE PRINCIPAL OFFICER IN EACH OF THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS, UPON ANY SUBJECT RELATING TO THE DUTIES OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICES, AND HE SHALL HAVE POWER TO GRANT REPRIEVES AND PARDONS FOR OFFENCES AGAINST THE UNITED STATES, EXCEPT IN CASES OF IMPEACHMENT.

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  • 11:35:58 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY. MR.

  • 11:36:08 AM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    HE SHALL HAVE POWER, BY AND WITH THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE, TO…

    HE SHALL HAVE POWER, BY AND WITH THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE, TO MAKE TREATIES, PROVIDED 2/3 OF THE SENATORS PRESENT CONCUR, AND HE SHALL NOMINATE, AND BY AND WITH THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE, SHALL APPOINT AMBASSADORS, OTHER PUBLIC MINISTERS AND CONSULS, JUDGES OF THE SUPREME COURT, AND ALL OTHER OFFICERS OF THE UNITED STATES, WHOSE APPOINTMENTS ARE NOT HEREIN OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR, AND WHICH SHALL BE ESTABLISHED BY LAW.

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  • 11:36:36 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA,

  • 11:36:49 AM

    MR. CASSIDY

    CONGRESS MAY BY LAW VEST THE APPOINTMENT OF SUCH INFERIOR OFFICERS, AS…

    CONGRESS MAY BY LAW VEST THE APPOINTMENT OF SUCH INFERIOR OFFICERS, AS THEY THINK PROPER, IN THE PRESIDENT ALONE, IN THE COURTS OF LAW, OR IN THE HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS.

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  • 11:37:04 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

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    MS. DEGETTE

    THE PRESIDENT SHALL HAVE POWER TO FILL UP ALL VACANCIES THAT MAY HAPPEN…

    THE PRESIDENT SHALL HAVE POWER TO FILL UP ALL VACANCIES THAT MAY HAPPEN DURING THE RECESS OF THE SENATE, BY GRANTING COMMISSIONS WHICH SHALL EXPIRE AT THE END OF THEIR NEXT SESSION.

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  • 11:37:31 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. JOHNSON. MR.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    HE SHALL FROM TIME TO TIME GIVE TO THE CONGRESS INFORMATION OF THE STATE…

    HE SHALL FROM TIME TO TIME GIVE TO THE CONGRESS INFORMATION OF THE STATE OF THE UNION, AND RECOMMEND TO THEIR CONSIDERATION SUCH MEASURES AS HE SHALL JUDGE NECESSARY AND EXPEDIENT, HE MAY, ON EXTRAORDINARY OCCASIONS, CONVENE BOTH HOUSES, OR EITHER OF THEM, AND IN CASE OF DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN THEM, WITH -- BETWEEN THEM.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. KUCINICH.

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    MR. KUCINICH

    WITH RESPECT TO THE TIME OF ADJOURNMENT, HE MAY ADJOURN THEM TO SUCH TIME…

    WITH RESPECT TO THE TIME OF ADJOURNMENT, HE MAY ADJOURN THEM TO SUCH TIME AS HE SHALL THINK PROPER, HE SHALL RECEIVE AMBASSADORS AND OTHER PUBLIC MINISTERS, HE SHALL TAKE CARE THAT THE LAWS BE FAITHFULLY EXECUTED, AND SHALL COMMISSION ALL THE OFFICERS OF THE UNITED STATES.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT. MR.

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    MR. CHABOT

    THE PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT AND ALL CIVIL OFFICERS OF THE UNITED STATES,…

    THE PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT AND ALL CIVIL OFFICERS OF THE UNITED STATES, SHALL BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE ON IMPEACHMENT FOR, AND CONVICTION OF, TREASON, BRIBERY, OR OTHER HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS. THE JUDICIAL POWER OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL BE VESTED IN ONE SUPREME COURT, AND IN SUCH INFERIOR COURTS AS THE CONGRESS MAY FROM TIME TO TIME ORDAIN AND ESTABLISH. THE JUDGES, BOTH OF THE SUPREME AND INFERIOR COURTS, SHALL HOLD THEIR OFFICES DURING GOOD BEHAVIOR, AND SHALL, AT STATED TIMES, RECEIVE FOR THEIR SERVICES A COMPENSATION, WHICH SHALL NOT BE DIMINISHED DURING THEIR CONTINUANCE IN OFFICE.

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  • 11:39:55 AM

    MR. GOOF GOODLATTE

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. BISHOP.

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    MR. BISHOP

    2. THE JUDICIAL POWER SHALL EXTEND TO ALL CASES, IN LAW AND EQUITY,…

    2. THE JUDICIAL POWER SHALL EXTEND TO ALL CASES, IN LAW AND EQUITY, ARISING UNDER THIS CONSTITUTION, THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES, AND TREATIES MADE, OR WHICH SHALL BE MADE, UNDER THEIR AUTHORITY TO ALL CASES AFFECTING AMBASSADORS, OTHER PUBLIC MINISTERS AND CONSULS, TO ALL CASES OF ADMIRALTY AND MARITIME JURISDICTION, -- JURISDICTION. PLOO GOOD LALT: I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM --

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  • 11:40:35 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FARENTHOLD. MR.

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    MR. FARENTHOLD

    CONTROVERSIES TO WHICH THE UNITED STATES SHALL BE A PARTY. TO…

    CONTROVERSIES TO WHICH THE UNITED STATES SHALL BE A PARTY. TO CONTROVERSIES BETWEEN TWO OR MORE STATES, BETWEEN A STATE AND CITIZENS OF ANOTHER STATE, BETWEEN CITIZENS OF DIFFERENT STATES, BETWEEN CITIZENS OF THE SAME STATE CLAIMING LANDS UNDER GRANTS OF DIFFERENT STATES, AND BETWEEN A STATE, OR THE CITIZENS THEREOF, AND FOREIGN STATES, CITIZENS OR SUBJECTS. IN ALL CASES AFFECTING -- SUBJECTS.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. DONNELLY. MR.

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    MR. DONNELLY

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, MR. PARES. -- MR. PEARCE.

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    MR. PEARCE

    AND SUCH TRIAL SHALLBE HELD IN THE STATE WHERE THE SAID CRIMES SHALL HAVE…

    AND SUCH TRIAL SHALLBE HELD IN THE STATE WHERE THE SAID CRIMES SHALL HAVE BEEN COMMITTED, BUT WHEN NOT COMMITTED WITHIN ANY STATE, THE TRIAL SHALL BE AT SUCH PLACE OR PLACES AS THE CONGRESS MAY BY LAW HAVE DIRECTED. MR.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. ALTMIRE. MR.

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    MR. ALTMIRE

    TREASON AGAINST THE UNITED STATES SHALL CONSIST ONLY OF LEVYING WAR…

    TREASON AGAINST THE UNITED STATES SHALL CONSIST ONLY OF LEVYING WAR AGAINST THEM OR IN ADHERING TO THEIR ENEMIES, GIVING THEM AID AND COMFORT. NO PERSON SHALL BE CONVICTED OF TREASON UNLESS ON THE TESTIMONY OF TWO WITNESSES TO THE SAME OVERT ACT, OR ON CONFESSION IN OPEN COURT.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. TURNER. MR.

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    MR. TURNER

    CONGRESS SHALL HAVE POWER TO DECLARE THE PUNISHMENT OF TREASON, BUT NO…

    CONGRESS SHALL HAVE POWER TO DECLARE THE PUNISHMENT OF TREASON, BUT NO ATTAINDER OF TREASON SHALL WORK CORRUPTION OF BLOOD, OR FORFEITURE EXCEPT DURING THE LIFE OF THE PERSON ATTAINTED. PLOO GOODLATTE: --

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    ARTICLE IV SECTION 1 FULL FAITH AND CREDIT SHALL BE GIVEN IN EACH STATE TO…

    ARTICLE IV SECTION 1 FULL FAITH AND CREDIT SHALL BE GIVEN IN EACH STATE TO THE PUBLIC ACTS, RECORDS, AND JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF EVERY OTHER STATE. AND THE CONGRESS MAY BY GENERAL LAWS PRESCRIBE THE MANNER IN WHICH SUCH ACTS, RECORDS AND PROCEEDINGS SHALL BE PROVED, AND THE EFFECT THEREOF.

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  • 11:43:45 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HARRIS.

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    MR. HARRIS

    2 THE CITIZENS OF EACH STATE SHALL BE ENTITLED TO ALL PRIVILEGES AND…

    2 THE CITIZENS OF EACH STATE SHALL BE ENTITLED TO ALL PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES OF CITIZENS IN THE SEVERAL STATES.

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  • 11:44:08 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF.

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    MR. SCHIFF

    PERSON CHARGED IN ANY STATE WITH TREASON, FELONY, OR OTHER CRIME, WHO…

    PERSON CHARGED IN ANY STATE WITH TREASON, FELONY, OR OTHER CRIME, WHO SHALL FLEE FROM JUSTICE, AND BE FOUND IN ANOTHER STATE, SHALL ON DEMAND OF THE EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY OF THE STATE FROM WHICH HE FLED, BE DELIVERED UP, TO BE REMOVED TO THE STATE HAVING JURISDICTION OF THE CRIME.

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  • 11:44:37 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. GIBBS.

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    MR. GIBBS

    3, NEW STATES MAY BE ADMITTED BY THE CONGRESS INTO THIS UNION, BUT NO NEW…

    3, NEW STATES MAY BE ADMITTED BY THE CONGRESS INTO THIS UNION, BUT NO NEW STATE SHALL BE FORMED OR ERECTED WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF ANY OTHER STATE, NOR ANY STATE BE FORMED BY THE JUNCTION OF THE TWO OR MORE STATES, OR PARTS OF STATES WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE LEGISLATURES OF THE STATES CONCERNED AS WELL AS FOR THE CONGRESS.

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  • 11:45:15 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER. . MR.

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    MR. NADLER

    THIS CONSTITUTION SHALL BE SO CONSTRUED AS TO PREJUDICE ANY CLAIMS OF THE…

    THIS CONSTITUTION SHALL BE SO CONSTRUED AS TO PREJUDICE ANY CLAIMS OF THE UNITED STATES OR OF ANY PARTICULAR STATE.

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  • 11:45:45 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. FORTENBERRY.

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    MR. FORTENBERRY

    THE ONE OR OTHER MODE OF RATIFICATION MAY BE PROPOSED BY THE CONGRESS…

    THE ONE OR OTHER MODE OF RATIFICATION MAY BE PROPOSED BY THE CONGRESS PROVIDED THAT NO AMENDMENT MAY MAY BE MADE PRIOR TO THE YEAR ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND EIGHT SHALL AFFECT NORTHERN IRELAND MANNER THE FOURTH CLAUSES OF THE NINTH SECTION OF THE FIRST ARTICLE AND NO STATE WITHOUT ITS CONSENT SHALL BE DEPRIVED OF ITS EQUAL SUFFRAGE IN THE SENATE. .

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  • 11:46:30 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. MATSUI. MS.

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    MS. MATSUI

    6. ALL DEBTS CONTRACTED AND ENGAGEMENTS ENTERED INTO, BEFORE THE ADOPTION…

    6. ALL DEBTS CONTRACTED AND ENGAGEMENTS ENTERED INTO, BEFORE THE ADOPTION OF THIS CONSTITUTION, SHALL BE AS VALID AGAINST THE UNITED STATES UNDER THIS CONSTITUTION, AS UNDER THE CONFEDERATION.

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  • 11:46:54 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. GARRETT.

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    MR. GARRETT

    AND THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES WHICH SHALL BE MADE IN PURSUANCE…

    AND THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES WHICH SHALL BE MADE IN PURSUANCE THEREOF, AND ALL TREATIES MADE, OR WHICH SHALL BE MADE, UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE UNITED STATES, SHALL BE THE SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND, AND THE JUDGES IN EVERY STATE SHALL BE BOUND THEREBY, ANY THING IN THE CONSTITUTION OR LAWS OF ANY STATE TO THE CONTRARY NOTWITHSTANDING.

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  • 11:47:30 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES BEFORE MENTIONED, AND THE MEMBERS OF THE…

    THE SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES BEFORE MENTIONED, AND THE MEMBERS OF THE SEVERAL STATE LEGISLATURES, AND ALL EXECUTIVE AND JUDICIAL OFFICERS, BOTH OF THE UNITED STATES AND OF THE SEVERAL STATES, SHALL BE BOUND BY OATH OR AFFIRMATION, TO SUPPORT THIS CONSTITUTION, BUT NO RELIGIOUS TEST SHALL EVER BE REQUIRED AS A QUALIFICATION TO ANY OFFICE OR PUBLIC TRUST UNDER THE UNITED STATES.

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  • 11:48:05 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE RATIFICATION OF THE CONVENTIONS OF NINE STATES, SHALL BE SUFFICIENT…

    THE RATIFICATION OF THE CONVENTIONS OF NINE STATES, SHALL BE SUFFICIENT FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THIS CONSTITUTION BETWEEN THE STATES SO RATIFYING THE SAME.

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  • 11:48:30 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII, MS. HIRONO. MS.

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    MS. HIRONO

    WORD, THE, BEING INTERLINED BETWEEN THE SEVENTH AND EIGHTH LINES OF THE…

    WORD, THE, BEING INTERLINED BETWEEN THE SEVENTH AND EIGHTH LINES OF THE FIRST PAGE, THE WORD 30 BEING PARTLY WRITTEN ON AN ERASURE IN THE 15TH LINE OF THE FIRST PAGE, THE WORDS "IS TRIED" BEING INTERLINED BETWEEN THE 32ND AND 33RD LINES OF THE FIRST PAGE AND THE WORD "THE" BEING INTERLINED BETWEEN THE 43RD AND 44TH LINES OF THE SECOND PAGE.

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  • 11:49:16 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON. MR.

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    MR. TIPTON

    DONE IN CONVENTION BY THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT OF THE STATES PRESENT THE 17TH…

    DONE IN CONVENTION BY THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT OF THE STATES PRESENT THE 17TH DAY OF SEPTEMBER IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD, 1787, AND OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THE 12TH IN WITNESS WHEREOF WE HAVE HEREUNTO SUBSCRIBED OUR NAMES. GOODE I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. CARNAHAN. MR.

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  • 11:50:12 AM

    MR. CARNAHAN

    THE CONSTITUTION -- GEORGE WASHINGTON, PRESIDENT AND DEPUTY FROM VIRGINIA,…

    THE CONSTITUTION -- GEORGE WASHINGTON, PRESIDENT AND DEPUTY FROM VIRGINIA, DELAWARE, GEORGE READ, GUNNING BEDFORD, JOHN DICKINSON, RICHARD BASSETT, JACOB BROOM MARYLAND, JAMES MCHENRY, DANIEL OF ST. THOMAS JENIFER, DANIEL CARROLL VIRGINIA, JOHN BLAIR, JAMES MADISON, JR. . MR.

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  • 11:50:42 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK.

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    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    NORTH CAROLINA -- WILLIAM BLOUNT, RICHARD DOBBS SPAIGHT, HUGH WILLIAMSON…

    NORTH CAROLINA -- WILLIAM BLOUNT, RICHARD DOBBS SPAIGHT, HUGH WILLIAMSON SOUTH CAROLINA - JOHN RUTLEDGE, CHARLES COTESWORTH PINCKNEY, CHARLES PINCKNEY, PIERCE BUTLER GEORGIA -- WILLIAM FEW, ABRAHAM BALDWIN

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  • 11:51:18 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. MCDERMOTT.

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    MR. MCDERMOTT

    NEW HAMPSHIRE -- JOHN LANGDON, NICHOLAS GILMAN MASSACHUSETTS -- NATHANIEL…

    NEW HAMPSHIRE -- JOHN LANGDON, NICHOLAS GILMAN MASSACHUSETTS -- NATHANIEL GORHAM, RUFUS KING CONNECTICUT -- WILLIAM SAMUEL JOHNSON, ROGER SHERMAN NEW YORK -- ALEXANDER HAMILTON

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, KANSAS.

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    JERSEY -- WILL LIVINGSTON, DAVID BREARLEY, WILLIAM PATERSON, JONATHAN…

    JERSEY -- WILL LIVINGSTON, DAVID BREARLEY, WILLIAM PATERSON, JONATHAN DAYTON PENNSYLVANIA -- BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, THOMAS MIFFLIN, ROBERT MORRIS, GEORGE CLYMER, THOMAS FITZSIMONS, JARED INGERSOLL, JAMES WILSON, GOUVERNEUR MORRIS . -- GOVERNOR MORRIS.

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  • 11:52:34 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN.

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    MR. LEVIN

    THE PREAMBLE TO THE RIGHT OF RIGHTS. CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, BEGUN…

    THE PREAMBLE TO THE RIGHT OF RIGHTS. CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, BEGUN AND HELD AT THE CITY OF NEW YORK, ON WEDNESDAY, THE FOURTH OF MARCH, ONE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED EIGHT NINE.

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  • 11:53:11 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ALABAMA, MRS. ROBY.

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    MRS. ROBY

    OF A NUMBER OF THE STATES, HAVING AT THE TIME OF THEIR ADOPTING THE…

    OF A NUMBER OF THE STATES, HAVING AT THE TIME OF THEIR ADOPTING THE CONSTITUTION, EXPRESSED A DESIRE IN ORDER TO PREVENT MISCONSTRUCTION OR ABUSE OF ITS POWERS, THAT FURTHER DECLARE TORREY AND RESTRICTIVE CLAUSES SHOULD BE ADDED, AND AS EXTENDING THE GROUND OF PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN THE GOVERNMENT, WILL BEST ENSURE THE BEN FITS -- BEFISHENT ENDS OF ITS INSTITUTION.

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  • 11:53:58 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. ROSS.

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    MR. ROSS

    RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES…

    RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED, TWO THIRDS OF BOTH HOUSES CONCURRING, THAT THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES BE PROPOSED TO THE LEGISLATURES OF THE SEVERAL STATES, AS AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED -- UNITED STATES.

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  • 11:54:20 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BONNER. MR.

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    MR. BONNER

    WHICH ARTICLES, WHEN RATIFIED BY 3/4 OF THE SAID LEGISLATURES, TO BE VALID…

    WHICH ARTICLES, WHEN RATIFIED BY 3/4 OF THE SAID LEGISLATURES, TO BE VALID TO ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES, AS PART OF THE SAID CONSTITUTION.

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  • 11:54:55 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII, MS. HANABUSA.

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    MS. HANABUSA

    ARTICLES IN ADDITION TO, AND AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED…

    ARTICLES IN ADDITION TO, AND AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PROPOSED BY CONGRESS, AND RATIFIED BY THE LEGISLATURES OF THE SEVERAL STATES, PURSUANT TO THE FIFTH ARTICLE OF THE ORIGINAL CONSTITUTION. MR.

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  • 11:55:34 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    NOW YIELD TO THE THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, MS. GIFFORDS.

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    MS. GIFFORDS

    SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION, OR PROHIBITING…

    SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION, OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF, OR ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, OR OF THE PRESS, OR THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE PEACEABLY TO ASSEMBLE, AND TO PETITION THE GOVERNMENT FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES.

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  • 11:56:17 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, MR. GUINTA.

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    MR. GUINTA

    SECOND AMENDMENT. A WELL REGULATED MILITIA, BEING NECESSARY TO THE…

    SECOND AMENDMENT. A WELL REGULATED MILITIA, BEING NECESSARY TO THE SECURITY OF A FREE STATE, THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. MR.

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  • 11:56:48 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN. MR. SHERMAN K4R0…

    NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN. MR. SHERMAN K4R0 --

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    MR. SHERMAN

    THIRD AMENDMENT. NO SOLDIER SHALL, IN TIME OF PEACE BE QUARTERED IN ANY…

    THIRD AMENDMENT. NO SOLDIER SHALL, IN TIME OF PEACE BE QUARTERED IN ANY HOUSE, WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE OWNER, NOR IN TIME OF WAR, BUT IN A MANNER TO BE PRESCRIBED BY LAW.

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  • 11:57:18 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT.

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    MR. GOHMERT

    IV THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO BE SECURE IN THEIR PERSONS, HOUSES, PAPERS,…

    IV THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO BE SECURE IN THEIR PERSONS, HOUSES, PAPERS, AND EFFECTS, AGAINST UNREASONABLE SEARCHES AND SEIZURES, SHALL NOT BE VIOLATED, AND NO WARRANTS SHALL ISSUE, BUT UPON PROBABLE CAUSE, SUPPORTED BY OATH OR AFFIRMATION, AND PARTICULARLY DESCRIBING THE PLACE TO BE SEARCHED, AND THE PERSONS OR THINGS TO BE SEIZED.

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  • 11:57:57 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS,

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    MR. LYNCH

    AMENDMENT V NO PERSON SHALL BE HELD TO ANSWER FOR A CAPITAL, OR OTHERWISE…

    AMENDMENT V NO PERSON SHALL BE HELD TO ANSWER FOR A CAPITAL, OR OTHERWISE INFAMOUS CRIME, UNLESS ON A PRESENTMENT OR INDICTMENT OF A GRAND JURY, EXCEPT IN CASES ARISING IN THE LAND OR NAVAL FORCES, OR IN THE MILITIA, WHEN IN ACTUAL SERVICE IN TIME OF WAR OR PUBLIC DANGER.

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  • 11:58:33 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DENHAM.

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    MR. DENHAM

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. FRANKS.

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    MR. FRANKS

    PERSON BE SUBJECT FOR THE SAME OFFENSE TO BE PUT TWICE IN JEOPARDY OF LIFE…

    PERSON BE SUBJECT FOR THE SAME OFFENSE TO BE PUT TWICE IN JEOPARDY OF LIFE OR LIMB, NOR SHALL BE COMPELLED IN ANY CRIMINAL CASE TO BE A WITNESS AGAINST HIMSELF, NOR BE DEPRIVED OF LIFE, LIBERTY, OR PROPERTY, WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OF LAW, NOR SHALL PRIVATE PROPERTY BE TAKEN FOR PUBLIC USE, WITHOUT JUST COMPENSATION.

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  • 11:59:23 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. SPEIER. MS.

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    MS. SPEIER

    TO BE CONFRONTED WITH THE WITNESSES AGAINST HIM AND HAVE THE ASSISTANCE OF…

    TO BE CONFRONTED WITH THE WITNESSES AGAINST HIM AND HAVE THE ASSISTANCE OF COUNSEL FOR HIS DEFENSE.

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  • 12:00:34 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. LIPINSKI. MR.

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    MR. LIPINSKI

    IN SUITS AT COMMON LAW, WHERE THE VALUE IN CONTROVERSY SHALL EXCEED TWENTY…

    IN SUITS AT COMMON LAW, WHERE THE VALUE IN CONTROVERSY SHALL EXCEED TWENTY DOLLARS, THE RIGHT OF TRIAL BY JURY SHALL BE PRESERVED, AND NO FACT TRIED BY A JURY, SHALL BE OTHERWISE RE-EXAMINED IN ANY COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, THAN ACCORDING TO THE RULES OF THE COMMON LAW.

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  • 12:01:09 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

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    MR. FLORES

    EXCESSIVE BAIL SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED, NOR EXCESSIVE FINES IMPOSED, NOR…

    EXCESSIVE BAIL SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED, NOR EXCESSIVE FINES IMPOSED, NOR CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENTS INFLICTED.

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  • 12:01:35 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. WALLS.

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    MR. WALZ

    AMENDMENT. THE ENUMERATION IN THE CONSTITUTION, OF CERTAIN RIGHTS, SHALL…

    AMENDMENT. THE ENUMERATION IN THE CONSTITUTION, OF CERTAIN RIGHTS, SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED TO DENY OR DISPARAGE OTHERS RETAINED BY THE PEOPLE. MR.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    10. THE POWERS NOT DELEGATED TO THE UNITED STATES BY THE CONSTITUTION, NOR…

    10. THE POWERS NOT DELEGATED TO THE UNITED STATES BY THE CONSTITUTION, NOR PROHIBITED BY IT TO THE STATES, ARE RESERVED TO THE PEOPLE -- ARE RESERVED TO THE STATES RESPECTIVELY, OR TO THE PEOPLE. I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILE NEMBINGS.

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    THE JUDICIAL POWER OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED TO EXTEND…

    THE JUDICIAL POWER OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED TO EXTEND TO ANY SUIT IN LAW OR EQUITY, COMMENCED OR PROSECUTED AGAINST ONE OF THE UNITED STATES BY CITIZENS OF ANOTHER STATE, OR BY CITIZENS OR SUBJECTS OF ANY FOREIGN STATE.

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  • 12:02:49 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. GRAY. -- GRAVES.

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    MR. GRAVES

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 12. THE ELECTORS SHALL MEET IN THEIR RESPECTIVE STATES…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 12. THE ELECTORS SHALL MEET IN THEIR RESPECTIVE STATES AND VOTE BY BALLOT FOR PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT, ONE OF WHOM, AT LEAST, SHALL NOT BE AN INHABITANT OF THE SAME STATE WITH THEMSELVES; THEY SHALL NAME IN THEIR BALLOTS THE PERSON VOTED FOR AS PRESIDENT, AND IN DISTINCT BALLOTS THE PERSON VOTED FOR AS VICE PRESIDENT.

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  • 12:03:26 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL.

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    MR. ENGEL

    DISTINCT LISTS OF ALL PERSONS VOTED FOR AS PRESIDENT, AND OF ALL PERSONS…

    DISTINCT LISTS OF ALL PERSONS VOTED FOR AS PRESIDENT, AND OF ALL PERSONS VOTED FOR AS VICE-PRESIDENT, AND OF THE NUMBER OF VOTES FOR EACH, WHICH LISTS THEY SHALL SIGN AND CERTIFY, AND TRANSMIT SEALED TO THE SEAT OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES, DIRECTED TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE.

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  • 12:04:01 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. STUTZMAN.

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    MR. STUTZMAN

    THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE SHALL, IN THE PRESENCE OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE…

    THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE SHALL, IN THE PRESENCE OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, OPEN ALL THE CERTIFICATES AND THE VOTES SHALL THEN BE COUNTED. THE PERSON HAVING THE GREATEST NUMBER OF VOTES FOR PRESIDENT, SHALL BE THE PRESIDENT, IF SUCH NUMBER BE A MAJORITY OF THE WHOLE NUMBER OF ELECTORS APPOINTED; AND IF NO PERSON HAVE SUCH MAJORITY, THEN FROM THE PERSONS HAVING THE HIGHEST NUMBERS NOT EXCEEDING THREE ON THE LIST OF THOSE VOTED FOR AS PRESIDENT.

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  • 12:04:41 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. PRICE.

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    MR. PRICE

    REPRESENTATIVES SHALL CHOOSE IMMEDIATELY BY BALLOT THE PRESIDENT. BUT IN…

    REPRESENTATIVES SHALL CHOOSE IMMEDIATELY BY BALLOT THE PRESIDENT. BUT IN CHOOSING THE PRESIDENT, THE VOTES SHALL BE TAKEN BY STATES, THE REPRESENTATION FROM EACH STATE HAVING ONE VOTE. A QUORUM FOR THIS PURPOSE SHALL CONSIST OF A MEMBER OR MEMBERS FROM TWO-THIRDS OF THE STATES, AND A MAJORITY OF ALL THE STATES SHALL BE NECESSARY TO A CHOICE.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. SUTHERLIN. -- MR. SOUTERLAND.

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    THE SENATE SHALL CHOOSE THE VICE PRESIDENT.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. CHU.

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    MS. CHU

    FOR THE PURPOSE SHALL CONSIST OF TWO-THIRDS OF THE WHOLE NUMBER OF…

    FOR THE PURPOSE SHALL CONSIST OF TWO-THIRDS OF THE WHOLE NUMBER OF SENATORS, AND A MAJORITY OF THE WHOLE NUMBER SHALL BE NECESSARY TO A CHOICE. BUT NO PERSON CONSTITUTIONALLY INELIGIBLE TO THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO THAT OF VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LEWIS. MR.

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    MR. LEWIS

    13, SECTION 1. NEITHER SLAVERY NOR INVOLUNTARY SERVITUDE, EXCEPT AS A…

    13, SECTION 1. NEITHER SLAVERY NOR INVOLUNTARY SERVITUDE, EXCEPT AS A PUNISHMENT FOR CRIME WHEREOF THE PARTY SHALL HAVE BEEN DULY CONVICTED, SHALL EXIST WITHIN THE UNITED STATES, OR ANY PLACE SUBJECT TO THEIR JURISDICTION. CONGRESS SHALL HAVE POWER TO ENFORCE THIS ARTICLE BY APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. RIDGE ILL -- MR. RIGELL.

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    MR. RIGELL

    OR NATURALIZED IN THE UNITED STATES AND SUBJECT TO THE JURISDICTION…

    OR NATURALIZED IN THE UNITED STATES AND SUBJECT TO THE JURISDICTION THEREOF ARE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE STATE WHEREIN THEY RESIDE. NO STATE SHALL MAKE OR ENFORCE ANY LAW WHICH SHALL ABRIDGE THE PRIVILEGES OR IMMUNITIES OF CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WATT.

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    MR. WATT

    ANY STATE DEPRIVE ANY PERSON OF LIFE, LIBERTY, OR PROPERTY, WITHOUT DUE…

    ANY STATE DEPRIVE ANY PERSON OF LIFE, LIBERTY, OR PROPERTY, WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OF LAW, NOR DENY TO ANY PERSON WITHIN ITS JURISDICTION THE EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAWS.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. WITTMAN.

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    MR. WITTMAN

    2. REPRESENTATIVES SHALL BE APPORTIONED AMONG THE SEVERAL STATES ACCORDING…

    2. REPRESENTATIVES SHALL BE APPORTIONED AMONG THE SEVERAL STATES ACCORDING TO THEIR RESPECTIVE NUMBERS, COUNTING THE WHOLE NUMBER OF PERSONS IN EACH STATE, EXCLUDING INDIANS NOT TAXED. BUT WHEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE AT ANY ELECTION FOR THE CHOICE OF ELECTORS FOR PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS, THE EXECUTIVE AND JUDICIAL OFFICERS OF A STATE, OR THE MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE THEREOF, IS DENIED TO ANY OF THE MALE INHABITANTS OF SUCH STATE, BEING 21 YEARS OF AGE, AND CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES, OR IN ANY WAY ABRIDGED, EXCEPT FOR PARTICIPATION IN REBELLION, OR OTHER CRIME, THE BASIS OF REPRESENTATION THEREIN SHALL BE REDUCED IN THE PROPORTION WHICH THE NUMBER OF SUCH MALE CITIZENS SHALL BEAR TO THE WHOLE NUMBER OF MALE CITIZENS 21 YEARS OF AGE IN SUCH STATE.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. CLARKE. MS.

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    MS. CLARKE

    3. NO PERSON SHALL BE A SENATOR OR REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS, OR ELECTOR…

    3. NO PERSON SHALL BE A SENATOR OR REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS, OR ELECTOR OF PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT, OR HOLD ANY OFFICE, CIVIL OR MILITARY, UNDER THE UNITED STATES, OR UNDER ANY STATE, WHO, HAVING PREVIOUSLY TAKEN AN OATH, AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, OR AS AN OFFICER OF THE UNITED STATES, OR AS A MEMBER OF ANY STATE LEGISLATURE.

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  • 12:10:43 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MRS. ELLMERS. MRS.

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    MRS. ELLMERS

    AN EXECUTIVE OR JUDICIAL OFFICER OF ANY STATE, TO SUPPORT TO THE…

    AN EXECUTIVE OR JUDICIAL OFFICER OF ANY STATE, TO SUPPORT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, SHALL HAVE ENGAGED IN INSURRECTION OR REBELLION AGAINST THE SAME, OR GIVEN AID OR COMFORT TO THE ENEMIES THEREOF. BUT CONGRESS MAY BY A VOTE OF TWO-THIRDS OF EACH HOUSE, REMOVE SUCH DISABILITY.

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  • 12:11:25 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ISRAEL.

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    MR. ISRAEL

    4. THE VALIDITY OF THE PUBLIC DEBT OF THE UNITED STATES, AUTHORIZED BY…

    4. THE VALIDITY OF THE PUBLIC DEBT OF THE UNITED STATES, AUTHORIZED BY LAW, INCLUDING DEBTS INCURRED FOR PAYMENT OF PENSIONS AND BOUNTIES FOR SERVICES IN SUPPRESSING INSURRECTION OR REBELLION, SHALL NOT BE QUESTIONED. BUT NEITHER THE UNITED STATES NOR ANY STATE SHALL ASSUME OR PAY ANY DEBT OR OBLIGATION INCURRED IN AID OF INSURRECTION OR REBELLION AGAINST THE UNITED STATES, OR ANY CLAIM FOR THE LOSS OR EMANCIPATION OF ANY SLAVE, BUT ALL SUCH DEBTS, OBLIGATIONS, AND CLAIMS SHALL BE HELD ILLEGAL AND VOID. MR.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR.

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    MR. GOSAR

    5. THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO ENFORCE, BY APPROPRIATE…

    5. THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO ENFORCE, BY APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION, THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE. AMENDMENT 15, SECTION 1. THE RIGHT OF CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES TO VOTE SHALL NOT BE DENIED OR ABRIDGED BY THE UNITED STATES OR BY ANY STATE ON ACCOUNT OF RACE, COLOR, OR PREVIOUS CONDITION OF SERVITUDE.

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  • 12:12:50 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. BISHOP. MR.

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    MR. BISHOP

    2. THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO ENFORCE THIS ARTICLE BY…

    2. THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO ENFORCE THIS ARTICLE BY APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION. AMENDMENT 16. THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE POWER TO LAY AND COLLECT TAXES ON INCOMES, FROM WHATEVER SOURCE DERIVED, WITHOUT APPORTIONMENT AMONG THE SEVERAL STATES, AND WITHOUT REGARD TO ANY CENSUS OR ENUMERATION. MR.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. OLSON. MR.

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    MR. OLSON

    17. THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL BE COMPOSED OF TWO SENATORS FROM…

    17. THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL BE COMPOSED OF TWO SENATORS FROM EACH STATE, ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE THEREOF, FOR SIX YEARS; AND EACH SENATOR SHALL HAVE ONE VOTE. THE ELECTORS IN EACH STATE SHALL HAVE THE QUALIFICATIONS REQUISITE FOR ELECTORS OF THE MOST NUMEROUS BRANCH OF THE STATE LEGISLATURES.

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  • 12:14:14 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. LARSON. MR.

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    MR. LARSON

    WHEN VACANCIES HAPPEN IN THE REPRESENTATION OF ANY STATE IN THE SENATE,…

    WHEN VACANCIES HAPPEN IN THE REPRESENTATION OF ANY STATE IN THE SENATE, THE EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY OF SUCH STATE SHALL ISSUE WRITS OF ELECTION TO FILL SUCH VACANCIES, PROVIDED, THAT THE LEGISLATURE OF ANY STATE MAY EMPOWER THE EXECUTIVE THEREOF TO MAKE TEMPORARY APPOINTMENTS UNTIL THE PEOPLE FILL THE VACANCIES BY ELECTION AS THE LEGISLATURE MAY DIRECT.

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  • 12:14:46 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. BIRKLE. -- MS. BUERKLE.

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    MS. BUERKLE

    19. PASSED BY CONGRESS JUNE 4, 1919, RATIFIED AUGUST 18, 19 20. THE RIGHT…

    19. PASSED BY CONGRESS JUNE 4, 1919, RATIFIED AUGUST 18, 19 20. THE RIGHT OF CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES TO VOTE SHALL NOT BE DENIED OR ABRIDGED BY THE UNITED STATES OR BY ANY STATE ON ACCOUNT OF SEX. CONGRESS SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO ENFORCE THIS ARTICLE BY APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION.

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  • 12:15:37 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MS. SCHWARTZ. MS.

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    MS. SCHWARTZ

    OF THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT SHALL END AT NOON ON THE 20TH DAY OF…

    OF THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT SHALL END AT NOON ON THE 20TH DAY OF JANUARY AND THE TERMS OF SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES AT NOON ON THE THIRD DAY OF JANUARY. OF THE YEARS IN WHICH SUCH TERMS WOULD HAVE ENDED IF THIS ARTICLE HAD NOT BEEN RATIFIED THE TERMS OF THEIR SUCCESSORS SHALL THEN BEGIN.

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  • 12:16:14 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. SCALISE.

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    MR. SCALISE

    2, THE CONGRESS SHALL ASSEMBLE AT LEAST ONCE IN EVERY YEAR, AND SUCH…

    2, THE CONGRESS SHALL ASSEMBLE AT LEAST ONCE IN EVERY YEAR, AND SUCH MEETING SHALL BEGIN AT NOON ON THE THIRD DAY OF JANUARY, UNLESS THEY SHALL BY LAW APPOINT A DIFFERENT DAY. SECTION 3, IF, AT THE TIME FIXED FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE TERM OF THE PRESIDENT, THE PRESIDENT-ELECT SHALL HAVE DIED, THE VICE PRESIDENT ELECT SHALL BECOME PRESIDENT.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN.

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    MR. GREEN

    PRESIDENT SHALL NOT HAVE BEEN CHOSEN FOR THE TIME FIXED AT THE BEGINNING…

    PRESIDENT SHALL NOT HAVE BEEN CHOSEN FOR THE TIME FIXED AT THE BEGINNING OF HIS TERM OR THE PRESIDENT-ELECT SHALL HAVE FAILED TO QUALIFY, THE VICE PRESIDENT ELECT SHALL ACT AS PRESIDENT UNTIL THE PRESIDENT SHALL HAVE QUALIFIED AND THE CONGRESS MAY BY LAW FOR THE CASE WRITTEN WHERE IN NEITHER A PRESIDENT ELECTS OR VICE PRESIDENT SHALL HAVE QUALIFIED, DECLARING WHO SHALL THEN ACT AS PRESIDENT OR THE MANNER IN WHICH ONE WHO IS TO ACT SHALL BE SELECTED, AND SUCH PERSON SHALL ACT ACCORDINGLY UNTIL A PRESIDENT OR VICE PRESIDENT SHALL HAVE QUALIFIED.

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  • 12:17:37 PM

    MR. GOOD LAT

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. HURT.

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    MR. HURT

    THE CONGRESS MAY BY LAW PROVIDE FOR THE CASE OF THE DEATH OF ANY OF THE…

    THE CONGRESS MAY BY LAW PROVIDE FOR THE CASE OF THE DEATH OF ANY OF THE PERSONS FROM WHOM THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MAY CHOOSE A PRESIDENT WHENEVER THE RIGHT OF CHOICE SHALL HAVE DEVOLVED UPON THEM, AND FOR THE CASE OF THE DEATH OF ANY OF THE PERSONS FROM WHOM THE SENATE MAY CHOOSE A VICE PRESIDENT WHENEVER THE RIGHT OF CHOICE SHALL HAVE DEVOLVED UPON THEM.

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  • 12:18:17 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    SECTION 5 SECTIONS 1 AND 2 SHALL TAKE EFFECT ON THE 15TH DAY OF OCTOBER…

    SECTION 5 SECTIONS 1 AND 2 SHALL TAKE EFFECT ON THE 15TH DAY OF OCTOBER FOLLOWING THE RATIFICATION OF THIS ARTICLE. SECTION 6 THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE INOPERATIVE UNLESS IT SHALL HAVE BEEN RATIFIED AS AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION BY THE LEGISLATURES OF THREE-FOURTHS OF THE SEVERAL STATES WITHIN SEVEN YEARS FROM THE DATE OF ITS SUBMISSION.

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  • 12:18:50 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    AMENDMENT XXI PASSED BY CONGRESS NOVEMBER 20, 1933, RATIFIED DECEMBER 5,…

    AMENDMENT XXI PASSED BY CONGRESS NOVEMBER 20, 1933, RATIFIED DECEMBER 5, 1933. SECTION 1 THE EIGHTEENTH ARTICLE OF AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES IS HEREBY REPEALED. SECTION 2 THE TRANSPORTATION OR IMPORTATION INTO ANY STATE, TERRITORY, OR POSSESSION OF THE UNITED STATES FOR DELIVERY OR USE THEREIN OF INTOXICATING LIQUORS, IN VIOLATION OF THE LAWS THEREOF, IS HEREBY PROHIBITED.

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  • 12:19:37 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. SCHRADER.

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    MR. SCHRADER

    3 THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE INOPERATIVE UNLESS IT SHALL HAVE BEEN RATIFIED AS…

    3 THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE INOPERATIVE UNLESS IT SHALL HAVE BEEN RATIFIED AS AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION BY CONVENTIONS IN THE SEVERAL STATES, AS PROVIDED IN THE CONSTITUTION, WITHIN SEVEN YEARS FROM THE DATE OF THE SUBMISSION HEREOF TO THE STATES BY THE CONGRESS.

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  • 12:20:14 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. MIAN -- MR. MEEHAN.

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    MR. MEEHAN

    XXII PASSED BY CONGRESS ON MARCH 21, 1947. SECTION 1 NO PERSON SHALL BE…

    XXII PASSED BY CONGRESS ON MARCH 21, 1947. SECTION 1 NO PERSON SHALL BE ELECTED TO THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT MORE THAN TWICE, AND NO PERSON WHO HAS HELD THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT, OR ACTED AS PRESIDENT, FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS OF A TERM TO WHICH SOME OTHER PERSON WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT SHALL BE ELECTED TO THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT MORE THAN ONCE.

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  • 12:21:01 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. NUNNELY. -- MR. NUNNELEE.

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    MR. NUNNELEE

    TO ANY PERSON HOLDING THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT WHEN THIS ARTICLE WAS…

    TO ANY PERSON HOLDING THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT WHEN THIS ARTICLE WAS PROPOSED BY CONGRESS AND SHALL NOT PREVENT ANY PERSON WHO MAY BE HOLDING THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OR ACTING AS PRESIDENT DURING THE TERM WITHIN WHICH THIS ARTICLE BECOMES OPERATIVE FROM HOLDING THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OR ACTING AS PRESIDENT DURING THE REMAINDER OF SUCH TERM.

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  • 12:21:50 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MILLER. MR.

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    MR. MILLER

    THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE NOT APPLY TO ANY PERSON HOLDING THE OFFICE OF…

    THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE NOT APPLY TO ANY PERSON HOLDING THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT WHEN THIS ARTICLE WAS PROPOSED TO PRESIDENT. AND -- OR ACTING AS PRESIDENT DURING THE TERM WITHIN WHICH THE ART ERIKLE BECOMES OPERATIVE FROM HOLDING THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OR ACTING AS PRESIDENT DURING THE REMAINDER OF SUCH TERM.

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  • 12:22:25 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    SECTION 2 THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE INOPERATIVE UNLESS IT SHALL HAVE BEEN…

    SECTION 2 THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE INOPERATIVE UNLESS IT SHALL HAVE BEEN RATIFIED AS AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION BY THE LEGISLATURES OF THREE-FOURTHS OF THE SEVERAL STATES WITHIN SEVEN YEARS FROM THE DATE OF ITS SUBMISSION TO THE STATES BY THE CONGRESS.

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  • 12:23:01 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARNE MENDY -- MR.…

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARNE MENDY -- MR. GARAMENDI.

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  • 12:23:11 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    23, PASSED BY CONGRESS JUNE 16, 1960, RATIFIED MARCH 29, 1961. SECTION 1…

    23, PASSED BY CONGRESS JUNE 16, 1960, RATIFIED MARCH 29, 1961. SECTION 1 THE DISTRICT CONSTITUTING THE SEAT OF GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL APPOINT IN SUCH MANNER AS CONGRESS MAY DIRECT A NUMBER OF ELECTORS OF PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT EQUAL TO THE WHOLE NUMBER OF SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS TO WHICH THE DISTRICT WOULD BE ENTITLED IF IT WERE A -- IF IT WERE A STATE.

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  • 12:23:46 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE.

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    MR. ROYCE

    NO EVENT MORE THANTHE LEAST POPULOUS STATE. THEY SHALL BE IN ADDITION TO…

    NO EVENT MORE THANTHE LEAST POPULOUS STATE. THEY SHALL BE IN ADDITION TO THOSE APPOINTED BY THE STATES, BUT THEY SHALL BE CONSIDERED, FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE ELECTION OF PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT, TO BE ELECTORS APPOINTED BY A STATE, AND THEY SHALL MEET IN THE DISTRICT AND PERFORM SUCH DUTIES AS PROVIDED BY THE 12TH ARTICLE OF AMENDMENT. SECTION 2 THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE POWER TO ENFORCE THIS ARTICLE BY APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION.

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  • 12:24:32 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. COURTNEY. MR.

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    MR. COURTNEY

    AMENDMENT 24, PASSED BY CONGRESS, AUGUST 27, 1962, RATIFIED JANUARY 23,…

    AMENDMENT 24, PASSED BY CONGRESS, AUGUST 27, 1962, RATIFIED JANUARY 23, 1964. SECTION 1 THE RIGHT OF CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES TO VOTE IN ANY PRIMARY OR OTHER ELECTION FOR PRESIDENT OR VICE PRESIDENT, FOR ELECTORS FOR PRESIDENT OR VICE PRESIDENT, OR FOR SENATOR OR REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS, SHALL NOT BE DENIED OR ABRIDGED BY THE UNITED STATES OR ANY STATE BY REASON OF FAILURE TO PAY POLL TAX OR OTHER TAX. SECTION 2 THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE POWER TO ENFORCE THIS ARTICLE BY APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION.

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  • 12:25:17 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA,

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    MR. DENT

    25, PASSED BY CONGRESS, JULY 6, 1965. SECTION 1 IN CASE OF THE REMOVAL OF…

    25, PASSED BY CONGRESS, JULY 6, 1965. SECTION 1 IN CASE OF THE REMOVAL OF THE PRESIDENT FROM OFFICE OR OF HIS DEATH OR RESIGNATION, THE VICE PRESIDENT SHALL BECOME PRESIDENT. SECTION 2 WHENEVER THERE IS A VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT, THE PRESIDENT SHALL NOMINATE A VICE PRESIDENT WHO SHALL TAKE OFFICE UPON CONFIRMATION BY A MAJORITY VOTE OF BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS.

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  • 12:26:00 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. LANKFORD. MR. LANK FORD -- MR.

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    MR. LANKFORD

    WHENEVER THE PRESIDENT TRANSMITS TO THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE…

    WHENEVER THE PRESIDENT TRANSMITS TO THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HIS WRITTEN DECLARATION THAT HE IS UNABLE TO DISCHARGE THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF HIS OFFICE, AND UNTIL HE TRANSMITS TO THEM A WRITTEN DECLARATION TO THE CONTRARY, SUCH POWERS AND DUTIES SHALL BE DISCHARGED BY THE VICE PRESIDENT AS ACTING PRESIDENT.

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  • 12:26:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. MURPHY

    4 WHENEVER THE VICE PRESIDENT AND A MAJORITY OF EITHER THE PRINCIPAL…

    4 WHENEVER THE VICE PRESIDENT AND A MAJORITY OF EITHER THE PRINCIPAL OFFICERS OF THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS OR OF SUCH OTHER BODY AS CONGRESS MAY BY LAW PROVIDE, TRANSMIT TO THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THEIR WRITTEN DECLARATION THAT THE PRESIDENT IS UNABLE TO DISCHARGE THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF HIS OFFICE, THE VICE PRESIDENT SHALL IMMEDIATELY ASSUME THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE OFFICE AS ACTING PRESIDENT. MR.

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  • 12:27:22 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER. MRS.

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    MRS. HARTZLER

    THEREAFTER, WHEN THE PRESIDENT TRANSMITS TO THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF…

    THEREAFTER, WHEN THE PRESIDENT TRANSMITS TO THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HIS WRITTEN DECLARATION THAT NO INABILITY EXISTS, HE SHALL RESUME THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF HIS OFFICE UNLESS THE VICE PRESIDENT AND A MAJORITY OF EITHER THE PRINCIPAL OFFICERS OF THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT OR OF SUCH OTHER BODY AS CONGRESS MAY BY LAW PROVIDE, -- LAW PROVIDE.

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  • 12:28:04 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK.

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    MR. FITZPATRICK

    TRANSMIT WITHIN FOUR DAYS TO THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE AND…

    TRANSMIT WITHIN FOUR DAYS TO THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THEIR WRITTEN DECLARATION THAT THE PRESIDENT IS UNABLE TO DISCHARGE THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF HIS OFFICE. THEREUPON CONGRESS SHALL DECIDE THE ISSUE, ASSEMBLING WITHIN 48 HOURS FOR THAT PURPOSE IF NOT IN SESSION.

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  • 12:28:47 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    IF THE CONGRESS, WITHIN 21 DAYS AFTER RECEIPT OF THE LATTER WRITTEN…

    IF THE CONGRESS, WITHIN 21 DAYS AFTER RECEIPT OF THE LATTER WRITTEN DECLARATION, OR, IF CONGRESS IS NOT IN SESSION, WITHIN TWENTY-ONE DAYS AFTER CONGRESS IS REQUIRED TO ASSEMBLE, DETERMINES BY TWO-THIRDS VOTE OF BOTH HOUSES THAT THE PRESIDENT IS UNABLE TO DISCHARGE THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF HIS OFFICE, THE VICE PRESIDENT SHALL CONTINUE TO DISCHARGE THE SAME AS ACTING PRESIDENT, OTHERWISE, THE PRESIDENT SHALL RESUME THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF HIS OFFICE.

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  • 12:29:30 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. HOLT GREN -- MR. HULTGREN.

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    MR. HULTGREN

    AMENDMENT 26, PASSED BY CONGRESS MARCH 23, 1971. RATIFIED JULY 1, 1971.…

    AMENDMENT 26, PASSED BY CONGRESS MARCH 23, 1971. RATIFIED JULY 1, 1971. SECTION 1 THE RIGHT OF CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES, WHO ARE EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER, TO VOTE SHALL NOT BE DENIED OR ABRIDGED BY THE UNITED STATES OR BY ANY STATE ON ACCOUNT OF AGE. SECTION 2 THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE POWER TO ENFORCE THIS ARTICLE BY APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION.

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  • 12:30:06 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. FINCHER, WHO WILL READ THE LAST…

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. FINCHER, WHO WILL READ THE LAST SECTION OF THE CONSTITUTION.

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  • 12:30:17 PM

    MR. FINCHER

    27, ORIGINALLY PROPOSED SEPTEMBER 25, 1789, RATIFIED MAY 7, 1992. NO LAW,…

    27, ORIGINALLY PROPOSED SEPTEMBER 25, 1789, RATIFIED MAY 7, 1992. NO LAW, VARYING THE COMPENSATION FOR THE SERVICES OF THE SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES, SHALL TAKE EFFECT, UNTIL AN ELECTION OF REPRESENTATIVES SHALL HAVE INTERVENED. MR.

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  • 12:31:00 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER WELCOME APOLOGY TO THOSE FEW MEMBERS WHO WERE WAITING TO READ,…

    MR. SPEAKER WELCOME APOLOGY TO THOSE FEW MEMBERS WHO WERE WAITING TO READ, WE HAVE NOW COMPLETED THE FIRST READING ALOUD OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:31:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. BERMAN

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

  • 12:31:49 PM

    THE CLERK

    FOR MEMBER, COMMITTEE, AND LEADERSHIP OFFICES IN 2011 AND 2012.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 11 OF RULE 10 AND CLAUSE 11 OF RULE 1 AND THE ORDER OF…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 11 OF RULE 10 AND CLAUSE 11 OF RULE 1 AND THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES THE SPEAKER'S APPOINTMENT OF THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TO THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE, ROGERS, MICHIGAN, CHAIRMAN. PURSUANT TO RESOLUTION 5B OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 5 THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LUNGREN AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. BRADY, EACH WILL CONTROL ONE HOUR. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 12:32:37 PM

    MR. LUNGREN

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. SKI THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. SKI THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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  • 12:32:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 12:32:44 PM

    MR. LUNGREN

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

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    TODAY IS A MOMENT US DAY. WE ARE ALL HERE AS NEW MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON…

    TODAY IS A MOMENT US DAY. WE ARE ALL HERE AS NEW MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON THE CUS OF OF A NEW ERA IN -- ON THE CUSP OF A NEW ERA OF AMERICA'S POLITICAL LIFE. I FIND IT INTERESTING THAT YESTERDAY WE WERE SWORN IN AND VOTED ON A RULE ENHANCING -- ON THE RULES PACKAGE, TODAY WE BEGIN WITH THE READING OF THE CONSTITUTION. THE CONSTITUTION ESTABLISHES OUR FRAMEWORK OF GOVERNMENT, IT ENSHRINES AS OUR FUNDAMENTAL LAW THE PROPER ROLE OF GOVERNMENT. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE PROMISED IN OUR PLEDGE TO AMERICA, TODAY'S READING WAS AN AFFIRMATION OF OUR COMMITMENT TO RETURN THIS GOVERNMENT BACK TO ITS PROPER ROLE. A SMALLER, LESS COSTLY, MORE ACCOUNTABLE ONE. MR. SPEAKER, THE RESOLUTION BEFORE US INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM OREGON IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO TODAY'S AFFIRMATION AND IT IS NO DENT THAT THIS IS OUR FIRST PIECE OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS IN THIS, THE 112TH CONGRESS. THIS LEGISLATION IS SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE ALONG WITH OUR OTHER ACTIVITIES HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR THIS WEEK, THIS BILL COMMITTING OURSELVESES TO A MORE RESPONSIBLE AND EFFICIENT STEWARDSHIP OF THE TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS, DEMONSTRATES, WE HOPE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THAT WE ARE LISTENING. MR. SPEAKER, THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE SHOULD ACT FIRST AND LEAD BY EXAMPLE. EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE CUT THEIR SPENDING, ARE PAYING OFF THEIR DEBT, AND ARE STRIVING TO LIVE WITHIN THEIR MEANS. WE SHOULD DO THE SAME AND THIS LEGISLATION IS A BEGINNING. IT WILL DO THAT BY HAVING AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT AND WE'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. WALDEN, AND HIS TRANSITION TEAM FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND THEIR CONSTRUCTIVE IDEAS. UNDER THIS RESOLUTION, EACH LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE AND MEMBER OFFICE IN THE 112TH CONGRESS WILL RECEIVE NO MORE THAN 95% OF ITS 111TH CONGRESS FUNDING LEVEL. IN FISCAL YEAR 2011, THIS WILL MEAN A SAVINGS OF $1 MILLION FROM LEADERSHIP OFFICE, SAVINGS OF $8.1 MILLION FROM COMMITTEE BUDGETS AND A SAVINGS OF $26.1 MILLION FROM COLLECTIVELY THE MEMBERS' OFFICE BUDGETS. FOR THOSE WHO MAY NOT KNOW THE MEMBERS' OFFICE BUDGETS ARE THE SPECIFIC AMOUNTS GIVEN TO MEMBERS TO CARRY OUT THEIR FUNCTIONS AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. IT INCLUDES THE ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE WITH OUR CONSTITUENTS, IT INCLUDES PAYING FOR THEIR STAFF, PAYING FOR TRANSPORTATION, FROM THEIR DISTRICT TO WASHINGTON, D.C. AND BACK, IT INCLUDES THE RENTAL ON THEIR DISTRICT OFFICES. IN OTHER WORDS, IT IS THE MONEY THAT IS UTILIZED FOR MEMBERS TO CARRY OUT THEIR OFFICIAL ACTIVITIES. THESE ARE IMPORTANT JOBS THAT MEMBERS ARE REQUIRED TO DO IF IN FACT WE ARE TO REPRESENT OUR PEOPLE APPROPRIATELY. NONETHELESS, EVEN THOUGH THESE ARE IMPORTANT THINGS WE DO, WE SHOULD TRY TO BE EVEN MORE EFFICIENT IN THE WAY WE DO THEM. THAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS LEGISLATION BEFORE US. MR. SPEAKER, THESE ARE SUBSTANTIAL CUTS IN BUDGETS, IN BUDGETS THAT FRANKLY CANNOT CONTINUE INDEFINITELY ON UPWARD TRAJECTORIES. WE MUST ALL FIND WAYS TO DO MORE WITH LESS TO ENHANCE OUR PRODUCTIVITY AND FERRET OUT WASTE AND INEFFICIENCIES WHEREVER THEY MAY BE. WITH THAT BEING SAID, THIS INITIAL SAVE SGS ONLY A DOWN PAYMENT ON FUTURE EFFORTS. MY COLLEAGUES AND I ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION ARE DEDICATED TO CONTINUING SAVINGS AND REDUCTIONS IN SPENDING AND OTHER AREAS AS WELL. THUS, FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012, WE COMMITTED TO KEEPING THIS 5% REDUCTION IN PLACE. WE'RE ALSO DIRECTING ALL HOUSE OFFICERS SUCH AS THE CLERK, THE SERGEANT AT ARMS AND THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER TO FIND SAVINGS WITHIN THEIR OWN ORGANIZATION WITHOUT SACRIFICING THEIR SERVICES AND THE EXCELLENCE THEY PRIDE THEMS ON MAINTAINING. IN OTHER WORDS TO DO WHAT ALL AMERICANS ARE ATTEMPTING TO DO IN THEIR OWN LIVES, FINDING WAYS TO DO MORE WITH LESS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM THESE AND OTHER HOUSE OFFICES IN SPECIFICITY AS TO WHAT THEIR COST SAVINGS PLANS WILL BE. AS HAS BEEN SAID BY OUR SPEAKER, WE COMMITTED TO CUTTING DOMESTIC SPENDING AND RETURNING NONSECURITY DISCRETIONARY SPENDING TO 2008 LEVELS. WE COULD LIVE ON THAT LEVEL OF SPENDING A MERE TWO YEARS AGO, SURELY WE CAN FIND WAYS TO DO SO AGAIN. AGAIN, AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE DOING IT, AMERICAN BUSINESSES ARE DOING IT, WE MUST TRY AS WELL. MR. SPEAKER, LISTENING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND RESTORING THE PROPER ROLE OF GOVERNMENT MEANS DECREASING SPENDING, ENDING OUR DEFICIT MENTALITY AND FOSTERING JOB CREATION. THESE ARE VIR CHAOS -- VIRTUES THAT MADE THIS COUNTRY GREAT AND WILL SUSTAIN US IN THE FUTURE. I WANT TO THANK MR. WALDEN AND HIS TRANSITION TEAM FOR THE EFFORTS THEY PUT INTO THIS LEGISLATION AND I WOULD URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. BRADY

    ANY EFFORT TO RESPONSIBLY ADDRESS THESE CONCERNS. I TRAVEL BACK AND FORTH…

    ANY EFFORT TO RESPONSIBLY ADDRESS THESE CONCERNS. I TRAVEL BACK AND FORTH TO MY DISTRICT EVERY DAY IN PHILADELPHIA AND I SPEND A LARGE PORTION OF EVERY DAY LISTENING TO CONSTITUENTS AS THEY VOICE THEIR CONCERNS OVER ECONOMY AND THE REAL IMPACT IT HAS ON THEIR DAY-TO-DAY LIVES. CERTAINLY THIS HOUSE MUST TAKE STEPS TO ENSURE THAT RESOURCES ARE EFFECTIVELY UTILIZED, ADMINISTRATED AND ACCOUNTED FOR. I SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND ENCOURAGE MY STUDENTS TO DO SO AS WELL. DURING THE 111TH CONGRESS, SIGNIFICANT STEPS WERE TAKEN TO EXPAND TRANSPARENCY AND RESPONSIBLE USE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS. UNDER SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI, WE WORKED TO INTRODUCE THE HOUSE STATEMENT OF DISBURSEMENTS IN AN ONLINE, ELECTRONIC FORMAT. FOR THE FIRST TIME, CONSTITUENTS, THE MEDIA AND OTHER CONCERNED INDIVIDUALS COULD REVIEW EVERY PENNY SPENT BY MEMBERS, COMMITTEES, AND LEADERSHIP OFFICES. WE ROLLED OUT ENHANCES TO INCREASE THE ENERGY EFFICIENT SOIF THE CAPITOL COMPLEX, RESULTING IN COST SAVINGS. UNDER THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY WE PUT IN PLACE REQUIREMENTS THAT ONLY VEHICLES MEETING LOWER GREENHOUSE EMISSION STANDARDS WERE ELIGIBLE FOR M.R.A. FUNDS. IT NOT ONLY HAS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT BUT REDUCES GAS COSTS. THIS ULTIMATELY IS THE REASON WHY WE ARE HERE. I LOOK FORWARD TO EXPLORING ADDITIONAL COST-SAVING OPPORTUNITIES WITH CHAIRMAN LUNGREN IN THE SPIRIT OF BIPARTISANSHIP WE HAVE ENJOYED FOR YEARS. I ALSO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS RESOLUTION AND MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    AT THIS TIME, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR.…

    AT THIS TIME, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. WALDEN WHO SPENT AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF TIME BEGINNING IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE ELECTIONS TO BRING US TO THIS POINT.

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    MR. WALDEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ADMINISTRATION…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE FOR HIS HELP AND ASSISTANCE AS WE WORK THROUGH THE TRANSITION. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. BRADY AND MR. ANDREWS AS WELL WHO ARE DESIGNATED BY THEN-SPEAKER PELOSI TO BE A FORMAL CONDUIT ON THE TRANSITION. THEY WERE MOST HELPFUL AND GAVE US GOOD INSIGHTS. I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBERS WHO PARTICIPATED AN THE STAFF WHO WE REACHED OUT TO IN A SURVEY ACROSS THIS CAMPUS TO SAY, HOW CAN WE DO THIS BETTER? HOW CAN WE BE MORE EFFICIENT WITH OUR TIME AND THE TAXPAYERS IMONEY. THERE'S AN OLD SAYING THAT THE JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES BEGINS WITH A SINGLE STEP. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS IS A SINGLE STEP FORWARD BUT IT IS A $35 MILLION FIRST STEP. WE THINK WE CAN AT LEAST SAVE THAT IN THIS EFFORT TODAY AND LEADERSHIP REALLY STARTS AT THE TOP. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN LOUDLY AND CLEARLY, THEY'RE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE ECONOMY AND THEIR JOBS AND THEIR COMMUNITIES. AND THEY'RE EQUALLY AND DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE DEFICITS THAT HAVE BEEN RACKED UP BY BOTH PARTIES OVER TIME. WE HAVE TO TURN THAT AROUND OR WE END UP LOOKING LIKE SOME OF THESE COUNTRIES ELSEWHERE AROUND THE GLOBE THAT ARE FACING FINANCIAL RUIN IF THEY DON'T CHANGE. WE HAVE TO CHANGE TO AND -- WE HAVE TO CHANGE TOO AND WE ARE ASKING OURSELVESES TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP HERE AND SAVE AT LEAST $35 MILLION. MR. DRAY BREY DIPOINTED OUT AND MR. LUNGREN POINTED OUT, THIS IS A FIRST INSTALLMENT. OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM IN THIS ORGANIZATION IS LOOKING AT EACH DEPARTMENT AND HOW THEY CAN ACHIEVE ADDITIONAL SAVINGS. WE HAVE AN INSPECTOR GENERAL THAT LOOKS AT EVERYTHING ON CAPITOL HILL AND IDENTIFIES WAYS WE CAN IMPROVE SAFETY AND SECURITY AND CUT COSTS AND BE MORE EFFICIENT. SO WE ARE LETTING THEM DO THEIR MANAGEMENT. I WAS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER FOR 22 YEARS WITH MY WIFE OUT IN ARKANSAS. I UNDERSTAND THAT IF YOU DON'T WATCH THE PENNIES AND NICKELS, YOU'LL NEVER GET TO THE DOLLARS. YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT EVERYTHING YOU DO IN REALTIME TO TRY TO SQUEEZE OUT EFFICIENCY. I THINK WE'VE DONE THAT AS REPUBLICANS, OUR PLEDGE TO AMERICA WAS TO DO EXACTLY THAT ACROSS THE GOVERNMENT. YOU WILL SEE OVERSIGHT HEARINGS ABOUT POLICY, OVERSIGHT HEARINGS ABOUT JOB KILLING REGULATIONS. WE WANT TO GET AMERICA WORKING AGAIN. I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SHARE THAT VIEW THAT IT IS THE PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS WE HAVE TO GET RESTORED IN THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE TO GROW THE ECONOMY AND CREATE JOBS AND PUT WASHINGTON'S FISCAL HOUSE BACK IN ORDER AND WE'LL TAKE THE FIRST STEPS TODAY WITH THIS LEGISLATION THAN RESOLUTION. SO SPECIFICALLY, WE CUT, WE BELIEVE $35 MILLION OUT OF OUR OWN BUDGET, THE 5% REDUCTION, EXCEPT I SHOULD POINT OUT THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE WILL ACTUALLY SUFFER A 9% REDUCTION AND THEY CAME FORWARD WITH THAT LEVEL. I APPLAUD THEM FOR THAT. THIS IS FIRM BUT FLEXIBLE. MEMBERS WILL STILL DETERMINE WITHIN THEIR BUDGETS HOW THEY'RE SPENT, WE DENT MICROMANAGE, WE TREAT YOU AS ADULTS AND WE'RE GOING TO TREAT GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AS ADULTS BUT WE EXPECT RESULTS BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SPOKE CLEARLY IN NOVEMBER AND SAID, WE WANT TRONS PARENTCY, WE WANT OPENNESS, WE WANT ACCOUNTABILITY, WE WANT YOU TO CUT DEFICIT SPENDING AND CREATE PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS. MR. CHAIRMAN, I THINK WE HAVE BEGUN THAT PROCESS TODAY. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE FOR SUPPORTING US IN THIS BIPARTISAN EFFORT AND WITH THAT, I WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    LIKE TO THANK MR. WALDEN FOR ALLOWING ME TO PARTICIPATE, PLANNED ANDREWS…

    LIKE TO THANK MR. WALDEN FOR ALLOWING ME TO PARTICIPATE, PLANNED ANDREWS FROM NEW JERSEY, FOR ALLOWING US TO PARTICIPATE. I DON'T WANT TO GET YOU IN TROUBLE HERE TODAY, BUT WE HAD SOME IDEAS WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PLAN. I'M TALKING ESPECIALLY FORWARD THE SCHEDULE. I DO APPRECIATE THAT AND I APPRECIATE YOU HAY ALLOWING US TO PARTICIPATE IN WHAT YOU'VE DONE THERE AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU IN THE FUTURE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, THE…

    IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, MR. ROGERS.

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    MR. ROGERS

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A HISTORIC TIME…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A HISTORIC TIME FOR THIS CONGRESS, THIS HOUSE, MY COMMITTEE, AND I CAN SAY WITHOUT A MOMENT'S HESITATION THAT THIS DAY REPRESENTS A CRUCIAL TURNING POINT FOR OUR NATION AS THIS NEW CONGRESS BEGINS A PATH TO FISCAL SANITY. WITH THIS RESOLUTION TODAY, CONGRESS WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY TO REDUCE SPENDING STARTING HERE AND NOW WITH OUR OWN OFFICE BUDGETS AND OUR COMMITTEE BUDGETS AND THE LIKE. TO DEMONSTRATE MY STRONG COMMITMENT TO SLASHING SPENDING, REDUCING OUR NATIONAL DEFICIT, AND GETTING OUR ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK, I'VE DIRECTED MY OWN COMMITTEE BUDGET TO BE CUT NOT BY 5%, MR. SPEAKER, BUT BY 9%. NEARLY DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF REDUCTIONS PROPOSED FOR OTHER HOUSE OFFICES. WHAT THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE IS SAYING TO ALL OTHER COMMITTEES, WE SEE YOUR FIVE, WE RAISE YOU FOUR. SO WE ARE CUTTING 9%. THIS YEAR THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE WILL BE GROUND ZERO FOR A WIDE RANGE OF REDUCTIONS ACROSS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND BY CUTTING OUR OWN BUDGET FIRST, MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE SHOWING WE ARE WILLING TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE. THIS IS A CRITICAL TIME FOR THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AS WE WILL CARRY OUT THE MOST EXPANSIVE REDUCTION OF DISCRETIONARY SPENDING IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY. UNDER MY WATCH THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE WILL BE AN INSTRUMENT OF CHANGE TO ENFORCE THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMITTEE AND I ARE READY TO STAND AND FIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND SHOW THAT WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT OUR COMMITMENT TO REIN IN GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND CONTROL OUR EXPLODING DEFICITS. YET IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT SLASHING SPENDING TO SAVE TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND REDUCING THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT IS A MEANS TO AN END. WE MUST ALWAYS KEEP OUR EYES ON THE ULTIMATE GOAL, IMPROVING OUR ECONOMY, GETTING OUR PEOPLE BACK TO WORK, AND SAFEGUARDING THE NATION'S FINANCIAL SECURITY. FOR THE FUTURE. THE ONE AND ONLY MANDATE THAT WE RECEIVED FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN NOVEMBER, IN MY JUDGMENT, WAS TO PUT OUR ECONOMY AND JOBS FIRST. THIS IS WHY PEOPLE CAME TO THE POLLS AND VOTED FOR A CHANGE IN THIS BODY. AND THIS IS THE DUTY THAT WE MUST FULFILL. TO THIS END IT'S CLEAR THAT THIS CONGRESS CANNOT LET FAVORED YET TROUBLESOME PROGRAMS SLIP BY OR ALLOW TURF BATTLES TO CLOUD OUR SHARED INTEREST IN PROTECTING THE TAXPAYER. OUR BUDGET AXE WILL SWING WIDE AND TRUE AND NO AREA OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL BE IMMUNE FROM OUR SCRUTINY AND CUTS. SACRED COWS FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES EXTINCT. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE A BIG JOB AHEAD OF US. WHILE THIS RESOLUTION IS A SMALL STEP FORWARD, IT IS A GIANT LEAP TO SHOW IN A VERY PERSONAL AND PRACTICAL WAY THE COMMITMENT WE HAVE TO REDUCING SPENDING AND GETTING OUR ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK. THE FIRST BLOOD DRAWN -- THE FIRST DRAWN BLOOD IS OURS.

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    MR. BRADY

    CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THIS TIME I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. CRENSHAW.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA, MEMBER OF THE TRANSITION…

    THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA, MEMBER OF THE TRANSITION TEAM, THE GENTLELADY, CONGRESSWOMAN --

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    MRS. ROBY

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. OUR NATION IS ON AN UNSUSTAINABLE PATH. OVER THE LAST…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. OUR NATION IS ON AN UNSUSTAINABLE PATH. OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS ALL WE HAVE SEEN FROM WASHINGTON IS MORE SPENDING, MORE BORROWING, AND MORE DEBT. THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER HAS BEEN BURDENED WITH $3 TRILLION WORTH OF BAILOUT AND BUYOUT. NEVER BEFORE HAS THE GOVERNMENT SPENT SO MUCH WHILE THE PEOPLE RECEIVED SO LITTLE. ONE OF THE GOALS OF THE TRANSITION TEAM WAS TO RESTORE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY BACK TO CONGRESS. AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. WALDEN, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THAT TRANSITION TEAM. WORKING FAMILIES ALL ACROSS AMERICA HAVE BEEN FORCED TO TIGHTEN THEIR BELTS DURING THIS ECONOMIC DOWNTURN. THE CONGRESS SHOULD BE NO DIFFERENT. OUR PROPOSAL WOULD CUT MEMBERS' REPRESENTATIONAL ALLOWANCES BY 5%. IT WILL SAVE THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER AT LEAST $35 MILLION ANNUALLY OVER THE NEXT YEAR. NO ONE IS SUGGESTING THAT THIS IS A SILVER BULLET. IN FACT, IT IS FAR FROM IT. REDUCING OUR SOARING DEBT WILL REQUIRE THAT CONGRESS TO DEEPLY COMMIT TO THE TOUGH CHOICES THAT WILL BE REQUIRED TO PUT OUR NATION BACK ON TRACK. BUT IN MANY WAYS OUR BUDGET WOES BEGAN IN THIS CHAMBER AND SO, TOO, SHOULD THEY END. THIS RESOLUTION IS A SYMBOLIC START TO THIS PROCESS. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. SCOTT.

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    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL OVER THE LAST…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS WE HAVE HEARD TWO THINGS FROM PEOPLE. WE HAVE HEARD CUT SPENDING, CUT SPENDING, CUT SPENDING, AND THE OTHER THING WE HEARD CONSISTENTLY WAS, LIVE BY THE DECISIONS THAT YOU MAKE IN CONGRESS. WELL, TODAY WE HAVE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY BEFORE US. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO BOTH. TO START CUTTING SPENDING $35 MILLION PLUS IN SPENDING CUTS STARTING WITH US. IT MEANS THAT WE START FIRST AND FOREMOST BY LIVING WITH THE DECISION THAT IS WE MAKE. A 5% DEDUCTION IN OUR M.R.A.'S GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO NOT SPEND THE MONEY SO THAT OTHER FOLKS AND FAMILIES, SMALL BUSINESSES, HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY WHO ARE NOT PAYING TAXES TO INVEST MORE MONEY IN THE FUTURE OF THEIR COUNTRY AND THEIR FAMILIES. SECOND, AS WE CONSISTENTLY LIVE UNDER OUR OWN DECISIONS, WE TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE ARE SIMPLY LISTENING. I HEARD CONSTANTLY THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT A CONGRESS THAT LISTENS. THAT UNDERSTANDS THEIR PAIN AND DOES SOMETHING ABOUT IT. THE FIRST STEP IN THAT DIRECTION IS FOR US TO START LIVING WITHIN OUR OWN MEANS AND TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WE HEAR THEM. WE WANT TO RESTORE THE COMPETENCE OF THE -- CONFIDENCE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS. WE MUST START BY DOING THINGS LIKE THIS. CUTTING OURSELVES FIRST AND ASKING THE REST OF THE GOVERNMENT TO FOLLOW.

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    AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. GARDNER. A MEMBER OF THE TRANSITION TEAM.

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    MR. GARDNER

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I'M GLAD TO SUPPORT A RESOLUTION THAT PUTS AWAY THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I'M GLAD TO SUPPORT A RESOLUTION THAT PUTS AWAY THE KNIVES OF POLITICS AND INSTEAD PULLS OUT THE SHEARS OF BUDGET CUTTING. THANK YOU TO REPRESENTATIVE WALDEN, MR. WALDEN, FOR YOUR WORK IN THE TRANSITION COMMITTEE TO AGAIN RESTORE ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY BY LEADING WITH EXAMPLE IN ONE OF THE MOST HISTORIC INSTITUTION THIS IS WORLD HAS EVER WITNESSED. THROUGHOUT MY TIME IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE OF COLORADO, THROUGHOUT THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS, I HAVE TALKED TO CONSTITUENTS AROUND THE FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF COLORADO ABOUT THE LEAD TO -- NEED TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE, NEED TO START IN OUR OWN BACKYARD FIRST. TO CUT OUR BUDGETS. TO MAKE SURE WE ARE LEADING BY EXAMPLE. JUST A COUPLE ROWS FROM HERE ON THIS CHAMBER WHEN WE TOOK THE OATH OF OFFICE, MY 7-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER ACCOMPANIED ME TO WITNESS THE TRANSITION OF POWER. BUT THAT MEANS NOTHING IF WE CANNOT LEAD BY EXAMPLE. I WILL HAVE FAILED HER AS A 7-YEAR-OLD CHILD AND EVERY CHILD LIKE HER IF WE DO NOT LEAD BY EXAMPLE. AND WE START TODAY BY CUTTING OUR OWN BUDGETS. THE 5% CUT TO OUR BUDGET, IT'S NOT MASSIVE, BUT IT IS MONUMENTAL. AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE MUST ALL TAKE SERIOUSLY OUR EFFORTS TO BEGIN LEADING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AROUND THIS COUNTRY CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES ARE LOOKING TO CONGRESS FOR SIGNS OF HOPE, SIGNS OF HOPE THAT WE HAVE LEARNED A LESSON THAT THIS CONGRESS HAS SPENT TOO MUCH, GROWN TOO MUCH, AND THAT WE WILL PUT OUR OWN HOUSE IN ORDER. MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TODAY AND THE HONOR OF STANDING IN SUPPORT OF A RESOLUTION THAT SAYS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE WILL, INDEED, LEAD BY EXAMPLE. WE WILL BEGIN IN OUR HOUSE FIRST.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE HOUSE WILL HEAR A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER.

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    MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE HAS AGREED TO S.CON.RES. 2, AUTHORIZING THE USE OF THE ROTUNDA OF THE CAPITOL FOR AN EVENT MARKING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INAUGURAL OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY WHICH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE HOUSE IS REQUESTED.

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    AT THIS TIME, IT GIVES ME A GREAT DEAL OF PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO…

    AT THIS TIME, IT GIVES ME A GREAT DEAL OF PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE MAJORITY LEADER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA,

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    MR. CANTOR

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. SPEAKER, OUR NEW MAJORITY WILL…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. SPEAKER, OUR NEW MAJORITY WILL BE A RESULT DRIVEN CONGRESS WITH ONE CLEAR GOAL, TO CREATE JOBS AND GENERATE ECONOMIC GROWTH. OUR DEFINING PRINCIPLE WILL BE CUT AND GROW. CUT SPENDING AND JOB-KILLING REGULATIONS, AND GROW JOBS AND THE ECONOMY. OUR MISSION IS URGENT FOR THE ECONOMY TO GROW, FAMILIES, BUSINESSES, AND FINANCIAL MARKETS NEED TO KNOW THAT WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT CUTTING SPENDING. IF WE DON'T ACT, THE THREAT OF FUTURE TAX INCREASES, INFLATION, AND HIGH BORROWING COSTS WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE AS AN ANCHOR ON THE ECONOMY. BEGINNING THE NEW REPUBLICAN MAJORITY BY ACCOUNTING OUR OWN CONGRESSIONAL OPERATING BUDGET SENDS THE RIGHT MESSAGE. THE DAYS OF FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES TIGHTENING THEIR BELTS WHILE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GOES ON A SPENDING SPREE ARE OVER. THIS SELF-IMPOSED 5% CUT TO OUR OWN HOUSE OPERATING BUDGET WILL SAVE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS MORE THAN $35 MILLION IMMEDIATELY. I HOPE THE FEDERAL AGENCIES ACROSS THE SPECTRUM WILL FOLLOW SUIT AND FIND WAYS TO CUT THEIR OWN BUDGETS. THIS LEGISLATION IS A SMALL BUT SIGNIFICANT STEP TOWARDS PROMOTING A CULTURE OF OPPORTUNITY, RESPONSIBILITY, AND SUCCESS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. LUNGREN

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO ANOTHER GENTLEMAN WHO…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO ANOTHER GENTLEMAN WHO SERVED US WELL ON THE TRANSITION TEAM, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. KIN SINGER -- KINZINGER, THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. KINZINGER

    IT'S AN HONOR TO GIVE MY FIRST SPEECH ON THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON…

    IT'S AN HONOR TO GIVE MY FIRST SPEECH ON THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON THIS ISSUE. WHEN I WENT AROUND IN THE CAMPAIGN, I HEARD FROM THE PEOPLE OF THE 11TH DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS REPEATEDLY A NUMBER OF THINGS, BUT ON THE FOREFRONT OF IT WAS CUT SPENDING. . WE HAVE A MASSIVE DEFICIT, WE'VE ACTED THE LAST FEW YEARS LIKE WE CAN SPEND MONEY AND NEVER WORRY ABOUT IT. WE SAW A MATSIVE CHANGE IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS AND IT'S TIME FOR US TO HEED THAT MESSAGE. HOW BETTER TO DO IT THAN LEAD BY EXAMPLE. AS WELL AS HEARING ABOUT NEEDING TO CUT SPENDING, I HEARD ABOUT HUMILITY A LOT, AND A MAJORITY NEEDS TO LEAD WITH HUMILITY. I THINK THIS IS IMPORTANT. I DON'T HAVE KIDS YET BUT SOMEDAY I WILL AND WHEN I DO I DON'T WANT TO LIVE WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY THAT I SHOVELED DEBT AND DEBT ON TOP OF THEM AND MAKE THEM LIVE WITH THAT I UNDERSTAND WHAT SACRIFICE IS AND I UNDERSTAND THAT FOLKS HAVE BEEN FIGHTING ON THE OUTSIDE FOR DEFENSE OF OUR COUNTRY AND IT'S TIME FOR US NOW TO FIGHT ON THE INSIDE FOR THE DEFENSE OF OUR COUNTRY. $35 MILLION ISN'T GOING TO SOLVE ALL OUR BUDGET PROBLEMS BUT IT'S A GOOD FIRST STEP. THIS IS A FIRST STEP IN A PROBABLY VERY PAINFUL PROCESS WHERE WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND AND WRESTLE WITH THIS BEAST AND WHERE EVERYBODY IS GOING TO HAVE TO SACRIFICE. BUT IT'S THE FIRST STEP IN A VERY -- AND A VERY NECESSARY STEP TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE LEAVING OUR CHILDREN A UNION AND A COUNTRY FAR BETTER THAN ONE WE INHERITED. SO TO THE PEOPLE OF THE 11TH DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS, TO THE PEOPLE OF MERCK, LET ME SAY, THE FRESHMAN CLASS AND THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS HEARD YOUR VOICE. WE HEARD WHAT YOU SAID ON NOVEMBER 2, AND WE'RE GOING TO SERIOUSLY CUT SPENDING AND WE'RE GOING TO START WITH OUR OWN BUDGET. WE'RE PROUD TO DO IT AND WE'RE GOING TO STEP FORWARD AND LEAD AND MAKE YOU PROUD. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS ON THIS ISSUE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. LUNGREN

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR.…

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. HARPER A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE.

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    MR. HARPER

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M EAGER TO ENACT THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNING AGENDA THAT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M EAGER TO ENACT THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNING AGENDA THAT FOCUSES ON CREATING JOBS, DRIVING DOWN SPENDING AND SHRINKING THE SIZE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. REPUBLICANS WILL TAKE SWIFT ACTION TO TURN AMERICA FROM THE FAILED ECONOMIC POLICIES OF THE LAST TWO YEARS TO CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES THAT PROMOTE PROSPERITY THROUGH INDIVIDUAL FREEDOMS AND LIBERTIES. OUR PLAN INCLUDES PAY DO YOU THINK THE NATIONAL DEBT AND PUTTING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BACK ON A PATH TO A BALANCED BUDGET THIS GOAL CAN BE ACHIEVED BY EMPLOYING FISCALLY CONSERVATIVE POLICIES JUST LIKE THIS. MR. SPEAKER, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS BROKE, BORROWING 41 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR WE SPEND. NEARLY ONE IN 10 AMERICAN WORKERS IS UNEMPLOYED WHILE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS ADDED 100,000 NEW JOBS. WASHINGTON CONTINUES TO RECORD TRILLION-DOLLAR DEFICITS, DESPITE THE FACT THAT FAMILY BUDGETS GET SMALLER AND SMALLER. THE GOVERNMENT CANNOT CONTINUE TO GROW WHILE AMERICANS WALLETS SHRINK. AS LAWMAKERS, WE MUST LEAD BY EXAMPLE, FOR THIS PAST CONGRESS, MY FIRST TERM, MY CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE HAS COME IN UNDER BUDGET, VOLUNTARILY RETURNING APPROXIMATELY 10% OF THE MEMBER'S REPRESENTATIONAL ALLOWANCE. THIS GESTURE HAS NOT IMPACTED THE QUALITY OF OUR REPRESENTATION AND OUR STITSER VISES. DURING THIS TIME PERIOD, MY OFFICE HAS REPLIED TO OVER 37,000 EMAILS AND LETTERS AND CONNECTED WITH NEARLY 82,000 CONSTITUENTS VIA TELECONFERENCE. I URGE CONGRESS TO FOLLOW THIS EXAMPLE BY PROVIDING TAXPAYERS WITH A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE OPERATING BUDGET. OUR PATH TO A BALANCED BUDGET BEGINS TODAY AND IT BEGINS WITH THIS VOTE. WITH THAT, I THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MR. LUNGREN

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA A NEW MEMBER OF THE HOUSE…

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA A NEW MEMBER OF THE HOUSE ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE BUT A VETERAN OF THE HOUSE, MR. GINGREY -- DR. GINGREY.

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    MR. GINGREY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING, I THANK MR. LUNGREN, MR. BRADY, THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING, I THANK MR. LUNGREN, MR. BRADY, THE MEMBERS OF THE TANSIGS TEAM, MANY OF WHOM HAVE SPOKE ON THIS ISSUE. CLEARLY IT IS TIME FOR US, WE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WITH HOUSE RESOLUTION 22, TO SHOW GOOD FAITH IN REGARD TO TIGHTENING OUR BELTS. IT'S BEEN SAID, MR. SPEAKER, BY OTHER MEMBERS THAT CUTTING THE MEMBER REPRESENTATIONAL ACCOUNT IS KIND OF ROUTINE FOR A LOT OF MEMBERS. I KNOW THAT THIS PAST YEAR, I RETURNED SOMETHING LIKE $160,000 OF THE M.R.A. TO THE TREASURY AND OVER THE COURSE OF MY EIGHT YEARS IN CONGRESS, IN THE AGGREGATE, SOME $900,000. QUITE HONESTLY, THAT'S MORE THAN A 5% CUT. IT CAN BE DONE. MANY MEMBERS HAVE DONE THAT AS WELL. WE HAVE CONCERNS, OF COURSE, AS TO WHERE THAT MONEY GOES TO. DOES IT GO TO TRULY REDUCING THE DEFICIT AND LONG-TERM DEBT? AND I WILL BE INTRODUCING LEGISLATION LATER ON TODAY THAT BY LAW REQUIRES THAT THAT MONEY THAT'S TURNED BACK IN GOES BACK TO THE TAXPAYER. BUT THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION, HOUSE RESOLUTION 22, IS SOMETHING THAT I THINK WILL HAVE WIDE IF NOT UNANIMOUS, BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. THE FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THIS COMMITTEE, MR. BRADY, NOW RANKING MEMBER, MY GOOD FRENT DAN LUNGREN OF CALIFORNIA, THE SAME MIND IN REGARD TO FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND DOING WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. NOVEMBER 2, THEY WERE TELLING US, LOOK, WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF YOU GUYS JUST KEEP THROWING MONEY AT THINGS LIKE $1 TRILLION COST OF THE STIMULUS BILL AND ANOTHER $1 TRILLION FOR PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. SOME PEOPLE RECOGNIZE THAT BETTER AS OBAMACARE. BUT WHEN YOU'VE GOT $1.4 TRILLION OF DEFICIT FOR TWO OR THREE YEARS IN TA -- IN A ROW, NO WONDER YOU ADD $5 TRILLION TO THE LONG-TERM DEBT AND YOU GET UP TO SOMETHING LIKE $14 TRILLION. SO MR. SPEAKER, AT A TIME WHEN THERE'S A 9.8% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AND FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE FORCED TO TIGHTEN THEIR BELTS, I WHOLE HEARTEDLY BELIEVE THAT CONGRESS SHOULD LEAD BY EXAMPLE AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING WITH THIS BILL. I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUES GIVING ME TIME TO WEIGH IN ON THIS. I FULLY SUPPORT IT, I LOOK FORWARD TO BEING A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TIME TO ME. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. LUNGREN

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. MILLER…

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. MILLER WHO HAS DONE GREAT WORK IN THE PAST ABOUT THE OPERATIONS OF THIS HOUSE.

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    MRS. MILLER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE A SPENDING…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM HERE IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. WE KNOW IT, ALL THE MEMBERS HERE KNOW IT, CERTAINLY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW IT AS WELL. OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, WE HAVE RUN DEFICITS OF OVER $1 TRILLION EACH YEAR AND WE'VE DRIVEN OUR NATIONAL DEBT TO OVER $14 TRILLION. ON NOVEMBER 2, 2010, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SPOKE OUT IN A VERY LOUD AN CLEAR VOICE, STOP THE RECKLESS SPENDING. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY ELECTED ON NOVEMBER 2 HEARD THE CALL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND WE WILL START THE SPENDING CUTS TODAY BY CUTTING OUR OWN BUDGET BY 5%. SINCE MY ELECTION TO CONGRESS, I'VE ALWAYS TRIED TO BE A GOOD STEWARD OF THE MONEY APPROPRIATED TO MY BUDGET, TO SERVE MY CONSTITUENTS. IN THE LAST CONGRESS, I RETURNED ACTUALLY ABOUT 11% OF THE MONEY THAT WAS ALLOTTED, IN TWINE, I RETURNED NEARLY 8% TO THE TREASURY AND IN 2010, I EXPECT THAT RETURN TO ABOUT -- ALMOST 14%. I'M SURE MANY MEMBERS CAN MAKE SIMILAR CLAIMS HERE. A CUT OF 5% FOR MEMBERS FOR LEADERSHIP OFFICES, FOR COMMITTEES, IS A VERY IMPORTANT FIRST STEP IN GETTING OUR SPENDING UNDER CONTROL AND SOME MAY SAY THAT 5% DOESN'T CUT NEARLY NUFFER BUT CERTAINLY IT IS A WELCOME CHANGE AND WE ARE GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION RATHER THAN THE WRONG DIRECTION OF INCREASING THESE MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES THAT WE HAVE SEEN FOR TOO MANY YEARS. IF WE CANNOT CUT OUR OWN BUDGET, HOW CAN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT US TO START CUTTING SPENDING? I WOULD URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SENDING THIS IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE ARE VERY SERIOUS IN CUTTING SPENDING. WE GET IT. WE HEARD WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAID IN THIS LAST ELECTION AND WE'RE STARTING HERE RIGHT NOW WITH OURSELVES. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA . THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. LUNGREN

    AN INQUIRY AS TO WHETHER THE GENTLEMAN HAS ANY MORE SPEAKERS? MR.

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    MR. BRADY

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    MR. LUNGREN

    IF THE GENTLEMAN IS GOING TO YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME AFTER THE…

    IF THE GENTLEMAN IS GOING TO YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME AFTER THE STATEMENT, I'LL DO THE SAME ON THIS SIDE.

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    MR. BRADY

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

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    MR. LUNGREN

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN, MY FRIEND FROM THE GREAT STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA WHO HAS WORKED ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS MOST OF THE TIME AND WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS, ABOUT 85% OR 90% OF THE WORK WE DO ON OUR COMMITTEE HAS TO DO WITH MAKING THIS PLACE WORK. HELPING MEMBERS DO THE JOB THAT THEY WERE ELECTED TO DO TO REPRESENT THEIR CONSTITUENTS AND MAKING SURE THIS INSTITUTION OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WORKS. THERE IS A SENSE OF THE PRIDE OF THE INSTITUTION THAT I THINK MARK OURS COMMITTEE. -- MARKS OUR COMMITTEE. AND WE TRY IN A VERY REAL WAY TO WORK, BOTH ON THE DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN SIDES TO ENSURE THE PRODUCTIVITY OF THE MEMBERSHIP HERE AND TO ENSURE THAT, FRANKLY, THE PEOPLE GET THEIR MONEY'S WORTH. ABOUT 10% OR 15% OF WHAT WE DO HAS TO DO WITH ELECTION LAW. I MIGHT SAY THAT THAT'S NOT ALWAYS AS OBVIOUSLY BIPARTISAN, BUT WE'VE ALWAYS DONE IT IN A SPIRIT OF CIVILITY AND ALL IN A SPIRIT OF RESPECT FOR ONE ANOTHER AND FOR THAT I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT VOTE. IT -- IN COMPARISON TO THE TRILLION-DOLLAR BUDGET, TRILLION-DOLLAR DEFICIT, PEOPLE MIGHT SAY THIS IS A SMALL AMOUNT. IT IS NOT A SMALL AMOUNT. IT IS A SERIOUS 5% CUT WITH RESPECT TO THE OPERATIONS OF THIS HOUSE IN VERY, VERY SIGNIFICANT WAYS. IT IS A DOWN PAYMENT ON THE FUTURE ACTIONS OF THIS HOUSE WITH RESPECT TO OTHER OPERATIONS OF THE HOUSE BUT AS WE SCAN ACROSS THE ENTIRE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, MARKS THE DOWN PAYMENT ON THAT NEW VISION AND SO I WOULD ONCE AGAIN LIKE TO THANK THE CONGRESSMAN FROM OREGON MR. WALDEN AND I HAVE JUST DISCOVERED THAT I DO HAVE ANOTHER SPEAKER HERE AND WITH THE INDULGENCE OF MY FRIEND ON THE OTHER SIDE, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN, MR. WALSH, FROM ILLINOIS, THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. WALSH

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APOLOGIZE, I SNUCK UP ON YOU THERE. I RISE TODAY TO…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APOLOGIZE, I SNUCK UP ON YOU THERE. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT RESOLUTION 22 IN THE HOUSE. WE WERE ELECTED THIS PAST FALL TO DO WHAT WE SAID WE WERE GOING TO DO, TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE WHEN IT COMES TO SPENDING AND TIGHTENING OUR OWN BELTS, FOLLOWING THROUGH ON THIS KEY PLEDGE THAT WE MADE IN THE PLEDGE TO AMERICA, I THINK, IS VITAL, WE'RE TAKING THE FIRST STEP BEFORE WE ASK OTHERS TO TIGHTEN THEIR OWN BELTS AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THIS IS A FIRST STEP, HOPEFULLY IN AN ONGOING EFFORT TO CONTINUE TO CUT COSTS. THIS WILL IMPACT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US AND I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE SEE WE ARE TALKING THE TALK AND WALKING THE WALK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. LUNGREN

    I WOULD URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION, LET'S MAKE IT A…

    I WOULD URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION, LET'S MAKE IT A BIPARTISAN EFFORT, LET'S SHOW THAT WE HAVE THE COMMITMENT OF THE MEMBERSHIP HERE TOWARD RESPONDING TO THE REALITY OF OUR TIMES AND WITH THAT, I WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE, A…

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

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    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 410, THE NAYS ARE 19. 2/3 OF THOSE PRESENT…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 410, THE NAYS ARE 19. 2/3 OF THOSE PRESENT HAVING VOTED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RESOLUTION IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RISE?

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    SPEAKER I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO HAVE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS AND A…

    SPEAKER I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO HAVE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS AND A STATEMENT INTRT INTO THE RECORD DIRECTLY AFTER THE READING OF THE CONSTITUTION.

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

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    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    SPEAKER. I HUMBLY RISE TODAY TO WELCOME HOME THE HEROIC SOLDIERS OF THE…

    SPEAKER. I HUMBLY RISE TODAY TO WELCOME HOME THE HEROIC SOLDIERS OF THE 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION'S TASK FORCE AFTER A YEAR DEPLOYMENT IN AFGHANISTAN. MRS.

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    MRS. BLACKBURN

    WE READ ALLOWED THE DOCUMENT THAT WE ARE SWORN TO PROTECT AND DEFEND.…

    WE READ ALLOWED THE DOCUMENT THAT WE ARE SWORN TO PROTECT AND DEFEND. DEFEND OUR DOCUMENT AND FREEDOM THAN THOSE DEPLOYED IN HARM'S WAY. MANY HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED FIVE TIMES SINCE SEPTEMBER 11. THEY ARE PART OF THE MOST DEPLOYED UNIT IN THE HISTORY OF THE U.S. ARMY. THEY HAVE MY PROFOUND GRATITUDE FOR THAT SERVICE. THESE THESE BRAVE SOLDIERS SERVED IN AND AROUND AFGHANISTAN TOGETHER WITH THEIR AFGHAN ALLIES. THEY TOOK 2,000 INSURGENTS OUT OF THE FIGHT AND CLEARED THE WAY FOR EXPANDED AFGHAN GOVERNMENT. THEY ARRIVED IN A REGION THAT WAS CONTROLLED BY THE TALIBAN. THEY LEAVE AN AREA WHERE CHILDREN ARE FREE TO GO TO SCHOOL, PLAY CRICKET, FLY KITES, ALL ACTIVITIES THAT THE TALIBAN FOREBODE. TOMORROW, TENNESSEE WILL WELCOME THESE HEROES HOME. WE WILL OPEN OUR ARMS AND EMBRACE THEM AND THANK THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. WE WILL ALSO REMEMBER THOSE WHO ARE NOT RETURNING. I HOPE THAT MY COLLEAGUES IN THIS BODY WILL TAKE A MOMENT TODAY TO REFLECT ON HOW OUR SERVICE SHOULD HONOR THE SERVICE OF THOSE WHO SERVE US SO WELL. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE TIME OF THE THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. -- THE TIME OF THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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    MR. GINGREY

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

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    MR. GINGREY

    I RISE TODAY IN MEMORY OF TROOPER FIRST CLASS CHADWICK LECROIX, WHO WAS…

    I RISE TODAY IN MEMORY OF TROOPER FIRST CLASS CHADWICK LECROIX, WHO WAS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY AN UNREPENTED THUG ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 27. AT THE YOUNG AGE OF DECEMBER 28, HE WAS A HIGHLY DECORATED HUSBAND, FATHER AND PUBLIC SERVANT. HE GRADUATED FROM TROOPER SCHOOL IN AUGUST OF 2008, AND HAD BEEN A HIGHLY RESPECTED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER IN THE ATLANTA AREA EVER SINCE. TROOPER FIRST CLASS LECROIX IS THE 27TH GEORGIA STATE TROOPER KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY AND HE LEAVES BEHIND HIS WIFE AND TWO YOUNG SONS. A HERO LIKE HIM WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN, AND I JOIN HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN MOURNING THIS MOMENT US LOSS TO THEM. I -- MOMENTUS LOSS TO THEM. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN REMEMBERING THIS HEROIC GEORGIAN. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR ASKS MEMBERS TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATION OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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

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

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, THE DAN MARINO…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, THE DAN MARINO FOUNDATION WILL HOST ITS FIRST ANNUAL WALK ABOUT AUTISM EVENT AT SUN LIFE STADIUM IN MIAMI FROM 10:00 A.M. TO 2:00 P.M. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT OUR SOUTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY-BASED PROGRAMS THAT HELP CHILDREN WITH AUTISM AND THEIR FAMILIES. THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL STATES THAT ONE OUT OF EVERY 110 CHILDREN IN THE U.S. HAVE AUTISM. AUTISM IMPAIRS SOCIAL INTERACTIONS AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS. WHILE SOME AUTISTIC CHILDREN WILL GROW UP TO FUNCTION IN SOCIETY, OTHERS, MANY OTHERS WILL NEED SOME LEVEL OF PROFESSIONAL CARE ALL OF THEIR LIVES. SINCE ITS CREATION IN 1992, THE DAN MARINO FOUNDATION HAS RAISED OVER $30 MILLION TO SUPPORT RESEARCH, SERVICES AND TREATMENT SERVING CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS. I URGE ALL SOUTH FLORIDIANS TO PARTICIPATE AND HELP MAKE THIS FIRST ANNUAL WALK ABOUT AUTISM EVENT A SUCCESS. OUR COMBINED EFFORTS WILL HELP ASSURE THAT ALL MONEY RAISED HERE STAYS HERE AND BENEFITS PROGRAMS IN OUR SOUTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY. LET'S ALL WALK ABOUT AUTISM. THANK YOU.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES HE RISE?

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  • 01:49:53 PM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, ARE YOU READY FOR SPECIAL ORDERS?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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    MR. MCDERMOTT

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

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

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  • 01:50:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

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

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  • 01:50:42 PM

    MR. POE

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT TODAY FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS AND ANY SPECIAL ORDERS HERETOFORE ENTERED INTO THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS MAY BE PERMITTED TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE, REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE THEREIN EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL. MYSELF, MR. POE, FOR TODAY, JANUARY 7, 11 AND 12. DR. GINGREY FOR TODAY. MR. MCCLINTOCK FOR TODAY AND JANUARY 7. MR. BURTON FOR TODAY AND JANUARY 7. MR. JONES TODAY FOR -- JANUARY 7, 11 AND 12. MR. FRANKS FOR TODAY. MR. GOODLATTE FOR TODAY.

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  • 01:51:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER OF THE HOUSE, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS ARE PERMITTED TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES EACH. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE.

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  • 01:51:34 PM

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    CONSENT TO EXCHANGE TIMES WITH MR. POE AND MR. BARTON BE ALLOWED TO DO THE…

    CONSENT TO EXCHANGE TIMES WITH MR. POE AND MR. BARTON BE ALLOWED TO DO THE FIVE-MINUTE SPECIAL ORDER RIGHT NOW AND MR. POE BE GIVEN MY TIME LATER IN THE CUE.

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  • 01:51:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THERE OBJECTION. WITHOUT OBJECTION, MR. BARTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

    IS THERE OBJECTION. WITHOUT OBJECTION, MR. BARTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 01:51:54 PM

    MR. BARTON

    FROM TEXAS, JUDGE POE, FOR LETTING THIS HAPPEN. ONE WAS PART OF THE HOUSE…

    FROM TEXAS, JUDGE POE, FOR LETTING THIS HAPPEN. ONE WAS PART OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM DECEMBER 1982 TO 1984. HE WAS DEFEATED FOR RE-ELECTION IN 1984 BY DICK ARMY, MOVED BACK TO TEXAS, SWITCHED PARTIES FROM THE REPUBLICAN PARTY -- FROM THE DEMOCRAT PARTY TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND IN 1990 WAS ELECTED COUNTY JUDGE WHICH HE SERVED FROM 1990 TO 2007. HE PASSED AWAY ON DECEMBER 30, 2010. HIS MEMORIAL SERVICE IS TOMORROW AFTERNOON AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON TEXAS CENTER FROM 1:00 UNTIL 3:00. JUDGE VANDERGRIFF WAS A PERSONAL FRIEND OF MINE. WHEN I FIRST WAS GIVEN PART OF ARLINGTON IN THE REDISTRICTING PROCESS IN 1992, HE AGREED TO BE MY CO-CHAIRMAN FOR MY CAMPAIGN. HE WAS JUST AN ABSOLUTE GENTLEMAN AND HELPED IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE. ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE THINGS ABOUT JUDGE VANDERGRIFF IS THAT IN HIS ENTIRE POLITICAL CAREER WHICH SPANNED FROM 1951 UNTIL 2007 HE NEVER HELD A POLITICAL FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR HIMSELF. HE DID ACTUALLY ACCEPT POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS, OBVIOUSLY, BUT HE NEVER SOLICITED AND HE NEVER HELD AN ORGANIZED POLITICAL EVENT THAT HE HIMSELF ORGANIZED ON HIS BEHALF. I THOUGHT THAT WAS ASTOUNDING IN THE MODERN MITTCAL ERA FOR AS SUCCESSFUL AS POLITICALLY AS HE WAS WITHOUT HAVING TO GO OUT AND DO THE NUMEROUS FUNDRAISERS THAT MOST OF US HAVE TO DO. WE ARE GOING TO MISS JUDGE VANDERGRIFF. HE'S GOT A LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS A MILE LONG. HE WAS MAYOR OF ARLINGTON FROM 1951 UNTIL 1967. DURING HIS TENURE AS MAYOR, HE WAS ABLE TO GET THE GENERAL MOTORS ASSEMBLY PLANT LOCATED IN ARLINGTON. HE HELPED GET THE TEXAS RANGERS, WHICH WERE THEN THE WASHINGTON SENATORS, TO MOVE TO ARLINGTON, AND WAS ABLE TO ATTEND THE WORLD SERIES THIS PAST OCTOBER IN WHICH HE SAW THE TEXAS RANGERS FIRST OF ALL WIN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE AND THEN FIGHT VALIANTLY AGAINST THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS WHO ULTIMATELY WON THE WORLD SERIES. HE WANTED TO BE A BROADCASTER. WENT TO U.S.C. IN LOS ANGELES, APPLIED FOR A BROADCASTING JOB IN 1947 AND WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL IN GETTING THAT BROADCASTING JOB. IT WENT TO SOMEONE NAMED CHET HUNTLEY WHO BECAME AN ANCHOR ON "NBC NEWS." JUDGE VANDERGRIFF ASSUMED A ROLE IN HIS CHEVROLET DEALERSHIP WITH HIS FATHER WHICH HE MAINTAINED THAT DEALERSHIP EXCEPT FOR TIMES WHEN HE WAS A U.S. CONGRESSMAN IN SOME CAPACITY. WE'RE GOING TO MISS JUDGE VANDERGRIFF. WE GIVE OUR CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY. AGAIN, HE WAS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS FROM 1982 TO 1984, AND HE WILL BE MISSED. I WOULD NOW LIKE TO YIELD TO CONGRESSWOMAN KAY GRANGER WHO WISHES TO SPEAK ALSO ON BEHALF OF JUDGE VANDERGRIFF.

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  • 01:55:32 PM

    MS. GRANGER

    REMEMBER TOM VANDERGRIFF. HE WAS A LEADER IN EVERYTHING HE DID. HE WAS A…

    REMEMBER TOM VANDERGRIFF. HE WAS A LEADER IN EVERYTHING HE DID. HE WAS A MAN WHO SAW CHALLENGES AND TRIED TO SOLVE THEM. HE FOUND OPPORTUNITIES AND MADE THEM WORK FOR US, HAD A VISION THAT HE ALWAYS REACHED FOR. HE NEVER ACCEPTED THE STATUS QUO. HE WAS ALWAYS WORKING FOR WHAT OUGHT TO BE. AS A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN, A MAYOR, A MEMBER OF CONGRESS AND A COUNTY JUDGE, HE DID SO MUCH TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE TARRANT COUNTY, TEXAS, WHAT IT IS TODAY. JUST THINK OF THIS, STARTING AS WHAT IS CALLED A BOY MAYOR, HE WAS 25 YEARS OLD, SERVED HIS COMMUNITY BY HELPING TEXAS BRING GENERAL MOTORS, SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS, THE TEXAS RANGERS TO NORTH TEXAS. HE HAD THE VISION TO ANTICIPATE THE NEEDS OF A GROWING COMMUNITY AND POPULATION, BUT MORE THAN THAT, HE WAS A DECENT AND KIND MAN. HIS GRACE WAS MATCHED ONLY BY HIS COURAGE, AND HIS PERSONAL CHARACTER WAS EXCEEDED ONLY BY HIS COMPASSION FOR OTHERS. HE WAS THE EPITOMY OF A GREAT PUBLIC SERVANT. HE WILL BE MISSED BUT NOT FORGOTTEN. AND OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH HIM. THANK YOU.

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  • 01:56:51 PM

    MR. BARTON

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM DENTON, CONGRESSMAN BURGESS.

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    MR. URGESS

    OF TOM VANDERGRIFF AND HIS 50 YEARS IN PUBLIC SERVICE. 13 YEARS IT TOOK…

    OF TOM VANDERGRIFF AND HIS 50 YEARS IN PUBLIC SERVICE. 13 YEARS IT TOOK HIM TO BRING MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TO TEXAS RANGERS, AND HE TOOK THE TEAM FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., WHICH WAS KNOWN AS THE SENATORS, HAD TO FIGHT TWO PRESIDENTS, BOTH LYNDON JOHNSON AND RICHARD NIXON. JUDGE VANDERGRIFF WAS THE ORIGINAL REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE 26TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS WHEN IT WAS FORMED AFTER THE 1980 CENSUS. MY FONDEST MEMORY OF JUDGE VANDERGRIFF, HOWEVER, IS THE VOICE OF THE TEXAS RANGERS. ALONG WITH DICK HOOVER, THEY DID THE BROADCAST. THEY WERE SPELL BINDING AND EXCITING AND KEPT ME MANY TIMES AWAY FROM MY GRADUATE SCHOOL STUDIES. BUT TO HIS FAMILY, WE OFFER OUR PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES. THANK YOU, JUDGE VANDERGRIFF, FOR 55 EXCELLENT YEARS IN PUBLIC SERVICE.

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  • 01:57:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS EXPIRED.

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    MR. BARTON

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND. I KNOW WE HAVE A NEW PROTOCOL…

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND. I KNOW WE HAVE A NEW PROTOCOL FOR RECOGNIZING FORMER MEMBERS WHO PASSED AWAY. IS IT APPROPRIATE UNDER OUR RULES TO HAVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR JUDGE VANDERGRIFF AND IF SO HOW WOULD I REQUEST SUCH A MOMENT OF SILENCE?

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  • 01:58:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. BARTON

    SO IT WOULD NOT BE APPROPRIATE AT THIS TIME?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT AND THE TIME HAS EXPIRED. UNDER THE PREVIOUS…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT AND THE TIME HAS EXPIRED. UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER OF THE HOUSE, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WOOLSEY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 01:58:39 PM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. MCDERMOTT

    WE HAVE A NEW LEADER IN THE HOUSE AND A NEW MAJORITY, AND NEXT WEEK…

    WE HAVE A NEW LEADER IN THE HOUSE AND A NEW MAJORITY, AND NEXT WEEK THEY'RE GOING TO BEGIN THEIR LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY. WITH A STUNT, IT'S A STUNT THEY'RE BRINGING OUT HERE TO PRETEND THAT THEY'RE REPEALING THE ACCOUNTABLE CARE ACT THAT WAS PASSED IN THE LAST SESSION. THEY KNOW IT WON'T PASS THE SENATE. THEY KNOW THE PRESIDENT ISN'T GOING TO ACCEPT IT, SO IT IS BEING DONE SIMPLY FOR THEIR BASE. NOW, I OBJECT TO DOING STUNTS LIKE THIS WHEN THEY AFFECT REAL PEOPLE'S LIVES. I JUST WANT TO ASK YOU FOR A MINUTE TO CONSIDER WHAT THE REPEAL OF THIS MEANS TO MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES IN THIS COUNTRY. I'M A PHYSICIAN. THERE ARE OTHER PHYSICIANS ON THE FLOOR. THEY KNOW HOW THIS REPEAL WILL AFFECT PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. IN SEPTEMBER WE ALREADY HAD GO INTO EFFECT THE ABILITY OF FAMILIES TO PUT THEIR CHILDREN ON THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE UP TO THE AGE OF 26. . THIS REPEAL WILL SAY IF YOU'VE GOT A 25-YEAR-OLD WHO HAS CYSTIC FIBROSIS AND ON YOUR HEALTH CARE PLAN AND GETTING THEIR MEDICATION THROUGH A HEALTH CARE PLAN, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE IT AWAY FROM YOU. THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IN THIS. THEY ARE SAYING FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, IF YOU ARE TRYING TO GET A HEALTH CARE PLAN, AND YOUR WIFE OR YOUR SON OR YOU HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, YOU CAN BE DENIED BY AN INSURANCE COMPANY. WE HAVE ALREADY PASSED A LAW THAT SAYS THAT CAN'T HAPPEN. IT WENT IN IN SEPTEMBER. AND YET THE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO COME OUT HERE AN SAY TO THE MIDDLE CLASS IN THIS COUNTRY, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE AWAY YOUR PROTECTION AGAINST INSURANCE COMPANIES DENYING YOU COVERAGE. IT GOES ON AND ON AND ON. BUT I WANT TO FOCUS ON ONE PARTICULAR PART OF THIS BILL. THIS BILL HAS THE LARGEST MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT IN HISTORY. THE LARGEST TAX CUT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS IN HISTORY. BECAUSE THE TAX CUTS IN THIS HEALTH CARE BILL TO HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS ARE USED FOR GIVING CREDITS TO PEOPLE WHEN THEY BUY INSURANCE. PEOPLE BUY INSURANCE, THEY GET A TAX CREDIT, IT IS THE LARGEST ONE IN HISTORY. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN SO YOU GET IT. THEY ARE GOING TO VOTE NEXT WEEK, THEY ARE GOING TO STAND OUT HERE WITH A STRAIGHT FACE AND VOTE TO REPEAL THE LARGEST MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT IN THE HISTORY OF THIS GREAT NATION. IT WILL BE WORTH $110 BILLION THAT THEY WILL TAKE AWAY FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS. NOW, A FEW WEEKS AGO WE PASSED A TAX BILL OUT OF HERE AND WE HAD TO GIVE TAX CUTS TO PEOPLE WHO MAKE MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. MILLIONS. THEY SAID, IF YOU DON'T GIVE THE TAX CUTS TO THE RICH, WE ARE NOT GOING TO GIVE THEM TO THE MIDDLE CLASS. THE ENTIRE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS VOTED AGAINST TAX CUTS. UNLESS MILLIONAIRES GOT IT. WELL, WE SHOULD HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT THAT THIS REPEAL WILL BE JUST MORE OF THE SAME. TAKE $110 BILLION AWAY FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS BY TAKING A REPEAL OF THIS LAW. YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE IT FROM ME. THIS ISN'T ME MAKING THIS UP. FAMILIES U.S.A., A NONPARTISAN GROUP, HAS PUT OUT THIS INFORMATION AND EVERYBODY UNDERSTANDS IT. NOW UPSTAIRS IN THE RULES COMMITTEE RIGHT NOW I COULD BE UP THERE TALKING BUT I DECIDED TO TALK HERE FIRST, THEN I'LL GO UP THERE, AND TRY TO GET THIS AMENDMENT OFFERED IN THE BILL THAT WILL BE ON FRIDAY. ALLYSON SCHWARTZ AND GAWEN -- GWEN MOORE ARE ALREADY WORKING ON THIS. IT WOULD PREVENT EFFORT ON INCREASES TAXES ON MODERATE INCOME OR LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS INCLUDING THROUGH THE ELIMINATION OF TAX CREDITS FOR HEALTH CARE PREMIUMS AS PROVIDED UNDER THE HEALTH CARE REFORM LAW. WE WOULD EXEMPT THAT ONE PART OF THE REPEAL. I DON'T KNOW WHAT SUCCESS I'LL HAVE UP THERE BUT WE'LL TRY BECAUSE IT'S WORTH TRYING. IT'S WORTH POINTING OUT HOW ABSOLUTELY UNTHINKING, IT IS MINDLESS THING TO COME OUT HERE WITH THIS REPEAL. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:04:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. GINGREY.

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    MR. GINGREY

    MADAM SPEAKER, THANK YOU. MY REMARKS WILL BE ABOUT SAVING MONEY, BUT I…

    MADAM SPEAKER, THANK YOU. MY REMARKS WILL BE ABOUT SAVING MONEY, BUT I CAN'T HELP BUT TAKE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND TO THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER, MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN, THE GOOD DOCTOR FROM THE STATE OF WASHINGTON. I WOULD SAY TO HIM, MADAM SPEAKER, AND TO MY COLLEAGUES, WHEN WE REPEAL OBAMACARE, THAT WE'LL DO IN THIS HOUSE NEXT WEDNESDAY, PARENTS WILL ONCE AGAIN BE ABLE TO AFFORD A HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY ON WHICH TO INCLUDE THEIR ADULT CHILDREN. THAT'S WHAT WE'LL BE DOING. AS FAR AS THIS $110 BILLION WORTH OF SAVINGS WE LOSE IN REPEALING OBAMACARE, MADAM SPEAKER, WE SPENT $1.1 TRILLION TO SAVE $110 BILLION. HEY, MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S TRUE. YOU CAN INDEED GO BROKE TRYING TO SAVE MONEY. WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, LET ME GET ON TO MY FIVE-MINUTE DISCUSSION AND I RISE TODAY TO ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO RECALL THE CONVERSATIONS THEY HAD WITH THEIR CONSTITUENTS DURING THE RECENT CAMPAIGN SEASON. AS WE BEGIN THE TELFT CONGRESS TO REMEMBER THAT THE -- 112TH CONGRESS TO REMEMBER THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SPOKE WITH A RESOUNDING VOICE. THEY TOLD US TO ABIDE BY THE CONSTITUTION, CREATE JOBS, REIN IN RESPONSIBILITY, AND END THE CULTURE OF CRAFTING LEGISLATION IN THE DARK OF NIGHT, 2,400 PAGES ON THE HEALTH CARE BILL, OUTSIDE OF THE VIEW OF THE PUBLIC. IN ORDER TO FULFILL THIS MANDATE WE MUST FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE THE WAY WE DO BUSINESS HERE IN WASHINGTON. I HAVE TAKEN THE FIRST STEP BY INTRODUCING SEVERAL LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES THIS WEEK AND THEY ARE ALL CENTERED AROUND THE PURSUIT OF MEANINGFUL GOVERNMENT REFORM. MADAM SPEAKER, TRANSPARENCY IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THIS PACKAGE AND IT'S A NECESSARY ELEMENT FOR REAL GOVERNMENT REFORM. FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE CONSTITUTION, A DOCUMENT, CRITICAL TO UNDERSTANDING OUR PARAMETERS AND RESPONSIBILITY, IT WAS READ RIGHT HERE IN THE HOUSE TODAY ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. I'M PROUD TO HAVE INTRODUCED A BILL AS PART OF MY INITIATIVE STATING THAT ANY LEGISLATION BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR MUST CITE ITS CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY. MANY MAY FIND IT SURPRISING TO KNOW, MADAM SPEAKER, THAT WHILE VOTES TAKEN ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE ARE AVAILABLE ON THE NET -- TO VIEW ON THE WEBSITE, THAT'S NOT NECESSARILY THE CASE IN COMMITTEE. THEREFORE MY PACKAGE ALSO CONTAINS A COMMEENT TRANSPARENCY BILL. IT WOULD REQUIRE COMMITTEE VOTES TO BE POSTED ON LINE, THE COMMITTEE WEBSITE, WITHIN 48 HOURS SO THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE KEPT BETTER INFORMED OF WHAT THEIR MEMBERS ARE DOING AND HOW THEY ARE VOTING IN COMMITTEE. MADAM SPEAKER, REJECTION BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OF DEMOCRATS' RECKLESS SPENDING EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, DOESN'T IT? THIS IS A REASON I INCORPORATED THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACCOUNTABILITY ACT INTO MY PLAN. EACH YEAR MY COLLEAGUES AND I RECEIVE A FIXED BUDGET FOR ALL EXPENSES. WE CALL THAT THE M.R.A., MEMBER REPRESENTATIONAL ACCOUNTS. THIS BILL WOULD CODIFY THAT OUR UNUSED M.R.A. FUNDS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE TREASURY FOR DEBT AND DEFICIT REDUCTION. ALONG THESE LINES I HAVE ALSO INCLUDED WHAT'S CALLED THE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY ACT WHICH WILL PRECLUDE ANY MEMBER OF CONGRESS FROM BEING ELIGIBLE FOR A PAY ADJUSTMENT, SO-CALLED COLA, IF WE HAVE INCURRED A BUDGET DEFICIT IN THE PREVIOUS FISCAL YEAR. WE MAY NOT HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT, MADAM SPEAKER, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE CAN'T BALANCE THE BUDGET. I WANT TO HOLD OUR FEET TO THE FIRE. THIS IS YET ANOTHER WAY THAT WE CAN DO THAT. ALSO IN THE PACKAGE, MADAM SPEAKER, IS THE BILL TO PREVENT FEDERAL EMPLOYEES FROM ENGAGING IN UNION ACTIVITY ON OFFICIAL TIME. IT'S AMAZING THAT THIS GOES ON. BUT WE HAVE ESTIMATED THAT IN A FIVE-YEAR PERIOD OF TIME WE COULD SAVE THE TAXPAYER OVER $600 BILLION -- I'M SORRY, MILLION, AND $1.2 BILLION IN A 10-YEAR PERIOD OF TIME. PUT SIMPLY, IT'S UNACCEPTABLE THAT THE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES PAID WITH, YES, YOUR TAX DOLLARS, ARE CURRENTLY PERMITTED TO SPEND TIME DURING THEIR WORKDAY PERFORMING UNION ACTIVITIES. AND I HAVE ALREADY GIVEN YOU THE SAVINGS. EQUALLY UNACCEPTABLE IS THAT LEGISLATORS IN WASHINGTON COMMONLY ATTACH LEGISLATION THAT CANNOT PASS ON ITS OWN MERITS TO UNRELATED MUST-PASS BILLS. LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE. MILITARY CONSTRUCTION-V.A. A COUPLE YEARS AGO WE PASSED THAT OUT OF COMMITTEE WITH ALMOST 100% BIPARTISAN VOTE. THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY HELD THAT BILL UP FOR 100 DAYS BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO ATTACH AN UNPOPULAR BILL. SOMETHING LIKE THE DREAM ACT OR DON'T-ASK, DON'T-TELL, SOME CONTROVERSIAL BILL. AND PUT OUR VETERANS AT JEOPARDY. LITERALLY HELD THEM HOSTAGE. THIS BILL, MADAM SPEAKER, WOULD SAY FROM NOW ON NO ATTACHING UNPOPULAR BILLS TO GOOD STAND ALONE BILLS, ESPECIALLY IF -- STAND-ALONE BILLS, ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE FOR OUR VETERAN MILITARY. MADAM SPEAKER, IN CONCLUSION WHILE THESE MAY SEEM LIKE A SMALL START COMPARED TO THE BIG CHALLENGE WE HAVE AHEAD OF US, IT IS A PATWAY TO -- PATHWAY TO START CHANGING BUSINESS AS USUAL IN WASHINGTON AND FULFILL THE PROMISE WE MADE ON NOVEMBER 2 TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:09:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MS. KAPTUR OF OHIO. MR. MCCLINTOCK OF CALIFORNIA. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES MR.…

    MS. KAPTUR OF OHIO. MR. MCCLINTOCK OF CALIFORNIA. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES MR. MCCLINTOCK FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 02:09:54 PM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    YOU. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY HOPE THAT HISTORIANS WILL…

    YOU. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY HOPE THAT HISTORIANS WILL LOOK BACK ON THE 112TH CONGRESS', THE SESSION THAT RESTORED AMERICAN PROSPERITY, AND EXPRESS MY STRONG AGREEMENT WITH THE NEW LEADERS OF THIS HOUSE WHO DECLARED THAT EVERY ACTION OF THIS BODY MUST BE MEASURED AGAINST THIS GOAL. WE SPEAK OF JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. BUT JOBS ARE MERELY A BYPRODUCT OF PROSPERITY AND PROSPERITY IS THE PRODUCT OF FREEDOM. GOVERNMENT DOES NOT CREATE JOBS OR WEALTH. IT MERELY REDISTRIBUTES THEM. JOBS AND WEALTH CAN ONLY BE CREATED THROUGH THE FREE EXCHANGE OF GOODS AND SERVICES IN A FREE MARKET. GOVERNMENT'S ROLE IS TO CREATE AND PROTECT THE CONDITIONS WHICH PROMOTE PROSPERITY. IF I GIVE YOU A DOLLAR FOR A CUP OF COFFEE, WHAT'S GOING ON IN THAT TRANSACTION? I'M TELLING YOU THAT YOUR CUP OF COFFEE'S WORTH MORE TO ME THAN MY DOLLAR, AND AT THE SAME TIME YOU'RE TELLING ME THAT MY DOLLAR IS WORTH MORE TO YOU THAN YOUR CUP OF COFFEE. WE MAKE THAT EXCHANGE. AND BOTH OF US GO AWAY WITH SOMETHING OF GREATER VALUE THAN WE TOOK INTO IT. EACH OF US GOES AWAY RICHER. THAT'S THE FREEDOM THAT CREATES PROSPERITY. THAT SIMPLE EXCHANGE WHETHER IT'S FOR A CUP OF COFFEE OR MULTIBILLION DOLLAR ACQUISITION, THAT IS WHAT CREATES WEALTH. BUT NOW SUPPOSE SOME THIRD PARTY BUTTS ITS NOSE INTO THE TRANSACTION. NO, THE COFFEE HAS BETWEEN 110 AND 130 DEGREES, IT HAS TO INCLUDE A SWIZZLE STICK, CONSUMED MORE THAN 25 FEET FROM THE POINT OF SALE. EVERY ONE OF THESE RESTRICTIONS REDUCES THE VALUE OF THAT EXCHANGE FOR THE ONE OR BOTH OF US. THAT'S THE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM THAT WE FACE TODAY. OUR GOVERNMENT IS NOT ONLY FAILED -- HAS NOT ONLY FAILED TO PROTECT THE FREEDOM THAT CREATES PROSPERITY BUT IT'S BECOME DESTRUCTIVE OF THAT FREEDOM. TO CREATE JOBS WE MUST RESTORE PROSPERITY, AND TO RESTORE PROSPERITY WE MUST RESTORE FREEDOM. WE MUST RESTORE THE FREEDOM OF CHOICE THAT GIVES CONSUMERS THE ULTIMATE SALE OVER THE OUTPUT OF OUR ECONOMY. IN A FREE AND PROSPEROUS SOCIETY, CONSUMERS VOTE EVERY DAY WITH THEIR OWN DOLLARS ON WHAT KIND OF LIGHT BULBS THEY PREFER OR ON HOW THEY WANT TO GET TO WORK OR WHAT FOODS THEY LIKE OR HOW MUCH WATER THEY WANT TO PUT IN THEIR TOILETS OR WHAT KIND OF CARS THEY WANT OR HOUSING THEY DESIRE. THESE CONSUMER CHOICES SIGNAL EVERY DAY WHAT THINGS ARE ACTUALLY WORTH AND WHAT OUR ECONOMY WILL ACTUALLY PRODUCE. GOVERNMENT IS DESTROYING THE ELEGANT SIMPLESTITY OF THIS PROCESS AND CONGRESS MUST REVERSE THIS DESTRUCTION. WE MUST RESTORE THE FREEDOM OF INDIVIDUALS TO ENJOY THE FRUIT OF THEIR OWN LABOR SO THEY CAN MAKE THESE DECISIONS FOR THEIR SEMS -- THEM SELVES ONCE AGAIN. THAT'S WHY EXCESSIVE GOVERNMENT SPENDING IS SO DESTRUCTIVE TO PROSPERITY. IT DESTROYS THE FREEDOM OF INDIVIDUALS TO MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS OVER WHAT TO SPEND AND WHERE TO INVEST THEIR OWN MONEY. IT ROBS THEM OF BOTH THE ABILITY AND INCENTIVES TO CREATE PROSPERITY. PRESIDENTS LIKE COOLIDGE, TRUMAN, REAGAN, AND CLINTON WHO HAVE REDUCED GOVERNMENT SPENDING RELATIVE TO G.D.P. ALL PRODUCED DRAMATIC INCREASES IN PRODUCTIVITY AND PROSPERITY AND THE GENERAL WELFARE OF OUR NATION. AND PRESIDENTS LIKE HOOVER, ROOSEVELT, BUSH, AND OBAMA WHO HAVE INCREASED GOVERNMENT SPENDING RELATIVE TO G.D.P. ALL PRODUCED OR PROLONGED OR DEEPENED PERIODS OF ECONOMIC RECESSION AND HARDSHIP AND MALAISE. OUR GOVERNMENT'S NOW EMBARKED UPON THE LATTER COURSE AND THIS CONGRESS MUST REVERSE THIS DIRECTION. GOVERNMENT HAS AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN THE MARKETPLACE. IT'S THERE TO ASSURE THAT REPRESENTATIONS ARE ACCURATE AND THAT CONTRACTS ARE ENFORCED. YOU HAVE TO TELL THE TRUTH. YOU HAVE TO KEEP YOUR PROMISES. AND GOVERNMENT HAS AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN ASSURING THAT. GOVERNMENT EXISTS TO ASSURE THAT THE CURRENCY IS STABLE AND RELIABLE AND THAT PROPERTY RIGHTS ARE SECURE. WHEN IT FULFILLS THIS FUNDAMENTAL ROLE, IT MAXIMIZES THE FREEDOM THE BUYER AND SELLER HAVE TO ASSESS THEIR OWN NEEDS AND RESOURCES, AND TO MAKE THOSE EXCHANGES THAT ALLOW BOTH TO GO AWAY BETTER OFF THAN THEY WERE. MADAM SPEAKER, LET US TOGETHER REVIVE AND RESTORE THE FREEDOM AND PROSPERITY OF THIS NATION AND FULFILL THAT SACRED COMMAND INSCRIBED ON OUR LIBERTY BELL, TO PROCLAIM LIBERTY THROUGHOUT ALL THE LAND AND UNDER ALL THE INHABITANTS THEREOF. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:14:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

  • 02:14:43 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    TO SPEAK FOR FIVE MINUTES OUT OF ORDER. TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. ENGEL

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THIS COMING WEDNESDAY THE REALLY FIRST ORDER OF…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THIS COMING WEDNESDAY THE REALLY FIRST ORDER OF REAL BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE, WE ARE VOTING ON HEALTH CARE REFORM REPEAL. THE NEW REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS DECIDED THAT THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE. EVEN THOUGH THEY KNOW THAT IT'S POLITICAL THEATER, CHARADE, IT MAY PASS THE HOUSE. BUT IT WON'T PASS THE SENATE AND CERTAINLY THE PRESIDENT WOULD VETO IT. SO THIS IS NOT BECOMING LAW. . AT A TIME WHEN WE HAVE SO MANY PRESSING ISSUES, I AM SADDENED THAT THE MAJORITY WANTS TO CONDUCT THIS POLITICAL CHARADE. YOU KNOW, IF THERE ARE PROBLEMS WITH THE HEALTH CARE LAW, WE DON'T HAVE TO REPEAL IT, WE CAN CHANGE PARTS OF IT, WE CAN TWEAK IT, WE COULD PUT OUT OF THE BILL WHAT WE DON'T LIKE AND KEEP IN THE BILL WHAT WE DO LIKE. BUT, UNFORTUNATELY, THE ATTITUDE, THE DECISION HAS BEEN MADE TO TRY TO REPEAL THE WHOLE BILL. MY CONSTITUENTS UNDERSTAND THAT AS WE SPEAK NOW THE RULES COMMITTEE IS DISCUSSING WHAT KIND OF AMENDMENTS TO ALLOW, AND WE KNOW NO REAL MEANINGFUL AMENDMENTS, IF ANYTHING, IS GOING TO BE ALLOWED. SO THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY COMING IN SAYS THAT THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE OPEN RULES AND WE'RE NOT REALLY GOING TO HAVE AN OPEN RULE ON THE VERY FIRST BILL THAT THEY ARE GOING TO ATTEMPT TO PASS WHICH IS A REPEAL OF HEALTH CARE REFORM. I THINK THAT'S WRONG. I THINK THERE ARE MANY OF US WHO FEEL STRONGLY THAT THERE OUGHT TO BE SOME RULES THAT WE CAN -- SOME AMENDMENTS WE CAN PUT IN TO ENSURE THAT THE GOOD COVERAGE THAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED IN THE HEALTH CARE BILL IS KEPT. SURELY IT'S NOT EVERYTHING WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE HEALTH CARE BILL WHICH MY COLLEAGUES OPPOSE. I WANT TO ASK THEM SINCE THEY WANT TO REPEAL THE BILL, ARE THEY AGAINST THE PART OF THE BILL WHICH SAYS THAT YOU CAN KEEP YOUR CHILD ON YOUR HEALTH CARE BILL -- ON YOUR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE TILL AGE 26? I THINK MY CONSTITUENTS LIKE THAT, AND I THINK THEIRS DO AS WELL. DO THEY WANT TO REPEAL THE PART THAT SAYS THAT AN INSURANCE COMPANY CAN NO LONGER DENY YOU COVERAGE BECAUSE OF A SO-CALLED PRE-EXISTING CONDITION? I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THAT ALL CONSTITUENTS LIKE AND APPRECIATE. DO THE PEOPLE THAT WANT TO REPEAL THE HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL WANT TO SAY TO INSURANCE COMPANIES, IT'S OK TO PUT CAPS ON PEOPLE SO WHEN THEY PAY THEIR PREMIUM YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT AND THEY FINALLY GET SICK AND THEY ASK FOR COVERAGE THE COMPANIES CAN TELL THEM, SORRY, NOT ONLY DO YOU HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION BUT THERE'S ALSO A CAP ON BENEFITS, EITHER AN ANNUAL CAP OR A LIFETIME CAP, SO, THEREFORE, WE'RE NOT GOING TO COVERAGE YOU AT ALL? I DON'T THINK ANYBODY'S CONSTITUENTS WANTS THAT PART TO BE REPEALED. AND WHAT ABOUT THE DOUGHNUT HOLE FOR SENIORS IN MEDICARE PART D? YOU KNOW, SENIORS HAVE FOUND IT VERY, VERY DIFFICULT. THEY GET PART OF THEIR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS PAID FOR AND THERE'S A DOUGHNUT HOLE WHICH IS FOR A LONG TIME THEY HAVE TO PAY FOR EVERYTHING THEMSELVES WHILE AT THE SAME TIME STILL PAYING THEIR MONTHLY PREMIUMS TO THE GOVERNMENT AND THEN AT THE END THEY GET THE GOVERNMENT TO COME IN AND HELP THEM. THAT HAS PUT A TREMENDOUS BURDEN ON SENIORS, AND WHAT THE HEALTH CARE BILL, WHICH WAS PASSED BY THE LAST CONGRESS, DOES IS IT EVENTUALLY REMOVES THAT DOUGHNUT HOLE FOR SENIORS SO SENIORS CAN GET BACK MONEY AND IT STARTS RIGHT AWAY WHERE THEY CAN GET BACK MONEY TO HELP PAY FOR THOSE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. SO I THINK THAT WE HEAR A LOT ABOUT LAME-DUCK SESSION AND HOW WE ALL WORK TOGETHER AND HOW THE BIG QUESTION OF THE NEW CONGRESS IS GOING TO BE, IS IT GOING TO BE A STALEMATE, IS IT GOING TO BE GRIDLOCK, OR IS IT GOING TO BE PEOPLE COMING TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO TRY TO WORK TOGETHER? IF THE FIRST BILL THAT THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS PUTTING ON THE FLOOR IS ANY INDICATION, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THEY'VE CHOSEN GRIDLOCK, AND I THINK I'M REALLY SORRY ABOUT THAT BECAUSE I WILL ADMIT THERE ARE SOME THINGS IN THE NEW HEALTH CARE LAW THAT SHOULD BE CHANGED AND THAT WE SHOULD WORK ACROSS THE AISLE TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT CHANGES. BUT TO REPEAL THE PROVISIONS THAT BENEFIT MY CONSTITUENTS AND EVERYONE ELSE'S CONSTITUENTS ALL ACROSS AMERICA TO ME MAKES NO SENSE WHATSOEVER. THE BIG INSURANCE COMPANIES HAVE HAD IT TOO BIG TOO LONG, AND MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, UNFORTUNATELY, ARE RIGHT IN BED WITH THEM, AND I THINK THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OUGHT TO SEE. WHO DO WE CARE ABOUT, THE BIG INSURANCE COMPANIES OR DO WE CARE ABOUT THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WHO IS STRUGGLING DAY IN AND DAY OUT TO GET HEALTH CARE COVERAGE? WE HAVE ALMOST 50 MILLION AMERICANS WITHOUT COVERAGE. IT'S NOT ONLY THE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT COVERED NOW BUT IT'S WORKING PEOPLE WHO WILL FIND OUT IN THE DAYS AND MONTHS AHEAD IF THERE IS NO HEALTH CARE BILL THAT DAY WILL BE ADDED TO THE ROLLS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE UNCOVERED AND PEOPLE WORKING HARD WILL FIND OUT THAT THE 50 MILLION WILL SWELL TO 60 MILLION AND 70 MILLION AND MAYBE EVEN MORE. AND SO IT'S GOING TO AFFECT ALL OF US BECAUSE THE HEALTH CARE COSTS HAVE BEEN RISING WAY, WAY BEYOND THE RATE OF INFLATION, AND THAT'S WHY WE NEEDED TO HAVE HEALTH CARE REFORM. SO I SAY TO MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, LET'S NOT POSTURE POLITICALLY. LET'S TRY TO PUT OUR HEADS TOGETHER AND WORK IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO DO SOMETHING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IF THERE'S SOMETHING IN THE BILL THAT NEEDS TO BE CHANGED, THEN WE SHOULD CHANGE IT, BUT REPEAL IS NOT THE ANSWER. EVERY MAJOR BILL FROM SOCIAL SECURITY TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS BILLS OF THE 1960'S TO MEDICARE AND MEDICAID ALL HAD TO BE TWEAKED AFTER THEY WERE PASSED, ALL HAD TO BE CHANGED A LITTLE BIT. THE SAME THING IS WITH THIS BILL. WE SHOULD NOT REPEAL IT, WE SHOULD FIX IT. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:21:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. GOODLATTE FROM VIRGINIA.

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    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    MADAM SPEAKER, EARLIER TODAY, THE HISTORIC OCCASION OF THE FIRST READING…

    MADAM SPEAKER, EARLIER TODAY, THE HISTORIC OCCASION OF THE FIRST READING OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE TOOK PLACE, AND IT WAS A VERY GOOD BIPARTISAN OCCASION WHERE NEARLY 1/3 OF ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PARTICIPATED IN THAT READING. UNFORTUNATELY, DURING THE READING ONE OF THE MEMBERS WHILE THEY WERE READING FROM THE NOTEBOOK AT THE PODIUM TURNED TWO OF THE PAGES AND TWO PAGES OF THE CONSTITUTION WERE NOT READ. AND SO I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I NOW READ THOSE PAGES AND IF THEY BE PLACED INTO THE READING OF THE CONSTITUTION AS IT OCCURRED EARLIER IN THE DAY SO THAT WE HAVE A COMPLETE READING OF THE CONSTITUTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    IT SHALL PROTECT EACH OF THEM AGAINST INVASION AND ON APPLICATION OF THE…

    IT SHALL PROTECT EACH OF THEM AGAINST INVASION AND ON APPLICATION OF THE LEGISLATIVE OR OF THE EXECUTIVE WHEN THE LEGISLATURE CANNOT BE CONVENED AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. ARTICLE 5. THE CONGRESS, WHENEVER 2/3 OF BOTH HOUSES SHALL DEEM IT NECESSARY, SHALL PROPOSE AMENDMENTS TO THIS CONSTITUTION OR ON THE APPLICATION OF THE LEGISLATURES OF 2/3 OF THE SEVERAL STATES SHALL CALL A CONVENTION FOR PROPOSING AMENDMENTS WHICH IN EITHER CASE SHALL BE VALID TO ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES AS PART OF THIS CONSTITUTION WHEN RATIFIED BY THE LEGISLATURES OF 3/4 OF THE SEVERAL STATES. THAT IS THE PORTION THAT WAS OMITTED EARLIER, AND THAT BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT IS NOW INCLUDED IN THE READING OF THE CONSTITUTION. I THANK THE SPEAKER AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:23:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. BURTON OF INDIANA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. POE

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MORE BORDER AGENTS ARE BEING SENT TO THE BORDER.…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MORE BORDER AGENTS ARE BEING SENT TO THE BORDER. THE BORDER, AS WE ALL KNOW, IS VIOLENT, DANGEROUS AND IT IS NOT SAFE. DRUGS AND GUNS AND PEOPLE AND MONEY CROSS BACK AND FORTH THE BORED -- BORDER BECAUSE TWO NATIONS DON'T HAVE OPERATIONAL CONTROL OF THAT BORDER. THE BORDER IS DESLOATE, IT IS HARD, IT IS A WAR ZONE. BUT, MADAM SPEAKER, I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT THE BORDER OF THE UNITED STATES WITH MEXICO. I AM TALKING ABOUT THE SOUTHERN BORDER OR THE BORDER WITH PAKISTAN AND AFGHANISTAN. THAT'S RIGHT. BORDER PATROL AGENTS FROM THE UNITED STATES ARE GOING TO AFGHANISTAN TO PROTECT THE AFGHAN BORDER FROM THE TALIBAN COMING IN FROM PAKISTAN. IT IS A WAR ZONE OVER THERE. AND THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY, JANET NAPOLITANO, HAS SAID WE ARE GOING TO CONTRIBUTE BORDER PATROL AGENTS TO PROTECT THE BORDER OF AFGHANISTAN. THERE ARE ALREADY 25 THERE, AND MORE ARE ON THE WAY. MADAM SPEAKER, WHY ARE BORDER PATROL AGENTS FROM THE UNITED STATES GOING TO AFGHANISTAN? THE MARINES AND OUR SOLDIERS AND OUR TROOPS OVER THERE CAN DO THE JOB, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, WE NEED THE BORDER PATROL AGENTS OVER HERE. HOMELAND SECURITY MEANS THAT THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY PROTECTS THE AMERICAN HOMELAND, NOT THE HOMELAND OF SOME OTHER NATION. WE NEED THE HELP. IN FACT, WE NEED THE MILITARY ON OUR SOUTHERN BORDER. OUR BORDER IS A WAR ZONE. DRUGS AND PEOPLE AND MONEY CRISSCROSS OUR BORDER WITH MEXICO. IT IS A VIOLENT PLACE. IT IS THE THIRD FRONT. MORE RECENTLY, WE HAVE HAD SEVERAL PEOPLE MURDERED ON THE BATTLE FRONT ON OUR BORDER. LET ME RELATE THREE OF THOSE. ONE OF THOSE WAS A 27-YEAR-OLD FEMALE POLICE CHIEF IN MEXICO RIGHT ON THE BORDER WITH THE UNITED STATES. CHIEF GARCIA WAS ON THE JOB FOR 51 DAYS AND SHE WAS SHOT DOWN AND SHOT SEVEN TIMES BY THE DRUG CARTEL. RECENT HOMICIDE ON THE BORDER. BORDER PATROL AGENT BRIAN TERRY WAS SHOT IN THE BACK WHILE HE WAS PROTECTING OUR BORDER. IRONICALLY HE HAD BEEN TO IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN AS A SOLDIER, AS A MARINE, AND NOW HE CAME BACK HERE AND KILLED ON OUR BORDER. AND DAVID HARTLEY WAS KILLED ON FALCON LAKE WITH HIS WIFE, TIFFANY, SHOT AND KILLED BY THE DRUG CARTELS. OUR HOMELAND IS NOT PROTECTED ADEQUATELY, AND IT'S TIME THAT WE PUT BORDER PATROL AGENTS ON OUR BORDER BUT ALSO WE PUT THE NATIONAL GUARD ON OUR SOUTHERN BORDER. IT IS THE THIRD FRONT. HOMELAND SECURITY SHOULD PROTECT IT AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:26:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. JONES OF NORTH CAROLINA. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. JONES

    MADAM SPEAKER, TODAY I HAVE A PHOTOGRAPH OF TYLER JORDAN WHOSE FATHER,…

    MADAM SPEAKER, TODAY I HAVE A PHOTOGRAPH OF TYLER JORDAN WHOSE FATHER, PHILIP, WAS A MARINE GUNNERY SERGEANT KILLED IN IRAQ. I SAW THIS PHOTOGRAPH ABOUT FIVE YEARS AGO IN A NATIONAL PAPER, AND I FELT THAT I NEEDED TO HAVE THIS PHOTOGRAPH FOR MYSELF TO BE ABLE TO BE REMINDED OF WAR AND THE PAIN OF WAR. ON TUESDAY I HAD THE PRIVILEGE AND HUMBLING EXPERIENCE TO VISIT THE WOUNDED WARRIORS AT WALTER REED. I SAW THE PAIN THESE HEROES WERE EXPERIENCING FROM THE SEVERE INJURIES THEY RECEIVED FIGHTING FOR THIS COUNTRY. THAT'S WHY TODAY I SHOW YOU THE PHOTOGRAPH OF TYLER JORDAN'S PAIN AS HE HOLDS A FOLDED FLAG AT HIS FATHER'S FUNERAL. THIS BOY'S PAIN AND THE PAIN OF THE HEROES AT WALTER REED IS THE REASON I JOINED MY COLLEAGUES IN BOTH PARTIES IN ASKING PRESIDENT OBAMA TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS COUNTRY IS -- HAS MANY PROBLEMS AND MAYBE I'M WRONG, BUT SADLY IT SEEMS TO ME THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN SEEMS TO BE ON THE BACK BURNER. BEFORE CHRISTMAS I READ FROM A "WASHINGTON POST" ARTICLE THAT QUOTED PRESIDENT KARZAI SAYING HE NOW HAS THREE MAIN ENEMIES, THE TALIBAN, THE UNITED STATES AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. HE SAID IN THAT ARTICLE THAT IF HE HAD TO CHOOSE SIDES TODAY HE WOULD CHOOSE THE TALIBAN. THERE HAVE BEEN MANY ARTICLES QUESTIONING THE SUCCESS OF OUR TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN, BUT OUR TROOPS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL. SO WHY KEEP THEM IN A COUNTRY RISKING THEIR LIVES WHEN THE PRESIDENT OF THAT COUNTRY SUPPORTS THE ENEMY? THE AFGHAN GOVERNMENT IS CORRUPT. NO ONE AMERICAN LIFE SHOULD BE SACRIFICED FOR SUCH A DYSFUNCTIONAL CORRUPT GOVERNMENT. IN MID-DECEMBER, PRESIDENT OBAMA RELEASED A REVIEW OF THE AMERICAN STRATEGY IN AFGHANISTAN THAT PAINTED A POSITIVE PICTURE OF THE PROGRESS BEING MADE THERE. THIS REVIEW IS AT BEST DUBIOUS, AND I AGREE WITH TWO NATIONAL INTELLIGENT REPORTS THAT WERE ALSO RELEASED WITH A MORE REALISTIC, NEGATIVE ASSESSMENT ON THE STATE OF WAR AND OUR CHANCE FOR SUCCESS. AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, WE ARE SPENDING APPROXIMATELY $7 BILLION A MONTH, WHICH IS $IN MILLION A DAY FOR A WINLESS WAR FOR A CORRUPT GOVERNMENT. WHY DO WE CONTINUE TO SPEND $IN MILLION A DAY SO SOME OTHER -- $234 MILLION A DAY TO SOME OTHER GOVERNMENT? I ASK GOD TO PLEASE HELP OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. I ASK GOD PLEASE BLESS OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN A CHILD DYING FOR FREEDOM IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ. I ASK GOD TO PLEASE BLESS THE HOUSE AND SENATE THAT WE WILL DO WHAT IS RIGHT IN THE EYES OF GOD FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND I WILL ASK GOD TO GIVE WISDOM, STRENGTH AND COURAGE TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES THAT HE WILL DO WHAT IS RIGHT IN THE EYES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND I WILL SAY THREE TIMES -- GOD, PLEASE, GOD, PLEASE, GOD, PLEASE CONTINUE TO BLESS AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:30:03 PM

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MR. FRANKS OF ARIZONA. . FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MR. FRANKS OF ARIZONA. . FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 02:30:15 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SO ORDERED. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS WEEK AS THE 112TH CONGRESS…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS WEEK AS THE 112TH CONGRESS BEGINS, THERE IS A LOT OF TALK FROM THE REPUBLICANS ABOUT ENDING BUSINESS AS USUAL AND DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY THAN BEFORE. BUT FOR ALL THE SUPPOSED CHANGE AFOOT, THERE IS ONE CRITICAL MATTER ON WHICH THE NEW MAJORITY IS FULLY EMBRACING THE STATUS QUO. THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN THAT IS NOW NEARLY A DECADE OLD. THIS WAR HAS BEEN GOING ON SO LONG THAT 55% OF MY COLLEAGUES WEREN'T HERE WHEN IT STARTED. WE HAVE HEARD PLENTY ABOUT CHANGING THE HOUSE RULES, ABOUT CHANGING THE WAYS WE CONDUCT THE NATION'S BUSINESS, ABOUT CHANGING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE. WE EVEN HEARD ABOUT HOW A NEW LAW THAT WILL PROVIDE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE TO ALL AMERICANS IS SOMEHOW THE GREATEST THREAT TO THE REPUBLIC AND THE CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER. BUT ON THE SUBJECT OF WAR, DISASTROUS WAR THAT HAS TAKEN THE LIVES OF MORE THAN 1,00 AMERICANS IN AFGHANISTAN -- 1,400 AMERICANS IN AFGHANISTAN AND COST TAXPAYERS SOME $366 BILLION, THE NEW CONGRESSIONAL MAJORITY IS INTERESTED IN NO CHANGE WHATSOEVER. IN HIS SPEECH YESTERDAY, SPEAKER BOEHNER SPOKE OF GIVING GOVERNMENT BACK TO THE PEOPLE. IN HIS SPEECH HE TALKED ABOUT HONESTY, ACCOUNTABILITY, AND RESPONSIBILITY AND RESPONSIVENESS. LOOK, IF HE MEANT THAT, HE SHOULD BE LISTENING TO THE 60% OF PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN IS NOT WORTH FIGHTING. A CLEAR MAJORITY OF AMERICANS REALIZE WHAT SO MANY WASHINGTON -- IN WASHINGTON REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE. THIS WAR REPRESENTS AN EPIC FAILURE, A NATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT, AND A NORTHERLY BLIGHT ON OUR NATION. -- AND A MORAL BLIGHT ON OUR NATION. ON THIS MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH, THE HISTORY WILL JUDGE THE UNITED STATES, MOST OF THE REPRESENTATIVES IN THE HOUSE, IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE AT THAT, HAVE TOLD THE PEOPLE THAT THEIR POINT OF VIEW DOESN'T MATTER. THAT WE KNOW BETTER THAN WHAT THEY KNOW. AS USUAL THE PEOPLE ARE WAY AHEAD OF THEIR POLICYMAKERS. JUST AS THEY WERE FOUR YEARS AGO ON IRAQ. THEY MAY HEAR REASSURING PLATITUDES FROM WASHINGTON, ABOUT HOW WE ARE ON TRACK, BUT THEY CAN SEE THE NEWS FOR THEMSELVES. THEY CAN SEE THAT THE SECURITY SITUATION IS IN DECLINE. THE CASUALTIES ARE UP. THE TALIBAN IS STRONG, AND THAT AFGHAN GOVERNANCE IS INEFFECTIVE AT THE VERY BEST AND CORRUPT. AT THE WORST. SO I CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING MORE PATRONIZING THAN TO TELL THEM NOT TO WORRY THEIR PRETTY LITTLE HEADS ABOUT THE WAR. THAT US GROWN-UPS IN WASHINGTON HAVE IT ALL TAKEN CARE OF. WE ARE NOT BOWING BEFORE THEM, MADAM SPEAKER. WE ARE STICKING OUR FINGER IN THEIR EYES. DO WE TRULY BELIEVE IT'S ABOUT THEM AND NOT US? DO WE TRULY BELIEVE THAT WE ARE CARETAKERS WHOSE ONLY LEGITIMACY DERIVES FROM OUR EMPLOYEES WHO ELECTED US? IF THAT'S TRUE, THEN IT'S TIME FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE TO START LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE. WITH THAT IT'S TIME TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:34:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2009, -- UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2007, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. BAKE -- JANUARY 5, 2011, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. AKIN, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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  • 02:34:42 PM

    MR. AKIN

    MADAM CHAIR. I APPRECIATE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT A SUBJECT THAT I…

    MADAM CHAIR. I APPRECIATE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT A SUBJECT THAT I THINK HAS BEEN ON A LOT OF AMERICANS' MINDS OVER THE PAST, PARTICULARLY THE LAST COUPLE YEARS, AND IT'S THE SUBJECT OF SPENDING CUTS IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. NOW, MOST PEOPLE ARE PERHAPS TUNED IN TO SOME OTHER PLANET, THEY REALIZE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS SPENDING MORE MONEY THAN WE TAKE IN SO WE ARE RUNNING ALL THESE DEFICITS. THEREFORE THE IDEA IS THAT WE NEED TO DO SOME SPENDING CUTS. SO THAT'S WHAT WE WANTED TO TALK ABOUT HERE FOR A LITTLE WHILE. I'M JOINED BY SOME GOOD FRIENDS AND VERY TRUSTED CONGRESSMEN ON THIS SUBJECT. JUST TO TRY TO FRAME WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A LITTLE BIT, AND I USUALLY HAVE SOME CHARTS TO GO ALONG WITH THIS, BUT THE CHARTS HAVEN'T BEEN PRINTED YET, IF YOU TAKE A LOOK, THESE ARE PRETTY SIMPLE NUMBERS, IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE SPENDING PROJECTION FOR 2011, IT'S $3,834 BILLION. AND THE INCOME PROTECTION IS $2, 567 BILLION. THE TWO NUMBERS AREN'T THE SAME AND BASICALLY WE ARE SPENDING MORE THAN $1 TRILLION, CLOSE TO $1.5 TRILLION THAT WE DON'T HAVE. AND THAT SUGGESTS FOR MOST AMERICANS THAT HAVE SOME LEVEL OF COMMON SENSE WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE SOME CUTS IN SPENDING. SO THAT'S THE OVERALL SUBJECT. I THINK IT'S ONE THAT GETS EVERYBODY'S ATTENTION AND THAT WE NEED TO GIVE SOME THOUGHT TO. NOW, OBVIOUSLY RIGHT OFF THE BEGINNING OF THE BAT THE NEW PARTY, REPUBLICANS, ARE RUNNING THE HOUSE AND WE ARE TRYING TO START OFF SETTING A GOOD NOTE IN BEING FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE. TODAY WE JUST VOTED TO CUT THE CONGRESSIONAL -- THERE'S A FUND THAT'S ALLOCATED EACH CONGRESSMAN FOR THEM TO RUN THEIR OFFICE, TO MAKE THEIR AIRPLANE FLIGHTS, TO PAY PHONE BILLS, THINGS LIKE THAT. WE CUT THAT 5% JUST AS -- IN THE SENSE AN INDICATION OF THE FACT WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT DOING THIS SPENDING CUT. THAT CERTAINLY DOESN'T GET US TO WHERE WE HAVE TO GO. BUT AT LEAST IT'S A START. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT WAYS WE CAN APPROACH THIS SUBJECT, BUT ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT WE'LL BE VOTING ON THIS WEEK ASIDE FROM THE 5% CUT IN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGETS, IS THE FACT THAT WE WANT TO GET RID OF THIS TREMENDOUSLY EXPENSIVE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF THE HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA. KNOWN AS OBAMACARE, I SUPPOSE, AND I'M JOINED BY A GOOD FRIEND WHO HAS JOINED ME ON THE FLOOR MANY TIMES IN THE PAST TWO YEARS, MEDICAL DOCTOR FROM GEORGIA, DR. GINGREY. AND HE IS SOMEBODY WHO KNOWS INSIDE AND OUT NOT ONLY THE MEDICAL PROFESSION, BUT THIS BILL WHICH HAS THE GOVERNMENT TAKING OVER ALL OF HEALTH CARE. NOW, AS YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT WOULD BE EXPENSIVE. IT WOULD BE EXPENSIVE TO AMERICAN CITIZENS. IT WOULD BE EXPENSIVE TO BUSINESSES. AND EXPENSIVE TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. SO ONE PLACE WE CAN -- WE START TALKING ABOUT SPENDING CUTS IS WHAT WE'LL BE VOTING ON BEFORE TOO LONG WHICH WAS TO GET RID OF THIS GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE. AND FOR THAT REASON I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MY GOOD FRIEND, DOCTOR, CONGRESSMAN GINGREY FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 02:38:14 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI YIELDING. I KNOW THAT WHEN HE WAS…

    APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI YIELDING. I KNOW THAT WHEN HE WAS REFERRING TO MY MEDICAL EXPERTISE IN REGARD TO KNOWING THAT SUBJECT INSIDE AND OUTOUT, NO PUN WAS INTENDED WHEN HE MENTIONED THAT, I DO KNOW A LOT MORE ABOUT HEALTH CARE PROBABLY THAN I DO ABOUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING. ONE THING'S FOR SURE, MADAM SPEAKER, AS THE GENTLEMAN POINTED OUT, WE ARE SPENDING WAY TOO MUCH MONEY AND I THINK THE FIGURES TODAY, THIS YEAR, LAST YEAR WE SPENT A THIRD MORE THAN WE TOOK IN. WE HAVE A REVENUE STREAM FROM TAXATION OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND YET WE WENT BEYOND THAT BY $1 TRILLION OF BORROWED MONEY. OF COURSE OF THE NONDOMESTIC CREDITORS, THE LARGEST ONE IS CHINA. THEY HOLD A LOT OF OUR DEBT. THEY HAPPEN TO BE NOW THE SECOND LARGEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD AT $9 TRILLION G.D.P. WE HAD ABOUT A $15 TRILLION G.D.P. BUT THE THING THAT IS SO SCARY AND FRIGHTENING ABOUT THAT IS WE OWE $14 TRILLION. SO OUR DEBT TO G.D.P. RATIO IS APPROACHING 100%. SO WHEN WE STAND, MADAM SPEAKER, AS WE ARE DOING RIGHT NOW AND TALK ABOUT THIS ISSUE, WE ARE ALMOST IN A PANIC. AND WE SHOULD BE BECAUSE WE ARE RIGHT ON THE PRECIPICE, RIGHT ON THE EDGE OF BECOMING PART OF THE PIG'S ACRONYM, PORTUGAL, ITALY, IRELAND, GREECE, SPAIN, AND WE POINT THE FINGER AT THEM, BUT GOODNESS GRACIOUS, IT'S LIKE THE BIBLE, THE SCRIPTURE THAT I'M SURE THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM MISSOURI PROBABLY KNOWS BY HEART, IT GOES SOMETHING LIKE, IF YOU'VE GOT A PLANK IN YOUR OWN EYE, YOU SHOULDN'T BE POINTING OUT THE SPECK IN SOMEBODY ELSE'S. WE GOT A PLANK IN OUR OWN EYE. THIS IS WHY IN THIS 112TH CONGRESS WE HAVE A HUGE CHALLENGE, DON'T WE, MY COLLEAGUES. WE HAVE A HUGE CHALLENGE. WE ARE UP TO IT. I HOPE WE ARE GOING TO BE UP TO IT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE.

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  • 02:40:36 PM

    MR. AKIN

    GET WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR AND LET'S JUST SAY BY SOME GREAT…

    GET WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR AND LET'S JUST SAY BY SOME GREAT MIRACLE THAT WE WERE ABLE TO STOP THAT OBAMACARE. THAT WOULD SAVE A WHOLE, WHOLE LOT OF MONEY, WOULDN'T IT, IN TERMS OF --

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  • 02:40:57 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    TIME. ABSOLUTELY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, OUR ESTEEMED COLLEAGUE…

    TIME. ABSOLUTELY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, OUR ESTEEMED COLLEAGUE PHYSICIAN, MR. MCDERMOTT, WAS ON THE FLOOR EARLIER TALKING ABOUT, WELL, WHAT WE WERE TRYING TO DO IN REPEALING OBAMACARE, FORMALLY THE RECOGNITION OF THAT BILL, PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, SOCIALIZED MEDICINE IS EASIER, BECAUSE THAT'S ESSENTIALLY WHAT IT IS. THAT'S ESSENTIALLY WHAT THE FORMER MAJORITY PARTY WERE PUSHING TOWARD. BUT THE GENTLEMAN WHO SPOKE SAID, WELL, IT'S A STUNT. THESE REPUBLICANS KNOW THEY CAN'T REPEAL OBAMACARE. AND FURTHERMORE, EVEN IF THEY DID, IT WOULD BE AT A COST OF $200 BILLION. AND WHAT I POINTED OUT TO HIM, MADAM SPEAKER, AS HE WAS LEAVING THE FLOOR WAS, YOU KNOW, THAT'S REAL INTERESTING. IT'S GOING TO COST US $IT00 BILLION IF THAT'S -- $200 BILLION IF THAT'S ACCURATE TO REPEAL WHAT COST $1.1 TRILLION TO ENACT. SO YOU CAN LITERALLY GO BROKE SAVING MONEY, CAN'T YOU? AND BY GOLLY WE ARE GOING TO REPEAL IT BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. IF WE FALL SHORT IN OUR EFFORTS, DESPITE 110% ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE OR IN THIS BODY AND THE OTHER BODY, WE HAVE A BACKUP PLAN B. I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THAT. SO I'LL YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI AND LET YOU CONTINUE THE DISCUSSION.

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  • 02:42:29 PM

    MR. AKIN

    YOUR MEDICAL EXPERTISE AND YOUR OVERVIEW. OBVIOUSLY IF THE FEDERAL…

    YOUR MEDICAL EXPERTISE AND YOUR OVERVIEW. OBVIOUSLY IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ISN'T JUMPING IN AND TAKING OVERALL HEALTH CARE, THERE'S GOING TO BE MORE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. WE'LL GET INTO THAT A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT REALLY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE DOING AND WHAT WE SHOULD ASK STATES TO DO AND ALLOW THE FREE MARKET ECONOMY TO DO. WE ARE ALSO JOINED IT SEEMS LIKE THE WAY THINGS ARE WORKING TODAY, WE'VE GOT GEORGIA, VERY WELL D, CONGRESSMAN TOM GLAVES FROM DWAFMENT -- GRAVES FROM GEORGIA HAS JOINED US BEFORE. THIS IS A PET TOPIC FOR A LOT OF US THAT THINK THAT GOVERNMENT ISN'T A SERVANT ANYMORE BUT IT'S THE MASTER. IF YOU SAY, HEY, LET'S START CUTTING GOVERNMENT, THAT'S KIND OF AN INTERESTING TOP ERIK. I WOULD LIKE YOU TO JOIN -- TOPIC. I WOULD LIKE YOU TO JOIN US.

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  • 02:43:20 PM

    MR. GRAVES

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    MR. AKIN

    A MONTH. THAT USED TO BE THE DEFICIT IN A WHOLE YEAR. BUT WE ARE -- WOW,…

    A MONTH. THAT USED TO BE THE DEFICIT IN A WHOLE YEAR. BUT WE ARE -- WOW, WE ARE SAYING ALL -- SETTING ALL KINDS OF RECORDS IN THE WRONG DIRECTION.

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  • 02:44:20 PM

    MR. GRAVES

    YOU'RE RIGHT. THAT LEADS UP TO THE DISCUSSION WE ARE HEARING NOW IN THE…

    YOU'RE RIGHT. THAT LEADS UP TO THE DISCUSSION WE ARE HEARING NOW IN THE MEDIA. I DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN IN THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS TALKING ABOUT THE DEBT CEILING. THE REASON WE ARE APPROACHING AND ABOUT TO PIERCE THE DEBT CEILING IS THIS DEFICIT SPENDING THAT'S OCCURRED FROM THE PREVIOUS LEADERSHIP HERE IN THE HOUSE AS WELL AS THE ADMINISTRATION WHO IS STILL THERE, AND AS WE APPROACH THIS DEBT CEILING, WE HAVE GOT TO PUSH SPENDING CUTS MORE AND MORE AND MORE. AND I'M THANKFUL THAT I JUST WAS SWORN IN FOR THE SECOND TIME YESTERDAY.

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  • 02:44:52 PM

    MR. AKIN

    WE ARE GLAD TO HAVE YOU BACK AGAIN. WE THANK THE GOOD PEOPLE OF GEORGIA…

    WE ARE GLAD TO HAVE YOU BACK AGAIN. WE THANK THE GOOD PEOPLE OF GEORGIA FOR MAKING A GOOD DECISION THERE.

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  • 02:44:59 PM

    MR. GRAVES

    TO THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, IT IS CLEAR AND I HAVE MADE IT CLEAR TO…

    TO THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, IT IS CLEAR AND I HAVE MADE IT CLEAR TO MY CONSTITUENTS, I'M NOT GOING ON AS A SPENDER. I'M GOING ON AS A SAVER. IT SEEMS FOR FAR TOO LONG MEMBERS WHO SEEK TO BE ON APPROPRIATIONS BECAUSE THEY WANT TO SPEND MONEY. GUESS WHAT? A NEW DAY, A NEW ERA. IT'S A FRESH DAY WHEN YOU HAVE MEMBERS GOING ON TO SAY, HERE'S HOW WE ARE GOING TO SAVE MONEY. WHAT A GREAT DEBATE WE'LL HAVE IN THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS.

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  • 02:45:22 PM

    MR. AKIN

    GO. GET ON TO THIS MORE. GET INTO THE DETAILS IN TERMS OF PROCEDURALLY,…

    GO. GET ON TO THIS MORE. GET INTO THE DETAILS IN TERMS OF PROCEDURALLY, OK. NOW YOU'VE GOT A NEW CONGRESS, REPUBLICANS ARE IN THE MAJORITY, AND WE HAVE THE PROBLEM, WE LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, AND WE ARE SPENDING A THIRD MORE THAN WHAT WE ARE TAKING IN. SO WE KNOW WE GOT TO DO CUTTING. . ONE OF THE THINGS PEOPLE WANT TO PIN US DOWN ON, WHAT ARE YOU NOT GOING TO FUND BECAUSE THAT WILL BE SOME GROUP THAT WILL GET MAD OUGHT? SO HOW DO YOU APPROACH IT? I KNOW IN STATE GOVERNMENTS THEY DO SOMETIMES IS THEY SAY, WELL, WHAT WE GOT TO DO, WE'RE 10% OVERBUDGET SO WE HAVE TO CUT 10% OFF OF EVERYTHING. THAT MAKES IT SEEM TO BE FAIR. AND THAT MIGHT BE ONE WAY TO APPROACH WHAT WE GOT GOING ON.

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  • 02:46:14 PM

    MR. GRAVES

    I THINK YOU'RE RIGHT. WHAT WE HEARD ABOUT REPEALING OBAMACARE. YESTERDAY I…

    I THINK YOU'RE RIGHT. WHAT WE HEARD ABOUT REPEALING OBAMACARE. YESTERDAY I INTRODUCED LEGISLATION AGAIN TO DEFUND IT, TO TAKE AWAY ALL AUTHORIZING FUNDS GOING TO THE LEGISLATION AS WELL WHICH IS ANOTHER STEP FORWARD. YOU KNOW, WHY DON'T WE DEFUND SOME CZARS? THAT'S A WHOLE OTHER DISCUSSION WE HAVE SEEN. AND THEN AS WE MOVE BACK TO THE 2008 LEVELS, THEN WE MIGHT EVEN NEED TO GO A LITTLE BIT FURTHER AND BEGIN CUTTING MORE AND MORE AND MORE. I MEAN, ARE THE DECISIONS GOING TO BE DIFFICULT? SURE THEY ARE.

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  • 02:46:46 PM

    MR. GRAVES

    WHY PEOPLE ELECTED US TO COME HERE AND MAKE THE DIFFICULT DECISIONS.

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    MR. AKIN

    GRAVES, LET MELEE OUT TWO WAYS TO APPROACH IT. IF YOU HAVE A LITTLE BIT TO…

    GRAVES, LET MELEE OUT TWO WAYS TO APPROACH IT. IF YOU HAVE A LITTLE BIT TO CUT, YOU MAY TAKE A LITTLE BIT FROM EVERYTHING. THERE'S ANOTHER WAY TO LOOK AT IT. WHEN YOU NEED TO CUT 1/3, YOU CAN SAY, WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS TO DO AND WHAT ARE THE THINGS WE REALLY DON'T HAVE TO DO BECAUSE THE STATE CAN DO IT OR THE PRIVATE SECTOR COULD DO IT?

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  • 02:47:13 PM

    MR. AKIN

    AND I'M NOT SURE -- EXCUSE ME -- YES, I YIELD.

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    THE SPEAKER

    IN THE WELL, WOULD BE HAPPY TO SWEAR THEM IN AS NEW MEMBERS. RAISE YOUR…

    IN THE WELL, WOULD BE HAPPY TO SWEAR THEM IN AS NEW MEMBERS. RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND. DO YOU SOLEMNLY SWEAR THAT YOU WILL SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC, THAT YOU WILL BARE TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE TO THE SAME, THAT YOU TAKE THIS OBLIGATION FREELY WITHOUT ANY MENTAL RESERVATION OR PURPOSE OF EVASION, THAT YOU WILL WELL AND FAITHFUL LOEDIS CHARGE THE DUTIES IN THE OFFICE FOR WHICH YOU ARE ABOUT TO ENTER SO HELP YOU GOD? THANK YOU. CONGRATULATIONS. YOU ARE NOW MEMBERS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI MAY RESUME. MR.

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  • 02:48:11 PM

    MR. AKIN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SO WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT NOW YOU GOT THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SO WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT NOW YOU GOT THE SITUATION WHERE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS SPENDING A THIRD MORE THAN IT TAKES IN SO WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT SOME WAY, HOW YOU GOING TO SKIN THIS CAT? AND IN ONE WAY IS JUST TRYING TO TAKE A CERTAIN 10% OR WHATEVER PERCENTAGE -- ACTUALLY 33% OFF OF EVERYTHING OR WHATEVER, OR WHAT YOU COULD SAY WOULD BE, ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE TO DO AND WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT MAYBE ARE NICE BUT WE CAN'T AFFORD AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAYBE ACTUALLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL. AND I SUSPECT IN ORDER -- WHEN YOU'RE 1/3 OVER BUDGET, IT'S GOING TO BE HARD TO JUST DO A SET PERCENTAGE ACROSS THE BOARD. I SUSPECT WE'RE GOING TO GET INTO I THINK SOME VERY INTERESTING QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT'S REALLY CONSTITUTIONAL AND DOES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REALLY HAVE TO DO THAT FUNCTION. MAYBE IT'S AN IMPORTANT THING TO GET DONE, BUT MAYBE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULDN'T DO IT. SO JUST WANTED TO KNOW IF YOU WANT TO JUMP IN ON THAT SUBJECT.

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  • 02:49:09 PM

    MR. GRAVES

    YEAH. I'D BE HAPPY TO ADD A LITTLE BIT MORE TO THAT. A COUPLE OF…

    YEAH. I'D BE HAPPY TO ADD A LITTLE BIT MORE TO THAT. A COUPLE OF APPROACHES. IS IT DUPLICATIVE? IS ANOTHER AGENCY OR DEPARTMENT DOING IT? THAT'S WHEN YOU GET OVER THE HURDLE. AND IS IT SOMETHING YOU CAN GIVE BACK TO THE STATE? YOU USURP THE STATES, WHICH MANY OF OUR CONFERENCE WOULD AGREE, IN WAY CASE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS OVERSTEPPED ITS BOUNDS AND IT'S TIME TO REMOVE OURSELVES FROM THE STATES AND ALLOW THE STATES TO TAKE OVER. YOU KNOW, FROM A BUSINESS OWNER'S PERSPECTIVE, WHAT IF YOU LOOK AT THE DEPARTMENT HEADS OR THE AGENCY HEADS AND YOU SAID, YOU GO BACK AND YOU CUT 25% AND YOU BRING BACK GLUR RECOMMENDATION? AND THEN YOU SHOW US A BUDGET ESTIMATE OF 20% CUT AND THEN 20%. EMPOWER THOSE AGENCY HEADS TO ANALYZE THEIR DEPARTMENT'S INCOME'S BACK WHILE WE'RE ALSO ON THE THEME OF PHYSICIANS, WE'RE TAKING A SURGICAL APPROACH AS WELL AS PULLING OUT THOSE UNNECESSARY PROGRAMS AS WELL. SO THAT WOULD BE SOME APPROACHES I WOULD TAKE.

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  • 02:50:13 PM

    MR. AKIN

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    MR. GRAVES

    WITH UNEMPLOYMENT AT WHAT?

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    MR. AKIN

    WHATEVER. 130 PROGRAMS SERVING THE DISABLED. DO WE NEED 130? MAYBE…

    WHATEVER. 130 PROGRAMS SERVING THE DISABLED. DO WE NEED 130? MAYBE CONSOLIDATE, DO A COUPLE OF GOOD ONES. AND THEN 130 PROGRAMS SERVING AT-RISK YOUTH. AND SO THESE ARE ALL OF THESE THINGS WHERE YOU SAY IT DOESN'T EVEN MAKE COMMON SENSE AND WE HAVE TO REALLY START GETTING INTO ANALYZING -- FIRST OF ALL, SHOULD WE BE DOING IT AND IF WE SHOULD, DO WE NEED HUNDREDS OF PROGRAMS DOING SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE DONE WITH ONE OR TWO? I SEE THAT DR. GINGREY IS BACK AT IT AGAIN. HE JUST COULDN'T SIT STILL WHEN WE TALK ABOUT CUTTING THINGS. SO JUST WELCOME YOU TO THE DISCUSSION. GOIP MADAM SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN --

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  • 02:51:20 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I CAN ONLY STAY FOR A…

    SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I CAN ONLY STAY FOR A FEW MINUTES BECAUSE OF A PRIOR ENGAGEMENT. SO THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO KIND OF IN FRONT OF THE CUE, IF YOU WILL. BUT I TELL YOU, ONE OF THE THINGS IN REGARD TO HOW YOU CUT IS IT BY PICKING AND CHOOSING OR IN ONE FELL SWOOP ACROSS THE BOARD? WE JUST PASSED A BILL, LAST VOTE OF THE DAY, IN REGARD TO OUR OWN BUDGETS AND THAT WAS A 5% ACROSS-THE-BOARD CUT, MADAM SPEAKER IN OUR MEMBER REPRESENTATIONAL ACCOUNT, OUR EXPENSE ACCOUNT THAT WE'RE ALLOTTED EACH YEAR TO PAY OUR SALARIES OF OUR STAFF MEMBERS AND TO HAVE A ROUNDTRIP FLIGHT BACK TO OUR DISTRICTS ONCE A WEEK. AND THOSE BUDGETS VARY A LITTLE BIT DEPENDING ON OBVIOUSLY SOMEBODY FROM CALIFORNIA'S GOING TO HAVE MORE TRAVEL EXPENSE THAN SOMEBODY LIKE MYSELF AND REPRESENTATIVE GRAVES FROM GEORGIA. BUT WE JUST BASICALLY VOTED TO CUT 5%, AND I QUITE HONESTLY -- AND THIS QUESTION THAT HAS COME UP, MADAM SPEAKER, AND MY COLLEAGUES, HOW DO YOU DO IT? I JUST THINK WE MORE AND MORE NEED TO LOOK AT THIS THING AND SAY, THERE ARE NO SACRED COULD YOU SAY, AND LET THESE DEPARTMENTS -- CAOS AND -- COWS AND LET THESE DEPARTMENTS SAYING WHERE SHOULDN'T THERE BE AN ACROSS THE BOARD 2%, 3%, 4% CUT? I KNOW I VOTED EVERY TIME WE COME UP ON THESE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS -- WE DIDN'T GET TO VOTE ANY IN THE 111TH CONGRESS BECAUSE OUR FRIENDS DID HE TELL LET US VOTE ON THEM. MOST PEOPLE ARE RELUCTANT TO TALK ABOUT CUTTING HOMELAND SECURITY AND NATIONAL DEFENSE, PARTICULARLY WHEN WE HAVE TWO WARS GOING ON AND CERTAINLY NOT WANTING TO CUT THE VETERANS' BENEFITS. THERE'S WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE AND DUPLICATION OF THINGS ACROSS EVERY SPECTRUM OF THIS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IF WE'RE GOING TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT IT, WE NEED TO HAVE AN ADULT CONVERSATION, AND, MADAM SPEAKER AND MY COLLEAGUES, THAT INCLUDES ENTITLEMENTS AS WELL. BECAUSE IF WE DON'T ADDRESS ENTITLEMENTS, WE'RE LOOKING AT 1/6 OF THE BUDGET AND WE'RE NEVER GOING TO GET THERE JUST ADDRESSING THAT PART OF THE BUDGET. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK AND CONTINUE TO LISTEN TO MY COLLEAGUES.

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  • 02:53:50 PM

    MR. AKIN

    OVER TO MOVING A LITTLE BIT FROM GEORGIA TO THE WEST TO THE GREAT STATE OF…

    OVER TO MOVING A LITTLE BIT FROM GEORGIA TO THE WEST TO THE GREAT STATE OF UTAH AND OUR CONGRESSMAN BISHOP, YOU'VE JOINED US ON THE FLOOR A NUMBER OF TIMES. AND ONE OF THE QUESTIONS THAT -- LET'S SAY YOU WERE ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE OR SOMETHING AND YOU'RE TRYING TO PRIORITIZE, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO -- GUNS AND BUTTER, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO PRIORITIZE DEFENSE VERSUS ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS OR WHATEVER IT IS? HOW DO WE CRACK THIS NUT ABOUT TRYING TO REDUCE FEDERAL SPENDING? I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR PERSPECTIVE.

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  • 02:54:22 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    LET ME TRY AND HIT FOR JUST ONE MOMENT TWO POTENTIAL AREAS TO ADDRESS THAT…

    LET ME TRY AND HIT FOR JUST ONE MOMENT TWO POTENTIAL AREAS TO ADDRESS THAT PARTICULAR QUESTION. AND IT GOES BACK TO THE FACT THAT WE DID READ THE CONSTITUTION ON THE FLOOR TODAY. YOU KNOW, IT'S AMAZING AS P.J. O'RORKE ONCE SAID THAT THE CONSTITUTION IS 16 PAGES WHICH IS THE OPERATOR'S MANUAL FOR 300 MILLION PEOPLE. THE OPERATOR'S MANUAL FOR THE TOYOTA CAMRY IN CONTRAST IS FOUR TIMES AS LARGE AND IT ONLY SEATS FIVE. BUT YOU ALSO CONTRAST THAT BY WHAT WE DID IN THE LAME-DUCK SESSION WHEN THE SENATE'S OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL, NOT 16 PAGES, IT WAS 1,924 PAGES. THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF ISSUES WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. AND I THINK IF WE REALLY WANT AN ANSWER OF HOW WE MAKE THOSE DECISIONS WE GO BACK TO THE DOCUMENT THAT WAS READ THIS MORNING. THE GENERAL WELFARE CLAUSE TODAY PUTS THE EMPHASIS ON THE WORD WELFARE. WHEN THEY WROTE THAT THING THEY PUT THE EMPHASIS ON THE WORD GENERAL. WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD DO IS THAT WHICH AFFECTS ALL OF US. MONROE, MADISON, JACKSON VETOED ROAD PROJECTS BECAUSE THEY SAID THOSE ROAD PROJECTS DIDN'T MEET THE GENERAL WELFARE. WHEN SAVANNAH BURNED TO THE GROUND, CONGRESS HAD A GREAT DEAL OF EMPATHY FOR SAVANNAH BUT DID NOT ACTUALLY APPROPRIATE ANY MONEY FOR SAVANNAH BECAUSE THEY SAID GIVING MONEY TO SAVANNAH TO REBUILD WOULD SIMPLY HELP SAVANNAH AND WAS NOT GENERAL WELFARE. NOW, I MADE THIS SPEECH ONCE ON THE FLOOR A COUPLE YEARS AGO AND I GOT A NICE LETTER, KIND OF, FROM A LADY IN ALABAMA WHO TOOK ME TO TASK AND LISTED ALL THE PROGRAMS THAT SHE THOUGHT WERE VIABLE AND GOOD AND SHE WANTED CONTINUED. I SAID, MA'AM, YOU ACTUALLY MISSED THE ULTIMATE POINT. THE POINT IS NOT SHOULD THESE PROGRAMS BE AVAILABLE FOR CITIZENS, THE POINT IS WHO SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING THOSE PROGRAMS. NOT EVERY IDEA HAS TO GERMINATE, BE FUNDED, BE APPROPRIATED, BE REGULATED FROM WASHINGTON. THE STATES ARE EQUALLY COMP TENT, AND IF INDEED WE DIVIDED OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TOGETHER WE COULD PROVIDE BETTER SERVICES FOR THE PEOPLE FOR A CHEAPER PRICE. NOW, MR. AKIN, IF I COULD GIVE ONE SECOND OF A SIMPLE EXAMPLE. DAVID WALKER HAS WRITTEN A GREAT BOOK CALLED "REBIRTH OF FEDERALISM" WHERE HE MADE THE EFFECT THAT DANGLING MONEY IN FRONT OF CASH-STARVED STATES IS NOT GOOD FOR BOTH LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT. FOR EXAMPLE, HE SAID, WHEN WE PUT CONDITIONAL GRANTS TO STATES WHICH BECOME REGULATIONS AN MANDATES IT UNDERCUTS BOTH THE INTERLEVEL COOPERATION BETWEEN THOSE TWO BODIES AND IT'S A TERM HE INVENTED CREEPING CONVENTIONALISM WHICH MEANS THE COST TO THE TAXPAYER ACTUALLY INCREASES. BY DOING HIS ESTIMATES, THE SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT OF 1986 COST THE STATES $2 BILLION TO $3 BILLION THAN THE STATES WOULD HAVE SPENT TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN SAFE DRINKING WATER. FROM 1983 TO 1990, HE ESTIMATED THAT THE REGULATIONS IMPOSED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WAS $9 BILLION TO $13 BILLION IN LOCAL TAXES THAT DID NOT PROVIDE A BENEFIT TO THE CITIZENS. IT WAS JUST THE CREEPING COST TO THEM. SO THE -- OUR MANDATES, SUPPOSEDLY WITH FREE MONEY GIVEN STATES, ENDS UP COSTING THE TAXPAYER NOT ONLY FOR THE FREE MONEY WE DON'T HAVE BUT COSTS THE STATES TO DO MORE THAN THEY WOULD HAVE DONE OR NEEDED TO DO TO ACTUALLY ADDRESS THE PROBLEM.

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  • 02:57:51 PM

    MR. AKIN

    BEAT THE MANDATES. TO BEAT THE MANDATES. INTERESTINGLY, AND I CAN'T HELP…

    BEAT THE MANDATES. TO BEAT THE MANDATES. INTERESTINGLY, AND I CAN'T HELP BUT PIGGYBACK ON YOUR POINT, GENTLEMAN, IT USED TO BE A VERY BORING PLACE TO BE A CONGRESSMAN DOWN HERE BECAUSE THERE WERE ALMOST NO LAWS ON THE BOOKS. DO YOU KNOW THE FEDERAL LAWS TO BEGIN WITH IN TERMS OF LAWS ABOUT RIGHT AND WRONG WERE -- ONE OF THEM WAS A LAW AGAINST PIRACY ON THE HIGH SEAS. ANOTHER ONE WAS AGAINST COUNTERFEITING. ANOTHER ONE WAS A LAW AGAINST ESPY NAUGE. THOSE THREE LAWS -- ESPIONAGE. THOSE THREE LAWS WERE ON THE BOOKS. WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON? PIRACY, COUNTERFEITING AND ESPIONAGE AGAINST OUR COUNTRY WERE AGAINST THE GENERAL WELFARE. THEY WERE LAWS THAT AFFECTED EVERYONE. SO LAWS AGAINST MURDER AND RAPE AND STEALING AND ALL THAT KIND OF STUFF WERE ALLSTATE LAWS BECAUSE THE STATES MADE -- ALL STATE LAWS BECAUSE THE STATES MADE THOSE LAWS. SO TO LIMIT THE JURISDICTION FEDERALLY. SO NOW WE HAVE THESE CREEPING RED TAPE WHICH KEEPS COSTING IN AN INSID WITH US WAY EVERYONE'S COST OF LIVING KEEPS SLIPPING UP BUT YOU DON'T KNOW WHO IS NIBBLING ALL THE MONEY OUT OF YOUR WALLET. BUT IT'S BECAUSE ALL THOSE THINGS YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT, AND I APPRECIATE THAT PERSPECTIVE YOU SHARED WITH US. I PROMISED MY GOOD FRIEND FROM LOUISIANA, CONGRESSMAN SCLUSE, HE IS -- HAS BECOME THIS LAST YEAR OR TWO AN EXPERT ON OIL RIGS AND OIL SPILLS AND EVERYTHING, BUT GOOD ON MANY OTHER TOPICS AS WELL AND WHAT A -- WHEN WE START TALKING ABOUT CUTTING GOVERNMENT, I GOT TO LET YOU HAVE A PIECE OF THE ACTION, MY FRIEND.

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  • 02:59:30 PM

    MR. SCALISE

    WELL, I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM UP THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IN MISSOURI,…

    WELL, I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM UP THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IN MISSOURI, MADAM SPEAKER, FOR YIELDING TO ME AND TALKING ABOUT THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE BECAUSE THERE SEEMS TO BE A LOT OF ENERGY AS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ENERGY IN THIS HOUSE. I THINK YESTERDAY WAS SO EXCITING TO SEE I THINK NOT ONLY THE GAVEL CEREMONIOUSLY PASSED FROM NANCY PELOSI TO NOW SPEAKER BOEHNER BUT ALSO THESE PRINCIPLES THAT ARE IN THE CONSTITUTION BE RESTORED TO THE PEOPLE. THIS IS THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, AND IT SHOULD OPERATE AS THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. AND I THINK NOW IT'S STARTING TO GET BACK TO THOSE PRINCIPLES THAT WE ARTICULATED TODAY WHEN WE READ THE CONSTITUTION, A REAL UPLIFTING EXPERIENCE, SAD, UNFORTUNATELY, TO NOTE AS WE LOOK THROUGH HISTORY THAT THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT THE ENTIRE U.S. CONSTITUTION WAS READ ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. I THINK THIS SHOULD BE AN EVENT THAT OCCURS EVERY NEW CONGRESS SO THAT WE RE-ESTABLISH AND REMIND OURSELVES JUST WHAT WE'RE UP HERE TO UPHOLD. AND AS WE TALK ABOUT THE SPENDING ISSUES OF THE COUNTRY, I THINK ONE AREA THAT SHOWS YOU WHERE SPENDING HAS GOTTEN OUT OF CONTROL IS IF YOU GO TO THE 10TH AMENDMENT, THE 10TH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION, AS I NOTE MY FRIEND FROM UTAH, IS SUCH A PROUD POE OPPONENT, THE POWERS NOT DELEGATED TO THE UNITED STATES NOR PROHIBITED IT TO THE STATES ARE RESERVED TO THE STATES RESPECTIVELY OR TO THE PEOPLE. YET, IF YOU LOOK AT SO MANY THINGS WE'RE DOING UP HERE IN WASHINGTON THAT THIS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS GOTTEN SO EXPANSIVE IN DOING HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH POWERS THAT WAS DELEGATED IN THE CONSTITUTION AND IN FACT ONE OF THE BIG DEBATES WE ARE GOING TO HAVE HERE THIS WEEK UNDER THIS FIRST NEW WEEK HERE IN THIS CONGRESS IS THIS GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE THAT A FEDERAL COURT JUST RULED IS NOT CONSTITUTIONAL. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES NOT UNDER FEDERAL COURT RULING NOW DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MANDATE THAT AMERICAN CITIZENS HAVE TO BUY A PRIVATE PRODUCT AS A CONDITION OF CITIZENSHIP. SO I THINK THE FACT THAT NOT ONLY TODAY DID WE PUT OUR MONEY WHERE OUR MOUTHS ARE BY VOTING TO CUT OUR OWN BUDGETS, BECAUSE AS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT CUTTING ALL THROUGHOUT GOVERNMENT WHERE THREES' DUPLICATION, WHERE THERE'S DEPARTMENTS THAT SHOULDN'T EXIST, THESE CZARS, THESE 30 OR SO SHADOW GOVERNMENT FIGURES THAT ARE RUNNING THEIR ALMOST CABINETS, LIKE A SECRET CABINET THAT'S RUNNING OUT THERE, AND EVERY ONE OF THEM HAS MULTIMILLION DOLLAR BUDGETS AND STAFFS AND THEY'RE NOT ACCOUNTABLE TO ANYBODY EXCEPT TO THE PRESIDENT, NOT THE PEOPLE, NOT TO THE SENATE, WE ARE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT ALL OF THOSE AREAS TO MAKE SERIOUS CUTS BUT THEN WE ALSO HAVE TO LOOK AND THEN, OF COURSE, TOMORROW WE'LL BE VOTING ON THE START OF THE PROCESS TO REPEAL OBAMACARE AND DO WHAT THE COURTS HAVE ALREADY SAID, THIS ISN'T CONSTITUTIONAL, IT SHOULDN'T BE ON THE BOOKS AND GET RID OF THAT UNCONSTITUTIONAL MANDATE WITH ALL THE BAD TAXES AND OTHER THINGS THAT GO WITH IT. BUT THEN WE GOT TO LOOK AT CREATING JOBS, AND I THINK THAT'S WHERE YOU GET INTO AN AREA WHERE WE'RE CUTTING SPENDING, WHICH WE NEED TO DO AGGRESSIVELY, WE ALSO NEED TO UNLEASH THE POTENTIAL OF THE INDIVIDUAL, IT'S NOT GOVERNMENT HERE IN WASHINGTON MA MAKES THIS A GREAT -- MAKES THIS A GREAT COUNTRY AND THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, IT'S THE POWER OF OUR PEOPLE BACK HOME, THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, THE STAY-AT-HOME MOM WHO IS RAISING A FAMILY, THE PEOPLE THAT ACTUALLY MAKES THIS COUNTRY WORK AND I THINK THERE IS NO PLACE MORE EVIDENT THAN WHAT IS WRONG WITH WASHINGTON THAN IN MOY HOME STATE WHERE YOU HAVE THIS THING GOING ON SINCE AFTER THE B.P. DISASTER IN THE GULF OF MEXICO. IT'S THE PRESIDENT'S POLICIES, NOT THE ACTIONS AND FAILURES OF B.P. BUT THE PRESIDENT'S POLICIES THAT PUT 12,000 PEOPLE OUT OF WORK THROUGH WHAT'S CALLED A PERMA TOMBINGS RIUM. THE PRESIDENT SAID ALL THE COMPANIES THAT DIDN'T DO ANYTHING WRONG THAT FOLLOW THE BEST SAFETY GUIDELINES IN THE WORLD AND HAD IN PROBLEM THE GOVERNMENT HAS SHUT THEM DOWN, PUT THEM OUT OF WORK.

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  • 03:03:19 PM

    MR. AKIN

    HELP BUT JUMP IN A LITTLE BIT, IT KEEPS COMING BACK TO MY MIND, AS YOU…

    HELP BUT JUMP IN A LITTLE BIT, IT KEEPS COMING BACK TO MY MIND, AS YOU TALK ABOUT THE PARTICULAR SITUATION, THE JOB KILLING MANDATES THAT ARE COMING FROM THE ADMINISTRATION, I KEEP THINKING, AN AWFUL LOT OF AMERICANS MUST BE STARTING TO FEEL THE SAME WAY I DO, THAT THE GOVERNMENT'S NOT A SERVANT ANYMORE, THAT IT'S A FEARFUL MASTER. WE WERE WARNED BY THE FOREFATHERS THAT IF YOU LET YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GET OUT OF CONTROL, IT WILL BECOME A FEARFUL MASTER AND IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THAT'S KIND OF WHAT'S STARTING TO HAPPEN. I THINK THAT THE LAST ELECTION WAS AN UNDERSTANDING ACROSS THE WHOLE COUNTRY THAT THIS GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BE PUT BACK IN ITS PROPER PLACE, BEING A SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE, DOING PROGRAMS THAT ARE CONSTITUTIONAL INSTEAD OF THINGS THAT PEOPLE THINK, WOW, IT WOULD BE A GREAT IDEA IF WE MANDATE THIS OR MANDATE THAT. NOW YOU HAVE AN AREA THAT'S HAD A TOUGH HIT FROM THE OIL SPILL, AND WE'LL TAKE A BUSINESS THAT'S DONE NOTHING WRONG AND SHUT THEM DOWN BECAUSE OF SOME MANDATE. SOMEHOW OR OTHER, I DON'T SEE THAT AS BEING GOVERNMENT THE SERVANT, DO YOU?

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  • 03:04:31 PM

    MR. SCALISE

    THE OPPOSITE OF THE GOVERNMENT BEING THE SERVANT, IT'S THE GOVERNMENT…

    THE OPPOSITE OF THE GOVERNMENT BEING THE SERVANT, IT'S THE GOVERNMENT BEING THE OPPRESSOR. 12,000 JOBS HAVE ALREADY BEEN LOST IN SOUTH LOUISIANA ALONE, AND THESE AREN'T MY NUMBERS, THIS IS THE WHITE HOUSE. THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE PRESIDENT'S RESPONSE TO THAT WAS, WELL, THEY CAN GO GET UNEMPLOYMENT. THESE AREN'T PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE ON UNEMPLOYMENT ROLLS, THEY ARE HARDWORKING PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE CONTRIBUTING TO AMERICA'S ENERGY SECURITY, BUT IT'S THIS ADMINISTRATION THAT'S SHUT THEM DOWN AND NOT ALLOWED THEM TO GO BACK TO WORK DRILLING SAFELY. I'M TALKING AGAIN, I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT B.P., I'M TALK ACT THE COMPANIES WHO HAVE PLAYED BY THE RULES ALL ALONG, NEVER HAD ANY SAFETY PROBLEMS BECAUSE THEY FOLLOW A HIGHER STANDARD. THEY'RE THE ONES WHO HAVE BEEN SHUT DOWN AND PUT OUT OF WORK. NOT ONLY IS IT AFFECTING LOUISIANA IN TERMS OF 12,000 OUT OF JOBS BUT IT'S AFFECTING AMERICA'S SECURITY. S THAT TIME, ONCE YOU GET OUT OF THE SUMMER, WHERE GAS PRICES TYPICALLY START FALLING AGAIN. BUT WHAT ARE WE SEEING? NOW GAS PRICES ARE BREAKING OVER THE $3 A GALLON MARK IN MANY STATES BECAUSE IN PART THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS CHANGED OUR ENERGY POLICY WHERE WE'VE SHUT OFF MORE AREAS OF ENERGY PRODUCTION IN AMERICA WHICH MEANS MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRIESMARK OF WHOM DON'T LIKE US, AND OTHER COUNTRIES, ARE PRODUCING THE ENERGY WE NEED, IT REVERSES OUR TRADE BALANCE, SENDS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND THOUSANDS OF JOBS TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES OUT OF AMERICA AND IT MAKE OURS COUNTRY LESS SECURE WHICH IS WHY WE'RE APPROACHING $100 A BARREL GASOLINE BECAUSE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAS SAID THROUGH PRESIDENT A BECAUSE MA'S POLICY, WE'RE GOING TO SHUT OFF MOST OF OUR SOURCES OF KNOWN ENERGY AND OF COURSE OUR DEMAND FOR ENERGY HASN'T DROPPED SO WE'RE MORE RELIANT ON MANY FOREIGN COUNTRY WHO DON'T LIKE IT. IT'S DEVASTATING IN TERMS OF CONSEQUENCE, IN TERMS OF 12,000 LOST JOBS IN SOUTH LOUISIANA BUT DEVASTATING EFFECTS ON ENERGY SECURITY, WHICH WE'RE SEEING IN GAS PRICES THAT ARE BREAKING $3 A GALLON. MR. KAY KIN --

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  • 03:06:36 PM

    MR. AKIN

    TALKED ABOUT LOUISIANA AND I APPRECIATE THAT PERSPECTIVE, BUT LET'S BACK…

    TALKED ABOUT LOUISIANA AND I APPRECIATE THAT PERSPECTIVE, BUT LET'S BACK UP FROM WHAT YOU'VE SAID AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE SUBJECT HERE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY IS CUTTING GOVERNMENT. IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY WAS FOUNDED YEARS AND YEARS AGO WITH THE PURPOSE OF MAKING SURE THAT WE WERE NOT DEPENDENT ON FOREIGN OIL. NOW THAT DEPARTMENT HAS GROWN WITH MORE AND MORE AND MORE BUILDINGS AND BUREAUCRATS AND PEOPLE IN IT. I'M SURE WITH WELL-MEANING INTENTION. BUT AS THE DEPARTMENT HAS GROWN, WE'VE BECOME MORE DEPENDENT ON FOREIGN OIL. NOW THERE'S SOMETHING IN THAT EQUATION THAT'S FUNDAMENTALLY NUTS. SO WE HAVE TO TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THIS SUBJECT. I'M INTERESTED TOO THAT SOMETIMES I POINT OUT TO MY CONSTITUENTS, I THINK PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS, BUT CONGRESS, OUR OPINIONS IN THIS CHAMBER, ARE PRETTY DIVIDED. IF I WERE TO SAY TO SOME OF MY CONSTITUENTS THAT THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ON THE ABORTION ISSUE, THEY'D GO, GEE WHIZ NO BIG SURPRISE. BUT THEY MAY BE SURPRISED TO KNOW IF YOU LOOK AT VOTING RECORDS, THERE'S A BIGGER DIFFERENCE ON DEVELOPMENT OF AMERICAN ENERGY BETWEEN REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS THAN THERE IS ON THE ABORTION THING. SO THERE'S A GREAT DIFFERENCE OF OPINION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT WE NEED TO BECOME ENERGY INDEPENDENT IN THIS COUNTRY AND I'M GLAD YOU'VE GOT THE COMMON SENSE TO SAY, WE NEED TO BE ENERGY INDEPENDENT, WE NEED TO DEVELOP ALL -- DO TO DEVELOP ALL OUR ENERGY RESOURCES. THE FACT THAT YOU'VE TAKE AN BIG STAND ON THAT, IT'S GREAT. IT'S A TREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE TODAY. I'M GOING TO RUN BACK OVER TO GEORGIA A LITTLE BIT AND THEN JUMP OVER HERE TO REPRESENTATIVE GRAVES AND JUMP IN, PLEASE. MR.

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  • 03:08:22 PM

    MR. GRAVES

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING SOME TIME AND MADAM SPEAKER THIS SHOULD BE THE…

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING SOME TIME AND MADAM SPEAKER THIS SHOULD BE THE FINAL FEW MINUTES OF MY DISCUSSION AS I'M GOING TO LEAVE AND YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, SO I WANT TO FOLLOW UP ON WHAT HE SAID, BUT BEFORE I DO, I WANT TO POINT OUT THE REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE, WHICH I BELIEVE MANY OF US -- ALL OF US ARE MEMBERS OF AND ACTIVELY PART OF, IS PUTTING TOGETHER A PLAN THAT HAS $2.6 TRILLION IN CUTS IDENTIFIED ALREADY THAT WOULD OCCUR OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. AN AMAZING SET OF PROPOSAL THAT TO ME, AS WE STAND HERE TODAY IN THE MAJORITY, JOHN BOEHNER IS OUR SPEAKER THAT WE NOMINATED, WE ELECTED, AND WE'RE STILL TALK ABOUT SPENDING BEING THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE, THAT'S HOW COMMITTED WE ARE. GOING BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN'S STATEMENT, HE WAS TALKING ABTHE GENERAL WELFARE CLAUSE IN THE PREAMBLE AND I THOUGHT I'D BRING UP A POINT, IT SAYS TO PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE, NOT PROVIDE THE GENERAL WELFARE. INTERESTING DISTINCTION WHAT A NOTION WE HAVE TAKEN FROM A CENTRAL GOVERNMENT ROLE TO WANT TO PROVIDE FOR EVERYONE. IF YOU GO ONE CLAUSE PRIOR TO THAT IT SAYS PROVIDE FOR COMMON DEFENSE. NOT PROMOTE, BUT PROVIDE COMMON DEFENSE AND PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE. TWO DISTINCT DIFFERENCES IN CLAUSES AND WE'VE CERTAINLY MISTAKEN THAT SECOND CLAUSE THERE.

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  • 03:09:44 PM

    MR. AKIN

    IS SUCH A GOOD POINT, I DON'T THINK IT DOES ANY HARM TO REPEAT THAT. LET'S…

    IS SUCH A GOOD POINT, I DON'T THINK IT DOES ANY HARM TO REPEAT THAT. LET'S GO BACK THROUGH IT AGAIN. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE PREAMBLE TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION, SETS THE WHOLE FRAMEWORK FOR WHAT THIS COUNTRY RESTS ON. YOU'VE GOT TWO WORDS THAT ARE LOADED WITH MEANING. THE FIRST ONE IS THE GENERAL DEFENSE, THAT'S NATIONAL SECURITY, AND THE GENERAL DEFENSE IS GENERAL. SECURITY FOR EVERY STATE, FOR EVERY AMERICAN, RICH OR POOR, BLACK OR WHITE, MALE OR FEMALE, WHEN AMERICANS ARE SECURE, AMERICANS ARE SECURE AND WE USE FEDERAL MONEY TO DO SOMETHING GENERAL, IT'S NOT TO ENCOURAGE IT, IT'S TO PROVIDE FOR THAT. MR.

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  • 03:10:27 PM

    MR. GRAVES

    CLEARLY THE WORD IS PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE. THE NEXT PHRASE OR…

    CLEARLY THE WORD IS PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE. THE NEXT PHRASE OR CLAUSE IS THEN PROMOTE GENERAL WELFARE. NOT PROVIDE BUT PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE.

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  • 03:10:43 PM

    MR. AKIN

    WANTED TO HELP MAKE THAT POINT AND DEFINE THE FACT THAT TO TO THE PROMOTE…

    WANTED TO HELP MAKE THAT POINT AND DEFINE THE FACT THAT TO TO THE PROMOTE YEN WELFARE IS NOT A CLAUSE BIG ENOUGH TO RUN TANKS THROUGH AND SAY THAT ANYTHING THAT SEEMS LIKE A NICE THING TO DO FOR SOMEBODY IS CONSTITUTIONAL. MR.

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  • 03:10:57 PM

    MR. GRAVES

    YOU'RE RIGHT. I WILL WRAP UP WITH THIS, TWO QUOTES FROM TWO VERY DIFFERENT…

    YOU'RE RIGHT. I WILL WRAP UP WITH THIS, TWO QUOTES FROM TWO VERY DIFFERENT PRESIDENTS. RONALD REAGAN ONCE SAID THAT REVENUE IS NOT THE PROBLEM, SPENDING IS THE PROBLEM. WE ALL KNOW THAT. BUT THEN ANOTHER QUOTE IS THIS -- INTERESTING. INCREASING AMERICA'S DEBT WEAKENS US DOMESTICALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY. LEADERSHIP MEANS THE BUCK STOPS HERE. INSTEAD, WASHINGTON IS SHIFTING THE BURDEN OF BAD CHOICES TODAY ONTO THE BACKS OF OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN, AMERICA HAS A DEBT PROBLEM AND A FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP.

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  • 03:11:38 PM

    MR. AKIN

    SAID THAT? RONALD REAGAN?

  • 03:11:42 PM

    MR. GRAVES

    DESERVE BERT, END QUOTE. THEN-SENATOR BARACK OBAMA.

  • 03:11:48 PM

    MR. AKIN

    THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SENATE AND PRESIDENCY.

  • 03:11:53 PM

    MR. GRAVES

    BIG DIFFERENCE. BUT HE'S ABSOLUTELY CORRECT THAT AMERICA HAS A DEBT…

    BIG DIFFERENCE. BUT HE'S ABSOLUTELY CORRECT THAT AMERICA HAS A DEBT PROBLEM AND A FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP. MR. PRESIDENT, HERE'S YOUR OPPORTUNITY.

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  • 03:12:02 PM

    MR. AKIN

    THE INTERESTING THING IS, IF YOU TAKE GEORGE BUSH'S BIGGEST DEFICIT YEAR,…

    THE INTERESTING THING IS, IF YOU TAKE GEORGE BUSH'S BIGGEST DEFICIT YEAR, WHICH WAS WHEN SPEAKER PELOSI WAS HERE IN CONGRESS, WHICH WAS TWINE, OR WAS IT -- WAS 2009, OR WAS IT -- YES, IT WAS 2009. HIS BIGGEST DEFICIT WAS 1/3 OF THE FIRST OBAMA, WHICH WAS $1.4 TRILLION. WHAT'S THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE QUOTE AND THE ACTION? I THINK WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS TAKE A VERY, VERY GOOD LOOK AT WHAT REALLY IS CONSTITUTIONAL.

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  • 03:12:34 PM

    MR. GRAVES

    THE CONNECTION IS, IN HIS QUOTE A FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP.

  • 03:12:38 PM

    MR. AKIN

    A FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP. HIS OWN WORDS.

  • 03:12:54 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    THANK YOU. I DO APPRECIATE THE CONGRESSMAN FROM GEORGIA TALKING ABOUT THE…

    THANK YOU. I DO APPRECIATE THE CONGRESSMAN FROM GEORGIA TALKING ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TO PROVIDE AND TO PROMOTE. LET ME GO WITH ONE HISTORICAL EXAMPLE OF HOW THAT WORKS. ONE OF YOUR EARLIER QUESTIONS WAS HOW DO WE HANDLE THIS SPENDING PROBLEM? PART OF IT IS WE HAVE TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND MAKE SOME THINGS THAT ARE COMMON ASSUMPTIONS NOT NECESSARILY HAVE TO SURVIVE. INSTEAD OF GOING WITH SOME ISSUES WE'RE FUNDING RIGHT NOW WHICH MAY BE TOO CLOSE TO PEOPLE, LET ME GO BACK TO HISTORY. IN MOST OF THE HISTORY BOOKS I DO, THAT I HAVE SEEN, I TAUGHT HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY, THEY TALK ABOUT HOW THIS NATION CAME TOGETHER WITH THE UNITING OF THE RAILROADS, THE U.P. AND CENTRAL PACIFIC JOINING TOGETHER AND HOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED THAT PROCESS AND IT WAS THE ONLY VIABLE WAY OF GETTING THAT DONE. WE PROVIDED THE RAILROAD SYSTEM. ONE OF THE CONCEPTS, THOUGH, AS I WAS READING ANOTHER BOOK AND TOOK A CLOSER LOOK ON THE ISSUE, IS THAT NOT ONLY DID THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HELP WITH THIS RAILROAD BUILDING CRAZE, BUT THE IDEA THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BECAME INVOLVED CHANGED THE MECHANISM IN WHICH RAILROADS WERE BUILT AND THE KINDS OF WAYS THEY WERE BUILT. WE PAID RAILROADS FOR EVERY MILE OF TRACK THAT WAS LAID. WHICH MEANT YOU GAVE THEM MORE MONEY IF THEY WENT TO A MOUNTAINOUS ROUTE THAN ON FLAT LAND SYSTEM OF MANY OF THOSE ROUTES TOOK A VERY CIRCUITOUS ROUTE GOING THROUGH SOME ELEVATED TERRAIN BECAUSE THEY GOT MORE MONEY THAN IF THEY HAD JUST TAKE AN SIMPLER, FLAT ROUTE. ONE OF THE -- I WON'T MENTION WHICH ONE, BUT THEY REFUSED TO PUT UP MASONRY SUPPORTS. THEY PUT UP WOODEN CULVERTS ONLY FOR THEIR TRAIN TRACKS. IN THE WINTER THEY LAY TRACK OVER ICE, WHICH MEANT AS SOON AS THE THAW CHAME, THE TRACKS DISAPPEARED. MUCH OF OUR RAILROAD SYSTEM HAD TO BE REBUILT WITHIN TWO YEARS OF ITS ACTUAL COMPLETION. I LIVE IN THE STATE OF UTAH AND MY ONLY NATIONAL MONUMENT IS THE GOLDEN SPIKE NATIONAL MONUMENT IN MY DISTRICT IN WHICH BOTH THE UNION PACIFIC AND CENTRAL PACIFIC CAME AND THEY PASSED ONE ANOTHER, CONTINUING TO LAY TRACK BECAUSE THEY WERE PAID FOR IT BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT UNTIL CONGRESS FINALLY TOLD THEM KNOCK THIS OFF AND LINK UP SOMEWHERE. THEY PICKED PROM ONER TO SUMMIT IN -- THEY PICKED PROMONTORY SUMMIT IN MY COUNTY TO LINK UP. IRONICALLY, HILL BUILT A NORTHERN RAILROAD THAT WENT FROM CHICAGO TO SEATTLE AND HE DID IT WITHOUT ANY GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES WHATSOEVER HE PAID PRIVATE PROPERTY FOR RENTING HIS LINES EVEN DURING THE PANIC. IT SURVIVED. IT WAS FUNCTIONAL. IT WAS PROFITABLE. SOMETIMES WE MAKE ASSUMPTIONS THAT ONLY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS THE ABILITY OF DOING THINGS WHEN IN REALITY WE DON'T. AND WE FORGET THAT ONCE AGAIN IF WE WERE TO MAKE STATES A TRUE PARTNER WITH US IN PROJECTS, STATES HAVE THE ABILITY OF BEING CREATIVE MUCH MORE THAN WE DO. THEY HAVE THE ABILITY OF PROVIDING JUSTICE MORE THAN WE DO. IF THE STATES MAKE A MISTAKE IT DOESN'T HARM THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. I THINK OBAMACARE MAY BE ONE OF THOSE PARTICULAR EXAMPLES WHERE STATE CREATIVITY WAS GOING ON A PROPER ROAD WITH SOME WONDERFUL IDEAS THAT WERE STOP DEAD IN THEIR TRACKS, NO PUN INTENDED, BY BOMB CARE.

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  • 03:16:14 PM

    MR. AKIN

    YOU KNOW, IT'S INTERESTING YOU TALK ABOUT -- THERE WAS A GREAT LITTLE…

    YOU KNOW, IT'S INTERESTING YOU TALK ABOUT -- THERE WAS A GREAT LITTLE SHORT BOOK, AND I DON'T REMEMBER THE TITLE OF THE GENTLEMAN THAT CAME OUT WITH SOME OF THE FACTS YOU MENTIONED AND IT WAS A STUDY OF HOW THE GOVERNMENT IN THE 1800'S GOT INVOLVED IN THE SIXTH MAJOR INDUSTRIES IN AMERICA BECAUSE THE ASSUMPTION WAS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS TO GET INVOLVED IN THESE BIG INDUSTRIES TO MAKE US COMPETITIVE IN AN INDUSTRIAL WORLD. THEY GOT INVOLVED IN THE OIL INDUSTRY, THE STEAM SHIP INDUSTRY, THE STEEL INDUSTRY, OF COURSE, THE RAILROAD INDUSTRY. AND THE EXAMPLE YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, AGAIN, THE GOVERNMENT CREATED THIS INCENTIVE THAT YOU'RE PAID BY THE MILE. SO AMONG OTHER THINGS THEY DID WAS THEY USED CHEAP STEEL RAILS WHICH WORE OUT RIGHT AWAY AND WOODEN TIES THAT WERE NOT TREATED AND ALSO THEY WOULDN'T BLAST WHICH WAS EXPENSIVE TO GO UP A STEEP GRADE BUT THEY'D MAKE THESE LONG ROUTES BACK AND FORTH. SO THE RESULT WAS THE COMPANY THAT USED ALL THE GOVERNMENT MONEY HAD A COMPLETELY -- A RAIL LINE WAS YOU COULDN'T MAINTAIN IT. AND AS YOU SAID, THE NORTHERN ROUTE WAS DONE TOTALLY WITH PRIVATE MONEY. THEY HAD THE SCRAP AND BORROWED A LITTLE PIECE AT A TIME. AT THE END OF WHAT THEY COULD BUILD THEY'D FORM A LITTLE TOWN AND THEY'D GIVE THEM FREE SHIPPING TO ENCOURAGE THE TRADE AND THEY BUILT THE RADAR IN PIECES THAT WAY USING THE CASH THAT THEY HAD AND THAT, LIKE THE OTHER INDUSTRIES, THE STEAM SHIP, STEEL AND OIL INDUSTRIES, THE SAME PATTERN OCCURRED WHERE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GOT INVOLVED, THE BUSINESSES THAT WERE USING FEDERAL MONEY ALL WENT BANKRUPT. AND SO THERE'S AN EXAMPLE WHERE YOU, AGAIN, THINK THE GOVERNMENT'S GOT TO GET INVOLVED. THE ANSWER WAS EVERY TIME THE GOVERNMENT GOT INVOLVED THE COMPANIES WENT BANKRUPT. AND SO THAT'S A GOOD PRINCIPLE. LET'S GET OVER, THOUGH, TO TAKE A LOOK AT THIS BIG PICTURE OF HOW IN THE WORLD DO WE DEAL WITH THE BUDGET. ONE OF THE BIG THINGS THAT EVERYBODY'S BEEN TAKING A LOOK AT -- AND I KNOW YOU KNOW THIS, GENTLEMAN -- AND THAT IS THAT WE HAVE THIS NEW CATEGORY THAT IS CALLED SBIMETS, THAT AS WE PASS SOME LAW THE LAW THEN RUNS LIKE A MACHINE AND SPITS OUT MONEY TO PEOPLE. IF YOU GET ENOUGH OF THOSE MACHINES GOING SPENDING MONEY PRETTY SOON YOU SPEND A LOT OF MONEY. WE'VE GOTTEN TO THE POINT WHERE MEDICARE, MEDICAID, SOCIAL SECURITY ARE SPENDING ALMOST HALF OF THE REVENUE THAT THE GOVERNMENT'S TAKING IN. SO WHEN YOU DEAL WITH THAT, AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT OVERSPENDING, PEOPLE HAVE PROJECTED THAT IF YOU LET SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID CONTINUE AS THEY ARE THERE WILL COME A TIME WHEN THERE WILL BE NO MONEY FOR ANYTHING ELSE IN THE BUDGET AT ALL. THESE ARE SOME OF THE HARD CHOICES THAT WE HAVE TO FACE. IT SEEMS TO ME, GENTLEMAN, AS YOU -- AS WE HAVE MADE AN EMPHASIS ON THE CONSTITUTION -- IN FACT, WE HAVE IN THE RULES PACKAGE THAT WAS PASSED YESTERDAY, WE HAVE CREATED A NEW MANDATE THAT EVERY BILL THAT COMES TO THIS FLOOR HAS TO HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL JUSTIFICATION. AND I THINK THAT'S THE START OF WHERE WE REALLY HAVE TO GET AT THIS PROBLEM AND THAT IS, WHAT REALLY IS THE JOB OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND CAN WE AFFORD TO BE ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE? I JUST WANT TO LET YOU PIGGYBACK ON THAT.

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  • 03:19:31 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    TO BE VERY HONEST, THIS IS NOT AN EASY TASK WHICH THIS CONGRESS FACES.

  • 03:19:40 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    SPENT -- WE PROBABLY SPENT EIGHT, NINE DECADES DIGGING THE HOLE IN WHICH…

    SPENT -- WE PROBABLY SPENT EIGHT, NINE DECADES DIGGING THE HOLE IN WHICH WE ARE IN TO THINK THERE IS A SIMPLE WAY OF GETTING OUT OF IT. IT'S NAIVE TO THINK THAT WE CAN GET OUT OF IT. WE NEED TO MOVE IN TERMS OF A GENERAL DIRECTION TO GO THERE. I'M VERY PROUD THE RULES THAT WERE PASSED YESTERDAY WILL ENABLE THIS BODY, IF WE DECIDE TO DO IT, TO TAKE THE TIME TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX WITH NEW IDEAS. THE IDEA THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE -- SINCE THE 1960'S, WE HAVE SET ASIDE SPECIFIC TIME DURING THE DAY SO THAT THE COMMITTEES COULD FUNCTION. ROLL OUT EVERY MEMBER OF THIS FLOOR TO SIT AND WORK IN A COMMITTEE TO COME UP WITH IDEAS TO REACH THIS GOAL OF HOW WE CAN CONTROL OR AT LEAST LIMIT THE RUNAWAY SPENDING THAT WE HAVE.

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  • 03:20:31 PM

    MR. AKIN

    I NEED TO STOP AND INTERRUPT A MINUTE HERE BECAUSE YOU'LL NEVER SAY THIS…

    I NEED TO STOP AND INTERRUPT A MINUTE HERE BECAUSE YOU'LL NEVER SAY THIS BUT, CONGRESSMAN BISHOP, YOU WERE ONE OF THE MAIN PEOPLE THAT HELPED PUT THAT RULE IN PLACE. AND I THINK THE WHOLE COUNTRY NEEDS TO SAY A BIG THANK YOU TO YOU BECAUSE WHAT YOU'RE DOING IS TRYING TO MAKE CONGRESS JUST A LITTLE MORE EFFICIENT AND DO A FEW COMMONSENSE THINGS. NOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE MIGHT NOT SAY THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX BUT THE BOX IS SMALL DOWN HERE SOMETIMES AND YOU PROVIDED US WITH THE IDEA THAT WE'RE ACTUALLY GOING TO GET INTO SOME OF THESE QUESTIONS AND WE'RE GOING TO APPROACH THEM IN A SYSTEMATIC KIND OF WAY, WE ARE GOING TO NOT HAVE VOTES RUN ALL DAY LONG AND SAY, SYSTEMATICALLY, WHAT DO WE HAVE TO DO TO DEAL WITH THIS PROBLEM? I CONGRATULATE YOU ON THAT FIRST STEP. ALSO THE RULES PACKAGE THAT SAYS YOU GOT TO HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL JUSTIFICATION FOR EVERYTHING YOU BRING TO THE FLOOR. I THINK WE'RE STARTING ON THE RIGHT SPOT.

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  • 03:21:28 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    ME EMBARRASSED RIGHT HERE. I WISH I COULD TAKE FULL CREDIT FOR THE TIME…

    ME EMBARRASSED RIGHT HERE. I WISH I COULD TAKE FULL CREDIT FOR THE TIME MANAGEMENT PLANS THAT WE ARE IMPLEMENTING HERE. I MAY HAVE SAID IT BUT SOMEBODY ELSE HAD TO MAKE A DECISION AND GO FORWARD WITH IT. I THINK IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO BECAUSE IT REQUIRES US INSTEAD OF US RUNNING AROUND IN CIRCLES LIKE A BUNCH OF SQUIRRELS ON A THREAD MILL OR CHIP MUNKS ON A TREADMILL SO THAT WE ARE ON THE FLOOR IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE. LET ME GIVE YOU ANOTHER HISTORICAL DIFFERENCE. I BELIEVE IT WAS IN THE FIRST CONGRESS THAT THE ISSUE CAME UP OF POSTAL ROADS, WHERE TO DRAW THE LINE, WHERE WOULD THE POSTAL ROADS FOR THE NEW POST OFFICE GO? THERE IS SOME KIND OF ECONOMIC BENEFIT OF HAVING ACTUALLY MAIL DROPPED ON A ROUTE BUT CONGRESS, EAGER TO GET OUT, SAID LET'S JUST ALLOW THE PRESIDENT, THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH TO DECIDE WHERE THE POSTAL ROUTES WILL BE WHICH SEEMS TO BE A LOGICAL THING TO DO. I BELIEVE IT WAS CONGRESSMAN PAGE FROM VIRGINIA WHO STOOD UP AND SAID NO. OUR JOB OF CONGRESS IS TO LEGISLATE WHICH INCLUDES TAKING THE TIME TO AGREE ON WHERE THOSE POSTAL ROUTES WILL GO. IT IS NOT OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO GIVE IT TO AN EXECUTIVE BRANCH OR A BUREAUCRACY OR SOME OTHER GROUP TO COME UP WITH ALL THE DETAILS. AND HE FORCED CONGRESS TO STAY THERE AND THEY DID THEIR JOB. TOO OFTEN WE AS MEMBERS SIMPLY HAVE A TENDENCY OF COMING UP WITH A GRAND AND NOBLE IDEA AND THEY SAY, ALL RIGHT, WE'LL EMPOWER -- I THINK THE LANGUAGE IN THE TARP BILL IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHERE WE EMPOWERED THE SECRETARY OF TREASURY TO MAKE ALL KINDS OF DECISIONS WHICH WERE LEGISLATIVE DECISIONS BY THEIR VERY NATURE. WELL, I HOPE THE SCHEDULE ALLOWS US TO DO AND WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT IS TO SAY WE HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF WORK TO BE DONE HERE, WE'RE STILL LOOKING AT IDEAS. THERE MAY -- I'M SURE THERE ARE GREAT IDEAS OUT THERE THAT WILL BE COMING FROM THE PEOPLE AS TIME GOES ON BUT WE NEED TO DEDICATE THE TIME, NOT SIMPLY RUNNING AROUND IN CIRCLES PLAYING SILLY GAMES BUT COMING HERE AND ZOURG IN ON OUR TASK AND IT WAS -- ZEROING IN ON OUR TASK AND IT WAS SAID BY YOU, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. SPENDING IS HURTING AMERICANS, THAT'S WHAT BLOATING OUR BUDGET. WE NEED TO ZERO IN ON THAT. AND UNTIL WE DO THAT WE WILL NEVER COME CLOSE TO MEETING WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT OF CONGRESS TO DO NOR WHAT WE REALLY MORALLY NEED TO DO. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 03:24:06 PM

    MR. AKIN

    THAT RONALD REAGAN, YOU KNOW, HE HAD A WAY OF PUTTING COMPLICATED WAYS IN…

    THAT RONALD REAGAN, YOU KNOW, HE HAD A WAY OF PUTTING COMPLICATED WAYS IN SIMPLE WORDS. HE SAID, WE'RE BUYING MORE GOVERNMENT THAN WE CAN AFFORD. THAT'S NOT A BAD SUMMARY OF THE SITUATION, AND IT HASN'T GOTTEN BETTER SINCE RONALD REAGAN WAS HERE. WE'RE BUYING MORE GOVERNMENT THAN WE CAN AFFORD. I APPRECIATE YOUR HISTORIC EXAMPLES. OF COURSE, THERE'S NO WAY CONGRESS CAN DO THE EXAMPLE OF THE POSTAL ROADS THAT YOU MADE OUT WHEN WE'RE TRYING TO BASICALLY DO EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN BE ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE. WE HAVE TO MAKE SOME DECISIONS SAYING THIS IS A NICE THING TO DO BUT IT COULD BE DONE BY A STATE GOVERNMENT OR IT COULD BE DONE BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR. AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE SOME OF THOSE CHOICES AND JUST SAY, LOOK, THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND THE STATES CANNOT DO, AND WE BETTER FUND THAT FIRST. AND CERTAINLY PROVIDING FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE IS ONE THAT HAS TO BE UP AT THE FRONT END BECAUSE THE OTHER GOVERNMENTS CAN'T DO THAT AND THE INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS CANNOT DO THAT. WHEREAS WHEN IT COMES TO SOME OF THE OTHER KINDS OF THINGS, SUCH AS IN THE ENERGY AREAS OR EDUCATION OR INSURANCE OR A LOT OF THOSE THINGS, THEY COULD BE DONE BY OTHER GOVERNMENTS. WHEN WE SAY, LET'S DO SOMETHING THAT FEELS GOOD ABOUT THIS SUBJECT AND TURN IT TO A BUNCH OF ADMINISTRATION BUREAUCRATS, WE REALLY LOST CONTROL OF WHERE WE ARE. AND I APPRECIATE YOUR BRINGING US BACK TO GROUND ZERO. NOW, THERE HAVE BEEN SOME SHIFTS. HERE'S ONE THAT'S KIND OF INTERESTING, AND IT'S THE TRADEOFF. THEY ALWAYS TALK ABOUT THE TRADEOFF BETWEEN GUNS AND BUTTER, BETWEEN DEFENSE AND BASICALLY WELFARE PROGRAMS. IF YOU GO BACK TO 1965, THE ENTITLEMENT SPENDING WAS 2.5% OF THE OVERALL BUDGET OF G.D.P. -- EXCUSE ME, PERCENT OF G.D.P., 2.5% IN 1965 WAS ENTITLEMENT. DEFENSE WAS 7.4%. NOW WE'VE SHIFTED TO 2010, THE ESTIMATE IS 4.9% IS NATIONAL DEFENSE. WE'VE GONE FROM 7.4% DOWN TO 4.9% WHILE ENTITLEMENTS HAS GONE FROM 2.9% TO 9.9% IN ENTITLEMENTS AND THAT'S GETTING TO THAT AREA WHERE IF ENTITLEMENTS CONTINUE TO CLIMB AS IF YOU JUST LOOK AT DEMOGRAPHICS, THERE WILL BE NO MONEY FOR DEFENSE OR ANYTHING ELSE AND THE BUDGET WILL BE DOMINATED BY JUST SIMPLY MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND SOCIAL SECURITY. SO WE'RE GOING TO HAVE ASK OURSELVES, WHAT ARE THE TOP PRIORITIES? WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO FUND THOSE AND DO A GOOD JOB OF THOSE. THAT'S WHAT I WAS TRYING TO GET AT. I DON'T THINK WE HAVE THE MENTALITY OF TAKE 10% OUT OF EVERYTHING OR 30% OUT OF EVERYTHING. I THINK WE HAVE TO MAKE SOME DECISIONS. SOME WE MAY NOT WANT TO CUT, WE NEED TO MAKE THEM MORE EFFICIENT AND LEAVE MONEY IN IT. OTHERS, WE DON'T NEED THE THING AT ALL. LET'S GET RID OF THAT ENTIRE FUNCTIONAL AREA. AND THAT'S WHERE WE HAVE TO BE GOING. BUT, AGAIN, WHERE WE STARTED TODAY IS THE RIGHT PLACE WITH THE U.S. CONSTITUTION AND MAKING THE KEY DISTINCTIONS THAT THE CONSTITUTION MAKES SO CLEAR. THERE'S A DIFFERENCE FOR PROVIDING FOR DEFENSE AND THEN IN BASICALLY ENCOURAGING THE GENERAL WELFARE. I APPRECIATE YOUR VERY SPECIFIC HISTORIC EXAMPLES. IF YOU REMEMBER THE NAME OF THAT -- THERE WAS A BOOK. I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS THE SAME ONE YOU WERE QUOTING FROM THAT HAD THE EXAMPLES OF THOSE SIX INDUSTRIES, ALL OF THEM WHERE THE GOVERNMENT WAS THEN SUBSIDIZING THE CORPORATIONS, THERE WAS ALL KINDS OF CORRUPTION AND THE COMPANIES ALL FAILED AND THE ONES THAT STAYED AWAY FROM GOVERNMENT FUNDING ARE THE ONES THAT STAYED IN BUSINESS. IT'S A FASCINATING STUDY.

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  • 03:27:53 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    IF I COULD ADD ONE COMMENT TO THAT.

  • 03:27:58 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    IT'S NOT THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL ALWAYS BE BAD AND INCOMPETENT OF…

    IT'S NOT THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL ALWAYS BE BAD AND INCOMPETENT OF DOING THINGS. THE PROBLEM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS IS THE SIZE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. ANY BIG INDUSTRY HAS WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE, AND THAT'S IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY IF WE COULD COORDINATE AND WORK WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT, THAT'S WHY THE OLD CLICHE THE GOVERNMENT SPENDS CLOSEST TO THE PEOPLE. IT'S NOT BECAUSE THEY'RE BETTER OR SMARTER. IT'S BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE THE PROBLEM OF SIZE IN A WRUN SIZE FITS ALL ISSUE AND -- ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL ISSUE. YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT ENTITLEMENTS. THIS IS AN AREA IN WHICH CREATIVITY WILL BE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT AND SOME THINGS ESPECIALLY WITH THE COST OF MEDICARE ARE DRIVEN BY ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL FEDERAL MANDATES AND FEDERAL DECISIONS WHEN ALLOWING CREATIVITY COULD HELP US SOLVE THE PROBLEM. I WANT TO SAY ONE THING TOO WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE GENERAL DEFENSE IS SO SIGNIFICANT. IT'S NOT BECAUSE WE ARE FUNDING FOR THE DEFENSE OF THE AMERICA TODAY. THE DECISIONS WE MAKE, THE PLANS WE MAKE FOR DEFENSE TODAY WILL NOT COME TO FRUITION FOR ANOTHER 10 TO 15 YEARS. AND INDEED, INDEED THE ABILITY FOR US -- INDEED THE ABILITY FOR US TO HAVE DIPLOMACY IN THE FUTURE DEPENDS ON WISE DECISIONS WE MAKE TODAY. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI COMING WITH THIS ISSUE. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE PEOPLE CARE ABOUT, IT'S SOMETHING THAT CONGRESS CARES ABOUT. I THINK THE FACT THAT WE JUST PASSED A 5% CUT ON OURSELVES WITH AN OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT SAYS THAT -- THIS IS THE DIRECTION WE SHOULD BE TAKING AND WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT THIS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. I APPRECIATE YOU ALLOWING ME TO BE PART OF THIS.

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  • 03:29:40 PM

    MR. AKIN

    HAVE -- WE ARE BUYING WAY TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT THAN WE CAN AFFORD. AND…

    HAVE -- WE ARE BUYING WAY TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT THAN WE CAN AFFORD. AND CERTAINLY THE GUIDING COMPASS AND THE GUIDING LIGHT FOR US HAS GOT TO BE THE U.S. CONSTITUTION AND THE FACT IS THAT WE HAD HUNDREDS OF YEARS OF HISTORY -- AT LEAST 100 YEARS OF HISTORY WHERE THE CONSTITUTION -- AND WHERE WE GET AWAY FROM OUR FOUNDATIONAL DOCUMENTS AND PRINCIPLES, THAT'S WHEN WE REALLY START TO GET INTO TROUBLE. AND THE PRINCIPLE ON DEFENSE THAT WAS JUST MADE -- HAVE TO UNDERSCORE -- I AM ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. WE DEAL WITH DEFENSE ISSUES DAY IN AND DAY OUT, AND THE PROBLEM IN DEFENSE IS THAT THE THINGS THAT ARE ON THE DRAWING BOARD TODAY WON'T BE FIELDED FOR PROBABLY 10 YEARS IN THE FUTURE, SO DECISIONS THAT WE'RE MAKING TODAY ARE GOING TO HAVE THEIR EFFECT A LONG WAY OUT. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE TO BE PARTICULARLY CAREFUL. THE SITUATION IN DEFENSE IS ONE THAT AS YOU TAKE A LOOK AROUND THE WORLD, WE ARE RAPIDLY BEING CHALLENGED BY CHINA AND RUSSIA AND WE DO NOT -- ARE NOT KEEPING UP IN THOSE ARMS SITUATIONS WHERE WE DO NOT HAVE THE CAPABILITY, DIPLOMATICALLY TO HAVE OPTIONS THAT WERE OTHERWISE AVAILABLE BEFORE WHEN WE HAD PUT ENOUGH FUNDING INTO DEFENSE SYSTEM OF AS WE SEE ENTITLEMENTS INCREASING WAY, WAY, WAY UP AND DEFENSE BEING CUT DOWN AS A PERCENTAGE OF G.D.P., WE ARE RISKING NOT DOING THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE IN THE PREAMBLE OF THE CONSTITUTION WHICH IS PROVIDING FOR THE NATIONAL DEFENSE. OUR OBJECTIVE, OF COURSE, IS NOT PARITY. WE'RE NOT TRYING TO BE EQUAL WITH OTHER NATIONS. OUR OBJECTIVE IS TO BE OVERWHELMINGLY SUPERIOR. THAT'S WHY WE DON'T HAVE WARS. BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT PEOPLE SAY, WE DON'T WANT TO TAKE ON THE UNITED STATES AND IT'S WHY WE CAN BE A GREAT NATION OF PEACEKEEPING, BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT WE HAVE BEEN STRONG AND SUCCESSFUL AND SET A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR OTHER NATIONS. SO WHAT WE HAVE BEFORE US IS A VERY DIFFICULT QUESTION, IT IS THE QUESTION OF POLITICS IN AMERICA. IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT ALL THE FIGHT THE DEBATES, THE DISCUSSION THAT GO ON IN POLITICS IN AMERICA, MOST OF IT RESOLVES AROUND THIS QUESTION, AND THAT IS, WHAT SHOULD THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BE DOING? SHOULD IT BE SPENDING MORE OR LESS OR BE DOING THAT AT ALL OR ARE WE DOING A GOOD ENOUGH JOB? THAT'S WHAT THE DISCUSSION AND DEBATE IS ABOUT. UNTIL WE GET BACK TO THE CONSTITUTION, UNTIL WE START ASKING THE QUESTIONS, IS IT NECESSARY FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DO THIS FUNCTION, WE WILL NEVER SOLVE THIS PROBLEM OF OVERSPENDING. THE CURRENT CONGRESS, AND THIS IS MY OPINION, BUT ONE THAT I THINK OTHER CONGRESSMEN AND I HAVE -- THAT I HAVE DISCUSSED THIS WITH SHARE, THAT IS, WE HAVE ANOTHER PROBLEM. THAT IS THE HOUSE AND THE CONGRESS IS A PRODUCT OF A LOT OF TIME. THERE ARE VARIOUS FIEF DOMS AND WAYS -- FIEFDOMS AND WAYS WE HAVE GOTTEN USED TO DOING THINGS WHICH MAY NOT BE LOGICALLY OR PRACTICAL. I HAVE BEEN HERE 10 YEARS, I HAVE LEARNED ABOUT AUTHORIZATIONS AND APPROPRIATIONS AND THE BUDGET COMMITTEE AND THE WAY WE DO THINGS BUT IF WE'RE GOING TO SERIOUSLY GET AT THIS PROBLEM OTHER THAN SHAVING A FEW PERCENT HERE AND THERE, IF WE'RE GOING TO SERIOUSLY GET AT THE PROBLEM OF HAVING TO RADICALLY REDUCE OUR APPETITE FOR SPENDING, IT'S GOING TO REQUIRE CHANGES IN THE STRUCTURE OF THIS CONGRESS. THAT WILL BE ONE OF THE THINGS THAT YOU CAN SEE WE'VE ALREADY STARTED ON AND ARE CONTINUING AND PLEDGING TO CONTINUE TO DO, TO TAKE A LOOK AT OUR RULES AND HOW THE ORGANIZATION IS SET UP SO WE CAN MAKE THOSE HARD CHOICES AND DECISIONS. THERE'S BEEN A COMMITMENT THAT THOSE DECISIONS WOULD BE MADE IN A TRANSPARENT WAY, IN A WAY THAT EVERYBODY WHO WAS ELECTED TO BE A CONGRESSMAN SO THAT EVERY DISTRICT IN THIS COUNTRY WILL HAVE SOMEBODY THAT CAN STAND UP AND HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO WEIGH IN AND HAVE AN OPINION. YOU WON'T SEE, AS WE HAD IN THE LAST CONGRESS, BILLS THAT ARE BEING WRITTEN IN THE SPEAKER'S OFFICE AND BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR AND RAMMED THROUGH IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT. YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR OPEN DEBATE, A LOT OF DISCUSSION, AND A LOT OF IDEAS BEING DISCUSSED AND I THINK THAT'S A GOOD THING AND A PROPER THING. BUT ULTIMATELY, WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE QUESTION, WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS THAT MUST HAPPEN IN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT? I'VE JUST HEARD THERE ARE GOING TO BE SOME VERY SIGNIFICANT CUTS IN DEFENSE. THAT'S VERY CONCERNING TO ME. WHY WOULD WE BE TAKING THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT AND DOING MAJOR CUTS THERE AND NO OTHER DEPARTMENT IN GOVERNMENT IS BEING LOOKED AT? THIS IS SOMETHING THAT SOME OF US WILL PROBABLY REACT TO SOME BECAUSE WE BELIEVE WE HAVE TO CONTROL SPENDING, BUT WHY DO YOU SINGLE OUT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE? WE'RE FIGHTING TWO WARS, WHY WHACK THAT BUDGET WHEN YOU HAVE THESE OTHER BUDGETS THAT HAVE NEVER BEEN TOUCHED WHATSOEVER. SO WE HAVE TO TAKE A LOOK AT THOSE PERCENTAGES. WHEN YOU SEE ENTITLEMENTS GOING VERY, VERY HIGH, DEFENSE BUDGET GOING LOW THAT SIGNALS WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT THE CHOICES WE'RE MAKING BECAUSE THE CHOICES WE MAKE TODAY, 10 YEARS FROM NOW, YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS, OR MY GRANDSONS AND GRANDDAUGHTERS, MAY BE AFFECTED BY THOSE CHOICES. SO WE START OUT A NEW CONGRESS, I THINK, ON THE RIGHT FOOT. EMPHASIS ON THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. EMPHASIS ON THE FACT THAT WE HAVE TO BE RESPONSIBLE. EMPHASIS ON THE FACT THAT EVERYBODY IN EVERY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IS GOING TO HAVE A PIECE OF THE ACTION AND THE FACT THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO BE RESPONSIBLE, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO BE CUTTING FEDERAL SPENDING. YOU CANNOT RUN AS WE HAVE IN THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WITH A $1.4 TRILLION DEFICIT. THAT WILL STOP. I THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:35:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE GENTLEMAN…

    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE FOR THE MINORITY LEADER.

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  • 03:36:30 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S A GREAT PRIVILEGE TO BE HERE ON THE FLOOR WITH YOU AND…

    MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S A GREAT PRIVILEGE TO BE HERE ON THE FLOOR WITH YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AND THE OTHER NEW MEMBERS OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. WE HAVE SOME EXTRAORDINARILY IMPORTANT TASKS AHEAD OF US. THIS AFTERNOON, I'M GOING TO BE JOINED BY MY COLLEAGUES AND WITH THE CONSENT OF THE HOUSE, I'D LIKE TO ENTER INTO A COLLOQUY WITH THEM SO I REQUEST THAT.

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  • 03:36:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    YOU. WE'VE GOT -- WE'VE JUST HEARD A VERY USEFUL DISCUSSION ON THE ROLE OF…

    YOU. WE'VE GOT -- WE'VE JUST HEARD A VERY USEFUL DISCUSSION ON THE ROLE OF THE CONSTITUTION AND HOW IT PLAYS INTO IT AND INDEED, TODAY, WE DID SPEND A COUPLE OF -- ACTUALLY, ABOUT THREE HOURS READING THROUGH THE CONSTITUTION. I THINK IT WAS TO ALL OF OUR BENEFIT. WE STARTED OFF WITH THE NEW SPEAKER, ACTUALLY READING THE PREAMBLE. I THINK THAT'S A GOOD PLACE FOR US TO START. WE'RE GOING TO DISCUSS HEALTH CARE TODAY AND WE'RE GOING TO DISCUSS AN EFFORT BY THE MAJORITY PARTY, THE REPUBLICANS, TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT THAT WAS PASSED LAST SESSION. IN THAT -- AND THIS ISSUE HAS BECOME A CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE SO READING THE PREAMBLE TO THE CONSTITUTION AND SECTION 1, ARTICLE 8, IS USEFUL. WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, IN ORDER TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION, ESTABLISH JUSTICE, ENSURE DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY, PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE, PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE -- PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE -- AND SECURE THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY TO OURSELVES AND TO OUR POSTERITY DO ORDAIN AND ESTABLISH THIS CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. THEN LATER IN ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8, CONGRESS SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO LAY AND COLLECT TAXES, DUTIES, IMPOSE AND EXCISES TO PAY THE DEBT AND PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE AND GENERAL WELFARE OF THE UNITED STATES. IT'S ABOUT THE GENERAL WELFARE OF THE UNITED STATES THAT WE'LL BE DISCUSSING IN THIS NEXT HOUR. AND THAT'S THE WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES. SPEAKS TO US, THE CITIZENS. ALL OF US, WHETHER WE ARE A NEWBORN BABY OR A SENIOR IN THE LAST OF LIFE. HOW DO WE PROVIDE FOR THAT GENERAL WELFARE? LAST YEAR, IN A MAJOR STEP FORWARD, THE FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN -- IN NEARLY FOUR DECADES THIS CONGRESS, TOGETHER WITH THE SENATE AND PRESIDENT, PASSED THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT. A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT AND EXTREMELY USEFUL STEP IN PROVIDING FOR THE WELFARE THAT IS, THE GENERAL WELFARE, OF THE AMERICAN POPULATION. IT'S A LAW THAT MAKES LIFE BETTER FROM BIRTH TO RETIREMENT. PART OF THIS LAW, VERY, VERY IMPORTANT PART OF IT, DEALS WITH WHAT WE CALL THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS. THE PATIENT'S BILL OF RIGHTS VIS-A-VIS THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY. I THINK ALL OF US CAN GO BACK TO OUR DISTRICTS, OUR HOMES, EVEN TO OUR OWN LIVES AND FIND NUMEROUS EPISODES WHERE THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY HAS SAID, NO YOU CANNOT HAVE THIS PROCEDURE. OR NO, YOU CANNOT HAVE COVERAGE. BECAUSE YOU HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. TODAY, WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS AND THE REPUBLICAN EFFORT THAT IS NOW UNDER WAY IN RULES COMMITTEE IN THIS BUILDING AS WE SPEAK TO WRITE A RULE THAT WILL BRING TO THE FLOOR NEXT WEEK WITHOUT ONE HEARING TO COMPLETELY WIPE OUT THIS EXTRAORDINARILY IMPORTANT EFFORT TO PROVIDE FOR THE GENERAL WELFARE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE'RE GOING TO DISCUSS THAT IN GREAT DETAIL. FOR ME, THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF MY LIFE. I SPENT EIGHT YEARS OF MY LIFE AS THE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER IN CALIFORNIA, TAKING ON THE INSURANCE COMPANIES, TRYING TO FORCE THEM TO HONOR THEIR COMMITMENTS. TO FORCE THE INSURANCE COMPANIES TO PAY THE CLAIM OF A PATIENT WHO HAD UNDERGONE CHEMOTHERAPY. TO PROVIDE INSURANCE THAT WAS CONTRACTED FOR AND NOT TO RESCIND THAT HEALTH CARE POLICY. I CANNOT EVEN BEGIN TO COUNT THE NUMBER OF CASES THAT CAME BEFORE ME AS INSURANCE COMMISSIONER WHERE THE INSURANCE COMPANIES WOULD RESCIND A POLICY BECAUSE THE PERSON SUDDENLY BECAME ILL AND HAD A VERY EXPENSIVE EPISODE. THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS PROHIBITS THAT. WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THAT. I WANT TO START HERE AND THEN I'M GOING TO TURN THIS OVER TO MY COLLEAGUES. I'M GOING TO GIVE AN EXAMPLE OF A VERY DEAR FRIEND WHO LIVED HERE IN WASHINGTON, HE WAS A PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER, MARRIED, WAS WORKING HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AS THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION OF RETURNED VOLUNTEERS, HAD A CHILD. THAT CHILD HAD A SEVERE DISABILITY. KIDNEYS DIDN'T WORK. HE WAS INSURED, HIS WIFE WAS INSURED, THE PREGNANCY WAS INSURED, THE DELIVERY WAS INSURED, BUT THAT CHILD ON THE DAY THE CHILD WAS BORN WITH THAT PRE-EXISTING CONDITION OF KIDNEY FAILURE, WAS UNINSURABLE UNDER THE PARENTS' POLICY. THAT KIND OF ACTION IS PROHIBITED BY THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS. NO MORE WOULD THAT HAPPEN. MEN AND WOMEN, FAMILIES, PREGNANT WOMEN ACROSS THIS COUNTRY THAT DELIVER A BABY THAT HAS SOME PROBLEM, THAT BABY WILL BE INSURED, WHATEVER THE CONDITION MIGHT BE. OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE WILL BRING TO THIS FLOOR NEXT WEDNESDAY WITHOUT ONE HEARING IN ANY RELEVANT POLICY COMMITTEE A REPEAL OF THE PATIENT'S BILL OF RIGHTS. AND WHAT OF? WHAT OF THE BABIES THAT ARE BORN IN THE FUTURE THAT HAVE SOME ISSUE? HOW WILL THEY BE PROVIDED FOR? THE REST OF THE STORY IS, THIS FAMILY HAS SPENT 20 YEARS NOW STRUGGLING TO PROVIDE FOR HEALTH CARE SERVICES THAT THEIR CHILD NEEDED. THEY HAVE BEEN CLOSE TO BANKRUPTCY MANY, MANY TIMES. THEY'VE STRUGGLED THROUGH IT. THE CHILD IS NO LONGER A CHILD A YOUNG ADULT. AND UNDER THE LAW TODAY HE HAS HEALTH INSURANCE. BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WANTS FROM THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, THE REPEAL OF THAT? THE BILL OF RIGHTS THAT GUARANTEES COVERAGE FOR THAT YOUNG MAN. I THINK NOT. LET ME NOW TURN TO OUR COLLEAGUE FROM THE GREAT STATE OF VIRGINIA, BOBBY SCOTT, WOULD YOU PLEASE SHARE WITH US YOUR OWN VIEWS AND HOW THIS IS GOING TO AFFECT THE GENERAL WELFARE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR.

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  • 03:44:42 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU AND I APPRECIATE YOUR HARD WORK AND THANK YOU FOR ORGANIZING…

    THANK YOU AND I APPRECIATE YOUR HARD WORK AND THANK YOU FOR ORGANIZING THIS SPECIAL ORDER SO WE CAN DISCUSS THE PROBLEMS WITH REPEALING HEALTH CARE. YOU'VE GONE ALL THROUGH THE NEED FOR HEALTH CARE DURING YOUR LIFE AND HOW THE BILL PROVIDES ASSISTANCE FOR THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. LIMITS INSURANCE COMPANY ABUSES LIKE WHAT'S CALLED RESCISSION WHEN YOU PAID YOUR PREMIUMS ALL THESE YEARS AND THEN FINALLY GET SICK AND THEY WANT TO CANCEL YOUR POLICY RIGHT WHEN YOU NEED IT. LIFETIME AND ANNUAL LIMITS ON BENEFITS WHEN THEY PAY A CERTAIN AMOUNT AND ONCE THEY GET TO THAT, YOU CAN BE IN THE MIDDLE OF A TREATMENT AND THEY'RE NOT GOING TO PAY ANOTHER DIME FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, OR AT LEAST FOR THE REST OF THAT YEAR. THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC DISEASES WHO HIT UP THESE LIMITS VERY FREQUENTLY. TALK ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE ON THEIR PARENT'S POLICIES WHO ARE WORKING, FINALLY GET A JOB, IT DOESN'T COVER BENEFITS UP TO 26 YEARS OLD, THEY CAN STAY ON THEIR PARENTS' POLICIES. TALKED ABOUT PREVENTION, THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTION A LOT OF PEOPLE BECAUSE OF CO-PAYMENTS AND DEDUCKSABLES CAN'T AFFORD THEIR -- DEDUCTIBLES CAN'T AFFORD THEIR ANNUAL CHECKUPS, THIS PROVIDES FOR THAT. FOR THOSE SENIOR CITIZENS IN THE DOUGHNUT HOLE, WHERE THEY GET NO BENEFITS, ADDING INSULT TO INJURY, HAVE TO CONTINUE TO PAY THEIR PREMIUMS AND GET NO BENEFIT, WE HAVE ASSISTANCE FOR THEM. NO HEARINGS, NO NOTHING, JUST PUT A LABEL ON IT, CALL IT OBAMACARE, AND THEN EXPECT PEOPLE TO GO ALONG WITH THE REPEAL. YOU JUST CAN'T LABEL THINGS AND EXPECT PEOPLE BY VIRTUE OF THE LABEL TO TAKE ACTION. THEY CALL IT GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE. NO GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE IS A SINGLEPAYER PLAN. THAT WAS DEFEATED. THE OPTION OF A PUBLIC OPTION WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE. IT WOULD BE NICE TALKING ABOUT CHOICE, THE PLAN THAT'S ON THE BOOKS TODAY, THEY HAVE THE CHOICE OF ALL THE PLANS THAT ANYBODY WANTS TO SELL INSURANCE IN THEIR STATE. THEY HAVE A CHOICE OF ALL OF THEM. IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE AN ADDITIONAL CHOICE, A CHOICE OF A PUBLIC OPTION WHERE YOU HAVE THE CHOICE OF A POLICY THAT IS NOT RUN BY A FOR-PROFIT CORPORATION WITH A FINANCIAL INTEREST IN DENYING YOU COVERAGE OR CANCELING YOUR POLICY. IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE THAT OPTION. YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE IT BUT IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE THAT OPTION. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE AS MANY OPTIONS AS POSSIBLE, INCLUDING A PUBLIC OPTION IF WE CAN EVER GET THERE, BUT WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT REPLACE -- REPEAL AND REPLACE, THERE'S NO REPLACE IN THE RULES THEY SUGGESTED. THEY JUST WANT TO REPEAL. WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT THEY WANT TO REPLACE IT WITH, WHAT THEY'LL LEAVE OUT. WILL THEY LEAVE OUT WHERE PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS GET COVERED? NO. THEY GOING TO TELL YOUNG PEOPLE UNDER AGE OF 26 TO GET OFF THEIR PARENT'S POLICIES? ARE THEY REQUESTING TO TELL THOSE IN THE DOUGHNUT -- ARE THEY GOING TO TELL THOSE IN THE DOUGHNUT HOLE TO GET BACK TO THE DOUGHNUT HOLE WHERE THEY BELONG? ARE THEY GOING TO TELL THOSE WHO RUN OUT OF COVERAGE BECAUSE OF THE LIMITS THAT, NO, YOU JUST -- WHAT'S -- THAT'S ENOUGH. YOU CAN'T GET MORE COVERAGE? WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO TELL ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE? WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE KEEP THESE POLICIES OF THESE PROVISIONS INTACT. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY WANT TO REPLACE IT WITH, BUT I THINK IF THEY WENT STEP BY STEP AND THE PEOPLE LOOKED AT THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL THEY WOULD ELECT TO KEEP EVERYTHING THAT'S IN THE BILL TODAY. NOW, THERE'S SOME THINGS THAT PEOPLE DON'T LIKE. WHEN YOU HAVE A GOOD PLAN YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR IT. AND UNFORTUNATELY THEY'RE TAXING IT BECAUSE WE'RE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE. WHEN WE PASSED IT WE WERE UNDER PAY-GO. NOW THEY REPEALED A LOT OF THAT SO THEY CAN GO TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN THE DITCH WITHOUT PAYING FOR IT. WE PAID FOR IT. AND IN FACT C.B.O. ORIGINALLY SAID THAT THE FIRST 10 YEARS OF THE PROGRAM WOULD SAVE THE BUDGET DEFICIT, WOULD REDUCE THE DEFICIT BY $140 BILLION. NOW, THE ESTIMATE IS $200 BILLION-SOME IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS. SO IT IS FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE. THERE IS THINGS THAT WE CAN DO BETTER, AND WE NEED TO OPPOSE THE REPEAL OF THIS HEALTH CARE TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE HAVE THE PROTECTIONS AND THE PATIENTS BILL OF RILES THAT THEY HAVE UNDER THIS LEGISLATION.

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  • 03:49:25 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    THANK YOU. YOU RAISED ABOUT SEVEN OF THE MAJOR ISSUES THAT'S INVOLVED IN…

    THANK YOU. YOU RAISED ABOUT SEVEN OF THE MAJOR ISSUES THAT'S INVOLVED IN THIS REPEAL THAT THE REPUBLICANS WILL BRING TO THIS FLOOR NEXT WEDNESDAY WITHOUT ONE HEARING IN ANY RELEVANT POLICY COMMITTEE. A REPEAL THAT WILL AFFECT EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN AND AFFECT THEIR WELL-BEING, THEIR HEALTH, THEIR ABILITY TO GET HEALTH INSURANCE, THEIR ABILITY TO STAY HEALTHY. SO WE HAVE AN ENORMOUS ISSUE BEFORE US, AND WE WANT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC TO BE AWARE OF WHAT'S GOING ON HERE. IT IS THE REPEAL OF THE PATIENTS BILL OF RIGHTS. LET'S TAKE -- LET ME MOVE ON TO ONE OF OUR OTHER COLLEAGUES FROM TENNESSEE, MR. STEVEN COHEN, IF YOU'LL JOIN US, PLEASE.

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  • 03:50:09 PM

    MR. COHEN

    THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WITH YOU. I WANT TO FIRST…

    THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WITH YOU. I WANT TO FIRST START BECAUSE THIS DAY HAS BEEN A DAY STARTING WITH THE READING OF THE CONSTITUTION WHICH IS A DOCUMENT WE ALL REVERE. I HAVE A LITTLE POCKET COPY OF IT RIGHT HERE, AND WE REVERE IT, WE PLEDGE WHEN WE TAKE OUR OATH OF OFFICE TO PROTECT AND DEFEND AND SUPPORT THE CONSTITUTION. BUT WE ALL KNOW THAT IT'S INTERPRETED BY A SUPREME COURT AND MORE SUPREME COURT HISTORY WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER TODAY FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND. AND YOU MENTIONED THAT THE FOUNDATION OF THE PARTICULAR HEALTH CARE BILL IS IN THE PREAMBLE. WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION, ESTABLISH JUSTICE, ETC., PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE. ALSO, IN ARTICLE 1, WHICH IS THE LEGISLATIVE ARTICLE, SECTION 8, IT SAYS THAT THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO REGULATE COMMERCE AMONG THE SEVERAL STATES. AND FURTHER, IT SAYS IN ARTICLE 1 THAT THE CONGRESS SHOULD HAVE AUTHORITY TO MAKE ALL LAWS WHICH SHALL BE NECESSARY AND PROPER FOR CARRY IN EXECUTION THE FOREGOING POWERS AND ALL OTHER POWERS VESTED BY THIS CONSTITUTION OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OR ANY DEPARTMENT OR OFFICE THEREOF. SO IN MY OPINION -- I'M A LAWYER BUT THERE'S LAWYERS ON BOTH SIDES. THERE'S PLENTY OF JUSTIFICATION FOR THIS HEALTH CARE BILL. DO YOU KNOW NEXT WEEK WHEN THE REPUBLICANS WILL TRY TO REPEAL THIS OPPORTUNITY FOR AMERICANS TO GET HEALTH CARE AND TO WIPE OUT THESE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS CLAUSES, ETC., WILL BE COMING UNDER THE IDEA THAT HEALTH CARE IS NOT PART OF THE GENERAL WELFARE? WILL THEY BE COMING ON A CONSTITUTIONAL ARGUMENT THAT PEOPLE CAN'T REQUIRE TO BUY INSURANCE EVEN THOUGH WE REQUIRE PEOPLE TO SIGN UP FOR THE DRAFT AND LOSE THEIR LIBERTY FOR A WHILE AND SERVE IN THE ARMY AND WE CAN DO THAT, WE CAN SCRIPT SOLDIERS, IS THAT WHAT THEY WILL SAY? OR WILL THEY SAY WHAT MR. SCOTT SAID, IT'S NOT GOOD POLICY TO HAVE PEOPLE UNTIL AGE 26 TO BE ON THEIR PARENT'S POLICY? WHAT'S THEIR TACTICS, SIR?

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  • 03:52:25 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    I'LL ASSUME THAT THEY'LL TRY TO GO INTO THEIR INTERPRETATION OF THE…

    I'LL ASSUME THAT THEY'LL TRY TO GO INTO THEIR INTERPRETATION OF THE CONSTITUTION AND AVOID THE VERY DIFFICULT ARGUMENT OF FORCING -- OR ELIMINATING THE PATIENTS BILL OF RIGHTS AND ALLOWING THE INSURANCE COMPANIES TO ENGAGE IN GROSS DISCRIMINATION BASED UPON SEX, CLEARLY WOMEN ARE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST THE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY UNLESS THE PATIENTS BILL OF RIGHTS IS THERE TO PROTECT THEM. SIMILARLY, THE TWO EXAMPLES YOU GAVE, PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, I CAN'T IMAGINE THEY WOULD ATTEMPT TO SUCCESSFULLY OR EVEN WOULD BE UNSUCCESSFUL ARGUE THAT SOMEHOW THESE PROTECTIONS FOR THE INDIVIDUAL ARE NOT WORTH HAVING. I THINK THEY'LL GO INTO SOME OBSCURE INTERPRETATION OF THE CONSTITUTION. WE'LL SEE. IT'S GOING TO BE A DEBATE ON THE FLOOR. UNFORTUNATELY THERE WILL BE NO HEARINGS TO PRECEDE THAT, AND THERE WILL NOT BE A DISCUSSION OF THE DETAILS. MR.

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  • 03:53:25 PM

    MR. COHEN

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    I SAW YOU AT RULES COMMITTEE EARLIER TODAY. IT'S MY IMPRESSION THAT THE…

    I SAW YOU AT RULES COMMITTEE EARLIER TODAY. IT'S MY IMPRESSION THAT THE RULES COMMITTEE WILL PROHIBIT ANY AMENDMENTS ON THE FLOOR. WE'LL SEE. I MEAN, THAT HAS YET TO BE DECIDED BY THE RULES COMMITTEE. WE DON'T KNOW. SURELY THE ONE AMENDMENT I WOULD PROPOSE IS DON'T DO IT. MAINTAIN THE PATIENTS BILL OF RIGHTS. MAINTAIN THESE PROTECTIONS THAT WE ALL NEED. THERE'S NOT A PERSON IN THIS NATION THAT IS NOT SUBJECT TO THE POSSIBILITY OF AN INCIDENT THAT WOULD BECOME A REASON FOR RESCISSION. THAT'S MY EXPERIENCE. EIGHT YEARS HAMMERING THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY, YOU'VE GOT TO HONOR YOUR CONTRACT. YET, BECAUSE OF THE LAWS, THEY WERE ABLE TO WIGGLE OUT OF AN EXPENSIVE INCIDENT.

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  • 03:54:23 PM

    MR. COHEN

    CHILD, I HAD POLIO WHEN I WAS 5 YEARS OLD IN 1954. I WAS FORTUNATE MY…

    CHILD, I HAD POLIO WHEN I WAS 5 YEARS OLD IN 1954. I WAS FORTUNATE MY FATHER WAS A DOCTOR, AND SO SOMETIMES PROFESSIONAL COURTESY, BUT I'M SURE HE HAD INSURANCE THAT COVERED MY HOSPITALIZATION. BUT THERE WERE YEARS LATER, I THINK IT WAS 11 YEARS LATER, I HAD A TENDON THAT WAS IMMEDIATELY RELATED TO MY POLIO AND NECESSARY ON MY ACHILLES' TENDON. THAT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN PERMITTED, NECESSARILY, IF THEY USED A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION SUCH AS POLIO TO DENY COVERAGE, AND WHETHER OR NOT HOW MY FATHER DEALT WITH THE EXPENSE AND WHETHER IT'S BECAUSE HE WAS A PHYSICIAN, I DON'T KNOW, BUT I'D HATE TO SEE CHILDREN IN THE SAME SITUATION AND PARENTS IN THE SAME SITUATION NOT BE PERMITTED TO GET THAT TYPE OF COVERAGE LATER ON.

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  • 03:55:06 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    WELL, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU REMEMBER CONGRESS AT THE TIME, BUT WE ALL UNDER…

    WELL, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU REMEMBER CONGRESS AT THE TIME, BUT WE ALL UNDER THIS LAW WOULD HAVE THE SAME POLICY THAT EVERY AMERICAN WOULD HAVE. WE WOULDN'T HAVE ANY DIFFERENT POLICY THAN THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WOULD HAVE, AND THE QUESTION ABOUT RESCISSION, I MEAN, YOU'RE A PRIME CANDIDATE, SHOULD YOU LOSE OFFICE, WHICH YOU SHOULDN'T, TO BE UNINSURABLE IF THE PATIENTS BILLS OF RIGHTS WERE REPEALED. UNDER THE PATIENTS BILL OF RILES, IF YOU WERE TO LEAVE CONGRESS YOU COULD GET AN INSURANCE COVERAGE UNDER -- BECAUSE THE PRE-EXISTING CONDITION THAT YOU HAVE, POLIO, AND AN OPERATION RESULTING FROM THE POLIO WOULD GO INTO PLAY AS A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION AND YOU WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GET AN INSURANCE POLICY.

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  • 03:55:56 PM

    MR. COHEN

    I CAN, READ SOMETHING THAT I HAD PREPARED TODAY. IT CAME FROM A…

    I CAN, READ SOMETHING THAT I HAD PREPARED TODAY. IT CAME FROM A CONSTITUENT'S STORY. JOHN HOPKINS. AND I KNOW JOHN HOPKINS. VERY IMPORTANT AND ACTIVE CITIZEN IN MY COMMUNITY AND CONTEMPORARY. HE SENT ME AN EMAIL. AND MR. HOPKINS REQUESTED I SHARE THIS STORY WITH THE HOUSE AS WE CONSIDER A REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. I WANT TO SHARE IT WITH EVERYBODY HERE ON C-SPAN. JOHN WAS DIAGNOSED WITH TWO UNRELATED CANCERS DURING HIS LIFE. IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT CANCER, GETTING IT TWICE FOR UNRELATED REASONS IS ALMOST UNHEARD OF. BUT IT HAPPENED TO JOHN HOPKINS. MIDWAY THROUGH HIS FIRST BOUT WITH CANCER HE WAS, OF COURSE, DROPPED FROM HIS HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN. HE WAS LEFT WITH A MEDICAL BILL THAT WIPED OUT HIS AND HIS WIFE'S ENTIRE RETIREMENT SAVINGS AS WELL AS THE VALUE OF THEIR HOUSE. THEY WERE NEVER ABLE TO REPAY THE DEBT IN HIS LIFETIME. WHEN HE HAD THE SECOND BOUT OF CANCER, HE HAD NO INSURANCE BECAUSE NOBODY WOULD GIVE HIM A POLICY BECAUSE OF THE PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. HE GOT SOME PLAN IN TENNESSEE FOR UNINSURABLES BUT IT WAS LIMITED TO $250,000 A YEAR. AS WE ALL KNOW, ANNUAL LIMITS ARE SET TO BE PHASED OUT BY 2014 BECAUSE OF THIS LAW, AND LIFETIME LIMITS ARE ALREADY A THING OF THE PAST. A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS MAY SEEM LIKE A LOT OF COVERAGE, BUT WHEN SOMEBODY NEEDS SOMETHING LIKE A BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT TO CURE THEIR LEUKEMIA, THAT SINGLE TREATMENT WOULD EXCEED THE ANNUAL CAP. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE DECIDED THEIR FIRST PRIORITY AS THE NEW MAJORITY WILL BE REPEALING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AND WHEN THEY VOTE TO DO THIS, THEY WILL BE VOTING FOR THE FOLLOWING -- DENYING MR. HOPKINS THE ABILITY TO ENROLL IN A HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN THAT DOESN'T DISCRIMINATE AGAINST HIM FOR DARING TO BE DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER AGAIN. THEY WILL DENY JOHN HOPKINS THE ABILITY TO ENROLL IN A HEALTH PLAN THAT WILL ACTUALLY CONTINUE TO COVER HIS TREATMENTS AFTER HE EXHAUSTS A CURRENT ANNUAL CAP OF $250,000. AN AMOUNT THAT MANY CANCER PATIENTS MEET IN A MATTER OF WEEKS UPON DIAGNOSIS, LET ALONE THOSE FIGHTING TWO CANCERS OVER A NUMBER OF YEARS. AND THEY WILL SEND A MESSAGE TO JOHN HOPKINS THAT -- AND EVERY OTHER SINGLE AMERICAN THAT'S EVER BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH -- OR WILL EVER BE DIAGNOSED WITH A DISEASE LIKE CANCER, THAT THEY'RE ON THEIR OWN WHEN IT COMES TO COVERAGE, THAT, SURE, THEY'RE FREE TO GET TREATMENTS AND UNDER GO LABOROUS SURGERIES OR TRY TO KEEP IT UNDER THE ANNUAL CAP BECAUSE TREATING CANCER, IT SHOULD BE -- MR. GARAMENDI, I'M ASHAMED THAT WE'RE CONSIDERING A REPEAL OF THIS AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE BILL. WHEN I THINK OF $250,000 AND THE FACT THAT THE REPUBLICANS WERE AGAINST ANY CAPS ON INSURANCE -- ON TAXES, THEY REALIZED $250,000 ANNUAL INCOME IN MANY PLACES A MIDDLE INCOME SALARY. BUT FOR LIMITATIONS ON HEALTH CARE, THEY THINK THE INSURANCE COMPANIES SHOULD DETERMINE THAT AND THAT'S ENOUGH. AND IF YOU'VE GOT CANCER IT'S NOT ENOUGH. ANOTHER FRIEND OF MINE, FACEBOOKED ME, JIMMY. HE WORKED LONG TIME FOR A COMPANY IN MEMPHIS. ALWAYS BEEN SUCCESSFUL. HE LOST HIS JOB WITH THAT CORPORATION BECAUSE HE HAD HIGH CHOLESTEROL, HE HAD DIFFICULTIES GETTING INSURANCE AND IT TOOK HIM A LONG TIME TO FIND PRIVATE INSURANCE BECAUSE OF THAT PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. HE JUST SENT ME THIS ON FACEBOOK. HE FRIENDED ME AND HE WANTED ME TO RELATE IT. THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT ARE GETTING BENEFITS AND MANY BENEFITS DON'T GET INTO EFFECT UNTIL 2014. AND THE IDEA THAT THIS CONGRESS, THE 112TH, AS ITS FIRST ACT, WOULD DO SUCH HARM TO THE GENERAL WELFARE AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, IS HARD TO FATHOM.

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  • 03:59:57 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    YOUR CLOSING SENTENCE NEEDS TO BE REPEATED. THAT THE VERY FIRST PIECE OF…

    YOUR CLOSING SENTENCE NEEDS TO BE REPEATED. THAT THE VERY FIRST PIECE OF LEGISLATION TAKEN UP BY THE NEW REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN THE 112TH CONGRESS IS TO REPEAL THE PATIENTS BILL OF RIGHTS, IT'S UNFATHOMABLE. LET ME NOW CALL ON FRANK PALLONE, OUR COLLEAGUE FROM THE GREAT STATE OF, YES, IT

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  • 04:00:26 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    LET ME THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA AND EACH OF THE OTHER SPEAKERS…

    LET ME THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA AND EACH OF THE OTHER SPEAKERS HERE FOR THE CONTRIBUTION THEY HAVE MADE TONIGHT AND PARTICULARLY WHEN THEY LISTEN TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM TENNESSEE TALK ABOUT THOSE PARTICULAR CASES OF INDIVIDUALS THAT WERE IMPACTED BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. IT IS AMAZING TO ME THE FIRST ACT OF THIS NEW REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS TO TRY TO REPEAL A BILL, HEALTH CARE REFORM, THAT REALLY IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR PEOPLE ON A PERSONAL LEVEL, PARTICULARLY WITH THE PATIENT PROTECTIONS AND I THOUGHT TO MYSELF WHEN I WAS COMING DOWN HERE, WHO BENEFITS FROM REPEAL? WHO COULD POSSIBLY BENEFIT FROM REPEAL? AS MANY OF YOU TALKED ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO BE HARMED BY IT, WOULD WHO WOULD BENEFIT? AND THE ONLY GROUP THAT WOULD BENEFIT ARE THE BIG INSURANCE COMPANIES. BECAUSE WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, WHAT DO THEY WANT TO DO? THEY WANT TO KEEP INCREASING PREMIUMS. IN YOUR STATE, YOU MAY HAVE ALREADY MENTIONED IT, BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD, 50-SOMETHING PERCENT INCREASE. AND WE, OF COURSE, AS THIS HEALTH CARE REFORM KICKS IN, IT'S GOING TO BE MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT FOR THE TYPES OF INCREASES THAT WE HAVE SEEN IN PREMIUMS THAT THESE BIG HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES HAVE PUT FORWARD. AND THE REASON THEY WANT TO GET -- THE INSURANCE COMPANIES WANT TO GET RID OF THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS AND RE-INSTITUTE THESE DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES WHETHER DENYING CARE BECAUSE OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS OR RE-INSTITUTING LIFETIME CAPS OR THE DIFFERENT PROTECTIONS THAT WE HAVE SEEN KICK IN, THE REASON THEY WANT TO DO THAT IS MONEY ORIENTED. THEY HAVE TO PAY OUT MONEY. YOU TALKED ABOUT THE CANCER PERSON. I WAS UP IN RULES EARLIER AND MRS. SLAUGHTER WAS TALKING ABOUT SOMEONE WHO HAD CANCER AND WAS TREATED AND RAN INTO THE LIFETIME CAP AND THE CANCER RE-OCCURRED AND DIDN'T HAVE ANY MORE COVERAGE BECAUSE SHE HIT THE LIFETIME CAPS. THEY WANT TO HAVE LIFETIME CAPS, DON'T WANT PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, DON'T WANT KIDS ON YOUR POLICY BECAUSE IT SAVES THEM MONEY. THAT'S THE WAY THEY MAKE PROFIT AND PAY DIVIDENDS BY RAISING PREMIUMS AND HAVING DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES THAT ELIMINATE PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY NEED HEALTH CARE. IT'S THAT SIMPLE. AND JUST IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS, PROVISIONS HAVE KICKED IN THAT GO AGAINST THAT. WE HAD THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCE OR THE WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCE AROUND CHRISTMAS TIME NEW REGULATIONS THAT SAY ANY PREMIUM INCREASE THAT'S OVER 10% WILL BE SCRUTINIZED AND THEY WILL TRY TO -- UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THIS PROVISIONS, NOT ALLOW THE INCREASE TO GO ABOVE 10%. JANUARY 1, THE PROVISIONS KICKED IN THAT SAID 80% OF YOUR PREMIUM COSTS HAD TO BE USED FOR BENEFITS, COULDN'T BE USED FOR INSURANCE COMPANY PROFITS, COULDN'T BE USED TO PAY BACK DIVIDENDS TO THE SHAREHOLDERS. ALL OF THESE INITIATIVES THAT ARE ALREADY KICKING IN, THEY BASICALLY MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR THE INSURANCE COMPANIES TO MAKE A BIG PROFIT AND THE CONSQUENS -- CONSEQUENCE OF THAT IS HEALTH INSURANCE BECOMES MORE AFFORDABLE. I WAS UP AT THE RULES COMMITTEE EARLIER AND IT WAS INTERESTING BECAUSE I THINK YOU MENTIONED MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA THAT -- RUN OF YOU MENTIONED THAT UNDER THE HEALTH CARE REFORM THAT'S IN PLACE NOW THAT THEY WANT TO REPEAL, WE GET THE SAME INSURANCE AS CONGRESSMEN AS ANY OTHER AMERICAN. AND YOU KNOW, I STILL HAVE PEOPLE WRITE TO ME AND SAY, WELL, YOU HAVE YOUR OWN POLICY, BUT YOU WANT TO GIVE ME THIS LOUSY COVERAGE THAT I'M GOING TO GIVE ME UNDER THE HEALTH CARE REFORM. I SAY THAT'S NOT TRUE. YOU MAY HEAR THAT ON A TV STATION, BUT THAT'S NOT TRUE. WE HAVE TO GO INTO THE EXCHANGES JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE. WE WILL BE DIFFERENT FROM FEDERAL EMPLOYEES BECAUSE WE GO INTO THE EXCHANGES. AT THE RULES COMMITTEE TODAY, ONE OF THE REPUBLICAN MEMBERS WHO IS VERY SUPPORTIVE OF REPEAL SAID THAT HE SPECIFICALLY WASN'T GOING TO TAKE, YOU KNOW, HEALTH INSURANCE AS A CONGRESSMAN AND HE WANTED ME TO KNOW THAT BECAUSE HE WAS VOTING FOR REPEAL. I SAID THAT'S VERY NICE AND COMMENDABLE FOR YOU BUT I THINK EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHO VOTES FOR REPEAL SHOULD SAY I DON'T WANT HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BECAUSE IF YOU ARE GOING TO DENY IT TO EVERYONE ELSE, YOU SHOULD DENY IT TO YOURSELF THE SAME WAY WE ARE GOING TO GET THE SAME COVERAGE AS EVERYONE ELSE. IF YOU DON'T WANT ANYONE ELSE TO HAVE THE COVERAGE, YOU SHOULDN'T GET IT YOURSELF. THERE WAS ONE MEMBER FROM MARYLAND WHO CAME TO THE OWNERTATION WHO WAS A BIG ADVOCATE FOR REPEAL AND HE WAS INQUIRING BECAUSE HIS FEDERAL HEALTH INSURANCE DIDN'T TAKE EFFECT UNTIL FEBRUARY 1. WE WERE SWORN IN YESTERDAY, BUT I GUESS IT TAKES 30 DAYS BEFORE THE INSURANCE ACTUALLY KICKS IN AND HE WAS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE FACT THAT HE HAD TO WAIT UNTIL FEBRUARY 1 TO GET HIS HEALTH INSURANCE AS A CONGRESSMAN. WELL, AGAIN, IF YOU ARE GOING TO VOTE FOR REPEAL NEXT WEEK, YOU SHOULDN'T BE WORRIED ABOUT WHEN IT'S GOING TO KICK IN. YOU SHOULDN'T BE TAKING IT AT ALL, IN MY OPINION. THERE'S A LOT OF -- I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE WORD -- SMOKING MIRRORS OR WHATEVER IS GOING ON AROUND OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AND MY POINT IS, THERE IS A LOT OF PROTECTION HERE FOR PEOPLE. DON'T DENY THEM THAT UNLESS YOU ARE GOING TO DENY IT TO YOURSELF. WHO IS HELPED BY THIS REPEAL? ONLY THE BIG INSURANCE COMPANIES. THEY ARE THE ONES WHO ARE GOING TO BENEFIT. I KNOW YOU WERE THE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER SO I KNOW YOU KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.

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  • 04:06:51 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    DO HAVE SOME EXPERIENCE ON THAT. IT'S CALLED THE MEDICAL LOSS RATIO AND…

    DO HAVE SOME EXPERIENCE ON THAT. IT'S CALLED THE MEDICAL LOSS RATIO AND THE INSURANCE COMPANIES HAVE CUT A FAT CHECK FOR THEMSELVES OVER THE YEARS BY TAKING A BIG PREMIUM AND THEN PAYING A SMALL AMOUNT OF IT OUT FOR THE MEDICAL CONFERENCE. AND THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS AND AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT, THEY CAN'T DO THAT. THEY HAVE TO PAY FOR THE INDIVIDUAL POLICIES, 80% AND FOR THE GROUP POLICIES, 85% FOR MEDICAL SERVICES. SO WHAT WAS THE VERY FIRST THING THEY DID AFTER THIS BILL WAS SIGNED INTO LAW? WE PASSED IT LAST YEAR AND THE PRESIDENT SIGNED IT. THE VERY FIRST THING THEY DID WAS TO RUN DOWN TO THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND SAY, OH, BUT OUR ADVERTISING OUGHT TO BE INCLUDED AS A MEDICAL EXPENSE. AND OH, THESE EXPENSES FOR THESE KINDS OF EMPLOYEES, MOSTLY STATISTICIANS, WE THINK THAT IS A MEDICAL EXPENSE. WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN WE PAY A DOLLAR AT LEAST WE GET 80 CENTS BACK IN MEDICAL SERVICES. OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE WOULD REPEAL THAT AND ALLOW THE INSURANCE COMPANIES TO TAKE THAT MONEY OR A LARGER PORTION OF THAT MONEY, PUT IT IN THEIR POCKETS, GIVE IT TO THEIR C.E.O.'S, WHATEVER, BUT NOT USE IT FOR MEDICAL SERVICES. MEDICAL LOSS RATIO IS IMPORTANT. AND THE OTHER THING THAT NEEDS TO BE UNDERSTOOD IS THE ABILITY OF THE GOVERNMENT TO REVIEW, NOT TO SAY NO, BUT TO SHINE THAT BIG BRIGHT SPOTLIGHT ONTO THE INSURANCE COMPANY PREMIUM INCREASES. IS IT JUSTIFIED, YES, NO, WHAT ARE YOUR COSTS, WHAT RATIOS ARE YOU USING FOR MEDICAL LOSSES AND THE LIKE. SO THAT SPOTLIGHT OF INFORMATION IS REQUIRED UNDER THE LAW. MANY, MANY THINGS IN THE LAW. MR. COHEN, I SEE YOU STOOD UP, ANXIOUS TO MAKE A COMMENT HERE AND I NOTICE BEHIND YOU OUR COLLEAGUE FROM MARYLAND HAS JOINED US AND I WANT TO START TALKING ABOUT SENIORS. SO, PLEASE, MR. COHEN, I WANT YOU TO GO FOR IT.

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  • 04:09:10 PM

    MR. COHEN

    ASK A QUESTION, THE FIRST THING THAT THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO DO IS REPEAL…

    ASK A QUESTION, THE FIRST THING THAT THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO DO IS REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE BILL. BUT THE FIRST THING THEY DID WAS TODAY AND WE JOINED WITH THEM AND BIPARTISAN WAS TO CUT 5% FROM OUR MEMBERS' REPRESENTATIONAL ALLOWANCES, A SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY IN THE BIG PICTURE. BUT THE DEFICIT WAS THE ISSUE THEY WERE HIGHLIGHTING. WHAT WOULD THE REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT DO TO THE DEFICIT, THAT'S THE ISSUE, BECAUSE THAT'S ONE OF OUR BIG ISSUES?

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  • 04:09:42 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    BLUE CHART HERE AND IT OUGHT TO BE IN THE RED. THE REPEAL OF THE…

    BLUE CHART HERE AND IT OUGHT TO BE IN THE RED. THE REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT, OBVIOUSLY DEALS WITH THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS BUT ALSO DEALS WITH THE DEFICIT. THIS WEEK, THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, NOT REPUBLICAN, NOT DEMOCRAT, THEY ANSWER TO NEITHER PARTY BUT TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. THEY SAID THE REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT WILL INCREASE THE DEFICIT BY $230 BILLION, $230 BILLION IN THE NEXT NINE YEARS AND IN THE OUT YEARS, THE NEXT 10 YEARS, WELL OVER $1,200,000,000.

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  • 04:10:36 PM

    MR. COHEN

    OWE CHINA AND PAY THE INTEREST TO THE CHINESE AND OUR CHILDREN AND…

    OWE CHINA AND PAY THE INTEREST TO THE CHINESE AND OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WILL BE PAYING THIS IF THEY DON'T HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WHERE THEY CAN GET INSURANCE.

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  • 04:10:50 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND THOSE OF US LIVING FOR ANOTHER 10, 15,…

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  • 04:11:31 PM

    MR. COHEN

    THE HOB GOBLIN. THANK YOU SIR.

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    OUR COLLEAGUE FROM MARYLAND HAS JOINED US. MS. EDWARDS. YOU WERE TALKING…

    OUR COLLEAGUE FROM MARYLAND HAS JOINED US. MS. EDWARDS. YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT IT EARLIER TODAY ON THE FLOOR AND IN COMMITTEE.

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  • 04:11:51 PM

    MS. EDWARDS

    FEEL VERY PERSONALLY ABOUT HEALTH CARE, A PERSON WHO WENT A LONG TIME…

    FEEL VERY PERSONALLY ABOUT HEALTH CARE, A PERSON WHO WENT A LONG TIME WITHOUT HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AND WORRIED LIKE MOST AMERICANS AND THEY DID PRIOR TO OUR INVESTING IN REFORM FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. SO I KNOW THAT ANXIETY. AND I WAS THINKING ABOUT SOME OF OUR SWEPTS, IN MARYLAND'S 4TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WHO TODAY, BECAUSE OF WHAT WE DID IN THE DEMOCRATIC-LED CONGRESS IN PASSING LANDMARK HEALTH CARE REFORM LEGISLATION ARE BETTER OFF TODAY AND WE HAVEN'T FULLY IMPLEMENTED THE BENEFITS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I THINK ABOUT A LETTER THAT I GOT FROM A GENTLEMAN WHO LIVES IN MY DISTRICT IN OLNEY, MARYLAND. AND HE WRITES TO ME THAT HIS SON MIKE WAS 25, GOING ON 26 AND HE COULD RECEIVE HEALTH CARE INSURANCE COVERAGE WHEN HE WASN'T ABLE TO GET IT AND NEEDED IT AND COULDN'T GET IT. HE GOT A LETTER FROM BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD SAYING THAT HIS SON COULD BE COVERED UNTIL HIS 26TH BIRTHDAY. AND WHAT HE DID WAS HE DID WHAT A LOT OF AMERICANS DO, WIPING THE SWEAT FROM THEIR BROW BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY CAN KEEP THEIR YOUNG PEOPLE ON THEIR HEALTH CARE PLAN UNTIL THEY ARE 26. I HAVE A 22-YEAR-OLD AND I WAS FEELING THE SAME WAY. I GOT ANOTHER LETTER FROM A WOMAN WHO ACTUALLY DOES HEALTH CARE POLICIES AND LIVES IN MY DISTRICT AND WHAT SHE SAID TO ME WAS THAT HER DAUGHTER HAD A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION AND SHE WAS VERY CONCERNED, BUT SHE WAS AN OLDER YOUNG PERSON, 20 YEARS OLD WITH A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, REALLY WORRIED THAT SHE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE AND GOT THE NOTICE FOR COBRA COVERAGE AND WE SAID THE BACKUP IS COBRA. THAT WAS GOING TO BE AN EXTRA $400 TO $500 A MONTH TO MAKE SURE SHE DIDN'T LOSE HER HEALTH CARE WHEN SHE ACTUALLY LOST HER JOB. NOW THIS PARENT, ACTUALLY FOR THE COST OF ABOUT $70 OR $80, AS OPPOSED TO $400 OR $500 CAN KEEP THEIR CHILD ON THEIR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. I THINK THIS IS A GREAT BENEFIT FOR AMERICA'S FAMILIES, FOR FAMILIES WHO WORK EVERY DAY AND ACTUALLY HAVE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. I HEARD DISCUSSION ABOUT PREMIUM INCREASE HIKES. AND I WANT TO TELL YOU SOMETHING. WHEN WE WORKING ON HEALTH CARE REFORM AND MANY OF US WERE CONCERNED ABOUT PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE INSURANCE AND NEED COVERAGE. BUT MOST AMERICANS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY DO HAVE SOME FORM OF HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AND YOU KNOW WHAT THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT? THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE PREMIUMS GOING UP AT ASTRONOMICAL RATES. I HAVE HEARD FROM MY CONSTITUENTS, 20%, 30% PREMIUM HIKES. BECAUSE OF WHAT WE DID IN THIS HEALTH CARE PACKAGE, SNIRNS COMMISSIONER, INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE THE POWER INVESTED IN THEM AND SAY WE ARE GOING TO PUT A CHECK ON THESE COMPANIES. A BIG STATE LIKE CALIFORNIA, CONNECTICUT, MAINE, COLORADO AND MARYLAND, AND ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THAT'S WHAT THE COMMISSIONERS ARE DOING. IT'S THE STATES. WE HEARD THIS MORNING AS WE READ THE CONSTITUTION A REMINDER THAT STATES ARE IN A GREAT POSITION TO LOOK AT WHAT INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE DOING IN THEIR STATES TO REGULATE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THEIR STATES AND TO SAY TO THEM, YOU HAVE TO STOP TAKING MONEY AWAY FROM SCUMMERS AND PATIENTS BY RAISING YOUR PRELIMINARY -- FROM CONSUMERS AND PATIENTS BY RAISING YOUR PREMIUMS. THIS IS IMPORTANT AND I'M GLAD TO BE TALKING ABOUT THESE BENEFITS WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. . MR.

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  • 04:16:01 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

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    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE YOUR HARD WORK AND LEADERSHIP ON. THIS…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE YOUR HARD WORK AND LEADERSHIP ON. THIS YOU'VE TALKED ABOUT THE PROBLEMS IN HEALTH CARE WITH GOVERNMENT. IT'S JUST NOT A GOVERNMENT PROBLEM. YOU ASK ANY HUMAN RESOURCES EXECUTIVE ABOUT WHAT THE -- ONE OF THE MAJOR PROBLEMS THEY HAVE AND BENEFIT PACKAGE, IT'S THE ABILITY TO AFFORD HEALTH CARE. HEALTH CARE COSTS HAVE BEEN GOING OUT OF CONTROL. IF YOU HAVE AN EMPLOYEE WITH A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION AND HE'S IN THE GROUP AND THEY DO THE STUDY, YOU START GETTING BILLS YOU CAN'T PAY. YOU ASK ANY HUMAN RESOURCES WHAT'S HAPPENED TO THEIR INSURANCE COSTS OVER THE YEARS, IT'S GOING THROUGH THE SKY. IF YOU LOOK AT THE EMPLOYEES -- EMPLOYEE PORTION OF HEALTH CARE, IT WILL GO FROM ZERO PARTICIPATION TO A LITTLE BIT, MORE CO-PAYS, MORE DEDUCTIBLES, MORE COSTS FOR THE FAMILY, ON AND ON AND ON. EVERYONE HAS A GREAT DEAL OF INSECURITY ABOUT THEIR ABILITY TO DO HEALTH CARE. THEN YOU LOOK AT THE IDEA OF WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU LOSE A JOB, IF YOU HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET HEALTH CARE UNTIL THIS BILL PASSED. WITH ALL THIS INSECURITY, YOUR ABILITY TO GET HEALTH CARE, YOUR ABILITY TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD IT IN THE FUTURE, ALL OF THESE PROBLEM, ALL OF THESE PROBLEMS IN THE FUTURE, WHAT IS THE RESPONSE FROM THE OTHER SIDE? ABOUT WHAT TO DO ABOUT THAT KIND OF INSECURITY, THEY SAY, WELL, JUST BE STRONG AND GO WITHOUT INSURANCE LIKE ME. WELL, THAT IS NOT A PARTICULARLY ATTRACTIVE SOLUTION FOR THOSE THAT DON'T HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE, DON'T HAVE A SPOUSE WHO YOU CAN SAY, I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE GOVERNMENT POLICY, I'M GOING TO USE ANOTHER, OR IF THEY'RE SO WEALTHY THEY DON'T NEED THE INSURANCE. MOST AMERICANS AREN'T IN THAT SITUATION. THEY NEED HEALTH INSURANCE AND THIS IS WHAT IS PROVIDED, YOU HAVE ACCESS TO IT AND IT'S AFFORDABLE. EVERYONE IN AMERICA WILL BE ABLE TO AFFORD HEALTH INSURANCE IN 2014 BECAUSE THOSE THAT CAN'T AFFORD IT WILL HAVE SUBSIDIES TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY CAN. SO EVERYBODY WILL BE ABLE -- AGAIN, IF YOU MAKE LESS THAN $88,000 YOU CAN GET HEALTH CARE FOR LESS THAN 10% OF YOUR SALARY. THAT IS NOT THE CASE NOW. IF YOU'RE IN THE $20,000, $30,000, $40,000 A YEAR BRACKET, IF YOU CAN GET INSURANCE IT'S GOING TO BE A LOT MORE THAN THAT. SO WITH THIS BILL PEOPLE HAVE THE SECURITY OF HEALTH INSURANCE THAT THEY DON'T HAVE NOW AND THE BIZARRE SUGGESTION, JUST GO WITHOUT INSURANCE, IS NOT PARTICULARLY NICE WHEN YOU HAVE CHILDREN THAT MAY NEED -- HAVE A LITTLE EAR INFECTION, RATHER THAN HAVE THEM LOSE THEIR HEARING YOU CAN DEAL WITH IT WHEN IT'S A LITTLE INFECTION. THESE PROBLEMS DON'T GO OUT OF CONTROL. WE NEED THAT SECURITY, THIS BILL PROVIDES IT. AND IN TERMS OF SENIORS, SENIORS ARE PARTICULARLY HELPED UNDER THIS LEGISLATION. THEY CAN GET -- THOSE WHO CAN'T AFFORD THE CO-PAYS AND DEDUCTIBLES CAN GET THEIR ANNUAL CHECKUPS WITHOUT ANY CO-PAYS AND DEDUCTIBLES. WE'LL HELP FILL IN THE DOUGHNUT HOLE. TAKE A LITTLE TIME BUT EVENTUALLY THERE WILL BE NO DOUGHNUT HOLE WHERE THEY FALL IN AND HAVE TO PAY ALL OF THEIR DRUG COSTS. IT WOULD PROVIDE MORE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS SO THEY'LL HAVE BETTER ACCESS. WE'LL TRAIN MORE DOCTORS AND NURSES SO THEY'LL HAVE MORE PROFESSIONAL -- YOU HAVE A CHART THAT EXTENDS MEDICARE, MEDICARE IS EXTENDED. WE KNOW THAT MEDICARE WILL GO BROKE IF WE DON'T DO ANYTHING. IT EXTENDS THE POLICY OF MEDICARE. SO ALL OF THESE, LOWER PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS, ALL OF THESE THINGS THAT SENIORS HAVE A PARTICULAR INTEREST IN, ALL OF THAT WILL BE LOST IF THIS BILL IS REPEALED.

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  • 04:21:38 PM

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    FOR JUST A MOMENT, MR. SCOTT, YOU'RE INTO AN ISSUE, AN AREA, THAT IS…

    FOR JUST A MOMENT, MR. SCOTT, YOU'RE INTO AN ISSUE, AN AREA, THAT IS PROFOUNDLY IMPORTANT TO THE SENIORS OF AMERICA. THE DISCUSSION LAST YEAR AS THIS BILL WAS PASSING WAS THAT SOMEHOW THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION WOULD HARM SENIORS BY TAKING AWAY MEDICARE BENEFITS. IT WAS NOT TRUE LAST YEAR, IT IS NOT TRUE THIS YEAR. HOWEVER IF OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE SUCCESSFUL IN REPEALING IT, THEY, THE SENIORS, WILL BE SERIOUSLY HARMED. I WANT TO MAKE THIS POINT VERY, VERY CLEAR AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US PERHAPS ON THEIR OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE IN THEIR DISTRICTS, BUT YOU STARTED GOING THROUGH THIS LIST HERE, THIS LEGISLATION ACTUALLY EXTENDS THE SOLVENCY OF MEDICARE. BY REINING IN THE COST AND BY GIVING SENIORS SPECIFIC PREILLNESS CARE SO THEY WILL BE ABLE TO GET PREVENTATIVE CARE FREE. FREE ANNUAL CHECKUPS. THEY CAN'T GET IT TODAY BUT UNDER THIS LEGISLATION SENIORS CAN GET PREANNUAL CHECKUPS WHICH REDUCES THE COST -- FREE ANNUAL CHECKUPS WHICH REDUCES THE COST BECAUSE YOU GET TO THE ILLNESS QUICKER. MR. SCOTT.

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  • 04:23:02 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    PEOPLE WERE SCARED ABOUT WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN. I ALSO SAID THINGS ABOUT SMALL…

    PEOPLE WERE SCARED ABOUT WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN. I ALSO SAID THINGS ABOUT SMALL BUSINESS, THIS WOULD BANKRUPT SMALL BUSINESSES. SMALL BUSINESSES ARE EXEMPT FROM THE REQUIRES -- REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE BILL. SO IT CAN'T POSSIBLY HURT THEM. BUT THOSE SMALL BUSINESSES THAT WANT TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES ARE GIVEN TAX CREDITS TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO DO SO. SO THEY CAN'T POSSIBLY BE HURTING SMALL BUSINESS. BUT FOR THE SENIOR CITIZENS, THEY HAVE ALL OF THE BENEFITS THAT YOU'VE LISTED ON THE CHART THAT WILL BE LOST IF THIS BILL IS REPEALED.

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  • 04:23:33 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    THE DOUGHNUT HOLE. EVERY SENIOR THAT'S IN THE PRESCRIPTION DOUGHNUT HOLE…

    THE DOUGHNUT HOLE. EVERY SENIOR THAT'S IN THE PRESCRIPTION DOUGHNUT HOLE LAST YEAR, 2010, RECEIVED A $250 CHECK TO HELP THEM PAY FOR THEIR DRUGS. IN GOING FORWARD THE DOUGHNUT HOLE WILL BE LESSENED AND LESSENED AND EVENTUALLY NINE YEARS FROM NOW WILL DISAPPEAR. THERE WILL BE NO DOUGHNUT HOLE. YOU LOOK AT THE QUALITY OF CARE, EXTREMELY IMPORTANT QUALITY OF CARE, THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THAT UP. MORE PRIMARY DOCTORS, MORE GERIATRIC CARE OF NURSES AND DOCTORS, EXTRAORDINARY IMPORTANT PART OF THE LEGISLATION, NOT JUST ONLY FOR SENIORS, YOU ALSO MENTIONED THE COMMUNITY-BASED AND OF COURSE THE PREVENTATIVE CARE. ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE THERE AND ALL OF THEM WILL DISAPPEAR IF THE REPUBLICANS ARE SUCCESSFUL WITH THEIR LEGISLATION, NEXT WEDNESDAY THAT WILL BE BROUGHT TO THIS FLOOR WITHOUT ONE HEARING TO DISCUSS ANY OF THESE ISSUES IN A RELEVANT POLICY COMMITTEE. MR. COHEN, PLEASE JOIN US.

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  • 04:24:30 PM

    MR. COHEN

    A QUESTION. I WAS JUST THINKING HERE, AS I'M HONORED TO BE IN THE HOUSE OF…

    A QUESTION. I WAS JUST THINKING HERE, AS I'M HONORED TO BE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AND WITH THE CONSTITUTION THAT'S SO BEAUTIFUL THAT IT SAYS WE'RE TO PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE, WE ARE AMONG OTHER INDUSTRIALIZED NATIONS ON THIS EARTH. WHAT ARE THE OTHER INDUSTRIALIZED NATIONS ON THE EARTH DO ABOUT HEALTH CARE FOR THEIR CITIZENS?

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  • 04:24:50 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    NOT SURE I HEARD YOUR QUESTION. SO PLEASE SAY IT AGAIN.

  • 04:24:52 PM

    MR. COHEN

    WHAT DO OTHER INDUSTRIALIZED NATIONS IN THE WORLD DO FOR HEALTH CARE? DO…

    WHAT DO OTHER INDUSTRIALIZED NATIONS IN THE WORLD DO FOR HEALTH CARE? DO THEY HAVE PROGRAM POLICIES LIKE OURS WITH -- WHERE 32 MILLION PEOPLE DON'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE AND THEY'RE NOT MANDATED TO GET INSURANCE? WHAT DO THEY DO?

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  • 04:25:05 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    I THINK YOU'RE ASKING ME A RHETORICAL QUESTION BECAUSE YOU KNOW THE ANSWER…

    I THINK YOU'RE ASKING ME A RHETORICAL QUESTION BECAUSE YOU KNOW THE ANSWER AND I THINK MOST AMERICANS KNOW THE ANSWER. ALL THE INDUSTRIALIZED NATIONS, WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT CHINA HERE, BUT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT KOREA, JAPAN, THE EUROPEAN COUNTRIES, THE EUROPEAN UNION, ALL OF THOSE COUNTRIES PROVIDE UNIVERSAL HEALTH INSURANCE CONFERENCE. UNIVERSAL. EVERYONE, INCLUDING -- CONVERSATION. UNIVERSAL. EVERYONE, INCLUDING TOURISTS WHO HAPPEN TO SHOW UP AND THIS I KNOW FROM ONE OF MY DAUGHTERS WHO FELL OFF A STAIR AT THE LEANING TOWER OF PIZA. SHE FELL, WENT INTO AN MICHAEL JACKSON ROOM, -- EMERGENCY ROOM, THEY TOOK AN M.R.I., SHE SAID, I HAVEN'T PAID. SHE SAID, YOU'RE COVERED MUCH THAT WAS IN ITALY.

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  • 04:25:50 PM

    MR. COHEN

    FOR THOSE PEOPLE THAT ARE POOR, TOO BAD.

  • 04:26:06 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    OTHER COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD DON'T LOOK AT IT THAT WAY. THEY LOOK AT IT AS…

    OTHER COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD DON'T LOOK AT IT THAT WAY. THEY LOOK AT IT AS A RIGHT FOR THEIR CITIZENS TO HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AND THEY PROVIDE THE HEALTH INSURANCE. DIFFERENT WAYS OF DOING IT. GERMANY, FRANCE, BRITAIN, CANADA ALL DO IT DIFFERENTLY. BUT THEY ALL DO IT AND INCIDENTALLY THE HEALTH STATISTICS IN ALL OF THOSE COUNTRIES ARE CONSIDERABLY BETTER THAN AMERICA AND AMERICA IS PLACED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRIES IN TERMS OF OUR HEALTH CARE, HOW HEALTHY WE ARE, HOW LONG WE LIVE, HOW SICK WE GET. WE'RE AT THE BOTTOM. IN FACT, WE ARE OFTEN WITH DEVELOPING COUNTRIES IN THE STATISTICS, WE SPEND ALMOST TWICE AS MUCH AS ANY OF THOSE COUNTRIES. SO THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT GOES AFTER MANY, MANY THINGS BEYOND THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS AND THE SENIOR ISSUES. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR RAISING THAT ISSUE. WE HAVE ABOUT MAYBE 10 MORE MINUTES? 10. MR. PALLONE.

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  • 04:27:04 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    I JUST WANTED TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT PREVENTION AND PARTICULARLY IN…

    I JUST WANTED TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT PREVENTION AND PARTICULARLY IN TERMS OF SENIORS, WHICH YOU MENTIONED. AND WHAT IT MEANS IN TERMS OF THE PEOPLE'S HEALTH AND ALLEGATION THE COST TO THE GOVERNMENT. BECAUSE -- AND ALSO THE COST TO THE GOVERNMENT. SOME OF THE THINGS WE'VE MENTIONED WITH REGARD TO SENIORS HAVE ALREADY TAKEN PLACE. THIS SUMMER UNDER THE BILL SENIORS WHO FELL INTO THE DOUGHNUT HOLE GOT ADS 250 REBATE. BEGINNING JANUARY 1 THEY GET A 50% DISCOUNT ON BRAND NAME DRUGS . YOU MENTIONED THE CO-PAYS FOR PREVENTATIVE CARE, WHETHER IT'S YOUR ANNUAL WELLNESS TREATMENT OR OTHER KINDS OF TESTS LIKE MAMMOGRAMS OR COLONOSCOPIES, FOR EXAMPLE. THE REASON WE'RE ELIMINATING THE 20% CO-PAY FOR THESE THINGS, THE REASON WE'RE TRYING TO FILL UP THE DOUGHNUT HOLE, IT GOES TO PREVENTION. IF PEOPLE DON'T GET THEIR DRUGS AND THEY GET SICK AND GO TO THE HOSPITAL, THEY HAVE THE ANNUAL WELLNESS CHECKS, THEY STAY HEALTHY, THEY DON'T GO TO THE HOSPITAL. AND WHEN THEY GO TO THE HOSPITAL IF THEY'RE ON MEDICARE IT JUST COSTS THE GOVERNMENT MORE MONEY. SO THIS IS THE WAY WE SAVE MONEY. WE SAVE MONEY, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IT MEANS THAT THE DEBT IS DECREASED, IT MEANS THAT THE SOLVENCY OF MEDICARE YOU HAVE ON THE CHART IS EXTENDED. I DON'T KNOW IF WE TALKED MUCH ABOUT THAT. ONE OF MY AMENDMENTS IN THE RULES COMMITTEE TODAY IS, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF SENIORS TELL ME, THEY COME UP TO ME AND SAY THEY'RE WORRIED ABOUT THE FACT THAT, YOU KNOW, MEDICARE MAY BECOME INSOLVENT AND THERE WOULDN'T BE ENOUGH MONEY IN THE TRUST FUND TO PAY FOR IT. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THE HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL EXTENDS THE JUDGMENT DAY, IF YOU WILL, WHEN THE SOLVENCY PROBLEM BECOMES AN ISSUE MUCH FURTHER AND IF YOU HAVE THE REPEAL, THE SOLVENCY PROBLEM HITS US SIX YEARS FROM NOW, IN 2017, FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND. SO ANOTHER PROBLEM WITH REPEAL IS NOT ONLY DOES IT INCREASE THE DEFICIT, BUT IT ALSO, YOU KNOW, IS ONLY SIX YEARS FROM NOW THAT WE WOULD HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS MEDICARE SOLVENCY PROBLEM. WHAT IS THAT GOING TO MEAN? THAT'S GOING TO MEAN PROBABLY THAT CUTBACKS IN BENEFITS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE MONEY YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO CUT BACK ON THE BENEFITS. IT IS AMAZING TO ME HOW THEY CAN CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT THIS REPEAL. THE OTHER THING THEY KEEP SAYING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THE REPUBLICANS SAY, WELL, THE REASON WE WANT THE REPEAL IS BECAUSE THIS HEALTH CARE REFORM IS KILLING JOBS. NOTHING CAN BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. I MEAN, THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT UNDER THIS HEALTH CARE REFORM, BECAUSE THE COSTS OF HEALTH CARE PREMIUMS FOR EMPLOYERS WILL BE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED, THEY'LL BE ABLE TO HIRE MORE PEOPLE. PART OF THE PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE WITH COMPETITION OF OTHER COUNTRIES, MENTIONED ALL THESE OTHER COUNTRIES, THESE OTHER INDUSTRIAL COUNTRIES THAT HAVE FREE HEALTH CARE, UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE, THAT MEENGS THAT -- MEANS THAT THE EMPLOYERS DON'T CARRY THE BURDEN OF THAT. WHEN THEY HIRE SOMEONE, IF THE GOVERNMENT IS PAYING FOR IT, THEY DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES NECESSARILY. WELL, IT'S THE COST OF PREMIUMS GO DOWN, THEN PEOPLE -- THE COST OF HIRING SOMEBODY GOES DOWN IN THE UNITED STATES. IN ADDITION TO THAT THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF JOBS CREATED IN THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSION BECAUSE AS EVERYONE GETS COVERED AND EVERYBODY NEEDS A PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR, WELL, YOU'RE GOING TO NEED MORE DOCTORS, MORE NURSES, MORE HEALTH AIDES BECAUSE PEOPLE WILL GET THAT KIND OF PREVENTATIVE CARE. SO THERE ARE JOBS CREATED WITH THE PREVENTATIVE CARE IN HANDLING PEOPLE TO MAKE SURE THEY STAY HEALTHY OR THEY STAY WELL. WHAT THE REPUBLICANS SHOULD BE DOING IS SPENDING THE FIRST DAYS OF THIS SESSION TALKING ABOUT HOW TO IMPROVE THE ECONOMY AND CREATE JOBS NOT REPEALING HEALTH CARE. I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE MOVED ON. THEY DON'T WANT TO HEAR THIS. THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT THIS CONGRESS IS GOING TO DO TO CREATE JOBS. WE HAVE DEALT WITH THE HEALTH CARE ISSUE AND THEY WANT US TO MOVE ON. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:31:09 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    THREE MINUTES, FOUR MINUTES AND I'M GOING TO TURN TO MR. COHEN AND MS.…

    THREE MINUTES, FOUR MINUTES AND I'M GOING TO TURN TO MR. COHEN AND MS. EDWARDS. WOULD YOU LIKE TO CLOSE?

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  • 04:31:19 PM

    MR. COHEN

    PALLONE BROUGHT UP AN ISSUE AND HE SAID IT'S NOT TRUE IT'S COSTING JOBS.…

    PALLONE BROUGHT UP AN ISSUE AND HE SAID IT'S NOT TRUE IT'S COSTING JOBS. THERE IS SOME RESPECTED GROUP. I THINK IT IS POLITICAL FACT CHECK AND THEY WERE ON NATIONAL NEWS GIVING THE BIGGEST LIES TOLD IN POLITICS IN THE LAST YEAR. AND THE NUMBER ONE BIGGEST LIE, THIS INDEPENDENT GROUP WAS THE REPUBLICAN MANTRA OF GOVERNMENT-MANDATED HEALTH CARE AND IT'S JUST A FACT, THAT'S THE BIGGEST LIE TOLD THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AND IT CAME FROM THE LEADERS ON THE OTHER SIDE. IT CAME FROM THESE HALLS WHERE THEY ARE IMMUNE FROM DEFAMATION SUITS BECAUSE IT'S NOT GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE AND IT'S UNHEARD THAT THE OTHER SIDE WOULD USE THE FACT THAT THEY ARE IMMUNE FROM PROSECUTION IN THE OTHER JURISDICTION OR COURT FOR WORDS THAT AREN'T TRUE TO DO THAT AND POLITICS TO SAY IT WAS GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE, THE BIGGEST LIE OF 2010 AND COMES TO THE FLOOR NEXT WEEK.

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  • 04:32:21 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    WE WILL WRAP THIS ONE UP AND MR. YARMUTH WILL CARRY ON WITH HEALTH…

    WE WILL WRAP THIS ONE UP AND MR. YARMUTH WILL CARRY ON WITH HEALTH INSURANCE, BUT WE REALLY TODAY FOCUSED ON A BROAD RANGE OF ISSUES, PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS, THE WAY IN WHICH THE REPEAL WOULD HARM INDIVIDUALS. WE ALSO DISCUSSED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW THIS AFFECTS BUSINESS AND WE WENT INTO SOME DETAIL ABOUT SENIOR CITIZENS. ALL OF THESE ARE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT ISSUES AND WILL BE DISCUSSING THESE IN THE DAYS AHEAD AND I HOPE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WILL REALLY PAY ATTENTION AND THIS NEXT WEEK PARTICULARLY WEDNESDAY, IT'S GOING TO BE ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT'S A QUESTION ABOUT WILL ALL OF US IN AMERICA BE ABLE TO GET HEALTH CARE COVERAGE THAT IS AFFORDABLE AND PROVIDE US WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THE HEALTH CARE THAT WE NEED. SO WITH THAT, I WILL WRAP THIS UP AND TURN IT OVER TO WHOM EVER IS NEXT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 04:33:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED THAT THEIR REMARKS ARE PROPERLY ADDRESSED TO THE…

    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED THAT THEIR REMARKS ARE PROPERLY ADDRESSED TO THE CHAIR RATHER THAN ANY PERCEIVED TELEVISION VIEWING AUDIENCE. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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  • 04:33:46 PM

    MR. KING

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CAN TELL YOU THAT I AM PLEASED TO ADDRESS YOU,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CAN TELL YOU THAT I AM PLEASED TO ADDRESS YOU, MR. SPEAKER, HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND WELCOME YOU TO THE GREAT DELIBERATIVE BODY WHICH BECOMES INSTANTLY FAR MORE DELIBERATIVE THAN IT HAS BEEN IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS. AND THIS IS PART OF IT. AS I DELIBERATE AND I LISTEN TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, I HAVE TO MAKE A POINT THAT WHEN YOU CHALLENGE THE MENDACITY OF THE LEADER THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A MOTION TO TAKE THE GENTLEMAN'S WORDS DOWN, HOWEVER MANY OF THE MEMBERS ARE OFF ON OTHER ENDEAVORS AND THE LEADER AND THE SPEAKER HAVE ESTABLISHED THEIR INTEGRITY IN THEIR MENDACITY FOR YEARS IN THIS CONGRESS AND I DON'T THINK IT CAN BE CHALLENGED AND THOSE WHO DO SO ARE MAKING ASPERSIONS BY MAKING WILD ACCUSATIONS. I CAME TO TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER AND AS I LISTEND TO THE SPEECHES THAT HAVE GONE ON BEFORE IN THE PREVIOUS HOUR, IT ACTUALLY CHANGED THE SUBJECT FOR ME. I THINK THERE ARE MANY THINGS THAT NEED TO BE BROUGHT OUT AND CLARIFIED, GIVEN THIS THAT WE HAVE DEBATED THIS HEALTH CARE BILL -- WE DEBATED THIS HEALTH CARE BILL FOR OH, CLOSE TO A YEAR. AND ANNOUNCED IN RULES COMMITTEE EARLIER TODAY -- I BELIEVE THERE WERE 100 HOURS OF MARKUP IN COMMITTEE. WASN'T THE BILL THEY PASSED, 100 HOURS OF DEBATE AND MARKUP ON A DIFFERENT BILL AND SWITCHED BILLS IN THE END. THAT'S A MATTER OF PUBLIC RECORD AND FACT. BUT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC UNDERSTANDS WHAT HAPPENED. THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE SAID WE HAVE TO PASS THE BILL, MEANING OBAMACARE, MR. SPEAKER, IN ORDER TO FIND OUT WHAT'S IN IT. AND WHEN THAT BILL WAS PASSED TO SET THE RECORD ALSO STRAIGHT, I DON'T THINK THERE IS ANOTHER TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THIS CONGRESS THAT THERE WAS A BILL OF THIS MAGNITUDE THAT PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WITHOUT THE MAJORITY SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE BILL THAT WAS BEFORE US. IT IS A FACT OF RECORD, IT'S A FACT OF JUDGMENT, A FACT OF HISTORY THAT THERE HAD TO BE CONDITIONS THAT WERE ATTACHED IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THE VOTES NECESSARY TO SQUEAK THAT BILL BY AND PASS O'BAUMA CARE HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE LAST MARCH. AND IF PEOPLE FORGET, REMEMBER THERE WAS A SWITCH ON THE BILL. THE BILL THAT WAS MARKED UP IN COMMITTEE WAS NOT THE BILL THAT CAME TO THE FLOOR OR HAD HEARINGS ON IT, BUT THERE WERE ALSO CONDITIONS. THERE WERE THE STUPAK DOZEN WHO SAID WE INSIST THAT THERE BE AN AMENDMENT BROUGHT FORWARD THAT WILL PROTECT SO THAT THE LANGUAGE THAT'S IN THE BILL DOESN'T FUND ABORTION THROUGH A FEDERAL MANDATE. AND THEY HELD OUT ON THAT TO GET THAT VOTE. LITTLE DID I KNOW UP UNTIL THAT SATURDAY AFTERNOON THAT THE GENTLEMAN WHO WAS DOING THE NEGOTIATING ALREADY COMMITTED TO VOTE FOR THE BILL. AND THE STUPAK PEOPLE WERE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE. AND THEY NEGOTIATED WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WHO MADE A COMMITMENT AND FOLLOWED THROUGH ON IT TO SIGN AN EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT WOULD PACIFY OR NULLIFY THE ANONYMOUS STUPAK DOZEN UNDER THE PRESUMPTION UNCONSTITUTIONALLY AND COMPLETELY OUTSIDE THE BOUNDS OF THE SEPARATION OF POWERS THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES COULD EFFECTIVELY AMEND LEGISLATION BY EXECUTIVE ORDER AND PROMISE HE IS GOING TO DO SO BEFORE THE BILL IS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. THAT HAPPENED IN THIS CONGRESS. AND ANOTHER CONDITION OF THAT WAS, THIS IS A CONDITION THAT CAME AFTER THE THEN CHAIR OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, MS. SLAUGHTER, HAD OFFERED THE IDEA THAT THEY SHOULD DEEM THE BILL PASSED SO THEY DIDN'T HAVE TO GO ON RECORD FOR VOTING FOR THIS BILL BECAUSE THEY KNEW HOW BAD IT WAS. THEY KNEW HOW POLITICALLY VULNERABLE THEY WERE. THEY KNEW SPEAKER PELOSI WAS MAKING THEM WALK THE PLANK. A LOT OF THEM ARE NOT HERE BECAUSE OF THAT ACTION. BUT AS I TALKED ABOUT WHY THIS BILL DIDN'T HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE CONGRESS AND IN THE FORM THAT WAS BEFORE US, WHY THE MAJORITY DID NOT SUPPORT IT. THE MAJORITY VOTE THAT DAY IN ITS FORM, BECAUSE THERE HAD TO BE ANOTHER DEAL ON TOP OF THIS. THIS WAS THE DEAL THAT THE SENATE HAD TO PASS A RECONCILIATION PACKAGE WHICH WAS DESIGNED TO AMEND THE BILL THAT HAD NOT YET BEEN BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE FOR A VOTE. AND I DON'T KNOW IF THAT IS THE FIRST TIME SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAD BEEN PLAYED BUT FIRST TIME TO MY KNOWLEDGE THAT THERE WAS A BILL THAT CAME BEFORE THIS CONGRESS TA WAS NOT THE BILL THAT CAME THROUGH COMMITTEE, THAT WAS PLEDGED TO BE AMENDED BY A PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ORDER AND FURTHER AMENDED BY A RECONCILIATION BILL THAT WOULD LATER PASS THE UNITED STATES SENATE. THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE BEFORE US WITH OBAMACARE AND IT BECAME THE LAW OF THE LAND ON THAT DATE OF MARCH 30, 2010, PASSED OVER HERE IN THE HOUSE IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY ON THE LATE EVENING OF MARCH 21 OR EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. I REMEMBER TELLING MYSELF I'M GOING TO SLEEP AND THEN WAKE UP AND FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO. I DIDN'T SLEEP VERY LONG AND I COULDN'T SLEEP WITH THAT POLICY IMPOSED UPON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH THE REALIZATION THAT IT WOULD BECOME THE LAW OF THE LAND. AND ABOUT TWO AND-A-HALF HOURS LATER, I GOT UP AND WEPT TO MY WORD PROCESSOR AND TYPED A REQUEST FOR A BILL TO REPEAL OBAMACARE. AND I FILED THAT REQUEST AT THE OPENING OF BUSINESS THAT DAY, THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY AND THE FIRST MINUTES OF THAT DAY. I WANT TO THANK AND CONGRATULATE MICHELLE BALK MAN. I DIDN'T KNOW IT, SHE WAS AWAKE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND HER BILL CAME DOWN WITHIN THREE MINUTES OF MINE AND THAT DRAFT WAS TURNED INTO A DISCHARGE PETITION WITH A HUGE PELOSI MAJORITY IN THE 111TH CONGRESS AND DISCHARGE PETITION GATHERED 173 SIGNATURES BIPARTISAN AT LEAST BY THE PELOSI DEFINITION AND PART OF THE FOUNDATION THAT I THINK ACTUALLY DID SHAKE THIS COUNTRY. THERE WAS A STATEMENT MADE IN THE RULES COMMITTEE AND THEY WERE DELIBERATING ON THE RULE FOR H.R. 2 THAT WE HAD SAID THAT THE SKY WOULD FALL IF OBAMACARE BECAME THE LAW OF THE LAND AND THEY SAID THE SKY DIDN'T FALL. CHAIRMAN UP TON AND NOW CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE SAID YES, IT DID. YES, THE SKY DID FALL AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE 87 FRESHMAN REPUBLICANS THAT ARE SEATED OVER ON THIS SIDE, NINE FRESHMAN DEMOCRATS ON THIS SIDE RKTS I THINK ANY --, I THINK ANY POLITICAL PUNDIT WOULD SAY THERE WAS AN EARTHQUAKE IN AMERICA THAT WAS BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE IMPOSITION OF THIS LIBERTY-STEALING, UNCONSTITUTIONAL OBAMACARE BILL THAT'S BEFORE THIS CONGRESS NOW. THIS CONGRESS WAS ELECTED TO COME HERE AND REPEAL OBAMACARE, GET A HANDLE ON THE DEBT AND DEFICIT AND LAY THE FOUNDATION SO THAT PRIVATE ENTERPRISE CAN START TO HAVE FAITH IN THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY AGAIN AND THEY CAN CREATE THE JOBS UNDER THE FRAMEWORK THAT WE'RE HOPEFUL WE WILL BE ABLE TO BRING THROUGH. WE AREN'T IN A POSITION WHERE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CAN PLAY ALL OF THE ECONOMIC FOUNDATION THAT'S NECESSARY FOR FREE ENTERPRISE TO HAVE ENOUGH FAITH AND CONFIDENCE TO INVEST THEIR CAPITAL IN A ROBUST FASHION. WHAT WE ARE IN A POSITION TO DO NOW WITH A NEW CONGRESS AND A NEW SPEAKER IS TO BE ABLE TO PLAY AN EFFECTIVE DEFENSE AGAINST THE EXISTING MAJORITY IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WHO HAS BEEN DIGGING HOLES THROUGH HIS ECONOMIC STEROID THEORY AND DUG SUCH A DEEP HOLE AND WE WATCHED NANCY PELOSI PRESIDE OVER THE DEBT AND WE WATCHED THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RUN THAT UP UNDER THEIR TERM TO ABOUT $3 TRILLION AND GOT TO STOP. THE AMERICAN WERE LOOKING AT PRESIDENT GULLIVER OBAMA AND THEY CAME TO THE POLLS ON NOVEMBER 2 AND TIED HIM UP WITH THEIR ELECTORAL ROPES AND SAID JOIN THE INCUMBENTS THERE. TOMORROW AND ON WEDNESDAY, TO REPEAL OBAMACARE AND TAKE THE SHOVEL OUT OF THE HANDS OF THE PRESIDENT AND TAKE THE GAVEL OUT OF THE HANDS OF NANCY PELOSI. THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED. I TAKE YOU BACK THROUGH THIS HISTORY BECAUSE IT'S BEING REWRITTEN AGAIN. HOW CAN THEY STAND HERE, GO BEFORE THE RULES OF COMMITTEE, BEFORE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER, AND TAKE THE POSITION THAT SOMEHOW IF THEY JUST EXPLAIN IT ONE MORE TIME AND ONE MORE WAY THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOW HAVE SOME LEFT-WING LIGHT BULB COME ON IN THEIR HEAD. THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SEEN CLEARLY. THEY WASHED THE LENSES OFF AND LOOKED DOWN THROUGH THE CONSTITUTION AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND COMMON SENSE AND THEY WERE APPALLED AT THAT LIBERTY-STEALING BILL OF OBAMACARE AND THEY SAID REPEAL THAT MONSTROSITY BECAUSE THE DESTINY OF AMERICA WILL BE DIMINISHED UNLESS WE DO. THIS IS A CHARGE THAT THIS NEW CONGRESS HAS. IT'S THE VOICE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND IT'S THE RESPECT THAT WE MUST HAVE. AND MY GRATITUDE FOR GOD'S GIFT TO AMERICA, THE FRESHMAN CLASS THAT WAS ELECTED IN 2010 AND SWORN IN HERE RIGHT HERE ON THIS FLOOR YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. AND THEY WILL AFFECT THE AGENDA OF THIS COUNTRY FOR MANY CONGRESSES TO COME AND IT WILL BE A RESPONSIBLE AGENDA THAT BRINGS US TO A BALANCED BUDGET AND BEGINS TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT THAT THIS COUNTRY HAS, NOT JUST THE DEFICIT SPENDING, BUT REDUCE THE NATIONAL DEBT. WE MUST GET TO THE POINT WHERE WE CAN BEGIN TO PAY DOWN THE NATIONAL DEBT AND WE START WITH THIS CONGRESS. WE START BY ROLLING BACK THE SPENDING TO 2008 LEVELS AND WE STARTED IT TODAY WITH A VOTE THAT CUT OUR OWN BUDGETS BY 5%. IT'S NOT A LOT OF MONEY AND YES IT'S SYMBOLIC BUT THE SYMBOLISM THAT COMPELS US TO FOLLOW THROUGH IF IT'S GOOD ENOUGH NOW FOR THOSE OF US IN THIS CONGRESS THAT VOTED ON THAT, IT'S ALSO GOOD ENOUGH TO BRING THAT POLICY THROUGH BACK TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WELL, SO WHAT I HAVE HEARD IS, THE MEMBERS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT STILL STAND HERE AND DEFEND OBAMACARE, THE ONES THAT ARE LEFT, THEY HAVE FOUR TALKING POINTS ABOUT THE BILL THAT THEY THINK ARE COMPELLING AND THEY MUST BELIEVE THAT IT OFFSETS ALL OF THE HORRIBLE THINGS ABOUT OBAMACARE. FIRST THEY SAY -- WELL, REMEMBER, THE PRESIDENT HAD ALL OF THESE PROMISES ABOUT WHAT HE WAS GOING TO DO WITH OBAMACARE AND HE ATTACHED OBAMACARE TO IT AT THE BLAIR HOUSE DURING THE HEALTH CARE SUMMIT, FEBRUARY 25, 2010 WHEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES REFERRED TO HIS OWN BILL AS OBAMACARE. THAT IS THE SHORTHAND VERSION FOR ALL THIS LONG THING. THEY DON'T WANT TO SAY OBAMACARE. THAT'S HOW EVERYBODY KNOWS IT AND UNDERSTANDS IT. . SO UNDER OBAMACARE THEY GIVE YOU THE FOUR, FOUR REDEEMING COMPONENTS TO OBAMACARE THAT APPARENTLY OFFSET ALL THE HORRIBLE THINGS ABOUT IT. AND THESE FOUR REDEEMING CONDITIONS ARE THIS. THAT IT REQUIRES INSURANCE COMPANIES ALL ACROSS AMERICA WITH A FEDERAL MANDATE TO PROVIDE FOR POLICIES THAT MUST KEEP YOUR CHILDREN ON THERE UP UNTIL AGE 26. AND THEY THINK THAT THAT'S SOMETHING THAT AMERICA HAS FALLEN IN LOVE WITH AS A REALLY GOOD, BRAINY SOLUTION. I KNOW THERE ARE REPUBLICANS THAT SUPPORT THE IDEA OF INSURANCE POLICIES BEING EXTENDED TO AGE 26. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, WHAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T KNOW IN THIS COUNTRY IS THAT THERE ARE AT LEAST TWO MEMBERS IN THIS CONGRESS THAT WERE ELECTED BEFORE AGE 26 AND HAD OBAMACARE BEEN IMPLEMENTED BEFORE THEY WERE ELECTED TO OFFICE, THEY WOULD HAVE, COULD HAVE BEEN ON THEIR PARENTS' HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN. NOW ISN'T THAT A NICE THING, WHEN YOU WEAN THEM OFF OF THE PARENTS' HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN AND YOU TRANSITION THEM OVER AND SAY, NOW RUN THE COUNTRY, THEY HAVEN'T HAD A SINGLE MINUTE OF THEIR OWN HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY UNTIL THEY GET HERE. THEY HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY FOR IT HERE. WE PAY OUR CHUNK OF THE PREMIUMS LIKE ANY OTHER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE, BUT I JUST THINK IT'S IRONIC THAT THERE WOULD BE SUCH A STRONG ARGUMENT THAT PEOPLE ELECTED TO CONGRESS COULD COME HERE, WALK IN THAT DOOR, COME DOWN HERE BEFORE THE SPEAKER'S ROSS TRUM, RAISE THEIR HAND AND TAKE THE OATH OF OFFICE AND AT THAT MOMENT STILL BE ON THEIR MOMMY AND DADDY'S HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY. I WANTED MY KIDS TO GROW UP. WHEN THEY TURNED 18 I TOLD THEM, MY RESPONSIBILITIES ARE NOW DONE. I'M GOING TO NURTURE YOU AND GIVE YOU ADVICE AND COUNCIL YOU AND I'LL HELP YOU WHERE I CAN. BUT I'M NOT OBLIGATED, GUYS. WE DID OUR BEST FOR THE FIRST 18 YEARS, WHILE DO OUR BEST FOR EVERY YEAR, WE'LL LOVE YOU ALL OUR LIVES BUT YOU GOT TO START PULLING YOUR OWN LOAD AND NOW I LOOK AT THREE GROWN SONS IN THEIR 30'S, ALL MARRIED, FIVE GRANDKIDS, EACH AN ENTREPRENEUR IN THEIR OWN RIGHT, PULLING THEIR OWN LOAD AND I'M GLAD THAT THEY DIDN'T HAVE TO STAY UNWEANED UNTIL AGE 26. BUT IF THE INSURANCE COMPANIES WANT TO DO THAT YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO BUY THE POLICY. IF STATES WANT TO MANDATE, I THINK IT'S NOT A GOOD POLICY, BUT THEY CAN DO SO CONSTITUTIONALLY AND THEN IF A PERSON'S TIRED OF PAYING THOSE KIND OF PREMIUMS YOU CAN MOVE TO ANOTHER STATE AND VOTE WITH YOUR FEET. THERE'S SOME STATES IN THE UNION HERE THAT I WOULD MOVE OUT OF BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD THE HEALTH INSURANCE IN THEM. THERE ARE OTHER STATES ONE COULD THINK ABOUT MOVING TO BECAUSE OF THE OPPOSITE. HERE'S A SECOND POINT. PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. THEY ALWAYS TIE THIS PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS IN WITH THE WORD DISCRIMINATION. BECAUSE IT'S LIKE A CIVIL RIGHTS CODE WORD SO IF AN INSURANCE COMPANY SAYS, I DON'T WANT TO BUY, I DON'T WANT TO PROVIDE INSURANCE POLICIES TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, WHO WAIT UNTIL THEY GET SICK BEFORE THEY BUY A POLICY, THE HEALTH INSURANCE PURCHASING EQUIVALENT OF WAITING FOR YOUR HOUSE TO BE ON FIRE BEFORE YOU GO BUY PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE, HOW MANY RATIONAL PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER, IN THIS COUNTRY WOULD MAKE THE CASE THAT WE OUGHT TO HAVE A GUARANTEED ISSUE FOR OUR FIRE INSURANCE ON OUR HOUSE? COULDN'T WE THEN JUST, YOU KNOW, SET UP OUR LITTLE BLACKBERRY WITH AN AUTOMATIC SEND AND WAIT FOR THE FIRE ALARM TO GO OFF AND ON THE WAY DOWN THE STEPS TO BAIL OUT OF THE BURNING HOUSE YOU COULD JUST CLICK SEND, AUTOMATICALLY THEY'D HAVE TO GIVE YOU A POLICY SO THAT YOUR HOUSE COULD BE REBUILT AND -- IF IT'S OTH ON FIRE. WE WOULDN'T DO THAT -- IF IT'S ON FIRE. WE WOULDN'T DO THAT. IT'S RIDICULOUS BECAUSE IT DEFEATS THE LOGIC OF INSURANCE. YOU WANT TO BE INSURED AGAINST A CATASTROPHE AND YOU WANT TO SHARE THAT RISS WISCONSIN OTHER PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE INSURED AGAINST CATASTROPHE. IT'S TRUE FOR FIRE INSURANCE. IT WAS TRUE FOR FLOOD INSURANCE UNTIL THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TOOK IT OVER AND IT NEEDS TO BE TRUE OF HEALTH INSURANCE. BUT WE WILL ADDRESS PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND WE'LL HAVE A LEGITIMATE DEBATE ON PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS HERE IN THIS CONGRESS, IN COMMITTEE HEARINGS, HEARINGS BEFORE COMMITTEES, AMENDMENTS OFFERED, AMENDMENTS ALLOWED AND AMENDMENTS OFFERED AND DEBATED AND VOTED UP AND DOWN. MY POSITION IS THAT IF THE STATES WANT TO PROHIBIT THE CONSIDERATION OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, THEY MAY DO SO. OUR STATE HAS A HIGH-RISK POOL AND WE FUND PART OF THOSE PROOM PREMIUMS WITH THE HIGH-RISK POOL OUT OF THE STATE TREASURY. I THINK THAT'S A GOOD IDEA. I HAVE WORKED TO DEVELOP THAT AND EXPAND THAT IN MY TIME IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE. I THINK IT'S WORTHY OF CONSIDERATION THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN TAKE A LOOK AT THOSE STATE HIGH-RISK POOLS AND FIND WAYS TO HELP THOSE STATES PROVIDE THOSE KIND OF BACKSTOPS. BECAUSE THERE WILL ALWAYS BE PEOPLE WHO ARE UNFORTUNATE. IT WON'T ALWAYS BE THOSE WHO ARE IRRESPONSIBLE, IT WILL ALSO BE THOSE WHO ARE UNFORTUNATE. SO WE NEED TO TAKE THAT INTO CONSIDERATION. BUT TO HAVE THE WHOLE DEBATE ABOUT JUST THOSE THAT ARE UNFORTUNATE AND NOT TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THOSE THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE, THOSE THAT ARE TAXPAYERS, THOSE THAT ARE FUNDING, THOSE THAT ARE THE ENGINE OF OUR ECONOMY THAT ARE BEING DISCOURAGED BY THESE KIND OF BIG GOVERNMENT SOCIALIZED MEDICINE, UNCONSTITUTIONAL POLICIES LIKE OBAMACARE. HERE'S A THIRD ONE, 26-YEAR-OLD INSURANCE, PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. OH, YES, THE DISCRIMINATORY PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS POLICY. IT'S NOT DISCRIMINATORY. IT'S LOGICAL AND RATIONAL. WOULD YOU SAY THAT IT'S DISCRIMINATORY POLICY TO NOT ALLOW PEOPLE TO BUY PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE IF THEIR HOUSE IS ON FIRE? NOT DISCRIMINATION, IT DEFIES COMMON SENSE. SO I'M NOT GOING TO LET THEM GET BY WITH THAT WORD. HERE'S THE THIRD THING. DOUGHNUT HOLE. THEY SAY THEY'VE FIXED THE DOUGHNUT HOLE AND WE WOULD UNFIX THE DOUGHNUT HOLE. THE TRUTH IS THAT LOW INCOME PEOPLE HAVE THAT FIX, THERE IS A BACKSTOP FOR THAT DOUGHNUT HOLE. IT'S NOT THE HOLE THAT THEY SAY IT IS. FURTHERMORE THEY RAISE FEES ELSEWHERE TO FILL THE DOUGHNUT HOLE SO IT'S NOT FIXED, IT'S JUST ANOTHER TRANSFER SO THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE BENEFICIARIES AND OTHERS THAT PAY THE EXTRA MONEY. I'M NOT PARTICULARLY ANIMATED ABOUT THAT ALTHOUGH I THOUGHT WE SHOULD NOT HAVE HAD THAT DOUGHNUT HOLE CREATED HERE IN 2003. IN ANY CASE, THE NEXT ARGUMENT IS AGAINST LIFETIME CAPS. IF STATES WANT TO PROVIDE LIFETIME CAPPS LET THEM DO THAT. BUT IF INDIVIDUALS WANT TO BUY POLICIES THAT HAVE LIFETIME CAPS BECAUSE THE PREMIUMS ARE LOWER, LET THEM MAKE THAT DECISION AS WELL, MR. SPEAKER. I ENVISION A DAY THAT WE HAVE FREE MARKETS THAT ARE ENGAGED IN THIS. WE WANT TO PRESERVE THE DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP. WE WANT TO PRESERVE THE FREE MARKET EFFECTIVENESS SO WHEN PEOPLE MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT THEIR HEALTH AND THEIR LIVES THAT THEY HAVE SOME TOOLS TO WORK WITH. I WANT TO BE ABLE TO IN THIS CONGRESS, THIS 112TH CONGRESS, ADVANCE THE IDEA AND SEEK TO PASS LEGISLATION THAT IS CONSISTENT WITH CHAIRMAN DREIER'S -- I WOULD EXPAND IT A LITTLE MORE. HE ADVANCED THE MEDICAL SAVINGS ACCOUNTS. I WOULD ADD WE NEED TO ADVANCE HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, H.S.A.'S. IN 2003 WITH THE EXPANSION OF PART D WE PUT LANGUAGE IN THAT ESTABLISHED H.S.A.'S. HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS. IT ALLOWED -- EXCUSE ME, IN THE FIRST YEAR FOR A COUPLE TO ESTABLISH A HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT WITH A MAXIMUM AMOUNT IN IT OF $5,150. THAT'S THE CALCULUS, FROM $5,150 ON UP. WELL THAT'S A GOOD DEAL. OBAMACARE SLASHED THAT IN LESS THAN HALF AND CAPPED THE H.S.A. MAXIMUM AMOUNT TO $,500. WHY? BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO BE INDEPENDENT AND THEY DON'T WANT THEM TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS. IF THEY DO THAT THEY MIGHT UNDERMINE THIS EFFORT OF EXPANDING THE DEPENDENCY CLASS IN AMERICA, WHICH IS WHAT OBAMACARE IS DESIGNED TO DO. BECAUSE EXPANDING THE DEPENDENCY CLASS EXPANDS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY AND THAT INCREASES THE POLITICAL BASE AND IT SEEMS ILLOGICAL TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WELL, THERE'S THE LOGIC I'VE JUST APPLIED TO IT AND NOW, MR. SPEAKER, THEY DO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS ABOUT POLITICS. IT'S ABOUT EXPANDING THE DEPENDENCY CLASS, AND IT'S ABOUT DIMINISHING THE INDEPENDENCE AND THE SPIRIT OF AMERICANS. AND SO THE LIFETIME CAPS PIECE IS A FOURTH ONE. FIFTH ONE THAT'S IT. DO THEY REDEEM THOSE 2,500 PAGES OF DISASTER? DO THEY THEN OVERRULE AND TRUMP THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? I SAY NO, MR. SPEAKER. THEY CANNOT, THEY MUST NOT, THEY SHOULD NOT. AND I HEAR THIS DEBATE ALSO ABOUT AN INCREASE IN OUR DEFICIT OF THE NUMBER I THINK WAS $332 BILLION, NOT IF BUT WHEN WE REPEAL OBAMACARE. WELL THAT DEFICIT, AND THEY WANT TO KNOW, WELL, YOU OFFSET THAT DEFICIT WITH SPENDING CUTS. YES, SIR. WE WILL BE HAPPY TO OFFSET A DEFICIT WITH SPENDING CUTS BUT I WOULD MAKE THIS ARGUMENT INSTEAD. WHEN YOU HAVE AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL BILL IN FRONT OF YOU AND IF YOU'RE DEBATING WHETHER OR NOT THAT'S A REASON TO REPEAL AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL BILL, YOU CAN SET NO PRICE ON THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IF IT'S A TRILLION DOLLARS YOU REPEAL THE BILL ANYWAY BECAUSE IT'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND YOU DON'T SIT BACK AND TWIDDLE YOUR THUMBS AND WAIT FOR THE COURT TO RESOLVE THIS FOR YOU. I'M GLAD THAT THERE'S LITIGATION GOING ON IN THE JUDICIAL BRANCH. I'M GLAD THAT JUDGE HUDSON FOUND WITH VIRGINIA ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL COMPONENT OF THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE CLAUSE. I'M GLAD THERE ARE EFFORTS OUT THERE IN THE STATES TO DENY THE IMPLEMENTATION OF OBAMACARE. ALL OF THESE THINGS GOING ON. BUT WE TOOK AN OATH TO PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES HERE YESTERDAY. WE TOOK IT ALL IN GOOD FAITH. WE SAID SO. AND WHEN WE HAVE AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL BILL BEFORE US, MR. SPEAKER, IT IS OUR OBLIGATION TO REPEAL THAT BILL. OUR JUDGEMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION IS NOT A JUDGMENT THAT DEFERS ACROSS AND DOWN THE LINE OF INDEPENDENCE AVENUE. WE DON'T GO TO THE SUPREME COURT AND GENUFLECT AND SAY, IF YOU CHANGE THE MEANING OF THE CONSTITUTION MY OATH APPLIES, OUR OATH APPLIES TO OUR UNDERSTANDING AND CONVICTION OF THE TEXT AND THE ORIGINAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE CONSTITUTION AND THE VARIOUS AMENDMENTS AS THEY WERE ADOPTED. THAT'S WHAT THE CONSTITUTION HAS TO MEAN OR IT IS NO GUARANTEE WHATSOEVER TO THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. THEY ROSE UP AND THEY CHANGED THIS MAJORITY IN THIS HOUSE AND THEY DID SO BECAUSE THERE ARE A WHOLE GROUP OF MILLIONS OF CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATIVES, INCLUDING THE TEA PARTY GROUPS AND THEY SAID, ENOUGH UNCONSTITUTIONAL ACTIVITY, ENOUGH OF THIS THEFT OF OUR LIBERTY, WE ARE NOT GOING TO PASS THE DEBT AND DEFICIT ON TO THIS SUCCEEDING GENERATIONS. SO I NOTICE, AND IT WAS $230 BILLION WAS THE POINT, NOT $232, TO MAKE IT ACCURATE BUT I NOTICED TODAY IN THE REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE THAT CHAIRMAN JIM JORDAN READ FROM AN ARTICLE WRITTEN BY TONY BLANKLY IN THE "WASHINGTON TIMES," DECEMBER 20, 2010, AND IT CAUGHT MY EAR AND SO I LOOKED IT UP AND I'D LIKE TO JUST CLOSE WITH THIS CONCEPT THAT WAS DELIVERED BY TONY BLANKLY SHORTLY BEFORE CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR. AND HE WROTE ABOUT SMEERNS IN CHINA AND HOW THEY'RE WORRIED THAT IF THEY DON'T KEEP THE GROWTH GOING IN CHINA THAT THEY WILL CREATE EXPECTATIONS AND THEN THE PEASANTS IN CHINA WILL BE UNRULEBLE IF YOU GIVE THEM EXPECTATIONS, THEN YOU HAVE TO MEET THOSE EXPECTATIONS. WELL WE IN AMERICA, WE TRUST IN OUR EXPECTATIONS AND SO HE WRITES THIS, WHAT HAPPENED IN NOVEMBER 2 WAS THIS, THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WENT TO THE POLLS AND SAID, I WANT MORE LIBERTY AND LESS GOVERNMENT. I WANT MORE LIBERTY AND LESS SECURITY ABOUT MY FUTURE AND HE PUTS IN THESE WORDS AND I THINK THEY'RE EXCELLENT WORDS. QUOTE, NO OTHER PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WOULD HAVE RESPONDED TO ECONOMIC DANGER BY SEEKING MORE LIBERTY AND LESS GOVERNMENT PROTECTION. NO OTHER PEOPLE WOULD HAVE FOUGHT TO -- THOUGHT TO THEMSELVES, IF I HAVE TO SUFFER ECONOMICALLY IN ORDER TO NOT STEAL FROM MY GRANDCHILDREN, SO BE IT. I PRAY WE WOULD HAVE COME TO THAT DECISION A GENERATION AGO INSTEAD OF A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, MR. SPEAKER. BUT THIS CONGRESS HAS COME TO THAT DECISION AT THE DIRECTION AND THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND WE WILL FOLLOW THROUGH ON THAT PLEDGE. WE'LL ASK THEM, KEEP SENDING US MORE PEOPLE LIKE THIS FRESHMAN CLASS, TO HELP GET THIS JOB DONE SO, THAT IN OUR TIME WE CAN HAND THE KEYS OF THIS CHAMBER AND THIS GOVERNMENT OVER TO THE NEXT GENERATION IN SOUND FISCAL FASHION, SOUND CONSTITUTIONAL FASHION, NOT WITH DIMINISHED LIBERTY, BUT WITH THE EXPANDED LIBERTY AND WITH THE PILLARS OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM REFURBISHED BY OUR GENERATION THANKS TO THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:58:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. YARMUTH, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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  • 04:58:58 PM

    MR. YARMUTH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ELECTION. IT'S A GREAT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ELECTION. IT'S A GREAT PLEASURE TO BE HERE TODAY AND I COULD SPEND THE NEXT HALF HOUR RESPONDING TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM IOWA. I THINK IT'S FASCINATING THAT JUST ONE COMMENT THAT HE TALKS ABOUT READING THE CONSTITUTION AND THEN TALKS ABOUT HOW THIS IS AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL BILL. WELL OBVIOUSLY HE APPARENTLY STOPPED AT ARTICLE 2 AND DIDN'T GET TO ARTICLE 3 WHICH STIPULATES THAT THE JUDICIARY AND THE SUPREME COURT ULTIMATELY DECIDES WHAT IS CONSTITUTIONAL IN THIS COUNTRY, NOT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. AND THE CONSTITUTION WAS READ TODAY, I'M GLAD IT WAS, IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO REMIND OURSELVES OF THIS GREAT FOUNDATIONAL DOCUMENT THAT WE ALL RESPECT, THAT ALL OF US, ALL 435 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, SWORE TO PROTECT AND DEFEND YESTERDAY. AND IN THE CONSTITUTION, IN ARTICLE 1, SECTION 5 IT SAYS, EACH HOUSE MAY DETERMINE THE RULES OF ITS PRECEDINGS. AND YESTERDAY THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE PUT FORTH A GROUP OF RULES CHANGES THAT WILL DETERMINE HOW THIS CONGRESS WILL OPERATE OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS. AND IT WAS FASCINATING IN LIGHT OF OUR DISCUSSION OF HEALTH CARE, IN LIGHT OF OUR DISCUSSION ABOUT THE COST OF HEALTH CARE THAT ONE OF THE THINGS IT DID, THESE RULES CHANGES THAT REPUBLICANS PASSED, BASICALLY DIVEST EXTRAORDINARY POWER IN ONE MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO DETERMINE ESSENTIALLY WHAT THE COST, WHAT THE DEFICIT OR THE DEBT -- THE BUDGET IMPLICATIONS OF A PARTICULAR PIECE OF LEGISLATION MIGHT BE. AND TO THE DEBATE WE ARE IN NOW ABOUT REPUBLICANS' PROPOSAL TO TAKE AWAY ALL OF THE PRIVILEGES AND RIGHTS AND BENEFITS GRANTED BY THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT THAT WE PASSED IN THE 111TH CONGRESS AND I WAS PROUD TO SUPPORT IS THAT ONE OF THE THINGS IT SAID WAS THAT IF THERE'S A VOTE TO REPEAL THE HEALTH CARE BILL, THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT THAT WE PASSED LAST YEAR, THAT WE BASICALLY DECIDE THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO ABIDE BY PAY-GO RULES. IN OTHER WORDS, SAYING THAT JUST BECAUSE THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE DETERMINED THAT THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT WILL SAVE THE TAXPAYERS $230 BILLION OVER THE NEXT SEVEN OR EIGHT YEARS AND THEN ANOTHER $1 TRILLION IN THE FOLLOWING 10 YEARS THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO MAKE THE SAME KIND OF ADJUSTMENTS THAT WE DO FOR OTHER KINDS OF ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURES BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN PHILOSOPHY IS IF YOU REDUCE REVENUES IN ANY WAY TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT'S FINE AND IT DOESN'T AFFECT THE DEFICIT. NOW, A LOT OF DEBATE -- A LOT OF THE DEBATE WE HAD LAST CONGRESS OVER THE HEALTH CARE ACT I HEARD TIME AFTER TIME AFTER TIME, TAX CUTS AND MANY OTHER THINGS THAT, OH, A BUSINESS CAN'T OPERATE LIKE THIS, A FAMILY CAN'T OPERATE LIKE THIS. WELL, IN FACT, IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE THAT ANALOGY ARE REALLY RELEVANT BECAUSE IF I HAVE A FAMILY, TWO-INCOME FAMILY AND ALL OF A SUDDEN ONE OF US LOSES OUR JOB AND LOSES OUR INCOME, IT'S REALLY INTERESTING THAT WE COULD TAKE THE POSITION THAT, OH, IT DIDN'T AFFECT OUR BUDGET. IT DIDN'T AFFECT THE FAMILY DEFICIT. JUST THAT LOSS OF REVENUE DIDN'T MATTER. ALL WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT IS HOW MUCH WE SPENT. ALL WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT IS THE EXPENSE. WHAT THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BASICALLY DONE IS TO SAY UNDER THIS NEW REGIME, THIS NEW SET OF RULES THEY PASSED YESTERDAY THAT THERE ARE TWO SEPARATE LEDGERS. ONE DEALING WITH EXEXPENDITURES, ONE DEALING WITH REVENUE AND THEY DON'T AFFECT EACH OTHER. IT'S AN ASTOUNDING PHILOSOPHY OF OPERATION THAT WE'RE ABOUT TO EMBARK ON. UNDER THIS NEW RULE WHEN THE BUSH TAX CUTS FOR THE VERY WEALTHY EXPIRE IN TWO YEARS, WE WOULD NOT HAVE TO ACCOUNT FOR THAT LOSS IN REVENUE TO THE PHILADELPHIA DEFICIT EVEN THOUGH WHEN -- TO THE FEDERAL DEFICIT EVEN THOUGH WHEN WE START BORROWING MONEY TO PAY FOR THE DEFICIT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO COME UP WITH THAT MONEY. THEY SAY, NO, IT DOESN'T AFFECT THE DEFICIT. IF WE REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT, WHICH THE C.B.O. SAYS WILL SAVE $1.3 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT TWO DECADES, THAT'S MONEY THAT WE AREN'T GOING TO HAVE TO BORROW FROM SOMEBODY ELSE. THEY SAY, OH, THAT'S NOT PART OF THE BUDGET. WE DON'T HAVE TO COMPENSATE FOR THAT. SO IT'S FASCINATING THAT THEY BASICALLY SET UP THESE TWO SETS OF BOOKS AND THEN THEY GIVE THE POWER TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, WHO IN THIS CASE IS MR. RYAN OF WISCONSIN, A VERY THOUGHTFUL, VERY THOUGHTFUL, HONEST MAN. YOU GIVE HIM THE POWER, HOWEVER, TO MAKE A DECISION THAT WHATEVER THE C.B.O. SAYS DOESN'T MATTER, HE CAN DEEM OR DECIDE EXACTLY WHAT THE IMPACT OF ANY PROVISION OR ANY ACT OF CONGRESS IS ON THE BUDGET. ONE PERSON. NOW, I COME FROM KENTUCKY. WE'RE A BIG BASKETBALL STATE. LAST WEEKEND WE HAD A GAME, BIG GAME RIVALRY, KENTUCKY AND LOUISVILLE PLAYED. DIDN'T COME OUT THE WAY I LIKED TO, BUT I HAVE TO THINK WHEN WE SET UP THESE RULES THAT THAT WOULD BE LIKE LOUISVILLE AND KENTUCKY PLAYING AND SAYING TO COACH PITINO OR LOUISVILLE OR COACH CAL PERIIPERRI, YOU GET TO MAKE THE CALLS IN THIS GAME. COACH PITINO, WE'RE TAKING THE REFS OFF THE FIELD. YOU ARE THE ONE THAT WILL CALL FOULS. YOU'LL MAKE ALL THE DECISIONS. THAT'S BASICALLY WHAT THE REPUBLICANS HAVE DONE. AND WHAT THEY ALSO SAID IN THIS PROCESS IS THAT THEY BASICALLY DECIDED THAT THE HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL HAS CHANGING IT, REPEALING IT WILL HAVE NO IMPACT ON THE DEFICIT, NO IMPACT ON THE BUDGET. NOW, THAT'S FASCINATING BECAUSE FOR THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF WHEN WE DEBATED THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT THEY KEPT TALKING ABOUT HOW THIS WAS GOING TO BALLOON THE DEFICIT, HOW IT WAS GOING TO EXPLODE THE DEFICIT, TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IT'S GOING TO COST THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER. WELL, NOW THEY SAY, NO, HAS NO IMPACT AT ALL ON THE DEFICIT. BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND IF IT COSTS NOTHING TO REPEAL IT, THEN THERE WAS NO COST TO PASSING IT. SO ONE HAS TO QUESTION, WHO'S BEEN HONEST IN THIS DEBATE? WHO'S BEEN HONEST IN THIS DEBATE? I UNDERSTAND FINDING REFEREES AS TO WHO'S RIGHT AND WHO'S WRONG AND WHICH FACTS ARE ACCURATE HAS BEEN A DIFFICULT PROCESS. AND MY COLLEAGUE, MR. KING, SAID THAT ALL OF A SUDDEN WE KEEP TALKING ABOUT THIS EXPECTING LIBERAL LIGHT TO GO ON IN PEOPLE'S HEADS, WELL, WE NEED SOME LIGHT ON THIS SUBJECT BECAUSE THERE'S BEEN SO MUCH ATTEMPT, BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS SPENT TO CREATE DARKNESS ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THIS BILL AND THAT PROCESS PROCEEDS TODAY. SO I THINK AS WE DEBATE THIS PROPOSAL THE REPUBLICANS TO DO AWAY WITH MANY OF THE BENEFITS WHICH WE ARE SO PROUD OF AND WHICH MANY AMERICANS, MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE BEGINNING TO FEEL NOW, THAT WE HAVE THE KIND OF DISCUSSION THAT IS HONEST, THAT IS OPEN, THAT SHEDS LIGHT ON THE SUBJECT. AND NO ONE CAN DO THAT BETTER THAN MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE GREAT STATE OF MARYLAND, DONNA EDWARDS.

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  • 05:07:11 PM

    MS. EDWARDS

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING, MR. YARMUTH. AS I LISTEN TO THIS DISCUSSION I…

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING, MR. YARMUTH. AS I LISTEN TO THIS DISCUSSION I THOUGHT, I WONDER WHAT TAXPAYERS ARE THINKING ABOUT THIS DISCUSSION. I WONDER ABOUT THE TAXPAYERS THAT GO TO WORK EVERY DAY BUT THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO BUY HEALTH INSURANCE EVEN THOUGH THEY WORK EVERY DAY AND THEY PAY TAXES EVERY DAY. AND I THOUGHT, WELL, UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT INDEED THOSE PEOPLE -- WE GET TO, YOU KNOW, PUT A LITTLE BOTTOM UP UNDER THEM SO THEY CAN BE COVERED, SO THAT THEY CAN, YOU KNOW, GO TO WORK, TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILIES BUT ALSO HAVE THE SECURITY AND KNOWING THAT THEIR FAMILIES ARE GOING TO BE COVERED WITH HEALTH CARE. I THOUGHT ABOUT THE DISCUSSION EARLIER ON THIS FLOOR WHERE OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TALKED, YOU KNOW, SOMEWHAT DISPARAGINGLY AS A YOUNG PERSON WHO MAYBE FINISHES COLLEGE OR TRADE SCHOOL AND GOES TO GET A JOB BUT THERE'S A GAP IN HEALTH CARE COVERAGE BECAUSE THEY'VE TURNED 22, 23 YEARS OLD. THEY ARE WORKING FOR A LIVING, DOING WHAT THEY NEED TO DO, THEY'VE GONE TO SCHOOL, THEY'VE GOTTEN A TRADE MAYBE AND THEY CAN'T AFFORD HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. SO THEIR PARENTS GET TO SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, FOR ALL OF OUR PIECE OF MIND AND FOR YOUR SECURITY, WE'RE GOING TO, YOU KNOW, PAY FOR THAT HEALTH CARE COVERAGE UNDER OUR PLAN. AND SO, YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, AS I STAND HERE TODAY I THINK ABOUT MY SON WHO'S JUST GOTTEN A JOB AND THERE WAS THIS PERIOD, I REMEMBER WHEN I RECEIVED THAT NOTICE FROM OUR HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY AND THAT NOTICE, YOU KNOW, IT WAS A SHOCKER TO ME BECAUSE IT BASICALLY SAID, YOU'RE DONE. AND HAD WE NOT HAD THIS PROVISION IN OUR -- THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT THAT ENABLES PARENTS LIKE ME AND OTHER PARENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY TO HAVE THE PIECE OF MIND OF BEING ABLE TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN, OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, OUR YOUNG WORKING PEOPLE ON OUR HEALTH CARE PLAN, I DON'T KNOW WHAT WORKING FAMILIES WOULD DO OUT THERE. MR. SPEAKER, I THOUGHT, ALSO, ABOUT A CONVERSATION THAT I'M GOING TO SHARE WITH YOU WITH SOME SENIORS THAT I HAD WITH FRIENDS AS I WAS SPENDING NEW YEAR'S EVE. AND ONE OF THE SENIORS SAID TO ME, WE WERE TALKING ABOUT HEALTH CARE AND THEY SAID, YOU KNOW, I HAVE A MEDICAL CONDITION AND I'M SPENDING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AND I'VE FALLEN INTO THE DOUGHNUT HOLE AND IT'S REALLY TAKING A CHUNK OUT OF OUR POCKET. AND I HAD THE PRIVILEGE ON DECEMBER 31 OF SAYING TO THIS FAMILY, DO YOU KNOW THAT AS OF JANUARY 1, AS OF THE NEXT DAY IN 2011, YOUR PRESCRIPTION DRUG THAT'S FALLEN INTO THAT DOUGHNUT HOLE WILL ACTUALLY RECEIVE A 50% DISCOUNT FOR THAT PRESCRIPTION DRUG? THEY HAD NO IDEA. I WAS GLAD TO BE ABLE TO SHARE IT WITH THEM. THEY'RE NOT MY CONSTITUENTS. THEY LIVE IN SOMEBODY ELSE'S STATE, BUT IT WAS GREAT TO BE ABLE TO SHARE THAT WITH THEM, AND THAT'S THE EXPERIENCE THAT MANY OF OUR SENIORS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE HAVING RIGHT NOW AS THEY REALIZE THAT THEY WON'T HAVE TO BEAR THE BURDEN OF OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THAT FALL THROUGH A DOUGHNUT HOLE BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD IT ANY MORE. THEY'RE YOUNG PEOPLE -- THEIR YOUNG PEOPLE. IF YOU UNDERGO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, GUESS WHAT, THAT'S A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. THE INSURANCE COMPANIES, AS WE MOVE INTO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF OUR HEALTH CARE BILL, WILL NO LONGER CALL THAT A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. I'LL CLOSE AND ALLOW YOU SOME ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITY IN YOUR TIME, BUT I DO WANT TO SAY THAT IT WAS REALLY COMPELLING TO READ THE CONSTITUTION HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TODAY AND, AGAIN, A VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER OF OUR OBLIGATION AS ELECTED OFFICIALS TO LOOK OUT FOR THE GENERAL WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE. AND I CAN THINK OF NO BETTER WAY TO DO THAT THAN MAKING SURE THAT WE PROTECT THE HEALTH INSURANCE, THE HEALTH CARE THAT AMERICANS HAVE BEEN GUARANTEED BECAUSE OF WHAT WE WERE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH WITH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.

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  • 05:11:20 PM

    MR. YARMUTH

    THE DISTINGUISHED CONGRESSWOMAN FROM MARYLAND FOR HER COMMENTS. I'M…

    THE DISTINGUISHED CONGRESSWOMAN FROM MARYLAND FOR HER COMMENTS. I'M ACTUALLY KIND OF GLAD THAT CONGRESSMAN KING BROUGHT UP THESE MAJOR BENEFITS WHICH ARE NOW HELPING FAMILIES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. MS. EDWARDS TALKED ABOUT THE BENEFIT OF ADDING YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER UNDER 26 TO YOUR POLICY, AND MR. KING BASICALLY POOH-POOHED THAT. I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S EXACTLY A GOOD LEGISLATIVE TERM, BUT KIND OF RIDICULED THAT. AND THEN HE TALKED ABOUT LIFETIME LIMITS AND HOW LIFETIME LIMITS WERE NOT NECESSARILY SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD WORRY ABOUT IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT ALMOST A MILLION AMERICANS A YEAR HISTORICALLY OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS HAVE GONE BANKRUPT BECAUSE THEY EITHER HAD NO INSURANCE OR THEIR INSURANCE WAS INADEQUATE AND THEY LOST EVERYTHING THEY HAD BECAUSE OF HEALTH CARE COST, BECAUSE OF A CANCER DIAGNOSIS OR A SERIOUS ACCIDENT. THESE ARE REAL-LIFE STORIES. THESE ARE NOT ABSTRACTIONS. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE MANY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO BELIEVE IN WITH ALMOST A RELIGIOUS ZEAL IN CERTAIN THINGS LIKE THE PERFECTION OF THE MARKETPLACE IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT WE'VE SEEN TIME AFTER TIME AFTER TIME IN THIS COUNTRY NOT THE -- NOT TOO LONG AGO WITH THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM HOW OUR MARKETS OFTEN FAIL, HOW WE HAVE CREATED OR ALLOWED TO BE CREATED ENORMOUS SOURCES OF POWER AND CONCENTRATIONS OF ECONOMIC POWER IN THIS COUNTRY THAT HAVE BASICALLY DISTORTED THE MARKETPLACES. AND THAT IS TRUE -- VERY, VERY TRUE IN THE AREA OF HEALTH INSURANCE. WE HAVE MANY, MANY STATES IN WHICH ONE COMPANY, ONE COMPANY, ONE INSURER WILL DOMINATE THE INSURANCE MARKET. 85%, 90% OF THE INSURANCE IN THAT STATE SOLID -- SOLD THROUGH ONE INSURANCE COMPANY. THAT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT THE DRAFTERS OF THE CONSTITUTION ENVISIONED. SO IT'S NICE TO BELIEVE IN FREE MARKET PRINCIPLES, AND I THINK DEMOCRATS BELIEVE IN FREE MARKET PRINCIPLES AS WELL AS REPUBLICANS DO. BUT THE FACT IS IN REAL LIFE, NOT IN A HISTORY PHILOSOPHY BOOK, IN REAL LIFE MARKETS FAIL, MARKETS GET DISTORTED AND THAT IS WHEN THE GOVERNMENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PROTECTING THE GENERAL WELFARE OF THE POPULATION, AS THE CONSTITUTION SAYS. I WANT TO RETURN, BECAUSE I'VE BEEN JOINED BY -- WE'VE BEEN JOINED BY ANOTHER COLLEAGUE, I WANT TO RETURN TO THIS ISSUE OF RULES BECAUSE, AGAIN, THE BUDGETARY RULES THAT THE REPUBLICANS HAVE SET UP TO GOVERN THIS NEXT CONGRESS ARE CREATING SOME INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT SITUATIONS FOR OUR STATES, OUR LOCALITIES AND OUR PEOPLE. AND ONE OF THOSE AREAS IN WHICH THIS HAS BEEN PARTICULARLY TRUE -- I KNOW I'VE BEEN CONTACTED BY TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS IN KENTUCKY ABOUT HOW DESPERATE THEY THINK -- HOW DANGEROUS THEY THINK THESE NEW RULES MAY BE. AND JOE COURTNEY FROM CONNECTICUT HAS JOINED US TO TALK ABOUT THAT IMPLICATION OF THE NEW RULES THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE OPERATING UNDER, SO I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

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  • 05:14:45 PM

    MR. COURTNEY

    THANK YOU, MR. YARMUTH. I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT YOU'RE PUTTING THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. YARMUTH. I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT YOU'RE PUTTING THE SPOTLIGHT ON THIS ISSUE WHICH IS REALLY EXTRAORDINARY IN TERMS OF WHAT'S JUST HAPPENED IN THE LAST 24 HOURS. AS YOU KNOW AND AS CONGRESSWOMAN EDWARDS KNOWS, THE REAL WORKHORSE, INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORTATION FUNDING IN THIS COUNTRY IS THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND. THAT IS A MECHANISM WHICH IS SET UP BY THE CONGRESS. IT HAS A DEDICATED REVENUE SOURCE, GAS TAXES, AND SINCE 1998 THERE HAS BEEN A RULE WHICH THE CONGRESS HAS OPERATED UNDER WHICH SAYS THAT THE FIVE-YEAR TRANSPORTATION PLAN AUTHORIZED BY THE CONGRESS CANNOT BE TAMPERED WITH BY A BILL THAT'S BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. IF IT IS, THEN THAT BILL IS RULED OUT OF ORDER. AND THE PURPOSE OF THAT IS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE TRANSPORTATION PLAN, WHICH IS DONE IN A FIVE-YEAR INCREMENT, HAS SANCTITY, HAS CONSISTENT IS I, SO THAT STATES LIKE YOURS OR MARYLAND OR CONNECTICUT CAN ACTUALLY MOVE FORWARD ON MULTIYEAR PROJECTS, WHICH MOST ROADS CONSTRUCTION, BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION FALLS WITHIN THAT TIMELINE. THIS HAS BEEN THE OPERATING RULES OF THE HOUSE SINCE 1998. YESTERDAY, THE REPUBLICAN RULE, WHICH WAS ADOPTED, ASTONISHINGLY, RESCINDED THAT PROTECTION FOR THE TRANSPORTATION TRUST FUND, THE -- AGAIN, THE MECHANISM WHICH ENSURES THAT STATES GET APPROPRIATE FUNDING FOR HIGHWAYS, SO A COALITION GREW UP OVER THE LAST THREE DAYS, INCLUDING LABORS INTERNATIONAL UNION, IRONWORKERS, THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATION, THE MOTORCYCLE RIDERS OF AMERICA, PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT OUR ROADS AND BRIDGES HAVE THE ADEQUATE SUPPORT TO MAKE SURE THAT, AGAIN, AS A GROWING COUNTRY WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO MOVE PEOPLE AND GOODS FROM ONE PLACE TO THE OTHER IN AN APPROPRIATE FASHION. BY THE WAY, OUR COMPETITORS AROUND THE WORLD ARE MOVING PAST US AT MOCK SPEED IN TERMS OF THEIR TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT. NONETHELESS, THIS COALITION WARNED THE NEW MAJORITY THAT THIS NEW RULE WAS GOING TO UPSET, AGAIN, THE CONSISTENCY WHICH TRANSPORTATION FUNDING REQUIRES THE NEW MAJORITY WENT AHEAD WITH THAT RULE, ADOPTED IT, CLAIMS THAT THEY IN FACT WERE NOT DOING THAT TO THE TRANSPORTATION TRUST FUND BUT INTERESTINGLY THE MARKETS SAY OTHERWISE. IS PAYNE WEBBER ISSUED A DOWNGRADE TO CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES ON THE WALL STREET STOCK MARKETS AND STOCKS EXCHANGES AND THEIR STOCKS DECLINED YESTERDAY IN THE WAKE OF THE ADOPTION OF THIS RULE. AGAIN, I EARLIER TODAY SUBMITTED PRESS ACCOUNTS THAT DESCRIBE, IN FACT, THE SEQUENCE OF WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED. WE ARE TALKING HERE ABOUT A SECTOR OF THE U.S. ECONOMY THAT'S NOT IN A RECESSION, IT'S IN A DEPRESSION. THE CONSTRUCTION TRADES RIGHT NOW ARE LOOKING AT UNEMPLOYMENT RATES OF 25% RATHER THAN SHRINKING AND INHIBITING THE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE OF THIS COUNTRY, WE SHOULD BE INVESTING IN IT. LET'S BE CLEAR HERE. THERE'S NOT GOING TO BE ANY PUBLIC -- EXCUSE ME, PRIVATE INVESTMENT THAT'S GOING TO FILL THE GAP THAT'S BEING CREATED BY UNDERCUTTING THE SANCTITY OF THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THIS IS DONE THROUGH PUBLIC DOLLARS AND EVERY GENERATION, GOING BACK TO REALLY JEFFERSON, HAS UNDERSTOOD THAT THIS IS ESSENTIAL TO HAVE AN ECONOMY THAT CAN THRIVE AND GROW. AS I SAID, WE HAVE NOW LEFT THE HIGHWAY FUNDING OF THIS COUNTRY, SUBJECT TO THE WHIMS OF THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS THAT IS NOT THE TOP OF HORIZON WHICH PLANNING CAN ACTUALLY TAKE PLACE AT STATE D.O.T.'S. IT DOESN'T SURPRISE ME THAT THE FOLKS IN KENTUCKYS HAVE CONTACTED THE PEOPLE AT D.O.T. IN CONNECTICUT HAVE DONE THE SAME THING. AGAIN, MANAGEMENT, LABOR, PUBLIC SECTOR GROUPS THAT CARE ABOUT, THEY ARE JUST INCREDULOUS, PARTICULARLY AT THIS TIME WORK THE WEAKNESS OF THIS ECONOMY, THAT THIS HOUSE HAS ADOPTED THAT TYPE OF RULE.

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  • 05:19:08 PM

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    THANK THE GENTLEMAN, RECLAIMING MY TIME. THE ONLY JI I USED EARLIER WITH…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN, RECLAIMING MY TIME. THE ONLY JI I USED EARLIER WITH WAS FAMILIES.

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  • 05:19:15 PM

    MR. YARMUTH

    WE'RE RUNNING HUGE DEFICITS RIGHT NOW. WE KNOW THAT THE MONEY THAT WE ARE…

    WE'RE RUNNING HUGE DEFICITS RIGHT NOW. WE KNOW THAT THE MONEY THAT WE ARE SPENDING, A LARGE PORTION OF IT, WE ARE BORROWING BECAUSE TAX REVENUES CAN'T SUPPORT IT. THIS REPUBLICAN MAJORITY NOW HAS BASICALLY TAKE THEN POSITION THAT THEY ARE GOING TO STRANGLE THIS GOVERNMENT AND PUT A CAP ON EXPENDITURES AND THAT CERTAINLY IS, I UNDERSTAND THAT'S PART OF THEIR HONESTLY HELD PHILOSOPHY. BUT IF YOU'RE A FAMILY AND YOU'VE GOT TWO KIDS, HIGH SCHOOL AGE, AND ONE OF -- YOU HAVE TWO INCOME EARNERS, ONE OF THEM LOSES THEIR JOB, ARE YOU GOING TO THEN SAY, UNDER IN CIRCUMSTANCES AM I GOING TO BORROW MONEY TO HELP PAY FOR THE COLLEGE EDUCATION OF MY TWO TEENAGERS SO THEY CAN HAVE A BETTER LIFE AND BE PREPARED TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF THE FUTURE? I'M JUST GOING TO KEEP CUTTING EXPENSES. THAT ANALOGY SEEMS TO BE WORKING HERE PARTICULARLY WITH REGARD TO TRANSPORTATION AS WELL AND THE INVESTMENT WE HAVE TO MAKE.

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  • 05:20:18 PM

    MR. COURTNEY

    THAT DECISION TO MAKE CAPITAL INVESTMENT ALONG EXACTLY THE SAME LINES…

    THAT DECISION TO MAKE CAPITAL INVESTMENT ALONG EXACTLY THE SAME LINES WHETHER TO FIX A ROOF, PUT A NEW DRIVEWAY IN, BUY A HOUSE, AGAIN THAT'S DONE FEW FINANCING, DEBT FINANCING, AND AGAIN THE WAY THAT PARTICULARLY THE MIDDLE CLASS KIND OF DEALS WITH THOSE CHALLENGES, THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT IN TERMS OF OUR OWN COUNTRY'S HISTORY, GOING BACK IN TIME, EVEN TO THE BEGINSING OF OUR GOVERNMENT, EVEN DURING THE CIVIL WAR WHEN THE FINANCES OF THIS COUNTRY WERE COMPLETELY GOING FROM ALMOST DAY-TO-DAY, ABRAHAM LINCOLN DID NOT PULL BACK IN TERMS OF THE NEED FOR US TO INVEST IN RAIL, LAND GRANT COLLEGES, AGAIN, THIS IS THE MIDDLE OF THE WORST CONFLICT IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY BUT HE STILL SAW THE NEED FOR US AS A NATION TO CONTINUE TO INVEST IN THE FUTURE AND WITH BORROWED MUST UNDERSTAND. THOSE TYPE OF INVESTMENTS, INVESTING IN PEOPLE THROUGH EDUCATION, COMES BACK TO BENEFIT THE ECONOMY LONG-TERM AND THE MULTIPLIER EFFECT IS MUCH HIGHER THAN THE ACTUAL PRICE TAG OF THOSE INITIAL INVESTMENTS.

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  • 05:21:27 PM

    MR. YARMUTH

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. AGAIN, I GO BACK TO THESE RULES THAT HAVE BEEN…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. AGAIN, I GO BACK TO THESE RULES THAT HAVE BEEN ADOPTED NOW IN THE HOUSE AND THEY BASICALLY GIVE EXTRAORDINARY, UNPRECEDENTED POWER TO ONE PERSON TO SET THESE BUDGET LIMITS, TO DECIDE THE BUDGETARY IMPACT OF AN INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE OHEALTH CARE LAW, THE REPEAL OF THE HEALTH CARE LAW, OR FOR INSTANCE THE REPEAL OF MANY ADVANCES WE MADE IN TERMS OF EDUCATION FUNDING IN THE 111TH CONGRESS. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT, AS I READ THROUGH THE CONSTITUTION, THE FOUNDING FATHERS PROBABLY DIDN'T ANTICIPATE THAT WE WOULD BASICALLY DISENFRANCHISE 434 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN MAKING THESE INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT DECISIONS ABOUT HOW WE RAISE REVENUE WHICH IS SPECIFICALLY POWER THAT HAS BEEN GIVEN FOR INITIATION TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, OR TO SPEND TAX REVENUE, THAT THAT KIND OF POWER WOULD VEST IN ONE PERSON AND YOU WOULD SET UP A SET OF RULES TO SET UP TWO SETS OF BOOKS AND SAY IF YOU DROP REVENUE YOU CUT TAXES, IF YOU HAVE A LOSS OF REVENUE THAT HAS NO BUDGET IMPLICATIONS BUT ANYTHING YOU SPEND HAS TO BE OFFSET SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE. I THINK IN TERMS OF NOT JUST INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE, BUT RESEARCH, MEDICAL RESEARCH WHICH IS THE ANSWER TO OUR LONG-TERM FINANCING OF HEALTH CARE IF WE CAN CONTROL OR CURE DIABETES, MAKE AN IMPACT ON HEART DISEASE, THESE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE FUTURE, BUT TO SET UP THESE KIND OF RULES THAT WILL DISENFRANCHISE 434 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND VIRTUALLY EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN FROM DECIDING WHAT MONEY SHOULD BE SPENT AND INVESTED IN SOME VERY, VERY IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF THE GENERAL WELFARE. I'D LIKE TO YIELD AGAIN TO DONNA EDWARDS OF MARYLAND.

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  • 05:23:26 PM

    MS. EDWARDS

    OCCURRED TO ME AS WE HEARD THIS DISCUSSION, AND THANK YOU TO MR. COURTNEY…

    OCCURRED TO ME AS WE HEARD THIS DISCUSSION, AND THANK YOU TO MR. COURTNEY FOR RAISING THESE ISSUES WITH US, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE IT OCCURRED TO ME THAT WHILE WE SHOULD BE SPENDING OUR TIME FOCUSED ON JOB CREATION AND WE KNOW THAT A CORE FOR JOB CREATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY FOR THIS COUNTRY IS IN OUR INVESTMENT AND TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRURTURE -- INFRASTRUCTURE, PUTTING PEOPLE BACK TO WORK AND INSTEAD WE ARE RELITIGATING WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THOUGHT WE HAD FINISHED WITH HEALTH CARE. HERE WE ARE WITH A RULE THAT THEN SAYS TO US, EVEN AS THE BIPARTISAN COMMISSION ON DEBT COMMISSION HAS SAID WE NEED TO INVEST IN THE NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE, THOSE ARE INVESTMENTS THAT CREATE JOBS, JOBS WITH TAXPAYERS ARE PAYING INTO THE SYSTEM SO WE HAVE REVENUE SO THAT WE CAN INVEST IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE CONSTRAINED FROM DOING IT AND I'M REMINDED THAT IN THE LAST CONGRESS, IN THE 111TH CONGRESS, EVERY MEMBER, I BELIEVE, OF OUR TRANSPORTATION AND TRAIN STRUCTURE COMMITTEE, WROTE TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SAYING, WE NEED TO DO A LONG-TERM TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE BILL SO THAT OUR STATE CAN BEGIN TO REALLY PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK AND HERE WE ARE IN THE 112TH CONGRESS LED BY THE REPUBLICANS WHO HAVE PUT FORTH A RULES PACKAGE THAT WILL CONSTRAIN OUR ABILITY TO CREATE JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY. WITH THAT, THANK YOU, MR. YARMUTH, I YIELD.

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  • 05:24:57 PM

    MR. YARMUTH

    YOU FOR THAT CONTRIBUTION. WE HAVE BEEN JOINED BY CONGRESSMAN COHEN OF…

    YOU FOR THAT CONTRIBUTION. WE HAVE BEEN JOINED BY CONGRESSMAN COHEN OF TENNESSEE, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TIME TO HIM.

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  • 05:25:03 PM

    MR. COHEN

    THANK YOU, MR. YARMUTH. INDEED, THE ISSUES MR. COURTNEY BROUGHT FORWARD IN…

    THANK YOU, MR. YARMUTH. INDEED, THE ISSUES MR. COURTNEY BROUGHT FORWARD IN HIS ONE-MINUTE TODAY WERE ALARMING TO ME BECAUSE MY HOME TO TOWN OF MEMPHIS DEPENDS ON TRANSPORTATION, THAT'S WHAT MAKES IT AMERICA'S DISTRIBUTION CENT, THE ROADS, RIVERS, RUNWAYS AND RAILS, AND IF WE DON'T HAVE MONEY TO GO INTO HELPING OUR AIRPORTS, WHERE FEDERAL EXPRESS IS LOCATED IN MY DISTRICT, AND IN YOUR DISTRICT, U.P.S., THAT'S HOW WE MOVE PRODUCTS ALL OVER THE WORLD FROM THOSE HUBS AND MOVE CONGRESS. THAT'S WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT WE HAVE AN F.A.A. RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT PASSED, A LOT OF WHICH WILL BE EXPENSES TO MODERNIZE THE STRUCTURE AND THE TRANSPORTATION BILLS THAT MR. OBERSTAR, WHO WAS ONE OF THE GREAT MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE, NO LONGER A MEMBER, TRIED TO GET PASSED LAST YEAR TO BOTH STIMULATE THE ECONOMY IN THE SHORT RUN AND IN THE LONG RUN, AS MR. COURTNEY SAID WORK THAT MULTIPLIER EFFECT, IN THE LONG RUN. I WAS HOPING AND CO-HOPE WE'LL HAVE BIPARTISAN EFFORTS TO HAVE TRANSPORTATION, F.A.A. RE-AUTHORIZATION BILLS PASSED THAT WILL MOVE THIS ECONOMY FORWARD. THE ECONOMY IS STILL IN A DIFFICULT SPOT. WE CAN'T REALLY SEE THAT THE ECONOMY IMPROVING IF WE CONTINUE TO CUT SPENDING, PARTICULARLY IN PLACES SUCH AS TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE, AND THE AIRPORT INFRASTRUCTURES. THAT'S SO IMPORTANT. SO IT WAS DISTRESSING NEWS TO SEE THIS HAPPEN. IT IS DIFFICULT TO SEE WHERE WE CAN GET US OUT OF THIS NEAR-DEPRESSION THAT WAS CAUSED BY THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION WITH CUTTING SPENDING. I KNOW PAUL KRUGMAN HAS PEOPLE THAT DON'T THINK HE'S CORRECT ALL THE TIME. I HAPPEN TO THINK HE'S CORRECT MOST OF THE TIME, AND THE NOBEL PRIZE PEOPLE AREN'T ALWAYS CORRECT, BUT WHEN THEY GAVE HIM THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR ECONOMICS, SOME OF THE BRIGHTER PEOPLE IN THE WORLD THOUGHT HE WAS PRETTY GOOD ON ECONOMICS. IT'S HIS BELIEF THAT WE NEED TO DO MORE SPENDING AND I CONCUR WITH HIM AND I'D HATE TO SEE US LEAVE THIS ECONOMY, THAT'S ABOUT TO GET OUT OF THE DITCH TO PUT IT BACK IN THE DITCH BY CUTTING SPENDING ON INFRASTRUCTURE THAT'S SO IMPORTANT. PLL YARMUTH: I THANK YOU FOR THAT. WINDING DOWN, --

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  • 05:27:22 PM

    MR. YARMUTH

    I THANK YOU FOR THAT. WINDING DOWN, THERE ARE MR. REASONS PEOPLE BORROW…

    I THANK YOU FOR THAT. WINDING DOWN, THERE ARE MR. REASONS PEOPLE BORROW MONEY, ONE IS SURVIVAL TO EAT. TO PAY SALARIES IF YOU'RE A BUSINESS. AND THEY BORROW MONEY FOR INVESTMENTS. WE HAVE PLENTY OF INVESTMENTS WE CAN MAKE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED, INFRASTRUCTURE, MEDICAL RESEARCH, AND WE BASICALLY HAVE BEEN TOLD BY THE REPUBLICANS THAT THERE IS NO BASIS, NO JUSTIFICATION FOR SPENDING ANY MORE MONEY AND BECAUSE WE'RE IN A DEFICIT SITUATION, BORROWING ANY MORE MONEY, EXCEPT WHEN IT COMES TO GIVING TAX BREAKS FOR VERY, VERY WEALTHY AMERICANS, MILLIONAIRES, BILLIONAIRES, HEDGE FUND MANAGERS AND THE LIKE. THAT'S OK AND WE CAN DO THAT AND WE CAN BALLOON THE BUDGET, THE DEFICIT, THE NATIONAL DEBT, TO DO THAT. BUT WE CAN'T DO IT TO HELP PEOPLE, TO PROVIDE PEOPLE'S HEALTH CARE TO INVEST IN INFRASTRUCK AND INVEST IN THINGS THAT WILL MAKE THIS AMERICAN ECONOMY, THE KIND OF ECONOMY THAT WE WILL ALWAYS BE PROUD OF, THAT WILL WORK FOR EVERYONE, THAT WILL TRULY LIVE UP TO THE AMBITIONS OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS WHEN THEY WROTE THE CONSTITUTION THAT WE READ TODAY. TO CREATE A MORE PERFECT UNION. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE ALL ABOUT. AND WE'LL CONTINUE AS DEMOCRATS AND NOW AS MEMBERS OF THE LOYAL OPPOSITION IN THIS BODY, ANYWAY TO FIGHT FOR THE KIND OF BALANCED AND INTELLIGENT INVESTMENT AND RESTRAINT OF SPENDING THAT WILL GET US TO THE WORLD THAT WE ALL ENVISION. SOY THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR JOINING ME TODAY AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:29:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED NOT TO TRAFFIC THE WELL…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED NOT TO TRAFFIC THE WELL WHILE ANOTHER MEMBER HAS THE FLOOR. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2001, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, MR. PEARCE, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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  • 05:29:31 PM

    MR. PEARCE

    MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE ON THIS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE ON THIS HISTORIC DAY. THIS HISTORIC DAY WHEN WE HAVE HAD THE ENTIRE BODY READ THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. AS THAT PROCESS WENT ON, THERE WAS SOME WONDERMENT IN THE AUDIENCE ABOUT WHY WE WERE DOING IT AND WHAT IT WOULD MEAN. BUT AS I LISTENED TO THE DIFFERENT MEMBERS, BIPARTISAN, READING THE CONSTITUTION, I FELT THE GRAVITY COME THROUGH THE INSTITUTION THAT WE BEGAN TO LISTEN TO AND HEAR AND READ THE WORDS OF OUR FOUNDING FATHERS AS THEY SET US ON THIS GREAT EXPERIMENT CALLS THE AMERICAN -- CALLED THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC, THE REPUBLIC WHICH WAS TURNED LOOSE FOR THE FIRST TIME, A GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE. ON THIS HISTORIC DAY, WE HAVE TO CONTEMPLATE WHAT OUR TASKS ARE AS THEY LIE AHEAD. FOR MYSELF, I SEE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT I -- IN FRONT OF US AS BEING ECONOMIC GROWTH, JOBS, AND WE HAVE TO WONDER WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO ABOUT THAT. AS I TRAVELED AROUND THE DISTRICT AFTER THE ELECTION, WE DID, WE HAVE 18 COUNTIES, AND WE DID 18 DIFFERENT TOWN HALL MEETINGS, LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE OF THE DISTRICT AFTER THE ELECTION AND THE OVERRIDING CONCERN IS, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT JOBS AND WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE ECONOMIC FUTURE OF THE COUNTRY? I THINK PEOPLE ARE ALARMED OF THE POLICIES THAT THEY HAVE SEEN OUT OF WASHINGTON. THEY'RE ALARMED AT THE SPENDING. THEY'RE ANGRY THAT WASHINGTON HAS NOT BEEN LISTENING, AND THEY'RE JUST UPSET WITH THE POLICIES IN GENERAL. THE LAST ELECTION SENT TWO VERY CLEAR MESSAGES. NUMBER ONE, YOU IN WASHINGTON ARE NOT LISTENING TO US. NUMBER TWO IS THAT WE DON'T LIKE WHAT YOU'VE BEEN DOING. SO AS WE CONTEMPLATE THE FUTURE, WE HAVE TO TRY TO GET OUR HANDS AROUND THE ECONOMIC GROWTH QUESTION AND WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES, WHY DO WE NOT HAVE JOB CREATION AT THIS TIME IN OUR HISTORY? THE MOST IMPORTANT THING AS A BUSINESS OWNER, I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE FACE RIGHT NOW IS UNCERTAINTY. NOW, THAT UNCERTAINTY ORIGINATES FROM INSIDE THE GOVERNMENT, SO OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING THE THINGS WHICH FREEZE OUR JOB CREATION IN ITS PLACE. THE UNCERTAINTY ARRIVES ON TWO BASIC FRONTS. FIRST OF ALL, TEXTATION, AND, SECOND, REGULATION. SO OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE WERE JUST ASKING, WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE BILL WHEN THAT'S BEEN DEBATED AND DISCUSSED? IF WE NARROW IT DOWN TO JOB CREATION, IF WE NARROW IT DOWN TO THE ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY OR CERTAINTY, I HEAR BUSINESS OWNERS EVERY DAY SAYING, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO LAY OFF ONE OR TWO PEOPLE, MAYBE UP TO 10% OF OUR WORK FORCE, MAYBE WE'RE GOING TO LAY OFF MORE TO GET BELOW THAT THRESHOLD BECAUSE WE CANNOT AFFORD THE MANDATES THAT ARE GIVEN TO US IN THIS HEALTH CARE BILL. SO, NUMBER ONE, THAT'S TAXATION AND UNCERTAINTY ALL IN ONE PIECE. THE HEALTH CARE BILL HIRES 16,000 I.R.S. AGENTS BUT DOES NOT HIRE ONE DOCTOR. YOU CAN ALWAYS TELL BY THE FUNCTIONALITY, NOT BY THE NAME OF A BILL WHAT IT DOES, BUT BY THE FUNCTIONALITY, AND WHEN IT HIRES 16,000 I.R.S. AGENTS AND NO DOCTORS YOU CAN GUESS THAT IT'S MORE ABOUT TAXING THE AMERICAN PUBLIC THAN IT IS ABOUT PROVIDING HEALTH CARE AND WE'RE SEEING THAT PLAY OUT IN THE JOB MARKETS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. PEOPLE ARE FROZEN INTO PLACE WONDERING WHAT IT'S GOING TO MEAN IN ADDITIONAL COSTS FOR THEIR COMPANIES. SO RATHER THAN LEAVING THOSE PEOPLE ON THE PAYROLL THEY'RE ACTUALLY SHRINKING THE PAYROLL AT A TIME WHEN WE NEED EMPLOYMENT. 9 1/2% TO 10% UNEMPLOYMENT FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME DOES NOT MAKE PEOPLE SECURE ABOUT THE FUTURE. SO THAT'S ONE PIECE OF THE HEALTH CARE BILL. THE SECOND PIECE OF THE HEALTH CARE BILL THAT'S FREEZING JOB GROWTH AND JOB CREATION IN ITS TRACKS IS THE REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT. THIS IS A TIME WITH BABY BOOMERS MOVING INTO RETIREMENT AGE, RETIREMENT AGE BRINGS MORE EXPENSES, MORE HEALTH CARE COSTS AND WE SHOULD BE SEEING A GROWTH IN JOBS IN THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY NATIONWIDE BUT INSTEAD THAT INDUSTRY IS FROZEN REGULATORYLY. PEOPLE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE IS GOING TO BRING AND SO THAT JOB GROWTH THAT SHOULD BE OCCURRING TO TAKE CARE OF OUR SENIORS IS ACTUALLY FROZEN IN PLACE BY THE REGULATIONS IN THIS BILL. SO, AGAIN, WE BEGIN WITH THE IDEA THAT WE WANT TO CREATE JOBS AND GROW THE ECONOMY, WE HAVE TO ASSESS THOSE THINGS, THOSE ELEMENTS WHICH ARE CREATING THE IMPEDIMENTS TO GROWTH, TAXES AND REGULATION AND WE CAN WALK THROUGH OUR ECONOMY ONE SECTION AT A TIME TO FIND THE SAME THING THAT'S OCCURRING AND WE WOULD BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND MORE CLEARLY AND MORE DEFINITELY THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM IN JOB CREATION. FOR INSTANCE, AS WE TAKE A LOOK OFFSHORE, WE ALL SAW THE PROBLEMS WITH B.P. THAT WAS ON THE TV EVERY DAY, AND I THINK B.P. SHOULD BE 100% ACCOUNTABLE AND RESPONSIBLE. IT WAS MY BUSINESS, MY WIFE AND I HAD A SMALL SERVICE COMPANY. WE FIXED AND REPAIRED DOWNHAUL PROBLEMS IN OIL WELLS, SO WE'RE FAMILIAR WITH THE DECISIONS THAT WERE BEING MADE BY THE COMPANY OUT THERE AS THAT WELL PROGRESSED TOWARDS A CATASTROPHIC FAILURE. NOW, I DO NOT BELIEVE, EVEN THOUGH I THINK B.P. SHOULD BE ACCOUNTABLE, I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD HAVE KILLED ONE JOB IN RELATION TO THAT. WHEN AN AIRLINER CRASHES, WE DON'T STOP ALL AIRLINES. WE BRING THE NATION'S BEST PEOPLE TOGETHER, WE DETERMINE WHAT HAPPENED AND WE DETERMINE HOW TO MAKE IT NOT HAPPEN AGAIN. THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING OFFSHORE. WE SHOULD BE BRINGING THE NATION'S BEST TOGETHER, LETTING THEM ANALYZE THE PROBLEM AND THEN MAKING SURE IT DOES NOT OCCUR AGAIN. BUT INSTEAD THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IMPLEMENTED A MORATORIUM AND THAT MORATORIUM SHUT DOWN THE DRILLING OFFSHORE. WE HAVE 33 DEEP-WATER PLATFORMS. THOSE DEEP-WATER PLATFORMS COST BLLS TO MAKE -- BILLIONS TO MAKE, SOMETIMES 15 YEARS TO BUILD THEM. NOW WE DON'T HAVE ANY ACTIVITY AT ALL. NOW PEOPLE WILL TELL YOU THEY HAVE TO HAVE REVENUE FROM THEIR INVESTMENT AND NOW THESE DEEP-WATER RIGS ARE BEGINNING TO STEAM AWAY AT TWO OR THREE KNOTS AWAY TO AFRICA. THOSE JOBS WILL NOT OCCUR IN THE U.S. AGAIN. I THINK THAT'S AN OVERRESPONSE FROM THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, AND I BELIEVE THAT ONE OF THE THINGS THIS CONGRESS SHOULD DO IS FIND THE PENDULUM -- THROW THE PENDULUM BACK TO THE MIDDLE. YES, WE SHOULD PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT. YES, WE SHOULD HOLD COMPANIES ACCOUNTABLE, BUT, NO, WE SHOULD NOT HAVE KILLED ONE JOB. SO I THINK IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THIS CONGRESS WE SHOULD MAKE THAT CLEAR DIFFERENTIATION BETWEEN THE PARTIES OR BETWEEN PHILOSOPHICAL VIEWS OF HOW TO RUN THE COUNTRY. I THINK WE SHOULD MAKE THOSE CLEAR DISTINCTIONS THAT THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE SHOULD BE BACK ON THE PAYROLL AND, YES, WE SHOULD KEEP OUR ENVIRONMENT CLEAN AND WE WILL HOLD THOSE WHO MAKE PROBLEMS ACCOUNTABLE. AND I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR THAT BALANCE, THAT PENDULUM TO COME BACK TOWARD THE MIDDLE TO WHERE WE SAY WE CAN PROTECT, WE CAN PRESERVE AND WE CAN CREATE JOBS SIMULTANEOUSLY. AND THAT IS ONE OF MY SINCERE HOPES THAT WE BEGIN TO DO THIS IN THESE EARLY DAYS. THERE'S AN ECONOMIC TRUISM THAT SAYS WHEN YOU RAISE TAXES YOU KILL JOBS. WHEN YOU LOWER TAXES YOU CREATE JOBS. PEOPLE WOULD SAY, WELL, HOW DO WE CREATE MORE JOBS? THE ANSWER IS, IF YOU REALLY WANT TO DO IT YOU SHOULD LOWER TAXES, AND THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL RIGHT AT THE END OF THE LAME-DUCK SESSION TO EXTEND THE BUSH TAX CUTS. IT WAS SAYING THAT WE SHOULD NOT RAISE TAXES ON ANYTHING -- ON EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN. NOW YOU HAVE THE PARTISAN DEBATE THAT WE SHOULDN'T BE LOWERING TAXES ON BILLIONAIRES. WELL, FRANKLY, THERE ARE VERY FEW OF THOSE. MANY OF THE PEOPLE WHO FALL IN THAT $250,000 AND ABOVE INCOME ARE SIMPLY SMALL BUSINESS PEOPLE. FOR INSTANCE, JUST LAST WEEK, WE HAD A DAIRY OWNER SAYING, YOU KNOW, WE RUN A MILLION DOLLARS A MONTH THROUGH MY SMALL DAIRY. WE ONLY HAVE 50 OR 60 EMPLOYEES BUT IT COSTS US A MILLION DOLLARS A MONTH TO MILK CAOS, TO PAY THE FEE -- COWS, TO PAY THE FEES. THIS IS WHAT YOU DO, YOU TAKE AWAY THEIR ABILITY TO CREATE MORE JOBS. NOW, IF ANY OF YOU HAVE ANY CASH LEFT IN THE BANK, WHICH IS QUESTIONABLE AT THIS POINT, YOU WOULDN'T KNOW THAT CASH IN THE BANK HAS ALMOST ZERO WORTH. YOU GET ZERO -- 0.0025. YOU GET ONE QUARTER OF 1% ON YOUR INTEREST IN THE BANK. SO THEY'RE LOOKING TO CREATE CRASH FLOW RATHER THAN HOLDING CASH IN THE BANK. THE REGULATORY UNCERTAINTY CAUSES US TO BE UNCERTAIN ABOUT THE FUTURE AND IT CAUSES US NOT TO CREATE JOBS. AND SO WE IN THIS BODY HAVE A TREMENDOUS OBLIGATION AND A TREMENDOUS RESPONSIBILITY AND EVEN THE -- WE CAN CREATE THE RIGHT PERCEPTION, THE RIGHT CERTAINTY IF WE'LL SIMPLY TAKE THE RIGHT STEPS TO JUST CAUSE THE MENTAL FRAMEWORK OF AMERICA TO SAY, YES, WE NOW KNOW WHERE WE'RE GOING IN THE FUTURE. WE NOW CAN INVEST WITH A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF PREDICTABILITY. AND I THINK THAT IT IS OUR GOD-GIVEN RESPONSIBILITY AT THIS POINT IN OUR HISTORY TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO START REBUILDING OUR ECONOMY. SO THOSE -- THERE ARE THOSE WHO WOULD SAY, BUT WE DANT DO THAT. WE MIGHT -- WE CAN'T DO THAT. WE MIGHT TAKE JOBS BACK FROM SOME FOREIGN COUNTRY. THEY TALK THEIR ENTIRE HEARTBEAT FROM THE U.S. ECONOMY. WE ARE ABOUT 25% OF THE WORLD'S ECONOMY. I WAS IN GERMANY SEVERAL YEARS AGO TO VISIT THE SOLDIERS IN LAND CONSTITUTIONAL WHO HAD BEEN INJURED. -- IN LANSTUHL WHO HAD BEEN INJURED. THEY SAID, PLEASE FIX YOUR ECONOMY, WHEN YOU THE U.S. FAIL ECONOMICALLY WE THE WORLD CATCH THE FLU ECONOMICALLY. SO THAT GIVES YOU SOME UNDERSTANDING OF OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO FIX OUR ECONOMY. SO SYSTEMATICALLY I THINK THAT WE SHOULD WALK THROUGH EACH INDUSTRY ONE AT A TIME TO SEE WHAT THIS GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN DOING TO KILL OUR FREEZE JOBS. I THINK ONCE WE LOOK OFFSHORE AND REALIZE THAT WE ARE KILLING THOSE JOBS WE'RE SENDING THOSE JOBS TO, SAY, VENEZUELA. I'M NOT SURE WHO AMONG US WOULD WANT TO DO THAT, BUT THAT'S IN EFFECT WHAT IS HAPPENING. I THINK THAT WE SHOULD DO WHAT IT TAKES TO BRING THOSE JOBS BACK. I THINK THEN SYSTEMATICALLY AS WE WORK OUR WAY THROUGH THE COUNTRY WE SHOULD ASK OURSELVES ABOUT THE 27,000 FARMERS IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY. 27,000 FARMERS THAT USED TO MAKE THEIR WAY, MAKE THEIR PAYMENTS TO THE BANK, MAKE PAYROLL BY FERTILIZER, BY SEEDS, INVEST IN DIESEL, INVEST IN REPAIR OF THE TRACTORS. THAT'S A GROWING ECONOMY. TWO YEARS AGO THAT ENTIRE ECONOMIC REGION WAS SIMPLY SHUT DOWN BECAUSE OF A MINNOW. THAT IS WE'RE CHOOSING ALL ON BEHALF OF A SPECIES PRESERVATION AND NOT ON BEHALF OF THE HUMAN SPECIES JOB CREATION. I THINK THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE EXPECTING US TO FIND THE BALANCE. I THINK THEY'RE EXPECTING US TO KEEP THE SPECIES ALIVE, MAYBE IN HOLDING PONDS, AND RELEASE THEM BY THE MILLIONS INTO THE RIVER, BUT I THINK THEY'RE EXPECTING US TO FIND A SOLUTION TO THE JOB CREATION IN THIS COUNTRY, AND I THINK THAT WE CAN DO IT BETTER THAN BY SIMPLY SAYING BY SOME JUDGE'S ORDER THAT THAT ENTIRE ECONOMIC SUBCULTURE IS SIMPLY GOING TO DISAPPEAR. NOW, THE FARMERS HAVEN'T BEEN WORKING IN A COUPLE OF YEARS. MANY ARE ON ASSISTANCE. THEY ARE NOT MAKING THEIR PAYMENTS FOR THE LAND. THE BANKING IS LESS STABLE IN THE REGION, AND THE PROCESS WE'RE IMPLEMENTING -- WE'RE IMPORTING FOOD WHICH IS FAR LESS SAFE TO CONSUME. WE'RE IMPORTING FROM CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, MAYBE MEXICO, AND WE HAVE NO CONTROL OVER WHAT PESTICIDES THEY USE. AND SO WE'VE BEEN SEEING INCREASING INPUTS OF FOOD INTO OUR ECONOMIC SYSTEM HERE IN THE U.S. WHICH ARE LESS SAFE. WE SAW THE LEAD POISONING FROM CHINA. WE SEE THESE THINGS EVERY DAY. WHY WE WOULD DO THAT ON BEHALF OF SOME RIGID, PHILOSOPHICAL VIEWPOINT IS SIMPLY EXS A BER ATING AMERICANS AT THIS -- EXS A BRIGHTING AMERICANS AT THIS POINT. ANOTHER POINT WE SHOULD LOOK AT IF WE ARE SYSTEMATICALLY LOOKING AT THE WAY OUR ECONOMY IS FROZEN IN ITS TRACKS IS OUR ENTIRE TIMBER INDUSTRY. WE USED TO HAVE A THRIVING TIMBER INDUSTRY HERE IN THIS COUNTRY. IN NEW MEXICO WE HAD A THRIVING TIMBER INDUSTRY THAT WAS ALMOST AS BIG AS THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY. WE EMPLOYED 20,000 PEOPLE IN THE TIMBER INDUSTRY AT ONE POINT. TODAY NEW MEXICO, LIKE MANY OF THE OTHER STATES, EMPLOYS ZERO. WE HAVE NOBODY WORKING IN THE TIMBER INDUSTRY. NOW, IN FULL DISCLOSURE, DURING THE LAST CAMPAIGN I DID HAVE A GUY COME UP AND SAY THAT'S INCORRECT. WE HAVE EIGHT. HE SAID, I STARTED A SMALL LUMBER MILL AND WE'RE PROCESSING SMALL DIAMETER TREES AND WE EMPLOY EIGHT PEOPLE. IMAGINE WHAT IS GOING ON IN NEW MEXICO IF WE HAD OUR COMMUNITIES WITH THOSE TIMBER JOBS THAT USED TO BE THERE, OUR TAX BASE WOULD INCREASE, THE NUMBER OF JOBS WOULD INCREASE, WE WOULD HAVE PEOPLE PAYING FEDERAL INCOME TAX, STATE INCOME TAX. BUT INSTEAD THOSE ECONOMIC POTENTIALS HAVE BEEN SHIFTED AWAY TO ANOTHER COUNTRY. NOW, I LOVE THE CANADIANS BUT I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE THE JOBS IN NEW MEXICO THAT WE SHIFT TO CANADA. THE IDEA WHEN WE PUT THE SPOTTED OWL REGULATIONS INTO EFFECT WAS THEY WERE GOING TO SEND THESE JOBS TO THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES. THAT'S NOT WHAT HAPPENED. THEY WENT TO THE ECONOMICALLY CLOSEST NEIGHBOR, THE ONE WITH THE LEAST TRANSPORTATION COST, AND WE GAVE THE JOBS TO THEM. I THINK THAT IN THIS COUNTRY PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF OUR GOVERNMENT CHOKING DOWN THE JOB BASE, THE ECONOMIC BASE FOR DIFFERENT REGIONS. AND WE CAN WORK OUR WAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND ASSESS THESE. I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE EXPECTING US IN THIS NEW CONGRESS AS WE GO THROUGH THE CONSTITUTION, AS WE READ IT ON THE FLOOR, I THINK THEY'RE EXPECTING US TO REDESIGN AND REINVENT GOVERNMENT. I THINK THEY'RE EXPECTING US TO TAKE A FRESH LOOK. DO A FORENSIC AUDIT OF THE ENTIRE GOVERNMENT TO SEE WHAT'S WORKING PROPERLY AND WHAT IS WORKING IMPROPERLY. AND WHEN WE DO THAT I THINK THEY EXPECT US TO CAUSE EFFICIENCIES TO OCCUR IN THE GOVERNMENT AND CAUSE EFFICIENCIES IN THE REGULATORY FRAMEWORK TO WHERE WE CAN PROTECT THE SPECIES, PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT, PROTECT WORKERS AND HAVE THE JOB CREATION ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PENDULUM. FIND THAT SPOT IN THE MIDDLE WHERE WE CAN DO BOTH. I THINK AMERICANS ARE ALARMED. I THINK THAT THEY'RE AFRAID, AND I THINK THAT THEY'RE ANGRY OVER THE WAY THAT WASHINGTON HAS BEEN FUNCTIONING. THE LAST ELECTION SAID SO. I DO NOT THINK THE LAST ELECTION WAS ABOUT REPUBLICANS -- REPUBLICAN POLITICS. I THINK IT WAS A MESSAGE THAT WE WANT THINGS TO STRAIGHTEN UP IN AMERICA. IF WE'RE GOING TO STRAIGHTEN THINGS UP IN AMERICAING THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO IS SET ABOUT JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH. IF WE GROW THE ECONOMY 3% TO 3 1/2%, AND THAT'S WHAT WE AVERAGED THE LAST 70 YEARS SO THAT'S NOT AN UNACHIEVEABLE GOAL, BUT IF WE WILL GROW THE ECONOMY IN THAT RANGE, THEN ALL THE PROBLEMS BEGIN TO DISSIPATE. THE SHORTAGES IN BUDGETS IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BEGIN TO DISSIPATE. THE SHORTAGES IN OUR STATE BUDGETS BEGIN TO DISSIPATE. THAT IS THE ONLY ANSWER. I HAVE NEVER SEEN A COMPANY SAVE ITS WAY TO PROSPERITY. SO I AGREE WITH OUR LEADERS AND I AGREE WITH THE REPUBLICAN PARTY THAT WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT SPENDING CUTS THROUGHOUT THE GOVERNMENT AND FINDING MORE EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HAVE GOVERNANCE. BUT I DO NOT THINK WE CAN FIND OUR WAY TO PROSPERITY IN SIMPLY THE BUDGET CUTS, BUT INSTEAD WE HAVE TO LOOK AT TAX CERTAINTY AND REGULATORY CERTAINTY TO CREATE THE ECONOMIC GROWTH THAT IS THERE. NOW I SAID EARLIER THAT TAX CUTS CREATE JOBS. YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW HOW THAT ACTUALLY PLAYS OUT. ONE GUY IN ARTESIA, NEW MEXICO, SAID MOST CLEARLY, FOR ME TO CREATE ONE JOB, HE SAID, I DRIVE BULLDOZERS, FOR ME TO CREATE ONE JOB TAKES $340,000. HE SAID IF THE GOVERNMENT IS TAXING AWAY MY PROFITS, IT TAKES LONGER TO ACCUMULATE THE $340,000. HE SAID, AS I MENTIONED EARLIER THAT MONEY IN THE BANK IS ABSOLUTELY NO USE RIGHT NOW UH, THAT I WOULD RATHER HAVE IT IN THE BULLDOZERS BUT THE GOVERNMENT TAKES AND TAXES IT AWAY, THEN IT TAKES ME LONGER TO CREATE A JOB. SO YOU SEE THIS STAGNANT ECONOMY, ONE JOB AT A TIME, BECAUSE WE'RE TAXING TOO HIGH, WE'RE SPENDING TOO FRIVOLOUSLY AS A GOVERNMENT AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS. I THINK THAT WE AS REPUBLICANS HAVE THE RIGHT IDEA IN TAX CERTAINTY, REGULATORY CERTAINTY AND THE JOB CREATION WILL BEGIN THEN FROM THE PRIVATE COMPANIES. NOW PEOPLE HAVE ASKED, WHAT ABOUT THE STIMULUS BILL? THE STIMULUS BILL WAS NEVER GOING TO CREATE JOBS. WHAT IT DOES IS IT TAXES AWAY FROM THAT BULLDOZER OPERATOR WHO WAS GOING TO CREATE THE JOB WITH HIS $340,000, AND THEN IT GIVES THAT TAX MONEY OVER HERE TO SOMEONE ELSE AND THEY CREATE JOBS BUT JUST FOR A SHORT TIME BECAUSE IF THEY ONLY CREATED JOBS WITH THAT INPUT OF STIMULUS MONEY, THEN THAT'S NOT A LEGITIMATE, LONG-TERM JOB IN THE FIRST PLACE. WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR IS SUSTAINED ECONOMIC GROWTH FROM JOBS THAT COME BY PRIVATE COMPANIES INVESTING PRIVATE CAPITAL. THIS IS A CAPITALIST SOCIETY. CAPITAL IS THE BUILDING BLOCK. AS WE TAKE AWAY THAT CAPITAL, AND THOSE -- CAPITAL IS GENERATED BY PROFITS, AS WE TAX AWAY THE CAPITAL, THEN WE CAN -- THEN WE CONVERT OURSELVES INTO A STAGNANT, NONGROWING ECONOMY. IT'S ALL FAIRLY BASIC, BUT IT JUST GETS UNBASIC, IT GETS CONFUSING WHEN WE HERE IN WASHINGTON WANT TO TAKE THE MONEY FROM OUR JOB CREATORS AND SPEND IT OURSELVES. THERE'S SOMETHING IN POLITICIANS THAT SEEMS TO THRIVE ON TAKING YOUR MONEY AND PUTTING IT HERE TO CREATE OUR IDEA OF RIGHT AND WRONG. LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FREE, LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE THEIR TAX MONEY BACK, AND THEY WILL BEGIN TO INVEST IT IN GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES. HOW MANY OF US ARE INVOLVED IN THE STOCK MARKET? WE DO NOT WANT TO INVEST OUR STOCK MARKET IN UNCERTAIN STKS OR UNCERTAIN -- UNCERTAIN STOCKS OR UNCERTAIN BONDS SO THE IDEA OF CERTAINTY PLAYS OUT ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE INVESTMENT SPECTRUM FROM JUST YOUR BASIC, SMALL GUY BUYING INTO THE STOCK MARKET TO YOUR SMALL BUSINESS PERSON WHO WANTS TO INVEST IN A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT A PICKUP TRUCK A NEW ROOM IN HIS OFFICE A NEW OFFICE FOR SOMEONE TO PROVIDE SOME SERVICE AT A NEW COMPUTER, SO THEY CAN BRING ON A NEW I.T. PERSON. THOSE ARE ALL EXAMPLES OF PRIVATE INVESTMENT, PRIVATE CAPITAL, CREATING JOBS IN THE PRIVATE MARKET. NOW PEOPLE SAY, ALWAYS, WHAT ABOUT THOSE JOBS IF WE RAISE TAXES, WE CAN CREATE MORE JOBS OVER HERE IN, SAY, TEACHING IN OUR SCHOOLS. OR MAYBE HIRE MORE GOVERNMENT AGENTS OVER HERE IN THE ADOPT OF TRANSPORTATION OR WHEREVER. AGAIN, THE BASIS OF ANY ECONOMY CANNOT BEGIN AT GOVERNMENT SPENDING, IT HAS TO BEGIN IN THE PRIVATE MARKET. WHEN WE IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR, WHEN WE IN GOVERNMENT TAKE MORE THAN GENERALLY SOMEWHERE IN THE RANGE OF 20% TO 22% TO 23%, WHAT WE DO IS STIFLE GROWTH OF THE ECONOMY. YOU CAN LOOK AT THE FULL STATE-RUN ECONOMIES, U.S.S.R. WAS A GOOD EXAMPLE, THEY WERE ABOVE 50% OR 60%. THEIR GOVERNMENT TOOK IN THAT MUCH THOIF GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT. THEY EVENTUALLY COLLAPSED BECAUSE THERE WAS NO GROWTH IN JOBS, NO GROWTH IN REVENUE AND THEN WE HAD A SIMPLE FAILURE OF THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM. NOW AS WE CONVERT FROM MORE PRIVATE MARKET INTO A GOVERNMENT MARKET, WE'RE GOING TO SEE THE INCREASED PRESSURES OF STAGNANT ECONOMIES BECAUSE AGAIN WE'RE TAXING AWAY THAT ABILITY FOR PRIVATE FIRMS TO INVEST PRIVATE CAPITAL. WE CAN NEVER TAKE MONEY FROM PRIVATE COMPANIES, PUT IT INTO THE GOVERNMENT, AND HAVE THE GOVERNMENT TO RUN COMPANIES. I'LL GIVE AN EXAMPLE THAT IF THE GOVERNMENT THINKS IT CAN RUN A COMPANY, LET'S LET IT FIX THE POST OFFICE FIRST, THAT'S A BUSINESS OPERATION IT'S IN, AND I DON'T -- MAYBE YOU THINK THE POST OFFICE IS RUNNING WELL, BUT MANY WOULD DISAGREE THAT IT DOES. ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF WHY GOVERNMENT SHOULDN'T BE IN BUSINESS IS MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. WE'VE BEEN TOLD HERE IN THIS BODY THAT MEDICARE LOSES ABOUT 20% TO FRAUD EVERY YEAR. THAT'S ABOUT $90 BILLION. ANOTHER $60 BILLION A YEAR ON MEDICAID FRAUD. THAT'S JUST FRAUD. THAT'S NOT WASTE. THAT'S PEOPLE CHEATING THE SYSTEM. THE EXAMPLE WAS GIVEN BY 60 MINUTES A COUPLE OF YEAR -- BY "60 MINUTES" A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO ABOUT A GUY IN FLORIDA MAKING $400,000 A MONTH SELLING THING HE IS DIDN'T REALLY OWN TO CLIENTS OF THE MEDICARE SYSTEM. THEY DID EXIST AND HAD NUMBERS, SO HE HAD A STORE FRONT, BECAUSE HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTORS WOULD DRIVE BY AND THEY'D DRIVE BY TO SEE THAT I ACTUALLY WAS THERE AND HAD A STORE FRONT, BUT HE SAID I NEVER OWNED ANY INVENTORY, SO NEVER HAD ANY INVENTORY, SELLING FICTITIOUS THINGS TO REAL MEDICARE PATIENT HE MADE $400,000 A MONTH HE SAID ON THIS TV INTERVIEW, YEAH, YOU CAUGHT ME, I'M GOING TO JAIL FOR 12 YEARS, BUT HE SAID, THERE ARE 2,000 PEOPLE LIKE ME HERE IN MIAMI. HE SAID WHILE ANAHEIM JAIL, I'M GOING TO LEASE MY LIST OF MEDICARE PATIENTS TO SOMEBODY ELSE AND THEY'LL DO THE SAME THING. IF BUSINESS DID THAT, THEY'D BE OUT OF BUSINESS IN A MONTH. GOVERNMENT DOESN'T GO OUT OF BUSINESS. THEY JUST INCREASE YOUR TAXES. YOU AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN ARE SITTING THERE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE ENDS MEET AND THE GOVERNMENT IS PAYING MORE MONEY INTO A SYSTEM THAT'S LEAKING IT SO BADLY THROUGH THE FRAUD AND ABUSES THAT WE'RE NEVER ABLE TO HAVE THE PROGRAM FUNCTION CORRECTLY. THE GOVERNMENT AT THIS POINT NEEDS OVERHAUL AND SERIOUS -- IN SERIOUS WAYS. I THINK, THEN, IN ADDITION TO GROWING THE ECONOMY, IN ADDITION TO CREATING CERTAINTY IN REGULATIONS AND TAXATION, ONE OF THE GREAT RESPONSIBILITIES THAT CONGRESS HAS IN OVERSIGHT. IN THAT OVERSIGHT CAPACITY, I SUSPECT THAT WE NEED TO DEAL WITH THESE LEAK WADGES OUT OF THE SYSTEM THAT ARE BEING TAXED AWAY FROM HARDWORKING FAMILIES STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET, AND MAYBE, JUST MAYBE GOING DOWN A BIT ON THEIR TAXES WERE THEY NOT TRYING TO THINK UNDER WATER THEMSELVES. BUT ONE OF THE REGULATORY THINGS WE SHOULD DO IS TAKE A LOOK AT THE WAY OUR BANKING REGULATORS ARE OPERATING. WHAT OUR LOCAL BANKS ARE BEING TOLD IS, BY THE REGULATORS, THAT COME FROM HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., IS THAT IF YOU MAKE ONE BAD LOAN, WE'RE GOING TO COME TAKE YOUR BANK AWAY FROM YOU. WHAT THAT HAS DONE IS FROZEN OUR BANKS COMPLETELY IN THEIR TRACKS. THEY'RE AFRAID TO LEND BECAUSE THAT MIGHT JUST BE THE LOAN THAT GOES BAD ON THEM AND THEN THEY LOSE THEIR ENTIRE BANK. WE HAVE SEEN EXAMPLES LIKE THAT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SO OUR REGULATORS RIGHT NOW, AGAIN, CREATING GREAT UNCERTAINTY AMONG BANKS WHO WOULD BE GIVING THE LOANS THAT WOULD KEEP SMALL BUSINESSES GOING BUT INSTEAD THEY'RE AFRAID, THEY'RE UNCERTAIN THEY DON'T MAKE LOANS, SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE THE CAPITAL THAT THEY NEED TO KEEP OPERATING CHOKED OFF BY A REGULATORY FRAMEWORK THAT IS WRONG. THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT I THINK COMPEL US IN THIS CONGRESS TO DO THE RIGHT THING. AMERICANS ARE NOT EXPECTING MAGIC. THEY'RE NOT EXPECTING JUST FOR US TO DO THE UNIMAGINABLE. JUST START CHOKING OFF THE -- CHOKE OFF THE ABUSES, CHOKE OFF THE FRAUD, CREATE A LITTLE CERTAINTY IN THE ECONOMY SO PEOPLE CAN BEGIN TO HIRE, SO THAT OUR ECONOMY WILL BEGIN TO GROW AND AS IT GROWS, MEDICARE BEGINS TO WORK BETTER AGAIN. SOCIAL SECURITY BEGINS TO WORK BETTER IF WE GROW THE ECONOMY. LOCAL AND STATE BUDGETS BEGIN TO WORK BETTER IF WE GROW THE ECONOMY. AND OUR NATIONAL BUDGET BEGINS TO WORK BETTER. IF WE CHOOSE, AS A CONGRESS, AND THERE WILL BE MANY CHOOSING HERE TO OBSTRUCT THAT BECAUSE THEY FEEL IT IS SOMEHOW WRONG TO GIVE TAX CUTS, THEY CHOOSE TO OBSTRUCT IT, I THINK WE HAVE DEEP ECONOMIC TROUBLES LYING AHEAD. SO FOR ME, IT'S AN EASY QUESTION. IF WE DON'T GROW, YOU HAVE GREAT TROUBLES LYING AHEAD, THEN LET'S GROW. LET'S PULL OUT THE STOPS, LET'S FIND THOSE BALANCE POINTS AND REGULATIONS, LET'S FIND THE TAXES WHERE WE CAN LOWER THEM TO CREATE MORE CERTAINTY AND MORE JOB GROWTH, LET'S BEGIN TO PULL THOSE MANUFACTURING JOBS BACK FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY, AROUND THE WORLD THAT HAVE DISAPPEARED. WE'VE DRIVEN THEM OUT THROUGH OUR OVERREGULATION AND OVERTAXATION. I THINK WHEN WE DO THAT, WE'LL BEGIN TO SEE THAT THIS ECONOMY WILL GROW AND THE WORLD ECONOMY WILL GROW ALONG WITH US. IF WE CHOOSE NOT TO DO IT, I THINK THAT WE HAVE THOSE TROUBLED WATERS AHEAD WITH HIGHER UNEMPLOYMENT, HIGHER TAXES, GREATER DISLOCATION IN OUR BUDGETS NATIONALLY, I THINK THEN THAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE MORE PRINTING OF MONEY AS THEY PRINT MONEY, THEN WE FIND THAT THE MONEY IN YOUR SAVINGS ACCOUNTS BEGINS TO DISSIPATE, WE'VE SEEN ALMOST $2.6 TRILLION PRINTED IN THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF OR TWO BY MR. BERNANKE. I THINK THAT AMERICANS ARE ALARMED AT THE PROSPECT OF HYPER INFLATION, SO MR. SPEAKER, AS I CONCLUDE TONIGHT, I WOULD JUST LIKE FOR THIS BODY TO REALLY CONTEMPLATE THE RISKS ON THE ONE SIDE THAT WE FACE, BUT THE POTENTIAL FOR OPTIMISM ON THE OTHER. I BELIEVE THAT PROSPERITY IS POSSIBLE, BUT I BELIEVE PROSPERITY IS A CHOICE. IT'S GOING TO BE A CHOICE ON THE PART OF THIS BODY AS WE MOVE FORWARD THROUGH THE NEXT MONTH. SO OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WILL COMPLAIN ABOUT OUR CONSIDERATION OF HEALTH CARE, YET ALL WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS CREATE TAX CERTAINTY AND REGULATORY CERTAINTY. ALL WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS REVERSE A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF PART OF THE ECONOMY IN ORDER TO CREATE JOBS. TO ME, IT MAKES SENSE. I UNDERSTAND THE ARGUMENTS FROM THE OTHER SIDE AND APPRECIATE THAT THEY COME WITH A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW, BUT I THINK AMERICANS ARE LOOKING FOR US TO SET ASIDE THE PARTISAN DIFFERENCES THAT WE HAVE AND TO WORK AS AMERICANS. WE RUN AS REPUBLICAN, INDEPENDENT OR DEMOCRAT, THAT'S ACCEPTED IN THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SPECTRUM, BUT WHAT'S NOT EXPECTED IS THAT WE COME HERE AND OPERATE WITH THOSE SAME PARTISAN VIEWPOINTS. SO LET'S SET ASIDE THE PARTISANSHIP NOW AT THIS POINT, LET'S BEGIN TO WORK AS AMERICANS, TO DO THE RIGHT THING, GROW THE ECONOMY, CREATE JOBS, GIVE THE YOUNGER GENERATIONS A SENSE THAT THEY HAVE A PLACE IN THE FUTURE, THAT THE THINGS THEY ARE WORKING FOR WILL ACTUALLY MATERIALIZE, THAT THERE IS A RAY OF HOPE FOR MYSELF -- THAT THERE IS A RAY OF HOPE. FOR MYSELF, I HAVE ABSOLUTE BELIEF THAT OUR ECONOMY IN THE FUTURE WILL BE BETTER AND THAT THERE ARE GREAT DAYS AHEAD. WINSTON CHURCHILL'S QUOTE GAVE ME THAT BELIEF. HE SAID, YOU AMERICANS ALWAYS DO THE RIGHT THING. AFTER YOU'VE TRIED EVERYTHING ELSE. WE'VE BEEN IN THE PROCESS OVER THE LAST 50 YEARS OF TRYING EVERYTHING ELSE. NOW IT'S TIME FOR US TO GET SERIOUS AND DO THE HARD WORK OF GETTING THE GOVERNMENT IN CONTROL, SHRINKING THE SPENDING, LOWERING TAXES, CREATING REGULATORY CERTAINTY SO THAT THIS FREE MARKET CAN CONTINUE TO GROW AND EXPAND THROUGH THE NEXT GENERATION. MR. SPEAKER WORK THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I THANK YOU.

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  • 05:59:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THANK YOU. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE…

    THANK YOU. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT, MR. WELCH, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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    MR. WELCH

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WELCOME. I WANT TO ALSO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WELCOME. I WANT TO ALSO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO AND WELCOME HIM BACK. IN YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT TRYING TO WORK TOGETHER AND BIPARTISANSHIP, THAT ALL MAKES AN AWFUL LOT OF SENSE TO ME AND I HOPE TO ALL OF US. WELCOME BACK, SIR. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY, MR. SPEAKER, TO USE THIS SPECIAL ORDER HALF-HOUR TO TALK ABOUT HEALTH CARE AND ALSO ABOUT THE DEFICIT. YOU KNOW, WE DO WANT TO BE BIPARTISAN, BUT WE ALSO WANT TO BE REAL. OUR JOB, IS, AS YOU KNOW TO LEGISLATE. WE WILL BE JUDGED BY OUR ACTIONS, BY OUR DEEDS, MORE THAN BY OUR RHETORIC. LET ME JUST SAY THAT THE ASPIRATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN ENUNCIATED BY MANY OF OUR MORE OPEN RULES, FISCAL DISCIPLINE, THINGS THAT ARE FUNDAMENTALLY IMPORTANT TO THIS COUNTRY. AND THE QUESTION NOW IS IS ON THOSE STATED GOALS AND LET'S LOOK AT WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE HEALTH CARE BILL. THE DECISION OF THE LEADERSHIP IS TO REPEAL HEALTH CARE. THAT IS A RADICAL DECISION BECAUSE AS MUCH AS THERE ARE MILLION LEGITIMATE ISSUES ABOUT THAT HEALTH CARE BILL, WHOLESALE REPEAL AS A POLICY IS GOING TO DO REAL DAMAGE TO REAL FAMILIES IN THIS COUNTRY IN EVERY DISTRICT IN THIS COUNTRY AND IT IS ALSO GOING TO IMMEDIATELY INCREASE THE DEFICIT BY $230 BILLION. AND IT IS KNOWN THAT IS NOT THE OPINION OF DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN BUT THE CONCLUSION OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE. SO IF WE ARE DEDICATED TO FISCAL DISCIPLINE, WE HAVE TO BRING DOWN SPENDING, HOW CAN WE AS OUR FIRST ACT OF CONGRESS PASS A BILL THAT THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SAYS WILL INCREASE THE DEFICIT BY $230 BILLION. IT DOESN'T ADD UP. I'M GOING TO PAUSE, BECAUSE I HAVE SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE GOING TO BE CALLED TO OTHER LOCATIONS AND I WANT TO START WITH THE GENTLELADY -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO AND I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MR. PERLMUTTER FROM COLORADO.

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  • 06:02:21 PM

    MR. PERLMUTTER

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM VERMONT AND I WANT TO PIGGY-BACK ON SOMETHING YOU…

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM VERMONT AND I WANT TO PIGGY-BACK ON SOMETHING YOU JUST SAID. I HOPE THAT WE CAN AND WILL WORK WITH THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY ON A LOT OF ISSUES TO GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK IN AMERICA, TO STOP OUTSOURCING JOBS TO OTHER COUNTRIES, TO STOP IMPORTING OIL AT TREMENDOUS PRICE TO THIS COUNTRY SO THAT MONEY CONTINUES TO FLOW AWAY FROM THE U.S. INSTEAD OF INTO THE U.S. I WANT TO WORK WITH THEM ON THOSE KINDS OF THINGS. BUT WHAT I'M CONCERNED ABOUT IS SOMETHING YOU JUST MEANINGED THAT THE IDEOLOGY AND THE RADICAL APPROACH THAT THEY'RE TAKING TO REPEAL SOMETHING THAT WAS PUT INTO PLACE OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS BUT HAS BEEN NEEDED BY THIS COUNTRY FOR DECADES IS SOMETHING THAT I WILL FIGHT. IDEOLOGICAL, RADICAL, EXTREME POSITIONS ARE NOT WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. THEY WANT PRACTICAL, SOLID SOLUTIONS WHERE PEOPLE ARE TREATED FAIRLY AND EQUALLY. AND IN THE HEALTH LEGISLATION, THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT THAT WE PASSED, THE GUTS OF THAT LEGISLATION IS ABOUT TREATING PEOPLE EQUALLY. AND WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS, WE STOP DISCRIMINATING AGAINST PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. THEY ARE NOW FREE FROM THAT KIND OF DISCRIMINATION AND THAT IS SO IMPORTANT UNDER BOTH -- YOU KNOW, WE TALKED A LOT TODAY ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION. WELL, PRIOR TO THE CONSTITUTION, WE HAD THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. AND THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE SAYS -- STARTS OFF, WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL. PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE ADDED WOMEN AT THAT POINT, BUT AT THAT POINT, ALL MEN WERE CREATED EQUAL. THAT IS CARRIED FORWARD IN THE 14TH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION. AND I HAVE PREPARED A CHART OF THIS. TCH SAYS -- THIS SAYS, NOR SHALL -- NO STATE SHALL DENNY TO ANY PERSON WITHIN ITS JURISDICTION THE EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAWS. PEOPLE WITH PRIOR ILLNESSES, PHYSICAL CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BECAUSE OF THOSE CONDITIONS AND ILLNESSES. THAT'S WRONG. IT'S I AM MORAL. AND IN MY OPINION, IT'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND IN MY DISTRICT, I WAS STANDING AT A GAS STATION AND A GUY COMES UP TO ME AND HE SAYS, YOU ALL HAVE TO PASS THAT LEGISLATION. MY DAUGHTER HAS CHRONE'S DISEASE AND I'M IN A ROOFING COMPANY AND I WANT TO START MY OWN ROOFING COMPANY BUT BECAUSE SHE HAS THIS DISEASE, I HAVE TO STAY HERE BECAUSE OTHERWISE, I WILL BE UN INSURABLE AND I'M STUCK IN THIS JOB. THIS BILL IS TO GIVE FREEDOM AGAINST THAT DISCRIMINATION, FREEDOM TO THAT ROOFER SO HE CAN START HIS BUSINESS. THAT'S AT THE HEART OF THE AMERICAN WAY. AND IN MY OWN SITUATION, I HAVE A DAUGHTER WITH EPILEPSY. SHE DIDN'T ASK FOR THAT, THAT IS PART OF HER MAKEUP. BECAUSE OF THE EPILEPSY, SHE IS UNINSURABLE, UNLESS SHE IS PART OF A SOME BIG GROUP POLICY. IN THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT, WE HAVE DONE AWAY WITH THAT DISCRIMINATION AND FREED PEOPLE FROM THAT. AND THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY WANTS TO TAKE THAT FREEDOM AWAY AND I WILL FIGHT THAT TODAY, TOMORROW AND NEXT WEEK. I YIELD BACK TO MY FRIEND FROM VERMONT.

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  • 06:06:42 PM

    MR. WELCH

    THE GENTLELADY FROM MARYLAND, CONGRESSWOMAN EDWARDS.

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    MS. EDWARDS

    THE GENTLEMAN AND I'M PLEASED TO BE HERE AGAIN. I HAVE BEEN HERE ON THIS…

    THE GENTLEMAN AND I'M PLEASED TO BE HERE AGAIN. I HAVE BEEN HERE ON THIS FLOOR FOR THE LAST HOUR AND A HALF AND I FEEL PASSIONATELY ABOUT HEALTH CARE. THERE IS NOT ONE AMONG US EITHER PERSONALLY AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO HAS EXPRESSED, OR ONE OF OUR CONSTITUENTS WHO DOESN'T HAVE A HEALTH CARE STORY TO SHARE. I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE WITH YOU A STORY TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, FROM A QUINT OF MINE WHO LIVES -- CONSTITUENT OF MINE WHO LIVES IN THE 4TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF MARYLAND. HER DAUGHTER GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE IN 2008 AND LOST COVERAGE UNDER MY HEALTH INSURANCE AND GOT A JOB IN AUGUST OF 2008 THAT PROVIDED HER WITH HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE. WHEN SHE LOST THAT JOB IN JUNE OF 2009 AS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS, SHE WAS ELIGIBLE FOR COBRA. SHE WRITES THAT THE SUBSIDY MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR HER TO CONTINUE WITH THAT INSURANCE. WHEN THAT SUBSIDY ENDED IN SEPTEMBER OF 2010, THEY HAD TO MAKE A FAMILY DECISION, SHE SAYS, TO CONTINUE TO PAY FOR HER COBRA COVERAGE UNTIL THE END OF 2010 WHEN THE EXPIRED. IT WAS AN AFFORDABILITY QUESTION. WE KNEW SHE WOULD BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR HER NURNS FROM MY INSURANCE AT THE START OF THE PLAN YEAR IN JANUARY OF 2011, AND WHY IS THAT? BECAUSE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SHE WOULD BE ABLE TO COVER HER DAUGHTER AND NO LONGER HAVE TO COBRA THAT CARE. THE UNSUBSIDIZED COBRA PREMIUM WAS CLOSE TO $500 A MONTH AND IT'S GOING TO COST ME ONLY $60 TO $70 TO ADD MY DAUGHTER NOW 24 TO MY EMPLOYER PLAN. AND SOME OF HER DOCTORS ARE IN NETWORK FROM MY PLAN, MEANING THAT WE WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR THEIR FULL COST OF OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS. VICKIE, AND I WON'T SAY HER LAST NAME, SAYS TO ME, I'M IN THE SANDWICH GENERATION AND HELP WITH THE CARE OF MY STEPMOTHER WHO LIVES IN FLORIDA. SHE FALLS IN THE DOUGHNUT HOLE EVERY YEAR. NOW ON JANUARY 1, HER COSTS WILL BE REDUCED BECAUSE OF THE HEALTH REFORM LEGISLATION AS WELL. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT I'M SAYING TO YOU AND WHAT WE SAY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TODAY IS THAT ISN'T ABOUT NUMBERS AND STATISTICS, BUT ABOUT REAL PEOPLE LIKE VICKIE AND HER DAUGHTER AND HER STEP-MOTHER AND IT'S ABOUT REAL PEOPLE WHO WORK EVERY SINGLE DAY AND ARE TRYING TO FIND WORK AND DON'T HAVE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. WE CANNOT REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT BECAUSE THAT IS LIKE THROWING ICE WATER ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:09:55 PM

    MR. WELCH

    THIS QUESTION WILL PROMISES MADE BE PROMISES KEPT? IT WAS A QUESTION THAT…

    THIS QUESTION WILL PROMISES MADE BE PROMISES KEPT? IT WAS A QUESTION THAT WAS ASKED BY OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHEN WE WERE IN THE MAJORITY, SIMES -- SOMETIMES IT MAY BE A DIFFICULT QUESTION AND WE HAD TO BE JUDGED ACCORDING TO OUR DEEDS AND WHETHER THEY MATCHED OUR PROMISES. BUT THIS RULES PROCESS THAT IS UNDER WAY AS WE SPEAK ON THE HEALTH CARE BILL, THERE ARE THREE ISSUES THAT HAVE COME UP, NUMBER ONE, THE FISCAL ISSUE. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE HAS SAID THAT THIS LEGISLATION WILL INCREASE THE DEFICIT BY $230 BILLION AND THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE IS THE NEUTRAL ARBITER AND WE EITHER GO BY THE C.B.O. ESTIMATES OR SAY WE ARE GOING TO PLAY THIS GAME WITHOUT A REFEREE AND GOING TO MAKE UP WHATEVER NUMBERS FOR OUR POLITICAL AGENDA. THAT IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG. WE CAN'T AFFORD TO ADD $230 BILLION TO THE DEFICIT. MY COLLEAGUES ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE AGREE WITH US THAT WE CANNOT DO THAT. IT'S IRRESPONSIBLE TO DO IT. AND THIS LEGISLATION THAT REPEALS HEALTH CARE WILL ADD $230 BILLION TO THE DEFICIT. SECONDLY, THIS QUESTION ABOUT THE OPEN PROCESS. AS THE MEMBER FROM MARYLAND SAIDF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE AN OPEN PROCESS, THERE HAS TO BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU, THE MEMBER FROM FROM COLORADO, FOR EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY TO OFFER THEIR AMENDMENTS, YES OR NO, WHETHER WE SHOULD CONTINUE PROTECTION FOR FOLKS WHETHER THEY HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION OR NOT. RIGHT NOW, THE LAW IS, YOU HAVE CANCER, YOU CAN GO OUT AND BUY INSURANCE. IF YOU HAVE A SON OR DAUGHTER GETTING OUT OF COLLEGE, THEY CAN STAY ON YOUR POLICY. RIGHT NOW, THE LAW IS IF YOU HAVE A MOM OR DAD ON MEDICARE AND TRYING TO GET PREVENTATIVE CARE, THEY CAN GET IT FREE. RIGHT NOW, IF YOU HAVE DIABETES OR CANCER, YOU HAVE A SERIOUS LONG-TERM MEDICAL CONDITION, THERE IS NO LIFETIME CAP TO COVER THE MEDICAL CARE THAT YOU NEED. THE REPEAL LEGISLATION WOULD TAKE AWAY FROM EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN WHO NOW ENJOYS THOSE INSURANCE PROTECTIONS, IT WOULD TAKE IT AWAY FROM THEM, SUDDENLY, ABRUPTLY AND WITH NOTHING TO REPLACE IT. THAT'S NOT RIGHT. THIS IS REAL, BY THE WAY. CONGRESSMAN EDWARDS GAVE A COUPLE OF STORIES AND WE ALL HAVE THEM IN ALL OF THE DISTRICTS, INCLUDING THOSE WHO ARE ADVOCATING FOR REPEAL. I SPOKE TO DONNA WATTS FROM PLAINFIELD, VERMONT AND SHE WORKS IN BURLINGTON VERMONT WITH 20 OTHER EMPLOYEES. FOUR OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT SHE WORKS WITH, ALONG WITH HER, NOW HAVE THEIR CHILDREN ON THEIR HEALTH CARE POLICIES. HER SON GOT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL, GOT A $10 AN HOUR JOB AND CAME WITHOUT HEALTH CARE. AS MOST ENTRY-LEVEL JOBS DO. AND THE WORST HAPPENED. HE HAD A CAR CRASH. $20,000 IN MEDICAL BILLS. THOSE ARE STILL LARGELY UNPAID AND THIS FAMILY TAKES SERIOUSLY THEIR OBLIGATION TO PAY THEIR BILLS. THEY DIDN'T HAVE INSURANCE. WITH THE PASSAGE OF THE LEGISLATION LAST YEAR ON HEALTH CARE REFORM, DONNA WHAT THES WAS ABLE TO PUT HER -- WAS WAS ABLE TO PUT HER SON ON INSURANCE AND DOES THIS MEAN IF WE REPEAL HEALTH CARE MY SON LOSES INSURANCE? AND THE ANSWER IS YES. THAT'S NOT RIGHT. WE DON'T NEED TO DO THIS. AND IT RAISES THE OTHER QUESTION. IF THIS IS NOT GOT A POLITICAL AAGENDA AVE ATTACHED TO IT. WE HAVE GONE FROM A CAMPAIGN TO GOVERNING AND THE MAJORITY DID A GREAT JOB IN THE CAMPAIGN AND BEAT US UP PRETTY GOOD AND HAVE THE MAJORITY NOW. BUT WITH THAT COMES THE RESPONSIBILITY OF GOVERNING IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY. AND IF YOU ARE ACTING RESPONSIBLY, WHEN YOU SEE A PROBLEM, YOU FIX IT. YOU DON'T ABOLISH EVERYTHING. YOU DON'T ABOLISH A BANKING SYSTEM IN ORDER TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM IN THE FINANCIAL WORLD. YOU DON'T ABOLISH ALL OF THE GOOD THINGS IN THIS HEALTH CARE BILL TO DEAL WITH THE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. SO THIS IS A VERY, VERY SERIOUS DECISION THAT'S BEING MADE. IT'S GOING TO BE A TEMPLATE FOR THE FUTURE OF THIS 112TH CONGRESS CONGRESS. ARE WE GOING TO ACTUALLY DEAL WITH FISCAL DISCIPLINE EVEN WHEN THAT'S INCONVENIENT WITH OUR POLITICAL AGENDA? AND THE ANSWER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS YES. ARE WE GOING TO PROTECT THE PROGRESS THAT WE'VE MADE THAT BENEFITS ALL OF OUR CONSTITUENTS WHEN IT COMES TO THESE INSURANCE REFORMS AND ARE WE GOING TO HAVE AN OPEN PROCESS ON THIS BODY SO THAT THOSE OF US WHO HAVE DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR AN UP OR DOWN VOTE. BY THE WAY, THAT'S NOT GIVING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT OUR AMENDMENTS BUT LETTING OUR CONSTITUENTS KNOW WHERE WE STAND, BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY, THAT'S THE ONLY BASIS UPON WHICH THEY CAN DECIDE WHETHER TO SEND US BACK HERE OR SEND US PACKING. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, REPRESENTATIVE PRICE.

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  • 06:15:32 PM

    MR. PRICE

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND ALSO FOR ENGAGING IN THIS DIALOGUE WITH…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND ALSO FOR ENGAGING IN THIS DIALOGUE WITH OTHER MEMBERS ABOUT THE CHALLENGE THAT WE'RE FACING. TO REDUCE THIS COUNTRY'S DEFICIT SPENDING AND REDUCE THE ACCUMULATING DEBT AND STATEMENT TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ARE AVAILABLE TO ALL OF OUR CITIZENS. AND AS THE GENTLEMAN HAS POINTED OUT VERY, VERY ABLY, THOSE TWO CHALLENGES ARE INTRICATELY RELATED. IN FACT, ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS FOR SUPPORTING HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM IS BECAUSE WE SIMPLY MUST REDUCE OUR DEFICIT SPENDING AND MUST REDUCE THIS COUNTRY'S DEBT. ONE OF THE MAIN CONTRIBUTORS TO OUR COUNTRY'S ESCALATING DEBT IS THE KIND OF ESCALATING OF HEALTH CARE COSTS THAT WE'VE SEEN IN RECENT YEARS. IT'S ONE OF THE GREATEST THREATS TO FAMILIES, TO BUSINESSES, TO THE OVERALL ECONOMY. HEALTH CARE'S BECOME THE FASTEST GROWING COMPONENT OF THE FEDERAL BUDGET AS THE GENTLEMAN WELL KNOWS. LAST YEAR HEALTH CARE ACCOUNTED FOR 17.3% OF G.D.P. THAT'S MORE THAN TWICE THE AVERAGE OF OTHER DEVELOPED NATIONS. NOW THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT CORRECTS THE FAILURES OF THE CURRENT SYSTEM WITHOUT COMPROMISING THE MANY STRENGTHS THAT WE KNOW THAT IT HAS. AND SO IT'S VERY DISCONCERTING HERE IN THIS FIRST WEEK OF THE NEW CONGRESS TO SEE OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES NOT ONLY GOING AFTER THE PROTECTIONS IN THE HEALTH CARE LAW BUT ALSO ALMOST IMMEDIATELY ABANDONING THEIR COMMITMENT TO FISCAL DISCIPLINE. NOW THE FIGURES THAT I SAW THIS MORNING SHOW THAT THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, THE NONPARTISAN ARBITER OF BUDGET DECISIONS FOR THIS BODY, CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, HAS SAID THAT THE REPEAL OF HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM AS PROPOSED BY THE REPUBLICANS WOULD COST THE FEDERAL BUDGET $230 BILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. THAT'S A REVISED ESTIMATE, I UNDERSTAND, EVEN GREATER THAN WAS EARLIER THOUGHT. THAT IS AN ASTOUNDING FIGURE. OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS HAVE MADE A BIG SHOW OUT OF THEIR COMMITMENT TO DEFICIT REDUCTION BUT THEY'VE MADE AN EXCEPTION. THEY'VE CLEARLY MADE AN EXCEPTION FOR THE REPEAL OF HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM. SO NOT ONLY IS THIS BAD HEALTH CARE, NOT ONLY WOULD IT, FOR EXAMPLE, SAY TO FAMILIES WHO ONLY NOW ARE BEING ABLE TO INSURE THEIR CHILDREN WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, NO, WE'RE GOING TO GO BACK TO THE OLD WAY WHERE THE INSURANCE COMPANIES CAN DENY COVERAGE TO YOUR CHILDREN, WHAT ABOUT THOSE FAMILIES THAT NOW ARE ABLE TO INCLUDE THEIR 24, 25-YEAR-OLDS ON THEIR FAMILY POLICIES? NO, THEY'RE SAYING, GO BACK TO THE OLD WAY WHERE THAT WASN'T POSSIBLE. WHAT ABOUT OUR MEDICARE RECIPIENTS WHO FINALLY ARE GOING TO GET SOME RELIEF FROM THESE UNCOVERED DRUG EXPENSES, THE SO-CALLED DOUGHNUT HOLE? THEY'RE SAYING, OH, NO, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO ONCE AGAIN PAY THOSE FULL EXPENSES. SO IT'S CERTAINLY BAD POLICY IN TERMS OF HEALTH CARE. BUT THEN TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY, ADDING $230 BILLION TO THIS COUNTRY'S DEBT BURDEN OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS IS -- AND TO DO THAT WITHOUT BATTING AN EYE, WITHOUT ANY KIND OF RECOGNITION THAT THIS HAS AN IMPACT ON THE BUDGET DEFICIT, THAT JUST IS ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE, THAT THE REPUBLICANS WOULD BE SO AUDACIOUS AS TO PROPOSE THIS IN THE FIRST WEEK OF THIS NEW CONGRESS. AND THEN TO ADD ANOTHER INSULT TO THE INJURY THEY'RE VIOLATING THEIR VERY OWN PLEDGE OF OPENNESS IN THE WAY THIS IS GOING TO BE CONSIDERED. I'M SURE THE GENTLEMAN'S BEEN WATCHING AS I HAVE THE RULES COMMITTEE ALL DAY TODAY. IT'S ASTOUNDING. YESTERDAY THERE WAS THIS COMMITMENT TO OPEN RULES, TO OPEN DEBATE, TO THE OFFERING OF AMENDMENTS. TODAY THEY'RE SAYING WE'RE GOING TO SHUT IT DOWN. IT'S AN UP OR DOWN VOTE. MAYBE WE'LL GET AROUND LATER TO SOME OF THESE OTHER QUESTIONS, SOME OF THE REPAIR ASPECTS OF REPEAL AND REPAIR, BUT RIGHT NOW WE'RE JUST GOING TO REPEAL IT. AND LET THE CHIPPING FALL. THAT IS HORRIBLE PROCEDURE, IT'S A SHUTTING DOWN OF THIS CONGRESS BEFORE WE EVEN START, IT'S HORRIBLE BUDGET POLICY, IT'S HORRIBLE HEALTH POLICY. IT'S A VERY, VERY BAD WAY TO START THIS CONGRESS AND I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FOR CALLING US TOGETHER TONIGHT TO TALK ABOUT THIS BECAUSE WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT, WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT IT. WE NEED TO FIGHT IT IN EVERY WAY WE CAN.

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  • 06:20:31 PM

    MR. WELCH

    VERY MUCH, MR. PRICE. I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM AGAIN FROM COLORADO.

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    FROM NORTH CAROLINA, HE'S TALKING ABOUT THE FACT THAT SENIORS WILL SEE THIS DOUGHNUT HOLE, THEIR PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES GO BACK UP, THE COST TO GO BACK UP.

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  • 06:20:51 PM

    MR. PERLMUTTER

    EVEN MORE WORRISOME THAN THAT IS THE FACT THAT UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE…

    EVEN MORE WORRISOME THAN THAT IS THE FACT THAT UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THOSE SAME SENIORS RECEIVE $250. IN MY DISTRICT OF COLORADO, THE SUBURBS OF DENVER, 31,000 SENIORS RECEIVED $250 THIS PAST FALL AS ASSISTANCE TO PAYMENT OF THEIR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. EVEN WITH THAT WE STILL SAVE THE $230 BILLION THAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT, BUT WHEN THEY REPEAL THIS, IF THE REPUBLICANS REPEAL THIS AND KIND OF ALL-OR-NOTHING SITUATION, DO THE SENIORS HAVE TO PAY THOSE $250 BACK EACH OF THEM? I DON'T KNOW. I THINK THEY OUGHT TO BE WORRIED ABOUT THAT. AND THAT'S WHY THIS IS SUCH AN EXTREME MEASURE. THEY'RE TAKING AWAY FREEDOMS THAT BELONG TO THE PEOPLE, BELONG TO AMERICANS, THEY'RE DOING IT IN A RADICAL AND IDEOLOGICAL WAY, WHEN THEY SAID DURING THE CAMPAIGN, YOU KNOW, LET'S PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK, LET'S NOT SPEND TOO MUCH MONEY, THEY'RE SPENDING MORE, THEY'RE TAKING AWAY FREEDOMS AND I'M CONCERNED THAT THOSE SENIORS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PAY THAT $250 BACK PER SENIOR AND THE SENIORS SHOULD BE CONCERNED AS WELL. THIS IS A RADICAL ACT, MR. SPEAKER, MR. PRICE, WE'VE GOT TO FIGHT IT. I HATE FIGHTING THESE BATTLES RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX, BUT IF THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE THESE KINDS OF RADICAL POSITIONS, WE HAVE NO CHOICE. AND WITH THAT I'D YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER.

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  • 06:22:25 PM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COURTESY FOR PERMITTING ME TO…

    THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COURTESY FOR PERMITTING ME TO SPEAK AS I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUES COMING TO THE FLOOR TO SPOTLIGHT SOMETHING THAT EACH AND EVERY AMERICAN NEEDS TO BE DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT. WHAT IS IRONIC, BECAUSE I LISTENED, FOR EXAMPLE, FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS AS A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE TO MY DEAR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, MR. RYAN, TALK ABOUT THE SKYROCKETING PROBLEM OF ESCALATING ENTITLEMENT UNDER MEDICARE. ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THERE ARE 79 MILLION OF THE BABY BOOMERS LIKE ME WHO ARE GOING TO START COLLECTING MEDICARE. 10,000 A DAY STARTING THIS WEEK AND CONTINUING FOR 19 YEARS. AND BECAUSE OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF MORE IMPROVEMENTS IN HEALTH CARE, NOT ONLY ARE THERE MORE OF US, BUT WE'RE GOING TO WANT MORE COMPLEX AND EXPENSIVE CARE. MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS WERE TALKING ABOUT AN ENTITLEMENT CRISIS. THE IRONY WAS, AND WE ALL HEARD IT ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, THEY TALKED ABOUT SLASHING MEDICARE. WHICH THEY WANT TO REPEAL STARTING NEXT WEEK. A GREAT DEAL OF IRONY. AS THE INDEPENDENT SCORE KEEPER, THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE HAS POINTED OUT AND YOU HAVE REPEATED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, THE LEGISLATION WILL IN FACT SAVE SEVERAL HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS -- BILLION DOLLARS, BUT MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT, IT PUTS IN PLACE REFORMS THAT WILL FURTHER REDUCE ENTITLEMENT SPENDING. I COME FROM A PART OF THE COUNTRY AND I KNOW MY GOOD FRIEND FROM VERMONT IS WELL FAMILIAR WITH THE DARTMOUTH AT LASS DEALING WITH HEALTH CARE DISPARTS AROUND THE COUNTRY -- DISPARITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY. ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WE HAVE IS THAT MEDICARE NEEDS TO BE REFORMED. THAT IS WHAT WE STARTED IN THIS LEGISLATION AND THEY'RE RELATIVELY MODEST STEPS BUT THEY'RE GOING TO SAVE A COUPLE HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS. WE NEED TO DO MORE. RATHER THAN REPEALING THESE REFORMS LIKE STOPPING UNNECESSARY HOSPITAL READMISSIONS, JUST THAT ITEM COSTS OVER $12 BILLION A YEAR. THESE REFORMS COULD ENABLE US TO BEND THE COST CURVE. IF EVERYBODY PRACTICED MEDICINE THE WAY IT'S PRACTICED IN METROPOLITAN PORTLAND, OREGON, WHICH IS HALF THE PRICE OF MCALLEN, TEXAS, OR MIAMI, FLORIDA, THERE WOULDN'T BE AN ENTITLEMENT CRISIS FOR DECADES TO COME. I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUES FOCUSING ON THE HYPOCRISY AND THE RECKLESSNESS OF TRYING TO REPEAL HEALTH CARE REFORM THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE FOR 32 MILLION UNINSURED AMERICANS, THAT PROVIDES MORE BENEFITS FOR THE SENIORS WITH THEIR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, BUT MOST IMPORTANT AND UNDERAPPRECIATED IS THAT IT WOULD REFORM MEDICARE SO THAT INSTEAD OF DRIVING US OFF A CLIFF OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS IT WOULD IN FACT HELP US CHANGE HOW MEDICINE IS PRACTICED, TO PROVIDE INCENTIVES FOR VALUE, MEDICAL VALUE, RATHER THAN JUST VOLUME.

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  • 06:26:22 PM

    MR. PERLMUTTER

    MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE?

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    MR. WELCH

    MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE?

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    MR. WELCH

    ALL RIGHT. LET ME JUST ASK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, WOULD YOU…

    ALL RIGHT. LET ME JUST ASK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE ANY CLOSING REMARKS AND THEN YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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  • 06:26:43 PM

    MR. PRICE

    THE GENTLEMAN AND I'D LIKE TO UNDERSCORE WHAT OUR COLLEAGUE FROM OREGON…

    THE GENTLEMAN AND I'D LIKE TO UNDERSCORE WHAT OUR COLLEAGUE FROM OREGON HAS JUST SAID. THERE'S SO MUCH CONCERN OBVIOUSLY FOR GOOD REASON ABOUT THE FUTURE OF MEDICARE. THE MOST CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATE I'VE SEEN IS THE HEALTH CARE REFORM EXTENDS THE FISCAL SOLVENCY OF MEDICARE BY EIGHT YEARS AND SOME ESTIMATES ARE MUCH MORE THAN THAT. SO TO SIMPLY THROW THAT OVERBOARD AS WELL AS TO SAY, WELL, THIS DOUGHNUT HOLE, THESE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS THAT SENIOR CITIZENS ARE PAYING FULL FREIGHT ON MORE MEDICINES THEY SIMPLY MUST HAVE THIS GAP IN COVERAGE, WHAT INSURANCE POLICY ANY OF US KNOW ABOUT WOULD HAVE THAT KIND OF GAP IN COVERAGE? IT'S RIDICULOUS. AND WE'RE FINALLY FIXING IT, AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SAID, $250 PAYMENTS THIS YEAR, I MEAN, I GUESS THIS RAISES THE QUESTION WHETHER EVEN THAT MIGHT BE TAKEN BACK. BUT IN FUTURE YEARS WE'RE GOING TO CLOSE THAT DOUGHNUT HOLE, WE'RE GOING TO EXTEND THE SOLVENCY OF MEDICARE. ANYBODY CONCERNED ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE FOR THIS COUNTRY'S SENIOR CITIZENS SIMPLY HAS TO BE VERY, VERY ALARMED AT WHAT'S GOING ON IN THIS HOUSE RIGHT NOW.

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  • 06:27:58 PM

    MR. WELCH

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, ILEDE YIELD -- I'LL YIELD TO THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, ILEDE YIELD -- I'LL YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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  • 06:28:02 PM

    MR. PERLMUTTER

    SURE. I APPRECIATE MY FRIENDS. INSTEAD OF AMENDING OR REPAIRING AS MR.…

    SURE. I APPRECIATE MY FRIENDS. INSTEAD OF AMENDING OR REPAIRING AS MR. PRICE FROM NORTH CAROLINA DESCRIBED IT, THEY WANT TO REPEAL. JUST TAKE IT AWAY. WELL, THEY'RE TAKING AWAY FREEDOMS, THEY'RE TAKING AWAY THE FREEDOM FROM DISCRIMINATION FOR PRIOR ILLNESSES LIKE MY DAUGHTER WITH EPILEPSY, LIKE THE DAUGHTER WHO HAD CHROMES DISEASE OR THE FRIEND AT THE GAS STATION, TAKEN AWAY THE FREEDOM FROM CANCELLATION BECAUSE YOU GET SICK, YOU KNOW, LOSE YOUR INSURANCE, YOU KNOW, TAKING AWAY THE FREEDOM TO MOVE JOBS, SO YOU'RE NOT STUCK IN A JOB, YOU CAN MOVE JOBS AND NOT FEAR LOSING YOUR INSURANCE. I MEAN, THEY'RE TAKING AWAY A LOT AND MAYBE THIS $250 THAT WENT TO THE SENIORS. IT'S A RADICAL MOVE. TO TAKE THESE FREEDOMS AWAY. AND I HOPE THEY THINK TWICE AND DON'T VOTE TO REPEAL. WITH THAT I'D YIELD BACK TO MY FRIEND FROM VERMONT FOR HIS FINAL REMARKS.

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  • 06:28:55 PM

    MR. WELCH

    WELL, I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR BEING HERE. BOTTOM LINE, ANY TIME WE PASS…

    WELL, I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR BEING HERE. BOTTOM LINE, ANY TIME WE PASS A MAJOR PIECE OF LEGISLATION WE SHOULD HAVE THE HUMILITY TO ACKNOWLEDGE IT CAN BE IMPROVED. AND WE ALL DO. WE CAN MAKE IT BETTER, WE CAN MAKE IT STRONGER. BUT TO TOTALLY DESTROY THINGS THAT WE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR DECADES TO ACHIEVE ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, HAD HELP FOR SENIORS WITH THEIR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, EXTENDING THE FINANCIAL VIABILITY OF MEDICARE, CHANGING AND ENCOURAGING A NEW WAY OF DELIVERING HEALTH CARE SERVICES, MOVING AWAY FROM FEE FOR SERVICE VOLUME-DRIVEN TO PATIENT-CENTERED FOR -- PERFORMANCE-BASED CARE AND THEN INSURANCE FORMS THAT PUT THE PATIENT IN CHARGE, THAT ACKNOWLEDGES WE'RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER AND TAKES AWAY THE ABSOLUTE UNILATERAL POWER OF FOR-PROFIT INSURANCE COMPANIES TO DECIDE WHETHER YOUR DAUGHTER OR MINE GETS HEALTH CARE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. APPRECIATE YOUR CONSIDERATION.

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115th Congress - House
Total Hours: 1481 (After 651 days)
  • Debate689 Hours
  • Special Orders287 Hours
  • Votes231 Hours
  • One Minute Speeches120 Hours
  • Morning Hour107 Hours
  • Opening Procedures8 Hours

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